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Lemonade Days marks 23rd year

Music, food and games highlight Dunwoody gala

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Lemonade Days returned to Dunwoody for the 23rd year, offering food, rides, entertainment, and yes, ice-cold lemonade to thousands of participants from throughout the area.

Held from April 19 to 23 at Brook Run Park and hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, this year’s festival was one of the best yet, officials said, with perfect

weather, staggering attendance levels, and plenty of fun for the entire community.

“I just love the families, the strollers, the diversity, the old and the young, everything,” Post 4 Dunwoody Councilwoman Stacey Harris said from a booth on the festival midway April 22. “You put it on the calendar. It's a tradition.”

Launched in the wake of a tornado that ripped through Dunwoody in 1998, the five-day Lemonade Days festival now funds all the work

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Spring Plant Sale!

DUNWOODY, Ga. — The City of Dunwoody will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a series of free cultural arts and dance performances on the Lawn at Ashford Lane.

The showcase celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage runs from 1. to 4 p.m., April 30, at 1230 Ashford Crossing in Dunwoody. The festival will feature dance, music and arts groups from throughout the Atlanta area. The event will be hosted by Dunwoody’s Economic Development Department.

the 23rd year at Brook Run Park from April 19 to 23, offering music, food, rides and fun to thousands of visitors each day. Officials said this year's festival was one of the best on record, with flawless weather and packed attendance.

Lemonade Days Festival

“We’re adding something new this year by including interactive performances that will involve audience members and provide some explanation and instruction,” Rosemary Watts, Dunwoody Business and

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Friday April 28- Sunday April 30 9am-4pm
Greenhouse complex- Across from the Skate Park in Brookrun Park Dunwoody Summer Veggies Annuals Pollinator Plants and So Much More!
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Free performances to honor heritage of Pacific Islander, Asian community
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Two injured in Dunwoody apartment shooting

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody police said two men were rushed to the hospital Friday, April 21, after a shooting at a local apartment complex.

One man was shot in the abdomen multiple times and another was shot in the ankle during an incident at the

apartment complex on Madison Drive, Sgt. Michael Cheek of the Dunwoody Police Department said.

The shooting allegedly occurred after an altercation between two friends. At this point, police believe one of the men forced his friend into an apartment at gunpoint, where both men exchanged gunfire.

Cheek said the men ran out of the

Police recover shotgun shells at Sandy Springs intersection

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — If you, or someone you know, misplaced a large amount of shotgun ammunition while driving through the Perimeter area recently, check the Sandy Springs Police Department’s lost and found.

Police say a “large amount” of 28 gauge shotgun shells were recovered after falling from the back of a vehicle onto the roadway at Hammond Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road April 19.

In a Facebook post, officials said they received multiple 911 calls from passing motorists about the spilled ammunition and officers responded quickly to clear the roadway.

From traffic cameras, police determined that the shotgun shells fell out of the back of an SUV, which was driving with its lift gate left open. The vehicle’s owner was later identified and notified that the munitions are ready for pickup from Sandy Springs Police Department custody.


apartment into the complex’s breezeway, where more shots were fired.

Police conducted a search on the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, and seized multiple guns, and a “substantial” amount of drugs and cash.

Warrants are pending for both individuals involved in the shooting, Cheek said.


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Dunwoody Municipal Court offers May amnesty program

DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody Municipal Court will offer amnesty to individuals for certain alleged violations in an effort to settle outstanding court cases and reduce local arrests.

The Dunwoody Municipal Court amnesty program will be held throughout May, giving residents a chance to clear their names and get rid of active warrants for certain offenses by paying fines and court fees.

“During Amnesty Month last year, we disposed of more than 50 failure-to-appear and warrant status cases,” Dunwoody Municipal Court Clerk Norlaundra Huntington said. “Some people may think this is a trick, but it’s not. Our only goal is to encourage people to come back to court by

easing their financial burden.”

Past-due traffic citations and active bench warrants for failure to appear in court will be forgiven if individuals pay their fines in full and set future court dates to appear before a judge when required, officials said.

Cash, money order, cashier checks and credit cards will be accepted to pay fines.

Those interested in taking advantage of the program can visit the Dunwoody Municipal Court located at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road Monday, Tuesday or Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about this program, contact the Dunwoody Municipal Court at 678-382-6973.

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Dunwoody High School turns 50

Community, alumni turn out to mark milestone

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Students, families and alumni gathered at Dunwoody High School Saturday, April 15, to celebrate 50 years of education in the community. This major milestone for the high school was marked by educators and local residents with a day-long party, featuring music, food trucks, school tours, exhibi-

tions and an alumni flag football game.

Dunwoody High School opened on Vermack Road in 1972 with 900 students and has since grown to include many new state-of-the-art programs for the nearly 2,100 students it serves today.

Officials said proceeds raised during the celebration will help fund multiple projects at the school, including the construction of new football stadium bleachers.

Dunwoody High School alumni and former teachers visit their old classrooms, catch up, and reminisce about glory days April 15 during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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PHOTOS BY ALEX POPP/APPEN MEDIA Alumni, former teachers and Dunwoody residents tour the Dunwoody High School gymnasium Saturday, April 15, celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary. Led by members of Dunwoody High School’s Student Government Association, residents view many of the school’s updated classrooms April 15 during an event celebrating the high school’s 50th anniversary.
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DeKalb County school librarian pushes for more staff

Board extends contract for interim superintendent

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Miriam Martin, Lakeside High School media specialist, says she performs an essential piece to a child’s learning behavior.

“We teach the joy of reading. Reading is essential to learning,” Martin said. “If you cannot read you cannot think and reflect. Being able to read makes every dream possible.”

But while the media center at her school on Briarcliff Road is well-stocked with resources, Martin said staffing isn’t adequate, a residual effect of the 2008 economic turndown. She manages a $25,000 budget.

“The school district decimated the media center staffing — 15 years later, our staffing has not fully recovered,” said Martin, standing before the DeKalb County School Board at its April 17 meeting.

April is School Library Month. To celebrate, DeKalb School Board member Whitney McGinnis delivered a proclama-

tion that included Lakeside High School’s win in a state competition for reading.

Lakeside’s media center, which serves 2,200 students, is staffed at the same level as an elementary school with 450 students, Martin said. Last year, she said its media center had more than 10,000 student visits. This year, she said the media center has already gone over 16,000.

Lakeside High School currently has one media specialist, Martin, and one library media assistant.

“Why is staffing not predicated on enrollment?” Martin asked.

Martin shared her concern about sending students to college without knowledge and skills of the research process. The school district no longer requires students to read a certain number of books, she said, nor does it require a research paper, even in Advanced Placement classes.

“The district talks about rigor. Where is the rigor? Show me the rigor,” Martin said. “We need a well-staffed media center to teach reading and research skills for our students.”

Martin voiced a wealth of resources at Lakeside High School. But a student at Columbia Middle School said she didn’t

have access to the material she needed to complete a project relating to studying notable individuals of color.

