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The Neighborhood

Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102

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Make Downtown Great Again

ONCE YOU’VE SEEN IT, YOU’LL FIND IT HARD TO SETTLE FOR LESS EVER AGAIN.” —The Wall Street Journal

My earliest memories of Downtown Atlanta – and, yes, I’m about to give away my age – are from 1976 when I was 6-years old. I was in the backseat of my parents’ puke-green Ford LTD, excitedly leaning between the seats to get a better look out the front windshield at the round cylinder that towered over the city. It was our destination – the newly opened Peachtree Plaza Hotel. At the time, the Plaza was the tallest hotel in the world, and it was both awe-inspiring and a little frightening. After flipping out over the sadly long-gone lagoon in the hotel’s lobby, we took the glass elevator – I might have peed a little in my Underoos – to take in the view that seemed to stretch forever. Here’s what I remember: the gold dome of the State Capitol, the blue flying saucer atop the Hyatt Regency, the marquee of the Lowe’s Grand Theatre where “Gone With The Wind” premiered (now the site of the Georgia-Pacific building), the futuristic Omni Arena and Hotel (now Philips Arena and CNN Center), the grand old Rich’s Department Store (now the Sam Nunn Federal Center), and in the distance, Stone Mountain. It was magic up there. This was to be a momentous Sunday. After the Peachtree Plaza, we went to Underground Atlanta – the old Underground before it got turned into a boring shopping mall in the late 1980s. And Collin Kelley then on to the Omni to The World of Sid and Marty Krofft, located collin@atlantaintown on the upper levels of the building where CNN’s headquarters is paper.com now located. Riding the long escalator was the best part, because the trippy, whacked out mess of an amusement park only lasted six months. I was there to meet H.R. Pufnstuf (He was your friend when things got rough!), but it was three floors of uninspired rides, bored teenagers in bad costumes and not-very-good souvenirs. That Downtown is gone, but a bigger and better one is on the way. It’s been coming in fits and starts since since the 1996 Summer Olympics and the creation of Centennial Olympic Park. Right now, Underground is 1976 getting the makeover its needed for 40 years; South Downtown is about to undergo an amazing transformation; and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and entertainment complex planned for the sunken parking lot of The Gulch will radically alter the heart of the city. You can read more about it on Page. 6. I can’t wait to be awe-inspired once again, to feel that magic. eMachine.com Here’s a Twitter hashtag I can get tesy AtlantaTim Postcard cour behind: #MDGA

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The Neighborhood News & Features

Downtown Rising Multiple redevelopments set to transform heart of city

By Collin Kelley Work on the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta is set to start within a month, while plans to revitalize eight blocks of South Downtown have been revealed. Underground Atlanta in the heart of Downtown will become a mixed-use development featuring a supermarket, residential, retail and office space. According to the SaportaReport, work will begin on transforming the four-block historic area in August when existing tenants move from Lower Alabama Street to Upper Alabama Street. Those include Foot Locker, Subway, Pandora, Skillz, Best of Atlanta and Kempani. The developers told residents at a recent public meeting that a rumored Walmart will not be part of the project. Developer WRS said it will adapt the historic buildings that make up Undergound and have hired S9 Architecture, which worked on Ponce City Market and 725 Ponce. The first phase of the transformation could be complete in 18 to 24 months. One of the first projects in transforming Underground could come from Prestwick Development, which has announced plans for a 180-unit apartment building called The Avery. The building would be located on Upper Alabama Street between Pryor Street and Central Avenue, and offer 150 units for households earning 60 percent or less of the area median income, with the remaining units dedicated to market-rate units, with an emphasis on workforce housing. Meanwhile, German real estate company Newport US RE is moving forward with plans to redevelop eight blocks of South Downtown’s historic buildings between Underground and Castleberry Hill. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the company has scooped up 25 buildings in the historic area with another dozen under contract. Residential, student housing for nearby Georgia State University, retail, restaurant and office space are envisioned for the area, with construction slated to begin next year. Also on deck: The new owners of the dilapidated Medical Arts Building in Downtown plan to restore the 1920’s Beaux-Arts landmark into an office tower. Global X, which bought the building at 384 Peachtree Street earlier this year, has requested $3 million of support from the Beltline Eastside Tax Allocation District for the project. The estimated cost for the renovation is $40 million. When completed, the building will offer 85,000 square feet of Class A office space targeted to “community-oriented, nonprofit organizations” as well as ground floor retail space. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Along with those projects, work is moving forward on transforming the Turner Field site into a sports complex for Georgia State with a mixed-use component, and Los Angeles-based CIM Group is trying to shore up the property and parking lots next door to Philips Arena – known as The Gulch – for a mixed-use development.

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Clockwise from top left: A rendering for The Avery, a planned apartment building at Underground Atlanta; Renderings for the redeveloped streets of South Downtown; A rendering of the renovated Medical Arts Building, which will become offices and retail space. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


Northeast BeltLine Trail may soon enter Buckhead By Evelyn Andrews The Atlanta BeltLine may soon extend into the southeast portion of Buckhead. Plans for that portion of the trail, called the Northeast Trail, were presented at a public meeting July 13. The Northeast Trail would be the second segment of the BeltLine to be built in Buckhead following the completed Northside Trail near Piedmont Hospital. BeltLine planners propose working with Georgia Power Co. to pave an existing interim hiking trail This map presented at the public meeting shows the segment that from Ansley Mall in could be constructed next, which extends from Ansley Mall to Mayson Midtown to Mayson Street, in the solid blue line. Street, just past I-85 on the Buckhead On the west side of the Northside Trail, border. progress will be slower because parts of The trail would cross the Buford-Spring the rail corridor is still used by trains, and Connector on an existing rail bridge and may not be constructed until 2024-2030, pass through an existing tunnel under I-85. according to documents. Room for a future streetcar rail is planned to BeltLine officials are trying to seize run along the trail. an opportunity to have some of the work The trail would be part of the larger facilitated this fall by Georgia Power as it BeltLine plan, which proposes a loop of 22 replaces power infrastructure on the “Hairpin miles of streetcar route, 33 miles of multi-use Line,” a row of power line poles so named trail and 2,000 acres of parks, according to because the poles look like hairpins. the BeltLine website. It utilizes existing rail During Georgia Power’s work, the tracks that encircle the inner part of Atlanta. company will level the ground, possibly Most of the multi-use trail has not been remove train tracks and pave that segment built yet, and none of the streetcar routes of the trail for the BeltLine, depending on have been built. The streetcar route will what can be negotiated, Ray Strychalski, the eventually be an expansion of the existing landscape architect working on the project, Atlanta Streetcar, which runs Downtown. said at the meeting held at Rock Spring The BeltLine is not being built in a Presbyterian Church. The tracks, no longer linear way, with each segment connecting used, are part of the 22 miles of train line directly to the one before it. Instead, Atlanta right of way planned as part of the BeltLine. BeltLine Inc. builds segments as real estate The contractor working on designs opportunities come up. In this case, the and construction for this segment of the opportunity is planned Georgia Power work trail is Kimley-Horn. The contract may be along the Northeast Trail route. Planners extended to complete the portions on either intend for the various trail segments to end of this segment, including the portion connect eventually, and to connect to other that extends from Mayson Street to Armour trails, such as PATH 400 in Buckhead. Drive, which would extend the BeltLine into There are currently three completed an area of Buckhead being redeveloped with BeltLine trails: the Eastside Trail, which breweries, distilleries and nonprofits, officials begins at Piedmont Park and runs through said at the meeting, which about 50 people Old Fourth Ward past Ponce City Market, attended. the Westside Trail, which has partly opened, It likely will require another two years and the Northside Trail in Buckhead, a before officials begin planning for the one-mile trail running from Memorial Park segment into the Lindbergh area, officials through Tanyard Creek Park. said. The BeltLine already has secured Chris Iverson, an Ansley Mall area $600,000 in federal funding for the resident, said he is excited about the Northeast Trail, which runs from Monroe prospect of having the trail begin earlier than Drive on the south to Lindbergh on the expected, and is looking forward to having a north, but it is not enough money to fund paved trail to make bicycling easier. the entire project. The meeting held on July Matt Moreland, a Lindbergh area 13 was only about work that will be done resident, said he is happy to hear trails on a segment of the Northeast Trail, from closer to him may move forward, and he Ansley Mall to Mayson Drive. hopes BeltLine officials are able to reach an Another part of the Northeast Trail agreement with Georgia Power. around the Lindbergh area that will connect “I hope they get it all worked out and the Northside Trail to the Eastside Trail is some progress can happen soon,” he said. slated to go into construction between 2019 and 2023, according to BeltLine documents. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Public hearing on Emory annexation set for Aug. 10 By Collin Kelley

