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Lifestyle Letter

Welcome to 2016! J

anuary is a time of renewal. It’s a time when anything is possible. It’s a time for resolutions big and small. At Vinings Lifestyle, we are thrilled to start another year with you! And we resolve to continue bringing you the best, most interesting information about our diverse community. This month, we want to encourage the healthy habits of a new year tends to cultivate. Resolving to get in shape? Check out our feature on Diamond Dallas Page and his yoga performance studio that is not like anything you’ve ever seen. Resolving to update your style? You must read the trendsetters piece on southern-styled outerwear. Or are you resolving to travel to somewhere new this year? We have 16 places for you to visit in 2016…and all are within driving distance of Vinings! I trust that you had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year will treat you even better. What's on your resolution list for 2016? Here's to keeping those resolutions and making this year the best (and healthiest) one yet! Until next month, I'll see you on the Silver Comet Trail, on the courts during USTA season, or stopping by the South Cobb Chick-fil-A...for a salad! 

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January 2016

Departments

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16 Smyrna Artist Makes a Splash Throughout the South

Keep an eye on local artist Melissa Payne Baker.

24 So You Want to be a Blogger...

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Our Contributors

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Artist’s Palette

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Road Trip

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Tech Savvy

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Real Wives

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Giving Back

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Trend Setter

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Animal Kingdom

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Sold Properties

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

Read these tips from professional bloggers to get you started off right.

26 Namaste, What?

Meet Diamond Dallas Page. The most unlikely yoga guru ever.

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Our Contributors

MEET JANUARY'S TEAM Meet some of the photographers and writers who helped shape this month's magazine:

KIMBERLY DEJANOVICH-RYAN

ROTRICIA RACHELLE COLEY

Kimberly is our cover photog-

Rotricia Rachelle Coley is an

rapher this month! She moved

event designer, stylist, and pho-

to Georgia in August 2014, with

tographer. She is known for her

her husband

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two

dogs.

dessert

tables

She loves to hike and  explore the

and her unique eye as a photog-

area and all the beauty it has to

rapher. Rotricia Rachelle is a wife

offer. In addition to her profes-

and mother of three and resides in

sional photography work, Kim-

Smyrna. RachelleGrace.com.

berly donates her services to animal shelters and rescues. KimberlyDejanovich.smugmug.com

RUKSANA HUSSAIN

A freelance writer and ediBERNETTA KNIGHTEN

tor, Ruksana works with local

Bernetta is a lifestyle blogger

and national print and web me-

(BernettaStyle.com) who enjoys

dia outlets as well as corporate

writing about motherhood, marriage

and custom content clients. She

and motivation to do and be your

specializes in stories covering

best. Married with 3 children, she

travel, dining, lifestyle, commu-

is also the creator of TheKnightenProject.org, helping  make dreams

nity, and other diverse beats.  RuksanaWrites.com and TravelerAndTourist.com.

come true one person at a time. AMY LEE

Amy Lee's work was featured on

LORI MAC BROWN

Lori's roots are in Atlanta, but

the cover of the December issue

her wings take her anywhere there

of Vinings Lifestyle magazine!  As

is pimento cheese. The Ambassa-

a photographer, Amy can be found

dress of the South™, Lori has ap-

exploring the city with her children

peared as a family and Southern

and her camera. She is on a con-

travel expert on TV and radio, and

stant mission to capture both the

as a guest speaker at tourism and

special and ordinary moments of

blogging industry events. Her work

life; in her own family and her clients. Through her company, Smack

has been featured in USA TODAY 10Best, Travel Channel, AJC and

Dab Photography, Amy is able to share her passion for making mem-

WSBTV.com. Follow her regular updates at GoSoutheast.About.com 

ories. SmackDabPhotography.com

and LoriMacBrown.com. LAURA MILLER  NADIYAH M. JETT -

Laura penned the cover story on

Nadiyah is a married mom of

Diamond Dallas Page in this issue.

four children. She loves living in

She is an Atlanta native with a pas-

Smyrna and exploring all the fun

sion for the written word. From

spots around town with her fam-

creative short stories to folk songs,

ily. When not writing, you can find

business writing to human interest

Nadiyah traveling with her husband

journalism, Laura has written some

or experimenting with new recipes

of everything and enjoys a chal-

in the kitchen. A former Upscale

lenging topic. Currently, she writes for numerous local publications as

Magazine editor, Nadiyah is now focused on her freelance writing ca-

well as small businesses. OmniaWriting.com. 

reer. Pathbrite.com/u673824442/cswX Want to join our roster of writers and photographers? Email Maria.Smith@lifestylepubs.com. 8

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Good Times

Grand Opening of Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo Atlanta - Vinings in the heart of Vinings is now open. VIP guests celebrated the long-awaited launch on November 19, 2015. Out-of-towners as well as locals are invited to see the community's newest star.

