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Seasonal Cocktails ..................... 40 Christmas Dinner Out ..................41 OK Café Review ...........................42 Manuel’s Tavern ..........................43 Quick Bites ..................................44

Go Green Atlanta History Center ....................4 Atlanta Memorial Park ....................6 BeltLine Update .............................7 On the Agenda ...............................8 Hard Rock Hotel ..........................10 Cama Fina ...................................11 Pet Briefs ....................................12 Neighborhood Hot List .................14 A Look Back ................................16 TimmyDaddy ...............................17 Street Scenes .........................18-19

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EDITOR’S LETTER Collin Kelley

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Solidarité with the City of Light We had just finalized the layout for this December issue when news broke of the terror attacks in Paris. Within a few hours, the SkyView Ferris wheel in Downtown, which once sat near the Louvre, was lit in the French tricolor – blue, white and red – in a show of solidarity. The Georgia Aquarium followed suit, along with the 191 Peachtree building and City Hall. It was encouraging to see my hometown show support for one of

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my adopted hometowns. I’ve been a frequent visitor to Paris for the past 20 years, have friends there and have written a trilogy of novels set in the city. Once I made sure everyone was accounted for and safe, I turned back to editing the galley of the third novel, Leaving Paris, which will be out in the spring. Since all three books explore unrest and terrorism in Paris – and are set in and around the 11th arrondissement where the attacks took place – it made for a surreal weekend. The novel is set in 2005, but there is a character who is eerily prescient about the attacks he sees on the horizon. I’m not going to delve into the politics and my own opinions about the “war on terror,” but will leave you with a poem. In times of trouble, fear, stress and uncertainty, I’ve always turned to poetry for solace. Perhaps you’ll find some in this poem that I wrote in 2012 after a visit to the City of Light.

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Remnants of gum from Gare du Nord, the black scuff from Bastille, a tiny stone from Jardin des Plantes.

Steve Eberhardt is an Atlanta-based photographer who loves to document the city and its people. For our December cover and feature on page 32, Steve went to a special preview of Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Find out more about Steve and his work at SteveEberhardt.com.

I’ll never clean these shoes— let foreign soil bond with rubber, the nicks and marks permanent scars. Bury me in them, even in tatters, so that the dust of Paris is always on the bottom of my feet.

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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

MAKING HISTORY Atlanta History Center at halfway point in major renovations

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The Atlanta History Center’s new entrance as a rendering, above, and the completed entry and new lobby space at right.

By Joe Earle and Collin Kelley The Atlanta History Center’s new “front door” has opened to the public. Standing near the new front door, Jackson McQuigg, vice president of properties for the history center, recently pointed out how the new

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the history center’s new entryway, part of a $21 million renovation of the building, reopened last month. The unveiling marks roughly the halfway point in a renovation and expansion that officials say is intended to make the history center’s home on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead more inviting and less, well, stodgy. “It’s not just the physical changes, it’s the cultural changes and the mindset changes we’ve had at this organization,” said Hillary Hardwick, vice president of marketing communications at the center. “It’s all about the visitor.” The new atrium is roughly twice the size of the old entryway and the design of the new facade – a curve of glass and limestone set on a granite base – is intended to make the building more visible from West Paces Ferry. Inside, McQuigg said, designers want to make it “feel like a true civic building.” “I’m hoping it will become a cultural landmark in years to come,” McQuigg said. The new entryway is part of a parade of changes from new exhibits to a new, 23,000-square-foot building to house the Cyclorama, which is moving from Grant Park. As part of the project, the history center plans to restore “Battle of Atlanta,” the circular painting in the display. Atlanta History Center President Sheffield Hale said the Cyclorama would be restored to its original size and shape, with pieces cut away restored to show the painting as it was originally created in 1884. Hale said a 1980s renovation of the Cyclorama building essentially turned it in an “amusement ride” with revolving stadium seating. The history center will restore the circular viewing platform that gives visitors a more commanding look of the painting and diorama of

figures the way it was intended to be seen. Hale said during last month’s Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods’ meeting that the new Cyclorama building would open in 2017 while construction and restoration was still under way so the public could watch it unfold. The completed Cyclorama will be ready in 2018, he said. The new structure housing the painting will rise 35 feet above the ground and extend 15 feet below ground level. It will be connected to the center’s current building by a glass-enclosed breezeway containing “The Texas,” a Civil War-vintage train engine. Hale said the train will be visible on West Paces Ferry Road and will help draw in visitors. In January, the center plans to open a new temporary exhibit called “Atlanta in 50 Objects.” Then, next April, the center opens a new permanent exhibit on the history of Atlanta. Also in April, Souper Jenny plans to relocate its Buckhead location to the lobby of the history center building. In a press release, the center promised the café “will be a cross between a chic, funky local café and coffee shop.” Jennifer Levison, founder and owner of Souper Jenny, called the move to the 4,017-square-foot location “a perfect fit for the culture of Souper Jenny.” “When the Atlanta History Center first approached me about the idea, I was skeptical,” she said in a press release. “I always had a preconceived notion about what the history center was and who they attracted, and didn’t think our bohemian café was a good fit. It is apparent their enthusiastic focus is to turn these old perceptions upside down.” The center says it also plans to install a bookstore featuring a mix of specialty sections and topics, including A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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Opinions differ over park’s proposed walking trails By Joe Earle A proposal to add walking trails in a portion of Atlanta Memorial Park drew widely varying reactions Nov. 5 when presented to the city park’s neighbors. Consultant Jill Sluder, a landscape architect with HGOR, outlined a plan that would add two miles of 5-foot-wide concrete trails around the perimeter of the Buckhead park and another mile of trails within the park that would be made from materials that would allow water to pass through them. In addition to the trails, she said, consultants working for the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy proposed removing invasive plants from the park and cutting down five trees she said were hazardous. She said the five trees to be removed were among 800 “specimen” trees in the park and that the trees that were removed would be replaced. The work, if approved by the city, would cost the conservancy about $1 million, she said. The conservancy also has proposed extensive renovations to the nearby Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. “You have a lot of people using the park,” Sluder told about 60 people who gathered at Northside United Methodist Church for her presentation. “The odd thing is they’re not in the park. They’re in the streets. Let’s get these folks off the streets.” But her proposal met sharp criticism from some neighbors who argued the work was an unnecessary expense and could increase flooding and traffic in the area. “I hate to say it, but I have had it,” John Whitney said. “I have had it with the conservancy. I have worked for 45 years to protect this park as a haven for wildlife and now you are going to ruin it.” Whitney said he opposed everything in the consultants’ plan. “It’s a railroad locomotive going down the track and it’s unstoppable,” he said. But other residents welcomed the proposals to open up the park to more users. “I think it’s a great plan,” resident Bob Caton said. “Anything to get the city of Atlanta to have more accessible parks is what we need to improve livability of the city, which is pretty much a concrete jungle now.” And Andrew Lunde said he had “mixed feelings” after listening to Sluder’s presentation. “I think having a sidewalk around the circumference would be an improvement,” he said, “but the interior path, I’m not so sure it’s going to make it substantially better than what we’ve got now.”

A Place in Peril? Bobby Jones Golf Course made The Georgia Trust’s 2016 Places in Peril list, much to the chagrin of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC). The golf course is second on the list as plans move forward to redesign the historic course from 18 holes to nine. Completed in 1933 to honor the golf legend, The Trust says the course’s clubhouse is also under threat of being demolished. However, AMPC said in a statement it disagreed with the intent of the peril designation, which was made by the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course. The group opposes transforming the course to nine holes or using the clubhouse for any other purpose. The statement said: AMPC will continue in its mission to make Atlanta Memorial Park a beautiful, environmentally sensitive and sustainable park, accessible and connected to the neighborhoods and the City, by enhancing the park, tennis and golf experiences through a collaborative process of renovation, restoration and preservation. AMPC acknowledges The Georgia Trust for recognizing the deteriorating condition of the golf course and clubhouse. Both are deserving of significant capital investment to ensure that the clubhouse is renovated and that the golf course is brought up to current safety standards, incorporating environmental improvements that will ensure the legacy of Bobby Jones is preserved for generations to come.

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BELTLINE UPDATE A roundup of progress and projects By Collin Kelley The Atlanta BeltLine continues to move forward with various projects as funding becomes available. The extension of the Eastside Trail and the Southside Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine could be coming soon. BeltLine officials are reviewing project bids for the Eastside Trail extension, which will see the trail continue from Irwin Street to Memorial Drive. A request for qualifications is out to companies who want to bid for design of the Southside Trail, which would take the BeltLine to Glenwood Avenue and beyond. While Beltline officials could not comment on the specifics of proposals or the project timeline, they did confirm to Curbed Atlanta that funding has been secured for the extension project, and they have procured the portion of rail line where construction would take place. Creating performance spaces on the BeltLine have also taken top priority in the last half of the year. The Atlanta branch of the American Institute of Architects selected a design by Tim Bragan, Sylvan Miles and Harry Ross for a permanent stage to be located in Adair Park along the Westside Trail. The winning design includes an amphitheater made of reclaimed materials such as

concrete slabs, light rail and industrial siding. On the Eastside, POND & Company has been chosen to help lead design efforts for the Reynoldstown Stage and Performance area along the BeltLine. The concept for the project was proposed by Georgia Tech professor Tristan AlHaddad who will be a member of the design team. The design, funded through a National Endowment of the Arts Our Town Grant, will combine a permanent stage structure and landscaped public art exhibit space. The BeltLine also put out a call for proposals to develop the Murphy Crossing site on the Westside Trail. The site is comprised of 16 acres that were once the State Farmers Market in southwest Atlanta. The call for proposals included directions on potential redevelopment of existing buildings, inclusion of workforce housing and scenarios to encourage job growth. The 3-mile Westside Trail has been under construction for more than a year, and will connect four parks and four schools. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2017, and will include a multi-use trail and preparation for future Atlanta Streetcar transit infrastructure.

