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From the Editor We’re kicking off 2018 with a special section dedicated to our favorite pets! I’m gung ho about this because I’ve been a dog lover for years. And although my boxer, Miles, is no longer physically with me, he lives on in my heart forever. That’s why I couldn’t get enough of our feature on People & Their Pets (p. 32). Each pet owner submitted a photo of their beloved bestie with a brief description about what makes their baby stand out. I promise, you’re going to love each write-up. If your dog, cat, or bird didn’t make it into this issue, show us a photo of you with them by tagging @MyAlpharetta on Facebook. We want to know what makes them so special to you. And since February is the month of love, take a look at our Date Night recommendations in ’Hood Winks (p. 9). The Lovebug doughnut at Scream’n Nuts, which comes with chocolate ganache and a strawberry buttercream filling topped with a chocolate-dipped strawberry, will wow you and your significant other. You’ll also enjoy a little quality time with your sweetheart at Sis & Moon’s Cocktails + Canvas class (p. 13). Here, sparks will fly while you flaunt your artistic skills. Cupid will be proud. Want to see your favorite business or professional in the magazine? Be sure to nominate the establishment or person for the debut of our 2018 My Alpharetta Community Choice Awards. Starting now through Feb. 22, go to AtlantaBestMedia.com to nominate in one or more categories. It’s your chance to show your support for your Alpharetta favorites. Top vote-getters will be highlighted in our spring issue, which hits the streets in May. Follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/MyAlpharetta) or sign up to receive contest updates at: MyAlpharetta@AtlantaBestMedia.com. WINTER 2018
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF (21ST ANNUAL NORTH ATLANTA HOME SHOW & OUTDOOR LIVING EXPO) SEMCO; (MARDI GRAS PUB CRAWL) AVALON, PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFTERMEN PHOTOGRAPHY; (AES FLYING 5K) ALPHARETTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTO, PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTINE COOK; (IMAGINE 2018 DINNER & AUCTION) ALL GOD’S CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL, PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAYN ARNOLD; (40TH ANNUAL SPRING ATLANTA HOME SHOW) SEMCO; (HEART & SOLE 5K, FUN RUN, AND TOT TROT) RAFTERMEN PHOTOGRAPHY; (RACE TO RALLY HOPE) BRETT DEVORE, PHOTOGRAPHY BY APRIL CARLSON.
ALS Art Affair 11140 Old Roswell Rd. 5-7pm $30 Peruse artwork at this event inspired by resident, Jan Giordano, and her battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALSArtAffair.com
MARCH 23-25 40th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Expo
The Hotel at Avalon 1:30-4:30pm Free Explore options in catering, photography, entertainment, invitations, and more. Plus, sample food and drinks, have an opportunity to win door prizes, and let your kids enjoy interactive activities. AtlantaPartyConnection.com
Boys Next Door 180 Academy St. 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays $20 for adults, $17 for seniors over 65 See an emotional play about the trials and triumphs of four developmentally disabled young men. Act1Theater.com
MARCH 24 Children’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Cobb Galleria Centre Times vary $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under, and free for seniors over 65 Turn your home improvement dreams into a reality at this one-stop-shop. AtlantaHomeShow.com
13450 Cogburn Rd. 10am Free Get in on face painting, a petting zoo, train rides, and photos with the Easter Bunny! Alpharetta.Ga.us/Recreation
Heart & Sole 5K, Fun Run, and Tot Trot
Saint Brigid Mom’s Unique Boutique
Avalon 7:30am Prices vary After a jaunt around Avalon to support The Lionheart School, enjoy a post-race party complete with complimentary Bloody Marys and beer. TheLionHeartSchool.com/Heart-Sole
St. Brigid Catholic Church 6-9pm on Thursday, 9am-2pm on Friday Free entry Check out items from over 40 vendors. On Thursday, have a moms’ night out and sip on free adult beverages while you shop. SBMomsGroup.org
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80 W. Wieuca Rd. NE., Ste. 115 6-9pm Returning for a second year, join Best Self Atlanta as local professional makeup artists transform reader models. RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 15 to: Assistant@AtlantaBestMedia.com and be sure to follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/MyAlpharetta) for event updates.
1810 Old Milton Pkwy. 7am Prices vary Help the Alpharetta Elementary School Eagles soar by participating in its 5K or 1K race. AlpharettaElementaryPTO.org
Imagine 2018 Dinner & Auction
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5750 Windward Pkwy. 5:30pm Prices vary Join All God’s Children International for this dinner and silent auction to benefit the eight million kids worldwide living in orphanages. AllGodsChildren.org/Imagine2018
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12650 Crabapple Rd. 10am Prices vary Put the pedal to the metal for this bike ride to benefit childhood cancer research. BikeSignUp.com/Race/Ga/Milton/ SPOP18
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5750 Windward Pkwy. Times vary $50 Get in touch with your secret agent side and enjoy all things espionage. Spy-Con.com
In 2015, data center, GoodCall, ranked Alpharetta No.1 in its Best U.S. Cities for Women Entrepreneurs report.
