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MARCH VINCE GILL MARCH 3, 2012 · 8:00 PM Grammy award-winning country artist Vince Gill visits the MPAC stage to perform his chart-topping songs, including “When I Call Your Name,” “I Still Believe in You,” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”

BOWFIRE MARCH 24, 2012 · 7:30 PM An ensemble of world-renowned musicians creates a seamless journey from jazz and classical to bluegrass and rock with a unique combination of stringed instruments, master musicians, intricate dancing and strong vocals. Don’t miss this high energy show.

APRIL COME FLY AWAY APRIL 3, 2012 · 7:30 PM This new Broadway musical combines the vocal stylings of Frank Sinatra and the dance choreography of Twyla Tharp with big band performances of “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” and “New York, New York.”

DISNEY LIVE: “THREE CLASSIC FAIRYTALES” APRIL 12, 2012 · 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM Join the Disney family for a live experience fit for royalty. Follow Cinderella, Snow White & Belle on a magical journey through three of the most popular fairytales ever created.

JAMES GREGORY APRIL 14, 2012 · 7:30 PM Heralded as “The Funniest Man in America,” James Gregory’s specific brand of humor, void of vulgarity, sets him apart from other comedians. His honest stories strike a chord with every member of the audience.

GARRISON KEILLOR APRIL 25, 2012 · 8:00 PM Known for his highly acclaimed radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor comes to the MPAC stage for a night of unbelievable storytelling.

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22 busy bee 24 singled OUT

The 411 on Single Life

In the search for love... do we value our values?

28 connections Reasons to Gather

Together We March

30 two are BETTER Ideas for couples

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Make love, not debt

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Katherine Webb Miss Alabama USA 2012

42 Look, Listen, Lounge Hot new music, movies, books, places

44 the LIST A who’s who of young leaders

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from the GIRLS The River Region Guide for All Things Social vol. 5, Iss. 2

RSVP got lucky to land our new editor, Lindsey Rodgers.  Her experience and background in editing and graphic design is the pot of gold we’ve wanted for years!  She is a great addition to the rest of our talented team. Some say that “luck” is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  If that is true, you will love this issue full of advice and helpful tips that will prepare you for when opportunities strike.  Men looking for good fortune need to start with their wardrobe. Our “Reply Yes” feature will show you the latest in men’s casual wear to help prepare you for your next outing.  “The Busy Bee” provides tips for the unlucky procrastinator to help you better organize your tax information.  RSVP has a March Madness bracket of our own, and we invite you to join in on the fun. So, even if your team doesn’t make it to the final four, several lucky players will win gift certificates to participating bars and restaurants. For those in the pursuit of romance, check out “Singled Out,” where our readers shared things they would NOT do for love.  We hope that you are lucky in love and keep your values close along the way. For those of you who have been hibernating this winter and want to get active, we have some helpful information that might motivate you to put on your sneakers, and hit the pavement running.  In the words of our favorite Irish blessing, may good luck be your friend in whatever you do, and may trouble be always a stranger to you.


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A SPIRIT Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, the body to act. - TROY Motto 1887

The Troy University story is not about a place. It’s about a spirit. TROY is one of Alabama’s and the nation’s leading universities with four state campuses, Division 1 athletics, a pioneering online education program, teaching sites worldwide and undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are nationally recognized for quality. But our greatest achievement? More than 140,000 alumni worldwide who found in TROY, and in themselves, the spirit of service and servant leadership.

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LEFT: It’s the weekend, and the lake is the one thing on your mind. Escape the daily grind with ease by throwing off your coat and tie and putting on your favorite pair of jeans or khakis with this pale yellow button-up by Scott Barber. This look is effortless but sure to impress. ABOVE: Aside from a man in a tuxedo, there is nothing sexier than a man in a crisp, clean white shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Dress it up with khakis or dress it down with jeans—either way, it’ll be impossible not to look classy.

RIGHT: Ideal for the Alabama heat and humidity, the khakis shown in this photo are climate controlled. These pants are truly an answered prayer for the golf course, a football game or an outdoor wedding in April.

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ames Bond—one of the first names that comes to mind when someone mentions a well-dressed man. Constantly looking sharp, he kicks butt and always gets the smokin' hot girl. Could there be a connection here? A recent study showed that 91 percent of Americans believe that a man who dresses well can appear more attractive than he truly is. This being said, guys— fate is in your hands!

With shopping not being on most men's list of top 10 favorite things to do, try comparing your attire to one of our favorite things in the South — college football. Uniforms in college football are separated into two categories: your trendy statements and your classic throwbacks. Take Auburn or Alabama for example. These two teams always stick to a clean, classic look just like a white oxford shirt with jeans or khakis. On the other hand, there is something exciting about seeing Oregon's unique uniforms throughout the season, so make sure you have pieces to spice it up every now and then. RSVP and The Locker Room teamed up to show readers you can have the best of both in one closet. MAR/APR 2012 RSVP 17


Look for bold pastels like the Paradise Plaid Baron shirt by Vineyard Vines. With a pattern like this, you’ll want to wear a subtle, solid color on bottom – print overload is a little distracting.

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For those of you who are not quite as audacious with your style, try wearing a colorful button-down over a neutral-colored T-shirt with shorts or jeans. Pay attention to the length of your shirt. Let's face it— no man has ever been able to pull off looking good in a dress unless you're Robin Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire.”


If you’re going for a throwback look, you don’t always look to jeans or khakis. Spice it up a little with these Maui Blue chinos by Vineyard Vines. They can be worn with just about anything. The shirt in this photograph is by one of The Locker Room’s top-selling brands, Peter Millar, known for sophistication and finelycrafted clothing.

One of the biggest trends we are seeing this season is gingham. Whether you’re looking to incorporate it in a shirt or shorts, you can find this pattern in just about any color. Remember, you don’t want to look monochromatic, so add a pop of color like the solid yellow polo seen in the photo above.

For the more outdoorsy type, check out this shirt by Patagonia made with environmentally-conscious materials that are breathable and even offer UV protection.

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Taxes, Taxes & More Taxes! By Art Leadingham, CPA and Partner, Leadingham Rodgers, LLC

For the majority of us, our 2011 taxes have already been determined. Now, it’s just a matter of getting the right information on the right form and in the right place. Here are some helpful tips for getting your taxes in order this year.

1. It

may not be too late to contribute to your retirement.

A few of us may have the opportunity to make an IRA (individual retirement account) contribution in 2012 that could be used against 2011 taxes. Check with your tax adviser if you are uncertain as to whether you fall into this bracket. 2. Now

is the time to set the tone for your 2012 taxes.

If you typically receive large refunds, change your withholding to have less tax withheld and more in your paycheck each time you get paid. On the other hand, if you typically have to write a large check to the government and you don’t like doing that, change your withholding to have more taxes withheld. This is the easiest approach for most people. Personally, I prefer to send the

government a small (less than 10 percent of what I owe) check each year. I don’t like other people using my money and not paying interest on it! 3. Plan ahead. To manage your taxes and minimize your tax bill, you need to know the rules of the game. Remember that planning and timing are critical. Your income could take an unexpected change, either up or down, which could significantly alter your expected tax obligation. Or, perhaps you bought that dream house? React quickly— understand the impact of the change, and modify your withholding accordingly. Knowing where you stand before the year ends also allows you to have an impact on your current taxes. Do I make that charitable contribution on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1? The difference in taxes might be significant.

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refunds, get your tax return filed as soon as possible. Waiting serves no purpose except to delay money in your pocket. If you owe money, there is nothing wrong with waiting until the last day. There are sound reasons for some to extend their tax return to the Oct. 15 deadline— it all depends on your own personal situation. 5. Documentation. It is important to keep your documentation in order by saving important documents— investments, real estate, marriage, divorce, parenthood, charitable gifts, new business launches and education. Some of these documents must be maintained for a long time. The government’s statute of limitations is generally three years, but we recommend maintaining your information for seven years and in some cases, like land purchases, even longer. 6. Certified

Public Accountant. Your CPA can be

a very valuable partner in providing answers to your questions and helping keep your tax bill to a minimum. Take advantage of their valuable expertise. We do cost money, but for many, the cost is outweighed by additional tax savings and the reduced stress and headaches of not having to do it yourself. Having a CPA also gives you someone to discuss questions, ideas and what-if ’s with year-round.

7. Tax Deadline. This year, the deadline for filing your taxes is April 17. Not to worry— if you don’t make the April 17 deadline, you can have until Oct. 15 provided you file an extension on time.

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In the search for Love, do we value our values? By Kristi Gates

I will not compromise myself for another person. I did that one too many times, and in the end, I lost sight of who I was because I wanted to mirror the other person. -Ashley R.

According to a quote from Roy Disney (Walt’s older brother and financier), “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know your values.” I wonder if Disney believes this is always true, even in matters of the heart. Obviously, having values implies we have a personal code of ethics – a way of deciphering right and wrong. And sure, we all like to think we have values. Who wants to admit they don’t have a sense of right or wrong? But when it comes to love, I bet we’ve all had friends who lost sight of their values. Maybe it’s even happened to us. Sometimes finding someone we think is perfect causes the line between what’s right and wrong to blur, and we find ourselves reasoning our values away. But let’s be honest. Values guide us

down our life’s path. They give us a moral compass, a sense of self-respect and sometimes, they get us out of sticky situations. That’s why it’s important to have a list of values we hold dear and true; values we won’t compromise – not even for love. Shouldn’t our values be like our goals in life? I know many people who write down their goals and keep them close by as a reminder. As silly as it might sound, maybe our values deserve the same respect and attention. As singles, we are all searching for companionship, romance and respect. We wanted to find out just how much values factor into that search. As Meatloaf sings, “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” We asked area singles how they would define “that.” Read on for their interesting insight:


I won’t ask someone to change. Genuine, authentic change must always stem from the self, otherwise it’s counterfeit. -Anonymous I won’t change who I am. -Linsey S. Love can take you to extremes, but I would never attempt to do something out of my sanity zone. If it’s good enough for the show “Fear Factor,” I might have to rethink the “love” thing. -Katherine M. I would never pursue a relationship with a friend’s husband or ex-husband, nor would I pursue a relationship with one of my ex’s close friends or co-workers. Ever. There are plenty of fish in the sea, so pass on this one. Selfish ambition or your need for an ego boost isn’t worth the pain that betrayal will cause. –Kim T.

I don’t want to ever feel like I’m losing sight of myself when I’m in a relationship. I want the other person to make me a better person, not change me to fit their mold. -Mary O.

I will not waste my time with a man who wastes his time playing video games. Call me crazy but I want a man, not a boy who spends too much time with his Xbox. -Brittney V.

I am a huge pet lover, so if a woman doesn’t like pets, or worse, doesn’t believe in animal rights, we wouldn’t be a match. -Taylor B.

I would never get involved with anyone related to my career. I’ve seen too many friends date a boss or co-worker, and it never ends well. I don’t want to hurt my professional reputation by mixing business with pleasure. -Susan R.

I won’t say “I love you” until I really feel it. I know too many people who say it before they’re sure if they mean it just because their significant other said it first. -Jenny R.

I won’t have sex before the fifth date. I know, it’s a little cheesy and old-fashioned, but I don’t want to share such an intimate action with someone I don’t really know. There’s not really a magic number on how many dates that takes, but I just know for me, it’s not usually before five. -Jackie A.

I would not isolate myself from family and friends. I have found that some of my girlfriends drop everything for a guy. Essentially, I would not make someone else a priority when, at the end of the day, it’s a possibility I may just be an option for them. -Anonymous

I could never date someone who doesn’t want children. That has always been a dream of mine. -Kylie P.

There are a number of things I would not do for love, but one revolves around my Christianity. I would not convert to a different religion for love. -Tia K.