CEO of Valor Hospitality Partners, Euan McGlashan (right), welcomes guests to the opening party. 10

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Vinings Restaurants Shine at Afternoon in the Country Event

The top food event of the year in Georgia, Afternoon in the Country, put on by Les Dames d'Escoffier featured several Vinings restaurants including Muss & Turners,  Paces & Vine, Fifth Group, and Local Three. Despite less-than-perfect weather, guests indulged in a fabulous afternoon at Serenbe.

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Good Times

Casino Night at Delmar Gardens

Local residents were dressed to the nines for the Delmar Gardens casino night this past November. A fun night with some friendly casino action ensured everyone went home a winner!

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

Hotel Indigo celebrated it's grand opening on November 19, 2015.

The new hotel also features some new technology, too. The Neighborhood Guide, as seen at other Hotel Indigo properties, is a touchscreen display unit which allows guests to  connect with others at the hotel, the local community, and people at Hotel Indigo locations around the world.  The Hotel Indigo Atlanta - Vinings hotel is owned by Rialto Capital Management, and managed by Valor Hospitality Partners.

SMYRNA ROTARY CLUB DONATES STEM EQUIPMENT TO TEASLEY ELEMENTARY When Smyrna Rotary Club learned Teasley Elementary was in need of new technology equipment, they stepped up right away. Teasley Elementary’s STEM teacher Erin Sumners said, “We want robotics technology to teach our students coding and computer programming. They are extremely excited about technology and robotics, and I hope to offer them growing experiences.”  Smyrna Rotary Club responded to this need with $3,500 of technology including  12 Bee-Bots, 12 activity mats and two docking/charging stations for Grades K to 2 as well as 40 Ozobots for Grades 3 to 5.  Smyrna Rotary Club donated STEM equipment to Teasley Elementary.

HOTEL INDIGO ATLANTA - VININGS IS NOW OPEN! After much work and a pushed back opening, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened the third installation of the Hotel Indigo brand in metro Atlanta.  The 160-room hotel is located at 2857 Paces Ferry in the heart of Vinings, steps from the shops and restaurants in Vinings Jubilee. This boutique hotel is striving to be a space for both hotel guests and locals to relax together in a chic, yet comfortable setting.  Guests at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta - Vinings are greeted by artwork, furniture, and custom-created pieces to embody the history and feel of the Vinings area. This includes a front desk that resembles whiskey barrels as the area once produced a high quantity of whiskey. Influences of Nellie Mae Rowe, famed American folk artist, and a previous owner of the land the hotel sits on, can be seen throughout the hotel in the bold color palette. There are also murals and other art in guestrooms and elevator lobbies that feature the history of Vinings as a riverfront town. In addition to the hotel, The Public House at Vinings, the hotel's restaurant has opened too. Located in the lobby of Hotel Indigo Atlanta - Vinings,  guests can enjoy southern-styled cuisine, with a local flavor as well as hand-crafted cocktails.

“Bee-Bots are a kid-friendly robot that will teach the 480 students in Grades K-2 coding, sequencing, problem solving and estimation," explains Sumners. "The Ozobots are for grades 3-5’s 355 students to learn coding and sequencing using iPads or their own drawings.” 

Guestrooms feature unique hard-surface flooring, plush bedding, and spa-inspired bathrooms. Guests have access to a 24-hour fitness

Smyrna Rotary Club’s immediate Past President Scott Auer pre-

center and both indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Hotel Indigo Atlan-

sented the robots and did a technology demonstration on Teasley El-

ta - Vinings offers over 3,200 square feet of meeting space with the

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also on hand, says, “This is all about our vision for Smyrna as a city

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focusing on the future. Our Club is really interested in doing all that it can for our community.  Smyrna’s kids need to have the best chances that they can at getting into great colleges and having great jobs.  When Smyrna will need employees or customers, there is a good chance that they will come from Teasley Elementary and our other schools.  This is why we have done project after project in the area’s schools including a recent $4,500 robotics grant at Griffin Middle School.  Today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators, consumers and leaders.  The better they are, the better our community’s long-term success and prosperity.” Smyrna Rotary Club is currently having a membership drive

Celebrate Your Special Occasion At The Pace House & Old Pavilion

Nestled in the center of Vinings are two historic gems...

