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Hyperlocal news print | online | social media www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com Twitter: @ATLINtownPaper Wendy G. Binns PUBLISHER (404) 586-0027 wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com Collin Kelley EDITOR (404) 586-0102 collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Elizabeth P. Holmes PRODUCTION/GRAPHIC DESIGN (404) 586-0002 x312 elizabeth@atlantaintownpaper.com ADVERTISING INFO (404) 586-0002 x 302 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Janet Porter REAL ESTATE ADVERTISING (404) 501-0090 janet@atlantaintownpaper.com David Burleson (404) 918-0285 david@atlantaintownpaper.com Linda Howell (404) 586-0002 x320 linda@atlantaintownpaper.com Anthony J. Lombardo (404) 586-0002 x316 anthony@atlantaintownpaper.com CLASSIFIEDS 404-586-0002 x302 classifieds@atlantaintownpaper.com INTERN Gregory Wallace CONTRIBUTORS Cameron Adams, Kate Atwood, Ann Boutwell, Tina Chadwick, Ty Collins, Tyson Deal, Patrick Dennis, Farmer D, Tim Etherington, Brigette Flood, Helen Grebe, Manning Harris, Karen Head, Annie Nichols, Laura Turner Seydel, Tim Sullivan, Sandy M. Tyler, Kathy Vogaltanz, Thom Volarath


Local Video Stores ..................................4 Intown Datebook ......................................6 The Giving Tree ........................................8 Phoenix Flies ..........................................10 A Look Back ...........................................10 Private Flight ...........................................13 20 Under 20 Reception ..........................14 Parents Night Out ...................................16 Charity in the City ...................................16 First Lady Says ‘Let’s Move’ ..................16 Pets ........................................................18 Intown Runaround ..................................19 Health Briefs ...........................................21 Scene & Heard .......................................22



Laura Turner Seydel................................24 Eco-Briefs ...............................................24 Zero Waste Zone ....................................26 Greenprints.............................................26

in BUSINESS 27 Blogging Atlanta .....................................27 Business & Retail Briefs .........................28 Making Sense of Social..........................28 Property Tax Advice ................................28



Bands You Oughta Know .......................30 Grocery On Home ..................................31 Jasmine Guy ..........................................33 Patrick Dennis ........................................33 Atlanta PlanIt ..........................................34 Street Fashion ........................................35


Break for Breakfast & Brunch.................36 Quick Bites .............................................38

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Live-Work-Play Living .............................40 Real Estate Briefs ...................................41

in YOUR HOME 42 Decatur Old House Fair .........................42 Junior League Tour of Kitchens..............42 Home Disaster Tips ................................43 Gardening ..............................................45 Before & After .........................................46

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Writer and photographer Thom Volarath took this month’s cover photo of a delicious plate of huevos rancheros at Gato Bizco Café in Candler Park.

Dear INtown Readers, My Mom says that the first three words she remembers hearing after getting her cancer diagnosis were I love you. We’ve been rallying around her since that day in October 2010. She’s now a third-way through chemo. Friends and family say I love you to her in a variety of ways – freshly baked bread; home-cooked meals; a basket of apples; a box of popsicles; comfy socks; lots of cards; phone calls. Once, a friend drove across town with a bottle of ginger ale because she heard Mom’s stomach was upset. People she’s never met also show that they care, ask me about her all of the time, and put her on prayer lists. A friend of mine in Atlanta sent a beautiful wrap he bought in Machu Picchu, which has kept her warm during chemo sessions. My 16-year-old exchange student from Mexico, who attends Grady High, offered to cut her lovely, long dark hair for a wig. Looking around our city, people are thoughtful and do good things for our community every day. Likely, you are one of them. INtown writer Tina Chadwick is one person who comes to mind in this category. She’s an example of someone who tends to turn her own adversity into goodwill. After surviving the brain tumor she had during pregnancy, she launched Bee Well Wishes (beewellwishes.com), a line of sleep shirts, blankets, pillowcases, socks, and other items as cheerful gift ideas to comfort someone in need. My Mom, in fact, has her own Bee Well Wishes sleep shirt and socks. And, this month, Tina turns her recent home disaster story into a useful tool for all of us. Learn from her experience on page 43. Read about Grady High School students who raised money for PALS with their fashion show on page 18. And, each month INtown columnist Kate Atwood gives us encouragement to find our own way to get involved or to highlight others giving back in “Charity in the City” on page 16. A special thanks to Kate for helping us celebrate students giving back, see page 14. As you read this, we are preparing our 5th annual Go Green issue for April and working ahead on some new projects, like the short videos, which you’ve probably started seeing our website and Facebook page. And, we reached 10,000 Twitter followers, so stay tuned for a Tweet-Up to celebrate that milestone and to kick-off earth month. What else would you like to see in INtown? Tell us about it!

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Please consider nominating a student living or going to school in metro Atlanta; who is under 20 years old; and, who deserves a salute for community service in the January ‘12 issue. 1. Nominee: full name, age, grade and school, contact info 2. Nominator: your full name, relationship to nominee, contact info 3. Short paragraph describing why this nominee deserves recognition for community service. Include any actions, characteristics, projects, goals and areas of interest that will help illustrate your point Email to: Wendy Binns, Wendy@AtlantaINtownPaper.com

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

For the love of movies By Annie Kinnett Nichols In a world where you get movies in the mail, at kiosks or download them online,

you’d think that video stores, especially the mom and pop variety, would have folded by now. Thankfully, the opposite is true. Movies Worth Seeing in Morningside and Videodrome in Poncey-Highland continue to rent movies the old fashioned

way, where loyal customers come in browse the shelves of DVDs and VHS tapes (remember those?) to find the perfect movie. Both stores boast staffs that have been there for years and have an enormous amount of knowledge of all things film. You have a question about movies – they’ll have the answer. Both shops have a great passion and numerous opinions about directors, genres, cinematography and documentaries. Basically, they know something about almost every video or DVD that line their shelves. How are they succeeding when even Blockbuster is failing? It’s simple – the owners are passionate about movies. When Ann and Jerry Rubenstein got tired of the limited number of movies available at local video stores, they opened Movies Worth Seeing (moviesworthseeing. com). Advised by distributors and other stores not to open a store based on taste, the Rubensteins were told they would never make it. The naysayers were wrong. The shop celebrated its 25th anniversary in

November and has 10,000 titles on VHS and DVD. Their first customer to have a membership card at Movies Worth Seeing was the guy who painted the inside of the store, the Rubensteins said. With a membership now in the 70,000 range, those with the early numbers covet their cards. Several have been fought over in divorces and kids of kids of original members still rent under their parent’s and grandparent’ss number. Matt Booth opened Videodrome (videodromeatl.com) at the prominent corner of North and North Highland avenues because he wanted to have a store in his own neighborhood that offered all his favorites. Booth worked at the now defunct Video Update and Mooovies in Little Five Points, building his knowledge base of films, what customers wanted and saved his money to start Videodrome. Booth said he wanted more movies that were on the edge of the corporate culture. “Whatever the masses wanted, in the beginning, I wouldn’t even touch,” Booth




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Opposite Page: Videodrome in Poncey-Highland was opened by Matt Booth, who wanted a video store that had all his favorite movies available. Above: Movies worth Seeing in Morningside is an indie and foreign film lover’s delight.

in bringing in titles and films that the local residents want. With the way we watch films constantly evolving, it’s nice to know these two shops are doing it the old fashioned way – sharing their love of movies, knowledge and inperson customer service.

said. Right now he’s into modern Asian movies like Chung King Express by director Wong Kar-wai and French director Jean Pierre Melville also has his attention. “It’s always changing, I’m always exploring something new. And I love the eclectic research on the Internet that is so available now,” he said. Booth also believes

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March 4-5

ChantLanta, a sacred music festival, is Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, at Druid Hills Baptist Church in the PonceyHighlands. Artists from around the Southeast will be featured, and all donations will go to the following charities: Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Water is Life: Kenya. The free event is open to the public. chantlanta.org

March 5

The Circus Arts Institute will be holding a Show and Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, March 5, to raise funds for two very special members of the Circus Arts Institute family: Marie, a special needs child, and Mary Ann, a cancer survivor who is currently battling cancer again. The event will start at 2:30 p.m. with an art sale of whimsical and poignant paintings by the featured artist, Lucki devi-dasi’s (Marie’s mother). You will also have the opportunity to add a little bling tos your wardrobe with fashionista stylist Stephany MassHeller, who will be selling jewelry and offering fashion consultation. Then at 8 p.m., the MasterPeace Circus Troupe will perform a small Mardi Gras-themed show by some of the intermediate and advanced students and teachers of the Circus Art Fitness classes at the Circus Arts Institute. circusartsinstitute.com.

March 10-13

The American Craft Council Show returns to Cobb Galleria March 10-13. Now in its 22nd year, the show is the premiere marketplace for regional fine craft lovers and collectors, and offers guests the chance to meet and purchase work from artists from around the country. Many of the more than 225 participating master artisans have their work on display in museums and art and craft galleries in the nation. Basketry, ceramics, fashion wearables, fiber decorative, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media and more will be on display and for sale. Regular admission is $13 for one day, $20 for a three-day pass, with a special Friday evening admission price of $5 after 5 p.m. To see a schedule of events during the weekend, visit craftcouncil.org/Atlanta.

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March 12

If you can’t be in Ireland (or Savannah) Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is nothing to shake your sheleighly at. The 153rd annual (yes, that’s 153 years!) steps off along Peachtree Street on Saturday, March 12, at noon. The parade ends at Underground Atlanta with vendors, food and free entertainment, music and dancing. The parade will have over 200 units, including clowns, floats, bands of every kind, military units, bagpipe and drum corps, thousands of children, Irish dancers, clowns, high tech firefighting equipment, police units, drill teams, dogs, horses and antique cars. Paul Gleeson, Counsel General of Ireland in Atlanta, will be this year’s grand marshal. stpatsparadeatlanta.com

March 18, at 7:30 p.m. The annual gala will feature cocktails, live entertainment, dancing and culinary edibles prepared by Atlanta’s most prominent caterers. Tickets are $125 for members; $150 for non-members (includes membership to the Trust); $100 for guests under 40. To purchase tickets, visit georgiatrust.org.  Chairs for this year’s Preservation Gala are, from left, Georgia Schley Ritchie, Janice Biggers, Clason Kyle, Florence Callaway Holmes, Edward Neal and Dexter Jordan, Jr.

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The 27th annual Hunger Walk/Run is Sunday, March 13, at Turner Field. The 5k walk/run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits with hunger relief programs: Episcopal Charities Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta 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 HWR2011.org.

The 7th annual All Kids Count Gala to benefit the Foster Care Support Foundation (FCSF) will be held at the JW Marriott in Buckhead on Saturday, March 19. Cadillac Jack, morning show host at Kicks 101.5, will serve as the emcee. Eric Tyler Anderson, a magician and former foster child, will serve as auctioneer and special guest. The gala will raise critical funds that will enable the FCSF to improve the lives of nearly 4,000 children annually who are removed from abusive and neglectful homes. Generous donations from the community allow FCSF to provide clothes, toys and safe infant care equipment. Tickets for the gala are $150. fostercares.org

March 14

The American Cancer Society’s Auxiliary will host its 20th annual Hope Fashion Show on Monday, March 14, at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. The show is an uplifting event that supports the ACS’s efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. Belk at Phipps Plaza is the fashion sponsor for this year’s show. The Hope Fashion Show has been a sellout of more than 600 people in recent years and has raised almost $1 million for the American Cancer Society over the past 20 years. Tickets are $100. hopefashionshow.org.

March 18

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its 27th annual Preservation Gala – A NeoClassical Caper at Spotswood Hall in Atlanta on Friday,

March 24

Historic Oakland Foundation wil host the third annual Shindig on Thursday, March 24, at Trees Atlanta, 225 Chester Ave., with all proceeds benefiting Oakland Cemetery. Featuring live music and a silent auction, the event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. oaklandcemetery.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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By Gregory Wallace The Giving Tree is a Decatur-based non-profit adoption agency that recruits and trains Georgia families to provide permanent homes for children in the foster care system throughout the country. Founded in 1997 by former DFCS worker Lesli Greenberg to create and maintain adoptions of children with special needs, the agency seeks to provide permanent, stable and loving homes to children that have been denied that opportunity. The Giving Tree has placed over 250 former foster children into permanent adoptive families since its inception. The agency tries to remove as many barriers as possible for potential adoptive parents. It charges no fees for its services, relying instead on contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals. “There are about 130,000 children in foster care that are legally and permanently separated from their birth families,” says Executive Director Alison Fussell. “So we are really committed to helping those children, and we try to make it work for everyone.” Adoption through The Giving Tree is a multistep process built around a system of comprehensive support programs. After submitting an application, interested families attend orientation sessions that educate prospective adoptive parents about the agency and the adoption process.

Prospective parents then attend per-service training. The eight-week training course explores the types of children available for adoption, the challenges of raising a hurt child and exposes participants to the unique parenting skills needed to successfully adopt. A home study, a thorough profile of a prospective adoptive family, is conducted alongside the training. Once a family is deemed ready to adopt, the matching process begins. The agency places great emphasis on the needs of each child and the skills, abilities and expressed interests of potential adoptive parents. “We’re very diligent about trying to make the best match, with the right child with the right family,” says Fussell. “We take this very seriously because these are children’s lives you’re talking about. This is very serious work, and you want to make sure you’re doing the right thing.” The placement period is the longest, lasting between six and nine months, during which time the agency makes repeated visits to the home. In finalizing the adoption, The Giving Tree performs a special placement ceremony. “I had one child who said that his placement ceremony is a more important date to him than his birthday,” says Fussell, underscoring the importance of the ritual in showing the children that they are becoming part of a permanent, loving family. This slow, highly-individualized adoption process results in a very low disruption rate, the frequency with which children are returned to foster care. The Giving Tree’s disruption rate is 3 percent, versus an average of about 25 percent. Intown residents looking to get involved can help in a variety of ways. One of the agency’s greatest needs is for volunteers. Residents can also help by making a financial or in kind donation, and of course by becoming an adoptive parent. For more information, visit www. thegivingtree.org or call (404) 633-3383.


