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f you haven’t heard about Buckhead’s newest speakeasy-style watering hole, Supply & Demand, you aren’t alone. Opened in September along Cains Hill Place behind Churchill’s British Pub, this 25-and-up bar is an intimate address that is easy to overlook. Though, according to founding partner Brandon Lewis, that’s part of the appeal. “The inspiration was built off of the Wall Street economic principle of supply and demand,” says Lewis. “We’re curating beverage sources with high or discerning tastes instead of mainstream tastes. The supply is going to be very limited, which will hopefully lead to a high demand.” Adding to Supply & Demand’s sense of exclusivity is its “members-only” requirement. While membership is free, patrons will have to be invited by the bar to become a member before they’re allowed into it. Membership is nontransferable. If and when you do finally get inside Supply & Demand, you’ll find a sort of Chops-meetsSt. Regis hybrid—very high-end, very Buckhead and very elite. The gleaming bar is the picture of opulence with $20,000 worth of mosaic

subway tile, a custom oak bar and tremendous amounts of white marble with seating at the bar and at small tables. Taken in its entirety, it’s the picture of a 1920s-1930s-era hideaway, aiming to attract both the glamorous socialite and the well-connected hipster. Lewis, who also owns Establishment, which relocated from Buckhead to Midtown this spring, has replicated the service and general vibe of Establishment here at Supply & Demand, and frequent visitors will notice the similarities. Though the menu is gourmet small bites (such as caviar), the focus here is on the hard-to-come-by liquor selection, featuring rare vintages of Japanese whiskey, scotches and bourbons, along with beer, wine and a “regal” list of what Lewis refers to as “craft-tails.” Open at 5 p.m. during the week and 7 or 8 p.m. on Saturday, the bar also hosts a deejay Friday and Saturday.

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TRAVEL NEAR: SARASOTA WITH A CELEBRITY Even toting a toddler along for a weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota makes for a memorable affair





Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Mary Pat Matheson plots its path to success

Buckhead’s Tomer Zvulun ditched his career plans to focus on his passion


WELL-KEPT SECRET 1Kept offers a cool vibe and contemporary flair



SWISS STYLE Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha and wife, Bertille, partner on the Buckhead opening of Attom Concept Store

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[ B E H I N D T H E C OV E R ] There is nothing swankier than a private jet. And while we don’t all get the pleasure of owning a plane for travel on a whim, none of us would refuse an invitation to fly on one—especially not the travel-loving road warriors we feature in this issue’s cover story. We photographed each of them at the posh Jet Linx Atlanta hangar at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. From the comfy leather seats in the waiting room to the plush surroundings of the aircrafts, it was a first-class affair. And our cover model, consultant Randy Keim, played the epitome of a jetsetter. “Well, since this is my fortieth flight on a private jet...” he joked as we asked him to tone down his smile and channel his best GQ face. It didn’t take long for Chief PhotogProducers: Sara Hanna, Giannina Smith Bedford, rapher Sara Hanna to capture Joanne Hayes a selection of stellar images, but Chief Photographer: Sara Hanna Photo assistant: Scott Reeves when it was all a wrap, we were Stylist: Abbie Koopote hesitant to awake from our jetHair/Makeup: Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency setter dream. Travel is a wonderful Model: Meghan Otis, Click Models Atlanta thing, no matter how you do it, Model’s wardrobe: Clothing, Zara, Lenox Square; shoes Valentino Rockstud; jewelry, LA Stein; but a journey on a Jet Linx Louis Vuitton luggage, Bella Bag. aircraft—as we learned during this Shot on location at the Jet Linx Atlanta hangar cover shoot—is a very lovely perk. at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

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y expat dad always says, “Planes leave every day.” Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

In other words, you can always make your dream of visiting a foreign land a reality. And before I became a mom, I truly lived to travel. Now that I have a mini-me to bring along, my luggage is a little more cumbersome, and a night on the town ends much earlier, but the thrill of discovering an unfamiliar place has only been enhanced. Getting off a plane in a new nation or crossing a country or state border gives me a natural high that I will continue to crave for the rest of my days and hope to pass along to my pint-sized explorer.

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I know the seasoned travelers Simply Buckhead interviewed for this issue’s cover feature know exactly what I mean. Their passports are filled with stamps from far-flung locales, and they have travel memories galore. They’ve eaten sea urchin in Germany, boiled bullfrog with bean curd in China and guinea pig in Peru, while logging more frequent flyer points than they can probably count. Some met their life and travel partners while traversing the planet. And no matter how many exotic destinations they check off their bucket lists—Antarctica, New Zealand, Israel, to name a few—they’re always looking for new lands to conquer and adventures to undertake. Along their many miles, they’ve learned valuable lessons and tips they share, as well as some hard-to-believe tales of life on the road. This issue also offers expert advice from gurus in the travel biz on topics such as how to best ship your travel purchases home and get the best seat on a plane. Buckhead mom Lisa Gleim-Jones also weighs in on how to make traveling with a child a smooth and pleasant affair—something I’m still figuring out (read about my family weekend in Sarasota, Florida on page 18). What I’ve learned through my country hopping is that it’s not so much about the places you go, but the people—big and small—you share it with that make all the difference. We thank all the globetrotters in this issue for sharing their inspiring voyages with us. Now get online and book a ticket because, as my dad says, planes leave every day.

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pend warm summer days outside at the newly renovated Chastain Park Playground. Reopened for families on March 19, the play zone features two long and bumpy slides, three giant ‘oodle’ swings, a climbing wall and a place for making music on drums and chimes. While the new playground replaces an outdated facility, pieces

of the original space were salvaged, refurbished and retained. Chastain Park Conservancy’s Communications Director Randee Kelly says, “Just like art, play is never wrong, and the playground was designed to encourage kids to play however their sweet little imaginations desire. An Oh the Places You’ll Go kind of playground, if you will.” More plans

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Chastain Park’s playground reopens with new additions and even bigger plans for the future.

for the playground are on the horizon as well. “We also want to offer a variety of play experiences for children ranging in age from toddlers to teens,” Kelly says. “Once we have paid for the first phase of the playground, we hope to begin a secondary smaller campaign to add a zip line, climbing tower and toddler-play area.” n

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NEWS BITES LOCAL BUSINESSES PICK UP PARK From 1 to 4 p.m. on June 12, members of the Brookhaven community are invited to come together to clear fallen tree limbs, debris and invasive plants during a cleanup day at Murphey Candler Park. This year, area resident Steve Peters is asking local businesses to sponsor specific locations around the park and “take custody” of an individual area for both regular upkeep and cleanup days as well. Through Peters'

initiative, along with regular volunteer cleanup days throughout the year, the park will stay beautiful for all to enjoy. Also mark your calendar for Sept. 24 at the same time for another cleanup day. Murphey Candler Park 1551 West Nancy Creek Drive Brookhaven 30319 404.313.4348

STRIKE A POSE AT LENOX SQUARE See celebrities, fashion designers and models caught

on camera at the recent art installation, Striking Poses by Atlanta photographer Ben Rose, at Lenox Square. The exhibit offers guests a front-row seat to some of the city’s signature fashion events, including the Corps de Ballet Kick-off Luncheon, Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta and more. A native Atlantan, Rose has worked with icons such as Oprah Winfrey, Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik and Lady Gaga. Find the exhibit near the center’s new Gallery entrance between

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A TRUCK WORTH THE CHASE CityDog Market is zipping around the city this summer on a new set of wheels: the Street Treats truck. Bringing its message of healthy and happy dog treats and chews to the Brookhaven and Buckhead communities,

the truck serves more than 50 treats and chews out of its window, including bison rings, bacon in a blanket and turkey sausage. Fur-parents and their pups can find it at Atlantaarea events this season by tracking the truck on its StreetTreatsATL Facebook page. CityDog Market 4244 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30319 404.816.8050

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Mickey Goodman Your Pie owner Drew French is on a mission to fight hunger through his initiative, "Ins'pie'ring Communities."

Grainne and Clay Owen collaborate with sports organizations to raise money for Curing Kids Cancer in honor of their son, Killian.

A Living Legacy for Killian Owen family honors son Sandy Springs residents Grainne and Clay Owen experienced something no parent ever should. They lost their 9-year-old son, Killian, to acute lymphocytic leukemia. Just after the one-year anniversary of his death in 2003, and knowledgeable about the lack of research dollars earmarked for pediatric cancers, the couple founded the nonprofit Curing Kids Cancer in Killian's memory. Since Killian loved sports, they asked league parents to donate money instead of buying coaches gifts. Corporate donors provided certificates and T-shirts imprinted with “Coaches Curing Kids Cancer.” Youth teams embraced the idea. “Our initial goal was $5,000, but we raised $45,000,” says Grainne, who became director of the organization and ensures 100 percent of the

net proceeds go to research. Clay, who works at AT&T in Buckhead, spearheaded the company’s Curing Kid’s Cancer Golf Tournament held annually in May at the Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta to raise funds. In addition, Mecum Car Auctions, selected the organization as its “charity of choice” and to date have donated more than $2 million. As a result of community and corporate support, Curing Kids Cancer has donated $8 million to cutting-edge therapies. In 2013, they completed a $1.5 million endowment for The Killian Owen Curing Kids Cancer Clinical Research Office at the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. l To learn more or to donate, visit

Buckhead's Your Pie collaborates with Food Bank

Let Them Eat (Pizza) Pie When Drew French, owner of Buckhead’s Your Pie, opened his first restaurant in Athens, Georgia, in 2008, he wanted it to exude the same family and food atmosphere that inspired him while visiting his wife’s native Italy. “I fell in love with the handtossed pizzas made from locally sourced products and baked in brick ovens,” French says. “I wanted to bring that experience home.” He also wanted to become part of the communities where his 24 stores are located. Through the company’s initiative, “Ins’pie’ring Communities,” each location selects a nonprofit to benefit. The Buckhead Your Pie location, which opened in 2014, focuses on curing childhood hunger.

“For every craft pizza purchased at the Buckhead pizzeria during the year, we’ll donate a pie to the Atlanta Community Food Bank,” French says. “In February, 80 pizzas went to Cross Cultural Ministries that feeds 80 kids a day. The kids were thrilled,” says Mark Gambardella, food-sourcing specialist at the Food Bank. In March and April, I Care Atlanta received 200 pies. The mission to donate one pie for each specialty pizza sold will garner more than 800 pies from the Buckhead restaurant and another 1,000 from the Perimeter and Roswell Your Pie locations in 2016. l For more information, visit

The City Becomes a Classroom Lovett pioneers innovative semester for rising sophomores When Lab Atlanta debuts in the spring of 2017, 30 high-achieving high school sophomores selected from Atlanta-area public and private schools will use the city as their textbook. Sponsored by The Lovett School in Buckhead and housed at SCAD in Midtown, the project was one of only four $250,000 leadership challenge grants funded by the Edward E. Ford Foundation in 2014. Lovett is complementing that grant with a two-to-one match totaling $750,000, while

raising additional needsbased scholarship funds. “Lab Atlanta will immerse bright, diverse students from across Atlanta in a challenging, real-world semester school that will build their leadership, problem solving and collaboration skills,” says Laura Deisley, founding director of Lab Atlanta and director of strategic innovation at Lovett. The one-semester, honors-level curriculum will use the city as a laboratory. “It’s designed for students who desire a unique learn-

ing experience,” says Mike Pardee, associate director of Lab Atlanta. “It will give them an opportunity to interact with corporate and nonprofit professionals, government officials and educators from Georgia Tech, Emory and SCAD, and collaborate on building sustainable solutions for the future of Atlanta.” Lab Atlanta is accepting additional rising sophomores for the inaugural spring semester. l For more information, visit

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Right: The RitzCarlton, Sarasota overlooks a marina, as do many of its guest rooms. Below: The Beach Club on Lido Key is the reason to visit this upscale Florida beach resort.

Right: Adorned in a modern, nautical decor, Jack Dusty boasts a raw bar stocked with fresh catch. Below: Sporting too-cool shades, the writer's daughter exits the beach club after a fun day in the sun and sand.

Sarasota with a celebrity Even toting a toddler along for a weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota makes for a memorable affair


raveling with a young child is a little like traveling with a celebrity. When my husband and I stepped into the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota with our 18-month-old daughter, Senna, we—I should say, she—were lavished with attention. “What’s your name, cutie pie? Here’s a balloon! Do you want to pick out a treasure from our treasure chest?”—all offers that my daughter took full advantage of. Our seascape-inspired marina-view room on the seventh floor followed suit, an ode to toddler-hood. A crib, wooden ABC blocks, a stuffed turtle and a mini Ritz Kids tote packed with kid-friendly bath amenities (even a Florida-themed rubber ducky) awaited. After the plane ride, my husband and I could have used a bottle of wine as a perk; like accompanying a celeb, traveling with a tot is a high-maintenance affair. Luckily, the hotel, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, made every effort to make us feel right at home during our weekend stay. We started off with a drink on the outdoor patio of Jack Dusty, the hotel’s nautical-themed restaurant. While Mommy and Daddy imbibed (pisco sour for me and Manhattan


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for him) and snacked on a Hawaiianstyle tuna poke, our little princess climbed all over the patio furniture’s gorgeous turquoise and coral pillows (whoops!) and tried, on more than one occasion, to make the nearby ornate fountain her personal swimming pool. When we’d wreaked enough havoc on happy hour, we headed upstairs for room service (pizzas and chocolate cake) and ocean breezes on our private balcony. Our wake-up call the next morning came early. After breakfast, we hopped the first ride on the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to The Beach Club on Lido Key, situated about 3 miles from the hotel. The oceanfront facilities, including an expansive pool, locker rooms and restaurant, are the perfect place for a family day in the sun. The Ritz staff outfitted our chairs with towels, brought us buckets of cold bottled water and beach toys. All that was left to do was enjoy. We swam, built sand castles and collected shells with Senna, while she took pauses to greet the admiring grandmas who walked by. (If she could write, she would’ve offered autographs.) When we’d had our fill of sand and salt, we relocated to the large pool overlooking the beach

and joined scores of other families. After multiple dips and laps in the water, we had a laidback lunch of tacos and a fish sandwich. Full tummies, tanned and tired, we packed up and headed back to the hotel for afternoon naps … for all of us. That evening, we finished off our “raiding of The Ritz” with a delectable meal at Jack Dusty. We thought a 6 p.m. reservation would make us early birds, but the wood-paneled bar was already packed with cocktailers. Throughout our meal, the server brought special kid-friendly touches, such as a bowl of Senna’s favorite— blueberries—to keep her busy while we ordered and a message in a bottle telling the story of the restaurant, named for the term used to describe an 18th century naval store clerk. I began my meal with what is probably the most elaborate (and expensive—$23) drink I’ve ever had. Served in an oversized wine glass, The Siren is a combination of Ketel One vodka (you can also order it with Hendricks gin), St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, lemon, prosecco poured over three different “ices”: grapefruit, cranberry and orchid. This impressive drink became Mommy’s little helper as we


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survived our way through a lengthy but delicious feast without a toddler meltdown. Between bites of watermelon and tomato salad, oysters, grilled Maine lobster and Jack’s Catch (Florida Pampano with a local pepper relish), we removed knives from baby’s reach, played Frozen’s “Let it Go” on our iPhone (more than once) and took turns taking Senna for walks around the restaurant so she could greet her fans. Vacations “before baby” may have been more relaxing, but as Senna shoved oversized pieces of chicken into her blueberry-stained little mouth, we lifted our glasses (and a sippy cup) to toast a wonderful family weekend. Despite the mess of food below Senna’s high chair and the sideways glances from some of the other diners, we wouldn’t change a thing. After all, this is what it’s like to travel with a celebrity. n THE RITZ-CARLTON, SARASOTA 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive Sarasota, Florida 34236 941.309.2000 Sarasota Room rates begin at $419 per night

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Left: Plaza Dorrego, in Buenos Aires’s San Telmo neighborhood. Right: Visitors to Iguazú Falls cross over the falls via footpaths and bridges. Below: Punta del Este, Uruguay, is a coastal playground for Argentina’s elite

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An Argentina-Uruguay adventure offers urban attractions, natural wonders and laid-back beach retreats


lanketed in scenery ranging from arid deserts to snowcapped peaks, and home to some of the world's most sizzling cities and romantic vineyards, South America is a treasure trove for adventure-hungry travelers. A great way to score some well-rounded perspective on the continent? Visit multiple countries on an itinerary that includes city life, wine tasting in bucolic vineyards, relaxing beach days and visits to natural attractions, just as I did on a recent jaunt to Argentina and Uruguay.

