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While construction workers welded, drilled and hammered and enormous cranes rotated overhead, Sam Massell worked the camera impeccably. Our cover shoot, set on the working job site of the Buckhead Atlanta project, gave us a sneak peek into the creation of our neighborhood’s newest attraction. The Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor cracked jokes as Chief Photographer Sara Hanna lay on the dusty concrete to get the perfect shot. Massell also took moments to look up and admire the development that will transform the face of Buckhead, a place he’s called home for more than 60 years. As we exited the site to let the workers finish their day’s work we felt even more elated for the development’s July opening. We imagine our next visit will be to welcome the restaurants and high-end shops that will soon call Buckhead Atlanta home.

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hen I moved to Atlanta seven years ago, I couldn’t find my way around. The Miami girl in me didn’t understand why the city wasn’t laid out in a simple grid (I mean, that makes sense, right?) or why so many street names contained the word Photo: Sara Hanna Photography Peachtree. I got lost more times than I’d like to admit, but soon started learning how to ask for directions (something I never did in Miami). I also relied on some trusty landmarks to get around. If I wanted to go to the heart of Buckhead, I stayed on the singularly named Peachtree Street, drove past all the big churches and, when the road split, veered right at the adorable little triangleshaped park. If my destination was a friend’s house in Brookhaven, I traveled on Peachtree past Lenox Square. If I ended up in front of Oglethorpe University, I’d gone too far. I don’t need these little formulas to get around anymore (at least not as much), but after reading our magazine’s Buckhead Landmarks cover story, I learned that the very markers that saved me from driving in circles have enthralling back stories linked to the history of our community. For example, did you know “The Big Fish” on Pharr Road went through 20 designs before being constructed and that it weighs in at an incredible 50 tons? Or that Chastain Park Amphitheater was named for the park’s supervisor of buildings, Troy Chastain, who died in 1945? One of the most interesting facts: Oglethorpe University houses a time capsule in the basement of Hearst Hall that won’t be opened until 8113. Who knew? As part of our cover story, writer H.M. Cauley also previews the opening of a future landmark, the Buckhead Atlanta project. I had the honor of interviewing Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell (our cover model) about the project’s longawaited opening. Designed to fit into the existing Buckhead Village, the development is aiming to blaze a trail for the future of our community, while—like many of our landmarks—not forgetting about the past. Next time I’m lost in Buckhead, I hope it won’t be in a car, but on foot, discovering the pedestrian-friendly streets of this much-anticipated attraction.

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Above: Guest vintner Stephan von Neipperg (second from left) mingles with guests during the 2013 Atlanta Wine Auction Top Bidders Dinner. Left: Cozy up with fellow oenophiles at the sociable Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction. 

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hether you’re an art aficionado, a wine collector, or a little bit of both, you’ll find fulfillment at the collectors’ gathering of the year, the anticipated High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction March 26-29. Marking its 22nd anniversary, the aesthetic experience serves as the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Here, a few of the hottest happenings: Dine Around Dinners Not that you need an excuse to eat out (this is Atlanta, after all) but on March 26, you can score fine dining at a premium. Feast at one of the eateries on the High Museum’s short list (including Horseradish Grill and Woodfire Grill in Buckhead!) and you’ll be privy to a specially prepared multi-course winepaired menu, featuring the selections of two visiting winemakers who will be on hand to introduce each wine (and to refill your glass). Cost varies according to the restaurant, but ranges between $90 and $150 per person. Reservations can be made through participating restaurants listed at

High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction The main event of the weekend is Saturday’s auction on March 29 at Atlantic Station. This year’s theme is “Legends of the Vine: A Celebration of Generations.” Bring your appreciation of the arts—and fine wines—to the forefront as you meander along row after row of wine and tasting tents. Between sips of rare and luxurious vintages, fill up on impeccable bites from a slew of Atlanta’s top restaurants, including several Buckhead gems like Holeman & Finch, Cook Hall, Restaurant Eugene, Don Antonio by Starita, Local Three Kitchen & Bar, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Ocean Prime and 5tB Atlanta. After chatting up fellow oenophiles, place your bids on exotic trips, once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences, art, bottles of wine and more. A limited number of individual tickets will be available for $400 each in mid-March. Contact Carole Ashworth at 404.733.4543 or email to be put on the waiting list.

Winemaker Dinners For an exclusive wining and dining experience, the museum is again hosting its incomparable winemaker feasts at 12 private estates throughout the city (including seven in Buckhead). Visiting winemakers will share their sips as you partake in a delectable, multi-course menu prepared with the winemaker’s selection in mind by several of the country’s most celebrated chefs (including several Atlantans, such as Buckhead chefs Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Chris Hall of Local Three, Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Tyler Williams of Woodfire Grill). A limited number of individual tickets will be available for $350 each. Contact Carole Ashworth at 404.733.4543 or email to be put on the waiting list.

Above: Bid on luxury items— and win big!—during the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction. Photos: CatMax Photography, LLC.

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Rafting is one of the most popular activities for families who visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL PARK WEEK WITH   FREE ENTRANCE TO OUR NATURAL PLAYGROUND When most of us hear the words “national park,” images of the stunning granite walls of Yosemite or the awe-inspiring panoramas of the Grand Canyon immediately come to mind. While those parks are worthy of praise, many Atlantans might be surprised to learn that we have our very own national park just outside the Perimeter: the Chattahoochee River

National Recreation Area. From its miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails to its horseback riding and river activities (your choice of leisurely boating or Class 2 rapids), the park has something for all interests and age groups. And what better way to welcome spring (and burn off some of those winter hibernation calories) than with a visit to this local

treasure, which is offering free entrance the weekend of April 19-20 in recognition of National Park Week? Pack your cooler, dust off your bathing suit and spend some time enjoying the best Mother Nature has to offer—this might be the first time you visit (in 2014 or ever!), but we have a feeling it won’t be your last. – Catherine O’Connor Hough

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Children are encouraged to let their interests and imaginations guide their crafting experience at the Earth Day Drop-In Craft. Photo: Courtesy of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Kids will learn about sea turtles that have inhabited the earth’s oceans for more than 100 million years, but are now in danger of extinction.


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For those parents who want to celebrate Earth Day with their children, but find the idea of designing an engaging and educational activity more than a little daunting, the Buckhead Library has us “creatively challenged” parents covered. During the Library’s annual Earth Day Drop-In Craft, kids get the chance to learn about the importance of Mother Earth while making their own environmentally inspired creations: a sea turtle hand puppet made from paper plates and crepe paper, or journals made from recycled EARTH DAY DROP-IN CRAFT paper and pictures. While the children are hard at work on their project, the librarian deSaturday, April 19, 12-4 p.m. (participants welcome at any time scribes the life of the endangered sea turtle during these hours) and the importance of recycling to help Ages 4-12 • Free make our world a better place. Participants Atlanta-Fulton Public Library are also encouraged to check out books System—Buckhead Branch about Earth Day on display throughout the 269 Buckhead Avenue N.E. library, sea turtles and ways to improve Atlanta 30305 the Earth. The event is free and open to 404.814.3500 children 4 to 12 years old and their parents. – Catherine O’Connor Hough

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Carly Cooper Riley Cerone is raising money to participate in Over the Edge, an event that raised $189,000 for Special Olympics Georgia last year.

Gailynn Gluth aims to help the families of those with autism by condensing and simplifying the resources available online. Photo: Tina Rowden

Making Plans The Autism Society of Georgia provides resources for the affected Based in Buckhead, the Autism Society of Georgia provides information on diagnosis, treatment and research for those with the disorder and their families. Led by chairman of the board Gailynn Gluth, the organization strives to raise awareness for the autism community and advocate for state services on their behalf. When her son was diagnosed in 2007, Gluth didn’t know anything about autism and was shuffled from doctor to doctor, seeking a diagnosis and assistance with his challenges. Now, armed with the proper resources to help her son, such as access to support groups and medical centers, she wants to enable others to get the help they need sooner.

She’s spearheading the Autism Plan for Georgia’s text campaign, launched in January, which raises funds for local autistic families through $10 donations made by texting “Support” to 50555. “Our goal is to raise enough money to serve all 116,000 families [affected by autism] in Georgia,” she says. The Autism Society also offers a “Big Red Toolkit” on its website. This free resource is designed to help caregivers develop a safety plan for children with autism. In addition, the group connects interested parties to parental support groups in different counties across the state. l For more information, visit

Over the Edge Riley Cerone prepares to rappel down the Buckhead Tower—for a good cause On April 26, 22-year-old Riley Cerone will rappel down the side of the Buckhead Tower (20 stories high!). But Cerone is not a professional mountain climber or daredevil; she’s one of more than 100 Atlantans participating in Over the Edge, an event designed to raise money for Special Olympics Georgia. A Brookhaven resident, Cerone was inspired to partake by Maria Johnson, an accomplished swimmer and bocce player who has been a part of Special Olympics Georgia for 25 years. A business administration and event manager for Special Olympics Georgia, Cerone has seen the impact the organization had on Johnson. “She is given the chance to compete in a friendly yet competitive environment while gaining a sense of accomplishment and creating memories to last a lifetime,” Cerone

says. “I am going Over the Edge to raise awareness that not only are you giving to an amazing organization, but you can change the life of someone who may not have the confidence and determination that come so easily to many of us.” Inspired by the opportunity to send ten children to the Special Olympics, Cerone met the $1,000 fundraising requirement and has been spreading the word about Over the Edge via social media. “The preparation is more mental than physical,” she says. “Preparing to rappel down the side of a 20-story building is not something I ever thought I would be facing. I can’t say it won’t be a challenge the moment I look over the edge, but it is something I am really looking forward to!” l For more information, visit

100 Cups, 100 Stories Awet Woldegebriel gets to know Atlanta’s homeless population About 75,000 people in Georgia are homeless—many of them former business owners, veterans and college graduates. Upon learning this, Buckhead resident and Oglethorpe University senior Awet Woldegebriel set out to share it with others, determined to dispel the stigma of homelessness. Last August, he started interviewing homeless people, taking each one out for a cup of coffee and a meal. His goal is to interview 100 individuals and chronicle their stories

at He has interviewed 15 thus far—finalized four of their stories—and hopes to finish the project by August 2014. “The way I see it, this is someone’s mom or someone’s sister, and I’m sure they didn’t expect this to be their life story,” Woldegebriel says. “My hope is that after a person is inspired by the stories we have collected, they will begin to see [the homeless] as they are—fellow citizens, not second-class people.”

He adds: “I learned that when I sat down with a homeless person and began to talk, there were more things we had in common than differences.” Although the sole purpose of the project is awareness, Woldegebriel says he would like to turn his work into a short film. He is currently accepting sponsorships to treat homeless individuals to “a cup and a meal.” l To learn more, visit

Awet Woldegebriel plans to meet with 100 homeless Georgians, including families, military veterans, those with professional degrees and former business owners, to dispel the misconception that homeless people are all alcoholics or drug addicts. Photo: Chloey Mayo Photography

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Above: The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson is a main attraction on the Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta.

Above: Riverwalk is a multi-level brick esplanade of walking paths where visitors can stroll and enjoy Augusta’s southern classic feel.

Above Left: Shoppers are delighted by the working art studios, galleries and shops on Artists Row, home to unique gifts and original works from local and regional artists. Above Right: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is a great place for hiking, biking, bird and wildlife watching.

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ention Augusta, and the Masters Golf Tournament held every April is the first thing that comes to mind. But there is much more to this blossoming city. Augusta was founded as a trading post during the British colonial period. Today it boasts a thriving medical community, a burgeoning arts and culture scene, dynamic recreation, unique eateries and fine cuisine, providing amusement yearround. Here is a must-do list of stops to make during your visit.

WHAT TO DO: l  A Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta’s downtown aboard the Lady Liberty explores antebellum homes on tree-lined streets, including the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson. The tour also recounts the legend of the famous Haunted Pillar, a 10-foot-tall concrete column that stands at the corner of Broad and Fifth streets. The pillar was originally one of the columns that supported the Greek-style portico of a farmers market built in 1830. When a freak tornado struck downtown Augusta in February 1878, the entire


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market was destroyed, except for the one remaining column. l  Enjoy a guided boat tour on the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, one of America’s oldest continually operating industrial canals. Built in 1845, the waterway played a major role in the birth of the Southern textile industry, the Civil War and the emergence of the “New South.” On a warm April day, spot herons, turtles and otters (and maybe the occasional alligator). l  Visit the birds and wildlife of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Operated privately by Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, whose mission is to promote environmental stewardship, the park features 1,100 acres and 14 miles of hiking and biking trails.

WHAT TO SEE: l  Learn Augusta’s entire history through the permanent collections of the Augusta Museum of History, including the rockin’ “Godfather of

Soul” James Brown exhibit and a History of Golf exhibit. The Museum is within walking distance of downtown and the Riverwalk, a brick-lined pedestrian-only road along the banks of the Savannah River. l  The Morris Museum of Art is devoted to art and artists of the South. The focus of the permanent collection was established in 1989 with the purchase of 230 paintings from Dr. Robert Powell Coggins. In 1993, Coggins created a trust, donating another 958 works of art. MMA now houses more than 5,000 objects in all media, from the earliest days of the United States to the present. l  Another famous Augustan, Miss Lucy Craft Laney, was an AfricanAmerican educator remembered for her social activism; schools and buildings throughout the nation are named in her honor. The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History conveys her legacy through

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Above: Visitors enjoy the scenic hour-long boat tour on the Augusta Canal, learning its history and viewing wildlife; Below Left: The author photographed with the James Brown Statue on Broad Street. Below Right: Layers of strawberry cake with homemade strawberry butter cream icing at Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery.

Situated on 78 gorgeous, private acres, members of Marsh’s Edge are fortunate to call this beautiful, island their home. From award-winning wellness programs to restaurant style dining, this community boasts resort-like amenities and a carefree lifestyle. Marsh’s Edge members have access to 30 miles of walking and biking trails, Georgia Health System facilities and Georgia’s only Forbes 5-Star restaurant. The popular Jekyll and Cumberland Islands are a short drive from the community’s front door. Just an hour away is the historic city of Savannah, which is home to great food, the famous Forsyth Park and true southern hospitality. St. Simons Island is not a vacation destination for Marsh’s Edge members anymore, it is their home. We invite you to come discover what Marsh’s Edge has to offer and tour the beautiful surroundings of St. Simons and the Golden Isles.

art, history and the preservation of her home. Permanent collections here give an overview of black Augustans’ contributions at local, state and national levels; rotating exhibits feature local artists and community leaders. l  Built in 1897, the former Catholic church that is now Sacred Heart Cultural Center has been carefully restored to its original glory, boasting Victorian masonry, stained glass windows, and Italian marble altars. It is a popular venue for art exhibitions, concerts, festivals, weddings and more.

