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What You Need to Know About Best of Winners

Does it mean these are the only businesses that provide excellent services and quality products in East Cobb? Of course not, but if you are looking, they should be on your list for consideration. Our East Cobb community is full of stellar businesses that offer exceptional service and experiences; the key is finding the right ones for you.

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER David Leonard EDITOR Cory Olesen ART DIRECTOR Dona Halliday GRAPHIC DESIGN/PRODUCTION A.J. Weston MARKETING AND EVENTS MANAGER Wyndi Kappes DIGITAL MEDIA & EVENTS ASSISTANT Emily Chebib MEDIA CONSULTANTS – PRINT/DIGITAL Dawn DeSantis ddesantis@atlantabestmedia.com Amy Smith asmith@atlantabestmedia.com SENIOR SALES CONSULTANT/ NORTH ATLANTA REGION Witt Beckman witt@atlantabestmedia.com

If you have a favorite place in East Cobb you believe deserves recognition, please let us know.

OFFICE MANAGER Gail Sawyer

After all, we are all about the neighborhood, our community and supporting local East Cobb businesses in many different ways so you can have the information you need to choose the best for you.

CONTRIBUTORS Krys Alex Square Frame Media Alexandra McCray

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Nestled just outside the charming downtown of Blue Ridge, GA, this understated, mountain-lifestyle community offers magnificent views, fly-fishing and one of the best golf experiences in the Southeast. p. 22

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Breaking the blue-collar stereotype, TE Certified founder Josh Brooker only brings on top talent to his team of passionate professionals servicing homes across the metro Atlanta area. p. 18

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What you need to know about Best of Winners is this: They received the award because there are a lot of people who know them, trust them and believe they are the best at what they do. Those believers go online and vote daily to show their support for these local businesses, and those endorsements mean they have a loyal following. This says something.

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There was a time not so long ago that, as a media company owner, I refused to run Best of contests. I didn’t believe it was really fair to label any one business as the best because we have so many great ones in our community, and being the best varies depending on who you ask. But eventually, I changed my mind, and here is why. At the end of the day, I think these contests can provide valuable insight to readers and value to our local East Cobb businesses who choose to participate.

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YOUR BEAUTY ENHANCED Dr. Robinson has devoted his life to helping people transform their dream look into a beautiful reality. Widely known for his genuine compassion and deep commitment to providing the utmost in surgical care, safety, and results, Dr. Robinson has become one of the most trusted cosmetic surgeons in the Atlanta area. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAWYER PHOTOGRAPHY

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distanced reserved seating and elevated dining options like disco

truffle fries and miso-glazed salmon that give dinner and a movie a deluxe makeover. The Battery Atlanta. silverspot.net/atlanta-ga

Nerd out with a trip to the Computer Museum of America in Roswell. Home to one of the largest collections of vintage supercomputers in the world, the facility also features the Computers

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where visitors can learn more about how these machines played characters like R2-D2 and C-3PO from “Star Wars” and how creatives have harnessed computer power for filmmaking. 780 Old Roswell Pl., Ste. 100. computermuseumofamerica.org

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Bask in the beauty of the outdoors with your darling during a Date Night on the River canoe experience hosted by the Chattahoochee Nature Center. During the

2-and-a-half-hour sunset excursion, you can catch a glimpse of turtles, Great Blue Herons and other area wildlife. You can even dine alfresco by packing a picnic to enjoy at Don White Memorial Park before the trip begins. 925(B) Riverside Rd. chattnaturecenter.org

Dine as though you and your partner were in Argentina, and order Belen De La Cruz’s famous empanadas, all 13 versions of which have been carefully crafted to mimic

the flavors the owner grew up with. Complete the meal with one of the bakery’s alfajor cookie options featuring delicious dulce de leche. 1050 E. Piedmont Rd. belendelacruz.com

Food That Rocks returns this year. Instead of one night, they are expanding to four 3-hour sessions with a more intimate VIP experience, featuring

unlimited tastings from participating restaurants, wine, beer and cocktail tastings, and live music. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Tickets will go on sale mid-July. foodthatrocks.org

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In addition to tomatoes, berries and the like, visitors of Marietta’s cult-favorite pop-up market, Burger’s & Berry’s can pick up mouthwatering local peaches.

