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Let’s Find your Happy Place In the northeast Georgia Mountains A Georgia native, Kim Knutzen has called Blue Ridge home for nearly 20 years. The North Georgia mountains have a special appeal as a weekend getaway – a place to escape and recharge, but for many the area is so much more. Kim explains, “Blue Ridge was initially going to be our second home, but we quickly discovered how much we loved the slower pace, peaceful mornings, diverse culture and overall improved quality of life and decided this is where we wanted to be every day, not just on holidays and long weekends.” The decision to settle down in Blue Ridge has been good for Kim, her family, and her business. A real estate industry veteran with over 38 years of experience, Kim settled into the Blue Ridge community quickly by focusing on building longlasting relationships and giving back to the people in her new hometown. Through these efforts, Kim has built an impeccable reputation as one of the area’s most trusted real estate advisors, culminating with her recognition in 2020 as the #1 Individual Agent in North Georgia. Kim says the secret to her success is simple, it’s her clients, “My business is built entirely on referrals, so I make sure I always deliver an exceptional experience for everyone. My clients become friends for life and over the years, I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with some incredible people.”

Her success in real estate has given Kim and her family the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to so many people in the area, especially those in need. Kim notes, “Giving back to the people of Blue Ridge is so important to me. I truly love this community and look for ways to help wherever I can. One special organization to me and my family is The Open Arms Home for Children where my husband Peter serves as Board President.” Family is everything to Kim, and real estate is a family affair for the Knutzen’s. A founding member of Ansley Real Estate’s Mountain & Lake office in downtown Blue Ridge, Kim was thrilled when her son Ashton recently became a Realtor® and joined Ansley to begin his own career in real estate. Kim’s husband Peter is also involved in real estate having built a successful business as a developer and is currently overseeing the development of Old Toccoa Farm, a new riverfront golf community in Blue Ridge. In addition, Kim’s oldest son Gregg is in the residential and commercial construction business with Harrison Construction Supply, so real estate is truly a family




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Contents 12 Editor’s Letter

25 Approved: All For One


A classic one-piece swimsuit is always in style, but this year’s selection is better than ever

15 News: Serenity Now Free the body and mind at a Float Spa in Buckhead

Photos: 30, 70: Joann Vitelli, 59: Sara Hanna





26 Pets: Dog Days Enjoy sips and bites with your pup on these dog-friendly patios



28 Kids: Mother Nature’s Call

38 Beauty:

Dementia Dilemma

Long, Haute Summer

70 Review: Storico Rising

Care for caregivers

A local nature expert shares activities to entice kids outdoors

16 Local Salute:

18 Travel Near: Delta Dawn A road trip into Mississippi blues heaven

20 Staycation: Kaya Calm An overnight stay at Dahlonega’s Kaya Vineyard & Winery is a recharging family getaway

24 15 Minutes With:

Local wardrobe stylists Hannah Johnson and Aliya Patrice offer their expert opinions on which fashion trends are sure to dominate Atlanta’s streets and shops this season

Forza Storico lights up the Westside

Making a Masterpiece

42 Tastemaker: Drinking It Up

76 Tastemaker:

Lara Carter traded her familyfriendly Brookhaven residence for a modern, art-inspired Buckhead townhome

Young CEO Jesslyn Rollins grows multi-million-dollar brand BIOLYTE

From Dishwasher to Philanthropic CEO


30 Home:

Catherine Clifton

34 Bulletin Board: Picking The Piece

PGA’s youngest director of championships

Art consultant Colleen Lane talks shop


54 Art: Out of the Box Artists change the unsightly into inspiring on the Upper Westside

72 Drinks: In Bloom Meet the Daisy cocktail, a family of drinks you probably already love

How George McKerrow climbed the ranks in the restaurant industry [ SIMPLY HAPPENING ]

81 Events: Places to go and things to do

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Serving Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Dunwoody and Westside MAY 2021 | ISSUE 78 P.O. Box 11633, Atlanta, GA 30355 simplybuckhead.com For advertising rates, call: 404.538.9895 Publisher and Founder


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Sonny Hayes [ E DI T ORI A L ] Managing Editor

Karina Antenucci Senior Contributing Editor

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Giannina S. Bedford Copy Editor

H.M. Cauley Contributing Writers

Joann Vitelli Joann Vitelli began her career as a photojournalist in South and Central Florida, covering everything from major league sports to fashion to hurricanes. After moving with her family to Atlanta 23 years ago, she joined the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a key member of the editorial and event staff, capturing the city’s CEOs, civic leaders, top chefs and sommeliers. Today, she continues to capture Atlanta’s “wine and dine” culture for Simply Buckhead’s restaurant feature and photographs Buckhead-area personalities for our various profile stories. In her free time, Vitelli enjoys exploring the trails and waterfalls of North Georgia—with her camera in tow, of course.

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Chastain Park was the site of our “Family Ties” cover shoot. After torrential rain forced us to reschedule, our team was rewarded with the perfect spring day: sunny with cottony clouds and temperatures in the high 70s. While our group of models, makeup artists and photographers tried different settings near the park’s golf course Photographer: Sara Hanna and baseball fields, senior editor JenProducer: Jennifer Bradley Franklin nifer Bradley Franklin and publisher Photography assistant: Chris Rothman Joanne Hayes found themselves sitting Hair and makeup: Nyssa Green on a swing. They struck up a conHair and makeup assistant: Bernice Barton Models: Erica, Shea and Harper, versation with a couple of longtime courtesy of Click Models Buckhead residents, Leon and MariCover wardrobe: On Harper: floral ruffle lyn, who revealed that they donated the dress in yellow ($34), plume headband (two-pack, $14) and braided t-strap sanvery swing that Franklin and Hayes were dals ($36) by OshKosh B’gosh; on Erica: enjoying. It was a serendipitous meetruffle detail short dress by Brogger ($705) and rain earrings by Deepa Gurnani ($60), ing that felt apropos for an otherwise courtesy of Tootsies and styled by Sara charmed cover shoot. Mixon; on Shea (model’s own).

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amilies can be as complex as they are wonderful.

A melting pot of different personalities, perspectives, genetic codes, backgrounds, jobs and changing life situations comes together to make every family unique in its own right and with its own set of challenges. While I came from a rather conventional home with married parents, two kids and one dog, my parents are European, and my father’s job moved us around the world, so we navigated new places, people and lifestyle changes together every few years during my childhood. The revolving door of countries, homes, schools and friends taught me to be resilient in the face of change and to be open to cultures and perspectives different from my own. It also showed me that family comes first. In the May cover story, our goal is to help you navigate some of the challenges you might face with your own family. The prospect of planning for aging parents or adopting a child might feel daunting, for example, but Giannina S. Bedford and Amy Meadows outline what you should consider by speaking with some of Buckhead’s top experts. For others, getting pregnant or figuring out how to co-parent well during divorce might be the current, most pressing issue. Meadows reports on several of today’s cutting-edge reproductive innovations, and Michael Jacobs provides sound advice for talking through the grief of parental breakups with kids. Jacobs also pens a story on financial planning for your family, with takeaways for everyone—seriously, read it. Of course, the word “family” doesn’t mean the same to everybody. There’s the family you choose, and the family you don’t. For some, chosen family members are close friends—or furbabies. In this issue, you’ll find pet-friendly patios where you can dine with all your buddies, a delicious Daisy cocktail recipe to shake up as you entertain at home, design inspiration from a historic Brookhaven abode to makeover your spaces, fabulous immersive art experiences in our Happenings pages for a night out and much more. Wishing you a happy, healthy May with your family.

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eeling frazzled? Shut out the world for 60 minutes of bliss at Floasis on Roswell Road in Buckhead. The recently opened center offers floatation therapy, which is essentially floating inside a sensory-free pod, to alleviate stress and soothe aches and pains. Infrared saunas are also on-site. “A lot of people don’t know quite what to expect but have been blown away at how relaxed their bodies and minds feel after a float,” says David Munn, owner of Floasis. “The float tank is the only place where you can escape the pull of gravity. You don’t re-

alize how much that affects you until it’s been taken away.” A 29-year hair stylist saddled with chronic back pain following an injury and multiple surgeries, Munn found float therapy as a way to help ease pain without medication. Seeing a need for this in their area, he and his wife, Tonya, a medical aesthetician, opened up shop. The float sessions are held in four private rooms where users are lulled into a meditative state of Zen in the cocoon-like pods. The body is naturally buoyed in 10 inches of heated water infused with Epsom salt. The pod

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lid can be closed to fully block light and sound or left open, pending preference. “Our goal was to create a modern facility that everyone could feel comfortable visiting,” Munn says of the space with chic, minimalist decor. Each float is $88 for 60 minutes ($69 for first visit) and memberships are available. n FLOASIS 3655 Roswell Road, Suite 85 Atlanta 30342 404.500.3100 floasisatlanta.com

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NEWS CLIPS LUXE LINE FOR MEN Get your street cred swagger on at Todd Patrick’s first brick-and-mortar shop in Atlanta. Designer Desyree “Des” Nicole launched the luxury menswear brand in 2016, infusing a multicultural vibe into ready-to-wear and bespoke pieces made in New York City. Shop relaxed knitwear, silk tops and cropped jackets from the vibrant Rolling Sunsets collection, along with T-shirts, lounge pants and joggers to chill at home. Some items will be

exclusive to the Buckhead Village location. toddpatrick.co

A TASTE OF ITALY Bring home the flavors of Italy from Baffi Provisions on the Westside. An extension of Chef Jonathan Waxman’s recently opened restaurant, Baffi, the market offers freshly prepared foods and pantry favorites for savory meals at home. Pick up ricotta manicotti or eggplant caponata for dinner, stock up on ingredients such as dried pastas and farro,

or opt for a five-pound farmer’s box packed with local produce. The market opens at 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with a la carte menu items from Executive Chef Andrew Cacioppo after 5 p.m. baffiatlanta.com

COOKING FOR A CAUSE When COVID hit, residential developer Marc Pollack of Sandy Springs headed to the kitchen, whipping up meals with fresh ingredients from his wife Robin’s garden. Now he’s sharing the fruits of his labor in

Chez Marc’s Quarantine Cookbook ($29.95), packed with food and drink recipes such as Snapper Ceviche, Spatchcocked Chicken and Watermelon, Strawberry and Pineapple Vodka Slush. Proceeds from the new cookbook benefit the Gateway Center, supporting Pollack’s advocacy work for affordable housing and homelessness. “My goal at the end of the day is to try to take the things that I know how to do and to turn them into making the world a better place,” Pollack says. marrofoundation.org

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Whitney Oeltmann created the Dementia Spotlight Foundation to support people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Covering the Globe with Color

Rony Delgarde, founder of Global Paints, was honored as one of the participants in the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center’s Milestone Makers program.

Repurposing surplus paint In 2010 when Rony Delgarde founded Global Paint for Charity, he never imagined it would become the world’s largest provider and exporter of free latex paint to communities in need around the world. It was also a surprise to have his picture flashed across the giant screen on New York’s Times Square to mark his completion of the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center’s Milestone Makers three-month program for selected entrepreneurs. GPC’s mission is two-fold: to help beautify and preserve public buildings by providing colorful paint to impoverished communities around the globe and to keep unused paint out of U.S. landfills and waterways. The organization also offers paint to artists so they can create murals in public places such as the Atlanta BeltLine.

“Paint is a major polluter,” Delgarde says. “It only takes one gallon to pollute up to 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Over the past decade, we’ve collected more than 320,000 tons of paint that was intended for the landfills.” Seventy percent is distributed in over 40 countries with the remaining 30% re-donated to U.S. residents for community projects. Disposal of unused paint can be difficult and expensive for homeowners and businesses, and GPC offers an easy and environmentally safe alternative by picking up cans. Donations come from homeowners, construction projects and paint stores. l For more information, visit globalpaints.org.

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Filling the gap

Atlanta Hawks guard Cam Reddish is doing his part to combat food insecurity in children.


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It’s no secret that the pandemic has had a devastating effect on people already experiencing food insecurity, particularly children who lack access to free lunches and snacks usually provided by schools. To help fill the gap, Atlanta Hawks guard Cam Reddish has joined the Atlanta Hawks Foundation and State Farm in a partnership with Goodr, an organization committed to reducing food waste and ending hunger, to expand the Snack Pack Program to quali-

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Dementia Dilemma Care for caregivers When Whitney Oeltmann’s father was diagnosed with dementia in 2012, she and her mother, Linda DeMarlo, tried desperately to find resources and support in the community. They came up empty handed. Even the doctors were of little help. Instead of wringing their hands, they decided to take action and founded Dementia Spotlight Foundation, whose mission is to offer advocacy, the arts, dementia education and programs for caregivers. With a master’s degree in social work from Tulane University, the Brookhaven resident was qualified to take the helm. “Our motto is ‘life before loss, rights before research and care before cure,’” Oeltmann says. “We offer numerous online education programs, seminars and webinars for caregivers who have become like family

fied kids attending Atlanta Public Schools, and Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett County schools. “My mom was the principal of an elementary school and saw first-hand how a lack of food impacts learning,” Reddish says. “I’m happy to do everything in my power to be involved in the Snack Pack program.” Snack Packs will be distributed weekly through June 30 at different sites within the school systems. Each provides three meals, five snacks and three beverages. Goodies include smoothies, fruit, sandwiches, cookies and more. The Atlanta Hawks Foundation

to one another as they navigate the everyday challenges and emotional struggles of caring for loved ones.” The organization also offers programs for patients. The most popular is the Memory Café where people with dementia connect with others and offer support, camaraderie and advice at 46 virtual meetings worldwide. Having “been there,” Oeltmann knows how stressful caregiving can be, so the nonprofit provides funds for caregivers who need a short respite from their duties while their loved ones are being well cared for. Author and dementia advocate Gary LeBlanc is director of dementia education and manages the respite program and online groups. l For more information, visit dementiaspotlightfoundation.org.

and State Farm also teamed up with Goodr during 2020 to host 10 pop-up grocery stores to supply more than 220,000 meals to seniors and low-income students. l For more information, visit nba.com/hawkscommunity.

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TR AV E L NE A R An interactive display at the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi shows the connections between American artists.

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hen I tell people that Mississippi is one of my favorite places to visit, they tend to look at me sideways. They’ve clearly never been to the Delta, the name given to the communities that follow the curves of the Mississippi River down the Magnolia State. This fertile land is responsible for agricultural products such as cotton and rice, and it’s also produced some of America’s most incredible musicians. Take a drive down the rural two-lane roads, and it’s easy to spot the iconic markers of the Mississippi Blues Trail. I’ve visited the Delta region a number of times over the years. I woke up early, hitting the road for the 6.5hour drive from my home in Atlanta. Cleveland was my base for this particular trip, located two hours from both Memphis, the unofficial starting point of the Blues Trail, and the Mississippi state capital of Jackson. Home to Delta State University, Cleveland is full of charm, with its neat row of shops selling everything from books to clothing to artwork. They’re set around the Crosstie Walk, a path on a former rail line. I detoured to nearby Merigold, where those in the know shop for pottery at McCarty’s. The familyowned business started with clay from the Oxford home of William Faulkner and is now a verifiable empire. Fans of their work line up early for their sample sales to receive discounts on the pieces, inspired by the river with hues of blue, teal and brown. Don’t miss a chance to wander through the shop's garden.


