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Vol. 1, Issue 1 • SPRING 2015 PREMIER ISSUE!

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Letter from the Publisher Thank you for picking up a copy of the premier issue of Alpharetta Magazine. The weather is warming; and Alpharetta is hopping with festivals, 5Ks, street parties, special events and fabulous al fresco dining. Coming up: Alpharetta Arts Streetfest, Farmers Markets and Food Trucks, Outdoor Concerts at Chukkar Farm, World’s Hoppiest 5K, and much more! If you’re 50+ don’t forget to sign up for the North Fulton Golden Games (see page 18) and represent Alpharetta well! Thank you for our sponsor, Alpharetta Convention Visitors Bureau, and all of our advertisers, for making this first issue possible. Enjoy the weather! Enjoy your families! And, enjoy our Spring 2015 issue of Alpharetta Magazine! We hope you like us on Facebook; and please send us your comments and suggestions any time. Or, stop by and see us at 765 Mid Broadwell Road!



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Letter from the Publisher, p4 Table of Contents, p6 Alpharetta Welcome Center, p8 Alpharetta History, p10 Where to Stay, p13 Runway Inspired Home, p14 Let’s Go Shopping, p16 Alpharetta Arboretums, p18 Feel the Beat, p21 Restaurant Profile: El Felix, p22 Where the Foodies Go, p24 Restaurant Profile: Kitchen on South

Main, p25 North Fulton Golden Games, p26 7 Signs YouRr Child’s Depressed, p28 Let’s Play Alpharetta, p29 Money Investment Picks, p30, p31 Kids Party Tips, p31 Outdoor Adventures Alpharetta, p34 Alpharetta Arts Streetfest, p36 Live it Up in Alpharetta, p37 Real Estate Market Update, p38 Microchips 101, p40

Alpharetta Restaurant Guide, p42 A Guide to Club Fitting, p46 Bike Alpharetta, p48 New Business: Countryside Pet Estates, p50 Buzz About Essential Oils, p52 Humble pie pizza co., p54 Calendar of Events, p54 Advertiser Index, p1 Pray Locally, p62

EXCELLENCE ON AND OFF THE COURSE Golf • Tennis • Fitness • Dining • Pool • Clubhouse

Alpharetta Athletic Club is the perfect place to call home with 36 holes of distinctly enjoyable golf, two clubhouses, tennis, pool, fitness and superb dining. Whether you are a golf enthusiast or simply value the rewards of belonging to a private club; we invite you to schedule a tour of our facilities and experience first-hand all that Alpharetta Athletic Club has to offer. A limited number of Full Golf memberships are now available at current rates. If you are interested in becoming a member, call our Membership Director at 770-475-2300 ext. 119 to explore membership options. Visit to learn more.

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Welcome center Drop by the Alpharetta Welcome Center for maps, brochures and their calendar of events to find out what’s happening in town and speak with their friendly staff. As the best source for information on Alpharetta, they can point you in the right direction for the best antique shops or where to stroll an 8-mile path along a creek. Find 200 brochures about the area, from culturally rich Atlanta to the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. With 300 things to do, they’ll help you plan an action-packed itinerary for a day, a week or longer, then bring you back to Alpharetta to relax in one of the city’s 23 hotels, all dedicated to providing the best in service and comfort. Visit which goes a step further by providing a fully interactive experience through videos and photos along with easy-to-find listings of events including prices, times and descriptions. Once your trip is planned, you can book your hotel instantly on the website. Whatever you choose to do in Alpharetta, the Welcome Center staff is there to help. Stop in for some expert advice or just to say hello!

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WAY BACK WHEN... By Lisa Lossie


alpharetta history

Close your eyes

and step back in time to 1858. Horses clip clopping through a bustling downtown and settlers exchanging goods at the local trading post. That’s just a snapshot of the cotton town Alpharetta was, way back when. On December 11, 1858, the city of Alpharetta was chartered. It was created to serve as the county seat of Milton County, and make it easier for its residents to vote, get a marriage license or draft a will. Sixth generation Alpharetta native Connie Mashburn has watched Alpharetta grow over the years. His family first settled the community in the 1830’s as farmers and once owned one of Alpharetta’s historical sites, the B.F. Shirley Home on Cumming Street. “Just about everyone farmed,” says Mashburn. “I grew up on a poultry farm selling chickens and eggs.” You can take a walk through time and explore nineteen of Alpharetta’s historical sites including the B.F. Shirley Home, and learn about the city’s past. Visit 2 South Main Street where the Courthouse of Milton County once stood and learn how Milton County got it’s name, but get ready for a debate! 29 South Main Street once hosted Alpharetta’s original business district until a fire destroyed much of the town at the turn of the century.

birthday in 2008, the Old Milton History and Genealogy Group was asked to write a book about Alpharetta’s history. Mashburn, one of the group’s members, interviewed dozens of Alpharetta natives and collected hundreds of never before seen pictures for the book, Alpharetta, Milton County - The Early Years. “We got some things down on paper and got some photos that might not have been seen otherwise. The old natives are getting older and several that we interviewed for the book are now deceased,” says Mashburn. And some of the those stories can only from “the oldtimers.” Like Civil War soldiers marching through Alpharetta in search of food after the railways were cut off. And in the field across from The Union Restaurant in Milton, Milton County’s first post office was open for business, way back when in 1834 when horses brought the mail. Mashburn knows one thing for sure, you can preserve history but you can’t stop progress. “I loved it when there were 500 people here and I love it now. I’m fine with what’s taking place.” You can buy a copy of the book Alpharetta, Milton County - The Early Years at the new City Hall in Alpharetta.

When Alpharetta celebrated it’s 150th


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appointed guest rooms with luxurious signature beds, they have every option available to make your stay a delightful one.

Select your perfect hotel, then book online at Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Alpharetta 11385 Haynes Bridge Rd., 30004 770-663-4000 Hampton Inn Alpharetta/Roswell 10740 Westside Way, 30009 770-640-5511

Hyatt Place Windward Parkway 5595 Windward Pkwy., 30004 770-343-9566 La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Alpharetta 1350 North Point Dr., 30022 770-754-7800

Hampton Inn & Suites Alpharetta 16785 Old Morris Rd., 30004 678-393-0990

Residence Inn Atlanta Alpharetta North Point Mall 1325 North Point Dr., 30022 770-587-1151

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North/Alpharetta 4025 Windward Plaza, 30005 770-360-7766

Residence Inn Atlanta Alpharetta Windward 5465 Windward Pkwy., 30004 770-664-0664

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North Point 10975 Georgia Ln., 30022 678-566-3900

Staybridge Suites Alpharetta – North Point 3980 North Point Pkwy., 30005 770-569-7200

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpharetta – Windward Parkway 12505 Cingular Way, 30004 678-339-0505

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Runway-Inspired: 5 Fashion-Forward Elements to Dress Up a Room People often ask

us what inspires our designs. And while it ranges from our travels to the latest movie sets to reimagining past styles for today, fashion is always a part of it. This season we saw great runway looks inspired by one of our favorite design eras: the early 1970s, a freedom- and fun-loving time with great creativity. Here’s how it translated into some elegant and unexpected elements for our rooms. 1.) Tibetan wool: Fur and shearling vests have been making appearances in all kinds of weather. We added touches to our rooms on ottomans and chairs. You can see it looking especially fun on the cushions of our spectacular new ‘70s-inspired Bastille birdcage chair. 2.) Metallic accents: Many of our storage pieces feature metallic trim and hardware that we often custom design--we see it as the jewelry of a room. And we love mixing metals by using accessories in stainless steel, bronze, and brass together, in finishes from polished to satin. Prints and wall art that incorporate metallics are another way we like to add shimmer. 3.) Leathers in fun colors: Two new leathers in


soft hues that we’ve just added to our line speak to springtime and nature’s influence on us, as well as to fashion: eucalyptus and denim. They look especially fresh paired with sofas and chairs in crisp white slipcovers, which can be done in a washable denim fabric for easier maintenance. 4.) Fashion fabrics: A sofa in classic menswear tweed has always been a look we love—it’s timeless and adds subtle texture and color to a room. This season, chambray shirts influenced us to put a soft blue chambray slipcover on our made-for-relaxing Dr. Pitt sectional. We also found a fabulous faux black patent leather…you can see it on our iconic Major chair with a satin-brass frame...a great vintage-inspired look. 5.) Amethyst & crystal accessories: Seeing how stone or crystal necklaces enhance an outfit without overpowering it reminds us how much warmth and design interest natural elements from votive holders to bookends to objets contribute. Let your personal attraction to a piece be one guide—but also look for pieces with quality—you’ve chosen beautiful well-made furniture, now your accents should reflect that. We often pick accents both pretty and practical—bowls, trays, boxes, candleholders—it’s a great way to keep organized and help prevent an overdone, cluttered look.

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Shopping! As the shopping mecca north of Atlanta, Alpharetta’s five distinct shopping districts have it all, from top designers to top savings, well-known stores to unique boutiques.


Shop along Main Street, Church Street and Milton Avenue where boutiques are bountiful. Visit Alex n Sis, A Kid’s Encore Shoppe, with quality clothing at affordable prices; the contemporary Atlanta Bride Couture; Cotton House Antiques and Consignments, the place for homeowners, designers and collectors; Chic-Evolution in Art with creatively driven cutting edge artwork; Savvy Snoot, voted best consignment store in Atlanta; Sis & Moon’s, bringing an urban feel to the suburbs; and South Harmony, designed to deliver personalized shopping experiences.


