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Volume 18 Number 2 2012


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Downtown Update ...................................4 Around Downtown....................................6 A Look Back .............................................8 Keep It INtown: Downtown .....................11 Pets.........................................................12 Pet Rescue Organizations......................13 20 Under 20 Reception ..........................15 Summer Camps .....................................17 Living By Giving......................................17 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................18 Intown Runaround ..................................20 Beauty Tips from Annie ..........................20 No Scalpel Necessary ............................21 Street Fashion ........................................22

THE STUDIO Valentine’s Day Alternatives ...................23 INtown Datebook ...................................24 Tripster ....................................................24 Atlanta PlanIt ..........................................26 Books by Local Authors .........................27 The Thinking Artist ..................................29 Lost Tape Tales .......................................29

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REAL ESTATE Busting Market Myths ............................38 Real Estate Briefs ...................................41 Perspectives in Architecture ...................41

IN YOUR HOME Designing Women ..................................42 Decatur Old House Fair .........................43 The Bob Project Part 2 ...........................44 Before & After .........................................45 Renovation Coach..................................46


We met Vintage The Barbershop owner Herbert Williams when INtown was presented with a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council for our Keep It INtown campaign. We were charmed by the sharp suits Williams and his staff wore and his goal to preserve a slice of history at the Healey Building. When we decided to focus on Downtown, we knew Vintage was the perfect place for a cover shoot. We called on our photography contributor Cameron Adams, pictured right, for this assignment and he was able to catch the hustle and bustle of the shop. You can see more of his work on Page 22 in his regular Street Fashion column and at atlantastreetfashion.blogspot.com

Publisher Letter Cameron Adams, Collin Kelley and I went to Downtown’s retro barber shop, Vintage, for this month’s cover shot and it was like stepping back in time – complete with a Tom’s vending machine, antique leather chairs and people kicked-back feeling at home. Admittedly, I haven’t been into too many barbershops and now with no hair (from the chemo) I thought there wouldn’t be much service for me at one. But, I got cleaned-up, too. Doc went to work polishing my tired old boots and soon they were brought back to life. He says he’ll restore old purses and high heels, too, if you’re in the market. Just stop by the Healey Building and say hello. For more on Vintage, see page 6. I mentioned earlier that I don’t have hair, but it’ll soon come back because I just finished my last chemo session. By the time you’re reading this, I will have started radiation and I can see the finish line for my treatment plan. At our 20 Under 20 reception for the students we featured last month (see page 15), Robert from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School said, “I remember your name. My school has been praying for you all month.” Support has come in so many ways and in ways I couldn’t have predicted – thank you. And, INtown is so proud of our very own editor Collin Kelley for his Townsend Prize nomination. Read about his newest book on page 27.

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IN the Neighborhood Downtown Update Streetcar, The Gulch and future of Civic Center all on agenda FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

The Green Line

By Collin Kelley Editor Downtown Atlanta continues to grow and evolve as evidenced by the slate of projects – big and small – under way right now. According to Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson, one of the most talked about projects is the new streetcar line, which will ferry riders from Centennial Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District. In late January, 15 utility companies began moving wires and pipes and construction should be underway by spring. “The streetcar will be up and running by mid2013,” Robinson said. “That seems fast, but the coordination is more complicated than the actual construction. Once the building begins, it will happen quickly.” Four streetcars will make the 2.62 miles east-west loop along multiple streets, including Auburn Avenue. These will be the first streetcars in Atlanta since 1949. In other transportation-related news, the Georgia Department of Transportation received funding for a study on bringing high speed rail into the city for

a new multi-modal passenger terminal on the site called The Gulch. Located between Forsyth Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive, The Gulch is a below street level area created by viaducts during the heyday of freight and passenger trains in the city. The GDOT also signed a contract with a private development team consisting of Cousins Properties, The Integral Group and Forest City Enterprises to develop the area around the terminal station. The plan calls for condos, office buildings and retail space. Robinson said the reclamation of the The Gulch would be like what happened with Atlantic Station. Eventually, the terminal station would be the hub for a new commuter rail and intercity passenger rail services, as well as intercity, regional express and local buses. The station would also link to MARTA, since the Five Points station is just west of the site. “Figuring out how to connect MARTA rail to the hub is part of the study,” Robinson said. “We want to make it more appealing than the concrete bunker that it is now.” Also still in the mix is the Green Line, which would create a linear park from the State Capitol building to the World Congress Center and incorporate the new terminal station. The promenade is envisioned with

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paths, water features and plenty of new retail, office and living space. Also under discussion is the future of the Atlanta Civic Center on Piedmont Avenue. The 4,600-seat Tiffanyfacility built in 1967 still hosts regular concerts, theaterPersol productions and events, but thePolo adjoining space, formerly the SciTrek Museum, remains Ralph Lauren Woodruff Park Playground largely unused except for Kawasaki occasional touring exhibitions like The Titanic, Princess Diana Silhouette and King Tut treasures. and many more “The question is whether to revitalize it, enhance it, add something,” Robinson said. “We’re looking at all options. It’s an 18 acre site and it’s not being used to its full potential.” Kids will have something to look forward to this spring when a new playground opens at Woodruff Park. Jeff Santos of from British Columbia in Canada won an international Rendering of new Atlanta Streetcar design competition to design the playground and Bank of America provided funding for construction. Robinson said a bit more funding is needed, but the playground is expected to be ready in time for warmer weather. Other things Downtown dwellers and workers should look for this year: new planters in front of Peachtree Center and an improvement the timing for traffic signals. To keep up with all the ongoing Downtown projects, please visit atlantadowntown.com.

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Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley

Downtown Atlanta has always fascinated me. I remember as a child begging my parents to take me to the newly-opened Peachtree Plaza in 1976. The cylindrical hotel was, at the time, the tallest building in the southeast and one of the tallest hotels in the world. It towered like a rocket ship over Downtown. That visit to the Peachtree Plaza when I was 7 was the first trip to Downtown that I have total recall of because I was so excited. There was an indoor lake and elevators that zoomed you 73 stories high! On that same adventure, my parents also took me to the World of Sid & Marty Kroft, which used to be in the Omni Hotel building where CNN now has its headquarters. After that psychedelic adventure with H.R. Pufnstuf (He’s your friend when things get rough!), my little mind was totally blown. As a budding journalist in 1986, my first article was published in the Atlanta Weekly, the old Sunday magazine inside the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I had written about the early movement to save Margaret Mitchell’s apartment, The Dump, on Crescent Avenue. I was given a tour of the newsroom and went to lunch with the late, great Celestine KeepitINtown.com

Sibley at the Magnolia Room in the old Rich’s Department Store. Years before, I had ridden the Pink Pig monorail that circled the top of the building. These adventures Downtown, and many others, made me want to live in the city and now I do. While I miss the old Downtown, I’m excited about its future. The streetcar was long gone before I was born, so I’m looking forward to hopping on the new one at Auburn Avenue and riding it over to Centennial Park. My hope is that Atlanta will once again embrace the streetcar and have them all over the city. If you’ve ever ridden on the streetcars in San Francisco, Portland or New Orleans – it makes for a charming, fast way to get around town. I’m also a proponent of high-speed rail and I hope in my lifetime that I’ll be able to get on one of those trains at the new terminal in Downtown and be whisked away to Savannah in an hour. Although I gave up wanting to be an astronaut when I was 8 or 9, I still want to ride on a rocket.


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Around Downtown


Step back in time at Vintage The Barbershop At Vintage The Barber Shop, the barbers are smartly dressed in vests and ties, while the customers perch in antique swivel chairs. An ancient vending machine offers peanuts and snacks, while a drink machine has Cokes in the bottle. With the smell of powder and shaving cream wafting through the air, along with lively conversation, you might just think a time machine has whisked you back to the 1920s. Just down Forsyth Street from the Rialto Theater in the circa-1913 Healey Building, Vintage is owned by Herbert Williams, who bought the shop from original owner, Bill White, in 2004. Williams said he had a vision for the historic property and began collecting items for the shop. The shop has such an authentic look that it’s almost like a movie set. But on a recent Friday morning, every chair was filled with men of all ages getting shaves and haircuts, while the hosts of Internet radio show The Ugly Truth broadcasted live from the waiting area discussing politics and news of the day with customers. Customer Keith Harrison, who was getting a trim from Williams, said he’d been coming to Vintage for several years because of the “good service, conversation and camaraderie” he found at the shop. Vintage is located at 57 Forsyth St. You can set an appointment online at vintagehairgallery.com or call (404) 521-1451. The shop is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Herbert Williams and customer Keith Harrison

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Imperial Hotel renovations planned

A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell

The 102-year-old Imperial Hotel at 355 Peachtree Street in Downtown has been saved from foreclosure and is getting a new lease on life. Columbia Residential, an Atlantabased developer of multifamily affordable housing communities, and the Ohiobased nonprofit National Church Residences (NCR), worked with the State of Georgia and City of Atlanta throughout 2011 to purchase the property. Built in 1910, the Imperial has provided affordable housing, particularly to residents with special needs, since 1996. In the past few years, the building’s owner has fallen into financial difficulties and struggled to be able to afford needed repairs. The new owners will continue to serve low- to moderate-income residents exiting homelessness and others with special needs. The renovated building is expected to contain 90 fully renovated units, with improved floor plan configurations, fully updated leasing and management offices, resident amenities and spaces for case managers, service providers and onsite security. The extensive repairs will require a relocation of existing residents, but they will have the opportunity to return to the newly renovated building. In the meantime current residents will be provided with replacement housing and continuation of supportive services by Columbia and NCR staff.


Mobile professionals find space at 200-Office The historic 200 Peachtree building, former home to Davison’s/ Macy’s department stores, has become a go-to for wedding ceremonies, trade shows and other special events on its grand main floor and mezzanine level, but there’s much more happening on the upper floors. 200-Office (200-office.com), a cutting-edge, co-workspace for mobile professionals and budding entrepreneurs, opened last fall. The space provides broadband Internet, video conferencing, meeting rooms, scanning, photocopying and mail handling. In addition, 200-Office provides a highly comfortable work environment with cushy sofas and chairs, a variety of work settings and a Rising Roll Gourmet café. 200-Office is affordable with a monthly membership costing less than $60. Members are afforded full use of the facilities including Internet and are only charged for extras, such as video conferencing or meeting rooms, when actually used. With easy access to parking in an attached garage and MARTA’s Peachtree Center station directly across the street, 200-Office is accessible from throughout the entire metro Atlanta area.

