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MIDTOWN ON THE RISE Boutique, high-rise apartment complex Piedmont House brings convenient luxury to Midtown


hose looking to call Midtown home now have a new option for high-rise living: Piedmont House, a boutique apartment complex from Wood Partners opening in early 2018. Featuring just 198 lease-only residences, the complex was designed to evoke the luxury of a penthouse condo while maintaining the accessibility and flexibility of an apartment. Monthly rent for one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts averages $3,500. In addition to luxury, the complex also offers a premium location in the

heart of Midtown, sited at the edge of Piedmont Park and boasting views of the Midtown skyline. “Over the last decade, Midtown has become what I consider to be one of the strongest markets in Atlanta for multi-family, be it apartments or condos,” says Bennett Sands, development director with Wood Partners. “It’s just a great balance of convenience, walkability and tremendous views.” Piedmont House, Sands says, was built to cater to move-up renters looking to upgrade from first- or second-time apartments. “Maybe instead of just a one-bedroom they want a one-bedroom plus den, or

they decided that they want a twobedroom, but they want a master suite and a guest bedroom so they can entertain,” Sands says. “We feel our level of service, our finish package and our amenities cater more toward that 30-something as opposed to that 20-something.” Designed by architects Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, the units include floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood flooring, waterfall-style kitchen islands, entry foyers, quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, wine coolers and wet bars. Tenants will also have access to a saltwater pool, a sky lounge, a fitness center, a

wine locker featuring a tasting room, and a specialty dog spa. “Our finish package far exceeds what you would find in a typical apartment,” notes Sands. “We’re differentiating ourselves in the marketplace by offering units that feel more like homes.” The building will also include 1,200 square feet of retail space that Sands hopes will cater to both residents and pedestrian traffic. “Our goal is to not have your typical dry cleaner-type of tenant but to have something that’s more of an amenity for the neighborhood,” he says. n




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f you’re a burger connoisseur, chances are you’ve devoured a grass-fed beef or vegetarian quinoa burger with a side of pimento cheese fries at Farm Burger. The Atlanta-based chain opened its first outpost in Decatur in 2010 and has since expanded across the country, opening storefronts throughout Atlanta, as well as in California, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. A regular vendor at the Grant Park Farmers Market, the popular spot is finally making a permanent home in the neighborhood. Its latest location is in the residential development The George slated to open early this year at 275 Memorial

Drive. (Named after Georgia Tech Basketball Hall of Famer Nicholas George Azar, the multi-purpose building houses more than 100 apartment units and offers views of both Midtown and Downtown.) “We have been looking for a spot in Grant Park for some time,” says Farm Burger Co-Founder George Frangos. “The George offers us a great location, a perfect intimate-sized space and parking.” The new Farm Burger spans 1,800 square feet on the ground floor, where it will serve its signature grassfed burgers, as well as market salads, Morelli’s ice cream milkshakes and local craft beer. A rotating roster of specials will be unique to the location.

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Atlanta-based chain Farm Burger brings its grass-fed concept to Grant Park

“With all our Farm Burgers, we enjoy becoming part of our communities,” says Frangos. “Over the years of participating at the Grant Park Farmers Market, we’ve gotten to know so many people and families, and we’re excited to be part of their community every day.” n

Truth of the Batter Edible cookie dough has arrived at Ponce City Market If you’ve ever been one to steal a taste (or two) of cookie dough while baking, you’re not alone. Julie Abes founded Batter Cookie Dough for just that reason.

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“I was definitely the kid who always wanted to eat [the dough]," says Abes. "I have children, and when we make cookies, I’ll have to keep their hands out of it or we’ll have no cookies because they eat all the dough.”

Midtown’s historic mansion, The Castle, reinvents itself as Rose + Rye uilt by Ferdinand McMillan in the early 1900s and sited across from the Woodruff Arts Center on 15th Street, The Castle, Midtown’s iconic, five-story mansion, served as a gathering place for Atlanta artists for nearly a century. Now the building finds new life with Rose + Rye. Helmed by a femalepowered culinary and management team, the restaurant and bar concept, opened in October, introduces weekend brunch in January. Spanning three floors of the landmark building, the restaurant features design details that nod to its history, including original columns and restored floors. Upon entering the first floor, guests will find themselves in “The Grotto,” a bar with a show-stopping, floor-to-ceiling rock wall backdrop.



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The second floor encompasses a dining and bar area (make sure to try the signature Rose + Rye cocktail). On the third level are three private dining rooms and an outdoor patio with picturesque views of Midtown. “The building granted us the opportunity to create something really special with different spaces that spark our creativity every day,” says owner Thaddeus Keefe, whose previous Atlanta projects include 1KEPT, Mosaic and Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft.

The menu, prepared by Executive Chef Lindsay Owens and Sous Chef Anu Adebara, is classic American with global influences and seasonal ingredients. A weekend brunch, which rolls out in January, will offer both familiar and unique items, Keefe says. “With the High Museum only steps away, we really hope to have a strong brunch presence in the area, servicing patrons before or after they’ve visited the arts center.” n

Batter’s new brick-and-mortar location inside Ponce City Market opened in late 2017. The 320-square-foot stall is decorated with vintage cookie jars and offers a plethora of dough options that are not only delicious but also eggless and made from handtreated, safe-to-eat flour, as well as all-natural ingredients with no preservatives. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. The walk-up dessert counter serves seasonal flavors such as s'mores, salted caramel and lemon, along with a variety of toppings. In addition to cookie dough, the stall offers freshly baked cookies, cold brew coffee and, of course, milk. If indulging from home is more your speed, pick up a pint of Batter cookie dough to-go.





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A couple’s cool bungalow in Poncey-Highland





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ess Hunt-Ralston, a communications officer at Georgia Tech and the creative force behind the lifestyle blog Where With Elle, had been dating her now-husband, Chad, for less than a year when they decided to buy a house together in 2012. She was in her last year studying at Tech, and he was finishing law school at Emory. They scoured the city for the right house until landing in a cozy two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow in Poncey-Highland.

Then, the neighborhood named after the intersection of Ponce de Leon and North Highland avenues wasn’t known as the vibrant pocket that it is now. “I gotta give it to Jess; she did a lot of research,” says Chad. “Ponce City Market was still-shuttered City Hall East, and the BeltLine was a dirt path behind Two Urban Licks. We



walked it one day, and it was pretty overgrown. There was a lot of vision there.” Her neighborhood foresight paid off, though, and now they’re a quick walk from bustling PCM with the luxury of living off a quiet street. There’s also a cool historical feature, Jess explains: “We think most, if not all, of the houses on this street are Sears Roebuck kit houses. You could get your mortgage and all of your construction materials from Sears. Everything would be delivered by rail to what’s now PCM, and home builders would pick it up. It’s interesting to see how everyone on our street has taken their house and made it their own.” Despite having a knack for design, a home renovation was never the couple’s dream. In fact, after a string of inauspicious home viewings, Jess wasn’t sure she had a home reno in her. But after moving into their home, which was built in 1935, it was apparent that changes needed to be made. They eased into it with small projects, such as removing the pop-

A millennial couple give their Poncey-Highland bungalow a modern farmhouse feel

corn ceilings and tackling the garden. They consulted with a contractor for two years when they decided to do a renovation, but when they were ready to take the plunge in 2016, he had moved on to bigger projects. He did refer them to their current architect, Cody Patton of Patton Architects, and contractors, Keith Jones of HRI Group and Tim Allen of Tim Allen Homes, whom they worked with for the entirety of the project. What was once the west-facing front porch transformed into a bright sun room that also serves as the new entryway. The otherwise neutral room gets a pop of color from a bright orange director’s chair, a relic from Jess’s mother, a former teacher. The old front door still has its doorbell; instead of removing it, they added a brass placard that invites visitors to “ring once for Champagne, twice for whiskey.” (Do it, and you’ll be treated to a chorus of barks from their dogs, Kipper and Pimm’s Cup.) The sunroom flows into the study on one end

and the living room on the other. Renovations continued with refitting the original single bathroom and adding on a master suite. To say that the original bath was cozy would be an understatement. “We liked to say you could be on the toilet, brush your teeth and spit into the bathtub,” Jess laughs. The new space is a work of art with a cast-iron, double slipper bathtub in the glass-enclosed shower, with plenty of room left over in the shower itself. The tiles, which look like wood, are laid out in a herringbone pattern. Jess says they asked themselves, “How do we bridge the 80-year-old pine wood floors to this modern space?” Wood tiles answered the question. Jess has a minimalistic sense of style, defining her MO as “less is more.” She also aspired to a “modern farmhouse” feel to balance the minimal aesthetic. Throughout, the house’s decor is infused with heirlooms and brass and wood accents. The blend of modern and cozy shines in the home’s

Left: The couple enjoy drinks on their deck Right: Jess shopped at local antique stores including The Wish List, and found this Milo Baughman coffee table, adding a Mid-century Modern feel. Below: You never know where you’ll find inspiration during a reno. Jess found an old barn door and converted it into a dining room table.

