Volume 19 Number 2 2013
Schwartz Center Turns 10 p. 20
VALENTINEâ€™S DAY IDEAS p. 7
FIRE STATION NO. 19 p. 4
FRIDA & DIEGO p. 22
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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Fire Station #19 .......................................4 Editor’s Letter ...........................................4 Malcolm’s Way .........................................5 Intown Datebook ......................................6 Valentine’s Day Ideas ...............................7 Month of Love ..........................................8 A Look Back .............................................8 Keep It INtown: Vinings ..........................10 Jewish Kids Group .................................12 TimmyDaddy ..........................................13 Summer Camps .....................................14 Living By Giving......................................14 Pets.........................................................16 Health Briefs ...........................................18 Street Fashion ........................................18
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Schwartz Center .....................................20 Fernbank Planetarium ............................20 The Thinking Artist ..................................21 Frida & Diego .........................................22 Atlant PlanIt ............................................24
NEWS YOU CAN EAT Backyard Oyster Roast ..........................26 Quick Bites .............................................27
IN BUSINESS JA Discovery Center ...............................30 Entrepreneur Classes.............................30 Business Briefs.......................................32
Keep it INtown: Vinings, Maria ScaLala dishes on her favorites
Laura Turner Seydel................................33 Eco-Briefs ...............................................33
Luxury Homes ........................................34 Imperial Hotel .........................................35 Perspectives in Architecture ...................36 Real Estate Briefs ...................................36
IN YOUR HOME
My husband and I have a new little Valentine this year: Daniel Muteba Binns. He’s our new son whom we adopted from the Democratic Republic of Congo. My breast cancer diagnosis in 2011 shifted our thoughts of starting a family – what were we waiting for? And, as I went through the cancer treatments, this beacon was extra incentive to get strong and healthy. The DRC is rich with natural resources and beauty. But, it is plagued with rebel activity, disease and lack of infrastructure leaving millions dying and millions of orphans. This is not frequently on the news. Over the winter, we joined Friends of the Congo at an event in Grant Park for an evening of drumming, food and poetry. Through the music and performance, they emoted intense feelings from their past and current suffering in DRC. And, they embraced us as they learned we were bringing a Congolese boy to live with us. So, Daniel (named after my dad) Muteba Binns is finally home with us. You may see him blissfully running through the park, loving every moment of a festival and, in general, just loving life Intown. He’s adapting to his new home amazingly well. He’s brave, strong, kind, handsome and smart. I’m so proud of him. I’ll share more about DRC events in Atlanta as I learn about them (foodies will want to take note). Next up, on March 23, is a Million Woman Walk for Congo in Atlanta (duniawomenwalk.org). And, Sweet Peach did a blog post on our adoption, which you can read at sweetpeachblog.com by searching for “Waiting for Daniel Muteba.” I know there are many avenues for adoption, locally and abroad. If you have a story you’d like to share, please let me know. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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IN the Neighborhood Help Restore Fire Station #19 FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS
By Clare S. Richie When my children were three years old, Virginia Highland Fire Station #19 was the center of their universe. We drove by it every day to and from preschool to see if the fire truck was at the station or out helping people. The firemen inspected our car seats and always greeted us warmly when we stopped by on our neighborhood walk.
Fire Station #19 circa 1925.
Now, the oldest working firehouse in the city needs our help. Since 1925, Fire Station #19 has faithfully served Virginia Highland and the surrounding community. But over time, lack of funding for maintenance has resulted in termite damage on the staircase, holes in the ceiling and standing water on the garage floor due to lack of a drain. On a recent visit to the station, I saw the disrepair and spoke with Sgt. Ian Allum about the restoration effort he began in June 2010. Sgt. Allum worked with Kronberg Wall Architects and Planners to draw up the restoration plans, which include updating the interior and reconstructing the arch-door truck bay. The plans also preserve the unique bungalow features consistent with the neighborhood architecture. The project cost is estimated at $500,000. “Restoration is a no-brainer when you consider that building a new station costs the city $3 million to $4 million,” explained Sgt. Allum. So far, $60,000 has been raised primarily thanks to the Santa Breakfast at Osteria 832, the Morningside Mile, and
funds from merchandise available at the station. There are plans for a sitting wall that could hold a few hundred personalized bricks, but a large gap in funding remains. Without the needed funds for the restoration project, the station will likely slip even further into disrepair. Sure, the exterior looks freshly painted, but my recent tour of the interior revealed a stark contrast. The upstairs bathroom is not insulated and the hot water heater leaks into the downstairs bathroom, so it has to be turned off and on for use. Sgt. Allum’s office is also not insulated. None of us would choose to live or work in conditions like this, so why ask this of our first responders? Our city, our community, and our private sector partners need to step up to save this neighborhood landmark.
Rendering of the restoration project.
How You Can Help • Make an on-line tax-deductible donation at vhfirecompany.com. • Visit the station for merchandise. • Join their email at the website for more updates on how you can help.
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Not to throw cold water on my exes or former crushes, but if I’m really honest with myself, art has been my only true love. Writing, visual art, film and music has never let me down, cheated, had a headache or ignored me for a sporting event. I’ve had this conversation with a few of my singleton friends, who also happen to be artistically inclined, and we’ve agreed that while love and romance is a great muse, it sucks for creativity. In my last long-term relationship, I basically wrote nothing for two years. I swore I would never let that happen again. Like Stevie Nicks, I decided to forfeit romantic trappings to concentrate on art. That’s not to say I won’t be swept off my feet in the future, but right now it’s all about writing: fiction, poetry, short stories and, eventually, a memoir. Regrets? Zero. This summer, I’ll spend a month in the UK (never fear, I’ll be editing stories and answering your emails while I’m there) reading from my new poetry collection, Render, and working on my next novel. It’s a quasi-sabbatical that wouldn’t be possible with a partner or family. “Hi, honey, I’m
going to live in London for a month to hang out and write. Don’t forget to pick up the kids.” See what I mean? On the other hand, I am inspired by love and its vagaries. An example is this month’s opening of “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” at the High Museum (Page 22). Ever since the announcement that the exhibit would make its only US stop in Atlanta, I have been nearly giddy. The volatile relationship between Kahlo and Rivera led to the creation of some of the greatest art ever, and I’ve been fascinated with them for years. I can’t wait to see their work up close. Our regular contributor Annie Nichols gets all lovey-dovey about Atlanta and its mélange of eccentrics, great restaurants, local businesses and ping-pong (Page 8). There are plenty of other things to love in the February issue of INtown including the community support for restoring historic First Station #19 in Virginia Highland (Page 4), Emory’s Schwartz Center celebrating its 10th birthday (Page 20) and if you’re looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s Day, check out Page 7. Much love, readers, much love. firstname.lastname@example.org KeepitINtown.com
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Malcolm’s Way A hidden gem in Atkins Park By Han Vance Continuing to ride the writers’ conference circuit in pursuit of evasive literary riches, the first third of 2013 will see me visiting the two American cities with the most density: San Francisco and New York City. All fall I was home in Atlanta, except for a long conference weekend immersed in sprawling, smoggy Los Angeles. L.A. can be fun if you know what to do, and I truly love my big city Southern hometown, but I must agree with the city planners’ and urban critics’ insistence that density creates urban experience. Behemoth Los Angeles and boundaryless greater metro Atlanta may never have the compact street life of New York City or San Francisco, but what both cities do have are abundant hidden gems spread across their wide frontiers. One such spot in Atlanta is Malcolm’s Way in Atkins Park, which separates commercial Virginia Highland from my neighborhood, Druid Hills, and cutting
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Public walkway in Atkins Park known as “Malcom’s Way” from one to the other I stumbled upon this unknown beauty. Dedicated as a gift to the neighborhood by Malcolm Smith in 1994, Malcolm’s Way is a public space segmented walkway roughly equidistant from and parallel to Briarcliff Road and Highland Avenue, perpendicular to Ponce De Leon Avenue. The first segment is marked with an in-ground placard and runs from St. Louis Place to St. Charles Place. The second segment picks up across the street, where it is only designated as not for motor traffic by a metal bollard, and runs to St. Augustine Place where it ends in a public stair stoop perfect for writing or reading in the sun. The third segment starts with the steps across St. Augustine and consists of a short stretch of pavement to Ponce De Leon Avenue, exiting into the law office parking lot at Lion’s Gate Manor across Ponce from
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The Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University announces will host Moving Atlanta to Higher Ground: How Religion Inspires Positive Change on Feb. 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Downtown. The Higher Ground Group, composed of the four Atlanta faith leaders, the Rev. Joanna Adams, Imam Plemon El-Amin, the Rev. Joseph Roberts and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman will gather and speak with an interfaith voice to help inspire action on key issues affecting the greater Atlanta community. Topics will include religion’s roots and obligations to civic engagement and religion’s role in the public sphere and in shaping our legislation. For more visit highergroundgroup.org.
