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I think you might be wondering, what in the world is happening on the cover? Yes, that is a new food truck specializing in serving dogs ice cream and baked treats. When Kim Bohstedt called this summer to say sheís rolling out a new food truck for dogs called Poochsicles and Bark Bites (read more on page 14), I was intrigued. It coincides with our continued coverage on Atlanta’s food truck scene (see page 31) and is a good tie-in with our Cute Pet photo package submitted by readers (see pages 12-13). And, well, it ís also the dog days of summer, so may as well celebrate that, too. Kim is on the cover holding Douglas Broadfoot, while Annie Bencich gets a good grip on her ice cream cup. Some of the photos during the shoot are at left, including big dogs Blackjack Gurley and Thunder Cohen. A big thanks to these good dogs. And, thank you to INtown contributor and good sport Thom Volarath for being our photographer (I owe you dinner). Beyond dogs and ice cream, this issue is packed with information. Pages 21-28 are a roundup of activities, arts and festivals. Page 30 gives a fresh look at back-to-school lunches. Shandra Hill Smith covers the rebounding condo market on page 38. We want to help you get to know the community and are always open to ideas. Please email me, wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com.

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IN the Neighborhood FreeDoM riDerS Local firefighters will bike to NYC in memory of 9/11 FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

By April McFadden A decade ago, Guy Green and his wife were preparing to leave their New Jersey home when a news bulletin flashed across the television screen. Terrorists had flown airplanes into the World Trade Center towers. Retired from the Air Force, Green went to Manhattan to see if he could help in any way, only to arrive in time to watch the towers collapse. That same morning, Douglas Kearns was working for a plumbing and electrical company when he heard the news on the radio. He would not understand the full scope of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks until he reached home that evening. Green, now a freelance photographer living in Atlanta, and Kearns will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by embarking on a 16-day cycling tour along with members of the Atlanta Fire Department and departments from across the state. The Freedom Ride will take the cyclists from Atlanta to the site of Ground Zero in New York.

What began as a “coffee table discussion” between Michael Palmeri and his fellow firefighters at Station 21 evolved into a 1,147-mile ride with more than a dozen cyclists committed to the trek. “It’s a great opportunity to remembering those who gave up the most for this country,” Green said. The goal of the Freedom Ride is to pay respects to the first responders who lost their lives at Ground Zero and to show their solidarity with firefighters, public safety and military personnel around the world. The riders are also raising money for the New York City 9/11 fund and the Atlanta Fire Foundation to support what Kerns calls the “brotherhood.” “Once you become a firefighter, you become a part of the brotherhood,” Kearns said. “You know that guy will lay his life on the line just like you.” Training for the grueling journey has brought out more camaraderie among the Freedom Riders. The riders all bike regularly, but they’ve had to ramp up their training to meet such daunting topography

Visit www.freedomride2011.com to make a donation for these firefighters’ ride and to find out more information about the big send-off on August 26. as the 45,000 foot climb on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “I hope we don’t have to save each other’s lives on this trip,” chucked Jonathan Mason from Fire Station 16. Aaron Rents and Terminus 200 have signed on as sponsors and the Freedom Riders will depart from the Terminus 200 building in Buckhead with a big sendoff on Aug. 26. Before they leave, there is

more fundraising to be done. Expect to see firemen with boots in hands at intersections and other locations. To make a donation can do so at freedomride2011.com. Palmeri said other types of donations are welcome, too. Tubes, water, energy drinks and bars are welcome. He also hopes a big crowd will be on hand for the departure on Aug. 26. PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 6

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If you haven’t been to The Wren’s Nest lately, now might be the perfect time since executive director Lain Shakespeare is leaving in September (see story on Page 10). The home of author and journalist Joel Chandler Harris, who happens to be Lain’s great-great-great grandfather, is a magical place for kids and adults. Walking up the stone pathway to the Queen Anne-styled house is like stepping back in time. You can envision Harris sitting on the deep front porch composing his Uncle Remus stories. Even in the scorching heat, the temperature drops a few degrees when you come up the steps. I first came to The Wren’s Nest when I was in elementary school. We watched Disney’s Song of the South, clueless about the racial stereotypes it dished up in animation form and a kind old slave singing “Zip-aDee-Doo-Dah,” then we went on field trip to The Wren’s Nest. The only thing I remember about that visit was someone reading us the Tar Baby story and how I enamored I was of the giant stuffed characters of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox. Where was the gift shop so I could buy my own to take home? It was comforting to find Br’er Rabbit

and his nemesis still holding court in the parlor when I went to interview Lain for the story is this month’s issue. It was also comforting to realize how much work Lain has done to reclaim Harris’ reputation and legacy as a folklorist. Even more exciting to see is how the African-American community in West End has embraced the house and its legacy. What Harris did so brilliantly was present the Uncle Remus tales in such a way to fly under the radar of the bigots and Jim Crow laws of the era. The Wren’s Nest has been well-preserved and walking into the house is like a time machine straight back to 1884. Hearing Lain compare Br’er Rabbit to rapper Eminem to make the connection with kids and teens will be missed at The Wren’s Nest. Of course, Lain will still be involved with the house as he becomes chairman of the house museum’s board of directors. Head over to West End, have lunch, do some shopping visit nearby Westview Cemetery and explore the Wren’s Nest. It’s one of Intown’s most tangible connections to our past. collin@atlantaintownpaper. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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Leaving THe neST Lain Shakespeare to step down as Wren’s Nest director By Collin Kelley Editor Lain Shakespeare’s first day as executive director of The Wren’s Nest was a memorable one. Georgia Power came to turn off the electricity, the house itself was crumbling and mounting debt meant the home where Joel Chandler Harris wrote his Uncle Remus tales was on the verge of being closed. That was five years ago. Since then, Shakespeare, 28, and a small staff have rescued The Wren’s Nest from obscurity and transformed it into one of the most noted house museums in America. Earlier this year, Shakespeare decided it was time to change up his role at the house and will step down as executive director in September. As the great-great-great grandson of the author, Shakespeare had been visiting The Wren’s Nest since he was a child, often made to read Br’er Rabbit stories to visiting relatives. Like many, he saw the 140-yearold Victorian house in West End as a relic of the past and the Uncle Remus stories as promoting racial stereotypes. With a little maturity and research, Shakespeare discovered that the

misconceptions about Harris’ stories were, in part, fostered by the Disney film Song of the South and its depiction of “happy slaves.” With The Wren’s Nest facing closure and at his family’s urging, he stepped in to try and put the museum back on course. To put Harris and his writing in perspective, Shakespeare created a booklet titled “Everything You’ve Heard About Uncle Remus is Wrong.” Critical re-evaluation of Harris’ writing has shown the Uncle Remus tales were cleverly designed to subvert racism and bigotry in the Jim Crow era. “What I discovered was that no one in my family was telling the Harris story,” Shakespeare said. “We were letting others tell it for us and the misinformation was allowed to flourish.” While working to take the tarnish off his ancestor’s legacy, Shakespeare also brought in the same restoration firm that takes care of Buckingham Palace to clean and restore the house to its original 1884 splendor. There was also plenty of fundraising and promoting the home’s cultural significance to Atlanta. Shakespeare brought the house museum into the 21st century, creating a website, regularly updated blog and an hilarious Twitter account with the The Wren’s Nest

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Lain Shakespeare on the front steps of The Wren’s Nest.

tweeting about fixes being made and events held on its grounds. The West End community rallied around the house, its history and ability to bring tourists to the community. The Wren’s Nest is now the cornerstone of the annual West End Tour of Homes. Concerts and literary events at the house have also made it a destination. Even more importantly, school groups once again visit The Wren’s Nest regularly and the boyish and gregarious Shakespeare often leads tours himself bringing Harris’s folklore and the house vividly to life. “What I set out to do five years ago has been done,” Shakespeare said. “We have less debt, dedicated volunteers and great partnerships. The museum is moving in the right direction.” One of the programs Shakespeare is most proud of is the KIPP Scribes Program, a partnership with KIPP STRIVE Academy, the neighborhood charter school. In 2010, The Wren’s Nest brought in professional writers to work with 5th and 6th graders to record an important family story. The result was the book, Don’t Forget the Day, which launched at the Decatur Book Festival.

A second volume, The Whole Fiasco, is set to launch at this year’s book festival over Labor Day weekend. “We’ve totally altered these kids’ relationship with the written word,” Shakespeare said. “They are now published authors. It’s such an exciting thing to witness.” More vindication of Harris and his tales will come in October when the Atlanta Opera premieres Rabbit Tales, an opera for children based on the high jinks of Brer Rabbit. Shakespeare’s last day on the job is Sept. 15 and, at this writing, he’s looking for a job in the nonprofit sector. While he won’t be in charge of the day-to-day operations (“We’re going to finally hire someone who knows what they’re doing!”), Shakespeare will transition to chairman of the board of directors for The Wren’s Nest, which will allow him to dedicate more time to fundraising and preserving the house for future generations. “I’ll still be around,” he laughed. “They’ll have to shoo me away.” For more about The Wren’s Nest and its programs, visit wrensnestonline.com.

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KIPP opens Atlanta Collegiate charter school By Sydia Bell KIPP, Knowledge Is Power Program, recently opened their first high school, Atlanta Collegiate. With a current enrollment of 130 students in the initial 9th grade class, this marks KIPP’s fifth public charter school opening in the metro area. KIPP’s Communication Director Jill Joplin understands the vital role of education and is steadfast about getting children, “all the way to and through college.” Targeting students who need extra attention, KIPP offers mentoring and tutoring programs to students attending high school, but once they reach college as well. Whether they need help selecting courses or finding an internship, KIPP is devoted to fostering individuals, Joplin said. a With approximately 85 percent of students enrolling in college after graduation, the addition of Atlanta Collegiate is sure to make an impact on college success rates in the local community.

