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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Milton, GA. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Milton.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Milton, GA? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Milton. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Milton, GA, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Milton. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Milton, GA

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Milton to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Milton.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Milton, GA, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Scratch closes in Milton after 12 years in business

MILTON, Ga. — All mother-daughter team Kelley and Samantha Hughes wanted when they opened Scratch Fresh in Milton more than a decade ago was for their customers to feel comfortable and at home.So, on May 1, when they saw their little breakfast and lunch restaurant fill up one last time with loyal customers, Samantha said she was reminded they had accomplished their goal and more.“We just wanted everybody to feel that they could come in and not have to worry about whatever was outside of those doors,” Samantha ...

MILTON, Ga. — All mother-daughter team Kelley and Samantha Hughes wanted when they opened Scratch Fresh in Milton more than a decade ago was for their customers to feel comfortable and at home.

So, on May 1, when they saw their little breakfast and lunch restaurant fill up one last time with loyal customers, Samantha said she was reminded they had accomplished their goal and more.

“We just wanted everybody to feel that they could come in and not have to worry about whatever was outside of those doors,” Samantha said. “And that’s kind of what we stuck with. We started making lots and lots of friends. As our customer base grew, they became more than just customers. They became our very close friends, and we’re still very close to them to this day.”

Samantha said they made the tough decision to close Scratch after struggling for several months to keep up with rising food costs and staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another factor, Samantha said, was her father, Toby’s, declining health.

“It was time for us to, unfortunately, close it, so we could be with him,” Samantha said in a phone interview on May 4.

Kelley and Samantha bought Scratch in January 2011. Samantha said her parents moved to the area in the late 1980s and both she and her sister grew up in a house just off Mayfield Road in Alpharetta. Her dad, a master plumber, already had a large customer base from years of working in the community when they decided to go into the restaurant business.

“Alpharetta started getting bigger and bigger, and we gained a bigger following and more friends,” Samantha said. “So, we just grew organically. It wasn’t something that we had planned on. It being that we didn’t realize, honestly, how big of a community impact we and Scratch had until this final week. The community really came out and showed us a lot of support.”

Scratch’s customers, including City of Milton and City of Alpharetta first responders, showed up in droves May 1 to bid the Hughes farewell.

One customer, Tom George, had been going to Scratch for more than 11 years. Samantha said he and his wife are like family.

“The Milton/Alpharetta community lost an iconic presence,” George stated in a letter to the Herald. “It is an awful shame. … I started out as ‘Grumpy Tom’ but grew out of it. My wife Kim and I can legitimately count the entire Hughes family and their staff, notably Leah Gatti and Jazmine Shah, as close personal friends. Heck, Leah even made the trek to D.C. to attend our wedding! They are all way more than simply people that served us food.”

George stated he enjoyed Scratch because of its “country feel,” complete with a sign above the registers with the words, “I love you more than biscuits and gravy.” He recalls that when it opened, Scratch started out as a burgers, biscuits and shakes place in the Windward Way shopping strip across from Walmart and soon evolved into a full menu breakfast and lunch, made-to-order restaurant.

His personal favorite, George stated, was Kelley’s pot roast sandwich.

“In the early years, Scratch had this endearing way of delivering your food,” George stated. “When the order was ready, they would shout your name out to the restaurant and deliver it to the raised hand. As I said, everybody knew your name, literally.”

George stated customers could barely get through the doors on the Saturday and Sunday before the restaurant closed.

“It is clear they knew they were losing something special,” George stated. “I know that to be true. ... The following 11 years has seen tumultuous personal change. … And now, I have lost my favorite haunt. I feel that pain with a great sense of personal loss. … Taped on the front door is an open letter from Kelley and Sam. It thanks us for ‘12 years of love and support from our community and customers.’ Right back at you ladies. Right back at you.”

Samantha said she was flabbergasted to see just how much people cared about them and their business.

“It’s easy to get stuck in the day in and day out of things, and sometimes you forget why you started,” Samantha said. “But Kelley and I were quickly reminded this past week of why we’ve done what we’ve done and that’s strictly because of the friendships that we have made.”