She expressed her hope to see more diversity in textbooks and in classes she takes next year when she moves onto high school and requested a requirement for African American studies as well as Native American and Asian courses.

“African Americans and other people of color have contributed to building our country,” the student said. “We want to learn more about what they have done to make our world better.”

Following the community input portion of the School Board meeting, members extended the contract for Interim Superintendent Vasanne Tinsley to June 30. The one-year contract was set to end April 25.

After a year-long search for a new superintendent, Devon Horton was selected as the sole finalist for the position. Horton is superintendent for the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 in Illinois, a 7,894-student district. DeKalb County Schools has 102,000 students.

The board was expected to meet April 19 to decide whether to hire Horton officially. His proposed start date would come sometime after June 30.

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Cultural Development manager said. “This is a great way to celebrate Dunwoody’s diversity. We’re excited to bring this celebration to the outdoor lawn at Ashford Lane, which is a beautiful new community gathering place.”

Performers will include Atlanta Chinese Dance Company, FASCA Yo-Yo and Lion Dance, Korean Dance Academy, Shaolin Institute, Jathiswara School of Dance and Music, Vietnamese TaiChi 132 Forms and many others.

The event will also feature a demonstration of Japanese floral arrangements and information tables on Thailand, China, Laos, Japan, Taiwan and India.

A full list of performances and more information on the celebration can be found by visiting dunwoodyga.gov and clicking on Arts and Culture and Cultural Heritage Events in the Government tab.

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Reconnecting with your adult child: A guide to healing broken relationships

Brought to you by – Summit Counseling

Broken relationships between parents and their grown children are, sadly, very common. Whether actions were simply misunderstood, or serious emotional injury was inflicted, it’s a painful situation for everyone involved. While you may not be entirely responsible, initiating reconciliation may be up to you. Here are some points to keep in mind as you seek to reconnect:

• Remember your child is an adult. While you may feel that just yesterday they were children, they are grown and should be treated with the respect they deserve.

• Acknowledge your contribution. There are two sides to every story -

harmless actions in your eyes may have been seen as hurtful to your child. Try to understand their perspective and apologize for your part.

• Be fair. This doesn’t mean you accept all blame and overlook their wrongdoings, but criticizing everything you see wrong may do more harm than good - try to stick to the current issue.

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Best Of Perimeter 2023

Appen Media Group is proud to present the winners of the second annual Best of Perimeter contest as determined by you, the residents of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Brookhaven. Each year this contest recognizes the best that the Perimeter business community has to offer in over 100 categories for medical, retail, food and beverage, recreation, people and community and services. Thank you to everyone who cast a vote in this year’s contest and congratulations to all the winners.

How the winners are displayed


SUBCATEGORY Winners appear in bold. 1st runner-ups appear in normal text.

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Dunwoody • Sandy Springs • Brookhaven

Best Of Perimeter


SOHO Office

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More –Dunwoody


Bernadettes Hair Salon And Wig Studio

Van Michael Salon - Sandy Springs


Bill Grant Homes

Six Points Homes


Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber

Discover Dunwoody


Farmers Insurance – Robert O Brien


Dunwoody Baptist Preschool

Dunwoody United Methodist Preschool


Dunwoody Christian School Marist School


Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More –Dunwoody

Adman Promotions & In A Snap Imprints


Karen Cannon Realtors

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Perimeter


Karen Cannon Realtors


PrideStaff – Sandy Springs

TRC Staffing Services


Travelfaire of Dunwoody About Going Places


Northside Tree Professionals

Evergreen Tree Services


Edison Prep

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Dunwoody


Wade Automotive Repair



The Piedmont Bank - Dunwoody

First Carolina Bank


Ernie’s Barber Shop

Gino’s Classic Barbers


Sunshine Car Wash

Cartique – Dunwoody


E. 48th Street Market

Three Sisters Catering


Ming Zhou Real Estate Services

Pollock Commercial, Inc. – Jeff Pollock


Brian Muia

Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors


Fabricare Center Cleaners

Dunwoody Hall Cleaners


Angela Michael Skincare & Spa

Skinfinity Esthetics


Kwartin & Levine, LLP

Shuman & Shuman, P.C


Financial Innovations, LLC

Edward Jones - Financial Advisor:

Jennifer A Howard

Lisa Torres – State Farm Insurance Agent



Linda Rickles Interiors


Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins, LLP

Conway Law, LLC


Estate Innovations, LLC

Hindson & Melton LLC


Holly Walther Lending Team

Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group


Litner + Deganian, P.C.

Law Offices of Villard Bastien, LLC


Camp Run-A-Mutt Dunwoody

Atlanta Pet Resort – Dunwoody


Robin’s Groomingdales –Grooming Salon Dunwoody

Scenthound – Dunwoody


Hollywood Feed – Sandy Springs

Pet Wants – Sandy Springs


Mandi Mitchell Photography

Sam Bennett – Cutting Edge Images, Inc.


The Dunwoody Plumber

G Force Plumbing


Spartan Pool Supplies

TPS Pool Service

The McCarty Group –Keller Williams Realty


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Brought to you by – Wade Automotive Repair

Wade Automotive was founded in the name of the owner's grandfather, W.G. Wade, who was the backbone of the family, a successful businessman, an avid car enthusiast and collector, and a proud father of three girls - but no boy - to carry on the family name after he passed. Wade Automotive Repair carries his name in the continued spirit of his direct honesty and integrity. Wade Automotive Repair is owned by Jesse Robitaille, a BMW Master Certified and ASE Master Certified automotive mechanic with extensive experience in repairing all vehicle types. Jesse graduated with a degree in advanced automotive technology and repair, and he is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, Jesse was chosen to attend BMW S.T.E.P. 1 Advanced Secondary Automotive Training on a full scholarship. This training develops top technicians capable of thinking outside the box to diagnose and repair issues with today's most complicated vehicles!

After over a decade in the dealership and independent shop arena, Jesse decided he had enough of the deceit so prevalent in the industry, and so decided to open his own shop intent on establishing and maintaining a proven record of honesty. Come to Wade Automotive Repair for all your vehicles TLC.

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dustry knowledge and the belief that every customer is special. With 14 locations, throughout Dekalb, Gwinnett, Forsyth and North Georgia, the Piedmont Bank offers a broad spectrum of personal and business banking services. Soon, we will have another branch coming to Kennesaw, GA in Cobb County. With technology, we can offer online banking,

mobile banking as well as mobile capture some of the many services available. In no way does these services replace the personal relationships appropriate to a healthy banking relationship. We invite you to come in and let us prove we are the Best Bank Around. Piedmont Bank is ready to elevate your banking experience.

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Thank you for trusting Edison Prep with your student’s college prep needs!

The team at Edison Prep is honored to be named the Best Tutoring Center in Appen Media’s Best of Perimeter 2023 for the second year in a row! We thank the incredible communities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Brookhaven for continuing to choose our company for your test prep needs.

At Edison Prep, we work with students to help them achieve their goals in standardized testing and in college admissions. It is our honor to help 1,800+ students every year prepare for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and AP History exams.