Indie Craft Experience is hosting Wedding Day Hooray, an independent bridal marketplace, on Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ambient Plus Studio. “You can always count on Wedding Day Hooray to feature the most beautiful bridal trends,” said Christy Petterson, co-founder of Indie Craft Experience. “Expect the latest in bright color combinations, romantic decor and sweet favors for the guests.” The first 100 attendees will receive an exclusive custom designed swag bag. For more about the event, visit weddingdayhooray.com.
The 14th Annual Art Papers Art Auction will feature an impressive showcase of work by famed and emerging artists from around the world benefitting Art Papers’ awardwinning programs. The Collectors’ Preview takes place on Friday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the Silent Auction + Party will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the preview are $150 and tickets for the silent auction are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Both evenings feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music or DJ. Works featured in the auction can be previewed online in the weeks leading up to the events. The Art Auction events will be held at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive. For more, visit artpapers.org.
Registration is now open for Ladies Rock Camp hosted by Girls Rock Camp ATL, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and women through music education. During the camp, participants learn how to play an instrument, form a band, write and rehearse an original song, and perform in a live public rock concert...all in just three days, and for a great cause. All Ladies Rock Camp proceeds benefit Girls Rock Camp ATL. No previous musical experience is needed to attend. The event will be held at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School in Ormewood. To participate, visit girlsrockcampatl.org.
The Iberian Pig is holding a Literary Feast on Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Four local New York Times best selling authors will be signing their books and dining with our guests who will be enjoying a four-course dinner inspired by the author›s work. The featured authors are Kim Severson, Co-author of Cook Fight and Atlanta Bureau Chief of the New York Times; Amber Dermont author of The Starboard Sea; Kevin Young, author of The Hungry Ear, Poems of Food and Drink and Joshllyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty & Between, Georgia. Proceeds will benefit Literacy through Decatur Education Foundation. See the attached PDF for more information. Reservations by phone only at (404) 371-8800.
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If you really want to take the plunge on Valentine’s Day, historic Rhodes Hall can help. “Cupid at the Castle” (georgiatrust.org) will allow 14 couples to have intimate, 30-minute wedding ceremonies in the Victorian reception hall or under the arches of the front porch facing Peachtree Street. Bring your marriage license and up to 35 guests. The cost is $500 until Feb. 1 and $550 thereafter, but better hurry because these go quick.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (atlantabotanicalgarden.org) is hosting Valentines in the Garden on Feb. 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. with an evening of cocktails, dancing, desserts and live entertainment. Court in the candlelight and, of course, stop to smell the flowers. Admission is $30 per person.
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After dinner, a movie is another great date night option. You’ll have all the Oscar noms to pick from, such as Les Miserables, but opening just before and on Valentine’s Day are the new Die Hard flick with Bruce Willis, A Good Day to Die Hard, or perhaps zombies in love is more your style with Warm Bodies. Check your local listings for what’s playing at cinema near you.
Keep it classy by taking your partner or spouse to a theatrical production, such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Fox Theatre (foxtheatre.org). The latest touring show just happens to open on Valentine’s Day. Or maybe you want something a little more edgy like, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock ‘n roll fantasia on America’s seventh president at Actor’s Express (actors-express.com). There’s also the world premiere of Bike America on the Alliance Theatre Hertz Stage about a young woman on an odyssey across the country.
If taking your loved one to dinner is part of your special Valentine’s Day, Atlanta restaurants have got you covered. According to OpenTable.com, more than 40 restaurants are offering Valentine’s Day specials, including prix fixe menus with four courses and more. A quick check shows 10 Degrees South, 4th & Swift, Bistro Niko, Kyma and Ray’s In The City are some of the favorites offering specials. Make your reservation today!
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The Month of Love
Contributor Annie Nichols has lots of love to give
By Annie Kinnett Nichols People hate Valentines Day, but I’m not a hater. In fact, just the opposite: I’m in love with everything. I’m in love with Atlanta, Atlanta INtown, The Clermont Lounge, The Star Bar, Sushi Yoko and Tomosan, Zuma and Kiyosan and Sotto, whose restaurant is now in Manhattan. I’m in love with writing for a living (and writing this article), with the back roads in our town and completely head over heels with the weather. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sunny, rainy, blustery, cold, hot, 95 degrees or 25 degrees. I love the flowers, the gingko leaves, the magnolia trees, the brightly colored gerbers and the peonies. I’m in love with my VW. I’m in love with the Carter Center, the MLK Center, Videodrome, MODA, The Goat Farm, King of Pops, Buddy’s in Poncey-Highland and Grant Henry for opening my favorite bar, Church, on Edgewood Avenue. I love my husband, my husband’s family, my parents, my daughter, my daughter’s froggy blanket, the things in my daughter’s pockets when I wash her jeans. She’s in love with Marvel comics, anime, Totoro – and I’m in love with Totoro, too. And my heart beats super loud for our cat, Zen. I’m in love with Sponge Bob Square Pants, Bewitched and Seinfeld reruns, books – lots and lots of books. Anything by Mark Twain, self-help books, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, history, Steve Jobs and Winnie the Pooh. Some think I’m just a Pollyanna, and I embrace that characterization. Seriously I could fill this whole paper with all the things I’m in love with. Here’s a few more: smiles, laughs, ping pong, the ukulele (I’m learning to play), MARTA, the BeltLine and the food at Star Provisions and The Colonnade. I love the food in this town so much I could marry it and live with it for the rest of my life. Then there’s all the music I’m in love with. Bands that have come and gone like The Selmanaires and Luna, local bands that still play like KingSized and the Dames of Flames, OutKast and Indigo Girls. And I love the places where the musicians play like The Earl, The Fox, Variety Playhouse, Criminal Records and the Highland Ballroom0. I’m even in love with the hard times, the tears I’ve cried, the hugs I’ve gotten, the hugs I’ve given, the camaraderie of everyone pulling together for others who are having a rough time. I’m just a smitten kitten and I’m not ashamed to admit it. So here’s to the Month of Love and all the love in the ATL. You can find it if you’re looking. It’s everywhere.
A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell Feb 3, 1920: Georgia Harris, a former slave, died at age 74 while residing in Clearwater, Florida, at the winter residence of Nannie Seawell Boyd, widow of Isaac Snedicor Boyd, founder of the Southern Saw Works in East Point. The former family nurse had been with Mrs. Boyd for 27 years. She cared for the Boyds two children, Elizabeth Boyd Howell and Eldridge Seawell, and during their infancy lived with the family at 695 Peachtree Street, which today is a parking lot on the southeast corner of Sixth Street. In the early 1900s, she moved with the family to East Point and cared for Isaac during his four-year illness before his 1904 death. She is buried at Oakland Cemetery in the Boyd family plot. Feb. 7, 1986: Theater-goers applauded and bravoed the productions of two major black theater companies. The world premiere of Color Me Dorothy, a one-woman musical about Hollywood actress Dorothy Dandridge produced by Just Us Theater Company, was onstage at Peachtree Playhouse. Across the street at the Academy Theater – the old Peachtree Theater – Jomandi Productions opened with Do Lord Remember Me, a musical of slave narratives. Feb. 12, 1943: Warner Brothers’ film Casablanca, a World War II drama starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, opened on Peachtree Street at the Fox Theater. It won three Oscars.
Feb. 21, 1940: U.S. Representative John Lewis was born in Troy, Ala. He experienced the civil rights movement in the 1961 “Freedom Rides” and the 1963 March on Washington. In late 1967, Lewis arrived in Atlanta to work with the Southern Regional Council office. At a small New Year’s Eve party he met his future wife, Lillian Miles. The future Mrs. Lewis was a cum laude graduate of California State College with a masters degree in library science from the University of Southern California. After a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Yaba, Nigeria, Atlanta University hired her in the fall of 1965 as a librarian. After a few months, they were in a relationship. Then the horrific events of 1968 happened: The assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King in April and Robert Kennedy in June. “There was one good thing, about the end of 1968,” said Rep. Lewis in his book, “Lillian and I became man and wife.” They were married in September in the old Heritage Ebenezer Church at 449 Auburn Ave. Forty-four years later on Monday, Jan 7, Atlanta celebrated the life of Lillian Miles Lewis, who died on New Year’s Eve 2012, at Ebenezer. Feb. 21, 1948: Atlanta INtown salutes the late Jerry Chambers’ birth date. Jerry’s face was a familiar one during the mid 1970s to 1984 at the Virginia-Highland summer celebrations with barbecue, parades, and picnics, predating John Howell Park and Summerfest. After graduating from St. Joseph’s High School on Courtland Street, Jerry trained in the art of chinaware and furniture restoration. In 1970, the longtime Virginia Highland resident launched his first intown shop and grew his business to larger storefronts along the neighborhood corridor. For six years his H & G Furniture shingle hung on Lanier Boulevard. In 1982, he expanded the store and opened in Little Five Points at 1188 McLendon Ave. Here he died on Jan. 4, 2013, of a fatal heart attack. In 1971, Jerry married Jenny Shadrick at her parent’s home on Rosewood Drive. His two sons are Curtis and Jason Chambers. Feb. 25, 1941: Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and Grand Slam golfer Robert Tyre Jones, both Atlanta natives, meet for the first time at the Piedmont Driving Club. The occasion was a Community Fund dinner, today’s United Way of Greater Atlanta. That Monday evening Mitchell’s husband, John Marsh, mentioned the fact to Atlanta Constitution Editor Clark Howell. Flabbergasted, Clark proceeded to officially introduce Atlanta’s two international celebrities.
