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Poncey Highland: Virginia Highland: 563 Woodall Avenue 830 Ponce de Leon Terrace N.E. 4BR • 4BA • 1HBA 4BR • 3BA • 2HBA Advisor: Nancy H. Guss Advisors: E. Windham & J. Jaramillo Sold for $875,000 Offered for $1,290,000

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Just Sold Briar Hills: Morningside: Reynoldstown: Chastain Park: 1142 Briarcliff Road N.E. 1651 N. Pelham Road 192 Stovall Street S.E. 3734 Powers Ferry Road 2BR • 2BA • 2HBA 5BR • 4BA • 21HBA 3BR • 2BA 3BR • 2BA Advisor: Jana Kato Advisor: Ken Covers Advisor: Lynda Cox Advisor: Heather Armstrong Offered for$349,000 Offered for $1,375,000 Sold for $450,000 Offered for $599,000

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CONTENTS JUNE 2017 7 Editor’s Letter 9 LATEST

The newest restaurants, shops and other spots to arrive on the scene

Living 12 Shelter

Modern meets eccentric in Poncey-Highland

15 Style to Go

A laid-back take on the LBD

16 Wellness

Your complete Barre breakdown

17 People

Carvana founder Ryan Keeton

18 In-Town Escape Take to the hills of Toccoa

20 Out of Town Solace at N.C.’s Half-Mile Farm

Culture 22 Leaders

Get outside with Trees Atlanta

24 Creators

The brainy duo behind Bené Scarves



26 Restaurant Review

37 Events

28 Liquids


Feel-good fuel by the BeltLine at Sean’s Harvest Market

This summer, say “Yes way” to rosé

What to see and do when you’re off the clock

Hot, Sticky, Sweet

29 Fresh Bites

The BeltLine’s sweet, icy summer treats

Cover Story 30 Summer Feels

Sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations to seek out this summer

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ne warm afternoon earlier this spring, as I sat working at my dining room table with the windows open, a heavy blanket of gray clouds settled in, and the gentle breeze that had been whispering through the window noticeably picked up speed. Moments later the rain came, and with it, one of my all-time favorite scents—that damp, earthy smell of water on warm pavement, a signature scent of spring and summer. As I often did during winter’s first snowfall while living up North, as soon as the first few drops hit our sidewalk and driveway I pushed back my chair and went to the window. This time, it wasn’t to snap a picture of those first few flakes, but rather to draw in through my nose a deep, full breath— and as much of that wet-pavement smell as I could inhale. As with that favorite smell of mine, some things—a taste, a sound or a feeling—are inextricably tied to summer. It could be the warm, musky scent of freshly cut grass, the sweet flavor of frosty vanilla soft serve, the crack of a baseball against a wooden bat or the faint twinkling of fireflies in the yard at dusk. Whatever it may be, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about—a sensual trigger that signals the start of summer. (Speaking of flavors, turn to “Captured” on page 40 to see which dish recently had my tastebuds doing flips.) To bring the sights, smells, sounds, flavors and feelings of summer to life in our cover story, writer Jaimee Ratliff followed her five senses through the neighborhoods we feature here in 17th South, from the Jackson Street Bridge (hello, fiery sunsets!) to local farmers markets hawking fresh, sweet, locally grown fruit. (Is there any finer food out there?) If you’re in search of your own summer adventures, I’m sure you’ll find just what you’re looking for. So keep reading, and follow your five senses for an Atlanta summer that can’t be beat. Enjoy!

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Latest OPENINGS & ARRIVALS | STORIES: Melanie Lasoff Levs |

A SLICE OF FASHION Pizza is a lifestyle brand for House of Shroom


ans of the Mellow Mushroom restaurant franchise have new styles with which to show off their pizza love.

The House of Shroom, created in 2015 to complement the more than 200 restaurants across the country, has a new spring/summer line of T-shirts, sweats and hoodies, as well as hats and kids’ tees. Small items such as stemware, stickers, a luggage tag and even a wooden engraved pizza cutter round out the collection. These are not ordinary logo items; each is designed by a professional artist for a creative, colorful and unique feel. “We wanted to create something that was an extension of the Mellow Mushroom brand and really represented the Mellow Mushroom

lifestyle and mindset,” says Elizabeth Brasch, brand manager for Mellow Mushroom who also oversees House of Shroom. “Our brand is very much about self-expression, and fashion, architecture and artwork are key components of that brand.” The current crop of artists coming up with designs is from Atlanta and Knoxville, Tenn., where House of Shroom’s parent company, Threds Inc., is based. The new collection of goods fits into three “capsules” or design concepts: Rainbow Trip is a “trip” back to the early 1970s when the first Mellow Mushroom opened on Spring Street in Midtown. (The restaurant near Emory University, which opened in 1978, is the oldest continuously operating store.

The first franchise operation opened in 1982, also in Atlanta.) The T-shirts and crew neck long-sleeved shirts feature signature symbols such as peace signs, flowers and rainbows. Good Pizza features images that connect pizza to everything from space to patriotism. Long- and shortsleeved tops also include whimsical prints emblazoned with “Let Them Eat Pie” and “It Was All A Dream.” The Roots collection celebrates the psychedelic art of 1974 with bright colors and cartoon-like images from Mellow Mushroom’s first printed shirts. Many of the individual Mellow Mushroom restaurants also sell wares through the House of Shroom’s Locally Cultivated program that features shirts with lo-

cal artists’ designs, says Brasch. “Our brand is very fun and curious and imaginative,” she adds, “so naturally our products reflect that.” Items are available online, and a portion of the collection is available at each of the restaurants, says Brasch. For $1.95, you can own a United We Shroom or Mel O. Mushroom character sticker. For about $5, take a shot from your own mushroom-branded shot glass. Ten dollars buys you a T-shirt in an older design, and shirts in the new collection start at about $20. Really want to show your pizza love? Drop $300 on an artificial leather jacket with a wool liner, embellished with vintage patches and artwork. n

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Latest OPENINGS & ARRIVALS Left: Grab a snack of warm, fresh pita, hummus and gourmet soda at Yalla.

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Right: By day, TGM Bagel offers up baked goods, specialty sodas and more. At night, it’s a full-on bar.

Bagels, Bread and Beer, Oh, My! A fun, flavor-filled food hall arrives at Tech Square


ech Square is celebrating the arrival of its newest neighbor, The Canteen, a “micro food hall” from the team at The General Muir. At press time, The Canteen was set to open by June and will include a General Muir spinoff called TGM Bagel, as well as Square Bar, a juice-and-smoothie bar by day

and a full bar by afternoon/evening. Other food spots within the project at 75 Fifth Street include Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla, both of which also have locations in Krog Street Market. The Canteen has been named one of the top 10 most anticipated restaurant openings in Atlanta by Zagat. n

Cats and Coffee Java Cats Cafe opens on Memorial Drive

Where YOO Want to Live The latest luxury apartment building on Piedmont Park has begun welcoming new residents


OO on the Park at 13th Street in Midtown features 25 stories of studio apartments, one- and twobedroom units and penthouses with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Feast your eyes on some of YOO’S amenities: Nest programmable thermostats, LED touch lights, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Piedmont Park, private balconies and USB charger receptacles in master bedrooms and kitchens. The building itself features an indoor/outdoor yoga studio and saline pool, outdoor summer kitchen with grilling station, golf simulator, gaming theater and a deck with a life-sized chess set. A 540-square-foot studio costs about $1,610 per month, and a two-bedroom, two-bath penthouse is about $6,600 per month. But...a gaming theater! n


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YOO on the Park features modern design, a saline swimming pool and bright interiors with Piedmont Park views.

