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his month's Vinings Lifestyle Magazine was put together by you! You nominated your favorite businesses in 43 categories. You voted to make sure your favorites won. You spread the word on social media and got others to vote too. And when all was said and done, over 30,000 votes were cast, making this one uber-successful inaugural Best of Smyrna/Vinings issue! There were some surprises and others that were not so shocking, but all the winners earned their right to claim they are the Best of Smyrna/Vinings in their category. I encourage you to read through the list and see what you think. And tell us about it Only 6'10" tennis power- either on Facbook (Facebook.com/ViningsLifestyle) or email house John Isner could me directly (maria.smith@lifestylepubs.com).  make me look this short. While we are on the subject of 'the best', it is hopefully appro(Photo at the BB&T priate to talk about our hometown Atlanta Falcons. Check out Atlanta Open.) our preview of the 2016 season as well as insight into their new stadium set to open next year. Also read the newest recipe creation, The Best Apple Crumb Muffins, for a delicious home cooked treat.  Until next month, I'll see you soaking up the late summer sun on the patio of Blue Moon Pizza or splurging on some frosty delights at Pinkberry. Want to get to know me more? Follow my blog, MamaliciousMaria.com!

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Meet our September Contributors ANIQA FEERASTA'S day job is as a diversified digital marketing and e-commerce specialist based in Smyrna. She

has worked for Amazon.com, and also launched a social media program for a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. In her free time, Aniqa enjoys writing, meeting new people, and planning her next travel adventure. So far, she has traveled to 15 countries across 5 continents, and still counting!

DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON is originally from New York and a Cornell University alumnus. He is an award-win-

ning journalist and photographer who has worked with various publications and websites for the past 20 years. He is also a world-renowned beer writer, blogger and event planner under the alias Ale Sharpton. Atlanta, GA is his home. AleSharpton.com

LIA PICARD has lived in Atlanta with her husband  for nearly three years, hailing from the Sun-

shine State. She loves to cook and explore the local dining scene, highlighting both on her blog and other publications around town. Lia loves the Atlanta community and shows support by volunteering with different local organizations including the Junior League of Atlanta. TheCardiganKitchen.com.

TIFFANY POWELL is an Atlanta based lifestyle and portrait photographer specializing in High School Senior

Family and Child photography. Tiffany strives to capture both creative and unscripted beautiful moments through her lens. She is a nationally published photographer and is an active member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). An avid traveler Tiffany currently resides in Atlanta with her husband Jamal and 6-year old son Jackson.

PRESTON SMITH   lives in historic Vinings with his wife  and children (both human and canine).  He

traces his lineage back to seventeenth-century Englishmen who drank beer for medicinal purposes to survive their trans-Atlantic voyage, which explains his irritable bowel, crooked teeth, snarky attitude and aversion to anything oceanic. After attending  Baylor University and the University of Georgia law school.  Preston  worked in healthcare and served four terms as a Georgia State Senator. He squanders his spare time trying to persuade his three hunting dogs to act less like house cats and more like, well – hunting dogs. SouthernReflections.com MARY WELCH   is a business and lifestyle editor who writes on a broad range of topics ranging from

the legal world to automobiles to travel for a variety of local and national publications. She is the former editor of Atlanta Woman and business to business magazines. MaryWelchWriter.com

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September 2016

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16 Ready to Fly

The Atlanta Falcons have many reasons to be optimistic this season.

20 It's the Best of Times

Check out the results of the Best Of Smyrna/Vinings readers poll,

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Good Times

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Around Town

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City Scene

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Local Limelight

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Culinary Creations

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Parting Thoughts

32 Tops for Kids & Pets

The best services in Smyrna/Vinings for both two-legged and

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AROUND TOWN

LOCAL AUTHOR RELEASES CHILDREN'S BOOK Sucheta Rawal is a Vinings resident and award-winning food and travel writer, cooking instructor, philanthropist and now an author! She

business professionals will review the applications and select a winner. Nominations must be completed by  Monday, Oct. 3.  For more information, contact Amanda Blanton at  ablanton@cobbchamber. org or 770.859.2336 or go to CobbChamber.org.

is the founder of Go Eat Give, a non-profit that seeks to raise cultural and diversity awareness through meaningful travel, ethnic food, and community interaction. She has educated  people  through international tours, cooking classes, speaker events, her blog, and now has added a brand new children's book to her repertoire. Rawal released Beato Goes to Greenland through Mascot Books. This children's book is about a multi-cultural curious Norwegian Forest Cat who travels around the world to learn about what  is beyond his suburban home in Atlanta. As he makes his way to Greenland, he meets local kids, who become his tour guide for the rest of his stay. Together, they gather information about the country's landscapes, historic sites, food, animals, religion, music, dance, and sports, as they embark on fun and educational adventures. The stories are based on real life events and actual pictures taken by the author during her journeys.

LEARN TO PLAY TENNIS OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH Cobb Tennis Centers and USTA-Atlanta are teaming up to provide an opportunity for beginner adults and youth to learn how to play

Beato Goes to Israel is scheduled to release this fall and Beato

tennis.Sponsored by USTA-Atlanta, the 'Tennis Apprentice' program

Goes to Indonesia in winter 2016. For more information about the

provides instruction to teach beginning tennis players to play tennis

Beato series, please visit BeatoGoesTo.com.

and work towards the goal of competing in beginner USTA leagues.

THE COBB CHAMBER SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NOVELIS INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE SPOTLIGHT AWARD

Students will take six weeks of instruction beginning the week of Sept. 12. Students enrolled in the program will receive a free tennis racket and free USTA membership, and six weeks of professional instruction for only $49. Each of Cobb Tennis Centers will offer this program for

The Cobb Chamber is seeking nominations for an outstand-

adults and a youth program is offered at Sweetwater Tennis Center.

ing Cobb-based company to be recognized  through the  Novelis

For information, contact your closest Cobb Tennis Center or go to

International Commerce Spotlight Award. This award gives recogni-

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tion to a company that excels in global commerce and shows their commitment to the vitality of Cobb County.

