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Authentic Living in the Heart of Atlanta

Sarah O’Brien, Owner & Baker, Little Tart Bakeshop

CAUSE to Celebrate Six Atlantans share how—and where— they're giving back this holiday season

Booze-free cocktails for the holidays Sneak a Peek at the VaHi Tour of Homes

Escape to Downtown Decatur and Palm Springs


Celebrate Super Bowl! Rent your property for up to 10x the normal rate! How would you spend your new cash? Ski trip? College Fund? Pay down debt? Renovation? We look forward to celebrating the Super Bowl on February 3, 2019! An estimated 1 million people will come to Atlanta for the Super Bowl and every metro hotel is SOLD OUT! As the Realtors® with the largest inventory of furnished homes and condos for lease in the intown Atlanta market, we want to help you earn quick cash during a time when rental rates are at an all-time high. If you are interested in renting your home or condo over Super Bowl week, contact Above The Line Properties. Our niche team of 5 licensed Realtors®, led by Carol Cahill, will walk you through the process, market your property, and help you find a tenant. Visit to list your property and to find out more information!



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Celebrating Great Results My Real Estate profession gives me many opportunities to celebrate with clients, when they are buying or selling homes. But nothing makes me want to celebrate more than a past client calling late on a Friday evening to see a home that just hit the market that evening. Then to be under contract in two days on that home, list their current home and to go under contract in the same week, and then to close on both homes in less than two months! That’s a fantastic cause to celebrate! And when that same client refers me to a friend who wants to sell (and their home sells in 9 hours) with all three transactions done in less than three months total - yes that’s a great reason to celebrate Real Estate! THE STACKS

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Celebrating 18 years with Harry Norman, REALTORS® Intown Office I’m most fortunate to work as a Harry Norman, REALTORS® Senior Marketing Consultant and a performing musician. Both occupations give me such a great sense of achievement. As a REALTOR® I’m committed to serving each client to my fullest ability and help them achieve their purchase and selling goals. I’m “Instrumental” in my clients successful transactions”. As a musician I’m so grateful to travel and perform around the country and abroad. I don’t take this privilege for granted. It requires me being musically prepared for each performance according to the style of music and performance location. I’m always up for the occasion. In the end, it’s all about customer satisfaction and I pride myself on being prepared to achieve this goal. I am truly honored to work with a company that supports myself and my clients with Broker, Marketing, Office Administration, and personal transaction management support as well as providing an amazing local Intown Office location connected to Piedmont Park.

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Celebrating a Growing Team Rich Zeglovitch and the Harry Norman Space Intown office at the Mayfair Renaissance building have so much to celebrate this year. Our 2018 sales are already more than triple our volume in 2017. For 2019, we will be adding Rosendo Carrillo and Brandy Spicer to our team, which will fuel our growth even further. We are also very excited about the launch of our new website,, which will help in-town buyers easily find FMLS listed properties in specific condo and townhouse buildings. We’re looking forward to another great year of helping our clients buy and sell with confidence. HISTORIC BROOKHAVEN 2807 Mabry Road

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Celebrating My Hometown’s Success I love what I do because as an Atlanta native, I’ve watched the city change in massive ways. I love the history I’m able to share with my clients as we drive around looking for the right home in the right neighborhood. When I was child, my Dad said to me, “ Let’s go. I want to show you something.”. He took me across the street to our neighbor’s backyard, where he showed me I-285 being plowed. Little did I know this would be the beginning of an enormous growth spurt Atlanta would begin to experience and a highway I would travel many times in my life, including for Real Estate.


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Living 12 Shelter

18 Beauty

Decoding essential oils

21 In-Town Escape

Exploring downtown Decatur

22 Out of Town

A sunny escape to Palm Springs




28 Restaurant Review

39 Events

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Booze-free cocktails

32 Fresh Bites

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Eric Moncrief is The Green Guy

Cover Story

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34 A Cause for Celebration

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

30 Liquids

A stop on the VaHi Tour of Homes

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Prominent Atlantans dish on the causes they're supporting this holiday season



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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | ISSUE 21 Serving Midtown, Ansley Park, Morningside, Virginia-Highland, Westside, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown and Grant Park Sarah O’Brien, owner and baker, Little Tart Bakeshop

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n every issue of 17th South, we introduce you to some of the movers and shakers who help shape this city thanks to their innovative businesses and creative enterprises. Collectively, they're helping to mold Atlanta into what is arguably the most exciting and modern city in the South. If you've ever done it, or had a friend or family member who has, then you know that running a business is a monumental task that takes endless hours of devotion, not to mention the proverbial blood, sweat and tears. So, it's all the more remarkable that some of Atlanta's hardest working business owners are also some of the city's most charitable inhabitants. With the holidays coming up, we thought there was no issue more appropriate in which to spotlight a few of these folks and the causes they champion—some during the holidays, and others all year long—than this one. Turn to our cover story (page 34) to meet just a few of the professional and entrepreneurial men and women who make giving back a regular part of living in Atlanta. They share ways that you can get in on the action, too. Of course, for many of us, the holidays also mean getting together with family and friends, and setting aside time for a little merriment (in other words: eating, drinking and entertainment). As usual, we've got plenty of ideas where those matters are concerned, from booze-free spirits to sip (they're delicious, I promise!) to some pretty magical performances you can attend with companions of all ages. One of my own personal favorite events that comes each December is the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, and in this issue, writer Giannina Smith Bedford provides a sneak peek inside a home on this year's tour (page 12). Be sure to check it out, and the tour itself, which takes place December 1 and 2. However you plan to celebrate this season, I hope it brings much happiness to you and yours. Enjoy!

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DYNAMIC DESIGN Peridot brings a new resource for the film and design industries to the BeltLine


This month, Woodruff debuts a new location, Peridot on the Line, located on Fairmont Street NW near the future westside expansion of the BeltLine. The new location will serve as a showroom extension of Peridot West, offering fewer vignettes and more furniture options. “Upon hearing feedback from our designers and clients, I decided to open Peridot on the Line to give them more options to choose from,” says Woodruff. “We still have our classic vignettes at Peridot West, but Peridot on the Line offers more furniture choices.” Inventory includes a mix of vintage,

mid-century and modern finds that can be purchased, loaned or used in staging. Woodruff says she particularly had the interior design and film industries in mind for this. “Peridot on the Line was established as a resource for two booming industries in Atlanta: the design sphere and the film industry.” Think “interior designers, movie or TV set designers and those looking to shop an extension of Peridot West’s design offerings.” The new location links to Peridot’s original mission, too. “I love how the BeltLine ties the community together and gets people out and about,” Woodruff says. "Atlanta has been such a driving town for so long, and the BeltLine is giving the community the opportunity to get out and walk around. It’s fun to be a part of it to see how it's changing the city.” n

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ina Woodruff opened her original gifts and furnishings shop, Peridot, in Buckhead 30 years ago. In 2010, she opened a second location in the westside’s bustling design district. The 2,000-square-foot storefront subsequently became Peridot’s flagship store when Woodruff closed Peridot Buckhead in spring 2018 to focus on the westside shop that continues to offer a wide range of furniture, luxury linens and bedding.