WHERE TO SHOP: l  Artists Row, established in 1994 as part of the revitalization of the Augusta Downtown Historic District, is a nonprofit organization supporting growth of the local creative community. Galleries, working studios, specialty shops, eateries and coffeehouses are flourishing here, with original works by local and internationally recognized artists. l  Surrey Center is Augusta’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination just minutes from Augusta National. Situated at the corner of Highland Avenue and Berkmans Road, the open-air mall is home to national retailers such as Talbots as well as one-of-a-kind designer boutiques. l  In Midtown Augusta pick up monster cookies at 2 Moms Cookies and artisan-roasted coffees at Buona Caffe, voted best in Augusta

two years running. Launched in 2010 by husband and wife Pat and John Curry after years in journalism, their “hobby” has thrived. After receiving a Buona Caffe gift basket, First Lady Sandra Deal made it the official coffee that is served at the Governor’s Mansion.

Call 912-291-2000 to set up a tour today!

WHERE TO EAT: l  Augusta is home to more than 300 restaurants, many winners of regional acclaim. Enjoy gastropub fare at Finch & Fifth, Mexican at Nacho Mama’s, international tapas at The Bee’s Knees, farm-to-table at Frog Hollow Tavern, and a bountiful breakfast at The Partridge Inn. For an after-dinner drink, head to Whiskey Bar. The Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery, on the Riverwalk, is the one place not to be missed, for its gigantic slices of cake big enough for two (or four). A sweet ending to a charming visit. Warm or cold, rain or shine, I can’t wait to “Come on Over” again, to experience Augusta’s year-round Southern hospitality. n AUGUSTA: For more information visit the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau: 1450 Greene Street, Suite 110 Augusta, Ga. 30901 877.284.8782

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Above: The Willow Stream Spa’s waterfall treatment pools—each set to a specific temperature escalating from cold to hot—surround a European therapeutic mineral pool.  Right: The Fairmont Banff Springs towers out from the magnificent winter landscape.

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thought I knew real cold, and then I went to Canada. As I listened intently to my cross-country ski guide’s instructions, I could feel the ice building up on my eyelashes and stray pieces of hair sticking out from my ski jacket. “Whatever you do, don’t touch your hair,” he warned. “It will break right off.” Although I preferred to keep my hair intact, I endured the introduction to cross-country skiing on the banks of magnificent Lake Louise until the bitter negative 35 degrees (yes, I said negative) left my limbs numb. Aside from the jaw-dropping view of the wintry landscape, what got me through was the luxurious warmth that awaited me at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise just a short, yet icy, walk away. The previous day, it was sister resort The Fairmont Banff Springs that shielded me from a wind chill of negative 40. And while this cold snap was particularly harsh, even for Alberta, roughing it in the frigid outdoors and retreating to sumptuous comfort at day’s end was my idea of a perfect ski vacation.


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BANFF NATIONAL PARK The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and The Fairmont Banff Springs hold priceless real estate in the heart of Banff National Park, about a 90-minute drive from Calgary International Airport. Canada’s first and the world’s third national park, it was established in 1885 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Home to the charming town of Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise, Banff National Park’s 2,564 square miles are overflowing with postcard-perfect towering peaks and glacier-fed lakes. With the longest-running ski season in North America—from November to May—it’s a true snow-lovers’ paradise. Everything from snowshoeing and dog sledding to snowmobiling is at your fingertips. Three major downhill ski resorts— Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village—offer access to the park’s legendary slopes, and the two iconic Fairmont hotel properties protruding from the park’s wild landscape are idyllic headquarters for exploring the area’s outdoor pursuits—and rejuvenating guests for the next day’s adventure.

THE FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS Described as the “Castle in the Rockies,” The Fairmont Banff Springs stands at a majestic post a mile from downtown Banff. Sheltering guests in historic grandeur for more than 125 years, it’s styled after a Scottish baronial castle with stone interiors and roaring fireplaces throughout. Its 769 rooms range from cozy, quiet accommodations to airy suites with scenic mountain views. Choose from 11 different dining options on-site, including Waldhaus Restaurant & Pub where authentic German and Swiss dishes are served in a 1927 Bavarian cottage-style house—meals of Fisch Suppe and Wiener Schnitzel are satisfying ends to a winter’s night. Along with eating your way through the resort’s long list of restaurants, stay entertained for days by amenities like a bowling alley and numerous shops retailing gifts, souvenirs, ski gear and jewelry. The Willow Stream Spa takes the award for the best indoor attraction, however. Recalling the hot springs that brought travelers to Banff more than a century ago, the spa features three waterfall treatment pools and an indoor European thera-

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peutic mineral pool—pure heaven after a day spent braving the slopes. The spa’s steam rooms, saunas and eucalyptus inhalation rooms are also great options for taking the edge off tired muscles. The best part: You can enjoy all these therapies before and after your customized treatment.

THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE A scenic one-hour drive from Banff down Bow Valley Parkway is the small village of Lake Louise. Set on the banks of the famous glacial lake is The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Its history dates back to 1890 when a onestory log cabin was constructed on the lake’s shore, but the more modern incarnation dates to 1911. The palatial hotel is surrounded by a Rocky Mountain landscape that is one of the most photographed scenes in Canada. And it’s easy to see why. Wake up in one of the 550 rooms to the transformative view at dawn and watch the sunset in an explosion of artistic colors each evening. Get closer to the soaring snow-covered peaks surrounding the lake with a twirl on the winter iceskating rink or snowshoe your way through the forest looking for wildlife. When hunger strikes, select from one of the hotel’s eight restaurants. The Walliser Stube is a favorite for classic cheese and meat fondues paired with a glass of wine from the floor-to-ceiling wine library. The Fairview Dining

Room showcases regional Canadian cuisine using organic, local and sustainable ingredients. For a leisurely lunch, the Lakeview Lounge offers a flavorful Atlantic lobster and baby shrimp croissant, and mouthwatering French onion soup. Whether you opt for a meal or tapas, or cuddle up to a specialty coffee (maybe the Princess Louise made with Kahlúa, Grand Marnier, amaretto and coffee), your order is served with a mesmerizing view of the Victoria Glacier through arched Palladian windows. So, if you must brave the bonechilling temperatures of Canada for the sake of winter sport, it’s best to also savor the lavish comfort of its top-notch lodgings. Despite my frozen eyelashes, broken hair and wind-burned skin, The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise would bring me back to a Banff National Park winter in a second. After all, I can finally say I know how to handle real cold. n COME TO CANADA: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Lake Louise, Canada 866.540.4413 The Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, Canada 866.540.4406

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Above: The Blue Eyed Daisy serves farm-to-table cuisine and sweet homemade confections. In 2012, the in-house pastry chef, Candi Pittman, won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Right: The Inn at Serenbe’s Main House is a restored 1905 farmhouse a short walk from the community’s quaint downtown.

Silence in Serenbe A quiet retreat provides the ideal contrast to hurried city life


love the constant motion of the city. I find the diverse people and nonstop action exhilarating. But every once in a while, I need some peace and quiet—just a short getaway to recharge my batteries away from cement and traffic. When my most recent call for fresh air and nature struck, I didn’t have to venture far to find what I was looking for. Just 40 miles from the center of Buckhead, Serenbe is a pristine 1,000-acre sustainable living community in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga. Its focus on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency and green building, along with its 30 acres of farms have made it a national model for the future of development. Originally founded as a small bed-andbreakfast by Atlanta restaurateurs Steve and Marie Nygren, the now vast community’s urban model promotes walkability and community living with private residential homes, commercial space, art galleries, original shops, stables and a 20-room inn. Not in the market for one of Serenbe’s enviable homes (unfortunately), my husband and I settled into a loft apartment perfect for our one-night escape. Situated atop the Paisley Salon on Selborne Lane, the modern-


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style accommodation with a full kitchen, living room and balcony was across the street from the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (the nation’s smallest Silver LEED-certified building). Upon arrival, our first order of business was a cup of coffee and a delicious homemade oatmeal raisin cookie from the welcoming eatery. After lingering over our cup of Joe, we strolled through the community’s downtown, perusing vintage gifts at Greenhouse, smelling fragrant candles at Twig and picking out our dream home at the Serenbe Real Estate Sales Center. Later that afternoon, we headed to The Farmhouse for afternoon tea. We sipped our warm herbal infusions and snacked on crackers spread with pimento cheese while rocking on the porch of the Inn’s upscale dining destination (and the original Serenbe bed-and-breakfast). As we sat in silence listening to the wind rustle through trees, I felt the complete and utter stillness invigorate my city-tired soul. We eventually peeled ourselves out of the white wicker chairs and walked hand-in-hand past stables, horses and a hysterical threesome of pigs rolling in the dirt.

That evening, we headed to The Hil for dinner. Serving seasonal, classic American food, the restaurant is owned by executive chef Hilary White, former executive chef of Buckhead’s 103 West and Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s first female executive chef. I’d wondered all day where all the citizens and visitors of Serenbe were hiding, but upon entering The Hil’s tastefully appointed dining room, the buzz so often heard in Atlanta’s restaurants entered my ears. I didn’t mind, however. In a strange way, it made me feel more at home. Wine, margherita pizza, and risotto and vegetables later, we walked back to our nearby apartment, which now felt like our own. We fell into a blissful sleep, knowing the next morning we would awake with the vitality to once again thrive in the big city. n

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Shake, stir, sip Classic and creative martinis

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American satirist H.L. Mencken

2. Cibo e Beve: Negroni

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is said to have called the martini

($10 for 3 ounces)

($13 for 4.5 ounces)

This classic Italian cocktail is equal parts Campari, Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth and gin (Tanqueray, in this case). The drink is built in the glass around a piece of handcarved ice, and stirred, though guests are welcome to request it served “up” in a martini glass, sans ice. The Negroni gets a leathery bitterness from the Campari and subtle sweetness from the vermouth. Since it’s an aperitif, it’s the perfect way to start a meal (the Italians ardently believe that the Negroni will prepare you to fully enjoy whatever gustatory delights follow).

Umi seems to be collecting rising-star bartenders (including Andy Minchow and Gabe Bowen), and their cocktail menu is proof. This clever martini—served in a coupe glass—is a blend of Iichiko shochu (which lends sake-like softness), fresh yuzu, lemongrass syrup and a dash of orange bitters. The drink has a surprise: A dash of ponzu gives it a slight saltiness that complements the adventurous garnish, a piece of pristine yellowtail and a paper-thin jalapeño slice. It’s like a little snack and a drink, in one.

“the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” Whether the cocktail, classically served in a stemmed glass that bears its name, is fully American or has influences from around the globe, Buckhead barkeeps shine with its distinctive presentation. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Whiskey Blue: Grapefruit Basil Martini ($14 for 5 ounces) This delightful libation embodies the freshness of spring. Bombay gin, housemade simple syrup, just-squeezed grapefruit juice and muddled fresh basil are shaken together and poured into a chilled glass, garnished with a bright green basil sprig. The combination is straightup tart and herbaceous, with the flavors of the gin’s juniper berries and the subtle peppery notes of basil. Insider tip: Ask for a “skinny” version with less syrup and a splash of soda. 3377 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 678.500.3190 whiskey-blue-atlanta



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3. Chops Lobster Bar: White Chocolate Mint ($10 for 7 ounces) If you prefer to drink, rather than eat, your dessert, this minty-sweet martini could be just the decadent way to end a meal. Van Gogh double chocolate vodka, Pinnacle peppermint bark vodka, white crème de cacao and Bailey’s Irish Cream are shaken together and poured into an oversized glass rimmed in white chocolate and colorful crushed peppermint. 70 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.262.2675

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5. King + Duke: Classic Gibson ($12 for 3 ounces) This classic gets a clever twist from the crackerjack drink-slingers at King + Duke: Diminutive silverskin onions are peeled, pickled and smoked over the open flame for which the restaurant is known. Then Bootlegger vodka and Dolin vermouth are shaken and garnished with the aforementioned onions, skewered on the side. The result is a remarkably balanced, savory martini with delightful smoky notes. 3060 Peachtree Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.477.3500

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Furtastic Spring Break Can’t take your furry friends with you on your travels? Not to worry! Here are three trusty options in your ’hood Buckhead Pet Pals

Service area: Sandy Springs

What they do: A sitter can stay at your place from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., and take care of feedings, medications, and morning and evening dog walks. Alternatively or in addition, he or she will pop by as many times as you would like during the day for walks and love-on-your-pup time. You’ll receive a note and/or text after every visit.

THEIR TOP TIP: Make sure that the service is bonded and insured. Also, ask for a reference specifically for your sitter. 141 W. Wieuca Road, Ste. A300 Atlanta 30342 404.603.5355

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Service areas: Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven

Cost: $80 for overnights; from $20 for 30-minute to $75 for 2-hour visits


What they offer: This small and personable team of two—Joy Johnson and Holly Gibson—visits your animals and walks dogs in the morning, midday and evening, and leaves a note every time. They’ll even pick up your mail and put the trash out while you’re gone! A little spaniel gets a loving smooch at Dog Days.

Cost: $19 per visit; $1 for each additional pet THEIR TOP TIP:

Dog Days Location: Buckhead What they do: This veteran doggy daycare offers boarding in 5-by-5–foot “suites” for your pooch, where he or she will snooze and get meals and meds, if needed. Otherwise, it’s humanmonitored, all-day play in indoor and outdoor areas, which you can watch on the 24/7 webcam. Book two to three weeks prior to major holidays, and note that all dogs must pass a four-hour temperament test in advance.

A meet-and-greet should always be offered, but if it’s not, ask for it. And go by your gut feeling—you have to trust your sitters and how they interact with your pet. 606 Natchez Trace Sandy Springs 30350 770.640.6375

Cost: $40 per day THEIR TOP TIP: Ask your daycare facility if big dogs and small dogs are kept in separate play areas. 3225 Cains Hill Place Atlanta 30305 404.266.8668

The dynamic duo, Joy and Holly Gibson, of Home Sweet Home Pet Care with their furry friend.

Clients of Buckhead Pet Pals reunite with their pooch after an out of town trip. Photos: Kim Link Photography

For petite pooches Head to Buckhead’s Pupcakes Playcare for a boarding experience tailor-made for mini mutts. Since October 2010, the cage-free facility has focused on being a second home for dogs weighing less than 36 pounds and a grooming stop for canine friends of all sizes.


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Burt Farm may very well be the most beautiful and unique property in the Highlands-Cashiers, NC area. From the manicured grounds to the lovely, restored, 6/7 bedroom, 4 bath, historic main house, Burt Farm abounds with charm and appeal. Numerous streams, ponds, waterfalls, mountain vistas, meadows, and hiking trails throughout the subdividable, 131-acre property. Entertain your guests on the expansive pavilion which looks out onto lavish grounds, gardens, and mountain view. Other structures on the property include: guest house, caretaker’s home, cabin & barn. For sports enthusiasts there are a tennis court & putting green! Property adjoins the Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove. Furnishings and equipment may be purchased separately. Buying Option #1: The entire 131-acre estate with all the improvements is offered at $7.95M. MLS #70716. Buying Option #2: “The Heart of Burt Farm.” A 66.88+/acre estate, which includes the main house, the guest house, the caretaker’s house, the cabin, barn, garages, tennis court, and donkey meadow. Offered at $6.5M.

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Four-year-old Ally Grace’s “big girl room” features a double bed turned sideways to mimic a large daybed.

