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Celebrating 15 Years

Time for Tea Lining local shelves with her grandmother’s healthy tea is a dream come true for local entrepreneur Melanie Wade, who recently celebrated her first year brewing Atlanta’s first and only kombucha.

Cool Sips for Summer Looking for poolside refreshments that garner almost as much attention as they do taste? Park your palate near a beverage cart stocked with these handcrafted concoctions sure to please.

A Prestigious Pour The Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée is praised for its richness, depth and vivid notes. Olivier Krug shares what it takes to make one of the world’s most prized Champagnes and which Southern foods pair well.

The Hot List With summer in full swing, reprieve from the heat is often hard to find — unless you are well equipped. Our roundup of new shops and stops promise at least a little fun out of the sun.

Waves of Discovery We know you’re beach bound, and if you’re ready to dig your toes in the sand somewhere new this summer, these two vacation havens just might be for you.

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Lighting a Spark

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Like many holidays, July arrives replete with recollections sparked by a specific person, place or pastime. In the midst of family picnics, pool parties and copious celebrations to sing “Happy Birthday, America,” I’m planning to belt the same tune to my niece, my nephew and my maternal grandmother who turns 90 years old on July 3. Fueled by a firecracker personality, my grandmother has been strong willed, easy to ignite and fiercely independent for as long as I can remember. She has also, without fail, always believed I would be successful any time I put my heart into something. When I caught up with Melanie Wade, a local entrepreneur who named her kombucha company after her spry 94-year-old grandmother, I couldn’t help but smile. I pictured her grandmother doing the same. After all, realizing you have influenced another person’s life for the better deserves recognition. The past three years, Points North Atlanta has done exactly that. We’ve asked readers to nominate women in their lives — family, work or community — that have inspired them. We’re back at it, lighting a spark in search of this year’s potential honorees. If you know several women who should be acknowledged, nominate all of them! Submission forms are found on our website and will be accepted through the first week of August; shortly thereafter, we’ll select and announce the 2015 Savvy & Successful Women of the Northside. How will we keep cool between now and then? Surely, a beverage cart couldn’t hurt. Stocked with summertime sips from handcrafted sodas and cold-pressed juices to beermosas and kombucha cocktails, it’s our answer to beating the heat this summer. We also sent writers in different directions to discover beach destinations near and far, so if digging your toes in the tide resides on your bucket list, dive into their dossiers. If your version of vacation means not leaving the city — or air-conditioned spaces for more than a few minutes — check out The Hot List. Packed with new to-dos and revisited favorites around town, it is sure to keep you sufficiently chill. Stay cool and celebrate safely!

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Fermenting

a Fresh Craze Melanie Wade on brewing Atlanta’s first and only kombucha

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written by HEATHER KW BROWN

Forget the hooch. It’s all about the “booch” now. I say that, in part, because my early attempts to name the beverage were botched beyond recognition, calling into question whether I had sneezed or simply misspoken. Let’s go ahead and get the awkwardness out of the way… the correct pronunciation for kombucha is “comb-boo-cha.” As Atlanta’s only commercial kombucha brewer bottled in Roswell, Melanie Wade understands that sharing her craft requires a fair amount of education, even for those of us that already love the healthy concoction. Curious to learn the proper pronunciation, a smidgen of science and the story behind the brand, I sat down with Wade to talk tea.

TAPPING INTO A NEW MARKET

Yes, kombucha is tea, but with a twist. While many brewers use black or green tea for kombucha, Wade uses oolong, which she said is a nice middle ground. “The great thing about kombucha is that you can do a lot with it,” Wade said of creating her go-to flavors. “You can add herbs, spices and flavorings. [Many] commercial brewers make a fruit juice and then add a certain percentage to the tea. I don’t like to do that because I like the kombucha to be low in sugar. I infuse the fruit and herbs.” “[Some] people that have tried commercial kombucha say they aren’t a fan, but they try mine, and like it a lot better,” she added. “I attribute that to the oak age, which adds a lot of mellowness and a woodsy flavor. That and the familiar flavors we’re used to in the South.” As fun as creating complex flavors sounds, the science side of kombucha does not. Enter the SCOBY, a word I didn’t understand until Wade explained it to be an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. No SCOBY — also known as “The Mother” — no kombucha. “SCOBY started in Manchuria, China and has been passed down from generations of family, friends and communities for more than 2,000 years,” Wade said. “It can last a really long time, but you have to feed it – it eats the sugar and the caffeine and the tannins in the tea. That’s how it stays alive and produces the probiotics that are naturally occurring in the acids.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALAN BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY

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MEL ANIE WADE

Wade must have noticed the look on my face as I internally debated the merits of digesting something that old. She quickly added, “It looks odd, but it’s actually very good for you. I like to relate it to a jellyfish pancake because it forms on top of whatever you’re brewing it in. Most of the time, that circumference is round and since [SCOBY] has a simple root system, it hangs beneath.” Science experiments and I don’t occupy the same space for long, so I opted out of the lesson in lieu of a good story.

AS GOOD AS GOLD I could also say, “as good as Golda.” The namesake lining local shelves is Wade’s 94-year-old maternal grandmother who taught her how to brew kombucha and, more importantly, continues to confirm its “Elixir of Life” nickname. “[Grandma Golda] has been making it for more than 20 years,” Wade said, smiling. “She’s a little, widowed mountain lady who lives in southwest Virginia, still mows her own yard and plants tomatoes.” “When I was a kid, she always had these weird vats of tea. Grandma brings mason jars [of kombucha] to people in her community. That’s what she’s known for.” Grandma Golda, as Wade describes her, is a “spry, holistic health nut,” who discovered how healthy her tea was during a routine doctor visit. “She had low platelets in her blood count for a long time and right about that time she started drinking the tea every day,” Wade said. “After a few months, her count had [improved] and her blood work looked great. Grandma told the doctor, ‘I know what I’m doing. I have a secret tea.’” Not such a secret anymore, the benefits of kombucha are widely accepted and continue to garner attention from healthy shoppers of all ages. Packed with probiotics, it’s similar to the live and active cultures found in yogurt, kimchi or kefir. As Wade explained, “It’s actually a little bit more than what you would get in yogurt. Kombucha has thousands and millions of probiotics and unlike pills [that have live cultures but are actually dormant because they are encapsulated], these are all living.” It has a high content of probiotics, [making it] great for digestion as well as immune system support. It alkalizes your body so it’s a full body elixir,” she added. Grandma Golda was onto something, and Wade made it her personal mission to share.

BATCHES OF BOOCH Four years ago, as a grassroots home-brewer, Wade took Golda’s basic “secret tea” recipe and added her own twist, staying true to Southern culture by using local herbs and fruits. Her flagship flavor is peach ginger for which she uses all local peaches from TEA TIDBIT: The sediment on the bottom of the Pearson Farms and fresh ginger. bottle is natural and perfectly fine to Other delicious flavors include drink. On all organic, raw kombucha strawberry mint and a lavender you want to look for that because if it lemonade. In the fall, brews doesn’t have that, it means it has been include apple ginger spice, vanilla pasteurized which kills the probiotics. chai and cranberry orange.