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f it seems like new residential developments are constantly cropping up in Old Fourth Ward, it’s because there are. The latest: Views at O4W townhomes, developed by Atlanta-based builder Foyer Urban and located just three blocks from the BeltLine and Ponce City Market. The 27-unit townhome community completed Phase 1 in October, with units starting at $599,900. In addition to rooftop decks that offer views of Midtown and downtown, the townhomes offer large windows, open floor plans, garages, private fenced backyards with low-mainte-

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Old Fourth Ward’s latest townhome development offers luxurious amenities and a prime location nance turf and a high-end appliance package that includes Wolf ranges and Sub-Zero refrigerators. "We can’t wait for people to experience the intown living that the Views has to offer,” says Dave Odom, president at Foyer Urban. “The Old Fourth Ward neighborhood is vibrant and never has a shortage of activities, making it perfect for a wide variety of people to call home.” Tenants will have access to a central courtyard built with environmentally friendly pavers. The units range from 1,790 to 1,862 square feet

and are available with two or three bedrooms—or two bedrooms and a “flex space.” While nearby attractions are plentiful, the units themselves are intended to serve as a destination, says Odom. “Our homeowners will likely lead an active lifestyle and care about the amazing walkability score our property has to offer, and our proximity to the BeltLine and the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park,” Odom says. “Our homes lend themselves to an active lifestyle as well as a social one.” n

Reynoldstown Revival A new mixed-use development brings sophisticated swagger to the neighborhood while preserving its history


eveloper Mill Creek Residential has already brought its projects to Midtown, Sandy Springs and Vinings, with two in the works in Buckhead. Now construction is underway for a new mixed-use community in Reynoldstown: Modera by Mill Creek Reynoldstown. The development will encompass 320 apartments and more than 18,000 square feet of retail space. In addition to 24 surface spaces throughout the property, residents will have access to a six-story parking deck. With the trendy Larkin on Memorial development located nearby, Modera Reynoldstown offers an amenity Atlantans have come to cherish: walkability.



“Reynoldstown already benefits from an amazing residential community and quick access to Atlanta’s downtown and Midtown employment centers,” says Mike Greene, Mill Creek’s vice president of development. “With the Atlanta Dairies, Madison Yards and the BeltLine projects, those intersections are transitioning to host more retail and entertainment-centric destinations. This neighborhood is quickly becoming one of Atlanta’s most desirable.” The apartments feature quartz countertops, large windows, vinyl plank flooring, backlit bathroom

mirrors and, in select units, spacious rooftop terraces. A co-working lounge, package concierge and coffee bar are on the first floor; the second floor has a fitness studio, yoga room and spin mezzanine. One of the more unusual elements is a hidden speakeasy that has a wet bar, private balcony and an independent music system, and will be ideal for hosting small or private gatherings. Residents will also have access to a central courtyard with a bar made from a repurposed shipping container. n

Bazati brings 7,000 square feet of dining, drinking and shopping to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail There’s a new mixed-use development in town. Bazati, located next to New Realm Brewery inside the Common Ground development, opened in August. Bazati features a Parisian-inspired restaurant, The Brasserie; a Yucatan-influenced rooftop bar, Estrella; and an assortment of specialty shops. “We were influenced by several businesses in Paris that offer a single place where gifts and impulse items are purchased and an aperitif can be enjoyed,” says partner/owner Scott Wilkins. “We’re a place for people visiting the BeltLine to pop in and out any time of the day, whether they’re looking to enjoy coffee and a pastry for breakfast, a meal, or drink at The Brasserie or Estrella, or pick up an item from one of our shops.” Bazati offers “travel-minded” products and gifts—think Yucatecan textiles, leather wares, handmade sunglasses, fresh flowers and books. The Brasserie boasts airy, 23-foot ceilings, Parisian-style cafe tables and a 3,000-squarefoot patio. Helmed by Chef Remi Granger, formerly of Bread & Butterfly, the cuisine is decidedly brasserie-style, offering steak frites, croque monsieur and coq au vin. The drink menu is largely comprised of French wines and Paris-inspired cocktails. On the roof, guests can take in the views while sipping classic Latin cocktails at Estrella, which evokes the flavors of Yucatan in its small plates and entrees created by Chef Roberto Solis. “Bazati is meant for guests to make it what they want,” says Wilkins. “Every visit can be a different experience.” n





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A 1920s bungalow transformed




VaHi Revamp Former house flippers use their expertise to transform a 1920s bungalow | STORY: Giannina Smith Bedford | PHOTOS: Nathan Bolster |

Empty nesters Julie and Tripp Eskridge downsized to a home from which they can walk to church, the hair salon and even the post office.



Below: The Eskridges love to hang out on the expanded front porch of their storybook Virginia-Highland home.

Above: A stacked stone fireplace, wood touches and antiques create a warm and inviting living room.

he works as managing director of project management for CBRE. The couple looked at various neighborhoods, but Julie had dreamed of living in Morningside/VirginiaHighland since she moved to Atlanta in the 1980s. For eight months, they looked for a flat-lot home with a front porch in the area. In October 2014, they got lucky, winning the bid on a 1929 residence on Virginia Avenue that was in need of some T.L.C.

“It was such a great price,” Julie recalls. “There were six offers immediately, and 10 waiting behind it. We said, ‘We want this house; what do we need to do to get it?’” The Eskridges offered above asking price, and once the contracts were signed, the real work began. They contracted Brian Patterson Designs to develop plans and then gutted the four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom residence’s 2,100-square-foot


ulie and Tripp Eskridge had a successful, fouryear run at house flipping. Although they got out of their side business in 2008 during the housing crisis, they held onto their penchant for home renovation. So when their two children—son Daniel and daughter Kristen—left the nest, the couple decided to downsize by transforming a Virginia-Highland bungalow into a warm and welcoming home for two. This December, their finished abode will be featured on the VirginiaHighland Tour of Homes. “We’ve volunteered with the Tour of Homes for years and thought it was finally time to volunteer our home,” Julie says. “We’re excited to invite everyone in.” Prior to taking up residence in town, Julie and Tripp spent 12 years in a 6,000-square-foot home in Alpharetta. In addition to downsizing, they also wanted to cut down Tripp’s commute time into Buckhead, where

Above: Hand-picked antiques, such as this vintage camera, reflect Julie’s penchant for visiting flea markets and estate sales. Left: Located where the kitchen used to be, the open dining room offers a view outdoors through plantation shutters. Below: Julie outfitted her kitchen with lots of drawers for storage and pendant light fixtures from VaHi’s Urban Cottage.

interior, converting the closed floor plan into an open concept with five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Although they kept the original footprint, the dining room and kitchen switched locations, the sitting parlor on the main level became a master suite, the fireplace and front door were relocated and the back deck became a spacious, screened-in porch. They also dug out 3 feet from the basement to make it livable.

“When we moved here we said, ‘We don’t want one room that is not used every single day on the main floor’ so we eliminated wasted spaces and made the most of every square foot.” Julie says. Like many renovations, the Eskridges’ project ran into its fair share of challenges and delays. A portion of the century-old hardwoods were ruined by a washer hose flood, the antique plaster was damaged by

an overly energetic electrician and the basement flooded several times. During the early stages of the renovation, Julie and Tripp remained in Alpharetta, but in August 2015 they sold their suburban home and moved into a 400-square-foot Airbnb near Dark Horse Tavern so they could keep a close eye on the project. “We were supposed to be there six weeks, and we were there four months,” Julie says. “In December,

three days before Christmas, I said, ‘I don’t care what is done or not; I want everything moved into our house. Get it out of the pods and get it into the house.’” The renovation, including the transformation of the “mud pit of a backyard” and addition of a detached garage, was finally complete by June 2016. It was a long time to wait, but the Eskridges’ inviting VaHi retreat turned out even better than they could have imagined. The kitchen, done in off-white cabinets, brushed bronze hardware and quartz countertops, features a copper farm sink and glass mosaic tile backsplash that led Julie’s design inspiration. A few steps away, the dark stained oak floors lead into the dining and living space, where a stacked-stone fireplace anchors a sitting area of traditional furnishings from the Eskridges’ previous home, consignment and estate sales and even a street curb. Uplifting sayings, religious crosses and one-ofa-kind antiques—including a foyer display of old electronics—create a cozy, feels-like-home environment ideal for a rainy day spent indoors. French doors in the living room open up to the screened back porch with a wood-burning fireplace and furnishings from their previous basement and kitchen breakfast table. “That is our happy place for sure,” Julie says. “We love to watch football games and movies with the fireplace going and heated blankets.” The main level also includes a powder room and the master bedroom, a private little enclave with a bathroom and walk-in closet that offers just enough space for the two of them. “This is all you need,” Julie says of her quaint bedroom with furnishings from Pottery Barn, HomeGoods and The Salvation Army. “Our entire main level could fit inside the former Alpharetta house master bedroom suite … it was way too big.” Upstairs, Kristen’s room and Julie’s office are connected via a renovated Jack-and-Jill bathroom done in subway tile and ceramic wood tile floors. A sunlit guest room is adorned with Philip Anthony Moose artworks that once belonged to Tripp’s grandmother. When Daniel is home, he retreats to his masculine basement bedroom. The subterranean level with shiplap, rock and brick walls is also home to Tripp’s workspace and collection of wine, vintage records and varied antiques, from a bocce ball set to a typewriter. One of the home’s most interesting relics is the prayer book for WWII



