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HOME: FURNISHING FOR LESS

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TRAVEL FAR: VIRGINIA IS FOR WINE LOVERS Charlottesville offers a tantalizing cluster of grapes and history

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THE SPICES OF LIFE Modest ambitions make Copper Cove Indian Bistro a neighborhood favorite

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Hope S. Philbrick Hope S. Philbrick thanks a friendly taxi driver and a lunch of contemporary Southern cuisine for enticing her to move to Atlanta in 1997. Now she has no plans to leave Georgia, beyond her frequent excursions as a freelance writer. Her articles about travel, food, wine and spirits have appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. In 2012, she launched Getawaysforgrownups.com, an online magazine for adults seeking travel options that don’t include children. When not writing, she’s either on the road or savoring something tasty. In this issue, she writes about a recent staycation aboard a 55-foot houseboat on Lake Lanier (page 22).

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[ BEHIND THE COVER ] During a good portion of the photo shoot for this issue’s cover, George Michael’s classic ’90s tune “Freedom!” played over and over in the background. If you’ve ever seen the video for the chart-topping song, you’ll recognize just how appropriate a choice it was, as both our shoot and Michael’s video star gorgeous, leggy models. On hand to glamify our cover girl were two of the beauty experts featured in our “Glam Squad” story on page 69: hair guru Max Sanchez Chief Photographer: Sara Hanna of White Photo Assistant: Tyler Hayes Model: Emme Martin, Click Models Salon and Spa, Shot on location at Sara Hanna Photography Studios and makeup maestro Nyssa Green of The Green Room Agency. Daniela Georgieva (left) from Sugarcoat also sat in on the session after adding some polish to our model’s nails.

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I could be having my best hair day ever, love what I’m wearing and have my makeup professionally done, and yet I’d still cringe when someone whips out a camera. Inevitably what happens is that the person taking my picture keeps urging me to “Smile!” and in my head I’m screaming, “I am smiling!” The folks on our cover this issue, only one of whom is a professional model, made it look easy. Watching them at the photo shoot a few weeks ago for our “Glam Squad” story highlighting Buckhead’s best beauty pros (see page 69), I marveled at their ease and confidence when that shutter clicked. Writer Karina Antenucci had similar poise and grace when she posed for our photographer after getting a Glam Squad makeover (page 75). Frankly, I’d rather have a root canal. You may, in fact, notice that uneasy look on my face in my photo above. You may also notice that my photo is a new one on this page. That’s because, after three-plus years as the editor-in-chief of Simply Buckhead, Giannina Smith Bedford has moved on to pursue other projects. I happily took over the reins from her in mid-April, and it’s my hope that I can put together a magazine as entertaining and informative as the one you’ve been seeing for the past 46 issues. That would truly put a smile on my face.

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Uncorked: Charlottesville is the ideal Southern destination for lovers of the grape.

A wine wall beckons at Charlottesville's Jefferson Vineyards, on property where Thomas Jefferson first tried to grow European-style grapes. Photo: Virginia Tourism Corporation

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pscale nail salon Venetian Nail Spa recently opened its first location in Georgia at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. “Venetian Nail Spa is the perfect place to indulge after a day of shopping,” says Anneliese Reid, marketing manager of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Venetian-inspired decor is accented by marble floors and fresco-style ceilings. The spa menu includes manicures and pedicures, waxing, customized skin-care treatments

VENETIAN NAIL SPA OPENS FIRST ATLANTA LOCATION

and massages. Nail art, mud masks and spray tanning that uses organic tanning agents are also available. Try the Deluxe Manicure and Signature Spa Pedicure that include exfoliation with one of 20 types of scrubs, such as lavender, pink grapefruit and mango. Every tool is disposable, creating the most sanitary experience possible. The Venetian is the ideal place to rest your weary hands and feet after a long day of exercising your credit card. n

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NEWS CLIPS SANDY SPRINGS CONCERT SERIES OPENS The season for outdoor concerts has arrived, kicking off with the 21st season of Concerts by the Springs at Heritage Green in Sandy Springs. Held on the second Sunday of every month from May to September, the free public event is a favorite among locals. Over the coming months, visitors can expect to hear music from acts such as Glow, Kinchafoonee Cowboys,

The Rupert’s Orchestra and The Tams. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs for the all-ages event; food from local vendors is available. Reserved tables start at $450 for the season. Gates open at 5 p.m., giving you plenty of time to settle in before the show begins at 7 p.m. Dancing is encouraged! Through September, 7-8:30 p.m. Heritage Green 6110 Blue Stone Road Sandy Springs 30328 404.851.9111 heritagesandysprings.org

LENOX AND PHIPPS HIRE IN-HOUSE STYLIST You no longer have to rely on your friends to be honest when shopping. Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza recruited Shaye Strager as their in-house fashion stylist to enhance your shopping experience. Guests can now receive a complimentary two-hour styling session with an advance call to Lenox Square’s management office. After an initial assessment, you can

either have Strager preshop for you or come with you to the stores of your choice. Strager has worked for the last two decades styling clients in New York City and now brings her expertise to Atlanta to help clients pick clothing that best suits their body types, budgets and personal styles. Lenox Square 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.233.6767 simon.com/mall/ lenox-square

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ST. REGIS ATLANTA WINS TOP HONORS U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual hotel rankings awarded The St. Regis Hotel Atlanta a gold badge for ranking in the top 10 percent of luxury hotels in the world. It placed fourth in Georgia and second in Atlanta. Factors

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Bivi Franco (left) takes some of the stress out of cancer treatments by teaching patients the art of making bracelets.

The Bow Ties Make the Man

A Gem of an Idea Making bracelets promotes wellness and self-worth Bivi Franco has watched family members and friends struggle not only with the pain of cancer, but the effect it has on their self-esteem. “I’m not a doctor, and I can’t heal them, but I wanted to find a way to make them feel beautiful,” she says. As an artist, she turned to her craft and founded Feel Beautiful Today, an organization that works with patients undergoing chemotherapy in 15 metro area hospitals and clinics, including Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead and the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Sandy Springs. The goal is to provide encouragement, hope and love by helping patients create bracelets they can take home. The activity offers stress relief in a calm atmosphere, where patients can focus on creativity rather than their health concerns. Buckhead resident and cancer survivor Lynn Abrams had no idea

what she would be doing when she signed up for Franco’s workshop at the Piedmont Wellness Center. “I came in feeling like you-know-what and left on top of the world,” she says. “I went home with a gorgeous bracelet in shades of pink, my favorite color.” Offered free to cancer patients, Feel Beautiful Today includes coloring, painting, embellishment and writing that patients can do on their own or at community events. “Whether patients are having a hard day or say that they can’t make the bracelets, volunteers show them that they can,” says Kymberly Duncan, survivorship coordinator at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. “On a scale of 1 to 5, patients always rate it a 5. They say that it makes them feel happy and not forgotten.” l For more information, visit feelbeautifultoday.org.

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From down-andout to dynamo To talk with entrepreneur Jay Austin, no one would ever guess that he spent four years living on the street. “I made some bad choices, but I finally said to myself, ‘You’re either going to lie here and die or get up and go to work.’” He chose the latter and got back on his feet, eventually working in automotive retail and then founding a socially conscious company called Jay Austin Bow Ties that makes colorful ties in unique patterns. The brand came about after Austin promised himself that he would always wear bow ties once he turned 40. He bought so many that his wife, Jennifer, offered to make them for him instead. Her first ties were such a hit with friends that it spurred Austin to launch his own company.

Once homeless, Jay Austin now gives back to the community through his budding business.

Austin is well-entrenched in the Buckhead community. He is president of the Toastmasters club and holds fundraisers for his favorite nonprofit, Nicholas House, a homeless facility serving local families in need. And he is a board member of City Club of Buckhead. “The City Club is all about quality and service,” says Austin. “We give back to the community through events like our annual City Club Classic golf tournament and Scotch & Cigars Under the Stars event. Proceeds go to a different charity each year.” Austin’s ultimate goal? “To give away $1 million in my lifetime.” l For more information, visit jayaustinbowties.com.

A Name Synonymous with Buckhead Loudermilk family impacts community Few names stand out more in Buckhead’s storied history than Charlie Loudermilk, who founded Aaron’s, the rent-to-own furniture giant, and used its success to benefit the community. His son, Robin, is no less involved. As president and CEO of The Loudermilk Companies, he is transforming the area, including the buildings surrounding Loudermilk Park, a welcoming green space at the triangle of Peachtree Road, Roswell Road and Sardis Way. The younger Loudermilk is also

deeply immersed in organizations that improve the quality of life for residents. He serves on the board of the Community Improvement District and is chairman of the Atlanta Police Foundation. “We’ve installed 10,000 cameras and license plate readers citywide that have helped reduce crime,” he says. Another project Loudermilk is involved with is the new At-Promise Youth Center in South Atlanta that mentors kids who have committed misdemeanors. “We want to teach life skills that

Robin Loudermilk carries on the family tradition of generosity by helping build a better Buckhead.

will prevent them from becoming adult offenders,” says Loudermilk. “Robin is a true visionary and inspires others to share his big dreams of what is possible in Buckhead,” says Greg Howard, chief financial officer at The Loudermilk Companies. “He dedicates considerable time and resources to the betterment of the community.” l For more information, visit loudermilkco.com.

Want to nominate a volunteer, company or nonprofit that makes Buckhead, Sandy Springs or Brookhaven a better place to live? Please contact: editor@simplybuckhead.com

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Above: The Salamander's luxe accommodations reflect a fine Virginia estate and overlook a manicured lawn, where playing lawn games is encouraged. Left: Discover the Virginia countryside on horseback with one of the resort's trail rides, or take a riding lesson in its riding arena. Right: This comfortable Double Queen room has a balcony overlooking the estate's peaceful woodlands. Left: A bartender pours a glass of Virginia vino at Gold Cup Wine Bar.

HORSING AROUND IN

VIRGINIA Salamander Resort & Spa affords the idyllic countryside for equestrian pursuits and relaxed elegance

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ituated less than an hour from Washington, D.C., the Salamander Resort & Spa provides an ideal central location for exploring the storied village of Middleburg, Virginia, known for its elegant estates, horse races and foxhunts. The 340-acre resort has been a longtime retreat from the limelight for the pedigreed and famous, such as John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and the Firestone family. Walking distance to the antique stores in Middleburg and only a short drive from the area’s emerging vineyards and wineries (see related "Virginia is for wine lovers" story, page 20), the Salamander also provides an assortment of entertainment and amenities within its rolling hills. Plan to stay at least a couple of days so you can sample a little bit of everything.

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RIDE No visit to the Salamander would be complete without taking advantage of the Equestrian Center that sits on a dedicated 25 acres and features a 14,000-square-foot stable, nine paddocks and an outdoor riding arena. Programs range from trail rides to riding and polo lessons to courses in horsemanship and even “horse whispering.” An hour-long, private jaunt across the scenic trails on the property offers a relaxing taste of the abundant equine scene.

SPA After horseback riding, Salamander Spa is there to soothe any sore muscles. The expansive wellness center offers 14 treatment rooms, a couple’s spa suite, a full-service salon and a fitness facility and indoor and outdoor pools. The ultimate pampering is a muscle-relieving signature

Well Being Massage with aromatherapy oils followed by time in the sauna, steam room and whirlpool within the relaxation lounges. The spa’s private infinityedge relaxation pool is heated and open year-round, and its spacious cabanas are a great place to chill out in warm weather.

EAT Worked up an appetite? Head to the stately Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill for farm-to-table cuisine. Try the Prime Delmonico, a juicy, 15-ounce rib eye with smoked pancetta pesto, or the delicate whole-roasted branzino paired with a refreshing blood orange salad and fennel pollen. Afterward, enjoy a nightcap at Gold Cup Wine Bar, where you can sample Virginia wines such as RdV Friends and Family, a flavorful cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend from the nearby RdV Vineyards.

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SLEEP At the end of the day, curl up in one of the 168 guestrooms and 17 suites. Each accommodation showcases equestrian-inspired touches, such as throw blankets with a horse bridle design, and offers views of the surrounding woodlands or the grand lawn where you can play croquet or sit by a fire pit. Soak in the marble bathrooms’ best feature: a pedestal tub. Want to bring the family dog? Guestrooms on the Terrace level are pup-friendly to allow convenient access to the grounds. Just don’t let him chase the horses. That’s a big no-no. n SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA Middleburg, Va. 844.393.2723 salamanderresort.com Summer rates start at $319


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VIRGINIA

is for wine lovers Charlottesville offers a tantalizing cluster of grapes and history

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homas Jefferson was a master of many things, but making wine from European grapes grown on Virginia soil eluded him. And yet, nearly 200 years after the death of America’s third president and our nation’s founding oenophile, Jefferson’s home state cuts an impressive figure in the U.S. wine industry. An astonishing 269 wineries creep over the whole of Virginia, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. I’ve had the good fortune to make two wine-centered trips to the Old Dominion, tasting a variety of cabernets, petit verdots, viogniers, chardonnays and other memorable grapes, and I’m here to tell you that the wines of Virginia are good—some excellent—and there’s an abundance of opportunities for exploring the region from multiple points of view: oenophilia, history, architecture, gardens or all of the above. The Charlottesville area is especially robust. Here are some top destinations, good for a long weekend or a random jaunt around central Virginia. You can take this tour in two to three days, with ample time for other stops.

