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An international couple renovates a Buckhead cottage just in time for a new arrival











The perfect harmony of sport and Mother Nature

Photo: Sara Hanna Photography


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A trip to Maui is a return down memory lane

Former Chamber leader takes corporate leadership to town


THE ESSENCE OF THE MIDEAST Homestyle Iraqi cooking makes Atlanta debut


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Jim Farmer is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. He has lived in Atlanta for almost 20 years and writes about arts and entertainment for publications around the city, such as the Georgia Voice, ArtsATL, Living Intown Magazine and more. An avid tennis player, theatergoer and movie geek, Jim also serves as the festival director of Out On Film, Atlanta’s gay and lesbian film festival. He lives with his partner, Craig, in Avondale Estates. As Simply Buckhead’s “On Stage” feature writer, Jim interviews some of the city’s most interesting performing arts and media personalities. In this issue, he used his stellar interview skills on the cover feature’s “Golden Years Go-Getters.”

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he older I get, the more I realize how fast the years go by.



Sometimes I wonder if I’ll all the items off my (very long) bucket list—there are so many places to visit, hobbies to pick up and writing projects to complete. But after reading this issue, I’m encouraged to know that tackling my dreams long into my golden years is absolutely possible. When I reach that chapter of my life, I hope to be as active and enthusiastic about life as our cover feature “go-getters.”

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All over the age of 60, these Buckhead-area residents have built careers, survived difficult circumstances and raised families. Today, they continue to do what they love, be it running their own companies, volunteering or playing sports. John Franciscus, one of the only master engravers in the Southeast, continues working at his unique trade and finds time (and energy) to play soccer in a 50-plus league. Ninety-four-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Friedlander hasn’t let the fact

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that she is nearly blind stop her from volunteering with the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum and writing a memoir. NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, journalist John Schaffner, ex-Coca-Cola exec Charlene Crusoe-Ingram and sportsman Bernie Mullin all run their own businesses and have no plans to retire—and as our writer Jim Farmer notes, don’t even mention the R word around them. These “Golden Years Go-Getters” are by no means the stereotypical image of a senior citizen, and that is what makes them great. They inspire all of us to carry on pursuing our aspirations regardless of that pesky number we call age. To them, it truly is just a number. In fact, they just inspired me to add a few more items to my miles-long bucket list.

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CORRECTION: In our May issue cover story, we mistakenly stated that Beaman Antiques is located in the Bennett Street Antiques District. The shop moved to a different location at 4880 South Atlanta Road in Smyrna.

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Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters.


To be sure, we’re proud of our 27 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience The Piedmont for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.448.1921 to schedule.

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HEADS-UP Join us in June for ten days of fantastic fun, food and festivities to commemorate the famous 1970 tightrope walk across Talullah Gorge by Karl Wallenda. A perfect time to enjoy the beauty of Georgia’s mountain country and the cool, fresh waters of its lakes, streams and waterfalls and to sample the fabulous food of the official Farm-To-Table Capital of Georgia.

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Nik Wallenda, Karl’s grandson, will be joining us in the festivities but will keep his feet on the ground and sign copies of his new book “Balance.”

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Above: Artifacts in the exhibit include weapons and letters from soldiers camped in Sandy Springs.

Right: Maps of Civil War troop movements guide visitors through the exhibit.

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n July 8, 1864, Union troops crossed the Chattahoochee River at Sope Creek (also known as Heards Creek) and invaded Sandy Springs, occupying what was then a small farming community, for five days. The Heritage Sandy Springs Museum’s latest exhibit, The Civil War in Sandy Springs, displays artifacts and letters from that time, detailing the lives of those who lived through the occupation. The exhibit has been extended through Aug. 1, due to popular demand, and admission is free, compliments of the Frances and Beverly Dubose Foundation. The museum staged the exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and since the exhibit

opened on April 1, 2014, approximately 11,000 visitors have passed through the space because of its incredible stories. Visitors to the museum will be able to view artifacts from the war that were found in Sandy Springs, such as a mysterious rifle that might have belonged to a Union or Confederate soldier, a “housewife” sewing kit and the previously unpublished letters of Nellie Jett, a young woman who was one of 1,000 residents in Sandy Springs at the time of the invasion. As a wife and mother whose husband left to fight, Jett witnessed between 60,000 and 80,000 soldiers enter the area on their way to Atlanta. “The actual letters are displayed on large panels and you can read them

for yourself, which really puts you in the position to understand this mother who was just left behind for several years when her husband went off to fight this terrible war,” says Carol Thompson, executive director of Heritage Sandy Springs, the organization that curates the museum. “That’s what was left of Sandy Springs: the women, the children and the elderly who were not fit to fight. Life as they knew it just completely changed.” According to Melissa Swindell, director of historic resources and education programs for Heritage Sandy Springs, several sites the troops occupied are part of the main fabric of the community today, as the Union troops established camps

in what is now the River Chase neighborhood, Heards Cemetery on Heards Drive and the hill at the end of Edgewater Drive. They also used the area that is now the Huntcliff Equestrian Center as a staging area for the battles of Peachtree Creek and Atlanta. – Jamie Hausman

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A pair of orange McLarens and a black BMW i8 exemplify the exotic vehicles stopping traffic at the monthly Caffeine & Exotics car show.


THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS ON VIEW IN YOUR BACKYARD Lamborghinis and Ferraris and Maseratis— Oh, my! These are just some of the eyepopping vehicles you’ll see on display at the exhilarating Caffeine & Exotics car show held the third Sunday of each month in the parking lot of Lenox Square mall. Wander in and you can ogle some 200 top-of-the-line, tricked-out Aston Martins, BMWs, Bentleys

and more from private owners from metro Atlanta and all over the Southeast wanting to show off their sweet rides. Bruce Piefke, the CEO of High Octane Events, which organizes the show, defines an “exotic” as “a production car produced in limited quantity that incorporates state-of-the-art materials, design and engineering for its era,” and

notes that the value of the vehicles in the show is generally $100,000 to $500,000 each. “We had a Porsche 918 in the event recently with a sticker price of $1 million,” he says. Being able to peek inside and under the hood of more than $35 million worth of rare and exotic autos is bound to make a car lover out of anyone. – Jill Becker

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FATHER’S DAY SUPERDAD 5K Honor thy father, and work up a good sweat, during the first annual Father’s Day Superdad 5K.


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June 1-30 Course of your choice

Has your dad always been your hero? Then lace up your running shoes because it’s time for the first annual Father’s Day Superdad 5K. The event is organized by an online community of runners called Moon Joggers, so you’ll be joining people from around the world as they race to honor all the special dads out there. Unlike most races, this event lets you pick your own course, so you can sprint through Memorial Park in Buckhead or around Brookhaven’s Capital City Club—wher-

ever else you want, as long as it adds up to 5K (3.1 miles). And even though Father’s Day is June 21, you just have to finish the race sometime between June 1 and 30. When you do, you simply go online, post your time, and you’ll receive two medals and two decals (one for you and one for your pops) acknowledging your participation. Registration is $29.48, a portion of which goes to a charity called Soles4Souls, which provides new and used shoes to the needy. – Jill Becker




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Surrounded by a Who’s Who list of Atlantans, Charlie Loudermilk cuts the ribbon to open the park named in his honor.

Bells for Buckhead A pocket park’s clock chimes a welcome At 87, Sandy Springs resident Charlie Loudermilk is an Atlanta treasure. After borrowing $500 in 1955, he founded the Aaron’s rent-to-own furniture chain and built it into a $2 billion nationwide chain of 1,985 stores. But what really gives him “treasure” status is that along his road to success, he donated millions to various nonprofits in Atlanta and worked tirelessly to revitalize the Buckhead community and the city. To honor his years of service, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), in partnership with the City of Atlanta and Livable Buckhead, celebrated the reopening of the Charlie Loudermilk Park at the triangle where Peachtree Road, Roswell Road and Sardis Way intersect. “I’ve always felt that Buckhead needed an identifying object, and I’m very honored that the park was named for me,” Loudermilk says. “As an alumnus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, I always admired the Morehead-Patter-

son clock tower and felt that a replica would be the perfect landmark.” Loudermilk got his wish. A smaller version of the famous UNC clock tower stands at the northern end, and a water feature on the Peachtree side provides ambient noise to mask the sounds of traffic. “We hope the combination of hardscapes and landscape, tables and benches will help knit together the public and private sectors and become a gathering place,” says Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. Dignitaries who attended the rededication of the park included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the City Council, as well as iconic builder John Portman, community leaders and Loudermilk’s family. l To provide input on the sound/ times of the chimes, “like” Buckhead Community Improvement District on Facebook.

Mary Katherine Colbath, Pine Tree Garden Club president, and resident Dossie Gates plant flowers at the entrance of A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab.

Digging in the Dirt Horticulture is oldest prescribed therapy Mary Katherine Colbath, Pine Tree Garden Club president, loves to get down and dirty in the garden. So do the 22 members of the Buckhead group who have been helping beautify senior residences since 1998. “We work under the guidance of Kirk Hines, a registered horticultural therapist, at A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehabilitation Centers,” Colbath says. “He designs the gardens and we donate funds to purchase the plants and assist residents as they plant the raised beds and pots at the entry.” According to Hines, one of only three registered horticultural therapists practicing in the Atlanta metro area, garden therapy is beneficial for both long- and short-term residents. “In addition to helping with mobility, working in the garden also alleviates depression, stimulates the

senses and encourages sociability.” There is even a wheelchairaccessible greenhouse at A.G. Rhodes on the Wesley Woods campus for year-round use. The husbands of Pine Tree members have gotten in on the action by building raised beds to make gardening more manageable for residents in wheelchairs and for those with mobility issues. Members assist in the planting at least twice a year and help maintain the Rhodes’ garden throughout the year.  “Beautifying the space is very rewarding for members and pleasing to visitors,” says past president Frances St. John Childs. “We also enjoy interacting with the residents and have come to know some of them very well.” l For more information, visit

Following a Family Tradition Three generations volunteer at the Center for the Visually Impaired Kelly Garges of Buckhead is not just a figurehead on the board of the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI); he’s very hands-on, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, H. Kelly, who was one of the organization’s founders, and his father, Douglas, who serves on the trustee board. “The CVI is a Garges family tradition,” says Kelly Garges, a producer at Johnson & Bryan Risk Management and Insurance Brokerage Services. “I especially enjoy working with school kids in the ‘STARS’ program, like Julius Lindsey, whom I took

striper fishing on the Chattahoochee River. The minute I met him, I knew he was special,” he says. “Julius is one of 100 children age 5 to 21 with vision impairment served by CVI’s ‘STARS’ program—the only non-residential program for schoolaged kids in Georgia,” explains Helene Erenberg, senior director of development at CVI. “Ninety-five percent complete high school.” Year-round services teach people of all ages and degrees of vision loss—from newborns to seniors (and their caregivers)—how to navigate

a sighted world. Each year, the True Blue Do special event raises funds to support vital programs for approximately 5,000 clients annually. This year’s fundraiser took place on May 14 at the Buckhead Theatre. For the second consecutive year, Garges served on the planning committee, following in the footsteps of his parents. All proceeds benefitted CVI, the largest organization of its kind in Georgia serving people of all ages.

Center for Visually Impaired board member Kelly Garges and Julius Lindsey show off their fishing prowess.

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Above: The patio of Ocean Lounge at the Sea Pines Beach Club offers a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Left: The newly opened Harbour Town Clubhouse is home to Links American Grill and the Hall of Champions, which features paintings of every RBC Heritage winner since the tournament’s inception.

Lowcountry links The perfect harmony of sport and Mother Nature


nce you enter the gates of The Sea Pines Resort, the private community created on 8 square miles of Hilton Head Island by Charles Fraser 50-plus years ago, you’ll never need to leave. This resort has it all—gorgeous accommodations, outdoor activities on land and sea, dining, shopping and more. Thanks to multi-million-dollar renovations over the past 3 years (and more to come) visitors can enjoy the natural resources of the area with modern, updated amenities. Upon arrival, I lunched on the patio of the brand-new Plantation Golf Club, at Live Oak bar and grill, featuring Lowcountry-inspired cuisine. The chicken gumbo was outstanding (and appears as a signature dish at several of the resort’s dining areas). After lunch, I headed to Lawton Stables and jumped on a horse for a one-hour trail ride through the scenic 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve, filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds (recognized as a noteworthy sanctuary by the Audubon Society). Lawton Stables also offers a petting zoo, Wish Upon a Horse therapeutic riding program and Junior Riding Academy. Next on my agenda was a lesson at legendary tennis player Stan Smith’s state-ofthe-art facility, The Sea Pines Racquet Club. Smith, a U.S. Open and Wimbledon champi-


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on, member of seven winning U.S. Davis Cup teams, and former U.S. Olympic men’s tennis coach, has created the No. 1 Tennis Program in the country, ranked by Tennis Magazine. With the tennis gene in my blood (my dad was Rhode Island and New England champion in the 1950s and 1960s), I was put through the paces on one of the facility’s 21 clay courts by the school’s director, Job, who helped me with my footwork, forehand and backhand strokes. Exhausted yet exhilarated, I retreated to my luxurious room at the Four-Diamond rated Inn at Harbour Town. The Inn is just one accommodation option here, as the resort manages more than 400 private homes and villas available for rental. For the evening, I headed over to the brand-new, two-story, 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club for a cocktail at Ocean Lounge, the second-floor bar and lounge with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Beach Club also features an event space, the Atlantic Room; oceanfront beach bar; surf shop; and Surfside Market, offering freshly made salads, sandwiches and snacks for beachgoers. I went downstairs to Coast for dinner and ordered black-eyed pea hummus with lavash and carrot sticks, followed by blackened swordfish with mango salsa— a perfect seaside meal.

Above: The gorgeous lobby of the Inn at Harbour Town, a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.

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The next morning I feasted on a hearty breakfast at Live Oak at Plantation Golf Club before taking a golf lesson on chip shots at the Golf Learning Center. PGA Master Professional in Instruction Tim Cooke, named one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers, suggested a grip change for me. This made a huge difference in my game that afternoon at Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the annual RBC Heritage tournament and a course PGA tour professionals have called their second favorite (to Augusta National) for its target-conscious narrow fairways. The Spanish moss-covered live oak trees, magnolias, palmetto palms and lagoons, along with glimpses of alligators, turtles, herons and egrets, provide a dramatic backdrop, eclipsed only by the final two holes with their sweeping views of Calibogue Sound, surrounded by wetlands and marsh grasses. The round finishes with a view of the redand-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse. Later, I boarded the Mystique for a sunset cruise featuring special guest Stan Smith and his wife, Margie. I took the opportunity to have him sign one of his sneakers for my dad, before I headed to dinner at Links, an American Grill, at the newly opened Harbour Town Clubhouse. A spring salad followed by perfectly cooked cedar-planked salmon, finished off with a scoop of mango sorbet for dessert,

Left: The Highlander Suite at The Inn at Harbour Town. Below: The iconic red-andwhite-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse is the backdrop of the final approach at Harbour Town Golf Links’ 18th hole.

