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{ ON THE COVER } Pure Barre offers classes designed to lift the seat, tone the core and burn calories. Photo courtesy of Pure Barre

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Put some spring in your step with the Northside’s fun, fresh ways to workout. There’s something for everyone to trim down before beach season, and without having to slim down your vacation budget on personal trainers or gym memberships.

Almost hidden in the pockets of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the eclectic towns of South Carolina’s unparalleled Upcountry offer breathtaking views and southern hospitality that are perfect for horse lovers.

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SHOPPING & RETAIL

As you watch the masters of golf tee off in Augusta this month, keep an eye on the six amateurs who’ll be competing and other connections to the U.S. Amateur tournament, coming to Johns Creek in August.

Once you finish your spring cleaning, reward yourself with a little retail therapy. Check off our list of muststop local hotspots.

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Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Depot, discovered her passion early in life. Here, she shares her love for color and design and offers style tips to incorporate in your own home.

58 MILTON HIGH SCHOOL’S CIRQUE Enter the unique world of Cirque with the talented students of Milton High School. In preparation of their annual show, these students soar to new heights while learning the basics of aerial apparatuses and leadership.

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Rather than writing or editing, my new role will include cooking meals, kissing boo-boos, building forts, and nurturing the development of one — and soon to be two — young sons. It will undoubtedly be the most important job I have ever held, and probably the hardest, too. I am excited about it (and also a little nervous!), but ultimately thankful for the freedom to give it my full attention. I’m also thankful to all of you who have read my words along the way. As a writer, nothing is more fulfilling, so don’t be surprised if my name pops up within these pages from time to time. After all, writing is still my passion, so you haven’t seen the last of me yet.

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assignment for Points North Atlanta seven years ago, a profile of Southern author Patti Callahan Henry. I was fresh out of college and eager to prove myself worthy as an assistant editor. Henry and I connected instantly over a passion for writing, making my assignment both enjoyable and easy. It was the first of many experiences I would come to cherish over the years. Since then, I have enjoyed so many incredible opportunities as an editor of this magazine. I have traveled the world, visiting diverse destinations from Charleston to Berlin; I have dined my way through Atlanta and beyond; and I have met countless fascinating individuals just like Henry. Best of all, I made a career out of doing what I love, and that I will never take for granted. It has been a remarkable journey to say the least, but life is a series of changes, and the time has come for my next move.

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This month, one lucky Points North Atlanta reader and guest will win an upscale stay in southern Florida. This prize, valued at $800, includes three-day, two-night accommodations at Inn on Fifth and dinner for two at Avenue5. While the prize is good for one year, redemption dates are subject to availability and are not valid on blackout dates, including holidays and Dec. 23 – March 31. Winner will receive full prize package details and redemption instructions with certificates. To enter, register online by April 30 at pointsnorthatlanta.com.

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or a short drive to some of the state’s most exclusive golf courses. A landmark on the vibrant streetscape, the Inn on Fifth, a lifestyle boutique with an enviable address, is the ideal place to stay. The contemporary Inn is home to 119 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including the recent addition of 32 luxurious Club Level Suites located in a private building across the Avenue. Rich in amenities to enjoy, guests can swim under the stars in the rooftop pool or unwind at the award-winning Spa on Fifth. For a taste of Naples, don’t miss some fresh catch at Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crabhouse, or experience glam ambience at the Inn’s newest restaurant, Avenue5. Beware — after such a luxurious trip, your friends and family are sure to be jealous. 888-403-8778, innonfifth.com —Colleen Ann McNally


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Get Dirty FORGET MAY FLOWERS, April showers bring ‌ MUD! Grab your favorite girls and head for the dirt at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Like Lucy and Ethel, Thelma and Louise or Rachel and Monica, tackling some of life’s toughest challenges are more fun with a good girlfriend by your side and this month, Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run in partnership with Bright Pink comes to Atlanta! Challenging women to break out of their comfort zones and get dirty, this untimed, obstacles-optional course welcomes women ages 14 and up with all athletic abilities. Obstacles include the Utopian Tubes tunnel crawl, PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff ) mud pit and Dirty Dancing giant slide. Each event attracts thousands of women as well as supportive spectators, with many women participating as groups sporting unique team names and crazy costumes! While Dirty Girl Mud Run brings plenty of mud and lots of laughter, Bright Pink brings awareness, encouraging and educating women to understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of breast and ovarian cancer. The entry fee is $100 and participants can register onsite or at godirtygirl.com/events. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN

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Fine Art Take to the streets for a weekend of festival fun at the 10th annual Alpharetta Arts StreetFest on April 26 – 27. Held in the historic area of Milton Avenue between Main and Roswell-Canton Streets, this weekend-long celebration offers live music, food trucks, children’s activities and free admission for all ages. With 80 showcased artists, you can find an original piece or make your own at the upcycling art exploration area. The festival wraps up at 6 p.m. each day, but the festivities don’t end there. On April 26, spend the rest of your evening at a special Après StreetFest celebration at Alpharetta’s das Gallery, where attendees will enjoy live music, wine, a chance to mingle with artists from the Spring Exhibition, and a special art talk from J. Kevin Foltz. One of the gallery’s most innovative, successful and well-traveled artists, Foltz utilizes a mix of media on photography to document his never-ending adventures. The Après StreetFest artist talk takes place from 6 – 9 p.m. For more information about StreetFest, visit awesomealpharetta.com; for more information about das Gallery’s additional festivities, call 678-995-3463 or visit dasgalleryfineart.com.

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WHEN SUMMERTIME BEGINS, boring days for your kids don’t have to. Give them an Out of Box experience this summer with full-day or afternoon-only theater camps, conveniently located just off Interstate 75 at The Artisan Resource Center in Marietta. Rising first through seventh graders can find inspiration from an imaginary “Jungle Safari” or get in costume as their favorite fairy tale and superhero characters in “Tales with a Twist.” Camp curriculum involves opportunities for creativity and collaboration while developing listening and speaking skills — oh, and lots of hysterical characters. Also, an intensive scene study camp is available for rising middle- and high-schoolers to further sharpen skills and take self-expression to the next level. The leading lady of this year’s camps is Alliance teacher LeeAnna Lambert, whose 15 years of acting and 12 years of teaching in Atlanta make her a good fit for the role. As the curtain closes on each week, campers show off what they’ve learned from Lambert and the Out of Box team with a short performance for parents and friends. The only time your child will be bored is if they’re acting it out. 678-653-4605, outofboxtheatre.com — Colleen Ann McNally

LEARN TO COOK LIKE A SOUTHERNER Just because we’re born in the south doesn’t necessarily mean we are blessed with the skills to cook like we were. For anyone looking to up the appetizing ante, we’ve found the perfect fix. Enter “How To Cook Like A Southerner,” a cookbook by author Johnnie Gabriel that takes Southern expertise to the next level, offering recipes for 35 of the most iconic Southern dishes. This handy helper in the kitchen also highlights simple cooking utensils and readily available seasonal foods to make the cooking experience efficient and easy. Learn to make legendary Southern dishes like biscuits and gravy, cornbread and sweet potato casserole along with some new favorites like red velvet cake pops with step-by-step photographs to make following the recipes a breeze. Maybe your pantry already has five “must-haves” for whipping up any Southern meal. If not, you’ll find it in here, along with easy-to-make recipes to do with children and 10 recipes to make using just your hands and a cast iron skillet. Available this month for $24.99 at a bookstore near you.

