2016 Best Of Forsyth

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Divorce, Child Custody and Adoption Easing FAMILY TRANSITIONS with Integrity Restructuring a Stable Future At The Siemon Law Firm, family law is our sole focus. Our mission in any divorce, child custody or other family law matter is to provide highly skilled legal representation coupled with the personal support and attention you deserve in your time of need. Thank you for voting us “Best of Forsyth� for two consecutive years.

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BEST OF FORSYTH — it means you’re the best of the best. It means that in a county lauded with an endless supply of awards and recognition for its schools, quality of life, education of residents and more, you stand supreme. When we at the Forsyth County News launched BEST OF FORSYTH in 2015, we should have known it would turn into something larger than life, but frankly, we didn’t. Today, you see BEST OF FORSYTH on storefronts, social media pages, signs and advertisements throughout our county. You see it as a symbol of quality and as a symbol of greatness. It’s a celebration that’s growing with the Forsyth County News. More people today read the FCN than ever before, and by a wide margin. You read the Forsyth County News in print, on the web and from your phone. You watch our videos and have lively discussions about all types of Forsyth news on our Facebook and Twitter pages. After voting 70,000-plus times in 2015, you voted more than 140,000 times in the 2016 BEST OF FORSYTH contest at ForsythNews.com/BestOf. We’re astounded, but it’s what we’ve come to expect from Forsyth County. As Forsyth’s leader in media for more than a century, we’re fully committed to charging forward with you. We’re committed to reaching out and engaging this community, identifying the information you want to receive and the platforms through which you want to receive it. We’re not slowing down, we’re speeding up, and we know you are too. Through these pages, you’ll see many of the people and businesses paving the pathway forward for Forsyth County. We congratulate them as champions. You, Forsyth County, have named them 2016 BEST OF FORSYTH.

Advertising Advertising Director Ryan Garmon rgarmon@forsythnews.com 770-205-8960

Multimedia Account Executives Cheri Boghos cboghos@forsythnews.com Connor Kelly ckelly@forsythnews.com

Graphic Design Angie Decker

Copy Editor/Paginator Tracie Pike

Creative Imagery Micah Green

Executive Staff

Publisher Vince Johnson vjohnson@forsythnews.com Editor Kevin Atwill katwill@forysthnews.com Circulation Director Lisa Salinas lsalinas@forsythnews.com Online Editor Jim Dean jdean@forsythnews.com

Best Regards,

Vince Johnson, Publisher

Scott’s Auto Center is a trusted repair source for your vehicle With over 30 years experience in the automotive industry, Scott’s Auto Center is Forsyth County’s trusted auto repair source. We are locally owned and operated, and serve our community with excellent mechanical work, and phenomenal customer services. We continue to strive for reliable repairs, because we know vehicle issues can be a drain on both your time and your wallet. That’s why our auto repair shop provides quality care at competitive prices. Our technicians are ASE certified, and are knowledgeable in repairs with both foreign and domestic, make and model vehicles. If you’re having car troubles, whether it be for maintenance purposes, or check engine lights, we can help you out!

A Commitment to Complete Customer Satisfaction At Scott’s Auto Center, our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. Every day, with every customer, we focus on providing quality care combined with top-notch, friendly and trusted customer service. Our reputation continues to speak for itself.

Contact Us . . . We’re here to Help! We invite you take a look around our website www.scottsautocenter.net, and browse some of what we have to offer. In addition to a welcoming waiting area, we also are available on Saturday’s, making us a convenient source for mechanic work. To learn more about our company, our history, or our services, contact us today. Feel free to fill out a contact form, and we’ll get back to you soon. Or stop into our shop today located at 820 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, GA 30041. We’re also available during operating hours at (678) 947-4040!

Are you satisfied with the services you received? At Scott’s Auto Center we are proud to serve our community and we continue to make improvements for our customers. If you were satisfied with our services, or if you’d like to leave us a recommendation on how we may better serve you, please leave us a review on our Business page. Have a great day! See ad page 2 Thank you Forsyth County for voting us the Best!

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The Siemon Law Firm committed to each individual case First and foremost we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the Forsyth County News readers for your votes and support. Many of our attorneys and staff call Forsyth County home and we are deeply committed to this community. Sam Siemon grew up in Forsyth County and both Sam and Josie Siemon have served as president of the Forsyth County Bar Association. Sam and Josie are proud to call Forsyth County home for themselves and their children. The Siemon Law Firm is widely known as one of the largest and most respected family law firms in Georgia. We are highly skilled lawyers who strive for the best possible outcomes in divorce, child custody, marital property division and other family law cases. To these cases, we commit our hearts, our souls and the full legal resources of our firm.

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The most important characteristic of our law firm is the depth to which our attorneys are committed to our clients. When the future of your family is on the line you need lawyers who take your concerns as seriously as you do. Family law involves all of the things in life that are most important to you: your relationships, your children and your property. While protecting your rights and securing favorable outcomes are always our main priority, we never lose sight of the human side of a legal matter. We understand that family law issues are intensely personal, and we never forget how important it is to receive prompt, compassionate responses to your questions and concerns. While none are as important to us as this recognition here in Forsyth County, our firm has been recognized for our commitment to our clients both

online and in print including the Super Lawyers edition of Atlanta Magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014. When you hire The Siemon Law Firm you are not just hiring one person to represent you, you get a team of lawyers and staff that are committed to one thing, the best interest of you and your children. If you find yourself in need of strong legal representation during a divorce or child custody matter, our team is here to provide results you need. We can be reached at (770) 5214316 or at siemonlawfirm.com. The Siemon Law Firm, Easing FAMILY TRANSITIONS with Integrity Restructuring a Stable Future. See ads page 3, 34 and 35.

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Winners Accounting / Tax Prep Johnston & Associates Acupuncture Eric Lea - Atlanta Rehabilitation and Performance Center Aftermarket Auto Repair Scott’s Auto Center Page 2 Air & Heating Service DC Cheek Page 23 American Restaurant Marlow’s Tavern Page 44 Appliance Store Honest Charlie’s & Wild Willy’s Appliances Architect Paul Hamby Architect Art Gallery Parsons Kinkade Page 46 Asian Restaurant Kani House Assisted Living Community The Oaks Senior Living Page 11 Audio Video Solutions AV Excellence Page 18 Audiologist North Fulton ENT

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Bail Bond Company Jailbuster’s Inc. Page 58 Bank Wells Fargo Bankruptcy Attorney The Hamilton Law Firm Banquet Facilities Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College Bar Good ol’ Days Barbecue ‘Cue Page 26

Boutique Dress Up Breakfast BB’s Bagels Brew Pub Cherry Street Brewing Co-Op Bridal Shop Bravura Brunch Rick Tanner’s Burger Burger Stop Cake & Desserts Nothing Bundt Cake

Barber Shop Firehouse Barbershop & Salon Page 32

Car Audio & Electronics Audio Audition

Beauty Salon Image Salon

Car Wash Castle Car Wash Page 67

Bicycle Store Reality Bikes Boat Dealership Marine Max Bookkeeper Bean & Byte Counters Page 18

Cardiologist Dr. Hermoni Emory Heart Care Carpet/Flooring Store Flack’s Flooring Page 56 Carpet Cleaning SureClean

Bookstore Humpus Bumpus

Catering Chef Kern

Booster Club Flash of Crimson Marching Band - Forsyth Central

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Ages 2 & Up!

Thank You for choosing us for the

Best Dance Studio In

Forsyth County Two years in a row! We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you in 2016!

3 Convenient Cumming Locations! 419 Tribble Gap Road 1676 Buford Highway 230 Elm Street



Winners Chef Todd Hogan Page 48 Child Care Center Primrose School of Cumming Page 53 Children’s Clothing Store Kid To Kid Children’s Dentist Dr. John J. Haffner Children’s Fitness Fusion Gymnastics Page 40 Children’s Hospital Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Page 61 Chiropractor Dr. Shawn E. Seaney Forsyth Spinal Rehabilitation Churches Browns Bridge Church

Coffee Shop Rendezvous Café College/University University Of North Georgia Commercial Real Estate Keller Williams Commercial Bader Real Estate Community Event Cumming Country Fair & Festival Computer Repair KIT Contractor/Remodeler Troy Brumbalow Corporate Apparel Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More Page 64 Cosmetic Surgeon Hunter Moyer, M.D. Counselor Beyond Today Counseling

Custom Framing Anthony Gallery Page 21 Dance Studio Cumming Dance Academy Page 7 Day Spa Spa Sydell Dealership Service Department Lou Sobh Honda Deli Marie’s Italian Deli Page 13 Dentistry / Cosmetic Dentistry Lanier Dental Partners Page 27 Dermatologist Dr. Alexander Gross Page 51 Document Shredding & Disposal 1st Secure Shredding Dry Cleaners Lanier Cleaners

Cigar Shop Blue Havana II

Credit Union Georgia United Credit Union

Civic Club Rotary Club Of Forsyth County

Criminal Attorney Zeliff & Watson Page 49

Electric/Gas Provider Sawnee EMC

Civil Attorney Banks, Stubbs & McFarland

Cuban Restaurant Coco’s

Electrical Contractor Anderson Electrical Services

Cleaning Company - Residential Carneiro Cleaning

Culinary Specialty Store Gabby’s Olive Branch

Elementary School Kelly Mill Elementary School

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Ear, Nose, & Throat ENT Institute Page 39