I won’t censor my opinions. I will say straight up that I’m honest and very blunt, and I say what’s on my mind. The truth hurts, and I’ve had close female friends become enemies because I refuse to censor my opinions around them or their friends. -Jason D. A lack of ambition would be a deal breaker. I don’t want no scrub! -Penelope Y.

I will not put my dreams aside for a guy. -Tiffany C. I could not be with someone who doesn’t share the same political views as me. My political views are such a fundamental piece of me; they really make up most of my values. I don’t think I’d be compatible long-term with someone who didn’t share my views. -Austin C.

I will never sacrifice myself to be who someone else wants me to be. We are all whole, and I do not want or need someone to complete me. -Sheree W. I would never date a person with bad hygiene. ‘Nuff said. -Victor R. I would never leave a stable and great job to relocate for love without a commitment to get married – not in this economy! -Matt S. If someone tried to take away my time with my friends or family, I couldn’t do it. I would never ask that of someone, so I would not give up my family and friends for love. -Cat G. I could not date someone who mistreats their family. If they have no respect for their own family members, how are they going to treat me? -Brooke H.

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ootball is done. NFL, college, high school - all of it. With it goes the endless platters of game day food, the coolers of choice beverages and unfortunately, even the constant excuse to get together with friends and throw down. Sure, there are some benefits. That New Year’s resolution to lose some extra pounds may really be taking off recently. Or, maybe your brain is functioning at peak levels due to the increase in quality and quantity of sleep. For some reason, five pieces of pizza, 14 chicken wings, five oatmealraisin cookies and eight light beers is like an internal alarm clock at 3:30 a.m. But nevertheless, it doesn’t really matter what has gone right since football ended; you still miss the fun. Welcome to March, and more importantly, the answer to your social woes: the NCAA Tournament. True, very few of us were worried about our school’s basketball record those few weeks leading up to the Iron Bowl. Even if you pull for that team that won the National Championship this year, you probably still haven’t thought much about it. Well, now is the time to get invested. The NCAA Tournament consists of 68 teams and nearly a month of singleloss elimination. But the competition isn’t just for the basketball teams - not if you fill out your own bracket. All you have to do is pick the winners. The good news: one wrong pick doesn’t end your tournament. Even better: you don’t have to know anything about college basketball. The individual that won my main bracket competition last year simply picked the mascots. No judgment from me - I certainly didn’t win. If you’re fond of Huskies, Tar Heels or, God forbid, Blue Devils, you might try this method.

Regardless of how you fill in your bracket, there are some things to note. Don’t read too much into a team’s seed in the tournament. True, your No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will probably make it through a few rounds, but after that, expect some upsets. It is likely that a No. 3 or No. 4 will go down early, and it’s guaranteed that some No. 12 seeds will surprise some No. 5’s. I wouldn’t recommend trying to pick every one of them, but it is fun when you get one right. You get to rub it in with your friends and act like you know what you’re doing.

JOIN THE MADNESS Come celebrate March Madness with the RSVP team. By taking your RSVP March Madness bracket to participating bars during the games, you qualify to enter a drawing for $25 bar gift certificates—multiple winners at each bar!

Undoubtedly, the best part is meeting up with friends and watching your brackets fall apart. I typically keep a hard copy and a pen in my pocket. That way, no matter where I am, I can pull it out with a big grin and circle my winners or slide away from everyone else and reluctantly cross out whatever crappy team just killed my chances. It can be a lot of fun watching some random team knock out your best friend’s predicted champion, utterly destroying their bracket. Of course, if it happens to you, it sucks. But you never know— someone may buy you a sympathy beer. That’s a good possibility if you go out to watch the festivities. It seems that nearly all the restaurants and bars in the area have televisions now. There’s no doubt that March Madness will dominate them, and plenty of people will be there watching. So, prepare yourself to meet some new folks. If you find yourself bellied up to the bar next to some stranger with a bracket, be careful. If you’re pulling for the same team (and drinking), you probably just met your hangout buddy for March.

For more information, or to obtain the password to access the RSVP March Madness bracket, email us at events@rsvp-montgomery.com or call 334.356.4598.


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Make Love, Not Debt By: Lindsey Henig

Let’s face it. We all know more about the ups and downs of our favorite celebs’ love lives than we would like to admit. They’re together one minute, and the next, they’re not. They are living proof that money cannot buy you happiness. Finding the happy medium in your married life when it comes to finances is something we all struggle with. At the end of the day, two are better than one at managing your family’s finances. Here are a few tips to help you and your other half learn how to make sense of your dollars.

1) Make a plan, and write it down! Gather all your bills, statements, receipts and any other financial documents you may have together, and decide on a monthly financial game plan. It's just like any other goal in life— you are more likely to stick with it if you make a plan, and write it down. 2) Talk it out Communication is key in every part of your marriage, but it especially rings true when it comes to your money. Always keep your partner in the loop when it comes to when and where you are both spending your hard-earned cash. I don't mean every impromptu trip to T.J. Maxx, but expenditures that affect your family need to be communicated between the two of you. 3)

Teamwork

Instead of one partner taking the burden of balancing the finances, split the responsibility. If you balance the checkbook, let your spouse manage your investments. If you pay all the bills, ask your other half to organize all your receipts. A little bit will go a long way to help keep you from playing money tugof-war! 4) Make a monthly meeting In order to keep yourselves on track, commit to meeting once a month to review your spending, and hold yourselves accountable to the plan. Discuss future goals and current achievements, and make sure you are both still on the same playing field. 5) Celebrate I can taste the margaritas! Grab a fun dinner and a few cocktails, and celebrate the new, more financially sound power couple that you now are. Hard work deserves a reward, and successfully executing a new money game is no exception. Order dessert too...you earned it! So get together, collaborate and make your hardearned money last. You won't be surprised when you feel more at peace knowing your money is being spent and saved the way it should be to keep your family on track.

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Meet Katherine Webb Miss Alabama USA 2012

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er story rivals the fairy tale of “The Ugly Duckling,” and just as magical, it was the town of her birth where she realized her dream. On the stage of the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, competing against 46 hopefuls, Katherine Webb became Miss Alabama USA 2012. Overcoming her own personal winter, the crowning on this January night symbolized a deeper victory for this beauty queen who spent her adolescence feeling awkward. Her father’s change in occupation moved the family around Alabama and Georgia, which found young Katherine attending several different schools. Adjusting would be hard enough for

any kid, but especially for Katherine, who was anything but average. “I was always the tallest kid in my class, and classmates teased me for being awkward and lanky,” Katherine recalled. “I had bad posture and would slump over to make myself seem shorter than I really was.” Visibly, her height was not the only challenge mounting her insecurity. At the age of 5, she developed Vitiligo, the same skin disorder known for discoloring pop icon Michael Jackson. Between the mismatched shades on her skin and her clumsy appearance, Katherine found it hard to be accepted by others. Ever the oddball, to win over friends, she felt an inward pressure to please people, hoping that once they looked past her peculiarity, she would win them over with her personality. Playing outdoors with her older brother and younger siblings provided respite from self-doubt as these industrious childhood ventures found her playing in the mud, building forts and even going hunting. “I considered

myself a tomboy and loved to play softball.” Things began to change as her teenage years approached with welcomed advances. The make-up and self-tanning industries offered new corrective products, and her peers began catching up with her height. Once she was able to cover the flaws on her skin, the Vitiligo went unnoticed. Recognizing her advantage over shorter girls who wanted to wear heels, she

began to feel more confident about the way she looked and realized that “being tall wasn’t such a bad thing.” As her self-perception changed, it allowed her to realize that “all she ever had to do to be liked was to simply be herself; her inner beauty was the only thing that really mattered.” What set her apart as a child now served as an asset as those around her remarked about her height and encouraged her to become a model. MAR/APR 2012 RSVP 33


This steady persuasion made the fashion industry more appealing to Katherine, but it was a chance encounter at a local boutique that made her faraway dreams a reality. It was June of 2007, while curiously trying on gowns at a local boutique, that Katherine caught the attention of prom and pageant dress designer, Sherri Hill, who just so happened to be there on that same day. Sherri immediately noticed Katherine’s stature and beauty and without hesitation, asked her to model her designs in showrooms across several markets. The very next day, Katherine was modeling in the Atlanta showroom. During this period, Katherine was surrounded by numerous titleholders in the Miss America and Miss USA

pageants. This experience sparked a fresh desire within. “I secretly thought of how much fun it would be to compete in a pageant and win and go to Miss USA,” Katherine said. And so she did. Along with the support of Sherri, she entered the Miss Georgia USA pageant in 2008, and in her very first competition, Katherine placed top 15 and won Miss Photogenic. This level of success allowed her to see the unique platform pageants offered her to inspire others with her story. She dreamed of becoming a titleholder in the hopes of expanding her opportunities to share her personal testimony. Going to Miss USA became her dream, a goal embedded in her heart that motivated her to keep going and never give up. After the Miss Georgia USA pageant, Katherine enrolled at Auburn University and made a decision to break from pageants in order to focus her energy on her studies. As a student, she became involved with the fashion industry and signed a contract with a modeling agency based out of Atlanta and Chicago. She traveled throughout the U.S. to cities such as New York, Miami and Las Vegas and was able to walk the catwalk for many highly respected designers. She graduated from Auburn in 2011 with a degree in Business Management and Administration and currently works as a training director at Chick-fil-A in Phenix City, Ala. Reflecting on her accomplishments and the adversity she conquered as a young girl, Katherine further realized the important role pageants and modeling played in growing the confidence and self-assurance that eluded her as a child. A believer in Christ, she became even more secure “knowing she was created in God’s image and that alone was enough to make her perfect, no matter how different she was compared to others.” Katherine felt this was the perfect time to go for her dream. Having won Miss East Alabama on Jan. 28, 2012, approximately eight months after graduating from college, Katherine found herself competing in the Miss Alabama USA pageant. Despite losing a shoe during the swimsuit competition and answering a difficult on-stage question, her quiet confidence showed through as the judges selected her as Miss Alabama USA 2012. Katherine will move on to compete in the nationallytelevised Miss USA pageant on June 3 in hopes of becoming Miss USA 2012. Her desire throughout her journey is to encourage girls to pursue their dreams and to never let the fear of failure keep them from achieving their heart's greatest desires. For more on Katherine, visit www.missalabamausa.com. For information on becoming a contestant, visit www. rpmproductions.com.