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Meetings The Atlanta City Council will only have one meeting this month on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave.

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Edmund Park, a neighborhood of 80-plus homes located on the north side of East Rock Springs Road, about a half-mile east of Morningside/Lenox Park, was annexed by the city from unincorporated DeKalb on Nov. 1. Students who live in the community will be able to start attending Atlanta Public Schools effective in January. The community banded together and asked for the annexation, assisted by Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan and Atlanta School Board member Matt Westmoreland. According to Joy Myrick and Donna Boynton, Realtors with Beacham and Company, homes built by Wilmont Williams and Hedgewood range from $500,000 into the upper $700,000 range. “These are really great values now compared to other City of Atlanta/Morningside Elementary homes,” Myrick said. Faye DiMassimo will serve as the new general manager for the $250 million Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program. In this new role, DiMassimo will oversee the design, construction and completion of more than 200 transportation and municipal facility projects, including construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Natatorium in the Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program was approved by more than eight in 10 voters in a special election held on March 17. DiMassimo has served as the director of the Cobb County Department of Transportation for nearly six years, where she has overseen a $36 million operating budget with more than 160 staff. The Woodruff Foundation will donate $10 million to the Georgia World Congress Center for its Centennial Olympic Park plan, according to a report from the AJC. The same foundation two decades ago helped lay the groundwork to transform the 21-acre park into a downtown jewel. The changes envisioned for Centennial include new event space on park grounds with a downstairs restaurant, turning a section of Andrew Young International Boulevard into a pedestrian walkway and a new entrance to the green space.

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By Clare S. Richie Cama Fina (short for Casa Materna Financiamiento or maternity home financing) is ready to change the way people donate. The nonprofit seeks to leverage the power of microfinance to fight poverty, and improve infant and maternal health in Nicaragua. Co-founder Nishant Kishore, an Emory University Masters in Public Health graduate student, started working on this model in 2012, while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Quilali, Nicaragua. While volunteering for three years in the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, he saw how a system of maternity clinics, the Casa Maternas, saved the lives of babies and their mothers. Casa Maternas provided rural, pregnant women with access to an institutional birth with medical supervision, and educational sessions about breastfeeding, nutrition, hygiene and family planning. By transporting a pregnant woman to a Casa Materna two weeks prior to her due date, she has time to learn how care for her newborn prior to the baby’s delivery and time to rest afterward. “I live very far away [3.5 hours] and it’s better and safer to give birth here

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in the hospital,” 23-year-old Adenia explained in her video interview. Despite having a proven track record of reducing maternal and infant mortality, Casa Maternas do not have stable funding and were hit hard by the recession. According to Kishore, the Casa Materna Quilali is operating at half of its 2008 budget with a 50 percent increase in patient visits. “We wanted to support the good work of the Casa Materna Quilali with more reliable funding – like an endowment,” Kishore explained. On a long bus ride, Kishore met a friend of a friend who had worked for microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Latin America. This chance meeting sparked the idea for Cama Fina. Individuals and families who use micro-loans for their businesses, even in remote areas with average earnings of less than a $4 a day, can create a better life. “Cama Fina would be the connection between these two – MFIs and Casa Maternas,” Kishore said. Pro Mujer (translated Pro Woman) came on board as Cama Fina’s MFI partner due to their focus on women, strong international reputation, financial services, business and empowerment training and health care support. Over a quarter century, Pro Mujer disbursed more than $1 billion in small loans, and reached more than 1.6 million women and their 6.4 million children and family members in Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. A typical first loan is $100, with a business plan developed with a Pro Mujer credit officer. Because of the support received, Pro Mujer’s client repayment rate is more than 96 percent. Here’s how the model works. Cama Fina secures donations. Pro Mujer converts the donations to capital that is lent primarily to rural Nicaraguan women to launch or grow small businesses. Interest paid back on the loans then funds Casa Materna Quilali’s operating costs. “Every dollar donated is invested in the local economy, in women,” said Kishore. Female business owners will improve their quality of life and rural women will have access safer birth experiences, he added. Once donation levels reach $50,000, Casa Materna Quilali will receive flat monthly payments to continue providing

A small business owner in Quilali who was helped by Pro Mujer, a Cama Fina partner that provides small loans to women.

services to prenatal women. At $150,000, it will be fully funded for the foreseeable future, and Cama Fina can set its sights on replicating this model across Nicaragua. “During this giving season, Cama Fina is beginning it’s fundraising push,” Kishore said. To implement it’s innovative

model, Cama Fina seeks donations, and fundraising, public relations and marketing volunteers from Atlanta with a global moral compass to support healthy mothers, healthy babies and a growing economy in Nicaragua. For more information, visit camafina.org.

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VaHi is know for its wealth of architectural styles, from Craftsman bungalows and American Foursquares to English Cottages and Colonial Revivals. You can see some of those homes during the upcoming Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes on Dec. 5-6. See more on page 46.

2. Shopping

N. Highland Avenue runs through the heart of VaHi and has some of the best

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The city’s oldest operating fire station sits at 1063 N. Highland Ave. Built in 1924, the station is raising money for ongoing renovations. Find out more at vhfirecompany.com.

4. Dining

Grab a burger at George’s or Yeah! Burger, drop in for some pub food at Moe’s and Joe’s or Atkins Park, cut into a juicy steak at Highland Tap, have some napkins ready for the ribs at D.B.A. Barbecue or try some Italian at Osteria 832. There are so many good restaurants in VaHi. Come hungry.

5. John Howell Memorial Park

The oasis on Virginia Avenue is named for the late resident and activist who was one of the leaders who fought the plan to build the I-485 freeway in the 1960s, which would have destroyed the neighborhood. (Pictured, top to bottom: George’s Restaurant, Festivity Boutique, Historic home in Virginia-Highland)

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A LOOK BACK This Month in History

Ann Taylor Boutwell Dec. 1, 1934: The National Weather Service opens its headquarters at Atlanta Municipal Airport, which is now Hartsfield-Jackson. The NSW now has its headquarters in Peachtree City. Dec. 3, 1929: The Fifth District Federation of Women’s Clubs planted a willow oak tree on the grounds of the executive mansion in Ansley Park, honoring Gov. Lamartine Hardman. He served from 1927 to 1931. After two unsuccessful attempts in 1914 and 1916, Hardman was elected

governor in 1926, becoming the state’s oldest elected governor at the age of 71. Two years later he was elected for a second term. Hardman was a successful physician, entrepreneur and farmer from Jackson County. As governor, Hardman advocated a businesslike administration of the state’s government and was best known for his effort to make governmental processes more efficient. Dec. 4, 1925: Oklahoma’s favorite son and American humorist Will Rogers made his first appearance in Atlanta at Wesley Memorial Hall. He was one of the most famous American media stars during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Dec. 4, 1982: Herschel Walker was named winner of the 48th Heisman trophy by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York. The University of Georgia student announced he would remain in school his senior year rather than turning pro.

Dec. 13, 1989: The film version of local playwright Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” opens. The film, shot in and around Atlanta, would go on to win star Jessica Tandy a best actress Oscar and Uhry a trophy for best adapted screenplay. Dec. 15, 1961: Time magazine’s cover featured an illustration of the flagship Rich’s in Downtown with the giant Christmas tree atop the Crystal Bridge that connected the wings of the department store. The lighting of the tree continues every year at Macy’s at Lenox Square.

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Dec. 25, 1929: The Fox Theatre opened on Peachtree Street. Dec. 31, 1895: The Cotton States and International Exposition, designed to promote the region to the world and showcase innovations in agriculture and technology, closes after 100 days and nearly 800,000 visitors. The site would later become Piedmont Park.

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Dec 10, 1936: Scots-American preacher Rev. Peter Marshall, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church located on Ponce de Leon Avenue and Boulevard, addressed the Business and Professional Women’s Club at the monthly dinner meeting held at the Women’s Club on Peachtree Street. Later Marshall became pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. and twice appointed as Chaplain of the United States Senate. He is remembered popularly from the success of “A Man Called Peter”, a biography of him written by his widow, Catherine Marshall, made into a film in 1955, which was nominated for an Academy Award for its cinematography.

