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Dear East Cobb Neighbors, Our community is growing by leaps and bounds. Every day I drive by or hear about new places I want to check out. But what really motivates me to try a new fitness class, spa treatment or restaurant is when I hear from others how great it is.

This is your opportunity to share your favorite places to go and people to know by nominating and voting in our 2020 My East Cobb Readers’ Choice Awards. Support your faves by going to atlantabestmedia.com to nominate and vote. Nominations can be submitted April 20 through May 4. Voting will take place May 7-21. And since we’re sharing, here are some of the places in East Cobb I love. Bagelicious This breakfast and lunch spot has been a part of East Cobb for as long as I can remember. Not only does it have tasty bagels, it also has the best tuna and egg salad around. High Country Outfitters I have known the Sloan family in East Cobb for more than 30 years. They own and operate the High Country stores, including the one located at The Avenue East Cobb. At any location, you can find everything you need for local and global adventure travel. Sope Creek Park Speaking of adventure, East Cobb is home to one of the most beautiful parks in Atlanta. Sope Creek’s trails and waterways offer a beautiful backdrop for everything from photography and meditation to hiking and biking. I can’t wait to hear about your favorite East Cobb people and places.

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DATE NIGHT IN EAST COBB Romance your sweetheart through the physical language of love— dance. Whether it’s learning the sensual

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timeless home staples, gifts and accessories without leaving your zip code. Emphasizing Southern hospitality, Pineapple Porch Boutique’s collection of American and locally made home goods offers elegant findings for even the most discerning of friends. 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 40. pineapple-porch.com

Explore 135 beautiful acres during Hyde Farm’s 45-minute walking tours, held the second Saturday of the month at 10 and 11am. The property has been farmed since 1840 and features terraced agricultural fields, lowland pastures and meadows, and a pond with geese, ducks, herons, turtles and fish. The tours are free, but registration is required. 726 Hyde Rd. cobbcounty.org/parks

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For a perfect out-of-the-box date night, head over to Ironmonger Brewing. This new East Cobb hotspot pairs award-winning

craft beers with the adrenaline buzz of axe-throwing to make for a night to remember. 2129 NW. Pky., Ste. 105. ironmongerbrewing.com

Chamberlain’s Chocolate Factory has been whipping up mouth-watering confections for over 20 years. The full-service chocolatier makes everything from chocolates to truffles in-house. For an extra sweet treat, try a chocolate-making class. 1575 Old Alabama Rd., Ste. 205. chamberlainschocolate.com

Unmask Jack the Ripper, complete a secret mission as a Soviet-era spy or play Indiana Jones for an hour at The Escapery, the locally owned venue for all things adventurous. Travel through

time and space to solve the mysteries of five themed escape rooms, all designed and engineered in-house. 1349 Old 41 Hwy. NW., Ste. 250. theescapery.com

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movements of salsa or strutting along to the swing or tango, nothing beats the range of options Celebrity Ballroom Dance studio offers. Your first dance lesson is free. 2727 Canton Rd., Ste. 520. celebrityballroomdance.com

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Curious about current design trends in tile? Elisabeth Stubbs, co-owner of Enhance Floors & More, says that large (18” x 18” and 20” x 20”) tiles are frequently installed, even in small rooms. Rectangular shapes (12” x 24”) are being used on floors and walls. Tiles with texture,

movement and shade variation are also trending. In terms of color, neutrals such as off-whites, beiges and grays are popular. 1847 Roswell Rd. enhancefloors.com

Feel safe and sound at home during the day and at night with the inTouch 180™ Indoor Camera from CPI Security. This high-resolution camera gives you a 180-degree view of an area in your home. See smoke coming from the kitchen? Access two-way communication via the inTouch app. Your little chef can simply tap the gadget and be connected to mom and dad in a snap! 1395 S. Marietta Pkwy. SE., #110. cpisecurity.com