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The 27-year-old visionary has come a long way since the fall of 2012 when she graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in journalism, a concentration in public relations, certification in event management and a minor in art. “I was good at [my job] and I loved it, but it wasn’t my passion,” she said. “I really wanted to be an entrepreneur. Every night, I was going to my commercial kitchen working on recipes, bottling and getting product on the shelves. On the weekends, I was doing all sorts of festivals. I was selling out, but I couldn’t keep up. [By spring,] I could see it really taking off, so I decided to leave my career to give it a shot.” Although Whole Foods contacted Wade only two months into production, she chose to continue brewing in micro batches. She currently produces about 60 gallons a week and delivers products herself to local purveyors. In June, she celebrated her first year as a commercial brewer in the market, complete with a commercial kitchen and a kombucha tea growler station — the first of its kind — installed inside The Mercantile in Decatur. Ever the go-getter, Wade is now looking to build Atlanta’s first kombuchery with a little tasting room, a place to fill growlers and room to enjoy a pint onsite. To help reach this goal, she has launched a Kickstarter campaign running through Aug. 2. What does Grandma Golda think about that? “She supports me 100 percent. I call her almost every day with updates on the business and I always remind her to drink the tea,” Wade said. “I want her to live a long time. I want her to see the results of this … that I made it.” We’ll be keeping an eye on Wade and her booming booch, too. PN

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THE BEVERAGE CART



Now that we’ve been spoiled in a world of craft beer

and clever cocktails, not just any drink will do, especially in the heat. In search of a refreshing change, we recently dove into the pool of local drink options to find what’s worth stocking the beverage cart with this season. While getting your lips on these cool sips may require a drive or a delivery order, we guarantee their uniqueness justifies doing so — and admit it, you’ve been eager for an excuse to check out Krog Street Market. From juices to beermosas, we’ve rounded up some ways to quench your thirst, most with health benefits that will make you feel better about having more than one.

GET JUICED After journeying for 15 years across six continents, Kelley Sibley, founder and CEO of Bamboo Juice, has invaluable insight into the eating habits of other cultures. Upon her return, she realized no cold pressed juices encompassed what she believed every juice should contain: the ability for true health transformation. “I started making the juices and almond milks in my mom’s kitchen using spices from India, fruits from local farmers, super foods from Asia and a whole host of other ingredients that inspired me and got me excited about health,” Sibley recalled. When her friends and family began purchasing the beverages, one thing led to another. After meeting the director at Serenbe Farms, Sibley gained not only a business partner but also a dear friend. Now they have their own kitchen, many employees, a free home delivery service and are selling their products all over the Atlanta area. Cold, pressed and ready to refresh, Bamboo “When you have a product that flavors include Lemon Ginger, Spinach you are passionate about, is creative, Apple and Strawberry Almond Milk PHOTOS COURTESY OF BAMBOO JUICE AND GOLDA KOMBUCHA

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KOMBUCHA COCKTAILS? But, of course! As a matter of fact, you can learn how to make your own kombucha on July 21 when master brewer Melanie Wade teaches Kombucha 101 at The Preserving Place. preservingplace.com

STRAWBERRY “MIN-TEA” JULEP

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2 ounces Golda Kombucha's

1/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Strawberry Mint Tea

1 1/4 ounces Four Roses Bourbon 1/2 ounce rosemary-infused honey syrup

2 ounces bourbon 1 ounce simple syrup

Combine ingredients in shaker, shake well,

ice

strain over two perfect cubes.

mint and strawberries to garnish

Top with 1.5 ounces Golda Original Kombucha. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig

In a shaker, combine the bourbon, simple syrup and ice with Golda Kombucha's

To make rosemary-infused honey syrup:

Strawberry Mint Tea and shake vigorously.

2 parts honey:1 part water

Pour over fresh ice cubes and sprigs of mint

Fresh chopped rosemary to taste

in a glass, then garnish with freshly sliced strawberries on the rim.

Boil, simmer, steep covered and strain Refrigerate for up to two weeks

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THE BEVERAGE CART



Kathryn Fitzgerald serves tasty handcrafted sodas at Krog Street Market; beermosas

which means fruits and vegetables don’t have nearly the same amount of benefits they did hundreds of years ago. To compensate, they need to be cold pressed to remove the maximum amount of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Sibley considers her beverages “superfood-infused health tonics” and with recipes containing no more than five ingredients (because the body has a hard time digesting any more), it’s hard to call it anything else. Except delicious. Make no mistake about it, Bamboo Juices are just as tasty as they are healthy. Made daily and able to last five to seven days, the juices are unpasteurized and raw (as to not lose the nutritional value). Order online at bamboojuices.com or, if you’re out and about, find them at farmers markets in Decatur, Serenbe, Peachtree City, Piedmont Park and the Westside Market.

THE SODA ENCHANTRESS

innovative and helps others transform their lives for the better, the sky is the limit,” she said. Admittedly, juicing seems like another trend, but do most advocates actually know the real reason why they should be juicing? Soil is depleted of its amazing natural minerals due to current farming practices,

If juice isn’t your beat, try a locally made, handcrafted soda. Kathryn Fitzgerald serves some of the tastiest drinks in Atlanta at a modern Middle Eastern food stall at Krog Street Market. Yalla was a vision shared by Todd Ginsberg, Shelley Sweet and Jennifer and Ben Johnson — the minds behind restaurants Fred’s Meat & Bread in the Old Fourth Ward and The General Muir in Druid Hills. Though Yalla’s food offering is mouthwatering, the all-natural, low-sugar sodas have stimulated their own buzz. (No, not that kind of buzz — all of these beverages are non-alcoholic.) They say there’s a connection between memory and the senses. While you’re enjoying the refreshing taste of one of Fitzgerald’s potions, you’ll also enjoy the aroma. You might even slip back to being a child running through a field or remember picking berries in the back yard with your mother as she hummed her PHOTOS COURTESY OF J FREDERICK CLARK; HEATHER KW BROWN

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favorite song. However these wonderful sodas affect you, one thing is for sure: they truly are enchanting. For Ginsberg, the sodas bring back memories of a trip to Israel, where the 2014 James Beard Foundation semifinalist first got the idea. They didn’t have soda fountains like the ones here. Instead, they used fresh pressed juices and created handmade sodas. The markets were set up beautifully with lots of colors, spices and many different drinks in big ice bins, and he wanted to capture the same ambiance. Fitzgerald, previously a bartender and manager, was just the gal for the job. The key to her stimulating beverages, besides the time and passion she puts into them, is that she grew up on a big piece of property near Stone Mountain and understands the importance of sourcing locally. She and her father still maintain a garden on that property, as well as work with local farmers and foragers. Examples of the invigorating brews you might see at Yalla include Rosemary Huckleberry and Lemon, Pearson Peach for Life ((Pearson peaches, tarragon and floral forage), The Big Red, Burge Organics Strawberry and Mint and yes, even Popcorn Soda. For the latter, Fitzgerald bought a case of Peaches & Cream corn from Cordele, cooked it down in a pressure cooker, strained it, mixed in sugar and then clarified five sticks of butter. When I took the first sip of her Burge Organics Strawberry and Mint soda, my taste buds began to salsa. As each sip slipped away, I immediately yearned for another. Needless to say, the soda wasn’t around long. Look for her on Saturdays and Sundays at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, Freedom Farmers Market and Grant Park Farmers Market. yallaatl.com

BEERMOSAS Whether you’ve seen a beermosa on a menu and wondered why anyone would want to swap Champagne for beer or you’ve actually tried it yourself, this drink is making the rounds. Staying true to the idea of a classic mimosa, you need a juice and something with fizz to go with it. Michael Searles, president of the Atlanta Chapter of the United States Bartending Guild and beverage director for a collection of restaurants including The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Smoke Belly, Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman, advised using 20 ounces of grapefruit juice topped with your favorite Indian Pale Ale (IPA) if you're going for complementary flavors. For something a little funkier, try a tart lemonade topped with a nut brown ale. For the full effect, pour your masterpiece into a beer flute — a European-style glass traditionally shaped for pilsner — and garnish with a lemon peel or an orange wheel. PN 18 | POINTS NORTH | July 2015


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The Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée is praised for its richness, depth and vivid notes of brioche, dried fruits, orange zest and hazelnut. It’s a bottle we open for the big moments — or even the small ones if we are living life the right way — but there is much more to a glass of Krug than zest and brioche.

CENTURIES OF CHAMPAGNE Indeed, the first real Krug Champagne was born of frustration. The founder, Joseph Krug, who started his career in Champagnes, France in 1834 with the House of Jacquesson, agonized over the fact that the wines of the region were often inconsistent (due to the vagaries of climate). He felt there had to be a better way to protect against a bad year. After years in the business, he concluded that the

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best way to ensure quality Champagne annually was to build a serious reserve of quality grapes from various plots throughout the region. Each separate plot, Krug determined, must be chosen for its unique and special characteristics. By blending each of these separate plots, like adding colors to fully finish a painting, one can build the perfect wine each and every year no matter what Mother Nature has in store. In 1843, at the ripe age of 42, he put his research into action and officially opened the House of Krug. Then, he took things a step further. Not satisfied with simply using separate grapes from different terroirs, Krug also insisted fermenting each plot separately and storing the finished wines separately as well — no small feat when one considers the space implications. This way, when the time came to blend, he could call upon


the specific notes from each plot to assemble a rich, vivid expression, regardless of the harvest that year.

experience, and we can give them that.”