“I learned that we work really good as a team, more so than I knew before.” CHAD RALSTON

living room, where a gallery wall Throughout the renovation, the displays pictures from their travels. Ralstons kept sustainability in mind. They hang above a vintage record Bricks from demolished walls in the player that was passed down from her house were recycled into the garden’s grandparents and serves as a reminder pathways. Windows and doors were of the times it spun Johnny Cash tunes placed on the neighborhood website while she danced along. Nextdoor, giving neighbors the chance The personal touches continue to snag them. What used to be their in the dining room, where whiskey— bedroom window is now in a neigha shared passion between the bor’s greenhouse. Instead of furniture duo—is given prominence on an from standard home stores, most impressive hutch. Chad works with of their pieces were purchased ASW Distillery, a local whiskey secondhand. “I read something that producer, and is a longtime ensaid, ‘Look around you; everything thusiast of the spirit. (The couple you see is future trash,’ and so thinkhoneymooned on the Isle of Islay in ing with that mindset, if you can Scotland, where the country’s heavily find a sofa or table at an antique store peated whiskies are produced.) The or on Craigslist, [you can reduce] the hutch also holds 52 bottles of wine. “It’s not overwhelming, but it’s Jess’s and Chad’s kitchen originally had cherry stained a nice background item and tells a cabinets and yellow walls; after revamping the look, they were story about [us],” says Chad. able to free up space by moving the fridge into the pantry.



energy that goes into it and expand the lifespan of the item,” says Jess. They found pieces in some expected spots, such as Chamblee’s Antique Row, and some not-so-expected places in Habersham County, where they happened upon an abandoned barn door. Thanks to a Pinterest tutorial and Jess’s DIY prowess it’s now their dining room table and adds a rustic flair to the room.

Fixing up a house wasn’t their original intention, but Chad and Jess embraced it. Jess thinks she could flip houses, but could she part with theirs? “Someone asked me if we’re selling our house, and just the sheer idea of putting so much into this, and so much love, and getting things the way we wanted, I was like, ‘What do you mean? I would never even think about it!’” n

Above: Jess’s “less is more” aesthetic applies to the master bedroom, which is clean and crisp. Below: The master bathroom was added on, with the bathtub in the shower to create more space.

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Morningside attorney Nina Gupta takes on domestic violence

| STORY: H.M. Cauley | | PHOTO: Erik Meadows |


ina Gupta’s life is filled with family. Her parents brought her from India when she was 4 years old, and they joined an extended clan that today stretches across the country. “My mom was one of nine, and dad was one of six,” she says. “So yes, it’s a pretty big family.” Gupta also acknowledges that her extended clan is exceptional not just in its size, but also in one particular



regard. “I’ve had no personal experience with domestic violence in my life,” she says. “I’m very fortunate to be able to say that.” But the Morningside lawyer also knows that the victims of domestic violence, predominately women, are many and, oftentimes, silent. So she jumped at the chance to join the board of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the state’s largest nonprofit that works with victims and educates others

on ways to prevent and recognize this form of abuse. “I’ve always been drawn to social justice and equality issues,” she says. “To me, one of the central universal cleavages I see in virtually every place around the world is a real diminution of the value of women. Domestic violence is one of those ways; the idea that mental and physical abuse as a means of controlling women can be so effective and hidden just blows my mind.” Being part of the PADV board is a 180 from Gupta’s work as an attorney with Nelson Mullins, located in Atlantic Station. There, her focus is on representing public schools and universities. “When I was in law school at the University of Michigan, I had no idea that schools needed lawyers until I did an internship and learned about it,” she says. “I found the work compelling. Think of it: A large, public school district is often like a billion-dollar enterprise: It faces the same issues any corporation faces, in addition to the obligations of being a public agency with specific obligations to stakeholders. So I deal with an array of things, from disability and policy to constitutional issues.” But it was through a colleague at her law firm that Gupta, who is married with two adult stepchildren, was introduced to PADV. After meeting with other board members, she was invited to join and took a seat last July. Her initial assignment is to revive the public policy committee that will determine the organization’s legislative priorities. While she’s still in the early stages of establishing that committee, she’s tackling some tough issues. “On paper, everyone is against domestic violence,” she says. “But Georgia is a very pro-gun rights state, and some in the DV community believe the expansion of gun rights is correlated to the violence, and that it’s worth it to curtail rights to impact DV. Others don’t see that and believe limiting access [to guns] is too high a price to pay. I believe as people of good faith we can reasonably disagree and get our hands around what our mission is.” Despite any disagreements, Gupta believes domestic violence issues can’t be ignored. “In America in the 21st century, it’s still a problem we’re facing. It’s an uphill battle, but one I feel personally drawn to help correct.” n

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Savanna Bee Company founder Ted Dennard is honeybees’ No. 1 fan | STORY: Karina Antenucci  |


t 13 years old, Ted Dennard was already a beekeeper. Under the mentorship of an elderly beekeeper, Roy Hightower, Dennard began tending to 30 beehives located within his family’s 100 miles of forested land near St. Simons Island, Georgia, where he grew up. “I just knew I loved honey at that point and thought bees were cool,” says Dennard, who jokes that he’s not sure if he continued to follow the bees throughout his life or if they followed him. While studying philosophy and religion at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Dennard continued learning about the art of beekeeping from his landlord, who happened to have bees. And then after graduating in 1989, he joined the Peace Corps. The organization asked him to teach beekeeping in Jamaica, which he did for two years, working with more than 100 local beekeepers. Bees were in his blood, but business was not yet on his brain. “I was wondering what to do in life and wishing I had studied something practical in college when I started selling a few bottles of honey to local stores,” he explains. Top specialty

stores like Dean & DeLuca began to take notice and place orders, and it dawned on Dennard that he could have his bees and make a living, too. He founded Savannah Bee Company as a wholesale business in 2002. Today, Dennard lives in Savannah with his wife and has four kids. Savannah Bee Company now offers a host of honey and beehive-derived products, including a natural body care line. The merchant has 10 brick-and-mortar stores, including a 2,944-square-foot space that recently opened opened at Westside Provisions District, as well as an online shop and wholesale arm that sells to thousands of independent retailers. Here, Dennard chats about the new store and his buzz-worthy passion.

want it to feel timeless and modern. The store in Atlanta is our best-looking store, beautiful and functional. There’s a body care area where you can test soaps and wash your hands, a honey bar and a mead bar where you can drink honey wine. In the future, I’d like to introduce foodservice items such as honeybuns, honey lemonade and hot biscuits with honeycomb in them.

Why did you choose to open up shop on Atlanta’s Westside? Atlanta is the capital of my state, and the capital of the South in my mind, so it made sense as our next step [after Savannah and Charleston]. The Westside is a hip, great area of Atlanta.

Why did you decide to create beauty products? As a beekeeper, you learn by osmosis from having honey on you. You rinse it off with warm water and your fingers are squeaky clean; you learn honey kills bacteria and is used for wounds and burns; and then read books where really old recipes are using beeswax and things that people have used for millennia to create salves, balms and all kinds of stuff. And you have a lot of beeswax left over from honey production. I put it in a crockpot and tinker around. I’m always trying to create something new.

