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Volume 18 Number 3 2012

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Publisher Letter To accompany Osayi’s piece on local bookstores (p. 24) we asked our talented friend Cameron Adams to scout-out an image for the March cover. Cameron visited Little Shop of Stories in Decatur to discover the young readers, Lily Bartlett and Virika Earl, both 5. Cameron also used to snap photographs “for fun” at the old Oxford Books. Since we know our readers like history and nostalgia, we’ve included one on this page for old time’s sake. My husband grew-up eating at Jalisco’s before shopping at Oxford Books. Did your family have a similar tradition? You can see more of Cameron’s photography on Page 17 in his regular Street Fashion column and at atlantastreetfashion. blogspot.com. In this issue, you’ll also read about local triathletes who power through grueling regimes (p. 4). A special thanks to Dan Popovic for working with us on this. Dan

coordinates the BeltLine Running Series and has just launched a new website cMECompete. com. Recently I’ve been thinking about how exercise can also condition ourselves to face the unknown, such as disease, surgery, an accident. Just finishing chemotheraphy and starting radiation, I know that to be true. Now I’m working to rebuild and am enrolled in Piedmont Hospital’s PINK program designed for breast cancer patients to regain balance. As I do this, I can think of Marshall, Chad, Gabrielle and the others featured on the following pages. They are a ton of inspiration. Best, Owner & Publisher

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Editor Letter Collin Kelley Independent bookstores are fighting for their lives not only in Atlanta but around the world. Amazon has taken a huge bite out of bookstores large and small, with Borders closing last year and Barnes & Noble fighting to keep its brick and mortar business solvent. In a span of two weeks, Outwrite Books closed in Midtown and Blue Elephant in Decatur announced it would close this month. Our intern and contributor Osayi Endolyn has done an in depth look at the “state of the union” of Intown’s local booksellers. It’s a long Outwrite Books’ Last Tango article, but definitely worth your time. Here’s a bit more context. Because Amazon offers deeply discounted Top photo: Cameron Adams; Bottom photo by Colin Potts prices on books plus a gargantuan selection of inexpensive eBooks, it’s nearly impossible for of self-publishing with many authors going indies to compete. But it’s not entirely Amazon’s strictly eBook. A few of those “indie authors” fault. Books can now be had on the cheap at – Amanda Hocking and JA Konrath for example your local supermarket and big box retailer. – have become millionaires selling their eBooks There’s also the trend of people browsing in for as low as 99 cents. bookstores and then having the temerity to tell So how do we keep our local bookstores the clerks that they’re going home to buy it from open? Amazon or download it to their eReader. We live in a world where instant gratification I remember going to Outwrite when takes too long, so when a bookstore doesn’t have it opened in its first location – a tiny hole a title you want but can order it, be patient. It in the wall in Midtown Promenade – and won’t kill you to wait a few more days. If the buying Jeanette Winterson’s Written On the book costs a few extra dollars, don’t be cheap. Body. Internet was in its infancy, there was no Engage local booksellers and let them know Amazon, so if you wanted an obscure title, you what you want to stocked on the shelves. And had to track it down. That’s part of the fun if you’re a complete eBook convert, see if your of bookstores. When Oxford Books closed its favorite indie is selling them at their website. locations in the late 90s, I was gutted. I sat in Your patience and dollars will keep the parking lot at the old Pharr Road store and bookstores – and other local businesses – wiped away a few tears. I did the same after around for years to come. Like Joni Mitchell “The Last Tango” reading event at Outwrite in says, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s January. gone. It’s not just bookstores that are in flux. The entire book industry has been rocked by the rise

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

Strength and Inspiration Intown triathletes push themselves in endurance sport By Dan Popovic I recently had the honor of interviewing some Intown residents that compete in triathlons on various levels and, as a triathlete myself, I was excited to tell their stories. Before I introduce you to these great athletes, let me tell you a little about the growth of the sport. Triathlon first debuted in 1974 in Mission Bay San Diego and was hosted by the local track club. It became an Olympic sport in 2000 and today USA Triathlon sanctions roughly 4,000 races per year. In 2010, 2.3 million people raced a tri and 1.5 million triathletes competed in two or more events. The surging numbers derive partly from the fact that triathlon has maintained its mystique even while becoming more accessible. A race that features legs of swimming, cycling and running has an intrigue of the unknown. Once a participant has conquered their first race, they become addicted and obsessed with the details: swim technique, transition tactics and race day strategies. Now, on to the stories.

I had a chance to meet Marshall Hamilton, who trains out of Shepard Spinal Center, and is a quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury from a car accident. Hamilton is an accomplished athlete competing in wheelchair rugby, basketball, swimming and triathlons. “I felt like it was the perfect challenge for me,” he said. “Swimming was my biggest fear, and I had to learn how to swim without a buoy.” He helped conquer his fear by blasting rock music over a waterproof MP3 player to help him focus while underwater. He trains six days a week, and said the feeling of accomplishment keeps him motivated. “I’m training for the US Triathlon Team, but right now I’m training to qualify for the summer Olympics in London for wheelchair racing,” he said.

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By day, Danielle Grabol is a mildmannered retirement home worker, but when she’s not in the office she’s a triathlete and Ironman competitor, which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. By the time you read this, Grabol will have competed in a double Ironman. What makes Grabol’s strength and endurance level even more impressive is that in 2006 she was hit by a drunk driver while on a training ride in Florida. “It crushed my left tibia and fibula and required surgery to repair my leg, and a pretty lengthy recovery process,” Grabol said. “But I came back.” Grabol trains seven days a week, usually swimming three times a week, four bike rides a week, three runs a week and a couple of hot yoga or Pilates sessions. Her advice to newcomers: “Cherish every moment! You will never be able to replicate the feeling of the first time you cross that finish line and you never know who you might inspire to make a positive change in their life through your experience.”


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At just 13 years old, Darr has won two Iron Kids National Championships. A student at the Classical School, he is on the USAT Southeast Junior High Performance Team, an Olympic Development Team. “I train six days a week,” Darr said. “Five days of swimming, two bike days and three run days.” He also faced a setback that might have sidelined an athlete twice his age: nine days before the 2011 Iowa Iron Kids National Championship he was injured in a car accident. “The car was totaled and I had back, chest and knee injuries and couldn’t train for a few days,” he recounted, “but I was still able to go on and win the championship.” Asked about his inspiration, Darr said a close friend of the family, David Guthrie, has Cystic Fibrosis and “breathing for him is like us breathing all day long through a straw.” Darr said he could be reached at tricoachsmith@gmail.com “if anyone wants some help getting started or taking it to the next level.”


When she’s not working at the Center for Disease Control, Elizabeth Gaylor has completed three sprint triathlons, an aquabike sprint and an Olympic distance. “I was initially terrified at the mere thought of swimming,” Gaylor said. “I wasn’t a swimmer at all and started learning about four months before my first sprint triathlon. Now, my biggest fear is not being able to clip in/out of my pedals on the bike and tipping over.” Gaylor’s drive is inspired by her 4-year-old niece, who has a congenital heart defect and underwent five open heart surgeries in the first three years of her life. “After my first triathlon I joined Ironheart Racing (ironheartgroup. com) to race in her honor,” she said. “The team is made up of endurance athletes from 43 states and six countries. Many are survivors of congenital heart defects.”

Read Tim Sullivan’s inteview with 4th grade student triathlete on p. 8.

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Run. Bike. Swim. Do your homework. So it goes for Matthew Davis of Sandy Springs, who is in 4th grade at Holy Innocents School. Matthew turned 11 on Valentine’s Day and is the eldest of the three Davis children (Champ, 8 and Brooke, 18 months). He is serious about his sports and here he talks about tackling the physical and mental challenges of a triathlon, small calves and beating Dad. For most 11 year olds dedication means mastering a video game. But you, my 21st century friend, are a triathlete. Ok young Matthew, explain yourself. Triathlon is more fun, more active, and better for you than sitting around playing video games and getting dumber. Every kid, though, should have a little video game time. Call of Duty on X-box is awesome. So I hear. When I was 11 it was PacMan and Space Invaders. Equally awesome! What part of the triathlon comes easiest to you and which one do you have to work the hardest at? The easiest part is definitely the bike because the bike does some of the work for you. The hardest part for me is the swim because I’m not a swimmer and don’t practice enough. What has been your favorite race thus far and how did you do? My favorite race was Iron Kids because the run was on a trail, so there was a lot to see. I liked doing it with a lot of other kids. I did Tri for Tourettes and it was cold and raining and not as much fun. I finished both races and felt good! Do you have any other triathlons on the calendar that you are looking forward to? I am hoping that I can do Iron Kids 2012. When I was a 4th grader in Catholic school the sports trilogy went something like kickball-dodgeball-wiffle ball. Is training for triathlons too serious an endeavor for a kid? It depends. If you really put your mind to it, you definitely can make the time to train. You have to really want it and dedicate yourself to training if you want to do it. Most of the races are in the summer when you don’t have to worry about school or homework, so it’s easy to find time to train. I hear you set goals for yourself with workouts consisting of things like situps, pushups and calf raises. How many pushups can you do in a row? Forty. Once, someone told me that my calves were small, so I did 400 calf raises. I could hardly walk for days. That’s why I only do sets of 395! Your mom (Christa) told me you beg to be

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woken up at 5:30 am to go for a run with her but she won’t do it because you need your sleep. Care to make a very public counterpoint? I’ve told her so many times that it’s the only time I have because of my other sports and school homework, but she hasn’t woken me up that early yet. Maybe one day. Your other sports include football, baseball and basketball in the Northside Youth Organization out of Chastain Park. Who does your homework for you while you pursue a career in athletics? Lucky for me, we have study hall at my school so I try to get most of it done before I even get home. My mom gets really mad if I save any of my homework to do after practice. What’s 90 percent of 150? What’s the state capitol of New York? Which planet is closest to the sun? (Just checking). Uhh... can I use a calculator? Just kidding. 135, Albany and Mercury (I looked that one up). Fair enough. Have any of the major sports outfitters come calling to sponsor you yet? I wish I could get sponsors. That would be so cool! Word on the street is that your dad (Matt) is a pretty good triathlete as well. How old do you think you’ll be the first time you beat him? Probably like 18 or 20. I think he’ll slow down and I’ll get faster. Well, with an 8-year-old brother named Champ, you might have other competition in the family too! Best of luck Matthew. Read more from Tim at timmydaddy.com. KeepitINtown.com



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GROUNDED IN LOVE Cheryl Crawford empowers kids, homeless with yoga By Osayi Endolyn On a cloudy weekday morning at Druid Hills Middle School, physical education has a new look. Behind kids running, jumping and dribbling balls, a group of about 50 teenaged girls lie on their mats behind a curtain. Some have their eyes closed, others are staring at the dim fluorescent lights in the ceiling. All of them are focused. They are focusing on their breath. “Listen to the sound of your breath,” Cheryl Crawford says as she walks between the girls, careful not to step on the paper triangles decorated with each student’s handwritten name. The students are part of Grounded, the program Crawford co-founded to teach yoga to kids. Drawn from the principles of Anusara yoga, the Grounded focus is to empower young people with being mindful, awareness of self, compassion for others and strength – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Now the girls are in downward dog pose, an inverted triangle where the head hangs. They gaze at each other from underneath their arms and share ripples of laughter, but no one misses Crawford’s instructions. Each student had to fill out

an application explaining why they wanted to do yoga in order to be accepted into the class. Being here is a privilege and none of them want to miss out. Some of these kids have been known as constant troublemakers. Many had reputations that preceded them – getting in fights and disrupting class. Now they are moving in unison, with the breath, helping with each other’s alignment. If this does not fit your perception of what yoga is, that’s because yoga doesn’t usually look like this. Instead of adult bodies sweating in pricey private studios, Crawford and her Grounded team have brought yoga out into the community – to Atlanta Public Schools of all places. For Crawford, however, it’s not as wide a leap as one would think.

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Crawford taught in Fulton County schools for seven years. “Every grade except kindergarten,” she says. “I became a reading specialist after a while. I loved teaching, I loved everything about it.” She stepped away only after giving birth to triplet girls. Crawford began practicing at what is now Be Hot Yoga when her daughters were babies. She quickly found an interest in teaching on the mat and began with Marsha Wenig’s Yoga Kids. Crawford received her

Cheryl Crawford co-founder of Grounded certification from Atlanta Hot Yoga and was teaching yoga at Fernbank Elementary before she knew it. Jason Marshall, the school’s principal, asked her to come. “I started a yoga club there and I was still working with Yoga Kids and we’d have programs and test them out at Fernbank. We’d get permission to go into the classes and try things out with the kids and they’d give us all this feedback.” Eventually, she launched the Grounded program, which included teaching school teachers, too. The key to Grounded yoga is that Crawford doesn’t dumb things down for her younger students. “We try to meet them where there are, but we never want to leave

them there,” she says. So classes include all the same poses she’d teach to adults with similar notes and modifications,but instead of using that tough job as an example of unnecessary stress, she might use homework or chores. “We don’t water down anything. We take these deep esoteric teachings – they’re very potent and refined and meaningful. What you’re teaching a 7-year-old is the same for a 37-year-old. Seven-year-olds have doubts and fears and quandaries that manifest in their bodies just like we do. They understand it.” And according to Crawford, they really need it. Especially the kids who get into

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trouble. Crawford’s daughters also attend Druid Hills Middle School and participate in the Grounded program there. One of her daughters had her cell phone stolen by a fellow student. When the school administration discovered who was culpable they encouraged Crawford to press charges. “My girl said, ‘Mom, can we sentence her to yoga?’ I thought it was a great idea, to ‘sentence’ this girl to yoga. They asked if she was interested and we got parental permission and the school agreed. When she walked in, I didn’t know at the time that was the girl who had taken the phone. I said to her, ‘I’m so glad you’re here.’ Later on, she told me no one had ever said that to her before.” Crawford believes that when kids act out they are requesting help. With her daughter’s suggestions, she saw the cell phone incident as an opportunity. “These kids don’t get in trouble with people they respect. It’s so easy to say, ‘Oh these kids don’t care.’ But they do. They want us to get authentic when they behave like that. So we try to serve the kids. Schools have come so far from that.” It’s easy for some to assume that yoga is a cakewalk from other types of physical education. The best remedy for that presumption is to take a class. Crawford is interested in reclaiming the term “discipline” – moving it away from the paradigm of punishment and back towards an understanding of practice and learning. “I tell them they’re going to work hard and

they’re going to sweat. And they’re gonna love it,” she smiles. “It carries over to how they act in class, what they eat. One of our students was suffering from depression and was able to get off of their medication in six weeks.” In addition to training teachers in the Grounded program and working with young people in schools throughout Atlanta, Crawford can also be found in the yoga studio. She taught at Decatur Yoga and Pilates for several years where this she cultivated a reputation for generating fun and focus. Now she teaches at Form Yoga, a newer studio in Decatur. But slot in her calendar is always reserved for a group of men in Downtown Atlanta.

