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hello. BACK TO SCHOOL and Fall festivals are the focus of this issue of Alpharetta Magazine. Inside this issue, we cover an event in Avalon and also visit the new Alpharetta location for Ceviche Taqueria....but wait....who am I? Hi Alpharetta! I’m Ray Goodwin, the newest member of the Local Life Publishing team. I live here locally myself, along with my wonderful wife of 3 years, Sara Catherine, our 11 month-old son Kayden, and my most wonderful daughter, Lilah. With over 16 years experience in marketing, communications and local /mass media, I’m very excited to be working with the Local Life team. Out of my experence working with local businesses, local associations and trade groups, I admit that helping local business owners get their messages in front of potential customers is my favorite part of my job. We publish Alpharetta magazine six times per year; and we reach 25,000 readers with each edition. Our team is 100% dedicated to delivering this magazine to you; and in turn we would like to ask you to please support the companies that help make this magazine possible, our advertisers. I head up our advertising sales team in Alpharetta & Milton and if you would like to schedule some time with me, email me. I will enthusiadtically visit your business and show you everything that is possible with our publication program. Thank you for your time. I’m looking forward to meeting you! Until next time everyone......LIVE LOCALLY!! Warmest Regards,


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2 Days of Fun in Alpharetta: October 7, 2016 @ Avalon October 8, 2016, Downtown Alpharetta This event is rain or shine. No dogs allowed. No outside food or beverages. Kids 12 & under are free.


MUSIC WILL FLOW through the streets as talented artists perform their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. Listeners will learn the stories behind each song and may recognize some of the tunes that are played by their favorite musicians. Selected as one of the Top 20 Events in October 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society! October 8, 2016 Lineup John Oates (of Hall & Oates) An American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates. Emily Saliers (of Indigo Girls) An American singer-songwriter and member of the Indigo Girls. Saliers plays lead guitar as well as banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki and many other instruments. Ken Block and Drew Copeland (of Sister Hazel) Ken Block and Drew Copeland, best known as two of the five

members of the platinum-selling southern rock band Sister Hazel, will bring their wildly successful tunes to select cities for intimate, “miss it and miss out” acoustic shows, reminiscent of their earlier performance days when they canvassed the club and coffee shop circuit as a duo from Gainesville, Florida. Kristian Bush (of Sugarland) An American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Bush is a former member of the folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim with Andrew Hyra, and is one half of the country music duo Sugarland with Jennifer Nettles. Shawn Mullins An American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music. He is best known for the 1998 single “Lullaby”, which hit number one on the Adult Top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy Award Bonnie Bishop Bishop started her career as a country rock singer-songwriter from Texas, who grew up in Houston, Texas and later moved to Nashville, Tennessee. In 2012, Bishop’s idol Bonnie Raitt recorded her song “Not Cause I Wanted To.” Bishop co-wrote this single with NRBQ guitarist “Big Al” Anderson and it was selected as a New York Times Best Song of 2012. John Gorka A contemporary American folk musician. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.”



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Will Kimbrough An American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Kimbrough started his musical career as a founding member of Will & the Bushmen, a popular college band in the eighties that produced a handful of albums and singles and made it to MTV. Brigitte DeMeyer The South is everywhere, especially in the stories told by Brigitte DeMeyer’s music. With her sixth offering, Savannah Road, DeMeyer gives the listener access to a special place in her mind. The title track is inspired by Gregg Allman’s book My Cross to Bear. Eliot Bronson An American singer-songwriter. Bronson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing at local coffeehouses and was dubbed a “folk singing wunderkind” by The Baltimore Sun. He later moved to Atlanta, where he formed the duo The Brilliant Inventions. Lilly Winwood Lilly’s voice simmers somewhere between Soul and Americana. This is hardly surprising given her father Is the British musician, Steve Winwood, known for his ‘Blue-Eyed Soul’ vocals. Chuck Cannon An American country music songwriter. His compositions include hit singles for Toby Keith and John Michael Montgomery. Davin McCoy Pain, suffering, and loss…three elements baked deeply into the fabric of love, or rather, a true love lost. Such are the autobiographical, painstaking roads traveled by Davin McCoy’s eloquently crafted,

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individually wrapped soulful pieces of art, his songs, tied together, so ever tightly, by a grief stricken fueled common thread, by cigarette stained fingers avec a not yet finished quarter left high ball. Adron An Atlanta singer and songwriter, seamlessly blending classical harmony with the playfulness of ’60s Tropicalia, the earnestness and sentiment of ’70s songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson, and the cerebral sincerity of the hymn. Jessie Albright A Vermont raised singer/songwriter, self-taught guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. She has been performing around Vermont and Massachusetts since age 16. Jessie moved to Georgia in 2014 after releasing her first studio album, “Waiting Patiently” which is now available on iTunes. Smokin’ Novas Smokin’ Novas masterfully fuse together the world of Americana, Folk and classic southern rock n’ roll. Bill Sheffield Everything about Bill Sheffield is authentic. It’s there in the intense, transcendent way he finger picks his guitar with hints of John Hurt and Blind Blake flashing through. ESOEBO Eclectic Selections Of Everything But Opera. Great vocals and musicianship. Engaging original songs and unique delivery of some of your favorite music. From Hank Williams to The Civil Wars, from Leon Redbone to Patsy Cline, from Johnny Cash to Alison Krauss.


