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ver the course of my publishing career, I’ve been fortunate to have interviewed many successful, interesting and inspiring people. The short list includes Michael Eisner, the former Disney chairman and chief executive; award-winning singer and actor Harry Connick Jr.; and Atlanta’s own Sara Blakely, the billionaire founder of the Spanx empire. To be frank, speaking with them about their many accomplishments, oftentimes achieved in the face of some unthinkable odds, sometimes made me feel a little inferior, pondering what it is I’ve really accomplished in this lifetime. In the end, I usually came to the same conclusion: that as a writer and editor, my contribution is to share these talented people’s stories with the rest of the world, which perhaps in some small way might inspire others to greatness as well. That’s why I’m so excited to have you read about the seven gifted individuals we’ve chosen as this year’s “Rising Stars” (page 65). They come from varying backgrounds and are following different paths, but each is striving to make a mark on the world. I hope their stories will not only entertain and impress you, but perhaps ignite a spark in you that propels you to follow your own dreams. There are other great reads in the issue as well. Blake Guthrie, in his first piece for the magazine, writes about a wild rafting trip down the Chattahoochee (page 26); Amelia Pavlik looks into the healing practice of dry needling (page 40); and Mickey Goodman interviews a local handbag designer who’s working to help put an end to human trafficking (page 36). If these or any of the other stories from this issue do happen to move or intrigue you, I’d love to hear about it. Just drop me a line at

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GARDEN NAMED TOP 10 IN COUNTRY USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recently honored our own Atlanta Botanical Garden as the ninth best garden in the country.

Overseen by CEO and Buckhead resident Mary Pat Matheson, it was among 20 gardens from across the nation that were nominated by the publication’s editors and horticultural experts for excellence in its collections and overall visitor experience. Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30309 404.876.5859

ANDREWS SQUARE ADDITIONS Several more businesses have announced their openings at the newly rechristened Andrews Square (formerly East Andrews) shopping center under development in Buckhead Village. Bar Americano and

the adjoining Bar Crema, the latest concept from the teams at The Pinewood and The Mercury at Ponce City Market, will be among the food and drink destinations. Opening in the fall, the duo will have Italian-inspired cocktails and dinner service. SAMA, opening this summer, is Buckhead’s first Ayurveda-inspired restaurant. On the menu will be dishes based on the ancient healing science. SAMA will be open all day for healthy bowls, juices and cocktails. Kathryn Leach Home and Cindy Ensor Designs will round out the retail spaces, offering home furnishings and jewelry, respectively. Also on the docket are Fit 9, a fitness studio, and Les Mains, a nail salon. Andrews Square 56 East Andrews Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305

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Stacy Galan Shailendra's philanthropy includes scholarships for three Atlanta Ballet students. Lauren and Elliott Smith, of Total Row Fitness, earmark part of their profits for worthy organizations.

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Giving back while you get fit When a skiing accident sidelined Buckhead resident Elliott Smith, the lifelong athlete had to forgo his running regimen for six months. “Rowing became the best alternative because it provided a total workout without stressing my joints,” he says. “My wife, Lauren, gave it a try, and was immediately hooked, too.” The problem: There were few rowing options in the city, so the busy couple—Lauren is a family-law attorney, and Elliott works for an investment bank—decided to open Total Row Fitness in Buckhead in December of 2016. “Ours is a neighborhood, family-run gym without the flashy lights and loud music,” says Lauren. “We want it to be welcoming, not intimidating.”

As part of their commitment to the neighborhood, they instituted their Give Me Ten Big Ones initiative that provides 10 percent of Total Row Fitness’ net profits to community organizations such as The Shepherd Center, where Lauren is a member of the Junior Committee. Buckhead residents and friends Lindsey Murphy and Kristi Golden joined Total Row at the same time and love both the interval and full rowing classes. “Lauren, Elliott and the entire staff are great motivators and treat all their clients like friends,” says Golden. Classes can be scheduled online, and the first class is free.

Buckhead resident and luxury real estate broker Stacy Galan Shailendra is passionate about giving back to her adopted city by funding the local arts. She recently created an annual scholarship in her name with the Atlanta Ballet and awarded grants to three talented students. “Dance was always a creative outlet for me, and being exposed to the performing arts has enhanced my life,” she says. Following in her father’s footsteps, Shailendra became a Realtor, and over the last 12 years she has built a thriving business as a top producer and is currently with Atlanta Fine Homes. “I wanted to give back

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Sparkling Teeth Benefit Sick Kids Pearly whites help fund Camp Braveheart Each March through June, dentists from all over the country participate in the annual Smiles for Life initiative by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from whitening procedures to various children’s charities. Ultradent and Opalescence, which make whitening products, donate the materials. For Dr. Hugh Flax of Flax Dental in Sandy Springs, the program is personal. When his wife, Robyn, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl back in 1995, they were sitting on top of the world. But within hours, doctors told them that their daughter, Lindsey, had a congenital heart

defect and would need surgery. “It felt like we had won the Super Bowl and then they stripped it away,” says Dr. Flax. When Lindsey was 4 months old, pre-op tests for her first heart surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) confirmed that she also had a mild form of DiGeorge syndrome, which results in the poor development of several body systems. She had two additional successful heart surgeries at CHOA, at ages 6 and 20, and attended CHOA’s Camp Braveheart for kids with heart problems. She later became a counselor

in a way that was more personal than giving a monetary donation to any philanthropic organization, so I chose the Atlanta Ballet,” says Shailendra. “I observed classes on several occasions, looking for students with extraordinary talent, technique, a commitment to dance and financial need. I ended up selecting three standouts: Grace Brawn, Emily Barrows and Julia Pareto. They are not only dedicated to a career in the performing arts, they also volunteer to help younger dancers.” l For more information, visit stacyshailendra.

Dr. Hugh Flax of Flax Dental donates proceeds from whitening procedures to CHOA in honor of his daughter, Lindsey.

there. “Now 22, she is doing well, thanks to the care she received at CHOA,” says her father. “Choosing the camp as the recipient of the funds we raise was an easy decision.” Smiles for Life was conceived by the Crown Council, an alliance of leading-edge dental teams committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer and serving their communities. During the last 20 years, the program has raised $38 million for seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged kids. l For more information, visit

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to design school, everyone would know, and I wasn’t ready for that yet. Despite disliking working in the family shoe business as a kid, you got your start in retail in shoes, right? I worked for [Herman] Delman, who operated shoe departments all over the country, then worked my way up the ladder and became assistant buyer for Bergdorf Goodman. What’s the key to your success? My dad taught me to treat people well and carry the best possible merchandise. Do you have an inner voice that tells you what styles will be hot? I definitely have a gut that helps me decide whether I love it or not. What’s new at Jeffrey? In June, we added men’s readyto-wear in our store in Atlanta.

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How did Jeffrey Fashion Cares come about? My first two years in business, I had free, in-store theatrical fashion shows that my customers loved. At the same time, people around me were dying of AIDS, and it occurred to me I could charge for the event and raise money for AIDS research.

Design Famed style guru celebrates his Atlanta fundraiser’s 25th year


effrey Kalinsky’s name is synonymous with his chain of women’s boutiques, Jeffrey, as well as his annual Atlanta fundraiser, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which has raised millions for the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. The fashion show extravaganza celebrates its 25th anniversary on August 28 at Phipps Plaza, the home of his Atlanta boutique. But the man behind both remains somewhat a mystery. We spoke to him to get some insight.


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What was your first taste of the fashion world? My father owned Bob Ellis Shoes in Charleston.

Tell us more about yourself. For example, what’s your favorite Atlanta restaurant? Houston’s.

Your parents wanted you to become an attorney. How did that work out? Law school was a non-starter for me.

What’s the last book you read? All the Light We Cannot See.

What was your dream career? I wanted to be an actor. I appeared in community theater and took lots of theater courses in college. But no one ever said to me, “You’re so talented,” so I took a different path.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Lying in the sun at my beach house on Fire Island or my condo in Ft. Lauderdale.

What was your second career choice? I wanted to attend design school, but in the ’80s, it was tough being gay. I was worried that if I went


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When did you begin donating to breast cancer causes? Two years later. We also have an event in New York and donate money to organizations benefiting the LGBT community.

What’s your favorite TV show? “Big Little Lies.”

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Above: A slow spin on the SkyWheel offers panoramic views of sea, sand and sky.


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Left: Myrtle Beach is awash in golf courses, like the one at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, making it an attractive destination for enthusiasts.

The family-friendly seaside town has plentiful options for grown-ups, too


iant Ferris wheels, cotton candy, roller coasters, fun houses: For folks who grew up in the South, the chances are good they have at least one fond childhood memory of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The seaside town built a reputation as a family destination, with miles of white-sand beaches to explore during the day and a wealth of activities to fill the pre- and post-beach hours. But like the kids who romped there a decade or more ago, Myrtle Beach has matured. Sure, it still has an amusementpark core where the attractions tilt, twirl and hurl riders into happy, shrieking fits. Flashy game arcades abound, too, and it’s easy to find a souvenir stand stocked with shirts, hats and magnets bearing surfboards and palm trees. At the same time, Myrtle Beach has a variety of attractions that appeal to adults as well. Those creaky Ferris wheels have given way to the SkyWheel, a 187-foot-high rotating circle with 42 glassed-in gondolas offering sweeping views of the city and sea. The area is home to venues where visitors can learn the local history: Start at the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, where among the exhibits is the story of the dance craze called the South Carolina shag, complete with instructions on how to do it. Other museums highlight vintage cars


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and the region’s maritime and Civil War connections. And in addition to the more than two dozen mini-golf courses boasting cascading waterfalls and flaming volcanoes, there are legit fullsize courses for those who want to play like a pro. The Robert Trent Jones course at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, for example, is nationally ranked, and PGA player Davis Love III created the links at the Barefoot Resort. The town is also home to art galleries and museums that are perfect for a rainy day diversion, but visitors who want to get out and explore nature should plan an excursion to Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen offers boat tours of the surrounding swamps and marshes, and is known for its aviary and zoo. But its most notable attraction is the extensive collection of outdoor sculpture adorning the site’s fountains, ponds and gardens. The city’s new 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk provides more than a place to promenade. During the summer, it’s the site of special events and festivals. It’s also close to shops and restaurants. Being on the water means seafood is a local specialty, and one place that does it to perfection is the Sea Captain’s House. The white-frame building really was a house at one time, and its warren of rooms fills up quickly with diners enjoying the views of the Atlantic through plate-glass windows while

downing lump crab cakes, shrimp creole and filet mignon Neptune— a 7-ounce cut topped with broiled shrimp, crab and béarnaise sauce. Myrtle Beach has a vibrant bar and nightlife scene, particularly along Murrell’s Inlet, but when it’s time to turn in, you can find a soft spot at one of the town’s multitude of hotels within spitting distance of the waves. Recently refurbished is the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, located at the southern tip of town and adjacent to what many longtime visitors might remember as the Springmaid Pier. (The favorite strolling and fishing spot was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew last fall, but plans are in place to rebuild it.) The DoubleTree's renovation was extensive, and included the addition of a new building with an oceanfront lobby, restaurant, bar, pool and deck. Farther down the beach is the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, a Spanishstyle high-rise that offers guests plenty of relaxation options, from the three pools and the lazy river to a lounge chair on the 200-foot sundeck. Golf excursions or a pampering day at the full-service salon are easily arranged. Myrtle Beach offers adults as much to do as the kids, but for both groups, the crown jewel remains the beach and the briny. And it’s still hard to beat a rollicking ride on a seaside roller coaster. n

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Left: Get your adrenaline pumping and take in the view while ziplining through the mountains. Below: The Arrabelle at Vail Square offers cozy luxury in a location convenient to all of the activities Vail has to offer.

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s I hitched the harness up over my waist and buckled the chin strap of my helmet, I looked up at the ziplining platform and out at the Rocky Mountains surrounding me. The thought running through my mind? “No regrets!” From the mountaintop yoga class I took to the adventurous ziplining I tried, that phrase describes many of the moments I experienced during a summer trip to Vail, which, as an outdoor enthusiast, I found ideal for a long, warm-weather weekend out west.

Thursday After my direct flight from Atlanta to Denver, I hopped on one of the Colorado Mountain Express shuttles that regularly run passengers to Vail. (The drive is about 2.5 hours.) I didn’t arrive at my hotel until close to 9 p.m., but as soon as I walked into my room at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, any stress from the journey melted away. From the in-room iPad to the gas fireplace, I felt like I’d entered a



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suite at a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. After nibbling on my late-night arrival snack (arrange this prior to your stay), I tucked myself into bed.

shuttle in summer months. The lamb tartare and the doe and fawn sighting at sunset from the restaurant’s deck made the journey absolutely worth it.