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A PATIENT’S BEST FRIEND With a rise in the number of recovering cancer patients turning to canine therapy for comfort, it’s no wonder one determined mother decided to help families cope one furry tail wag at a time. When Melody Abernathy of Cumming lost her 5-year-old son Will to cancer on July 16, 2013, she realized part of what brought Will joy during his three years of treatment was the companionship of his beloved boxer, Shelby. It was his love for animals that sparked the idea of Will’s WAG Wishes. A nonprofit organization, Will’s WAG Wishes honors Will Abernathy’s memory by assisting children and families dealing with cancer, all with the aid of puppies. Funds raised through crowd-funding website GoFundMe.com have already allowed Will’s WAG Wishes to help its first recipient, Destiney Warfield, this past February. The 14-year-old North Fulton resident’s therapy came in the form of cuddle-worthy golden retriever, Bella. And you can be part of bringing smiles to other children who are undergoing treatment and families affected by cancer, too. To apply or nominate a child diagnosed with cancer or to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal, visit willswagwishes.com. Who knows? Your next donation or nomination could lend a helping paw. — LaTonya Darrisaw 12

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Gone are the days of trying to sample beer while huddled under heat lamps at the 5th annual Beer Carnival, formerly known as Winter Beer Carnival. Inviting beer lovers and carnival enthusiasts to thaw out during its new early spring date, this year’s event, held on Saturday, April 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Atlantic Station, features beers from around the world — not to mention a few new ones to Atlanta like Ballast Point, a brewery out of San Diego that has already become a favorite for IPA fans with its popular Sculpin and Big Eye brews. Even if trying new beers isn't your thing, there are plenty of games, activities, fabulous food and live music to make an afternoon away from the ‘burbs worthwhile. Cost is $40 in advance and $50 day of; VIP ticket is $65 and includes early admission (noon), access to the VIP area featuring an exclusive selection of premium beers, VIP seating and restroom areas. Beer Carnival is held rain or shine. Must be ages 21 or older to purchase tickets. Patrons are encouraged to take MARTA to the Arts Center Station then ride the shuttle to Atlantic Station. Event details are subject to change. Commemorative glasses are limited and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Visit ticketalternative. com or call 1-877-725-8849 for tickets. thebeercarnival.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | April 2014 | Points North

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THE NORTHSIDE’S FITNESS VARIETY OFFERS FUN, FRESH WAYS TO WORKOUT

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triceps for that classic springtime tank, or slinking into a dramatic, nightlife number that requires the sexy back you once had, even the tiniest bit of willpower can get you sleek and in shape before beach season. Plus, without shelling out money for a personal trainer or gym membership, you can add more to the vacation budget or spend it on the season’s brightest, boldest workout clothes. Clearly, there’s never been a better excuse to get fit, stay fit and feel good about yourself. We polled Northsiders for the best ways to workout. The unanimous vote? The Northside offers something for anyone. From minimal sweating or hardcore cardio to relaxing de-stressors and amped up routines, our

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From left to right: Beyond Yoga Essential Gathered Legging in Hibiscus Pink ($75); Karma Gisèle Tight in Watercolor/Black ($92); Beyond Yoga White Lighting Legging in Coral Fusion ($82); Splits59 Bailey Capri in Brighton ($49); Lucy Uplifting Capri Legging in Curacao ($79); Splits59 Raquel Tight in Red ($98); Splits59 Kym Tight in Eco ($94)

community has replaced worn-out workouts with fun alternatives sure to keep you on track for sporting a suit this summer.

PURE BARRE JOHNS CREEK This routine is carefully crafted to tone up all of your trouble zones. “We focus on all of the areas women struggle with the most, while also providing a total body workout,” said owner Sarah Moates. The formula for success here goes something like this: Lift the seat, tone the core and burn calories all in 55 minutes. The workout incorporates isometric exercises and stretching to create long, lean muscles in a class that is fast-paced and set to fun music, keeping heart rates up and time flying by. Wondering if you have time to squeeze this routine in before you try and squeeze into a suit? Moates revealed that clients see results in as few as 10 classes! The motivation for one last rep? Pure Barre is opening up all over the neighborhood, so in addition to the Johns Creek location, get ready to burn in Vinings and Roswell (now open) as well as Cumming and Woodstock (opening soon). The perfect pairing for this class: The class requires bottoms that extend past your knee, so we found a colorful array of absolutely adorable leggings from Lucy (now 16

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open at The Forum), Beyond Yoga, Karma and Splits59 (all sold in Pure Barre stores). They’re comfortable, moveable and adorned with signature accents, making them perfectly cute and practical. You can also purchase even more apparel at any studio location or online at purebarre.com/shop

MF YOGA ALPHARETTA Yoga, by practice, is the perfect opportunity to dissolve stress into a physical practice that is as much for the mind as it is for the body. If you’ve tried yoga and want to take it a step farther, hot yoga is a great way to intensify the level of detoxification and purification achieved with the traditional practice. Sonya Kuropatwa, an instructor at Alpharetta’s MF Yoga said, “Many people who enjoy [hot yoga] say the warmth helps get them to a deeper expression of each pose. Yoga helps to open up the body, refine and tone muscles, and build skills for facing a challenge, both on and off the mat.” Added to that, yoga classes help build strength and increase flexibility, making this pretty much one of the best workouts. Kuropatwa recommends scheduling class at least three times a week, and making sure to stay hydrated. “What we’re all looking for is a well-balanced body — harmony of strength and flexibility benefits the structure


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From left to right: Cirrus Fitness Georgia Bulldogs yoga mat ($39.99); Lucy Workout Bra in Neon Limonata ($45); Karma Gisele Tight in Watercolor/Black ($92)

as well as the many processes within the body,” she added. A must-have heat survival tool: While a towel and a mat may cut it when you’re popping in a living room DVD, the best way to survive the sauna studio is a yoga mat with traction on the underside. Order yours from cirrusfitness.com, or shop locally at Target, Academy Sports and other sporting goods stores — easy to clean and reuse for the best no-slide results. Kuropatwa encourages anyone participating in the class to come in something ultra comfortable, like the easy-fit sports bras, from Lucy, Splits59, Beyond Yoga and Karma.

BIG PEACH RUNNING COMPANY ALPHARETTA, MARIETTA AND KENNESAW There are two types of people in this world: The runners and the non-runners. If you’re the kind of person who wants to get a rockin’ body, there’s no better look-goodnaked routine than a solid run through your neighborhood. Tack on interval training and competitive friends to feel your calorie-burning potential go through the roof. And while we don’t recommend pigging out on pizza afterward, it sure does make you feel less guilty when you do. 18

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“Running is great for everyone, both physically and mentally,” said Matt Auers, general manager of the Alpharetta Big Peach Running Company store. “Physically, running burns a significant amount of calories in very little time. Mentally, running allows an escape to everyday stresses, reducing anxiety brought on in everyday life.” Not sure you can do it? Get started by joining one of the store’s weekly Monday night group runs. “Our Monday night run is beneficial for all runners,” Auers added. “Most of the runners participating in our group run are not hard-core runners. The camaraderie among this group is fantastic and it’s always enjoyable to hear encouraging stories about races and training.” None of the weekly group runs cost a dime (once again, more for the workout wear budget!).

Whether you choose one of these fun new ways to amp up your heart rate, or find your own formula for shaping up, getting fit gets your mind and body in the best condition to hit the sand, and stay healthy well after the beach vacation days. PN


THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT HAS LINKS TO

THE U.S. AMATEUR As You Watch The Premier Golf Event This Month, Watch for Connections to the U.S. Amateur – coming to Johns Creek in August { WRITTEN BY CARL DANBURY }

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he Masters tournament traces its lineage to founder Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones, who, as golf’s greatest amateur champion, had an affinity for winning, rather than collecting prize money as many PGA Tour professionals aspire. His legacy at Augusta National Golf Club as well as the prestigious tournament he founded provides an opportunity for a handful of the world’s reigning amateur champions to participate in the annual event, slated for April 10 – 13 this year. The Local Favorite on Match Play Six amateurs received their green card to play at Augusta this month. Joining U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick are U.S. Amateur runner-up Oliver Goss, Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Changwoo Lee, the current U.S. Mid-Amateur

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champion Michael McCoy, the U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge, and the reigning British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous. Local favorite Matt Kuchar, the Georgia Tech graduate and current resident of Sea Island, won his U.S. Amateur title over Joel Kribel at Cog Hill near Chicago in 1997. He had just completed his freshman year at Tech and Kuchar’s victory earned him an invitation to the Masters in Augusta the following spring. “I’d talked to a lot of former [U.S. Amateur] champions about it,” said Kuchar, recalling the experience to Sports Illustrated’s Ivan Maisel 15 years ago. “And they all told me to just have fun and to enjoy the experience. It didn’t matter if I played poorly or played well, but I should just enjoy the entire experience. As it happened, I played well.”