If sipping specialty coffee or tea while a soft cat purrs contentedly on your lap is your idea of heaven, visit Java Cats Cafe on Memorial Drive in the Edgewood neighborhood. The idea of combining cats and coffee originated in Taiwan, and recent Georgia State University graduate student Hadyn Hilton opened this one in March after raising more than $20,000. Anyone is welcome in the cat-free cafe section of the space, and for $10 per person (which includes a beverage), you can reserve an hour of kitty love in the Cat Lounge with animals available for adoption from PAWS Atlanta no-kill shelter. The cats are screened to make sure their tender personalities can handle the attention, but children must be accompanied by an adult in the cat lounge. For the rest of the guests, it is purr-fectly acceptable to cuddle to your heart’s content.



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Imperfections See how one Poncey-Highland couple combined the best of old and new in their perfect home | STORY: Karon Warren | PHOTOS: Sandra Platten |


our years ago, Thomas DiNatale and his wife, Allison Sall, made the move from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Inman Park, where they settled into an apartment. However, not long after the birth of their now 4-year-old son, Theo, they knew they wanted a house with more space. Two years ago, they searched Inman Park and the surrounding neighborhoods before finding what they wanted in Poncey-Highland: a circa-1926 house with a good-sized yard. DiNatale and Sall, who both work for a venture builder of retail start-ups, agree that a major selling point for the house was its location. “Walkability was very important to us,” Sall


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says. “Coming from Brooklyn, it was one of our [key factors]. One of our markers was, ‘If we run out of coffee, how quickly can we go and get a cup?’ So we [wanted a place within walking distance of shopping]. And here it provides the best of all worlds. Not only are there places to walk to in Virginia-Highland and Inman Park, but we’re also really close to the BeltLine, the Freedom Trail and The Carter Center and the farmers market there on Saturdays. And there’s a playground just around the corner.” Other deciding factors included the layout and the covered front porch. “We liked the flow of the house, how you could really move through the rooms,” says Sall. “It felt just wonderful in that regard.” But, DiNatale, adds, “The covered porch sold us on it. It’s great out here. And some-

times you’ll get that breeze, and it’ll go all the way through [the house]. One of the best things about the renovation was that connection from [the porch] directly to the kitchen through that doorway.” Of course, that “connection” needed some help. When DiNatale and Sall bought the house, the kitchen broke up not only the cross ventilation with a blocked doorway (essentially a pass-through window), but also the entire flow of the house. As part of the renovation, the couple redesigned the entire kitchen with Brad Cruickshank, owner of Cruickshank Remodeling in Morningside.

Initially, the back wall of the kitchen included a single exterior door, as well as double and single windows. The stove also sat on that back wall. DiNatale and Sall traded in the single exit for double doors and exchanged both windows for one large picture window. They also moved the stove to the opposite wall and installed a Kohler farmhouse sink under the picture window. The refrigerator was also relocated to a side wall next to the stove’s new location. Thanks to a new Sub-Zero refrigerator, GE Monogram oven and dishwasher and Sharp microwave, the workspace is much more conducive

Left: The room furnishings epitomize the home’s style with a blend of antique and modern furniture. Right: The couple redesigned the kitchen to improve the flow and take advantage of the backyard view. Below: An angled ceiling was replaced with a smooth one in the den. Below: The dining room serves as a comfortable connection between living room and kitchen. A whimsical pumpkin by artist Yayoi Kusama sits on the dining room table.

“We liked the flow of the house, how you could really move through the rooms. It just felt wonderful in that regard.” ALLISON SALL to cooking, something DiNatale enjoys quite often. Pendant lights from Oregon-based Schoolhouse Electric and tile from Heath Ceramics provide beautiful yet understated finishing touches to the space. The small den adjacent to the kitchen also received a makeover. The original space had an awkward tray ceiling that DiNatale and Sall replaced with a smooth ceiling. Speaking of awkward angles, the couple will be the first to tell you there are some uneven lines and

spaces throughout the entire home. “The whole house is crooked,” Sall says. “It’s really hard to get a straight line, so there are a lot of visual tricks to make it feel level.” Simply put, DiNatale says, “If you drop a ball, expect to go chasing after it.” Although most visitors don’t notice these imperfections, DiNatale and Sall point out quite a few. For instance, the door to the guest bedroom slopes down at the top. Also, if you look at the baseboards in some of the rooms, they look uneven

where they meet the floor. In fact, the floors were uneven in several parts of the house, so the couple leveled them off. You can see the height difference between the hall floor and the downstairs bathroom, which is separated by a slope in the bathroom door casing. The couple evened them up. These quirks are just some of the home’s charms that make both DiNatale and Sall laugh. They attribute the oddities to the various previous homeowners who did their own renovation projects

through the years. “It was all very DIY, like the way the wires [were run throughout the house],” DiNatale says. “And I think it was a duplex at some point,” he adds, referring to the home’s two front doors, a deadbolt on the guest bedroom door and an apparent relocation of the staircase. “There’s a lot of [patchwork in it],” DiNatale says. “But that’s one of the reasons why we bought it.




We wanted something we could put our own spin on.” Now, as part of their own renovation and decorating, DiNatale and Sall have added charming touches to make the house a home. For instance, using white as a backdrop, they’ve added pops of color and whimsy with art. One example is the greens and golds found in the print depicting the natural history of the “dragon’s teeth” flower above the fireplace the couple purchased from 1stdibs, an online marketplace the couple worked with when they owned their own design firm before it merged with their current employer. Other examples include the black and red digital print in the dining room of a photograph of David Bowie taken by the late star’s personal photographer, as well as many framed photographs taken by the couple during their travels. Another quirky touch is the “coffee table” in the living room that is actually a bricklayer’s cart. The couple purchased it from a previous tenant of the office space they rented for their design firm. And upstairs, there is the neon “Be the cool girl” sign, which served as the firm’s motto and was a phrase Sall used to recite to herself when she got nervous. The couple had the sign made in 2013 to celebrate their business’s one-year anniversary.


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Creating the home was “a labor of love,” says Sall, who describes it as eclectic modern. DiNatale says the kitchen is his favorite spot, where he can indulge in the fun of cooking while “those windows let in all that light.” But there could be more change to come. “I don’t think a renovation is ever complete,” Sall says. “Our hope is to update as we go.” n

Above: The couple used art and accessories to add pops of color throughout the home.

Below: The exposed brick is another of the home’s quirky features.

DESIGN DETAILS Living room couch

Crate + Barrel Living room and den rugs

West Elm

Ponce City Market: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., #127, 30308 Atlantic Station: 260 18th St. N.W., Suite 10100, 30363 Pendant kitchen lights

Schoolhouse Electric

Pillows on den couch Black-and-white pillows:

Thomas Paul Color pillows: West Elm Yayoi Kusama pumpkin on dining table

The Little Collector David Bowie print

Morrison Hotel Gallery–New York

The screened porch sold the couple on the house.


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Kimberly Kupbens strolls around Colony Square in a casual take on the LBD

| STORY: Abbie Koopote |  | PHOTO: Sandra Platten | How would you describe your style? I would say my style is sophisticated boho. What is one thing from your closet that you can’t live without? Definitely my oversized sweaters. They are so effortless and cozy yet stylish, and I can throw them on over everything. They’re amazing! Where are all the pieces you are wearing currently from? My dress is from Lulus, my sweater is from Francesca’s and my flats are from White House Black Market. My purse is Kate Spade, and the key chain I got from Amazon. My favorite thing I am wearing would have to be the necklace that my boyfriend got custom made for me. If you could swap wardrobes with anyone who would it be? Probably Blake Lively. Her closet is really “goals” for me. No matter what she wears, she always looks amazing and so put together. One of my favorite looks she has worn is her outfit for “73 questions with Blake Lively” that she did for Vogue. In the interview, she wore a really chic color block dress, and she looked fabulous. Where do you find your fashion inspiration?