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Keep it intoWn: vininGs Atlanta “divorce guru,” Mari LaScala is a former divorce lawyer and the co-founder of Divorce Concierge Services, an Atlanta-based company offering consultation services with the goal of simplifying the divorce process. We asked her to share her favorite things about the community she calls home, Vinings.
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I love Vinings because it has that small town feel in the middle of a busy city – fire station, library, stores and restaurants. It really is a small community and although we have only lived in Vinings less than a year, we are getting to know a lot of our neighbors.
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Sandpiper (shopsandpiper.com) is my go to store whenever I need something new and stylish to wear. Etc. East (etc-east.com) has unique jewelry and handbags and a friendly, helpful staff. CamiCakes Cupcake (camicakes.com) has the most delicious cupcakes and the perfect place to pick up a little something to brighten someone’s day.
The Vinings Down Hill 5K (viningsdownhill5k.com) will happen this summer. It’s a 5K with a downhill ending and a great celebration in the Vinings Jubilee to follow. The Vinings Jubilee Fall Festival (viningsjubilee.com) is a fun place to take the kids with a petting zoo, face painting and pumpkin painting.
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DelicioUs enviRonMent Jewish Kids Group offering education and fun to community By Sydia Bell
A few months ago, a brightly colored sign with the letters JKG appeared on the corner of North Highland and North Morningside, which is home to Atlanta’s oldest Orthodox synagogue, Anshi S’fard. The sign heralds the new home of the Jewish Kids Group, an independent Hebrew school. Offering a creative, immersive experience for students from pre-k through 5th grade, founder Ana Fuchs calls JGK “a delicious environment.” For many, this program is offering what Intowners could not find: a place focused on developing relationships and cultural awareness amongst the growing Jewish population inside the perimeter. Employing a cutting-edge curriculum, Hebrew Wizards, which Fuchs believes is a model that can change Jewish curriculum nationwide, students learn key Jewish ideas, stories, traditions and vocabulary on giant, brightly colored laminated poster boards. Topics include Hebrew language, Torah stories, tefillah (prayer), chagim (Jewish holidays) and Israel. There’s also drama, cooking and sports. “It’s less like school and more like camp,” Fuchs says.
Now with 65 students enrolled in the Sunday program, the Jewish Kids Group has grown rapidly since its inception in 2008. The afterschool program growth has been organic with the help of community supporters. Raising an astonishing $30,000 in 30 days, Fuchs says this indicates not just a want, but a need for this type of programming. Fuchs, who previously worked at Emory University, did not have any plans to construct an entire program. Initially, two mothers from a community organization approached her about creating a small course that taught their children Judaism in a fun way. Within two years, it developed into a program with more students than space. Fuchs and her staff were renting out spaces at Emory University and the Weber School until they partnered with Anshi S’fard. JKG’s focus now is on enrolling more students into the progressive program. Fuchs knows that her peers expect premium services. Fuchs said in addition to the flagship Sunday program and the daily afterschool curriculum, there are now full day camps on national holidays.
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The Elf Sees All I have a lengthy resume of being a guest at Christmas and I’m great at it. I’m polite, I wear my best sweater and I try to buy thoughtful gifts. Typically we travel to my mother-in-law’s in Somerville, New Jersey. The exterior of Pat Riehman’s house looks like a model for a snow globe. Inside everything is cozy, warm, delicious and festive. The dynamics have changed some though so it was decided that we would host this year. Kristen and I had just built a house, plus four-out-of-the-five famous, NJ Riehman daughters now call Atlanta home. We knew well in advance our visitors would be arriving on Dec. 20 but we thought we’d be in the house way before Dec. 17… So at the time we should have been hanging stockings and trimming trees we were frantically hanging shower curtains and trimming temporary window treatments to size. Thankfully, Pat drove down several days ahead of the others. Kristen and I basically just had to unpack, pull our house together and keep a box-o-wine chilled in the fridge. Pat supplied the Christmas. You could call Pat a tour de force de Christmas. There is a chain store up north called The Christmas Tree Shop. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Perhaps your motherin-law also gives them your zip code at every checkout in hopes that someday, you too will have a Christmas Tree Shop within a 100-mile radius of your home. Actually, if
anyone affiliated with the Christmas Tree Shop happens to read this column I respectfully ask that you bestow a lifetime achievement award upon my mother-in-law, Patricia M. Riehman. You have no greater patron and no greater marketing tool. For when I say that a Nissan Murano traveled from Somerville, NJ to Decatur, GA filled with enough Christmas cheer to rival the jolly old guy’s sleigh, I kid not, especially with that extra storage thingy on her roof rack. In true Seussian form, the halls of our house were sufficiently decked with ‘ribbons and tags, packages, boxes and bags’ and of course piles of presents for the kids. Then Pat worked her way into the grocery shopping and food preparation, the laundry and the kids’ bedtime routines like she always does. Somehow, our brand new house seemed as warm and inviting as her 110 year old house always has been and the new paint fumes gave way to the scent of homemade cookies. Christmas was on! And you know how this elf gig works right? You place it up on a different shelf each night leading up to Christmas, it monitors the children’s behavior, reports back to Santa at the North Pole and then returns for its next day of staring. On day three of this ritual, my sister-in-law, Mary, arrived from Stirling, New Jersey with her four kids so the elf increased his fan base by 200 percent. That night, I spied a good spot on top of one of the columns flanking the built in shelving. I reached up, carefully placed our floppy legged witness in a pensive position on the edge
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of the column and then—badunkadunk!—down he went. There was no cap on the column, and there was not a snowball’s chance in the Heat Miser’s pocket of that little gawker being retrieved The next day I smuggled in a replacement elf from Richard’s Variety Store, found a safer perch and waited for the kids to spot him. The younger ones were once again ecstatic. The older ones offered skeptical gems like “that elf looks different.” Buoyed by the promise of toys however, they all soldiered on. And we did too. That elf will probably be observing the inside of that shelf for many years to come, a time capsule of our first Christmas in this house. What I ought to do is toss a Christmas-themed hand towel and a picture of Pat Riehman in the hollow column as well. The venue was new but that doesn’t matter much because for so many of us, wherever Pat lands at Christmas, is home.
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The time is now to sign up kids for summer camps By Collin Kelley, Editor It’s only February, but the time is now to start registering your children and teens for summer camp. Because of limited space, the trend toward registering kids early began a few years ago, so camps tend to fill up early these days. This month, we’re focusing on camps that involve the arts, computers and education. Next month, we’ll focus on activity-based camps. The Alliance Theatre will hold Summer Drama Camps for all grade levels including camps on stage acting, musical theatre, on-camera acting and stage skills. Visit alliancetheatre.org to sign up
now. Atlanta International School is offering language camps in French, Spanish, German, Chinese and English as a Second Language to campers of all skill levels. There will also be a filmmaking camp for budding directors, as well as video game programming and Camp Stardust for those who like to sing, dance and act. Details at aischool.org Mercer University in south Atlanta is offering computer and game design camps for young tech wizards. The camps run through July and there are both day and overnight camps available. Details and registration at computercamps.com/ georga/summer_camp.
The Lovett School is offering camps for all ages, including fun camps exploring undersea life and the Wild West for kindergarten through 2nd Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensives grade set, while older students can brush up on algebra, history and geometry. See all the camps available at lovett.org. Zoo Atlanta is hosting Safari Day Camps during the spring break and all summer long – from May until August. Kids K-5 will have up-close animal encounters, tours, arts and crafts, shows and more. Register at zooatlanta.org. The Georgia Aquarium will host Camp H20 during spring break and summer, giving kids K-6 the chance to learn about penguins, manta rays, whale sharks and more. There will be plenty of hands-on activities and Lovett Summer Camp behind the scenes investigations. Details and registration at and more. You must audition to be part of georgiaaquarium.org the Summer Intensives. There will also be The Atlanta Ballet will host its Summer Intensives giving budding dancers regular dance summer camps, that don’t require audition, so visit atlantaballet.com the chance to work on technique, pointe, to register and see the line-up of classes. variations, jazz, nutrition, physical therapy
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a decade of art Emory’s Schwartz Center marks anniversary with performances By Collin Kelley Editor
The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is celebrating its 10th year at Emory University during the month of February. A series of signature music, theater, dance and literature events are on tap. Virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman performs Schumann, Brahms and Prokofiev, followed by a champagne reception on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. Saxophonist Victor Goines brings his New Orleans style to the Emory Jazz Fest, Feb. 8-9. Goines and the Gary Motley Trio perform Feb. 8, 8 p.m. in a ticketed concert, while Goines plays with the Emory Big Band and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in a free concert. They will premiere an original work by Gary Motley, in honor of the anniversary. If you don’t already have tickets for the Creativity Conversation with Paul Simon and Billy Collins on Feb. 12, you’re out of luck. Tickets for the discussion between the iconic musician and the former U.S. Poet Laureate sold out in a matter of days. Check with the box oﬃce for any potential cancellations or additional seats. “Watching Chekhov Watching” is a
performance of original adaptions of Anton Chekhov’s short stories with audience discussion on Feb. 15, 7 p.m. On Feb. 22 at 8 p.m., violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) comes to Emory for residency activities and a concert. DBR melds his classical music roots with personal cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. Contemporary dance artist Monica Bill Barnes & Co. (pictured on the cover) presents a whimsical evening of dance with an audience discussion on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. The Schwartz Center opened its doors in February 2003, after a long road of planning and fundraising efforts. The building houses a dance studio, a black box theater lab, and the centerpiece Emerson Concert Hall, an 825-seat venue with some of the finest acoustics in the region. Along with outstanding student ensembles, artists that have graced the concert hall stage include the New York Philharmonic, Esperanza Spalding and Joshua Bell.