Photo: Sara Hanna Photography “My home is definitely my haven. It’s where we started our family, and that will always make it special to me.” - Sherri Dickens

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After five years in a small bungalow, Sherri and John Dickens upgraded, building an American Foursquare-style home just a block away that accommodates their growing family. Accented in dark brown subway tile, the kitchen is the center of the action during spur-of-the-moment gatherings.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS A Brookhaven couple’s inviting home is tailor-made for family


herri and John Dickens have built their home—and family—in Brookhaven. Since moving into the neighborhood nearly a decade ago, they’ve watched it change from a district of quaint two- and three-bedroom homes to a sought-after ZIP code of large custom-built residences. And the Dickenses are part of that transformation. Five years ago, they traded in their 800-square-foot bungalow for a 4,200-square-foot abode. Sherri, a partner stylist with Edit By Lauren Wardrobe Consulting, met John, a senior vice president with Franklin Square Capital Partners, in 2003, the day she moved to Atlanta from Athens, Ga. After a whirlwind five-month courtship and nine-month engagement, the couple married and settled in Brookhaven with their first baby, dog Jackson. Their cozy two-bedroom, onebath residence was a perfect starter home, but once they decided to start a family, they knew they needed more space. In 2008,


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the Dickenses purchased a vacant home on a one-third-acre lot just one street over, tore it down and began working with Brian Sullivan of Stillwood Properties and architect Chad Mattison to build a five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom residence. The design goal: an American Foursquare-style dwelling with ample closet space, an open floor plan and screened-in back porch. “We wanted something that was a little more classic, but not too grandiose,” John says. “Entertaining and being together as a family drove a lot of the design.” The Dickenses moved into their new home in April 2009, five months before welcoming daughter Ally Grace to the family. They worked with Stillwood Properties to pick out paint colors and finishes, but signed on interior designer Jessica Duncan—whom they met through a mutual friend—to help with additional furniture and accessories. Today the home’s rural chic-style interior is filled with modern and industrial pieces.

“It’s styled in a way that’s unique and interesting, without being fussy. Perfect for a night at home with the family or entertaining friends,” Duncan says. One of Duncan’s first projects was outfitting Ally Grace’s nursery. Six months ago she redecorated the nursery into a “big girl room” for the now 4-year-old. Furnished with a double-sized daybed, the room’s accents include a wall-mounted king headboard, an industrial metal letter A from Zentique and a light fixture Duncan created from an upside-down vintage ice bucket. Ally Grace’s move from crib to bed was inevitable, but part of the revamp was timed for the anticipated arrival of John Bowen “Bo” Dickens, the newest addition to the Dickens clan, born Jan. 27. Duncan was also the stylish mind behind Bo’s boyishly fun nursery, which she designed by repurposing some nursery furniture. Duncan hired an upholsterer to reshape Ally Grace’s glider from a round to a square back and re-cover it in

“It’s styled in a way that’s unique and interesting, without being fussy.” Above: The living room is decorated in club chairs, decorative mirrors from GO Home Ltd. and a Fibreworks natural fiber rug.

Above: A spot for casual family meals, the breakfast nook is adorned with black and white family photos. Right: Seagrass chairs from World Market are paired with a farmhouse-style table in the Dickens’ dining room.

“My home is definitely my haven. It’s where we started our family, and that will always make it special to me,” Sherri says. “We were fortunate enough to be able to design it to fit our needs, and the number of memories we’ve made as a family, and with our friends, is something I truly cherish.” s

khaki fabric. Duncan also repainted her crib white and changing table gray with a lime wash for reuse. Like his big sister’s room, Bo’s nursery features his first initial on the wall as a large metal letter. A futuristic-looking sphere pendant light from CB2 illuminates the entire space. Mounted on the wall are elephant, moose and deer trophy heads made from cardboard that John purchased from Uncommon Goods and spray-painted white. One of Sherri’s favorite accents: the Sugarboo Designs print above the changing table of a white dog with positive affirmations written in the background. “One thing I really like with Jessica—and we’ve done both nurseries—is that she never makes it look babyish,” Sherri says. “It’s a room I’d want to live in. This is my favorite room in the house.” Sherri’s other beloved room is her spacious living room. With a brick fireplace, picture-perfect window seat and furniture in earthy browns and greens, it’s a welcoming place for family gatherings. The adjoining kitchen also becomes popular during get-togethers. Guests often gather around the large center island done in distressed black cabinetry, white and gray granite countertops and farmhouse sink. Above the kitchen’s FiveStar range, a framed elephant print from Sugarboo Designs conveys the sentiment “Life is Beauty Full” putting into words how the Dickenses feel when spending time with friends and family.

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Many memories are also made in the breakfast nook—outfitted with a banquette from Ballard Designs and a table from World Market—or around the dining room’s Pottery Barn farmhouse table. Where the Dickenses spend much of their time during the week, however, is in their home offices, both designed by the team of HGTV’s Elbow Room, which featured the home in April 2012. As part of the show, designers renovated the basement into a work space for John complete with a subway-tiled roof (inspired by Buckhead’s Chops Lobster Bar), swiveling flat-screen TV and custom desk set atop a platform made to look like stacked wood planks. Like Brookhaven’s evolution, the Dickens family’s home has changed over time. And like the continued transition of their community, their home will continue to morph. The next project on the docket: a first-floor playroom for Ally Grace and Bo. “This is the house where I brought both of my babies home,” Sherri says. “It has evolved into a kid-friendly space, yet still feels like a true haven for the adults.” n

Sherri’s top 5 favorite stops for kid cargo: 1. Baby Braithwaite “I love the adorable clothing and little treasures you can find here—great toy selection too!”

2. Sugarboo and Co. “Amazing finds for kids, adults and your home all in one place. Fabulous art and decor; I would probably move into the store if they’d let me!”

3. Salon Red Kids: “Super cute toys, clothes, baby items, etc., plus it’s a fantastic kid-friendly salon.”

4. Scott Antique Markets: “Several items in both of our kids’ rooms came from Scott’s. Unlimited amount of little ‘treasures’ to be found here.”

5. Janie and Jack and Monsoon for kids’ clothing: “Love the adorable style at both of these stores in Phipps.”;

John’s basement office was one of the projects taken on by HGTV’s Elbow Room. The finished product includes a swivel flat-screen television and decorative brick wall.


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Baby Bo’s room is filled with various animal friends.

Above: RA blue and white rug from Surya and red pouf ottoman add pops of color to Bo’s playful nursery. Right: The Sugarboo Designs print of a white dog in the nursery features writing in the background that Sherri says are statements “full of wisdom I think every parent wants to teach their children.”


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Buckhead originals Three stores calling Buckhead home for more than 50 years



ou may already know that cherished Buckhead shopping destinations such as Lenox Square, opened in 1959, and Gretchen’s Children’s Shop, opened in 1952, are some of the oldest in the neighborhood. But beyond the most well-known, there are many others that have also been serving our shopping addiction since the 1940s. From the East Andrews district to Peachtree Hills, each corner of Buckhead has a retail stop with a story to tell.


Charles Willis Charles Willis is a one-stop-shop for all things wedding and beyond. From bridal jewelry to crystal, china and flatware, there’s not a pattern or gift they don’t have. The shop also has fine baby gifts and wedding stationery offerings that will satisfy the most classic bride. Since 1948, Charles Willis has been the go-to spot for Buckhead brides. When it first opened, the shop was associated with Maier & Berkele Jewelers until 1959, when the new Charles Willis Inc. moved across from Lenox Square Mall. The store’s namesake and owner Charles


section to a party wall (think Whoopee Cushions and other classic pranks), be prepared to stay (and shop!) for an hour. In this day and age, it’s rare to find a store that—literally—has a little bit of everything. Richard’s Variety Store 2347 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.237.1412

Signature Contemporary Craft Blanche Reeves founded The Signature Shop and Gallery in 1962 after falling in love with utilitarian ceramics while working as an interior designer. Chip and Carr McCuiston took over the shop when Reeves retired in 1997, naming it Signature Contemporary Craft. The gallery, still nestled in the East Andrews shopping district, features one-of-a-kind and often one-off pieces from artists who convey innovative ideas through their detailed design work. Throughout the year, the McCuistons put on various pop-up shops, artist exhibitions and events that show-


Charles Willis 465 East Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.233.9487

Richard’s Variety Store Remember rag dolls, or Lego sets? Well, Richard’s Variety Store owner Robert Klenberg sure does, because he still sells them. The Peachtree Hills five-and-dime shop located in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center has been open for more than 50 years, parked in the same location. It continues to sell a wide range of children’s toys, figurines, kitchen items, party supplies, paper goods and doodads. In a store where you can find everything from a bandanna


Willis died in 1979, and the shop was taken over by Arthur Alexander and then eventually by Owen Conner in 1983. The store moved shortly after Willis’ death to its current location on East Paces Ferry in 1981, and has been owned by Edyth Shadburn since 2007.

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case the beautiful work of artists such as jewelry designer Agnes Seebass and ceramics maker Lynn Smiser Bowers. They also make you feel right at home upon entering the gallery—their Vizsla, Penny, is the permanent shop greeter, unless, of course, she’s napping in the store window on a sunny day. Signature Contemporary Craft 3267 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.237.4426

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It’s no secret that tanning is frowned upon—and for good reason. Ultraviolent (UV) radiation can lead to skin cancer, skin and eye damage, premature aging and immune system suppression. So why do so many people still expose themselves to its dangers? Nothing beats the gorgeous, goldenbrown look of a day at the beach. With spring and summer upon us, it’s time that we shed the long sleeves and boots, and dig out the sandals and sundresses. To look good in our seasonal getups, we must add a tan to the to-do list. Luckily, Buckhead has lots of sunless options that offer a beautiful bronze without the negative side effects. Whether you desire a custom at-home spray session in between meetings and carpool duty, or prefer to head into the salon for a spraytanning booth, there is something to fit tan fans of all styles.

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Beautifully Bronzed owners Shea West and Lauren Abrams travel to clients’ homes for spray tan sessions while also running their new Brookhaven salon. Packages begin at just $20 (for a half-body spray session) and the duo offers an organic spray option, too. Choose from various services such as a pre-tan prep spray, a double dark bronze spray session or an express bronze session when you’re on the run.

Solar Dimensions is packed with UV-free offerings in addition to their non-tanning services. The salon offers custom airbrush spray tans ($45 for your first one), UV-free spray tanning booths, starting at $20, such as Mystique, VersaSpa and VersaPro (you can tan on your own by following prompts from the machine); and a variety of other services such as teeth whitening, red light therapy and VacuStep for losing weight. With locations in Brookhaven and Buckhead, there’s sure to be a convenient stop for you.

1867 Sterling Oaks Circle N.E. Atlanta 30319 770.212.2245

Spray Studio Atlanta Alicia Wente began her custom airbrush tanning business in 2010, and just last October, expanded to a colorfully hip Prado Shopping Center location featuring modern, yet inviting décor. Her tanning precision, ability to make clients feel comfortable and the quality of her products created a stable base of repeat bronzers. Individual, group and monthly-unlimited packages, starting at $45 for individual and $99 for unlimited, are available. If you’re in need of a quick fix, the “Temporary Tint” package ($20) is a quick-drying bronzing formula that will give you a glow until your next shower. Prior to your visit, Wente will explain the types of clothes to wear for your session, what to expect during the spray and how to care for your skin right after the session—she covers all the bases! 5590 Roswell Road N.E. Suite 250 Atlanta 30342 404.256.0777



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Brookhaven 4060 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30319 404.237.4769

Buckhead 3872 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342 404.814.1322

True Glow Mobile Spray Tanning No time to head out for a tan? Julie McGee of True Glow will come to you. The True Glow tanning system is packed with vitamins and minerals to give you the same glow and energized feeling you get with a few minutes outdoors—and it boosts cell regeneration using an anti-aging ingredient called hyaluronic acid. With a permanent location inside Finish Salon, McGee provides on-location and instore tanning options ranging in price from $45 to $60 for individual packages. Individual, group and monthly memberships are available—and McGee especially loves that she’s able to provide tanning options for large groups such as bridal parties and sororities. The best part? McGee’s tanning solutions are organic and scent-free. Finish Salon 3195 Paces Ferry Place Atlanta 30305 866.262.2060


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Full bloom Spring into the season with these attire-brightening accessories STORY:

Olivia Putnal   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna


he temperature is rising, so it’s time to add decorative pieces to your wardrobe that scream spring. If hopping on the floral-inspired clothing trend isn’t for you, a subtle way to add color and spunk is with jewelry, of course. From a casual flowery pendant perfect for everyday wear, to party-ready neon arm candy, we’ve rounded up accessories from around Buckhead, guaranteed to bring out your flirty side.

1. For a ring splurge that is sure to impress, this floral beauty by Laura Pearce has a 14-carat yellow gold rope band. The flower is made of sparkling green amethyst stones and the .05-carat diamond in the center tops off its elegance. We recommend pairing the ring with your new pastel Easter dress this season. Flower Ring with Diamonds: $1,163, Laura Pearce Ltd.

2. A less formal option that’s ideal for daily



3. We think the pale blue tones of these LA Stein 18-carat yellow gold earrings are totally ocean appropriate. The blue topaz and green Laguna agate combination will blend beautifully with your all-white outfit for spring break, but also with a little black dress for an evening out. Petal Verte Drop Earrings: $6,400, LA Stein.

4. South Buckhead-based Stella and

wear is this floral pendant necklace by Mark Edge. The pendant and star of the show is made from vintage recycled enamel and topped with a red bead for an extra pop of color. The short length works with almost any type of blouse or dress neckline—you’ll never want to take it off.

Dot stylist Lillian Charles can help you get your hands on this Norah cuff that will add just the right amount of bling to your all-black ensemble or a bright neon blouse with jeans. The cuff combines vintage gold with both yellow and sparkling stones for a statement piece like no other.

Vintage Recycled Enamel Flower Pendant: $108, Mark Edge.

Norah Cuff: $79, Stella and Dot.

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SHOP: Laura Pearce Ltd. 2300 Peachtree Road N.W. Suite A103 Atlanta 30309 404.350.9207 LA Stein Tassels 3802 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.364.9434 Mark Edge 886 Piedmont Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30309 404.237.3040 Stella and Dot Wardrobes by Lillian Charles lilliancharles



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Above: The author relaxes at Atlanta Medical Institute while biofeedback sensors record her body’s diagnostics. Right: Neelima Biddix is passionate about helping clients optimize health, even in the absence of adverse symptoms. 




f the saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know,” is true about your body—by any standards, an intricate and mind-boggling system—then the volume of mysteries about our health is staggering. Rather than obsess about my unknowns, a friend suggested I see biofeedback specialist Neelima “Nelli” Biddix at Buckhead’s Atlanta Medical Institute, who, she claimed, revolutionized her health. Nelli, who grew up in her native India and completed more than half of a conventional medical degree before pursuing energy medicine (a branch of complementary and alternative medicine), is passionate about helping her clients detect potential health problems before they become critical issues. “Biofeedback goes to the root cause of a disorder, rather than to the symptoms produced by the body,” she says, adding that by the time the body exhibits noticeable symptoms, health issues are already advanced.