Buenos Aires Nicknamed the "Paris of South America," Buenos Aires is brimming with beautiful architecture, elegant restaurants and public parks and gardens that rival Europe's finest. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene—it's the tango capital of the world—and for the Porteños who call Buenos Aires home, good style is second nature. Be warned that the city is big—80 square miles and a population of almost 3 million. Taking it all in can


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feel intimidating, but with proper planning you can hit all the highlights and spend your spare time exploring off-script. Located within easy walking distance of stylish shops and cozy cafes, the upscale Recoleta neighborhood makes for a good home base. I checked in at Algodon Mansion, a former private residence turned boutique hotel. It has just 10 spacious suites featuring soaring ceilings, polished wood floors and bathrooms with oversized marble showers, as well as a rooftop spa and a restaurant and bar that are stocked with bottles of wine from Algodon's own private collection. Don't miss Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron and other notable Argentinians buried in elaborate above-ground tombs. For antiques and a lively street fair, head to San Telmo, and check out the working-class barrio of La Boca for a peek inside the city's industrial past. (It's best to visit the neighborhood in the daytime for safety purposes and to snap photos of its signature colorful street, Caminito.) At Plaza de Mayo, you'll find the iconic Casa Rosada (pink house) where


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the former President and Eva Peron addressed the public, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the stunning home church of Argentina native Pope Francis. To see how polished locals linger over a leisurely business lunch, slip into a corner booth at Fervor, and order up some fresh seafood and chilled white wine.

Iguazú Falls From Buenos Aires's domestic airport, hop a two-hour flight to Puerto Iguazú, and be prepared to take in one of the most awesome natural sights you'll likely ever see: Iguazú Falls. The staggering falls straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil, and each side offers a different experience: The Brazilian side has the most complete views of the falls, but on the Argentinian side, guests can experience the falls up close via a system of well-planned trails. I stayed on the Argentina side at the Iguazú Grand Resort Spa & Casino, a short drive from the national park and falls. For the most enjoyable experience, keep a few tips in mind: Arrive early

The Iguazú Grand Resort Spa & Casino is within easy reach of the spectacular falls.

to avoid major crowds, and bring sealable plastic bags to protect your camera and phone. For a thrill, take an Iguazú Jungle boat ride on the Iguazú River. You'll get soaked—and soak up the best-possible views.

Punta del Este, Uruguay With your Iguazú Falls experience complete, head to Punta del Este for some time on the beach and enjoying waterfront restaurants and shops. (Flights from Iguazú stop in Buenos Aires before continuing on to Punta del Este.) Known as the Hamptons

Right: The Grand Punta del Este was designed to resemble a ship headed out to sea. Below: Sip wine and watch the sun set at Uruguay’s Alto de la Ballena winery.

of Buenos Aires, Punta del Este is a relaxed beach escape for wealthy city dwellers. There, the sparkling and modern The Grand Hotel opened in January 2015 on a piece of prime real estate just across the street from pristine Brava Beach. When you're not floating in the hotel's outdoor pool or getting pampered at its spa, be sure to explore a few of Punta's can't-miss spots: Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal's famous "Los Dedos" sculpture, just minutes from the hotel down Brava Beach; Casapueblo, the waterfront home and studio of the late artist Carlos Paez Vilaro, now a museum and a sought-after spot to watch the sun set; Argentine celebrity chef Francis Mallmann's celebrated restaurant, El Garzon; artist Pablo Atchugarry's sculpture park, galleries and studio; and the celebrity-favorite coastal enclave of Jose Ignacio, home to three exclusive Vik hotels and the laid-back but luxurious beachfront restaurant La Huella, one of the country's—if not the continent's— most in-demand eateries. For a relaxing and romantic conclusion to your South America sojourn, schedule a private afternoon of wine tasting at Alto de la Ballena, a picture-perfect winery tucked in the hills just north of town. Its wines aren't yet available via retail in the United States, so be sure to bring several bottles home—perfect souvenirs to sip and savor, along with memories of your adventure. n

IF YOU GO... BUENOS AIRES: Where to stay: Algodon Mansion

Where to eat: Fervor

IGUAZÚ FALLS: Where to stay: Iguazú Grand Resort Spa & Casino

What to visit: Iguazú Jungle

PUNTA DEL ESTE: Where to stay: The Grand Hotel

Where to eat: El Garzon La Huella

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Above: A view of Cartagena's Old Town with the Getsemani neighborhood in the forefront and El Centro just behind it.

Above: Construction on Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas began in 1657 and it is said to be the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies.

Right: The 23 pedestrian-friendly "vaults" and 46 arches at Las Bovedas shopping center are a far cry from their past life as dungeons and military quarters.

Right: There is virtually an old, beautiful church around every corner in Cartagena's Old City.

The Walled City There is no containing Cartagena’s vibrancy and exuberance


f you watched the Netflix series “Narcos,” which tells a tale of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, you might be wary of traveling to Colombia. Don’t be—I found no overt trace of past decades’ dark underbelly during my travels to Cartagena with family. In its stead, a bright and colorful port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast embraced us with


incredible energy and cultural and culinary experiences. Cartagena is the fifth-largest city in Colombia with around 900,000 residents and is broken up into two main areas for travelers. Boca Grande is mini-Miami with its beaches and skyrises; Old Town is an area decorated with charming colonial buildings, 16th-century plazas, churches and cobblestone streets, surrounded by Las Murallas, thick walls built in the 1600s to protect against invading enemies. The following is a sampling of my recommended pursuits within the latter.

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Mugging with a colorful local lady at Las Bovedas artisan center, a touristy shopping arcade where you can buy crafts, T-shirts and more.


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Cartagena are too good to pass up, especially when traveling in a group. We stayed at Casa El Carretero, a unique three-story Spanish-colonial townhome with a rooftop lounge and plunge pool, open-air center, air-conditioned bedrooms and a 24/7 staff who cooked a mean breakfast and provided security (even if we didn’t need it, it felt good to know someone was looking out). Located within the Getsemani neighborhood, it was within walking distance from

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the tourist hub of Old Town called El Centro with lots of shops, restaurants and bars, yet it provided glimpses of local life, such as Cartagenians hanging out every night in the squares and boom boxes bellowing Latin music out of neighbors’ open front doors. Casa El Carretero; Starting at $412 per night

See: Hire a tour guide with transportation for a half- or full-day tour early on in your trip to get the lay of the land and learn about the city’s rich history. Make sure to go through your house manager as I did, a tour company or hotel concierge to ensure a legit experience. A must-visit: Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a monstrous fort overlooking the whole city with a complex tunnel system (traversing this is not for the claustrophobic!) that the Spanish settlers used to defeat British invaders. ​ Eat: After a walk along the wall in the San Diego neighborhood, drop into La Cevicheria for an icy cold glass of white wine and a heaping bowl of fresh ceviche.

The Aspen Saturday Market attracts tourist and locals to the downtown streets during the warm weather months.

The popular spot might have a wait, but it’s worth it. For dinner, don’t miss the reservation-only La Vitrola in El Centro, a white-tablecloth, oldschool Cuban restaurant known for its celebrity and political clientele. The live Cuban band sets the mood and might have you shaking your shoulders while you eat your grilled langostinos (similar to a lobster). Tip: The locals get gussied up at night, so reserve the flip-flops and shorts for daytime exploits only. La Cevicheria La Vitrola (+57) 5 660 07 11

Dance: Salsa is just as hot as the air here. Even if you don’t know the steps, it’s fun to give it a try or watch the locals move and groove at places such as the gritty Café Havana nightclub in Getsemani and the chic Sofitel Legend Hotel Santa Clara’s El Coro Lounge Bar in San Diego. n Café Havana nightclub El Coro Lounge Bar santaclara/en

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round the turn of the 20th century, cotton was king, and Monroe, Georgia, thrived as a textile giant. Fast-forward more than a century, and now those same historic buildings that once overflowed with cotton bolls spill over with antiques. After a 55-mile ride from Buckhead, you’ll be strolling the brick-lined sidewalks of downtown Monroe to two restored, red-bricked mills and cotton warehouses that have been lovingly rehabbed and converted into shops. Here, you can explore booth after booth filled with furnishings, do-dads, glassware, memorabilia and repurposed items— all waiting for their next owner. Two must-see stops take variety to an almost unimaginable level. At Vintage Revival Antiques, located at the Monroe Cotton Mill on Madison Avenue, more than a hundred booths are stacked headhigh with rare prizes and historic treasures. Its most unique and rustic area, Architectural Alley, is located in the rear. In need of old barn wood?


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A claw-foot tub? This space stocks raw architectural antiques from timber and beams to window panes and stone—anything you might need for your next do-it-yourself home project. From this antiquing hub, it’s a short walk to South Broad Street and Ian Henderson’s Antique Mall, located in the 1899 Walton Mill. A father-son team offers 539 booths of hardto-find gems such as a Martin B 57 Canberra ejection seat from a 1950s bomber aircraft. Henderson’s is a go-to for television prop masters in search of a unique period piece. Remember tulip chairs? Lindy’s Trains? You’ll find them here. “It’s well worth the drive to find something special or something you didn’t know you needed,” voices shopper Joy Boskoff, who makes it a point to visit Monroe regularly. Whether a collector or enthusiast, a drive east of Buckhead will land you in the heart of this antiques mecca where you can discover the past in a whole new light. n

Left: The body of a Jeep as a desk? Ian Henderson's Antique Mall has got one just for you. Right: At Vintage Revival, vendors set up booths to display their unique wares.

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Above: Find your spot at The Cotton Café, and the barista will serve you.

Where to eat: Cotton Cafe Pair a 100-year-old building with the perfect cup of Athens’ Jittery Joe’s coffee, and there’s no better way to relax after a long day of antiquing. Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday with a glass of wine or local ale. Owner Alexis Burton recommends the house favorite, Chicken Waldorf Sandwich. Everything is made from scratch. Even the tables were crafted by local artisan Randy Chestnut. Cotton Cafe 136 N. Broad St. Monroe 30655 678.635.7225

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Above: Kimberly Mayfield and Joy Gilliam, co-owners of Sparrow Hill Inn, treat their guests like family. Using their business and design talents, they transformed the four suites of this historical home into a destination.

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WATCHING HER GARDEN GROW Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Mary Pat Matheson plots its path to success STORY:


Above: Mary Pat Matheson stands amid boxes filled with contents that will be transformed into Dale Chihuly's glass installations. The first Chihuly exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden put the fledging attraction on the map, and Matheson says this new exhibit is destined to break attendance records.


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ary Pat Matheson may not be a botanical expert studying the difference between a Pinus taeda and a Quercus falcate, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less qualified to oversee operations at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In fact, before Matheson came on as president and CEO in 2002, the Garden was but a sapling compared to the mighty oak it is today. Having raised more than $100 million over the years for various improvements and expansion, she has planted and sowed the seeds that have breathed new life into not only the attraction itself, but the surrounding neighborhoods as well. “Running a botanical garden is in my DNA,” says Matheson, who lives in south Buckhead with her husband, Briant, a painter who works at Lagerquist Gallery. He’s the one with the green thumb, she acknowledges, although Matheson does have a small vegetable garden on their 25-acre spread in Athens, where they go most weekends so she can unwind and ride her horse, Dublin. To get a sense of how she’s accomplished such a transformation at the Garden, we visited with Matheson on the eve of opening

the big, new Dale Chihuly exhibit that features 20 of the famed glass artist’s sculptural installations. The Garden’s queen bee happily buzzed about the grounds, pollinating everyone she encountered with her infectious charm, wit and wisdom. Here’s a peek at how she spent her day. 9 a.m. Matheson arrives at her office. “I’m not an early morning person,” she says, “especially since so many of my evenings are taken up with work-related meetings, receptions, etc.” 9:30 a.m. She strolls the grounds, inspecting the installation of the Chihuly sculptures to be sure everything will be ready in time for the big donors’ preview and exhibit opening later that week. 10:15 a.m. At the site of the new Chihuly gift shop, where the Café at Linton’s used to be, Matheson chats with the construction crew. Questioning whether they have the right cabinetry in the right place, she looks over the blueprints and calls up Art Fix, the Garden’s COO, and asks him to come consult with them.

11 a.m. Matheson heads to the newly-built space where the Garden’s reenvisioned eatery, Linton’s, will be. It’s the first time she’s seen it since the furniture has arrived, and Chef Linton Hopkins, his wife, Gina, and other restaurant staffers are prepping the space for its opening. After chatting with Gina about the curtains and other design elements, the pair heads upstairs to check out the rooftop patio. Afterward, Hopkins takes Matheson into the kitchen, where crew members are busily prepping dishes for the next day’s menu tasting, and hands her a sample from a tray of roasted carrots. “One of my proudest accomplishments is getting Linton, one of the best chefs in the Southeast, to the Garden,” Matheson says. 11:30 a.m. Matheson rushes off to a Rotary Club luncheon at the Loudermilk Center downtown. The group meets every Monday, and she tries to attend as often as possible. 1:45 p.m. Back in her office, Matheson meets with Tracy McClendon, the vice president of programs. On a table by Matheson's desk is a copy of the Garden’s new book,

Above: Matheson joins chef Linton Hopkins in the kitchen of his newly reenvisioned onsite eatery, which will feature vegetables and herbs grown in plots around the Garden. Left: Professional installers painstakingly put together one of the Chihuly sculptures that are currently enlivening the Garden. Below: The chic new restaurant space, now boasting a rooftop patio, is just one of the improvements Matheson has introduced during her tenure.