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Back in Cleveland, I checked in at The Cotton House, the first boutique hotel to open in this part of the Delta. The Marriott-affiliated property has perks of in-room record players, coffee makers with locally roasted grounds and a recipe box “guest book.” The hotel is also home to Delta Meat Market, an award-winning restaurant inspired by the foodways of the region. Chef Cole Ellis crafts dishes that are best shared, including steak frites with Hoover sauce (a salty and sweet Delta signature), tomato pie and Delta hot tamales. And as the name implies, the restaurant has a meat counter with steaks and sausages, along with Mississippi-made products, including sauces, spices, pickles and rice from Two Brooks Farm. Another Cleveland favorite is The Senator’s Place, owned by, you guessed it, a senator. Senator Willie Simmons and his wife, Rosie, opened the restaurant in 2003 and serve Southern dishes such as fried chicken, rice and gravy, and dressing. For a sweet treat, I recommend Delta Dairy, a downtown shop with playful flavors of soft serve ice cream, including “Jolly Rancher” and milk and cookies, along with a variety of toppings. It also offers ice cream sandwiches and Italian-style gelato. But the biggest reason to come to the Delta is to learn about the region's role in American music, influencing just about every genre. Start at Dockery Farms, which is considered to be the birthplace of the blues. The cotton plantation opened in 1895 and hosted

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Above: Visitors browse the shops in downtown Cleveland. Left: The plates at Delta Meat Market are meant to be shared.

musicians that worked there, including Charley Patton. The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi ties this blues legacy into other styles such as pop and rap. It has interactive displays and videos along with artifacts, including memorable awards show outfits: OutKast’s 2004 performance costume and the famous gramophone trophies, to

name just two. Before starting the journey home, I detoured to Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, a nowclosed juke joint in Merigold. Fans have left mementoes underneath the Blues Trail marker. While it no longer welcomes blues legends into its intimate space, it’s still a reminder of the importance of the Mississippi music. I found a blues radio station and continued down the dusty rural landscape, bringing a piece of the Delta with me. n

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ince I moved to Georgia, Dahlonega has been one of my favorite, quick getaways. Just an hour outside the city, it’s an easy drive I’m willing to tackle anytime to enjoy the rolling hills, vineyards and small town Southern charm. Before kids, my husband and I day-tripped there often, strolling the town square and listening to live music. I’ve also spent many girl getaways vineyardhopping at the growing number of winemaking operations dotting the countryside. My most recent trip was a family affair. Rather than a day trip, which could prove exhausting with two young kids in tow, my husband and I opted for an overnight “staycation” at Kaya Vineyard & Winery. Last time I’d visited this winery it was called Blackstock Vineyards, one of the first and largest vineyards in the Dahlonega area. After closing in late 2012, the property was renovated and reopened as Kaya. I recognized the large tasting room perched at the top of a ridge. At a 1,600-foot elevation, it offers memorable panoramic views of North Georgia. New to me were the four Craftsman-style cottages a short walk from the tasting room where we


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would be spending the night. Upon arrival at our cottage, named Ama, we were greeted with a storybook front porch furnished with two rocking chairs and a swing. Inside, the 2,500-square-foot bungalow charmed with a palette of neutral and earthy tones, farmhouse-style barn doors, modern lighting and accent signs with upbeat and welcoming phrases such as “Stay Awhile.” The kids explored the open floorplan and loved the upstairs bedroom with two twin beds and a bonus family/TV room—a perfect place to corral them with a puzzle or board game. After dropping our luggage, we

took the short walk to the tasting room where wine lovers gathered at indoor tables and on the deck and listened to live music. We found a spot outdoors, farther from the “adulting” crowd, where my husband and I could enjoy our wine tasting while the kids ran circles around us, played corn hole and collected rocks. While I’m usually on high alert that my kids should be quiet and perfectly behaved, other families with rambunctious kids sat nearby, easing that stress. We sampled five of Kaya’s vintages, starting with the 2017 Twisted Oak Chardonnay and 2018 Rosé and making our way to more full-bodied reds such as the 2016 Reserve Sangiovese and 2017 Oak Trifecta. In between sips, we snacked on Belgian pretzels with a spicy beer mustard dipping

For a culinary treat with a view, make reservations just four minutes down the road at Kaya’s sister property, Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard. Offering lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, its restaurant pairs Kaya wines with its chef-inspired dishes ranging from pasta ai funghi and black grouper to osso buco. dahlonegasresort.com

sauce. The menu also offers a meat and cheese board, paninis and other light bites. I stole away from my crew for a moment to check out Kaya’s quaint gift shop, filled with winethemed accessories, jewelry and farmhouse-style kitchen goods. Once the kids ran themselves ragged, and we had our fill of wine, we meandered back to our cottage—the ideal commute following an afternoon of imbibing. After getting the kids engaged in a Lego build indoors, my husband and I retreated to the outdoor stone fire pits next to the cottage. From the Adirondack chairs, we watched the sky turn orange and pink as the sun set and felt the calm one seeks when taking a break from the daily grind. Although we’d be heading back home the next morning, the quick 24-hour jaunt to the mountains was exactly the quick reset we needed. The wine helped, too. n

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Hotel Colee brings a festive vibe to the center of Buckhead's hustle and bustle.

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Buckhead’s newest boutique hotel a prime spot for an intown escape

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am a firm believer that girl-only getaways are a necessity. Since graduating college and becoming a “real adult,” these escapes become only more important, although scarcer. Nothing helps blow off some steam and ease the weight of everyday responsibilities like a carefree retreat with likeminded ladies—even if it is just a one-night staycation. So on a Saturday afternoon like any other, rather than planning what to make for dinner, I packed my overnight bag and loaded into a car with three hardworking women. Whether it was the stresses of parenting, work or all of the above, we were in desperate need of a break. We hit the highway and left our grownup worries behind. Our destination: Hotel Colee, Buckhead’s first Autograph Collection hotel. Opened Dec. 1, Hotel Colee takes up residence in the former address of the W Atlanta, Buckhead. The property retains much of the edgy, modish vibe. Imaginative interiors mix pastels, prints and vibrant colors creating Insta-worthy backdrops at every turn. Velvet banquettes and sheer lavender window treatments in the lobby lead to hallways with geometric wallcoverings. After a well-deserved one-hour foot massage at Buckhead’s Treat Your Feet, we checked into our Grand Suite and adjoining double


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Rooms feature vibrant hues and feminine art, setting the stage for a fun-filled stay.

room. Decked out in more eyecatching wallpaper, glam lighting and colorful female-focused prints by Atlanta visual artist Lela Brunet, the room was fit for a celebratory pop of Champagne. We kicked off our shoes and settled into the c-shaped sofa, gabbing as the time quickly ticked away. When dinner time approached, we freshened up and headed to the rooftop for a pre-dinner cocktail at Whiskey Blue, a welcome holdover from the W days. At a high-top on one of the outdoor patios we took in the skyline views and rush of Buckhead traffic while sipping jalapeno margaritas, dirty martinis and a refreshing cocktail of vodka, bonal, strawberry, cucumber and soda coined the “Troublemaker.” We could have stayed all night but instead tore ourselves away to make it to our dinner reservations at Seven Lamps, one of the many high-caliber eateries

in walking distance of the property. (Hotel Colee doesn’t operate a fullservice restaurant on-site, but in-room dining is available for breakfast and dinner.) On the heated and covered patio at Seven Lamps, we shared an addictive pimento cheese board followed by house-made tagliatelle, pan-seared trout and the juicy 50/50 Burger. In between sips of wine, we never ran out of conversation or held back fits of stress-dispelling laughter. I’d like to say that after dinner we hit the town and painted it red, but the thought of a pajama party with another bottle of Champagne in our very own girl pad was too appealing to turn down. We chatted late into

the night before slipping into our comfy beds for a sleep that wouldn’t end with an alarm clock. When we checked out the following morning, we had fewer than 10 miles to drive home, back to to-do lists and daily duties, but we each arrived recharged with an energy that can only come from taking time to let loose together. n HOTEL COLEE Starting rate: $169 per night 3377 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 678.500.3100 hotelcolee.com

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atherine Clifton has a very specific plan for June 26. That day, she’ll find a shady spot on the property of Johns Creek’s famed Atlanta Athletic Club, and she’ll sit down for the first time after months of hard work. She’ll look out at all of the spectators who are enjoying the summer day as they watch some of the world’s best players traverse the green and compete for one of the biggest purses in golf. And she will take a moment to appreciate how she and her team brought the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to life in metro Atlanta. Clifton’s entire decade-long professional career has led up to this moment, starting with a coveted internship in the consulting and events department at IMG and including such positions as tournament director of the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay for bdG Sports. When the PGA came calling in 2019 with the opportunity to become the organization’s youngest director of championships, Clifton, 31, knew it was the perfect fit for someone who had learned to play golf from her father and always found herself fascinated with the business of sports. The job brought a move to Brookhaven and the chance to take the helm of one of the five majors on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tour. For the last two years, she has dedicated herself to creating the best possible experience for the players and the spectators of this annual tournament.

What does it mean for you to be heading up the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship? I’ve always been interested in making the transition to working on a major. It was one of those things I had not achieved yet,


and now I’m running a women’s major. Being a part of the championship is really fantastic. All of the competitors are great athletes, and it’s rewarding to provide a national stage for them to compete on. How does it feel to be the PGA’s youngest championship director? I like my reputation to speak for itself. I create operational plans and put together the right teams to help reach the financial goals of our sponsors. I work hard to deliver a superior event and manage it effectively. So I while I tend to be the youngest director in the room, I’m not afraid of that. This job brought you to Atlanta. How do you like living in Brookhaven? I’ve always wanted to live in Atlanta. We have great fam-

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Why is golf such a special sport for you? My sisters and I all learned how to play because my dad really wanted golf partners. And it became something we can all share together. We love everything about the game, which teaches you about trust, honesty, integrity and character. You can really build some character out on the golf course. And it’s one of those sports that you can play well into your life. It’s enjoyable to get outside, and it’s not too strenuous on your body.

ily friends who live in Buckhead, so I was familiar with that area. When I moved here, I thought about the drive to Johns Creek and the Atlanta Athletic Club, and I decided on Brookhaven. I ended up in Dresden Village, and I love where I live. I can walk to restaurants like Haven and Arnette’s. And my favorite place to walk to is Savi Market.

What is your favorite golf memory? When I was the tournament director for the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, one of the players asked to switch drivers with me [as a fun challenge] when we

were out on the golf course one day. He’s 6 feet, and I’m 5 foot, 2 inches. I took his driver and drove the ball down about 200 yards. The look on everyone’s faces when I handed the driver back was priceless. n

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outhern hospitality, superb fare and die-hard sports fans aren’t the only things Atlanta is known for. Our city is primed for dog owners. And when spring’s sunshine comes out, Atlanta’s restaurants prep their outdoor patios for foodies and dogs alike, with umbrellas for seeking shade and dog bowls for staying hydrated (the latter being only for four-legged diners, of course). Where can you enjoy a seasonal cocktail with your fur-clad partner in crime by your side? Consider these five pet-friendly spots.

Flower Child With an outdoor patio that spans 1,342 square feet, Flower Child’s location in Sandy Springs offers healthy eats and sips for humans (think vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) plus freshly filled water bowls for pets. The popular place to grab a grain bowl boasts a Buckhead location in the Shops Around Lenox, which also


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Right: A special menu for dogs awaits at The Select Restaurant + Bar in Sandy Springs. Far right: In Chamblee, gusto!'s enclosed patio features a putting green and room for your pup to lounge.

features a 675-square-foot, French bistro chair-clad patio that’s open to pets. Another location at Westside Provisions District is in the works.

gusto! With three nearby digs in Chamblee, Chastain and Buckhead, fast-casual restaurant gusto! pairs its signature health-centric bowls and wraps with an enclosed patio perfect for pets. Chamblee’s space, for example, seats about 40 across 1,200 square feet. “Chamblee’s patio is a prime summertime hangout area,” says Nate Hybl, founder of gusto!’s Chamblee location. “Make it even more enjoyable by bringing the dogs or enjoying a round on the putting green.” All gusto! locations have clean water bowls available to tail-bearing guests.

JCT. Kitchen & Bar Over on the Upper Westside, JCT. Kitchen & Bar is home to not one but two outdoor patios for sittin’ pretty

with your pet. The upstairs patio seats 88 guests, while the downstairs option holds 54. Each echoes an industrial vibe with reclaimed wood tables, metal accents and bright orange seating. Inside, Executive Chef Amadeus Lixfeld serves up savory local dishes such as the restaurant’s signature JCT. Fried Chicken that comes with biscuits, whipped potatoes, roast chicken gravy and spicy honey. (Be warned: Your pup will beg for a bite!)

The Select Restaurant + Bar In Sandy Springs, The Select Restaurant + Bar conveniently sits just a few feet from the neighboring City Green, a four-acre park where dogs can stretch their legs in designated pet areas before heading over to The Select to lounge on the 1,600-square-foot outdoor patio. “We pride ourselves on The Select being a gathering place for everyone, and that includes welcoming dogs to our expansive patio,” says owner Dave

Green. “During the past year, dogs have spent a lot more time with their owners, and some have separation anxiety. We love being a place where our guests can not only relax and enjoy their dining experience but also put their pets at ease to relax alongside them.”

Tupelo Honey Looking for a space with a menu made especially for your furbaby? Crowd-favorite Tupelo Honey dishes out Southern comfort foods for pawrents and a special menu for pups visiting its 923-square-foot patio. The “Bone Appetit” menu features five drool-worthy dishes: a Pawfect Snack, with three strips of bacon and the option to add a smear of peanut butter; Ruff Day Remedy consisting of three scrambled eggs; Bow Wow Bowl, with milk gravy and a biscuit; Healthy Fella, a mix of chicken and sweet potato; and The Notorious D.O.G., with ground beef and sweet potato. n

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K ID S There are plenty of places for kids to explore at Dunwoody Nature Center.