KIPP believes that following a structure, which includes focused problem solving, critical thinking, self-directed study and extended school days, offers “more time for learning. School days at KIPP run 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a half day of class every other Saturday, plus two-to-three week summer sessions prior to the start of the academic year. Allowing for a more enriched and wellrounded experience, KIPP also focuses attention on the fine arts offering students dance, band and recreational sport options. In addition to the high school, there are four middle schools – KIPP South Fulton Academy, KIPP WAYS (West Young Atlanta Scholars) Academy, KIPP STRIVE (Success through Rigorous Instruction Virtue & Enrichment) Academy and KIPP Vision Academy – and plans to expand even further. KIPP also plans to open an elementary school. For more information, visit kippmetroatlanta.org.

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Willie Wonka is a miniature long-haired dachshund owned by J. Blake Ingram. Willie is a social media star, so follow him on Twitter @WillyTheWeiner.

Atlanta INtown readers submit their photos of their cute pets and we selected some of our favorites. Ditto the Wonderdog was born in France and enjoys a jet-set lifstyle. Settled in Midtown with Jody Dyer, she does 20 tricks including smiling on request. Ooh la la!

Bella, Chili and Oscar enjoy partying it up on the dog-friendly deck at Midtown Tavern.

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Shoppers at Tall Tale Books in Toco Hills might remember Dot as the official store greeter. Owner Doug Quarterman says she’s since retired to devote more time to eating and sleeping.

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Anne Glenn’s dog Georgia might be 11, but she still acts like a pup. She loves to run in the park, play with her ball, eat ice cream and car rides.

Alexis Wilson’s cat Izzie is a supermodel kitty and loves to pose for the camera. Watch your back, Tyra Banks, because Izzie knows how to strut the catwalk.

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Dawson is a Chow-Beagle mix who enjoys a swim with his human, Charlie Grier, who is the son of Wired & Fired owner Erinn Grier.

Penny Louise, owned by Brian Hake, is a Puggle (Beagle/Pug mix) who thrives on snuggle time and is obsessed with frozen carrots.

Intowner Denise sent in this photo of Sebastian, who likes to dig to China, watch TV and chase the shadows and light. Amanda Smith’s adorable pug mix is only seven months old, but enjoys going to the dog park, paying with other dogs and cuddling on the couch.

Lauren Golden’s pooch is named Mr. Snuffleuphagus, but everyone calls him Snuffy. The fearless hairball loves to play fetch and run in circles.

Ashley Kohler’s cat, Atticus, is truly a rock star kitty. No autographs please, but treats are always welcome.

Rocco the Labradoodle enjoys boating at Lake Lanier, but can often be found hanging out at Piedmont Park Dog Park or having a drink at Park Tavern with owner Michelle Swindle.

Miss Lilly, a Labradore mix, is awfully fond of walks and stuffed toys. Her human is Dara Merlin, who rescued the cutie from Lab Friends of the South.

Nassau is a 6-year-old Australian Cattle Dog adopted by Sylvia Small from the Atlanta Humane Society. Weather permitting, she loves to chase and eat snowflakes.

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Pet Briefs Uptown Pups has opened next to Atlantic Grill on 19th Street in Atlantic Station. The new shop offers a wide selection of toys, treats, bandanas, dog bowls, grooming supplies and unique

doggie accessories. The owners are planning fun and unique upcoming happenings like pup happy hours. uptownpupsonline.com

Joining the local food truck craze is the PoochSicles & Bark Bites truck, which is delivering tasty treats for man’s best friend. Pooch-Sicles are made of healthy soy, corn and grain free treats made from mostly organic ingredients. For as little as $2.00, your pooch can choose from frozen treats and non-frozen, dairy-free baked goods. Pooch-Sicles will also offer other items like poop bags and toys. If you are interested in having the Pooch-Sicles truck stop in your neighborhood, send an email to poochsicles@gmail.com or call (847) 409-1196. Maddy, an 8-month-old Shih Tzu mix, was found in very poor condition with matted hair and two broken legs, which required immediate, expensive orthopedic surgery. A Good Samaritan found the dog and brought her to WellPet Humane, a nonprofit charitable animal clinic in Chamblee. WellPet Humane, using depleted funds from their LifeSaver Fund, agreed to underwrite the surgery to save Maddy’s legs. To help Maddy and other animals with critical medical needs please send a tax deductible donation to WellPet Humane, ATTN: LifeSaver Fund, 5342 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA 30341 or call (770) 4551011 ext. 101 to make a credit card donation. wellpethumane.com Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) has opened Pet Central at 6570 James B. Rivers Drive in Stone Mountain. AARF was founded in 2002, and for nine years worked out of volunteer’s homes. For more about rescue and adoption programs as well as training classes, visit aarfatlanta.org. pawsatlanta.org.

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By Annie Kinnett Nichols My new love is the sound a ping-pong ball makes hitting the table, followed closely by the sound the ball makes when it hits a paddle. This is made even sweeter when it’s my friends and I playing the game. Whack. Pop. Whack. Pop. Love. I have a lot of strange friends. Most of my friends are, shall we say, eclectic. And so it’s probably their fault that I’ve become a ping-pong devotee. I started playing ping-pong at Sister’s Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium at

the Telephone Factory. I would play while visiting my friend Grant Henry, or stop by after an art opening in the building or when I was taking of Hollis Gillespie’s Champagne & Ping Pong Writing Classes. I look back to those years and realize I was just a neophyte. I didn’t know how to serve correctly, kept the ball in play even when it was clearly dead, cheated, lied – anything to make a point. Clueless. Those days are over. Grant moved his ping-pong table to his own bar – also called Sister Louisa’s but known to the locals as simply Church – changing my destiny forever. I decided to learn the real game of ping-pong, and my husband Tim and his BFF John agreed to teach me. I played every chance I could. One day, I actually beat John. I jumped up and down, ran downstairs and informed everyone of my prowess. Then, I ran across the street to Tim’s studio and announced to everyone in the office my success. It was a very proud moment indeed. When I returned to the table, John quietly informed me I had not actually won because I didn’t have a two-point lead.

Lesson learned. Grrrr. Since that day, I haven’t beaten John, or Tim, or Mohan, or Steven, or Jamie or anyone else, but I still try to make it to every tournament at Church (which are held on Monday nights). I also practice at Victory Sandwich Bar and I got my picture in Creative Loafing’s pingpong article. I’m representing! My secrets are simple: Watch the ball, play people who are better than you (in my case that’s everyone there), wear lip gloss in case you’re gonna be photographed (it happened to me, I wasn’t wearing any, it wasn’t pretty), wear wedge heels or seriously cute boots, an urban/edgy outfit and try not to cuss. No cheating. Always be a good loser until you win, which I’m sure will be some day soon. My goals for my illustrious ping-pong career are to make it to the second round at the Church tournament, then the next round, then one day beat Grant. He’s promised me $1,000 if I can beat him and

I will post the picture on Atlanta INtown’s website of me holding the check up after crushing him like a gnat. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium is at 466 Edgewood Ave. (corner of Boulevard). For more, find the bar on Facebook.

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18 student athletes train for triathalon at Westminster Scene & Heard is usually an album of snap shots from across town. But, when we heard about 18 rising sixth graders training for a triathalon, we proudly turned the focus in their direction. The Odyssey Triathalon took place on July 15 at the Westminster School campus, featuring a 50m pool, wooded trails and a stadium with a 400m track. The Odyssey Program partnered with ACHEIVE Kids to bring this event to Atlanta.

The athletes pictured on this page learned about nutrition and plowed through miles of drills to prepare this summer for race day. “Luckily we have access to all of Westminster facilities … two hours a day Monday through Friday,” said head coach Mari Fridenmaker. Training and education was facilitated by five volunteers and four coaches, including Mari Fridenmaker, Westminster alumna Katie Thorne, personal trainer

Marcelo Vazquez and Morehouse graduate Lowell Lea.“We’ve had a good team of coaches,” said Mari. Volunteer Sherry Wren, pictured bottom right, explained that this is an opportunity for the kids to learn something that they otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to try. “These kids have been determined, focused and committed to do it,” she said. For information, achievekidstri.org

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It is an educational non-profit partnering with Atlanta Public Schools to serve students in grades 3-12 from disadvantaged communities. Odyssey’s academic enrichment program focuses on students with unmet potential, preparing them for high school graduation and supporting them on their path to college. odysseyatlanta.org

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The Odyssey Program partners with the Westminster School to provide Atlanta Public School children in grades 3-12 with an intensive summer academic program focusing on a core academic curriculum, the arts, and exposure to critical thinking skills free of charge.

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Health & Wellness Briefs The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital has announced that Karen B. Seagraves was selected as program director after 13 years at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital where she served as the Neurosciences Clinical Nurse Specialist and Neuroscience and Stroke Program Coordinator. As the new outreach manager for the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Kerrin Connelly will work to expand the center’s already successful multi-hospital referral network and enhance community outreach for Grady’s neuroscience programs. Connelly comes to Grady from the American Heart Association where she served as manager for Health Quality Technology Solutions. The American Diabetes 2011 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 a.. in Grant Park. The event will be co-captained by Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1999, Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd. To join the team, call (404) 330-6770, email mbond@atlantaga.gov or visit diabetes.org. The Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) has partnered with Connected Living, a nationally recognized, senior-specific,

technology adoption program. AHA is the first housing authority to adopt Connected Living’s technology program without the use of federal grant money. The program teaches seniors and people with disabilities how to access the Internet and select from a variety of activities, including sending and receiving email, sharing and viewing photographs, website search and navigation, resume building, and notification of events in their community. connectedliving.com Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates is now offering non-surgical removal of hemorrhoids at The Hemorrhoid Clinic. atlantagastro.com Oh Baby! Fitness and Northside Hospital have partnered to bring prenatal and postnatal exercise classes to women who choose Northside for their care. Oh Baby! Fitness will lead all pregnancy and mom and baby fitness classes at various Northside-affiliated outpatient and medical centers, including the Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus. Northside patients can also exercise closer to home by signing up for an Oh Baby! Fitness class offered at 30 other metro Atlanta locations. For more information, visit northside.com or ohbabyfitness.com.