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Left: Legendary tennis player Stan Smith graciously signed his tennis shoe for the author to present to her father as a gift. Below: An alligator sunning himself by a pond was just one of several wildlife sightings during a round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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was a well-deserved end to an active day. I retired for a good night’s sleep before my journey home the next morning. Perfect for a family vacation, romantic long weekend, or corporate meetings and events, the activities at The Sea Pines Resort are endless. Although golf is the focal point (there are two other courses I didn’t get to experience: Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course), there’s also sea kayaking with dolphins, jet-skiing, fishing, paddleboarding, yachting, beach yoga, tennis, biking, walking, swimming, horseback riding, shopping and dining, as well as a multitude of festivals, music and arts and crafts events throughout the year. This summer is a great time to see what you’ve been missing, just a four-anda-half-hour drive from Buckhead. What are you waiting for? n

Baci by Café at Pharr • Bua Thai and Sushi • The Flying Biscuit Café Lucky’s Burger & Brew • Marble Slab Creamery • Moe’s Southwest Grill Newk’s Express Café • Noche • Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub • Olive Bistro Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar • Smash Kitchen & Bar There Restaurant and Bar • Which Wich? • Yogurtland


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TR AV E L FA R Left: Sunset from the deck of Kimo’s restaurant in Lahaina. Below: Stunning coastal views abound at every turn of the “Valley Isle.”


homecoming A trip to Maui is a return down memory lane


moved to Maui when I was 9 years old and left when I was 13. Since then, I’ve always had a place in my heart for this enchanting, down-to-earth locale. As the phrase “Maui no ka oi” goes, this island truly is “the best.” I longed to go back and visit the “Valley Isle” so many times, but something always kept me from hopping on a plane for a cross-country trip—school, finances, work, you name it. But, 16 years after saying goodbye to the second-largest Hawaiian island, I gathered up the family (mom, stepdad, two brothers and spouses) for a visit to our former home. Our headquarters during our weeklong visit was a plantation-style home rental called Lilikoi Lani—“Passion Fruit Heaven”—bordering the towns of Haiku and Makawao, not far from our previous residence in upcountry Pukalani. As we drove away from the airport, seven people jam-packed in a minivan, we noticed the downtown development that had occurred during our absence, but could still see the Maui we knew and loved through the increased traffic. Our drive toward our vacation abode took us past beaches and on winding roads where my brothers and I excitedly pointed out familiar hangouts, friends’ homes and roadside stands from our childhood. Although our fuzzy memory took us on a few wrong turns, we finally found our destination hidden behind a veil of lush vegetation. Past the gate and on to a gravel road was the five-bedroom, three-bathroom retreat surrounded by tropical gardens.


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From banana, guava and the namesake lilikoi (yellow passion fruit) trees to a mélange of orchids and tropical flowers, the two-acre property was bursting with plant life. There was also an on-site organic vegetable and herb garden and a chicken coop. As I walked up to the front door, I was tempted to park on one of the rocking chairs on the huge wraparound lanai and sleep away my jet lag. Stepping through the screened door, I was not disappointed. The 3,700-square-foot residence was built to look like an elegant Hawaiian plantation home. Hardwood floors and dark wood furnishings mixed with vibrant pops of color from bright-hued pillows and Hawaiian-inspired décor. Everywhere you looked were fragrant fresh flowers in vases and sconces, picked from the backyard. Two large master suites, the Lilikoi and Mana, offered views of the gardens and king beds outfitted with white linens and pillows with colorful designs, topped with decorative mosquito netting. The Ohana and Lani rooms matched the tropical styling, as did the Plantation room, which connected to the living room via French doors and doubled as a study. Our preferred place to gather soon became the open and airy living room and spacious checkered-floor kitchen with a cozy breakfast nook. Special touches— a dozen eggs in the fridge that came from the on-site chicken coop; a basket of fresh lilikois; a personalized welcome greeting on the study chalkboard; and a basket filled

with yummy island specialties—made us feel even more at home. Over the next week, we rediscovered the island we’d left years before and introduced it to our spouses for the first time. We spent an afternoon in Lahaina’s old town, shopping the touristy shops and enjoying live hula performances before watching the sun set from the patios of Kimo’s, stereotypical frozen drinks in hand. We drove the road to Hana, stopping at the must-see waterfalls and Seven Sacred Pools, and then took the much-less-traveled route home on Piilani Highway, breaking for a cold drink at the landmark Kaupo General Store. We rose at 3 a.m. to watch the sunrise on Haleakalā Crater—a majestic sight no matter how many times you’ve seen it—then enjoyed coffee and croissants at La Provence, a hidden spot tucked in a hillside in Kula. We went down memory lane by driving past our old homes, strolling the little towns of Paia and Makawao and spending lazy days on our favorite beaches, Makena and Baldwin Beach Park—all laid-back spots off the tourist path. For a new experience, my husband and I splurged on a mind-blowing helicopter trip above Maui and Molokai with Sunshine Helicopters. Gliding above towering cliffs, we saw Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls (over 3,000 feet) on Molokai’s isolated north shore. We returned home through the West Maui Mountains, allowing me to see my beloved island from a completely new perspective.

Award-Winning Cuisine. Above: Lilikoi Lani’s spacious lanai is home to numerous rocking chairs—ideal spots to park it for happy hour.

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Left: Oheo Gulch, often called Seven Sacred Pools, on the road to Hana. Below: Lilikoi Lani’s tropically themed living room was a welcome place to kick back and relax.

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B O C A R AT O N CHOPS LOBSTER BAR When we weren’t out and about conquering our old stomping grounds, we soaked in the peace of simply being at home together. We sat in rocking chairs on the lanai, catching up on life and enjoying the crisp breeze and gentle evening “Ulalena” rain typical of the area. We surrounded the dining table over home-cooked meals and visited with friends we hadn’t seen in years. To be able to spend time with my family, now scattered across North and South America, was a priceless gift and to be able to do it in Lilikoi Lani’s lap of luxury was an added bonus. We may have encountered a few hiccups—running out of warm water and accidentally getting locked out of one of the bedrooms—but what’s a family vacation without some memorable inconveniences? I may no longer live on Maui but my heart will always be there, and hopefully so will Lilikoi Lani, which means I can come back to visit again and again. Regardless of what may be going on in my life, I vow that it won’t take me another 16 years to do so. n

Above: The author’s Maui-loving family during a stop on the road to Hana.

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Above: The InterContinental Hotel is just a few minutes from Buckhead’s shopping hubs.

Above: The 1,893-square-foot Presidential Suite features a California King bedroom with separate living and dining rooms, butler’s pantry and Atlanta skyline views. Left: Sip your way through 70 craft bourbons at Bourbon Bar on the lobby level. Right: Enjoy Southern-inspired cuisine prepared by chef-restauranteur Art Smith at Southern Art.

Be their guest Buckhead’s InterContinental Hotel gets five stars for service and beyond


he first thing I noticed upon arriving at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead Atlanta early on a Saturday afternoon is the energy. I love a hotel with a buzz about the place, and this chic tower, within walking distance of Lenox and Phipps, certainly has one. The lobby lounge filled with clusters of cushy chairs is a great place to peoplewatch in the center of it all—business tête-à-têtes, wedding guests arriving for weekend festivities, a collection of barflies sipping rare bourbons at Bourbon Bar nearby and staff going about their business with so many genuine smiles that it makes me wonder about the InterContinental’s training program. From bartender to valet to front desk, I didn’t encounter an unfriendly face my entire stay. Add to this hum of activity the lively background music (later on a Saturday evening, it becomes live music) and I found myself bopping in my seat. If you are looking to do it up during your staycation, book a room or suite that has Club Level access and enjoy the lounge at any interval during your stay. It offers complimentary daily continental breakfast and an evening cocktail hour, in addition to beverages and snacks throughout the day.


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The club’s DVD library is also available for a stay-in-your-room respite—no judging, but there is also a heated outdoor saline pool and hot tub; just saying. The 401 rooms and 21 suites, like the hotel’s public areas, are decorated in a contemporary style and have an uplifting feel about them. Cheerful yellow walls in many rooms pair with graphically patterned carpets and pops of red in items such as blankets and chairs. I had the good fortune to stay in the Presidential Suite, which I found was more livable than ostentatious. Except for the ginormous bathroom with separate vanity area (need one of those!) and fireplace that turned on with a switch, it almost felt like home … a home with room service on speed dial and someone who makes my bed, that is. A highlight of the weekend “away” was the massages at Spa InterContinental, which takes a green and holistic approach to the services and products it offers. I had a soothing WoodSprite Sacred Massage, where Greg, my massage therapist, let me choose from various essential oils that are said to have healing benefits. My husband had an equally enjoyable Deep Tissue Massage (if you can call any deep tissue massage enjoyable).

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Relaxed and rejuvenated, we ended our sojourn with Sunday brunch and a bloody mary at the colorful Southern Art restaurant. This is a treat not to be missed. The Bob Page Trio entertained brunchers with super-fun, upbeat jazz numbers that set the vibe while we perused the menu of Southern-inspired dishes and admired the ceiling murals and multi-hued blown-glass chandeliers. The Georgia white shrimp and grits with housemade andouille, okra, hominy, field peas, tomato and shrimpscallion broth was a textural delight of creamy, salty, sweet, crunchy goodness. And it’s worth noting that every accommodation was made by both waiter and chef to create a dish for my gluten-, eggand dairy-free partner: perfectly grilled chicken breast and mixed vegetables with a side of crispy potatoes. The InterContiDETAILS: nental is truly the whole package. I’ll InterContinental Hotel definitely be seekBuckhead Atlanta ing out the hotel 3315 Peachtree Road N.E. group on future Atlanta 30326 vacations … and I’ll 404.946.9000 be back soon for that jazz brunch, Rates start at $200 take two. n

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ICE CREAM Creamy treats make summer even sweeter STORY:

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In our own Buckhead neighborhood, there are all manner of sweet treats—from classic ice cream and gelato to creamy pops and boozy, adults-only varieties. We dare you to not give a little yelp of pleasure when you explore these dreamy sweets for yourself.

1. Portofino: Pistachio Gelato ($5) Any meal at Portofino is a treat, but ending it with Bindi gelato is a special pleasure. Pastry chef Deenie Anderson chose this artisanal brand because it’s based on time-honored Italian recipes with the simplest of ingredients—in this case, toasted pistachios, sugar, milk and butterfat. She serves it in an elegant coupe and adds a pirouette cookie for a bit of crunch. 3199 Paces Ferry Place N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.231.1136

2. Corso Coffee: Honey Fig Affogato ($5) Sometimes you need a sugar hit with a good dose of caffeine. As one of Buckhead’s newest high-end coffee emporiums, Corso pairs Honeysuckle gelato (though look for Corso-made frozen treats when sister restaurant Dolce opens later this summer) with their own espresso, imported straight from Italy. The slow-churned gelato is made with black Mission figs, Savannah Bee Co. orange blossom honey and a hint of cinnamon; when it clashes with piping hot, slightly bitter espresso, it’s a match made in heaven. 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 678.553.9009


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5. Brookhaven Farmer’s Market: Queen of Cream Strawberries & Cream ($8 per pint)

3. Shake Shack: Campfire S’mores Concrete ($4.50, single) A cross between ice cream and a milkshake, this Buckhead Atlanta eatery’s concretes are a special pleasure after a burger-laden calorie fest. Creamy chocolate custard is blended with marshmallow fluff, crispy graham crackers and chocolate chunks (by local chocolatier Kristen Hard’s Cacao brand, which will open a location in the neighborhood later this year). If you could blend your best childhood summer memories into an ice cream treat, this might well be it. 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 470.809.9201

4. Whole Foods Buckhead: Pop Stars’ Georgia Peaches and Cream ($2.99 per pop) These delicious pops are health food masquerading as a treat. Each one is vegan and gluten-free, made with naturally sweet Georgia peaches and coconut milk. They are puréed before being frozen, so their texture is ultra-smooth. At just 110 calories, you can feel virtuous even if you reach for seconds. 77 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.324.4100

If sweet summertime could be distilled into one incredible bite, this might be it. Ice cream chef Cora Cotrim keeps it simple; the only ingredients you’ll find in this locally made treat are cream, milk, sugar and tons of Georgia strawberries (from Mountain Earth Farms in Clarksville). The juicy strawberries (complete with their tiny seeds) in every bite and bright, sweet flavor let you know it’s ultra-fresh. 1375 Fernwood Circle N.E. Brookhaven 30319

6. Savi Provisions: The Ice Cream Bar’s Bourbon Butter Pecan ($7.99 per pint) This decidedly adults-only pint packs a punch with a healthy hit of Kentucky bourbon. You get everything you love with virgin butter pecan ice cream—toasty caramel notes, rich buttery flavor, ultrasmooth texture and chunks of crunchy roasted pecans—plus a wallop of the 8-percent alcohol by volume. Cheers! 3655 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342 404.523.2300



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Dog day road trips Hit the road with your four-legged friends in tow STORY:

Candice Rose


t’s just about that time. The temperatures are rising, and your productivity is dropping because all you can think about is a refreshing summer getaway. Want a trip that your furry family members can enjoy? You can pack up the pooches and hit the road because we’ve found three drivable dog-friendly getaways.

Dahlonega Spa Resort, Dahlonega What: Just about an hour and a half away from Buckhead, Dahlonega Spa Resort is the perfect peaceful mountain getaway for those who want to unplug … literally. There are no phones or TVs in the eight cabins. But while you’re happily hiking with your dog, taking in waterfalls and connecting to nature, you won’t miss them for a moment. Enjoy massages, wraps and scrubs at the spa, or get your downward facing dog on during a yoga class in the 1,200-squarefoot yoga hall. Just a few miles down the road, the Dahlonega-area vineyards are a picturesque way to spend the day with your dog. Three Sisters Vineyards welcomes dogs that are dry and leashed, and Wolf Mountain Vineyards will host your dog at any of their outdoor tables. Possibly the best part: taking in the night sky from the front porch rocking chair with your pup by your side.

What: A resort featuring antebellum ruins, endless gardens and its own romantic history, this is a luxury getaway just about an hour away from Buckhead. Amenities, such as pet beds, bottled water and treats, are included for your buddy. With lawn games, outdoor dining areas, gardens and miles of trails, you’ll find plenty of pet-friendly exploring to do. When you’re not hanging with the pupster, golf is a staple here; the highly sought-after 18-hole course was created by renowned course designer Jim Fazio. Or, choose from hiking, horseback riding, hunting or fishing. You can end the day around the fire pit or sipping a brew at the beer garden with your pooch.

This beach-loving Boston Terrier named Cami has the pleasure of living on Sea Island all-year round.

Details: When you book a Pampered Pets for PAWS rate, they waive the nonrefundable $75 pet fee and instead, they donate $75 to PAWS, a no-kill animal rescue and shelter. You’ll also receive a discounted rate on dog-friendly rooms, with accommodations starting at $361.

Details: There is a nonrefundable pet fee of $25 and cabins start at $165 a night.