Mini Scientists Citizen science projects are gaining popularity with kids of all ages. These activities are sponsored by a variety of organizations so non-scientists (i.e. kids) can contribute to scientific research. Here is a small selection of easy-to-do projects for kids. n Through EarthEcho International, kids can test standing water, enter their findings into a world database and learn more about how waterways are affected by the surrounding environment. monitorwater.org

n Young wildlife watchers can monitor the activities of squirrels and share observations with Miami University’s Project Squirrel, which aims to better understand the ecology of neighborhoods. projectsquirrel.org Dunwoody Nature Center

n The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites citizen scientists to observe birds in their city by setting up a viewing area (approximately 50-by-50 feet) and reporting the birds they see—and don’t see. This helps study the avian life of cities. celebrateurbanbirds.org

Mother Nature’s Call A local nature expert shares activities to entice kids outdoors STORY:

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pebbles to pressing flowers and making leaf rubbings for cards, there are a multitude of earth-inspired crafts. One popular spring project Loscavio suggests is crafting a bird feeder from a pine cone. Spread peanut butter on the pine cone, sprinkle bird seed on top and hang it from a tree or hook outdoors. The best part is watching all the birds enjoying the treat!


fter being cooped up inside during the winter months, it’s finally time to enjoy the outdoors. Despite the warmer weather, kids sometimes still need a little encouragement to drop the devices and breath in the fresh air. Holly Loscavio, environmental education director at the Dunwoody Nature Center (and a mom of five), is an expert in doing just that. Here, she shares some fun— and educational—outdoor projects to add a dose of Mother Nature to your little ones’ lives.

Go on a scavenger hunt Turn an outdoor walk or hike up a notch by adding a scavenger hunt to the mix. One of Loscavio’s favorites is a memory scavenger hunt where you select up to 10 items from nature (think a pine cone, moss, wild flowers) and cover them with a blanket. Lift the blanket and let your kids get a 10-second peek at the items before you unleash them into the outdoors


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Create a nature journal

Holly Loscavio, one of Dunwoody Nature Center's longest tenured educators, is a pro at getting kids outdoors.

Make a notebook your little one can take on hikes and outdoor experiences. Stack two brown lunch bags, fold them in half and staple them together.

Build a toad house Find a shady part of your yard and turn a flower pot with a hole on the bottom upside down or lay it on its side and bury it half way in the dirt. Fill a small saucer with water and place it next to the pot. Decorate as you wish with stones and greenery, and check the pot regularly to see if a toad takes up residence.

Play the meet-a-tree game

to collect as many of the items as they can remember. For younger kids, have them carry a treasure bucket to fill with interesting items from nature. At the end of the walk, go through the items and explain each one.

Create nature-inspired crafts Use collected natural materials to create a masterpiece. From decorating a picture frame with moss and

The open ends are perfect for tucking in leaves found outdoors, and kids can glue white pieces of paper to the other pages for drawing or taking notes.

This DIY nature journal is ideal for notes and collecting leaves.

Have your kids partner up with a friend. Put a blindfold on one person or have them shut their eyes. The non-blindfolded person acts as a guide, leading the partner to a tree where they touch and smell to uncover details without using sight. The guide then leads the partner back to the starting point where they take off the blindfold and go exploring to see if they can find the tree. Once found, the partners switch roles. n




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“I’ve collected art that speaks to me as a reflection and reminder of where I am in life.” —Lara Carter

Designer furnishings mix with local steals, including a petrified wood epoxy side table from HomeGoods similar to one Carter spotted at a high-end shop in New York. Photo: Courtesy of Tom & Lori Hicks, Atlanta Fine Homes

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Interior photos: Courtesy of Tom & Lori Hicks, Atlanta Fine Homes


Making a Masterpiece Lara Carter traded her family-friendly Brookhaven residence for a modern, art-inspired Buckhead townhome STORY:

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Lara Carter designed her home to spotlight her beloved art collection.


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t heart, Lara Carter has always been a city girl. When she became an empty-nester and was contemplating a move, she knew she wanted a home in the middle of the action. In May 2017, after spending 12 years in a 1963 split ranch house in historic Brookhaven, she relocated to a new Monte Hewett Homes development on East Andrews in the heart of Buckhead. The three-level townhome—with a gourmet kitchen, garage, master walk-in closet and soaking tub—had all the perks missing from her previous abode. The 3,175-square-foot residence also offered an open layout to accommodate Carter’s frequent entertaining and clean white walls to showcase her growing art collection. Add to that three outdoor spaces (a fire pit patio, al fresco dining porch and outdoor perch off the master) with views of The St. Regis, and the residence was the much-awaited upgrade Carter needed. Plus, her college best friends, who lived three blocks away in Brookhaven, also relocated,

selecting a home just three houses from hers. When it came to decorating her new digs, Carter called on talented friends for their input. Misty Moss of MCM Design Company worked with her to create a neutral palette of basic furniture pieces from Bernhardt, Bradley USA and Lee Industries. Carter, who loves decorating and renovation, then filled in the gaps, mixing high-end designer wares with items from places such as HomeGoods and Scott Antique Markets. “It’s special to have memorable pieces from world travels, but I’m starting to appreciate the global marketplace available in Atlanta’s backyard,” says Carter, a client relationship executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Next time I might not awkwardly carry a 3-foot [tall] African mask across London when I can zip down to Scott’s for something similar.” For art placement, Carter collaborated with Huff Harrington’s Meg Harrington and Sam Jones. The team helped select placement for large works and created a gallery wall in the

Above: Carter’s townhouse boasts three outdoor living spaces to take in good weather and views of the St. Regis. Left: From pop art and commissioned works to family heirlooms, Carter’s art collection runs the gamut.

Right: Equipped with a Wolf range and Sub Zero fridge, the kitchen is the center of the action when Carter hosts her many dinner parties.

“I’m so grateful that I get to live here.”–Lara Carter

Above: Through oversized iron doors, the alfresco dining space emits Euro vibes with an antique French farm table. Left: Even Carter’s home office, adorned with a recognizable work by Todd Murphy, has a view of the outdoors.

to this house with Lily Harrington’s aptly titled Rosé All Day.”  Carter’s artistic taste extends to her furnishings as well. In the living room, a “Louis Goes to Sparta” wingback chair designed by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman is covered in fabric with a photographic print of white Carrara marble. “I was flipping through Architectural  Digest and ran across this amazing chair  that looked like a piece of art made of marble and had to splurge,” says Carter, who tracked the piece down at ADAC’s Context Gallery. “It’s the only place in the house where red wine is off limits.”   The rest of the open living space features a white, L-shaped sofa from CR Laine, a black root coffee table from South of Market and a Bradley USA concrete console table with a hand-forged iron stretcher. The adjacent dining room with a Tritter Feefer table and the open kitchen with Cambria countertops are made for Carter’s many social events. From

a Masters Tournament viewing party and Valentine’s dinner celebration to impromptu happy hours, the lady of the house hosts gatherings at least once a month. Parties often spill out onto the patio where an antique French farm table from Huff Harrington beckons guests to sip cocktails and take in the Buckhead city view. “The view of The St. Regis, especially at night, is incredible,” she says. “I still get excited every time I look out. I’m so grateful that I get to live here.” When the crowd has gone home, Carter retreats upstairs to her serene master suite. The room’s signature art is the aforementioned Rosé All Day, a rose-hued abstract painting Carter commissioned from Lily Harrington (Meg Harrington’s daughter and Chase’s close friend for 15 years). The spa-like master bathroom is just as sumptuous, with a soaking tub, large shower and walk-in closet. “My entire bathroom in my last house was probably as big as my shower now,” Carter says. s

living room. The eye-catching showcase includes Carter’s original family art (her mother, father and grandfather taught college art over the years) and pieces by well-known local artists (Todd Murphy, Steve Penley and Todd Alexander, to name a few). Her son, Chase, also got a spot on the eclectic gallery display with a bear he painted in an art class several years ago at The Lovett School. One of Carter’s most prized pieces is a painting of a mother and son by her friend, Felice Sharp, that hangs in the living room above an antique chest of drawers from Huff Harrington Home & Design. Titled Pathways to New Beginnings, Carter commissioned the piece in 2000 after going through a divorce. “I’ve collected art that speaks to me as a reflection and reminder of where I am in life,” Carter says. “The pieces from mom and dad tell stories from my childhood; I think of my son’s middle school milestone when I look at a portrait by Tracy Sharp [Felice’s daughter] and will always relate moving

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The upstairs also houses Carter’s home office with a Lee Industries double chaise and art by Todd Murphy and Archie Scott Gobber. While Carter has run of the third level, Chase’s domain is downstairs. Through the first-level entry foyer, where a Lee Industries trundle is reserved for Chase’s friends, is a sports-themed bedroom showcasing jerseys and memorabilia signed by Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Mike Tyson. His room won’t remain the same much longer, however. The recent college graduate is on the hunt for his own place. “I want Chase to always feel at home in his room here,” Carter says. “But when I stumble across that next amazing piece of art and need to free up some wall space, it might be time to send his sports memorabilia to his new place.” n

LARA CARTER’S FAVORITE LOCAL SPOTS TO HUNT FOR ART 1. Maune Contemporary. “Atlanta has been lacking in contemporary and modern art options, especially compared to what you might find in New York, Miami or L.A. To help fill this gap, my friends Heidi and Ramsey Maune opened their gallery in 2019. It’s a great place to purchase art ranging from the renowned Alex Katz to local artist DL Warfield.” 2. Huff Harrington. “It offers a wide range of artists and home furnishing with a French flair. They even curate amazing trips to France,


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whether your interest is to paint Paris yourself, shop the markets for original paintings or just drink rosé all day in Provence with fellow art enthusiasts.” 3. The Drawing Room ATL. “The duo behind this architectural and interior design services firm are branching out and finding unique international artists, one-of-a-kind custom pieces and even classical antique works that add a modern twist to any collection. A few of my neighbors have worked with their team, and the results are spectacular.”

Above: Rose hues in the art and bolster pillow embellish the femininity of Carter’s master suite. Left: The spacious master bathroom and walk-in closet was a must have when Carter was shopping for her home.

Right: Chase’s sportsthemed bedroom will likely be transformed soon, but it will always remain partly his, Carter says.



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olleen Lane launched her eponymous art consultancy, Colleen Lane Art Advisory, in 2018, but her first artistic calling was ballet. She trained with the Nashville Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Chautauqua Institution, where she nurtured an appreciation for artistic lines. She went on to major in marketing at Miami University in Ohio and earn a master’s in public administration for nonprofit management from Georgia State University, pursuing her arts interest from the business perspective. As a docent at the High Museum since 2015, her training in visual thinking serves as a foundation for her goal to help clients select the ideal piece of art for any space. Simply Buckhead chatted with the Buckhead resident and mom of two about the art cultivation process. When should homeowners work with an art consultant?  Art is an investment, albeit a very personal type of investment. Looking for a piece you love that

also complements the space may seem daunting. Determining value can also be intimidating. When working with clients, I share my expertise while helping them feel comfortable in the fact that there is no wrong answer when it comes to art. What can clients expect through the art selection process? The key is determining what type of art inspires the client. My model is similar to that of an interior designer. After spending time together to understand client preferences, I source several works that could work in the space and remain within budget. What advice can you give for buying art? This process starts with asking questions and getting curious about your preferences. What do you like? Why do you like it? Which elements of art strike you—color, shape, line, texture? How does a piece make you feel? Are you intrigued by the artist’s process?


When would you suggest a commission? Commissions can be tricky because you do not want to inhibit the artist’s process. If you really want to purchase a piece from a particular artist for a specific space, a commission may be the only option, especially if there isn’t a suitable size in the inventory. What about placing art? When placing art, it is important to notice how a piece enhances a space. Be sure to leave space in the room for the eye to rest. Every wall doesn’t need to be a showcase. What are some of the best ways to teach kids about art? Let them have an opinion. If they think they can replicate a work, let them try. Visit the High Museum. Bring pencils

n Buckhead-based interior designer Melanie Turner has released her first book, Inviting Interiors: A Fresh Take on Beautiful Rooms (Rizzoli, March 2021, available on Amazon). She shares tips on creating “understated, sophisticated and functional rooms.” Since establishing her interior design firm in 2009, Turner has become known for her timeless designs that use clean lines, custom furniture and curated art. She has studio locations in Atlanta and Charleston, as well as the Melanie Turner Home store in Big Sky, Montana. n In 2020, Harry Norman, Realtors donated more than $135,000 through the Community Foundation for Greater

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and paper, and let them sketch. Get curious about three works that you or they want to see. The best toddler class in town is the Toddler Thursday at the High. The interactive children’s spaces are so much fun. n colleenlaneart.com

Atlanta. The effort, which began with a goal of raising $90,000 for local organizations, was part of its 90th anniversary commemoration. To surpass its goal, the real estate firm engaged all Harry Norman offices around the state. harrynorman.com n Thomas Deans Fine Art welcomes a mini exhibition of the works of Chicago-born Deedra Ludwig. The show runs at the Miami Circle gallery from April 16 to May 15 and showcases Ludwig’s fine art works, which document observations of the natural world through the mediums of oil pigments, ink, soil and other nontraditional materials.  thomasdeansfineart.com



Add a rustic, European touch to your dining space with the Sienna Cane Back Dining Chair from Acquisitions Interiors. Part of the store’s in-house ACQ Collection, it’s made in Italy and available in multiple finishes and fabrics. It’s pictured here in “Bright Lime White” with a performance linen fabric on the seat. Available for $598. acquisitionsinteriors.com .


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She was very astute. She took careful notes, and she listened more than she talked so she could really home in on what somebody needed. She was 100% honest with people, and she built this business one customer at a time. How do you describe the shop? We sell anything that is sterling silver. Our most frequent request is for flatware—knives, forks and spoons. Many people grew up with silver and have a set they want to complete, and we can help them do that. We have everything from tea sets and hollowware to beautiful bowls, trays and centerpieces. These are the things that every household had at one time. Most of what we have is from the 19th and early 20th centuries; we buy from individuals, estates and auctions. We do buy some new goods, but in many cases, these are items that are no longer made. The things in our shop are lasting treasures.

Mimi Woodruff embraces everyday elegance at Beverly Bremer Silver Shop

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very night, Mimi Woodruff sets her dinner table with her favorite sterling silver flatware and water goblets. She and her family enjoy their meal, and she then places the forks, spoons, knives and cups in the dishwasher so they can be used again the next evening. It’s a practice most people wouldn’t consider, relegating heirloom silver to special occasions. However, Woodruff credits her mother, Beverly Bremer, with encour-


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aging her to use her fine sterling silver on a daily basis. It’s the same advice Bremer gave to all of the customers at her eponymous store, a Buckhead landmark since 1975. When Woodruff assumed the role of president of Beverly Bremer Silver Shop after her mother’s passing four years ago, she aimed to provide the same exceptional customer service for which Bremer was known. She had seen it firsthand as she worked in the store growing up. And though she set out on her own as an adult, working at such renowned institutions as

Sotheby’s, she happily returned in 2013 to the place she knew so well, officially taking over the shop in 2017. Today, she revels not only in helping customers locate the perfect items but also to discover their own love of silver. What did you learn from your mother about the silver business? She had a lot of nuggets of wisdom. She was no-nonsense, and she would tell people, “Don’t wait around. Use your silver and enjoy it.” She loved what she did, and she passed on that love of finding the right fit for the right people.