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strategizing about the race or recapping last night’s episode of True Blood? No we don’t talk, although, there is a lot of praying that goes on when we are in the sled. In just one year you went from brakeman to pilot and from the little I understand, that means you are the one driving that bus. Can you explain a little about the different positions? In women’s bobsled there is only the two-man bobsled, unlike the men who have both the four-man and two-man, so there are only two positions – the brakeman and the pilot. The brakeman pushes the sled from behind and then hops in, goes for the ride, and then pulls the brakes at the bottom. The pilot pushes from the side and then hops in and steers the sled down the track. I competed my first season as a brakeman. When the season was over I went to “driving school” up in Lake Placid. I enjoyed driving so much that I have decided to switch positions and compete as a pilot for the 2011-2012 season. That’s got to be the biggest endorsement for driving school of all time. Does it get embarrassing that every time you walk into a supermarket everyone starts chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!”? I have yet to experience that, but will be honored when that becomes true. The ultimate goal is to represent America in Sochi in the 2014 Winter Olympics. To check out more of Meg’s training adventures, visit megbobsled.tumblr.com. Tim Sullivan heads up the Cabbagetown Running Club and is a Buckhead business owner. Look for his column every month and visit his blog at timmydaddy.com

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School may be back in session, but there’s still more festival fun to be had before summer ends. From arts and crafts to music and food, there’s something in August for everyone.

AUG 27

German Bierfest

AUG 20-21

Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival

Locals fondly remember the old Piedmont Park Arts Festival and now the name is being reclaimed for a new festival to be held Aug. 20-21. Organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, which also puts on festival in Buckhead, Chastain Park and most recently on Ponce, the two-day event will feature more than 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. The festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a street market, children’s play area and food and beverages with healthy alternatives. “The Piedmont Park Summer Arts and Craft festival is bringing back a beloved tradition to Atlanta’s arts community,” said organizer Randall Fox. “We’re placing an emphasis on showcasing outstanding artists from right here in Georgia.” Admission to the festival is free. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Parking will be available in the Piedmont Park deck, but organizers encourage visitors to take MARTA, walk or bike to the festival. For more details, visit. piedmontparkartsfestival.com.

AUG 20

Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival

If you want some ‘que and stew mixed with great music, head to the 11th annual Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival on Aug. 20. The event will be held in Harmony Park from 4 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 online or $15 the day of the festival. Kids 10 and under get in free. No outside coolers will permitted on site. The food will be provided by Community Q and Fox Bros. with cold beer from Fat Tire Amber Ale, Mothership Organic Wit, Ranger IPA and New Belgium. Live music will be provided by Spanky and The Love Handles, Will Scruggs, Flat Rock, Dappled Gray and Wasted Potential. The festival is presented by three non-profit groups: the Community Center of South Decatur, the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association and the Decatur Recreation Department. All proceeds of the festival will be invested directly into the Decatur community. For more information, visit decaturbbqfestival.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

If you like to combine your festival fun with a little beer, the German Bierfest at Woodruff Park in Downtown is right up your alley. The event is Aug. 27 from 2 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 online or $35 at the gate. Attendees can drink all the beer they can safely consume and designated drivers get in free. There will also be a driver service on hand for those who over-indulge. More than 20 beers will be available from brewers like Kapuziner, Dinkel Acker, Beck’s, Tucher, Weihenstephan and many more. There will be entertainment by Jacob Herzog and the Barvarian Express and more bands to be announced. For a complete line-up of beers and music, visit germanbierfest.com.

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The multicultural festival will be held in Piedmont Park on Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring exhibitions, sporting events, family activities, arts and crafts, food and live music. Performing live on stage will be Jessica Fox, Paty Alvarez, Huey Dunbar IV, AB Quintanilla All Starz and Kinito Mendez. There will more than 25 booths offering food and the Kid’s Zone will have giant inflatables, games and more. Exhibitors will offer souvenirs, interactive displays, djs and a soccer demonstration. For more details, visit festivalpeachtreelatino.com.

Aug. 6 Voices and Visions of Peace, a remembrance and peace program, will be held at The King Center on Auburn Avenue from 2 to 4:30 p.m. to mark the 66th anniversary of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. There will be a reception, a film screening, spoken word from Theresa Davis and Alice Lovelace, photo exhibition, music and and dramatic readings of firsthand accounts from child survivors of atomic bombs. The program is free. thekingcenter.org. Aug. 13 Kate’s Club 8th Annual Cabaret will will transform Buckhead Theater into a whimsical night at the Moulin Rouge. Food, drinks, a silent auction and live music from U.S. Beat are also planned. For tickets and more information, visit katesclub.org. Aug. 25 Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan opens on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the American Friends Service Committee’s Georgia Peace Center, 60 Walton St. in Downtown. The AFSC, a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence, sponsors the free exhibit. Windows

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and Mirrors is a collaboration of more than 40 artists from around the world, including U.S. students. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality. afsc.org/WindowsAndMirrors Sept. 2 Ivy Hall, SCAD’s cultural arts and writing center, in partnership with the Decatur Book Festival, will present a day-long interactive workshop called Beyond Print: Writing in the Digital Age. Topics will include how today’s writers can fund, publish and promote their work, and how print is successfully migrating to digital formats. Sessions will be conducted by SCAD writing professors Catherine Ramsdell; Darby Sanders; local writer Hollis Gillespie and PASTE magazine editor Josh Jackson. The workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 65 people, and registration is required. Contact Georgia Lee at Glee@ scad.edu or (404) 253-3206. SCAD. edu/ivyhall. Ongoing The Druid Hills Civic Association is helping Arcadia Publishing find historic photos of the neighborhood for a book in the Images of America series. Street scenes, parks, trolleys, gardens, Emory Village, schools, World War II initiatives and more are needed. Email Kate Dannenberg at singley@mindspring.

The 9th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. 20,000-plus attendees are expected. Kicking off the festival on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. is the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park (more details on Page ?). The artist market will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Live entertainment also revs up at 10 a.m. and will continue to 11 p.m. and a children’s fun center opens at 11 a.m. Also, back by popular demand is Corks & Forks - A Fine Food and Wine Event, which will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Atlanta’s top chefs will offer specialty items and participants will be able to taste some of the coolest wines and ales on the Atlanta market. Corks & Forks is a ticketed event with a limited number of tickets available $35 in advance or $45 at the gate. Saturday and Sunday tickets sold separately. The event is planned and coordinated by the Grant Park Conservancy, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Inc., and Adams Realtors. Proceeds from the event benefit the Grant Park Conservancy and its efforts to restore the historic green space. For more information, visit gpconservancy.org.

TRIPSTER Events, Fun & Festivals Outside the Loop Aug. 1-31

Get to know New Orleans and its famous cuisine at the annual COOLinary New Orleans starting Aug. 1. The event highlights the unique Creole and Cajun food by offering patrons deals on three- course lunch and dinners starting at $20 throughout the month. Nearly all restaurants participating are located in the French Quarter. For more information, call (800) 672-6124.

Aug. 13-14

Head over to North Carolina for the annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival. The event features shrimp contests, arts and crafts, a car/truck/bike show and activities and entertainment for the entire family. sneadsferryshrimpfestival.com or call (910) 467-6530.

Aug. 20

Cool off in the Georgia mountains with a glass of vino at the Rabun County Farm Winery Day. Persimmon Creek Vineyards and Tiger Mountain Vineyards invite the public to visit from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to tastings, there will be food from local farms and live music. Visit tigerwine.com or persimmoncreekwine.com for more information and tickets.

Aug. 26-28 Celebrate new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, Alabama at the annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Alabama Moving Image Association. Since 1999, filmmakers have come from across the country to present their work while patrons with low-priced, weekend passes enjoy easy access to sidewalk venues. For ticket information, visit almovingimage.org

Aug. 27

The 17th annual Southern Brewers Festival, presented by Big River Grille & Brewing Works, to be held in downtown Chattanooga on from 2 p.m. to midnight. This year the festival will feature over 30 of the Southeast’s most notable microbreweries and will showcase over 75 premium, handcrafted ales and lagers on Riverfront Parkway. In addition to the vast selection of beer, musical entertainment will include Los Lobos, Railroad Earth, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Anders Osborne and New Familiars, all taking the stage in front of the Tennessee River. For tickets and details, visit southernbrewersfestival.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. responses to the idea that dreams are often at the center of creative inspiration and deep personal insight. Closes August 26. Free! apgphoto.org Textures: This exhibit at One Twelve Gallery features artwork by Donna Johnson and Barbara Rehg, two Atlanta abstract artists who work with mixed media. Closes August 28. Admission is free. onetwelvegallery.com Journeys: From Here to There and Back Again: Five well-established Southeastern female artists come together to create this very unique show at The Defoor Centre featuring paintings, photography and mixed-media works. Closes August 31. Admission is free. defoorcentre.com

Visual Arts & Museums

Disaster Areas: This exhibit at Bill Lowe Gallery featuring works by Thornton Dial presents an epic look at the destructive and regenerative forces of nature and how they impact people’s lives. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. lowegallery.com

In Your Dreams 2011: This exhibit at Atlanta Photography Group Gallery showcases creative

Express Yourself!: This interactive exhibition at The Breman Jewish Museum celebrates the

Equal Rites: The Art of Michael D. Harris

many creative ways one can express oneself and features original artwork from a number of popular children’s books. Geared toward children ages 3 through 10. Closed Saturday. $4 to $12. thebreman.org Radcliffe Bailey: Memory As Medicine: This High Museum of Art exhibit is the most comprehensive presentation of works by Atlantabased artist Radcliffe Bailey to date and includes his sculptures, paintings, installations, glass works and more. Closed Monday. $11 to $18. high.org Equal Rites: The Art of Michael D. Harris: The

works by Harris in this exhibit at Hammonds House Museum explore social and historical roots within African Diasporic cultures. Closed Monday. $2 to $4. hammondshouse.org Divine Intervention: African Art and Religion: This exhibition, drawn from the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s rich collection of African art, illustrates the traditional African belief that works of art function as bridges between the human and divine worlds. Closed Monday. $6 to $8. carlos.emory.edu

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Street Fashion Cameron Adams

2011-2012 S E A S O N

In the space of one week, I met four fashion bloggers. I decided to turn my camera on the writers and share their blogs with you.