DAY ONE: Barboursville Vineyards Italian-born winemaker Luca Paschina presides over this gorgeous property, situated around the ruins of an 1822 mansion designed by Jefferson for

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STORY:

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Virginia Governor James Barbour. Today, the 31-year-old Barboursville is known for its prize-winning Octagon, a red blend named for the signature room of the house, which burned down in 1884, plus a lively Vermentino Reserve and Paxxito, a dessert sipper redolent of peaches, honeysuckle and butterscotch. Do make time for lunch or dinner at Barboursville’s Italian-inspired Palladio Restaurant, and consider overnighting at the vineyard’s 1804 Inn, where you’ll sleep in colonial splendor.

DAY TWO: Monticello, Jefferson Vineyards and Gabriele Rausse For an architectural icon that we know from the back of a nickel, Jefferson’s one-time home, Monticello, is quirkier and smaller in scale than you might imagine. A walk around the sumptuously landscaped gardens is mandatory. As you drive down the mountain, stop by Jefferson Vineyards for a leisurely tasting. This family-owned winery is built on land where Jefferson persuaded Tuscan viticulturalist Filippo Mazzei to plant European vines in 1774. Horses trampled the plants during the Revolutionary War, stilling Jefferson’s dream of producing wine on his native soil. More than two centuries later, Gabriele Rausse, the pioneering winemaker who helped launch Barboursville, planted chardonnay, caber-

net and other grapes on the property. You can sample Rausse’s wines at his namesake vineyard nearby. End the evening with dinner at Fleurie in Charlottesville, where wine director Erin Scala will help you choose pairings to go with the chef’s elegant creations.

DAY THREE: Montpelier and Early Mountain Vineyards James and Dolley Madison’s stately home, Montpelier, is often eclipsed by the more famous Monticello. But a tour of Montpelier is time well spent: Madison was our fourth president and the father of the Constitution. Additionally, there are nine miles of trails for hikers and nature lovers, so maybe take along a picnic and a bottle of Virginia vino. Or do as I did and continue on to Early Mountain Vineyards, just 20 minutes north. Owned by Jean Case, wife of AOL co-founder Steve Case, Early Mountain is a commodious gathering spot, where you can catch your breath in a cushy lounge chair and have your tastings brought right to you. At Early Mountain, you can sample wine from other top Virginia makers, too, while nibbling from a Virginia-grown cheese board. I love Early Mountain and can’t think of a nicer place to perch before heading home—or perhaps heading off to pursue another Virginia wine region. n

Clockwise from left: Barboursville Vineyards offers a copious taste of wine and history; Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, America's founding father of wine; Early Mountain Vineyards is a lovely spot to try wines from around the region.

IF YOU GO... Accommodations 1804 Inn & Cottages bbvwine.com/our-inn

Restaurants Fleurie fleurierestaurant.com Palladio Restaurant bbvwine.com/ our-restaurant

Presidential Homes Monticello monticello.org Montpelier montpelier.org

Selected Wineries Barboursville Vineyards bbvwine.com Early Mountain Vineyards earlymountain.com Gabriele Rausse Winery gabrieleraussewinery.com Jefferson Vineyards jeffersonvineyards.com


With so many things to do, we suggest getting an early start on your want-to-do list. There’s a lot to do at The Piedmont Retirement Community — clubs, events, socializing, and more. So, go ahead and make your want-to-do list. But please don’t include a bunch of chores. We’ll take care of most of those for you. We invite you to see all that The Piedmont has to offer (including assisted living services if needed) at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.436.2564 to schedule.

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Above: Love the lake life? Rent a houseboat on Lake Lanier for the ultimate weekend getaway. Left: The houseboats boast conveniences like satellite TV and full-service kitchens. Right: Measuring 55 feet long, Paradise Rental's houseboats are like floating RVs.

Ship ahoy! RENT A HOUSEBOAT FOR AN OUT-OF-THEORDINARY OVERNIGHT ON LAKE LANIER

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fter hours spent navigating through waves and around bends, your boat lands on a private island dotted with trees. You climb ashore and hit the sandy beach to collect shells, enjoy a picnic lunch and relax under the sun. This idyllic scene feels a world away from the bustle of Buckhead, and yet it’s so close you’ve probably driven by it dozens of times. If this getaway sounds like a dream, the good news is that you don’t have to go far to make it come true. Just rent a houseboat on nearby Lake Lanier. Paradise Rental Boats maintains the largest selection of pontoons, runabouts, WaveRunners, deck boats, party boats and houseboats available for rent in Georgia. At the Port Royale

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Marina on Lake Lanier, a fleet of 11 houseboats is available exclusively for overnight rental. Other companies rent houseboats for day excursions, and some individuals rent houseboats for overnight stays on docked boats, but Paradise is the only Georgia company that lets you drive the houseboat and sleep on it, too. Like RV campers that float, each of these 55-foot houseboats offers an open living room, dining room and full-service kitchen, plus four private bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and a spacious upper deck. The houseboats were remodeled a few years ago with new furniture, flooring, appliances and more, and feature onboard amenities such as entertainment centers with satellite TV, water slides, propane grills and wet bars.

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All of the houseboats sleep up to 10 people, with double beds in each of the four bedrooms, plus a pullout sofa in the living room. Two of the beds are right next to the window, so you can lay back and gaze at the lake. Expect some deep sleep at the end of a long day on the water, because there’s something extra soothing about being rocked gently to and fro as you slumber. Renting a houseboat isn’t all about the water, though. There are islands to explore. In fact, the houseboats don’t have anchors, so when you want to stop cruising around, you have to beach the boat. Just pick an island—one with a perfectly slanted beach, as the rental folks will explain to you—and drive the front of the houseboat straight up onto the

Hope S. Philbrick sand and tie it off. The island you claim is not only your home for the night, it’s also a great place to build sand castles, climb trees and take a swim. When your overnight is over, just put your captain’s hat back on and head out once again onto the open water. It may not be a cruise to the Caribbean, but a houseboat vacation is a refreshing escape from the ordinary. n

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Meal delivery services are reinventing the way we think about meal planning. Now it’s easier than ever to stick to dietary restrictions or whip up a gourmet, chef-inspired meal in record time. Creative, prepared and pre-prepped meals are a smart choice for working couples, singles and busy families who crave variety but don’t have the time or energy to invest in finding recipes and cooking every day. These balanced meals, with options that please a variety of palates, are delivered straight to your door and are ready to heat or to assemble.

1. Fresh 'n Fit Cuisine ($7.50 per meal) Reach your health and nutrition goals with 1,200- to 1,800-calorie meals that are customized to meet a variety of dietary needs, such as low carb, vegetarian, gluten free or Paleo. Menus change every four weeks and are organized by menu type. Meals are prepared with locally sourced ingredients that arrive ready to serve. No prep necessary! Recent meals include herbroasted pork loin, and zucchini and carrot latkes. Weekly deliveries with a minimum of three meals are available Mondays and Thursdays to select metro Atlanta zip codes, or you can pick them up at Buckheadarea locations. Dish shown: Cuban-style mojo pork

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Recently launched in May, this new personal chef service is ideal for families who can’t afford a personal chef. A short series of online questions allows Saige to learn exact food preferences for each family member and then tailor meals to accommodate any dietary preference or requirement. For instance, parents can enjoy grilled chicken and jicama salad with orange dressing, while kids have chicken pot pie with a side of broccoli. Just place your order and forget about prep work as all of the readyto-heat meals are delivered in a cooler and are dropped off each week at the same time.

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There is no assembly required— just heat and serve meals that are preservative free and made with fresh, locally sourced products. Each meal contains heating instructions and arrives in microwaveable containers designed to meet a variety of dietary needs such as Paleo, 1,200-calorie, high protein and vegetarian. Recent meal selections include Thai groundturkey coconut lemongrass meatballs with cauliflower rice, and North Georgia honeyand-tumeric-roasted boneless chicken thighs with sweet plantains. The minimum order is five meals for $60, and that includes free delivery ITP or a pickup in the Buckhead area.

Local and visiting culinary talents such as Steven Satterfield, chef/owner at Miller Union, and Kathleen McDaniel, executive pastry chef at Indigo Road, serve as weekly recipe contributors offering Southern-inspired menus that are delivered right to your door. PeachDish meals give you the tools to cook delicious dishes in your own kitchen. New menus with savory selections, such as caramelized onion pizza with chicken, goat cheese and arugula, are created every week and delivered with recipe cards and the pre-measured ingredients needed to prep and cook. There are no commitment or membership fees; pay only when you receive a delivery.

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In line with the popular ingredient-portioned craze, there is now a make-at-home smoothie delivery service. GreenBlender delivers fresh produce and superfoods for do-it-yourself smoothies. Each week, you'll get five new smoothie recipes along with pre-portioned ingredients such as bananas, berries and more to make 10 smoothies, such as the popular Green Protein smoothie or Creamy Matcha Mint. Ingredients are sourced from organic farms and packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Also included are blending tips and background information on the nourishing benefits of each item. The company started in New York and has since expanded to Atlanta and beyond.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

Above: Blais' agenda is packed with appearances, like her attendance at the recent World Affairs Council of Atlanta's annual Summit on Global Health. Left: Security issues and a packed schedule necessitate Blais using a driver to get to all of her appointments around town.

to see what’s going on both locally and around the world. “Anything can have an effect on my day,” she says. 8:15 a.m. After arriving at her Midtown office, Blais’ first duty is always to check in with her executive assistant and go over what’s on Blais’ calendar that day, what she needs to work on and what decisions need to be made.

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t’s 11:50 a.m. on a Friday, and a couple dozen people are milling about a conference room at the Miller & Martin law firm on the 21st floor of Regions Plaza on West Peachtree. The individuals on hand for today’s Global Atlanta Consular Conversations event are huddled in various groups, chattering about legislative bills, the export business and our new president. Some of them are speaking French to each another. One gentleman is overheard eagerly referring to himself as part of the “Louise fan club.” The Louise in question is Louise Blais, the consul general of Canada in the Southeast region, based

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here in Atlanta. As the event moderator introduces Blais to the crowd, he talks about how she is responsible for overseeing Canadian interests in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. As such, Blais’ position requires her to know a little about a lot of different things beyond just politics, such as energy, construction, manufacturing, the economy, the environment and even the film industry. “People don’t realize how integrated we are,” notes Blais. “There are 250 Canadian companies that have a plant or an office in Georgia. Canadian business is responsible for as many as 360,000 jobs in Atlanta alone.” During her 20 years as a diplomat, Blais has held posts in D.C., Tokyo, Ottawa and Paris. Before taking the position here in 2014, Blais had

never been to Atlanta. “It was all a big adventure,” she says. But she adapted quickly, making a home in Buckhead for herself and her husband, Peter, a commercial photographer. (Her two sons are off attending college in Canada.) “Buckhead has such a great vibe,” says Blais. “It has a relaxed feel to it. And it has everything I need.” On weekends, Blais plays on both ALTA and USTA tennis teams, takes a yoga or group meditation class at Infinity Yoga in Brookhaven and goes for walks around Lenox Park, the BeltLine and Stone Mountain. As a diplomat, her weekdays aren’t quite so leisurely. Here’s what a typical day in the life of a consul general is like. 5:30 a.m. Blais wakes up, has breakfast and spends the next hour or so reviewing the news and social media

8:35 a.m. The next few hours are spent making phone calls to Washington, sitting in internal meetings with some of her 20-person staff and preparing for her talk at the Global Atlanta event. Speaking engagements are a familiar part of Blais’ job as consul general and something she’s quite comfortable with. 11:45 a.m. Blais’ personal driver whisks her to Regions Plaza for her Global Atlanta Consular Conversations presentation. She has a driver mostly for security reasons, but also because it allows her to get work done while she’s in the car. 12 p.m. In front of the packed conference room at the Consular Conversations event, Blais speaks about everything from NAFTA and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to how the practice of diplomacy has changed over the last two decades. She also shares how she thinks being a woman actually has been an asset in her chosen field and talks about how one of the initiatives she’s championing is female entrepreneurship. “My goal is to make women-owned and -led companies take greater advantage of international markets.” 1 p.m. After the event is over, Blais hangs around for a few minutes, chatting with the various folks who want to say hello or have questions for her.


