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The Alpharetta Natural Resource Commission (NRC) offers free garden classes aimed at protecting Alpharetta’s environment and natural resources. Register for their fall classes to learn about the best time to plant fall bulbs (Oct. 26), growing fruit in Georgia (Nov. 9) and how to photograph plants and wildlife (Nov. 12). 2 South Main St. Alpharetta.GA.US/NRC

Looking for holiday decor or gifts? The Porch on South Main is your Alpharetta destination for unique home furnishings and accessories. You can find antiques or contemporary items to fit any decor combo. If you need extra help, their in-home design consultants are available to assist. 531 South Main St. ThePorchOnSouthMain.com

Alpharetta interior designer Allison Havill Todd transformed this home’s living room into a serene space by adding neutrals in the furniture, satin textures in the decorative pillows and a taste of the exotic with the tribal coffee table. 6495 Shiloh Rd. #210. AHTInteriors.com

Prepare Your Garden for Winter: Remove debris from diseased plants and place fresh mulch. You can improve soil by adding compost to the base of plants. Add daffodil bulbs around the garden (they repel deer, rabbits and rodents). Mark the area with golf tees to identify where they are and avoid digging and damaging the bulbs. —Sandy Shepard, Master Gardener, Alpharetta Garden Club

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2. Don’t settle for pre-packaged crumbly pastries! 2BWhole Bakery is the gluten-free bakery you‘ve been waiting for. This pastry shop specializes in both organic, gluten-free and allergen-friendly desserts with a European flavor, catering to customers who have special dietary needs. 42 Milton Ave. 2BWhole.net

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3. After shopping around Avalon, pop into Colletta for an authentic Italian dinner. Chef Michael Perez draws influence from Northern Italy and offers a communal, family-style menu including duck ragu pizza and spaghetti and meatballs. 900 Third St. CollettaRestaurant.com 4. Get ready for a “lotta” fun at Alpharetta’s newest location of Lottafrutta. With fresh fruit cups, satisfying smoothies, pressed sandwiches, Cuban coffee and signature blended batidos (blended fruit juice with milk), you’re sure to find something healthy and delicious there. 3910 Avalon Blvd. LottaFrutta.com 5. Make Butcher & Brew your football spot this fall! This new kid on the block opened in August and quickly became an Alpharetta staple with 20 beers on tap, snacks (like pigs in a blanket and pimento goat cheese fritters) and hearty sandwiches (like the FFI— a traditional French dip). 3 South Main St. ButcherAndBrewShop.com

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1. MADE Kitchen & Cocktails’ industrial interior and Spanishinspired menu make it a perfect place to unwind in downtown Alpharetta’s vibrant restaurant scene. Tapas and high-quality Spanish ingredients are at the center of attention, especially in their popular Paella Mixta—full of shrimp, chicken, chorizo, mussels, saffron and Calasparra rice. 45 Roswell St. MadeKC.com

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Avalon Restaurant Week

29 South Main St. Tours start at 5pm, 6:30pm and 8pm Individuals $10.50, groups $31 A storytelling tour of downtown Alpharetta and Resthaven Cemetery AtlantaTheatreToGo.com

At participating restaurants in Alpharetta $15, $25 and/or $35 Prix-fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus ExperienceAvalon.com

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Whole Foods Market, 2800 Old Milton Pkwy. 9:30am-Noon $69 Hands-on family cooking class AwesomeAlpharetta.com

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy. 7:30pm Fri. tickets start at $50; Sat. tickets start at $61; 2-day passes start at $185 Beloved jam band returns to Alpharetta LiveNation.com

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Alpharetta Family YMCA, 3655 Preston Ridge Rd. Noon–2pm Free Fall crafts, apple stamping, cupcake walk, face painting and pumpkin decorating AwesomeAlpharetta.com/Events

Alpharetta Dept. of Public Works 1790 Hembree Rd. 7–8:30pm This class unlocks the secrets to growing fruit in Georgia Alpharetta.GA.US

NOV. 20–JAN. 22 Avalon on Ice 2200 Avalon Blvd. Noon–7pm $18/person; $14/children under 10; $15/group of 10 Lace up your skates at this Rockefeller Center-inspired ice-skating rink AwesomeAlpharetta.com/Events

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Face and Body Southeast Expo

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley’s Final Night

Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy. SE Sat. 8am–5pm, Sun. 8am–6pm, Mon. 9am–4pm Tickets start at $35 Expo for beauty industry pros—learn about the latest skincare products and treatments FaceAndBody.com

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37 Old Roswell St. 5–9pm Free Live music on the final night of the food truck season Facebook.com/FoodTruckAlley

NOV. 5–6 Year-End Horse Show Wills Park Equestrian Center, 11915 Wills Rd. 8am–5pm Free Equestrians of all ages will compete in hunter and jumper classes AwesomeAlpharetta.com/Events

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Adventure to Santa

Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza 6pm Free Honor our nation’s heroes with the Alpharetta High School Quartet Alpharetta.GA.US

North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Cir. $40–$80 Times TBA A high-tech spin on meeting Santa AdventureToSanta.com

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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza 5–9pm Free Music, Santa, snow, food trucks, marshmallow roast Alpharetta.GA.US

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DEC. 17 Gingerbread Jubilee Alpharetta Family YMCA, 3655 Preston Ridge Rd. Noon–2pm Free Kid-friendly fun with gingerbread house decorating, crafts, cookies and cocoa AwesomeAlpharetta.com

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live in a high rise with everything they could want or need either within walking distance or easily accessible via Uber or MARTA. “It is, without question, one of the more exciting experiences of our lives,” he says. “The energy is palpable, and every time we step outside, we see something different.”

