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The Gifting, Giving, and Gathering Issue I S S U E N o 1 0 | FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 2 1 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community

I N T H I S I S S U E To our great joy, your guide to great gifts and good cheer is here. Like a tree’s consistent love and giving, Aiken never ceases to exemplify the best of what community is—gifting, giving, and gathering!

A Healthy Business in 2022


You’ve checked off all of your lists, but have you worked on the most important list of all? 15

Social Mission

We sat down with the Aiken Center for the Arts team to learn more about their programming this year, and the impact they continue to make on our local cultural scene. 38

A Joy to Behold It’s our pride and joy to showcase community builders working to better life for Aikenites from all walks of life. From local businesses to nonprofits, we have them to thank for precious meals enjoyed with our loved ones as we soak in Aiken’s breathtaking nature, quality ingredients for all the homemade dishes that bring the family together during the holidays, comprehensive care to help us maintain a healthy body from the inside out, opportunities to work together to leave our own mark in the community... and more you can discover as you flip through the pages of our gifting, giving, and gathering issue!



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The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler, which can only mean one thing: the changing of the season is upon us! If you’re anything like me, it’s exciting to see and feel the changes as we usher in the fall and winter seasons here in the South. The local boutiques emerge with the latest, coziest fashion trends. The culinary wizards at our town’s restaurants update their menus to the newest seasonal cuisines including savory new dishes and tasty cocktails. This quiet little town comes alive with events, plays, and gatherings inviting all to experience in her best qualities.

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Pictured: One of Cold Creek Nursery’s amazing Holiday Gift Boxes. Learn more on page 18.


Aiken has a long, rich history of being known as the “Winter Colony” for visitors near and far. It’s a place to get away from the hustle and bustle, to enjoy mild fall and winter temperatures, and a place to take a deep breath as you slow things down a bit. While some simply come to holiday here, others have found that they never want to leave, and they plant their family’s roots here. There’s an uncanny ability to marry cosmopolitan and rustic lifestyles here. It’s no wonder it seems only natural to show up to dinner or cocktails in riding boots!



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As we roll into the new season, I invite you to take a leisurely stroll around, and soak in all that Aiken has to offer. There’s a long list of events, tastings, tours, festivities, and things to do to fill your days, nights, weekends, and everything in between. This time of year is also special because it tends to show the giving nature of Aiken. The charities we have here are second to none. They serve and love deeply, enticing others to join in to make a difference. This year, take some time to sit with a few of these charities and nonprofits, and see how you can join in their mission to make an impact in someone’s life whether it’s by donating your time or services, or by giving monetarily. Each offering is a gift and one that is appreciated beyond words. This issue is a special one. It is full of locally owned businesses, bright entrepreneurs, restaurants, professional services, charities, and nonprofits that help make Aiken who she is today. They are shaping the way in which we serve, connect, and gather together. It is with great honor and excitement that we share with you our fall and winter issue! WARMLY, ERIN TRUITT + THE FIG AIKEN TEAM / The Gifting, Giving, and Gathering Issue


Get all of the hands in your family— the oldest, the youngest, and every hand in between—involved in baking new holiday memories this year.

Baking new memories

When it comes to the holidays, the biggest and most memorable celebrations are focused on gathering around the table to enjoy a meal together with your family. It's when you come together with grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, parents, and cousins to reminisce on the year past and look forward to the year to come. At the center of it all: the food. Grandma's traditional pecan pie at Thanksgiving. Your uncle's famous macaroni and cheese. Your sister's incredible gingerbread cookies. Plum Pudding has all of the ingredients you need to create a magical holiday experience for your family this year. They have the tools that every chef and sous chef in your family need to recreate all of your favorite recipes. Rolling pins to roll out the pie crust, cookie cutters to cut out the perfect shapes to decorate, Smithey Ironware roasters for baking the Thanksgiving Turkey, festive drinkware for the holiday toast, and more. Plum Pudding has any bakeware, tool, or accessory that you need in your kitchen to prepare your feast!

Tabletop Glassware Kitchen Tools Cookware Cutlery Gift Registries

101 Laurens Street NW 803.644.4600

Hello, outdoor fun! Experiencing the great outdoors in Aiken is a bit like riding a bicycle. It's easy to resume after the summer break, and you never forget the precious memories with your pup, child, partner, or even by yourself. If you're ready to take outdoor fun to the next level, a Pedego electric bike makes the perfect gift! Beyond offering a complete line of 19 e-bikes infused with aesthetic and functional designs, Pedego Aiken also services all of its models and provides a full range of accessories to make your bike ride safer and even more convenient.