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Crawford met Katie Bashor, director of the Central Night Shelter,when she taught at Fernbank. She came to the Grounded teacher trainings Crawford held at the school. It wasn’t long before Crawford suggested bringing yoga to the homeless men there. “It was her idea,” Bashor says. “I was like, are you sure they’ll be into it? They were.” The men range in age from the thirties to mid-seventies. They come to class with their belongings in tow and set them off to the side to practice. Mats were donated by Ember Yoga and blankets came from Springs Yoga. In one wall-supported pose, Crawford

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instructs the men to straighten one arm, and press one hand flat into the wall. It’s a pose meant to bring blood flow and opening to the shoulder muscles. “I can’t,” one middle-aged man says, gesturing to his cupped palm in frustration. “I got shot. I can’t flatten my hand there.” Just days before Valentine’s Day, Crawford didn’t miss a beat. “What, did Cupid get you?” Her tone was serious but her face beamed. “I guess Cupid was trying to get your attention.” She approached the man and pressed on top of his palm gently. “This will heal it,” she says, referring to the pose. “You’ll heal it.” After Crawford completed one side, she requested that a volunteer teach the class the other using the same modifications. Mr. Cupid raised his hand, stepping to the front of the class. His directions were perfect, and he even added on a cautionary tip: “Be careful not to overextend.” Bashor notes, “It’s not often that these men get touched in their world, living on the street.” Crawford adds, “Even in savasana

[resting pose], they can lie back, close their eyes and not worry about someone jumping on them.” Crawford says she hopes that eventually the class will become a community class, open to everyone, not just the men who come to the shelter. “I’ve always wanted to connect people who don’t normally connect. We gravitate to the people most like us. If we help people get out of patterns, we create a more flexible world, a more accepting world.” gogrounded.com


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Health & Wellness Briefs A Meet & Greet Swap Meet and Zumba Party is set for Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave. Tickets are $15 at the door. The event is for all Zumba enthusiasts and novices to come intermingle, share stories and meet new fitness buddies. Sustainable Wellness and Sevananda Natural Food Market in Little Five Points have teamed up for an ongoing series Food for Life: The Power of Food for Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Class. The classes are happening now on Saturday mornings through June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register at sevananda.coop. Georgians who are deaf or hard of hearing can now obtain a new amplified cordless phone for free thanks to Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired, Inc., the statewide nonprofit that provides a variety of assistive services to the deaf and hard of hearing. Georgia residents who are certified as having hearing loss can easily obtain the phone by completing an application, providing a copy of a landline phone bill, a certificate of need form from a physician, proof of income and a copy of a driver’s license or state issued identification card. For more information, call GATEDP at 1-888-297-9461 or visit gachi.org/gatedp. Atlanta Medical Center and South Fulton Medical Center in East Point are exploring ways to consolidate the two hospitals. Executives from both hospitals are in discussions with representatives of the Georgia Department of Community Health to determine the most viable option and to secure all necessary approvals. According to William T. Moore, chief executive officer of Atlanta Medical Center, “Our goal is to find the best way for our hospitals to work more closely together in a way that will ensure the long‐term

stability of South Fulton Medical Center and capitalize on the synergies of the two hospitals and the specialties they offer to ultimately provide better, more efficient care to our communities.” The 2nd annual White Coat Grady Gala, a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony benefiting the Grady Health Foundation and honoring Atlanta’s healthcare heroes, will be held Saturday, March 17, at the Georgia Aquarium. The gala raised more than $869,000 for the health system in its inaugural year, and the hospital was able to give $227 million of uninsured care in 2011. For tickets and information, visit gradyhealthfoundation.org. The Delta Community Credit Union amped up its community involvement efforts in 2011 with new fundraisers, additional community partners and an increase in overall charitable giving. Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, area high schools and other youth-centered organizations received nearly $424,000 in financial donations from Delta Community. DeltaCommunityCU.com cMECompete.com, new website geared toward active, healthy lifestyles, is set to launch this month in Atlanta. The site is a social media community that ties the running/ walking community together in a fun challenge system that is sure to have people forming teams and signing up for races and competing amongst each other, no matter if you run or walk. The site will uniquely tie runners/walkers, race organizers, running clubs and sponsors together in a socially challenging way. cMEcompete will initially launch in Atlanta with a select few events to include the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series.

Runs & Walks Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event – one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies. The event will be held Saturday, March 3, in Union Point. Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer. Tickets are $25. Visit runforyourlives.com to register and find more information. The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series, presented by IDR technology consulting, management consulting and IT staffing solutions, kicks off the first event of the year with the Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5K on Saturday, April 28, 7 a.m. at Tanyard Creek Park. The event is limited to 700 participants, so register early to confirm your spot. You won’t want to miss the re-match between the Atlanta Police and Fire Departments, the Media Competition, awards, post-race activities and more. beltline.org  

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The inaugural running of The Intown Ten Road Race, a 10k on Sunday, March 4,through the streets of Virginia-Highland and Morningside. The race is the only USATF certified 10k in Northeast Atlanta, and all proceeds will benefit John Howell Park at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Barnett Street. The race is chip timed and is one of your last opportunities for a qualifying time prior to the Peachtree Road Race application period. The race will commence at 8 a.m., and registration at Active.com is $40. The run is brought to you by the Intown Neighbors, a community group headed by Rob Glancy and focused on grass roots activism, progress, and beautification in Atlanta. The second annual Fiesta Atlanta 5K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. from the site of Atlanta’s official Cinco de Mayo celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. Sign up at active.com. Registration for the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race will open on Thursday, March 15, through an online lottery at ajc.com/peachtree. The Atlanta Track Club first introduced the registration lottery for Peachtree in 2011 as a way to establish a fair registration process for all entrants. Those wishing to be one of the 60,000 participants selected for the 43rd annual race can register from 7 a.m. on March 15 to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Entrants will be randomly selected after the lottery closes and will receive an email informing them of whether or not they were selected for the event. Te online lottery will allow for up to 10 people to enter as a “Group.”  During the selection process, if a “Group” is selected, everyone in the group will receive entry into the event with each individual within the “Group” being placed in the appropriate start wave based on their finish time submitted during registration.  

More summer camp ideas Camps aren’t just for kids. The Lovett School will offer its American Studies Institute 2012 teacher workshop, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised? American Culture: 1970-present.” Held June 7-8, the workshop offers sessions on recent revolutions in American art, literature, politics, music, economics, media, and more. Speakers include Emory University’s Merle Black and Jeff Rosensweig; National Public Radio’s Mary Louise Kelly; and Rutgers University’s Jelani Cobb; and many more. The workshop is geared toward secondary school teachers who want to encourage their students to learn about America from an interdisciplinary perspective, but all educators and graduate students are welcomed. The early-bird registration discount ends March 30. For more information, visit lovett.org/asi. Museum of Design Atlanta is holding CampMODA LEGO Design Camp from June to August on the mezzanine level of Colony Square in Midtown. LEGO WeDo (for ages 6-8) build a model then use a computer to program the model to move and make sounds. LEGO NXT (for ages 9-14) has kids designing and building their own robot. For registration and information, visit musuemofdesign.org. Calling all future actors and actresses! Act 3 Productions in Sandy Springs is signing up children from rising Pre-K through third grade for Summer Stars Performing Arts Camp.  Sessions last one week June 11-15, and June 18-22 and will be held at the Act 3 Playhouse, behind Trader Joe’s in Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road.  The young performers will enjoy singing, dancing and acting, and will also create theaterinspired crafts. To register, or for more information, visit www.act3productions.org Jazz Orchestra Atlanta will hold its annual Jazz Summer Camp for rising 8th-12th graders at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs from June 11 through June 15. This week-long workshop provides music students a comprehensive schedule of small and large ensemble rehearsals, jazz improvisation lessons, jazz history and theory classes and individual lessons. Students receive instruction in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere from nationally recognized faculty such as Dr. Tom Gibson CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE KeepitINtown.com


CAMPS CONTINUED (trombone), Brent Runnels (piano), Akeem Marable (woodwinds) and Chip Crotts (trumpet.) To sign up and for more information, call (770) 992-2559. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School will host the summer Horizons Program for underprivileged students. Take academic classes in the summer and Saturdays, while also learning to swim as a way to build confidence. For more information, visit horizonsnational.org/ approach or contact Holy Innocents at (404) 255-4026. 7 Stages Summer Camp will bring kids together to create an original stage production from June 25 to July 29. For more information, visit 7stages.org or call Heidi Howard at (404) 522-0911. VOX Media Café, an immersive summer experience for teens interested in new multimedia techniques for storytelling, journalism, literary non-fiction, poetry, photography and more, is now accepting

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PHILANTHROPY 101 Westminster Schools class helps students give back By Peter Bryant In late 1998, Tom Glenn, president of the Hilda and Wilbur Glenn Family Foundation, approached the headmaster of The Westminster Schools with an idea for integrating philanthropic giving with high school education. The result was a unique type of service learning class. Glenn, a graduate of Westminster, and President Bill Clarkson turned to economics teacher Sally Finch and community service coordinator Stan Moor to create this new course. Centering the class around how to be an effective donor and understand the non-profit world, Finch and Moor created the syllabus for Philanthropy 101. Because of the success of the class, Glenn founded The Hilda and Wilbur Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service at Westminster. The class also started the annual Alternative Gift Fair that has raised thousands of dollars for local non-profits. This past summer I had the opportunity to be a part of the 12th Philanthropy 101 Class.

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I applied for the month-long summer class the spring of my junior year because of a then mild interest in philanthropy from my own service experience. I walked into class the first day a little unsure of why I had decided to take a summer class that earned

philanthropy that encompassed more than just giving money, ones that included actions as simple as giving time volunteering or as complex as lobbying for public policy change. Then, looking at our schedule for the upcoming weeks, it was impossible not

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me no curricular credit. We began with a discussion of what philanthropy meant, something I felt was simple enough. That discussion was the first of many experiences I had that broadened my view of what I had considered a limited subject. We delved into definitions of

to feel excitement. Ahead of us, we had trips planned to the Woodruff Foundation, the Community Foundation and other significant Atlanta non-profits. As the class progressed, we heard from speakers like Benjamin White, an Atlanta expert on the laws governing non-profit

foundations, and Joe Iarocci, CARE’s former chief of staff. We learned about the history of philanthropy and studied motives for giving, talked about types of beneficiaries, and examined different forms of giving. After many worthwhile experiences, the class ended with one last assignment. We each received $500 to give to a non-profit of our choice. In a touching ceremony, we presented our checks to representatives from the non-profits, explaining what personal concern and interest led us to give to that particular cause. Our donations served as a tangible, visible result of our learning that month, but the real culmination of the class was in our changed attitudes toward philanthropy and non-profit work. Through the class they became real and important parts of our lives, something we will be able to take with us to college and beyond. Peter Bryant was one of Atlanta INtown’s 2012 20 Under 20 honorees for his efforts to raise money for the Lionheart School.

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Living by Giving

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Spring Ahead By Giving Back to Others Spring is just around the corner. Suddenly calendars are getting a little busier with picnics, festivals and tropical trips. This seasonal change also makes it a great time to get energized about heading out into the community and giving back. For inspiration, I thought I would share someone in our community who demonstrates how our own lives can blossom with appreciation, by firmly planting our roots into acts that help others. You are probably most familiar with Jenny Levison’s “soup-erior” culinary skills that have inspired thousands to wait in line for the chance to dine at Souper Jenny’s in Buckhead. More recently, we’ve come to break bread with Jenny at Café Jonah, a fun eatery just around the corner that really embodies a spirit of community and comfort. I was first introduced to Jenny through her famous soups, however I quickly came to discover that what she cooks up in the kitchen is just a piece of her contribution to the Atlanta community. Here is a chance to learn more about how Jenny is living by giving:

Her Businesses: While many businesses make donations throughout the year, Cafe Jonah, located on Paces Ferry Place, donates 10 percent of daily sales, every day, to three local charities. These charities change each quarter, which allows the efforts to cover many causes annually. Furthermore, both of her restaurants take part in several larger fundraisers each year, donating time or food. Her Causes: Right now, Jenny is most passionate about “The Link” – a local counseling center specializing in suicide prevention and after care. Jenny had a very close friend commit suicide two years ago and it really changed her life. Jenny would like to see the stigma for people with mental health issues to change in this country and have more help readily available. Her Living by Giving Dream: More than anything, Jenny would like to impact homelessness in the next decade. With the downturn in the economy, Jenny has recognized just how vulnerable we all are from being in big financial trouble. She has met so many homeless people over the past

year with fascinating stories of what their lives were before a financial issue sent them spiraling down to where they are now. Jenny is certain that her acts to help others have benefited her own well-being by simply making her more aware of how fortunate she is and how grateful she is of her own life. This spring she’ll plant more charitable roots, literally, by building a community garden in the back of Café Jonah. It is sure to bring more joy to all of those who help nurture its growth as well as the families it feeds. Jenny’s tips for “Living by Giving” are

easy: Think about who you would like to help if money weren’t involved; what issues in your own community are important to you; and start small by doing a random act of kindness for someone...today And because she helps us so much around Atlanta, we can feel good about supporting Jenny. Check out her new book, Souper Jenny Does Salad, coming out this spring. For more information visit souperjennyatl.com. For more about Kate Atwood, visit KateAtwood.com.