MICHAEL IAN BLACK Thursday, September 8

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PROjECT TRIO

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While recuperating from a tonsillectomy, Margaret Parham-Holt decided to start a personal style blog. From collected wisdom to outfits and nightlife, Young, Fabulous & Together promises a great Atlanta adventure. atlyoungandfabulous.blogspot.com.

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Meredith Howard’s mix of fashion, family and philosophy define her quest for Finding Soul Balance, which is the name of her blog. findingsoulbalance.blogspot.com.

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In Your Dreams 2011

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Performing Arts The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Watch and laugh as close friends Valentine and Proteus both pursue the Duke of Milan’s beautiful daughter in this rarely produced comedy by Shakespeare at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. Opens August 4. $12 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Frog Belly Rat Bone: With puppetry, music, video projections and innovative prop design, this popular children’s book’s lovable characters and quirky aesthetic come to life on stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts. August 4 through August 14. $16.50. puppet.org

Arts Center takes you behind the curtain with a mediocre touring company trying to put on a terrible play and making a delightfully entertaining mess of it. Closes August 14. $15 to $50. gashakespeare.org Guys and Dolls: This musical romantic comedy presented by Theater of the Stars at The Fabulous Fox Theatre features a cast of vivid characters and an unforgettable score that includes such classics as “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” August 16 through August 21. $25 to $65. theaterofthestars.com

Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me: Evancho, the 11-year-old singing sensation who regaled the nation on “America’s Got Talent,” makes her spectacular debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at this concert at Symphony Hall. August 5. $39 to $60. atlantasymphony.org

The Green Book: In this stirring new drama presented by Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, a black military offer, his wife, and a Jewish Holocaust survivor all spend the night in a home listed in “The Green Book,” a manual that guided African American tourists to safe accommodations in the Jim Crowe era. Opens August 17. $15 to $35. theatricaloutfit.org

Body Awareness: It’s “Body Awareness Week” at rural Shirley State College in this probing new comedy presented by Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre at 7 Stages. But when a photographer shows up with his passel of photos of naked women, things start to go awry. August 10 through August 28. $20. pnotheatre.org

Driving Miss Daisy: Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, this play at OnStage Atlanta is a warmhearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety Southern white lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. August 19 through August 28. $15 to $20. onstageatlanta.com

Jazz on the Lawn: Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy this outdoor concert featuring Atlanta jazz artist Gwen Hughes on the lush grounds of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. August 12. $15 to $20. callanwolde.org

Spring Awakening: This 2007 Tony Awardwinning play for Best Musical unleashes its raw emotional power on the Actor’s Express stage as it follows a group of teenage friends as they cope with the agonies and ecstasies of discovering sex. Opens August 25. $15 to $40. actorsexpress.com

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The Two Gentlemen of VeronaSoleil at Philips Arena fuses the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque and draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. August 25 through August 28. $32 to $110. cirquedusoleil. com Concerts in the Garden: This annual outdoor music series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden continues with a concert by Los Lobos with special guest The David Mayfield Parade. August 26. $39.50. atlantabotanicalgarden.org Into the Woods: This spellbinding musical at the Alliance Theatre, with music by Stephen Sondheim, is filled with romance, magic, and the unexpected consequences of dreams that come true. Opens August 31. $25 to $65. alliancetheatre.org

Jazz Journeys: This Friday night series at the Georgia Aquarium is sure to lighten your mood with the sounds of upbeat, cool tempos and smooth melodic jazz tunes as you take in the sights of some of nature’s most alluring aquatic animals. $20.95 to $24.95. georgiaaquarium.org Whole World Theatre Company Improv: Come watch the magic unveil before your very own eyes as the Whole World improv troupe hits the stage every Thursday through Saturday. $19 to $25.wholeworldtheatre.com.

For more information, buy tickets or find more events happening in August, visit AtlantaPlanit.com.

Next Bite at Twilight: The Saga Continues: The remote town of Spoon, Washington, attracts a film crew to cash in on the vampire craze after local teenager Bella nearly loses her neck, but their shooting schedule is quickly disrupted by murder in this show at Agatha’s-A Taste of Mystery. Tuesday through Sunday. $62 to $64.50. agathas.com Peachtree Battle: Atlanta’s longest running theatrical production, presented by Ansley Park Playhouse every Saturday and Sunday, tells the story of what happens when the son of an Atlanta high society family announces his engagement to a Hooters girl. $26 to $35. ansleyparkplayhouse.com

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The Thinking Artist

A Look Back

Patrick Dennis

Ann Taylor Boutwell

Personal Experience I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… You know how when it gets really hot outside and you cringe at the prospect of leaving the AC behind to venture outdoors even if it’s going the few steps from your car to a restaurant? I think it’s the same frame of mind that my ex-wife had when it came to leaving the house. She swore that she could not walk in flat shoes and that her feet were molded to heels, insisting on wearing the most impossible stilettos at all times. Her version of exercise was to totter from the car to a building and finding a seat. Let me be generous in saying that her peripheral vision was limited. And that’s what happens to art lovers when it’s hot. The Virginia Highland Summerfest, one of my favorite local art shows was big, and hot. There were some terrific artists there doing their best to engage visitors, but it was hard for people to stay long and see it all because their peripheral vision was limited due to the heat. As I was standing under a tree, I noticed a young man walking with determination to his car carrying a new painting he purchased. I commented that I recognized the piece done by Atlanta artist Jim Afroukhteh and offered my congratulations. He stopped for a moment to say that he bought it because the subject of a lone rowboat on the water with a dramatic sky made him feel cool and calm and he wanted that feeling in his home. So I got to thinking, perhaps if an artist creates a personal experience for the collector, it can expand and stimulate their field of vision. This does not apply to my ex- wife, however, because she was quite happy to sit quietly until a martini arrived, and only then was her peripheral interest stimulated. There are a great many art venues in the metro Atlanta area from the big daddy High Museum to local, independent galleries and some ambitious investors in Atlanta’s Westside. They are all geared to stimulate the senses. But do they make a personal connection? The groundbreaking of the Westside Cultural Arts Center on May 21 included local celeb Fay Gold, who will incorporate a permanent gallery in the 12,500 square foot space at 997 Brady Ave. when it opens this fall. “We want to push into new territories and blur the distinction between art and life,” says Nicholas Miller, the marketing and media liaison for the Center. “Art is not just for art’s sake but for people to influence people. That is the vision for the Westside Cultural Arts Center.”

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This ambitious vision speaks volumes to the need for artists to connect with people in a personal way. It’s a way to effect positive change through art and enhance our social fabric. I stumbled upon this quote from ARTnews, 2009: “When Marc Chagall came from Paris to Tel Aviv to help open the city’s first art museum in 1931, he compared art to a golden thread running through society’s fabric and stressed that if it were not woven from the beginning, it could not be added later.” Atlanta’s artistic fabric is more like a patchwork quilt woven with many personal stories. Artists and art lovers have the unique opportunity to make a personal connection here since we are a “young” arts community. One can actually meet the artist and hear their story. Me? I’m making house calls to complete a painting commissioned by a very nice family for their beach house. We talk about the ocean and drink a lot of iced tea. They chose me because they know I paint the ocean and sky they love. And I am glad to swap stories and create the finished piece they will live with. You’ve got lots of choices to get up close and personal with art this summer. Don’t let the heat slow you down! Through Aug. 14: High Museum of Art collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York includes 150 works of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, etc. by 120 artists. Not to be missed. high.org Aug. 19 – 21: The Slotin Folk Art Auction is the world’s largest folk art show and sale. Self-taught, outsider and folk artists, and galleries representing unique artistic voices at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. There is a $7 fee for admission. I guarantee you will be stimulated, if not soothed by what you see. slotinfolkart.com Aug. 20 – 21: The Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival will bring back “the old days” when art festivals celebrated local talent. piedmontparkartsfestival.com Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta. Email: Patrick@affps.com

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Aug. 1, 1864: Carrie Mabry Berry began keeping a diary during the siege, occupation and burning of Atlanta during the Civil War. On Aug. 3, 1864, she wrote: “this [sic] was my birthday. I was ten years old, But [sic] I did not have a cake times were too hard so I celebrated with ironing. I hope by my next birthday we will have peace in our land so that I can have a nice dinner.” In 1875, she married William Macon Crumley, president of Crumley, Sharp, Hardware Company. When she died in 1921 the family was living in Ansley Park. Her gravesite is in Oakland Cemetery. The original handwritten diary and be found in the Carrie Berry Collection at the Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Library. Aug. 5, 1928: William Alexander Scott II, 26, established the Atlanta Daily World, the first successful AfricanAmerican continuing daily newspaper in the United States. The paper continues to publish today. Aug. 9, 1904: Atlanta building inspector Frank A. Pittman issued a permit to the Candler Investment Company for a new office structure at the triangular corner of Peachtree, Houston (John Wesley Dobbs Avenue) and Pryor (Park Place). The American Bridge Company of Pittsburg, Pa. constructed the 17-story skyscraper, designed by architect George Murphy. The building opened in February, 1906 with crowds admiring the handsome white marble structure and bank vaults. From 1906 to 1923 the Coca-Cola occupied the top two floors. The Chandler Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in August, 1977. August 18, 1917: At the stroke of midnight, the Southern Bell Telephone Company officially opened the Hemlock Exchange building, located on the southwest corner of Crescent Avenue and Tenth Street. The building consisted of a basement and two stories, designed by architect P. Thornton Marye. Established at cost of $250,000, the new plant was the sixth unit in the city’s extensive telephone system with the latest technology. Demolished in 1988, the reconfigured site is now part of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank in Midtown. Aug. 22, 1889: Joel Hurt’s first electric streetcar made a successful run from downtown Atlanta at Pryor Street and Edgewood Avenue to Inman Park in 15 minutes. The Atlanta & Edgewood Street Car Company purchased the motorcars from the Lewis & Fowler Manufacturing Co. of Brooklyn, NY. Have information about Atlanta history to share with Ann Boutwell? Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net.