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Visit Pedego Aiken for complimentary test rides and discover the right e-bike and accessories for you and your family!

Sweet, healthy, smiles The sugary treats that leave your child or the kid in you jumping for joy this season often come with a hidden surprise. What lurks beneath the candy you'll be sinking your teeth into are sugar-attracted bacteria that contribute to enamel decay and make your mouth more susceptible to a range of threats, from cavities through sensitivity to tooth loss. If Santa is not the only one with a sweet craving this year, a routine check-up with Dr. Carson Kight and her team with Distinctive Dentistry of Aiken is the best way to protect your oral health. With over 30 years of experience, they ensure your signature accessory remains as sweet as the treats you (ahem, we) can't steer clear from. Cosmetic Dentistry

Implant Restoration

CEREC One-Visit Crowns

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Periodontal Services

Comprehensive Exams

Sleep Apnea & Snoring Therapy


One stop shop for your next renovation Home renovation projects can be daunting, but not when you call in the experts at Merit Flooring. They are seasoned professionals that have the experience and the industry knowledge to execute the vision you have for your home. It’s a process that they make simple, too. You’ll have one designer and one lead contractor that will work closely with you to develop your ideas, propose a design and budget that fit your needs, and coordinate all of the construction in your home. You get to skip the hassle of trying to figure out how to do it yourself, and go right ahead to enjoying your renovation!

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To help you sell— or find—your special place, and to inquire about this home at 246 Natures Lane, contact Nancy or Marina.

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Planning the marketing strategy for a home as lovely as the one at 246 Natures Lane is a pleasure. And it’s one of the things the Nancy Cerra Team enjoys most. With uncommon attention to detail, the team will market your home in an effective way. And if you’re looking for a home to buy, they will listen to what’s most important to you and help you find that special place!

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Wrapping up holiday happiness

Give yourself the gift of being present this holiday season. Before your days are filled with family gatherings, creating new traditions and memories with your children, and a social calendar packed full of all your favorite Aiken events, go ahead and complete as much of your shopping as you can. Pop into Pitter Patter to shop for the most adorable holiday outfits and the best toys to have wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning, and then stop by next door at Caroline's Boutique to find the clothing and accessories that will allow you to shine at every celebration. It's a one-stop destination for shopping local for the littles and mamas this season.

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Putting family first

Financial planning nods to family values at Herlong & Doran. With a loving wife and four adoring daughters of his own, Partner Andrew Doran understands what it takes to manage money successfully for the purpose of building a wealth of cherished experiences for you and yours. Details aside, each one of the comprehensive wealth management services offered by Doran and his local team serves a single purpose: helping you enjoy the finer things in life alongside those you love.

Pictured: Andrew Doran, his wife Joanne and their four daughters Andrew Doran and Thomas Herlong, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC® Registered Representatives offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC., (member FINRA/SIPC, A licensed Insurance Agency). 6100 Fairview Road, Suite 400, Charlotte, NC 28210, 704-371-8500. Financial Advisors offering investment advisory services through Eagle Strategies LLC., A Registered Investment Advisor. Herlong & Doran Financial Group, LLC is not owned or operated by Eagle Strategies LLC or its affiliates. Nautilus services offered through Andrew Doran Member Agent, The Nautilus Group® is a service of New York Life Insurance Company. Neither New York Life Insurance Company, nor its agents, provides tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, or accounting professional before making any decisions. Herlong & Doran Financial Group, LLC is not owned or operated by NYLIFE Securities LLC or its affiliates.

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Maintain a healthy business in 2022 You’ve checked and finalized all of your lists—gift lists for your family, guests lists for your parties, shopping lists for your holiday meals—but have you worked on the most important list of all? Herlong & Doran’s Annual Review Business Checklist is designed to give you and your business advisors a starting point for topics you need to cover during your review at the end of the year. How is your business doing financially? Where do you want the business to go in the next five years? The next ten? How do you want to reward and grow your team? Set aside time at the end of the year this year to sit down with them. They are there to guide you as you prepare your business for the future.

