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The Big 3 - #drinklocalcraftbeer Roswell Beer Festival - March 23 Yoga + Beer National Beer Day - April 7

All about them ROSWELL MILLENIALS PROJECT THE STEREOTYPES ARE INACCURATE Roswell Millennials Impress and Inspire

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The Pew Research Center defines Millennials as individuals who were born between 1981 - 1996 who currently ages 23-38 AN ISSUE OF ROSWELL MAGAZINE ABOUT THEM ALL ABOUT THEM - We love Millennials; and we know they can take a joke. So we like to mess with them by using cliches inaccurately attributed to their generation. “All About Them” is an issue of Roswell Magazine devoted to covering young local professionals who are making impacts professionally or personally in our community.

This issue #24 is our “All About Them” issue. 10U40 Recognitions Judges Dotty Etris - retired (RCVB) Sunny Bailey - Naylor Hall Joanna Benson Spencer - Benson & Benson Theo Keyserling - Meridian Group Partners Marketing - Lisa Welsch - Street Studio Creative Event Direction: Natasha Cary - Flavor EXP Emcee: Tai Anderson - Tai Speak Live Streaming - Scott Long

We couldn't have put this Roswell Millennials Project together without the above angels. Thanks so much and enjoy! Meet within these pages the next generation of Roswell's leaders!


Associate Editor Danielle Bartling Production & Design Claire Murphy Marketing Manager Peyton Callahan Photographers Angie Webb - Tracy Hoexter Photography Style Columnist Theodora Keyserling Contact Regina Barkley for sponsorships, advertising and content marketing opportunities: Do you LIKE us? Then go public about it. IG: @roswellmagazine - T: @roswellmagazine 10U40 Awards PHOTOS Tracy Hoexter Own a local business? Interested in partnering with Milton Life Magazine? Contact us to learn how we can help you position your brand to more effectively reach the Milton and Alpharetta markets. Milton Life Magazine is published bi-monthly by Local Life Publishing. The opinions expressed by writers and advertisers are not necessarily those of the publishers. We’re human just like you. We will make mistakes. So, please go easy on us when we do. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior consent of the publisher. Sharing articles on social media from our digital publications is permitted and encouraged.

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1 AWARDS- 10U40 2019 Roswell Magazine top 10U40 Awards Recognizing Roswell’s Top 10 under age 40

2 Issue #24 - “All About Them” Millennials: Individuals between the ages of 24 and 39 years of age. We don’t buy into the ridiculous stereotypes of this generation as ‘lazy’ or ‘self-absorbed;” but we do know they can take a joke! We're messing with them calling this issue “All About Them.”

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Roswell's Top 10U40: (T-B, L-R) Lisa Stevens, Jennifer Peterson, Carli McDonald, Gisele Holloway, Alex Kaufman, Randy Mallard, Jon Copsey, Ryan Pernice, Pat Rains, Michael Curling

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"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese Proverb


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Michael Curling grew up in Roswell, graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance, earned his MBA from Virginia Tech and then decided to return ‘home’ to Roswell to start his own family. He and his wife of eight years, Randi, have two daughters, ages four and one, with a third baby due in June. The family attends Roswell United Methodist Church. As VP at New Kent Capital, Michael manages investments of all types, from traditional portfolios to commercial real estate and redevelopment projects in downtown Roswell. He sits on the Board of RoswellNext, where he is focused on growing membership and increasing outreach; and he also serves on the board of directors for Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc.

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Michael is very proud to be a member of Roswell Rotary, through which he facilitates the Crabapple Middle School Youth Service Interact Organization. He is a passionate supporter and former board member for Amigos For Christ, which became dear to his heart after living in Nicaragua and working with the organization in 2007-08. He also serves on the Roswell Downtown Development Authority (DDA) promoting and working for appropriate economic development activity within Roswell’s downtown area. Someone once told him that it's okay to not have 'the answer' but to be sure to always ask questions and work to a better understanding. Michael adds, "I think this is critical advice for everyone starting out in the workforce."

"There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

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Jennifer Peterson is the branch chief for Strategy, Policy and Communications at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, which is part of the U.S. Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She had served at the U.S. State Department helping to launch PEPFAR. In this role, she supervises a staff of 21, leading strategy, policy and communications for this preeminent global HIV and Tuberculosis program, helping millions around the world.

Before completing her undergraduate degree in Political Science and U.S. History at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Jennifer participated in a study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, which at the time was marking 10 years since the end of apartheid. She told us her experience in South Africa altered the course of her life and inspired a career of public service. She returned to South Africa to earn her Master’s degree at University of Cape Town with a Master's of Philosophy degree in HIV/AIDS and Society.

Married to Amogh Upadhyay, who works for Cox Communications, they are proud parents of an 8-month-old son, Leo, as well as a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix named Littlefoot. She has been fortunate to have visited 36 countries, and this month she is adding a 37th - Morocco - to this list during a belated honeymoon.

Jennifer gave a TED Talk about how she once chased Mandela’s motorcade and explored what it means to be an inspired change agent – someone like Mandela who has a vision for a better world and helps to make that vision a reality.

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"Four things we can never get back: a spoken word, your legacy, tasted time, missed opportunities. Time passes despite our attempts to slow it down, so we cannot neglect opportunities in front of us because we are afraid or feel unready. In order to get to a place of abundance you have to leap."



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"Randy Mallard has been changing lives in Roswell through his work creating outlets for student athletes by hosting Athletic Mechanics Clinics and his volunteer work with MUST Ministries, North Fulton Community Charities and Maggie’s 5K. He has learned in life he must take advantage of every opportunity, especially when the ‘payoff ’ can’t be expressed monetarily or in numbers. He graduated from Indiana State University - Sycamore with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Strength and Conditioning and currently serves as 'Head Trainer' at Burn Bootcamp in Roswell, which he says has blessed him allowing him to impact over 5,000 lives, locally. He and his fiancee have a three-year-old daughter, Reagan. 20

Randy doesn't just impact the lives of those locally, we were told he "inspires a nation" through Burn Boot Camp by acting as their opening trainer nationally. He has motivated hundreds of locals to better themselves and is a role model for student athletes and community leaders. He played football at Indiana University and volunteers his time throughout the Roswell community to help student athletes better their minds and their skillsets. Roswell High School's football team has been fortunate to reap the rewards of Randy's community outreach. One of his students said, "Burn Boot Camp's success is directly tethered to Randy Mallard."

"Excuses are for people who need them."


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Pat Rains moved to Roswell in 2005, having graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in international business. He and his wife Jennifer live in Roswell and have two sons, Turner (5) and Jace (3). Co-founder of Gate City Brewing Company with partner Brian Borngesser, Pat oversees the production aspects of the business, which last year was named the 21st fastest growing brewery in the U.S. - out of a pool of about 7,000. He is proud that GCBC helps contribute to economic development and tourism in Roswell and is a catalyst of growth for local initiatives like Alive in Roswell, Food Truck Fridays, Riverside Sounds and the Roswell Trolley. He has been an active member of Roswell Rotary for 12 years and is most proud of his service as two-time chairman of the Awbrey

Greenway Golf Tournament (which supports 30 local charities) setting a record for the fundraiser in 2011 raising $174,000 and over $200,000 five years later under his chairmanship. He headed up public relations the year the club won best overall PR for the district. Additionally, Pat serves on the Board of Directors for the Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc. He attributes any success to the wonderful friends, colleagues and mentors who believe in him and want to see him succeed. A competitive athlete through college and beyond (until an injury sidelined him at 25) Pat is a hard-worker who will achieve whatever he sets his mind to. Surrounding himself with successful people has helped set his mind to worthy, local endeavors. 21

Naylor Hall We chose to host the awards presention reception for the Top 10 winners of the 2019 Roswell Magazine 10U40 Recognitions because this historic home on Canton Street speaks "Roswell" to us. No more fitting setting to honor the best of the next generation of Roswell's leaders.


Built in the 1840’s by Barrington King for H.W. Proudfoot and his wife, Euphemia, the original part of what would later become Naylor Hall was built as a home featuring a four room clapboard cottage with a central fireplace. Mr. King, son of the city of Roswell’s founder, employed Mr. Proudfoot as a bookkeeper in his newly constructed Roswell Mills, which would later become famous in its own right for its production of Roswell Grey cloth used in Confederate uniforms. Reportedly, in anticipation of Sherman’s march, huge supplies of Confederate uniforms were taken from the mill and secretly stored at Naylor Hall. Sadly, in the summer of 1864,

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the Proudfoot’s home was heavily damaged by Federal troops. However, after occupation, Proudfoot began to rebuild the home. He remained with Roswell Mills and in his home until his death in 1871. In the late 1930’s Colonel Harrison Broadwell purchased the property, naming it as it is known today as Naylor Hall in honor of his wife’s family. He additionally added many of the improvements that can still be found today, such as the columns, the handcrafted woodwork, and the portico encompassing the original structure. Well into the 21st century, Naylor Hall continues to make history with each and every event celebrated on Canton Street.