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What: St. Simons Island is about a five-hour drive from Buckhead, yet it feels like another world. You and your pup will love exploring the live oak-lined streets and dog-friendly beaches. Other outdoor adventures to enjoy with your pup: miles of paved trails, paddleboarding (if he knows how to swim, of course!) and fishing charters (ask ahead of time if they’ll accept your furry one).

Repair Dog has incorporated it’s love of dogs into the office décor with a heartwarming “Wall of Pups.”

Beats the dog park! Stroll the 72 beautiful acres of Dahlonega Spa Resort with your furry friend.


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Details: To reserve your dog-friendly room, you’ll need to give the reservations team a ring. Depending on the accommodations you choose, there is a nonrefundable pet fee of $99 to $175. Rooms start around $300. 800.342.0212

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“The house works well for all of us. We feel like we are living in a fairy tale.”- Greg Swartzberg

The elegant library is decorated with a zebra rug from South Africa and a large Itzchak Tarkay-signed lithograph depicting a black and white image of a woman. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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TAILOR-MADE An international couple renovates a Buckhead cottage just in time for a new arrival


Above: Bulldog Gucci, baby Ashton, Franchesca Ocampo and Greg Swartzberg relax on the patio of their renovated Buckhead cottage.


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fter living in a Buckhead condo for several years, Colombian-born artist Franchesca Ocampo and South African commercial real estate investor Greg Swartzberg decided they needed a little more space. It seems they decided to upsize their home just in time. “I got pregnant the same week we moved in here,” says Ocampo, owner of Franchesca Decorating, which specializes in artistic faux finishes and custom canvas paintings. When the couple purchased their current 2,800-square-foot home in May 2013, the dilapidated and overgrown 1940s brick cottage was completely “uninhabitable,” says Swartzberg, but it was in the perfect location in the heart of Buckhead. “We wanted the area and we didn’t want a big house,” Ocampo says. “When I saw this house, I almost cried, but when we figured out how we were going to redo it, we really got excited and started working.” Their goal was to keep the cottage charm, but add French country flair with higher-quality finishes. Over a 6-month


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period, the couple completely gutted the interior. Rather than enlisting a contractor, they did all the work themselves, hiring subcontractors and getting their hands dirty with many renovation projects. They ripped out the drywall, added walnut wood floors and a new architectural shingle roof, and opened up the space to create a more entertainment-friendly floor plan. They also installed all-new mechanical (plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning), a granite walkway and driveway, bathrooms and kitchen, and converted the old screened porch into a patio. “There isn’t anything we kept except for the windows,” Swartzberg says. When it came time to decorate, they also used their own savvy to complete the interior design. From the large canvas paintings in the living room and dining room—custom-made for each space—to the Venetian plaster-finished walls, Ocampo flexed her artistic muscle in nearly every room. The couple also mixed in many of Greg’s family antiques and items salvaged

Left: Below a rustic wood chandelier, the dining table is set for a family dinner. Right: Various antiques and vintage décor items, including liquor decanters on the stone mantel, add a sophisticated flair to the living room. Below: The renovated kitchen features a Wolf range with red knobs and distinctive copper hood.

“There isn’t anything we kept except for the windows.” - Greg Swartzberg Below: Franchesca Ocampo retreats to a basement painting nook near a sunlit window to create her artworks.


from his commercial real estate properties. For example, the front door—which played the role of front door to Sandra Bullock’s mansion in The Blind Side—came from a movie-business tenant. Step over the celebrity front door’s threshold into an entry foyer of Carrara marble, which leads to a formal living room equipped with a stone fireplace. A Davenport desk from England, antique cash register atop a claw-foot table (rescued from a dentist’s office) and coffee table from South Africa contrast elegantly with Ocampo’s abstract painting on the wall. Off the living room, an open-air patio with leather furniture is Swartzberg’s favorite place to relax after work with a Scotch and cigar. To the right of the main entry is a library

furnished with an old desk and sofa chair revamped by Ocampo, who also used her talent on the ceiling. Look up and what appears to be brick is actually a faux-painting illusion on drywall, as is the “aged” finish on most of the wood beams, which were painted to match the home’s original beam above the desk. “It takes five days with my crew—three people working every day for eight hours,” Ocampo says of creating the brick faux finish. A custom-built rolling library ladder—made by Danish custom metal and woodworking studio Reclaimed by Demant LLC—further enhances the library’s refined ambiance. Step from the library into the completely updated kitchen with new white cabinets, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, quartz countertops and a shiny copper hood. In the adjoining dining area, two large canvases painted by Ocampo in blacks and grays overlook a dining table with special meaning. “I grew up at this table,” Swartzberg says. “When I was 5 years old, I was eating dinner at this table at my grandparents’ house in South Africa.” While you can often find Swartzberg hanging out on the outdoor patio or grilling on the back deck (overlooking the fire pit, Jacuzzi and organic garden created from a jungle of a backyard), Ocampo says her favorite room in the home is baby Ashton’s artistically themed nursery. Taking inspiration from Joan Miró’s work, Ocampo painted whimsical patterns and shapes along the walls to match the famous artist’s colors

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Left: Adjoining the second-floor master bedroom, past the Joan Miró-signed lithograph and the antique wrought-iron handrail, is a sitting room fitted with a dark tufted leather couch.

and style. Among the playful design is furniture from New Baby Products and Youth Furniture on Cheshire Bridge Road and a modern orange couch from ByDesign. The 9-month-old’s digs might be impressive, but his parents’ upstairs retreat is just as enviable. At the top of a short flight of stairs, past an antique handrail from Architectural Accents, is where Ocampo and Swartzberg merged two rooms and a small bathroom to create a spacious master suite with a sitting area, barn door closets refinished by Ocampo and a bathroom with his-and-her sinks. “The ceilings were really low and we raised them and added the beams. It was all Below: Colorful dotted pillows and an oversized bear purchased from Home Depot add the finishing touches to baby Ashton’s masterpiece of a nursery.

dead space in the attic, so we cut it out and put in more closet space,” Swartzberg says. Adorning the couple’s second-floor hideaway is a plush king bed from Arhaus flanked by 18th century Italian chandeliers, a Joan Miró-signed lithograph and a Persian rug that belonged to Swartzberg’s late grandmother. In the bathroom, an antique brass doorknob and seahorse fixtures gifted to the couple from Swartzberg’s family add charisma to the Carrara marble finishes. Although Ocampo and Swartzberg originally planned to convert the threebedroom home into a two-bedroom, Ashton’s arrival convinced them to finish out the basement. They dug through 18-inch granite walls to create a guest suite with a full bathroom, laundry room, painting nook for Ocampo and subterranean sitting area.

They also plan to add a wine cellar in the near future. After all this work and the arrival of their baby boy, the hands-on homeowners are more than happy with the finished product, which they consider a dream home come true. “The house works well for all of us,” Swartzberg says. “We feel like we are living in a fairy tale.” n

Above: In the master bedroom Ocampo refinished the ceiling beams and sliding barn closet doors to give them a distressed, antique look. Below: Finished in Carrara marble from top to bottom, the master bathroom features an inviting claw-foot tub near an arched window that overlooks the woods.

Franchesca and Greg’s top 5 tips for doing your own home renovation: 1. Fine Wall Finishes: “We believe that elegance and fine faux wall finishes give a special warm, cozy feeling.”

2. Subcontractors: “Always use professional subcontractors.” 3. Design: “Always have a good architect and


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visualize the end product in your mind.”

4. Details: “Don’t forget the added touch of quality finishes and good workmanship.” 5. Reuse what you can: “Keep all of the quaint aspects of the home and work around them.”

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“Adding in color to your wardrobe just makes us feel better. Even if you are in a little black dress and add a pop of hot pink or red, it gives you a little more pep in your step and an extra boost of confidence,” says Tasha Mize.

To start conversations: “Wearing color can lead to great conversations. It’s very rare that we don a colorful romper or a bright accessory and someone doesn’t ask us where we got the romper or compliment us because the outfit looks great,” Mize says.

HOW DO I WEAR COLOR? With statement pieces: “If your outfit is neutral and relaxed, throw on a unique and bold statement necklace. It will add structure and texture to your ensemble without stealing all the attention,” says Molly Jane Gravitt.

Draw from home inspiration: “The most important thing to remember is that color can be subtle and still very powerful … Think in terms of colors you like, take a look at your home interiors to get

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you personally relate to that takes your confidence level from a 7 to a 10,” Mize says.

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Mix it up: Stick with what you know: “Adding color is easy! Pick pieces in a fun color in the silhouettes you already know work for your body, and also pieces that work with items already in your closet,” says Jessica Camerata.

Accessorize: “Bracelets and statement necklaces are a great way to embrace color while staying on trend and within budget. Warm weather offers sleeveless and short sleeve fashions that show off wrists, along with lower necklines, so it’s easy to make colorful stacked bracelets or a vibrant necklace the focus of your outfit. These pieces really take jeans and simple, well-tailored white T-shirts to another level, while they also bring new life to your tried-andtrue little black dress,” Miller says.

WHAT COLORS SHOULD I WEAR? Any and all: “All bright colors are amazing—hot pink, sea blue, yellow, orange and green. I recommend any color that

“I love to grab my favorite silhouettes, like a pencil skirt or skinny jeans, in a bold color that can easily be paired with a neutral top that I know I have a few of in my closet. If you want to be daring (which I love to do), mix colors. This sounds scary, but it’s not difficult. You can easily stick to some great combinations that always work, like pink and red, or navy and really any shade of pink. I’m also a big fan of yellows with cobalt blues right now for summer,” Camerata says.

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a feel for shades you are drawn to, then try on various shades to see which ones best suit you,” says Laura Carson Miller.

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The essentials: “I love shoes or handbags for pops of color. Many people prefer a neutral wardrobe, such as black or navy— dark, monochromatic dressing is very slimming and instantly makes you look very put together no matter what the occasion! It’s a no-brainer and always looks polished. To liven up that landscape, try a cobalt handbag or a pair of strappy sandals in red or orange for the warmer months. J. Crew always has great flats in fun shades that are very wearable and will last you for many seasons, and they always have some available on sale,” Miller says. n

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armer temperatures mean sunnier skies—and sunnier outfits. Adding color to your daily ensemble or weekend barbecue getup is inevitable, but too much color can send your outfit right out of style. To make sure your clothing is on point, local style experts Rob the King owner Tasha Mize, jewelry designer Molly Jane Gravitt, tastemaker and consultant Laura Carson Miller, and founder of Jessica Camerata share tips for adding in your favorite hues.

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Molly Jane Gravitt Jewelry Designer of Molly Jane Designs

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One for Him This month, L’Occitane unveils Cedrat, an eight-piece men’s grooming line that pretty much covers all the guy essentials— cleansing scrub, shaving gel, eau de toilette, shower gel and more. The products’ main scent is an invigorating organic cedrat (citrus) oil from Corsica, Italy. We smell a Father’s Day gift … Available at L’Occitane for $7-$55, depending on the product.

NEWS YOU CAN USE From a skin elixir to hair-taming tips, summer’s Buckhead beauty musts STORY:

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Skin Sipper Give your skin a nourishing boost from the inside out with an ancient beauty remedy. “While traveling to Turkey, India and Egypt, I noticed glowing and flawless skin on women who are quite older than I am. One of their oldest traditions for their skin is rose water. Women put it on their face and consume it regularly,” says Buckhead native and Bamboo Juices Founder/CEO Kelley Sibley. Inspired, Sibley created the refreshing 4-ounce Skin Elixir, made of pure Bulgarian rose water and lemon, as part of her cold-pressed juice offerings. She recommends mixing it with a liter of water and sipping throughout the day.

Suzanne Szabo, creative director at Keri Gold Salon, gives you the latest tricks on how to get your sexy (hair) back.

SB: What kind of shampoo should I use in the summer?

SS: Fine hair does better with a cleansing shampoo that will not weigh it down, while cleansing conditioners are great for dryer, more textured hair, as they leave little or no chemicals behind, which can cause hair to be dry and brittle. Their moisturizing deposits are particularly good for hair that is exposed to the sun for extended periods of time. SB: Help—I have a scalp sunburn. What now? SS: Lavender oil can be used to calm and treat scalp irritation. Apply a few drops to the scalp and pull it through to your ends before bedtime.

SB: What should I apply to my hair before hitting the pool?

SS: Just like your skin, it’s important to protect your hair from the sun. Apply a UV protectant, such as Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream, prior to your outdoor lounge time.


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SB: How can I tame my out-of-control flyaways? SS: When you blowdry, apply a product that helps seal the cuticle, use a round brush and make sure your hairdryer has a nozzle to help to control the direction of the air and prevent excess frizz. Also make sure to remove all moisture from the hair.

Wax On Peach season is here again and to celebrate, Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio created an all-natural soy candle that smells just like the juicy fruit. What’s more, you can use the candle’s warm melted wax as a luxurious body moisturizer. Added bonus: A no-pull, peach-colored hair tie comes with it. Available at Sweet Peach for $8 (small), $25 (large travel tin) or $30 (large).

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To the delight of Woo Skincare + Cosmetics’ cult following, the Buckhead beauty retailer recently opened the doors to their second Atlanta shop on West Paces Ferry Road. The 2,000-square-foot space brings some new niche beauty, makeup and skincare lines to its repertoire, including natural makeup by Jane Iredale, super-luxe skincare from La Mer and bath and body care from Molton Brown. The boutique also provides services, including facials, waxing and makeup application.

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Left: The author working on her golf swing with GolfTEC Atlanta’s patented swing analysis technology. Right: Pinnacle Fitness’ balance and strength training tools get the author fit for the course.