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The time we didn’t see Rock City By Tim Sullivan Let me tell you about the time we didn’t See Rock City. You know the place outside of Chattanooga with the incredible rock formations and hiking trails on Lookout Mountain where you can see seven states at once? Yeah, we didn’t see that. We were supposed to, but we didn’t. Our fall calendar is a blitzkrieg of baseball games, birthday parties, other parties, festivals and football. So when Elliott’s baseball game set for Saturday. Oct. 24 was canceled in advance because of a scheduling conflict, we found ourselves with the oasis of a plan-free day. We were giddy at first. Should we do something or perhaps even better yet, nothing? I was torn. I can waste a day watching football with the best of ‘em and not driving four hours on a Saturday is always fun, too… but admittedly, the rest of the family might get antsy. Kristen had no such ambivalence. We were going to “See Rock City.” She’s always wanted to and now we had the perfect opportunity. If we did nothing, she argued, the kids would be watching TV or looking at an iPad until they were miserable at the mere suggestion they do something else. She was right, as usual. So when our friends invited us for a drink on Friday night we politely declined, “Not tonight. Getting up early to See Rock City!” But we all slept in a smidge later than we intended to. I threw a questioning glance Kristen’s way and her unspoken reply was clear: Don’t screw this up. I got in the shower and gave myself a pep talk. It’ll be great. You’re going to love it. The kids are going to love it. We’ll get a birdhouse! We’ll get a bumper sticker! You must convey this or all will be lost.

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All was lost. The kids moaned as if I had declared this Clean the Toilets Saturday. Elliott wanted to go to his schoolyard and play Wall Ball. Seriously? I googled up Rock City images – see we’re going here today. Isn’t that awesome? You guys like hiking. You do it all the time at your afterschool program, right? We’ll get a birdhouse! We’ll get a bumper sticker! The Pintos went and said this place is basically a giant, scenic gift shop – you’ll love it! Apparently it was still not as thrilling as a match of father-son Wall Ball – a game that is meant to be played with 10 or more at his school – the place he groaned about all week. He added salt by pointing out that

we adults were excited about hiking because we never get to do it but they have to do it every week. Margo simply added that going to Rock City was “a terrible idea” without offering an alternative plan. I might need to wean her off those presidential debates. We’re not completely inept at getting our kids to do things, but the prospect of them whining about it over breakfast and then a sour, 120mile drive was pretty unappealing. Kristen seethed in an adjacent room, eavesdropping on my failed pitch. She was folding laundry like a wobbly ceiling fan on high. At any given moment she might come completely unhinged and lethal. I summoned my best efforts to save the Saturday. We carved a pumpkin into

an owl and cooked the seeds. We went to Agnes Scott College to ride bikes and play football in the quad. Elliott and I even went up to his school and played a smashing round of Wall Ball. On paper it was a decent day, but the pall of family failure hung thick. Should we have been more insistent or does their reaction indicate we schedule too much already? The mood lightened that evening when Kristen took the kids out for FroYo. Hindsight being 20/20 I’m now thinking they must have FroYo in Rock City, right? Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the Northeast and now lives with his small family in Oakhurst. He can be reached at tim@sullivanfinerugs. com.

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STREET SCENES Red Bull Soap Box Derby took over North Avenue in October and transformed it into a long, rambunctious course. Photos by Steve Eberhardt.

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Streets Alive took to Peachtree Street, filling the road with bikes, streamers and smiles.

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ACE IS THE PLACE… FOR GIFTS Oldest Intown hardware creates in-store boutique By Kitsy Rose One of Intown’s best-kept secrets has revealed itself not only as the last independently owned, old-fashioned hardware store, but also as a place to buy gifts for the holidays. Intown Ace Hardware at 854 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia-Highland is a go-to when it comes to repair needs, but the store is living up to its wellknown tagline, “Ace is the place,” by adding unique gift and garden items. “We decided to enhance the garden and gift department last year upon noticing that the area was lacking gift options at the time,” said owner Doug Eifrid. “Our garden manager, John Robinson, has made it a priority to find unique as well as some locally made items to create a boutique of sorts in our expanded garden area.” Handmade jewelry and locally designed ceramics complement highend tools from Burgon & Ball. Colorful pottery pieces from Chive mix well with burlap pillows from Park Hill and glass bird bowls and feeders from Evergreen. Collapsible and colorful Presto buckets, Mad Mats, Yo Sox, Peepers reading glasses, Tula Hats and more can all be found in the store. Step outside into the large, outdoor garden area and you’ll find teak tables and benches, outdoor dining chairs, weatherproofed pillows, colorful and decorative signs, pots in all shapes and sizes, and gorgeous plants, trees and succulents. There are also wreaths, ornaments from Christopher Radko and many more seasonal items. Known as Clements Hardware until brothers Doug and Joe Eifrid purchased

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the store in 1979 and changed the name to Intown Ace Hardware Atlanta, the building was originally opened in the 1940s – making it the oldest continuously running hardware store in Atlanta. To this day it remains a family owned and operated business as sister Suzie handles the bookkeeping and Doug’s son, Micah Eifrid, serves as general manager. The building was expanded in 1989 to accommodate a full-line garden center including plants, tools, mulches, chemicals and fertilizers. For more information, visit intownaceatlanta.com.

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NCR breaks ground on world headquarters Work on NCR Corporation’s new world headquarters in Midtown is under way. The glass-clad building will be a highly-visible addition to the skyline as it looms over the Downtown Connector. Located at the corner of 8th and Spring Streets, the new headquarters will provide NCR with a presence close to innovation centers and academic institutions, including Georgia Tech. The company is globally known for its computer hardware, software and electronics designed for business transactions. “Our new world headquarters campus is truly a watershed moment for the future of NCR and the City of Atlanta,” said NCR Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. “We are partnering with the City of Atlanta, state of Georgia and the University System of Georgia to create an environment that will inspire passion, collaboration and innovation. It’s going to be one of the most dynamic tech communities in the world.” “NCR’s commitment to Georgia is a testament to the quality of our workforce, academic institutions, logistics infrastructure and overall businessfriendly environment,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are excited to see them continue to grow and thrive in our state as a key part of Georgia’s ‘Transaction Alley’.”

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Business Briefs Phipps Plaza has revealed a rendering of what its new facade facing Peachtree Road in Buckhead will look like after renovation. Slated to be complete by the end of this year, the new facade will consist of intricately designed, perforated metal panels highlighting luxury stores inside the mall, including Jeffrey, Versace, Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani, BOSS Hugo Boss and Bottega Veneta. The new Peachtree Road entrance will also feature a backlit glass curtain wall to create a new entrance.

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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) presented its 17th annual Developments of Excellence awards at the State of the Region breakfast, honoring three developments and one great place. The top award, the 2015 Development of Excellence, went to Ponce City Market, developed by Jamestown Properties. In honoring PCM, officials called the 90-year-old former Sears & Roebuck building a “showpiece complex” for its adaptive use into retail, restaurants, offices and homes, and an “economic and cultural catalyst” for the Old Fourth Ward and the city. The 2015 Exceptional Merit for Context-Sensitive Urban Infill Development went to Inman Quarter developers JPX Works, South City Partners and ELV Associates. The 3.3-acre mixed-use development in Inman Park has 200 apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. Also winning awards: Revival On Main in Kennesaw (2015 LCI Achievement Award) and the Marietta Square (2015 Great Place). Henri’s Bakery and Café has reached an agreement with Alliance Residential Company to sell its Buckhead location. Currently, the property is under contract and in the due diligence period. The real estate developer plans to incorporate the award-winning bakery into a mixed-use project on the site. Henri’s, which also has a Sandy Springs location, will continue to stay open and operate on Irby Avenue for the foreseeable future, though it may move to a nearby location temporarily during the possible construction.

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Ponce City Market is now home to Rejuvenation, a 4,000 square foot store featuring products for the home, including new and vintage light fixtures, hardware, house parts and furniture. This is the Portland, Ore.-based company’s sixth retail location, and the first on the East Coast. “Customers looking for quality house parts that stand the test of time will find what they need to update their space,” said Alex Bellos, vice president/ general manager of Rejuvenation. “We’re excited to offer our customers in Atlanta the opportunity to interact with our products.”

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WellKept is making on-demand professional home cleaning available in select Atlanta locations. Customers can book the cleaning services they need via the company’s mobile-friendly website, WellKept.com, without minimum requirements or long-term commitments. The service offers cleanings for a single room or entire house for flat fees starting at $15 per room, or $60 per entire home. The company plans to expand their services to include lawn care, pool cleaning and pest control, as well as launching a mobile app for more convenient scheduling.

