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Volume 18 Number 8 2012



INtown Art Boxes 24

Planning Healthy 34

P. 4-13 Reclaiming Design 43



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CONTACT US ATLANTA INTOWN MEDIA, LLC Hyperlocal news print | online | social media www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com Twitter: @ATLINtownPaper Wendy G. Binns OWNER & PUBLISHER (404) 586-0027 wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com Collin Kelley EDITOR (404) 586-0102 collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Annie Kinnett Nichols COPYEDITOR Elizabeth P. Holmes PRODUCTION/GRAPHIC DESIGN (404) 586-0002 x312 elizabeth@atlantaintownpaper.com CONTRIBUTORS Cameron Adams, Kate Atwood, Sydia Bell, Pamela Berger, Ann Boutwell, Debra Bryant, Jermaine Clark, Patrick Dennis, Christine Fallucco, Brigette Flood, Mary Harrington, Erin Schanke, Tim Sullivan, Kathy Vogeltanz, Thom Volorath

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CONTENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Letter from the Editor ...............................4 Urban Pet Project .....................................4 The Summer of Fleas ...............................5 Street Fashion: Pet Edition .......................6 Keeping Pets Cool ...................................7 Pet Pick and Briefs ...................................8 Living By Giving......................................10 Inman Park Pet Works ............................11 Cute Pet Pictorial .............................. 12-13 A Look Back ...........................................14 Ann Boutwell: An Appreciation...............15 Intown Runaround ..................................16 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................17

GO GREEN Curbside Recycling ................................19 Eco-Briefs ...............................................19 Laura Turner Seydel................................20

IN BUSINESS Business & Retail Briefs .........................21 Atlanta Small Business Stats .................21 Making Sense of Social..........................22

Publisher Letter How to live life with brio? In a dog’s world it just might be hitting the open road with the wind blowing through your fur. When we heard about Candler Park resident Brad Easter and his dog Monroe, a four-year-old Beagle/Lab mix, motoring around in a motorcycle and sidecar, we needed to know more. They’ve travelled over 12,000 miles together. Brad says, “(Monroe) enjoys the rides and jumps up when he hears the motorcycle keys jingling, more-so than when he hears the car keys.” Photographer Cameron Adams met Brad and Monroe in the Old Fourth Ward for the cover photo. Thanks to all three of them for making it happen. Well, there’s plenty of brio in this issuse from festivals to food. Have fun and enjoy the neighborhood!

Brad Easter with Monroe in the sidecar was photographed by Cameron Adams.

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THE STUDIO August Festival Guide ............................23 INtown Art Boxes ....................................24 Atlanta PlanIt ..........................................26 Intown Datebook ....................................28 The Thinking Artist ..................................30 Harriet Rising ..........................................32 DragonCon & Decatur Book Fest ..........33

NEWS YOU CAN EAT Back to School Lunches ........................34 Gluten-Free Tips .....................................35 Thom’s Diner ..........................................36 Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. ..........................38 Quick Bites .............................................39

REAL ESTATE Home Renovation ..................................40 Real Estate Briefs ...................................42

IN YOUR HOME Reclaiming Design .................................43 Design Ideas ..........................................45 Before & After .........................................46

Thank you to Jermaine Clark for his illustration featured on page 34. Jermaine Clark, left, is an Atlantabased artist originally from St. Louis. He received a degree in fine art with an emphasis in painting and a minor in graphic design from Alabama A&M University. Since 2009, he’s had a solo show at Morrison Gallery in Huntsville, group shows at Art Dimensions, Nubeula, and Gallery Visio St. Louis. In Atlanta, he’s painted live at NikeTown at Lenox Square, Sneaker Friends at Compound and participated in the Art Party at dooGallery. He currently has a solo exhibit at Blue Mark Studios in Atlanta. For more visit, jermaineclark.com.

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

Letter from the Editor

Urban Pet Project Finding homes, helping veterans and more

Collin Kelley I love animals, but I don’t want to own one. Not now, anyway. I love my friends’ pets, and have even been known to cat sit on occasion, but actually having to take care of a furry friend on daily basis isn’t a commitment I can make. My last pet was in my teenage years when I was still living with my parents. Scooter was a black Labrador retriever who loved to lick and slobber all over you and no matter how much obedience training we gave him, Scooter always jumped up on you in greeting. We lived on a large piece of land, so Scooter loved to roam and preferred the outdoors to indoors (my mother liked it that way, too). At the same time I moved into my own apartment in 1991, my parents were selling the house and downsizing to a townhome. Scooter was getting old, but he still liked his freedom and my parents were concerned that he would be unhappy in the tiny backyard. After they moved into the townhouse, my dad went to get Scooter from the

backyard at our old house, but Scooter had disappeared. We searched the woods for hours, called his name, consulted with our neighbors and even checked in with animal control, but Scooter never returned. What happened to him remains a mystery, but in my mind I always imagine that Scooter knew he was going to lose some of his liberty and wasn’t happy about it. I imagined him frolicking on a farm somewhere with plenty of room to chase small critters and live out his final years. With my busy schedule at INtown and my own personal writing and traveling, I think it would be irresponsible to own a pet. However, when I retire one day, I’m thinking about a Pug. They’re cute and lazy. That’s my kind of dog. Speaking of dogs (and cats and birds), our readers submitted some adorable pet photos for this month’s pictorial. Check it out on pages 12 and 13, along with all our other pet coverage. collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

By Debra Bryant Urban Pet Project’s mission is to decrease the number of homeless animals in the community through adoption, education programs, spay/neuter grants and collaboration with other established rescues. With their facility now open at 720 14th Street in Midtown, there are dozens of dogs and cats looking for loving homes. The organization also helps those who are thinking of surrendering their pets to come up with other solutions, including temporary “re-homing.” Another part of the adoption outreach is pairing animals with military veterans. In June, Urban Pet Project and The Rotary Club of Buckhead partnered with Companions for Heroes (CompanionsforHeroes.org) in an effort to pair our nation’s heroes with rescue pets. This partnership provides military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder no-cost adoption of companion dogs, one year of pet health insurance, a gift card for initial pet supplies and access to a trainer. Cathy Roth, Urban Pet’s fundraising coordinator and an Air Force veteran says, “Urban Pet Project is honored to have this opportunity to place rescue animals in the homes of our country’s heroes.” Urban Pet Project will also be the beneficiary of two upcoming fundraiser events, including Pushups for Puppies on Saturday, Aug. 11, 11:30 a.m. at Condition Kettleball Gym and Music at the Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 1 to 10 p.m. at Stone Mountain Park. The line-up includes Michelle Malone, Caroline Aiken, Roxie Watson and more. For details about both fundraisers, adopting a pet and the services offered by Urban Pet Project, visit urbanpetproject.org.

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10 ar k y a t ye le aN O N rr a w

The Summer of Fleas


By Annie Kinnett Nichols

Zen is the best cat on the planet. Zen is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he actually does his “business” outside which, as far as I’m concerned, is a miracle. He protects the neighborhood, loves attention and has a purr to match no other. I could go on. The only complaint I have about Mr. Perfect are the fleas that have decided he’s the best thing on the planet as well. Since there was zero winter this year, we’ve had to go to war with teeny-tiny black dots. Since August is INtown’s “pet issue,” I decided to turn lemons into lemonade. I researched the heck out of getting rid of fleas and I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned so far. The only way to get rid of fleas is to not have them in the first place. Old-fashioned boric acid will work if you start before flea season begins in February. If you choose pesticides, spray regularly – each month – so they stay away and don’t cross your threshold. You don’t have to dip your cat into “poison,” since a good comb with simple

soap and water will do the trick. Soapy water kills fleas. Also make sure to vacuum regularly and throw the bags away. A friend of mine swears by “green” and uses Northwest Exterminating’s green pest


control. They spray outside only to make sure the fleas never get inside. The greenest way I could find was fleabusters.com. They use nematoids, a microscopic worm that eats flea larve. Within a month or two, the entire yard will be protected. No need for poison or spray because nematoids reproduce on their own. We ended up going to Do It Yourself Pest Control right off I-85 at the Chamblee Tucker exit. It’s the cheapest way to go as far as I’ve seen, and my husband went out and got the works. The one good side effect is whatever kills fleas also kills mosquitos, so we can now sit on the front porch without bug spray. We’ll try the nematoids in September and I’ll let you know how it turns out. The only fleas I find now are on Zen from his outdoor romps and those get combed out with soapy water. I would love to hear from readers what solutions you’ve found – especially if they are natural and safe for the environment, the pets and the humans.






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Hot Dogs Summer tips for keeping your dog healthy We asked Midtown’s Doguroo for some tips on keeping your four-legged friend happy, healthy and cool through the warm months. This is their advice:

cool (not cold) water to your dog’s face and feet, and increasing air circulation around them with a fan. Then promptly take them to your veterinarian.

Take your dog for a walk after applying topical flea treatment. Topical flea treatments need to soak into your dog’s coat to begin to spread and effectively protect your pet. Take your dog for a walk after applying treatment to distract them from rolling around, licking, or rubbing against items in your house.

Dry your dog thoroughly after swimming or bathing to help prevent hot spots. Hot spots are surface skin infections that occur most commonly during the summer months. Though any dog can develop a hot spot, medium and long-haired breeds are most susceptible. Here are a few ways you can help your dog to avoid the irritation and discomfort of hot spots: Dry your dog thoroughly after swimming or bathing. Wet hair against the skin prevents proper air circulation and can quickly lead to a hot spot. Use a flea preventative or repellent product. Persistent scratching is one of the most common causes of hot spots. Comb your dog regularly and have them professionally groomed every four to six weeks. A healthy coat with no matts or tangles is much less likely to harbor excess bacteria.

Swimming is excellent exercise for dogs, especially for those with joint or hip ailments. Swimming and moving in water is one of the best forms of exercise for your dog. The increased resistance to movement, for example, means that a 5-minute swim is equivalent to about a 5-mile run. The buoyancy of water also supports and lessens stress on the joints, encourages free movement, and provides a safe environment for exercise. Hydrotherapy has even proven to be an effective treatment for dogs with arthritis, dysplasia and other mobility issues. Signs of heat stroke in dogs include rapid panting, a bright red tongue, lethargy, and vomiting. Dogs do not have an efficient cooling system (like humans who sweat), and can become overheated easily. Signs that your dog could be suffering from heat stroke include rapid panting, a bright red tongue, thick, sticky saliva, lethargy, dizziness, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Moderate heat stroke occurs when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees. To treat heat stroke, try to lower the body temperature by applying


Have your dog’s undercoat removed instead of shaving to keep them cool. Guard hairs in your dog’s top coat protect them from the sun’s harmful rays, while the fluffy undercoat helps insulate them from the cold. We recommend the Shed-Less Treatment during the summer to remove your dog’s undercoat instead of a full body shave. The Shed-Less Treatment involves using a formulated blend of shampoo and conditioner to loosen the dead undercoat hair. Then the grooming staff gently brushes away this extra insulation leaving those important guard hairs in place. For more about Doguroo, visit doguroo.com.