A fore-ward swing Simply Buckhead’s publisher returns to perfecting her golf game


t’s long been on my bucket list to get back into golf, a sport I fell in love with in my 30s. But with an über-busy schedule, devoting four to five hours for 18 holes hasn’t been in my wheelhouse over the past few years. I decided this would be the year to reacquaint myself, make sure I still have skills, and justify golf as part of my wellness routine. Riding in a golf cart won’t do it for me, though—it has to involve walking to feel like I’m really golfing. Walking 18 holes of golf helps burn well over 1,000 calories, whether you’re pushing a baggage cart or carrying your bag. Playing 18 holes of golf and walking can burn up to 2,000 calories, and golfers exceed 10,000 steps in a typical round. Equal to a five-mile walk, Fitbit users are well aware that this meets the recommended guidelines for daily exercise. Who knew? The scenery on the course definitely beats walking the treadmill. According to Golf 20/20, walking helps maintain bone health, lowers stress levels, and contributes to overall healthy weight maintenance. Golf is a great social outlet, contributing to positive mental health,


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too. I’m sold—on to the skills! Before hitting the links, I turned to two experts to check my swing. Andy Brent, city manager of GolfTEC Atlanta, evaluated my swing using their patented, fact-based swing evaluation technology, which measures shoulder and hip sway, address, contact and finish. With a special backpack and hip belt attached, my swing was videotaped from two directions for stop-action and real-time analysis. First swing—not bad; needs improvement. In the half-hour lesson, the simulation showed that, through a series of Andy’s guided tweaks, I’d soon be hitting the ball with my eight iron 109 yards, instead of my paltry 75 yards when I started. I was sent away with homework, and the entire lesson’s videos, assignments and analysis were viewable on GolfTEC’s online member system. Before my second lesson, I headed over to Pinnacle Fitness twice, where owner and Titleist Performance Institutecertified Jamie Bodner put me through the strength-training drills that apply specifically to the muscles used in the golf swing. I train here two to three times weekly, but these moves were so pin-

Joanne Hayes   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna pointed, the burn was felt in places I wasn’t used to. Using the same equipment (TRX, Kinesis wall, rowing machine, free weights and kettlebells) that I use on a regular basis during my gym routine, I’m challenged in new ways. The second session was harder than the first, and it is clear that I need to continue this specialized training to improve my golf game. I did my homework and practiced 100 table drills and 100 setups before golf lesson two. I managed to get rid of some bad habits, but I still need work on hip rotation. Five days later, I visited the Sea Pines Resort and golfed at Harbour Town Golf Links SWING BY: (read more on page 22). GolfTEC It was pretty heady stuff 3145 Peachtree Road to golf on the course Atlanta 30305 where the pros play the 404.467.8884 annual RBC Heritage Tournament but I held Pinnacle Fitness my own. Golf is a hum3215 Cains Hill Place N.W. bling game. I’ll continue Atlanta 30305 to practice this summer, 404.228.3705 all the while burning those calories. n

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Raising his flag From restaurants and shops to offices, there isn’t much Josh Charles can’t design STORY:

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traveler, soccer fan and pit-mix rescue parent, Josh Charles is also owner and creative director of design studio Flags of Origin. The Collier Hills resident’s creative touch graces the interiors of restaurants, offices and homes—recent projects include Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Avalon’s Bocado Burger and retail shop Crafted Westside as well as a 20,000-squarefoot entertainment office space in Buckhead Tower and residential kitchen in Collier Hills. The son of a minister, Charles moved around while growing up. After graduating with a master’s in architecture from the University of Tennessee, he took his talents to The Big Apple and worked as a junior designer for Gensler design firm’s Studio 585. But in 2006, he chose to leave the architecture business. “After working with a large firm, I was ready to branch out and have space to dream a bit more,” Charles says. His dreaming led to stints designing events and exhibits for GO! Productions (including Coca-Cola’s sustainability exhibit for the 2008 Beijing Olympics); working in the wine business with E. & J. Gallo Winery; and for San Francisco-based Tesser, developing the next Japanese concept store designs for Ben & Jerry’s. In 2012, he settled in Atlanta to be close to family and, after collaborating on the design of The Optimist, founded Inman Parkbased Flags of Origin. Here, the 32-yearold shares the inspiration behind his firm and his favorite things about living in his Buckhead neighborhood.

What inspired the name Flags of Origin? It was important [to my co-founder and me] to create work that had a sense of purpose, an origin. The first part, flags, came in as a more visual way to embody that sense of place. At the same time, the Olympics were on, and as we watched the opening ceremony, the thought was, “What would our company’s flag look like if we were walking in the opening ceremony?” One of the definitions of “of” in the dictionary means expressing a sense of place, so the combination of all three became the name. What are your favorite projects to work on? For me, I love working on entertainment spaces, whether that’s a boutique restaurant or an office that’s not meant to feel like an office. It’s a dream of mine for the future to work on social projects, like new designs for relief efforts in Haiti or overseas in disaster zones. I believe that innovative design can strongly affect the way we live in this world, and I hope to be a part of that. You live in Collier Hills. What made you pick this neighborhood and what do you love most about it? Family is here, so that is and always will be No. 1. We are a super tight-knit bunch. I love that each home is different and that we are so close to every part of the city.

What are some of your favorite places to shop in Buckhead? H&F Bottle Shop is great for unique selections of bourbon and whiskey. Suit Supply is also a great shop, and I love the fact that they also do tailoring much like Sid Mashburn. Lastly, I have always loved Bloomingdale’s since my New York days, so that’s a go-to. Plus, it’s one of the only places to buy Scotch & Soda. The new Warby Parker is also a must-see. What would you say is your personal design style? I have been told we have a predominantly masculine aesthetic, but I’d say our spaces highlight strength, simplicity and an affinity for working with local makers to create custom furniture, lighting and more. I’m also a big fan of using a variety of materials. When not working, what are some of your favorite hangouts? I love St. Cecilia for the atmosphere and most importantly the food. Please try the Lemon Chicken! King + Duke is also a favorite, yet another Ford Fry restaurant, for Chef E.J.’s food. Lastly, FLAGS OF ORIGIN Umi is a must if you love sushi. Plus, who doesn’t love burned wood walls? n




New York transplant Deb Bowman continues to seek intriguing roles and challenges.

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Above: A Streetcar Named Desire’s Blanche (Bowman) and the quarrelling Stanley (Matthew Davis) and Stella (Anne Marie Gideon).

Right: Bowman dressed to the nines as iconic Blanche Dubois.

Back to the South Role in Streetcar marks one of performer’s greatest challenges


or nearly 14 years, Buckhead resident Deb Bowman was a Big Apple fixture, juggling all sorts of roles that came her way. It was a prosperous professional time that paved the way for her to work all over the world, from stage to TV to films (one highlight was a role in It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep) to cabarets to cruises. Now she’s back in the South—with no regrets—about to take on the most difficult role of her life. At an early age Bowman played piano and sang in church. After studying classical theater and dance at the University of Alabama, she moved to New York in 1999 where her career as a performer took off, especially on stage. “If you can make it there you can make it anywhere,” she says. “It was a wonderful training ground to feel I can do anything in the industry.” After her sister passed away in 2009, though, Bowman decided she needed a change and moved to Atlanta two years ago. She wanted to be somewhere she could still perform. Los Angeles was not a place she wanted to settle. She considered New Orleans for a while, but chose


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Buckhead because of its relative proximity to Alabama and her family there. She was also impressed with the convenience of being near HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport. Luckily the engagements have kept coming. She played Velma Kelly—one of her favorite roles—in the musical Chicago last year at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre and in June makes her Serenbe Playhouse debut in A Streetcar Named Desire, starring as the iconic Blanche DuBois alongside Matthew Davis of The Vampire Diaries. The role is a stretch for her. “I am excited, but scared to death,” she says. “It’s the largest female role an actress can play. It’s a 155-page script. Every time I read the script I find it more compelling. She is so intense.” The only way for her to play the character is truthfully, so the approach has been to go head and heart first. As well as dealing with the emotional terrain, there is the physical to contend with. This is an outdoor staging of the Tennessee Williams classic, which will make the drama feel more like sultry New Orleans, she laughs.


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Bowman has also become a well-known local jazz singer, which has been an interesting transformation for her. She is the first exclusive performer at Buckhead’s St. Regis Atlanta, there every Thursday, and plays venues such as the City Club of Buckhead. “I have a local following,” she says. She has grown quite fond of the area, professionally and personally, especially the restaurants and nightlife. Although she has adapted to working in TV and film, it’s theater that feeds her soul. “When I am on stage, I feel like I am in my living room,” she says. “It’s a labor of love. It doesn’t pay that well and it requires a lot of physical strain and time. But it is work that if you can do it on your terms, and not get burned out, it’s great. I want to be able to pick and choose the roles I can and want to do.” n

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Right and Below: Kids and adults can tap into their creative sides during summer programs at the Abernathy Arts Center, where sculpture, print making, sewing and cartooning are popular sessions.

Above: Painting classes at the Chastain Arts Center blend technique with art history. Left: My Heart Away by Kristina Laurendi Havens is one of the many student works featured in an annual exhibit at the Abernathy Center. Below: Ceramics, jewelry and painting are the most popular courses at the Spruill Center for the Arts.

Find your artistic self this summer STORY:

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chool may be out for the summer, but that just means there’s more time for students and parents to work on the art projects they never have time to do. Whether it’s sitting at a pottery wheel for hours or painting outdoors beneath a canopy of shade trees, this is the ideal time of year to indulge the artistic urge. Buckhead and its surrounding neighborhoods are home to three arts centers geared toward teaching students how to perfect their styles in a variety of media. Classes, camps and workshops are conducted for kids, teens and adults in a combination of days and weeks. With such an assortment of offerings at hand, there’s no excuse for not picking up that paintbrush!

ABERNATHY ARTS CENTER This facility, part of Fulton County’s arts and culture programming, has been part of the local arts scene since the 1970s, when it began as an arts and crafts center. Over the years it adjusted to the needs of the local audience and focused more specifically on the fine arts. Painting is the most popular activity, followed closely by drawing, wheel pottery and watercolors. Classes have also been added in ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. Sessions fill up quickly with stu-


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dents who have been learning there for 20 years, says Pam Kramer, the arts program coordinator. “The real draw for people is the home feeling in this place that you notice right off the bat,” she says. “It’s kept some people—and instructors— coming back for more than 10 years. We have one Saturday session that has had the same students for 20 years.” The center’s gallery space hosts about 10 shows each year. Each October, the works of students and instructors are part of the annual Abernathy Artists Market. This summer, kids can sign up for summer camps on animal sculpture, cartooning, printmaking, sewing and more. A new 2-week intensive session pairs teens with local artists to produce a portfolio. Prices generally range from $71 to $101.

CHASTAIN ARTS CENTER The city’s oldest arts center, housed in Fulton County’s former almshouse, offers classes for adults and children in the fine arts. Jewelry-making, printmaking, painting, pottery on the wheel and handbuilding with clay are among the summer offerings for adults, teens and youngsters from kindergarten through seventh grade. “Our classes are arranged by a different theme each week, and we not

only teach how to make art but add a little bit of art history as well,” says Director Karen Lowe. “So they also learn about famous artists from the past while they may be working on something similar to that work.” The most popular program at Chastain is pottery, and getting a spot at one of the center’s wheels means signing up early for classes. All sessions, including camp programs, are taught by professional artists who participate in two shows each year that highlight their artworks. Prices vary by the length of the class and materials required, but generally average around $180.

SPRUILL CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tucked into a former school building, Spruill boasts 10,000 square feet of studios where adults and children can work on a variety of art projects. The space is continuously busy, with evening classes geared toward workers on their way home, weekend classes and summer programs for kids. About 70 instructors lead the programs that have grown in popularity, even through the economic downturn. “Many of our classes are community groups in a way, with people being in the same class for several quarters, if not decades,” says Clare Callahan,

Spruill’s marketing coordinator. “During the downturn, we found people coming to do something for themselves; we still see people who would rather spend money on learning and having an experience, on taking a watercolor class in place of going out to dinner. It’s more enriching.” Ceramics, jewelry and painting are the most sought-after courses. This summer, kids can sign up for a performing arts program that includes a weekly showcase for parents. A variety of specialty camps cover film making, comic book illustration, sculpture, jewelry and sewing. Prices vary by the workshop and week, but generally range from $80 to $210. n DETAILS: Abernathy Arts Center 254 Johnson Ferry Road Sandy Springs 30328 404.613.6172 Chastain Arts Center 135 West Wieuca Road Atlanta 30342 404.252.2927 Spruill Center for the Arts 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Dunwoody 30338 770.394.3447

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“My wife says I flunked retirement.”

CEO and the city Former Chamber leader takes corporate leadership to town STORY:

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or more than 40 years, Sam Williams compiled a stellar resume that included being a partner in the world-renowned John Portman architectural firm, leading the efforts of downtown’s Central Atlanta Progress and serving as president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Though he retired in 2013, the Chastain Park resident remains active on the boards of Emory Healthcare and Grady Hospital. Last fall, he began teaching at Georgia State University, and in December, he published his first book, The CEO as Urban Statesman, with Mercer University Press. In between classes, he’s been on a book tour. Instead of taking it easy in retirement, Williams, 70, is lending his years of expertise to the next generation. That’s part of the motivation behind the book, a study of how CEOs have stepped into controversial public issues and made successful changes. The idea grew out of a talk he gave about corporate leaders who came to the rescue of a failing Grady Hospital. “It wasn’t just Grady in Atlanta; I found the same thing happening in more than a dozen cities, but I wound up only writing about five,” he says. “The premise is the same: Our metro cities are the drivers of our nation’s


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economy, and these cities are very complex political, social and economic entities that often get bogged down in the decision-making process. But I’ve seen patterns where business leaders have stepped up and taken a leadership role to change things.” In his research, Williams uncovered examples of cities facing a crisis but finding direction from a corporate leader. “It happened in Columbus (Georgia), a city that was losing its young people until they decided to act and came up with solutions. It happened in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, when Mae Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut, stepped in and insisted they come up with a disaster recovery plan that involved both the city and suburbs that became a model for other cities. It’s also happened in Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City, where there’s a tipping point that demands action.” In explaining the phenomenon, Williams points out that CEOs are particularly adept at making action happen because they’re trained to be sensitive to the long-term view. “Many elected officials are only looking at reelection two or four years ahead and are unwilling to put their careers at risk. But a CEO with a very thick skin who can deal with

the politics and the media can make things happen. They’re not there to replace government, but to give it a different dimension.” The book’s premise has made Williams a popular speaker with cities and organizations that want to learn more. He recently spoke at George Mason University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and has been asked to give the keynote address to the Urban Land Institute’s national convention this summer. He’s working on a webinar around his idea and preparing to go to the Harvard Business School later this year. So far, the only thing Williams doesn’t have on his calendar is anything that resembles slowing down. “My wife says I flunked retirement,” he says with a laugh. n THE CEO AS URBAN STATESMAN is available through Mercer University Press and




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Babylon Café’s samak masguf—a whole grilled wild tilapia sprinkled with sumac and breadcrumbs and plated with onion, tomatoes and beets—is a stunner. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

An Iraqi immigrant brings the earthy and evocative cuisine of his homeland to a cafe at the corner of Lenox and Cheshire Bridge roads.

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Left: Lentil soup is simmered long and slow. It’s a deliciously soothing cup with hints of lemon. Right: Stews—like this bamia with okra, tomatoes and oxtail—bring an authentic taste of Iraq to Atlanta.

