How TomorrowWorld is pumping millions into Atlanta’s economy

Photograph by Raymond McCrea Jones

They serve sausage, grits, eggs, you name it, at Charlie’s Store. Every morning, the locals come in for a plate and maybe a scratch-off. Then they gas up at the Texaco pumps and head to work somewhere off Cascade Palmetto Highway.

As popular a stop as it is most days of the year, Charlie’s in late September is something else entirely. It adds two registers to keep lines moving. A cashier might put on a pink wig. Thumping club music plays from the...

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