At the breakfast buffet at Tavern on the Square, which is included in The Arrabelle’s $50 resort fee that covers other amenities such as valet parking, I stuffed myself with a custom-made omelet and fresh pastries. Then it was off to the Eagle Bahn Gondola to head up the mountain to Epic Discovery, Vail’s summer playground for kids—and grown-ups, too. My companion for the day, Maggie, told me that I should zipline first, since the line tends to get long quickly. Sailing through the air set a good tone for the rest of my afternoon at Epic Discovery, which also included trying the adventure (ropes) courses. That evening, Maggie and I reconnected for dinner at Game Creek, a gourmet spot in a cozy chalet perched atop Vail Mountain, that’s only accessible by hiking trail or a four-wheel-drive

The morning kicked off with mountaintop yoga, reached via Gondola One in Vail Village. Since I’d stuck to a light breakfast, afterward I indulged in a glass of rosé and a veggie sandwich at The 10th, another on-mountain dining option with a million-dollar view. The afternoon was spent enjoying a massage at the RockResorts Spa at The Arrabelle. I decided to stay close to home for dinner and arrived early enough to Tavern on the Square to score a table on the patio. After enjoying the short rib with gnocchi and one of the signature Mule cocktails, I rounded out the evening with a short walk along the river, followed by a bubble bath in my deep soaking tub.

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Sunday A complimentary yoga class held in the square next to The Arrabelle left

me feeling quite Zen and ready for my final breakfast at Tavern. I settled into my favorite spot on the patio with a cinnamon bun and a cup of tea, and consumed The New York Times. Before I knew it, it was time for my weekend of alpine adventure to come to a close. But I was grateful to have all of those Rocky Mountain memories to keep me going until my next visit. n

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WhiteWater Express in downtown Columbus provides exhilarating rafting trips through the rapids of the Chattahoochee as it flows through town.

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rifting in a raft in the calm, swift current down the Chattahoochee River toward the churning Class III, IV and V rapids ahead, our river guide, Mookie, gives a brief history of Columbus, Georgia. “If you look ahead you’ll see a building with a tin roof,” he begins. “That’s where Christopher Columbus first landed after sailing the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria upriver, thereby discovering the city of Columbus.” The tale goes on to include Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin and Columbus partying together at the end of the Civil War, and the sword of Excalibur in the form of a canoe paddle stuck in a rock in the middle of the river. Of course, Mookie’s story is a fantastical tale he made up to provide a bit of levity on a smooth stretch of river between rapids. We’d already gone through some Class IIs and received an adrenaline rush, along with a healthy splash of water down our backs and fronts, when Mookie expertly turned the raft around in the middle of a rapid so we could “surf” it. Now we were heading for much


bigger rapids and a lot more churning water while hearing the tale of the hero named Mookie who pulled the paddle out of the rock as Lincoln watched in awe. Mookie provided the crew in his raft with some real history, too. He told us about the actual founding of Columbus in 1828 and how the textile mills along the river became the lifeblood of the city. When the mills were shuttered, the spillway dams remained. Then, some forwardthinking people had the vision to remove the dams and return the river to its natural state along the fall line—a gently sloping geographic area about 20 miles wide—that cuts through the middle of Georgia. Once the dams were removed, the rapids returned, creating what the city of Columbus now claims is the longest urban whitewater course in the world. WhiteWater Express began operations in Columbus in 2013 and is the only company that provides guided rafting trips along this exhilarating 2.5-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee. If you’re used to “shooting the Hooch”

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in Atlanta, this is something completely different. You can’t just float down the river here, because the rapids are always raging, even at low water in the morning. Later in the afternoon, Georgia Power releases water from its dams upstream, and those Class III and IV rapids become Class IVs and Vs. By the time our group made it to the last rapid, the water was at its late-afternoon highest. Our raft folded in half like a taco at one point before becoming vertical. I looked back for a split second and saw Mookie also standing vertical with his back flat against the stern, the sky behind him. Once we were through the rapids, Mookie whooped and hollered like a rodeo hero, smiling broadly, amazed that we didn’t flip or lose a person overboard in such intense conditions. He does this practically every day, yet insisted it was one of the better runs he’d had in a while. He tried to give his crew the credit, but we knew better. We knew we made it through that raging water due to the expert skills of Mookie and a paddle called Excalibur. n

IF YOU GO: Columbus, GA, is an hour-and45-minute drive from Buckhead. Where to get your paddle on: WhiteWater Express 706.321.4720 Individual rafting rates $38.50-$69.50, depending on time of day and river course. Ziplines across the Chattahoochee and an aerial obstacle course also available ($22-$59.50).

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1. Mrs. Griffin’s Original Barbecue Sauce ($4.25)

2. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

The history of Mrs. Griffin’s dates to 1935, when Macon native Mangham Edward Griffin started bottling and selling a recipe he had concocted for his family’s yearly Fourth of July picnic. Though a product of Georgia, this ultra-tangy mustard-vinegar blend, which Griffin named in honor of his wife, displays the characteristics of sauces typically found in the Low Country of South Carolina. Unique to Mrs. Griffin’s is a 12-step process that takes four days to complete. The ingredients are mixed, not cooked, before bottling, which retains the strong tang of mustard and vinegar (heat typically mellows both tang and spice). As a dip, the sauce works well with sausage and meatballs, or on chicken and ribs.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q began when co-owner Jonathan Fox, who hails from Texas, couldn't find any decent barbecue here in Atlanta, so he started cooking it himself. It was such a hit with everyone who tried it that a restaurant soon followed. Today, the sauce recipe accenting its famous slow-roasted meats is bottled and sold for fans’ at-home use. Best served with smoked meat cooked in traditional pit style, the rich sauce works great with beef or pork and pairs well as a dip or with beef sliders and cocktail hot dogs.

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Barbecue is a summer tradition in the South. Whether it’s served between a bun, off the bone or low and slow, it all comes down to choosing the right sauce to create that perfect flavor. With so many saucy options available, knowing the basics about flavors and products is the first step toward perfecting this savory Southern staple.

3. Georgia's Spicy Hot Barbeque Sauce ($6.99) This Southern-style blend began when 16-year-old Scott Gault started experimenting in his parents’ kitchen. Years after perfecting his original recipe and winning awards throughout Georgia, he added some heat and created this savory, spicy sauce. It's a perfect blend of sweet, hot, sour, butter and smoke. The first sniff of a newly opened jar is intoxicating enough to want to slurp, but be warned that the smooth taste ends with a blast of heat. The base comes from ripe tomatoes and fresh lime juice (a natural meat tenderizer), making it ideal for slow-cooked pork, ribs and beef. As a dipping sauce, try it with cheese cubes, meatballs, vegetables and tofu. Cafe at Pharr 3145 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.238.9288

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Bar-B-Q Spicy Chipotle Sauce ($3.89)

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This tomato-and-brownsugar-based sauce has been well blended to preserve the traditional barbecue-like flavor without the bite of too much vinegar. The initial taste is semi-sweet, and the chipotle spice adds just enough contrast without being overbearing. The flavors are bold enough to stand up to any meat but tame enough not to overpower or scare off experimenters. It’s probably not mild enough to be a kid’s go-to sauce, but mom and dad (and their heatseeking friends) will enjoy this one. Add a unique twist to taco night or blend it well in slow-cooked chili.

A fourth-generation recipe, this tangy, Southern, vinegar-based sauce also contains a high content of mustard that makes it thicker than most vinegarbased sauces. The flavor starts with sweet familiar tones and ends with a subtle bite. It’s great for cooking or dipping and is extremely versatile—it’s often served as an alternative condiment. As a dip, try it with chicken nuggets or veggies, or use it instead of ketchup to spice up your eggs, burgers or meatloaf.

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t’s a great time of year to hit the numerous trails in and around Atlanta. But instead of going it alone, have you considered bringing your furry friend along? Veterinarian Alissa Stephens of The Village Vets in Buckhead loves to hike with her four dogs. “I think it’s important for both owners and pets to stay active and get outdoors,” she says. “Pets can be a great motivation to get you outside. It can also help strengthen your bond to spend more time engaging in activities together.”

Are You Ready? Stephens says that just like humans, dogs need to build up stamina and adjust to outdoor temperature changes. It’s sometimes hard to judge what an appropriate distance is to trek with your dog, but when in doubt, begin with easy, short hikes and build up. “Most dogs just want to please their owners,” says Stephens. “Don’t rely on your pet to slow down and let you know they’re tired. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re hot and/or tired, they likely are, too.” Before you hit the trails, Stephens suggests making sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccines, especially


the leptospirosis vaccine, which prevents a bacterial disease transmitted through the urine of wildlife. Make sure your dog is on heartworm medication and flea and tick prevention, as well. And just in case your dog gets away from you, Stephens suggests having Fido microchipped.

Trail Petiquette Trail etiquette is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Clay Windsor, an instructor with REI’s Outdoor School in Sandy Springs, hikes often with his dog. “Keep in mind that while you love your dog, not everyone will,” says Windsor. “My dog and I always step to the side of the trail when encountering other hikers to allow them to pass.” A couple of ground rules Windsor suggests are to keep your dog leashed, unless you’re hiking somewhere that allows them to go off-leash. In that case, make sure your pup will come when you call and is friendly to other humans, kids and animals. Always pick up after your dog, and if you’re on an overnight trip, use the same rules for your dog’s waste as you do for your own (bury it 6 to 8 inches underground and at least 200 feet from a

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water source). Lastly, Windsor stresses, be respectful of your surroundings and don’t allow your dog to chase wildlife.

Where to Go is a great resource that provides maps, trail reviews and gear recommendations for hikes around the Atlanta area. Founder Eric Champlin has been hiking with his rescue dog, Jake, for the past three years and has insider tips on some of their favorite spots. “The trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park just west of the city are ruggedly beautiful, and you can explore the banks of a tumbling, broad creek that's filled with whitewater and small waterfalls,” says Champlin. “Plenty of placid pools along the creek offer a place to swim mid-hike, and the state park's reservoir lake is perfect for a post-hike swim.” Champlin and Jake also recommend the Morningside Nature Preserve for its sandy beach along the creek where dogs can splash around. For beginners, Champlin suggests starting with shorter, less-strenuous hikes such as Cochran Shoals and West Palisades. Both trails are beautiful and run alongside South Peachtree Creek. n

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WHAT TO TAKE Ruffwear Quencher Collapsible Dog Bowl, $14.95 Summertime Atlanta temperatures are no joke! Bring plenty of water and a portable dish to ensure your canine companion stays hydrated.

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Cooling Vest, $59.95 Since dogs don’t sweat the way we do, a cooling vest helps prevent overheating by reflecting the sun’s rays. Ruffwear products available at REI Sandy Springs 1165 Perimeter Center W Atlanta 30338 770.901.9200

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bars, box of 12, $29.94 Eric Champlin recommends these natural, grain-free energy bars as a snack for your dog. Or you can just carry some kibble with you in a plastic bag.

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The Criscillises’ home has fulfilled its destiny to serve as a canvas for the persona of its residents.

House of Denmark furniture and a Cantoni rug adorn the Criscillises’ dining room, which also includes a large wall-mounted mirror installed by the former owners. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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SPOT-ON STYLE A retired couple’s Brookhaven residence delivers their personalized version of home STORY:

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home is a canvas used to showcase the personality, stage of life and interests of its dwellers. Sometimes, however, the finished product doesn’t exactly work. Since moving to Atlanta in 1985, Diane and Chuck Criscillis had always lived in single-family homes. In 2006, they decided to change things up and move to a condo in downtown Decatur. “We were in the condo for about a year. We found out pretty quickly we weren’t ready for


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that environment,” says Diane. “We loved Decatur, but we just prefer a single-family home.” So the couple, both now retired CPAs, went on a house hunt, searching for a residence with a clean, unadorned interior where they could create a home that was really them. After four months of looking, they settled on a three-bedroom, three-bathroom abode in north Brookhaven. “We liked the open, airy feel of it,” says Diane. “We liked that it was a low-maintenance exterior—very little to take care of. It skewed a little more contemporary, which we like.” In 2007, the Criscillises moved in, but aside from taking out a sand trap and putting green

in the small backyard and adding landscaping, they didn’t make any big changes right away. In 2009, they hired general contractor HammerSmith to redo the living room fireplace, transforming the wood-framed feature into a sleek, porcelain-tiled hearth flanked by two columns that run up the length of the two-story wall. The renovation bug bit in earnest in 2016. This time, the couple was ready for a major overhaul: a kitchen redo and an update of the master bathroom. After speaking with three different firms, the couple tasked Dunwoodybased MOSAIC Group Architects and Remodelers with leading the charge. “Even though it was going to be a major renovation that was going

Left: The living room’s wall of windows brings in tons of natural light, illuminating the sleek fireplace the homeowners redid in 2009. Right: The revamped kitchen offers mega-storage plus top-level cabinets with glass doors ideal for displaying the homeowners’ collection of colorful pottery. Below: Chuck and Diane Criscillis tackled their first major home renovation in 2016 and are thrilled with the results. Right: One of the Criscillises’ favorite hobbies is putting together puzzles, so they dedicated one of the home’s extra bedrooms to the activity.