WIDER APPEAL DULY NOTED Today, Krug Champagne remains one of the finest producers in the region, largely because of a “notebook.” To ensure he passed along his legacy of winemaking, Krug kept a special notebook full of everything from precise instructions to philosophical insights, such as: “You cannot make good wine without starting with good elements.” The notebook has been carefully preserved and passed down for generations, and is now in the hands of the effusive and warm Olivier Krug, president of the house. Olivier keeps Joseph Krug’s notebook in a special wood box — it’s as treasured as a museum piece, and likely as valuable. As the sixth generation, it’s Olivier’s job to ensure that the Krug Champagnes stay true to the founder’s intentions while also staying relevant to today’s consumer. That’s just a wee bit of pressure, but he manages it well. Olivier keeps his focus on the experience, making sure that consumers are as satisfied and thrilled as they were back in the mid-1800s when Krug made the first bottle. Yet, it’s a different landscape for Olivier today to keep up with Instagram postings, wine auctions and other events. He fully appreciates the scope and breadth of what goes into making a bottle of Krug, but he has learned that most people prefer to talk about their Krug experiences rather than the complicated efforts that go into each bottle. “Every day I hear about people’s ‘Krug Stories’ — where they were and what they were doing when they had their first bottle; those stories are really the best part of being a Krug,” Olivier added. “People don’t care how many wines were tasted and if they had a hint of hazelnut or brioche. What people want is an

While Olivier juggles the public face, Krug Cellar Master Eric Lebel is charged with ensuring each year’s Grande Cuvée is as good as the previous year’s, delivering the experience that Olivier talks about and justifying the hefty $150 price tag. During an average year, Lebel must taste and select 350 to 400 wines, sorting through thousands (typically 5,000 in a given year) of tasting notes and hundreds of wines from various years. He does not just taste wine; his notes go as far back as the beginning of the growing season when he tastes individual grapes. All of this tasting, documenting and blending might seem obsessive, but it’s the very heart of what makes Krug special. Not surprisingly, Olivier has partnered with Riedel Crystal to craft the perfect glass for drinking Krug, aptly named The Joseph Glass. Olivier feels so strongly about the glass that he confessed he finds it heartbreaking when he sees images of people drinking his eponymous wine out of flutes. “When I see people enjoying Krug Grande Cuvée on Instagram, I just cringe if they are using a flute because they are missing all of the beauty in the wine this way,” Olivier said. Lebel explained that the flute's narrow opening restricts a significant amount of the taste experience. A multi-vintage expression crafted from more than 200 to 250 separate plots of grapes, Krug is indeed something unique. All of that exact blending is exactly why a sip of this Champagne hits every note on your palate—fresh, rich, playful and complex. It’s perfect, and I am sure Joseph Krug would agree. PN

Looking to pair Krug Champagne with a few Southern food favorites? Olivier can help. “It was the dream of my ancestor to create a Champagne that would offer the richest and most generous expression of Champagne every year. As such, Krug Grande Cuvée is recognized as the most versatile Champagne. Through my travel around the U.S., I have experienced it with thousands of savory encounters, from very classic gastronomic choices to very unexpected. One of my most unforgettable pairings was with fried chicken as well as with sweet potato pie. One of my best memories of Krug Rosé was with generously barbecued meat on a grill. With friends, proper glasses (no flute!) and Krug Champagne not

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too cold, you have got it all.”

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s REYNOLDS PLANTATION “Living your life like you’re on vacation is what we’re seeing now at Reynolds Plantation,” said David Short, executive vice president, marketing and sales for Reynolds Plantation. The community, located between Atlanta and Augusta, is situated along more than 374 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline.

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According to Points North Atlanta’s local and regional partners, living the resort life has never been closer to home.

Perhaps that sentiment is most prevalent within the community’s social tapestry, where members relish in a lifestyle per square-foot unrivaled anywhere else. With more than 40 member groups ranging from community gardens and chorus to accomplished travelers and altruistic volunteers, the fabric of fellow Reynolds members, friends and neighbors comes together in ways that enhance lives both inside and outside the resident gates. Proof of that is found in the Linger Longer Living Series, started by Marie Garrison more than nine years ago. The programming primarily focuses on cultural arts, education and unique opportunities that leave members reflecting on their experiences. Addressing the enrichment this social life beyond golf brings, Short added, “There is a desire to come back from the lake with more than simply a sun tan.” Thanks to relationships with universities, artists, musicians and lecturers, the Linger Longer Living Series has grown into a life of its own. Reynolds Plantation is also home to four marinas and The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort with championship golf and spa, which was recognized again for its meticulous service and gracious Southern hospitality with 2014 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2014 Forbes Four-Star resort distinctions. “You can buy a house anywhere. What you want is a home…. an experience that comes with living here,” Short added. reynoldsplantation.com


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The Manor Golf and Country Club

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The lifestyle benefits of owning a home at The Manor Golf and Country Club — set in the heart of Alpharetta — extend beyond your own peaceful, private lot or even the club that serves as an extension of your own backyard. There’s no doubt that the surrounding luxury shopping, dining and entertainment destinations as well as top-rated schools just minutes away contribute not only to The Manor’s continued success, but new sales records as well. “The Manor offers individual lots for sale, which are located on the golf course, lake or wooded areas. The Manor is proud to have some of the area’s finest homebuilders, who offer uncompromising quality and a diverse selection of custom house plans,” said Julie Allan of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. “The updated colors and materials being used in the well-appointed homes are very exciting to see,” she added. Explore the listings and interactive map on their website to get started living life to the fullest. themanorhomes.com

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RESERVE s THE AT OLD ATLANTA From the stately gated entryway to the stunning home designs, The Reserve at Old Atlanta offers altogether more. Sited in one of metro Atlanta’s most desirable areas in Suwanee, homes at The Reserve at Old Atlanta create an unforgettable impression both inside and out. Immediately upon entering, residents are greeted by 36 acres of beautiful and serene land that will be preserved as open space, the majority along the banks of a tributary that leads to the Chattahoochee River.  Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of living at The Reserve at Old Atlanta are the exceptional schools. The community is served by Johns Creek Elementary, Riverwatch Middle and Lambert High schools.   “The Reserve at Old Atlanta truly offers the best of luxury living and amenities in one of the most soughtafter school districts in the state,” said Kimberly Garwood, Director of Marketing. Other noteworthy amenities include two lighted tennis courts, a junior Olympic swimming pool and clubhouse. By Traton Homes, a builder in the Atlanta area for 44 years strong, homes at The Reserve at Old Atlanta are priced from the $550s. For more information about The Reserve at Old Atlanta and all of Traton’s metro Atlanta communities, contact Kerri Peek at 404-3144158 or Ed Olwine at 404-245-3383. TratonHomes.com


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s THE RIVER CLUB The River Club was developed and is owned by Crescent Communities, a real estate developer of more than 50 master-planned communities throughout the Southeast (including Sugarloaf Country Club in Gwinnett County), and with real estate holdings of more than $1 billion in valuations including multi-family, commercial and land holdings. Located in Suwanee, The River Club is a gated neighborhood on a 622-acre site that includes 375 available estate home sites, a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course, a Craftsman-inspired 30,000-square-foot clubhouse and serves as base to an impressive résumé of amenities. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary golf course is recognized as having a consistent record of environmental stewardship with careful planning, minimal chemical use and water quality management. After all, perhaps the course and surrounding area’s main attraction is the 12 acres of water features and open-water habitat that is home to a variety of native fish

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The River Club has had significant activity over the past 24 months with more than 35 new homes being built. SCOTT DOZIER