Above: Beef shawarma can be had with rice or piled on flatbread (as shown here), in which case it’s sliced and ready to drizzle with tzatziki and eat like pizza.



o there’s this little neighborhood café you love. You go there because the food is delicious and you can always count on the chef to stop by to chat you up and tell you how he makes the food he remembers from home. But what does “home” mean, and how does it taste? In the case of Saad Marwad, the chef and roaming chatterbox who is likely to swing by your table to make conversation at Babylon Café, home is a faraway place shattered by politics and war. Yet the Iraqi immigrant has transported the earthy and evocative cuisine of the land once known as Mesopotamia to his kitchen at the corner of Lenox and Cheshire Bridge roads. Last year, Marwad and his wife, Kelly Rafia—who was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in the States and studied at Emory University—opened Babylon Café, and the foodie community started to buzz about the couple’s fresh, flavorful repertoire of Middle Eastern classics, from falafel and hummus to kebabs and baklava. As a sprawling metropolis with an endless buffet of ethnic restaurants from


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around the world, Atlanta has plenty of places that offer tabbouleh, baba ghanoush and pita wraps. But best I can tell, Babylon Café is our city’s first and only Iraqi eatery. Adventurous, well-traveled diners may have a déjà vu moment the minute they step inside the yellow-and-blue stucco building that sits at a diagonal on Lenox Road. (As I perused the menu and tasted the fare, I had flashbacks to Turkey, Greece and my Persian dining experiences in the ATL.) In this celerygreen room decorated with swags of royal blue, you’ll find hooka pipes, backgammon boards and a milky-white, anise-flavored aperitif that is similar to Greek ouzo or Turkish raki. Here it’s called “arak,” and it is served in a short glass over ice. It’s super-strong, so you can dilute with water to taste, sip it slowly as is, or chase it with beer. You’ll want to begin your feast with a sampling of “mezza,” from the left side of the menu. The hummus and baba ghanoush are creamy and delicious; the “tabula” (tabbouleh) is fresh and light on the bulgar wheat—a veritable garden of chopped parsley, tomato and onion. Even more memorable are the falafel patties, laden with

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herbs and fried to a crisp. “Dulma” (dolma) are little grape-leaf cigars stuffed with gently spiced rice and marinated in lemon oil. Fattoush is a wonderful salad of tomato, cucumber and onion with lemon-garlic dressing and pita croutons; it’s presented on a pretty purple cabbage leaf, and so tasty. As you begin to contemplate your entrée, you may notice that some of the dishes sound familiar. Chicken tikka and biryani reflect the influence of India; qurma sabzi and eggplant badenjan are variations of Persian standards. Why? Rafia tells me that Iraq has always been a crossroads of cultures: Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Turks, Arabs, and so on. She says she spent six years studying the region’s history and foodways, tweaking her recipes because she wanted Atlantans to taste the true essence of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. It shows. More than the mezze, I loved this couple’s deeply flavored, long-simmered stews, which can be ordered with oxtails, lamb shanks or meatless. Much like the ghormeh sabzi of Iran, Babylon’s qurma sabzi is made from a compound of spinach,

The Middle Eastern appetizers called “mezza” are beautiful and abundant: tahini-dressed eggplant badenjan (left); a platter with heaped with falafel, hummus, “dulma” and baba ghanoush; fattoush salad (rear) and tabbouleh (right).

Above: Ordered with a super-tender lamb shank, Babylon’s qurma sabzi is a rich, aromatic stew made from a compound of herbs and black-eyed peas. Below: The wonderfully textured dessert kanafeh.

The owners “take great pride in introducing the cuisine of ancient Mesopotamia to a modern American crowd.” parsley, dill and cilantro; while the Persians like kidney beans in this concoction, Babylon uses black-eyes, a nice touch. When our lamb-shank-topped qurma sabzi arrived at table with a pile of basmati rice on the side, Marwad told us to shake the bone and the meat would fall off. He was right, and it was excellent. As an okra lover, I was eager to try the bamia, a stew of tomatoes and okra pods; this time, we asked for oxtail, and the dish did not disappoint. From the list of chef’s specials, we tried— and really dug—the beef shawarma plate; you can get it with a side of rice, but we liked it with the Iraqi flatbread. Strips of tender, wonderfully seasoned meat are surrounded with grilled onions and piled high on a rectangle of lavosh, the thin unleavened flatbread that’s a staple of the Mideast. Conveniently, the kitchen slices this heavenly stack into strips. So all you need do is drizzle on a little of the tzatziki dressing, roll it up, and swoon. Samak masguf—a whole grilled wild tilapia sprinkled with sumac and breadcrumbs and plated with onion, tomatoes and beets—is a real showstopper. People rave about this dish, and you might like it, but to be honest, it was just a little too fishy and charry-eyed for me. Before moving on to desserts (and maybe another glass of arak), here are some things to keep in mind: Addis, the lentil soup, which can be ordered as a mezze but

comes with most entrées, is a perfect little bowl of lemony goodness. Eggplant badenjan, which may be requested as a side dish or main, is massaged with tahini and lots of dried herbs, and it is also quite heavenly. The restaurant also offers sandwiches— falafel, chicken or beef shawarma, etc.—but it recently stopped serving lunch, when these choices would have probably been more appropriate. When it comes to sweets, the options may be few, but they are not to be dismissed. Warm baklava is topped with vanilla-bean ice cream, drizzled with date syrup and sprinkled with chopped pistachios. Lovely! Even better is the kanafeh: two layers of shredded phyllo pastry stuffed with homemade sweet cheese, doused with rose- and orange-water syrup, and topped with pistachios. Because the strands of phyllo bake up crispy on top, the delicately flavored confection has a lovely contrast of textures. For the gluten-abstaining crowd, Babylon offers a flourless carrot cake. In sum, Babylon Café is a delightful addition to the city—a laid-back spot where you can while away an evening playing backgammon and drinking beer, or hunker down for a long, multi-course meal of lovingly prepared Iraqi home cooking. Marwad and Rafia take great pride in introducing the cuisine of ancient Mesopotamia to a modern American crowd. Let the word go out; shout it from the Tower of Babel: Iraqi food has come to Atlanta. What a blessing. n

Above: Baklava is dressed up with vanilla-bean ice cream, date syrup and pistachios. Left: The husbandand-wife team of Saad Marwad and Kelly Rafia are the chefs and owners of Babylon Café.

BABYLON CAFÉ 2257 Lenox Road, Atlanta 30324 404.329.1007 Prices: Appetizers and sides, $2-$7. Sandwiches, $7-$9. Entrées, $12-$20. Recommended: Fattoush, baba ghanoush, hummus, falafel, dolma, addis, tabbouleh, eggplant badenjan, beef shawarma, bamia, qurma sabzi, baklava, kanafeh. Bottom line: Atlanta’s first taste of the vibrant, healthy cuisine of Iraq.

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THREE TIPS FOR ENJOYING ROSÉ To order: If you’re not sure which rosé to order from the wine list, ask your server, “Is this a fruity, sweeter rosé or a dry rosé?” To serve: Serve it cool (40 degrees or so) in a white wine glass. Pair with: Charcuterie and cheeses, seasonal salads, vegetables, seafood, bright summer dishes, or drink it on its own.


PINK This melon-hued Pimm’s Cup from Holeman and Finch packs a pretty punch.


Vajra Stratigos Director of food and beverage standards for Fifth Group Restaurants

Matt Bradford Wine director at Canoe and owner of Cellar Door


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zinfandel, white merlot and white shiraz—rosé wines tend to be dry and vary in flavor, hue and sweetness in accordance with their region. “I think people see a rosé today and they’re affected by the white zinfandels and spritzers of the ’80s and ’90s. They automatically think it’s going to be sweet, and that it’s going to taste like a flat soda,” says Vajra Stratigos, director of food and beverage standards for Fifth Group Restaurants. Though that’s hardly the case. “There’s a pretty broad swing of flavors,” assures Matt Bradford, wine director at Canoe and owner of Cellar Door in Vinings. “You can have a very light, dry Provençal rosé all the way to fruit-dominant styles. It all depends on where the wine is from.” Generally speaking, you can assume a rosé from Provence or the Loire Valley will be light in hue and flavor and very dry, whereas rosés from California, Oregon and some parts of France, Italy and Spain will have larger, more fruit-dominant styles. At ease as a complement to a burger or side salad, or sipped on its own, these pink drinks lack pretension and exude fun. “Rosés are so wonderful because they don’t necessarily command your attention,” Stratigos says. “They don’t jump out and laugh at you like a big red, instead, they sit on the table. They go with what you’re eating—summer fare.” n

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ight, drinkable, floral and best served chilled, the pinkish rosé is a fitting accompaniment to Buckhead’s balmy June. Though often dismissed for its feminine hue, the versatile wine stands up to a range of flavors, and is excellent as a complement to a meal or as the star of a summer soirée. Given rosé’s ability to pair so well with summer foods, poolside forays and the conversations accompanying both, it’s an opportune time to get better acquainted with the pretty pigmented sipper. Made from a variety of red grapes, rosé can be created in multiple ways: by separating juice from the skins after it has absorbed the desired coloring; by a method called saignée—“bleeding off” some of the juice at an early stage of fermentation of a red wine, then fermenting the removed juice separately to create a rosé in addition to the more concentrated red; or by mixing red and white wines—typically reserved for making sparkling rosé. Thanks to the limited time the wine spends with the skins, these flushed sips don’t tend to be as tannic, complex, or expensive as their older red cousins. Since they don’t undergo barrel aging, rosés are sold and consumed quickly (you’ll usually drink bottles produced the previous year), lending themselves to being both approachable and affordable. Unlike sweet, “blush” wines—those white wine blends that include white


l Ameztoi ‘Rubentis’ Rosado; Txakolina, Spain 2014 l Cep Vineyards Russian River Valley Rosé; Sonoma County 2014 l Château de Lascaux; Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2014

RING AROUND THE ROSÉS True, there may not be many on restaurant wine lists, but rosés are still represented around Buckhead. Here’s what we’re drinking and where.* l Domaine de Triennes Rosé, Provence (light, flavorful, acidic) Bistro Niko l Château des Annibals Rosé 2014, Provence (fresh, bright, hints of strawberry) Holeman and Finch Public House l Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley 2014 (melon-hued, berry-forward, fuller bodied) King + Duke l Vera Vinho Verde, Portugal 2013 (strawberries, citrus, refreshing minerality) Lusca l Domaine du Pégaü, Pink Pégaü, France (medium-bodied with hints of strawberry, cherry and peach; very dry) Aria *A few of these restaurants offer additional rosés by the bottle and the glass. Wines are subject to change.

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Boasting a collection of more than 160 teas from around the globe, this warm and welcoming tea temple in Chamblee hosts daily high tea service (reservations required; $24 per person), alongside weekly tea tastings and classes, tea flights in their café, free Wi-Fi and a light bakery menu.

Bishops Coffee and Tea Beloved for both their coffee and tea offerings in Morningside, expect more than 50 sustainably sourced, loose-leaf tea varieties from around the world. Whether you’re craving white, green, oolong, black or herbal tea, this locally owned shop is as charming as it is delicious. Go for the

Bombay Chai latte—its layered, spicy profile puts that bottled concentrate used at other places to shame!

Hotel High Tea Both the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead ($44 per person) and The St. Regis Atlanta ($40 per person) offer traditional afternoon tea service. The Ritz’s tea time, served in true British form with loose-leaf tea steeped in individual teapots and poured through sterling silver strainers into bone china teacups, is accompanied by sweet and savory treats and live piano entertainment, while the St. Regis offers a seasonally changing menu of savory petite sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and petit fours with their tea service, which is delivered by their signature butlers.

s Ritz’s tea time is served in true British form with individual teapots, sterling silver strainers and bone china teacups. St. Regis’ seasonally changing menu and tea service is as beautiful as it is delicious.


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here’s no denying craft coffee has had its day in the sun. Today’s trendy beverage: tea. It’s no surprise, considering the myriad health benefits of drinking tea—packed with nutrients, tea has been known to protect against cancer, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease. Never one to miss out on a trend, the Buckhead area is home to some incredible tea shops and services. Take a look at some of our favorites:

Bishops Coffee and Tea 1540 Monroe Drive N.E. Atlanta 30324 866.332.5552 Ritz-Carlton Buckhead 3434 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.237.2700 Properties/Buckhead St. Regis Atlanta 88 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.563.7900 Zen Tea Atlanta Tea Room 5356 Peachtree Road Chamblee 30341 678.547.0877

Buckhead’s Secret Menu Items Want to push that special dinner over the top? Order one of these secret, off-menu dishes—not only will you earn some serious foodie cred with the restaurant, but you’ll get to enjoy delicious plates no one else in the restaurant even knows about. Take a look at some of our favorites:

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Order early: there are only 12 prime ribs available each night at King + Duke.  

10 Degrees South 4183 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.705.8870


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l King + Duke’s Prime Rib This masculine meat mecca has done it again, but only for diners in the know. Chef E.J. Hodgkinson’s secret prime rib is cured overnight, cold-smoked for 6 hours and served alongside a whole grilled Alaskan king crab claw with crispy potatoes, horseradish crema, bordelaise and Tabasco brown butter. There are only 12 available each night, so get your order in stat.

roe toast—a buttery sourdough will arrive, slathered in crème fraîche, briny roe, honey and Espelette pepper.

l Lusca’s Trout Roe Toast Show your server you know your stuff by ordering the hush-hush trout

l 10 Degrees South’s Biltong Sure, standard biltong (South African beef jerky) is available on the regular

l Chops Lobster Bar’s Lobster Truffle Mashed Potatoes Savvy diners know the key to an over-the-top meal at this Buckhead mainstay is an order of the über-luxe and ultra-underground truffled mashed potatoes topped with buttery lobster.

Chops Lobster Bar 70 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.262.2675

King + Duke 3060 Peachtree Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.477.3500



Buckhead welcomes Brazilian steakhouse Chama Gaucha.


CHAMA GAUCHA This Spring, Buckhead welcomed Brazilian steakhouse chain Chama Gaucha. It is anchored around a lit-from-within antipasto bar offering charcuterie, cheeses and sides to complement the slow-roasted meats and sausages coming from the kitchen. Don’t miss the outdoor bar complete with fire pits perfect for after-dinner drinks. PIZZA CROSTA From the masterminds behind Buckhead Pizza Company, Buckhead’s latest pizza concept opened its doors in early May, bringing counter-service, fresh-made, personalized pizza to The Prado in Sandy Springs. But even more unique than their scratch-made yet affordable pizzas is their dipping station for the crusts. Akin to a salsa bar, the crust station features fresh spices and a bevy of oils and dips to slather on. Fresh salads, garlic knots and a selection of wine and local beer is also available.

Chama Gaucha  3365 Piedmont Road N.E. Suite 1350 Atlanta 30305 404.842.0011 


ahul Sharma launched Good Habit Box earlier this year, delivering curated boxes chock-full of healthy snacks (think high-protein shakes, global teas, super food–packed oatmeal and granolas and trail mix) nationwide. Now for Sharma’s guide to Buckhead eats:

Pizza Crosta 5590 Roswell Road Suite A-140 Sandy Springs 30342 404.843.1200

n  When I’m craving a quick, cheap bite to eat, I go to Souper Jenny—it’s healthy and always delicious. n  Time to celebrate—I’m headed to St. Cecelia, King & Duke or Restaurant Eugene. n  My go-to coffee shop is Octane—perfect coffee for smart conversation.

Head to brand new Pizza Crosta for personalized pizzas hot from the woodburning oven.

n  When I’ve got no time to cook or go out, I pick up Buckhead Pizza—you can also take classes with friends and learn how to make your own pizza.

menu, but discerning diners up the ante when they request one of the three clandestine flavors not listed on the menu—teriyaki, garlic and peri-peri.

and caramelized onions and sandwiched in a baked in-house brioche bun smothered with housemade Thousand Island dressing.