What is the most rewarding part of working with customers? It’s always wonderful to see something come together that a customer can use and enjoy. Someone may have a flatware set but lost the salad forks, and it’s a pleasure to fill in and make something complete. We want to offer that beautiful everyday elegance to a future generation. Also, the things we sell are for happy occasions—baby showers, traditional holidays, first birthdays. It’s a pleasure to be part of something that’s an heirloom for someone’s family. What do you love most about silver? Silver is always very aspirational. It brings that little bit of elegance and whimsy to your everyday entertaining. What key silver items should people consider for their own collections? Some people start with a flatware pattern and build from that. If you entertain, you always need beautiful serving pieces. n BEVERLY BREMER SILVER SHOP 3164 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.261.4009 beverlybremer.com

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“Building this company really plays into everything that made me who I am.” —Jesslyn Rollins, CEO of BIOLYTE

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SILK SCARVES “I bet my best Dior scarf that colorful silk scarves will be all the rave this summer. I love the boho vibe they give off, and the versatility is unmatched. Wear it as a head wrap, bandeau top, necktie or even a hair tie.” –AP Silk jeweled skull print scarf, by Alexander McQueen at INTERMIX, $260

SQUARE-TOE HEELED SANDALS “The ’90s called, and they want us to wear square-toed heels again. Keep the style modern with delicate straps that flatter or ruched straps that amp up the fun factor. Choose them either in a bold summery hue or neutral colors like white, black and nudes for ultimate versatility.” –HJ

BOLD PATTERNS “From checkered and geometric to psychedelic florals, make a statement. One of the best things about Atlanta style is that we love color. Keep makeup and accessories neutral to balance out your look.” –HJ

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“The hot new debate is if skinny jeans are in or out. The truth is denim has been increasingly getting roomier through the leg over the past few years. Ease out of your skinnies by choosing cropped straight legs. Or dive in with some menswear-inspired baggy, pleated trousers. Highwaisted cuts are universally flattering.” –HJ HANNAH JOHNSON

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SMALL SHOULDER BAGS “With all of the vibrant and playful summer 2021 fashion trends, a petite and classic shoulder bag is an accessory must. Choose a versatile color that pairs well with the majority of your wardrobe. Tuck the straps and, voila, you have the perfect evening clutch, too.” –AP Kate polka dot shoulder bag with chain strap, by Saint Laurent at Tootsies, $1,650

BALLET FLATS “Because, let’s be honest, most of us aren’t ready for heels yet coming out of the 2020 quarantine. Go designer or price-point-friendly fab with ballet flats, and opt for a pointy toe to pair with dressy evening looks.” –AP Georgia ballet flat, by Tory Burch, $268


SMILE BOOSTERS Don’t fancy a trip to the dentist? These products can help your smile without the office visit. A lipstick such as Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Lip Gloss in Brightening Pink ($27, available at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics) can make your smile appear brighter by accentuating white and canceling yellow tones. “Choose a shade with a cool bluish to pink undertone, like magenta or pink,” says Woo Makeup Artist Cynthia Morrison Eike. For a touch-up in between pro treatments, try the Luster Activated White Charcoal Kit ($19.99, available at Walgreens). The set comes with mint charcoal whitening toothpaste, whitening serum and a charcoal-infused rinse, and claims to make your teeth visibly whiter in just three days.



fter months of being covered up in a mask, a megawatt smile might be the season’s hottest accessory. Being proud of your smile is about more than just looks; it can be a huge confidence boost. “It’s a pretty remarkable thing,” says Atlanta Dental Spa’s Dr. Peter Boulden, a fellow to the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics. He notes that patients who dislike elements of their smiles often develop muscular limitations to limit how much of their teeth they show. “When we do these smile transformations, we help

patients become the best version of themselves,” says Boulden, who has a location in Buckhead. Taking good care of your teeth should be a top priority, but if it’s been a while since you’ve had a check-up, that doesn’t necessarily preclude you from pursuing cosmetic dentistry. “No dentist is going to do a smile makeover without making sure the foundation [of gums and bone] is strong,” says Boulden, who notes that comprehensive care can mean improving a patient’s dental health and aesthetics simultaneously.

Straighten up.

Atlanta Dental Spa’s Dr. Peter Boulden

If a mouth full of metal braces is a barrier to achieving straight teeth, invisible aligners are a smart alternative. According to Boulden, Invisalign (systems starting at $4,799) “works as well as braces, and typically everybody is a candidate.” Patients are fitted for a series of custom trays using a digital scanner. Then the clear plastic aligners are worn at least 22 hours a day for seven to 10 days each, adjusting teeth in micro movements toward the desired, straight position. On average, it takes about a year to

complete the cycle, with in-office checkups every three months.

Pearly whites. Teeth whitening is an easy and relatively affordable way to make a big impact, especially if you have stains from beverages such as coffee and red wine. “All whitening works through hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide,” says Boulden. For instant gratification before an event or a trip, the in-office Opalescence Boost ($310 per one-hour session) is a fast option. It uses a concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel that can whiten teeth several shades in a short amount of time, though it can cause sensitivity for some patients. “If you’re not in a rush, I would do the custom whitening trays ($399, including whitening gel) at home,” says Boulden, since the trays offer the same results over time with less risk of sensitivity.

Shape shift. If you’ve whitened and straightened your chompers, but they still don’t have the impact you want, it might be time to invest in bonding or ve-

neers, both of which can alter the shape of the teeth. Bonding (from $600 per tooth) is a tooth-colored resin and can act as an enamel replacement, allowing a cosmetic dentist to fix chips or square off teeth that are too rounded. Veneers (from $1,600 per tooth), which can change the size, color, shape and contours of the teeth, are one of the most dramatic tools a cosmetic dentist has at his or her disposal. Typically, a full smile makeover involves adding veneers to eight or more teeth. “There’s probably a misconception that changing your smile is too expensive,” Boulden says. You want to find a dentist who will proceed conservatively, making incremental changes until you achieve the desired result. “It’s about finding that perfect Goldilocks scenario for your smile,” he says. n ATLANTA DENTAL SPA 3189 Maple Drive N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.816.2230 atlantadentalspa.com

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EATING FOR STRESS Calming foods, drinks and supplements to boost your well-being STORY:

Karina Antenucci


or many people, reaching for snacks when feeling stressed is a knee-jerk reaction. “Eating—in particular, sugary or highly processed foods—feels good in the moment and can be a great distraction for stress,” says Margaret Schwenke, a Buckhead-based Nutrition and Eating Psychology Counselor. “Physiologically, sugar provides a dopamine hit to the brain, which illuminates the pleasure center. This offers immediate and immense pleasure, and relief at a subconscious (and sometimes conscious!) level.” But many types of snacks do not do a body good and can be highly inflammatory. “We all know the feeling of being stressed. Muscles are tense, breathing gets shallow and everything constricts. Processed foods and sugar have the same constricting effect and can cause further stress and inflammation in the body,” Schwenke says. Instead, focus on choosing healthful foods, drinks and supplements that may help reduce stress. Schwenke offers the following ideas.


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Beneficial Nutrition In general, eating whole, nutrientdense foods at regular intervals throughout the day supports your body and mind. More specifically, the National Institutes of Health recommends foods containing selenium, magnesium and/or vitamin D, such as Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate (just a square or two!), for stress reduction. “Research suggests that magnesium in particular promotes a relaxation response in the brain and might be useful for individuals dealing with high stress and anxiety,” says Schwenke. For some people, incorporating fatty fish, such as salmon, into a weekly diet can be helpful. “High in omega-3, fatty fish has a strong relationship with mental health and cognitive function,” Schwenke says.

Helpful Herbs & Spices Feeling anxious? The NIH says sipping green tea that contains an amino acid called L-theanine may offer anti-anxiety and calming effects. Look for the caffeine-free kind since caffeine can exacerbate anxious feelings. Chamomile is another gentle, soothing herbal tea widely known for its calming properties. Schwenke

common side effects of stress and burnout. Schwenke suggests talking to your doctor about taking complex B vitamins to ease stress headaches and melatonin to possibly help with sleep, but she notes that getting to the root of your stress issue should be the long-term goal.

Digging Deeper

Margaret Schwenke, a Buckhead-based Nutrition and Eating Psychology Counselor, helps clients optimize their eating.

also notes studies about turmeric root indicate that it could be helpful to incorporate, as the spice contains curcumin, a chemical compound known to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Ashwagandha, available in supplement form, is another herb to try. Known as an adaptogen, it has been shown to help regulate the nervous system, she says.

Eating well and taking supplements for stress are a great start, but ultimately, will only get you so far for so long. “It’s important to evaluate your lifestyle habits such as getting enough sleep, proper hydration and movement, and also your emotional and spiritual well-being. Ask yourself, ‘Am I prioritizing my health…mind, body and heart?’” Schwenke suggests adding a meditation or breathing practice to help manage the ongoing stressors of daily life. If you’re chronically stressed and can’t seem to pinpoint its cause or get out of its grasp, consider reaching out to your doctor, a psychologist and/or a nutrition professional for help. n


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working for years with IV bags and nutritional supplementation. He used that experience to formulate BIOLYTE, the IV in a bottle. How has your degree in theater and communication influenced your role as CEO? [I think it’s helped in] understanding the way people argue and the power of gratitude. My degree was very heavy on emotional intelligence. Theater involves understanding how somebody’s mind works. Preparing for a play, you have to memorize your script. Everything correlates so brilliantly to what I do now. I have taken to entrepreneurship like a duck to water. What do you love about your job? What do I not love about my job? I love improv and being in the moment. There are so many in-the-moment decisions that happen on a daily basis. Who should drink BIOLYTE? Everyone. Whether you come down with a bug, a workout kicked your butt or you feel completely run down, BIOLYTE is there to help you feel better whenever you need it. What is your main goal for the brand this year? My goal is not only to get it everywhere so people can have easy access to it, but also to bridge the gap of understanding that this product is not just a regular hydration drink. We have put so much thought and time into making something that actually works for people when they are not feeling well.

Drinking It Up Young CEO Jesslyn Rollins grows multi-million-dollar brand BIOLYTE


t took some convincing, but Jesslyn Rollins landed the role of CEO of her family’s drink company, BIOLYTE, in 2019, just four years after graduating from the University of Georgia with a double major in theater and communication. “There were lots of PowerPoint presentations put together!” says the Buckhead native of her attempts to convince her parents she was the right person to lead the brand. The product was created by her anesthesiologist father, Dr. Luther “Trey” Rollins, and her sister, Sarah. BIOLYTE is the first physician-formulated, bottled beverage designed to replicate the benefits of a medicalgrade IV bag in one drink. It has 7.5


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times the electrolytes than other leading sports drinks and only 40 calories per bottle. The soothing sipper helps rehydrate, calm an upset stomach, cleanse the liver and boost energy. In its inaugural year in 2016, Rollins single-handedly sold, packaged, shipped and even delivered to anyone who purchased it. Today, the $8 million brand’s three drink flavors, Tropical, Citrus and Berry, can be found at more than 7,000 locations in the Southeast including Kroger, Publix and QuikTrip. Since Rollins took over as CEO in 2019, BIOLYTE has doubled in profits every year. “I am very hardworking, passionate and obsessive. Building this company


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really plays into everything that made me who I am,” says Rollins. Here, she chats more about its creation, her role and some Buckhead favorites. How was BIOLYTE born? My mom was going through breast cancer treatments, and the chemo was taking a massive toll on her body. She was severely dehydrated and run down to the point that she couldn’t keep up with chemo without getting an IV bag beforehand, despite trying sports drinks, powders and children’s rehydration products. My sister said, “Dad, is it possible to get an IV that somebody could drink?” My dad had been

What do you like to do when you’re not working? I love overwhelming myself with interior decorating products that last and drive my fiancé completely insane. I love a good cocktail; the best is at The Capital Grille, the Stoli Doli [pineapple-infused vodka martini]. Don’t have more than one and a half. What are a couple of your favorite places for wellness in Buckhead? I am a massive spa person. The Waldorf Astoria has the best one. I’ll spend an entire day there for a facial, massage and the hot tub, and leave feeling like a shined up new penny. Also, The Perfect Brows by Leza—they are eyebrow wizards! n

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Out of the Box P54

Artist Erica Chisolm’s ode to WERD Radio, the country’s first blackowned radio station, decorates a power box on the Westside.

“It was a great way to reclaim the boxes from all the junk on them.” —Adeline Collot May 2021 | Simply Buckhead 



Photos by Michael Boatright (below) from the Dark Houses Atlanta project. Above: Actor’s Express; Right: The Fox Theatre.

TIME STOPS Photographer Michael Boatright captures the beauty of Atlanta’s empty theaters during the pandemic STORY:

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rowing up, Michael Boatright’s dad taught him photography, and his mom instilled a love of theater in their home. After graduating from Georgia Tech in 1982, Boatright worked in technology for 35 years but found his way back to photography through his daughter’s dancing and photographing her productions. He opened his Buckhead studio, Michael Boatright Photography, in 2014, producing photographs of architecture, corporate clients, landscapes, portraits and performances. “My health has definitely improved since leaving the corporate world,” says Boatright, who has been the president of the Southeast Photographic Society for two years. “When I’m shooting in the field, I don’t feel the aches and pains in my body. I don’t worry about the world. It’s like time stands still for me.” Unsure about what was next for his studio and inspired by a photographer friend’s images of frontline workers, Boatright began to brainstorm ways to tell the story of the pandemic through his art. His passions came together in his recent project, Dark Houses Atlanta, in which he photographed 33 Atlanta


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theaters that closed their doors due to the pandemic as a way to raise awareness and support. A lightbulb moment happened when Boatright had a vision of an empty stage lit only by a ghost light. Two days later, he visited the Drama Tech stage at his alma mater and began shooting. Quickly, Boatright was connected to theaters all across Atlanta, including the Fox Theatre, Stage Door Players, Actor’s Express and Synchronicity Theatre. At the height of the project, he photographed as many as three theaters in a single day. “I was trying to get as many as I could as fast as possible because I was afraid that some of the theaters would go out of business,” says Boatright. He quickly realized that his vision

of the stage under ghost light did not capture the scope of the financial and artistic loss felt by Atlanta’s theater industry. Instead, Boatright felt the most impactful story he could tell was not about the stage, but the empty seats. Watching online theater performances only intensified this feeling. “I missed the people,” says Boatright. “There is an energy in the crowd that an actor’s performance feeds off of, and it’s just wasn’t there.” His lens shifted focus to the house, and he began tracking the number of seats at every theater he photographed, hoping to put a number on the impact. Boatright estimates he photographed more than 15,000 empty seats representing a $500 million loss in ticket sales. Boatright’s photos were most notably used by the National Independent Venues Association during Georgia-based efforts to ask lawmakers to pass the Save Our Stages bill. Passed on Dec. 15 as part of a national COVID-19 relief package, the bill provides $15 billion toward grant programs for theaters and other live performance venues, and will be a life saver for many of them. Following the Dark Houses project,