North Point Mall is home to more than 100 major retailers, including the only American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Georgia, an innovative LEGO Store, designers like Michael Kors and Coach, and stores such as Macy’s, Von Maur and Dillard’s. Find more shops along Haynes Bridge Road and North Point Parkway, which surround the mall. In addition to Stein Mart, Nordstrom Rack and REI, specialty shops like Honey & Hazel offer affordable fashion. Enjoy the newest movies at AMC North Point Mall IMAX theaters with recliner seats, full bar, food and lounge.


Their tag line, The Timeless Art of Living Well, says it all. Located on 86 acres along Old Milton Parkway, the Shops at Avalon contain over a half million square feet of retail, including Anthropologie, Athleta, Arhaus, Kendra Scott, Orvis, Soft Surroundings and West Elm, among over 40 other stores. The selection of shops will complement those found at North Point Mall and Downtown Alpharetta, all combining to define Alpharetta as a shopping destination. We invite you to experience the excitement buzzing around town.


Upscale resale is all the rage, so indulge yourself in 30,000-square-feet of antiques and memorabilia at Queen of Hearts. Southern Comforts features new and consigned quality furniture at fabulous prices. Don’t miss the $4 rack, a customer favorite at Designer Consigner or the continuous sale rack at Couture Consigner. Saddle up at Dover Saddlery for all your equestrian gear.


This picturesque thoroughfare is lined with spas and international cuisine. Step into Dress Up Boutique for trendy, weekly new arrivals at affordable prices. Redecorating? Visit Home Expressions Interiors, a full design, construction and project management company or Loretta’s Interior Design that specializes in designer chairs for all styles.

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By Lisa Lossie


alpharetta arboretums


people know Wills Park for it’s ginormous playground, equestrian events and host to almost every kid sport known to Alpharetta. But the park is also home to one of Alpharetta’s best kept secrets.... the Arboretum. An Arboretum is a collection of trees that are assembled and maintained for education, research and enjoyment by the community. Located in Wills Park, the 110 acre multi-use arboretum is host to dozens of native and non-native tree species. Need some landscaping ideas? Take a stroll through the park and see if a Sycamore tree suits your fancy or if you are more of a Southern Red Oak kind of person. Another treasure of the Arboretum is the Community Garden. The garden is 100% organic and funded by donations from the community. Local students, boy scouts and girls scouts have supported the garden through fundraisers and planting projects The garden is a year-round project. Visitors can expect to see garlic in the winter months, carrots, lettuce,


snap and snow peas in the spring. Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, cantaloupe, corn, eggplant, okra, peppers, blueberries, raspberries in the summer and beets, broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and spinach in the fall. The Community Garden also allows “plotholders” to grow their own food. There are 37 plots at the garden available to lease on a first come first serve basis but you must be resident of Alpharetta or Milton. During the main growing season, some produce is donated to The Pantry at North Fulton Charities. Planting season is just around corner. Take a peek in the community garden before you plant your own and see what thrives in Georgia! You can visit Alpharetta’s other Arboretums at Webb Bridge Park and Cogburn Road Park. To lease a plot in the Community Garden Contact Alpharetta Community Garden CoManagers N/A alpharettacommunitygarden@gmail. com



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ROCK YOUR NIGHTS IN ALPHARETTA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park The 12,000-seat entertainment destination for music lovers across the region is host to the top performing acts in the country and the Grammy Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during its April to November season. Let the musical waves overtake you in this beautiful park-like setting. The Velvet Note — This beautifully appointed soundstage and club room showcases exceptional musical talent to the accompaniment of outstanding food, spirits and service. Designed by musicians for musicians, the soundstage has been meticulously crafted to provide the purest vocal and instrumental reception available to a live audience. The Velvet Note is quickly gaining visibility as one of the most unique places to visit in the Atlanta area. Matilda’s Under the Pines — Kick back and relax with picnics and live music under the pines at this fabulously funky world all spring and summer. Bring your own food and drinks to this dog and kid friendly venue.

Chukkar Farm Concert Series Set on 173 acres of rolling landscape and breathtaking views, Chukkar Farm’s outdoor concerts are the place to be for music, friends and memories from May to November. Enjoy a night of acoustic music with some of the best performing songwriters in the country at one of the most scenic venues in Georgia. The Clubhouse and surrounding deck with spectacular views are available to host your special pre-concert celebration.

Nightlife extends beyond these concert venues...

Head to Topgolf Alpharetta for Throwback Thursday Specials, Friday Patio-Palooza, Top-Spin Saturdays and Sunday Funday. Main Event Entertainment has free billiards and drink promotions every Sunday through Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – close. Enhance your dining experience with the sounds of jazz, tango or piano at many Alpharetta restaurants.

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The El Felix

By Ashlyn Stallings

Ford Fry’s

latest restaurant, The El Felix, has opened in phase one of the new Avalon development in Alpharetta. Fry and Chef Kevin Maxey, vice president of culinary for Fry’s restaurants, together designed a “Mex-Tex” menu that plays to their Texan roots. This is Fry’s first venture outside of the city of Atlanta. “Kevin and I wanted to do food we like to eat,” Fry said. “It’s natural for a chef to want to be true to a certain culture, and likewise, we wanted to do authentic ‘Mex-Tex’ because it developed where we’re from.” In creating the menu, East Texas-natives Fry and Maxey traced the begins of the cuisine to the 1930s. Fry and Maxey’s menu includes classic Tex-Mex techniques and ingredients: dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. The menu will also include puffy tacos, a classic staple in San Antonio Tex-Mex. 22

“They were the only ones doing those at first,” Fry said. “Then, puffy tacos made their way to Houston, and then into Austin. We want to explore and hit on all those areas.” Ford Fry’s in-house designer Elizabeth Ingram helped shape the space by designing the details inside The El Felix, and agrees that it has a more relaxed vibe than Ford’s restaurants that lie inside the Atlanta perimeter. “This one’s kinda funky,” she said. “It’s industrial and pretty casual.” Avalon is a sustainably-designed 86-acre mixeduse development located in the heart of Alpharetta. Phase One of Avalon includes 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 108,000 square feet of loft office space, and luxury rental and single family homes. Ford Fry is chef and managing partner for JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, no. 246, The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist, and St. Cecilia.


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Alpharetta is home to new chef driven restaurants that are having everyone take notice in a city boasting over

175 dining options.

Looking for distinctive restaurants?

Opt for Breadtime with authentic German flavors in a cozy atmosphere or Alpine Bakery with an amazing array of tempting desserts. Local favorite Smokejack BBQ is the place for traditional southern cuisine. Chosen as a “Breakout Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News, Pure Taqueria woos its customers with award-winning margaritas. Don’t miss Atlantic Seafood, recently featured on the Food Network. You’ll appreciate the attention to detail and service at Cabernet Steakhouse. Downtown is home to 100% gluten free Tin Roof Kitchen; MADE Kitchen and Cocktails where you can pick your experience from RUSH, STAY or LINGER; Salt Factory Pub, an upscale gastropub; and South Main Kitchen, whose focus is on food and conversation. Enjoy craft beer and craft food at Hop Alley Brew Pub, tours and tastings at Jekyll Brewing and Vino 100’s complimentary wine tasting events every Saturday afternoon.

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Experience Avalon with their wide range of restaurants complemented by wine bars, cafés and coffee shops. From The El Felix, a new concept by Ford Fry, to the famous Antico Pizza Napoletana, Shaun Doty’s Bantam + Biddy and Oak Steakhouse, recently voted one of the best steakhouses in America by Travel + Leisure, the options are sure to please. Make your way to North Point and Windward Parkways for even more dining choices. But the culinary experience doesn’t stop there. The Southeast’s premier dining festival, Taste of Alpharetta, features over 60 of the city’s restaurants in one unforgettable night. Downtown comes alive at the two annual Brew Moon Fests with food and beverages for sale as music and dancing fill the streets. From April to October, kick-off the weekends with Thursday’s Food Truck Alley, where food trucks and great music line downtown. Don’t miss the Alpharetta Farmers Market every Saturday morning April to October. Find your inner chef at Salud!, Sur La Table or Publix Apron’s Cooking Schools. Rest assured there are plenty of group-friendly restaurants that can handle crowds from 25-125. From breweries to BBQ, cheese pizza to cheesecake, shrimp fondeaux to shrimp al ajillo, there is something for everyone. And all have plenty of spaces for motorcoach parking.