The Pace House & Old Pavilion. Wrapped in nineteenth century charm, they provide the perfect setting for special corporate or private events.

and is looking for community and business leaders to get involved, as well as for companies that are interested in partnering together for local projects.  If interested, contact Smyrna Rotary Club at f25@nfiweb.com.  Visit the Beehive Atlanta Pop-Up shop while it lasts in Vinings! Photo credit: Rotricia Rachelle Coley

The perfect location for your dream wedding

An intimate spot for a private dinner

BEEHIVE ATLANTA OPENS POP-UP SHOP IN VININGS JUBILEE The Beehive Atlanta is expanding and opened a new pop-up store in Vinings in November. The new space is located in the Vinings Jubilee shopping center (next door to Talbots). Guests can shop from over 50 locally-curated jewelry, fashion, skincare, stationery, housewares, baby/children and food goods. The pop-up store will remain open through February 2016. The original Beehive is located in the trendy Edgewood neighborhood in Atlanta, and has been the place to go for eclectic finds since 2010. Both locations are designed to be  boutique collectives comprised of independent designers with a focus on the local entrepreneur. The goal of the collective is to keep top quality handmade culture alive and well in Atlanta (and now Vinings, too)! Learn more at TheBeeHiveATL.com.

The Pace House is a unique spot for corporate events For more information visit our website at

www.thepacehouse.com - or - email info@vinings.org The Pace House is owned by

The Vinings Historic Preservation Society and operates under the

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Artist’s Palette

Smyrna Artist Makes a Splash Throughout the South MELISSA PAYNE BAKER IS A LOCAL ARTIST TO WATCH.

ARTICLE MARIA R. SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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elissa Payne Baker spends her days chasing her artistic dreams as well as her toddler son, both keeping her creativity in full bloom. She grew up in Mississippi but now, along with her son and husband Rick, Melissa calls the Vinings area home. Melissa has perfected various color, medium and texture techniques to cultivate her individual style. Her works can be found in art galleries and boutiques throughout the Southeast. In addition to the exhibitions of Melissa’s work, she has also had her work  featured in VIE  magazine,  Atlanta Interiors  magazine, Southern Lady  magazine, Traditional Homes  and  Atlanta Homes &  Lifestyles, among others. She was voted Atlanta's Best Emerging Artist by Creative Loafing in 2010, Best Atlanta Artist 2011 in  Atlanta  magazine, Atlanta’s Best Artist 2012   in  Jezebel  and named “The it Girl” CONTINUED > by The Atlantan in 2013.

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"I hope in my paintings, collectors can see the love I have for life. I paint with my heart and soul. I get excited once a painting is complete; it is like meeting a new friend," says Melissa.

Melissa has been a featured  artist in decorators’ show houses in  Atlanta,  Birmingham, Cashiers and Knoxville. In Atlanta, she has been an artist with Trinity Spotlight on Art since 2006 including their Saks Fifth Avenue  and Neiman Marcus Galleries. She has participated in events at High Museum of Art High Arts Day, Huntsville Museum of Art and Columbus Museum of Art. Melissa views her paintings as an extension of herself, deriving her works  from everyday life and experiences. All of her works convey emotions that seek UPCOMING SHOW SCHEDULE FOR to touch the viewer and contain MELISSA PAYNE BAKER: the heart and soul of who she is as an artist. She is  represented Neiman Marcus Preview Gallery for Spotlight by Huff Harrington Fine Art on Art. Melissa will showcase her canvas art and Atlanta and  is currently  work- her  hand-painted glassware. December 3-Januing on filling  galleries and at- ary 26, 2016, with a Night Out at Neiman Marcus, Thursday, January 21, 6-8 p.m. tending fine arts shows around Spotlight on Art at Trinity Market. Melissa will the Southeast. show  her artwork at this popular artist's showcase at Trinity School. February 1-6, 2016. See more details at SpotlightOnArt.com.  

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Road Trip

16 PLACES TO VISIT IN

2016

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s your resolution to travel more? Here are 16 places you should consider visiting during 2016...all within driving distance of Vinings!