Atlanta’s Urban Oasis, that Matheson wrote the forward to. 2:15 p.m. CFO Gary Doubrava stops by to discuss investments, if they’re meeting attendance goals and other pressing issues. 3 p.m. Matheson powwows with members of the horticulture team to discuss specifics regarding the elaborate new Skyline Gardens set to debut in the summer of 2017. 5:30 p.m. In a ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium, Matheson hobnobs with friends and colleagues at the Womenetics POW! Awards

ceremony that honors outstanding female business leaders. Matheson received her own POW! Award in 2015 for her “energy, bold pursuit of excellence and innovative stance.” 8 p.m. Matheson arrives home after a long, hectic day. “Spring is the busiest time of year,” she insists, a fact only intensified by the opening of the Chihuly exhibit, all the construction going on at the Garden and the fact that it’s the Garden’s fortieth anniversary this year. Matheson isn't one to rest on her laurels anyway. "The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a destination, and we have to live up to that." n

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“Anyone can create a pretty home, but the story behind it will be a part of the home for a long time.” - Brooke Henze

Vaulted ceilings are standouts in the Henzes’ living room, which also features a wall of family photos. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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ALL IS SWELL IN SANDY SPRINGS An entrepreneur transforms a cramped cottage into a charming family home


Above: Atlanta native Brooke Henze is a busy mom who also runs an online business and has renovated her home three times.


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Above: Swell Forever blankets on the sofa and chair—a diamond pattern Owen Forever Blanket in Alpaca and The Jean Forever Blanket cotton collection in Natural—make the Henzes’ cozy living room even more inviting.

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tlanta native Brooke Henze infuses her giving heart and creative mind into everything she does. A former sustainability consultant, she is the founder of Swell Forever, an online business that designs “ever after” heirloom gifts and creates personalized fabric message tags for its American-made “Forever Blankets.” The brand is also used as a platform to increase awareness for foster care and raise funds for families who wish to adopt. “I always knew I would start something from scratch and always wanted to have a very strong philanthropic component to what I did,” says Henze, who graduated from the University of Georgia and earned an MBA from Duke University. The busy mom of two girls—2-year-old Isla Lane and just-born Evey Lyn—is also an avid home renovator who chronicles her design work on Instagram. Over the past four years, she and her husband spearheaded three major renovations—all without an official contractor—to salvage a once dilapidated 1940s ranch in Sandy Springs. When they purchased the 1,200-square-foot home

in May 2012, the three-bedroom, onebathroom bungalow was uninhabitable, but the price tag and proximity to family convinced Henze to take a leap of faith. In fact, her mom talked her into buying it. “It had no kitchen. It was stripped to the floor and studs. It didn’t have a bath; it had been ripped out. And the windows were open for months before we bought the house,” Brooke says. “I agreed to buy it, and my husband was like, ‘OK, as long as we can flip it or move when we want to.’ He’d never been in the house before.” The first renovation aimed to make the home livable, replacing all the old utility systems, gutting the interior and adding a master bedroom. The second renovation, started in August 2013 while Brooke was pregnant, removed one of the two front bedrooms to expand the kitchen and added a living room with a vaulted ceiling and a screened porch. They also attached the once detached garage to create an office, laundry and storage space.​The third facelift occurred in the summer of 2015. This time, Henze finished out the small upstairs with an ad-

Above: To accompany the kitchen’s Arabescato Carrara herringbone pattern marble backsplash, Henze designed three glass cabinets, each with a large crisscross.

Above: The home’s foyer leads into a dining room furnished with a repainted table that once belonged to Henze’s mother, Restoration Hardware chairs and a chandelier from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. Left: With canvas swing chairs, a see-through fireplace and metal ceiling, the sunlit reading nook is the perfect place to hang out with a book.

“I feel if you have something beautiful to share, you should share it.” – Brooke Henze Below: Painted a muted mint to match the home’s decor, the second-hand kitchenette set is one of Isla’s favorite play things.

countertops. There’s also a professionalgrade KitchenAid range Henze purchased for “peanuts” off Craigslist. Around the corner is the kitchen island topped with Calacatta Gold Carrara marble—Henze’s “splurge.” Further exploration reveals rooms adorned in refinished thrift-store, estate-sale and clearance-rack finds mixed with HomeGoods decorations as well as whimsical DIY creations. For less than $200, Henze crafted a beaded chandelier by hand for the living room, where Swell Forever blankets are ready to be cuddled with on the sofa. Behind the main seating area, you’ll find Isla’s kitchenette set (from Pottery Barn but bought second hand from a friend and painted) and kid-sized Target picnic table. The fun continues on the other side of the see-through fireplace, where the former screened porch is a sitting area outfitted with hammock chairs, a kids’ craft table and large French windows overlooking the spacious backyard and s

ditional bedroom, full bath and play loft. She also converted ​the formal living room into a bedroom, expanding the home’s footprint to four bedrooms and three full baths, and added a new screened porch since the old one had to be enclosed to connect their master bedroom to the rest of the house. The old screened-in porch was then transformed into a ​“reading nook” with a see-through fireplace looking into the living room.​ “That was the hardest renovation by far,” Henze says. “It’s painful to have an old home. You get charm, but you also get a lot of pieces.” Step inside Henze’s more than 3,000square-foot abode today, and you’ll arrive in an open interior that is pretty, classy and simply fun. The foyer, with walls of grayish, whitewashed wood, leads into a chandelierlit dining room and kitchen that feature an Arabescato Carrara herringbone pattern marble backsplash and pure white LG quartz

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newly added screened porch—the perfect place for a weekend barbecue, something the Henzes are always happy to host. “I feel if you have something beautiful to share, you should share it,” says Henze, who recently hosted her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary celebration and has held countless baby showers in the house. “For me it’s not just, ‘I want this pretty home to stare at by myself.’ It’s more that I want to have a space I can share with others, and that’s why I’m such a big fan of entertaining.” When the party is over, Henze will be found in the master bedroom, soaking in the window-side claw-footed tub she bought from a tub refinisher and that coincidently features feet embossed with Bs. From this relaxing spot, there is a view of the Ballard Designs Orb Chandelier (bought on clearance), Ballard Outlet whitewash headboard and pops of color from Bari J. floral prints, Anthropologie shams featuring Charleston-based artist Lulie Wallace’s blooms and decorative pillows from Target and Etsy. Although you’d think this space would be Henze’s favorite, that honor deservedly belongs to Isla’s nursery, a girly room with Anthropologie’s Watercolor Flora Wallpaper, a refinished antique bed and heirloom wicker rocking chair. “My favorite room has always been my daughter’s nursery,” Henze says. “I had three miscarriages before her, so by the time I did have her, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m having a baby; this is real.’” Henze has worked hard to make her vision of a family and career a reality, creating a dream come true as a mother and entrepreneur in a home she truly loves. “Anyone can create a pretty home, but the story behind it will be a part of the home for a long time,” Henze says. “All our friends have seen our home through the different stages. I’ve been pregnant during renovations, and I’ve had a baby during renovations.” In other words, it’s all been a labor of love. n

Above: A sophisticated retreat, the master bedroom features furnishings from Noir, Arteriors and BoBo Intriguing Objects.

Above: Wrought iron lamps and an orb chandelier from Ballard Designs are softened by the colorful floral patterns on the master bedroom’s walls and bed.

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Below: Isla’s pretty nursery has walls painted in Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt and another covered in Anthropologie’s Watercolor Flora Wallpaper, as well as a refinished antique bed with a custom-designed bed skirt.

1. Kudzu on Roswell Road: “I always wanted a Moravian star light in my home as a nod to my North Carolina roots and found a unique one at this location. I also found my outdoor dining room table and vintage decor.”

2. Ballard Design Outlet in Buckhead and Roswell: “I found a lot of my furniture, rugs, lighting, etc., by regularly visiting and grabbing items as soon as they hit the floor— back before kids, of course!” 3. Estate Sales: “I use to see what’s going on in Sandy Springs, Buckhead and Brookhaven and bought my daughter’s vintage bed and curio cabinet, as well as random chairs, at these events.”

Above: Tucked away in its own master bedroom nook (separate from the bathroom), a soaking tub with Bs embossed on the legs is the perfect place to relax and unwind.


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Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha and wife, Bertille, partner on the Buckhead opening of Attom Concept Store


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uckhead men are about to get a little more stylish, thanks to the opening of Attom Concept Store, a men’s boutique debuting this summer at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Founder and Swiss native Zola Dias, who already has three Attom locations in Switzerland, always dreamed of opening a store in America. Little did he know that a trip to a Buckhead mall would create that opportunity. While shopping at Lenox Square, Dias met Thabo Sefolosha, also a Swiss native, and his wife, Bertille, who now make up the other half of Attom Concept Store. The name Sefolosha probably rings a bell, especially if you’re a sports fan. He has been a key player on the Atlanta Hawks basketball team for the past two seasons. And if you’ve seen him off the court, you know he’s got style. “There are not a lot of Swiss people in Atlanta, and the friendship and connection was easy and natural,” says Bertille, who isn’t new to the fashion industry either. She grew up working as a model in France and later in America, and served on the committee for Oklahoma Fashion Week when Thabo played for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

White Top by Damir Doma, $345; Black Jogger by Balenciaga, $599; Shoes by Balenciaga, $499; Watch by Louis XVI, $549

As the friendship grew between the Sefoloshas and Dias, they decided to work together to open an Attom Concept Store in the U.S. It’s been in the works since the summer of 2015, with the trio attending fashion weeks in Paris, Milan and New York and spending countless hours at designers’ showrooms picking out the perfect pieces. Having the right merchandise in the store is something they value greatly. Brands include high-end designers such as A.P.C, Balmain, Balenciaga, Kenzo, Rick Owens, Damir Doma, Maison Margiela, Off-White, Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, Yeezy, Acne Studios, Raf Simons and Y-3, to name a few. “We are dressing men that like to dress well. We are more edgy than classic, but we have a piece for every occasion,” Bertille says of the store’s style. Attom Concept Store is scheduled to open in July. Here’s a sampling of the looks you might find when you stop by. n Attom Concept Store 3035 Peachtree Road, A160 Atlanta 30305

Jacket by Balmain, $1,600; T-shirt by Balmain, $250; Biker Jeans by Balmain, $1,499; White Sneakers by Balenciaga, $585; Watch by Louis XVI, $549

Black Cardigan by Balenciaga, $599; T-shirt by Balenciaga, $225; Black Pants by Balmain, $1,299

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Urbana Wellness Spa In Buckhead TESTER: Giannina

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Editor-in-Chief I TRIED: Spa Luxe Package, $170; Private Yoga Class, $100



ave you been eyeing a new Buckheadarea spa or service? We thought we’d go ahead and give a few newbies a whirl, so you’d know what kind of bliss or “miss” you’re getting yourself into.


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The Experience: Upon arrival at this modern and minimalistic new spa, I settled into a plush leather chair in the lobby decorated with beaded curtains and enjoyed a lavender chamomile tea, one of about 80 to 100 looseleaf teas (also available for purchase) the spa stocks at any given time. Prior to my massage and facial, I did a 60-minute private yoga class with instructor Heather Wright that was customized to my intermediate ability and preference for hip-opening restorative poses. After yoga, I took a quick shower and relaxed in the waiting area before my 60-minute Lavender Soothe and Smoothe massage. Masseuse Yoshi Harris combined Swedish massage techniques and soothing lavender oil to create a treatment I wished would never end. My 60-minute “glow” facial with Michelle Bluffkin was next. She addressed some of my issues with breakouts and anti-aging by using a “cocktail” of Image Skincare products and gave a killer neck Urbana Wellness Spa massage while one of the The Shops Buckhead Atlanta masques set. I look forward 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 to returning for more mas404.596.8010 sages and to sampling the nail and meditation rooms. Indulge in a private yoga session at Urbana Wellness Spa before your spa treatment.

An Ayurvedic Shirodhara treatment using warm oil.

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Abhyanga, $90 The Experience: Formerly Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, CentreSpringMD houses a petite spa in a separate building across the parking lot from the main location. When I arrived at the nondescript spa, I was immediately escorted into the room for my treatments with therapist Dana Gunter. The first was a wonderful, soothing 60-minute Abhyanga massage, an Indian bodywork technique using warm oils and a stroking massage followed by a rubdown with exfoliating herbal powders. My second treatment was the 30-minute Shirodhara, during which warm oil is continuously poured onto your forehead to evoke calm and a meditative state. After an initial too-hot oil (ouch) moment, it was quite relaxing. Thankfully, I didn’t have a hot date afterwards since there was no shower to wash my oil-soaked hair at the end of the treatment (and it took two days and about seven shampoos to get the oil out!). All in all, I’m happy to have tried these CentreSpringMD Spa unique treatments that aren’t 1401 Dresden Drive widely offered, and I would Atlanta 30319 definitely go back to sample 404.814.9808 other—less oily—services.


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The Experience: Slim Studio, where the sole treatment is a fat “freezing” and reducing treatment called Coolsculpting, is the only spa of its kind in Atlanta. I felt safe and comfortable during the entire process, from consultation to procedure, because of the soothing environment and friendly, professional staff. In the private treatment room, covered with blankets, I was served fresh strawberry and basil water and fruit and watched Netflix while relaxing. With Dualsculpting, the technician was able to treat my love handles and abdomen simultaneously without any needles or incisions involved or downtime—perfect for an active individual like me who has stubborn areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise. During two one-hour cycles, the two machines compressed my target areas and my fat cells were frozen at 10 degrees Celsius. I felt a tingling sensation when it started, but discomfort was minimal, subsiding after only 7 minutes. Overall it was a pleasant experience, and Slim Studio in three weeks, results were 4864 Roswell Road noticeable. In 90 days, my Atlanta 30342 404.410.7777 love handles were significantly reduced, and jeans fit great.

