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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. 33). 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 @MyBuckhead on Facebook. We want to know what makes them so special to you. And since February is the month of love, give some extra special love to my friend Ashley Stamoulis, the owner of the lifestyle brand and blog, Suthingirl.com. Her Suthinstyle subscription box offers a curated selection of goodies for that special someone in your life. Turn to page 9 to find out more. You’ll also want to show yourself some love by booking an appointment with my mobile manicurist, Alyce Keys of Keys to Beauty. Her attention to detail and perfect pedicure will win your heart (p. 13).
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3. Take a trip to Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante, an Old World Italian store and eatery, for its lasagna alla bolognese. Here, spinach and housemade noodles are nestled with veal, beef, and pork in a buttery white béchamel sauce. 3167 Peachtree Rd. NE. StoricoFresco.com 4. Cassis, inside the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, helps you stay healthy with the addition of its weekday salad bar. Choose from fresh greens, proteins (chicken, seafood, tofu), and 30 chef-selected toppings to build a healthy grab-and-go lunch. 3300 Peachtree Rd. NE. Grand.Hyatt.com 5. Chef-driven ingredient combinations such as chipotle mango avocado encourage patrons to try new flavor fusions at Gusto! Choose from bowls and wraps with grilled proteins and the restaurant’s other five taste profiles (including buffalo buttermilk blue) to create a “gusto” that is all your own. 1935 Peachtree Rd. NE. WhatsYourGusto.com
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It’s not the most talked about subject around the water cooler … but it’s on more people’s minds than you would think. In fact, according to The American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men, after skin cancer. The good news has always been that it can be treated successfully in most cases; but gather round for a new conversation, boys, because now the news is even better. VAHAN KASSABIAN, MD, FACS, FRCS(C) Medical Director of Georgia Urology in partnership with Vituro Health
Dr. Vahan Kassabian, Medical Director of Georgia Urology in partnership with Vituro Health, is the first and only surgeon in the state of Georgia to introduce the revolutionary HIFU procedure to treat prostate cancer. Originally from Canada, where the procedure has been approved for many years, he’s been successfully treating men with prostate cancer for over a decade. Now that the FDA has approved the procedure in the U.S., he brings his niche expertise to our community. The acronym stands for high intensity focused ultrasound, something Kassabian describes using the analogy of a harmonic scalpel. The result is a truly minimally invasive, outpatient procedure without the side effects or downtime associated with radiation or the general risks of surgery.
“With HIFU, I am killing as much or as little of the prostate cancer, or prostate gland, as I want, using heat,” said Kassabian. “People go home the same day. They don’t even need to take pain medication. They have a catheter for about 10 days, but they’re feeling great without any of the discomfort or pain associated with surgery.” To say it’s labor intensive – which Kassabian does – is an understatement. The surgery takes anywhere from two to three hours and uses an impossibly tiny (3mm, to be exact-think a grain of uncooked rice) ultrasound beam. “There’s a very steep learning curve involved with this procedure,” he said. “But I can avoid damaging surrounding tissue, such as the nerves responsible for erections. As I am treating, I’m looking at it, I’m getting a lot of technological feedback, seeing heat changes, visual changes and more, all in real time.” Whereas traditional treatment options are surgery to remove the entire prostate gland or radiation to radiate the entire gland, HIFU allows a surgeon more control over how much tissue gets destroyed. Physicians direct the ultrasound energy, also known as sound waves, toward the diseased prostate tissue and burn away the malignancy. As a result, they can destroy only the targeted prostate cancer cells and leave surrounding tissue unharmed. Surgery without the aftermath is reason enough to book the new surgery with Dr. Kassabian, but the benefits go beyond that. “This is truly an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure,” he reiterated. “But the biggest difference is a very low effect on sexual function.” According to Kassabian, one year after the procedure, 90 percent of the men he has treated are still sexually able to function – something not guaranteed with traditional surgery to remove prostate cancer. This new procedure also helps patients avoid complications with urinary function and the short and long term effects of radiation. In turn, it helps patients avoid secondary malignancies, often caused by treatment with radiation. In that sense, it’s also much more in line for people who are taking a holistic approach. “I am using sound waves to create heat,” Kassabian said. “That’s about as natural as one can get.”
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Covenant Presbyterian Church 2461 Peachtree Rd. NE. 7pm Free Enjoy a full preview of the group’s Fifth Anniversary Concert, which will kick off at the church the following week. CovPresAtlanta.org
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/MyBuckhead) for event updates.