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1:30 p.m. Back at her office, Blais spends the rest of the day answering emails, speaking with state legislators and other insiders, and meeting with representatives from a couple of Canadian companies that want to expand their businesses. 5:50 p.m. Blais typically has workrelated events she has to attend two or three nights a week, ranging from private dinners with dignitaries to various fundraisers and galas. But tonight, she heads straight home. 6:15 p.m. Before even changing out of her work clothes and heels, Blais is out in the yard checking on her plants. “Giving water to my plants— I derive a weird pleasure from it,” she acknowledges. “I’m outside, I hear birds, I say hello to my neighbors.” Blais takes her gardening fairly seriously. “It really affects me if something doesn’t make it.” 7:10 p.m. She and her husband pop open a bottle of wine and sit down to dinner. “I have my bigBlais unwinds by practicing yoga or meditation, often on this plot of grass near her Buckhead apartment.

gest meal at the end of the day,” she says. “It’s not unusual for my husband and me to be at the table for an hour and a half. I’m surprised we still have stuff to talk about.” Of her drink of choice at dinner, Blais says with a grin, “It’s my reward for a day well spent.” 8:40 p.m. Before bed, she typically does a few minutes of meditation or reads for a while. The book currently on her nightstand is The Zero Stress Zone, written by a yogi friend of hers. “I’m not a fiction fan,” she says, opting instead for biographies or books on topics such as yoga and spirituality, neuroscience and the brain. “Reading for me is less about escapism and more about learning.” She’s also still immersing herself in Southern culture, studying up on everything from country music to college football. But she hasn’t forgotten where she comes from. “I miss hockey,” she admits. n

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Sprinkles Cupcakes Sprinkles is best known for its bright pink cupcake automatic teller machine, but did you know the store has ice cream, too? It’s made fresh daily with organic milk. For little ones, there are miniscoops. Can’t decide between a cupcake and an ice cream? Get both. The mini-cupcake sundae is a scoop of ice cream between a cupcake top and bottom. Kid Favorite: A scoop with rainbow sprinkles and gummy bear toppings.

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Sprinkles Cupcakes Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.846.1599 sprinkles.com

For a Buckhead ice cream staple, the Baskin-Robbins in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center is a tried-andtrue sweet friend. Whether celebrating the beginning, end or middle of the school year; a warm summer day; or topping off a meal at nearby Jaliscos, Baskin-Robbins ice cream is always welcome.

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Kid Favorite: A cotton candy ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles— because to kids there is no such thing as too much sugar.

Baskin-Robbins 2335 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.261.6215 baskinrobbins.com

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop The problem with pie a la mode is that you end up finishing either the pie or the ice cream first. Not so with a Cloud 9 pie a la mode treat from the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. First, pick one of nine mini-pie flavors that are made from scratch daily. The server flips it upside down into a big scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream and then hand mixes it until the concoction comes together with a little pie and a little ice cream in every bite. Kid Favorite: Nanny Pecan Pie Cloud 9, made with love and the family recipe from Nanny Edith, the grandmother of one of the owners.

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Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop 4600 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30342 404.975.3822 buttermilkskypie.com

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Amorino Celebrate summer with an ice cream cone blooming with a flower made from gelato petals. Choose one flavor, or do what the kids do and mix and match all your favorites for a unique combination of petals. Parents can feel good about this treat because Amorino gelato is made from allAmorino natural ingredients. Kid Favorite: A gelato bambino, a smaller flower cone for smaller customers.

Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.816.9996 amorino.com

Philadelphia-based Sweet Charlie’s rolls into Buckhead this month with its first franchise location. In addition to great ice cream, kids will love the show. After mixing in toppings, the ice cream chef spreads the sweet, creamy concoction out on a chilled stainless steel plate and then uses a spatula to curl the ice cream into rolls. Kid Favorite: A Tall Charlie, an ice cream roll of your choosing on a warm, long, glazed donut that is baked fresh daily.

Sweet Charlie’s Rolled Ice Cream 3872 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342 sweetcharlies.com


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BUCKHEAD’S SECOND-HAND SHOPS OFFER FIRST-CLASS HOME GOODS

STORY AND PHOTOS:

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One of a pair of Councill Bergere chairs upholstered in Scalamandre fabric, available at Now & Again.

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ommy, I want to stay at Daddy’s house. Dad’s house is a lot nicer. And prettier.” Ouch. Did my 7-year-old just say that? Flashback to 2015. It had been two months since my divorce, and when my daughter asked yet again to stay at her dad’s place instead of my empty, gloomy, 1950s-era apartment, it was obvious I needed to kick things into gear. No more ruminating over what material goods the divorce gods had expunged from my life—bone china, one-of-a-kind antiques, the world’s most decadent sofa. There was nothing that couldn’t be replaced. But with limited funds and seriously limited square footage, where would I begin? Enter the miracle that is the secondary market. In the world of furniture and home decor there are alternatives to mainstream

retailers. Twenty years ago, Craigslist turned the traditional business model on its head, and I, for one, have never looked back. What used to be my source for party favors and paisley throw pillows is now my first stop for every room in the house. If you’re an avid deal seeker, believe me, you will not be disappointed. But if Craigslist is not your thing, don’t worry. As I soon discovered, there are plenty of secondarymarket businesses right in our own backyard, curated by some very talented, creative individuals. Over the course of a few months, a couple trips across town and several enlightening conversations, I found everything I needed and wanted to furnish my “new life” space: a wrought-iron coffee table, an antique wardrobe, a few vintage lamps and mirrors, a Hancock and Moore loveseat and leather bar stools, a mahogany kitchen table

and chairs. Lovely, functional pieces that together made for an eclectic but thoroughly cohesive ensemble—and all for around a couple thousand dollars. Gaining great furniture and saving buckets of money. What’s not to love about that? Sometimes I still marvel at how things worked out. I was able to create a comfortable, pretty place where my daughter and I could live and share with our friends. My sense of gratitude and fulfillment were never more complete than when, after a tough week in second grade, my daughter looked up at me with those big brown eyes and said for the first time, “Mom, I can’t wait to go home.” The following are a few of the best local sources for high-end and well-made vintage, second-hand, repurposed, recycled or up-cycled items, as well as a few tips on how to master the art of the deal.


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The operative word at these venues (in particular, those selling consignment pieces) is negotiable. Welcome it. Revel in it. Use it. Your opening offer will depend largely on supply and demand, the inherent value and condition of the piece and your budget. There’s no hard-and-fast rule, though.

Top right: Ahlers & Ogletree makes treasures of the past accessible to the general public. Right: Now & Again has something for everyone. Displayed here: Baker club chairs, a Theodore Alexander table and a Sheraton antique hunt board with inlay.

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Take a Zen approach when exploring these establishments. Accept the fact that, initially, it will seem overwhelming. Large spaces filled with thousands of items tend to do that. Just slow down and take the time to examine things, piece by piece. Of course, it helps to know what you are looking for before going in.

Opposite page: Top quality, reasonably priced home goods grace the floors of Kudzu in Sandy Springs.

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Chris Cann’s online Buckhead business has exploded since its humble beginnings five years ago. What started as a kind gesture—helping out a divorced friend sell the contents of her home—has blossomed into a full-blown, in-home consignment service. Pictures of what she sells and their prices are on Cann‘s website. If you want something, all you do is contact her, and Cann acts as an agent and takes you to the house of the sellers. Occasionally, furniture sales can’t close before a house is sold, but pieces such as those by Mattaliano, Rose Tarlow or Kelly Wearstler, for example, are worth the wait. Whether you’re downsizing, decorating or going through a major life change, Re-findfurniture.com will likely have the best version of what you’re looking for.

Sister to Kudzu Antiques + Modern in Decatur, this store is a gift to Sandy Springs. Inside, independent merchants sell gorgeous antiques, clothes, repurposed furniture and more, but the greater part of the 24,000-square-foot space is dedicated to new home decor items at reasonable prices. Classy sofas start around $1,500, decorator pillows at $69 and accessories at $5! Plus, almost a thousand lighting options are displayed across the massive ceiling like stars in the galaxy. Be sure to check out new introductions from Gabby, Regina Andrew, Aidan Gray and others.

NOW & AGAIN CONSIGNMENT SHOP This shop merits all the time you’ll want to invest wandering room to room, exploring its many treasures. Looking for a linen Hancock and Moore sofa? How about one covered in Coach leather? Whatever your desire, Mary Kirchner or one of her sales associates will assist you. Be sure to stop in at one of their twice-a-year sales for unbeatable bargains on high-end furnishings. Mark your calendar: The next one runs Aug. 19 through 26.

AHLERS & OGLETREE Looking for a pair of Edward Wormley chairs? What about an English Georgian mahogany sideboard? You’ll find it at this Miami Circle business that hosts gallery sales and estate auctions of exceptional vintage furniture, fine art, clothing, silver, jewelry and more. Robert Ahlers, president and CEO of the Ahlers Group (the parent company of Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors and Peachtree Battle Estate Sales), is one of the most congenial men in the business. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, he will accompany you on an insider’s tour through an auction-ready warehouse, describing one-of-a-kind items with a depth and breadth of knowledge that will delight and impress. Check online for auction item estimates and start the bidding! n

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The buyers/designers/ creatives are there to help you. As you journey through each space, stop and ask questions. You never know what you might learn.

DETAILS: Ahlers & Ogletree 715 Miami Circle N.E., Suite 210 Atlanta 30324 404.869.2478 aandoauctions.com Kudzu and Company Home Design Center 6450 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30328 404.255.2548 kudzuandcompany.com Now & Again Consignment Shop 4310 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.262.1468 nowandagain.net Re-Find Furniture 404.213.5015 re-findfurniture.com

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hether you plan to jet off to a tropical island or lounge out by the pool in the Georgia sun this summer, we’re here to show you how to bring drama to any pool or beachside occasion. This year, there are loads of bold swim styles that are sure to make waves wherever they go. We’ve picked our favorites and included styling tips on ways to complete the look with fun and dramatic accessories. Whether your suit sizzles with sexy cutouts or daring bright colors, you won’t be dreading the heat this year!

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MAKE A SPLASH IN SUMMER’S HOTTEST SUITS


FUN AND FLIRTY These bright suits are sure to make heads turn as you sunbathe by the pool. Both silhouettes are perfect for showcasing bold accessories. Add a chunky piece of jewelry or a pair of colored lenses, and you will have the perfect poolside look. Far Left: Trina Turk Gypsy Solids bandeau top (Pink), $80, and tab side hipster bottom (Pink), $56, available at Everything But Water; Cynthia (Crystal/Rose Gold) sunglasses, $99, available at cynthiabaileyeyewear. com; LA Stein diamond studded hoops, $1,500, YG demi diamond bangle, $4,500, 18K diamond petal bangle, $4,400, and 18K Laguna green agate bangle, $4,400, available at Tassels; DISC ring, $88, available at lgeorgedesigns.com. Left: Trina Turk Gypsy Solids off-the-shoulder one piece (Flame), $128, available at Everything But Water; KZ Noel black wood necklace with large diamond and moonstone clasp, $1,250, available at Sandpiper and Huff Harrington Home.

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LITTLE BLACK SWIMSUIT Say hello to the “little black dress” of the season. Its sexy and simple design makes it the perfect go-to all summer long. Grab your biggest floppy hat, python beach bag and oversized sunglasses, because this suit is sure to make you look effortlessly chic as you relax by the water. Vitamin A Black Ecolux one piece plunge (Eco Black) swimsuit, $180, available at Everything But Water; Noelle (Black) sunglasses, $195, available at cynthiabaileyeyewear.com; Ellis tote by Mel of Mel Boteri and Keisha of KZ Noel, $1,825, available at melboteri.com; hat, $15, available at T.J.Maxx.

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COLORS AND CUTOUTS This swimsuit is the perfect combination of sleek cutouts and bold color blocking. A oneshoulder suit looks amazing on its own, but if you want to add more drama, pair it with layers of necklaces. Araks color block solids asymmetrical one piece (Rosso/Midnight) swimsuit, $325, available at Everything But Water; sterling silver with garnet stones necklace, $80, sterling beaded necklace with colored rubies, $155, available at Honore Jewelry; KZ Noel oxidize sterling silver with uncut diamond necklace (A BGS 1000), $800, available at Sandpiper and Huff Harrington Home.

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SUMMER EDGE Show off that beach body you’ve been working hard for all spring in this textured black suit. The sheer mesh overlay is a trendy spin on a traditional one piece that will bring edge to your summer wardrobe. Kenneth Cole Wrapped In Love one piece high neck (Black) swimsuit, $135, available at Everything But Water.