Jewish soldiers the Eskridges discovered during the renovation. Turns out the three generations who lived in the home prior were all members of the same family and played a role in the founding of the William Breman Jewish Home in 1951. The Eskridges have kept spirituality The upstairs guest bedroom is adorned with art depicting places such as Charleston and Puerto Rico.

and a sense of community alive in the home. Prior to adding sheetrock to the walls, they invited friends and family to write their favorite Bible verses all over the interior surfaces. The home also hosts monthly church group gatherings and a neighborhood “empty nesters club.” “We love the front porch, too, because when people walk by

we say, ‘Come on up,’” Julie says of the outdoor space that was enlarged to function as a social gathering spot for neighbors. The Eskridges had many design aspirations for their home, but their real goal was to create a welcoming abode for others to enjoy. This December, thousands of Tour of Home attendees will get to do just that. n

Although much smaller than their previous bedroom, the Eskridges love their cozy master on main.

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f you’d asked Jay Attanasio 10 years ago what he’d be doing now, he likely wouldn’t have predicted he’d be running a paint studio. But that’s exactly what he does as owner, founder and manager of The BeltLine Studio, a paint-andsip spot inside the Telephone Factory Lofts where patrons can choose from more than 300 different designs. Attanasio’s career began in engineering before he pivoted into marketing by earning his MBA from Purdue University. From there, he spent stints visiting various corners of the globe while working for companies including Motorola, Caterpillar, Carrier Corporation, Philips Electronics and Laureate International Universities. After a divorce, he settled in Atlanta to be close to his children. He was working as a consultant when he had the idea of opening The BeltLine Studio. Attanasio now runs the hybrid space with help from his girlfriend, Janica Campbell, who also runs her own law firm. Here, we talk to Attanasio about his business, past, present and future.

When did you first become interested in art? Although I was not a professionally or traditionally trained artist, I worked with graphic designers and illustrators for more than 20 years throughout my career. The constant interaction with the graphic designers gave me confidence that I could embark on this artistic endeavor because I would constantly sketch to illustrate to them what kind of advertisement or website design I wanted. Even my daughter, who’s a fashion major at SCAD, is into illustrations. It was something we did as a hobby, so all of that gave me confidence that I could hold my own and communicate how to do it to other people. You’ve hosted events for some big corporations as well as celebrities. It’s been incredible. We had Leslie Odom, Jr. the actor from Hamilton. He was working with Freida Pinto filming in a movie called Only in the Telephone Factory [Lofts]. They asked if they could use our space to do some of the production and to film some of the movie. We’ve had Anthony Lanier, a Washington Redskins football player,



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More than just a place to paint, The BeltLine Studio is a creative haven for Atlantans as one of our customers. We’ve had several professional athletes come through. Missy Elliot recently did her birthday party here. We’ve had lots of corporate events for companies such as Google, Hyatt, Goodwill, PricewaterhouseCoopers—even Disney reached out to us to put together an art campaign to promote its movie, A Wrinkle in Time. We’ve been fortunate. What draws people to your studio? We do much more than painting. We leverage the whole facility—we have a patio where we’ve done weddings, a clubhouse, a rooftop and, of course, the studio. We’ve morphed the studio into an event space, and that was by design. That’s why it’s

called The BeltLine Studio and not Paint, Sip and Party. How is The BeltLine Studio supporting the city’s creative scene? We’ve done events with artists such as Ray Geier of sQuishipuss, Catlanta and William Massey of Color ATL. We’ve also reached out to other artists to collaborate with them. The collaboration is something that, as we build more of a brand, we’re trying to build more visibility with those artists. As we pick up momentum and visibility, hopefully we can do more specialized collaborations with these artists. We see them as celebrities— we call them celebrity artists. When we make proposals to corporations, we promote them and their artwork.

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What’s your ultimate goal for The BeltLine Studio? To have four locations, one in each quadrant. I want to highlight the uniqueness of the BeltLine and the creativity in Atlanta, and to create a destination where people can have a fun night out. We don’t follow the format of putting you in a room and making everybody paint the same thing. We try to put out a very good product and make the people who are painting proud of the work that they do. n The BeltLine Studio

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BEAUTY them directly on their skin. We have them for testing to smell, but we see people smearing them on their skin, and we’re like, “No!” That’s one of the biggest challenges: These are safe if they’re used correctly.

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How should they be used? There are a couple of ways you can use essential oils. You can inhale them [after they’re dispersed through a diffuser], burn a candle that contains them or make a spray. On the skin, they should be diluted in what’s called a carrier oil, such as coconut, avocado or sweet almond. Ingesting is a really hot topic in the industry. From all of the herbal studies that I’ve done and the very educated herbalist whom I’ve learned from, everybody says don’t do it.


Emilie Sennebogen decodes the complex world of essential oils


n enlightened 2018, natural home and skincare products are popping up everywhere as our wariness of toxins grows (raise your hand if you’ve engaged in some kind of detox). That wasn’t the case when Emilie Sennebogen started experimenting with creating bath and body products in her kitchen in the early 2000s. “I was in Los Angeles and was educated about more natural living, natural ingredients and natural foods,” says the entrepreneur at the helm of Mama Bath+Body. “I wanted the company to be as natural as possible, so we switched to using just essential oils



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[instead of fragrances] in 2006.” She met her Atlanta-bred husband, and the pair moved to town 13 years ago, where she now employs more than a dozen staffers between her Krog Street Market location and the Avondale Estates spot where the crew makes and retails 100-plus products, including lotions, soaps, shampoo bars, body scrubs, room sprays and more. Here, she gives us a primer on approaching essential oils that can address everything from stress to breakouts.

Why are natural ingredients in bath and body products important? Natural ingredients are like food. Your skin is your body‘s largest organ, so whatever you put on your body is being absorbed.

If you can’t pronounce something, is it undesirable? That’s a good rule of thumb. The tricky part is that good labeling practices say to use a botanical name of the plant, which can sound chemical, though many people put the more mainstream plant name in parenthesis. I look for simpler, shorter ingredient lists too. Why is it important to know about the essential oils you’re using and make sure you’re using them correctly? Essential oils are the most concentrated, potent plant medicine since plants were our original medicinal source. You have to dilute them because most people will have reactions if they put

Other than your blended products, how could someone approach them? It’s great to play with a single note. I recommend someone buy an inexpensive diffuser and a single essential oil. Go somewhere you can sample all the different ones [to see what you like]. Of course, there are popular ones that the staff can recommend to get you started. Tell me about the scented soaps you’ve created for some of Atlanta’s best-known neighborhoods. I used to do a lot of street festivals and noticed that certain scents sold better in certain neighborhoods. It was an interesting anthropological assessment. The first one was East Atlanta because the “Exhilarating” blend sold super-well there after I’d almost discontinued it because it never sold in Buckhead. I tried to think of the attributes of the neighborhoods. For example, Candler Park has cinnamon and clove because of the fireplaces in the old arts and craft houses there. The only one that’s really on-the-nose is patchouli for Little Five Points. What’s next for you? We’re always actively working on new products. We have a soap-ofthe-month subscription service with a new soap each month. And, I’ve gone back to school [through The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies] and plan to launch more facial products soon. There is always continuing education when you’re doing something like this. n Mama Bath + Body 99 Krog St. N.E., 30307 404.909.9994




Above: Eddie’s Attic is an institution for live music. Left: Decatur is home to locally owned restaurants and retail shops.