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starry niGHts Fernbank Planetarium gets big upgrade Fernbank Science Center’s Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium, the biggest planetarium in Georgia and one of the largest in the United States, has completed a big technological upgrade. Planetarium visitors will now be able to see programs on a new fulldome, immersive projection system. “This totally changes the planetarium experience,” says Dr. Ed Albin, a Fernbank astronomer. “For the video portions of our programming, we’ve been using standard projectors, which put an image on only a small segment of the dome. The digital immersive projection system throws extraordinarily bright light onto a spherical mirror tuned to the exact shape of our dome. So now the video and other images cover the entire dome.” The fulldome system, made by e-Planetarium of Houston, is not replacing the planetarium’s iconic Zeiss star projector, but will be used to compliment it. “Nothing
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gives you the feel of the night sky like our star projector, but today, some of the content in our shows comes in the form of images and video, and integrating these with the starfield has always been a bit awkward. Now our immersive projection system makes it seamless,” says Albin. The new projector will also let the 500seat planetarium be used for teaching much more than astronomy. Just for starters, there’s a life science program called “The Body Code,” where students will be able to learn about physiology in this new immersive environment, really seeing the systems of the body working all around them. The planetarium is part of the Fernbank Science Center at 156 Heaton Park Dr., which is operated by the DeKalb County School System. For more information, visit fsc.fernbank.edu. KeepitINtown.com
The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis
Light of the World I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… A few years ago a very enthusiastic woman came bursting into my gallery insisting that I view the work of an artist friend of hers. While I found her exuberance somewhat entertaining, I pretty much dismissed her because I almost never trust the sycophantic gushing of family and friends of artists. But as luck would have it, I noticed an eccentric woman lingering nearby. Slowly, a door of kindness creaked opened in my heart. I asked the pitchman if the skulking woman was her artist friend and asked whether she had considered how her friend might feel being subjected to rejection overheard. The saleswoman went pale as I stepped past her to greet the shy woman at the door, apologizing for having to overhear the conversation. Breaking all the rules, I asked her if she just happened to have any artwork with her, mostly out of kindness. She did. One piece. It was a three dimensional assemblage called “Light the World” made of a lamp base, twine, wire, garters and roots. I placed it on a pedestal and just stared. That was the first time I saw her work. I never saw the pushy friend again, but I struck up a lifetime friendship with the artist Betsy Halford. There was good reason for this new artist to be wary. Her instinctive approach to combining found objects into sculptural assemblage is not a natural “fit” for any known category of art. With components of folk inspiration and outsider themes she captures and extends a very personal invitation to the viewer with pensive, thoughtful understatement. The twisted roots extending from the faceless form of “Light the World” form a subtle beckoning gesture of embrace in an unmistakable way without being literal. Asked why she does this work she explained simply that she must listen to the voice compelling her to do so. The voice tells of love, loss, redemption, protection and inclusion, recurring themes in her work. “Glacial Melt” is a study of silhouettes using tar paper and labels such as “impossible” or “unacceptable” with a lone figure facing forward to meet the challenges posed by the labels. Growing up in South Carolina with parents who were relentless collectors undoubtedly influenced her compulsion but clearly the vision to create out of chaos is more intellectual and spiritual in nature. I looked to experts for advice on how to acknowledge this new artist and work. I visited Will Arnett, the “father” of outsider art, Mark Karelson of Mason Murer, Kathy Schlesinger of Outsider Inside and others by email to determine what could be done KeepitINtown.com
to deduce the validity of this self taught artist who spent much of her time creating a series of “Guardian Angels” from flotsam as gifts to friends. Bewilderment on the part of my colleagues induced a campaign to explain. Eventually I filmed a brief documentary and mounted a show of her work that was reviewed (and dismissed) by a renowned critic. We bid farewell to Betsy this month as she leaves Atlanta for the southwest, hopefully to find an audience who will take the time to listen to the voice that guides her hands. What better Valentine to share this month than love from such an artist? With her work, Betsy has expressed our nearly universal desires: share love, protect the meek, demand inclusion. 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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Passion, Politics & Art Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit makes one US stop at High By Collin Kelley, Editor Art lovers are eagerly anticipating the opening of “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting” at the High Museum on Feb. 14. A collaboration between the High and Art Gallery of Ontario, this major exhibition of the work of iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is making its only US stop in Atlanta. The show will feature some of the best examples of Kahlo and Rivera’s work with approximately 140 works (L) Self-Portrait with Monkeys by Frida Kahlo (Above) Sunflowers by primarily drawn from the Diego Rivera collection of Mexico’s Museo Dolores Olmedo, the Jacques continues through May 12, will be the first from and sharing in each other’s successes and Natasha Gelman Collection retrospective of the two Mexican artists’ and failures. It considers both artists in a of Mexican Art, and the Galería work in the Southeast. shared cultural and political context.” Arvil. The exhibition will pair “Most scholarship about Frida and Some of Kahlo’s most famed paintings, together works by Frida and Diego focuses on their tumultuous including “The Broken Column” and “My Diego chronologically and relationship as a couple rather than their Dress Hangs There,” will be on show along according to themes, including shared ideas and ideals,” said Elliott King, with Rivera’s “Flower Day” and his selfmaternity, Mexican identity and guest curator of the exhibition. “’Frida & portrait, “Autorretrato.” portraiture. Diego’ instead focuses on how the artists The landmark exhibit, which For more information, visit high.org. influenced each other while learning
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displacement in relation to tragic characters of classic Russian literature. February 8 through February 22. Admission is free. scad.edu
Atlanta Ballet presents Dracula
Frida & Diego: Few artists have captured the public’s imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband, Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera. The High Museum of Art’s newest exhibit positions their works within the political and artistic contexts of their time. Opens February 14. $12 to $19.50. high.org
Visual Arts Kim Anno: Grand Tour: Kim Anno’s inkjet on aluminum and canvas works are both spectacular and haunting, depicting iconic cities and landscapes that people cherish and damage by “loving them too much.” This exhibit takes place at Marcia Wood Gallery. Opens February 1. Admission is free. marciawoodgallery.com Barbera’s Final Works: This R. Alexander Gallery exhibit
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features the final remaining works from the estate of Jose Barbera, who passed away in 2005. Barbera’s Valencian talent highlighted the Spanish coast and the confrontation of man with nature. February 6 through February 28. Admission is free. ralexandergallery.com Echoes of the Collapse: M.F.A. photography student Sergei Isaenko reflects on his family’s emigration to the United States in this SCAD Atlanta exhibit, demonstrating the reality of their
Jim Dine Exhibit: American Neo-Dada Pop artist Jim Dine entered the New York art scene in 1958 and is considered one of the fathers of the Pop Art movement. His work focuses on recognizable American imagery, depicting everything from hearts and tools to bathrobes. Closes February 22. Admission is free. alanaveryartcopany.com Searching for Beauty: Recent Work by Tom Ventulett: Tom Ventulett, one of Atlanta’s most accomplished and renowned architects, highlights his new body of watercolor works at Swan Coach House Gallery that explore the innate beauty
of flowers through a medium and abstracted style. Closes February 23. Admission is free. swancoachhouse.com Alix Pearlstein: The Dark Pavement: Alix Pearlstein utilizes aspects of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s architecture and surrounding environment — the derelict Bankhead Highway bridge, graffiti wall and more — to create a series of performances that will be united in one video that examines creativity, community and place. Tuesday through Sunday. $5 to $8. thecontemporary.org Arturo Lindsay: Portraits of Yemaya: Photographer Arturo Lindsay attempts to depict portraits of Yemaya, the African goddess of seas and lakes, in this Chastain Arts Center exhibit of still and moving images of the sea. The photographs were taken in a variety of locations, including Panama, Brazil, Egypt and Cuba. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. ocatlanta.com
Flashdance: This musical theatre adaptation of the iconic film tells the story of Alex Owens, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh striving to make her dreams of becoming a professional dancer a reality. This Broadway in Atlanta performance takes place at The Fox Theatre. February 5 through February 10. $42.40 to $85.70. broadwayinatlanta.com Let’s Make It: Emerging star actress Anessa Hudson is caught in a dilemma when her struggling filmmaker husband decides to write a screenplay for her that resembles a darker unspoken past — one she’s not ready to confront — in this Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre production. Opens February 7. $12 to $24. pnotheatre.org