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Pushups for Puppies will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 11:30 a.m. at Condition Kettleball Gym, 659 Auburn Ave. The event raises money for Urban Pet Project, which helps pets and veterans. Participants call upon friends and family to raise at least $50 in pledges for the Urban Pet Project. On the day of the event they arrive at the gym ready to do pushups. Each competitor does as many pushups as he or she can do in one minute. The top three male and female competitors choose from a host of fabulous prizes - restaurant gift certificates, shopping cards, gift baskets and more donated by local businesses. gymcondition.com/pushupsforpuppies The national Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour 2012 bus is coming to town on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 pm. at Centennial Olympic Park. There will be free behavior tips and demonstrations, giveaways and much more.

haPPY fUr-DaY! Two pet businesses mark milestones Two of Intown’s beloved pet-related businesses – Highland Pet Supply and Piedmont Bark – are marking big anniversaries this year. For 20 years, Highland Pet Supply (highlandpetsupply.com) has been providing food, toys, self-dog wash and more for the community from its retail store at 1186 N. Highland Ave. Dog training was originally taught in the parking lot, but moved to its own facility in the mid-90s at Amsterdam Walk before moving into a brand new training center on Rankin Street. Dogs and their humans can be taught leash control, basic commands and there are also private training sessions and a “puppy

primer” for dogs under 4 months old. Also celebrating a milestone is Piedmont Bark (piedmontbark.com), which is marking 10 years with a recently completed renovation to provide a fun, safe, clean and stress-free environment for “doggie daycare.” The facility is located at 501 Amsterdam Ave. The canine facility is comprised of over 10,000 square feet with more than 7,000 of that dedicated to indoor play areas and 3,500 utilized for outdoor play runs. Dividing up the packs between larger and small play groups, furry friends can run and play for hours on end. “Our renovation enabled us to address the individual needs of each and every dog no matter how young or old,” said William Campbell owner of Piedmont Bark. “In fact, the renovation allows for Piedmont Bark to care and provide away from home fun for dogs in all of life’s stages. Piedmont Bark also offers a selfdog wash area, full grooming service and private eating and sleeping quarters for when owners are on vacation.

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Living by Giving Kate Atwood

CNN’s Holly Firfer supports animals healthy dogs are put down daily. It breaks my heart to know that she was going to be killed simply because she had no home. We have given her a home, but she given us a capacity to love that we had never known. You have chosen to integrate giving back in so much of what you do, from your work life to your personal life. What is your living by giving dream? I have two. First, my dream would be to cure cancer. I lost someone very close to me in 2001 to cancer, so I will do anything to help raise money to find a cure. My dream is someday for the generation of our grandkids to ask, “What was cancer?” Second, I would love for schools to require volunteerism as a part of education. No one is too young to learn compassion and giving. In order to solve many of the world’s problems, every generation needs to understand their role in society and how we are all interconnected.






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Her voice and face is one of the most recognizable in radio and television as an anchor and correspondent for CNN, but when she’s not delivering the news, Holly Firfer is giving back to the community through her love of animals. In the years that I have known Holly, she has amazed me with her compassion and commitment to her philanthropy. While Holly supports a variety of causes, her living by giving passion can most prominently be found in her loyalty to animals in need. I caught up with Holly to find out more about why giving is so important in her life. You are really committed to helping our furry friends. What motivates you around this cause? I try to do as much as I can to help any charity in need, usually donating my time to volunteer or host events. I am so lucky to work in an environment where I meet so many great people, which affords me the opportunity to get involved with many causes. Helping animals is very important to my husband Shawn and me. We are huge animal lovers, so anything that has to do with animal rescue or animal wellbeing – you can count us in! Is there a time in your life when your helping someone else ended up boosting your own life? Her name is Kashmir, and she is the sweetest Pitbull mix you will ever meet. She was hours away from being put to sleep at an over-crowed shelter. We volunteered to watch Kashmir for a few days and we fell in love. She has been with us ever since. She made me realize how many wonderful,

For those who have not discovered a way to give back in their life, what would you suggest they do to take that first step? Figure out what you love to do. What makes you happy? Is it playing with animals? Is it playing with children? Is it working out and exercising? Then find an activity that allows you to give back doing what you love. I would also suggest bringing a friend. How many times do you make plans with someone, then ask, “So what do you want to do?” Instead of going shopping or to lunch, why not volunteer together?

HOLLY’S 3 TIPS 1) Animal Shelters always could use a helping hand. Volunteer to walk or play with the dogs and cats, help them clean up to keep the area clean and safe for the animals, and if you can, raise money for them to keep feeding the animals there. 2) Find rescue organizations like Our Pals Place and Homeless Pets and see if they need help with the animals, specifically on adoption days. Another way to volunteer is to be a foster for a dog or cat until they find them a permanent home. 3) Be an advocate for animal rights. Spread the word of the organizations that are helping. When they need help with an issue, post it on your Facebook page or tweet about it to help them. This is where my big mouth helps and yours can too!

Holly will be hosting the Georgia SPCA’s 3rd Annual Benefit Bash on Aug. 18 at the Gwinnett Center. For tickets and information, visit georgiaspca.org. You can also check out HollyFirfer.com for the latest news. For more about Kate Atwood, visit KateAtwood.com. KeepitINtown.com

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Inman Park Pet Works delivers on customer service By Sydia Bell For the last four years, I have purchased my dog food at the same store – Inman Park Pet Works. Entering the shop, I hear, “Mother Nature!” – the nickname owner Laura Saunders and her staff has been calling me since I became a regular customer. This is part of what I’ve come to call the “Intown Experience,” where the local shops and their owners go a step further to show they appreciate your business. I don’t feel like I’m just “another customer” when I shop at IPPW. IPPW is an independent pet boutique offering a variety of high-end organic natural food, treats, couture, toys and accessories for your pet. From the beginning, this pet boutique has been far different from its competitors. Gone are the fluorescent lights, impersonal greetings and aisle upon aisle of merchandise that leave many customers feeling under-impressed and overwhelmed. Instead, Saunders, who is also an Inman Park resident, has created a place where the loft-style brick walls aligned with pet centered canvases created by local artists are the perfect backdrop to the open floor plan of IPPW. The shop has become a place where pet owners meet, greet and mingle. Saunders has curated an assortment of

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products to fit the needs of her clientele. “I do a lot of research behind the products I buy,” she says. “If my customers feel the same way I do, I know how important it is to give their pets the right products and something they can trust – that’s really what it’s all about.” This is the kind of customer service I mentioned before. The experience that leaves you feeling like an owner cared about the service you received instead of the dollar amount rung up at the register, the experience that makes you want to come back for more because you feel like a valued customer. In a continued effort to promote our Keep It INtown campaign, tell us about a few of your favorite places you patronize because of the “Intown Experience.” Is there a particular coffee shop that you frequent because they know just how you like your joe? Or perhaps the dry cleaner down the block is the sole place responsible for your work shirts because you like the way they set your crease? Email collin@atlantaintownpaper.com and we might feature your favorite business in an upcoming issue. Inman Park Pet Works is located at 914 Austin Ave. For more, visit inmanparkpetworks.com.


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We asked our readers to submit their cute pets for our annual Pet Issue, and we’re sure you’ll agree that these will make you say “awwww” more than once. Be sure to check out AtlantaINtownPaper.com to see even more pets submitted for this special pictorial.

Sally owned by John Peter Casey

Nico owned by Beth LaBauve

Maggie May owned by Emily Weil

Layla owned by Francina Sanders

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Rocky owned by Deedra Hemphill

Kiana owned by Kristi Watkins

Buster owned by Emily Weil


Scout, owned by Mike and Wendy Buono and Gio owned by Emily Grant

Roxy owned by Ryan Klee Rasta owned by Ali Killman

Millie and Maggie owned by Barbara Scott

Parker W. Christy y b d e n ow

Tallulah owned by Mary Beth Clapper

Max owned by Jody Iodice

Truman owned by Greg Holliday

Charlie owned by Cecilia Junkins


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Mell owned by Sophia Buscaglia

Trixie owned by Lisa Maloof

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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell Aug. 8, 1922: East Lake resident Ernest D. Duncan, a realtor associated with the Grant-Jeter agency, received a city permit to build the Pershing Point Apartments. Albert Valdemar Gude’s contracting company constructed the 10-story structure designed by Architect G. Lloyd Preacher. When occupancy opened at 1172 Peachtree Street in November 1923, a promotional postcard somewhat exaggerated the apartments amenities, calling it “the most modern equipped building of its kind in the world.” By the 1970s, the building’s address had changed to 1428 and renamed the Pershing Hotel. After several mysterious fires in 1975 a demolition permit was granted and the wrecking ball struck its last blow to the 61-year-old landmark in 1984. Since 1989 the National Service Industries headquarters building has graced the site. Aug. 10, 1916: Ernest Garfield Beaudry, a former retail sales manager for the Ford Motor Company’s Atlanta District, bought two Model T Touring Cars with 56 treads for $720 from the Ford Motor Company in Highland Park, Detroit. A copy of the sales receipt indicated he sold them to A.B. Caldwell and Captain J. J. Casey. Seventeen days later, Beaudry ran an ad in the Atlanta Constitution officially announcing the opening of Beaudry Ford as Atlanta’s first Ford dealership, located at 138-140 Marietta Street. In December 2000, Georgia State University bought the last site of the landmark Beaudry Ford at Piedmont and Ellis streets, which is now a dormitory for Georgia State University students. Aug. 19, 1937: Grady Hospital’s Board of Trustees formally announced the future opening of the city’s first blood bank. The next day Grady employees noted the office telephones rang constantly from Atlantans volunteering to be the first donors. The blood banks purpose was to keep a reserve at all times so there would be no delays for patients needing transfusions. In 1937,

Grady Hospital gave an average of 50 to 100 transfusions a month.

