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From the Founder With a busy summer season underway, we’ve launched a Facebook page for My Sandy Springs (@mysandysprings). We encourage you to visit our page and tell us all about the people in your neighborhood who contribute and do good things for your community. Do you have a favorite librarian, dog walker or crossing guard? Are there important developments taking place you want to share?

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And just like Sandy Springs has been experiencing a total renaissance, we’ve been undergoing our own period of change and growth here at Atlanta Best Media in Sandy Springs. We recently welcomed Laura J. Downey to our team. Serving as our company’s managing editor, Laura brings with her more than 15 years of editorial experience (including PEOPLE magazine and Forbes Travel Guide) to our six hyperlocal magazines including My Sandy Springs, My East Cobb, My Buckhead, My Alpharetta, My Intown, and My Vinings/Smyrna, and our flagship publications, My Home Improvement (formerly Atlanta Home Improvement) and Best Self Atlanta. Wishing you lots of summertime fun from all of us at Atlanta Best Media.

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Step into the Roaring Twenties at Prohibition in the Park on July 29. Sip libations infused with ingredients from the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, savor bites, and enjoy jazz music in a cigar lounge. Melissa Swindell, director of Historic Resources & Education Programs at Heritage Sandy Springs, will share the history of speakeasies in the suburban city. Tickets start at $50. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir. HeritageSandySprings.org

menu items like the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with whole-grain mustard sauce and green beans. 220 Sandy Springs Cir. BrooklynCafe.com

The beautiful Chastain Park will play host to many artists including The Moody Blues, Deep Purple & Alice Cooper, and 2CELLOS. Savor food from Proof of the Pudding catering or dig into more classic concessions. 4469 Stella Dr. NW. ChastainSeries.com

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Sample Miracle Fruit (a palate-altering berry) and a curated selection of small plates at Flavor Tripping. This fun tasting experience is hosted by {three} sheets on the first Wednesday of every month. 6017 Sandy Springs Cir. ThreeSheetsAtlanta.com/Flavor-Tripping

Say hello to the new Windsor Parkway Pedestrian Bridge. Spanning 83 feet, the

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Mark and Randi Jaffe showcase several pieces of Jewish fine art inside The Chai Gallery of Fine Art. Here, expect to find lithographs,

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Interior designer Stephanie McLean Williamson transformed a Chastain Park residence into a beach oasis by keeping the colors light, staining the floors, using custom art and accessorizing with nautical-themed décor. The result is a gorgeous and inviting room. SMGInteriorDesign.com

Grab a good book and step into serenity at The Sandy Springs Library Reading Garden.

Created in 2010, the garden features an international peace pole and classical designed labyrinth. Those wanting to put their green thumb to use and assist with the garden’s landscaping improvements can inquire with the City of Sandy Springs. 395 Mount Vernon Hwy. ArtSandySprings.org

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PHOTO COURTESY OF (TOP LEFT) KINGSLEY BATE (MANUFACTURER); (MIDDLE LEFT) STEPHANIE GEYER; (BOTTOM RIGHT) ART SANDY SPRINGS; (MIDDLE RIGHT) MARK JAFFE.

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ARE YOU AN ADVOCATE FOR HEALTHY LIVING? If yes, you could be the perfect addition to the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber’s Health & Well-Being Council. The Chamber is currently looking for new members and speakers for upcoming events. Six Concourse Pkwy. SandySpringsPerimeterChamber.com

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2. With outdoor concert season in full effect, Food 101 is serving up picnic baskets to all. Going to see your favorite artist perform at Concerts by the Springs or Chastain Park Ampitheatre? Executive Chef Ryan Smith prepares shared items like deviled eggs and ham, pimento cheese with pretzel bread, and bourbon pecan pie for friends and family. 4969 Roswell Rd. Food101Atl.com 3. Dive into Mediterranean fare with traditional wood-fired tapas and flatbread pizzas from Under the Cork Tree. The restaurant, which is named after the 1936 children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand,” pinpoints the laid-back philosophy of Jason Sheetz and Chef William Sigley. The two encourage patrons to fully appreciate all that life has to offer. 5600 Roswell Rd. NE. CorkTreeRestaurant.com 4. Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads serves globally inspired cuisine. Its charred cauliflower with maple sesame dressing, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds is a must-order dish. And you won’t find a freezer or fryer in its zero-waste kitchen. 6050 Roswell Rd. RizeArtisanPizza.com 5. Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery has been preparing gluten-free breads, cakes and cupcakes for customers since 2009. Its pound cake with a touch of lemon makes for the perfect summertime dessert when topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. 5920 Roswell Rd. SallysGlutenFreeBakery.com

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1. Turn to Pig-N-Chik BBQ for classics such as pulled pork sandwiches, Brunswick stew, and collard greens. Or try something you’ve never had before like the down-home Redneck Nachos. Think pieces of pork atop fries covered in cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce. 4920 Roswell Rd. PigNChik.net

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF (AMERICAN GIRL® CLUB SUMMER CAMP) ALPHARETTA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU; (LITTLE DIGGERS: WILDFLOWER SEED BALLS) CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS.