ON THE AGENDA MEETINGS The Atlanta City Council meets Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. Information: citycouncil.atlantaga.gov. The Atlanta School Board meets Aug. 7 at 2:30 p.m. for a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 130 Trinity Ave. Information: atlantapublicschools.us. Midtown Alliance will host Mix-It-Up Midtown socializing and networking event on Aug. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at WeWork Colony Square. Information: MidtownAtl.com NEWS The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance to enter into an intergovernmental contract with Invest Atlanta to secure a $26 million Homeless Opportunity Bond. The bond will be used to finance projects, primarily in housing, with the goal of making homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in the city. MARTA is working on a mobile payment system that would allow customers to use a smartphone to pay for their ride on a bus or train. The City of Decatur Public Facilities Authority has been awarded an $11,452,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. The loan will finance the acquisition of 22.08 acres of land as part of the United Methodist Children’s Home land purchase of 77 total acres. This project will permanently protect the land for the purpose of conservation and public recreation. Atlanta will once again take part in the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase to help city-regions prioritize and execute economic partnerships with international counterparts.

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A public hearing on Emory University’s petition to be annexed into the City of Atlanta will be held Aug. 10 by the Atlanta Zoning Review Board. The meeting will be held at City Hall starting at 6 p.m. Emory formally filed a petition for annexation into the city on June 27, and DeKalb County has objected to it. In a July 16 email to his constituents, DeKalb County Dist. 2 Commission Jeff Rader raised the alarm about Emory annexing request citing concerns about traffic, development standards and infrastructure. Rader said Atlanta City Council members have no constituents in the

surrounding unincorporated area, which is where the impact of new growth will fall. “If Atlanta extends MARTA onto the Emory Campus as they have proposed, there is likely to be new development stimulated by the new access, and only a portion of the related travel will be conveyed via MARTA,” Rader wrote. “Local streets Jeff Rader like North Decatur, Clifton, Houston Mill, Biltmore, Lullwater, Springdale, Oakdale and Oxford and others would all bear the burden of increased traffic.” Rader said he was also concerned about Atlanta’s “more permissive development standards and zoning policies” that might

affect properties in Druids Hills, which is filled with historic homes. Rader said the city approached DeKalb proposing that the county continue to provide fire protection and emergency management services to the annexed areas, because Atlanta’s nearest fire station is in Virginia-Highland. “These matters could form the basis of collaboration should the annexation occur, but DeKalb has been unsuccessful in getting Atlanta to recognize or discuss the destabilizing impact that such an intrusive annexation into unincorporated DeKalb would have,” Rader said.

Historic Pullman Yard nominated as landmark site By Collin Kelley A notice of intent has been issued to nominate the Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood as a landmark site due to its historic, cultural and architectural significance. The nearly 26-acre site was recently sold by the state for $8 million to Atomic Entertainment, which plans to create a mixeduse development with a focus on filmmaking. According to a statement from Councilmember Natalyn Archibong’s office, Atlanta Urban Design Commissioner Executive Director Doug Young initiated the nomination and designation process on June 20 for the property located at 225 Rogers Street, N.E. If the commission formally nominate the property for designation as a landmark site then the measure will go through the city’s regular procedure for all zoning papers. This includes another public hearing before the Zoning Review Board. It must also receive a recommendation from the Zoning Committee and final designation action from the Atlanta City Council. The protection will continue for a maximum of 180 days from the date of the notice of intent. During this period no alterations, renovations, additions, new construction, demolition or site work of any kind is permitted on the property

unless approved by the Office of Design’s Historic Preservation staff. Commissioner Tim Keane of the Department of City Planning said he has spoken with Atomic Entertainment and said the new owners will be involved in the preservation process. “I have spoken with the owner and Atlanta is lucky to have them involved,” Keane said. “We expect a very positive collaboration with them to protect the historic buildings and the unique qualities of the site as they implement their plan for development.” “This is a giant leap forward in our quest to preserve such a unique piece of our city’s history,” said Archibong, who represents this historic Kirkwood

neighborhood. “I am pleased that a process is underway to allow for the preservation of the buildings at the Pratt-Pullman Yard. Some of the buildings on this property are more than 100 years old and today serve as a testament to Atlanta’s railroading history and to contributions made by African-American workers.” In 1904, the site began as the home of Pratt Engineering and Machine Company, a parts manufacturer for sugar and fertilizer processing plants. In 1917, the property manufactured munitions used by soldiers in World War I. In 1922, Chicago-based Pullman Company purchased the property and turned it into a rail car repair station. It was during a time when the site was a major employer in Atlanta. In a segregated South, Pullman’s Atlanta shop manager began recruiting black workers from local porters and car cleaners. The company became one of the largest employers of AfricanAmericans in the country. The Pratt-Pullman Yard is comprised of 100,000 square feet of historic buildings and sits on 25.88 acres. Atomic Entertainment wants to create studio space for young filmmakers and also provide an affordable housing, retail restaurants and office space.

Back To School

Kids start hitting the books again this month

Local school systems will resume classes for the 2017-2018 academic year this month. Here are some helpful dates and information for those who have kids heading back to school.

City Schools of Decatur

Atlanta Public Schools

Fulton County Schools

The new school year kicks off with a new, even earlier start date: Tuesday, Aug. 1. For those already thinking about vacations, the Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 20-24; winter break is Dec. 25 (last day of class is Friday, Dec. 22) until Jan. 8; spring break is April 2-6 and the last day of school will be May 25. For more information, visit atlantapublicschools.us.

Decatur’s public schools will also resume on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the system will follow APS’s break schedule as above. For more information, visit csdecatur.net. The 2017-2018 school year starts on Monday, Aug. 7, for thousands of children in Fulton County. There will be a projected enrollment of approximately 96,500 students – an expected increase of about 800 students from the previous school year. The Thanksgiving holiday is Nov. 20-24; winter break is Dec. 22 to Jan. 8; spring break is

April 2-6; and last day of class is May 24. For more information, visit fultonschools. org. DeKalb County Schools DeKalb public schools are also back in session on Monday, Aug. 7, with an enrollment projected at more than 100,000. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 20-24; winter break is Dec. 22-Jan. 4; spring break is April 2-6; and the last day of class is May 24. For more information, visit DeKalbSchoolsGA. org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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By Clare S. Richie Lost-n-Found Youth (LNFY) just opened a 4,000-square-foot drop-in center on Lambert Drive, between Cheshire Bridge and Piedmont roads, more than quadrupling its former space. The new larger center is the fulfillment of a promise three years in the making from the nonprofit to Atlanta’s homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. “We do everything in our power to meet them where they are on their journey and try to help them figure out next steps,” said LNFY Executive Director Rick Westbrook, adding, “The drop-in center is a place LGBT youth come to sleep if need be, get a shower, food, new clothes, wash old clothes, relax, or just be themselves in a safe space.” Programming at the center helps at risk and homeless LGBT youth up to age 25 build skills to live independently through expert lead cooking classes, spoken word, art classes, group therapy, job readiness programs, financial and informational classes, and support groups. In addition to the center, the nonprofit offers street outreach, a crisis hotline, and transitional housing. It’s the only Atlanta-based agency with this LGBTspecific service model. When Diamond Carter first came to Atlanta in 2013 and was looking for support, she researched LGBT youth organizations and found LNFY. “This program has been phenomenal. It opened a lot of doors for me as a black transgender woman,” Carter said. “I’d never been in a place so accepting of me.” Carter now works as a community activist at Solutions Not Punishment, a black, trans-led, collaborative working to tear down barriers in Atlanta, especially within the criminal justice system. And the need for services for youth like Carter has grown dramatically since LNFY’s founding five and half years ago. “So many of them are out there on the streets,” Westbrook said. At the nonprofits start, 900 square feet inside its Chantilly Drive thrift store were sufficient to welcome 75 youth visits a month. It soon became a more sought after refuge. In 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage and Caitlyn Jenner made headlines, youth visits more than tripled to 300plus per month. Last year that number spiked to more than 700 visits per month. That increased demand is consistent with the shocking number of homeless youth in the city and neighboring suburbs, counted in the 2015 Atlanta Youth Count and Needs Assessment (AYCNA) led by Georgia State University. Researchers counted more than 3,300 homeless youth in metro Atlanta with 28 percent self-identified as LGBT. Westbrook said LNFY’s new larger space makes it possible to offer more crisis care, on-site HIV testing, mental health evaluations, and life skill trainings. “There are offices to meet with counselors, space for group activities, privacy for HIV testing, room for arts and crafts, and even more bathrooms,” Westbrook stated. While excited about the new space, Westbrook says that homelessness, especially among LGBT “is not going away – it’s getting worse.” He’s in favor of the city working with the private sector to treat the homeless more humanely and find a way to help them. That idea may soon be realized with the City of Atlanta recently announcing a $50 million Homeless Opportunity Bond that will fund ClearPath, a five-year plan “to make homelessness rare and brief.” One of the goals of the public-private partnership between the City of Atlanta and United Way for Greater Atlanta is to create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth within the next three years. “I hope the city actually collaborates with the people that are on the street and in the trenches actively doing the work. That will insure that the money will be utilized to its fullest potential,” Westbrook urged. For more about LNFY and to fin out about voluteer orientation sessions on Aug. 10 and 12, visit lnfy.org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Candler Park’s Water Ballerinas By Joe Earle On a sunny June afternoon, a line of women wearing black bathing suits, sparkling tiaras and long strings of pearl-colored beads strutted along the edge of the swimming pool at Candler Park. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” blared from a poolside boombox. Waving colorful swimming noodles over their heads, the eight ladies from the Candler Park Water Ballet Company danced their way into the pool and began twisting, shimmying and paddling through routines set to songs such as “Roll Out The Barrel” and “The Stripper.” Artistic Director Patti Kunkle called out moves and shouted encouragement to the dancing women. “Have your hands on your hips, like you’re a hoochie coochie girl,” she yelled at one point. For about a decade, the return of summer has brought the return of the water dancers of Candler Park. They call themselves “deep people in the shallow end” or “the watery tarts.” They range in age from 50 to 70. “It’s a good group of women,” said Laura Nolan, who calls herself “co-founder and team philosopher” of the company. “Anybody who wants to show up for water ballet in the shallow end is going to have a good sense of humor.”