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Above: At HomeGrown, take your pick among ceramics, jewelry and gift-worthy goods.

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Left: Southerninspired fare is the star at Kevin Gillespie’s Revival.

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henever people ask me what part of Atlanta I live in, and I tell them Decatur, they always say, “Oh, I love Decatur.” And then they proceed to ask me for my recommendations for favorite restaurants, activities and attractions. I’m happy to oblige because the ITP suburb an Atlanta JournalConstitution writer once deemed “where Mayberry meets Berkeley” is ripe for a day, or better yet, a weekend of exploration. One of the main draws of Decatur it its walkable downtown. There’s so much to see and do, you don’t even have to leave its cozy confines. Smack in the middle is the DeKalb History Center, the 19th-century former courthouse turned museum that offers visitors a crash course on the city’s rich history, including that it was founded almost a quarter of a century before Atlanta itself. Head a block or two in almost any direction, and you’ll be presented with bountiful options for dining, drinking, shopping and more.

Some of my favorite eateries include Taqueria del Sol, where the line out the door indicates just how much diners enjoy the brisket tacos, jalapeño coleslaw and other Southwesternslash-Mexican specialties; Big Tex, where the plates are heaped with down-home staples such as chicken fried steak, catfish and meatloaf; and Café Alsace, a hidden gem serving Alsatian fare that’s as delicious as the room is intimate (there can’t be more than 12 tables). Two of Atlanta’s best-known chefs have restaurants in Decatur that you’ll want to put on your must-try list. No. 246 is an Italian trattoria from Ford Fry noted for its pastas, pizzas and spirited ping pong matches on the table out back when the weather’s fair. At Revival, former Top Chef contestant and Gunshow guru Kevin Gillespie presents a menu of Southern-inspired, familystyle meals, as well as horseshoes and cornhole in the convivial beer garden back behind the main dining room. When your outing calls for cocktails, grab a stool at the bar at The Pinewood for innovative drinks and liquor flights. For a

sweet treat, head to Butter & Cream for scoops of small-batch ice cream in flavors such as butterscotch brownie and bourbon coffee chip. Between bites and sips, stroll the numerous downtown shops. I’m partial to HomeGrown for its selection of handcrafted jewelry, pottery, artworks and gifts with a regional slant—not to mention the kitschy shrine to Mr. T in the back corner. The Little Shop of Stories is an independent children’s bookstore that appeals to kids small and tall. Decatur CD is one of the few stores in Atlanta that still stocks vinyl records. Speaking of music, venerable venue Eddie’s Attic is a great place to take in a show. Founded in 1992, it’s been the launching pad for acts such as John Mayer, Indigo Girls and Justin Bieber. The Java Monkey coffeehouse has a small outdoor stage and features either live tunes or an open mic almost every evening. History buffs should make time for a visit to the Decatur Cemetery. One of the oldest in Georgia, it predates Oakland Cemetery by almost three decades and has more than

20,000 graves, including a section dedicated to Civil War veterans. If you decide to overnight downtown—and you should if you’re there during one of the dozens of festivals held each year, be it the popular AJC Decatur Book Festival or the Decatur Arts Festival—a good hotel option is the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory that boasts an indoor pool, fitness center and an excellent ramen restaurant called Taiyo. There’s more to Decatur than the bustling downtown area, including the little-known Waffle House Museum located on the site of the first Waffle House diner, but downtown is certainly where you’ll get the most bang for your buck, whether you’re a family taking in one of the free concerts on the square, youngsters out for a night on the town or foodies looking for your new favorite restaurant. n Decatur, Georgia






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he palm trees are the first things you notice after stepping out of Palm Springs International Airport and into the California breeze. It’s a sight I grew accustomed to in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia. In Atlanta, not so much. Wanting a change of scenery without draining our savings on an international honeymoon, my newly minted husband and I had opted for the California desert as our post-nuptial celebration destination. From the 1930s to well into the ’60s, Palm Springs was a popular destination for Hollywood notables. During these decades, both tourism and housing boomed, particularly in the winter season when droves of people flocked to the warm locale to escape chilly temps. These days, the town is decidedly sleepier, though no less picturesque. Not ones for a typical tourist experience, we rented a 1959 mid-century modern home nestled in the scenic Racquet Club Estates neighborhood. The place was outfitted with a heated pool, a hot tub and unbeatable



A taste of Old Hollywood awaits in this sunny desert city across the country

views of the San Jacinto Mountains. After settling in, we headed out for a handcrafted cocktail at Bootlegger Tiki, a watering hole known for its Instagram-worthy pours and fun atmosphere. I opted for the Valkyrie on Vacay, a concoction of aquavit, pear brandy, blackberry, lemon, passionfruit, Aperol, ginger and soda. The next morning, in need of coffee and still operating on East Coast time, we made our way to the early side of the breakfast rush at Cheeky’s. The hip-yet-laid-back breakfast and lunch spot boasts a seasonally rotating menu of fresh dining options with a true Cali flair (check out the $8 açai kale slushie). Sitting on the sunny patio, my husband found it no easy task to choose between options of sourdough French toast with fresh figs, heirloom tomato tartine with lemon aioli or the chilaquiles (a traditional Mexican breakfast dish featuring lightly fried tortilla pieces that appears on too few Atlanta brunch menus) with queso fresco. I chose the classic breakfast quesadilla with chunks of bright-green avocado. Since we’d already landed on downtown Palm Springs’ Palm Canyon Drive, we digested our meal while

Left: Palm Springs provides a warm, sunny escape from colder climates.

Above: Purple Palm restaurant serves up New American cuisine in an eclectic atmosphere.

Above: Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned at the Alexander Estate in 1967.

Below: Palm Springs is known for its concentration of midcentury modern homes.

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meandering the city’s walk of fame, dubbed the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Honorees include everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to Leslie Nielsen and Kathy Griffin. Speaking of Elvis, we’d be remiss to have a Palm Springs honeymoon without visiting the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. Situated at the end of an unassuming cul-de-sac in the Vistas Las Palmas neighborhood, the circular mid-century modern home was originally known as the Alexander Estate until Elvis and his bride, Priscilla, stayed there post-nuptials in May of 1967, effectively transforming it into an iconic destination. It was too early for tours to begin, but they’re offered twice every afternoon. After a lazy afternoon of lounging poolside, we headed back downtown for a fancy dinner at Purple Palm, the restaurant inside the Colony Palms Hotel. It’s a stunning eatery decked out with bold Schumacher wallpaper, Moroccan fringed chandeliers and mosaic-tiled floors. Helmed by Chef Nick Tall, the kitchen serves up self-described New American cuisine. While dishes of seared sea scallops and 12-hour pork shank are clear menu stars, as a longtime

herbivore, I was pleasantly surprised with my dinner of strozzapreti pasta with baby artichokes, grilled mushrooms and pine nuts. My meal was complemented with a Dutch rum, pineapple, lime and maraschino sipper called Desert Gold, a decidedly fitting title for the cocktail—and the trip as a whole. n


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Eric Moncrief has a vision for a more sustainable Atlanta, and he’s broadcasting it every week


ld Fourth Ward resident Eric Moncrief wasn’t always an evangelist for the environment. But when a career in tech led him to a position at an electronics recycling company, his path took a new turn. A friend launched a project called Survival Radio Network and needed someone to host a show about the environment. Knowing that Moncrief worked in recycling, he approached



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him about the job. “He convinced me, and I started doing a podcast out of my basement about environmental issues,” says Moncrief. He called the new show The Green Guy, and he took this identity seriously. He plugged into sustainability organizations around the city. He met more and more experts in the field and invited them to be on the show. With so many bright minds in the sustainability space connected, Moncrief began to develop his own point of view and renewed vision: to get Atlantans interested in the environment.