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lUnCheS that PaCk a (fUn) healthY PUnCh By Dr. Stephanie Walsh, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta With approximately 180 days in a school year, coming up with enticing lunches can be hard, especially as the year goes on. If you have a picky eater, your job is even harder. From adding a love note to their lunchbox to grocery shopping tips, below are some ways to keep your sandwich-swapping children happier (and healthier) than ever. Take your child to the grocery store Involve children in the selection and preparation of foods. Teach them to make healthy choices by providing opportunities to select foods based on colors and variety. Fill up your cart by going around the outside of the store. The inside aisles are typically home to less healthy items. Make a rainbow Have a color contest to see if your child can eat every color in the rainbow in his or her lunches that week. Again, take your child shopping to pick out the colors. There’s more to life than a sandwich Replace the standard sandwich with something similar but more exciting like a wrap or pita-pocket bread. Wrap lunch meat around a veggie or cheese. You can even make a “sandwich on a stick” where you layer cubes of cheese, turkey, ham, or chicken breast, and veggies such as cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.

Love your lunchbox Your child will look forward to packing his or her lunch if they love their lunchbox. For example, children love the compartments that a bento lunch box offers. This also helps with portion control and illustrates the different colors and that make up a healthy lunch. Another great way to bring a smile to their face at lunch is to put love notes in your child’s lunch box. Tell them how much you love them and how proud you are of them. Don’t forget dessert Make sure your child gets to choose a dessert to enjoy as part of lunch, such as a pudding cup or a slice of homemade quick bread such as banana, zucchini, or carrot. Stephanie Walsh, M.D., is medical director for wellness at Chidlren’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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the neW BroWn Bag By Sydia Bell When thinking about bag lunches, memories of the school cafeteria instantly come to mind. Whether it was in a bag or a lunchbox emblazoned with a superhero, usually what was inside was not very inspiring: a mushy peanut butter and jelly sandwich accompanied by a warm drink and a “dessert” cake or cookie that your classmates offered to take off your hands for something even less appetizing. A child’s lunch plays a vital role in meeting the daily nutritional standards, but finding healthy, cost effective meal that kids will actually enjoy can be a challenge. The truth is, packing a “healthy” and delicious lunch comes down to simple

substitutions and a little preparation. What should go into a healthy bag lunch? Carbohydrates are not evil; you just have to remember to serve the right ones in moderation. When building a sandwich reach for whole-grain breads, pitas and wraps that are full of fiber rather than white bread. Or, you could forgo the entire sandwich and create a dish using brown rice, whole-wheat or buckwheat noodles. Most kids may not immediately take to whole-wheat pasta, so try and mix-it up with a multi-grain or semolina pasta and gradually make the full transition to whole-wheat. For protein, stick with leans meats such as chicken, fish, or turkey. Jessica Seinfeld’s recipe for chicken nuggets – a kid favorite – incorporates a choice of broccoli, spinach, sweet potato or beets. Deceptively delicious! Another great source of protein are nuts. Dr. Jenya Hampton, a local natural health professional specializing in raw food, suggests a nut tuna pate as a side dish. Of course, kids need tons of fruits and vegetables, so try and incorporate them into the bag lunch. Carrots with some dip are great, but consider kale, leeks, olives or rhubarb. You could even make your own dipping sauce. The end of the meal snack is what all kids really want and you can still pack nutrients into them, just don’t let them know. Instead of a sugar-filled candy bar try an applesauce muffin or chocolate pudding made with avocado served over fresh fruit. To see recipes for some of the items mentioned in this article, including the chicken nuggets and nut tuna pate, visit atlantaintownpaper.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Street Eats Convergence Weekly Howell Mill Food Park brings food trucks together By Sydia Bell A few months ago, my Twitter timeline was buzzing with news of the first Street Food Thursday at the Woodruff Art Center. Since I wasn’t in walking distance but still wanted to sample the good eats from the trucks, I drove down Peachtree Street in search of a parking spot. By the time I got to the trucks, there seemed to be thousands of people in line. In 30 minutes, most of the trucks announced they were out of food. I decided, with my unappeased appetite, that food truck rallies were not for me. Street Food Thursday is still happening, with more trucks than ever and plenty of food for the lines of hungry people, but waiting in the heat is not my idea of a good way to spend a lunch hour. So, when Atlanta INtown asked me to go on another food truck adventure let’s just say I was a little apprehensive. I decided to invite a friend, because if I had to do this, I wasn’t going to suffer alone. Our destination? Somewhere behind the Willy’s on Howell Mill Road. To which my friend responded, “Behind Willy’s?” Every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. a gravel lot behind Willy’s becomes the Howell Mill Food Park. You can find a good majority of the city’s food trucks and carts here, including King of Pops, The Tamale Queens, Westside Creamery and The Good Food Truck. I knew immediately, this wasn’t going to be your usual food truck convergence. As we drove behind Willy’s, a friendly police officer was directing cars to parking. And since there were more trucks, that meant the lines were shorter. There were even picnic benches set up, so we didn’t feel like we had to “eat and run.” Some people sat on the grass to enjoy the food, while many brought blankets to make a picnic. And not a single truck ran out of food. We started with tamales, then it was onto the tofu tacos and, finally, the flavor combustion of maple cinnamon ice cream for me and a coconut key lime sorbet for my

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friend. By the time we were ready to leave, our bellies were full, new people had been met, good conversations were had, and my mind was changed about food truck gatherings. To find out more about the Howell Mill Food Park and to see which trucks will be there each Tuesday, visit facebook.com/ howellmillfoodpark.

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Cyrille Holota, who has most recently been the executive chef of FAB Restaurant, has taken over the kitchen at BLT Steak. bltsteak.com.

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Buckhead Pizza Co. has opened its fourth location at Cobb Galleria. buckheadpizzaco.com The BarrelHouse, a gastropub developed by the owners of the Graveyard Tavern with a menu developed by former Parish chef Tim McGee, is now serving lunch and dinner in the former St. Charles Deli space in Technology Square. Moe’s Original Bar B Que is now serving up “Alabama-style barbecue at 349 14th St. in Midtown. This is the 18th location of the chain founded in 1988 in Tuscaloosa. moesoriginalbbq.com Evan Cordes is the new executive chef at H. Harper Station. Cordes, formerly in the kitchen at Cakes & Ale and Serpas, will be crafting a new menu with local ingredients. hharperstation.com

The Melia Atlanta Hotel is now serving Sunday Brunch poolside on the Sol Deck from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet style spread costs $30 per person and includes a choice of a mimosa or a Bloody Mary. solmelia.com/atlanta.

Abattoir in West Midtown is now open for dinner seven days a week. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. starprovisions.com Pastry chef Pamela Moxley and mixologist Stuart White have joined the culinary team at Miller Union in West Midtown. millerunion.com Ian Winslade is the new executive chef at Murhpy’s in Virginia Highland. He helped open Spice Market and was executive chef at Bluepointe. murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com

Smashburger is now open at 2625 Piedmont Road preparing Angus burgers, an array of sides and HäagenDazs shakes. The chain is planning to open more than 20 locations in the metro area over the next few years. The name comes from the preparation methodo where balls of beef are smashed on the grill and cooked to order. smashburger.com.

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Cara B. Cummins and Jose E. Tavel

Building a new house can be stressful, so imagine documenting all the problems, weather delays and permitting issues in a blog for the world to see and read. Architects Jose E. Tavel and Cara B. Cummins, who own TaC Studios, are doing just that as they build an environmentally friendly home in the Old 4th Ward. They started the blog, LEED 4 Ward (leed4ward.com), before building even began. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building certification system that measures energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and more. Tavel and Cummins are going for platinum status, the highest and most difficult designation to attain. In early July, Alaska Avenue echoed with the sound of drilling machines boring the home’s geothermal wells. The machines drill 200 to 250 feet down hitting water and granite along the way. Using the Earth’s natural heating, the homeowners hope to cut a projected $350 per month energy bill to about $40. The house was wrapped in Zip panels, an environmentally friendly building material that waterproofs and insulates, and comes factory-read for quick installation. High performance windows, foam insulation, Energy Star rated fixtures and appliances will also go toward meeting LEED standards. The house will be clad in metal panels that are not only stylish, but will never need painting. Tavel and Cummins have designed green homes and buildings for their clients, but building one themselves offered an opportunity to document the process so others can see what building a LEED certified home entails. The couple decided to build the house after selling their home around the corner to a client who fell in love with the modern design. “Our client wanted something similar to our home and after he offered to buy it, we decided to go for it,” Cummins said. “We had purchased the other lot and decided it was a great opportunity to build a new home and studio.” The lot is located along the BeltLine and a short walk from Highland Avenue and all its shops and restaurants. “We love the Old 4th Ward, so we definitely wanted to stay in the neighborhood,” Cummins said. Just as construction was getting under way in January, the massive snow and ice storm hit Atlanta. The run of unpredictable weather meant the loss of 23 days in the building process by March. Spring and summer storms had Taval and Cummins keeping fingers crossed that trees wouldn’t damage the under-construction home. Even while the house is still under construction, it’s clear the house was designed with light in mind. Walls of windows provide startling amounts of natural light and seamlessly connect the outdoor living spaces. The upstairs studio suite will feature a large workspace, storage and conference room. The studio will be sectioned off from the bedrooms with pocket doors. There’s also a rooftop deck with impressive views of the neighborhood. The house should be finished in September and will certainly be a gem for the neighborhood. With its hidden gardens, Koi pond, lap pool, porches and welcoming front façade, Taval and Cummins are looking forward to living and working in the house. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Give Green at Work with EarthShare of Georgia By Elizabeth Patrick Georgia may be the most important environmental non-profit that no one talks about! EarthShare of Georgia is working for the day when our air, land and water are clean, abundant and healthy. With many companies looking for ways to make their businesses more sustainable and engage their employees, starting an ESGA employee giving campaign provides an easy way for employees to support more than 60 environmental and conservation charities dedicated to conserving and protecting our air, land and water. EarthShare of Georgia member groups work hard every day to address environmental health risks, restore natural habitats, protect wildlife, reduce global warming, and much more. ESGA annually certifies that member groups operate within the highest ethical and professional standards. This insures that companies and their employees can donate with confidence to our many incredible environmental member organizations. “EarthShare of Georgia is much more than a fiscal agent for our member groups,” said Madeline Reamy, Executive Director of EarthShare of Georgia, “Our workplace campaign partnerships in both the public and private sector provide opportunities for employees to learn more about the environment, volunteer and have a choice in giving to the nonprofits they care about.” EarthShare of Georgia was founded in 1993 by its member groups as the Environmental Fund for Georgia to represent them in employee giving campaigns, and to provide an efficient and secure way to manage their donations. In 2001, the Environmental Fund for Georgia officially affiliated with EarthShare, the national employee giving program, to become part of a network representing more than 400 leading environmental groups working locally, nationally and internationally. It brought with it the fundraising power of the EarthShare