Aug. 25, 1951: Georgia native Dorothy Kirby won the United States Women’s Amateur Golf Championship. In 1934, at age 14, she entered her first USWAGC. Dorothy was the runner-up to Betty Jameson in 1939 and to Louise Suggs in 1947. In 1974, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. She died in Atlanta Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000. Aug. 27, 1897: City Park Commissioners discussed the dilapidated condition of “The Battle of Atlanta” painting and the building in which it was housed. Commissioners agreed the exhibition was Grant Park’s and the city’s the most popular attraction, but most thought repairs were useless and a better solution would be closing it with regret. Two days later after re-examining the Cyclorama with a local artist, the commissioners had a different perspective

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An appreciation of our historian, Ann Taylor Boutwell, on her 17th anniversary By Annie Nichols

Aug. 30, 1961: President John Kennedy wrote: “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Governor Vandiver, Mayor Hartsfield of Atlanta, Chief of Police Jenkins, Superintendent of Schools Letson and all of the parents, students, and citizens of Atlanta, Georgia, for the responsible, law abiding manner in which four high schools were desegregated today.” One of William Hartsfield’s last acts as mayor was to peacefully and quietly desegregate four Atlanta public high schools. The nine African-Americans students were Lawrence Jefferson and Mary James Mullen (Henry Grady High School); Madelyn Nix and Thomas E. Welch (Joseph Emerson Brown High School); Willie Jean Black, Donita Gaines, Arthur C. Simmons (Northside High School); and Rosalyn Walton and Martha Ann Holmes (Murphy High School).

I’ve read and admired Ann Taylor Boutwell’s A Look Back column and history articles in Atlanta INtown for years. I never thought I’d be writing for the same newspaper as Ann or get to know her in person. Now I have the pleasure of both. To celebrate Ann’s 17th year at INtown, I wanted to write an article about her. Thankfully, Ann was willing to let me follow her around town like an eager puppy asking questions, but mainly listening to what she had to say. Ann is a treasure trove of all things Atlanta. Anywhere you go with her turns into an adventure. Ann is filled with facts, dates, names and histories. As a guide at the Margaret Mitchell House and for the city, she’s like a live, walking version of Google and has given thousands of tours to visitors from all over the world. I don’t know how she remembers it all. I have toured Mitchell’s home before, but with Ann it came alive with rich observations and insider facts. I joined her for a tour of the Cyclorama in Grant Park and she told me to wear a sweater. She was right – it was freezing. As we entered the room with the painting, she took me up to the steps to the top row – it has the best

view. The painting, which famously depicts the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War, is longer than a football field and considered the largest painting in the world. Ann has been to the Cyclorama hundreds of times, but again she had insider knowledge you won’t get from anyone else. We also toured Oakland Cemetery together, and I finally put my pen and paper down to just soak up all the history. All of Atlanta is represented here. In a city that has such a history of segregation and division, Oakland Cemetery is one place you can go where women and men of all religions and races, known and unknown, lay right near each other. I’d heard it was impossible to be buried at Oakland because there were no available plots, but somehow Ann has managed to find and buy one – right beside the historic Bell Tower. I couldn’t believe it. I actually know someone who will be buried at Oakland one day. I hope that day is a long way off! Ann, thank you for your hospitality, your spirit and your unending curiosity. Thank you for giving me your time and letting me into your wonderful world. I hope we have many more tour dates. I will always be grateful for all the dedication and time you have spent putting the history of my hometown on paper.

These are our Anns! Regular INtown writer, Annie Nichols, tours Oakland Cemetery with INtown long-time columnist Ann Boutwell (see her A Look Back column on previous page).

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INtown Runaround

Tim Sullivan with his now-wife, Kristen, celebrating back when Tim was 20-years-old.

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A letter to my 20-year-old self In January I wrote lamenting an upcoming, milestone birthday as well as the aches and obstacles facing the aging, recreational athlete (me). That birthday has come and gone and while I try not to dwell on it all too much my kids like to inform just about anyone who will listen, “my daddy is 40.” So it goes. Now I can empathize with Mike Gundy, the coach of the Oklahoma State football team who was notably quoted saying that if the media wanted to lay blame on anyone for a loss they should leave his 20-yearold quarterback alone and focus on him. He stated: “I’m a man! I’m 40!” Well, me too, coach, me too. For what I have lost in hairline I have gained in forehead and within that outsized forehead I have knowledge! So through the magic of hyperlocal media I lend this wisdom to my 20-year-old self on the topics if sport, fitness and health.

Dear 20 year old me, 1. You have lived in Atlanta for as long as you lived growing up in New York and 4.5 times as long as you lived in Boston, so wear some sunscreen for crying out loud. 2. Your wife has masters degrees in both nutrition and public health. Just go ahead and listen to her already, smart guy. 3. Your recreational basketball career is over. Probably. Unless you find that special group of guys who also have tender lower backs, agree to play the right way and not be jerks or foul too hard. 4. Golf still confounds you yet you are drawn to it more, play it less, and don’t take it too seriously. 5. Running is your therapist. 6. NASCAR and the energy that accompanies it continues to elude you, and you are thankful for that. 7. At 20, the nerds are nerds and the

jocks are jocks. At 40, the nerds are jocks and the jocks are neither. 8. You will be told all along that fitness is a journey not a destination. Somewhere around age 35, you will start to understand this. 9. You will have toughed out three years of a boot camp-type exercise class. It will be great, then it will break you. 10. You will have had a colonoscopy. It won’t be that bad. 11. You genuinely enjoy fruit and vegetables much more nowadays. Nonetheless, Lucky Charms still taste delicious on occasion. 12. You don’t always drink beer, but when you do, you prefer IPA’s. 13. But on those mornings after you’ve had several of those, you’ll NEVER wake up wishing you had drank just one more. I’m just sayin’, party boy, just sayin’. 14. Your son will revive your

enthusiasm for fandom with his love of sports and at the same time render it all less important. His Tuesday night T-ball game will matter more to you than the World Series. 15. You have come to revere the broad spectrum of amateur athletes and that is why you write this column. (Also, the professional athletes aren’t as good about calling you back.) What say you dear readers? Any advice to add for your younger self (or mine)? - Tim

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Health & Wellness Briefs Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer will help fund a new radiation therapy program at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with a $200,000 donation. This funding will help with construction of the specialty radiation room, named in honor of Patrick Chance, and other aspects of the service. Patrick passed away in January 2012 after fighting neuroblastoma for more than five years. pressonfund.org or aflaccancercenter.org The South DeKalb Striders running club will host its annual 5k for Hope road race on Saturday, Aug. 25. Runners of all ages and levels will gather at the Decatur campus of Georgia Perimeter College and run a 3.1 mile, tree-lined route through Decatur. Proceeds from the race will go to Our House, Inc., a Decatur-based nonprofit that has been helping homeless children and families throughout Metro Atlanta for almost 25 years. Registration is $22 with T-shirt, $17 without one until Aug. 4. After Aug. 4th, registration will be $25 and $20, respectively. Race day check-in and registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The event kicks off with a 1-mile fun run at 7:30 a.m. The 5k starting gun goes off at 8 a.m. Register at active.com.

key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff. piedmont.org. Northside Hospital has been selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its participation in the organization’s national network of community cancer centers. A member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program since 2010, Northside is one of only 21 sites nationwide and the only hospital in Metro Atlanta to have this honor. northside.com

Atlanta Mission is putting the final touches on a new rebranding effort, having officially changed its name from Atlanta Union Mission to Atlanta Mission. New signage was installed last at the nonprofits flagship facilities, My Sister’s House and The Shepherd’s Inn. The mission of the Atlanta Mission to end homelessness has not changed. atlantamission.org Piedmont Hospital has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Piedmont Hospital was one of a select group of 234 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology have announced a $20 million joint investment in developing technological solutions for improving children’s health, including leading-edge research areas from nanomedicine and regenerative medicine to innovative approaches for health care delivery. choa.org.

efficient recovery and redistribution of medical supplies and equipment. Recently, MedShare shipped a 40-foot container of life-saving supplies to Moyamba, Sierra Leone. The container included boxes of ambu bags, syringes, sutures, alcohol prep pads, iodine bottles, diapers, cast boots and more. medshare.org.

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NOMINATIONS for 2013’s 5th Annual

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Do Curbside Recyclables Really Get Recycled? By Mary Harrington Many people are skeptical about the City of Atlanta’s recycling program. They wonder how all the mixed up recyclables collected from their curbside recycling carts and bins can actually be recycled and speculate that the mixed recyclables are really going to the landfill. The truth is, if it’s recyclable, it gets recycled (but if it’s non-recyclable garbage it’s still garbage even if you put it in the recycling container). “Single stream recycling” is the term used to describe the system where all recyclables are put into one container. This system became very popular in the last decade when the realization was made that more people recycle when they don’t have to separate the recyclables into different containers. Initially, the people who collected the recyclables at the curb did the separation, but this proved to be too time consuming and labor intensive. So, the companies that want the recyclables invested in systems and technologies designed to separate the mixed recyclables into separate “streams.”

In this system the mixed material is dumped onto the floor of the processing facility where a small bulldozer scoops up loads and pours the mixed recyclables onto a conveyer belt. The material is carried through magnets, blowers, and other mechanical and human sorters until all the mixed recyclables are separated into different bins. The materials are then baled or packed and sent to end users in Georgia, other parts of the US and the world. The recyclables you put at the curb are used by manufacturers in place of their ‘virgin’ counterparts. One thing to note: processors do not want plastic bags in the recycling loads (either by themselves or to contain the recyclables). While plastic bags that come from stores and dry cleaners are recyclable, they should be taken to participating stores and put into specifically identified recycling boxes. Plastic bags are lightweight so fly around the processing facility and get caught in expensive processing machinery. Consider using reusable bags for your purchases and dry cleaning, but if you must use plastic bags, recycle them in specified boxes at local stores.