Seemingly undaunted by facing off against the PGA Tour’s best golfers in April 1998, Kuchar was tied for the lead through 14 holes of the first round, and went on to record an even-par score of 288, a score bettered by only four other amateurs in Masters’ history. Kuchar finished tied for 21st, which earned him an automatic qualification for the 1999 Masters. Two months after his performance at Augusta National Golf Club, Kuchar took on the pros again at the Lake Course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. His first two U.S. Open rounds of 70 and 69, put him in a tie for fourth place, and through eight holes of the third round he had moved up to second place, a mere four shots behind leader Payne Stewart. Although he finished 14th, which then was the best showing by an amateur at the national championship since 1971 when Jim Simons tied for fifth and Lanny Wadkins finished 13th, Kuchar earned yet another exemption for a major championship with his top-15 finish. “It was really amazing,” Kuchar said about his U.S. Amateur experience. “Match play is so tough. You have to be really lucky to win six matches in a row. As the tournament went on and it went from one match to the next, the pressure increased. By the final two days, my stomach was in a knot and I could hardly eat anything. I was so nervous that I had trouble sleeping. When I won, I felt relieved more than anything. It makes me appreciate even more what Tiger did in winning three in a row after winning all those matches. That’s really an incredible feat.” Tiger Woods won three consecutive U.S. Amateurs, stringing together 18 straight match-play victories. Arnold Palmer (1954), Jack Nicklaus (1959, 1961), Lanny Wadkins (1970), Craig Stadler (1973), Jerry Pate (1974), Mark


Former Georgia Tech standout Matt Kuchar won the 1997 U.S. Amateur and then not only played in the 1998 Masters, but played well enough to qualify for the prestigious event in 1999 too.

U.S. AMATEUR IN ATLANTA When the U.S. Amateur comes to Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek this August, keep in mind no hard-toacquire badge is required for admission and all attendees will have the opportunity to get much closer to the action than you can at Augusta. U.S. Amateur tickets are available for $20 per day, or for as little as $75 for all nine days of the entire championship, and parking is complimentary. For more information, visit: usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx

O’Meara (1979), Phil Mickelson (1990), Justin Leonard (1992) and Ryan Moore (2004) also are among the most recognizable names to be etched on the Havemayer Trophy and to have achieved subsequent success on the PGA Tour. An Old Legend and His Link to Augusta The overwhelming truth of the matter is that the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship has been a blip on golf’s radar screen since Atlantan Bobby Jones stopped competing for the prestigious title in 1930. In front of an estimated crowd of 18,000 spectators, Jones completed his Grand Slam at Merion Cricket Club in Ardmore, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, having previously won the British Amateur, The Open Championship, and U.S. Open titles. Of course, Jones isn’t the only iconic golfer to win the U.S. Amateur title, but most of the game’s greatest players never drew the kinds of crowds Jones did. Jones, who compiled a U.S. Amateur match-play record of 43-8 during his storied career, and won five U.S. Amateur Championships (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928,

Kuchar won the Havemayer Trophy after his freshman year at Georgia Tech.

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1930), simply obliterated the competition during those final matches. For his first title in 1924, Jones defeated George Von Elm 9 & 8 (which means he was ahead by nine holes with eight holes to play). The following year, he beat Watts Gunn 8 & 7, and in 1927, he beat Chick Evans for the title by the same margin. In 1928, he defeated Philip Perkins 10 & 9, and then beat Eugene V. Homans 8 & 7 to complete the Grand Slam. Interestingly, Jones only entered 52 tournaments during his 14-year career (which was interrupted by World War I) and won 23 of them. He burst onto the scene at the 1916 U.S. Amateur, also at Merion, advancing to the quarterfinals at the age of 14, before losing to the defending champion, Bob Gardner. Despite maintaining his amateur status during his entire golf career, Jones struck fear into the greatest professional

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golfers of the era. Between 1923 and 1930, neither Walter Hagen nor Gene Sarazen led any single round during any U.S. Open in which Jones participated. In 11 of the last 12 Open Championships he played — nine U.S. Opens and three British Opens — he finished either first or second. Jones and New York City investment dealer Cliff Roberts partnered to build Augusta National, and founded the Masters Tournament, first played in March 1934 as the Augusta National Invitational, which allured the game’s greatest golfers to participate. Jones himself played, essentially on an exhibition basis through 1948, to enhance the event’s appeal. Jones invited 11 amateurs to compete along with 50 professionals in the first Masters, and thus the two tournaments are inextricably linked. The U.S. Amateur, the oldest golf championship in this country, will be held Aug. 9 – 17 on the Highlands Course at

Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. Except for an eight-year period from 1965 – 1972, when it was a stroke play event, the Amateur has been a match-play championship. It is open to any amateur golfer that has a United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. A total of 312 players will advance to the spectacular Johns Creek course. After 36 holes of stroke play competition, the top-64 performers will advance to the match-play format. Five rounds of singleelimination, 18-hole match play will yield two finalists, who will then square off on the final day for the penultimate 36-hole match. As you watch the 78th Masters Tournament this year, keep an eye on one of the six amateurs who are competing. One day, one of them could become an iconic player like Jones, Palmer, Nicklaus, Mickelson or Woods. PN


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have browsed magazines and scoured websites looking for advice. I have spent hours staring at the wall — sitting, waiting, wishing for inspiration to strike. Against my better judgement, I’ve even left the garage door open in hopes of someone seeing my currently blah mud room and, out of sheer sympathy, turning it into a creative masterpiece before I returned home. And yet, the chalkboard painted wall in my mud room doesn’t look any different today than it did when the paint dried months ago. And then there’s Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design for The Home Depot, who has so many ideas, it’s hard to keep up with them. “[Chalkboard paint] is a great thing that I don’t see going away,” she said. “I love the idea of taking chalkboard paint and making placemats. I love the idea of taking terra cotta pots and using chalkboard paint to write herbs on them. I love it in kids’ rooms, where you put a chair rail up and then, below the chair rail make it all chalkboard, so little kids can draw on their wall. When I was little, that was a big no no!” Fishburne might not have been able to draw on the walls when she was a little girl, but there was no doubt, even then, that she would be decorating them professionally one day.

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The Inspired Toddler Fishburne, who has an older brother and an older sister, is also one of 21 grandchildren. “I get notes from all of them. And it’s funny — they all trust me to the point of telling me to come in and do it,” Fishburne said, adding, “All my little nieces and nephews, they all have really great rooms because I will not only pick everything out, but I’ve somehow gotten into the habit that I’ll go in and paint them.” Her family is not new to Fishburne’s acumen for style and design — they’ve been watching her play with palettes for most of her life and expected nothing less from the little tot who knew her way around a paint stand like most pre-schoolers knew the playground. “My parents were building a new house in Rochester, N.Y., when I was 3, and I used to accompany my mom to the interior designer when they were picking out products for the house,” she said. “They would keep me entertained by playing with wallpaper books and paint colors. My mom said I probably didn’t know all my numbers, but I knew every imaginable color down to this is aqua and this is robin’s egg blue. That’s why everyone has always said this was going to be my passion.” Fishburne’s family moved frequently, and with each one, she was involved in what she wanted her


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bedroom to look like and had an opinion of how the rest of the house should be decorated. “I knew at a very young age that I was going to do something like this,” said the creative Fishburne who, after finishing high school in Atlanta, went to the University of Georgia and graduated ready to design professionally.

snapping a photo of something that caught her eye while on vacation two summers ago. “I saw this sweet, old nostalgic patio set next to a café for breakfast. It was white and yellow and really happy. It looked like what you would have thought of an ice cream parlor in the ‘50s. I took a picture and we reinvented it. We did two-tone vinyl straps in aqua and white [as well as] a red and white version with this curvy aluminum white frame,” Fishburne explained. Whether it is old flower pots and brightly colored front doors discovered during her trips to London or the silk textiles and bath products of Tokyo where she spent six years of her childhood, inspiration certainly seems to accompany Fishburne wherever she is.

