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Contents November 2019

The Neighborhood

Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor (404) 917-2200, ext. 102

6 } INtown’s Silver Anniversary 8 } New PEDS President 10 } Safer Streets 11 } BeltLine Lighting 12 } Pet Pick 13 } A Look Back 14 } TimmyDaddy 16 } Atlanta Streets Alive 18 } Pride Parade

Contributors Sally Bethea, Sue Collins, Kathy Dean, Melody Harclerode, Lauren Leathers, Asep Mawardi, Jacob Nguyen, Colin Potts, Clare Richie, Tim Sullivan, Megan Volpert, Joe Winslow Submissions Article queries and calendar submissions should be emailed to


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INtown at 25: Who knows where the time goes? What were you doing in November of 1994? That’s when a neighborhood newspaper called Atlanta 30306 created by Chris Schroder began appearing in racks and at local shops around Virginia-Highland. Twentyfive years later, that newspaper has morphed into the magazine you’re reading right now: Atlanta INtown. I first picked up a copy of 30306 when I was having lunch at the much-missed Everybody’s Pizza on North Highland. I was 25 in 1994, consumed with love affairs, wanderlust and being a “famous” writer. I was a working journalist, my play “The Dark Horse” had just won a big award and my first poem was published in a reputable literary journal. I spent my weekend’s clubbing at Backstreet, The Armory and The Chamber. I bought CDs at Tower Records, books and magazine at Oxford Books, and watched foreign films at the Lefont Garden Hills Cinema. If I stumbled out of a club in the wee hours, you could find me sobering up at the Dunk ‘n Dine. Sunday brunch was always at The Colonnade. All of those places, save for The Colonnade, are long gone. And as INtown turns 25, I just turned 50. Who knows where the time goes? Collin Kelley When my birthday rolled around in September, I was definitely collin@atlantaintownin need of some comfort food, so a group of friends and INtown contributors met up for Sunday brunch at The Colonnade. Over fried chicken, turkey and dressing and those heavenly rolls, we raised a glass to my middle age and INtown’s anniversary. It really bakes the old noodle to realize I’ve been sitting at the editor’s desk for 17 of the magazine’s 25 years. While people and places I love have disappeared, INtown has been a constant. With so much bad news and negativity in the world, INtown has always been an oasis to find positive stories about your neighbors, the opening of new local businesses, restaurant reviews, arts and culture happenings and, of course, if you’re looking to buy a new house, INtown has long been the go-to source. Twenty-five years on from the day I discovered 30306, I’ve had some pretty good success as a writer. Three novels, five poetry collections, and a clutch of awards, but here’s a secret: since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a journalist. When the other kids were dreaming of being astronauts and firemen, I wanted to be a reporter. I live my dream every day, and that has been a great source of pleasure and pride. You, the readers and advertisers who have supported and loved INtown for a quarter of a century, continue to allow this publication to thrive and tell your stories. It has sincerely been the honor and privilege of my life to be your editor. Thank you for making my dream come true.


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The Neighborhood Silver Anniversary

News & Features

Civic and arts leaders reflect on 25 years of Intown’s growth By Collin Kelley NOVEMBER 2019 Vol. 25 No. 11 ■

When the first issue of Atlanta 30306, the forerunner of Atlanta INtown, was published in November 1994, the city was in the throes of preparing for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Most Atlantans agree that the games were the catalyst for the city becoming the international city it aspired to be. Twenty-five years on, the city has transformed beyond what anyone could have imagined. The Atlanta BeltLine project is in the process of connecting the city’s neighborhoods, the city is a destination for Fortune 500 and tech companies, we have the world’s busiest airport, an active arts and culture scene, fine dining, and a thriving real estate market. INtown has grown with the city, but our core mission is the same as it was in 1994: to bring you positive, hyperlocal news and features you won’t find anywhere else. That guiding principal has put us in touch with many of the city’s longtime civic and arts leaders, so we asked them to share their memories and reflect on the positive changes that have impacted the city over the last 25 years. ATLANTA INTOWN 6065 ROSWELL ROAD, SUITE 225 SANDY SPRINGS, GA 30328


A.J. Robinson, President of Central Atlanta Progress “I recall sitting in the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Games and feeling so proud of our city. Atlanta was on the world’s stage and the city would be changed forever. Recognizing there was much work that still needed to be done, from that moment on I knew there should be no challenge, big or small, that could not be solved if we all work together.”

Kevin Green, President & CEO of Midtown Alliance “Fresh off of the Olympics 25 years ago, Midtown was disinvested, about 2/3rds of the land was surface parking or otherwise ripe for redevelopment and not a lot of good things happened after dark. With this backdrop, a group of civic leaders spearheaded Blueprint Midtown – a physical plan for Midtown’s resurgence. After more than a hundred public meetings, 1.4 square miles of Midtown was rezoned and a special zoning district was created. Then the Midtown Improvement District was created to fund supplemental clean and safe programs, streetscape, lighting and other transportation improvements. It worked. Since 2000, the residential population of Midtown has almost quadrupled and there have been more than 80 major development projects delivered. Today, Midtown is a very different place, and getting even better.”

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Sam Massell, Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor “Although I’ve lived the city since my birth 92 years ago, Buckhead has been my focus as head of the Buckhead Coalition for the past 25 of them. Thus, it’s this experience that has massaged my emotions. What has been the explosive impact in this community has been the transformation of its image from stately estates on roiling, wooded lands to an urban profile of multifamily rental properties – the homes of millennials engulfed in technical reforms. Oh, to be in that parade!”

Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre “While I haven’t been here for 25 years, the thing that feels most catalytic in my time here is the BeltLine. There’s a notion in urban planning that suggests that cities in which people bump into people (literally and figuratively) are cities with higher degrees of innovation. The notion is simple; if my daily life puts me in close encounters with people I don’t know, my brain starts rewiring itself toward a kind of “what else don’t I know” curiosity. And 20 minutes on any stretch of the BeltLine will put you in bumping range with all ages, all cultures, all sartorial choices, all the wonderful possibilities of what it means to be human. It’s the same opportunity we always hope to be providing with theatre – and the bonus with the BeltLine is you get to work on your cardio and calorie burn at the same time you’re expanding your heart and mind!” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m



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INtown honored with city proclamation



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The Municipal Court of Atlanta has created the Homeless Court Program, a focused expansion on the court’s In-Custody and Community Court Divisions. The program will be run daily through a collaboration of court divisions including Restore Atlanta. Similar to homeless courts operating in other parts of the country, the Municipal Court of Atlanta’s Homeless Court Program is based on the American Bar Association’s seven guiding principles for Homeless Courts, which include a combination of prescribed treatment, judicial monitoring, coordinated services, as well as enhanced communication among the various stakeholders.

Atlanta INtown’s 25th anniversary was honored with a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council, which was presented by Dist. 2 Councilmember Amir Farokhi on Oct. 7 at City Hall. Pictured from left: Dist. 1 Councilmember Carla Smith, INtown Sales Development Director Amy Arno, Dist. 6 Councilmember Jennifer Ide, INtown Editor Collin Kelley, Councilmember Farokhi, INtown Publisher Steve Levene, Dist. 8 Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit, INtown Account Executive Jeff Kremer, City Council President Felicia Moore, Dist. 11 Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet, Dist. 9 Councilman Dustin Hillis, Dist. 10 Councilmember Andrea Boone, Post 3 At-Large Councilmember Andre Dickens and Post 1 At-Large Councilmember Michael Julian Bond.

Walking into the Future

Cathy Clark Tyler named new president of PEDS By Clare S. Richie The City of Atlanta has formally accepted a $17.5 million donation from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to the Atlanta Beltline Partnership for enhancements and improvements at Westside Reservoir Park. The site is in the early stages of a more than 10-year transformation to become the city’s largest greenspace and a reservoir. The funding will be used to add a vehicle entrance, parking lot, and trail connection to the Grove Park neighborhood, as well as designing and constructing utility infrastructure for restrooms and enhancing drainage and irrigation. Cushman & Wakefield has released its annual Cool Streets report, which highlights the Old Fourth Ward as one of the Top 20 featured Cool Streets. The company surveyed hundreds of its real estate professionals across its offices in the United States and Canada. Old Fourth Ward was chosen because of its proximity to the BeltLine, the creation of more than 3,000 new housing units since 2011, and the neighborhood’s population quadrupling since its low point in the early 1990s. The city has joined more than 105 cities, counties and municipalities in filing an amicus brief in the case of DHS v. Regents of California, arguing that the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is unlawful and unconstitutional.

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Cathy Clark Tyler just took the helm as the second President/CEO of PEDS, the Atlanta-based advocacy organization dedicated to making streets, sidewalks and communities safe and accessible to all pedestrians. Tyler brings to her new role, more than 25 years of senior level executive service in nonprofit, government and higher education arenas. “The Board of PEDS is thrilled to have Cathy join the team. Cathy brings a wealth of nonprofit leadership that will help us expand our mission, those we serve, and our members,” said PEDS Board Chairman Andrew Hixson. Founded in 1996 by Sally Flocks, PEDS has made significant strides through grassroots advocacy and in collaboration with government, civic and business stakeholders. “Walking is a basic human right and people should be safe when they are doing it,” Tyler said. While committed to all pedestrians, Tyler is eager to expand membership and develop new partnerships in underserved communities to address disparities, like insufficient street crossings, which put residents at risk. “I don’t want children being killed crossing a busy road to catch a school bus,” Tyler said, referring to a 14-year old boy who died after being hit by a car on 2495 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in early September. “We did a bus audit over there [Hollowell Parkway], recently. It’s a half of a mile before a crosswalk. If you’re late for school you are going to cross to get to that bus,” Tyler said. That’s why the new PEDS leader wants to help residents who live near multi-lane roadways like Hollowell Parkway, Tara

Boulevard and Marting Luther King Jr. Drive voice their concerns. “It can’t all come from us – it needs to be a human voice telling these stories to make it urgent for lawmakers for government to pay closer attention,” Tyler said. Tyler also remains committed to working closely with partners at GDOT and with local governments, including the newly created City of Atlanta Department of Transportation. “I believe that people want to do the right thing, but sometimes they need urging to pay attention,” Tyler said. After a month on the job, Tyler is pleased with the transition. “I am humbled by the amount of support the board of directors, staff and particularly the founder of PEDS have all shown,” Tyler said. During her 23 years at PEDS, Flocks shared that some of her proudest accomplishments include: increasing the number of drivers who stop for people in crosswalks; providing workshops to help transportation professionals design for pedestrian safety; and helping innovative crossing treatments become mainstream in Georgia. “I’m thrilled to have created an organization much bigger than myself, gratified to have achieved far more than I ever imagined, and optimistic that Cathy Tyler will lead PEDS to a whole new level,” said Flocks.