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As a child, Alex Kaufman learned to ride his bicycle at Roswell River Park and in high school rowed crew in the same park for AJRA. He and his wife Dr. Kasia Kaufman, who teaches high school science, are members of Temple Emanuel and have a four-legged pup named Reagan. Alex graduated from Westminster High School with honors and has served as coach of its Mock Trial Team for six years. He graduated with honors from Hamilton College in Clinton, and then earned his law degree at Emory University School of Law, winning Emory Pro Bono Award. Alex is currently serving as adjunct faculty member for Emory's Trial Techniques Program.


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“I am proud of the diverse opportunities and experiences that Roswell has given me and for my service to my city and community. I was raised with, ‘To whom much is given, much is required,' and I have committed my life in service to others.”

He has erved two terms on the board of Roswell Rotary and has served on STAR House Foundation's board of directors since 2010 - and as its Chairman the year it launched its Roswell Beer Festival. Alex was the Republican nominee for State House District 51, which includes much of Roswell, Sandy Springs and Johns Creek. He is a partner at Kaufman & Forman P.C., a member of the GA, NY, DC and MA Bar Associations, has served on the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, the Roswell 2030 Economic Development and the Comprehensive Plan committees and is a board member of Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc.

"My late father always said to me, 'Never compromise yourself.' That has always stuck with me both professionally and personally. You always know where you stand with me, and I am open, honest and straightforward."


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Lisa Stevens has lived in Roswell over five years and opened two businesses here: MKT Collaborative is a boutique marketing firm specializing in helping architects, engineers, general contractors and commercial real estate developments. From the Earth Brewing Company - which she owns with her husband, Tim - is a brewpub in Roswell offering chef-driven, locallysourced menu items and craft beer. The couple and their three children (daughters Jordan, Kinsley and Madeline) attend St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

and 5K committees. She now Chairs its annual fundraiser, Sip, Savor & Support, which generates between $40,000 and $50,000 in revenue with proceeds going directly back to Drake House’s programs for the mothers. She says, “I fell in love with this organization because of the mission - giving mothers and their children a safe place to live, while getting everything they need to get back on their feet. The programs offered at by Drake House help these mothers become successful, independent women, and that inspires me.”

For many years, Lisa has been a huge advocate for the Roswell-based Drake House, having served on its Advisory Board since 2013, as well as on the Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

One of her favorite sayings is, “Don’t worry about failures; worry about the chances you might miss if you don’t even try.” 25




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Jon earned his Master's degree in Ancient History in the University of Reading (England) after achieving his BA in History from Purdue. He and his wife have a two-year old daughter, and he is currently the Marketing Manager for Chattahoochee Nature Center, tasked with educating the public about the River, its wildlife and plant life, as well as the dangers it faces. Active in the Kiwanis of Historic Roswell, Jon serves on its board and gets his hands dirty - cleaning up the river for Keep Roswell Beautiful’s Rivers Alive annual event, volunteering in nonprofit initiatives, as well as assisting the club using his marketing skills. He has sat on the board of STAR House for many years, first as part of a youth engagement program and


now a full-voting member with collaborative input. He is intentional about drawing more visitors not just to CNC but to all of Roswell so he has become involved with the Southeast Tourism Society and the Atlanta Metro Travel Association. A former editor once told him, “The reward for good work is more work.” Jon says this tip helped him manage expectations in his career and to always push harder to prepare for the next challenge. One of his favorite quotes is by Ghandi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He says that shows us we cannot rely on others to make the world a better place. We should start with ourselves and our own actions.

“For what it’s worth... it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” F. Scott Fitzgerald




Carli McDonald enjoys taking her four-year-old daughter (Dylan) on adventures, hot yoga classes at Korsi Yoga, baking, traveling and exploring Roswell, still discovering new things after living here for 12 years. Her impressive career is built on a strong foundation of education, having earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Vanderbilt University, a Juris Doctorate and a master’s degree in Tax from Georgia State University. As Partner-in Charge for Aprio, LLP, a CPA-led business advisory firm which provides traditional assurance services, tax and accounting, as well as business advisory services, Carli’s specialty is in helping innovative companies invest in more innovation by saving money on their taxes. Additionally, she is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association.

Very active in our community, she directs her charitable contributions and service towards conservation, education and nature. Carli serves on the Board of Trustees for the Chattahoochee Nature Center and is co-chair of their largest annual fundraiser ‘Rockin’ at the River.’ Her daughter’s favorite outing is a trip to the zoo, where Carli serves on the Leadership Council and is excited to be a part of its big renovation project. She mentors young women and men through Aprio’s alumni network and is a member of Grady Hospital’s Ambassador Force. A single mom, she recalls a significant piece of advice she has received is, “Don’t live to work, rather work to live - enjoy your family and find time for yourself.” 29

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Ryan Pernice graduated from Roswell High School before attending Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, earning a degree in Hospitality Management. There he was a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar for undergraduate leadership and academic excellence. Upon graduating with honors, he earned the Joseph Drown Special Prize, a distinction given to the Hotel School grad who most epitomized the school’s ideals and carried with it a $15,000 cash award and the opportunity in 2007 to be the school’s first student commencement address speaker. At 25 years old, Ryan Pernice created a restaurant company that would redefine dining on Canton Street, put Roswell on Atlanta’s culinary map and reshape the dialogue of hospitality in Roswell. Owner-operator of full-service restaurant management company RO Hospitality, Ryan is in charge of all aspects


of planning, goal-setting, personnel, strategy, expansion, and operations. RO owns and operates three restaurants: Table & Main, Osteria Mattone, and Coalition Food and Beverage and employs – at peak season – 130 local people. He served as founding Chairman of the Board of the Historic Roswell Business Association, is currently in his fourth year on the Roswell Economic Development & Tourism, Inc Board, and was recently appointed to the Historic District Master Planning Advisory Committee by Councilman Sean Groer. An invaluable piece of business advice he’d been given is, “As a business owner, you can either say what you want to say or get what you want to get. You rarely get both.” Ryan put his own flavorful spin on this nugget rewording it, “Entrepreneurship means living at the intersection of things that are not your fault but are still your problem.”

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Gisele Holloway fell in love with and purchased a home in Roswell when she moved here in 2012 from Phoenix, Arizona. Originally from Brazil, Gisele earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University Potiguar, in her hometown of Natal before moving to the U.S. 14 years ago. A mother of two sons, ages five and eight, Gisele leads the typical hectic life of a single mom / entrepreneur; and she has found her place among new friends up and down Canton Street. In 2017, she opened Cre8 Loft, a coworking/studio space in downtown Roswell, which became a springboard to more local connections and opened her eyes to see needs in our community. Her side business (at the time) Aerial Avenue, which provides drone imagery, 3D Virtual Tours and Panoramic 360 immersive presentations, was taking off (pun intended) quickly for her, so she began putting more of her attention there, which inevitably

spawned Virtual Roswell and Everywear Local. Proof there is more than one road to take to make an impact within one’s local community, she strives to make a difference in Roswell through her work and her creative ideas. While serving on boards and committees and leading organizations is extremely admirable, it’s not the only way to move local mountains. Gisele serves by leveraging her talents for the greater good; one of which is photography. For example, she photographed 48 dogs to assist Roswell Provisions with a fundraiser for local nonprofit, ‘The Community Bench’, which helps women transition into the workplace after incarceration or domestic abuse. She donated her time and talent to the STAR House Foundation providing professional-quality images for use marketing the Roswell Beer Festival and on their new website. 33


Arts = Thriving City The role of the Arts in Roswell:

By Emma Chammah, Public Art Consultant, Roswell Arts Fund


Most people would agree that art in its many forms - sculptures, dance, murals, music, theatre - can lift our spirits, stimulate creative thinking and promote well-being. But the value of the arts goes beyond aesthetics and emotions. Research shows that when a city invests in the arts, it has real financial return. How does that happen? Thriving arts and culture draw crowds from within and around a community, increasing visitors, enhancing resident participation, promoting other community assets and increasing foot traffic and pedestrian activity. The arts are magnets for creative entrepreneurs who in turn attract new residents, customers, businesses, workers, and visitors. Arts and cultural assets are a critical factor for influencing where a business, entrepreneur or real estate developer chooses to locate because they are proven to help improve quality of life and economic growth. The arts signal that our city is a healthy and a vibrant place to live, which can increase the value of our homes and businesses. Arts investments that have made real financial impact: Chicago’s Millennium Park project invested in hundreds of Public Artworks to redevelop a blighted downtown area, including the iconic “Cloud Gate” sculpture, dubbed by locals “The Bean”.  The park is credited with stimulating real estate growth in the surrounding area, with an impact of $1.4 billion in residential development. Caltrans in Los Angeles incorporated artwork on the façade of new transit buildings and capitalized on a steady stream of income from the film industry leasing the buildings as a

backdrop. They also benefitted from the visibility, publicity and branding that would have cost traditional marketing efforts 10 times more than the cost of the artwork. Miami’s yearly Art Basel art fair ignited the area’s development, including retail, restaurants, pop-up galleries, artist studios, and public art. The area is now a magnet for tourism and the impact is known as the “Art Basel/Miami Effect”. How can we increase our investment in the arts in Roswell? Non-profits and local governments often lead the way in these efforts. They establish requirements for private and public development to include public art or cultural art programing, known as a “Percentage for Art”. It’s a financial investment by the city, developers, and business owners that collectively yields real financial return for all.  It encourages new development to be both utilitarian and a destination and landmark. Arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. But they have a much wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health, and well-being. It’s important that we all recognize this impact and incorporate the arts as a strategy for economic development. Last October, the Roswell Arts Fund launched such an initiative, Artist Around the Table, inviting 5 local artists and 4 City of Roswell Departments to discuss integration of public art throughout city projects. The artists submitted suggestions summarized in a report outlining visions and themes for art in Roswell. Efforts like these help Roswell continue to thrive and have a positive economic impact.  

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ALL ABOUT THEM TYLER MCGEE, 36 Risk Management Consultant, Hayashi Insurance Solutions “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”–Dr. Seuss Professionally, Tyler is a risk management consultant with Hayashi Insurance Solutions in Roswell, but in his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Brooke, who is a fine art and antique appraiser. The couple, which has a 1-year-old daughter named Winnie and has lived in Roswell for six years, loves visiting England to explore the culture and art. Tyler is also very involved in the Voila Foundation, sitting on the Board of Directors, and enjoys working with Friends of Bulloch, an organization that raises money for the historical Bulloch Hall.

TORI HUGHES, 36 “I pride myself in being trustworthy, honest and performing to the highest degree possible in every endeavor.” Tori describes herself as a “true Southern girl.” She grew up in east Tennessee, attended the University of Tennessee and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Today, she is a realtor with Harry Normal Realtors, and she and her husband, Matt, have been married for 10 years. The couple has two children, Cate, 7, and Connor, 5. Something people may not know is that her family recently participated in the filming of an HGTV show,

“While You Were Out,” where Tori was sent on a trip while her husband worked with designers to renovate their third floor attic. “It was a complete surprise!” NICOLE MIILES, 31 Founder, Vivid South Make it simple, but significant.”– Don Draper, “Mad Men.” Nicole is a double major graduate of Georgia Southern University and has worked in Roswell for seven years as founder, studio leader and lead graphic designer at Vivid South, a boutique graphic design and branding studio. She loves serving her community and participates in a number of nonprofits, including the Creative Mill Expo, Sunshine on a Ranney Day, Good Mews Animal Foundation, The Drake House, Canstruction Atlanta, Canine Cellmates, UNICEF Next Gen and Burn Boot Camp. She is also a Roswell Tourism Ambassador, a group of individuals who are knowledgable about Roswell’s attractions, in addition to understanding the economic impact generated by community events. CATHERINE PEARSON, 33 Senior Project Mgr., Lockwood Group “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”–Maya Angelou It was Catherine’s experience while planning her wedding at Kimball Hall in Roswell in 2012 that led she and her husband to move to the community five years ago. “As a Roswell transplant, I have enjoyed exploring all this city has to offer.” She is Senior Project Manager

Roswell Millennials with The Lockwood Group in the medical communications industry, but her passion is in planning parties and events for friends and families. She would love to one day run her own event planning business. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys playing soccer, running and running, and she serves as Treasurer, Voila Foundation. CAITLIN TABILOG, 23 Owner, Photographer “A setback is a setup for a comeback.” Caitlin moved to Roswell with her family in 2012 and has loved living in the community. A graduate of Oglethorpe University, she studied studio art and completed her bachelor’s degree in just three years. She now owns and operates Caitlin Tabilog Photography. Her focus is taking photos of models, head shots for professionals, weddings, events, senior portraits and more. It’s her responsibility to photograph, edit and deliver

the images, while also managing her business’ advertising, scheduling and planning. Outside of work, she enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, painting and drawing, and her hidden talent is being able to play the piano with her eyes closed. APRIL LUNDY, 38 Owner, Harmony Chiropractic “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”–Nikola Tesla, Inventor and Physicist A 2007 graduate of Life University, April studied chiropractic and specialized in pre- and post- natal care. She has owned and operated Harmony Chiropractic in Roswell for nearly nine years and is committed to influencing and improving the health of families in the community through all walks of life. Her favorite work advice has been, “Growing a business is like planting a tree,” because when you plant your roots in a community, you start to build new connections and branches through referrals. April moved to Roswell in 2011 with her husband, Ryan, and they have three children, Damian, 6, Alexandra, 4, and Victoria, 1.

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Millennial parents accounted for 82% of the births of babies born in the U.S. 2016. MEGHAN LUBY, 32 Owner, Lead Designer Black Dog Interiors “There are those that look

at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that never were and ask why not?”– George Bernard Shaw As a young adult, Meghan remembers her father encouraging her to always follow her dreams and never quit doing what she loves. Well, she certainly followed his advise and today loves being owner and lead interior designer of Black Dog Interiors in Roswell, where she works alongside family and couldn’t be happier with how blessed her business has been. Meghan earned a degree in fine arts with a focus on interior design, metal works and graphic design at Valdosta State University, and she is forever thankful her father “tricked” her into taking a few art classes in college while she figured out what to study. LAUREN SHIELDS, 36 Owner, Meraki Mama Collective

“I have created a safe space for women in our community to grow and thrive together.” The mother of three, as well as founder and owner of Meraki Mama Collective in Roswell, Lauren is a visionary for healthier moms and families in our community. She also doesn’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk and does her best to create spaces where this dream can come true. She is originally from Illinois but began teaching prenatal yoga in 2017 in Roswell after earning certifications in yoga, pilates and doula. Lauren is also a member of the North Fulton Wellness Alliance and practices yoga at LiveURYoga in Roswell. In her spare time, 40 | Millennials Issue

Lauren enjoys women’s circles, continuing education, reading and playing outdoors with her family. KELLY HENDERSON, 34 Community Director, Building Kidz of Roswell “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely

admit the changes it has gone through to achieve this beauty.”–Maya Angelou Kelly is Community Director at Building Kidz of Roswell, while also running a small business, Reynolds and Lane. She moved to Roswell five years ago with her husband, John, and the couple has three children, Pace, 4, Shelby, 1, and Hope, who passed away in 2017. Reynolds and Lane is an online boutique that sells bows. A portion of sales benefit H.E.A.R.T. Strings at Northside Hospital, which offers perinatal bereavement for families experiencing the loss of pregnancy or still birth. Kelly’s families was supported by this nonprofit in December 2017. CRYSTAL KAGE, 36 Owner, The Rockstar Image “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”– Marilyn Monroe Crystal loves attending local festivals and events, and she and her husband, Rock 100.5 DJ Jesse Kage, enjoy visiting antique shops. She also adores animals and works with PAWS in Atlanta, specifically helping out with their annual gala. As owner of The Rockstar Image, she enjoys planning events like the gala, in addition to offering personal training and fitness coaching for individuals, helping others achieve their fitness goals. “I’m all about fun and making a difference,” Crystal exclaims, as she takes pride in designing training programs to help improve quality of life for others. “I’m creating a community of Royal Rockstars!”

KRISTEN BALLOU, 31 Head of Research, Meridian Group Partners “You cannot control the thoughts and actions of others. But, you can control how you respond to them.” Kristen is passionate about providing everyone, including children, an equal opportunity to be happy, independent and fulfilled. A former applied behavior analyst who worked with children with autism spectrum disorder for eight years, today she is Head of Research for Meridian Group Partners in Roswell, a boutique executive search firm. She is also a mom and Co-Founder of, a blog designed to guide women on impression management as they navigate their careers in the corporate world. Her hidden talents include sewing and upholstering furniture. “I often get busted for my interest in senior activities,” she admits.

KIMBERLY ALLRED, 30 Business Development /Event Planner, Roswell Inc “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” Kimberly jokingly refers to herself as an accidental artist with a full-time job in economic development. Naturally drawn to the creative side of her brain, she is passionate about her side business painting commissioned art at live events across the country. Executive Manager, Carl Black-Buick-GMC Roswell’s Tod “Smiley” Baker says about working with Kimberly on the Azalea Festival this, "She has an amazing way of connecting people in the local business community to help them build meaningful relationships and long-lasting partnerships - an amazing quality and rare in someone so young.”