Brian and Silvia Eufinger co-

founded Edison Prep in 2010, offering 1-1 tutoring in students’ homes or local coffee shops. In 2011, Brian and Silvia published the first edition of Edison Prep’s SAT and ACT curriculum—comprehensive workbooks with the content, strategies, and practice materials to help students improve their scores— which they continue to revise each year. The company soon added AP History Bootcamps to the yearly rotation! And since then, we’ve expanded our offerings to include SAT and ACT group courses, accelerated bootcamps, and expanded private tutoring options—and much more!

Edison Prep prides itself on being a boutique tutoring agency with a small, experienced team led by the two founders, who still teach full-time in the trenches alongside the rest of the team (this is highly unusual in the test prep industry). The founders

teach all the SAT and ACT group classes, and then do private tutoring whenever they’re not teaching classes. They’ve trained a small team of tutors to assist with the private fine-tuning tutoring that many of the group class students do after taking the class. (85% of students either start off with, or only, do a group class.)

We are proud that our small team of experienced tutors has over 100,000 hours of experience; we pay at the top of the market to ensure quality and retain top tutors who live and breathe these tests, be it by taking the real exams each year, dissecting newly released tests hot off the presses, or talking shop to tighten up our curriculum and materials.

Edison Prep is frequently invited to speak about test prep and admissions at high schools, national conferences, and education podcasts. In 2020, the National Test Prep Association

elected Edison Prep co-founder Brian Eufinger as a board member.

We are fortunate to continue growing our offerings. In 2023, we expanded our office space, added team members, revised our books, and are hard at work building our new Digital SAT curriculum. We also celebrated our 20,000th student!

All services are available both inperson and virtually. While most of our students are in greater Atlanta, technology allows us to serve families around the world: We have worked with students in 30 states and five countries.

We’re happy to help students create timely test prep plans that address their unique needs. Students and families can access free test prep resources, including mock tests every weekend, parent information sessions, and more, at edisonprep. com.

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Thanks for voting for Angela Michael Skincare & Spa!

Brought to you by - Angela Michael Skincare & Spa

Hi, I’m Angela. I am the proud owner of Angela Michael Skincare & Spa located in Dunwoody, GA. With customized treatments, years of training, and a wealth of knowledge. I'm a Licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist with over 20 years of collective experience serving women in the wellness and beauty industry. I specialize in holistic and anti-aging skin health. I have worked to build a team to be passionate about the skin, body, and well-being of others, The goal is treating and educating clients on the benefits of skincare and wellness. Her trained staff not only help clients with choosing the right skincare treatment but will teach the fundamentals of home regimen and will educate you in skincare, makeup, and well-being. I am licensed through the Georgia Board of Cosmetology and have experience and advanced training in skin rejuvenation, anti-aging treatments, advanced aesthetics, European facials, holistic skincare, along with bridal, model and photography makeup. Please visit us at www.amskincare.com for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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Thank you for your vote!

and to assist you in reaching your desired outcome.

We are truly honored to be selected as the best Family Law Attorney of Perimeter for the third year in a row! We look forward to continuing to deliver excellent family law and mediation services. Kwartin & Levine, LLP prides itself on providing compassionate advocacy and strategic solutions to our clients whose families are experiencing changes and/or facing legal issues. We are here to help you through the difficulties involved with family conflict

We handle uncontested and contested divorce cases, legitimations, child custody & child support matters, prenuptial agreements, name changes, and more. Kwartin & Levine also practices in the areas of wills, trusts, and probate law. Please let us know how we can assist you.

Alexa Kwartin

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THANK YOU for voting for us in the Best Pet Supply/ Boutique category!

We proudly serve our pet community to help solve common problems such as licking paws, itching, recurrent ear infections, bad breath and restlessness, that can be caused by nutrition that may not be suitable for your pet. Our

superior, limited ingredient food may be the answer you are looking for. We will take a deep dive into the history of your pet’s issues and come up with a specific plan to help. Even if your pet is not having issues, good nutrition is imperative to life-long health, just like THEIR humans! Let us help you today! PetWants.com/SandySprings

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Brought to you by - Bernadette’s Hair Salon & Wig Studio

Bernadette’s was started by Bernadette in the late 1980’s. Throughout the years we have grown into a full service hair salon and wig shops for cancer, alopecia, and natural hair loss in the Atlanta area. We are proud to have such a legacy behind us and are excited to continue to grow our name in Atlanta. At Berna-

dette’s we offer cutting, from sharp-lined bobs to free-hand textured cuts. We offer blow-dry and styling as well. All our stylists have experience with updos and braiding for any special event in your life. We offer many coloring techniques from highlights and baby lights as well as balayage and freehand color. Please give us a call at 770.394.7539 or visit our website at www.Bernadettessalon.com to schedule your appointment.

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Making homeownership dreams a reality

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The Holly Walther Lending Team is honored to be voted the Best Mortgage Lender for 2023. Behind every loan is a real person with dreams, aspirations, and a personal story. In this technology driven world where computers make important decisions, it is the dreams, aspirations, and stories that are not taken into consideration. I have built my team around the promise of listening to and understanding our customers’ dreams and their current and future fi nancial goals. We not only teach them about their options, but we are their advocate in the sea of red tape, supporting them so they can achieve their dreams - just like I did. This is more than a promise, it has been my passion since 1998. That means if you decide to be a part of our family of friends and work with us, you will be partnering with a lending team who

will maximize your choices that makes sense for your needs. I am among the top mortgage loan producers in Georgia and have a 100% closing record of pre-approved loans.

Whether you are a fi rst-time homebuyer, building a new home, have purchased multiple homes, or are an investor purchasing investment properties, our exclusive concierge service, and systematic communication will keep you informed and involved every step of the way, ensuring a streamlined approval process.

Our team focuses on honesty, integrity, and a solution–based approach to any challenge that might arise during the lending process. We listen to your needs to identify the best fi nancing scenario available. From the beginning of the application through final closing, you can have confidence that all decisions are made locally and based on what is BEST for YOU and YOUR STORY.

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Thank you for honoring us!

Brought to you by - Camp Run-A-Mutt

We want to thank you for voting us the “Best Pet Daycare/ Lodger” in all of the Perimeter area! Every day we strive to provide the community with a premier cage free dog daycare and boarding paradise. Our indoor/ outdoor camp is beautiful (see for yourself on our Muttcams), fun, safe and supervised 24/7. Camp RunA-Mutt™ Dunwoody features over 11000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play area for your dog to romp, play and socialize to their heart's content! Watch your camper online as they run on the spacious grassy area, cool off in the custom waterfall/splashpond, relax on the sun deck or under the cooling misters on a hot day. We also offer dog washing, grooming, boutique, obedience training and surprises you’ll find only at Camp Run-A-Mutt™. Your pup will love it, and so will you.