Seven Lamps 3400 Around Lenox Road N.E., Suite 217 Atlanta 30326 404.467.8950

n  When it’s happy hour, you’ll find me at Fadó Irish Pub—it’s the perfect place to meet for drinks. Taking wine home? Sherlock’s has a good selection, which they also carry by the case—it’s where I found my new favorite, Keenan merlot, when we moved to Buckhead. Photo: Sarah Dodge

l Seven Lamps’ 50/50 Burger Arguably Buckhead’s best burger isn’t found on any menu—for a taste, you’ll have to order chef Drew Van Leuvan’s classified creation from memory. Don’t worry, one taste of the burger—made from a blend of Brasstown Beef’s grass-fed brisket and top round—and it will be engrained forever. It’s grilled over a wood fire, covered with melty cheddar, topped with bacon, pickles

Lusca 1829 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30309 678.705.1486

n  When it comes to grocery stores, I shop at Whole Foods. Lucy’s Market on West Paces Ferry and the Peachtree Road Farmers Market are also perfect for foodies to get the best seasonal produce.

s The hushhush trout roe toast at Lusca is not to be missed.

n  When I’m in the mood for ethnic food, I go to Tomo—their sushi is the best. n  Sunday Brunch—my favorite spot is Café Jonah; hands down, the best brunch, not just in Buckhead, but in town. n  Night out on the town and I’m at Whiskey Blue at the W. They’ve got great music, good drinks and views of Buckhead.

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Learn how to cook Indian with Masala Magic filled with spiced-up delights.

Gulshan Singh has been teaching Indian cooking classes for 20 years STORY:

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classes at my house for 10 years because they don’t have a kitchen at the school. Then I started teaching at Whole Foods as well as hosting private classes in my home. I also teach a weeklong Indian course at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, every year.

What’s your favorite dish to cook? Chicken biryani. It’s a very rich dish used for special occasions in India. It’s rice and chicken or lamb decorated with whole spices and herbs and several chutneys. I like it because it’s a one-dish meal. Everyone sits down and digs in.

How did you get started cooking? I got my bachelor’s in India. My major was home science [home economics]. It prepares you in culinary arts and teaches you how to take care of your home and children. One-third of that is focused on food. Then I got married at age 19. My husband lost his mother at age 4 and had not had home-cooked food. He asked me to cook for him; I’ve been cooking ever since.

Tell me about your Farmers Market classes. Right now, I teach a two-hour class at the Buford Highway Farmers Market once a month. The classes cost $35 for a fivecourse meal plus a $10 gift card to the farmers market. We limit the classes to 15 people, and there’s a theme behind each one. [In November], it was the Indian festival Diwali. People can see what we eat during big festivals, so it’s a cultural journey as well as a cooking class. My aim is to show the traditional way of cooking Indian food.

Let’s talk about your cookbook. What’s unique about it? I wrote the book to make it easy for my American students. You read a book from a foreign country and you think, ‘I’ve never heard of this.’ This is easy to understand and explains all the spices.

How did you go from cooking for your husband to cooking professionally? We came to Atlanta 35 years ago. I was running a retail boutique called Sophistication. It was long hours and I got tired of it. I started teaching 20 years ago—Indian and Thai. (I love Thai food and have been to Thailand a lot.) I taught Emory evening

Do you still teach at your house, too? I do private lessons at my home. Couples sit around the island in my kitchen and we cook together. People come celebrate occasions with me—birthdays, Valentine’s Day, bachelorette parties. I can also come to your house or party and do a demonstration or cook.

uckhead resident Gulshan Singh (Shan for short) grew up in India, where she wasn’t allowed to help in the kitchen. Her family had chefs to do that. Moving to the United States and discovering a passion for cooking changed her life. Today, the nearly 70-year-old spends her time teaching others to make traditional Indian treats. She even wrote a cookbook called Masala Magic ($20, order direct from: last year. Here, we get to know the enterprising chef.


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What makes your cooking style special? I can cook a whole meal in 30 minutes. I’m always prepared for unexpected friends stopping over. That’s my specialty. I don’t slog in the kitchen all day. I am an accomplished cook who knows how to cook four dishes on four burners at one time. What do you do in your spare time? I have two children and five grandkids— I love to spend time with them. I want to teach my granddaughters to teach Indian food and carry on the tradition. n

There’s sushi. Then there’s Doraku Sushi.

Doraku is a restaurant, bar and gathering place that celebrates Japanese food, drink and hospitality.


sushi Buckhead Atlanta 267 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta • Tel: 404.842.0005 South Beach • Brickell • Waikiki • Kaka'ako • Buckhead

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



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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-andpea 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: $4-$9 Entrées and thalis: $12-$18

CAFÉ AT PHARR New Orleans owns the po’boy. Philadelphia has its cheese steaks. Maine gave us the lobster roll. So … what about Buckhead? I’d have to say that the neighborhood’s defining dish is chicken salad, the classic bird-and-mayo spread that can be crammed in your mouth between slices of bread or eaten daintily

with a fork. Thanks to the entrepreneurial zeal of Johnny Liu—whose Taiwanese immigrant parents opened the original Café at Pharr in 1993—this comfort food has become a new fast food. You have to love the story of Café at Pharr. An enterprising family comes up with a formula that charms and beguiles the locals: Fresh food served in an accessible and unfussy environment that never loses its friendly neighborhood feel. Entrée sandwiches and salads: $7.50-$9.50

CO’M VIETNAMESE GRILL In a Buford Highway strip mall on the edge of Brookhaven, Co’m has for some time now been my favorite place for the vibrant, aromatic flavors of the Southeast Asian nation that ownerbrothers Duc and Henry Tran once called home. While Atlanta has pho shops aplenty, the stars here are the rice and noodle dishes, which can be ordered with heavenly grilled meats, chicken or fish. The pièce de résistance, though, is the grilled grape-leaf rolls, stuffed with bits of beef, lamb, salmon, duck or tofu; doused in a pool of

Co’m Vietnamese Grill may be simple and unadorned. But it’s home to some of the best Vietnamese food in the city.

sweet-fishy vinaigrette and sprinkled with crushed peanuts and crispy fried scallions. Heaven! Appetizers: $3-$10 Entrées: $7-$18

FOGO DE CHÃO You don’t have to brave the pampas of South America or the wilds of Africa to witness the most primitive form of cooking—and eating—on the planet. Every day of the week, deep in the heart of Buckhead, hunks of meat sizzle over an open fire, and grown men smack their lips and engage in gluttony as a kind of participatory sport. At this Brazilian churrascaria, you can sip caipirinhas and nibble cheese bread; graze from a beautiful, bottomless salad bar; then indulge in an endless parade of meats, carved straight onto your plate by servers in gaucho drag. It’s all quite delicious, though the place can get Vegas crazy at times, so just be prepared for a mob. The full experience: $51.50 (dinner); $32.50 (lunch) Salad bar only: $24.50 (dinner); $22.50 (lunch)

HAL’S “THE STEAKHOUSE” Bhojanic’s Chicken 65 is a tasty, non-fried version of the classic.


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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: $9-$24 Entrées and steaks: $24-$50

JALISCO After nearly three decades, Jalisco remains a giddy, guilty pleasure trip through a tunnel of cheese. This Tex-Mex 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-$9 Entrées: $9-$13 404.233.9244

NEWK’S EATERY This Mississippi-based chain has popped up in the Atlanta market, and though it looks like a fast-food joint, it tastes like homemade. Salads—from shrimp rémoulade salad to a delicious steak-and-blue-cheese version to oldfashioned chicken sal—are a standout. At this casual, family friendly, crowdpleasing spot you can also get sandwiches, pizzas and mac-and-cheese but, refreshingly, no burgers! We are pretty crazy about the sausageand-pepperoni pie, with its thin crust and warm and gooey toppings. And who can resist a crispy rice treat with chocolate and peanut butter? Not us.

Hot milk cake, laden with caramel and touch of sea salt, is a wonderful way to finish a meal at Watershed on Peachtree.

Salads, sandwiches and pizzas: $7-$11


Starters and salads: $4-$18 Entrées: $14-$34

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

under-the-radar can be very seductive. Entrées: $7-$16 (lunch); $12-$30 (dinner)

WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE Co-owned by Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and restaurateur Ross Jones, Watershed is a restaurant with a storied, personality-driven past. It started as a walk-up sandwich shop in Decatur, won a James Beard Award for chef Scott Peacock and moved to Buckhead in 2012. Recently, chef Zeb Stevenson took over the kitchen, and his Southern and sometimes French-accented food is a decided improvement over predecessor Joe Truex. We are crazy about the dreamy chicken-liver mousse, smoked-trout brandade and Appala-

chian cider beans, a cassoulet-like play on pork and beans. A self-taught cook who brings soul, excitement and the occasional spark of genius, Stevenson is less interested in replicating the greatest hits of the past than cooking straight from the heart. We should all respect that. Appetizers: $8-$16 Entrees: $9-$18 (lunch); $20-$35 (dinner)

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When it came to Smash, Tom Catherall—the Atlanta chef behind the Here To Serve restaurant empire—had little to prove. The British native designed the place himself, hanging portraits of Lennon and McCartney around a room of earthy brick, vinyl booths and shiny red kitchen tile. The menu plays like the chef’s greatest hits: skillet-fried chicken, juicy steaks, shrimp and grits. Burgers are among the best in Buckhead. Try the one with pimento cheese and bacon or the simply dressed version with lettuce, tomato, pickles and American cheese. With a glass of Terrapin Hopsecutioner, a Smash burger is a terrific excuse to spend an hour or so at the bar.

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Jim Farmer   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

At a time when all of them could easily rest on their laurels and avoid any more time working, a number of local individuals are doing anything but. From a former football great to a Holocaust survivor to an editor, these extraordinary people—all 60 and over—are as busy and productive as ever, proving that age doesn’t define or limit them. For the record, it’s advisable not to mention the R word around any of them because none are even considering retirement. Read on for their stories.



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s a quarterback, he played college football for four years for the Georgia Bulldogs (winning an SEC Championship in 1959) and professional football for 14 years for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. In 1986, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fran Tarkenton was known for rallying his teams to victory. These days, Tarkenton, 75, works with different kinds of teams. He runs a number of businesses, primarily aimed at small business entrepreneurs. His GoSmallBiz and SmallBizClub provide tools and services for start-ups. Tarkenton’s companies are one-stop shopping for mentoring, building and maintaining websites, handling social media, devising business plans and more. He and his children Matt and Angela help run Tarkenton Financial, an insurance company that specializes in retirement planning for individuals over the age of 50, and daughter Hayley handles social media for all the divisions. (Tarkenton’s wife, Linda, has a hand in the company too, but is not technically an employee.) With the three businesses, Tarkenton has clients all over the country. In the last month, he’s also launched a Tarkenton Institute/Terry School of Business certificate program, via his alma mater, the University of Georgia. It’s an online, 60-hour

program, which he calls a mini MBA. It’s vital for entrepreneurs to learn as much as possible, he feels. “The more education and learning you have, the easier it is to find a job and grow your business,” he says. Determining why owners are starting their business is helpful to them. “What is the mission of business? It’s to help people, to solve problems, to tell the truth, and to listen to people and see what they want. Most people think it is to make money. People do business with those they trust. If you just want to make money, you compromise your principles,” he says. Tarkenton doesn’t believe the mission of life is to work 40 years and then retire. It’s to do for others. “If you have your health, why would you want to stop? I have more ability to help more people at 75 than I did at 35, 45 or 55. I have more knowledge. People doing worthwhile things don’t stop; they stay active and give back more than they are getting. I deal with my family and friends and business 24/7. I enjoy it all. Do I like playing golf better than being in my office? No, I enjoy the interaction, working with people and campaigns and platforms.” He’s lived in Buckhead since 1970. He calls Atlanta the world’s best big city to live in—and the best part of Atlanta, he feels, is Buckhead.


their golden years in the center of the action. As residents at the Renaissance on Peachtree, the Greens have a concierge, a choice of fine cuisine prepared by a Parisian chef, happy hour wine tastings at the community’s Wine Bar, and a limousine to take them to musicals at the Fox Theatre. The community also has a full-time nurse for seniors who need continual care on assisted living levels. “It’s like being on a cruise ship,” says Charles Green, a retired engineer and defense contractor. The following are some of the Buckhead communities other active seniors are choosing.

Lavish retirement communities keep seniors social STORY:

D. Aileen Dodd

Charles and Evelynne Green left their north suburban Atlanta home to spend their retirement years in a place where they could enjoy the good life—theater, shopping, dining at fancy restaurants—and still be near their son. They moved to Buckhead, where upscale retirement communities cater to those who want to spend


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“I have more ability to help more people at 75 than I did at 35, 45 or 55.” He stays fit by walking two to three miles a day, six times a week, and eating healthy. Tarkenton still watches football, but these days, with his HD bigscreen TV, he can stay at home and feel like he is almost there. The game of football has changed some, but not fundamentally,

since he was a player. “It’s not a lot different,” he says. “It’s the same dimensions, the same rules. Teams win, individuals don’t. You have to have a team and respect for each other. It’s a culture for caring for each other. If you don’t do that, you don’t win in college or professional [football] or in life.” n

ATRIA BUCKHEAD Lifestyle: Independent living, assisted living and memory care.

The Atria Buckhead offers discerning residents city living with the ambiance of an all-inclusive resort, from its salon to its heated and covered pool and spa. Residents can sample healthy dishes at master cooking classes run by a chef and try to replicate the meals at home. Atria’s one- and twobedroom homes are equipped with full kitchens and granite countertops. Underground parking, housekeeping and full-time nursing are available. 2848 Lenox Road N.E. 404.382.5480;

CANTERBURY COURT Lifestyle: Continuing care retirement facility.

