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Today, Senoia has more than
4,000 residents, a revitalized and
restored historic downtown, restaurants, shops and businesses. It's a
tourist destination for movie and TV
fans, but there's more to Senoia than
movie sets. It's vibrant with restaurants, including Nic and Norman's,
properties in all. Others invested
Maguire's Irish Pub, The Tomato
as well.
House, Senoia Coffee and Café and
"Buildings downtown had been
The Waking Dead Café. Country muheld for generations by five stakesician Zac Brown's Southern Ground
holders who weren't really interGallery features works by area artested in selling," Tigchelaar says.
ists, including his wife, Shelly.
"However, in 2006, when a develTracy Brady, who grew up in the
oper for Dollar General expressed
Northeast, decided several years ago
interest in buying a warehouse
that she wanted to live in the South.
downtown and putting in a retail
"I had become enchanted with
store, it gave those of us interested
the South from the films I'd seen
in historic preservation and qualand the literature I'd read, and as an
Above and top right: The Woodbury Shoppe
ity development an opportunity to
adult I'd traveled to Savannah, Birand The Waking Dead Café on Main Street
reopen the dialogue and to create a
mingham, New Orleans and Greenin Senoia are just two examples of busiredevelopment plan that preserved
ville, S.C." Brady says. "In late sumnesses that have sprung up in response
the best of Senoia."
mer 2012, I was reading Southern
to fan interest in "The Walking Dead" and
"Once the Dollar General
Living in my Manhattan home and
other film and TV productions.
situation came to light, the owners
saw not one but two articles about
reconsidered," says Suzanne Helfman, who owns Relish,
Senoia: the Southern Living Idea House and a story
a retail store on Main Street, and the historic Culpepper
about Zac Brown opening Southern Ground Social Club
House, a bed-and-breakfast in Senoia. "It was especially
[now operating with new owners as Nic and Norman's]
appealing that we all wanted to create a historic redethere. I said to myself: 'Where the heck is Senoia, and
velopment plan, so the city formed a Historic Preservawhy has Southern Living written two articles about it?'"
tion Commission and adopted design guidelines. It all
happened quite quickly through 2007 and 2008."
The perfect setting ... for life
The town hired Historical Concepts, an AtlantaBrady Googled Senoia, made reservations at an area
based firm that specializes in renovations and historic
bed-and-breakfast and came south for two days.
designs, and the restoration and rehabilitation of Main
"Within the first day, I knew I wanted to live here,"
Street began. Within several years Southern Living
she says. "I met so many people who were so friendly,
magazine took notice and brought its 2010 Idea House
welcoming and supportive. I was back four weeks later
to Senoia. The 5,000-square-foot home, a collaboration
and bought a piece of land on the Gin Property [a debetween architects and interior designers facilitated by
velopment on the site of a former cotton gin] and built a
the magazine, welcomed more than 25,000 visitors. The
house there."
project was so successful that Southern Living returned
Brady moved into her new house in March 2014.
(Continued on page 22)
to Senoia in 2012 with a second Idea House.
Atlanta Movie Tours guide Clyde Cauthen
leads a group on the Big Zombie Walking
Tour of "The Walking Dead" film sites in
Senoia. Going on a tour puts fans up close
to many familiar locations from the TV series; tour guides help fill in the backstories.

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