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The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Friday, November 11th, 2011

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One of the best things about living in Atlanta is that you’re living in Atlanta. With six distinctly different neighborhoods, the city offers a variety of activities for everyone. From family friendly destinations like the Georgia Aquarium to the trendy shops in Little Five Points, Atlanta will please all different kind of visitors.

Luckily, special products agent, Amanda, was able to take advantage of the Atlanta CityPass, and for one weekend, the city was her playground!We talk about two of Amanda’s trips, though with the Atlanta CityPass, you have admission to five venues: the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio, High Museum or FernbankMuseum, and Zoo Atlanta or Atlanta History Center.

This particular post will be about Amanda’s visit to The ‘World of Coca-Cola’. The exhibition features the history of coca-cola. It transports you back to the days when coca-cola was mixed in front of you, served warm, and purchased in a pharmacy and brings you back to the modern day where Coca-Cola sells over 500 beverage brands in 200 countries and where our soda is nice and cold!

the lobby and the gigantic bottles (picture from this blog)

Amanda and her friend headed over to the World of Coca-Cola and was greeted with a gorgeous lobby. With enormous, decorated soda bottles standing in the middle and swirls of fanciful colors sweeping the room, it’s a wonderful introduction to another world. She couldn’t stop marveling at the gigantic bottles and truly appreciated the amount of work it took to create them. Most of all, Amanda was especially happy to bypass the line on a Saturday morning with her CityPass!

Divided into groups, Amanda entered a room with walls decorated in Coca-Cola products. There was a brief introduction to the Coca-cola brand, the products, and the history of its presence in pop culture. One of Amanda’s favorite parts about the introduction was all of the memorabilia hanging on the walls. Every inch of the room was covered with metal signs, neon lights, and products such as dinnerware and oven mitts dating back to the early beginning of the iconic logo.

“It was definitely fun to see how Coca-Cola’s image has changed throughout the years,” said Amanda. Coca-Cola puts a strong emphasis on its journey from its humble beginnings to the international product it is today. After Happiness Factory: A Documentary, a cute animated short about characters in the Happiness Factory, Amanda was off to The Hub.


You can take a picture with the Coca-Cola polar bear! Who else loves those commercials?

At this point, Amanda was on a self-guided tour of the venue, and the Hub is where you can choose where to start your Coca Cola experience. There were various activities available such as listening to the company’s worldwide influence in the ‘Coca-Cola Connections’ room or visiting the ‘Milestones of Refreshment’, an attraction that showcases different advertisements in chronological order. Other activities include watching how the famous soda pop is made or watching the 4-D film In Search of the Secret Formula. In ‘Bottle Works’, visitors are allowed to see how, you guessed it, cola is bottled.

Probably the most exciting part about the exhibit is the ‘Taste It’ room. Certainly Amanda’s favorite part of the attraction, soda fountains offering 60 different soft drinks from all over the world are placed in this room for you to taste. You can try drinks from France, Chile, Zimbabwe, China, Japan, and the list goes on. Amanda tried every single one, even the notorious Beverly from Italy. She didn’t have a favorite flavor, but she distinctly remembers the Inca Kola from Peru, which she thinks tastes like bubblegum.

Another crowd pleaser is the ‘Coca-Cola Freestyle’ that allows cola enthusiasts to mix their very own drinks. Unfortunately, you can’t take full 2 liter bottles of your personally-made soda, but the Freestyle units are popping up all around the nation.


This is one of the soda fountains in the ‘Taste It’ room. Inca Kola is pictured in the center. Other sodas are from (left to right) Mexico, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Chile. 

There is no better way to end your visit at the World of Coca-Cola than visiting the gift shop. Actually, it’s where the exit is located, so you really can’t miss it! The gift shop is a huge store that offers almost everything Coca-Cola.

“From a pair of sunglasses to home decor such as lamps or bed sheets, you can get anything from the gift shop,” said Amanda, “if you know a coca-cola die-hard fan, you can probably furnish a whole house from this store!”