Kimberly Kupbens AGE: 21 OCCUPATION:


I go to social media, particularly Instagram, for my fashion inspiration. I follow lots of the girls from the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” past seasons. JoJo Fletcher is one of my favorite girls to follow; she always posts unique looks, and I feel like we have similar styles. What is your favorite trend right now? I like all the fun sayings people are putting on clothes. I also love the one-piece bathing suits from

Private Party. You can customize the swimsuits by picking the color and unique phrase you want printed on the front. I think it’s cool that people are having fun with their clothing. What should every woman have in her closet? I think it’s important for every woman to have a pair of comfortable yet cute sneakers. I personally love Vans; I’m from the West Coast, so Vans have always been my go-to sneaker.

Have you always been into fashion? Yes, I almost majored in fashion. I worked in the fashion industry for a short while but realized it wasn’t for me. I decided I’d rather keep fashion strictly fun. I think fashion is amazing; it’s something you can always have in your life, and you can change it up whenever you please. n



WELLNESS ib yoga + barre THE DETAILS: Classes are offered in 45- and 60-minute formats and are limited to just six students each. Each begins with a whole-body warm-up. Next up comes core work through isolated abdominal exercises and plank variations, then arm, thigh and glute work. Every barre class ends with stretches and a period of quiet reflection.

WHY TRY: “Our barre classes are unique because we offer yoga and barre fusion classes in which we combine some of the yoga postures along with barre exercises,” says Irina Burdock, founder. “Our classes are also limited to six people, so the instructor can give each student attention and assist with the alignment.” COST: $20 per session

Raise the Barre

Find the right workout to channel your inner ballerina | STORY: Amelia Pavlik |

Pure Barre THE DETAILS: This 55-minute class begins with 15 minutes of warm-up and arm work, followed by 10 minutes of thigh work and a stretch to lengthen your muscles. Next up: 12 minutes of seat work, 10 minutes of ab work and a cool down.  

WHY TRY: “Classes are designed around moves strategically designed to tone your body in record time,” says Katy Bayless Gibson, owner of the Virginia-Highland and Decatur studios. “Also, we offer a free Breaking Down the Barre class once a month. It’s a 75-minute class that covers technique and what to expect from class, and it allows time for any questions.”

FlyBarre, Pure Barre, Pink Barre—these days, there’s a barre studio on every corner, it seems. How do you choose the one that’s right for you? To take some of the guesswork out of it, we’ve gotten the scoop on four options, all of which use tools such as the ballet barre, light hand weights, bands and small exercise balls to sculpt your body. Read on to find your best fit.

COST: $23 per class

FlyBarre THE DETAILS: From FlyBarre 60, a one-hour barre class, to POWER 45, a 45-minute express version, each class is uniquely choreographed by FlyBarre’s instructors. Core and abdominal work is integrated throughout the class, while each muscle group (think upper body, thighs, glutes, etc.) is worked in a block of songs.  

WHY TRY: “FlyBarre is a high-energy, light-weight workout where you can expect the muscles to burn, resulting in a leaner, stronger total body,” says Cassie Cresta, regional marketing director and instructor. “We also offer an indoor cycling class format, Flywheel, that provides the perfect cardio complement to our FlyBarre classes.”      COST: $15 for first class/$25 after

Pink Barre THE DETAILS: This 55-minute format kicks off with a warm-up including planks/ push-ups and a series of arm exercises. Then comes three thigh exercises followed by a stretch, Barre Connect (a mini cardio portion of class), two seat exercises, a few series of core and back work, and a cool-down/stretch.

WHY TRY: “Pink Barre was created by a physical therapist, so we’re very focused on proper set up and alignment,” says Hannah Swihart, studio director. “Ensuring each client is feeling the work in the correct muscles is very important to us.” COST: $12 for first class/$23 after


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FlyBarre 1180 West Peachtree Street N.W., Suite 106, 30309 404.865.3976 Pure Barre 1402 North Highland Avenue N.E., 30306 404.883.3882 ga-virginiahighlands Pink Barre 996 Virginia Avenue N.E., 30306 404.435.8501 ib yoga + barre 511 Edgewood Avenue S.E., 30312 770.756.6395



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yan Keeton and his partners want to make car buying fun again at Carvana, the self-styled “Amazon of cars” that first launched in Atlanta four years ago. That focus is paying off for co-founders Keeton, Ernie Garcia and Ben Huston—in March 2017, Carvana filed for a $210 million initial public offering of its stock. The first and only U.S. auto retailer to offer buyers a fully automated, coin-operated car vending machine, Carvana has moved the entire car buying experience online. You can browse through more than 7,000 vehicles, get a 360-degree view of individual cars, arrange financing and close the deal in as little as 15 minutes. Next-day home delivery is available, or you can pick it up at the vending machine on Marietta Street. “A lot of companies have been putting things online that had never been done before,” says Ryan Keeton, Carvana co-founder and chief brand officer. “But we started by focusing first on the customer experience, and by understanding automotive retail, before looking at the technology.” In a traditional model, Keeton says, customers typically go to a dealership, look through a few hundred cars on the lot and maybe take a test drive.

Carvana founder Ryan Keeton wants to put the joy back into car buying | STORY: Bobby L. Hickman

Ryan Keeting, Carvana’s co-founder and chief branding officer

Also, conventional dealerships average $250,000 in overhead costs per store, he continued. Those overhead costs—brick and mortar expenses, sales people, support staff—are passed along to consumers in the sale price. Keeton says the co-founders determined that taking car buying online would cut costs and improve the customer experience. He adds, “You can buy a car in as little as 10 minutes—and costs are typically at least $1,500 lower.” He notes the average Carvana vehicle sells for $1,461 less than its Kelley Blue Book value. The site provides customers 360-degree viewpoints of vehicles and lets them zoom in. “They get the experience of being at a dealership walking around the car, but they’re doing it from the comfort of their own home,” Keeton says.

Customers can receive their vehicles in as little as 24 hours through home delivery or at the Westside vending machine (where they enter a code to retrieve their purchase). All cars have a seven-day “no questions asked” return policy, providing buyers a week-long test drive. Vehicles also carry a 100-day warranty. Carvana has its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, and Amazon-style distribution hubs around the country. One reason it selected Atlanta as its first market was demographics. “It’s a forward thinking market,” Keeton said. “We knew if we could crack the code there, it would be less difficult to scale our business model to other cities.” Another reason was Carvana’s long-time strategic partnership with DriveTime Automotive Group, the nation’s largest integrated used

car retailer and subprime finance company. DriveTime had car lots, cleaning facilities and other physical structures that Carvana was able to use, he says, including the site in Winder where Carvana now operates a fulfillment center and photo studio. Carvana launched the pilot version of its vending machine in Atlanta in 2013, a one-story structure that holds three cars and is accessed by a numeric key pad. The fully automated “Model 2.0” was introduced in Nashville in 2015, which are coin-operated and hold up to 30 cars. Four more 2.0 facilities (ranging from five to eight floors) were added in 2016 and 2017 in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. The company has now delivered vehicles in 46 states and has physical locations in 21 cities. “We have a lot of love for Atlanta, which remains our biggest market,” Keeton says. During four years in Atlanta, the company grew into one of the largest used car dealers in Georgia. Its 2016 revenues exceeded $119 million and 6,288 vehicles were sold in Atlanta, the largest contributor Carvana’s overall 2016 sales of $342 million. Keenen adds the company has built on its Carvana Atlanta growth Atlanta vending to develop the machine: new vending 1026 Marietta Street machines S.W., 30318 and launch 800.333.4554 quickly into new markets. n