Cook up some romance with your sweetie by making owner Tina’s beloved peach (or apple) dumplin’ recipe, which is published on the market’s website along with its weekly location information. burgersmarket.com

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my Calendar of Events Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun places with family and friends.

JULY JULY 4 Roswell Area Park 5:30-10pm Free entry Pack a blanket or chairs and celebrate Independence Day with a classic firework show beginning at sunset. Arrive before dark to check out entertainment and food truck offerings. roswellgov.com/discover-us/ calendar

JULY 15, AUG. 19 East Cobb Book Club – PM 2-3:30pm Free Get together virtually with fellow bookworms to discuss “The Last Trial,” a legal thriller by Scott Turow in July and Isabel Wilkerson’s international bestseller about social inequality, “Caste,” in August. The library also offers another book club that hosts virtual morning discussions. cobbcounty.org

THE TOP 44 PLAYERS, PICTURED HERE WITH CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ANDREW YOUNG AND HANK AARON, FROM THE 2019 HANK AARON INVITATIONAL WERE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND PLAY A SHOWCASE GAME AT TRUIST PARK.

JULY 29, AUG. 26 The Avenue East Cobb Summer Movie Series 4475 Roswell Rd. 6pm, movie begins at sunset Free entry Enjoy games, activities and food from nearby restaurants, then watch a PG/G film under the stars. Be sure to bring your own seating option and a table. avenueeastcobb.com/events

JULY 30 - AUG.1 Hank Aaron Weekend presented by Delta Air Lines Truist Park Times and prices vary This multi-day event will highlight and further Hank Aaron’s mission to advance diversity in baseball and achieve social justice on the field and beyond. Saturday will include the Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game, featuring elite high school players. braves.com/hankaaronweekend

AUGUST AUG. 7 East Cobb Triathlon Mountain View Aquatic Center 7:30am-Noon Prices vary It’s time to get physical! For this triathlon, adults can choose from three distances and tackle the course alone or form a mini team to take it on relay style. Youngsters of all ages can get in on the action too with abbreviated options just for them. fivestarntp.com/races/eastcobbtriathlon

AUG. 22 SagerStrong Stadium Fun Run Truist Park 8-10:30am Prices vary Break a sweat in the name of blood cancer research and see the park from the perspective of your favorite Braves players. You can choose to race virtually or select the registration option that includes a game ticket for Aug. 28. sagerstrongfoundation.org

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My East Cobb Your EZ Guide to Neighborhood Home Improvement Resources

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Andy on Call ........................ 770-423-1058 Luminous Shaman ................. 770-331-3711 The Trusted Toolbox ............. 770-623-3097

Construction Ahead .............. 770-234-0911 Southern Design & Remodeling...........................770-321-8669 Southland Development Services............................... 770-560-3012

Concrete Resurfacing ...........678-248-5154 Mudjack Atlanta ....................770-941-0568 Sudlow Concrete ................. 404-450-3753

Decks/Patios Ben Hill Renovations ...............770-949-3514 See page 14 Decks & More ....................... 770-235-6929 DC Enclosures ......................770-999-0532

Electrician Pat Murphy Electric .............. 470-440-2017 Meer Electric ........................770-993-8028 TE Certified Electricians .........770-667-6937

Flooring Enhance Floors & More .........770-565-3808 See page 15 Great American Floors ..........404-254-2964 Westbury Carpet One Floor & Home ................................... 678-430-8172

Foundation Repair Aquaguard ................................770-419-9111 See page 29 ESOG ....................................... 678-290-1325 See page 30 Morris Enviro ........................770-546-3998

Garage Doors Garage Door Experts ............ 866-770-4457 Overhead Door .......................404-566-9872 See page 29 Precision Garage Door Service ....770-698-4619