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Heritage Sandy Springs Museum 9:30am-3:30pm $225 Heritage Sandy Springs members, $250 non-members Back by popular demand, this weeklong camp uses American Girl® dolls, arts and crafts, and games to teach kids about our country’s history. Conta.cc/2rnsCp8

We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered Chastain Park Amphitheatre 8pm Tickets start at $43 Step back in time with music from this Carpenters tribute band. ChastainSeries.com

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6075 Sandy Springs Cir. 7-11pm $50 for Heritage Sandy Springs members, $75 for non-members Don ’20s-inspired cocktail outfits and enjoy drinks infused with items from the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. HeritageSandySprings.org

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1425 Indian Trail NW. 8am Free, $3 parking (cash only) Experience morning views of the Chattahoochee River on this 3-mile hike. HeritageSandySprings.org

280 Hammond Dr. Times vary $2,700 (not including required reading materials) Receive Soulful Yoga Teacher training to become a certified yoga instructor. SoulfulYogaAtl.com

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6100 Lake Forrest Dr. 10am-Noon Free Little ones ages 6 to 10 can get their hands dirty with this gardening series designed to teach them about the wonders of Mother Nature. Facebook.com/SandySpringsFarmersMarket

234 Hilderbrand Dr. 9:30-1am $10 Enjoy live music from the Ally Venable band while dining on classic bar food like burgers and fries. DarwinsBurgers.com

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7300 Brandon Mill Rd. 6:30-8pm $10 per family, $5 per person Take the crusade to save the planet to a local level and learn about conservation efforts for animals in the Sandy Springs area. Registration.SandySpringsGa.gov

203 Azalea Dr. 1:30-6pm Free Join other adventure-seekers at this all-adult float down the Chattahoochee River. Facebook.com/SouthernExpMus

4620 S. Atlanta Rd. SE. 1-3pm $70 Beginner to intermediate trapeze students are invited to let their inner circus freak fly at this fun balancing class. TheSpaceAtl.com

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AUG. 12 The Motivated Mom Tour 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. 9:30am-1pm $50 general ticket, $75 VIP ticket Join other moms at this educational event designed to inspire. MotivatedMom.org

Did You Know?

A quarter of Sandy Springs residents speak a language other than English at home.

EPT. SSEPT. 5 Titles @ Twilight 6075 Sandy Springs Cir. 6:30-7:30pm Free Kathy Wilson Florence will debut “Jaybird’s Song,” a novel about the Jim Crow South at this monthly series. HeritageSandySprings.org

AUG. 12 An Evening for Peru 8767 Roswell Rd. 7pm-Midnight $50-$500 Join Make a Miracle at its casino event for the people of San Juan De Lurigancho. MakeAMiracle.net

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There are more Fortune 500 corporations per capita in Sandy Springs than in any other U.S. city.

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86 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE. 8-9:30am Prices vary Created by the late Doug Kessler, this race is designed to inspire athletes to “run like lightning.” HeritageSandySprings.org

395 Mt. Vernon Hwy. 4-5:30pm Learn the secrets to growing your money and more at this workshop. AFPLS.org

6075 Sandy Springs Cir. Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm Free Celebrate the founding of Sandy Springs with food, art, music, and fun. SandySpringsFestival.com

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Mayor Rusty Paul M AY O R • F A M I LY M A N • F O O D L O V E R By Ronda Racha Penrice

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andy Springs chose Mayor Rusty Paul as much as he chose it. Nearly 25 years ago when

he and his family moved back to the Atlanta metro area from Washington, D.C., Eva Galambos, who would become the city’s first mayor, rang him minutes after his phone was installed. She invited him to join the effort to make Sandy Springs a stand-alone city. And the Birmingham native, who was sworn in as the second mayor of Sandy Springs in 2014, hasn’t stopped serving his adopted hometown since. Top of mind for Mayor Paul is the multimillion-dollar development, City Springs. The 15-acre community, which is bordered by Roswell Road, Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs Circle, and Johnson Ferry Road, is slated for a 2018 completion.

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“Sandy Springs is a suburban community that evolved without a lot of planning,” Paul explains. “In most cities you have a town square,” he says. “Sandy Springs had none of that.” Adding, “City Springs is our effort at going back and recreating that town square, if you will. We have two theaters, a performing arts center, and a smaller 400-seat theater that will double as City Council chambers,” he says.

recreating that town square, if you will.

Other highlights include a four-acre park with fountains, tables and benches. “We’ll also have open green space that we can use for entertainment, for festivals. We want people to come and hang out.” When he’s not busy serving the community, the father of five is spending time with his family. “We probably eat at Hammocks [Trading Company] more than any other place because our daughter, Emily, works there [as maître d’],” he says, recommending the baked crab and jalapeño oysters. Under the Cork Tree, il Giallo Osteria & Bar, and Cibo e Beve also score high. SandySpringsGa.gov

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or most Atlantans, the name Chuck Wolf has long been linked to photography. For decades, Wolf based his massive, national Wolf Camera franchise out of his adopted hometown of Atlanta. Yet, the advent of digital technology permanently altered that business and by 2003, Wolf shifted his focus, transferring his deep understanding of branding strategy into a new industry. He went on to establish WolfBone Marketing.