This summer, take Toccoa’s mighty mountain challenge | STORY: H.M. Cauley |


une is not too early for Atlantans to start daydreaming about escaping the city heat and heading to the cool mountain breezes of north Georgia. While that part of the state has an enviable array of destinations, one that doesn’t draw too much of a crowd is Toccoa, a small town at the base of Currahee Mountain that claims a footnote in the history of World War II. While most Americans have some knowledge of D-Day (June 6, 1944), what many may not know is that a key component of the Allied Invasion of Normandy, France, has roots in this hamlet of about 9,000 residents. Between 1942 and 1944, Camp Toccoa hosted 17,000 members of several airborne divisions who were training as part of the new and elite paratrooper corps. Many of the soldiers who wafted down to the French countryside beyond the D-Day beaches on the night of June 5, 1944, learned the basics while stationed in make-shift barracks near the foot of Currahee. A none-too-popular part of their conditioning was jogging 3 miles up to the 1,736-foot-high summit, a rigorous outing described in detail in Stephen Ambrose’s book about the paratroopers, Band of Brothers, famously made into a mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Visitors to Toccoa today often reenact those hikes—at a more leisurely trot—up the stone-and-dirt path that winds along the mountainside. Less


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intrepid souls can maneuver the route in their cars, but the journey is slow and tough on the shock absorbers. Either way, those who reach the summit are rewarded with sweeping views of the town and the countryside beyond. In Toccoa’s downtown, the contributions of the paratroopers are memorialized in the Currahee Military Museum. Located in the restored train depot that also houses the Stephens County History Museum, the World War II section features personal artifacts, photographs, uniforms and combat gear. The museum also acquired a full-sized barn that did double-duty as a barracks for paratroopers when they were stationed in Aldbourne, England, before the invasion. If you’re intown near the museum at just the right time, you may get an added bonus: a sighting of Amtrak’s Southern Crescent train rolling into the quaint station on its way to New York or New Orleans. The Simmons-Bond Inn is within easy reach of Toccoa’s highlights.

Above: A popular spot for hiking and running, Currahee Mountain looms over the town of Toccoa. Right: Toccoa Falls are among the tallest cascades east of the Mississippi.

The town boasts two other notable destinations. The first is the elegant and powerful Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot thundering cascade that pounds into a pond on the grounds of the private Toccoa Falls College. Though there’s a guard at the gate, just say you’re headed to the falls, and you’ll get directions. From the parking area, a short, level path leads to the foot of the falls that are some of the tallest east of the Mississippi. Just east of downtown is Traveler’s Rest Historic Site, once a stagecoach stop and a 14,000-acre plantation. The home dates back to the early 1800s and still contains artifacts and furnishings from the families who lived there. The wooded grounds are open daily, but house tours are only offered on weekends. If sightseeing leaves you craving a juicy burger, head to the X-Factor Grill and Cornerstone Restaurant, which serves casual fare of meaty burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas and seafood entrees. Another option is Java Station, where plenty of caffeinated drinks and cafe fare are on the menu from morning until after dinner. Though Toccoa is an easy day trip just about two hours from Midtown and Westside, plan a weekend getaway with an overnight at the

Simmons-Bond Inn, a resplendent 1903 mansion. Each of the six bedrooms has its own bath—and one even boasts a secret passage. And if you need a good reason not to drive home, blame it on a visit to the Currahee Vineyards, where the award-winning Ole Blue, Blanc du Bois and 3 Mile White are just the things to celebrate a hike up—or down—that 3-mile mountain trail. n

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Left: Enjoy fresh air and views of Apple Lake from an Adirondack-style chair.

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Finding solace from the city at Highlands’ Half-Mile Farm | STORY: Amelia Pavlik |


rapped in a cozy bath robe and nibbling on a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie by the fireplace of my suite, I could feel the stress of my work week melt away, bite by bite. Welcome to my weekend at Half-Mile Farm in Highlands, N.C. Thanks to its proximity to Atlanta (it’s about a 2.5-hour drive from Midtown), it’s hard for me to imagine a better spot for a quick weekend getaway. Read on to find out how to enjoy your own escape to this blissful, bucolic retreat.  

Friday Around 5 p.m., I turned off the main road onto Half Mile Farm Drive. The property, which is part of the Old Edwards Hospitality family and recently underwent renovations, is located just a few miles out of town and includes a white farmhouse surrounded by a picturesque lake, log cabins and lush woods. This off-the-beaten-path feel is why I liked staying here versus in town on this trip. (But, keep in mind that you will need to drive into Highlands to enjoy other Old Edwards


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amenities—more on that later.) After checking in—and grabbing one of those freshly baked cookies that are always available in the main house— I headed to my suite. As with all of Half-Mile Farm’s cabins and guest rooms, my digs offered cozy luxuries, including hardwood floors and rustic-chic furniture complemented by free WiFi, Jacuzzi tubs and Molton Brown bath products. One of the main draws of the weekend was that I was attending one of Old Edwards’ special dinner events that are held a few times each year. (Check for the latest news.) This evening was the Release the Rosé-themed multicourse meal that featured tastes of black trufflestuffed quail and pan-seared Steelhead salmon, each paired with a different rosé. After meeting a table full of delightful dinner companions and stuffing my belly, I was glad to return to my room, tuck myself into a king-size bed and drift off to sleep by the fire.

Saturday A chef-made breakfast is included every morning at Half-Mile Farm. After enjoying a frittata, I meandered along one of the property’s hiking

trails before making the five-minute I opted for a filet and glass of Cabernet drive to Old Edwards Inn for my afterSauvignon. The dessert soufflé, topped noon at the spa. (You can also enjoy with acrème anglaise, was the perfect canoeing and fishing on Half-Mile end to my relaxing mountain day. Farm’s lake.) Wearing my sandals-androbe spa uniform, I enjoyed a light Sunday lunch in the cafe before heading off I’m a sucker for the Sunday New York to sip a glass of champagne and enjoy Times. So first thing, I made a quick a pedicure. I had a few hours before trip to the inn to grab a copy and a dinner, so I headed back to my suite cup of tea, and then return to the Farm to soak in the tub for a bit and partake to consume the news and another in the complimentary wine and hors delightful breakfast of pancakes, bacon d’oeuvres served in the and other yummy treats. After main farmhouse each one more walk around the HALF-MILE evening. Next up, I woods, I knew it was time FARM headed back to the inn to return to reality. But I was 214 Half Mile Farm Drive for a gin and tonic in the Highlands, N.C., 28741 glad to know that I can return library-like Hummingbird 855.271.7246 to this charming little farm Lounge, followed by din- whenever I needed at little ner at Madison’s, where solace from our city. n










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Above: Led by instructor Sabrina Attimy, Trees Atlanta campers explore the outdoors on bicycles. Right: Instructor Colby Lyles teaches kids how to identify local trees.



Trees Atlanta helps kids re-connect with nature


hose healthy, carefree summer days when kids rode bikes through their neighborhoods, climbed trees and played games outdoors have had a rebirth at Trees Atlanta’s Junior TreeKeeper Summer Camp. “We want to give kids an opportunity to spend time in the urban forests right outside their back doors and develop a love of nature,” says Judy Yi, director of education. “Our mission is for kids to have fun while learning how to become good stewards of the earth.” The one-week camps in June and July target two age groups: rising first through third graders (Team Quercus, or oak tree) and rising fourth through sixth graders (Team Acers, or maple trees). Youth education directors Colby Lyles and Sabrina Attimy lead the groups, along with trained volunteers. Both are well qualified for their jobs. Lyles received a degree in outdoor


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education at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville with a minor in environmental sciences, then gravitated toward environmental education. “If we give kids a good experience outdoors and teach them about nature, they’ll, hopefully, become committed to protecting our natural resources,” says Lyles, who leads the camps. Attimy, a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in biology, has worked in the environmental education field for the last seven years. “Initially, my interest was in eco-systems and animals, but I wanted to have more exposure to trees and plants while staying in the education field,” she says. “At Trees Atlanta, I have the best of both.” A typical day at Junior TreeKeeper Camp begins at Trees Atlanta’s education center, The TreeHouse, on Krog Street. The BeltLine Arboretum becomes their outdoor classroom, where they have fun learning the importance of taking care of Atlanta’s urban forest. But there is one catch

