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Date Night Ideas, Food Faves, Doing Good in the ’Hood & lots more

Your EZ Guide to Neighborhood Home Improvement Resources p. 11

Beauty in Bloom Melissa Romero and Dr. Michael Moody

offer a boost in self-confidence with the latest treatments and procedures in skincare. p. 16

Meet Your Neighbors

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Hopefully, soon, COVID-19 will be in our rearview mirror and not such a huge part of our daily lives. Even after it’s no longer a public health crisis, I believe we will be reflecting on how it has changed our lives forever. Some of these changes have been for the better, like the chance to develop deeper connections with family members and no longer taking for granted how much we need our neighbors, community and humanity to thrive. Now we can finally start tending to those connections once again and start enjoying some human interaction. Check out our May/June Calendar of Events on p. 15 to see what’s going on beyond your four walls. Enjoy a workout in the park at a Sunday Sweat Session, learn how to make a tasty charcuterie board or see what’s new in home design at the North Atlanta Home Show! While not as abundant with things to do as pre-pandemic, it’s a start! And we would love to hear from you about what’s going on so we can make sure the calendar grows over the next few months. One of the positive changes we can announce is that we have grown and now bring you My Alpharetta six times a year! (Previously, it was only four.) Copies of our magazine are mailed to homes in Alpharetta neighborhoods each month, plus you can find copies at 250+ local business locations, including Whole Foods. All of our issues can be found online at atlantabestmedia.com. Stay Healthy. Have Fun!

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of audio experts aim to bring customers the best AV experience possible through quality products, in-depth knowledge and a genuine passion for music. p. 18

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Can’t-Miss Events

Peach State Bonspiel 2020, Josh Jeffords Acoustic, Polar Bear Run, and More p. 18-19

SOUTHEASTERN UNDERDECK SYSTEMS P. 30 AND DECKS & MORE P. 22

Date Night Ideas, Food Faves, Doing Good in the ’Hood & lots more

Listen Up! Dr. Melissa Wikoff provides her patients with personalized attention and care. Since 2016, she’s used the latest technology to treat hearing loss, ear injuries, and more. p. 20

Meet Your Neighbors

Meet Decks & More, Southeastern Underdeck Systems and More Award-Winning Contractors p. 21

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Rebranded, Revitalized and Renewed

Atlanta Innovative Medicine opened a new office with a new name and a new brand to demonstrate to patients their passion for helping them feel better through the practice of regenerative medicine. p. 18

Eating Healthy Makes the Heart Grow Stronger Recipes and advice to keep your ticker in top-shape p. 38

Celebrating Love Your Best Love Life Yet!

Read what the experts have to say about dating over 40 p. 30

Reunited Love

Kim Cooper shares her story of finding love and marriage with the same man twice p. 35

The Messiness of Motherhood

Atlanta Moms talk about navigating the choppy waters of parenting p. 46

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An Audiologist, a Waxing Wonder Woman, and a Master Baker

The 2021 Landscape Planner – Create Your Oasis

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A Real Estate Couple, a Sign Greeter, and a Physical Therapist

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Realtors David & Chrissy Neumann

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Thoughtful Ways to Honor Mom

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Date Night Ideas, Holiday Fun, Doing Good in the ’Hood & lots more

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Your guide to the mode of transportation that’s getting all the buzz p. 29

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What to Know and Where to Go For E-Bikes in Atlanta

Cozy up this winter with these beautiful and functional fireplaces and fire pits. p. 32

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A Regenerative Medicine Practice, a Life Coach, a Goat Guru and Window Experts

Read the stories of 10 incredible Atlantans and how they’re shaking up the realms of business, food, fashion, health and more. p. 51

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classes, senior activities, instructional workshops and other programs complementing those of the adjacent Ed Isakson YMCA. The center will be available for rent as well. For a sneak peek, stop by their open house on May 22. 3655 Preston Ridge Rd., Ste. 100. alpharetta.ga.us/government/ departments/recreation-parks

All Fulton County Library System outposts may be closed to visitors for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t check out a good book. Curbside service is now offered at all branches, including the Alpharetta location. You can place as many as 15 items — novels, DVDs or other materials — on hold at a time and then swing by to receive your picks. 10 Park Pl. fulcolibrary.org/locations/alph

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Tee time, dear? Check out the latest in golfing entertainment at Fairway Social in Downtown Alpharetta. Equipped with top-notch simulator technology, you and your sweet can swing the night away across dozens of courses while enjoying fresh bites and delicious drinks. Doors open in May! 240 S. Main St. fairway-social.com

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Want Dad to look and feel sharp? The place to go is the newly opened Derbyshire Mens lifestyle store, brought to you by Tanya and Dennis Noegel, owners of the Society Boutique womenswear shop next door. Derbyshire’s selection ranges from jewelry and joggers to belts and barware. 6365 Halcyon Way. shopderbyshire.com

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The new Preston Ridge Community Center is set to open on June 1 featuring art