Ideas into Products Fishburne spent eight years working for a design firm before joining The Home Depot via Expo Design Center. She eventually took over Expo and The Home Depot, turning her personal penchant for style into a passionate career. “We’re a whole team of designers,” she said. “Our job is really to interpret someone’s dream and bring that to fruition inside your home … it’s really no different than what we do inside The Home Depot box. [Maybe it’s] the color they are wanting for their front door, we want to make sure we have that. We’re really connecting the dots in our aisles for our customers.” What exactly do products on the shelves of Atlanta’s favorite home improvement store have to do with Fishburne? Let’s say, for instance, that you happened to see or purchase the Summerville patio set from The Home Depot last year. Well, that fabulous product now gracing your deck is the result of Fishburne

Charm and Character Trying to capitalize on all of that inspiration, I asked Fishburne to share a few design tips for when the weather warms up and we can work on projects that have been bugging us all winter. “It gets very overwhelming if you do it all at once. I always encourage people to tackle [the kitchen and family room] first because that’s where you’re going to spend so much time and really enjoy it,” she said, continuing, “And then I say tackle your bedroom. The other rooms, extra dens, dining rooms that you don’t use as much — do that in the next wave.” For all those places like bookcases, where you just want to fill the space, Fishburne suggested to take your time and treat searching for the right pieces like a scavenger hunt. Regardless of whether you find it at a flea market, retail shop or even decide to repurpose a particular piece, one thing she emphasized is to move it around.

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“I think people put too much pressure on themselves that they have to get it right the first time. Play with it … nothing is nailed down for a reason!” She had equally positive feedback that rejuvenated my excitement for our yet-to-be-used chalkboard-colored mud room. “I think sometimes people worry that it might look messy,” Fishburne said, somehow reading my mind, “but there’s nothing more charming than seeing little kids’ scribble, their notes and their pictures. I think that adds a lot of character to your house.” Well, well. What do you know … style and design might not come easily to me, but at least I have charm and character on my side. PN

S pr ing Forward WITH THESE COOL TRENDS Check out these upcoming trends headed our way, compliments of Fishburne’s trend forecast: Home and fashion really play hand in hand now. Whatever you see in fashion, you can see very similar palettes [for the home]. According to what Fishburne saw on the runways in Paris, one of the hottest colors is pollen yellow! “It pairs so beautifully with teals and navys and grays,” she said. It’s a really unexpected twist on yellow. You’re also going to see a lot of pastels and the layering of pastels — the corals, the pistachios.” Add color to the exterior of homes with whimsical front doors in colors like coral and cobalt, and siding in nice blues, greens and yellows. Create an outdoor oasis as an extension of the interiors with walkways, a fountain and beautiful herb gardens. Bring your cocktail table outside and buy a fire pit so you can stay outside through November. Much like you would have a fashion wardrobe for the spring, this year, create a palette for your flowers so they’re not the same colors. For more design tips and help from Fishburne and her team of experts, check out their blog, Design Meets Style, where they introduce a palette of the month, which takes the guesswork out of color. You’ll also find a section of go-to colors, plus tricks of the trade and favorite finds. designmeetstyle.com

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grounds comprise a tantalizing mix of trails, pasture, woods and landscaped botanicals. The perfect setting to unwind. “This place touches people’s lives, which is very meaningful to us,” Mary Wolters told me. “Ours is a job of giving.” The main building sits atop the property’s highest point, a handsome two-story white clapboard perched on a grassy knoll. Six free-standing cottages lay scattered below, tucked naturally into the landscape. I was shown to The Gabel, one of six guest rooms at the main house. Bathed in ivory and white, its walls offered instant peace and restfulness. In contrast, the balcony’s view got my blood pumping: a sweeping presentation of pure Upcountry utopia. Smokey blue-layered mountains trickled down into emerald hills. Tailored pastures marched to the forefront. They slid to a halt just below my feet. Only one


Facing page: A view from the Red Horse Inn This page, from top to bottom: Saluda artist Ray Prague; main house at the Red Horse Inn; a storefront in historic Landrum

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especially noteworthy. Soft murals on the wall depict a familiar local sight: traditional mounted fox hunting. “Where do they hunt fox?” I asked. “ R i g h t h e r e ,” Wolters answered, gesturing to the nearest pasture. “Several times a year the Tryon Hounds use our property. It’s something to see.” Apply a little forethought and coordinate a stay at the Red Horse Inn with a hunt. Sip coffee on the stone veranda and watch a fox streak past the shrubbery. Black jacketed riders, gleaming horses, bugles, baying hounds — the whole nine yards in hot pursuit. Will you root Team Fox or Team Huntsmen? Either way, you’re in dignified horse country.

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detail remained absent — horses. Ah, cue the mare. “That’s My Little Secret,” Wolters laughed, as a rust-brown thoroughbred trotted into view. “Greatgranddaughter of Secretariat.” The Red Horse Inn is a crescendo of southern elegance. The place feels more like a grand estate or historic horse farm than a bed and breakfast. For extra elbow room, request one of the cottages. Decorated with a fox hunting theme, Carriage Bay is

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A Town for Horse Lovers One visit to historic Landrum will confirm the notion. Street signs direct horse trailers as well as automobiles. Stroll the sidewalks, stopping to peek into antique shops and boutiques. Soon you’ll discover Horse & Home, a delightful store offering equestrian style and furnishings. A basket of taupe and olive ball caps caught my eye, each decorated with a dazzling rhinestone horse shoe charm perched astride the bill. “Bling has reached the horse world?” I asked owner Lisa Otto. “Oh, yes,” she answered laughing. “You should see our riding pants.” A block farther led me to Dutch Country Foods, The Amish answer to Whole Foods with rows of cider, jam, flour and slab chocolate. A customer breezed in


and owner Nettie Musselman greeted the lady by name. Musselman and her white apron whisked themselves over to a gigantic deli slicer. They set to work on a mouth-watering hunk of cheese. I would have sampled, but was saving myself for supper. Breezing into Stone Soup had me guessing. This being South Carolina, I braced myself for a menu loaded down with pan fried chicken, grits and cheese biscuits. “What do you recommend?” I asked the waiter who introduced himself as Carl. “Something local please.” A smile tweaked young Carl’s face. “The fresh trout with toasted almonds, fall vegetable hash and basil infused rice.” Primed with a first course of kale and caesar salad topped with gorgonzola crumbles, candied walnuts and tangy house dressing, the meal did not disappoint. Its recommended pairing was Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc. For dessert, Carl insisted on a wedge of homemade coconut cake. The idea of refusing seemed boorishly rude. Each decadent bite went down silky smooth. Proprietor Suzanne Strickland has created the perfect atmosphere to house her menu. Swathed in rich wood and equestrian décor, the interior strikes a relaxed, genteel note. Photographs of horses and their grinning owners line the walls. “My customers bring them in,” Strickland explained, her pretty face breaking into easy smile. “I hang ‘em up.” Strickland could have broached any number of topics: her food or the restaurant’s success. Instead, like an employee down at the visitor’s bureau going for overtime, she waxed poetic about the land. She rattled off the Carolina Foothills slogan: four towns, two states, one experience. Explaining that the quartet of sister-towns (Landrum, Tryon, Columbus and Saluda) are forever linked via socio-economics and

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Clockwise from top left: A lookout from Caesars Head State Park; train tracks run through Saluda; historic Poinsett Bridge; a diner in Saluda

topography. Southern enclaves that have each other’s backs. “Have you been to Saluda?” she asked. Her cheshire grin made me realize my exploring had just begun.