Moving forward, Samantha said they’re letting God take the wheel and lead them where they need to go. While they have no plans at the moment, Samantha said she and Kelley hope to take a couple of vacations with their families, as they have taken about three in the past 12 years.

“Right now, we’re just focusing on our family and what comes next is in God’s hands,” Samantha said.

Skeptic's guide to Georgia's 2022 football season

Coming off of the national championship, Georgia is still pegged to win at least 11 games by ESPN’s Football Power Index. That’s the 3rd-best FPI projection in the country, hardly a drop-off from the perennial College Football Playoff contender.Between LSU, Clemson and even Ohio State, there’s been a consistent drop-off the following year among teams in the national championship game in recent years. This is a new challenge for Ki...

Coming off of the national championship, Georgia is still pegged to win at least 11 games by ESPN’s Football Power Index. That’s the 3rd-best FPI projection in the country, hardly a drop-off from the perennial College Football Playoff contender.

Between LSU, Clemson and even Ohio State, there’s been a consistent drop-off the following year among teams in the national championship game in recent years. This is a new challenge for Kirby Smart, and he’s already gotten a jump on the messaging.

If the Dawgs do, indeed, take a step back in 2022, it will be because of these 6 reasons.

How special was Georgia’s defense in 2021? The No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft was down the line in terms of production.

That’s what happened with the Georgia defense, which came into the College Football Playoff having 5 players with at least 6 tackles for loss, and 5 players with at least 4 sacks. And only 2 of those players were in each category. Travon Walker, the eventual No. 1 overall pick, was only in the top 5 on the team in sacks (4). Sure, he moved around to different positions, but the production suffered.

This defense just had 5 players drafted in the 1st round and 8 players total. No wonder, then, that the 2022 group ranks No. 122 out of 130 FBS teams in percentage of returning defensive production. Georgia, like any other team, can’t replicate that unit like so many have tried to install high-flying offenses, because 5-star 1st-rounders aren’t exactly a dime a dozen.

This is not to say that Smart and company can’t re-stock the depth chart. After all, Smart was the first to offer a scholarship to Walker. But assembling all of that talent on 1 unit like the 2021 Georgia defense will be impossible.

As if the Georgia fan base needs any more fuel around the quarterback situation, Stetson Bennett will struggle to duplicate the near-flawless leadership that marked the 2021 season.

While the tight end position is plenty deep, and in its own historic class, the wide receivers will have a difficult time getting separation and developing a bona fide group of reliable wideouts. Without that elite defense, getting into an offensive shootout with the likes of Tennessee and Kentucky will be difficult to keep pace. The first warning sign will come against Oregon, which by all indications are should be an easy win for Georgia, but don’t be surprised if there are white-knuckle moments and some fans clamoring for Carson Beck or Brock Vandagriff in the middle of the game. After all, the Alabama loss only stoked those concerning flames coming out of Atlanta, and undefeated teams are about as rare as it gets in college football.

The vaunted RBU is in a 2-year slump of not having a 1,000-yard rusher, and there are some questions about whether Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton can carry the load.

After Georgia led the SEC in rushing in 2018, the Bulldogs have slipped to 6th and 5th the past 2 seasons. Georgia has had serviceable backs in recent years but has lacked a star. In Smart’s 6 years as head coach, Georgia hasn’t had a consensus 1st-team All-SEC running back. UGA did not have a running back listed among the 4 who earned All-SEC honors in 2021 or the 5 in 2020. The talented yet somewhat inexperienced offensive line, especially at the guard positions, will be exposed when it’s needed most.

Smart came out early after the national championship and said Georgia wouldn’t be defending the national title. The 2021 won it. The 2022 team is starting anew. That will be combined with a larger point of revenge and motivation, both with the likes of Bennett no longer being an underdog or counted out, and the full-on reset to not let players get complacent while admiring their championship ring.

But also with the fan base and media no longer having the 4-decade drought as a narrative, and the Alabama revenge not really on the table anymore. The Alabama injury excuses have tried to grab traction but probably won’t last long when it matters. The bottom line is, how will the majority of Georgia fans react if the Bulldogs lose in the SEC Championship but come back and win the Sugar Bowl, for example? Smart has largely created a clean slate from the criticism of his game management in big games.