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at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, a venerable watering hole in nearby Little Five Points, as Nolan tells it. She worked at the Yacht Club then, and one night after work, she said, several employees who were dancing in a booth joked they should found a water ballet. “We were always in the water, anyway,” she said. “I think it was just another way of being silly.” They mentioned the idea to their friend Donna Palmer, who started recruiting others to join in. Kunkle, who calls herself “Queen of Little Five Points” and who had experience as a tap dancer, agreed to choreograph. “I’m just a dancing fool,” Kunkle joked before admitting that her tap-dancing background offered little guidance for waterballet choreography because the audience can’t see the dancers’ feet under water. But stylish steps aren’t the reason this company hits the water. Why do they it? “To get together and do something different that reflects this part of the world, our ability to let our freak flag fly,” Palmer said before pointing out that an ability to swim isn’t a prerequisite for joining the water ballet. “It’s fun,” Palmer said. “It gets me out of the house. It’s something to look forward to, to seeing my friends. And my grandchildren love it. I want to show children that when you get older, you don’t have to sit at home and watch Oprah. It’s great to show the world I’m still here. I’m still crazy after all these years.” The company now claims from 12 to 14 to 20 members, depending on who’s counting. They get together on Thursdays at the Candler Park Swimming Pool to practice their routines. They do a couple of performances each year, ending with their Grand Finale

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show at the Candler Park pool on the Saturday before Labor Day. Each dancer individualizes her own costume, but long strings of beads and tiaras are universal accessories. “We try to make it hoity and toity,” Palmer said. And it seems that just about everybody in the company has been bestowed some sort of title. “Everybody deserves a title, just like everybody deserves a tiara,” Nolan said. In recent years, on July 4, members of the company have staged “splashmob” performances, in which they’d drift into various nearby pools in ones and twos pretending to be regular holiday swimmers and then gather as a group and start dancing, astonishing onlookers. They’ve also performed at parties. “We perform for anybody who asks us,” Palmer said. “We usually don’t charge a fee, but we do ask for a cocktail.” Hitting the pool in a tiara and fake pearls is reward enough, they say. After all, it gives them a chance to strut their stuff. “An older woman is supposed to have certain flaws,” Kunkle said. “We accentuate them. We’re proud of who we are.” Besides, she said, “it’s a hoot.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Appetizer wars: A little more cumin The highlight of our Outer Banks vacation with Kristen’s extended family is marked by appetizer night. It started out as a casual break from more formal dinners but, naturally, we’ve managed to twist relaxation into a competition. Maybe next year we’ll try our hand at extreme hammocking, but for now the AppOff is the sport of By Tim Sullivan choice. I usually don’t enter the melee because, honestly, it’s a tremendous spectator event. I like to hide the colander and every spatula except the plastic one that was partially melted Tim Sullivan grew up on the grill. Then in a large family in the Northeast and now lives I just fix myself a with his small family drink, kick back and in Oakhurst. He can watch the kitchen be reached at tim@ commotion. But I sullivanfinerugs.com. had to run to Wee Winks Market for ice anyway, so I took a gander at their offerings. They had everything I needed for my slider burgers plus a few new wrinkles to make them more “beachy.” I could use King’s Hawaiian buns, pickle chips and just a dollop of barbecue sauce.

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And when the word ‘dollop’ popped into my head, I got a little cocky like maybe I’ll just go ahead and win this thing. I knew where the good spatula was hidden and Margo and Emma jumped on board as my sous chefs so the judges were sure to be wowed. The panel was anchored by Uncle Bob, whose experience in having food prepared for him is unparalleled. Tier two consisted of Kara and Dave. Both command a working knowledge of what “medium rare” should look like so they are a little intimidating. Junior judges Elliott and Aidan rounded out the esteemed jury. We were called early in the competition (Team name: McDaddy’s) and I observed pure pleasure in the judges as they sampled the sliders. Uncle Bob offered that it was delicious but perhaps could have used a touch more cumin. My confidence was soaring though because I remembered from last year that Bob says that about every entry. But Dave had a follow up question: “Is that barbecue sauce I taste?” “Yes!” I beamed, thinking, I know – so clever, right? A dollop! “Did you make the sauce yourself?” Huh? Who does that? Why would anyone do that when they already have it perfectly packaged at Wee Winks? “No, I did not.” I slunk to the far edge of the room and seethed as a parade of gourmet treats was offered to the judges. Cousin Kevin Ciotta and his partner Tracy dished up an asparagus plate that would cost about $97 at Bacchanalia. Young cousin Kevin

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Murphy, a college kid, made a bacon wrapped something or other in a balsamic reduction sauce. Are you kidding me? I must have gone to the wrong college. Obviously these show-offs had been preparing for this all year. The kids from the McLaughlin house teamed up on a scrumptious chocolateberry-crepe concoction. Now, had they simply used a jar of Nutella for their chocolate source I’m certain such a pedestrian culinary maneuver would not have escaped the discerning taste buds of our judges. No, there must be a cocoa plantation somewhere in Kitty Hawk. And cousin Dennis’ dish featuring a Tzatziki sauce was excellent, but let’s be straightforward here, I’m willing to bet that

no one could even spell Tzatziki without looking at the very bottle they bought at the store. In fact, I may propose next year we have a spelling bee instead because I happen to be a VERY GOOD SPELLER! Well, I’ll tell you what Judge Dave, I’m not bitter – I’m inspired. I’m planting a tomato vine. I’m tapping maple trees in Vermont for the sweetest syrup and I’m going to the Iowa State Fair. When I find the most acclaimed, most prize-winning pig, I will capture its aura in a jar, and that my friend, will be the final ingredient to my homemade barbecue sauce that will blow your visor clear off your judgmental mind. That and maybe a little more cumin.