CRESCENT COMMUNITIES’ VICE PRESIDENT OF RESIDENTIAL DIVISION FOR GEORGIA

and wildlife. The lake areas play a key role as part of the overall storm water management for the neighborhood. Residents also enjoy a private 1.4-mile walking trail that borders the Chattahoochee River from land donated by Crescent to the Trust for Public Land and is now part of the National Park Service – overall creating a serene place to live. “The River Club has had significant activity over the past 24 months with more than 35 new homes being built,” said Scott Dozier, Crescent Communities’ vice president of residential division for Georgia. “Great opportunities exist to purchase completed new homes within the community and a brand new section of more modest sized homes will be introduced this summer. Buyers looking to make The River Club home … will now have more choices than ever before.” All homes are custom designed for the specific lot with pre-approved list of 15 available custom builders that have a proven record of design and craftsmanship in building great looking homes. riverclub.com


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THE RESERVE s AT LAKE KEOWEE Created in 2000 by Greenwood Communities and Resorts, The Reserve at Lake Keowee is an award-winning residential community that spans 3,900 acres nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along 30 miles of pristine Lake Keowee shoreline. “The Reserve at Lake Keowee is South Carolina’s best mountain lake location,” said Rutledge Livingston, director of sales. “The rivers and streams that feed into Lake Keowee flow through protected environments making our water some of the purest in North America. Our community has set aside 1,400 acres of conservancy land and parks to help protect and preserve our surrounding environment. The mountain-fed waters of Lake Keowee are clear and cool and the levels remain deep throughout the year.” Residents can take full advantage of the natural beauty and lake living via the 200-slip Marina, Village Center, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and a

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multitude of parks, preserves, trails and green spaces. The Reserve is also conveniently located to Atlanta, as well as nationally-recognized commercial and cultural centers in Greenville, S.C. and Asheville, N.C., as well as Clemson and Furman Universities. Homesites at The Reserve start in the $100,000s and homes start under $500,000. reserveatlakekeowee.com

RIDGE s BLUE HEIGHTS It’s summer time in the mountains! Fireflies are furiously chasing each other at dusk, peach trees are ripening at Mercier’s Orchard and memories are being made as families explore the area. Each season is unique in the mountains and it is no wonder Blue Ridge is one of Georgia’s top vacation destinations.  Many are enjoying the ability to own a second home in the mountains and have the cost offset through professionally managed vacation rentals. As an extension of the Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals family, another exciting opportunity can be found in Blue Ridge Heights – a fitting name for a community perched on a ridgeline with longrange mountain views from every home site. Located minutes away from picturesque Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge, the stunning views and excellent location make this community the place you want to vacation, retire or live full time. To learn more, call Sharp Real Estate Services, LLC at 706-946-9400. blueridgeheights.com 

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s GOVERNORS TOWNE CLUB Kenneth G. Horton, owner and developer at Governors Towne Club, first selected the northwest Atlanta site for its spectacular natural beauty, the small town romance of Acworth and convenient access to Interstate 75 and downtown Atlanta. It’s a beauty Horton is continuing to share with buyers, as he’s seen new speculative home sales increase with the strong market trend throughout the Atlanta area. “We are pleased to include both new home inventory as well as pre-owned inventory in our portfolio of homes offered,” Horton said. “In addition, our pre-sale homes are at an all-time high with new custom homes currently under construction.” Governors Towne Club features approximately 500 home sites with exceptional custom estate and manor luxury homes from the $600s to more than $3,000,000, adhering to the dedication of high architectural standards. Tucked within North Cobb county’s only gated, private golf community, Governors Towne Club offers an incredible array of amenities – from the strength of the superior character and diversity of the golf course to the family-oriented swim comKENNETH G. HORTON plex, world-class tennis facilities, OWNER AND DEVELOPER AT children’s activities, baseball field, GOVERNORS TOWNE CLUB basketball courts, playgrounds and gracious tree lined streets. The gated security center welcomes residents home and the variety of designs with regard to floor plans, exterior elevations, architects and custom builders provide more choices for clients. The team at Governors Towne Club is excited to announce the launch of a new website premiering this month, coinciding with their increasing interest of new residents and showcasing all the community has to offer. The life you dream of is closer than you think. governorstowneclub.com

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CLIFFS AT s THE KEOWEE FALLS “The warm spring and early summer weather has resulted in a spike in activity and interest in the Lake Keowee communities from metro Atlanta residents,” said broker and owner Justin Winter of Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty. Considering the two

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hour drive from Atlanta, and its location nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills and the Jocassee Gorges region, a visit to the stunning beautiful Lake Keowee is a nobrainer. The Cliffs at Keowee Falls provides the ultimate healthy living experience, inviting you to enjoy the outdoors. Surrounded by thousands of protected acres, the Jocassee Gorges region was recently named No. 9 of the “50 Best Places on Earth” by National Geographic. Unspoiled forest canopy, an “intense” concentration of waterfalls, hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of acres of state and national parks make this area a sought-after destination. Enjoy the challenging Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, new $3 million Sports/Activity Park and Wellness Center, 10-plus miles of scenic managed trails, a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring fresh and delectable Blue Ridge cuisine, and the quiet, lovely Lake Keowee. Amenity membership is free with property purchase and annual Property Owners Association (POA) dues. Whether it’s boating, hiking, tennis, golf, fitness or simply enjoying friends, contact Trip Agerton by email at trip@justinwinter.com or phone at 404-281-0475 for a convenient Atlanta area preview, and discover why so many families across America make The Cliffs at Keowee Falls home. justinwinter.com

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THE VILLAGE AT s TOWNE LAKE Builder Tony Perry of The Greenstone Group, a David Pearson Community winner of the prestigious 2014 Gold Obie Award for best design and mastermind behind the new Villages at Towne Lake in Woodstock, is setting the standard in courtyard living. Think about it like this: “There were cars, then one day someone made a Tesla,” he described of the unique C-shaped design he has been evolving for the last 16 years. The middle is cut out of every house to create a tranquil and secluded European-style courtyard, and the next house is just as important in the design process for creating a privacy wall without windows. The newest model includes a modern glass wall that slides away, so the beauty of the courtyard can be enjoyed from inside the home as well. “A gated community with a wonderful clubhouse and swimming pool … There are probably a thousand of those in Atlanta,” said Perry, who likes to think differently when it comes to design. “We try to embrace and take advantage of outdoor living as much as possible. You have to see it to really understand it.” Outdoor living doesn’t translate to more work in this case, since there is minimal lawn space and the community handles the maintenance. He calls his ideas “quality-minded in a crazy way” – crazy-good for customers. These quality features include foam insulation that is energy conscious; it’s not an upgrade, it’s standard for Perry’s homes. His standard is one that is well-respected in the community, considering his long-time career in the Towne Lake area and approximately 1,200, by his estimate, homes built there. He also lives in the neighborhood, so speaks from first-hand experience when Perry says he is “spoiled’ with the proximity to the highways and fine shopping. Ranch and master-on-main floor plans in The Village at Towne Lake start in the high $300s. thevillageattownelake.com

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s BELLMORE PARK Known for luxury low-maintenance lifestyles, livable and unique floor plans and stunning exterior designs, The Providence Group of Georgia, LLC just announced the opening of their model home at The Reserve at Providence, a new gated community with a desirable Milton address. “The Preserve at Providence is like no other community in Milton,” said Kelly Fink, vice president of marketing and online sales. “It has been extremely popular with five homes selling in just the last 30 days.” The model home is located on a 1-acre lot and is based on the Fitzgerald floor plan with six bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms and a three-car garage. Not only is the home spacious, with 4,440 square feet of living space, but it is filled with luxurious details such as granite

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and quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, upgraded trim and ceiling beams, finished hardwood floors and chef appliances. Priced at $1,094,626, it is available for a summer move-in date. theprovidencegroup.com This month, new model homes also debut at The Providence Group’s masterfully planned, gated Bellmoore Park community in Johns Creek. Homes are currently under construction with pricing from the $550s to high $700s. BellmoorePark.com


