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From the Editor Help with math project? Check. Get the kids to rehearsal on time? Check. Review homework? Check. With school underway, there are basic tasks that need to be completed. And as the parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure that everything gets done. But sometimes, things fall through the cracks and you just can’t possibly do it all. That’s when standout teachers from our neighborhood schools like the five we’re featuring in this issue come into play. We asked and you answered. And thanks
We salute those making a difference in our community. From providing an extra word of encouragement to sparking the imagination, our neighborhood kids are pushed to new heights thanks to magnificent mentors like these! If your favorite teacher wasn’t highlighted in this issue, share more about him or her on our @MyVinings/Smyrna Facebook page. We’d love to hear how this person is influencing your child’s life.
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Have you ever wondered why everywhere you turn there is a street, building or something with Pace in the name? It’s all about Hardy Pace, the founder of Vinings!
Hardy was an adventurous entrepreneur who moved his wife and small children from his father’s plantation in Putnam County, Georgia to settle in the vicinity of West Paces Ferry Road. Hardy amassed extensive land holdings through the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832 and is reputed to have owned more than 10,000 acres of land from Smyrna to Buckhead. The area was then called Crossroads, which soon became Pace’s Crossing, with Hardy being the ﬁrst postmaster. He built a 17 room home at the foot of Vinings Mountain where he also ran a tavern for travelers passing through. By the early 1830s Hardy established a successful ferry service located near the site of Canoe Restaurant today. He also built a gristmill along the river.
Thus our street names, Paces Ferry Road and Paces Mill Road! In fact, anything around Atlanta name Pace is so named because of Hardy Pace. With the winds of the Civil War, Hardy and his family left for Milledgeville and Sherman and his troops moved into Vinings, headquartering in Pace’s home. Hardy’s home was burned to the ground upon their departure. After the war, Hardy’s son, Solomon, returned to Vinings and ﬁnding the family home in ruins, built his house on the same site as Hardy’s. This is the Solomon and Penelopy Pace House that stands on Paces Mill Road today. The house is on The National Register of Historic Places. Hardy and his wife are buried in the family cemetery on top of Mt. Wilkinson, formerly Vinings Mountain.
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Start off the week with a toast at Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria. The establishment offers half-off $50 wine bottles, which are perfect for sharing. Pair the vino with authentic Italian dishes like Tagliatelle alla Raffaele. 3300 Cobb Pkwy. SE. CrispinaAtlanta.com Grab your dance partner for a toe-tapping good time at Old Vinings Inn. On Nov. 10, hear
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Dress up the kiddies for the Children’s Halloween Costume Contest and Parade hosted by the Smyrna Police Department on Oct. 28. Stroll past City Hall on King Street to Memorial Square for the grand finale, where judges will award prizes for creative costumes. Smyrna First Baptist Church. SmyrnaCity.com
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When approached to immortalize a resident’s fullsize guitar, and memorabilia from The Beatles, Smyrna Frame & Art created an oversized shadow box, which features mounted handles on the back for carrying. For
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If organic gardening tickles your fancy, visit Neighbors Feed & Seed Supply Co. Run by husband-and-wife duo, Megan and James Smith, the cozy shop
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The thought of removing wallpaper isn’t necessarily a fun one. Let the experts at Fresh Coat Painting Done Right! tackle the task for you. Their Smyrna team can help alleviate the frustration that comes along with attempting to remove glues, paper, and more. 2690 Cobb Pkwy. SE. FreshCoatSmyrna.com
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1. Inspired by family recipes, celebrity brothers Paul, Donnie, and Mark Wahlberg teamed up to create Wahlburgers. At its location inside The Battery Atlanta, bite into Our Burger, featuring an original sauce made with ketchup, mayonnaise, paprika, and caramelized onions. 455 Legends Pl. SE. WahlburgersTheBatteryAtlanta.com