Gutters AJ Gutter Cleaning ................ 404-749-7060 Aquaguard ................................770-419-9111 See page 29 OutbackGutterVac ................877-703-4822

A Team Services Heating & Air .....................................770-516-5165 Cool Air Mechanical ..............770-266-5247 See page 10 Reliable Heating & Air ........... 770-594-9969

Kitchen & Bath Showrooms Northpoint Appliance ............770-754-1390 Schuon Kitchens & Baths .....770-643-9000 Southern Design & Remodeling...........................770-321-8669

Landscape Miller Landscaping ............... 770-591-5234 NG Turf .................................. 770-832-8608 See back cover Oasis Landscaping ............... 770-913-9033

Painting CFG Painting..........................678-778-1040 Painting Plus ........................... 770-971-1577 See page 30 Versa Painting ......................678-520-1488

Pest Control Arrow Exterminators ........... 404-422-6689 Northwest Exterminating .... 678-810-0026 Mosquito Squad ...................770-504-4494

Plumbers Cool Air Mechanical ..............770-266-5247 See page 10 Emergency Plumbers .......... 404-989-5273 Marine Plumbing Service ......770-426-8060

Pools/Spas Alison Pools .........................678-528-4521 Leslies’s Pool Supplies, Service & Repair .................... 404-257-1971 Neptune Pools .......................770-831-5415

Roofing Ben Hill Renovations ...............770-949-3514 See page 14 One of a Kind Marietta Roofers...470-648-0555 Roofing Plus ......................... 770-999-9675

Shower Enclosures Chattahoochee Shower Doors ... 770-497-1977 Drexler Shower Door & Custom Glass .........................404-800-6469 See page 3 Peachstate Glass & Mirror ... 678-756-4452

Siding Ben Hill Renovations ...............770-949-3514 See page 14 Painting Plus ........................... 770-971-1577 See page 30 Tight Line Exteriors ............. 770-509-2282

Tile Northside Floors .................. 770-428-1725 Tile House of Marietta ........... 770-419-9300 The Tile Shop .......................678-279-2233

Tree Removal Chapman’s Tree Service .......678-921-8163 SoutheastTree.com ............. 770-977-8733 Todd’s Marietta Tree Services ... 678-505-0266

Windows/Window Coverings Ben Hill Renovations ...............770-949-3514 See page 14 Classic Blinds & Shutters .....678-822-0928 See page 2 North Georgia Windows ......... 770-888-1604 See page 12

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“I’m a people person. I love interacting with kids and adults. I love knowing who my patients are, where they’re from, what sports they play, and where they plan to go to college,” Dr. Levin says. Maintaining that bond while providing the best possible care is what led him to establish Levin Orthodontics in 2019. After years in the field, the Tulane/Boston University/Tufts graduate knew founding his own private one-doctor practice would allow him to truly put patients first. As a third-generation orthodontist following the path of his great-uncle and late father, Dr. Levin understands the importance of a personal touch, which is evident to patients from their first interaction with him and his staff. “At my office, the person you speak with on the phone is the person that greets you at the front desk. We pride ourselves on knowing everybody that walks through the front door by their first name and where they just went on vacation,” he says.

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The Florida native is as proud to be a small business owner in the East Cobb community as he is committed to orthodontic excellence. That dedication led Dr. Levin to undertake the rigorous credentialing of becoming board-certified, a distinction held by only 30% of orthodontists. It is with this same drive that he continually evolves his practice to offer the most innovative treatment options, prioritizing comfort, efficiency and affordability.