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before the fun starts: Every child must be able to ride a bike. Lyles and Attimy will lead a parade of campers from both age groups on daily bike rides. Team Quercus campers ride trikes or bikes with training wheels and remain in and around the BeltLine’s arboretum, where they explore the soil, go birding, learn to identify common trees and create crafts from objects found in nature. The city becomes a playground for the Acers who pedal to outdoor venues like the Botanical Garden. “Some days we ride 14 miles,” says Lyles. “At the Fernbank Forest, kids hike, participate in a scavenger hunt and help remove invasive species. By week’s end, they are much more competent and confident on their bikes and have a real sense of accomplishment.” Third-grader Noemi Reina participated in Junior TreeKeepers during spring break. “She loved every minute, especially birding,” says her mother, Vielka Reina. “When they went to the Botanical Garden, they learned all about zinnias, and each child came

home with a plant. When hers began to bud, she was absolutely thrilled. She definitely wants to go back.” Junior TreeKeepers is only one of the nonprofit’s many educational programs. Attimy heads up Urban Tree Trackers, an in-school program that reaches more than 3,000 metro school kids from kindergarten through high school every year. Programs are also offered for kids who are home schooled and pre-schoolers, as well as camps during school breaks. n

What to know n Each one-week session is $295, plus $35 for bike rentals, if the child doesn’t have his or her own. n A limited number of scholarships are available for each session. n Campers bring a brown bag lunch and a reusable water bottle.

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l u f i t u a e and B Beneficial Bené Scarves’ Michelle Blue and Sasha Matthews use fashion to make a difference | STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin |


inding thoughtfully made fashion can be challenging enough, but to discover a brand that’s using profits to make a real difference feels like a treasure. Bené Scarves, the brainchild of 26-year-old Michelle Blue and 25-year-old Sasha Matthews, who lives downtown, are 100% silk, oversized at 22 x 78-inches and printed with their own colorful designs.

The scarves, which sell for $150 apiece, also feature a quote by girls in Ghana whose education the company’s annual sales support. One such girl, Felicia Akparibo, says, “I don’t have to give up—all things are possible, in due time. My time has come.” It’s a beautiful sentiment for the enterprising, Atlanta-based


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lifelong friends who founded the company in 2013, the same year they graduated from college. Here, they share a bit about their journey to entrepreneurism and impact.

How did the idea for Bené Scarves come about? MB: I was a student at the University of Georgia and studying marketing with a fashion merchandising minor. I went on a trip to Ghana in 2011 to study the textiles and culture, and one of the programs allowed me to meet some girls who were fighting for access to education. I was in awe of their spirit and wanted to be a part of providing a better life for them. I came home and told Sasha the story. We were going into our junior year. After graduation, we started the company.

Sasha, how did you catch the passion, having not been on the trip with Michelle? SM: It was a natural connection for me because my family is from Jamaica, where you have to pay for everything related to school, including uniforms and transportation. Something as small as having a way to get to school can stop you from going. So I’d seen something similar first hand. Tell us about the design. MB: We work with a textile designer in New York, follow the trends and draw inspiration from all over. We pick out our silks and do the cutand-sew production in Atlanta. Along the side of each scarf is a quote from one of the girls we support. The quote is the one thing she wants to put out into the world. We have five scarves

Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs who want to make a difference? SM: First, nothing is too small. We wanted to do so much, but after going to Ghana you realize that every life you touch is worth it. Second, just start. If you’re an entrepreneur, keep doing something, little by little, every day. Before you know it, you’ll look up and have something in hand. It must be gratifying to know that you’re changing lives in Africa. MB: Going back to Ghana [last] May to see the first class of girls [we supported] graduate was a highlight. We realized that a scarf is so much more than a scarf. Real lives are being changed. There’s a generational impact for the five girls, their families and communities. Now we’re supporting a new group of girls. We blog about them to keep people updated. Atlanta’s not necessarily known for its fashion manufacturing, but the scarves are produced locally. SM: The goal for the designs was to reflect the culture we were inspired by, but we wanted to create the products here because it allows us to be more involved in the process. We love to support Atlanta. It’s maybe not the first place people think of for fashion, but there are a lot of resources here. We love being a part of that supporting story. What does “Bené” mean? SM: We looked up words that represented what we wanted to be. We ran across benevolent, which means characterized by goodwill. So we cut it to “bene” which Bené Scarves is a prefix that means “good.” n







HEALTHY AND HEARTY Feel-good fuel at Sean's Harvest Market


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Left: The Go Go South salad brims with baby kale, spiced apple, shredded carrot, Parmesan, mango honey mustard dressing and lightly candied pecans.

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Sean’s Harvest Market in Morningside serves up a fusion of comforting classics made with fresh, healthful combinations

ust how magical and serendipitous this city is was revealed to me recently with a drive near Piedmont Park and finding an unassuming treasure. Tucked into a corner of the Amsterdam Walk retail district is Sean's Harvest Market, a tiny, atmospheric food shop with the allure of a European cafe. Turns out, this is precisely the vibe husband-and-wife owners Sean Germain and Amber Chaney seek to achieve. Both Germain and Chaney have been in the restaurant industry for many years. Germain opened the now-closed Solstice Café in Grant Park and Carroll St. Café in Cabbagetown. The two met while working under Kevin Gillespie at the now-closed Woodfire Grill. Chaney says, “We took concepts Sean opened and pared them down to a small space.” Sean’s began in a kiosk at Athletic Club Northeast in 2012; in 2014, they moved to the current space.


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Sean’s Harvest Market keeps a mindful eye on health but doesn’t sacrifice flavor, thanks to a menu that includes sandwiches and salads that rotate often based on seasonal produce. There are smoothies too. The thick, green Californication, with avocado, orange, spinach and banana, gives a jolt from mint and leaves a lingering warmth from allspice. It’s not sweet, but rather satisfies a savory craving. The bestselling smoothie—the dessert-like Elvis—is quite the opposite. It combines coffee, banana, cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate. Everything is made to order in the tiny kitchen equipped with a flattop, a grill and a convection oven. The crew has choreographed a sort of ballet that allows them to move around in the tight space. The Sean’s motto, “A place for everything, and everything in its place,” is adhered to religiously. Each member of the kitchen crew knows how to perform every function and everything is reachable in an organized way. Baskets sit on the countertops, their contents differing on each visit. The fruits and veggies

Above: The BeltLine Burrito is packed with black bean-and-corn salsa, black rice, quinoa, guacamole, carrots, Parmesan, arugula, guacamole and almonds. Skip the cheese for a vegan treat.

Above: The roasted portabello veggie-loaf sandwich might even satisfy the most devoted meat eaters.

| STORY: Angela Hansberger | | PHOTOS: Erik Meadows | inside are a hint to specials that day. I watched a chef core and cut up a whole pineapple for my Go Go South salad with baby kale, spiced apple, shredded carrot, Parmesan and mango honey mustard dressing. Lightly candied pecans added crunch to the bright flavors that meld seamlessly. Salads here are bursting with color, texture and flavor, and are quite filling. My favorite version was the Go Go salad with a well-crafted mix of nutty black rice, romaine, shaved carrot, slivers of almonds, shaved basil, tomatoes and quinoa sprinkled throughout. A flavor explosion ensued with the addition of a cream of pesto and dill dressing, made ever so silky with a clever base of avocado. Proteins can be added for a small charge, but salads are filling without the addition. A blackboard lists fairly straightforward sandwiches, but each offers innovative flavor combinations and the life-giving spark of the perfect condiment. Take the Holy Guacamole: This chicken salad starts with toasted wheat filled with finely chopped roasted chicken, bits

Above: Sean's Sausage Amber biscuit oozes with melted cheddar, a griddled egg and apple butter or roasted onions and rosemary. Left: A flaky buttermilk Amber biscuit is drizzed with golden honey. Right: The Holy Guacamole chicken salad sandwich combines fresh, chopped chicken and a spicy avocado cream sauce.