How would you describe Savannah Bee’s esthetic and offerings? What I want is for the store to have a general store kind of feel, but I also

Do you have a favorite product that you offer? I love our lip balms, especially the Earl Gray, an original flavor that

I made, which has bergamot and lemon. Bergamot is a mood enhancer. I also love our Royal Jelly Body Butter. Royal Jelly is what the queen bee feeds on to turn herself into a queen from a worker bee. It contains multivitamins and makes your skin more elastic and promotes collagen production. I even put the body butter in my hair after a shower so it doesn’t get frizzy, and I use it as aftershave. My wife goes head to toe with it. Why are you a spokesperson for honeybees? The bees, and I believe therefore us and the world, are in peril right now. Bees are under threat and they have such a huge impact on us, touching thousands of plant species and animals, our food, oxygen production, cross pollination—there’s a gigantic, positive ripple effect. Without them, the world will be a much duller place and we will all be in trouble. The other thing is that they are these unsung little heroines that are out there doing beautiful work. It’s poetic and people need to see it. I think it gives you a window into a broader world and creates meaning. n



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ailing from the tropics of Jamaica, Lawrence Palmer brings a unique boot camp workout program to Old Fourth Ward. Gauge Fitness was born out of Palmer’s belief in the life-changing power of fusing physical fitness with a sense of community. The group setting allows clients to build friendships while simultaneously cultivating a sense of accountability, commitment and competition. Despite an impressive resume as a boot camp instructor, former CrossFit trainer and gym owner, Palmer didn’t always make physical fitness an integral part of his lifestyle. “After years of neglect, my body and self-esteem became unrecognizable to me,” he says. “I hired a trainer, enrolled in boot camp and lost 60 pounds in a span of six months. From there I transitioned into CrossFit to get toned and recreated an active lifestyle.” Palmer says his mother’s thirst for knowledge and improvement fueled his own motivation for change. “She currently has her master’s and is now



Lawrence Palmer’s Old Fourth Ward boot camps promote healthy lifestyles and healthy friendships

pursuing her doctorate. She’s constantly killing it,” Palmer says. However, it wasn’t until many years after his active lifestyle transformation that he was able to channel his passion for health and physical fitness into a successful plan to help others. Initially, Palmer attempted gym ownership and CrossFit training as a means to integrate his passion for fitness into a profession, deciding later to reject the strict rigidity both careers require. These early failures allowed Palmer to focus on a workout method that proved successful in his personal life: bootcamp. The program flexibility, heavy emphasis on socialization and adaptability to outdoor settings were all important components for Palmer’s own success and what he believes to be the success of many others. Although, working full-time as a data analyst while simultaneously building a boot camp business from the ground up proved a lengthier and more difficult task than Palmer imagined.

| STORY: Juliette Cheatham | | PHOTOS: Nathan Bolster | “The more of a following it gains, the harder it has become to grow it by myself. Trying to juggle so many things at once,I can sometimes feel where my exhaustion is slipping into to my daily work,” Palmer admits. Since its beginnings in 2015, Gauge Fitness has taken on two additional trainers as the demand for classes and class size has rapidly expanded. Kari Smith and Natalie Clark both started as dedicated clients who caught Palmer’s eye through their unwavering commitment. “Kari has never missed a session and really has a passion for working out. Natalie truly enjoys teaching and seeing the progress of her clients,” Palmer says of his nowemployees. No plans are currently in the works for an inside facility; Palmer instead plans to focus on getting his clients outside and interacting with the surrounding community. When this Druid Hills resident is not working full-time as a data

analyst or instructing boot camp, he volunteers with kids all over metro Atlanta. On the rare occasion he’s not at Old Fourth Ward park training clients, catch Palmer playing games at Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards in Decatur or snacking on wings at Old Fourth Ward’s Bantam Pub. n

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Above: Canton Street is lined with charming restaurants, cafes, and shops. Right: The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers information for guests who want to connect with the outdoors.

No matter how you best rejuvenate, Roswell has what you need | STORY: Hope S. Philbrick |


eeling stressed? A cure awaits in Roswell, Georgia. Distance is not a key ingredient in the recipe on how to relax! Located about a 20-minute drive north of Atlanta, Roswell feels a world away. Roswell has a 640-acre historic district, is linked with the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and its Canton Street—a linear shopping, dining and arts district with period storefronts—has been designated a “Great Street” among the “Great Places in Georgia.” Here are five proven ways to recharge and renew. Mix and match whatever suits you.


Recharge and renew at Jolie Beauty Spa & Nails. This haven impresses with high-quality treatments, skilled technicians and value prices. Nontoxic, eco-friendly products are favored; a lemongrass aroma is the first reward for opening the front door. Indulgent services include



nail care, reflexology, reiki, facials, massages and body wraps. Expect to feel pampered, not rushed, while here. Among the deals, the Day Spa package includes a one-hour Swedish massage, one-hour deep pore facial, plus spa mani/pedi for $150. 770.642.8686

Eat Roswell is home to more than 200 independently owned restaurants. Whatever you crave, from classic Southern to ethnic, creative contemporary to casual traditional fare, options abound. Among the mouthwatering destinations, Adele’s On Canton serves Cajun classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner; several options on all menus are priced under $10. A trio of warm, puffy beignets is a decadent splurge any time of day and tastes like vacation as soon as the powdered sugar hits your tongue. 770.594.0655

Hike More than 30 miles of trails weave through Roswell. Old Mill Park is a picturesque place to start, with

the Vickery Creek dam, ruins of the Roswell Manufacturing Co. Mills, and Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge that links to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area ( Another option is the Chattahoochee Nature Center (770.992.2055;, the Southeast’s oldest and largest private non-profit natural science learning center. More than half of the rare and endangered plant species found in Georgia grow among the 127 acres of native plants and gardens including five different wetland habitats, a Bog Garden with carnivorous plants, a boardwalk and a butterfly garden.

Learn Three historic homes offer tours and an education in history from 1838 to the present ( Barrington Hall (770.640.3855) was home to a Roswell co-founder; the grounds boast the Atlanta area’s only antebellum public garden. Bulloch Hall (770.922.1731) is best known as the childhood home and wedding site of Mittie Bulloch, mother of the nation’s 26th President, Teddy

Roosevelt. Reconstructed slave quarters are also on the grounds. Smith Plantation (770.641.3978), home to another Roswell co-founder, retains many original structural elements including heart pine floors, walnut doors and 12 outbuildings.

Shop Favor retail therapy? Great news: The shops along Canton Street offer assorted goods from antiques to fine art, tchotchkes to kitchen essentials, clothing to wine, local foodstuffs to handbags, and so much more. Each eclectic boutique is unlike any other. Don’t miss Raiford Gallery (, which is helmed by Judie Raiford, a gold/silversmith who specializes in jewelry. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other baubles of her design are ROSWELL for sale, as are GEORGIA works by CONVENTION & VISITORS over 400 other BUREAU artists specializing 617 Atlanta Street in glass, ceramics, Roswell, GA 30075 paintings, jewelry, 770.640.3253 wood and other mediums. n




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Above: The fine-dining restaurant Piaf was inspired by 1940s Paris and the singer Edith Piaf. Below: Spacious guest rooms have private plunge pools and oceanview terraces.

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Above: Grand Velas Riviera Maya overlooks the Caribbean Coast. Right: Start a spa visit with a Riviera Maya Water Journey.