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s CRESSWIND AT LAKE LANIER The only active-adult community on Lake Lanier, Cresswind offers inspired, resort-style living. Homes in this gated community are specifically tailored to the lifestyle you’re looking for, plus the Kolter Homes’ exclusive Comfort Home Design. “Cresswind at Lake Lanier is different than any place you will visit, and it is also the most-awarded and top-selling active adult community in the state of Georgia,” said Bob Rademacher, area president for Kolter Homes, LLC. With a full-time lifestyle director on staff, you’ll need a bigger day planner. Amenities include an expansive, 40,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with an indoor pool, full fitness center with aerobics/yoga studio, ballroom, arts-and-crafts room, gourmet teaching kitchen, billiards room and much more. Get outside for a dip in the beautiful pool, swing by the tennis campus, try your hand at bocce courts and horseshoe pits, sail away from the private marina with available boat slips or catch a flick on the movie lawn. There’s never a dull day at Cresswind, with numerous opportunities for volunteerism, enhanced

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nutrition and wellness, and a full array of interest-specific clubs. Single-family, ranch-style homes from the mid $200s to $400s (basements available) and 11 designer model homes are currently available for tours. Check it out for yourself any day of the week: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. cresswind.com


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s COTTAGES AT RIVERBIRCH Picture it: Your own charming craftsman-style cottages and dockable boatsite. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice daydream, but if the thought of upkeep is keeping you from picking up the phone, reconsider with the soon-to-come Cottages at Riverbirch with help from Lake Keowee Real Estate. As one of the few offices in the area that truly specialize in Lake Keowee real estate, their staff and Head Broker Andy Lee have seen the number of people coming to town from all over the country and hear what these people are looking for now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They no longer want super large homes,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They now want a well-appointed, manageable property.â&#x20AC;? The Cottages at Riverbirch are tapping into that market â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something Keowee didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have to offer before â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with packages starting at $400,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a price point that opens up lake living to a different population than

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what was previously offered. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited about this,â&#x20AC;? he added. Not just a sensible space, these ornate cottages allow you to â&#x20AC;&#x153;live largeâ&#x20AC;? with 10-foot ceilings, granite countertops, hardwood floors and color palettes handpicked by interior decorators. Tractors are moving dirt as you read this, building the model home for tours, and lots are available for purchase with no time limit when you have to build your home. The best way to get started is to contact Lake Keowee Real Estate to set up your tour by land and water. Reserve your boat ride today by calling 864-886-0098. lakekeoweerealestate.com

PEACHTREE s RESIDENTIAL Since 1988, Peachtree Residential Properties has been committed to building quality homes with meticulous craftsmanship, custom designs and the thoughtful touches that add to the homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quality of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Peachtree tailor each home,â&#x20AC;? said Katie Smith, marketing manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not a custom builder, but we tailor the homes to you so it feels like a custom build without the custom price. We only build in great school district areas, and our top priorities are customer satisfaction and quality.â&#x20AC;?

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Now celebrating 27 years of excellence, Peachtree Residential continues to thrive with highly skilled experts in the Atlanta real estate market and more than 100 years of experience building luxury residences in North Atlanta area communities, such as: the gated homes on the golf course in Muirfield Park in Milton; St. Michaels Bay, one of the few gated communities on Lake Lanier and has a courtesy dock; and a hidden gem homesite in Roswell’s Windfaire community. Smith added that a lot of new properties are coming online this year, so stay tuned. peachtreeresidential.com

THE ESTATES AT s SERENITY FARMS Experience true custom building at The Estates at Serenity Farm. Located in east Cherokee County, this prestigious Alpharetta address offers residents the best of both areas, with the unparalleled natural beauty of horse country. Choose from this exclusive collection

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of only 20 homesites, each 2-plus acres of lakeside or wooded property to build your custom home. Residents will work with the professional design team and hands-on local builder RL Glosson who brings more than 35 years of experience to his projects to ensure that every detail is tailored to fit their individual needs and lifestyle. “We try to build what the customer is looking for,” Glosson said. All of the handcrafted homes will feature an elegant blend of natural materials with the latest innovations in home design. Residents can bring their custom plans or choose from several spacious open floor plans with unique elevations, numerous custom interior finishes and luxurious outdoor living spaces. These custom estates are priced from the high $700s to over $1 million. Visit The Estates at Serenity Farm in person at 1162 Gantt Road in Alpharetta. estatesatserenityfarm.com


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OKAY, FOLKS — break out your red, white and blue because it’s officially summer in the city. Despite sweltering forecasts, we can’t help but get out and soak up the sunshine. Who can blame us when there is so much to do around town? To kickstart a fever reliever, we’ve rounded up the coolest (and mostly air-conditioned) new hot things to do, so you can make the most of any day in the heat. 42 | POINTS NORTH | July 2015


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Nothing cures a humid summer hangover like a little retail therapy. Plus, you’ll probably need a wardrobe change or two when the thermometer peaks. Defrost your winter wallet with a spending spree at Square Threads, the latest in menswear. The ambiance works for fashion savvy gentlemen young and old — err, we mean, mature — to come in, shop for quality clothing and experience a high level of customer service that was otherwise only found in Buckhead. With contemporary and relevant, yet classic and traditional looks from their own line of tailored clothing to favorites like Agave, Fish Hippie, State Traditions, Poston Price and more, they’ve created a timeless way to get dressed this summer. Now you just have to decide what to wear.

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A BARBECUE BINGE

While lip smacking isn’t technically a Southern tradition, at Buckhead’s 521 Kitchen & Que, it’s a perfectly acceptable way to enjoy one of our favorite food pastimes. Squeezed in on Roswell Road, it’s an airconditioned way to eat smokedonsite meats, homemade black-eyed peas, unbelievably sweet Coca-Cola braised collards and the whyhaven’t-we-thought-of-this BBQ Grilled Cheese sandwich. Chef Drew Kirkland shops local and prepares everything in-house, calling his nosh-worthy nook a place where they “don’t fuss anything up, but just serve good, quality food.” That’s an understatement. Nothing is ever made batch-style, it tastes like it is supposed to and that’s a whole lot more than good. In fact, when you top it off with banana pudding, it’s even better than great … sauce-drenched fingers or not. 4365 Roswell Road, Atlanta 521kitchenandque.com

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LACE THINGS UP

When the threat of sunburn cuts playtime outside short, seek the seriously cool conditions at an Alpharetta classic – The Cooler. Trade your flip-flops for ice skates and completely escape the summer swelter, lap after lap around the rink. With rentals starting at just eight bucks, you’ve got the perfect family outing (or a something-different date night) that doesn’t risk heat stroke. If you’re planning to stay poolside (umbrella drink, optional), sign up the little ones for skate lessons and summer camps. You might just discover your own winter Olympian before the next round of medals. 10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta coolerathletics.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNIFER COLOSIMO; THE COOLER

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A DOSE OF DESIGN

A stroll through Marietta Square isn’t complete without a little artfulness. This summer, dk Gallery opens “Farm to Table” to whet our appetites, with a landscape and still life show featuring artists Karen Appleton, Robin Cheers, Cecilia Haught, Holly Irwin, Lorra Kurtz and David Wendel. August debuts the powerful “About Face” show, a collection of portraits featuring Wendel, Terrence Gasca, Shellie Lewis-Dambax, Alberto Mier and Catie Radney. Whether you’re in the market to buy or to browse, this prettied-up way to see the city makes either experience reign supreme. 25 West Park Square NE, Marietta dkgallery.us ARTWORK COURTESY OF DK GALLERY

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Speaking of retail therapy ... enter 200 Mill, a pop-up shop on Marietta Square. Here, you can hit a one-stop spot to pick up something new for him or her and anyone else. Schedule that stop this month for the weekend of July 10 through 12 and buy that something from artist Britt Bass or one of 15 others with a range of products for sale. With the shop’s focus on craftsmen (and women) and the stories behind their goods, it’s a dose of localized culture as well. “Our goal is that every shopper can learn about both the craft and the makers themselves,” said Dana Poor, an interior designer and owner of Boxtree Designs, as well as one of the owners of 200 Mill. Along with her partners, photographer Ashley Woodson Bailey and glass artist Lindsay Troutman of Copper and Torch, the trio provides an avenue for people to purchase a unique item they can’t find anywhere else. That’s exactly the kind of treasure map we need when it’s too hot to window shop. 31 Mill Street, Marietta 200mill.com