Sustainability can be a divisive political topic, but Moncrief wants people to understand that these pressing issues affect all living things. It’s not a matter of choosing a side on the party aisle; it’s about ensuring that citizens have what they need to survive. He wants people to get energized about protecting the environment before it’s too late. “People may say, ‘Well, I’m not into all that.’ But it’s here. You don’t even have to acknowledge it, but you’re part of it. If you’re drinking water, you’re part of this whole thing. We

all want clean water, right? Those are the basics for human life. If our water supply was to dry up in the city of Atlanta, then you’d see a lot of people real concerned about water.” Moncrief has three criteria when choosing who will speak on his show. “I want people to say, after listening, ‘I didn’t know that. That was cool. How do I get involved?’” he says. “Then we’ve educated people; we’ve broadened their horizons a little bit more. And maybe we’ve inspired them to do something positive.” The guests who meet that criteria range from urban farmers to politicians to professors, but the show gives actionable advice for all citizens. Moncrief is proud to see the strides Atlanta has made as an environmentally conscientious city, and he’s particularly aware of individuals and companies going above and beyond to make the city greener. Every day, he gets joy from watching people make use of things such as the BeltLine and other green spaces around town. He hopes his platform encourages people to do more and shines a light on the people who are pushing the sustainability status quo. “There are so many people who are doing so many great things,” he says. “I just try to make my show a platform for these people to come on and share what they’re doing to impact our world. We need to make the platform as big as possible so that people hear and get involved. That’s how things change. If you knew better, you’d do better, right?” n

Tune into The Green Guy every Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. on WGST 640AM /iHeart Radio.





’ n i p m o Ston the Westside Irish step enthusiasts bring Emerald Isle culture to Atlanta


n 1995, when Riverdance ignited a mania for Irish dance, Emma Burke and Erin Connolly were part of the craze. Both Burke, born in Dublin, and Connolly, born in Toronto to Irish parents, came to Atlanta as youngsters and became fast friends in dance class. Together, they worked their way through various levels of serious competition, but eventually life intervened. Burke headed to Mercer law school; Connolly went to the University of Illinois for a master’s in architecture. After 10 years of being Facebook friends, the two reconnected about seven years ago and found they were still mad about Irish dance. “Erin said she missed it and asked if I wanted to start teaching togeth-



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er,” says Burke. “I thought of it as a hobby. We started one day a week at a church hall in Virginia-Highland, but it soon grew to two nights. Then we added a westside location.” That was six years ago. Now, the Atlanta Irish Dance by Burke Connolly studio on 14th Street pulses seven days a week with more than 100 students stomping and pounding to the distinctive dance form, often compared to tap or clogging. “In Irish dance, we don’t use our arms, only feet,” says Connolly. “There’s a heavy rhythm, and it’s about the different types of tap you do with your feet. It’s very athletic.” In fact, Irish dance is considered more of a sport than a cultural art form, says Burke. “It’s treated like that all over the world. There are schools in China, Germany, Eastern Europe, New Zealand. It requires a high level

of athleticism to get this fast-paced, very rhythmic style down.” The partners have found no shortage of Atlantans from 4 years old through adulthood who want to master the intricate and demanding moves. And being Irish has nothing to do with it. “One of our top dancers is of Jamaican descent,” says Burke. “The vast majority of kids have seen a performance live or online, and when they tell their parents, ‘I want to do this,’ a lot of parents don’t even know what it is. Many kids tired of ballet, or found it boring, but develop a love and passion for the artistry and athleticism Irish dance combines.” Neither Burke nor Connolly compete anymore. Burke, a new mom who lives in Buckhead, recently gave up her law practice, and Connolly, who lives in Ormewood Park, is the mother

of three younger than 5. But both have left their professional careers to focus on the dance studio. In that capacity, they travel to competitions around the world as coaches of budding talent. “We’re both certified with the governing body of Irish dance that permits us to teach and compete,” says Burke. “Our passion is with the kids.” On November 6 and 13, the partners are giving shoppers at the Ponce City Market farmers market a display of the talent they’re coaching. And they’re offering mini-lessons to give kids and adults alike an idea of what it takes to be an Irish dancer. “As yet, we haven’t not been able to teach anyone to Irish dance,” says Burke. “It’s all about coming with an open mind.” n

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Full-fledged flavor defines dining at The Lawrence





Above: Blue cheese and a sprinkling of paprika give deviled eggs extra zing. Right: Steak frites are served with vindaloo sauce and curry-spiced fries.

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ace yourself with that,” a server says while sashaying past the table where the cocktail I’d ordered was just set down by another. “It’s so good you’re going to want to drink it fast, but don’t! It’ll get you!” With that warning I lift the Trois cocktail to my lips, take a sip and immediately feel like I need to give that server a hearty thanks. Because, yeah, that lip-licking deliciousness goes down smooth and easy. Reminiscent of lemonade, it’s topped with a shimmering cloud of egg white supporting a lemon zest. Less sour than sweet, the cocktail treads in the just-right, well-balanced zone of liquid yum. The wise server swings by a few sips later to ask, “Well? What do you think?” “It’s so good!”



“Mmm, hmmm,” he purrs while nodding. “Told you!” and then he scoots away. The Trois cocktail, listed among the bar menu’s “Tested & Approved” options, is a blend of green tea and mint gin, lemon juice, egg white and rose water. It was created by Eric Simpkins, managing partner at The Lawrence. “It’s a throw-back from my days of running the bar at Trois,” he says, referring to the nowclosed Midtown restaurant. “It’s now a big seller here; it’s fun to see old things come back.” Lady Lawrence, another best-selling cocktail, is a powerful blend of lavender mint tea vodka, ginger, cassis, lime juice and soda. Ginger dominates with a spicy kick to the palate. Bold is a frequent theme in preparations here, from the bright sauce drizzled over crab, to sharp blue cheese hidden in deviled eggs, to garlicspeckled fries, and tangy sauce on shrimp. Both the bar and food menus change seasonally; only a few items linger all year, including

both of those best-selling cocktails and the smooth-sipping House Old Fashioned (bourbon, bitters and sugar). Creative new sips reflect seasonal flavors and, sometimes, themes of “Superheroes & Villains” and “Movie Monsters.” As the weather cools, the popular “Hickory Hollow” returns; it’s made with hickory-smoked whiskey, brown sugar syrup, coffee and bitters. “Our bar team does really great development,” says Simpkins. “We have a solid bar identity; it’s one of our defining features.” On the food menu, “the Larry Burger is the only thing that stays,” says Operations Manager Jose Gutierrez, since the aim is to “mix it up.” Some version of steak frites is always available, though spicy twists such as the Indian-inspired recipe with vindaloo sauce and curry-spiced fries march across taste buds more assertively than the traditional recipe. Order whatever most whets your palate here. Kitchen techniques are solid: Meat and

Above: The bursting-with-every-ingredient Larry Burger Right: Crispy-skin fish is served atop spiced grains and topped with fresh herbs.