Beta Israel: Ethiopian Jews and the Promised Land: Inspired by the book The Ethiopian Jews of Israel, this Oglethorpe University Museum of Art exhibition features 100 photographs that explore the 30-year exodus of more than 100,000 Jews from Ethiopia to Israel and the integration difficulties they face. Tuesday through Sunday. $5. oglethorpe.edu
Michael Pink’s Dracula: Back by popular demand, Atlanta Ballet performs this lush cinematic work at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The gripping original score, complete with howls of wolves and haunting heartbeats, thrilling sets and costumes create a tale of seduction and surrender. February 8 through February 16. $20 to $120. atlantaballet.com
Pepe Romero in Concert with the GSU Orchestra: Classical guitarist Pepe Romero celebrates Spanish arts and culture at this
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country bike trip from Boston to Santa Barbara in this Alliance Theatre production, capturing the restlessness of a millennial generation that will go to any lengths to find a place that always seems just out of reach. February 1 through February 24. $30 to $40. alliancetheatre.org
recital, paying tribute to Flamenco, poets and playwrights of the first half of the 20th century at the Rialto Center for the Arts. February 10. Reservations encouraged. arts.gsu.edu Tales of Edgar Allan Poe: The Center for Puppetry Arts steps inside the ruins of a fallen house where mysterious spirits bedevil the living and where it is always a midnight dreary. Haunting music and shadowy figures breathe life into Poe’s classics “The Raven,” “The Bells” and more. Opens February 12. $25. puppet.org Viva Italia: This Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert at Symphony Hall is a Valentine’s feast of great romantic songs of Italy with the dynamic vocal trio Poperazzi. Savor memorable orchestral works, popular songs and opera arias, from Sinatra to “La Traviata.” February 15 and February 16. $24 to $60 atlantasymphony.org Two Trains Running: This True Colors Theatre Company play at Southwest Arts Center is an inspiring story about the protest that changed a nation. Philadelphia’s Hill District is gentrifying in 1969, and the regulars of a favorite diner take up a fight that carries them into the Civil Rights Movement. Opens February 15. $15 to$60. truecolorstheatre.org Gallim Dance: New York’s Gallim Dance erupted onto the contemporary dance scene in 2007, and it has since performed everywhere from Jacob’s Pillow to Suzanne in Tel Aviv. This Rialto Center for the Arts performance deconstructs the border between harmony and chaos. February 16. $37 to $61. rialtocenter.org Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Andrew Jackson screeches into town to turn it up and turn you on in this musical at Actor’s Express. This hilarious, sexy explosion of rock and roll re-imagines the nation’s seventh president as a rock god maverick.
Closes February 17. $26 to $47. actors-express.com
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Visiting Mr. Green: A recent widower and a young man are forced to spend time together after a traffic accident, but can the two get to know each other even when they can’t stand to be in the same room? Join Stage Door Players for this play. Closes February 17. $12 to $27. stagedoorplayers.net Heritage Winter Classics: Kaleidoscope: This winter concert series concludes with this performance by Kaleidoscope, a chamber ensemble of The Michael O’Neal Singers, featuring songs for all seasons at Heritage Green’s renovated Heritage Hall in Sandy Springs. February 17. Free! heritagesandysprings.org Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang: Buddy Guy’s American blues and rock music inspired Jimi Hendrix and other ‘60s legends, while Johnny Lang began touring with giants like the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith while he was still in high school. This concert at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center unites the two guitarists for a memorable performance. February 19. $37 to $77. cobbenergycentre.com Angry Fags: This world premiere Topher Payne play at 7 Stages is an Oscar Wildemeets-”Fight Club” fever dream about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building and pistachios. Opens February 21. $20 to $25. 7stages.org Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Violin: Haitian-American violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, also known as DBR, performs a concert at Emory’s Schwartz Center with members of the Sphinx Symphony, the unique all African-American and Latino orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the country. February 22. $40.
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large aluminum dust pan. All in all, Em spent just $50 on materials. First, Em rinsed the oysters with the hose to remove any grit and sand. With the cover off the roaster, she started a fire. Next, she covered it with the grate, brackets and sheets. Once hot, (water steams as it touches the steel sheets) Em put about half the oysters on top. She then covered it with wet burlap (**soak it in water beforehand). After 10 minutes, Em scooped up the oysters with the shovel and placed them in a metal tub. Zeb Stevenson arrived with good intentions and a man bag, (Executive Chef at Livingston Restaurant + Bar) but Em had it all under control. She’s a bad ass.
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Continued FRoM pReViouS page and at Emory Point in Decatur. Ron Eyester, executive chef and owner of Rosebud and The Family Dog, and Keith Schroeder, executive chef of High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet, will host the New York State of Mind fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Sandy on Feb. 2. The event will feature New York favorites, such as pastrami sandwiches, chicken parmesan, pizza, hot dogs and a variety of cocktails, including a Long Island Iced Tea signature drink. The event will be held at High Road, 2241 Perimeter Park Drive. Tickets to the event are $65, which includes food and two complimentary drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event, as well as through Brown Paper Tickets at newyorkstateofmind.brownpapertickets. com. Giovanni Di Palma, owner of Antico Pizza Napoletana, has opened Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano (gioschicken.com). Gio’s features five signature chicken dishes – plus a few rotating and seasonal offerings –available to-go in individual and family-style sizes, served with roasted potatoes and homemade focaccia. Other offerings include chicken soup, baked ziti and ricotta cheesecake. Di Palma is also planning to open Bar Antico, offering gelato and coffees, this spring. Gio’s is located at 1099 Hemphill Ave.
IHOP is giving away free pancakes on National Pancake Day, Feb. 5, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for the hospitals. Guests can enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will also be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find the location nearest you.
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GRAB A CUPCAKE AT THE AIRPORT Piece of Cake (pieceofcakeinc.com) has opened in Terminal A at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offering cake slices, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, muﬃns and mini pound cakes. Midtown restaurant Ecco (fifthgroup.com) has become the state’s first dumpster-free restaurant and the first Georgia restaurant to receive Green Foodservice Alliance (GFA) certification. Ecco also recently added new beds to its rooftop garden where its growing Tuscan kale, broccoli rabe and Southern giant curly mustard to use in dishes found on the seasonally inspired menu. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (foxbrosbbq.com) on DeKalb Avenue is getting a facelift after a 100-year-old tree fell on the restaurant last August. Owners Jonathan and Justin Fox were joined by the community and able to clean up, and reopen in 40 hours, but they decided it was also time to refurbish. Construction was set to begin in January and last eight weeks. The renovated barbecue pit will bring more bar and patio
TWO urban licks (twourbanlicks. com) has named Todd Stein as new executive chef. Stein hails from nationally acclaimed kitchens including BANK in Minneapolis and The Florentine in Chicago.
The 4th annual Winter Beer Carnival is on Feb. 9 at Atlantic Station in Midtown. There will be midway games, activities, great food, DJs and more than 100 different types of beers including traditional favorites, premium craft beers, and an assortment of the best winter brews from near and far. Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door) at winterbeercarnival. com. There’s also a $60 VIP ticket, which features exclusive beers and seating. Only those 21+ will be allowed entrance.
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(Left) Officials break ground for the new Junior Achievment Center Junior Achievement of Georgia (JA) has started work on the Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center, a state-of-the-art financial literacy and career readiness center in Building C at the Georgia World Congress Center. JA is working in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools and the Chick-fil-A Foundation to deliver the program to more than 30,000 metro Atlanta sixth through eighth grade
students beginning this fall. The Chick-fil-A Foundation is contributing $5.1 million toward the $9.1 million project – primarily to underwrite the 10-year lease at the convention center for nearly 50,000 square feet. The contribution is the Foundation’s first major capital commitment. The center’s experiential learning program will provide a 360-degree educational experience that begins in the classroom and culminates with a day at the
interactive simulation venues JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. The on-site experience features a “mini-city” of simulated storefronts to teach students the importance of personal budgeting, career readiness and real-life adult responsibilities. The project is part of JA’s commitment to building financial literacy, career readiness and improving the graduation rate among local students. For more about JA and the project, visit georgia.ja.org.
Small Business Know-How GSU hosting month of seminars for entrepreneurs If you’re planning to start a business or need to learn new skills for and existing one, Georgia State University is hosting a series of workshops and seminars to help entrepreneurs and small business owners. Here’s a look at the classes on offer. To find out more and register for any of these workshops, visit robinson.gsu.edu/sbdc.