Your Prostate Playbook


Understanding Prostate Cancer By Dr. SCOTT MILLER

FOR AMERICAN MEN, prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer, behind only lung cancer, and affects one in seven men. Fortunately, new research and improved treatment plans are yielding better outcomes and enabling patients to continue enjoying active, productive lives. Know your Risk No one knows exactly what causes prostate cancer, but research indicates several common factors that may increase a man’s risk of developing the disease: •Age. Odds of developing prostate cancer significantly increase if you are over 50. •Family History. Having a father or brother with the disease more than doubles your risk. •Race. You’re more likely to develop cancer if you’re African-American. •Diet. A diet high in red meat and high-fat dairy may increase your risk. Start the discussion Early detection is key in successfully treating many cancers. Beginning at age 50, men at average risk for developing prostate cancer should begin to discuss screening with their doctor. Men at high risk for developing prostate cancer should begin discussing screening even sooner, around 45. Typical prostate screenings include a rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. If a suspicious lump or area is found during the rectal exam, or if a PSA test reveals higher-than–normal results, a biopsy of the prostate may be

performed to confirm if cancer is present. Spot the Signs In its earliest stages, prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. Any symptoms that do appear should be reported to your doctor right away. Symptoms that may occur include: •Blood in urine or semen •Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, ribs or upper thighs •Trouble having or keeping an erection •Pain or burning during urination •Weakness or numbness in the legs Explore your Options Every case of prostate cancer is different and treatment options can vary. Several factors play a role in determining the most appropriate treatment – age and health, stage of the disease, and benefits and side effects of each treatment. In most cases, prostate cancer grows slowly. So men diagnosed with the disease usually have time to consider all available treatment options, gather additional opinions and, with the help of their doctor, decide on which option is best for them. Dr. Scott D. Miller is medical director of the advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery program at Northside Hospital. For more information about prostate cancer and available screening and treatment options, visit

RESTAURANT ADDRESS TEL. NUM WEBSITE FOOD 5 Seasons North 3655 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 521-5551 American , $$ 850 F BarPizza 12635 Crabapple Road (678) 585-4628 Italian/Pizza, $ Abhiruchi Indian Cuisine 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 393-1110 Indian, $$ AJ’s Country Cooking 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 754-0530 Southern, $ Alpha Soda 11760 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 442-3102 American, $ Amma Kitchen 390 Cumming Street (770) 475-7776 Indian $ Annabelle’s Table 5530 Windward Pkwy (470) 719-9993 American, $$ Antico Pizza Avalon 3185 Avalon Blvd (770) 674-8811 Pizza $$ Another Broken Egg Cafe 4075 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 837-3440 Breakfast, $ Atlantic Seafood Company 2345 Mansell Rd (770) 640-0488 Seafood,$$ Aunty’s Kitchen 11775 Northfall Ln (678) 691-1432 Indian, $ Bagel Boys Cafe 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 569-1009 Deli,$ Bantam + Biddy 4195 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5159 Brunch,$$ Benihana 2365 Mansell Road (678) 461-8440 Japanese,$$$ Bite 11500 Webb Bridge Rd (770) 754-5500 American,$$ Bocado Burger 2820 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 248-5223 Burgers,$$ Bombay Brasserie 900 Mansell Road (770) 299-1634 Indian, $$ BoneHeads 5815 Windward Pkwy (770) 407-1747 Seafood,$$ The Bowl 4000 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 674-1969 American, $ Branch & Barrel 4100 Avalon Blvd (678) 436-5655 Craft Bar,$$ Breadtime 235 S Main St (678) 691-6723 German, $ Bucca di Peppo 2335 Mansell Road (770) 643-9463 Italian, $$ Buffalo Wild Wings 2375 Mansell Road (678) 352-4599 American, $ BURGERFI 5475 Windward Parkway West (770) 817-4656 American $$ Butcher & the Bottle coming soon downtown alpharetta American, $$ Cabernet 5575 Windward Pkwy (770) 777-5955 Steakhouse Cafe at Pharr 3050 Windward Plaza (678) 691-4375 Cafe, $$ Cafe Efendi 488 N Main St (770) 360-8014 Mediterranean California Pizza Kitchen 6301 North Point Pkwy (770) 664-8246 Pizza, $$ Campania Pizzeria Napoletana 800 N Main St (770) 559-4674 Pizza, $$ Carmine’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 4055 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 772-3644 Italian, $$ Carribean Fiesta 4000 North Point Pkwy (770) 521-0390 Carribbean, $$ Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant 5670 Hwy 9 N (770) 475-9100 Italian Ceviche 42 Milton Avenue (770) 777-0230 Tex-Mex, $$ Cheesecake Factory 2075 North Point Circle (770) 751-7011 American, $$ Chicken Salad Chick 970 North Point Drive (770) 667-5459 Deli, $ Chili’s Grill & Bar 7800 N Point Pkwy (770) 594-9063 American Coisas do Brasil 4055 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 867-2115 Brazillian, $$ Collet French Pastry & Cafe 225 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 770-6066 Facebook French, $$ Colletta 900 3rd Street (678) 722-8335 American, $$ Cookout 11475 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 754-4157 Burgers, $ Corner Bakery 10920 Haynes Bridge Rd (678) 317-0224 Cafe, $ Corner Deli 10 Roswell Street (678) 566-0576 Facebook Deli, $ Crabapple Tavern 12350 Arnold Mill Rd (770) 667-7456 American Cracker Barrel 5580 Windward Pkwy (770) 521-9597 Southern CRU Food & Wine Bar 2200 Avalon Blvd. (678) 248-5181 Wine Bar Crust Pasta & Pizzeria 131 S Main St (770) 777-6789 Italian, Pizza Cuzi Fresh Cafe 4160 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 867-9854 Bistro, $ Davinci’s Donuts 131 South Main Street (678) 392-2523 Donuts, $ Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 3070 Windward Plaza (678) 867-0777 BBQ Diner at North Point 2355 Mansell Rd (770) 650-6400 American, $$ Donut Theory 11550 Webb Bridge Way (470) 275-5530 Donuts, $ Eggs Up Grill 270 Rucker Rd (678) 878-2251 Breakfast, $ Einstein Brothers Bakery 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 339-1866 Bagels, $