Tyler understands that more pedestrian advocacy is still needed, such as fixing Atlanta’s broken sidewalks to increase walkability, connectivity and access to public transit. The city allocates less than $500,000 to routine sidewalk maintenance, which doesn’t come close to meeting the cost of annual disintegration, estimated at $20 million by Public Cathy Clark Tyler Works. Wheelchair users recently sued the City of Atlanta for failing to maintain sidewalks that are equally accessible to people with disabilities. The lawsuit seeks to force Atlanta to modify its practices, install curb ramps and fix broken sidewalks – remedies that will ultimately benefit all pedestrians. “Litigation is costly. It delays the work and somebody else could get hurt while going through the court process,” Tyler said. The new PEDS leader sees collaboration as a more expeditious solution and is ready to walk the talk. “Steve Jobs said, ‘We’re here to put a dent in the universe.’ Sally has put a dent in the universe of pedestrian safety. I’m very happy to take that on now… to work collaboratively with other partners who are concerned about safety and walkability, particularly in underserved communities”, Tyler said. “It’s the oldest mode of transportation. Everybody can’t afford a car. Everybody doesn’t want a car. They still need to be able to live and thrive in the city.” Learn more at At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Safer Streets

Mayor announces action plan to improve city streets

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced a two-year, $5 million plan to bring rapid safety redesigns to more than 20 city streets to improve safety for pedestrians, drivers, transit users, cyclists and e-scooter riders. Through the Action Plan for Safer Streets, Atlanta will more than triple its on-street protected bike network. By the end of 2021, Atlantans will see more than 20 miles of safer streets, according to the plan. The Action Plan for Safer Streets will establish new connections between key neighborhoods across the city: Southwest Atlanta, the Westside Trail and MARTA; connect Midtown with Downtown; and from West End to Grant Park. The plan kicked off in October with a temporary “pop up” bike lane on 10th Street in Midtown connecting the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail to Peachtree Street. This temporary lane allowed transportation officials to track usage and impact. In parallel to this plan, the City of Atlanta will be rewriting its e-scooter ordinance to make improvements to the administration and enforcement of operators. It is expected that the new regulations will be adopted in early 2020. “A safe city starts with streets designed for everyone,” Bottoms said in a media statement. “The way that people are getting around Atlanta is changing as the city grows quickly, and this plan will help keep pace with new demands across our transportation network. We have heard from residents of Atlanta loud and clear – people want safer streets, and they want to see real changes before another tragedy occurs.” Four e-scooter riders have been killed in traffic accidents since spring.

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n a Sunday afternoon last April, the moment PHIL MOSIER Larry Lord had dreaded for roughly decades finally happened. two on Jan. 25. The museum Atlanta History Center painting. His wife, Peggy, found of the painting at Buckhead’s their 35-year-old of Atlanta” cyclorama must first complete a major restoration son Ashby no longer works on the “Battle breathing in the this winter, but A painting conservator cyclorama exhibit basement of their plans to open the ranch home on Sandy Springs’ Mount Paran Road. She tried performing CPR and called 911. But nothing of NCR, the paramedics did could revive Ashby what corporate relocations after a heroin overdose. leaders: Amazon made clear state to off have tipped Larry was devastated. Like many famState Farm and others corporate ily members after retention of high wage a death, he faced the task of writing an The recruitment and Those counobituary so that the tracks of transit. newspapers and the funeral home could employers will follow need not apply. inform their loved ies without transit ones. Larry, an architect, ties and municipalit considered himself Page 8 a problem-solver BY EVELYN ANDREWS . CHARLIE HARPER,

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most recently for his first wife and Ashby’s mother, Shannon, after she died from complications of cancer. But the circumstances of Ashby’s life posed difficult questions in how to talk about his death. Euphemisms are a tradition of sorts for overdose victims. Their obituaries say that they left this world or entered eternal rest while glossing over how it happened. The reasons vary from not speaking ill of the dead to a fear that it might reflect poorly on the living. “For many years, you never saw the word ‘addiction’ in an obit,” says Dr. Frances Levin, a psychiatry professor at Columbia University Medical Center. “That’s because of the stigma related to Continued on page 8

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Installation of lights, cameras begin on Eastside Trail Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has begun installing lighting along the 2-mile stretch of the Eastside Trail between Monroe Drive and Irwin Street / Lake Avenue. The project is expected to take six months to complete. Upgraded security cameras will be installed at the same time, according to the organization. The lights and security cameras will be installed on the west side of the trail by electrical consultant Brooks-Berry-Haynie (BBH). Trail users can expect crews to occupy portions of the trail surface in addition to the shoulder as they work their way down the corridor. Work will take place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., dependent upon weather. Weekend work will only take place if necessary. Caution signs will be posted on the trails to alert users if a work zone is ahead. BeltLine officials asked users to exercise care and extend courtesy to workers and fellow trail users when passing the work zone. The lighting and cameras will be the same design and standard as those currently in place on the Westside Trail and southern mile of the Eastside Trail. Funding for this section of Eastside Trail lighting is provided through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), TSPLOST funds, and private contributions to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Light the Line Campaign.



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This Month in Atlanta History Editor’s Note: In honor of Atlanta INtown’s 25th anniversary and in memory of our late historian, Ann Taylor Boutwell, we’re bringing back her column every month in 2019. Nov. 1, 1994: Chris Schroder launched a monthly newspaper called 30306, covering his Virginia-Highland neighborhood. Twenty-five years later, that newspaper is now known as Atlanta INtown and is part of the Springs Publishing family of periodicals. Nov. 1, 1975: The Broadway musical Man of La Mancha starring Jack Cassidy finished a successful six-week-run. It was the first production to open architect John Portman’s new 500-seat Midnight Sun Dinner Theater. The 230 Peachtree Street venue in the Peachtree Center complex was located between the Atlanta Gas Light and South Towers. Nov. 2, 1985: The Atlanta Toy Museum, owned by Joe Daole and Patsy Powers, closed its doors at 2800 Peachtree Road, for the last time. Housed in a 13-room mansion, the museum attracted 60,000 visitors per year including many children from public and private schools. It was a Buckhead cultural asset for five years with its collection of historical and antique toys, as well as modern toys like Star Wars action figures and spaceships. Nov. 4, 1874: The first issue of the Sunny South, a ANN TAYLOR BOUTWELL’S literary weekly was published in Atlanta. J.H. and W.B. Seals were the editors and proprietors with Mrs. Mary Edwards Bryan as associate editor. By 1893, the publication was bought by James R. Holliday, Clark Howell and C.C. Nichols and was being run as a supplement to the regular Sunday issue of the Atlanta Constitution. In 1907, the Sunny South was incorporated into the Uncle Remus Magazine, which suspended publication in 1913.


Nov. 4-7, 1907: Atlanta theatergoers at the Grand Theater viewed James M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and were awed by Maude Adams in the title role. She arrived in the city in her private railroad car christened “The Tinker Bell.” At the pinnacle of her career, Adams was the most popular actress of her generation with more than 1,500 performances in Peter Pan. The four night Atlanta performances plus a Wednesday matinee played to packed audiences. Nov. 5, 1974: The National Register of Historical Places listed the Staff Row and Old Post Area of Fort McPherson as significant landmarks. Nov. 13, 1971: Marcel Marceau, the French actor and mime, performed in the Atlanta Civic Center. Marceau was the most famous for his stage persona as “Bip the Clown.” He referred to mime as the “art of silence,” and he performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years. He died in 2007 and is buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Nov. 15, 1864: Gen. William Sherman orders the burning of Atlanta as part of his infamous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War.

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An 80s flashback: My sister Eileen wanted to go to the Duran Duran concert so badly. Mom and Dad were conflicted because a concert at Madison Square Garden seemed a bit much for Eileen and her 7th grade cohorts. Eventually, my parents relented, in part, because it would be Terry McCormack and his station wagon that would be on duty that night. Any second-guessing they were experiencing melted away as By Tim Sullivan Eileen came downstairs though. Her flushed cheeks and ear-toTim Sullivan grew up ear grin were youthful touches to an otherwise mature looking in a large family in the Northeast and now lives young woman. Even as her younger brother, I had to admit she with his small family looked beautiful. It was sweet, watching them watching her and in Oakhurst. He can understanding how vulnerable parents can be. Eileen probably be reached at tim@ could have bummed a cigarette off my dad on her way out the door if she wanted to. In hindsight, I should have seized the moment to ask if we could get HBO. Now let’s flash-forward a few decades. Margo was invited to a quinceañera celebration last month for her friend Ana’s sister, Maya. I wondered if a Saturday night party with teenagers in West Midtown made sense for a 10-year-old. I went to several Sweet Sixteen parties and what leaps to memory is drama. They were like JV weddings – amidst the dancing and uncomfortable outfits, there were awkward speeches, wise-ass boys and always it seemed, at least one crying girl. But I knew Margo would be in good hands with Ana’s parents, Mike and Lilia. If anything did arise, it probably wouldn’t involve her anyway. The only thing that still gave me pause was the dress code compliance. Margo’s fashion sense leans more towards t-shirts with the sleeves cut off and mismatched Converse All-Stars. Kristen was going to be away that weekend so I made certain an outfit was selected well in advance. Wardrobe issues are not my strong suit. When Margo descended the stairs with her jean jacket over a cute yellow romper and a sheepish grin, I had the moment that made me recall my parents, Eileen and Duran Duran. Margo was adorable, glowing, yet more mature looking than ever before. If she had asked for the car keys I may have said “OK--but be careful!” I was awash in adulation when she said “Uh oh. Bloody nose.” But she calmly, maturely held tissues in place, determined not to get anything on her outfit. And then she sneezed. I’ve never seen anyone sneeze while having a bloody nose before but it isn’t pretty. The outfit (and the moment) seemed ruined and then the tears started rolling down her cute little cheeks. Drama. I placed an S.O.S. call to Kristen interrupting her poolside in Vegas. Poor thing, she must have been wracked with guilt not being there for me. I mean, not being there for Margo. Stain removal instructions were given--the bar, the spray, the special wash cycle. The quinceañera miracle of 2019 was that not only did we get her outfit cleaned and dried, we were only a few minutes late. I walked Margo into the party and it looked fantastic. Kids of all ages were decked out and the vibe was all fun, no drama. I passed the time until pickup Googling facts about quinceañeras. You don’t necessarily have to be Latino to have one but if you are a man in your forties, you’re probably not eligible. Sigh. Lobbying for an invite to Ana’s party in a handful of years may be the best I can do. Margo was beaming when I arrived. Her feet hurt from dancing and she may have strained a dimple from smiling all night. Her takeaways were that one teenaged couple was making out which was “gross” and the highlight of the party was when Lilia tipped her and Ana off that the Candy Bar was ready before anyone else noticed. So, it seems for a little while longer at least, she’s still my little girl.

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Saluting the businesses that helped INtown grow By Elizabeth Wilkes and Collin Kelley Advertising purchased by local businesses has been the backbone of Atlanta INtown’s success since its creation in 1994. With free distribution to homes and local businesses, as well as online readership at, loyal advertisers have made INtown’s monthly issues possible for the past 25 years. As we celebrate our silver anniversary, we highlight the local businesses that have been advertising with us from the very beginning.

Briarcliff Animal Clinic 1850 Johnson Road, NE, Atlanta, 30306 When Briarcliff Animal Clinic was founded in 1959, Dr. Peter J. Muller II. lived on the premises with his wife, Peggy. As the hospital grew, his son, Dr. Peter J. Muller III, joined the practice and remains with it today. Accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, the clinic is open 24/7 for emergencies in addition to providing regular veterinary care.

George’s Restaurant 1041 N. Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30306 George’s Restaurant is famous for its burgers, but it wasn’t always that way. George Najour established a deli and grocery in his name in 1961. His son, G.G. Najour, started working at George’s part time in college, and he’s been there ever since, taking over as owner-operator in 1991 so his father could retire. While the menu has expanded over the years, the most popular item is still burgers –

Intaglia Home Collection 1544 Piedmont Ave., Suite 105, Atlanta, 30324 Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Intaglia is the go-to for contemporary home furnishings and interior design services. If you’re looking for a new sofa, bed, dining room table or décor for your home office, drop by Ansley Mall and check out the chic showroom.