Boatright has continued to work with the arts in Atlanta. He helped execute Bodies in Motion, an outdoor performance created in tandem with dancer Keith Reeves. The two were paired through A.M. Collaborative, a program facilitated by DanceATL connecting artists of different disciplines to create new work. Boatright aided in the technical aspects of the outdoor performance featuring dancers of different styles, while also taking photographs and gathering footage for a documentary about the process that is posted on YouTube. Videography is a pivot for Boatright, and he is delighted at the chance to creatively tell stories in this medium. “I couldn’t have predicted this pandemic and the projects it would lead me to, but I’m proud of what I’ve created,” says Boatright. “Faced with so much adversity, people aren’t standing still. You cannot stop the creativity of the human mind.” n MICHAEL BOATRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY 75 Bennett St. N.W., Unit G2 Atlanta 30309 404.488.6644 michaelboatright.com

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Local artists put their creative talents to work on power boxes in the Upper Westside. Pictured clockwise from right: George Baker III starts his project; Baker’s Move People; Erica Chisolm honors WERD Radio; Elizabeth Lang’s depiction of the Atlanta skyline.


or the Upper Westside Improvement District, a pandemic, it turns out, was a good time to think about outdoor art. After months of hunkering down in their homes, residents of the area who head out into the spring weather are now being greeted by a collection of artistic creations designed to brighten some of the neighborhood’s dullest corners. The District, which covers Channing Valley, Underwood Hills, Berkeley Park, Howell Station, Blandtown and the Marietta Street artery, took on the project to spruce up those dull, gray metal power boxes that dot the landscape. Thanks to the efforts of five commissioned artists, the once graffiti- and poster-plastered canvases have morphed into eye-catching depictions of faces, landscapes, the city skyline and local history. The finished works include George Baker’s Move People with the Way You Move, Elizabeth Lang’s Between the Evergreens and Erica Chisolm’s depiction of WERD Radio, the country’s first black-owned radio station. “Our first goal was to work on boxes next to neighborhoods and walking areas where the artwork would bolster the neighborhood,” says Adeline Collot, the Upper Westside Improvement District’s planning and capital projects program director. “And it was a great way to reclaim the boxes from all the junk on them.” The effort is part of the community’s commitment to public art that’s been incorporated into the master planning process now underway. But rather than waiting for that plan to be finalized, Collot says getting the signal boxes spruced up was “a quick win.” After working with the city to get approval, the call went out for local artists to design concepts. More than 45 submitted ideas to a selection committee made up of representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the community improvement district (business owners) and residents. When the final selections were completed and approvals in place, the work got underway last summer. The five artists received $500 stipends, and Collot’s office paid for the materials. “We also had the boxes sealed with a clear coat and then an antigraffiti coat,” she says. “We hope those things will help keep the art


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fresh for three to five years.” Collot hopes to continue highlighting the history of the community in the next round that will reclaim six power boxes. “Public art is something people really rally around,” she says. “We hope the effort will be something we continue throughout 2021.” n upperwestsideatl.org


Different Together Two women from divergent backgrounds tackle the racial divide


t first, it appears Ginger Howard and Alveda King have little in common. Howard, a fashion guru, is the owner of the chic Buckhead clothing shop Ginger Howard Selections; King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., is a former Georgia state representative, leader of the nonprofit Alveda King Ministries and an author. Even their book cover photo together seems a juxtaposition of a blonde, white Howard and the slightly graying, African American King. Yet it’s because of those differences the two joined forces to write We’re Not Colorblind: Healing the Racial Divide that aims to help readers appreciate and honor ethnic differences. “This is a lesson that every generation needs to be taught,” King says.


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“We’re supposed to be one human race, but that message often gets lost.” At 20 years apart, the two see themselves as a conduit to spread that message to more than their own generations. Howard first encountered King when she heard her speak at a pro-life rally about five years ago. “She gave her testimony, and I was very drawn to her,” Howard says. “We got to know each other, and in 2017, I was invited to a community talk hosted by her cousin, Bernice. We were both on a panel about racial reconciliation. Alveda and I were the only true conservatives on the panel, and she was the only woman of color and got a lot of heat. That’s when we really bonded.” Shortly after, Howard had a dream


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that she and King wrote a book on the topic together. “That dream was so vivid, so real,” says Howard. “But when I called Alveda, I didn’t know she’d written all these books. I’d only ever written a few letters and a journal. But she agreed to do it, and by 5 p.m. that afternoon she had the title and the outline of the first eight chapters. She texted them to me and said, ‘Get to work!’” They started the process in early 2018, but it wasn’t published until Aug. 28, 2020—57 years after the exact day King’s uncle delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. “We had a lot of snafus with different publishers, and then the pan-

demic hit,” says Howard. “But to have it finally come out on that date? We never in a million years could have made that happen.” Though the book uses personal anecdotes, experiences, personal photos and their own close friendship as a way to tackle a tough subject, King says some publishers feared the theme wouldn’t resonate with readers. Yet as the last year has brought the racial divide to the forefront, that’s changed. “We can’t get over how relevant it is right now,” Howard says. Their main objective, King says, is to encourage people to celebrate the human race above all ethnicities. “Start seeing each other as human beings and change your own language to reflect that.” The women’s relationship exemplifies their message, Howard says. “We have our differences, but we are so bonded.” n WE’RE NOT COLORBLIND ($25) is available on Amazon, at Ginger Howard Selections in Buckhead and on werenotcolorblindbook.com.

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EXPERT ADVICE ON NAVIGATING IMPORTANT CHALLENGES Families are nothing if not dynamic, and while the idyllic home with a white picket fence, two children and a dog might hold appeal, the reality for most families is a bit more complicated. Whether you’re dealing with reproductive issues, divorce, adoption or the prospect of planning for aging parents, these stories show that, even with the challenges these life events can present, with the right help, it’s possible to thrive.

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M ELIZABETH DENBLEYKER Private Adoptions Program Manager, Bethany Christian Services of Georgia

WHITNEY O’CONNELL Executive Director, A Adoption Advocates of Georgia

Bethany Christian Services of Georgia 6645 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta 30328 770.455.7111 bethany.org A Adoption Advocates of Georgia 7199 Dunhill Terrace N.E. Sandy Springs 30238 770.853.9591 adoptionadvocatesofga.org


ara and Chris Frederick look forward to the day when their son is placed in their arms. They’re waiting patiently, but they have no idea when they will meet him. What the Sandy Springs couple does know is that he will be a non-Caucasian male child, the criteria they stipulated in the paperwork for the adoption process that they feel will help complete their family. After going through IVF to have their 2-year-old daughter, Holland, the couple knew they wanted another child. They felt compelled to consider adoption, which would allow them to open their home to a child in need while building a multi-ethnic family. “We know it will be worth it,” Mara says. “We are faith-based people, and we feel we’ve been called to this plan. It’s going to be challenging. There will be cultural differences, and we’re going to have to learn. Nothing will really prepare us, but the more we educate ourselves and are humble, the better equipped we will be to answer our son’s questions. We’re ready to embrace it.” The Fredericks are typical of families who choose to adopt. The process can be long and emotional. Here are some things to consider if it’s a path your family is exploring. Should we consider domestic or international adoption?

According to Elizabeth DenBleyker, private adoptions program manager for Bethany Christian Services of Georgia, the landscape of international adoption has changed in recent years. While it remains a viable option, many countries, such as Ethiopia and Ghana, have either changed their laws or significantly cut back their participation in international custody transfers. Some countries have shifted their focus to their welfare systems and are working to keep children in their cultures of origin. Children who are on the list for

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adoption often have special needs. “The health of a child is a key factor in international adoptions,” says Whitney O’Connell, executive director of A Adoption Advocates of Georgia. “Placements are usually older children who have been in some type of need situation, and they have had malnourishment, abandonment, low stimulation, little to no attachment, lack of proper health care or [have] medical needs.” This type of adoption requires very special care and often access to medical resources upon arrival in the U.S. “The U.S. is seeing an increased capacity for helping children through domestic infant adoption or foster care adoption,” DenBleyker says. Infant adoptions often involve a birth mother voluntarily choosing to select a family for her child, while children in foster care-based adoptions typically have encountered some type of trauma that brought them into the situation. In either case, the children need a loving place to call home. How much involvement would we have with the birth parents?

“Adoption is not like a Lifetime movie when a woman places a baby up for adoption, and the child is just taken away,” DenBleyker says. “Research has shown us that some sort of connection is beneficial for all three parties—the child, the birth mother and the adoptive family—if possible.” Domestically, O’Connell notes that many of today’s birth parents are looking for a semi-open or open level of contact with the family. This often means allowing for some communication, updates about the child provided to the birth parent by the adoptive parents or even a deeper, ongoing connection. “Most often, the international adoption is of an orphaned child with little to no information about the biological parents,” O’Connell says. “Options for contact are minimal.”

How will a child’s age affect the adoption transition?

Adopting a newborn will be a different experience than adopting a toddler or an older child. “Adopting an infant has a great probability of bonding from the time of placement,” O’Connell says. “The adoptive parents will be able to experience most of the ‘firsts’ with their new baby.” While this can still happen with an older baby or a toddler, the older a child gets, the more his or her needs will change. As many older children and teenagers come out of the foster system into adoption, there may be trauma, neglect or abuse that must be addressed. Pre-adoption training can help prepare an adoptive family for how to approach these issues. What should we know about a multi-ethnic adoption?

Many of today’s adoptions allow families to provide a home for a child of a different race or ethnicity. “As children in a transracial adoption grow, they often don’t feel like they belong anywhere,” DenBleyker says. “We have to do everything we can to minimize that. And what really appears to help is immersion in the child’s culture. Don’t subscribe to being colorblind; see the child’s color and culture, and celebrate it.” A variety of proactive measures are available to honor your child’s birth culture and heritage, including expanding your social circle, choosing schools with diversity, celebrating traditional holidays and cultural events, and filling your home with culturally significant photos and mementos. According to O’Connell, many international adoptive families plan trips to their child’s birth country. What’s the most important thing to know about adoption?

“Adoption is such a blessing,” DenBleyker says. “It’s a beautiful, complex, difficult and worthwhile way to grow a family.” n

The Frederick family has chosen domestic adoption to give a child a loving home. They’ve been waiting for nearly nine months and look forward to welcoming a son sometime soon.




D TONY LEVITAS Psychologist, Behavioral Institute of Atlanta

JULIE ZEFF Co-leader, Uncoupling support group, Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta

JF&CS 4549 ChambleeDunwoody Road Dunwoody 30338 770.677.9474 jfcsatl.org/clinical Behavioral Institute of Atlanta 6000 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 103 Sandy Springs 30328 404.256.9325 bia1.com Kessler & Solomiany 267 W. Wieuca Road N.E., Suite 203 Sandy Springs 30342 404.480.8894 ksfamilylaw.com


ivorce hits children like a death in the family, and parents facing their own loss and anger should recognize their children’s need to grieve. “It’s important to make room for mourning,” says therapist Julie Zeff, who co-leads the Uncoupling support group at Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta in Dunwoody. “The kids are going to look to the adults as models for how to process this. It can be really powerful for kids to see the adults in their lives sharing about their full range of feelings.” Parents should show their children that it’s OK to be upset, angry and open with their feelings, says Tony Levitas, a psychologist who specializes in child, family and divorce issues at The Behavioral Institute of Atlanta in Sandy Springs. “Kids can come away relatively unscathed when the parents act like adults, but when they get nasty, get the kids in the middle and they do the alienating—that’s when it’s really scarring to the kids,” he says. Children traumatized by divorce can suffer changes in mood, appetite, sleep, academics and behavior. In the long term, studies have found an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and divorce. One of the best predictors of such problems is the level of conflict between the parents, Levitas says. Some of his child clients dread being at public events with their parents even years after divorce because of the uncontrolled anger. Parents battling over children are seeking vindication, says Randall Kessler, author of the 2015 book Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids, and Your Future and founding partner in the family law firm Kessler & Solomiany, which has a Sandy Springs location. “If the kids like me and agree with me, that means I’m right. Parents forget that when you criticize the other par-

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ent, you’re criticizing the child because the child is 50% mom, 50% dad.” Levitas offers co-parenting counseling in which couples face each other and describe the space between them, and they use adjectives such as “tense” and “hateful.” That negative space is where their children live, Levitas says, and the parents must work together to protect their children from that bitterness. Emotionally healthy, mature parents put the children first, he says. He encourages parents to ask, “How are our kids doing? Let’s co-parent them together. They need us to communicate about them.” That means no badmouthing the other parent, no blaming money problems on the ex-spouse, no telling the child to ask the other parent to make expensive purchases and no using children as messengers. “Keeping the conversation between the parents is really important,” Zeff says. When children are asked to remind a parent about a support check, to pass along a mean comment or to report on the other parent’s dating life, they feel at fault for the conflict. The ex-couple should create a HEAR note to address the four key coparenting topics and areas of potential conflict, Levitas says: health, education, activities and religious practices. He recommends weekly communication based on that document. Face-to-face conversations are ideal, but if the acrimony is too high, electronic alternatives such as the OurFamilyWizard app are better than child messengers or silence. The children might need their own communication outlet, such as a therapist, especially when they send signals such as falling grades and disrupted sleep, Levitas says. “People are feeling different things at different times, and it’s not a sequential process,” Zeff says, adding that parents should

make clear they’re available to hear their children whenever they’re ready to talk. “There’s no norm for this. This can all look however the family wants to create it,” she says. Similar flexibility and family decisionmaking apply in determining physical custody. Levitas says the parents should work out the schedule with the children’s input rather than force the children to tell a judge whom they want to live with. Nothing’s final when it comes to children and divorce, Kessler says. New circumstances can alter custody agreements, and children have a right to declare which parent they’d like to live with when they turn 14. Children in general may react differently to divorce based on age. Levitas says younger children are more self-centered and so are more likely to blame themselves for the breakup. Older children are better able to communicate their feelings, Zeff says. But Kessler notes that older children face a more difficult transition because they’ve had more time living with two parents. Many clients delay a divorce until the kids are older, Kessler says, and the kids often ask why they waited so long. “The kids know, and the kids want their parents to be happy.” “No matter what stage you’re in, keep the best interests of the kids at heart,” Levitas says. “That’s the gold standard.” n

UNCOUPLING HELP The nonprofit Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta holds its Uncoupling support group every other Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. It’s open to anyone considering or going through divorce, as well as those who divorced years ago.