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Shop Indie, Shop Local Intown artisans find outlets for their work

Story & photos by Isadora Pennington

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Even before Thanksgiving, I was thinking about buying gifts for my family and friends. I learned the hard way that waiting too long to shop for the people in my life usually results in poorly thought out, last-minute presents like gift cards and stuff I grabbed on a hurried run to Target. Lucky for us Intowners, there are plenty of alternative spots to pick up unique gifts made by local artisans. Whether you’re looking for gifts for kids, for your partner, for a friend, or for yourself, these shops have plenty of cool offerings to choose from. Buying locally made items from independent shops does a lot to further the economy by funding the continued work of the artist behind the product. Over time, I’ve become familiar with quite a few local artisans whose work is on display and for sale in some of my regular haunts. Behind the scenes at many of the hippest shops here Intown are some truly inspirational and passionate people. I recently met with some of these local business owners who shared their thoughts on indie gifts from the other side of the counter. “Smaller shops are more familiar with their customers, what their customer likes,” said Kristen Bell of Treehouse Kid & Craft in Decatur. “We can offer more services like free wrapping and good customer service that can impact shoppers in a big way.” Treehouse, located on DeKalb Avenue near Thinking Man’s Tavern, is a sensory overload, with cute and noncommercialized gifts for all the kids (and kids at heart) in your life. They also have an event space in the back that they rent out for birthdays and the like. The company began in Athens where the main shop is still in operation, and Kristen’s sister Kim recently opened this branch in Atlanta. Malene Davis of the Beehive, one of the oldest collectives in the city, said shopping locally helps sustain communities. “When a dollar is spent at the Beehive on a local product, that dollar is then paid out to the designer for sales; thereafter, that same dollar goes forward to sustain the community where that designer and her/his family lives,” explained Davis. Beehive, located in the Edgewood Retail District, offers jewelry, clothing, gifts and much more. With informational cards on many of the displays, customers can better understand who and where the products came from. “Local businesses are so, so important,” said Lynne Tanzer of Hodgepodge Coffee House. “They employ local people, support and sponsor local events and charities, allowing community to thrive. We are more invested in our customers and go the extra mile to make you happy because we know you personally -- you are our kids’ teachers, our dentist,and

our neighbors.” Beyond the inherent value in helping a local artist to make money from their work, Lynne appreciates the ability to feel like she’s making a difference in the artists’ lives. “I can’t explain the joy that comes with writing a commission check and knowing that it’s going to our neighbor to buy their kid new boots for school or toward their grad school tuition fund. It’s magic!” Hodgepodge has a strong artist customer base, and the shop has regular art shows. Shelves and walls near the counter display a wide array of smallscale, locally produced gifts and artwork. Rebecca Hannah of Young Blood Boutique in Poncey-Highland also spoke of the benefit to supporting local shops and artisans beyond the inherent boost to the community. “Local businesses are the flavor of a city,” she said. “We’re lucky to have so many amazing, locally owned shops and restaurants in Atlanta, and for us, these places contribute immensely to a richer life experience.” Stop by this shop for great jewelry, a wide selection of funky greeting cards, hangable art and plenty of cool gifts, sure to please even the most difficult person on your gift list. As of Dec. 1, the shop will now be opening for extended hours starting at 10 a.m. for all your shopping needs. Different stores vary in their approaches to the management of their stock. For example, Made Again features artist exhibitions at the shop. “Made Again is not only a multidiscipline art gallery from local artisans, but it is a resource hub for artists wanting to excel their companies,” said owner Margeau Bull. Bull said the photography, design and marketing assistance that the company offers to participating artists is another way that her small business is able to give back to the community it serves. Made Again features art, furniture, jewelry, bath products and more at Inman Quarter in Inman Park. “We work hard to support the artists and makers in our community by being accessible and giving 60 to 70 percent of profits back to the artists,” said AC Smallwood of Byrd’s Box, a shop that began as a pop-up and has become a permanent fixture on Auburn Avenue. “We partner with local charities and organizations to make sure that our impact to the community is as positive as possible.” The shop sells clothing, art prints, zines, gifts like candles and jewelry produced by local makers. Sara Lamond of Fig & Flower Natural Beauty on North Highland Avenue said the real value of shopping local is the old adage of “putting community back in our communities.” The shop sells carefully curated bath and body items that use only the safest, purest and most sustainable ingredients. “I’ve met so many of my neighbors through the store, many of whom I now consider my friends. When you shop local, you’re supporting a neighbor, a A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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AC Smallwood, Byrd’s Box 171 Auburn Ave - thebyrdsbox.com neighborhood, and building connections that make those neighborhoods great places to live.” “It’s important to shop local to be part of a community and support our friends’ growth and dreams,” said Cami Adair of Blabla Kids. The small shop is tucked away in Virginia-Highland and is unique in that they design their own products like the famous knitted dolls in the studio shop. Though it’s not realistic to buy everything locally, there is something special about being able to know you’ve contributed to

your community. “It creates synergy and good karma,” Adair said. Shannon and Christy of Indie Craft Experience (ICE) agree that supporting one another within the community is imporant. ICE is an organization that brings together tons of vendors for their seasonal pop-up markets, and now has opened a permanent storefront in Candler Park. “Buying directly from an artist means you know exactly where your money is going,” said Christy. “That’s pretty powerful!”

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EASTSIDE WALK, $309,900

AVONDALE, $379,900

FULTON, $695,000

8875 Gullatt Road NE

883 Penn Avenue NE

1615 Sugar Hill Court

416 Wilfawn Way

481 Cherokee Avenue SE

5BR/4.5BA, FMLS: 5382255 Todd Hale (404) 822-0230

3BR/3BA, FMLS: 5604787 Rodney Hinote (404) 786-9562

4BR/2.5BA, FMLS: 5566864 Rodney Hinote (404) 786-9562

3BR/2.5BA, FMLS: 5580015 R. Hinote, S. Harper (404) 786-9562

5BR/3.5BA, FMLS: 5594469 Rodney Hinote (404) 786-9562

LINDRIDGE, $525,000

BRIARCLIFF HTS, $650,000

MORNINGSIDE, $700,000

HALTEN HALL, $580,000

P/TREE BATTLE, $799,900

1681 Belle Isle Circle NE

1812 Meadowdale Avenue

2960 Pharr Court South, Unit N2

1447 Peachtree Battle Avenue NW

4BR/2.5BA, FMLS: 5617771 Andy Philhower (404) 964-4550

4BR/4BA, FMLS: 5606644 Andy Philhower (404) 964-4550

4BR/4BA, FMLS: 5542238 Jeff Masarek (404) 314-1104

2BR/2.5BA, FMLS: 5593811 Monique Reller (404) 310-2200

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855 Peachtree Street NE, Unit 1612

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5BR/4.5BA, $1,350,000 Chad Carter (404) 944-6577

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2BR/1BA, FMLS: 5604998 Sara Harper (404) 435-0034

1BR/1BA, FMLS: 5601841 Sara Harper (404) 435-0034

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805 PEACHTREE, $215,000

KIRKWOOD, $525,000

OAKHURST, $370,000

REGENCY OAKS, $256,000

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1426 Oakview Road, Unit 106

3490 Walnut Ridge

3BR/2BA, FMLS: 5608367 Butch Whitfield (770) 630-6668

1BR/1BA, FMLS: 5593477 Butch Whitfield (770) 630-6668

3BR/2.5BA, FMLS: 5614144 Butch Whitfield (770) 630-6668

2BR/2BA, FMLS: 5597424 Butch Whitfield (770) 630-6668

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POWERS LAKE, $799,000

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3BR/3.5BA, FMLS: 5590515 Michael Hoskin (678) 428-8737

2BR/2BA, FMLS: 5582667 Michael Hoskin (678) 428-8737

6BR/5 Full, 2 Half BA, FMLS: 5601027 Benn O. Pruette (404) 668-7132

4BR/3.5BA, FMLS: 5561964 Craig Mihaly (404) 234-9098

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SENTINEL FRY, $1,225,000

SUTHERLAND PL, $239,900

1161 McLendon Drive

110 Strauss Lane

1842 Gordon Manor NE

4BR/3BA, FMLS: 5592922 Brenda Shaw (404) 379-4924

6BR/5 Full, 2 Half BA, FMLS: 5534353 Brenda Shaw (404) 379-4924

1BR/1.5BA, FMLS: 5607492 Linda Kyles (404) 403-5780

ELON, $349,000

2364 Elon Way 3BR/1.5BA, FMLS: 5604163 Linda Kyles (404) 403-5780

FERNCLIFF, $499,900

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Stephanie Stuckey Benfield takes passion for environment to next level By Dyana Bagby As a child, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield took walks along Cumberland Island beach with her father, Georgia Congressman Bill Stuckey. It was on this stretch of land with her dad – and also while boating on the Okefenokee Swamp and while camping with her family – where Benfield learned to love the outdoors. “My father was in Congress representing South and Middle Georgia. We had a home there [on Cumberland Island] and spent every summer there,” Benfield said. Congressman Stuckey, a Democrat from Eastman, drafted the federal legislation ensuring the protection of Cumberland Island from development and keeping its natural habitat unharmed. He was also instrumental in pushing through federal legislation to protect Okefenokee Swamp in the 1970s. Watching her father work to conserve the land he loved made a significant impression on Benfield. “My father was politically involved

in environmental issues. I remember him advocating on these issues. And we went outdoors a fair amount. Being around that gives you an appreciation for nature at an early age,” she said. As the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta, named to the post in April by Mayor Kasim Reed, Benfield has taken that love of the outdoors she acquired as a young girl and has fashioned it into into a career of working to conserve and preserve the city’s, and the state’s, natural resources. Before heading up the city’s Office of Sustainability, Benfield, who is an attorney, served three years as the executive director of GreenLaw (“the perfect marriage between my love for the environment and my love of the law,” she said), a nonprofit organization providing legal and technical support on environmental issues. And before that, Benfield was a well-known member of the state legislature where she served 14 years, representing DeKalb County. “My mom was very active and volunteered a lot in the community. My

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parents showed me that you could take your passion to the next level. Growing up in that environment — it never occurred to me that I couldn’t run for office,” Benfield said. When Benfield took office in 1999, she knew she wanted to focus on affecting change in three areas that she cared deeply about — women’s issues, family issues and the environment. “I was very mindful of representing my Stephanie Stuckey constituency. Benfield My district included Emory and Decatur, and both are hubs for environmental activism,” she said. Her past experience set her up to work for Atlanta, said Mayor Reed. “Stephanie Stuckey Benfield has distinguished herself in her advocacy for sustainability and our environment from her time in the Georgia General Assembly to her leadership at GreenLaw. I look forward to working with Ms. Benfield to keep Atlanta on the path to being one of the top sustainable cities,” he said in a statement. Benfield’s and Reed’s relationship goes back to when both were legislators – he was first elected to the state House in 1998. Benfield credits the mayor with being able to form alliances with unlikely groups – such as Gov. Nathan Deal and the business community – by making good economic cases for sustainability. “I see Atlanta as this blue dot in a state of red where environmental issues can move forward,” she said. Two other Georgia cities – Decatur and Roswell – also have sustainability directors. In September, the Atlanta City