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Atkins Park Restaurant and Bar 794 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, 30306 From humble beginnings as a deli in 1922, Atkins Park has since transformed into a neighborhood favorite with full dining and a bar. It’s earned the distinction of being Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating tavern. With a second location in Smyrna (and Ormsby’s on the Westside), Atkin’s Park’s classic menu offers tried-and-true Southern fare alongside craft beers. Aurora Coffee 468 Moreland Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30307 Seattle native Betsy Buckley founded Aurora Coffee in 1992 in VirginiaHighland. While that location has since closed, Aurora lives on just down the street in Little Five Points. Aurora has a rigorous barista training program, which ensures that the shop maintains its standards for good coffee as the industry continuously changes. Aurora was the city’s first specialty coffee shop and loyal customers have made it a true neighborhood gathering place.

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Mellow Mushroom Multiple locations around Atlanta

Thirty years ago, two Georgia Tech students started what is now the iconic Mellow Mushroom pizza. The first store opened in 1974 out of an old liquor store on Spring Street. Their attempt at perfecting pizza became so popular that they opened up new locations around Atlanta, and began franchising in the 1980s to employees and customers. Atlanta artist Buddy Finethy is responsible for creating the colorful mushroom characters that adorn restaurant menus and décor. The visuals remained largely unchanged since its inception until 2011, when Finethy himself redesigned the logo with “Mel O. Mushroom” holding a slice of pizza. While the restaurant continues to open new franchises annually, Atlanta is still Mellow Mushroom’s hometown, with locations in Buckhead and Midtown, and a dozen others in the metro Atlanta area. Murphy’s Restaurant 997 Virginia Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30306

HammerSmith, Inc.▲ 807 Church St., Decatur, 30030 Since 1991, Druid Hills native Warner McConaughey and his team have been providing Atlantans with premier designbuild service. From the beginning, HammerSmith, Inc. has been about designing to please the client. Every job is different for the architecture and renovation firm, taking into account each homeowner’s unique needs and interests – there isn’t a ‘HammerSmith house.’ “We’ve never had a showroom, because our business is not about products,” McConaughey said. “The first thing we talk about with clients is their lifestyle – what problems they are facing, and how we can fix them.” HammerSmith continues to work on homes in neighborhoods around Atlanta, ranging in style from traditional to contemporary.

Home ReBuilders▲ 2120 Plaster Bridge Road, Atlanta, 30324 Bill Bartlett purchased the small home remodeling company founded by Diane Stephenson in 1989. Over the past 25 years, it has grown to be one of Atlanta’s largest renovation firms building a reputation for quality remodeling with its in-house architects, designers and construction team. In the early years, the business primarily helped Intown homeowners who were desperate for reliable help in preserving their older homes.

Tom Murphy opened Murphy’s on Dec.1, 1980, modeled on his favorite New York City delicatessens. A deli counter used to stand where the bar is today, as Murphy’s became a Virginia-Highland cornerstone for American comfort food. “We have always been committed to offering the freshest food available, at a value,” said Murphy. “Purchasing from local produce vendors, rather than big suppliers, made the most sense as far as value and quality were concerned.” San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. 1192 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, 30306 Doug Bond opened San Francisco Coffee Roasting Company in 1994 in VirginiaHighland when coffee in Atlanta was in its infancy. Getting your morning cup of joe or latte was not so convenient then. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Rich Chey opened his first location of Doc Chey’s in 1997, and it’s since expanded and become a staple with families and students. With a menu of stir fries, dim sum, and street food like BiBimBap, Doc Chey’s has also become synonymous with giving back to the community. Through various events, the local chain has donated more than $300,000 in cash and food to local schools and nonprofits. He brought the classic neighborhood coffeehouse, with its casual San Francisco style, to the city. There are now three locations around Intown. With their onsite coffee roaster in Virginia-Highland, you can literally smell the coffee in the air if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Intown Ace Hardware 854 N. Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30306 After buying the store with their combined life savings, Intown Hardware was founded in 1979 by brothers Doug and Joe Eifrid. Upon seeing initial success, the brothers moved to the N. Highland Avenue location in August 1981, and decided to call it “Intown Hardware,” since at the time the area was not considered Downtown, Midtown or Uptown. As the “Intown” name stuck and the area grew, so did the store – its sales more than doubling for several years. Joe decided to build a new store from the ground up in Decatur in 1984, splitting the company in the process. To this day, the ownership remains in the family. Doug still operates the Highland store along with his sister. Both stores use the Ace Hardware buying Oriental Designer Rugs► 1250-B Menlo Drive, NW, Atlanta, 30318 A family affair from the beginning, the Golchha family started producing handmade rugs in India in 1973. Oriental Designer Rugs was established in New York City in 1984, with the Golchha’s importing rugs from their home country. Ten years later, the company set up a showroom on Amsterdam Avenue in Midtown when the Olympics came to town. Now located in the West Midtown design district, the family continues to cover all aspects of handmade oriental rugs, from design and production to import and retail. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Fowling Warehouse is introducing a unique game that crosses football with bowling to the Westside neighborhood of Blandtown this Fall. Located at 1356 English Street NW, Fowling Warehouse Atlanta is a 25,000 square foot facility that will feature 20 plus lanes and a large 50-plus foot bar. The bar will include over 100 craft beers and more than 16 beers showcased on the “Bottoms-Up” draft system, serving perfect draft pours at the ideal temperature, every time. The restaurant will have a diverse and innovative bar menu from hot out of the fryer pig skins to Wagyu beef sliders to meatballs and a variety of desserts. The venue holds over 400 fowling participants (also known as Fowlers) and will accommodate open play, large groups, corporate events and private parties. For more information, visit Cosmetics brand MORPHE has opened at Lenox Square in Buckhead. The store is known for its work with beauty influencers and YouTube stars like Jeffree Star, Jaclyn Hill and James Charles as well as Iconic London, Lunar Beauty, and House of Lashes. Coro Realty has acquired two parking garages connected to Underground Atlanta. According to a media release, the decks on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive are also across the street from numerous government office buildings, including the Fulton County courthouse and the Georgia State Capitol complex. The parking decks are within walking distance of billions of dollars of planned development, including the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta, South Downtown and the Gulch project. Coro intends to invest roughly $1 million in the garages, making improvements to the stairs, elevators, lighting, signage and parking equipment. Selig Enterprises has announced new tenants for its adaptive re-use office building The Works at 1255 Makers Way on the Upper Westside: Uppercut, a New York City-based commercial and feature film post-production studio, and Conisus, an Atlanta-based provider of hematology, oncology and specialty pharmaceutical brand strategy, business analytics and educational programming. Ciot, an importer and retailer of ceramic and stone tiles, stone slabs, mosaics, hardwood flooring and plumbing, has opened at 2060 Defoor Hills Road. For more information, visit Georgia State University has released architectural renderings for its $85 million convocation center, a large, multi-use facility that will sit at the northwest corner of Fulton Street and Capitol Avenue, just north of Georgia State Stadium. Along with providing space for commencement ceremonies and other events, it will also become the home court for Panther’s basketball games. Designed by CBRE | Heery and Perkins & Will, it will feature a glass façade that looks north toward the Downtown skyline and a customizable interior that can be configured to accommodate various kinds of events. The university expects to complete construction in 2022. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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25 Years of Intown Real Estate By Kathy Dean


n the same 25 years that Atlanta INtown has been serving to connect the Intown community, the area has expanded and changed in many ways. Homes and real estate have been a big part of those changes. According to Scott Askew, Owner at Engel & Volkers Intown Scott Askew Atlanta, E&V Brookhaven Atlanta, E & V North Atlanta, a lot of the changes can be directly traced to the 1996 Olympics, the daunting task of building the venues needed, improving the condition of our major roadways, etc.” He explained that the city is still benefiting from those projects, such as the building of Centennial Olympic Park, which led to a rapid revitalization of the Downtown area. The Olympic Village buildings are now used as residence housing for Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, and the Centennial Olympic Stadium has been redeveloped into the football stadium for Georgia State. “But the biggest impact, at least where my industry is concerned, is that the Olympic Games put Atlanta on the map,” Askew said. “Many people don’t realize that the ‘96 Games were only the fourth time the Summer Olympic Games were held in the U.S., and Atlanta was the first—and, so far, only—host city in the southeastern part of our country.” The exposure piqued corporate curiosity and led to today’s total of 16 Fortune 500 firms with headquarters in metro Atlanta, compared to just nine in 1990. Peggy Hibbert, Associate Broker with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, agreed that the 1996 Olympics helped Atlanta’s potential to be recognized around the world. “Today, 60 percent of my listings sell to national and international buyers, and they bring with them a diversity of needs,” she said. Hibbert noted that the vast improvements in technology have significantly impacted the real estate market since 1994, too. “With the internet, I can put an Intown property in front of buyers around the world,” she said, “and they can easily compare and contrast homes in various price ranges and neighborhoods to find the right match for their needs.” For Julie Sadlier, Realtor with ReMax Metro Atlanta Cityside, the biggest change she has seen over the last 25 Peggy Hibbert years in Atlanta real estate is that the city’s boundaries have been pushed and stretched to become more inclusive. “Twenty-five years ago,