network, which has raised more than $150 million for the environment. ESGA partners with more than 70 employers including federal, state and local governments, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and colleges and universities. EarthShare of Georgia has raised more than $4 million for our environmental member groups through employee giving campaigns. Employees can also connect with EarthShare of Georgia’s member groups by volunteering for river clean-ups, establishing parks and community gardens and planting trees. This fosters team-building and enables employees to work together for a common purpose. It also demonstrates a commitment to improving their health and the health of the planet. “Park Pride thrives on the symbiotic relationship it has with EarthShare of Georgia.  As a member group we are benefiting financially from workplace giving campaigns, provided corporate connections at Earth Day events and offered outreach through neighborhood networking from Corporate Green Day Challenge volunteer projects,” said member group representative & Park Pride Director of Development & Communications Abigail Paine. EarthShare of Georgia organizes three major annual Earth Day events that help connect business and environmental partners and increases environmental awareness. “At Cox Enterprises, partnering with EarthShare of Georgia on their Earth Day events gives us the largest reach for our sponsorship dollars,” said Jami Buck-Vance, ESGA Board Chair and Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility, Cox Enterprises, Inc., “In addition to giving through our workplace campaign, the EarthShare of Georgia Leadership Breakfast, the Earth Day Party and Corporate Green Day Challenge offer our employees several ways to demonstrate their support of local environmental groups. Find out more about how you can offer the green choice in employee giving and make everyday Earth Day by contacting EarthShare of Georgia today by calling (404) 873-3173 or visit earthsharega.org.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta collaborated with Farmer D Organics to develop the Strong4Life Teaching Garden for recovering children at the hospital. The garden is a place where patients and their families can go to relax and learn about nutrition and organic gardening. Classes

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Laura Turner Seydel

It’s time to go back to school, but our kids shouldn’t be the only one gearing up to learn something new. This school year, make it a point to school yourself on the current issues that affect your health and our planet. The following three documentaries have impacted me to want to learn more and do more for future generations. Vanishing of the Bees Hailed as “the most important documentary since An Inconvenient Truth,” this documentary takes an in depth look at our rapidly declining bee population. Did you know that the honeybee is responsible for one out of every three bites of food on your dinner plate? Honeybees are essential to our food supply, pollinating over 80 percent of our flowering crops (worth about $15 billion), including apples, broccoli and alfalfa, which is an important dietary staple for cattle. Our disappearing honeybee is an indicator of environmentally quality, so when they are dying it means something is wrong. Vanishing of the Bees dives into issues surrounding Colony Collapse Disorder, examines the EPA’s involvement and gives you ways to help combat the problem. vanishingofthebees.com Forks Over Knives An estimated 6,700 Georgians die each year (10 percent of all deaths) as a result of obesity related health issues like heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Across the United States, we are spending $75 to $100 billion a year to fight these weight-related issues. Forks Over Knives examines the theory that these diseases can be reversed – and even eliminated – by eating a diet void of animal-based and processed foods. The film follows two top doctors and researchers across the globe as they prove that it does matter what you eat and by eating the right foods you can combat serious illness. forksoverknives.com Bag It Asking the question “is your life too plastic,” Bag It explores America’s dependence on single-use plastic and documents its pressures on our planet. Designed to be disposable, plastic actually never really goes away; it clogs storm drains, accumulates in our rivers and streams, and worst of all makes it into our oceans. The filmmakers make a compelling case against single-use plastic, like grocery bags and straws, and inspire us to make plastic alternative changes in our own lives. bagitmovie.com For more healthy living tips, visit lauraseydel.com.

Eco-Briefs In June, the City of Atlanta opened its first sustainable farming system called the BioGarden. Located in southwest Atlanta at 1442 Richland Road. The Biogarden and Incubator are two integrated systems that function as one, producing fish food and plant fertility to support the entire operation. atlantaga.gov.

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and activities for patients will be held throughout the year. The name Strong4Life refers to a new Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta initiative designed to promote nutrition and physical activity to Georgia’s families. choa.org. GreenPlate, a non-profit which raises awareness about the negative impact plastics have on the environment, waters and food chain, will host the GreenPlate Comedy Special: Stand Up for Sustainability event on Aug. 14 at The Hub Atlanta, 1375 Spring St. Food trucks will be outside before the show 6:30-7:30pm and the show starts at 7:30. Performers

include Shocking Real Life’s Hollis Gillespie, Comedy Rocket’s Debra Cole & The Urbane Environmentalist Jim Hackler. Tickets are a suggested $20 donation). For more information, greenplate.org. The City of Decatur and the City of Atlanta are co-sponsoring the Atlanta Decatur Home Makeover Contest where two lucky homeowners will receive free energy efficiency improvements – worth up to $10,000 – that will increase the overall comfort of their home and reduce their energy bills. Makeovers will be awarded to homeowners in each city. Lena Stevens, Resource Conservation Coordinator for

the City of Decatur stated, “It’s a great time to be thinking about the benefits of saving energy in your home. DecaturWISE and Atlanta SHINE have teamed up to bring this contest to our residents, and I can’t wait to see who wins!” A properly weatherized home can save homeowners an average of $437 on their annual utility bills, according to Atlanta SHINE program manager Aaron Bastian.The Home Energy Makeover Contest will run through Aug. 14. Interested homeowners in both cities should visit homeenergymakeovers.net to sign up. Contest entrants must be at least 21 years of age and own a single family home in City of Atlanta or City of Decatur.. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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visions of some of the world’s most famous architects and designers who have shaped today’s bathroom visions. With bathrooms designed by superstars like Philippe Starck, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola and Erwan Bouroullec, this exhibit will leave you with inspiration and a new appreciation of how concepts resonate into realities and dreams do come true.

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IN Business RETAIL | MONEY & FINANCE | DEVELOPMENT

Reviving Midtown Mile

New apartments, retail and restaurants signal jumpstart of project By Collin Kelley Editor Five years ago, the Midtown Mile was set to be Atlanta’s answer to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and New York’s Madison Avenue. The stretch of Peachtree Street from 15th Street to North Avenue was going to be a tree-line boulevard filled with luxury apartments, hotels, restaurants, one million square feet of retail space and a streetcar to ferry residents and visitors. Then the economic meltdown began and the rapid construction that had been taking place in Midtown ground to a halt. The planned streetcar line was removed from the city’s short list of transportation priorities. Top Right: 77 12th Street will After more than two years of recession feature 300 apartments, while and the bottoming out of the real estate SkyHouse (below) will have 320. market, the Midtown Mile is showing signs Bottom Left: Sketches of the of life once again. Midtown Mile from 2005, before Daniel Corp and Selig Enterprises the economic crash. announced construction of 77 12th Street, th a 22-story apartment building at 12 and Crescent with 300 units and 20,000 square feet of street level retail. Construction is set to begin this fall, and the developers also have plans for a hotel and office space as part of the 12th & Midtown project. And although not on the Midtown Mile, Novare Group has announced it will build SkyHouse, a 23-story building with 320 luxury apartments. It will be quick walk to the Mile and its amenities. The Midtown Alliance’s new CEO, Kevin Green, said the economy slowed the pace of new development and there is still plenty of catching up to do with job growth, but Midtown is positioned to bounce back faster than other parts of the city. “The tide is slowly coming back in and Midtown will come back faster because we have available housing, job options, urban amenities and transportation,” Green said. Green said there is a growing segment of the population who want to live in the city and bee able to walk to work, shops and restaurants. “They want to be here instead of getting here,” he said. Since the recession, there has been more discussion about building a denser city core and Green agrees that more highrise apartments are needed. “It’s become an attractive option for many,” he said. “It’s great to see Daniel, Selig and Novare are recognizing the need.” As INtown reported last month and again on page 38, condo sales are on the upswing again, but bringing in new retail to the Midtown Mile will be a different challenge. Before the recession, there were rumors that Apple was interested in building a flagship store on the Mile along with other high-end national retailers. While those stores have never come to fruition, smaller shops and restaurants – including Ri Ra Irish Pub and the soon to open STK – have made their home on the Mile. Modern home furnishing store CB2 opened a 14,000 square foot retail store at 1080 Peachtree. Green said new retailers will be coming to the Mile and announcements will be made soon. In the meantime, Green said the Midtown Alliance is working on projects like new unified signage to direct visitors to parking spaces and producing “pop up shopping” events to help existing retailers. On Sept. 8 -11 will see the Vogue Fashion Night Out on the Mile with apparel and jewelry. The popular Holiday Pop Up Shops will also return. The Street Food Thursday event, which brings the city’s food trucks to the park at 15th Street, draws hundreds every week. Green, who had only been on the job a week when this interview was conducted, said he left his post as executive director at the Clean Air Campaign because of the amazing opportunity to help Midtown grow. “I’m looking out my window right now and I can already see the efforts that have been achieved and there is much more to come,” Green said.