Council unanimously passed a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Also, in the near future, the city plans to purchase 20 electric vehicles for city employees to use; currently, the city has two donated electric cars. Two hundred city buildings are now being retrofitted for energy and water efficiency through an energy and savings contract as well. But it is in the area of solar energy where Benfield sees Atlanta being a leader for the entire state. Benfield said she aims to install about 1.5 megawatts of solar power in city-owned buildings. “I think the City of Atlanta can serve as a leader on solar energy and really help advance the solar industry in the South. Good, clean energy is good for business, saves money and creates green jobs,” she said. And while her job is about finding ways to conserve the environment, Benfield makes sure to find time to also take in the natural resources Atlanta and Georgia has to offer and enjoy the great outdoors with her husband and two children, like she did as a child with her family. Because being outside, communing with trees and rivers and family, is what makes the work worthwhile, she said. “I just find it therapeutic to be outdoors. I enjoy camping, hiking, paddling,” she says. For the past several summers, she and her husband and two children have participated in Paddle Georgia, a project of the Georgia River Network, where people paddle for eight days and over 100 miles on different rivers. “Being outside, with clean air and water, is where you can interact with others on a real and human level, when you don’t have the usual distractions you have in usual work day – you don’t have cellphones or TV or computers,” she said. “I love not only to be able to be out in nature but to be in nature with my family.”

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Caitlyn Smith and her cousin Shaun Alexander dropped the water sampling device into the muddy stream below them on an overcast day in early November. The pre-sterilized Whirl-Pak bag bobbed on the surface of the fastmoving water for a few seconds, then plunged into the stream and filled; the sample was one of 133 collected during the 2nd annual Proctor Creek Rendezvous, a one-day watershed monitoring project. A junior at Georgia State University majoring in geoscience, Caitlyn had seen a flyer announcing the monitoring event posted on a college bulletin board. She was taking a class in landforms and wanted to know more about watersheds – how they work and how streams are affected Special by land use and other Shaun Alexander, Caitlyn Smith, and Simona Platukyte (right) human activities. sample a tributary to Proctor Creek near Boyd Elementary School. Earlier that day, 20 years ago, CRK filed a lawsuit to Caitlyn and Shaun stop the city of Atlanta from dumping joined 100 volunteers at Grove Park untreated sewage into local waterways. Recreation Center in northwest Atlanta That action led to the city’s investment for training, before heading out to of $2 billion in a massive sewer system assigned sampling stations on Proctor upgrade, including more than $100 Creek and its tributaries. million in the Proctor Creek watershed. While the citizen scientists Today, Proctor Creek is the collected their samples, the Rendezvous subject of national attention through organizers – Chattahoochee its designation by the Urban Waters Riverkeeper (CRK), West Atlanta Federal Partnership as a priority Watershed Alliance and Georgia watershed, bringing additional support Adopt-A-Stream – turned the training and resources from the U.S. EPA and room into a lab to analyze the water other agencies. taken from 41 locations. Locally, Park Pride, The Conservation Fund, Proctor Creek A Healthier Report Card Stewardship Council, Trust for Public Land and others are working with the CRK’s Jason Ulseth correctly city to protect green space and create predicted higher than usual levels of public parks in the watershed. Lindsay E. coli bacteria in the samples, due to Street Park, the first park built in the contaminants that flowed into the Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood, streams in storm runoff from rain that officially opened in October. fell for days preceding this year’s event. It takes a village – stream monitors, Ulseth also noted that the longnonprofits, government agencies and term, trend data – the best indicator of investors – to bring a long-neglected stream health – has shown a significant area back to life. It’s happening in the improvement in water quality in Proctor Creek watershed where the this blighted watershed: a 33 percent future is bright. decrease in bacteria levels in recent years. Sally Bethea is the retired executive Proctor Creek’s healthier report director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper card is due in no small part to the (chattahoochee.org), a nonprofit efforts of community volunteers environmental organization whose and their data, which has led to city mission is to protect and restore the investigations and the end to dozens of drinking water supply for nearly 4 chronic sewage leaks. million people. Recent successes build on the past:

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The Wylde Center hosts an evening of wreath making Dec. 1-5, at the Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road in Decatur. The cost is $65 per person, and all materials, including Balsam Fir wreaths and decorative accessories, are included. Adults can choose to attend one of the five nights, 7-9 p.m., but must register in advance at wyldecenter.org. The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) recently welcomed Dr. Kathleen Hogan, U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency, to a multifamily housing roundtable discussion at the offices of Central Atlanta Progress. “As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Atlanta has been a national leader in energy and water savings,” said Hogan. With over 100 million square feet in over more than 400 buildings citywide since its launch in 2011, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge aims at increasing energy and water efficiency 20 percent by the year 2020. The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge program recognized Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., for its leadership in energy efficiency and 38 percent energy savings at its flagship restaurant in Atlanta. The restaurant, located at 1751 Howell Mill Road, was remodeled in April and is the most energy efficient Arby’s location in the country. Arby’s has committed to 20 percent energy savings over 10 years, and is already more than halfway to meeting its goal. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has re-designated the City of Decatur a Silver Walk Friendly Community. Decatur has a strong commitment to improving walkability, and offers several walking programs including Team Decatur, Walk With a Doc, Bright at Night Walks and Sunday Strolls. The city’s Safe Routes to School Program is a model for the state. Walk Friendly Communities is a national program that recognizes communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.

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The City of Decatur was designated as a Walk Friendly Community.

The Ellis Hotel has been named one of only four green hotels in Georgia, certified under Green Seal Standard GS33 Silver. The certification, based on an independent evaluation, demonstrates The Ellis Hotel’s commitment to providing safe and healthy indoor air, conserving water, saving energy and reducing waste. “Sustainability and the health of our guests and staff is a top priority,” said Kim Kleisner, general manager of The Ellis Hotel. “We are proud to be an industry leader with our environmentally conscious operations and are honored to have earned the Green Seal certification.”

The Georgia Water Coalition has released its 2015 Dirty Dozen list highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to the state’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen shines a spotlight on threats to Georgia’s water resources as well as the polluters and state policies or failures that ultimately harm—or could harm—Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers. Locally, the Chattahoochee River made the list twice: at number 3 for the Environmental Protection Division’s “water grab” that threatens the state’s most vital water supply and number 5 for tubers leaving their trash behind. The entire list can be read at garivers.org. Since the late 1970s, Post Properties has made an intentional effort to reduce its apartment homes’ footprints, and that effort has paid off. The High Rise at Post Alexander in Buckhead has received the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) bronze-level certification. The independent, third-party verification assures that the building is designed and built to high performance in site design, indoor environmental quality, building operation and maintenance, and resource, water and energy efficiency. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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Morningside: Classic 30’s renovated brick, high ceilings, wide crown molding,Sep LR/DR,sunroom,butler’s pantry, wine frig. Full BA & BR on main. 4BR/ 3BA / 1HBA

Virginia Highland: ‘Vintage industrial chic’ decor, Tudor mantles, vintage sinks & chandeliers. Enchanting front/parterre garden back. Most recognized home in Va-Hi. 5BD/ 5BA

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Freedom Lofts: Spectacular loft on Beltline w/rooftop deck! Four living levels, 2 outdoor living spaces. Impeccably maintained, spacious, gorgeous. By Ponce City Mkt. 1BR/ 1.5BA

Virginia Highland: 1925 classic 2-story home by Va-Hi Village, Piedmont Park & the Beltline. New SS appls, lots of light, all hdwd. Off-street pkg. Screened back patio. 3BD/ 3BA

Virginia Highland: 1930s brick bungalow. Front porch. Mstr bdrm w/built-in closet storage, ensuite W/D, study. All hdwd. B’fast area faces fenced backyd. Cvrd 2-tier deck. 2BD/ 1.5BA

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Woodland Acres: Spacious lot bungalow close to town. Lg priv bkyrd. New hdwds. Sep DR/LR. Updated kitchen, deck. Low Dekalb taxes. 3BR/ 2BA

Scott Hall: Condo w/upgrades/stge galore! Walk to Decatur Square. Great schools, spa-bath & sound-proof mstr. All hdwds, cvrd deck, custom closets. Outdoor entertaining. 2BR/ 2BA

Saratoga Springs: Traditional John Wieland resale on quiet cul de sac w/2-car garage. Swim/tennis comm. Updated kitchen. Office, formal DR, sep laundry rm. 2 sunrms, deck.4BD/ 2.5BA

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THE STUDIO ARTS & CULTURE

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS

The Atlanta Botanical Garden switches on for the holidays & runs through Jan. 9

Paul Friedopfer, Jackie Pira

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UNDER CONTRACT

Ansley Park. $1,950,000 252 Beverly Road 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5586970 Travis Ann Bull  404.353.6052

Ansley Park. $2,395,000 90 Polo Drive NE 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5602148 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700