Pampering This luxurious Mexican resort banishes cold weather and stress | STORY: H.M. Cauley |


anuary: Just the word conjures up the cold. If you’re not among the Atlantans who relish scarves, mittens and getaways to snow-covered climes, you may be ticking off the days until summer returns. But instead of daydreaming of warm breezes and sun-soaked landscapes, indulge your summer urge with a de-stressing getaway to a spot where those images come to colorful life. Few places within a short flight of Atlanta combine temps in the 80s with pampered coddling and five-star dining as well as Grand Velas Riviera Maya, a luxurious resort nestled between the white sands and the wild jungle of the western Caribbean. Though surrounded by nature, this property has tamed the elements, extending the water from the beach to the grand front entrance, where two scallop-shaped white walls soar out of bubbling pools. And its staff has mastered the art of meeting a guest’s



every need, from printing a boarding pass to escorting guests to umbrellashaded beach chairs and plying them with exotic drinks and nibbles. The all-inclusive property offers designated areas for families and adults-only so guests can pick whether they want to bring the kiddies or not. In the grown-up area, the secluded beach is just a few steps from a slate blue pool, complete with swim-up bar and a smooth jazz combo that provides live ambience. The nearby dining room has views of the waterscape from a raised patio, but there’s no need to leave the comfort of the cushioned lounge chairs. The constantly circulating staff is happy to bring a table with lunch, snacks and mojitos right to your side. But don’t snack too much—leave room for a dining experience in one of Grand Velas’s upscale eateries. Select from classic French, Asian and Mexican, with a focus on local dishes created with indigenous ingredients. Don’t see something you’re craving? The kitchen crew treats the menus as mere suggestions: Just ask, and they

make it happen. The jewel of the kitchen here is the Cocina de Autor, where Chef Nahum Velasco and his team present rather than serve a set menu with a minimum of 10 dishes, all perfectly paired with wines and beers, and served on artistically designed plates and platters. The scaled-down portions vary frequently, but you might find yourself savoring snails, duck with blueberries, veal with chestnuts or delicate, bite-sized ovals with thin shells that burst open with creamy avocado when you pop them into your mouth. Along with indulging the palate, Grand Velas excels at warming up those winter-weary muscles. The two-level, stone-and-marble spa holds enough experiences to last most of a day, so plan to linger for the full benefit. Start off with a warm shower followed by a stint in the steam room. Then, slather your pores with a variety of mud compounds and let them work their magic in the cold room, where each seat is outfitted with its own showerhead

to rinse it all off. Head to a massage or facial, and keep the relaxing vibes going with a few minutes in the bubbling hot tub before finishing with a dip in the pool, where a variety of water sprays and jets keep the blood flowing. The resort’s lavishly appointed suites provide a secluded spot where you can unwind in private. Loll in the oversized spa tub or the marble shower with multiple jets. Grab a nap on the balcony bed, and if the heat gets to be a tad too much, take a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool overlooking the beach. Along with a meticulously manicured property, glorious food and a sun-drenched beach, count the Grand Velas staff as an amenity as well. During a recent stay, they sat poolside and arranged airport transportation for guests who were cooling off in the deep end, and then met the challenge of repairing sunglasses that had lost a screw. The only thing they can’t do is make excuses to your boss for an extended stay in the sun. n


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FITS AND STARTS Mermaid Motor Lounge’s Josh Erwin





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t took Nabil Mousa years to feel comfortable identifying himself as an artist. In the back of his mind, the voice of Imposter’s Syndrome whispered cruel words of self-doubt. By no coincidence, he overcame these insecurities in tandem with coming out as a gay man—a decision, he says, that was made much easier with the support of Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community. “I was this scared, closeted gay man when I came to Atlanta. The gay community here helped me embrace who I am as a person and to shine through it, and I’m grateful for that,” Mousa says. “I don’t think I could have freely expressed my art if I hadn’t been able to become who I am as a gay man.” Being open about his sexuality was particularly daunting for Mousa, an Arab American who emigrated from Syria with his family in 1978 when he was 12. But



Nabil Mousa, an artist working on Midtown’s Westside, broadens the conversation on being gay as a Syrian American | STORY: Jodi Cash | PHOTO: Stephen Payne |

within a new, supportive community, he not only discovered true self-love, he found romantic love. Now he and his husband Scott share a beautiful home life together in the Westside. This dual expression, his identity as a gay man and a Syrian American, has become a fundamental aspect of his work, and it’s merited significant attention. A book about his work and life, Nabil Mousa: Breaking the Chains, was published in June 2017. His “American Landscape” series is currently on exhibit at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where it will remain through April 8. “It talks specifically about the gay issues, me as a gay man, my struggles, my experience,” he says. “[The Arab American National Museum is] really embracing the LGBTQ+ issues as [they relate] to the Arab American community, and that is so wonderful to see because the Arab community will not talk about the gay issues; they refuse to bring them up.”

But Mousa is proud and grateful for the opportunity to open the conversation around those issues. “It has become a mission for me, because I feel what I have gone through in my life, all the difficulties, really even thinking about committing suicide so that my family wouldn’t know that I’m gay—if I can take that experience and empower other people to come out and embrace who they are, I feel like I’m doing my job. If I could just save one life, it’s worth all the art I’ve created.” All of Mousa’s art is missiondriven, though the purpose isn’t limited to promoting gay rights; he’s also interested in advocating for refugees. As the arts and culture chair for the Atlanta Pride Festival last year, he incorporated refugees from Clarkston, a town just outside Atlanta with the nation’s highest per capita population of refugees. He included them in the parade, carrying signs to promote awareness of their presence,

and coordinated arts programing at the Clarkston Community Center. His hope is that in 2018 he’ll travel back to Syria for the first time since 1999 to work with refugees. “I want to go to the refugee camps and work directly with the people, using art to bring some sort of dialogue, to get them to open up and talk, hopefully to bring hope and just show them that they’re not forgotten,” he says. The sale of his paintings this year will fund his return to the Middle East. Today, Mousa’s abstract figures hung on the walls of Atlanta’s Gallery 874 speak of an artist who is self-actualized. Vibrant colors and uninhibited forms make no allusion to insecurities. The series on display is titled “Transcendence,” and it can be applied to more than the artwork: It describes Mousa’s essence. “As an artist, I always want to be reminded to be humble and to remember the reasons why I do my art,” he says. “And it’s to make a difference.” n

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Mermaid Motor Lounge’s Josh Erwin dishes on his band’s debut album | STORY: Jodi Cash | | PHOTO: Stephen Payne |

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ermaid Motor Lounge began in fits and starts. The phrase with which they aptly named their debut album references a line in Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” but it also describes the writing and band formation process. “Sometimes it’s just like, bam! All done, right there,” says Josh Erwin, the band’s founder, lead guitar and vocalist. “And sometimes you get half of it, and it takes forever for the rest of them to come about.” Mermaid Motor Lounge is a divergence from the bluegrass band that’s been Erwin’s bread and butter since the early aughts. The founding member of Packway Handle Band is now the leader of a five-piece that fits most neatly under the broad alt-rock genre. Erwin tells us how his new project evolved into fruition.



How did the conception of Mermaid Motor Lounge begin? I had some songs that I’d written, and I wanted to try them out, so I asked Troy [Harris,] the bass player of Packway [Handle Band] if we could just put on a few duo shows and see what happened. I really wanted to [find out] if I could actually put on a show and be entertaining rather than just play. It went okay; it was a lot of fun. It was enough to be like, well, I want to try it again now. How did you wind up moving from a duo to a full-blown, five-piece band? When I started and was just playing with Troy, the more people I ended up adding, the better it sounded, not just because it’s an excellent group of people, but because the way that these things turned out to sound the best is when they’re actually fleshed out.

How do shows help you solidify your standing as a band? Logging stage time is a whole ’nother way of practicing. You have something at stake—like you at least have your pride at stake when somebody’s gonna watch you.

It’s that, or it’s Disney.

How does the lore of mermaids play into the band’s identity? Some people think mermaids are these great beautiful things, and they help people like sailors. And then there are some people who are like, ”No, mermaids are awful”—they trick you, and then they kill you. I have some happy songs, and I have some sad songs. But the best thing about it is that if I tell people the band’s name, everybody is like, “Oh, cool!” It’s kind of a happy thing to me. Everybody smiles when they hear about mermaids. It’s really difficult to find a normal looking mermaid. There are so many slutty versions, first of all.

What dreams do you have for Mermaid Motor Lounge in 2018? Getting it to where it’s just supertight and awesome. It’s already tons of fun, and we sound good together, but there’s a difference between hearing a band who’s played together for 10 or something years and then hearing somebody else who is new and together. The more time you’re together, the better everything is. n

Well, maybe you can reinvent the image of the mermaid. Right! Maybe so. I like the mermaid that we’ve got; she’s this humble lady, pointing to the East.