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Miss Niki leads CDA to more dance accolades Life-long dancer Niki Jernigan-Watkins had a dream of turning her passion and talent for dance into a teaching career and bringing the magic of dance alive for others. Driven by her passion and talents, Miss Niki as she’s fondly known by students, is realizing that dream for a 13th year running as the owner and artistic director of Cumming Dance Academy. Given her professional history and accolades for performance and teaching, it’s no surprise that Cumming Dance Academy has succeeded with Miss Niki at the helm. Not only does CDA offer many different types of dance and musical theater classes, but Miss Niki also implements a “Character Development Program” in which the students incorporate a different self-esteem word and discuss it each month in their classrooms. CDA is overflowing with awards and recognitions, all the while managing to teach young dancers about a well-balanced life. Committed to the youth of this community, she has taught thousands of young ladies how to grow, dance and gain confidence through her academy, classes and guidance. Miss Niki opened the original CDA in 2003 and has enjoyed watching it grow and flourish into a place where many call home! Beginning her training at age 3 with Carol Eason School of Dance and PritchettPippin Studios in Americus, Watkins is classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and pointe. Since graduating from Valdosta State University with a bachelor of fine arts in theater/dance, the college has recognized her as a “distin-

guished alum.” She has received awards from numerous publications and organizations, including the 2012 Small Business of the Year by the CummingForsyth County Chamber of Commerce, and was one of eight named Forsyth’s Business Leaders Under 40 by the Forsyth County News. In 2015, she was named one of 25 “Most Fascinating People” in Forsyth County. Of her beloved CDA, Miss Niki has been quoted: “I am incredibly blessed to work with an amazing group of women who not only share my love of dance, but also my love of children and young people. Over 75% of our students have been with us since we opened our doors; I think that speaks volumes for both our studio and staff. We teach these young ladies, we grow with them, we learn with them, but most of all — we love them.” Watkins is a busy studio owner, dance instructor, and also manages to raise a 6 year old son, Cash who has grown up in the studio. “I am one of the lucky few who is fortunate enough to wake up and love my job each and every day.” CDA classes are led by a professional staff with decades of experience and impressive performance credits. CDA has many performance groups for the more dedicated who want to experience more than the weekly dance class. Her performing companies travel and compete each season. For more information on CDA — please visit www. cummingdanceacademy.com.


From our family to yours, Thank You for your patronage and support for over 25 years.

It is an honor to serve you!

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Winners Endodontics Forsyth Endodonitcs

Floral Arrangements Funky Mountain Flowers

Hardware Store Ace Hardware

Estate Planning Attorney Maggie Spalding Boling Rice, LLC Page 45

Frozen Yogurt The Chill Hill

Health & Beauty NAVA Salon | Beauty

Funeral Home Ingram Funeral Home

Health Care Insurance Financial Benefit Group

Furniture Store The Boutique by No Longer Bound

Health Food Panera Bread

Event Entertainment Shepherd DJ Service Event Venues Kinsey Family Farm

Garage Doors Graves Overhead Doors

Hearing Aid Center Audiology Hears, Dr. Huber Page 19

General Store Goodsons Drugs

High School Forsyth Central High School Hobby Shop Atlanta Hobby

Family Practice Morrow Family Medicine Page 43

Glass & Mirror SafeLite Golf Course Hampton Golf Course

Family Restaurant Giorgio’s Page 9

Hospital Northside Hospital-Forsyth Page 68

Gourmet Gift Store The Chocolaterie

Family Entertainment Stars & Strikes Family Law Attorney The Siemon Law Firm, P.C. Page 3, 34-35

Fast Food Chick-fil-A - Lanier Crossing Page 20 Financial Advisement Investment Planning Advisors Fitness Center / Gym Genesis Performance & Fitness Systems Fitness Retail Stores Totally Running Page 11

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Grading & Hauling Darrell Dinsmore Grading Grocery Store Sprouts Gun Store Bulls Eye Marksman Gutter Maintenance Action Gutter Cleaning Happy Hour Castleberry Ale House Page 31

Hotel Hampton Inn Ice Cream Store Dairy Queen Imaging Services Medica Forsyth Insurance Agent Evan Profeta - State Farm Insurance Company Barnard Allstate Agency Page 22 Interior Designer Bella Cosa Home Designs, LLC

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Oaks Senior Living communities are staffed with professionally trained caregivers, selected for their knowledge, compassion and understanding of residents’ needs. Their commitment to being personally available to their residents and families, to provide the best staff and staffing ratios, to provide their residents with wonderful amenities, and to provide a beautiful and comfortable home, is what separates them from others.


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knowledgeable staff uses a 2-step fitting process to find you a comfortable pair of shoes for all your athletic needs.

470-239-4466 405 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming, GA 30041

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Winners Internal Medicine Russell Medical Page 42

Medical Center Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Inc.

Obstetrics & Gynecology North Pointe OBGYN Page 36

Investment Company Fountain Financial Advisors

Mediterranean Restaurant Baba’s Gyro & Kabob

Italian Restaurant Casa Nuova

Men’s Clothing Store Brits - Vickery

Occupational Therapist Chestnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center

Jewelry Store Lance’s Jewelry Page 38 Junk Removal North Point Junkers Landscaping Lawn Envy Lasik Surgery Milan Eye Center Library Forsyth County Public Library Live Theatre Cumming Playhouse Lumber Yard Thomas Lumber Co. Luxury Car Dealership RBM of Alpharetta Marina Port Royale Massage Lori Gray - Image Salon Mattress Store Fred’s Beds Page 57

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Mexican Restaurant Los Rios Page 30 Middle School Otwell Middle School Mortgage Lender Brian Barnard Wells Fargo Moving Company Best Deal Movers

Off-Road Dealership Southern Off-Road Specialist Optometrist ForSight Eye Center Oral Surgeon Dr. Richard Meaders, DDS Orthodontics Bloom Orthodontics Page 19

Music Store Music Authority

Orthopedist Resurgens Orthopaedics Page 41

Nail Salon Lee Nails

Outpatient Surgery North Atlanta Surgical

Networking Group Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber Of Commerce

Package Store Jax Package Store Paint Store Gregory’s Paint & Flooring

New Car Dealership Andean Chevrolet Page 65

Painters Bear Mountain Custom Painting

Non-Profit Organization SAFFT

Park Fowler Park

Nursery B L Mullinax

Party Rentals Tents Tents Tents

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Generations of family recipes key at Giorgio’s Giorgio’s is a family owned and operated restaurant. Dimitri and Elleni Tzortzis, both third generation restaurant owners, established Giorgio’s in 1991. Dimitri’s family has owned restaurants in Chicago, Nashville and Chattanooga. Elleni’s family has owned restaurants in Georgia since 1956. Our son Constantine became an invaluable partner of the business along the way and has contributed a fresh perspective to the business. We offer a wide variety of foods ranging from Mediterranean to American,

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with generous portions that are reasonably priced. All the recipes have been passed down through the families for generations. Our main goal is to serve the highest quality food in a pleasant atmosphere to our customers’ satisfaction. We are proud to say that we have customers and staff that have been with us from the beginning and hope that you will soon join us for lunch or dinner. We truly appreciate your business and consider it our honor to serve you. Thank You! Grazie! See ad page 9

Authentic Italian fare key at Marie’s Italian Deli All of us here at Marie’s Italian Deli want to say THANK YOU for voting us BEST DELI again this year. What an honor! We appreciate all of you!! At Marie’s we use our family recipes passed down for generations and the highest quality ingredients to create our pizza, calzone, soups, sauces and salads. The moment you walk through the door, you will notice what sets us apart from the rest. The smell of garlic sautéing in a cast iron skillet to be used in our family’s marinara sauce made daily or the homemade meatballs being rolled and baked to perfection. Our pizzas are hand-tossed using made-from scratch pizza dough, and the deli sandwiches made with freshly baked bread and fine Italian meats and cheeses.