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Feb. 2, 1896: James Tate, born a slave in Elberton County, was a successful Auburn Avenue merchant by 1896. During the 1860s, after settling in Atlanta, he became an entrepreneur and is regarded by many as a major innovator of successful black business in Atlanta. At his death in 1897, Tate was buried in historic Oakland Cemetery. An interpretive bronze relief of Tate’s image by sculptor Brian R. Owens is located on Auburn Avenue, west of Courtland Street. It was created in 1996 as a Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta project. Feb. 5, 1913: The will of Sue Harper Mims, founder of Atlanta’s Christian Science community, was filed for probation. Her bequeath from the sale of personal jewelry made possible the creation of the Sidney Lanier Monument unveiled in Piedmont Park on April 10, 1915. New York sculptor Edward Clark Potter, under the direction of Mary Day Lanier, the poet’s wife, molded the bronze bust. New York’s Carrère & Hastings designed the Tennessee marble base and inscribed the opening of Lanier’s “Centennial Meditation of Columbia.” It remained in its niche in Piedmont Park until threats of vandalism occurred in 1996. Then Oglethorpe University, Lanier’s alma mater—class of 1860—became the caretaker. On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 the 3 p.m. rededication celebration will return Georgia’s poet back to Piedmont Park. The public is invited to this free event made possible through the partnership of the Atlanta Preservation Center, Piedmont Park Conservancy and Oglethorpe University. For more information, call (404)688-3353. Feb. 13, 1911: Madame Sissieretta Jones, known as “The Black Patti,” performed at Atlanta’s Central Theater in a production titled, A Trip to Africa. It was her eighth tour to the city. The reputation of her phenomenal voice preceded her Atlanta

Grand Opera House premiere in January 1895. During her career years —1888 to 1915—she sang for Presidents Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. She also played Carnegie Hall four times. Madame Jones disliked “The Black Patti” moniker – a theatrical journal’s dub – but comparison to Adelina Patti, the Italian-American prima donna, sold tickets and nurtured opportunity. Her final Atlanta bow was on Marietta Street at the Orpheum. “Whether Sissieretta Jones was the greatest black performer of the nineteenth century is a matter of speculation,” said author Rosalyn M. Story in her study of African American divas titled, And so I Sing, “but there can be no doubt of her enormous celebrity.” Feb. 20, 1892: “The Battle of Atlanta” painting, created in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by German and Polish artists under the direction of Wilhelm Wehner, officially opened in Atlanta to members of the press, city council members and other VIPs. The venue was a drum-shaped building on the north side of Edgewood Avenue between Courtland and Piedmont avenues. Many in the audience had actually participated in the battle on that hot, humid day on July 22, 1864. The next day it was opened to the public. The unanimous consent of those attending was “it is the grandest work of art on exhibition.” The painting is now the centerpiece of the Cyclorama at Grant Park. Feb. 27, 1868: The Georgia Constitutional Convention named Atlanta the capital of Georgia. Have information about Atlanta history to share with Ann Boutwell? Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net

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Kyle Kessler

Why I Love Downtown

We asked Kyle Kessler, architect and Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association vicepresident, to tell us what he loves about living in his neighborhood.

Downtown is everyone’s neighborhood, and some of us are lucky enough to also call it home. It’s a community that welcomes visitors and locals where Atlanta’s unique past, present, and future meet. Downtown is the center of it all – whether you’re talking about business, government, tourism, sports, art, shopping, transportation, education, dining, or pretty much anything else. It has a rich abundance of history, buildings, streets, people, stories, and history that you can’t find anywhere else.

Where to Eat

Everything on the menu at Lunacy Black Market (lunacyblackmarket.com) on Mitchell Street is delicious, so skip the menu entirely and let owners Paul and Cynthia cook whatever they want. Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with foods you previously refused to eat. Get to know the locals by heading to Sidebar (sidebaratlanta.com), which is cleverly located across Poplar Street from the US Court of Appeals. Order “The Downtowner” pressed sandwich with a side of tots. You can grab a seat outside, but don’t block the alley. When the weather’s nice, head to Centennial Olympic Park where you can enjoy a burger and fries from Googie Burger (googieburger.com) while watching kids of all ages play in the Fountain of Rings. Don’t forget to leave room for a PB&J or peach milkshake. For a little more romance, head for the lofty interiors at Peasant Bistro (peasantatl. com) overlooking the

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park. You can’t go wrong with the French onion soup and a glass of Pinot Gris. If you’re in a rush, Yumm Teriyaki (yummteriyakiatlanta.com) at the corner of Peachtree and MLK is a quick-service, cooked-to-order hibachi restaurant. They’re open late seven days a week and offer delivery if you’re tied up elsewhere in the city.

Where to Shop

While there are farmers’ market popping up in neighborhoods all over town, Downtown’s recently-renovated Sweet Auburn Curb Market (sweetauburncurbmarket.com) has been the best place to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and fish since it opened in 1924. If you can’t wait to get home, the market also houses many up-and-coming local restaurants and regularly hosts food trucks. Housed in the historic Concordia Hall, Friedman’s Shoes (largefeet.com) has the largest selection of shoes you’re ever likely to see. With three floors filled with footwear ranging from size 7 to size 22, if the shoe fits… Paul McCartney was so inspired by the Run Devil Run available at Miller’s Rexall (millersrexall.com) on Broad Street that he wrote a song about it and put the store on the album cover. Even if you’re not in the market for a hoodoo remedy, don’t be surprised to find an old-fashion medicine, ointment, or Sidebar balm you’ll recognize from your grandparents’ medicine cabinet. The new and vintage furniture at Context (contextgallery.com) is museum-worthy, so feel free to window shop or step inside the showroom to be educated on contemporary design that you can touch without getting in trouble. You don’t have to buy a ticket for the World of Coca-Cola (worldofcoca-cola.com) to visit the gift shop. Be sure to check out the jewelry made from recycled Coke bottles and cans made by local artist Kathleen Plate.

Coming Up

Local galleries, studios, and lofts stay open late for the First Thursday Art Walk (downtownfirstthursdays.com). It’s a great way to unwind after work while getting a little exercise. Theatrical Outfit (theatricaloutfit.org) is performing Red, the Tony Award-winning play about artist Mark Rothko, throughout February at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s - the country’s first LEEDcertified “green” theater. Theatrical Outfit There’s not a bad seat in Miller’s Rexall the house, and you’ll want to stick around for the talkback sessions after select performances. Who knew Darth Vader was Irish? Don’t forget to wear green as you watch leprechauns, bagpipers, dancers, and Imperial Stormtroopers march down Peachtree Street in Atlanta’s 130th Sweet Auburn Curb Market St. Patrick’s Day Parade (stpatsparadeatlanta.com).

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Athletic Club North East, Artists to the Rescue and painter Elizabeth Osborne will present new works in the lobby gallery on Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will benefit Village Vets Rescue. There will be wine, snacks and drawings for club gifts. Artists to the Rescue partners with organizations and artists to raise funds for homeless pets. Their mission is to help as many animals as possible, support artists and provide opportunities for community partners. The club is located at 1515 Sheridan Road.

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can vary depending on the type and size of animal and who will take care of the pet. Sometimes adoption fees include vaccinations and various testing. The rescues listed below either have stated no-kill policies or relieve shelters that do have kill policies. If you have the time and interest, many shelters would love to meet reliable, animal-loving volunteers and all of them welcome your donations.

Barking Hound Village Foundation Fulton County Animal Services

If there is one thing we don’t have a shortage of in Atlanta, it is pets in need of homes. Whether abandoned or surrendered by owners who could no longer care for them, rescues offer an array of cats and dogs for families to choose from. We’ve rounded up information on several that work to place good pets in good homes. Be sure to check each organization’s website for adoption process specifics. Age requirements and application questions


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860 Marietta Blvd. NW (404) 613-0358 or bhvf.org Animals: Dogs and Cats Fees: Dogs, $85; cats, $65. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Friday,11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Good to know: Barking Hound Village Foundation, Inc. manages Fulton County Animal Services. In addition to adoptions, the foundation also offers training classes and counseling to ensure new owners get the best experience with their pets.

Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption 720 14th St. NW (404) 815-6680 or atlantapetrescue.org Animals: Toy, small, medium, cats and large dogs.

Fees: Most dogs, $275; some purebred dogs, $325 -$425; most cats, $125 Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon -5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Good to know: According to their website, most of Atlanta Pet Rescue’s pets are small dogs under 25 pounds. Adoption fees include extensive veterinary care, and animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and treated for fleas and intestinal parasites before being made available for adoption.

Atlanta Humane Society Howell Mill Campus 981 Howell Mill Rd. NW (404) 875-5331 or atlantahumane.org Animals: Assorted dogs; cats. Fees: Puppies six months of age or younger: $225; dogs older than six months: $175; kittens under one year: $100; cats over one year: $75. Hours: Monday, noon -4 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Good to know: Must be 18 years old. Weekends are busy and you may have to wait more than an hour, especially in the afternoons, so please be prepared.

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(770) 593-1155 or pawsatlanta.org Animals: Assorted dogs and cats Fees: Puppies six months of age or younger: $225; dogs older than six months: $175; kittens under one year: $100; cats over one year: $75. Hours: Monday, noon – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m. Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Good to know: PAWS also offers a nice deal for seniors aged 65 and over — if you adopt a dog that is seven years or older, you’ll get 25 percent off of the adoption fee, plus 10 percent off medications sold at the rescue.

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Summer Camp Ideas beyond crafts and team sports By Collin Kelley Editor It might be winter, but spring and summer will be here before you know it and

kids will be clamoring for something to do. If you want to sign your kids up for a camp experience, don’t wait. Spring break and summer camps have started filling up early, so the time is now. We’ve rounded up a guide to some of the metro’s more interesting camps that have a special focus. Piedmont Park Camp Fit will be held June 4 to Aug. 3 with a focus on fighting childhood obesity and getting participants physically active. Fit camp will also include a nutrition component with daily cooking activities. For more information and to register, visit piedmontpark.org.

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Georgia Aquarium’s Camp H20 will offer up close and personal animal encounters, behind-the-scenes explorations and much more for first through sixth graders this spring and summer. Visit georgiaaquarium. org to sign up and for more details. Emagination Computer Camp will be held

on the Mercer University Atlanta campus in June and July. There’s even overnight camping opportunities and a session especially for kids interested in game design. Visit computercamps.org to register. Atlanta International School Summer Language Camps offer students from age 5 to Grade 5 the chance to learn French, Spanish, German, Chinese and English as a Second Language during July. Visit aischool.org for details. The Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensives offer challenging courses which emphasize technique, artistry and performance. AB’s artistic director, John McFall, Sharon Story and additional master teachers lead the classes. Visit atlantaballet.com for information. Circus Camp will teach kids magic, aerial techniques and more at locations in Dunwoody, Decatur and Sandy Spring from June to August. The camp has become very

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popular, so register now at circuscamp.org. The Atlanta History Center Summer Camp will bring history into focus with games, stories, outdoor expeditions and interactive exhibitions. Space is limited, so register early at atlantahistorycenter.com. The Center for Disease Control Detective Camp is perfect for the future scientist, with week-long immersive sessions for rising high school juniors and seniors to learn about epidemiology and public health. Register at cdc.gov. The Alliance Theatre Summer Drama Camps for kindergardeners through seniors will give the budding actor or actress and intensive look at acting for the stage and camera. Register at alliancetheatre.org. Email collin@atlantaintownpaper.com with any camps we may have left off – we’d love to hear from you!