“We liked the open, airy feel of the house.” – Diane Criscillis

the couple picked up at the Trinity School Spotlight on Art show, one of their favorite places to purchase art. Another bathroom highlight is the oversized walk-in shower with two showerheads, a handheld hose and a Walker Zanger quartzite bench that breaks through the glass enclosure for an artsy detail. The entire sophisticated, spa-like space features heated tile floors, taking the luxury component up a notch. The master bathroom is incredibly spacious despite the 2 feet borrowed from it to expand the adjacent laundry room, which also received new cabinets, countertops and sink.


to take a fair amount of time, we were going to try our best to stay in the house while it was underway,” says Diane. “Once we decided on our plan, [MOSAIC] was very methodical and analytical and organized about the process.” Demolition began in May 2016, and by August the project was complete. The kitchen footprint remained nearly unchanged, but all of the maple cabinets were replaced with cherrywood and the existing granite counters with a “Manhattan Night” polished 3-centimeter granite from Walker Zanger. The door to the outdoor deck was converted to a window and two windows next to it became French doors. The location of all the appliances was rearranged, including the reversal of the cooktop with the sink, which is now in the island. The homeowners were able to use the Miele dishwasher and Sub-Zero beverage cooler they recently purchased and upgraded the other appliances to a Wolf oven and cooktop,

Sub-Zero refrigerator and BEST range hood. An island with a rounded counter section on the end took up a lot of space, so it was removed and a standard rectangular island was installed to allow room for a breakfast table. The Criscillises’ kitchen now features a ton of countertop space and more storage than they know what to do with. “Initially, MOSAIC went back to the drawing board on the kitchen when we really weren’t sure we were getting enough storage, and we ended up with enough for the entire neighborhood,” Diane chuckles. Off the kitchen, the outdoor deck was rebuilt. Stairs were added to access the lower yard, and a charming pergola was erected atop a welcoming seating area. The other major overhaul took place in the upstairs master bathroom, where everything was modernized. MOSAIC replaced a triangular Jacuzzi tub with an art deco-inspired Victoria + Albert Ravello tub from Buckhead’s Pirch, which gave easier access to the large walkin closet. Backed by a stained-glass window custom-made by Jennifer’s Glassworks, the tub is a scenic place to sit for a soak. It faces a showstopping abstract painting by Cumming-based artist Marilyn Sparks that

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The upstairs guest bathroom’s facelift included new tilework and a glass enclosure for the tub, new tile floors from Porcelanosa, granite countertops and the same cherrywood cabinets from the kitchen and master bath. Some other minor projects included replacing the shiny, oil-based finish on the wood floors with a more natural wood look; replacing the upstairs carpet; expanding the downstairs coat closet by removing a built-in in the adjacent powder room; removing old speakers from the ceiling; and repainting all the walls. Today, the Criscillises’ home is everything they wanted. They don’t apologize for using every room within its 2,818 square feet, including the two extra bedrooms, which aren’t used as typical guestrooms. One is Chuck’s “hobby room,” where he plays guitar and does jigsaw puzzles, and the other is Diane’s exercise room. “In every other home we’ve had, we’ve always had rooms that we didn’t use.” Chuck says. “This time we said we’d use the two extra bedrooms for our own purposes. To heck with someone thinking it’s weird not to have a bed in a bedroom.” Regardless of the room, the home’s minimalist backdrop comes alive with decor that speaks to the homeowners’ tastes. There are modern furnishings from brands such as House of Denmark, colorful custom rugs from Cantoni and varied artworks by local artists and some purchased during their travels. From its clean lines to its statementmaking decor, the Criscillises’ home has fulfilled its destiny to serve as a canvas for the persona of its residents. The stint in the Decatur condo may not have worked out, but their current residence is truly a place they feel at home. n


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CHUCK AND DIANE’S TOP FIVE TIPS WHEN SELECTING A REMODELING FIRM: 1. Know what you want to accomplish and be prepared to explain that to your designer/remodeler. 2. Choose a firm that is really listening to and responding appropriately to your objectives. 3. Interview at least three firms! The Criscillises noted significant differences in the approaches among the trio of firms they interviewed. 4. Check their references. 5. Carefully read and understand your contracts before signing.

Below: The Criscillises rebuilt the back deck to give access to the lower yard and added a pergola above the seating area.

Above: The minimalist decor continues in the master bedroom, where artwork by Los Angeles’ Hiro Yamagata hangs above the bed along with two gray chairs, a table from Direct Furniture Outlet on Howell Mill Road and “Era” footstools by Danish design firm Normann Copenhagen. Left: A custom stained-glass window by Jennifer’s Glassworks filters sunlight onto a Victoria + Albert tub from Buckhead’s Pirch. Below: One of the home’s makeover masterpieces is the master bathroom that boasts heated floors and a soothing palette enlivened by an abstract artwork by Marilyn Sparks.


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FUN FACT In her free time, Adams likes to paint abstract pictures commissioned by friends. She uses acrylics and paints on both canvas and wood.

Brittni Adams’ custom leather purses aren’t just a stylish accessory. They benefit charitable causes as well.

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Meets Fashion Local designer’s custom handbags promote worthy causes


ike a lot of women, Brittni Adams is smitten with handbags. So when the Buckhead resident was looking for a way to combine her passion for purses and her desire to put an end to human trafficking, she founded a company called Whitby Handbags that donates 15 percent from the sale of each bag to nonprofits helping educate at-risk girls and women around the world. “I knew I wanted to do something to prevent future generations from being trafficked,” says Adams. “It’s heartbreaking to imagine that girls as young as 9 are sold like commodities.” The idea for her company—which Adams named after St. Helena of Whitby, England, who championed for equal education for school-age girls in the 1800s—jelled in 2012 during a 10-hour layover at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. She and her husband, Jeremy, were returning from India



after volunteering with Freeset, a fair trade business in Kolkata offering employment to women trapped in the sex trade. While there, she met with a group called International Justice Mission to learn how a for-profit company could help organizations expand prevention programs. “My goal was to help fund education opportunities for at-risk girls, so they can become self-supporting and be invulnerable to traffickers,” says Adams. That day in the airport, Adams passed the time reading fashion magazines and says she was so inspired she designed her first handbag right there on the spot. “I chose purses because I liked the idea of women being able to ‘carry justice’ with them wherever they go,” she recalls. Lacking the business know-how to start a company, she took graduate courses and earned a master’s certificate in nonprofit management,

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Proceeds from the sale of the Maryamana clutch help keep Iraqi girls from being trafficked as child brides.

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then wrote a business plan and integrated her cause into the product. Next, Adams began exploring ways to find ethically sourced materials. She chose a small leather factory in Milan where workers earn decent wages in a safe environment. The hardware is sourced in the same ethical manner. Adams’ final obstacle was finding an ethically run manufacturing facility. She chose a family-owned company in the New York Garment District so that she can oversee every step of the process. “I design all the handbags from beginning to end, and because we are a small boutique company, we don’t adhere to a traditional fashion calendar,” she says. “Instead of seasonally, we only produce one collection a year.” Her purses and other leather items are sold online directly to the consumer or at pop-up stores. Each Whitby bag is made-to-order

and features a suede lining boasting a pattern designed by a child in an educational program supported by the company. Whitby’s best-selling items are actually the leather journals showcasing the artwork of young boys and girls in places such as Cuzco, Peru, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. But no matter the product, a donation from each sale is made to one of Whitby’s five nonprofit partners. Proceeds from the purchase of her Codet satchel, for example, go directly to student education in La Croix, Haiti, while donations from the sale of her Maryamana clutch help prevent girls in Iraq from being trafficked as child brides. For purse-aholics, purchasing a custom Whitby bag should make WHITBY HANDBAGS you feel good, not guilty. n

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Skin-Saver Serum “During the warmer months, it’s important that the core focus of your regimen be protection,” says Baker. “In order to maintain the health of your skin, applying a serum with antioxidants to help protect against free radicals after your morning and nightly cleanse and before your SPF or moisturizer is a spot-on recipe for helping increase your everyday sun protection.” Expert pick: To brighten, protect and heal the skin, try iS Clinical Super Serum Advance+ ($80), which includes ingredients such as L-ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C, and centella asiatica, a plant-based antioxidant. “I affectionately refer to Super Serum Advance+ as ‘liquid gold,’” Baker says. “In addition to providing increased UV photo-damage protection, this multifunctional powerhouse lightens, helping to correct uneven pigmentation, and also reduces scar tissue and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Clients are always amazed at their skin’s progress as they use it between facial appointments.” How to use it: A little goes a long way: Apply three to five drops daily in the morning before your moisturizer and SPF. spa810 3535 Peachtree Road, Suite 530 Atlanta 30326 404.474.0077


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Sunscreen Safeguard “The biggest need this time of year is a strong SPF regimen,” says Daiva Jurgutis, esthetician at Buckhead Grand Spa. “As we spend more time outside, free radical damage from the environment can cause premature aging through sun damage. Applying SPF throughout the day helps to protect the skin from potential UV damage.” Expert pick: CosMedix Reflect ($47) is a lightweight, broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen that uses micronized titanium dioxide, a nonirritating mineral sunscreen, as well as an antioxidant and an age-defying peptide that combat free radicals. “Reflect SPF 30 is my favorite because it is a lightweight formula with the added benefit of antioxidants,” says Jurgutis. “It has a convenient spray-on formula, which makes it easy to reapply throughout the day.” And it’s compact, so it fits nicely in your bag. How to use it: Spray it directly on your skin and rub it in. If applying directly on the face, spray it on your hands first, then apply. Buckhead Grand Spa 3338 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.816.4511

“Summer skincare should be protective, calming and lightweight,” says Julie Benecke, licensed esthetician and makeup artist at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics. “Skin becomes dehydrated and irritated by the rays and heat of the sun, and at the same time suffocates from humidity. The skin needs to get hydration and still be able to breathe. Less is more.” Expert pick: Revision Intellishade Original ($56) is a tinted moisturizer that incorporates powerful antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, green tea and CoQ10, as well as SPF 45. Its “universal” tint works on any skin tone. “Intellishade is an amazing anti-aging moisturizer that protects your skin from harmful UV rays and heat radiation, and offers a nice lightweight tinted coverage while allowing the skin to breathe,” says Benecke. “Its ability to even skin tone makes it a triple threat, limiting the need to layer products. Having less on the skin while being protected from the heat keeps the skin calm.” How to use it: Apply a nickel-size amount with your fingertips each morning over serums. Woo Skincare + Cosmetics 2339-A Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.477.5000 3509 Northside Pkwy N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.869.0300

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s much as we look forward to the joys of summer, sadly, it can be brutal for the skin,” says Shoni Baker, master aesthetician at spa810. Here, Baker and two other Buckhead skincare experts select their favorite spa-grade products that shield and repair summer skin.

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Maggie Gebhardt Physical therapist at Motion Stability Physical Therapy Group



he thought of tiny needles being stuck into your skin in the name of helping muscles feel better might make you cringe, but a technique called dry needling might be just what your body needs. Here, three area therapists share why, if you’ve considered more common treatments such as massage and physical therapy to help injured or painful muscles recover, you might want to give dry needling a shot, as well.

Understand the difference. Acupuncture and dry needling aren’t the same thing. According to Rhett Roberson, physical therapist and clinic director at The Sports Rehabilitation Center in Brookhaven, dry needling is a procedure performed with needles by a licensed physical therapist that is designed to treat myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) within muscular tissue. “Our muscles can occasionally be overworked or underworked, and this has the potential to lead to the development of MTrPs in the muscle fibers,” he says. “These are basically taut bands of fibers within a muscle that can generate pain.” Acupuncture approaches the human body from a different perspective than physical therapy, explains Roberson. “Dry needling treats trigger points locally within a muscle to ad-


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dress dysfunction,” he says, “[whereas] the goal of acupuncture is to restore the body’s chi, or energy flow, through a series of points all over the body.”