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70 percent of Millennials have “friended” their managers and/or co-workers on Facebook. TESSA TURNER, 33 Marketing Operations Manager, LexisNexis “Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it.” Tessa, who moved to Roswell in 2017, loves stand-up comedy and has taken classes to learn the craft from a local comedian. She has even performed in Buckhead at Jerry’s Side Door. However, her full-time job is Marketing Operations Manager at LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Alpharetta, where she is a leader in providing essential information to help customers assess, predict and manage risk. Tessa has a degree in science, technology and culture from Georgia Tech, where she also had an opportunity to study abroad in Sweden for five months. She enjoys serving her community and sits on the Young Professionals Advisory Council for The Drake House, specifically working with its fundraising committee. SARA HARWOOD, 34 Visiting Lecturer at GSU “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Sara is passionate about making Roswell an even better place to work, live and play. She began volunteering in Roswell five years ago, specifically for Bulloch Hall, where she gives guided tours and helps out with special events. She’s also been involved with Friends of Mimosa Hall and Gardens and most recently joined the Groveway History Project, which records oral history about the Groveway Community Group, in addition to being a grant writer for the Roswell Dance Theatre. Professionally, Sara is Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University, teaching first-year composition, and participates in the university’s Atlanta Studies Teaching and Learning Community. RICO DAVIS, 32 Area Manager, Schwan Food Company “Dark cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rico and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Lilly and Jackson. The family has only lived in the Roswell area for about a year now, but he became familiar with the community while he was area manager of Schwan Food Company in 2013. Today,

Rico is area manager of Galls, LLC., specifically working in the public safety and apparel sector, where he helps make sure our heroes—police officers, fireman, military personnel, etc.—are safe and well-dressed. Rico is also an active member at Simone’s Kids, which is a Georgia-based nonprofit dedicated to educating and helping house children in Uganda. MIKE PALERMO, 36 Reginal VP, E-Trade, Roswell City Council Member “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”–Bryant McGill Mike grew up in a historic town like Roswell, so when he discovered the community, he knew it was the perfect place to live and raise his family. He moved to Roswell in 2011 and began serving on the City Council in 2016, where he still serves as Council Member 3. Mike is also Regional Vice President of E*Trade Financial in Alpharetta. He is passionate about Roswell’s vision to be a vibrant riverside community connecting strong neighborhoods, preserving the city’s rich history, celebrating arts and culture, and cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit. In his spare time, Mike enjoys eating at local restaurants and taking his kids to city parks. MELISSA HARBERS, 34 CEO / Owner, Pinkies Up Beer & Wine “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader.”–John Quincy Adams As CEO and Owner of Pinkies Up Beer and Wine in Roswell, Melissa’s vision is for the beer and wine lounge to become the local destination to nourish relationships, educate consumers and simplify sophistication. When she’s not at work, Melissa enjoys cooking, finding new restaurants and hiking. She attended University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she studied journalism and public communications, after graduating from high school in Georgia. Using the skills she acquired in college, she enjoys writing creative notes to their dog walker and posting them on social media. “They’re bone-a-fide good dogs!” she declares.


Millennials value community, family, and creativity in their work. CHRIS RODGERS, 31 - Owner, Building Kidz of Roswell, Giving back: I am the Atlanta Climb Director for an Organization called Tunnel 2 Towers. This is a charity stair climb that raises money to build smart homes for catastrophically wounded combat veterans. The T2T group wanted to bring an event to Atlanta so I volunteered to be the Director of the Stair Climb, we are going into our 3rd year. As the Director I established a relationship with the Westin to host our event, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 72 flights of stairs! We raise money locally to sponsor firefighters so they can climb with us for free. To date we have raised over $100,000 in just 2 years! A favorite quote and why: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." --Patrick Lencioni I chose this because you cannot be successful if you cannot be honest, open and truthful with your team. You also cannot build a business by yourself, it takes a village of people with different talents to accomplish big goals.

CHARLOTTE FOSTER WILLIAMSON, 36 - Owner, Atlanta Dance Central, SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance, PhysioJazz Giving back: In 2006, I started a non-profit professional dance company, SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance. We rehearsed out of the City of Roswell facility. Currently, I serve as the Artistic and Executive Director, volunteering most, if not all, of my time. In this role, I secured our 501c(3) status (all on my own by following 65 pages of IRS instructions). In 2007, I created a weekend workshop for students with Down syndrome, which has now turned into weekly dance classes and a dance company at my dance studio, Atlanta Dance Central. The Foster-Schmidt Dance Company for students with Down syndrome partners with SIDEWAYS to present multiple performances each year. A favorite quote and why: "And Every day the world will grab you by the hand, yelling "This is important . . . "And each day it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, " No. This is what's important." -Iain Thomas I chose this quote because it reminds us to stay true to ourselves. We can't make every person happy in life or business but if we approach all of our work with an open and generous heart then we will reap ultimate rewards.

JESSICA LIBERATORE, 28 - Sous Chef, Table and Main - Giving back: I volunteered at the Child Development Association in 2016 and 2018 for their Toys for Tots and helped serve food to the children and their families. I also, did a demo a farm fresh dish at the Roswell Artisan Farmers Market this past year to help promote local farmers. The past 4 years I have always been involved with Team Hidi- Giving Kitchen, it's a great event that helps raise money/ provides stability for some of the most hard-working and vulnerable members of our community, restaurant workers. Interesting fact and favorite emoji: A hidden talent I have is I'm very good at baton twirling. Once I started to get really good I started fire baton twirling. I also can do different spins, back and front flips while baton twirling. I was in multiple parades throughout the years. I would say maybe only 5 people know that I can so this. My favorite emoji is the smiley face that has the googly eye with it's tongue out, I use it all the time. Issue #24 | @roswellmagazine


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54 percent of Millennials either want to start a business or already have started one. JACQUELINE HITES - Owner, Blooming Hites Floral Boutique

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Giving back to our community: I work for Acing Autism - teaching children with autism how to play tennis. I also donate extra florals through my business we have left over from events to local Roswell nursing homes. I participate in multiple local nonprofit events every year. It varies year to year but a few I have been a part of are Polo in the Pines & Cause Ball. I also donate florals to organizations that empower working women. Why Roswell: I moved from California almost 4 years ago. I have been in Roswell for 3 years now. Growing up I had family that lived in Roswell, we would come once a year to visit them. As a young child I fell in love with Roswell. It felt like home. When I was deciding to move to Georgia I knew where I wanted to live & restart Blooming Hites. Roswell, I was instantly at peace with my across country move because I was home.

JASMIN WILLIS, 29 - Owner, Gracious Plenty Biscuits & Breakfast Interesting fact: Well, I guess one interesting fact about me is that I tried out for American Idol when I was 18. I didn’t make it, obviously (haha). Needless to say, I let that dream go that day and started pursuing others. Probably a good thing or I wouldn’t have realized my biscuit making skills! I am also crazy obsessed with great white sharks and would love to free dive with one one day! Great piece of professional advice you’ve received and why is it significant to you: Steve Harvey’s inspirational video/speech about jumping is something I listen to often. I love it for a couple of reasons. The first is that Steve Harvey brings to light the idea that struggle brings success. This is something I have figured out on my own and I truly believe it is what differentiates between the successful and the surviving. Many will turn away from struggle and hide in comfort but to reach your potential you have to face obstacles and overcome them. Another reason I love it is because Steve talks about God and his role in all of this. I believe that whether it’s God or the universe or Mother Nature or Allah or whoever, to give acknowledgment and credit to a higher power keeps us humble and kind. This is also crucial to true success.