Hearty soups and healthy deli salads are made in-house every day. We also specialize in party trays and catering events large and small. And while you are here don’t forget to check out our fresh made meals available to take home and bake such as lasagna, baked ziti or chicken marsala to name a few. We also have a cozy bar serving wine and beer. We are committed to providing the best quality and service possible…we pride ourselves on exceptional food, a warm, welcoming environment and a staff that treats you like a member of the family. Come by and smell for yourself. We would love to meet you and make you part of our Marie’s family! See ad page 13

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Winners Pawn Shop Forsyth County Pawn Pediatrics Cumming Pediatrics Periodontics Dr. James Lamb, DMD Personal Injury Attorney Boling Rice, LLC Page 47 Personal trainer Carrie Elliott Atlanta Fitness Pest Control Tomahawk Pest Services Pet Daycare Center Barkfield Inn & Suites Pet Groomer Paw’sh Paws By Michelle Pet Hospital Crestview Animal Hospital Pet Store Rucker Pet Pet Trainer Steve Deal - Petsmart Pharmacy Lakeside Pharmacy

Pilates / Yoga Studio Breathe Yoga Atlanta Page 38 Pizza Mellow Mushroom Page 15 Place For Kids To Have Fun Warbington Farms Place To Volunteer Humane Society Of Forsyth County Plumber Bobby Amos Page 20 Podiatrist Village Podiatry Page 37 Pool Services Swimtime Pools Preschool Cumming First United Methodist Church Preschool Pressure Washing Company Josh Pressure Wash Printing & Graphics Company Brandywine Printing Private Investigator Matt Kennedy

Photographer Lily McGregor Photography

Private School Pinecrest Academy Page 48

Physical Therapist Champion Physical Therapy

Real Estate Agent John Cook

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Real Estate Closing Attorney O’Kelley & Sorohan Real Estate Company Cole Team Real Estate Solid Source Realty Page 29 Retail Gift Shop Parsons Gifts Page 17 Retail Services Operation 21 Retail Wine Shop Talk of the Table Romantic Restaurant Tam’s Backstage Roofing Contractor Hopewell Roofing Sandwiches Lenny’s Sub Shop School Administrator Steve Miller School Teacher Linda Cattanach Seafood Restaurant Norman’s Landing Page 17 Security Company Gatling Security Self Storage Facility GA 400 Storage Senior Care The Villas At Canterfield Page 55

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Mellow Mushroom continues to be a favorite

A proud supporter of Forsyth County Schools.

on a wall featuring a giant mixed-media folk art piece incorporating old musical instruments, concert ticket stubs, and original paintings, commissioned by national artist Gabriel Schaffer (www.gabrielshaffer.com/). Mellow Mushroom Cumming is open 7 days a week, Sun-Thurs, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Fri-Sat, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.mellowmushroom.com/cumming or like us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/mellow­ mushroommumming. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers was founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Ga. This franchise, operated under Home-Grown Industries of Georgia, Inc., is headquartered in Atlanta. Happiness as expressed in pizza…

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Mellow Mushroom Cumming is honored to have been voted Best Pizza in Forsyth County for the second year! Located in the Collection at Forsyth, we feature a creative menu with an assortment of craft pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones, appetizers and vegetarian and vegan options, using only the freshest of ingredients. Gluten free crust and a kids menu are also available. The full service bar features a wide array of craft beers, an extensive wine list and fresh handcrafted cocktails. Mellow Mushrooms are known as places that provide an entertaining experience in an eclectic art-filled environment, and the Cumming Mellow carries on that tradition in a very unique way. The space was inspired by the energy of outdoor music festivals, from Woodstock to Bonaroo. Experience the sights and sounds of the festivals, most awesomely displayed

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Winners Shoe Store DSW - Designer Shoe Wharehouse Shopping Mall The Collection at Forsyth Spa Services Magnolia Med Spa Sporting Goods Retail Academy Sports Sports Bar Rosati’s Sports Leagues i9 Sports Page 63 Steak Restaurant LongHorn Steakhouse Summer Camp Forsyth YMCA Sushi Rice Takeout Chopstix

Taxi/Limousine Service Double Platinum Limousines

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Lanier Technical College Temp Agency Express Employment Services Tex-Mex Restaurant Cheeky’s Thrift Store No Longer Bound Thrift Store Tire Store Lanier Tire Tool/Equipment Rental Store Terry’s Equipment Sales & Tool Rental Page 28 Towing Service K&K Towing & Recovery Travel Agency Magical Mouse Adventures Tutoring Center Huntington Learning Center Page 24 Tuxedo Rental Tuxedo Wearhouse Page 39 Urgent Care Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta Page 61

Used Car Dealership Billy Howell Ford Lincoln Page 33 Vein Specialists North Georgia Vein Page 15 Veterinarian Dr. Rob Sanfillipo Mobile Animal Clinic Web Design Company Aqua Blue Studios Page 39 Wedding Coordinator Jennifer Mineo, Events by Dezine Page 62 Window Cleaning Lighthouse Window Cleaning Window Company North Georgia Window Replacement Window Tinting Solarworks Tinting Wings Roosters Café Women’s Clothing Store Memento Boutique NEWS | FORSY NTY TH OU



Tanning Salon Planet Tan & Beyond

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Fine art and custom framing gallery popular in Forsyth Anthony Gallery began operations at Vickery Village in 2012 bringing a unique fine art gallery and custom framing service to the area. They’ve aligned with some of the most talented artists throughout the world as well as a select few local artists. According to owner Bryan Smith, “The gallery’s mission is to put fine art into the hands of people who love it, and to provide a quality custom framing service at remarkably affordable prices.” Anthony Gallery staff’s vast knowledge of the art industry and keen eye for design gives them a leading edge with custom framing. Their designers use this knowledge to passionately

help each customer find the best design that is right for them. During our interview with Bryan Smith, we asked about his decision to come to Forsyth County over other metro Atlanta areas. “We noticed how underserved Forsyth County was with respect to the arts. We wanted to change this and the character of Vickery Village made sense. Many people in the community enjoy decorating their homes with unique quality art, and custom framing their own special memorabilia. People are tired of mass produced low quality wall décor. They’re eager for something refreshing,

something with meaning. We fill this gap.” The gallery showcases approximately two dozen artists. Among their unique styles are abstracts, photo realistic, surrealistic, impressionistic, expressionistic, cubism, and more. The gallery provides a variety of price points to accommodate multiple budgets. Beyond art and custom framing the gallery can also be rented for special events. Since opening the gallery has hosted fundraisers, book signings, holiday parties, corporate events, rehearsal dinners and weddings. The gallery exceeds the standards of even the most discerning event planners.

The space graciously accommodates up to 92 guests for a formal seated banquet, or 173 for an elegant reception. Included in this offering are washrooms, a kitchenette for catering, sound, music, telephones, and dramatic special lighting effects. For more information visit AnthonyGallery.com, or call (770) 888-8588. They are open 7 days a week. Monday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is located in Vickery Village at 5822 N Vickery Street, Cumming, GA 30040. See ad page 21

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Parsons Gifts: Thank you, Forsyth County It is always an honor and a pleasure to be selected as a Best of Forsyth winner because we know each and every one of the winners are chosen by our wonderful clients and community. At Parsons, our mission is to combine the wide selection of a high-end department store with the small town charm of a local boutique. We offer top ladies’ accessories lines such as Vera Bradley, Pandora, and Brighton, and fashion lines including Simply Southern, Life is Good, and Spartina 449. Our gift lines range from Nora Fleming, Lily Pulitzer, Tyler Candles, Aromatique, and Willow Tree collectibles to delicious treats from Oh Sugar, Captain Rodney’s, and Sweet Shop USA. We even make our own heavenly fudge in-house to give as

a gift or to treat yourself. Visitors to Parsons love to slowly browse through all the rooms of our store and admire the beautiful furniture, stunning wall art, and the latest in home decor from Uttermost, Casafina, and Arthur Court. Whether shopping for yourself or others, you are always sure to find exactly what you are looking for in our massive selection. During the holiday season, we are home to the largest Christmas shop in the state. From stockings, to ornaments to collectible lines from Department 56, Byers Choice, Mark Roberts, and many more, our Christmas village delights adults and children alike. See ad page 17

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Bloom Orthodontics provides families high quality of care


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dren and adults. Our orthodontist, Dr. Sweeney, is a native Georgian who obtained her DMD from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Sweeney then completed a general practice residency at New York Methodist Hospital and finally an orthodontic residency from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 2015, Dr. Sweeney earned the prestigious board certification from the American Board of Orthodontics. This is an accomplishment that only 25 percent of all practicing orthodontists obtain in their careers. We look forward to meeting you and your family and providing the best orthodontic treatment!


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Many thanks to those who voted Bloom Orthodontics as the Best Orthodontist! We are very grateful for our amazing patients who are a part of the Bloom Orthodontics family. We provide our patients with the highest quality orthodontic care available in a friendly, yet professional environment. We take pride in getting to know you and meeting your individual needs. Our practice has one of the most technologically advanced offices in the field of orthodontics. We also offer flexible in-office financing that is interest free, as well as zero down payment options. For patients who are looking for insurance, we do accept most insurance plans. We offer metal or clear braces and Invisalign® for chil-

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Master Plumber Bobby Amos is proud to be the go-to plumber for businesses and homeowners throughout Forsyth and surrounding counties. Bobby works hard to earn his reputation by providing the best customer care and most complete plumbing service in our county, doing it right the first time and in a timely manner. Whether it’s basic plumbing needs or emergency repairs, Bobby is always responsive and courteous. Bobby began his plumbing career in 1986 working for his older brother Pete, at Amos Plumbing and Electric. Here he gained experience in all areas of plumbing, including sewer line repair, working with main waterlines, residential and commercial plumbing, installation and repairs. Bobby left his family’s business in 2000 to open his own company, where he is backflow certified and specializes in all types of home and commercial plumbing. Bobby is fully licensed, bonded and insured, and has become Forsyth County’s most trusted name in the plumbing business.