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shows Montgomery Southern class with an urban twist By Lindsey Rodgers

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ontgomery’s trendy new restaurant, Central, has made its debut. The restaurant, located in the center of Montgomery’s downtown entertainment district, blends historic beauty, Southern comfort and a touch of urban modernity into one delectable dish. Walking in, one’s attention is immediately drawn to the exposed brick walls, heavy timber beams and 16-foot ceilings. The table tops and wine racks, made from the building’s reclaimed wood, give a casual yet impressive feel. Paired with local, seasonal Southern dishes, innovative cocktails, an open kitchen, bustling waiters dressed in jeans and gingham shirts and large gas wall sconces, each element of Central provides for a comfortable, fun and energetic dining experience full of atmosphere and aromas. Central’s historic building dates back to the 1890s, when it functioned as a warehouse for the wholesale grocer firm Schloss and Kahn. Jerry

Kyser purchased the building in June of 2001, and he and his team renovated the second floor of the building in 2008 to house the locallyknown banquet facility, 129 Coosa Street. With the downstairs restaurant space just waiting to be used, Jerry Kyser, his son, Jake Kyser, and his nephew, Kyle Kyser, started marketing it to local restaurateurs before deciding to open up a restaurant of their own. They had just begun working on the concept of the restaurant when they found Bob Amick and Todd Rushing’s Atlanta-based company, Concentrics Restaurants, a restaurant management and development firm that builds restaurants from the early ideas to the opening and management stages. “We were trying to develop our concept and ideas for a restaurant here, so we went to eat at one of his (Amick’s) restaurants in Atlanta, TWO urban licks,” said Kyle Kyser. “We were just blown away by the feel, the energy and the open kitchen

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with a wood-burning grill. It was fun and had good, fresh food with approachable price points.” It was just the type of atmosphere they were looking to incorporate into their own restaurant. With that, Jerry Kyser and Kyle Kyser pitched their idea to Amick, who agreed to come to Montgomery and check out the space. Once Amick and Rushing were on board, the restaurant developed quickly. “We wanted a locally-owned, unique spot that would drive people in the community here,” Kyle Kyser said. “We wanted it to be appealing to someone coming down for a Biscuits baseball game—a casual environment where they might want to come in for a burger and a beer, but we also wanted it to be somewhere you could come for a special occasion like an anniversary dinner or Valentine’s Day. We were really trying to give it a broad appeal instead of giving it a focused niche.” According to Kyle Kyser, most of the theme was driven by Amick,


along with Mallory Watson Searcy, an interior designer with 2WR. Amick and Searcy picked out the furnishings, the lighting and helped come up with the idea to reclaim most of the wood from the existing building or other historic buildings around town. The riddling rack wine wall was made from the heart of pine found in the building, and the bar was made from Oregon fir obtained from a building in Montgomery that was a glass company in the 1920s. “We love the historic charm of the building; it just can’t be duplicated,” Kyle Kyser said. “You can go buy light fixtures and interiors anywhere, but the bones of this restaurant are one-of-a-kind. It’s been nothing but a warehouse for more than 100 years, and the fact that we’ve brought this incredible life into these four walls is probably what I like most about it.” In addition to its restaurant space, Central has three private dining and event spaces perfect for customers looking for the atmosphere of Central but in a more intimate group setting. These spaces are ideal for wedding receptions, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, supper club groups—you name it.

While the atmosphere of Central gives it its warm, urban feel, the food is what makes the experience unforgettable. Chef Michael Bertozzi began his career working as the Sous Chef for Amsterdam Café in Auburn, Ala. He moved on to hone his skills working for Cameron Thompson at TWO urban licks in Atlanta, and now, he’s back in Alabama as the Executive Chef of Central. Bertozzi spent three months developing Central’s menu, a Southernthemed menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients like fresh Gulf seafood, local meats and fresh, local vegetables. “It’s an open kitchen where you can see what we’re doing and see what the chefs are cooking. When people can put a zip code on the things they’re eating, when they can actually see how the meal is produced, it has a lot more meaning to it. We’re definitely one-of-a-kind, but it’s good, comforting food and a comfortable atmosphere. You’re never going feel out of place here.” According to Bertozzi, some of the most popular entrees include the woodgrilled Gulf amberjack, the Gulf red snapper and the “steak-frites.” Favorite appetizers include the crispy quail, the Georgia white shrimp and the pork belly sliders. Still can’t make up your mind? Try the Southern relish board, a sampling of boiled peanut hummus, pimento cheese, pickled local vegetables, country ham, local cured sausage and the house mustard. With items like these on the menu, it’s hard to go wrong with any choice you make. So, whether you’re out for a night on the town with friends, on a date or looking for a quick bite to eat after the game, stop by Central and check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Central is located at 129 Coosa St. in downtown Montgomery. It serves dinner six nights a week and will be opening for lunch soon. It is open Monday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5:30p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar opens nightly from 4 p.m. until late night. For more information on Central, visit their website at central129coosa.com or call 334.517.1155.

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts presents a memorial to the victims of the April 27, 2011 storms By the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

 

The awe-inspiring power of tornadoes and our firsthand knowledge of what they can do hold a deep fascination for many. These terrible storms are interpreted in the works of the artists featured in the exhibition, “Tornadoes,” on view at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from March 10 to June 3. These artists are Californian David Maxim, Florida-based artist Ke Francis, Seattle-based Studio Glass artist Ginny Ruffner and two artists based in Tuscaloosa, Sumerlin Brandon and Caleb O’Connor. The last two artists had personal experience of the destruction caused by the storms that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011.   While tornadoes are often described as manifestations of nature at its most destructive, these artists portray the dualistic character of these storms in their work. The mesmerizing forms of enormous spinning funnels of air can be visually enchanting; however, there is also ample evidence of the destruction and tragedy they leave in their wake. The works of art in this exhibition are a visual commemoration and memorial

to the victims of the storms of April 27, 2011, providing an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the losses suffered, as well as to celebrate the community spirit that aids in recovery and renewal.   In addition, the Museum will host an artist talk on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. titled “Witness of Destruction and the Strength of the Human Spirit.” The talk will feature artist Caleb O’Connor, who left Chicago in 2009 to undertake a mural commission for the federal courthouse in Tuscaloosa.  After a year of researching the history of the area, followed by a year of painting, O’Connor was working on a scene of Moundville when the city was ravaged by the April 27 tornadoes.   Moved by the nobility and spirit of the citizens of Tuscaloosa who helped each other across lines of race and class, O’Connor reworked his mural design to commemorate the event. O’Connor will discuss his work and his thoughts about the compassion he witnessed in April 2011. Tornado 1 (above): 2002.0018Ke Francis, Tornado Hay House, ca.1982, Mixed media construction, Gift of Jean Thickens Cooper Tornado 2 (left): David Maxim, Untitled, May 2006, pastel, charcoal, graphite and water wash on laid paper, 2011.10.6

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By Blue Sullivan                   Am I the only person in the River Region whining about the weather?  If you’ve been within earshot of me lately, I apologize.  These cold, gray, sticky, wet days we’ve been having in spades are wreaking havoc on my dopamine levels.  I haven’t gotten sick, yet I remain unduly affected by this uncharacteristically UV-free meteorology.  Perhaps it’s the scarcity of vitamin D in my system (the sun is the primary provider of this essential vitamin) causing my winter malaise.  Whatever the reason, let me start a petition for sunshine right now, if none exists. It would probably help both me and you, dear reader, if I would shut up about the stupid weather and perform the task I’m called here for—providing some wonderful new music, movies and websites that will shine a little metaphorical sunlight on the dull March landscape.  

LOOK: Friends With Kids In Theaters March 9th This welcome March release is an ensemble comedy about the effect children have on a circle of close friends.  As the last members of the group without children of their own, two friends (played by Adam Scott and the film’s writer/ director, Jennifer Westfeldt) decide to have a baby together.  That they choose to do so while still continuing to date other people provides the comic friction for this well-reviewed film festival favorite.  Also found in the great comic cast are Bridesmaids veterans Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph and John Hamm.

SURF: Know Your Meme Knowyourmeme.com This site is like the IMDB of internet fads, viral videos and various other web phenomena.  A documentary history of every silly thing that ever captured the net’s attention for 15 minutes is available here.  That means every moment of YouTube ignominy is at your disposal, along with more cute animal videos than any human being could logically ever need. Jump on and say goodbye to getting any work done for at least one afternoon.

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LISTEN: Frank Ocean – “Strawberry Swing” In each one of these columns, I’ve tried to choose music that encapsulates the time of year in which it is written.  This gorgeous cover of a Coldplay song (off their “Viva La Vida” album) does just that.  It’s a goodbye to an old friend that possesses a rare ethereal beauty that almost perfectly encapsulates the chilly melancholy of this time of year.  Get it on iTunes post-haste, and see if it doesn’t conjure the same feelings in you too.   42

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LENETTA BANKS For LeNetta Banks, president of The LeNetta Banks Group, LLC, helping others actualize their vision and achieve life goals is not merely her profession, but her supreme passion.  As a life coach and motivational speaker, the Air Force Academy graduate and former Air Force Captain completed her career at Maxwell AFB teaching leadership before branching out to birth her own business. She has since written an audio book, found on lenettabanks.com, titled “Vision Run: Goal Setting for Winners!”  “It’s a great process to push through procrastination and move forward with any goal,” says LeNetta of her book.  “I love watching their lives change forever as they realize their purpose and walk in it.”  She now holds two degrees and is in the process of obtaining a doctorate in Human Sciences from Capella University, but that doesn’t mean LeNetta hasn’t fallen on hard times. “After battling through unemployment in a tough economy, I decided to take my career into my own hands and start my own company.” The Rochester, N.Y. native has made a home for herself and her two beautiful children, Lydia and Isaiah, in Montgomery, where she is a member of many community organizations including Family Sunshine Center Board of Directors, Women Business Owners of Montgomery, Fresh Anointing Women in Ministry International, Capital City Club Executive Women’s Council, EMERGE Montgomery and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

JORGE CASTRO Jorge Castro is part of an emerging group of young businessmen who have immigrated to Alabama in recent years.  Jorge is co-owner and general manager of Cantina at the Alley, a flavorful addition to the reinvigorated downtown region since May of last year.  A graduate of the MIT program from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, Jorge worked for 10 years in the treasury department with two of the biggest corporations in his home country.  In addition, he held an influential editorial position with one of Mexico’s most prominent newspapers.  Jorge moved to Birmingham in 2000 to aid his brothers with their restaurant, Sol y Luna.  Since then, the family has opened two more restaurants in Birmingham and one here in Montgomery.  Who does Jorge attribute such wonderful success to?  “The most influential person was my brother Guillermo, who passed away,” Jorge explains. “He was such a special person to me.  We dreamt of success together, and though I miss him, I owe it to him to continue our dreams.”  Since coming to the River Region in 2010, Jorge has been welcomed with open arms by the community.  “Since the first time my brother and I got here, people have been wonderful to us.  They always smile, and they always want to help.” Sharing Jorge’s success story are his wife, Aimee, their daughter, Cecilia, and their son, Jorge Jr.

ERIC ISAACSON Selling the business of transporting people and protecting their prized possessions is the calling of Eric Isaacson, director of marketing for Isaacson Family Enterprises. Among the companies Eric represents are A Mini Flex SelfStorage, Alabama Truck Rentals and the Montgomery New Business Incubator. He also works with their partnership of Touch of Class Limousine & Transport. Possessor of a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama, Eric has been involved in the business world since he was 9 years old. His mother began teaching him about antiques, later helping open antique booths at Southeast Antiques & Collectibles and the Eastbrook Flea Market. Later, Eric went to work with his family, starting as a janitor and working his way up to his current role as director of marketing. “When my father first bought A Mini Flex Self-Storage, everyone in the family was wondering what he was thinking,” Eric explains. “But he explained to me that opportunity is in the eye of the beholder.” Eric has since had a huge impact on the growth of these family businesses. “I have learned how not to be stunted by the short term in favor of long-term vision.” When he’s not helping to grow these companies, he acts as a member of the Board of Trustees for Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, a junior board member for the University of Alabama Hillel, an active participant in EMERGE Montgomery and is a regular speaker at the Future Business Leaders of America club at Booker T. Washington Magnet School. Eric also represents these businesses when attending the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Hospitality Association and the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors events. 46

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RICHARD YOUNGER                                                           

For CPA Richard Younger, owning and operating a business is a way of life.  In tandem with commencing Montgomery CPA Associates, Richard is also the co-owner of the downtown Dreamland Bar-B-Que, the Deli at Alley Station, Montgomery Restaurant Partners and he is spearheading another restaurant currently in the works for the old Brew Pub site. When asked if he feared embarking on these business ventures, Richard confidently replies, “I have always believed in hard work, being aggressive and taking advantage of opportunities as they arise.”  The Auburn University graduate does note, however, that he attributes much of his success to the encouragement and support from his wife, Larissa. “She has always unconditionally supported me when starting a new business.”  As a lifelong Montgomery resident, Richard is thrilled with the opportunity to serve as CPA and trusted financial adviser to his clients and continues to provide superior accounting services to both businesses and individuals.   His CPA practice also specializes in serving as a financial expert witness in litigation involving commercial damages, lost profits, forensic accounting, business valuation and divorce.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the River Region United Way, is active in the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and even coaches baseball.  When he does find downtime, Richard spends it with his wife and three boys – Jackson, Carter and Davis.

