Downtown Cumming advertises music studio, restaurants and shop

CUMMING, GA – Downtown Cumming is slated to open in early 2022, and with it comes a slew of tenants, some of which are advertised.

The center is located on approximately 75 acres between Canton Highway and Sawnee Drive west of downtown Cumming and behind Forsyth Central High School.

Several businesses have been announced as tenants of the center, with more expected to be revealed over the coming months.

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Chunks & Peaches

Pieces and Peaches, a retail store offering fashion-forward clothing and accessories, is the first tenant to finalize its lease agreement and be officially welcomed into the Cumming City Center family.

Owner Christine Fowler, a Forsyth County resident, is looking forward to joining the downtown Cumming family with the first brick-and-mortar showcase of Pieces and Peaches. Fowler works closely with her daughter, Ansley, a student at North Forsyth High School, who studies the latest trends and personally selects clothing for her clients.

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After four years as an online-only store, Fowler said Pieces and Peaches is ready to make its big in-person debut.

“We searched for the perfect place and we feel so lucky to have found the perfect location for our next venture,” she said. “Having a storefront in downtown Cumming will provide us with opportunities to showcase the latest trends, host in-person events and help customers find the perfect outfit or gift without leaving the county.”

For those looking to take home a piece or two before opening day, Pieces and Peaches offers customers an app that’s compatible with Android and Apple. For more information, visit Pieces and Peaches on Instagram and Facebook.


Hut of the Muses

Susan Barton and her son Andrew Malphurs are launching a dream that took more than five years to come true. They open Muse Cabin, a music and art studio focused on building community. Susan’s youngest son, Noah, will also join the team, though he hopes to serve Forsyth families with a career in criminal justice in the years to come.

As longtime residents of Cumming, this family loves the community traditions and sense of family in the city and downtown. In Andrew’s words, “Community is the number one reason behind Muse Cabin, at least in my eyes.”

“Muse Cabin is more than a music studio and more than an art gallery, it’s a creative community for everyone,” Susan said. “Whether you’ve been playing in a band for years or have never picked up an instrument, whether you know how to paint a canvas like Monet or just want to marvel at the beautiful works of art around you, come and settle into an armchair and be inspired by the creativity we all put into the world in our own way.”

Muse Cabin will offer individual and group art and music lessons for a wide range of musical genres and artistic media. Some examples include beginner and intermediate guitar, jazz, blues, metal, praise, improvisation, mixed media, art journaling, lyric writing, beginner photography, family photography, a variety of paint options, etc.

The studio will also offer creative community opportunities such as family art workshops, nightly events, open mic and live music nights, holiday crafts and even a micro business community to share what you create.

Course registrations will be open in advance. Artists and musicians join the studio daily. Follow @musecabin on Instagram or FB to see them prepare to open the doors to Muse Cabin.


Wright’s Fish & Chips

Chantelle, Kelzey and Bradley Wright, the mother-son trio who own and operate Wright’s Fish & Chips in Cumming, signed their official rental agreement with the Cumming City Center on October 6. Currently located at 101 Colony Park Drive in Cumming, the “chippy”, as the British call this type of restaurant, will join the Cumming City Center family.

The Wrights, who became certified National Fish Fryers in England, decided to establish their restaurant after moving house and being unable to find other restaurants offering authentic dishes from their home country.

“When we left our home in Britain to live and work abroad, we quickly discovered a niche in the market for authentic British cuisine,” Chantelle said. “We searched for the ‘real thing’ across Europe and the United States, never to be disappointed. From those discoveries, we decided to bring America its first fish store- full-fledged British fries in Cumming.”

Chantelle and Kelzey, who are well known in the UK chippy industry and are proud

members of the National Federation of Fish Fryers, opened Wright’s Fish & Chips on July 3, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

After moving to their largest space at the Cumming City Center, the Wrights plan to expand their current menu, allowing them to offer even more British fare. They also want to hold British-themed events throughout the year for the community to enjoy, such as Queen Elizabeth’s “chipnic” birthday parties, British afternoon teas and gatherings centered around British sporting events, Royal Family events and British TV shows.

The Wrights are thrilled to join the downtown Cumming family. “We’re a small family with a big passion for excellence, and we think downtown will be the perfect fit for us,” Chantelle said. Learn more about Wright’s Fish & Chips online.


The development, which is Mayor Troy Brumbalow’s vision, will provide an “American Main Street” feel.

“The City of Cumming has always been very family oriented, whether in the different types of activities presented each year at the Cumming Fairgrounds or in the warm customer service provided daily by our city employees” , Mayor Troy Brumbalow said in a press release. “So it only makes sense that we wanted to continue that family feeling with Cumming City Center. We want all of our City Center tenants to know that they are a very important part of the City of Cumming family.”

Features will include:

  • 117,000 square feet of retail space
  • A new building for the Cumming Police and Municipal Court
  • An amphitheater adjacent to a small lake
  • Water fountain surrounded by custom bricks
  • Extensive green space including several “pocket parks”
  • putting lessons
  • Steam Engine Exhibit honoring Cumming’s historical and community ties to machinery,
  • System of trails and boardwalks meandering over Kelly Mill Branch Creek, its tributaries and wetlands

Across Canton Road, an additional 10 acres will be donated to the City of Cumming for additional walking paths.