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FOOD TRUCK FUN Every Thursday through October 27, 2016

THIS FABULOUS ONGOING EVENT takes place every Thursday through October 27 from 5p.m. – 9 p.m. at Old Roswell Street

the voice of a new generation by blending the timeless traditions of Americana and Western Swing.

Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early!

October 20, 2016 CITY HOUSE City Mouse’s upcoming single release, “Blood Red Youth” defines what the Atlanta, Georgia, band’s hometown fanbase already knew. This is a songwriting band. Since their culmination in 2013, the band’s originality, forged around their own lyrics, persistence and enigmatic stage presence, has led them to sold out shows throughout Atlanta’s various venues. They have shared stages with bands like The Steeldrivers, Cicada Rhythm, the Howlin’ Brothers, Underhill Rose, Family & Friends, The Darnell Boys, and more.

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August 25, 2016 DEAD AFFECT Dead Affect is a band of seasoned musicians from Atlanta, GA that plays the music of the Grateful Dead. September 29, 2016 CALEB WARREN & THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN Bridging the gap between the music of the old-timey speakeasies and juke joints with

Restaurant Guide, p2 EM Bop 800 North Main Street (678) 395-6226 Korean, $ El Don Bar & Grill 6320 Atlanta Hwy (678) 404-5473 Mexican,$ El Felix 1130 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5239 Tex-Mex, $$ Firebirds 2665 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 225-8611 Steak, $$$ Firefly Kitchen 3070 Windward Plaza (770) 609-8523 Tapas, $$ First Watch 3450 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 566-3447 Breakfast/Lunch Fry Me 2 The Moon 5155 Atlanta Hwy (678) 691-1613 Seafood, $$ Haiku Sushi & Steakhouse 5966 N Point Pkwy (770) 521-1983 Japanese, $$ Honeybaked Ham 7601 North Point Pkwy (770) 518-5000 Deli, $$ Hop Alley Brew Pub 25 S Main St (770) 696-2097 American, $$ Hudson Grille 865 N Main St (770) 777-4127 American, $$ Humble Pie Pizza Company 869 N Main St (678) 867-6773 Pizza, $$ Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant 12850 State Hwy 9 (678) 624-1900 Italian, $$ J Christophers 3070 Windward Plaza (770) 360-0907 Breakfast, $ Kickshaw Tavern 800 N Main St (770) 475-0444 Sushi, $$ Kona Grill 5100 Avalon blvd (470) 226-1540 American, $$ La Casa Italian Grill Rest. 37 Old Roswell St (470) 258-4135 Italian, $$ La Parilla 865 North Main St (678) 339-3888 Mexican, $$ Lin's Chinese 12850 Hwy 9 N (770) 740-1892 Chinese, $$ Lime Juice Thai Bistro 670 North Main St (678) 242-2991 Thai, $$ Lobster House Sushi & Hibachi 10890 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 475-0333 Japanese, $$ Locos Deli & Pub 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 751-9898 American, $$ Made kitchen & Cocktails 45 B Roswell St (770) 452-6233 Spanish, $$$ Mambo's Café 4915 Windward Pkwy (770) 753-4354 Cuban, $$ Marlow's Tavern 3900 1st Street (678) 248-5230 American, $$ Mellow Mushroom 3070 Windward Pkwy (678) 566-7888 Pizza, $$ Miller’s Alpharetta Ale House 10750 Davis Dr (678) 277-2581 American, $$ Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails 800 Mayfield Rd (770) 817-0161 American, $$$ Mittie’s Cafe on Main 62 N Main St (770) 772-0850 American,$$ My Friends Place 696 North Main St (770) 667-8414 Deli, $ Nahm Thai Cuisine 5310 Windward Pkwy (678) 762-1818 Thai,$$ Oak Steakhouse 950 Third St (678) 722-8333 Steakhouse, $$$ On The Border Mexican Grill 10575 Davis Dr. (404) 991-2660 Tex-Mex, $$ PF Changs 7925 North Point Pkwy (770) 992-3070 Chinese,$$$ Papoulis Mediterranean Cafe 3070 Windward Plz (770) 442-8884 Greek, $ Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 10795 Davis Dr (770) 992-5566 Seafood, $$ Pure Taqueria 103 Roswell St (678) 240-0023 Tex/Mexican, $$ Ray’s On the Creek 1700 Mansell Rd (770) 649-0064 Steakhouse,$$$ Rio Balsas Taqueria 235 South Main St (770) 475-7890 Facebook Spanish, $$ Roasters 12850 Hwy 9 (770) 753-0055 American,$$ Romano’s Macaroni Grill 5045 Windward Pkwy (770) 360-6302 Italian, $$ Ruby Tuesday 6055 North Point Pkwy (770) 667-5776 American, $$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House 11655 Haynes Bridge Road (770) 777-1500 Steakhse,$$$$ Sage Woodfire Tavern 11405 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 569-9199 American, $$$ Salt Factory 102 S Main St (770) 752-1888 Pub, $$ Satay House 281 S Main St (770) 663-8666 Thai, $$ Secreto 6195 Windward Pkwy (770) 752-0922 Comfort, $$ Smashburger 5530 Windward Pkwy (770) 410-7611 Burgers, $$ Smokejack BBQ 29 S Main St (770) 410-7611 BBQ, $$ South Main Kitchen 9 S Main St (678) 691-4622 American, $$ Spice Brick Oven Kitchen 10800 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-0778 Tapas, $$ Sushi Nami 5316 Windward Pkwy (678) 566-3889 Japanese, $$ Taco Mac 875 N Main St (770) 346-9119 American, $$ Tara Humata Mexican Grill 6195 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-4540 Mexican, $$ Taste of India 3070 Windward Pkwy (678) 242-0155 Indian, $ Ted’s Montana Grill 6100 Avalon Blvd (678) 710-9025 Steakhse, $$ Thai Thai 11525 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-1306 Thai, $$ Tin Roof Kitchen 52 N Main St (770) 360-9395 Gluten-free $$ Tom + Chee - Alpharetta 970 Northpoint Dr (470) 375-5871 Sandwich, $$ Tuscany Cafe & Bistro 28017 Mill Creek Ave (678) 624-9532 American, $$ Twisted Taco 5815 Windward Parkway (770) 777-9199 Mexican, $$ Vinny’s on Windward 5355 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-4644 Italian, $$$ Volcano Asian Bistro 5316 Windward Pkwy (678) 366-9668 Sushi, $$ Wildflour 5815 Windward Pkwy (678) 822-9453 Sandwich, $$ Wild Wing Cafe 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 990-9464 American, $ Zoe’s Kitchen 10920 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 772-5632 Fresh Deli, $$