Eco Briefs Ryland Homes is equipping all new homes in Atlanta neighborhoods where natural gas is available with the energy-efficient Rinnai tankless hot water heaters. Ryland Homes is one of the first national homebuilders to make tankless water heaters standard and is part of the developer’s program to preserve the environment, conserve energy and provide more comfort. ryland.com River Network and Tom’s of Maine recently recognized waterway advocates as part of the 2012 River Heroes Awards. Now in its 12th year, the awards celebrate those who protect the Earth’s rivers and watersheds. Sally Bethea, founding director of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, was one of the honorees. rivernetwork.org Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith dedicated the first free Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Charging Station at 512 Kelly St. SE in Grant Park on Memorial Day. Clean Energy Biofuels has opened the only retail biodiesel fueling station inside the perimeter at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy offices, 250 Arizona Ave. cleanenergy.org The Buckhead Coalition has partnered with Georgia Tech to help fund a research system that plans to recycle 1,000 pounds of food waste per day from the local community and provide fresh fish and vegetables as an end result. The Coalition’s participation will be to fund the student fee for adding a large thermal mass inside the greenhouse to regulate the temperature during both summer and winter. The KeepitINtown.com

The City of Atlanta and Atlanta Gas Light have completed energy enhancements at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center as part of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, launched in 2011 by Mayor Kasim Reed to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The Civic Center is Atlanta’s first building to complete the challenge and reduce its energy consumption and improve water efficiency. With the completed improvements, the Civic Center is expected to achieve annual source energy savings of $200,000. The city should realize a cost-savings of approximately $3.57 million over the term of the 15-year contract. Once an all-electric building that ranked in the top 12 out of nearly 750 City of Atlanta buildings in terms of total energy consumption, the Civic Center, a 230,000-squarefoot facility, underwent a complete energy overhaul with improvements including the installation of high-efficiency, individual-zone-controlled HVAC systems utilizing both natural gas and electric power. Additional installations include web-based automation controls of space temperatures, shutdown/startup, and demand-controlled ventilation; high-efficiency natural gas-fired water heating systems; the replacement of inefficient lighting with high-efficiency LED and florescent lighting; and the installation of controls to prevent operation during unoccupied periods. atlantaga.gov/sustainability.

facility, ArkFab, is being built on the four-acre Wheat Street Gardens, next to the Martin Luther King Center, by three student groups: Engineering Students Without Borders, Engineering Students for a Sustainable World, and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.  To create insulation, they will pull discarded tires from Buckhead creeks and transport them to the ArkFab site, for which the Coalition has pledged $2,500. Major funding for ArkFab is from a $50,000 Ford Motor Company grant. This was in response to Tech’s initiative to transform the present Wheat Street Gardens into the first urban farm in the nation to be a net renewable energy producer.  It expects to provide 500-pounds per month of fresh fish and vegetables for the inner city. With a special formulation that contains pyrethrins, a botanical insecticide naturally-derived from

Chrysanthemum flowers, GardenTech Worry Free brand insecticides are ideally suited to protect fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.The line of specialized insecticides provide fast-acting, effective control of more than 250 crawling and flying insects, including ants, caterpillars, mites and Japanese beetles. The product is available at Walmart and gardening centers.

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Learning to ‘GROW’ Filmmakers document Georgia’s young farmer movement When the former L.A. based hipster photography team Anthony-Masterson moved to Atlanta in 2005, the overwhelming response from friends was “Why Atlanta?” “We wanted to experience a different part of the country,” says Christine Anthony, half of the wife/husband team. “Owen is from New York, I’m from L.A., we met in San Francisco in the eighties, moved to L.A. in the nineties and decided that it was time for a new adventure.” Upon arriving in Atlanta, the pair, pictured right, discovered that there wasn’t much of a local food scene, at least not on the scale they had become accustomed to in their former cities. “There were only a few farmers markets and it was difficult to find fresh picked organic produce. There wasn’t much demand for good food on a local level,” says Owen. The couple approached Georgia Organics, the nonprofit farmer advocate organization and offered their photography services, pro bono. The idea was to put a face on farming in Georgia and make farmers into rock stars. For the first three years, they traveled around the state visiting farms and taking photographs of the farmers, their farms and their food, getting to know the growers. In between farm visits the couple continued to shoot for their commercial clients. In 2008, having reached a creative wall, the couple decided to explore the idea of making a short film, which resulted in the 13-minute short FARM! GROW! is their first feature length documentary. The inspiration for GROW! came from their young farmer friends. By 2010, the couple realized that in the five years

since they arrived in Georgia that there was a growing movement of young people taking up the plow, leaving behind their college educations and city life in order to do something meaningful. “We were drawn to these young farmers because of their passion, intelligence and idealism,” Christine says. “Not to mention, their willingness to take risks. It was a beautiful story that needed to be told.” The couple traveled 5,000 miles and filmed on 12 farms, tapping out their own bank account until Georgia Organics and Whole Foods Market stepped in to offer support along with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Since it’s release last year, GROW! has won seven film festival awards and been screened at environmental film festivals and events around the world. GROW! is now available as a deluxe edition DVD with 30 minutes of bonus features and is also available on iTunes, Amazon and Movies On Demand. growmovie.net

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Community leaders and residents got their first look at new concept drawings and plans for the proposed MultiModal Passenger Terminal in Downtown Atlanta last month. The terminal would bring together passenger rail, buses, streetcars and MARTA at one central location – the area known as The Gulch near Philips Arena. The area would also be filled with new office space, retail and homes. At press time, the project was selected by the Presidential Infrastructure Dashboard Program to receive additional funds. Community & Southern Bank (CSB) will open a full-service branch adjacent to the Town Brookhaven Publix, 104 Town Boulevard, this month. The branch will currently operate as the only bank in Town Brookhaven and offer customers various CSB products and services. It will be CSB’s 35th location. myCSBonline.com Atlanta-based Socialvest recently closed their latest round of funding, led by Bluffpoint Associates putting Socialvest at over $2 million in funding raised to date. Socialvest is a free online service that allows users to shop, earn and give to the causes they care about. Users earn money through these purchases that can then be donated to the nonprofit(s) of their choice. The funding will be used to help the company continue to expand its product offerings and channel mix, including an upcoming iPhone application. socialvest.us The CEO of a commercial roofing company has become the third woman to lead the Rotary Club of Buckhead — and the secondyoungest president in the 61-year history of the club. Candace Klein, 42, became president of the Buckhead Rotary Club last mont. A resident KeepitINtown.com

California-based dd’s Discounts has opened second store in Atlanta at 1320 Moreland Ave. The store offers an assortment of current fashions, typically offered in moderate department and discount stores, but at everyday savings of 20 to 70 percent. Merchandise includes name brand apparel, accessories and footwear for the entire family, as well as home fashions. ddsdiscounts.com In just seven months, Atlanta-based belt company C4 Belts has become a sought after fashion accessory for men and women. The belts are the invention of three friends – Jared Everline, Robbie Hart and Nick Farmwald – come in 20 colors with 20 different buckles. They can also be custom fit to any size, are waterproof and fully recyclable. The belts retail for $25. C4belts.com

100 volunteers for the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project, repairing homes for low-income seniors. In January 2012, 1,300 volunteers completed substantial repairs on 22 houses and major yard work on 25. The project improves living conditions for seniors by painting, installing ramps, bathroom and kitchen fixtures and weatherization, and by replacing rotten floors, old furnaces and water heaters. The project brings together hundreds of residents each year, along with nonprofit organizations and local experts. In 2012, 7,628 volunteer hours were contributed, $40,000 was raised in in-kind contributions and, most importantly, 47 homeowners received needed assistance.

Roost Gifts & Décor has relocated to the Toco Hills Promenade, part of the Toco

Hills Shopping Center on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta. Established in Avondale Estates in 2010, Roost owner Marlon Heard decided a new location was needed to grow his business. While originally focusing on vintage furniture, the shop also now features unique giftware, including serving pieces, grill ware, spa products, baby gifts, cards and stationary. shoproost.net The Founder Machine is partnering with Hub Atlanta to host a business accelerator for “disadvantaged” entrepreneurs with revenue generating businesses. The purpose is to create a level playing field for 18-plus entrepreneurs who have not had access to equal opportunity in getting resources or support (whether from being homeless, in the foster care system, in prison or a variety other reasons). Entrepreneurs will receive mentoring and instruction on growing their businesses and learn skills to achieve their goals. Founder Machine is an 8-week program that begins Sept. 3 and entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to meet with successful business leaders and to pitch their business ideas to investors. Apply by Aug. 18 to foundermachine.org.

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C. Wonder will open its first store in Atlanta on Aug. 17 at Lenox Square. The retail concept and lifestyle brand created by Chris Burch, offers women’s fashion, accessories, home décor, electronics and more. The average price of a C. Wonder product is around $40, and monogramming and engraving are also available. cwonder.com Edible Arrangements has announced it will open a third location in Atlanta by the end of the year. Founded more than a decade ago, Edible Arrangements has 1,000 locations around the country. The new store will be owned and operated by Lisa and Mike Odai. ediblearrangements.com The City of Decatur and Decatur MLK Service Project has won the Atlanta Regional Commission’s CREATE Community Award for community involvement and collaboration. In 2003, the City of Decatur organized more than

A new survey from Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation shows Atlanta ranked number 5 overall when it comes to the friendliest city for small businesses. The city’s small business owners were also the nation’s fifth-most optimistic about their economic prospects for 2012. The only areas where the city struggled were its environmental and zoning regulations.   According to Thumbtack co-founder Sander Daniels, the survey draw data from an extensive, nationwide pool of job creators and entrepreneurs in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business. More than 6,000 small businesses across the country – from wedding planners to auto mechanics – took part in the survey. “For small businesses looking for a place to hang a shingle, they can’t do much better than Atlanta,” Daniels said.

Some of the key findings for Atlanta include: • Atlanta earned an A+ for its networking programs. • Small businesses rated Metro Atlanta as having the state’s second-healthiest economy for small businesses, but the region also had the least-friendly health and safety and licensing regulations. • Women-owned small businesses in Georgia were significantly more optimistic about their financial future than their male counterparts. Female entrepreneurs were 16 percent more likely than male entrepreneurs to rate their companies’ financial situation as likely to improve over the coming year. To see all of the Atlanta results visit thumbtack.com/ga/Atlanta.

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Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood

Now Trending: Facebook Dislike When planning topics for this column, I usually try to highlight new social media platforms, apps, websites or companies. The point is to help make sense of social media, afterall. You might be an avid Facebooker, a prolific tweeter, the mayor of all the local haunts on Foursquare, social media is still in its Wild West phase.  Every day a new kid rolls into town with a bang, ready to disrupt the old guard. It’s fun and entertaining, with swift changes and constantly breaking news.  With all the ongoing hubbub, I was surprised when one of my friends – I’ll call him T. –  who has been an enthusiast of social media from the beginning and who even worked in social media at a local digital agency told me he was no longer on Facebook. That’s right, he quit. I thought it was intriguing and said to myself, “Well, that’s a way to make sense of social, just leave it altogether.” Needing more details, I called to ask T. what prompted his unexpected departure. T. happily discussed what led to his Facebook departure. Basically, he was exhausted from the quantity of friends he had and the lack of quality in his communications. T. pointed out he had Facebook friends and connections he would never be in contact with in real life, but he felt it was encouraging him to only passively keep tabs on good friends. Where a phone call or dinner used to be the norm to see what was going on, now he could just check their Facebook profile and see. His one-way interactions started to feel inauthentic, so T. decided to give up his Facebook crutch and revert to old communication methods – email, text, phone calls, catching up over dinner, parties.