COBB COUNTY 5K RETURNS FOR 16TH YEAR

A qualifying candidate is a Cobb-based company that has demon-

Lace up those running shoes because the 16th annual Cobb County

strated achievement in the global market, making an impact both

5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia returns to Marietta Square 8 a.m.,

economically and socially in the business community. Nominations

Saturday, Oct. 1. All ages are welcome to participate. The 2015 event

may be submitted by an individual who feels a company is deserving

raised $38,000. Event organizers are hoping to increase the number

of the award, or directly from a company who qualifies. Once all appli-

in 2016 so they are able to grant even more wishes for children with

cations are received, a panel of judges comprised of international

life-threatening medical conditions.

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Registration is open at active.com, and closes Wednesday, Sept. 28. Mailed in registration forms must be post-marked by

INNOVATIVE COBB TRAFFIC APP WINS HONORS

Tuesday, Sept. 20. Pre-registration before Sept. 20 is $20 untimed and

Looking to get around Smyrna, Vinings, and all of Cobb County a little

$25 timed. After Sept. 20, registration fees are $25 untimed and $35

better? Check out the new web-based application, CobbCommute.org.

timed. Group discounts are also available for participants and stu-

Georgia Technology Authority recently awarded it top honors in Georgia’s

dents, teachers and school groups only pay a special rate of $10 per

2016 Technology Innovation Showcase. The app provides up-to-date

runner. Visit  CobbMakeAWish5K.org  for more information about

traffic conditions for local commuters. It is the only county project to earn

registration and race details.

top honors in the showcase and will be among eight projects recognized at the Georgia Digital Government Summit this month. Projects were evaluated  on level of innovation, improving business processes,  efficiency, financial savings and service delivery to customers.

DON'T MISS THE 2016 COBB CHAMBER/ WELLSTAR BUSINESS OPEN  Be sure to save the date for the 2016 Cobb Chamber/ WellStar  Business Open Golf Tournament  on Monday, Sept. 19! Known as one of the largest and best golf tournaments in Cobb, the Business Open provides members the opportunity to enjoy a day on the links with business friends, clients or prospects. Money raised goes to the Cobb Chamber Foundation to fund leadership training, education programs, building maintenance and equipment needs. Registration is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot today. The event will be held at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta. For more information on the 2016 Golf Tournament, contact Jeanette Sybert at 770-859-2360 or jsybert@cobbchamber.org. 

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City Scene

The Sky is the Limit for the Atlanta Falcons WITH THE ADDITION OF PROMISING ROOKIES, FREE AGENTS, AND THE ASTONISHING MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM ON THE WAY, IT'S TIME FOR THE FALCONS TO SOAR. ARTICLE DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON | PHOTOGRAPHY TIFFANY POWELL

Rendering of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium which will house the Falcons and big games like the SEC Championships. Photography: AMB Group

Hope are flying high for Falcon's players and fans this season.

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Experienced players, like 10-year veteran Eric Weems, will help shore up the offence.

Added protection this season should help Matt Ryan have a better 2016 season.

fter missing the opportunity to make their second Super

The Falcons have one of the most dominant receivers in NFL

Bowl appearance by ten yards in 2012, the Atlanta Falcons

history in Julio Jones, and he needs to get the ball as much as

have struggled to revisit that opportunity. However, football

possible. However, last year’s underwhelming play of field general

analysts, avid loyalists, and the entire Falcons staff collectively

Matt Ryan, which let  defenses spend more time  double-teaming

believe the franchise will now “rise up” due to some significant

Jones, hindered the team last year.

player acquisitions, a stingier defense, and the motivation to

This season’s additions of former Cincinnati Bengal Mohamed

enter their highly-anticipated new home in 2017—the Mercedes-

Sanu and rookie Tight End Austin Hooper out of Stanford aim

Benz Stadium—flaunting Super Bowl rings.

to provide some relief for Jones. Underrated Right Tackle Ryan

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Schraeder, Left Tackle Jake Matthews, and the offensive line will get some welcomed help from the solid Center Alex Mack acquired from the Cleveland Browns. This added protection will hopefully give Ryan extra time to find his targets and provide big holes for rising star, Running Back Devonta Freeman. The talented  backup Running Back Tevin Coleman promises to have a better season holding on to the ball in 2016 also. The defense, led by ball All-Pro Cornerback Desmond Trufant, will receive much-needed reinforcements thanks to numerous enhancements during the off-season. Besides devel-

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oping the existing front line who raised some eyebrows last year, rookies De’Vondre Campbell out of Minnesota and LSU’s Deion Jones should upgrade the linebacker corps. Addressing help for Trufant, Defensive Back Robert Alford should build off an impressive 2015 season, and Cornerback Jalen Collins will provide an extra boost after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy. Perhaps the most radiant element in not only the Falcons’ bright future, but the entire Georgia capital, is the highly-anticipated completion of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium adjacent to the existing Georgia Dome. Costing $1.5 billion to construct, this two-million-square-foot arena is slated to be the most extravagant structure the South has ever seen when it opens its doors in 2017. Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Mercedes-Benz, and the entire city of Atlanta are counting down the days to this majestic venue becoming the official home of the debuting Major League Soccer team, the Atlanta United, and of course, the nest of the Falcons. The stadium will also host star-studded concerts and will host major sport events including the college football National Championships in 2018, Super Bowl LIII in 2019, and the Final Four in 2020! The seemingly endless list of jaw-dropping Mercedes-Benz Stadium amenities includes a retractable, eight-panel “camera lens-like” roof that opens in approximately eight seconds. It will have a seat capacity of up to 75,000, 24 bars and restaurants, and an eye-popping 63,800 square-foot, 360-degree HD video “halo board” surrounding the interior which will be the largest in the world to cover every pass, kick, catch, shot and performance with crystal clarity for every attendee to enjoy. Ultimately, the Atlanta Falcons and second-year Head Coach Dan Quinn will have to fulfill the obligation of jus-

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tifying their stunning new, 30-story home. With the aforementioned personnel improvements, heightened morale, and their loyal fan base keeping the faith, banners boasting "Home of NFL Champions" adorning the Mercedes-Benz Stadium walls could become a realistic housewarming. For more information on the Atlanta Falcons , visit

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This inaugural Best of Smyrna/Vinings issue is brought to you by you. Our initial call for readers to nominate local businesses they love as a best of Smyrna/Vinings business yielded thousands of results. We added all the businesses nominated into a survey with 43 different categories including restaurants, home services, personal care services, and services for kids and pets. Over 30,000 votes were cast during a six week period via an online form. After tabulating the responses, we found our Best of Smyrna/Vinings winners. While every category winner can probably be debated, the end result is that the Vinings and Smyrna areas are home to some fantastic businesses. From roofers to restaurants, pediatricians to pet grooming specialists, there are many outstanding businesses which continue to make our community one of the most enviable in the state.