LADY IN LACE Working on the perfect tan? Show it off in this highneck, white one piece. The lace cutouts are the dainty details to add a little flair to a classic, clean silhouette. Becca by Rebecca Virtue Prairie Rose one piece high neck (White) swimsuit, $124, available at Everything But Water; hat, $15, available at Target.

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MEET THE MONOKINI This monokini’s striking shape and colorful details are a great way to flaunt some skin without baring it all. Throw on bright shades and gold accessories to make relaxing by the pool look fabulous. Kiini Tasmin one piece monokini halter (Navy Multi) swimsuit, $315, available at Everything But Water; wavy bangles (BBH 103), $70, and Open Wave earring (EBH 107), $110, available at lgeorgedesigns. com; Tiffany (Green/Black) sunglasses, $99, available at cynthiabaileyeyewear.com.

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BOHO CHIC This scalloped olive one piece is sure to bring on the drama with the addition of a printed silk head wrap. Don’t be afraid to add a long, gold necklace to complete this distinctive look. Marysia Antibes Scallop one piece wide strap tank (Olive) swimsuit, $334, available at Everything But Water; AG Bolo Knot (NCYP 101) necklace, $240, available at lgeorgedesigns.com; scarf, $15, available at Target.


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The stylists at Salon Red make sure everything from hair clippings to hair dye goes in the recycling bin.

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air salons produce a lot of trash. Think of all those hair products, dyes, foils and more that end up in the garbage bin on a daily basis, and you can almost feel Mother Nature cringe. In an effort to be kinder to the planet, the following three Buckhead- and Brookhaven-based salons are working to neutralize their environmental impact through various initiatives, including joining Green Circle Salons (GCS), an organization focused on making the salon industry sustainable by the year 2020 through its comprehensive recycling programs.

THESE ECO-FRIENDLY HAIR SALONS RECYCLE VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING STORY:

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Salon Skanda is able to recycle 95 percent of its waste, including color tubes and leftover chemicals from hair services that don’t make it onto customers’ strands. It diverted 1,357 pounds of trash to the GCS recycling destination in 2016. “In sustainability, we continuously strive to acquire and develop new systems that streamline, minimize or divert waste while strengthening our brand,” says Robert Miraglia, the salon’s operations manager. Recently, the salon also adopted HeadMapping, a hair color system that helps to reduce product waste and cost, and increase productivity by completing services in a more efficient time frame. It currently is tackling reducing additional waste by going paperless and moving to a tablet-based point-of-sale system.

Over the last 10 to 15 years, Salon Red owner Jessica Soler has been avidly recycling in her own home—so much so that she even developed a passion for creating art pieces with used materials. In partnership with GCS, she has brought that passion to her salon locations. “I truly believe that recycling is the way of the future, and bringing that spirit to my company was my way to contribute even more,” says Soler. The salon recycles up to 98 percent of its waste, including gloves, plastics, metals, color, bleach, chemicals, foils and even hair. (That’s right, GCS uses hair cuttings to make hair “booms” to aid in the cleanup of oil spills.) Additionally, the salon uses long-lasting LED lightbulbs and recycles its print cartridges.

Maria Heckscher Salon was one of the first in Atlanta to make greener strides. “Being an eco-friendly salon is important to me for many reasons,” says owner Maria Heckscher. “The most important is that I have a daughter, and I would like for this planet to still be a safe and healthy place for her and her children after I’m gone.” The salon is certified carbon neutral by Verus Carbon Neutral. In addition to its GCS recycling program, it serves only organic, GMOfree foods in its cafe and composts leftovers through Compostwheels. It also uses low-energy LED lightbulbs and low-flow toilets, and installed solar water-heating panels. Heckscher even went so far as to ask suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging they use. Plus, the conscientious salon uses natural and organic products whenever possible, and only those that aren’t tested on animals.

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Maria Heckscher Salon 3210 Paces Ferry Place N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.261.8036 mhsalon.com

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SWEAT FOUR LUNCH-BREAKFRIENDLY WORKOUTS STORY:

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f early morning or evening workouts aren’t your cup of green tea, the good news is that Buckhead is home to several lunch-hour options. Here are four classes for getting your fit on in the middle of the day.

CP Bootcamp F.I.T. at Club Pilates The Details: This 50-minute fullbody workout is offered at noon on Thursdays and combines cardio interval training with a workout on the studio’s Pilates reformer. Why Try: “If you’re looking to get your heart rate up, burn some calories and still feel energized to finish your workday, this is your class,” says Brittany Collazo, studio manager. “You’ll get the long, lean muscles that Pilates creates, along with the benefits of interval training.” Cost: $10-$29/class

TR30 at Total Row The Details: This 30-minute class uses WaterRowers (rowing machines) for half the time, while the other half is spent off the machine working with kettle bells, slam balls and your own body weight.

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MID-DAY Clockwise from top: Fitness studios including Gravity, Club Pilates, CycleBar and Total Row all offer lunch-hour class options.

Why Try: “What’s great about our lunch classes, and rowing in general, is that in only 30 minutes, we give you a one-stop-shop, total-body strength workout and cardio challenge with little to no impact,” says Elliott Smith, owner and founder. Cost: $23/class (first class is free) 

Strength and Cardio Express at Gravity The Details: This 35- to 40-minute class is centered around timed intervals of strength training using the Total Gym, treadmills, weights, slam balls and other resistance-training tools. Cardio intervals are introduced to provide metabolic training and a high-calorie burn. Why Try: “At Gravity, you’ll work at your level, whether you’re an Ironman triathlete or someone just stepping into fitness,” says Paige Castor, studio manager. “Our trainers are some of the best in the business and will push and encourage you in a safe and supportive environment.”  Cost: $25/class (first class is free)

Surge 40 at CycleBar The Details: This 40-minute version of the studio’s standard 50-minute cycling class will take you through hills, sprints and other drills set to the latest music. Why Try: “This ride lets you squeeze in a workout even on the busiest of days,” says Instructor Teresa Meason. “Although this class is 10 minutes shorter than our regular classes, you’ll still leave feeling energized and ready to take on the rest of your day.”  Cost: $25/class (first class is free) n

GRAB A BENTO BOX LUNCH Looking for a healthy, post-class lunch option? Head to The Cafe & Bar at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta for the new themed bento boxes. Priced at $30, the Eastern option features Asian salad with marinated tofu, while the Western choice offers seared salmon and farro risotto.

DETAILS: The Cafe & Bar 3376 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.995.7545 mandarinoriental.com/atlanta Club Pilates 2391 Peachtree Road, Suite B3AB Atlanta 30305 470.885.0622 clubpilates.com/buckhead CycleBar 3280 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 155 Atlanta 30305 buckhead.cyclebar.com Gravity 227 Sandy Springs Place, Suite 230   Sandy Springs 30328 678.515.4006 gravitystudio.com/atlanta Total Row 3655 Roswell Road, Suite 204 Atlanta 30342 404.806.0026 totalrowfitness.com


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Forever fashionable Jeweler Laura Powers creates timeless custom styles STORY:

Jennifer Bradley Franklin   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

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f diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Buckhead-based jeweler Laura Powers might be the BFF of diamonds themselves. She began as a jewelry apprentice during college in North Carolina and came to Atlanta as a sales manager for Tiffany & Co. For the last 27 years, she’s been creating elegant pieces, 90 percent of which are custom made, for her business, Laura Powers Jewelry. When someone sees one of her designs, Powers says, “I’d like for them to think, ‘That looks great, but I haven’t seen anything quite like it before.’” Here, the creative 54-year-old dishes about why custom jewelry is the best choice for creating a style that lasts a lifetime.

What was it about designing jewelry that appealed to you? The permanence of it. Shoes and clothes come and go. Even cars come and go. Jewelry is a much more permanent thing, and I appreciate having an opportunity to make something to be valued for generations.

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Powers specializes in engagement and bridal jewelry, such as these sparkly diamond bands.

You do mostly engagement rings. What makes that special to you? I’m seeing people at a moment in their lives when they’re really happy and excited. They’re doing something that’s going to last for the rest of their lives. It’s fun to participate in that! How do you stay on trend, yet create something classic that people will love when the trends change? I do a lot of re-dos. If somebody brings me the original ring that she’s been wearing since 1975 or the jewelry that an aunt bequeathed her, she asks me to tear it up and make something new. When I’m creating for someone, I try to make something that looks current but your daughter and maybe your granddaughter will still want to wear it. I’m trying to make jewelry that looks on trend but won’t look dated. It’s not easy. How do you get a sense for what clients really want? Often, I’m seeing the man, so he may just have some instructions or maybe a Pinter-

est page [of what she likes]. I ask some basic questions about the woman: How old is she? What does she do for a living? Are her clothes conservative or less so? What colors does she wear? Those things can help me. Other clients come to me with five or 10 images of different pieces that aren’t all the same, and they like different things about each. I can pick out the salient points and take the things she likes from all those pieces and put them into one piece she’s going to love. What are some common misconceptions about custom jewelry? People assume that custom is more expensive. That’s not necessarily true. If you’re shopping [chain retailers], I might be more, but you really can’t compare the product. If you’re talking about the high-end designer lines, I’m often less expensive than those because you’re not paying for a name. I have European master jewelers doing the production, which is a big deal. The pieces are produced one at a time, and there’s a great deal of individual attention paid to each and every piece. I believe that the quality of the product that I’m putting out is better than anyLAURA POWERS thing else you can get JEWELRY in town. If you want to 404.233.9841 spend $1,000, you can, (by appointment only) and if you want to spend laurapowersjewelry.com $100,000, you can. n


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“Writing keeps me out of mischief.” – Ken Brownlee

Sandy Springs writer Ken Brownlee has churned out more than 20 books. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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ON S TAGE

After an accident, a Buckhead teen jumpstarts her recording career STORY:

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t was like any other basketball game she had played in since she was 7 years old. Yet when Ella Collier took an unexpected spill on the court and lost consciousness for several minutes, the then 14-year-old flirted with death. Collier is fine now, but the incident has prompted her to maximize every moment and aggressively pursue life as a singer/songwriter. On the day of her accident back in 2014, Collier was playing in the second game of a recreational tournament in Cumming when she tripped and fell. Everything went black, she recalls, and she was out for seven minutes. A doctor in the stands rushed out to perform CPR, while Collier’s mother prayed in the stands. Collier was rushed to a nearby emergency room, and a few hours later was taken to Sibley Heart Center Cardiology, where she was diagnosed as having had cardiac arrest. Despite running every kind of test imaginable, doctors never determined what caused the accident. “It’s kind of an anomaly,” says Collier.

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It was a dark time for the teenager, but support helped her through. Her family and friends were regulars at her Sibley Heart Center room. “I was confused, sad and scared,” she says. “Everyone I knew visited me. I did get tired of the nurses coming in and out, but I could hear the prayers from people. That made me feel better.” Now 17, Collier has had a defibrillator placed in her chest but seems to be fine physically, fit enough even to play basketball again. What the accident has done, though, is sharpen her professional drive. A huge music fan inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift and Amy Winehouse, Collier has long dreamed of being a singer/songwriter. Two days after she got home from the hospital, she finished writing a song and performed it a week later at school. And she hasn’t looked back since. She has released two singles, “I’m Gonna” in 2015, and her latest, “Birthday,” in December 2016, appropriately on her birthday. With some assistance from local vocal coach “Mama Jan” Smith, she continues to train to be a singer and has performed at

Ella Collier is inching towards her dream of becoming a professional musician.

venues around town such as Eddie’s Attic and has appeared in some music videos. A senior at The Westminster Schools who is currently mulling college choices, Collier lives with her parents—mother Linda, a homemaker, and father Richard, a real estate developer—in Buckhead. She also has two brothers, Sheldon and Lynn. Collier spends some of her time these days volunteering with the American Heart Association, which reached out to her after the accident. She is happy to be an advocate for them and let others know that cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. She credits herself with being optimistic, which helped through the ordeal. It’s not always easy, but she’s managed. “I can get negative sometimes, being discouraged by the whole experience, but overall I am a positive person.” Instead of wondering about the whys and hows of the accident, she has learned to harness her energy into her music. “A lot of times things happen and you don’t know why,” she says. “I decided to take that [approach] Ella Collier in my life with my music. I am going to use it to the best of my “I’m Gonna” and ability—my story, my heartbreak. “Birthday” available on iTunes And I am going to go for my dream, because not everyone ellacolliermusic.com gets a second chance.” n


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Ya gotta have art This summer, unleash your kids’ creativity with artistic opportunities

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ducators bemoan the summer break for the hold it often puts on kids’ learning. But just because school is out doesn’t mean curiosity and creativity have to take a vacation, too. In fact, summer is an ideal time to let the kiddos use their imaginations in ways they might not be able to during the typical school day. One of the best ways to encourage that ingenuity is through art. Fortunately, the Buckhead area offers several stellar programs designed to be both educational and fun. At the Abernathy Arts Center in Sandy Springs, kids even get the chance to work on some unusual projects that might not be part of a school curriculum. Among them are glass fusing, printmaking, and zine and book binding, all in addition to traditional drawing, painting and pottery sessions. “We feel it is important to maintain our foundation courses while striving to offer new techniques that our students might not get in school,” says Laura Martin, who manages the Abernathy center.