Everyone could use some de-stressing these days. Treat your significant other and yourself to the relaxation that comes with The Woodhouse Day Spa’s Duet Massage. You’ll head to a private room for side-byside 50- or 80-minute Swedish rubdowns that will melt all your anxieties away. 7150 Avalon Blvd. avalon.woodhousespas.com

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Absolute Appliance Repair.... 404-594-0484 Alpharetta Appliance Repair...................................404-396-0939 Mr Appliance of Alpharetta.............................678-721-8555

Andy on Call ......................... 770-423-1058 Luminous Shaman.................. 770-331-3711 The Trusted Toolbox.............. 770-623-3097

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Ben Hill Renovations...............770-949-3514 Outback Deck........................678-262-4113 Peachtree Decks & Porches................................ 770-667-2650

Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath..770-552-3683 Northpoint Appliance.............770-754-1390 PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Showroom............................ 678-781-9240

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Miller Landscaping................ 770-591-5234 NG Turf................................... 770-832-8608 See page 2 Oasis Landscaping................ 770-913-9033 Synergy Landscape................770-889-4968 See page 27

Flooring Atlanta Floors.......................404-915-5054 Enhance Floors & More..........770-565-3808 See page 20 Marvel Floors........................770-449-9500

Foundation Repair Aquaguard.................................770-419-9111 See page 21 Atlas Piers............................ 770-575-5994 ESOG........................................ 678-290-1325 See page 22

Garage Doors Nabors Garage Doors Alpharetta............................ 470-394-0740 Overhead Door........................404-566-9872 See page 21 Proline Garage Doors of Atlanta...770-809-0822

Gutters AquaGuard.................................770-419-9111 See page 21 Guru Gutter Cleaning ............470-202-0575 LeafFilter Gutter Protection............................. 800-290-6106

Painting Color World Housepainting.... 678-616-8998 Mendez Painting.................. 678-230-3592 Painting Plus............................ 770-971-1577 See page 22

Pest Control Allgood Pest Solutions...........678-252-5706 Arrow Exterminators............ 404-422-6689 Northwest Exterminating ..... 678-810-0026

Plumbers Cool Air Mechanical...............770-266-5247 See page 23 PlumbWise............................678-862-7758 Plumbing Central..................770-205-6900

Pools/Spas Alison Pools..........................678-528-4521 Leslies’s Pool Supplies, Service & Repair..................... 404-257-1971 Neptune Pools........................770-831-5415

Roofing Absolute Roofing.................. 678-366-2008 Ben Hill Renovations...............770-949-3514 One of a Kind Marietta Roofers.................................470-648-0555

Shower Enclosures Chattahoochee Shower Doors........................................... 770-497-1977 Drexler Shower Door & Custom Glass..........................404-800-6469 See page 23 Pinnacle Glass Company........ 678-697-1421

Siding Ben Hill Renovations...............770-949-3514 Painting Plus............................ 770-971-1577 See page 22 Pinnacle Home Improvement.....770-343-6181

Tile Bovenzi Tile........................... 770-315-7850 Giovanni’s Tile Design............ 470-865-6810 Traditions in Tile & Stone....... 770-343-9104

Tree Removal Georgia Tree Company........... 404-341-1153 Naz Tree Service................... 706-247-6367 Silver Tree Service Alpharetta..................................404-455-8688

Windows/Window Coverings Ben Hill Renovations...............770-949-3514 Classic Blinds & Shutters......678-822-0928 See page 18 North Georgia Windows.......... 770-888-1604 See page 20

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2. The bowls and wraps at gusto! have been satisfying hungry, health-conscious Atlantans since 2014, and there’s plenty more where that came from now that the chain’s newest spot has opened at Avalon. Exclusive to the location is LimeWine, a rosé-spiked version of their fresh-squeezed limeade. 4195 Avalon Blvd. whatsyourgusto.com 3. It doesn’t have to be Oktoberfest for you to crave a warm, salty pretzel. Coalition Food and Beverage’s pretzel bites appetizer satisfies that urge. The house-made snacks are served with beer cheese and mustardwhipped butter, and you can pair it with something from their beer selection to give it that authentic Oktoberfest vibe. 50 Canton St., Ste. 108. coalitionfandb.com 4. Practice your pinky lift with a visit to The Ginger Room for high tea. Sip, don’t slurp, a delicious cup of their award-winning Darjeeling tea. Open since February, this instant favorite also serves artisan coffee and baked goods, along with the owner’s signature line of ginger juices. 61 Roswell St. the-gingerroom.com 5. Craving something sweet to eat? Kilwins has all the sweet treats you’ve been craving, from old-fashioned fudge to chocolate strawberries. You can even watch these delicious morsels being made right before your eyes. 251 Market St. kilwins.com/alpharetta-citycenter

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Brooke Street Park 9:30-10:30am Free Get up and get your body moving at this free monthly workout hosted by Burn Boot Camp Alpharetta and Alpharetta’s Parks and Recreation Department. burnbootcamp.com

MAY MAY 12 Charcuterie Class at The Savory Gourmet 63 Milton Ave., Ste. 109 6:30-8pm $85 Learn how to create and arrange a delicious spread of cured meats and specialty cheeses to wow your friends and family. This is a demonstration-style class. savorygourmetmarket.com/classes

