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$30 Livable Buckhead’s second annual 5K race will be virtual this holiday season. Participants can run any course of their choosing and submit their times via a fitness app. Any participant who submits a selfie during their race will receive a commemorative 5K magnet along with their T-shirt. livablebuckhead.com
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Charlie Loudermilk Park Free Visit the park to view 36 festively decorated Christmas trees, each one featuring the creativity of a local business, organization or family. After the trees have finished their duty to spread holiday cheer in the park, they will find homes at Atlanta Fire Rescue Department stations. livablebuckhead.com
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DEC. 19 Family Art Escapes High Museum of Art, Orkin Terrace 10:30am-3pm Free for museum members $14.50 for nonmembers Preregistration is required Get creative with the kids! This monthly activity features a themed art activity and scavenger hunt around the museum. high.org
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n a world that disagrees about almost everything, one thing that everybody loves is music. It’s life-changing with the right kind of listening experience, according to Buckhead’s HiFi Buys owner Alan Jones, and that experience starts in the store.
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“Music moves everybody,” says Alan. “So, our customer is anybody who likes music. I’ve been blessed to work in something I’m passionate about all of my life. It’s brought learning and joy, and influences and supports this idea that if you have the right tools and you know what you’re doing, you’re going to be able to share that with other people.” That’s exactly how the business runs. Its latest and vetted AV inventory earns it a reputation as the Disneyland for people who love music and movies, but the heart that goes into the customer’s experience is what makes this store stand out.
“Our people, they’re knowledgeable, friendly, passionate and helpful,” says Alan. “And not just about music. We’re passionate about trying to get the right system for each individual. We know what we’re doing and we have expertly curated brands that have stood the test of time.” It helps that his team has been with him since they opened their brick-and-mortar location in 2015 and together have more than 100 years of experience. They each have intimate knowledge about what the products are, how they work and if they’ll work for a certain customer. The installation
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It did for him nearly 40 years ago when he walked into a music store and ended up working for them two days later. Fast forward to 2013, and he revived the HiFi Buys brand here in Buckhead with a personalized audio-visual shopping experience that earns customers for life.
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Stream Smarter More time at home has us streaming music a lot more, but according to Alan Jones, we could be doing it a whole lot better.
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“We treat [our customers] like members of the family,” Alan says. “We’re on the journey with you. We believe you should enjoy owning the stuff, enjoy purchasing it and it should be a really fun time.” For Alan, that relationship-based sales approach is the same as it was 25 years ago. Now, they just have more cool products to sell, including stereo systems, speakers, personal audio and portable products, immersive home theater products, smart products and more. Also new is the fact that customers can shop online with the same personalized experience and accessibility to the knowledgeable HiFi Buys staff. And as an added perk, customers can access their HiFi Chats on YouTube to learn tips, tricks and insight on new products and sound experiences. “We’ve been the most consistent, quality, fun store that Atlanta has had,” says Alan. “I want people to feel like they’re in the store they remember. If you walked into my store 25 years ago and you came into this store, it’s that same feel, same kind of place, same friendly atmosphere. Without a doubt, we’ve all been bombarded recently with things that have made us look at our lives and decide what’s really important. Music is one of the greatest ways we can find that place of peace in our lives—especially when it’s done right.” Staying home never sounded so good.
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Michelle Middlebrooks, 49, is a Battalion Chief for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD). Atlanta born and
raised, she has been with the AFRD for over 20 years and held her current position for almost two. She is only the fourth female in the department to have held the position. Posted at Station 21 on Roswell Road, Michelle oversees the five fire stations in the Buckhead area. On top of all of that responsibility, she is currently working toward her Master’s in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University.
Like many essential and frontline workers, Michelle’s work didn’t stop when the pandemic hit. “We are more cautious when responding to calls for obvious safety reasons,” Michelle explains. “Firefighters now have to wear more gear: two masks, hazmat suits, two pairs of gloves, etcetera, because we respond to people who are COVID positive.” The total extra weight of the additional fire gear is about 75 pounds.