The Atlanta Best Media team recently got all the dirt on how to care for succulents with a Make and Take

Southern Design & Remodeling (SDR) is the ultimate one-stop shop for your next home project. Its recently renovated showroom presents samples of the company’s all-encompassing remodeling services. Here, visitors can explore simulated home spaces, including a kitchen featuring SDR’s affordable, easy-installation Medallion Cabinetry, which comes in a wide range of finishes. 4235 Merchants Walk Dr., Ste. 110. sdratlanta.com

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Buckhead. Selecting from different echeverias, hens and chicks, and sedum succulents, the crew’s pots shaped up nicely! At the Johnson Ferry Road location, test out your green thumb with one of the brand’s many gardening classes. 2900 Johnson Ferry Rd. pikenursery.com

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Congratulations to Peachtree Hearing for being named Best Self Atlanta’s (sister publication to My East Cobb) 2019 BEST AUDIOLOGY/ HEARING PRACTICE! Helmed by Dr. Melissa Wikoff, this family owned audiology practice is coveted for its range of services—from tinnitus management and advanced hearing aid technology to wax removal and solutions for musicians. Since opening in 2016, Dr. Wikoff has received numerous accolades, including the Caregiving Award from Friends of Gwinnett Seniors for her work with the elderly. peachtreehearing.com, 470.485.4327 There’s no shortage of hairstyle inspiration seen on the runways this season. Bedazzled hair accessories reign supreme, with SLEEK, STRAIGHT ’DOS like Blo Blow Dry Bar’s Executive Sweet style coming in at a close second, says franchise partner Erin Freer. Have a trend you’d love to try? Bring a photo to Blo and they’ll make the magic happen. 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd. blomedry.com

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Since 1998, Skin Care by Gabriela has been an East Cobb staple that provides PERSONALIZED SKIN CARE REGIMENS and standout services. Come in for a Deep Pore Cleansing facial and leave with products made by the spa, such as the Nightly Calibrator serum, to keep the glow going. 286 Village Pkwy. NE., Ste. 150. skincarebygabriela.com

For a program that checks all the fitness boxes, check out SPENGA’s new location in East Cobb. Their 60-minute workout

IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY, STRENGTHENS MUSCLES AND BOOSTS ENDURANCE with every session. Paired with invigorating aromatherapy, upbeat music and skilled instructors, SPENGA will whip you into shape in no time. 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 404. spenga-eastcobb.com

Imagine getting fit with just two 20-minute workouts a week. Using high-tech machines that don’t rely on traditional equipment like weights and treadmills, The Exercise Coach

OFFERS PERSONALIZED FITNESS PROGRAMS that are designed for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. The company’s proprietary machines can adjust the workout to your strengths and weaknesses in real time. 1513 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 175. exercisecoach.com my

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2. A true nod to Southern cooking, The Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell tickles taste buds with all kinds of culinary delights, including the Pimento Cheese Fritters. A customer favorite, the dish’s housemade pimento cheese is hand-breaded with panko crumbs and drizzled with “Comeback Sauce” and bacon marmalade. 590 Mimosa Blvd. themillkitchenandbar.com 3. Barbecue lovers, rejoice! Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q recently opened its 10th Georgia location at Sandy Plains Marketplace in East Cobb. Gather ’round the table and enjoy the smoky goodness of baby back ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, barbecue chicken, turkey breast and more at this Southern institution. 20 Sandy Plains Rd., Ste. 100. jimnnicks.com 4. Stop by Duck Donuts inside Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center for delectable made-to-order doughnuts. Customers go crazy for the iced-out maple bacon confection with chopped meat atop. Not to mention, one bite of the s’mores doughnut with chocolate icing covered in graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow drizzle will transport you to a campfire with friends. 1281 Johnson Ferry Rd. duckdonuts.com 5. A hallmark of Greek cuisine is Kouzina Christos’ boneless lamb leg, seasoned with traditional herbs and roasted and sliced to order for gyros. Pair it with their fluffy pita bread topped with fresh tzatziki, vine-ripe tomatoes and feta. 1453 Terrell Mill Rd. kouzinachristos.com