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Worlds In fact, Levin Orthodontics is the only practice DR. LEVIN HOLDING A CONSULTATION WITH HIS PATIENT, ARI, AND HER MOTHER. in Cobb County to offer InBrace, an advanced system in which braces are placed behind the teeth for a completely invisible treatment option. “InBrace wires are customized to the patient and bent by computer-guided robots. Then, the behind-the-teeth braces are placed at our office. Treatment time has been dramatically decreased with minimal demands on patient compliance as compared to other orthodontic options. There is absolutely nothing on the front of your teeth,” Dr. Levin explains. He also handles more Invisalign® cases than any other private orthodontic practitioner in East Cobb. Dr. Levin touts the many benefits for adults and youngsters alike, including increased accessibility for brushing and flossing, no potential for broken brackets or pokey wires, and the freedom to eat and drink anything while in treatment. Many people are often astonished that kids and teens are surprisingly reliable Invisalign patients (even more so than their parents). The growth of his practice would not have been possible without the KAILEIGH SIGNING DR. LEVIN’S OFFICE WALL. support of the community, which is yet another reason Dr. Levin is passionate about giving back. Through his practice’s Love Your Smile, Love Your Neighbor initiative, he has partnered up with local schools and organizations such as Walton High School, Mt. Bethel Elementary and East Side Baseball. To him, East Cobb will always be more than just an area he serves. “This community has embraced me as one of their own, and I look forward to ‘bracing’ them in the years to come.” Levin Orthodontics, levinortho.com, 1229 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 100, Marietta, 770.952.5255. The content of this article is brought to you by Levin Orthodontics.

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A Modern Approach to Teeth Straightening Levin Orthodontics is the only Cobb County provider of InBrace behind-the-teeth braces and the largest private Invisalign orthodontic practice in East Cobb. Here are five reasons Dr. Zachary Levin loves treating patients with InBrace and Invisalign® aligners.

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Both options are clear or completely invisible. Patient compliance is minimized or eliminated. Easier brushing and flossing.

Treatment time is often shorter than with traditional braces.

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Orthodontic emergencies are virtually nonexistent.

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Old Toccoa Fa Where people, lifestyle and design li If the pace of a small mountain community is what you are looking for, yet you don’t want to sacrifice the many modern conveniences that keep your busy life on track, then look no further than Old Toccoa Farm, just outside Blue Ridge, Georgia. Shadowed by the world’s oldest mountain range and living naturally alongside 4,360 feet of the Toccoa River, Old Toccoa Farm brings people, lifestyle and design together in a setting that is both casual and elegant.

Nature and Southern hospitality stand center-stage as you drive up to the well-designed community gatehouse, and here you receive a warm welcome from the gate attendant. As you drive through the gates, the smell of smoke drifts in the mountain air from fire pits, enveloping your senses and reminding you that you are now in a special place. Your senses are alive as you make your way around the 416-acre community; you begin to notice a significant number of new homes are under construction. Each home is architecturally appropriate, with heavy use of large timbers, natural stone, board and batten, cedar shakes and accent metal roofing. Each works together to create a true sense of belonging. Every home is sized and placed to be “of the land, not on the land,” and you see what they mean by this as you drive around. Nothing seems out of scale. There’s a healthy difference in each home’s architecture, but they all live together nicely. Your head turns towards couples walking their dogs, golfers driving from one hole to the next, and staff moving about; all of this tells you the community has a healthy pulse, but there is much more to look forward to at Old Toccoa Farm this year.

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Real estate lot sales have been robust at Old Toccoa Farm, as have new home construction starts. Twenty beautifully designed homes have been completed, and more and more custom homes are under construction weekly; and the design/ builder program has another 30+ homes in the design pipeline, which will become new construction starts throughout the rest of 2021. Almost all who are purchasing homesites in Old Toccoa Farm are working with their talented team of architects, designers and builders to get their homes started as soon as possible, with new preferred builders joining the team to keep up with demand. The supply chain for construction materials has created unanticipated challenges, but the team at Old Toccoa Farm continues to meet them and is delivering for their property owners.

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THE HOMES AT OLD TOCCOA FARM TAKE DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM THEIR NATURAL SURROUDNINGS.