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Biofeedback offers health clues

Jennifer Bradley Franklin   PHOTO: Sara Hanna

For my own session, Nelli ushered me into a plush recliner and hooked me up to her INDIGO biofeedback machine (I had electric sensors on both ankles and wrists and one around my head). I relaxed to her soft music for the next few minutes, while the machine recorded my essential stats—everything from stress levels and thyroid function to how my computer time affects my health and presents a risk for the future (read: radiation). Biofeedback (starting at $100 for a half-hour session) is based on the idea that our bodily systems are circuits. So, if the “circuit” has a problem, the machine records the specifics and you can address the issue, possibly before you see a symptom. Nelli recommends biofeedback sessions every few months, though patients dealing with specific issues may want more frequent updates. Her detailed report brought some important things to my attention. I learned that even though I eat healthful, organic food when I

can, my system is sluggish from bad choices like eating processed food as far back as high school and college. The report also detected heavy metal buildup in my body from wearing braces 20 years ago. As a result of this information, I’m planning to do a targeted 10-day cleanse with supplements, probiotics and digestive enzymes Nelli recommended, to scrub away internal toxins, including those pesky metals, every three months. Going forward, I feel great about knowing what to watch and having a specific road map for health improvement, and I’m convinced I’m closer to being in the know about my own health. n

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A quirky, singular style is always in bloom at Pollen, the Buckhead floral boutique of Chris Condon and Bonnie Garrison. Photo: Courtesy of The Scout Guide

Style in bloom At Pollen, wife-and-husband team Bonnie Garrison and Chris Condon create the perfect arrangement STORY:

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ods, vines, thistles, pinecones, fantastic buds and exotic blooms—whether it grows, curls, creeps or blossoms, it can become part of an arrangement at the unusual floral boutique Pollen. “We get things other florists don’t use,” says shop owner Bonnie Garrison, 46, who has run the cozy little shop in the heart of Buckhead on East Paces Ferry Road with her husband Chris Condon, 42, for the past eight years. Since its opening, the pair have sought to create a singular aesthetic in their work. “We have a certain look, so our ideal client has to be someone who is willing to go with our look. We really do our thing. You have to be open to surprises.” Pollen sells primarily cut flowers, but the pair also put their unique stamp onto potted plants, gardening, weddings and parties, and


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in the selection of gifts like handmade cards and artisanal pottery in their retail store. Garrison and Condon choose unusual plants for their arrangements and try to source seasonally and locally, including some blooms and vines from their own garden. Their home base in the Serenbe development southwest of Atlanta also allows them to look through the abundant forests there for natural objects to add to their arrangements. “We get a lot of inspiration from the woods,” Condon says. “We hike a lot, and we forage a lot.” “Even though it’s only an hour away, a lot of pine trees that don’t do well in Atlanta are very prolific there,” Garrison says. “We find these big, beautiful pinecones on the trails. We even find mosses and other things that can become part of an arrangement.”

Husband and wife share an aesthetic that favors a rustic, lush, full, colorful look. Garrison grew up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia, originally majoring in English. When she arrived in Atlanta in 1991, her first job was as a part-time assistant at Flowers of Holland, formerly at Lenox Square. A friend who had seen her work recommended she start working full-time at Planters, a gardening business that shared her offbeat aesthetic. “I just really liked it,” she says. “I started working there one spring and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. Just the types of things we were able to do: It was a different ball game from a flower shop at the mall.” Condon, a sculptor and a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, was working on an outdoor sculpture project for Planters when the two met and hit it off. “I dragged him into the business,” she jokes. “He grew to love plants, and he was really supportive when I wanted to leave Planters and start doing my own thing.” Condon still has a working studio and sells his sculptures at galleries around town, including Buckhead’s Signature Shop. He says that his work as a sculptor influences his work in floral arranging, and vice versa. “It’s always about form and composition,” he says. “For our events, there’s more than just flowers on the table. We start getting into environments and building things, working with light fixtures and walls. That’s something I bring to the design aspect that works really well.” The couple says they’ve witnessed an evolution in Buckhead tastes and styles over the years. “I think Atlanta has become less formal, which is good,” Garrison says. “I feel like when we started out ten years ago, people just expected these big, stemmy, formal, hotel-type arrangements. I think people have moved away from that. Things are more organic and relaxed, even if it’s a more formal event. And people aren’t as frightened about color as they used to be.” In the end, the flowers themselves are just an extension of a broader style, an aesthetic which the couple says extends to every aspect of life. “I’m just so crazy about style, especially mixing it up,” Garrison says. “So many people are worried about all these ‘rules’ about style. But I think it’s great to bend the rules. At home we have so many different colors and patterns we put together. I think it’s that way with flowPOLLEN ers, too. If it’s something you 432 E. Paces Ferry Road really love, it’s Atlanta 30305 going to go with 404.262.2296 the other things you love.” n

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Keiko Guest captures the essence of dance in her photos such as “Xhosa.”


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“I like to have people meet each other. Coming here is like having a few drinks with buddies.”

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cabaret Comedian Jerry Farber keeps his Buckhead club lively and intimate STORY:


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f Buckhead is the snakebite, then Jerry Farber’s Place is the anti-venom.” That’s the way the tagline for Jerry Farber’s first nightclub ran back in the ’80s. And though his club has changed locations, the slogan still holds true. If the high-pressure, button-down, high-status “snakebite” world of Buckhead starts to get you down, then Farber’s easy-going, casual, all-comers-welcome club is definitely the antidote. “Our place is intimate,” says Farber, 75, a piano-playing comedian who has run a cabaret and comedy club in Buckhead off-and-on for more than 30 years. His latest venture, opened in 2010, is a small but mighty cabaretcomedy club at the side of the Landmark Diner at the corner of Roswell Road and Piedmont called, appropriately enough, Jerry’s Side Door. Having performed in all sorts of clubs for many years, Farber knows just the atmosphere he’s looking to create in his Buckhead hotspot. “I like to have people meet each other,” he


says. “Coming here is like having a few drinks with buddies.” Comedians most often take the stage, but the club also books acoustic musicians, jazz bands, cabaret acts and even magicians. Farber grew up in Greensboro, N.C., and though he moved to Atlanta in 1960 at age 20 to work in the garment business, his heart was more in comedy and playing the piano. “Being skinny. Big ears, big nose. Being Jewish in North Carolina, it wasn’t the greatest start,” he says of his early drive to perform comedy. “As humans tend to do, I had to develop a way to not have to fight. I learned to make people laugh.” Farber did not have an especially auspicious start in Atlanta show business: His first job as a performer was as a piano player for the strippers at the Jungle Club of the Clermont Hotel, now the Clermont Lounge, where he quickly learned the ropes. “People would be drunk and loud,” he says. “I would end up responding to that. I think some of the drunks really helped me to develop a career.”

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His way of disarming rowdy, heckling customers with a joke and a tune developed into a full act, and he was soon performing at more elegant night spots like the old “Lark and the Dove” and the “Coach and Six.” By the time he was in his 40s he was one of Atlanta’s most popular local comedians with a steady following, and in 1980 he opened his first club, Jerry Farber’s Place, on Pharr Road. “It was America’s first no-smoking club,” he says. “I’m proudest of that. Ted Turner came opening night smoking a big cigar, thinking it was a joke. They wouldn’t let him in!” The concept may have been a little ahead of its time: Although the club regularly hosted popular acts like Jeff Foxworthy, Brett Butler and the Indigo Girls, it eventually closed its doors in 1992. Now that non-smoking clubs are more the norm, Buckhead residents can flock to Jerry’s Side Door for the cabaret, bands, jazz and comedy. Farber is as adept a jazz pianist as he is a comedian, an eclectic spirit that

is reflected in the club’s varied line-up. He’s especially devoted to nurturing young, up-and-coming Atlanta comics, but he still likes to keep the comedy clean and familyfriendly. “It’s not ‘church social’ comedy, but it’s still family oriented,” he says. “I’ve never been a fan of indiscriminate f-bombs. It’s not that I’m anti-sex. I just like smart humor.” But no matter what’s on stage, Farber, a fixture on the Atlanta scene for more than 50 years now, says Buckhead is the place where his style fits best. “When I started, my show really sat better in Buckhead,” he says. “The piano, the way I played, the Gershwin quality … Of all the neighborhoods, Buckhead was the most attuned to it.” n

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Above: James Taylor (no, not the musician!) leads the staff of the Buckhead Library where customer service includes guaranteed parking. Photo: Tyler Welbron

Left: The contemporary facade of the Buckhead library draws the architecturally curious—as well as those looking for a good book. Photo: Timothy Hurlsey

More than just a good place to read Buckhead library: a destination for activities and design buffs, too


ne of Buckhead’s leading literary icons has never penned a novel, yet it’s had more impact than a bestseller. The local branch of the AtlantaFulton Public Library on Buckhead Avenue has been a destination since it opened its doors in 1942. Originally named for Ida Williams, a schoolteacher who founded the area’s first library, the structure was replaced by its current modern design in 1989. But to the countless Buckhead residents who grew up with it, it’s still the Ida Williams branch. “I grew up near Lenox, and Ida Williams was my library,” says Kelly Robinson, who handles public relations for the library system. “It was an old brick building. The new library went up on



the same site, but it was very different. And then most people just started calling it the Buckhead branch.” Twenty-five years ago, the new building was remarkable for its modern style, including a dramatic covered entryway. Inside, the singlestory, 20,000-square-foot design incorporated soaring 30-foot ceilings and a rear window wall that gave visitors a view toward downtown. Those elements, still in place today, draw architecture students and aficionados on a regular basis, says branch manager James Taylor. “It’s very modernistic and it’s unique, even though it doesn’t look like much from the street,” Taylor says. The building is a standout for another reason: It’s one of the few struc-

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tures in the area that is surrounded by the upscale Buckhead Atlanta project. “We’re in the thick of it,” Taylor says, “but it’s a good thing. We hope to get some cosmetic upgrades to keep us consistent with that upscale development.” The library is also notable for the use it gets. With more than 20,000 books, DVDs and CDs circulating through its doors every month, it is one of the busiest of the system’s 33 branches. It also serves as a community center, offering workshops, children’s story times, Spanish and yoga classes, and Internet access on 20 PCs that are in constant use. And with the branch’s modest parking area, that often means finding a spot can be a challenge.

A few upcoming Buckhead Library events: Read Across America Day Display March 1-31 Dr. Seuss Storytime March 4, 10:15, 11 and 11:45 a.m. Dr. Seuss for Babies March 5, 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-11 months) Irish Storytime March 11, 10:15 (toddlers age 1), 11:00 (toddlers age 2) and 11:45 a.m. (preschoolers 3-5 years) Irish Storytime for Babies March 12, 10:30 a.m. (Ages 3-11 months) 2014 Annual Ida Williams Memorial Poetry Contest Deadline April 19, 6 p.m. Earth Day Stories for Toddlers and Preschoolers April 22, 10:15, 11 and 11:45 a.m. Earth Day Storytime for Babies April 23 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-11 months) Children’s Day/Book Day Celebration Storytime April 29, 10:15, 11 and 11:45 a.m. Children’s Day/Book Day Celebration for Babies April 30, 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-11 months)

“We will always have free parking available,” Taylor promises. “If someone can’t find a parking place, they should come in and ask for me, and I’ll find them one. I’m serious. If someone makes the effort to come to the library, I’ll find them a space.” n

BOOKS AND BEYOND Buckhead Branch of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library 269 Buckhead Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.814.3500 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday

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Above: By experimenting with indigo reductions in various vats, artist Lynn Pollard has perfected an artform exclusively based on whimsical shades of blue.


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rom about the time she was 8 years old, Lynn Pollard has been working with her hands. Growing up near Augusta, she learned sewing at her mother’s side and made macramé presents—handcrafts that led her into the world of weaving. “I was drawn to the colors and the creativity, the ability to make something from nothing,” says the 60-year-old northwest Buckhead resident. “And I find looms so beautiful. The combination of the technique, the beauty of the tools and the colorful yarn is wonderful.” Pollard took weaving lessons at the nowdefunct Dreamweaver shop on Grandview Avenue. Her woven works became fabrics for costumes, uniforms, coats, a wall tapestry, even a stair runner for an historic home—items that she sold. But those things of beauty didn’t always pay the bills. After going through a divorce in the 1980s, Pollard set out to prepare herself for the job market, though she didn’t stray too far from her first love. In 1990, she graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in textile engineering and went on to teach in the fiber program


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at Georgia State. She still teaches weaving at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. It was through her classes at the art center that she met her current passion: indigo. “Two things happened,” she explains. “First, after going through a rough patch with my health in 2007, I converted the studio in my house from man-made to less toxic, all-natural dyes that derive mostly from plants. That was how I first discovered indigo, and I loved it. Then I found that by manipulating paper through the indigo dye vat, lifting it out and letting it dry, I can create these amazing designs that look like landscapes or mountains. I don’t have anything in mind when I’m working; I just keep at it until it looks like something I like.” The American Craft Council likes them, too; Pollard’s paper creations will be among the works by 240 master artisans during its show at the Cobb Galleria March 14 through 16. Her one-of-a-kind 22-by-30-inch unframed works, selling for about $800, and note cards, priced at $25, have also been part of Council shows in Baltimore and San Francisco.

“I never thought I’d be able to show at an American Craft Council show,” Pollard says. “I never had the confidence to follow the art route with weaving, but dyeing has given me that and a whole new adventure.” The adventure comes from the art form’s serendipity, she says. “It’s always a surprise; I never know exactly what the dye is going to do. It’s also great fun, and best of all, it’s made me enthusiastic about art.” n Information about Lynn Pollard is online at Her work can also be purchased at UGallery, American Craft Council Show March 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cobb Galleria Centre 12 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta 30339 770.955.8000 Admission: $13 per day; $28 for 3-day pass

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Above: The reigning Miss Georgia Senior America is also a dancer with the Atlanta Silver Classix Crew (below). Photos: Tory Poarch

1971 through 1973. I quit for eight years while I was a housewife, and we moved to Atlanta. Eventually I looked for a small company where I could fit in. That’s when I found Ruth Mitchell (of the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre in Marietta) and got back into it. I danced there for 16 years, and I still do every once in a while. I was also in Lee Harper’s 2012 show with the Atlanta Symphony and her holiday shows. And the photography? I got paid for my first job in 1975, but I didn’t really care. It was just something I did to make extra money. I had been out of dance for a while when Ruth Mitchell hired me to take photos. Then another studio hired me. It helped that I was very connected in the Atlanta dance community. I’ve been doing it steadily now since 1982, and I work with about 40 studios. I’ve been very fortunate to shoot incredibly gorgeous dancers.

Above: One of Keiki Guest’s photographs, “Sphyrl” from the Shadowdance collection. Right: Keiko Guest. Photos: Keiko Guest Photography

Shooting star Buckhead dancer focuses her lens on movement


eiko Guest can’t quite pinpoint which came first: her photography or her love of dance. Both have been knitted into the fabric of her life story with equal strands of passion. And at 64, the Buckhead resident has no thoughts of giving up either. The official photographer for some of the city’s leading dance troupes, she is noted for her candid action shots of dancers in motion that may show up in an event program or a portfolio. She travels around the extended metro area to capture dancers with the North Atlanta Dance Theatre, Ballethnic, the Atlanta Jazz Theatre, Dancentre South and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. But she’s just as likely to be at the barre as shooting it. Her latest adventure is aerial dance, that hangingoff-the-ropes sort of air ballet that fascinates Cirque du Soleil fans. She’s also a member of the Atlanta Silver Classix Crew, an over-50 hip-hop group that often takes to the court during Hawks’ games.