Mermaid Motor Lounge will play its album release show at Atlanta’s speakeasy music venue 230 Carroll in Cabbagetown on February 3.

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s good luck thanks to cosmic payback, coincidence or the ability to recognize an opportunity when it comes along?

It seems Chef Evan Cordes has the skill of that third option in spades: He met his nowwife Sarah at a bar, and obviously didn’t just watch her walk out the door. He went to a taco pop-up, learned the space was available for lease, and six months later, in November 2016, opened his first restaurant, Cast Iron, in it. Cordes knows how to seize the day. Good thing, too, because now we can seize the deliciousness—or carpe yum. Cast Iron is billed as a “modern American neighborhood joint” where the menu offers “timeless food and handcrafted drinks; nothing too fancy.” That’s accurate, though "fancy" is a subjective term. The food here is creative with both Southern and international flavors and influences, seasonally inspired by fresh ingre-



Above: Griddled octopus is served with a spiced poached egg and seasonal veggies.

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dients, and leaps above typical bar food. At the same time, it’s approachable: All the words on the menu are familiar, and the variety of dishes ensures there’s something to appeal to every palate, budget and degree of hunger. Cordes, who grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated from the culinary program at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte. While Cast Iron is his first restaurant, he’s a veteran of Atlanta’s restaurant scene who’s worked in the kitchens at Serpas True Food, Cakes & Ale and H. Harper Station, among others. Cast Iron is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for brunch on Sunday. In recent weeks, my husband and I enjoyed two dinners at the restaurant; on the first visit, we anticipated the second because we couldn’t order every menu temptation in one sitting. Located in the Old Fourth Ward, Cast Iron occupies the space that previously housed Last Word and P’Cheen, both of which had avid fans, so there may be some good juju lingering in the air. It’s easy to feel lucky at a restaurant

where every taste pleases. Order whatever most piques your interest off the Cast Iron menu; it’s not like you can go wrong. When your friendly server asks, “Would you like to start with a cocktail?” the recommended answer is yes. These cocktails are well crafted. Classic and creative options are presented alongside select craft beers and an international mix of wines. Timmy Tucker, a lip-licking blend of bourbon, ginger, lemon, Cardamaro and barrelaged bitters, is a standout. The C.I. Old Fashioned, with a house blend of whiskey and cognac, as well as Gold Rush, with bourbon, citrus and honey, are also yummy. An aviation arrived yellower than expected, and a sip confirmed the lemon juice got a heftier pour than the crème de violette; but that nuance of recipe interpretation didn’t stop me from drinking every drop. Clean glasses and empty plates are to be expected. Sauces like the fermented sweet chili sauce in the acorn squash appetizer are so scrumptious they should not be viewed as mere garnishment; scoop up every drop to slather

Left: Cauliflower tacos with buffalo verde, buttermilk dressing and street corn Right: Old Bay tagliatelle with shrimp, blistered tomatoes, fennel and burnt onion

Above: Beer can half chicken with tomato, wax beans, olives, torn potatoes, greens and balsamic Below: Wash down your meal with a Goldrush, Timmy Tucker or C.I. Old Fashioned. Above: Coconut pork shoulder with eggplant puree, sweet potato, and celery root relish

onto bites. While the coconut pork shoulder is so tender that meat falls into bite-size shards with a mere tap of the fork, be sure to dip it into the eggplant puree underneath to maximize the benefits of layered flavors. The buffalo verde sauce accompanying the cauliflower tacos packs so much heat that, on its own, it could sizzle some taste buds—but when mingling among the roasted veg and creamy buttermilk dressing, it’s compelling and addictive. The dining room offers a variety of seating options: booths, tables and high-tops, all arranged in an L-shape around the open kitchen. A shelf of cookbooks is on full display, impressive titles among them. That library is a homey touch that conveys serious cooking happens here. Plates like the monkfish prove that a range of techniques and influences are employed: The fish is served both as confit and boudin with a plethora of sides including black rice, bok choy, eggplant, carrots, radishes, coconut masala and fish sauce vinaigrette. Load up your fork right and you can literally stuff French, Cajun and Asian cooking traditions into your mouth all at once, with memorable results. Savory flavors are so satisfying that it’s easy to fill up on appetizers and entrées. Perhaps rec-

When your friendly server asks, “Would you like to start with a cocktail?” the recommended answer is yes. ognizing that, no dessert menu is printed. Your server will cheerfully describe daily options. One bite of the maple ice cream convinced me that I’d made the right choice, until I swiped a bite of my husband’s chocolate cake. Happily, we negotiated a sharing agreement. Cast Iron offers a relaxed ambiance that erases the day’s stress, friendly staffers, plus food and fare that quash cravings and entertain tongues. Don’t pass up the chance to visit. n

CAST IRON 701-5 Highland Ave. N.E., 30312 404.228.2005 Recommended: Timmy Tucker bourbon cocktail ($11), acorn squash appetizer ($12), cauliflower tacos ($14), coconut pork shoulder ($24). Bottom Line: Cast Iron has a homey vibe, friendly staffers and serves tasty sips and bites in a range of prices.




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Golda Kombucha’s new taproom puts the fizzy, sour drink in the spotlight | STORY: Lia Picard |

hether you've cozied up to the bar recently at Condesa Coffee in Old Fourth Ward or browsed the shelves at My Friend's Growler Shop in Grant Park, chances are, you've spotted kombucha—on tap or in bottles—around town mixed in among your favorite, traditional brews. And although the fizzy, fermented beverage is just now finding its way into the mainstream, one local brewer is about to make it a regular part of the local food-and-drink experience.

Golda Kombucha, purveyor of the fizzy beverage since 2013, is opening a brewery and taproom of its own this winter, overlooking the BeltLine on the Westside Trail. It’ll be Georgia’s first kombucha brewery and one of only three in the Southeast. If you’ve never had kombucha before, it’s a fermented tea that’s been around for thousands of years. It’s packed with probiotics that aid in digestion, and it's purported to support the immune system. To make it, tea is combined with water, sugar and a yeast-bacteria culture, then fermented for a couple weeks in a warm room. As-is, kombucha is tart and, to some, acerbic. Suffice to say, it’s not for everyone. Golda Kombucha's founder, Melanie Wade, however, liked kombucha from the very first sip and knew she wanted to learn how to make it. She first tried it while visiting her grandmother, Golda, in Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. Golda had been making kombucha for years and was a living testament of its health benefits—she rarely got sick. “I took home her starter culture and played around with her recipes, and that’s how it started,” says Wade. Now she makes a variety of seasonal flavors using Southern-



grown fruits and herbs, and a blend of green and black teas. Popular flavors throughout the year include strawberry-lavender, apple-ginger and blackberry-basil.

Initially, Golda Kombucha was a side hustle for Wade, something she only sold at farmers markets and festivals. As it grew, though, she was able to leave her marketing job, and now the product is sold at more than 100 Kroger locations, as well as restaurants and bars around town. The brewery is the next big step. The 6,000-square-foot space will feature a windowed garage door that opens to the BeltLine along with two patios—one on the BeltLine and one in a courtyard. Wade describes the space as very rustic and folksy, with a touch of elegance. “But you can come in workout clothes,” she says. Besides purchasing kombucha by the pint, customers will be able to buy kombucha floats with gelato, flights and various fermented products from

other vendors. Snacks will include vegan cheese boards accompanied by pickles. Eventually, a liquor license will complete the drinking experience, but Wade hopes people will come and hang out for the ’booch, not the booze. And what does Golda, now 96, think about the eponymous business? “She asks about the business all the time. She’s my number one fan,” says Wade. n

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Xocolatl's Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt think outside the heart-shaped box | STORY: Lia Picard |


This Valentine's Day, skip the heart-shaped box and unwrap a bar of Xocolatl chocolate.