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resturants From casual to fancy, these are the best restaurants in Vinings and Smyrna.

Looking for a reason to break out of the usual chain restaurants you end up at every time you head out to dinner? Want a chic new eatery for date night? Just looking to widen your net when it comes to area hot spots? You've come to the right place. Here are the best restaurants in Vinings and Smyrna as voted by YOU, the Vinings Lifestyle Magazine readers.

BEST NEW R E S TA U R A N T

Porch Light Latin Kitchen 300 Village Green Cir SE #110,

BEST ASIAN R E S TA U R A N T

House of Chan

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT: HOUSE OF CHAN

2469 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

Smyrna, GA 30080

770.955.9444

678.309.9858

HouseOfChanGA.com

PorchLightLatinKitchen.com Want classic Chinese food like egg drop Maybe it’s the fresh ingredients or the cozy at-

soup & moo shu pork in an old-fashioned,

mosphere, but either way this Pan-Latin hotspot

informal dining room? House of Chan is the

has taken Smyrna by storm. Porch Light Latin

place to go. They serve lunch and dinner

Kitchen offers unique dishes and drinks from

and are as affordable as they are tasty.

Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico and other far

RUNNER UP: L’Thai West Organic

flung places in South and Central America.

Cuisine & Wine Bar

RUNNER UP: Grub Burger Bar

B E S T I TA L I A N R E S TA U R A N T

B E S T L AT I N R E S TA U R A N T

Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant

Scalini’s Italian Restaurant

BEST LATIN RESTAURANT: LOS BRA-

2390 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

4480 S Cobb Dr, Smyrna, GA 30080

VOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

770.952.7222

678.556.1934

Scalinis.com

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For those who want traditional, old-world

Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant is where

Italian fare and a restaurant which serves

you bring the whole crew for casual Mex-

delicious portions guaranteed to make you

ican food like tacos, fajitas, and of course

say “Mangia!” visit Scalini’s Italian Restau-

a margarita (or two). This family-run busi-

rant. And for those who have a ‘bambino’ on

ness serves consistently delicious, hearty

the way, they are famous for their eggplant

dishes and is a proud sponsor of many

parmigiana dish inducing labor.

Smyrna schools and organizations.

RUNNER UP: Mezza Luna Pasta and Seafood

RUNNER UP: Porch Light Latin Kitchen CONTINUED >

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BEST OF SMYRNA/VININGS RESTAURANTS (CON TI N U ED)

B E S T C O C K TA I L

Muss & Turner’s 1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 770.434.1114 MussAndTurners.com Nominated in three categories, it’s clear Muss & Turner’s is a favorite of Vinings Lifestyle readers. This chic bistro offers some of the best sandwiches and upscale southern food, but real fans know it is also a fantastic place for a handcrafted cocktail. Want to feel extra special? Head to the back of the restaurant into Eleanor’s, a back room bar where everyone really does know everyone’s name. RUNNER UP: Canoe

BEST SEAFOOD

BEST SUSHI

C & S Oyster Bar

Kuroshio Sushi Bar & Grill BEST SUSHI: KUROSHIO SUSHI BAR & GRILL

2700 Cobb Pkwy B3, Smyrna, GA 30080 770.437.9900 KuroshioSushi.com Vinings Lifestyle readers love the hand-crafted sushi made fresh daily at Kuroshio Sushi Bar & Grill. The wide variety of other Japanese specialties, and upscale yet casual setting complete with flat screen TVs and free WiFi make this a great gathering spot. RUNNER UP: Minato Japanese Restaurant

BEST STEAKHOUSE BEST SEAFOOD: C & S OYSTER BAR

Riverview Village Shopping Center,

Ray’s on the River BEST STEAKHOUSE: RAY’S ON THE RIVER

6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30339

3240 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339

770.955.1187

770.272.0999

RaysRestaurants.com/RaysOnTheRiver

CAndSOysterBar.com

While the address to this well-loved establishment is technically in Sandy Springs, since it hugs the banks of the Chattahoochee, we claim it as part of

Whether you are looking for a raw bar or a

the Vinings area. Since 1984, Ray’s on the River

well-done steak, C&S Oyster Bar is the place

has been the go-to place for upscale, spe-

to go. Combining classic New York and Par-

cial occasion dining including elevated

is brasserie-style cuisine, this old school

southern cuisine, and according to

restaurant makes everything it serves in

Vinings Lifestyle Magazine readers,

house, even the cocktails and sauces, with the freshest ingredients. RUNNER UP: Hook Line and Schooner 22

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the best steaks in the area. RUNNER

UP:

Stoney

Steakhouse and Grill

River


BEST BAKERY

McEntyre’s Bakery 1184 Concord Rd SE #1, Smyrna, GA 30080 770.434.3115 McentyresBakery.com Don't come to this family-run bakery on a diet! Their custom-made cakes, cookies, pastries and breads will send your taste buds to heaven. Plus they have sandwiches at lunch! RUNNER UP: Piece of Cake

BEST DESSERT

South City Kitchen

BEST BRUNCH

Canoe

BEST BRUNCH: CANOE

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 770.432.2663 CanoeATL.com For a special brunch experience head to this storied restaurant on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The only thing better than this fabulous brunch is the elegant garden setting you will eat it in. RUNNER UP: First Watch

BEST DESSERT: SOUTH CITY KITCHEN

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 770.435.0700 Vinings.SouthCityKitchen.com

BEST BURGER

FIVE GUYS BEST BURGER: FIVE GUYS

4500 W Village Pl, Smyrna, GA 30080 770.438.2380

Did you think South City Kitchen was just the

GoFiveGuys.com

place to go for mouth-watering fried chicken? Think again. The homemade desserts in

This no-frills, affordable fast-food chain specializes in a few things: made-to-or-

this elegant Sourthern eatery are specially

der burgers, fries, hot dogs, and milkshakes. And they do them well. They also give

crafted by executive pastry chef Eric Wolitzky.

you free peanuts while you wait. 