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LATONYA DUNCAN LaTonya Duncan believes in making people look great. To her, it’s not just a God-given talent but a passion as well. As a member of Christian Life Church, she tries to follow her church’s motto, “Loving God, changing lives and serving Christ.” Owner of Hair Sensual Salon and Make-up in Millbrook, LaTonya provides by-appointment-only hair styling and makeovers to a growing clientele that come from all over the U.S. LaTonya has been in the beauty business since 1995. “I worked very hard to get where I am today,” LaTonya explains. “I get joy when I see that I did something to bring a smile to someone’s face by doing what I love to do best. Part of LaTonya’s gift is helping customers who suffer from major hair issues like Alopecia, a disease that causes hair loss. A sufferer of Alopecia herself, LaTonya knows the importance of a great hairstyle and creating self-esteem. She always says “If you look good, then you feel good.” She isn’t just a business success, either, as LaTonya is currently working toward a degree in social and criminal justice. She is also a firm believer in community activism, serving as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., The Order of the Eastern Star, The March of Dimes and mentoring to young ladies through Eve’s Circle in Millbrook. She is also involved with Autism Speaks and has firsthand knowledge of those challenges having raised her eldest son with Asperger’s syndrome. She has four children with her husband, Reginald—Autussi, Christian, Evan and Reginald Jr. In addition to her work for the Salvation Army, school, business and raising a family, LaTonya is writing a self-help book for young women called “Mistaking Mr. Wrong for Mr. Right,” which should be released this summer. “LaTonya’s commitment and spirit of excellence to the hair care profession has been a valuable asset to her personal life,” said LaTonya’s client, Dr. Sheila Austin.

Phone: 334.271.3778 & 334.271.3994 | Fax: 334.271.3172 8073 Eastchase Parkway | Montgomery, AL. 36117 Owner | Master Cosmetologist, Steve Leonard Monday & Saturday 9am-5pm Tuesday - Friday 9am-8pm

STEVE LEONARD Stemming from a long line of hair dressers, Steve Leonard has used his talent and expertise to catapult his career as a Master Hair Stylist and has recently opened his own Aveda salon, Studio 4619.  Since he regularly attends prestigious hands-on training sessions all over the country, including Miami, Las Vegas and New York, Steve is ever evolving his craft, ensuring that he continually remains on the cutting edge of hair artistry for his clients.  Although he bravely faced the obstacle of launching a business in the midst of a recession, Steve has enjoyed immense success.  “The community has been so supportive since we opened.  I enjoy the people I get to meet along the way because many of my clients turn into close friends.”  To show his gratitude to the community for embracing the studio, Steve and his salon constantly give back in as many ways as possible, including participating in various charities, serving on the Chamber of Commerce, selling the striking artwork of local artists and offering a military discount.   Outside of the salon, Steve spends his free time with the most important person in his life, his 8-year-old daughter, Tori.  “She is the main inspiration in my life and the reason for the achievement of my goals.”

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JENNIFER COOPER As owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes, Jennifer Cooper specializes in sweet dreams of the confectionery kind.  The road to her current success didn’t begin in cooking school, however.  A graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Secondary Science Education, Jennifer initially worked as a 7th grade science teacher in Fort Payne, Ala., before moving back to Auburn and opening Gigi’s Cupcakes.  Since creating her inaugural location in Auburn, Jennifer added a location in Montgomery near the end of last year, and she is slated to open a location in Columbus, Ga., by mid-year.  When asked where this impressive drive comes from, Jennifer is quick to credit her husband, Patrick, and her parents.  Her father’s story is a particular inspiration to her.  “He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 25, a few years before I was born,” Jennifer explains.“He passed away two weeks before he turned 50.  The one thing that sticks out in my mind about my dad through his whole battle with MS is that he never stopped smiling.  If he can smile through that pain, why can’t I handle anything that comes my way?”  That positive message carries through in both her work with Patrick, the financial mind behind Gigi’s, and her home life with their 2-year-old son, Clay.

CHARLES SOLOMON Mastering this age of digital information is the calling of Charles Solomon, manager of Information Technology at Aldridge, Borden and Company, P.C.  Charles started as a runner for the firm at 18, and within weeks, he was promoted to System Support Specialist for his skill and hard work.  All the while, he worked toward his bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Auburn University at Montgomery, graduating in 2002.  In 2005, Charles became IT Manager for his firm, and he’s enjoyed every moment of it.  “I like being able to help people by introducing new, efficient and often fun technology,” he notes.  Asked where his strong work ethic comes from, Charles gives full credit to his parents.  “My father instilled it in me at an early age.  My mother also taught me to take education seriously, and they both taught me honesty and integrity.”  Outside of work, Charles is a volunteer and Executive Board officer at the Montgomery Humane Society, and he also volunteers for the Alabama Animal Alliance Spay and Neuter Clinic.  Charles has a true love for the River Region and its people.  “I think the size and diversity of Montgomery is just right for me.  Because of the Air Force bases, the universities and Hyundai, Montgomery has a vibrant influx of people and cultures from all over.”  At home, Charles and his wife, Deborah, have four “fur kids”—their dog, Molly, and three cats, Eva, Sylkie and Pipchen.  

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WENDY DAEHN After many years as a successful entrepreneur and business owner in Pensacola, Fla., Wendy Daehn has brought her creativity and diligence to the River Region as the marketing manager for Continuing Education at Auburn University at Montgomery.  After helping to grow a small newspaper publication before seizing the challenge of owning her own travel magazine,Wendy left the Sunshine State for her current role with the University.   “The greatest influence on my current career was the experience I gained owning my own business where every decision I made had a direct effect on the success of my business.  I had to be self-motivated, goaloriented and determined in order to be successful.”  Among her many job responsibilities, Wendy finds the most joy in designing the promotional material to raise community awareness for programs that range anywhere from business conferences to camps for children.  The proud mother of two boys is incredibly active in her children’s academic lives by serving on their school board, and she loves to go water skiing with them on the weekends at her cozy home on Lake Jordan.  She enjoys watching the sunset on the water every evening with her sons and husband Dustin.

DR. RALPH REDD For Dr. Ralph Redd, Chief of Surgery at Baptist Medical Center South, ensuring patients a long, happy life is the ultimate goal.  A vascular surgeon since 2003, Dr. Redd is one of the best and brightest young doctors in his field.  A graduate in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, he stayed in Atlanta after receiving his bachelor’s degree and eventually graduated from Emory University with a doctorate in Medicine.  After school, Dr. Redd completed an intensive five-year residency at the Carolinas Medical Center. He then finished a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at St. Louis University Hospital before finally moving to the River Region for the position he’s now held for more than eight years.  When asked who inspired his brilliant career, Dr. Redd doesn’t hesitate to give thanks.  “My mother has been the biggest influence on my success,” he says.  “Her unwavering support and unconditional love is unsurpassed. She has led by example.”  At work, Dr. Redd carries that inspiration with him as he sets about preserving and prolonging the lives of his patients.  “What I love most about my job is the instant gratification I get from the positive impact that my vascular surgical procedures have on my patients’ lives,” he notes.  “I have the privilege to resolve potentially life-threatening problems for my patients.”  When not doing life-saving work, Dr. Redd relaxes at home with his lovely wife, Cassondra, and their two daughters, Lindsey, 16, and Leah, 9.

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IN motion

By Mark Anderson

I know from personal experience that the hardest step you ever take when starting a new exercise regimen is that first step out the door or off the couch. Nevertheless, the physical and mental rewards are great, and a little self discipline can translate into a life-changing experience. I took my first steps a little more than a year ago and, unsurprisingly, started out completely wrong. I have always been physically active, but I had allowed myself to get out of shape for a few years. As a former football and rugby player, my philosophy was to smash right in and hit the pavement. I would hammer away until I was exhausted and in pain. This philosophy had always worked for me, but now that my glory days are drifting further into the distant past, this plan is no longer viable. I ended up hating every minute of it, was miserable and I almost quit. Fortunately for me, I discovered stair running. In college, I acquired a bad knee while suffering under the delusion that I could run over a 350-pound Naval Academy prop forward, and about six weeks into my festival of pavement-pounding torture, I was hurting. In one of my numerous complaining sessions, my friend Sara recommended I take a break and head out to Blount Cultural Park to walk the lake stairs with her. I walked with her for a while and then started running. Remarkably, I experienced almost no knee pain and was able to run farther on the stairs than I could on flat level pavement. This became my routine, and within six weeks, I was averaging five to eight kilometers on a daily basis without knee pain. I was feeling great, and the weight was finally dropping off. The odd thing was, despite the fact that I could run 10 kilometers up and down a flight of granite stairs, I would still struggle every time I attempted flat level running.

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This made very little sense to me until I was fortunate enough to interview Quinn Millington. He is a physical therapist with board certifications in orthopedics and clinical electrophysiology, and he focuses on endurance athletes in practice. Quinn is a certified athletic trainer, a runner and a triathlon participant. He is also an owner of PT Solutions and Montgomery Multisport. During this fascinating conversation, I discovered that by taking up running stairs, I was accidentally correcting my two problem areas when it comes to running: heel striking and over training/lack of pacing. The definition of “heel striking” is self-explanatory. It is a running gait in which the runner makes hard ground contact with a nearly straight knee, thus placing most of the impact on the leg and knee. I ran exactly this way for years. Quinn explained that individuals who have a mid foot strike are much less prone to injury and that, by running stairs, I had automatically shifted from a heel strike to a mid foot strike. Chi running, which usually employs a mid foot strike, takes advantage of a gravity-assisted forward lean and causes the runner to use core strength in addition to the legs to assist in propulsion and absorb impact. This distributes the impact throughout the body in a spring-like system. Quinn often hears from people who say they “just hate running.” When he digs a little deeper, he finds that many people start out, just as I did, by diving in head first and trying to run too hard. As I can unquestionably confirm, this approach leads to misery. You end up exhausted, unable to run very far and discouraged. This type of fatigue occurs when you exhaust all of your immediate energy stores. If you slow down, your body is capable of continuing to provide energy without exhaustion. When starting out,


you should break up your runs into intervals of running and walking. This will prevent premature exhaustion and allow you to build stamina. Again, this caused a light bulb to figuratively go off in my head. I had been just like many people who come to him “frustrated and injured” from starting out too fast and not pacing myself. What I did by adopting stair running was to break my run into fast and slow-paced intervals which allowed for duration and distance improvements. I would highly recommend a visit to Montgomery Multisport before you start. The store is designed for the new runner as well as the experienced runner. The staff provides services like viewing your digital footprint to look at foot distribution, performing treadmill tests to review and record the runner’s gait pattern and determining what type of shoe would most help in establishing or maintaining the appropriate neutral foot position. The staff can also assist you in devising a training plan. Quinn mentioned several internet sites that have “Couch to 5K” training programs. Now that I have been “enlightened,” I am transitioning into a mid foot running gait and pacing myself while flat level running. By following Quinn’s recommendations, I have begun to experience excellent results. I am now able to vary my stair running regimen without pain and frustration. So get off that couch, and get out there. Do it the right way, and you will not regret it!

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Southern Bridal Faire, an exclusive event held for blushing brides-to-be, is sure to become an annual affair for Montgomery and River Region ladies. For its first year, the event was held at the RSA Activity Center in historic downtown Montgomery. Brides were able to meet and greet with the region’s top tier wedding professionals, including photographers, DJ’s, florists and even some vendors they hadn’t considered yet, like makeup artists, ice sculptors and dance instructors (for that all-important first dance). According to the brides, the favorite part of the day was the opportunity to taste the savory catering and decadent wedding cakes.