JONATHON GOLDEN, 25 - Director, Do Good Initiative, nonprofit division of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Founder, Do Good Health, Giving back and serving others: My full time job is as the director of a nonprofit. Following my undergraduate career, I started an NGO to build medical clinics and provide health services in some of the more remote areas of Rwanda. As I spent time overseas developing the model, I quickly realized that the most effective and sustainable method of approach was to form a direct partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health and MIDIMAR (Rwanda disaster management agency). We are building a medical clinic in a community of 30,000+, creating disaster response teams, and initiating an Ebola surveillance train the trainer program in 30 coffee plantations along the coast of Lake Kivu, which separates Rwanda from the DRC. In the creating of all of this, the government of Rwanda has been involved in all aspects to create utmost sustainability. Also, I am on the board of advisors for a local based non-profit called the Surgery Center for Female Genital Mutilation Reconstruction. This NGO flies women who have been mutilated into the surgery center from all over the world, and the U.S., for surgery, rehabilitation, and counseling free of cost. My role is to connect the organization to hospitals overseas for international medical mission trips. Interesting fact:I'm not sure why, but I've always been able to say or spell words backwards, almost instantly, as if I was saying it forwards. Not sure if that's cool or not. Umbrella. Allerbmu...see? (Its cooler in person, promise)


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National Beer Day is observed annually on April 7th. Celebrate with a pint of pale ale, lager, stout, wheat beer or pale ale. One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer possibly dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed. It is recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt. Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. Following water and tea, it is the third most popular drink overall. HISTORY On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV). Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years. This day was created as National Beer Day by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England. April 7th was chosen because the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became active on this day. In 2009, Smith and Connolly created a National Beer Day Facebook page. From this page, they invited friends to join, and word has spread to many sources that April 7 is National Beer Day. HOW TO OBSERVE Grab a beer and spend some time with friends. Use #NationalBeerDay to post on social media. Visit the Variant, From the Earth and/or Gate City, or go hang out at Tap & Six - which has a bar & market under one roof. Tap & Six has done the homework for us to curate the best craft beer including local/regional favorites. Toast the day with a pint of one of one of their 40 taps or 200+ singles (beer, ciders, craft sodas). The menu featues small plates and shareables selected to complement the brews. Oh, and plenty of parking… they'’ve got that, too. 49

LOCAL MILLENNIALS Brendan Moore, 26, a 2010 Centennial High School graduate named goalkeeper of Atlanta United January 9 Roswell Millennials

inspire ROSWELL SOCCER CLUB With the guidance of Coach Mark Lomas, the Girls 14 and Under (14U) Santos Blue team recently became the champions in the U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) National League Piedmont Conference Premier I Division. The league consisted of 12 teams, from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, finishing with a record of 10-0-1 to take the crown.


Brendan Moore, 26, is a 2010 Centennial High School

graduate and on January 9, 2019 was named goalkeeper of Atlanta United FC, joining the team after playing for three different teams in England. He is the son of Bruce Moore and Monika Frey-Moore of Roswell. He was born in Elmira, N.Y. and enjoys fishing, wake and snowboarding, surfing, reading and (obviously) soccer. His gift of athleticism most likely comes from his grandfather, Albert Moore, who played baseball at St. John's in New York and then with the New York Giants. Brendan was a local star goalie at Centennial High School right here in Roswell and guided the varsity team to a Georgia State Championship in 2009. He was named captain of Centennial varsity in 2010, named to the ESPN Rise 2010 Spring All-America team, selected for the ESPN Rise Top Players list, set the Centennial season record for shutouts with 11 in 2010 and holds Centennial High School record for most career shutouts with 24. After graduation, he signed with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to play collegiate soccer. Moore became the starting keeper for the Tar Heels in 2013 and after two stellar years signed with League One side Fleetwood Town. After a couple of loan stints with Torquay United, Moore transferred to Rochdale from Fleetwood Town in July 2017.  We are so excited our hometown Millennial signed with our hometown team, Atlanta United, as

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More Roswell Soccer Club Highlights: •Boys 18U Santos Blue (Coach Allan Davie): The team finished third in the National League Piedmont Conference Premier II Division, which earned them a promotion into the higher National League Piedmont Conference Premier I Division. •Boys 14U Santos Blue (Coach Q Hart): The team was the National League Piedmont Conference Premier II Division Champion, earned a promotion into the Piedmont Conference Premier I Division. •Girls 14U Santos Red (Coach George Stokes): The team was runner up of the Georgia Soccer 14U Athena C Division, earning a promotion to Georgia Soccer Athena B Division. •Girls 13U Santos Blue (Coach George Stokes): The team finished 4th in the Georgia Soccer 13U Athena A Division this fall, earning a promotion into Nat'l League Piedmont Conference Premier II Division.  •Girls 13U Santos Red (Coach Dan Farnham): The team was the champion of the Georgia Soccer 13U Athena C Division, earning a promotion into Georgia Soccer 13U Athena B Division. •Girls 12U Santos Blue (Coach Chuck Ross): The team (a true 12U-aged team) were the champions in the age group higher in the Georgia Soccer 13U Athena B Division, earning a promotion into the Georgia Soccer 13U Athena A, still to play up.

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Girls 14 and Under (14U) Santos Blue team recently became the champions in the U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) National League Piedmont Conference Premier I Division.

a Discovery Signing on Jan. 9, 2019. He joined starter Brad Guzan and Decatur’s Alec Kann in the goalkeeper group.

the Key to the City by Mayor Lori Henry at Monday's city council meeting. According to Mayor Henry, Roswell is home to 16 soccer fields, 3500 young players and is the most "Brendan is a talented young goalkeeper with a bright future, participated sport in Roswell. Members of the Roswell Soccer and we're pleased to have Club Santos Academy 12U Girls added him to our roster," team were in attendance at City Hall BRENDAN MOORE Atlanta United Vice President for the opportunity to meet Coach Atlanta United - Goalkeeper 13 and Technical Director Carlos "Tata."  She also credited Councilman Bocanegra said. "He's a local Marcelo Zapata as "instrumental to Centennial High School, 2010 product with valuable profesbringing Tata to the city.” HT: 6' 2" WT: 202 sional experience in England, Atlanta is coming off an MLS Cup Age: 26 (04/16/1992) and he'll add quality to overall win with a new coach, Frank De group of goalkeepers.” Boer, who is more taciturn than Tata, Birthplace: Elmira, New York disciplined in the way he runs things Hometown: Roswell, Georgia In 2018, beginning the team’s and more conservative in his tactics. second (and victorious!) The season has begun and many of @brendan_moore24 season, Atlanta United Head Roswell’s bars, breweries and restauCoach Gerardo "Tata" Martino rants are holding watch parties for every was honored by the city of Roswell "for inspiration to youth game! Check out the roster and schedule: soccer in Roswell and state of Georgia.” Martino was awarded

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER - Yr. 2018 BOYS (r7-7A)Roswell High: 13-6-1, nat'l rank-69, GA-20 (r7-6A)Centennial: 5-8-4, nat'l rank-379, GA-92 (r7-4A)Blessed Trinity: 10-2-1, nat'l rank-73, GA-27 (r6-1Ap)Fellowship: 5-2, nat'l rank-24, GA-26

GIRLS (r7-7A)Roswell High: 5-3-1, nat'l rank-59, GA-17 (r7-6A)Centennial: 2-14, nat'l rank-1260, GA-144 (r7-4A)Blessed Trinity: 12-6-1, nat'l rank-99, GA-8 (r6-1Ap)Fellowship: 10-6, nat'l rank-599, GA-137 51

Second Annual ROSWELL MOVES! - April 28


No Cars on Canton!

From 10 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 28, Canton Street is "no cars allowed" to make way for a pedal-pedestrian party.

Come to historic Roswell on Sunday, April 28 where the pavement along five blocks of Canton Street will be turned into a pedal-pedestrian party. Roswell Moves! returns for a second year, an “open streets” event with activities, games and demonstrations to promote healthy lifestyles for the entire family. Roads used for Roswell Moves! will close to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28. The sections of Canton Street which will be used include the south end of Canton Street from Webb Street and Elizabeth Way to Norcross Street; the north end of Canton Street from Norcross Street and Plum Street to Woodstock Road. “Open streets programs convert a street into a temporary park. The pavement becomes a car-free space for people of all ages to enjoy the urban space in a playful way, from physical action to personal inspiration,” said Nathan Sears, Chairman for Roswell Moves!. Schedule of Events April 28 • Free activities on Canton Street begin at 11 a.m. with the Family Bike Parade and Opening Ceremonies. All wheels are welcome as Bike Roswell! leads the parade 52 | Millennials Issue

from the Heart of Roswell Park to Woodstock Road and back. Wear a helmet and bring your own pedal-powered vehicle. There will be a full day of activities for riding, running, walking, rollerskating, dancing, playing and yoga! • Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride - This full-supported, recreational bicycle ride offers three ride options - 18, 42 and 64 miles - and provides lunch for all participants, sponsored by Lucky’s Burger & Brew and Red Hare Brewing Company. Advance registration is $45 per rider; $55 day-of event. ( • Live Music - 12-3 p.m. Atlanta Plays it Forward presents two stages of live music. • Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo from 12 to 3 p.m. The event is free, with a signed waiver, for children ages six to 12 years to learn bicycle skills and safety tips. Bring your own bicycle and helmet! Children who completed the rodeo will be certified to roll on the REI Pump Track. For an updated schedule of events, detailed venue map and list of participating activity partners and sponsors, visit Bike Roswell’s Facebook page - @RoswellCyclingFestival.