October 1, 2016•6:30 PM Milton Avenue This event is rain or shine

Alpharetta Business Association Keeping Pace with Our City’s Growth

EXCITIING THINGS ARE happening in Alpharetta, Georgia. New development is coming, new businesses are opening and the heart of our city is beating with renewed energy.

sold out event, you do not want to miss your chance to be a part of the 2016 Expo. It will be held back to the Alpharetta Marriott on Windward Parkway will many exciting plans in store.

Reflecting this new momentum, Alpharetta Business Association (ABA) membership has grown by considerably over the last 12 months.

The ABA Mission: To create a thriving Alpharetta, alive with business, shopping and activity.

Membership in ABA affords members exciting programs and events. Breakfast Networking provides a monthly opportunity for members to present information about their businesses. Additionally we offer a Business Expo, a Par 3 Golf Tournament, a Spring and Fall Brew Moon Fest, and the Alpharetta Farmers Market.

The ABA Promotes: Alpharetta’s business districts City improvements New business opportunities Involvement in issues that impact business development Member Benefits:

The annual State of the City Breakfast with Mayor David Belle Isle is held each February, and monthly membership meetings will continue to be held the last Thursday of each month, providing social networking opportunities and informative programming. And it will remain a top priority to keep members informed about issues that impact the business community in Alpharetta.

Monthly breakfast networking Monthly membership meetings with informative programs Annual State of the City Breakfast Business Expo – Free to members Par 3 Golf Tournament Year round special events Community volunteer opportunities Open forums and educational offerings Communication with city officials Co-op advertising

Business owners can help shape the future of Alpharetta. Together they are a strong and positive voice making things happen that are good for our city. Mark your calendars and sign up early to get a table at the annual Business Expo on August 26. As a follow up to last year’s

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Celebrating nine successful years in Roswell, Ceviche opened their second location in downtown Alpharetta in late 2015.

DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA continues to impress with unique, one-of-a kind shops, boutiques, salons and fabulous restaurants. One of the newest restaurants on the block is Ceviche, located at 42 Milton Avenue in the heart of the downtown action, offering plenty of indoor seating, a large, comfortable bar and an outdoor patio for dining al fresco. Co-owners Mikka Orrick and Trent Bramblett opened the first Ceviche nine years ago on Canton Street in downtown Roswell and this second location in Alpharetta in late 2015. The quality ingredients, colorful presentation, attentive and enthusiastic service and comfortable atmosphere have won this location a vast and loyal following of locals looking for fresh, authentic Mexican menu items not offered in nearby chain restaurants. Not your typical Mexican spot, they offer true, “authentic” Mexican food---with a twist, a wide variety of tequila and a hospitable, knowledgeable staff. The Alpharetta location is a bit larger, but still small enough to make it easy to catch up with old friends while making new ones. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00AM to 10:00PM, and Friday-Saturday from 11:00AM to 11:00pm, guests will enjoy a quick, delicious lunch or a scrumptious dinner. Visit during Happy Hour; and you’re sure to meet new friends as you try the numerous and various versions of margaritas and specialty drinks from the bar. The owners are locals; and together with General Manager Joel Price, have an appreciation especially for local guests. They’re quick to remember your name and your favorite drink at your second visit! They are active in the community, in the Chamber,