Meet Managing Partner Eric Simpkins What’s your personal favorite cocktail on the bar menu? My current favorite is the Café Racer #3. It’s a little lighter in alcohol, but it’s got a lot of complexity. It’s a really refreshing cocktail with great herbaceousness, bitterness and spice. As I’ve gotten older, I drink less boozy cocktails. Above: The Lawrence's cocktail menu offers nearly 20 options, many of which include fresh citrus, herbs and surprising flavors.

seafood are consistently cooked to perfection, whether you prefer rare or well-done, melt-in-your-mouth or a toothsome bite. Juicy and generous, the Larry Burger tops two beef and pork patties with American cheese, bacon, pickles, caramelized onions, lettuce, mustard and Larry Sauce (a blend of ketchup and mayo). If, say, you prefer a simpler version omitting certain ingredients, let your server know when ordering. Folks at The Lawrence aim to please. Want ice in your water glass? They’ll bring it. Want crispier fries? They’ll whisk away the soggy ones and bring a hot, fresh batch. Need something to prevent the table from wobbling? Hold on while they grab a shim. Keeping you happy seems more crucial than building a relationship between you as guest and any specific server. The person who takes your order, fills your water glass, delivers plates and swings by your table to offer advice prob-

ably will be different each time—and that’s just fine because this big happy team is focused on fostering an enjoyable experience. The Lawrence was conceived to be “a neighborhood staple,” says Simpkins. “Come in flip flops or a tux and either way feel welcome and at home. Think about it as ‘neighborhood fine dining’—though we’re not white tablecloth in any sense, but definitely try to execute service by fine dining principles and techniques from the bar to the kitchen to the floor.” Since its 2012 opening, it’s evolved to be more approachable; renovations two years ago added booths, a communal bar table and other design elements. Simpkins says, “We’ve added a little more warmth while updating.” As the dining room fills, the vibe can grow loud and boisterous, matching knockout flavors. It’s solid advice: Pace yourself. You’ll want to come back for more. n

Is there any one thing you’d never put on the bar menu? A beet cocktail because it’s one of those foods I still just can’t eat. I say that knowing our bartenders will want to prove me wrong—and I love being proven wrong by our bartenders; Taylor did a corn milk cocktail a few seasons back that sounded slightly

odd, but she absolutely nailed it. This will be a challenge. Bartenders are stereotypically great listeners with sage advice. What’s your advice? Don’t be [a jerk]. Take what we do seriously, don’t take yourself seriously—that’s what it boils down to. What really matters is people and how you do things consistently. Who would you most like to serve a drink to? Greg Best [who’s now at Krog Street Market’s Ticonderoga Club], because we both work so much, but I love hanging out with him. We can talk about cocktails and lots of other things. I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like.

THE LAWRENCE 905 Juniper St., 30309 404.961.7177 Recommended: Trois cocktail ($12); Old Fashioned cocktail ($12); steak frites ($25); Larry burger ($14). Bottom Line: The Lawrence serves upscale contemporary creations at competitive prices. Servers are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, and they work as a team and aim to please. The neighborly atmosphere is casual and can be loud.




Spirit-Free, Not Spirit-Less Non-alcoholic tipples for those getting into the holiday spirit sans booze | STORY: Lia Picard | PHOTOS: Erik Meadows |


is the season to be jolly! For some people, that means tilting back a couple glasses of spiked eggnog at a holiday party, but for others, that isn’t an option. The holidays can be a particularly tough time for those abstaining from alcohol, whether one is going through a pregnancy or cutting back for health reasons. Even those who like to imbibe can sip something refreshing and spirit-free at winter festivities.

To create the perfect spirit-free cocktails for the holiday season, we consulted with Chris Amato, assistant general manager of Donetto on the Westside. The eatery is part of The Indigo Road Restaurant Group, whose founder, Steve Palmer, has been sober for 15 years. So at Donetto, spirit-free cocktails are personal, and their creation is taken seriously. Spirit-free drinks have gained popularity, Amato says, because of “the rise of awareness of substance abuse in the hospitality industry— and the unfortunate reality and consequences of such—over the last decade or so has really put pressure on every player in a restaurant to change his or her point of view. There may have been demand from consumers for more booze-free options, but I think the movement itself started from within our own community.” To Amato, there’s more to a nonalcoholic drink than just omitting the booze. “Just as with a booze-filled beverage, balance is key,” he explains. “More often than not, the alcohol used may have added depth or complexity to the drink, so adjusting is really key. Finding balance in flavor profiles, just like when cooking, will produce the best spirit-free drinks.” Here, Amato shares three festive, spirit-free cocktails to serve this holiday season. n




.75 oz. Lemon juice .75 oz. Raspberry syrup .75 oz. Mint syrup (recipe below) 6 oz. Ginger beer Shake first three ingredients together and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer. MINT SYRUP

1 c. Water 1 c. Sugar 1 c. Mint leaves Combine water, sugar and mint in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Simmer for one minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep for 30 minutes. Pour syrup into a glass jar through a mesh strainer, let cool.


1.5 oz. Cranberry syrup (recipe below) 4 oz. Rosemary limonata (recipe below) 2 oz. Club soda Rosemary sprig for garnish

Shake cranberry syrup and rosemary limonata, strain over ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig. CRANBERRY SYRUP

1 c. Sugar 1 c. Water 2 c. Chopped cranberries Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until cranberries are softened. Strain through a mesh strainer into a jar and cool. ROSEMARY LIMONATA

4 c. Water 1 c. Lemon juice 1 c. Sugar 1 c. Rosemary sprigs


Combine ingredients in saucepan over medium-high heat. Gently boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 1 hour. Strain through mesh strainer into jar and cool.


1.5 oz. “Don’s Mix” (recipe at right) .5 oz. Lime juice .5 oz. Grenadine 6 oz. Tonic 1 Cinnamon stick Shake, strain over ice in a collins glass filled with ice and top with tonic. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Chris Amato mixes up a booze-free beverage. DON’S MIX

3/4 c. Brown sugar 1/4 c. Sugar 1 c. Water 1 tsp. Cinnamon Combine ingredients in a saucepan set over high heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Simmer Donetto for 5 976 Brady Ave. minutes. N.W., 30318 Transfer 404.445.6867 to a glass jar and let cool.


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Pretty Cookie Meet Larissa Neto, the creative genius behind the beautiful treats of Bakey Bakes | STORY: Lia Picard |


ake a peek at Larissa Neto's Instagram account (@bakey.bakes) and you’ll be bewitched by colorful cookies and cakes that resemble unicorns. The Grant Park resident always had a passion for whipping up sweet treats but only recently made it her full-time career. Originally from Portugal, Neto studied to be an artist at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. With a flair for the visual arts, she worked as an illustrator in Santa Fe and New York City before moving to Atlanta four years ago. “It was a difficult path," says Neto. "There's not really a nine-to-five art job. It's kind of whatever someone is willing to pay you for, you will do sort of thing, which made me disenchanted by the art world." As a child, Neto had always admired her mother’s baking. After graduating from college in 2004, she delved into baking on her own. While her career in illustration grew, so



did her parallel passion for creating baked goods. “People would be really hyped over the things I would bring over to parties and friends' birthdays, and I always thought it was a fun challenge if someone told me, ‘Oh, I loved your mint chocolate cake.’ I'd be like, ‘I'm gonna make you the best one you've ever had.’ They were these little challenges for myself.” In 2017, Neto decided she was ready to establish herself as a professional baker and launched Bakey Bakes. Neto makes a variety of goods, including breads and gorgeously adorned cakes. Her signature treat is her crinkle cookie, with a cake-like texture that comes in

a variety of flavors. She draws inspiration from her world travels and applies those flavors to her own baking. “I get pretty enchanted by certain things, whether it's matcha in Japan or all the Filipino ube treats I've had in L.A.," Neto says. "I just take those flavors and run with them here in Atlanta, where I cannot find these things.” Ube is probably her most visually striking cookie. “Ube is a purple yam. It's an ingredient used in a lot of Filipino desserts. I think most people might recognize it as part of a halo-halo. It kind of tastes like birthday cake, so how bad can that be?” Along with green and earthy matcha, it’s one of her most popular flavors. Most start-up bakers follow a similar trajectory: start small, host pop-ups, open a brick-and-mortar. Neto hosts pop-ups but has no plans to open a permanent, physical shop. “I just like the freedom and the variety that comes with freelancing and having pop-ups," says Neto, who currently bakes at home under

the cottage licensing law but will soon start baking at a commercial kitchen. "With the pop-up format, I can always have the basic favorites, and I can always have the freedom to do different things and keep my customers engaged and wondering, 'What will she have this time?'” She credits Atlanta’s closeness as a community for the ability to do that. “I'm not sure what it would be like in any other city. I'm doing it here, but I do think that there are just a lot of little untouched notes in Atlanta that are making this journey successful for me. Whether that's just the right people that I've ended up meeting and the support, or just making things that people can't really find anywhere else. Atlanta's been the reason for that.” Order baked goods from her website or keep an eye out for one of her popups. In the past they’ve been held at Williams Sonoma and Coco+Mischa in Ponce City Market. n