Amanda loved the World of Coca-Cola and all of the interesting little factoids the venue offered, but there is still one thing that the attraction didn’t mention: Is it soda, coke, or pop?

“It’s soda!”


Amanda decked out in Coca-Cola gear at the gift shop.

Look for the second part of Amanda’s Atlanta excursion with her Atlanta CityPass in upcoming blog posts! If you would like to purchase Atlanta CityPasses, go to this link. If you would like to chat with one of our representatives about the pass, call 800-745-1925. If you would just like to chat about Atlanta and where to find the best doughnuts, tweet at me (Kris) at @reserve123 or catch us on facebook.

Photos by Amanda unless otherwise noted.


Meet Janice – Accountant during the day and… if it’s a busy day, an accountant at night as well

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Janice doesn’t dress like this every day, but if she did, it would make accounting a lot more fun. I may actually start a petition for weekly Janice costumes.

The majority of us don’t care too much for numbers. With numbers, there is always an answer, even if the answer is zero that unravels the mystery of a parabola in some graph we have forgotten how to read, there will always be an answer. Unfortunately, those answers can get a bit large and complicated with decimals and multiplication. Throw in some division in there and you got yourself at least an hour’s worth of work for me. (I’m kidding!) This is why we love Janice so much. She and Sacki crunch these numbers together and financial tasks are completed, and most importantly, people get paid. She makes numbers into money, and I take that money and buy food and stupid apps for my phone, which is why I think she’s the bee’s knees.

Janice not only does the number crunching, she and Michelle make sure the office is running smoothly by fixing computers and throwing away random office plants I’ve never seen before (who knew there was practically a tree growing in Tony’s office?). She does all of this with a smile and a couple of jokes in between tasks. Buzzing around the office, Janice is always in a good mood and is willing to help anyone who asks.

So meet Janice, you may end up loving her as much as we do.

K: What do you do at Reserve123?

J: I am an accounting manager. I work with Sacki, and we process all of the payroll and the supplier invoices for payment. We also handle all of the company banking

K: What is your favorite city and why?

J: My favorite city is Monaco just because it’s beautiful, the people are kind, and the scenery is awesome!

K: What city would you like to visit?

J: I would like to go to Honolulu. I’ve never been to Hawaii, so I would LOVE to go! It’s one of those bucket list things to do. I would also like to go to England, but I’d rather see Hawaii first!

K: Besides experiencing a new city, what is your favorite part about traveling?

J: I like going to the out of the way places like the cafes and meet the locals. Ask them “What do you do for a living” or “How many children do you have?” I enjoy human interest type stuff and get involved with the culture.

K: What is your advice for starting a conversation with a local?

J: Find something you want to compliment or something you want to question them. It’s especially easy to compliment women on their jewelry or clothes. I mean, who doesn’t like getting complimented?There are a lot of times where people are just really friendly and are not intimidating at all.

K: If you can do a U.S. road trip, what kind of road trip would it be?

J:I would like to go to every national park in every state. If they don’t have a park, I’ll go to a state park or a big city… that is something I would definitely like to do one day.

K: What would be three songs you would have on your travel playlist?

J: Gotta have The Eagles – Hotel California, Elton John. Really, anything that’s 1970s to 1980s rock and roll music.

K: Driver or passenger on these road trips?

J: Oh I’d love to be a passenger. I hate driving; I actually prefer to fly. I admit that I am not a good driver…ugh I just find driving boring and tedious.

K: Oh even if you have a limousine?

J: Oh if I had a limo and I’m the passenger, no problem! A little champagne, a little music, and we’re good to go!

K: Your opinion on Hawaii floral shirts during vacation – Yay or nay?

J: I think they’re great. Do what you want to do!

K: In unrelated travel news, how have you fared at the chili cook offs you have attended?

J: We’ve done very well. We’ve placed 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 10th!

K: How many speeds do you have?

J: Two – off and high. I really do! I’ve been told that all my life.