RUNNER UP: Smallcakes

RUNNER UP: Muss & Turner's

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BEST OF SMYRNA/VININGS RESTAURANTS (CON TI N U ED)

BEST BBQ

Jim n’ Nick’s Bar-B-Que 4574 S Cobb Dr, Smyrna, GA 30082 678.556.0011 JimNNicks.com Check out this downhome, laid-back eatery for finger licking good "bar-b-que". Come for the slow-cooked barbecue, stay for the  cheese biscuits.  And for convenience sake, they even have a drive-thru! RUNNER  UP: Ebony & Ivory's Chicken,

Catfish & BBQ

BEST PIZZA

BEST COFFEE

BEST SPORTS BAR

Blue Moon Pizza

Rev Coffee Roasters

BEST SPORTS BAR: TACO MAC

Taco Mac 3101 Cobb Pkwy SE #210, Atlanta, GA 30339 678.385.5897 TacoMac.com

Come by this restaurant for genuine food, craft beer on tap, and what our readers have deemed the best sports watching environment in Smyrna/Vinings! PS: Get the wings! RUNNER UP: McCray’s Tavern

BEST PIZZA: BLUE MOON PIZZA

BEST COFFEE: REV COFFEE ROASTERS

4600 West Village Place Southeast,

1680 Spring Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

Smyrna, GA 30080

770.573.4434

770.436.4446

RevCoffee.com

BlueMoonPizza.com This pizzeria serves up thin-crust pizzas (but not

You don't have to go to Midtown for a funky

too thin) with tons of different topping options

coffeehouse. We have one right here in Smyr-

available. Not feeling like a "pie", try their toasted

na! Rev Coffee is located in a converted ga-

sandwiches made with pizza dough.

rage and serves house-roasted beans which

RUNNER UP: St. Angelo’s Pizza

readers insist is the best coffee around. RUNNER UP: Chattahoochee Coffee Company

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It’s Not Just Furniture... It’s a Lifestyle Custom and Catalog Furniture Available Many Items In-Stock 4880 S. Atlanta Road SE • Atlanta, Georgia 30339 One mile inside I-285 on the right hand side. Look for the British flags.

404.351.4464 • EnglishmansFurniture.com/VLM Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm

Come by today to get YOUR FREE QUOTE on your new custom dining table!


Personal Care Services

The Smyrna/Vinings area is a great place to live because you don't have to leave the area to get some of the best services to take care of yourself. Check out the Best of Smyrna/ Vinings in the personal care categories. 

BEST FITNESS CENTER

Total Fitness Revolution

BEST MEN’S SALON

Val’s Vinings

BEST MEN’S SALON: VAL’S VININGS

4600 West Village Place, Suite 4005, Smyrna, GA. 30080

BEST WOMEN’S H A I R S A LO N

Bob Steele Salon - The Verge

770.435.1670 ValsViningsBarber.com Remember the days when a barber shop was a special place for men? That’s exactly the atmosphere at Val’s Vinings Barber. This is a place where men can sit back, get their hair cut and relax in a friendly environment. Val offers it all — a hot lather facial shave, gray coverage, or even a buzz cut. Tip: Look for special prices on haircuts for boys, seniors and honored men of active service, including military, fire and police. RUNNER UP: Rooster's Men's Grooming Center

B E S T D AY S PA

Natural Body Spa and Shop

BEST DAY SPA: NATURAL BODY SPA AND SHOP BEST FITNESS CENTER: TOTAL FITNESS

BEST WOMEN'S HAIR SALON: BOB

REVOLUTION

STEELE SALON - THE VERGE

1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 410, Smyrna, GA. 30080

1303 Veterans Memorial Hwy SE

1265 W Spring St, Smyrna, GA 30080

770.437.0780

404.441.8110

404.262.9499

Naturalbody.com/Atlanta-Area-Locations/

TotalFitnessRevolution.com

BobSteele.com

Natural-Body-Ivy-Walk/

This boutique studio specializes in high impact,

Come to the Bob Steele Salon for a friendly

Natural Body is the go-to spa for a variety of services

group fitness training, as well as one-on-one

and professional team who can perform con-

such as facials, massages, waxing and other body

personal training. They have a unique offering

sistent, high-quality services. Get a blow out,

treatments. Stop by for a quick service or stay all day

of CrossFit, Yoga, Pilates, Body Sculpting, HIIT,

cut and style, formal design or coloring from a

for a full beauty regime. Natural Body can do it all. Be

Boot Camp, Strength Training, Cycling and

team of stylists who are sure to know just what

sure to visit the spa’s store for natural products such

much more! Get ready to sweat!

to do with your locks. Tip: With each color ser-

as Kneipp and Jurlique brands. Tip: Check their web-

RUNNER UP: Pure Barre

vice a complimentary brow tint is included.

site for specials throughout the year.

RUNNER UP: The Blowout Salon

RUNNER UP: Massage Envy

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B E ST WO M E N ’ S C LOT H I N G STO R E

Heart & Sole 1275 Concord Rd. SE., Smyrna, GA. 30080 678.238.0130 Facebook.com/HeartSole One of Smyrna’s best kept secrets, Heart & Sole offers a variety of unique clothes and gift items at reasonable prices. They are also your go-to spot for the coveted Toms shoes.      RUNNER UP: The Bird & Bee

B E S T M E D S PA

BEST JEWELER

Gardner Dermatology

D. Geller & Son

BEST JEWELER: D. GELLER AND SON

2955 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 230, Atlanta, GA. 30339 770.955.5995 DGeller.com D. Geller & Son have a reputation for having a large selection of diamonds, engagement rings and wedding bands that have made occasions even more special for generations. No matter the occasion, customers BEST MEDSPA: GARDNER DERMATOLOGY

can chose from a wide selection of jewelry

2550 Windy Hill Road, Marietta, GA. 30067

from noted designers like Verragio, Daviani

770.952.2100

and Kirk Kara.

