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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. 29). 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 writeup. If your dog, cat, or bird didn’t make it into this issue, show us a photo of you with them by tagging @MySandySprings on Facebook. We want to know what makes them so special to you.

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With a new year underway, spend time enjoying neighborhood activities like a cheesemaking class at CalyRoad Handmade Cheese & Provisions (p. 9) or learn how to use your high-tech camera at the Sandy Springs Photography Club’s monthly meeting (p. 9). And since I’m all about giving back, I encourage you to get in on the Adopt-a-Senior program (p. 30). You’ll be able to deliver carnations and gift bags to those at the Dunwoody Health and Rehabilitation Center on Feb. 17. Put a smile on someone’s face—Saint Valentine would be proud. With so many things to do, places to go, and people to know, our community is bustling with inspiring individuals and fun happenings. So if there’s an event you’d like our staff to check out, email me at: editor@atlantabestmedia.com. You never know. You just might see your suggestion in the next issue!

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Sample vino from around the world at The Savvy Cellars. Its Thursday tastings highlight a rotating selection of wines (think bold winter reds). On Jan. 25, enjoy sips accompanied by savory charcuterie and cheese boards. 6690 Roswell Rd. TheSavvyCellars.com

Are your photos turning out less than picturesque? Meet fellow shutterbugs at the Sandy Springs Photography Club on the first Tuesday of each month. Learn everything from how to use a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera to the ins and outs of editing with Adobe Photoshop—all for free! 7300 Brandon Mill Rd. SandySpringsGa.gov

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Following a $2.5 million donation from Ken Byers, chairman of Byers Engineering Company, and his wife Trish, City Springs’ hub for the arts has been named the Byers Theatre. The performance center will hold approximately 1,070 guests. 237 Johnson Ferry Rd. CitySprings.com

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Living in Sandy Springs has plenty of perks, like its proximity to highways and sizable housing choices. Considering moving and want more land? Zana Dillard (below), broker associate at Dillard and Company, recommends Brandon Mill Woods where lots are at least half an acre in size. 3290 Northside Pkwy. NW. DillardAndCompany.com

Paul and Cindy Young wanted more space to entertain large groups in their Sandy Springs home. Enter Weidmann & Associates, Inc. The company expanded the dining room, giving the family additional square footage for a massive farmhouse table with a rustic wood bench. 1875 Old Alabama Rd. WeidmannRemodeling.com

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Sandy Springs residents, Leah and Amaz, hired local artist Shirley Seguin of Shirley Seguin Fine Art to customize their kitchen’s stained-glass window. They immediately fell in love with the work of art’s intricate detailing. Not only is this unique design a great conversation starter, but each day the couple is reminded of its beauty. “When the sunlight is reflected in multiple directions, it brightens up our kitchen and our lives. It’s amazing,” Leah says. ShirleySeguinFineArt.com

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handle it will lead to relying on momentum and lessen results. PEOPLE SHOULD STRIVE FOR QUALITY OVER QUANTITY,” says Hannah Whitlock, owner of Reformed Atlanta. 6053 Sandy Springs Cir. ReformedAtlanta.com

BUST OUT SOME BURPEES WITH LAWTON HYDRICK, a 38-year fitness veteran. His popular eightto-12 week Triple Threat Challenge boot camps, which are held at Chastain Park Gymnasium, are filled with strengthbuilding moves like the ever-challenging battle rope waves and mountain climbers. 140 W. Wieuca Rd. NW. Facebook.com/TripleThreatChallenge

KEEP THE SPARK ALIVE with help from the MonaLisa Touch laser treatment at Academia of Women’s Health & Endoscopic Surgery. The minimally invasive vaginal rejuvenation procedure stimulates collagen production (restores elasticity, promotes tissue rehydration), which can enhance intimacy for those who’ve given birth, are postmenopausal, and more. 755 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE. AcademiaWomensHealth.com

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David Duncan of Style4Style helps everyday people select pieces that will make their outfits pop. Here, he paired this red blazer with eye-catching striped pants (see right). “It’s all

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The doctor is in! Beauty doctor, that is. Shivani Bhatia, M.D. of Beauty Box MD gets patients to ditch their oil-filled drugstore skin care products and gives them a custom beauty prescription (which automatically refills) with medicalgrade products like Beauty Box MD’s own Dream Cream moisturizer. 5975 Roswell Rd. BeautyBoxMD.com my

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We have a quaint, chic bridal boutique, Studio J, tucked away in the heart of Sandy Springs. We are located on the west side of Roswell Road, just 2 miles north of I-285 and 2 miles from GA-400. We’re just south of Abernathy, between Huey Luey’s and Taco Bell.