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What’s more, he saw a glaring void in the marketplace. He could see that people were taking more pictures than ever before. But, those digital photos were staying inside their cameras and phones or saved on their computers. Printing them out to display meant relying on the limited capabilities of a desktop home printer or ordering prints from an online photo service with no idea what the final image would really look like until after delivery.

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Wolf wanted to bring a personal touch back to the photo service industry. “These [pictures] are important. This is personal. These are memories,” says Chuck Wolf, owner of Wolf Photo Design Bar, and founder of Wolf Camera. So, in 2014, he established Wolf Photo Design Bar to do just that, giving customers an actual brick-andmortar location where creativity is sparked from the minute they walk inside. The entire space showcases examples of captivating projects all produced with clients’ own photos and all completed right there in house. And that’s the whole point. “We want to bring people in here and show them what they can really do,” says Wolf.

When he’s not building his business, Wolf can be spotted all over town. “I play golf at least once a week, and I Iike to go to see the Braves or Falcons play, too.” Wolf also enjoys concerts at Chastain [Park Amphitheatre] Kitchen. “When I first moved down here from and dining at Rumi’s Kitchen Washington, D.C. in 1975, I lived in Sandy Springs. I later moved to Buckhead in 1982.” Wolf has long been an active, committed member of Temple Sinai, devoting community service time to honor his faith. 3763 Roswell Rd. NE., 404-709-2981, PhotoDesignBar.com

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At Wolf Photo Design Bar, clients have immediate access to a staff of professionals—photographers and graphic designers—who help them turn their images into the best possible format for production. These pros can help decide if the photo needs color adjustment or editing, and offer suggestions for printing options. While online services can be convenient at times, “We’re bringing back that one-on-one interaction,” Wolf proclaims.

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or Tom Mahaffey, after spending the majority of his career in banking, serving as the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce president/CEO since February 2011 has been an absolute dream. “I have been fortunate to meet all of our business and political leaders and often take part in their business decisions to expand and relocate into Sandy Springs,” Mahaffey says. “There are so many different committees and programs the Chamber provides, and it has been exciting to have a hand in creating some of these programs and events.”

He lives in Sandy Springs with his four children from late wife, Donna Adams Mahaffey. In 2016, the Chamber established a scholarship fund in her name at North Springs Charter High School and Riverwood International Charter School. Upon retirement, he plans to relocate to a small city in Croatia. “There is a lot of beauty there,” Mahaffey says.

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What have been the biggest changes in the business landscape of Sandy Springs over the past few years?

The City of Sandy Springs works with the new businesses and developers moving into our community to create the type of environment that the city and residents would like to have. Because of everyone working together, it has become a “friendly place to do business.” The city has created a system that allows the developers to follow the progress of their permit and be notified if there are issues.

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What would you like people to know about the Chamber? The Sandy

Springs Perimeter Chamber is ideally located in the heart of the Central Perimeter business market and is very accessible to our corporate partners. The Chamber supports companies of all sizes in Sandy Springs, and vice versa. It is often mistaken as only being for “big companies,” but about 80 percent of our members are small companies with less than 50 employees.

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What are your favorite things to do in Sandy Springs? I try to visit and support as many of our local restaurants as possible. I go to Hammocks Trading Company for its grouper tacos and Kaiser’s Chophouse is becoming a favorite. I also enjoy walking at Chastain Park. We have a lot of nice places to dine and shop. Sandy Springs is becoming a go-to destination for dining, competing with Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Buckhead, and Alpharetta. SandySpringsPerimeterChamber.com

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Mahaffey gets the chance to travel the globe representing the Chamber, most recently making trips to China, Israel, and India. “The Consulate General of India and staff have a Southeast Regional office in Sandy Springs and have been an active part of our community for several years,” Mahaffey says.

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one of Mastermind Escape Games’ six rooms? Working together, teams have 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes to discover the way out. 5825 Glenridge Dr. MastermindEscapeGames.com

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Children ages 6 to 10 can learn about native plants and wildflowers at this free Little

Diggers gardening event held at Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market on August 12 from 10am to Noon. 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. HeritageSandySprings.org

Doug Kessler Sandy Springs Lightning 10K/5K on September 23 at 8am. Open to children, strollers, and now, dogs, folks are encouraged to “run like lightning” to the finish line. 86 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE. HeritageSandySprings.org

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make up the Fire Corps, a volunteer unit that assists the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue. In the eight-week Citizens Fire Academy program, volunteers learn how to conduct search and rescues, undergo EMS training and more. SandySpringsGa.gov

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Help keep the watershed that Sandy Springs calls home clean and healthy.

With the Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs, volunteers can assist with water quality monitoring, advocacy support, and educational demonstrations. WatershedAllianceOfSandySprings.org

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Leadership Sandy Springs works with over 500 community members to

Be a force for change for at-risk students and underserved youth with the Sandy

Springs Education Force. Sign up to assist with everything from reading programs to conducting mock interviews and more. SandySpringsEducationForce.org/ Volunteers

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