PLACES TO VISIT IN GEORGIA 1. DRIVE THE GEORGIA BREWS AND Q’S TRAIL (Historic Heartland Re-

gion). Spanning 14 counties from Athens to Perry, Georgia’s first barbecue and beer trail highlights the best in saucy eats and thirst-quenching drinks. From barbecue that has blasted into space to places visited by and featured on The Oprah Winfrey show, it’s a road trip that will make your taste buds thank you. Learn more on ExploreGeorgia.org. ​2. JEKYLL ISLAND (Coastal). Once a day-trip favorite for St. Si-

mons Island vacationers, upgrades have made this an inviting destination unto its own. New hotels such as the Westin Jekyll Island, coupled with the recently completed Jekyll Island Beach Village and beachfront Convention Center, as well as the storied Jekyll Island Club Hotel, have given a renewed feel to this Georgia coastal treasure. 3. DUNAWAY GARDENS (Newnan).  Celebrities  such as

Walt Disney frequented these gardens that also served as a theatrical training ground for the performing arts from the 1920s to 1940s. Eventually forgotten and overgrown, the gardens were restored and gates reopened in 2005 and are now one of the Southeast’s largest natural rock and floral gardens. 20

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4. MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Conyers). Home to over 40

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monks, this monastery is open to public. Join the monks for mass, feed

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the ducks at the Monastery Lakes, take a self-guided tour through the museum and Visitor Center, or learn about the art of Bonsai. Don’t miss their homemade biscotti! 5. HENRY COUNTY (McDonough). Just 30 minutes south of down-

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town, Henry County is perfect for a day trip. See swimming pigs and

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sample the best strawberry ice cream ever at Southern Belle Farm. Ride in a Vietnam-era Huey or Cobra Helicopter at the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

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6. DOLLYWOOD’S DREAMMORE RESORT (Pigeon Forge, Ten-

nessee). Dollywood has now become its own destination with the addition of the DreamMore Resort. Special park privileges and amenities make it an exceptional value for the stay, while rocking chairs and fire pits invite mo-

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ments of relaxed family time. 7. CADES COVE (Great Smoky Mountains Nation-

al Park, Tennessee). Located within the most visited National Park is an 11-mile paved loop you can drive, bike or hike. This valley surrounded by mountains offers opportunities to spot bear and deer, go horseback riding, and even explore restored eighteenth and nineteenth century churches and homesteads. 8.  SELMA TO MONTGOMERY NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL (Marion

to Montgomery, Alabama). Visitors can drive the trail route from Marion to Montgomery. Follow the trail to Selma Interpretive Center and visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Walking Tour. From Selma, visitors can follow the actual march route all the way to the Alabama State Capital. Half way between Selma and Montgomery, be sure to stop at the second interpretive center on the trail, Lowndes Interpretive Center, and view the film "Never Lose Sight of Freedom”. 9. DRIVE COASTAL HIGHWAY ROUTE 17 (Florida to Virginia). Roll your

window down and take in the healing smell of the salty air. You’ve done the Georgia section from Jekyll to Savannah, now explore through the coastal towns of South Carolina. Mount Pleasant and Pawleys Island offer Southern sights, stick-to-your-ribs food and ecological wonders.

EVENTS TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR 10. MOUNT DORA ANTIQUE EXTRAVAGANZA (Mount Dora, Flori-

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11. SHAMROCK CITY (Lookout Mountain, Georgia). The famous

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earning enough income from their internet-driven ventures to support their households. Arkeedah McCormick is the exception. Before you take the leap from your 9-to-5 to the wonderland of writing, do ample research to understand how to get started and find prosperity as a blogger. Here's a round-up of time-tested know-how from McCormick and other experts to help you to build a foundation for your new blogging experience: STAY CONTENT-FOCUSED

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Determining your chief focus is paramount, so, first, brainstorm what you're good at and what drives you, according to McCormick. “Follow your heart, not just your reason. You seldom go wrong when you listen to your own inner voice,” she says. Raj Subramanyam, author of  How to Build a Blog That Counts,  advises bloggers to make sure that every post always adds a unique spin to the topic and highlights your own expertise, insights, recommendations, or opinion, which keeps reader retention high.

hen Atlanta-born author, and former model Arkeedah McCormick stepped away from the world of fashion, she was not yet ready to forgo her passion for haute couture. Hence, the Vinings transplant has swapped her modeling career for one of today's trendiest entrepreneurial gigs— blogging with a style-centered twist— which has kept the door open for her to stay linked to her passion. She has been able to meet, mingle with and interview hundreds “I started my first blog in 2009,” says McCormick, the editorof celebrities and work with a variety of top-tier brands. in-chief of two popular blogs,  ItsArkeedah.com, which While McCormick is focuses on fashion and lifestyle news, and ChickAutoTips. among  the ranks of more than 31 million U.S. bloggers, com, a resource for women that offers car-related advice. according to a 2012 survey “And I purchased a lot of books to gain knowledge and to by blogging.org, fewer than 10 get an insight into the blogging world.” percent of these bloggers were 24