Ansley Park. $565,000 270 15th Street NE, No. 305 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5607241 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Brookhaven. $649,900 3194 Windsor Lake Drive NE 4BR/4BA FMLS: 5609660 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Buckhead. $160,000 2626 Peachtree Road NW, No. 1802 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5613879 Brendan Wright 404.661.4740

Buckhead. $200,000 67 25th Street NW, No. 9 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5614054 Laura Dew 404.822.8316

UNDER CONTRACT

Buckhead. $25,000,000 4110 Paces Ferry Road NW 7BR/9Full 5half BA FMLS: 5557043 Josh Reeves 404.547.3622 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Buckhead. $445,000 3324 Peachtree Road NE, No. 2918 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5607428 Erika Eaton 404.246.9330

Buckhead. $459,900 2196 Virginia Place NE 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5606909 Liz Giddens 404.277.1614 Jim Parker 404.934.2709

Buckhead. $685,000 495 Chateaugay Lane 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5590823 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Buckhead. $999,500 1191 W Conway Drive NW 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5591489 Bonnie Majher 678.575.4439

Cabbagetown. $175,000 640 Gaskill Street SE 3BR/1.5BA FMLS: 5607258 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

Candler Park. $519,000 1297 Euclid Avenue NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5601872 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Decatur. $374,900 1581 Moncrief Circle 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5609683 Shawn Perez 404.234.3166

Druid Hills. $3,395,000 916 Springdale Road NE 5BR/5Full 2half BA FMLS: 5606311 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700

Druid Hills. $425,000 11 Lullwater Estate 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5611370 Dianne Harnell Cohen 404.313.7300

Druid Hills. $1,599,000 1226 Ponce De Leon Avenue 4BR/2Full 2half BA FMLS: 5599965 Zana Dillard 404.974.4478

Eatonton. $239,000 110 Little River Court 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5613342 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890 Andy Griffith 678.878.7590

Fairburn. $275,000 10640 Woodruff Road 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5607037 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

Hampton. $985,000 736 Peninsula Overlook 4BR/4BA FMLS: 5612322 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890

Lithonia. $150,000 3776 Panola Road 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5612031 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700 Adam Morrison 404.981.7249

Midtown. $1,280,000 1065 Peachtree Street NE, No. 3005 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5572054 Christa Huffstickler 678.207.7803 Lonnie Bryant 404.668.3096

Midtown. $289,000 1652 Habershal Road NW 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5601807 Michelle Wing 404.217.6764

Morganton. $349,900 1091 Briar Cove Road 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5580438 Annie Boland 404.449.1179

Morningside. $1,150,000 893 Plymouth Road NE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5612706 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $579,000 674 Yorkshire Road NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5606171 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700

Morningside. $699,000 1448 N Highland Avenue NE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5608771 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Newnan. $499,000 00 Perry Street 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5611626 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

Reynolds Lake Oconee. $275,000 1610 Dogwood Drive 1+/- Acres FMLS: 5602300 Trey Daniels 678.613.2705

Reynolds Lake Oconee. $395,000 1291 Swift Creek .7+/- Acres FMLS: 5602305 Trey Daniels 678.613.2705

Sandy Springs. $674,900 5695 Lake Island Drive 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5597970 Brandon Patterson 404.824.5151 Stacy Galan 404.861.6500

Sandy Springs. $949,900 6285 Riverwood Drive 5BR/6.5BA FMLS: 5611815 Betty Gargis 404.835.9581 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890

Serenbe. $689,000 445 Selborne Way 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5601106 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

Sweet Auburn. $615,900 71 Lucy Street SE, Unit B 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5606616 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Sweet Auburn. $615,900 71 Lucy Street SE, Unit C 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5606621 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

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DECEMBER MADNESS It’s holiday overload with events all month long Parades, concerts, shopping bazaars, ice skating, parties and football games are all on tap as the holiday season moves into overdrive. Here’s a rundown of upcoming events around INtown.

The Children’s Christmas Parade

Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the 35th annual event begins at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 along Peachtree Street from 16th Street to 5th Street in Midtown. There will be floats, giant helium-filled balloons, marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus. If you can’t get out to the parade, it will be aired on WSBTV. For more information, visit choa.org/ parade.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert

Ring in the holidays with the AGMC’s 35th annual holiday concert at Buckhead’s The Cathedral of St. Philip on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. This year’s theme is “Deck the Halls,” and will feature traditional carols, up-tempo holiday favorites and more. General admission tickets are $35 at voicesofnote.org.

Holiday In Lights/Ice Rink at Centennial Park

The Downtown park will be decked out in thousands of lights and decorations through Jan. 10. The Ice Rink is also open daily through Jan. 10 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $12 per person for a 90-minute session, including skate rental. For a full schedule of operating times, visit centennialpark.com.

Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Holiday In Lights at Centennial Park

“The Nutcracker” returns to the Fox Theatre Dec. 11-27 for its 20th anniversary production. The Atlanta Ballet professional company stages the extravagant production live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Choir. For tickets and information, visit atlantaballet.com.

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The Children’s Christmas Parade

Christmas at Peachtree Road UMC Experience Christmas at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church with two free events: Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m., “Carols by Candlelight: A Christmas Sing-a-long,” and “The Many Moods of Christmas” on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., featuring the Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra. On Dec. 18-19 at 7 p.m., the church hosts Christmas with The Georgia Boy Choir. Visit georgiaboychoir. org for more information and to purchase tickets. The church is located at 3180 Peachtree Road. For more information, visit prumc.org.

ASO Holiday Concerts

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra marks the season with a series of special events, starting with the new Cirque de la Symphonie featuring acrobats and classical hits Dec. 4-6; Christmas with the ASO featuring more than 400 musicians to create Robert Shaw’s “Greatest Story Ever Told” on Dec. 12 and 13; “A Very Merry Holiday Pops,” featuring holiday classics on Dec. 17 and 19; and a screening of the hit film “Home Alone,” with live symphony accompaniment on Jan. 2-3. For a schedule and to buy tickets, visit atlantasymphony. org.

Atlanta Santa Speedo Run

Strip down to your Speedos or

undies for the 7th annual event on Dec. 12. The starting line will be at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave., at 2 p.m. (registration and merry-making begins at noon). The year’s beneficiary is BlazeSports, a nonprofit that supports individuals with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation. To register, visit atlantasantaspeedorun.org

Atlanta History Center’s Candlelight Nights

Step back in time and experience Christmas past with a candle-lit stroll on Dec. 11 and 18. Visit each of the three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era and the 1930s. Guests experience holiday traditions of years’ past with interpreters and special activities. For more, visit atlantahistorycenter.com.

Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the SEAson The Downtown attraction’s holiday event continues thru Dec. 25. The atrium will be transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, sing-alongs and photos with Santa. For more, visit georgiaaquarium.org.

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PUPPET WORLD Center for Puppetry Arts opens new museum space The Center for Puppetry Arts in Midtown celebrated the grand opening of its Worlds of Puppetry Museum last month, and the expanded space is sure to delight kids of all ages. The museum features the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts, as well as puppets from around the world. Visitors will get an immersive look at Henson’s Sesame Street, Muppet and Fraggle Rock creations, as well as his work on cult films like “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal.” For more about the museum, visit centerforpuppetryarts.com.

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The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is putting the final touches on a massive renovation to its Downtown space, which is set to reopen on Dec. 12. The $8.2 million, three-month long renovation project means new exhibits, a 3,000-square-foot mezzanine level, a permanent performance space and enhanced learning zones with state-ofthe art technology and an overarching focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math education (STEAM). Grand reopening festivities will include a welcome “play procession” parade, ribbon-cutting ceremony, photo opportunities and other activities. The museum is also launching the Play Pledge ATL campaign, an online effort focusing on the importance of early childhood education and the power of play. The museum is encouraging supporters to share photos and videos of their play on social media with the hashtag #playpledgeatl. For tickets and more information about the museum’s grand reopening, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

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Your family’s most comprehensive online guide to arts and cultural entertainment Visit AtlantaPlanIt.com for more upcoming events. Museums & Visual Arts

1930s. Dec. 11 through Dec. 18. $8 to $15. atlantahistorycenter.com

Castleberry Hill 2nd Friday Art Stroll: Stroll and shop through the galleries of Castleberry Hill, Atlanta’s historic arts district, during the next installment of the second Friday Art Stroll. Dec. 11. Free. castleberryhill. org

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Grand Reopening: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta reopens with newly constructed exhibits featuring hands-on activities related to robotics, engineering and the arts. Dec. 12. childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Candlelight Nights: Visit the Atlanta History Center’s three historic homes to see how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, and the

Susanna Starr: Hyperglo: Returning for her third solo exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery, Susanna Starr’s latest eye-popping fluorescent wall sculptures vibrate with a

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hallucinogenic glow. Closes Dec. 12. Free. marciawoodgallery.com Second Sunday Fundays: Swing by the High on the second Sunday of each month for free admission and an afternoon of workshops and activities for families. Dec. 13. Free. high.org