- Kris

Halloween Costume Contest

Friday, November 4th, 2011

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We like to celebrate Halloween as a week long event, at least, in our blog. ;)

Not only did we celebrate the holiday with food, we also dressed up for our costume contest! We had flappers, demons, spies wandering through our office as we worked throughout the day anticipating for 5:00 p.m. to roll around and start our festive office after party! Ha ha, just kidding… or am I?

Allison dressed up as a flapper

Barbara is wearing a witchy disguise in the office.

We have Janice dressed up as… well, I’m not really sure. I think the office narrowed it down to an American patriot, an Occupy Wall Street protestor, and umm… we’re just not sure. 

John dressed up in classic Halloween garb – a demon giving you a thumbs up. 

Kris dressed up as a rocket because there aren’t enough rockets in the world.

Lauren dressed as a seductive vampire (who can resist a girl in a cape?).

Michael dressed as the better half of the Twilight series, Edward.

Michelle wore a pretty cool skeleton costume. Get it?!

Tony dressed up as the suave 007.

We were happy to see people participate in the contest, but there was only one winner and that winner is…


Hooray, I won! *does the happy dance* I win a night in the Hotel Midtown. I have 24 hours in a room to myself that is free from any responsibilities. What shall I do, what shall I do…

Perhaps do a little bed jumping. Make signs for the my window so the people can read it from below. Maybe write my name in lights and see if I can see my name from the ground.  Swim about half a lap in their indoor pool because I’ll get so tired I’m afraid I’ll drown if I try to do a whole lap. Get my shoes shined…

What do you think I should do with my free night in a hotel? Comment below, por favor!

- Kris

Halloween Lunch!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

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While you were perusing our blog (I hope you were perusing our blog!), we were Halloweening it up at the office.

Allison, chargeback pusher and party planner extraordinaire, decorated the break room with cobwebs and ordered delicious BBQ for lunch. The standard BBQ accouterments were served like macaronic and cheese, green beans, something else that was so good that all I can remember is the empty platter that it was in, and Halloweenies (pigs in a blanket)! Most importantly, we had peach cobbler. I distinctly remember Evonne and Sacki raving about the dessert as I made my way to the baking pan, and I saw it sitting there in all of its warm and gooey glory. The peach cobbler was definitely one of the many highlights of the day.

Allison knew exactly what everyone wanted on Halloween and that was candy! There was a mountain of goodie bags next to the eyeballs in the break room, and it was beautiful.  So what if we’re adults, we still enjoy a couple of sweet tarts and twizzlers in our goodie bags!

Enjoying our lunch buffet

Janice and John posing for Allison. Don’t they  make a lovely pair? 

Thank you Allison and Michelle for coordinating the Halloween lunch!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Did you dress up? Did you steal some candy out of the candy bowl? Tell us what you dressed up as and what’s your favorite candy in the comments below!


Congratulations Brooke!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

We’re happy to announce that Brooke from Charters is ENGAGED!


Brooke and Sean

Sean, Brooke’s boyfriend of two years, popped the question in a weekend getaway to Stone Mountain. They climbed to the top of the mountain where he asked the big question.

Thinking it was a joke, Brooke couldn’t believe that he was asking her hand in marriage until he finally showed her the ring! Brooke and Sean have playfully talked about the idea of marriage, but she was completely surprised when he decided to ask her that weekend!

Brooke and Sean first met when their friends set them up on a blind date. Like all blind dates, they can be a bit scary, but Brooke’s friend ensured her that Sean would be a perfect match. When Brooke finally met Sean, she was instantly smitten with him, and the rest is history.

When she told her mother about the engagement, her mother started to cry tears of joy. When she met Brooke’s then-boyfriend Sean, she bought a dress, which she didn’t reveal to Brooke until a year ago. She knew for sure that he was the man for her daughter! Brooke made the announcement to her mother by asking her, “Do you still have that dress?”