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Kids can become mini Matisses at a number of local art classes this summer. STORY:

Beginning in June, classes will teach children how to make Chia Pets out of clay; works in watercolors, pastels, acrylics or Sharpies; masks from cardboard, fabric or clay; and 2-D cartoon characters. Other sessions will focus on printing, making pop-up books, sculpting, weaving and embroidery. Teens from 13 to 18 have another option: a two-week visual arts academy run by professional artists that culminates in an exhibit of their projects. Weekly classes start at $85, and are organized according to age group. Kids can also get creative with clay at one of the summer workshops held at Art & Soul Studio in the Fountain Oaks shopping center. But clay is just the beginning. Other sessions will let kids exercise those imagination muscles by decorating picture frames and tote bags, making candles, tie-dying T-shirts, making mosaics and Chinese lanterns, and painting on canvas as well as glass. Sessions are open to kids 5 and up, and rates are based on the number of

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classes taken. Prices range from $35 for one class to $300 for 10 classes. The imaginative staff at the Chastain Arts Center is leading a number of themed artistic events throughout the summer, and the sessions aren’t just about wielding a paintbrush. Youngsters will find adventures around exploring architecture and street art, using recycled materials, and creating cartoons, comics and action figures. Other sessions will look at the works of noted artists such as Jackson Pollock and Katsushika Hokusai to create multidimensional works and folk art. And if your offspring prefer getting down and dirty with their art, sign them up for the Mud Extravaganza, a free-spirited adventure in clay, sculpture and mud painting. Most weeklong sessions are $200. No matter which art class your youngsters favor this summer, one thing is for sure: The work they bring home will go well beyond what usually gets stuck on the fridge. n

DETAILS: Abernathy Arts Center 254 Johnson Ferry Road N.W. Sandy Springs 30328 404.613.6172 fultonarts.org Art & Soul Studio 4920 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.303.9959 artandsoulstudio.com Chastain Arts Center 135 W. Wieuca Road N.W. Atlanta 30342 404.252.2927 ocaatlanta.com/chastain


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DEADLINE At 76, Sandy Springs scribe Ken Brownlee keeps on writing

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en Brownlee first realized he wanted to be a journalist when he was 7. “Even then, I was writing stuff,” recalls the 76-year-old Sandy Springs resident. Through stints on his high school paper and journalism courses in college at Case Western Reserve in Ohio, Brownlee stayed focused on a writing career. Even when he was drafted into the Army in the 1960s, he found time to turn out mystery stories. And he’s never stopped: Today, his name is on more than 20 books, including his latest, Cuyahoga Stories, a collection of five mysteries that draw on some of Brownlee’s favorite time periods and topics. “I’m a railroad buff, so a lot of trains get included,” says Brownlee, who has taught classes on the history of American transportation at Emory and Mercer universities. Despite his passion for literature and writing, Brownlee never nailed that journalism career he dreamed of. Instead, he spent most of his professional life in the insurance industry. But even there, he found ways to

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write. He is the author of several textbooks on the intricacies of insurance that are still in print and that he updates regularly. For years, he produced an in-house magazine for his employer, the Sandy Springs-based Crawford & Company. In 1998, he semiretired, but he continues to write the company’s monthly educational blog and some of its education courses. He’s also a contributing editor for an insurance claims magazine. But he keeps coming back to fiction. Brownlee’s first book, Valley of the Gray Moon, was a collection of three stories he worked on for years. In the late 1980s, he got a word processor and an agent, and became serious about finishing them. The book was finally published in 1993. About two years ago, Brownlee’s wife of 49 years, Madonna, published a book about her humorous experiences as a concert and church organist, and not to be outdone, Brownlee began working on Cuyahoga Stories, set in some of his favorite locations in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley. Each of its five tales

H.M. Cauley   PHOTO: Sara Hanna presents a baffling mystery peppered with tidbits of what Brownlee finds fascinating, be it a sunken trolley car or Wagner opera. “I get my ideas often from the places where I grew up or visited, or from things I’ve read,” he says. “And I love to read; I get four or five railroad magazines alone. I love [mystery writer] Sara Paretsky.” Brownlee has even tried his hand at poetry, recently wrapping up a book called Mr. Andante, featuring nine poems that explain musical terminology. “It’s another one of those things I started years ago and just never did anything with, but I finally finished it.” Working on a mix of projects at one time not only keeps Brownlee’s writing skills sharp, it helps keep him “out of mischief,” he says. “I’ve got too many deadlines, and even though I’ve been writing for 60 years, I’ve never missed one.” n CUYAHOGA STORIES is available online at Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble.


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Copper Cove satisfies that craving for classic Indian cuisine.

Copper Cove’s rogan gosht lamb dish gets a kick from green chiles, red peppers and cilantro. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Above: Hot, crispy vegetable samosas make a mouthwatering appetizer. Left: Copper Cove’s unique combinations of spices, nuts, seeds and dried fruits make for adventurous dining.

Above: Marinated and tandoorcharred chicken never disappoints.

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on’t be fooled by a few empty tables on a Friday night. And don’t let the informality of the staff scare you off. As completely void of pretense as it is, Buckhead’s Copper Cove Indian Bistro is the real deal. It’s no surprise when you consider the source: Co-owners and chefs Anjali and Subrata Roy came out of retirement in 2012 to open Copper Cove after 21 years in the business, running first Samrat Indian Cuisine in Sandy Springs, followed by Santoor in Alpharetta. But it’s not a dream of a restaurant empire that draws them back into the kitchen now, just a desire to work hard and cook well, both of which are accomplished with this latest venture. At a recent dinner, a friend and I began with my favorite Indian dish of all time, Chicken 65, consisting of marinated chunks of chicken tossed in Indian spices, pan-fried and seasoned with curry leaf and cilantro. When done right, the dish is transformative. (If you prefer fish, try the remarkably similar lahsooni machli, made with tilapia.) Next up were the vegetable samosas, so hot and crisp and bursting with fresh vegetables that

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Modest ambitions make Copper Cove Indian Bistro a neighborhood favorite STORY:

Rebecca Cha   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

there was an awkward standoff over who got the last one. I surrendered, opting instead to scoop up tastes of the accompanying sauces—tamarind and green-chile cilantro, both piquant and delicious, if a bit runny. Off the main course list, we chose chicken tikka masala and rogan gosht, along with some garlic naan. Arriving first was the pillowy tandoor-baked flatbread, covered with chopped herbs and permeating the room with the scent of fresh garlic. The tikka masala was a sensuously smooth concoction of cream, tomato, garlic, ginger and spices, loaded with tender chunks of yogurtmarinated chicken. It was absolutely dreamy over steamed basmati rice, which was served in—what else?—a gleaming copper pot. My friend was more fond of the rogan gosht than I was, simply because I’m not enamored with onions, but the contrast of its sizzling green-chile heat juxtaposed with the mellow masala was a revelation to the palate, thanks to the carefully orchestrated and complex spice blends of both dishes. On another visit, our waiter sold us on shahi korma, chicken in a mild coconuty

sauce of raisins, mustard seeds and traditional spices. It is Indian comfort food at its best. Shrimp bahadur, a far spicier blend of red chiles, garlic, ginger, onions and curry leaf, tasted too similar to rogan gosht to stand out, but the shrimp were perfectly cooked and plentiful, and the heat of the chiles brought a warm tingle to my cheeks. The desserts are standard fare: kheer (Indian rice pudding), gulab jamun (fried, sweet milk-based balls), ras malai (similar to cheesecake without the crust) and the like. We opted for strawberry kulfi—traditional, dense Indian ice cream. It was a solid choice. Lunch at Copper Cove is a favorite with nearby business folk; with the $9.95 buffet and a dozen dishes to choose from, it’s easy to see why. On the afternoon we visited, the buffet options included tandoori and curry chicken dishes, sag paneer (spinach and cheese), dal (lentils), sautéed onions and sweet cabbage, Bombay aloo, pakora, naan and papadum. Yes, these are the usual suspects, as are many dishes on this pan-Indian menu, but several were quite wonderful. The tandoori chicken, which I sampled


Above: Pakora—vegetable fritters fried crisp in chickpea flour—is a yummy starter, especially when dipped in tamarind chutney.

Right: The complexity of its spices, chiles and curry leaf make Chicken 65 a sure-fire hit.

Above: Copper Cove’s buttery garlic naan is off-the-charts delicious.

The sizzling mixed tandoori platter shows off the chef’s mastery with Indian spices.

Lunch at Copper Cove is a favorite with nearby business folk. With the $9.95 buffet, it’s easy to see why. intermittently over the course of two hours, was moist and tender each time. The lentil soup had deeply nuanced flavors of lemon, smoky mustard and fenugreek seeds, and was utterly distinct from the dal with its marvelous aromas of coriander and cardamom. The green cabbage and onions—not a particularly pretty dish—surprised with its crunchy texture and wonderful flavors of fennel and cilantro. We washed everything down with a spot-on iced masala chai—milk, tea, ginger, bay leaf and black pepper—the best I’ve ever had. There are missteps: Fried food and steam tables don’t mix, so several items—the pakora, naan and papadum, for example—could afford to be ousted from the rotation in favor of ones

that can stand up to prolonged heat. Another issue: There’s no convenient spot to place the large lids of the serving dishes, leaving guests to juggle the lid, serving spoon and plate all at once. One last note: The wines by the glass were the most generous pours I’ve had in months, exactly enough to make me feel like I was getting a fair deal for my $9, and more important, that the staff cared more about customer satisfaction than splitting hairs over a textbook 5-ounce pour. This sense of generosity and care makes up for any of Copper Cove’s rough-around-the-edges foibles. Hopefully, I’ll get a few more visits in to this authentic mom-and-pop kitchen before the Roys decide to give retirement another go. n

Above: Homemade kulfi (Indian ice cream) is a refreshingly sweet way to finish your meal. Right: The milk-and-honeybased Indian treats ras malai and gulab jamun are menu classics.

COPPER COVE INDIAN BISTRO 2991 N. Fulton Drive, Atlanta 30305 404.923.3030 coppercoveindianbistro.com Prices: Accompaniments: $2-$4. Appetizers/soups: $5-$10. Chef’s specials: $13-$22. Tandoori/traditional dishes: $12-$20. Desserts: $6-$7. Recommended Dishes: Chicken 65, vegetable samosas. Tandoori chicken, shahi korma and bahadur with your preferred protein. Iced masala chai. Bottom Line: Authentic, classic Indian dishes expertly prepared.

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HOPPY HOBBY Three local homebrewers discuss their craft STORY:

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alf art, half science, homebrewing is a hobby that satisfies the curious, detail-oriented mind. Collectively, the estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in the U.S. produce more than 2 million barrels of brew a year. It’s like a grown-up chemistry set for expressing creativity. With a supportive beer community in Atlanta, the craft beer scene is burgeoning, and homebrewing is becoming increasingly popular. Here, we speak with three local brewers who live in Buckhead and Sandy Springs about their experiences making beer. What is your day job and how do you find time to homebrew? NATE WATKINS: I am a finance manager at Georgia Tech. I brew on weekends only and try to do one beer a month. The day we had ice this winter, I had a couple of days off. My homebrew club, Covert Hops, has a 55-gallon system. I made a commemorative beer: Not A Snow Day Scottish Ale. It was pretty good. CAMERON ALME: I’m the assistant brewer at Orpheus. I brew, bottle or keg homebrewed beer on my days off. Sometimes I’m able to focus solely on the brew; most days I’m multitasking, such as walking my dog while the grain is being mashed.

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CHRIS COLLIER: I am an IT director for a clothing company. I brew on weekends and rack beer [part of the fermentation process] on weeknights.