Try it to tame these ailments. “This treatment can be used to address a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, because many will have associated trigger points,” says Roberson. “An example would be a patient who has sciatica and has developed associated MTrPs in the muscles that are innervated by the sciatic nerve.” Other ailments that can benefit from dry needling include tennis elbow, runner’s knee, rotator cuff tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

Know before you go. A typical treatment goes a little like this, explains Maggie Gebhardt, physical therapist at Motion Stability Physical Therapy Group in Buckhead: “The therapist finds the trigger point— or knot—in the affected muscle. Using universal precautions, the therapist then taps the needle into the trigger point and penetrates the skin. The needle stays in the trigger point until the muscle stops twitching, which is approximately 30 to 45 seconds.” The twitching releases the trigger point, restoring normal function to the muscle. Often, patients will notice a deep


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cramping sensation associated with the twitching, notes Gebhardt. “Once the muscle stops twitching, the needle is removed and, if necessary, more trigger points are treated.” Mandy Blackmon, a fellow physical therapist at Motion Stability, adds that dry needling is typically followed by other therapies. “For example, we might use soft tissue or joint mobilizations and movement re-education through various exercises,” she adds.

Mandy Blackmon Physical therapist at Motion Stability Physical Therapy Group

Give your body some post-treatment love. Ask your therapist if you should apply heat or ice, as that can sometimes provide relief, says Blackmon. “You might be sore for up to 24 hours,” Gebhardt adds. “But staying hydrated and stretching and moving the treated area as much as possible can help the tissue from stiffening up again.”

Make sure it’s right for you. Roberson advises people with conditions such as circulatory disorders and cancer to avoid dry needling. “Patients should also notify their practitioner if they’re pregnant,” says Blackmon. “While pregnancy doesn’t mean you should avoid dry needling, it should be considered, especially during the first trimester.” n

Rhett Roberson Physical therapist and clinic director at The Sports Rehabilitation Center

WHERE TO GO Motion Stability Physical Therapy Group 550 Pharr Road N.E., Suite 550 Atlanta 30305 404.382.8702 The Sports Rehabilitation Center 2669 Osborne Road N.E. Atlanta 30319 404.477.7777


“We want people to know it’s okay to talk about mental health.” – Beth Finnerty, president and CEO of Skyland Trail


Matters STORY:

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ead any health magazine or website, and you’ll find plenty of ways to improve your physical well-being, from probiotics to Pilates. But while we hear all the time about how healthy eating and exercise are crucial to our overall health, an important part of our bodies is often left out of the conversation: our minds. And they need just as much attention. Research shows that one in five American adults experiences mental illness in any given year. As president and CEO of Skyland Trail, a leading mental health treatment center based in Brookhaven, Beth Finnerty leads the nonprofit’s efforts to help those with mental illness recover and reclaim their lives. During its 28 years in service, more than 3,000 people have graduated from Skyland Trail and successfully returned to their families, workplaces and schools. Here, Finnerty talks about the value of focusing as much on our mental well-being as our physical well-being.

What is your main goal at Skyland Trail? Our mission is to inspire people with mental illness to thrive through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, integrated medical care, research and education. We don’t just treat the mind


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Beth Finnerty stresses the value of maintaining your mental health

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through our psychiatric care, we also treat the body through our medical care. We have a primary care clinic on-site and programs that promote exercise and healthy eating. Plus, we not only educate our patients, we also educate the families and the community. What do you wish more people knew about mental health? We want people to know it’s OK to talk about mental health. It is getting some airplay in our communities—and that’s good. Recently, celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez have talked openly about their mental health struggles. Is this a good thing? I think that it helps make it OK for other folks to open up as well. At Skyland Trail, we’ve seen a huge increase in young adults ages 18 to 25. What we’re seeing in this population is a much greater openness about their mental illness. Because of the conversations that are happening, people are more willing to recognize it, rather than sweep it under the carpet. Do you believe today’s society causes more stress and anxiety? Absolutely. With all the things young adults— and all of us, really—have to deal with, like

Facebook, Snapchat, email, getting our jobs done, the traffic in Atlanta, it’s a much more stressful environment we live in today. What are some red flags that you’re suffering from more than just everyday stress and strain? We all feel sad or anxious at times, but if it becomes disabling or disrupts your life, talk to a doctor or therapist. Parents should watch out for signs [in their children] such as sudden changes in appetite, sleep patterns or academic performance; experimenting with drugs or alcohol; or avoiding social contact with others. What are three things everyone should do to stay mentally healthy? Most importantly, maintain supportive relationships with friends and family. Second, get enough sleep—eight hours per night. Lastly, take care of your body. Exercising and eating healthily help reduce inflammaSKYLAND TRAIL tion, which helps 1961 North Druid Hills Road N.E. protect against Atlanta 30329 depression and 404.315.8333 other mental health symptoms. n



ON STAGE TV Becomes Her  P49 “This is my personality. I’m a fangirl.” – Cara Kneer

Once a Broadway performer wannabe, Cara Kneer has found success as a TV journalist.

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Exhibitionist Marketing pro turned gallery owner puts a spotlight on contemporary art


t’s been a little more than a year since Laura Hathaway traded in the world of pharmaceutical and real estate sales and marketing to take the plunge into the city’s art scene as a gallery owner. For the Buckhead resident, not enough places existed for contemporary artists to share their visions and show their works. “I felt passionately that Atlanta is ready to be on the map as a contemporary art city,” she says. “We already have many amazing artists here who need to be exhibited. And we have some great contemporary galleries, but after years of galleries closing, I thought it was time for a larger space that gives a platform to the artists, and a comfortable place where people can explore art.”


Hathaway, whose lifelong love of art was inspired by her photographer grandfather, purchased a dilapidated building on Howell Mill Road, on the west side just south of Buckhead, and turned it into Hathaway Contemporary Gallery. “It was a very scary, empty space,” she admits with a laugh. “It had no HVAC, plumbing or lights. You could see the holes where poles had supported the roof. It was dark and dreary, but I had to hide my excitement when I walked in. I knew it was the perfect space for a gallery.” Hathaway’s husband, Daniel, who works in the construction industry, tackled the overhaul of the building and carved 6,000 square feet into display space. It took six months of planning and prep to get to opening day. “The best thing about the building was the ability to make a statement in the space,” she says. “I wanted that warehouse look, with high ceilings,

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white walls and an industrial feel. It also has proximity to the art community; a lot of artists work and have studios in or near the area. The Atlanta Contemporary [Art Center] is around the corner. I wanted this place to be an expansion of contemporary art in the city.” Hathaway also wanted to make the gallery a place where anyone, regardless of their level of art knowledge, could explore. “Some of us were raised knowing art,” says Hathaway, who grew up in Chattanooga before moving to Atlanta 20 years ago. “I grew up being inspired by my grandfather, whose work was published in Life and National Geographic. His photography brought me into my love of art. But some of us weren’t raised knowing art, and I wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where people could ask questions and feel welcome.” Currently, Hathaway represents about 15 artists from around the coun-


The new Hathaway Contemporary Gallery was carved out of an empty warehouse.

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try, with the majority hailing from the Southeast. Part of her commitment to increasing Atlanta’s reputation as an art center includes taking artists’ works to fairs in cities such as New York and San Francisco to show the rest of the country what local creators are doing. “It’s great to get the gallery’s name out there and get artists exposure,” she says. At one time, Hathaway herself dabbled in art. “I did paint for quite a while, but that disconnected me from my marketing background,” she says. “This gallery connects both worlds. My creativity right now is going into creating shows with artists and placing their work.” n HATHAWAY CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 887 Howell Mill Road N.W. Atlanta 30318 470.428.2061

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Buckhead’s Cara Kneer is a morning television fixture STORY:

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rowing up in the small town of Covington, Indiana, Cara Kneer longed to be a Broadway performer one day. Her parents were supportive of her dreams but did rein her in a bit and eventually steered her to a more realistic job—in journalism. These days, she’s an experienced, versatile broadcast journalist who can be seen weekday mornings as a host and social commentator on WXIA’s “Atlanta & Company,” and also on Sundays headlining the station’s “Atlanta Tech Edge” show. A degree in telecommunications from Ball State University in 2003 lead to her first onscreen job on “Fresh Living,” a morning lifestyle show at CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she wore multiple hats. Three years later, she moved home and took on some freelance work for NBC affiliate WTHR. In 2011, she was asked to cover nearby tornadoes for the station. Her reporting was seen all over the world and prompted her to look for more outside gigs, including some political coverage for USA Today. She and her husband, Lee, a sports medicine doctor at Emory, moved to Atlanta in 2013. They considered a few other cities but chose here. “I’m glad,” she says. “Atlanta has been the best for us careerwise.” Seven months after relocating, she received a fortuitous phone call from a former colleague who was working for WXIA and asked if she would be interested


in a spot on “Atlanta & Company.” Kneer leapt at the chance, realizing what a good fit it was for her in that it would indulge her love of pop culture and entertainment. “I’m interested in so many things,” she says. “This is my personality. I’m a fangirl.” She calls her TV team a family and laughs at chief host Christine Pullara Newton’s assessment that the show is “a little bit ‘Ellen’ and a little bit QVC.” When Kneer, 36, and Lee first moved here they lived in Candler Park, but they’re now in North Buckhead. They have two small boys, James, 4, and Isaac, 1. The couple tends to stay busy, so they relish their time off. Kneer loves doing improv

David Letterman has been a huge influence on Kneer’s career. She loves and admires how he segued from being a comedy writer and weatherman to hosting his own late-night talk show.

at The Village Theatre and finds the chance to do it here and there. Journalism has proven to be a field that flexes her career muscles and keeps her engaged. She still freelances for outlets such as CNN and CNN Newsource, and alternates between lighter fare and hard news. “It takes a certain drive,” she says. “You have to be curious. You don’t do the same thing day after day. I’m interested in all facets of life. It’s fun to dip back into the serious news, but it’s also nice to not have be so serious all the time.” n

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CHAPTER TWO Second-career author’s debut novel features exotic locales, gems and murder


riters get their inspirations from all sorts of peculiar places. For Sandy Springs resident Anne Lovett, the idea for her latest novel, Rubies from Burma, sprang from a casual party conversation about a woman’s earrings. Lovett was chatting with a friend of her father’s who was regaling her with tales of serving in the military during World War II in Burma (now Myanmar). The country is noted for its wealth of rubies, and the gentleman proudly pointed out that his wife’s earrings were made of the precious gems. “That stuck in my mind and got me doing a lot of research on the war in Burma,” says Lovett. “I learned there was a multinational force there, and that [the U.S.] sent over a spy and sabotage group as well as the Army Corps of Engineers that built the Burma Road.” The exotic locale, the histori-


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cal background and the rubies swirled into a story that became her debut novel, which came out last December. Set during the World War II years, it has its roots in the spy network of Burma, but the bulk of the story takes place in a small Georgia burg that bears a remarkable likeness to Lovett’s hometown of Dublin. “I used many of my memories about the streets and buildings there,” says Lovett. “It’s really more of a coming-of-age story than a spy novel, though it does start out with a dead body.” Rubies from Burma also doubles as a milestone achievement for Lovett, who remembers wanting to be a writer as far back as the sixth grade. “Everybody kept telling me, ‘You can’t make a living that way,’ so I thought I’d study [another] profession and write on the side,” Lovett recalls. She earned a chemistry degree from Emory and a Ph.D. in the same


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subject at Georgia Tech in 1971, but co-founding a manufacturing company called DiversiTech and raising a family got in the way of writing. “I was 40 when I decided that if I didn’t start writing, it would never happen,” she says. “But I needed instruction. I went to writers’ conferences, took classes and had a number of short stories published. When I sent this book to some contests, I got nice remarks from the judges, and that inspired me to do something with it.” Finishing her first novel, and being chosen as a 2017 Georgia Author of the Year nominee as a result, has given Lovett a new career. “I approach it like a job, and I sit down at my computer every day. It’s just like going back to work.” Her current job? Finishing her second novel, Saving Miss Lillian, a tale set in Buckhead that’s about an elderly

woman who needs a bodyguard. Though the main character shares the same name long associated with former president Jimmy Carter’s mother, Lovett offers this assurance: “It’s not about that Miss Lillian.” n

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Provençal Escape  P54

Looking for a quick French getaway? Head no farther than Buckhead’s own Anis Café & Bistro.

Tantalize your taste buds with traditional French fare, like this delectable mussels dish, at Anis Café & Bistro. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Right: The relaxing patio, with its confluence of French and Southern accents, makes for an authentic Garden Hills’ dining experience. Below: The classic ham-and-Gruyère-filled croque monsieur is a lunchtime favorite.



n a recent Friday at 3 p.m., I called Anis Café & Bistro and was surprised to procure a same-day 7 p.m. reservation. Despite the bottleneck at the door upon arrival, my companion and I received a gracious welcome and were escorted promptly to the cozy patio. For the first 15 minutes, we basked in the attention of our solicitous server, but the patio filled up quickly, and suddenly our waiter was slammed. Thankfully, a few sips of one of the well-curated wines by the glass was all we needed to keep the sense of chaos at bay. Over a glass of chilled Sancerre (2015 Domaine Hubert Brochard) and a mellow cabernet (2014 Josh Cellars North Coast), we nibbled on saucisses Merguez grillées. The grilled sausage, a mainstay of North African cuisine, was spot-on flavor-wise— distinctly muttony, spiced with red chiles and reminiscent of many fine meals in Morocco. The coquilles St. Jacques arrived perfectly seared on a bed of sautéed portobello, shiitake and oyster mushrooms. It was oh so yummy, but it took all of our combined


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The boeuf au poivre is served with lyonnaise potatoes and roasted portobello mushrooms.