alentine’s Day is around the corner, but before you pick up a heart-shaped box of chocolates, you might want to consider shopping locally owned Xocolatl instead. Sure, it’s crafted with sustainably sourced cacao and uses only whole ingredients (no extracts, no oils), but it’s also the product of love shared between its founders, Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt. The two met in 2004 while working in different states for the same presidential campaign, and sparks flew at a training session. When the campaign finished, they knew it was time to tie the knot. Baby carriages followed, but rather than plant roots, they packed up their toddler and infant and flew south to Costa Rica. The jungle was hot and sticky, but it gave them the chance to live as an undistracted and unplugged family. It’s also where they became smitten with chocolate, which they bought from local makers who created it straight from the cacao bean. “That was the first time we’d ever had non-industrially made chocolate. We were immediately hooked and wanted to learn more about chocolate making and also more about cacao as a tree and a fruit,” says Read. They were also interested in “the ways that chocolate can be made with an emphasis on the social and environmental impacts.” Almost a year into living in Costa Rica, they knew they wanted to move back to Atlanta to start a chocolate business and that the thenforthcoming Krog Street Market would be the best place to set up shop. For the couple, working together hasn't always been easy; it took time to get into a rhythm and figure out how to best divide their tasks. Of why they work so well together,

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Read says, “I think we each respect the qualities the other brings to the table. Matt loves working through all the possibilities for the company, and once we agree on what those are, I love to work out the tactics that will get us there.” Another perk of working together: travel opportunities for research and development. Once or twice a year, they head out to places

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such as Nicaragua or the remote jungles of Peru to meet the farmers they work with. “The trips are a great way to remember what about our work and about our relationship is most important,” says Read. Running a bean-to-bar operation is a labor of love. When the cacao beans arrive, they inspect them by hand, and dreaming up new flavors can take six months to a year as they work through test batches. Three years into it, though, the couple’s hard work is paying off, and the cozy stall is bursting at the seams as they look to expand. So is working together worth it? “I won’t lie—it can be stressful, and we do have to consciously separate work from family life, but it’s also such Xocolatl a gift to work 99 Krog St. N.E., with your part30307 ner you know 404.604.9642 is always on your team.” n

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For many of us, work means simply surviving the 9-to-5 grind (Crunching numbers. Time cards. Too many meetings to count.) But for this handful of lucky Atlantans, being on the job is anything but boring. From creating too-pretty-to-eat pastries to bringing headlining musical acts to Atlanta’s stages, take a peek behind the scenes of their super-cool careers.



COVER STORY serts for in-room dining, banquets, Bar Margot, Park 75 and anywhere else within the hotel. Where do you find inspiration for your work? Everywhere! Friends, family, music, paintings—you name it. It’s important for me to be very open-minded because inspiration comes in so many different forms. For example, the Biscoff Cream pie was inspired by my one-way Delta flight from California to Atlanta. As a passenger, you’re given Biscoff cookies, and boom, that sparked the idea. The Dulce de Leche cake was inspired by a random act of kindness from the front desk manager here at Four Seasons. He gave me a bottle of dulce de leche from his home country of Argentina. I was inspired to make a nostalgic American dessert, so a dulce de leche lava cake came to mind. What was it like being on a Food Network show? The hardest part was memorizing the recipes that I deemed important for the show. No recipes were allowed during the taping! I didn’t know what I would have to make, so I wanted to make sure I had a bank of recipes I remembered. My favorite part was that it felt like an actual live food game. To be honest, I had this preconceived notion that it was fake, meaning it wasn’t timed, and they would let us know beforehand what we would be required to make. That wasn’t the case; it was 100% real! I don’t know if it necessarily shaped my career, but it definitely helped me to fully realize my potential.


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Executive Pastry Chef, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta


asheeda Perry grew up in Philadelphia and was introduced to the world of culinary arts at age 15. A discerning culinary teacher, Mrs. Stephenson, introduced Perry to Careers Through Culinary Arts (C-CAP), a program that helps train under-served students who express an interest in hospitality. In 2012 she appeared on Food Network’s “Sweet Genius,” ultimately winning the competition. Before moving to Atlanta in 2016, she was the executive pastry chef for Bon Appétit Management



Company, which provides catering to Google and LinkedIn, among other high-profile companies.

What do you love most about being a pastry chef? Wow, where do I begin! I love food, especially desserts. Most of my pastry friends don’t have a sweet tooth, but I will [plan] my entire meal around dessert. What I love most about being a pastry chef at Four Seasons Atlanta is the ability to do more [than just work in the hotel’s kitchen]. I have

the opportunity to assist with community outreach programs by being a mentor to elementary students. I have always had a love for math and food science. Essentially, those two subjects are the foundation for baking and pastry arts, which makes things really fun for the kids! What’s something that may surprise people about your job? As the executive pastry chef, I oversee the entire pastry department, so that includes all pastries and des-

What’s the best treat you’ve created? The Roasted Berry S’mores. It’s nostalgic, but with a twist. Imagine a soft, dark chocolate ganache, house-made graham cracker, toasted marshmallow ice cream and warm, roasted berries. What’s your favorite ingredient to use, and why? This is such a tough question! If I were making an Asian-inspired dessert, then it would be ube (purple sweet potato). It’s purple, fun, tasty and it pairs well with other Asian ingredients such as matcha and coconut. Since I’m in the South, bourbon is currently my favorite ingredient. I just love how bourbon is a natural fit for an array of desserts, especially chocolate, banana and caramel. I love putting booze in my desserts. My all-around, must-have ingredient is lemons. In my opinion, lemon is the salt of pastry. n


Senior Director, Communications - College Sports at ESPN


n Atlanta transplant hailing from New York, Keri Potts was a volleyball player at Syracuse University where she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years. Always a sports lover and an athlete, it made sense that Potts would work in a field related to her passion. Now a Grant Park resident working for ESPN, Potts has handled publicity for the films and entertainment divisions, including “30 for 30,” the ESPY Awards and the World Series of Poker. She was also a member of the team that launched espnW (the network’s first women’s brand), as well as Longhorn Network, SEC Network and, soon, theACC Network. When she’s not working for the World Wide Leader, she’s an advocate for sexual assault victims at the Gwinnett Sexual Assault and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Why did you go into sports PR? It was entirely accidental. My B.S. was in magazine journalism, and my M.S. was in public relations. After my editor/writer job at the NCAA, I decided to try my hand at PR and saw an opening at ESPN. I’ve been an athlete and around sports my entire life; it was a natural fit. What does a typical day on the job look like? I set the strategic communications direction for all of our college sports properties, from college football and basketball, to NCAA sports and championships, SEC Network, ESPNU and the College Football Playoff, among others. My team comprises five people, and we work with media and use social platforms to publicize our shows, features, game schedules, on-air teams, behindthe-scenes people and stories. And we manage [crises and other issues], of which there are many when you air 450 football games and 1,450 basketball games, have almost 800 announcers and engage partners across the industry. In addition, I assist with other events, such as film premieres and red carpet events, when possible. What’s the best part of your job? Shining a light on the good work my coworkers do across the company as well as giving students the opportunity to learn about live production through the ESPN Ambassadors program, a dedicated program I started for Atlanta college students.

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What’s the most memorable moment you’ve had on the job? I have two favorites: Watching Green Day and U2 rehearse “The Saints are Coming” for their halftime show at the re-opening of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after [Hurricane] Katrina—a Monday Night Football game on ESPN. Also, Yogi Berra giving me a personal tour of his museum in New Jersey is such a sweet memory. What’s the most stressful part of the job? The most stressful part is combating misinformation in the social media/ digital age. The speed with which information—correct or incorrect— travels often makes the truth irrelevant, and it defies the journalistic standards we were taught. Biggest career highlight to date? Launching the ESPN Films division and our “30 for 30” film series holds a special place in my heart. I don’t know that I’ve worked harder than trying to learn the film industry and publicizing 30 amazing films in 14 months. What’s it like behind the scenes of “College GameDay?” Organized chaos. It’s loud and a bit messy with wires, cameras and people shouting, but we love it. Which women at work inspire you, and why? I’m inspired by women who stay true to who they are instead of conforming to what others would have them become. Our senior vice president for all of production, Stephanie Druley, worked her way up steadily and confidently in a male space (NFL) and is always guided by what is the right thing to do versus what is easiest. What advice do you have for someone who wants to do what you do? Develop a thick skin and to embrace conflict. Being out in front for your company is not for the timid. Which teams do you cheer for? Syracuse, Yankees and any teams that hate the Red Sox or the Patriots. Who is your favorite athlete? I grew up with great admiration for Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She battled asthma like I did and is still the best all-around athlete we’ve ever had. Have you ever been star struck at work?