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A field of dreams Comprehensive real estate services are much more than just listings and opening doors—an experienced realtor should offer you keys to smart investment, growing fortune and the foundation on which everything else rests. If you are ready to find your ideal parcel of land, farm or home, share your dream with Cissie Sullivan, Tracey Turner and their team with Meybohm Real Estate. They know the ins and outs of the real estate market in Aiken and beyond! Let their expertise help you live out your vision for your lifestyle & most cherished dreams.


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From the wrapping to the toast Women's apparel Jewelry Shoes

Does your social calendar this season have you buzzing all over town from one event to another? Step inside the glamorous Ginger Bee Boutique where owner Brooke Thomas has curated a store that showcases the latest fashions for you to shop. You'll find outfits and accessories that will have you impeccably dressed from head to toe for everything from casual days to evening soirées.

110 Laurens Street SW 803.226.0340

You can shop their collection of gift boxes online or in person!

Boxes of holiday cheer Make gift giving sweet and simple this holiday season! Cold Creek Nurseries is now shipping their gift boxes. With five southern-themed boxes to choose from, there is something for everyone. The Southern Breakfast Box or the Southern Comfort Box will bring a smile to any southerner near or far. Each box is curated with specialty items from South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina, so you can feel good about supporting local, small businesses. 398 Hitchcock Parkway


Find local treasure

There’s nothing an alluring, hand-selected piece of jewelry can’t fix! Coupled with fashionforward apparel and an inviting boutique atmosphere created by owner Bobby Walker and her team at Beyond Bijoux, refreshing your wardrobe with affordable trendsetting colors has never been easier in downtown Aiken.

106 Laurens Street SW 803.226.0803

To Cork & Cap owners, husband and wife team James and Erin, the stories found inside the bottles sold in their bottle shoppe are as special as the momentous occasions and everyday life moments that you're toasting to this season. Let them guide you in selecting the perfect bottle that matches both your menu and your budget. Whether they're reintroducing you to an old favorite or surprising you with a new-to-you vintage, you're sure to have the perfect wine to raise your glass and toast with.

Join Cork & Cap's Wine Club or share it as a gift to a fellow oenophile this holiday season.

146 Laurens Street NW 803.761.0768

The gift of self care

A Woodside Country Club membership will change your personal, social, and professional life faster than you can order a second serving of your soon-to-be favorite dishes. More than unlocking a range of five-star experiences and benefits, becoming a Woodside member means that you are joining a family of customer-centered hospitality professionals who have excelled as managers, superintendents, and event and sports directors to provide you with quality at every turn on Woodside's upscale facilities. We are no psychologists, but we strongly recommend adding some of their world-class benefits to your self-care regimen this season. 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive 803.649.3383

Pepper jack mac and cheese, avocado salad or tuna tartare? You can choose from those and a myriad more chefcurated options and wine pairings with Woodside's daily dining offerings. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner amid elevated ambience at Mulligan's Grill or in their Charleston Dining room. Ask about their takeout services and private dining rooms!

Fine Dining Golf Events Fitness Center Swimming Pool Tennis & Pickleball Worldwide Benefits Tournaments & Outings Event Planning & Management

For membership inquiries please contact Membership Director, Kyle Neira 803.649.3383 x5696

Dancing with Aiken’s stars In the mood for a great classical ballet? Or perhaps more avant-garde work? Every move performed by Aiken Civic Ballet's students under the artistic direction of Diane Toole Miller will tantalize you, no matter the genre. Become a patron, sponsor, or donor today, and be sure to save the dates for their upcoming events! FALL PROGRAMMING Dracula, October 15–16 The Nutcracker Tea, December 4–5 The Nutcracker, December 17–19 Hopelands Summer Concert Series, May 30

Celebrating 50 years!

Celebrate life in style Traditional meets fashion-forward in the best ways at Lionel Smith. Like a classic bite that doesn't get old, fine gifts curated by local menswear experts are sure to take his wardrobe up a few notches with craftsmanship and quality that never go out of style. On


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Great connections happen here Just north of Laurens Street you’ll find a 40-acre farm with a sage green barn highlighted by bright blue doors. Welcome to Great Oak! Each month the team of Nationally Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, dedicated Volunteers and Award Winning Horses provide 300+ uniquely tailored therapeutic and rehabilitative riding lessons. The individual needs and goals of their students, which range in age from 4 to 84, is their focus each and every day. Whether you’re a Rider, a Volunteer or a Supporter the barn is a place where connections grow. Every thoughtful gift of your time, talent or treasure gives Great Oak’s riders the experience of discovery, joy and freedom that come from the life-transformative programs on the farm.