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The social aspect of dining and the true artistry of food By Belinda Smith


art of creating sumptuous, thought-provoking food which inspires an unforgettable dining experience is the core concept at South Main Kitchen. The much-talkedabout restaurant located in downtown Alpharetta at 9 South Main Street is the product of owner, Louis Soon, formally the GM at Roswell successes such as Salt Factory, Little Alley Steak House and Opulent. Opened in late August of this year, South Main Kitchen has quickly become one of the new go-to establishments for those with a true appreciation of new American cuisine. Soon's expertise purposefully pared with the inspiring creations of Executive Chef, Christy Stone, offers a unique understanding of American fare. From an eclectic variety of "Bar Bites" and Starters such as Pork Rinds with spicy chili sauce and Boiled Peanut Hummus & Jams, South Main Kitchen introduces its customers to a new twist on comfort with menu items like the W. Allgood Burger (bibb lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, smoked Gouda, chili aioli) and Pork Osso Buco (bacon risotto, roasted carrots and parsnips, • alpharetta magazine spring 2015

gremolata, blackberry pan sauce). Rustic comfort is the intent in this refurbished 1906 building. Exposed brick and reclaimed wood throughout set the perfect stage for an open view into the fast-paced kitchen. Those lucky enough to find a seat at the chef’s table will have the optimal vantage point of the artistry and skill involved in creating this highly-original cuisine. And for clientele, more inclined to open-air seating, the back deck provides a charming atmosphere and full-service under the stars. Seating aside, early arrival for dinner is imperative, allowing ample time to enjoy a cocktail or two on the uncompromising roof-top bar…the one and only in Alpharetta. Garnering high-scores and rave reviews since it’s opening, South Main Kitchen is the perfect addition to this up-and-coming restaurant area. It is sure to become a mainstay and a local favorite to the residents and visitors of Alpharetta. South Main Kitchen is open from Monday through Saturday from 11:00 - 2:30 for lunch and then again from 4:30 - 10:00 pm for dinner. And on Sunday from 12:00 – 9:00 pm. 25

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Opening Ceremony April 29th


Move over fifty

“Why not?” says Nelson. Whether you work out weekly or just want to try something new, the Golden Games have something for everyone.

The City of Alpharetta is partnering with its neighbors Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell and Sandy Springs to host the North Fulton Golden Games for people 50 and older.

This year, there is even a trivia tournament for those who want to flex their brain power. For Nelson, it’s also a time to get back to one of her of her true loves.

The opening ceremony and field day will be held at Wills Park on Wednesday April 29, 2015 starting at 10am. This is the 21st year of the North Fulton Golden Games. The games will take place from the end of April through May.

“I used to be pretty good at tennis,” says Nelson. “Tennis anyone? I just need a partner,” jokes the octogenarian.

and nifty, fifty is the new forty! So forget all those cliches of gray hair, white sneakers and canes and get ready to show how 50 and older is FIT and FIERCE at the 21st Annual North Fulton Golden Games. Whether you’re 50, 60, 70, 80 or 102 years young, the Golden Games are your time to shine!

Shannon Tucker is 52 years old young. With four young children, some still in elementary school, she is the new face of the Golden Games. “I have to stay fit, it’s my priority,” says Tucker. With young kids to care for, I want to stay active and fit for myself and for my family.” 82 year old Shirley Nelson says she is looking forward to signing up for her first Golden Game. 26

Games will be held at various locations in North Fulton County through the end of May. Activities will include bocce ball, swimming, tennis, golf, bowling, pickle ball, billiards, rock climbing and much more!

Tucker is excited to to show her children that fitness is a life long commitment. “It’s the new 50,” says Tucker. “I’ll drop my kids off at school for their field day, then head over to my own. Mommy’s gonna bring home a medal too,” says Tucker. To request an application call 678-297-6140 or go to Or like them on Facebook at North Fulton Golden Games. There is a registration fee for all who participate. Some activities require an additional fee.

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associate being a child with being carefree, and not with depression. But depression and mental health challenges are far from just for adults. Children can be more emotional than adults, and a certain amount of mood swings is part of being a kid. So how can a parent tell if their child is depressed, or just a typical child with ups and downs as they navigate growing up? 1. Your child is exhibiting emotional responses that are not usual for him or her. Are they more irritable than you’ve seen them? Moping about and not wanting to play with their toys? 2. Their moods are lasting much longer than usual. or are changing far too quickly. If they were always the sort to have a quick temper tantrum but be fine an hour later, but suddenly seem upset for entire afternoons, it can be a sign your child is suffering anxiety or depression. So can incessant rapid changes in mood. 3. Their unusual behavior goes on for weeks. Depression is, if anything, persistent. Normal moods come and go. Depression goes on for weeks or months. 4. Their behavior doesn’t seem connected to circumstance. If they are sad and weepy but tell you they don’t know why, or if they are angry with a sibling who has done nothing wrong, it might be a red flag. 28

5. Your child’s emotions are affecting their functioning on a daily basis. Have teachers reported changes in their focus or ability? Do they seem uninterested in their hobbies or friends, are they socially withdrawing? Seem oversensitive to rejection? 6. They are using a depressed perspective and phrases of doom and gloom. Children can be dramatic, naturally. But pay attention for changes in what your child talks about. Are they telling you that nobody likes them even when their friends are calling them? Then look for expressions of low confidence, such as ‘I am no good at anything’, or ‘nothing good ever happens to me’. 7. Your child is exhibiting regressed behavior. Are they suddenly whining, clinging, or otherwise acting less independent than usual? Are they sucking their thumb again, or even using baby talk? Wetting the bed again for the first time in years? Kim Kirkup is a Milton local and owns The Milton Therapist at Crabapple in Alpharetta. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, and a National Certified Counselor, (NCC) with a Masters in Professional Counseling. She specializes in therapy with children, adolescents, and families, and also provides marriage counseling and life coaching. Kim was born in England, and has lived in Venice, London, Bermuda, Long Island, and for more than 20 years in Milton. Her three children range in age from 30 to 18. She can be reached at

Whether you’re visiting with family, friends or that special someone, Alpharetta offers attractions to fill your days with fun. In the mood for adventure or simply looking for a leisurely activity? You’ll find it in Alpharetta!



Feast on the street every Thursday evening from April - October at Alpharetta Food Truck Alley. This weekly gathering in Historic Downtown Alpharetta has 6-8 rotating food trucks and music. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend early. More than just a store, American Girl Boutique and Bistro is a place for a girl’s imagination to soar! Shop the worlds of her favorite characters and doll collections and enjoy a meal together in the Bistro. Treat her doll to a new look at the Doll Hair Salon and don’t miss the in-store events. Step back in time and explore the early days of Alpharetta on a self-guided History Walk with stops at historic markers located within walking distance of one another. HOWL your way through Alpharetta with some “spirited” entertainment! The Howlpharetta Ghost Tour is a 1.5-2 hour walking tour of Historic Downtown Alpharetta featuring great storytellers who combine actual history with their spooky counterparts to bring eerie Alpharetta history to life. Whether you like it hoppy, malty or delicately balanced, Jekyll Brewing has you covered with its originally crafted refreshing brews. Go behind the

scenes and hear expert beer makers share the secrets to their brewing magic. Stop by for a tour of the facility, souvenir glass and beer tastings. Main Event Entertainment, the ultimate FUN destination for individuals and groups of all ages offers a unique Eat.Bowl.Play. experience. Find bowling, laser tag, thrilling high ropes adventure courses, game rooms, stylish billiards, flexible meeting rooms, energetic bars and an expansive food selection. A premier golf entertainment complex, Topgolf Alpharetta is where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout spot. Golf balls containing computer microchips track each shot’s accuracy and distance, awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. The upscale, laid-back experience features climate-controlled hitting bays, event spaces for groups and an impressive food and beverage menu. Honoring Georgians killed in combat since Pearl Harbor, the Walk of Memories is a memorial displaying almost 8,000 bricks with the engraved names of service men and women. See the display of military equipment, monuments commemorating the branches of the military and a separate section reserved for those Georgia men and women who served. Honor a loved one with the purchase of a brick.

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money: My 5 Top Investment Picks for 2015 by SD Davis

According to top

consensus Wall Street strategists, the U.S. stock market should rise another 10% in 2015 to around 2200 on the S&P 500 Index. Following are five ideas to enhance your portfolio for the year. 1) 1.15% One Year CD; It’s always nice to make something extra on your safe money. One year keeps you short term liquid and is a competitive sweet spot in yield with banks seeking deposits. FDIC insurance covers up to $250K per account. My favorites at the time of writing are: Nationwide Bank ( with a 1.14% one year CD yield.; CIT Bank ( with a 1.15% yield is a large Livingston, NJ outfit.; BankDirect out of Dallas, TX has a 1.17% yield. 2) European Currency Hedged ETF, With the European Central Bank promising to implement quantitative easing to impede further deflationary pressures, European stocks could become beneficiaries of easy money policy. Wisdom Tree’s HEDJ, and iShare’s HEZU are currency hedged ETFs capture the upside of theEuro-region stocks without the euro to dollar currency headwind. 3) Google Inc.(symbols: Googl, Goog); Google lagged the market sorely in 2014. Investors are distracted by Google’s


more experimental arm with such concoctions as Google glasses, self-driving cars, and high-speed Internet access. But overall company revenues continue to grow at a 20% clip from Google’s core search and that should continue. 4) American International Group (symbol: AIG) The bad taste from a government bailout during the great recession keeps the stock price of this insurance Goliath depressed. I calculate the price to tangible book value ratio at around .75. The company has paid back the government from the bailout, performance has been solid recently and the companies goals are to increase ROE to 10%. 5) United Continental Holdings Inc. (symbol: UAL); After a big run, this stock might be better purchased on dips. A more consolidated industry and lower fuel prices are two big positive trends for the airline industry and United. Despite the run on the stock, the company still trades at around 8 times 2015 projected earnings – a substantial discount to the overall market. SD Davis is Chief Investment Officer of Fortunato Asset Management, an Atlanta, GA based investment advisor. sddavis@fortunatofunds.