amily comes first, whether it’s doing what is best for the kids or answering the call of a relative in need. So when my in-laws began contemplating a geographical move and needed somewhere to stay while weighing their options, it was natural to offer our home as a place for them to bide their time. The decision was easy, but we all knew that a household with members ranging from ages 2 to 77 would come with its challenges—and rewards. I’m happy to say we all survived being roommates for five months, and my in-laws are now happily settled in a downsized townhouse less than a mile from my home. The transition to a new living situation for aging parents or in-laws isn’t always straightforward. Oftentimes grown children need to contemplate whether parents are able to live on their own or if additional help is needed. According to U.S. Census data, the average person spends nearly 20 years in the postcareer phase of their lives, meaning more families are having to assist parents in making transitions as they age. That’s where Kendall Crye and her

company, Aging Life Care of Atlanta, come in. With more than 20 years’ experience in the senior care industry, Crye’s company helps navigate the needs of aging clients with family dynamics and financial responsibilities. More than half her clients reside in Buckhead. “We help families figure out what care is needed, how to prioritize all the problems and what’s most important. Then we put them in the right order and match the resources of the solutions to those things,” Crye says. “Every client’s situation and how they want help is different.” When considering the next step, Crye says it’s important to consider any medical diagnosis, functional disability or health issue that may have been ignored. Budget is also a huge driving force, as are the wishes of the individual. Sometimes, the best (or only) option is to bring mom and dad under your own roof. While this can be a wonderful experience for togetherness, it’s important to consider the impact it will have on the family. One consideration [is] the physical and emotional bandwidth of the adult child. “Do you

have space in your day-to-day life for that? What is that going to look like?” Crye says. “For some families, it’s the best thing ever that grandma is moving in. For other families, it can tear them apart and cause great stress.” There are also practical considerations. Is there enough space and accessibility in the home for an individual aging in place? You’ll need to think about everything from grab bars in the showers, wide doorways for wheelchairs or walkers and more. Finances often limit the options for many seniors, so Crye suggests working with a financial advisor or wealth manager before the situation reaches a crisis. Families can also develop their own financial agreements—a parent paying for rent, for example. Ultimately, one of the most important components is proper communication. “Talking with your aging parent before there is a crisis or before things start to change is key for equipping you and your family for the future,” Crye says. “Good communication can take the pressure off a difficult situation because you already know their wishes.” n

As people live longer, the vision of an inactive retirement is passé. Many baby boomers are entering their post-retirement years with energy and enthusiasm, ready to continue their education and try new hobbies. Buckhead’s senior living facilities are answering the call by providing a suite of amenities, from specialized continuing education classes and state-of-the-art fitness facilities to high-caliber restaurants. At Lenbrook, residents can take Life Long Learning sessions from Emory University and listen to lectures on everything from art to current events. The community also offers four restaurants and studios for woodworking and art. lenbrook-atlanta.org

The 20-acre campus at Peachtree Hills Place boasts an art studio; croquet and pétanque courts; a fitness center with indoor pool and Pilates studio; and preventative health services. Guest speakers, seminars and cultural events also occur regularly in the clubhouse. peachtreehillsplace.com

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ccording to the Pew Research Center, 33% of American adults surveyed have either undergone some type of fertility treatment or know someone who has. There are many reasons for a couple or an individual to try today’s reproductive innovations to build a family. Whether it’s fertility issues or taking a different approach to family planning, an array of medical technology advancements has given people the freedom of choice when it comes to bringing new life into the world.

DR. JESSICA RUBIN Reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist, Reproductive Biology Associates

THE NUMBERS: According to FertilityIQ’s national averages, here’s what you can expect to pay: n IUI: Up to $5,000 n IVF: Approximately

$23,000 per cycle n Egg Freezing: Approximately $17,000

Reproductive Biology Associates 1100 Johnson Ferry Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.257.1900 rbaivf.com


INFERTILITY: TACKLING A MISNOMER Dr. Jessica Rubin, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist with Sandy Springs-based Reproductive Biology Associates, dislikes the word “infertility.” Clinically used to describe people who have not been able to conceive naturally for up to a year, the term can be inaccurate for many people’s situations. “A lot of these women are able to get pregnant, so it shouldn’t be ‘infertility.’ I think it should be called ‘subfertility,’ when you’re struggling to get pregnant,” she says. “Even though it was termed infertility in medical literature, it can be discouraging to women and couples. They just need help from a fertility specialist.” For women under 35 who have been trying to conceive for more than a year, as well as women over 35 who have tried for six months, fertility treatments can be the answer. After an evaluation that looks at ovulation, uterine structure, Fallopian tube viability and more, a specialist can design a plan based on a woman’s personal scenario. “The fertility world has advanced, and we have so much more knowledge about the causes of fertility issues and the methods to treat them,” Rubin says. Traditional fertility treatments include intrauterine insemination (IUI), during which sperm is placed directly into the uterus, or in vitro fertilization

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(IVF), through which mature eggs are retrieved and fertilized in a lab before being transferred to the uterus. Rubin says the former is more affordable but less successful; IVF is more intensive and expensive but has a higher success rate. The key is to be proactive and see a fertility specialist as soon as you think there might be a problem. “Don’t struggle alone; let us guide you through the process,” Rubin says. “Infertility can be very emotionally burdensome. However, if you have a game plan and a strategy for how you’re going to go about getting pregnant, it takes off a lot of the pressure, and success will come with that.”

EGG FREEZING: MANAGING THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK Egg freezing has become one option for those who want to delay childbearing but preserve fertility. As Rubin says, a woman’s fertility peaks in her 20s, but some are not ready to start a family at that age for any number of personal, financial or medical reasons. “Egg freezing allows women to freeze their eggs and come back to use them decades later—and still have the same reproductive potential from them,” she says. The two-week process is similar to the early egg retrieval stages of IVF. Eggs are not fertilized but are frozen using a rapid freezing process called vitrification that prevents the formation of ice crystals and yields a 90% egg survival rate when thawed. Technology has made the option more effective, affordable and less stigmatized. In fact, Rubin froze her own eggs in her early 30s and shares her experience with her patients. “It’s incredibly empowering to have that reproductive opportunity— to take control of your fertility and decide when to get pregnant,” she says. Rubin also notes there are creative ways to build a family. “We can help make this process less stressful and explain all of your options. It’s important to be proactive and not to lose hope. We are here to help.” n

KEEPING THE FAITH Olivia DeLong knows that the journey to starting a family is not necessarily an easy one. Four years ago, the Brookhaven resident and her husband, Jeff, decided it was their time. On their second month of trying, they got pregnant but sadly lost the baby. They were told that the loss was common, but they were referred to Reproductive Biology Associates since DeLong has a preexisting uterine condition. “We did everything. We took all of the tests, and we got the big picture,” she says. They worked with reproductive endocrinologist Andrew Toledo, who said they could start with IUI and consider IVF as an option as well. First, he suggested they make lifestyle changes to boost their health, from taking supplements to trying acupuncture. Then DeLong began hormone injections to prepare for the IUI procedure, but she became pregnant naturally with the help of the hormones. Ultimately, it was an unsuccessful chemical pregnancy. After a subsequent IUI attempt failed, they prepared to move on to IVF but became pregnant for a third time before the process began. In December 2018, they lost their son during the 19th week of pregnancy. A few months later, with the support of Toledo and his fertility team, the DeLongs were pregnant again, naturally. “Something just felt right,” she says, and they were right. Today, they are the parents of a healthy 16-month-old daughter, Amelia. Though they didn’t conceive through IVF, they experienced the challenges infertility and its treatments present. DeLong encourages couples experiencing similar obstacles. “It was a tough three or four years, but there is hope. You have to be your own health advocate; if you’re not getting answers, find someone who will help you,” she says. “Make sure you have the right people behind you. Parenthood truly is a blessing and something Jeff and I will never take for granted.”

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Olivia and Jeff DeLong collaborated with an entire team of professionals as they faced their infertility journey. Today they are the proud parents of their daughter, Amelia.


JEFF PIERCE Investment officer, Berkeley Capital Partners


P KASEY GARTNER Wealth management adviser, Northwestern Mutual Buckhead

Northwestern Mutual Buckhead 3438 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 1200 Atlanta 30326 404.841.5013 kaseygartner.com Berkeley Capital Partners 3500 Parkway Lane, Suite 340 Norcross 30092 678.690.8700 berkeleycp.com


ersonal finance boils down to simple math: Spend less than you make. If only life didn’t throw unwanted variables into the formula. “The list of economic risks is and will forever be endless,” says Jeff Pierce, a Buckhead resident who’s an investment officer with Berkeley Capital Partners. “Put a plan in place that’s flexible enough to respond when life doesn’t always go according to plan,” says Kasey Gartner, a wealth management adviser with Northwestern Mutual Buckhead, who strongly advises getting professional financial planning. “I’m a big proponent of spending your time doing what you do well, what you enjoy doing, what you can make money, after doing and outsourcing the rest.” They offer the following financial advice whether you’re seeking your first job or leaving your last.

Expenses. Regardless of your life stage, the need to spend less than you earn is constant. “We spend [money] without a conscious awareness,” Gartner says, and what should be a surplus in your personal budget turns into Amazon packages and food deliveries. Making automatic investments solves that problem, and it’s easier to cut expenses than raise income to create that surplus. Pierce advises figuring out how much you need to save for the future. “When your savings drive your spending, under-

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standing where to spend and where to cut will become a lot clearer.”

Credit card debt. Avoid it like the plague, Pierce says, but if you owe, develop an offensive mindset to keep the total as low as possible and to pay it off aggressively when times are better. He and Gartner advise paying down the highest-interest-rate debt first, although Gartner acknowledges the psychological value of paying off the smallest balance first. “If it doesn’t feel right,” she says, “you’re not going to stick to it.” Low interest rates. If you own a home, refinancing can save money and help pay off debts, Gartner says. Cheap mortgages also make a home purchase enticing, but Pierce notes a downside: The rate-driven rise in demand pushes prices up. Retirement. “It’s not all about your 401(k),” says Pierce, warning that health issues are a leading cause of bankruptcy among retirees. Gartner cites a woman who retired in her 60s only to find that her 401(k) wasn’t enough because she didn’t understand the deferred taxes she had to pay. Financial education, including the complexities of Medicare and Social Security, is vital. Resilience after a job loss or other financial setback. Pierce sees three keys: refusing to be a victim, mastering

delayed gratification and having a plan to deal with the unexpected. Gartner advises starting by building up a six-month emergency fund if you have one income or three months if you’re a dual-income household.

Lessons learned. “I’m more concerned about what hasn’t been learned,” Pierce says of the time since the 2008 financial crisis. “There is an entire generation of new investors out there who believe they can do no wrong in a market that only seems to want to go up. This could have devastating consequences for those who don’t have proper protections in place when markets inevitably hit a sustained slide.” A crucial mistake is trying to time the markets, Gartner says. “If the market falls, what has changed in your financial situation today from yesterday? Probably nothing. Changing priorities. The single 25-year-old becomes the married 40-year-old with such long-term goals as college for the kids and retirement, Gartner says. “At that level, there’s a maturity to say, ‘I’m going to experience some short-term stress right now and get rid of HBO.’” All the details simplify to that basic equation, Pierce says. “If you spend less than you earn, invest wisely and stay the course, regardless of the market’s ups and downs, I like your odds.” n

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Gossamer slices of paper-thin prosciutto and ethereal, oilbathed mozzarella.


Storico Rising P70

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Above: Homemade chitarra pasta is tossed in Forza's signature arrabbiata sauce. Left: Earthy, meaty king trumpet mushrooms, seared golden brown in sweet anchovy butter. Right: Sinfully delicious saltimbocca alla Romana: veal cutlet, pan-crisped in sage butter and kissed with a touch of lemon.

STORICO RISING Forza Storico lights up the Westside STORY:

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B Crunchy, crispy, charry polpo: herb-simmered, smoked then grilled. Ottoottimo!


ack in 2019, Forza Storico, the latest enterprise of the Storico empire, took over the former Little Bacch space on the basement level of the Westside Provisions District. The original blueprints were exquisite, an indigo labyrinthine dream detailing the collective vision of its creative team. Just six months after opening, the pandemic hit, shutting down just about every establishment in town. The fact that Forza Storico not only survived but is thriving is a testament to the formidable brand, skillfully engineered by

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partners Michael Patrick, Pietro Gianni and Stephen Peterson, passionate, jeans-andsneakers-sporting guys who could easily be mistaken for a ’90s Calvin Klein billboard. They’ve seriously elevated Atlanta’s Italofare street cred. “The fact that [none of us] ever owned a restaurant paved the way for a new form of dining which, for sure, has to be composed of great food and alcohol, but also [the ability to] re-invent from scratch whatever doesn’t work, humbly and without complaining,” General Manager Gianni says before hustling off to another 18-hour day in Forza’s ambitious space where every detail—from the open kitchen to the light-strewn courtyard to Tori Alexis’s “SuperPope” murals—has been infused with Storico’s unique brand of whimsy. The talent and gumption in this operation start with Executive Chef Patrick, whose diverse resume includes traveling through Italy learning from Italian nonnas. Despite the pandemic, he continues to import most ingredients from Italy, keeping Forza’s menu, like Storico Fresco’s, focused and approachable, only here, the food is almost entirely Roman. We began our first meal with an Eternal City classic: whole fried artichoke. It arrives looking like a gilded flower girl’s bouquet, all crunch, heat and salt. We took turns plucking off crispy petals, cutting the oiliness with a squeeze of lemon. Equally on point was the

polpo, octopus slow simmered in aromatics, smoked then grilled. The charred gams are served atop warm cannellini beans and drizzled with an orange Calabrian chili pesto. You can’t visit Forza without trying the cacio e pepe, housemade tonnarelli noodles tossed in a gamy, salty pecorino and black pepper sauce. The pasta’s bite is arguably on the more extreme side of the al dente spectrum, the flavors are so in-your-face, you can’t stop eating. Using a different flavor profile was the equally decadent chitarra arrabbiata, a piquant tomato ragu dotted with nuggets of pearly mozzarella and tossed with long, thin chitarra pasta. It’s so earthy, so rich, it could almost be classified under carne. Usually ho-hum in Italian-American restaurants, Forza’s tiramisu is all the dessert was intended to be—an ode to boozy mascarpone and day-old cookies. As my companions effused over their first bite and the pretty wine-glass presentation, I dug my cocoa-dusted fork into the ethereal, café-soaked layers of cookie and cream. Falling short on flavor, however, were the nondescript pistachio and chocolate gelatos, made at Inman Park’s Voga Gelato. We’ve visited the brick-and-mortar shop a dozen times, and flavors have always been distinct; clearly, tonight was an aberration. We vowed to give it another try soon. Only one word describes our follow-up meal: breathtaking. We began the evening perched at a high bar table overlooking the train tracks, as urban-grit a view as one can get, made even hipper with Bar Manager Jose Pereiro’s cocktails, crafted with all manner of esoteric liqueurs, juices and syrups. The Cosmo di Milano is a pretty-in-pink drink

Above: Don't miss the pan-roasted whole branzino, stuffed with fresh rosemary and topped with shaved fresh fennel.

Right: If you only try one thing at Forza, let it be cacio e pepe, the pecorino-andblack-pepper pasta that transports you back to your favorite Roman bistro.