and as sponsor of various downtown events and festivals. Causes dear to their heart include the “Pennies for Patients” program of the Leukemia Society, Stick it to Cancer, and Safe Ride America. Request the Ceviche First Timer if you’re new to this Mexican version of cold seafood salad. It’s a small sampler platter of three ceviche, choosing between Mahi, Shrimp, Tilapia or Scallop. Or, if you’re already familiar with the great taste, then come hungry and order the Ceviche Pro, which is similar to the First Timer, but with much larger portions. Specialty dishes include Chimi Borracha (pork chimichanga smothered in queso and salsa borracha), Fajita Nachos, Shrimp a la Diablo and the Burrito Grande. Also offered are soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. Guests are presented with an extensive drink menu consisting of a large variety of margaritas, specialty drinks, beer and wine. Ceviche is an ideal, convenient spot for the office lunch or corporate meeting; but they also cater for large or small groups for off-site gatherings. Nightlife at Ceviche kicks off at happy hour and patrons enjoy a lively, friendly atmosphere for that special date night or night out with friends or family. Beginning September 3rd, Ceviche will be your “go-to” place for college ball, SEC Network, BIG TEN and Sunday Ticket; and they’ll be having a sweet kick-off party for the NFL games on September 11th, with drink specials and food specials for every game. 42 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta GA 30009, 770.777.0230

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Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

SET ON 45 ACRES OF wooded land in Alpharetta, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre provides a unique setting for music lovers. It’s a beautiful, park-like atmosphere for concertgoers to enjoy music surrounded by large heritage trees, plants and flowers. It seats 7,000 under a distinctive fan-shaped roof and another 5,000 on the lawn, under the stars. Upcoming shows include: September 10 ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Star Wars & More: The Music of John Williams


THERE’S NEVER BEEN a better time to get active with the whole family because this fall, IronKids is returning to Alpharetta! That’s right – the largest youth triathlons in the country will take place in Alpharetta. IronKids Alpharetta allows children ages 6 to 15 an opportunity to test their strength with a swim, bike, and run competition.



IronKIDS Triathlon returns to Wills Park September 18th

The race is divided into age-based categories: •Junior (ages 6-8): 50 yd swim, 2 mi bike, 500 yd run •Intermediate (ages 9-11): 150 yd swim, 4 mi bike, 1 mi run •Senior (ages 12-15): 300 m swim, 8 mi bike, 2 mi run SCHEDULE All athletes must have a parent or legal guardian with ID accompany them to pick-up their packet and sign appropriate waiver. Saturday 2:00-6:00 p.m. Bike Check-In (Not Mandatory) 2:00-6:00 p.m. Registration/Packet Pick-up 5:15-6:00 p.m. Race Director Course Talk Sunday 5:00 – 6:45 a.m. Packet-Pick Up 7:15 a.m. Senior Start 8:45 a.m. Intermediate Start 10:00 a.m. Junior Start 11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony



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Scarecrow Harvest celebrate the season

October 1, 2016•10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta• This event is rain or shine


ALPHARETTA’S DOWNTOWN STREETS will be lined with over 100 scarecrows to celebrate its fall spirit. Join in on the free family entertainment that includes groovy country music, games of crow-cornhole, hay rides to the log cabin, quirky face painting, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, yummy festival food and engaging inflatables. Take a hay ride between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to the Future Farmers of America log cabin. At 12pm, SCARECROW AWARDS and prizes will be given to Accredited K-5 Schools classrooms for Most Creative, Best Constructed, Best Personality, “Go Green” Crow and SchCOOLEST (school with the most partici-

pating classrooms) Scarecrows. MAKE A SCARECROW Design and display your scarecrow in front of a building, hiding behind a bush, washing a window or even climbing a tree. The event is absolutely free and only requires your creativity! Complete a simple application and we will add you to the Scarecrow Locator List on the City website for all to see. SCARECROW HARVEST EVENT Free family fall festival includes live music, hay rides to the Log Cabin, quirky face painting, festival food, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling and engaging inflatables For more info, visit


European Market


on Milton Avenue, September 17-18, 10am - 6pm, Rain or Shine

BACK BY POPULAR demand European Market on Milton Ave. returns to Historic downtown Alpharetta on Sept 17-18, for its 4th year. For 2 days only, all under a large tent the length of Milton Ave between Main St & Roswell/Canton St., you will find some of the best local artisans and gatherers in the area, showcasing an eclectic ensemble of vintage style home decor & furniture, beautiful works of art, handcrafted jewelry, one of a kind finds, fashion (both adult & children’s) clothing & accessories, gifts & unique treasures. The large tent sets this market apart from other such festivals in the metro area. The excitement, buzz and visual impact under the tent makes one feel like they have entered a market in a foreign land. Sure to provide discerning shoppers with a touch of Europe in this intimate and boutique market setting, you no longer have to cross an ocean to take advantage of such a distinctive and vibrant atmosphere. To become a vendor at the 2016 European Market on Milton Ave. Please download and complete the following forms and send them to the person listed. After review of photos and forms, if your works are accepted a letter will be sent to you. For more information, visit or


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5K Run & Block Party


Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaze, 5pm - 8pm, Rain or Shine, $30 in advance

THIS WILL BE THE 20th annual running of The Mayor’s Corporate Challenge, hosted by the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, LexisNexis and the City of Alpharetta. The race will Start and Finish in front of City Hall in the heart of downtown Alpharetta. The race check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. along with food, libations and sponsor booths. The Kids Fun Run will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the 5K race beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come join in the fun and experience Alpharetta’s walkable downtown and enjoy the very popular Food Truck Alley & Live Music sponsored by the City of Alpharetta.