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Pet Briefs The Atlanta Humane Society is hosting the Be Kind to Animals Art Contest for Kids. Entries will be accepted at both the Howell Mill and Mansell campuses. Anyone from Kindergarten through 12th grade can enter. Winners could receive $100 in cash and other prizes. The deadline to enter is March 31. Visit atlantahumane.org and click on Events for more details and rules. Mark your calendar for the 2012 Doggies on the Catwalk event on May 18 to benefit PALS Atlanta. The city’s movers and shakers as well as models will take to the runway to show off the latest fashions, accompanied by their pets. palsatlanta.org.

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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell from the Atlanta’s three different local branches of the association. They were Maybelle Stephens Mitchell, Rebecca Latimer Felton, Frances Whiteside, Lollie Belle Wylie, and Eleanor Raoul.

March 4, 1902: Although unfinished, the Atlanta Carnegie Library, designed by New York architects Ackerman and Ross opened to the public for inspection. Librarian Anne Wallace, Assistant Charles William Hubner, and the allfemale staff welcomed hundreds of guests. During the informal reception on the lower floor Mayor Livingston Mims said that “if it had not been for the efforts of Miss Anne Wallace, Atlanta would not have received the substantial aid, which made the library possible.” A few days later, Mrs. W. B. Green of 139 Baker Street checked out the first books. March 3, 2002: Sculptor John Thomas Riddle Jr, creator of Expelled Because of Color, which stands on the Georgia State Capital campus died in Atlanta. He was 68 years old. The six-foot-tall bronze piece is a memorial to 33 AfricanAmerican legislators who were expelled from the Georgia General Assembly in 1868. March 7, 1982: Alonzo “Lonnie” Mann, a witness in the infamous Leo Frank case, admitted 69 years after the crime that Frank was innocent of the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagen. She had been working at the pencil factory in 1912 inserting rubber erasers into the metal tips of nearly finished pencils. At the time of the trial, 14-year-old Mann was an employee at the National Pencil Factory, an old four-story brick building 37 & 41 South Forsyth Street. March 10, 1915: Your Girl and Mine, a moving picture melodrama produced by the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association, opened for a two-day showing at the Grand Theatre on Peachtree Street. Three minute introductory talks were given before each reel by members

March 13, 1906: The Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Association of the American Institute of Architects was chartered at the offices of Morgan and Dillon in the Prudential Building. The city’s first female architect, Harriet Cuttino Dozier, was one of the six charter members who also included Alexander Campbell Bruce, Walter Thomas Dowling, Thomas Henry Morgan, Gottfried Leonard Norrman and Harry Leslie Walker. March 27, 1890: Photographer Linnie Condon’s camera captured the aftermath of the devastating 1890 tornado in Louisville, Ky. These images, preserved in the University of Louisville’s photographic archives, enhanced her reputation as a professional, which was well-known in the south from the late 1880s until her March 1909 death in Atlanta. After the 1890 tornado, Condon moved to Atlanta and opened a studio over Jacobs Pharmacy on Whitehall Street. In January 1895, during the National Woman Suffrage Association gathering in Atlanta, Condon had the honor of photographing Susan B. Anthony, which today is in the Library of Congress. Portraits of President Emma Mims Thompson’s and the members of the 1895 Board of Lady Managers of the Cotton States and International Exposition graced Walter G. Cooper’s official history of the event. Mrs. Thompson’s portrait also appeared on the cover

of a piece of sheet music titled “The Southern Beauty Waltz Song” today is in the Special Collection Library at Duke University. March 28, 1931: Atlanta Girl Scouts celebrated its new headquarters on the sixth floor of Rich’s Incorporated. The commodious space was adjacent to the Rich’s bookstore. The previous headquarters was in the Wesley Memorial Church building. March 29, 1945: Rose Louise Hovic, better known as Gypsy Rose Lee, played a special engagement at The Fox Theater. The vaudeville act was described by critics as an artistic takeoff on the old burlesque girl. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy. During her Fox interview she said, “One of these days I’m going to retire and write and keep house.”

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Phoenix Flies tour visits city’s living landmarks this month The Atlanta Preservation Center will host the 9th annual The Phoenix Flies: A City-Wide Celebration of Living Landmarks from Saturday, March 10, through Sunday, March 25. New this year is thte additon of performing and visual arts to showcase the history and inspiration from the city’s historic sites. Some highlights: • A photography exhibit at the LP Grant Mansion presented in partnership with Stephanie Dowda and WonderRoot. •Full Radius Dance is being commissioned to create a site specific work at White Provision on the Westside. • The Atlanta Chapter of the American Organist Guild will present both a full evening concert at First Presbyterian and a progressive concert at three of downtown’s oldest churches: the Shine, Central Presbyterian and Trinity United Methodist. • Historic South-View Preservation Foundation is developing a unique literary tour that will include readings penned by several of its important residents. There will also be a focus on adaptive reuse as a means of preservation, including a visit to the Kriegshaber House, now the successful Wrecking Bar Brew Pub and host to weddings, community meetings and dance classes. Also slated is a guided tour of White Provision, a former meat packing house, which is now home to offices, boutiques, restaurants and residences. Visitors will also get to check the progress of the former Sears and City Hall East building on Ponce de Leon Avene, which is being transformed into Ponce City Market. The developer will host a guided tour and discuss the plans to adapt the building’s two million square feet into a mix of retail, dining and residences. Other events will include storytelling at The Wren’s Nest, a guided walking tour of the Ponce de Leon corridor, bicycle tours of the cit’s historic districts and a tour of Atlanta’s longest operation.

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Eco-Briefs The Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway recently earned Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the United States Green Building Council. The eco-savvy, 403-room property is among the greenest hotels in the city and is one of only 41 LEED Silver hotels for new construction in the U.S. to earn this level of accreditation. The hotel was created with 10 percent of recycled materials and a landscape and irrigation design that reduces water consumption by 50 percent. The hotel uses 30 percent less water and 28 percent less energy than a non-LEED hotel. Twenty percent of all hotel supplies are sourced locally, within a 500-mile radius, and a white roof reduces heat absorption. The eco-friendly venue uses non-coal produced energy, low-flow plumbing and shower fixtures, energy efficient lighting and lowVOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, sealants and carpets. Since 2010, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has sponsored an award-winning Green Event Initiative in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter.

Each year, the festival works with TRRU Productions Services to add sustainable operations like compostable utensils, recycled cooking oil and onsite assistance with recycling from the Girl Scouts of America to its perfect spring weekend. The festival also features an Eco-Village with exhibitors who provide everything from helpful products to keep a home more energy efficient to showing children how to plant to just making really good compost. The 2011 Atlanta Dogwood Festival Green Event Initiative brought home a Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association, earning Gold in the Best Environmental Program category. dogwood.org SHINE – the City of Atlanta’s residential weatherization program that has provided thousands of dollars in rebates for qualifying home energy efficiency improvements – has awarded a “home energy makeover” to one lucky Atlanta family. The winners are Lance St. Clair and Celise Kalke, whose Midtown home was selected from more than 500 entries. SHINE launched the Home Energy

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The Midtown Alliance will hold a kickoff event for Greenprint Midtown on Thursday, March 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 999 Peachtree St. Greenprint Midtown’s mission is to create the south’s first urban eco-district. Learn more at midtownalliance. org/ecodistrict.htm Atlanta mom Ghazaleh Coulter has created CuteSip, a line of FDA-approved stainless steel baby bottles designed to transition kids from infancy to childhood. Coulter said she wanted to create the bottles, which are brightly colored and have interchangeable lids as a child grows, to be eco-friendly as well as kid friendly. For more about CuteSip, visit cutesip.com.

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One Billion Strong When Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day 42 years ago, it was his belief that Earth Day’s success would come from the collective effort of individual communities doing their part to improve the quality of life around them. Today, the same beliefs still ring true. Kicking off on Earth Day 2011, the Earth Day Network (earthday.org) is calling for the individual actions of 1 billion people to do their part to restore and protect the natural systems that support all life. People from all over the world are encouraged to sign on to their site, act.earthday.org, to add their pledge of green service before Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development happening in June 2012. This month, we challenge you to join this global movement and make your own Billion Acts of Green pledge to enhance and restore the ecosystems that are most important in our daily lives. Here are just a few ideas: Eat Local Food. Eating locally grown, organic food is not only good for your health, but it is good for our local economy and environment. According to Georgia Organics (georgiaorganics.com), if every KeepitINtown.com

Georgian household spent $10 week on locally grown food, we’d pump $1.9 billion into our local economy. Protect Our Natural Resources. Participate in a fun river cleanup with Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (chattahoochee.org), become a member of the Nature Conservancy of Georgia (nature. org), the leading conservation organization working to protect and restore intact and ecologically important lands and waters for people, or encourage your place of worship to undergo an energy audit through Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (gipl.org). Participate in One of Atlanta’s Many Earth Day Celebrations. From the 10th Annual Earth Day Kid’s Fest (captainplanetfoundation.org) to EarthShare of Georgia’s 16th Annual Earth Day Party (earthsharega.org) there is a way for families, students, and businesses to learn, have fun, and do their part this Earth Day. For an Earth Day calendar of events more eco-living news, visit lauraseydel.com. And be sure to check out Atlanta INtown’s annual “Green Issue” in April.

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5TH aNNUal CHasTaiN parK WilD & sCeNiC COmpleTiNG film fesTiVal GreeN UpGraDes The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America, and 2012 will mark its fifth consecutive year in Atlanta on Sunday, March 11, at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema starting at 1 p.m. Each year, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR), Georgia River Network (GRN) and Georgia ForestWatch (GFW) partner to select the best of these award-winning environmental films and bring them to Atlanta in a two-and-a-half-hour program. The program (with a 15-minute intermission) offers a mix of films addressing environmental issues such as energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students/seniors; and $11 for groups of 8 or more. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance at Chattahoochee.org.

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The Chastain Park Sustainability Project, which minimizes the environmental impact and maximizes the efficiency of Chastain Park building facilities, is underway. The Chastain Park Sustainability Project was made possible by a $450,000 grant from the Kendeda Fund. Southern Home Performance was brought on board to manage the HVAC and building envelope components of the sustainability project. Southern Home Performance has also pledged $41,736 in services to the Chastain Park Conservancy (CPC) in support of the project. Improvements are being made to the Northside Youth Organization Basketball Courts /Gym, Dowis Building, Arts Center, Golf Clubhouse, CPC offices, Chastain Horse Park, Chastain Amphitheatre and American Legion building. One stated objective of the project is to reduce the total energy costs for the City of Atlanta by 20 to 25 percent at Chastain Park. The project, expected to save more than $40,000 a year in park operating costs, began last October with an assessment by Southface Energy Institute and is expected to be completed by spring.

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GEORGIA NATURAL Fernbank shows new exhibit Photographer Diane Kirkland’s images are from a variety of places including Georgia’s Ridge and Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and Barrier Islands regions. www.dianekirklandphoto.com

In the Gallery exhibition Georgia Natural, Fernbank Museum of Natural History showcases the diverse landscapes of Georgia in a series of black-and-white and color photos by local artist Diane Kirkland. Georgia Natural will be on view at the Museum from February 4-April 29, 2012. Georgia Natural includes 35 framed photographs, which highlight Kirkland’s appreciation for the many sanctuaries in Georgia that have remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. “I hope my pictures show that these places are worthy of our attention and that we don’t allow these sanctuaries to disappear,” Kirkland said. “Because often, we don’t keep what we don’t value.” The photos include rivers, streams, trees, swamps, outcrops and more, while moments of fog, dusk, mossy trees, and blooming flowers add depth to the view. Kirkland explores patterns and designs to discover cohesiveness in seemingly random, unrelated elements of nature, which she says requires intense observation to the uniqueness of a view. For more information visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.

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Bookstores adapt with reader demands, technology

By Osayi Endolyn The lights went out for good at Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse last January. But a trace of the distinct humor and spirit of Midtown’s LGBT literary flagship remains. A handwritten sign posted on the front door reads: “No Bathroom. Try Amazon.” It’s a sentiment that has no doubt spread across the nation as independent brick-and-mortar bookstores struggle to

remain relevant in the wake of that oftrepeated refrain: economic uncertainty, the proliferation of e-readers and Amazon’s practically endless reach. Just weeks ago, another local gem succumbed – Decatur’s Blue Elephant Book Shop announced their impending closure in mid-March. “We are not selling enough books to sustain the business,” the website announcement stated. Opinions vary on the future of the handheld book and based on recent reports in the New York Times, even giant retailer Barnes and Noble may falter in coming years. The future seems bleak for print-andbound pages, and for those who’ve made a

A customer reads at Charis Books in Little Five Points. life out of opening stores to sell them. But that’s just the thing about spending several decades working in a field you love. It’s really hard to give it up. Throughout Intown, many indie owners are taking varied approaches to staying afloat. They are both abandoning traditional business practices and combining them with new demands of the era. They are digging in and leaping forward. They’re in for a good fight.