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Gather around the table More than outstanding cocktails and exceptional dining, The Stables at Rose Hill provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for you to enjoy as the cooler weather rolls in this season. Settle in around a table inside or cozy up near one of the outdoor fire pits, and indulge in comforting appetizers and main dishes from the menu prepared by Chef Jeff Hairston. Discover a new favorite food or relax in the familiarity of an old cherished dish as you enjoy the warmth of The Stables.

Planning a holiday dinner out with family or friends? The Stables at Rose Hill is now accepting reservations for the holiday season.

221 Greenville Street NW


An historical setting for your historical day

The most momentous day in your life deserves an equally splendid setting, and Rose Hill in historic downtown Aiken delivers as an unforgettable backdrop to your wedding day. One of the original Winter Colony properties, Rose Hill was established in 1898 and beautifully restored in 2020, and has the capability to host everything from your rehearsal dinner to your ceremony and reception. You'll find undeniable Southern charm at every turn and will be able to easily picture yourself there as you say your vows in front of your nearest and dearest.

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The women-led team with Bespoke Fine Interiors is ready to add their festive twist on your classic or modern interiors. Inspired by sleek designs and customization options, and intertwined with all the pretty accents you need to spruce up your home or office decor, their team can turn the stunning layout you've dreamed up into a daily source of bliss and inspiration. Packed in custom boxes or wrapped in luxurious fabrics, the result is nothing short of a perfect blend of finesse and functionality, with all the details that are uniquely you.

From left: Sarah Levine, Assistant Designer and Social Media Guru; Julie DuLac, Design Coordinator; Catherine Hersacher, President & Interior Design Principal; Katharine Hanes (in box), Associate Designer.


2441 Wagener Road


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A rich tradition of fine dining There are no limits when it comes to Green Boundary’s new Executive Chef Joe Wolfson’s expertise in the kitchen. He’s using his strong combination of culinary vision, innovation, and robust pedigree to bring fresh and exciting dishes to the menu for elegant, personal dining.

780 Whiskey Rd 803.649.2549


On the next level of dental care I N T H E D E N T I S T- PAT I E N T R E L AT I O N S H I P, trust comes from a combination of knowledge, technology, experience, and customized care. It’s a very special bond, so you want to get it right with an all-star team in a comfortable and caring environment you can find in the private dental multispecialty practice center founded by Dr. RoblesVelez and Dr. Shawn Velez. Trust us—you can rely on the skilled surgical, endodontics, and administrative teams they lead to ensure your optimal oral health.

As we approach the end of the year and my husband and I take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going, we can’t help but feel an abundance of gratitude for the gifts of life we both received and made possible for our family, staff, patients, and our community at large. One of our proudest milestones this year has been embarking on a personal health and wellness journey to achieve healthier eating and exercise habits, greater work-life balance, and a more consistent practice of mindfulness. The decision to actively treat ourselves as work in progress triggered changes in the macrocosm of our family and work lives that culminated with the launch of Advanced On The Move, a walking/running club that allows us to help the people surrounding us become the next best version of themselves by putting their healthy living plans into action like we did. At a time when the health and longevity of small businesses are still at risk, we are especially thankful for our patients, who continue to entrust us with their oral health needs, and our devoted surgical and administrative team, without whom we would not be standing here today harvesting the fruits of our labors. Last but not least, we are grateful for our son and two daughters and the gift of watching them grow, learn, and become who they are meant to be. What milestones and successes from this year fill your heart with gratitude? And what would you want to accomplish next? We hope you take some time to celebrate the year at hand and that your mindful reflections inspire you to turn your next goals into a long-lasting and joyful reality! — Dr. Jennibeth Robles-Velez Root Canals

Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Dr. Shawn M. Velez (on the right) plays the drum, providing the pulse for the joy ful life he and his wife, Dr. Jennibeth Robles-Velez (on the left) have created in Aiken.