There’s still much excitement in the air, and Brooke is starting to make arrangements for the wedding. They are planning a small, romantic ceremony on a Florida beach for the spring.Because of the intimate setting, Brooke, her sister, and another friend will be planning the wedding.

What was supposed to be a quiet weekend turned into a cherished memory for both Brooke and Sean. Congratulations from the staff!

- Kris

Who is the Smuffalo Smurderer?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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Who is the Smuffalo Smurderer?

The mysterious Smuffalo Smurderer

Things can get a little crazy in the Reserve 123 office around Halloween time. Twas upon the witching hour (Ok, it was more like right after lunch, so probably around 2 p.m.) when Michelle found her plush animal Smuffalo horribly disfigured. His horn was viciously ripped off the plushie’s frail body.

Later in the evening, Michelle said the Smurderer returned to finish her/his task and completely dismembered Smuffalo in front of her! She desperately suppressed the memories of this ghastly crime and along with it the Smurderer’s identity. She dare not speak the killer’s name for the emotional baggage of seeing her beloved Smuffalo will rush back and leave her mentally unstable (and we certainly cannot have that happen to a co-director with the holiday season coming up).

The only thing we can do now is to keep all desk plushies under close watch. We will not know when the Smuffalo Smurderer will strike again, but with  Halloween only a little more than a week away, we presume she/he will attack before the holiday!

We put up our wanted sign in the break room. If you and your plushie are about to be attacked, please do not make any sudden movements… If you have already been targeted, consider your poor plushie gone. :( Do not make eye contact! After the attack, please call our fire and safety marshalls – Michelle and Janice. Follow their instructions and you will be safe. I will make sure I’ll keep my sheep with me when I leave the office today.

Two ways of staying out of the Smurder Smuffalo’s way are complicated and arduous computer problems and writing a #boohaiku (who knew?). Perhaps you should write a #boohaiku now and TWEET it to us? You know… for your safety.

P.S. In honor of Smuffalo, donations for a flower basket can be given to Kris.

*Our #boohaiku contest is over*

- Kris

Desserts From Around the World

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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There are many people who eat their way around the world. Trust me, if I could do that, I would not only be able to fit in this chair, I would have to be rolled out of the office Willy Wonka-style. It’s self-explanatory as to why food is so crucial to traveling. For one thing, eating is essential to living (there’s Biology 101, for ya), but most importantly food is an experience that’s shared with your fellow travelers. Whether you’re eating at a swanky restaurant in Paris or on a patio in Greece, food creates an occasion that enriches your travels and can make memories of a lifetime.

I asked the office what are their favorite desserts (that’s the best part of the meal!) from around the world or even in their own backyard (Atlanta).

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Kinder Eggs by flexyournoggin

“I went to Germany once when I was about 10 years old with my family. In Germany, they had these small chocolate eggs that had little toys you could put together inside called Kinder Eggs (made by the Italian company Ferrero). The chocolate tastes different from most American brands. I’m not sure about the confection details, but I loved the mix of white chocolate and milk chocolate. I hope I can get another one of those Kinder Eggs if I can visit Germany again someday.” – Lauren

I swear I have seen this kind of chocolate somewhere in the Georgia! Calling all chocoholics, now is the time to unite and find these little goodies for Lauren!

“My favorite dessert memory was in Positano, Italy on the Amalfi Coast. We were in a little bakery with all homemade desserts, and I saw this beautiful cannoli dipped in chocolate. It was SOOO YUMMY! The views of the beach, ocean, old world buildings, and the fresh sea breeze were absolutely fabulous as we sat on the patio eating our dessert and drinking cappuccino.” – Kathy

“Carnegie Deli in New York had some great food. The cheesecake was exquisite. It was the best I’ve ever had. That is one thing I loved about New York City – the food was great everywhere you went, even the hot dog vendors were good.” – Michael

Welsh cakes by Jennz World

Welsh cakes by Jennz World

“My ex-mother-in-law was from Wales and she made these often and they are really delicious. It’s more like a cookie, but it’s called a Welsh cake. I’ve never seen them in the US… not even in the Northeast bakeries.” – Janice