I was star struck by the former head volleyball coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I was enamored with the entire program. When I met him while working at the NCAA, I was a sweaty, nervous mess. Celebrities don’t make me nervous because I’ve never idolized them.

and now at Gwinnett Sexual Assault and Children’s Advocacy Center, and a national speaker on the topic of sexual and interpersonal violence. Currently, I am on the board of Pathways to Safety International— the only org to help Americans sexually assaulted abroad.

Tell me about your website, afightbackwoman? I began to educate others on overseas prosecution of sexual assault. I was attacked in 2008 by an Italian citizen in Rome and [pressed charges against him]. I did that all on my own, with no information about how to proceed, and found it very stressful; I never wanted anyone else to go through that. Since then, I’ve become a victims’ advocate/rape crisis counselor in Connecticut, then at Grady Hospital

What do you do for fun outside of work? This entire city is fun: the BeltLine, new restaurants and festivals. If I’m not bouncing around those things, I’m in a yoga class or in Grant Park walking my pup. Where’s your favorite spot to unwind in Atlanta? Barcelona in Inman Park, Superica at Krog and Cypress in Midtown. n



What was your first concert? Run DMC’s “Raising Hell” tour featuring the Beastie Boys at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1987. What has been your coolest on-the-job moment? September 2014. Centennial Olympic Park. Rival had landed a gig with Outkast as their hometown stop on a summer reunion tour. What was planned as one show turned into three, selling more than 65,000 tickets instantly. The town was in an Outkast frenzy, and the weekend became an iconic Atlanta music experience. The stakes were higher than ever before, and our team executed flawlessly. Standing on that stage on night number three, the crowd erupting as the kabuki dropped and “Bombs over Baghdad” rang out over the downtown skyline—that was the moment that keeps me doing what I do every day. What is your dream act to book? It’s really more than the act—it’s the place, the crowd, the live experience. If nothing were off-limits, it would be Bruce Springsteen with the whole E Street Band at Center Stage Theater. That’d be one hell of a night. What’s the hardest part of the job? To be a promoter in the music industry can be self-inflicting cruelty. Competition is fierce, financial risk is high and the pressure is always on to execute. Every day is a new show, with a new band and a new audience in search of their own iconic music experience, and it’s our job to do our part to create those moments.


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or Josh Antenucci, every day has a different soundtrack, and every night ends with a crowd of fans celebrating live music. “It’s just so much fun to be a part of creating that



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experience for our customers,” says the partner at Rival Entertainment, who oversees the company’s event production and concert promotion business. Based within Center Stage Atlanta in Midtown, Antenucci’s dayto-day involves working with talent

buyers on artist booking strategy, with marketing and design staff to sell tickets, with production and operations teams to produce shows and with the collective Rival team to envision, create and produce memorable live events. There’s never a dull moment.

What are you looking forward to in 2018? We’re bringing the world’s biggest rock band, Foo Fighters, back to town for the inaugural concert at the Georgia State Stadium. It’ll be a 25,000-plus-person rock-androll spectacular. I’m also focused on growing our outdoor festival business, anchored by the annual Candler Park Music & Food Festival. And we are excited to have completed an aesthetic refresh in the 60-year-old Center Stage Theater lobby, and looking forward to developing our corporate and private event business here at home in Midtown n


ailing from New York, Elizabeth Schneider lived in Boston and the U.S. Virgin Islands before heading south for business school at UNCChapel Hill. Eventually, her husband’s job brought her to Atlanta, where she now resides in Morningside. Schneider founded her blog and podcast, Wine for Normal People, in 2009 in the hopes of demystifying wine. She’s also a certified sommelier and consults with restaurants around the country on which wines they should serve.

What was your job before becoming a wine expert? I worked at Reebok in Boston for a little over a year doing busy work that almost made my brain fall out. Then I had a great job at Forrester Research in Cambridge. They are a high-tech strategy and market research firm. My time there ruined me for corporate life forever—no better culture, more stimulating colleagues, a more fun environment or more interesting project work could ever stack up to my time there during the tech boom. The culture of that place made every other corporate environment look horrible. When did you fall in love with wine and know that you wanted to study it? It was in Boston. I tried to teach myself about wine but failed miserably. Then I took a class at the Boston Center for Adult Education with a guy named John Miller who worked for a distributor. He changed my life. He presented the material so well and so understandably, and showed me wines I never knew existed or would have discovered on my own. That was it for me—dreams of wine entered my head and never left. Tell us about your podcast: What does a typical episode include? It’s mainly an educational podcast. My husband, M.C. Ice (to protect his own professional identity—he’s in real estate and moonlights as co-host), a co-host or a guest and I tackle a wine region, a topical wine issue (what influences the flavor of a wine, politics of wine, etc.), a grape, etc., and we drill down. We talk about it like we’re hanging out drinking with you, and you just asked a question about the wine region or grape. All my guests are vetted: I have a no-jerks policy, and I generally won’t have people on who get a lot of media coverage. I find the smaller producers much more interesting and laid back. No one wants to listen to some pre-fab marketing message that a PR agency cooked up. I gravitate toward real people, and that’s who comes on the show.


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Chief Normal Wine Person, Wine for Normal People What’s the best part about your job? Wine travel and getting to know the amazing people who produce wine. What’s your most memorable career moment to date? Having lunch with Jane Anson and Elin McCoy, two female wine writers who are infinitely talented, brilliant and humble. I was in awe.

so long. The people were so kind, so interesting and I learned so much about German wine that I didn’t know before. Here’s a tip: There is a lot of dry German Riesling out there, so if you think it’s all sweet, you need to look again.

What’s the most stressful part about your job? I do a lot of public speaking for corporations and associations. That I love, but the logistics and planning of events is always stressful. Sometimes I feel like I’m planning a mini-wedding each time.

Who inspires you in (or out of) the wine world, and why? Actually, my husband is my biggest inspiration. He is not afraid to take chances, and he doesn’t sweat the small stuff. He is so nice but still really good at his work. He’s also totally encouraging and a great dad. I call him all the time for a pick-meup when I’m feeling bad or need a shot in the arm of motivation.

What’s the coolest work-related travel experience you’ve had? My trip to Germany earlier this year with the Wines of Germany had to be it. Riesling was the first wine I fell in love with, and getting to try the greatest wines of the Rheingau and Mosel regions, and seeing the unbelievable landscape was breathtaking. Seventy percent slopes that end in a huge river—I can’t believe people have hand-harvested these lands for

What advice do you have for someone who wants to do what you do? I’m making this job up as I go along, so I’m not sure there is someone who could do what I do, but if you want to be a wine expert or wine writer, I’d say don’t get caught up in the industry telling you that you need this certification or that class. Before the certification craze, there were still experts, and really esteemed ones, too. Study, drink a lot

of wine, learn about it and keep a level head. What’s the one thing people always ask you when you tell them you’re a wine expert? The questions are all over the map. Most people ask how I got started, but people’s questions are quite personal relative to where they are with wine (novices ask more about grapes, more experienced people usually ask about places/regions, generally). Do you have a favorite wine? It changes all the time, but right now I’m loving wines from Piedmont, Italy. For the whites, Arneis from the Roero region. For reds, the beautiful, exquisite Barbaresco (although it’s expensive, so I only have it now and then). Favorite ATL restaurants for wine sipping? I’ve got two little kids, so I don’t get out too much these days, but I love the wines at Barcelona for Spanish and Sotto Sotto for Italians. n




elly Scibona was a third grader in Charlotte, N.C., when her parents built a new house. “They hired an architect, and I remember being fascinated,” recalls the Grant Park resident. “I drew pages and pages of floor plans. I distinctly remember the day I realized the upper floor had to be the same size as the lower one.” Scibona’s attraction to art and drawing stayed with her, but it wasn’t until high school that she rediscovered those pages of house plans and started considering architecture as a career. “But I didn’t like what I was seeing—a lot of steel and glass,” she recalls. “I loved beautiful old homes. The University of Notre Dame had a traditional and classical architecture program that covered all the things I loved, and it had a mandatory year abroad in Rome, which was incredible.” That classical training opened the door to jobs with high-end, residential design firms and a few years on her own. Almost four years ago, Scibona, 38, took on her most challenging and rewarding role: director of architecture for Vinings-based FrontDoor Communities, a residential builder with projects ranging from the high $300,000s to $1.2 million. “I used to do one or maybe two houses at a time; FrontDoor will close on about 180 houses this year,” she says. “That’s so many families I have the privilege of designing houses for.” Here, Scibona shared a glimpse into her dream job and the responsibility it carries.