Call Bobby Amos, Inc. at 770-406-8362 or 404-569-3144

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Introducing our new Superfood Side!

“On behalf of the entire team here at Chick-fil-A Lanier Crossing, I would like to sincerely thank the residents of Forsyth for making us the #1 fast service food restaurant in the county for two years in a row! We have strived to forge a strong partnership with the local community for many years, whether it be school fundraisers, military appreciation, or just free Ice Dream for the kids. We are truly honored to serve you, and I look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Chick-fil-A Lanier Crossing.” -Mike Ridzon, Owner Chick-fil-A Lanier Crossing

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DC Cheek Heating & Cooling has served area for over 17 years Since 1997, DC Cheek Heating & Flexible Scheduling Cooling, your air conditioning and heatYour time is valuable to us, and we understand that you have a busy schedule. ing experts in Cumming, have been dedCall us now to set up an appointment time that best fits YOUR schedule. icated to the home comfort needs of Forsyth County. Since day one, we have Cleanliness been dedicated to customer service based on integrity, respect, and quality. We respect you and your home and treat it as if it were our own. That’s why we Our Cumming air conditioning conwill leave your house cleaner than it was before we got there. tractors and heating technicians have the experience to get your repair or installa- Up-front Solutions and Pricing tion job done right, and the people skills We charge by the job, not by the hour, which saves you time and money! We to ensure you are completely satisfied offer several solutions so that you can decide what is best for your family. Also, with our service every time. we will agree on a price before we begin your service. We specialize in: • Air conditioning repair and installation • Furnaces installation & repair • Heating system repair and installation • Traditional & tankless water heaters • Emergency Air Conditioning Service • Tune-ups & preventative care

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Georgia State Licensed HVAC Technicians Our service technicians are fully qualified and state-licensed. They receive ongoing technical education and training which assures you the job will be completed correctly the first time.

Respectful and Kind Staff All technicians take as much pride with their friendliness as they do in their workmanship in order to create long-lasting customer relationships.

Lanier Crossing Chick-fil-A dedicated to customers our customers. We enjoy getting to know our guests and look forward to any opportunity to give back to this community who has so graciously supported us. The next time you’re in our restaurant, please introduce yourself. It would be our pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your loyalty to Chick-fil-A. We look forward to continuing to serve this great community!

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Chick-fil-A at Lanier Crossing would like to thank you for voting us best fast food restaurant. At Chick-fil-A at Lanier Crossing, we believe in providing our guests the best Restaurant experience we can. Our team prides itself on providing great tasting food and a comfortable environment in which to enjoy it. We’re committed to providing Second Mile Service and we strive to exceed your expectations. Whether it’s the friendly greeting as you walk in, the hot food or the comfortable dining environment, we hope you will have a great experience at our restaurant. Community is important to us and it is our hope that we can enrich the lives of all of

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Huntington Learning Center help students reach their full potential Thank you for recognizing the Huntington Learning Center as the best tutor in Forsyth County! Founded in 1977, the Huntington Learning Center is the first and longest running tutoring center in the United States. Huntington has helped tens of thousands of students strengthen their skills and spark their desire to learn. The Huntington Learning Center mission statement is “To give every student the best education possible.” By working to help students reach their full potential, Huntington has grown to hundreds of centers nationwide. Huntington Learning Center has been in operation for eight years serving students from Forsyth, Cherokee, Dawson, Fulton, Gwinnett, and

Lumpkin counties. Huntington is recognized in the educational community as maintaining a high standard of excellence in all of the work it does. The Huntington Learning Center is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation is a year-long, multi-step process that evaluates compliance with a comprehensive set of standards. As an accredited center, Huntington Learning Center in Cumming can be trusted to be what it claims it is and to do what it claims it does. As the preeminent measure of academic quality, accreditation is an endorsement universally recognized by educators and parents, alike. In choosing Huntington, know that it meets high standards of excellence in

the academic community. Huntington is the “Tutoring Solution” for all academic needs. The Huntington Learning Center offers the following services: • Skill Development tutoring in reading, phonics, study skills, mathematics, writing, and related areas for students in all grades using a studentteacher ratio best suited to the student’s needs. • Exam Prep tutoring on a 1:1 basis to prepare for state and standardized high school and college entrance examinations. • Subject Tutoring is tutoring in middle school, high school, and college subjects on a 1:1 basis. Because every child has different needs, our programs are custom-made. We

not only work on developing a child’s academic skills, but on improving his or her attitude towards both school and learning. Traditional tutoring, which is meant to help students through a particular subject, learning at Huntington helps a child improve in all areas. Throughout the process, our staff stands ready to assist you by answering any questions you might have about your child’s program or progress. By working as a team, we will enable your child to build his or her skills, confidence, and motivation, which will fuel a life-long love of learning. We are committed to the fact that your child can learn. See ad page 24

Lanier Dental Partners voted Best Dental Practice Lanier Dental Partners would like to THANK our amazing patients and all of Forsyth County that voted us Best Dental Practice of Forsyth for 2015 and again in 2016! We truly appreciate all your votes and dedication to our practice. Lanier Dental Partners has built their reputation on providing comprehensive dental care that is focused on your individual needs and goals in a comfortable, affordable environment. The primary office of Lanier Dental Partners is located at 360 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA. We have a second location at 2390 Thompson Road Ste. 200, Dawsonville, GA. We offer patients exceptional care in preventative, cosmetic, restorative, implant and other dental services. In addition to combining modern procedures and techniques with state-of–the-art

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dental technology, Lanier Dental Partners’ professional and caring staff will always communicate openly and honestly with you about all of your dental care options. Our practice has roots in the Cumming area for over 40 years, beginning with Dr. Robert McGuinn opening the founding practice in 1976, as one of the only 3 dentists in the entire Forsyth County area. As Dr. McGuinn finished his dental career, Dr. Melissa Thomas Durand joined the practice and has enjoyed serving her patients for over 17 years, with an emphasis on giving patients several options for needed dental treatment. Each February, she participates in the Give a Kid a Smile Day, seeing Forsyth County children completely at no charge. As the practice grew, Dr. Michael Palmer joined in

2004, having practiced in Cumming since 1995. He strives to develop lifelong relationships with his patients by relying on his years of experience, modern dental technology, and a professional and compassionate staff. Dr. Leslie McGuinn Davis (daughter of Dr. Robert McGuinn) became part of practice in 2012, since starting her dental career in 2007. She is committed to helping patients achieve their dental goals, and strives to exceed her patients’ expectations at every visit. Last year, Dr. Lauren Palmer (daughter of Dr. Michael Palmer) came on board at LDP. Dr. Lauren is dedicated to helping her patients have lasting smiles that not only improve dental health and appearance, but also result in a positive attitude and better outlook on

life. For your convenience, Dr. Leslie McGuinn Davis and Dr. Lauren Palmer can be reached at both Cumming and Dawsonville locations. We thank God for the opportunity to be a part of such a viable practice, based on traditional values of honesty and respect. We cannot THANK YOU enough for your trust and confidence by referring your friends and family to Lanier Dental Partners. Because of your great referrals, our practice continues to thrive! We invite you to contact us if you are looking for a family based dental practice that offers a wide variety of dental procedures. We would be pleased to welcome you to Lanier Dental Partners. See ad page 27

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The Cole Team aims to find the best home for your family

Thank you for recognizing the COLE TEAM with Solid Source Realty, Inc. as your top real estate team in Forsyth County two years in a row! The COLE TEAM is a full-time mother/daughter team assisting clients with their home selling and buying needs for over 40 years. Family is what brought the COLE TEAM, a.k.a. Meriellen Cole Arenz and Stephanie Cole Patterson, to Forsyth County many years ago. “My brother was relocated to the area and at the time my father was ill ... we all wanted to be together to ‘do life’ and help each other. Within a few months we all moved our families here. Mom and I were determined to

share our real estate knowledge and serve our clients. We’ve always done things differently and from the heart which I think sets us apart,” said Stephanie. Above all else, their clients will tell you the COLE TEAM offers a fresh, technological driven approach to make their client’s real estate experience worry-free and enjoyable. Their dedication to their clients has helped them to close over $15 million in real estate consistently every year, even in a down market which places them in the top 1% in the nation. They’ve also added several assistants, home stager, photographer and a lender to their team to aid with client needs. While

the “numbers” sound nice, it’s not what keeps this team going strong, “We feel so blessed to be in a position we can serve others. Nothing gives me more gratification than helping families with the most important investment of their lives. We strive to net our clients more,” said Meriellen. Both Meriellen and Stephanie agree that their biggest measurement of success is their client’s satisfaction with their experience. Check out their many 5 star reviews on sites like Zillow, such as their most recent from client’s Rip and Lisa Langford, “My wife and I absolutely LOVED working with Stephanie and Meriellen. Simply put,

they were awesome! This was the second time we used them in a real estate transaction. They helped us set a top tier asking price for our home, and they helped us negotiate getting the best sales price for our home. After we had a contract on the sale of our home, they guided us through the entire sales process. The next time we need to sell or buy a home, we will use Stephanie and Meriellen.” If you or someone you care about is thinking of a move call the COLE TEAM. They’d be honored to put their experience and expertise to work for you. See ad page 29