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sets the theme before you even walk in the door. Think artists, gypsies, free spirited women — yes, that is the look and the feel of Bohemia with their fun and eclectic jewelry, clothing lines, home accessories and more. Formerly Market 334 of Cumming, this store in Alpharetta, is a smaller version jam packed with your favorites from before as well as new unique product lines. Their selection of yoga pants, rain boots, maxi skirts, silky pants, peasant blouses, giftables and more are definitely different from your usual boutique shopping experience. You never know what you are going to find, but it’s all unique! Whether you want fun accessories, home decor, or clothing, this is a fun stop to pop into when you are near downtown Alpharetta. Follow Bohemia’s Facebook page for the latest news. 11770 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta. NEXT STOP: We had heard that Vinny’s on Windward has a “power lunch” crowd due to its location in the busy business area of Windward parkway. Due to the open space and high ceilings, the restaurant has a vibrant atmosphere that is perfect for ladies who lunch or the business crowd. The zuppa di pesce, a seafood soup, and tonno con pinzimonio, rare seared big eye tuna salad, pinzimonio vegetables, reggiano parmigiano and lime were fabulous. There was something crunchy that made that salad really unique and tasty. Is your mouth watering yet? 5355 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp are co-creators of!

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By Susan Vojnovic

a child’s birthday party used to be simple. A cake, a few friends, some party hats and a game of pin the tail on the donkey for excitement. But throwing a party today for your little one can be much more complicated. It can raise your stress and budget to a whole new level. Need some help? Let Them Eat Cake Expensive bakery cake or homemade – who is this cake for? Splurge on a fancy, delicious bakery cake for the grownups, but have a simple homemade smash cake or cupcakes for the birthday cutie and friends to pulverize. Better Than Goody Bags Don’t waste money on bags of little trinkets that get thrown away. Give one neat thing instead. How about a king-size candy bar? A flashlight or cowboy hat? Maybe some cute hair accessories or cozy, fuzzy socks? Making Memories Before your guests arrive, take pictures of the cake, tables, decorations and guest of honor in his/her perfectly clean birthday outfit. To make sure you get in some pictures, hand your camera to a friend to snap candid pictures of you and your child during the party. Get a group shot of everyone in attendance and use it on your thank you notes. Get Some Help Look for great professional party places in and around Alpharetta. Book your time, invite your guests, and show up -- a good party facility will take care of the rest! Susan Vojnovic is the owner and creator of Raisin’s Ranch Pony Parties located at 17955 Birmingham Hwy in Milton, GA. 770-617-1521.




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Adventures Motorcycle Safety Foundation Campus

Enjoy Mother Nature on the Big Creek Greenway

Nature lovers can immerse themselves in this 12-foot-wide paved path that travels 8 miles through the woodlands along Big Creek and connects to mountain biking trails. The path is the perfect setting for walkers, runners, bikers and inline skaters to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. Visit for a listing of Alpharetta’s nearly 16 miles of trails.

Get Active in Award-Winning Parks

Let loose and enjoy 750 acres of parkland, offering stroller friendly walking paths, playgrounds and sports facilities. Try the emerging sport of disc golf with no greens fees, no cart fees and no tee time, or the equestrian center on 50 rolling acres with a covered arena, four outside rings and 298 horse stalls. Stroll the Community Garden at Wills Park or arboretums showcasing the natural beauty of native trees found at Cogburn Road Park, Webb Bridge Park and Wills Park.

Unleash your inner daredevil in one of Honda’s internationally recognized rider training classes. On an average day, you might see street bike riders taking Basic Rider Training, youngsters learning how to safely maneuver ATV’s, groups team building or a family coming together to learn the elements of dirt bike riding. Are you ready for a thrill-seeking adventure?

Go Geocaching

This outdoor treasure-hunting escapade is great for groups, families and even individuals. Visit and search Alpharetta zip codes 30004, 30005, 30009, 30022 and 30023 to find a complete list of all the caches around town. Plug the coordinates into your personal GPS device and start hunting!

YMCA Outdoor Ropes Course

Be challenged on this high adventure and low element ropes course featuring a series of constructed, interactive components. Open to individuals, families and groups, the course helps foster team building through communication, goal setting, teamwork, risk, trust, self-confidence and commitment.

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Montessori, above all, values the human spirit and fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive development of the child.

Now enrolling scholars for the 2015-2016 school year. Our school programs consist of Primary and Elementary curriculums, as well as Enrichment Classes and Summer Programs. 13100 Morris Rd., Milton GA 30004 • 770-754-0777 •

Pinecrest Academy

Summer Camps! Our summer camps build virtue, confidence and friendships while teaching new skills in a fun, safe environment. Preschool through High School. View our online brochure and register today at

Pinecrest Academy A Private PreK Through 12 College Preparatory Catholic School 955 Peachtree Pkwy. | Cumming, GA 30041 | 770 888 4477

NIKE Basketball, Atlanta Braves Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheer, Baseball, Fencing, Clay, Mod Design,Study Skills, Summertime Fun, Lacrosse, Band, Musical Theater, Film, Drama, Fine Arts, Advanced Veterinarian, LegoSpace Engineer, and more - over 50 camps to choose from! • alpharetta magazine spring 2015


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Alpharetta Your refreshed Holiday Inn Express® is here. We’ve added signature showers and curved rods. A choice of pillows. Crisp, fresh, white linens and more. Of course, some things haven’t changed – you can still enjoy all the things you’ve come to love: • Free high speed Internet access • Fitness center • Business center • I HG Rewards Club • Swimming Pool • Free hot breakfast In fact everything at Holiday Inn Express is designed so that you can relax. Because we know all you really need on the road is a place to be yourself. That’s what Holiday Inn Express was built for. Now, that’s smart.

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April 18 – 19, 2015 • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Milton Avenue and Main Street The streets of Historic Downtown will be closed as nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. are showcased. Enjoy a beautiful spring weekend as you stroll through outdoor galleries filled with fine art in 14 medium expressions, create children’s art and experience live jazz, Celtic music, cultural dancing and more. Admission and parking are free. 2015 “Art In Action” and Art Exploration throughout the Show; Children can create FREE art projects in the interactive “Art in Action” area presented by Out of the Box Studio. 2015 Upcycling Art Exploration: The City of Alpharetta celebrates the show with a FREE upcycling art exploration area for children of all ages! Come and explore how junk can be turned into art and even make a drum to play in the “Junk Jams.” 2015 Music/Cultural Arts Stage Saturday • 10:30 am Rhythm n’ Shoes – Alpharetta Recreation and Park dance groups 11:45 am Mitch Haney; 1:30 pm Taylor Marie; 3:15 pm Michael Magno Sunday • 10:30 am RISPA; 11:45 am TBA; 1:30 pm Carly Burruss; 3:15 pm Cole Thannisch

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2015 Festival Cuisine: Enjoy a variety of festival cuisine from Smokejack: A Southern Grill, Seven Seas Mediterranean Restaurant, Scoop-itz, Italian Ice, Viet-Nomies Food Truck and other street fare treats such as kettle corn, lemonade and roasted almonds.#

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Shamrockin’ for a Cure, March Eat, drink and cure Cystic Fibrosis: dine on the best from dozens of restaurants, drink from a cup that never ends and dance to music that never stops. Alpharetta Arts StreetFest, April Find displays from talented artists from all over the country. Enjoy the juried art show, original crafts, festival cuisine, children’s activities and musical entertainment during this two day event. Alpharetta Art in the Park presented by Gallery 35, Last full weekend of each month from April - October Look for artists at work creating masterpieces right before your eyes at this outdoor market. Taste of Alpharetta, May With over 50,000 foodies each year, this festival is a tradition that spans over two decades and showcases specialties from more than 60 local restaurants. Craft Beer Festival and 5K Road Race, June Join in a fun evening with a great race, a great cause, great beer, music and fun at a great post-race party.


Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest, June and October Downtown comes alive at these annual beer fests with food and beverages for sale. Bring your own chairs or purchase tables near the stage for an evening filled with music and dancing in the streets!

July 4th Fireworks, July Celebrate our great nation with your family under the stars. Enjoy children’s activities, concerts and a brilliant display of fireworks at dusk. Touch a Truck, August Children can see, touch and explore trucks, buses, police vehicles, a limo and more. Enjoy face painting and inflatables. The Alpharetta Mayor’s Corporate Challenge, August Bring your running buddies, friends and family to this 5K Race, Fun Run and party in Alpharetta while raising funds for area non-profits. Old Soldiers Day Parade & Race, August The city hosts a 5K/10K road race followed by a parade with a100 floats, bands, military units, classic cars, clowns and candy. Free hot dogs, drinks and children’s activities at parade finish.