GardnerDermatology.com

RUNNER UP: Cumberland Diamond Exchange

Gardner Dermatology is a highly-praised dermatology practice that addresses health and appearance concerns such as acne  treatments, skin infections and other skin diseases as well as provides spa services such as facials,

B E S T N A I L S A LO N

Ivy Nails

BEST NAIL SALON: IVY NAILS

1675 Cumberland Pkwy. Smyrna, GA. 30080

laser hair removal, chemical peels and micro-

770.863.0500

dermabrasion. It’s a one-stop beauty shop to

Ivy Nails provides a pleasant and quick experience for those needing a manicure or pedicure

make you the best you can be. And they are a

and don't want to wait all day. The friendly personnel keep regulars coming back. Walk-ins

2-time Best of Smyrna/Vinings winner!

are always welcome. Tip: Looking for acrylic nails?  Acrylic applications are a specialty here.

RUNNER UP: U MedSpa

RUNNER UP: Sugar Coat September 2016 | Vinings Lifestyle

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Renovate & Refine

HOME SERVICES

Home is where you lay your head, but you should still make it the best home possible. In Smyrna/Vinings, there are no shortage of fantastic home services to help you take care of the home you have, renovate it to make it better, or maybe help you find, buy, or build a new one! 

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BEST LANDSCAPE

BEST ROOFER

Findlay Roofing

Down South Design

BEST LANDSCAPE: DOWN SOUTH DESIGN

BEST ROOFER: FINDLAY ROOFER

3571 Lake Dr SE, Smyrna, GA 30082

4181 JVL Industrial Park Dr., Marietta, GA 30066

404.858.9040 | DownSouthDesignLLC.com

770.516.5806 FindlayRoofing.com

Down South Design has offered residents and businesses a complete range of landscape

Whether you need a roof replaced, new gutters, siding, painting and insulation, Findlay

maintenance and design concepts. Their de-

Roofing does it all exceptionally well. Customers have been giving them high marks

pendable service and creative designs exceed

since they opened in 1995!

customers’ expectations.

RUNNER UP: American Roofing Company

RUNNER UP: Gibbs Landscape Company

BEST LAWN CARE

Champion Yard Services

BEST LAWN CARE: CHAMPION YARD SERVICES

790 Smyrna Hill Drive, Smyrna, GA. 30082 770.431.8442 | ChampionYardServices.com If a customer can dream it, Champion Yard Services can make it happen. Whether it’s full service maintenance, plant/sod installation, irrigation/ drainage, water features or decks, Champion Yard’s work has pleased customers for almost 20 years.  RUNNER UP: First Impressions Lawn Care

BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

Delta Credit Union BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION: DELTA CREDIT UNION

3250 Riverwood Parkway, Atlanta, GA. 30339 404.715.4725 DeltaCommunityCU.com Started in 1940, Delta Community Credit Union is federally-insured and offers personal service, convenience and products such as free and online bill pay, home, auto, and commercial loans, as well as retirement and investment products and services. RUNNER UP: Vinings Bank 28

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B E S T R E A LT O R

The Smyrna Team (Keller Williams) BEST REALTOR: THE SMYRNA TEAM (KELLER WILLIAMS)

3350 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna, GA. 30080 770.874.6200 TheSmyrnaTeam.com These Keller Williams professionals know the Smyrna market and will get the right house for you if you are a buyer or the best price if you are a seller. This team understands Smyrna and the surrounding area so you’ll be sure to get the best real estate advice possible. RUNNER UP: Berkshire Hathaway – Glennda Baker 

BEST HOME BUILDER

John Wieland Homes

BEST

HOME

BUILDER:

JOHN

WIELAND

HOMES

4125 Atlanta Rd. SE, Smyrna, GA. 30080 770.996.2400

Photo: Amy Lee

JWHomes.com    

meant quality, modern design, and top-notch amenities and services. Backed up with one of the industry’s best warranties, John Wieland Homes has been impressing customers for more than 45 years. RUNNER UP: Hall Design Build          

B E S T PA I N T E R S

Terry and Ryan’s Custom Painting CUSTOM PAINTING AND PAINTING

Painting Plus

PLUS (TIE)

Marietta, GA. 30067

BEST PAINTERS: TERRY AND RYAN’S

PAINTING PLUS

127 Powers Ferry Rd. SE,

875 Windy Hill Rd.,

770.971.1577

Smyrna, GA. 30080

PaintingPlus.com

770.940.1841

TIE

John Wieland homes and neighborhoods have

A family-owned business, Painting Plus

Customers rave about Terry and Ryan’s

has proudly serviced the metro Atlanta

Custom Painting for their professional-

area since 1998. A fully licensed general

ism, attention to detail and about how

contractor, Painting Plus can handle any

they can make a room sizzle with a new

home renovation as well as painting, sid-

color or refreshed look. They have of-

ing, roofing, gutters and carpentry. It’s truly

fered residential and commercial paint-

a one-stop shop for your housing needs.

ing services for more than 40 years.