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’Cue Barbecue, where everything is homemade

Terry’s Equipment Sales and Rental has all you need

The gang at ‘cue Barbecue would like to thank everyone who voted us “Best Barbecue” in Forsyth County for 2016. We are located at 1370 Buford Highway in Cumming about one mile east off exit 14 (Route 20) on 400. Open since 2010, family owned ‘cue Barbecue serves up hickory-smoked pork, chicken and beef brisket in addition to “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs and homemade sausage. Whether you order a platter with sides and a slice of grilled bread or simply a sandwich, be assured that everything is homemade. We bake our bread and sandwich buns daily, hand-cut the russet potato fries, mix our four sauces

Thank you for your business and voting us BEST of Forsyth! We have a large selection of rental equipment from chippers and Bobcats to excavators and trenchers ready for pick-up or delivery. We are one of the largest sellers of Hustler mowers in Georgia and we are also proud to sell Scag mowers and Honda Power Equipment, including Honda mowers and Honda generators. Our first-class service department is the best place for your equipment with several factory-trained mechanics and lots of parts in stock. We

and even make our own pickles, cole slaw and baked beans! Not to be missed are our unique barbecue nachos and “meaty” smoked wings. Wash it all down with our selection of wines and beers including 11 choices of drafts. And whatever you do, save room for dessert: favorites like our “Bananas Doster” or seasonal fruit cobblers are a great way to end a meal. We also cater events large and small and offer takeout service. So come to ’cue and enjoy our inviting atmosphere hosted by a friendly staff with live music on Friday and Saturday nights performed by great local artists! See ad page 26

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• Locally owned and operated •The right equipment for the right job • On time deliveries • We are specialists in our field • Our sales staff are product smart • We service what we sell with parts in stock • We are an award winning dealer

service what we sell. Our knowledgeable, certified mechanics can get you up and running quickly. We are located in Cumming, GA, just off Exit 17 on Highway 400. So you found the equipment of your dreams, but you need a loan to make it yours? No problem! We’ve got great financing programs available for all mowers. Call our friendly sales staff or fill out our online loan application so you can start enjoying your new mower as soon as possible! See ad page 28 with Hustler every year • Our products are not sold in a box, and are assembled and serviced •You can speak to an owner •The best finance rates and zero out of pocket for qualified buyers •The most dedicated sales and service team to help you with all your needs • We appreciate your business

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Los Rios provides high quality, fresh food at an affordable price The Los Rios family would like to thank residents for voting Los Rios Mexican Restaurant the best Mexican restaurant in Forsyth County. It is a honor to have been given this award two years in a row. Los Rios is family-owned and operated restaurant. We are proud to serve our fresh, made-from-scratch dishes, served in generous portions at reasonable prices.

For seven years, we have provided our customers with the highest quality and fresh daily market ingredients. We have a family-oriented atmosphere and offer outstanding service. Our commitment is to continue to value each and everyone of our customers and enjoy making them feel welcome at our establishment. See ad page 30

Mission Statement Our mission is to provide an experiance of GREAT Mexican Food. To ensure that each guest receives prompt, professional, friendly and courteous service. To maintain a clean, comfortable and well maintained premises for our guests and staff. To thank each guest for the opportunity to serve them. And allow us to contribute to the community we serve.

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Thank you Forsyth County for voting Billy Howell Ford Best of Forsyth for 2016 Billy Howell Ford Lincoln Dealership

Billy Howell Ford Lincoln and Featherlite Trailers has been a family owned and operated dealership since 1977. We carry all new Ford and Lincoln vehicle lines. In addition, we have an expansive selection of all makes and models of preowned vehicles. We carry a full line of Featherlite trailers. Our Service Department provides impeccable service with factory trained technicians for Ford and Lincoln, Commercial trucks, Motor

Homes, and Trailers. Billy Howell Ford Lincoln also offers full vehicle detail and rental vehicles. There is a massage chair, Wi-Fi, TV, picnic tables, corn-hole, and beverages available in service and the showroom area. Our Collision Center works with most insurance companies and services all makes and models with state of the art equipment. This same location houses our QuickLane for fast oil changes, tires, ect on all makes and models.

As Billy Howell states, “Our success can be summed up in two words — our people. Once you walk through our doors you are family”. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and become your provider for all of your automotive needs. We have been contributing to the community through many of the local charities, schools, and Public Safety Departments.

1805 Atlanta Highway Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 887-2311 www.howellford.com, www.billyhowelllincoln.net Sales: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. Service: Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.6 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Billy Howell Collision Center 2878 Canton Highway Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 205-1266 Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m. QuickLane Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Castleberry Ale House best happy hour two years running We at Castleberry Ale House would like to thank all of customers and anyone who had a hand in voting us “Best Happy Hour Restaurant” in Forsyth County for 2016. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by, we invite you to do so. We are a full American Grill Restaurant and Bar located at 5446 Bethelview Rd., off of exit 13 on 400. We have received past awards, such as Best Entrée 2011 and 2012, Taste of Forsyth, as well as, Best Appetizer, Taste of Forsyth 2011. We’ve also been awarded for our burgers and wings. We also feature live music every Thursday through Saturday night, offering some of the best local talent that Georgia has to offer. Bands include, Across the Wide, Southern Accent Band, Johnny Awesome, Riley Biederer, and Alex Hall Band just to name a

few. Castleberry Ale House is most proud of all the outstanding work we do giving back to our community and the numerous charities that we raise thousands of dollars for. Just to name a few, we work closely with the Special Olympics, North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club, which includes 28 local High Schools, and AHF Charity Golf Classic. We are most proud of the thousands of dollars raised through our Music Festival, the Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival, for Camp Southern Ground, (Zac Brown’s Camp for kids with Autism, ADD & ADHD). So please come and join us for good food, a cold beer & live entertainment!! See ad page 31

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NorthPointe OB/GYN provides full range of services Welcome to North Pointe OB/GYN. We are a comprehensive Obstetrics and Gynecology practice located in Cumming, Ga. The practice provides a full range of Obstetrical and Gynecologic services to the residents of Cumming and the surrounding areas. The goal is to provide the highest quality health care possible in a friendly, comfortable environment to women of all ages. Our OB/GYN practice includes five, talented, experienced physicians: Sean J. Lambert, M.D., Robert R. Barrett, M.D., Nancy M. Walsh, M.D., Alex Eaccarino D.O. and Gretchen Mitchell M.D. Our medical staff also includes a dedicated team of Certified NurseMidwives and a Nurse Practitioner. All providers at North Pointe OB/ GYN Associates are dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive health care for you and your family.

Gynecologists North Pointe OB/GYN Associates offers comprehensive Gynecologic services that promote health and wellness for women of all ages. We realize that women are intently concerned with health issues that impact their lives and we provide women with compassionate and sensitive health care. From adolescence to retirement, there are many areas of a women’s health that affect her quality of life. Our Women’s Wellness medical services are designed to help our patients manage their health care during all the different stages in their lives.

Obstetricians From conception to verifying pregnancy to delivery, the doctors and Certified Nurse-Midwives at North Pointe OB/GYN provide the very best Obstetrical medical care possible to

support you during this very important time of your life. Our experienced medical team provides prenatal care as well as vaginal, Cesarean and vaginal birth after Cesarean deliveries. Our physicians also offer high-risk Obstetrics and are equipped to handle many types of high-risk pregnancies. We deliver in the beautiful, new, stateof-the-art Northside Hospital-Forsyth Women’s Center in Cumming, Georgia. North Pointe OB/GYN is currently accepting new patients and we participate in many managed care plans. If you are in need of Gynecologic or Obstetrical services, please contact North Pointe OB/GYN to schedule an appointment. We look forward to providing you with a lifetime of care. See ad page 36

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Combining the art of design with a tradition of excellence Lance’s Jewelry has a 26 year tradition of excellence in service, jewelry design, and community service. The company is Cumming’s oldest fullservice jewelry store standing out above the rest. As Lance, owner and namesake, states himself, “That’s my name on the sign above my store and it’s my reputation. That’s why I stand behind everything that I sell or service. I am in business in Cumming for a lifetime.” Establishing a relationship of confidence and trust with clients is most important to the sales associates at Lance’s Jewelry. The quality of each piece is fully disclosed and settings can be checked before the actual mounting takes place, as complete customer satisfaction is strived for. With over 100 years of combined experience among all the sales associates, you are sure to find expert advice along with trusted knowledge.


The store has been a staple of the community. Clients have visited the store for over 20 years, and have great memories. From making rings out of treasured family wedding bands to finding that one-of-a-kind diamond to celebrate an engagement, an experienced and knowledgeable staff is ready to help every discerning taste. More than just service and craftsmanship, the staff at Lance’s Jewelry is committed to being part of the community they serve. Our responsibility is to dedicate ourselves to the causes that matter most to us. We have, over the years, helped in any way possible with the efforts of various organizations, including charity rides, special recognitions and events, and altruistic efforts. See ad page 38

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Village Podiatry Centers serving community Thank you voting Village Podiatry Centers the Forsyth’s 2016 podiatrist of the year. We are here for all your foot and ankle health care needs. You have a choice when it comes to podiatric care and we are glad our customers have chosen Village Podiatry Centers. We realize that by choosing us, you are placing trust


Dr. Christopher Corwin Dr. Mark Snyder 960 Sanders Road Suite 100 Cumming, GA 30041 Phone (770) 889-9596 Fax (770) 889-9547

in our offices to provide the highest level of service possible for yourself and your loved ones. See ad page 37

State-of-the-Art Centers Village Podiatry Centers offers the highest quality of specialized care for children and adult patients. We utilize advanced therapies and state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis, treatment and surgery.