Feeling that crick in your neck growing as each hour passes? Two new on-demand massage services, Zeel and Soothe, aim to work out your kinks with a mere hour’s notice. Working late? They’ll come to your office. Feel more comfortable at home? A fully vetted massage therapist—your choice of male or female—will bring a massage table, oils and all of the necessities to your place. Zeel does ask that you supply your own sheets. On your computer or mobile device, you can book a Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports or couples’ massage (starting at $99, which includes tip and tax, for 60 minutes). After sampling both companies, we found the process to be a bit smoother with our Zeel therapist who also seemed more knowledgeable. Regardless, we love that getting a massage doesn’t take advanced planning anymore! Soothe Zeel

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hether it’s your go-to running shoes or a sports bra that fits like a glove, sometimes the right gear can give you the edge needed to make it through the miles of that 5K or marathon. With the Peachtree Road Race coming up next month, it’s the perfect time to grab a few new pieces to add to your race-day getup. Here are a few we love:

Energy Bra, Lululemon $48  “If you’re looking for a strong sports bra for the Peachtree, the Energy Bra is a great choice,” says Corrie Vencl, assistant store manager. “You’ll love the sweat-wicking, four-way stretch Luxtreme fabric, which is intended to provide medium support for B or C cups.”

Patagonia W’s Strider Shorts, t High Country Outfitters $45   Nathan VaporCloud 2 Liter Hydration Pack, Mountain High Outfitters $189.99 “This pack features a spacious 11-liter total storage capacity, including a two-liter bladder,” says Ben Heine, head of marketing and e-commerce. “And the hidden internal back pocket meant for an optional ice pack is great on those blistering July days.” Hannah and her mom, Kim Grady, during the 2014 Peachtree at “Amen Corner” (Peachtree and West Wesley).

Here are her tips for making the most of the race experience:

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“These tanks will look good and keep you cool and dry,” says Kate Brun, general manager. “They’re available for men and women and are soft to the touch like cotton, but made of highly moisture-wicking spun polyester.”

l “Run up ‘cardiac hill’ once before race day, so you realize it’s not that bad. Then, use the Shepherd Center spinal patients who line the street on July 4 as your motivation to keep going. Be grateful for two strong legs that can get you up a long, steady hill!”

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INSIDER INFO FROM A PEACHTREE VET This July, Hannah Grady, who grew up in Buckhead and is a campaign manager for fundraising consulting firm Coxe Curry & Associates by day and a teacher at Thunderbolt Power Yoga in Buckhead by night, will run her sixth Peachtree.


“Let’s be honest: You’ve got to look cute for the Peachtree, and these shorts are just as attractive as they are comfy!” says Caroline Peters, buyer and fitness expert. “Super light and comfortable, the Strider Shorts are versatile, quick drying and have a drop-in pocket for a key, ID or cash.”

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l “Make sure to get sprinkled with holy water at ‘Amen Corner’—it’s good insurance early in the race.” l “Wave at everyone you know (and maybe those you don’t)! At this race, everyone is just out to have a good time.” l “Even if you have to walk part of the way, show up to participate. You won’t regret it!”

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Just dance The creator of Dance 101 shares how it’s never too late to begin a new life journey


nlike many professional dancers who begin studying their craft in childhood, Sandy Springs resident and creator of Dance 101 Ofelia de La Valette, 59, began dancing only 24 years ago. An employee benefits broker at the time, de La Valette was working out at the gym trying to lose stubborn pregnancy weight when she heard dance music blasting from one of the aerobics rooms. Enthralled by how fun the cardio-funk class looked, the next day, she began taking every one she could get her hands on at the gym. Six months later, she had dropped 25 pounds. Furthering her newfound hobby, de La Valette then began taking “real” dance classes; her first one was jazz. She was 35. “That first dance class was a humiliating experience. I fumbled about disoriented, bumping into other dancers. I cried the entire drive home afterwards—but returned the next day,” she explains. Through steely determination and a pure love of dance, de La Valette overcame the odds of finding success in an unlikely second career, even while recovering from a debilitating knee injury. Now with two popular Dance 101 locations in North Druid Hills and Alpharetta that opened in 2004 and 2014, respectively, she tells us how the adults-only studio came to be.


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How is the creation of Dance 101 related to your personal journey with dance? It is a studio that welcomes adults new to dance or returning to it years later. Our mantra is that it’s never too late to discover a new passion or to exercise your dreams. I started my dance training at an age when most professional dancers are already retired. And yet I turned pro 10 years later at age 45. What inspired you to open a dance studio? Two and a half years into teaching Adult Beginner Dance at Emory, it was the encouragement of five of my students that inspired me to open the first Dance 101. Tell us about your injury and how the Dancer’s Stretch class was born. I dislocated my left knee and shredded the ACL ligament during an on-stage dance performance in 1999. Surgery repaired the injury, but my surgeon told me I would not recover my previous range of motion in the knee, which also meant I would not be able to dance again. Dancer’s Stretch evolved from having to incorporate standard physical therapy


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into my daily dance training to recover from the ACL repair. It is a highly effective strength and flexibility training class in which exercises like pushups, sit-ups and yoga poses are presented as choreographed dance, with beautiful arm movements (port de bras) and engaging pranayama breathing. I figured if the Dancer’s Stretch was good for me, it was good for others. It is now one of our signature classes for which we also have a teacher-training certification program. What is your mission? Personally, my mission is to bring dance into the lives of as many people as I can while I can. Dance 101’s mission is to improve people’s lives through dance because lives are improved through dance ... one step at a time. n

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Tomer Zvulun gets ready for a busy opera season at the Cobb Energy Centre.

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Buckhead’s Tomer Zvulun ditched his career plans to focus on his passion STORY:

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Hitting the high notes H

e envisioned becoming a doctor, yet the minute he saw the inner workings of an opera house when he was almost 20, he knew his plans were about to change. Buckhead resident Tomer Zvulun, the general and artistic director of The Atlanta Opera, has worked all around the world directing, but he feels most at home bringing the likes of his acclaimed “La Bohème” to local audiences. Growing up in Israel, he was surrounded by the arts. When he was 13, he watched Ingmar Bergman’s “The Magic Flute.” “I was blown away and started listening to opera incessantly,” he says. In 1997, after three years in the army, he enrolled in Tel Aviv’s Open University. To make money, he signed on at the Israeli Opera as a stagehand. It changed his life. “I started working in the costume shop, in the prop department and as an usher. I realized it was the most incredible art form imaginable. I dropped everything and decided to focus on opera.” He finished school—changing his major to music and theater—and went on to Boston University as a visiting scholar for three years. There, he developed contacts


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that allowed him to serve as an assistant director at companies such as Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Indianapolis Opera. Landing the resident assistant director position at Seattle Opera in 2006 led to two milestones: Zvulun was hired by The Metropolitan Opera as a staff stage director to assist on The Met’s co-production of “Iphigénie en Tauride” (starring Plácido Domingo with the Seattle Opera), and at the same time, he was offered a chance to direct the Seattle Opera’s new production of “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Zvulun’s Atlanta story began in 2009 when he worked with The Atlanta Opera as a director. It was a successful collaboration that grew. “I was ensconced at the Met, and there was a discussion about my interest in moving into a community role,” he recalls. “I wanted to have an impact on a community. That is one of the reasons for pursuing an artistic director/general manager position.” He applied for the job at The Atlanta Opera in 2013 and got it. The 40-year-old Zvulun, who attended Harvard Business School’s executive education program this year, has earned praise for directing as well as adding productions to the opera’s season. He’s also raised the organization’s profile. “The Atlanta Opera company is small

compared to other major cities,” he says. “What we are able to say in the past three years is that trend is changing rapidly. We are working to have an opera worthy of the city it represents.” His ambitious 2016–2017 slate includes “Don Pasquale,” “Silent Night” and “Turandot.” He travels frequently to guest direct and to identify talent to bring home. In a way, his business and personal life are intertwined. “When I go to another city, I see other plays and museums and go to restaurants.” One of his most-cherished destinations is Paris. “It is so alive. You can see anything you want in the arts,” he says. Coming from Israel, though, Tel Aviv is probably his favorite city. Zvulun and his wife, Susanna, who works for Cox Automotive, recently bought a house in Buckhead. Her parents live in Birmingham, but Zvulun’s are still in Israel. When he dropped his dream of being a doctor, they were disappointed. Yet they’ve turned. THE ATLANTA OPERA “When they came to visit and saw some 1575 Northside Drive N.W. of my productions, Building 300, Suite 350 Atlanta 30318 they realized how 404.881.8801 passionate and happy I am about it.” n

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Above and left: Large works in porcelain are the mainstays of artist Rachel K. Garceau, but she scaled back her favorite pieces to bring them indoors for the Summer Swan Invitational.

Discovering the artists of tomorrow Annual show features works of up-and-coming creators


magine buying a cool cubist abstract by Picasso before anyone knew the name. Or picking up a painting of peasants from an unknown Dutch artist called Van Gogh. The curators of the Summer Swan Invitational aren’t making such promises, but with a show that focuses heavily on emerging artists, chances are good that more than a few items on exhibit could become sought-after collection items in the future. From June 2 through July 15, art lovers searching for that singular piece that will become a classic can uncover oneof-a-kind works during the annual show at the Swan Coach House Gallery on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center. Along


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with showcasing emerging artists, the event is unusual because of its rotating selection: Gallery manager Karen Tauches aims to keep the array of ceramics, textiles and artworks changing. “We are constantly getting new pieces, so people can find something they like, leave with it to make room for a new work to come in,” she says. “If you come by on June 2, you’ll see different things than if you come back on July 15.” The Swan show draws artists from around the state, particularly those who work in ceramics, says Tauches. “We’ve found that this neighborhood has a real interest in ceramics, as you can tell from the several studios in the area. Our goal is also to make a shop with a lot of variety.”

Above: Recognized as one of the region’s emerging artists, Rachel K. Garceau will showcase several of her porcelain works at the Swan Coach House event.

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Works by lesser, if not unknown, artists of promise will also be on display. Among the several represented this year is Rachel K. Garceau, whose studio at the Goat Farm on Atlanta’s westside is dedicated to works in porcelain. Though her main focus is on constructing fairly large, site-specific, outdoor installations, for this show she’s reproduced in more manageable sizes to fit an indoor space. “Bringing work into the gallery is a little bit of a shift for me,” she says. “It’s been a real learning process. But I have some walnut designs that I’ve scaled back to about six inches across and are made of porcelain. They’re not fine china, but sometimes people hesitate to touch them because they think they’re fragile. They’re really

great as decorative sculpture.” Other show items will likely include cups, bowls and other ceramic works. Prices will vary, but as Tauches points out, they are generally affordable. “We even have some artists who show so rarely that when they come in, we have to raise their prices!” Proceeds from the sale benefit the Forward Arts Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees the gallery. n

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Brookhaven author’s harrowing experience shapes the story of her first book STORY:

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True crime to raw fiction “W

rite what you know.” That’s the age-old wisdom often offered to aspiring authors who are grappling with a way to find authenticity in their work. In the case of Liz Lazarus, writing what she knew meant reliving a pivotal moment in her life that took place more than 25 years ago. It’s taken the Brookhaven author that long to get the story on paper. The result is her first novel, Free of Malice, that she self-published in March. The germ of a mystery novel grew out of Lazarus’s experience as a 20-year-old Georgia Tech student renting a house off-campus with two other girls. One evening, she was overcome with an eerie sense of foreboding. “I had a weird sixth sense. I changed clothes in the bathroom. I looked out of the window before I went to sleep. I even latched the door to my bedroom.” Lazarus’s instincts were on target. That night, an assailant burst through that latch and attacked her. Lazarus’s screams and vigorous attempts to fend him off finally won out, and the perpetrator took off and was never identified. Those terrifying moments, and Lazarus’s reactions to them, formed the basis of the novel.


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“Everything I describe in the book is real,” she says. “I initially wrote the parts about the trauma right after it happened. So now, when people tell me it seems very real and fresh, I tell them why.” And just like the main character, Lazarus quipped to her family that if she’d had a gun, she would have shot the attacker as he ran off. “But my brother-in-law told me that shooting someone in the back isn’t self-defense. The thought of that gave me the idea for a twist ending of a story I thought would make a neat read.” For years, Lazarus wrote privately about the attack as a way to deal with her emotions. “It was never supposed to be a book, but it kept nagging at me,” she says. Despite that inner prodding, she finished her industrial engineering degree and went on to a 20-year career with General Electric, during which she spent three years in Paris, earned an MBA and got her pilot’s license. Finally in 2009, she quit her corporate job to be a consultant and free up time to piece the story together. “I think I did everything else to avoid it until my bucket list finally ran out,” she says.

After multiple revisions to put the story in the first person “that made it rawer,” Lazarus found a way to tell her tale through the voice of the heroine who gets an in-depth lesson in the law and revenge. It’s a story that resonates not only with fans of crime fiction, but with readers who have survived attacks. “They’ve told me reading the book made them feel normal,” she says. But the book isn’t all gritty violence and legalities. Local readers will identify sites that show up: Look for Davio’s restaurant, Red Martini lounge, the Sandy Springs FREE OF MALICE is available Gun Club and online at and at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack Barnes & Noble. Information as settings for about the book and author is several scenes. n online at




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1Kept celebrates the season with a bright salad of beets, strawberries, rhubarb, arugula, candied pecans and blue-cheese crumbles. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

1Kept occupies the site of old-guard French restaurant Toulouse, and has found a niche with Buckhead’s young and prosperous.

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Above: Thaddeus Keefe, proprietor of 1Kept, attended Atlanta International School and has a deep connection with the neighborhood. Right: 1Kept’s cabernet-marinated steak-frites comes with chimichurri and awesome fries.



o get to this Peachtree Road restaurant, you have to drive down a steep hill next to Moroccan mainstay Imperial Fez and bear left into a parking lot where there is no valet. The owner, a tall, American-born dude who lived in Germany as a youngster and later attended the Atlanta International School, is liable to be standing on the balcony. He may notice you secretly cussing as you try to get your car into one of the tight spaces. He’s with you, bro. He just wants you to come in and relax, to see what he’s done with this hidden, club-like space that for years housed the old-school French restaurant Toulouse. Our one-man welcoming committee is proprietor Thaddeus Keefe, a restaurateur who resists structure, formality and pigeonholing at this tucked-away spot— appropriately named 1Kept. Before he set up shop here just a little more than three years ago, the 33-year-old former Army brat was a partner at Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft just down the street. He got into the industry young, washing dishes at Mellow Mushroom in Tucker at 14. Over the years, he’s honed his philosophy.