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During a recent private ceremony, the widow of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson unveiled a new permanent memorial at Oakland Cemetery. The 14.5-foot, 14-ton monument was dedicated on the 14th anniversary of Jackson’s death. Monte Richardson and The obelisk is made of AfricanValerie Jackson sourced honed black granite, and sits on a platform of grey Georgia granite. The sub-foundation beneath the granite base is solid concrete reinforced with rebar. Four hand-carved solid bronze discs on each facet of the crown represent four aspects of Jackson’s legacy: the City of Atlanta, the scales of justice, the Olympic rings, and the Atlanta airport. Lush ivy surrounds the monument; in the Victorian burial tradition, ivy symbolizes strength, endurance, and determination. On one side of the monument, the first line of poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s “Will” is engraved. “One of Maynard’s notable attributes was his strong will and determination,” said Valerie Richardson Jackson, Mayor Jackson’s widow. “The poem speaks of a determined soul, and it was only through Maynard’s determination in moving I-85 that a new airport terminal was built with minority as well as female participation.” Mrs. Jackson personally designed the monument along with her brother, visual artist and photographer Monte Richardson. Brook Bolton, president and CEO of RobertsShields Memorial Company, produced and supervised the monument’s installation. Mrs. Jackson said the monument was not only a tribute to the man whose honor, courage and vision created a new Atlanta, but also her personal tribute to their love and devotion to each other for over a quarter of a century. “My ultimate goal was to build a fitting monument to this exceptional man, which will stand for centuries to come,” she said.

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By Grace Huseth There are three things small business owners need to be successful: knowledge, networks and capital. Entrepreneurs in Clarkston and East Lake are catching on fast thanks to an accelerator program that provides training and support for local small businesses. For four years, Start:ME Accelerator has hosted an intensive, 14-week journey that helps entrepreneurs start from an idea to expanding their business. Erin Igleheart, program manager, said Start:ME was developed and delivered by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School as a way to engage local talent. “Our belief is that small businesses are critical to making neighborhoods vibrant and strong, and that there are promising entrepreneurs living in all communities,” Igleheart said. “It really is open to anyone who has a promising business idea, or is already operating a promising business.” Each program is part of a coalition of business schools, local partners and community organizations, like the East Lake Foundation and Friends of Refugees, as well as key stakeholders to tailor the program to each community. They fundraise as a coalition to make sure the program is free and accessible to entrepreneurs regardless of background. Start:Me has operated five cohorts in Clarkston since 2013 and three in East Lake since 2015. Over the years, 110 microbusinesses and blossomed under the program and 89 percent of the graduates are still active with their businesses. Over 50 percent of those businesses employ others, resulting in 186 local jobs in the community. Recent Start:Me graduate Paris Campeau learned more about marketing campaigns and business practices to expand her boutique spa Indigo Wellness in Kirkwood to include a yoga studio and community center. “Start:ME is a great place for people just starting out because it goes from concept and idea all the way to opening your business,” Campeau said. Campeau said her Start:ME program met weekly on Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m. Each week, students would update each other on the progress of their businesses, listen to a lecture with the topic of the At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

week and then break into small groups led by mentors relevant to each business, from bookkeepers to bakers. The Start:ME program typically begins with writing a business plan and then progresses to insurance, marketing strategies and cost analysis. Campeau leaned heavily on her mentors Jessica Woodside, of Woodhouse Consulting, and Bryan Alli, a business transformation

consultant, both of whom she remains close with today. “Even though the program is over, I still meet with my mentors. It’s a lifelong mentorship,” Campeau said. Ajah Myers, a 2017 Start:Me graduate, said it was competitive to join the East Lake program. Once her lengthy application was turned in, she pitched her business plan to entrepreneurs, not unlike “Shark Tank.” Out of nearly 90 applicants, Myer’ behavior and therapeutic services business plan was one of the 16 approved to attend the program. Myers offers tutoring and therapy services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and strives to put the client first – sometimes at the sake of her business. Now she’s able to provide both the best care and use the best business practices by keeping a Start:ME mantra in mind. “‘Show me the money!’ was a phrase we said over and over,” Myers recalled. Myers found a new strength in pitching her business. Myer’s mentor, Brian Cohen, helped her communicate her elevator pitch, in both 30 second sound bites to five minute deliveries for bankers and loan officers. “He made me pitch constantly and now I don’t feel anxiety when doing pitches,” she said. “Now we have a family and meet constantly to work as a team to be successful. We help each other build our businesses.” For more information on the program, visit startmeaccelerator.org.

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Joystick Gamebar owners Brandon Ley and Johnny Martinez.

By Grace Huseth Remember how you used to boast about your high score in Centipede? Now you and your friends can relive those 80s glory days at Joystick Gamebar. This August celebrates the five-year anniversary of the old school arcade located on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. “Joystick is a nerdy guys’ bar with great cocktails,” said owner Brandon Ley. “It’s just one of those places where it is easy to feel welcome.” Ley said he and co-owner Johnny Martinez first bonded over their search for the goofy first date spot. Now they have collected 21 machines in total. Ms. Pac Man greets you as you enter the main arcade bar, followed by a parlor with board games and pinball machines. The “spaceship” room in back often hosts events like comic night and karaoke. Just like back in the day, all game cabinets and pinball machines at the Joystick Gamebar are only one quarter to play The bar features games like Galaga, Metal Slug and Donkey Kong. If you stop by during the day, you may be able to spot Jeff King, Atlanta’s famed high score player. “He’s flirting with the world record at this point in Ms. Pac Man and he’s absolutely the high scorer in Galaga,” said Martinez. “He’s also incredibly polite and will step aside for kids to enjoy it as well.” That’s the great thing about Joystick: all ages can enjoy the atmosphere of the arcade. The first Saturday of every month is Saturday Morning Cartoons, from noon to 3 p.m. Joystick donates a portion of the profits to Our House, a shelter that supports homeless families, and encourages kids to participate in drives to collect necessary items like diapers. While Joystick is all about the games, the adventure continues on with their large cocktail selection that offers a variety of spirits that are approachable and delicious. “We want to carry something you haven’t tried before,” Ley said. “It’s like a new game that comes out for a consul; you don’t know if you’ll like it, but a friend will recommend something and insist you have to try it.” Joystick’s boozy slushies are distinct and refreshing. The smooth Vietnamese Coffee Bourbon and gin Blackberry Bramble ($7) are made in house by Chef Rajan Mistry. Rather than running their own kitchen, Joystick offers the space to new chefs who don’t have the resources to open their own brick and mortar restaurant. “We want them to use it as a stepping stone for other aspirations,” Ley said. Illegal Food, a burger and barbecue joint, got their start at Joystick and now have their own restaurant in Virginia-Highland. Chef Mistry is currently the menu muse at Joystick, creating classic arcade bar food with an Indian twist. Masala French Fries and Bacon Curry Cheeseburgers and just two of the unique American and Indian fusions Chef Mistry has dreamed up. Ley and Martinez look forward to another five years in Edgewood thanks to the strength of small businesses in the area. Martinez said early every business in their cluster is owner operated, which creates a close-knit community. “It was almost like moving into a dorm, everyone was so supportive. Edgewood feels like a true urban city. It’s got history and now it’s becoming the most diverse street for going out,” Martinez said. Joystick is located at 427 Edgewood Ave. SE. For more information, visit joystickgamebar. com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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BUSINESS BRIEFS Developer Jamestown plans to expand Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward with new buildings, including residential, office space and a proposed hotel. Two new buildings are planned alongside the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail: one for residential and the other geared toward tech companies seeking work space. The surface parking lot at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Glen Iris Drive might become a hotel, while a new building is also being considered for the courtyard facing North Avenue – possibly an Apple store. Jamestown spent millions transforming the historic, century-old former Sears, Roebuck & Company building into a mixed-use development with high-end retail, restaurants, offices and apartments. The Stockyards development in West Midtown has landed a 19,000 square-foot lease with New York-based co-working provider, Industrious. Stockyards, a joint venture between Federal Capital Partners and Westbridge, is adapting three historic

warehouses into a 142,500 square-foot mixed-use project. The development is now 75 percent pre-leased ahead of the completion of phase one, which will be delivered later this summer. The co-working company joins Fitzgerald and Co. and Momentum Worldwide, both owned by InterPublic Group; Mannington Mills Inc., and Donetto, a new restaurant concept from The Indigo Road. The Painted Duck, a sister concept to the Painted Pin in Buckhead, signed a 24,500 square foot. Both Donetto and The Painted Duck plan to open later this summer. Stockyards occupies three acres on the corner of 10th Street and Brady Avenue in West Midtown. C.H. Robinson recently signed an eight-year lease and will be moving its Atlanta offices to the Fairlie-Poplar district in Downtown. The logistics provider plans to hire approximately 550 people in the Atlanta market over the next eight years. With the move, the company’s footprint will increase to nearly 40,000 square feet of office space and 135,000 square feet of leased warehouse space.