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

SCAD FASH Inaugural Exhibition: Oscar de la Renta: Savannah College of Art and Design’s new museum of fashion in Atlanta celebrates the life of couturier Oscar de la Renta with more than 60 garments on display. Closes Dec. 31. $5 to $10. scadfash.org Elliott Erwitt: Regarding Women: Jackson Fine Art presents photographer Elliott Erwitt’s evocative personal tribute to female strength, intelligence and beauty. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. jacksonfineart.com Garden Lights, Holiday Nights: Nearly 2 million LED lights illuminate the Atlanta Botanical Garden during the holiday season, including some crowd-favorite displays from the past four years. Daily. $17 to $23. atlantabg.org Romare Bearden: When I Conjure These Memories: Alan Avery Art presents one of the largest private gallery exhibitions in the Southeast of the influential 20th century artist’s work. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. alanaveryartcompany.com Winter Wonderland: Fernbank’s holiday exhibit celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, as well as traditions and practices like origami and indigenous art. Daily. $16 to $18. fernbankmuseum.org

Performing Arts

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Elf: The Broadway Musical: See the national touring musical adapted from the popular 2003 film, live on stage at the Fox Theatre this holiday season. Dec. 2 through Dec. 6. $40 to $100. broadwayinatlanta.com Black Nativity: Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Nativity story, written by acclaimed African-American poet and playwright Langston Hughes. Dec. 2 through Dec. 20. $15 to $40. fultonarts.org A Little Princess: Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, this spunky family musical is full of African music, dance and exotic locales. Dec. 3 through Dec. 27. $20 to $50. theatricaloutfit.org

A Year With Frog And Toad: Synchronicity’s beloved musical production is back with Frog and Toad, and their ode to friendship that weathers the seasons. Dec. 4 through Dec. 27. $15 to $40. synchrotheatre. com A Festive Night at the London Theatres: The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra turns the clock back 300 years for a concert of “theatrehopping” in 18th century London. Dec. 5. $10 to $25. atlantabaroque.org Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker: A live orchestra accompanies this annual ballet of dancing dolls, mischievous mice and sparkling snowflakes at the Fox Theatre. Dec. 11 through Dec. 27. $16.50 to $123.50. atlantaballet.com Christmas With Atlanta Master Chorale: Atlanta Master Chorale presents its annual concert with a variety of melodies, both familiar and new. Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. $30. atlantamasterchorale.org A Skylark Christmas: This candlelit program features Christmas readings from the King James Bible and a selection of a cappella carols spanning six centuries. Dec. 13. Free. skylarkensemble.org San Fermin: San Fermin is an indiepop band with avant-garde roots touring in support of their 2015 sophomore album “Jackrabbit.” Dec. 14. $14. badearl.com A Very Merry Holiday Pops: Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the best of holiday classics. Dec. 17 and Dec. 19. $20 to $65. atlantasymphony.org Merry %#!*ing Christmas: Ebenezer Scrooge and a single dad in an ugly sweater must save Frosty from global warming in this Dad’s Garage holiday mash-up at the Alliance Theatre. Closes Dec. 19. $18 to $25. alliancetheatre.org A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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Menorah Madness

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, hosts this Hanukah Menorah Lighting event over three nights – Dec. 7-9. The nights feature music, performance, food and more. For more information, visit atlantajcc.org.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Football fans can spend New Year’s Eve with the annual parade Downtown, tailgating at the Georgia Dome and Fan Fest at Georgia World Congress Center before the game kicks off. For more information, visit chick-fil-apeachbowl. com

Downtown Countdown

The annual New Year’s Eve party returns to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Dec. 31 featuring bands, DJs, open bar, food and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the party keeps going until 2 a.m. Inclusive tickets start at $99. Visit downtowncountdownatl.net for tickets and more information.

Julie Sadlier’s expertise in the Atlanta real estate market could not have worked out better in my recent transactions as we merged from two households down to one. In my home listing, her understanding of the current conditions and the smart improvements to make for selling secured a sales price tens of thousands above the recommendation of other agents. Not only that, but with her marketing, photography and overall professionalism I had multiple offers and a contract within 3 days of listing. That savvy also translated to our home purchase where she ensured that we successfully negotiated a fair deal and did not overpay in market conditions that can best be described as CRAZY. She never hesitated to secure ‘one more visit’ to a property, and her network of local home experts has been invaluable on both the selling and buying sides. As a very process- driven person I was appreciative of Julie’s attention to detail and the level of communication that she provided as we completed 3 transactions (2 sales, 1 purchase) within a 3 month period. Julie is an outstanding real estate agent whom I heartily recommend.

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Holiday Cheers These cocktails will keep you warm during the festive season By Isadora Pennington It’s getting cold outside, and what better way to warm yourself on a chilly winter night than a seasonal cocktail. We’ve all had a holiday-themed mixed drink at some point or another, maybe at a party or a communal dinner, but there are some local bars that are also getting into the spirit. If you like smoky, rich flavors and creamy textures, check out these drinks that range from traditional to modern. As we gather together for the holidays, take your friends and family out for one of these festive drinks.

Eggnog made with organic milk, cream and eggs, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, with Buffalo Trace bourbon The Midway Pub 552 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, 30316 (404) 584-0335 themidwaypub.com

Dinah Moe Hum is Tequila Cabeza, Hum Liqueur, fresh lime juice, agave, nectar and a hint of lavendar, with a sugar rim and grapefruit garnish Bone Garden Cantina 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, 30318 (404) 418-9072 bonegardencantina.com

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Coquito, a traditional Puerto Rican eggnog, made with a mix of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, black pepper, coconut milk, egg, lemon, and a mix of blackwell rum and smith and cross rum

Hickory Hollow, made with hickory smoked Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, brown sugar syrup, Counter Culture Holiday Coffee and old-fashioned bitters The Lawrence 905 Juniper St. NE, 30309 (404) 961-7177 thelawrenceatlanta.com A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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Christmas Dinner Out If you’d rather focus on spending time with your family and friends and unwrapping presents, let someone else cook your Christmas goose. Or ham, or turkey, or tofurkey. Here are a few of the restaurants serving up a Christmas Day meal. Find more at OpenTable. com. Reservations are recommended.

Einstein’s

Midtown’s LGBT-friendly restaurant will be open on Christmas Day for dinner and merriment. einsteinsatlanta. com

Legal Sea Foods

Trade in that turkey and ham for a lobster and shrimp feast on Christmas Day in Downtown. 275 Baker St. legalseafoods.com

The Melting Pot

If it’s fondue you seek then check out The Melting Pot on Christmas Eve and Day (open from 4 to 9 p.m.) as the staff serves up seasonally-inspired fondues in addition to its regular menu. 754 Peachtree St. meltingpot.com

Poor Calvin’s

Try some Thai fusion for your Christmas dinner. 510 Piedmont Ave. poorcalvins.com

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Both locations are open Christmas Day, serving up their classic sizzling steaks. 267 Marietta St. in Downtown and 3285 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. ruthschris.net.

McCormick & Schmick’s

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final Atlanta restaurant will find its home between Paces Properties recently announced Atlanta Dairies and Larkin developments. “When complete, this will be a much-needed addition to the neighborhood,” said George Banks, Paces Properties Partner, in a statement to the media. The one-story building is approximately 4,000 square feet, will seat up to 150 guests and feature ample Special on-site parking. “We plan to make it the most retro of all of our Grindhouse Killer Burger locations, a throwback to drive-ins of the 1950s, with a big, mid-century modern façade,” said Grindhouse Killer Burgers Owner, Alex

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Dolce Italian, located on Peachtree Road in Buckhead, is now open for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Chef Paolo Dorigato’s menu highlights handcrafted pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas and classic egg dishes. There’s even a spin on the Southern standard, Tuscan Fried Chicken & Waffles.

Brounstein. “It will feature an indoor/ outdoor bar and a biergarten-style patio with outdoor games and classic movies being projected.” Bellina Alimentari, now open in the Central Food Hall of Ponce City Market, includes a Kitchen, Bar, Market and Culinary Club inspired by the cafés and shops of Northern Italy. It offers authentic Italian cuisine from its Kitchen and a wide selection of Italian wine, beer and craft cocktails from the Bar. Gourmet cooks will find Italian meats and cheeses in the Market, and can take part in workshops and cooking classes offered at the Culinary Club.

FIGO Pasta in West Midtown has celebrated its one-year anniversary. The sixth location of Atlanta’s popular pasta chain is the latest success of founder Sandro Romagnoli, a native of Certaldo, a small town outside of Florence, Italy. Organizations are invited to apply for Food Well Alliance’s 2016 Local Food Grant. Community-based organizers, social entrepreneurs and educators who integrate local food into their programming are eligible to receive up to $25,000. The application process is open until Dec. 15. For details, visit foodwellalliance.org/localfoodgrant.

Brash Coffee is open at Westside Provision on Howell Mill Road. Set next to YEAH! Burger in a “box” fabricated from two shipping containers and open seven days a week, Brash Coffee is designed to build community through the celebration of coffee. California Pizza Kitchen has reopened its flagship Atlanta restaurant at Lenox Square in Buckhead ollowing a threemonth total rebuild. This is the first CPK in Georgia to feature the restaurant’s new look, new menu and handcrafted cocktails.

Meals on Wheels has announced that Charlene Crusoe-Ingram, a former Coca-Cola Company executive, has become the organization’s new executive director as of Nov. 9. She replaces Jeffrey Smythe, who served as MOW’s executive director for 13 years. “I can’t wait to begin leading an organization that I hold so dearly,” said Crusoe-Ingram. “My immediate goal is to end our wait list of seniors who are hungry and need food. And with the help of my board and the great staff here at Meals On Wheels Atlanta, I believe we can do that.”

