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Contents 12 Editor’s Letter [ SIMPLY NOW ]

18 Travel Near: The Fight for Rights Highlighting a few of the historic sites along the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail





30 Home: Great X-Pectations


The Xerogeanes clan remodels its Brookhaven home to keep up with the times and the family’s busy lifestyle


36 Beauty: Whole Beauty

22 Staycation:

Get your grooming products as you shop your local Whole Foods


Experiencing concierge camping with Atlanta startup Scamper Van

38 Wellness: Tone and Tan

62 Review: Health Food Haven

Pack this workout for staying in shape on your next beach getaway

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A Weekend in the Woods

24 Approved: Raw Revival Sampling a few of the poke dishes that are so popular right now

27 15 Minutes With: Julie Abes The owner of Batter gives us the scoop on the raw cookie dough craze


42 On Stage: A New Voice Comic Moe Mitchell joins the cast of Q100’s The Bert Show

28 Pets: The Best Pawsible Care

47 Art: Going, Going, Gone

For ailing pets, alternative therapies are on the rise

A new Buckhead auction house gives Atlanta another venue for fine art and furnishings

66 Foodie Journal: Fire Up the Grill Two Buckhead chefs share their favorite ways to barbecue this summer


73 Events: Places to go and things to do 77 Charitable: A spotlight on philanthropic and social gatherings

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That’s the criteria for us to consider whether someone, or something, is a fit for being featured in the magazine, and I swear if I had a nickel for every time I’ve asked that, I could buy my own Buckhead high-rise. Luckily, there are plenty of instances when the person answers yes to my question, because, as hopefully you’ve learned from reading Simply Buckhead over the years, countless fascinating individuals reside and/or are employed at businesses in our coverage area. Six of them are featured in this issue’s cover story, our annual ode to the area’s “Rising Stars.” The folks chosen for this year’s list include the CEO of a tech firm that was voted one of the 10 most innovative companies in Georgia, the youngest-ever president of the Buckhead Business Association and a woman who saw a void in the children’s clothing market and whose line has already been touted in British Vogue. I think you’ll enjoy reading their stories and thoughts on what contributed to their successes. Elsewhere in the issue, we reveal the ins and outs of buying a diamond, get some summer grilling tips and recipes from two of the area’s top chefs, share a workout for you to pack for your trip to the beach and meet with a local sommelier to discuss boxed wine. Please check out the issue and let me know what you think. And by all means, if you live or work in either Buckhead, Brookhaven or Sandy Springs and have an interesting or unique story to tell, drop me a line at

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henever I meet someone new and interesting these days, it’s inevitable that I’ll end up asking them, “Do you live or work in Buckhead, Brookhaven or Sandy Springs?”

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isitors to the Atlanta History Center can now browse a larger selection of books and collectibles at its new 2,500-square-foot museum shop and bookstore. The enhanced space infuses warmth into a sleek, industrial design, with a mix of natural woods, concrete floors, and wood and metal display cases and bookshelves. “We were excited about the idea of pairing carefully selected books

that people look to us for with a growing inventory of locally made gift items and Atlantacentric art and merchandise,” says Paul Carriere, the center’s chief operating officer. In addition to the expanded bookstore and gift shop, the center has also welcomed the newest location of Brash Coffee, which features a variety of specialty coffees, tea and baked treats, as well as offering beer and wine service. “The History

Center has always been a place where you can explore, tour and learn,” says Carriere. “Now it’s also a destination for a quality cup of coffee and a meal.” This month, the 33-acre center also unveiled its first major garden in 30 years. Olguita’s Garden, located behind the main building, uses a variety of flowering plants, ornamental shrubs and small flowering trees to create a place of quiet reflection. n

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everything from bedding and outdoor furniture to pillows and wall art.

This summer, the Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead welcomes Flower Child, a fast-casual, healthy-food concept from the West Coast that features farm-fresh ingredients in a menu boasting vegan, paleo and glutenfree options. Also new is West Elm, which brings its modern furniture and decor to shoppers looking to showcase their personal style in

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART WELCOMES FREE STUDENT TOURS In an effort to make the arts more accessible for local students, the Turner corporation’s philanthropy program, Turner Voices, is

now funding student tours at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia through Dec. 31. As part of the free tours, MOCA GA provides a trained docent to lead student groups of eight or more in college or grades K-12, plus one chaperone for students younger than 18. Tours must be scheduled prior to visiting, and the staff recommends chaperones assess exhibition content ahead of time to ensure its suitability.

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BRISTLE+BRIDE BRINGS WEDDING-DAY BEAUTY TO YOU With a team based in Buckhead and Brookhaven, Bristle+Bride, a weddingday beauty collective, now offers on-site bridal hair and makeup services for both local and destination

weddings, from relaxed to black tie. Composed of hair experts Raina Gaon and Jessica Joslin and makeup artists Theresa Stone and Rena Antebi, Bristle+Bride serves as the bride and her wedding party’s personal glam squad. The foursome brings years of experience honed in the wedding, beauty, fashion and broadcast industries to make wives-to-be the star of their own big events. Bristle+Bride

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Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation founder Jon Albert has never turned away a deserving family.