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He’s enjoying re-connecting with his close friends in ways that feel more personal and intentional. Another point of contention for T. was seeing the wide contrast in political differences with his connections. “With election season coming in the fall, I just knew it was going to get worse,” says T. “More than anything, I don’t want to be sold to. The whole point of Facebook for me was friends.” For T., the unwanted sell includes people and organizations marketing their political points of view as well as companies promoting brands, products and giveaways. Brands and political groups, of course, want to be on Facebook for the same reasons T. doesn’t like them there. They want to be where social groups are connecting over news and information, influencing one another. But, like T., many users don’t appreciate the intrusion. Prompted by T.’s predicament to researching Facebook discontent, I found there is quite a lot of it. The big three issues user cite for not liking Facebook are: privacy oversights, a frequently changing user interface and ads. Turns out T. was an early adopter again. Or maybe unadopter? While he’s still quite content with other favorite social media platforms - like Path, Foursquare, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter (unless promoted ads gain more ground) - T. has logged out of Facebook for good ... for now. You can find me @brigflood and at makingsenseofsocial.com.

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End-of-summer-festival line-up has diverse offerings By Debra Bryant

School may be back in session this month, but summer is far from over. Festival fever is still in the air with events in Grant Park, Piedmont Park and something for the beer and barbecue lovers as well.

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If you want some great music to help wash you’re your barbecue and beer, then mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held R T S & neighborhood C U L T U R E with at Harmony Park in theAOakhurst the ‘que provide by Fox Bros. Music will come courtesy of Mama’s Blue Dress, Deja Bluegrass, Heather Luttrell and Roxy Watson. Admission is $10 and proceeds will benefit the Decatur Preservation Alliance. For additional information visit decaturbbqfestival.com

Cool off with some cold beer in the middle of Downtown as the German Bierfest takes over Woodruff Park on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 7 p.m. Along with the beer, there will be authentic German food, activities for the kids, live music and more. Tickets include a commemorative glass and all the German beer you can safely consume. Tickets are $35 online or $40 at the door. No pets, please. For more information, please visit GermanBierfest.com.

The 10th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will be held Aug. 25 and 26 and will be jam-packed with fun for all ages. The weekend kicks off with the Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K on Saturday morning. Pre-registration is available at adamsrealtors.com or onsite registration starts at 7 a.m. The artist market will be set up both days and there will be live music throughout the weekend. The Kid Zone will feature storytellers, puppet shows, art activities, climbing wall, bungee jump and more. Also part of the weekend is Corks & Forks, a ticketed two-day event with food sampling, wine/ale tasting and cooking demonstrations. Admission for Corks & Forks is $35 for one day or $60 for two. For more information, visit summershade.org.

Artists, food trucks and music are all part of the annual Piedmont Park Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 100 local and regional crafters will show off and sell their work along the park’s winding walkways. The event will include acoustic music, arts, crafts, a children’s area, and local foods and beverages. For further information, visit piedmontparkartsfestival.com. KeepitINtown.com

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(l-r) INtown’s Wendy Binns; Art Box project mastermind Han Vance; Ashley Norfleet, sitting on her box; and doog Becker owner of DooGallery. Thank you. In July, writer and artist Han Vance approached Atlanta INtown about making some of the distribution boxes on the streets of Atlanta more artful. He personally picked-up over a dozen boxes and with a group of independent artists went to work. The results were unveiled in June at the Art Box Party, which Han curated, at dooGallery in Reynoldstown. Many of the boxes are now on the streets of Intown as distribution points. When you pick up your next issue of Atlanta INtown pause for a moment to admire the artwork. Behind each box is a local artist who gave their time and talents to the projects. Round #2 is already in the planning.

Thanks to these artists: Stephanie Anderson Suzanne Bobo Frances Byrd Linda Costa Dan Curran

Kendrick Daye Jackie Ducros PaperFrank Charity Lindop Ted Murphy

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts & Museums Valencian Summers: Get a unique look at Spanish coastal life with Giner Bueno’s plein-air paintings at R. Alexander Gallery that celebrate the elegance of Valencian summers with natural light and sweeping brushstrokes of pinks, purples and blues. Opens August 1. Admission is free. ralexandergallery.com

Shinobi Marilyn at Emily Amy Gallery

Now I Lay Me‌:Charlie Brower, inspired by the children’s prayer “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,â€? transforms 20 orchard ladders into a work of art complete with a life-size wooden figure in this installation piece and exhibit at Whitespace Gallery. Opens August 9. Admission is free. whitespace814.com Doodle 4 Google Exhibit: Students thought big and redesigned the Google homepage logo for millions to see as part of this nationwide contest. See the works of 10 Georgia finalists at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Closes August 9. Admission is free. museumofdesign.org Fair Game: Shanequa Gay turns her visual eye toward the plight facing African-American males with this exhibit at U*Space Gallery as she ponders “Is the game fair, or are black males simply fair game?â€? Closes August 26. Admission is free. uspacegallery.com


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Lost Crown: Jean-Michel Basquiat expresses his feelings about how young people deal with the love/hate relationship of stardom in this Blue Mark Studios exhibit, commenting that “most young kings get their heads cut off.� Closes August 29. Admission is free. bluemarkstudios.com The Gray Room: Los Angeles based artist Todd Gray, known as Michael Jackson’s personal photographer from 1979 to 1984, creates a multi-media installation at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery as part of the National Black Arts Festival that functions as a memorial to Jackson and showcases his ritual relationships to African culture. Closes August 31. Admission is free. hagedornfoundationgallery.org Ashley Anderson: Shinobi Marilyn: Convinced the appearance of Marilyn Monroe in a classic Sega video game was a posthumous tribute to Andy Warhol in 1980s Japan, artist Ashley Anderson created these works at Emily Amy Gallery with a variety of media, including painting, digital collage and animated gifs. Closes September 1. Admission is free. emilyamygallery.com Art Meets Science: Scientific theories and phenomena take on a new look at this David J. Sencer CDC Museum exhibit as art and science collide, creating a strikingly visual impact of scientific ideas. Closes September 5. Admission is free. cdc.gov/museum The Fall of Spring Hill: In large-scale, lush color images, artist Holly Andres ponders the brevity of childhood, the fleeting nature of memory and female introspection in these works depicting short melodramas of fictitious families. Closes September 8. Admission is free. jacksonfineart.com

Performing Arts The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): Atlanta Shakespeare Company takes an irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in only two hours. Othello goes hip-hop, Titus Andronicus becomes a cooking show, and all the Histories are performed as a football game. Opens August 2. $12 to $36. shakespearetavern.com The Tortoise, the Hare and Other Aesop’s Fables: Come one, come all to these five carnival acts of Aesopian wisdom at the Center for Puppetry Arts featuring cheerful, interactive takes on classic fables and poems like “The Lion and the Mouse� and “The Tortoise and the Hare.� Opens August 2. $16.50. puppet.org High Society: Ex-husbands, nosy reporters, too much champagne and a pesky little sister all threaten to ruin the happy wedding day of a high society daughter. This Stage Door Players musical features Cole Porter tunes like “Let’s Misbehave� and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.� Closes August 5. $12 to $26. stagedoorplayers.net Spring Awakening: This show at Company J at the MJCCA is a Tony Award-winning rock musical adaptation of a controversial 19th century play that explores the turbulent journey from adolescence to adulthood. This landmark musical is an exhilarating mix of morality, sexuality and rock ‘n’ roll. August 8 through August 19. $12 to $25. companyjatl.org Friday Night Live Concerts: The Brotherland rocks out in Atlantic Station’s Central Park for this free concert series. August 10. Free! atlanticstation.com A Decade of Dames: Celebrate 10 years of stories for and about women with special guest Carmen Deedy, award-winning children’s literature author, at this Callanwolde Fine Arts Center event with rich stories, light refreshments, music and door prizes. August 11. $15. callanwolde.org Flashback Festival 2012: KISS 104 brings legendary stars A Taste of Honey, Larry Graham, Keith Sweat and others to Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood for Atlanta’s biggest R&B concert. August 11. $25. kiss1041fm.com


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Summer Concert at Symphony Hall: Jacomo Baros, assistant conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at this concert featuring highlights from works by Mozart, Bernstein and Atlanta School of Composers member Christopher Theofanidis. August 11. Reservations required. atlantasymphony.org The Addams Family: This smash-hit musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life at this Theater of the Stars production. August 14 through August 19. $23 to $58. theaterofthestars.com Ethan Bortnick with Kidz Bop Live: Pianist, singer and composer Ethan Bortnick has already headlined more than 100 shows across the globe at only 11 years old. Known for his philanthropic efforts, Bortnick will donate a portion of sales from this concert with Kidz Bop Live at Center Stage Atlanta to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. August 15. $34 to $48.50. centerstage-atlanta.com Kiss of the Spider Woman: Actor’s Express opens its season with this mesmerizing story of Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser, and their uneasy friendship rooted in surviving life in a Latin American prison. Opens August 22. $15 to $47. actors-express.com My Name is Asher Lev: Born into a Hasidic

family in post-World War II Brooklyn, Asher Lev’s artistic genius threatens to estrange him from both his parents and his observant Jewish community in this Theatrical Outfit production. Opens August 22. $15 to $40. theatricaloutfit.org Cirque Motion: Awaken: Escape the everyday and awaken the possibilities at this contemporary circus at 14th Street Playhouse featuring dynamic juggling, highflying acrobatics, balancing, elegant aerial choreography and comedy. August 24 through August 26. $39 to $68. 14thstplayhouse.org My Morning Jacket: Widely regarded as one of the greatest live bands of their generation, My Morning Jacket brings their alternative hipster music to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park for a memorable performance with special guest Band of Horses. August 24. $37 to $49.50. vzwamp.com The Fresh Beat Band: Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group hits the road for the first time ever on this nationwide concert tour with favorite band members Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. August 26. $27 to $37. foxtheatre.org Atlanta’s Top Comic: The Basement Theatre continues its search for the funniest comic in the Southeast in this tournament where a total of 90 comedians compete and attempt to survive monthly elimination rounds. August 30. $5 to $10. thebasementtheatre.com.

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Get into the London Olympic spirit by visiting the Atlanta History Center on Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the family program, Go For the Gold. Throughout the day, guests can explore the Olympic Games’ nearly 3,000 year history through a variety of activities including tours of the History Center’s Centennial Olympic Games Museum exhibition, meeting Olympic medalists, professional sporting demonstrations of favorite Olympic events, fun and games with long jump, cycling, and rowing activities at the interactive sports lab, and opportunities to rank skills as an Olympic athlete by participating in ancient and modern sports. atlantahistorycenter.com

Share Our Strength hosts its annual Give Me Five event, an evening of food and wine on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Cherokee Town Club in Buckhead. Beginning with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., guests will enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by local chefs – including Kevin Gillespie, Eric Karell and Pano Karatassos – with wine pairings selected by the chefs and sommeliers. Share Our Strength has raised more than $315 million and supported more than 1,000 groups around the world working to end childhood hunger. Tickets can be purchased online at givemefivedinner.org.