[At the beginning], "we had to reinvent from scratch whatever [didn't] work, humbly and without complaining," —GM Pietro Gianni Left: Jose Pereiro's cocktails are liquid works of art. (PS: our favorite is the pretty, pink Cosmo di Milano.) Right: Forza's spin on tiramisu: silky mascarpone, boozy ladyfingers and rich cocoa powder.

made with Italicus, Dimmi di Milano, Purus vodka and cranberry. The Il Martini is a bracing, Grey Goose vodka-St. George Botanivore gin-Luxardo-Cocchi Americano concoction. A few sips in, we’re served the mozzarella and prosciutto app and make short shrift of the grilled ciabatta and pristine San Daniele, gossamer slices so paper-thin they practically vaporize on the tongue. But the mozzarella was my Anton Ego flashback moment. Late ’90s, lunchtime in Rome, Nino Buonocore’s “Scrivimi” on the stereo and actor Max Von Sydow at the next table, staring me down with arched brow as I gorge on my first mozzarella di bufala. The quivering globe of milky goodness before me at Forza is better, perhaps the best I’ve ever tasted. The question of “more food?” arose. Not because we were sated, but because, really, how can that act be followed? We

persevered, opting for the mother of all Roman dishes, saltimbocca. I have no memory of more tender, sublime veal cutlets, here pan-crisped in sage butter served with a side of anchovybutter-seared king trumpet mushrooms. We wrapped up with a head-on branzino, crispy-skinned, rosemary-stuffed and topped with a glistening, mandoline-shaved fennel salad. The fish was light and flaky with few bones to contend with, and, like the veal, was much ameliorated with lemons. Forza Storico is not perfect (yet). Like Storico Fresco’s opening back in 2016, the acoustics are such that during busiest times, it borders on cacophonous. Also, the chairs are hard and unfriendly, and after an hour, it’s a challenge to find a comfortable position in which to enjoy your dolci e amari. But these quibbles aside, joyful, genuine Forza Storico is the breath of fresh air Atlantans need to assuage the aftershocks of a most difficult year. The squadra does what they do with unapologetic flourish, passion and focus, and we, as a city of healing food lovers, are the better for it. n

FORZA STORICO 1198 Howell Mill Road, #020, Atlanta 30318 404.464.8096 storico.com Prices: antipasti: $10 - $23; pastas: $16 - $26; salads and veggies: $7 - $10; specials and mains: $19 - $26; desserts: $3 - $9. Suggested: mozzarella prosciutto, polpo, cacio e pepe, chitarra pasta, saltimbocca, branzino, funghi side, tiramisu; beverages: house cocktails reign, especially the Cosmo di Milano. Bottom Line: With a vibe both swanky and funky, Forza Storico offers classic Roman dishes for all ages.

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D R I NKS PICK A DAISY 2 ounces spirit ¾ ounce fresh citrus juice ½ oz dry curaçao ½ oz simple syrup  2-3 dashes of your favorite bitters

Photos: Michael Thompson

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 15-20 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass. Top with seltzer or Champagne.

Beverage Manager Juan Cortes reinvents classics like the Daisy on his bar menu at The Chastain.

Meet the Daisy cocktail, a family of drinks you probably already love STORY:

Angela Hansberger


e loves me; he loves me not. The enchanted daisy is more than a wildflower for determining true love; it’s a family of drinks. Once you master the basic formula, you can mix up a broad range of cocktails. The classic Daisy dates back to the early 19th century, first appearing in Jerry Thomas’ 1876 Bar-Tender’s Guide. It’s basically a short sour: base spirit, citrus juice and a sweetener (e.g. fruit juice, triple sec, grenadine). The original was made with brandy and lemon juice and used orange cordial as a sweetener. It was served over shaved ice and topped with seltzer water. Measurements were made not in ounces, but by wine glass and


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dashes. “First-class bars” could also make a Daisy with whiskey, rum or gin. The family of daisy drinks is broadly similar but with small differences in ingredients and ratios. Swap the lemon juice with lime and the brandy with tequila, and you’ve created the margarita–Spanish for “daisy.” Substitute white rum for the tequila, use simple syrup as a sweetener, and you have a classic Daiquiri. A Cosmopolitan is a vodka Daisy lengthened with cranberry juice. Replace brandy with cognac and leave out the seltzer for a Sidecar. When creating a bar program, beverage managers often rely on drink families like the Daisies. “I like to cover my bases with representatives from all the classics and usually a daisy or two,” says The Chastain’s Juan Cortes. His bar program incorporates a variety of lesser known spirits that

To give your Daisy a little local flavor, use an orange liqueur made in Atlanta. Blended Family Spirits Triple Sec is new on the shelves at many local liquor stores. Use one of Blended Family’s other flavors—Raspberry No. 8, Peach No. 4 or Blueberry No. 22—for a fruitforward Daisy variation. blendedfamilyspirits.com

he uses to reinvent the classics. “The blueprint is essentially to start with classic cocktails and then begin subbing in new, exciting products. A daisy was once defined as someone or something of first-rate quality, Cortes says. “As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. If you have some liquor, you have potential. Add some sugar and bitters, and you now have yourself an old-fashioned cocktail. If you can scrounge up some citrus and shake it, you now have a sour. Take all of this knowledge and you can easily make a Daisy. This classic formula is tried and true.” To highlight this time-honored class of drinks, Cortes has a “Pick a Daisy” cocktail on the menu. Choose among Old Bardstown Bourbon, Sombra Mezcal, Pierre Ferrand Cognac or Rum Matusalem and a Daisy

that matches your palate comes to the table. Much like the restaurant’s light and bright design that brings the outside in, your cocktail comes topped with a flower, sometimes from the on-site garden. Cortes also makes a riff on a Daisy with homage to Buckhead. Nancy Creek is a mixture of equal parts Plantation Pineapple Rum and Chinola Passion Fruit Rum with lemon juice and simple syrup. He finishes it off with smoked chili salt. This tiny vacation in a glass is a perfect sipper for The Chastain’s spacious patio. n THE CHASTAIN 4320 Powers Ferry Road N.E. Atlanta 30324 404.257.6416 thechastainatl.com

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Culinary News & Notes 


Claire Ruhlin

Meet the new

Hungry Peach What’s new at ADAC’s refreshed and remodeled cafe


fter closing temporarily, The Hungry Peach reopened with a bang in March. Owners Kelly and Andrew Moore (pictured here), who bought the cafe from Kelly’s mother in 2020, refreshed the Buckhead staple with a new look and menu. We spoke with Kelly about what guests can expect in 2021.

CARPACCIOCHIC Botica’s Chef Mimmo Alboumeh shares his Wagyu beef carpaccio recipe Wagyu Beef Carpaccio Serves 4-6 people

We were fortunate to partner with David Abes of DASH Hospitality Group, and he helped us navigate the menu updates. We added quiche Florentine as well as some Southern staples like a fried green tomato stack that's layered with our house-made pimento cheese, and an avocado toast that has a delicious lemon preserve tart bite. We've also held on to a lot of our traditional favorites and go-to staple items like the chicken salad plate and truffle brownies. We’re also getting our alcohol license. We’re excited to have people sit down for some mimosas or Bloody Marys. We’ll also be selling some bottles of wine and fun glassware. Tell us about The Hungry Peach’s facelift.

We're in this beautiful design center, and we wanted to blend in a little bit more in the ADAC building. Hungry Peach is a

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What’s new on the menu?

family-owned and operated business, and we just wanted people to feel cozy and at home but also have those pieces that are a little bit more sophisticated. We added shiplap to the walls, put in some beautiful plush green velvet banquettes and varied up the seating with a mix of higher top tables and lower tables. I happen to also be an artist, and a lot of my artwork is on the walls. It’s kind of been a little place for me to be creative and put my things up. What about the new artists market?

People can expect to see things like handmade jewelry, scarves, hand-drawn prints and candles. I was born and raised here, and as an artist, I have a lot of friends who are crafty, artistic people as well. We thought it would be nice to give people the opportunity to come by and grab everything from a gift or a jar of dressing to a stack of cards or stationery that are made by somebody locally. n The Hungry Peach 351 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 232 Atlanta 30305 thehungrypeach.com

MEAT 1 lb Wagyu eye of round loaf 4 teaspoons olive oil Trim fat or any visual silver skin, rub the olive oil all around, roll tight with plastic film, forming a cylinder, and freeze for two hours. Unwrap and slice paper-thin. Serve on a chilled round plate, drizzle truffle cream (recipe below), add crispy capers, minced pearl onions, lemon zest and fresh chervil. Serve with grilled ciabatta bread. TRUFFLE CREAM 1 cup Duke’s mayonnaise 2 cloves fresh garlic ½ oz manchego cheese, finely shredded 2 tbsp lemon juice, strained 1 tsp lemon zest 1 tbsp white truffle oil ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp Dijon mustard ½ tsp salt ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper Liquify all ingredients in a blender. Pour in a squeeze bottle and chill in an ice bath for 30 minutes. Remove and keep refrigerated. Botica 1820 Peachtree Road N.W. Atlanta 30309 404.228.6358 eatbotica.com

FOOD NEWS Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is now open at Lenox Marketplace in Buckhead, offering New American food and craft beer. The Delawarebased brewery is the most awardwinning brewery east of the Mississippi, and Buckhead marks Iron Hill’s third Southeast location. ironhillbrewery.com

Atlanta seafood market Kathleen’s Catch, which has outposts in Johns Creek and Milton, opened a third location in Brookhaven this March, bring-


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ing its selection of fresh seafood inside the Perimeter. Guests can stop by for fresh fish, take-home meals and a selection of wine. kathleenscatch.com The team behind Marlow’s Tavern opened its new concept, The Woodall, in February at the Westside Village at Moores Mill complex. Situated inside a brick warehouse, the menu includes steaks, seafood and cocktails. An outdoor patio offers communal seating with a fire pit. thewoodallwestside.com

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TA S T E M AKE R FUN FACT McKerrow recently returned from a fly fishing trip to the Yucatan Peninsula.

conservationist in the country. I have the privilege of being his partner and his friend. We speak every day. We’ve been in business together for nearly 20 years—all [based] on a handshake. We don’t have a contract. You’ve had such a storied career. What advice do you have for those just starting out? Consumer habits are changing. You need to have a well-thought-out business plan and concept before you venture out. You’re not going to be an overnight success. You need to have a financial plan that gives you a runway to success and allows you to deliver on your promises to the guest so you can build a case for loyal, regular customers. Do you ever consider retiring? What inspires you to keep going? I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I’ve been in this business over 50 years, and I enjoy being involved every day. I’m proud of what we do. Plus, I have a 9-year-old at home, and I have to keep buying her shoes [laughs].

From Dishwasher to Philanthropic CEO How George McKerrow climbed the ranks in the restaurant industry


ed’s Montana Grill CEO and cofounder George McKerrow got his start in hospitality at 16 as a busboy and then a dishwasher. Fifty-four years later, after creating Longhorn Steakhouse, Canoe, Aria and Ted’s Montana Grill, he can still be found on occasion scrubbing dishes or whatever else needs to be done. A Georgia Restaurant Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, McKerrow takes pride in using only the freshest ingredients and sustainable practices in his restaurants. Though he serves as a silent partner in Canoe and Aria and retired from Longhorn’s parent company in 2000, he works with Ted’s daily,


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even opening a new location on the Upper Westside late last year. With a home in Vinings, this family man makes sure to give back, remaining active in numerous philanthropic organizations, including ATL Family Meal and Share Our Strength. We spoke to him about his history, charity work and hobbies below. What’s a typical day for you? I travel the country and visit the restaurants. My work at the office previously focused on development, marketing and public relations. Now I work on strategic planning, thinking and daily management. Our office is downtown. We’re an in-person business, and we’re an in-person company.


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How often are you in the restaurants? Weekly! I plan trips throughout the year to get to all 40 of our businesses. I’m an inspirational leader. The success of a hospitality company is about the attitude and teamwork of team members. I try to speak to our teams with a great deal of transparency about where we are as a company. I like to recognize people for doing things right and thank them for their hard work and dedication. What was it like to work with Ted’s Montana Grill co-founder Ted Turner? He’s the most honorable, supportive, honest business partner anyone could ask for. He’s the number one protector of our environment and

Tell me about your philanthropic contributions. What motivates you to keep giving? I always felt the right thing to do was help those less fortunate. I have the opportunity and wherewithal. It makes me feel good. In the ’80s, I decided my focus would be children (with March of Dimes) because there is a tremendous number of college kids and families who work in our business. If we bring healthy children into the world and nourish them, they can develop strong bodies and souls and have the opportunity to come out of poverty. Thirty-three years ago, Share Our Strength was created, and in the ’90s, I got involved with Taste of the Nation led by Pano Karatassos. I’ve been co-chair for 22 years. What do you do for fun? I’m an avid fly fisherman. I’ll go anywhere in the world I can fly fish or saltwater flatfish—Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Montana, Florida, North Carolina. You get to be out in nature. I practice 100% catch and release. I enjoy vacationing with my family. We’ve owned several sailboats and spent a lot of time sailing. n

TED’S MONTANA GRILL 2250 Marietta Blvd. N.W. Atlanta 30318 404.343.3406 tedsmontanagrill.com

FEATURED RESTAURANTS  A sampling of great eats in and around Buckhead BY: Wendell

Brock, Rebecca Cha and Angela Hansberger


Hanna, Joann Vitelli

10 DEGREES SOUTH After 15 years on the scene, this Roswell Road establishment is a highly original destination where food and wine from the tip of the Southern Hemisphere are celebrated with flair. Before we could pose the server with a query on the peri-peri, we got the hard sell on South African reds—particularly the Rupert & Rothschild 2009 “Classique.” The big, full-bodied R&R was the perfect match for the luscious, spicy food that followed. We wager that nobody makes bobotie (the South African national dish) like 10 Degrees South. The dish consists of tantalizingly sweet curried ground beef topped with a custardy crust. It’s time to get your head out of the sand and indulge in the kind of stuff our parents enjoyed when “Continental” cuisine was in vogue. Appetizers: $10-$16 Entrees: $21-$38 10degreessouth.com

ARNETTE’S CHOP SHOP Arnette’s will dazzle you with its no-expense-spared interiors, cosmopolitan wine list and, of course, its meat. Chicago-sourced ribeyes, strips and tomahawk steaks are the main attraction supported by a top-notch cast of appetizers and sides, from decadent roasted marrow and wagyu beef tartare to classic wedge salad and

With the Tres Tacos at Big Sky Buckhead, you have your choice of delicious beef, chicken and shrimp.