Select Shades - A Sunglass Experience is open at Inman Quarter on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park. The shop offers well-known and designer shades by Ray-Ban, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Burberry, Tom Ford, Dior, Gucci and many more. For more information, visit selectshades.com. Portman Holdings has revealed plans and renderings for two new towers at Technology Square in Midtown. Portman officials unveiled the high-rise project at 740 West Peachtree Street at the Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting on July 18. The development will feature two independent towers built above a parking podium for 1,100 cars on approximately 1.7 acres along West Peachtree Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets. The first tower is 350,000 square feet of office space with 5,500 square feet for two bank branches and about 1,800 square feet for retail. The second

tower includes another 250,000 square feet of office space, with 140 apartments on the upper floors. The ground floor of the second tower will provide around 5,000 square feet of retail space, with an emphasis on food and beverage. The two new towers would be located just south of the 21-story Coda development, expected to open in 2019, which will feature office and research space for Georgia Tech and the private sector. The development, which incorporates the historic Crum & Forster building facade, will also have a highperformance data center for research and development.

Home goods shop Serena & Lily will open its first brick-and-mortar store in the southeast this fall at the Westside Provisions District in the space once occupied by Star Provisions. The 2,700 square-foot design shop will feature samples of every style from Serena & Lily’s signature bedding, original textiles, wallpaper, rug collections and a curated assortment of furniture, lighting, outdoor furniture, upholstery and décor.

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Ansley Park. $2,200,000 284 The Prado NE 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5810846 Chase Mizell 404.289.2780 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884

Brookhaven. $154,000 10 Perimeter Summit Boulevard, No. 4427 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5858765 Matthew Schwartzhoff 678.591.6902

Buckhead. $227,500 30 Collier Road, No. 10 2BR/1BA FMLS: 5862108 Blaine Palmer 229.400.3674 Wilmot Irvin 704.776.8313

Buckhead. $3,197,000 1004 Coronado Drive NW 6BR/6BA/2HBA FMLS: 5866955 Bonnie Majher 678.575.4439

Buckhead. $3,495,000 5220 Northside Drive NW 7BR/8BA/3HBA FMLS: 5811823 Chase Mizell 404.289.2780

Buckhead. $349,500 3481 Lakeside Drive NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5871255 Angela Cashion 404.423.5245

Buckhead. $559,000 1820 Peachtree Street, No. 1004 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5860847 Will Jacobs 404.808.0086

Buckhead. $749,900 30 Conifer Park Lane NE 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5864056 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971

Carrollton. $1,290,000 105 Fuller Drive 6BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5828194 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890

Castleberry Hill. $749,900 190 Walker Street SW, No. 302 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5876617 Brendan Wright 404.661.4740

Chastain Park. $889,000 4610 Brook Hollow Drive NW 5BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5863847 Christina Rabideaux 404.468.8359

Decatur. $115,900 3106 Gay Drive 3BR/1.5BA FMLS: 5866509 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141 Andy Griffith 678.878.7590

Decatur. $799,000 705 E. Ponce De Leon Avenue 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5859663 Lisa Cronic 678.641.4325

Dunwoody. $599,900 1785 Womack Road 6BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5879147 Brendan Wright 404.661.4740

East Lake. $550,000 76 E. Lake Drive NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5871630 Ally May 404.788.7943

Edgewood. $464,900 1463 La France Street, No. 8 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5870362 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Edgewood. $535,950 1388 La France Street, No. 17 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5864374 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Edgewood. $598,900 99A Hutchinson Street NE 4BR/4BA FMLS: 5858436 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Edgewood. $649,900 1388 La France Street, No. 15 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5864372 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Freedom Heights. $180,000 821 Ralph McGill Boulevard, No. 3321 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5878847 Brendan Wright 404.661.4740

Glenwood Park. $279,900 924 Garrett Street SE, No. 201 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5871823 Robert Blaha 404.402.9741

Johns Creek. $1,960,000 510 Marsh Park Drive 5BR/6BA/2HBA FMLS: 5835962 Diana Montague 404.630.3002 Phil Montague 770.670.1032

Midtown. $255,000 1445 Monroe Drive, Unit C40 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5875694 Tracy Patterson 404.932.6532 Amanda Nichols 770.490.1563

Midtown. $859,000 867 Peachtree Street, No. 401 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5809488 Adrian Schmidt 404.229.6777 Chase Mizell 404.289.2780

Morningside. $1,395,000 1300 Northview Avenue NE 5BR/4BA/2HBA FMLS: 5849807 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $1,549,000 1329 Berwick Avenue NE 5BR/4BA/2HBA FMLS: 5849215 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Old Fourth Ward. $1,200,000 456 Parkway Drive NE .48+/- Acres FMLS: 5852865 Brendan Wright 404.661.4740

Old Fourth Ward. $699,900 616 Angier Avenue, No. 5 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5852035 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Peachtree City. $875,000 108 Peninsula Drive 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5865824 Feroza Syed 770.595.5018

Poncey-Highland. $909,900 1137 Ponce De Leon Avenue 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5830038 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Winnona Park. $1,050,000 401 Mimosa Drive 6BR/5BA FMLS: 5868731 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

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Sandy Springs. $1,225,000 7695 Classic Way 5BR/6.5BA FMLS: 5848115 Kimberly Salamone 404.376.8491

Serenbe. $595,000 10660 Serenbe Lane 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5862747 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

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top,” shout 10 bicyclists, rather tentatively, in response to a command from Chief Happiness Officer Robyn Elliott. Again, and louder, demands Elliott, the owner of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, who is giving a safe riding orientation before the group leaves Studioplex in the Old Fourth Ward. Practicing, we all yell louder – to Elliott’s satisfaction – and then pedal down Auburn Avenue on our high-quality commuter bikes to our first stop near the Eastside BeltLine Trail; here, we learn about the urban redevelopment project and view a wall mural with huge, bright goldfish that I’d never noticed before. It was the first of many surprises that I was to encounter on the three-hour, eight-mile bike adventure that Elliott calls her “Fall in Love with Atlanta” tour. Farther down the BeltLine, we come upon William Massey’s amazing sculpture of found objects entitled Seen. Known. Created over three

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months with the involvement of a broad range of people, including homeless adults, this outstanding art piece invites viewing from different perspectives. A construction inspector who has lived Intown for nearly two decades, Robyn Elliott knew that it was time to find a new career when the Great Recession hit in 2008 and the development industry crashed. On the Sunday following the tornado that struck Downtown that year, Robyn took out-of-town friends on a bike ride to show off her city and check out the storm damage. Her friends, who had been traveling to Atlanta for years, were “blown away by how amazing the city was,” she says, and she realized that lots of interesting venues were within easy biking distance. She had found a new career and a passion. At 50, Robyn started Bicycle Tours of Atlanta: the city’s #1 Outdoor Activity according to TripAdvisor and the only bike tour company in Atlanta open daily. Eight years later, she has a staff of five and

12 additional workers, one of whom is Richard Turner, a friend who introduced me to Robyn. Her customer breakdown: 70 percent tourists (a third of whom are local) and 30 percent corporate groups. Robyn’s love of the city – its history, art, culture and people – and her deep knowledge are abundantly evident whether she is in the midst of a tour narrative or talking to a new acquaintance about her work. What does she like most about the job? “The work is so rewarding, especially learning from my customers. I love how much this experience has changed my view of the world,” she says. Our tour group is diverse: a seasoned cyclist from England, a couple from Germany with their local friend, a family from Ohio and a couple from Atlanta who take bike tours when they travel and wanted to experience one at home. From the BeltLine, we head to Little Five Points, a shopping mecca for the past century now offering eclectic merchandise, and a brief stop at Junkman’s Daughter, a favorite haunt of my sons when they were teens. But, who knew that the design on the building’s exterior was the creation of a tattoo artist said to have much preferred human flesh as a canvas? Past small bungalows and huge historic houses, we enter Inman Park: home of Coca-Cola’s Asa Candler who

bought the formula for the famous soft drink for $2,300 in 1888 and Ernest Woodruff who bought the company from him in 1919 for $25 million and helped the city weather the Depression. It was Ernest’s son, Robert Woodruff, who played a key role in bringing white and black leaders together during the 1960s. We talk about the Carter Center, Freedom Parkway controversy and linear parks that now exist. Pedaling on, we visit the Krog Street Tunnel, Cabbagetown, Forward Warrior Murals, Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, Oakland Cemetery, Ebenezer Church, King Center and more. This fall, Robyn will launch a Civil Rights and Social Justice Tour that explores the city’s racial history from the Civil War to present day. I can’t wait to take this new tour. Since she was a child, Robyn has always had a relationship with bikes. Now, she’s helping hundreds of new friends (with and without biking skills) make connections to our city and a healthy, green mode of transportation every week. For more information and to schedule a bike tour, see biketoursatl. com.