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the PhoeniX Flies Atlanta Preservation Center

A Look Back Ann Boutwell March 2, 1908: The Palmer House apartments fronting Peachtree Place are placed on the rental market by B. M. Grant & Co. In May 1907, owner Sidney H. Phelan commissioned the architectural firm of Norrman & Faulkner to design a five-story twin tower luxury apartment building. The Southern Ferro-Concrete Company constructed the site advertised as “the only fireproof apartment house in the city.” Phelan named the building after his late wife, Palmer Graham Phelan. The Palmer House was designated as an Atlanta Landmark by the city in 1992.

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celebrates living landmarks The Atlanta Preservation Center will host its annual event, The Phoenix Flies, from Saturday, March 5, to Sunday, March 20. This city-wide celebration provides free access to more than 40 historic sites integral to Atlanta’s rich heritage. The celebration was created in 2003 by The Atlanta Preservation Center as a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the dramatic rescue of the Fox Theatre, an event that changed Atlanta’s preservation outlook forever. Since that time, the celebration has won an Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, a Preservation Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, presented over 1,000 events and provided a better understanding of Atlanta’s rich heritage to over 18,000 individuals. This year’s celebration highlights include: • A visit with some of Atlanta’s best storytellers at the Wren’s Nest; • An afternoon of conversation at Atlanta’s only antebellum structure at The Atlanta Preservation’s home, the L.P. Grant Mansion

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• A 10 mile bicycle tour of Atlanta’s Historic Districts; • Insight as to why cemeteries are reservoirs of cultural and historic information; • Tours featuring the city’s tree canopy, including the Atlanta area’s tallest tree in Deepdene Park. The Atlanta Preservation Center was founded in 1980. Its mission is promoting preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy. Further information about the celebration is available at www.preserveatlanta.com or by calling (404) 688-3353.

Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley, Editor You might notice a few changes to our layout this month. We think the look of Atlanta INtown is great (the maxim “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies), but we wanted to refresh some of our fonts, section headers, headlines, etc. Let us know what you think! Something else we’re refreshing is our YouTube channel at youtube.com/ atlantaintownpaper. We’re regularly posting videos we’ve filmed at local events, such as the opening of the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the High Museum and our reception for the 20 Under 20 honorees at Café Nineteen in Atlantic Station. Please subscribe to our channel and look for links to the videos on Facebook and Twitter. Speaking of Twitter, we noow have 10,000-plus followers. For a publication our size, we think that’s an amazing number

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and we want to celebrate. We’ll be hosting a “Tweet-Up” at the end of this month, so make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ATLINtownPaper) to find out the date and time. Please join us! I’d also like to take a moment to thank our fantastic contributors who do such an amazing job bringing interesting stories and photographs to our pages. This month, we’re especially grateful to Thom Volarath for his gorgeous cover photo from Gato Bizco. We’re also welcoming Brigette Flood (who along with Sandy Tyler has been recapping the Real Housewives of Atlanta on our website) as a contributor to our print edition with her new column on social media, Making Sense of Social. - collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

March 8, 1978: National Women’s History Month roots began in Sonoma, California with a single week celebration. The event focused on teaching women’s history in the school curriculums. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter officially declared March 8-15 as National Women’s History Week in the United States. His presidential message encouraged the recognition of women’s historic accomplishments. The celebration expanded in 1987 to the full month of March. nwhp.org March 9, 1854: Oakland Cemetery’s first sexton, Green A. Pilgrim, placed an advertisement in the Atlanta Intelligencer newspaper saying that he could be found at all times on Mrs. Ogilsby lot, located on the corner of Hunter (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive) and Pryor streets. The South Carolina native born in 1804 came to Atlanta in 1843. During his 19 years of continuous service, he is said to have buried 30,000 people. He was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of the Atlanta Pioneer Society. Pilgrim died at his daughter’s home on Boulevard in the Fourth Ward. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery. March 12, 1928: The Wofford Oil Company of Georgia opened its newest Woco-Pep service station on the corner of 12th and Peachtree streets. Car owners living on Atlanta’s northside –Peachtree Road and Ansley Park – found the location very convenient. President Wiley Moore said that in the company’s network of 56 stations, this one was the first to be lighted at night with floodlights. Last year, the Loews Atlanta Hotel opened on the site. March 14, 1940: Margaret Mitchell returned a gracious thank you, but no thank you to David O. Selznick’s for offering her his Oscar for producing the film Gone With the Wind. Mitchell received a telegram from Selznick that read: “Without your great book there would have been no award and I shall take the liberty of forwarding to you the award for the production Gone With the Wind as soon as I get it properly inscribed.” Mitchell replied: “You are amazingly generous in offer to send me the trophy, but I could not think of accepting it. The award was not for the novel writing but for movie-making, so the trophy’s proper place is with you.” March 22, 1996: Georgia State University welcomed the public to a tour of its remodeled $14 million, 833-seat Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, located in the Fairlie-Poplar District in Downtown. The following evening, Maureen McGovern with the Rialto Pops Orchestra conducted by Charles Sayre officially opened GSU’s new performing arts center. The site’s footprints date to an earlier structure called the Piedmont Theater, which opened April 3, 1916. By December 1916, Piedmont’s management had introduced vaudeville and renamed the theater the Rialto. In July 1928, Warner Brothers’ Lights of New York, the first all-talking picture opened at a midnight matinee. The old Rialto was demolished in 1962. Atlanta architectural firm Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild and Paschal designed a new structure on the old site with 1,200 seats, it opened as the new Rialto with the film Bye Bye Birdie in 1963. It declined over the next two decades and closed February 1989. In 1991, Director of GSU’s School of Music, Dr. Richard Koehler, saw the theater’s potential as an urban magnet for both the university and Atlanta. He initiated a fund raising in the fall of 1994 and the Rialto is now one of the city’s premiere venues for concerts, art and more. rialtocenter.org. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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uP in the air More Atlantans take wing in privately owned jets By SB Williams Atlanta not only has the busiest airport in the country, but is poised to become a major center for what is considered by many of those in the world of aviation to be a growing phenomenon in the future of air travel – privately owned airplanes. Owned not only by businesses (i.e. the familiar “corporate jet”), the skyways of the future will belong also to fortunate private citizens with pockets deep enough to afford the convenience and luxury of independent flight. Last October, the New York Times published a full-page article about the National Business Aircraft Association’s meeting held jointly at Peachtree DeKalb Airport (PDK) in Chamblee and in Atlanta’s World Congress Center. More than 26,000 buyers, sellers and exhibitors converged on Atlanta for the event, which is where one-third to one-half of all purchase deals for airplanes are made annually in this country. “It is unlikely that Atlanta will be able to host this meeting again in the foreseeable future,” said Mike Van Wie, Director of Peachtree DeKalb Airport, “because we do not have enough hotel rooms. Twenty two thousand rooms are needed – only can Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida offer that.” At PDK this year, planes were on sale at prices beginning from $150,000 to $65,000,000. For the more ambitious, on display were B727’s refurbished and luxuriously outfitted to serve as a flying office and “virtual” hotel that could take the owner from Atlanta to Dubai without refueling. For a company doing business around the globe, mobile offices and hotels offer the advantage of avoiding the wear and tear of

commercial flying, security checks, luggage restrictions and possibly avoiding some customs inspections. Although members of the aviation industry speak confidently about this new phenomenon in travel of the future, for the past two years the number of new planes sold has decreased by 5 percent and general aviation business has declined by 40 percent – all attributed to world financial uncertainty and an increase in the price of fuel. In 2006, there were 225,000 flights in and out of PDK. In 2009, only 150,000, but 2010 saw an upward trend to 160,000. Each month at PDK, 225 medical flights serve hospitals in this area. Leonard Harris – vice-president of Aero Club of Metro Atlanta, the 400member organization of Atlantans who fly out of PDK – said the airport is “very unusual” in that it is second only to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the South for airport traffic. It serves six counties: Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett, as well as DeKalb and the city of Cartersville. “As Buckhead is the financial center of the South, the movers and shakers of the world come through here,” Harris said. The PDK 6,000 foot runway allows a plane as large as the Boeing 737 to land, though weight as well as length will determine a plane’s permission to land. By far the most popular plane flying in and out of PDK is the Cessna – for businesses as well as private citizens. PDK is one of the few self-sustaining airports in the South. No DeKalb County tax revenue goes to its support. Rather, it is sustained by income from some 225 leases to various businesses that operate at the airport ranging from huge Atlantic Aviation to the Federal Express drop off box and a percentage of the gross income from all fuel flowage. Unlike commercial airports, they do not measure the number of people flying out of the airport, but are concerned with the number of planes that land and take off. To board and maintain a small plane at PDK costs between $500 and $800 per month, and there are currently 365 small business planes based at the airport.

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a recap of the reception for our 2011 honorees Atlanta INtown honored this year’s 20 Under 20 with a gathering on Feb. 16 at Cafe Nineteen in Atlantic Station. The Weber School was our gracious host originally, but the ice storm forced us to call-off the event. INtown facilitates this project with a small staff and virtually no budget, so we appreciate that Atlantic Station and Café Nineteen encouraged us to bring the 20 students in for hot chocolate their treat. Thank you! And, bravo to our students. Hearing your personal stories of giving back gave us all goose bumps. We are inspired. We were lucky to have two special additions at our gathering. Grady High’s Kyle Cobb, who was featured in our February issue, updated us on his efforts to raise money through his foundation, Kyle’s Kids. Plus, Kate Club’s founder Kate Atwood (p. 16) gave insightful advice to the group on embracing the good feeling giving back offers and how to use that feeling to do more. If you have a nomination (Intown public and private schools and colleges) for 2012 20 Under 20, please email me at wendy@ AtlantaINtownPaper.com. The nomination information is on page 3. CampAd_AtlIntown_FebMrch_HI1.pdf 1 - Wendy Binns

From Left: Atlantic station and Cafe Nineteen hosted the 20 under 20 reception in February; Publisher Wendy Binns listens as Sam Halpern talks about raising thousands of dollars to find a cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Henley kibler has traveled all over the country and abroad on mission trips, including helping to make repairs in hurricane-damaged new Orleans. Watch a video of the reception at our YouTube channel at youtube.com/atlantaintownpaper.

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Parents Night Out Organizations help give mom and dad personal time By Helen Grebe

Are the kids fed? Check. Do we have enough clean laundry? Check. Is the milk in the fridge? Check. Did the dog go out today? Check. Have I scheduled a datenight with the spouse? Negative. Date nights for couples with kids are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Between hectic work schedules, managing a household and getting junior to soccer practice on time, the first thing to go in a relationship is often time alone. According to Dr. Torri L. Griffin, who practices marriage and family therapy at the Atlanta Counseling Center, spending 16 minutes a day in an open and connected way influences the way a couple feels about each other for the remainder of the day. So try these options on a weekend night, which will give you an hour or two alone reconnecting. You’ll enjoy it and it’s good for the kids, too!

Friday The Gym at Peachtree Presbyterians Skate Night (Buckhead) Strap on the skates and let the kids get the Friday night fever bug! $5 a child gets you skates, helmets, kneepads and an hour and a half of fun. There is no minimum age (though having your child potty-trained is highly recommended). Times vary but generally run from 6-7:30 p.m. starting in March. Call (404) 842-5852 to make reservations in advance. Peachtreepres.org/thegym Little House of Art’s TGI Friday! (Brookhaven) Appease your little one’s inner Van Gogh while getting some creative time alone. Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. little ones will create cool art projects, enjoy music and story time and dine on pizza. Cost is $25 per child (and $10 every half hour after that) with children grouped in ages of 3-6 and 7-10. Space limited to availability. Littlehouseofart.com



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Saturday Imagine That! Science, Technology & Art Saturday Specialty (Dunwoody/Sandy Springs) No need to dig any deeper for hands-on science and fun. One Saturday each month Imagine That! offers a four-five hour mini program for kids while parents enjoy an evening out. Programs are adopted from the venue’s most popular programs including adventures in chemistry, space, robotics, electricity and more! For more information, (770) 392-1627 or Imaginethatfun.com. Play 2 Grow Saturday Night Fever (Buckhead) Their motto here is stop, drop and play! And why not? Drop off play is offered to toddlers and children age 2-6 on the second Saturday of each month from 6-9:30 p.m. Cost is $13 per hour per child for nonmembers ($11 for members) with a 50 percent discount for siblings. The cost includes 3 playrooms and snack, dinner and drink. Reservations are required. Play-2-grow.com Atlanta Kids Zone (Druid Hills) Dance, sing, and snack your way to paradise on the first and third Saturday of each month at Atlanta Kids Zone. A night out will run you $9 per hour per child and lasts from 5-10 p.m. atlantakidszone.com Buckhead Gymnastics (Buckhead) Flip for some fun on Saturday evening and treat the kids to gymnastics, a movie, dancing, karaoke and even trampoline and obstacle course play. Cost is $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers for a night that begins at 6:30 and goes until 10:30 p.m. The program is limited to children 5 years and older. Buckheadgymnastics.com .