Aug. 24

The Atlanta Apartment Association will host its 22nd annual Can Can Ball on Friday, Aug. 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. This black-tie optional fundraiser benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Each ticket is $75, and includes dancing, live entertainment, light fare from local restaurants, cash bar and a silent auction.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call (678) 298-2254 or visit cancanball.org.

Aug. 20

The Masquerade will host Guitar Apocalypse featuring a rock concert, silent art auction and raffle drawing for Atlanta nonprofit Art4TheHomeless on Monday, Aug. 20, 4-10 p.m. Local bands scheduled to perform include Ink, Unus Mundus, The Shadow Lords and Hart Deer. Tickets for the concert are $10. Tickets for the raffle are $2. A Facebook auction is under way now and bidding will end Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. art4thehomeless.org

Aug. 17

Kate’s Club, the nonprofit foundation dedicated to empowering children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling, is hosting their ninth annual Cabaret on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E Lowery Blvd. from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a live and silent auction, live music, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres by Affairs to Remember. Tickets are available for purchase on katesclub.org for a discounted price of $100 until Aug. 1 and will go up to $125 after this date. All proceeds benefit Kate’s Club and are tax deductible.

Aug. 27

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta kicks-off the fall social season on Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Center in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Benefiting the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Atlanta Affiliate, the 20th anniversary celebration will feature a pre-show cocktail reception, fashion show, silent and live auctions, and an afterparty. “As I look to our 20th anniversary of Fashion Cares Atlanta, I cannot help but think of all the people who have helped us contribute approximately 6 -7 million dollars to combat AIDS and breast cancer.  These causes are near and dear to my heart as so many men and women that I know and love have been affected,” said creator Jeffrey Kalinsky. jeffreyfashioncares.com.   

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Elvis Week will be held Aug. 10-18 at Graceland. The annual celebration of Elvis’ life and career will feature concerts, movies, a candlelight vigil and much more. Events include an Elvis tribute artist contest, a candlelight vigil and an Elvis 35th anniversary concert. Tickets are on sale now at elvisweek.com.

Louisville, KY

The Kentucky State Fair will be held Aug.16-26. The

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11-day event includes a championship horse show, rides, games, food, crafts, animals, music and entertainment. Online tickets are available through Aug. 15. For additional information visit kystatefair.org.

Ashville, NC

The Ashville Wine & Food Festival will be held Aug. 23-25 bringing together the finest regional, national and international wines and handcrafted artisanal foods for three days of palate-pleasing indulgence.

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The Pioneer Days Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, at Sam Smith Park. The festival will include arts and crafts, rides, games, music, cloggers, fireworks and more. Admission is $5, children 12 and under get in free. For more, visit pioneerdays.com. KeepitINtown.com

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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

My Shady Family Tree I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… About family. If I had to describe my family tree, it would be huge, old and full of squirrels and nuts. Lately, I have been consumed with my daughters, grandkids, brother, mother and my “adopted” extended family of artists. Sometimes it’s a little overwhelming. But as much as I enjoy my life as an artist and businessperson, my family is more important than anything I accomplish, even if I complete a really great painting and it sells for an obscenely large


amount of money. One daughter checks in from Mexico where she is “house sitting” at a vacation home on the beach while working at her computer every day for a travel company. She has great stories, photos and I think she’s now officially addicted to tequila. The other daughter brings my lively grandchildren to Atlanta to help work on our art festivals. She is the gypsy and the kids are like mini movie stars with every onlooker in their orbit. Artists who have


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gotten to know them pester me to death about when they will arrive to share their star power and magic. I really think my daughter sprinkles them with some special potion at night while they sleep. I admit they are pretty irresistible. My brother lives in Hawaii, and although it truly is a kind of paradise, it is also loaded with weird bugs and sudden storms that wash away homes. He and I keep in constant communication since we share an aging parent who thinks she’s still a “flapper girl.” It’s entertaining until you see her up close. At my brother’s urging, I called G. FayE (she is not a hip hop artist, nor a showgirl but this is what she insists we call her instead of Grandma) to check in and make plans to visit her pristine corner of the world in Cambria, California. Now that she understands that I actually have income as an artist she is less suspicious when I call. But when I try to tell her about my extended family of artists she gets confused. Okay, to be fair she probably also gets confused by corn flakes, but she doesn’t seem to grasp the importance of the inclusion of these wonderful people in my life. In sum, they make my life bigger, like an IMAX movie in Technicolor with a really great storyline. Recently I slogged along with 100 artists in 100 degree heat during a festival. I think we have our own special language similar to the one I share with my granddaughter but using different words. We commiserated over the temperature and began to marvel at the fact that sales were really good. It kept us awake and happily busy, but really sweaty. Let’s just say we didn’t do much hugging, which is in line with my mother’s recommendation for any occasion where demonstrations of affection could sneak up. We enjoyed talking about how our art has changed during the last few years of hard times and how it made us try harder and be more determined. The effect has been a weeding out of hobbyists and pruning the dead wood from the big family tree we all live in or under. One artist who I have long admired but could never afford showed me a new line of metal sculpture he has developed that does not require a moving truck, crane or a million dollars. I was so impressed that I bought a piece immediately and paraded past everyone with my prize cradled in my sweaty arms from this artist who will certainly be famous one day. So maybe our breed is adapting after all to life in the new economy or at least getting used to living among our fellow squirrels and nuts. We can’t all live on the beach or in

Hawaii or as gypsies but we are resourceful with our materials and even more so with our affection and loyalty. We are a happy family that fully embraces our weirdness and the fact that without us, you would just have nuts, and no tree to provide you with the colorful joy and breeze of our shady talents. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email him at Patrick@affps. com.

Upcoming Atlanta Art Events Aug. 9 6 to 8 p.m., opening reception Pressing Matters III Chastain Arts Center and Gallery 135 West Wieuca Road Print techniques by the Atlanta Printmakers Studio. The center also offers a variety of excellent classes. Free to attend. ocaatlanta.com/programs/chastain Aug. 11 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., opening reception Valencian Summers R. Alexander Gallery 309 E. Paces Ferry Rd. NE, Suite 105 Featuring the works of Spanish artist Giner Bueno. A unique look at Spanish coastal life. This beautiful collection will be displayed through Aug. 31. Free to attend. ralexandergallery.com Aug. 18-19 Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival Expect 200 participants in every artistic discipline, plus live local music, gourmet food trucks, a Street Market and a Children’s Area. You know something crazy and wonderful will happen! Free to attend. piedmontparkartsfestival.com








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Lovers of literature and sci-fi will have two big events to choose from over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Dragon*Con takes over Downtown’s hotels and streets as sci-fi, fantasy and gaming fans gather for the annual convention. Stormtroopers, Ghostbusters, fairies, and superheroes will parade down Peachtree Street and this year’s special guests include Gillian Anderson from The X Files, William Shatner and Patrick Stewart from Star Trek, original Batman Adam West and the cast of Torchwood, including John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen. There will be signings, workshops, collector’s fair, a costume contest, live music, and DJ hosted dances. The annual 2012 Dragon*Con Parade will be held Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit dragoncon.org.

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Across town, the Decatur Book Festival will see hundreds of authors and literature lovers descend on the city for a weekend of reading bliss. The keynote address on Friday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m. at Emory University will be given by newly-minted U.S. Poet Laureate (and Decatur resident) Natasha Trethewey. Saturday, Sept. 1, will kick off with a children’s parade on the Decatur Square. The remainder of the events in downtown Decatur will continue throughout the day Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Sept. 2, with more than 300 authors giving readings, talks, workshops and signing their books. A few of the internationally known authors to be featured include Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen, Erin Morgenstern, Meg Cabot, Isabel Wilkerson, Julie Otsuka and John T. Edge. Local authors taking part include Thomas Lux, Collin Kelley, Karen Head, Megan Volpert, Kodac Harrison and Jericho Brown among many

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Look What I Made! 4 recipes for healthy back to school lunches

Turkey Wrap Make with any sandwich meat or veggies a child chooses. Use plastic knives to spread condiments and cut wraps. They are safest for children to use and plenty sharp to cut veggies and rolled wraps. What You Will Need: flour tortillas, sliced turkey, lettuce, chopped tomato, grated carrots, mayonnaise, mustard or crème cheese, a knife and grater.

By Christine Fallucco Editor’s Note: We asked Christine Fullucco, owner of Mud Pie Cooking School in Atlanta, to give us some tips for preparing healthy lunches that kids could take to school. At Mud Pie Cooking School, we recommend setting aside time on Sunday to cook with your child food items that can be packaged in school lunches they take with them the coming week. Not only will this be a fun activity for parents and children, but it will reduce the mid-week stress of fixing lunches. Older children will love helping teach the younger children. Ask an older sibling to show a younger sibling how to bag the granola, for example. Children will proudly exclaim, “Look what I made!” and be more likely to eat food they prepared.

Fruit Dip Put dip in a small plastic container. For school lunches, include a banana since it is easy to peel and dip or washed whole strawberries. It’s easiest to dip strawberries holding the stems. You will need: ½ C. berry-flavored apple sauce, ½ C. apple sauce, ½ C. vanilla yogurt, fruit Directions: In a small bowl, blend apple sauces with yogurt. Stir. Serve with fruit.

Directions: Peel a carrot and grate it into small pieces; cut tomato in half, scrape out the seeds and chop into small pieces; lay your tortilla out and spread with mayonnaise, mustard or cream cheese and add your turkey, tomato and carrots.

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Honey-Banana Muffins

Put in plastic bags to use throughout the week. Bonus, for breakfast put granola on oatmeal or yogurt.

Bake in smaller-sized muffin tins; the size is child-friendly. Children are more likely to eat all of a smaller muffin versus a larger one minimizing waste.

You will need: 1 ½ C. oatmeal, 1 C. walnut pieces, ½ C. sunflower seeds, 1 1/3 C. flaked coconut, ¼ C. firmly packed light brown sugar, ¼ C. maple syrup, 2 T. wheat germ, 2 T. vegetable oil, 1 t. cinnamon, large mixing bowl, spoon, and large rimmed baking sheet (lightly greased)

You will need: 1 large banana, very ripe, 1 C. baking mix, ¼ C. wheat germ, 1 egg, ¼ C. honey, 2 T. water, ¼ C. raisins, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, or Nestle mini chocolate morsels, nonstick cooking spray or paper liner cups, large mixing bowl, spoon.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread granola mix on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes stirring every 5 – 10 minutes until granola is golden brown and crunchy.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray or paper liner cups. In a bowl, mash banana. Add baking mix, wheat germ, egg, honey, and water. Stir to mix well but not for a long period of time. Stir in either some raisins, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, or Nestle mini chocolate morsels. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan or cups to two-thirds full. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, until fork inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. To learn more and sign-up for a Mud Pie Cooking School monthly subscription, email info@mudpiecooking.com.