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A Cappella Books called Little Five Points home for over 20 years before making the move to a smaller, less expensive A R T S & Clocation U L T U Rnearby. E This came after they had already downsized from a shared space with now-closed Opal Gallery in 2010. Today, the general interest store is situated on Haralson Avenue just off of DeKalb Avenue, barely a mile away from its former spot. “We have a bit less room, but everything else is still the same,” says owner Frank Reiss. “We’re kind of off the beaten path and there’s not as much foot traffic. So we’re prepared to focus on other things, too.” Those other things include a wellestablished Internet business (Reiss says he’s been selling books online even before Amazon launched), and partnering with other local organizations to host author events. One of note is the Restaurant Eugene Author Dinner Series where acclaimed food writers inspire a multi-course meal. February featured Randy Fertel, author of The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak:

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A New Orleans Family Memoir. The cost of attendance includes a copy of the book and dinner with the celebrated author. More and more, indie bookstores are finding ways to expand the solitary experience of reading to one that can be both monetized and shared. “We’re flexible in how we see ourselves,” Reiss reasons, of A Cappella’s new chapter. “We’re willing to adapt so we can stay. I realize I might have to go out and get a real job one day.” He pauses. “But if enough people have an affection for what books represent, we can still serve a purpose. We’ll do it as long as we can.”

“I Just Want People To Read” Jeff McCord keeps the calendar at Bound to Be Read Books full with author readings, seminars and book club meetings. Focusing mostly on used books, McCord opened in East Atlanta Village in 2005. Recently enough to see Amazon’s looming shadow, but before the financial crisis that threatened just about every business and household in the country. He says customers come in and express their concern. “We’re hanging in there,” he says, “but it’s getting increasingly difficult.” McCord feels his primary responsibility is to contribute to the cultural landscape – to bring people into the store and make new writers and new ideas available to them. Perhaps that’s why in 2011, Bound to Be Read was the first bookstore in Atlanta to partner with the Unchained Tour, selling tickets to the renown evening of Moth-

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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

Celebrating Women I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… Women. They’re everywhere I turn. The woman who literally runs my office? Well, I couldn’t live without her and don’t plan on trying anytime soon. She might be from Jersey and sometimes I’m afraid of her, but I know that thanks to her I’ll always shine. And I know for a fact that the woman who manages my gallery does a far better job than I ever could. She must literally have the patience of a saint in addition to mad skills as an artist. Sometimes I just want to listen to her and watch, and learn. My two daughters that I don’t see often enough are always in my thoughts and heart even if they’re not in my direct line of sight. Of course they always manage to be in my wallet somehow, but that’s the gift that just keeps on giving and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I hope I remember to show the appreciation for these women in my life often but sometimes human nature makes it easy to take the most wonderful things for granted, you know? When we’re comfortable, we rarely stop to think, “gee, this pillow is sure soft and clean.” We just fall asleep. So how timely that a good friend and talented woodworker sent me a video about women to wake me up. It is a fantastic way to start celebrating March, Women’s History Month after all. Women have always struggled. In school I learned about the struggles of American women fighting to be recognized as serious artists, and their exclusion during the formation of the Fauves in Paris around 1905, credited with the birth of Modernism. How fitting that the translation of ‘fauve’ is ‘wild beast.’ All men. Women never really got the chance to flex their own artistic muscle until late in the mid 20th century. Sure, there was the American Mary Cassatt who in the 1880’s achieved a level of notoriety and place in history from her

impressionist portraits of elegant settings featuring women and children, but think of the permanent social impact of contemporary women artists such as Frieda Kahlo, Diane Arbus or Georgia O’Keefe who did not allow their art to remain in the shadows of convention. The effects of what they felt and created is still very much alive and being rediscovered today. This month I hope you will take the advice of my thoughtful friend and appreciate the contribution of women in your life. Enjoy the beauty, the softness, the unfathomable resolve and unpredictable mood swings these creatures employ to provide the very balance of our lives. Whether in the creation of art or our children, we simply cannot live without women.

Upcoming Atlanta Art Events March 9-11 2012 American Craft Council Atlanta Show 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Expect up to 225 crafters at this 23rd annual event Web: public.craftcouncil.org/atlanta

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March 6 Oakhurst Community Garden 7 – 9 p.m. (Admission is $25) 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur Painting recycled bottles with Molly Krava of rockwaterglass.com to see how to make hanging glass bottle art using provided flattened bottles and special paint. Web: oakhurstgarden.org

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March 2

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center presents a live concert by Montana Skies on March 2, at 7:30 pm. The award winning musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd and Rush to Vivaldi, and House of the Rising Sun, as well as their own originals that have been featured everywhere from NPR to the Travel Channel. Rest assured, this ain’t your grannie’s chamber music. Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for general admission at ticketleap.com. For more, visit callanwolde.org

March 3

Atlanta’s arts, music, cultural, sports and medical communities will come together on Saturday, March 3, for the Dance of Hope Fundraising and Awareness Event at the Defoor Centre from 7 to 11 p.m. One of the goals for the event is to raise money for Angelita Vargas, a globally acclaimed gypsy flamenco dancer who suffered a debilitating stroke last June. Professional cyclist Saul Raisin, who recovered from a traumatic brain injury after a race in France, will be keynote speaker, while a stroke prevention talk and material will be provided by an educational coordinator from the Shepherd Center of Atlanta. Tickets start at $25, which includes the price of admission and hors d’oeuvres. A purchase of the $35 ticket option includes two drink tickets in addition to admission and hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com.

March 3

Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the annual Toucha-Truck. This fun community event gives children of all ages an opportunity to touch, explore and see their favorite trucks or equipment on wheels. The City of Decatur and DeKalb County dump trucks, fire trucks, tractors, police cars and motorcycles and many other types of vehicles will be on display. New this year: Ride your bicycle to the event. Decatur Police will be on hand to register your bicycle. In the event that it is lost or stolen, registration will aid in its safe return. Touch-aTruck takes place in the Callaway Building Parking lot located at 120 West Trinity Place, Decatur. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 21. beactivedecatur.com

March 9-11

More than 225 of the nation’s top fine craft artists will descend upon the Cobb Galleria Centre March 9 – 11 for the 23rd annual American Craft Council Atlanta Show. The show draws nearly 10,000 visitors during its three-day event, and features contemporary artists working in ceramics, glass, fiber, wood, metal, fashion, jewelry, leather and mixed media. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular on-site admission is $13 for one day, $20 for a 3-day pass, with a special Friday evening admission of $5 after 5 p.m. American Craft Council members and Children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is also free at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Cobb Galleria Parkway. Purchase tickets on line at craftcouncil.org/atlanta.

Tripster Events, Fun & Festivals Outside the Loop

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The Macon Cherry Blossom Festival has been a tradition for 30 years with more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in bloom throughout the city. This year’s festival is March 16-25 with the hub of activity taking place at Central City Park. There will be rides, games, food, nightly live concerts and much more. Visit cherryblossom.com for tickets and informationi.

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If you can’t get to Ireland for St. Patricks’ Day, Savannah is your closest bet. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest in the country and is expected to attract 300,000 visitors on Saturday, March 17. Make sure to check out the Tara Feis festival in Emmet Park with food, arts, crafts and more. Hotel rooms are usually scarce, so book now. savannahsaintpatricksday.com

March 15

After a one year break, Park After Dark returns to Piedmont Park for a night of great entertainment in support of Atlanta’s favorite green space. The benefit brings together Atlanta’s young professionals and will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Greystone building at the lake. There will be food from local caterers, drinks, music and silent auction. Tickets are only $40, which includes one drink ticket and one raffle ticket. Funds raised from this event will benefit the security and maintenance of an expanded Piedmont Park. piedmontpark.org.

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Launch your spring gardening endeavors with advice from the experts at the Callaway Gardens Gardening School on March 22-23. Horticulturist design expert Erica Glasener will lead a day-long Landscape Design workshop. At the close of the workshop you can be on of the early-birds at the Annual Plant Fair & Sale to get first pick at some of the choice offerings. On Friday, March 23rd, Erica will begin the day with an inspiring garden lecture. Cost for both days is $110, which includes lunch, admission to the fair and lecture. callawaygardens.com


The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga isn’t a building, but an interactive moving train that you can ride to step back in time when railroad travel was a way of life. Take trips to Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Summersville and more. In April and May, a full sized replica of Thomas The Tank Engine will be taking kids on a 25-minute ride, along with storytelling, live music, activities and more. Visit tvrail.com to reserve tickets now. KeepitINtown.com

March 17

Atlantic Station and Meehan’s Public House are teaming up for a St. Patrick’s Day bash – ShamRock the Station. Starting at noon, families can enjoy Irish dancing, games, face painting, balloon art and bagpipers. Children are invited to dress up in their finest green threads to show off their Irish spirit. There will be premium and craft beer stations with popular drinking games also beginning at noon. Live music will begin at 5 p.m., and the night will be capped off with a fireworks display. Events will be located in and around Central Park, between Rosa Mexicano and Strip Steaks and Sushi. East District Avenue and West District Avenue will be open for pedestrian traffic only. Adult admission is $10; tickets can be purchased in advance at the Atlantic Station Concierge or at the door. There is no admission fee before 2 p.m. for children under 12.

March 17

Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Saturday, March 17, stepping off at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and Ralph McGill and making its way down Peachtree to Woodruff Park. Thousands are expected to line the street to watch the procession of floats, bands and other entertainers. See the full schedule at stpatsparadeatlanta.com.

March 24

WonderRoot, Atlanta arts and community advocate, has teamed up with nationally renowned contemporary performance company gloATL to host a joint fundraising celebration on Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The W Atlanta – Midtown, the event’s host sponsor. The event, Wonderglo, will benefit the artistic, educational, and

community engagement endeavors of both organizations. Over the course of the evening, more than 1000 guests will experience elements of Wonderglo. The first wave of guests arrive to a seated dinner planned and created by four of Atlanta’s favorite chefs, live music and video installations, as well as a migration of dance and opera performance. During this wave, live paintings will take place, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on the new works and other items through live and silent auctions. Following the dinner, the crux of the evening will occur when a second wave of guests arrive for an interactive art experience At midnight, when the final wave of supporters arrive, an after-party of dance and celebration caps off the evening. Tickets range from $50 to $250. www.wonderglo.org


March 31

BaconFest, the wildly popular annual event benefiting Dad’s Garage, is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Attracting more and more bacon, beer and music lovers every year, BaconFesters are invited to enjoy copious amounts (we’re talking 1,000 lbs.!) of delicious bacon compliments of Vortex Bar & Grill and cooked by the local grill masters at DBA Barbeque, cold beer, nonstop entertainment and a silent auction. Selling out every year, all proceeds benefit Dad’s Garage – a nonprofit theatre that engages, cultivates and inspires artists and audiences alike by producing innovative, scripted and improvised works that are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for being undeniably awesome. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now for ages 21 and up at dadsgarage.com.

March 21-31

The 13th Atlanta Francophonie Festival will include a Cajun music concert; a performance with French-speaking comedians from Atlanta’s Théâtre du Rêve; films from Belgium, France, Quebec and Switzerland; workshops on the art of cartooning; and a friendship brunch for families at the St. Regis Hotel. Festival partners include the High Museum of Art, the Rialto Center and Cartooning for Peace. All events are open to the public and most are free. For details, visit francophonieatlanta.org.

March 31

Stone Mountain Village Bluegrassroots Music & Arts Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Main Street. This one day festival includes southern Bluegrass musicians on stage, street jams, Contra dancing as well as an arts and crafts show for up to 150 self-taught artists and artisans.

March 30-31

Spring and summer fashion trends arrive at Lenox Square with Simon Fashion Now a weekend series of energetic fashion shows and interactive entertainment. Events kick off Friday evening with Trends & Friends Night in the mall’s Luxury Wing and feature upcoming trends, opportunities to view the latest fashions, tutorials on current styles in cosmetics and more. The fun continues on Saturday with a series of runway shows featuring the hottest looks for spring and summer beginning at noon as well as Style Stops throughout the mall, in-store promotions and special discounts available from participating retailers.

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inspired Southern storytelling. He heard about it through the Southern Independent Bookstores Alliance, which aims to support and empower indie sellers. This year the weekend event was again hosted at Manuel’s Tavern, with several other local bookstores joining up to sell seats. Next month, McCord will venture out on behalf of World Book Night, the international event on April 23 where preregistered participants descend on cities to hand out successful and acclaimed books to

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casual readers. He plans to hit up bars in the village. “I just want people to read,” McCord says smiling. “So now I’m giving books away.” But he’s still a businessman. McCord hopes to launch a lunch series in the coming months where readers can interact with authors over a brown bag. E-books are also available through the store’s website – any device that can read Google Books can download them. Other stores continue looking for ways to cater to their niche market and

capitalize where they can. Tom Schloeder of Brushstrokes, admits seeing an uptick in sales since Outwrite’s closure. But he doesn’t necessarily see that as a good thing. “It doesn’t help the community at all to have less options,” he says. “We’re doing well, but it’s not what it used to be.” Brushstrokes has two separate shops in the same Piedmont Avenue strip mall. Sensory Overload is essentially a gift shop that also carries books. “We carry over 4,000 greeting cards, which still do really well despite email,” Schloeder says. “Books are not profitable. I can’t compete with Amazon, who is basically selling books at my cost.” A couple of doors down is the adult store Brushstrokes Pleasures. “Most of our customers are gay men, but we also see lesbian couples and straight couples. We actually get a lot of straight women because they feel comfortable here – we don’t hit on them!” The gift shop does the bigger business however, and with Outwrite’s exit Schloeder plans to increase their book stock. Like McCord, the needs of the community are prevalent in Schloeder’s mind. For him, that means the LGBT community. “The literary concerns of the town are very important to us. It defines the culture of the town. [It] can’t be left in a void.”

out a bit.” Customers won’t find anything but a carefully curated selection of books in her store, open since 1979. No e-books. No extras. “I’m still recovering from converting my inventory to the computer – if I can’t do it this way anymore, I’ve decided I just won’t.” Alex Nunan of The Book Nook has diversified his business since opening in 1973, but it hasn’t impacted the numbers. “Business has been flat for five years,” he says. The Book Nook buys, sells and trades books, comics, records and DVDs. He cites the increasing competition books are up against – streaming movies, smartphone apps, video games. That’s a lot to contend with. “I’ve been thinking about this a lot,” he says of the difficult climate. “We’ve been in business for 39 years. But I can’t say anything optimistic about the future of bookstores.” Laura Keys, who is closing Blue Elephant