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If chilling out is something you’re really ready to take seriously, make an appointment at Roswell’s Chill & Body. It’s the latest location of the LeBron James-approved cryotherapy booth – all the rage with athletes, ailing or achy individuals and anyone needing a jolt of rejuvenation. Just three minutes inside this Nitrogen gas chamber cools you down with shocking, icy temps between 140 and 170 below zero. Once you’re out, and the fog has settled (literally), your body warms up quickly, sending a bombshell of oxygenated circulation to repair muscles, joints and even tighten up your skin. It’s cold – really, really cold – but better than sitting through a 30-minute ice bath or ice pack routine. You could even do it on your lunch break. So, disrobe and rejuvenate before it’s time to clock back in. 1137 Canton Street, Roswell chillandbody.com

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Whether you’re into breaking a sweat or only into sweets, you’ve got to have dessert. So, feed your face with a rainbow of new flavors at Four Fat Cows. New to downtown Alpharetta (in time for school to end and sugar cravings to hit an all-time high), the family behind this new ice cream and soda shop cures those cravings with hand-scooped recipes for creamy, rich on-the-cone flavors. I wouldn’t schedule a visit without planning to try the textured Coffee Almond Crunch, the classic Mint Chocolate Chip, an indulgent Chocolate Overload and their tastes-like-homemade Strawberry. They serve it just a few degrees above what you see at the big box counters, so it’s extra creamy and extra, extra delicious. Order your favorite as a milkshake so that your hands are free to browse an extensive line of cool toys, locally-made candy and bright, ice cream themed t-shirts. PN 64 North Main Street, Alpharetta fourfatcows.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNIFER COLOSIMO

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The leader in pediatric orthopedics today. A pioneer in 1915. One of the nation’s first pediatric orthopedic programs was founded in 1915 at Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children. A century later we’ve grown into Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Every day, we help kids overcome sports injuries like a torn ACL, and serious conditions like scoliosis. And we’re dedicated to making our next 100 years even better for Georgia’s kids. Learn more at choa.org/100years.

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Nervous exhilaration. That was the feeling coursing through my body as I held onto my paddle and pushed away from the safety of the landing at Waterstone Resort & Marina and into vast Lake Boca. Okay, so maybe Lake Boca isn’t all that vast — you can see the other side from the landing at the resort. However, when you are a kayaking virgin who isn’t very nimble with a paddle, it seems as intimidating as heading into the Atlantic. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and I wanted to try something new on this visit to South Florida. So, I clumsily started to drag my paddle through the water and said a little prayer that I wouldn’t be run over by one of the million-dollar yachts making a beeline for the Boca Inlet.

A ROOM WITH A VIEW From the moment I saw the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Boca and the Atlantic Ocean stretching beyond the sliding glass doors of my room’s balcony, I knew Waterstone was going to be a happy place for me. Located in Boca Raton, Fla., Waterstone is a piece of cake to get to for a long weekend.

(Delta offers a two-hour direct flight into Fort Lauderdale International Airport, which is about a 25-minute drive from the resort.) Because the property is situated on a corner that touches both Lake Boca and the Boca Inlet (which leads to the Atlantic),

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each of the 139 guest rooms and suites feature balconies with waterfront views. In addition to the breathtaking view, I loved the modern décor and the cool whites, gray and blues that decorated my cozy room. Since the resort is a Doubletree by Hilton property, you’ll find all of the amenities and goodies you’d expect from the brand — including the signature Sweet Dreams bedding and those famous chocolate chip welcome cookies. Another neat amenity offered is that the hotel encourages guests to use the ALICE app (think service on demand) on their electronic devices. I loved the ease of ordering room service, requesting housekeeping and making dinner reservations with my phone, regardless of my whereabouts.

BITES AND BOATS Speaking of snacks, let’s get to one of the most important aspects of this resort (at least for me): the food. Given my goal for this getaway was rest and relaxation, I didn’t want to leave the property. I had high hopes for the hotel’s dining options, and thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. If you enjoy al fresco dining by the water, then you have come to the right place. Whether you choose the casual Waterstone Bar and Grill or the finer dining option, Boca Landing, you’ll be able to enjoy ocean breezes and listen to the water lapping against the hotel’s dock as boats pass. In the mornings, I typically enjoyed my tea and waffles by the water, courtesy of the bar and grill. Although one morning, I opted to enjoy the million-dollar view from my room and ordered room service. Lunches were spent poolside, sampling the restaurant’s daily menu, which included tastes such as the spicy jerk chicken sandwich or rock shrimp ceviche — always paired with a refreshing frozen watermelon margarita. If you’re looking for a nice just-off-theboat inspired dinner, treat yourself to Boca Landing. My appetite was more than satisfied with the restaurant’s signature dishes of tuna tartare and grilled swordfish.

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time, the resort’s pool faces the inlet and the ocean. It’s easy to set up camp in a lounge chair with an umbrella and not leave until sunset. The beach is only a few minutes away, and the hotel provides shuttle service, beach chairs and umbrellas. Since I was looking to balance my R&R with a little calorie burning, I signed up for a beach yoga session. The hotel arranged everything with an area instructor. Given my preference of an afternoon time slot, I can safely say that if you’re a fan of hot yoga, doing a class in the South Florida sun is about as authentic as it gets. If you’d rather enjoy a little air conditioning with your workout, the hotel provides a 24-hour fitness center that overlooks the pool. You can also rent a bicycle to cruise around Boca; sign up for one of several water activities including surfing lessons, fishing charters and reef snorkel trips; or rent jet skis, boats, standup paddle boards and those

sea kayaks … which brings me back to my kayaking experience. There I was fumbling with that paddle. I went in a few circles before I realized how to make myself move forward instead of backward. Thankfully, I accomplished this just in time to scoot out of the way of one of those mega yachts headed for the inlet. Once I was in the middle of Lake Boca, the waters smoothed out; I could easily weave in and out of the boats that had dropped anchor and were occupied by boaters looking to enjoy a day in the sun. As I heard the familiar chorus of Bob Marley’s “Jammin’” coming from a boat in the distance, I knew I’d found the peace and pleasure I was looking for on this Boca trip. PN

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Grand Cayman, just south of Cuba in the British West Indies, may well be the inspiration for every white sand, azure water, bikini-clad, paradise postcard you have ever envied. The flight from Atlanta clocks in at just over two hours – likely less time than you spent in rush hour traffic today. Every bit the island getaway, Grand Cayman offers some of the best and most beautiful beaches, but sun and sand aren’t the island’s only offerings. Whether you’re family folk, an adventure seeker, a food lover or a history buff, Grand Cayman has something special for you.

FOR FAMILIES Kiddos will enjoy Dexter’s Fantasea Tours, a relaxing catamaran ride to can’t-miss family favorite, Stingray City, where they can pet, hold and swim with wild stingrays. Ask the

captain for a stingray massage and keep the camera ready! While many groups offer tours to Stingray City, Dexter’s offers extended time at the location, and also includes snorkeling at a nearby reef in the half-day excursion. This adventure has something for everyone in the family, including beverages on board and plenty of space on deck for any necessary midday naps. Snorkeling may afford a turtle-spotting experience, but the Cayman Turtle Farm guarantees it. Marvel at the Green Sea Turtles’ Breeding Pond, visit the island’s last crocodile, Smiley, and plan to spend tons of time at the Turtle Touch Tanks. Two levels of entry are offered here: basic entry will get you in to see the pond, Smiley and the tanks while upgraded entry includes Breaker’s Lagoon, the largest swimming pool on the island, Predator Reef, the Caribbean Free Flight Aviary and Turtle Lagoon, where you can swim – yes, swim! – with the turtles. Bring the swimsuits and stay all day. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE WESTIN GRAND CAYMAN

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Red Sail Sports runs a catamaran to beautiful Rum Point on Mondays for an unbeatable beach barbecue. Dine seaside on a buffet of soups, salads, seafood and jerk meats. Kids can play in the pristine water or watch the fish from the dock. Parents can recline in beach hammocks and enjoy a complimentary daiquiri from the Dak Shack. Dinner includes live island music and the chance to show off your limbo skills.