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If you travel extensively for work, there are still ways you can give back even while just visiting. I recently ran into a couple of Ringling Brothers Circus clowns at an event and was excited to learn the show was coming to town in February. This run-in also inspired me to learn more about how they give back, knowing they visit a new town every week. First, I learned the key to their giving is to find a relevant and pressing matter that can have a lasting impact in that particular community. This ensures that their impact remains, even after they leave. Just last year, when the Ringling Brothers Circus came to town, they were able to make a donation to the KIPP WAYS Academy, after a fire gutted their building in 2010. KIPP WAYS has a successful fine arts program and the fire destroyed all of their instruments and equipment. Understanding the impact of this devastation, the Ringling Brothers made a sizable contribution to the school and even had the show’s ringmaster visit the school to spend time with the students. In every community they visit, Ringling Brothers KeepitINtown.com

performers also make time to visit institutions such as local hospitals, senior centers and schools to help engage these groups in fun and educational programming. Just putting a smile on someone’s face is certainly giving back joy and they do so to people who can’t get to the show. When the Ringling Brothers Circus finds a community partner they can really get behind, the entire show commits to hosting them in each community. This is the case with the Center for the Visually Impaired and the “tactile tour” hosted at the arena. This private experience on the arena floor allows visually impaired students to experience the circus through touch, sound and smell. I particularly love this idea for its creative approach that certainly improves the lives of those who otherwise may never get to experience “The Greatest Show on Earth.” If you travel throughout the year and find it hard to give back to the local communities you visit, here are three tips you can take from the clowns and crew of the Ringling Brothers Circus: • Check out a local paper and find a problem or issue that you can help address either through volunteering your time or making a donation. • Identify the time you have available to help. Building the activity around your schedule will help you commit routinely even if you do change cities. • Find a cause that fits your “personality” – a skill or expertise that you can lend to a group or an individual in need. Make this time away from home feel like home. The Ringling Brothers Circus will be at Philips Arena Feb.15-20 and at the Arena at Gwinnett Feb. 2326. More information on tickets and show times can be found by visiting. RINGLING.com.

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Health & Wellness Briefs Register now for the 28th annual Hunger Walk/Run on Sunday, March 11, at Turner Field. The 5k walk/run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits with hunger relief programs: Action Ministries-United Methodists; Episcopal Charities Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, and St. Vincent De Paul Society. Gates open at Noon; both the walk and run begin at 2 p.m. Register as a team or individual online at HWR2012.org

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The City of Atlanta Department of Recreation has partnered with fitness tech start-up, peerFit, to help connect people all over the city with their fitness options. The goal of the campaign, Project Atlanta: Get Up, Get Fit, is to increase attendance in group fitness classes across the entire community. peerFit’s web site and mobile app allows users to quick search for group fitness classes based on their fitness interests. Visit peerFit.com for more. Atlanta Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Atlanta Medical Center is one of 15 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Chairman’s category, the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data

provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. CorrectMed Pediatrics is now open at 1418 Scott Boulevard in Decatur. The familyrun office offers primary care, urgent care, adolescent GYN and is open on the weekends. The team includes David Goo, MD, a pediatric emergency physician with 25 years of experience at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, his daughter, Jessica Doyle, MD, the primary care pediatrician (who also graduated from Emory), and his wife, Susan Doyle, CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife). Susan has 20 years of gynecology experience and will be providing adolescent gynecologic care. For more information, visit correctmed.com. Atlanta-based Carticept Medical, a developer of products for the treatment of cartilage injuries and osteoarthritis has has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market its Navigator Delivery System (Navigator DS) in the United States. The Navigator DS is a computer-controlled drug delivery system with integrated ultrasound guidance designed to increase the efficiency, accuracy and safety of administering pain-relieving medications for joint pain.carticept.com

5K Races Team in Training at Georgia Tech 5K is Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m., at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the campus. The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Fee is $20. Register active.com. For the Love of Kids Virtual Run is Tuesday, Feb. 14, starting at 11:59 p.m. Runners make a donation to support Hole in the Wall camps for seriously ill children then run in their favorite spot. Registration is $25 for the 5K at active.com. Piedmont Park 5K is Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 a.m. The sign-up fee is $20. The course is completely flat and good for beginners. Walkers welcome. Register at active.com. 2012 LaAmistad Buckhead 5K is Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. at the gym at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road. Registration closes on Feb. 23. Cost is $25 and $10 for those 18 and under. Register at peachtreepres.org.


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Attorney by day, hockey player by night Druid Hills resident Brennan Bolt is a labor and employment attorney at McKenna Long & Aldridge by day. By night he and his wife Michelle dote on their two young boys, Ewan and Nolan. And a couple of late nights a week he grows a beard and plays some hockey. As it turns out, not all hockey left town with the Thrashers.

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So, why hockey? Flat puck, small goal, thin skates, cold, hard ice… My college roommate had played when he was younger and had decided to get back into it. Since I enjoyed watching hockey, I decided to give it a try as well. We started going to stick times, which are basically “pick up” hockey. When I finally entered the real world, my boss encouraged me to sign up and actually play on a team. The rest, as they say, is history – I am now captain of my team.

What is the hockey haircut du jour? Is it still all business on top and party in the back? The mullet is and always will be the staple, but nowadays any style of long hair and a beard will do.

There are seven different levels to the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League (www. atlantahockey.org ). Is anybody playing ALTA anymore? Where do all these games take place? Can’t speak for ALTA, but we play at The Cooler in Alpharetta, the Ice Forum in Cumming and the Marietta Ice Center. Those of us that live in town are still waiting for Philips Arena to book our games to replace the Thrashers. I suspect we’ll be

Can individuals sign up and join the league? Yes, but there are evaluations and even a draft. I’m embarrassed to say that I was not drafted the first time I signed up with this league.

How do you expect your team, Army Mules, to fair this year? We should make the playoffs but once they start anything can happen. One season we were the top seed and were the first team eliminated. Another season we were the last seed and won it all. Teams really turn it up a notch and the games are taken a lot more seriously. Will you encourage your sons to take up hockey when they are old enough? No, living in the South, football and baseball are more likely to have a better rate of return for my wife’s and my retirement plan. However, if they choose hockey, we certainly won’t discourage them. Our oldest,

who is two and a half, is already interested in ice skating. We got him a pair of skates and a hockey helmet for Christmas and have taken him skating two times already. He loves it. Were you bummed out when the Thrashers jetted out of town for Winnipeg? Absolutely. Games at Philips were always entertaining regardless of the outcome, and watching hockey live is so much better than on television. While we still have the Gwinnett Gladiators, it’s a shame that Atlantans can no longer watch the premiere players from the NHL.

Ok, Bolt round! What’s the better movie: Slap Shot or The Cutting Edge? Favorite ice Olympian: Mike Eruzione or Dorothy Hamill? Post-game beverage: Labatt’s or Molson? Definitely Slap Shot and Eruzione. The Hanson Brothers from Slap Shot are classic. As for beer, I’d probably say Labatt’s. Speaking of beer and hockey, how could you leave off Strange Brew, you hoser?

Ever get mistaken for being Canadian? Uh, no. If you watch me play hockey, you will understand how that would be impossible to do.

I don’t know! How do you not pick Dorothy Hamill? She’s cute as a button!

Well, I have a Canadian friend – let’s call him Batman –  who leaves the wife and kids to “play hockey” at very strange hours and some suspect that he runs an international pyramid scheme. You’re an attorney, care to speculate? Our games do sometimes start after 10 p.m. during the week. But if you want to see if “Batman” really does play hockey, ask to see where he stores his equipment. Hockey equipment is notorious for its stench, so if the room doesn’t smell, you’ll know that something is up.

Who should Tim interview for INtown Runaround? Send your suggestions to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com and we’ll get the message to Tim

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Beauty Is Nearer Than You Think By Annie Kinnett Nichols

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Not that I’m vain, but I’m vain. And what I’ve learned from my part-time job at Lux salon at Studioplex is that you can look awesome and it’s not that hard. You just need the right people to teach you the skills to make yourself gorgeous. Here are a few friends of mine that can change the way you look and feel about yourself. This applies to guys as well as girls.

waiting to happen.” When she’s not playing bass guitar, Charlene is the “Curl Whisperer.” She has fallen in love with a product called Deva Curl and, for the first time in her 20 years of cutting, she’s got a product that turns her hair (which is nothing but curls) into gorgeous locks. She can teach you how to make your frizz turn into curly, wavy sensational hair.

Curls, Curls, Curls I have an amazing hair stylist, Charley Soderbergh, who is the owner of Lux. I have been this man’s client and close friend since the early ‘90s. I use to fly in from Chicago and New York once or twice a year just to get my hair cut by him. Charley is the only man on the planet that has figured out how to cut my hair and have it look, dare I say, great. Now that I’m working for him, I’m learning a ton from all the stylists that work there. One is you can make curls come out of frizz. My go-to-girl for curl, is Charlene Owen, whose mantra is “frizz is just curl

Cosmetics That Make You REAL Pretty My friend Louie Lieberman cuts and colors like an artist at Lux among other amazing things. He is phenomenal with cosmetics. He can make you look naturally gorgeous, heroin chic rock star or anything your heart desires. He can help guys and girls do tiny things that make the biggest differences in the way you look. Bring a picture in of a look you like and you’ll see what I’m talking about. When I use to get dolled up, I’d put my makeup on just like I was taught in 9th grade. No more. Louie has taught me how to do a little magic and make a lot of difference.

The Facial From God Charley’s salon use to be on Bonaventure and he had a spa, too. When he moved to Studioplex he didn’t have room for the spa and the people that worked there didn’t want to be far away so they started their own place at ReTreat. Nguyen does nails that are perfection, Jo Jameson gives massages to die for and Adrian Benson gives the facials from God. My mom has beautiful skin, so I’ve never been that worried. but I’ve started seeing my face change and who better to help me than the woman who can do no wrong. She can teach you an easy skin regime to do at home that takes years from your face. After a facial, I feel rested, pampered and pretty. If you have never had a facial (I’m talking to men, too) – book an appointment immediately. Stay tuned for more places and people that make ATL my favorite city of cities. Lux Studio is located at Studioplex, 659 Auburn Ave, Suite 151. luxstudio.com KeepitINtown.com

No Scalpel Necessary A look at non-invasive anti-aging procedures By Taylor Arnold By now most of us have heard of Botox and facelifts, and some of us may even be familiar with the various laser treatments available today. But with so many medical spas touting the latest and greatest in anti-aging treatments, it can be tough to know what’s what. Read on as we round up this season’s best non-invasive procedures and get the latest information from the experts at some of the city’s top medical spas.

Natural Body Spa This February, Natural Body Spa (naturalbody.com) is unveiling a new procedure called Contour Ultra. “We call it muscle re-education,” says founder and CEO Cici Coffee. “It’s a piece of equipment you might see at a chiropractor’s office. The microcurrent works to tighten the skin, so it is like a non-invasive facelift.” Contour Ultra helps with lymphatic drainage, preventing the body from processing toxins like pollution and smoke that show signs of aging on the skin. It also improves blood flow and tightens the pores, giving you a more youthful glow. And the best part? “It can prolong a surgical procedure for years,” Coffee says. “I equate it more to working out in the gym. If you do the same thing all the time, you won’t get new results. This teaches muscles to contract the same way they did when you were younger.” The treatment comes without the pain or discomfort of a surgical procedure, so all you’ll feel is a tingly sensation. A series of 10 will give you a sixmonth youthful appearance, reversing what Coffee calls “inflamm-aging.” “If you can take puffiness away, you remove the sagging and tighten up face,” she says. “This can take five or 10 years off of your appearance.”