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it was somewhat risky to go south of Ponce de Leon Avenue—seriously, that’s hard to believe, but true! The beautiful old neighborhoods were there, but only a few had the vison to see them come alive. Not until the Atlanta BeltLine became a reality did young people, and then developers, find the hope, time and energy to regentrify those areas.” Jim Getzinger, Realtor, Founding Member of Compass Atlanta stated that the BeltLine has become “the waterfront” of Atlanta. “It’s so exciting to see how it’s transforming areas along the corridor. We’ve seen a big trend of people wanting to be closer to parks and have walkability to restaurants and shops. This has filled the Jim Getzinger Intown market and revitalized many neighborhoods.” Hibbert added that 25 years ago, she’d only occasionally receive an inquiry from a perspective client who wanted to move from the suburbs to an Intown neighborhood. “Today I’m constantly having conversations with people who want to eliminate commuting from their lives, park their car and live within walking distance to the amenities that support their lifestyle,” she said, adding that the urban lifestyle is also a top priority for people moving to Atlanta from across the country and around the world. The return of empty nesters to Intown housing is another of the big changes that Sadlier reported. “At every Sunday open house that I hold, I’m surprised to see couples that have raised their children who want to move out of the ‘burbs and live and play in Intown in their retirement years,” she said. “It’s great. The fabric of our Intown neighborhoods are filled with people who have come full circle.” Getzinger said that he is also finding that more empty nesters are coming back to the city. “They want to return from the suburbs and be part of the action here.” Over the years, Intown neighborhoods have experienced the normal cycle of older homeowners selling and younger families moving up, Hibbert said, but now the Baby Boomer generation is downsizing and returning to Intown while younger families want to stay here. “There’s more need for one-level living for the mature buyers,” Hibbert said. “And young families and singles need more affordable homes to be able to stay in the Intown neighborhoods.” With the demand for urban living growing, there has been an accelerated need for alternate modes of transportation and affordable housing in Intown areas, including those areas that used to be set aside for warehousing and manufacturing, Askew explained. “A plethora of high-end condominiums have been, and are being, built, and that has rejuvenated Downtown and Midtown.” He predicted that mixed use developments and the recent introduction of city zoning changes that allow small Accessory Dwelling Units to be built in backyards of some Intown homes (zoned R4 and R4A) will further increase resident density and the availability of moderately priced living quarters. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Sadlier said that, at the beginning of her Atlanta real estate career in 1978, condominiums were not very popular. “In fact, selling them was difficult at best. With the cost of Intown dirt becoming so expensive and the demand to live Intown so desirable, the condo market has become hot,” she said. “I myself now live in Historic Briar Hills Condos on Briarcliff Road.” Her first house was in Virginia-Highland, a huge two-story brick built in the early 1900s. “It needed work, but my husband and I bought it for $80,000. Not long afterwards, we sold that house for twice the price and purchased a wonderful home on Orme Circle.” That house had been built by baseball legend Ty Cobb for his mother, she said. “At the time, the house was worth about $130,000,” Sadlier said. “Its value now would be in the $700,000s, and the house I’d once purchased for $80,000, I dare to say it could be worth more than a million.” Hibbert’s 25-plus year career of selling homes in the Intown market has given her several opportunities to sell the same home at least twice, and sometimes three times. “Before the great recession, the value of a home would appreciate steadily and enjoy a healthy bump in value when it was renovated,” she reported. “During and after the recession, values declined and then steadily rose to the previous value and beyond. For example, a fixerupper property on Oakdale sold in 1988 for $320,000, underwent renovation and resold for $800,000 a few Julie Sadlier years later.” Last year, after another renovation and appreciation, it sold for $2.8 million, she said. “As an Atlanta native, it’s quite pleasing to see the rebirth of many Intown areas that were true gems many years ago,” Askew said. “The next 25 years will flash before us and when we open our eyes in 2044, the Westside and Southern Triangle will be completely transformed into extremely desirable areas with housing in all price points. I project the entire ITP area will be transformed into a vibrant collection of communities united in the spirit of southern hospitality, pride, and cooperation. Hold on tight...great things are happening!” Sadlier said that the incredible changes in Atlanta real estate were not a surprise to everyone. “When I started in real estate, my father—also a Realtor—used to tell me: “Someday, Julie, Atlanta, Georgia is going to be another New York City.” Back then, I rolled my eyes and howled, “Oh sure, Dad.” Well, look who’s laughing now!”

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Summerhill development ramps up with new home projects By Collin Kelley

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Summerhill, the redevelopment of the neighborhood around Georgia State University Stadium, is ramping up with a slate of new homes announced for the mixed-use project. Development company Carter, in partnership with King & Company and Healey Weatherholtz Properties, broke ground in mid-October on a 306-unit multifamily community at 565 Hank Aaron Drive. The first units are set to deliver in late spring 2021 with the full development, which includes 8,000 square feet of ground-level retail, opening in fall. The building will overlook the site of Georgia State University’s future baseball park. The five-story multifamily property will include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as six live-work units. Of the one- and two-bedroom residences available, 31 will be reserved for those earning 80 percent of the area median income. To complement the architectural style of the buildings along Georgia Avenue, the exterior will feature a mix of red and charcoal brick. Designed to bring neighbors together, two exterior courtyards will feature a variety of amenities for residents to enjoy, including a pool, multiple seating areas, grilling stations, a fire pit, a dog park and a pet grooming station. Residents will also have access to a twostory clubroom with a fireplace, kitchen and meeting space. Additional amenities include a fitness center with a yoga and spin room, a full range of weight machines and cardio equipment. For added convenience, the apartment building will also feature a package room with a full-service management system and a secured, structured parking deck. Not far away, Alliance Residential has purchased five acres at 100 Fulton Street to create Broadstone Summerhill apartments. Construction will begin before year’s end and is scheduled to be open for residents in 2021. Broadstone Summerhill will consist of three five-story buildings, containing 276 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments averaging 729 square feet. The development will pull design elements from the Victorian accents of Historic Grant Park homes and inspiration from boutique retailers along Georgia Avenue. Modern multi-use amenities will include a resort-style pool, clubroom, fitness center, flexible indoor /outdoor spaces and a top-floor sky lounge with views of the Atlanta skyline. Hedgewood Homes is already constructing a community of 100 homes simply known as Summerhill at the intersection of Fraser and Bass streets featuring two and three story residences with community and private gardens, porches, and rooftops decks. The first homes are expected to be complete by year’s end with prices starting in the $300,000 range.

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The Georgia School of Technology started classes on campus at Tech Tower in October 1888 with eighty-five mechanical engineering students. Bruce & Morgan, Georgia’s leading architectural firm in the late 19th century, designed the Victorian-style, red brick four-story building with a seven-story By Melody Harclerode tower on the nineacre campus, then at Tech Tower the northern edge of Atlanta city limits. This first academic building at Georgia Tech represented the Georgia General Assembly’s effort for the state to compete against the North Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, promotes significant by training students to advance Georgia historical, cultural, from an agricultural and natural sites as an to an industrial organizational leader, economy. Architects architect and writer. would later employ variations of red brick on the exterior face of future campus projects. With support from industry and governmentsponsored research, the university greatly expanded its degree offerings, student population, campus size, and facilities by the next mid-century. Renamed in 1948 to reflect the school’s emphasis on technological and scientific research, the Georgia Institute of Technology included approximately sixty-five buildings on 153 acres for a student enrollment of nearly 6,700 students by 1960. Several of the campus buildings were designed by architects, who were also Georgia Tech professors, including Hinman Research Building by P. M. Hefferman and the

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REAL ESTATE BRIEFS Jonathan Rose Companies, in partnership with Columbia Residential, has completed the $18 million redevelopment of Amani Place (formerly Edgewood Court). The partners have preserved the garden-style community as affordable housing, with 100 percent of units designated for those at or below 60 percent area median income. Jonathan Rose Companies and Columbia Residential acquired the property in the Edgewood neighborhood in late December 2017 and immediately began the multi-phase redevelopment process. Originally built in the 1950s, then substantially rehabbed in 1981, the former Edgewood Court consisted of 204 units at the time of its purchase, all part of the federal HUD Section 8 program. The rebranded Amani Place community now consists of 222 residences, with 204 remaining Section 8 and the balance as affordable tax credit units. The property’s Section 8 contract is renewed for 20 years. Located at 1572 Hardee Street, Amani Place is situated just 10 minutes east of Downtown and less than one mile from the Kirkwood neighborhood. Monte Hewett Homes has announced it will build a new townhome community, Madison Yards at Reynoldstown, located adjacent to the new shopping and dining development from Fuqa. Located just off Memorial Drive on Gibson Street, the three- and four-story townhomes will be “elevator capable,” gourmet kitchens, walk out balconies or rooftop terraces, flexible basement space and more. For more information, visit RE/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside has moved its headquarters to 600 Virginia Ave. NE, near the intersection of Monroe Drive and 10th Street in Midtown just steps from the BeltLine. Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s impact investment fund, the GoATL fund, has closed on a $500,000 loan to Focused Community Strategies to boost a successful affordable housing initiative. The investment will fund the acquisition and rehabilitation

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of blighted single-family homes located in the Historic South Atlanta neighborhood. The homes will be transitioned to affordable and workforce housing, enabling people to live near where they work while creating a stable living arrangement for their families. Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta will move its current Buckhead office from Pharr Road to a new headquarters at 3221 Peachtree Road in the heart of Buckhead. The building is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and should be ready for move-in this month. With the move, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta will increase its office square footage from 1,800 to 5,006 square feet. The new location offers free parking, as well as space for large company meetings, training sessions and office events. For more information, visit Senior living community Lenbrook has broken ground for a $115 million expansion called Kingsboro at Lenbrook. Located on a fouracre parcel adjacent to Lenbrook’s established Buckhead campus, the expansion will add 53 independent residences called Flats and Villas, scheduled to open in 2022. The Flats are comprised of 39 residences in a fivestory building with a variety of floor plans ranging from 1,700-3,200 square feet, while the Villas will consist of three buildings, each with four to five residences between 2,000 and 3,200 square feet. High Street Residential, the residential subsidiary of Trammell Crow Company, has named Hussain “Moos” Moosajee Senior Vice President responsible for the oversight and execution of multifamily and mixed-use related developments. Village Park has broken ground on Corso Atlanta, a luxury senior living community located on a nine-acre site on the north end of Howell Mill Road in Buckhead. The new development will initially include 204 units for independent seniors, assisted living, and memory care.

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BUCKHEAD. $129,900 620 Peachtree Street, No. 416 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6622497 Adam Morrison 404.981.7249

BUCKHEAD. $189,900 2255 Peachtree Road, No. 527 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6611654 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884

BUCKHEAD. $21,000,000 4110 Paces Ferry Road 7BR/9BA/5HBA FMLS: 6034792 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

BUCKHEAD. $355,900 3445 Stratford Road, No. 1008 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6617244 Donny Guercio 404.216.1655

BUCKHEAD. $675,000 2575 Peachtree Road, No. 11B 1002BR/2BA FMLS: 6626725 Ally May 404.788.7943

CHAMBLEE. $539,000 3181 Barkside Court 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6613591 Craig Dodd 678.860.6868

CHASTAIN PARK. $1,900,000 310 Tara Trail 5BR/5BA/2HBA FMLS: 6053462 Sandra Edson 404.931.9140 Betsy Meagher 404.414.8440

CHASTAIN PARK. $3,199,000 344 Lake Forrest Lane 6BR/6BA/2HBA FMLS: 6603510 Shira Cohen 678.523.0757

CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS. $284,000 8295 Atlanta Newnan Road 3BR/2BA FMLS: 6607847 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS. $419,000 9069 Selborne Lane 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6618150 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

CULLODEN. $799,000 454 Forsyth Yatesville Road 5BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6619472 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890 Haden Henderson 678.787.9226

CASTLEBERRY HILL. $269,900 210 Walker Street, No. 9 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6629982 Adam Morrison 404.981.7249

EAST ATLANTA. $494,900 2029 Memorial Drive, No. 25 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6601134 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

EASTLAND GATES. $199,900 1232 Morton Trace 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6626580 Blaine Palmer 229.400.3674 Wilmot Irvin 704.776.8313

ENCLAVE AT BRIARCLIFF. $319,000 4301 Westchester Ridge 3BR/2BA FMLS: 6612592 Jason Hatcher 404.550.3090

GRANT PARK. $389,000 474 Kelly Street 2 BR/2 BA FMLS: 6632244 Bradford Smith 404.210.4141

GRANT PARK.$499,900 520 Waldo Street 3BR/3BA FMLS: 6623577 Robin Elliott 404.314.9777

INMAN PARK. $1,170,000 208 Haralson Lane 6BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6626723 Leigh Hays 404.402.4554

INMAN PARK. $1,449,000 403 N. Highland Avenue 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6614426 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

JOHNS CREEK. $2,575,000 131 Royal Dornoch Drive 5BR/5BA/5HBA FMLS: 6619048 Chris McCarley 678.294.5185 Jackye McCarley 678.478.7636

LOCUST GROVE. $920,000 1503 Hampton Locust Grove Road 3BR/2BA FMLS: 6624793 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890 Haden Henderson 678.787.9226

LORING HEIGHTS. $425,000 1480 Pine Street 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6621657 Laura Matura 404.310.0060

MIDTOWN. $1,195,000 867 Peachtree Street, No. 302 3BR/3BA FMLS: 6609040 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