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1. You’ll feel like royalty at Hearth Pizza Tavern when you try its Queen of Sandy Springs specialty pie. The oven-fired dough comes with classic toppings such as fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil, and Italian herbs. 5992 Roswell Rd. HearthPizzaTavern.com

3. Houston-based salad bar, Salata, has made its way to Sandy Springs. The eatery’s emphasis on simplicity extends beyond its minimally processed ingredients and into its sleek design with a vibrant green and magenta color scheme. Here, create a custom bowl made from five lettuce mixes and 50 toppings. 860 Johnson Ferry Rd. Salata.com

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4. Watch sports on oversized flat-screen TVs while relishing sophisticated culinary creations at Dantanna’s. Share an appetizer like the restaurant’s beef carpaccio, which comes with Grana Padano, fried capers, chopped shallots, and olive oil. 6649 Roswell Rd. Dantannas.com 5. Enjoy lunch at Savor Bar & Kitchen located inside the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel. While dining on crispy fried cod tacos with fresh napa cabbage, soak up the serene view of the Concourse Lagoon. 7 Concourse Pkwy. SavorBarKitchen.com

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2. Emidio’s signature dish, Cataplana, hails from Southern Europe. The sausage and seafood entrée is steamed in a spherical pot of the same name. In keeping with Portuguese tradition, the food is then presented to the table in the very pan it was prepared in. 8610 Roswell Rd. Emidios.net

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Studio J, 6600 Roswell Rd. NE. 6-8pm $20 Learn how to create the ideal cheese and vino pairing at this event featuring international wine tastings. JLadsonWeddingsWineAndCheese. Eventbrite.com

280 Hammond Dr. NE. Times vary $2,800 This course (held one to two times every month on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) will transform your yoga journey. SoulfulYogaAtl.com

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Forest Violette Live

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Meehan’s Public House 9:30pm-12:30am Free entry, food and drink prices vary Rock out with Forest Violette. He will perform cover songs from bands like Matchbox Twenty, the Eagles, and more. 101Concepts.com/ MeehansSandySprings

Atlanta Center for Wellness 6-7pm Free Tired of obsessing over the scale and dissatisfaction with your body? Get support at this weekly meet up. AtlantaCenterForWellness.com

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Meet Your Other Half: Valentine’s Day Edition Hudson Grille Sandy Springs 7-9:30pm, $12 Mingle with individuals ages 25 to 40 while enjoying complimentary bites. HudsonGrille.com

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Children’s Etiquette Class

2018 Strides for Survivors Walk

735 Langford Ln. NW. Times vary $150 Kiddos can brush up on their manners during this five-day program. Then, they’ll show off what they’ve learned at a formal dinner. TheAmericanSchoolOfProtocol.com

215 W. Wieuca Rd. NW. 10:30am-12:45pm $35 Walk with breast cancer survivors and supporters to raise awareness and funds for a cure. StridesForSurvivors.org

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hen Sandy Springs’ social entrepreneur Brooke Henze launched her business, she developed a product, reminiscent of a generational keepsake, to be cherished by its owner while also spreading joy beyond a single purchase. Through this focus, Brooke created the Swell ForeverTM Forever Blanket®, an heirloom-quality gift, which can include a personalized message in the gift-giver’s own handwriting. This throw directly benefits those in need. Each sale contributes funds to children in foster care and supplements state resources, which often do not cover such extras as therapy programs, athletics, tutoring, club activities or camps. “From a young age, I’ve struggled with the reality that some children don’t have families,” Brooke reveals. “Children in the foster system don’t have that sense of kinship, that heirloom thread of connection.”

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Most of Wolfson’s patients on the hCG plan are men or women ages 35 to 50 who want to lose 10 to 25 pounds but just can’t seem to get the weight off. While about 95 percent of people are excellent candidates for hCG treatment, Wolfson says, there are other weight loss options at hCG Weight Loss Atlanta for those who are not comfortable with giving themselves an injection or have a medical contraindication.

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In 1990, Alexandra, her husband and two children left their homeland unsure of where they’d settle. “There were Jewish pogroms. We got visas and kept quiet in Russia.” Their emigration required months of refugee status until they secured sponsorship from the Atlanta Jewish community. The Korman family fell in love with their new city. “We’re so glad to be here,” Alexandra declares. “The trees, the people—everyone is so friendly. There are good schools and it’s affordable to live here. In just three years, we bought a house and brought family over.” “Sandy Springs is convenient to everything,” Alexandra says. She enjoys time in Chastain Park, as well as shopping and dining at The Prado, though she admits she doesn’t eat out too often. “When I’m at home, I cook! And when we have time away from work, we love to travel.” She’s returned to Russia a few times including a Baltic cruise for her 60th birthday. Yet, while Alexandra respects her roots and treasures her memories, she feels overwhelming gratitude each day for the life she has now in Atlanta and for the valued clients who helped build her business. 404-843-9533