Food News The Halal Guys have brought their flavorful falafel and beef gyro to Midtown. n  Iconic NYC street food purveyor The Halal Guys opened its doors in Midtown this October. Find their classic beef gyro sandwiches and sweet baklava at the Modera complex.

n  Cheese lovers: Brezza Cucina in Ponce City Market now has a burrata bar. Visit after 3 p.m. Sunday through Friday and munch on a variety of dishes starring the smooth, creamy cheese, such as baked burrata with marinara and focaccia. Raw items such as oysters are also available.

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A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION These notable personalities are giving back to their communities in a big way | STORY: Karon Warren | | PHOTOS: Stephen Payne |

The holiday season provides a great time to reconnect with family and friends, and celebrate the important things in life: love, laughter and kindness. It also reminds us that not everyone is as fortunate as others, and it’s important that we step up to bridge that gap and share our time, talents and money with those in need. By donating a few hours to work in a soup kitchen, giving those unworn clothes from our closets or writing a check to help purchase much-needed supplies, every effort—big or small— is crucial to helping others when life is tough. Here, we take a closer look at how some of Atlanta’s most notable personalities are embracing and supporting causes they love.

Photo: Courtesy Caren West


Caren West President of Caren West PR CAUSE: Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which includes a reception, fashion show and live auction, raises funds for Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta



or the last eight years, Grant Park resident Caren West has donated her time and creative talents to handle the public relations for Jeffrey Fashion Cares. “It’s near and dear to my heart,” she says. “I’ve never worked with a more devoted group of people who make it their number-one priority to raise money and awareness for great causes. Blood, sweat and tears. We do it every year because the money and awareness raised change and save lives.” In 2018, Jeffrey Fashion Cares celebrated its 26th anniversary. Through the years, it has seen and experienced a lot. Here are some fun facts on the annual event.

Most surprising moment in 26 years?

“In honor of the 20th anniversary, a huge flash mob broke out during the cocktail reception to surprise [founder] Jeffrey Kalinsky,” West says. “The mashup started with Madonna’s ‘Vogue,’ which was beyond appropriate. He was very surprised, and the guests loved it.” Most hilarious moment thus far?

Featured designers through the years:

“I seem to get injured every year,” West says. “I had a fractured foot one year and decided to lose my cast and wear Gucci platforms instead. Not smart. Another year, I had to walk Jason Wu to his seat and had a giant knee brace hidden under my dress. Of course, there’s the time I forgot to put myself on the list and couldn’t get into one of the after parties. I could tell you more, but then I would have to kill you.” n

Oscar de la Renta, Isaac Mizrahi, Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzzara and Jack McCollugh and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.

For more information, including how to donate to Jeffrey Fashion Cares, visit how-to-give.

Cara Turano Snow Chief development officer, Technology Association of Georgia CAUSES: Atlanta Community Food Bank, Junior League of Atlanta, University of Georgia College of Education, Atlanta Track Club, United Way Streets to Home


s a lifelong resident of Atlanta, Cara Turano Snow, who now lives in Old Fourth Ward, continually seeks ways to make the city greater. “Each of these causes represents an area where I am passionate, from providing scholarships to first-generation college students and developing the potential of women leaders to ensuring a healthier community and working to ensure my neighbors don’t go hungry,” she says. For Snow, one of the most exciting aspects of her volunteer work is the training she provides and helping the next generation find a passion cause. “My greatest moments of volunteering come when someone recognizes an area that inspires them to do more, give more and align their values to support that cause,” she says. One of her most heartwarming moments in her volunteer work came from working with the homeless in Atlanta. “In 2017, we had an opportunity to attend an outreach with the United Way Streets to Home program to give our annual donation,” Snow says. “Going out into the streets and supporting people to move into transitional housing is amazing to experience. It takes an amazing amount of courage to make that decision. I was impressed by all the individuals who take that step.” Like many other volunteers, Snow loves knowing she is making an impact on those around her. “I like knowing how many meals the Atlanta Community Food Bank provides annually and how a donation can impact the life of a homeless veteran in terms of job training,” she says. “I think that small change matters, and the small things you do daily create a big impact.” n To get involved with or donate to these causes, visit the following websites: l l l alumni/giving l l street-to-home


Garrett Reynolds & Stephen Ochs Fetch Park & Ice House CAUSE: Enduring Hearts, which funds research to increase the longevity and quality of life for pediatric heart transplant recipients


fter opening Fetch Park & Ice House in the Old Fourth Ward, business partners Garrett Reynolds (right) and Stephen Ochs (left) didn’t take long to dig in and start giving back to their community. Having worked with Enduring Hearts for the last four years, Ochs, a former college baseball player, knew he wanted to continue to be a part of the organization. “I wanted to get involved in any way that I could to help spread awareness after learning more about what Enduring Hearts was trying to do and what they stood for,” he says. This summer, the duo held a doggie fashion show at Fetch Park to benefit the organization. Models escorting dogs in the show were Atlanta children who have benefitted from Enduring Hearts’ work. “These kids have not gotten to have a normal childhood due to issues outside of their control,” Reynolds, a former Atlanta Falcons player, says. “We wanted to give them a unique experience centered around them.” On November 17, Fetch Park and partner Goza Tequila will host a .01K “road race” where owners and their dogs compete for first, second and third places. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Enduring Hearts on Giving Tuesday, November 27. n For more information on the .01K race, visit To donate to Enduring Hearts, visit

JUVENILE HEART TRANSPLANTS BY THE NUMBER Average number of pediatric heart transplants each year: 500-600 worldwide Average time a heart transplant lasts: 12 years (However, one in four children could need another heart transplant within five years)

Average cost of hospitalization and primary heart transplant: $221,897 Average cost of hospitalization and replant (a second) heart transplant: $285,296 Annual follow-up costs following transplant: $18,141 for first year; $18,480 per year thereafter*

*Sources:, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Sarah O’Brien Owner & Baker, Little Tart Bakeshop CAUSES: Planned Parenthood Southeast, The Giving Kitchen, Community Farmers Markets, Wholesome Wave, No Kid Hungry, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)


or nearly a decade, Sarah O’Brien of Grant Park has searched for ways to make her community better, not just for her own family and employees, but for those living around her. “We want to make the world a better place,” she says. “Whether it’s through providing access to fresh food or to reproductive services or to needed funds during a crisis, the causes we support focus on getting people what they need when they need it.” O’Brien shares what makes volunteering so important to her.

What is one of the most heartwarming moments you have experienced during your volunteer work?

For the past two years, we have organized a citywide cookie grab, which is a bake sale benefitting Planned Parenthood Southeast. Each year, we raise over $26,000 through sales of cookie boxes featuring Atlanta’s best bakers and chefs. Last year, we set out thank-you postcards for customers to fill out for the Planned Parenthood staff. The notes were personal and touching; as I read them, I could see clearly how PPSE had helped many women in my own community. What is your overall favorite aspect to volunteering with your causes?