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or more than 10 years, Diamond Dallas Page was one of the most recognizable professional wrestlers in the world. During his time in the World Championship Wrestling, Page became a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, four-time WCW World Tag Team Champion, and won the WCW World Television Championship once, as well as a WCW Triple Crown Champion.  But Page, unlike most professional wrestlers, began his career in his early thirties.  Originally a manager, Page quickly gained the support of fans and pro-wrestlers alike, and began official training at the WCW Power Plant in his mid-30s.  He was the oldest rookie in the history of pro-wrestling. With his trademark work ethic, determination, and style, Page reached champion status within five years and began a career that would propel him into acting, writing, and motivational speaking.  There was nothing he couldn’t do. No one he couldn’t beat. Until it all ended. After a string of back and neck injuries, Page allowed his wrestling contract to expire in 2002.  He was at a crossroads. CONTINUED >

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“Because of my injuries, yoga was the only thing I could do,” Page says. “For years, I was the guy who wouldn’t be caught dead doing yoga.  But I noticed a significant difference when I added yoga to my rehab moves.  And I ended up creating the workout by accident.”


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The workout he created is DDP Yoga, an enhanced yoga program that focuses on resistance, core strength, cardio, and flexibility.  It is literally for everyone – young, old, injured, obese, or just out of shape – because there is no need for fancy equipment or tools.  Your body is your machine. One of the most desirable things about this program, however, is that minimal stress is placed on your joints. DDP Yoga provides an intense, effective workout without hurting your body in any way. Many professional athletes have adopted DDP Yoga as their main source of exercise, including WWE wrestlers. Page designed DDP Yoga to be more than just a workout.  He built a performance center in Smyrna and developed an app, both of which will provide many resources including live workout videos, cooking demonstrations, workshops, and even recipes. Page wants to educate the people of this community and show them that health isn’t only attained via exercise, but also through putting the best food you can into your body. For instance, many of the DDP Yoga workshops focus on the workout as well as meal prep and eating guidelines. Page believes in clean eating – gluten/wheat/ diary free, organic fruits and vegetables, and free range meats. 

“I believe in whole, real food. All the health problems that have appeared during the last 20 years?  The one thing that’s changed is the food,” says Page.

WHERE DOES PAGE WANT TO TAKE DDP YOGA IN THE FUTURE?

“I want DDP Yoga to be a household name,” Page says. “I want people to realize that there are so many different kinds of yoga, that it’s not only calm.  I want to change the meaning.” Diamond Dallas Page has seen his share of ups and downs, but he never, ever gave up. He strives to impart that determination to others, and his passion is obvious.  With dozens of success stories already, DDP Yoga is poised to be part of the next fitness revolution.

WHAT IS DDP YOGA? This ain't your momma's yoga! Diamond Dallas Page originally developed DDP YOGA for athletes like himself who had suffered years of injuries due to high-impact sports. It is the yoga for people who "wouldn't be caught dead" doing yoga, or anything like it. It combines the very best techniques of yoga, traditional fitness, sports therapy and dynamic resistance to create one of the most effective fitness plans in existence today. And it is something that anybody can do! The main benefits of DDP Yoga are body fat loss, lean muscle growth, and  improved cardio levels all without placing undue stress on the joints. DDP YOGA is currently used by professional football players, over 40 professional wrestlers, MMA fighters, and regular everyday people who want to see life-changing results and improve their quality of life. DDP Yoga has been featured on Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Doctor's among many others. Classes are held at the DDP Yoga Performance Center at  1239 Concord Rd SE Smyrna GA 30080. Individual classes are $15 each and are held nearly every day of the week. Passes to multiple classes can be bought at discounted rates.  30