RUNNER UP: Brewer &

Norwood Painting September 2016 | Vinings Lifestyle

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Healthy Lifestyle

Healthcare Professionals (Adults)

Anyone who has moved to a new neighborhood knows that one of the first things to do is to find a good doctor and dentist. No matter how long you have lived here, consider yourself a newbie and go explore our wonderful community of healthcare professionals for adults. ARTICLE MARIA SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

BEST O PTO M E T R I ST

Smyrna Eye Group

BEST DENTIST

Photo: Rachael Ann of R.A.G.artistr

Heart of Vinings Dentistry

BEST DENTIST: HEART OF VININGS DENTISTRY

2859 Paces Ferry Rd SE #530, Atlanta, GA 30339 678.355.8980 HOVDentistry.com Georgia native, Dr.  Ronak  Patel, leads this small but  thriving dentistry practice in Vinings. Dr. Patel treats clients of every age and welcomes patients for routine dental care as well as cosmetic dental procedures or advanced dental procedures. RUNNER UP: Dentistry at Vinings

BEST

OB-GYN:

B E S T O B - GY N

INNOVATIVE

WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE SOLU-

Innovative Women’s EN'S HEALTH (TIE) Healthcare Innovative Women's Solutions Healthcare Solutions:

West Atlanta Women’s Health WEST ATLANTA WOMEN'S HEALTH:

TIONS & WEST ATLANTA WOM-

3610 Highlands Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA

3903 S Cobb Dr #105,

30082

BEST OPTOMETRIST: SMYRNA EYE GROUP

Smyrna, GA 30080

770.444.9981

4280 East-West Connector Southeast,

678.424.1123

WestAtlantaOBGYN.com

Smyrna, GA 30082

IWHCS.com

One of the tightest races in the Best Of

Smyrna Eye Group aims to provide high quality eye care in a warm and friendly environment. They can medically treat eye issues as well as provide comprehensive eye examinations. Once your correction has been determined, they can assist you in selecting the right eyeglasses or contact lenses for you. RUNNER UP: Eyes R Us Family Optical 30

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Smyrna/Vinings series was in this OB-

TIE

SmyrnaEyeGroup.com

Dr. Melinda Williams-Thrasher from Innovative Women’s Healthcare Solutions

770.435.4457

GYN category. The winners are: Innovative Women's Healthcare Solutions, which boasts an award-winning doctor in Dr. Melinda Williams-Thrasher, and West Atlanta Women's Health, led by Dr. Kalpana Raghavan, M.D. with a focus on all obstetrics and gynecology including high-risk care. These practices beat the runner up by only 4 votes. RUNNER UP: South Cobb OB-GYN


BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE

The Joint Smyrna

B E S T FA M I LY PHYSICIAN

Vinings Medical Center

BEST FAMILY

PHYSICIAN:

VININGS

MEDICAL CENTER

2255 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 770.955.9477 ViningsMed.com BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE: THE JOINT SMYRNA

Led by Dr. Anita Smith, Vinings Medical

4500 W Village Pl #1011, Smyrna, GA 30080

Center is the longest standing private medi-

678.916.8834

cal practice in Vinings, founded in 1987. This

TheJoint.com

family and general medicine office special-

This local chiropractic franchise was voted "Best Of Smyrna/Vinings" because of their

ties including pediatrics, internal medicine,

determination to help relieve clients from back pain, as well as to put them on pathway

women's health, management of chronic

to wellness with their natural, drug-free approach to healthcare.

conditions and care for acute illnesses.

RUNNER UP: Village Health

RUNNER UP: Emory Clinic at Smyrna

BEST ORTHODONTIST

BEST BEST PLASTIC SURGEON D E R M AT O L O G I S T

Fisher Orthodontics

Atlanta Face & Body

Gardner Dermatology

BEST ORTHODONTIST: FISHER ORTHO-

Alan Gardner,MD, Ben Rosen, PA-C & BEST DERMATOLOGIST: DERSandy Singleton,GARDNER FNP

DONTICS

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker from BEST PLASTIC SURGEON: ATLANTA FACE Atlanta Face & Body & BODY

1295 W Spring St #210, Smyrna, GA 30080

3200 Cobb Galleria Pkwy #205, Atlanta, GA 30339

2550 Windy Hill Road,

770.319.8220

678.888.3223

Marietta, GA. 30067

DrFisherOrtho.com

AtlantaFaceAndBody.com

770.952.2100

Dr. Dameon Fisher has been helping youth

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker, one of the most es-

and adults get the straight, beautiful smile

teemed facial plastic surgeons in the coun-

Gardner Dermatology is a highly-praised

they have always wanted for the last 15 years.

try, founded  Atlanta Face and Body  Center to

dermatology practice which offers gen-

With help from his friendly, knowledgable

give the Vinings community a plastic surgeon's

eral medical, surgical, and cosmetic

staff, Dr. Fisher makes the decision to get

office that offers convenience, comfort, privacy,

dermatology services for patients in the

braces as painless as possible (for the pa-

and an all-in-one, state-of-the-art surgical facil-

area. They are a two-time winner in the

tient and the parents).

ity.  Services include both surgical and non-sur-

Best of Vinings/Smyrna this year!

RUNNER UP: Smile Envy Dental Group

gical procedures for the face and body.

RUNNER UP: Family Dermatology of Smyrna

MATOLOGY  

GardnerDermatology.com                

RUNNER UP: Vinings Surgery Center September 2016 | Vinings Lifestyle

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For Kids and Pets

One of the best things about the Smyrna/Vinings area is that it is so family friendly! Whether your family includes a gaggle of children or a pack of animals (or both) there are some fantastic local businesses ready to serve you. Here are the best of Smyrna/Vinings businesses focused on kids and pets.

ARTICLE MARIA SMITH & MARY WELCH | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

B E S T P E D I AT R I C DENTIST

Pediatric Dentistry at Vinings BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST: PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AT VININGS

The Fountains Building, 3200 Highlands Pkwy. Suite 110, Smyrna, GA. 30082 678.305.1090 PediatricDentistryAtVinings.com  Dr. Faith Bates and Dr. Arlene Soberano are committed to the oral health care of infants, children, adolescents and persons with special needs. Their team strives to make every trip to the dentist enjoyable and positive for both children and their parents. The office is uber-kid friendly and fun! RUNNER UP: A+ Dentistry 32

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B E ST P E D I AT R I C I A N

Premier Pediatric Associates BEST PEDIATRICIAN: PREMIER PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES

3200 Highlands Pkwy., Suite 118, Smyrna, GA. 30082 404.220.7660 PPA4Kids.com At Premier Pediatric Associates, their services go beyond check-ups and sick child visits. The doctors offer free prenatal visits, same-day sick appointments, sleep advice, and ear piercing. They even have a pediatrician on-call seven days (and nights!) a week. RUNNER UP: Wellstar Pediatrics