Upcountry Adventure The next morning, I combed and dug and bought my way through the vintage treasures at Landrum Eclectics, a charming, off-beat store not to be missed. Then I headed north. Using National Scenic Byway F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N 176 as my guide, I took a Sunday drive on The Red Horse Inn Saturday. Sunshine on my right, mountains 45 Winstons Chase Court full steam ahead. I passed the adorable Landrum, S.C. town of Tryon, a community known for 864-909-1575 its arts and theater scene. I would have sat theredhorseinn.com a spell, but my destination lay onward and upward: highly-lauded Pearson’s Falls. Above all else, this 90-foot dramatic waterfall is user-friendly. Your grandmother could walk to its base. The access trail winds through a glen, home to

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spring-fed streams and a couple hundred species of native plants. Picnic tables encourage a visitor to linger. The devoted Tryon Garden Club sees to the area’s care and, in truth, has turned this natural jewel into a botanical sanctuary. Pack a snack. Bring a book. You’ll want to stay. Almost without noticing, I’d crossed into mountainous North Carolina. The biggest difference was the clouds. Happy white puffers that milled around in an amiable blue sky. Beneath them, squished between mountains and a ribbon of old train track, the eclectic town of Saluda had me at hello. Historic buildings, kitschy cafes and funky art galleries. A place so artistically inspiring you’ll want to access your inner-bohemian and take a painting class. Or photography workshop. Or at least buy something made of hemp. In Saluda, I met local artist Ray Prague and his friend Niece Lundgren. “Saluda is the capitol of the universe,” Lundgren told me. “I did not know that,” I replied. “Oh, yes,” Prague confirmed, thrusting both arms away from his body. “Everything starts in Saluda and spreads out.” Sure, why not? The place is winsome and groovy. It boasts charming shops, a Fonzie-era diner, wild river action down the way and zip lining. A destination full


of refreshing people and air. The kind of place that makes you grab the real estate guide wondering, shouldn’t I be living here? A stretch farther up the road, I toured the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in nearby Flat Rock, N.C., and then made my way back to the Red Horse Inn. Waiting for me was a dignified mint on my pillow, and a scroll of humorous sayings. Because each day should end with a smile, so says the Red Horse Inn. Covered Bridges and Curvy Paths After a lovely continental breakfast the next morning, I went historic bridge hunting. There are several in the area. Especially memorable was Poinsett Bridge. An old-world stone structure built in 1820, it’s the oldest bridge in South Carolina. Its gothic stone arch rises above a babbling stream and velvet bed of ferns. The scene is lovely and hushed. You can almost hear the sound of carriages and foot soldiers making the crossing. It’s a hauntingly beautiful timeworn creation worth modern-day notice. Pop a Dramamine and hoist yourself up the curvy pavement leading to Caesars Head State Park. Your soul shall be rewarded. Somehow, they’ve built an observation deck over thin air. Its unmatched view reveals a jaw-dropping sight: Table Rock State Park and the South Carolina landscape as it moodily considers flattening. I stood facing the 3,208-foot elevation. A petite yellow butterfly joined me. It hovered and teased, suspended over invisible air ridiculously sure of itself. Golden wings flitting warmly against the hazy-blue backdrop. It was a delightful surprise, much like the rest of South Carolina’s Upcountry, and the incomparable Red Horse Inn. Ringing in at less than three hours from Atlanta’s Northside, this special getaway is worth getting to. PN

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SAUTEE MOUNTAIN R ETR EAT/ SUNBURST STABLES, CLAR K ESVILLE, GA. Just miles from Helen, the perfect combination of tranquility and adventure await at Sautee Mountain Retreat and Event Lodge, the ideal venue for organizational getaways or life celebrations. With very spacious, fully equipped villas, cozy cabins with private hot tubs, your group can focus on meeting objectives and recharge in one scenic location. 404-985-7859, sauteemountainretreat.com If you’re looking for fun that will take your breath away, nearby Sunburst Stables is the place to go. Located on 93 acres adjacent to the Chattahoochee National Forest, Sunburst Stables is a picturesque setting for riding horses or ziplining through the canopy of the trees, and has something for all ages and experience levels. 706-947-7433, sunburststables.com


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BUCKET LIST VOLUME 2

SHOPPING

WR I TTE N BY E MI LY AN N E JAC K S O N

ONCE YOU FINISH YOUR SPRING CLEANING, reward yourself with a little retail therapy. After all, you’ve got space to fill in those closets and cabinets! Read on for a few of our favorite Northside shopping districts.

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Art museums like the Louvre, the Met and the Guggenheim often occupy bucket list space. This just goes to show that nothing compares to seeing a single masterful painting in person, even in an age in which a quick Google search can connect us with more art than any of those museums hold. The art district on Canton Street in Historic Roswell may not seem as grand as a Parisian musée, but it is home to quite a few critically acclaimed galleries. With an impressive line-up of art galleries like Ford Smith, Ann Jackson and Taylor Kinzel galleries, you can find everything from contemporary abstracts to landscapes, sculptures and Southern folk art. Those who aren’t looking to invest in a work of art at the moment may be interested in creating one for themselves at a gallery workshop or viewing the sights at an exhibit opening. roswellartdistrict.com

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Vintage lovers are a peculiar breed of shopper. Those things that usually turn off potential buyers — thick layers of dust, the occasional tear or scratch, mysterious odors — are the very things that make a vintage lover’s eyes widen with the thrill of a potential score. Luckily for vintage lovers, Woodstock is a peculiar sort of city. If you so happen to be one of those curious retro-aficionados, we think a trip to Woodstock deserves a high place on your bucket list. Some highlights: scouring the specialty booths in Woodstock Market, modeling costume jewelry in downtown Woodstock’s Pennybag Emporium, admiring the updated treasures in Christine’s Creations and strumming away in Atlanta’s oldest institution for vintage instruments, Atlanta Vintage Guitars. FACING PAGE PHOTOS COURTESY OF: FORD SMITH GALLERY; ANN JACKSON GALLERY; ROB SMITH; TAYLOR KINZEL GALLERY THIS PAGE: CHRIS HORNADAY PHOTOGRAPHY; SHANNAH J. SMITH

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3 CRABAPPLE How do you define a gift shop? Is it a place to go when you need something to give to another person? Because if it is, we’ve been doing it wrong. Whether we’re shopping for a gift or shopping for ourselves, and these activities can be very hard to distinguish, we head to Crabapple to amble through some of the most adorable gift shops in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Places like Urban Farmhouse, Broadwell Cottage and Millie Huckabay’s American Country offer shoppers an eclectic mix of home accessories, women’s apparel and gourmand-pleasing grocery items. Just don’t be surprised when you have trouble parting with that birthday present. They say ‘tis better to give than to receive, but when the gift comes from Crabapple, the jury is still out. PHOTOS COURTESY OF: SHANNAH J SMITH

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No shopping bucket list would be

Scott 3 Antique Market Hurry, hurry, step right up to see the largest antique show in the country! Scott Antique Market combines all the clutter and chaos of your favorite flea market with all the organization and prowess of seasoned antiquing professionals. Its sprawling nature alone earns it a spot on our bucket list despite its southbound location. Once a month, this massive emporium takes over two buildings that make up the Atlanta Exposition Center, including the patios and parking lots. With more than 3,000 (no, that’s not an extra zero) exhibit booths, Scott truly has something for everyone but serves as a haven for collectors, junkers, refinishers and designers in particular. Gleaming silver, rustic outdoor art, ornate carved credenzas and boxes upon boxes of tiny, colorful trinkets are what make this monthly market “America’s Favorite Treasure Hunt.” Most furniture is exceptionally well cared for and it’s surprisingly easy to find full sets of chairs and larger pieces. As soon as you’ve worked up an appetite, simply head to one of Scott’s many snack bars, where you’ll find everything from your basic boiled peanuts to their famously succulent chicken salad. 3650/3850 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, 404-361-2000, scottantiquemarket.com

complete without a foray into the Northside’s fashion boutiques. When we need to inject fresh fabulousness into our wardrobe but a busy mall is the last place we want to be, we dart over to Medlock Bridge, the stylish section of State Route 141 that runs straight through Johns Creek. Whether you’re in search of killer designer jeans or comfy flip flops, the petite purveyors of contemporary apparel that line this highway will have you feeling utterly high fashion faster than you can say Bottega Veneta. Merci Beaucoup Boutique and Lena Larose in Medlock Crossing offer shoppers bohemian wares as well as fashion mainstays while stores like Blue Dangles Boutique and Karen’s Fine Apparel tend toward trendworthy, modern separates. Any one of these storefronts is worth a visit even if you know you’re just going to browse. It will provide a nice change of pace from the madness of a megamall. Trust us.