It's not just the amenities that make us unique. Camp Run-AMutt™ is also 100% cage-free for both daycare and overnight boarding. Your pup will receive exceptional care by our well-trained, attentive

We are honored

Brought to you by - Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP

We are humbled and honored to be named the 2023 Best of Perimeter Best Law Firm. Thank you to our clients and team members who voted for us to receive this honor.

At Mozley, Finlayson and Loggins LLP we pride ourselves on our integrity, professionalism, and unparalleled client service- critical components of our superior representation to our clients. We have distinguished ourselves by succeeding in very complex and intricate cases involving aviation business law, transportation and trucking litigation, business law, insurance litigation, commercial and residential real estate services, and more.

staff who are certified in pet CPR and first aid. Overnight Campers enjoy the security of a caring human in the same room while they snooze. Our goal is to make boarding fun by minimizing the stress and anxiety some dogs experience when they are away from home. “Pack boarding” instead of cages, human love instead of being alone, it’s a no brainer.

Founded in 1977, Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP blends the experience necessary to obtain results with the ability to keep fees reasonable. The results we obtain keep our clients coming back and lead them to refer their colleagues and professional associates to us. We take pride in our cost-effective approach to success. Our clients are teamed with one or

more of our experienced lawyers, all of whom have proven themselves and demonstrated their skill. We look forward to helping you with all of your legal needs.

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Thank you for voting for Conway Law!

Brought to you by – Conway Law

Wow! This award is such an honor and Conway Law is truly humbled to be chosen by the community as one of the Best of the Perimeter.

In 2013, Attorney Chris Conway left a national insurance defense firm to start Conway Law. He desires to fight for justice for those injured by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. He fights for his clients by using what he learned defending insurance companies. He and his family love living in Dunwoody and being involved in the community whether with Chesnut Elementary, Dunwoody North Fins, Dan & Company, Rush Union, or Orbit Arts Academy.

Here is something practical to remember if you are ever in a car wreck: Conway Law’s Four (4) “C’s” for car wrecks:

(1) CALL the police. People lie and an insurance company will not believe you unless there is a police report documenting the wreck;

(2) COLLECT information. Take pictures of everything: your vehicle, the other vehicle, the locations of the vehicles after the wreck, the other driver’s tag and insurance information. A picture is worth a thousand words and often the car that hits you looks worse that your vehicle.

(3) CARE for yourself. Go and see a medical professional if you feel pain or stiffness, persistent headaches, numbness or tingling going down your arms or legs, or pain in any other area of your body. If you wait to see a doctor hoping that the pain will go away or suffer in silence, an insurance company will use that against you.

(4) CALL Conway Law. Insurance companies are in business to make money and try everything to diminish the value of your claim. You need someone with the knowledge and experience to fight for you.

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Honored to be voted Best Renovation/Home Improvement Service 2 years in a row!

Brought to you by – Valarda

We are so honored and grateful to our community to be voted “Best Renovation/Home Improvement Service” in Perimeter for 2 years in a row!

Valarda specializes in residential renovations throughout Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and beyond. Since 2012, we have renovated over 100 homes in the area for our clients. In addition to the residential remodels, we are the exclusive contractor flipping homes for a locally based real estate investor. This range of experience has provided us with the unique skills and resources to be very cost effective, the ability to perform just about any renovation project, and insight as to which improvements best increase a home’s value. We have built strong, lasting, relationships with our subcontractors and municipality offices to ensure the projects run smoothly from permit to completion.

Our recent client, Leah M., shares her thoughts: “The team at Valarda was respectful, timely and thorough. Each employee that came into our home showed kindness to my children and treated my home with respect. Valarda has an online calendar

that clearly lays out what crew will be at your house and what they will be doing… This was helpful for us to plan around the work and supplies needed that were scheduled for the day. The level of detail paid to each

aspect of the project was impressive. We appreciated the time they took to care for our home. We have nothing but high regards and recommendations for Valarda. We were very happy with the final product and the time-

line with which it was completed.”

To our community - It is an honor to be entrusted to help you build a home you love - It is our pleasure and privilege to continue to serve you... Thank you for this recognition!

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Best Of Perimeter

Presented By


Novo Cucina

E. 48th Street Market


Nai Thai Cuisine

Budi’s Sushi Two-Go – Dunwoody


Zukerino Pastry Shop

Alon’s Bakery & Market

BEST BBQ City Barbeque - Sandy Springs

Pig-N-Chik BBQ


First Watch - Dunwoody Village

Goldbergs Fine Foods – Dunwoody


Moondog Growlers

Pontoon Brewing Company –Sandy Springs


NFA Burger

Village Burger – Dunwoody


Cajun Blues

Crawfish Shack Seafood


Crema Espresso Gourmet

Just Love Coffee Cafe – Atlanta Perimeter


Café Intermezzo – Dunwoody

Alon’s Bakery & Market


Vintage Pizzeria – Dunwoody

Village Burger – Dunwoody

Thank You & Thank You & Thank You...

Moondog Growlers thanks its customers for voting again this year. We are thrilled to announce that we are again the winner of Best Brewery/Brewpub and Best Beverage/ Wine Store! We are also excited to be runner up for Best Happy Hour, Best Bartender, Best Boss and Best Locally-Owned Business. Our customers are the heart of Moondogs, and we owe our deepest appreciation to them for our success.

Moondogs, located in the heart of Dunwoody Village, is a growler store and bar, offering 40 taps of craft beer, seltzer, cider and root beer. Referred to as the “Dunwoody Community Center,” customers are always welcomed into this intimate environment, as well as their dogs. You can have a beer, bring your dinner, play some games and watch the big screen, or you can just stop in to get a growler to go. Either way, you will have a pleasant experience and leave with new friends. Wine, chips and pretzels are also available for purchase. Outdoor seating in common grassy area and children welcome.


McKendrick’s Steak House

Carbonara Trattoria


Bar{n} booze {n} bites

Moondog Growlers


Village Burger – Dunwoody

NFA Burger


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Dunwoody

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – Dunwoody


Royal Spice Indian Restaurant

Sankranti Indian Kitchen


Novo Cucina

E. 48th Street Market


Bar{n} booze {n} bites

Brooklyn Cafe


Breadwinner Café & Bakery – Dunwoody

NFA Burger


Taqueria Los Hermanos – Dunwoody

Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurant


Novo Cucina

McDaniel’s QN2


Vintage Pizzeria – Dunwoody

Hearth Pizza Tavern


Joey D’s Oak Room

Breadwinner Café & Bakery – Dunwoody


C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar – Sandy Springs

The Capital Grille


smoothie king

Arden’s Garden


E. 48th Street Market

NFA Burger


Three Dollar Cafe – Sandy Springs

Clay’s Sports Cafe


Please visit www.moondoggrowlers. com for upcoming events like trivia nights and the Spring Art Market and Super Jam on April 29th, as well as off-site events served by our beer trailer.