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European Market, September Experience European-style shopping under two enormous tents covering downtown streets. IronKids Triathlon, September For ages 6–15, a swim, bike, run competition with emphasis on fitness and fun. The largest kids triathlon in the country. Distances vary with age group. Tour de Pink, October Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month with the Atlanta area’s only bike ride for breast cancer. Register to ride from 1-100 miles. Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival, October A unique festival featuring singers/ songwriters. Hear the stories behind the songs while enjoying gourmet food trucks, wine and brew. Christmas Tree Lighting, December Create special memories at holiday extravaganzas around the city. The season comes alive with children’s activities, refreshments and photos with Santa. Please note that event dates are subject to change. For a full listing of event information, visit the Calendar of Events at

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Alpharetta Address Subd/Complex Sales Price DOM 1085 Carnoustie LN Windward Peninsula 2,395,000 41 3030 Wellington RD Country Club of So 1,700,000 128 15938 MANOR CLUB THE MANOR 1,840,000 88 3150 E Addison DR Ellard 1,350,000 260 8644 Ellard DR Ellard 1,190,000 66 220 Eagles CIR White Columns Gated 939,000 78 625 Knox Hill DR Knox Landing 882,550 46 775 Tramore PL Tramore 800,000 26 515 Tiverton CT Harrington Falls 814,000 202 14940 Thompson RD Stone Farm/North Val 250,000 116 731 Eagles Mere CT WINDWARD 685,000 24 3445 NEWPORT BAY DRWINDWARD 735,000 61 1006 Wetherby WAY Country Club South 759,900 45 1080 Mid Broadwell RDNone 775,000 82 15785 Milton PT Highland Manor 713,000 9 5015 Greatwood LN Windward Greatwd 718,000 18 8975 Nesbit Lakes DR Nesbit Lakes 720,000 25 5025 Mill Creek AVE Palisades 749,000 6 140 Celandine WAY Glen Abbey 664,500 65 4050 Deverell ST Country Club South 650,000 426 14980 Thompson RD none 692,500 6 12135 Helleri HOLW Seven Oaks 656,500 18 240 Harrogate WAY Glen Abbey 679,000 22 13000 Hopewell RD Horse Farm 640,000 25 430 Society ST Palisades 632,000 3 220 SEALE LN KIMBALL FARMS 620,000 78 100 Travertine TRL Country Club South 637,500 0 4683 Lakeway PL Parkside Manor 615,000 13 7045 Greatwood TRL Windward Greatwd 620,000 79 1051 Gramercy LN Gramercy 605,000 98 1400 Portmarnock DR Windward Northsh 570,000 84 12270 Beragio PL The Parc at Broadwell 606,293 354 840 THORNBERRY DR THORNBERRY 620,100 4 325 Cotton Field WAY Kimball Farms 620,000 155 1300 Redbud DR Woodland Cove 560,879 7 435 Stoney Ridge CT The Ridge 577,500 166 530 Kearny ST Thornberry 576,700 148 820 Autry Landing CIR The Falls of Autry Mill 570,000 84 12425 Beragio PL Stuart Park 589,900 81

Address Subd/Complex Sales Price DOM 1045 Chasewood TRL Windward 570,000 13 975 Reece RD The Oaks/Charlotte 550,000 106 9500 Stoney Ridge LN The Ridge 550,000 8 12415 Beragio PL Stuart Park 561,250 115 1035 Lillian DR Emerson Hall 555,000 101 9265 Nesbit Lakes DR Nesbit Lakes 559,000 24 1140 Greatwood MNRWindward Greatwd 527,000 15 1285 Redbud DR Woodland Cove 545,743 29 2765 Chandon PL NESBIT LAKES 520,000 30 11765 Stratham DR Kimball Bridge Walk 504,788 77 916 Stream Valley TRL Park Brooke 523,500 7 11780 Stratham DR KIMBALL BR WALK 539,639 0 10660 Kingsmark TRL Dunmoor 539,500 36 935 Waters Reach CT Nesbit Lakes 515,000 120 9490 Nesbit Lakes DR Nesbit Lakes 530,000 44 2695 Augeron CT Cogburn Walk 531,792 28 822 Pistace CT Madison Park 532,000 19 1280 Redbud DR Woodland Cove 480,065 2 11755 Stratham DR Kimball Bridge Walk 529,787 195 5680 Preserve CIR Seven Oaks 510,000 13 9890 Hunt Club WAY Fox Creek 524,800 14 125 Wood Pine CT Lake Laurel 524,500 3 215 Boxgrove RD Glen Abbey 477,750 147 1245 Redbud DR Woodland Cove 480,000 323 1270 Redbud DR Woodland Cove 500,250 0 1635 SILVERLEAF WAY PARK GLENN 515,000 13 10087 Trumpet PARK Madison Park 485,000 21 3592 Allee Elm DR Madison Park 487,500 42 12155 Magnolia CIR SEVEN OAKS 480,000 201 7010 Greatwood TRL Windward - Greatwd 491,500 163 1615 Ridge Haven RUNHampton Hall 499,000 11 4575 Park Brooke TRCEPark Brooke 485,000 12 10310 OXFORD MILL CIROXFORD MILL 439,750 121 545 Champions Hills DRChampions View 442,500 104 14320 CREEK CLUB DRCROOKED CREEK 493,500 126 3288 Kentworth LN CROOKED CREEK/ENC 470,000 63

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microchips 101 By Jennifer Ferrel

I was driving

home recently when I saw a familiar scene: a dog running loose. I pulled over and was able to coax him to me. He was a beautiful and boisterous black lab. I was happy to see he had a collar, but my heart sank when I realized that he didn’t have any identification tags on. The energetic cutie bounded all over my car, found a tennis ball from under the seat and tried to get me to play fetch with him. I knew that someone must be missing this fun dog! I drove him to the closest veterinary hospital and luckily this story ended happily: they used a universal scanner, detected a microchip, and his owner arrived to pick him up 20 minutes later. There are several lost pet websites listing dozens of dogs and cats missing around Milton recently. The local shelters take in hundreds of pets each month! Sadly,

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only about 25% of dogs and 5% of cats that enter shelters as strays are reunited with their owners. Many don’t think about microchipping their cat, but cats especially need them. It is 20 times more likely that your lost cat will be found if it has a microchip.


Keeping a collar on your pet with an ID tag (the pet’s name, your phone number +/- address) is the easiest way for your dog or cat to be found, but often collars can slip off. Some collars can be dangerous for outdoor cats, and “breakaway” collars fall off. ID tags can become worn and unreadable. Every pet should have a microchip as a back up form of identification.

5)There are different types of microchips and scanners. Some only read certain types, but most veterinarians and shelters now have a “universal scanner” that can read all of them.

Microchips 101 1) A microchip is a tiny electronic transponder the size of a grain of rice. It is activated by a scanner that transmits radiowaves to the chip. The chip uses no batteries, and is designed to have a lifespan of 25 years. 2)The microchip is not a GPS tracker. A unique identification number appears on the scanner, and your pet’s information can be looked up so they can be reunited with you. There is a database designed by American Animal Hospital Association that makes it easier to look up most ID numbers. 3)A veterinarian or trained veterinary technician needs to implant the microchip. It is a simple injection and takes seconds. It is no more painful than getting a vaccination. Some prefer to have it done if the pet is under anesthesia for other reasons, but that is not necessary. The veterinarian will provide you with paperwork or a website to register the

4)Register your pet’s information! It is estimated that only 1/2 of microchips are registered. Keep it updated if you move or if your pet has a new owner.

6)Have your veterinarian “check the chip” at the wellness visit each year. That will ensure the scanner and chip are working and in place, and help you remember to update your registration. Your vet can keep a record of your pet’s microchip number. 7)Whenever you find a lost pet without ID tags get them to a veterinarian or shelter as soon as possible so they can be checked with a universal scanner for a microchip. 8)Have any new dog or cat you adopt from a rescue or a breeder checked to see if they already have a microchip. Hopefully you will never lose your beloved pet, but if you do, a microchip can help make sure that your story has a happy ending, too. Dr Jennnifer Ferrell graduated the University of Florida veterinary school in 1999. She practiced until 2008 when she had chldren. She remains active in continuing education, volunteering veterinary care and writing on veterinary topics. 41