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Contemporary, original art adding beauty to your life

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Maybe Miami, Fla., is already on your personal bucket list for its hot beaches and hot nightlife. Well, we have another Miami to add to that list and, for interior design experts at least, it’s just as exciting as Florida’s white sand metropolis. Mere miles inside the perimeter you’ll fi nd the city’s fi nest interior-transforming headquarters — the Shops of Miami Circle in Buckhead. What began as an elite bunch of antique shops has expanded to include more than 60 showrooms, featuring all styles of furnishings from traditional to fresh out of the sketchbook. Aside from furniture, you’ll fi nd showrooms full of fine art, intricate oriental rugs, incredible chandeliers, even countertops and cabinetry. If for whatever reason you don’t find everything you need to completely redesign a house — or three — at least you’ll be 10 minutes away from the charming shops of the Bennett Street Design District, too. Miami Beach may be sun lover paradise, but interior design paradise is right here in Atlanta.

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Retail Hotspots COMPILED BY LATONYA DARRISAW If your wallet’s been hibernating for the winter, here are a few shopping spots you may have missed, all opened within the past several months (or coming soon) to the Northside’s one-stop retail centers.

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3 Lakewood 400 Antiques Market Lakewood 400

comes but once a month, but if you aren’t up for the long trek south to Scott Antique Market, it is a seriously fun alternative and a great place to find serious bargains. This market has character in more ways than one. The vendors at Lakewood 400 come prepared with creditable stories to enhance their goods. Some of these dealers have made this retail ritual part of their lives since its days outside of Cumming as the old Historic Lakewood Antique Market. They care for their goods almost as much as they care for their customers. Since their ranks include talented custom builders as well as resellers, it’s almost guaranteed that you can get exactly what you want. 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming, 770-889-3400, lakewoodantiques.com PN

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Cosmetic&Dermatology PROCEDURES T

he most popular cosmetic procedures done these days are liposuction, eyelid surgery, breast implants, nose jobs, facelift and Botox injections. Many of these procedures do not require general anesthesia and have minimal downtime. Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are growing in popularity as well and can achieve amazing results with no down time. Dr. Marcia Byrd & Dr. Paul McCluskey are the leading specialists in the Atlanta area to offer all of these cutting edge cosmetic procedures:

Whether you want just a little tuck here and there or you want a complete makeover, the surgeons at Byrd Aesthetic can offer many options to achieve your desired end results for both face and body.

• Smart Lipo/Aqua Lipo – Liposuction & body sculpting without general anesthesia • Cellulaze™ – eliminate cellulite, minimally invasive laser procedure • Vanquish – the latest technology for fat removal with no pain, no surgery and no downtime • Breast Augmentation, reduction and reconstruction • Brazilian Butt Lift • Mini facelift, full facelift, eyelift, rhinoplasty

• Exilis™ – Reduce wrinkles, tighten skin and improve collagen growth • NEW! LazerLift™ – Minimally invasive, laser facelift • Fraxel repair and restore – facial resurfacing • Selphyl – Anti-aging facial treatment using PRP • Injectables and fillers –Look years younger in minutes! • Facials, peels or microdermabrasion • Neograft – Hair replacement with natural-looking, permanent results

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Melanoma Skin Cancer

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KNOW YOUR ABC’S Once a month, examine your body and look for any moles or dark spots. Ask family members to help with hard-to-see places. Look for: • Asymmetry – One half of the lesion does not match the other half. Benign moles are usually symmetrical. • Border – Irregular borders, including ragged or notched edges that are difficult to define. • Color – The presence of more than one color (tan, brown, black or even blue). • Diameter – Lesions that are greater than 6 mm in diameter, or about the size of a pencil eraser or larger.

• Evolution – The lesion looks different from other moles or dark spots on your body, or has changed in shape, size, or color. If you see something unusual, or if the lesion begins to itch or bleed, talk to your dermatologist right away. A biopsy can help determine the presence of cancer and a variety of treatment options are available.

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Transform Your Body with Non-Surgical Body Contouring

ith spring here and summer fast approaching, it is time to shed the winter wardrobe for your more revealing summer attire. And if you, like most of us, spent the winter months indoors enjoying the warmth of friends, family and food, you may now find yourself asking, “How to do I get rid of these extra little bulges before summer arrives?” The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery is proud to be one of the first practices in Atlanta to offer CoolSculpting. This non-surgical body contouring treatment can help you reach your goal and transform your body just in time for summer.   The CoolSculpting procedure is an FDA-cleared, safe and a clinically proven technique. This non-surgical procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. In as little as a few months your body will naturally dispose of the fat cells, revealing a new slimmer, trimmer you.   Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty

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simple to fit into your daily schedule. After your treatment, you can typically get right back to your busy day. Some patients may choose to have multiple treatments, but after just one treatment, you will have a noticeable reduction of fat, and look and feel better in your clothes. To optimize your results, The Swan Center recommends that you maintain your normal diet and exercise routine.   To learn more about CoolSculpting and hear real patient experiences, please call The Swan Center or read their personal blogs online.

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Microcurrent Toning Therapy

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icrocurrent toning therapy has been exploding lately with support from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Williams and Kate Winslet. You may wonder why you need microcurrent if you already use the finest anti-aging creams. The truth is, creams don’t lift muscles. Microcurrent helps correct the sag that can lead to more wrinkles. Microcurrent is a very tiny current that lifts and tones facial muscles. With this painless procedure, there is no downtime and no recovery period. It plumps the skin, lifts eyelids, jowls, cheeks and leaves the skin radiant.

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Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

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ermatology Associates of Georgia is a complete medical and cosmetic dermatology practice for the entire family, from infant to elderly. The practice offers an aesthetics center with experienced, knowledgeable aestheticians providing medical facials, peels, laser treatments, microdermabrasion and products for both teenage acne/scarring to the latest in anti-aging, physicians skilled in consulting and administering Boxtox and cosmetic fillers such as Belotero, Juvederm and Radiesse, a full range of laser services including hair removal and skin tightening, as well as X-trac laser for psoriasis and Vitiligo. The team works closely with community physicians for comprehensive care. Dermatology Associates of Georgia also provides surgical dermatology care by a Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Carl Washington. Mohs surgery is a highly specialized treatment for skin cancers. Mohs surgery is named in honor of Dr. Frederic Mohs, the physician who developed the technique. It is typically a one-day, outpatient treatment which allows for selective removal of the cancer while preserving as much of the surrounding skin as possible. This method differs from other methods of treating skin cancer by the use of microscopic examination of all tissue removed surgically as well as detailed mapping techniques to allow the surgeon to remove only areas involved with cancer to ensure complete removal. The doctor serves as the surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon.