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2023 Dunwoody • Sandy Springs Brookhaven Brought to you by – Moondog Growlers


Best Of Perimeter


Laureate Medical Group –

Sandy Springs

Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Associates


Woodhouse Spa - Dunwoody

Face Haven


Balanced Bodies Sandy Springs Weight Loss MD Dunwoody


Berman Commons

The Mansions at Sandy Springs

Assisted Living & Memory Care


North Atlanta Women’s Specialists


Briggs Vision Group

Thomas Eye Group –Sandy Springs Office


Perimeter Oral & Facial Surgeons

Sandy Springs Oral Surgery


Kaplan Orthodontics Village Orthodontics


The Whole Tooth

Christine Scott, DDS


Healthy Kids R Us, P.C. Dunwoody Pediatrics


Restorative Therapy & Wellness

Results Physiotherapy Sandy Springs, GA


Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Sr

Sandy Springs Neighborhood Sr


Berman Commons

The Mansions at Sandy Springs

Assisted Living & Memory Care



Peachford Hospital

Second Chance Recovery Residences, LLC


Dunwoody Urgent Care

Piedmont Urgent Care - Dunwoody Village


Atlanta Hearing Associates

Hear USA – Sandy Springs


Arthur E. Seiden, DC

Corrective Chiropractic – Sandy Springs


Dentistry With A Difference

The Whole Tooth


MetroDerm, P.C. –

Atlanta/Sandy Springs

Forefront Dermatology


Dr. Preston Imhof, MD –

North Atlanta ENT and Allergy

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C.


Jeffrey M Reznik, MD –

Primary Care of Brookhaven

Laureate Medical Group –

Sandy Springs


Advanced Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration Specialists


Home Helpers Home Care of

Alpharetta & North Atlanta Suburbs

Complete Care At Home


Goldencare Hospice & Palliative Care

Longleaf Hospice & Palliative Care

Peachtree Women’s Clinic - Atlanta


Piedmont Cancer Institute

Atlanta Cancer Care – Perimeter/Tower


Briggs Vision Group Thomas Eye Group –Sandy Springs Office


Dunwoody Pharmacy, Compounding & Wellness

Concord Carlton’s Pharmacy


Dunwoody Animal Medical Center

Village Animal Hospital

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2023 Dunwoody • Sandy Springs Brookhaven Presented By

Together we make this community a fabulous place to live and work

Brought to you by - Dr. Al Nordone, Dr. Hannah Oh and the Dentistry with a Difference Team

Thank you to the Dunwoody and greater Perimeter Community for voting us Best Dentist for the THIRD year in a row. We are truly proud and humbled to receive such a prestigious designation. For more than 30 years we have felt an obligation to be an active contributing member of this community. With your help we have held Teddy Bear Drives for the police department, sponsored the restoration of the Spruill Farm House, given college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and sponsored the Dunwoody Woman’s Home Tour to name just a few of our projects. All were made possible with your tremendous support. Together we will continue to make this community a fabulous place to live and work.

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Providing comprehensive cancer care since 1987

Brought to you by – Piedmont Cancer Institute

Learning that you have cancer is traumatic. Feelings of anxiety, fear and stress may overwhelm you. So many questions. Cancer is a complex disease which needs a comprehensive approach to care. Not all cancers are the same therefore not all care is the same. Searching and finding the best team to treat YOUR cancer is key. At Piedmont Cancer Institute, you will find that individualized, comprehensive cancer care is what we do.

In 1987, Piedmont Cancer Institute began providing care for those diagnosed with cancer. Since that time, PCI has expanded its care to five cities in the Atlanta metro area. We have continued to operate as a private practice allowing our team to build meaningful patient relationships which means you get the individualized care you need. From the beginning, our number one goal has been to provide the best possible care in all aspects of treatment - Clinical, Mind, Body, and Spirit. The physicians treat all types of cancer and hematological diseases. Our physicians and advanced practitioners work closely with your entire treatment team of specialists, primary care physicians, family, and caregivers to address your individualized cancer treatment plan. We integrate leading-edge therapies, the latest clinical trials, and cancer wellness programs for the best care possible.

We also offer convenient telehealth appointments, treatment education appointments and social worker appointments - all easily scheduled through our website.

If you need a partner in care, PCI is here.


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Thank you for Voting us Best Audiologist

Brought to you by - Atlanta Hearing Associates

Atlanta Hearing Associates is dedicated to our mission to make each patient feel like they are a part of our family.

Atlanta Hearing Associates is a large audiology practice that encompasses 5 different locations throughout Georgia. Our offices provide comprehensive hearing tests, tinnitus assessments, ear cleaning, and hearing devices for all ages.

Every doctor you will meet is focused on your needs as a patient and works with every manufacturer to provide

a personalized fitting. Each location utilizes state of the art technology and family-oriented care to help guide our patients to the best hearing devices and information on hearing healthcare.

We also partner with different agencies to provide audiological care to veterans, ATF officers, reservists, police departments, Cochlear implants recipients, and community wellness groups.

We accept all major insurances for patients who have a hearing healthcare benefit that they are eligible to use.

Our offices are located in Atlanta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Lake Oconee, and Milledgevile.

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Brought to you by – Village Animal Hospital

The team at Village Animal Hospital would like to take a moment to thank our wonderful clients and support staff for voting for us to be 2023 Best of Perimeter. We have only been open for one year and as a new practice it truly “takes a village”. As a privately owned practice we strive to treat each client and patient as an individual. We pride ourselves on a good quality of medicine that is not always one size fits all. It is important to us to educate and

support the Dunwoody community on how best to care for their pets in sickness and in health. With our newly renovated office in the works, we are here to stay. Be on the lookout for our grand opening party in the fall of 2023. We are accepting new clients and would love to add your pets to our growing family. Stop by our booth at the Dunwoody Arts Festival and meet our doctors; Dr. Riva Wolkow, Dr. Ashlyn Roberts and Dr. Melanie Lucero. We look forward to continuing to provide outstanding service to our clients and superior veterinary care to our patients.

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Building real relationships with our community

Brought to you by – Kaplan Orthodontics

Thank you to our families, friends, patients, dental colleagues, and the community for your votes and support! We are humbled and excited to be Best of Perimeter’s #1 Orthodontist ! For over 16 years, we have strived to not only create beautiful smiles, but also to build real relationships with our patients and community. We are so thankful that all of you in the Dunwoody and surrounding communities have continued to put your trust in us as your orthodontist. Watching our patients’ smiles and confidence transform is the best part of our days! This is a wonderful community, and we are thankful to be a part of it. We are happy to support and volunteer at local schools, swim teams, and community events. Getting to see our patients and dental colleagues outside of the office is a great pleasure. While we understand that Dr. Kaplan’s 20 years of orthodontic expertise, the fact that he is the #1 Invisalign provider in Dunwoody for adults and teens, and our office’s flexible financing options and appointment times may be what initially brings patients through our doors; it makes us smile to know the reason patients choose us as their orthodontist, and then refer their family and friends, is because they have become part of our Kaplan Orthodontics family. They have joked with Dr Kaplan, gotten his advice for family Disney vacations, and cheered along the Kansas Jayhawks! We know it is these relationships, built over almost 20 years, which

have brought us the votes needed to be the #1 Orthodontist in Best of Perimeter. We are honored by this award and so thankful to all of you and this


great community! Please give us a call today to join our Kaplan Orthodontics family and start your smile journey!