Replacing its top 3 linebackers from last season in Nakobe Dean, Channing Tindall and Quay Walker presents plenty of questions about leadership.

This will test the so-called next wave of recruiting, and how the likes of Jamon Dumas-Johnson and former 5-stars Smael Mondon Jr. and Xavian Sorey Jr. fare stepping into that void. How will they react when the defense gives up a big play or isn’t as smothering as it was last year?

Clearly, Georgia will need to score more, as the defense will let up some, naturally. This will put the onus on Todd Monken to find a creative way to maximize the tight end-heavy offense, and continue to put Bennett in successful positions. There’s already been comments that have downplayed Dan Lanning’s exit, but no matter how smooth the transition is to the new co-defensive coordinators, losing a top assistant like that will leave a mark.

‘We like to grow NFL backs here:’ Georgia football poised to get even more out of its running backs in 2022

Georgia’s rushing attack was good in 2021. When it needed to pick up yards, whether it be late in games against Clemson or Alabama, it proved capable of doing so. But great would not be a word used to describe Georgia’s ability to run the ball last season.If things work out the way they might in 2022, there’s a real chance Georgia may once again have a great rushing attack on the offensive side of the ball.Talent in the running back room was not the issue last year, as we saw James Cook and Zamir White both ge...

Georgia’s rushing attack was good in 2021. When it needed to pick up yards, whether it be late in games against Clemson or Alabama, it proved capable of doing so. But great would not be a word used to describe Georgia’s ability to run the ball last season.

If things work out the way they might in 2022, there’s a real chance Georgia may once again have a great rushing attack on the offensive side of the ball.

Talent in the running back room was not the issue last year, as we saw James Cook and Zamir White both get drafted in last month’s NFL draft.

Yet with Kendall Milton and Kenny McIntosh returning, there might not be the same level of drop-off at the position compared to say that of linebacker, where Georgia also had multiple players drafted.

Consider the recent praise McIntosh received from Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, who tabbed the versatile senior as a breakout candidate.

One RB for 2023 NFL Draft that @seniorbowl expects to have breakout year is Georgia’s Kenny McIntosh. Only 130 career carries. Hard-to-wrap runner with subtle make-miss & knack for slipping pursuit. Catches it naturally and can pass pro.#BestoftheBest #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE™? pic.twitter.com/BDAO0SbLmR

— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) May 9, 2022

McIntosh has already shown he can be an effective pass-catcher while adding in the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. While he may not have the straight-line speed that Cook possessed, Georgia has already shown it can get McIntosh the ball in a variety of ways.

Both McIntosh and Milton had impressive receptions in Georgia’s spring game, as both had 30-yard receptions on the afternoon.

“I thought Kenny caught a nice play on a wheel route, so did Kendall. In college football you become a weapon by how you receive the ball out of the backfield,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after the spring game. “They want to grow with that. They want to be able to showcase their talents catching the ball out of the backfield. That’s what the NFL asks about.”

That Milton looked so fluid catching the ball out of the backfield — he scored on a 32-yard reception that also showcased his impressive balance and physicality — should be another welcome sign for Georgia.

The junior running back is the more physical of the two running backs, due in part to his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame. He’ll be expected to earn the hard yards that White did a season ago.

For Milton, the biggest key to success for the upcoming season will be staying on the field. He’s suffered an MCL injury in each of the past two seasons, preventing him from helping the team in the month of November. Both injuries likely have more to do with poor luck than anything else, but Milton will still need to prove this year that he can stay on the field for every game.

The final piece of the puzzle as to why Georgia may have more productive seasons from its running backs comes from the guys blocking for them. Georgia’s offensive line last season, much like its running game, was good yet not great. The Bulldogs averaged 5.26 yards per carry last season, an improvement over the 2019 and 2020 seasons but still less than that of the 2017 and 2018 campaigns.