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VEINatlanta Spider Vein Treatments

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pider veins are to the vascular system what wrinkles are to the skin: signs of time’s effect on our bodies. The skin has a vast network of microscopic blood vessels just below the surface. When these vessels work properly, you cannot see them. But when they become dilated and blood pools in them, they become visible as thin red, blue or purple lines on the skin. The medical term for these dilated veins is telangiectasia, but commonly called spider veins. Dr. Louis Prevosti of VEINatlanta’s first line of treatment for most spider veins is sclerotherapy. Using a tiny needle, a special medicine is injected into the unwanted veins, which chemically damages the inner lining of the vessels and causes them to close down. Over the next several weeks and months, the body absorbs the spider veins and they fade away. Dr. Prevosti prefers Asclera (polidocanol) because, unlike hypertonic saline, it does not sting or burn. Sclerotherapy is useful because it can be used to treat the larger feeder reticular veins as well. Laser therapy is also useful method to

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Blow Dry Packages

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Beautiful Smiles

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r. David Mastro, DDS PC is a fullservice dental practice with a team of professionals whose procedures include tooth-colored fillings, gum contouring, porcelain inlays, bridges, teeth bleaching, realignment of crooked teeth, root canals, regular dental maintenance, and Dr. Mastro’s signature procedure — “instant orthodontics,” also known as crowns and veneers. Dr. Mastro’s unique ability to hand-carve his crowns and veneers has lead him into a reputation that draws patients from all over the world. Dr. Mastro’s legendary artistic abilities allow him to create beautiful smiles that look completely natural.

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The miraDry Solution

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r. John Kayal of Northwest Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists can offer you a lasting solution to excessive sweating. miraDry is a non-invasive procedure that treats excessive underarm sweating. miraDry is an FDA-approved procedure offering patients minimal downtime. Treatment can be performed in just one or two sessions that average just a few hours each. Most patients experience immediate results! Complimentary consultations can be scheduled directly through Dr. Kayal's office at 770-426-7177.

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As teenagers

chaotically fanned out of the halls of Milton High School on a Friday afternoon, I made my way inside. I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going within the colossal campus, but Larry Smith, director of the high school’s Cirque program, said his students would be hard to miss. He was right. I suddenly saw a crowd of students in athletic attire, rolling out gymnastics mats in the hallway. One student was upside down, performing a handstand on a stool. These were just some of the 61 student performers who trade their textbooks for aerial apparatuses each spring, along with 12 technical members, to rehearse their annual Cirque, a production that resembles the popular Cirque du Soleil act. While the “Legally Blonde: The Musical” practices occupied the auditorium, these dedicated high schoolers spread out wherever they can find space after school — in the black box theater, the hallways and the cafeteria. However, their Cirque education doesn’t start there. Between the expected high school curriculum of math and English, science and history classes, the talented students start in Smith’s class with conditioning in August, learning not just the basics of aerial apparatuses but also important lessons in leading 58

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each other to new heights. CLASS ACT This Cirque production is unique in Georgia, as Milton is the only public school to offer such a program. The 2014 show, coming up in May, will mark the fifth year for the school, and Smith’s 13th Cirque production total. He brought the idea from his previous school, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, where he created the program and caught the attention of Milton’s Theatre Director, Renee Denney. After collaborating on workshops for both groups, Denney called Smith when a position became available in her department. Together they have grown the program’s reputation statewide, gaining recognition along the way, including Smith’s induction into the Georgia Theatre Hall of Fame in 2012. Within the school, the program has soared with success in a short amount of time, evolving from a small group of students to a need for auditions with approximately twice as many applicants as open spots. The Cirque attracts students from various disciplines and sports areas, especially since it is physically demanding but there no are speaking lines to memorize.


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“We take anybody,” Smith said. “As long as they have a willing spirit, we can train them.” RISING STARS The spirit of the students is what keeps the production flying high, so to speak. “There’s a Cirque planning team of 14 students and they meet with me and some other adults,” Smith said. “We talk ideas, and we talk about what new apparatuses we want to introduce this year because every year is something new.” Using student input from these meetings, Smith writes a script that follows a loose plot. Then Smith steps back, allowing student leaders the chance to step into their roles. The planning team then takes over the acts and choreographs them. Junior Carly Esposito, a member of this year’s planning team, has been involved with Cirque since she was one of five freshman selected. From her first week’s project, she was challenged to step out of her comfort zone, to overcome the initial “shell-shock” and to catch on quickly to what upperclassmen were doing. “I’ve learned that it’s important to work as a leader, to work

as a follower, and to work as a team player,” Esposito said. “I’ve learned that no matter what your role is, you need to learn how to fit in to the clump.” Depending on her college plans, her Cirque career may not extend beyond high school, but she said what she’s learned can definitely be applied to anything in life. PREPARE TO BE AMAZED Until show time, this year’s story remains top secret, but Smith revealed that the plot involves an exhibition and mechanical figures, starting in the early 1900s and progressing almost to modern day.

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Esposito added that in previous years, the performance focused on either skill or the storyline, while this year encompasses both in a huge way. “Expect the ‘wow’ factor,’” she said. Last year six of the seven performances sold out, but there are new surprises in store for even those who are familiar with Milton’s Cirque. New toys and techniques in this year’s show include a German wheel, for which trainer Chris Delgado came in from New York to conduct a long weekend of intense sessions with the students. There are also returning favorites, such as aerial silks. Junior Hamilton Wexler joined Cirque as a sophomore and rose quickly to become a 2014 planning team member as well as the aerial skills act coordinator. With the silks — also known as the “big bed sheets” — Hamilton performs different sequences, drops and flow work that require much strength and flexibility. He describes them as more elegant than some of the other aerial apparatuses, but still dramatic. To him, Cirque is about immersing audiences in a different kind of world, a more edge-of-your-seat experience versus other theater shows. “You have your laughs and silly moments, but I feel like this has more suspense in addition to those,” he said. The Cirque perhaps inspires just as much creativity in the choreographers as it does in the audience. With no words or dialogue — at least not in English — and usually wordless music, what is viewed is up to an individual’s interpretation. As Smith likes to say, “You don’t know what Cirque is, until it is what it is.” PN

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MAY 3, 2014 IN YOUR DREAMS FARM • ALPHARETTA DERBY ATTIRE: BOOTS, BOW-TIES & HATS

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Executive chef, CHRISTOPHER ALAN HOPE, has worked and trained in the most famous and best hotels in London, Hamburg, Zurich, Hong Kong and Atlanta. He has received awards and medals at culinary competitions being recognized for his creativity and high standards by the most highly regarded food critics. Now celebrating his 10th year in business in historic downtown Buford, Sperata’s regular lunch and dinner menu along with daily chef’s specials, provide guests with the opportunity to explore Chef’s past and revel in the present. speratarestaurant.com • sperata1@gmail.com • 678.765.7911

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PERFORMING ARTS TH E ATE R N I G HT

[April 8] Join the Roswell Historical Society for a Theater Night, which features the dress rehearsal of “Camelot” and a pre-performance reception, which includes light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by local restaurants and a silent auction.    Roswell Cultural Arts Center, roswellhistoricalsociety.org   

[April 10 – May 3] In this hilarious, high-energy musical, three female co-workers conspire to get even with their sexist, egotistical, bigoted boss. Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs, act3productions.org

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TH E LI O N K I N G : TH E B R OA DWAY M U S I C A L [April 10 – 27] Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors in Disney’s “The Lion King, Broadway Musical.” Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org

A M E R I C A N I D I OT: TH E B R OA DWAY M U S I C A L [May 1– 4] Watch the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia come to life in this smash-hit musical. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org

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[April 4] Seventh through twelfth graders, bring your guitar, karaoke cd, poetry, artwork and short stories to share with other creative, arts-minded teens. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org 

B A R TR A M ’ S PA LE T TE AND PEN OPEN HOUSE [April 27] The purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers, to open ways to incorporate inspiration

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Derby Day Party Country Club of the South from nature into their work. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, 706-878-3087

swing and charisma like no other. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org 

entertainment and arts and crafts. Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Canton, 770-720-5132, northside.com

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[April 18 – 27] A gospel concert based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, which features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz and boasts a string of wellloved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.” City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

[May 3] Attend the annual Drake House fundraiser, which includes walking 1 mile and 5k routes through Roswell, along with entertainment, food, music and more. Proceeds benefit The Drake House, which offers support and empowerment to homeless mothers and their children in North Fulton. Historic Downtown Roswell, Roswell, 770-587-4712, thedrakewalk.org