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EVENING LINE-UP 5:00 - 9:00 pm - Food Trucks and Live Music 5:00 pm Food, Fun, Festivities & Music 5:30 pm - Pre-Race Registration 6:30 pm - Free Kids Fun Run (Pre-registration Required) 7:00 pm - 5K Run Sponsor Expo featuring Mayor’s Corporate Challenge Partners Charity Spotlight highlighting Non-profits supported by Rotary Club of Alpharetta, 8pm Awards Register at For More Information Contact Joe Wargo / Rotary Club of Alpharetta at 678-5571329 or

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La Casa Authentic Italian Grill

Alpharetta’s “BEST Italian Restaurant” LOCATED IN A QUAINT HISTORIC HOME

•Extensive Wine List •Corporate & Social Events •Private Dining •Seafood Specialties

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L AC A S A I TA L I A N G R I L L . C O M La Casa offers a taste and experience of Italy in a wonderful historic house that has been transformed into three intimate comfortable dining rooms with a heated outdoor patio. Pasquale, a native of Naples, Italy serves the finest and freshest foods. He has created the prefect combination of Authentic Italian recipes and artfully prepared seafood meals with passion.


Hotbed of Tennis



KNOWN AS THE “hotbed of tennis,” the metro Atlanta area and surrounding suburbs play host to hundreds of both Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) leagues. From neighbors to coworkers to complete strangers, teams consist of every variation imaginable. Leagues compete every season of the year and include singles, doubles and mixed doubles on teams of solely men and women or even mixed teams. Pair up with your spouse or introduce yourself to your partner seconds before the warm-up; finding that perfect balance of competition and camaraderie has never been easier than with local tennis teams. So, if you are interested in picking up that racket again or simply want to form your own team for an upcoming league at your neighborhood courts, I am here to help! USTA: ALTA: TENNISITINERARY.COM Jordana Klein, Alpharetta, Ga., 2015 Georgia Southern journalism graduate and former captain of their Women’s Tennis Team; freelance writer & blogger. Owner of

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The Local Fish Guru’s

Dish On Fish

WHAT MAKES SALMON so tasty? FAT. Yes, it’s true, fat is good at least when it comes to salmon. Why, you ask? Well, there’s a lot that goes into one salmon being more delicious than the next. This “dish on fish” explains. Salmon are born at the top of freshwater rivers in little ponds. As they grow, they start swimming down river towards the ocean while undergoing a transformation from freshwater to saltwater. If they survive the trip they head out to the ocean to spend 3 to 4 years eating and storing up fat. Once they have stored enough fat, they focus all their energy on making it up the river to the pond where they were born. There, females lay eggs, males fertilize them and then they die. So many challenges! The salmon must make the transition from fresh to saltwater and then back again! It must find its way down the river to the ocean! It must know how long to swim in the ocean and how much fat to retain in order to swim home!

Since some rivers are much longer and have higher elevations the fish calling these rivers home have to work harder than those swimming a less difficult distance. Each salmon has a genetic knowledge that tells it how fat and strong to get and an internal compass that tells it which river is theirs and where in the river to return. For example, fish from the Copper River in Alaska need a lot of fat to make it home. The river is nearly 300 miles long and the water rushes powerfully from the glaciers high in the Chugach and the St. Elias Wrangell mountains. If you are lucky enough to get one of these magnificent creatures on your dinner plate, you are blessed with a meal of immeasurable flavor and texture. Kathleen’s Catch is located at 12660 Crabapple Road. They sell wild-caught and farm-raised seafood from a new generation of aquaculture, offering selections from the most environmentally conscious, healthy and most sustainable operations in the world.


CROOKED CREEK GOLF CLUB• 3430 Highway 9 N, 30004• Crooked Creek’s Course offers a par 72 Michael Riley design that plays nearly 7000 yards from the back tee. Featuring undulating greens, demanding tee shots, and challenging approach shots, it is regarded by many to be the premier Championship golf course in Greater Atlanta. TROPHY CLUB OF ATLANTA• 15135 Hopewell Rd., 30004 Carved out of heavily wooded terrain in order to create a challenging yet playable course, they now offer Champion Bermuda greens. Nominated as Golf Digest’s “Best New Public Course” when opened in 1992, it was designed by DJ DeVictor and ABC-TV Golf Analyst Steve Melnyk.