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“There is nothing like it in the Southeast,” Toro notes of the development, which was designed with such experiential mixed-use properties like San Jose’s Santana Row and Los Angeles’ The Grove in mind. “We sought to touch people and create a feeling for guests, like they’re on vacation or in a really special setting. It was about creating heart share—not market share.”

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Toro, who also is responsible for the revitalization of Atlantic Station and the acquisition of Colony Square, among other projects, has known for years that Alpharetta would be the ideal setting for a development like Avalon. In the early 1990s, he served as vice president of development at Cousins/New Market Development Company and helmed the development of Alpharetta’s

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That vibrant, walkable, live/work/play lifestyle is what Toro, who founded the Atlanta office of North American Properties in 1996, wanted to bring to the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta—and, more specifically, Alpharetta. He accomplished that goal with the October 2014 opening of Avalon, the 86-acre development located off of Old Milton Parkway that has become one of the area’s most visited destinations. Comprised of high-end retail, outstanding dining, a movie theater, green space, single-family homes, apartments and office spaces, the award-winning Avalon is essentially an urban-inspired city within a suburb—a concept referred to as an “urban burb.”

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Having spent so much time in Alpharetta over the years, Mark Toro shares his list of downtime go-tos. Here are his favorites:

Top left: Avalon’s annual “Noon to Night” fall fashion show raises money for local charity Bert’s Big Adventure (BBA) and features BBA’s Kids walking the runway. Top right: Every month, Avalon activates Palmer Plaza with a free live comedy show from The Punchline. Bottom: Soon after North American Properties acquired Colony Square, the team installed eight-foot-tall “Midtown” letters at the corner of Peachtree St. and 15th St.

Development on the site of Avalon actually began a decade ago, but that project stalled. Toro and his team acquired the development in June 2011 and set out to build their vision. Seeing it come to fruition has been incredibly rewarding for Toro, who is a proponent of reurbanization. “We studied the best in class of mixedused communities across the nation and improved on them,” he says. “Now Avalon is a model for my peers in the industry. We see developers coming to Avalon to study it. It has joined that short list of premier mixed-used communities.”

Phase two of Avalon’s development will double its size in 2017 now that it’s managed by Hines, and the expansion will be key to Alpharetta’s continued growth—particularly if transit options can catch up with the community’s needs. And Toro has been there every step of the way, touting the benefits of the “urban burb.” Of course, people already seem to know. “We’ve had seven marriage proposals at Avalon,” he says. “Imagine one of the most important moments of anyone’s life—and seven grooms decided to propose there. We’ve given guests something that they can’t get anywhere else.”

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The Big Creek Greenway is one of Toro’s favorite spots. He was so impressed with its plan back in the early 1990s that his company provided one of the first donations of right-of-way for the project. BigCreekGreenway.com

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Paul Castell has recently opened Dove Studio, a kitchen and bath design business and showroom in Alpharetta in April of this year. In addition to offering kitchen-design services, the studio features a full custom line of cabinets. Paul says he and his staff at Dove Studio strive to create living spaces where they explore and (literally and figuratively) build on his clients’ individual tastes.

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Locating right in the center of the Georgia 400 growth corridor was a major factor. The value of owner-occupied homes is crucial to our business. Our clients live in older homes where home prices range from modest to millions. Alpharetta offers something for everyone—it was a natural fit for my business.

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I love Alpharetta’s accessibility to everything, whether I’m running errands, grabbing some food, shopping or jumping on 400 to go boating on Lake Lanier. I like taking a bike ride along the Big Creek Greenway, and my two Affenpinschers love Big Creek too. The Food Truck Alley and Hop Alley Brew Pub (especially the dog-friendly deck) are fun stops for lunch or after a long day, and my favorite meal stop is Foundations. It’s “Fun Central” for me!

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Mother and daughter Julie and Grace Gordy had almost given up. The Sandy Springs residents were seeking a space for Honey & Hazel Boutique, the clothing and accessories shop they had dreamed of opening for years. But nothing felt right. So they moved their search farther north. And that’s when serendipity intervened. “My mom and dad were in Alpharetta, and they were driving by this shopping center,” Grace says of the spot located just off of North Point Parkway. “There were a few empty spaces, so they looked in the windows. When they saw this space, Mom knew instantly. It was just perfect.”

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