“I went to Italy for a week in December last year and there was this gelato shop in the fashion district that was really good. I wish I could remember the flavor or the name of the shop! It had the vibe of a Starbucks.” – Ellarie

“One of my favorite dessert memories was from England when my friends and I went to an Italian restaurant on Little Clarendon Street. My friend and I got two different desserts. I forgot what I ordered, but I remember I almost finished my friend’s panna cotta. It was smooth and so silky, I almost took her plate. It was a wonderful night out with friends and a wonderful dessert.” – Kris

Do you have any awesome dessert memories? Do you know where we can find Kinder Eggs in Georgia?!? Well go ahead and comment below. :)

– Kris

Sacki in San Francisco

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I came back to work on Monday ready to say my ritualistic and sometimes robotic “Good Morning” to Sacki, but to my surprise, there was no one behind the desk. The next morning, again, there’s no one typing away with a faint glare of a computer screen glow on his glasses. I thought, “Oh God, the zombies got to him!”

Thankfully, he came back mid-week, which was a good thing because I was one day from calling the police. Sacki was in San Francisco, so I took the opportunity to interrogate interview Sacki’s whereabouts over his long weekend.

His first trip to the West Coast, Sacki decided to visit the lovely city of San Francisco. His first impression of the city was that it was so diverse. Atlanta, although a big city, is usually not thought of as a touristy area, so to Sacki’s surprise, he stumbled upon a number of San-Fran visitors, like himself, who were ready and equipped with a camera and mapin hand.

The mega Chinatown. Sack said he's never seen a Chinatown this massive; it was like a little city in a city.

The mega Chinatown! Sack said he’s never seen a Chinatown this massive; it was like a city within a city. 

He saw all of the typical must-see sights like Fisherman’s Wharf, the Painted Ladies (we all know that Mary Kate was the better Michelle Tanner), and Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world) just to name a few.He loved the different neighborhoods and different sights, but to really experience a new city is a different task on its own. To do that, Sacki had one answer…

“Of any trip, my favorite part is eating!” said Sacki, and he loves looking for those hole-in-the-wall restaurants for a real taste of the city and its culture. Food is different everywhere you go, even the slight differences around the U.S., like from Southern fried chicken to New York pizza, makes it worth driving all over the country finding your new favorite dishes. With all of the great restaurants around the city, he was afraid he wouldn’t be able to find some good eats at a very good price, but just around the corner of his hotel, he found a Chinese restaurant that served excellent chow fun noodles. Unfortunately, he can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but if you find a Chinese restaurant that serves FABULOUS chow fun noodles with enormous shrimp, you know Sacki’s been there.

Not the biggest baseball fan, but Sacki knew he couldn't miss AT&T Park. Something about Barry bonds and most something...

Not the biggest baseball fan, but Sacki knew he couldn’t miss AT&T Park. He took a fantastic tour here as well.

“What people don’t tell you is that San Francisco is very cold,” said Sacki. Although he thought the city was absolutely beautiful, he wasn’t prepared for the chilly weather and actually got a cold at the Golden Gate Bridge! Remember, we’re from the Southeast and the coolest it gets around September/October is 65 (and that’s if you’re up before the sun). We like to enjoy our 70 degree weather well into the beginning of November.

Although Sacki got a little sick from his visit to the Golden Gate, it was his favorite destination in the whole trip. The iconic view of bridge was different for him because of the cooler weather. Fog and mist gathered around the bridge but that didn’t stop Sacki from enjoying the spectacular view.

“I spent half my afternoon walking back and forth,” said Sacki. Maybe it was the mist, maybe it was the weather, but Sacki found the bridge to be a very calm and cool place to hang out. Amidst the many different district, sightseeing tours, and restaurants, Sacki found himself a little peace in the city…and a cold.

He snapped this picture of the Golden Gate Bridge while he was at the bus stop. 