How did you get into homebrewing? WATKINS: I started while I was an undergrad at Georgia Tech in 2008. In 2009, I switched [from extract brewing] to all-grain brewing, what commercial brewers do. At the time, I was brewing with college friends and just kept doing it. A great way to start is with a True Brew beer kit. ALME: As a newly certified SweetWater tour guide, I was hoping to learn a little bit about the brewing process to more succinctly and adeptly describe it. Before that, my interest in craft beer was simply drinking it. COLLIER: I have been brewing since ’96 when my parents gave me a homebrew kit for Christmas. Until they raised the 6% [alcohol content] law, I couldn’t get Belgian or high-gravity beers. I thought, “Hey, I can brew them myself.” I joined Covert Hops, and we get together and share recipes and ideas. What do you like to brew?

the past year but have been gravitating towards more sessionable [low alcohol] pale ales and milds as of late. COLLIER: Hop-forward, pale ales, a lot of sour stuff lately. What are some of your successes and failures? WATKINS: Multiple times a year, I make an old barley wine recipe. It won a medal at a homebrew competition. The first time I did a barley wine; my second attempt at all-grain didn’t work. I was going for an Irish red, but instead of 5.6%, I got 10% heavy barley. It was a happy accident. ALME: All of my first attempts were pretty much failures but were crucial learning experiences that have led to my creating beer I can be proud to share in the last year or two. My favorite homebrews have been a Belgian dark ale, brown ale and India pale ale. COLLIER: I have been working on a solera, a kind of sour in a barrel. My sours have been doing well in competitions. I have pretty much brewed every style. I experiment a lot. Other than yeast going everywhere/over-fermenting, my experiments have gone well.

WATKINS: I tend to go for malty beers.

A recent kick is English styles with low alcohol. It’s something I can drink a lot of. When my soccer team [Newcastle] was on a hot streak, I made an English brown ale and called it Mitro’s on Fire! ALME: I’ve been brewing a ton of IPAs in

Any serious plans for your brewing hobby? WATKINS: Beyond beer, I do mead and started brewing cider. I am trying to broaden my horizons and experiment. ALME: My [previous job as tasting

Basic Steps to Make Beer 1. Malted barley is soaked in hot water to release malt sugars.

2. Malt sugar solution is boiled with hops for seasoning. 3. Mort (unfermented ale) is cooled, and yeast is added to begin fermentation. 4. Yeast ferments the sugars, releasing CO2 and ethyl alcohol.

5. When main fermentation is complete, beer is bottled with a little added sugar for fermentation.

room manager at SweetWater Brewing Company] led me to homebrewing beer, but my casual hobby quickly turned into an obsession. I’ve spent years promoting beer, and [I’m now producing] beer for Orpheus Brewing Company. Definitely a long way from the first extract kit and confusing the cleaner from the sanitizer.   COLLIER: I co-founded Nantahala Brewing in North Carolina in 2009, then sold it. I am a consultant, brewing at Hopstix [a small brewery in Chamblee]. My long-term vision is to do my own thing—a brewery—or help someone who wants to do the same by leasing them equipment. Favorite places to drink beer in Buckhead, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs? WATKINS: Red Brick Brewery is my favorite place. I dig Kaleidoscope Pub. The beer selection at Saltyard is pretty phenomenal. ALME: SweetWater. And Kaleidoscope for the intriguing menu and craft beer selection. COLLIER: The Chapter Room under Taco Mac at the Prado. n


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Culinary News & Notes 

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Jill Becker

SETTING THE SCENE

Chill out with Whiskey Blue’s seasonal Popsicle-themed Star Spangled Martini (above) and Summer Solstice Sangria.

What do the look and feel of a restaurant add to the dining experience?

The design elements set the mood and tone from the moment a guest walks in. With Kaiser’s, our concept was reminiscent of a sophisticated urban living room, as if the chefs are inviting you into their homes. Residential elements, such as a bookcase with personal artwork and cookbooks from the chefs, wooden flooring, floor-to-ceiling drapery and soft, glowing lights all add to the cozy feel. How involved were chefs Kevin Rathbun and Peter Kaiser in the look of the restaurant?

WE’LL DRINK TO THAT What better way to beat the heat than with a Popsicle? Make that a Popsicle cocktail. On Memorial Day, Whiskey Blue, the popular rooftop bar at the W Atlanta-Buckhead hotel, debuted its Boozy Poptail Series, consisting of three tasty adult beverages topped with a refreshing frozen treat on a stick. Available through June 5 is the Mini Pop Spritzer that pairs Prosecco with a fruity, frozen pop. From June 21-28, guests can whet their whistles with the Summer Solstice Sangria, garnished with a fresh fruit pop. Finally, July 4-11, the master bartenders will be serving up the patriotic Star Spangled Martini, topped with a red-white-and-blue ice pop. Whiskey Blue 3377 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 678.500.3190 gerberbars.com

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Photos: Jessica Camerata

People obviously go to a restaurant for the food, but its decor and atmosphere play a big role in the overall dining experience, too. Bill Johnson, associate principal at hospitality design firm The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry, explains how he approached the design of Kaiser’s Chophouse, a new steakhouse in Sandy Springs helmed by chefs Kevin Rathbun and Peter Kaiser.

They were quite involved and took a personal interest in every design decision. They were clear with us early on about what they wanted, and they trusted us to realize their vision. What was one of their must-haves?

An open kitchen. Diners today want to see what’s happening in the kitchen.

It’s very much like watching a performance. Peter and Kevin are both star chefs with large fan followings, so people who come to their restaurant want to see them in action. The decor includes some personal items from the chefs themselves, correct?

You will experience a private art collection from Kevin and Peter and their families throughout the restaurant, including statement pieces on the walls and carefully curated bookshelves. And an eclectic mix of metal and ceramic sculptures mingles with Kevin’s personal cookbook collection. Will Kaiser’s have the traditional elements common in most steakhouses?

Chicken Salad Chick’s yummy Chick Trio.

Local restaurant designer Bill Johnson (left) put the sizzle in steakhouse at Kaiser’s Chophouse.

While it does have a dark and dramatic atmosphere, there’s no mahogany paneling or waiters in tuxes. The space is very modern and sexy.   What’s the secret to designing an inviting restaurant that people want to return to again and again?

People have to feel good walking into a restaurant, and that starts at the front door. A beautiful and interesting bar with great lighting and comfortable barstools is a good start. From there, the restaurant should unfold with varied types of seating and quieter and more active

“zones” for the differing moods or occasions of the diners. Acoustics are one of the invisible elements of design, and the proper sound level is critical to guests’ perception of comfort. Food and service are the most noticed and important parts of the experience, but I believe the physical design of a restaurant is perceived on many levels, and it leaves a lasting impression. n Kaiser’s Chophouse 5975 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30328 404.549.2882 kaiserschophouse.com

CHICKEN SALAD, ANYONE? Set to open on Roswell Road in Buckhead this month, Chicken Salad Chick specializes in—you guessed it—chicken salad. There are 12 different flavors, in fact, with names such as Olivia’s Old South, Cranberry Kelli and Jalapeno Holly. The Classic Carol is the recipe that started it all back in 2008, when Chicken Salad Chick founder Stacy Brown was forced to stop selling chicken salad out of her kitchen and came up with the idea to turn it into a fast-casual restaurant concept that now boasts more than 50 locations nationwide. The secret to its popularity is that the chicken Chicken Salad Chick salad is made in-house daily from 4365 Roswell Road N.E. all-white-meat chicken, minced Atlanta 30342 celery, a hint of mayo and their chickensaladchick.com/ buckhead secret seasoning.


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Caffeine Drip Jonathan Silver has been keeping Atlanta caffeinated for more than 20 years

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ver dined at Bone’s or Aria and wondered what type of coffee or tea you’re drinking? What about Souper Jenny or OK Cafe? Atlanta Coffee Supply Group, founded by Sandy Springs resident Jonathan Silver, has been distributing the caffeinated beverages to local restaurants like these for more than 20 years. The company distributes 11 brands around the Southeast, including Lavazza and Mighty Leaf, and Silver created two of the brands: Lakehouse Coffee and Blue Durango Iced Tea. “I saw an opportunity and jumped on it,” he says. Here, he tells us how Atlanta Coffee Supply Group came to be.

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How did you get into the coffee and tea business? Years ago, I was caddying at a golf course and got a call from a family friend who was starting a coffee business. I went to work for the company. I was traveling around, opening up coffee shops. After 18 months, I didn’t like the direction they were going and had my own idea about selling to restaurants. Is that how Atlanta Coffee Supply Group was created? I was under 30 and wanted a company name that sounded like it’d been around a long time. I was working from a bedroom in my parents’ house. I sourced from a company roasting locally (long since out of business), and

we created blends. I went around peddling coffee to chefs. My friends teased me that when I answered the phone I always used the word “we” because it made the company sound bigger, even though it was always me. Why did you start selling directly to consumers? Bone’s is one of our long-time customers. People were calling me saying they had our product at Bone’s and wanted it at their own homes. I had to create a brand: Lakehouse Coffee. Five years later, I created Blue Durango Iced Tea. Everything for consumers is online. We don’t have a retail store. We have this wholesale retail brand.

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What are your plans for the future? This summer, we’re launching a single-serve, K-Cup-style Blue Durango that makes a 20-ounce iced tea. We will try to get it in retail stores. What’s your flavor: coffee or tea? I started as a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy good iced tea. I take my coffee black and my tea unsweetened. If you’re going to eat or drink something that should be flavorful, you don’t need to screw it up [by adding] something else. n ATLANTA COFFEE SUPPLY GROUP lakehousecoffee.com


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

Brock, Rebecca Cha and Angela Hansberger

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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 10degreessouth.com

BLUE RIDGE GRILL For 23 years, Blue Ridge Grill (BRG) has been a mecca for Buckhead power lunchers and chill evening diners alike. Whether for business or romance, BRG is a paragon of hospitality, and each guest is embraced like a VIP. Standard crowd-pleasers on the Euro-American menu include grilled Georgia trout,

French-boned chicken with wild mushrooms and filet mignon with Vidalia onions. Small plates and sides of iron skillet mussels, Caesar salad with crisp Beeler bacon, custard-like corn soufflé and (offmenu item) fried pickles with buttermilk dipping sauce are absolute must-tries. If cost is an issue, call ahead as menu prices are not advertised online. Lunch: $9-$42 Dinner: $13-$62 blueridgegrill.com

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 TexMex sauce (salsa mixed with ranch) are downright addictive. The Bucket Shop team gets extra points for its solid, ever-changing list of local craft brews. Starters: $6-$13 Sandwiches and burgers: $9-$13 Entrées: $12-$18 bucketshopcafe.com Beef, chicken, sausage, pork, lamb: Why not try a little of everything at Fogo de Chão?

A mix-and-match assortment of sweets at Kyma: baklava with pistachio ice cream, Greek donuts and yogurt with honey and walnuts.

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. Lunch: $26.50 (salad bar only: $19.50) Dinner: $44.50 (salad bar only: $24.50) chamagaucha.com

FOGO DE CHÃO You don’t have to brave the pampas of South America or the wilds of Africa to witness the most primitive form of cooking—and eating—on the planet. Every day of the week, deep in the heart of Buckhead, hunks of meat sizzle over an open fire, and grown men smack their lips and engage in gluttony as a kind of participatory sport. At this Brazilian churrascaria, you can sip caipirinhas and nibble cheese

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bread; graze from a beautiful, bottomless salad bar; then indulge in an endless parade of meats, carved straight onto your plate by servers in gaucho drag. It’s all quite delicious, though the place can get Vegas crazy at times, so just be prepared for a mob. The full experience: $51.50 (dinner); $32.50 (lunch) Salad bar only: $24.50 (dinner); $22.50 (lunch) fogodechao.com

JALISCO After nearly three decades, Jalisco remains a giddy, guilty pleasure trip through a tunnel of cheese. This Tex-Mex institution at Peachtree Battle is better than an El Paso taco kit, but not exactly a showcase of the sophisticated techniques and ingredients of the Mexican larder. Without apology, Jalisco is what it is, a place with consistently good, standard-issue burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and even a “Hamburguesa Mexicana.” (It’s topped with nacho cheese.) This is not a place where the kitchen thrives on change and creativity. For the most part, the menu is the same as it has been since Jalisco opened in 1978. Lunch specials: $5-$9 Entrées: $9-$13 404.233.9244


KYMA The name means “wave,” and that’s exactly what executive chef Pano I. Karatassos has been doing at his family’s stellar Greek seafood restaurant since 2002. From marides (tiny, “French fry”-size white fish) to Greek specimens grilled whole (try the barbounia or bronzino), Kyma excels at delivering the kind of simple, unadorned flavors you’ll encounter on a patio by the Aegean. Order a glass of Greek wine (there are many options) and a few classic meze for sharing (we like the dolmades, spanakopita, cuttlefish stuffed with lamb stew, and the fetazucchini fritters), and your meal will go just swimmingly.

Treehouse’s smoked salmon drizzled in rich hollandaise is the perfect complement to a citrusy mimosa.