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Business & Retail Briefs Purchasing Power was named a Georgia FAST 40 company for the second consecutive year for its continued revenue and employee growth. The voluntary benefits company ranked seventh on the list of large-middle market companies and was honored at an awards gala on June 30. Purchasing Power allows employees of companies and organizations to purchase name-brand products with manageable monthly payments through a payroll deduction program. Presented by the Association for Corporate Growth, the annual Georgia FAST 40 list ranks the top 20 smallmiddle market companies and the top 20 large-middle market companies in the state. PurchasingPower.com Atlanta-based Cookerly Public Relations is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Carol Cookerly, founder and president, opened the agency doors in 1991. cookerly.com Atlanta is one of three cities selected to be an early partner in President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge. As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, Atlanta aims to reduce energy consumption in the city’s downtown district by 20 percent over the next decade. “More than two million square feet of buildings will be improved as a part of this effort,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. Working with the U.S. Department of Energy, Atlanta’s effort is already underway with a benchmarking initiative for Atlanta’s 220-block downtown improvement district, including City Hall, the Civic Center and other municipal facilities. Project partners will work with banks, energy service companies, and others to enable substantive retrofits of downtown universities, healthcare facilities, and municipal and commercial buildings. The other two cities named as early partners of the Better Buildings Challenge are Los Angeles and Seattle. atlantaga.gov   Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center, a provider of in-school arts-in-education programming, has named Charisse M. Williams president. Williams, who takes office on Aug. 22, joins YA after serving as a director of The Posse Foundation, a national youth leadership development and college access program established in New York in 1989.   Fall Line Press, a photobook publishing and reading library, is now open at the Brickworks,1000 Marietta St., Suite 112. A collaboration between photographers and artists William Boling and Michael David Murphy, Fall Line is committed to publishing the best of photography and writing in book form. falllinepress.com Atlanta-based Computer Applications, Inc. has been awarded an $8 million contract to provide IT and statistical support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. BCA has assembled a team of health researchers, programmers, graphic specialists and other technical and scientific staff to provide world wide data collection and statistical updates for NCHS. bca.us w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Randy Koporc, GA President- Fifth Third Bank; Jenn Thomas, Executive Director Buckhead Business Association; Soula Nikolatos, Financial Center Manager; Ammorette Winborne, Financial Services Rep; Gilbert Mitchell, Customer Service Rep; Roopa Bhandari, Personal Banker; Sam Massell, President Buckhead Coalition; Ashley Folkes, Investment Executive; Kelly Holbin, Regional Retail Manager.

Fifth Third Bank held a grand opening last month for its new banking center in Lindbergh Plaza, located at the intersection of Piedmont Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard in Buckhead. The full service location offers complete personal and business banking, mortgage and investment planning service along with a 24 hour ATM, Western Union services and a night drop for commercial and business clients. Soula Nikolatos, a 30-year resident of Atlanta, is manager of the bank. The Lindbergh Plaza location is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, visit 53.com. H.J. Russell & Company, C.D. Moody Construction Company and Holder Construction Company, three Atlanta-based construction firms teamed in a joint venture, were selected to provide construction management services to build the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The project will break ground later this year, and the newly selected team will oversee all aspects of construction for the facility in Downtown Atlanta. The Center will display The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, the award-winning Without Sanctuary lynching exhibit and serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue, attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. cchrpartnership.org.

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood

Is Google+ the solution to social media burnout? Google ramped up its world domination recently, launching its social networking platform Google+. My kneejerk response was social network exhaustion mixed with aversion and a glimpse of living in the United States of Google by 2012. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working hard to curate my Facebook persona, map my travels on Foursquare, build my Twitterverse, hobnob on LinkedIn, Stubleupon the cool spots and really digg into the whole socialsphere. But. It’s Google. And they are smart at what they do (which is like, everything). Plus, invitation only. I had to get into that fenced off area where all the techno hipsters were hanging out. So I begged one to invite me. And she did. At first glance Google+ feels a lot like Facebook. But then you start noodling about. Which is much more fun once you locate some friends. It’s then you realize one of the defining differences from Facebook: the Circles feature. These are essentially small groups you create based on how you know the people in them. Since you can sort and make any sort of grouping you want, w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

as Google points out, you “put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself - just like real life.” Hey, Google’s even good at funny! In my limited amount of time playing with Google+, I find myself liking it more and more. It feels more private and personalized, like the conversational value is better. Rather than feeling like you’re reading a personal broadcast (Facebook) or a newswire (Twitter), Circles have a community vibe. It’s something I probably knew was missing in the other platforms but couldn’t define. So… plus! There are other interesting features: Hangouts, where you can video chat with up to 10 people on a whim; Sparks, which let you follow the buzz on topics of interest; and Huddles, the magic functionality of group chat that no one’s managed to perfect yet (although katango.com is pretty good for Facebook). More to try! And more to come. Are you on Google+? What have your experiences been like? Feel free to Tweet me @brigflood (yes, I get the irony of that). Follow James on Twitter @socialpeopletv or visit their website at socialpeople.tv. Follow me @brigflood.

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real estate CITY LIVING | NEIGHBORHOODS | DEVELOPMENT

Top Sellers Condo living sees great gains in 2011

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Shandra Hill Smith Young professionals, baby boomers and families looking to downsize – though not necessarily on the high-end amenities they’ve come to appreciate – have turned to condominium living, and at rapid rates in some cases. According to the Atlanta Market Overview for First Quarter 2011, a market insights report by The Marketing Directors, 10 metro Atlanta communities are top sellers. They include Serrano, The Brookwood, Paramount, 1010 Midtown, The Atlantic, Luxe, Viewpoint, Stacks II, Madison Square and Horizon. The Marketing Directors (themarketingdirectorsinc. com) provided exclusive sales and marketing for six of those: Serrano, The Brookwood, Paramount, The Atlantic, Luxe and Horizon. The report shows that the top 10 accounted for more than 71 percent of total net sales in the quarter. Location and amenities are among the reasons the properties landed on the list. Here’s a closer look at some of these and other top sellers.

Serrano If you’re looking for an example of a fast-selling property, Serrano fits the bill. In its first five months of sales, 77 of the 150 condos were sold. A five-story, 150-unit luxury condominium community in Sandy Springs, Serrano is convenient to Perimeter Mall and other shopping, as well as dining and entertainment venues. Serrano offers one- , two- and three-bedroom units with 13 floor-plan designs. One-bedroom condominiums start in the $120s, with two bedrooms priced from the $130s and three bedrooms from the $160s. The units include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, crown molding, hardwood flooring in living areas, glass-enclosed showers and more. Other amenities at Serrano – owned by ST Residential – include a courtyard with swimming pool, outdoor grill, fireplace and clubroom with kitchen. For those in the market, the seller is paying two percent in closing costs during the month of August. serrano-atlanta.com

In the heart of the historic Brookwood neighborhood, The Brookwood is a 219-unit, mixed-use community. Two- and three-bedroom condominiums, starting in the $240s, range from 1,252 to 2,574 square feet and include features such as 10-foot ceilings (11 in certain residences); floor-to-ceiling windows providing natural light; wide-plank hardwood floors; natural wood cabinetry; Viking stainless steel appliances; and soaking tubs and separate showers. “For those who don’t want the upkeep of a home, but want all of the designer finishes, this is the place,” says John Huckaby, senior vice president, ST Residential, which owns The Brookwood, Serrano, Luxe and The Atlantic. “The Brookwood is one of Atlanta’s only LEED-certified condominiums, so it appeals to eco-conscious buyers as well.” Among the property’s amenities are a junior Olympic saline pool, fitness center with yoga room, catering kitchen, coffee lounge and dog walk area. For additional costs, personal training and in-home chef services are available. Current specials include three percent in buyer incentives for contracts written by the end of August. thebrookwood.net

A library, an art gallery and pet sitting scheduling? They’re all part of the community at Gallery Residences, where only 26 of 203 homes remained in late July. Located on Peachtree Road, Gallery Residences includes two bedrooms from the mid $300s and three bedrooms from the low $600s. Features include open living areas with hardwood floors, 10- and 11-foot ceilings, oversized walk-in closets and limestone flooring in master bath areas. A 24-hour concierge service includes dry cleaning delivery and scheduling of mobile car wash, housekeeping services and golf tee-times. The art gallery adjoining the lobby features an extensive collection of original works. Rotating exhibits – of paintings and sculptures from four prominent Atlanta galleries – adorn the space. In the library curl up by the fire with a good read and take advantage of the catering kitchen nearby. Financing is available to include FHA and Fannie Mae approval. gallerybuckhead.com.

1010 Midtown Roughly 45 percent of the 426 residences at 1010 Midtown, in the heart of midtown Atlanta, had sold by late July. Steps from Piedmont Park, the High Museum of Art and both the Fox Theatre and Alliance Theatre, “this is where Atlanta’s Midtown Mile defines itself with flagship retail, signature residences, luxury hotels and elegant office towers,” says Leslie Williamson, executive vice president, marketing for Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors. “According to SMARTNUMBERS, 1010 Midtown is the number-one selling condo in Atlanta based on salesdollar volume for 2011.” The 35-story, high-rise condominium at 1080 Peachtree St. features a rooftop deck with pool and cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness center and more. Residence features include garden tubs, 10-foot ceilings, granite countertops and wood cabinets. 1010midtown.com. please turn to page 40

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Real Estate Briefs Harrison Merrill, founder and proprietor of Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club, and Rob Owen, Senior Vice President of Harry Norman, Realtors and Managing Broker of the firm’s Buckhead North office, have announced “an innovative alliance” of Foxhall’s marketing team and the Buckhead North office to coordinate and expand the sales of newly released home sites and private residences at the 1,100-acre urban resort and sporting club community on Capps Ferry Road, just west of Atlanta’s HartsfieldJacksonAirport. In the first property release, more than 35 home sites overlooking Foxhall’s woodlands and Lunker Lake will be offered starting from the lower $100,000’s, while several residences in the Lakeside Forest and The Ridges neighborhoods are scheduled for completion this summer with prices beginning in the mid $500’s. The project also includes world-class equestrian facilities, riding tracks, 15 miles of trails, shooting club, 16 lakes for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, lawn sports, and nearly 2 miles of Chattahoochee River frontage.  foxhallsportingclub.com

Park Signature Properties has partnered with Harry Norman, Realtors Buckhead North office to market luxury properties Park Place, Park Regency and Park Avenue. With 24-hour concierge services, doormen, valet parking, club rooms, fitness centers with sauna, wine cellars, expansive balconies and guest suites, Park Place and its sister residences Park Regency and Park Avenue, offer panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline and acres of green space from the $300s.