Injuries played a part in how the offensive line performed last season. Jamaree Salyer, Tate Ratledge and Warren Ericson all missed time last season due to injury, while Sedrick Van Pran spent much of the second half of the season playing with an injured wrist.

Those injuries may have ended up benefiting this team. It gave players such as Broderick Jones and Xavier Truss a chance to get more first-team reps than they normally would’ve. Now Jones is the obvious starting left tackle for Georgia.

The Bulldogs do still have to figure out the offensive guard position as Ericson, Ratledge, Truss and Devin Willock are all competing to start. But Georgia and new offensive line coach Stacey Searles potentially have four players who could start at either of the two positions. That’s a rare luxury in the modern age of college football.

In the last five NFL drafts, Georgia has had five running backs taken. Running backs Dell McGee clearly knows what he is doing. And with some small tweaks — be it an improved offensive line, better injury luck for Milton or a higher usage rate for McIntosh — Georgia seems poised to once again maximize the talents of its running backs.

“We like to grow NFL backs here, so to do that you’ve got to use them in the passing game,” Smart said.

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Milton chef who figured out how to keep his staff during the pandemic nominated for the Nextdoor 100

Milton chef who figured out how to keep his staff during the pandemic nominated for the Nextdoor 100 Derek Dollar is the head chef and part-owner of Cuisine and Cocktails in Milton.MILTON, Ga. — WSB-TV and the Nextdoor app are partnering to celebrate the top 100 amazing neighbors across the country.A Milton chef who figured out a way to keep every single one of his staff members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is the next nominee for the Nextdoor 100 that Channel 2′s Heather Catlin spoke with.Derek Do...

Milton chef who figured out how to keep his staff during the pandemic nominated for the Nextdoor 100 Derek Dollar is the head chef and part-owner of Cuisine and Cocktails in Milton.

MILTON, Ga. — WSB-TV and the Nextdoor app are partnering to celebrate the top 100 amazing neighbors across the country.

A Milton chef who figured out a way to keep every single one of his staff members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is the next nominee for the Nextdoor 100 that Channel 2′s Heather Catlin spoke with.

Derek Dollar is the head chef and part-owner of Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails.

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“Milton is a really tight knit community and we like to support the community with whatever we can do,” Dollar said.

Larry Wine is a long-time customer at Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails and said that when other restaurants started to close, he saw Dollar go to work, which is why he nominated him as one of Nextdoor 100.

“Derek, along with some other key folks here,...were like, ‘Okay, we’ve gotta figure this out. We have to help them.’ So, they started messaging out to the community with a variety of clever things they were going to do,” Wine said.

The restaurant started selling to-go meals for the community, but they also began selling meat and fish to benefit the staff.

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Loyal customers not only bought what the restaurant was selling, but also set up a Gofundme for staff.

“And he was just the first one to jump in and to say, ‘I’m going right to the front of the line. How can I help?’ and his wife, as well,” Wine explained.

Dollar has been a chef for 20 years and says it’s extremely rare to have a small neighborhood feel in the metro area of a big city.

“We know their kids’ names, their dogs’ names, their birthdays and where they go on vacation, and, you know, we give to them and they give back to us,” Dollar said.

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The Nextdoor 100 will be announced on May 23.

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Mother's Day 2022 Gifts: What Do Alpharetta-Milton Moms Really Want?

Some 84 percent of U.S. adults said they plan to celebrate Mother's Day with a gift. What are you buying your mom in Alpharetta-Milton?ALPHARETTA-MILTON, GA — What do Alpharetta-Milton moms want from their kids this Mother's Day?What many will likely get come May 8 are jewelry and Mother's Day brunch or dinner out. Those two categories are driving a record ...

Some 84 percent of U.S. adults said they plan to celebrate Mother's Day with a gift. What are you buying your mom in Alpharetta-Milton?

ALPHARETTA-MILTON, GA — What do Alpharetta-Milton moms want from their kids this Mother's Day?

What many will likely get come May 8 are jewelry and Mother's Day brunch or dinner out. Those two categories are driving a record $31.7 billion in Mother's Day spending, a $3.6 billion increase over last year's record, according to a report last week from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insight & Analytics.