Race to Rally Hope
Rock for Rescues
Downtown Alpharetta 5:30pm Prices vary Lace up for this run to benefit Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation Scholarship Fund. Ticket sales go toward providing therapeutic services and equipment for Georgia families with children with special needs. RaceToRallyHope.com
12615 Broadwell Rd. Noon-6pm Free, donations encouraged This family-friendly rock concert series benefits six local animal charities including Pets for Vets and Furkids. RockForRescues.org
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The Wills Park Equestrian Center provided shelter for more than 90 horses during Hurricane Irma.
APRIL 16 Opening of the 2018 Market Season City Hall 8:30am-1pm Free Celebrate spring and pick up fresh produce from local farms at the first Alpharetta Farmers Market of the year. AlpharettaFarmersMarket.com
Each year, there are approximately 218 sunny days in Alpharetta.
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Are Your Supplements Harmf HiveFit’s Raul Hiteshew talks ingredient transparency and how to make healthy choices for your family. By Carrie Whitney lthough you do your best to eat healthy foods and supplement your diet with vitamins or maybe protein powder, without a chemistry degree, it can be a challenge to know whether the ingredients in your shake or capsule are best for your body. In some cases, ingredients may not be beneficial, and in others, they can be downright harmful. Whether it’s bloating from hidden lactose in whey powder or a pre-training product that leads to a crash, negative effects may have you eschewing supplements all together or thinking they are only meant for serious body builders.
Behind the Label
“When I designed the product, I designed it for everyone— moms, dads, and kids. Families really gravitated toward what we were doing here,” Raul says. His goal was to create a high quality yet affordable product for the masses. “Sometimes people think they are healthy because of the way they look, but really, they might be super toxic.” Raul’s products offer people top-notch ingredients that make them feel good on the inside and look good on the outside.
“When I designed the product, I designed it for everyone—moms, dads, and kids. Families really gravitated toward what we were doing here.”
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Consider whey protein powder. Not only do many companies add artificial colors, sweeteners and fillers to their products, they may also claim to have isolate protein, but it may not be 100 percent isolate. By contrast, Raul’s Whey Protein Vanilla and Chocolate powders contain 100 percent isolate, which minimizes lactose and maximizes absorption. The powder has no added sugars or binders. In fact, the Vanilla powder contains just three ingredients: 100 percent whey protein isolate, natural vanilla bean flavor, and stevia. Raul has even included the amounts of the ingredients on the labels, which
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Considering the issues his clients faced when choosing supplement products, Atlanta-based health and fitness expert, Raul Hiteshew, along with fitness competitor wife, Ashlyn, decided to revolutionize the industry by offering a line of products that are truly healthy and appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Instead of hiding behind complex ingredients and unrecognizable terms, Raul’s HiveFit supplement line displays 100 percent transparent labeling and a commitment to a lot of “nos”—no artificial flavors, no added sugars, no hormones or antibiotics, no genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and no fillers.
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means his formula could be copied, but he would rather see more ethical products on the market than hide anything. His 100 percent transparency labeling campaign is rare. “If you have a good product, you don’t need extra flavors or fillers. Anyone could make the products I have; there are no proprietary blends.” Raul’s HiveFit line ranges from protein powders to Probiotic Digestive Supplements and everything in between.
HiveFit Foundation— Helping the Hungry
Background Basics Born in Venezuela, and known in fitness competition circles as Mr. Venezuela, Raul got his start in the industry more than a decade ago when he joined the team at a supplement company. After gaining experience working with naturopathic doctors, studying science and psychology and earning a variety of competition titles and fitness certifications, he struck out on his own to bring the “Raul Approach” to clients. “It was just me trying to lose fat because I was tired of roller coasting and trying every diet that came out,” he says. “From a competitor’s background, you always look to see what is the most effective, what works.” When he needed healthful products to provide to clients along with custom nutrition plans, Raul realized he would have to develop his own supplements if he wanted to confidently know they were made to the highest standards. Vanilla Protein
And now, thanks to Raul’s passion and experience, the HiveFit supplement line currently offers nine high-quality nutrition, fitness, and wellness products. HiveFit, HiveFit.com, Info@HiveFit.com The content for this article is brought to you by HiveFit.