3. Bowl Lab joined the poké craze by opening its first Georgia location in Vinings. Pop into the fast-casual restaurant to build your own bowl. Brown rice and diced tuna, anyone? Toppings include avocado, green onion, and pickled ginger. 3621 Vinings Sl. SE. AtlBowlLab.com 4. Experienced Chef Adolfo Gonzalez of Taco Cantina knows his way around the kitchen. Taste fresh Chilean salmon marinated with chipotle rub in this taco. Inside the flour tortilla, the fish is topped with pico de gallo, and a creamy lime coleslaw. 2517 Spring Rd. SE. MyTacoCantina.com 5. At the new Wade’s Fine Eatery & Good Time Emporium, The Odd Job, a Korean fried chicken sandwich, is sweet, spicy, and oh so crispy. Tossed in buffalo sauce with Gochujang, a Korean pepper paste, the bird is topped with pear and apple slaw. 1061 Concord Rd. SE. Facebook.com/WadesSmyrna my
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Cobb Galleria Centre Times and prices vary From kitchen design to backyard accessories, see more than 300 home improvement and outdoor living companies all in one place. AtlantaHomeShow.com
SEPT. 15 Parents’ Survival Night The Little Gym of Smyrna 1290 W. Spring St. 6:30-10pm $35 members, $40 non-members Drop off the kiddos for a night of fun— and an evening out for you and other parentals! TheLittleGym.com/SmyrnaGA
SEPT. 16 2017 NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes Locations vary 10am-4pm $20 in advance, $25 day-of tour Find design inspiration on this selfguided tour through a variety of homes featuring the best in kitchen, bath, and whole-home remodeling. AtlantaRemodelingTour.com
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Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays
Taylor-Brawner Park 5-9pm Free Dine alfresco with hundreds of your neighbors at this gathering. Parking is limited so plan on walking, if possible. SmyrnaCity.com
Smyrna Market Village Sat. 11am-7pm, Sun. 11am-6pm Free Join over 40,000 pet lovers at one of the largest pet adoption events in the Southeast. Don’t miss the pet parade, and dog agility show! WoofstockAtl.com
Muss & Turner’s Beer Tastings
Tales, Tricks & Treats
Tolleson Park 5-9pm Free Dress your little ones in their favorite costumes for Halloween festivities including trick-or-treating, face painting, and spooky storytelling. SmyrnaACC.Weebly.com
Smyrna Public Library 4-4:30pm Free Encourage your child to learn another language with entertaining stories read in Spanish and English. SmyrnaCity.com
Children’s Halloween Costume Contest and Parade hosted by the Smyrna Police Department
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Muss & Turner’s Smyrna 7-9pm $78 Sample beers by local breweries such as Scofflaw, Orpheus, and SweetWater at this pig roast dinner. MTBeer.bpt.me
Smyrna First Baptist Church 7am Free Costume-clad kiddies can march in the parade to Memorial Square, where four judges will award costume prizes in three different age categories. SmyrnaCity.com
NOV. 4 Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Open House & Information Session 3315 S. Cobb Dr. SE. 10am Free Learn how you can help Habitat for Humanity by volunteering at their ReStores, which specialize in selling building supplies and secondhand home décor. SuburbanAtlantaReStores.org
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Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 7:30pm Prices vary Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” reveal the dos and don’ts of home remodeling and plenty of other silly sibling secrets! CobbEnergyCentre.com
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Smyrna Recycling Center 8:30am Free Help tidy up Smyrna roadsides and enjoy lunch with fellow good Samaritans. SmyrnaACC.Weebly.com/GreatAmerican-Cleanup.html
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 7:30pm Prices vary Laugh along with this TV star from “Parks and Recreation” as he tells tall tales of manliness. NickOffermanTour.com
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The 1890 census of Smyrna
Village Green Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. Noon-5pm Free Expect pretty perennials, a puppet show by Peter Hart, 150 artisans, and more. SmyrnaCity.com
recorded only 280 citizens. But my, how times have changed. In contrast to the 2016 census, Smyrna now has about 56,664 citizens.