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ALL ABOUT THEM Millennial are getting married, starting families, buying homes, getting their strides in their careers. LAUREN SHIELDS, 37 - Owner, Meraki Mama Collective Giving back: I have attended many births without charge for families in need and offer free weekly support groups to mothers in need of help in my studio. I volunteer with the local girl scouts helping them achieve their health and wellness badges. A favorite quote or poem, emoji, meme: I love Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.” It reminds me that no obstacle, mistake or setback will stop my success or dull my shine. My favorite emoji is the pink double hearts. My favorite memes are the ones who make me laugh at motherhood and highlight our ‘not so great’ moments so we can laugh at ourselves.

JEREMY SMITH, 39 - Associate Partner, Hubbard Brush Commercial Real Estate Great piece of professional advice: “Treat every client like a life-long friend.” A favorite quote and why: “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” Winston Churchill This reminds me to keep an open mind. Interesting Fact: I taught sailing in the Caribbean for a year.

KATIE JAFFE, 39 - Co-owner, Brilliant Atlanta Educational highlights: I earned a BA in History from Emory University in 2001. I earned an MS Ed in Literacy and Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York in 2006. A helpful piece of professional advice: “You have to love what you do.” My mother told me that all the time growing up – and guess what? She raised three entrepreneurs, and we are all passionate about what we do! When you’re an entrepreneur your “job” is not so much a career, it is a passion and a lifestyle.

CRISTY THOMAS, 32 - Co-owner, Wild Slice Pizzeria Educational highlights: Masters of Special Education- Sierra Nevada College Bachelor's of Science Human Dev., Family Studies- University of Nevada Reno Giving back: Wild Slice is a proud supporter of the Drake House in Roswell. We love to find opportunities to raise money or donate to the Drake House! During our grand opening, part of our proceeds were given to the Drake House to support families. Wild Slice has donated pizzas for the teens and we work with our local partners to donate other fun opportunities for the kids, such as movie passes and golf passes. Wild Slice is also a big support to our local schools. We have monthly spirit nights at the restaurant for schools to raise money for the PTA, sports teams, and music programs. We believe in more than just sponsoring schools and teams; we believe in bringing them into our family and what better way to do that then with a meal? We are also contributors to our local church, Chapel Roswell. Interesting fact, favorite meme: Most of the jokes I know are inspired by my students or my children. A favorite joke that my daughter and I like to share is, How does the ocean say hello? Answer: it waves. I have two favorite memes. The answer to everything is pizza! Special Education Teacher because full-time multitasking Ninja is not an actual job title. Issue #24 | @roswellmagazine



Millennials are single biggest group within the work force, and will soon become the largest consumer group too SARAH ZIBANEJADRAD BEESON, 30 - VP Operations, Oasis Consulting Giving back: I currently serve as the Communications Chair for Advance Atlanta, a nonprofit that focuses on millennial advocacy for transit expansion in Metro Atlanta. Previous to coming on board with my familys company, I was the National Online Strategy Writer for 3 years for the Human Rights Campaign, where I specialized in advocacy and fundraising. I also am very politically involved: I am serving my third term on the Board of Directors for Red Clay Democrats (a state-level PAC) and was the statewide President of Young Democrats of Georgia from 2016-17 (millennial division of the Democratic Party of Georgia). Previously, I served as the Secretary (2015-16) and Communications Director (2014-15) of Young Democrats of Georgia and the Activism Chair (2014) of the Young Democrats of Fulton County (YDATL). I have been a regular volunteer with Roswell-based Children's Restoration Network since 2008. Interesting Fact: I competed on the Game Show Network's The Chase in the episode titled “Higher Education,” which was available on Netflix. I didn't win anything, though. I am also ridiculously good at playing Name That Tune.

BRIAN BORNGESSER, 38 - Co-owner, Gate City Brewing Company Family life: My wife Tammy and I have been married for 11 years and we have two daughters, Addyson (8) and Sydney (6) who attend Roswell schools. Outside of work I coach my kids sports teams, Mountain Bike, Run (when my wife signs me up for a race), play guitar and do a lot of yard work (boo). Giving back: Past board member of the Star House Foundation. Past member of the Roswell Rotary Club. Member of the Historic Roswell Business Association. Most of current philanthropic efforts are resolved around fund raising. Child Development Association (Roswell). Pitt Hopkins Foundation (National, we have a friend who's child has this rare condition. These of the big two but each year we work with over 20 different organizations to bring awareness and raise funds. Interesting fact: I was talked into being a competition cheerleader in college and we placed second in the 2000 National Championship. A favorite quote: It is too long for this box but read the quote by Theodore Roosevelt, "The Man in the Arena". I live by these words!

NATHAN SEARS, 36 - Operations/Support Manager, PictureU Family life: Married with three children. Samuel (8), Lillian (6) and Clarence (4). Education: Graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Giving back: As a board member for Bike Roswell! I have taken on many roles, but the largest and most recognizable in the community has been as the committee leader on Roswell Moves! An Open Streets Event. This event was really the first of its kind in Roswell and is modeled after events like Atlanta Streets Alive where the street is closed to car traffic and opened up to pedestrian, bicycle and other non-motorized forms of traffic specifically for the purpose of movement rather than a crowded street full of tents and vendors. I couldn’t have been happier with the 2018 event reception, but the high point was getting to hear from my own kids that is was their favorite Roswell event ever, so I can’t wait for this year’s event! Co-Founder - The Roswell Creekways initiative takes everything I love about Roswell and advocates for more of it! Hiking and Biking trails, preserving our natural and historical assets, and connecting our community. Working with Sam Chantos and Tom Erdmanczyk our group is focused on advocating for more trails in Roswell. 54 | Millennials Issue


92 percent of Millennials believe that business success should be based on more than just profit. BRENDAN WALSH, 34 - Owner, Lehigh Homes & Development Family life: My wife, Kendyl and I have been married for 10 years. We have two sons (ages 6 and 5) one daughter(age 3) and are expecting our 4th child in May. T Giving back: I am involved with the Roswell North Mentoring Program- I started volunteering for the program last year working with a 4th grader, and he is now a 5th grader. During our weekly one on one meeting, we socialize, I provide extra tutoring for schoolwork, or just catch up with whatever is going on in our lives. Getting to spend time with this child in a one on one setting has been a great benefit to both the student and myself. The impact being made with the attention he receives during the meeting is something he lacks at home or in the classroom, and helps to give him that extra confidence boost. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also involved with Roswell Sports Recreation- Over the past two years I have served as a volunteer coach in flag football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. I have found using sports is a great way to provide guidance to kids in teaching them the values of leadership, teamwork, and work ethic. While coaching I like to demonstrate those examples through my own actions. With the young ages of the kids I have coached I also feel the importance of stressing the fun side of sports, and learning something new can carry over to any facet of life. A favorite quote: "Remember me as loving you" which is a phrase my grandfather frequently used up until he passed away a year ago. In his life he was a very successful businessman, but the legacy he left behind that was how well he treated people around him and how he loved his family more than anything else.

CARISA TURNER, 34 - Director of Communications & Public Relations, Roswell Inc On faith: I'm a member of Roswell Community Church and have been for 3.5 years. We believe strongly in the purpose of the local church and are heavily involved in our church community. My husband and I lead a community group, I serve as one of the church's worship leaders, and my husband runs sound on Sunday mornings. On family: My husband and I have been married for 11 years. We have a fouryear-old daughter and two twin boys that are due in June 2019. On giving back: Outside my involvement in our church, the primary nonprofit I've volunteered with over the past several years is World Relief Atlanta, which is one of the designated refugee resettlement agencies in Georgia. They are based in Stone Mountain, but serve communities throughout the area. I helped them launch an email newsletter, hosted a documentary screening and donation drive for the organization, and have participated in multiple advocacy days at the state capitol, which included leading a team of volunteers in 2018. I chose this cause several years ago during the peak of the refugee crisis in Syria. My heart really connected with this issue and I wanted to get involved to not only support one of the local groups working in this space, but to also become more educated and informed about the topic and bring that knowledge and insight to others. Interesting fact about you: I'm a songwriter, and I would list that as both my hidden talent and interesting piece of information that most people wouldn't know about me. I wrote my first song when I was 13 years old and have been writing ever since. I've recorded and released two EPs (2011 and 2014), a Christmas single (2016), and have received several awards and other accolades for my songs. All my recorded music, along with a brief history of my songwriting journey, can be found at

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Photography and article by Frank Mack, Food & Culture Columnist

Cecilia Zildivar, center Nick lamb, right Kevin Leveille, in hat


The Whiskey Project

and oh so much more!