Oculus Plastic Surgery Known as the “Botox Expert,” Dr. Harvey “Chip” Cole is one of the nation’s leading instructors of this popular non-surgical procedure. In addition Botox, he offers a variety of non-invasive anti-aging treatments at Oculus Plastic Surgery (oculuscosmetic.com), where he serves as medical director. “I like to refer to Botox and dermal fillers as bridge procedures,” he explains. “They will help improve the appearance of fine lines and restore volume loss until you are ready for the surgical step.” Oculus Plastic Surgery also offers IPL photofacials, a procedure that uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to target things like blemishes, broken capillaries, neck redness, and age spots. In other words, it jumpstarts the skin’s natural cellular activity, leaving you with a younger, healthier look. “The advantage of these procedures is people are able to still look like themselves for a longer period of time,” Dr. Cole says. “With more traditional procedures people tend to look better, but different. They don’t quite look like themselves, which can oftentimes be unsettling at first. By doing lower maintenance procedures over a steady period of time you can put off invasive procedures and still look like you.”

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and resurfaces the skin by removing dead skin cells and stimulating tissue to produce collagen and elasticity. Facial peels also serve as a recommended alternative to invasive skin treatments.” Spa Sydell’s SLC peel is a favorite among aestheticians and clients alike. This anti-aging pigment peel helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate acne inflammation and help with collagen production. The vitamin C peel and the triad peel are good alternatives to this treatment as well. In the winter months, Walsh also recommends body resurfacing, as it helps remove dead, flaky skin. “It is essentially a body polish that uses an exfoliant of vitamin C-coated crystals activated with lactic acid to remove dead skin,” she says. “After the exfoliant is rinsed off, a moisturizing lotion is applied revealing soft, glowing skin.”

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While Kai The Medical Spa (kaimedspa.com) boasts a variety of anti-aging treatments including Fraxel and photofacials, it is their new VI peel that has owner Grace Choung Davidson really excited this season. “It’s a new generation peel unlike any other you might have experienced,” she says. “This reverses the effects of sun damage, environmental factors and time, to enhance your skin’s natural beauty.” The VI peel is also highly effective in clearing acne and impurities for patients as young as 12 years old. A series of treatments may reduce acne scars, too. “This peel improves the tone and texture of the skin,” Davidson explains. “It also reduces or eliminates hyperpigmentation and melasma, as well as pore size. It softens lines and wrinkles and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin for firmer skin.” There is little to no down time with this type of peel, and it is less painful than some of the deeper peels. And while many peels are not safe on darker skin types, this is safe and effective for all skin types. It also works well in conjunction with lasers and injectables.



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Ideas to make your Valentine’s Day unique Tina Chadwick One billion. That’s how many boxes of chocolate are bought for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. That’s also the amount of Valentines cards sent out worldwide each year. If you don’t want to add to the numbers of the ordinary, here are a few ways to have a little bit of fun that will earn you a few points

com) at the Gold Room, where singles are To experience something out of in the originality column and make a good encouraged to come party it up in the name this world, The Center for Puppetry story when you get the inevitable question, of being on the rebound. Arts (puppet.org) is performing Space, a “Do anything cool for Valentine’s Day?” If you want to give a little love back, galactic romp through outer space for a Many, if not most, of Atlanta’s finer Stacy Levy, a criminal defense attorney in little fact and fantasy. Fernbank Science eateries have wonderful prix-fixe menus. Atlanta, offers the good idea to volunteer. Center (fsc.fernbank.edu) has three cool The tradition of eating a special meal She attends the Sweetheart Dance at Breman opportunities to look to the heavens, with on Valentine’s Day dates back to ancient Jewish House (medical care facility) not as a “Sky Tonight”, a guided tour of the planets Romans who held a feast on Feb. 14 in volunteer in the traditional sense, but as the and constellations, “Moonwatchers” to honor of the goddess of women and actual date of a resident there. “I really, really hear about he changing faces of the moon marriage, Juno. In medieval times, girls ate according to African lore, and “Night Lights” enjoy it. I get to dress up, have fun and go bizarre foods on Valentine’s Day to make home happy.” to explore this phenomenon in Africa. them dream of their future spouse. No matter where you decide to go, in If you’d like to focus more on finding But instead of being served, you preparation for your big night of love out a Valentine, RSVP ATL has their Annual could have a restaurant-quality dinner on the town, take advantage of I Heart Cupid’s Prey Party (rsvpatl.com) at Cosmo/ in the uniquely romantic setting of your Wax at Wax (wax-atlanta.com) in Inman Lava where every girl gets a lock and every own choice. Pick up Star Provisions’s Park where a Valentine’s package includes a guy gets a key – the first 25 to find their fit (starprovisions.com) signature mise heart-shaped bikini wax and box of pink or get champagne – and maybe more. en place dinner for two. It’s a complete red Betty dye! For those with a bitter taste for the Valentine’s Day dinner including how to With love, INtown. day of love and romance, The Bert Show heat it all up just right. For the heady allure is hosting The Bitter Ball (goldroomatl. of the outdoors, Atlanta Botanical Garden (atlantabotanicalgarden.org) offers drinks, dancing and dessert surrounded by beautiful orchids and seductive candlelight. Not quite ready to go so intimate as a one-on-one cozy dinner? You can hit the High Museum of Art (high.org) forT S & C U L T U R E AR the Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibit complete with champagne, dancing and music. In keeping the culture, Atlanta Ballet (atlantaballet.com) hosts a Twyla Thorp world-premier performance of The Princess & The Goblin. As for those of you who are in love with laughter, visit Dad’s Garage Theatre (dadsgarage.com) for Garage a Trois, a variety show of themed sketches, improve songs and some naughty on stage action. Sketchworks (sketchworkscomdey.com) is An impressive showcase of work by 275+ famed and emerging artists always a good time with its winter show, from around the world benefiting ART PAPERS’ award-winning programs. Deadliest Sketch and their offering two for one “couples tickets” if you mention Atlanta INtown. Collectors’ Preview Art Auction & Party

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Tony Awards and two Grammys, and is best known for interpreting and originating the roles in Stephen Sondheim classics such as Sunday in the Park With George, Song and Dance and Into the Woods. atlantasymphony.org.

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will be held at the Mason Murer Fine Art gallery in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event benefits the participating artists and Art Papers magazine, exhibits and education programs. Both famed and emerging artists will have work in the auction. Tickets are $40 per person in advance at artpapers.org or $50 at the door.

Feb. 2-4

The 41st annual Cathedral Antique Show is Feb. 2-4 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, in Buckhead. The Cathedral will be filled with many highly respected exhibitors offering a wide variety of beautiful 18th, 19th and early 20th century antiques. Visitors can discover exquisite and unique porcelain, furniture, jewelry, rugs, art, silver and much more. There are numerous related activities including the Inspiration House, lectures and more. To see the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit cathedralantiques.org.

Tripster Events, Fun & Festivals

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Gala with Bernadette Peters will be held at the Woodruff Arts Center, Symphony Hall on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Film and stage star Peters has won seven



The Grant Park Cooperative Preschool Annual Auction will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 to 10 p.m. at The Jane, 437 Memorial Drive, opposite Oakland Cemetery. Open to the public, GPCP welcomes parents and singles alike for a night of food, beverages, auction fun and live music from Yacht Rock Schooner. Auction items are expected to include vacation home getaways, gift certificates, artwork from local artists and more. Tickets are $35 for VIP, $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Purchase advance tickets online at gpcp.org.

Feb. 25 The first annual Black History Month Parade will be held in the historic Sweet Auburn District on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. The parade celebrates the culture, heritage, history and accomplishments of Black Americans in the United States and across the world. The event will feature marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, civic groups, non-profits, celebrities, corporate groups, entertainment and fun for the whole family. Additional festivities will include live entertainment performing modern music, live arts performers & artist, public speakers, comedians,

food, beverages, art and family oriented programs.            

March 4

The inaugural Intown Ten Road Race is set for Sunday, March 4, through the streets of Virginia Highland and Morningside. The race is the only USATF certified 10K in Northeast Atlanta, and all proceeds will benefit John Howell Park at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Barnett Street. The race is chip timed and is one of the last opportunities for a qualifying time prior to the Peachtree Road Race application period. The race begins at 8 a.m., and registration at Active.com is $40 thereafter. intownten.com    


Theatrical Outfit and Georgia State University are co-hosting the second annual Southern Writers Onstage series, organized by Pearl McHaney. Presented four Mondays at 7:30 p.m. February through April at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Featuring work by Southern writers Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner and original music. Performers include the New Agrarians, E. Roger Mitchell, Kim Brockington and John Maxwell. See the full schedule at theatricaloutfit.org.

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1) The Savannah Book Festival has suddenly become a big player in the literary scene and has scored some serious coups for the 5th annual event from Feb. 15-19. Horror legend Stephen King will make a rare appearance as will Steve Jobs biographer (pictured above) Walter Issacson and bestselling favorites Pat Conroy, Brad Thor and Tayari Jones. See the full details about the festival at savannahbookfestival.org. 2) Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Fanfest will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the

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Hall of Fame Building in Macon. There will be a meet and greet with the inductees, book signings, talks and more. 2012 inductees include Jack Bauerle, Sally Smalley Bell, Bob Boylston, Tracy Ham, Cliff Kimsey and John Smoltz. For more information, visit gshf.org. 3) The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is always an interesting place to visit, but the new 100 Years of Van Braun: His American Journey exhibition now through March 23 is more incentive. From his years as a scientist for the Nazis to becoming the

leader of rocket technology for NASA, the exhibit features models, photos and other artifacts. ussrc.com 4) If you’ve never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you’re missing one of the greatest spectacles in the country. The parades and parties go on all month long, but Mardi Gras Day, on Feb. 21 is the biggest day with the entire city joining in the celebration. Visit neworleansonline.com to see the full schedule of this year’s events.

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta features the World Premiere of “Psalm 46” by Georgia Tech Chorale Director Jerry Ulrich and Handel’s beloved cantata “Dixit Dominus.” February 4. $15 to $20. atlantabaroque.org

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

Visual Arts & Museums Watershed: Photographs by Jeff Rich: The photographs by Jeff Rich in this exhibit at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery highlight the relationship between the land, the water and man within the Mississippi River watershed. Opens February 3. Admission is free. jenniferschwartzgallery.com Urban Works: This exhibit at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center features paintings by Christina Bray that depict a fascination with Atlanta’s many abandoned old commercial buildings and the graffiti they have recently attracted. Opens February 3. Admission is free. callanwolde.org The Glass Ceiling Shattered: Celebrate Alan Avery Art Company’s 30th anniversary at this exhibit featuring works by three American women artists who have played significant roles in the history of art. Closes February 10. Admission is free. alanaveryartcompany.com Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment: This exhibit at the Atlanta History Center examines the rich history and cultural significance of the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem and features historic and contemporary costumes, playbills, music scores, and more. Daily. $11 to $16.50. atlantahistorycenter.com Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism: This exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University displays many different types of mandalas, which are created as artistic aids for meditation in the

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Buddhist religion. Closed Monday. $6 to $8. carlos.emory.edu

Performing Arts Red: Presented by Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, this winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play paints a raw, provocative and electrifying portrait of modernist painter Mark Rothko. Opens February 1. $15 to $40. theatricaloutfit.org Romeo and Juliet: Join the Atlanta Shakespeare Company as they celebrate their 13th anniversary of performing this play about young lovers, feuding families and one friar with good intentions. Opens February 2. $12 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Seussical the Musical: This show at Fabrefaction Theatre is a fantastical, magical extravaganza that brings to life all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. February 3 through February 5. $13 to $18. fabrefaction.org The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls: In this eighth winner of the Alliance Theatre’s nationally recognized Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, things get seriously dicey for Annie, a 20-year-old American living in Moscow, when the lines between Russian fairytales and her reality start to blur. February 3 through February 26. $25 to $30. alliancetheatre.org A Prelude to Super Bowl XLVI – Psalms XLVI and CX: Presented by Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and The Georgia Tech Chamber Chorus, this