While dieting strictly to prepare for a competition, Raul Hiteshew complained to his wife, Ashlyn, that he was “starving.” She quickly pointed out that he deprived himself of calories by choice, but there were children around the world who were actually starving. In that moment, the seed of HiveFit Foundation was planted. HiveFit has committed 25 percent of all profits from HiveFit supplements to the HiveFit Foundation.
No added sugars No GMOs or fillers No artificial flavors or sweeteners No colorants No gluten Whey protein helps individuals increase strength, tone the body, and lose body fat with a proper diet.
The Foundation serves to alleviate hunger in youth populations suffering from famine and malnutrition. Raul developed special meal replacement formulas that can be easily digested by children with compromised digestive systems. Together with international and local partners, the HiveFit Foundation provides highly nutritious liquid products to help children regain health in times of starvation. Raul and the HiveFit Foundation plan to provide on-site distribution of meal replacement products among the populations they serve.
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Elena Taylor M O M M Y B L O G G E R • M O T I VAT O R • E N T R E P R E N E U R By India Powell
As a single mom of five children who has been through homelessness, divorce, and a stroke, 48-year-old Alpharetta resident Elena Taylor knows that being a mother under any circumstances takes ingenuity, resourcefulness, and a whole lot of support. It was that understanding and her passion for motherhood that spurred her to leave her job as a patient advocate for Hospital Corporation of America and start her blog, TheInnovativeMom.com, on Mother’s Day 2016. From reflections on never-ending to-do lists, to posts filled with pick-me-ups and body positivity, Elena describes the site as “a huge hug and encouragement for moms.” It was the birth of an idea she had been holding onto for years. “I wanted to connect with other moms and let them know that while we are always thinking about taking care of others, we need to think about ourselves, as well. Motherhood is not about being a martyr,” she says.
I WANTED TO CONNECT WITH OTHER MOMS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WHILE WE ARE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT TAKING CARE OF OTHERS, WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT OURSELVES, AS WELL.
Three months after starting her blog, Elena had a stroke. The illness triggered anxiety about being taken away from her children. So during this time, it was a period of solitude and reflection for her. “The anxiety forced me to be still and I was able to think about life and what it had to offer me and what I had to give,” she says. Elena learned to lean on other moms, which made her appreciate their support and encouragement even more. “It turned out to be the best of times and the worst of times. It was the worst because I didn’t have control and the best because I had to stop and take care of myself. Fortunately, I had great friends who had lots of expertise to help me stay the course with my healthcare and continue to move forward.” To date, her site receives 100 hits per day. And in an effort to grow the brand (think seminars, product line including T-shirts, coffee mugs, and more), Elena can be found working on The Innovative Mom at spots such as Collet French Pastry Café. “They have the best potpie and it’s a cool place for work or downtime,” she says. For pampering, SF Aesthetic Studio has become a fast favorite, along with Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics. TheInnovativeMom.com
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The loving support of her kids and watching her own parents set aside their dreams for their family inspired her. “I saw my mom and dad give to the five of us. They worked in equal partnership in parenting, selflessly giving it their all,” Elena says. “I always wanted to see them have their dreams; being a provider and caretaker took precedence over their dreams.”
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Kevin Rathbun JAZZ LOVER • CHEF • FUND-RAISER By Stacy Moser
When you study chef Kevin Rathbun’s steady rise to the top of his field, you get a sense that he wasn’t meant to do anything else. His prominent, decades-long presence on the Atlanta food scene proves that he has a gift for sensing what people will crave. He’s worked with the best in the culinary world—Emeril Lagasse brought him on as a sous chef at New Orleans’ famous Commander’s Palace early in his career (especially fortuitous, since Kevin met his wife, Melissa, there). He’s been nominated for a James Beard Award and he’s won Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and “Chopped,” where he earned money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
NOW, 14 YEARS LATER, RATHBUN’S IS STILL A SOLID SUCCESS— AS ARE KEVIN’S OTHER VENTURES, KROG BAR, KEVIN RATHBUN STEAK, AND KR STEAKBAR.
As a chef, Kevin rose through the ranks at an impressive list of restaurants in Houston, New Orleans, Dallas and Atlanta—but he yearned to open his own. An investor loaned him money to open Rathbun’s, his first restaurant. Admittedly a huge fan of meat and potatoes (“In the Midwest, that’s what we eat!” he says), Kevin decided it would be a steakhouse. “I paid the investor back within six months,” he says proudly. “But a week after I did, he came to me and said, ‘I’m absolutely stunned that you were able to do this. I’m giving you the money back—you deserve every bit of it.’ He totally had faith in me.” Now, 14 years later, Rathbun’s is still a solid success—as are Kevin’s other ventures, Krog Bar, Kevin Rathbun Steak, and KR SteakBar. But he hasn’t forgotten the lesson he learned when his investor helped him achieve his dream. “Melissa and I try to pay it forward,” he explains. They recently invested in Tim Stevens’ From the Earth Brewing Company, a farm-to-table brewpub on the Roswell/Alpharetta border. When he enjoys time off, Kevin, a cigar enthusiast, heads to Blue Havana II Cigars & Gifts or drops by Cabernet Steakhouse. “Richard [Holley], the [executive] chef there, does an outstanding job,” he says enthusiastically.