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1. Miami has nothing on Marietta, now that Jimmy’z Kitchen has brought its mouthwatering mofongo (a Puerto Rican fried plantain dish) to town. Acclaimed for the contemporary fusion fare of founding chef Jimmy Carey (who has now teamed up with Atlanta chef Bobby Holley), the new eatery features a fresh, seasonal menu of seafood and steak dishes with a Latin flair. 2468 Windy Hill Rd. SE., Ste. 600. jimmyzkitchen.com

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Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun pla APRIL APRIL 4 Smithsonian Museum Day Marietta Museum of History 10am-4pm Free Take advantage of knowledge without the price tag at the Marietta Museum of History’s annual Museum Day. Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, Museum Day grants you and a guest access to the exhibitions at no cost. mariettahistory.org/events-3

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726 Hyde Rd. 10-10:45am, 11-11:45am Free Experience the natural beauty of Cobb County’s historic Hyde Farm, spanning 135 acres of forest and the Chattahoochee River, during its free monthly 45-minute walking tours. Registration is required. cobbcounty.org/parks/events/hyde-farm-tour

APRIL 17 Create! April Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 9:30am-1:30pm Free Bring your crafting supplies and get creative! This monthly gathering gives you time to work on your projects and chat with fellow creators. Prior registration is required. johnsonferry.org

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1058 Alpharetta St. 10am Free Mojo Vinyl Records is celebrating Record Store Day with limited-edition vinyl releases, turntables, art, T-shirts and a bunch of free swag. Come celebrate record store culture and support the independent shops keeping the spirit alive. visitroswellga.com/events/record-storeday-2020

APRIL 20 In Zines We Trust: A Zine Club Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center 7-8:30pm Free Interested in the world of zines? This monthly zine club invites teens and adults to explore the various genres and stages of development that go into the zine-making process. Write poems, collage artwork, make copies and distribute! cobbcat.org/event/in-zines-we-trust-a-zine-club

APRIL 25 Keep Cobb Beautiful Spring Recycling Event 2245 Callaway Rd. SW. 9am-1pm Free Bring your hard-to-recycle items such as electronics, appliances and Styrofoam to Jim R. Miller Park for Keep Cobb Beautiful’s spring recycling event. Help do your part to keep waste out of landfills and Keep Cobb Beautiful. cobbcounty.org/keep-cobb-beautiful

MAY MAY 2 Taste of East Cobb Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 11am-5pm Free; tastings require ticket Savor the best food and drink East Cobb has to offer. There will be live entertainment to serenade you as you wine and dine, plus a kids’ zone full of inflatables and activities. tasteofeastcobb.com

MAY 7 Lunch & Learn – How to Network Like You Mean It! 4441 Atlanta Rd. SE. Noon-1pm Free As the saying goes, it’s all about who you know! Learn the art of networking and how to gain meaningful contacts, not just a stack of business cards, with Kathy Grosskurth. Bring your own lunch. Registration required. cobbcollaborative.org/event

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Six Flags White Water 10:30am-6pm $50 Swimsuit season is upon us. Break out the sunblock for the opening weekend of Atlanta’s largest water park. Float your way down the lazy river, brave the tides of the Atlanta Ocean wave pool or shoot down more than 15 waterslides. sixflags.com/whitewater

MAY 15-17 Marietta Greek Festival Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 11am-6pm $5 for adults, free for kids under 12 Celebrate the blend of Christian faith and Hellenic culture with three days of live music, traditional dance, savory dishes and mouthwatering desserts. Tours of the Byzantium-inspired church are available throughout the festival. mariettagreekfestival.com