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How did dancing and photography come together for you? My mother loved to dance, so I grew up doing the jitterbug and cha-cha. My dad was very gadget-y. He had cameras in the ’50s when they weren’t a household item. So I’ve done both since I was a little girl. But dance was where my heart was, even though I knew I wasn’t right for it—I don’t have the right proportions or joints. But I know it well enough that I can tweak the best out of people I shoot. What was your dance career like? I started dancing seriously as a 20-yearold, after I saw “Swan Lake” and went nuts. I knew I had to do that. I was living in Louisville, Ky., and started taking classes. Then a friend convinced me to go with her to try out for the Louisville Ballet. I knew I had no chance, but I never got cut—even though my friend did. I danced there from

Have you ever exhibited your work? Once in a while. I have what I call a “Shadow Dance” collection, works of 5 feet by 7 feet, and some of them are on display at Dance 101 at Briarcliff and North Druid Hills Road. My first show was part of Bill Lowe Gallery’s anniversary show in 2007, and I had 44 pieces that drew a lot of attention but didn’t sell well. I’m working on a show at the Ferst Center (at Georgia Tech) I’m calling “Bronze” that’s mostly nudes. They’re breathtakingly gorgeous. What do you do to keep in shape? Part of it is my mentality; I feel like a little preteen having fun. I’ve also been into aerial dance for two years. All my life I’ve wanted to tumble, and every time I tried, I hurt myself. When I turned 60, I saw a show where they climbed silks and danced, and I wanted to do that. So now I go to classes near Grant Park. You’d be surprised what I can do as a 64-year-old! What else might surprise people to learn about you? That I’m the reigning Ms. Georgia Senior America! I won the title in June and went to the Ms. Senior America Pageant last October in Atlantic City. I did an aerial piece that stunned everybody, but I didn’t win. I’m also a survivor of the Costa Concordia (the cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy in January 2012). I was very popular with the media for a few days! n KEIKO GUEST




Beloved by celebrities and hometown fans the Buckhead Diner has helped defined what Atlanta eats for more than a quarter-century.

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Simply by virtue of the way it lights up Piedmont Road, Buckhead Diner has always been, and will always be, a classic.

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THE SILVER QUEEN Buckhead Diner still shines after all these years


or 27 years, it has cut a sleek figure on Piedmont Road—a shiny, silver Art Deco wonder surrounded by a halo of pink, blue and turquoise neon. Mick Jagger has dined here. So have Muhammad Ali, Kathy Griffin and Steve Martin. While some guests go to watch the stars come out, others prefer the warm potato chips slathered in Maytag blue, the “famous” veal and wild mushroom meatloaf or the decadent wedge of banana cream pie buried in white chocolate shavings. We are talking of course about Buckhead Diner, the indispensible landmark restaurant that’s a jewel in the crown of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, which includes the Greek temple-like Kyma next door and the Atlanta Fish Market down the street. While I have long been a fan of that big fish on Pharr and rather like the groovy white marble columns of Kyma, Buckhead Diner and I haven’t been good about keeping in touch. Recently, I decided it was time to change that. Now, after three visits—including a lunchtime turn with a fresh-faced, new-to-Atlanta cousin and a leisurely dinner


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with an old colleague who gave me my first food-writing assignment—I think I understand the diner’s longevity. It’s not the upscale diner food. It’s not the service. It’s the place itself: the intimate scale, the timeless design, and the insistence on remaining retro— which, come to think of it, is a hallmark of other Atlanta landmarks like The Varsity and the Majestic Diner on Ponce. Just as The Varsity will always have those famously greasy onion rings, Buckhead Diner will always have those addictive housemade chips with Maytag blue. They are an irresistible guilty pleasure: so evil, so salty, so good. But must the kitchen give you a Texas-size helping of them? This is not good for the waistline, and it may not be wise for business. Two people could fill up on an order, then walk out with an $8.95 check and leftovers. (So be smart: Get a half-portion.) The evening I met my former co-worker here, we practically stabbed each other, plunging our forks into the “sweet heat” Thai-chili calamari. Deep-fried to a crisp,

tossed with peanuts, red peppers and scallions, and bathed in a spicy-sweet glaze, the squid goes down like popcorn. On the healthier side, we took a shine to the Tuscan kale salad, dressed up with dried cranberries, shaved fennel, Gala apples, toasted almonds and cider vinaigrette. Though my friend hadn’t been here in ages, she remembered, and requested, the white chocolate banana cream pie. Once again: a sword fight of forks. Sandwiches and burgers may be a better option here than pricier entrees. There’s an entire section devoted to grilled cheese. After pronouncing those Maytag chips “intense,” my cousin Emily enjoyed her fancy cheese sandwich: Georgia cured ham, fontina, green apple and spinach. Em said she thought the sandwich was going to come out pressed and oozy, but she didn’t mind the loose construction. On another day, I had a wonderfully juicy burger (topped with bacon and cheddar) and fries. (The menu says the meat is ground chuck, brisket and short rib—so no wonder it’s luscious.)

Left: Tuscan kale salad is a nice mixture of sweet, tart and crunchy greens tossed with apples, dried cranberries, shaved fennel and toasted almonds. Below: Buckhead Diner offers plenty of seafood options, including this horseradish-crusted Maine cod with colorful veggies. 

Left: Brisket and short-rib meat transform burgers into juicy, multinapkin affairs. Why not add bacon? Far left: Housemade chips with Maytag blue cheese are a Buckhead Diner original. Bet you can’t eat just one.

“If it’s possible for a restaurant to achieve celebrity status, then Buckhead Diner is a star.” The “famous” veal meat loaf, with the carrots, green beans, and ho-hum mashed potatoes, evoked the home-style feeling of comfort food. The chervil-scented crab cakes were solid, but lacked any sort of wow factor. The horseradish-crusted cod, which our server raved about, was a good hunk of fish and a pretty dish too, thanks to the medley of sweet peppers, onion, zucchini and eggplant, but it arrived slightly overcooked. So here’s the thing: Atlanta’s long-time love affair with Buckhead Diner isn’t about Executive Chef Charles Schwab’s cooking. It’s the way the friendly bartender makes a point of giving you a hearty hello when you walk through the door. It’s the curvilinear lines of the room, the subway-tile floors, the feeling that you are on a double-wide silver-bullet luxury train pulling out of Grand Central Station. If it’s possible for a restaurant to achieve celebrity status, then Buckhead Diner is a star. Simply by virtue of the way it lights up Piedmont Road, it has always been, and will always be, a classic. n

BUCKHEAD DINER 3073 Piedmont Road Atlanta 30305 404.262.3336

Top: Buckhead Diner has a whole section of grilled cheese sandwiches, including this version, stuffed with Georgia cured ham, Fontina, green apples and spinach. Above: Banana cream pie, buried under an avalanche of white-chocolate shavings, never goes out of style.

Appetizers: $5.95-$11.95. Sandwiches and burgers: $12.95-$15.75. Entrees: $16.50-$29.95. Bottom line: A diner with landmark status.

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To the races! Head OTP on April 19 to catch Atlanta’s answer to the Derby at the 49th Annual Atlanta Steeplechase at Kingston Downs in Rome, Ga. Events include Jack Terrier races, a hat parade and horse races. Tickets begin at $30.

Southern comfort Freshen up with a classic mint julep come Derby Day STORY:

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ew elixirs capture a sense of place quite like a mint julep in the South. Crisp mint and an invigorating pop of sugary sweetness balance the fragrant magnolias of April and cut through the thick, lazy days of summer. A favorite of Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner and the official beverage of the Kentucky Derby (May 2-3 at Louisville’s Churchill Downs) since 1938, the mint julep has become synonymous with Southern gentility and the region’s easy-going, porch-sipping culture. It’s something former Louisville resident and current Bourbon Bar mixologist Clay Livingston knows firsthand. “Growing up in Kentucky [where he lived for 26 years], I learned that a mint julep is a sign that spring is here and that the ponies are going to be running.” Here, to celebrate the season and to toast this refreshing Southern fixture, Livingston shares Bourbon Bar’s rendition of the classic sipper.

BOURBON BAR’S MINT JULEP Yield: 1 drink 6-8 mint leaves 1/2 ounce simple syrup* 2 ounces Bourbon Bar’s private selection Woodford Reserve Bourbon Soda water Directions: Muddle the mint with the syrup, then add the bourbon. Add crushed ice. Stir. Top off with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of mint. *Housemade simple syrup Mix one part water to one part sugar, bring to a boil, then let cool.


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5 TRICKS FROM CLAY LIVINGSTON FOR THE PERFECT MINT JULEP 1. Stick with simple syrup. Powdered or granulated sugar will not melt the same way every time. 2. Muddle softly. You do not want to destroy the mint, just bruise it. 3. Try to use crushed ice even if it’s hand-crushed cubes. The idea of crushed ice is to get the drink super cold and give it the right dilution at the same time. 4. Use quality ingredients. Fresh mint and a good mid-range rye bourbon (bourbon with a small amount of rye as the flavoring grain, such as Woodford) are necessary for making this drink good. 5. Soda water is optional, but remember that soda will help those first few sips go down easily before the ice has time to melt and will smooth out the drink.


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Tequila Flights What better way to welcome spring than with a bespoke tequila flight on the gorgeous patio of The St. Regis Atlanta? Crafted under Food and Beverage Director Robert Brandenberg, these Private Selection Tequilas were created exclusively for the AAA Five Diamond resort by Herradura in Amatitán, Jalisco, Mexico—the tequilas are made from 100 percent blue agave roasted in clay ovens before aging in toasted oak barrels for 11 months, meaning it’s peerlessly smooth.  Guests can partake in two special tequila tasting flights—the Patrón Reposado and Don Julio Reposado ($20) and the Patrón Añejo and Don Julio Añejo ($28)—which are offered alongside The St. Regis Atlanta seasonal cocktails and 88 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. live entertainment Atlanta 30305 every Thursday through 404.563.7900 Sunday evening through the summer. Salud!

one are the days of grimy bowling alleys with greasy food, sticky lanes and all-tooaromatic shoes. Thanks to The Painted Pin, a boutique bowling and entertainment venue opening in the heart of Buckhead’s Miami Circle this spring. “I was planning on opening my own barbecue and gaming venue when my now partner, William Stallworth, [suggested] a bowling alley,” says Justin Amick, owner and general manager. “The more we talked, the more we really saw a gap in the market for unique entertainment options.” Unique indeed. The Painted Pin is a 23,000-square-foot space complete with 20 bowling lanes and an indoor gaming courtyard where you’ll find bocce courts, 10-foot Pop-A-Shots, shuffleboard, ping-pong, Skee-Ball and Northamptonshire hood skittles. All alongside top-notch service (personalized staff deliver balls and shoes laneside) and delicious cuisine (think wood-fired pizzas, tacos and craft cocktails). The Painted Pin isn’t alone. Sandy Springs welcomed their own upscale bowling alley this past December when the doors of Stars & Strikes opened—the chain’s fifth and largest location. Expect 20 state-of-the-art lanes, plus eight private lanes in a VIP room, a two-story laser tag arena, arcade room and 250-seat restaurant dishing out gourmet burgers and artisanal beers. That’s what we call a strike!

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The Painted Pin 737 Miami Circle N.E. Atlanta 30324 678.488.2909 Stars & Strikes 8767 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30350 678.965.5707

Interior of Bourbon Bar, home to more than 70 types of bourbon. Photo: David Phelps

Stars and Strikes’ full circular Hub Bar offers the perfect vantage point to enjoy a cocktail.

Brookhaven Pours The nearly year-old boutique wine shop on Dresden Drive is the result of two oenophile friends, Jeff Madsen and Keith Farmer, following their passion—terroir-driven wines that are as expressive as they are affordable (read: a great bang for the buck). Their store, Brookhaven Wines, not only stocks dozens of unique bottles under $25, but also hosts complimentary tastings with reputable winemakers from around the world. This spring, the likes of Unum Wine Cellars (March 14), Adelsheim Vineyards (March 27), and Vintage 59 (April 18) will all be pouring at the store. “It’s all wine that we dig for the Brookhaven Wines money, and you’ll also 1418 Dresden Drive N.E. get an education about Suite 140 the wines and terroir,” Atlanta 30319 Farmer says. We can 404.869.5650 say “Cheers!” to that.


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Smokebelly Executive Chef Darrell Rice. Photo: Brandon Amato

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE Chris Hadermann and JP Piemonte—the dynamic duo behind Tin Lizzy’s, the Big Ketch and Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails—are amplifying the Buckhead dining scene with their latest venture: Smokebelly BBQ, a chef-crafted smokehouse blending techniques from regions around the country. Most everything on the menu gets the smoky treatment, from 18-hour smoked brisket to watermelon-smoked feta salad. Tenderloin, leg of lamb and alligator are also part of the arsenal, though we’re perhaps most excited about the speakeasy planned for the back room and the potential Sunday Gospel Brunches. To hold us over in Smokebelly 128 East Andrews Drive the interim, there’s an artificial Atlanta 30305 grass-covered patio where 404.848.9100 barbecue-inspired tapas are best enjoyed this spring.

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Zinburger’s certified Angus Beef patty is piled with Manchego cheese, Zinfandel-braised onions and mayo.

A host of national restaurants will soon call Buckhead home, bringing with them a cache of artisanal cupcakes and gourmet burgers. Sprinkles Cupcakes opened its first southeastern location in Lenox Square Mall in January, nourishing shoppers with more than 50 varieties of handcrafted treats, like chai latte and red velvet cupcakes, slowchurned salty caramel ice cream, non-dairy sorbets, shakes, malts and floats. If it’s comfort with a side of class you’re after, be sure to check out the new Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, which will also call Lenox Mall home come April. The sleek and contemporary eatery The Sprinkles Cupcake Tower features fun specializes in made-to-order flavors like chocolate marshmallow, red gourmet burgers (Certified Angus velvet, chai latte and coconut. Beef and American-style Kobe Beef are ground fresh twice a day), expertly paired with 23 wine varieties, 17 beer selections and craft cocktails. In addition, there are hand-dipped shakes, floats and decadent pies. Lenox Mall will also welcome True Food Kitchen this summer, a health-conscious chain with a menu based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid. Look for honest, simple food like Tuscan kale salad, antioxidant-laden juices and turkey lasagna. Sprinkles 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.846.1599 True Food Kitchen 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.233.7575 Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.233.7575

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LAUNCHING LUSCA The guys who put late night dining on the culinary map (chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le of Octopus Bar) are at it again—this time with a seafood-centric lunch-and-dinner restaurant in Brookwood Hills. Lusca, named for a legendary colossal octopus, opens mid-March in the former Bluefin space. Ingredients served simply is the name of the game—think beautiful trout grilled to perfection and finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and olive oil. “It’s more about restraint than anything,” says Buckheadborn Brown, who returned to Atlanta in 2010 after stints in Rhode Island and Boston. Though an impressive raw bar program—expect five varieties of pristine raw oysters alongside hard-to-find sashimi like wild hamachi and spot prawns—takes center stage, Lusca also boasts an in-house butcher, complete with house-ground burgers, charcuterie and dry-aged meats. Like the food, the décor at Lusca comes from local sources—Atlanta artist George Long built the bar tops and tables, a blend of marble, metal and reclaimed wood, and there’s even a mural from the boys’ favorite graffiti artist (we all have one, right?). “I’m really excited to be back and to make Lusca this, my first full-time restaurant, happen—it’s been 1829 Peachtree Road N.E. my dream since I was seven,” Brown says. Atlanta 30309

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We check in with the well-respected owner of Chastain Park mainstay Horseradish Grill, celebrating its 20th anniversary in April STORY:

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he cozy, comfortable and upscale eatery on the edge of Chastain Park, Horseradish Grill, remains one of Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating restaurants. Its restaurateur, Steve Alterman, is the progeny of a longstanding grocery-store family who helped found Ray’s on the River and Buckhead’s nowshuttered Rio Bravo. He bought the onetime country store in 1994 from the Popescu family, who’d operated it as the Red Barn Inn since the ‘60s. Alterman ousted its spicy cuisine and rugged décor, tapping Bill Johnson for the architecture and Marcia Lyle for interiors. Here, chefs like Gerry Klaskala and Scott Peacock cut their teeth, long before they became famous for Aria and Watershed, respectively. More recently, Executive Chef Dave Berry has revitalized its menu while staying true to historic recipes, making virtually everything from scratch. For this and many other reasons, Horseradish Grill has become a go-to for special occasions, but to Alterman, it will always be a neighborhood restaurant.