MIDTOWN. $194,500 1280 W Peachtree Street, No. 3707 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6627629 Sylvia Mallarino Bras 404.786.3944

MIDTOWN. $250,000 955 Juniper Street, No. 2228 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6631781 Blaine Palmer 229.400.3674 Wilmot Irvin 704.776.8313

MIDTOWN.$285,000 860 Peachtree Street, No. 1212 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6608141 Blaine Palmer 229.400.3674 Wilmot Irvin 704.776.8313

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MIDWAY WOODS. $325,000 1392 Deerwood Drive 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6620404 Jack Truett 404.625.7626

MORNINGSIDE. $1,125,000 1664 Homestead Avenue 4BR/3BA FMLS: 6626884 Carmen Pope 404.625.4134

MORNINGSIDE. $1,225,000 1310 N. Highland Avenue 5BR/3BA FMLS: 6618023 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

MORNINGSIDE. $975,000 716 Amsterdam Avenue 5BR/4BA FMLS: 6624990 Jason Hatcher 404.550.3090

NEWNAN. $950,000 38 College Street 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6613949 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890 Haden Henderson 678.787.9226

OLD FOURTH WARD. $699,000 640 Glen Iris Drive, No. 601 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6623559 Chase Horner 404.754.4133

REYNOLDSTOWN. $575,000 881 Memorial Drive, No. 102 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6624483 Brendan Wright 404.661.4740

SERENBE. $565,000 10671 Serenbe Lane 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6608115 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

SERENBE.$650,000 454 Selborne Way 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6618002 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

SUWANEE. $1,624,900 4845 Kettle River Point 5BR/6BA/2HBA FMLS: 6580505 Anne Stone 404.307.6416 Kathy Rice 678.697.4984

TUCKER. $1,295,000 2742 Thornbriar Road 6BR/6.5BA FMLS: 6078413 Sandra Carey 404.680.0438 Andy Wathen 404.237.5000

UNITED LOFTS. $369,900 1061 United Avenue, No. 306 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6622776 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND. $599,000 1020 N. Virginia Avenue 3BR/2BA FMLS: 6630681 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

WINDFIELD. $299,500 3127 Windfield Circle 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6627224 Casey Keesee 678.618.1995

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Defending the public’s right to know


arlier this fall, the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, gave a talk to students at Brown University entitled “The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World.” His message emphasized the role of the free press as a foundation to a healthy and informed democracy by presenting articles and investigations that seek the truth, help people understand the world and “shine a light outward.” Sulzberger told the students that the United States has been the world’s greatest champion of the free press, doing more than any other country to popularize the idea of free expression. He added that our government has served as a “critical safety net:” defending free expression and the journalists who expose uncomfortable truths and hold power to account. He also admitted that the media, “being a human enterprise” isn’t perfect, makes mistakes and has blind spots. In detail, Sulzberger outlined the By Sally Bethea dangerous and growing pressure Sally Bethea is the retired executive direc- on journalists from worldwide attacks tor of Chattahoochee on journalism, Riverkeeper and current board president of describing “an assault on the Chattahoochee Parks public’s right to Conservancy whose know, on core mission is to build a democratic values, community of support on the concept of for the Chattahoochee truth itself.” He River National Recreconcluded his talk ation Area. by saying that it’s time for every one of us to fight for those ideals again. As Atlanta INtown celebrates 25th anniversary this month – two and a half decades of informing all of us who live and work in the Atlanta region – I want to thank its longtime editor, Collin Kelley, for giving me the opportunity to write this column about the environment for the past four years. On behalf of local neighborhood papers and national


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publications, we must demand continued freedom of speech and freedom of the press, as granted by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In my career as an environmental advocate, I have learned the critical importance of an independent and informed media in achieving results that protect public health, communities and the natural environment. When our elected officials and government agencies fail to do their jobs to safeguard us from the impacts of dirty air, contaminated water and spoiled land, citizens often have no other place to turn than the press to shine a light on serious problems. Without the Atlanta JournalConstitution’s constant coverage, in the 1990s, of the pollution in the Chattahoochee River and Atlanta’s thirdworld sewage system, I am confident that the matter would not have been largely resolved as quickly or effectively as it has been. AJC environmental reporter Charles Seabrook, followed by reporter Stacy Shelton, presented information that helped their readers and enlightened decisionmakers understand the gravity of the situation and the threats posed to public health and local economic prosperity; they could no longer look the other way. (See my October column to learn more about this story.)

Thanks to hard-working journalists in print, radio, television and now on social media, we have a better understanding of the world around us. They uncover the inequities in our society, corruption, and activities that threaten our families and communities. Their independence is fundamental to democracy and must be defended at all costs. You may have read recently about air emissions of a cancer-causing compound called ethylene oxide from Sterigenics, a medical sterilization company with a facility in Cobb County. Concerned (and sick) citizens and, notably, the media outlet Health Care News – not the state environmental agency charged with administering clean air regulations – brought the issue to public, and ultimately, official attention. Despite federal reports that warned, beginning two years ago, of potential cancer risks, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) did nothing to advise the people living near the Cobb facility, or a second one in Covington, of potential risks. An EPD spokesperson actually said: “With EPD being a very scientific branch of government, they didn’t recognize a need for public relations.” Seriously?! When reporters began investigating the story, they learned that other states

with facilities emitting ethylene oxide had immediately alerted the public, when the federal reports were issued, and had taken action with required air monitoring and new pollution controls. After reviewing more than 20,000 emails, our local journalists revealed the failure of Georgia air regulators to take action, apparently missing the big picture that EPA considered the risk of this toxin to be many times greater than before and that the public deserved to know. Once the risk became public, thanks to extensive media attention, Governor Brian Kemp and other officials finally took action. In August, EPD entered into an agreement with Sterigenics to improve emissions controls at its Smyrna plant, beginning the process to stop the pollution. Of course, it should not have taken the efforts of private citizens and the press to achieve this protection. If the media had not reported this story, would the harmful gas still be drifting over our neighborhoods? Undoubtedly. Accurate, truthful journalists are our guardians. They assemble and verify facts and then work to convey a fair account of their meaning, so that we can make better decisions about our lives. As they guard us, we must guard them. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Better Buildings

Property owners’ commitment to reduce energy consumption beats goal By Joe Winslow Atlanta, we did it! The Braves will not win the upcoming pennant and our traffic situation is still among the worst in the world, but Atlantans have something to boast about this year. The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) has achieved many firsts over the past eight years that civic and business leaders and residents of Atlanta can be proud of, culminating in a successful program completion this fall. The Better Buildings Challenge, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a national leadership initiative calling on CEOs, university presidents, building owners, state and local government leaders and residential housing developers to publicly pledge to reduce the energy and water use of their building portfolios. It was one of the first such initiatives when it was launched in 2011 by the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and Southface Institute. ABBC was founded with the ambitious goal of recruiting property owners and building managers in Downtown to commit to reducing their energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Along the way, the partnership grew to include Midtown Alliance and the Livable Buckhead Initiative and span the metro area from Madison in the east to Villa Rica in the west. Atlanta’s civic and business leaders showed the dynamism our region is known for in becoming the first program in the country to set a goal of reducing water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. ABBC beat the clock handily by surpassing its energy reduction goal with a total 20.3 percent reduction—two years ahead of the 2020 goal—and had already achieved the water savings goal by 2015. ABBC is the largest Challenge initiative in the country, with more than 450 buildings representing 114 million square feet of property committed or roughly 15 percent of the commercial property space in the City. The portfolio of buildings committed to the challenge include offices, municipal buildings, K-12 schools, public libraries, universities, hospitals, hotels and multifamily residential properties. Over the eight years of the ABBC, participants have reported enough energy savings to power more than 150,000 single family homes (457.3 million kBTU of energy). ABBC participants have also directly saved more than 1.3 million gallons of water or the equivalent of nearly 2000 Olympic swimming pools. ABBC participants’ energy savings also resulted in an estimated 49 million gallons of water consumption avoided, as a result using less electricity from the grid, which still heavily relies on fossil-fueled power plants cooled with water withdrawn from our waterways. To put this use in context, the City of Atlanta consumes roughly 2.2 million gallons of water every month. Imagine the impact if every commercial property undertook water efficiency measures. To achieve these savings, ABBC participants had to invest in new equipment for their buildings and retrain and expand their workforce to meet the demands At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

of assessing and retrofitting their properties. Analysis by the Greenlink Group estimates that the economic impacts of these investments created or sustained 654 jobs over the course of the initiative and stimulated economic growth by adding $51.63 million to the regional economy. Reducing demand for energy and water has also reduced electricity generation, resulting in improved air quality and better public health outcomes. Greenlink Group’s analysis also found that electricity savings by ABBC participants generated an estimated $12 million in societal benefits resulting from reduced respiratory illness-related healthcare spending and fewer work loss days due to avoided pollutant emissions from electric power plants. With the goals of the ABBC achieved, this is just the beginning for Atlanta’s leadership in building efficiency. In 2015, Atlanta became one of the first cities in the Southeast to pass an ordinance that requires

all commercial and multifamily residential buildings greater than 25,000 square feet to report their energy and water usage annually. Additionally, Atlanta is the first city in the country to enact a water audit requirement for buildings, in response to our region’s unique vulnerabilities to water scarcity and drought. Under the leadership of the City of Atlanta, Southface is working with the property ownership and management community to fully implement the ordinance in future years through training, outreach, and technical support. The founding idea of the ABBC

is within sight, because ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure.’ Learn more about how the City of Atlanta and national partners developed the first national water efficiency audit standard at the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable set for Nov. 8 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Southface offices, 241 Pine St. Visit for more information. Joe Winslow is Senior Project Manager for Southface Institute and an advisor for the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge.


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Georgia Water Coalition recognizes 2019 Clean Water Heroes Georgia Water Coalition, a consortium of more than 260 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations working to protect the state’s water, has released its Clean 13 report for 2019. The report highlights individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies whose extraordinary efforts have led to cleaner rivers, stronger communities and a more sustainable future for Georgians. “Georgia is faced with many water challenges involving problems that effect the health of our rivers and the availability of clean water for us and wildlife,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, executive director with the Rome-based Coosa River Basin Initiative. “Those recognized in the Clean 13 report are on the front lines of meeting those challenges. From innovative wastewater treatment projects to important clean water education efforts, these entities are developing solutions to these challenges.” The work highlighted in the report includes:

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is meeting the challenges of managing stormwater to protect intown, downstream neighbors. A model of sustainability, the stadium employs multiple green-infrastructure projects, including cisterns capable of holding some two million gallons of rainwater that help prevent flooding

in the Vine City neighborhood and help keep pollution out of Proctor Creek and the Chattahoochee River.

Georgia Association of Water Professionals in Marietta

Similarly, the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, a trade group based in Marietta and most closely associated with training water and wastewater treatment plant operators, has also turned its attention to stormwater. The association is filling a void by offering classes and workshops to teach water managers and local governments across the state how to implement green infrastructure projects.

Flint River Working Group in Fulton, Clayton, Fayette, Spalding and Coweta counties

On the south side of Atlanta, stakeholders ranging from conservation groups to local water authorities have teamed up as the Upper Flint River Working Group. Working cooperatively, the group is developing projects that will restore flows on the Flint River, a waterway that has seen its flows depleted through water withdrawals, wastewater infrastructure and an everurbanizing landscape.