The brides were treated to two fashion shows, with bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns provided by A Touch of Class Formals. Hair was done by William Mason Salon, and makeup was done by LUSH Makeup Art. Guests sipped on sweet tea and a signature Bridal Faire Bellini served in mason jars, and they munched on treats at the Pecan Bar, courtesy of Tucker Pecan Co. To top it all off, brides received a cute, reusable tote bag filled with goodies and chances to win giveaways from each of the vendors. There was excitement in the air as brides took in new ideas and daydreamed about making their big day just perfect.

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Table Talk Southern Cuisine a look at Southern Cuisine

by Mark Leslie Photography by Josh Moates

“Dah-lin,’ whatchyou wanna drink? Sah-weeet teee?” And with that, this Yankee knows exactly where he is—sitting at a restaurant table in the Deep South, about to eat some good cookin.’ “Southern cuisine” is as varied as the Southern states themselves, but I think most Southern food fits into three major groups: “barbecue,” “meat-andthree” and “dressed-up Southern.” Though these groups may seem obvious, I visited three Montgomery restaurants that did a little “somethin’, somethin’” different from the obvious.

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Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, is known for their “Q” across the South— and even as far west as Colorado; however, on a recent trip to eat at the one on Montgomery’s Atlanta Highway, I decided to ignore the menu and go “off-road” by ordering the fish tacos. How did I know to do that? Well, friends had given me the heads-up that the occasional “Fish Taco Lunch Special” could be ordered any time, whether it was a special or not. They raved about it, so I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about. Tacos work best when a variety of textures and tastes are combined,

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and these didn’t disappoint—fried, tender and sweet catfish filets were nestled in a flour tortilla, topped with Jim ’N Nick’s creamy, crunchy coleslaw and served with lime wedges for squeezing. Nothing complicated here. In every bite— sweet, crunchy and tangy, but I wanted a little heat. Luckily, since it is a barbecue place, I could drizzle some of their “Original Concoction” sauce on top of the slaw. And, if you like a little tamed chaos in your mouth, I would recommend the Habanero “Hot & Spicy” sauce—it wasn’t CRAZY hot, so it enhanced the other flavors

without turning your mouth into a four-alarm blaze! An added bonus—the basket of little cheddar muffins with honey butter brought to your table while you wait for your meal to be prepared. I really like it when a barbecue menu offers something outside the usual “pit” selections. Ordered individually, making this taco an inexpensive entrée, I recommend doing a little “off-road” ordering at Jim ’N Nick’s—maybe they’ll turn it into a regular menu “catch” and not a “sometimes special.” It’s worth the trip—hook, line and sinker!


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Table Talk a look at Southern Cuisine

1700 Mulberry Street • 334.263.7341

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hashy’s has a diner vibe with a sophisticated slant—large, shaded crystal chandeliers hang above café tables, upholstered booths, scored cement floors and corrugated metal walls. Dressed-up comfort, like jeans and a blazer, lets diners know the menu is not overcooked greens, blackeyed peas and cornbread—the “Fresh Montgomery Curb Market Vegetable plate” will make you enjoy fresh vegetables all over again. Though the menu offered such things as “Greek-Style Grouper,” “Chicken Pot Pie” and “Grilled Salmon Salad,”

it was the “Smoked Beef Tenderloin with Homemade Horseradish Sauce” that called my name. Smoked tenderloin and a side of spicy horseradish, served with roasted potatoes, a mixed green salad and a roll might sound like a huge plate of food, but the serving size was not overdone. The beef was very tender—I almost didn’t need a knife. The salad was nicely dressed with a little feta tossed within, and the large chunked, roasted new potatoes were seasoned with rosemary.

I even had room for a slice of “Lemon Orange Cake”—double-layered yellow cake with lemon curd filling and orange zest frosting. Shashy’s has a bakery with cakes, pies, cookies and breads, which adds to the casual atmosphere, tempting you to be a bit indulgent. And isn’t that the heart and soul of all Southern cuisine? Temptation and a little indulgence—with a sweet tea to wash it down!

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REJUVENATE THE SENSES From hot stone massages to signature facials, the Spa at Montgomery offers a variety of services meant to relax the mind and replenish the body. This 9,000-square-foot European style spa is located in the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in downtown. Take advantage of all the facilities included with every treatment. Quiet Rooms provide a break from the regular routine and the steam room and whirlpool are the perfect complement to any spa service. Also stop by the full salon and movement studio to complete the experience. Reward yourself at the Spa at Montgomery. For more information or to book an appointment, please call 334.481.5210.

RENAISSANCE MONTGOMERY HOTEL & SPA AT THE CONVENTION CENTER 201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery AL 36104 t:334.532.0700 renaissancemontgomery.com Part of the Resort Collection on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

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Table Talk a look at Southern Cuisine

5251 Hampstead High Street • 334.284.8989

MARK LESLIE

Mark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s “TODAY” show, loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. His “Beyond the Pasta” app, named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple, includes photos, helpful videos and more of Nonna’s familystyle Italian recipes. He writes of his food experiences on his blog, www. beyondthepasta.com, and he has a biweekly cooking segment on “Alabama Live!” WSFA-12, Montgomery’s NBC affiliate. In addition to his work for RSVP Montgomery magazine, he has written online articles for PaulaDeen. com, Food Republic and Becoming Italian Word by Word. A Chicago-area native and Yankee by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for more than 24 years and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!

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Farmhouse Kitchen, located in Hampstead down Taylor Road, is a “meat-and-three” serving up the usual favorites for lunch, but for dinner, they switch it up with a Harlem favorite—chicken and waffles. The origin of this unlikely sounding combo has its roots in the South, though I hadn’t heard of it until friends in New York City took me to a late-night Harlem soul food restaurant after an evening of cocktails. Many claim the dish was an after-hours favorite of Harlem jazz musicians and music fans. Farmhouse Kitchen’s version is a classic—crispy and salty fried chicken is paired with a big waffle and syrup. The combination of salty

and sweet really hits the spot. Still think this an odd-sounding combo? Consider this—who doesn’t like a little syrup on their morning bacon with pancakes? Same idea here. The fried chicken was juicy and perfectly cooked, while the waffle was freshly made and hearty enough to stand up against the chicken breast—a pancake would be too thin to serve with fried chicken. If you are looking for a glamorous or sophisticated dish, this isn’t it. But good food doesn’t always have to be a piece of edible art. Sometimes, straight-up, honest food like a “meatand-three” plate or “chicken and waffle” fits the bill, and Farmhouse Kitchen is doing that right.


5 trends for re-vamping your eye shadow By Rebekah Edwards

Eyes before base Always apply your eye shadow first. This way, if you have shadow dust fall under your eyes, you can use eye makeup remover without the worry of taking off your concealer and base. Try Pure Comfort Eye Makeup Remover by Aveda. It’s oil-free, non-irritating and it won’t leave an oily residue on your skin.

"C" what's in Everyone has a contouring area on the eye.  It starts in the outer corner, and it goes into the crease above the eyelid. I call this the "C" shape. Try adding a darker color in this area by moving the brush in a "C" motion to create the smoky look without making the eye too dark overall. Apply a lighter color on the lid area. If you have smaller eyes, apply the lighter color from the lid to the eyebrow, and add the darker “C” shape just above the crease. This will open the eye more.

Step in line Make sure you change your eyeliner regularly. Want to vamp it up but have trouble using liquid eyeliner? Try a cream liner. It looks like a liquid, but it goes on cleaner.  You can also dust eye shadow over your liner to change the color. Remember, when applying eyeliner, don’t pull your skin toward the outer eye. This causes ripples in the skin. Instead, gently pull your eye up near the brow. Try glominerals Cream Liner in espresso or ebony. You can purchase it at Doug’s 2 Salon-Spa

Blend baby blend Every girl needs a blender brush. This brush will make your eye shadows blend together, creating a smooth, sleek look. Once you apply your shadow color, take a clean blender brush, and start at the outer eye. Make small, circular motions beginning at the outer eye and moving all over the lid to smooth out creases or ridges in the eye shadow.

False it darling! You can transform any look with the correct set of lashes. They can be used for every occasion—whether you’re headed to a cocktail party or just stepping out for a night on the town, false lashes will add that extra volume and length to your lashes. Once you get the hang of applying them, it's a quick and easy process. Book an appointment with Rebekah at Doug’s 2 Salon-Spa, and she’ll help you choose the right lashes for your eye size and teach you how to apply them. 62

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Whether you are buying or selling, Your needs are my objectives. The premier fine art & craft festival for the central Alabama region. A wonderful selection of art, food, entertainment and activities will be offered for people of all ages. Join us in being a part of this year’s festivities.

Thomas O. Patterson, REALTOR® Residential Sales | Aronov Realty (334) Office: 277-2700 | Direct: 399-0454 Thomas@ThomasOPatterson.com Member Montgomery Area Association of Realtors®

7027 Halcyon Park Drive | Montgomery, AL 36117

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Hampstead Chickens Have you met Hampstead’s newest residents — Daisy, Rosie and Violet? You won’t find them living in any new houses; their official address is the Hampstead Farm. The Waters’ resident Deb Burlingame relocated her three chickens to Hampstead on Jan. 31. Hampstead Institute Director Edwin Marty was on-hand to welcome the chickens, while students from the Montessori School of Hampstead visited the farm and viewed the chickens’ coop and fenced yard. The chickens’ presence will be incorporated into the school’s curriculum, with students eventually providing care that includes feedings and help with coop cleaning. A huge chicken run and the addition of more chickens is part of the Institute’s master plan to promote its philosophy of sustainable living. If you haven’t met Daisy, Rosie and Violet yet, Marty has announced an open invitation to Hampstead Farm’s “Eggstravaganza” on Saturday, March 10. At this Institute fundraiser, you can meet Hampstead’s popular new residents while helping to enrich the curriculum of the Montessori School.

Vintage Affair

Eastdale Mall welcomes Elizabeth Williams as new marketing director Eastdale Mall welcomed Elizabeth Williams to its management team on January 27, 2011. Williams is accountable for all marketing/ advertising, public relations, sponsorships and retailer relations for the mall. Prior to joining Eastdale Mall, Williams served Gov. Robert Bentley as a member of his communications office. In addition, she was the senior public support specialist for the American Red Cross of Central Alabama, coordinating media relations, development and marketing initiatives for the non-profit agency. A native of Montgomery, Williams received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Alabama.

On February 4, local wine enthusiasts and friends of the American Cancer Society congregated at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club for the 19th annual Vintage Affair.  The evening consisted of a silent auction, dinner and live auction, bringing together individuals with the wine community and local businesses for Indian Nights. The tastes and sights of India helped transport guests to a faraway land.  The Swan Ballroom was enveloped in the sights of India with dramatic wall coverings reminiscent of saris, tables dressed in vibrant shades of orange and purple and centerpieces of orchids and bamboo. Tastes of India, which included curry, basmati rice and carrot pudding, enhanced the evening’s dinner to the delight of those in attendance.  Once again, Vintage Affair surpassed its goal of hosting an unforgettable evening while raising funds for the fight against cancer.

Pictured: Above left: Dee Coleman, Karen Northcutt and Bob Vardaman with their cast of characters. Above Right: Leah and Chris Dubberly enjoy the silent and live auctions of Vintage Affair.


Versona Accessories now open at The Shoppes at Eastchase Check out some of the latest Versona accessories. The trend is called Tribe Vibe – colorful tribal patterns that are making their mark this spring.

Versona Accessories, a women’s specialty retailer that includes jewelry and accessories, is now open at The Shoppes at EastChase. The store, located next to DSW, opened in February and is full of trendy, affordable items for your wardrobe. Shoppers will experience a new store concept and a new retail experience which includes upscale shopping and high-quality fashions at exceptional prices. “Versona Accessories promises to be a unique fashion destination where women can find the perfect accents to any outfit, no matter what the occasion,” said John Cato, chairman, president and CEO of The Cato Corporation.