Most Insurance Plans Accepted Village Podiatry Centers provides easy and efficient access to healthcare by accepting most insurance plans and Medicare. If you have a question regarding your plan, please call your local office.

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Resurgens Orthopaedics provides specialized expertise The Physicians of Resurgens Orthopaedics in Cumming, Ga., are proud to be selected for the Best of Forsyth Readers Choice award. Resurgens Orthopaedics, Georgia’s largest orthopaedic practice, has 21 offices and six surgery centers throughout metro Atlanta. With 97 physicians, Resurgens provides specialized expertise and broad experience in the areas of sports medicine, joint replacement, neck and back

surgery, foot and ankle surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, non-operative spine care, hand surgery, arthroscopic surgery, epidural steroid injection, general orthopaedics, and trauma care. Resurgens provides comprehensive musculoskeletal care in a single location, from injury diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation services. Learn more at www.resurgens.com. See ad page 41

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Dr. Jim Morrow devoted to patients and community Dr. Jim Morrow has been practicing family medicine in our community since 1998. In June 2011, he opened a solo practice where he combines old fashion care with the best technology available. He believes that these are the building blocks required in order to give his patients what they want and deserve from a family doctor. Dr. Morrow has served on multiple boards over the years giving his time and expertise to a variety of community needs. In 2014, he was named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Cumming Forsyth County Chamber of

Commerce and was also named t h e Community Leader of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Now, Morrow Family Medicine has now been named “Best of Forsyth” two years in a row. He has been the team doctor for the North Forsyth Football Team since 2001. He and his wife, Peggie, c r e a t e d the Mor r ow Community Foundation, which in three years has raised over $120,000 to help support Forsyth County Schools technology initiative, BYOT. These funds provide Internet service to homes without it. The children who now use that service say it has been

lifechanging. The funds their foundation has provided have improved the education of a large, deserving part of our community. The hours, expertise and

love Dr. Jim Morrow puts into his community are inspiring and sincere. As long as he is a part of Forsyth County, the community will benefit. See ad page 43

Fusion Gymnastics is Rio Ready As many of the U.S. gymnastics hopefuls fight for their chance to take the stage in the 2016 Summer Games, athletes ranging in age from 18 months through 15 years are preparing for an Olympic performance of their own. Fusion Gymnastics will be hosting an Olympic Summer Showcase later this year and we are accepting new athletes to join us as we get Rio Ready! Being one of the few sports kids can begin at a very young age, gymnastics has long been a favorite among parents for the skills it teaches and reinforces in kids at all levels. While the youngest of athletes will benefit from learning balance, problem solving, listening, and following direction, older children learn confidence, mental focus,

discipline and goal setting. Children have so much fun in gymnastics, they don’t realize they’re changing their bodies and their minds. To jump into the world of gymnastics or tumbling, call Fusion today to schedule your free trial. On behalf of Fusion Gymnastics, we are honored and thankful that you chose us as the 2016 Best of Forsyth Children’s Fitness Winner! See ad page 40

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Cumming & Milton Dr. Jim Morrow, along with Physician Assistants Jaime Kutter and Amy Burnham, combines state-of-the-art-technology and old-fashioned care to create the best healthcare experience available anywhere. And now, Morrow Family Medicine is adding two new physicians and one new location to continue this level of quality. In 2016, Dr. Cheryl McGowan and Dr. Patrick Kindregan will join MFM and the practice will open its second location. The new office will be in Milton, on Highway 9, a half-mile north of Windward Parkway. Your health is their priority. Come see the difference. We think you’ll agree. This is the way healthcare should be! A special thanks to everyone for making this incredible honor possible TWO YEARS IN A ROW! We will always do our best to continue to earn your trust.

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Marlow’s Tavern voted Best American Restaurant Marlow’s Tavern features the “Best of the Best” in American tavern fare served in a modern atmosphere. The menu offers a diverse combination of classic dishes that are updated and elevated to gourmet level. Marlow’s Tavern has a warm neighborhood yet contemporary feel that is the perfect complement to John Metz’s modern-tavern menu. “We wanted Marlow’s to be an approachable neighborhood spot that allows our guests to enjoy great tasting food in a casual and warm environment,” says Metz. Marlow’s is a meeting place for all seasons with spacious patios that are open year round allowing guests to enjoy cocktails and tavern specials under the stars. See ad page 44

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Parsons Gallery would like to thank the citizens of Forsyth County for the “Best Art Gallery” Award. The gallery has been in operation for almost 20 years and has won many national awards through the years. Thomas Kinkade was the original artist and the gallery is proud to say that it is one of the largest Kinkade galleries in the world. People come from hundreds of miles to view and purchase his work inspired by the heart with inspirational messages that creates a feeling of simpler times. Several years ago the gallery introduced three other artists who have proven to be very successful. Mark Keathley and Abraham Hunter paint nature and the beauty of mountains, snow


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scenes and wildlife. Robert Finale creates paintings of romantic, beautiful cities and places around the world. Visit Parsons Gallery website: www.parsonsthomaskinkadegallery.com

BEST Estate Planning Attorney in Forsyth! 770-887-3162

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The attorneys at Boling Rice LLC would like to thank our clients for selecting us Best of Forsyth for 2016. Since 1946, Boling Rice LLC has been providing quality legal services to the greater metro-Atlanta and north Georgia areas. Our personal injury lawyers are nationally recognized for their extensive experience in the preparation and trial of serious injury and wrongful death matters. We strive each and every day to provide individual attention to our clients who are suffering from a life changing injury or who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. Our goal is to help you and your family during your time of need by navigating you through the legal process as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our compassionate

and dedicated lawyers and staff are focused on achieving the best possible result for injury victims and their families. Boling Rice is the successor to the firm founded by Leon Boling in 1946. Former partners include the late Richard B. Neville, Jr., former Superior Court Judge, the late Larry H. Boling, former Municipal Court Judge, and Jeffrey S. Bagley, Superior Court Judge of the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit. The firm currently offers a general practice in the North Georgia area, providing a wide range of legal services. All partners and associates participate regularly in professional association activities and civic affairs. See ad page 47





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Zeliff | Watson: Forsyth’s Defense Team Attorneys Peter Zeliff and Evan Watson joined forces to form Zeliff | Watson in 2011 with one goal in mind: To provide clients with their very best defense, no matter the circumstances. With over 20 years of combined experience in the criminal defense arena, Peter and Evan know the ins and outs of both Forsyth County and most Metro Atlanta courtrooms. It’s rare to set foot inside the Forsyth County Courthouse without seeing one of the two defending their clients on any given day. While the team at Zeliff |Watson handles a high percentage of DUI and drug cases, the firm also passionately defends all local ordinance, misdemeanor, and felony cases to include domestic violence, shoplifting/theft, and serious traffic violations. Attorney Zeliff has been in the criminal defense arena since being licensed by the State Bar of Georgia in 1998. He is past president of the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar, as well as a member of both the Georgia and National Association of



Criminal Defense Lawyers. Attorney Zeliff is highly respected as a trial lawyer by his peers, and has defended clients throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Attorney Watson has practiced criminal defense law since being licensed in 2008, and just ended his term as President of the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar. Attorney Watson regularly speaks at DUI defense seminars and is a member of both the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. While the attorneys of Zeliff | Watson spend a great deal of their

day in the courtroom, what separates their firm from the rest is their support team back at headquarters. The three stars: Michele Rice, Robin Jones, and Candy Hardy not only keep an eye on the dozens of aspects of day-to-day operations, but also provide an unmatched level of service and commitment to the firm’s clients. It’s not uncommon for reviews of Zeliff | Watson to mention one of these ladies by name, and for them there is no better feeling than knowing they helped someone when they needed it most. The team at Zeliff | Watson is available 24/7 for emergency situations, and will always take the time to speak to potential clients in a face-toface meeting. Zeliff | Watson can be reached at: (770) 887-3720, or visit them at: zwdefense.com. See ad page 49

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Georgia Dermatology Center: Beautiful skin starts here Dr. Alex Gross and the staff of Georgia Dermatology Center and Med Spa are proud to be named the Best of Forsyth for 2016. Thank you for allowing us to treat you, as we celebrate 21 years in Forsyth County! See ad page 51

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Primrose School continues to be a favorite among Forsyth parents Much thanks and appreciation to all the people that voted for Primrose School of Cumming East as Best Child Care Center! We are humbled and honored to win the inaugural “Best Of Forsyth” award for this category for the second year in a row. During our 24 years, we have been a partner with hundreds of Forsyth County families to provide a caring, supportive, educational environment. We have always strongly believed in and ardently strived for delivery of a daily

Primrose Experience that creates the best foundation for success in each child. Through the years we have been exceptionally blessed with wonderful, responsible, dedicated, and fun staff members. Our school environment is all about working hard, caring about our work, and having fun at the same time ... and our families are major participants. All of us thank you for acknowledging Primrose School of Cumming East with your vote! See ad page 53

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Thank you for forvoting votingususBEST BEST! Thank you AGAIN! For 23 24years, years, our school families to provide For school has haspartnered partneredwith withForsyth Forsyth families to provide the best foundation for success for their children. Call us today. the best foundation for success for their children. Call us today.