Michelle Obama brings Let’s Move! to Atlanta By J. Branham Jarrell On Feb. 9th, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Atlanta on the one year anniversary of Let’s Move!, her campaign and initiative to eradicate the national epidemic of childhood obesity. The event was hosted at North Point Community Church in a collaborative effort with Ray of Hope Christian Church. The audience consisted of parents from both congregations as well as local faith and community leaders. The forum was chosen as a result of the large numbers of families from different backgrounds that attend both churches weekly. Mrs. Obama began by stating that

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Fun in the Summer with Family Volunteering Philanthropy amongst families is certainly not a new concept in the world of charity, but these days we are seeing more and more families giving back together in creative ways. It is an encouraging trend that has proven to bring families closer together and facilitate healthier communication within households. By identifying the right project, both parents and children can learn that volunteering is fun and rewarding at any age. With summer around the corner, it’s a great time to plan a volunteer experience for your family. Here are a few ideas to help get you started. Take a family vacation that gives back. More and more opportunities exist today that allow you to plan a cultural adventure for your family that also incorporates a project to help people and places in need. Check out Earthwatch (earthwatch.org) for a real hands-on environmental adventure. If you are looking for humanitarian projects, a great resource is Cross-Cultural Solutions (crossculturalsolutions.org). Host a neighborhood barbeque that is also a supply drive for a local shelter or food bank. Pick an organization such as Atlanta Community Food Bank (acfb. org) and include the list of supplies with your invitation, asking your guests to bring one item. Kids also enjoy doing this with birthday parties and other special occasions. Suggest having them collect supplies for an animal shelter, school or community center. Set-up a lemonade stand and raise money for a cause. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (alexslemonade.org) is a nonprofit organization setting out to cure childhood cancer one lemonade stand at a her crusade was the result of the demands of parents to have more nutritious food alternatives available within their communities. She continued discussing the accomplishments of Let’s Move! over the last year. As a result of this program, food manufacturers have committed to cutting 1.5 trillion calories per year from products. Certain companies are selling healthier foods and reducing prices on fresh produce. Food labels have become more clear and easier to read. Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to provide balanced meals in school lunchrooms. A greater focus has been put back on physical education for health and wellness in schools and community. Finally, screenings for childhood obesity have become covered under the Affordable Care Act and paid for by insurance. Mrs. Obama emphasized that all this was accomplished in one year and greater results could follow in the coming years.

time. Check out the site and you’ll not only be inspired, but also informed and equipped with the tools to set-up your own lemonade stand. Swim, bike, run or skate your way to a giving goal. A great way for you and your kids to stay active over the summer is to plan a fundraiser around a favorite sport or hobby. Any activity can be built into a fundraiser for your favorite cause. Plan a swim-a-thon, and get $1 pledges for every lap you swim. You can set a goal for each family member and collectively make an impactful donation to a charity of your choice. For more tips, tools and ideas check out Hands On Atlanta – Family and Youth Volunteering (handsonatlanta.org) and The Volunteer Family (thevolunteerfamily.org) No matter what you decide to do this summer, if you find some time to give to each other and the community, it is certain to be one filled with fun, love, and great reward. Speaking of family volunteering, this March, Kate’s Club will be honoring the Ohlhausen Family: Katherine, Eric, Marshall and Wallis – an Intown family who have given in many ways to Kate’s Club over the past several years. The Ohlhausens will be honored along with a Child Champion and a Volunteer Champion at the 6th Annual Kate’s Club Dinner of Champions. The event is being held Wednesday, March 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. For event information, head over to katesclub.org.

Moving forward, the First Lady said a return to the basics of previous generations was in order. She used examples of days when television was secondary to outside activity. She reminded us that balanced meals were once a part everyday life; served at specific times with snacks not being at one’s disposal. And that there was also a time when fast food was considered a treat and not the convenient source of feeding it has become today. She said it was the voice of concerned parents who have gotten us this far and it will be education and continued action will eliminate this growing issue. Mrs. Obama reminded the audience that America is about making the world better for future generations and encouraged everyone to keep working to achieve this goal. For more information on the Let’s Move! initiative visit www.letsmove.gov. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Pet Briefs

1. The 4th annual Doggies on the Catwalk event partnered fashion with education and, of course, man’s best friends. In addition to highlighting the talents of student designers, this event also raised more than $5,000 for Pets Are Loving Support (PALS). PALS is an Atlanta area organization that provides pet-care, including free food and basic veterinary, care, and support to the companion pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans. The student designers are enrolled in Grady’s acclaimed fashion program, UrbanCouture, created by Fashionado founder Vincent Martinez. Fifteen model dogs, along with their celebrity humans, wore outfits designed by students and guest designer Annie Griffin. Celeb models included HLN’s Richelle Carey, Atlanta Falcons Coy Wire and Brian Finneran, Atlanta Magazine’s Rich Eldredge, V103 FM’s Elle Duncan and Rashan Ali. Pictured are: 1. Dennis Dean with student designer Jalesa Reid and doggie Fiona; 2. Maiya Daniel, Coy Wire, Simon; 3. Asha Haki-Tyler, Brian Finneran, Braxton; 4. Timothy Bennett, Tammie Reed, Chynna; 5. Emcee Vikki Locke and Vincent Martinez.




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The Piedmont Park Dog Park will host a special St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for pooches and their owners on Tuesday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be beer, doggie bags filled with treats for your canine companion and great conversation for you and your four-legged friend. Visit piedmontpark.org. The second annual Bully Ball – dedicated to helping English Bulldogs in the southeast, who need medical care and adoption – is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, at the Ritz Carlton, Buckhead. This black tie optional event includes donated private live and silent auction items, raffle, seated dinner and wine tasting. Beneficiaries include Georgia English Bulldog Rescue, Florida English Bulldog Rescue, Adopt-a-Bull (Florida) and Alabama English Bulldog Rescue. For tickets and info, visit thebullyball.com. Need a hair cut? Want to help rescue(d) animals? Then don’t wait any longer - now you can do both. Helmet Hair in Virginia Highland will donate $10 of your first hair cut to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue. This offer is good until April 30. The shop is located at 1186-D Highland Ave. For more information, call (404) 294-9133.



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Cabbagetown resident Elliott Sullivan plays point guard for the Tiger Sharks in the Kitten Division of the St. Paul UMC Basketball League in Grant Park. He took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat with his number one fan. The St. Paul UMC program lists you at 3 ½ years old, 3 ½ feet tall and 3 ½ stone in weight. Can we trust these figures? Have they standardized the stone yet? Listing me anywhere north of 40 pounds would be an innocent exaggeration (as many athletic programs are wont to do.) Perhaps if I were in soaking wet clothes and cradling a newborn babe before stepping on the scale. Ha! You enjoy the league play but some folks argue that kids start in organized sports too young nowadays. Your thoughts? Let me backtrack a second and say that I truly appreciate the opportunity to speak with Atlanta INtown, thank you. And your point is well taken but the fact of the matter is that my body is telling me I can do these things. I can run and dribble. I can pass and shoot. So why not? Right? Are you going to eat those Cheez-its? I think those who have concerns with it may be considering the emotional and developmental fragilities of the tenderaged set more than the physical. I’m not saying there aren’t some tears out there. There are. But that’s just part of the game. Watch any NBA lately? Bunch of crybabies in that league! One kid on my team, Jacob, slipped and fell a couple of weeks ago resulting in a nasty shiner and he didn’t even leave the game. Then again, he is 5. Well, not to bring up a sore topic but I seem to remember a certain someone having a tough time with soccer this past Fall… Listen, I was much younger then and besides, I consider the shin guard rule to be fascist. Fair enough. How do you feel the season is going for the Tiger Sharks?

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You know, I find it cute that they choose not to “keep score” but it is clear that the Tiger Sharks have won every game. We have a balanced scoring attack that the other teams don’t know how to handle. We have one kid named Gavin who can practically dunk. (Editor’s note: 5 foot hoops) What about the Blue Team? That kid Marcus was pretty darn good, wasn’t he? He’s a nice player for sure but Coach Mike has us conditioned to play hard-nosed defense all 20 running minutes of the game. We switched it up on Marcus – a little triangle and one, a little hands up, four-man line. Marcus started taunting one of his own teammates and their point guard bit their center.

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What’s your favorite part of the playing in the St. Paul league? (stpaulgrantpark.org) That would have to be the post-game snack. It’s a chance for us to mingle with our fans a little and sample whatever goodies the assigned family has brought that week. My buddy Ravi and I like to run around the cafeteria and just act like kids for a while. Any predictions for March Madness? I like the BYU Cougars. Have you seen this Jimmer Fredette kid shoot the ball? He can play 2-guard on my team any day if he’s not a biter. Tim Sullivan heads up the Cabbagetown Running Club and is a Buckhead business owner. Look for his column every month and visit his blog at timmydaddy.com.

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Health & Wellness Briefs Patient care professionals and the public are invited to attend the March 26-27 One Path Summit at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre. This event brings together some of the best minds in traditional and complementary medicine to facilitate dialogue about these two approaches to care. Highlights include a keynote address by Suzanne Somers (both days), presentations by medical experts and a luncheon panel with nationally renowned physicians. Conference fee is $280; luncheon fee is $85. Details are available at onepathsummit.com or 404-310-2773. As part of a nationwide effort to help people jumpstart healthier and happier lives, spas, fitness centers, and Yoga and Pilates studios throughout the Atlanta area are offering half-price deals and free community wellness programs from March

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21st to March 27 as part of SpaFinder Wellness Week. Participating businesses will reduce prices by half or offer flat-rate $50 deals on everything from massage, wraps, and facials to nutritional counseling, acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, and more. Many participating businesses will also be offering free community wellness seminars and workshops. Some local participating spas include Dr. Q Cosmetics in Decatur, 29 Spa at The Mansion in Buckhead and Woo Skinscare and Cosmetics. For more participants and info, visit spafinder.com/ wellnessweek.

to achieve this milestone and one of only a handful in the United States, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing. Connor Comeans, 17, a senior at Northgate High School in Newnan, Ga., received the milestone transplant.

The 8th annual Miles for Smiles 5k Run is Saturday, March 26, to raise funds for the Trinity Early Learning Center. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road. Register by March 24 and get a technical training shirt at telcatlanta.org or active.com. The cost is $25 per adult and $10 for children 18 years and under. This family-friendly event also includes a short fun run and tot trot for young children.

Piedmont Park Conservancy has teamed up with Love You Healthy in an effort to offer quality, convenient fitness programs to the public.  A series of health and fitness programs are being offered throughout 2011 including Swimmin’ and Slimmin’ in the summer. The classes are lead by Atlanta native Saidah Kinerman, who recently relocated back to Atlanta from San Francisco, CA, where she trained as an Olympic hopeful in track and field. Kinerman is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with programs focusing on reducing chronic disease and cancer risks. Love You Healthy classes are a fusion of esteem-building yoga, pilates, weight resistance training and cardiovascular work.  For more details, visit piedmontpark.org or loveyouhealthy.com.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta performed its 500th kidney transplant Jan. 28. Children’s is only the second pediatric kidney transplant program in the Southeast

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Christ the King’s Little Loaves of Love: Lucy Webb, daughter of Robyn & Mike Webb, receiving a loaf in condolence for the loss of her grandfather.

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Laura Turner Seydel

Atlanta-based EcoSMART Technologies has shipped 500,000 cases of safe pesticides to retailers nationwide. None of EcoSMART’s products persist in the environment so, by offering this eco-friendly alternative to harmful chemicals, the company has kept 8 million pounds of synthetic pesticides from the earth. EcoSMART produces are completely safe around pets and children, and offers a line of 20 EPA Exempt products for home, lawn and garden. ecosmart.com

this Summer explore the great outdoors As summer quickly approaches, we cannot help but start planning fabulous vacations to fill our time off. This year, choose a trip that gets you and your family outdoors exploring, learning and enjoying all of Mother Nature’s amazing splendors. Our country has an immeasurable landscape, featuring everything from beautiful beaches to breathtaking mountain ranges. One of my favorite memories as a child was taking family road trips to experience all these different spots, so consider taking one yourself this summer. You can hop in an RV and explore the Wild West and learn about our country’s origins. Just last year my family loaded up in an RV and visited the Black Hills of South Dakota to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. Badlands National Park was so unexpected, breathtaking and different from anything else I’d ever seen. It made us appreciate God’s beauty and become even more respectful of our precious environment. For a road trip closer to home, Tybee Island, off the coast of Savannah is a great

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spot to relax. Named America’s Healthiest Beach by Health magazine, Tybee boasts miles of pristine coastline where at any given time you can spy dolphins splashing around and other sea life enjoying the cool waters and marshlands. Time your trip right and you can watch sea turtles hatch and make their way to the water for their first swim; a truly amazing sight to see. Other beaches with an expanse of nature and wildlife are Jekyll Island, Costa Rica or the Galapagos Islands. Necessary to book your trip a year in advance, the Galapagos is more than just a tropical destination, it is a classroom teaching the evolution of species and can teach years worth of Darwinism in the short span of a week’s vacation. This year, pick a vacation that allows you to explore and experience nature in a unique way. The more connected you become with our amazing environment the more inspired you will be to help protect it and preserve it for future generations. To find green lodging or more ecodestinations, visit green.travel. For more ecoliving tips, visit LauraSeydel.com.