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imberly Fisher is many things. She can be called an art collector, philanthropist, special needs advocate, travel enthusiast, home cook extraordinaire and business manager. However, her most beloved titles include wife and mom.  Kimberly is the wife to Smyrna's well-known orthodontist, Dameon Fisher, and mother to 11-year-old  Mackenzie, who has been diagnosed with autism.  She is also the director of operations for Fisher Orthodontics of Atlanta, and has served the community alongside her husband since 1999. Fisher Orthodontics has now grown to include three locations.  A true passion Kimberly shares with her husband is a love of art. They enjoy adding to their art  collection which includes several Radcliffe Bailey pieces, as well as ones from Kevin Cole, and acclaimed early-20th century artist, Charles White. Their Smyrna home is a testament to this creative zeal. A healthy appetite for travel prevails as well. The Fisher family has enjoyed many trips to the Caribbean over the years. They love to island-hop while soaking up the easy  beach life. The Fishers also relish spending free time relaxing at their vacation home in Big Canoe. Kimberly and Dameon Fisher attending Kimberly is a member of Delta  Sigma an art festival in New York City. Theta, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women - MECCA chapter, and the North Suburban Atlanta chapter of Jack and Jill. She is also busy with the rigorous schedule that accompanies raising her special needs daughter, who is in fourth grade at Nickajack Elementary in Smyrna.  A strong interest in advocating for all special needs children has Kimberly serving on two foundation boards. At Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled, she is the patient advocate, helping parents facing issues and facilitating assistance with resources. She also serves on the board of the Dream Makers Youth Foundation, which helps children with special needs engage in sports and other Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Kimberly loves living in the creative and athletic opportunities.  When asked why she has chosen to advocate for special needs Smyrna area because of the access to outdoor activities and the "walkability" of her neighborhood. You can often spot Kimberly at families, Kimberly answered quickly:  area farmers markets looking for ingredients for one of her signature “It's hard being the voice for people who can’t speak dishes, walking the Silver Comet Trail,  or at her  family's newest favorite restaurant, Hook, Line and Schooner.  up for themselves. It’s hard being a special needs “Smyrna is not too far from  Atlanta but just far enough that it parent. It’s hard to know where to get resources has its own kind of synergy and vibe, offering something unique,” and access all the things that can help your family. I Kimberly says with enthusiasm. She savors the slower suburban pace and is quick to recognize the simple things in life as some of her want to help however I can.”  greatest blessings. 34

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Did you know Americans spend $61 billion on pet food annually, as compared to the $50 billion our country spends to feed hungry people every year? To become involved with reducing hunger, it’s important that you learn all you can. TIP: There are tons of resources online that

can easily help you find ways to help. • Check out the Gift Catalog for Children’s Hunger Fund: Catalog.ChildrensHungerFund.org • Become informed about hunger. Toolkits are available on Feeding America’s website: FeedingAmerica.org • Volunteer at the local food bank. • The No Kid Hungry Campaign outlines eleven things you can do. Visit NoKidHungry.com for specific tips. BUILD EMPATHY.

Sometimes we aren’t even aware of the daily pain people may be experiencing one street over. Whether it means becoming a mentor through an existing organization, fostering a child or creating a community of support for a child or family, the act of caring will impress the recipient of his/her worth and has the potential to change the trajectory of that life. 36

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ARTICLE MARY FRANCES BOWLEY & JENNIFER BRADLEY FRANKLIN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED TIP: Have you personally benefited from a mentor in a personal or

work situation? Ask yourself what skills are most valuable to me? Can I teach someone else how to leverage his or her gifts to gain success?  JOIN FORCES.

The thought of changing the world for someone can be dauntmore. Don’t feel as if the weight of the whole world rests only on your shoulders. There’s so much power in the commitment of one. Your simple, single act combined with hundreds of other simple acts can create true change for a community, gaining momentum to create a movement to safeguard every child. TIP: What’s the change you wish to see in the world? Find a local orga-

nization that aligns with your compassion and see what small options might be available for you. Hands On Atlanta is a perfect local resource to connect with organizations who need volunteers. Once we become aware of problems, most of us want to create change, especially when it comes to children. Realizing that even if one child is at risk, all children and our communities are affected. If we band together and commit to embrace these basic tips, change will occur. You can help make it zero! Learn more actionable items to start your year off on the right foot! Pick up a copy of Mary Frances Bowley and Jennifer Bradley Franklin’s book, Make it Zero: A Movement To Safeguard Every Child on Amazon. MakeItZero.net

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to be fierce with fashion. Who said being bundled up has to mean a puffy coat and knit hat? Fashion is a representation of who you are and should reflect your personality no matter the season. There are always trends that come and go, but stylish outerwear is a constant. A fabulous coat can be on trend for two to three years, or more! For winter 2016, the design trends are all about the details. Think about updating  your current outerwear wardrobe with simple changes to reenergize your look. If you have a well-tailored jacket, switch  up the buttons. Wrap  a new belt around a vintage dress coat. Tie a scarf into a new shape and add it as an embellish-

ment more than something to keep you warm. Even pinning a colorful broach to a basic overcoat can spice things up. The details really do make all the difference. J'Amy Tarr (JamyTarr.com) is a brand that is all about the details and creates a winter wow effect with her minimalist outerwear. Her fit, tailoring, and luxurious fabrics evoke modern elegance and glamour. The Fall/Winter 2015-2016 collection is described as woodland wildflowers meet military precision. Check out these three trends epitomized by this luxury designer.