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not nutrient-free By Erin Schanke On top of the millions of people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, millions of others have chosen to go gluten-free due to either a minor sensitivity to gluten or simply as a lifestyle choice. What many people fail to realize, however, is that removing gluten from our diet can also result in removing essential nutrients along with it. Below are some of the most commonly lacking nutrients in a gluten-free diet, paired with simple solutions for working them back into your daily regimen.

Watch out for these common lacking nutrients: Iron

Why it’s important: Iron carries oxygen from our lungs throughout our bodies and helps our muscles store and use oxygen. As such, a deficiency in iron can contribute to the experience of extreme fatigue. How to work it into your gluten-free diet: Look for whole grains and leafy greens. Whole grains such as quinoa or amaranth – Many people who go gluten-free swear off all grains, when in fact many whole grains are naturally gluten-free, and promote a healthy heart, too! Dark leafy greens like spinach, broccoli and swiss chard – Steam these for a healthy and tasty side dish at dinner time.


Why it’s important: Calcium and exercise are the keys to building strong bones and

reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life. How to work it into your gluten-free diet: Say cheese and rediscover nuts. Parmesan cheese – Sprinkle a little Pecorino Romano on top of your salad for added calcium. Almonds and sesame seeds – Grab a handful to snack on between meals or look for naturally gluten-free snacks such as KIND Bars containing almonds.

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Why it’s important: B-12 is not produced by our bodies, making it critical that we get significant amounts of it from our food. Both our white blood cells and our red blood cells require B-12 in order to function, and B-12 plays a key role in converting carbohydrates from food into energy our bodies can use. How to work it into your gluten-free diet: Revisit the incredible, edible egg. Eggs – Scramble a few eggs in the morning for breakfast or prepare a couple of hard boiled eggs in a baggy for an on-the-go snack. Yogurt – Kick start your morning with Greek Chobani Yogurt, which is also a great source of protein. Erin Schanke is a member of the Kind team, the “not-only-for-profit” maker of all-natural, gluten-free fruit and nut bars.

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Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com

About a month ago I was in Star Provisions in Atlanta and found this beautifully designed bottle that caught my eye. The label read Small Batch Tonic and I was curious what its story was. How did it begin? What›s in it? How should I use it?  Turns out this Small Batch Tonic (jackrudycocktailco.com) is a tonic syrup without the carbonation. Creator Brooks Reitz began making this citrusy flavored recipe while living in Kentucky. He has since moved to Charleston, South Carolina and after perfecting its combination of water, sugar, lemongrass, orange peel, citric acid and quinine, the tonic has received quite the fan base. As Brooks shared with me, “I think it fills a need for a delicious, drinkable, refreshing tonic that captures the spirit of summer in the American South.”  Jack Rudy is the name of Brooks’ great grandfather. As Brooks shared, “Because my great grandfather invented a pill counting machine, I wanted to pay homage to that era and that history. That is why I sourced the brown bottles, which to me say ‘apothecary,’ despite what the label reads.” For the design, Brooks adds, “I wanted to keep it very simple, very classic and in a way, undesigned. To me it looks like something I might have found in my great grandfather’s cupboard from years ago.”  Brooks (how adorable is he?) and his friend and photographer, Olivia James, were kind enough to create and capture these lovely pictures. Below find a recipe for a scrumptious Gin & Rudy and see even more Jack Rudy inspired recipes that utilize rum, tequila or gin, here. I must say, these fun cocktails would make for a most wonderful Friday happy hour. Enjoy!

Gin & Rudy In a collins glass, combine: 1.75 ounces of your favorite gin 5 ounces of Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic Add ice, top with soda water and stir Drink

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Quick Bites News & Happenings The 2012 Big Ten Pub Crawl to benefit YES!Atlanta (Youth Experiencing Success) will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 in the Midtown/Crescent Street area. Confirmed bars taking part include CosmoLava,
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and Tin Lizzy’s. Tickets and details at bigtenpubcrawl.com.  Jamaican Hots Gourmet Pickles has opened a retail store at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Re-married after 25 years and unable to find jobs after moving from Los Angeles, Hollie and Ellis Green “flipped the script” and created Jamaican Hots Gourmet Pickles, which also creates gourmet condiments and more. jamaicanhots.com

Reuniting a team that has a 15-year history of working together, Lance Gummere has announced his departure from The Shed in order to join forces with Shaun Doty to open Bantam & Biddy. Gummere will head up the food and beverage program and handle day-to-day operations for the fast casual chicken concept set to open in early October in Ansley Mall in Atlanta. Meehan’s Public House has opened a new location at right off of Central Park in the middle of Atlantic Station. facebook.com/ MeehansMidtown Park’s Edge restaurant in Inman Park will start serving lunch Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with quick items such as Buffalo Chicken Salad, Fish Tacos, Salmon BLT & a Chicken Sausage Croissant. Park’s Edge is located at: 913 Bernina Ave. parksedgeatl.com

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Chocolatier Amy Stankus has opened Chocolate South in West Midtown specializing in handmade bon bons with unique flavors. Honey ginger, lavender vanilla and Key lime ganache enrobed in dark chocolate are few of the items on the menu. The shop is located at 1050 Marietta St. NW. chocolatesouth.com

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Chocolate South Speakeasy Cocktail Festival The inaugural Speakeasy Cocktail Festival will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event is being billed as Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first cocktail festival celebrating the past, the progression and the artistry of the entire culture surrounding hooch and its evolution to the beer, wine and cocktails of today. There will be tastings, food, a charity poker tournament and much more. speakeasycocktailfestival.com.

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Trending to Quality Many homeowners choosing to renovate

An outdoor room from HammerSmith By Kathy Vogeltanz The real estate market is no longer stalled, but homeowners are much more likely to work with what they

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already have. And the homebuyers that are house shopping are making more informed choices. For owners and buyers alike, the focus is on quality, sustainability and comfort. These aren’t new concepts, but they’ve become far more important as people are tending to stay home. “Quality never goes out of style,” Beth Fore stated. She’s Vice President of Operations & Sustainability at Cablik Enterprises, an Atlanta contractor and custom homebuilder. She said that most of their renovations are in the $100,000 to $300,000 range. “We do things like whole house renovations, master suite additions or adding on to existing homes,” she explained. “Our clients love their homes’ locations and want to make the most of what they have.” Fore mentioned one specific job where the homeowners bought an Intown mid-century home in their desired neighborhood and then completed a wholehouse renovation to open it up and modernize it. They also added a significant amount of sustainable/green features. Another Intown renovation focused on turning an unfinished attic into a master suite using the EarthCraft Renovation program. The program allows homeowners to improve their building and indoor air quality while making structural changes; EarthCraft certification involves a third-party verification process. President Alan Cablik listed some of the green, costeffective features that customers ask for. “Wallpaperish textured backsplashes, knock-off brand quartz countertops, Energy Star appliances and local-sourced custom-built cabinets that are comparably priced to European made prefab units are all popular,” he said. Cablik Enterprises Project Manager Wes Blackburn pointed out that people also like the alternative fuel fireplaces, cork flooring and tile that mimics wood. Warner McConaughey, Owner of HammerSmith,

Inc., an Atlanta award-winning design-build firm, reported that homeowners are spending money on the places that they use the most – kitchens and master baths. “People tend to live in about 30 percent of their homes and that’s where they’re willing to put the money, especially in the kitchen where they eat, live and entertain every day.” McConaughey added that he’s been getting a range of work – some clients are scheduling projects for $20,000 to $40,000, while others are doing much larger renovations in the $200,000 range. A lot of his work involves creating places where people can spend time with friends or the kids can hang out, like finished basements or outdoor fireplaces. Formal dining rooms and foyers have become far less important. “The trend now is for things to be understated, not very flashy. But the work should not be cheap or breakable as there’s less of a disposable mindset,” McConaughey said. “Often, clients spend their money on a feature that’s important to them and that they can get a lot of use out of. Rather than an impressive shower, they’ll want one good quality handle/spigot, or a high-end range instead of a redecorated kitchen.” Some of the hot trends for the kitchen are highend cabinets, solid-surface countertops, subway tile and hardwood flooring, with more color and darker finishes. While individual preferences may vary widely, having a home with a style that’s consistent from the curb to the backyard has become very important. “The kitchen island is back, as is the open floor plan that connects cooking, dining and the family room,” said Heather Shuster, Project Development Director at Renewal Design-Build, an Atlanta Top 5 Remodeler. “Every homebuyer wants a well laid out home with a unified style and tone.” She pointed out that homebuyers are more educated on trends and design ideas since the popularity of HGTV and websites like houzz.com and pinterest.com. “Our work focuses on Atlanta homes built from 1900 to1960, so most have out-of-date finishes and layouts,” Shuster explained. “Almost every large project involves creating a kitchen that connects with some family space as well as access to the back yard.”  KeepitIntown.com

A kitchen designed by Cablik

While they often work on converting basements into finished space and adding screen porches, the most common remodeling requests at Renewal Design-Build continue to be kitchens and bathrooms. “We’re seeing fewer requests for tubs in the master bath,” Shuster said. “A great walk-in shower and adequate counter space are far more preferable than a tub that’s seldom used.” She also reported that separate home offices are no longer desirable since wireless technology and portable devices allow homeowners to take office tasks to any part of the house at any time. “Kitchens are definitely a focal point and people spend a lot of time picking their features carefully,” said Sam Bass, Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Acadia Homes, a company that’s building new construction townhomes at three Intown locations including The

Reserve at City Park. The community is just off Peachtree Road on 26th Street and offers three- and four- level homes with two and three bedrooms for about $300,000. According to Bass, homebuyers are opting for highend cabinetry with design details and a complementary look for the island. For example, they may choose a cream color for the main cabinets and then a darker tone, like espresso, for the island’s countertop or base. He said that what it comes down to is that people want to personalize their homes with quality and they’re willing to pay for it. Ceramic tile backsplashes are popular in the kitchen, and hardwoods, in particular, are a feature that’s in demand. “I haven’t met anyone who didn’t like hardwoods in their home,” he chuckled. “Most of our homebuyers at The Reserve at City Park are looking for trim details like crown molding and wainscoting, especially on the main floor. And flooring is a hot button, like good lighting and plumbing features in the kitchen and baths.” A key aspect to comfort is convenience, and Melanie Burruss, New Home Specialist with Rockhaven Homes, said that the buyers she works with are looking for key lifestyle conveniences, including mudrooms, keeping rooms and media rooms to make their homes more functional. “Rockhaven’s clients are typically not first time homebuyers and they have very reflective, personal tastes that they want to incorporate into their new homes,” she explained. “High quality finishes are a must, which often include site finished hardwood floors, eight-foot doors, marble or travertine surfaces and upgraded trim packages.” From a design standpoint, Burruss said she gets frequent requests for large master bedroom closets, oversized pantries and open living spaces. Upgrades and additions include high-end appliance packages and