40th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show
The Pink Affair
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities 5K and Fun Run
21st Annual North Atlanta Home Show & Outdoor Living Expo
5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. 7-11am Prices vary Proceeds from this event support the nonprofit’s mission to ensure families have a place to stay when a loved one receives treatment at a nearby hospital. ARMHC.org
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
Cathedral Farmers Market
Sheep to Shawl 2018
2744 Peachtree Rd. NW. 8:30am-12:30pm Free entry Visit The Cathedral of St. Philip and peruse the selection of pastries, fresh fruits and veggies from the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. PeachtreeRoadFarmersMarket.com
Atlanta History Center 10:30am-4:30pm Free for members, prices vary for non-members Get insight into the historic cloth-making process and learn about other past trades such as open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and candlemaking. AtlantaHistoryCenter.com
215 W. Wieuca Rd. NW. 10:30am-12:45pm $35 Walk with breast cancer survivors and their supporters to raise awareness and funds for a cure. StridesForSurvivors.org
Grand Hyatt Atlanta 6-11pm $150 Support TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and its mission to assist individuals coping with breast cancer at this elegant gathering. MyTurningPoint.org/The-Pink-Affair
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s Calendar The Buckhead Triangle Park renovation, which was completed in 2015, was funded with $2.5 million from local philanthropist, Charlie Loudermilk.
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Center for Puppetry Arts Times vary $20 Explore learning themes like music, friendship, and diversity in this marionette rendition. Puppet.org
CKHEAD AREA IS RISED OF MORE NEIGHBORHOODS DING WESTOVER ION, KINGSWOOD, CROSS CREEK.
MARCH 24-25 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival Blackburn Park 10am-6pm Free Now in its third year, expect a pet costume contest and parade, a classic car show, 5K, 1K, arts and crafts marketplace, and more. BrookCherryFest.org
3rd Annual Enduring Hearts Bourbon Gala & Auction The Stave Room at American Spirit Works 7-11pm $200 Radio personality Dana Barrett will emcee this fabulous fundraiser for pediatric heart transplant research. Expect food, auctions, and tastings of the rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. EnduringHearts.org/Event/3rd-Annual-Bourbon-Tasting-And-Gala
3rd Annual Doris K. Wells Scholarship Tea
14th Annual Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race
The St. Regis Atlanta 3-5:30pm $65 Sip tea while supporting the Empowered by Pink Foundation, which helps provide resources to women affected by cancer. EmpoweredByPink.org
Atlantic Station 8:30am Prices vary Help support The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. further its mission to encourage volunteerism among women in the community. JLAtlanta.org/Shamrock-N-Roll
Did You Know?
Andy Stanley, a Georgia State University graduate and senior pastor at Buckhead Church, speaks to approximately 7,300 members each week.
APRIL 1 Easter Egg Hunt 391 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW. 10am-Noon Free, reservations required The governor’s wife, Sandra Deal, will host the annual egg hunt at their home, which also features photos with the Easter Bunny, cupcake decorating, and more! Georgia.gov
Bow Wow Brunch 2018
Rafał Blechacz Live
3143 Maple Dr. NE. 12:30-3pm Prices vary Get together with fellow animal lovers and enjoy a hearty meal while celebrating some of the Atlanta Humane Society’s top heroes. AtlantaHumane.org/BowWowBrunch
1280 Peachtree St. NE. 5-8pm Starting at $17 See this award-winning concert pianist perform works by Polish-born Frédéric Chopin and more. Ticketmaster.com
Laughing Skull Comedy Festival 878 Peachtree St. NW. Times vary $40 Giggle with some of the best unsigned comedians from across the U.S. at this three-day event. LaughingSkullComedyFestival.com
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Single Atlanta Matchmakers’ queens of matchmaking, Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy, play Cupid to coach and connect you with your perfect mate. By Katherine Michalak
ove is in the air at Single Atlanta Matchmakers. The successful concierge matchmaking firm is celebrating its 20th anniversary and it’s easy to see why. Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy, the dynamic duo behind the brand, bring a level of expertise that sets them apart. The two double-handedly have changed the Atlanta dating landscape. Bringing their warm personalities, sense of humor, relatability, and wisdom to the table, Atlantans have come to know and trust these two whole-heartedly.
With a service that has stood the test of time—Lisa and Leisha have encountered every scenario—the identical twin sisters know the players and can guide anyone through the intimidating dating process. Now having reached this commemorative milestone with more work to do, they are looking toward the future.