Anis Café & Bistro’s French-inspired patio dining provides a Buckhead oasis STORY:

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taste buds to discern a trace of the advertised black truffle honey. The main dishes had some major high points but some minor low ones as well. Take, for example, the boeuf au poivre—fillet of beef, lyonnaise potatoes and portobellos in a cognac peppercorn sauce. It was bestowed with high praise by our waiter, yet it arrived cold in a cream-free sauce that lacked much authentic flavor. The fillet was, however, cooked à point (to perfection) and was absolutely delicious when it made its way back to our table after a quick reheat. The poulet rôti—thyme-roasted free-range chicken, Yukon Gold potato purée and haricots verts—was the quintessential bistro trio, with the standout being the succulent, impeccably seasoned chicken. House-made classic French desserts, including crème caramel, crème brûlée and profiteroles, waited to entice us after the mains. We tried the chocolate chocolatechip ice cream and found it refreshing and creamy, but the pièce de résistance was the chocolate mousse—ethereal, deep-cocoa perfection. My spoon never had it so good.

Nothing brings out Buckhead luncheoneers like sunny, 80-degree weather, and on a follow-up weekday visit, I watched as the terrace quickly filled to capacity just as it had on our impromptu Friday night. A single, crisp orange tulip dotted each table, and the tiny white lights strung across the ceiling infused the space with a festive energy. At Anis, the lively chatter among the patrons is occasionally of the French variety. The place is a veritable Provençal escape. Lunch began with a bowl of summery fennel and artichoke soup accompanied by a basket of warm pain au levain (mild sourdough French bread). The soup was rich and creamy and had a depth of herbal flavor. Next up was a deconstructed salade niçoise consisting of seared rare tuna, black-olive tapenade, blanched haricots verts, roasted red peppers and pretty lettuce leaves. I am always so impressed when small-scale restaurants pull off quality salads full of tender, fragile greens. In fact, all of the salads here proved to be equally cared for, each dressed judiciously with one of Anis’ many homemade vinaigrettes. When

Left: Panroasted truite meunière makes for a light yet satisfying dinner. Below: Anis’ exquisitely prepared salads are always top quality. Here, a deconstructed salade niçoise.

Above: The coquilles St. Jacques are perfectly seared and arrive on a bed of sautéed mushrooms. Yum.

Anis Café & Bistro is very much the restaurant equivalent of a successful long-term romance. my waiter brought a croque monsieur—the classic pan-sautéed ham-and-Gruyère sandwich topped with béchamel—it was so luscious, so thick with gooey cheese and so packed with tender, salty Black Forest ham, I nearly forgot that I’d actually ordered a croque saumon (with salmon). C’est la vie. My final visit took place on a warm Sunday evening with my 7-year-old in tow, and the vibe was entirely different than on previous visits. As I sipped a crisp white Bordeaux (2015 Château La Gravière, Entre-Deux-Mers), we watched as diners came and went at a relaxed Sunday-supper pace. A simple, satisfying plate of truite meunière—pan-roasted trout with wilted spinach, marinated artichokes, capers and lemon butter—was masterfully executed, as was the salade d’Arnaud, a perfect palate cleanser of crisp Boston lettuce leaves and sweet, pungent cherry tomatoes.

Entrées complete, we debated over whether there was room for a few spoonfuls of quivery, sweet crème caramel. The answer? Mais oui. As my daughter savored every bite, I gazed to my left, where a white-haired gentleman in crisp monogrammed cuffs lifted his glass and smiled lovingly at his slight, bejeweled wife. To my right, a family of six laughed, gently teasing one another, each dressed in Kentucky Derby attire. Deep Southern accents floated from one end of the patio to the other. The sun faded, the white lights popped on overhead, and in that instant, it occurred to me that Anis Café & Bistro is very much the restaurant equivalent of a successful long-term romance: Better to ignore the things you don’t like and focus on the things you do. For the good here is plenty good enough to keep you coming back for more year after year. n

The pièce de résistance? Creamy chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries.

ANIS CAFÉ & BISTRO 2974 Grandview Avenue N.E., Atlanta 30305 404.233.9889 Prices: Brunch $6-$17. Appetizers/salads: $8-$18. Sandwiches and mains: $12-$35. Desserts: $8-$9. Recommended dishes: Saucisses Merguez grillées, coquilles St. Jacques, salade d’Arnaud, croque monsieur, truite meunière, poulet rôti. Bottom line: A family-friendly Garden Hills gem offering quintessential French bistro fare and casual patio dining.

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CLASSIC COCKTAIL RECIPES Sandifer’s basic home bar is pulled together based on two types of drinks: the cocktail (liquor, bitter and sweet) and the sour (liquor, acid and sweet). Here are two of his favorites:

WHISKEY SOUR: 2 oz. whiskey ¾ oz. lemon juice ¾ oz. simple syrup Shake and strain.

OLD FASHIONED: 2 oz. whiskey ½ oz. simple syrup Several dashes of bitters Stir with ice in a highball glass.

SETTING THE BAR 10 essentials for creating a proper at-home bar


hether you have room for a single tray, a cabinet or a bona fide wet bar, a proper home bar adds an element of sophistication to your space. To help you take your entertaining up a notch, we pulled together the essential items you need to get started, with help from a local expert. As bar manager at The Painted Pin in Buckhead, Trip Sandifer knows the luxury of playing with exotic ingredients and abundant varieties of spirits to craft the perfect cocktail. He assures us that putting together a bar in your own home isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Here are the top 10 items you’ll need:



Sandifer says learning cocktails is learning ratios. A jigger is the equivalent of a shot. He advises purchasing a jigger that measures 1 ounce on one side and 2 ounces on the other, with lines indicating ¼, ½, ¾ and 1 ½ ounces.



Sandifer recommends a Boston shaker, a two-part mixer of glass


and tin that is used to shake when fitted together or to stir cocktails in the mixing glass portion. “It might be impractical for a busy bar, but it’s perfect for home.”



Cocktail spoons should be long enough to stir with easily and should be comfortable to the holder. They are also used to measure strongly flavored ingredients.



You often see two types of these at a bar. A julep strainer is shaped like a tiny colander with a handle on it, while a Hawthorne strainer is a flat metal disc with a spring coil rounding it. Sandifer’s advice: “Never let anybody tell you that you need a julep strainer for anything. Buy a good Hawthorne with a tight coil.”



Begin by choosing spirits you enjoy. Sandifer suggests starting with one you can use to make two radically different drinks. “Maybe not vodka. I don’t think a vodka Old Fashioned makes sense.” Locally

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made Fiddler bourbon from ASW Distillery is a great choice for making both an Old Fashioned and a Whiskey Sour (see recipes above).



These botanical-infused alcoholic mixtures of herbs, spices, roots and other aromatics are used to flavor cocktails. Sandifer stands by Angostura bitters. “Classic is classic for a reason,” he says, but he likes to use local 18.21 Prohibition aromatic bitters as well.



For simple syrup, mix equal parts sugar with hot water and stir to dissolve.



Lemon juice is the most versatile citrus when a sour ingredient is needed.



Libations in highball glasses typically use ice. Stemmed cocktail glasses are used for drinks that are shaken or stirred but don’t include ice. Hold stemware by the stem to

keep your hands from warming the contents of the bowl of the glass.



Sandifer says, “Fancy ice is less important than proper technique.” What’s important is building a balance where no one ingredient dominates another, shaking when mixing and chilling components together and straining using a Hawthorne strainer. Start with this bare-bones set of essentials and build on it over time. For less than $100, you can put together a decent kit to make a variety of cocktails. n

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Rebecca Cha [once he gets behind the camera], he’s tough. He zooms in like crazy and starts pointing out things that could be better. And sometimes if you’ve got to redo a dish, you’re talking about another half hour. In this business, time is money, but it’s all worth it. He pushed me and my team to the nth degree just to get everything perfect, and that’s what I loved about working with him. He wants to see your work, and then he’ll use his eye with photography to make it the best it can possibly be. Which recipes in the book do you think are going to be local favorites?

Photo: Galina Juliana

The same ones that everybody has always asked for since I opened the restaurant: eggplant stew, watermelon salad, tomato salad, octopus and lamb pie, believe it or not. It’s a seafood restaurant, but everyone wants the lamb pie. Besides that, everyone’s curious about how to cook whole fish.



e write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect,” said famed writer Anaïs Nin. These words were taken to heart by Culinary Director of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and Kyma Executive Chef Pano Karatassos as he embarked on his new still-unnamed cookbook project focusing on Greek-inspired cuisine that is set to debut sometime in 2018. Recently, we sat down with Chef Pano to chat about the process of putting this labor of love together.

Why was writing a cookbook so important to you?

At first, it was having people ask me why I don’t have a cookbook or when am I going to do a cookbook, plus all of the guests who have been coming [to Kyma] for years and were


so enthusiastic and really wanted the recipes. The other reason is that we need to document all this stuff in a book that will reward the cooks who work for me now and all the ones who cooked for me previously. I want to be able to look back on this time and have this book to review all of the great things we’ve done here in the restaurant for the rest of my life, or pass it down to my kids so they’ll always know what I was able to do in the restaurant. Will the cookbook include any personal stories?

I hope so. Almost everything’s done except for those stories and the intro. I think my personal journey with food is interesting, being the son of a great restaurateur [Pano Karatassos Sr., the founder and CEO of Buckhead Life]. The why behind my path is to

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be my own person, to be somebody my father would want to hire and somebody who could make an impact on the city. Those have been my goals ever since I was 16 or 17 and was first getting into this thing, and it really became powerful when I was in college, at age 20, saying to myself that for sure I wanted to be a chef. What has your father’s reaction been thus far?

Dad is excited and can’t wait for the book to come out. He knows that I’ve put a lot of hard work into it. He feels I’m deserving, and he watched firsthand what it was like for me to work with my photographer, Francesco Tonelli, and saw all the work that went into the photography. For one entire week, Kyma looked like a food studio out of New York City—full of props, plates, napkins, flatware, glassware, etc. I rented close to 18 surfaces to act as the tables for the plates of food [we were photographing]. We arranged them all around the perimeter of our private room, which made the space very artsy, dramatic, warm and cozy. [The process] was pretty intense. Have you seen all the photos?

Yes. They look great and were worth every penny. Working with Francesco was cool because when he works with chefs, he really wants them to do all of the food styling, and then

How did you juggle life and work while managing this huge project?

I sort of changed my life to do this. I’ve got three beautiful kids, and I’m in charge of taking them to school four days a week, so I would wake up an hour early, around 5:30 in the morning, so my little girl and I could leave at 7:30. Then I would come home and get my boys to school by 8:30, and then drive to Kyma at 9. Next I’d meet my former chef de cuisine, Eric Cutillo, and we would recipe-test everything. At noon, we had a cleanup, and then we’d go on to our normal daily jobs. We did this for a good six months nonstop, Monday through Friday, no exceptions, no vacations, no trips, no Epcot Food & Wine Festival. I stopped everything so I could get this done. Greek wines play a part in the recipes. What’s unique about them?

What’s important for people to know about are the grapes: That’s the story behind Greek wines. We’ve all had sauvignon blanc, cabernet, chardonnay, pinot grigio, etc. We know what they taste like and that some people make them better than others. But the cool thing about Greece is it has grapes that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. They’re ancient grapes. The Greeks have been making wines for more than 3,000 years. Some of the stories

SUMMER, DISTILLED Looking for something smooth to sip on this summer? Try the Peach State’s own Richland Rum, available at many of your favorite Buckhead bars and restaurants, including Canoe, Holeman and Finch and the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. A recent partnership with Fifth Group Restaurants will add even more locations. Not only is this top-notch “sipping rum” created in Georgia, it’s America’s only single-estate rum distillery. Single-estate means they’re basically farm-to-bottle spirits. Everything from growing the sugarcane to fermentation, distillation and aging happens right here in Georgia. Aged in virgin charred oak, Richland Rum is luscious and full-bodied with hints of tobacco, spices and caramel. Enjoy it straight up or on the rocks.