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This coat made from a mid-weight brushed Japanese wool. It's both comfortable and chic. The tie-fastening belt easily makes this coat figure-flattering and versatile. It comes in cream and navy, which slightly fades to darker towards the bottom. This  adds an element that allows your eyes to follow the coat from top to bottom. All you need to add are black leather gloves and a simple hat to complete the  look.  Retail price: $688.

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THE CAPE ◁◁

Another elegant option for an Atlanta winter is the cape. The J'Amy Tarr cape is  made from soft-brushed wool.  It features a high collar with lambskin details and a silver metal buckle with a magnetic silver snap closure. This is the pièce de résistance  of a fantastic outfit. A great legging or slim-fit  pants with flats or knee-high  boots would work well with this cape. It comes in multiple colors including black, navy, lightstone grey and forest green. Retail price: $538.

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This versatile jacket can be worn four ways (closed, half-zipped, one side zipped, and open) to create several unique looks. It comes in navy and black and is made from brushed wool. It features leather-lined welt pockets and an asymmetrical front zipper. Retail price: $598.

Don't want to pay these premium price tags? Look for similar trends at local boutiques such as Sandpiper, Hemline, and Francesca's Collections.  These outerwear trends  allow you to be both  cozy and chic. So  don’t allow the cold to dictate your fashion this winter. Make a resolution to be  fabulous in every season! 

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JANUARY 29 JOHNNY MATHIS LIVE IN CONCERT COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Legendary singer Johnny Mathis, celebrating his 60th year as a recording art-

GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW

ist, returns to Atlanta for the first time in

COBB GALLERIA CENTRE

many years to perform his greatest hits

For anyone who found a diamond under the Christmas tree, the

and personal favorites at Cobb Energy

Georgia Bridal Show is for you. In addition to getting lots of great

Centre Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.

ideas and seeing the latest trends, you will be able to save time and money while also having fun. Get more information and purchase dis-

JANUARY 29

counted tickets at EliteEvents.com.

IN THE MOOD

JANUARY 10

- A 1940'S MUSICAL REVIEW COBB ENERGY PERFORMING

SUNDAY LECTURE SERIES: "THE METAMORPHOSIS OF DOWN-

ARTS CENTRE

TOWN SMYRNA, 1875 TO 2002"

To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band

SMYRNA PUBLIC LIBRARY

era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical

Urban historian Dr. William P. Marchione, author of “A Brief Histo-

revue, In The Mood is coming to Atlanta for two shows at 2 p.m. and

ry of Smyrna” and co-chair of the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council’s

8 p.m. on January 29th. Complete with authentic costumes, music ar-

History Committee, will analyze the rise, fall, and metamorphosis of

rangements and choreography, In The Mood pays homage to Ameri-

downtown Smyrna in this slide show and lecture. All are welcome to

ca’s "Greatest Generation."

attend this free event.

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JANUARY 30 WINTER FASHION SHOW & SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA

MLK JR. DAY OF SERVICE EVENTS

SMYRNA COMMUNITY CENTER

VARIOUS SITES

Kay-La’s Boutique presents it's Winter Fashion Show & Shopping

Americans around the country are planning for a "day on" instead of a

Extravaganza. Checkout some of the latest and hottest fashions from

day off to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Find dozens of volunteer op-

local boutiques and businesses. Guests will have time to shop before

portunities in the Vinings area by visiting NationalService.gov/mlkday.

and after the fashion show. Tickets are $5 per person. 

JANUARY 23 COBB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL DINNER COBB GALLERIA CENTRE The Cobb Chamber of Commerce will host an exciting night of celebration at their  74th Annual Dinner  at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Nearly 1,000 business and community leaders, economic development partners and elected officials will attend this event. This blacktie optional gala celebrates the many accomplishments of 2015 and sets the standard for a successful 2016.

JANUARY 31 PEPPA PIG LIVE! COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE More fun than a muddy puddle! Bring the whole family to Peppa Pig’s first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. Peppa Pig, star of the Nick Jr. show, and her all-new live stage show will visit more than 90 cities through 2016 including Atlanta on January 31.