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Coca-Cola Roxy 7pm Prices vary See a live performance of indie-rock band, The Shins. CocaColaRoxy.com
City Hall 7pm Free Voice your opinion on important local matters and hear what your neighbors have to say about these topics and more. SmyrnaCity.com
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Gina and Ginka Bridges B R I D G E S H O M E T E A M AT KELLER WILLIAMS CITYSIDE
By Katherine Michalak
hen Gina Bridges began selling real estate in Smyrna back in 1990, she never dreamed she was founding a family business that would touch so many lives and create such a dynamic resource for her hometown. Yet,
meeting her at the Keller Williams Cityside building, which she owns with other individuals, and talking with her and her daughter Ginka, they both exude a confidence and joy in their commitment to serving their neighbors.
In the last few years, Ginka has begun walking in her mother’s shoes. “Actually, I’ve probably been selling with mom since I was 5,” chuckles Ginka, recalling riding along with her mother to view properties and planting signs in yards. However, she didn’t immediately pursue the same career herself. “I graduated from Boston College and stayed there to work in the apparel
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(L TO R) GINA AND GINKA BRIDGES
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“I’ve been in Smyrna since I worked for Eastern [Air Lines]. In fact, when they moved their office here, there were cows in the field across from the building! I fell in love with the area,” Gina says. Once she earned her real estate license, she decided to focus on local properties. “Smyrna is a great city. It’s always been very wellmanaged with a strong budget and facilities,” Gina touts. “There are parks everywhere!”
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The Bridges’ approach remains steady—always guiding clients to stay on a budget, balance realistic needs, and respect long-term financial goals. “Working with an agent who has ample training gives an element of trust because we really know what we are doing,” Ginka advises. That trust resonates with the clients who consistently turn to Team Bridges. Gina elaborates, “We’re selling houses with the next generation, including clients’ kids who have grown up and are homeowners. In some cases, we work with entire extended families. We’ve built trusted relationships. Our clients become our friends and neighbors.” Gina honors her deep appreciation for those relationships through active involvement in the community. Whether serving at church, championing growth at the Smyrna Business Association or promoting projects for Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Gina works tirelessly to help foster Smyrna’s development. She recognizes the trend of metro Atlanta’s commuter culture now transitioning into a culture of community where people live, work, and raise families in a cohesive neighborhood environment. And, she’s proud to be part of that legacy for Smyrna.
When the mother and daughter team are off-the-clock, they enjoy dining out at Marlow’s Tavern. Gina always goes for the whiskey- and banana liqueur- infused New Fashioned and Ginka loves the Shrimp and Crab Nacho Plate. Keller Williams Cityside at 3350 Atlanta Rd. SE., 404-713-5002, BridgesHomeTeam.net
ANNUAL PUMPKIN PARTY ON OCT. 14 Team Bridges conjures extra Smyrna spirit in October when they put on an annual Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival event. “My birthday is in October and I’ve always loved Halloween,” Gina Bridges reveals. One year, she delivered pumpkins to client neighborhoods as part of a marketing campaign. The note attached to the fruit said, “Don’t let your next real estate transaction be scary!” And with that, the response was incredible and the pumpkin project quickly became tradition. As the project grew, Gina turned the annual treat into a community event, setting up a free pumpkin patch for a day each October. Games and activities were added along the way until her “pumpkin day” morphed into a full-blown, free fall festival. “We have a blast with this every year! We want everyone to come out, have fun and get to know each other.” With about 100 kids in attendance, this family affair is filled with goodie bags, snow cones, a bouncy house, and more. Oct. 14 from 10am-2pm at 3964 Atlanta Rd. (on the corner of Atlanta and Lee roads).
The team stays true to their mission to uphold a “Tradition of Excellence” through any changes in the marketplace. And, the real estate game certainly has changed. “Technology puts listings out there instantaneously. The property must be ready. It’s all about the pictures,” Gina notes. “Contracts and paperwork are easier now. But, we have less interaction with other agents and I do miss that.”