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▲ DECATUR BBQ BLUES & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
 The annual festival returns to Oakhurst Village on Aug. 12 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature a diverse lineup of blues and bluegrass artists including Porch Bottom Boys, Donna Hopkins Band, Grizzly Goat, Beverly Guitar Watkins, Greg Humphrey’s Electric Trio, Vista String Band, The Georgia Flood and Farewell Angelina. Tickets are now on sale for $15. For more information, visit decaturbbqfestival.com. PIEDMONT PARK SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL This year’s festival is Aug. 19-20 and will feature more than 200 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. There will also be artist demonstrations, kids area, live music and food trucks. Admission to the festival is free. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more details, visit piedmontparkartsfestival.com.

► THE GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL This year’s event is Aug. 26-27 and kicks off on Saturday morning with the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park. There will be two artist markets, live music and a kids’ zone featuring games and activities. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Visit summershadefestival.org for more details and full schedule of events.

AJC DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL Hundreds of authors will descend on Decatur over Labor Day weekend for three days of readings, signings and interactions with readers. New York Times editor Carolyn Ryan and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery will headline a panel of journalists discussing the importance of journalism during the keynote event on Sept. 1. Henry Winkler (yes, The Fonz from “Happy Days”) will also be a featured guest, singing his latest children’s book. For a full line-up of events and authors, visit decaturbookfestival.com. ◄ DRAGON CON Sci-fi, fantasy and gaming fans will descend on Downtown over Labor Day weekend to meet up with actors, authors, artists and more. Some of this year’s special guests include Lena Headey from “Game of Thrones,” comic book legend Stan Lee and Captain Kirk himself, Williams Shatner. Most of the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will be on hand, as will many “Doctor Who” favorites including Matt Smith, Alex Kingston, Karen Gillian, Billie Piper and John Barrowman. The annual parade of costumed characters down Peachtree Street will be held on Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. For a detailed schedule and to register, visit dragoncon.org.

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discipline while in this incredibly beautiful setting where they can also take voice, music, and visual art lessons.” Beyond classes that are held in the space, students are able to earn National Honor Society credits for their participation, and Callanwolde also collaborates with Intown Montessori school in a cultural and humanitarian effort to connect with children in Havana, Cuba. Jazz on the Lawn is another popular mainstay of the summer, and fans can bring blankets and picnics to the Callanwolde Amphitheater to enjoy music by some of Atlanta’s top jazz musicians. For more about classes and events at Callanwolde, locate at 980 Briarcliff Road, visit callanwolde.org.

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of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Lauri Stallings offers a show and meditation on choreography at the intersection of what is social, political, timely and sincere, and the moving artists of glo will occupy the space daily during the exhibit. Tuesday through Saturday. $5 to $8. mocaga.org

Performing Arts Nickelback: See Nickelback in concert with Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Aug. 2. $25 to $125. vzwamp.com BET Presents Celebration Of Gospel: Hosted by comedian and actor Jonathan Slocumb, the Gospel music extravaganza will include performances from award winning and chart-topping performers from Gospel and R&B at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Aug. 4. $46.50 to $86.50. cobbenergycentre.com

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain: SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film presents this exhibit that explores the creativity, cultural significance and transformative power of shoes. Closes Aug. 13. Free to $10. scadfash.org Salon Style: TEW Galleries shows buyers how to group several works of art together to give spaces a more ecclectic, individual looks in it’s summer exhibit. Closes Aug. 19. Free. tewgalleries.com Piedmont Park Arts Festival: More than 250 art vendors flood Piedmont Park for this annual festival that also includes artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a street market, children’s play area plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives. Aug. 19 and 20. Free. affps.com Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles: The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University hosts a new exhibit that showcases the staggering breadth and depth of indigenous American fiber arts ranging from weavings in cotton and camelid hair, to feather work and items made from plant. Opens Aug. 17. Free to $8. carlos.emory.edu Expanding Roots Exhibition: In this body of oil paintings on view at the Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery, artist Shannon Willow created “Talking Trees” to remind viewers to stand rooted in the practice of self-care and authenticity. Closes Aug. 26. Free. decaturartsalliance.org

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Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France, 1917–1924: Atlanta History Center showcases photographs and rare silent film footage that bring to life the extraordinary work undertaken by 350 American women – all volunteers – who left comfortable lives in the United States to devote themselves to humanitarian aid in France during the Great War. Daily. Free to $16.50. atlantahistorycenter.com Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will: This exhibition at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum is an investigation of the historic 2014-16 Ebola Fever Virus epidemic in West Africa, the United States, and around the world. Monday through Friday. Free. cdc.gov/museum Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson’s fantastical film Labyrinth, Center for Puppetry Arts invites guests to journey into the magical world of the Goblin King with its immersive special exhibit. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $10.50. puppet.org Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan: This exhibition at the High Museum of Art showcases the breadth and depth of Ashley Bryan’s creative output, from the dynamic figure drawings he made while serving as a soldier in World War II, to his first published book in 1967, to his 2016 book Freedom Over Me. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $14.50. high.org Rwandan Reconciliation: Four Rwandan artists whose lives were impacted by the violence of 1994 present their most recent, vibrantly colorful paintings that joyfully celebrate the rebirth of Rwandan culture in this exhibit at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $5. museum.oglethorpe.edu the room for tender choreographies: For her solo exhibition at the Museum

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival: See all eight films in the Harry Potter series on the Fox Theatre’s big screen over the course of three days. Aug. 5 through 13. $12.50 per film. foxtheatre.org 3 Doors Down: Hailing from the small town of Escatawpa, Mississippi, 3 Doors Down hit their peak in the 2000s with a string of post-grunge singles, most notably “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” and the ballad “Here Without You.” See them at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Aug. 11. $33 to $66.50. cobbenergycentre.com An American In Paris: An American in Paris presented at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is the new hit musical about an American solider, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Aug. 15 through 20. $30 to $125. foxtheatre.or Mother Goose: Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack & Jill and all the other citizens of Rhymeville need as much help as possible to look for clues and solve the mystery of Mother Goose’s whereabouts in this show at Center for Puppetry Arts. Opens Aug. 15. $19.50. puppet.org

Graceland Presents Elvis: Live in Concert: As Graceland prepares to mark the milestone 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing this August, it has announced the U.S. debut of “Elvis: Live in Concert,” an all-new concert production featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen accompanied by a live orchestra, coming to 12 cities, including Chastain Park Amphitheater, this August. Aug. 17. $45 to $258. classicchastain.com Little Shop of Horrors: Don’t miss Actor’s Express’ horrifically hilarious take on one of the longest-running musicals in offBroadway history in which budding botanist Seymour Krelbourn discovers a new species of plant that he thinks will bring him unending fame and fortune but turns out to be a bloodthirsty carnivore bent on world domination. Closes Aug. 20. $21 to $45. actors-express.com Joe Rogan: Visit the Tabernacle to see Joe Rogan, a standup comedian for over 20 years with an inquisitive and intense comedic style, who is host of The Joe Rogan Experience, a comedy podcast on iTunes. Aug. 25. $39.50 to $65. tabernacleatl.com Yacht Rock Revival: The Yacht Rock Revue calls itself the greatest show on surf and the finest tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere, including this show at The Tabernacle. Aug. 26. $35 to $40. tabernacleatl.com

Blackberry Daze: In Horizon Theatre’s play it is the end of The Great War and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women. Closes Aug. 27. $25 to $35. horizontheatre.com Glengarry Glen Ross: Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre’s show depicts cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Thursday through Saturday. $20 to $30. pnotheatre.org The Taming of the Shrew: The wild and unwed Katherine is thrown together with the boisterous and charismatic bachelor Petruchio and thus begins Shakespeare’s fiercest and most controversial battle of the sexes in this play at New American Shakespeare Tavern. Opens Aug. 26. $15 to $39. shakespearetavern.com August 2017 | INtown 31


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Hot Eats, Cool Treats More eateries opening around Intown as summer ends By Collin Kelley

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ust a few months ago – in the May issue to be exact – we featured an extensive roundup of all the new restaurants opening in the city. Three months later, we’re back with yet another list that is sure to sate any appetite, whether it’s for Italian food, tapas, a burger or dessert. Please note that the restaurants in the list were expected to be open by INtown’s press time or during the month of August (unless otherwise noted). Be sure to check each restaurant’s website for details, since opening dates can change.