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It comes as no surprise to learn that Kevin grew up in a household full of great food and music. His mother worked as a maître d’ at a fine-dining restaurant and his father played in a jazz band in Kansas City, Missouri, where Kevin grew up. “My mother wore a tuxedo at work every night, and my dad was outside barbecuing,” Kevin chuckles. “We ate really great food. They loved to eat out, listen to jazz and entertain friends at home.”
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On April 21, hit the pavement for the Heart & Sole 5K, Fun Run, and Tot Trot. Runners and walkers who participate will help further the work of The Lionheart School, which specializes in teaching students on the autism spectrum and others with learning challenges. Avalon (race begins in front of Banana Republic). TheLionheartSchool.com
Youngsters will find their rhythm at the Alpharetta Dance Theatre. Here, Rose Barile, a former principal ballerina with the Atlanta Ballet, heads the award-winning ballet program. The diverse studio also offers hip-hop, tap, and jazz classes. 180 Roswell St. AlpharettaDanceTheatre.com
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Date: Dec. 13 | Location: Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics at Avalon Details: Ladies gathered to learn tips from celebrity hair and makeup artist Nyssa Green of The Green Room Agency. Plus, they spent time getting to know the Anderson Aesthetics team.
Date: Oct. 19 | Location: Northside Plastic Surgery Details: Guests enjoyed a night of pampering, tasty fare, and mixing and mingling.
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4. Emma Baker, Suzanne Thompson, Lauren Lightfoot 5. Esther Janrowski, Elena Taylor 6. LuAnn Farrell, Paula Smith
We love connecting with you at neighborhood events. Visit our Facebook page (@MyAlpharetta) for more photos.
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Lift Yoga & Barre is a boutique studio in the heart of Alpharetta with a full suite of unique class offerings, allowing students to improve overall health, increase strength and further mind-body connection. An open space, classes led by some of the very best teachers in the area, and a blend of classes ranging from restorative yoga, power yoga, barre and circuit training (just to name a few), all designed to provide the lift you need! When you walk through our doors you will feel inspired, supported and challenged! Come to Lift to take your health to the next level!
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Dream Weavers of Georgia, Inc. enriches the lives of the more than 12,000 children in the state’s foster care system. Join in
by assisting with events where foster parents relinquish their duties for a couple of hours so volunteers can take the kids out for a movie or other activities. 201 Vaughan Dr. DreamWeaversOfGeorgia.org THESE DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS COLLECTED TONS OF CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN.
Alpharetta high school students Zoryn Gates and Kinnede White started Tomorrow, 2Day to expose
underserved youth to specific roles at organizations such as the
Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Ballet. The girls hope that children will be inspired to overcome their circumstances after visiting respective institutions and seeing what positions can be obtained through hard work and perseverance. Tomorrow2Day.org
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Working Together For Change helps students join the fight against homelessness. Its three pillars focus on awareness, medical attention, and expanding opportunities.
Get your youngster involved with faceto-face interactions with the homeless,
health clinics, and professional workshops. Together, teens can take a hands-on approach to end this crisis. WorkingTogetherForChange.com
Do you like to spread positivity everywhere you go? If yes,
become a hospice volunteer and help
comfort patients and families. Golden Rule Hospice needs kind-hearted individuals to spend time listening to patient stories, participate in fun activities, and provide emotional support. 4080 McGinnis Ferry Rd. GoldenRuleHospice.com
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Want to volunteer but you’re short on time? With Hire Heroes USA, busy professionals can give back virtually by conducting mock interviews, providing insight into industry standards, and offering networking advice. Your efforts can help military members succeed in the workplace. 1360 Union Hill Rd. HireHeroesUSA.org
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Meet your Alpharetta neighbors, Health Experts Ashlyn and Raul Hiteshew of HiveFit; Mommy Blogger Elena Taylor, The Innovative Mom; Top-Notc...
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Meet your Alpharetta neighbors, Health Experts Ashlyn and Raul Hiteshew of HiveFit; Mommy Blogger Elena Taylor, The Innovative Mom; Top-Notc...