Walton Electric Membership Corporation in Monroe

In Atlanta’s eastern suburbs, the Walton Electric Membership Corporation is addressing climate change and the need for clean energy through innovative approaches

that make solar power more accessible to customers. With 4,000 solar customers already, Walton EMC is expected to show more solar growth per customer than any other power provider in the southeast during the next three years.

Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources

In another nod to innovative energy sources, Gwinnett County is using restaurant and food waste in the form of fats, oils and greases to power a portion of its state-of-theart F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, a wastewater treatment plant that turns phosphorus removed from the county’s sewage into fertilizer. The only project of its kind in Georgia, Gwinnett’s nutrient recovery system is now being adopted by other wastewater treatment facilities. The innovation will help keep rivers and lakes clean and close the loop on an economically important mineral.

Terrapin Beer Company in Athens

Meanwhile in Athens, Terrapin Beer Company is doing its part to protect the city’s drinking water sources in the Middle and North Oconee rivers. One of the largest craft brewers in the state, it is setting an example for other small breweries by reducing its water use and ensuring that its waste streams find new life as animal feed and compost.

Fulton County Commission

Aside from climate change, probably no other environmental challenge has received more public attention recently than

the plague of plastic pollution fouling our waterways and oceans. In July, the Fulton County Commission became the first local governing body in Georgia to take a stand against plastic pollution, adopting a resolution aimed at eliminating single-use plastics in all government properties.

Truck Carlson in Augusta

Further east in Augusta, 30-year Marine and Army veteran Truck Carlson of Savannah Riverkeeper is enlisting the area’s large veteran population in protecting the Savannah River from plastic pollution. Carlson and his Veterans for Clean Water volunteers regularly clean litter traps on the city’s urban streams to remove plastics before they reach the big river. Nearly two years into the effort, Carlson is discovering that in saving the Savannah, many of the veterans are also saving themselves.

Georgia ForestWatch in Dahlonega

Looking to the north Georgia mountains, citizens of Augusta, Atlanta and Rome can be thankful for more than 30 years of advocacy work by the Dahlonega-based Georgia ForestWatch. A watchdog of the U.S. Forest Service since the late 1980s, the group’s work has helped protect the public lands of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Those forested mountains hold the headwaters of the Savannah, Chattahoochee and Coosa rivers that provide drinking water for millions of Georgians.

The Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawsonville

Nestled amidst these mountains is The Len Foote Hike Inn, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources-owned eco-friendly lodge in Dawson County that can only be reached via a 5-mile footpath. A model of smart water and energy use and waste reduction, workers at the Inn spread the gospel of sustainability to their 10,000 guests that visit each year.

Amerson River Park in Macon-Bibb County

In Middle Georgia, Macon-Bibb County, with the development of Amerson River Park on the Ocmulgee River, has transformed the region’s relationship with the river. Now, local residents and visitors alike flock to the river for tubing, canoeing and kayaking. The park’s success has spawned further investments in river access and supported the development of the Ocmulgee River Water Trail.

Rep. Debbie Buckner of Talbot County

Among the champions of Georgia’s water resources at the state capitol is Talbot County’s Rep. Debbie Buckner. The Junction City Democrat cut her teeth on environmental issues impacting her hometown as a citizen activist in the early 1990s. Those battles, in part, propelled her to run for office. Now, the 17-year veteran lawmaker is a respected and knowledgeable voice for Georgia’s water and natural resources.

Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District in Camilla

Finally, in southwest Georgia, the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District is helping lead the way toward more sustainable agriculture in the heart of Georgia’s breadbasket. The group is responsible for bringing millions of dollars in private and public funds to improve irrigation efficiency impacting some 13 million acres of cropland in the area.

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Some reflections on the ageless glory of The Colonnade By Megan Volpert Not only is this year a big anniversary for Atlanta INtown, it’s also a big one for The Colonnade. As everyone knows— because it’s been right there on all their signage since the beginning—this beloved Atlanta restaurant has been around since 1927. After 35 years at the corner of Piedmont and Lindbergh, it moved to Cheshire Bridge, where it’s been ever since. This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Colonnade’s By Megan Volpert “new” management of Paul Jones and his family. Amusingly, the Jones clan has been operating The Colonnade for almost as long as its current executive chef, Ryan Cobb, has Megan Volpert lives been alive—and in Decatur, teaches in Roswell and writes even he’s been working there books about popular for more than culture. a decade at this point. Some of the bartenders have long been eligible for AARP membership. They’ve got a line cook at the restaurant who has been there nearly 40 years. There are as many graying heads behind the scenes as in the dining room. The Colonnade clientele has a reputation for being as much gay as gray, and this is one of its truest measures of hospitality. Most outsiders would expect the grays to be giving stink eye to the gays, or vice versa. But the fact remains, The Colonnade is equally warm and welcoming to everybody, and it expects that the customers will treat each other with a live and let live attitude that includes everyone as part of the restaurant’s family. This accepting atmosphere is a main reason why folks keep coming back; The Colonnade has some regulars who have been showing up to lunch or dinner two or three times a week for decades. The other reason they come back is the food. The Colonnade offers traditional Southern fare and the same menu all year round. If you crave Thanksgiving in July, their turkey and dressing has got you covered. They’ve

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INtown friends and contributors from left, Karen Head, Collin Kelley, Mindy Dawn Friedman, Megan Volpert, Franklin Abbott and Cleo Creech at the Colonnade. Photo by Colin Potts

got a prime rib and a cheeseburger that have been classics since the day they were born. The fried chicken—crispy but not greasy, seasoned but not spicy—has far more of a right to the title of “Atlanta’s best and most famous fried chicken” than pretty much all other plates attempting to lay claim to such a label. They’ve got a strawberry shortcake and a coconut icebox pie that can each satisfy three or four spoons digging in at once. And that’s all if you somehow don’t fill up on bread first. The Colonnade has still got a terrific free bread service of corn muffins and sweet rolls, which you’ll be hard pressed to find in the majority of Atlanta’s finest dining establishments nowadays. This place is not “fine dining,” but there’s simply no doubt about it being Atlanta’s finest. There’s a consistency—or one might do better to say constancy— to the dishes that provides maximum comfort. In the Yelp reviews, for one example, there are 11 pages of photos going back many years. I went through just to look at all the breadbasket pictures, and you know what? Every single photo up there looks just like the one in this article. Many moons ago, for another example, when The Colonnade’s coffee supplier changed distribution, the coffee didn’t taste the same. So, The restaurant put their regular coffee drinkers through a taste test to get to the coffee they liked best.

In fact, The Colonnade is so entirely reliable that when they finally made the obvious and many would say long overdue move from “cash only” to accepting credit cards, the headlines treated it as a legendary “stop the presses” type of moment. At a place where so few things ever change, perhaps it was indeed major news. So, go celebrate the place for its 40 years under the ownership of the Jones family. Go on whatever day, at whatever time, for whatever it is you usually order. It’s exactly like you remember it, and perhaps it always will be—except on days when Atlanta’s new Hollywood friends are filming there, because even they know about the ageless glory of The Colonnade.

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Sean Schacke is an equal opportunity butcher. He believes in leaving no cut behind when pulling out a forequarter of beef or a whole hog from the shiny new walk-in cooler of his dreams at Evergreen in Kirkwood. He is a nose to tail champion of locally raised protein, on a campaign for dark meat, celebrating all that poultry has to offer our palate. “No waste, high yield,” promises Sean. He pulls out his favorite knife, a menacing looking western style chef knife made in Athens, GA at Bloodroots Blades. The bolster of the knife is made from a resined Jittery Joe’s coffee bag, another of Sean’s all-time Athens favorites. The knife was fitted to his hand and made to his specifications by the artisans in his hometown. Across the kitchen, Evergreen’s co-owner and baker, Emma Schacke, smiles. She got Sean the gift certificate for that knife a few years ago when the idea of opening their own butcher baker business was still percolating. She is working on individual apple cakes, her Dutch grandmother’s recipe. A huge bowl of peeled and cubed apples from Mercier Orchards sits nearby and a certain butcher can’t keep his fork to himself. Together, Sean and Emma opened Evergreen Butcher + Baker at 2011 Hosea L. Williams Drive, just a block east of the Intown neighborhood’s hub, strengthening the appeal of this

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Continued from page 39 quiet community. “We want to be a gathering place for neighbors and we are so excited that everyone has embraced us, welcomed us so warmly helped make our first month successful,” says Emma who brings an apron-full of experience from bakeries in Nashville, Chicago, Portland (ME) and Amsterdam. She was executive pastry chef at One Eared Stag (where they met – Sean was sous chef ) with stints at the St. Regis Hotel and Cacao chocolate here in Atlanta. “We want regulars to know they can count on finding good meat and good bread here- the staples home for centuries. We think it’s Sean Schacke important being a part of a walkable community.” Customers lined up out the door on weekends (they are open Thursday Sunday), buying out every last breakfast sandwich, pastry, loaf of bread and cookie two hours after the doors opened. Sean’s pastrami, along with egg, cheddar cheese on Emma’s buttermilk biscuits made quite an impression. “It will likely be our signature breakfast sandwich, though I’m making bagels for this weekend,” says Emma. They will make everything that goes between two slices: from pickles and jam to bottling their own Worcestershire sauce and making buttermilk for the biscuits. Sean and Emma completely renovated the 2,000 square-foot space, which sat empty for 35 years. They built a flat upstairs, making the commute for their 3:30 AM start a little easier. They scouted eBay and invested in the ultimate tools of the trade to make a butcher and baker jump for joy. Sean’s baby is a buffalo chopper, a beast of a machine that chops or emulsifies food by rotating it in a bowl under spinning blades. It minces, chops, shreds, slices, grinds and crumbles. He intends to produce 100 pounds of sausage each week in a few different varieties including fresh and smoked. Emma designed the space for giant rolling bins of flour to fit neatly under her work counter and added a kegerator, because why not? Their pride and joy is the gleaming Sveba Dahlen oven, one of the few large appliances they bought new. Emma can bake 34 loaves per deck. “All my breads have a sourdough start, naturally leavened and made with high quality grains that have not been processed, so they are good for your body.” This month, Emma will be making muscadine danish, at least three different kinds of pie and baskets full of gorgeous bread and cookies. “Each day I have four or five varieties of bread which change weekly. Opening weekend we sold 40 loaves each day and 250 total pastries These numbers will gradually be increasing as I now have two part-time pastry/prep cooks to help,” says Emma. Evergreen will be making Thanksgiving dinners to go with Georgia-bred turkeys. “We wouldn’t rather be doing anything else,” says Sean. “To make our own rules and more importantly, our own menu is so great.” Find out more at At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Food Forethought: An interview with restaurateur Tal Baum

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decadent. It’s easily one of my favorite items on the menu with a unique texture and flavor profile. Do you expect Aziza or Rina to eventually offer breakfast? What’s an Israeli breakfast about, anyway? We are planning to serve brunch at Aziza in the future. Breakfast always consists of a lot of mezze and salads. This is, for the most part, a savory meal. You always start with fresh vegetables, eggs, cheeses, and freshly baked bread. Although, you might have some jams and preserves to finish off the meal. Bellina also offers cooking classes and various kinds of workshops. What kind of events do you hope to bring to Aziza and Rina? At Aziza, we have a beautiful private dining room that can accommodate up to 18 guests for any kind of dinner party. We are hoping to offer a special family-style menu that can cater to any needs in the future as well. Rina is named after your grandmother. What are some of the best lessons she gave you that will make this restaurant worthy of her name?

on this role at Aziza and Rina. He has a great sensibility of the final plate we are serving our guests and understands how to make every dish delicious and exciting. I believe that he would be able to excel with any cuisine I challenge him with. What do you cook for your little kids at home? We love to make pasta together as a family. My kids don’t like plain pasta so it always comes with a delicious and seasonal sauce. We also spend a lot of time during the summer grilling and using vegetables from our backyard garden. When most Southerners think of Middle Eastern cuisine, their first and only thought is falafel. With the success of some Spanish tapas places, we are at least beginning to understand sharing plates. What will Aziza offer to the more adventurous who are ready to level-up? I would say that our Jerusalem Mix are the most adventurous items on the menu. They are Moroccan cigars filled with veal sweetbreads and chicken liver mousse. Each bite is so

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My grandmother gave me my passion for cooking. I learned everything from her, including a full understanding of flavors and seasoning. She is the reason I love spending time in the kitchen and feeding others, and I am so lucky to get to pursue that every day. Of all the many excellent restaurant groups in Atlanta, only two are co-owned by women: Stephanie Castellucci of Castellucci Hospitality Group and Chef Anne Quatrano of Star Provisions Restaurants. As sole owner of Oliva Restaurant Group, you’re something of a unicorn. What advice do you have for other female restauranteurs? Always believe in yourself and stay true to who you are. I always try to operate according to that philosophy and it pushes me to fight against all odds. I choose to use women empowerment as a source of motivation in everything I do.