Ruth and the Green Book: Chronicling a relatively unknown chapter in Civil Rights history, this show at the Center for Puppetry Arts follows an African American family as they travel from Chicago to Alabama in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. February 7 through February 26. $25. puppet.org Trey Anastasio: This Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert with guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio, known for his work with the rock band Phish, will feature orchestrations of classic Phish songs and his solo compositions. February 9. $39 to $89. atlantasymphony.org The Boychick Affair: Presented by Company J at the MJCCA, this hilarious interactive event at the Morris and Rae Frank Theatre follows a young rap wannabe as he becomes a man in front of his wacky, but loving, family at his Bar Mitzvah. Tickets include a delicious meal! February 9 through February 12. $25 to $35. companyjatl.org Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin: Come experience this World Premiere of Twyla Tharp’s familyfriendly ballet about a courageous girl who confronts the trials of coming of age presented by Atlanta Ballet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. February 10 through February 19. $20 to $120. atlantaballet.com The Music of Johnny Mercer & Friends: Hard-bop trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden joins jazz vocalist Maria Howell as they perform with the Georgia State University Jazz Band at this concert celebrating Johnny Mercer’s life and work at the Rialto Center for the Arts. February 11. $25 to $51. rialtocenter.org Valentine’s Baroque Recital: This Valentine’s Day-themed concert at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art features Nancy Schechter on baroque violin and Raisa Isaacs on harpsichord playing chamber music by Frescobaldi, Froberger and Bach. February 11. $10. oglethorpe.edu/arts

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Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano: This Grammy Award-winning group commemorates its 50th anniversary and the bicentennial of Mexico with this concert at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech that tells the story of Mexican independence through mariachi favorites. February 12. $32 to $42. ferstcenter.gatech.edu The Red Balloon: Based on the beloved 1956 film, this classic story of magic, childhood and friendship is presented in a combination of French and English by Théâtre du Rêve at 7 Stages, but no French is required for the whole family to enjoy! Closes February 12. $16.20 to $27. theatredureve.com Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Don’t miss Robert Battle’s first season as artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as he presents a performance filled with a rich array of premieres and returning repertory favorites at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. February 16 through February 19. $25 to $65. foxtheatre.org The Drowsy Chaperone: This hilarious show-within-a-show at OnStage Atlanta is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. Opens February 17. $12 to $20. onstageatlanta.com The Georgia Boy Choir Festival Concert: Come bask in the grand and glorious sound of hundreds of young voices as The Georgia Boy Choir performs in this concert at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. February 18. $20. georgiaboychoir.org DeKalb Symphony Orchestra Concert with Margery McDuffie Whatley: Pianist Margery McDuffie Whatley performs Saint-Saens’ “Piano Concerto” with the DeKalb Symphony

The Music of Johnny Mercer & Friends Orchestra in this concert at Georgia Perimeter College’s Marvin Cole Auditorium. February 21. $10 to $22. dekalbsymphony.com Wrath of Con: A sci-fi convention is the perfect setting for this sketch show at Dad’s Garage that explores the eccentric and outlandish realm of scifi fandom. Opens February 24. $6 to $23. dadsgarage.com Vive La France: This final concert of the Georgian Chamber Players season at Ahaveth Achim Synagogue includes works by Ravel, Franck and Faure. February 26. $10 to $20. gcplayers.net ACDA Georgia Preview Concert: This concert at Holy Spirit Catholic Church features performances by some of Atlanta’s best local choral groups, including the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, who have all been invited to perform at the 2012 American Choral Directors Association Southern Region Convention. February 28. Free! atlantasacredchorale.org

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Books by Local Authors A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

The bestselling author of Gods In Alabama and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is back with a new novel already getting raves by the critics. When a young girl unearths a secret in her own backyard, it threatens the future of her entire family.

Remain In Light by Collin Kelley

Atlanta INtown’s own is riding a wave of critical acclaim for his second novel, which is a finalist for the 2012 Townsend Prize for Fiction. A Parisian widow and an American writer work to solve the mystery of her husband’s death 30 years earlier during the Paris riots. After debuting last fall as an eBook, the novel is out now in trade paperback.


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This comprehensive guide to walking, running an biking in the city’s scenic and history areas is a must for newcomers and locals. Maps, GPS coordinates and parking tips make this an essential for the urban walker. Food Lovers’ Guide to Atlanta by Malika Harrichman

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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

Geek Love Inspiration I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… It’s February and that means I can legitimately start obsessing on ways to avoid the horrors of this year’s impending Valentines Day. I’m lucky that I don’t have the same burden as so many others to suddenly become a hopelessly romantic storehouse of secretly sensitive surprises in an appeal for love. I have a dog. She’s old. And she’s happy with a scratch behind the ears. But I digress. Constructively speaking, I know there are lots of palatable ways to enjoy what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year. I thought of getting copies of one of

my favorite books, Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn about the Binewski family of carnies living in Florida even though it would be a lot of work. But since I have an admitted fascination with freaks, I did check online to see if the circus would be in town. Sure enough, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus plays Phillips Arena on Feb. 15. Great minds think alike. Plus after reading Water for Elephants and seeing the movie I hope to have a better appreciation of both pachyderms and love. One event absolutely gets my blackened and dry heart pumping with joy each year, and that is the annual Art Papers Auction. This event is held at the Mason Murer Fine Art gallery in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Why this event? First, it’s an

Lost Tape Tales

Favorite Atlanta band Uncle Green finds lost tapes, gets fan support

Tina Chadwick

With new technology, songs can be recorded on smartphones and put on iTunes in a matter of hours. But back in the day, recording to analog tape (that’s reel to reel) was the norm. Longtime Atlanta band Uncle Green (which also recorded under the name 3 lb. Thrill) recently discovered 30 analog reels of never-released music recorded 14 years ago that just might be some of their best work. The band had a cassette tape of the songs, but the original reels could not be located. The band started clearing away the mental cobwebs and began checking with former managers, record labels, recording studios and anyone else who might help them track down the source tapes. After frustrating dead ends and foggy leads, the tapes were located in a Sony warehouse in upstate New York. Sony, a previous label to the band, handed the tapes over and the ball was rolling. “Although we technically retired in 1998, we felt like that collection was unfinished business that never got a chance,” said drummer Peter McDade. Matt Brown, lead vocals/guitar/ keyboards/songwriter added, “We always wanted to release it, and took various stabs at it over the years, but always ran into roadblocks and gave up.” w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Local engineer Rob Gal (an Atlanta music scene icon) found a studio with equipment to playback the tapes and, in a hold your breath moment, discovered the analog tapes were in good condition. “The first time the tapes played again, to hear it in the studio, it was exciting. They sounded good.” Brown agreed: “Even after 14 years, the album held up for all of us as unquestionably the work that’s truest to who we are.” Once the tapes were declared viable, the band’s four members (McDade, Brown, Jeff Jensen and Bill Decker) met in Washington DC and decided to raise the near $10,000 needed to mix, master and make the CDs. The second hurdle was set. They decided to use funding site Kickstarter to leverage friend, family and fan support for micro donations toward the cause. The goal was to raise $4,000, about half of what they needed. In one day, they $3,000 was donated and by the end of day two they had exceeded the goal and were ready to begin putting the album together. “I really was doubtful that anyone beyond family and a couple of friends would put any money towards it,” Jensen said. “But it was like watching a telethon tote board in those 36 hours that we met our goal. To see all the names of old friends, and then names that none of us knew come in was just a load of fun.” The band rented a house in Little Five Points to finish the recording process for the album, a 32-track double album called

auction where artists get to keep 35 percent of their sales. Then, the proceeds (after the drinking, dining and dancing well worth the $40 entry fee) go to Art Papers for the magazine, exhibits and education programs that benefit artists. Art Papers has been celebrating and supporting contemporary art for 30 years, pushing the envelope and articulating the debate. In many ways it lives up to its reputation as the “essential, independent guide to contemporary art.” But just a note: don’t be late. The auction starts and ends on time. If you do one romantic gesture this year, attend this event. Another art event in Atlanta has me curious since I helped pioneer the local artist market scene here many years ago. It’s the Blue Mark Studio’s Blue Market on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 892 Jefferson Street in the renovated St. James Church. They intend to hold an indoor/outdoor monthly artist market every second Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. That is what I call ambitious. For those whose hearts are fully open and maybe just a little thirsty I suggest

investigating the 2nd annual Cocktails and Canvas fundraiser at The Sound Table on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. This is hosted by We Care Academy, benefiting children’s arts and education. Plus, their menu is almost irresistible so you can satisfy almost all parts of your anatomy! My little home away from home, the Decatur Market and Gallery will host a nonValentine themed exhibit and reception on Saturday, Feb. 11: “Love: Lost and Found.” No pressure, but we have free drinks and a great time at every event, so drop in to say hello or I’ll never speak to you again. Who knows, I might regale you with stories of my harrowing brushes with romance over the last fifty years. Oh, wait, I think I just gave you an excuse to stay home! Well, if you do be sure to pick up a copy of Geek Love. You’ll thank me some day.

Rycopa. The title is that of a fictitious band from a dream one of the Uncle Green crew had while making the recordings. The name stuck. As far as what they hope to get out of the project other than knotting up the loose ends, Brown said, “None of have high expectations for Rycopa to kick Maroon 5 off the top of the charts. We simply wanted to make our strongest effort available to

people who like our music. We wanted the album out there in the wild, and now that it is, anything else is just gravy.” A release party for Rycopa is set for Saturday, Feb. 25 at Decatur CD and a show the same night at Smith’s Olde Bar. To purchase tickets, visit smithsoldebar.com and be sure to visit the Uncle Green fan page on Facebook.

Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email him at Patrick@affps.com.


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Hero of the BeltLine By Han Vance Angel Pouventud

In a city built originally as a multidirectional train terminus, it is fitting that a typical day in his life begins and ends riding the rails. No matter the hour, Angel Poventud remains on-call for duty. A mere two hours after the call comes in he finds himself steering tons of steel to safety as a CSX freight train conductor. Approximately 14 hours and many miles later, he is free. After recovering from work or on those days his professional services are not needed, Poventud hears the call of duty to be of service to his adopted city. Poventud moved to Atlanta from Miami in 1998 amidst the postOlympic wave of population boom. Always interested in transportation, before working on the railroad Angel was a baggage handler at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. In 2004, a developer tore down Poventud’s residence near Piedmont Park to make way for condo construction. From that moment forward, Poventud vowed to get informed about the powers that be and projects around him. His civic interest raised, Poventud began to seek out meetings about the progress of the city. An organization called U.L.I., the Urban Land Institute, hosted a general information meeting about a project called the Atlanta BeltLine at Atlantic Station. Poventud attended and his love affair began. The well-documented BeltLine project consists of 22-miles of old rail corridor encircling the city and connects 45 distinct neighborhoods via future trails, greenspace and transit. The BeltLine would get a boosted funding timeline if the regional T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Local Optional Sales Tax) is passed by voters throughout the ten-county region on July 31.