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What makes Berman Commons unique?

Brought to you by -

It’s a new day at Berman Commons. New leadership. New chef. New dining options. New everything. We’re going to baseball games. We’re celebrating birthdays. We have book club and Mahjongg and exercise class. We celebrate holidays big and small, from Thanksgiving to Sweethearts Day. And we are open to all.

Right in the neighborhood across from Dunwoody Elementary sits our award-winning assisted living and Memory Care community. For families looking for high quality senior living close to home, Berman Commons is here for you. Our memory care residents can watch ball games at the Marcus JCC just by going out on the patio, and we provide complimentary membership to the JCC for any resident who would like to go next door for swimming, theatre or classes. We are proud to be an active part of the Dunwoody community.

At Berman Commons we empower residents to live an active, healthy and more joyful life. Our highly trained and friendly staff gets to know each resident and their families. Together, we develop a personalized care plan that meets residents’ needs, preferences and schedules, and supports maximum independence.

5 things that make Berman Commons unique

• Programs and activities for independent seniors such as transportation to the Marcus JCC every week and complimentary membership for all residents for swimming, Silver Sneakers and more

• As an I’m Still Here® Center of Excellence, our unique approach to dementia care and engagement encourages residents to utilize their remaining skills and abilities, and our parallel programming is customized for each resident’s interests and personal stage of memory impairment

• Our Pathways Bridge Program provides an enhanced assisted living experience for those who need more support but are not quite ready for a secure memory care neighborhood

• We have outpatient rehab and a primary care clinic on site with weekly visits from our nurse practitioner, making it easier for families who don’t always have the time to take Mom or Dad to medical appointments.

• Our expanded dining options are inclusive to all, from special diets to traditional favorites.

Thank you to Dunwoody Crier readers for choosing The New Berman Commons as Best of Perimeter. We invite you to join us for lunch and experience our community. Learn more at bermancommons.org.

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To our loyal patients and community


We can't even begin to tell you how much it means to our dedicated staff at Dunwoody Urgent Care that you have voted us the "Best Urgent Care" in the entire Perimeter area for the third year in a row!

For nearly 20 years, we have had the honor and privilege of caring for over 25,000 patients in our community. We had humble beginnings, hoping to fill a void in the medical care offered locally, and our

goal has always been to provide the best care possible to our patients. We live and work in this great city, and we aspire to provide outstanding healthcare for all patients, day after day.

We hope that you remain healthy and injury free, but should you need us, we look forward to caring for you in our newly renovated office, including a state-of-the-art, digital x-ray suite. We are located at 1730 B Mt Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Thank you for putting your trust in us!

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Home Helpers of North Atlanta Voted Best of Perimeter Home Care for the 3rd time!

Brought to you by – Home Helpers of Alpharetta and North Atlanta

Home Helpers of Alpharetta and North Atlanta suburbs has won the Best of Perimeter Home Care for Seniors for the third consecutive year. Our deepest thanks go out to our supporters!

“Over the past years we’ve found that being able to recognize the unique needs of our clients and their families has made a true difference in the kind of care we deliver “ say Hilary and Greg Eldridge. “ Using our knowledge and experience to create a truly personalized approach also lets us respond quickly to their ever changing needs. We understand the importance of being able to age in place wherever you call home, whether it’s in a private house, assisted living community, apartment setting or

even receiving additional assistance in a health facility as you recuperate.”

Just one example of listening to our clients and creating a new approach can be found with our live-in care alternatives. A heart-centered, well matched and skilled Home Helpers Caregiver lives in your loved one’s home and can provide daytime support care, ideal for challenges like decreased mobility, increased fall dangers and conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. They’re also available for occasional nighttime assistance or for emergencies. It answers the concerns so many families have about too many people and schedules to manage. But a caregiver needs five hours of uninterrupted sleep and eight hours total sleep, so if care is needed through the night this option was unavailable – usually

making a team of caregivers and more expensive hourly fees the norm. We take a different approach and can also provide a nighttime caregiver who provides supplemental assistance, allows your primary caregiver to get the rest they need, and is still more economical than an hourly team. It also creates a safe, calming environment with no shift changes during the day.

For the past six years we have also been voted the Best Home Care for Seniors in North Atlanta, as we continue in our commitment to discover what we can do to move your best quality of life forward. Our clients appreciate the professionalism and dedication of our wonderful team and caregivers, who face each day with the goal of making each day the best it can be. A Home Helpers caregiver has the skills to assist

with all personal care, help around the house, safely speed up recovery from surgery, or provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.

Hilary and Greg built this business as a tribute to Hilary’s father and set out eleven years ago to raise the bar for in-home care. “I saw what a difference truly personalized care made for my Dad and strive to provide the kind of care he’d be proud to have inspired”, says Hilary. “I always use his memory as a touchstone to make sure that even in the midst of change we engage the spirit of our clients as we honor the richness of their lives.”

We’re here to help - from six hours a day, several days a week to 24/7 and live-in care. For a free consultation please call Home Helpers of Alpharetta and North Atlanta at (770) 681-0323.

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We understand, “You need help now.”

Brought to you by – Complete Care at Home

When life gets a little heavy and you don’t think you can take care of it all on your own, Complete Care at Home is there for you. Whether you need 24-hour care for your father-in-law, someone to keep your mom company while you’re at work, or just a little help caring for your dad after surgery, our caregivers will take care of your loved one and put your mind at ease.

Our Caregivers - Why we’re Different

At Complete Care at Home, your loved one will receive true, loving care from the one carefully selected caregiver that fits best. We make sure

those we employ are of high character exhibiting integrity, honesty and wise judgment in all aspects of their lives-not just when they’re caring for a client.

You should feel assured that every caregiver we employ can be trusted with your loved one. That’s why we have created a screening process that goes beyond what Georgia requires.

We have been awarded the highest achievement for quality in the country by The Joint Commission.

Complete Care at Home is your complete answer for Homecare Services in Dunwoody, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Brookhaven and surrounding areas.

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Thank you for voting Restorative Therapy & Wellness Best Physical Therapy 2023! THIRD Year in a ROW!

Brought to you by - Restorative Therapy & Wellness

We want to thank everyone for voting for us AGAIN and making Restorative Therapy & Wellness Best Physical Therapy of Perimeter 2023! This is indeed high praise and tremendous honor. Thirteen years ago, we opened our doors, and by partnering with all of you, we made our journey succeed: “We restore your movement.” We specialize in balance, dizziness, reducing falls, neurological and orthopedic problems.

Our mission at Restorative Therapy & Wellness, LLC is to provide the highest standard of physical therapy clinical excellence using the most up to date research, clinical expertise and quality assurance for our patients, their family members, care-givers and doctors. Our goal is to optimize your desired movement through a mutual cooperative relationship.