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The store carries jewelry, handbags, shoes, belts, scarves, hair accessories, sunglasses, gift items and more—everything needed to complete an outfit. For more information on the new Versona Accessories, check out their website at www.versonaaccessories.com. $17.99

Model (left): necklace & earring set $14.99 ­ scarf necklace $14.99 • open jacket $19.99 • knit tank $5.99 • ring $9.99 • bangle set $14.99

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- a look at local sound

Souled Out

By Blue Sullivan Photo by Patty Garman

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o see Souled Out play live is to witness a joyful testimony to the power of the groove.  With their lineup of male and female vocalists, keyboards, guitar, bass, saxophone and drums, Souled Out combines more than 50 years worth of soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and pop into an infectious mix that inspires multi-generational audiences to dance and sing along.  Their sound works anywhere—clubs, bars, banquets, parties, weddings and any other place where people congregate to celebrate and have a good time (yes, the Kool & The Gang reference was intentional).  Though the talented musicians who comprise Souled Out take their artistry seriously, they are equally committed to providing an atmosphere of fun and good cheer for everyone who comes to see them.  RSVP sat down with their leader and vocalist, Terrence Baldwin, to talk about both the band and his own interesting and varied musical career, one that has included world tours with American Idol winner (and fellow Alabamian), Ruben Studdard.  

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RSVP: How and when did you decide to pursue music? TB: I always had the natural talent to perform music. I have pictures of me as a 3-year-old mimicking drummers in the Alabama State University Marching Band.  My mom kept me in the school choir at Capital Heights Junior High School under the direction of Carol Cheatham. Ms. Cheatham molded me, and her direction afforded me the opportunity to perform at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y. I spent years in all of the choirs at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church under Minnie Stinger. I was a student of CCPAC (Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center) and eventually graduated from the first and best class of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School.  My journey continued at Alabama State University, where I was a music education major.  There I gained a ton of technical knowledge in the University choir as section leader.  I also spent many hours in the theater arts program under Dr. Tonea Stewart.


RSVP: Who do you remember listening to that made you want to be a musician?  TB: I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, and my mom and sister stayed up-to-date on the soul music.  I remember plenty of New Edition, Bobby Brown, LeVert, Guy.  But a signature moment was watching Jamie Foxx end his HBO comedy special “Straight from The Foxxhole” playing the piano and serenading the ladies with “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” by Major Harris.  That moment is what made me want to be a performer. To this day Foxx is one of my favorite entertainers. RSVP: You’ve had a really interesting history, playing on world stages.  How has that exposure shaped your band? TB: Seeing the world adds endless value to anything.  Touring expanded the boundaries of possibilities to performing. RSVP: What was it like working with Ruben Studdard? TB: Performing with Ruben Studdard was one of the greatest experiences in my life.  I will forever have those memories of performing on some of the biggest stages in the world.  The friendships that I have made are ones that will never go away.  We went from being young, single, ambitious musicians to being married parents still making a living making music.  We still come together to this day and make magic, and that is what makes us a family. That’s priceless. RSVP: Tell us about Souled Out.  How was it formed and when?  TB: I always admired my best friend, Coleman Woodson, as a gigging musician. I would watch him play along with his dad and vowed that I would someday do that.  So in 2001, I grabbed a few friends and started taking gigs. Gary Blackwell (rest in peace) gave us a chance to be the house band at Igor’s, and from there, we booked all types of gigs from wedding receptions to balls to parties.  It’s been on ever since. RSVP: Who do consider your primary musical influences?   TB: Jamie Foxx, D’Angelo, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Carl Thomas, Willie Vincent, Donny Hathaway.  RSVP: What contemporary artists do you listen to?  TB: Frank McComb, PJ Morton, Myron, Anthony Hamilton, Dwele, Rick Ross, Frank Ocean, Jhene Aiko, Kanye West, The-Dream and my kids have me dancing to Mindless Behavior.  RSVP: What’s on your iPod right now? TB: Kanye and Jay-Z “Watch the Throne,” Marvin Gaye, “Vulnerable,” Myron and The Works, The RH Factor


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“Distractions,” D’Angelo “Live From Stockholm,” Rick Ross “Rich Forever.” RSVP: What artists outside of music (i.e. books, film, visual arts, etc.) have influenced your work? TB: Recently, I have been reading and following the actions of Russell Simmons, Carter G. Woodson, Jean-Michel Basquiat. RSVP: What other artists have you worked with? TB: I played a big part in the recording of Just a Few Cats’ “CATastrophunk” album.  The lead single, “Lost in Love,” is still in the rotation in Birmingham, Ala.  I have also recorded and produced works of artists such as Ashley Guin, Logan, Stephanie Pickett.  I’m also a jingle writer. Shout out to Sammy Stephens....Flea Market Montgomery...Hey, hey! RSVP: Tell us about any recordings you have in the works. TB: 2012 is the year for Souled Out to release an EP (extended play).  RSVP: How does live performance influence your work? TB: Performing for different types of people only diversifies your ability as a performer to manipulate your audiences.  RSVP: What is your favorite live experience, where and why? TB: Traveling to Durban, South Africa is a time that was very fun and uplifting as a performer.  There is something spiritual about being there, and not many make it there.

 

For more information on this unique local band, go to www.souledout.ws

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Quick break for a text check Mark joins Girls Night Out at Central

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when? what? where?

March 1-5- Bridge Crossing Jubilee Times Vary. National Voting Rights Museum & Institute in Selma. Bridge Crossing Jubilee is a commemoration of the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-toMontgomery March. This year’s theme is “Celebrating and Renewing the Spirit of SNCC Through our Youth.” Activities include a pageant, a dance, women and youth conferences, a parade, the festival, an interfaith service and the National Voting Rights Hall of Fame induction. Admission charged. Call 334.418.0800 or visit www.selmajubilee.com for more information. March 1-31-Alabama Women Making History 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Old Alabama Town. Montgomery Alabama Women of the 19th Century celebrate Women’s History Month as Old Alabama Town focuses on today’s women history makers. Guided tours available by reservation for groups of 10 or more. Admission charged. Call 888.240.1850 or visit www.oldalabamatown.com for more information. March 2-4- Alabama Dance Theatre “The Little

Mermaid and More”

Times vary. Davis Theatre for Performing Arts. Back by popular demand, the performance will feature audience favorite “The Little Mermaid,” choreographed by ADT’s resident choreographer, Sara Sanford. Admission charged. For more information, call 334.241.2590 or visit www.alabamadancetheatre.com. March 3-18th Annual Fitzgerald Museum Gala and

Silent Auction

7-10 P.M. F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum at 919 Felder Ave. Annual fundraiser for the museum. Admission charged. For more information, call 334.264.4222 or visit www.fitzgeraldmuseum.net. March 3- Jubilee Book Signing 10:30 A.M. & 2 P.M. Selma Interpretive Center. Selma Jubilee Book Signing with Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, author of “House by the Side of the Road.” Call 334.872.0509 or visit www.nps.gov/semo for more information. March 3- Dancing with Celebrities 5:30 P.M. Capital City Club. Don’t miss this fun-filled dinner and dancing while raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Enjoy a cash bar, dinner and dancing. $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10. RSVP by Feb. 27. For more information, contact Ashley Brandle at 334.834.8920 or visit www.capitalmontgomery.com 72

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when? what? where? March 3-Vince Gill 8 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, visit www.mpaconline.org. March 6-ABWA River Region’s 9th Annual Bunko 6-9 P.M. Arrowhead Country Club. Enjoy great door prizes, 50/50, specialty door prizes, light dinner and BUNKO. Lots of fun and novices are welcome. Tickets are $35 each prior to Feb. 27 and $40 at the door, if available. Call 334.279.1999 for more information. March 6- MAX Capital City Classic 7:05 P.M. Riverwalk Stadium. The rivalry continues...Auburn and Alabama compete in a baseball game with a football game atmosphere in downtown Montgomery. Enjoy Big Al, Aubie, bands and much more! Admission charged. Call 334.323.0362 or visit www.maxcapitalcityclassic.com for more information. March 7- MACC 60 Minute Coffee 8-9 A.M. Fortis College at 3470 Eastdale Circle . This monthly member event is the perfect way to begin your day. Meet potential clients, make important contacts and network with Chamber executives and community leaders. Call 334.240.9428 or visit www.montgomerychamber.com for more information. March 8-11-Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo Times Vary. Garrett Coliseum. “Montgomery Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo:The Greatest Show on Dirt” will feature bull riding, calf roping competitions and more! Call 888.2RODEO2 or visit www.bamabeef.org for more information. March 9-8th Annual Commitment to Service Award 6 P.M. RSA Activities Center. This year’s event will honor Ellen Brooks, Montgomery District Attorney, and it will also serve as an excellent opportunity to raise funds for charities in Montgomery. There will be a silent auction and social hour followed by a banquet and roast of the honoree. $100 per ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 334.625.8288 or visit www.c2sa.org. March 10 - Eggstravaganza at Hampstead Farms 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. Hampstead Farms. The Montessori School at Hampstead and Hampstead Institute present the Hampstead Eggstravaganza featuring food, music, games and chickens at Hampstead’s Big Red Barn. Come enjoy live bluegrass with the Coosa River Ramblers, an egg toss, field games, arts and crafts, baked goods, $5 raffle tickets, $10 farm-fresh lunch, chicken care 101 and more. All proceeds benefit the Hampstead Institute non-profit and Montessori at Hampstead educational programs. For more information, email info@ rouxmontgomery.com or call 334.356.1969. March 10-Bark for Life 8 A.M. Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. Join the American Cancer Society, Goodwin Animal Hospital and the Montgomery Humane Society as they celebrate Relay for Life with some four-legged friends! Enjoy a fun-filled day starting with a walk followed by demonstrations, contests and games. For more information about this event, contact Suzanna Wasserman at 334.612.8177.

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All-day kindergarten and all-day/half-day preschool options available.

for pre k3-12th grade admissions info call 334.273.3000 6010 Vaughn Road, Montgomery stjweb.org English as a second language (ESL) tutoring provided. Saint James School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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when? what? where? March 11-Jewish Food Festival at Montgomery’s Temple Beth Or

9 A.M.-3 P.M. Temple Beth Or, located at 2246 Narrow Lane Road, Montgomery. Annual Jewish Food Festival and Treasure Market where scrumptious and “exotic” culinary treats such as rugelach and challah are available for sale. Other menu items include brisket (slow-cooked beef), potato latkes (pancakes) and stuffed cabbage, not to mention Carnegie Deli cheesecake straight from the Big Apple. For additional information, call 334.262.3314 or visit www.templebethor.net.

March 16- Baptist Health Presents an Evening with Tim Tebow

6 P.M. Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center. At this event, benefiting the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama, there will be a VIP reception followed by dinner, both silent and live auctions and a Q & A with Mr. Tebow. His book, “Through My Eyes,” will be available for purchase as well. General admission tickets are $100, VIP-$400. To purchase tickets or pre-order books, call 334.328.3359 or visit www.cancerwellnessfoudation.org. March 16-St. Patrick’s Day Terrace Party 6 P.M. Capital City Club Terrace Lounge. Capital City Club Young Executives invite you to party under the stars with the best view in town. Enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres and of course, green beer! Happy hour specials include $2 beer and $2 margaritas which will be offered all night long. Non-members can make reservations online at www.ccc-events.com, and members make reservations at www.capitalmontgomery. com. For more information, call 334.834.8920 or email Ashley.brandle@ourclub.com. March 16-17-Historic Selma Pilgrimage 8:30 A.M.-10:30 P.M. Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, 109 Union Street, Selma. Visit one of Alabama’s oldest towns to see sites rarely open to the public. Guides dressed in period costumes will lead tours through the state’s largest historic district. Homes, museums, paranormal investigations, cemetery, gristmill and art shows are featured. Admission charged. Call 334-412-8550 or visit www.selmapilgrimage. com for more information. March 16-18- ArtsRevive Juried Art Show Times vary. Carneal Building, 3 Church St. in Selma. See the works of Alabama artists and photographers in the annual Spring Juried Art Show. Held in conjunction with Selma Pilgrimage, the show is located in the renovated 1920s Carneal Building by the river. Call 334.875.1032 or visit www.artsrevive.com for more information.