INtown spoke with Poventud about his involvement with the project at an art opening at Carroll Street Café in the Cabbagetown neighborhood. Talk about your personal experience with the BeltLine project. I came into the project from 60,000 feet in the air rather than being asked in, so my thinking has always been how is this going to benefit the city and how is it going to benefit the country. The establishment saw me as too much of a radical, but I was always physically on the BeltLine, so they couldn’t just ignore me. That’s just who I am; it isn’t conventional. I recently bought a house on the BeltLine in Adair Park. What are your favorite elements of the project? The connectivity. What are your frustrations with the project? Lack of communication with the public. The real message is not the dog and pony shows for the delivery of the project. The message is the project itself. The process and the people are the story, not the ribbon cuttings. Those are just political events. How has winning the Cox Conserves Hero award helped? I won the award in 2010 as a volunteer for nonprofit Trees Atlanta and was able to give them that big check for $5,000, after planting trees all over the city for them for years. It gave me more regional recognition, so I have more of an audience to be an advocate for the causes I care about like the BeltLine. Finally, let’s hear a list of your BeltLine activities, official or unofficial. Clean ups, walking tours, bike tours, advocacy. Attending all the meetings. I’m an official member of the speakers’ bureau. For more about the BeltLine, visit BeltLine.org. Contributor Han Vance is an Atlanta-based writer and former regional transportation manager. His forthcoming California travel narrative memoir is Golden State Genius and his website is www.hanvance.com.

Work on the Beltline continues near Inman Park (photos by Christopher T. Martin)

Eco-Briefs In honor of Georgia Arbor Day on Feb. 17, Trees Atlanta is partnering with WABE to plant the 1,479 tree seedlings pledged during WABE’s 2011 Spring membership drive. These plantings will take place on both Feb. 17 and 18 in Freedom Park, exact location to be determined. A special guest will be The Lorax, live and in person! This grumpy, yet charming forest creature who “speaks for the trees” stars in the upcoming film Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, which opens in theatres on March 2. The Lorax will be at both plantings, with giveaways and photo ops. Learn more about this planting and how you can participate at treesatlanta.org. The Oakhurst Community Garden Project presents The Chicks in the City Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m. at Oakhurst Church, 630 East Lake Drive, Decatur. Topics will include breeds of chickens, basic coop construction, predator proofing tips, community co-ops and much more. Specials guests will include Walter Reeves, Anne-Marie Anderson, Cassandra Lawson, Daniel Dover, Robert Leonard, Jen Cleere and Daniel Ballard. Tickets are $65 to $50 and can be purchased at oakhurstgarden.org. The Oakhurst Community Garden Project, City of Decatur, and DeKalb County Public Library will collaborate to offer a free series of classes throughout 2012. Topics include gardening for food and for the unpredictable environment, how to make your home more efficient, composting, and using what you have to lead a healthy life. Look for seminars and workshops that speak to information that is timely and current as well as leaving with a full list of resources that can be found at your local library and online. Events take place at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. The family friendly compost workshop takes place at the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. For more information about this series, please contact Andrea Zoppo at rea.zoppo@yahoo.com or visit oakhurstgarden.org. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was one of 60 leaders on hand to kick off the national Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) in Washington, D.C. in December. Reed was joined by CEOs, mayors, university presidents and labor leaders in a ceremony in which President Obama and former President Clinton announced nearly $4 billion of investments in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years. Along with Los Angeles and Seattle, Atlanta is a flagship city for this national sustainability project set forth by President Obama. The Atlanta BBC is part of the Better Buildings Initiative introduced in February, and challenges commercial, municipal, educational, medical and industrial property owners to make buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade.     Debbie Day, an experienced corporate, government and nonprofit leader, has joined the Georgia Solar Energy Association as its first executive director. gasolar.org. Laura Turner Seydel, a national environmental advocate and chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, has been named to the EcoWatch.org advisory board. Don’t forget you can read Laura’s Green Insider column in Atlanta INtown every month.

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Recycle Your Way to Better Health and More Jobs The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released its most recent waste and recycling facts and figures, and reported that in 2010 Americans generated about 250 million tons of waste. Break it down and that means you personally throw away 4.43 pounds of refuse each day. However, of that 250 million tons of waste, we recycled 85 million tons, for a national recycling rate of 34 percent. The Tellus Institute (tellus.org), a non-profit research institute focused on environmental and social challenges, sees a need for improvement. In their report “More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy,” they summarized that if we could increase the national recycling rate to 75 percent by the year 2030, our planet would see a monumental decrease in pollution and a much needed improvement in public health. Carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced by 276 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 50 million cars off the road, and create more than 1.5 million jobs nationwide. Both would have a major impact on our overall economy. Reaching this 75 percent recycling rate is easier for some states than others, specifically the 10 states who support the Container Deposit Law. These states, including Connecticut, California, and Vermont, provide a small monetary incentive to return beverage bottles and cans for recycling. Since Georgia is not one of these states, we have to work harder to do our part. Luckily,

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Maple Street Guitars has become a Buckhead mainstay By Osayi Endolyn Maple Street Guitars has been around since 1981, but owners George and Claire Petsch still hear the same thing from newcomers: “We’ve lived here for ages, but never knew you were here!” Housed in its current location at the corner of Maple Street and Peachtree Road in Buckhead since 1987, the Petsch family and their diverse, talented staff fancy themselves a community resource for all things guitar – lessons, repairs and sales. They’ve crafted quite the local following and determined customers even come from out-of -state to experience the care and robust knowledge the team shares with masters and novices alike. Entering the store, you’ll find rows of beautiful, shiny guitars hanging side-by-side, the soft aroma of various woods honed to specification and of course, the shopper who (with the help of a staff member) points out one gleaming instrument with eyes aglow, is carefully handed the piece and begins to play. It’s fairly romantic. When a person introduces themselves to a guitar, it is an intimate encounter. That guitar might become the thing that allows a musician to express herself in a way she never could before. It’s magical. That’s why Maple Street Guitars focuses so much of their attention on teaching. Don’t let the candy-like allure of gorgeous guitars fool you – head towards the back of the shop and you’ll find several rooms where lessons take place. Behind all that beauty lies a committed work ethic and a lot of practice. A lot. Just ask the Petschs, they should know. When George and Claire met in the 1970s, it was at the now-closed Sutherland’s House of Guitars. It was located near where Maple Street Guitars is now. They both took classical guitar lessons there. “Eventually, we opted to go our own way,” says Claire. After that, “we just grew, mostly by word of mouth.” The Petschs intention was to provide a space for high-quality lessons. “We wanted teachers who played well, followed music education, enjoyed teaching and working with people,” Claire says. They found several seasoned professionals, the newest of which is Johnna Jeong, who has been at Maple Street for about seven years. “The teaching staff have had our hands in recording, performing extensively, producing and composing,” Jeong says. We all share a desire and drive to improve even more on the guitar.” “Initially we didn’t intend to sell guitars, too,” says George. “But it turns out lessons and sales are symbiotic. When you have a student who wants to play, it makes sense to offer something that can help them achieve their goals. We found we were good at doing that.” Before a guitar makes it to the sales floor, the team puts them through a tedious review

George, Lindsay and Claire Petsch and servicing process. “We go to tremendous lengths to make sure they’ve been selected and adjusted and are not going to sabotage anyone’s efforts to play,” Claire says. When homegrown businesses must compete with huge online retailers, it is that kind of attention to detail and compassion for a guitar’s future owner that makes shopping local stand out. “Our first priority is sound quality,” says Lindsay Petsch, son of George and Claire. About as old as the store itself, Lindsay literally grew up playing with Legos in the back. Now he works in the front as manager, “doing whatever needs to be done.” When it comes to customers, the focus is clear: “We try to educate people on different brands and we ask a lot of questions about their needs. So it has less to do with sales and more to do with the customer making an informed decision,” Lindsay says. “They’re a very friendly, very knowledgeable staff,” says Ede Wright, an Atlanta-based guitar player whose credits include jazz vocalist Lizz Wright (no relation) and the acclaimed kd lang. He’s been coming to Maple Street since 1989. “Everyone there has a passion for all things guitar, as it should be.” “Now,” says George, “it’s pretty cool – we’re starting to see the children of customers who took lessons here as kids.” He grins, “You know, I figure I haven’t aged a bit.” Visit Maple Street on the web at maplestreetguitars.com.

Business & Retail Briefs each month. Described as stepping into the biggest box of LEGO bricks in the world, the $15 million, 30,000-square-foot interactive attraction will feature a Miniland exhibit which recreates landmark buildings in Atlanta out of LEGO bricks, hands-on play areas, a 4D Cinema, master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder, LEGO rides and special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is set to open March 17 on the upper level of Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. The indoor theme park is already selling tickets on its website at atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter. com. Another announcement is that adults will not be allowed into the attraction unless accompanying a child. Special “adult nights” will be held on the second Thursday of

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The 23rd annual JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at InterContinental Hotel Buckhead. This event recognizes outstanding Atlanta business and civic leaders for their business acumen and community mindedness. This year the black tie dinner will honor John P. Imlay, Chairman of Imlay Investments, Inc., and Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO

of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. Tickets start $250 (individual) and $5,000 (table). To purchase tickets, please contact Bevan Mitchell at bmitchell@georgia.ja.org or visit georgia.ja.org. Local entrepreneurs and Francophiles Amy Parrish and her husband Jean-Phillipe have opened a new online store, Bon Marche, where they are using US-based artisans to design and produce handbags, shoes and other home goods made from bright, colorful fabric from the mountains of France. The couple have also been selling their goods at local retail pop-up shops and are planning a brick and mortar shop for later this year. bonmarcheonline.com Entrepreneurs Demetria Acloque and Dominique Tate have partnered to introduce bouchic, a combination boutique

and lounge space, in Glenwood Park’s Enso building at 880 Glenwood Ave., Suite B. bouchicatl.com baby braithwaite will moves its store to 102 West Paces Ferry in Buckhead in March. For more than six years, baby braithwaite has been a go-to for everything from rattles and onesies to baby bedding and furniture. Owner Chaffee Briathwaite hopes to expand her variety of selection to offer even more specialty products and giftable, beautiful items for the home in the new 3,300-square foot space. Inman Park-based ListenUp Audiobooks, a leading spoken word audio w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

production company, has re-launched its website at listenupaudiobooks.com. The site features best-selling titles and a large selection of genres, including children’s and young adult books. The home page highlights book clubs so visitors to the site can find out what’s being read or listened to and discussed in book circles around the globe. Bob Knows Phones, located at 2221 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, is repairing damaged cell phones – including cracked screens and water damage – for a fraction of the cost and time of carriers and manufacturers, says owner Joel Quinn. Walk-ins are welcome or set an appointment time, cost and estimated repair time is available by emailing bob@ bobknowsphones.com or filling out the estimate form online at bobknowsphones.com.   Peachy Airport Parking has opened two new parking facilities north of the airport at 3025 Sylvan Road and 3100 Sylvan Road. Both feature online reservations, valet parking, extra-wide parking spaces, a free outdoor parking carwash, vehicle detail service and 24-hour availability. In addition, complimentary shuttle service on brand new shuttles is also provided for a quick two-minute ride to the airport. peachyairportparking.com

The Atlanta Montessori International School (AMIS) will launch the first Montessori junior high program in Metro Atlanta in August 2012. The program, available to 12-15 year-olds with a Montessori background, features a curriculum that prepares adolescents for higher education and life-long learning by promoting personal and academic development. For more information or to register for the program, visit amischool.com. The Vinings Business Association announced last month that Vinings Jubilee was chosen as the 2011 Vinings Business of the Year. The award is presented each year to the business the VBA believes made a large impact on the community as well as their involvement in the VBA and other community events and organizations. The award culminates the shopping center’s 25th anniversary year.