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Crème de la crème What a year it has been for Deirdre Stoker Vaillancourt! The Montrealborn, Aiken-based realtor celebrates over 18 years helping locals and out-of-state clients find home sweet home in her beloved Aiken. From sprawling estates to charming cottages, Deirdre has sold over $20 million dollars in 2021 alone! Outside of work, Aiken’s most connected real estate agent also remains a successful equestrian competitor, is a Business Sponsor of The Hitchcock Woods Foundation and a Park Sponsor of The Aiken Horse Park Foundation. These help preserve what makes our city such a special place for residents and newcomers alike.

Photo taken at La Parisienne Bakery & Restaurant 30

142 Laurens Street SW



Planting seeds for a better life Nearly 16,000 children will need to see a health specialist this year due to developmental disabilities or psychological trauma, yet half of all children’s hospitals lack sufficient support for behavioral pediatrics and child psychiatry services. Help the Kisner Foundation and the Children's Hospital of Georgia at Augusta University change those numbers by donating to their joint Children’s Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness program today! Your support keeps our local underserved youth going and growing. DONATE AT KISNERFOUNDATION.COM TODAY.


Take a deep breath and inhale—the scents of Aiken are overflowing from inside of Iron Gate Candles, where husband and wife team James and Jamie handcraft small batch natural candles, soaps, lotions, and bath bombs in easily recognizable Aiken aromas. Originally a regular vendor at local farmers markets, Iron Gate Candles has grown into their own brick and mortar store and online shop due to popularity of their highquality products. With fragrances that remind you of a South Carolina summer and ones that take you back to your favorite hike through Hitchcock Woods, you're sure to find the perfect gift for a friend or yourself this season.

318 Park Ave SE


Reserve your next experience

Allow The Reserve Club at Woodside’s enchanting backdrop of Southern charm, sweeping ballrooms, elegant decor, and garden walkways set the stage for your wedding, corporate, or private event. Learn about our venue and professional planning support available to you by contacting Lyndsay Makolin today. 3000 Reserve Club Drive


Reserve your team membership

All of your professional relationships will benefit from a Corporate Membership at The Reserve Club at Woodside. Learn more about hosting client and team events, included fitness benefits that expand your employee wellness programs, championship golf, fine dining, and more available to you as a Reserve Club Member. Contact Ashley Leonard using the details below to get started. 3000 Reserve Club Drive


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Peace and Joy this holiday season Don’t let the added stress of life and the holiday season get you out of balance! Let the team at Women’s Health Associates of Aiken help you find joy and a sense of peace as you welcome the season by giving the gift of wellness to yourself or someone you love. Whether you’re interested in buying luxurious skincare products like their body butter and custom bath salts for a friend or giving yourself the gift of laser hair removal treatments, there is no better time to think and invest in your health. They believe that taking care of yourself starts by balancing your mind, body, and spirt—and they have you covered in all three areas! At Women’s Health Associates of Aiken, you will find a team of highly trained and educated staff lead by Dr. Cindy 34

121 Aurora Place, Suite A


Besson. Along with gynecological care, they offer holistic minded consultations, a variety of esthetic treatments including skin rejuvenation, laser treatments, and the MonaLisa TouchTM . They also provide the best in breast health services with 3D mammography, and are proud to be the only place in Aiken County that offers the ABUS Ultrasound Screening for dense breast. Their aromatherapy services include custom blends that are formulated by their professional certified aromatherapist and registered nurse, Lynn Tholborn, who combines years of experience and knowledge to ensure that your health concerns and unique issues are addressed. Let them help you be your best— schedule an appointment to experience the difference.

Unwrapping bright smiles Kitfox Pediatric Dentistry goes above and beyond to bring joy to children and their families in Aiken all year long, but especially during the holiday season. Inside their warm and inviting office, they're providing an exceptional dental experiences to children as young as newborns on up through teenagers as they teach lifelong dental hygiene habits in a fun, kid-friendly way. Outside in their community, they are helping to bring smiles to children through the Toys for Tots program. Dr. Thom, his wife Anna, and their team love Aiken and enjoy being able spread cheer to their friends and neighbors! Want to make a donation to Toys for Tots? Kitfox Pediatric Dentistry will be accepting new, unwrapped toys at their office this October, November, and December. Last year, the Aiken Toys for Tots program collected and distributed 7,731 toys to 1,483 children in our community! #Aiken4Aiken

Toys Provided by Pitter Patter

1395 Silver Bluff Road



Part of the family

This fall, make plans to tour The Place at Shadow Oaks' facility, meet with their team, or participate in a weekly outing, exercise class, art workshop, picnic, or any of their scheduled activities. If it takes seeing for you to believe us when we say their senior residents feel very much at home with an extended family staff, experience caring beyond a shadow of doubt for yourself first-hand. You'll never run out of opportunities to interact with Aiken's most vibrant assisted-living community!