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Haveli Indian Cuisine 8465 Holcomb Bridge Rd (770) 558-8333 Indian $$ Hop Alley Brew Pub 25 S Main St (770) 696-2097 American $$ House of Hummus 5950 N Point Pkwy (770) 680-2638 Greek $ Hudson Grille 865 N Main St (770) 777-4127 American $$ Humble Pie Pizza Co. 869 N Main St (678) 867-6773 Pizza $$ Inchin’s Bamboo Gard. 11105 State Bridge Rd (770) 622-1445 Chinese $$ Ipanema Brazilian 4055 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 864-1126 Brazilian $$ Ippolito’s Italian 12850 State Hwy 9 (678) 624-1900 Jason’s Deli 7300 N Point Pkwy (770) 664-5002 Deli $ Jay’s Mexican Grill 1545 McFarland Pkwy (678) 502-7669 Mexican $$ Jeffrey’s Sports Grill 11585 Jones Bridge Rd (770) 346-0807 American $$ Jerusalem Bakery 4150 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 777-0193 Middle E $ Joes New York Pizzeria 1605 Mansell Rd Pizza $ Jose’s Mexican Grill 3055 N Point Pkwy (678) 867-9003 Mexican $$ Kelly’s Cajun Grill 2194 N Point Cir (770) 667-8160 American $ Kickshaw 800 N Main St (770) 475-0444 Sushi $$ KiKu Japanese Steak  2725 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 740-0123 Japanese $$ Koko’s Diner Japanese  9950 Jones Bridge Road (770) 740-8337 Japanese $$ Kona Grill 5100 Avalon blvd (470) 226-1540 American $$ Kozmo Gastro Pub 11890 Douglas Rd (678) 526-6094 American $$ La Casa Italian Grill 37 Old Roswell St (470) 258-4135 Italian $$ Las Margaritas 5955 Hwy 9 (770) 619-0401 Mexican $$ Leaves & Loaves 5530 windward pkwy suite (678) 339-1313 American $ Lin’s Chinese 12850 Hwy 9 N (770) 740-1892 Chinese $$ Lobster House 10890 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 475-0333 Japanese $$ Locos Deli & Pub 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 751-9898 American $$ LongHorn Steakhouse 900 Mansell Road (770) 642-8588 Steakhouse $$ Made Kitchen & Cockt 45 B Roswell St (770) 452-6233 Tapas $$$ Madras Chettinaad 4305 State Bridge Rd (678) 393-3131 Indian $$ Mama’s Pizza 5950 Northpoint Pkwy (770) 751-6001 Pizza $ Mambo Jambo Cafe 5310 Windward Pkwy (770) 667-0097 Cuban $$ Mambo’s Café 4915 Windward Pkwy (770) 753-4354 Cuban $$ Mangia Ristorante 5354 McGinnis Ferry Rd (770) 619-9797 Italian $$ Marco’s Pizza 13800 Ga Hwy 9 (678) 393-9000 Pizza $ Marlow’s Tavern 3719 Old Alabama Rd (770) 475-1800 American $$ Mellow Mushroom 3070 Windward Pkwy (678) 566-7888 Pizza $$ Miller’s Ale House 10750 Davis Dr (678) 277-2581 American $$ Milton’s Cuisine & Cckt 800 Mayfield Rd (770) 817-0161 American $$$ Mittie’s Cafe & Tea Rm 62 N Main St (770) 772-0850 American $$ Nahm Thai Cuisine 5310 Windward Pkwy (678) 762-1818 Thai $$ Never Enough Thyme 5354 McGinnis Ferry Rd (678) 297-1124 Breakfast $$ Oak Steakhouse 950 Third St (678) 722-8333 Steakhouse $$$ Olde Blind Dog 12650 Crabapple Rd (678) 624-1090 Pub $$ On The Border 10575 Davis Dr. (404) 991-2660 Tex-Mex $$ Outback Steakhouse 10955 Jones Bridge Rd (770) 442-8775 Steakhouse $$ Pampas Steakhouse 10970 State Bridge Rd (678) 339-0029 Steakhouse $$$ Pampas Steakhouse 10970 State Bridge Rd (678) 339-0029 Steakhouse $$$ Panera Bread 6480 Northpoint Pkwy (678) 393-2647 Sandwiches $ Papoulis Cafe & Mrkt 3070 Windward Plz (770) 442-8884 Greek $ Pappadeaux Seafood 10795 Davis Dr (770) 992-5566 Seafood $$ Pepperoni’s Tavern 4190 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 343-8228 Pizza $$ Peppers Indian Cuisine 13020 Morris Rd (678) 339-1999 Indian $ Picante Grill 5955 Hwy 9 (770) 619-0401 Mexican $$

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Pure Taqueria 103 Roswell St (678) 240-0023 Mexican $$ Ray’s On the Creek 1700 Mansell Rd (770) 649-0064 Steakhouse $$$ Roasters 12850 Hwy 9 (770) 753-0055 American $$ Romano’s Macaroni Gr 5045 Windward Pkwy (770) 360-6302 Italian $$ Ruth’s Chris Steak Hse 11655 Haynes Bridge Road (770) 777-1500 Steakhse $$$$ Sage Woodfire Tavern 11405 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 569-9199 American $$$ Sally’s Gluten Free 4390 Kimball Bridge Road (470) 226-7965 Bakery $ Salt Factory 102 S Main St (770) 752-1888 Pub $$ Satay House 281 S Main St (770) 663-8666 Thai $$ Seven Seas Cafe 124 Devore Rd (678) 624-9371 Greek $ Shiraz Cafe 5220 McGinnis Ferry Rd (770) 663-8833 Persian $$ Simply Pizza 3665 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 777-7729 Pizza $ Sitar Indian Rest. 8465 Holcomb Bridge Rd (770) 558-8333 Indian $$ Smokejack BBQ 29 S Main St (770) 410-7611 BBQ $$ South Main Kitchen 9 S Main St (678) 691-4622 American $$ Spice Brick Oven Kitc. 10800 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-0778 Tapas $$ Sri Krishna Vilas Indian 5815 Windward Pkwy (770) 475-9195 Indian $$ Sushi Mania 3719 Old Alabama Rd (678) 502-7452 Japanese $$ Sushi Nami 5316 Windward Pkwy (678) 566-3889 Japanese $$ SushiMing Japanese 5430 McGinnis Ferry Rd (770) 751-0522 Japanese $$ Sweet Tomatoes 950 North Point Drive (770) 777-9500 Vegetarian $ Taco Mac 875 N Main St (770) 346-9119 American $$ Taco Mac 6220 Shiloh Rd (404) 642-3442 Tex-Mex $ Tacone Flavor Grill 3070 Windward Plaza Dr (678) 624-9193 American $$ Tara Humata 6195 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-4540 Mexican $$ Ted’s Montana Grill 6100 Avalon Blvd (678) 710-9025 Steakhouse $$ Teriyaki Grill House 3710 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 777-1152 Japanese $ Thai Squared 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 297-0202 Thai $ Thai Thai 11525 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-1306 Thai $$ The Cheesecake Fact. 2075 North Point Circle (770) 751-7011 American $$ The Derby 9850 Nesbit Ferry Rd (770) 642-7988 Sports Bar $ The Diner at North Pt. 2355 Mansell Rd (770) 650-6400 American $$ The El Felix 1130 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5239 Tex-Mex $$ The Taco Stand 10595 Old Alabama (404) 754-4500 Mexican $ The Velvet Note 4075 Old Milton Pkwy (855) 583-5838 Jazz $$$ Three Dollar Cafe Jr 3710 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 664-7600 American $$ Tin Roof Kitchen 52 N Main St (770) 360-9395 Gluten-free $$ Tom + Chee - Alph 970 Northpoint Dr (470) 375-5871 Sandwich $$ Topgolf 10900 Westside Pkwy (770) 217-0513 American $$ Tuscany Cafe & Bistro 28017 Mill Creek Ave (678) 624-9532 American $$ Twisted Taco 5815 Windward Parkway (770) 777-9199 Mexican $$ Urban Spice 4120 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 566-0169 Indian $$ Vidalia’s Southern 5750 Windward Pkwy (770) 754-9600 Steakhouse $$ Village Burger 3005 Old Alabama Rd (770) 676-9942 Burgers $ Village Tavern 11555 Rainwater Dr (770) 777-6490 American $$ Vincenza’s Pizzeria 765D McFarland Pkwy (470) 395-3931 Italian $$ Vinny’s on Windward 5355 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-4644,Italian $$$ Vito’s Pizza-Rant 3665 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 475-0369 Italian, Pizza $$ Volcano Asian Bistro 5316 Windward Pkwy (678) 366-9668 Sushi $$ Wildflour 5815 Windward Pkwy (678) 822-9453 Sandwich $$ Wingstreet 10945 State Bridge R (770) 740-8686 American $ Wok & Chopstick 1525 McFarland Rd (770) 569-7488 Chinese $$ Yates Sports Pub 9945 Jones Bridge Rd (678) 526-6800 Sports Bar $

A Guide to Club Fitting By Chris Wright, Director of Golf Alpharetta Athletic Club

18th Hole Alpharetta Athletic Club

Like any professional

, if you want to perform at your best… you need the right tools. Golf is no different! To get the most out of your golf swing, it is essential that you have consistency throughout your entire set of clubs. You do not have to be a great player to be a good candidate for a club fitting session. If you have a repeatable golf swing, a club fitting session is the best way, regardless of your skill level, to ensure that you are using a set of clubs designed specifically for your unique swing. It is important to remember that club fitting isn’t a magic bullet. The goal of golf club fitting is to help reduce the severity of the faults in your golf swing, minimize your shot dispersion and put the golf club in the best possible position at impact to strike the ball solidly and with accuracy. The end result creates more consistency in a player’s golf swing and increased opportunity to shoot lower 46

scores. Because there are so many golf clubs on the market, start the process by trying several different brands and styles of golf clubs. You may want to choose clubs which feel more comfortable and visually appealing to you as an individual. A club that looks appealing at address can inspire confidence over each shot. Don’t become preoccupied with one particular brand just because your favorite tour player uses them! Club fitting is about finding what works best for you. Once you feel comfortable with your choice of clubs; it’s a good idea to focus on a particular area of your golf game when considering a club fitting session. Perhaps, start with your irons at one fitting session or narrow the focus to a specific club/ clubs like your driver, fairway woods or wedges. A fitting session may cost as little as nothing to as much as a few hundred dollars depending on the

where to play type of fitting package and amount of time spent fitting the club or clubs. A good club fitting session will look at a number of factors including club length, lie angle, shaft characteristics and grip size. All these things must be considered in addition to the basic mechanics of your swing. Technology also plays a major role in club fitting. Certified club fitters can measure ball speed, flight, spin rates and even launch angles to determine your typical shot patterns. This data is cross-reference with thousands of club/shaft combinations to identify those that will enhance the performance of your swing. Club fitting takes all the guesswork out. The goal of every club fitting session is to improve upon the ability of each individual golfer to help them achieve their personal goals. Regardless of your skill level, every golfer can benefit from a custom golf club fitting. If you are interested in scheduling a club fitting session or simply enquire, you can now take advantage of the expertise available at the new NIKE Performance Center at Alpharetta Athletic Club. They have the ability to fit all major golf brands, and also offer re-gripping and club adjustment services. The fitting center is open to the public and certified fitting professionals are ready to assist you with any of your club fitting needs. Chris Wright, Director of Golf at Alpharetta Athletic Club in Milton is a Class A PGA professional, experienced working with players of all ages and skill levels. He played soccer at Georgia State before graduating from Mercer University and is married to his wife Amanda with two boys. • alpharetta magazine spring 2015