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New restaurants now open & coming soon across Intown By Collin Kelley Editor While it may seem that restaurants are constantly closing in Atlanta, there are always new ones ready to open and become the next dining destination. Over the next few months, some of Atlanta’s most notable chefs and restaurant groups will be opening new outposts. We round up what’s coming soon and what’s recently opened to tempt your tastebuds.

East Paces Tavern

East Paces Tavern, featuring Mexican and Southern California cuisine, is taking over the former Abbadabbas shoe store on East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. An opening date had not been announced at press time.


Fans of French American Brassiere (FAB) in Downtown will have a new destination this spring when F&B opens on the ground floor of the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Buckhead.

Lure Watershed

When Watershed announced it was closing in Decatur after 13 years, there was an outcry from longtime patrons who were concerned it would not rise again. Fear not, because the new incarnation of Watershed will open this Spring at The Brookwood condo building on Peachtree Street. Owners Ross Jones, Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers and Chef Joe Truex said the new, 175-seat space will offer private dining space, a patio and plenty of parking. And, yes, Fried Chicken Night is still on the menu.

The Optimist

Fans of JCT. Kitchen are optimistic about Ford Fry’s new restaurant in West Midtown on Howell Mill Road, which is slated to open this Spring. The menu will focus on sustainable seafood prepared in a wood-burning oven. Adjacent to the new restaurant, Fry will also be opening Oyster Bar at The Optimist, a more casual “fish camp” style venue, featuring an outdoor patio, live music and an oyster bar.


The saga of Pano Karatassos’ – half of the famed Pano’s & Paul’s – new restaurant and lounge may finally have a resolution as it was announced that it will now open later this year in the 103 West building in Buckhead.

The Spence

Bob Amick, Todd Rushing and Richard Blais have teamed up to open The Spence at Technology Square on 5th Street in Midtown (the former home of The Globe and short-lived WaterHaven). Expected to open in March, the menu will feature family friendly items like cheeseburgers, steak and pasta. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Fifth Group Restaurants is planning to open seafood restaurant Lure in April inside the old Vickery’s space on Crescent Avenue in Midtown.

Yard House

The California-based Yard House will open its first Atlanta location at Atlantic Station in April with a large selection of draft beers, American fare and classic-rock wafting from the sound system.

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Located inside Philips Arena, this restaurant was expected to open this month and be open before, during and after ticketed events at the Downtown venue. The menu includes contemporary American fare like crab cakes, burgers and wings. The big draw will be the tiered seating with views to the Philips Arena floor. philipsarena.com


This new contemporary American restaurant was expected to open this month in the old Copeland’s spot at 3365 Piedmont Road. modernbuckhead.com

The Pullman

Serving up a classic American menu, The Pullman opened in January at 1992 Hosea Wiliams Drive in Kirkwood. thepullmanatl.com


If you’re hankering for a hunk of meat, STK is now open at the 12th & Midtown development. The hip space features high quality steaks and seafood along with innovative and exciting side dishes, appetizers, desserts and cocktails. togrp.com

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Quick Bites News & Happenings The 115 Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Atlanta area will host a “Date Night” for fathers and daughters on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. During this special evening, fathers and daughters are encouraged to spend time together while they enjoy dinner, great conversation and several special activities. Seatings are available every hour, and reservations, which are required and can be made at daddydaughterdate.com. Every DaddyDaughter pair will also receive an activity sheet with questions and topics to get the conversation started, and a takehome booklet called “Continuing the Conversation” that provides ideas for future dates and questions that both dads and daughters can ask each other. chick-fil-a.com Tickets are now on sale for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour on Feb. 3 – 4 featuring Edward Lee, James Lewis, John Currence, Bob Waggoner and more. The weekend will begin with a cocktail party hosted by the chefs in Park 75 Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. The evening will feature some of Atlanta’s best bartenders creating specialty cocktails with local spirits and favorite ingredients. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres from Park 75 while

Winter Beer Carnival Expands, moves to Atlantic Station chatting with your favorite chef. The event continues Saturday with chefs creating an unforgettable seven-course menu. Each course will highlight the talent of one chef and will be served with a wine pairing. Tickets range from $50 to $160 and are available at all Cook’s Warehouse locations or at celebritycheftour.com.

Ted’s Montana Grill presented Share Our Strength with a gift of nearly $14,000 on behalf of its guests to support SOS’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America. Last fall during the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign, Ted’s customers could donate $5 to Share Our Strength and receive a $5 gift card for their generosity. Accepting the donation from Ted’s Montana Grill CEO

George McKerrow was Sheila Bennett, director of Dine Out for No Kid Hungry. nokidhungry.org Three American Culinary Federation (ACF) chefs had the opportunity to visit the White House last month as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. One of those chefs was Michael Deihl, executive chef at East Lake Golf Club and a member of ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter. Deihl visits Charles R. Drew Charter School monthly to teach children how to form healthy eating habits. Nothing Bundt Cakes has opened a new bakery at 5975 Roswell Road, Suite A-103 in the Sandy Springs Shopping Center. Nothing Bundt Cakes offers customers a wide range of cake selections, from Bundtinis – bite-sized cakes sold by the dozen – to the larger Bundts that serve up to 18 people and tiered cakes, which serve up to 26 people. nothingbundtcakes.com.

Restaurant RIP Straits, O’Terrill’s Pub and Tierra in Midtown, The Grape in Vinings, FAB in Downtown.

The 3rd annual Winter Beer Carnival has become so popular that it’s moving to a bigger venue – Atlantic Station. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. Visitors will be able to sample more than 100 beers, food, games, activities and music from local djs. The event has sold out the past two years drawing thousands of carnival-goers. At Atlantic Station, the event will held in a giant tent on 20th Street at Fowler. Tickets are on sale now at ticketalternative.com or by calling (877) 725-8849. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of the event. VIP tickets are $60 and grant patrons exclusive access to the best craft brews available, private bathrooms and early entry to the event beginning at 2 p.m. If you’re not a drinker, there’s a “designated driver” ticket for $20 in advance or $30 at the door, which offers unlimited games. Organizers are encouraging visitors to take MARTA to the Arts Center Station, then ride the shuttle to Atlantic Station. There will be parking in the parking deck as well. For more information about the Winter Beer Carnival, visit winterbeercarnival.com

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The latest restaurant from Fifth Group Restaurants opened in December in downtown’s One Ninety One Peachtree Tower. The contemporary Mexican menu is prepared by Executive Chef Chad Clevenger. fifthgroup.com


If you can’t get to Spain, just head to Inman Park and check out the newlyopened Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar on North Highland Avenue. The menu features large and small plates of tapas. barcelonawinebar.com

Cardamom Hill

The popularity of Asha Gomez’s popular Spice Route underground supper club meant it was time to open a restaurant, and Cardamom Hill is already pleasing critics and diners alike with its Indian cuisine. cardamomhill.net

The Lawrence

The owners of Top Flr and The Sound Table have opened their latest concept, The Lawrence, at 905 Juniper in Midtown. The menu features bites, small and large plates with items like Duck Tongue Camitas, Trigger Fish, Roasted

Monkfish, Beef Calotte and more. thelawrenceatlanta.com

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Alan LeBlanc, owner of Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, was expected to have this new contemporary Southern dining restaurant open by the time our February issue hit the streets. The eatery is in the former All Star Café Space on Peachtree Street in Downtown. whiteoakkitchen.com

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Olde Towne Tavern & Grille

The former Saskatoon space at 360 Pharr in Buckhead is now part of the local Olde Towne chain, serving up pizza, burgers and beer. ottavern.com.

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Busting Market Myths Housing professionals set the record straight for 2012 By Shandra Hill Smith

If a new home is in your sights, is now a good time to buy? Should you consider selling? Not clear on what to do in today’s housing market? Three Intown professionals hope to set the record straight by schooling you on some of today’s myths regarding the current climate. They include Weslee Knapp, real estate consultant and managing broker, Keller Knapp Realty (kellerknapp.com); Dac Carver, vice president and managing broker, Beacham & Company (beacham.com); and Randal Lautzenheiser, managing broker, Atlanta Intown Real Estate Services (AtlantaIntown.com). “A lot of buyers are not hearing the most up-to-date information because the market is changing faster than the economists can often project or respond,” explains Knapp. “It typically takes analysts six months to a year of previous data to decipher trends in the market, but by that time conditions have often changed and the findings are outdated. The best way for most buyers and sellers to find out about market trends in real time is to consult with a Realtor.”

What are some misconceptions (on the part of homeowners and potential homebuyers) you’re finding in today’s real estate market? Weslee Knapp: Yes, homes are at great prices, but there are not enough of them. In 2009, we had 123,000 different units on the market in metro Atlanta. Today, we have just over 51,000 homes on the market (GAMLS). There are a glut of townhomes and condos

on the market. Condos and townhomes represent less than 11 percent of total product on the market right now. New-construction condos are at the lowest quantity they have been in the last decade. I’ve been a realtor for over 10 years now and I’ve never seen this low of product out there.


Dac Carver: There are [fewer] homes on the market now than there were 10 or 11 years ago; when we tell them housing inventory in Atlanta is at a 10- or 11year low, everyone is always surprised. We project in Buckhead, it’s more around a 15-year low. Randal Lautzenheiser: The biggest misconception from both buyers and sellers is that the property will sell for substantially less than the list price. If a property is correctly priced it will sell very close to the list price. The average that is being negotiated right now is about five percent in the Intown neighborhoods, meaning that houses are selling for about 95 percent of the list price. The average days on market is 85.


Is it a buyer’s market? If so, please explain why. Knapp: I’ve never seen a better time to buy since I’ve been in real estate than right now. There are fewer homes on the market; I believe you’re going to start to see prices go up. It’s a rare time where interest rates are also extremely low. Very few homes on the market in key areas will mean higher prices, which may start as early as this spring. Higher prices will create more opportunity for sellers who could not previously sell their homes. It also means that buyers should take a serious look at current prices in combination with low interest rates of today. Carver: I think it’s a buyer’s market to some extent. It’s not the same buyer’s market it was two years ago.




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4. It’s easier to get financing than it was a couple of years ago. Interest rates are still phenomenally low. But because of the inventory factor and the fact that a lot of sellers who had to sell have sold, there’s pressure on prices to go up. We see the market starting to turn and on its way up.

going into the spring. It means that buyers can get much more house for their money than they could four years ago. If you compare the payment for the same house to four or five years ago, in some cases you’re paying half what you would have four years ago for a house.

Lautzenheiser: It is definitely a buyer’s market because prices are as low as they are and interest rates are so low. Anybody who can buy right now should buy right now. If someone already owns they should buy a second home or investment property to take advantage of the low prices and interest rates. The market will turn around and come back up and there are excellent investment opportunities everywhere.