Assisted Living Recreation Programming Rehabilitation Services: Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy

Bingo Time Talking Tea Time Fall Festival Movie Matinee Fun In The Sun Seniorcise Piano Music Happy Hour Pampered Hands Ice Cream Social Walmart Shopping Veterans Club Arts and Crafts Drop In and Say Hey! And More!

No senior at Shadow Oaks is home alone for the holidays! A true home away from home for Aiken’s elders, Shadow Oaks’ assisted-living campus has been erected on a foundation of caring, companionship, kindness, and respect—and reinforced with spacious floor plans, outstanding dining services, and dynamic recreational programs. Their friendly staff cares for seniors’ physical, mental, and social health like they are family because, at Shadow Oaks, they are. 108 Gregg Avenue



Social Mission | Making a difference in the lives of others unearthed amongst those attending. Each evening will be centered around a common theme found in the current exhibition, and the storytelling will be accompanied by wine paired with the theme. “We have so much in common, yet every sit-in is unique,” said local author and host Gary Finnan. In a supportive space where people can listen and be heard, the voice of human experience guides the evening. Where will it take us? Stories From the Big Chair is a perfect fit for everyone that is excited to engage with the power and craft of storytelling, and who are invested in keeping the art of storytelling alive. The stories shared around the big chair are true as remembered by the storyteller. “Having the wine selections from Solovino intertwined with the sharing of stories from what I consider to be five incredible community thought leaders creates a truly special evening for those in attendance,” said Caroline Gwinn, Executive Director at Aiken Center for the Arts. Plan an evening out this season at Aiken Center for the Arts where you can enjoy both exceptional stories and wine as you gather around for Stories From the Big Chair. Limited seating is available at each Stories From the Big Chair event. Reserve your chair for $20.

Social Mission Aiken Center for the Arts T H E R E A R E D O Z E N S O F W AY S T O F I N D YO U R S E L F AT A I K E N C E N T E R F O R T H E A R T S . You can be inspired by the ever-changing artwork in the Main Gallery Exhibit, which features artists from around the world as well as local and regional talent from the South. Wander through the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery, the Brooks Gallery, and the School Exhibitions to see the up-and-coming artists. Browse through The Gallery Shop to discover the beautiful, handcrafted pieces created by local artists. You can even embrace your inner artist and discover your creative hidden talents through Aiken Center for the Arts’ classes and workshops. This fall, Aiken Center for the Arts has introduced a new series for you to enjoy: Stories From a Big Chair. Gather around as perspectives are shared, points of connection are built, and wisdom and inspiration are 38

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28: “REINVENTING” This evening is dedicated to “Reinventing,” where new tricks are for dogs of any age. This session runs concurrent with the work of Aiken Center for the Arts’ exhibiting artist Heather LaHaise in the Main Gallery exhibition “Every Dog Has Its Day” and “Hollywood Secrets” in Brooks Gallery. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16: “EMERGING” This night focuses on forging and the craft of building our lives from the heat of change. In sync, metalwork from the Athens Metal Arts Guild as well as the Metal Arts Guild of Georgia will be on exhibition in the Main Gallery, stimulating your creative engagement with what it truly means to forge from flame.

French at heart

Save the Date! S M A L L B U S I N E S S S AT U R D AY Saturday, November 27, All day Support small and save local this year by shopping with the small businesses in our community on Small Business Saturday. Knock out all of your holiday shopping early with the added benefit of directly supporting your neighbors!