Wine Down Buckhead dwellers will descend on Horseradish Grill on March 27 for a subterranean four-course experience in the eatery’s private downstairs dining room; each dish paired with wines from visiting Wagner Family vintners. A foursome of Napa-made vinos—Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet, Belle Glos Pinot Noir, Mer Soleil Chardonnay and the celebrated Conundrum White Blend—will be meticulously matched to Executive Chef Dave Berry’s Southern cuisine. The cost is $135 per person. Guests must R.S.V.P. by calling Horseradish Grill at 404.255.7277. Cheers!


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Horseradish Grill is a true Buckhead classic. Few establishments in Atlanta feel this authentic. A restaurant has existed here in one incarnation or another since 1947. It’s the same age as I am. I opened Horseradish Grill in 1994, so in April it will be 20 years. How’d you come up with the new name, Horseradish Grill? Joey Reiman, of BrightHouse, was one of my original investors. We were having a lunch at Chops and he asked a guy at the next table what he thought of the name Horseradish. The rest is history. And you’ve built a lot of history here in 20 years. Atlanta’s concept of Southern farm-to-table cuisine originated at Horseradish Grill, with [former chef] Scott Peacock. When we started, people told me I was out of my mind. At the time, Southern food was just a caricature—mushy black-eyed peas cooked with fatback. Now, there is a plethora of sophisticated Southern restaurants. Your current chef, Dave Berry, is quite the talent. He was recently nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. It was well deserved. With Dave here, none of the flavors get covered up. His food is very simple, straightforward, highly flavorful

and incredibly fresh. This is actually his second time working here. He started as Peacock’s executive sous-chef when he was only 22. How’d you discover Scott Peacock, anyway? My original consulting chef, Aria’s Gerry Klaskala, was a longtime friend. He helped me recruit Scott, who had worked at the Florida and Georgia governors’ mansions, but had never had a restaurant job. He was only willing to come over if he could use Mrs. [Edna] Lewis’ recipes. He even created the vegetable garden out back. Ah, so is that why the food’s always so fresh? We can’t grow everything, but we do have a gardener, Susan Keller, who comes twice a week. We grow corn, okra, horseradish, lettuces, cabbages, tons of herbs; we have a bay leaf tree, a mint forest with four kinds of mint, and strawberries, which the kids love. Think about a four- or five-yearold with a handful of berries. It’s the most wonderful thing in the world. n

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



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n 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. I may not be an expert on South African cuisine, but I’ll wager that nobody makes bobotie (the 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 Entrées: $21-$38

n Bhojanic After two meals at this North Indian restaurant, I’ve come to admire the flavorful, long-simmered, aromatic home cooking. The Samosa Chat was a wonderful smash-up of potato-and-pea samosas

topped with tamarind and mint chutneys and cool yogurt. As for the entrées, I really loved the intensely flavored goat curry and wanted to sop up every drop of the gravy with rice. This second location of Archna Becker’s beloved Decatur restaurant is an appealing minimalist space, and it’s easy to get in and out and have a solid and affordable meal. We are delighted that it’s finally here. Tapas and appetizers: $3.95-$8.95 Entrées and thalis: $11.95-$17.95

n Café Sunflower In a town that’s burger-crazed and churrascaria-packed, chef-owners Lin and Edward Sun’s casual, mid-priced kitchen is an anomaly: a veggie haunt that samples freely from world cuisine with mainstream diners in mind. Here, patrons take delight in consistently delicious salads and soups; soy-based replicas of everyday grub like burgers and ravioli; and a stellar lineup of original dishes. The food is freshly prepared, beautifully presented and accessible to both hardcore vegans and omnivores. Lunch entrées: $9-$12 Dinner entrées: $12-$18

Hal’s filet mignon is definitive, a fat medallion of charred and buttery beef.


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Bhojanic’s ASD-designed Buckhead location marries clean minimalism with exotic elegance.

n Hal’s “The Steakhouse” Looking on the outside like a highend strip joint topped with a Bourbon Street balcony, Hal’s has built its cachet around its loyal clientele, old-school style, impeccable service and terrific food. Owner Hal Nowak is a New Orleans native, and in his eponymous enterprise—with its shrimp rémoulade, oysters bordelaise and booze-soaked bread pudding—he has created Atlanta’s answer to Galatoire’s. This may be your grandparents’ favorite restaurant, but in an age where everything old is new again, it also boasts a youthful clientele that appreciates its straightforward food, strong drinks and speakeasy atmosphere. Appetizers and salads: $8.95-$23.95 Entrées and steaks: $23.95-$49.95

n Jalisco After nearly three decades, Jalisco remains a giddy, guilty pleasure trip through a tunnel of cheese. This TexMex institution at Peachtree Battle is better than an El Paso taco kit but not exactly a showcase of the sophisticated techniques and ingredients of the Mexican larder. Without apology, Jalisco is what it is, a place with consistently good, standard-issue burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and even a “Hamburguesa Mexicana.” (It’s topped with nacho cheese.) This is not a place where the kitchen thrives on change and creativity. For the most part, the menu is the same as it has been since Jalisco opened in 1978. Lunch specials: $5.45-$8.50 Entrées: $8.95-$13.25 404.233.9244

Okay Cafe’s griddle cakes with apples and pecans get the morning off to a sweet start.

An enticing plate of barbecue, coleslaw and mac and cheese at Pig-N-Chik.

n Joy Café Every Sunday at sunrise, Joy Austin Beber goes to her Buckhead café and makes a whopping pile of her greatgrandmother’s biscuits. After church, she serves a hallelujah chorus of a brunch: fluffy buttermilk pancakes; eggs Benedict; and those famous biscuits topped with gravy, sausage and scrambled eggs. I arrived at the 3 p.m. cutoff for the breakfast-y brunch items, and enjoyed a terrific cobb salad with loads of blue cheese, bacon, avocado, boiled egg and grilled chicken. The Joy’s pièce de résistance, though, is the Crack Pie, with its oatmeal-cookie crust and gooey interior … Joy got a kick out of hearing that I am wack for her crack. This selftaught chef keeps it simple and fresh. Brunch: $6.50-$14 Lunch: $8-$12

n Pasta Vino You can surely find trendier pizza parlors or posher places to eat Italian in Atlanta. But if you are looking for old-fashioned linguini with clam sauce or chicken Florentine in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with a loyal following, this Buckhead favorite has got you covered. The restaurant is beloved by many for its home-style cooking, casual ambiance, reasonable prices and a staff of servers who have acquired faithful customers of their own. Owner Nancy Powell treasures her crew, most of whom have been on the job for more than 10 years. Given the refined state of Italian dining in America today, Pasta Vino is not likely to win any awards for innovation or inspiration. But it remains a perfectly fine, frequently delicious, middle-of-the-road trattoria. Starters and salads: $2-$10 Entrées: $10-$22

n Little Bangkok Little Bangkok is a decidedly humble hole-in-the-wall, yet many Atlanta ethnic-foodies insist that it is their favorite go-to joint for casual Thai. Not the fussy business of intricately carved radishes and gilded bowls. Not the throwaway curries and stir-fries of lastchance airport concessions and mall food courts. Little Bangkok is that happy place somewhere in the middle—a spot where the spring rolls are always crispy and the pad thai always a plate of tangy-sweet comfort, and where adventuresome diners can savor the

green-peppercorn bite of spicy catfish and the sweet, Rice-Krispie weirdness of mee krob. At its best, Little Bangkok is like a brief, belly-pleasing adventure to the Land of Smiles. Entrées: $7.95-$17.95

n OK Café Just as I send diners to Bone’s for the definitive steakhouse experience, I suggest OK Café as a classic diner with a strong Southern twang. The offerings here are anchored in time and tradition: Root beer floats and cherry lemonade are called Black Cows and Pink Ladies. Meatand-twos and veggie plates laden with silken collards and exquisite mac and cheese are meant to be washed down with sweet iced tea and sopped up with a perfect corn muffin. Fat slices of meatloaf encrusted with tomato sauce; roast turkey with cornbread dressing and gravy; chicken pot pie with an adorable little “OK” stamped onto its puff-pastry blanket—this stuff draws a crowd. If you don’t want to play the waiting game, you’d better arrive before 11 a.m. or between the lunch and dinner rush. After a quarter-century, OK Café never goes out of style. Appetizers: $3.75-$7.99 Burgers and sandwiches: $3.99-$12.99 Mains: $11.50-$15.99

n Pig-N-Chik Co-owner Jim Graddy tells me he learned the art of the pit on his granddaddy’s pig farm in Manchester, Ga. Graddy remembers cooking whole hogs all night long over hot coals, and when I tear into his pulled-pork sandwich—a delicious pile of pink, smoke-tinged meat between two thick slabs of white bread—I believe him. Graddy has proudly transported his family’s traditions to his casual Southern ’cue counter. Man, is the food good. The fresh-tasting coleslaw (with just a little

mayo) and excellent new potato salad are just the things to cut the richness of the succulent pork. Some other tasty go-withs are fried okra, long-cooked collards, mac and cheese and Brunswick stew. I’m sated. I’m sauce-splashed. I need a moist towelette and a nap. Entrées: $8.13-$23.79

n Starfish Starfish—which can look just a little lost on the block that houses Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch—is exactly the kind of sushi joint I have been trolling for. In a city where Japanese cuisine can be hit-or-miss and sometimes not the freshest, chef-owner Seung K. “Sam” Park’s reticent little pearl is a superior catch—cute and compact as a bento box but with just a hint of luxury. At dinner, we were delighted to see how the kitchen plays around with untraditional ingredients like truffle oil and balsamic vinegar, slicing fish as thin as carpaccio and arranging it in dazzling presentations. When our flounder sashimi arrived, the server told us to place a dab of the ponzu jelly spiked with cilantro, jalapeño and lime on a strip of the fish and roll it up. Exquisite. Starfish isn’t the kind of place that announces itself with screaming klieg lights or red carpets. But in this culture of excess, sometimes being a little bit underthe-radar can be very seductive. Lunch Entrées: $7-$16; Dinner Entrées: $12-$30

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n Atlanta Fish Market

265 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 404-262-3165 atlanta-fish-market From the gracious service to the Southeast’s widest selection of fresh seafood, Atlanta Fish Market’s comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere is a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Buckhead. With more than 100 fresh varieties from the deep flown in fresh daily, Atlanta Fish Market has something for everyone. L, D, $$, $$$, P, V, Fam

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3073 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 404-262-3336 buckhead-diner

n Bistro Niko

3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326 404-261-6456 Bistro Niko is a nod to Paris, right in the heart of Buckhead. The modern French fare is authentic and simple, while the affordably priced wine list, exciting cocktails, and extensive craft beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes. Br, L, D, $$, $$$, O, V, Fam Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse’s famous Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi, Organic Mushrooms, Basil, Garlic, Truffle Oil

n Chops Lobster Bar

70 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 404-262-2675 chops-lobster-bar

n Corner Café & Buckhead Bread Company

n Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

3070 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 404-240-1978

3500 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30326 404.844.481 Handmade pasta, perfectly cooked steaks, fresh seafood and salads all prepared using the finest ingredients. At Davio’s Atlanta, It’s All About the Guest. Join us for lunch, happy hour or dinner in our beautiful dining room, Chef’s Table facing our open kitchen or comfortable outdoor patio area L, D, $$$, O, Late, V, Fam, Pet

Buckhead Diner is an American dining experience unlike any other. Inventive and long-time favorite menu items, snappy service, upscale atmosphere and retro style give this Atlanta icon a funky flair all its own. The fun menu and energy-packed atmosphere give guests a taste of nostalgia that’s always in style. Br, L, D, $$, Late, V, Fam

An Atlanta icon known for its exceptional food and service, Chops consistently ranks as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country. Exquisite seafood flown in fresh daily and the very best USDA prime-aged beef are served with style in the warm ambiance of the dark wood dining room. L, D, $$$, V, Fam

Guests at Corner Café and Buckhead Bread Company enjoy baked-on-site pastries, bread, cookies, and special desserts from the European-style bakery. Enjoy locally roasted Pano’s Reserve blend coffee with your freshly baked goods. The café serves a variety of breakfast, brunch, and lunch selections, including salads, soups, and sandwiches. B, Br, L, $$, O, P, Fam

n Divan Restaurant and Hookah Lounge

n Kyma

n Lips Restaurant Atlanta

n Ocean Prime

Kyma is a contemporary seafood tavern with an inventive and approachable menu that is true to its Mediterranean origins. Kyma’s dazzling constellation display on the deep blue ceiling and white marble columns welcome guests while the inviting patio offers an ideal setting for savoring a glass of Greek wine. D, $$$, O, V

Lips Atlanta is a combination of Glitter, Glitz and Glamour providing an unforgettable interactive Drag Dining experience with a Vegas style show. It is a 7,000 square foot show palace with grandiose style and design, infused with bold drama and decadent glamour setting the Lips experience apart from any other restaurant or entertainment venue in the city. Br, D, $$$, P, V

Ocean Prime is a modern American supper club serving the highest quality seafood, steak, handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines. Genuine hospitality, the freshest catches and prime cuts of beef create an exquisite dining experience. The Blu Lounge features live music and talented bar chefs who create unique cocktails with the freshest ingredients. D, $$$, O, V

3125 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (404)467-4297 Located in the heart of Buckhead, Divan is known for its combination of amazing food, tempting specialty cocktails and an unrivaled hookah experience. The menu features authentic Mediterranean dishes with a Persian flare. Divan’s unique and cozy atmosphere make it perfect for a fun night with friends. D, $$, $$$, O, Late, V

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Handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and delectable desserts are signatures of this chic Italian trattoria. Located on 14th Street at I-75 in the heart of midtown, Veni Vidi Vici is perfect for pre-theater dining or as a place to unwind and enjoy a relaxing meal. L, D, $$, $$$, V, F

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o one is more of a Buckhead encyclopedia than Sam Massell. At 86 years old, the Buckhead Coalition president and former Atlanta mayor has seen our community through good and bad. Today, he remains at her side at the cusp of her coming-out ceremony—the anticipated opening of the Buckhead Atlanta project. Here, the man often referred to as the “honorary mayor of Buckhead” talks about his favorite landmarks and the future of his beloved neighborhood.