Blended-to-order smoothies have wacky combinations.

Above: The Lambada roll (spicy tuna, salmon, avocado, eel sauce, spicy mayo and fish roe) may be light on time-honored traditions, but it's heavy on fun and flavor. Left: Makimono's innovative sushi-making machines

The nutrient-dense Californication smoothie contains avocado, orange, spinach, banana, mint and allspice.

Truffled mac and cheese is served in easy-to-eat bites.

of shredded carrot, chopped romaine and apple minced so finely I didn’t know it was in there. It’s bound together with a spicy avocado cream. It has lightness rather than the usual fatty denseness of standard chicken salad. The BeltLine burrito, chock full of black bean-and-corn salsa, black rice, quinoa, guacamole, carrots, Parmesan, arugula, guacamole and almonds, is packed with flavor and fills you up. It’s a satisfying meal in a tortilla, and can be made without cheese to suit vegan patrons. The mushroom veggie-loaf sandwich is similarly satisfying. Roasted portabello mushrooms stand in for meat on a locally made Engelman’s knotted roll. A cool slice of tomato and crisp layer of romaine give a bit of bite to the delicious mushiness. Its only drawback is the intensity of garlic that lingers. Add a soup or side to sandwiches and salads for a mere buck-fifty. Tomato basil bisque tastes as it sounds—a basic yet delightfully thick tomato soup with basil—but the roasted chicken apple chowder is densely flavored. A bowlful is more like a chunky, curry-laden ragu. Get one

to go, and it makes a meal over rice. Burntgarlic-and-cheddar grits are similarly flavorful, with ribbons of cheese running through them. Truffle mac and cheese is less creamy than I prefer, but definitely cheesy and with a hint of real truffle flavor, not the usual overpowering truffle oil. It’s homey, like a chunk out of a family casserole with crispy bits of cheese on top. Breakfast is served all day. A big seller is the Sausage Amber biscuit with a house-made patty, melted cheddar, griddled egg and either apple butter or roasted onions and rosemary. Choose the latter for its subtle sweetness of long-cooked onions and the herby freshness of rosemary. Chaney makes the massive drop biscuits each morning using a recipe of her grandmother’s reworked to make them higher, with more weight that she explains is “friendlier for sandwiches.” Alone, while huge, they are still light and fluffy. Each day she makes a special biscuit: blueberry, chocolate chip and even pecan pie. On a visit together, my son and I lingered outside on the patio. I swigged an All Day

Energy smoothie, and he sipped one of the many coffee selections. Sean’s only serves Dirty Nekkid coffee that roasts beans here in Atlanta and sources some from the company’s own coffee farm in Nicaragua. With its tiny kitchen, Sean's manages to turn out refreshing, feel-good food fast. Visits remind me of a favorite Paul Prudhomme quote: “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” n

SEAN’S HARVEST MARKET 500 Amsterdam Ave. N.E., 30306, 404.565.6698, Prices: Breakfast items $5-$13. Salads $7. Sandwiches $6-$9. Smoothies $5.5-$6.5. Sides $4. Treats $2-$5. Recommended: Californication smoothie ($5.50), Holy Guacamole Chicken Salad Sandwich ($8), Go Go Salad ($7), Special Amber Biscuit ($8), BeltLine Burrito ($8). Bottom Line: Sean's Harvest Market serves up feel-good food, fast.



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Sarah Pierre, founder of 3 Parks Wine Shop—and resident rosé authority

This summer staple is so tasty it'll make you blush


re you seeing pink? Don’t adjust your vision, just grab a glass and pop open a bottle of cool rosé. The official drink of the summer is in season, beckoning you to the patio for sips in the shade. What exactly is the deal with this pink drink, though? To find out, we chatted with the expert, Sarah Pierre, founder of 3 Parks Wine Shop. In close proximity to Grant, Ormewood and Glenwood parks, 3 Parks provides a boutique shopping experience. Pierre stocks the shelves with wines not readily found at grocery stores and knows her products inside and out. Warm and affable, she seems at home bouncing around the store assisting customers, but she beams when the subject turns to rosé. Pierre has loved rosé for years and is glad that the rest of America is finally catching up.


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| STORY: Lia Picard |

Rosé is simply the product of a red grape varietal that has been pressed and its skins soaked with the juices for a period of time. This is known as “skin contact.” Any red grape can be used to make rosé; which grape is used varies by region. The pink-hued wine began its rise to popularity about 10 years ago, but it was only in the last three years that the trend really bloomed. Pierre attributes that to the fact that Americans are collectively just now starting to become wine drinkers. “People drink more now.” As Americans' interest in wine expanded, so did their willingness to try wines they previously scoffed at. “It’s not faux pas to do now what other people have been doing forever,” she explains. Atlanta drinkers, Pierre says, are a seasonal bunch. When it’s cold outside, we want red; when it’s summer, we want something lighter. Pierre sells rosé all year round, but customers swoop in en masse for rosé around March. She says, “The second it starts to warm up, people are all

about it.” So why is this wine so irresistible during the summer? “It’s refreshing,” says Pierre. “Is it any more refreshing than a crisp white? No. But you get different flavor profiles like strawberries and raspberries.” With the surge of interest in rosé, winemakers have moved it higher on their to-do lists. Many producers now have dedicated rosé plots instead of making it as a byproduct of red wines. The result is a higher quality of rosé in the past few years, thanks to this revamped effort. Don’t ask Pierre to pick just one favorite; instead, she’s happy to share a few, including Domaine d’Eole from Provence, Liquid Geography from Spain and Matthiasson from Napa Valley. If you feel lost in the rosé garden, Pierre curates a monthly rosé wine club during the summer. For $80, sample six handpicked wines with a tasting notes sheet 3 Parks and a cute Wine Shop carrier bag for 451 Bill Kennedy easy portability. Way, 30316 678.349.7070 Are you ready to say “Yes way, rosé”? n


Photo: Lia Picard

La Vie en Rosé


ROSÉ LEMONADE Serves 4 or more This simple rosé cocktail is perfect for patio gatherings, Sunday brunches and barbecues. Edible flowers, which can be found at Sprouts Farmers Markets, add a touch of whimsy to your glass. 750 ml bottle of rosé 11 oz. lemonade 2 c. club soda Ice Optional garnish: lemon slices, edible flowers Combine rosé and lemonade in a pitcher with ice. Top off with club soda, and stir to combine. Pour into Tom Collins glasses and garnish with lemon slices and flowers.


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THERE IT IS! Keep cool on the BeltLine with these local frozen treats


ummer is in full swing, but don’t let the heat keep you home. The Eastside trail of the Atlanta BeltLine connects Piedmont Park to Old Fourth Ward and is especially beautiful this time of year. If the thought of hitting the path in temperatures upwards of 95 degrees has you dragging your heels, fear not! The route is dotted with frozen treat purveyors ready to offer relief from the heat. Is it really summer if your hands aren’t sticky from ice cream, anyway? Here’s where to keep your cool along the BeltLine.

though. You can always head to the window just off the BeltLine and find a plethora of pops freshly made at the headquarters. The flavors change seasonally, but standouts among the summer variety include watermelon mojito and fresh peach.