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industry.” By 2010, Ginka and her husband, contractor Benard Sogja, moved back to Smyrna. She continued in apparel while also assisting her mother, soon discovering that she shared an enthusiasm for real estate. So, she and Benard joined the Gina Bridges Home Team full time, rounding out the talented group, which has always functioned as one big happy family.
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By Stacy Moser It might be news to some that The Home Depot doesn’t just enable homeowners with every DIY tool under the sun. They give back to the community through The Home Depot Foundation.
What does working with the Foundation entail?
As executive director of the Foundation, I’m responsible for all of The Home Depot’s philanthropies and our volunteer force, called Team Depot. Two of our core values are doing the right thing and giving back. Team Depot employees volunteer in their communities to assist with home repair and home-building projects to improve the lives of veterans and to aid communities affected by natural disasters. I hear over and over that they want to be good neighbors where they live and work. It’s part of our culture and who we are.
On a national level and here in Atlanta, we partner with nonprofits, like Meals on Wheels, to identify veterans’ needs out in the community. We work with the Gary Sinise Foundation, which builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans. One particular Smyrna project recently helped Cedric King, who lost both of his legs while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. In April, our foundation granted $360,000 to the Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity to complete critical home repairs and build new homes for veterans in that community. And last January, when a tornado ripped through Albany, Georgia, we sent over 150 associates to be boots on the ground there to help sift through belongings and help victims figure out what their next steps would be.
When you aren’t planning The Home Depot’s next philanthropic project, do you head home to work on a DIY project?
We say that The Home Depot’s customers are either Do-It-Yourselfers or Do-It-For-Me types. I am definitely a “do-it-for-me” customer! The Home Depot has been a good influence on me—I’m more handy now!
What are your favorite community spots?
I love to spend time with my family at Smyrna Market Village and Vinings Jubilee. I’m a native Atlantan and I love Smyrna because it’s a great place to raise a family! Corporate.HomeDepot.com/Community
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YOGI • FORMER PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER • HEALTH FOOD ENTHUSIAST
By Stacy Moser
When talking about his initial impression of the practice of yoga, Jason Anderson shrugs his shoulders. “I thought it was just stretching,” he admits. “I thought it was strictly to improve your body.” But now? “I now know yoga is about training your body to work as one with your mind and spirit.” The 6-foot-5-inch former International Basketball Federation player says he had gotten to the point where playing ball wasn’t fun anymore. “I was ready for something new. I tried some yoga classes and really got into it.” With characteristic determination, he retired his basketball shoes and went on to embrace a new season in his life, which required no shoes, just a yoga mat. After being formally trained (a 500-hour commitment) to meet Yoga Alliance Registry Standards, he has become an E-RYT, one of the top credentials earned by yoga teachers. “I came to realize that yoga’s concepts apply to everything in life. Like in basketball—the mind must focus in the moment. You can’t be concerned about what happened earlier or what might happen in the future. You can’t be affected by the crowd or a screaming coach.” His message is simple: Observe what’s going on around you before reacting. “You can be aware of something that might make you angry, but that doesn’t mean you YOU CAN BE AWARE OF SOMETHING have to be angered. You can relax your body and THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU ANGRY, BUT use the energy for something more productive. If THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO you choose to respond to something, do so in a BE ANGERED. RELAX YOUR BODY AND composed manner.”
In July, he and two other instructors partnered with yoga teacher Miriam Frost to open Stellar Power Yoga, a 1,470-square-foot studio in the River Village Shopping Center on Cobb Parkway. “Our instructors don’t just focus on yoga’s physicality—we incorporate the mind and body. Our space is quiet and beautiful,” he says proudly. More secrets to maintaining his healthy lifestyle? He shops at Goodness Grocery for protein supplements and swims often at Windy Hill Athletic Club in Vinings. Stellar-PowerYoga.com
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Jason was tapped during the Atlanta Hawks’ 20142015 season to coach the team in yoga. He knew the players were naturally competitive. “I took them away from goal-oriented behavior. I didn’t want them to think, ‘I have to get this pose.’ The pose is there to allow you to meditate. Your true competitor lives inside your own skin—your most formidable opponent is insecurity. Yoga teaches you to overcome that, to respond differently to the world and be confident.”