When did you move to Buckhead? I’ve only been in Buckhead 61 years, but I’ve been in Atlanta all my life. I moved here when I got married in 1952. Where in Buckhead do you live? I live on Peachtree and my office is on Peachtree and if I could find a burial plot I’d stay here forever, on Peachtree. It’s the address of choice. What’s your favorite place to take out-of-towners in Buckhead? It depends on the profile of the visitor. If they like the outdoors and parks, we have the largest park in the city in Chastain and we have the second largest in Memorial Park. The Atlanta History Center is probably the jewel as far as a brick and mortar establishment and taking people there you can spend a full day very easily. If the person is from the academic world, I wouldn’t think twice before wanting to show them the Atlanta International School because it’s so unusual. I picked a few places just to show the diversification, but if it’s the younger set they are going to want to see LEGOLAND because that is a big operation with a full day of entertainment for children. What is something about Buckhead that most people don’t know? The Buckhead Coalition publishes an annual guidebook in which we list a number of parts of Buckhead’s history that they wouldn’t necessarily know. For instance, the historical cemeteries we have that date back to slave days and are hidden away in various pockets, from two graves in one [cemetery] to almost 1,000 graves in another. There are a number of interesting places. There is a building on Roswell Road called the Cotton Exchange, a little office building of three or four stories. In its beginning it was the home where the Ku Klux Klan made hoods for their members to hide behind, so it’s taken quite a change now, being right in the heart of Buckhead.


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What are some of the biggest changes you’ve witnessed in Buckhead? I think you have to mention the skyline of Buckhead, for which I give developer Charlie Ackerman the most credit because he built Tower Place 100, the 29-story glass building that has the green neon on it at night. It happened that I was mayor at the time he broke ground on it and he asked me then, did I think anybody would be able to top this. The anecdote is that I now have my office in this building. I look out my window and of course everyone has topped it in all directions. The Sovereign building, which is right in front of us, is 50 stories tall, so it gives you an idea of how Buckhead has grown.

the ground that stayed there for longer than we want to count. The public got really upset. They would say, “Why aren’t we doing something with this?” They would fuss at me, “Why is it sitting there?” Of course the developer, OliverMcMillan, bought it and wanted to build. But they had to get money and they can’t get money until they get the tenants, and they can’t get the tenants until they overcome the history of the place that had failed, so it was a long effort on their part. They did it diligently and professionally and now they have it going full speed ahead, with as many as 800 employees there on a given day building and planning and pushing forward this new destination. It will be a happy day indeed when it opens.

Talking about growth, the big project on the horizon is Buckhead Atlanta. What impact do you think it will have on the community? We are very proud to see that come out of the ground and replace the problem area that had evolved from too many nightclubs operating in an uncontrolled manner that had brought fear and filth to our community, which fortunately is behind us. Equally important, of course, is what it has brought in its place, which is a major destination of mixed-use, commercial and residential occupancy … It’ll be a destination where people will come for the day. It won’t be impulse buying. It will be where you come to eat and shop and have lunch and be entertained and stay for the evening, in fact. That adds to what we already have with Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square owned by Simon Properties, which in the case of Lenox has undertaken a major facelift … So we really have three retail destinations and it’s very clear that Buckhead today is the shopping mecca of the Southeast. We’ll never go back to the days of yore, when shopping was done in the central downtown. Downtown has government, downtown has the sports facilities, but Buckhead has the retailing. My wife doesn’t have to go to New York anymore to find the labels she likes; they are right here in Buckhead.

What do you enjoy most about being the honorary mayor of Buckhead? I enjoy Kasim Reed letting me carry that label. When I spoke at his inauguration just a couple of months ago and named him the deputy mayor of Buckhead, he joked and thanked me for giving him that title. It’s give-and-take, I guess.

With Buckhead Atlanta beginning to open in July, how will it feel for you to see that project finally come to fruition? That is going to be a very happy day. The interesting part is the way the community has wrapped their arms around it in ownership. They took great interest in Ben Carter’s original plan, in the demolition of the deteriorated clubs that had occupied the site and the unique innovation that he was proposing of a fancy retail center. Then it became a hole in

With this being our Buckhead Landmarks issue, tell us, what is your favorite local landmark? I favor the Triangle Park at Peachtree, Roswell, Sardis Way and Paces Ferry for several reasons. It’s a five points of Buckhead. Atlanta has a five points downtown, where the city started, and it has another five points in the neighborhood east of downtown, and there is one in Buckhead that is very prominent. I have another reason that it’s the focal point of interest to me. When I was mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Woodruff of Coca-Cola fame anonymously gave me $3 million with which to acquire that triangle and demolish the buildings that were there for this postage-stamp park. Another reason for my interest is that it’s the mythical center of Buckhead’s foundation, where a hunter killed a deer and hung its head as a trophy at about that location in front of what was called Irby’s Tavern. The Irby family owned all the land around the area and it was in fact called Irbyville on the map. People started saying, “I’ll meet you at the buck’s head,” and that is how our community became known as Buckhead. It’s the most popular place, in my opinion, in this community. Where is that iconic buck’s head that was hung on Irby’s Tavern? I heard a rumor that it’s buried under your house. Is that true? [Chuckle] I don’t know if I can admit or deny that. n

“I live on Peachtree and my office is on Peachtree and if I could find a burial plot I’d stay here forever, on Peachtree. It’s the address of choice.” Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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By historic standards, Atlanta is considered a young city. It has long been a location where the spirit of the newest and latest is embraced, creating a vibrancy and energy that few metropolitan areas can claim. And while it is true that some of that vitality has erased parts of the past that should have been treasured, there is still plenty worth preserving and cherishing across the Buckhead landscape. A list of local landmarks can range from locations as different as the classically elegant Swan House at the Atlanta History Center to the contemporary shopping mecca of Phipps Plaza. While there are many sites worthy of the “landmark” title, here are just a few favorites that will



entertain and maybe even amaze in- and out-of-towners with their fascinating back stories. H.M. Cauley   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna & Tyler Welbron

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BUCKHEAD THEATRE 3110 Roswell Road 30305


n 1930, it cost $250,000 to build the SpanishBaroque Buckhead Theatre. Its opulent design was reminiscent, on a smaller scale, of the Fabulous Fox, with an iconic red velvet curtain and detailed moldings throughout. It was home to the Buckhead Symphony Orchestra and various musical acts through the years, even drawing attention by showing the racy Mae West film She Done Him Wrong in 1933. For most of its life, the venue was known as the Buckhead Roxy, an intimate location for concerts and dramatic performances. It holds particularly fond memories for area businessman Charlie Loudermilk. “I was raised on Howell Mill Road and had an uncle who ran a dry cleaning plant across from the theater,” he recalls. “Every Saturday, my cousin and I would go there and sell CocaColas for a nickel, then spend the afternoon at the theater. It showed all the old cowboy movies in between lots of advertisements for the local Buckhead shops. I think a lot of women saw it as a playpen for their children; they’d drop them off at noon and pick them up when it was dark. That was in the late ’30s when it was a real small-town theater.” The theater closed in 2008, and Loudermilk took it over, determined to restore the site to its original splendor. “It was really run down, but nostalgia was my motivation,” he says. “We tore out the walls and flooring and redid it all so now we can seat 900 people. It turned out extremely well and has been well-received by the community. I’m very proud of it.” Since reopening five years ago, the theater has reclaimed its place as a popular destination for plays, revues, private events, conferences and concerts by A-list performers such as the Indigo Girls and Travis Tritt—performances the Theatre’s benefactor attended. n

“Every Saturday, my cousin and I would go there and sell Coca-Colas for a nickel, then spend the afternoon at the theatre.” - Charlie Loudermilk 76 

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GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S MANSION 391 West Paces Ferry Road 30305


esigned by Georgia architect Thomas Bradbury, the Georgia Governor’s Mansion has been the official residence of the state’s top leaders and their families since 1968. The first occupant was Lester Maddox, followed by Jimmy Carter, George Busbee, Joe Frank Harris, Zell Miller, Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue. Nathan Deal, the current governor, and his wife, Sandra, have lived there for three years. “It’s sort of like living in a really nice hotel,” Sandra Deal says. “It’s a treasure that you take good care of because you know it doesn’t belong to you.” The white-columned and red-brick home anchors 18 acres along a busy stretch of West Paces Ferry Road in the heart of Buckhead. Thirty Doric columns line the exterior porches. Inside, it has three stories, a total of 30 rooms and 24,000 square feet. The first floor is used exclusively for entertaining; the private living quarters for the family are on the second floor. A ballroom takes up most of the lower level. Even when governorships change hands, all of the tables, chairs, chests and artworks on the first floor remain in place. The collection was acquired by a fine arts commission established while the mansion was being built, and the Federal Period pieces it assembled to

furnish the rooms are considered museum quality. In addition, the mansion boasts an extensive library of more than 3,600 books that represents the state’s literary lineage. Among the items are works signed by Margaret Mitchell, Joel Chandler Harris, Ferrol Sams and Celestine Sibley. “I have loved learning the history of all the different items in the house,” says Deal, whose favorite antique is a library table with carved salamander legs. “We have some outstanding pieces, many from around 1800 to 1830, even some paintings that date back before the Revolution. I always try to share that with people who come to visit.” Upkeep of the valuable collections and the mansion itself is supported by the Friends of the Mansion, a nonprofit formed in 2004 to accept donations for restoration and preservation. The public is welcome to view the collection at no charge every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Schedule permitting, the current first lady is often on hand to welcome guests. Last year, more than 16,000 people toured the house. It’s a particular favorite around the holidays, when a tree-lighting ceremony on the front lawn kicks off the season, and the house is decked out in seasonal finery. n

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“I had a vision of what it would look like in my mind, but it wasn’t until it started going up that I realized how big it was.” - Pano Karatassos

THE BIG FISH Atlanta Fish Market 265 Pharr Road 30305


t’s impossible to drive down Pharr Road and miss what is considered the largest freestanding fish sculpture in the world. The Atlanta Fish Market is defined by what’s known simply as “The Big Fish,” a piscine goliath soaring nine stories and spreading across 16 feet. The copper-coated steel sculpture, weighing in at 50 tons, is anchored 90 feet below the ground and is capable of sustaining winds up to 200 miles per hour. When it was designed in 1995, the cost was $500,000; to replace it today would cost as much as $2 million. The design was the brainchild of Georgia artist Martin Dawe and Pano Karatassos, founder of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group that owns the Fish Market. Karatassos, who has a background in sculpture but never worked in the medium professionally, wanted something spectacular to grace the entrance and went through 20 designs before settling on the final creation, a cross between a salmon and a trout. “I had a vision of what it would look like in my mind, but it wasn’t until it started going up that I realized how big it was,” Karatassos says. “Where would I be without the Big Fish? When it originally went up, it was one of the tallest objects on the Buckhead skyline. Now there are so many tall buildings, I don’t think people would be able to find the Fish Market without it.” Some of those higher structures are apartments and condos along Pharr Road. “I wonder if they pay a premium for a ‘fish view,’” Karatassos jokes. n


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THE BUCK STORYTELLER Charlie Loudermilk Park, Peachtree and Roswell Road 30305


he triangle formed where Peachtree, Roswell and Paces Ferry roads conjoin is a pocket park of greenery in the heart of Buckhead. At its center is The Storyteller, a bronze sculpture depicting a man with a buck’s head seated on a log and surrounded by several small creatures. Designed by Alabama artist Frank Fleming, the artwork was commissioned by the Buckhead Coalition, headed by former Mayor Sam Massell. It was moved into the park in 1998. “The Coalition invested more than $200,000 getting the sculpture done,” Massell recalls. “And it’s been tremendously well-received. We see people photographing it all the time.” The statue represents a storyteller relating the origins of Buckhead to a small gathering of woodland animals. “That park is in the area where it all began,” Massell says. “It’s where the Irby family had a general store and tavern where someone hung a buck’s head as a landmark.” The history of the area goes back to the late 1830s, when Henry Irby bought the land that is now Buckhead. He erected a general store and tavern near the present triangle park, and the gathering place was identified by the head of a large buck that Irby mounted over the door. At one time, the area was known as Irbyville in honor of the family. By the 1890s, it was called Atlanta Heights; it wasn’t until the 1920s that the name “Buckhead” caught on. Today, visitors to the area can point to The Storyteller as a reminder of that original buck head. Coalition member Julian LeCraw remembers more than 25 years ago, when the triangle was not a park but a collection of shops and restaurants. “There were several of them there,” he says, “but Mr. Robert Woodruff of Coca-Cola bought them and gave the land to the city, and the city looks to the Coalition to take care of it.” The park is about to undergo a major renovation, according to Jim Durrett, director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. The entire area will be refurbished with new landscaping, a piece of outdoor artwork, a clock tower and a statue of Charlie Loudermilk, the park’s namesake. The Buck statue will be repositioned under an old sugar maple. “It’s still a healthy, attractive tree, so that’s the only one that will remain,” Durrett says. “And the statue will fit nicely under it.”. n

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JESUS JUNCTION CHURCHES Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church 2715 Peachtree Road 30305 Cathedral of Christ the King 2699 Peachtree Road 30305 Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip 2744 Peachtree Road 30305

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Samuel Candler, The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip’s current dean, is known for turning the stretch of Peachtree Road in front of the church into “holy hill” every Fourth of July. 80 

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ong called “Jesus Junction” by Buckhead insiders, the convergence of Peachtree, East/West Wesley roads and Andrews Drive is anchored by three of the city’s prominent religious congregations. The merger of two Baptist churches created Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist. During the Depression, both Second Baptist downtown and Ponce de Leon Avenue Baptist in Midtown were struggling. The decision to join forces was made in 1932. The Ponce de Leon congregation had already purchased the property at the corner of East Wesley and Peachtree in 1929, and the first two floors of the sanctuary building were in place by 1930. The completed church was dedicated seven years later. Members of Catholic Christ the King parish purchased four acres of the land at its current location for $35,000 and built a French Gothic church with seating for 700 that opened in 1936. The building’s cornerstone was laid and the school building completed a year later. Also in 1937, the Diocese of Savannah became the Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta, and the church was named a co-cathedral with another in Savannah. In 1956 the Diocese of Atlanta was formed and the church became its official seat, earning the name cathedral. The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip started as a church near the state capitol in 1846. Within 30 years, it was the largest Episcopal church in the state. But by 1933, most of the members had left the downtown district, and the decision was made to move to a modest structure dubbed “the little gray church” on its present location on a rise overlooking Peachtree Road. The church’s Mikell Chapel was completed in 1947. Offices for the church and the Episcopal diocese were built in 1951, and the parish hall followed four years later. The current edifice, replacing the gray church, was opened in 1962. Samuel Candler, the cathedral’s current dean, has been at the helm of the congregation for 15 years and is known for turning the stretch of Peachtree Road in front of the church into “holy hill” every Fourth of July, when runners in the Peachtree Road Race hurtle past the front door. A runner who has never done the Peachtree, Candler got the idea to sprinkle the runners with holy water when the race fell on a Sunday. “Instead of cursing the runners and the commotion, we gave them a sprinkle of holy water and a blessing,” Candler says with a laugh. “We decided to embrace the day. We’ve done it every year since, whether the race is on a Sunday or not.” n

OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY 4484 Peachtree Road 30319


ounded in 1835 near the then-state capital of Milledgeville, Oglethorpe University began as a seminary to train Presbyterian ministers, making it one of the first religiously affiliated schools in the South. The Civil War put an end to operations, but the school re-opened in 1870, this time in downtown Atlanta near the present-day City Hall. The college was rechartered in 1913, and the cornerstone laid on its present Brookhaven site two years later. By the 1920s, the religious connection had been dropped. Today, Oglethorpe is a liberal arts and sciences school with 1,100 students. The campus’s distinctive Gothic Revival stone buildings were designed to replicate the Oxford University alma mater of the college’s namesake, James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia. (The school’s mascot, a seabird called a Stormy Petrel, is also believed to have been inspired by Oglethorpe’s shipboard time while en route to Georgia from England.) The entire campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original 600 acres, once owned by famed publisher William Randolph Hearst, were subdivided through the years and now tally close to 100. Among its most notable features are a 42-bell carillon—the only cast bronze bell carillon in Georgia— and the “Crypt of Civilization,” a room-sized time capsule sealed in the basement of Hearst Hall that won’t be opened until 8113. When the crypt was sealed in 1940, it included 200 books of fiction, photos that trace U.S. history from 1840 to 1940, recordings of important radio speeches and newsreels, and models of flowers, plants, fruits and trees. Oglethorpe’s architecture and bells were among the reasons Lawrence Schall took the job as the university’s 16th president in 2005. “On my first visit nine years ago, I was struck by the beauty of the campus—collegiate, Gothic buildings surrounding a classical academic quadrangle,” he says. “But what hooked me were the bells, the same Westminster chimes that graced my undergraduate institution, Swarthmore College. When I heard those bells, I knew I was home.” n

“I was struck by the beauty of the campus ... When I heard those bells, I knew I was home.” - Lawrence Schall March/April 2014 | Simply Buckhead 



CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATER 4469 Stella Drive 30342 Photo: Jeff Roffman

“The concert experience at Chastain Park Amphitheater is one of Atlanta’s most unique and memorable summer traditions.” - Jere Flint

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fficially dubbed the Delta Classic Chastain Amphitheater, this outdoor musical venue has long been a favorite spot for star-gazing and picnicking in high style. It was built in 1944 in the 268-acre Chastain Park, one of the city’s biggest green spaces. Originally, the park was dubbed North Fulton Park, but in 1945, it was officially named the Chastain Memorial Park with the Chastain Amphitheater in honor of the park’s supervisor of buildings, Troy Chastain, who died that year. For years, it was the Atlanta home stage of the Theater Under the Stars, the company that brought Broadway shows and major acts to town. (When that group moved to the Civic Center, it changed its name to Theater of the Stars, which ceased operations last year.) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra made its Chastain debut in 1973 and has been in residence ever since. From April through October, the orchestra shares the stage with the local promotions firm Live

Nation that books headliners such as Stevie Wonder, Harry Connick Jr., Etta James and Lyle Lovett. But the stars aren’t the only attraction: Dining in style at one of the reserved tables is an Atlanta tradition. Guests have been known to bring white tablecloths, candelabras, crystal, elegant dishes and fine wine to enjoy while the music plays. The amphitheater also has the reputation as a sometimes rowdy venue, where the chatter of patrons can often be louder than the performance on stage. But more often than not, it’s a unique experience, says Jere Flint, ASO cellist and staff conductor. “The concert experience at Chastain Park Amphitheater is one of Atlanta’s most unique and memorable summer traditions,” he says. “It’s the perfect setting for romantic date nights, relaxed family gatherings or simply good times with friends. And the sight from the stage of all the beautifully lit candles in the night is the one thing all the artists comment on.” n

Left: Looking good in middle age, the 55-year-old Lenox Square has been renovated with a swanky new entrance and a number of new stores, including Sprinkles Cupcakes. Below: Originally an outdoor shopping venue, Lenox started out with a grocery story and two anchor retailers.

SHOPPING LANDMARKS Buckhead shopping, with a past and a future


hen it comes to shopping, Buckhead boasts the best destinations in the city. One of them is already a landmark: Lenox Square put its mark on the city’s shopping scene 55 years ago when it debuted as an open-air center anchored by Rich’s and Davison’s, the area’s two leading department stores. In the mix were another 60 shops and the Colonial Store grocery. In the intervening years, Lenox morphed into the 1.5 million-square-foot indoor mecca it is today—one of the Southeast’s largest shopping centers with more than 250 stores. Under its roof are many shops unique to the region (think Nike and Diesel), as well as designer boutiques such as Prada, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Bulgari. Even locals who aren’t fashionistas head to

Lenox for the annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza and the lighting of the Macy’s Christmas tree. Its latest renovation, begun in January 2013, is set to finish this summer with the addition of a flashy new entrance as well as traffic and landscape improvements. The project has brought several new stores as well, including UGG Australia and Sprinkles Cupcakes. Not far from Lenox, another shopping landmark is in the works. The Buckhead Atlanta project broke ground in 2006, but hampered by the economic turndown, it changed hands in 2011. San Diegobased developer OliverMcMillan took over construction and has been hard at work putting the project back on track to create one of the city’s premier retail neighbor-

hoods. Spread out along six city blocks off Peachtree Road, the district is expected to begin opening in July. Once complete it will include more than 100,000 square feet of office space, 370 apartments and 300,000 square feet of retail space. Among the most famous names already signed on to have shops there are Hermès, luxury Italian cashmere maker Brunello Cucinelli and the homegrown Spanx. Hunter Richardson, OliverMcMillan’s managing director of development, says the company revamped the original design to make it more pedestrian-friendly. “It now allows better pedestrian connectivity to Peachtree Road,” he says. “That was very much a priority. A lot of what we do is geared toward the customer and pedestrian experience.” n

Below: Does that crane look familiar? It’s been a fixture of the shopping district project at Paces Ferry and Peachtree Street for seven years. Now finally nearing completion, the Buckhead Atlanta complex promises an array of upscale shops, boutiques and restaurants set in a pedestrian-friendly environment.

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Racers vie for first place during the 2012 Lauren’s Run.


Ready to Run! Get swimsuit-ready with a Buckhead-based road race Pound the Pavement for Peter March 29

Run in memory of Peter Hopkins, who lost his life to Peroxisomal Disorder, in this charitydriven 5K benefiting the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders and the Adaptive Learning Center. The race winds through the scenic Brookhaven, with the start and finish centered at Capital City Club. Strollers are welcome, but leave pets at home. The race begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $30 in advance, $35 March 15 or after. Family and corporate sponsorships also available.

Miles for Smiles 5K

20th Annual Lauren’s Run

March 29

April 27

Support the children’s programming at Trinity Early Learning Center—a nonprofit National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)-accredited early childhood development program—when you tie up your laces for this 11th annual run/walk presented by King’s Hawaiian and Two Rivers. Run through a few of Buckhead’s most beautiful streets, including Howell Mill, Northside Drive and Atlanta Memorial Park. The start and finish are both at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Get the whole family involved and take advantage of the 1K Fun Run and Tot Trot too. The 5K begins at 8 a.m.; the Fun Run at 9 a.m. and the Tot Trot at 9:15 a.m. Race fee for the 5K run/walk is $25 before race day, $30 the day of the race. The 1K Fun Run and Tot Trot is $10 before race day and $15 the day of the race. Proceeds benefit Trinity Early Learning Center’s Tuition Scholarship Fund.

Since it was founded more than 20 years ago in memory of cancer victim Lauren Zagoria, Lauren’s Run has raised more than $3 million for CURE Childhood Cancer. Today, the run continues in honor of Zagoria as well as Lauren Kochman, who also lost her life to the disease. Tackling a 10K, 5K, 2K or Tot Trot, participants meander through Sandy Springs’ leafy streets—beginning and ending at Concourse Office Park—then finish with the CURE Annual Picnic (hosted on-site at the Concourse Office Park). The 5K and 10K begin at 8 a.m., the 2K fun run/walk begins at 9:45 a.m. and the picnic begins at 10:45 a.m. Race fees for the adult 2K and 5K are $25 online and $35 the day of the race. The adult 10K is $30 online and $40 the day of the race. Children’s registration (ages 12 and under) is $20 for all races.

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Events, exhibits, galas and more 

View the sleek vignettes and leave inspired by the designs at ADAC: Behind the Windows.

n ADAC: Behind the Windows Through March 31 351 Peachtree Hills Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.231.1720 Turbocharge your spring cleaning—and reimagining—after viewing the gorgeously arranged home décor vignettes at ADAC: Behind the Windows. Utilizing pieces unique to ADAC, nine design firms (including Buckhead design wunderkinds Traci Rhoads Interiors, Judy Bentley Interior Views, Melanie Turner Interiors and Carter Kay Interiors) pieced together these visually arresting displays to create highly enviable, livable spaces. While you’re in the midst of design heaven, stop by Studio 502A for ADAC: The Experience. Envisioned by Stan Topol & Associates, visitors can touch and buy the unique home goods and furnishings highlighted in the showroom. Both events are free and open to the public during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

n Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps March 19-June 17 Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.814.4000 Go back in time as you relive 18th century explorers John and William Bartram’s adventures through the eastern wilderness of the American colonies in this traveling art exhibition.


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Botanical illustrations at the Atlanta History Center’s Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps exhibit includes this “Ingrid Finnan Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud Branch.”

A collaboration between the American Society of Botanical Artists and Bartram’s Garden, the exhibit showcases scores of modern botanical drawings and artworks inspired by those plants discovered by the Bartram family. In conjunction, peruse holdings from the Cherokee Garden Library, explore an on-site garden display, and view Atlanta History Center collections including rare maps of the Southeast, artifacts of Native American culture and historic books. The exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission ($11 for children under 12; $13 for students 13-18 and seniors 65+; $16.50 for adults).

n NBAF Fine Art + Fashion Show March 20 Neiman Marcus 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.730.6369 Relish a score of Atlanta’s artists and fashion designers as they converge at Lenox Square’s Neiman Marcus in celebration of the 25th annual National Black Arts Festival (NBAF). Note who is wearing what and chat with droves of the city’s most interesting—and accomplished—arts advocates while you watch Neiman Marcus’ premier fashions make their way down the catwalk. The evening includes a cocktail hour, an awards presentation recognizing burgeoning designers of African descent, a fashion show and light bites. Monies benefit the NBAF’s public, education and arts funding. Tickets begin

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n The Junior League of Atlanta Tour of Kitchens and Toast of the Tour March 20; March 29-30 The Junior League of Atlanta 3154 Northside Parkway N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.261.7799; Start this home design event with the official Toast of the Tour at PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Showroom on Thursday, March 20, where you’ll mingle with more than 600 fellow patrons and designers; watch Olivier Gaupin, executive chef of eleven at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, perform a chef demonstration (exclusive to host-level benefactors); catch a drink demo; nosh on desserts; place bids on silent auction items including staycations to the Mandarin Oriental in Buckhead and at the Loews Atlanta Hotel; and kick back in the Gentlemen’s Lounge for cigar rolling. The following week, join more than 1,000 designminded Atlantans for the Tour of Kitchens as you wander through 14 enviable dwellings—including several in Buckhead. A smattering of the area’s leading chefs (including Chef Paul Albrecht from Paul’s and Chef Linton Hopkins from Restaurant Eugene) will demonstrate each kitchen’s fabulous features while you snack on their gourmet offerings. Included in the lineup is Chef Ed Harris, Season 4 Winner of The Deadfields Chopped on The Food Network,

Enter stunning kitchens like this one, designed by Rose Hall Kitchen Galleria, at the Junior League of Atlanta Tour of Kitchens. Photo: Galina Coada

who will create child-friendly, healthy eats. Toast of the Tour tickets are $75; 2014 Tour of Kitchens general admission tickets are $35; and host committee packages (which include two tickets to both events, entry to the Olivier Gaupin cooking demo and much more) begin at $250. All can be purchased online at

n Mike Birbiglia “Thank God for Jokes” Tour March 28 The Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta 30305 404.843.2825 See National Public Radio and Comedy Central phenom Mike Birbiglia do his stand-up routine during the Atlanta leg of his 100-city tour. The instantly likeable performer thrives at sprinkling hilarity into the happenings of everyday life—particularly as they apply to love and his trajectory as a comedian. His meandering and outrageously funny stories about his battles with sleep-walking made him a fan favorite on The Moth radio show and sparked the idea for his NEXT Audience Award-winning film, Sleepwalk with Me. You may also recognize him from film roles in Going the Distance, Cedar Rapids and Your Sister’s Sister, and on the HBO show Girls. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $35 and can be purchased online at

n Peachtree Road Farmers Market April 5 Cathedral of St. Philip 2744 Peachtree Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.365.1078 www.peachtreeroad Usher in spring when the free Peachtree Road Farmers Market reopens for its eighth season. Chat with neighbors, catch chef demos and admire the goods on display from a host of local farmers, artisans and purveyors—such as gourmet foodstuffs from Souper Jenny, Phickles, The Spotted Trotter and King of Pops—from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Alfresco dinner party afterward? Don’t mind if we do!

n Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Festival April 26 Heritage Sandy Springs 6110 Bluestone Road Sandy Springs 30328 404.851.9111 Sip your way through the lineup of more than 70 brews (including several from your fave local low-batch microbreweries) on the bucolic green at Heritage Sandy Springs. In between tastings, enjoy live music, food and field-side frolicking. Park at designated spots on Sandy Springs Place and in the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center lot. Proceeds benefit the programming at Heritage Sandy Springs. Tickets are $30 purchased online in advance at and $40 at the door. The event is from 2 to 6 p.m.


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dorned in red and gold lanterns, ornate candles and traditional Chinese decorations, the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta ushered in the Year of the Horse in grand style. More than 200 guests arriving to celebrate the Chinese New Year were greeted at the hotel’s entrance by a live horse from nearby Chastain Horse Park. The hotel also donated a portion of the event ticket sales to Chastain Horse Park Therapeutic and Outreach Programs. Throughout the evening partygoers enjoyed live music and traditional Chinese calligraphy along with an enticing menu of Chinese delicacies—from Peking duck and lo mein to a sampling of dumplings. At night’s end, all guests went home with a red envelope filled with tokens offering wishes of good health and good fortune. Looks like the Year of the Horse is going to be a good one for Simply Buckhead writer Jennifer Bradley Franklin, who took home the raffle grand prize: a trip to Hong Kong, including business class airfare on Cathay Pacific Airways and a threenight stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Now that is luck!  n

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A traditional Chinese fan dance was part of the evening festivities

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CABBAGE PATCH COUPLE Two dolls created in the likeness of Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal, including what they were wearing on 2010 election night, sit at the head of the dining table in the Governor’s Mansion. PHOTO: Sara


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