Exploring Entrepreneurship Are you in the early stages of planning a business? Are you looking for basic information to get on the right track? Attending this program will be one of the most important decisions you make prior to starting a business. This brief overview includes traits of successful entrepreneurs, how to determine feasibility of your business idea, business planning, and financial feasibility. Registration is required to attend. Space is limited. Feb. 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at GSU Small Business Development Center, 10 Park Place, SE, Suite 450, 30303. Starting a Business Lack of planning is one of the top reasons
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Making Your Business Loan Ready This workshop will cover the loan program eligibility requirements and credit criteria to accommodate a wide range of financing needs. Feb. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $69. GSU-Brookhaven Center, 4362 Peachtree Rd., 30319 Certifications: A Marketing Strategy for Winning Contracts This workshop will try to decode the certification alphabet soup and provide Continued on page 32 KeepitINtown.com
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The Buckhead Coalition (buckheadcoalition.org) began the celebration of its Silver Anniversary with an inaugural social event called the President’s Luncheon. Gathering at the St. Regis Hotel, the Coalition’s founding president, Sam Massell, singled out founders and former chairpersons to express thanks for their contributions to 25 years of dedicated civic service. The eighteen honored were founderchairmen Julian LeCraw, Charlie Loudermilk, and A.B. Martin; additional
founders Jim Caswell, Dick Felker, Guy Millner, Claude Petty, Mark Pope, Ray Riddle, and George Rohrig, plus chairpersons Niles Bolton, Jim Edenfield, Sam Friedman, Jim Miller, Sonny Morris, Earl Shell, Alana Shepherd, and Dave Stockert. Remembered posthumously were founders Justice Martin, Harry Norman, and Mack Taylor.
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The Storage Neighbor has opened phase one of its new self-storage facility at 660 Edgewood Ave. in Inman Park. Upon completion, the property will deliver 52,961 square-feet of climate- controlled selfstorage and 800 square feet of retail space with access off both Edgewood Avenue and Airline Street. Phase II is expected to be complete by the spring.
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The City of Atlanta officials is exploring current and future options for the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. For 12 of the last 15 years, the Civic Center has sustained itself, without taxpayers dollars, by booking entertainers and hosting major exhibitions and movie and television productions. Recognizing that the 47-year old Civic Center is located on 18 prime acres in the heart of the city but faces increased competition and challenges of an aging facility, city officials recently began analyzing the current state of the Civic Center to help determine the future strategy for the facility. Options on the table include maintaining the “status quo,” which would require an operational subsidy from the city; expand the studio space for movie and television productions and consider alternatives for the theater; and re-developing the entire site and rebranding it as a fullservice production facility.
Small Business Know-How: Continued FRoM page 30 small business owners with an overview of the major public and private sector programs. Included is an overview of the National Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Program, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council WBE Program, the GSA Schedule Contract, the Department of Transportation DBE Program, HubZone, Veteran Owned Small Business and the new Women Owned Small Business Program program. Feb. 19, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $69. GSU-Brookhaven Center, 4362 Peachtree Rd., 30319.
Writing an Effective Business Plan Starting a business without a plan is like going on a road trip without a map. A business plan helps you start, build, and manage you business. Learn why a business plan is critical to your success, especially if you plan to apply for a loan to finance your business. Topics include: the sections of a business plan, what information is required for each section and general format, balance sheet, income and financial projections, capital equipment list and sources of capital. Feb. 26, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $69. GSUBrookhaven Center, 4362 Peachtree Rd., 30319. KeepitINtown.com
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arBor day ProPoses a Greener future
Laura Turner Seydel
Stopping the Violence Against Women, Girls & Mother Earth This Valentine’s Day, join me and thousands of your fellow Atlantans to strike, dance and rise up against violence against girls, women and the planet and make our home a rape and violence free zone. V-Day (vday.org) is a non-profit that is doing important work to stop violence against women and girls, and even against Mother Earth. On Feb. 14, join up with people around the world for One Billion Rising (OBR), a series of events organized to draw attention to these atrocities and, we hope, one day end them. OBR is a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this is more than one billion women and girls. The organization was started by Eve Ensler, who has inspired me, and so many other women around the world, into action. Her play, The Vagina Monologues, is performed the world over (there are nearly 3,000 productions annually) to raise critical funding for her cause. The board of her non-profit boasts dynamic women leaders, including my mother-in-law, Pat Mitchell, my stepmother Jane Fonda, and superstar Anne Hathaway, who was featured on the cover of Glamour magazine and interviewed by Ensler. Ensler recently received an award from Global Green USA, for her work on V-World, a sustainable farm that provides support and opportunities for female survivors of sexual violence in the Congo. She has made an important connection, one that is important for us all to understand: If we continue to abuse the natural systems that support all life, how can women and girls have opportunities where they can live and thrive? Here in Atlanta, we’re gathering on Valentine’s Day for a day of action in various places around the city. Meet us on the steps of the capitol at 10 a.m., where we’ll hear from speakers and elected oﬃcials and deliver a call to action to our local legislators. Then, at noon, there will be a choreographed dance in Woodruff Park. On the website, the choreographer, Debbie Allen, has set up a how-to so everyone can learn the dance and join us! And an interactive art installation will be put in place in Freedom Park on Moreland Ave. For more information, visit onebillionrisingatlanta.com. For more green news and tips, visit LauraSeydel.com
Eco Briefs What does the future hold for Georgia’s natural resources, renewable energy and prospects for better transportation infrastructure and sustainable economic growth? Join Southface on Feb. 1 for a conversation about the legislative session and the future of environmental politics in Georgia. The event is part of the Southface Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable and will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. Register online at southface.org/sart. Georgia Organics’ 16th Annual Conference, Farm Rx: A Prescription for Better Health, will be held Feb. 22-23 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. The event will include farm tours, workshops, education and DIY sessions, tree sales, Farm to School summit, vendors, local food and a keynotes addresses by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and healthcare advocate and author Robyn O’Brien. For more information about the conference, check out georgiaorganics.org/conference. KeepitINtown.com
Thanks to the Buckhead Coalition’s efforts at bringing together GasXpress and ECOtality, Buckhead will soon have its own super-fast DC Charger for those ecominded residents who own or drive one of Georgia’s estimated 2,000 electric vehicles. As part of the host agreement with ECOtality, GasXpress will outfit 15 convenience stations with super-fast DC Chargers, and 50 Level II Chargers divided amongst those same convenience stations situated along I-85, I-75, and I-20, for a project value of close to $1.2-million. Buckhead will soon be the first community in Atlanta to provide public access to the DC fast Charger, which will be located at the Chevron Station at 2501 Piedmont Road at Morosgo Drive. Along with the DC fast Charger will also be a Level II Charger to ensure any EV make and model can be charged.
By Kathryn A. Evans Atlanta Tree Commission Arbor Day is set aside for schools, civic clubs, and communities to reflect on the importance of trees in their communities. The first Georgia Arbor Day was observed in December 1890, and in 1941, the Georgia General Assembly set aside the third Friday in February as our state Arbor Day. The founder of Arbor Day in the United States, J. Sterling Morton, said, “Other holidays repose the past; Arbor Day proposes the future.” With an eye to the future, this Arbor Day marks the first anniversary of the City of Atlanta’s PLANT 2012, a multi-year campaign established for “Protecting the Legacy of Atlanta’s Native Trees” by planting 10,000 new trees. The campaign focuses on planting shade trees and native trees wherever space allows, such as in City parks and rights-of-way. All trees offer economic and environmental benefits, but larger shade trees like oaks, hickories, and beech trees can offer up to eight times the benefit of smaller trees like crape myrtles. Trees work especially hard in the urban environment. Larger stature trees also have a bigger impact on creating shade, conserving energy, cooling parking lots, mitigating urban heat island effect, reducing storm water runoff, and improving local air, soil and water quality. Native trees, found in this region naturally, are adapted to local growing conditions and ecosystems, and they often perform best over the long run. They also give our region its natural identity. “While the city does not have a harbor, an ocean front, or a visible river front, in many ways, the tree cover is the City’s signature environmental feature,” says Atlanta Tree Conservation Commission member, Dan White. “First-time visitors often marvel at the beautiful large trees that grace our City.” For this reason, Atlanta protects and perpetuates the urban forest via a tree ordinance. The ordinance requires that residents preserve trees where possible, and when healthy trees must be removed for construction and there is not enough space to replant replacement trees, they contribute to a Tree Trust Fund for planting additional trees throughout the City, ensuring a green legacy for the future. The PLANT 2012 campaign is funded by the Tree Trust Fund. In the past year, the Trust Fund has supported tree planting along Atlanta’s BeltLine in the Old Fourth Ward Park and the Eastside Trail, at the Thomasville Heights recreation center, and in communities throughout the city in partnership with Trees Atlanta. Under a contract with Georgia Tech, satellite imagery of the entire city will be analyzed to quantify a reliable baseline measurement of the tree canopy in every area of Atlanta. Results of the analyses are expected in early summer. This information will identify the areas where additional planting is needed as well as establish a baseline against which to measure canopy change in the future. For more information, visit atlantatreecommission.com. For information about the tree planting program, contact Lanii Thomas at (404) 330-6598.