FOOD NEWS n Echoing what many local foodies have believed for years, Buckhead’s acclaimed Bones restaurant was recently selected the best steakhouse in Georgia by the folks at Business Insider and Foursquare, who teamed up to name the best chophouse in every state. They praised how Bones “prepares all cuts of beef to perfection” and “stays true to its Southern heritage with side dishes that include hash browns and grit fritters.” n Where Violette once stood on Clairmont Road in Brookhaven now comes Petite Violette. The new eatery is a merging of the former Violette with the popular Petite Auberge that recently closed in Toco Hills after 42 years. In addition to a menu of French classics such as coq au vin and beef bourguignon, Petite Bones 3130 Piedmont Road N.E. Violette features an on-site tasting room and Atlanta 30305 retail shop featuring more than 30 different 404.237.2663 olive oils and vinegars.

n Diners at Le Bilboquet, the classic French bistro located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, will be seeing a fresh new face pouring wine these days. Dennis Wood has joined the restaurant as sommelier, wine director and assistant general manager. Wood has overseen the wine lists at numerous area establishments, including Chops and Chops Lobster Bar.

behind the vineyards are crazy. Assyrtiko is one of my favorite white grapes; the best ones are grown in Santorini, with the volcanic soil. There’s something about that soil, that sediment in the wine with a touch of acid to it, like a little bit of lemon. It tastes incredible by itself, and you could totally sit on the front porch and drink an assyrtiko all day. But as a chef, if I’m cooking anything that I would love to finish with a little squirt of lemon juice, that’s the wine I want

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with it. And that is so hard to find anywhere else around the world. Right now, that grape alone is one of the most sought-after with winemakers in Napa Valley and in France. Everyone wants to try and start making their own assyrtiko. Where will we be able to find the cookbook when it’s out?

You’ll be able to get it at our Atlanta and South Florida restaurants, bookstores and retail shops. n

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Have Toque, Will Travel St. Cecilia’s Craig Richards is taking Atlantans on a Tuscan culinary tour STORY:

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s vice president of culinary for Ford Fry Restaurants, Craig Richards manages and educates the restaurant group’s chefs, including those at St. Cecilia in Buckhead, where he’s served as executive chef for three years. Not only is he well-versed at cooking for a multitude of audiences locally—Ford Fry Restaurants include Mex-Tex spots Superica and El Felix, Southern restaurant JCT Kitchen, Italian eatery No. 246 and hearthcentric King + Duke—but he leads culinary travel, too. In October 2016, Richards led his first culinary trip to Villa Montecastello, a 1,000-year-old organic farm and olive orchard in Tuscany, Italy. There, he taught a group to cook meals inspired by his old-world approach, using ingredients handpicked from the garden. In June, he led another trip to Montecastello, and he’s planning one more for October. We spoke to Richards to learn more about his culinary point of view and his upcoming foodie adventure. What’s your approach to Italian food? Early in my career, I was still exploring the traditions. Since opening St. Cecilia, I’ve been able to take my knowledge and experience traveling and make the traditions my own. You can make certain items that cater to the Atlanta crowd. Our short rib agnolotti is a great example of this. Traditionally, agnolotti has veal, pork or mortadella, but Americans love beef. We have great beef in the U.S., and short rib is rich and beautiful.


EXTRA BITE Chef Richards played soccer at Truman State University for three years and has Atlanta United season tickets.

How do you think Italian fare in Atlanta has evolved? People are more educated about Italian food. They are traveling to Italy more. I wish there were more Italian restaurants here. There’s been a bit of a backlash with the whole gluten-free thing. We as chefs have to pivot and evolve a little bit. We make gluten-free pasta at St. Cecilia. Tell us about the culinary trip you have planned. I lead the cooking classes using products from [Villa Montecastello] that are 100 percent organic. I plan what we are going to cook each day—

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traditional Tuscan dishes. We cook and eat together for lunch and dinner. We pick stuff from the gardens, then go our separate ways, hiking or reading. There are no TVs there. At about 3 p.m. we start talking about dinner. We do a wine seminar one day. It’s a relaxed atmosphere that’s collaborative and a lot of fun. Your wife, Brenda Richards, deals with food at her job, too, promoting restaurants for 360 Media. Is it all food talk all the time? We met at Fifth Group [Restaurants]. She was doing group-dining sales, and I was chef at Ecco. We just natu-

rally talk about the industry. It’s better that we’re not working for the same company anymore so we don’t have to consciously stop ourselves from talking about work all the time. Now that she’s at 360 Media, I get to learn about different restaurants. She always knows way more about the Atlanta food scene than I do. n

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

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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

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

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

COPPER COVE INDIAN BISTRO Anjali and Subrata Roy have won our hearts with this pan-Indian bistro, their third restaurant in the Atlanta area. Whether you visit for the bountiful lunch buffet or a more relaxed evening meal, you will leave sated and inspired by the Roys’ formidable talent with the Indian spice palette. Proprietary blends transform standards such as Chicken 65, tikka masala and tandoori into something sublime. Just as commendable are the lamb rogan gosht, chicken shahi korma and shrimp bahadur. For afters, go for something sweet and creamy, such as kulfi (Indian ice cream), kheer (rice pudding) or ras malai (similar to cheesecake without the crust). Your dining adventure wouldn’t be complete without trying the masala chai, consisting of milk, tea, ginger, black pepper and bay leaf. Exquisite. Accompaniments, appetizers and soups: $2-$10 Chef’s specials, tandoori and traditional dishes: $12-$22


The lovely juxtaposition of hot and cold in the Mutsu apple crumble is just one example of Blue Ridge Grill’s eye toward perfection.


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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 glut-

tony as a kind of participatory sport. At this Brazilian churrascaria, you can sip caipirinhas and nibble cheese bread; graze from a beautiful, bottomless salad bar; then indulge in an endless parade of meats, carved straight onto your plate by servers in gaucho drag. It’s all quite delicious, though the place can get Vegas crazy at times, so just be prepared for a mob. The full experience: $51.50 (dinner); $32.50 (lunch) Salad bar only: $24.50 (dinner); $22.50 (lunch)

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

With a name like Portofino, you’ve got to have seafood; the Brodetto piles it high and includes grilled bread for sopping.

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 feta-zucchini fritters), and your meal will go just swimmingly. Meze: $8-$14 Mains: $26-$46. (Whole fish: $30 or $36 per pound)

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, handcrafted 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

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

Saltyard’s duck confit boasts tangy mustard jus and Southern fried cabbage.

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

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

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On any given day, any number of extraordinary Buckhead-area citizens are doing any number of extraordinary things. We are fortunate to have so many talented residents who are routinely shaking up the worlds of medicine, business, food, tech, you name it. In this story, we profile some of the area’s most promising movers and shakers. From a potential Miss Georgia to a life-saving oncologist, the folks making up our 2017 class of Rising Stars are a widely diverse group, but what they all share is a level of passion and determination that has catapulted their careers and trajectories onto our radar.

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“If you surround yourself with people who see you for who you are on the inside, there’s no limit to what you can do.”

Rising Star Revelations What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? My biggest accomplishment will be graduating college. When my parents got divorced, a lot of people close to our family told my mom that my brother and I weren’t even going to finish high school. We both graduated with honors.

Taylor Jackson

What inspires you? My mom really inspires me. She’s going to law school at 50. There is no limit to your education. The fact that she’s 50 and still has that thing inside of her that wants to learn is amazing.



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o one is more surprised than 21-year-old Taylor Jackson to find herself representing Atlanta in the upcoming Miss Georgia USA competition. Don’t let her beauty and the crown on her head fool you. This Georgia State senior and Buckhead resident says she’s the most unlikely of beauty pageant competitors. She fell into the world a few years ago while trying on dresses for a sorority formal. “These two guys helping me at the store looked at me in one of the dresses and they were like, ‘Have you ever thought about doing a pageant?’” she remembers. Truthfully, she never had. But a year later, one of the guys reached out and encouraged her to give it a try.


“It was a very humbling experience,” she recalls of her first pageant. “I didn’t even get a prelim award. Swimsuit, talent—I didn’t get anything.” Still, Jackson was sold on the camaraderie she felt with her fellow contestants, the competition and the access and opportunities it afforded her that the average college senior doesn’t get. Last year, Jackson was Miss Buckhead. Now Miss Atlanta, she’ll compete to become Miss Georgia in November and hopefully go on to Miss USA next spring. Jackson sees pageants as far more than beauty competitions. They are a way to promote her purpose. “I was diagnosed with clinical anxiety and depression when I was a senior

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in high school,” she shares. “My life changed entirely once I got treatment, but I didn’t want to talk about it with anybody. I was almost ashamed of it.” Her perspective changed after speaking at a mental health event put on by her sorority called Behind Happy Faces. “So many of my sorority sisters came up to me afterward and told me they thought they were the only one [with the issue],” says Jackson. “Now my goal is to help people seek treatment instead of feeling like they’re different and being afraid.” Her Miss Atlanta title gives her that opportunity. She’ll start touring high schools speaking on the subject in the fall, beginning with South Forsyth High, where she went to school. “I’d

What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps? Always remember you are who you hang out with. Who you surround yourself with really has an impact on how you carry yourself and feel about yourself. If you surround yourself with people who are going to bring you down, that’s what’s going to happen. If you surround yourself with people who see you for who you are on the inside, who support you and your dreams and your beliefs, and who really care about you, then there’s no limit to what you can do. You need people to help lift you up along the way.

love to win Miss Georgia,” she says, “but I love the opportunity I have to spread the message about mental health with just the Miss Atlanta title.” If her long-term dream comes true, Jackson will be the one to watch. Literally. “I ultimately want an anchor position on a major news network,” she says. It’s been her dream since she was 5 years old and a family friend gave her the chance to sit at the anchor desk at a smalltown news station. Her broadcast journalism major with a political science minor is part of that plan. Her detour walking down some runways with her inspiring message is simply one that makes her story more interesting than she ever planned. n





rowing up in New York City, Dr. Jonathan Lee recognized early on his aptitude for science and mathematics. He also enjoyed working with his hands and interacting with people. When it came to picking a career, he found one where the intersection of those four elements came into play: medicine. “I always thought medicine would be the best place to do all that,” he says. “There aren’t many careers that fit all those elements best.” Since earning his medical degree from New York University in 1995, Lee was inspired by a mentor to focus his talents in the niche area of melanoma and sarcoma (skin cancer) surgery and research. “I wanted to go into academic medicine, and my first faculty position at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey was a combination of research and clinical work,” he says. “But I found those patient-doctor relationship moments are the ones that make a difference to me.” Five years ago, Lee arrived at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs to build a melanoma and sarcoma program. “I’m from academia, so the transition has been my chief challenge,” he says. “I’m also a tiny little Asian Yankee in the South. So it’s been interesting!” It’s also been rewarding. Lee claims his biggest accomplishment to date has been creating the melanoma program at Northside. “When I got here, there wasn’t a streamlined way of taking care of patients with melanoma/sarcoma,” he says. “I had to build a team of colleagues with similar interests and put together a program from screening through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. We now have a program that would go up against any other in the U.S. And the number of patients we’re helping has grown so much that our weekly conference call about difficult cases has grown from an hour every other week to 90 minutes every Wednesday.” n

“Let your passion drive you. Without passion, [a] job becomes very difficult to do.”

Rising Star Revelations What is your secret to success? We delude ourselves that we have control of our lives, when we don’t. I’ve always looked at what I could do better and what opportunities would let me do that. Who is your role model? What I am today is the influence of many people in my life: my parents and the work ethic they showed me; my college professors who took time to teach me; the professors in medical school who taught me their art. I learned from many people. What is your ultimate goal? I don’t have any significant career ambitions. But I want my career and life to make a difference to the people in this region. So far, I have been able to do that. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your life? I face obstacles every day, and some are more serious than others. The biggest is working with people, be-

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lieve it or not. As much as I enjoy it, people have their own perspectives and opinions, and I have to figure out how to work with others who don’t share mine. What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps? Let your passion drive you. Medicine is not an easy job; I still face challenges every day. Without passion, this job becomes very difficult to do. What was the best or most memorable day of your career? All my most memorable days revolve

around patients. I once took care of a man in New Jersey with a very advanced sarcoma in his arm, but he refused to let me do what I needed to do, so he could [continue to] work to pay for his children’s educations. He came back a few years later and was suffering so much, I had to remove his arm. It was a traumatic operation for everyone, but he said, “My kids are out of college now, and I don’t need this arm.” His life was more than his cancer, and I had to respect his decision. After it was over, he came up and gave me a hug and called me his friend. That touched me significantly.

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Rising Star Revelations

“Meet as many people as you can. Ask them what they enjoy about their work and who helped them get there.”