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FAQ: Common Questions About Colonoscopy Screenings Can you reduce your risk of getting colon cancer? To reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer, know your family’s cancer history and follow the recommended guidelines to schedule a colon cancer screening. Don’t smoke and maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables. If you experience symptoms, don’t ignore them – make an appointment to see your physician. What is a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is considered the single best method for detecting and preventing colon cancer. The procedure is performed under light sedation and allows a trained gastroenterologist to look at the inner lining of your large intestine – or colon. The physician uses a thin, flexible, lighted instrument called a colonoscope to visually inspect your colon for inflamed tissue, ulcers, bleeding and any abnormal growths (polyps). Not all polyps found during a screening are precancerous or cancerous, but over time, they can grow and become cancerous. So when polyps are found, they are removed at the same time to prevent cancer from forming. How long does the procedure take? The entire process – from check-in to check-out – typically takes about two hours. A colonoscopy itself usually takes about 25 to 30 minutes. You should plan to rest for several hours after the procedure. When should you get screened? Because the risk of getting colon cancer increases with age and the disease often doesn’t cause symptoms until it is advanced, screening colonoscopies are recommended for every adult beginning at age 50 and at age 45 for African-Americans.* For those with a family history of the disease, or other risk factors, screening could start even earlier. For example, if your mother or father was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 50, you should be screened at 40. Screening every 10 years is usually the recommendation, unless you’re at a higher risk for colon cancer. Talk with your physician to understand your risk and the guidelines you should follow for testing. *American Cancer Society
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n a refrigerator magnet near you: “When teachers enjoy teaching, kids just know.” Isn’t that the truth? Think back to your years in school and your mind probably stops at a handful of teachers who clearly were there because they enjoyed inspiring you to do your best—to push past your fears and try. We talked to these highly effective Vinings/Smyrna teachers to find out how they communicate their inspiration to students. (And their students just know.)
“All children have a problem, a worry or a battle in some aspect of life, whether with themselves or others,” Laura Szyperski admits. “I think their social and emotional development is equally as important as their academic development at
try to establish a good rapport with my third graders so they know they can come to me about anything. For instance, I give
this age. I
each one a completely ridiculous nickname, which seems silly, but they love it! They told me the nicknames made them feel special and more comfortable around me. When they’re having difficulty with something, I tell them it’s OK if they don’t have the answer right away. They know I’m there for them.”
Thomas Freeman St. Benedict’s Episcopal School Kindergarten–8th Grade Lead Drama Teacher
Thomas Freeman says he can’t imagine doing anything else in life. “I love, love, love what I do,” he enthuses. He works with other teachers to incorporate their curriculums into his drama class where the motto is life skills through stage skills. “We do things like examine social studies topics through puppet shows. I
use performance opportunities to impact my students’ academic and personal lives.” His goal is
to help the quiet introverts in his class feel just as successful as the boisterous extroverts. “I’m determined to help sculpt a great future for these kids,” he says. “That’s what motivates me to put in the late nights and early mornings.”
St. Benedict’s Episcopal School 1st Grade Lead Teacher Wynter Whitley knows a little something about teamwork. “I played collegiate basketball and played professionally overseas, so I’m used to being on a team,” she explains, saying her teaching method is just like that of a coach. “I try to teach to each individual student—while at the same time teaching to the entire class, even when it comes to celebrating or disciplining
It melts my heart when I see them work toward a common goal. Sometimes it gives me chills,” my students.
she says. “I have a constant smile on my face with this age group; they keep me laughing. They make you appreciate the simple things in life.”