He will definitely be going back to San Francisco probably with a heavier coat and a little more experience around the Golden Gate City. One thing he will not forget to do is to try one of the clam chowder stands at the Fisherman’s Wharf.Sacki was surprised that there were so many scattered around the area, but he didn’t get the chance to grab a bowl. He said that they were only $5 a bread bowl… a BREAD BOWL, people, so I will surely be right behind him in line for a bowl.

“I like trying different things and different foods,” said Sacki. I confessed to him that new restaurants scare me because I never know what to do, but he says that those experiences is part of life and it’s always becomes a memorable experience and a great story.

“That’s part of traveling – just living. You’ll have your good ones and bad ones, said Sacki, “the bad ones you’ll live to tell about it later and laugh about it later… but this trip was certainly one of the good ones. :)

If you’re heading to the city, check out our San Francisco tours. (Tweet at me and I’ll tell you my favorites!)

One thing that Sacki recommends are those awesome hop on and hop off buses. He said San Francisco is a walking city, but the popular venues are spaced apart, so it would be helpful to use those buses to get to all of your destinations fast and cheap!

San Fran is also Ryan’s stomping ground, so if you live in the city or if you are visiting soon, check out our Foursquare. There’s a ton of tips for this city and cities all over the U.S.

- Kris

(All photos taken by Sacki)

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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Justin, one of our ticketing agents, recently took a trip back home to New York City and scored tickets to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Though Justin was never really a comic book person, he strongly recommends watching the show whether you’re a Marvel nerd or not!

Being the adventure-seeker that Justin is, when he received tickets to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, he jumped to the opportunity to see what all the buzz was about. At first, Justin was skeptical about seeing a superhero tale translated into Broadway but was very pleased with the performance. He was delightfully surprised to see how seamless the show transitioned from action to singing and dancing.

One may think of an awkward burst of song right before Peter Parker whisks away a damsel in distress, but Justin stressed that there was none of that. The songs were songs about what they were doing and not necessarily these grandiose belts of devotion to your friendly neighborhood superhero, so the singing did not feel out of place.

The dancing was a different story in that choreographers fused dancing and fighting into examples of athletic feats. The dance/fight sequences reminded Justin of Brazilian Capoeira dancing and even compared it to Michael Jackson’s iconic Beat It music video. He definitely enjoyed all of the dance scenes but his favorite was the robbers scene where Spider-Man made his first appearance and swoops down onto the stage.

Justin raved about how often the performers were off the stage and suspended in the air. What makes this show so different from other shows is that they really do bring the show to you. “It’s a very audience involved show,” said Justin. Several fight scenes became acrobatic stunts over audience members, and at one point, Spider-Man even perched on top of a platform right next to the balcony seats.

“It kind of made me jealous,” Justin said jokingly, “here I am in the orchestra seats, and Spider-Man is chilling out right next to the nose-bleed seats!” He pointed out that no matter where you are seated, you’ll be guaranteed a show. Don’t worry if you happened to grab seats in the orchestra level, Spidey will make a couple of appearances down there too.

Even beyond the performance, Justin was impressed with the overall experience. He arrived 10 minutes before the show, and though the line was long, it moved quickly.Organized and friendly, the staff at the theater helped everyone from finding restrooms in the lobby to getting their seats before the show. Like every fabulous show, there were also plenty of stands to buy your Spider-Man swag (you have to get souvenirs for those not lucky enough to see it!).

To book tickets to Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, go here.

To see more tours and activities in New York City, go here.

(All photos by Justin)


Meet mini Miss UGA

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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Michelle's door was decorated on the day we found out in the office!

Michelle’s door was decorated when the office found out she was having a baby girl! 

Along with being a tv nerd, an office swiss army knife, and a UGA fan, Michelle will soon be able to tack on mother to her titles.

In Michelle’s profile post, we found out she was having a baby but we weren’t sure of the sex. A couple of weeks ago, Michelle announced to the office she’s having a baby girl! She and Stu have already named her Allison Marie.

We are very excited for these two and hope for all the best!

- Kristina

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