GOLF CLUB OF GEORGIA • 1 Golf Club Dr., 30005 Two Arthur Hills-designed courses, Lakeside and Creekside are distinctly different from each other offering the golfer enormous architectural, aesthetic and strategic variety. In 1999, Golf Digest honored Lakeside’s par-5, 607 yard 11th hole as one of “America’s Best 99 Golf Holes.”

enAble of Georgia’s Golf & Tennis Classic at White Columns Country Club Monday, October 17, 2016 Golf shotgun start at 10:30am Tennis round robin starts at 12:00pm


All players will enjoy lunch, beverages, contests, raffle and live auction! All proceeds from this fun event go to support the 120 adults that enAble of Georgia serves. For Tickets visit enAble of Georgia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in1979 by a group of concerned parents seeking a place in their community that could provide a nurturing home and quality support services for their adult children with developmental disabilities. Everything we do is guided by a defined set of values. We are privileged to have a group of people bound together by a common purpose serving on enAble’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. These individuals desire to see enAble’s unique services continue in excellence. Because they personally understand how dramatically our support services change the lives of deserving adults with developmental disabilities, they have chosen to serve voluntarily to give leadership and direction to the organization. We are grateful for their involvement and continued support.

MILTON COUNTRY CLUB• 1785 Dinsmore Rd, 30004•Although the par 70 Willard Byrd design tips out at 6100 yards, this course will test the patience of any golfer. This risk-reward course gives you the choice to shape a fairway wood to a narrow fairway or go for the gusto and let it rip. It boasts narrow tee shots and pure rolling stamp sized greens. ECHELON GOLF CLUB• 501 Founders Dr., 30004 A broad-shouldered beautiful and formidable test designed by famed golf course architect Rees Jones, this course wanders over 600 acres of rolling hills, providing striking elevation changes and panoramic views, most notably on the back nine. This semi-private course also features a 32acre practice facility. WHITE COLUMNS COUNTRY CLUB • 300 Clubhouse Dr., 30004 This Tom Fazio designed golf course has consistently been rated one of the area’s top courses, guarded by towering pine trees and featuring large greens. Golfers will find deep bunkers and countless elevation changes as the course layout gradually increases in challenge and splendor building to a crescendo over the last final five holes. ATLANTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB• 350 Tournament Players Dr., 30004 Building on a legacy of greatness, this course was crafted by renowned father and son team Pete and P.B. Dye. The 6942 yard, par-72 course meanders across 240 acres of natural hardwoods, babbling brooks and rolling hills, perfect for the golfers who demand challenge, playability, beauty and fairness. MANOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB• 15951 Manor Club Dr., 30004 Home to the only Tom Watson championship golf course in Georgia with 18 masterfully designed and memorable holes winding throughout hardwoods and towering pines, quiet lakes and streams. Seeped in the tradition of golf’s birthplace, Scotland, this course is extraordinary, boasting impeccable course conditioning and breathtaking vistas.



RESTAURANT WEEK 2016 is giving diners a chance to experience the best of the best from Alpharetta's restaurants. The 3rd annual event, open to all restaurants in the City of Alpharetta and all Chamber members, is a weeklong showcase of the city's eateries as well as an opportunity for customers to receive great deals. Over 4,000 people took part in Restaurant Week last year, and this year will be bigger and better than ever! Restaurants are encouraged to participate through sponsorship by offering coupons on the Restaurant Week card. Three sponsorship levels are available: platinum, gold and silver.

We want to make it easy for you to try our Club. $185 per month! •Golf access at the Creek after 1pm on Weekdays, Weekends, Holidays •Unlimited use of driving range and practice facility •Invitation to all Crooked Creek Club dining events and social activities PLUS •Golf access at Milton Country Club anytime Weekdays, Weekends and Holidays •Access to dining, tennis, pool and fitness at Milton Country Club •Invitation to all Milton Country Club dining and social events Membership is for six months and is limited to new prospective members of Crooked Creek Club only! Membership may be converted anytime during the six month trial. Or, upon completion of the trial period the member may resign or elect to become a full member of Crooked Creek Club. Initiation fee is required at time of conversion.

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Bop While You Shop Experience the Complete Family Package at Avalon



EXCEPTIONAL SHOPPING, distinguished restaurants and contemporary leisure meets family-friendly entertainment, right in your backyard. Throughout The Plaza at Avalon, feeling part of a community simply cannot be avoided, as each season brings a unique vibe to this unparalleled development. Avalon features countless seasonal events throughout the year targeted for families, and, this fall, Tuesday mornings in The Plaza is the place to be. Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Little Acorns provides playtime in The Plaza for preschool- aged children to enjoy an event targeted especially for their age group. In its second year of attraction, Little Acorns, sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Kiddie Academy and The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy, provides enjoyable yet educational experiences for children from early March through October 25.

in The Plaza, having their face painted, listening to weekly story-time by Fairy Princesses and characters, participating in kid-friendly yoga, creating arts and craft material, and much more. Avalon truly created a lifetime of laughter and memories with Little Acorns. Feedback and engagement from the event proves that its success can only grow from here. With over 150 customers in attendance most weeks, Avalon undoubtedly created a staple event to be enjoyed in The Plaza for years to come. Not only can consumers and visitors find Little Acorns every Tuesday through October, but events such as AvalOM, Avalon Nights Live, Punchline Comedy at Avalon, and Road Runner Sports Adventure Run occur weekly or monthly on site. A full events calendar for Avalon can be found online on Avalon’s website.

Families can expect anything from friendly animals provided by the Atlanta Zoo to fire trucks and meet-and-greets with the Alpharetta Fire and Rescue Department. Little Acorns, along with Avalon, truly offers the complete package. Carla Toro, Director of Marketing for North American Properties and Avalon, recognizes the core value of the property as “fun for families and children.” Little Acorns provides memorable activities for toddlers, and Avalon as a whole truly prides itself on bringing the community together.