What is your secret to success? A lot of hard work. It’s digging in and inserting myself in situations where I can learn. For the graphic design aspect of my job, I took the weekends and watched YouTube to figure out how to create content for our brand. Who is your role model? Diane von Furstenberg is a strong woman who started her own business in the ’70s when that wasn’t commonplace. She has found a way to stay relevant, has a lot of tenacity, has been very involved in empowering women and is very philanthropic.


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uckhead resident Kelly Wallace graduated from the University of Alabama thinking she’d work in fashion PR. Now, at age 28, she’s a co-founder at Better Brands, the restaurant group that owns the Yeah! Burger franchise and fastcasual newcomer Upbeet. The brand and marketing maven and brainchild behind the new eatery’s design learned the PR basics interning for Diane von Furstenberg in New York and the firm of Trevelino/ Keller here in Atlanta. But it was her first real job, at Karen Canavan Public Relations, that introduced her to her Better Brands partner Erik Maier.


“He was a guest at one of our restaurant openings, and we had a great conversation about what he was doing with Yeah! Burger,” Wallace says of their meeting in 2013. “He reached out later with an opportunity doing marketing, and we ended up working really well together.” Three years later, Maier approached Wallace with a proposal for a partnership. “I inserted myself and made myself valuable in every part of the business I could,” she says of their collaboration. “I took it upon myself to learn things—llustrator, Photoshop—and I now do all of the graphic design for the restaurants.”

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With Upbeet, which opened in West Midtown in June, Wallace has been involved in every aspect of the business, from conception and branding to menu development and interior design. “It’s been an awesome experience,” she says. “I’ve learned so much about building a business.” When she’s not busy with the restaurants, Wallace can be found exercising at SculptHouse or on the BeltLine, visiting Passion City Church or volunteering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “It’s important to give back to the community and stay involved in the pulse of the city,” she says. n

What is your ultimate goal? It’s always been my goal to be successful in something I’m passionate about. I’ve always wanted to either own my own business or be a partner. It wasn’t a dream of mine to work in the restaurant industry, but I’ve always been passionate about sustainable food, design and the environment. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your life? Believing in myself. There’s not a road map for figuring out how to own your own business. You have to be confident in your own skill set. I’ve been fortunate to have supportive people around me who remind me what my strengths are. It’s helpful for me to write down what I’m thankful for every morning. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? When we opened the doors of Upbeet. What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps? Meet as many people as you can. It doesn’t have to be at a networking event. Just ask them what they enjoy about their work and who helped them get there. What inspires you? Travel. I love being around the creativity of New York from a design standpoint and L.A. from a food standpoint. I try to get away for a weekend trip once a month.



rookhaven’s Aaron Polk is used to people doing a double take when he tells them he runs his own moving business, Atlanta Furniture Taxi. “I am the only quadriplegic in the world who owns a moving company,” claims Polk. “People are always surprised to find I have my own adapted truck with a trailer. It’s not easy, but I can move anybody.” Polk leaves the heavy lifting to his 35 full-time employees who pack his 13 moving trucks, but the 38-yearold is the brains behind the operation that specializes in moving delicate furniture and fixtures. He’s trained his crew on the art of transporting chandeliers and antiques without a break or scratch—a skill he mastered growing up in Griffin, Georgia. “My mom married an antiques dealer, and I delivered his furniture to customers,” says Polk. “I was the only one who wasn’t breaking it. The customers asked for my number and called back when they needed something moved.” At 19, Polk had his own company, I-Do Moving, and got a contract with Disney to move props. He also transported items for Ralph Lauren and PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” until an accident he suffered when he was 25 put him in the hospital for a year and left him a quadriplegic. After selling the company, he sat out a non-compete clause, but soon found himself ready to take the helm again. Six years ago, he launched Furniture Taxi. His inspiration? “I’ll be honest, it was being poor,” admits Polk. “I lost everything when I broke my neck. Going from riches to rags was a tough time that taught me the importance of building connections that last forever. Like a lot of people, I took life for granted, and having to relearn my life has taught me to play the cards you’re handed. I hope my story can inspire others.” n

Rising Star Revelations What is your secret to success? I listen to the person who needs a quote. My competition has people answering the phone and spitting out hourly rates. But I’m the one on the phone. And that seals the deal every time. I’m also really good with numbers. I studied finance at Georgia State, and I can figure out P&L [profit and loss] really quick. What is your ultimate goal? I want to be the Uber of the trucking world. When I was in a hospital bed

Aaron Polk



“If the mind, body and spirit are working together, you can accomplish anything.”

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for a year, I studied everything on Google and Craigslist, and copied their models. Now I have a lot of cities where people are calling us to show up. What was the best or most memorable day of your career? Last February, I moved 200,000 square feet of office furniture for MailChimp without one damage. It took 14 days to move them from Tech Square to the Old Fourth Ward, and it was astonishing to move that big an operation without any damage.

What’s been your biggest accomplishment? Learning the value of money. I went five years without driving, and I had to pay a taxi to take me each way to work. That taught me the importance of saving money. Now I have a new Mercedes, a Chevy truck and a boat I can drive. I’ve learned that money isn’t everything; it’s a tool, and if you don’t know how to use it, you’ll lose it. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your life? It’s having to deal with people who don’t know the value of having a

relationship with someone like me. Or having to deal with people who have bad attitudes. What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps? Your body follows your mind: If you tell your mind you can do it, your body will do it. They told me I’d never be able to manage anything but a power wheelchair, but I couldn’t buy one, so I was forced to learn to use the manual kind. And I did. If the mind, body and spirit are working together, you can accomplish anything.

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Rising Star Revelations Who is your role model? My dad. He’s a great man with incredible integrity, [and he’s] a fantastic businessman.

“Your biggest setback can also be the catalyst for your biggest achievements.”

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your life? The real estate crisis in 2006. I was a developer at that part of my life. I had to reinvent myself because being a developer was not an option. That’s how I got back into wearing the hat of being a real estate agent—the part I love the most about this business and the inspiration for creating Ansley Atlanta Real Estate. The moral of that story is that your biggest setback can also be the catalyst for your biggest achievements.

Bonneau Ansley

What has been your biggest accomplishment? Being able to change the course of somebody’s life by being a mentor to them in the real estate world. When someone comes to me who has not been successful, I love to share, “This is how I did it.”


What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps? Don’t do things like everyone else has done them.


What is your personal motto? No whining. Any negativity breeds other negativity. Attitude is everything. Wardrobe: His own


hances are you won’t find Bonneau Ansley III’s picture in any school yearbook under “Most Likely to Succeed.” “I think I went to every school in Atlanta,” he says, looking back on an admittedly less than stellar academic career. “When I wasn’t interested in something, I didn’t focus on it.” Luckily for Ansley, he found something to focus on: real estate. “I’m passionate about everything from design to how the business process works,” shares the founder and CEO of Ansley Atlanta Real Estate, a boutique luxury brokerage firm. Real estate is in his blood. His father, Bonneau Ansley Jr., was a successful developer. And his great


uncle developed Atlanta’s Ansley Park neighborhood in the early 1900s. This Ansley has experienced the business from just about every angle: top-selling agent, developer, homebuilder, investor. Opening his own brokerage company seemed like the natural next step, though he had a very different model in mind when he opened Ansley Atlanta in January of 2016. “My agents are the company’s clients,” he explains. “It puts a whole different spin on how we run the business. We’re always teaching, no matter how much volume the agents do, whether they’re a $2 million or $40 million producer. We do what we can to make sure they have the necessary

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toolbox so that they can go out and be wildly successful.” Yes, that once poor student grew up to be passionate about teaching and learning. Something in the new company’s approach is clearly clicking. Julie Harris, the company’s chief people officer, says that in its first 17 months, Ansley Atlanta became the fastest-growing real estate office in Atlanta. Office sales volume and the number of homes sold both grew by almost 80 percent this year over last. And so many agents have joined that the company is moving into a new larger space to accommodate its having doubled in size. The new office is a short commute from the Buckhead home

Ansley shares with his wife, Jennifer, and their two kids. Thankfully, Jennifer understands who she’s married to. “My wife and I have built or lived in more than 15 homes in 16 years,” says Ansley, while also sharing details of their current renovation. Their kitchen, family room, basement, covered porch and terrace are all getting a fresh look. “I think you need to update your home at least every 10 years,” he advises. Changing and growing is what motivates Bonneau Ansley and his business dreams. “My long-range goal is to be anywhere and everywhere in Atlanta,” he says, making Ansley and Ansley Atlanta ones to watch. n



’m kind of stubborn,” admits fashion designer Adetutu “Tutu” Longe from her perch on a delicate gilded pink sofa in her new Buckhead flagship boutique. “When anyone tells me I can’t do something, it lights a fire in my belly.” The 38-year-old Nigerian-American is the driving force behind Hottie+Lord, an up-and-coming fashion brand that counts Heidi Klum, Jessica Biel and Jennifer Beals among its growing list of celebrity fans. She’s also something of a study in opposites. The Hottie+Lord aesthetic is beautifully feminine, yet Longe had to fight tooth and nail for nearly 10 years to get the line produced. The designer is kind and faith-filled, but exudes a formidable determination. Every one of her pieces features the quality of pricey designer brands, but most cost $300 or less. According to the mom of three, those juxtapositions are by design. “I believe in the impossible,” she says. Born in Washington, D.C., Longe left when she was 1-year-old to live in Nigeria with her devoutly religious family—descendants of African royalty, she says. During her time in the West African nation she became obsessed with fashion and recognized that though modest in design, her mother’s clothes were flawlessly made. “Fashion was a gift in my soul,” she explains. “It’s always been important to me.” At her Nigerian boarding school, Longe learned to sew in required home economics courses and to tie-dye fabric by hand from a neighbor. Still, her parents had aspirations for their talented daughter to become a lawyer, doctor or engineer. When the family moved back to D.C. after Longe’s ninth-grade year, she became an avid reader—“a hoarder!” she jokes—of fashion magazines. As an adult, she pursued her love of beauty as a hairstylist specializing in extensions, all the while designing clothes on the side. “I made many, many samples but never had the funds to produce them,” Longe recalls of the struggle to find a factory that could make reasonably priced clothes to her exacting standards, first in New York and then in Atlanta, after she moved here in 2008. “I couldn’t just make something and sell it,” she confesses. “It had to be that perfect quality piece.”


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She decided to change her own fortune in 2015, traveling to China to hand-select the best-of-the-best workers and open a factory of her own. Leaning heavily on the strong relationships she had built while producing hair extensions, she assembled a team of seven in Guangzhou. “Once I set my mind to it, I knew it would happen,” says Longe, dressed to perfection in a pale blue Hottie+Lord Mod Cotton Poplin blouse, tailored black trousers and platform sandals, and sporting her trademark nothing-can-stop-me attitude.

Hottie+Lord’s first retail store, with its lofty ceilings, pristine white walls and pickled herringbone wood floors, had its grand opening June 8 in the tony The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The clothes lining the racks are the realization of a lifetime of dreams and determination. Intricate lace dresses hang next to silk bomber jackets, and feminine floral tops are displayed next to strong, straight-cut pants. The contrasts prove that Longe’s ideas of style, quality and timelessness can co-exist beautifully, and that her star is certainly on the rise. n

“There’s no blessing that’s not tested. That’s what makes you stronger.”

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Rising Star Revelations What is your secret to success? Faith. Who is your role model? I love fighters. I can’t say a specific name, but I just generally find strength in that. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your life? I believe that any obstacle can be overcome. There’s no blessing that’s not tested. That’s what makes you stronger. What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps? Keep going. Just do it.

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eiru Kim is the petite force to be reckoned with behind the popular and growing Sugarcoat beauty brand. While she may own Sugarcoat locations in Buckhead, Vinings and Virginia-Highland and have a fourth location opening in Chastain Park this summer, she still calls her biggest accomplishment giving her grandmother her first manicure and pedicure. “I will always remember that day and the joyful smile on her face. I want to honor her with my life by providing joy and love to others,” says Kim, whose family moved to Atlanta from Taipei, Taiwan, in 1986 in search of better job and educational opportunities. After graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in business in 1996, the Brookhaven resident worked for a real estate development company as a project manager for more than 15 years. Dreaming of owning her own business and knowing that it would be fun to have one that centered around taking care of people, Kim purchased her first Sugarcoat location in 2010. She used money her grandmother left her to register the business’ trademark. “I really believe that she is in heaven smiling down on me,” Kim adds. Sugarcoat isn’t just any nail salon. It’s a beauty destination where Kim provides a pristine atmosphere featuring chandeliers, white leather banquettes and pedicure “thrones” with porcelain sinks that are sanitized with hospital-grade cleanser after each customer. While nails are the focus, every location also offers massage, facials, waxing and eyelashextension services. “I take pride in knowing that I can create a place where people can gather and spend time to relax and recharge,” she says. Her ultimate goal? “To make a difference in this lifetime; to improve the lives of the people I meet,” she says. “Sugarcoat, to me, means helping others by providing a place of refuge. Sugarcoating life one pedicure at a time. Self-care, to me, is of utmost importance. We can only serve our family and our community if we are fully energized and happy.” n


“Always look for the good in others and live without judgment, for we are all equal.”