[May 1 – 3] An exhibit showcasing the beautiful works of more than 85 professional artists from all over the Southeast includes live entertainment and a funfilled Children’s Market for young and aspiring art enthusiasts. Wesleyan Artist Market, Peachtree Corners, 770-448-7640, wesleyanartistmarket.org

CONCERTS | COMEDY ITH I N K I M P R OV TR O U P E

[April 4] Enjoy the food and shops along Woodstock’s Main Street, then head to City Center auditorium for some family-friendly laughs as the Troupe takes audience suggestions and turns them into wacky comedy. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org 

DOUGLAS CAMERON BIG BAND [April 5] Hear talented and consummate performer Douglas Cameron perform hits of the Big Band Era with a blend of

A S P R I N G F LI N G G A L A CONCERT [April 26] The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents a gala closing concert for its 17th season. Gwinnett Center, Duluth, 770-6238623, ludwigsymphony.org

CHARITY EVENTS

2 8 TH A N N UA L E A S TE R E G G S TR AVAG A N Z A [April 12] Northside Hospital-Cherokee hosts its annual Easter celebration with fun and games for all ages, including four Easter egg hunts, face painting booths and a petting zoo. Kids can get their photo taken with the Easter bunny or play some carnival games. Families can also enjoy food, live

FA M I LY P R O M I S E M O U NTA I N MUD RUN 5K [May 3] Join Family Promise of White County, a non-profit organization that helps low-income families achieve sustainable independence by attending their 2nd Annual Family Promise Mud Run. Far Winds Farm, Cleveland, family promisemountainmudrun.com

E I G HTH A N N UA L D E R BY DAY PA R T Y [May 3] Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is hosting a fundraising event based on the 140th Derby, which will include a large screen viewing of “the most

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calendar exciting two minutes in sports” as well as authentic Derby-style food and beverages, a silent auction, horse voting and live entertainment. Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, 404-785-7337, choa.org

SPECIAL EVENTS S A K E F E S TI VA L

[April 5] Immerse yourself in the vast world of sake with importers and manufacturers of more than 30 different sakes to taste and compare. The fun and educational event offers the opportunity to learn about sake from some of Japan’s most respected producers and industry professionals. All attendees will receive a complimentary sake glass. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Savi Provisions Inman Park, Atlanta, saviprovisions.com

G R E ATE R GW I N N E T T CHAMPIONSHIP [April 14 – 20] Watch as two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer, who won the inaugural event, along with 80 other legends of the game compete during the Champions Tour. TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, 770-418-1113, tpc.com/sugarloaf

gorge under the full moon. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls, 706-754-7981

C A R D I OVA S C U L A R SCREENING [April 19] Northside Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute will offer free cardiovascular (CVD) screenings to anyone interested in getting heart-healthy. Administered by professionals, the all-inclusive screening will test your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and BMI along with a one-onone consultation to review results. Northside/Holly Springs Imaging, Holly Springs, 404-845-5555, northside.com

ATL A NTA W R ITE R S C LU B C E NTE N N I A L C E LE B R ATI O N [April 19] Celebrate Atlanta Writers Club’s 100th Anniversary. The evening will feature keynote speaker and bestselling memoirist of “Running with Scissors” Augusten Burroughs and will include the premiere of a video about the Club’s 100 year-old history, along with the distribution of a book describing a century of the Club’s activities and music from the last hundred years. Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, atlantawritersclub.org

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[April 17] Enjoy a 1.5-mile hike that takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge and onto the rim of the

[April 19] Walk through the Appalachian forest on this guided Wildflower Walk tour, which highlights Jack-in-the pulpits,

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trilliums, wild azaleas and many other flowering plants. Vogel State Park, Blairsville, 706-745-2628

ATL A NTA AUTH O R S SPEAKER SERIES [April 19] Come hear local writer and author of “Accidents of Providence” Stacia M. Brown speak at the Friends of the Roswell Library Atlanta Authors Speaker Series. Roswell Library, Roswell, 770-640-3075, forl.net

P R O S TATE C A N C E R SCREENING [April 23] Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute will offer free prostate cancer screenings, which will include blood tests and rectal exams. Eligible candidates are uninsured men between the ages of 40-75 who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer or haven’t taken an exam within the past year. Limited spaces, however, will be available to those who are insured. Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Canton, 404-845-5555, northside.com

3 1 S T A N N UA L S A M P LE S A LE [April 25 – 27] Shop at the most anticipated sale of high design furnishings of the year at ADAC, the preeminent design center of the Southeast, with up to 80 percent off retail prices. ADAC, Atlanta, 404-231-1720, adacatlanta.com

DA R I N G TO D R E A M AG A I N … [April 27] The North Atlanta Over 40 Females chapter presents its networking and empowering event, “Daring to dream again…and generating the income to support you dreams.” Health and wellness business owner Nancy Lovejoy, who manages her own training consultant company Well Inspired LLC, will be the guest speaker. Guests can also enjoy appetizers, raffles and gift bags. Seasons 52 Perimeter, Dunwoody, 770-671-0052, over40females.com

P O LO WO M E N ’ S C LU B [May 2] Welcome Mary Kay Andrews, bestselling New York Times author of “The Fixer Upper,” “Savannah Breeze,” “Blue Christmas” and more to Polo Women’s Club monthly event. “Ladies Night,” Andrews’ latest book will be featured. Polo Golf & Country Club, Cumming, 678-642-3369, polowomensclub@gmail.com

B R I DA L B A LL [May 4] Sample anything you could want for your perfect wedding including cakes and desserts, mixed drinks from the martini bar, booths from the country’s top wedding designers, sought-after makeup artists and more. Sonesta Hotel, Duluth, bridalballatlanta.com

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March for Healthy Babies. For more than 75 years, families have benefited from March of Dimes efforts in preventing premature babies and birth defects. On April 26, join thousands of Metro Atlanta volunteers in making strides to give more babies a healthy start to life. Choose from four locations to walk, including the Georgia World Congress Center, Suwanee Town Center, Riverside Park and Marietta Middle School, and enjoy familyfriendly festivities. Registration and walk times vary according to site. marchforbabies.org Get Inspired. Mother and author Jeannie Cunnion knows firsthand that parenting can be tough. Her new book “Parenting the Wholehearted Child” combines a gospel-centered approach with her background in social work and a lively sense of humor to inspire parents, grandparents, childcare workers and teachers. Get your copy signed at her free seminar (babysitting available!) on April 14 at Trinity Church in Marble Hill, followed by a launch party at Milton Cuisine on April 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. jeanniecunnion.com/book Look Alive. Enjoy the warmer weather and longer days with fun, entertainment and shopping on the streets of Historic Downtown Roswell. On April 17, “Alive After Five” invites you to start your weekend early and continues on the third Thursday of each month through October. Expect a crowd, but don’t sweat parking on the street. Between 5 and 9 p.m., a free trolley runs from Magnolia Street through the district to the City Hall parking lot, where more than 400 free spaces await. The more, the merrier. aliveafterfiveroswell.com Ready, Set, Go! April 19 will be a Super Incredible Day, at least in the City of Suwanee. The fun starts at 3 p.m. with the highenergy, clue-sleuthing Super Incredible Race – think “Amazing Race” meets the suburbs. Register with a friend for the twoperson category or the whole gang in a family team by April 4, then come prepared on race-day with a smart phone and one canned-good per team member. After, stick around for free live tunes by Eagles tribute band “On the Border.” suwanee.com

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Listen Up. The “Home by Dark” Songwriters Show returns to Gwinnett Arena April 19. Known for creating iconic hits for country music stars, songwriters and instrumentalists James Casto, Tony Arata and Craig Carothers take the stage at 8 p.m. and then take turns wowing the crowd. Want to win tickets? Email karen@homebydark.com with “contest” in the subject line and explain why you deserve the perfect date night in 100 words or less for a $50 gift certificate to Brookwood Grill in Roswell and two passes to the show. homebydark.com

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