Seasonal events also occur on site as well, like the Easter Egg Hunt, the Lighting of Avalon during the holidays, a Santa program and even a complete ice-skating rink designed to attract families and friends of all ages. These experiences, along with Little Acorns, center solely around family and children, as Avalon desires to feature a scene for everyone.

“We wanted to create a living room for families as well as provide retailers with a chance to get in front of the community,” Toro said.

Jordana Klein, Alpharetta, Ga., 2015 Georgia Southern journalism graduate and former captain of their Women’s Tennis Team; freelance writer & blogger. Owner of

And, Avalon has done just that, and then some. Children can expense energy by throwing frisbees and engaging together

“Little Acorns exceeded every expectation,” Toro said. “It’s just more than we could have ever imagined.”


AUGUST 17 End of Summer Grilling, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM. Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market Avalon, 2800 Old Milton Pkwy. 18th, 25th Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, 5 PM - 9 PM, Downtown Alpharetta, Old Roswell Street. Enjoy 6-8 rotation food trucks and music each week. 18 - 20 Market at Matilda´s, 10 AM - 4 PM. 377 South Main Street,, 770-754-7831. 19 Kidz Bop, 7:30 PM to 11 PM. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Pieces of Eight, 8 PM - 10 PM. Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility. 1140 Liberty Grove RD. 20 and 27th Alpharetta Farmers Market, 8:30 AM - 1 PM, every Saturday through October 29. Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta. Touch a Truck, 10 AM - 2 PM, Wills Park. Need to Breathe Tour De Compadres 2016 with Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan and Welshly Arms, 7 -11 PM. Layne at

Heather Luttrell, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Matilda Under the Pines, 377 So Main St. 25 Mayor´s Corporate Challenge 5K Run and Block Party, 6 PM - 10 PM. Alpharetta City Hall, Alpharetta Art in the Park, 9AM - 4 PM. Main Street and Milton Avenue. Contact Buddy Gash Free Photos with Super Heroes at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 10 AM to Noon. 178 So. Main St. Layne@awesomealpharetta. com

SEPTEMBER 1st, 8th, 15-17th, Market at Matilda´s, 10 AM - 4 PM. 377 So Main St, 1, 15, 22nd, 29th Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, 5 PM - 9 PM, Downtown Alpharetta, Old Roswell Street. Enjoy 6-8 food trucks and music each week. 2 Play Nintendo Summer Tour, 10 AM - 9 PM, North Point Mall Center Court. September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Alpharetta Farmers Market, 8:30 AM - 1 PM, every

Saturday through October 29. Old Canton Street in Downtown 3 Fire & the Knife, 8:30PM - 11PM. Matilda´s Under the Pines, 377 So Main St, 10 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music of Star Wars, 8 PM to 11 PM. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 10 - 17th Alpharetta Restaurant Week Presented by the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce, visit: 11 Darius Rucker and Dan + Shay, 7:30 PM - 11 PM, com. 16 Widespread Panic, 7:00 PM - 11 PM, Verizon Wireless Amp. 18 IronKids Alpharetta, 7 AM - 11:30 AM. Wills Park. Alpharetta Wedding Showcase, 1 PM - 4 PM. The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Pkwy. 24 Alpharetta Art in the Park, 9 AM - 4 PM. Main Street and Milton Avenue. Contact Buddy Gash Dirty Bourbon River Show, 8:30PM 377 So Main St,


LIVE•WORK•SHOP•EAT•PLAY• Alpharetta Church of God• Alpharetta First United Methodist• Alpharetta Presbyterian Church • Atlanta Chinese Christian Church North • Bethany Baptist Church • Big Creek Church • Birmingham United Methodist• Bridgeway Baptist Church• Calvary Chapel• Chabad Of North Fulton• Child Evangelism Fellowshi Christ The Shepherd Lutheran Church LCMS• Clear Springs Baptist Church• Community Of Chris Congregation Gesher L’Torah• Countyline Baptist Church• Crabapple First Baptist Church• Elam Ministries• Faith Life Ministries• First Baptist Church of Alpharetta• Grace North Atlanta • Habakkuk Christian Mins• Hanuman Mandir• Hopewell Baptist Church• Inner Quest • Islamic Center Of North Fulton•

Johns Creek Baptist Church• Keepin’ it Real• Kingdom Ambassadors International Center Living Truth Church• Messiah Lutheran Church• Methodist Hour International• Midway Community Church• Midway United Methodist Church• Morning Star Chapel• Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church• Mt Pisgah Christian School•experiencepisgah.or New Millennium Church • North Gate Church Of Atlanta• North Point Community Church• Olive Branch Tabernacle Of Faith• Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church• Restoration Church of God• Saehan English Ministry• Spirit Of God Christian Church• St Aidan’s Episcopal Church• St Brigid Catholic Church• St James United Methodist Churc St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Churc Stonecreek Church• Union Hill Church• Vision Baptist Church•

Alpharetta Magazine Aug/Sept 2016 issue  

Alpharetta Magazine is a local, lifestyle publication covering the good people of Alpharetta, Georgia in zip codes 30004, 30009, 30005 and 3...

Alpharetta Magazine Aug/Sept 2016 issue  

Alpharetta Magazine is a local, lifestyle publication covering the good people of Alpharetta, Georgia in zip codes 30004, 30009, 30005 and 3...