By Frank Mack

REMEMBER OAK STREET CAFE? Prepare yourself to be blown away. Its gone, gutted, rebuilt and brand new as The Whiskey Project. I’ve spent the week all up in their business and wow, just wow. Both for what is, what they are now, and for what that staff is capable of in the future. On one hand we have a top class Chef doing wizard work in the kitchen. That is first and key. And I’ll get back to him. On the other we have an inventory of 1,000 plus bottles on a back bar that connoisseurs of whisky, whiskey and ryes that has to be seen to be believed. No one but no one is ever going to top the collection of bottles you have here. Just look at that photo. There are

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no repeats on that back bar. None! I’ll call it the best collection on the east coast and dare you to prove me wrong. They call it the whiskey project for a reason. It is fair to say that Andy Stallworth may just be the most knowledgeable person on the subject of all things rye in the state. I couldn’t keep up with what he knows about who, what and where of whisky if I tried. A tragedy caused me to give up drinking. So I can only invite and encourage you to go and find out for yourselves. But! I spent more than enough time inside a bottle to tell you without a doubt that everything from the simple syrup to the complex acids are created by hand, right here.

It's aging in barrels right on the wall. Physics and chemistry together with experience and time. Ahh memories.... You can see the work they put into every drop in every glass. And that makes all the difference in the world. Take note. Executive Chef Kevin Leveille works in the real. He learned his skills at Seed, the Butcher and Baker, Table n Main and now eight months in and open his kitchen is putting out a standard that will put a challenge to any in town. Hands down, bring it. His pork chop is a challenge that baits you in with the sizzle and never lets go. I ate mine right down to the bone and took the bone home. His salads hearty, with earthy flavors that really feed you. The Potato Leek soup was crushed velvet, creamy and smooth. Every little thing just right and so so good. The sliders are to die for, the venison carpaccio is amazing, And I could go on. But it won’t matter. It's based, as all the best do, on locally, seasonally right, that day fresh products. It's working with farms and farmers in Georgia and Roswell like Smith Farms and the tiny growers. I don’t just like that, I expect it. They reinvent constantly like any fine restaurant does. What’s new, what’s fresh, in season and just right rules the menu. It's our economy perfected, self healing and thriving. Local, local and local. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner. Just a block off 9, it’s right there! A rebuilt, restored, absolutely lovely and tasteful new/old drinking hole and dining room. Loaded with everything I love. Charming people with a smile and a mission to serve. Here you can relax, enjoy your food, be wowed, thrilled, surprised, and all that is right here in little ol’Roswell. Our home :)

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{ STYLE } Belle Mode â&#x20AC;˘ 1135 Canton Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075 â&#x20AC;˘

Taking the WORK out of shopping By Theo Keyserling Style Columnist


Right on Canton Street in the Shops of Plum Tree Village is a surprisingly well rounded, recently redux of a boutique, Belle Mode. Previously it was home to a boho chic shop, but as of 2018, new owner Shannon Kotze revamped the store to be less boho and a bit more chic. Shannon says that Belle Mode began in Buckhead as a way to monetize her shopping habits. Shannon is active in the selection of stock in both the Roswell and Buckhead locations. I must admit that I had never been into Belle Mode previously and my first impression was the variety of styles and occasions that can take you from desk to dinner then onto vacation. While Belle Mode carries well known designers like Donna Karen and Trina Turk, the boutique rounds out the selections with brands like Julie Brown and Drew Clothing. Also noteworthy regarding the store is the jean selection. Belle Mode is well stocked with jeans for any occasion and the staff is well equipped to give advice and can provide full styling assistance. With pinks, oranges, and red hues dominating the boutiques clothing offerings for Spring, one thing that could be overlooked is their selection of accessories. Affordable statement pieces as well as simple polished accessories line the store. Again, the variety and selection of accessories match their clothing choices with something for everyone. Shannon and team have placed a concentrated effort in making Belle Mode a one stop shop. This boutique also

offers a carefully selected shoes that display a wide range in occasion, Tom Ford sunglasses and a small selection of undergarments. I was surprised to find a full selection of camisoles, which is are a rare find in brick & mortar. Belle Mode takes the work out of shopping with carefully selected completed looks for any occasion. If you only have 15 minutes to shop for a look, this is your place.

Theodora Keyserling Theodora formed Meridian Group Partners in 2010, a national executive search firm, and she recently colaunched a professional blog, TheOProtocol, short for The Office Protocol, to aid the professional development of women through impression management and style., @theoprotocol 59


#drinklocal Local Breweries Getting Crafty at the 2019 Roswell Beer Festival

The Big 3 By Lindsay Field Penticuff and Regina Barkley

This year’s Roswell Beer Festival benefiting STAR House Foundation on Saturday, March 23, will feature approximately 400 beers, and a large number of those will be brewed by local crafters who many residents have grown to love and enjoy in downtown Roswell. With a goal to match or beat last year’s donation of $200,000 to STAR House, three local brewers and sponsors are excited about this year’s seventh annual event and look forward to another year of supporting a nonprofit they are thankful to have in their own backyard. GATE CITY BREWING COMPANY “It feels great to be able to participate in an event and with an organization that does so much good,” says Brian Borngesser, who co-founded Gate City Brewing Company with Pat Rains in 2015. “We’re not just running a company, we’re doing something that impacts the people around us.” Borngesser, who was a commercial insurance broker and Rains, met at a Roswell Rotary Club meeting about eight years ago after striking up a conversation about home brewing. After winning a few home brew contests, they decided to open Gate City Brewing, which is named after a City of Atlanta nickname, “Gate City to the New South,” that it received after the Civil War. 60 | Millennials Issue

Their location in Roswell at 43 Magnolia St. opened in February 2017 and they are excited to host a pre and post party at their location the Friday night before the festival and again Saturday night after everything wraps up. Guests are encouraged to bring in a packaged snack to receive 25 percent off of any merchandise. HOLA! Taqueria featured Gate City's newest beer (BroHam) in a beer cocktail calling it Bro-ham Rita, made with el jimador tequila, freshly squeezed OJ, blood orange liqueur and agave. Bro-Ham is GC's tribute to the Cadillac of all margaritas. A traditional Gose, fruited with blood orange and lime to give you that "What the hell happened last night" flavor that you would expect from a good margarita. Break out the dice and usher in the patio weather. 4.5% ABV // cans available in the taproom and where ever Gate City is sold. Citras Maximus is a newer, full bodied lager exclusively hopped with Citra Hops. A huge double dry hop addition adds flavors and aromas that are both tropical and citrusy. This India Pale Lager is perfect patio drinking and an ideal springtime beer with a 5.5% ABV. Gate City always has something going on for the whole community - They pour the beer and provide live music, and a rotating variety of local restaurants bring in the food.

#drinklocal They even host B.Y.O.M yoga and pint classes! There doesn't appear to be a day that goes by we couldn't find something to celebrate over at GCB. It appears to us Brian and Pat are intentionally and naturally driven to create a gathering spot for the entire Roswell community. For a couple of down-to-earth humble guys, they certainly think big and do big - community-wide. As co-presenting sponsors of Alive in Roswell, co-partners in the Roswell Trolley project, big supporters of local favorite CDA's fundraising efforts, and sponsors of many other "everyone's invited" events, they're "Roswell's Brewery."

CITRUS MAXIMUS - formerly "Carl Black Lager" and winner of Beer Advocate's 'best of GA beer' 2018 awards. Tastes tropical, citrus, stonefruit w/ ingredients: single hop citra, lager yeast, ABV 5.5%.

Additionally, centrally located just off Canton Street, we can always find a 'before' and an 'after' party held at GCB to get the party started early and make sure it keeps going late - all in its fabulous, modern industrial warehouse setting featuring really good beer! One of local nonprofit Childrens Development Academy (CDA) bigger fundraisers is the joint St. Patrick's Day party, which is geared to all things green, with proceeds ensuring underprivileged local kids get a great start in school. FROM THE EARTH BREWING COMPANY Tim Stevens, owner of From the Earth Brewing Company, built his brewery and pub at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell because he and his wife, Lisa, wanted to live and work in a community where they could give back to organizations like STAR House. “It was a big focus for us,” he says. “And, STAR House is one of the most important charities because anything with kids is just near and dear to us.”

BRO-HAM by Gate City is a 4.5% ABV traditional Gose, fruited with blood orange and lime for the perfect flavor that you would expect from a good margarita. Break out the dice and usher in the patio weather. 4.5% ABV.

Stevens was a general manager with Buckhead Life restaurants for about 14 years before opening the brewery. It’s where he met Kevin Rathbun, a legend in the Atlanta food scene, and an investor in the brewery. He opened From the Earth, which also offers a seasonal menu, extensive wine list and craft cocktails, in October 2017 after enlisting help from brew master Kevin McNerney, who started SweetWater Brewery. The name came from Stevens wanting to source as local and organic as possible for his product, leaving as little of a carbon footprint as they can. Live music is very important to the crew at FTE! In fact, they say, “We love it almost as much as Food and Beer!” Their live music Thursday is a series of free events (unless otherwise noted) every Thursday offering some of the best local and regional acts in the country. Music starts around 6:30 and goes until 9:30 (perfect for a school night!).