Wardrobe: Dress and coat, Hottie+Lord; jewelry, Bloomingdale’s; shoes, her own

Rising Star Revelations What is your secret to success? Following my passion to serve and doing what I love. I believe in hard work and striving toward your goals. Who is your role model? My parents are my role models. Their kindness, incredible work ethic and dedication to providing the best for the family are what I look up to and strive to be like. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your life? The biggest challenge has been to

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find the perfect balance between work life and personal life. Growing a business and raising a family has been a real juggling act. I wanted to be perfect in every aspect of my life as a wife and mom, and in running the day-to-day operations of the business. I have yet to find the perfect balance, but I do believe that I can do it all in this lifetime with lots of coffee. What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps? “The surest way to bring goodness to yourself is to make it your intention to do good for somebody else.” I live by

these words from Oprah Winfrey and really try to challenge the status quo every day. Find better ways to improve your trade and your skills. Always look for the good in others and live without judgment, for we are all equal. What is your personal motto? Have faith, live with passion, love others and never take a single breath for granted. What inspires you? Generous people who give without asking for anything in return. People who do good without seeking fame or fortune.

Where Are They Now? We checked in with four talented ladies from our 2014 “Bold Women of Buckhead” feature to find out what they’ve been up to since we last spoke engagements in connection with her book Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for Women in Charge. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time to meditate every day. “Even five minutes can make a big difference in how we deal with stress,” she says.

Becky Blalock In January, Becky Blalock was named one of Inc. magazine’s “17 Inspirational Women to Watch in 2017.” And with good reason. Blalock, who works from her Brookhaven home, is managing partner of Advisory Capital, where she serves as a strategic advisor to several global companies, including Tech Mahindra and Accenture. She is also an advisor to startup and private equity companies including Catavolt, SolAmerica and Gigabark. Blalock was named to the board of two public companies, Boston-based Aspen Aerogels in 2016 and Annapolis, Maryland’s Hannon Armstrong in 2017. This year, she also was named to the Board of Counselors for the Carter Center. In addition, she continues to travel across the country for speaking

state. Beginning in 2018, the act will offer tax incentives for projects recorded or scored in Georgia and for tours that rehearse and start in the state. She says her biggest takeaway from the last three years is: “This is not a dress rehearsal; this is it! Live your life to the fullest, and count your blessings every day.”

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As senior executive director of the Atlanta chapter of The Recording Academy and a founding officer of Georgia Music Partners, Michele Rhea Caplinger has been advocating on behalf of Georgia’s diverse music industry for years. She was recently involved in the victorious passing of House Bill 155, aka the Georgia Music Investment Act, a bill created to grow the music industry ecosystem throughout the

The Buckhead-based founder and CEO of The Molly Fletcher Company, Molly Fletcher channeled her chutzpah as a former sports agent in her recently released new book, Fearless At Work: Achieve Your Potential by Transforming Small Moments Into Big Outcomes, which is filled with advice on overcoming fear and seizing a successful mentality. The speaker and author also has a new

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podcast, “Game Changers with Molly Fletcher,” on which she interviews peak performers from different fields to learn what makes them tick and discover how listeners can apply those lessons to their own lives. Additionally, Fletcher continues to speak at national events for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and other groups, such as the recent Leadercast in Atlanta. On a personal note, Fletcher is practicing more yoga and meditation, and learning to be present. “As a parent of three teenage daughters, it definitely feels like time is flying by,” she says. “It makes you realize the importance of getting clear on your purpose and filtering your decisions through that purpose.”

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she oversees more than 60 agents, and the staff has grown to seven members to provide the infrastructure and culture for real estate entrepreneurs to thrive. In 2016, she took the reigns as CEO of the brokerage from Atlanta Tech Village co-founder and Village Realty founder David Lightburn. Ross and team are preparing to open a second office this summer in Alpharetta. She is also excited to continue to serve her industry and neighborhood as a member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Realtors Association and the Midtown Neighbors Association. Her biggest lesson learned over the last three years? “[Office] culture is paramount,” she insists. “We truly have a ‘Village vibe’ that makes me excited to come to work every day.”

A few months after being featured in Simply Buckhead’s July/August 2014 issue, Christian Ross became managing broker at what is now known as Village Realty at Atlanta Tech Village in Buckhead. When she first came on board, Ross was managing two agents; two-and-a-half years later,







In Chile—the country she moved to from Canada as a child—Vesta Lugg is a huge star with several high-profile projects behind her. Now living in Buckhead, Lugg is hoping to replicate that success stateside. As long as she can remember, she dreamed of being a performer. She started modeling at the age of 6 for national and international clothing brands, filmed some commercials and at age 10 was cast on the long-running Chilean TV series “Bakán.” Also in her portfolio are the action film Blood Sugar Baby, the fashionthemed TV show “Maldita Moda” and two EPs. Moving to Atlanta has been a logical one for the ambitious 22-year-old. “For a newbie, I think it’s a great place to break into the North American industry,” she says. “There are lots of opportunities here.”

His face probably won’t turn heads, but his inflections might. Georgia-born Chris Arias has been in the business for 20 years as a voice actor, working for clients such as Chevrolet, AT&T and Cartoon Network. Yet the profession came about in a non-linear way. Studying chemical engineering at Georgia Tech, he fell in love with music and began a career as a composer and sound designer, eventually running a local full-service commercial studio. Working with a client on a broadcast spot, the Sandy Springs resident recorded himself as one of the test voices, and the client preferred his take, spurring on Arias to use his voice further. He loves that he has chosen a field where, despite his age and tenure, he can still peak. “With a voice career, you can blossom at any time,” he says.

At an age when some people are trying to figure out their career plans, 22-year-old Jade Hall-Nangah already has a resume that older contemporaries might envy. At age 17, Hall-Nangah told her parents that she was going to go into film and broadcasting, and she promptly went out and started her own LLC, $ugar Inc. After an internship at Tyler Perry Studios, Hall-Nangah received her degree in film and TV from Georgia State and moved to Los Angeles for a bit. Now back and living in South Buckhead, she accepted the role of producer of WXIA’s popular “Atlanta & Company.” She admits she never envisioned having a job with so many responsibilities and dimensions so early in her career, but given her drive, it’s clear she’s up to the task.

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ore than 60,000 runners and around 150,000 spectators will take to Buckhead’s main artery on July 4 for the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta’s largest annual event and one of the nation’s biggest 10K races. The course starts at Lenox Square shopping center and makes its way past the Cathedral of St. Philip, where the rector traditionally sprinkles holy water on runners, and up “Cardiac Hill” in front of the Shepherd Center, then onward into Midtown, where it ends at Piedmont Park. Even if you didn’t get a race number, you can join the fun on the sidelines and be

entertained by live bands stationed at every mile. Some runners and spectators choose to dress up for the race, sporting Independence Day-themed, American-flag T-shirts and other fun attire. Revelers set up impromptu bars along the route and hold up clever signs to motivate runners. The Peachtree Battle shopping center is one of the best places to view the crowds as it’s about halfway through, and there’s typically some parking available. The official post-race party takes place at Park Tavern, but bars and restaurants all over town will be celebrating. – Caroline Eubanks

Join the fun on Independence Day as 60,000-plus runners complete a 6-mile race through the city.

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Oldies But Goodies TIMELESS MUSIC ACTS MAKE APPEARANCES AT CHASTAIN Relive your youth this summer with the throwback acts playing at Chastain Park Amphitheatre’s annual Delta Live Nation Concert Series. The intimate outdoor Buckhead venue hosts some of music’s biggest names across every genre, but this year’s lineup includes a heavy dose of nostalgia, starting with British rockers The Moody Blues on July 23. Foreigner (above) headlines on July 29, alongside Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Female-fronted groups

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Blondie, Garbage and Deap Vally take to the stage on Aug. 6. And on Aug. 21, Alice Cooper joins Deep Purple and The Edgar Winter Band behind the mike. If you’re not opting for the seated section, bring a blanket for a spot on the lawn. Pack a picnic or grab pre-ordered concessions from Proof of the Pudding, which offers everything from cheese boards to chicken tenders. Ticket prices vary based on the artist and seating section—be it a pit table right under the stage or a plot on the grass—but start around $40. – CE



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Saturdays through Oct. 404.851.9111 Is there anything better than freshfrom-the-farm produce, dairy and meat? Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays from April through October, you can browse goods from 50 local vendors at the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. Bring the kids and the dog, grab breakfast and enjoy live music while you’re at it.

THE BIG FAKE WEDDING ATLANTA Aug. 13 Getting hitched? Or just love weddings? Check out this annual event at the Atlanta History Center, where soon-to-be brides and bridegrooms can check out potential vendors for their nuptials at a full-length pseudo wedding, complete with an actual vow renewal ceremony and reception with food, cocktails, live music and dancing. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are $25 a head.

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WALK, WAG, N’ RUN Cool off this summer with a fun night out for the whole gang. As part of its annual Dive-In Movie Nights event, the city of Brookhaven will play The Secret Life of Pets on the big screen July 14 at Briarwood Park’s outdoor pool. The animated film, which tells a cute story about how pets behave while their owners are away, will appeal to kids and adults alike. The city screens DIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHTS films every summer at its public pools, including the one at nearby Murphey Candler Park. Movies range July 14; 8 p.m. from animated tales to action-packed blockbusters like Free admission Briarwood Park Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was screened in 2235 Briarwood Way N.E. June. There will be concessions, just like at a regular Brookhaven 30319 movie theater, but you can also bring your own snacks. 404.637.0512 Attendees can watch from the comfort of their own inflatable floats or one of the pool’s lounge chairs. – CE


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or the fourth year in a row, CURE Childhood Cancer’s Believe Ball hosted some 600 guests at the St. Regis hotel in Buckhead. Those attending the black tie affair were treated to a three-course meal catered by the hotel, along with wine donated by Treasury Wine Estates. Christine and Tom Glavine co-hosted the night, held in honor of CURE’s founder, Dr. Abdel Ragab. The evening consisted of a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and late-night dancing, as well as a surprise video from some of Ragab’s former patients. Special guests former U.S. Congressman Richard Gephardt, his wife, Jane, and their son, Matt, made an appearance. When Matt was 2 years old, Ragab treated Matt’s cancer with an experimental combination of high-dosage radiation and chemotherapy drugs that was extremely risky due to his age. Now 47, Matt attended the event with his wife and two sons, and presented Ragab with an honorary award. Ragab described the evening as “a highlight of my life.” The event raised nearly $1.1 million towards CURE’s mission to conquer childhood cancer and support patients and their families. – Dannygail Dean

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akeo Spikes, who was an all-star linebacker in the NFL for 15 years, recently celebrated a major off-thefield victory: the publication of his first book, Behind the Mask. More than 150 friends and acquaintances joined the two-time Pro Bowl player at The Estate in Buckhead to commemorate the new book, which features interviews with some of the game’s greatest linebackers, including Hall-of-Famers Mike Singletary and the late Chuck Bednarik, along with photographs that Spikes himself took. Numerous former players were on hand to toast his achievement, including Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier and Warrick Dunn. Guests enjoyed a live band, all sorts of delicious eats and a speech by Spikes in which he personally thanked many of those in attendance. The book launch, which began with a public signing a few nights before at Taco Cowboy in Midtown, raised $10,000 for the Grant D Knowledge Foundation, started by another former NFL star, Deon Grant.

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shley Harris-Carestia, owner of Bark Fifth Ave., the local purveyor of upscale canine couture, recently pulled out all the stops to celebrate the shop’s new location on Maple Drive. More than 250 guests, several of whom were accompanied by their four-legged friends, walked the red carpet. The list included event hostess Kari Wells, formerly of “Married to Medicine”; Olga Yuditsky of doggie fashion line Orostani Couture; and local Instagram pet sensations Sparkles the Diva and Lucy and Holly from the Atlanta Girlz Club. After the official ribbon cutting, attended by members of the Buckhead Business Association, the crowd enjoyed a DJ, catered hors d’oeuvres from The Chef’s Table and complimentary cocktails, including specialty drinks from Karma tequila. A signature Pawtini (a mini martini glass filled with treats) was created for the pups in attendance. A raffle and silent auction helped raise $3,000 for Canine Assistants, a nonprofit that provides service dogs for adults and children with disabilities. January Pugh and dog Lenox

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