The 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.” Alpharetta Athletic Club East • 3430 Highway 9 N, 30004 www. Alpharetta Athletic Club’s East 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. The Trophy Club of Atlanta • 15135 Hopewell Rd., 30004 www. 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. Alpharetta Athletic Club-West • 1785 Dinsmore Rd, 30004 www. 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 www.echelonliving. com 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 32-acre practice facility. White Columns Country Club • 300 Clubhouse Dr., 30004 www. 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 and 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. 47

PEDAL THROUGH ALPHARETTA By Lisa Lossie Jim Texter loved exploring the roads of Michigan on his bicycle. But when he moved to Georgia 17 years ago, his hobby took a hit. “I came to Georgia and it was dangerous, the only time I would get out on my bike was Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6am before the traffic came out.” Now President of Bike Alpharetta, he and others are working to change that. “The City of Alpharetta is very bike friendly now,” says Texter. But still not bike friendly enough according to Bike Alpharetta. Three years ago, Jackie Tyson founded the not for profit organization to work with community and city leaders to advocate a safe environment for bicycle use in the City of Alpharetta. Bike Alpharetta focuses on using awareness and education to support city leaders and planners in an advisory capacity to ensure that all types of bike riders can have fun and be safe.

mention which thrilled Bike Alpharetta. Now the group is working with community leaders and city planners to incorporate some changes in hopes of becoming officially Bike Friendly this fall. Educating bikers and drivers on safety and sharing the road is one of their goals. “When a person is on a bike, we have no defense, we don’t have armor around us like a car,” says Tyson Founder/Treasurer of Bike Alpharetta. For bikers getting ready to explore the roads of Alpharetta, Tyson has three tips. • Riding for fun or exercise? Ride in the lowest traffic times, Saturday or Sunday mornings • Commuting to work by bike? Wear bright-colored clothing like neon or orange. • Obey the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs, signal with your arms and put lights on your bike.

“My dream would be for Alpharetta to be bike friendly so people are not afraid to go out and bike,” says Texter.

“Just remember, the person riding the bike is someone’s mother or father, daughter or son,” says Tyson. “So please be courteous, it’s not going to delay you.”

The first time the city applied for official Bike Friendly status, they were granted an honorable

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spot for your pet just became easier with the opening of Countryside Pet Estates in Milton, GA (2540 Hopewell Road). Countryside Pet Estates is the premier facility in the Southeast for dog and cat boarding, day care, grooming and training.

“We take great pride in our family atmosphere and approach, where we provide the best possible care for your pets with the appropriate amount of human interaction, activities, walks, plays, rest and LOVE. I fall in love with each pet that stays with us,” said Engleka. “We are so appreciative of the kind words and outpouring support from the surrounding residents and communities.”

Owner, Peg Engleka, dreamed of a new first-class facility where the #1 priority is providing the best possible care and individual attention for pet guests. Situated on nearly 6 acres of horse-country farmland, Countryside Pet Estates provides peace of mind while you are away on business or pleasure, knowing your pets are staying in a beautiful, safe and caring environment surrounded by an animal-loving staff.

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Countryside Pet Estates offers Boarding, Day Care, Grooming and Training services. Dog Boarding consists of his/her own indoor, climate controlled, over-sized individual rooms (families of dogs may stay together) with rates starting as low as $35 for Petite Rooms. Three Room Options are available, including Petite (32 sq ft/dogs under 40 lbs), Luxury (40 sq ft) and Penthouse (64 sq ft). Activities include Day Care, Individual/Group Play, Nature Walks and lots of human attention and love. Day Care is offered in ½ and full day packages. Cat Boarding is located in a separate room from the dogs and includes stays in individual or family condos. 50

“I am overly impressed with the facility and staff at Countryside Pet Estates,” said City of Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood during Opening Ceremonies in which he cut the ribbon at Countryside Pet Estates. “I would feel most comfortable having my pets stay here for their vacation.” Countryside Pet Estates is open Monday through Friday (7am – 7pm) and Saturday and Sunday (9am – 5pm). For more information, visit www. Like and Follow on Facebook and Instagram, too.

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The Buzz About Essential Oils By Cristina Zakis

Have you been

hearing about essential oils? My journey with essential oils began 11 years ago when my doctor recommended that we use the oil of Oregano on the soles of our feet to boost our immune systems. To this day my boys, ages 11 and 9, have not needed an antibiotic. Neither one has had strep throat nor ear infections. We do strive to keep a healthy life style, but I am sure the oil of Oregano had a lot to do with this result. Essential oils are extracted from various parts plants or trees. The highest quality essential oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) ensuring the purest form of the oil. At this level of purity some can be ingested with great benefits. For example, I drink Lemon essential oil in my water every day to help cleanse my body of toxins. The oil of Oregano has the following properties: antibacterial, antibiotic, antiparasitic, antiviral and disinfectant, therefore it is very beneficial for boosting the immune system and for fighting off a virus or bacteria as noted on Because the oil of Oregano is a “hot” oil, meaning that it can burn your skin, it is best to use a carrier 52

oil such as fractionated coconut oil when you apply it to a child or on your skin other than on the soles of your feet. When someone in my family becomes ill we immediately apply the oil of Oregano to their feet and repeat it every 30 minutes until they begin to feel better. If the symptoms come with fever then we apply Peppermint oil to their forehead and spine (again use a carrier oil for young children). We are blessed to have a wide assortment of certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils in our home so that we are prepared to assist our body with any ailment that may come our way. We rarely rely on over the counter medications and seldom need to go the doctor. Dr. Axe, who has been on the Dr. Oz show, says this about the oil of Oregano, “It’s the ultimate natural antibiotic!” ( My family has come to rely on it whenever we are sick and to prevent illnesses. For more information on how to incorporate the oils into your family’s lifestyle e-mail me at Cristina is a wife, mother, teacher and doTerra Wellness Advocate who enjoys helping people incorporate essential oils, gifts from God, into their lives. • alpharetta magazine spring 2015


Humble Pie Pizza Company

Your Classic Rock Indie Pizzeria By Toren Anderson

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"At Humble Pie - you're a person and not a number," says Andrew Adams, owner and a 20-year veteran of the industry. HPPC is quickly becoming a beloved neighborhood spot for stopping in to dine and watch games or events on their 12 HD televisions. This is the new go-to for after ball games, family nights, office lunches and much more. Chef Abe Colin is a veteran of NY, the pizza mecca of our nation. He is a classically trained cheese maker and award-winning pizzaiolo. His masterpiece pie was awarded the national title of "Best Pizza in Northeast America" at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in 2010. It's like an Oscar for the pizza people. The food is wonderful, we have hosted some of our most discriminating foodie friends there and HPPC earned their thumbs up every time. We order from Chef Abe's daily specials on their giant chalkboard. He posts daily and his culinary creativity shines. The custom speckled wheat dough is perfect and made in-house. Also, their unique house made savory secret pizza sauce recipe which contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners. Try Chef Abe's gorgeously good Nutella and strawberry calzone for dessert. 60s and 70s era rock and roll is the backdrop amidst bright booths and custom artwork. As you dine, classic rock tunes, you know-all-the-words-to flow through the air. It's so cool that since we are paying for our family to dine there, we can hear some of "our" music. You know, the good stuff. The Stones, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers, ELO, Fleetwood Mac and of course, Bruce Springsteen. You will surely be in a better mood after grabbing a bite and singing a fun song in your head as you drive out to face what life may throw your way. Or let them deliver to you at home or work, seven days a week. HPPC has officially partnered with North Fulton's Blessings in a Backpack - People Magazine's #1 Charity in 2012 which provides food for hungry children on weekends. Food is distributed 30+ Fridays each school year. HPPC is a drop off point for all non-perishable donations. Please contact Andrew to learn more.

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An Easter Buffet, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Learn how to make a delicious buffet, at Salud! Cooking School located in Whole Foods Market Avalon,

Springtime in Italy, 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Have fun exploring Italian dishes at , Publix Apron’s Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, 770-751-1860

Asian Noodle Favorites, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Learn how to make amazing noodle dishes at Sur La Table in North Point Mall,

Unconventional Cellist Trevor Exter, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Listen to the beautiful music of Trevor Exter, The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy,




Phillip JazzDad Thomas, 7PM – 9PM, Come hear the tunes of this professional vocalist out of Gainesville. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy,

Spring into the Garden, 10 AM – 11:30 AM, Spring into our vegetable class where you will learn how to use all those spring veggies that are coming into season, Publix Apron’s Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, 770-751-1860 Date Night Steak Dinner, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,Learn how to prepare steakhouse favorites at home and ignite your passion for cooking $85 pp Sur la Table, North Point Mall, Good Friday Passion with the Morehouse Glee Club, 7:30 – 9:30 PM, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Wallace Roney, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Come listen to this American jazz trumpeter at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy,


Breakfast in Bed, 10 AM – 11:30 AM, Simple yet decadent breakfast treats, , Publix Apron’s Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, 770-751-1860 An Irish Spring Dinner with The Shamrock and Peach, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Come enjoy a special evening, as local cookbook author Judith McLoughlin shares the heart of Ireland through a mouth-watering spring menu, at Salud! Cooking School located in Whole Foods Market Avalon,


Grace’s Sweet Spring Break Event, 7PM – 8PM, Come decorate pastries and for a scavenger hunt at American Girl in North Point Mall, 877-247-5223


Artisan Cheese Tasting, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Learn how to make local cheese at Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market Avalon, 2800 Old Milton Pkwy. 678-534-3138 and ask for Salud.