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Tasting Intown:

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faces onto the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, is cool with high ceilings, exposed ductwork, graffiti, posters and interesting light fixtures. There’s a long bar and a large patio on the BeltLine, too. My friend and I started dinner with several of the small plates and decided to share the golden wontons ($7.50). They were fresh, crunchy and filled with chicken, shrimp and mushrooms with a cup of sweet chili sauce on side. We almost got a second order but decided to try some other small plates. I ordered the Hokkien Mee, which is made up of egg noodles, shrimp, chicken,

char siu, spring onions, bean sprouts, onions, carrots and soy sauce. It was delicious, but there wasn’t enough of it. At $9 for a small plate, I was still hungry. My friend ordered the Bulgogi Beef soft tacos ($7), which came two on a small plate, but he didn’t enjoy them. He said the beef was good, but there wasn’t enough of it and they had put in too much onion, lettuce and sprouts. I was still hungry, so I ordered a bowl of the Tom Yum soup ($9.50). This was a larger portion and it filled me up. The soup has lemongrass broth, shrimp, rice noodles, bean sprouts, straw mushrooms,

The first location in Georgia of southern chain Hawkers Asian Street Fare is now open in SPX Alley in Old Fourth Ward. The menu is filled with a mix of dishes served from different Asian countries but served Spanish tapas style. If you’re used to plates heaped with food like you find on Buford Highway or Pleasant Hill Road, then you’ll be surprised at how little food there is on each plate and how quickly the bill adds up. You won’t be taking any home to microwave the next day, that’s for sure. That doesn’t mean the food is bad; it’s actually very tasty. The space itself, which

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tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, bell pepper, basil and lime. It was my favorite thing I ate that night, and I would order it again. Despite the price being high and most of the portions small, I would definitely eat at Hawkers again. The menu is big and there are so many more things to try. Hawkers, although it faces the BeltLine, is part of Studioplex, which is where parking is if you decide to drive. The address is 661 Auburn Ave., Suite 180. I would recommend walking to it on the BeltLine and maybe grabbing ice cream next door at Butter & Cream. For more information and to see the menu, visit

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Kroger on Ponce Supermarket opens at 725 Ponce development By Collin Kelley Kroger supermarket reopened its Poncey-Highland location on Oct. 16 in a shiny, modern new building at the 725 Ponce development along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. While the former Kroger that sat on the site for more than 30 years had several nicknames, the new two-level grocer has its preferred moniker writ large at the entrance: Kroger on Ponce. “The 65,000 square foot store reflects the spirit and vibrancy of the Beltline and surrounding communities, featuring murals from local artists and Atlantathemed décor, along with a green roof with plants and beehives,” said Felix Turner, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. Inside the store, shoppers will find a Starbucks and the Pub on Ponce Beer & Wine Bar, which both have walk-up order windows on the BeltLine-facing patio; B’s Cracklin BBQ, Murray’s Cheese, The Chicken Company, Pizza Romano, Sushi and Pan Asian, Boar’s Head sandwich station and salad bar. Photos by Jacob Nguyen

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QUICK BITES Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q owners Jonathan and Justin Fox have announced they will open their second location on the Upper Westside at The Works in summer 2o2o. The new restaurant will have 9,300 square feet and an estimated 325 seats, including two covered patios. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s patio space fronts The Spur, a 970-foot linear park that runs along a former rail spur at The Works. The Spur will provide connectivity through the middle of the development and will be highly programmed with seating, art and unique activations– such as Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s large smokehouse and a gaming area. In addition to the expanded seating, the restaurant will feature a 60-seat private dining room adjacent to the main dining room, as well as a 35-seat indoor/outdoor bar. SweetWater Brewing Co. is partnering with Giving Kitchen and various Atlanta restaurants to host Seconds Please Food Festival, a special event sponsored by Sysco that’s devoted to food, beer, live music on Nov. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event benefits Giving Kitchen in which 100 percent of proceeds benefit food service workers in crisis. Restaurants taking part include Porch Light, Loyal Q, Ormsby’s, Wade’s, Fox Bros. BarB-Q, Steinbeck’s, Local 3, MTH Pizza, Dos Bocas, Rozina Bakehouse & Coffee and a VIP area presented by Proof of the Pudding. General admission tickets are $30 and include access to tasting tables, one Second Helping beer at entry and one extra beer token. VIP tickets are $75 and include unlimited beers along with a VIP only spread featuring an array of oysters, charcuterie, cheese and greens. For tickets, visit SecondsPlease. Alon’s Bakery & Market has announced it will open a new location in late summer 2020 at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead offering quick lunches, ready-to-eat gourmet meals, pastries and more. ►The 18th Annual Decatur Wine Festival will take place on Nov. 9, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the Decatur Square. The event will feature more than 500 wines from over 70 vendors as well as live music and art. Admission to the festival is $45 and tickets can be purchased at by by searching for Decatur Wine Festival. Sukoshi is now open Colony Square in Midtown offering fresh Japanese cuisine, including sushi, for grab-and-go meals or for dining in The 2,000 square-foot space has communal tables and banquettes inside and four-top tables outside on the patio. For more information, visit The owners of Red Door Tavern have opened at interactive game room, Arcadia at Red Door Tavern, in Buckhead. The 800- square-foot ,1980s themed gaming area houses over 20 classic arcade games including favorites such as Galaga, Joust, Jurassic Park, Ms. Pac-Man and Tekken. The arcade is located next door to the tavern at 3180 Roswell Road. ◄Perc Coffee Roasters has been announced at the latest tenant at the Hosea + 2nd in East Lake. The Savannah-based coffee shop is slated to open next spring in the development located at the corner of Hosea Williams Drive and 2nd Avenue. 8ARM’s Japanese-style bar, INK, has been rebranded as 8ARM Wine, which will offer regularly changing list of bottle and bythe-glass options. The bar is located at 710 Ponce de Leon Ave. For more information, visit

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The Studio Arts & Culture

By the Book

Long-standing champion of the print world, A Cappella Books, turns 30 By Lauren Leathers A lot has changed since Frank Reiss opened A Cappella Books in 1989. The shop’s first location on Euclid Ave. in Little 5 Points was alarmingly small—it was more of a narrow hallway, lined with shelves of used and out of print books. In fact, it’s now the entryway to Thai 5 & Sushi Bar. While so many other local institutions have faced the chopping block, Atlanta’s only in-town, full-service bookstore—which has survived both the internet and several moves—happily celebrates 30 years with a benefit concert starring Cabbagetown native Cat Power on Dec. 16. Additionally, a curated a list of 30 essential reads that have shaped the store, its employees, or just have that “A Cappella feeling” is now available. “When we first opened there was no internet, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble in Atlanta,” Reiss says. “The Atlanta book world was dominated by Oxford books in Buckhead. Our store was very much a part of the Little 5 Points culture, which has changed.”

The once elusive used and out of print books are now able to be ordered with the click of a button. And the neighborhood that once was ruled by a Bohemian and alternative aesthetic became more saturated. “I don’t know that Little 5 Points stands out in Atlanta as much as it used to,” he says. “When we first opened, we mostly carried books that reflected the alternative nature of the neighborhood. It wasn’t a quick or smooth transition, but that was the big change—the internet forcing us to move in a new direction to serve Atlanta book lovers in a way that we could serve.” A Cappella moved around Little 5 Points a handful of times, slowly establishing itself as the go-to shop of the neighborhood throughout the ‘90s and early 2000’s before moving to Inman Park in 2012. Originally inhabited by local record label Dust-to-Digital, Reiss rented the space for a few years before inking the papers to call it his own last year.

Reiss says A Cappella is in a good place now, partly because the tightknit staff has always remained small—people who prefer the feel of crisp pages and the smell of old book spines in the morning over corporate life. But beyond the loyal staff, the bookshop offers local events for the community. “When we started in the direction of doing more events, which was 15 or more years ago, they weren’t immediately successful,” Reiss says. “But I could see that occasionally some of them would be successful. I thought if we could match this success and keep going for these types of partnerships in the community, then we could keep it together.”

Inside the original A Cappella in Little Five Points

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Cementing high-profile events at places like the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library helped create relationships with publishers. This allowed A Cappella to host additional book and author events for Atlanta, like Rachel Maddow, in which more than 3,600 people showed up to hear her speak on her book Blowout at Fox Theatre in October. “[Publishers] knew they had someone in Atlanta that could put on major events with authors successfully,” Reiss says. “It was taking the time to establish ourselves with the [Atlanta] community and the publishing industry.” Although the digital era changed the way neighborhood bookstores operate, the end of brick-and-mortar shops is far from near. In Reiss’ opinion, bookshops are making a comeback and Atlanta could actually use more of them. “There used to be room for a lot of neighborhood bookstores, then things changed, but I think they are changing back and there is plenty of room for bookstores all over Atlanta,” he says. “A lot of bookstores are more cooperative, not competitive.” Over the years, Reiss has witnessed the ebb and flow of Atlanta, the book industry, and his own store. He Outside the original still remembers A Cappella in Little Five Points the first three customers that stepped foot in his shop—one of which is still a customer today—and the way each novel he’s read has shaped his life. “I would say the book that speaks to what excites me is The Nashville Sound by Paul Hemphill (1970),” he says. “His book has probably had the biggest impact on me as a lover of books and as an Atlanta bookseller.”