Honeysuckle Gelato Duck inside Ponce City Market, where you’ll find creamy comfort at Honeysuckle Gelato. Dreamy gelato flavors include toasted marshmallow, Meyer lemon and mint. Have your scoops in a traditional cone or cup, but the best way is wedged between a cookie for a gelato sandwich. Your indulgence is also a good deed; Honeysuckle donates 5 percent of its profits to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Jake’s Ice Cream and Sorbets

King of Pops

Street—just look for the brightly lit Jake’s sign. The colorful decor and old timey vibe will make you feel welcome. Order a couple of the zanily named scoops, such as Chocolate Slap Yo Mama and Delta’s Delight, an homage to our hometown airline with Biscoff cookies, caramel and Bailey’s Irish Cream. The popular Chai Wallah is made with ginger from King of Pops founder Jake 337 Elizabeth St., 30307 Rothschild’s 678.732.9321 farm, Sweet Selma. n Honeysuckle Gelato 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., 30308 404.228.7825

Scooping in the Old Fourth Ward since 1999, Jake’s is a staple of the neighborhood. You’ll find the ice cream shop adjacent to the mouth of the BeltLine on Irwin

No one does pops like the “King.” Founded by two brothers with a knack for cranking out frozen treats on a stick, KOP slings its frozen delights from rolling carts that show up at sporting events and festivals. Don’t worry about pop hunting,

Jake’s Ice Creams & Sorbets 660 Irwin St., 30312 678.705.7945

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Food News

Takorea's Kalbi (short rib) ssam

n  Midtown’s KoreanMexican fusion restaurant Takorea is delving deeper into its Korean

roots. In addition to its mainstay Korean tacos and burritos, Takorea now offers build-yourown ssam bowls and a Wednesday night fried chicken special. For the uninitiated, ssam is Korean for "wrapped." Your choice of protein, rice and kimchi is served in a hot cast iron bowl alongside lettuce cups for wrapping.

n  Bellina Alimentari, Ponce City Market’s own Little Italy, welcomed Cole Younger Just, formerly of The Cockentrice, as its new beverage director this spring. Swing by Bellina to try one of his new cocktails, such as the Latte e Mielle, a concoction of milk-washed gin, raw honey, lemon and lavender.

n  Next time you need a bite and a cocktail in Midtown, head to Grain and check out its revamped menu. Monday through Friday you’ll find $4 “sammies” that are best washed down with the Fatal

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Photo: Moorman Photographics Photo: Jon Whittaker

Step outside and you’ll feel summer about to make its sizzling debut. The days are longer, drinks are colder and Atlantans are migrating from the comfort of their couches to join the city’s coolest happenings. From the sounds of beatbumping music by festival headliners to the ripe, sweet taste of local farmers, market delicacies, a variety of outdoor experiences are happening to ignite all five of your senses. So grab your freshest pair of aviators, slip on a pair of comfy shoes and prepare for sensory overload. Outdoor adventures await.

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Watch the sun set over the skyline from Jackson Street Bridge Want to see epic views of Atlanta’s skyline? Then make your way to the Jackson Street Bridge, where fiery patches of oranges and yellows spark to life over the horizon as the sun sets. Look down below to see cars zoom by, illuminating the highway with streaks of white and red lights. If photography’s your thing, you’ll want to bring your camera along for this one. Jackson Street at Freedom Parkway, 30312

SEE View eye-popping art at the Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival (June 24-25) Art lovers rejoice! This two-day celebration showcases the handiwork and rich history of the community, featuring bold, abstract splashes of bright colors from local painters; eclectic, eye-catching jewelry creations; glossy photography and more. Bring a friend, spouse or even the kiddos because there’s something for all ages to enjoy, including artist demonstrations, a play area, food and drink vendors, hands-on art activities and live music. n Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival

592 N. Angier Ave. N.E., 30308


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Spot street art and murals around town Atlanta streets come alive with the most creative, colorful street art, produced by local and international artists. Case in point are the bright abstract murals you’ll find tucked under bridges along the BeltLine, vivid urban graphics dotting the Krog Street tunnel and modern masterpieces interwoven throughout the Cabbagetown neighborhood. So round up some friends and make a weekend adventure of discovering the public art scene.

commercial spaces marked by giant glass windows with sweeping views, flowing interiors illuminated by natural light, bold geometric shapes and minimalist style. n MA! 2017 Architecture Tour architecture-tour-2017

Treat your taste buds at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (June 1-4)

TASTE Sink your teeth into a Pearson Farm peach at the Grant Park Farmers Market They don’t call Georgia the “peach state” for nothin’. Rise and shine early Sunday morning and go to the Grant Park Farmers Market to support local producers and artisans. Stop by Pearson Farm’s booth to taste the sweet juices and tender, velvety flesh of a plump peach from a local family farm that’s been growing fruit for more than 100 years. Be sure to grab a napkin to catch the delectable juices dribbling down your chin!

Eat and drink ‘til your stomach’s content at #AFWF17. Foodies, wine-os and culture enthusiasts are in for a treat at the four-day festival that celebrates the most delectable flavors paired with world-renowned wines. Attendees will enjoy a taste of the South with juicy country hams, sweet bourbons and spicy Creole cuisine. You’ll definitely want to bring your appetite— and stretch pants— for this flavor-filled experience. n Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Loews Atlanta Hotel 404.474.7330 1065 Peachtree Street N.E., 30309

n Grant Park Farmers Market

600 Cherokee Ave. S.E., 30312 404.919.3619

Photo: Moorman Photographics

Stroll through the city’s most charming neighborhoods and discover modern design at its finest. MA!’s 2017 Architecture Tour, a part of the Atlanta Design Festival, is where genius craftsmanship and the city’s residential and commercial construction collide. This year’s notable projects include residences and

Photo: Courtesy Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Raftermen Photography

Photo: Courtesy Atlanta Design Festival

Treat your eyes to some seriously wow-worthy structures on an architecture tour (June 10-11)




Inhale the aroma of freshly baked goods at a local bakery The Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park is overflowing with decadent goodies, from warm chocolaty croissants and sweet cinnamon sugar morning buns to savory quiches filled with fresh local veggies and artisanal cheeses. Or maybe you prefer one of the large loaves of rye, challah or focaccia from Proof Bakeshop in Inman Park. Pick your treat, then find your favorite outdoor nook in Grant or Inman parks to picnic and people watch. n Little Tart Bakeshop

437 Memorial Drive S.E., 30312 404.348.4797 n Proof Bakeshop

Photo: Courtesy Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

100 Hurt Street N.E., 30307 678.705.3905

SMELL Take in the scent of sweet chocolate at the Morningside Farmers’ Market The best part of waking up? The scent of Folgers might be it for some, while others prefer the smell of roasted cocoa beans in the form of a chocolate bar. And this market proves it’s never too early for chocolate. There you can find Xocolatl, a small-batch chocolatier, serving up ethically grown signature bars. Must tries are the Soul Rebel, featuring dark coconut milk chocolate with Jamaican jerk spices, and the mint chocolate chip bar. n Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

99 Krog Street N.E., 30307 404.604.9642 n Morningside Farmers Market

1393 North Highland Ave. N.E., 30306 farmers-and-artisans


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Fresh-baked croissants coming out of the oven at Little Tart Bakeshop

Breathe in fragrant flowers at the Freedom Farmers Market or Atlanta Botanical Garden Make your way to the market and nestle your nose in 3 Porch Farm’s fragrant bouquets of roses and peonies. And once the delicate notes have piqued your interest, be sure to check out ABG’s summer exhibition, “The Curious Garden,” or take in sweeping city views at its new Skyline Garden. n Freedom Farmers Market

n Atlanta Botanical Garden

453 Freedom Parkway N.E., 30307

1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., 30309 404.876.5859

Listen to a guided tour of Ansley, Inman or Grant Park Some fascinating historical facts about the neighborhoods where you live, work and play are waiting to be discovered. Did you know Ansley Park was the first suburban neighborhood designed for automobiles? Learn more cool trivia by taking a tour with a guide from the Atlanta Preservation Center. You’ll hear all about the Victorian-style architectural elements of Inman Park homes and the historic landmarks in Grant Park that survived the Civil War. n Atlanta Preservation Center