B E ST K I D S ’ AC T I V I TY

Swim Revolution 2859 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Atlanta, GA. 30339 404.354.1180 TheSwimRevolution.com It’s never too early to have your kids learn to swim. Swim Revolution teachers make it fun as well as educational. There are several classes, starting with babies, all the way up to advanced classes for young teens. RUNNER UP: The Smyrna Public Library

BEST PET GROOMING

BEST VETERINARIAN

Pet Spa at Vinings 770.436.2575

Paces Ferry BEST VETERINARIAN: PACES FERRY VETVeterinarian Clinic ERINARIAN CLINIC

PetSpaAtVinings.com

9 Mountain St., Atlanta, GA. 30339

BEST PET GROOMING: PET SPA AT VININGS

1763 Spring St. SE, Smyrna, GA. 30080

The Pet Spa at Vinings offers a variety of grooming

770.436.9822

services for your pets including ones you didn't

PacesVet.com

think you needed (but you do)! Try the furminator

Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic is a small full-ser-

service that helps remove up to 90% of shedding

vice hospital in the heart of Vinings. In addition

undercoat or maybe a hot oil treatment to relieve

to its comprehensive list of medical services

dry itchy skin. No matter what your pet’s groom-

for dogs and cats, the clinic has partnered with

ing or boarding needs are, Pet Spa at Vinings will

the Atlanta Boxer Rescue and Atlanta Pet Res-

treat your pet with respect and love.  

cue to help promote rescue adoptions.

RUNNER UP: Dogma Dog Care

RUNNER UP: Cumberland Animal Clinic September 2016 | Vinings Lifestyle

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Sold Properties

Recently SOLD Smyrna/Vinings Properties Neighborhood

Beds

F,H Baths

List Price

Sold Price

%Sold/List

DOM*

Vinings

4

4,1

$1,200,000

$1,155,000

96

23

Paces View

4

5,1

$1,150,000

$1,040,335

90

34

Paces View

3

3,1

$899,900

$905,000

101

5

Gates at Ivy Walk

3

4,1

$679,791

$682,938

100

14

Vinings Glen

4

4,1

$619,900

$615,000

99

9

Paces Walk

3

3,1

$615,000

$600,000

92

68

Spring Street Village

4

4,1

$550,000

$550,000

100

50

Wakefield Estates

4

4,0

$500,000

$505,000

101

3

Parks Edge

4

3,0

$529,900

$500,800

94

55

Courtyards of Vinings

4

3,1

$505,000

$495,000

96

97

Vinings Pointe

5

4,1

$499,000

$490,000

89

80

Lylebrooke

3

3,1

$480,415

$480,415

100

6

Vinings Glen

5

3,1

$484,400

$480,000

96

55

West Village Manchester Park

4

2,1

$475,000

$475,000

100

12

Riverbrooke at Wildwood

5

3,1

$475,000

$465,600

98

3

Paces Ferry Park

6

5,0

$475,000

$465,000

93

70

Heritage at Vinings

5

3,1

$475,000

$462,500

97

8

Austin Lake

4

3,1

$475,000

$460,000

97

11

The Battery On Paces Ferry

3

3,1

$459,900

$459,900

100

3

Paces Ferry Registry

5

3,0

$450,000

$450,000

100

32

Paces Ferry Park

4

3,0

$450,000

$450,000

95

35

Woodbridge Crossing

6

4,0

$450,000

$442,000

98

25

WILLIAMS PARK

4

3,1

$450,000

$440,000

98

4

Paces High Park

4

3,0

$429,900

$425,000

92

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Local Limelight

Smiles All Around VININGS DENTISTS FIND SYNERGY TOGETHER TO BUILD THRIVING PRACTICE.

M

utual friends introduced Drs. Dina Giesler and Marianna Kovitch in 2011. A shared passion for comprehensive dentistry sparked

their professional partnership, now five years strong. “It was like fate,” says Kovitch. “We instantly hit it off.” Located within the Post Riverside residential complex in Vinings, Atlanta Smiles & Wellness has treated 3,500 patients over the last two years, according to Giesler. She estimates the practice has 30-40 new patients a month. In addition to serving a roster of general dentistry patients, Atlanta Smiles also performs cosmetic dentistry procedures as well as extractions, crowns, implants and whitening. Kovitch estimates 40 percent of treatments are cosmetic procedures. Both dentists espouse a patient care philosophy centered on overall health. This means screening for underlying medical problems that can leave signs in the mouth such as oral cancer, sleep apnea, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes. “We are really part of the whole medical team,” explains Giesler. The pair believe in a personalized and conservative approach to dental treatments. Kovitch describes it as striving for the most effective but minimally invasive option available, and giving the patient

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choices when possible. “There is no universally perfect treatment, but there is a perfect treatment for each person,” she says. Geisler started Atlanta Smiles and Wellness from scratch when she relocated from Houston, Texas in 1999. Kovitch came on board after graduating from Dental School in 2011, and became an official business partner in 2015. Between the two of them, Kovitch and Giesler have received over 15 professional honors and accolades. Geisler is among less than one percent of American dentists to achieve the distinction of Master Dentist by the Academy of General Dentistry. She has been recognized as a “top dentist” by various publications. In 2007, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for her work helping survivors of domestic violence with dental reconstruction. Several years newer to the profession, Kovitch has gained impressive honors as well. Among these is a fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantology for her work in placing and restoring dental implants.

Drs., Dina Giesler and Marianna Kovitch have a thriving dental practice in Vinings.

The most rewarding part of the job? Both dentists agree it is the ability to help transform lives by giving people a beautiful smile. Says Kovitch, “There are some people who have never been comfortable smiling, and they start crying when they can (smile). It’s pretty special.”

The newest smile Atlanta Smiles and Wellness cares about is the beautiful new addition to the Kovitch family!