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Cosmonaut (left) from From the Earth Brewing is a Russian Imperial Stout with 9% ABV, an intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Stevens is excited about participating in the beer festival for the second year in a row. “The fact that this is in our own backyard is really special,” he says. “We’re doing two casks, as well as pouring eight to 10 of our house beers, which is way more than we usually do.” FTE is one of a handful of the best places to hear live bands in Roswell, and the only place on the Eastside. Roswell has many places to have a bite and enjoy live music, but a few restaurants (Grub Gastropub, Houck's Grille) are a bit more serious about it. Check out this list of bands / musicians from just the last several weeks: - most were part of their Thursday Live Music Series: Grove Fetish, Tyler Neal Band, Donna & Ralph, Atlanta Funk Society, Machine Kid, Steven J. Ziegler, Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, Mark Michelson & Friends, Escape Vehicle, The Broadcast, Seamus O'Jams, The AJC put out it's list of best places to find the "Impossible Burger: the veggie burger that bleeds." A plant-based yummy vegan patty is showing up on menus around Atlanta. And, according to the piece in the AJC, "The Roswell spot keeps it simple with this lunch option, topped with arugula, tomato and Vidalia onion." Tim Stevens launched FTE with local restaurant creds he'd earned over many years operating top restaurants in Atlanta, choosing top notch consultants to guide him, an Atlanta favorite Kevin Rathbun to create the chef-driven, locally-sourced menu and the Brewery Master Kevin McNerny - co-founder of Sweetwater Brewery to mentor the craft experience. When named one of the "Top 50 New Breweries" by Beer Advocate, which for eight years has tracked the rapid growth of the craft brewing industry in the United States, documenting the early successes of beer entrepreneurs from Arizona to Vermont. BA wrote FTE is, "A brewpub with a menu even the most critical gourmand would appreciate." VARIANT BREWING COMPANY Matt Curling, who owns and operates Variant Brewing Company, holds the same sentiment about sharing a homegrown brew. He was born and raised in Roswell and looks forward to the beer festival each year, especially now that he can participate in it as a sponsor and brew master.

RAMBLE ON ROSE HIPS - From the Earth released this 6.5% ABV Saison w/ Rose Hips, Rose Petals and Blood Orange Peel. FTE names all of their beers after songs this one from 'Ramble on Rose' (Grateful Dead).

“We are closely connected with a few of the people behind the festival, and I know the hours and time they put into it, and we love that it all goes to charity,” he says, adding that they will be donating a cask of their 13 percent Good S’Morning Imperial Stout that is being released at the brewery on St. Patrick’s Day.

#drinklocal Curling became interested in beer after his brother got a home brew kit for Christmas. He bought a kit of his own and later set up a mini brewery in his basement. “It took over every aspect of my life, so I decided to make a career out of it,” he says. Before opening Variant in 2017, he was a business analyst with New Kent Capital in Roswell. With support from his brother and father, Curling now operates the business with his wife, Lauren. The name comes from having a variety of beers to select from in the tasting room—about 16 at a time—and they have brewed about 110 different flavors since opening. “Variant is also an industry term,” Curling explains. “It’s when a recipe is tweaked to highlight a certain feature. We do a lot of that.”

Seventh Annual Roswell Beer Festival SOP, DROPMarch & ROLL Saturday, 23is Variant's 4.8% gose with soursop, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, lactose and vanilla. SourHistoric Downtown, Roswell Town Square sop has notes of tropical flavors like coconut and mango. VIP atsome 1 p.m. and will to offer access to a VIP tent Thisopens sour has sweetness it and is available in half exquisitely furnished by 13 Hub Lane, enjoy food capours, full pours, and crowlers. tered by C&S Chowder House and 1920 Tavern, and indoor restroom facilities. General admission ticket holders may enter at 2 p.m. and will receive a souvenir tasting glass, be offered approximately 400 beers and experience local food from Roswell restaurants and live music. 100 percent of proceeds benefit STAR House Foundation, a nonprofit that provides after-school tutoring and mentoring to at-risk children in north Fulton County. They serve more than 300 children from four north Fulton schools.

Variant hosts a lot of community meetings and networking events - their space is open and bright, and there is plenty of parking; so organizations like Roswell Next, Positively Roswell and Roswell Parking Now have attracted more to their events by hosting at Variant. Matt grew up here and seems (to us) to know 'everybody.' From our view, we'd peg him as a loyal, true family and friend guy. Matt and his wife / partner Lauren just recently celebrated the birth of their first son, Liam. Matt must have been absent the day business school had the lesson about competition :-) , because Matt's philosophy is so inclusive, building everyone up for the sake of the City. He is very gracious in partnering up with various restaurants and organizations to host joint promotional events to raise all ships. Recently, VBC held a pop-up restaurant event with Ryan Pernice's Table and Main and also held an epic night of burgers and beer with Gracious Plenty Bakery & Breakfast in their Tasting Room. Of the three, Variant seems to regularly draw the discerning sports watchers, who might not enjoy a typical 'sports bar' atmosphere -- at VBC sports fans can cheer their team, have intellectually stimulating conversation and locally brewed craft beer. Atlanta United games are always on, as well as all the top games one would expect. Cinnamon Roast Brunch is back in the tasting room - a 10% imperial stout brewed with lactose, coconut, and cinnamon. Theoretical Zero Volume 2 recently made waves in the tasting room, brewed exclusively with Sabro hops leading to a tropical and citrus flavor and aroma with heavy notes of pineapple, mango, & coconut. Lumen is a helles lager at 4.2%, light, crisp & refreshing with a subtle

GOOD S'MORNING from Variant is a 10% ABV, Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout brewed w/ lactose, smores, coffee beans and ghana cacao nibs, released for their Top o' the S'morning' St. Patrick's Day party on March 17.

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100% Proceeds go to STAR House Foundation




The event is Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 from 2pm – 6pm. VIP ticket-holders can enter at 1pm. The event closes at 6pm sharp.

The Roswell Beer Festival was created and managed by The STAR House Foundation, a Roswell-based 501(c)3 organization. STAR House Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that makes a difference in kids’ lives by providing after school tutoring and mentoring programs for at-risk children throughout North Fulton. We currently serve over 300 children through four Roswell school programs and often have a waiting list. Our summer camp bridges the gap for 130 students at the elementary level, focusing on academic retention to combat summer learning loss. This is the 7th year of our Beer Fest, and we welcome you to join us. Have a beer for the children!


doubled down and dubbed themselves “Sweet Sweet” to describe the fresh and inviting way they blend the elegance and mood of her cello with the rustic roots of his acoustic guitar. Those sounds, combined with foot driven percussion textures that range from gentle to raucous, are the foundation behind the singer-songwriters’ gorgeous lead and harmony vocals – and simple yet emotionally hard hitting songs filled with

Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting, local food and live music under 200 year old oak trees at the Historic Roswell Square, at 610 Atlanta Street in Roswell. VIP entry opens at 1:00 pm, featuring exclusive access to our VIP tent exquisitely furnished by 13 Hub Lane, experience food catered by C&S Chowder House & 1920 Tavern and indoor restroom facilities.  The festival welcomes back South Carolina based indie folk/Americana duo Jeremy Dunham and Kerrine Gifford 64 | Millennials Issue

Roswell Beer Festival


2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

heartfelt tales and whimsical Southern Charm.

and the festival will be held rain or shine.

General admission opens at 2:00 pm. All tickets include a 2019 souvenir tasting glass, unlimited tastings of over 400 beers (assuming you stay safe – we have Designated Driver tickets too!), access to purchase tokens that can be redeemed for unbeatable food from local Roswell restaurants and swag and live music. The 400 will consist of all of your favorites plus many varietals you have never heard of. IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Ales, Hefeweizens, Belgian Quads, and even a few Sours to choose from if you’d like. New this year are casks!

Tokens are the currency of the Festival, which can be used to get amazing food on “Restaurant Row” provided by our restaurant partners, or Roswell Beer Fest swag. Tokens are available for purchase at the Token Tent on the day of the event, or can be bought in advance as a “Buy Four Get One Free” package online.

Attendees must be 21 years old or older and due to limited space and guest safety, the organizers strongly discourage pets, children and strollers. Ticket sales are non-refundable

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2019 Restaurants–Taco Mac, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Grub Gastropub, Roux, Peach & the Porkchop, The Big Ketch Unlike most beer festivals, 100% of net proceeds go directly to charity; the Roswell Beer Festival is a major fundraiser for STAR House Foundation.


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Roswell Magazine - Issue 24 - Millennials  

Roswell Magazine is a high-quality, local lifestyle publication with carefully curated content by passionately local writers, photographers...