Nostalgia vs. Technology So if greeting cards are helping bookstore owners meet their bottom line, even in a niche that attracts the long-heralded spending power of the gay community, one might ask if other genres even stand a chance. If you’re Dave Shallenberger of Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories, the answer is a modest yes. As the name might indicate, Little Shop is the state’s only independent bookstore dedicated to kids. They serve a special but broad clientele. And that clientele shows their support. “A lot of it is that books are an interactive experience with kids and their parents,” Shallenberger reasons. “I think it’s hard to share that with an e-reader. [Reading to a child] is just better in book form.” On a recent visit to Tall Tales in Toco Hills, the scene in the store was worth noting. A teenager sat alone, comfortably skimming a textbook at a table. On the other side of the store an employee instructed an eight or nine-year-old on how to properly hold a book so as not to damage the binding. These moments, once ubiquitous across America, are quickly fading. Where will these moments happen in a society where libraries are closing alongside the indie stores? “I’m an optimist,” says owner Marlene Zeiler. “I’ve always believed there’s room for the digital book and us.” Zeiler goes on, reminiscing about her childhood in New York. Back when a person could walk down Fifth Avenue and see multiple stores full of books. “They’re all gone now,” she sighs. “But I remember when the audiobook came out and it was all doom and gloom then. Then things shook

The Book Nook Books after four years in Decatur, can empathize with Nunan. While she fondly calls her loyal customers “book people,” there were other customers who came in wanting advice on what to read, or what to buy for a friend. “Then they’d say something like, ‘I just got an e-reader’ and leave without purchasing anything. I never found a tactful way of saying that my time and resources shouldn’t be for free.” People loved the convenience of downloading a book to their device but they missed the interaction with a knowledgeable professional who could cater to their needs. Warm fuzzy feelings just aren’t enough. “I don’t know the future of the book

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Continued from page 28 business,” Keys says, “but to survive, a critical mass is required to keep it afloat.” Over at Eagle Eye Bookshop in Decatur, Doug Robinson has taken a multifaceted approach to his inventory for close to six years. “We sell new and used books and really try to offer titles you won’t get in a big box store. We’ll take those unusual books — sometimes they sell right away, sometimes not. But we want to offer them.” Robinson says a crucial part of his business has been author events. Many times, the store can get authors on the rise, before they break out big. That happened with Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help. Robinson says independent bookstores pushed sales of the book, helping to make it the blockbuster it has become. “I think it’s important that people realize [when they shop here] that they’re supporting a bookstore that enables that store to stock, promote and talk about authors you’ve never heard of.”

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Cards at Brushstrokes in Ansley Mall. has felt the impact of the business side, but tends to focus her attention on the communal impact. “We are invested in being a community space. We’re a feminist bookstore, by a broad definition, and we also sell multicultural children’s books. We’re a gay-owned bookstore, too, with an



emphasis on lesbian, queer and trans.” Tucked behind the Brewhouse Pub in a bright purple house, Charis Books has been in Little Five Points for 38 years, yet new customers always exclaim their surprise at the store’s existence. “I like to think we’re Atlanta’s best-kept secret,” says Luce Look. “And we play an important role in the community.” Charis participates in book fairs, sells at schools, partners with conferences in town and sells art made by local artists, too. Plans for the Charis Feminist Center (with oversight by the non-profit arm Charis Circle) are still in process but not yet imminent. For now the focus remains on


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So where will all of Keys’ “book people” go? “I hope we still run into each other,” she says. “I’ve met such interesting, smart, entertaining people. Book people are good to know. They’re interested and curious. They have an appreciation for language, for events happening in the world.” She’s quiet. “I honestly don’t know what’s next for me yet. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.” One way or another, the time is soon coming when she’ll have to think those challenging thoughts. And as hard as it may be to accept, the same plight may be true of other Intown stores if things continue as they have. “If you like bookstores,” Nunan says matter-of-factly, “make sure you walk into them.” Paper book fan or e-book convert, all readers should be able to agree on at least one thing: there’s nothing quite like walking into a store and browsing the inventory on the shelf. If we don’t have that, we’ll be trading in a lot for that digital convenience. Zeiler knows her business may not last forever, but she’s not buying the rhetoric that the form will die out. Look, she says, “There’s always some crazy bookseller who’s ready to open a bookstore.”

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Sketchworks: Jen Kelley directs this show featuring the best of Sketchworks Comedy. It’s all killer and no filler. You won’t want to throw a single sketch back. Closes March 3. $10 to $17. sketchworkscomedy.com The Time Machine: H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi tale is presented in timeless audio drama format by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company at Academy Theatre. March 3 and March 4. $10 to $15. artc.org

Day Job: Georgia Visual Arts Day Job: Georgia: The works in this exhibition at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center look at several artists’ relationships to their day jobs and investigate the jobs’ effects on their artistic practices. Closes March 24. $3 to $5. thecontemporary.org Oceana: This exhibit at SCAD-Gallery See features new photographic works by SCAD alumna Lisa M. Robinson that poetically depict the transformative nature of water. Closes March 30. Admission is free. scad.edu/atlanta Katherine Mitchell: Places of Memory and Dreams: This exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia features artwork by Katherine Mitchell that explores the ways in which houses where people live early in their lives affect their dreams and thus their creativity. Closes March 31. $1 to $5. mocaga.org Wildlife Rescue: This exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History lets visitors experience the excitement of rescuing diverse creatures and returning them to the wild. Open daily. $15.50 to $17.50. fernbankmuseum.org American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s: Spelman College Museum of Fine Art exhibits works by Faith Ringgold made in response to social upheavals of the 1960s that represent an unprecedented exploration of the intersections of race, gender and class. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Suggested donation: $3. spelman.edu/museum George Washington Carver Exhibit: This exhibit at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum explores George Washington Carver’s life as a trailblazing scientist and true humanitarian. Open daily. $6 to $8. jimmycarterlibrary.org

The Golden Ticket: This comic opera presented by The Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. March 3 through March 11. $15 to $140. atlantaopera.org Adventures of Little Noodle: Join Little Noodle at the Center for Puppetry Arts for this interactive adventure about making healthy choices and loving yourself exactly as you are. Opens March 6. $16.50. puppet.org Hidden Man: This play at 7 Stages is based on a true story of two Georgia artists who become unlikely friends. March 8 through March 25. $20 to $25. 7stages.org Trey McIntyre Project: Ballet. Passion. Energy. Performing at the Rialto Center for the Arts, Choreographer Trey McIntyre’s company has distinguished itself through its artistic clarity, technical virtuosity, and powerful and passionate performance style. March 10. $37 to $61. rialtocenter.org The Wizard of Oz: Introduce your children to the kind of magic only found in the Land of Oz at this 70-minute Alliance Theatre production featuring iconic songs from the movie score. Closes March 11. $20 to $35. alliancetheatre.org Billy Elliot the Musical: Presented by Broadway Across America at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, this musical follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. March 13 through March 18. $25 to $70. broadwayacrossamerica.com Tartuffe: Fabrefaction Theatre Company presents Moliere’s famous comedy about a man who wickedly masquerades as a man of God to cast a sinister spell over an innocent family. Opens March 14. $13 to $22. fabrefaction.org

Performing Arts

The Motherf**ker with the Hat: Actor’s Express presents this high-octane play about two lovers that The New York Times called “a bruising, tragicomic apache dance of love, betrayal and indecision.” Opens March 15. $15 to $42. actors-express.com

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Designing Women: OnStage Atlanta brings to


life two new stage adaptations of episodes of the classic sitcom – but with a gender-bending twist. March 15 through March 18. $20 to $23. onstageatlanta.com Pilobolus: Performing at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, this one-of-a-kind company straddles the confluence of dance and human sculpture and embodies a tradition of innovation where grace, physical agility and pure invention are the rule. March 16. $42 to $52. ferstcenter.gatech.edu Il Trittico: This performance by Capitol City Opera Company at the Conant Performing Arts Center features three gripping and beautiful one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini that are full of love, laughter and longing. March 16 through March 18. $20 to $25. ccityopera.org

The Golden Ticket

Baroque Concertos & Sacred Cantatas: New Trinity Baroque welcomes Dutch baroque violin virtuoso Antoinette Lohmann to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church for this program of exciting concertos and cantatas by Corelli, Vivaldi, Biber, Lully and the Bach family. March 17. $9 to $39. newtrinitybaroque.org Uncle Grampa’s Super Enjoyable Story Castle: This improvised puppet show at Dad’s Garage features a brand new story each week, which your little ones get to help tell by providing bits of information and adding their own jokes. Closes March 24. $4 to $6. dadsgarage.com British Invasion II: This concert at Druid Hill Baptist Church features the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, a group that has showcased the incredible artistic abilities of children in the Atlanta metropolitan area for 35 years. March 24. $12 to $15. aysc.org Youth Orchestra – Crescendo: Catch a glimpse of the future of orchestral music as the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra performs great works at Symphony Hall under the baton of veteran musician and Music Director Jere Flint. March 25. $10. atlantasymphonyorchestra.org MasterWorks: Messiah: This Atlanta Sacred Chorale concert at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts features Handel’s “Messiah” in its complete, original form with professional soloists and full orchestra. March 25. $20 to $30. atlantasacredchorale.org Double Exposure: The Michael O’Neal Singers presents identical texts that have been set by two composers, sometimes centuries apart, in this concert at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. March 29. $10. mosingers.com For more shows and to order tickets for any of those listed here, visit AtlantaPlanIt.com.

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pancakes and biscuits as well as vegetarian and vegan items like sweet potato hash and burritos de huevos. Kids also eat free all day Monday through Thursday. Radial Café is located at 1530 DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park. radial.us

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Whether or not you’re a morning person, a delicious breakfast can be enough to get almost anyone out of bed. Perhaps you like a hearty omelet with a stack of pancakes, or maybe you prefer a gourmet cup of coffee to get you going. Whatever your flavor, Atlanta INtown has got you covered. Below are some of our top picks for the best breakfast spots in the city.

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With different specials everyday, Radial is always putting their creative spin on traditional breakfast fare. As the first restaurant in Georgia to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association, owner Frank Bragg’s motto is “small carbon footprint, big local flavor,” and it is easy to see why. His menu has old favorites like buttermilk

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For the best baked goods in the city, look no further than Highland Bakery. Owner Stacey Eames is famous for milling her own chemical-free grains and turning them into everything from homemade scones to rosemary garlic bread. But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to their famous bake shop, Highland Bakery has a breakfast menu that includes ricotta pancakes, fried chicken Benedict, tofu scramble and more. Early risers can also enjoy bottomless coffee as well as an assortment of teas and espresso drinks. Highland Bakery has locations in Old Fourth Ward, Midtown and Buckhead. highlandbakery.com

Adios Café

Located inside No Mas! Hacienda and Cantina is a chocolate and espresso bar that boasts the most authentically Mexican coffees in Atlanta. In addition to their sweet treats, Adios Café serves breakfast everyday beginning at 8 a.m. With dishes like Mexican eggs Benedict and blue corn hotcakes, the breakfast menu is nothing short of stellar. And for the coffee connoisseurs, there is an incredible array of savory java. The café de olla is a traditional Mexican brew with a hint of cocoa and cinnamon, while the Mayan mocha boasts a double shot of espresso with dark chocolate and tart tamarindo. Adios Café also offers flavored mimosas and a Bloody Maria, their own spin on a traditional Bloody Mary. Adios Café is located at 180 Walker Street in Castleberry Hill. adioscafe.com

American Roadhouse It should come as

no surprise that their slogan is “where the neighborhood eats breakfast.” American Roadhouse has been a staple to the Virginia Highland neighborhood sfor over 20 years, and now they are opening a second location downtown in the Pencil Factory Flats and Shops. Owners Martin Maslia and Ed Udoff have built a loyal following thanks to their oversized portions and made-from-scratch menu. Open for breakfast everyday at 7 a.m., they’ve got everything from oatmeal and fresh bagels to specialty omelets and waffles. American Roadhouse is located at 842 North Highland Avenue in Virginia Highland. americanroadhouse.com


Nestled in the shops near Emory’s campus is one of the best kept secrets in Decatur. Rise-N-Dine is a quaint breakfast spot with gourmet-quality fare at college student prices. The menu boasts a number of popular breakfast items with a cultural twist. Check out the sage quinoa grits or the pierogi omelet for something new, and enjoy unlimited refills on drip coffee. RiseN-Dine also has vegetarian options as well as special treats like nutella pancakes for the kids. With free parking and Internet, this restaurant gets an A+. Rise-N-Dine is located at 1565 North Decatur Road in Decatur. risendineatl.com

Silver Skillet

If the Silver Skillet sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen one of the many films in which the restaurant makes an appearance. Or maybe you’ve seen owner Teresa Breckenridge on the Today Show or

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Good Morning America. Either way, there is a reason this little jewel is such a media darling. The Silver Skillet is the place to go for a hearty Southern breakfast. They’re known for their world-famous country ham and redeye gravy, but that’s just the beginning. Diners can choose from skillet favorites that include corned beef hash and grilled hamburger steak, or one of the delicious two-egg breakfast plates. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, don’t miss the homemade lemon ice-box pie - it was voted one of the five best pies in the USA by Life Magazine. Silver Skillet is located at 200 14th Street in Midtown. thesilverskillet.com

Thumbs Up Diner

For an experience that is a throwback to a traditional American diner, step into this charming neighborhood eatery. With five Atlanta area locations, Thumbs Up Diner offers a mix of signature breakfast originals as well as build-your-own breakfast options. Guests can indulge in 100 percent New England maple syrup, housemade jams, organic Nicaraguan coffee, and of course, their famous multi-grain biscuits. Be sure to try the skillet heap and add turkey bacon, veggie sausage, diced ham or just about anything else you fancy. Thumbs Up Diner has locations in Edgewood, East Point, Decatur, Downtown and Roswell. thumbsupdiner.com

Ria’s Bluebird

From breakfast burritos to buttermilk pancakes, Ria’s Bluebird can cook up something delicious for any early bird. Perhaps her most popular dish, however, is the brisket breakfast. With 14-hour slowroasted Angus beef, shredded in its own spicy tomato broth with two poached eggs and a toasted baguette, this is enough to make even the most crotchety person rise and shine. For the vegetarians, there’s a southwest tofu scramble and a country fried tempeh (a soybean substitute). And the best part? Ria serves breakfast everyday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ria’s Bluebird is located at 421 Memorial Drive in Grant Park. riasblubird.com KeepitINtown.com

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Quick Bites News & Happenings

TOp Of THe CiTy heading up the gastro pub inspired kitchen. therebrookhaven.com

Sun Dial celebrates 35 years

The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year with events, promotions and dining specials. The Sun Dial opened in 1977, a year after the opening of The Westin Peachtree Plaza (then called the Peachtree Plaza Hotel), dazzling the city with a revolving upscale restaurant, a rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory View Level featuring a 360-degree panorama of the Atlanta skyline. The Sun Dial welcomes thousands of locals and tourists each year, who climb aboard the scenic glass elevators to be zoomed to the top of the 73-story tower. Be sure to check out the Facebook page, where a photo contest is being held and guests are being encouraged to wax nostalgic about their visits to the Sun Dial. For more, visit sundialrestaurant.com.