During each visit we focus our attention on you. We apply our extensive physical therapy knowledge and skill to restore your movement to its maximum potential. We spend individualized time specifically dedicated to you to design and continually upgrade your ideal exercise plan. We facilitate movement through hands-on techniques which promote healing, muscle integrity and postural balance.

We also serve our neighbors and community by promoting health and wellness through periodic out-reach programs. Our falls prevention program, BOLD (Balance on One Leg Daily), as seen on TV, has been highly regarded, exceptionally comprehensive, cost-effective and fun. We offer free ten minute physical therapy consultations and visits to our clinic. Just call to schedule. We look forward to helping you restore your movement. NEW! WE’VE ADDED SPEECH THERAPY TO OUR CLINIC!

Restorative Therapy & Wellness

5881 Glenridge Drive Suite 170 Atlanta, GA 30328


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Standing from left to right: Michelle Camarata, PT, MHA Cert DN/MDT, Deborah Koval PT DPT GCS CEEAA ATC MSEd, Stacy Liss, Office Administrative Asst. Seated from left to right: Edye Nechmad MS CCC-SLP, Mo Gletsu PT DPT NCS Cert DN

Treating your pets like valued family members

Brought to you by – Dunwoody Animal Medical Center

Dunwoody Animal Medical Center is honored to be voted this year’s winner of Best Veterinarian for the third year in a row! This honor means even more since we have been voted Best Veterinarian in what may have been the 3 most diffi cult years that we have operated as a veterinary hospital. COVID brought challenges to veterinary medicine that continue to this day. Staffing and supply chain issues are only two of the challenges we face as we strive to provide excellent patient and client care to our growing community.

Corporate consolidation of independent veterinary hospitals has been a

huge issue for several years. We are the oldest independently owned veterinary hospital in Dunwoody and are proud of our thirty-three years of service. We feel that remaining independent allows us the freedom and fl exibility to quickly adapt and change in order to best fulfi ll our mission: To take care of our clients by taking care of their pets. Whether we need to alter procedures, introduce new products, purchase new equipment, or switch suppliers in order to provide our best care, we are able to do so quickly and seamlessly without outside restrictions or approvals. Admittedly, it does at times feel like George Bailey living in the world of Mr. Potters, but we feel that remaining independent will give the community

options for veterinary care.

Dunwoody Animal Medical Center was founded in 1990 with the idea of becoming a member of and contributor to the Dunwoody community. Instead of Yellow Page ads (please Google that if you under a certain age!) we chose to use those dollars for support of local schools, community events, and local charities. We are still committed to that philosophy of giving back to our community and wish to remain a personal practice where we know our clients and their pets.

As we have grown, we have added to our veterinary provider staff. While this allows us to better serve our clients and patients, we do not wish to become a hospital where clients feel they can

never see the same doctor. Even as we grow and continue to add staff, we will work hard to make sure that you can have your doctor choice preferences fulfilled as often as possible. We want our clients to always feel free to request the doctor of their choice.

Today, Dunwoody Animal Medical Center would like to thank the community for the support YOU have given us! It is an honor to serve and support the residents of Dunwoody. As the founder of the hospital, I would also like to thank all the wonderful employees who have tirelessly worked to help provide the superior care that we strive to give. We look forward to continuing our relationship with our community and your wonderful pets!

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Dentistry for the whole family, from birth to senior citizens!

Brought to you by - The Whole Tooth

Thank you for voting for us in Best of Perimeter in two categories! Winner: Best Pediatric Dentistry of Perimeter 2023 and First Runner Up: Best Dentistry of Perimeter 2023.

At The Whole Tooth (www.WholeToothDunwoody.com), we believe all dental visits can be easy and fun if the patient is cared for in a comfortable and safe environment. This is possible for adults and children. We know this because we have been practicing the same way for almost eighteen years! In our offi ce, we have a general dentist (Dr. Ashley Starnes) and a board-certifi ed pediatric dentist (Dr. Jason Bongiovi), as well as qualifi ed and caring support staff.

With three school-age children, we know how busy being a parent can be.

We appreciate Crier readers! Thank you!

Brought to you by – Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Associates

Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Associates wishes to express sincere thanks to the many Crier readers who voted to recognize our physicians and staff. As part of The Northside Network, we aim to be personable, respectful, and reliable in providing the best care possible and to always take pride in our standard of excellence. We are so honored to be named Best Internal Medicine Practice of 2023!

We are happy to accommodate parents to be seen at the same time as their children. Our number one priority is family, and our goal is to make every dental experience convenient, easy, and stress-free.

Our offi ce is located in the Shops of Dunwoody in Dunwoody Village. We can be reached by phone at 678-3291116 or by email at info@wholetoothdunwoody.com. We look forward to seeing you!

We are fortunate to have four very talented and highly respected internists who have served North Atlanta for many years. Doctors Antonia Bunce, Marie Garrity, Mehwish Khan, and Mary Sams are known throughout the community for their compassionate care. In addition, Dr. Elizabeth Butler is a highly-rated rheumatologist who serves patients from throughout the southeastern United States. Please visit our website at www. peachtreedunwoodymed.com to learn more about them.

We welcome new patients to the practice, although our schedules do book up well in advance, so call soon for an appointment at 404-497-1020, option 3. Our office is located two blocks from Northside Hospital, at 875 Johnson Ferry Road, in the Metroderm Building. In addition to the many other benefits of selecting Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Associates, we still offer free parking!

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Best Of Perimeter


Albert P. Nordone, DDS

Dr. Brett Schroeder – Perimeter Dental


Village Threads Moondog Growlers


Spruill Center for the Arts

Solidarity – Sandy Springs


Shelly London of London Fitness

Amir London of London Fitness


Karen Cannon Realtors

Dentistry With A Difference

Dunwoody Dance Studio says Thanks!

Brought to you by – Expressions in Motion/Dunwoody Dance Studio


Alisha Borrero at The Bird

TreyVarious – Moondog Growlers


Albert P. Nordone, DDS

Tommy Burda – Moondog Growlers


Mike Nash – Dunwoody High School


Rachel Stukart @ Titanz Fitness


Karen Cannon

Weslyn Bezila


Laura Stewart

Stacey Mendel


Celia Gardner – Travelfaire of Dunwoody About Going Places

Thank you for voting our Dunwoody Dance Studio as “Best of Perimeter” Dance Schools/lessons! Dunwoody Dance Studio is one of our many locations in the Atlanta area.

Expressions In Motion Dance strives to impact children in our neighborhoods by promoting a fun, healthy, creative and educational learning environment. Our program benefits students by instilling an understanding of community, respect, and self-awareness. We are dedi-

cated in providing quality dance education for all! We offer dance classes for ages two and up, birthday parties, dance camps, and “dance at home” classes. Our program currently provides dance classes as an after-school program at local schools and childcare centers as well as at two studio locations located in Tucker and Dunwoody. Dance styles offered for children include ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and creative movement. Dance styles offered for adults are ballet and hip hop. Check out our classes, camps, and birthday parties at www. eimdance.com.