Meze: $8-$14. Mains: $26-$46. (Whole fish: $30 or $36 per pound) buckheadrestaurants.com/kyma

PORTOFINO We often dream about this slightly-offPaces Ferry slice of Italy, where executive chef Matt Marcus’ earthy cooking evokes Liguria while staying smartly anchored in America. (And sometimes the American South.) Since 2000, this neighborhood gem has been a primo spot for feasting on the vibrant flavors of its Italian Riviera namesake. Vealand-ricotta meatballs, fried artichokes, luxurious pastas, polenta with shrimp, limoncello cheesecake: It’s the sort of wonderfully comforting, hand-crafted fare that satisfies our longing for La Bella Vita when a trip to Italy is simply not in the cards. Soups, salads and antipasto: $7-$14 Pastas and entrées: $18-$29 portofinoatl.com

SALTYARD At Saltyard, Chef Nick Leahy offers a menu of small plates with reverence for local farmers and the current growing season. Employing global imagination, he heightens these dishes with international seasonings and flavors to create worldly comfort food. With an everchanging menu, Saltyard is never the same place twice. Rustic dishes such as crispy duck confit and super tender

grilled octopus are masterful in their simplicity and depth of flavor. Raw and cured items such as the deconstructed salmon pastrami, while lighter, offer an equal flavor punch. This is not the place to skip the dessert course. Leahy puts forth the same amount of effort in his decadent chocolate nemesis with Brandy cream as he does entrees. Tapas: $5-$16 Large plates: $18-$25 saltyardatlanta.com

TREEHOUSE Occasionally, sitting at Treehouse feels more like a cookout. Neighbors and regulars have been coming here for the familiar comfort food and laid-back atmosphere for a little more than 20 years. Brunch is a big deal, with a large menu and generous portions of favorites such as the Georgia pecan waffle and Southern-style eggs Benedict covered with sausage gravy. It’s all about the patio here, and dogs are welcome guests. The chef works to enliven old favorites with as much attention to the all-American fried chicken sandwich as the New York strip au poivre. He also curates a mighty fine list of craft beers.

Watershed on Peachtree’s pork cheeks with polenta and carrots glazed in their own juice are rich and decadent.

Brunch: $8-$10 Appetizers: $3-$13 Burgers and sandwiches: $7-$10 Large plates: $17-$22 treehouseatlanta.com

WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE Co-owned by Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and restaurateur Ross Jones, Watershed is a restaurant with a storied, personality-driven past. It started as a walk-up sandwich shop in Decatur, won a James Beard Award for chef Scott Peacock and moved to Buckhead in 2012. Recently, chef Zeb Stevenson took over the kitchen, and his Southern and sometimes French-accented food is a decided improvement over predecessor Joe Truex. We are crazy about the dreamy chicken-liver mousse, smoked-trout brandade and Appalachian cider beans, a cassoulet-like play on pork and beans. A self-taught cook who brings soul, excitement and the occasional spark of genius, Stevenson is less interested in replicating the greatest hits of the past than cooking straight from the heart. We should all respect that. Appetizers: $8-$16 Entrées: $9-$18 at lunch, $20-$35 at dinner watershedrestaurant.com

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MEET THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES BEAUTY ARTISTS MEET THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES BEAUTY ARTISTS MAKING A-TOWN’S GLITTERATI LOOK SO FABULOUS

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Karina Antenucci    PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Maybe with the exception of Beyoncé, celebrities definitely do not just wake up like that. But if it weren’t for those candid “I’m not wearing any makeup today” posts on Instagram, you may never know it, what with the arsenal of beauty’s best working their magic on their hair, makeup, lashes and more 24/7. As Atlanta’s television, film and music industries continue to grow, so too have the businesses of quality local beauty talent who make celebrities flawless for their appearances, from TV shows to press junkets to red carpet affairs. This behind-the-scenes crew rarely gets any time of their own in the spotlight. Today, they do.

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shine through the makeup and be luminous. I am well-versed in airbrushing, but I try to talk my clients out of it. How did you get your big break as a celebrity makeup artist?

When I was still the newest girl at Van Michael giving comp makeup touch-ups to ladies who just had their hair done, I connected with Carolyn Sloss of Allied Advertising. I didn’t realize I was being interviewed as I did her makeup. Then she called and hired me. My first press tour 17 years ago was for Save the Last Dance with Julia Stiles, and I have been the exclusive makeup artist for Allied ever since. Do you have a favorite celebrity moment?

One favorite moment was with Kerry Washington. She was here promoting the movie Call Girl, a Spike Lee flick, and having some anxiety about doing interviews. I have the most intimate relationship [with actors] out of the whole crew. Hair and makeup gets to go into people’s hotel rooms when their hair is wet straight out of the shower, and they have no concealer on. We help transform them to what the public will see and also get their rawness, their mood. I told Kerry, “Let’s just get through it, and I’ll do your makeup and hair, and even if you’re nervous, you are going to look great.” What’s a hot makeup trend you’re seeing on the red carpet?

NIKOLE MORROW-PETTUS VAN MICHAEL SALON

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hen Nikole Morrow-Pettus first applied for a makeup artist job at Van Michael Salon in Buckhead 23 years ago, she was rejected. Refusing to be put off, she applied for and landed the receptionist position instead. Today, she has the job of the woman—now, a close friend—who turned her down at the time: cosmetic director. In her role, Morrow-Pettus is responsible for hiring and training the makeup artists

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who work for all seven Van Michael salons in Atlanta. The Ohio native, who lived in Germany, Holland, Oklahoma and Kentucky before moving here in 1992, credits her youthful gumption and professional success to repeated “new girl on the block” status growing up that forced her to learn how to converse with strangers. Something certainly clicked, as her client list features a copious number of celebrities, including Zoe Saldana, Viola Davis, Kerry Washing-

ton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael B. Jordan and Denzel Washington. What are you known for professionally?

The feedback I’ve received from people over the years is that they are really taken by my attention to skin. The eyes are the easiest thing to make look amazing, whether you are an amateur or advanced makeup artist. But can you make someone’s skin look better? I want the skin to

Strobing, which is highlighting the face, versus the “Kardashian era” of contouring. Primers and products are becoming more luminous in a range you’ve never seen before. Laura Mercier has the illuminating primer that I love to use underneath foundation. Then on top, I use a cream or powder to highlight the top of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the lip and chin— wherever I want light to project. Do you have a beauty mantra?

Let this moment be open; let this person be open to my art; let them give me any insight I need to further my art. What do you do in your downtime?

I have a 2-year-old, I have no downtime. I am a driven, career-minded person, but I am learning to slow down, watching him see the world through a baby’s eyes. n


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he owner of White Salon and Spa in Buckhead, Max Sanchez always thought hair would lead him into the fashion world. And it did, just not as an evening gown designer as he had originally hoped. Prior to opening White Salon in 2013, the Philippinesborn and New Orleans-bred hair guru was a master and senior stylist for celebrity-frequented hair salons at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee, Carita Paris in Miami and Orlando, Wynn Las Vegas and Los Angeles’ The Beverly Hills Hotel. He has styled the rich and famous around the world, including Meryl Streep, Paris Hilton, Lisa Marie Presley and Queen Rania of Jordan. While on set or for events in Atlanta, Sanchez has done the hair of actresses such as Rose Byrne, Lauren Cohan, Ashley Greene and more. Gaining recognition through doing celebrities’ hair, he also has been sought out to participate in New York Fashion Week and The Knot Bridal Fashion Week in New York City, where he has worked with designers such as Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs. How did you get started in the beauty business?

Like a good Asian boy, I attended dental school like my parents wanted. Then one of my friends asked me to go with her when she was enrolling in beauty school in New Orleans. Next thing I knew, she and I both came out with a mannequin head and a beauty kit, and I started classes that Monday. When did you begin working with celebrities and TV/film productions?

In 1990, I moved to Miami from Atlanta, where I had been working at Van Michael Salon when there were only 28 employees. The Delano hotel had just opened, and I joined its White Salon (where I got the name for my salon), which is very fashion-forward. I got to do Cameron Diaz, Antonio Sabato Jr. and more. It was my first taste of celebrity. Everybody stopped in there, from George Clooney to Madonna. What’s it like working with celebrities?

I’m fortunate that the celebrities I’ve [worked with] have been really nice and down to earth. I’m humbled that I get to feel like I’m a part of their

world and to know what happens before it happens. How would you describe your work at White Salon and Spa?

I’m part of a dying breed of hairdressers who do everything— color, cutting, styling. I style a lot of brides as well. I’m always the bride’s hairdresser, never the bride!

What are you excited about in the year ahead?

I am working a fabulous wedding at a castle in Germany in October. The bride is Johanna Ellis, of Atlanta Classic Cars, the Mercedes dealer. What do you like to do when you’re not doing hair?

Travel. I work seven days a week, but I take four, three-week vacations a year. This year, I’m heading to Rome, Paris, Berlin, Prague and Vancouver. I also go back to the Philippines once or twice a year. I work with a lot of celebrities there, too, and do photo shoots for them for different magazines. n

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materials and products are all high-grade from the U.K. or Russia. They are better quality and better for your lashes. We also take a minute to sit down and talk to our clients to figure out what they like, don’t like, what they are trying to achieve. It’s a more personable approach. What’s it like working with celebrities?

I’ve never been star-struck. I’m used to this world. I just try to be cool and treat them like normal people. Do you have a favorite moment working with a celebrity in Atlanta?

Probably because I act as well, my favorite moment was with Olivia Munn. I always talk to celebrity clients about their tips on the industry. I had an incredible conversation with Olivia, who told me her story and how she got started. It was very motivating. What is the biggest lash trend right now?

Big right now are 3-D lashes. Classic extensions are attached one-by-one to each individual lash. Also called Russian volume, 3-Ds involve little fans of three or four on each lash. It gives you more volume and depth and lasts much longer, with touch-ups needed between four to six weeks versus two to three. I’m obsessed with them. What are you excited about in the year ahead?

ANASTASIA PECK

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nastasia Peck is originally from Kaliningrad, Russia, where eyelash extension studios are like nail salons—there is one on virtually every corner. Though she studied linguistics at university, the innate entrepreneur in her kicked in when she moved to Atlanta 10 years ago to practice

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her English and further her acting career. She was on the hunt for a lash bar to refresh her own extensions and couldn’t find one. So Peck trained with Ideal Lashes, a respected and well-known brand in Europe, and became certified to do lashes. Five years ago, she opened Blink & Wink, a lash and brow studio

BLINK & WINK in Sandy Springs. Now Peck has become the go-to gal for celebs such as Laura Linney, Dania Ramirez, Zoë Kravitz and Olivia Munn when they travel through Atlanta for work. Why is the celeb set gravitating toward you?

What makes us unique is that our

I’m expanding the studio space. I’m also always taking a lot of continuing education classes. I fly back to Russia to take more courses on the newest trends and products. This year, I’m going to London to train with Flawless Lashes by Loretta, one of the best lash experts in world. What do you do in your off-time?

I’m a very social person and a huge foodie. My whole life revolves around lashes and food. One of my favorite restaurants is Umi. I do lashes on the chef and people who work there. n


MARIO MCDOWELL J. SPOT STUDIO AND KEUNE HAIRCOSMETICS

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ario McDowell began modeling at 15 years old. As the native Atlantan waited for his female counterparts to get their hair done on set, he watched the hairstylists closely. Then, after each gig, he’d go home and mimic the styles on his sister, Chan. McDowell didn’t realize at the time that his knack for doing hair would later, after joining corporate America for a while as a recruiter, turn into his career. When he was offered a six-figure recruiting job and his father pointed out that he wasn’t passionate about it, McDowell recognized it was time to do hair full-time. He is now an educator for Keune Haircosmetics and a stylist at J. Spot Studio in Buckhead. Through his talent agency, Epiphany, McDowell works with a slew of celebrities, including Kim Zolciak Beirmann, Fantasia Barrino, Sandra Denton and Jennifer Holliday. His accolades include doing hair for the Oscars preshow, the BET Hip Hop Awards and “The Vampire Diaries.”

Do you have a particular aesthetic that you love?

When I first started doing hair professionally 15 years ago, the thing that got my name out there was extensions. I am an extensions specialist, and there are more than 20 different techniques I can offer—anything from hot to cold fusion, and micro links to sew-ins, to bonding and interlocking. Most of my clients prefer long, luxurious hair, but I do love to get edgier when possible, creating pixie and textured, not-so-common cuts. How did you land your first celebrity gig?

It was more than 10 years ago, and this is one of those situations where I really got lucky. I worked as an assistant to already established celebrity hairstylists like Derek J. I got to do various photo and video shoots, was connected with “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” musicians and the [former] makeup department head for BET and VH1, Alkhyseam Watson, and people started asking me to do things on my own.

Do you have a favorite celebrity moment?

I am a huge fan—OK, fanatic—of Marsha Ambrosius, a neo soul artist. My agent booked a 6 a.m. gig with her and called to check on me to make sure I had made it to the job since it was so early. My phone rings, and the ringtone is her song.

Then Ambrosius and the makeup artist start singing it. I was embarrassed, but she was so ecstatic about it and had me show her how to put it on her phone, too. What would your advice be for someone getting ready for a red carpet event?