Kevin Rathbun has announced he will open KR SteakBar in late summer at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Peachtree Hills featuring “small plate steaks” and Italian fare.

C & M Gastronomy Group, creators of Baraonda and Publik Draft House, have opened Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar at 1745 Peachtree St. A centerpiece of the restaurant will be a salami cellar, a glass enclosure that features cured meats and cheeses classically displayed butcher-shop style. figjamatlanta.com. If you need something a bit stronger than a frappuccino, Starbucks has announced that six Atlanta locations will begin offering beer, wine and an expanded food menu as part of a new concept plan. Those stores had not been announced at press time. Calling itself an “upscale dive bar,” There is now open at Town Brookhaven with former Bocado chef de cuisine, Ryan Hickey,

The 2012 Buckhead Restaurant Week runs Feb. 25 through March 4 with more than 30 participating restaurants offering threecourse prix fixe dinner menus for $25 or $35 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Some of the restaurants taking part are 10 Degrees South, Aria, Kyma, Seasons 52 and The Capitol Grille. For a full list visit brwatlanta.com. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns May 10 – 13 to Midtown Atlanta for its second year. Early bird pre-sale tickets continue until March 29. The four-day event is designed to educate and entertain guests with an extensive selection of programs and events. Guests will eat, drink and learn about the South’s rich culinary traditions from the region’s best talent. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit atlfoodandwinefestival.com. Virginia Highland breakfast favorite American Roadhouse has announced it

will open a second location this spring at the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops on Decatur Street in Downtown. american-roadhouse.com A new food truck, Rolling Reuben’s, is now patrolling Downtown Atlanta serving up giant New York style deli sandwiches. rollingreubens.com

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is now open in Buckhead at 5 West Paces Ferry Road. The restaurant serves Mexican-style cuisine using only the freshest ingredients and charbroils on grills in an exhibition-style kitchen. Two additional Atlanta locations are also planned for 2012 in Midtown and Peachtree Hills. limefreshmexicangrill.com Fuoco di Napoli is serving up authentic Italian dishes and teaching guests how to make their own pizzas in the in-house Pizza School. The menu also features calzones, hearty salads and cannolis. The restaurant is at 30 Pharr Road in Buckhead. fuocodinapoli.com

Baci by Cafe at Pharr is now open at Town Brookhaven serving up eclectic eats from the Mediterranean along with Easterninfluenced dishes. The menu often changes daily (the date is printed on each menu) because it relies almost entirely on fresh seasonal ingredients. baciatlanta.com Meehan’s Public House will open at Atlantic Station this spring, serving up classic Irish dishes elevated to a gourmet level. It already has three successful Atlanta-area locations – Downtown, Vinings and Smyrna – and will open at Atlantic Station is early May between Cafe Nineteen and Z Gallerie. 101concepts.com Atlanta restaurateur Maureen Kalmanson (she owns Peasant Bistro in Downtown) will open her new Midtown restaurant, Campagnolo, this month. Meaning “peasant” in Italian, Campagnolo will feature a menu that draws influences from all parts of Italy and its Mediterranean neighbors. The restaurant will be housed in a restored building at 980 Piedmont Ave. peasantatl.com

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Emily G’s jams and sauces are locally made By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com Fresh baked bread and homemade jam is a nice way to start the morning. For Emily Myers, that’s just another typical day in her household. She’s the mastermind behind Emily G’s, a scrumptious line of jams and sauces that are packed with flavor, texture, depth and pure deliciousness. The first thing you notice when you meet Emily inside her home kitchen in Dunwoody is that she’s serious about food. Everything is organized and tidy, yet there is a lot going on. Perhaps most of which is in her head. When she’s creating new recipes, she’s in her zone; mixing and tasting, refining and fixing. As she shared with me, “Food drives me. I love food. I dream in food.” I believe her. Less than a month ago, Emily introduced new packaging and some brand new flavors to her popular jam lineup of 14 flavors, like Peach Marmalade, Fig Pomegranate and Blackberry Vanilla. She also sells three delicious sauces and an incredible crunchy and chunky Three Pepper Relish. I went to an Emily G. tasting last week and I have to say my two favorites were Jalapeno Raspberry and Peach Marmalade. I loved the spicy kick of the jalapenos, which are grown locally in Georgia, and

the Peach Marmalade tasted so fruity and dense, I just couldn’t stop eating it. In her Cheese Pairings section on her website (emilygs.com), Emily suggests pairing the Peach Marmalade with Brie cheese and the Jalapeno Raspberry with Parmigiano-Reggiano, cream cheese or Brie. Yummy... The new product Emily is most excited about is her Berbere Sauce. Berbere is a spice mixture that you often see in Ethiopian and Eritrean cooking that, as she states on her site, “has notes of clove, coriander, nutmeg and cardamom.” It’s described as the African Mole sauce and as she said to me, “You can put it on everything, from scrambled eggs to pork or fish.” Jam is Emily’s specialty and so is quality control. “As my company grows, the quality of the product cannot change from when I first made it in my kitchen.” She adds, “It’s a reflection of me and if it’s not the highest quality possible, then I just can’t have it.” Her recipes, which all start in her kitchen, are now made and bottled close by in Statesboro. Emily is a Southern chef. Her mom was raised in Mobile and everyone in her family is from Alabama. She has fond memories of picking figs at her grandfather’s house and eating lots of grits and drinking too much sweet tea as a kid. Emily loves the authenticity of the South. As she shared, “Southern cooking is based on the heart. It’s about making people feel loved and special at the table. It’s about heritage, sharing and tradition.” On the day I visited with Emily, she was creating new spice blends like Tuscan, Mojito, Smoked Salt and Chocolate Espresso. These are still in the development stage but she hopes to have them on the shelves very soon. The best part is I know Emily is going to keep on creating delicious new foods and toppings day after day. It’s in her blood. As she said, “Cooking is what heals me. It’s my therapy. It grounds and inspires me. I need it.” That’s good news for all of us.

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Why I Love PonceyHighland

When I lived in Philly, I liked that I could walk everywhere. So when I moved to Atlanta I looked for a neighborhood with that same vibe, and Poncey-Highland was it. I can walk to get coffee, to the park, to the grocery store, to get a cocktail, to the gym and the movies….and the list goes on! It’s the perfect combination of residential and boutique-y little shops, urban living and neighborhood gathering spots.

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Café 640 (café640.com) is the perfect neighborhood restaurant, I love sitting outside on the patio with a grapefruit martini and an order of ropa vieja. El Burro Pollo Burritos (twitter.com/elburropollo) is our best neighborhood secret. It’s Chef Hector Santiago’s indoor burrito stand. It’s not your typical burrito – it’s a beautiful, large grilled tortilla filled with spicy shredded chicken and topped fresh cilantro, radishes and carrots all wrapped up in newsprint. It’s the best Saturday afternoon treat! La Fonda Latina (fellinisatlanta.com/lafonda) is our second home. Brunch: huevos La Fonda. Lunch: grilled pork and mango salad. Dinner: paella or pollo a la parrilla. And of course, no meal would be complete without their guacamole. The Chocolate Salted Caramel, Chocolate el Diablo, Red Velvet at The Atlanta Cupcake Factory (theatlantacupcakefactory. com)…what else needs to be said!

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Young Blood Gallery (youngbloodgallery.com) has the coolest, hippest, eclectic collection of handmade items including cards, t-shirts, jewelry, pottery, and artwork from both local and national artists. Atlanta Pro Bicycle (atlantaprobicycle.com) is where I got my beautiful baby blue Independent Mountain bike. It’s also a great place for a repair, some friendly advice or a custom build. BTB Fitness (btbfitness.com) isn’t a shop, but it’s the best place to stay fit. BTB is a CrossFit gym which means workouts are centered around a “Workout of the Day” and that can be anything from weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, medicine balls, kettle bells, rowing, running, climbing ropes, and yes…pull-ups. All while having the best time ever!

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a family affair New pediatric office in Decatur provides personal care By Helen Grebe It’s 3:30 p.m. on a school day and I’m frantic: I’ve just picked up my daughter from school and she is bleeding significantly, a noticeable gash in her skull now apparent. Her injury is from an accident that happened the night before when she fell out of her bed and the injury went undetected by my husband or myself in the wee hours of the morning. After a call to my pediatrician’s office I’m referred on to the Emergency Room (this is typical practice for a pediatric office: trauma and other urgent needs are sent directly to Children’s, Egleston or Scottish Rite). As I drive, thoughts race through my mind: what sights will I have to shield her from when we enter the ER (gruesome injuries?)…how long will we wait (I’ve been

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there hours before)…how hurt is she (it’s my error after all and guilt is setting in that I missed detecting the gash). Later, after she is stitched and resting at home – she’s going to be fine – other thoughts surface like how much is this going to cost me and how much is insurance going to cover? If you’re a parent you’ve likely had a

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood

The Return of MySpace? The biggest news in social media last month was the surprising data released by the oft-forgotten social media pariah MySpace. In early February, MySpace claimed to have added more than a million new users in December and to be adding 40,000 new members daily. Say what?! Well, here’s what’s been happening since you last visited the site – which was probably like 4 years ago, right? Right. Justin Timberlake brought sexy back and he’s partly to celebrate for bringing MySpace back, too. He and a group of investors bought the platform from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for $35 million last June. It’s worth noting the deal they got. Murdoch bought it for $580 million in 2005. MySpace Music Player launched in December, including access to a large library of free songs … so large they assert it’s the world’s largest collection of free music. Look out, Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, last.fm and other new kids on the block. MySpace is

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reinventing itself and reclaiming its identity in the socialsphere. It’s really all about focus. Companies who find a niche and create products and services valued by the public do well. Those who don’t, lose subscribers and interest quickly. MySpace knows. They lost 10 million members in March 2011. Stay tuned. I suspect this will be fun to watch. It will either be a case study in success or failure. There’s not a lot of room for mediocrity online. But MySpace’s staying power is already showing in the buzz they created at the end of 2011 and in their ability to capture headlines this year. Besides Pinterest and the Facebook IPO, it’s been one of the most intriguing social media stories, and there’s an inherent success in that alone. You can find me @brigflood and at makingsenseofsocial.com (but not on MySpace again … yet).

scenario just like this: if not several. The ER is your worst nightmare (and not too fun for your child either). Enter Dr. David Goo, a 25-year emergency room physician who founded CorrectMed Pediatrics, a pediatric primary and urgent care practice located in Decatur. The inspiration for his practice was organic: Goo, during his tenure in the ER, noticed a niche that was underserved: children. “Pediatric patients aren’t little adults. The only game in town for sick little patients is the ER,” notes Goo. “Children are put in the mix with heart and kidney patients, trauma patients and Medicaid patients. Children wait long hours and have high co-pays. This was a problem, but I didn’t see an answer. I decided to open a practice that met the pediatric needs, including emergency needs of Intown folks, and add a personalized touch.” CorrectMed Pediatric handles almost every urgent care need addressed in a visit the ER including fractures, stitches, IV hydration, lacerations, breathing treatments, abscess drainage, sedation, asthma and other needs. The benefits abound, including a $20-50 co-pay (the cost of your primary care co-pay) to see your doctor at a familiar office and have all but the most acute care needs managed there. The last three patients Dr. Goo saw at CorrectMed Pediatrics paid $20, $25 and $30 in co-pays and saved an average of $70 to $125. In this economy that represents a huge personal savings. Wait times for all three visits were under 10 minutes, a distinct advantage to visiting the ER. The practice is a family affair. Dr. Goo works with his daughter Dr. Jessica Doyle, a board-certified primary care pediatrician and his wife Susan Doyle, a certified nurse-midwife for the past 20 years. Their combined specialties include

full pediatric care, emergency pediatric care and adolescent gynecology (also a growing niche). Susan explains that adolescent women often have misconceptions and questions about their changing bodies but don’t want to discuss intimate details with their parents or their regular pediatrician (after all, that individual knew them in diapers). These same young women can’t fathom sitting in a regular OB-GYN practice next to a pregnant mother. “Adolescent girls need their own care, someone who understands their individual needs and empowers them to take care of their health,” Susan says. CorrectMed Pediatrics is growing, thanks to extensive amenities and comprehensive care including urgent care, evening hours, Saturday and Sunday hours and physicians that are available via email after hours. The medical facility is equipped with an aquarium-themed interior and state of the art medical equipment. Children enjoy flat-screen televisions in the lobby and each patient room. New mothers will be happy to utilize the breast-feeding