FOR ADVENTURERS Sail, snorkel, wakeboard… You want it? Red Sail Sports, with its multiple locations along famous Seven Mile Beach, has it! Meet at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa for the Waverunner Snorkel Safari, a 90-minute, guided Jet Ski tour of the best snorkel spots on Seven Mile. Rent a GoPro camera for the day to chronicle your adventure. No scuba license? No problem! Pirate Divers will have you in the ocean for a beginner’s dive the same day. Take the in-office safety course and then hit up Eden Rock, a celebrated diving site, for safety checks and a 40-foot dive among the coral reefs. Witness some of the island’s most beautiful marine life and maybe stay for a snorkel of the wreck of the Cali. Tell Mac I sent ya! Later, meet at Rum Point at sunset for Cayman Kayak Bioluminescent Tour, a twohour, moonlight kayak excursion to view this beautiful natural phenomenon. Grand Cayman has one of only a handful of loca-

tions in the world where bioluminescence – “glowing” water created by microscopic organisms – can be viewed year-round. Special bonus: the absence of light pollution means you will be able to see countless stars, among them, The Southern Cross, a constellation not visible from the States.

FOR FOODIES Sunday brunch is a big deal on the island, and The Lighthouse has one of the best. Dine on the dock and enjoy a bottomless buffet of sushi, smoked salmon, prawns,

ceviche and tartare. Traditional breakfast options like eggs and sausage mix nicely with other offerings – barbecue pork ribs, beef lasagna and grilled mahi-mahi with coconut-lime sauce. The seafood salad alone will have you going back for seconds. With so many amazing choices, it’s easy to overdo it, but make sure to save room for dessert. Located beachside at the newly renovated Westin (whose pool, spa and shopping offerings will convince you to book a suite), The Beach House is a feast for the eyes and the palate. Pair the breathtaking view with

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the equally breathtaking sea bass and you have the recipe for an unforgettable evening. The menu is an intriguing combination of Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asian influences – the sea bass, for example, is an Asian fusion featuring an edamame mash. Once you’ve filled up on the signature crab cake, seared foie gras PB&J, or – my favorite appetizer – the smoked local wahoo crudo, you can hit up The Westin to watch the sun set from one of the hotel’s many beds on the beach. Forget fancy. If good food at a good price is your game, then head to The Sunshine Grill. Just across the street from the Westin, this local’s favorite offers a variety of appetizers (the Mahi Bites are a sweet treat) and sandwiches (try the Havana Chicken or the Snapper Reuben), which come with “sunshine scramble,” a pile of French and sweet potato fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms and fried jalapeños. Every meal comes with a complimentary ice cream cone; a great choice for lunch or dinner.

FOR HISTORIANS Also known as Pedro’s Castle, the Pedro St. James is a fully-restored glimpse into Grand Cayman’s British Imperialist past - the 18th century to be precise - when the grand house and grounds were built by Jamaican slaves for a wealthy Englishman. Walk the grounds, learn the history and visit the gardens and the Hurricane Ivan Memorial. Travel to historic Bodden Town, the original Cayman capital, and visit the Mission House, home to early missionaries, teachers and families who established the Presbyterian ministry and school. Denise Bodden, a direct descendant of one of the founding families, leads the tour, providing insight into native culture and history, including genealogy, religion, architecture and history, making this a not-to-miss “authentic” Cayman experience. Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened Grand Cayman’s Botanic Park in 1994. Visitors can stroll through Heritage Garden, enjoy panoramic views from the Tea House and visit the lake area, a natural habitat for the endangered Cayman Blue Iguana. Your bags are probably packed by now, but in case your visit isn’t finalized, be sure to visit westingrandcayman.com. PN 72 | POINTS NORTH | July 2015


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After 16 years as a sales representative for two wine distribution companies, one in North Carolina and one here, Roswell’s Brian Keenan has taken a new road, following his favorite avocation and creating a business. Well noted for his great palate and unobtrusive way with people, Keenan is utilizing those traits as owner and CSO (Chief Smoker Operator) of Meating Street BBQ, which provides multi-regional barbecue for an array of clients. In the back of his modest home, the Big Pig Rig and the new Pig Rig Trailer are ready to warm to the task for smoking large quantities of St. Louis-cut pork ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, Boston butt, beef ribs, chicken or sausage for corporate or nonprofit events, neighborhood gatherings, restaurant visits, family reunions and once a month at Roswell’s “Alive After 5” in front of Founder’s Hall (appearing July 16). Accompanied by homemade and hand-cut redskin potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans (with five varieties of beans), pickled onions and pickles, the Keenan arsenal is well-stocked to create wide smiles of satisfaction. Until Keenan opens his planned bricks-and-mortar Northside location in the near future, he will continue to rely upon the purred of mouth from those who have enjoyed his barbecue. I found out about Keenan from one of his former wine suppliers, Steve Pignatiello, who included in his e-mail to me the following: “The slab of ribs was exceptional — some of the best I’ve ever had — and his brisket was out-ofthis-world delicious. I know you like to eat, Carl.” OK, Steve, let go of my arm. I’ll be the judge of that.

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PERSONALITY IN EVERY BITE While preparing for May’s “Alive After 5” event, Keenan began pulling meats off the Big Pig Rig and invited me to sample the ribs, sausage and the magnificent sides. As he described the process of how he smokes the meats and prepares the sides, I was slobbering between bites like my 6-year-old bloodhound. The ribs didn’t fall off the bone (a sure sign of overcooking) nor did they take much coaxing. In essence, they were perfectly prepared and the applewood he uses (rather than the masking hickory or oak that is commonplace in the Southeast) seasons the meat with a slightly sweet, well-balanced flavor, something Keenan learned in the wine trade. “There are a million ways to cook barbecue, but I want to do it as naturally as I can,” Keenan said. “I use hardwood lump charcoal that has been burned down from hardwoods in South America. I use applewood from organic apple orchards in northern Missouri. Elements like those end up providing the flavors in the meat. It


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doesn’t taste like everyone else’s barbecue. I think people seek things that are unique, and I think constantly honing in on things that are an expression of you is important.” Keenan uses 60-percent hardwood lump charcoal and 40-percent applewood when smoking his meats. Tough cuts can take up to 18 to 20 hours on his indirect heat smoker, and the combination for his heat source provides the right amount of smoke and the right amount of sweetness. How does he figure out the right ratio? “I am not saying that I am perfecting what I am doing, but I am always focused on making things a little bit better. Working on a fire is a craft on its own. That’s something big that is happening today with barbecue. People are paying more attention to the fire and not closing down all of the vents to create a lot of smoke. It’s managing the airflow to enable you to balance the amount of smoke to create the clean flavors of the meat. If you use too much wood, sometimes the meat can get a

bit of a petroleum taste,” he added. All of his rubs, sauces and recipes are 100 percent his own, and he uses allnatural ingredients. The only item that has gluten is his barbecue sauce, which has a small amount of soy sauce, but those with celiac disease can enjoy these meats without sauce, which Keenan actually prefers. “The way I cook is very basic, very simple and is done the way I believe it should be done. It’s meat. It should taste like meat. My personality is in every bite you take. A little sweet, salty, spicy, smoky … my friends have said that the meat truly resembles my personality,” he said.