Good news for Ponce City Market coffee lovers! Dancing Goats Coffee Bar has transitioned from a temporary to a permanent lease, and has added 450 square feet to its interior space, including more seating.

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Holiday home tours will showcase festive decorations By Collin Kelley If you’re looking for decorating inspiration or just like the idea of wandering through some beautifully decked out homes, Intown has an array of tours on tap this month.

Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour The 2014 tour will feature four distinctive Buckhead homes on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s homes are located on Brookwood Drive, Pinestream Road, West Andrews Drive and Woodhaven Road. Tickets are $25 in advance at peachtreegardenclub.org or $30 the day of the event.

Home for the Holidays Home for the Holidays The annual home tour began in mid-November and continues through Dec. 13, benefitting the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Garden and Farms. This year’s show house is Mildwood Manor, 1150 Garmon Road, which has been decorated by some of the city’s most noted interior designers. The home is open for tours Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information visit, atlantaholidayhome. com

Grant Park Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes The 35th annual tour will feature a variety of homes in this historic neighborhood on Dec. 12-13 from 6 to 10 p.m. There will also be other events happening that weekend in conjunction with the tour, including the annual

Winter Wonderland, which offers activities and games for kids and the chance to meet Santa, and the Artist’s Market at St. Paul United Methodist Church, featuring unique, handcrafted gifts. There will also be a concert featuring the St. Paul United Methodist Choir in the church’s sanctuary. Tickets are $20 or $30 for VIP, which includes a wine tasting. Visit CandlelightTourofHomes. com for more information.

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Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes Tour the beautiful neighborhood of Virginia-Highland during their 21st annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include food tastings from local restaurants including Fontaine’s Oyster House, Highland Tap and many more. Tickets are $25. Visit vahitourofhomes. org for more information.

Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes and Holiday Market will be held on Dec. 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. (the market is open noon to 6 p.m. at 58 Lakeshore Drive). This year’s tour spans almost 90 years, beginning with an Avondale “original,” built when the city was established in 1926; a recently renovated 50s bungalow; three newer homes; and a new “Back Porch” recently added to one of the 1940s bungalows. For more information, visit avondaletourofhomes.com.

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By Melody Harclerode Editor’s Note: In this occasional series, Harclerode will highlight libraries built with funding from the 2008 voterapproved Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Bond Referendum. A new chapter begins for communities along Metropolitan Parkway in the City of Atlanta. Although criminal activity on this hilly thoroughfare in Southwest Atlanta received headlines for years, the recent grand opening of the new Metropolitan Library merits attention. Residents in adjoining neighborhoods, such as Capital View Manor, Adair Park and Sylvan Hills, hail the Metropolitan Library as a testament to the area’s revitalization. This library also reinforces the public commitment of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System to construct high-quality libraries with the passage of the AtlantaFulton Public Library System Bond Referendum in 2008. Local firm Smith Dalia Architects faced an interesting challenge when they were awarded the Metropolitan Library project. The project site for

the library featured the huge, longabandoned Capital View Baptist Church. As a firm with extensive experience in rehabilitating old structures like the Greystone in Piedmont Park, Smith Dalia and its lead architect Robyn Zurfluh, RA, along its partners AI3 and Craig Gaulden Davis, explored a range of design scenarios to save the old church. Numerous investigations and community meetings led to the conclusion that the best choice for the neighborhood and Fulton County was the construction of a new library at the site of the old church. Gayle Hunter Holloman, the AtlantaFulton Public Library System’s Interim Director of Library, Arts and Culture, praises how “the past became part of the future.” Zurfluh and her team salvaged granite from the exterior of the first floor of the Capital View Baptist Church to serve as outdoor seating and as an exterior wall finish for the new building. Four columns from the church draw visitors to a public plaza outside the entrance of the library. Back-lit stained glass from the church offers beautiful and noteworthy artwork at library entry. A set of church seats provide distinctive seating near the new copy and printing area.

Columns that once stood on the portico of Capital View Baptist Church now create an iconic gateway to the new library. The library was built on the site of the church.

Light fixtures from the old structure make new meeting spaces more memorable. For all the old features in the Metropolitan Library, this facility exudes best practices in new library design. The Metropolitan Library Branch Manager Mary Inman raves at the abundance of natural light inside The exterior of the Metropolitan Library. the structure, the visibility of different parts inside the library at the Melody L. Harclerode AIA, a circulation desk, and the beauty of this local architect, promotes the power of glassed building at nighttime. Residents architecture and design as the program enjoy using light-filled meeting spaces coordinator for the Arabia Mountain for neighborhood gatherings. From its Heritage Area Alliance (arabiaalliance. historic area in the City of Atlanta, the org) and the president of the Atlanta Metropolitan Library rises as inspiration Chapter of the American Institute of from the past and as hope for a brighter Architects (aiaatl.org). future.

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A 3,000-pound sculpture of Albert Einstein has been officially unveiled on Georgia Tech’s campus. It sits at one of the busiest corridors ­– the northwest corner of Tech Green near the Bunger-Henry Building. American artist Robert Berks made the sculpture. It is his third and final likeness of the scientist. One is housed at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. The second found a home at the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities.

Mayor Kasim Reed, Carolyn Young, Shan Cooper and Jack Sawyer pose at the St. Regis in Buckhead to promote the upcoming 32nd annual UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball on Dec. 19 at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown. Tickets for the event can be purchased at uncf.org.

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DECATUR - Work with the best in Stoney River Homes! Amazing home to feature rear entry drive under 2 car garage, full finished basement with mudroom, sunroom off master, open kitchen, great room with fireplace. 5Bed/4Bath $799,900 FMLS: 5599825 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

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MORNINGSIDE - Spacious all brick home with updated kitchen, updated master bathroom, Pella E-low windows, sunroom, media room, 9’ ceilings, 2 garages that will hold 4 cars. 5Bed/3.5Bath $799,900 FMLS: 5587970 Ed Woods 404-759-9680 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Wonderful renovation by Stan Dixon featuring full finished basement, custom built-in closet, open floor plan, wine cellar/tasting room, tons of storage, Hugh Dargan designed landscaping. 3Bed/3Bath $675,000 FMLS: 5589523 Nicole Davis 404-358-6252

ASHFORD PARK - Total renovation with hardwoods, 9’ ceilings, granite & SS in kitchen, separate dining room, vaulted master w/walk-in closet, whirlpool tub in mast bath, private deck. 3Bed/2.5Bath $549,000 FMLS: 5548636 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

LAKE CLAIRE - 4 sided brick with open floor plan, hardwood floors, garage, bonus room, cathedral ceilings in living/dining rooms, basement with tons of storage, back deck overlooking fenced yard. 4Bed/2Bath $409,900 FMLS: 5599626 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

MIDTOWN - City views! Large 1 Bedroom overlooking pool. Large south-facing balcony. Floor to ceiling windows. Granite and stainless steel open kitchen. Resort-like amenities. 1Bed/1Bath $250,000 FMLS: 5616079 Drew Cockerel 404-323-2273

LENOX PARK - Adorable home featuring open floor plan, granite & SS in kitchen, beautiful hardwoods, updated fixtures, partially finished basement, large private deck. Perfect home for entertaining! 3Bed/2Bath/2Half Bath $459,900 FMLS: 5614479 Bru Krebs 404-984-0243

BUCKHEAD - Gorgeous Tudor with modern upgrades throughout. Heated salt water pool serves as your private retreat. Chef’s kitchen, oversized master w/fireplace, hardwoods and new carpet, light filled sunroom. 5Bed/3.5Bath $650,000 FMLS: 5615649 Stephen Simonson 404-326-0876

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Sought after duplex in the heart of Virginia Highland. Hardwoods throughout, new roof, freshly painted in & out, walk-in closets, mudroom off kitchen, private fenced backyard. 2Bed/1Bath & 1Bed/1Bath $619,900 FMLS: 5612260 Melissa Stratton 404-713-5850

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MORNINGSIDE - Charming home featuring Chef’s kitchen w/custom cabinets, vintage doors/archways, new roof, HVAC & professional landscaping. Great backyard with cobble stone fire pit. 4Bed/3.5Bath $775,000 FMLS: 5615820 Febe Leiva 404-4354184 Gary Langley 404-245-7539

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - This double porch home w/ stepless entry through rear 2 car garage looks and lives like newer construction. Timeless design w/ gracious room sizes & open, flowing floor plan. 5Bed/4.5Bath $1,099,000 FMLS: 5602559 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

MORNINGSIDE - Not your typical 1920’s Tudor! Original tile floor in grand salon/LR. Separate library, family room and sun porch, too. All 4BRs/3.5BAs above grade w/private guest suite on the main. 2 car garage. $699,900 FMLS: 5600014 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

DUNWOODY - Situated on an idyllic lot, this Earl McMillan inspired Ann Smith design features beamed, coffered and tongue & groove ceilings, banquet dining rm, fireside fam rm, his/her closets, 2 Ironwood decks. 4Bed/3Bath/2Half Bath $649,000 FMLS: 5612981 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

LAKE CLAIRE - Wonderful opportunity with expansion potential up & down. Full daylight basement, beautiful lot that backs up to permanent wooded vistas, rear screened in porch and deck off master. 4Bed/3Bath $499,000 FMLS: 5605384 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

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