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MORE, MORE, MORE! Luxury home market shows strong signs of recovery
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By Kathy Lynn Dean The real estate market in Atlanta is showing strong signs of recovery, and it’s especially apparent among luxury homes. Real estate professionals have seen the number of sales trending up and prices holding steady. In fact, many reported that the only thing that’s dipping is inventory. Sales of Intown single-family homes stayed strong through 2012, according to Ken Covers, Luxury Home Specialist with Fourteen West Realtors. The areas of Morningside, Virginia Highlands, Ansley Park and Sherwood Forest saw a high number of sales across all
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price points. “I had the best month of my career at the end 2012,” Covers said. “In December, I put over $5 million of property under contract – that’s six homes. And every day since Jan. 1 of this year, the market gets a little better, a little stronger.” The improvement hasn’t gone unnoticed. AOL Real Estate ranked Atlanta number four in its Top 10 Turnaround Housing Markets in 2012. And there are plenty of numbers to support the optimism. “Since the end of last year, luxury home sales are up almost 30 percent,” said Bill Murray, Managing Broker at the Buckhead office of Prudential Georgia Realty. “Compared to the same quarter a year ago, the sales are up 65 percent. Prices have stayed consistent, though the median price has gone up a bit.” Buyer confidence and the resulting transactions showed a steady increase throughout the year, said Michael Rogers, Owner and President of Dorsey Alston, Realtors. Of the top 25 most expensive homes sold in the Atlanta market last year, only six of those transactions closed before the first of July, and 12 of the 25 transactions closed in the fourth quarter. Rogers continued: “Another positive observation about the current trend in the luxury market is that a much lower percentage of the top sales were distressed sales in 2012 as compared to those of the previous year.” In fact, foreclosures are down 33 percent from a year ago and, for all intents and purposes, they no longer affect the price points of homes. Short sales, however, still show up on the market. Things weren’t rosy last year in all parts of Atlanta, though. In fact, in some areas, like Buckhead, the singlefamily luxury market was down until late 2012, when activity resumed a more normal pace. “There was tremendous anxiety about the presidential election, which contributed to the reduced activity the first 10 months of the year,” reported Dac Carver, Vice President and Managing Broker with Beacham & Company, Realtors. “We saw the same type of activity in
2010, the last time there was a major national election.” Carver went on to say that he’s now seeing improvement in the housing market on all price points. “We think the luxury market will have a much stronger start this year, in part because the large supply of luxury inventory should lead to price reductions and great deals that luxury buyers won’t be able to pass up.” Buckhead does have a ready supply of luxury homes for sale, but that’s not true in much of Atlanta, as Murray pointed out. The last nine months show a declining inventory in Fulton County, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven. Covers reported low inventory in Morningside, Virginia Highlands, Ansley Park and Sherwood Forest, where there’s a shortage of homes in the upper price range, $900,000 to $1.5 million. It’s largely due to the fact that very little new construction has taken place since the economy hit a speed bump. One issue, and one reason for the low inventory, is that many homeowners can’t get their homes on the market. They’re either underwater or don’t qualify for a short sale, and many don’t have the cash necessary to buy another home. However, Intown sellers who can put their homes on the market are seeing multiple offers for newly listed houses that are priced right – and many are sold and closed within 30 days. “I’d say there are more people with money than good Intown homes,” Covers added. “We started seeing shortages in August and September of last year. Now, buyers are contacting agents about homes before they even hit the market.” The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Buckhead exemplify the state of the market: qualified, active buyers looking for realistically-priced, high-quality products. Rogers said that 96 out of the 126 units sold within two years, and $40 million of those sales were in 2012 alone. “These transactions were carried out without negotiating on price, which protected current owners and infused confidence in the product.”
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 Carver explained that luxury homebuyers shop by location first and foremost. “Almost all of the multimillion dollar sales every year occur in Buckhead. Luxury homebuyers prefer new homes followed by recently renovated homes. Luxury buyers like flat, walk-out backyards, top-of-the-line fixtures, large garages and master bedrooms.” Intown buyers look for a walking neighborhood that offers features like the nearby shops and restaurants of Virginia Highlands and the organic Farmer’s Market in Morningside. While these Intown neighborhoods didn’t always have a lot of luxury houses, over the past few
years, there have been more high-quality homes built with upscale finishes and attention to details like never before. Rogers advised potential homebuyers to take advantage of the current market conditions. “Buying conditions have rarely, if ever, been better, but as the market continues to stabilize I expect interest rates to increase and prices to follow,” he said. “Consumers’ purchasing power is at an all time high with rates and home prices at their respective bottoms. Serious buyers should not miss this unique opportunity to acquire the home they have always wanted.”
Downtown historic structure gets a new lease on life
By Collin Kelley, Editor Downtown’s 102-year-old Imperial Hotel is getting yet another new lease on life thanks to Columbia Residential and National Church Residences. Renovation and construction has begun and the facility will re-open in late 2013 as a state of the art permanent supportive housing facility. The renovation is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification for green building and sustainable construction. The historic renovation will follow guidelines of the City of Atlanta Landmarks Commission as well as the National Parks Service. Columbia Residential and National Church Residences worked with the state of Georgia and the City of Atlanta throughout 2011 to purchase the property at 355 Peachtree St. from a court receivership. “We are taking out all of the old walls and interior systems and really starting from scratch on the interior,” said Jim Grauley, President of Columbia Residential. “Once we complete that, we’ll work on the outside by replacing windows cleaning and really brightening up the building.” KeepitINtown.com
Previous Imperial residents who were relocated to replacement housing last year, will have the priority opportunity to return to the renovated facility. The renovated building will contain 90 fully renovated units, with improved floor plan configuration, fully updated leasing and management offices, resident amenities and spaces for case managers and service providers and onsite security. Grauley said there would be a fitness center, meeting room, business center with computers and talks were ongoing about having a nurse’s station and periodical medical professionals onsite for healthcare as well. Built in 1910 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Imperial was considered a leading Atlanta hotel through the 1940s. It provided accommodations for the road crew of the Metropolitan Opera for 40 years and is notorious for the nightclubs it hosted from the 1950s through the early 1970s. The hotel closed around 1980 and sat vacant until the construction boom around the 1996 Olympics, when it was redeveloped to provide affordable housing, particularly to residents with special needs.
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Perspectives in Architecture
Celebrating Design Excellence Despite an improving economy, many architectural firms face a soft demand for their services due to cutbacks in private and public spending for new and renovation projects. To compete for some fewer projects, companies are often pressured to lower their design fees. Thankfully, many architectural firms continue to create high-quality work reflecting their company mission and the wishes of clients. This fall, firms located in the state of Georgia submitted more than 90 entries to the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the AIA Georgia 2012 Design Awards. The submissions were judged by a jury of distinguished architects featuring Andrew Metter FAIA, David Brininstool AIA, and Peter Landon FAIA on the basis of creativity, design excellence, and innovation beyond the current trends of form and image making. At a December ceremony on the Atlanta campus of SCAD, the jurors issued design awards to twelve projects, including these five projects in the
city of Atlanta and their architects: Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta by Perkins+Will represents the ingenuity of architects to create an inspiring learning campus with a dramatic, yet cost-efficient renovation of an existing school rather than a complete demolition. Tribute Lofts by Surber Barber Choate Hertlein Architects adds vitality to Freedom Parkway with its interesting sculptural forms, range of exterior materials, and well-placed mix of residential and retail spaces on a small 1.55-acre site. D.M. Therrell High School in southwest Atlanta from Perkins+Will shines with its transformation from an inefficient setting of dreary and internalized buildings to an open campus with light-drenched buildings framing an exciting new courtyard. Georgia Tech Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Lab (CNES) by HDR Architecture illustrates the leadership role of architects with energy conservation by designing attractive “net-zero” buildings that result in zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. Nancy Creek Guesthouse & Pool by
Phillip Babb, Architect complements a mid-century home in Buckhead with the placement of a freestanding 800 square feet guest house as a beautiful backdrop for a large swimming pool, terrace for entertaining and lawn for playing ball. The AIA Georgia awards recipients illustrate that challenges, such as a difficult site and complex project goals, can inspire architects to achieve design excellence. Talented architects can be magnificent problem solvers working diligently with clients, building users and even neighborhoods to insure a successful and
satisfying design. For more information about the local and out-of-state winners visit, aiaga.org. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a local architect and former Board Member of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, 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, visit aiaatl.org
Real Estate Briefs The onsite sales center is now HIGHLAND PARK open at Highland Park (jwhomes. com/highlandpark), the new John Wieland townhome development located adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline off Highland Avenue. With direct access to the Eastside Trail and nestled between Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward, the first two buildings have already sold out. Homes in the third building will be released soon and prices will start in the $300s. bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a onecar garage on the lower level and beautiful The City of Atlanta kicked off the interior appointments. Lakewood Livable Centers Initiative to encourage development in the district, The Providence Group of Georgia which includes the neighborhoods of (theprovidencegroup.com) is selling luxury Betmar LaVilla, Joyland, Lakewood townhomes at The Park at LaVista Walk. Heights, Lamar Heights, Perkerson Park, The homes feature three story designs with Sylvan Hills, South Atlanta and The two and three bedrooms. Priced from the Villages at Carver. Lakewood Fairgrounds $267,900s, elegant interiors of the homes is at the top of the list, to further attract showcase upscale features and finishes film and television production jobs and such as gourmet kitchens with granite businesses to the already busy site. Also countertops and stainless steel appliances, on the table is transit, better connectivity hardwood floors, spacious owner’s suites for the neighborhoods and infrastructure with large walk-in closets, and a finished for mixed-use development. To learn more terrace level with full bathrooms. about the project and opportunities to Harry Norman, Realtors agents and staff participate, visit lakewoodlci.com. raised $6,069 over the holidays for the Realtors Relief Fund, which goes to help Acadia Homes’ City Park (acadiahomes. rebuild areas devastated by Hurricane us) development in South Buckhead has Sandy. The amount raised was matched by homes available in the $190s on 26th Harry Norman for a grand total of $12,138 Street. The community has already sold 12 . of its 27 homes. The townhomes have two
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DECATUR OLD HOUSE FAIR Workshops, seminars planned for Feb. 2 The Decatur Old House Fair returns on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Decatur Courtyard Marriott Conference Center. The event is an all-day showcase of seminars, exhibitors, and hands-on-workshops for old-house owners. Seminars will include waterproofing basements, fireplace restoration, tree care, and tax incentive programs for historic houses. There will also be “short bites” for specific house styles including Victorians, Foursquares, Bungalows, Ranches and more.