JUNE JUNE 6-7 Flying Colors Butterfly Festival Chattahoochee Nature Center 10am–3pm Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers This annual celebration starts with the monarch release that fills the air with hundreds of fluttering butterflies. Other festivities will include face painting, food trucks, sidewalk art and fairy houses. chattnaturecenter.org

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Barrington Hall 10am-5pm Free Celebrate the beauty and fragrance of one of the world’s most beloved plants. There will be stalls from local artisans, food, children’s activities, plant demonstrations and even the opportunity to build your own fairy house. Parking is available at Roswell Presbyterian. facebook.com/ roswelllavenderfestival

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hat’s better than a fitness studio featuring your favorite workout class every single day? One that offers every kind of workout class under one roof. That was the idea that launched the newly renamed Peach Out Power Yoga in East Cobb, its

new designation reinforcing the studio’s tried-and-true reputation for a fun, laid-back interpretation of traditional yoga. As a result, it’s the community’s one-stop shop for all things fitness. “The name Peach Out Power Yoga speaks to who we are,” says owner Karen Patton. “It’s been fun to create a name now that we really know who we are as a studio.” That “we” is a studio where anyone off the street can come in and feel comfortable and confident taking a yoga class. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, far removed from the perfect poses and beautiful bodies reputation some traditional yoga studios carry.

“We’re not your typical yoga studio,” Patton says. “We’re approachable, welcoming, people aren’t intimidated to come in. We’re extremely different in that we play fun music, we dance and we’re always trying new things. People have an image of what yoga is, and I think that can be scary for some, but our brand is vibrant, and although we absolutely deliver a powerful, traditional yoga class, we add our own twist and personality to it.”

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Not being in Buckhead, Patton knew it wouldn’t be easy to attract yoga clientele. She sought to “make” yogis instead, and offered something different. On her class calendar you’ll see a little bit of everything: non-heated classes to hot power yoga, basic fundamentals and slow flow to advanced classes, and fitness-minded classes such as Yogalates, Sculpt & Flow, Yin and meditation. Every class adapts to fit a variety of skill levels, interests and workout personalities. Plus, Patton carries chic yoga gear (it’s the only local studio that sells lululemon), and new clients can try a class for free before committing to a membership.

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“We’ve built such a great community,” says Patton, who started that camaraderie from the ground up, seeking out beginner yogis and offering them a place they could belong. “Everybody that walks through the door knows each other. This is their happy place, their home and the people here are truly their friends. I’m very proud of what I’ve built here. It is exactly what I had hoped for.” “You really have to come take a class so you know what I’m trying to describe, because there is just a feeling the second you walk in the studio,” says Patton, who teaches classes alongside a staff of 13 instructors. “We’ve got something really special. Every instructor brings their own personality, style and energy to their classes, and I think that’s why people connect—it’s authentic. My energy and what I envisioned, I think it’s infectious. My instructors embraced it from day one, and so did our clientele. It feels like one big family, really.” Because her instructors are part of her family, you’ll most likely spot Karen at her studio, but she does frequent the (also newly named) East Cobb Tavern and Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant and shops Ivy Lane in Marietta. Peach Out Power Yoga, peachoutpoweryoga.com, 3162 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 440, Marietta, 470.299.5256. The content for this article is brought to you by Peach Out Power Yoga.

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As Nancy Whitesides walks her rescue pup, London, down the street in East Cobb, she reflects on the volunteer work she has undertaken since 2014, advocating for children who find themselves in Georgia’s foster-care system. Every week, Nancy visits children and their foster families to check on them, attends court hearings to report on their behalf and provides a friendly face as the kids navigate their new surroundings. “I’m honored to do it,” she says. “I have a master’s degree in counseling and thought it was a good fit for me now that my three sons are older. These foster kids—many of whom were neglected or abused—need somebody to advocate for them.”