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HEADSHOTS COURTESY OF (TOP TO BOTTOM) DIANE KORDEL; PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATMAX PHOTOGRAPHY, HAIR AND MAKEUP BY THE GREEN ROOM AGENCY,
St. Benedict’s Episcopal School 3rd Grade Lead Teacher
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Nickajack Elementary’s dual language immersion program teaches students for half the school day in the target language of Spanish, then half the day in English. Diane Kordel handles the Spanish part of the day. She comments that, from the time the kindergarteners enter her classroom, many are missing home and need a hug for reassurance. “Try handling their crocodile tears in another language! It causes even more tears or laughter,”
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North Atlanta High School 9th–12th International Baccalaureate Music and Advanced Placement Music Theory Teacher, Director of Orchestras
In high school, Stephen Lawrence says he was a shy and reserved kid who never really knew what to say. “It took time to gain confidence,” he says. As a teacher now, he sees those same characteristics in some students and is concerned about their self-esteem and confidence. He’s found that performances help students grow in his music classes. “Our last spring concert featured seniors who chose the theme, music, costumes, lighting—you name
At the end, the audience roared! I looked at the smiles on my students’ faces onstage and knew that I’d done something right! Their pride is my pride and
their joy is my joy. I love this community and how it values the arts,” he says.
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Continuing the Tradition of Excellence
2015 Smyrna Business Person of the Year Let our clients speak for us… “Gina has worked for us as both a buyer’s agent (once) and as a seller’s agent (twice) and we couldn’t have been happier - in fact, we’ve referred several friends and acquaintances to her and their experiences have been just as positive as ours have been! She knows the Smyrna housing market better than anyone and strives to meet her clients’ needs and wishes. She’s approachable, warm and friendly, but will be a bulldog (if needed!) on your behalf. She and her staff were always available to us whether we had a question, needed advice, or just wanted to see a house for a 3rd time! We think we’ve found our forever home, but if anything changes, we know who to call!!” — The Arnolds “Gina has been so helpful to us through the sale of our Smyrna home as well as in purchasing properties within Smyrna. She is wellinformed of our local market, guided us smoothly through the entire process, and was readily available to answer any questions in an extremely useful manner. Gina is knowledgeable, personable, resourceful and fair. We highly recommend using her services!” —Christi Bartolomucci
“Gina and her team guided us through the home buying process as true partners from day one. From helping us set and manage our expectations when shopping for our future home to negotiating an offer that we ultimately couldn’t pass up, she served as a trusted adviser throughout the process. To understand that Gina is not only an excellent real estate agent but also a dedicated community servant. Drive down Atlanta Road on a Saturday, you’ll see Gina and her husband Ken picking up trash on the area of the road they adopted through Keep Smyrna Beautiful. That’s exactly the type of leader we want to do business with.” —Daniel & Anna Groce
“When I met Gina, I treated her as though I was interviewing her for a job. In a sense, I was. I hired her on the spot... Gina was awesome and made the experience positive for everyone involved.” Demetria Davis, later referred sisters Alwanya, Sanquenette and Mom Alveria. We have worked with the whole family! “Gina worked diligently to help us find a house. She showed us every house that met our criteria in Smyrna. We saw many houses before we found our home and she was glad to show all of them. She had good advice when we asked for it and made the house buying process go smoothly. She followed up after we purchased the house to ensure we were happy with the transaction and had more good advice afterwards when we asked for her opinion. I would be happy to list my house with Gina or to buy my next house with her help. I have referred several people to her.”—Eva Tackett “We have engaged Gina and her team for 3 transactions so far, and we will be back again. We highly recommend her. Not only does she get the job done she does it with integrity. We trust her completely to give us sound advice” —Louis & Deb Deluca
“We have used Gina for 8 transactions over the past 25 years and continue to do so. What does that tell you?!” —Steve & Denice Josey
Gina Bridges understands how important community, family, and traditions are in our lives.
She also knows that most of these things began and are centered around our homes. It is exactly this understanding that has made Gina one of the area’s leading real estate professionals. Gina realizes that your home is one of your most important investments and buying or selling it can affect many traditions to come. That’s why she has built a Tradition of Excellence and this tradition will continue as her team grows into the next generation of outstanding Real Estate professionals.
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