I love the way volunteering brings people together. I know how busy small-business owners are, so to see a bunch of us making time to raise money or volunteer for worthy organizations is incredibly encouraging. We all work very hard for the money we make; to see us willingly and without hesitation donating it when folks need it keeps me optimistic about this world. n To get involved with or to donate to these causes, visit the following websites: l l l l l l




Jonathan and Justin Fox Founders of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q CAUSE: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


onathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Little Five Points have always looked for ways to give back, and they have chosen Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) as one of their primary causes. One way they support the hospital is through participation in Hogs for the Cause (HFTC), a New Orleans-based foundation that offers monetary assistance to families with children battling pediatric brain cancer, including families at CHOA. Since 2014, the brothers have partnered with Taqueria del Sol and Home Team BBQ as Team Foxeria del Sol to compete in the Hogs for the Cause barbecue competition in New Orleans to support the charity.



“Over the last four years, we have raised more than $460,000, and this money stays in the metro Atlanta area, helping out local families through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” Justin says. “We recently committed $750,000 to CHOA with HFTC that will directly impact the hospital’s needs.” In addition to the barbecue competition, the Fox brothers host several fundraising events throughout the year to raise money for CHOA. These include a golf tournament each March, a “Round Up for the Cause” where guests can round up their check to the next dollar and several taco weeks held in tandem with Taqueria del Sol.

The Fox brothers enjoy giving back whenever they can because they love seeing the impact it can have on a person or family who needs it. “We are always trying to figure out what else we can do,” Jonathan says. “Every little bit helps.” n To donate to Hogs for the Cause, visit

Happening WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND TOWN | STORIES: Claire Ruhlin |



n 2014, Gabrielle D’Auria was sick, weighed fewer than 90 pounds and was desperate for answers. After 12 different doctors, one finally diagnosed her with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, leaky gut, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Candida overgrowth and hypothyroidism. Once she was finally healed, D’Auria was inspired to learn the ins and outs of health and attended Emory University to become a certified health coach. This career path inspired D’Auria to create a health-minded support system that helped women take control of their physical wellbeing. “After coaching for some time, I realized that Atlanta’s wellness scene was lacking,” D’Auria says. “It was there; it was just not connected, and I wanted to bring it to life. I wanted to create a community where women could educate themselves and be inspired to live their best lives and feel their absolute best.”

This deficit led D’Auria to create WellScene, a women’s wellness conference covering everything from gut health to natural beauty products. Held at Upstairs Atlanta on November 11, WellScene’s debut conference features CentreSpring MD founder and integrative medicine expert Dr. Taz

Bhatia as headline speaker. The day also showcases talks by Sarah Biggers, founder of clean beauty brand CLOVE + HALLOW; and Kristy Dickerson, CEO and co-founder of, founder and CEO of and co-founder of Attendees will also enjoy networking breaks, healthy snacks, vendors and swag bags. “I know Atlantans are interested and curious, so I hope this event will help more women focus on their health and make themselves a priority,” D’Auria says. “Our event is a mind, body, spirit approach. So not only will we be discussing thinks like gut health, we will also be discussing emotional health as well. I think it’s important to cover those three things for complete wellness.” n Left: Gabrielle D’Auria, the creator of WellScene. Top right: Dr. Taz Bhatia, founder of CentreSpring MD, will be a featured speaker at WellScene’s debut conference. Right: Sarah Biggers, founder of CLOVE+ HALLOW, will also speak at the event.







It wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker, and The Moscow Ballet brings its classic holiday performance to Atlanta this Thanksgiving weekend, showcasing its Great Russian Nutcracker–Dove of Peace Tour! at Georgia Tech’s Robert Ferst Center for the Arts. Catch the show on November 24 at 3 p.m. Featuring a company of 40 Russian dancers and 10-foot-tall puppets, the ballet is touring more than 100 North American cities this holiday season. And this version of The Nutcracker features a spectacular twist. Unique to this performance is the Dove of Peace character, a two-person bird with a 20-foot wingspan. Exclusive to the Moscow Ballet, the dove leads Masha and the Nutcracker across the globe from Italy to Africa in search of peace. Instead

November 3 Cabbagetown Chili and bluegrass collide at Cabbagetown’s annual Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival. Your spoon ($6 for credit card payments and $5 cash) is your ticket, and beer and tokens can be purchased for $6 and $8, respectively. In addition to plenty of chili and live music, the day also includes an artist market and a 5K race. The event benefits Cabbagetown’s parks, green spaces and community center.

of the Land of Sweets, the dove cast ultimately finds the Land of Peace and Harmony. The Dove of Peace debuted on the first North American Tour in 1993 as a role for one ballerina. In 2012 during the Moscow Ballet’s 20th anniversary tour, the two-person Dove of Peace pre-

miered, and its choreography— created by Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrichenko—was inspired by the partner work of Bolshoi Ballet principal artist and Moscow Ballet founding director Stanislav Vlasov and partner Lilia Sabitova. n

VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND TOUR OF HOMES DECEMBER 1–2 Known for its charming, historic properties, leafy streets and local retail and restaurants, Atlanta’s trendy VirginiaHighland neighborhood invites guests to take a look inside a selection of its real estate during the annual Tour of Homes. The two-day event is a celebration of the neighborhood and its unique architecture and design. This year, the tour is more walkable than ever; all seven of the featured homes are located within a 1.5-mile loop through the heart of the community (see page 12 to get a look inside one of them). Among the 2018 lineup are a circa-1923 semi-Tudor-style home, a renovated American Foursquare and a craftsman bungalow. “Virginia-Highland is a vibrant community with a mix of singleand multi-family homes, and a number of quaint commercial



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nodes,” says Robin Ragland, tour committee member and Virginia-Highland resident. “We are in the heart of the city and care about our canopy of trees, streams and creeks, as well as maintaining the character of intown residential living.” Foodies will be happy to sample culinary treats at each home, and local restaurants will offer food tastings at the YWCA on N. Highland Avenue. Expect old favorites such as Alon’s Bakery & Market, Atkins Park and The General Muir, as well as new additions DBA Barbecue, El Taco, La Tavola, Murphy’s, Nowak’s and Whiskey Bird. Proceeds from the weekend benefit Virginia-Highland Civic

DAV (DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS) 5K November 10 Piedmont Park The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 5K race returns to Piedmont Park this fall. Participants can run, walk, roll or ride motorcycles (yes, really) around Piedmont Park to honor veterans and raise awareness of the obstacles they face. The race begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 15. Registration is free for veterans.

ATLANTA BELTLINE EASTSIDE 10K December 1 Atlanta Stove Works As part of the Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk. Go! Race Series, Atlantans are invited to the Eastside 10K to explore the BeltLine’s Eastside trail, winding through Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, PonceyHighland and Virginia-Highland. Participants will receive a T-shirt, and runners, walkers, strollers and dogs are welcome.

A VICTORIAN HOLIDAY AT OAKLAND CEMETERY Association, which originated when local activists worked to prevent the construction of an interstate highway from destroying the neighborhood. “That same spirit of activism keeps our parks maintained and enabled us to create a new green space, as well as enhance and maintain our neighborhood city parks,” says Ragland. “Such passion and willingness to get involved is what keeps Virginia-Highland a vibrant destination to live and visit.” n

December 1 Oakland Cemetery Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian Holiday returns for its fourth year on December 1, featuring a Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes to give guests a look at some of the cemetery’s most ornate mausoleums. Each will be decorated by local artists and designers. Tickets are required for the tour, but a children’s craft area and photos with Saint Nicholas are free and open to the public.

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17th South November/December 2018  

17th South is an upscale lifestyle magazine serving Midtown, Westside, Virginia Highland, Inman Park, Grant Park, Ansley Park, Reynoldstown,...

17th South November/December 2018  

17th South is an upscale lifestyle magazine serving Midtown, Westside, Virginia Highland, Inman Park, Grant Park, Ansley Park, Reynoldstown,...