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room and parents will appreciate the ample, free parking. The facility also has an onsight lab and digital x-ray capabilities. Perhaps the signature touch offered by CorrectMed Pediatrics is the level of personal care that Dr. Goo and his family provide, Dr. Goo’s reason for founding the practice. Patients concur, citing that Dr. Goo walks them to their cars, umbrella in hand during rainy weather. One mother details how Dr. Goo – a professed Spiderman fanatic – won her son over by pulling out his giant webbed-size friend to cheer the boy and ease his pain. “We wanted to practice medicine the way we wanted to practice: high quality medicine with a personal touch,” he says. “Let our family take care of your family.” For more, visit correctmed.com. KeepitINtown.com

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New business in Virginia Highland exudes hospitality By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com A good friend told me about a new shop on St. Charles Avenue in Virgina Highland – one that caters to artists and cares about handcrafted, quality products. I, of course, headed over there and here’s what I found. The first thing you notice when you walk inside Indie-pendent is what an incredible space it is. There are two floors with a total of 2500 square feet. The downstairs is for retail, the upstairs is reserved for workshops- from canning, knitting and painting tutorials to tips and strategies for small business owners. It’s an incredible way to involve local artisans and create a sense of community, every time someone walks through the front door. When I asked the owner Beth Lord why she started her business she replied, “I wanted a nice, fun and creative place to be.” She describes Indie-pendent as a “handcrafted lifestyle boutique offering home decor, accessories and gifts.” Indie-pendent stands for many things- Beth’s freedom from corporate life, living and creating independently as well as supporting and celebrating artists. When deciding which lines to carry in her shop, Beth explains, “I like to find unique items that aren’t flooding the market.” Beth apparently has a knack for this as Indie-pendent is full of wonderful surprises and items that make me say, “oh, i want this...” Although the retail floor is one large space, Beth has created mini rooms with their own feel and personality. Beth’s friend and colleague, Jordan Sandlin has lent a helping hand with the gorgeous, creative displays that pop up everywhere you look . I love the chestful of adorable stuffed animals and pillows that any kid would love to snuggle with or talk to... When I asked Beth what inspired her, she replied, “Pretty things...fabric, food and beautiful landscapes.” You get a sense of her incredible aesthetic and point of view when you walk inside Indie-pendent - but I believe you also get a sense of calm and warmth too. She’s found her passion and it shows... Beth likes originality and seeks it out

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in her selected artisans. Leah Duncan from Austin, Texas is one of my favorite Southern artists. Beth carries a variety of her lovely tea towels, all thoughtfully displayed. In Beth’s store of pretty things, you’ll find lots of inspiration through her selection of goods, artistic displays and love of color. As she explains, “I like to surround myself with colors that make me feel good.” Beth exudes Southern hospitality. She loves nothing more then helping her customers find the perfect gift. Originally from LaGrange, Georgia, she knows no other policy than an open door, friendly one. A Southern girl through and through, she just shrugs and says, “Its just what we do.” theindie-pendesnt.com


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Business & Retail Briefs Local entrepreneurs Joe Grondalski and Anna Murrill have opened Grease Monkeys, specializing in Kustom Culture, rock ‘n’ roll, hotrod inspired clothing and accessories for men and women, plus motorcycle parts, new and vintage helmets and pinstriping supplies. The store is located in East Atlanta Village at 1287-C Glenwood Avenue.

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Community & Southern Bank will enter into the long-term care and senior housing lending industry, providing traditional commercial bank loans for acquisitions, refinancing and construction. To ensure efficient new service progress, CSB hired long-time industry veteran Steve McGee as the senior relationship manager of the bank’s Senior Housing Group. “One of our primary focuses in 2012, and for many years to come, is senior housing,” says McGee. “We look forward to becoming an active participant in this business as we enhance the types of services offered to our customers.” mycsbonline.com

The Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory has rolled out its new lobby and room design at the former Holiday Inn Decatur Hotel and Conference Center. This is the first Courtyard in the area featuring the “refreshing business” makeover. Technology is the centerpiece of the makeover with Wi-Fi in the lobby, high definition LCD touch screens and a business library. The 179-room hotel is located at 130 Clairemont Ave. marriott.com/atldc.

Midtown Alliance has appointed Liz Hayes as director of communications. Hayes is a communications

Delta Community Credit Union, a nonprofit financial services institution and Georgia’s largest credit union, has appointed Syd Libsack to the position of vice president of commercial and syndicated loans. deltacommunitycu.com

specialist with expertise in the development and management of integrated marketing strategies for nonprofit organizations. Formerly the director of marketing for the Center for the Visually Impaired, she also led the marketing efforts for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and was media director for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. midtownalliance.org The Boxcar Grocer, an independent, family owned grocery store that aims to bring growers and consumers together, has opened at 249 Peters St. in Castleberry Hill. In addition to organic produce, fresh baked goods, and a dairy selection from local farmers and producers, The Boxcar Grocer features a café complete with free Wi-Fi. One of the produce suppliers for Boxcar

Promotion production company Kudzu Studios has moved its headquarters to the ACME Lofts at 553 West Howard Avenue in Decatur. Kudzu Studios specializes in branded apparel, promotional products, and creative design, with a client list that includes radio and media companies, automobile manufacturers, sports teams, banks, and non-profits, including the Atlanta Beltline. kudzustudios.com.  

Downtown Atlanta’s Luckie Marietta District announces the appointment of Matthew Doyle as its new executive director. Doyle, a seasoned marketing professional in the luxury travel and hospitality industry, takes over the district at a key time, having grown in two years from nearly 30 members in 2009 to a thriving combination of upscale accommodations and attractions totaling nearly 60 members in 2011. Luckie Marietta is a walkable 10-block radius around Centennial Olympic Park. luckiemariettadistrict.com Kroger’s Atlanta Division donated 12,305 cases of non-perishable food – that’s eight tractor trailer trucks full – to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Metro Atlanta customers donated more than $257,500 toward the 2011 Can Hnunger campaign. From Nov. 13 to Dec. 24, Kroger customers purchased $1, $3 and $5 icons to benefit ACFB. Wired & Fired will move from Virginia Highland to the Brick Works, 1000 Marietta St., Suite 104, as of March 1. For more about the new digs, visit wiredfired.com.

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Active adult communities Trading in extra space for carefree lives finished basements, appliance packages, fireplaces, hardwood, tile and slate flooring. Homes range from $250,000 to $350,000 with customization options available at the communities that were developed between 2005 and 2007.

By Shandra Hill Smith It’s a question many face once they’ve reached 55 or older: whether to downsize from a home that’s now too big for their needs. For many looking to trade in the extra space for a more carefree lifestyle, a viable option has gained in popularity in recent years. That concept of active adult communities allows them to keep busy – at work and/or through volunteering, along with socially – without being concerned with tasks such as home repairs or yard work. Here now, a look at three active adult communities, specifically for homebuyers 55 and older, in the surrounding metropolitan Atlanta area.

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Jim Chapman Communities Atlanta-based developer and homebuilder Jim Chapman Communities (jimchapmancommunities.com) offers both age-restricted and age-targeted ranch homes between its seven communities. At the agetargeted Concord Mill and The Springs at Sterling on the Lake, buyers 55 and older can move in, bringing younger household members along, too. The five other Jim Chapman communities – Brookhaven at Johns Creek, Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge, Brookhaven at Sugarloaf, Brookhaven of East Cobb and Haven at Slater Mill are age-restricted, meaning one person living in the home

should be 55 and older, with no residents falling under age 18. “These people have raised children; they love their grandkids, but they want to see everybody when they want to see them and they don’t want to see other kids all the time,” says Jim Chapman Jr., president. “They really like that type of feel, where it’s basically an adult community.” Jim Chapman Communities feature “maintenance-free materials in the construction of the home,” adds Chapman, who, for seven years, developed in and around Buckhead before shifting

his focus on active adult communities after discovering one in Alpharetta and researching the concept. With maintenance-free materials such as “vinyl-clad windows that won’t warp and don’t need repainting,” masonry materials like brick, and front doors made of fiberglass instead of wood, Chapman’s properties also are gated. Each community has a clubhouse, where residents may take part in activities such as bridge, bingo and happy hour. Features include covered porches, screened porches, finished upstairs bonus rooms,

Located 50 miles north of Atlanta on I-575, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Soleil Laurel Canyon (soleillaurelcanyon.com) is one of six subdivisions in the planned 1,000-acre Laurel Canyon master development. The 350-acre development – with nearly 300 homes built today and a total of 728 planned – is an age-restricted property for those 55 and older. Today, more than 500 residents – average age of 64 – according to Mike Kinsey, senior sales consultant, call Soleil Laurel Canyon home. Kinsey believes 90 percent are fully retired, while the remaining 10 percent work either full time or part time. “What I hear from people about 30 days after they move in is ‘I had to learn to say no.’ And they say ‘we can’t do everything.’ It’s incredibly active.” After all, Soleil Laurel Canyon offers a $12 million amenity package: to include a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse, ballroom,

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Continued from page 42 Soleil Laurel Canyon

Ansley Park. $599,000 17 Golf Circle NE 4BR/4BA FMLS: 4324048 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Ansley Park. $1,499,000 288 The Prado NE 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 4296142 Carol Dean Davis 404.824.4100

Brookhaven. $600,000 3363 Ashford Park Court 4BR/3Full 2half BA FMLS: 4311454 Jere Metcalf 770.337.7122 David Kaufman 770.480.9694

Buckhead. $449,000 234 Alberta Drive NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 4313834 Erika Eaton 404.246.9330


Buckhead. $515,000 2335 Howell Mill Road 3BR/3BA FMLS: 4322224 Casey Keesee 678.618.1995

Decatur. $699,000 515 2nd Avenue 5BR/4BA FMLS: 4303613 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071

Buckhead. $550,000 526 Echota Drive NW 4BR/3BA FMLS: 4318392 Carmen Pope 404.625.4134

Decatur. $249,700 2801 Arborcrest Drive 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 4316643 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071

Decatur. $649,000 608 Third Avenue 5BR/4BA FMLS: 4321149 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071

Duluth. $1,549,000 10910 Bell Road 6BR/4Full 2half BA FMLS: 4323303 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971 Sam Bayne 404.375.8628

City Peachtree in Griffin, Village at Deaton fitness center, tennis center, card room, craft Creek in Hoschton and Del Webb at Lake room, fitness center, teaching kitchen and Oconee in Greensboro. At Del Webb, at more. A full-time tennis professional (paid least one resident should be 55, with no one for by the homeowners’ association) and under age 19. lifestyle directors also are on hand. On 1700-plus acres of Georgia With 14 different floor plans – landscape and botanical gardens, Sun City ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet Peachtree offers the 18-hole Canongate – two-bedroom, two-bath homes are Golf Course & Club, a 45,700-square-foot priced between $227,900 and $400,000 with features including granite countertops, tres ceilings, his and her closets, his and her vanities, separate tubs and showers, finished and unfinished basements and hardwood flooring. Kinsey says the first residents moved in to Soleil in July 2006 and the complete buildout should take roughly five years. A full-time designer is on hand at the on-site The pool at design center. Del Webb

Del Webb Three metro Atlanta active adult communities are available through home builder Del Webb Communities (delwebb.com). They are Sun

Johns Creek. $1,799,000 9275 Chandler Bluff 6BR/7.5BA FMLS: 4299792 Christine Gary 404.693.1030 Sue Marshall 678.576.0372

Johns Creek. $1,775,000 760 Sturges Way 5BR/5Full 2half BA FMLS: 4319304 Christine Gary 404.693.1030 Sue Marshall 678.576.0372

Midtown. $510,000 901 Penn Avenue NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 4314117 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

Midtown. $299,900 273 12th Street NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 4323703 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Sandy Springs. $2,200,000 8275 Jett Ferry Road 8BR/9.5BA FMLS: 4309873 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595 Joshua Reeves 404.835.9597

Virginia Highland. $1,199,500 866 Highland Terrace NE 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 4316883 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

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Real Estate Briefs Owners of vacant single-family residential properties in the City of Atlanta have until April 1 to register the structures with the City’s Office of Code Enforcement or face fines as part of the new Vacant Property Registry. The Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance in December 2011 amending the City of Atlanta’s housing code to require the registration of single-family residential vacant properties that have been unoccupied for 30 days or more. Under the new ordinance any owner of a nonrental residential property must identify contact information once that property has been vacant for 30 days. Owners who fail to comply with the registration will be in violation of city code. Online registration can be found at atlantaga.gov/ vacantproperty and registration in person can be done through the Office of Code Enforcement (55 Trinity Avenue, 3rd Floor. Registration includes an annual registration fee of $100, which increases to $250 if the structure has an outstanding code violation after one year. Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors appointed Judson Kidd as director of market intelligence, a role that tasks him to track and analyze all aspects of the local, regional and national real estate markets and to provide clients with thorough analysis that will inform pricing, inventory and marketing decisions. Kidd has been a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for eight years, during which he earned both the Million Dollar Club and the Presidential Premier Gold Circle Club status. NRTDevelopmentAdvisors.com Rockhaven Homes is offering single-family homes at Druid Hills East, located near Emory University off of North Decatur Road, priced from $724,990. Both homes offer approximately 3,500 square feet on a full unfinished basement, with four bedrooms and four-anda-half baths and an open living plan. Rockhaven also has homes at The Park at Oglethorpe, located off Windsor Parkway in Brookhaven. These homes both offer over 4,000 square feet on a full unfinished basement with threecar garages. The homes start in the low $800,000s. RockhavenCommunities.com

the condominium and townhome sales activity last year that consumer confidence continues to improve, buyers are increasingly retuning from the sidelines and taking advantage of the extraordinary opportunities available in today’s market,” says Brad Horner, president, Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors. The Residences at W Atlanta – Downtown will be home to six designer homes during Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ first-ever high rise home tour – High Rise High Style – to benefit The High Museum of Art, Friday, March 9 through Sunday, April 1. High Rise High Style will feature Kerry Howard (KMH Interiors) for Redefined Home Boutique, Barbara Westbrook (Westbrook Interiors) for Room & Board, William Peace (Peace Design) for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Susan Ferrier (McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier Interiors) for R Hughes Showroom, Julia Reed for The Mercantile and Michel Boyd (SmithBoyd Interiors) for Bradley Hughes. The six oneand two-bedroom homes are located on the 19th floor highstyletour.com Tina Fountain Realtors recently launched a new website, tinafountain.com, that makes it easier to find Atlanta homes for sale. Visitors can now view individual pages for metro Atlanta cities and subdivisions. Users may perform simple or advanced searches with expanded criteria ranging from city and property type to school district and subdivision. Search integration allows buyers to view homes using Google Maps, Google Street View and Bing Bird’s Eye View.