ALLORA Concentrics Restaurants has replaced Lobby at the Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station with this new Italian eaterie. The menu includes pizzas, pastas, insalatas and small plates. For more, visit facebook.com/allora. BABALU TAPAS & TACOS Located at Alta Midtown at the corner of West Peachtree and Peachtree Place, the menu feature Latin dishes like panroasted redfish, Duck confit tacos, and Creole shrimp and grits. For more information, visit Atlanta.eatBabalu.com. BAR AMERICANO AND BAR CREMA The creators of The Pinewood in Decatur and The Mercury at Ponce City Market are opening two Italianthemed concepts at 56 East Andrews Drive in Buckhead. Bar Americano will serve lunch and dinner, while the adjacent Bar Crema will offer foodto-go along with desserts, gelato and coffees. Check out their Facebook page at BarAmericanoAtl for opening details.

DONETTO Located in the new Stockyards development on the Westside at 976 Brady Ave., the Tuscan-style restaurant will feature a big selection of pasta dishes. Check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/ DonettoAtlanta for opening information.

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EMERALD CITY BAGELS The beloved bagel pop-up now has a permanent space in the old Gravity Pub on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta Village. New York-style bagels will be made daily along with sandwiches and craft sodas. For more information, visit emeraldcitybagels.com.

A MANO Located at the corner of Ralph McGill and Glen Iris in the Old Fourth Ward, this new bistro offers a menu of traditional Italian food with a dash of Southern, including fresh pasta, antipasta and proteins. For more information, visit amanobistroatl.com.

AMORINO The Paris-based gelato chain known for its quirky roseshaped servings, will open its first brick-and-mortar Georgia outpost The Shops Buckhead Atlanta in the fall. Besides the gelato, the menu will also include shakes, pastries, chocolates and sorbets. For more, visit amorino.com/us.

GOLDEN EAGLE AND MUCHACHO The old train depot along the Atlanta BeltLine at Memorial Drive is getting a new lease on life after H. Harper Station closed down last year. The owner of Ladybird Grove will open a two-in-one spot with Golden Eagle serving as a “workingman’s tavern” while Muchacho will offer breakfast and lunch selections like tacos, grain bowls and poke bowls. Watch the Facebook page at GoldenEagleAtl for opening details. RADIAL CAFÉ - COLLEGE PARK If you find yourself south of the city, Candler Park mainstay Radial Cafe has opened its second location at 3725 Main Street in College Park. Owner Frank Bragg has renovated a historic storefront, keeping an original 1917 Coca-Cola mural, with seating for 130 people. For more information, visit radialcafe.com.

BAR MERCADO The latest concept from Castellucci Hospitality Group (The Iberian Pig and Cooks & Soldiers) is located inside Krog Street Market in Inman Park. The menu includes tapas dishes, meats, cheeses, and “bar bites.” For more, visit barmercadoatl. com.

THE CANTEEN Technology Square in Midtown now has its own “micro-food hall” located in the space once occupied by The Spence on 5th Street. The eclectic eatery from the folks behind West Egg Café and The General Muir includes space for Yalla (Mediterranean fare), Fred’s Meat & Bread (burgers and sandwiches), TGM Bagel (bagels and breakfast sandwiches) and Square bar (smoothies and juice in the morning, beer and cocktails in the evening). Hours at the various stalls vary, so check out the schedule at thecanteenatl.com.

GOLDA KOMBUCHA The local tea company founded by Melanie Wade will soon open its first brick-and-mortar shop in West End. The company will move its kombucha brewery and production to the forthcoming Lee + White development with a taproom opening to the public for tours and tastings soon after. For more information, visit goldakombucha.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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The team behind the new Hosea + 2nd development in East Lake have released plans for Phase II of the development. Mike Nelson and Clay Harper, owners of Fellini’s Pizza and La Fonda Latina, and their development partners, Jay Martin and Nathan Bolster of ReDevStudio, released plans to begin permitting construction on the northeast corner of the growing intersection of Hosea L. Williams Drive and 2nd Avenue. The group plans to develop a two-story, 7,800-square-foot building that will connect the public space to the mixed-use complex’s restaurant and office spaces using an open corridor through the center of the building. With space for two new restaurants/cafés and six creative office lofts, the project will complete the third corner of the developing intersection. Leasing is open now and ReDevStudio expects to break ground on the project in the fall. There are no plans at this point to open a location of either Fellini’s or La Fonda, according to the developers. “We’ve been ecstatic with the reception that the first phase has received, with the success of our tenants, and how the neighborhood has supported them. We

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Pre-retirees starting search early for dream mountain homes By Kathy Dean Cool weather, beautiful landscapes and a relaxed lifestyle all help to make the mountains a perfect place to settle, and many metro Atlantans plan to retire there. Not everyone waits to claim their little spot of heaven, though. More and more people are making the move to find or build their mountain retreat now and enjoy before and after retirement. Keith and Robin Sievers label themselves “outdoor people.” They’ve settled into their new home, a two-story mountainside home with main and terrace levels, in Big Canoe, a gated private residential community set in the rolling mountains of Jasper, Ga. The climate and natural landscapes of north Georgia are perfect, the Sievers said, and so are the amenities they enjoy in Big Canoe, where they’ve found the lifestyle they were looking for. The community boasts a unique Jeep Trail, award-winning 22+ mile trail system for hiking and biking, three outdoor dog parks, three waterfalls,

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three lakes and scenic mountain landscapes. “It’s amazing to live in a beautiful mountain community that’s 30 minutes from the north Atlanta suburbs, and just 30 minutes from the start of the Appalachian Trail,” said Robin. “More importantly, though, are the wonderful people who live here and the many cherished friendships we’ve made.” They admit that mountain driving was a challenge at first, but added that they quickly adapted. “While some driving is required to get to everything we need, the essentials are close at hand,” said Keith, “and we’ve learned to group our errands into enjoyable ‘urban safaris’.” Katie Wercholuk, Marketing Director, Big Canoe Company, LLC, reported that she has seen an increase in pre-retirees attracted to the lifestyle and options in Big Canoe. “Many metro Atlanta residents are becoming empty-nesters, but they’re still working while planning for the future before it’s time to retire,” Wercholuk said. Old Edwards Club, between Highlands and Cashiers, was the spot where Lynda and Bill McNeeley found their mountain home. “We both grew up in the mountains,” Lynda said, “but had always gravitated to the beach. We first went to Highlands in the late 1980s. The cool weather and great mountains, smells and activities drew us in. We bought a small cabin in town and went there about once a month for 12 years.” The McNeeleys joined Old Edwards Club in 2007 and bought their permanent retirement home in 2009. The house is a 2,500-square-foot cottage with a lovely screened-in porch and mountain view.

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“Every morning we wake to the same beautiful view,” Lynda said. “Our friends love to visit and come every year, and our grandchildren love it as much as anyone. Bill’s sister-in-law and some friends from Atlanta bought here after just one visit to Highlands.” Old Edwards Club offers a relaxed, family environment, and Old Edwards Inn & Spa, located in Highlands, spoils visitors with delicious food and wine, a nationally ranked spa and a world-class golf course designed by Tom Jackson. “We have something for everyone,” said Bill Gilmore, Provisional Broker, Highlands Cove Realty at Old Edwards Inn, and Realtor with PalmerHouse Properties. Lynda said that she and Bill adore Old Edwards, and everyone they’ve met is friendly. The McNeeleys added that there’s plenty to do, too. They walk to the golf course, pool and the best restaurant in town. There are wonderful pools and fitness, hiking, shopping galore, amazing waterfalls and the nicest merchants you could ever meet, Lynda said.