Lautzenheiser: Interest rates right now are at an unprecedented low and when they start to go up it is doubtful that they will come back down this low any time soon.

How would you describe the interest rates we’re finding today? Knapp: We are at unusually low interest rates currently. Rates have remained low to spur additional home purchasing. However, as we see the market starting to turn, you will see rates start to rise toward the end of the year. Carver: They’re historically low. They remain some of the lowest we’ve had in generations. We don’t foresee that changing

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As an elementary school student, my school offered limited options for after school activities. I had the choice of music lessons or girl scouts. If I wanted to learn ballet, gymnastics, art or karate, my parents had to drive me offsite for classes. Fortunately, these extracurricular classes are now readily available for many Atlanta area elementary students. The Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta) has established Discover Architecture as a fun and innovative after school option for 4th and 5th graders. Does your child love to create building drawings, make building models, have an interest in architecture or related fields including interior design, structural engineering, and construction? Then Discover Architecture might be for them. AIA Atlanta pairs volunteer architects and design professionals with an elementary school art or gifted teacher, who appreciates architecture and provides a classroom for this after school program. I like to refer to this collaboration as Architecture Harmony. Under the guidance of the volunteers and support of the teacher, students draw and explore the architecture in their neighborhood, metropolitan area and across the United States, participate in exciting

design exercises and make building models during a minimum eight-week session. These young people have the opportunity to hear presentations and career advice from various professionals in the design industry such as an architect, structural engineer or furniture designer. At the end of each semester, the students present their work to family, friends and the school community. I co-founded the AIA Atlanta Discover Architecture program as a pilot program in fall 2010 at E. Rivers Elementary School with art teacher Phillip AlexanderCox in Buckhead. With the support of fabulous architects and design professionals, we just finished this past semester at four additional Atlanta schools: Springdale, Mary Lin, Garden Hills and Morris Brandon Elementary Schools. As the accompanying pictures show, this innovative program brought lots of joy to the students and volunteers at E. Rivers during the fall 2011 session in which the students designed buildings for the Serenbe Community in South Fulton County. AIA Atlanta wishes to add Discover Architecture as an extracurricular activity for more public and private elementary schools across metro Atlanta, particularly with the involvement of the school art or gifted teacher. To find out more, visit discoverarchitecture.org and contact me at mlharclerode@bellsouth.net. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a local architect, promotes the power of architecture and design as a Board Member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Principal of Harclerode Architects (harc-arch.com). For more information about these programs, check out aiaatlanta.org.

The architecture studio of Atlanta-based Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates has completed the design of a dramatic new police substation for the city of Suwanee, Ga. The 7,100-square-foot facility will serve as a highly visible police presence for the public as well as a training facility that can accommodate traditional police department classes along with indoor firearms practice. TSW was chosen for the project after a review process involving 20 architecture firms. tunspan.com. The Marketing Directors have announced the sellout of all 274 condominiums at Horizon at Wildwood on Windy Ridge Parkway in Atlanta. Horizon was the first of ST Residential’s Atlanta portfolio to sell out. “We were thrilled with the excellent job The Marketing Directors did as the exclusive sales and marketing agency for us,” says John Huckaby, senior vice president of ST Residential. “They implemented a creative marketing strategy and were able to achieve ST’s first sell out in Atlanta.” themarketingdirectorsinc.com

Luxe Condominium at Piedmont Park is nearly 100 percent sold and has announced that ground floor retail/office space is now completely sold out. Piedmont Periodontics purchased the last retail space Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods is selling three and four-story townhomes at Sutherland Corner in the Lake Claire area of Atlanta. Priced from the mid $300,000s, the townhomes have gourmet kitchens, formal dining rooms, fireplaces, covered patios master suites with sitting rooms and many other amenities. acadiahomes.us. KeepitINtown.com

Choate Construction Company has been chosen by Ebenezer Baptist Church to construct the M.L. King Sr. Community Resource Complex, a three-story addition to the existing Horizon Sanctuary, which is located across the street from the original historic sanctuary. Founded in 1886, Ebenezer Baptist is the church from which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was baptized and later joined his father to preach his ministry of nonviolence. The addition consists of an assembly hall with full kitchen, cyber café, choir room, offices, classrooms, and a three-story atrium serve as a worship, fellowship, and gathering area for the substantial congregation.  J. Dwight Bell III, President of Cannon Equities and developer of The Bellingrath town residences on Peachtree Road, hosted “Breakfast at The Bellingrath, a Champagne Toast and Continental Breakfast” to salute the 2012 Cathedral Antiques Show Volunteer Leaders and their “passion with a purpose” to raise funds for the Show’s beneficiary AADD (All About Developmental Disabilities). Guests admired The Bellingrath’s European-style architecture and private streetscape, and in the model residence, the garden courtyard, four-stair atrium stairwell and 12’ ceilings in the formal rooms. For more about The Cathedral Antique Show, turn to page ?. The Bellingrath is exclusively marketed by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Designing Women Natalie Saxon helps women in transition brighten their spaces Collin Kelley Editor

Natalie Saxon’s (pictured above) love of repurposing furniture not only led to the creation of a business, but a personal project to help women in transition. Saxon created her interior design company, Expressions by Natalie, last year, and found immediate success with clients who needed to spruce up a room, but had a limited budget. Saxon decided she wanted to give back to the community and took on her biggest project to date. Through The Repurpose Haven Project, Saxon is working with Women of Gilgal, which provides housing for women who are transitioning from homelessness and addiction. Women of Gilgal has two homes in Atlanta with 17 bedrooms for 25 women. “All the rooms were the same color and full of handed down, mismatched furniture that didn’t fit or function,” Saxon said. Rather than do all the work herself, Saxon is working with the women to reconfigure, rebuild and repaint the existing furniture in the bedrooms. She’s been going to the residences twice a week since last September. “I bring paint brushes, rollers and tools to help repurpose the pieces together,” Saxon said. “The women get to take a break from the verbal aspect of


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treatment and focus on more quiet time and painting. I enjoy working with them.” Since the bedrooms are small, vertical space is at a premium, so creating storage has been at the top of the list for the women. One project they’ve worked on is getting old trunks from thrifts stops and turning the lids into bulletin boards and the bases into shelving units. They’ve also worked with old barrels to create tables and surfaces for both inside the homes and out. Saxon said the project has been an education for her as well. “I’ve learned so much from the women,” she said. “They are so strong to even be there and be honest with themselves.” She said bringing light and color into the women’s lives, as well as teaching them helpful skills is part of therapeutic process. “My hope is that they will be confident to fix up their own places when they are living independently and realize they don’t have to spend money to have a nice place to live.” The project with the Women of Gilgal will wrap up this month and Saxon is also planning a benefit concert for The Repurpose Haven Project on Friday, Feb.17, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee at 6640 Akers Mill Road. Visit nataliesaxon. com/outreach for more information. Saxon, who grew up in Atlanta, said her knack for repurposing furniture began when she moved to Seattle a few years back. “I didn’t have any spending money, but it was important for me to me make my space homey and comfortable.” She said it became a running joke with her friends in Seattle because she was always asking them to stop so she could inspect some discarded piece of furniture left on the side of the road. She also haunted estate and garage sales looking for items to repurpose. The friends who were laughing were soon asking Saxon to help them with a project. When Saxon moved back to Atlanta in 2010, she started blogging at nataliesaxon.com about her finds and projects, which led to the creation of her business. While many interior designers like to hand off the construction and painting to others, Saxon said she likes to be hands on. “It’s a more meaningful experience for me,” she said, “and I can apply that to working with those in need like with Women of Gilgal.”

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DECATUR OLD HOUSE FAIR 4th annual event features seminars and exhibitors, Feb. 18

The City of Decatur, in partnership with the Georgia Historic Preservation Division and the DeKalb History Center, will host the 4th annual Decatur Old House Fair on Saturday, Feb. 18. This unique event will be held at the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta/Decatur Conference Center in downtown Decatur. Currently, the Decatur Old House Fair is the only home show in the Southeast focused entirely on older homes. The day-long show teaches homeowners

how to restore, renovate, preserve, and maintain their old houses. This year, the event will feature 30 minute “Short Bite” lectures, including: Electrical 101, Plumbing 101, Selecting Exterior Colors, Aging-in-Place, and Chimneys 101. Traditional seminars include: Researching Your Old House, Landscapes for Historic Homes, Energy Efficiency, Storm Windows, and the very popular Wood Window Workshop. HGTV personality Jodi Marks, co-host of Today’s Homeowner, will present “Fun Projects to Enhance your Home.” Roger Moss, nationally known exterior paint color expert, will be available for consultations and will discuss “Exterior Paint Colors from the 19th Century to Mid-Century Modern.” The fair also features a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers specializing in home improvement, historic preservation and interior furnishings. The exhibit area opens at 9 a.m. with seminars beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For the complete seminar schedule, exhibitor details, and ticket information, visit DecaturOldHouseFair.com.

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The ongoing chronicle of building a dream home By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com As you may remember from last month, my friend Bob Conquest is building a classic, modern home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. At this stage, the brickwork is now complete. A razor cut brick was chosen which is smooth and clean, most in line with the home’s aesthetic. The ceiling beneath the eaves is an exterior dry wall – a Temple Inland Green Glass product, fiberglass faced, that like the brick, offers a smooth, finished look. Bob’s architect, Ute Banse, chose a cast stone for the sills and finishing of some of the brickwork. It’s not as weighty looking as a slab of cement as it simulates natural cut stone and can be molded into any cut you wish. Instead of just placing cement down for the porch floor and walkway, they added a complementary dye to the cement and a mix of pebbles. When it’s first applied, you can’t see the pebbles through the cement and as Bob said, “You feel like you just got ripped off.” But... patience is a virtue as the next day, after they power washed the cement, the pebbles shined through, revealing its texture and personality. One cost cutting measure was to ditch the idea of a full cemented driveway in exchange for just two treads. With a patch of pretty green grass added, this made the normally gray and mundane, much more interesting. Bob’s galvanized steel railings are now installed on the back porch. What I love is that Bob, his contractor and designer came up with the idea of varying the size of the

odd numbered steel poles. This made the look less symmetrical and ultimately, more aesthetically pleasing. All of the interior drywall is now up along with the hardwood flooring. When I visited the site last, the cabinets had just been installed. Bob suggested treating your kitchen island like a piece of furniture- so be free to give it a different color and look than the actual kitchen cabinets. He also suggests being at the home when they ask you to approve the plans for the cabinetry so you can physically double check all the measurements- just one mistake can be costly and very aggravating. The street is higher than Bob’s home, so the landscape architect suggested creating a retaining wall out of stone that could allow for a garden and soften the transition from the street to the house. The front yard faces west so will get a ton of sun in the hot southern summer so native, low maintenance, heat tolerant plants were a must. One cool tip from Bob entails wood chips. His back lot is large and after clearing out some of the land, they realized there was quite a bit of exposed clay. If you call your local landscaper/arborist in the neighborhood- the ones that use a woodchipper, they will often drop off their chips at your house for free, as it costs them money to dump them on their own, (this is often true for mulch and compost as well.) Bob ended up with a ton of pretty red oak wood chips at no cost. The next phase will include the interior painting, plumbing and electrical. Stay tuned for Part 3 and thanks again for the helpful tips Bob. Stay tuned for The Bob Project: Part 3!


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