The City of Atlanta hosted the Em-Powered to Change Energy Expo at the Atlanta Civic Center to introduce the new conservation policies for Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs buildings. During the Energy Expo, facility managers and operators learned steps and policies that can be implemented to reduce energy, material use and waste.

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whichmakes “recycled, sassy, one-of-akind, made in the USA, skirts” for from “preloved” jeans and cords. Girls (0-14 years) and ladies (0-14 plus sizes) can take their favorite pair of jeans or cords and custome make a skirt from them. There is also sizes for maternity and even for college kids to support their schools. ElaBela collects their old jeans/cords, fabric is selected, length is determined and within 10 days an ElaBela skirt is manufactured. For those who don’t have pants to recycle, ElaBela has more than 150 ready-to-wear skirts available. The Do you have a local product made with shop is located at 272 Brighton Road and is recylcled materials? Tell us and it could be open Monday-Friday, noon to 2 p.m. or by featured in April’s GO GREEN issue! appointment. wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com

The City of Atlanta along with The Center for Working Families, Inc. (THCWFI) received two grants totaling $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which will make hundreds of Atlanta’s older homes healthier, safer and more energy-efficient. The new HUD funding for the city will support the city’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a partnership between area foundations, government agencies and nonprofits to share resources and more efficiently rehabilitate homes.

EVERY MONTH IS EARTH MONTH in INtown. Next month we celebrate the work done all year by the eco-community:

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Zero Waste Zone City of Atlanta will participate in sustainability program The City of Atlanta has committed to participating Zero Waste Zones, the ecofriendly concern that is increasing awareness among business owners on how diverting landfill assets back into the production cycle protects the environment and helps Atlanta maintain its status as a pioneer city for sustainability. “The city’s support of Zero Waste Zones illustrates our commitment to moving Atlanta toward becoming a top 10 city for sustainability,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “One critical step in this process is to develop a viable zero-waste plan that will create green jobs and reduce the green house gas emissions of discarded materials. ZWZ complements our zero-waste plan and vision and is the economically and ecologically right thing to do for the city.” “Supporting Zero Waste Zones benefits

the environment, local businesses and will ensure long-term cost savings for city government and the community through promoting best practices that minimize waste and recover valuable materials for reuse,” says Mandy Mahoney, Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. Zero Waste Zones is a division of Elemental Impact, a nonprofit entity committed to reducing the commercial carbon footprint in order to protect the environment. Founded and operated by Holly Elmore, ZWZ will celebrate its second anniversary last month. The city’s support of Zero Waste Zones is one of several strategic initiatives Atlanta has undertaken to promote sustainability. Other measures include climate protection, energy reduction and the provision of clean water. Reed has pledged that the city will become one of the top ten most sustainable cities in the United States. To that end, the Division utilizes Recovery Act funding across 16 different programs. These programs are designed to motivate and support community efforts that aim to enhance environmental quality, while supporting jobs and longterm economic growth.

Greenprints Returns Annual eco-conference and trade show is March 14-15 Eco-friendly businesses, developers and green-minded folks will descend on Atlanta for the Greenprints Conference and Tradeshow March 14 and 1 at the Sheraton hotel Downtown. For over 10 years, Greenprints has been the Southeast’s most thought-provoking conference on sustainability. Each year, building design and construction professionals, policy makers, building owners, academics and members of the media come to Greenprints to learn innovative new approaches to energy-, water- and resource-efficient building and community design. They also explore economically sustainable new ways of thinking about urban planning, architecture, land use and more. The “curriculum track” will feature sessions on residential building, including green design, reducing the carbon footprint

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The original social media platform still has clout Intown mince words when voicing his opinion. His most popular – and dreaded – section is aptly called Deathwatch. Not many things are more disconcerting for a business owner than to find his establishment’s name on this list, and nothing elicits more back and forth comments than the businesses Eli chooses quarterly. Though Eli will readily admit that his predictions have been wrong in the past, it’s still pretty fun to see him poke the beehive. Ask him to talk about anything covered in his blog, and he will readily come back with insights of a person twice his age (he’s only 23) and experience. Check him out today to find out what’s opening – or closing – near you.

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles about local bloggers covering the Intown scene. Got a favorite blog? Email collin@atlantaintownpaper.com with your suggestions for future articles.

By Thom Volarath I have a list of local blogs that I love and follow with voracity. They eat at the most interesting places. They hang out with the coolest people. They’re always in the know. I mine them for ideas and suggestions daily, and they always make me look cool in front of my friends. For me, Atlanta bloggers keep the city fresh and show me a side of the city that is overlooked. Though their eyes, Atlanta is anything but slow moving; it’s a hip and quirky place that’s full of little adventures. I had a chance to meet with four local bloggers to get to know them a little better and talk about what inspires them and their blogs. Not surprisingly, their blogs are an extension of their personalities.

asiancajuns.com Catherine and Lauren Lee make me want to doublecheck myself in the mirror before I leave the house. I have to admit that I pondered a little bit longer in front of my closet before I met with them. The Asian Cajuns blog stylishly elevates the art of everyday life. Starting out as a way for friends and family to keep up with their busy lives, the blog has evolved into an eclectic mix of practical living tips and a visual diary of their daily adventures. The name comes from the twin’s heritage: part Chinese, part French Cajun. The blog is unassumingly entertaining. Even the entries where they’re just hanging out at their house are completely charming. More Anthropologie than Martha Stewart, they present a lifestyle that is attainable and unpretentious. The girls regularly highlight their courtesy andy j. scott favorite thrift and consignment shops on the blog. They also feature outings to often overlooked places in Atlanta like the Sweet Auburn Market. They make great unofficial ambassadors. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

chowdownatlanta.com flickr.com/photos/jasontravis Photographer Jason Travis is just an all around cool guy. He definitely reflects the hip factor of his various subjects, which he posts regularly on his photo blog at flickr. A graphic designer by trade, Jason’s design eye is evident in a series of photographs he calls Persona, a split screen photography style called diptych that documents the person and the contents of their bags (as pictured above). I tagged along on a photo shoot he had arranged for the day. Jason is meticulous in the way he crafts his photos. Moving quickly and thoroughly, he experiments with different combination of objects until the he is satisfied with the composition. The end result is an interesting mix of objects that’s extremely insightful about it’s owner. The subjects of Jason’s photos are often from his circle of friends or simply people he has met. Browsing through the photographs is always fascinating and sometimes surprising. It’s a great study in modern anthropology. Jason’s work has steadily grown in popularity over a short amount of time. He has been featured in tons of local publications as well as national ones such as The New York Times and Marie Claire. His book is available online at blurb.com

Although there are no set rules, Chow Down Atlanta specializes in the delicious, but lesser known cuisine around the Buford Highway and Chamblee area. As her blog suggests, Chloe Morris says she writes for the everyman. There are no pretentious restaurants on her list. Like most food bloggers, she is fiercely secretive. She made me promise not to reveal any physical descriptions about her or allow me to take pictures. She likes to be incognito. What I can tell you is that Chloe is a fun bundle of contradictions. She loves to eat, but is super petite. She is a certified scuba diver, but is deathly afraid of the open ocean. She dresses very sophisticated, but considers herself a redneck. At one point in the conversation she tells me that she is a proud card carrying member of the NRA and invites me to go to a shooting range with her. I’m gonna hold her to that soon. Chloe’s approach to food mimics the way she carries her conversation. She easily moves from course to course, stopping to make a quick comment or so and moves on. She’s direct and knows what she likes and doesn’t like, and isn’t that what you look for in a food blog? Impress your friends with some of Chloe’s suggestions today. She will make you look cool.

tonetoatl.com “Coming Soon” signs in a storefront window excite Eli Zandman like no one else in Atlanta. Where other people might glance and drive by in their car, Eli parks and begins asking questions. As the curator of Tomorrow’s News Today, Eli documents the seemingly soap opera world of real estate, retail and restaurants in Atlanta. Eli’s blog is like the TMZ of the local business community and everyone, it seems, has an opinion about it. Sometimes controversial but always honest, Eli doesn’t

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Business & Retail Briefs Anthropologie is now open in the Westside Urban Market at 1207 Howell Mill Road. The store sells clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, accessories, furniture and more. anthropologie.com

Milan, Italy-based cargo carrier Cargoitalia began scheduled service to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in February. The two weekly flights between Atlanta and Milan will have an estimated $15 million economic impact on the metro area. “Our freight forwarders have been asking for more airlift capacity to Europe,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Cargoitalia is a world-class, all-cargo airline that meets this need, and I am confident it will serve our customers well in the years to come. Air cargo has a huge economic impact on Atlanta and the metropolitan area, and I am committed to growing this vital business sector.” Tim Etherington is opening Property-TaxReductions, a new real estate property tax consultant business, this spring. Etherington has more than 25 years experience and is a property tax expert. He’ll be offering consultations and aid in property tax appeals. For more information, call (678) 995-553 or Property-Tax-Reductions.com The City of Decatur launch its updated website at decaturga.com last month featuring a more powerful search engine, front page links to interactive city services, city blogs, the latest news, a comprehensive events calendar, and a changing spotlight on key initiatives. All the information from the old site has been updated and transferred to the new site as well as the interactive features such as Open City Hall, paying parking tickets and taxes online, submitting a citizen request and signing up for CodeRed notifications. A new feature is the ability to sign up for a variety of e-newsletters including meeting notices, special events, emergency information, and general news. In conjunction with the city’s website launch, the Decatur Tourism Bureau unveiled its brand new site specifically designed for visitors and tourists at visitdecaturgeorgia.com Ashley L. McCartney was been selected Chair of the South East Atlanta Business Association (SEABA) at the recent annual meeting. McCartney is a Cum Laude graduate of the Georgia State University

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College of Law and a managing partner of McCartney & Kan, LLC. Also on the board: Barbara Kenney (Treasurer), Cary Burgess, Dave Chambless, David J. Payne, Jeffrey E. Rogers, Sr. (Vice Chair), Rick Hudson and Shay Eskew.

Underground Atlanta continues to evolve and expand its retail footprint. Comfort Suites Atlanta Downtown is offering 156 newly renovated boutique-style suites near Underground, while Jamaican Restaurant & Lounge, Georgia Peach Restaurant & Lounge, Subway and Le Restaurant Creole are the newest dining options. Tourists can take tours Downtown, Midtown and historical neighborhoods in eco-friendly electric cars courtesy of ATL Cruzers, which begin at the ACVB Visitor’s Center at Underground. Also newly opened: Weaves in the City, Smiling Dental and Fuzion Showcase & Lounge at Kenny’s Alley with R&B, comedy and jazz. underground-atlanta.com Urban Interns, a national marketplace that connects growing companies with people seeking part-time jobs, internships and freelance positions, has launched in Atlanta. Urban Interns first launched in New York City in 2009 and after raising additional funding has expanded into 11 additional cities across the United States. Thousands of job-seekers and employers use Urban Interns every single month to connect with one another. UrbanInterns.com The Atlanta University Center Consortium Council of Presidents has appointed Sherry L. Turner as executive director. She replaces Marilyn Jackson, who served in this capacity for the past seven years. Turner will oversee the dayto-day operations and provide leadership to the Consortium’s academic and community engagement activities. A researcher, professor and administrator, Turner is the former Vice President for Student Affairs at Spelman College.

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood

Facebook, Here We Come – Like it or Not Social media generates so much buzz, it almost seems like noise. So let’s start at the beginning where all conversations about social media usually start – Facebook. You’ve heard of it? The social network service has more than 600 million active users, and it’s quickly becoming the online platform for both personal and business engagement. Someone recently commented, “What if Facebook becomes the web?” I’ll give that a minute to settle in. It blew my mind, scared me to death and fascinated me all at once. The simple insight is that Facebook is all about infinite possibilities. It’s exciting stuff, and it’s constantly changing and evolving. Business likes exciting, buzz-worthy trends; especially ones that have as low barrier to entry as Facebook does. You noticed it’s free, right? So naturally, Facebook is where every business, big and small, wants to have a presence. For some, it’s an arguable use of resources. If you are a consumer-facing organization (business, non-profit, agency, municipality), it’s a great way to engage customers in meaningful and entertaining ways. However, if you are a B2B company, there are some compelling reasons to get in on the action and some equally compelling reasons why you shouldn’t. It all depends on your objectives, goals and on your …

wait for it … do not go further if you don’t have one … please I’m not kidding … it makes all the difference in the world … your strategy. Because when social media is good, it’s very, very good. But when it’s bad, it’s very, very bad. Just ask any of the voters or nominees for The Suxorz Awards, which call out the worst in social-media marketing. One main differentiator between good and bad is a well-planned strategy, and here’s why. Social media marketing is a relatively new and emerging area, but it’s still marketing. And the fundamentals of marketing still apply. Don’t put yourself out there without a consistent message and a goal in mind. What do you want to say, what do you want your customers to do? Why, how, how often and how does it align with your overall business goals? Need help getting started? There are affordable local experts to help you out. I will be chatting with some of them on my blog, makingsenseofsocial.com. Also feel free to tweet me any questions @brigflood or @ATLIntownPaper with hashtag #socialsense.

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Tax Advice: De-Mystifying your property assessment By Tim Etherington There is so much misinformation regarding Intown property tax assessments, I wanted to try to de-clutter the property tax landscape in light of recent state legislative streamlining tax initiatives. Last June, then Gov. Sonny Purdue signed into law “The Property Tax Assessment and Appeals Reform Bill” to help homeowners seeking property tax relief during turbulent economic market meltdowns. This new statewide statue signifies a sweeping overhaul of how the values of homes and business properties are assessed, including areas where significant distressed sales have occurred.