Room by Acadia Homes

outdoor living spaces such as screened porches or sunrooms. Finished basement areas are another key request that buyers make during the building of their new homes. “Still, the most important feature for the homebuyer today – and always – is location. Our premium locations for new construction homes is what allows us to be successful in today’s market,” Burruss stated. “We currently have more than 20 homes and/or lots to build custom homes on inside the perimeter with prices ranging from the $600’s to the 2 millions.” Is there any advice for homeowners who are considering a renovation of their home? Whether planning to sell or stay, Shuster advised that value will

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be found in a good design, maintenancefree materials and timeless finishes. She cautioned homeowners not to take on a big remodeling project in an attempt to sell their home, since there’s no way to know what a buyer will actually like. McConaughey added, “I often suggest that people check what’s on the market before putting a lot of money, like

$100,000, into renovations. There may be a home they can buy for less than they’re spending remodeling. But I also tell them that I can change anything except the neighborhood and the neighbors. In the end, that’s a lot of the reason that people choose to stay and fix up their home – they like the neighborhood and the schools.”

Real Estate Briefs Buckhead. $2,100,000 220 N Chambord Drive NW 6BR/6Full 2half BA FMLS: 4317614 www.220NChambord.com Debra Johnston 404.312.1959

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Chastain Park. $1,295,000 4970 Lake Forrest Drive 6BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5021603 Shun Haynes 678.886.8413

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MOSAIC Group Atlanta will host a free workshop on how to create a family-oriented outdoor environment on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at its showroom, 2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300. RSVP to Sylvia@MosaicGroupAtlanta.com

Novare Group and Batson-Cook have announced plans for 100 Sixth Street, a new high-rise apartment complex just behind Novare’s Viewpoint building. The 23-story building is expected to have more than 300 units when completed in 2014. Novare and Batson-Cook are also building the Skyhouse apartments at 12th and West Peachtree streets. novaregroup.com


Perennial Properties has announced it will build a new apartment complex along the Atlanta BeltLine near North Avenue and Sommerset Terrace. Perennial already has two complexes – Highland Walk and the N. Highland Steel Lofts – adjacent to the BeltLine in Inman Park. perennialproperties.net Decatur. $369,000 991 Emory Parc Place 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5026870 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971

Johns Creek. $649,000 1040 Abingdon Lane 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 4299798 Christine Gary 404.693.1030 Susan Marshall 678.576.0372

Morningside. $579,900 1055 Robin Lane NE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5019314 Sylvia Mallarino Bras 404.786.3944

Sandy Springs. $519,000 1027 Saint James Crossing 4BR/3Full 2half BA FMLS: 5030033 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971

Sherwood Forest. $2,475,000 1681 Friar Tuck Road 6BR/5Full 2half BA FMLS: 5015927 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 JW Getzinger 404.974.4312


Poncey Highlands. $319,000 850 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5027731 Robin Ives Moncrief 770.870.4009

Virginia Highland. $500,000 499 Moreland Avenue 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5030305 Amanda Nichols 770.490.1563 Tracy Patterson 404.932.6532

Virginia Highland. $700,000 1026 Bellevue Drive NE 4BR/5BA FMLS: 5020654 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233


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Harry Norman, Realtors’ Buckhead North office recently celebrated the success of the branch’s outreach program for the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine. Presenting the check were, from left, Office Manager and grandmother Angie Hinson, Fannie Bradley Hinson, who is recovering from mitochondrial disease, her father John Hinson, her mother and agent Kyle Hinson, Keith Hyland, Ph. D., Director of the Department of Neurochemistry at Medical Neurogenetics, Jennifer Grizzle of the Foundation, Ashley Jennings, Marketing Coordinator, and Rob Owen, Senior Vice President. harrynorman.com Ben Hirsh of Hirsh Real Estate Specialists has been named to the “30 Under 30” Class of 2012 by the editors of Realtor Magazine. Each year, the magazine recognizes 30 young practitioners who are making a mark in the real estate industry through success in sales, business management, leadership, or community service. This year’s honorees are featured in the May/June 2012 issue of the magazine. realtormag.realtor.org/30-under-30. KeepitIntown.com

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Reclaiming Design Artist gets back to basic using local materials

By Collin Kelley Editor Leaving a bad job experience is often the key to unlocking a new career. Mike Carpenter said he could feel his creativity draining away as he sat in a cubicle for two years working on CD-ROM development. MDC Interiors was born shortly thereafter, along with a startling array of furniture made with reclaimed materials. Carpenter’s education was in computer art, but he decided he needed “some tangible handson creative experience.”   “I was surrounded by art as a child because my mother is a painter and used to do carpentry with my father and grandfather in their workshops,” he said. “I have always painted and enjoyed carpentry as a creative outlet and wanted to find a profession that would allow me to apply my creativity and skills within a lucrative profession.” Carpenter worked and trained with artists and furniture refinishers and realized he had a knack for decorative painting and working with his hands.  Since the creation of MDC Interiors, he has tackled jobs faux finishing, refinishing and building furniture, murals and cabinetry.   Recently, Carpenter has focused on using green materials such as concrete and wood salvaged locally from construction sites and discarded pallets from local warehouses and stores. “I like to constantly challenge myself to use and experiment with new materials to inspire creativity and gain personal growth,” he said. Carpenter has been working on nature-inspired tables and planters, integrating natural elements (moss, river rocks, succulent plants, bonsai) into the piece as a design element. He’s also working on a series called “Glow,” which are tables made from reclaimed pallet wood and accented with LED lights on dimmer switches to change the mood of a room.   For more, visit mdcinteriors.com.

Mike Carpenter and his creations from reclaimed materials for MDC Interiors.

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Before & After Hawthorn Design and Construction tackled this project in in the Sagamore Hills area, where many ranchstyle houses had been torn down and 6,000-square-foot houses built in their place. These homeowners wanted to keep their ranch and asked Hawthorn to design and build a second story for their expanding family. The project began by extending the garage and building a bonus room over it for more living space. The

new second floor has two kids’ bedrooms and a bathroom to share, a new laundry room, a playroom, and a master suite with a master bath and separate sitting room, and tons of closet space. The homeowners also decided to expand their kitchen, including vaulted ceilings and skylights. For more about Hawthorn, visit hawthorninc.com.







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Paran Homes

High quality homes filled with most desirable upgrades in most successful communities near Atlanta.

Clear Creek Cottages

Morris and Raper Real Estate Consutants Inc. proudly welcomes


Charleston Styled homes in a revived intimate community of only 14 homes. Move-In Ready!!

Darren Price

Torrence Ford

to its New Home Management Team!



14th Street

Adair Park 772 Elbert Street SW 4 BR / 2 BA $129,900 Derrick Duckworth

195 14th Street #2907 Francine Allen

Peyton Forest 470 Harlan Road SW 4 BR / 2 BA $119,800 Nia Knowles


Creekside Park

High Top Lane 69 High Top Lane 3 BR / 3.5 BA $249,900 Aaron Schulte

Craftsman Styled Homes featuring large open floor plans in a quaint community.

Riverside Summit

Fischer Mansion

New Townhome Community in the city of Roswell loaded with upgrades!

Chantell Gresham

Helen Schlueter

Townhome community boasting historical preservation mixed with intown estate living. Now from the low $230â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Veronica Jones

Mayfair Tower


199 14th Street 2 BR / 2 BA $207,000 Francine Allen

942 Taft Avenue NE 3 BR / 3.5 BA $534,900 Brad Nesmith

Ansley Parkside

Morningside Johnson Estates 1294 Beech Valley Road 4 BR / 2.5 BA $649,900 Greg Williamson

Charlestonian elegance in the heart of Ansley/Morningside luxury in the best location.





Oakdale Road 3173 Oakdale Road $238,000


Dekalb Avenue


Arlington Place


1792 Dekalb Avenue $200,000

852 Arlington Place NE $300,000

Ansley Circle 638 Ansley Circle $330,000

Make your move to Morris and Raper Real Estate Consultants! We have a successful, high energy team with full-time support and broker staff. No desk fees or office fees. Choose your split with low cap!

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BUCKHEAD Features refinished hardwood floors and fresh paint, walk-in closets, 2 car garage, wonderfully landscaped yard. 3Bed/2.5Bath $845,000 FMLS: 5031453 Julie Duffy 678-570-4290

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BROOKHAVEN Great open floor plan, high ceilings, hardwoods, eat-in-kitchen w/maple cabs, spacious master, 2 car garage. 3Bed/3.5Bath $410,000 FMLS: 5032681 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

KIRKWOOD Newer construction overlooking Coan Park, hdwoods, high ceilings, amazing kitchen, built-in speaker system, 2 car garage. 3Bed/2.5Bath $314,900 FMLS: 5037898 Sherry Warner 404-784-8848

MIDTOWN Walking distance to Piedmont Park, renovated kit w/granite & SS, lrg living rm w/built-ins, tons of storage, 1 car garage. 2BD/2BA/2Half Bath $299,900 FMLS: 5033381 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

MORNINGSIDE Amazing move-in ready 4Bed/2Bath w/renovated chef’s kit, lrg entertainer’s deck, keeping room/sunroom, separate dining room. $499,900 FMLS: 5040228 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141

MORNINGSIDE Large open floor plan, eat-in-kitchen opens to family rm w/built-in bookshelves, hardwoods, master w/sitting area. 4Bed/4Bath $599,900 FMLS: 5029177 Erin Fye 404-771-9822

MORNINGSIDE Situated on .67 acre corner lot, updated kitchen w/wet bar, updated windows, in-law suite w/kitchen & dining area. 4Bed/3bath $399,900 FMLS: 5028832 Ed Woods 404-759-9680

OAKHURST Features large master, 2 walk-in closets, spacious master bath, newer kitchen opens to breakfast area, 2 car garage. 3Bed/2.5Bath $325,000 FMLS: 5034248 Melissa Stratton 404-713-5850

EMORY/CDC Elegant John Willis home w/gorgeous millwork, cook’s kitchen, private guest suite on main, full daylight basement. 5Bed/4.5Bath $849,000 FMLS: 5019267 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

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