FUELING THE FIRE Keenan’s wife, Joanna, said she was a bit apprehensive initially with her husband’s entrepreneurial move, but knowing just how good of a cook he was made it more comforting. “Initially, I was scared because we

were going from a two-income household to maybe a one-and-a-quarter one,” she related. “My job [was] unsettled during the last few months of last year, but once that became settled in December, we began thinking that we could take this endeavor more seriously.” Not only a cheerleader, Joanna has been a recipe taster and a source of inspiration. After all, it was Joanna’s birthday celebration several years ago that first fired up Keenan’s passion for ribs. The challenge of making her a great birthday meal, combined with his quest for perfection, has spawned a new career. “I told him that if I didn’t believe in what he is doing, it would be really hard for me to be supportive,” she shared. “His food is excellent! I have never had anything that he has made for me — barbecue or beef Stroganoff, any veal dish like Osso Bucco — that hasn’t been top notch. Even breakfast … his omelets are wonderful.” She said she knows he’ll be successful

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naturally smoked barbecue and sides, the recipes and techniques for which have been developed through trial and error. “At this point, I am cooking the best barbecue I ever have, but in my mind, I also know where I would like to be,” Keenan said. “It’s going to take time, patience and learning to get there. A lot of people say what I am making is great and not to change a thing. While my recipes should not change, the evolution of my techniques should, which will hopefully enable me to perfect the craft.” One taste of Keenan’s brisket might lead you to think that he already has. PN because of his skills and passion. “It has been an adjustment for us, but he seems so much happier …” “A million times happier!” Keenan interjected. “The stress level was off the charts. Now, I don’t have a guy calling me on a Thursday afternoon cursing me out

because we are out of a wine he is pouring by the glass at his restaurant. I can feel good about what I am doing and what I am selling. I don’t have to make excuses for things I don’t know the answer to. With this, I know exactly what the answer is.” The answer is offering tempting,

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any backyard Joes and a few Janes believe they are the grill kings and queens. Whether you use a ceramic, charcoal or gas grill, we won’t dispute that notion.

We will, however, provide some insight from Meating Street BBQ’s Brian Keenan to help you create your best Fourth of July barbecue ever.

“Everyone is in love with the Big Green Egg, but it’s a very tiny space for cooking things that take a long time,” Keenan said. “The offset cooker system, a very simple one that you can get from Academy Sports in Cumming, for example, does a great job for less than it will cost to purchase a Big Green Egg.” Instead, Keenan suggests learning about the basic principles of your heat source, the convection flow throughout the unit and “how all of that stuff works together to help you cook a great piece of meat.” When you are cooking large pieces of meat for extended periods of time, cook ribs at 210 to 225 degrees and beef brisket or pork shoulder at 250 to 275 degrees. “When I only had my Weber, that thing was fired up four or five times a week, particularly in the summer. There was always something on [it]. I still use it all the time when I am cooking for my wife and [myself], or for small groups at home. If you want to be good at it, you have to do it often. And, don’t be afraid to put your own spin on whatever you’re making,” Keenan offered.

{ KEENAN’S 10 BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR SMOKING OR GRILLING MEATS }

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Never use lighter fluid. Use a chimney starter, which you can start with a piece of paper and a match. If you are really into outdoor cooking, you

Create your own spice blend for your rubs or marinades, even if you only

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use two or three ingredients.

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Always cook meat on the bone when possible with the fatty side up.

need a chimney starter.

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If cooking on direct heat, use hardwood lump charcoal, not briquettes. Briquettes have unnatural components like chemicals and binders, which are really only good for cooking something quickly rather than over a long period of time.

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For smoking meats, use wood chips soaked in water or wood chunks and place them near the sides of the charcoal fire. Don’t add too much

will be dry.

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to reduce the long cooking time of large pieces like brisket, but always

4

If you start with a good quality piece of meat, you’ll likely end up with

You can let beef come to room temperature before it goes on the pit keep chicken and pork cool before you put it on the grill.

wood; you’ll over-smoke the meat. Use a water pan when you smoke meats.

Never poke the meat with a fork. All the juices will run out and the meat

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Adjust your cooking time accordingly so that the meat will be done when you want it to be. And always, always let whatever you have cooked or

some good barbecue. Bad pieces of meat can’t be improved just

smoked rest until an instant read thermometer shows an internal tem-

because you are a master griller.

perature of 140 before slicing into it.

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Epstein, an entrepreneur and mother of three, founded Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. to provide tasty sweets wholesome enough for her kids, and guilt-free enough for her. Dairy-, gluten- and fat-free, the 60 calories in these vegan and kosher-pareve pops come only from fruit, water and just a hint of organic cane sugar. The pops come in an assortment of five delicious flavors that leave your sugar cravings satiated, while keeping your health kick intact. Don’t be

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Can’t Forget the Kids You can’t keep a good thing down! A year after start-

ing their new high school program, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is now adding a pre-kindergarten program for the lucky 5 year olds. The program is designed to be challenging and prepare students for success in their future academic careers. Parents who have been looking for a pre-k in the community do not have to search any further for an all-week, full-day program. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is here to help with the growing demand of the prep year. “Our school is uniquely positioned to address this need and blessed to be able to do so,” said Jim Callis, Head of School. Located on Lower Roswell Road, the main campus will house the pre-kindergarten program with fully certified staff. Any parent whose child turns 5 years old by Sept. 1 can fill out a 2015-16 school year application. Hurry though, as spaces are limited for this program. For more information, call 770-971-0245 or visit mtbethelchristian.org. – Jennifer Arthurs

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More boutique bottled brands and handmade craft cocktails await at NEXT!@Kozmo, opening later this month.

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NEXT Up Six years ago, Karen Harper and Oswald Morgan wanted to create a city-vibe in the suburbs, while still offering affordable food. The result was the incredibly successful Kozmo Gastro Pub, as you may have seen on CBS Atlanta’s “Better Mornings.” Now, they’ve done it again. For your next big night out, head one door over. More boutique bottled brands and handmade craft cocktails await at NEXT!@Kozmo, opening later this month. NEXT!@Kozmo is a modern speakeasy connected to its

sister pub through a private passageway that leads to an intimate lounge area. From plush seating to the large share table and long “tequila-forward” bar, NEXT! invites you to bond with strangers or close friends over small plates of salmon riellete or crispy pork belly with kimchi. Dance to DJs and live music on Saturday evenings, or if you’re feeling elegant, sit under the company of chandeliers at their expanded banquet table. NEXT! will be open to the public from Thursday to Saturday and available for private events from Sunday to Wednesday. nextatkozmo.com

Shave This For Later If you’re a modern man tired of shaving or you simply love someone with some stylish facial hair, look no further than The Hairy Gentleman.

The fresh-cut company based in Smyrna launched this May and encourages quite the opposite. Owners Mitch and Jenny Brown, a dynamic husband and wife duo, wanted to expand upon their love for homemade crafts by starting a well-groomed company specifically made for facial hair enthusiasts. All products - handmade in small batches - are completely natural, without hard-to-pronounce chemicals, such as phthalates, parabens and butylparaben. The beard oil moisturizes hair follicles, while keeping your

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Songs Under the Stars From July 23 through Aug. 8, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre is partnering with the Chattahoochee Nature Center to bring back “Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America” to the Center’s Ben Brady Pavilion in Roswell. On stage, talented musicians and actors Robert J. Farley, Dolph Amick, Mary Nye Bennett, Christopher Damiano, Scott DePoy and Jeremy Wood celebrate the work of John Denver. Located along the bank of the Chattahoochee River, the venue is idyllic for packing a picnic to enjoy at the show or order from a

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It’s that time of year again, when we start gathering the ladies who have inspired others and share their stories with our readers. Whether through community outreach, savvy business skills or standout performances in their field, we want to know the women you deem as “Savvy & Successful.” Please submit your nominations at pointsnorthatlanta.com/2015-savvy-and-successful by August 7.

–@muchomachoman, via Twitter Editor’s Note: If horses can tweet, so can you! Be sure to let us know what you think of this issue, and what you’d like to see more of next month.

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The best way to beat the heat is finding a happy place. Boat drinks optional. Ken Shook • Martin’s Lake in Roswell

Each issue this year will end with black and white photography submitted by our readers. All photos not printed will be considered for the December issue, when Northside View returns to fill our pages front to back. Want to see your images in here? Know someone else who would? Please send your images of the Northside to editorial@pointsnorthatlanta.com.

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