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Culinary Creations

The Best

Apple Crumb Muffins

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all is just around the corner, and that calls for a little bit of spice, and a lot of everything nice. It also calls for baked goods which evoke

warm and fuzzy memories for the cool mornings ahead. To keep with the 'Best Of' theme for the month, here's one of the best muffin recipes even the pickiest of eaters can't refuse: Apple Crumb Muffins. These delicious muffins use the best ingredients of the season: a mixture of sweet Pink Lady and tart Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, cardamom and, of course, sugar. The muffins come together quickly and bake in under 30 minutes. These muffins make fantastic breakfast treats, after school snacks, or as a nice addition to bring to the next potluck brunch. They freeze well too! THE BEST APPLE CRUMB MUFFINS CRUMB MIX INGREDIENTS:

MUFFIN INGREDIENTS:

⅓ cup brown sugar

½ cup unsalted butter (softened)

1 tb granulated sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup unsalted butter (melted)

2 eggs, room temperature

⅔ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup sour cream 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ¼ cup milk 2 small apples, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease muffin pan. In a small bowl, make the crumb topping. Combine both sugars, cinnamon and melted butter. Fold in the flour until it’s all coated. The mixture will be thick. Set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or with handheld beaters, beat the butter on high until smooth. Add the sugars and beat on high until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, the With hopes for easy removal from the muffin tin, this recipe was baked in a Trudeau silicone muffin pan. It made baking so simple by eliminating paper liners and ensuring easy muffin removal. Simply push up the muffins under the pan and – voila! No more muffins that crumble or stick to the pan! The pan also cools off super quickly. This gem (and so many others) can be found at the Cook’s Warehouse in East Cobb (1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068, CooksWarehouse.com).

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sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for one minute until the texture is smooth. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed, being careful not to over mix. Add the milk and combine on low speed. Gently fold in the apples. Spoon the muffin batter into the muffin pan’s cups, filling each cup to the top. Top with the crumb topping being sure to pat the topping down to ensure it stays on the muffin. Bake for 5 minutes and then turn the temperature down to 350 degrees and bake for another 20-25 minutes. The muffins should be golden on top, and a toothpick stuck in the middle should come out clean. Let cool off a bit and enjoy!


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Lifestyle Calendar

September SEPTEMBER 17 TASTE OF SMYRNA VILLAGE GREEN Taste of Smyrna “Festival of Delectable” presented by Superior Plumbing is coming to satisfy palates, quench your thirst, fulfill your need for music and entertainment and please the kids, all in one day!  More than 30 Smyrna restaurants  will be on hand and there's sure to be something for everyone.

SEPTEMBER 10 TASTE OF KENNESAW DOWNTOWN KENNESAW The Kennesaw Business Association and the City of Kennesaw invite families to sample more than 30 local restaurants from the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. Come out on  Saturday, September

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SEPTEMBER 24 DAY OF SERVICE TO BENEFIT VININGS HISTORIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY THE HISTORIC YARBROUGH AND PACE HOUSES The Vinings Community Conservation Alliance is pleased to invite you to participate in a Green Apple Day of Service to benefit the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. Come

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Parting Thoughts

For the Love of Football in the South ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY PRESTON SMITH

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he arrival of college football season makes southerners as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. There are only a few Saturdays down here when white-tailed bucks graze peacefully in open pastures and doves fly unmolested over soft brown fields of sunflower while hunters exchange their camouflage for collegiate jerseys. Staunch southern Republicans and Democrats stand united with those who have never cast a vote to support their mutual teams. I grew up on the Chattahoochee River in Vinings across the street from Kim King, the most prolific passer in Georgia Tech’s history, who later became a storied GT radio broadcaster, successful developer and generous  philanthropist. Kim’s 'hero status'  at GT greatly benefited me and my friend, Beau, Kim’s son. We climbed around GT’s ‘Ramblin’ Wreck’ Model-A and tossed the pigskin with the legendary quarterback on Grant Field. Yet, despite Beau’s strong encouragement to swarm with his beloved yellow jackets, I have always bled red and black. In the South, you simply have to choose sides  because loyalty and allegiance matter.  Football stadiums reminiscent of the ancient Roman coliseums fill with upstanding citizens who morph into seemingly bloodthirsty mobs chanting for victory and the downfall of their opponents. These stadiums collectively hold more than a million seats which sit quietly vacant six days a week before swelling to the size of cities on a handful of fall Saturdays reverently referred to as ‘Gameday.’  SATURDAYS IN THE SOUTH MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS IN DIFFERENT STADIUMS.

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For many, Saturdays in the South mean football and family...in that order.

Coonhound named Smokey, proudly leads the Volunteers onto the field through the “T” formed by the marching band. • Generations of families travel to Tuscaloosa’s famed BryantDenny Stadium where the Crimson Tide has only lost about fifty games there since it opened in 1929. The visiting team's locker room is literally named “The Fail Room.” Tickets are coveted like passes to the Masters tournament. Every home game has been sold out since 1988. • Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium becomes Alabama's 5th largest cities on game days when it welcomes 87,451 screaming Tiger fans. The 'Deep South's Oldest Rivalry' of UGA/AU began in 1892, and yielded essentially an even win-loss record. • Over in Oxford, Ole’ Miss’ co-eds, dressed in their Sunday-best, tailgate beneath three hundred year old oak trees in ‘The Grove’ where they celebrate the ‘Walk of Champions’ and exchange the mysterious greeting: “Hotty Toddy!”   • Down in Gainesville FL, gator fans are known to don their jorts (jean-shorts) and slither into a stadium they call “The Swamp” where they clap sun-baked arms in a ritualistic reptilian imitation. Fall Saturdays for me are spent in my beloved Sanford Stadium in Athens where, since 1929, the Georgia Bulldawgs have fought valiant battles “between the hedges”. Few things excite me more than listening to the lone bugler play its soulful Battle Hymn before "our boys" thunder onto the gridiron to the deafening roar of the bulldawg nation. No matter which team you support, Southerners’ love of college football with all of its deeply-rooted traditions and rivalries, is part of the rich character and common bond that defines us. Soon, players and fans from other parts of the country will have the moxie to challenge our teams and that will afford us the opportunity to welcome them to Saturdays down South. I can hardly wait…


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