I think the classic chignon never goes out of style. Or just pull the hair away from your face and shoulders with a few pieces coming down. Plus, there are two products you need: a strong-hold hairspray like Keune Design Society Hairspray and a little volumizing powder like Keune BLEND Volume Powder. n

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casts of Remember the Titans and Road Trip, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. Additionally, she has won six Emmys for her makeup work on MTV, VH1, Bravo’s “Real Housewives,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover,” NBC, CBS, The Cooking Channel and HGTV. What’s your favorite kind of makeup gig?

I love doing makeovers. I love when people call me and say they are ready to make a change, and trust me to make them over in what I feel is the best look for them. I ask a lot of questions at first to find out how much time they have, how they want to look, what their profession is and more. Which celebrities are you dying to make over?

Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump. Do you have a favorite “celebrity” moment that stands out as particularly fun?

The Green Room Agency does a lot of charity work and in-kind giving. Doggies on the Catwalk, which is being emceed by Monica Pearson this year, is one of our favorite events to do. We are partnering with NARS at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta this year and doing the hair and makeup for that. All of the dogs in the doggie fashion show are up for adoption, and local celebrities such as Paul Milliken from Fox 5 and Tracye Hutchins from CBS46 walk out with them. As fashion contributor for 11Alive, what does your role entail?

NYSSA GREEN THE GREEN ROOM AGENCY

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n the late ’90s when her career as a makeup artist in Atlanta was just kicking off, Nyssa Green was hired to do WSB-TV news anchor Monica Pearson’s makeup for a magazine-cover photo shoot. Pearson, who was a major on-air staple for 37 years, wore the same makeup for that evening’s broadcast. The very natural, classic look

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Green had given her was such a hit with viewers that she received a call from the producers wanting to hire her, and start the next day. She continued her existing role at CNN as lead makeup artist and trainer but took on the gig doing Pearson’s makeup for every broadcast, as well as a publicity tour that was focused on her new look.

All of a sudden, Green’s work life was getting so busy that she needed an agent in Atlanta to help manage all of the booking requests. She couldn’t find one because, in those days, all of the agencies were in L.A. or New York. That’s when The Green Room Agency, a boutique firm in Buckhead that represents, trains and manages freelance hairstylists, makeup artists and wardrobe stylists, was born. Green’s storied career has included doing makeup for almost every major news anchor at every station in Atlanta, the last three mayors, the NFL Network for championship games, Outkast, the

My role is to ensure the on-air talent looks consistent and professional, as well as do the research for my “Wow Me Wednesday” segments, and fashion and beauty demos. I work with two awesome producers. What are you excited about these days?

Doing your makeover! (See page 75.) Also, I’m working with a show called “Atlanta Tech Edge” on 11Alive that [includes stories on] how fashion, beauty and technology are colliding. The products are so groundbreaking, like a “smart” brush that gives you feedback on what your hair needs when you brush it. n


Red Carpet Makeover The Glam Squad shows what it takes to get camera-ready STORY:

Karina Antenucci

PHOTO: Sara

Hanna

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ouldn’t it be incredible to have a Glam Squad of your own? (That’s me, daydreaming, as I got dolled up by a celebrity beauty team without having to lift a finger.) The hair, makeup and eyelash gurus who gave me a “red carpet” makeover do so on the regular for their A-list clientele. As they gave me a taste of the high life with their special beauty touches, they talked about what it takes to amplify an everyday look to va-va-va-voom for a big event.

Flashy Lashy

GLAM SLAM: “There are two easy things

MAKEOVER STEP ONE:

you can do to go glam,” says Green. “Line the bottom eye all the way across on the inside of the waterline [the line directly above your lower lashes] with a soft pencil—two swipes on each eye. And change your lips— gloss can look fun and fresh, and a bold, matte color is edgy and sexier.” In addition to the black eyeliner and deep red lips she painted on me, Green used a mixture of foundation, concealer, highlighter, shimmery bronzer and blush to create flawless, camera-ready skin. She also added false eyelashes on top of my eyelash extensions (not something to try at home) using only a little latexfree adhesive and contoured layers of brown eye shadow for even more dazzle.

EYELASH EXTENSIONS by Anastasia Peck of Blink & Wink My everyday: An eyelash curler

and mascara GLAM SLAM: “For a red carpet look, we

go fuller, longer and curlier with eyelash extensions to really make your eyes pop,” says Peck. Moving with rapid pace, it took her just an hour using tweezers and a special lash adhesive to carefully affix some seriously long and curly Mink lashes ($250 for full set) to each of my individual natural lashes. The falsies last about three weeks before needing fillers. Bonus: I was thrilled to chuck the eyelash curler and mascara routine for the time being. Peck adds, “I haven’t used mascara in about five years.”

Pony Up MAKEOVER STEP TWO:

HAIR COLOR AND STYLING by Max Sanchez of White Salon and Spa My everyday: Natural waves or the

THE BIG TAKEAWAY: More is more when it comes to getting dolled up for a fancy night out. Now where’s my hot date? n

fastest blow-dry I can manage GLAM SLAM: Inspired by a red-carpet photo of Reese Witherspoon, who also has long blond hair, Sanchez decided to create a super-blond, high-profile ponytail. First, he refreshed my color and roots with thin highlights all over. Next, following a current haircut trend, he snipped long layers at both sides to frame my face. To enhance the drama of the ponytail, Sanchez teased the crown and added Balmain Catwalk Ponytail extensions in Amsterdam ($150, available at White Salon and Spa), which reached down to my mid-back despite the pony sitting high up on my head.

Face Lift MAKEOVER STEP THREE:

MAKEUP by Nyssa Green of The Green Room Agency My everyday: Natural skin, cream blush and light gloss

Karina Antenucci just launched Badassandhealthy.com, where she will be regularly getting glam with natural beauty.

The finishing touches: Paule Ka dress, $1,315, and Jardin earrings, $340, available at Tootsies. Manicure provided by Sugarcoat. Makeup by NARS Cosmetics.

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PADDLE FORWARD

Paddle pros and beginners alike hit the Hooch for High Country Outfitters’ annual SUP race.

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING RACE ON THE “HOOCH” IS PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS

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igh Country Outfitters is hosting its sixth annual Stand Up for the Hooch race on the Chattahoochee River on June 25. Both first-time and experienced paddlers can participate in one of the biggest stand up paddleboarding (SUP) races in the Southeast, which includes two courses that are 2 and 6 miles, respectively, with mostly flat surfaces and slight currents. The kids’ race for ages 6 to 12 is free to enter and starts at the same place, but only goes for a quarter mile. Boards are available for rent in advance by booking on High Country Outfitters’ website, or you can bring

your own. Family and friends can watch the race from the start at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. Participants receive T-shirts with their packet pickup the morning of the race, as well as lunch and SweetWater beer afterwards at High Country Outfitters store in Buckhead. Prizes will be awarded for all age groups, including money and SUP and outdoor gear. This year’s race will benefit Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Scholarships that support youth programs. – Caroline Eubanks

STAND UP FOR THE HOOCH SUP RACE June 25; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45; no cost for ages 6 to 12 Morgan Falls Overlook Park 200 Morgan Falls Road Sandy Springs 30350 404.483.0598 High Country Outfitters 3906 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.814.0999 highcountryoutfitters.com

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Let there be light

Homemade lanterns decorate the evening at Sandy Springs’ familyoriented lantern fest. Sandy Springs restaurants showcase their best dishes for Food That Rocks.

LANTERN FESTIVAL BRINGS LOCALS TO LIGHT UP THE RIVER Pack your flashlights! The Sandy Springs Lantern Parade is back for its second year. The event was created by local artist Chantelle Rytter, producer of the popular BeltLine and Decatur lantern events. The parade of colorful lights travels from North Springs United Methodist Church downhill to Morgan Falls Overlook Park on the evening of

June 10. Local food vendors will set up at Morgan Falls at the end of the 1-mile route. Bring your own creation or learn how to make one by attending a lantern-making workshop on June 3-6 at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church for a small fee. Shuttles will transport attendees back to the church after the event. – CE

SANDY SPRINGS LANTERN PARADE June 10; 8 p.m. arrival, 9 p.m. parade Free Morgan Falls Overlook Park 200 Morgan Falls Road Sandy Springs 30350 866.511.7742 visitsandysprings.org

Drink up ANNUAL BEER FEST RETURNS TO BROOKHAVEN

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year at Brookhaven Park, less than a mile from its previous location next to the Brookhaven MARTA Station. It has sold out in previous years with an average attendance of 4,000 craft beer lovers, so don’t delay in buying a ticket. Taking MARTA or using ridesharing services is encouraged. The 21-and-over event will benefit Angels Among Us pet rescue. – CE

MOVIES ON THE TOWN June 15 404.847.1800 townbrookhaven.net Grab the family, a blanket and some popcorn for the free “Movies on the Town” series on the green space at Town Brookhaven. The films start at dusk, and while this year’s lineup hasn’t been released as of press time, past screenings on the green included The Peanuts Movie, Inside Out and Casablanca.

CATALYST FITNESS CLASS ON THE BELTLINE June 17 404.447.3003 beltline.org Join Buckhead’s Catalyst Fitness for a class on the BeltLine, at the corner of Overbrook Drive and Collier Road. The trainers will lead attendees through a one-hour session focusing on flexibility, cardio, core, balance, plyometrics and more. The class is free and starts promptly at 9 a.m.

[ F O OD + DR I N K ]

Get the summertime fun brewing with a visit to the Brookhaven Beer Fest. The celebration brings together the chance to sample more than 200 local and national beers and wines with live music, a DJ and local food trucks with bites for purchase. Local crafters and brews that are scheduled to appear include Atlanta’s SweetWater and Monday Night, Marietta’s Red Hare, Athens’ Terrapin and Alpharetta’s Jekyll. The seventh annual festival brings its tasting tents to a new location this

Photo: Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism

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June 11 404.365.1078 peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com Don’t miss a delicious, locally sourced Sunday supper made with produce from the farmers of Peachtree Road Farmers Market and prepared by some of Atlanta’s favorite chefs. Nick Leahy of Saltyard, Suzi Sheffield of Beautiful Briny Sea and Sarah O’Brien of The Little Tart Bakeshop are among some of the local talent cooking up dinner at The Cathedral of St. Philip. Tickets are $75, and dinner starts at 5 p.m.

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June 25 404.456.4655 budnburgers.com Nothing goes with a burger quite like an ice-cold beer on a hot day. Sample some of Atlanta’s finest at the 2nd Annual Bud & Burgers Festival in Brookhaven Park from 12:30 to 7 p.m. This free event, sponsored by Budweiser, will offer sampling tickets for $15 that allow you to try up to five different burgers.


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BENTLEY 10 EXPERIENCE Kristen Stigler, Elizabeth Bairstow, Kurt Ehlers, Lauren Ehlers

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mid the gorgeous artworks adorning the walls of the Hathaway Gallery, close to 200 people gathered recently at an event celebrating Greg Mabry and his 10-year role as the brand custodian for Bentley Atlanta. The Bentley 10 Experience also helped raise funds for Year Up, an organization that provides underprivileged youth the skills and expertise needed to maximize their potential. One of Year Up’s students, Carmen Buezo, who currently has an internship at Bridgevine doing software development, spoke at the event. Among the other partygoers enjoying the night’s festivities, which included a drawing for a chance to drive a Bentley for a weekend, were Jere Metcalf, Clay Henderson, Donna Lefont and Matt Witbeck. Comedian and author Paul Ollinger emceed the event.

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Jonathan Mayo, Jen White, Christine Browning, Sonny Hayes, Lauren Cernuto, Clay Henderson Shiny new Bentleys on display

Sonny and Joanne Hayes, Greg Mabry, Jere Metcalf, Sid Barron

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Guests mingle on the lawn of Lee and Kevin Kleinhelter’s Buckhead home. Photos: Dara Dyer

BROOKWOOD HILLS TOUR OF HOMES PATRON PARTY Anna Cate Little, Emory Herbert, Daniele Flickinger, Audra Meduri

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ee and Kevin Kleinhelter’s fabulous Buckhead home, whose design they describe as “a modern take on Dutch West Indies,” was an apropos setting for the recent Brookwood Hills Tour of Homes Patron Party. Some 125 guests were in attendance for the outdoor evening event, which was a prelude to the biennial tour, notable this year for having included the personal residences of nationally recognized architects Stan Dixon and Keith Summerour. At the party, attendees nibbled on eats from Dennis Dean Catering and enjoyed specialty cocktails from American Spirit Whiskey. This year’s tour raised more than $37,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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WEEKEND ATTIRE Model Lillian Norris lounges in a sexy black suit and sassy sun hat by the pool at a plush Buckhead home. Swimsuit and bag info, page 34; hat, $25, available at Saks Off 5th.

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