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“Children are traumatized when they’re put in foster care,” she explains. “They’re not just placed with strangers in a new home, they’re faced with different food, a different bed, a different school—it’s terrifying. They don’t know what the future holds. That’s why court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers are so important. We’re a consistent face for them. I meet with each child at least once a month until they are placed in a permanent ‘forever’ home. There are over 12,000 children in foster care this year in Georgia and over 6,000 have a CASA volunteer. But there are more than 40 children in Cobb County still waiting for one. We need volunteers!” Nancy says she’s met these children at school during lunch, at the park for a walk or at their home to play a game. “Anyone can do this,” she says. “Whether you’re a young adult or a senior citizen, the job is to ensure kids are safe, they’re protected, that they’re placed with adults who can care for them and consistently meet their needs.” She laughs, “I’ve gone to school concerts, graduations and dance recitals. I want that kid to look out in the audience and say, ‘Oh! That lady is here again!’” Stress management for Nancy isn’t a problem—she frequently visits CycleBar East Cobb and Sculpted Body Fitness Center for a workout on the Megaformer. facebook.com/CobbCASA

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Rabbi Steven Lebow has been the leader of Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb for over 30 years. “It’s not common,” says Steven. “I expected it to be a three- to five-year position.” But as the congregation grew from 40 families to over 400, he and his family were able to stay and put down roots. After 34 years, Steven is set to retire this spring, leaving behind a legacy of community activism and social justice. “I was not the most popular man in town,” Steven reminices, referring to his involvement with pro-gay rights during the early ’90s.

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Another cause Steven is passionate about is Leo Frank. “It’s the most famous unsolved mystery case in the history of Georgia,” recounts Steven. In 1913, 13-year-old Mary Phagan was murdered and Frank was convicted, despite evidence pointing to another man, Jim Conley. After his appeals went all the way up to the Supreme Court, Frank’s sentence was eventually commuted to life imprisonment. Outraged, a group of locals formed a lynch mob that abducted Frank from prison in Milledgeville and drove him 175 miles back to Marietta, where he was hanged. Frank was granted a posthumous pardon in 1986, but Steven is seeking exoneration. When asked why he took up this particular cause, Steven replied, “He has no family members ... so it sort of fell to me to be Leo Frank’s rabbi.” He plans to continue to work on Frank’s case after he retires from Temple Kol Emeth. When the rabbi is not busy with services or bar and bat mitzvahs, he enjoys eating at Bagelicious and Frankie’s “on Roswell Road.”

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In the spring of 1993, Cobb County passed a resolution that condemned homosexuality, sparking national criticism. After an invitation to the Cobb Citizens Coalition, which was fighting the resolution, Steven realized “there were no other straight clergymen who would stand up for them [the gay community] and my wife said, ‘You’ve got to do something.’ So I organized the resistance.” In the summer of ’94, he organized a gay rights demonstration on Marietta Square attended by thousands.

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You can become a Battle Buddy and support veterans in need A VETERAN WITH A of food and social “CELEBRATION OF SERVICE” BLANKET connection by packing and delivering nutritious food and hygiene kits. 1220 Old Canton Rd. unitedmilitarycare.org

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Filled with playgrounds, trails and open greenscapes, Mabry Park, East Cobb’s newest lush landscape, is quite literally a breath of fresh air. Perfect for busy bees with less spare time, Mabry Park is looking for volunteers to

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF (TOP) JEWISH FAMILY & CAREER SERVICES OF ATLANTA; (MIDDLE LEFT) UNITED MILITARY CARE; (BOTTOM LEFT) FRIENDS OF MABRY PARK, PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER HORTMAN.

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Every day, BrightPoint for Children works to make sure impoverished and vulnerable youth receive the education and support they need. The organization partners with fellow nonprofits and manages their child sponsorship programs. Get involved by volunteering to help sort

and read letters between children and sponsors,

and prepare letters to be mailed. To sign up, contact Cathi Cahn at cathi@brightpointforchildren.org. brightpointforchildren.org

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