Under the unlikely name "Chicken
Scratch," partners Selene and Jeffrey Gribble and Sylvia
Bernstein have converted a one-time Army barracks into a clever
shop filled with treasures. The "high-end general store"
opened in June 2000.
Perhaps you've noticed the
sign at 3725 Powers Ferry Road, just behind Sardis United Methodist
Church off Roswell Road. Sardis is the oldest church in Atlanta and
the third-oldest in Georgia.
The church was the site for
several years of an annual Fig Festival, a fund-raising event created
when the Currier & Ives lookalike building needed a new steeple.
The festival was discontinued once the restoration funds were in hand
for the National Register church, but you can still find great fig
preserves at the church's new neighbor.
Chicken Scratch owes its name
to a live rooster, Rupert, who was adopted by the partners and is on
hand to greet customers Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6
The shop is crammed with
unusual gift items, art, toys, home furnishings, books, skin and sun
care products, greeting cards and, of course, fig preserves (now
produced by Prissie's in Vidalia, Georgia).
The shop creates special gift
baskets (Rupert likes to "oversee" this facet of the
business), which can be ordered by phone: 404-995-0070 with all
major credit cards.
The shop's theme, "Promoting the Simple Art of Being
Happy," is often echoed by Rupert, who frequently crows when he
thinks a customer has found just the right gift.
Partner and Sardis United Methodist Church member Selene Gribble, a
Georgia native from Rome, hopes to revive the annual festival this
spring. Call for the dates.
Next door, Corinne Adams, Celeste Williams and Carol Brantley have
created a sunny artists' co-op called "Wing and a
Prayer," reflecting both the nearness of the church and the
aspirations of the artists. Visitors are welcome to browse through the
studios, where artists work independently in a variety of media and
finished pieces are for sale. Wing and a Prayer also holds an open
house every fall. For more information, call 404-231-1206, or
For more information about the church, call 404-237-6060.