327 St. Paul Ave. S.E., 30312 404.688.3353 walking_tours

Jam out at Virginia-Highland Summerfest (June 3-4)


Entering its 34th year, Summerfest includes performances by a variety of local and nationally known artists. Move to the sounds of Alex Guthrie Band’s earthy soul set, or rock out to the Banditos’ ‘60s blues-infused rock tunes. All of the hair whipping will likely cause you to work up an appetite. So chow down on food served up from an array of restaurants and vendors. A local market will feature artisans who handcraft a variety of goods such as honey, soaps, dog treats and candles. Did we forget to mention, it’s free to attend? n Virginia-Highland Summerfest

Photo: Jon Whittaker

833 Virginia Ave. N.E., 30306

Photo: Courtesy Virginia-Highland Summerfest

Immerse yourself in melody at Candler Park Music & Food Festival (June 2-3) Get ready for an event that’ll be music to your ears—literally. This two-day celebration features a mashup of rock, soul, jazz and blues-y tunes from local bands and emerging indie artists. So dance away to the hypnotizing vibrations of electric guitars and sultry saxophone sounds. Want to give your eardrums a breather? Nibble on bites from local food trucks, browse the artist and craft market, or put your best foot forward in the early morning 5K charity race. n Candler Park Music & Food Festival

1500 McClendon Ave., 30307




Sink your toes into the sand at Morningside Nature Preserve Trail

n Morningside Nature Preserve Trail

FEEL Cool off at Grant Park’s community pool There’s no better way to beat the heat this summer than by cooling off parched skin with a satisfying dive or cannonball into cold refreshing water. So slather on that SPF and head over to Grant Park’s community pool to splash around or bask in the warm rays of the sun. Want to improve your backstroke? Atlanta Swim School offers classes and workshops for various ages and levels throughout the season. n Grant Park Pool

625 Park Ave. S.E., 30308 404.622.3041


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Feel the city streets rumble beneath your feet at The Atlanta Cycling Festival (June 10-17) Got a need for speed? Strap on a helmet, hop on your Trek bike, pop a wheelie and ride out to join other cyclists for this week-long gathering. This event was created for the curious rider, seasoned pro and everyone in between. Bikers will enjoy that feel-good burn in their quads when muscling up hills, the wind whipping at their faces while coasting at top speed, and the sun beating down on their backs. Participants can expect fun-filled days featuring events such as bike classes, parties and the fourth annual doughnut ride where bikers take their taste buds to the streets and sample the best doughnut shops in the city. n Atlanta Cycling Festival

Photo: Courtesy The Atlanta Cycling Festival

Sand near the city? Yes! You can find a miniature beachlike oasis burrowed in the Morningside neighborhood surrounded by lush, green forests. Journey along the hiking or walking trails, through a grassy meadow, and make your way to the sandy shores of South Fork Peachtree. Take your shoes off and let the grainy particles massage your bare feet before dipping your toes in the calm creek to cool down. This area is known as the “doggy beach,” so be sure to bring your pooch with you for the adventure.

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Above: Pedestrians take over the streets during Atlanta Streets Alive.


Left: Music is always part of the festivities.



ith this spring’s extreme traffic debacles, never mind Atlanta’s regular congestion, it may sound stressful to close even more Atlanta streets to vehicle traffic, even if it’s for just a few hours. But the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will be doing just that during Atlanta Streets Alive that hits a new route on the Westside on June 11. From 4 to 8 p.m., a 4-mile stretch of Marietta Street and Howell Mill

Road will be closed to vehicles. Instead, hundreds of pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as babies in strollers and others using various non-motorized forms of transportation, will enjoy free access to the street for a bicycle parade, health and wellness booths, food, sidewalk sales and music. The idea for Atlanta Streets Alive originated in Bogota, Colombia, where streets periodically are closed off to traffic so pedestrians can participate in free health and

community activities. In the mid2000s, similar programs began in large urban areas around the world, including Kiev and Tokyo. Atlanta’s first Streets Alive was in 2010, when downtown streets closed for four hours. This year, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition closed streets in the West End in April and has plans for

a downtown event in September. Along with the immediate goal of exploring a neighborhood without worrying about traffic, Atlanta Streets Alive promotes fitness (walking, biking and jogging), public transportation (to arrive at the route) and community engagement. n

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ATLANTA BELTLINE ARBORETUM WALKING TOUR Saturdays in June Parish (on BeltLine) The BeltLine is known for people watching, bike riding and eclectic dining. Who knew it also was a treasure trove of rich ecological life? On Saturdays throughout June, join a Trees Atlanta docent on a walking tour of the Eastside Trail to learn its horticulture history. Reservations are required, and participants meet behind Parish restaurant in Inman Park at 9:45 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bug spray, and bring water! Then amaze your friends with your plant and tree knowledge on your next BeltLine jaunt.

Sample more than 200 beers from local and national breweries from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Atlanta Summer Beerfest. This is the second year the event has taken over Historic Fourth Ward Park after six years at Masquerade Music Park. A complete list of featured beers

will be posted the week of the festival, which has sold out for the past five years. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 after June 8 and $55 the day of the event, which is limited to people age 21 and older only. Ticket prices include a souvenir cup, live music and beer samples. Food vendors including Fry Guy, King of Pops

and D.B.A. Barbecue also will be on site, and free bottled water will be available. As there is no parking at the venue and only limited street parking, organizers encourage festival goers to use alternate forms of transportation. Safe Ride America will offer rides home to participants in need. n


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June 9 Piedmont Park Ride your bicycle on a 6-mile route through some of Atlanta’s most celebrated intown neighborhoods. Individual registration is $35, and includes a T-shirt, access to the kick-off party at 7 p.m. at Piedmont Park and admission to the Moon Ride route. VIP registration is $95 and also includes a private tented area during the kick-off party, a catered meal, bike valet, private cooled seating area and five drink tickets. Teams can register for $30 per person.


The High Museum of Art will host the first major museum exhibition in the Southeast for award-winning British documentary photographer Paul Graham from June 24 through October 22. The “Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale” exhibit has almost 40 photographs that draw on themes of social and racial injustice, everyday life in America and how photography captures and reflects common experiences. The first part of the exhibit, “American Night,” features photos Graham took when he first arrived in the U.S. They focus on class and socio-economic divisions he observed. The second section, called “a shimmer of possibility,” depicts everyday scenes, such as waiting for a bus. The final series of photographs, titled “The Present,” are from 2009-2011 and primarily focus on New York City.


Tuesdays in June Historic Fourth Ward Park The weather is warm and the park is calling. Give your indoor spin bike a break and join all ages and fitness levels in Historic Fourth Ward for a free hourlong aerobics class starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Led by Young At Heart Fitness, the classes are held in the park’s amphitheater.

MIDTOWN BOOK GROUP June 14 Savi Provisions

Graham, currently based in New York, has traveled throughout the world as a photographer and has been the subject of more than 80 solo exhibitions. In 2011, he received the Paris Photo Book Prize for most important photography book published in the previous 15 years for

Paul Graham, Pittsburgh (detail), a shimmer possibility, 2004. © Paul Graham; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

“shimmer of possibility.” In 2012, Graham was awarded what is considered photography’s highest honor, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award. n

You don’t have to live in Midtown to appreciate great books and conversation, or to participate in the Midtown Book Group. On the second Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m., readers gather to discuss chosen books over food and drink. During May through August, the group will meet at Savi Provisions (988 Peachtree St.). June’s book is Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. MidtownBookGroup


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