March 17 - 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Shindig at Tipping Point

6 P.M. till late. The Tipping Point. The Tipping Point presents the 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Shindig on Saturday, March 17, featuring live music from Distant Kin. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.tippingpointhampstead.com. Call 334.260.9110 for more information.

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when? what? where? March 18- Jazz Jams 2-4 P.M. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy the museum and a little jazz on Sunday afternoon. Dessert, coffee and wine will be available for purchase, and there is no charge to attend. Seating will be limited. Visit www.mmfa.org for more information.

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March 24-Fountain City Arts Festival TBA. Pratt Park in Prattville. Meet renowned artists, Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas, She-She, Barbara Simpson, Russell Everett, Kasey Hope and more. Enjoy live entertainment and great food from a variety of vendors. Children can enjoy creating free art projects at the Creative Canopy, having their faces painted or playing on bouncy slides. Free. Call 334.358.0297 or visit www.prattvilleal.gov for more information. March 24-Broadway at the MPAC presents Bowfire 7:30 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Center. An ensemble of world-renowned musicians takes audiences on a journey from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Celtic to rock to world music. The unique combination of master musicians, choreography and vocals is complemented by stunning costumes and set design. For ticket information, visit www.mpaconline.org. March 24-River Region Walk MS 7-10:30 A.M. Riverwalk Stadium. Montgomery River Region Walk MS will offer a one mile and three mile route option for all participants. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the Walk begins promptly at 9 a.m. Please come early to check-in, gather your team members and warm-up for the big Walk MS! After the walk, the celebration continues with refreshments, announcements, awards and entertainment. Be sure to stick around because we’ll be giving out prizes for best team T-Shirt, top rookie team and overall team spirit! Free. Call 205.879.8546 or visit www.nationalmssociety.org for more information.

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March 29-MACC Business after Hours 5-7 P.M. Virginia College, 6200 Atlanta Highway. This popular two-hour informal networking after-work event is the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers. People do business with people they know. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and build your customer base! For more information, call Lynn Norton at 334.240.9431 or email Lnorton@montgomerychamber.com.

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March 30-April 1- Culinary Boot Camp All weekend. The Hotel at Auburn University. This culinary boot camp is a hands-on, weekend-long event showcasing the best of Alabama culinary products and talent. Two top dining locations – Ariccia Trattoria & Bar and Piccolo – will mix gourmet meals with educational experiences. $295 per participant. For more information, visit www.auhcc.com.

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March 22-25-Southern Homes & Gardens Spring Open House Times vary. Southern Homes and Gardens, Vaughn Road location only. Celebrate spring by shopping beautiful new plant arrivals, home décor, furniture and gifts. Enjoy kid’s activities, music, food and great event specials. Call 334.387.0440 for more event details or visit www.southernhomesandgardens.com.

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when? what? where? March 31-April 1-Zoo Weekend 9 A.M.-6 P.M. Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Mark your calendars, and join the Zoo for this fun-filled family event. Enjoy the festival-like environment complete with games, bouncy houses, live animal presentations, food, drinks and live entertainment! Admission charged. Call 334.240.4900 or visit www.montgomeryzoo. com for more information. March 31-Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Old Alabama Town. Statewide fiber arts exhibit, workshops, demonstrations and fiber market. Materials and equipment, plus finished items by fiber artists and craftspeople, will be on display and available for purchase. Free admission. Call 334.240.4500 or visit www.safeguild. wikidot.com for more information. March 31 - Earth Hour in Downtown Montgomery 7 -10 P.M. The Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm. ARC Energy Consultants and the Hampstead Institute present Alabama’s only official Earth Hour event at the Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm. Stop by for a lights-out celebration complete with live entertainment, food and fun for all ages. Visit www.earthhour.org for more information. April 3- Come Fly Away 7:30 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Don’t miss this new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony award-winner Twyla Tharp. As 14 of the world’s best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance and the bittersweet moments of a first goodbye. For ticket information, visit www.mpaconline.org. April 5-Hospitality Gala at The Hotel at Auburn

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TBA. The Hotel at Auburn University. The Hotel at Auburn University will team up with Auburn University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management school to host a gala that allows the students to put into action what they have learned throughout the year. This year’s event, which will benefit educational initiatives of the hotel and restaurant management program, will feature the cuisine of three award-winning international chefs and wines from three elite winemakers during a special reception, as well as a seated dinner and a live auction.Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by contacting Alecia Douglas at 334.844.1434 or by email at thehospitalitygala@auburn.edu. April 5-hue studio and The Locker Room present

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7 P.M. Tipping Point. Come out and enjoy a fashion runway, playful cocktails and giveaways. Special guests to be announced. For more information about this event, call 334.239.8884 or visit www.huestudioinc.com.

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when? what? where? April 7-8th Annual Autism Crawfish Boil/ Mud Bug Ball 1-7 P.M. ROUX. Come enjoy the best crawfish in town, along with live music and cold beer! All proceeds will be donated to assist with Autism programs in the River Region. VIP tickets are $50, early bug-$25. For more information, call 334.590.5543 or visit www.autismudbugball.com. April 8- Easter Brunch 11 A.M. - 2 P.M. Capital City Club. Bring the whole family out! Peter Cottontail will be visiting all day, and Robertson Photography will be there to capture every moment. For more information, call 334.834.8920 or visit www.capitalmontgomery.com. April 11-MACC 60 Minute Coffee 8-9 A.M. Capitol Hill Healthcare & Rehab First, 520 Hull St. This monthly member event is the perfect way to begin your day. Meet potential clients, make important contacts and network with Chamber executives and community leaders. For more information, call 334.240.9428 or visit www.montgomerychamber.com April 12-Montgomery Humane Society Dog U Tante Ball 6 P.M.The Montgomery Humane Society hosts the 14th annual Dog U Tante Ball at the RSA Activity Center. Tickets include cocktails, dinner, a dog presentation, live music and dancing. $40 per person, $75 per couple, $400 per table of 10 and $150 for dog registration. For tickets or more information, call 334.409.0622 or visit www.montgomeryhumane.com. April 12- Forehands and Fairways 9 A.M.-Tennis, 1 P.M.- Golf tees off. This tennis and golf event will benefit Just Keep Smiling, a non-profit organization that helps families of children with critical or terminal illnesses with financial needs. Golf is $130 per individual, $500 per team. Tennis is $50 per individual. For more information, visit www.msmc-montgomery.com. April 13-May 18-The Merry Wives of Windsor Times vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Women rule and the knight’s the fool in this hilarious Shakespearean yarn. For ticket information, call the box office at 1.800.841.4273 or visit www.asf.net. April 14- James Gregory “Funniest Man in America” 7:30 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, visit www.mpaconline.org. April 14-Alpha Psi Rodeo All day. 2065 Sandhill Road, Auburn. This amateur rodeo is the largest single fundraising event conducted by students in Auburn. Eric Church will be headlining with guest performer Easton Corbin. For more information, visit www. alphapsirodeo.com. April 18-19- Earth Day Safari 9 A.M.-2 P.M. Montgomery Zoo. Earth Day Safari is a fun and educational field trip for students. They can participate in an endangered species scavenger hunt, play Earth Day trivia games and see live animal presentations. Discounted admission for groups with reservations made two weeks MAR/APR 2012

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April 19-Monte Carlo 6:30-10 P.M. Wynlakes Golf and Country Club. Come enjoy this annual event benefiting the Hospice of Montgomery. Participate in a silent auction, professional-style funny money gaming, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. $50 per ticket. For more information, call 334.279.6677 or visit www.hospiceofmontgomery.org. April 19-May 20- Henry VIII Times vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. If you like watching The Tudors on Showtime, then you won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime production! For ticket information, call the box office at 1.800.841.4273 or visit www.asf.net. April 21-Alabama Book Festival 9 A.M.-4 P.M. Old Alabama Town. With more than 40 vendors and exhibitors, this free public event is the state’s premier book festival. More than 4,000 people from around the state will converge in the capital city to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars. Free. Call 1.888.240.1850 or visit www.alabamabookfestival.org for more information. April 21-Joy to Life Foundation Walk of Life 7A.M.-Noon. Downtown Montgomery. 5K run/walk through historic downtown, complete with family-friendly entertainment to raise awareness of breast cancer. The Joy to Life Foundation offers free mammograms to the medically underserved in 29 Alabama counties. For more information, call 334.284.5433 or visit www.joytolife.org.

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April 21-Riverfest 9 A.M.-4 P.M. Gold Star Park in Wetumpka. Enjoy this allday festival with activities for all ages including arts, crafts, food, rides, games and entertainment. Free admission. Call 334.567.4811 or visit www.wetumpkachamber.com for more information. April 21-22-Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival Saturday 8 A.M.-6 P.M.; Sunday 1-6 P.M. Alabama Wildlife Federation/Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook. Browse through nature-themed original arts and crafts by Alabama artists — all for sale. Original wildlife and floral paintings, photography, sculpture and plant sales, including some heirloom plants from the Lanark Gardens, will be featured at the festival. Explore the nature trails and enjoy food vendors and children’s activities. Admission charged. Call 334. 285.4550 or visit www.alabamawildlife.org for more information. April 21 and 29- A Midsummer Night’s Dream Times Vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Uncertain love is in the air as two couples find themselves lost in a mystical forest on an unforgettable midsummer’s night. For ticket information, call the box office at 1.800.841.4273 or visit www.asf.net.


TURN BASIC INTO BLISS. Don’t settle for ordinary. Create your fairytale day at the Marriott Capitol Hill in Prattville. Let our Wedding Specialists focus on every detail, from the rehearsal to the reception, while you make the memories. Our 8,200 square-foot ballroom is ideal for larger celebrations and our 95 luxurious rooms are packed with amenities to make you and your guests feel special. Three Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses are only steps away, creating a beautiful backdrop and promising to entertain your wedding party during the weekend. For more information, please call 334.290.1235 or visit www.marriottcaptiolhill.com.

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when? what? where? April 24- MACC Business After Hours 5-7 P.M. Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry, 7818 Vaughn Road. This popular two-hour informal networking after-work event is the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers. People do business with people they know. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and build your customer base! For more information, call Lynn Norton at 334.240.9431 or email Lnorton@ montgomerychamber.com. April 26-29-26th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival Times vary. Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy four days of unique events that range from attending private dinners, participating in auctions for rare and distinctive wines and taking part in wine tastings that showcase an unprecedented 800 wines. For more information about the wine festival, visit www. sandestinwinefestival.com.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park Registration: 8:00 a.m. Walk: 9:00 a.m.