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1Kept offers a cool vibe and contemporary flair STORY:

Wendell Brock   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

1Kept, where the cooking reflects everything from Keefe’s time in Stuttgart to his years in the American South, is untraditional in many regards. Keefe, as evidenced by his hearty welcome, believes in customer service and hospitality and eschews hierarchy. You won’t find a pedigreed and pampered executive chef here. 1Kept’s kitchen is manned by three cooks who work as a collaborative team; there is no beverage program manager, either. Servers, even Keefe himself, roam the room, taking orders, checking in on diners, maybe offering a complimentary bar nibble or dessert. As I discovered here on two recent visits, 1Kept tries very hard, sometimes too hard, and mostly succeeds in its aim to be one well-kept neighborhood secret and haven of cool. (Though I try to keep up with Atlanta restaurant comings and goings, I had never heard of this place until colleagues mentioned it recently.) A big, warehousesize room with a bar at the center and an open-kitchen on one side, it felt, on the early Sunday evening I dropped in with friends, like a disco waking up from a weekend hangover—an appealing vibe for

a Sunday fun day. The crowd, which skews in the 30s, may have thought we were Toulouse holdovers, but no one cared. It was cocktail hour. My Sazerac hit the spot. The pimento cheese board, with toasted sourdough and house-made pickles, jam, mustard and a fruity ketchup-style condiment, was perfect for sharing. A seasonal salad of beets and fresh strawberries on a bed of arugula, with bits of blue cheese and candied pecans and hints of rhubarb and Meyer lemon, was bright, pristine, lovely and so delicious. On a second visit, I was smitten, too, with the succotash and bone marrow, a mélange of charred cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes, red pepper and vaquero beans. The dish comes with a giant, sawed-in-half beef bone on top that the server scraped and tossed into the pile, suggesting I take the bone home to my pooch. (And let me tell you: She loved that bone!) A warm kale salad, in which chorizo, quinoa, carrots and raisins are tossed with chili-oil vinaigrette, wasn’t warm enough to soften the greens. It needed more time and patience for the flavors to meld. The Hogs of War flatbread,

Right: The Hogs of War flatbread is loaded with housemade chorizo, bacon and mozzarella, and moistened with arrabbiata sauce and chili oil.

Above: 1Kept’s pimento-cheese board comes with jam, mustard, pickles and grilled sour dough—and is always a hit. Left: Bone marrow is scooped out and tossed with a lovely pile of charred cabbage, red pepper, vaquero beans and Jerusalem artichokes. Left: Chicken schnitzel and herbed spaetzle is comfort food with a German accent; here it’s sauced with caramelized onion cream and served atop a pile of braised red cabbage and haricots verts.

1Kept is an exercise in collaboration, with three cooks manning the kitchen. topped with chorizo, bacon, mozzarella and more of that chili oil, was a decent nibble yet hardly memorable. (The “arrabbiata sauce” was a tad sweet, redolent of tomato paste.) On the whole, I found the food and craft cocktails here rather labored—too many ingredients and flavors for the true flavors to shine. The Heart of Rye cocktail—a mix of Aperol, Cynar, sweet vermouth, bitters and rye whisky—was not bad, but tasted a bit like cola syrup, and slightly watered down at that. The secret ingredient of My Mai Tai was German amaro” (aka Jagermeister), which made the silver rum, orgeat, orange and lime concoction more cloyingly sweet than a classic rum-and-pineapple Mai Tai. Not my thing. And if you are an Old-Fashioned purist, you might not like the addition of walnut, unless it’s winter. Moving along to entrees, chicken schnitzel with a creamy herb spaetzle was tasty yet so complicated in its presentation (braised red cabbage, green beans and heavy slathering of caramelized onion cream) that I didn’t know where to begin to put the fork. Ditto the fried Maryland soft-shell crab. It tasted good, though the crab was over-breaded and seasoned and surrounded by quite a

busy pile of stuff (grits, creole broth, cucumber relish). Still, the warm bottle of house-made Fresno chili hot sauce was a nice touch. Though the cooks rarely keep a dish simple here, when they do, it tends to work and work well. This applies to a terrific Cabernet-marinated skirt steak, with perfect fries, a swirl or two of chimichurri and black-garlic aioli. If there’s a better steak-frites in town, I’d like to know where. Unlike the rest of the fare, the desserts don’t try so hard to be modern. The approach pays off. I very much enjoyed a homespun piece of pecan pie a la mode; a palate-cleansing pair of not-too-sweet sorbets (“wildberry” and mango); and an exquisite, warm caramel brownie with a scoop of vanilla. The latter arrived at the end of our long Sunday respite. We already had three desserts on the table, but Keefe couldn’t help himself. “I just wanted y’all to try it,” he says, plopping the brownie before us, gratis. So here’s the takeaway: Keefe, it would seem, is living the dream. His place may have a front door in back of a building on a noisy little strip of Peachtree. But by God, he wants you to get inside this place and give it a go. I’m down with that. And all minor culinary quibbles aside, I think you will be, too. n

Right: A Sazerac is no easy cocktail to make, and 1Kept’s version passes the test. Below: Pecan pie is deliciously old fashioned, with a scoop of vanilla and a drizzle of caramel.

1KEPT 2293 Peachtree Road, Suite B Atlanta 30309 404.254.1973 Prices: Salads, starters and flatbreads, $6-$14 Entrees: $20-$27 Recommended: Sazarac cocktail. Pimento cheese board. Beets and strawberry salad. Succotash and bone marrow. Steak frites. Pecan pie. Caramel brownie. Sorbets. Bottom line: A stylish spot for the young and affluent.

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Clockwise from top: Bourbon Bar features nearly 100 varieties of American whiskey; Maxime de la Grange Sury, Brent Elliott and Michael Magnole pose with Barrel No. 8; the tasting at Four Roses included nine different bourbons; a whiskey thief is used to fill sample bottles of Barrel No. 8.


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Southern Art and Bourbon Bar unveil its fourth private Four Roses barrel this month


his past February, I joined Michael Magnole, manager of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in the InterContinental Buckhead, and Maxime de la Grange Sury, the hotel’s director of food and beverage, on a visit to the Four Roses Bourbon distillery in Kentucky. The swanky restaurant and bar in the hotel features more than 100 varieties of American whiskey. But their mission on this trip? To tour the distillery and taste some of the country’s best bourbon. The ultimate goal was to select a private label barrel that would eventually be bottled and sold exclusively at Southern Art and Bourbon Bar. “We purchase private barrels because we like to separate ourselves from other bars,” Magnole says. This would be the fourth barrel for the restaurant, but the first time the duo participated in a blind tasting at the distillery. They’d chosen the previous three from small samples Four Roses sent to Atlanta. “Being there tasting at the distillery was a totally different experience,” Magnole says. “You learn so much from the distiller.” That would be Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliot. He led the tasting in the bottling


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facility that featured nine aged, high-proof bourbon barrels, each with its own recipe. Elliot explained how the variety of mash bills and yeast strains produced the distinctive flavors. “Each of these yeasts metabolizes the sugars differently,” he says. “Some are fruity; some are floral; some are spicy…and that’s where all the difference [in flavor] comes in.” Private barrel selections like this one are big business for distilleries such as Four Roses, which initially set up its barrel selection process to help revive the brand after it was purchased by Japanese beverage company Kirin in 2002. Before that, the quality had taken a nosedive. Not so today. Bourbon connoisseurs seek out Four Roses’ private barrel selections, making purchases like this one a coup for restaurants and bars. But private bourbon barrels don’t come cheap: One can cost between $7,500 and $10,000, depending on the age and label. And with a price tag that steep, choosing the right one is paramount. Back at the bottling facility, Magnole and de La Grange Sury, a few others and I tasted the nine bourbons from wine glasses Elliot filled using a copper tool known as a whiskey thief, and we jotted down our tasting notes.

The sniffing and swirling continued for a good 20 minutes, and Magnole and de La Grange Sury debated the subtleties in the bourbons’ colors, aromas and flavors, while the rest of us tried to remain neutral. Finally, they decided to go with barrel No. 8 because it was well-rounded and ideal for both sipping and mixing. “I like No. 8 because Maxime said it smells like chocolate cake, and I smell pipe tobacco,” Magnole says. “Not cigar, not cigarette tobacco…that old school, wet pipe tobacco.” (No. 8 was my favorite all along, as well.) The bourbon, which is expected to last between nine to 10 months at Bourbon Bar, was just delivered and released at a celebratory dinner on June 2 at Southern Art. n



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s Justin Anthony’s new Yebo Beach Haus in Buckhead features whitewashed walls, dark cherry wood floors and driftwood decor elements.

FOOD NEWS n Restaurateur Justin Anthony of 10 Degrees South opened yet another spot focusing on South African cuisine. Yebo Beach Haus, a new interpretation of his restaurant, Yebo, that closed at Phipps Plaza in April, is located in the former Coast space on West Paces Ferry. The revamped menu features South AfricanAmerican fusion—think shrimp peri-peri tacos, tomato and watermelon bruschetta, grilled swordfish sandwiches and boerewors (a type of minced-meat sausage) meatballs. n It just got a little bit easier to get your hands on some of our favorite goat cheese now that Alabama-based Belle Chevre is sold at Publix, including those in Buckhead. Currently, only Belle Chevre’s four breakfast cheeses are available, but trust us when we say the Honey, Coffee, Fig and Cinnamon varieties are good any time of the day. n Just in time for summer, The St. Regis Atlanta is now offering a special outdoor series at The St. Regis Bar every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests of Tapas on the Terrace ($25 per person, includes unlimited food and a featured beverage) can watch the The St. Regis Atlanta chefs grill up 88 West Paces Ferry Road tapas-style Atlanta 30305 dishes in404.563.7900 fluenced by different global cuisines. The Yebo Beach Haus experience is 111 West Paces Ferry Road topped off Atlanta 30305 by live music. 404.869.1992


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ust as Americans do on the Fourth of July, the French celebrate their country’s national pride on Bastille Day, July 14. The French holiday commemorates the Storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789, an event that sparked the French Revolution. And we think it’s a great excuse to dine on some of the most authentic French cuisine Buckhead has to offer.

Le Bilboquet Feel like you’ve been whisked away to Paris, even if just for a moment, with a delightful dinner at Le Bilboquet in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The bright French bistro and bar’s menu includes traditional French dishes of tuna tartare, croque madame and boeuf bourguignon from chef Jean Louis Sangare. s Croque monsieur, the classic French ham and cheese sandwich covered in bechamel, becomes a madame at Le Bilboquet when served with a fried egg on top.

Bistro Niko This Buckhead Life Restaurant Group bistro, reminiscent of Paris in the ’20s, sets the stage for its classic French fare such as charcuterie, pâté and terrines. Coq au vin is prepared traditionally, with browned chicken, potatoes and pearl onions in a rich red wine sauce, but chef Gary Donlick puts his own twist on beef bourguignon, replacing the customary braised meat with beef short ribs.

Bistro Niko’s Le Grand Plat charcuterie plate includes pâté, artisanal salami and proscuitto and chicken liver terrine.

t Anis Bistro’s moules marinières are cooked in white wine, cream and garlic.

Anis Bistro For a casual French experience in Buckhead, head here. The restaurant opened in a quaint cottage in 1994 and has been serving up a hefty dose of charm ever since. The menu focuses on foods from the Provencal region of France, where owner Arnaud Michel was raised. Dishes such as coquilles St. Jacques, moules marinières (mussels) and boeuf au poivre are specialties. n

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE Fans of the Yumbii food truck tacos and sliders will find it easier to locate them these days. That’s because 32-year-old Buckhead resident Carson Young has added a third truck to the fleet. But it’s more than just any food truck—it’s a high-tech “Super Food Truck” that’s totally eco-friendly. The truck’s exhaust is converted into nitrogen gas and water vapor that drastically reduces emissions. It’s the first of its kind on the entire East Coast and makes Yumbii the first Atlanta food truck with three vehicles. Pretty cool.

Anis Bistro 2974 Grandview Avenue Atlanta 30305 404.233.9889 Bistro Niko 3344 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.261.6456 buckheadrestaurants. com/bistro-niko Le Bilboquet 3035 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.869.9944

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THE PEANUT BUTTER TO THEIR JELLY Dale DeSena connects local chefs with the community STORY:

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Sandy Springs resident and founder of Taste of Atlanta and Food That Rocks, Dale DeSena has been working to connect local restaurants to the greater Atlanta community since 2001. Recently, she decided to create an event a little closer to home. Food That Rocks, a 21-and-over party with food and drink tastes from 25 Sandy Springs restaurants, was held May 14 in Hammond Park and raised $5,000 for area charities including Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. “I want to do things that support the community,” DeSena says. We spoke with this culinary connector about how she got her start, the chefs she most admires and where she likes to grab a bite.


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How’d you get into the food scene? I was producing art and music festivals in the ‘90s and was part of the original Music Midtown group. I realized I wanted to start my own festival because there wasn’t one. I love to eat out. I introduced myself to a lot of the chefs in the city, and there was a lot of camaraderie in getting Taste of Atlanta started.

Which chefs and restaurateurs do you admire? I’ve always admired Kevin Rathbun. He was an explorer and a risk taker and went out to Krog Street when there was nothing there. He has grown his restaurant group carefully and successfully. Archna Becker [of Bhojanic] tries to create a great working environment for everyone. If you have the right team, you can be more successful.

How did Food That Rocks come about? I really wanted to create a nighttime party event unlike anything Sandy Springs has seen. I wanted to showcase local chefs and restaurants and put Sandy Springs on the culinary map.

Where’s the one place you always take out-of-town guests? One of my favorites is [Chops] Lobster Bar. My husband and I love to grab a seat at the counter, and it’s a fun time to talk to the bartenders and have a yummy dinner. Rumi’s Kitchen always comes to mind in Sandy Springs.

What do you find most interesting about Atlanta’s culinary scene? The diversity. In Atlanta, we’re not known for one specific type of food; we’re known for so many international flavors. People think we’re just about Southern food, but we have amazing Indian, Ethiopian, Italian and Chinese.

What do you do in your spare time? I spend time with my family—I have a 10-yearold boy. We go to Topgolf. I was a photographer in college, and I’m trying to get back into it as a hobby. Also, we love to travel. We just went to Marco Island, and I ate stone crab claws for dinner three nights in a row! n


FEATURED RESTAURANTS  The fragrant rice plate combo at Co’m comes with a little bit of everything: a fried egg, bits of shredded pork, shrimp cake, veggies and protein of choice. (We like the pork-chop version, shown here.)