Some 84 percent of U.S. adults said they plan to celebrate Mother's Day with a gift, spending $245 on average on their mothers and mother figures, the report said. Jewelry stores alone are expected to see $7 billion in spending, according to the report.

That's good news for jewelry and keepsake shops around Alpharetta-Milton.

If you're planning to treat Mom to dinner out, reservations are going quickly at restaurants in Alpharetta-Milton, including those OpenTable recently listed among the 100 Best Brunch Spots in America. Reservations are up 39 percent from pre-pandemic 2019, and up 13 percent from 2021, the online reservation service said last week.

And, according to the OpenTable survey, almost half (48 percent) of moms want to celebrate Mother's Day at a restaurant. The survey of 1,255 adults also showed that 45 percent plan to make up for lost time with their mother figures during the pandemic by "going big" this year.

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A 2021 YouGov poll revealed the top five gifts moms want are flowers, a card with a heartfelt message, a gift certificate to the spa or for a massage, jewelry and chocolate. Most moms are satisfied with however their children honor them on Mother's Day, though, with 58 percent saying they've never been disappointed by their kids' shows of affection and appreciation.

Some reliable go-to places for gifts in Alpharetta-Milton include:

We took our own informal survey of several Patch moms. While by no means scientific, it revealed some similar themes.

"We have always had the girls make homemade cards — even now that they are teenagers," one mom told us, adding the handwritten notes are "so much more meaningful than any Hallmark card could ever be."

Some new moms and those with small children don't want stuff as much as they do a break.

"New moms can't expect to get anything from the kids," one Patch mom told us. "I'd say a restaurant gift certificate for them. That's one less meal to cook."

Another said: "My toddler keeps me running around all the time and doesn't sleep, so any time I can have to take care of myself, anything to feel pampered even just for an hour — mani/pedi, hair blown out, restaurant gift card so I don't have to cook, or just an offer to watch him for one hour."

It never hurts to drop a hint.

"I want a plant — not flowers, because they don't last as long — but a plant that my husband knows I have a spot for and the right light for," one mom told us. Another said, "you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine."

And another Patch mom treats herself to a hike on Mother's Day. "The kids usually join in," she said, "even if they don't want to."

Said another: "Alone time! Night at a hotel. Dinner date or night out with friends. Meals pre-ordered and handled."

Get Mom In The Photo

Precious ones, we have news for you: Each of you is going to give your mom 45 pieces of homemade artwork between now and when you leave the nest, according to a survey last year conducted by OnePoll for the art website Canvaspop. And while your moms may say they'll treasure your creative expressions as if Picasso himself were responsible — and, in fact, three-fourths of them display some of it on their walls — another fact is 41 percent agree you're "no Picasso."

So, change that up, kiddos.

More than two-thirds of moms last year said they want more family photos for their walls, but with a catch: Give mom a break from behind the shutter and take photos that include her. The average mom surveyed said she's featured in less than half of family photos.

This survey was in 2021, but unless you wore out the shutter on your camera taking photos, the advice holds.

Make Memories With Mom

With inflation at a 40-year high, money is tight for many Alpharetta-Milton families. Experiences count a lot with moms, and they don't have to break the budget.

"I don't need stuff," a Patch mom with an adult child told us. She just wants to spend quality time with her daughter.

"A mom's view of Mother's Day changes as kids get older," another Patch mom said. "When they were little, homemade cards and a Mother's Day spa getaway from them was pure bliss. Now the perfect Mother's Day for me involves dressing up, going out to dinner, and listening to all of their laughter and stories."

But, she said, "I still love the homemade cards and have saved them all through the years!"

Here's another idea: Pick up a nice, cloth-covered journal and write down some of your favorite memories of Mom. Be sure to include some of the bits of advice she's dished out over the years. And don't forget to tell her she was right.

Or how about a scavenger hunt for some of Mom's favorite things? That idea comes from Woman's Day. Or how about a custom jigsaw puzzle of a cherished family photo featuring Mom front and center? (This assumes you've followed the advice above and gotten Mom out from behind the shutter.)

What is your idea of a perfect Mother's Day gift? Tell us in the comments.

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