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Morrison Farms on Osborne Road in Brookhaven

Morrison Farms, a nursery business which began in 1970, once operated at 3086 Osborne Road in Brookhaven. Today, 3086, 3068 and 3064 Osborne Road are on the market and under contract, according to advertising. The three addresses total 7.1 acres.

William Morrison was born on a farm in Utica, Mississippi, in 1920. Growing up on a farm, raising vegetables and flowers was part of everyday life, and he put that knowledge to use later in life.

Morrison first entered the military in 1942 in Biloxi, Mississippi. When selected for aviation school he was sent to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Walla Walla, Washington, to continue training to fly B-24 bombers.

In Walla Walla, Morrison met Mary Elaine Kolberg. When he was transferred again, this time to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia in 1944, he asked Mary to move there so they could get married.

Morrison participated in the Berlin Airlift after World War II. He attended the

Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, and served 25 years in the military, both in the U.S. and overseas. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1966. Four years later, he opened Morrison Farms in Brookhaven, which he continued to operate until 2006. Mary Elaine worked along with

him as bookkeeper for the business.

When The Atlanta Constitution recommended six metro Atlanta nurseries to visit for an enjoyable weekend outing, they included Morrison Farms. The 1991 article advises, “You might miss it because the sign was small with red letters and pointed the way.” Morrison Farms was the only nursery on the list located inside I-285. (The Atlanta Constitution, May 12, 1991, “A weekend escape: Hop in the car and find these 6 nurseries”)

Morrison Farms had 40,000 square feet of greenhouse space and offered vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, houseplants, hanging baskets and clay pots. It was described as a farm with shade trees and level terrain, making it a fun place to walk around and explore.

In 1994, suggestions of Morrison as Father Christmas or Colonel Christmas are made. Poinsettias, which are native to Mexico, became the popular plant at the farm.

“William Morrison doesn’t live at the North Pole. But a visit to his Morrison Farms in northeast Atlanta, near Oglethorpe University, will almost make you believe this engagingly energetic 74-year-old nursery owner is the real

thing.” (The Atlanta Constitution, Dec. 23, 1994, “Colonel Christmas: Nurseryman’s knack begets a wonderland of poinsettias”)

The farm’s October 1996 newspaper advertisement announced, “Poinsettias are growing.”

In November of 2000, the nursery was featured in an article about poinsettias. The greenhouses were filled with various varieties of poinsettias and other holiday flowers. Colors included the Freedom variety featuring red, white, and pink, Monet poinsettia with speckled red and cream color flowers, and the Red Velvet variety. (Atlanta Constitution, Nov. 23, 2000, “Welcome holidays with poinsettias from Morrison Farms”) Morrison Farms also advertised their poinsettias and other plant offerings on a regular basis in the Dunwoody Crier newspaper. I don’t remember ever visiting there, but if you have memories to share of Morrison Farms, please send me an e-mail.

Award-winning author Valerie Biggerstaff is a longtime columnist for Appen Media and the Dunwoody Crier. She lives in Sandy Springs. You can email Valerie at pasttensega@gmail.com or visit her website at pasttensega.com.

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Spruill Center kicks off $2.7 million expansion

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody has broken ground on a $2.7 million expansion at the Spruill Center for the Arts, adding new classrooms, studio space and capacity to the facility.

Local officials kicked off the project at a ceremony held at the arts center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road April 3.

“This day is a long time coming, Spruill has been in existence for 48 years now, we started in a church basement at Dunwoody Methodist,” Spruill Center CEO Alan Mothner said. “And in those 48 years, we have grown a lot … So today marks the beginning of a new era.”

The Spruill Center expansion project will add seven studio spaces, which Mothner said are especially needed due to the surge in popularity the center has experienced over the past three years.

Previously, Mothner told the Dunwoody City Council that 2022 was the center’s “best year ever” after it held more than 700 classes for nearly 6,000 students and hosted thousands of visitors and participants at special

events during the year. The city has pledged $1 million from its general fund to match the Spruill Center’s own contribution to the project.

“The Spruill Center for Arts is an integral part of service delivery in Dunwoody to our residents. Without a strong partner we would not have the many art courses and art camps available for residents in our community,” Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch said at the groundbreaking. “Not only do you serve people from Dunwoody, but we also attract people into our community who then invest, as well.”

In addition to the seven new classrooms, Mothner said plans call for a community room in the center’s main courtyard, which will allow them to “activate” the space and open up the opportunity to hold large classes and lectures.

“This is a beautiful courtyard space and we’re looking forward to having this open to the community as we celebrate the arts and continue to grow arts and culture here in our city,” he said.

To learn more about the Spruill Center for the Arts, visit spruillarts. org.

the expansion project will add seven new classrooms and a large community space to the growing arts center.

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done in the community by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, from preserving historic properties and holding historical events to championing the causes that make Dunwoody great today.

“The mission of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust is to preserve the past, celebrate the present and build for the future,” said Hope Follmer, Dunwoody Preservation Trust director of community events.

From humble beginnings as a small festival at the historic CheekSpruill Farmhouse, Follmer said the gala has grown into one of Dunwoody’s premier spring celebrations, sprawling throughout Brook Run Park and drawing thousands each day.

Unlike most other festivals and fairs, Lemonade Days is mostly hidden from a wider regional view in the shady and secluded neighborhood park, but two decades of word of mouth and great press have made it a favorite in the community.

“We shouldn’t be as successful as

we are,” Follmer said. “But we're successful because the citizens in Dunwoody support us.”

To pull off the festival, Follmer said the Dunwoody Preservation Trust relies on nearly 150 volunteers and partnerships with the City of Dunwoody, the Dunwoody Police Department, Peachtree Middle School, and other local businesses and nonprofits.

“We're also successful because it's a partnership on so many levels,” she said.

City officials like Harris and fellow City Councilman Joe Seconder said partnering for the yearly celebration makes sense because time and time again people come to Dunwoody for quality of life, and events like Lemonade Days only reinforce the idea.

Seconder said a recent city community survey showed that new residents resoundingly love and support Dunwoody’s fun events and park spaces.

“They just expect to see a lovely place like Brook Run Park and all these great amenities,” he said.

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This year, the weather couldn’t have been better, she said.

“It's all about the weather,” she said. “Like we could do everything, but if the weather doesn't cooperate, it’s all for nothing.”

The Dunwoody Preservation Trust maintains several historic properties including the Cheek-Spruill House, the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, and three historic cemeteries in the city. In the fall, it hosts Apple Cider Days, a celebration of pioneer history at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm.

But all of these efforts would be out of reach without Dunwoody residents’ support at Lemonade Days, Dunwoody Preservation Trust Executive Director Noelle Ross said.

“This keeps our organization going and able to run our programming and do our preservation efforts,” Ross said.

Funds from this year’s Lemonade Days will go toward opening a history museum in the city. More details about the project will be announced soon, she said.

For more information about the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, visit dunwoodypreservationtrust.org.


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Best Of Lemonade Days marks 23rd year

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