Colliers International Atlanta announced the signing of a 24,000-square-foot lease renewal with Foundation Financial Group at the 100 Galleria office building in Atlanta Galleria Office Park, located in the Cumberland/Galleria submarket. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Foundation Financial Group, which maintains its mortgage operations headquarters in Atlanta, signed a seven-year lease to continue occupying 100 Galleria, where it has been a tenant since April 2003.

Best in show Local contractor wins big at annual award event

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry named 151 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year) Winners from the 2012 competition. The big local winner was Decatur-based Renewal Design Build, which was named 2012 CotY for the Southeast region. Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. National winners will be honored at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on Saturday, April 21, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center in Dallas, Texas. Renewal Design Build (renewaldesignbuild.com) won in two separate categories for a kitchen and bathroom design in the same Intown home. The kitchen’s focal point is the stainless steel range hood and eyecatching tile work. Large glass globes suspended over the wide island is also a noted feature. In the bathroom, it’s all understated elegance with an open storage vanity,

vessel sink and complimentary tile work on the floors and in the stand-up shower. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. Other metro Atlanta winners included Decks and More, Inc. from Smyrna and Exovations in Cumming for exterior deck and remodeling projects.

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Continued from page 47 Brookhaven at John’s Creek

Brookhaven at John’s Creek

clubhouse featuring a full fitness center with an indoor walking track, indoor heated lap pool, outdoor resort style pool, teaching kitchen, ballroom, billiards and cards room, arts and crafts studio and library. Recreational offerings include a tennis complex with five courts, bocce ball courts, pickle ball courts, community garden, dog park, grandchildren’s playground and walking trails. A sports director and lifestyle director – who organizes events and club functions monthly – also are on hand. North of Atlanta in Hoschton, Village at Deaton Creek is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. It includes a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring a full fitness center, indoor heated lap pool, outdoor lagoon style pool, library, billiards room, arts and crafts studio, grand ballroom with a teaching kitchen, aerobics and dance studio and club/social room. Outdoors, Village at Deaton Creek offers much of the same as at Sun City Peachtree, along with a stocked catchand-release fishing pond and horseshoe pits.

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The only Del Webb community nationwide with direct lake access, Del Webb at Lake Oconee is east of Atlanta in Greensboro. Here, you’ll find a 30,000-squarefoot clubhouse with a full fitness center, indoor heated lap pool, outdoor resort style pool, library, grand ballroom, teaching kitchen, arts and crafts studio and game room. With 15 floor plans available, Sun City Peachtree homes are priced between $130,000 and $300,000, with square footage ranging between 1,103 and 2,597. Pricing at Village at Deaton Creek homes is between $180,000 and $300,000 with 14 floor plans ranging in square footage from 1,200 to 2,597. Twelve floor plans – square footage between 1,200 and 2,597 – are available at Del Webb at Lake Oconee, where homes are between $160,000 and $300,000. Attached Villa homes at Lake Oconee also are available.

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kitchen showcase Annual Junior League event marks 15th anniversary, March 24-25 Fourteen spectacular kitchens created by Atlanta’s most renowned designers will be highlighted during The Junior League of Atlanta’s 2012 Tour of Kitchens. The event will be held Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The tour will feature special appearances by several of Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs, as well as other special events and demonstrations. The Tour of Kitchens, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, is the Junior League’s largest fundraiser and has raised over $1 million to benefit its community partners. The self-guided tour features kitchens located in Buckhead, Ansley Park, Morningside, Midtown, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. The two-day event is a great resource for anyone looking to renovate, rejuvenate or to simply dream about a designer kitchen. The tour will focus on the Morningside, Midtown and Ansley Park on Saturday, while Sunday will showcase homes primarily in the Buckhead, Vinings and Dunwoody areas. “The tour is a sneak peek into Atlanta’s most beautiful homes and a great way to talk directly with designers in a casual setting,” said tour chair Amanda Patton. 2012 Participating designers include: Diversified Cabinet Distributors, Rose Hall, Poggenpohl, Design Galleria, CSI Kitchen and Bath, Home Rebuilders, Inspirations, Dovetail Homes, Kitchen and Bath Concepts, Distinctive Remodeling Solutions, Morgan Creek, Hammersmith, Home Forge and Handcrafted Homes/McFarlane Design Tour events will include special appearances and demonstrations by Chef Chris Hall of Local Three, Chef Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food, Chef Jason Paolini, Executive Sous Chef Restaurant Eugene, Pastry Chef Sarah Koob of Canoe, Chef Linda Harrell of Cibo E Beve, Chef Cyrille Holota of BLT Steak and many more The public is also invited to attend the popular Toast of the Tour event, an annual kick-off party to be held Friday, March 23, at The Showroom of Guy T. Gunter and Associates with a special performance from Yacht Rock

The 15th Annual Junior League of Atlanta 2012 TOUR OF KITCHENS

Saturday, March 24, 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday, March 25, 11:00am – 5:00pm 14 kitchens on tour (seven each day)

Photos by John Haigwood. ABOVE: Distinctive Remodeling Solutions designed this modern kitchen with a heavy glass table top as its gleaming focal point. BELOW: A kitchen designed by Kitchen and Bath Concepts.


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Revue. The evening will feature food, cocktails and a silent auction with special appearances by Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Mixologist Jeff Jackson and Chef Phillipe Haddad Advance purchase tickets to the event are $25 per person, good for both days of the tour. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the tour for $35. Tickets to the “Toast” party are $50 and can only be reserved in advance. For tickets or additional information, visit tourofkitchens.org or call (404) 261-7799.

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The Bob ProJect, Part 3

Mr. Conquest finishes his dream home By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com After months and months of planning and building, Bob’s new home is finally complete. If you’ve been following Sweet Peach or reading Atlanta INtown, you may remember Bob began the build of a classic modern home late last summer. Influenced by famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and a desire to tread lighter on the environment, Bob has brought his vision of the perfect home to life. I love the open floor plan and eye catching, spacious kitchen. The skylight makes a huge difference in creating a warm, inviting space. Since I live without natural light in my own kitchen, I can appreciate how special this really is. Yet perhaps the most striking feature in Bob’s home is all that you can’t see...energy efficiency. Bob decided on the tankless hot water heater by Rinnai, which heats water in the home only as needed. The one con of this scenario is Bob’s kitchen sink lies on the opposite side of the home from where the water heater is situated, thereby increasing the time it takes for the hot water to arrive at his faucet. To fix this, Bob’s contractor, JR McDowell, installed an Eemax 2 1/2 gallon hot water tank (110 volt) beneath the sink so that Bob’s busiest hot water needs could be instantly attended to. In Bob’s house, you’ll never have to wait till the water gets hot...or pay for it either. I also really like how the heating and cooling features in his home, via Trane, are divided into four zones, depending on usage. For instance, the guest rooms downstairs are set to one zone. So if no one is staying over, you can turn that zone off. Why waste energy and increase cost if you don’t have to? I was happily surprised to see Bob go with a dark finish to his hardwood floors. An installation tip he shared was to make sure that your oak floors are wet before

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applying the stain. So first mop the floor, then apply to achieve the dark, rich color seen here. Bob shares the good and bad, “I love how it looks but it does require more care because the dark color shows everything.” The mantle is a beautiful piece and I like the roughness of it. In fact it’s rough sawn western red cedar. Bob purchased one big block

of wood for this but realized later he could of really cut down on cost if he only used the red cedar for the exterior. The inside could have been a much cheaper block of wood. A good lesson learned, and passed on. Overall, Bob is quite content with his new home. With the guest rooms downstairs and his master bed and bath on the same floor as his office and main living area, he’s loving the flow and feel of the house, as well as his decision to create a more modern, sleek home that’s energy efficient and best suited to his lifestyle.

And we can’t forget Bass, Bob’s young pup. He’s loving his fashionable new doggie door and spacious backyard. After Bass picked his favorite spot to lie inside the house, Bob placed his bed and water bowl there. Home sweet home.

You missed parts 1 & 2? Don’t worry.

See more at sweetpeachblog.com.


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Atlanta interior designer Kerry Howard is getting his close up on HGTV’s new show Design Wars. Howard, owner of KMH Interiors, will begin appearing on the show March 9 with four more episodes to follow. The premise of the show is that three designers compete to restyle a room in a family’s home. Howard was also one of six designers selected to participate in the “High Style High Rise Home Tour” at The Residences at W Atlanta Downtown to benefit the High Museum of Art. The project takes place March 8 - April 1. For more , visit hgtv.com.

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Gardening By Walt Harrison

In a Hydrangea state of mind Last fall, I wrote in this column about sustainable landscaping, a concept that seems to be generating a good deal of interest lately. I received a response from a reader that caught my attention. This person seemed to think that sustainable landscaping was part of a United Nations agenda whose intent was to destroy the very fabric of the American way of life. Gee! I really wasn’t aiming for that (maybe I was aiming too low). I was just looking to save resources and money while making gardening and landscaping more environmentally friendly. It is truly unfortunate that promoting conservation and supporting sound environmental practices becomes politicized instead of being a legitimate concern for all of us. That being said, I’m writing this in February and still waiting for winter to get here. Right now it looks like spring could arrive any minute. Or, if we have a late hard freeze, it might not get here at all and we may go right into summer. There is one good thing about this mild winter – it is a pleasure to be working outside in the yard. Most gardeners garden with the weather and the weather is good. Not only that, but garden centers will be receiving their shipments of new plants early and there will be a lot of new plants available

this year. Well, sort of new plants. Many you may already know (azaleas, hydrangeas, roses, spirea, weigela, etc.) but with a twist of new and distinctive characteristics. You’ll see hydrangeas with larger flowers and hydrangeas in all colors that rebloom all season. There will be a whole new series of reblooming azaleas and roses as well as new leaf colors and dwarf versions of other familiar plants. The list goes on and on. Some of these plants are intriguing and, I think, deserve your attention and consideration. My favorites this year include Hydrangea Quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea). ‘Ruby Slippers’ and ‘Munchkin’ are selections of Oakleafs developed at the National Arboretum. Munchkin is a dwarf variety that is very compact and perfect for the small yard or garden. Ruby Slippers grows a little larger but is compact and characterized by large flowers that quickly turn deep ruby red. This is another great plant for the urban gardener. These plants have been thoroughly field tested by the National Arboretum and should perform well in Atlanta. The other Hydrangea Quercifolia I’m looking forward to this year is ‘Little Honey.’ The foliage is a beautiful chartreuse. I saw this plant last summer and really liked it. It is a sport of Hydrangea Quercifolia ‘Peewee’ which is a compact Oakleaf that does very well in our area. I believe that Little Honey will emulate its parent and be another great urban plant. Obviously, I like Oakleaf Hydrangeas. Hydrangea Quercifolia is our great Southern Native and we have numerous selections of this plant to choose from. Oakleafs do well in shade but also often perform in full sun. Try to protect them from afternoon summer sun and give them rich, well-drained soil. You will need to water frequently, 2 or

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3 times a week until established. If planted in a great deal of sun, Oakleafs will need watering at least once or more a week during summer months. Now that Oakleaf Hydrangeas are on your mind, Google some of these selections. These are beautiful and interesting plants and you will find many of them perfect for your garden or border.

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The newer selections – ‘Ruby Slippers’, ‘Munchkin’, and ‘Little Honey’ - should be available at your local independent garden center by the end of May. Other varieties of Hydrangea Quercifolia and a lot of new varieties of other plants will be coming in over the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing you.


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My Sleeping Porch

Sweet Peach Blogger showcases her outdoor retreat

By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com After living with a back deck that lacked any sliver of character or charm, (see before pics below) I decided about a year ago to create a sleeping porch that I’d never want to leave... I started with the few things I knew I wanted. Besides the hanging bed, I decided on a color scheme of black and white, a slate gray concrete floor, a built in wrap around bench and wall space to hang art and pictures. The overall mission was to create a space that felt more like a cozy room, rather than just another outdoor deck. My one eyed pug, Gorilla, is quite happy with the hanging bed and I must admit I spend more time out here then I even expected. It’s a perfect place to work on my laptop, read the paper, nap, make calls, nap, relax, nap...you get the idea. See below for what it looked like before we started. Sad and weary... The entire porch took 6 weeks to complete. We kept the same proportions from the original deck and by adding a concrete floor and roof, it immediately gave it life and purpose. I knew a hanging bed would not be wasted space and after showing my contractor several pictures, we built a frame and headboard with 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 boards. Hemp rope and custom made brackets support the full size mattress. Its threshold is 1000 lbs so it’s safe as can be. I encourage the idea of sleeping porches all across the South... to sway and daydream. It’s good for the soul. Thank you to my friend and photographer Lara Rossignol (of the fabulous blog Piewacket) for these wonderful after pics of my porch.




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