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Dauphinoise potatoes. (There are also oysters and caviar, if you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks.) Favorite items include the 50-day, wet-aged cowboy ribeye; the bliss-inducing lobster spaghetti; and the shaved prime rib sandwich, a real scene-stealer. Don’t forget to ask about the members-only knife club. Appetizers, salads and sandwiches: $9-$25 Shrimp, oysters and caviar: $13-$150 Hearth-roasted shellfish, fish and steaks: $13-$140 Desserts: $8-$12 arnetteschopshop.com

BIG SKY BUCKHEAD The laid-back cattle ranch decor in this West Village hotspot is the perfect foil for top-notch Tex-Mex-meets-DeepSouth eats. Specialty cocktails served up by fresh-faced mixologists combined with events such as Wednesday trivia nights, game-day viewing parties and weekend brunches with all-you-candrink mimosas make Big Sky Buckhead a favorite urban escape. Best-in-class dishes such as the Big Sky Nachos, Goose Island IPA wings, Original Burger and Buffalo Chicken Sandwich are good enough to brand this place in your memory forever. Good to know: Big Sky is a cashless establishment, so don’t forget your alt-currency. Also, free

Casi Cielo's melt-in-your-mouth sea bass is dusted with achiote and topped with fresh corn puree. To drink? Smoky Old Fashioned, of course!

on-site parking spots are limited, so consider carpooling or ridesharing. Starters: $4-$12 Salads, sandwiches and tacos: $11-$13 Entrees: $15-$19 Brunch items: $12-$15 bigskybuckhead.com

DAS BBQ In 2016, Stephen Franklin had a dream to make Georgia the most “inclusive, creative barbecue experience in the country,” and that’s just what he did at DAS BBQ. Whether it’s the rosy, smoke-ringed brisket, equally pink and juicy St. Louis-style ribs or the spicy, smoked chicken wings, every bony bite is a testament to Franklin’s focus on the art and science of smoked meats. Bring the whole family and don’t pass up house-made sides of decadent cream corn, mac ’n’ cheese and stickto-your-ribs Brunswick stew. Dig into white chocolate banana pudding after if you’re willing and able. Meats (whole, half and sandwich): $7-$28, sausages $5/link Wings: $9/$18 for half dozen/dozen Side dishes (in regular, pint or quart): $3-$23 Desserts: $3-$5 dasbbq.com

ECLIPSE DI LUNA At the tail end of Miami Circle is one of the most convivial joints in town. Head over for happy hour Monday through Thursday when most drinks and tapas are half price, and there’s live music. Yummy small plates of habanerospiced ahi tuna ceviche, smoky sundried-tomato mac and cheese (made with three different cheeses) and refreshing Granny Smith apple salad are some of our favorites. Still hungry? It’s hard to pass up the succulent balsamic-y spare ribs and flavorful, crunchy calamari. If you’re with family (or a family of friends), consider the exquisite saffron-infused paella, made with authentic Calasparra rice. Tapas: $2.95-$14.95 (most in the $5-$8 range) Large plates (for two or more): $20$24 eclipsediluna.com

HEARTH PIZZA TAVERN Sandy Springs is lucky to be home to Hearth Pizza Tavern, where worldclass pie is served up in a cozy corner of the Exchange at Hammond. Pizzas such as the Ring of Fire and The Cure would earn three Michelin stars if there were a pizza rating, and other menu items aren’t far behind. If you’re eating

carb-free, go for the Tavern chopped salad, piled high with Italian meats and cheeses, or dig in to hot, crispy Brussels sprouts or zesty roasted cauliflower. If those don’t tempt you, then the steaming bowl of PEI mussels or an oozing, medium-rare Angus beef burger will be your best bet. Openers and salads: $6-$12 Burgers and sandwiches: $10-$12 Pizzas: $7-$19 hearthpizzatavern.com

HOUSTON’S Houston’s probably won’t make the list of any highfalutin, big-city critic. And yet the Beverly Hills-based chain, which has had an Atlanta presence since 1978, has a devoted following, thanks to its consistently good, all-American food; its commitment to customer comforts; and its flagrant disregard for culinary razzle-dazzle. While the gooey spinachand-artichoke dip and the Famous French Dip are the stuff of legend, we are crazy about the Thai steak and noodle salad, the crispy-skinned rotisserie chicken and the warm, five-nut brownie with vanilla ice cream. At Houston’s, every table is bolted to the floor so it won’t wobble, servers bring chilled glasses so your drink never gets tired and the napkins have buttonholes so the white-shirt crowd can save its ties. We can only hope this classic sticks around for a few more decades. Starters and salads: $4-$20 Burgers and sandwiches: $18-$20 Entrees: $25-$45 hillstone.com/houstons

PRICCI Opened in 1991, Pricci is the Italian jewel in Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s crown. This Buckhead institution still aspires to (and delivers) exceptional service, superlative Italian cooking and a vibe that’s both elegant and inclusive. Nothing says buon appetito like silky burrata Pugliese (cream filled mozzarella), tangy parmesan and anchovy-rich Caesar salad and aromatic steamed cozze (mussels in tomatogarlic sauce). Barbera-braised short rib ravioli, pecorino-sauced cacio e pepe and pizzas of all varieties are favorites, but if you’re extra peckish, order the Dutch-imported 16-ounce veal chop. Mangia bene, but don’t forget to try Pricci’s world-class tiramisu. Appetizers and salads: $8-$26 Pizza and pastas: $17-$27 Entrees: $24-$46 Desserts: $6-$15 buckheadrestaurants.com

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Nestled in the heart of Brookleigh Marketplace, Pure Taqueria is a true Brookhaven oasis. After 6 p.m., head up to the adults-only rooftop bar for killer Lunazul tequila margaritas and sumptuous soft tacos complemented by more than a half dozen chile salsas. Downstairs in the bright and sunny dining room, families and hipsters gather for silky fondue-like queso con todo, sizzling cazuela bowls, hearty sandwiches such as the torta de carne y chorizo and myriad Tex-Mex specialties featuring the freshest seafood, meats and vegetarian options. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more cheerful and accommodating waitstaff.

Open 24/7 and bedecked with ’70sstyle disco lighting, beaded curtains and groovy plastic walls, this Buckhead favorite feels like a throwback to the days when the health food craze was in its genesis. Whether you go for the sizzling bone-in hot wings or Dr. Joe’s Mango Salad with a side of raw cashew “cheese,” R. Thomas lives up to its promise to “treat carnivores and vegetarians with equal respect.” More menu favorites include the quinoa-rich Thai Express bowl, the classic Thomas Burger with sprouts and guacamole, the curry coconut seafood linguine, Southwestern-style R.’s Quesadilla and an unforgettable peanut butter chocolate pie.

Appetizers and taco platters: $4.79-$15.99 Classics, sandwiches and specialties: $8.49-$22.99 Desserts: $5.09-$8.49 puretaqueria.com

Breakfast: $9.75-$14.75 Appetizers: $4.50-$17.50 Sandwiches, salads and veggie mains: $5.99-$17.50 Entrees: $13.25-$20.75

Desserts: $6.50-$8.75 rthomasdeluxegrill.net

YUZU Chamblee is to Atlanta what 1980s SoHo was to Manhattan: edgy and on the verge, which is why traditional, sedate Yuzu is such a welcome respite in its midst. Veteran restaurateurs Anna and Kenny Kim run their dining room with efficiency and grace. With a flash of his Masamoto knife, Chef Kim delivers top-notch sushi and sashimi such as chu-toro, escolar and salmon, as well as mouthwatering rolls (we highly recommend the special spicy rainbow roll and the crunchy dragon roll). With dishes such as tempura udon, charred salmon skin salad, Japanese ceviche and an impeccable teriyaki chicken, there’s something for everyone at this authentic sushi bistro. Appetizers, salads: $4-$14.50 Special plates: $13.50-$17.80 Sushi plates, rolls: $8.50-$16.50 Dinner entrees: $13.50-$15.90 yuzusushiatlanta.com

Note: Prices and menu items may have changed since original publication.

Hungry for more? The five-nut brownie at Houstons is a decadent overload of chocolate, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Modern-day technology illuminates High Renaissance art to dramatic effect in “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition.”

Witness Michelangelo’s masterwork in Westside Atlanta


ach year, millions of tourists marvel at Michelangelo’s 16th century masterpiece painted on the ceiling of The Sistine Chapel. Now you can experience the epic art without leaving Atlanta. “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” an internationally acclaimed touring exhibition from SEE Attractions, is on view through May 23 at Westside Cultural Arts Center. Visitors can step into a stunning showcase of 34 museum-quality reproductions of Rome’s treasured frescoes, including such iconic works as The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. Most are rendered in their original size for an up-close look at the amazing detail. Through state-of-the-art technology, the immersive presentation brings a fresh perspective to the celebrated scenes, considered one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements.

“We are thrilled to host this one-of-a-kind exhibition, giving the people of Atlanta the opportunity to immerse themselves in artwork and history, especially during a time when travel is limited,” says Joseph Barrera, the operations director at Westside Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are timed to limit capacity and ensure social distancing; audio devices in MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE English and SpanCHAPEL: THE EXHIBITION ish are available Through May 23 to rent. Adults, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.-Sun. $18; kids 6-17, $12; Westside Cultural Arts kids 5 and under, Center 760 10th St. N.W. free. Family Atlanta 30318 packs and other 404.561.9914 discounts are chapelsistine.com available.

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Monthly Market

Enjoy outdoor shopping and entertainment while supporting local businesses at this monthly event at WSPD.


OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT ON TAP AT WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT Feeling those springtime festival vibes? Head to Westside Provisions District for Third Thursday’s May 20 and June 17 to scope out one-of-a-kind finds at the outdoor market and then kick back with a cold one in the beer garden. The vendors market, set up on the north side of the property, features jewelry, leather goods, candles, pet products and sweet

Through July 2400 Garson Dr. N.E. Atlanta 30324 eventbrite.com Find your zen, catch a flick and share a laugh on The Lawn at Uptown this spring and summer. The free entertainment includes Hiphop Yoga from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, movie screenings and food trucks at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and stand-up comedy at 7 p.m. May 27, June 24 and July 29 with live music starting at 6 p.m. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Registration required.

treats from local artisans and shop tenants, as well as make-and-take kids’ crafts. Stroll over to the south side for live acoustic music and a game of cornhole in the beer garden by Ormsby’s, erected on the one-way street between Le Jardin Français and Perrine’s Wine Shop. The tables are set up for social distancing so guests can grab a draft beer and bratwurst, and enjoy the fun.

THIRD THURSDAY’S AT WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT May 20 and June 17, 4-8 p.m. 1198 Howell Mill Road Atlanta 30318 westsideprovisions.com

June 12, 7 p.m. Guardian Works 755 Echo St. N.W. Atlanta 30318 curespringfever.org Help raise funds for childhood cancer research at the fifth annual Spring Fever benefit, hosted by CURE Childhood Cancer’s Young Professional Leadership Council. The fun night features live music, food, cocktails, games and a silent auction. Individual tickets cost $100.


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Going Dutch

Step into the colorful world of Vincent van Gogh in a light and sound spectacular featuring two-story projections of the artist’s works.

VAN GOGH MAKES A BIG IMPRESSION AT PULLMAN YARDS Gaze upon a starry night like no other at the North American debut of “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience,” opening May 19 at Atlanta’s Pullman Yards. The digital art installation showcases the brilliant brushstrokes of one of history’s greatest artists, Vincent van Gogh, utilizing 360-degree projections, virtual reality and atmospheric light and sound. The eye-popping spectacle is spread over a two-story, 20,000-square-foot expanse. Allow 60 to 75 minutes to soak in the art and ambience, with a spacious central area unveiling floor-to-ceiling


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works and separate galleries chronicling the life story of the post-impressionist painter and his inspired masterpieces, including Vincent’s Bedroom at Arles and Starry Night Over The Rhône. Produced by Exhibition Hub in partnership with Fever and Atlanta-based Immersive Hub, the blockbuster is uniquely staged in Building 1 at the 27-acre Pratt Pullman Yard development. This historic hotspot has served as the backdrop for such films as Hunger Games and Fast & Furious. “It’s perfect for visitors of all ages, and ideal for families looking

to reunite and re-engage with arts and entertainment,” says John Zaller, president of Immersive Hub. Tickets are timed; face masks are mandatory.

VAN GOGH: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE May 19 through December; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. weekends $32.20 adults, $19.10 children Pullman Yards, Bldg. 1 Rogers St. N.E., Atlanta 30317 vangoghexpo.com/atlanta

Monthly 270 Buckhead Ave. Atlanta 30305 bellacucina.com Whip up a seasonal dish or create a masterpiece at Bella Cucina’s virtual cooking ($85-$150) and art ($150-$300) classes. Limited to 12 participants, the private one-hour classes are led by Alisa Barry, founder of the specialty food and lifestyle store, as well as other chefs and artists. In-person, monthly classes are also available.

VOLUNTEER DAY DUNWOODY NATURE CENTER May 8 & June 12; 9 a.m.-noon 5343 Roberts Drive Dunwoody 30338 770.394.3322 dunwoodynature.org/ volunteer-sign-up/ Kick off the weekend in nature and service at one of Dunwoody Nature Center’s public volunteer days. Small groups are spread over the 22 acres of preserved woodlands to help maintain the grounds with activities such as invasive plant removal and trail maintenance.


A cadre of satisfied customers is the mark of any successful business, and it’s a goal Scott Csaszar takes seriously. As CEO and Founder of Flawless Painting, he’s been exceeding expectations with indoor and outdoor painting projects for more than 21 years, after being downsized by corporate America. He saw Atlanta’s need for a high-quality painting company and has built his business with a philosophy of “one house, one satisfied customer at a time” and his professional motto of “attention to detail is our distinction.” Scott uses his decades of management and business experience along with the skills he learned working with his older brother’s construction company, to help Flawless Painting thrive. The perseverance and grit he developed through his days as a semi-pro baseball player continue to help him in everyday business operations. He covers the greater Atlanta area, working with new homes upgrades, simplifying, second homes, businesses and retirement communities. Scott continues to grow and network with top professionals in Real Estate, Design and General Construction, to be an extension of each other’s services. He appreciates the entire process and feels a sense of satisfaction as the projects come full circle. Scott attributes a large part of Flawless Painting’s success to his ability to attract quality, skilled painters. He prides himself on developing long-term relationships and taking care of his employees. Scott has had the opportunity to work on multiple TV shows in Atlanta, and he recently stepped into an exciting new project, painting the interior and exterior of a house in Rosemary Beach, Florida to be featured on an upcoming HGTV special. While the majority of Scott’s business is residential, he also enjoys the more complicated commercial projects, including churches, car dealerships, medical offices and finished spaces. Scott’s consistent focus on the customer has earned him the coveted Houzz Customer Service Award for the past seven consecutive years. Most recently Scott has decided to take on a new challenge and expand to the well-known Emerald Coast along Highway 30A. He’s eager to bring his signature philosophy of keeping his customers happy to Florida.




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FLIGHT OF FANCY Our Click Model cover “family” shares a fun moment in Chastain Park as Shea tosses Harper in the air while Erica looks on. PHOTO: Sara


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