New Law Highlights • Requires annual assessment notices sent to all properties with right to appeal. • Requires annual assessment notices to include the estimated property’s taxes. • Only “current use of property” determines Fair Market Value. • Longer appeal period of 45 days, rather than 30 days.

• Automatic taxpayer victory on appeals when county fails to respond within 45 days. • Taxpayer must be given access to all data used in determining property value. • Sales price cannot exceed property value for following tax year. • Must consider any open-market sale as arm’s length transaction – including short sales. • Additional training and qualifications required for tax officials. An important point to note is that a reduction in the assessment does not always reduce the actual bill. Other factors such as millage rates, homestead exemptions, and other exemptions will also affect the final tax bill. Tim Etherington, President, PropertyTax-Reductions can be reached at (687) 995.5537 or info@Property-Tax-Reductions For common property tax assessor mistakes in establishing property values check out Property-Tax-Reductions.com.

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Atlanta INtown contributor Ty Collins gets up and close and personal with two up-and-coming bands on the verge of making it big:

Orxy & Crake and The Constellations

Atlanta nonet Oryx and Crake’s self-titled debut finds the sweet spot somewhere between brooding introspection and childlike awe. Mixing nuanced elements both buoyant and atonal, these orchestral popsters manage to draw a listener in with accessible melodies, only to reveal the onion that is each song, its layers sloughing off, coupling complex metaphors with haunting string arrangements, all chronicled in a choir boy’s honed chirrup. It’s evident someone has loved these songs and nurtured every textured note to maturity. They are neither folk nor fusion. They simply are. I sat down with three of the band’s nine members to talk about music and the logistics of “making it” in an industry fraught with uncertainty. Oryx and Crake is the brainchild of sound-design professor Ryan Peoples. The band’s name pays tribute to a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, and hints at an intellectual authenticity hovering just below their signature eclectic sound. They incorporate everything from a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) to a toy piano in their diversified stage show. People’s songwriting partner, Rebekah Goode-Peoples, also happens to be his wife. Together, they hammer the first nail in every Oryx and Crake construction. “I’ll sit down with a guitar or at the piano and hum some ridiculous gibberish,” says Peoples, sitting sentry on his couch beside a record player, the comforting hiss of an LP registering just below his Oryx and Crake brings together the diverse talents of Ryan Peoples (acoustic guitar/lead vocals/autoharp/singing saw/etc.), Rebekah Goode-Peoples (keyboard/vocals), Matt Jarrard (cello), Karyn Lu (violin), Matt Gilbert (electronic drums, home-made midi), Eric Wildes (electric guitar/vocals), Anna Wildes (banjo/vocals), Keith Huff (bass/vocals), and Chris Vanbrackle (percussion).

words. “She either laughs at me, or she becomes inspired, and we start writing. The song kind of evolves from there.” Goode-Peoples, an English teacher, reflects on her foray into the singer-songwriter world: “I’ve been writing poetry forever,” she says, balancing a glass of red wine on her knee. “I was never into the esoteric academic circles. That wasn’t a good fit. I was looking for a new vehicle. Ryan and I started writing lyrics together; it was very different from writing poetry, but I had some tools in the tool box …. “We’re both very competitive. Getting to collaborate and share something like that with your partner is motivating, but it also brings us closer … [the time we spend writing together] is sacred. For me a lot of it is emotional. It’s about our relationship, a way to express all of this [mess] I got going on in my head.” The “[mess]” eventually finds its way to cellist, Matt Jarrard. He fills in the cracks, providing cohesion where cohesion is needed. He credits the Suzuki method, a series of principles emphasizing playing by ear before learning to read music, to his eerily enchanting style. Critics often draw comparisons with Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, when describing the band’s byzantine but entirely palatable sound. As of January, Oryx and Crake remain unsigned. They offer different theories as to why label reps haven’t come calling: “Maybe labels don’t think we need any help,” says GoodPeoples, noting the album’s polished sound and appearance. “I think we need lots of help. I would love help. We are not opposed to ‘labelness’ at all.” Jarrard says luck may be factor, as well: “Who knows if the right people have listened. You like to think if enough people listen to you in Atlanta the right person is going to hear you; but you don’t know that.” Peoples and Goode-Peoples also have two young children to consider. “My parents could watch the kids for a week or two,” Good-Peoples says. “Things could be done. If the right opportunity came along, certainly we would make it happen … But what’s great about Oryx and Crake is as long as these two are there (she g estures to Peoples and Jarrard) it’s Oryx and Crake.” facebook.com/oryxandcrakeband

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Atlanta mega-group The Constellations released their debut album, Southern Gothic, last year to much critical acclaim. Charismatic front man Elijah Jones took a break from his grueling tour schedule to talk about life as everyone’s favorite Constellation. Who are you touring with these days? I’m on tour with Robert Randolph right now; we’ve been touring with him since January I think. We toured with Toots and Maytals recently, too. It was amazing. I’ve been listening to him for years and years. I love Toots. As far as genre is concerned, you guys are pretty hard to pigeonhole. I’ve heard ghetto-tech; I’ve heard hip-hop/rock; I’ve heard psychedelic pop. Does transcending categorization help you? No, I think it definitely hurts us. People like everything to be in a nice simple, clean package. They like their bands to look like what they sound like, unfortunately. I do think that hurts us. Live, I think it helps us, though. People can get bored really easily at shows. And that’s the number one thing I get after a show. People say: ‘I love how ya’ll mix this and that with the other.’ They say: ‘I was coming here to see a blues band, or a psychedelic band, or a hip-hop band, or whatever, and you guys opened up, and I was surprised and amazed.’ We get a lot of that kind of stuff, and to me, that’s the true test. Tell me about “Step Right Up” (a reworking of Tom Waits’ funhouse barker classic, complete with a rundown of Jones’ favorite Atlanta watering holes and some of their celebrated regulars). Me and Ben Allen (Allen is known for his work with Animal Collective and Gnarls Barkley) were in the middle of recording stuff, and we wanted to put out a cover to get people interested in the project or whatever, and we came up with “Step Right Up.” I’m a huge Tom Waits fan. I could sort of get the cadence down, so Ben was like, ‘why don’t you go home and write your own lyrics,’ which was extremely intimidating. Rewriting one of your idol’s songs is quite a task. I came up with the first verse, though, and everything just kind of spilled out after that.

What was it like working with Cee-Lo Green? (Green was featured on The Constellation’s “Love Is A Murder”) It was amazing. I tried a number of times to get in the studio with Cee. He actually came out to see one of my old bands play. I didn’t know he was going to be there, I was like man, that’s Cee-Lo Green. From there, we just developed a relationship. He liked what I was doing, and I kept bugging him to get on a track. He finally came in and did it. He’s super talented. He knows what he’s doing; he goes in there and does in one take and that’s it. What’s 2011 looking like for you? Hopefully, tour, tour, tour, and record. I’m really itching to get back in the studio. Just trying to get out there and reach as many people as possible. myspace.com/constellationsatl

taKe Me HoMe Grocery on Home becomes a venue for the arts By Wendy Binns

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We found a seat on the bench, contributed a donation to the musicians, opened some beers brought from home and listened to the Georgia Crackers play tunes from the 1920’s. We were in Grant Park at Grocery on Home. Several of my friends ended up there that night, not really understanding where we were going. One of the band members joked that he didn’t understand where they were going either. He said, “Grocery on Home? I thought we were going to an abandoned Ukrops or something.” It’s not that kind of grocery. It’s the kind that once upon a time likely sold RC Colas and Tom’s snack foods. Probably friends stood out front in coveralls talking about the Braves. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Today, this former grocery store in Grant Park is a private venue where Matt Arnett and Chad Crowley bring in live music, film screenings and discussion groups. I first met Matt when The Gee’s Bend Singers were opening for The Carolina Chocolate Drops at Variety Playhouse about a year ago. Matt, like me (and my motherin-law, I might add), is a fan of the now famous Gee’s Bend quilters. In fact, he and his father, Bill Arnett, created the awardwining books and exhibitions of the quilts. Matt and Chad also collaborated on a film project about five years ago about the music of Gee’s Bend. These quilters formed a gospel group, which is enchanting. It’s apropos that Matt and Chad’s new project is fostering a love of arts. Long story short, what is the background story of Grocery on Home? Matt Arnett: Anyone that knows me knows there is no such thing as a short story, unfortunately. But I grew up in a house filled with art and activity. My parents’ home was often filled with visitors from around the world, everyone from scholars and artists to athletes and performers. I always knew that one day I wanted to have a

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home like that, and expose my kids to that kind of experience. When I moved into an old community grocery store in Grant Park the first thing I did was connect the upstairs and the downstairs (by knocking a hole in the brick wall) and build a landing and stairs (Chad’s brother Andy did that amazing work). The first time I stood on the landing, it felt like I was on a stage. I called Chad, who shares my eclectic mix of musical tastes, and said, “I think we need to have music at the Grocery. The types of music events and conversations we’ve talked about hosting, I think the Grocery would be the perfect location for them.” Chad got it right away. The idea really is to bring interesting music and lively conversations to an intimate live audience. I’m drawn to the salon style of thing that has developed, and that’s what we’d hoped for. If a musician who is drawn to environmental causes (like Ben Sollee) can come and entertain an audience and then connect with someone in the audience (like Lewis Perkins) and then find ways to work on projects together in the future, that excites me. Chad Crowley: Matt and I grew up very differently. I grew up going to this old train station in Jonesboro on Saturday nights to hear all these old guys play fiddles and banjos. We called it “going to music making.” But the result was really quite similar to what Matt experienced in that

it was like one big twisted awesome family every week. Also, as a filmmaker, I’ve been so driven creatively by music programs like Austin City Limits, that speaking to that on film was bound to happen. Then Matt found this old grocery store and it all just kind of stirred those two ingredients up for me. What has been a highlight since it started? MA: It is hard to overlook all the great music that has been made and shared in the Grocery, and it would be impossible to single out any one performance. But a few events stand out for me. One that comes to mind and is probably what helped us realize the potential for the Grocery, was when our friend, the great visual artist Lonnie Holley, did a somewhat impromptu performance that was really powerful. My friend Lance Ledbetter brought over an old, Italian organ and Lonnie made some amazing music on it. Lance and I are now producing Lonnie’s first record, which I think will really blow people away. One night Ben Sollee was killing it on his cello and my daughter Viva turned to me and said, “Dad, I swear there must be a dozen little people inside Ben’s cello playing all those other instruments.” Viva fell asleep before the second set was over, and when she woke up, she said, “Dad, did Ben play ‘Only a Song’?” (It’s her favorite song). I told her that she’d fallen asleep before he played it. After every one left, Ben took out his cello and sat down with Viva and played it just for her. Watching my



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8-year-old daughter have a private concert with her favorite musician made that night pretty special. CC: There was this moment I remember. I don’t think I even remember who was on stage, though I’m sure they were amazing. But I was perched up on the overlook in the back of the room looking through a camera and I looked down and saw this sea of people. Everybody just looked so comfortable. And it might sound hokey but they all just had this look of edification on their faces. And I thought, “Wow, we gave life to this.” What kind of crowd are you drawing? MA: Because the shows spread by word of mouth, we’ve had an interesting mix of folks. Lots of folks in the arts community have come. We’ve had chefs and food writers. Television and film producers, radio and television personalities, professors, music industry people, writers, designers, and many other people who love hearing great music in a unique environment. Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Lewis Perkins, who comes a fair amount. I love Lewis Perkins. CC: I’d dare to say a Grocery audience is one of the most diverse and interesting in the city. It might be my most cherished part of doing this really. I love the music and artists, but it’s watching the improvisational forces at work that bring people from all walks and backgrounds together in this place that never ceases to amaze me. Who would be your dream guest performer? MA: I dreamed that people would come to this old grocery store in Grant Park and find kindred sprits and hear great music and want to come back. My dream performers and guests come every time we have a show. I didn’t really answer your question, did I? CC: I heard Jack White just made a record with Wanda Jackson. I could see those two melting faces from that tiny little stage. MA: That would be fantastic. I suppose I’d love to hear Sam Parton (from the be good tanyas) singing “The Littlest Birds” on the Grocery stage. That would make me smile. What’s some local music you’re excited about? MA: I’ve long been a fan of Atlanta’s music scene. Lots of great music is coming out of this town in all genres. I had the great pleasure of looking at, and talking about, art recently with Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) and Cole Alexander (Black Lips). I dig what they do. I met them through my friend Lance Ledbetter, who I mentioned earlier, who is someone whose work I admire. I learn a lot about music from every conversation I have with Lance (Lance and his wife April run Dust-to-Digital). If you don’t know about the work of Dust-toDigital, check them out (www.dust-digital. com). I also listen to a lot of AM1690. I can usually find what I’m looking for there.