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Born in Michigan, the twins relocated to Texas as young girls and both graduated from Baylor University. “We grew up with both regional influences strongly felt and that plays a part in our success,” Leisha notes. Adding, “We were raised with that traditional Midwestern work ethic and also felt the Texas attitude, which says, ‘Kick a hole through the sky, anything is possible!’” In 1998, when a job moved Leisha’s husband to Atlanta, she became aware of the growing need for a local matchmaking service. “Atlanta’s biggest boom period had begun with the 1996 Olympics,”
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Consummate professionals, Lisa and Leisha have become industry leaders in the past two decades, creating the largest matchmaking business in the Southeast with over 19,000 clients. “We have so much fun,” Lisa laughs. “This is what we love, and we’ve put together a great staff who have been with us for more than 10 years. They all have three things—a big brain, a big heart, and a big sense of humor.” Leisha continues, “We are both very intuitive and we’ve surrounded ourselves with people who also have a compassionate nature.” “Everyone is looking for a happy committed relationship. We are the land of second chances for many of our clients. Thousands of couples are together today, who would have never met without us,” Lisa says. “Our clients range in age from their mid-20s up to their 80s. They tell us their stories and together we are able to build a profile of the type of person they would like to meet. This is where our experience really counts. ... We know precisely how to successfully guide them through the process.” Single Atlanta Matchmakers commits to building a trusting relationship with each client, conducting phone interviews, followed by face-to-face consultations assessing their needs. After that, they start sending the clients out on dates, one match at a time, with full feedback from both parties after each meetup. “Our amazing track record of matching couples who end up in long-term relationships and/or marriage is not an accident,” Leisha reveals. Over the last 20 years, we have created an environment that has changed people’s experience with dating in our city for the better. That is our legacy.” SingleAtlanta.com, 750 Hammond Dr. NE., Bldg. 16, Ste. 200, 404-250-9292. The content for this article is brought to you by Level 2 Introductions.
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Fake profiles, scams, catfishing, staged social media, and scrolling through apps— modern dating may be high tech, but not necessarily high quality. The old-fashioned way might be the most effective. The Single Atlanta Matchmakers team focuses on clients who want true romantic companionship for the long haul, and who are ready to invest targeted energy into the process of finding a mate. Matchmakers Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy bring experience and confidence to the table for their clients. Their service far surpasses anything possible online. “The dating pools are filled with people that aren’t serious, and online dating rapidly exposed itself and its dangers,” says Leisha. “We offer something real, no worries about the caliber of people you’ll meet.” Lisa agrees, “We see that the internet presents the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’re far above that. Why try to find a needle in a haystack? We have the needles here!”
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Leisha explains. “The city had suddenly exploded with people from all over and they didn’t know how to meet each other.” Soon, Lisa came onboard, heading to Atlanta, and the two of them immediately saw the advantage of building the business as a team.
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William Givens has packed a lot of life into his relatively few years. His meteoric rise to the position of senior pastor at Buckhead Baptist Church at just 31 is a testament to his energy and enthusiasm for bringing out the best in people. His daily duties include everything from crisis counseling and mentoring to providing sermon content and much more. Raised by a hardworking mother who held a variety of jobs (factory worker, school bus driver) in rural Georgia, William grew up in a home filled with love—but not much else. He was a self-described “go-getter,” though, and left his impoverished upbringing behind to enroll at Shorter University. His outgoing personality caught the attention of a religious studies professor there, who invited him to study abroad. “I thought I’d known poverty before that trip,” he recounts. “But, man, I’d never experienced anything like the suffering I saw in Burma. Other Christian students were there with me. We talked about returning to give out packets of toothpaste and deodorant. So when I went back to Shorter, I changed my major to religious studies. I wanted to really help.”
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“One day in Iraq, a mortar hit three people—we were told they wouldn’t make it. I got together with another soldier and we prayed. For the first time, I had a sense of purpose. Weeks later, we got word that the soldiers who’d been hit had recovered. It was weird—ever since we’d arrived in the desert, we’d never seen a cloud in the sky. But we went outside that day and there were clouds. Grown men were gazing up in wonder and seeing clouds. I had a new resolve that day— God was telling me that He cannot disappoint.” William served as chapel pastor there, preaching and leading bible studies for the next six months. Now, he uses the compassion he developed overseas to guide him in his career. It’s clear why, in just three years’ time, and now at 34, he continues to hold the position of senior pastor. “Buckhead Baptist Church is historically all-white ... and I’m not,” he laughs. “But we can come together under the banner of love.” He and his wife, Gloria, have four children and like to spend time in Buckhead eating breakfast at Egg Harbor Café. And for his favorite dinner spot? He goes to Superica for its 20-ounce bone-in rib eye. BuckheadBaptist.org
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A year later, he got a call that changed his life. He’d joined the National Guard and, out of the blue, he received orders to head to Iraq. He chuckles about how forlorn he felt at the time, “All my life, I’d heard people say, ‘God has a plan.’ And I thought, ‘Well, if God has a plan in Iraq, why doesn’t He send you?’”