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



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10 DEGREES SOUTH After 15 years on the scene, this Roswell Road establishment is a highly original destination where food and wine from the tip of the Southern Hemisphere are celebrated with flair. Before we could pose the server with a query on the peri-peri, we got the hard sell on South African reds—particularly the Rupert & Rothschild 2009 “Classique.” The big, full-bodied R&R was the perfect match for the luscious, spicy food that followed. I may not be an expert on South African cuisine, but I’ll wager that nobody makes bobotie (the national dish) like 10 Degrees South. The dish consists of tantalizingly sweet curried ground beef topped with a custardy crust. It’s time to get your head out of the sand and indulge in the kind of stuff our parents enjoyed when “Continental” cuisine was in vogue. Appetizers: $10-$16 Entrées: $21-$38

BUCKET SHOP CAFÉ Atlanta’s answer to TV’s “Cheers,” this casual, family-owned spot across from Lenox Square is a game-day institution with seriously good pub grub, friendly prices and spirited, efficient service. Burgers, wings and sandwiches of all kinds dominate the menu. But one dish on the starting lineup deserves a special

trophy: the chicken rolls. Perhaps they sound like a fusion experiment, but in fact, these crispy, deep-fried egg roll wrappers stuffed with chicken, cheese, sour cream, chives and Tex-Mex sauce (salsa mixed with ranch) are downright addictive. The Bucket Shop team gets extra points for its solid, everchanging list of local craft brews. Starters: $6-$13 Sandwiches and burgers: $9- $13 Entrées: $12-$18

CHAMA GAUCHA Chama Gaucha is the latest addition to what is turning into a Brazilian-steakhouse strip along Piedmont Road. It has an appealing price point, a wonderfully fresh salad bar and, for meat lovers, an endless parade of gauchos bearing skewers of flame-kissed prime rib, pork loin, sausage, lamb, chicken, shrimp, and on and on—all you care to eat for a set price. Start with a classic lime caipirinha. Try the meats that look good to you, and remember to pace yourself. The filet and the picanha (thin, delicate strips of prime sirloin) won’t let you down, but the most memorable cut is the rich, succulent, super-fatty meat that’s carved from the beef rib. Heaven. Dinner: $44.50 (Salad bar only: $24.50) Lunch: $26.50 (Salad bar only: $19.50) Bucket Shop Café’s peanut butter pie is a must for sweet tooths.

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

GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS The Piedmont Avenue location of burger-preneur Alex Brounstein’s success story is where you go for a superbly flavorful, juice-dripping, napkin-soaking beef patty with all the trimmings. Though you can customize your sandwich, consider the signature “Cowboy” treatment: cheddar, bacon, barbecue sauce and a beer-battered onion ring—for a slim $7.99. To gild the


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lily, add an order of Frings (that’s fries and rings), and ask for a side of the chipotle ranch dipping sauce. Here you can quaff a draft brew, slurp down a boozy shake, like the banana-flavored Puddin’ Out, or sip a “Snooty” cocktail such as the mezcal-based El Guapo. Burgers: $4.50-$7.99 Starters and sides: $2.50-$5.50

JOY CAFÉ Every Sunday at sunrise, Joy Austin Beber goes to her Buckhead café and makes a whopping pile of her greatgrandmother’s biscuits. After church, she serves a hallelujah chorus of a brunch: fluffy buttermilk pancakes; eggs Benedict; and those famous biscuits topped with gravy, sausage and scrambled eggs. I arrived at the 3 p.m. cutoff for the breakfast-y brunch items, and enjoyed a terrific cobb salad with loads of blue cheese, bacon, avocado, boiled egg and grilled chicken. The Joy’s pièce de résistance, though, is the Crack Pie, with its oatmeal-cookie crust and gooey interior. Joy got a kick out of hearing that I am wack for her crack. This selftaught chef keeps it simple and fresh. Brunch: $7-$14 Lunch: $8-$12

LITTLE BANGKOK Little Bangkok is a decidedly humble hole-in-the-wall, yet many Atlanta ethnic-foodies insist that it is their favorite go-to joint for casual Thai. Not the fussy business of intricately carved radishes and gilded bowls. Not the throwaway curries and stir-fries of lastchance airport concessions and mall food courts. Little Bangkok is that happy place somewhere in the middle—a spot where the spring rolls are always crispy and the pad thai always a plate of tangy-sweet comfort, and where adventuresome diners can savor the green-peppercorn bite of spicy catfish and the sweet, Rice-Krispie weirdness of mee krob. At its best, Little Bangkok is like a brief, belly-pleasing adventure to the Land of Smiles.

The Olympic Omelet from White House is stuffed with healthy veggies (mushroom, spinach, tomato, onion and pepper) and pairs up real nice with a side of hash browns.

Entrées: $8-$18

PANAHAR BANGLADESHI CUISINE Anyone who has a passing familiarity with Indian food will feel right at home at this exotic-yet-homespun Buford Highway hole-in-the-wall. The $9.99 lunch buffet is a delicious way to sample the flavorful, aromatic cuisine of Bangladesh, which often uses less spice and more coconut milk than its sister region in Northern India. At dinner, you may take advantage of the BYOB policy, bringing wine or beer to wash down the highly appealing biryanis, kormas, tandooris and other delights of the Bengali table, including many here with beef. Appetizers: $4-$6 Mains: $11-$15

PASTA VINO You can surely find trendier pizza parlors or posher places to eat Italian in Atlanta. But if you are looking for old-fashioned linguini with clam sauce or chicken Florentine in a relaxed and

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

WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT At this venerated breakfast nook, you’ll find Atlanta movers and shakers in ties and starched shirts huddled over omelets and pancakes. But regardless of a guest’s status, owner Demos Galaktiadis, who came to America from Greece in 1966, treats everyone the same. He has run this Peachtree Road institution for 45 of its 68 years, and over time, the food has evolved into a unique combination of home-style Southern and Greek standards. At lunch, you might have moussaka and collards or fried grouper and a Greek salad, finished off with a dish of banana pudding. But breakfast is king here.

We recommend the Olympic omelet, stuffed with spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and peppers and served with a side of tzatziki, or a breakfast sandwich laden with sausage, cheese and egg. Breakfast: $6.40-$15.30 Lunch: $6-$16.70

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN Tales and tips from some of Buckhead’s most seasoned travelers STORY:

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It’s June, and many of us are thinking of taking off on a fabulous summer vacation. But for some area residents, packing their bags and hitting the road is a way of life. Whether jetting off for business or pleasure, or a combo of both, they’re the folks with the expertly packed suitcases and bulging frequent-flyer-mile accounts who spend as much or more time in hotels and airports as they do at home. And they wouldn’t have it any other way. To find out more about the lives of these rabid road warriors, we talked with eight locals for whom the travel bell tolls.

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My iPad. Ironically, I don’t use it for any other reason than for on the plane. I’m hooked on certain games and only play them during the boarding process and takeoff and landing. It’s my routine. Which travel apps do you use most often? I use Marriott and Delta apps for check-in so I can save paper. I use the app to plan my trips and have information at my fingertips without using data; Converter Plus so I can understand the conversion of money, distances, etc.; GateGuru so I can find food and shops while at foreign airports; and Gogobot so I can see what others recommend in a given destination. What’s one of the strangest or funniest things that’s ever happened to you while traveling? When I visited Melbourne, Australia, I stayed in a house with five other Americans. One day our porch light went out, so I went into the hallway closet and found a light bulb, not realizing it was red. That night, I was sound asleep and heard a knock at the door at 3 a.m. When I answered it, there were five guys there waiting in line (unbeknownst to us, brothels use a red light instead of signs to lure customers!). I think they were mildly disappointed to find just me in my boxers.



s a marketing lead for a biopharmaceutical company, Randy Keim, 36, travels a minimum of two days a week. But the Buckhead resident often extends his business trips so he can do some exploring on his own. “I figure until I get married or have someone to come home to, I might as well take advantage of already being out there,” Keim says. His firm’s travel department books his work trips, but when it comes to vacations, Keim reaches out for recommendations on social media. “You’d be amazed at the wealth of knowledge and help you can get with a simple Facebook post,” he says, recalling a recent incident in which a friend who read one of his posts helped him save $700 on


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a hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was headed for a wedding.

from The Walking Dead every time I get off a plane at Hartsfield-Jackson!

What’s your favorite thing about traveling? Immersing myself in new cultures and envisioning what my life would be like if I grew up or even moved there. If you treat every trip as an adventure and get back to the curiosity you had as a child, you will never be disappointed, regardless of your destination.

Any insider tips on getting around Hartsfield-Jackson? If you aren’t checking a bag, I would use the international terminal entrance even if you’re flying domestic. It has more TSA lines and is always less busy than the domestic terminal.

What’s your biggest pet peeve about traveling? I hate people who wander around the airport on their phones, pulling their bags behind them and not looking in front of them. It’s like a scene

When flying, do you prefer to sleep, read, listen to music, chat with your neighbor or what? I think I’ve ordered more things on Amazon while flying than while being on the ground. What’s your one must-have travel accessory?

If you won an all-expenses-paid trip to any destination you wanted, where would you go and why? Bora Bora. I think it would be incredible to stay on a remote island for a week and just relax without technology. Why is Buckhead a good home base? The mixture of elegance and great restaurants makes coming home feel like I’m truly in a Southern city. Not to mention the beautiful people. There aren’t many places outside of New York City were you can have a mixture of high-end and relaxed in the same area. I can shop at Phipps, have a drink at the St. Regis and grab a burger at Shake Shack in the same afternoon, and then easily Uber to a festival in Piedmont Park or Brookhaven. Perfect distance to everything you want to do in Atlanta. And don’t forget Johnny’s Hideaway late night. And no, I’m not sharing any of those stories here. n




ix months ago, Kelly and Kenny Keith opened Bon Glaze, a gourmet doughnut shop in Brookhaven that’s received rave reviews for its creative, madefrom-scratch concoctions such as the Bacon Butterscotch and Orange Fanta with Pastry Crème. With a second location set to open in Buckhead in mid-June, the couple doesn’t have much time for travel at the moment, but it was the constant business trips in their previous corporate jobs that led them to open Bon

Glaze in the first place. “Wherever we went, we would seek out the best doughnut shops,” says Kelly, 50, who notes that she and Kenny, 48, were both gone up to 250 days a year for work. As their daughter, Brooke, now 9, got older, though, they decided they had missed one too many of her violin recitals, so they quit their executive gigs and decided it was time to make the doughnuts. What’s your biggest pet peeve about traveling?

Kelly: The AC blasting when I open the hotel door. Why do they assume we want it freezing? What’s your best advice for curing jet lag? Kenny: Stay moving. If you lay down, it’s extra misery. Have you ever met anyone while traveling and become business partners, lifelong friends or romantically involved with them? Kelly: Kenny and I actually met on

an airplane! Kenny says I kept coming by his seat, but he really kept coming by my seat to flirt with me. It worked. Three days later we had our first date. Five years later we were married. Any insider tips on getting around Hartsfield-Jackson? Kenny: Get there two-and-a-half hours early on Monday. Everyone is flying out on business trips after weekends at home. The security line is wrapped around three or four times. What’s been your favorite trip ever and why? Kelly: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We took our then 3-year-old daughter, Brooke, for her birthday. A hurricane threat had just come through, but we decided to go anyway. Fortunately, the hurricane ended up passing Cabo by, but our resort was virtually empty from cancelled reservations, so we were followed around for a week by the staff, who catered to our every whim. For Brooke’s birthday, they decorated our room with balloons, confetti and fun towels in the shape of animals, and gave her a cake one afternoon while we were at the pool. What’s the weirdest or most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten while on the road? Kenny: Sea urchin sushi in Germany. Not a good idea. What place or activity is on your travel bucket list? Kelly: Paris. We’re going later this year. Neither Kenny nor I speak French, but Brooke attends French school, so we can’t wait for her to be our translator. Even though she’s a seasoned traveler (she’s on passport number two already), Brooke sees each new city with wide eyes and a thirst to understand the culture and history. What’s your favorite travel-related movie or book? Kelly: The Holiday, with Kate Winslet. We’ve belonged to a home exchange site for three years, but we’ve yet to get up the courage to exchange. We’re committed to doing it sometime next year.


How do you stay fit on the road? Kenny: It’s a work in progress since one of our go-to activities is to search out new and inventive doughnut shops on our travels. n

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hough now “semi-retired,” Steve Franklin still gets around. The former associate dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Franklin, who lives in Brookhaven, not only travels for fun with his wife, Elaine, but also in his role as chairman of the governing board for The American University in Dubai, a member of the board of regents at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College, and as a frequent judge at barbecue competitions across the South. He also logged a lot of miles when his past work as a consultant for an international real estate firm had him jetting off to Paris every month for twoand-a-half years and more recently to research a book he wrote titled Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life. “I went to probably 50 different cities for the book and did 200-plus videotaped interviews,” says Franklin, 68, whose goal is to live to be 120 and keep traveling as long as he’s able.

What’s your favorite thing about traveling? The people and places. My mantra to students when teaching at Emory was, “You and I are a composite of three things in life: the books we read, the people we meet and the places we go.” So do as much of all three as you can. What’s the most memorable souvenir you’ve ever brought home? The five stones I gathered in the Valley of Elah in Israel where David killed Goliath with his sling before he became King of Israel. How many frequent flyer miles do you currently have? About 4 million total. Approximately 3.5 million on Delta. What is your best packing tip? Wrap your clothes in plastic dry cleaning bags to prevent major wrinkles. What’s one of the strangest or funniest things that’s ever happened to you while traveling? I had traveled by train to Regensburg, Germany, from Munich to visit a friend; it’s about a one-hour train ride. On the way back, when my German friend dropped me and my American friend at the train station, we told him not to bother coming with us into the station


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STEVE FRANKLIN because we could read the signs and easily catch the train back to Munich. We boarded the train about 7 p.m. It was dark outside, so we weren’t really paying attention to anything. After about an hour and 20 minutes, the conductor came down the aisle asking for tickets. He looked at ours and in broken English informed us we were on the wrong train—a nonstop to somewhere in Switzerland! We had to detrain at the first stop, wait a couple of hours and catch another train back to Munich. It broke down about halfway there, and we had to get on another train. We finally arrived back around 4 in the morning. A normal one-hour train ride took about nine hours. My bad.

Whom do you rely on for recommendations on what to see and do when you’re on the road? I’m a concierge user. Good ones really can assist you, and with a nice tip, they’ll bend over backwards to get you reservations, recommendations, etc. that really help. I also always look up TripAdvisor ratings for restaurants, attractions, etc. They’ve been pretty accurate, in my estimation.

When you’re back home, what place reminds you of one of your favorite destinations? The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Town Brookhaven. It’s very much like the really nice pubs we enjoyed in Ireland: great decor, really good comfort food, lots of beer selection, friendly wait staff. But they don’t sing like the Irish.