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Lights, music, theatre, shopping and more all month long By Collin Kelley The holiday season is upon us and November is chockfull of events – from tree lightings and visits from Santa to concerts and shopping. Check out our guide and mark your calendars for some Intown holiday fun.

as well as the Skylights Lounge and larger-than-life topiary from “Alice’s Wonderland” decked out in holiday twinkle. For ticket information and more details, visit Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer► The faithful recreation of the classic animated TV special returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts from Nov. 5 to Dec. 29. The ticket includes the Create-A-Puppet Workshop and tour of the World of Puppetry Museum. Information and tickets are available at puppet. org. Naughty vs. Nice at Ponce City Market The Grinch and Santa will be available for photos starting Nov. 29, while on the North Avenue lawn will transform into a holiday wonderland courtesy of King of Pops full of Christmas trees, which will be available for purchase, a Menorah lighting and more. Up on The Roof, there will be ice skating as part of Skate the Sky. Visit for more details. Waffle Palace Christmas and Madeline’s Christmas

Macy’s Pink Pig, Tree Lighting at Lenox Square ▲ Macy’s Pink Pig train ride will once again carry children of all ages through a life-sized storybook from Nov. 2 to Jan. 5 on the upper level parking deck. The 72nd annual Great Tree Lighting will be held Nov. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show concert, visit from Santa and a fireworks finale. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown will be aglow with millions of holiday lights from Nov. 16 to Jan. 11. This year’s event will once again feature “Nature’s Wonders,” the high-tech curtain-like display of vertical lights synchronized with music and sound effects





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Flying High

Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta” brings BMX, acrobats to Atlantic Station

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By Collin Kelley

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Cirque du Soleil is back in town, raising its familiar blue-striped grand chapiteau on the grounds of Atlantic Station for an extended run of its latest show, “Volta.” For those who’ve never been to a Cirque performance, it’s not your usual big top entertainment. Sure, there are acrobats, but there’s also a story being told with the high-flying set-pieces and stirring musical soundtrack. This show also has some jaw-dropping BMX. Think of it as Cirque meets The X Games. The loose narrative arc of “Volta” deals with a young man named Waz (Joey Arrigo) who competes in a talent show. He amazes the audience with his dance skills but is later ridiculed when the host snatches off Waz’s hat and reveals a shocking thatch of feathery blue hair. Waz goes on a journey of memory and self-discovery looking for acceptance and to rekindle his childhood love of riding a bike. It’s what happens along Waz’s adventure where the fun comes in. There’s a kinetic parkour sequence where acrobats leap from a building-like structure on to giant trampolines and bounce back to the roof or to perch on window ledges. You could hear gasps from the audience as the performers launched themselves from the trampoline and ran up the building’s walls. Other notable sequences include a high-energy performance by the male acrobats summersaulting and leaping through rotating rings. Even they looked delighted with themselves when they successfully navigated the hoops and landed with cat-like agility to cheers from the audience. A gorgeous young lady did the traditional “hair hang” twirling to the roof of the big top and swinging over the audience suspended only by her mane. Another couple navigated a spinning and collapsing ladder, scurrying up and down it like squirrels, and showing off their upper-body skills. Another diversion is Mr. Wow, a clownish mime who has two funny bits where he’s trying to clean his costume with uncooperative washing machines and another dealing with a bully on the beach. When Waz finally reconnects with his past and learns to accept his uniqueness, the BMX riders take the stage for a stunning, heart-racing finale. The gravity-defying stunts seems to leave the riders suspended in mix-air before falling back to the ramps rotating on the stage.


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scenes. For information: books for a long “I know it’s been on the delivery@reporterne time, but we need to mitigate it as much as we can,” said Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs), who says she’s trying to arrange a large-scale meeting of state engineers, local officials and possibly the general public. “This is very upsetting.” or The toll lanes, called “express lanes” “managed lanes,” are proposed by the Geor-


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The wooden stock is beige and battered with age. The metal plate above the trigger is decorated with a pair of birds. The barrel is long, heavy and octagonal. It’s an old muzzleloading firearm, for sure. It might even be the one that killed the deer that gave Buckhead its curious name in 1838.

John Beach, president of the Buckhead Heritage Society, is still trying to figure that For more on out, partly by tracking John Beach, see the tales surrounding Around Town, page 20. another little-known piece of area history – an 1842 log cabin that quietly survived destruction by being moved to a Buckhead back yard. In the meantime, Beach gave the Reporter an exclusive closeSee IS on page 22

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Left, John Beach, president of the Buckhead which reputedly killed the neighborhood’s Heritage Society, holds the “Buckhead Gun,” namesake deer in 1838. Right, holds what is said to be the same firearm in an undated photo. (John James Whitley Ruch/Special)

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Fine Lines - American Works on Paper: Celebrating a recent gift to the High of 50 late nineteenth-century drawings from Atlanta collector Paul Stein. Tues-Sunday. Free$15.50. OUMA Collects: This exhibition highlights selected works from the permanent collection of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art that align with current course offerings. Tue-Sun; Free-$5. Sweet Ride:► In this photo essay, Nancy Marshall and John McWilliams explore the history, mission, and significance of the Low Country Traveler. Tues-Sat. Free. Reclaim / Proclaim Blandtown: An exhibition of sculpture and photography by Gregor Turk that explores the history and transformation of Blandtown on Atlanta’s westside. MonFri. Free. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Remembering Mario: This exhibit celebrates the photographs of Roman born physician, scientist, and Emory professor DiGirolamo, who pursued his artistic muse with a camera for over 70 years. Closes Nov 17. Free. Through A Glass, Darkly: The first major exhibition to systematically consider the form, function, and meaning of allegorical prints produced in the Low Countries. TueSun. $6-$8.

PERFORMANCE ART #TBTour: The reunion of Immature (Marques “Batman” Houston, Jerome “Romeo” Jones and Kelton “LDB” Kessee) with special guests Ray J, B5, Day 26, and J Holiday. Nov 24. $46-$157.

Billy Wilder Film Series: This series features eleven of Wilder’s most successful and controversial films. Nov 6- Dec 4. Free! Changing Score - Classic Films Reimagined: Travel back in time to the era of silent films when this technological breakthrough left audiences transfixed and created a global platform for storytelling $10-$25. Christmas Canteen: This stunning musical revue makes “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” even more wonderful. Nov 14-Dec 23. $24-$40. Cirque Dreams Holidaze: This critically acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family! Nov 30-Dec 1. $49.50-$103.

A Christmas Carol: A Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an allstar Atlanta cast. Nov 16-Dec 24. $34-$85.

Conceal And Carry: Tackles gun violence in America by delving into the inner psyche of the liberal gun owner and the cryptic history of the NRA. Fri-Sun. $22-$30.

ADL Concert Against Hate: This concert will be an evening of inspiring musical performances as well as a tribute to the 2019 Torch of Liberty Award recipient. Nov 14. $75.

David Sedaris: WABE presents An Evening with Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.” Nov 20. $46-$61.

◄Ariana Grande: Blessed with powerful vocals that belied her petite frame, Grande emerged in the mid-2010s. Nov 19. $90$699. Baby, The Musical: Examines how parentsto-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Thurs-Sat. $13$32.

Disney Junior Holiday Party! A dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs. Nov 19. $25$65. Downstairs: In this play Irene is content, slow to anger and quick to forgive -- that is, until her brother Teddy comes to live in her basement. Wed-Sun. $20-$33. Drunk Drag Broadway - Little Shop Of Whores: A hilariously campy parody of your favorite musical featuring a man-eating Venus flytrap from outer space! Nov 3. $25. Emory Dance Company Fall Concert: The company performs new contemporary works by Israeli guest artist Dafi Altabeb, Emory Dance faculty Julio Medina and George Staib, and Emory alumna Jessica Bertram. nov 21-23. $8-$15. Feed Your Senses: Plan to meet your friends downtown for the Rialto’s Lunchtime Learning Performing Arts Series. Nov 20. Free! continued on page 60



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▲Frankenstein’s Funeral: Audiences take an immersive physical journey through Mary Shelley’s 200-year-old novel. Closes Nov 3. $45-$75.

Kinetic Light DESCENT: Reimagines the Rodin sculpture of Greek mythological figures Venus and Andromeda as a love story for two women. Nov 23. $10-$25. King Lear: This tragedy about the relationship between parents and their offspring shows us how quickly we become blinded by fear and killed with love. Nov224. $20-$42.


Ghost: In the Alliance’s fall production for middle and high school audiences, Castle Crenshaw, a.k.a. Ghost, has been running his entire life, but for all the wrong reasons. Closes Nov 9. $5-$32. GIMS: An incredible artist and performer who has sold millions of records around the world, sold-out arenas and had ad a multitude of hits. Nov 1. $65-$150. IrishFest Atlanta: Share the passion and enthusiasm for traditional Irish music, song, dance and language with Atlanta and Southeast community. Nov 8 & 9. $28$95. Jekyll And Hyde: Based on the classic story, this musical is an evocative tale of two halves of one man and two profoundly unique women who love him. Closes Nov 2. $36-$74.

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La Cage Aux Folles: Georges is the owner of the La Cage Aux Folles nightclub, which features a drag show starring his partner and the love of his life, Albin. Closes Nov 9. $15-$25. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: Chris Davis celebrates the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour. Nov 24. $45-$105. Night Must Fall: Thrills, chills, twists and turns in a Halloween-perfect tale of suspense in this play. Closes Nov 10. $24$38. Nostalgia: An improvised comedy show experience that will bring you all the way back, and even show you a little bit of the future. Every Fri. $10-$15. villagecomedy. com


Gladys Knight: Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched Knight’s enduring legacy. Nov 10. $120-$150.

▲Jonas Brothers: The brothers have crafted hook-filled power pop anthems in the vein of contemporaries McFly, Hanson, and the Modern Lover. Nov 19. $82-$447.

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Nov 5- Dec 19. $15-$35. puppet. org

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Puddles Pity Party & Friends Holiday Jubilee: Puddles takes a break from touring and returns home for a special evening of festive song and joyous camaraderie. Nov 29. $20-$75. foxtheatre. org

Sara Bareilles: The singer-songwriter burst onto the pop scene in the early 2000s with a dynamic vocal range that earned her comparisons to Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson. Nov 26. $35-$95. Judah & The Lion: From the earthy stomp of roots music to the bold bounce of hiphop, Folk Hop N Roll casts a wide net, proof that this band have developed quite the roar. Nov 8. $47.

Straight No Chaser: An all-male a cappella ensemble known for their sophisticated vocal harmonies and popular holiday-themed albums. Nov 20. $39-$79. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

The Avett Brothers: This band’s music has roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, it also captures the high spirits and noboundaries attitude of rock & roll Nov 21. $75-$89.50.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): An irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours! Nov 29-Dec 1. $20-$42.

▲The Doobie Brothers: The band have been delivering mind-blowing, rootsbased, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for more than four decades. Nov 12. $46.50-$122.50. cobbenergycentre. com The Elf On The Shelf - A Christmas Musical: The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the life stage for the first time ever in this all-new musical. Nov 23. $35$45.50. The Grown Up: Ten-year-old Kai is given a magical crystal doorknob by his grandfather that enables him to travel through space and time to see future events in his life in this play. Mon-Sat. $15-$23.

The Second City: This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from the comedy team’s history made famous by superstars. Nov 16. $46-$74.





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The Headless Horseman Of Sleepy Silly Hollow: Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and an even spookier image in this comedic version of the famous Washington Irving short story. Closes Nov 3. The Hip Hop Nutcracker: A unique and joyful event, this eveninglength production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen allstar dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow. Nov 29. $31-$61. The Sleepy Hollow Experience: As autumn cools the steaming earth and leaves begin to turn, Serenbe Playhouse is bringing back their favorite fall fright fest. Closes Nov 3. $50-$65. The Stuffing: Manchester Orchestra presents their 10th Thanksgiving show with Grouplove, Foxing, O’Brother, Kevin Devine and Brother Bird. Nov 22. $29.50-$65.



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