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Rosie Davidson BOARD MEMBER • MASTER GARDENER By Stacy Moser
Almost two million people a year visit Chastain Park, Atlanta’s largest park, for a round of golf, a walk around its perimeter, a game of tennis or just to enjoy the view from one of its many benches. But if you look closely as you walk along the west side of the park, you’ll see a little sign pointing the way to Farm Chastain. Follow that path to the barn where the Chastain Park Conservancy is located. Nearby, Farm Chastain, which is surrounded by raised beds, a greenhouse, beehives, and a goat named Chuck, is where you’ll find Rosie Davidson’s domain. “This farm is my baby,” she says. “Everyone who comes here is amazed by it!” Five years ago, Rosie, a master gardener and Chastain Park Conservancy board member who emigrated here from England, undertook the daunting task of creating an organic urban teaching farm, right in the heart of Buckhead. “People come from all over to take classes here—we teach about how to grow and use herbs, container gardening, composting, even how to grow healthy food for tailgating!”
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Rosie, whose infectious enthusiasm for gardening is clearly a factor in the farm’s success, says she loves meeting new people as part of her work there. “I don’t want people to be intimidated by gardening,” she says. “Some people go on garden tours of great big houses and they become overwhelmed. But here, we teach people to take it one step at a time. I love to see people walk away from here with a smile on their face. I love teaching kids who’ve never eaten veggies off the vine.”
She grows serious when she talks about her bout with breast cancer (she’s five years a survivor) and her husband’s prostate cancer scare (he was diagnosed 17 years ago). “I lost interest in everything when I was going through treatment,” she remembers. “I felt miserable. Then it all came back to me. You get out there and get your hands dirty—it’s therapeutic.” The farm has partnered with Piedmont Hospital’s Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness program to offer classes emphasizing healthy eating. “Those classes are close to my heart. You have to watch what you put in your body and take care of yourself.” The farm also hosts a monthly Fulton Fresh 4-H club meeting where kids can learn about nutrition and more. After a day’s work, Rosie says she and her husband love a date night at Bones on Piedmont Road. Adding, “Anis Café & Bistro is great, too. The food is incredible.” ChastainParkConservancy.org
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Playtime can be challenging for children with sensory sensitivity. That’s why the team at Sensations TheraFun created an inclusive playground alternative environment that allows children with autism, attention
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Round up the kids for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Mansion. The event, which is hosted by Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, features a visit
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Nothing is cuter than matching outfits. Dads can snag a pair of board shorts for themselves and an identical set for their mini-me from Vilebrequin. The men of the house will look très chic at the pool in these
coordinating swim trunks for fathers and sons. 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE.
Is your family überflexible? If yes, take the gang to Buck’s Sport Barn to contort their way through
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8 44th Annual Language and Literacy Gala Date: Nov. 12 | Location: Capital City Club | Details: Over 450 attendees came out to support the Atlanta Speech School Guild’s mission to help each child reach his or her potential through language and literacy.
1. Maggie Fisher, Kaci McCamy, Catherine Whitis, Dorothy Christians 2. Carrie Lanier, Marisa Amick Anderson, Kara O’Neil 3. Aimee McMillan, Mike McMillan
4. Missy Maude, Tug Maude 5. Stephanie Stephens, Austin Stephens 6. Liz Eager, Amy Musarra Kramer, Margaret Anne Masters 7. William Weber, Ollie
Ian’s Friends Foundation’s 10th Annual Evening of Inspiration Date: Nov. 18 | Location: InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Details: Approximately $1.4 million was raised to strengthen Ian’s Friends Foundation’s mission to support and fund groundbreaking pediatric brain tumor research projects. 8. Cheryl Yagoda, Arly, Ian, Sophie, Phil Yagoda
We love connecting with you at neighborhood events. Visit our Facebook page (@MyBuckhead) for more photos.
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Give the gift of life by donating blood at the
Assist Adoption Discovery in launching its online Adoption University. The volunteer-led organization offers information about navigating the complex adoption process. 1266 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW. AdoptionDiscovery.org/Project-Match
American Red Cross. The location needs your help to keep pace with metro Atlanta’s high hospital demand and to prevent a summer blood shortage. Call 404-876-3302 or go online to make an appointment, or visit the organization’s Buckhead office where walk-ins are welcome. 1955 Monroe Dr. NE. RedCross.org
In 2016, approximately 1,540 people lost their lives in car accidents in Georgia because of distracted driving. In an effort to eradicate this problem, the Jim Ellis Automotive Group will make a donation to the National Safety Council for each person that
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Meet Your Buckhead Neighbors Love Coaches, Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy, Single Atlanta Matchmakers; Praying Pastor, William Givens, Buckhe...
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Meet Your Buckhead Neighbors Love Coaches, Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy, Single Atlanta Matchmakers; Praying Pastor, William Givens, Buckhe...