SEMINARS: NEW KITCHENS IN OLD HOUSES
Heather Shuster from Renewal DesignBuild leads this class on how to transform an existing kitchen or adding a new space. (1 p.m.)
DESIGNING LANDSCAPES THAT COMPLIMENT YOUR HOME AND LIFESTYLE
Learn your options for designing hardscapes, plantings and landscape features from Scott Reinblatt of Big Blue Sky Landscaping (2 p.m.)
ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN OLDER HOMES
This seminar focuses on home performance improvements that make your old house feel as good as it looks – without breaking the bank. Led by Joe Thomas of Renewal System Solutions. (1 p.m.)
REVIVING OLD HOUSE CHIMNEYS & FIREPLACES Nationally awarded mason and author Phillip Raines shares his 30 years of experience restoring chimneys and fireplaces built between the mid 1800’s to the late 1920’s. (1 p.m.)
TAX INCENTIVES FOR HISTORIC HOMES
Carol Moore, a tax and grants coordinator, talks about the two state programs that give significant incentives to historic homeowners who complete a certified rehabilitation on their house. (2:45 p.m.)
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Topics will include aging in place for seniors (9:30 a.m.), electrical (10:15 a.m.), M. Cary and Daughters Plumbing will lead classes on toilets (11 a.m.) and tankless water heaters (11:45 a.m.), Arborguard on protecting historic trees (1 p.m.), researching your home’s history (1:45 p.m.) and Rosebud Floors will give tips on revitalizing wood floors (2:30 p.m.).
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HISTORIC WOOD WINDOW RESTORATION
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MOSAIC Group Architects & Remodelers (mosaicgroupatlanta.com) and King Landscaping (erickinglandscaping.com) were honored recently by leaders in the green industry during the Georgia Urban Ag Council Professional Landscape Awards banquet. The team won two Distinction Awards in the $50,000150,000 Design/Build/Installation category. The group’s first entry transformed a pool with a generic surround and 1990s landscaping into an inviting place to enjoy dinner and playtime with an outdoor kitchen and more. The second project was an outdoor room with grilling station, fireplace and seating.
MOSAIC Group Wins Distinction Awards Renewal Design-Build completed this porch project as part of a larger renovation for homeowners in Morningside-Lenox Park. As you can see in the before photo, there was only a weathered, multilevel deck in bad repair. The new screened porch features beamed vaulted ceilings with skylights, which connects to an outdoor deck that stretches the length of the home and provides access to the backyard. Along with the porch, the renovation project included reconfiguring of the existing kitchen and breakfast area, a master suite, guest bedroom and bath as well as work to the living room and exterior façade. To find out more about Renewal Design-Build, visit renewaldesignbuild.com.
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Marietta 2241 Fox Hound Parkway Fischer Mansion BR/BA 4 BR / 2.5 BA Townhome community $299,900 boasting historical preservation Tracy Taylor mixed with intown estate living. 404-625-6573
Fairburn 337 Old Arch Lane BR/BA 5 BR /4 BA Dekalb Avenue $299,900 1792 Dekalb Patricia Wise Avenue 678-477-1204 $200,000
1683 Rey Street BR/BA 3 BR / 2.5 BA $159,000 Midtown Jerilyn Lewis 942 Taft Avenue NE 404-771-7956
Mountain Park Beautiful wooded setting nestled in East Cobb featuring quality finishes, sweeping floor plans and conveniently located to major interstates. Arlington Place Jerilyn Lewis - 404-771-7956
BR/BA 4 BR / 3 BA $229,000 Jorge Villalba 678-613-7493 Morningside Johnson Estates
725 Walton Drive BR/BA 5 BR / 3 BA $115,00 Marshea Jones 404-455-7987
3 BR / 3.5 BA $534,900 Jefferson Park Brad Nesmith 1126 Jefferson Avenue
1294 Beech Valley Road 4 BR / 2.5 BA Atlanta 150 Hidden Brook Court $649,900 BR/BA 5 BR / 3.5 BA Greg Williamson $65,000
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638 Central Ansley Circle Park 1101 Juniper $330,000Street #718 BR/BA 2 BR / 2 BA $189,900 Torrence Ford 678-613-5211
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BUCKHEAD – Wonderful brick home situated on private lot. Kitchen w/ incredible built-in bar and wall of windows overlooking wooded vista. 3Bd/2Ba $339,000 FMLS: 5088128 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845
OAKHURST – Stoney River Homes – Ready
OAKHURST – Features mudroom, screened
EDMUND PARK – Elegant home w/updates
Spring 2013. Work with builder now to make final customizations on your new dream home. 4Bed/3.5Bath $574,900 FMLS: 5098532 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234
porch, open kit, fam rm w/fplc, built-in bookcases. Stoney Rivers Homes – ready Spring 2013. 4Bd/3.5Ba $629,900 FMLS: 5078884 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234
galore! 3 fnshd levels w/chef’s kit, master ste with deluxe spa bath, hdwds, screened porch. 3Bd/3.5Ba $499,000 FMLS: 5066237 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141
MIDTOWN – Sophisticated & completely
LAVISTA PARK – Turnkey renovation of midcentury jewel on beautiful lot. Features expanded master, refinished hdwds, drive under 2 car gar. 4Bed/2Bath $399,000 FMLS: 5078662 Sally Westmoreland
MIDWAY WOODS –Stunning rebuild by Stryant Construction. Open kit, porch overlooking private backyard. Work w/builder to make customizations. 4Bd/3Ba $325,000 FMLS: 5092783 Amber Mason 678-637-3530
BUCKHEAD – Custom Stephen Fuller home. Open floor plan for entertaining, 3 floors, elevator, Empryean terrace level w/custom bar. 6Bed/7Bath/2Half Bath $1,795,000 FMLS: 5062517 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862
DOWNTOWN – ONLY 1 LIVE/WORK SPACE REMAINS. 2-level loft w/ great storefront entry for a shop or office. 2nd level offers a full kit, LR & large BR. 1Bd/1Ba $219,500 FMLS: 5065132 Allen Snow 404-931-1176
MIDTOWN – Large home in one of the most
MIDTOWN – A corner home, 10’ ceilings,
desirable buildings in Atlanta. Features Midtown views through floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kit w/ granite. 3Bd/3Ba $549,900 FMLS: 5094852 Allen Snow 404-931-1176
hardwd flrs, granite countertops, stainless steel appl, custom surround sound, fantastic views! 2Bed/2Bath $329,900 FMLS: 5061462 Judy Hollowell 404-441-9681
BUCKHEAD – This masterpiece has all the upgrades that you can image, floor to ceiling windows, gleaming hdwd floors and much more. 5Bed/4Bath/2Half $970,000 FMLS: 5083308 Katherine Nguyen 404-575-2211
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MIDTOWN – Spectacular penthouse has pan-
DOWNTOWN – This 2 bedroom multilevel loft
twnhms incl 2-car gar, custom lighting, fine cabinetry, stone c’tops, optional elevator, rftop terrace, & 2 balc. 3Bed/3Bath $550,000 FMLS: 5029376 Allen Snow 404-931-1176
oramic, skyline views! 2 master suites, 14+ ft ceilings. Huge Tax abatement thru 2022! 2Bed/2.5Bath $817,900 FMLS: 5052490 Cindy Leach 770-314-4922
boasts 25’ ceilings, concrete floors, industrial windows, upgraded kitchen & bath. FHA APPROVED! 2Bed/2Bath $239,900 FMLS: 5081060 Wayne Anderson: 404-588-2728
renovated multi-level home on Piedmont Park. Huge terrace with skyline views, LR & DR. 2Bd/2.5Ba $329,900 FMLS: 5047994 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862
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MIDTOWN – Stunning skyline views. New const. on the Midtown Mile. Spacious floorplan with expansive windows. Pool, fitness, club room, concierge. 2Br/2Ba $524,900 FMLS: 5089604 Sales 404-815-4622
Jason Downey 404.593.5176
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