For more information, contact Suzanna Wasserman at (334)612.8177. www.relayforlife.org/barkmontgomeryal ©2009, American Cancer Society, Inc. No.080170

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April 26-29-Battle of Selma Civil War Reenactment Times vary. Battlefield Park in Selma. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 1860s, period battles, sutlers, music and living history. For more information, call 334.875.7241 or visit www.battleofselma.com. April 27-29-Culinary Boot Camp All weekend. The Hotel at Auburn University. This culinary boot camp is a hands-on, weekend-long event showcasing the best of Alabama culinary products and talent. Two top dining locations – Ariccia Trattoria & Bar and Piccolo – will mix gourmet meals with educational experiences. $295 per participant. For more information, visit www.auhcc.com. April 28-29-TroyFest 2012 Saturday 9 A.M.-5 P.M.; Sunday 1-5 P.M. Downtown Troy on the Square. Celebrate the arts through this magnificent event featuring fine arts and crafts, a juried art show, antiques, farmer’s market, food court, merchant’s walk, a children’s art exhibit and activities. Free. For more information, call 334.566.2294 or visit www.troyfest.com. April 29- Jazz Jams 2-4 P.M. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy the museum and a little jazz on Sunday afternoon. Dessert, coffee and wine will be available for purchase and there is no charge to attend. Seating will be limited. For more information, visit www.mmfa.org. May 4-Zoo Brew 6 P.M. Montgomery Zoo. Taste and enjoy beers and wines from around the globe. Dance and sing along to live entertainment. See and enjoy the zoo under the stars at this adult-only cocktail party. Limited tickets. $30 per person. For more information, call 334.240.4900 or visit www. montgomeryzoo.com.

Purchasing a Troy University license plate doesn’t just echo the pride and noble values on which TROY Country stands–it also helps put a student through college. Every plate sold contributes a generous donation to our Trojan Pride Scholarship Fund. Visit your local DMV or call the TROY Alumni Office today for more information at 334-670-3318.

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The Tipping Point is comfortable, open and different. In developing the idea for the restaurant, the partners chose to draw on their experiences in major urban areas and try to bring the aesthetic and feeling of some of their favorite places to Montgomery. Described as a coffee shop/bar/living room, it was intended to be a place that was welcoming to families, the after-work crowd and students alike. In the two years they’ve been around, one of the great compliments paid to the Tipping Point is that there is really nothing like it in Montgomery. Located in the Hampstead development off Taylor Road, the Tipping Point was designed to be a true “neighborhood” restaurant and bar that reflected the owners’ love of urban tastes, great beers and a familyfriendly environment. With two beer gardens, a kid’s hill and a large wrap-around deck that look out on well-manicured parks, a working organic farm and a fast-growing, award-winning neighborhood, the Tipping Point offers a welcome break from the strip malls and typical corporate watering holes. It’s a perfect spot to grab lunch with your friends while the kids safely play outside in the grass. Weekly live music and special seasonal events like fashion shows, charity concerts, outdoor movie nights for kids and even the occasional wedding fill up the calendar. New beers arrive weekly, and the draft lines offer a rotating selection of local and regional brews. The food is designed for everyone’s comfort with fantastic panini, sliders, hot dogs, sandwiches for kids and desserts. Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee roasts the beans (retail bags are available), and the talented baristas make some of the best coffee drinks in the area. All of these ingredients go toward creating the atmosphere and spirit that is the Tipping Point, a place that is warm, friendly and familiar. • The Tipping Point is open from 11a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Food is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. • Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $1.50 domestic bottles, $3 well drinks and $5 house wines. • Private parties and reservations can be made for your wedding, birthday, holiday, World Cup/ Tour de France/Kentucky Derby party or corporate events. Rent all of our space or just part of it. Call for rates and availability. • Live music every Friday night • Connect with us through Facebook (www.facebook.com/ thetippingpoint), our website, (www.tippingpointhampstead.com), or call us at 334.260.9110. We are located at 5015 Hampstead High Street, Montgomery, AL 36116.

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Herron Aesthetics Mark Herron, MD, of Herron Dermatology, whom has long provided superior care to the Montgomery community, welcomes Master Aesthetician Michela King to his practice. With resolute passion for exceptional care, Michela offers a variety of quality services that treat all facets of skincare conditions. After extensive training at the School of Skin in Roswell, Georgia, Michela is thrilled to bring her expertise to her hometown. The following treatments are available:

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resource directory Academy Events, p 37

17 Coosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.318.3047 academychefs@cs.com

AL Nails, p. 85

360 Memorial Highway Prattville, AL 36067 334.595.7050

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, p.76 One Festival Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.271.5353 asf.net

AlleyBAR, p. 3

166 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.387.3333 alleybarmontgomery.com

Alley Station, p. 80

130 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.277.1077 alleystation.com

Alfa-Billy Bradford, p. 85

4331 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109 334.277.5785

All Med/Pri-Med, 23 4305 Atlanta Highway 334.271.7051 34 Taylor Road North 334.272.7639 2815 East Boulevard 334.271.4545 1595 East Main Street, Prattville 334.361.3171 4452 US Highway 231, Wetumpka 334.567.8400 goallmed.com

Montgomery Antique Galleries, p. 89

Corner on Dentistry, p. 43 Dr. Camille Phillips-DMD 2415 Central Parkway Montgomery, AL 36106 334.277.2424 thecornerondentistry.com

AUM, p. 78

Darren Freeman Photography, p. 68

Hob Nob, p. 31 1603 South Decatur Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.263.2254

David Bromley Ice Sculpture, p. 85

hue Studio, p.77 8155 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.239.8884 huestudioinc.com

Montgomery Colon Hydrotherapy p. 78

Jim N’ Nicks, p.56, 57 6415 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.213.0046 2250 Cobbs Ford Road Prattville, AL 36066 334.290.1000 jimnnicks.com

Montgomery Humane Society, p. 65

5600 Calmar Drive Montgomery, AL 36116 334.277.0460 arrowrents.net

7440 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.244.3000 aum.edu

Baumhowers, p. 72

201 South Union Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.263.8800 2465 Eastern Blvd Montgomery, AL 36117 334.271.1831 baumhowers.com

Barbara Bonds, p. 61 Bearded Man Film Company, p. 71

334.590.0137 thebmf.com

Cantina, p. 75 130 Commerce Street, Suite 103 Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.2339 cantinatortillagrill.com Capital City Club, p. 69 201 Monroe Street, Suite 2100 Montgomery, AL 36104 334.834.8920 capitalmontgomery.com Central, p. 36, 92

129 Coosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.517.1155 www.central129coosa.com

Charlottes Jewelry, p. 2 8161 Vaughn Road Allstate Beverage, p. 35,41 Montgomery, AL 36116 130 6th Street 334.396.1919 Montgomery, AL 36104 charlottesdiamondjewelers. 334.265.0507 com allstatebeverage.com City Grill, p. 57 American Cancer Society, 5251 Hampstead High p. 82, 84 Street 3054 McGehee Road Montgomery, AL 36116 Montgomery, AL 36111 334.244.0960 334.612.8177 cancer.org Cohen’s Electronics & Appliances p. 13 Arbors on Taylor, p. 84 2515 Eastern Blvd. 485 Taylor Road Montgomery, AL 36117 Montgomery, AL 36117 334.277.8890 334.386.2655 www.thinkcohens.com thearborsontaylor.com Colorbox, p. 7 334.491.0409 colorboxphotographers.com

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Davis Theatre- Troy University, p. 53

251 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.241.9567 montgomery.troy.edu/davis

Dreamland BBQ, p. 83

7260 Halcyon Summit Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.277.3332 herrondermatology.com

Kim Box Photography, p.10

101 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.273.7427 dreamlandbbq.com

West Main Street Prattville, AL 36067 334.491.0409 kimboxphotography.com

Emerge Montgomery, p. 43 600 South Court Street, Suite 544 Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.2261 emergemontgomery.com

Laser Wellness, p. 74 370 St. Lukes Drive Montgomery, AL 36029 334.213.0700 alabamalaserwellness.com

ER Med, p. 37

Look Boutique, p.31

Baptist Medical Center East 400 Taylor Road Montgomery, AL 36117 Baptist Medical Center South 2105 East South Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36116 Prattville Baptist Hospital 124 South Memorial Drive Prattville, AL 36067 334.272.1050 ER-med.org

Finity Electronic Cigarettes, p. 39

allstatebeverage.com 334.265.0507

Glow p. 67

70 Court Street Troy, AL 36081 334.770.4569 www.shop-glow.com

Hampstead, p. 26-27

5251 Hampstead High Street Montgomery, AL 36116 334.270.6730 hampsteadliving.com

Hello Gorgeous Photography, p. 38

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1048 East Fairview Montgomery, AL 36106 334.239.7537 2469 Pinnacle Way Prattville, AL 36066 334.290.0928

1955 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 334.277.2490

Montgomery Ballet, p. 71

2101 Eastern Boulevard, Suite 223 Montgomery, AL 36117 334.409.0522 montgomeryballet.org

7020 Sydney Curve Montgomery, AL 36117 334.264.6116 www.colonicandmore.com

1150 John Overton Drive Montgomery, AL 36110 334.409.0622 montgomeryhumane.com

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, p.40 Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, p.4 201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.481.5100 mpaconline.org

Montgomery Zoo, p.57, 75 2301 Coliseum Parkway Montgomery, AL 36110-3250 334.240.4900 montgomeryzoo.com Nails O Naturel, p.43

8448 Crossland Loop, Suite 163 Montgomery, AL 36117 LULU’s Attic to Antiques, p.83 334.782.4137 nailsonaturel.com 946 Plantation Way Montgomery, AL 36117 New Park Living, p.90 334.593.7852 9430 New Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 Marquirettes, p.8 334.215.9215 7818 Vaughn Road newparkliving.com Montgomery, AL 36116 334.270.0074 NShape, p. 35 marquirettes.com 334.233.8675 nshapefitness@live.com Marriott-Legends at Capitol Hill, p. 81 Obelisk Healthcare, p.79 2500 Legends Circle 4705 Woodmere Boulevard Prattville, AL 36066 Montgomery, AL 36106 334.290.1235 334.558.0262 marriottcapitolhill.com obeliskhealthcare.com Mini-Flex Storage, p. 81 Palomar Plus, p.91 4220 Troy Highway 8193 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 Montgomery, AL 36116 334.281.4446 334.270.0105 aminiflexstorage.com palomarplus.com alabamatruckrentals.com


Peppertree Steaks N’ Wines p. 63

State Farm Insurance, p. 71

8101 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.271.6328 www.steaksnwine.com

Breck Honea 61 Market Place Montgomery, AL 36117 334.272.8423 breckhonea.com

Pine Bar, p. 31 501 Cloverdale Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.239.9061 thepinebar.com

Studio 4619, p.49 8073 Eastchase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.271.3778

Pro Fitness 3D p. 15, 85

Taylor Crossing, p.41 6897 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.260-8787 taylorcrossingvet.com

Regions Mortgage, p.53 8301 Crossland Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 334.213.1340 regionsmortgage.com

Tmarie, p. 67

334.625.2100 funontheriver.net

1717 Carter Hill Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.262.1788 www.tlrclothiers.com

3251 Malcolm Drive Montgomery, AL 36116 334.356.0992 www.profitness3d.com

80 Court Square Troy, AL 36081 334.770.8664

The Locker Room, Riverfront Facilities, p. 86 p 18

RSVP Bridal Issue, p.61 334.356.4598 rsvp-montgomery.com Saint James School, p.73

6010 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.273.3000 stjweb.org

SaZa Pizza, p.5 138 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.495.7292 sazapizza.com Serotonin Plus, p.83

287 Mitylene Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 653 McQueen Smith Road Prattville, AL 36066 334.782.5081 spweightlossmd.com spdiet.com

The Tipping Point,

p.84 5015 Hampstead High Street Montgomery, AL 36116 334.260.9110 tippingpointhampstead. com

Thomas Patterson, p. 63 Aronov Realty, p. 334.399.0454 Thomas@ ThomasOPatterson.com Troy Fest, p.63 troyfest.com

Troy University,

p.14, 82 troy.edu

Shoppes at Eastchase, p.6 Troy University at Montgomery, p.14 7274 Eastchase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.279.6064 www.theshoppesateastchase. com

231 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.834.1400 montgomery.troy.edu

Spa Elia, p.46 8243 Old Federal Road Montgomery, AL 36117 334.239.9300 spaeliamontgomery.com

The Waters, p.11

Spa at Renaissance Montgomery, p. 59

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201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.481.5210 spaatmontgomery.com

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