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Can you recommend some favorite venues for local music? MA: I’ll go anywhere where good music happens. My personal favorite places are Eddie’s Attic, The EARL, Blind Willie’s and The Variety Playhouse. I also love WonderRoot (I just joined the board there). There are also some other great “house concert” venues in town, just ask around. I also like sitting in the front seat of the car with the kids in the back. Some pretty interesting local music comes out of my old truck, too. CC: I wish Dr Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party would do music. I hide in there quite a bit and write. It’s the most inspiring place for me in the city. For more bout Grocery on Home, visit http://www.facebook.com/groceryonhome w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


A Different World

Actress and director Jasmine Guy now calls Atlanta home By Collin Kelley Editor

I interviewed Jasmine Guy during the snow and ice storm in January. We were both trapped at our homes, so we had plenty of time to talk about her career as an actress, dancer, choreographer, singer and director. Guy is best known for role as spoiled Whitley Gilbert on the hit show A Different World, which ran from 1987 to 1993. Since then, she’s remained active in television, including Dead Like Me and The Vampire Diaries and guest spots on That’s So Raven and Drop Dead Diva. Now living full-time in Atlanta after 30 years in New York and Los Angeles, Guy has become known for her stage work in the city, most notably with True Colors Theatre. When we spoke, she was in final rehearsals for the Kenny Leon-directed Broke-ology and was preparing to direct The Colored Museum, which opens this month. “I didn’t know what was here for me,” Guy said. “What was I going to do in Atlanta? Kenny Leon is the reason I’m here.” Leon cast Guy in Swimming Upstream, a series of monologues about the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and she received raves for her performances in Blues for an Alabama Sky and Miss Evers’ Boys at True Colors. Of the latter, Guy said it was one of her defining moments as an actor. Then Leon asked her to direct the hit

revival of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf at 14th Street Playhouse. “That was the production Tyler Perry saw and decided he wanted to make the movie version,” Guy said. “I was just flying under the radar and trying to get my directing chops.” Although she had written directed episodes of A Different World, director for the stage was a new challenge. “I got the calling to be a director before I realized I loved doing it,” Guy said. That new calling also helped propel her direction of last year’s world premiere of the Martin Luther King Jr. musical, I Dream, at the Alliance Theatre. “I got the directorship in April and performances began in July,” she recalled. “It was like jumping on a moving train, but the show had its own spiritual drive, so I was thrilled to be part of it.” The Colored Museum will be another opportunity for Guy to flex her directing muscle with its controversial characters and storyline. The play features 11 vignettes that satirize African American culture and Guy said “some people may be offended, but people will laugh” at the stereotypes and parodies presented in the show. “There’s an angry black man, a Bibletoting lady, an angry queen, a sassy black girl,” Guy said. “The play is edgy, but it’s funny because it’s true.” Now that she’s living in Atlanta with her young daughter and near her parents, Guy said she plans to stay. “There’s so much going on with theater, film and television now in Atlanta, that I don’t have to leave to work.” Guy also encourages theater-lovers to go outside the city to seek work. True Colors is primarily based at the Southwest Arts Center, but The Colored Museum will be staged at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center at 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur from March 25 until April 17. “There is great theatre happening all around Atlanta,” Guy said. “Go see everything you can.” For more information and to purchase tickets for The Colored Museum, visit truecolorstheatre.org.

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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

Art Lessons from Peru I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… About Peru. It’s probably a reaction to the wear and tear on my artistic nature from Snowpocalypse and subsequent news videos of all those people who were truly slammed by the “storm of the century” all along its path from St. Louis to Boston that just made me think there are going to be a lot of babies born this October, but I can’t help but think of sunny Peru and its inviting arts culture. In Lima, there is a weekend artist market operated by the city, with vendors selling their indigenous handcrafts like weaving, beadwork and jewelry at uniform carts that fold up at night, surrounded by concentric circles of artists with their gloriously colorful paintings on easels and screens along Kennedy Park’s paths which are dotted with sculpture and fountains. The park is in the “midtown” area with restaurants, hotels and, of course, many churches. People walk, buy, eat and pray with a guidebook in tow that says the Market is a “must do in Peru.” And it really is. Despite Peru’s fondness for “tent cities” where locals set up hundreds of stalls in alleyways to trade goods and produce, the market in Kennedy Park sets a standard that exceeds the Montmartre in Paris or Portobello Road in London with quality, safety and an enticing “I’ve got to have it” allure. When I stayed in Lima for a few weeks, I saw people walk through the park looking lost because there was no market during the week. I suspect they went into the local churches to ask the saints, “What the heck?” but extended their visit through the weekend so as not to miss the market. Sure, there’s the pristine coastline, Amazon River, Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley, but that market has what I want! The thing is, I want it here in Atlanta. I was fortunate to meet a lovely woman named Patricia from Peru who came to Atlanta with about 2,000 blankets and scarves. She set up shop during the holidays at the Holiday Shops at Atlantic Station and got everybody hooked on the soft cashmere feeling and warmth of alpaca, then went home. It was a terrible feeling when she left, like when my favorite Starbucks closed. Before she left she asked me why we wait all year for a special time that artists can sell their paintings (meaning festivals and holidays). I told her we have one weekend outdoor market in Atlanta at Atlantic Station. It’s a solid reason for people to go

there every weekend. But could it be that Peru has us beat in the use of outdoor space for art? It made me more determined than ever to work on cultivating a friendlier environment for artists to sell their work to the public. Weekend artist markets draw visitors, encourage people to get out of their cars, breathe life and color into the neighborhood economy while reducing crime. Artist Markets are sort of like a cultural super power. There have been some excellent efforts to bring art to the public outside museum or gallery walls. The Atlantic Station Market (www.atlanticstationmarket. com) has operated for five years every weekend from March to November, bringing an eclectic mix of art and craft to this outdoor shopping center. The Midtown Pop Up Shops and Artist Market (www.facebook.com Midtown Artist Market) introduced a new look and vibrancy to Peachtree St. We’ve grown accustomed to the vacancies. Who knew it could get artsy? The Dashboard CoOp (www.dashboardcoop.org) event on Brady Street in January was an innovative and daring way to show art in an empty warehouse. The 2nd Friday Art Stroll on Castleberry Hill (www.castleberryhillartstroll.com) was voted “best neighborhood art walk” in a recent publication. I confess that as I researched options for artists, I gravitated indoors to a favorite spot, Bennett Street Gallery (www. bennettstgallery.com). This traditional gallery has a friendly staff, the artwork approachable and the intimacy of the space is relaxing. But I was the only person there, so clearly there is work to do. The Bennett Street businesses could benefit from creating an outdoor artist market on the weekends to draw visitors, but then so could Castleberry Hill, Peachtree St. in midtown and just about anywhere in Atlanta. Without regular weekend artist markets, will there ever be an environment like Kennedy Park in Atlanta? I think the Peruvian ambassador might be able to give Atlanta some art lessons. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta. Email: Patrick@affps.com

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Paint Out Loud

A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts & Museums Paint Out Loud: Art Space International showcases paintings by Neal E. Hamilton, whose approach to painting – just like the rock and roll musicians he paints – is wild, passionate and over the edge. Closes March 11. Admission is free. artspaceatl.com Patriarchs | Matriarchs: This exhibit at Twin

Kittens features videos, paintings and prints by Dale Inglett that are all abstractions of photographs from the turn of the previous century. Closes March 12. Admission is free.


American Craft Council Show: More than 200 of

the country’s leading craft artists come to the Cobb Galleria to present their latest designer, handmade works during this show. March 11 through March 13. One-Day pass: $12. ThreeDay pass: $18. craftcouncil.org Body & Soul: This exhibition at pb&j gallery

features four artists who have distinctly different approaches to capturing the human form. Closes March 19. Admission is free.


Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle: This exhibition at the Museum of

Design Atlanta (MODA) provides a thrilling look at the design that turned Italian motorcycles into objects of desire at the same time that they dominated the race course. Opens March 20. $5 to $10. museumofdesign.org The Selby is in Your Place: Jackson Fine Art exhibits works by acclaimed blogger Todd Selby, who takes incredibly intimate photographs of artists, designers and writers in places they inhabit and that inspire them. Closes March 25. Admission is free. jacksonfineart.com Attic Treasures - Memories of the Carr Family:

This exhibit at The DeKalb History Center provides a glimpse into the life of a prominent DeKalb household from the 1920s to the 40s. Closes April 1. Free! dekalbhistory.org

Performing Arts Exit, Pursued by a Bear: This World Premiere play presented by Synchronicity Theatre at 7 Stages is a hilariously brutal modern revenge comedy based on one of Shakespeare’s most violent stage directions from “The Winter’s Tale.” March 3 through March 27. $15 to $23. synchrotheatre.com

Honk! This eye-popping children’s musical at the Alliance Theatre is based on the beloved children’s story “The Ugly Duckling.” March 5 through March 20. $20 to $35. alliancetheatre.org Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Performing at

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the Rialto Center for the Arts, this a capella group has for more than 40 years fused the seemingly disparate yet spiritually resonant traditions of Zulu music and Christian gospel.

March 12. $41 to $67. rialtocenter.org 24-Hour Plays: One of the most popular

kamikaze events in Atlanta theatre history is returning to OnStage Atlanta. Working Title Playwrights brings together 100 bold artists to write, direct and perform eight short plays in 24 hours! March 13. $15.


LYRA and Friends: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Robert Spano joins LYRA String Quartet for a concert of chamber music at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. March 13. $18 to $25. lyraquartet.org

Edward III: This classic at New American

Shakespeare Tavern explores one of the causes of the Hundred Years’ War: the claim of Prince Edward III to the French throne. Opens March 16. $12 to $32. shakespearetavern.com

See What I Wanna See: Nothing is as it seems in this staggeringly original musical at Actor’s Express based on Japanese short stories about lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption. Opens March 17. $15 to $42. actors-express.com A Solo Acoustic Evening with Bryan Adams:

The enduring rockstar will showcase songs off his newest album “Bare Bones,” an acoustic re-imagining of some of his biggest hits, at this concert presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. March 18. $35 to $95.


Battle Acts: In this show at Academy Theatre, individual improvisers from the Laughing Matters troupe compete head-to-head for laughs in an elimination tournament. March 19. $15. laughingmatters.com J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan: Part live theatre, part

Women’s Choral Festival The Stinky Cheese Man: This rip-roaring fairy

tale adventure at Center for Puppetry Arts is adapted from the wildly popular children’s book. Opens March 22. $16. puppet.org

The Music Man: Fabrefaction Theatre Company

presents this perennial musical about con man Harold Hill. March 25 through April 3. $15 to $30. fabrefaction.org

Emory Dance Alumni Concert: This concert

at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts showcases works choreographed by Emory dance alumni who are now performers, choreographers, teachers and scholars. March 25 and March 26. $5 to $10. arts.emory.edu

film, this show at Pemberton Place features 22 actors, stunning puppets, epic music, dazzling flying sequences, and the world’s first 360degree theater set. Closes March 20. $35 to $125. peterpantheshow.com

Burn the Floor: Straight from Broadway,

this show at The Fabulous Fox Theatre lets audiences feel all the passion, drama and sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion ballroom dancers in a true theatrical experience. March 22 through March 27. $13 to $50. foxtheatre.org

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Women’s Choral Festival: Don’t miss this concert at Georgia State’s Kopleff Recital Hall featuring the women’s choruses of Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Spelman College and Agnes Scott. March 31. Free! music.gsu.edu w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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A colleague once remarked, “March 4th is the only day of the year that is a command.” This month’s fashionistas have done so by walking the BeltLine. They have explored the underpinnings of a city that began as a rail crossing and seen its once-derelict corridors being redeveloped for pedestrian traffic. Imagine a leisurely stroll from Piedmont Park to Sweet Auburn. Atlanta’s zeitgeist is human scale and, contrary to high-rise development, offers something for everyone. Take part this spring: March forth! Photographer Cameron Adams is documenting Intown’s style trends on his blog, www.atlantastreetfashion.blogspot.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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We asked our diverse line-up of contributors to tell us about their favorite Intown breakfast and brunch joints and they delivered. You’ll find some of the regular suspects (Waffle House) and newer places (The Mercantile) that offer meals to fuel your day – or night. We want to hear from readers what their favorite breakfast/brunch spot is in Atlanta. Visit our website at AtlantaINtownPaper. com and leave a comment!

Great for late night breakfast and I love the hash browns and other menu classics. I’ve been going there all my life with my parents and friends and now my daughter. This is true, tasty diner food. 1031 Ponce de Leon Ave. majesticdiner.com Breakfast served all day and everything on the menu is good. I love the huevos rancheros with blue tortilla chips, flavorful eggs, and salsa verde – light with just a little kick. Good coffee, too. 421 Memorial Drive. riasbluebird.com

Even though they just started offering breakfast, the crowds tell the story. The menu isn’t large, but there is something for everyone. From the chocolate croissant with French press coffee to oatmeal with maple cream, to the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich (the eggs are luxuriously soft with herbs), this is breakfast done right. My favorite is the sausage biscuit with pepper jelly. The biscuit has a lovely browned crust covering a flaky inside, perfect for enveloping the sausage and for soaking up that pepper jelly. 1660 DeKalb Ave., Suite 150. themercantileatl.com

This is a real New Yorkstyle deli in Toco Hills. Love the potato pancakes and I always wind up buying a cookie or pastry to take with me from the old-school display counter. 2869 N. Druid Hills Road. bagelpalaceatl.com

: Cappuccino with Schlag and Black Forest cake are my perfect morning indulgences, but everyone can find something that they like, usually among the cheesecakes. The old world atmosphere adds a touch of elegance. Locations on Peachtree Road & Ashford Dunwoody. cafeintermezzo.com

For sit-down, full menu experience, including an extensive list of vegetarian and vegan offerings, it is hard to beat Radial. Everything meets a strict green and organic standard. They have wonderful rotating specials, and for the more lunch-minded brunch goers, they have great sandwiches and burgers. My favorite is the red flannel hash with corned beef and poached eggs. 1530 DeKalb Ave. radial.us

The fruit crepes are heavenly and the coffee drinks come in mega-mugs. Servers are always cheery, which can sometimes be annoying, but overall it’s a comfortable place to meet up with friends. Multiple locations. jchristophers.com

For quirky breakfast, there isn’t any place better. Need your protein fix? Try the Senor Sparky with six eggs! The huevos rancheros are excellent, with red and green sauce. But hands down, my reason for going here is the sweet potato pancakes. Divine! 1660 McLendon Ave. (404) 371-0889.