Date Night: Paris in Spring, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Learn how to make delicious French Cuisine at Sur La Table in North Point Mall,

Girl’s Night Out: Celebrating Spring, 5P – 7P, Enjoy time with your girlfriends creating sensational Spring menus, Sur La Table in North Point Mall,


Food Truck Alley, 5 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week on Old Roswell Street . Fun for the whole family!


Meal and Memories with Dad, 10 AM – 9 PM, Fathers and Daughters will have fun all day including a delicious meal and games and crafts! American Girl, 877-247-5223 Value Vino! Tasting, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Have fun tasting some of our favorite, yet affordable wines. Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market Avalon, 2800 Old Milton Pkwy. 678-534-3138 and ask for Salud T.G.I.F. Concert Series at Chukkar Farm, 8PM to 10PM. Listen to live music with “SHOWER OF STARS” with the Jazz Jones Legacy. Chukkar Farm 1140 Liberty Grove Rd.,


Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta, Alpharetta Arts StreetFest, 10AM – 5PM, April 18 – 19. The streets of Historic Downtown will be closed as nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. are showcased. Parking and Admission are FREE. Located at Milton Avenue and Main Street, 678-297-6000. Family Tree Reunion Workshop, 10 AM – 1 PM, Complimentary workshop and lunch to learn how to prepare for family reunions

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The Fred Hughes Trio, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Enjoy this night of live Jazz music at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy,


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Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta,


Saxophonist Kenney Garrett, 7P – 9P, Listen to the soothing sounds of Saxophonist Kenny Garrett at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy,


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Home By Dark Concert Series at Chukkar Farm, 8P – 10P, Join your family and friends for an evening of live music with Victoria Banks and Nicole Witt at Chukkar Farm 1140 Liberty Grove Rd.,


Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta, Hot Club of Atlanta, 7P-9P, Live Music, The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Moments with Mom, 9 AM – 10:30 AM, Enjoy a cup of coffee, juice, a fresh muffin, entertainment and a keepsake photo at Wills Park. Free, but preregistration required: 678-297-6130 Mother Daughter Luncheon, 11 AM, Join us for a special Mother Daughter Luncheon at Alpharetta Adult Activity Center at North Park, Reservations Required, Bring a Covered Dish, 678-297-6140. Grand Opening of Cashin’s Sculpture Garden, 1P-4P, Celebrate the grand opening of Phase I of Cashin’s Sculpture Garden. Walk the Sculpture Trail, meet the artists, observe artist demonstrations and more. FREE. Chukkar Farm 1140 Liberty Grove Rd.


ZZ TOP, 7:30 PM – 11 PM, , Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre,

The Doobie Brothers with Don Felder , 7:30 PM to 11 PM, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre,


Home By Dark Concert Series at Chukkar Farm, 8P – 10P, Join your family and friends for an evening of live music with Victoria Banks and Nicole Witt at Chukkar Farm 1140 Liberty Grove Rd.,


Food Truck Alley, 5 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week on Old Roswell Street . Fun for the whole family!


Chad Lawson Trio: The Chopin Variations, 7P – 9P, Along with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Rubin Kodheli, Lawson has arranged ten Chopin works into a modern day interpretation. The Velvet Note,


T.G.I.F. Concert Series at Chukkar Farm, 8P-10P, Join us for some Satin Alley Jazz at Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Rd.

Taste of Alpharetta, 5P – 10P, Family Fun, Food and Music. Tastes are $1 to $3 per sample. Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Ave. & Roswell ST. Cirque Avontuur , 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Come for an upbeat adventure based on the decisions, or lack of decisions at Milton High School, 13025 Birmingham Hwy. miltontheatrecompany. com


Dirty Bourbon River Show , 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Dirty Bourbon River Show has released 8 studio albums and played over 600 live shows, fast earning them a stellar reputation for their tight, diverse sound and high-energy performances. Matilda’s Under The Pines 377 South Main Street,, 770754-7831


Zac Brown Band: Jekyll + Hyde Tour , 7:30 PM – 11 PM, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre,


Alpharetta Farmers Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta, 58


Michelle Malone, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Her mastery of guitar, along with her trademark voice and songwriting skills,have earned her 3x Best Female vocalist, Best Acoustic Guitarist, Album of the year, and 2 grammy ballot appearances.Matilda’s Under the Pines, 377 South Main Street,, 770-754-7831 Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta, NEEDTOBREATHE with Special Guests, 7P – 11P, Come listen to NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated, American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from South Carolina, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Food Truck Alley, 5 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating

food trucks and music each week on Old Roswell Street . Fun for the whole family! Darius Rucker, 7P – 11P, Join Capitol Nashville Darius Rucker WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BRETT ELDREDGE, BROTHERS OSBORNE, A THOUSAND HORSES, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Home By Dark Concert Series at Chukkar Farm, 8P - 10P Meet your friends to listen to the beautiful sounds of Tony Arata and Marcia Ramirez, 1140 Liberty Grove Rd.



Youth Fishing Derby, 8A – 11A, Bring your kids ages 4-12 to the fun-filled Youth Fishing Derby at Brookside Office Park Lake, 3625 Brookside Parkway. To register call 678-297-6130.


Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta,

Doll ’Dos & How-Tos: Jewel Highlights , 4:30P – 6P, Girls can learn tips and tricks for giving their dolls a one-of-a-kind look. American Girl, 877-247-5223 Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta, Mudcat, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Join local Blues musician Daniel “Mudcat” Dudec for a night to remember at Matilda’s Under The Pines, 377 South Main Street, Matildasartandmusic@gmail. com, 770-754-7831


RUSH, 8P – 11P, Verizon Wireless Amph,


Food Truck Alley, 5 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week on Old Roswell Street. Fun for the whole family!


Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta,

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Art in the Park presented by Gallery 35 , 9A – 4P on Saturday and 11A-4P on Sunday. Have fun at the outdoor Artist Market located at Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Avenue. alpharettaartinthepark



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3rd Annual Southern Cigar Festival, 11:30 AM – 8 PM, Live music and entertainment all day! Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest, 6:30 PM – 11 PM, Rain or Shine, bring your family and friends to a fun filled night of food and entertainment. Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta, $10 per person. 404- 333-2825 Home By Dark Concert Series at Chukkar Farm, 8P - 10P Last chance to listen to the songwriters tour of Tony Arata and Marcia Ramirez at Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Rd.,


15th Annual Rescue Fair and Pet Adoptions , 12:00 PM – 5 PM, Rain or shine, come to Wills Park to pick from over 50 pet rescues and humane societies for dogs, kittens, horses, rabbits and more! Alpharetta City Band Concert, 3 PM, Enjoy a free patriotic musical presentation by the Alpharetta City Band at the Alpharetta Adult Activity Center at North Park, For more information call: 678-297-6140


Food Truck Alley, 5 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week on Old Roswell Street. Fun for the whole family!


Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta, Survivor Pool Party, 2P – 5P, Have fun with your family and friends at Wills Park for games, challenges, prizes, and more! General Pool Admission $3, 678-297-6100 Boston with special guests Kansas, 7:30 PM to 11 PM, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre



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T.G.I.F. Concert Series at Chukkar Farm: The Reflections, 8 P – 10 P, See you at Chukkar Farm for The Reflections, a traditional 16 piece Big Band with vocalist! Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Rd, Sacred Harp “June Singing”, 10 AM – 3 PM, Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church,

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Food Truck Alley, 5 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week on Old Roswell Street. Fun for the whole family!



Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta,


Gareth Asher , 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Come listen to singer – song writer Gareth Asher for his performance at Matilda’s Under The Pines, 377 South Main Street, 770-754-7831

Food Truck Alley, 5 PM to 9 PM, Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week on Old Roswell Street. Fun for the whole family! Craft Beer Festival & 5K Race, Festival Starts at 6 PM 5K starts at 8 PM, Downtown on Milton Ave., www.worldshoppiest5k. com Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Come for fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and much more! Located at Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta,



Art in the Park presented by Gallery 35 , 9 AM – 4 PM, 2015 ALPHARETTA ART IN THE PARK 5th annual Handcrafted Artist Market held at the corner of Main Street & Milton Avenue Saturdays - 9-4 Sundays - 11-4, Old Mlton Park, 35 Milton Avenue,

Dounuts with Dad, 9 AM – 10:30 AM, Come celebrate Father’s Day with your Dad at Wills Park Recreation Center, FREE 60



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Mothers Day


God our Creator, we pray: for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility; for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting; for those who are tired, stressed or depressed; for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family; for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty; for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities for those who have children they do not want for those who raise children on their own;for those who have lost a child; for those who care for the children of others; for those whose children have left home; and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled. Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others. Amen.


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Alpharetta Magazine - PREMIER ISSUE Spring 2015  

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

Alpharetta Magazine - PREMIER ISSUE Spring 2015  

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