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Let Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Mercedes-Benz, and The Georgia Institute of Technology show your youngster just how cool science, technology, engineering, arts, and math can be. See these exhibitors and more on March 14 at the 8th Annual STEAM Showcase presented by the Sandy Springs Education Force. 7447 Roswell Rd. NE. SandySpringsEducationForce.org

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Stylish Family Safety Grant Park – An old bronze 2 light wall lantern Light your pooch’s path with Grank Park, an old bronze 2 light wall lantern from Atlanta-based Masterpiece Lighting & Home. Here, the staff at the privately owned business works to ensure quicker turnaround service for its clients. With each customer's personal satisfaction in mind, the owners, who are onsite daily, strive to find solutions for all lighting needs. Not priced higher than virtual web stores, homeowners turn to Masterpiece Lighting for quality products at a reasonable rate.

Pets allowed!

Call for an appointment or drop by, today!

(404) 897-9977 (MIDTOWN) (678) 578-6400 (ROSWELL) 558 14th Street Atlanta, GA 30318 Mon. - Fri. 8-5 • Sat. 9-5 www.masterpiecelighting.com

We strive for "excellence in everything"

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Sandy Springs People & Their Pets

“Moeisha, our Ja Russell terrier,ck rides in the work with me evtruck to ery day.” –Dustin Caldw ell

Furry family additions that make forever friends

le, ndood ing e d l o G “Our w, is train dog. r d n A e a therapy e he to be ves everyon ier.” p a He le s a bit hap rloe t e y Pe me d Mar n a k r –Ma

“I nam e after a d her Pico had at dinner I restau a Mexican sassy a rant. She’s n –Mere d chatty.” dith R eagan

“Sasha Fierce has a heart of gold. Since adopting her, I have had nothing but good luck come my way.” –Tamara Hicks

cue “Our res us, is o i c cat, Pre nt. When intellige and I say, my wife he sits to ‘treat,’ nds to get shake hatreat.” his atz –Jerry K

“Addie is a 1-year-old sheepadoodle. She is shaggy chic and loves eating dog— and human—cookies.” –Kim McNamara

“Pipp baby g a Rey is my hiking irl. We love in fron and snugglin g to –Jessi f the TV.” ca Eric son

Want to see your pet here? For a chance to be featured, submit a high-res photo to: assistant@atlantabestmedia.com.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY (MOEISHA) ANTHONY MICHAEL, ANTHONYMICHAEL.NET; (PIPPA REY) STEPHANIE RUNYAN; (ADDIE) SHELBY STECKBAUER OF SHELBYRAE PHOTOGRAPHS, FACEBOOK.COM/SHEEPISHADDIE, INSTAGRAM.COM/SHEEPISH_ADDIE.

“Atlas thinks he’s a Chihuahua but he is a 2-year-old Great Dane! I love every inch of him.” –Emily Durand

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On March 17, Meehan’s Public House will partner with The St. Baldrick’s Foundation to get hundreds of volunteers to shave their heads. This effort helps to

raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer research. Not ready to shave yours? Donate money and watch the locks fly in person. 227 Sandy Springs Pl. NE. StBaldricks.org/Events/MeehansSandySprings

Link up with friends to discover their favorite philanthropic organizations. Then, surprise a buddy for his or her birthday by making a donation in their honor. PlanetGive.org

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The Sandy Springs Mission works to make sure at-risk Latino students are given every opportunity to succeed. Volunteer with

its after-school program

for third through fifth grade pupils and give back by assisting with homework, offering encouragement, and playing games! 850 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NW. SandySpringsMission.org

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Bring joy to golden-agers who don’t have a special someone in their lives. When

you Adopt-a-Senior for Valentine’s Day (Feb. 17), you’ll have an opportunity to play Cupid and deliver gift bags, cards made by schoolchildren, and carnations to those living at the Dunwoody Health and Rehabilitation Center. 5470 Meridian Mark Rd. AdoptASenior.net

Support public safety employees and their families

during times of need by teeing off at the annual Sandy Springs Police Benevolent Fund Charity Golf Tournament on March 26. This daylong shindig at Cherokee Town & Country Club includes breakfast, snacks, and an awards dinner. 665 Hightower Trl. SSPBF.org/Golf-Tournament

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF (BOTTOM LEFT) NEIGHBOR LOVE; (MIDDLE LEFT) ALLI ALLEN; (TOP RIGHT) MEEHAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE; (BOTTOM RIGHT) SILVERSHOTS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOWARD SILVERMAN.

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Sandy Springs resident and co-founder of the nonprofit Second Helpings Atlanta, Alli Allen (right), launched a new online charitable giving platform called PlanetGive.

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