“Add craft shows and great markets that offer every kind of food you can imagine,” she said. “It’s easy to find what you need to cook gourmet meals at home, so we rarely eat out.” While Bill is retired, Lynda still works full-time remotely as a Residential Mortgage Loan Officer with Fidelity Bank Mortgage, so many of their Atlanta trips are scheduled to coincide with closings or office activities that she wants to attend. It’s a wonderful setting for working and taking good care of her clients, she said. According to Gilmore, the area’s internet and cell phone service is first rate, making it a place where executives can take care of business when they need to, and then unplug and relax. Lynda has had no issues with mountain life. “It’s a quick two-and-a-half-hour drive to the city if I have a business commitment. And our community has a house watch during the off season, so we never have to worry about anything,” she said. “Just one phone call and they’ll check on anything for you. And they’ll even dig you out of the snow if you come during the off season—I love that!” Duane and Kim Champlin are currently overseeing the construction of their Old Toccoa Farm mountain retreat. “We had a weekend cabin near Blue Ridge before we retired, and we fell in love with the area,” Kim said. Old Toccoa Farm, just 85 miles north of Atlanta, is near historic Blue Ridge, Ga., and about 15 miles from the Aska Adventure Area, which features camping, hiking and water Continued on Page 48 At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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It was probably less than five percent when I started in real estate here 14 years ago.” He added that his clients are typically active retirees who want to take advantage of the hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, and plan to stay physically active well into their retirement years. Nichols’ primary areas of focus are Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and the smaller surrounding towns, and he said that many retirees are initially attracted to the Blue Ridge region simply because of its beauty, the amount of protected land, Lake Blue Ridge and the array of shops, restaurants, breweries and festivals that Blue Ridge offers. “During the home hunting process, a great number of buyers decide to buy in Gilmer County – Ellijay, East Ellijay and Cherry Log – due to the tax breaks offered to 65-plus retirees,” he explained. “Gilmer County eliminates the school portion of the property tax bill for retirees, and that accounts for roughly 75 percent of the total property tax. This is a huge incentive for my buyers.” Many of the retirees who are looking for a mountain home tell Nichols the same story. “They start their search online and visit some of the locations to do their own research in person. Blue Ridge, in particular, has been featured in a number of articles focused on best small town places to retire or best mountain towns to live in,” he said. Even though most prefer the rustic mountain home style, Nichols said that they’re thinking ahead, and they want a master on the main, laundry on the main and attached garages. “One level living is highly desired, even though the terrain here often requires multi-level homes,” he added. “Proximity to town, doctors, grocery stores and a hospital are also typically on their list of requirements.” And one more thing: although the area offers the small town living and more relaxed lifestyle they want, Atlanta is just 90 minutes away. Nichols said that the thought of being so close to a direct flight to almost anywhere in the world adds a lot of appeal. The next step for many buyers is to visit the area and rent a mountain home for a week to see what it would be like to live there. “Fortunately, we make the top of the list for many of them,” Nichols said. “Overall, the common theme is that they’re looking for a place that’s less crowded, less expensive to live, has low traffic and low crime as well as that small town feel that many parts of the country are losing due to growth.” Historically, the vast majority of mountain home buyers were coming from the metro Atlanta area or Florida, according to Nichols. Over the last few years, however, he has seen a huge increase in the number of buyers moving to the north Georgia mountains and Blue Ridge area from other states. “I’ve had buyers who’ve retired here from New Mexico, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Nevada,” he said. “And most recently, two couples from the San Francisco Bay Area will be closing on their mountain homes this coming September.” Scott Nichols and his partner Mark Reeves, known as the North Georgia Mountain Duo, are licensed Brokers who have sold real estate in the area since 2004, successfully closing well over 500 transactions. They’ve achieved the Top Producing Team Award from their Board of Realtors most of the last 10 years. For more info, including reviews and rankings, visit MountainsOfGeorgia.com.

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Harry Norman REALTORS® Blue activities like tubing, canoeing and kayaking. Ridge Office, reported According to Duane, the couple wanted that there has been long-range mountain views. “We got that, an influx of buyers in plus we’re living on a golf course in a gated the new development. community,” he said. “Old Toccoa Farm is the only fly fishing and golf community in our area,” she said. Sapphire, N.C. turned out to be right setting for Willie and Sheryl McCutcheon’s Sapphire NC cabin Willie and Sheryl with melanoma in 1993, so “beach life wasn’t McCutchen’s mountain getaway. The couple still resides exactly on the top of my list,” he said. Several years ago, the McCutchens full-time in the rural town of Kingstree, Duane and Kim Champlin became friends with the owner of the on the eastern side of South Carolina. High Hampton Inn & Country Club Willie retired from the The Champlins moved to the north in Cashiers, N.C., Will McKee, as well telecommunications business in 2005 at the Georgia mountains from Gwinnett County. as his partner in High Hampton Realty, early age of 56. “Sheryl and I sometimes What they’ve found in Old Toccoa Farm Manuel de Juan. talked about getting a second home, but never is peace and quiet, golf courses, the Toccoa Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge took it very seriously,” he said. “She’s always River, wooded trails and “the friendliness of Mountain, the historic High Hampton Inn loved the beach, and probably would’ve everyone we come across,” said Kim. has been a place of Southern hospitality preferred something on the coast initially.” They noted that they have lost a few since the nineteenth century. The inn’s While that would have been convenient, conveniences, but said they’ve gained 1,400-acre playground offers golf, tennis, since their Kingstree home is only about an much more. “We have a relaxed and hiking, fly fishing and a European spa. hour’s drive from the beach, Willie didn’t think friendly environment,” said Duane, “and “After several stays at the inn, we fell that it made much sense to have a vacation a whole lot less congestion!” in love with the area and began to talk home so close by. And Willie was diagnosed Kim L. Knutzen, Managing Broker, seriously about the possibility of acquiring something in the area,” Willie said. They looked at a number of places in the summer of 2015 until de Juan showed them a log cabin in a Holly Forest community in Sapphire. The Homeowners Association offered an amenities package with access to indoor and outdoor pools, skiing, a fitness facility and private lake/beach. Willie said that he and Sheryl knew right away that it was the place for them, and they closed on the property in January 2016. “I think what sold us was its quaint interior,” he added. “We’ve enjoyed fixing it up.” At this point, the cabin is just a vacation home, according to Willie, and he suspects it will never be more than that. Since it’s just five hours away from Kingstree, it’s fairly convenient. “We love to come periodically, especially with our two grandchildren, ages five and eight,” he added. “We also enjoy letting friends and family use the cabin when we’re not here, but we don’t rent it.” When asked what he and Sheryl enjoy most about the mountains, Willie mentioned the beauty and solitude and, of 108 Gorge Trail Road, Chattooga Club in Cashiers, NC course, the cooler temperatures during the summer. He said that even though they Offices located in Highlands & Cashiers have neighbors, they still feel fairly secluded, which is very important to them both. “One of the things I find appealing about owning a vacation home in the mountains, especially as compared to the beach, is the difference costs associated o 828.526.4104 c 828.226.6303 with insurance and taxes,” Willie said. “I was very surprised at the reasonableness of jody.lovell@sothebysrealty.com property taxes and casualty insurance.” He noted that he and Sheryl haven’t encountered any real challenges to living in the mountains, other than periodic bad weather in winter and the occasional bear Each office is Independently Owned & Operated on the porch. “I’m not kidding!” Willie

said. “But bears generally aren’t a problem if you don’t leave out things to attract them, like garbage or bird seed.” Purchasing a mountain home before retirement is a good strategy, especially since the north Georgia mountains are starting to attract buyers from across the country. When Gary and Christy Ray decided to move from a mountain/lake area in northwest Nevada to be closer to family, they wanted to locate in a similar environment in Georgia. They found their mountain cabin in Love Mountain, an upscale rustic neighborhood that features wooded settings and mountain views, in Morganton, Ga. “The north Georgia mountains are a perfect fit for us,” said Gary. “With the beautiful mountains, sunsets, lakes, affordable living, proximity to Atlanta and wonderful southern hospitality, we couldn’t have made a better choice.” Christy added that everyone in Blue Ridge has welcomed them with open arms. “Within two months, we’ve made a lot of new friends and already feel like a part of the community,” she said. The area offers a variety of activities, music venues and craft fairs, along with outstanding restaurants. “This is what we love about the community,” Christy said. “We attended a fabulous wine pairing dinner at a local restaurant in Blue Ridge and met some lovely people who we plan to see again.”

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The Rays love the peace, slower pace and mild traffic. “There’s no comparison to major cities—great food, Southern hospitality and the natural beauty of the North Georgia mountains,” said Gary. “This has been a great choice for our retirement.” When asked about the best part of living in north Georgia, Christy answered, “The inner peace that we have when we sit on our balcony and look out at the beautiful north Georgia mountains. You can’t put a price on that.” She noted that there have been a few small issues, most notably, learning about log cabin ownership and adjusting to a more humid climate than northwest Nevada, where the annual average humidity is 10 percent. “But really, they’re no longer issues after living here for two months,” she said. Faron W. King, Broker/Owner, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty, said that while many mountain homes are bought by retirees, that’s not the whole story. “We’re seeing younger buyers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta for a weekend getaway, and it turns into a part-time home if their career allows them to telecommute,” said King. He suggested that people not wait for retirement to begin looking for their dream retirement home. Good advice, it seems, with the current rush to the hills. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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