WH has an unbeatable kitsch factor – and the hash browns (scattered, smothered, covered, capped and peppered) are my guilty pleasure. When someone asks to “see the real Atlanta,” WH and Krispy Kreme are two spots they must visit. wafflehouse.com




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Highland and the Vinings Jubilee shopping center. Some menu highlights include the lobster tacos, shrimp ceviche, southwestern chili spice seared scallops and carne asada with mole rojo just to name a few. facebook.ccom/h2sr.atl Dishcraft, a customized in-home personal chef service, is now available for busy executives and families in Atlanta. Dishcraft is owned and operated by Aminda Harker and offers ‘palate-specific’ personal meals prepared from fresh ingredients in private homes. mydishcraft.com


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Starting Saturday, March 12, Urban Picnics will again be held every second Saturday and every last Friday of the month at Sweet Auburn Curb Market downtown. Between six and 10 food trucks and street food vendors will sell their culinary creations to an eager crowd of Atlanta’s food lovers and area residents. Some of the mobile chefs who have already committed to park their food truck at the March 12 Urban Picnic include Westside Creamery, The King of Pops, The Good Food Truck and Yumbii. atlantastreetfood.com.


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SweetWater Brewing Company’s Brew Your Cask Off Ale Festival is Saturday, March 5, 6 to 10 p.m. at Sweetwater HQ on Ottley Drive. There will be 80-plus guest brewers, including local retailers, home brewers, and charities creating their own one-of-a-kind cask for festival attendees to sample, judge and crown as fest favorites.Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. brewyourcaskoff.com Moe’s Original Bar B Que expands into its fourth state with its 18th location in Atlanta at 349 14th Street in the renovated Kool Korners building. Franchisees Preston Smith and Brett Mancuso’s 2,400 square foot fast casual eatery and catering company will offer Moe’s award-winning Bama-style BBQ offerings including pulled pork, ribs, chicken, turkey, wings, catfish and more. moesoriginalbbq.com Downtown’s Der Biergarten has launched its own Stein Club with exclusive access to unique beer specials and events, dining and retail discounts and even your own personalized Stein. Memberships are $60. derbiergarten.com

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Jennifer Levison, owner of Buckhead’s Souper Jenny, has opened her second restaurant, Café Jonah and the Magical Attic, at 3188 Paces Ferry Place in the cottage formerly occupied by Full Cup Bakery. Named after Levison’s 7-year-old son, Jonah, the restaurant will offer gourmet coffee service, breakfast, lunch and “grab and go” prepared items, including dinner entrees, Tuesday through Saturday. Upstairs, there will be inspirational books, candles, aromatherapy oils and periodic classes and events. Levison said the new restaurant is “inspired by how I live and places I’ve visited, particularly old-fashioned European cafés. Guests will enjoy a slow pace to connect or spend time alone with a meal or cup of tea in the café.” A website had not been set up at press time, so call (404) 256-7687 for more information.

Pinkberry will open its third frozen yogurt shop in Georgia on March 4 at 3637 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. pinkberry.com

Restaurant RIP Sprouts in Emory Village, Hall’s of Fine Wine in Inman Park, Django Gypsy Kitchen in Midtown, Great Harvest Bread Company in Druid Hills, Fatburger in Buckhead.

BREAK for BREAKFAST and BRUNCH continued from page 36 or just about anything. Steve Alterman makes you feel special and the atmosphere is elegant, but cozy in the old horse barn. I take friends here for a special meal or drinks. 4320 Powers Ferry Road. horseradishgrill.com

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Roswell Road near Chastain Park. I always get a waffle and cheese eggs, and you never know you might see there. Once, we saw Kenny Rogers. wafflehouse.com

I love this little neighborhood diner because the staff and the food are equally good. They open only for breakfast and lunch, with breakfast served all day. Serving families and hipsters in the Grant Park area, their menu includes plenty of vegetarian options, freshly baked pastries and amazing soup to take away for later. I always leave happy. 584 Woodward Ave. stonesoupkitchen.net I’m self-employed, and I love going to Drip in Glenwood Park to work a few mornings a month. This shop really caters to an Intown crowd with Dancing Goats Coffee, organic snacks and ice cream from local companies, and they make breakfast sandwiches to order behind the counter. 928 Garrett St. dripatl.com

Ria’s Bluebird: Everything they serve is great – pancakes, vegetarian specialties, biscuits and gravy and the best crispy bacon Intown. Ria’s serves up breakfast that’s New Southern hip. riasbluebird.com Tucked away in Buckhead, this French-style eatery offers arguably the best quiche in town (ask for the daily selection) served with salad and fruit. For guests that enjoy more traditional breakfast fare, try the French toast or buttermilk pancakes, simply sublime. 2341 Peachtree Road. cafelapin.com   For those diners who enjoy an ample amount of

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lunch fare available at brunch, Mary Mac’s is a home run. Try their fried chicken with turnip greens and finish it off with Georgia peach cobbler and sweet tea. If you hanker for breakfast, dive into their cinnamon rolls. 224 Ponce de Leon Ave. marymacs.com Often overlooked for brunch, Intermezzo dishes out a tasty brunch and two can’t miss items include their myriad of delicious crepes (try the petite dejeuner crepe with black forest ham, scrambled egg, cheddar cheese and real Vermont maple syrup) or their crabcakes benedict. cafeintermezzo.com  

I like the Sunday brunch at Roxx, especially the Peachtree Morning special with eggs, bacon and grits. It’s a comfortable, laid-back, welcoming place. 1824 Cheshire Bridge Road. (404) 892-4541 For yummy breakfasts, you can’t beat the “old Atlanta” atmosphere of the Silver Skillet. Everybody has been there, from Diane Sawyer to disreputable governors of Georgia Again, basic eggs, toast, or pancake dishes are the best. thesilverskillet.com Another fun place to kick back and enjoy just basic breakfast food is the Pot-n-Pan on Piedmont Ave. The friendly staff will soon know you by name. 1865 Piedmont Ave. (404) 874-0340

They have a French toast sandwich with a fried egg and sausage that I’d put up against any meal in the city. It’s friendly, laid back and my kids love it, too, especially when Kevin comes out of the kitchen with a homemade ice pop for them. My family is mostly from New York so I bring them here because the atmosphere is so deliciously southern and the prices and décor make you feel like you time warped to the 1950s. 968 Memorial Drive. homegrownga.com

The food is as good and the place is as welcoming as the name would suggest. My favorite meal is the East Haven Scramble, which has just the right amount of zing to the eggs.  I usually splurge for the auxiliary buttermilk pancake as well because I can’t resist.  stonesoupkitchen.net   This Cabbagetown mainstay is just a couple of blocks from my house but has a way of feeling like a quick trip to Europe. I keep it simple here with the Cabbagetown Breakfast – a couple of eggs and sausage with the potato of the day. 208 Carroll St. apresdiem.com/carroll_street

The Goddess Omelet – ohhhhhhhh, yes! We take visitors there because it’s really good ingredients to start with and they know what to do with them from there! jchristophers.com I love the pig smörgås, which has country ham, melted Gruyere grand cru, cherry jam, pineapple on toast. Local ingredients, really good food put together in interesting ways. And the bread... yes, the bread...and, well, the butter. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. leonsfullservice.com My favorite is the patty melt with plain hash browns. I wouldn’t take visitors there, but it’s good for friends and late night. wafflehouse.com

Steinbeck’s: Sunday brunch at the Oakhurst ale house with a Bloody Mary and Crème Brûlée French toast cannot be beat. Just yum. 659 East Lake Dr., Suite B. steinbecksbar.com Highland Bakery: The restaurant and baked good emporium now has three locations (including Midtown and Buckhead), but we love the original in the Old 4th Ward. Just try and resist all those delectables in the pastry counter. 655 Highland Ave. Highlandbakery.com Osteria 832: The Saturday and Sunday brunch (served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is a favorite with local families in Virginia Highland. 832 N. Highland Ave. osteria832.com American Roadhouse: Biscuits, bagels, eggs, omelets, pancakes and much more. 842 N. Highland Ave. american-roadhouse.com Java Jive: Formica tables and vintage kitchenware give this breakfast spot an extra side of fun kitsch to go with your bacon and eggs. Don’t forget the coffee. 790 Ponce de Leon Ave. (404) 876-6161. Murphy’s: You might have to wait for a table during weekend brunch service, but it’s worth it. 997 Virginia Ave. murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com Flying Biscuit: For our money, the original location in Candler Park is still the best. 1655 McLendon Ave. flyingbiscuit.com White House: Buckhead’s moves and shakers are often found here for breakfast at this city institution that has been in business since the 40s. 3172 Peachtree Road. (404) 237-7601 West Egg Café: Located in the White Provision complex, get there early because this brunch hotspot is always jumping on the weekends. 1100 Howell Mill Road. westeggcafe.com

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Residences (theatlanticresidences.com). More than 300 high-rise condominiums are available at this community at 270 17th St., that offers one- , two- and three-bedroom penthouses priced from the $180s to $550s. The Atlantic is housed within Atlantic Station, which provides a variety of choices for dining, entertainment, such as a movie theater, and shopping – including a Publix supermarket. The property includes a pool with Atlanta skyline view, a large clubroom with flat screen televisions and Internet kiosks, doorman, porter and 24-hour concierge services and available smartphone control of your home. Homeownwers from all walks of life are moving in to The Atlantic, from “young professionals buying their first home to empty nesters wanting to downsize,” according to John Huckaby, regional managing director of ST Residential, which owns The Atlantic. “These buyers appreciate the ease of living afforded by a condo; they also appreciate the luxurious surroundings and the intown location of The Atlantic.” The Atlantic also includes retail space, which is being marketed by Colliers International. The company reports that it is in talks with a high-end restaurant that would use 7,423 of the 10,382 square feet on the ground floor. Colliers says another 6,915 square feet on the fourth floor would work nicely as space for an art gallery. Approximately 50 homes – with a price range of $199,900 to $799,900 – are available at White Provision (whiteprovision.com), which attracts a “wide variety of buyers, from young professionals, second-time homeowners and downsizers,” says Leslie Williamson. Williamson is executive vice president of marketing, Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors. Situated at the corner of 14th Street and Howell Mill Road, with convenient access to restaurants and boutiques, White Provision has one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Amenities include: fully-furnished guest suites; dog runs; sixth-floor deck with pool and grilling area; fitness center; on-site management and maintenance; doorman services and 24-hour security. What’s new? Anthropologie and Yoforia opened in January and Jonathan Adler Enterprises, a decorative home accessories store, is slated to open this spring. As of February, only one home was available at 10 Terminus Place (terminusatlanta.com), where the price range for high-rise upscale living reaches $1,495,000.

THIS PAGE: The Atlantic (top two photos) offers impressive views of the city. Studioplex (third photo) on Auburn Avenue offers live/work space with perks like a weekend market and the acclaimed restuarant, Serpas.

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spa, clubroom with bar, outdoor dining areas, dog walking services and media/game room and concierge. Retail tenants include Emerald Coast Coffee & Grille, The Flying Biscuit Café, Brides by Demetrios, Atlantic Capital Bank and Yogurberry. Appealing to both young adults and empty nesters is Village Place Brookhaven (vpbrookhaven.com), according to Dillon Baynes, who manages Village Place Brookhaven on behalf of Wrightwood Capital. Located in the Brookhaven area, at 1418 Dresden Dr. in Atlanta, the live-work community is nestled in a five-acre parklike setting. The price range for homes is $200,000 and up. The property features 41 luxury residences, with 15 available as late as mid-February. There also are 11 office condominiums, built above retail and restaurant space in two buildings. Within walking distance to the Brookhaven/

Oglethorpe MARTA rail station, Village Place reports great success with its retail portion, with only one retail space remaining as of February. Two commercial offices are slated to open this month: Eye Haven and State Farm Insurance. Some other tenants include Egg’s Nest, J. Christopher’s, Verde Taqueria, The Library Coffee Company, Yoforia, Pro Cleaners and Natural Body Spa and Shop. A loft community – transformed from a cotton storage facility (from the early 1900s) – Studioplex (studioplexlofts.com) has lofts from the $120s. Twenty of a total of 130 units – for both residential and commercial use – are available. Studioplex is located in the Old Fourth Ward community, and is on the BeltLine, which will make for easy access to Piedmont Park and other areas by foot or bike. Other amenities include a rooftop

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terrace with dramatic skyline views and workout room. New tenants include ABV Gallery, which opened in 2010. “We are very proud of the mix of homeowners at Studioplex,” says Baynes, also managing partner of Studioplex. “We have been quite successful in attracting a unique mix of homeowners; Gen Yers, baby boomers, as well as retirees, have made the decision to purchase at Studioplex. We attribute that to the quality of our homes and our excellent Intown location.”