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Decisions typically start with location. And it all starts with the charm of downtown Blue Ridge, a town that baby boomers and Gen X call the “college town for adults.” It has a great vibe, an always improving restaurant scene, microbreweries, wineries, a thriving arts community, great local shopping and an expansive National Forest that surrounds the town providing nature enthusiasts with the perfect backdrop for world-class outdoor pursuits. For sure, the area checks the box for an active lifestyle, but then the question remains, where do you want to live? The answer is Old Toccoa Farm.

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THE SURROUNDING CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL FOREST OFFERS PLENTY OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

Old Toccoa Farm now has a completed 18-hole golf course that was ranked the #8 Best New Golf Course in the United States by Golf Digest in 2020. This semi-private golf course, designed by Bunker Hill Golf, whose designers, Jack Dredla, Dan Proctor and Dave Axland, have worked for the renowned firm of Coore & Crenshaw for the past 30 years, offers an exceptional golf experience. Among the course’s features are the incredibly beautiful 626-yard, par-five 13th hole; the 413-yard, par-four 6th hole overlooking a 100-year-old barn and four amazing golf holes that play along Old Toccoa Farm’s 4,360 feet of Toccoa River frontage. For those looking to become a part of the local community, the volunteer options are robust and rewarding. In fact, the developers of Old Toccoa Farm, many of its employees and members are intimately involved with local charities, including Habitat for Humanity; The Open Arms Home for Children, a safe foster home for abused and neglected young girls ages 10-18; and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., a veteran-focused organization providing therapy through fly-fishing and fly tying. With spectacular sporting opportunities, a bustling downtown and a giving community, Old Toccoa Farm is the mountain retreat you’re looking for. Old Toccoa Farm, oldtoccoafarm.com, 596 Curtis Switch Rd., Mineral Bluff, Georgia, 706-946-4653 The content for this article is brought to you by Old Toccoa Farm.

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Blue Ridge Attractions: Restaurants and Nightlife: Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill, Black Sheep Restaurant, The Dogwood, Harvest on Main, Cucina Rustica, Misty Mountain Hops, Mona Lisa’s Dessert House, Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta, Masseria Kitchen+Bar, South of North Fusion Eatery, Poke’Jon’s, The Pasta Market, Twisted Tomato and Old Toccoa Farm Tavern.

Benton MacKaye Trail: Blue Ridge is the official start of this 300-mile foot trail through the Appalachians.

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center: Recognized as one of the top five art towns in Georgia, the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center hosts 35-plus exhibits and events annually.

Breweries & Wineries: Fannin Brewing Company, Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Buck Bald Brewing, Copperhill Brewery, Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry, Serenberry Vineyards & Winery, Ott Farms & Vineyard, and Bear Claw Vineyards

Boat Dock Bar & Grill: Float on up to Lake Blue Ridge Marina’s Boat Dock Bar & Grill for some delicious lakefront drinks and eats.

Noontootla Creek Farms: In partnership with Old Toccoa Farm, this 1,000+ acre property offers guided trophy fly-fishing, quail and pheasant shoots, and a 12-stand sporting clay course.

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“We are creating a community that appeals to an active lifestyle buyer and a buyer that wants a well-designed home that doesn’t break the bank on ‘all-in’ costs. We can’t control the material costs, but we can control construction quality and scheduling the best we can,” says Peter Knutzen, one of two managing partners of Old Toccoa Farm. Homes aren’t the only construction taking place at Old Toccoa Farm. The highly anticipated new golf shop and community tavern is now under construction. “We feel that we have come to a critical path in our development plan that requires this new amenity, and we are thrilled for our members, our public playing guests and the greater Blue Ridge community that this is now underway. By mid-fall of this year, we will be ‘full-on’ socializing, and the Old Toccoa Farm Tavern will be the place for our members and visiting guests to gather as they overlook the 9th hole and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains,” says Kevin Hermetz, co-managing partner. He also mentioned that a membership drive is scheduled to coincide with this new phase of amenity construction. So, if you are looking for property or want to become a member, now is the time to contact Old Toccoa Farm.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF OLD TOCCOA FARM, PHOTOGRAPHY BY SQUARE FRAME MEDIA.

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