What’s the most rewarding thing about your job? It’s my favorite part: knowing that people live in these houses. It’s the background for their lives, for their children’s childhoods. Working with a large-scale builder, is there a lot of room to be creative? Oh, yes. In fact, the interiors of the lower price points require a lot of creativity. One of my goals is to find ways to open things up and make a small house feel really big. I also like making things more functional. I know how I use my house: I do the laundry, so I like putting the laundry near the master bedroom. What’s a typical work day like? A lot of what I do can’t happen in a day; it’s better to talk about a typical month. I might design a new floor plan from scratch, then when it’s being built, I’ll do a frame walk to [determine whether] it matches the




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Director of Architecture, FrontDoor Communities floor plan or if we need to make changes. We build these houses more than once, so we’re always tweaking them. Some days, I check out current residential trends by visiting neighborhoods around Atlanta or looking at Instagram. I may go to the design center and pick out exterior color schemes. And there are days when I’m in a municipality where we’re building, going over design and building requirements. It’s not exciting, but it needs to be done. What does your office look like? Lots of sketch pads and drawing pencils? Most of my work is done on the computer now. I do have a lot of bulletin boards with inspirational pictures on

them. I used to have a big drawing board, but it took up a lot of room, so I learned to draw on the computer. What’s the most surprising part of the job? Most of our homebuyers need to see a furnished model. I didn’t realize homebuilders did that, but we put one in every neighborhood so our buyers can understand exactly what they’re going to get. Tell us about your house. I have a 110-year-old New South cottage that my husband and I bought when I graduated from college in 2003. It was basically renovated, but we did another one about a year ago. We found the

house by first picking the neighborhood. After studying in Rome, I felt Grant Park was the closest thing we could get to the things I loved about there—having a park right here, being able to walk to places. What’s your dream floor plan? For me, this renovation was pretty close. We have two kids in elementary school, and now they’re upstairs with a playroom. We took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and redid the master suite and bathroom. We added a guest room and bath downstairs. For this point in my life, it’s perfect: The kids are upstairs, my parents can stay downstairs, and we have a great front porch. n


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hen it comes to romantic Valentine’s Day date nights, a cemetery might not jump to mind as the most appealing venue. But for the last several years that it’s held the Love Stories of Oakland tour, Oakland Cemetery has proven otherwise. “We’re always looking to change the conversation about what a cemetery is, how you can learn at a cemetery, and we thought it would be really fun to do it on Valentine’s Day weekend,” says Marcy

Breffle, education coordinator at the Historic Oakland Foundation. The hour-long tour makes 25 stops throughout the Victorian garden cemetery, where a guide shares the stories of Atlantans past. From storybook romances to tales of familial bonds, all kinds of love—and people—are celebrated here. For this year’s tour, Breffle freshened up the lineup with a selection of all-new stories, and there are plenty to choose from: Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 70,000. “There are some people on this

tour who weren’t famous generals; they didn’t build skyscrapers in Atlanta, they didn’t write novels like Gone with the Wind. They were everyday people, and we still want to remember and recognize them,” says Breffle. “We want visitors to know that there’s so much history here and that everyone can make history.” Love Stories has become such an attraction that two additional themed tours are now offered throughout the year: one on Mother’s Day weekend and another at the end of summer. Oakland also partners

with local Grant Park restaurants to encourage visitors to go out to dinner at the end of the tour. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Historic Oakland Foundation. “For a lot of people, if this is their first time in Oakland, it makes them want to come back, and it makes them want to become members of the Foundation and come to more events,” says Breffle. “We want to share this place with everybody, and we want everyone to realize what a treasure Oakland is.” n




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FEBRUARY 1–3 MLK DAY 5K January 15 Piedmont Park Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day at the MLK Day 5K. Held in Piedmont Park, the event includes a 3.1-mile drumline across the race course. The eventrace serves as a fundraiser for a selection of Atlanta schools, churches, organizations and businesses. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and special offers.

RAINFOREST ADVENTURES January 23–March 4 The Center for Puppetry Arts

If Georgia is the new Hollywood, we might as well embrace it. After all, our film and television industry generated $9.5 billion in fiscal 2017. One place to celebrate the intersection of television and digital media is the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). The school boasts 30 undergraduate and graduate programs in the entertainment arts, with a slew of alumni

going on to successful careers in television and new media. In February, SCAD hosts aTVfest, a three-day event that invites attendees to discover the latest in television and new media. The international event includes featured screenings with casts and producers, panel discussions with industry experts, premieres, a virtual reality showcase and networking receptions. Attendees can expect a focus on everything from

LOVER’S LANE When Margeau Bull, founder of Inman Park’s Made Again, held the inaugural Lover’s Lane in 2016, it was evident that the “pre-Valentine’s Day” celebration was here to stay. “The first year was a remarkable turnout,” says Bull. “Every year it’s grown, and people mark their calendars for a return and ask for it by name.” Held in Inman Quarter, the complimentary event brings together an assortment of local neighborhood businesses, including BeetleCat, Hampton & Hudson, VinoTeca, Char Korean Bar & Grill and more. Guests receive a map that leads to participating establishments offering festive treats, drinks or specials. “This event brings the



broadcast and cable to social media and advertising. Shuttles will be provided from SCAD Atlanta to the event venues, the SCAD Digital Media Center and SCADshow. Last year’s a TVfest honored actors Jenna Elfman, Christina Ricci and Jennifer Morrison, as well as shows shot in Atlanta, including “24: Legacy”, “MacGyver”, “Star” and “Greenleaf”. n


community together for a fun, lighthearted stroll where all the businesses get really creative with their giveaways, like lover-themed drinks or a ‘dumped punch’” notes Bull. This sense of community is particularly fitting considering Made Again’s localconscious energy. Bull initially founded the gallery in 2013 as a showroom for repurposed home decor and art. The store now serves as a platform for artisans to share their work and connect with the community and features products by exclusively locals who produce everything from furniture and fine art to jewelry

Come face-to-face with the Amazon rainforest at the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Rainforest Adventures, written and directed by Jon Ludwig, and debuting this January. An evolution of Canopy!, a show Ludwig, Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes presented at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the performance features everything from anacondas and howler monkeys to three-toed sloths and poison arrow frogs.

CASK ALE TASTING January 20 5 Seasons Brewing Beer lovers, take note: on January 20 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., you’ll want to pay a visit to 5 Seasons Brewing on Midtown’s Westside. Attendees will sample nearly 50 rare, cask-conditioned ales from the country and Great Britain. Guests will also receive a souvenir glass from Monday Night Brewing and a 10 percent discount on food from 5 Seasons (you’ve got to soak up all the beer, after all). Participating breweries include Monday Night Brewing, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., New Realm Brewing Company, Reformation Brewery and Second Self Beer Company, among others.


and candles. During Lover’s Lane, Made Again brings in vendors and artisans to perform demonstrations and sell special merchandise in-store. “It really brings the concept to a material version where it connects the community to the artisans and talent making their goods,” Bull says. n

MODA’s latest exhibition, Designing a Playful City, explores the significance of play in the development of children. Interactive installations and graphics explore the various designs of play spaces across the globe and the significance of free play. With an emphasis on the role of design in successful play spaces, the exhibition encourages the development of urban play environments in Atlanta and beyond.


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