Something To Chew On Local eatery’s monthly special supports various nonprofits When Mimmo Alboumeh, chef-owner of Red Pepper Taquería restaurants, moved to Atlanta 22 years ago, he packed his flair and love for cooking in his suitcase. “I was raised between Lebanon and Spain, and knew that I wanted to open restaurants incorporating the flavors of both,” says Alboumeh. “I also wanted to share my good fortune with others.” And share he does. Every month, the Red Pepper locations in Buckhead, Brookhaven and Decatur donate part of the sales from specified drinks or food items to area nonprofits. For example, on July 24, which is National Tequila Day, a portion of all tequila sales will be donated to the Frank Ski Kids Foundation. On August 25, a percentage of funds from the sale of the bottomless mimosas will benefit Ahimsa House. Past beneficiaries inc-

lude the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Second Helpings Atlanta, Eating Disorders Information Network Celebrity Dance Challenge, Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, Emmy AwardsSoutheast Chapter and

scores of others. “I believe in every cause,” says Alboumeh. “I also believe that if you do well and mean well, God will send blessings your way.” l For more information, visit

Creating precious memories for cancer families Scores of organizations provide support for cancer patients, but the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (JAJF) is the only nonprofit that offers a respite for kids facing the loss of a parent from cancer. And for his commitment, founder Jon Albert has been named a 2018 CNN Hero. The inspiration for JAJF was born when Albert’s wife, Jill, was diagnosed with latestage cancer. “Our kids were only 7 and 9 at the time, and we wanted to create a lasting memory in the form of a dream [family] vacation,” says Albert. “The benefits far exceeded our expectations.” A few years after the family lost Jill, Albert launched JAJF. Headquartered in Buckhead, it has created all-expenses-paid Wow! Experiences for more than 1,200 families referred by major oncology centers.

Every month, Mimmo Alboumeh of Red Pepper Taquería donates proceeds from specified items to area charities.

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Local Hero “Cancer specialists understand that cancer doesn’t just impact the patient; it impacts the entire family,” says Albert. “Their ‘prescriptions’ for a timeout validate our mission. I’m happy to say we’ve never had to turn a family away.” To honor his service, Albert has received numerous awards and appeared on nearly every major news outlet. Musicians Tim McGraw and Jack Johnson have both recorded tributes to the organization. “We don’t have galas or fundraisers,” says Albert. “We’re supported by donors, family foundations, grants and corporations who appreciate that we run a lean organization. Ninety-two percent of the funds go into our mission.” l For more information, visit

Taking it outdoors for female empowerment

In 2014, Brookhaven residents Jennifer White and Tracey Pearson decided to launch Prissy Tomboy Athletics to encourage preteen and teenage girls ages 8 to 18 to get outdoors and discover a world away from technology. “In middle school, girls tend to trade playtime and team sports for cellphones,” says White. “They lose the ability to communicate with others face-to-face. We wanted to create a go-to guide for outdoor programs that promote self-confidence and camaraderie for girls

from different backgrounds. Long term, the ability to communicate face-to-face is an essential soft skill needed to succeed in business and in real life.” White and Pearson’s original idea was to capture the attention of individual girls across zip codes. Almost immediately, they saw the bigger picture. “We began partnering with like-minded organizations like scouting to bring added value to both,” says Pearson. Instead of team sports, Prissy Tomboy emphasizes activities such

as mountain climbing, hiking and whitewater rafting that not only provide amazing experiences but also help participants learn qualities such as respect, trust and acceptance, with no bullying allowed. A portion of the company’s proceeds go toward the Prissy Tomboy Foundation, a 501c3 that aims to empower females to “live adventurously and lead healthy, confident lives.” l For more information, visit

Through Prissy Tomboy Athletics, Tracey Pearson (left) and Jennifer White are committed to building strong young women. Want to nominate a volunteer, company or nonprofit that makes Buckhead, Sandy Springs or Brookhaven a better place to live? Please contact:

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The Fight for Rights Highlighting a few of the historic sites along the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail


statue of James Meredith that stands in a flower-filled courtyard in the center of the picturesque University of Mississippi campus in Oxford depicts a young African-American man approaching an arched doorway. An Air Force vet, Meredith was the first black student to enroll at the institution. The integration of the school in 1962 was bitterly fought and resulted in 3,000 National Guardsmen being sent in to restore order. Two people died, and hundreds were wounded as a result. The day I visited the site, students of an array of ethnicities strolled along the adjacent paths, perhaps unaware of Meredith’s role in the integration of their school. Our tour guide, a fifth-generation Oxfordian named Jack Mayfield, said, “It’s important to have statues and memorials so people remember our history.” Remembering our history is the core mission of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, a collection of more than 100 poignant and thought-provoking landmarks in 14 states. Officially opened on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of this year, it traces the history of the


battle for equality in schools, churches, public places and the voting booth. Sites in Atlanta include several related to Dr. King, The Carter Center and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Here’s a look at some of the other highlights along the trail. F.W. Woolworth building, Greensboro, North Carolina Four black college students sat at Woolworth’s segregated lunch counter on February 1, 1960, and ordered a cup of coffee, which they were refused. The resulting sit-in ended on July 25, when the store manager decided to desegregate the store. That act set off the nonviolent sit-in movement that spread across the country. The site is now part of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina The oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the South, Emanuel was burned down in 1822 by a group of angry whites, and 35 members were executed. In 2015, nine members