Drawing from her Parisian background, Camille Clifton provides creative interior design solutions that add just the right amount of joie de vivre to your home, business, or hospitality venue. From antiques to art books, schedule a consultation with her for interiors with a cosmopolitan French-inspired touch of cozy and modern edge. Interior Design La Boutique Le Café

NIGHT OF 1000 LIGHTS Thursday, December 2, 6–8pm Head downtown for an evening filled with holiday cheer and magic when Night of 1000 Lights returns to Aiken. Shops will stay open late and offer holiday treats, drinks, specials, live music, and more during this festive night. ANNUAL DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING Friday, December 3, 6pm Continue the holiday cheer with the 34th Annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony! Count down to the lighting of the tree with Mayor Osbon, enjoy live musical performances, say hello to Santa, and snack on delicious holiday refreshments. CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS GARDENS December 11–20, 6–9:30pm Stroll through Hopelands Gardens as it is transformed into a magical wonderland with over 100,000 twinkling lights and illuminated displays on two miles of lighted pathways. Sip hot cider, roast marshmallows at the s’more pit, write a letter to Santa, and listen to live entertainment each evening. S I G N U P F O R O U R D AT E B O O K AT F I G A I K E N . C O M T O S TAY I N T H E K N O W ABOUT LOCAL AIKEN EVENTS! 116 Pendleton Street SW


All aboard to stay put

The season of giving may be picking up steam, but the Board of Directors for Aiken Senior Life Services never slows down. This devoted team works tirelessly to keep the wheels in motion, championing seniors to age gracefully in place through the agency’s Nutrition, Transportation and Enrichment Services. Want to get involved? There’s no better time to get on board! Back row, from left: Rick Osbon, Andrea Gregory, Mike McNeill, Sue Shannon, Gloria Supansic, Lumus Vick, Buzz Rich. Front row, from left: Paige Johnson, Linda Walters, Buddy Key, Sharon Hagan, Rev. Francisco Onate-Vargas, Ida Cook-Weston, Lynnda Bassham. Not Pictured: Paul Newsom, Hallie Reynolds.


To learn more, volunteer, or donate, visit or call 803.648.5447

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Wisdom Teeth Dental Implants Bone Grafting

From left: Aimee Scott, Taylor Williams, Jennifer Corbett

Forget cold, impersonal dental visits, and say “hello” to a stellar team of receptionists and experienced doctors at Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. You can expect to be welcomed with the warm and kind hospitality that lays the foundation for all of their specialized oral and maxillofacial services. They will help you find freedom from facial trauma, bone atrophy, and more conditions at any of their three locations in the CSRA area. 3 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS! AIKEN, SC 1907 PAWNEE STREET 803.716.9586

Dr. Kyle H. O’Neal, DDS

N. AUGUSTA , SC 101 NUTGROVE DRIVE 803.278.2050

Dr. Daniel D. Scott, DMD


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Dr. Bradford P. Huffman, DMD

Your smile, in safe hands If upscale dental care from down-to-earth people sounds like your idea of dental practice, consider the cosmetic dentistry solutions you need to bring your smile back to life found. Where? The office on Two Notch where kindness and dentistry meet. Dr. Vereen and his stellar team of dental and office assistants have the experience you can count on to receive the latest in oral care—from people who care. It’s time to smile again!

From left: Teresa, Hygienist; Courtney, Dental Assistant/Front Desk; Alex, Dental Assistant; Trey Vereen, DMD; Jamila, Lead Dental Assistant; Terri, Office Manager/Front Desk.


1522 Two Notch Road


Give yourself the gift of new life

In a time filled with fear and doubt, we pray that our medical care brings you peace and freedom. The human body was created to heal, we are here to support you in your healing process. — Dr. Eaves and Veronica Chavis

WHAT FACTORS COULD BE AFFECTING YOUR OVERALL WELL-BEING? • Gut Health Impairments Food Intolerance Testing to 96 or 184 foods

ComPrehensive Stool Analysis Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth Breath Testing

• Hormonal Imbalance

Veronica Chavis, Physician Assistant

Specialized Saliva or Blood Spot Hormone Testing

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

• S tress & Insomnia Adrenal Hormone Saliva Testing

Neurotransmitter Urine Testing

• V itamin Deficiencies Micronutrient Testing to Evaluate a Multitude of Vitamins, Minerals, and Amino Acids

Targeted Medical Grade Nutraceuticals to Match Your Specific Needs

• O besity or Weight Gain Years of experience in optimizing plans to fit patients' specific needs

Extensive laboratory tests to evaluate for contributing causes

Dr. Gregory L. Eaves MD, FACC

210 High Gate Loop

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