CONTACT OUR SCHOOL TO SCHEDULE A TOUR. Primrose School of Cumming East 1245 Sanders Road | Cumming, GA 30041 770.889.9900 | PrimroseCummingEast.com

A publication ofSchool Forsythis aCounty News 2016 Best Of Forsyth | 53 Each Primrose privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools and The Leader in Educational Child Care are trademarks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2015 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See primroseschools.com for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail.

Banks Septic: Serving Forsyth for over 20 years We want to thank everyone in the community for voting for us. We are a third generation family-owned and operated business. Without such great customers and employees we just wouldn’t be where we are today! We at Banks Septic provide a variety of septic services, scheduled appointments or as emergency calls. We have been servicing Forsyth County and surrounding areas for over 20 years. Banks Septic always stands behind any project we undertake. We guarantee that if your services fail due to our error, we will provide full repairs without question. We also guarantee that each service we install meets or exceeds state standards

and codes. All technicians and owners are state licensed and participate in continuing education throughout the year. Our employees are not paid by commission so you don’t have to worry about paying high fees or being pressured into unnecessary work. We have no hidden fees, when we quote you it will be that price. Being a family-owned business we know our employees are doing the best they can to promote the company and make sure they are doing the best job they can. Again we thank you for all your support throughout the years and hope to continue to serve you for another 20 plus years. See ad page 52

We gladly support: • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta • CASA • United Way of Forsyth County • North Forsyth 400 Rotary • Relay For Life • Wounded Warrior Project • Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office • Forsyth County school system

The Villas at Canterfield meets needs of seniors To quote Mark Twain: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” If only these words from this beloved American humorist were true for all of us! However, no matter our sense of humor or unmindfulness, the real world dictates that our bodies do age with passing years. Some of us continue on into retirement “full steam ahead,” while others must slow down and adapt, but all of us face changes in one form or another. The Villas at Canterfield retirement community was created to meet the wide variety of needs within the aging population. We offer several residential options starting with our active, independent lifestyle full of exciting experiences to our

comprehensive Memory Care assistance programs. In other words, The Villas at Canterfield continuum of care model offers our residents the full spectrum of residential opportunities that, in turn, allow retirees to do a wonderful thing: to age in place safely and hassle-free. In early 2016, The Villas at Canterfield will complete our final phase of Independent Living campus construction. Our new facilities will include more twobedroom Villas as well as a

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luxurious Independent Living rental apartment building. The elegant décor throughout the campus, coupled with the numerous amenities included in our monthly rental fee, far exceeds normal expectations. If you are close to making that “independent lifestyle, retirement living” move, we urge you to come take a tour and see what The Villas at Canterfield is all about. Or, if you think you or your loved one might be in

need of more personalized care on a daily level, our Wellness Team is happy to be your sounding board resource. We are here to answer your questions… and to ease the transition, if need be. We thank the Forsyth County community for voting The Villas of Canterfield 2016 Best of Forsyth in the Senior Care category; we are honored to receive this award two years in a row. This award means we are fulfilling our mission: to make your retirement living experience akin to a true “frosting on the cake” living experience, regardless of where you reside on The Villas at Canterfield campus! See ad page 55

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January 2016 Dear Forsyth County Residents: What an honor it is to be voted Best of Forsyth “Senior Care” winner two years in a row! Once again, all kudos must go to our marvelous staff as we could not provide our high quality of Personal Care and Memory Care without them. Their professional expertise is outstanding, to say the least, but it is their attentive and compassionate regard for each and every resident that truly sets The Villas at Canterfield apart. The Villas at Canterfield exists to provide excellent quality of life for our Forsyth County seniors, and receiving so many readers’ votes, yet again, means we are fulfilling our mission. We are about to open the final phase of our continuum of care campus, a luxurious Independent Living apartment building. The ambience and amenities of our rental residences will go well beyond “the norm” and are sure to please even the most discerning. Come for a campus tour and visit. See for yourself our lovely facilities and meet our devoted, enthusiastic staff – the people who truly make us your winner. Again, many thanks for your continued vote of confidence! Best regards, Administration Team The Villas at Canterfield

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Fred’s Beds offers Flack’s Flooring adapts to customer’s needs great mattress deals Thank you for voting Flack’s Flooring Best of Forsyth Carpet/Flooring Store for the second year in a row. Flack’s Flooring – Cumming opened in 1993 in the Old Matt Schoolhouse on Bannister Road. At the time we sold new and used carpets. Contractors and rental property owners soon found us to be a great source for carpet. Throughout the 1990s we continued to add products that we stocked, like vinyl, hardwoods, and laminate floors. In addition to stocking these products, we were also expanding our installer network to be able to install these products. During this time of expansion, customers found Flack’s Flooring a great resource for new flooring and

installation for not only rental properties but also their primary residence. Flack’s Flooring’s move to our current location on Ga. 400 has allowed us to expand our inventory and services. At the time we moved into our new location, our buying power was to the point that we could purchase new carpet close to the price of used. At that point we discontinued selling used carpet and focused on new carpet, vinyl, hardwoods and laminate floors. Flack’s Flooring’s growth has always been about changing and adapting to our customer’s needs. One thing, however, will never change. We value every customer, and you’ll know it the minute you walk in the door. See ad page 56

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Thank you for voting Fred’s Beds Best of Forsyth Mattress Store for two years in a row. Fred’s Beds has provided great mattress deals to Atlanta Metro and North Georgia since 2002. In September 2012, the Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance Center opened on Ga. 400, 2.3 miles south of the Georgia Premium Outlet Malls in Dawsonville. We serve Cumming, Dawsonville, greater Forsyth and Dawson counties, Big Canoe, Gainesville, Alpharetta, Roswell, and beyond! Fred’s Beds sources its mattresses through a nationwide network of discounted closeouts, factory over-runs, liquidations, mix and match, and lightly distressed models. Because of our low over-

head and low prices, every day is a mattress sale at Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance Center! Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance Center’s biggest testament comes from our many happy customers, and the fact that every member our family sleeps on one of these quality mattresses. Fred’s Beds is familyowned and operated; not part of a chain or franchise. You will feel the difference as soon as you walk in the door: a friendly environment, a special area for kids, and a big focus on helping you find the right mattress without any highpressure gimmicks. We value each and every customer and look forward to saving you money! See ad page 57

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Jailbusters Inc. offers compassion, professionalism during bonding At Jailbuster’s Inc., we take great pride in our business. Established in Forsyth County since 1998, as an all-female bonding institution, our motto is “Never Fear, the Girls are Here!” We work very hard to offer compassion, professionalism, and any help we can to make your bonding experience as pain free as possible. We are members of the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsman, Professional Bail Agents of the United States, and Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, Ga. In Forsyth County, we have been longstanding sponsors and supporters

of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home, Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, and Forsyth Central High School band, Flash of Crimson Marching Band. We have a wonderful team on board that comprises Jailbusters Inc. The owners are Janice Grimes and Sherrie Neese, both born and raised in Forsyth County with 40 years of experience combined. In addition to being an owner, Janice was also Vice President of the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsman for 14 years. Kristi Grimes Eades has been an office manager, Bail Agent, and Bail Recovery

Agent with us for 22 years. Christy Neese Holt has served as a Bail Agent for 14 years, and Larissa Hightower has also worked with us as a Bail Agent for two years now. If you are interested in any of our services, we accept all credit cards, have multiple payment

plans available, and are open 24 hours a day. We are so proud to be voted as the #1 bonding company in Forsyth County. Thank you to all that voted for us, and to our supportive community! See ad page 58

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Lou Sobh Honda provides exceptional service to clients Lou Sobh Honda would like to thank Forsyth Community for the honor or voting us the “Best in Forsyth” for 2016. For the past few years, we have been proudly serving the Cumming, Ga., community with exceptional customer service. As the only Honda dealer in the surrounding area, our team always goes the extra mile to ensure your satisfaction. Our family is proud to be part of Forsyth County and will continue to provide exceptional service and community support. Again, thank you for your support. Lou Sobh Honda wishes you a Happy and Prosperous 2016. See ad page 59

Children’s Healthcare focusing on future Since Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta moved to Forsyth in 2011, the staff has seen more than 50,000 patient visits, treating everything from the flu to shin splints. Children’s offers another important, life-changing pediatric service in Forsyth — the early detection of developmental delays in infants. With a new eye-tracking screening device, clinicians are able to see the world through the eyes of a child. The screening will detect how infants perceive their environment. The eye-tracking device works by using cameras that focus on a child’s eyes. Short videos and images are shown to the child, and when his eyes move, the cameras can tell what part of the scene he is watching.