If you had a road warrior theme song, what would it be? “On the Road Again,” of course, but also “Rocky Mountain High.” I’m on a high, so to speak, whenever I travel and meet all these beautiful people of different cultures and visit the amazing places and countrysides

Who’s your favorite travel partner? Elaine, my beautiful wife of 47 years. She’s always game for a new adventure, will try all the local fare, keeps up with my nonstop pace, puts her foot down on what souvenir I am NOT going to purchase and keeps the financial records. n

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hen I was young, I used to go to sleep at night with a globe that lit up,” says Melissa Long of her early fascination with other parts of the world. Since then, the Brookhaven resident, whom you may recognize from her 11Alive news broadcasts, has traveled to many of those distant lands, thanks to her prior work covering politics for CNN and as an international correspondent for Bloomberg TV. “My bag was always packed,” she says of those heady days. Married to a Delta pilot, she now travels more for pleasure than work, and, since the birth of her first child last month, she has a new travel companion to share her passion with. “I’d love to see every state, every continent, swathes of the countries I’ve only flown over,” she says, referring to all of the places still left to check off her bucket list.

What hotel, airline or car rental brands are you most loyal to? While I certainly try to accumulate airline and hotel points, I’m also a fan of B&Bs and small inns. Last year, we drove around the British countryside without any real plan and stayed in B&Bs that we stumbled upon and met such warm and welcoming hosts.

What’s your favorite thing about traveling? Traveling opens your eyes to new people, experiences and challenges. It provides perspective and is always a learning experience.

What’s your one must-have travel accessory? Comfortable walking shoes and my favorite dressy jacket with a hood—that way I don’t have to lug around an umbrella.

What’s the most memorable souvenir you’ve ever brought home? I love something that comes with a story about the person who made it or the ambiance of the location. For instance, a favorite scarf comes from a bustling street market in Hong Kong. If traveling overseas, I’ll also save a small denomination of foreign currency. I’ve been saving coins since my first international trip as a child. I also love to bring home jam, tea or candy from the places I've visited. It extends the joy from that adventure long after you’re back.


Which travel apps do you use most often? I'm quite old school and don’t use any. I love a map and a small guidebook. When I’m out of the country, I enjoy powering down and getting ideas from locals and navigating the old-fashioned way. What’s been your favorite trip ever and why? That’s difficult to answer. I truly appreciate and am thankful for every trip I’ve ever taken. I loved my honeymoon at the Great Barrier Reef. Exploring Cape Town and Johannesburg with my mother was thrilling. I really enjoyed driving the winding roads in New Zealand and seeing more sheep than people. Also, I adore long weekend excursions with the gals. Asheville is a perfect destination for an easy and fun getaway. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “I look like a serial killer,” how bad is your passport photo? Six. The stamps are far more significant to me than the photograph. What’s your favorite travel-related movie or book?

I don't have a particular favorite, but several years ago I had a fun, serendipitous moment in Indonesia. I spent an afternoon bike riding through Ubud’s rice fields. Later that evening, while reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, the author was describing her biking experience in the very same area. It was a cozy coincidence. When you’re back home, what’s a place that reminds you of one of your favorite destinations? I crave Thai food, and my favorite Thai restaurant, Little Thai, is owned by a lovely couple in Sandy Springs. I dine at Little Thai almost weekly. How do you stay fit on the road? Walk, walk and walk some more. What’s the one thing you splurge on when it comes to travel? I splurge on experiences rather than things. A series of sailing lessons in the Sydney Harbour was pricey, but so worth the cost. An excursion to visit Iditarod sled dogs in remote Alaska was such a highlight, the extra expense didn’t matter. A hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the Napa Valley is a treat without any regret. n





e have crammed in as much adventure as possible since I retired,” says Hank Ezell, 72, of he and his wife, Reva, 79. Hank, a former financial editor at the Atlanta JournalConstitution, and his wife, who was the director of radio at WABE, may have retired from their jobs (she 20 years ago, he 10 years ago), but they clearly haven’t retired from traveling. They’ve logged trips via boat, airplane, car and train to all seven continents. On their journeys, they’ve hiked to Machu Picchu, snorkeled in Tahiti and spied polar bears in the Arctic. And they routinely spend several weeks each year vacationing in Honduras. The Buckhead-based couple is particularly fond of cruising. “You pack once and unpack once, and they do all the work for you,” Hank says.


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Describe the setting behind the best vacation photo you’ve ever taken. Reva: Hundreds of thousands of Antarctic penguins. Unbelievable. Otherworldly. What’s the most memorable souvenir you’ve ever brought home? Reva: A wool cape from Scotland, bought in July when I thought I wouldn’t need a coat. That was 30 years ago, and I still have it. What’s the weirdest or most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten while on the road? Reva: Guinea pig in Peru. Delicious. Hank: Iguana, in Bonaire. (If you have a choice, ask for a leg quarter. The breast quarters are really bony.) On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “I look like a serial killer,”

how bad is your passport photo? Reva: Believe it or not, it’s one of the best pictures I’ve ever had taken. What is your best packing tip? Reva: Bring all matchable colors— black, white, gray; red, white, blue. Make every outfit multipurpose. And then take out half of what you’ve packed and make do with less. What’s one of the strangest or funniest things that’s ever happened to you when traveling? Reva: It’s too long a story to relate here, but it involves my broken nose, a woman in an identical dive skin, and my husband yelling at her husband to “Unhand her!” You had to be there. What’s your favorite travel-related movie or book? Hank: March of the Penguins.

Reva: A Rand McNally atlas. If you won an all-expenses-paid trip to any destination you wanted, where would you go and why? Hank: I’d return to the Galapagos Islands on a National Geographic cruise for the beauty of the place and the extraordinary critters. When you’re back home, what’s a place that reminds you of one of your favorite destinations? Reva: Holeman and Finch—small plates, European service, great bar. How can you spot a travel rookie? Reva: Too dressed up, too much luggage. What’s the one thing you splurge on when it comes to travel? Hank: Business class. n


rive your car right up to the plane, walk on, buckle up and take off. Sounds ideal, right? That’s the joy of traveling with a company like Jet Linx, says Melissa Bucci Laue, who’s been using the private jet charter for most of her domestic trips for about two years now. “The benefits of private travel are numerous,” she acknowledges. “Probably most significant is that clients travel on their schedules, not someone else’s.” As the immediate past president of N3, a cloud technology sales and marketing company she co-founded with her husband, Jeff, the 48-year-old Brookhaven resident also appreciates how private air travel saves considerable time for her, her spouse and their 9-year-old daughter, Audrey. “It’s incredibly convenient to go from point A to point B in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take.” Flying privately allows her one other perk as well: the ability to bring along her 45-pound standard poodle, Lulu. “Commercial travel would be impossible because she would be in cargo,” Laue says. “With Jet Linx, she just hops onboard.” And how does Lulu handle the road warrior lifestyle? “She’s a delightful passenger,” Laue says, “except that she always wants to sit with the pilot.” What’s your favorite thing about traveling? The anticipation and excitement of being someplace different. What’s your biggest pet peeve about traveling? Weather delays. Have you ever met anyone while traveling and become business partners, lifelong friends or romantically involved with them? My husband, Jeff, and I met in Hamilton, Bermuda. I was living in Charleston, West Virginia. He was living in Atlanta. I was there attending my college roommate’s wedding. Jeff was there playing golf with business associates. I was out and about with my friends, and Jeff was out and about, too. He was persistent in trying to get my attention and engage in a conversation. We spoke and had fun. Then I left the restaurant. He hadn’t asked for my phone number, and I didn’t volunteer it. The next night, Jeff went to every bar and restaurant on Front Street in Hamilton trying to find me. He did.

MELISSA BUCCI LAUE What’s the best or most memorable souvenir you’ve ever brought back home? Our Certificate of Marriage from Paget Parish, Bermuda. Since Jeff and I met in Bermuda, we decided to marry there. What’s your best packing tip? A tip that I read from Martha Stewart: Roll your clothes so they don’t wrinkle. What’s your one must-have travel accessory? Big Velcro rollers. Don’t laugh; they work! What’s been your favorite trip ever and why? I’ve been fortunate to visit many exquisite places, and any number

of them could easily have been my favorite. However, few places can compete with the luxury and sense of peace that Sandy Lane in Barbados provides. What’s the weirdest or most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten while on the road? Let’s just say that if I’m ever again offered boiled bullfrog with bean curd [as I was in Chengdu, China], I’ll have to decline. Once was enough. What activity is on your travel bucket list? To hug a koala bear. Last year I fulfilled a dream come true and hugged a panda. The koala is next. When you’re back home, what’s a

place that reminds you of one of your favorite destinations? La Grotta reminds me of the unassuming restaurants in Florence, Italy, [where it’s] all about the experience of eating delicious food. What’s your favorite local place to shop for travel gear and/or outfits? My go-to is Geoffrey Henderson at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps. How do you stay fit on the road? Walk instead of ride, have a salad at lunch, then eat whatever for dinner because, after all, I only had a salad for lunch. What’s the one thing you splurge on when it comes to travel? I splurge on travel itself! n

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Globetrotting hoteliers Ever wonder where those in the travel biz go for a little R&R, or what go-tos will always be tucked in their carry-ons? Read on to find out how three local hoteliers hit the road. STORY: Amelia Pavlik

Bhoopathy, who calls Brookhaven home, typically travels about three to four times a month. His hospitality roots go back to an education that began in Switzerland and was completed at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. With more than 16 years of experience under his belt, Bhoopathy has worked with hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton, InterContinental and Hyatt. “I loved going to New Zealand, because there are sights like Maori Village in Rotorua, Franz Josef Glacier, and Queenstown where I bungee jumped. And I’ve never met friendlier people,” he says. “I enjoy New York City, which I frequent for work, where at the end of a long day, I get to experience some of the top restaurants and bars in the country.” TRAVEL TIP: When traveling for work, build some free time into your schedule to enjoy unexpected local finds or just to relax. GO-TO GEAR: I always have AG Jeans and a sport coat because this

combination always works for the unplanned meeting or event. And Advil.

FRED V. ALIAS Co-founder, Sandcastle Resorts; President, Chancellor’s House Management Group This Buckhead resident’s career has included everything from doing international sales for Holiday Inn to developing Marriott and Ritz-Carlton properties during his tenure at W..B. Johnson properties in Atlanta. In 1982, Alias partnered with Frank Flautt, Jr. to form Sandcastle Resorts that operates the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa and will soon add the 31-room luxury boutique hotel Chancellor’s House in Oxford, Miss. “Among my favorite destinations and hotels are two in Italy: the Splendido in Portofino and Villa d’Este on Lake Como. Another property I love is the Delano South Beach in Miami. I’ve been going there for over 20 years to learn what’s trending in food from their international culinary experts,” says Alias, who is regularly on the road. “During these travels, a concierge made a point that I have never forgotten, and it has become a core value for the hotels I manage, such as Chancellor’s House. He said, ‘When you tell me what the problem is, you will not have it anymore.’” TRAVEL TIP: Bring cash. The first time I took my parents to Europe, we went to a

restaurant that wouldn’t accept my American Express. My father said, “Always take cash!” GO-TO GEAR: When I head out of the country, I rent a satellite phone, which can be

ordered online. I love it because unlike regular cell phones, it always works. Whether you’re in the middle of the desert or on a yacht in the Mediterranean, there will be a signal.

SHIP TIPS Two Buckhead frequent travelers weigh in on the most cost-effective ways to get your vacation purchases home safely STORY: Karina Antenucci Melissa Gallant, travel advisor at SmartFlyer in Buckhead, splits her time living in Atlanta and Zurich, Switzerland, and travels at least every other weekend. Here’s her advice on sending your buys home: Best way to ship items home: Having the vendor ship my purchases is always my preferred method. They take on responsibility of packing. If something is broken, they will likely replace and resend.

Precautions to take: Keep copies of invoices and shipping documents. Make sure you record the name of the person who assisted you with the purchase and shipping. Take a photo of each item to be shipped. Know when the expected delivery is. Additionally, make sure the shipping is door-to-door and that you have adequately insured the items.

When shipping items yourself: Ask the concierge at your hotel if he or she can ship the items for you instead of shipping them yourself. Make sure your items are labeled per U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirements.

How to save: Value-added tax (VAT) is refundable in some countries. Bring your passport when shopping, get the proper documents from the vendor and make the claim at airport or border crossing. Check-in personnel can tell you where to make your claim at the airport. Tax savings can be as much as 25 percent.

Buckhead-resident Jessica Dauler of JessicaShops travels at least once or twice per month. Here are the shipping lessons she’s learned:

BRIAN WALDMAN Senior vice president

Best way to ship items home:

of investments, Peachtree Hotel Group

FedEx, UPS, DHL or USPS. If you are within the U.S., those flat-rate boxes at the post office are awesome. A lot of people don't realize that these exist in Europe as well, and they’re an inexpensive way to send souvenirs home!

From luxury resorts including Grand Wailea Resort in Maui to select service and extended stay brands such as Hampton Inn, Courtyard and Residence Inn, this Sandy Springs resident and graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration has more than 17 years of experience in the industry. In his current role, Waldman travels several times a month and is responsible for negotiating and closing hotel acquisition and development projects for Peachtree Hotel Group. “One of my favorite spots is Guanacaste, Costa Rica,” he says. “The first time I went to Costa Rica was for a resort development project. I fell in love with the country immediately and went back again with my family shortly thereafter. We were able to experience everything from zip lining through the rain forest to relaxing on the pristine beaches. Another amazing place is Alaska. If you haven’t been—go. The nature is absolutely incredible, and the views are breathtaking. What really blew me away is how the glaciers are melting, and what we saw on our trip will not be there in the not-too-distant future.” TRAVEL TIP: Make time to enjoy a great meal at a locally-inspired restaurant.

When traveling, I always try to find a local foodie favorite and stay away from the touristy places. GO-TO GEAR: My iPhone is a must because I have two young children at home. When I’m on the road, I always try to FaceTime with my family in the morning before I leave the hotel and again before the kids go to bed.


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Good to know: When shipping internationally, goods will have to clear customs. In general, U.S. residents are permitted to bring up to $800 worth of merchandise back with them on the plane without having to pay tax. For goods that you ship home, up to $200 is exempt from duty. Customs will inspect your package when it arrives in the U.S., and if you owe duty, you'll have to pay it when your package is delivered.

When shipping items yourself: Know how to fill out a customs form—and do it before you get to the post office. Expect everything to take longer than you think and any tracking to be hit and miss.

How to save: Travel with an extra folding duffle bag. If you can pack things well enough, it's probably worth paying extra and shipping them as baggage or, if they are bigger, as cargo on your flight home. Check out The Container Store for neat inflatable packaging for bottles and breakables inside your suitcase.

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ADI BHOOPATHY Principal and executive vice president, Noble Investment Group




hen I was a kid, my sister and I thought traveling in a motor home to places like Disney World was glamorous— especially when all we could think of was getting the autographs of Goofy and Pluto. Well, things have changed, and today my sister, Lisa Gleim-Jonas, and her husband, Bill Jonas, travel all over the world with my 10-year-old niece, Libby. And while they do take trips to Disney World, lucky Libby, who attends Pace Academy, has already been to more than 15 countries in her short life! So if anyone knows all the tricks to traveling with a kid, it’s my sister. We chatted recently, and she gave me a few of her top tips on how she’s survived the years of international travel and cross-country road tripping with her pint-sized jet-setter.