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Positive testing and exposure to the coronavirus has been a huge logistical and health challenge for emergency responders, who are the second-most exposed group after doctors and nurses. The required two-week quarantine time cuts down an already understaffed team who is responsible not just for fires, but also drug-overdoses, car accidents, possible suicides and other major emergencies. Earlier in the pandemic, Michelle had her own scare with the virus when her aide and right-hand, Keith, tested positive. “I was very worried about him and his family during their quarantine period, but thankfully the next two COVID tests were negative. He’s been back at work and doing fine.” Community outreach is also a large part of Michelle’s job. She has been involved with one of the department’s newest initiatives called Camp Ignite, a three-day camp that works to educate high school girls interested in becoming firefighters. Michelle enjoys the work because, “[It gives me] the opportunity to define what a firefighter looks like. I’m female and extremely feminine. I also want to affect positive change as it relates to gender diversity.” Sadly, like much of the AFRD’s outreach, the program has been canceled for the year. While many services and companies scrambled to find footing in the pandemic, Michelle says one of the most inspiring moments of the pandemic “has been watching the firefighters continue to serve the community without missing a beat.” Michelle’s favorite places to grab a meal in Buckhead are Maggiano’s Little Italy and Chicken Salad Chick.
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Michele Lee Stumpe NAMED BEST SELF ATLANTA ’S 2020 OVER 40 & FABULOUS! GIVE-BACK AWARD WINNER
Animal lover and humanitarian don’t begin to describe Michele Stumpe, 52, who has put decades into passion projects that serve our local community as well as wildlife and impoverished communities in Africa. An accomplished attorney, she also does pro bono work for multiple charities.
Q: What impact do you hope to leave on the world? Michele Stumpe: The legacy of having created a change in the way nonprofits do business, where they work together to resolve global humanitarian and environmental issues by empowering children, families and communities.
Q: What person, thing or event has influenced your life most? MS: I’d applied to be a zoo volunteer when I was 12. Knowing they gave first claim to assignments based on final exam scores, I studied every night to snag the job atop everyone’s list: working with the baby animals. I got the second highest score. When the ‘older’ woman with the top score was asked for her job preference, she gazed at me with a slight smile and calmly proclaimed, ‘I believe I’ll take the...train.’ I was so shocked and excited by her ridiculous choice that I barely noticed her wink at me before she sat down. MS: I’m the co-founder/board chair of Children of Conservation. We provide scholarships for children of wildlife sanctuary workers in Africa and also engage in community empowerment projects that address conservation issues and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. I’m also the board chair for PASA, an alliance of African wildlife sanctuaries and a board trustee for the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda. I’ve served as a founding board member of The Giving Kitchen and Staplehouse since their inception and I’ve been on the board or Legal Advisory Committee for Camp Twin Lakes for over 20 years. During the COVID crisis, I’ve spent all my legal time providing pro bono services to the hospitality industry.
Q: What is your most embarrassing moment? MS: In my final year of law school, I was selected to interview a key witness. I proudly took my suit to the dry cleaners, telling them exactly why I needed it. The next day, I confidently strode into the interview and nailed it! I was sure I’d made a great impression on my colleague and later commented on how much information I’d drawn out of the witness. That’s when she said, ‘Yeah, I think he was hypnotized by the light bouncing off the tin foil you forgot to remove from your suit buttons.’ The next day, the whole office had tin foil on their buttons. I got a strong dose of humility and a lasting reminder not to ever get too big for my britches (or my buttons). Some of Michele’s favorite spots in Buckhead are Kimberly McDonald, Gypsy Kitchen and Mirko.
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Congratulations to the Pace Academy Knights! Their
girls volleyball team defended their state title against Gordon Lee High School in the
GHSA Volleyball State Championship in early November. Both teams gave it their all, with the even-split victory forcing a fifth set tiebreaker. 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW. paceacademy.org
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Enjoy safely distant art-making activities and gallery scavenger hunts at the High Museum of
Art. With their caregivers, children 6 to 12 years old can take part in Family Art Escapes each month and little ones 15 months through 3 years can be entertained at Toddler Thursdays each week. 1280 Peachtree St. NE. high.org
Need to get some errands done, catch up on work or just take a break? Try Kefi, a new kind of family club that centers on wellness and play. With 28,000 square feet of space, they offer supervised play and classes for kids 12 and under. Kefi has plenty for adults too, including adult fitness classes and kid-free spaces for working. 3637 Peachtree Rd. NE., Ste. D. playkefi.com
On the second full weekend in December, Livable Buckhead in partnership with the Buckhead Village will be hosting holiday drive-in movies. Grab the family and a meal from neighboring restaurants, then take in a screening of holiday classics like “Elf,” “Home Alone” or “A Christmas Story.” Spots are limited, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged. livablebuckhead.org/holiday my
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Girls School. From a small space in Buckhead Baptist Church to the current campus on Northside Parkway, the school continues to be the city’s premier institution to shape young women into capable, confident leaders on a mission for change. 3254 Northside Pkwy. NW. atlantagirlsschool.org
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The Georgia Out of the Darkness Experience online ceremony was hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Georgia Chapter on Sunday, Nov. 8. Residents across the state, from Buckhead to Bainbridge, walked
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