Most children focus on people’s eyes and faces, but infants at risk for autism tend to focus on objects and movements more than their typically developing peers. By detecting these risk factors earlier, the hope is to catch conditions, such as autism spectrum disorders, or ASD, at the earliest possible stages. Currently the average age of diagnosis of ASD is when a child is about 5 years old. If discovered early, this screening can lead to a life-changing early intervention. “We can now make a difference,” said Ami Klin, director of the Marcus Autism Center and professor and chief of the division of autism and related disorders at Emory University. “Anything we

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do within this window of opportunity will have lifetime consequences for the patients.” Warren Jones, director of research at Marcus Autism Center, said they “study how children with autism look at, and learn from, the world.” “Literally, we measure every movement of a child’s eyes while he looks at other people, quantifying how much time a child spends watching other people’s eyes or watching other important social gestures,” Jones said. Studies show that the earlier a child is diagnosed with autism and starts treatment, the better the outcome. Klin and a team of researchers came to Atlanta from Yale University to launch the largest research

effort for children with autism and related disorders in the country — a collaboration between Marcus Autism Center, a subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine. Klin and Jones agreed that the most important partners in this new program will be pediatricians who screen patients in well-baby checkups and refer families with babies or young children at risk for autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening children for ASD at 18 months and 24 months and asking about social and emotional developmental milestones at every well-child checkup. See ad page 61

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When it’s urgent care, you can still get Children’s care.

Minor illnesses and injuries can happen anytime. When they do, you don’t have to settle for anything less than our doctors and nurses, who are specially trained to care for your child. And with our online scheduling, you can get in line for check-in before you leave home. Learn more at choa.org/urgentcare.

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i9 Sports offers youth programs and camps for children i9 Sports is a national provider of youth sports leagues and camps for boys and girls. In just a few years, i9 Sports has developed a fanatical following with more than 500,000 members who have chosen our programs over others. i9 Sports members can enjoy the benefits of an efficient national sports organization that provides a personal touch within their local community. We offer a complete package; organization, effective communication and convenience. Our athletes are given equal playing time within a fun, safe and family-oriented environment. There are no evaluations, drafts or tryouts to make a team. There is only a 1-day commitment,

all practices and games are held on the same day. FUN. The primary reason why children love i9 Sports is because of the emphasis that we place on the fun. At i9 Sports, it is more about the enjoyment of the game rather than its’ competitiveness. SAFETY. It is essential that we provide a safe environment for our athletes by conducting a thorough background check and requiring certification for all staff and volunteers. It is critical that the children in all i9 Sports programs are ensured a safe atmosphere. Sportsmanship is key at i9 Sports. We make it of high priority to teach each participant the importance of good sportsmanship. We believe in

building character through sportsmanship. Everyone plays and everyone wins at i9 Sports. Our programs have been made suitable for of all children regardless of their ability level. Each athlete is a winner at i9 Sports! Studies

support that kids who participate in organized sports are more team oriented, do better in school and are more healthy! i9 Sports, An Experience Beyond the Game… See ad page 63

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Locally owned and operated and serving the Forsyth County community since 2009, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More provides full service professional retail custom garment decorating in both our Cumming and new Suwanee/Johns Creek stores. We use digital direct-to-garment “Vintage” printing technology, ultra print, screen printing, embroidery, vinyl and other decorating techniques to create high quality, low cost custom printed T-shirts, polos, hoodies, jackets, caps and much more across thousands of apparel brands and styles for individuals and organizations. Our sports team uniforms, player packs and spirit wear are high quality, competitively priced, and our turn-around times are industry leading. Our small business packages help small businesses inexpensively

logo and professionally uniform their business with their own custom apparel. We offer significant discounts for schools, churches, and community service groups. We charge no art fees and no set up fees and have no minimum order size on our digitally printed apparel, 24 hour turn-around on in stock items, and no shipping costs for items picked up in our store. We offer free personalized graphic design assistance from our seven highly-skilled on-site graphic designers. Discounts start at just 5 pieces! We are members of the CummingForsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County School System Partners in Education and proud to have been named Forsyth County Small Business of the Year in 2015. See ad page 64

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Andean Chevrolet proud to serve county for generations Andean Chevrolet is a true family-owned and operated dealership. Founded in 1948 by James Otwell II, Andean Chevrolet has become a trusted source for new Chevrolet models, as well as parts, service and more. James Otwell III took the reins in 1973 and Andean Chevrolet has been proudly serving Cumming, GA and surrounding areas ever since. James Otwell III and his four sons, James Otwell IV, John Otwell, Joseph Otwell, and Jacob Otwell, continue the Andean tradition. We are the leading

dealer in Cumming, serving Buford, Canton and Atlanta Chevrolet customers. At our Chevrolet dealership, you can find friendly staff, great service and excellent deals! Make sure you check out our inventory of new and pre-owned Chevrolet models. You can visit our Chevrolet dealership at 527 Buford Road, Cumming, GA 30040. You can also give our Sales Department a call at (678) 807-6508 or call (678) 807-6510 for the Service Department. See ad page 65

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James Otwell Jr. opened Andean Chevrolet 68 years ago, naming the business after daughters Patricia Anne and Sara Dean – coining the well known Andean name.

Pictured from left to right: Jacob, Janet, Joseph, Deanie, Jim, and John Otwell

Today it is still owned and operated by the founder’s son, daughter, daughter-inlaw and four grandsons.

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Northside Hospital-Forsyth expanding and enhancing its services Northside Hospital is one of the most respected and fastest growing health care organizations in the Southeast, and Northside Hospital-Forsyth is no different. In fact, in the 14 years since Northside purchased the Cumming hospital, it has seen tremendous growth. That growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Today, the 1-millionsquare-foot Northside Hospital-Forsyth medical campus has more than 2,600 employees and 2,400 physicians and includes the 231-bed hospital, a Women’s Center, an advanced surgery tower and four medical office buildings. More than 400,000 patient visits were served last year across a full range of medical services. Construction is currently

under way on three additional floors to the hospital, which will bring the hospital’s inpatient bed count to 247 and the total number of beds, including observation, to 330. These additional floors should be operational in October 2016. The hospital also has been busy expanding and enhancing its services to keep up with the growing health care needs of the community. Northside HospitalForsyth provides leadingedge cancer care with Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ technology, now available at the hospital’s newly renovated and expanded Cancer Center. The technology offers the latest treatment for malignant and benign brain tumors and functional and vascular disorders. For patients with brain tumors, this means they can undergo

a non-invasive form of brain surgery without surgical risks, a long hospital stay or subsequent rehabilitation. For Georgians at risk for heart disease, the Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute’s board-certified cardiologists and vascular surgeons, working alongside cardiovascular trained nurses and technologists, have the highest level of expertise in diagnosing and treating these conditions. Northside Hospital-Forsyth was the first hospital in Metro Atlanta to earn Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from The Joint Commission. It also achieved the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Get With The Guidelines® 2015 Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for the

diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These recognitions highlight the exceptional heart failure care that Northside Hospital-Forsyth provides. Northside HospitalForsyth is committed to balancing clinical excellence with high-quality, compassionate care. In addition to the advanced certification in heart failure, in 2015 the hospital also was recognized by The Joint Commission for health care excellence with specialty certification in treating pneumonia, hip/knee replacement and stroke patients. Follow @NorthsideHosp on social media, and for more information visit www.northside.com. See ad page 68

Castle Car Wash provides customers with the most advanced equipment After he and his family moved to Forsyth County in 2008, Michael Greer saw a need for a better local car wash. He wanted to provide customers with the most advanced equipment, an easy layout, more choices, and most importantly, an exceptional customer experience. After three years of research and development, Castle Car Wash opened its doors in 2012 with a custom-built tunnel filled with state-of-the-art equipment. This equipment allows Castle to offer wash packages that are not available anywhere else in the area, like the Royal Treatment wash. The Royal Treatment includes the exclusive Dragon Foam Bath, which uses specially-formulated conditioners to give your vehicle ultimate protection and showroom shine. The Royal Treatment also includes

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Simoniz Hot Wax that coats the vehicle’s paint in pure carnauba wax. Castle is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of car wash technology and consistently upgrades its equip-

ment to deliver the best wash possible to its customers. Castle’s passion to create an exceptional customer experience is continued on in its employees. All Castle associates are highly trained in detailing vehicles and providing outstanding customer service. The Greer family deeply believes in giving back and is dedicated to supporting the local community. In 2015, Castle Car Wash donated more than $15,000 to local schools, community organizations and other non-profits. This would not have been possible without the support of loyal customers and hardworking staff. Castle Car Wash would like to thank everyone who voted to make them Best in Forsyth! See ad page 67

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We’re honored to serve you It’s an honor to be recognized as the nation’s leading hospital for maternity and newborn care. Look a little closer and you’ll discover that Northside performs more surgeries and diagnoses and treats more breast and gynecologic cancer than any other hospital in Georgia. While people choose Northside for our expertise, they also know us for our exceptional compassionate care. Visit us online at Northside.com

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