Canterbury Court offers residents home ownership on a nature reserve in the middle of a bustling city. The



s Eva Friedlander was growing up, she faced horrors most can only imagine— living through the Holocaust. Now, at 94, the Buckhead resident shares WWII stories with today’s generation both in person and through her writing. Friedlander was living in Budapest, Hungary, when the Nazi Party took over. She was 16 at the time. As friends and colleagues were seized, she realized the situation was not getting any better. Eva’s father had left her mother for another woman so it was just the two of them, and they knew they needed to leave. “We didn’t feel safe,” she says. “A young attorney friend called me one afternoon and told me I needed to get away. ‘It is inevitable—they are going to pick you up,’ he said.” She didn’t have any money and didn’t know where to go, so the attorney volunteered to get her and her mother false ID papers. “My name was changed and I had to dye my hair and wear glasses,” she recalls. “I rented a little room in a boarding house and worked for various people.” Her mother worked as a nanny and the two met once a week, discreetly. Eventually the Allied forces landed and started pushing the Nazis out. After the war, Eva met George Friedlander, a scientist who was part of a team that perfected penicillin for public use. They moved to Italy in 1948 and married a year later. She studied at Rome’s Fine Art Academy, and antiques and paintings became a passion. She and her husband moved to Atlanta in 1950. While he worked at Emory, she had a position with Rich’s downtown store as a buyer. Later she worked at ADAC and at her own antiques shop in Vinings. Articulate and charismatic, Friedlander has been a volunteer with the William Breman Jewish Heri-

small “one-stop” community of 200 homes features 10 acres of verdant grounds that have earned national certification as a wildlife sanctuary. Residents can sit and watch native birds, stroll the lush grounds or par-

“My name was changed and I had to dye my hair and wear glasses.” tage Museum for the last three years, where she gets to interact with children and tell her story. It’s something she enjoys tremendously. “These are the people that are not infected with hate, or not indoctrinated with bad ideas,” she says. “It’s very rewarding to talk to them.” She was thrown a bit when some of the children first asked why the Nazis didn’t like the Jews. “That is a difficult question; how do you answer that? I improvised quickly.” Her explanation was that for leaders of states or countries wanting to explain economical or financial problems affecting the citizens, it was convenient to blame Jewish people. She has also told her stories in a few local documentaries. Her husband passed away in 2001. She has two

children: a son, Lewis, and a daughter, Lynne. Although she is almost blind due to macular degeneration, she’s as active as she can be. In 2010, she co-wrote and published a memoir titled Nine Lives of a Marriage: A Curious Journey, with Simply Buckhead writer Mickey Goodman, dealing with the Friedlanders’ wartime experiences and George’s 45-year love affair with another woman. She contributes to The Jewish Georgian newspaper as well. When her husband died, she moved from their old residence to her current one in Buckhead. She has an amazing patio where she likes to relax and garden. It’s a welcome home to her. “I feel comfortable here—and safe,” she says. n

ticipate in one of 40 wellness classes offered weekly. Three on-site restaurants feature healthy selections, including the fine dining menu at Hancock’s. Canterbury also has plenty of extras—spa services, a heated pool, a movie theater, book clubs and a chapel for worship. Residents take advantage of their prime location and enjoy the arts community in Buckhead. “We are the No. 1 season ticket holders to the Atlanta Symphony,” Mark Lenox, Canterbury’s marketing director, says of the community.



Lifestyle: Independent living and continuing care facility.

Lifestyle: Independent and assisted living.

Lenbrook, one of 250 retirement communities nationwide to be accredited as a quality continuing care facility, provides a setting where retirees can enjoy their golden years in comfort and luxury. The community has a concierge, a heated pool and Jacuzzi, a game room for billiards, and three restaurants. The on-site health center offers long-term nursing care, memory care and rehabilitative services.

3750 Peachtree Road N.E 404.261.6611;

3747 Peachtree Road N.E. 404.233.3000;

Country club-style living in a community with a theater, a heated pool, a fitness instructor and a spa. Meals are served on white tablecloths in a restaurant with city views. The Piedmont at Buckhead is where those 55 and up enjoy the good life. The community features spacious apartments with generous closet space and private balconies. The penthouse on the 20th floor offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Buckhead. Underground parking is available for those

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ohn Schaffner, 74, can’t get enough of the news. He’s been writing and editing it for more than 50 years now, much of it Buckhead-specific. Ironically, he had no desire to be a journalist until he worked as the managing editor for his college newspaper, caught the bug and veered away from his original plan to teach. Just out of Florida State University, Schaffner began his journalism career in 1963 at the St. Petersburg Times, before moving to the Palm Beach Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1977 he was lured to Atlanta to be the executive news editor of the Atlanta Constitution, where he climbed the ranks to become managing editor. One of the big stories during his tenure was the Atlanta child murders that took place from 1979 to 1981. “I would literally sleep with a beeper near my bed in case there was any breaking news,” he recalls. This was during a period where news wasn’t available 24/7 and people were more reliant on newspapers for information. Those were the days, too, when the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution were different newspapers—and competitors. When the papers merged in 1982, he was squeezed out; the paper didn’t need two managing editors. He went into public relations for a number of years, eventually opening

his own company, Corporate Image Group, Inc., headquartered in Sandy Springs. But he never really loved the field. In 2001 he got a call from colleague Debbie Eason, co-founder of Creative Loafing, who asked if he would be interested in doing a newsletter to promote a building on the west side of town that she had just bought. Schaffner’s proposal: Why not do a newspaper for the west side instead? Their venture became the Story newspapers. “We originally wanted to call it West Side Story but that name wasn’t available,” he laughs. They built it up to six newspapers at one point, including a Buckhead paper. In 2006, he left and took a job as an editor with the Reporter Newspapers, which covered areas such as Buckhead and Sandy Springs and eventually Brookhaven. Instead of retiring, he started his website in 2011, at the age of 70. It’s the only independent news site covering the Buckhead community. Schaffner has had to adapt to online reporting practices, such as updating the site several times a day, including weekends. Yet while the current trend is to write smaller for shorter attention spans, he has resisted that. His articles run long and he doesn’t mind, nor do his readers. He doesn’t make a huge profit from the site, but it keeps him doing

who need it. “The Piedmont, which opened in 2007, is one of the newest independent and assisted living communities in the city,” says Sally Ann Sancto, the Piedmont’s sales and marketing director. “We have all-day dining, which no one else has. Our residents can order what they want for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

a fine hotel, from its Sunday jazz brunch parties to its chauffeur-driven fleet of vehicles on standby ready to whisk residents off to concerts or medical appointments and to the doorsteps of family homes. The community underwent a $9 million renovation in 2013 and 2014 that updated apartments and expanded the dining room. The Renaissance has spacious suites for active seniors and studios for those in need of nursing care. The community, run by executive director Woody DeWeese, who has a background in the hospitality industry, focuses on providing comfort. Transportation and dining room managers

650 Phipps Boulevard N.E. 404.419.7134;

RENAISSANCE ON PEACHTREE Lifestyle: Independent living with assisted care levels.

The Renaissance is a retirement community with the ambiance of


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“I am having as much fun now doing this as I’ve ever had.” what he wants to do. Schaffner and his wife, Karen, have lived in Buckhead since 2007. They have three children, Georgia, Brian and Laura. In his spare time, he likes to travel, play golf, go boating and shop. He’s having some issues with his knees now but is hoping he

have dedicated a combined 47 years to the property. “We absolutely love caring for our seniors,” DeWeese says. 3755 Peachtree Road N.E. 404.436.6051;

can resume normal physical activities soon. Having reached his goal to be the managing editor of a major daily newspaper, he realizes everything else is icing. He’s crazy about his current gig. “I am having as much fun now doing this as I’ve ever had.” n



ports have always been a passion for Bernie Mullin, so it’s fitting that he’s built a career getting others excited about them. In 2008, using 30 years of experience from executive roles in sports organizations, he founded The Aspire Group, where he serves as CEO and president. Based out of Buckhead, the company focuses on sports marketing. Mullin has 200 employees working in seven countries, in 17 different sports, generating $250 million in annual revenue. Most clients are collegiate teams, the biggest being Georgia Tech. Growing up in Liverpool, England, he played soccer for the Oxford City Football Club from 1969 to 1973 before pursuing his education. An undergraduate degree in business from Coventry University in England came first, before he moved to the U.S. and received an M.S. in marketing, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in business from the University of Kansas. A stint as the senior vice president of business with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 led to a similar job in 1991 with the Colorado Rockies expansion team. Mullin was at the reins when the team broke an all-time major league baseball attendance record—4.8 million fans in one year. After going to work with the NBA in 2000 as the senior vice president of marketing and team business, he moved to Atlanta in 2004 to become president and CEO of Atlanta Spirit, which then comprised the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena. It was a transitional period for all three. “The Hawks, Thrashers and Philips were losing $47 million a year when we got here, but we kept the losses down to $13 million during my years, while completely rebuilding the Hawks,” he says. He got rid of all the players and started over from scratch, going through the NBA draft and helping create the foundation for today’s team. The Thrashers had never had a winning season but made the playoffs in Mullin’s second season, while Philips blossomed into a profitable venue. Four years later, it was time to move on to a different challenge and he left to create Aspire.

GOLDEN GROUPS Buckhead’s active adults don’t have to travel far to enjoy activities that will keep them engaged in their passions for art, sports, serving others and self-improvement. STORY:

D. Aileen Dodd

A variety of social, athletic and community service organizations in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven welcome seniors as members. Many are in need

“We have a company of young professionals, and I love being able to help point them in the right direction.” Yet times had changed. “It’s not your father’s sports marketing where the box office just sat there, answered the phone and handled demand,” he says. “Today’s millennials don’t want to spectate the way their parents or grandparents did. If they do, they want to have a fully interactive experience.” That stadium experience has to surpass the “50-inch flat-screen in a man cave with $1 beer” experience. Aspire conducts research to gather information on those coming to games and those watching on TV or online—and determining ticket and entertainment buying patterns. “[As part of what

we do], I should know who you are, what you like and what will resonate with you.” Mullin and his wife, Valerie, have lived in Chastain Park 11 years. They have four children, Julie, Lara, Chad and Steven. In his spare time, Mullin enjoys golf, music and travel. Still a Hawks fan, he’s enjoyed cheering on the team’s successful season. What drives him to continue working is being around young people. More than 180 Aspire employees are below age 25. “We have a company of young professionals, and I love being able to help point them in the right direction.” n

of the business savvy and support of seasoned retirees with spare time to volunteer. Here are some of those groups. ART PARTNERS Are you an art aficionado? You can show your support for the arts and get exclusive access to High Museum events by joining the volunteer and social club Art Partners. Membership is $40 for individuals and $70 for couples. It includes free events for adults of all

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ages, including book club meetings, educational programs, and private home and studio tours. 404.733.4521

BUCKHEAD HERITAGE SOCIETY Are you passionate about history and preserving the quality of life in your neighborhood? You can join like-minded adults of all ages at the Buckhead Heritage Society. A group of Buckhead residents founded the nonprofit in 2006 to protect the community’s historic resources. From helping to relocate the Randolph-Lucas House to rehabilitating Harmony Grove Cemetery, the organization works to protect historic sites and beautify aging areas. Members also receive discount ticket prices to special events. Memberships

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harlene Crusoe-Ingram loves being around people, working with and mentoring them. It’s always been a component of who she is, leading to an amazing career at Coca-Cola and now independently as a consultant. She admits to being 60-plus but won’t pinpoint an exact age. “A lot of people tell me that I don’t look my age, but I am,” she laughs. After growing up in Mississippi and attending Bradley University in Illinois, where she earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and her M.A. in personnel services, she gained practical experience in jobs across the county. While living in Chicago, she got a call from a recruiter telling her of an opening at The CocaCola Company. She came down to Atlanta, interviewed, and ended up in human resources for the fountain side of the company in 1988. Her husband, Earnest, didn’t move until later that spring when his employer transferred him to Atlanta. Over time, Crusoe-Ingram took on more responsibility at the beverage giant. The fun for her was being on the operating side, where she spent all of her career except for the final 18 months. “You were part of the business, engaged in their success,” she recalls. “The custom-

ers were great. One year business was so great, we went to Maui, with significant others. One of the senior people said if you make your numbers you can go back to Maui next year—and we did!” Among the positions she held were director of human resources for Coca-Cola USA Fountain; vice president, client services, Coca-Cola USA; and senior vice president, organization and people strategy, Coca-Cola North America. In 1997, she discovered she had pancreatic cancer, but made the decision to continue to work. While the survival rate for that kind of cancer is very low, she made it through and afterwards had a new outlook. She jumped headfirst back into work. Eventually, though, she decided to retire from Coke and start a new professional life. She announced her retirement in 2003 and actually left in 2005. She took a year off and did some traveling with her husband to Florence, Paris and Venice, then took on a few gigs, one with NDC Health. In 2006, she started her own consulting firm, Crusoe-Ingram Consulting LLC, where she spends a lot of time as an executive coach. When she and Earnest (married for more than 30 years) moved to

for individuals start at $50; corporate rates start at $250.

Congregational Church in Buckhead. Attendees should arrive by 6:45 p.m. Guests can visit for free. Dues vary for members. Member initiation fee is $80. Six-month memberships are $165; three-month memberships are $112. For more information, email


BUCKHEAD TOASTMASTERS Share your life, your opinions and travel experiences with an audience who appreciates the gift of the gab. Individuals of all ages can perfect their public speaking skills at Buckhead Toastmasters, a group dedicated to building self-confidence in those who speak before crowds or want tips on effective one-on-one communication. Buckhead Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Central


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“I feel fortunate to be alive and I want to make the most of the rest of my life.” Atlanta, they were attracted to Buckhead and decided to settle here. Crusoe-Ingram Consulting is currently based out of her Buckhead home. In her downtime, she enjoys reading and engaging with friends. She also loves community work and the arts and is on the board for both Meals on Wheels and the High Museum of Art, where she

is on the search committee for a new executive director. Having gotten a second chance after her cancer, she appreciates all she does these days. “I can continue to do a lot with my life. I feel fortunate to be alive and I want to make the most of the rest of my life. I am looking to do great things in the community.” n

DOROTHY C. BENSON SENIOR MULTIPURPOSE COMPLEX Join other seniors for fitness classes, music lessons, games, educational seminars and more at Sandy Springs’ Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex. The complex sup-

ports the health, social, intellectual and recreational needs of retirees. Contact the complex for membership information. 404.613.4900

EMORY SENIOR MENTOR PROGRAM Join the effort to improve patient care for seniors by volunteering as a mentor at Emory University. The program



is is an art that not many can master— and that fewer and fewer even try to do. John Franciscus is one of only a few dozen master engravers in the country. Franciscus, 78, has a studio inside LJ Lewis Silver Company in Sandy Springs, not far from his Buckhead home. What he does is something of a lost art—hand engraving monograms and names on precious metal. He learned his craft as a teenager in the Netherlands more than 60 years ago, beginning his training at The Royal Silverworks in Voorschoten at the age of 15. It took him a few years to become something of an expert. “You improve it as you do more, just like a tennis player or soccer player,” he admits. He’s been a full-time engraver for the last 35 years. Franciscus moved to Canada in 1956 and then to the United States in 1982 on the advice of colleagues. “I’ve never looked back,” he says. He quickly got to work, made a name for himself and had his own Buckhead store, Zonneveld Silver, for a few years. Most engraving these days is done by a computer-controlled machine or a laser, but Franciscus uses old-fashioned hand engraving tools. “The kind Paul Revere had,” he laughs. His services are very much in demand and he loves what he does. “I enjoy it, it’s never boring, and I have a nice clientele,” he says. “I make people smile. There’s never a bad day at work.” He has engraved for celebrities such as Jimmy Carter, Jane Fonda and Burt Reynolds, as well as companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and BellSouth. The Masters golf tournament was another client; Franciscus engraved the winners’ trophies until seven years ago when he took a break. The most elaborate piece he ever designed was a sterling silver flask that was presented to a producer at the Cannes Film Festival.