MAY 18-29 Paint the Town: Alpharetta Plein Air Downtown Alpharetta 8am-5pm Free Plein air means to paint directly from the scenes around you. This spring, come watch artists from around the country as they come and paint some of the city’s most charming locations. Their works will be available for view and purchase at the Alpharetta Arts Center. artsalpharetta.org

MAY 22-23, JUNE 26-27 Art in the Park Brooke Street Park Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm Free Support the creativity of your community when you shop the wares of local artists at this monthly public artists market. awesomealpharetta.com

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JUNE June 4-6 North Atlanta Home Show Infinite Energy Center Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm $6 online, $8 at door See what’s new in home improvement and shop dozens of vendors in landscaping, remodeling, home décor and more! northatlantahomeshow.com

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Melissa Romero founded and opened Timeless Aesthetics in 2016 as a way to help people feel more confident about themselves. She gathered a “phenomenal group of people that genuinely care about others,” sought to provide the latest innovations in technology and medical skincare, and offered amazing treatments to address all levels of physical concerns. “Self-care is so important,” continues Melissa. “It helps self-esteem and just makes you feel good.” Along with her medical director, Dr. Michael Moody, Melissa offers a med spa that’s focused on effective treatments and services, as well as the relationship between health, nutrition and lifestyle for her clients. Treatments include injectables, like Botox and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies; lasers and light therapies, including the Pico series; various non-invasive facials, including DiamondGlow, which resurfaces skin and BB Glow, involving microneedling; chemical peels; bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which rebalances those hormone levels often responsible for symptoms associated with aging; and many more offerings.

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“Everyone can benefit from the Vampire Facial®,” says Melissa. This procedure (which gets its name from its blood-splattered appearance) involves microneedling PRP—your own platelet-rich plasma—into the skin, which promotes collagen production, improves overall skin texture, improves scarring, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. “PRP is liquid gold—it stimulates cell turnover, contains high levels of growth factors and can address everything. It’s definitely my favorite treatment because your skin just glows and looks rejuvenated a week later.”

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Timeless Aesthetics prides itself on addressing the needs of everyone and their staff has extensive knowledge of ethnic skin types. For example, Melissa says darker skin can require more prepping for treatments like chemical peels because of the higher probability to develop an inflammatory response. By understanding that age, pigmentation and

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PATIENTS CAN CHOOSE FROM A RANGE OF INJECTIBLES SUCH AS BOTOX AND PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP).

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Timeless Aesthetics continues to treat existing patients as well as gain new ones with their groundbreaking services. With all these interested clients, the med spa’s future looks bright, as Melissa hopes to open a second Atlanta location in a few months. Over the next five to ten years, she hopes to build multiple locations throughout the Southern region—allowing even more women and men access to the best non-invasive procedures around.

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“It doesn’t matter how attractive people perceive you to be,” says Melissa. “If you don’t see that yourself, you won’t respond to that positive energy. I’m very blessed to work with people who help others feel more confident about themselves.”

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Communication is the key to success in almost any situation. As a speech language pathologist, Melanie McGriff knows that more than most. For the past 16 years, she has owned and operated Kid’s Creek Therapy in Suwanee. When COVID-19 arrived, her patients didn’t exactly stop needing her services. Fortunately, her practice was already offering teletherapy and they were able to pivot rather quickly to an online platform.

Because patients could not be face-to-face with their therapists, Melanie employs about 15, parents had to get much more involved. She even had care packages available to send out to patients with materials and supplies to help them continue their therapy at home. “It has been exciting for parents to see the changes and progress in their children firsthand in their home environments,” says Melanie, a Best Self Wonder Women winner. “There have been many moments we have celebrated with parents during the pandemic: children who have communicated their first words, made sounds for the first time, learned how to help with small tasks in the kitchen and children who have moved from crawling to standing without assistance.”

—MELANIE MCGRIFF While some children have understandably had difficulties with virtual therapy, Melanie says a number of them actually seem to do better with it. “It’s a combination of experiencing therapy through a new delivery method and parent participation,” she says, noting that because parents are taking a much more active role, kids are receiving more consistent practice with their exercises. “Because parents are seeing progress in real time, they have become so much more involved.” Her patients aren’t the only ones Melanie has been taking care of; the wellbeing of the Kids’ Creek staff has been equally important. “A few weeks into the COVID-19 shutdown, Melanie sent a personal email to the spouses of all employees,” writes Myraline Darius, the practice’s office manager. In her email she encouraged her staff’s loved ones to be understanding and supportive during this time, explaining that therapy was a very socially interactive job and that many of the staff may feel empty or isolated moving forward. “It is my privilege to have your loved one as an employee,” wrote Melanie. “I am working daily during this time securing all opportunities that we become aware of to help my staff.” When not hard at work Melanie enjoys grabbing a bite at South Main Kitchen and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for something sweet. She enjoys walking around Newtown Park while her son practices basketball and can’t wait to see movies again at Regal Avalon. kidscreektherapy.com

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