Real Estate Briefs Keller Williams Realty Inc. has merged its Peachtree Battle and Buckhead locations. Operations will be housed at the Peachtree Battle office. kw.com The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia’s 7th annual CareerExpo will be held March 17-18 at the Georgia International Convention Center. The expo is Georgia’s largest youth workforce development event for the construction industry. More than 300 companies, trade associations and post-secondary education and training programs will create interactive exhibits to demonstrate the scope of the industry and introduce students to specific career paths. cefga.org Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors is the exclusive sales and marketing company for three of the top four condominium communities in Atlanta based on last year’s sales volume, as reported by SmartNumbers. The properties include 10 Terminus Place, 1010 Midtown and Gallery. These three communities are marketed under Coldwell Banker Previews International. nrtdevelopmentadvisors.com

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partner. Under the agreement, residential real estate sales leads coming through the ZipRealty site for Greater Atlanta and the North Georgia region will be assigned to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, whose agents will now work directly with those prospective home buyers and sellers. With the closing of ZipRealty’s Atlanta operation, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers has hired ZipRealty’s agents in the Atlanta area, who have transitioned to become part of Metro Brokers’ dedicated Internet Response Team. metrobrokers.com

Commercial Real Estate North American Properties has acquired Town Center at Atlantic Station – the retail component of the Midtown development – in a joint venture with CB Richard Ellis Investors. The 969,249 square foot retail center includes Regal Theatre, Dillards and dozens of other stores, shops and restaurants. The new owners are defining a new strategic plan to increase Atlantic Station’s profile with more affluent retail and dining destinations, and also plans to address the confusing parking system.


Brookhaven. $299,900 2076 Cobblestone Circle 3BR/3.5BA FMLS:41171623 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Buckhead. $1,150,000 437 Hollydale Court 3BR/3.5BA FMLS:4114030 Debra Johnston 404.312.1959

Decatur. $399,000 114 Hibernia Avenue 3BR/3BA FMLS:4176376 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971

Decatur. $799,000 1174 McConnell Drive 4BR/4BA FMLS:4181821 Frank Wynne 404.310.5742

Decatur. $519,000 639 Sycamore Drive 5BR/3.5BA FMLS:4177906 Frank Wynne 404.310.5742

Decatur. $269,000 112 Mockingbird Lane 3BR/2BA FMLS:4160602 Frank Wynne 404.310.5742 UNDER CONTRACT

Manulife Financial and its Crescent Resources leasing team have signed Daugherty Business Solutions to a 10-year deal for 11,560 square feet at Phipps Tower, located adjacent to Phipps Plaza. Cousins Properties has signed law firm Locke Lord Bissell Lidell as a tenant to Terminus 200 in Buckhead. The building is now 70 percent leased. PricewaterhouseCoopers has signed a 16year lease for 140,000 square feet at 1075 Peachtree. The financial investing firm will occupy five floors of the building, which is part of the 12th & Midtown development.

Intown. $595,000 943 Peachtree St. #2008 2BR/2BA FMLS:4167837 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549

Sandy Springs. $1,090,000 166 Abernathy Road NW 6BR/4BA FMLS:4024345 Debra Johnston 404.312.1959


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On Saturday, March 19, the City of Decatur, in partnership with the DeKalb History Center, will hold the third annual Decatur Old House Fair. This day-long celebration features new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for owners of older homes. Homeowners attend how-to seminars and workshops on restoring old windows, historic landscapes, researching an old house, kitchen and bath ideas, energy efficiency, and much more. The fair also includes a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers specializing in home improvement, historic preservation, and interior furnishings. Seminars begin at 10 a.m. Topics include:

Fourteen kitchens created by Atlanta’s most renowned and celebrated designers will feature in the Junior League of Atlanta’s 2011 Tour of Kitchens. The event will be held Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The tour and accompanying Toast of the Tour party kicks off the Junior League’s celebration of 95 years of community commitment. This year’s self-guided tour features kitchens in Buckhead, Ansley Park, Morningside, Midtown, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. The two-day event is the perfect resource for anyone looking to renovate, rejuvenate or to simply dream about a fabulous designer kitchen. Participating designers in the 2011 Tour are Cruikshank, CSI, Design Galleria, Distinctive Remodeling Solutions, Diversified Cabinet Distributors, Dovetail Homes, Hammersmith, Home Forge, Home Rebuilders, Insidesign, Inspirations, Morgan Creek, Rose Hall and True Source. Tour events will include special appearances and demonstrations by Big Green Egg, Chef Scott Serpas of Serpas, Chef Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, Chef Hugh Acheson Five & Ten and Empire State South, Chef Jason Hill of Wisteria, and Chef Joe Truex of Watershed just to name a few. The public is also invited to attend the Toast of the Tour event, an annual kick-off party on Thursday, March 3,at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) in Peachtree Hills. There will be food, signature cocktails, a silent auction and special appearances by Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and mixologist Jerry Slater of H. Harper Station. The Tour of Kitchens is the Junior League of Atlanta’s largest annual special event fundraiser attracting more than 1,200 attendees. Last year’s tour raised more than $100,000, which helped train and educate the League’s membership and supported the Junior League of Atlanta’s more than 98 community partner organizations that promote empowering women and children to become self-reliant. At the culmination of the 2011 Tour, the event will exceed $1 million dollars raised over its 14-year history. Advance purchase tickets to the event are $25, per person, good for both days of the tour and a limited number of tickets will be available the day of the tour for $35. Tickets to the “Toast” party are $45 and can only be reserved in advance. For tickets or additional information, visit jlatlanta.org or call (678) 916-3100.

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The Decatur Old House Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Plaza,130 Clairemont Ave. For a complete seminar schedule, exhibitor details, and ticket information, visit DecaturOldHouseFair.com Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance, $15 at the door.

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AVERTING DISASTER Tips for keeping a cool head when disaster strikes your home By Tina Chadwick It’s an odd feeling to see it raining inside your living room, but that is exactly what happened one Friday in early December. My husband walked into our house with our 3-year-old in his arms to see water dripping out of every light fixture and streaming down the walls. He said a few words our daughter later described as “potty words” then sprang into action. Luckily, a quick online search found us a reputable disaster restoration company, who was at our house in one hour. Miraculous.

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THIS PAGE: The Chadwick house immediately after the disaster and the beginning of clean-up.

Todd Lance, president of operations at Lexem Restoration, has seen every kind of home disaster – flooding, fire, storm damage and fallen trees. Having been residential builder for over two decades, it was a natural transition to include disaster restoration to his skill set. “What I’ve always enjoyed is building people’s dreams and I love that I can now restore them, too,” Lance said. In the month that followed our incident, we learned a lot about preparing for a disaster. I thought it well worth sharing information so that you can avoid one altogether, or at least greatly reduce the damage to you, your home and your personal possessions. The first instincts of most people experiencing a home disaster is to begin clean up immediately. This isn’t always the right thing to do and could end up costing you insurance coverage or, worse, further damage. Here is a quick list of what to do if you find your house has had a major mishap. Before anything else, make sure all people and pets are safe. Do not begin to clean up unless you’ve taken pictures of the damaged areas as it was when you found it. This is very important for insurance claims and general investigation of the cause of the incident. It also makes it harder for the restoration company to trace the source of damage and know the extent for clean up assessment. The next thing you should do is call a reputable restoration or water removal company. As Lance puts it, “less time equals less damage. The sooner you can get the damage under control and reversed, the less the overall

damage and long-term risk of future damage will be.” Another vital step is to notify your insurance company. They may already have a list of preferred clean-up partners to use, but it is up to you to ask for that list ahead of time and research the companies. Check for certifications and experience. Lance reminded us why these types of disasters are so unsettling. “Your home is your biggest purchase but more than that, it’s your safe place, so when your home is damaged – your foundation is shaken.” Here’s more important tips hat will help you prepare should a home disaster strike:

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well in case you can’t get into your home to find it. Keep a list of the colors, type of finish and brands of paint for each room in your house. Take pictures of your furniture, artwork and each room with everything in place as a record of what you own. Be sure to include electronics and items that may be in closets, drawers or cabinets. Keep receipts for all major purchase such as electronics, art, rugs, furniture and jewelry. Keep a copy of important paperwork and receipts in another location, such as a safety deposit box, your office or at a friend or family member’s house. Know where the main water cut off is for your house and from the street pipes to you house. Buy and regularly check your fire extinguishers. Have a plan on where your family can meet up in the event your house is damaged to the point where you can’t get inside. It’s a good idea to review these type plans each year. Day light savings is a good reminder to check fire detectors, smoke detectors and to review your family’s disaster plans. Read your insurance policy, especially the part about “replacement costs” vs. “fair market” costs. You want “replacement costs” so that you’re reimbursed for what it takes to actually replace damaged possessions vs. just what you paid minus depreciation for age and wear.

With water coming through the light fixtures and running down walls, the Chadwick house had to undergo serious renovation to bring it back to good as new, including replacement of carpets, fixing hardwoods, new drywall, new paint and replacement of fixtures.

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Get the kids curious about the garden The sun’s shining, birds are chirping and kids are roaring to get outside to frolic in the open air (hopefully). If they’re google-eyed in front of the TV and the video game controller has become an appendage, get them out into the “real” world and share what life was like when the “web” was where a spider lived. Your yard is the best place to bug-out with your kids by inviting beneficial insects to your garden that will get their curiosity buzzing.

If you see a big green worm that looks like it has small grains of rice on it’s back, you’re witnessing an oddity of nature – Braconid wasp cocoons on a tomato hornworm! This wasp lays eggs under the skin of the worm where the eggs hatch and the larvae eat the worm’s guts from the inside. They eat their way out, spin their cocoons on the worm’s back and wait to emerge. The hornworm will die and your tomato plants can live!

For kids who thrive on the weird and grotesque, attract the Braconid wasp by planting Carrots, Dill, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Zinnias and Marigolds – these plants will attract other beneficial insects, too. Are floaty, fluttery butterflies your child’s delight? Host them by planting Swamp Milkweed, bronze fennel, sunflowers, parsley, carrots and dill. Kids will be amazed at how much caterpillars will eat, so you may want to plant a special garden with munching in mind. Rather attract the butterflies than feed caterpillars? Plant flowers like Purple Coneflower, New England Asters, Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Bush, Oregano and Marigolds and enjoy butterflies’ light, bright wings. Most importantly, remember that any type of insecticide, organic or non, can kill the good bugs and butterflies, so be more accepting of insects in your garden, and visit Farmer D Organics (farmerd.com) to

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Organized Closets An Orderly Office Space for Everyone Organized. Happy. Call Becky 404-982-7128 FREE HALF HOUR


Painting Services


Jack’s Painting Service

Landscape Design, Installation, Maintenance & Irrigation Serving Metro Atlanta since 1990

12x10 Dealer Space Available

Creative, Conscientious, Cutting Edge

(404) 915-1976 2179 Cheshire Bridge Road

Locally Owned & Operated


Licensed and Insured

Exterior/Interior Painting Pressure Washing Insured




Linton Furniture Shop

Petsitting, house cleaning, and more.

-Pro pickup and Delivery -On-site service at your home or office -Complete workshop refinishing/repairs


Since 1969 Metro Atlanta


Refinishing • Repairs • Touch-ups

Danny Linton


Call Sandy

Office • Retail Showroom • Live/Work

for Sale or Lease Suites from 2,000 – 10,000 square feet 437 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA 30312



Jeff Pollock, CCIM

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CASTLEBERRY HILL. Amazing potential for build-out. Zoned for residential or commercial. Vast open space. 2Bed/1Bath $179,900 Michael Smith 404-786-2057 FMLS: 4146061

KIRKWOOD. Spacious 4Bed/3Bath bungalow with large master suite with renovated bath, renovated kitchen. $284,900 Derek Scheidt 404-593-4754 FMLS: 4175908

Bradford Smith 404-210-4141

DECATUR. Beautiful hardwoods, new carpet, fresh paint, SS & granite in kitchen, huge master suite, bonus room. 3Bed/3Bath $309,000 Wilma Richardson 404-327-4199 FMLS: 4134783

SAGAMORE HILLS. Features full daylight basmnt, beautifully refinished h’woods, Thermopane windows, new driveway and roof. 3Bed/2Bath $299,900. Wilma Richardson 404-327-4199 FMLS: 4179612

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GRANT PARK. Outstanding space with large rooms, original details, landscaped yard, privacy fence, 2 car garage, great Charter School system. 4Bed/3Bath $319,900. Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234 FMLS: 4166704

GRANT PARK. Perfect bungalow on corner lot, 2 car garage, granite & SS in kitchen, 2 fireplaces, gorgeous original millwork. 3Bed/2Bath $349,000 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4170694

MORNINGSIDE. Classic Tudor on coveted street in M’side, tasteful updates, beautiful windows, high ceilings, 2 car garage. 4Bed/3Bath $625,000 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4166897

MORNINGSIDE. Includes original casement windows and stained millwork, built-in phone niche w/ bench. Renovated w/tremendous care. 4Bed/4.5Bath $699,000 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4169968

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND. Historic bungalow w/great details, oversized living spaces, renovated bath, 1 car garage w/bonus space above. 2Bed/2Bath $499,999 Rachael Blatt 404-285-9059 FMLS: 4178387

DECATUR Summer 2011 completion – Still time to work with Stoney River Homes for your customizations. 4Bed/3.5Bath $569,900 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234 FMLS: 4158875

BRIAR HILLS. Wonderful home in impeccable condition, 3 good sized bedrooms, 2 full baths, loads of closet space on full basement. $359,900 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141 FMLS: 4168249

INMAN PARK. Features gorgeous entry foyer, large living room w/ fireplace, walk-in pantry & SS in kitchen, full basement, large sunroom. 4Bed/1.5Bath $579,000 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379 FMLS: 4169787

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Whether you’re moving across the state or across the country, we can help. We are networked with superior real estate professionals throughout the US. Give us a call and we’ll find you an agent. 404-874-2262

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AMBERWOOD. Spacious 5Bed/4.5Bath home near Emory/ CDC, gleaming hardwoods, gourmet kitchen, huge deck. $579,000 Derek Scheidt 404-593-4754 Stephen Simonson404-326-0876 FMLS: 4164880

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