What tips do you have for traveling with a child overseas? On long road trips? If you fly international, spend the $100 for Global Entry [a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for


THE JET SET How to pack simply for your next trip STORY:

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pre-approved, low-risk travelers]. It’s so nice when you arrive back in the States with a tired kid. You go straight through to baggage claim and save a ton of time. The first time we traveled internationally with Libby to the Baltics when she was 3-years-old, I wrapped several small goodies that she could unwrap every few hours. That kept her busy, and it was fun for her. On road trips now, we make sure to take a DVD player or iPad. I usually make sure she has a new movie, but we also play games like Mad Libs. There are tons of apps for those kinds of games. You can also do some research and find things to see along the way. It breaks up the trip, and you’ll see stuff you wouldn’t normally. Do you pack anything special for Libby? She has her own suitcase, and we let her pick out her own things that she likes to take. But we didn’t start letting her do that until she was about 6; otherwise, she wanted to take everything. On our two most recent trips to Scotland and Germany, she took her


ummer fuels a certain wanderlust in us all, and as sure as Hartsfield-Jackson will be a-buzz these next few months, you’re likely packing a bag to head off, too. According to Nina McLemore, who oversees her self-named boutique in Buckhead, style while traveling matters. “Keep it clean; keep it simple. That’s important when you are creating a travel wardrobe,” says the New Yorkbased designer and a founder of Liz Claiborne accessories.

AN EDITED SUITCASE “When traveling, I like to stick to a few simple rules to make packing and getting dressed a little easier and less overwhelming,” says Buckhead-based style blogger Jessica Camerata of My Style Vida. “I always plan on a color scheme. Maybe it's sticking with blacks or browns, and, Left: This yellow and white ensemble is an example of Nina McLemore's travel-friendly fashions. Right: Designer Nina McLemore

own point-and-shoot camera and took pictures. She had a blast with that. Do you choose specific hotels that cater to kids? Usually we pay attention to ones that are kid-friendly or that have kids’ programs. Ones that do specials things for the kids when we arrive are always nice. Hotels such as The Ritz even have age-specific welcome packages for the kids, so you don’t have to bring certain things with you like baby shampoo, a bathtub faucet cover and items like that.

that way, you narrow down your shoes and accessories quickly.” When you’re looking to liven up a neutral palette, add in pops of colors with turquoise, red or purple hues that are flattering for most skin tones. McLemore also recommends limiting shoes to the basics: a simple heel you can comfortably walk in and a great pair of everyday flats.

FLIGHT-FRIENDLY FABRICS As a rule, fabrics spun from natural fibers tend to be better suited for the long travel haul than their counterparts. Additionally, they’re typically more comfortable and inherently more delicate. Lambs wool, Merino wool and silk are some examples of wrinkle-resistant natural fibers. “Those are very good for travel, particularly when it’s warm [outside],” McLemore says. “Sure, polyester doesn’t wrinkle either, but it’s so hot!”

Left: Style blogger Jessica Camerata

What about dining out? Kids can be picky eaters. I rely heavily on TripAdvisor, and I pay attention to reviewers who mention dining out with kids. When Libby was younger, we would always travel with snacks that we knew she'd eat. We don’t do fine dining, but we dine out at places that offer good food fast so we’re not lingering at a restaurant for hours. The No. 1 thing you should do is make sure your kid is well behaved. There are restaurants in certain cities like Paris that don’t allow young children. n

McLemore’s first step when perusing fabrics for all of her lines is to crush the material in her hand. If it doesn’t pass the wrinkle test, it’s not included in the lineup. Use the same method when packing for your vacation. Additionally, fabrics such as linen and Merino wool lend themselves well to a splatter or stain. Should a smudge of foundation make its way to your collar, spot clean it, then hang the garment upside down to dry so the water drains away from the jacket, and you’ll have a drier garment sooner.

FINAL BOARDING TIPS Layering with jackets and scarves brings variances to your capsule wardrobe. “I never check luggage— I can go 10 days with two pairs of pants and one skirt,” McLemore says. On that note, you’re well-suited (and well-heeled) for packing a wardrobe to take on your next vacation. Bon voyage! n Nina McLemore 110 East Andrews Drive 404.841.8111 My Style Vita

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According to Travel expert Kristen Korey Pike, New Zealand is one of the year's hottest destinations.



f there’s anyone who knows where and how Atlantans travel, it’s Kristen Korey Pike, the founder and CEO of KK Travels Worldwide, a luxury travel advisory firm. From its offices in One Buckhead Plaza, Pike, who herself has visited more than 45 countries, works with a broad spectrum of vacation- and business-going clients, a task that in 2015 earned her a place on Travel & Leisure magazine’s annual “A-List” of “the best specialists in the business.” Here, she shares with us some of her expertise and insights. What are the top trends in travel right now? Multigenerational travel, river cruising and experiential travel. How do you choose a good carry-on, and do you recommend any particular bag?


1. New Zealand— adventure, scenery, outdoors, food/wine. 2. Japan—culture, cuisine, festivals, nightlife, technology, ancient traditions, art, temples/shrines, cherry blossoms. 3. Cuba—had been largely off-limits to most Americans for half of a century; offers culture and local gems, fascinating sights, exposure to old buildings and cars. Top three things travelers do wrong when booking a trip:

1. Booking through an online travel agency like with no customer service.


Make sure it’s durable and functional and has a separate compartment for laundry. Take a look at; its bags let you charge your devices on the fly. Any specific tips for business travelers? Be loyal to your frequent flyer and hotel programs. And sign up for global entry/pre-check. What’s your personal favorite destination? South Africa for its cosmopolitan cities, abundant wildlife, food and wine scene and fascinating history. What’s one of the strangest things a client has ever asked you to do when booking a trip? To charter a separate flight for her luggage while she was on safari in East Africa. n

1. Access to intimate destination expertise. 2. In a relationshipdriven industry, having access to key players in the industry (hotel owners, general managers, sales contacts, etc.) is invaluable. 3. Access to exclusive complimentary perks and amenities (upgrades, breakfast included, hotel/ resort credits).


Boogaloos • Collage Boutique • Dress Up Boutique • Lila Boutique


Big Peach Running Co.



Bua Thai and Sushi • Copper Coin Coffee • The Flying Biscuit Café Jefe’s Tacos & Tequilas Opening Fall 2016 • Lucky’s Burger & Brew Marble Slab Creamery • Moe’s Southwest Grill • Newk’s Express Café Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub • Olive Bistro • There Restaurant and Bar Tin Can Oyster Bar Opening Summer 2016 • Which Wich? • Yogurtland

3. Not allocating enough time to immerse themselves in a new destination.

Advantages of using a travel advisor to book a trip:


CinéBistro/Cobb Theatre • Costco • LA Fitness • Marshalls • Publix

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon • Benchmark Physical Therapy Brookhaven Orthodontics • European Wax Center • Fantastic Sams GNC (General Nutrition Center) • Harken Health The Joint - The Chiropractic Place • Julian’s Cosmetics and Skincare Massage Heights • Nail Talk & Tan • Salon Red • Salon Red Kids Town Dentistry • Vein Clinics of America • Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station

2. Not knowing country entry requirements (passports, visas, vaccinations, etc.).

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Discover over 50 shops, services and restaurants. Town Brookhaven is truly your one stop shopping and dining destination with a blend of interesting boutiques, delicious restaurants and useful services.

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KRISTEN'S TOP TIPS This year’s hottest destinations:

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4. Having an advocate in the event that something goes wrong. 5. Customized experiences that can be tailored to the interests of the traveler.

Three things to always take on the road:


MODA Floors & Interiors • Redefined Home Boutique • Sugarboo & Co.


Bell Partners • Brookhaven Alterations Brookhaven Animal Hospital • Community & Southern Bank Keller Williams • Reflections Eyecare • Scottrade Town Cleaners • U Break I Fix


1. A scarf that can serve as a blanket for long, chilly flights. 2. Healthy snacks like almonds, granola and dried fruit. 3. Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Conveniently located on Peachtree Road adjacent to Oglethorpe University.

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Area attorneys battle it out on the stage instead of in the courtroom during the Atlanta Bar Association’s annual LawJam benefit.

LAWYERS ROCK OUT FOR CHARITY lineup of attorneys will be making their cases in front of a panel of judges and a jury come June 10. But they won’t be in a courtroom or armed with writs and subpoenas. Instead, these legal eagles will be wielding guitars and drumsticks and the like as they compete in Rock the Cash Bar: LawJam 2016, an annual battle of the bands in which each group is composed of one or more local lawyers. Six groups performing a variety of musical styles, from soul to bluegrass to rock, will take to the stage of the Buckhead Theatre to vie for Best Original Song and Best Band. Winners will be chosen by a combination of

both the judges’ votes and those of the concertgoers, who vote by putting a dollar in the bucket for their favorite band of barristers. General admission tickets cost $20, and premium tickets cost $100. Proceeds from the event, which is a fundraiser for the charitable arm of the Atlanta Bar ROCK THE CASH BAR: LAWJAM 2016 Association, support pro June 10; 6-11 p.m. bono legal Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road N.E. services Atlanta 30305 to those 404.832.6206 in need. – Jill Becker

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BUZZ BROOKHAVEN BEER FEST June 11 404.695.8677 The Brookhaven Beer Fest returns for its sixth year this summer and promises a wide selection of more than 200 domestic and international beers and wine. Tickets are $35 if purchased in advance. The festival will take place on Apple Valley Road from 3 to 8 p.m.

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On your mark, get set … A NATIONWIDE RACE TO END PROSTATE CANCER On June 18, some 500 Atlantans will join the 20,000 runners in 36 cities across the U.S. taking part in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. Consisting of 1-mile and 5K routes meandering through Sandy Springs, the event raises funds and awareness for a disease that affects some 5,000 men in Georgia alone each year. Also included is the 200-yard Kids Superhero Dash for Dads, in which

boys and girls ages 9 and under dress as their favorite superhero and race to the finish line with their capes blowing in the wind behind them. Since the next day is Father’s Day, Home Depot is presenting a free onsite workshop where the kiddos can make a crafty gift for their pops. Participation in the 5K costs $30, and both the 1-mile and Kids Superhero Dash are $15 each. – JB

ZERO PROSTATE CANCER RUN/ WALK – ATLANTA DASH4DAD June 18; Kids Superhero Dash 8 a.m. 1-mile walk 8:15 a.m. 5K run 8:30 a.m. Home Depot/Costco parking lot, 6400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Sandy Springs 30328 888.245.9455


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For the fourth straight year, the Buckhead branch of the AtlantaFulton County Public Library system will be asking kids that age-old question: What did you do over summer vacation? Youngsters ages 12 and older who capture images from their school break on film— whether they went to the beach, took a road trip or simply had a staycation—are invited to enter the Summer Teen Photography Contest for free. Submissions of their best vacation shots should be made in Top: Grant Hawkins’ scenic snap from a trip to Yellowstone National Park took home first place in last year’s Summer Teen Photography Contest. Bottom: Fiona Liu’s close-up of a koi fish from a visit to Biltmore Estate won an honorable mention.


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the form of a printed 8-by-10-inch photo and placed in an envelope with the teen’s name and email or local phone number. Entries should be hand delivered or mailed to the Buckhead branch, attention: Amy Alexander, by Sept. 6. After the winners are announced and prizes awarded, all entries will be displayed at the library in October as part of the annual photography exhibit. – JB

SUMMER TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Contest entry June 1-Sept. 6 Buckhead Branch Library 269 Buckhead Avenue Atlanta 30305 404.814.3500

Brookhaven Beer Fest brings together bands, a DJ and food trucks to entertain attendees.

AMERICAN HYDRANGEA SOCIETY’S ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR June 11 780.956.7734 annual-garden-tour Peek over the hedge with the American Hydrangea Society’s 22nd annual garden tour. The tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine through some of Atlanta’s most beautiful gardens. Tour tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the day of the tour at two of the garden locations.

FREE FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL AT THE WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER June 12 404.733.4200 The Woodruff Arts Center will host a free festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring family-friendly programming led by the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. Register for the event in advance online.

KENNY ROGERS AT CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATRE June 19 404.233.2227 Grab your friends, pack a picnic and head to Chastain for an 8 p.m. Kenny Rogers concert. This may be your last chance to catch the iconic country singer live in concert—he announced his retirement last fall. Ticket prices range from $45 for lawn seats to $530 for an orchestra table with six seats.

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he Buckhead Heritage Society sponsored a history-themed scavenger hunt throughout Buckhead to raise money in support of the nonprofit’s mission to identify, preserve and promote the area’s history and historic resources. Ninety-two participants competed in 12 teams, solving clues, seeking out historic locations and taking photos related to the community’s past. Each uncovered clue was worth points. The first clue led participants to a private residence on Northside Drive that once was a private badminton supper club during the 1960s—a place that brought together Atlanta’s leading bankers and attorneys. Other stops included were Sardis Methodist Church cemetery, Harmony Grove cemetery, Five Paces Inn, Charlie Loudermilk Park and more. At the end of the hunt, guests returned to the starting point on Northside Drive for festivities, including wine, mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a rousing closing ceremony that celebrated the winning teams. The event raised $19,000 for the Society. - Jessica Wise

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n the swanky ambiance of Buckhead’s Chops Lobster Bar, Chris and Nicole Carlos and DeMarre and Iesha Carroll hosted the second annual PSC Dinner. PSC (primary sclerosing cholangitis), a disease of the bile ducts, has been a battle for both Nicole and DeMarre. In their fight against the debilitating condition, they developed the Carroll Family Foundation and the Carlos Jockisch PSC Foundation, the benefactors of the dinner event. The two organizations raise money for the Mayo Clinic, where extensive research takes places to create new innovations for fighting PSC. Among the 84 generous patrons who attended the upscale fundraiser were special guests Pano and Georgia Karatassos of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and Atlanta Hawks players Paul Millsap, Mike Scott and Thabo Sefolosha. Dr. Sumera Rizvi of the Mayo Clinic was also in attendance, sharing with the crowd the extensive PSC research currently underway. The seated five-course dinner featured wild Oregon morel mushroom risotto, herb-crusted Charleston flounder and Japanese Miyazaki A5 Kobe filet. A live auction featured exclusive Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors jerseys. The event raised $205,000 for the cause. - Jessica Wise

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Cory Joseph, DeMar DeRozan, Nicole and Chris Carlos, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry

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