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From left to right, Park Signature Group founder Jim Henderson and his wife Wynne showed Harry Norman, Realtors president Dan Parmer and his wife Karen and Rob Owen, Senior Vice President, their own beautifully decorated residence at Park Place.

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(Seated, l-r) Harrison Merrill, founder and proprietor of Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club, and Ginny Izydore, the urban sporting club’s Director of Business Development and (standing, l-r) Brooke Cole of Foxhall welcomed Rob Owen, Senior Vice President of Harry Norman, Realtors as special guest to the Picnic and Tour hosted for the real estate firm.   Joining them was Harrison Merrill, Jr.

One of Atlanta’s most iconic buildings, the Equitable Building, has been purchased for $19 million by Miami-based America’s Capital Partners. Located in Downtown at the corner of Peachtree and Luckie Street, the building will be re-branded 100 Peachtree. Opened in 1968, the 622,000 square foot building will undergo a $20 million renovation to make it  state-of-the-art and energy efficient.  More than 90 percent of the homes at LUXE, the 22-story boutique-style Midtown condominium tower, have been sold with only 10 homes remaining for sale. LUXE is one of six condominium communities launched by ST Residential last year. When completed in 2008, LUXE was the first high-rise to be built on Piedmont Park in over 20 years. Onebedroom homes are priced from $259,900, two bedrooms from $409,900, and unique terrace homes from $729,900. luxemidtown.com.

Hundreds cheered at the recent Dancing Stars of Atlanta gala as former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin won the Judge’s Choice Award for her dramatic Argentine Tango dance and Jenny Pruitt, CEO of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, captured the People’s Choice Award for personally raising more than $51,000 for research and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The event, held at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown, raised more than $226,000.

The Marketing Directors has been named the sales and marketing team for the 5300 Lofts on Peachtree Road. The property now owned by Domus Group, LLC, feature 242 loft-style condominiums. Studios start at $57,700, one bedroom at $73,900 and two bedrooms at $99,900. themarketingdirectorsinc.com Planning, architecture and landscape firm Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates worked with the neighborhood leadership of Vine City on a master plan to revitalize this historic area on the western edge of downtown Atlanta. The plan identified the intersection of Vine and Magnolia as ideal for a mix of retail and residential redevelopment. The community has already built a new park nearby and targeted several aging structures for demolition. Already completed is Vine City Plaza, a 4,400-square-foot stand-alone retail structure. vinecity.net Fifth Street Management has named Ken Manson as president of the firm located in Midtown Atlanta. Manson brings more than 36 years of executive management and leasing experience. Prior to joining Fifth Street, Manson was employed as vice president and director of property management services with Grubb & Ellis. gofifthstreet.com Harry Norman, Realtors has introduced a new online real estate tool, Market Tracker, a free email report outlining residential real estate trends in and around metro Atlanta. “Every sales associate will be able to provide clients, customers and potential buyers exclusive access to local market conditions, an invaluable resource to all parties involved in the real estate transaction,” said Dan Parmer, President and CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors. Market Tracker makes it easy for potential buyers and sellers to learn about the trends specific to a neighborhood by providing them with an automatically updated monthly report featuring sales activity for the prior month and year, along with current and past year-to-date statistics for their selected area. harrynorman.com/ MarketTracker.

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lUXe At 22 stories, Luxe boasts an exclusive Midtown location on the edge of Piedmont Park. It’s steps away from nearby shops, restaurants and business districts. The 117unit boutique condominium tower includes onebedroom homes starting in the low $200s, two bedrooms from the low $300s and three bedrooms from the low $500s. Square footage ranges from 900 to 2,975 square feet with features to include a Bosch stainless steel appliance package, granite countertops, recessed lighting, hardwood flooring and private balconies. There’s a resort-style swimming pool with sundeck on property, an outdoor grilling area, his and her steam rooms and 24-hour concierge service. “Just a few homes remain at Luxe,” says Huckaby of ST Residential. “It is one of the most desirable addresses in Midtown. Residents choose Luxe for its boutique feel and spa-like amenities.” Luxe is offering three percent toward upgrades (refrigerator, washer and dryer, iPod docking station with speaker system and closet) for contracts written by end of August. luxemidtown.com

The rITZ-CarlTon reSIDenCeS Hear the name The RitzCarlton and you’re likely to form an immediate impression. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Atlanta, Buckhead aims to continue in the tradition of that brand recognition. The property offers two levels of amenities, including a formal club level where you’ll find an area for entertaining guests, a full kitchen for food preparation, a formal boardroom that also can serve as a formal dining room and large movie theater. The Ritz-Carlton provides staff such as full-time doormen, concierge, loss prevention, housekeeping, and porters. “Staff members at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Atlanta, Buckhead have years of experience – not just hospitality experience, but RitzCarlton experience,” says Karen Rodriguez, associate broker for Dorsey Alston Realtors. “The skill, devotion and attention to detail of the staff create an environment that redefines luxury living in Atlanta.” The one- , two- , and three-bedroom homes and seven penthouses have the following upgrades and others included with purchase price: MechoShade electronic shades, custom closets by Closets and More, Bosch washer and dryers and climate-controlled storage units. Three bedrooms range from $1 million to $1.2 million for 2,700 square feet, with the three remaining penthouses ranging from $1.6 to $1.8 million. theresidencesatlanta.com TN200 MECH ATLIN |1-2V 4C 2011-08 AUG.indd 40 IN town August 2011

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City Hall East to become retail, restaurants, lofts as a retail store, regional warehouse and The mammoth Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog distribution center, the landmark is building – known to most Atlantans as the largest brick building in the southeast. City Hall East – has officially been sold to After Sears closed the retail store in 1979 Jamestown Properties. and warehouse operations in the mid-1980s, In a rooftop ceremony last month, the City of Atlanta purchased the property Mayor Kasim Reed handed over the keys to in 1991 for administrative offices and the development company, which plans to continued its partial occupancy until midrestore the 2.1 million square-foot property 2010. on Ponce de Leon Avenue as a mixed-use The historic space will boast many development named Ponce City Market. original features, including refurbished Jamestown purchased the property from hardwood maple floors, original steel the city of Atlanta through the Atlanta windows and high ceilings. The structure’s Development Authority for $27 million, current parking deck will be removed, including an initial $15.5 million payment exposing the original retail facade and at closing. The remaining balance will some of the building’s interior space will be be paid to the city after the development converted to a parking area. achieves certain milestones. Similar to San Francisco’s Ferry The project represents a $180 million Building, the space will feature a food investment by Jamestown as well as a market, restaurants, coffee shops and partnership between the firm and its pubs. There will also be a blend of national sustainable development subsidiary, Green retailers and local Street Properties. The businesses in 300,000 project is expected to square feet of retail create construction on the first two levels. jobs in the short term, The development also while city officials will offer up to 500,000 estimate the deal will square feet of Class yield an economic A office space and impact of more than amenities, as well as $1 billion over the several hundred multinext 10 years. family residences for sale “I am pleased that Mayor Kasim Reed hands the keys to and rent. we have completed Jamestown Properties’ Matt Bronfman. In addition to the transaction on revitalizing the building, Jamestown and City Hall East,” said Reed. “This sale gets a Green Street will establish a network of $600,000 yearly cost off the city’s books and walkable pathways and integrate elements removes the enormous liability that comes such as crosswalks, access points to the with owning and maintaining a 2-millionAtlanta BeltLine and public green space. square foot building.” Jamestown and Green Street will begin Jamestown managing director Matt construction immediately and continue Bronfman said the redevelopment “will be through early 2014, when Ponce City Market significant through the creation of jobs, will open to the public. helping the local economy and engaging a prominent group of retailers inside the perimeter.” For more visit poncecitymarket.com to Originally constructed in 1926 by Sears keep up with the progress of the development.

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BUCKHEAD Exquisite penthouse w/tons of amenities. Upgraded kit w/cherry cabs, granite & SS, cathedral ceils, walk-in closets. 3Bed/2.5Bath $379,900 Jeanne Strickler 404-667-4977 FMLS: 4235827

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND Light filled renovated bungalow, heated pool, 3 fireplaces, updated kitchen, 2 car garage. 4Bed/4Bath $749,500 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862 FMLS: 4243983

VICTORIA ESTATES Beautifully renovated Mid-Century Modern, spacious kitchen, abundant natural light throughout. 4Bed/4.5Bath $659,000 Ron Pope 678-420-1833 FMLS: 4236080

CANDLER PARK Features oversized master with 2 closets, 3 storage rooms, hardwoods, period moldings, private rear deck. 4Bed/2Bath $450,000 Sherry Warner 404-784-8848 FMLS: 4224499

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND Solidly built 1929 w/chef’s kitchen, hardwoods, 2 fireplaces, 2 sun porches, guest suite above garage. 4Bed/3Bath $699,000 Kay Goldstein 404-784-0937 FMLS: 4234177

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MIDTOWN Completely renovated bungalow w/2nd floor suite w/skylights, full bath & new closet system. 1 car garage. 3Bed/2Bath $474,500 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862 FMLS: 4227006

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