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Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic (770) 436-9822 pacesvet.com PawPrints of Buckhead (404) 794-7387 pawprintsofbuckhead.com Uptown Pups (678) 842-0041 uptownpupsonline.com

EDUCATION SAE School (678) 239-3200 saeschool.org

The Goddard School - Vinings (770) 432-1231 goddardschools.com The Music Studio at Vinings (404) 351-9722 tmsvinings.com

ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION

Jitterbug Performing Arts (678) 424-1256 jitterbugperformingarts.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS FASHION & ORGANIZATIONS Vinings Business Association & ACCESSORIES (770) 874-5629 viningsbusiness.com

Vinings Historic Preservation Society (770) 432-3343 vinings.org

DENTISTS & ORTHODONTICS A+ Pediatric Dentistry (678) 391-7453 atlantakidsmiles.com

Atlanta Smiles & Wellness (404) 262-7733 atlantasmiles.com

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Union Diamond (770) 319-9155 uniondiamond.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS DDP Yoga Performance Center (678) 424-8202 ddpyogapc.com HP Spine Center (770) 952-5353 hpspinecenter.com

HOME DESIGN & FURNISHINGS

Englishman’s Fine Furnishings (404) 351-4464 englishmansfurniture.com

Modify Home (678) 424-8595 modifyatl.com

HOME SERVICES

Gardner Dermatology and Medical Spa (770) 952-2100 gardnerdermatology.com

Closets by Design Atlanta (770) 418-2112 closetsbydesign.com

Premier Pediatric Associates (404) 220-7660 ppa4kids.com

J&J Landscaping and Tree Service (770) 433-9333 jjtrees.com

OTHER

Spartan Kitchen & Bath (770) 333-9918

The Swim Revolution (404) 354-1180 theswimrevolution.com

Universal Windows of Atlanta (770) 415-8828 universalwindowsatlanta.com

INSURANCE

American Family Insurance Raphael Fisher (770) 779-1826 raphaelfisheragency.com

LEGAL SERVICES Meyring Law Firm (678) 956-7380 meyringlaw.com

The Champion Firm (404) 596-8044 thechampionfirm.com/

MEDICAL CLINICS & FACILITIES

Atlanta Face and Body Center (678) 888-3223 atlantafaceandbody.com

Hotel Indigo Atlanta-Vinings (770) 779-1762 hotelindigo.com/atlvinings

The UPS Store #0328 (770) 433-1031 theupsstorelocal.com/0328

PROPERTY & REAL ESTATE

Keller Williams Cityside - The Smyrna Team (770) 874-6200 thesmyrnateam.com The Realty Group (678) 564-2555 therealtygroupga.com

RESTAURANTS, FOOD & BEVERAGE Zama Mexican Cuisine (770) 485-5176 zamamexicancuisine.com


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Parting Thoughts

Top Ten Resolutions Even I Can Keep WORDS ANNE POTTER ROSS

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s we all contemplate the joys of January and the requisite making of resolutions (and the systematic breaking thereof...), I thought it poignant and pertinent to make some resolutions to which I know I can adhere. Really, who likes to start off a brand new year with the best of intentions only to see them slide down the slippery slope? Not me! That's why this list, thanks to Mr. Letterman, is manageable and meant to make you smile. Stay out of the gym during the month of January. There will be 1,003 people there who think they can go nine miles per hour on the treadmill because they saw some yahoo on Biggest Loser do it, and they're sure it's not that hard. Get off before you hurt yourself. 9. Refuse to do any more stupid people tricks. I entered some ridiculous 50,000-words-in-a-month novel writing contest in November. First of all, I don't have 50,000 words I can put in an understandable sequence in a month. Second of all, don't you people have lives? Moby Dick is already taken. 8. Do not buy one more appealing paperback book until I have finished one of the seven appealing paperbacks on my bedside table. 10.

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I don't care if it's got Oprah, Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Mackenzie Phillips, and Snoopy all on the cover, I'm not buying. 7. I am not going to pay more to check my underwear on a flight than I pay to check my whole person. Do you hear me? I'll take a cab to Mazatlan, I swear. 6. Insist that wait staff at restaurants learn the soup of the day before they approach my table. True story... recent restaurant outing; asked the waitress what the soup was; she replied, "Umm, something with chicken in it, I can't remember the name." Oh, that narrows it down. 5. Put my Christmas cactus in the closet so it blooms on Christmas instead of November 19th. Oh, for the love of penguins, does this mean Al Gore was right? 4. Use the word "Shankapotomus" more. Seriously, try it. "Catapotomus, Dorkapotomus, Freakapotomus," isn't that fun? 3. Watch more prime-time television. Really. I'm the only one I know who can't keep up at a cocktail party because I have no idea why Madmen aren't sitting on the laps of Desperate Housewives. 2. Figure out why they put Braille lettering on the ATMs in the drive-up lane. 1. Go to the gym in February.


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