“I make people smile. There’s never a bad day at work.” He is divorced and has four children—Edwin, Cynthia, Annie and Andrew, the only one who lives locally, in Decatur—and works pretty much every day of the week. He brings his cat, Joey, to the store with him often. Outside of work he enjoys oil painting. His other huge passion is soccer. Franciscus is a dedicated player in a 50-plus Roswell league where he plays a few times a week. He started playing when he

of the Emory University School of Medicine and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing pairs seniors age 65 and up with medical students to help them gain an understanding and compassion for their elderly patients. For more information, email

projects and special events by joining the Friends of CHOA North Buckhead, which raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The grassroots support network attracts residents of all ages in support of the hospital. For more information, email Maddy Kikkert:

404.728.4902 mentor_program.html


FRIENDS OF CHOA Do you have free time to volunteer to help sick kids? You can participate in service

RED HAT SOCIETY OF ATLANTA Ladies 50 and up looking for fun and fellowship can don their fancy hats and gloves and par-

ticipate in outings sponsored by the Red Hat Society of Georgia. The events promote sisterhood and celebrate the strength of women. Several chapters can be found across metro Atlanta, including the Red Hat Society chapter at Atria Buckhead, 2848 Lenox Avenue. The Red Hat Society of Georgia is hosting the state conference, “The 2525 Red Hat Odyssey,” from Oct. 16 to 18 at Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel in Dunwoody. 855.336.8383

was 11, after school and on lunch breaks. Since then he’s participated in other sports, but none have given him the pleasure soccer has. The oldest person on his team, he jokes that he can hold his own with younger colleagues. It’s something that keeps him sharp physically and emotionally. “It’s a beautiful game,” he says. “It has created a beautiful outlet for me to be outdoors, and it absolutely stirs my soul.” n

SENIOR GOLFERS ASSOCIATION OF ATLANTA Retirees who are veteran golfers or new to the game can spend time playing the sport with the Senior Golfers Association of Atlanta. Members must be 55 and up. Dues are $25 annually. The club’s mission is “good golf and fine fellowship.” The club, which travels across the metro area to Sugar Creek, Bobby Jones and Eagles Landing golf courses as well as courses beyond state lines, sponsors fall tournaments and meets regularly for golf outings, banquets and other events.

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DANCIN’ These senior performers aren’t ready to cede the floor STORY:

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Need some inspiration to make positive changes? Look no further than Sandra Ferrier and Jan Collins. The two are dancers in local troupes whose members are well into retirement age. But don’t suggest that these super seniors sit back and take life easy!

t SANDRA FERRIER Most people have the same initial reaction when seeing a photo of Sandra Ferrier. “They don’t think it’s me!” she says with a laugh. “But I think I’m what 73 should look like these days.” A stylish Brookhaven resident, Ferrier— mother of two, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of two—could easily while away her days doting on her brood. In fact, she tried retiring five years ago and hated it. So she renewed her license as a speech


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pathologist and now works full-time with deaf children at the Atlanta Speech School in Buckhead. And when she’s not teaching, she dances with the Atlanta Silver Classix Crew, a 32-person group whose members, between the ages of 50 and 73, perform rigorous routines at local sporting events. “When I first saw the ad for auditions five years ago, I had the same image most people had: It would be a bunch of old people walking around the floor,” Ferrier says. “But we’re not a geezer group. We do splits, jumps and turns. I see the team as a metaphor for what it means to be healthy and vibrant.” As a young adult, Ferrier earned a living as a professional dancer, traveling with troupes and entertainers across the South. She admits she never thought she’d dance again until the Classix came along. “It’s turned out to be fabulous fun,” she says. “I love when we’re introduced, and you can hear the audience groan. They don’t expect to see what we can do.” The reactions to the team’s routines are always wildly enthusiastic. But Ferrier doesn’t think people should be so surprised to see men and women in the senior-citizen bracket staying active. “I don’t have good genes; my mother and grandmother died young, and I don’t want that legacy for my daughters,” she says. “I’m a 20-year breast cancer survivor, and that brought me into a conscious life about my health and how the spirit and mind also go into my youthful appearance and energy. I don’t like to use the words ‘old’ and ‘aging.’ They create a negative image. For me, this dance group is symbolic of people living longer and not replicating the aging they saw in their parents.” n

s JAN COLLINS As a teenager in East Atlanta, Jan Collins was part of her high school’s majorette corps. And since her band director also led musicians at Georgia Tech, she was recruited to perform with the Tech band as well. In those days, the engineering school was all-male, and Collins has fond memories of weekly practices on the baseball field. “We went to practice and the whole student body turned out to watch us,” she recalls with a laugh. “I was one of eight girls who started that tradition.” These days, the former drama teacher and Sandy Springs grandmother of six (who won’t divulge her age) stays in shape by tap dancing. “I’ve done that all my life, and it’s still my chosen exercise. I tap at least a couple of times a week at a school on Northside Drive.” For the last year, Collins has shown off her dancing feet as part of the Dream Supremes, a 15-member cheerleading and dance squad that performs at the WNBA Atlanta Dream games. Members’ ages average 62, but their splits, jumps and twirls certainly belie that number. “I loved the idea of dancing with a corps; ensemble dancing has also been fun for me,” she says. “With the Supremes, I love the music, which is very contemporary.” Collins has also used dance as a way to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, she was part of the organization’s “Dancing Stars of Atlanta,” a competitive ballroom show à la “Dancing with the Stars.” “I had my arm twisted for that one,” Collins admits. “I had never done ballroom dancing, much less competitively. But I wanted to get involved because I’m very impressed with what the association is doing, and now I’m going to co-chair the event next year.” Dancing in any form is not only Collins’ way to stay active. “It gets you out of your own little circle,” she says. “It’s a great way to meet all kinds of folks.” n

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Sunday Supper Photos: Sara Mosser Photography

SIMPLY HAPPENING This year’s Sunday Supper is a sitdown dinner where Atlanta chefs put creative spins on local ingredients.


All ages can enjoy tasting samples of homemade ice cream. All you need is a spoon!

Peachtree Road Farmers Market’s annual events highlight farm-fresh ingredients Sunday Supper June 14

Slow Food Atlanta Ice Cream Social June 20 event/1559440

The public votes for the winner

Atlanta’s largest producer-only market celebrates of the Ice Cream Social. summer’s bounty with local, farm-fresh fare at the third annual Sunday Supper. This year, nine Nothing welcomes summer like ice cream. But how about some chefs will prepare dishes composed of ingredispoonfuls of interesting flavors you’ve never sampled before—olive Guests gather for a meal ents from Peachtree Road Farmers Market’s own oil or sweet corn ice cream, anyone? The ninth annual event draws made from summer’s freshest vendors. Buckhead chefs include Nick Leahy of Atlanta chefs and amateurs competing to be “the cream of the crop” ingredients at Sunday Supper. Saltyard and Thomas McKeown of The Grand by utilizing local vegetables to create unique ice cream flavors. All Hyatt Buckhead, and Second Self Beer Company is pouring their brews. The meal guests need to bring are spoons and their appetites. As you taste, is served family style, and guests can expect to pile their plates high with pork and you vote for your favorite ice cream flavor. The ice cream social is beef from Riverview Farms, as well as produce like peaches, from 12 to 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults fresh lettuces, cucumbers and tomatoes. Local co-ed a capand $5 for children 5 to 10 years old. A limited Peachtree Road Farmers Market pella group The Graduates provide entertainment with their number will be sold at the event so you are 2744 Peachtree Road vocal beats and bops as they perform bubbly covers. The Sunadvised to buy tickets in advance. Proceeds day Supper will be served indoors at the Cathedral of St. Philip from the event will benefit the Atlanta chapter Atlanta 30305 and tickets are $75 per person. Funds from the event support of Slow Food International and the Peachtree 404.365.1078 Peachtree Road Farmers Market programs and operations. Road Farmers Market. – Alexa Lampasona

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Children relive their favorite fairy tales at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Heritage Sandy Springs features outdoor concerts with their Rhythm and Brews series.

Photo: Jeff Roffman Photography

Photo: Heritage Sandy Springs

“ONCE UPON A TIME … EXPLORING THE WORLD OF FAIRY TALES” Through July 26 The Children’s Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W. Atlanta 30313 404.659.5437 When the last page is turned in your child’s favorite fairy tale, they don’t have to feel like the fun is over. At “Once Upon a Time … Exploring the World of Fairy Tales,” children can relive seven famous fairy tales with life-size exhibits. Visitors enter the storybook kingdom through a magic portal (an arched doorway in the shape of a book jacket) and, once inside, interactive scenes teach the history of each tale. Step inside Beauty and the Beast’s castle and strum the harpsichord; climb Jack’s beanstalk into the ogre’s treetop house; or work as a cobbler at the Shoemaker and the Elves exhibit—how fun!

SONG OF THE SOUTH June 3 and 10 Canoe 4199 Paces Ferry Road S.E. Atlanta 30339 770.432.2663 Canoe restaurant ushers in warm weather with its seasonal outdoor music series “Song of the South.” Order drinks and small plates from Canoe’s River Bar, such as their easily shareable house-smoked salmon paired with a vibrant rosé from


the extensive wine list. Then, lounge in Adirondack chairs along the banks of the Chattahoochee River to listen as music floats across the landscape. Catch the last two performances this month on June 3 with Kate and Corey, and on June 10 with Smokey’s Farmland Band. Both local Atlanta bands perform bluegrass-style music. Kate and Corey add influences of rock riffs and Smokey’s Farmland Band instills gypsy jazz rhythms into their sets. Song of the South is from 7 to 10 p.m. on the lawn behind the restaurant.

THE ST. REGIS ATLANTA SUMMER TEA June 19-August 30 88 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.563.7799 As the season starts to warm up, take advantage of a relaxing afternoon tea in the Atlanta Tea Room in The St. Regis’ Astor Court. The bright colors and lemon hues of summer adorn tables while luxury blends from Tealeaves offer sharp citrus notes to perk up your palate at this prim and proper teatime. Butlers treat you to an array of traditional tea accompaniments, such as savory petite sandwiches, scones and pastries, in addition to refreshing melons and berries. Afternoon tea occurs weekly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The price is $40 per guest and includes complimentary valet parking. Reservations are preferred.

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BROOKHAVEN BEER FEST June 13 Apple Valley Road (behind Brookhaven MARTA station) Brookhaven 30319 More than 150 beers will be poured at the fifth annual Brookhaven Beer Fest. From local stars like Red Hare Brewing, Jailhouse Brewing and Monday Night Brewing to national favorites like Shock Top and Blue Moon Brewing, beer geeks can sample styles including IPAs, stouts, ales and lagers. The festival runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Sailing to Denver and Ocean Street perform their harmonious acoustic and indie rock tunes throughout the afternoon. For perfect pairings with beer, enjoy the salty pleasures of fried comfort foods provided by Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Five Finger Philly and Pub 71.

RHYTHM & BREWS June 25 Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn at Heritage Green 6110 Bluestone Road Sandy Springs 30328 404.851.9111 ext. 3 Happy hour and outdoor concerts fuse together with the Rhythm & Brews series at Heritage Sandy Springs. Each concert highlights an up-andcoming band, and June’s third Thursday concert features Gareth Asher and the Earthlings. The Atlanta-based band performs country and folk rock,

The Legendary Fourth of July fireworks at Lenox Square. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

with Asher leading with his soulful vocals and guitar. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics and their own drinks, however, Red Hare Brewing beer and Copa di Vino wine, as well as food from Breadwinner Café will be available.

FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH June 21 The Café at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead  3434 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.237.2700 Celebrate your dad with a feast of nearly 200 food favorites, such as mini-sliders and desserts made by The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead’s in-house pastry chef. Craft beer samplers let Pop taste brews, such as “A Night in Brussels” IPA from Three Taverns or Victory “Golden Monkey” tripel from Victory Brewing Company. Throughout the 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch, televisions will be broadcasting sports programs so he can cheer on his team, in typical dad fashion. The cost for the buffet is $65 per person and reservations are required.

JENNIFER DANIELS June 26 Steve’s Live Music 234 Hilderbrand Drive Sandy Springs 30328 404.441.9475 Mellow, heart-filled acoustics make for a relaxing Friday night at Steve’s Live Music. Jennifer Daniels’ style mingles pop, rock and singer-songwriter.

Selections from both of her latest albums—Summer Filled Sky and Dive & Fly—will tap into the emotions of the crowd with her well-crafted, inspiring lyrics. Jason Kenney opens for Daniels; his style melds folk and rock with a dash of country. General admission tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online or at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m. with Kenney, followed by Daniels.

LEGENDARY FOURTH OF JULY Lenox Square 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.233.6767 The Buckhead night sky lights up with fireworks for the 56th annual Fourth of July celebration. The evening celebration begins at 6 p.m. with live music by Gump Fiction, known for their ’90s-style covers. At 7:45 p.m., jam out with headliner band Party on the Moon. The 13-piece band’s high-energy performance will have you dancing and singing along to popular hit songs. For the best seat, the stage is in the corner of the parking lot by Peachtree and Lenox Road. Additionally, crowds can gather in the parking lot in front of the Macy’s garage. Once the sun sets, grab blankets and snag a seat in the parking lot to watch a grand total of 4,000 fireworks ignite the Buckhead sky. The show is scheduled to begin at 9:40 p.m. and is expected to last more than 16 minutes. All shows are free to the public.


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Event co-chairs Wendy Lewis, Evangeline Walker and Lainie Powell.

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Erin and Randy Whitty Presenting sponsors Kevin and Lee Kleinhelter.

Attendees gather at the home of HGTV’s Vern Yip to celebrate the Brookwood Hills Tour of Homes.

Photos: Ninh Chau

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o kick off the Brookwood Hills Tour of Homes, a fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, HGTV’s Vern Yip and Craig Koch hosted a Patron Party at their beautiful south Buckhead home. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed bites by Dennis Dean Catering and specialty cocktails from American Spirit Whiskey. Guests participated in a raffle to celebrate CHOA’s 100th anniversary and the festivities continued at an after party held at Watershed on Peachtree. Two days later, the biennial Brookwood Hills Tour of Homes, sponsored by Pieces and K2 Construction, showcased five homes with varying architectural styles. The event raised $32,000 for CHOA. Matt and Anna Cate Little

Yong Pak, Sarah Hagood Craig Koch and Vern Yip with daughter Vera and son Gavin.

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Hoochie committee chairs Chris and Brooke Anderson, The Nature Conservancy Executive Director Deron Davis

Arjun Srinivasan, James and Barry Kaminer, John and Andrea Pruitt Tom and Ellen Harbin The Buckhead home of Jennifer and Martin Flanagan.

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THE HOOCHIE PATRON PARTY Raymond and Virginia Singletary


he Patron Party for the 21st annual Hoochie, “Flight in the Forest,” an outdoor dinner and dance party benefiting The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, took place at the Buckhead home of Jennifer and Martin Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco. Beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception, the event featured birds from the Chattahoochee Nature Center, gourmet cuisine from Epting Events and remarks from The Nature Conservancy’s executive director in Georgia, Deron Davis. Honorary chair Jeannie Wright also addressed the 100 attendees—some of the Conservancy’s most dedicated supporters in Georgia—who sipped Bird of Paradise signature drinks while mingling on the Flanagans’ gorgeous lawn. At 7 p.m., everyone headed to Tophat Soccer Fields for the main event, which drew 420 guests and raised more than $318,000 for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, adding to the more than $4 million it has raised in the last 21 years to protect Georgia’s woods, waters and coast.

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