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Clockwise from left: Stops along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail include the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond and the lunch counter in Greensboro where a student sit-in inspired a movement.

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were shot and killed by a white supremacist. A memorial to the victims is being constructed. 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama On September 16, 1963, shortly after King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, this African-American church where he frequently spoke was bombed, killing four young girls. When it was designated a national monument in 2017, its pastor, Rev. Arthur Price Jr., noted the event that happened there “galvanized a generation” and “motivated a movement.” Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee Fifty years ago, King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. He stepped out of room 306 and was shot and killed. The motel is now the National Civil Rights Museum, and a wreath hangs on the balcony outside his room.

Johns led a walkout of Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville. A resulting lawsuit was incorporated into the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. A statue of Johns on the grounds of the state capitol in Richmond commemorates her efforts at integration with her quote, “It seemed like reaching for the moon.” Tremé neighborhood, New Orleans, Louisiana This area just north of the French Quarter is the oldest African-American neighborhood in the country. The first black-owned newspaper, The Tribune, started here. It’s also the birthplace of jazz and was the center of the struggle for civil rights in New Orleans. Attractions include Le Musée de f.p.c. (The Museum of Free People of Color) and Louis Armstrong Park. n


Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, Richmond, Virginia Fed up with poor conditions at her school, 16-year-old student Barbara

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Left: Linda Mohan (far left), manager of Huff Harrington Fine Art, helps shoppers uncover hidden gems during a March buying trip to Paris. Below: An Hermès scarf gets the once-over from Huff Harrington trip-goers.

SHOPPING À LA FRANÇAISE Experts from Huff Harrington lead locals to secret Paris caches of fine French furnishings


hat’s not to love about the City of Light? History, culture, music, literature, art and food blossom on every corner. But shopping aficionados who sign up for exclusive Paris trips with Atlanta’s Ann Huff and Meg Harrington get to see all of that and uncover spectacular art and furnishings to bring back home. The Huff Harrington name is wellknown as both one of Buckhead’s top shops for exquisite decor with a distinctively French flair and a gallery for fine art. Nine years ago, after Huff led a fundraising trip to explore her favorite parts of Provence, the partners got the idea to arrange regular shopping trips for folks who enjoy the thrill of discovering a museum-worthy work of art, antique chandelier or other item to decorate their abode. “We thought it would be fun to offer the opportunity to designers and other people looking to buy antiques in France but who had no


idea how to do it, so we organized our first buying trip in 2011 with 12 ladies,” says Harrington. “There were four interior designers, some with their clients, and other guests obsessed with the thrill of the chase.” Shoppers are helped with their hunt by having access to the vendors and venues that Huff and Harrington have carefully curated over the years. “They shop, we advise,” says Harrington, who notes that both she and Huff speak French. “We talk to vendors about provenance, history and mechanics—the type of wood, how old. And we coordinate all the paperwork for the shipping part, which makes things really easy for the clients.” In March, nine shoppers were part of a seven-day trip that included stops at the Chatou antiques fair on the Parisian outskirts, the Puces de Clignancourt flea market in the 18th arrondissement and various street fairs full of sculpture, jewelry and paint-

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ings. Shoppers were also escorted to several top-secret stores that Huff and Harrington keep under wraps. “These are places where we’ve established relationships because we’re there four or five times a year,” says Harrington. “We’ve gotten to know the people, and sometimes they take us to their secret sources.” In between picking out buffets, mirrors, chandeliers, art, vintage jewelry and china, the shoppers enjoy arranged dinners, free time to explore the major and offbeat attractions, and comfortable, Americanized accommodations in apartments with views of the Eiffel Tower. Buckhead’s Ashley Mast took the trip in March to celebrate her 50th birthday with girlfriend Alicia Shadburn. “I really wanted to see the markets off the beaten path,” she says. “I made a list [of things I wanted] before I went and focused on art. There really was almost too much of it;

I was blown away. I did bring back a big collection of old European landscapes that I will put somewhere.” Mast also made fast friends with the other shoppers, who still keep in touch. “Our trips are a bit like grown-up camps,” says Harrington. “You’ll meet people from all over the country who love France, food, wine, furniture and, most of all, the chase. We tell people to keep an open mind—you never know what you’re going to find.” n DETAILS Huff Harrington Fine Art hosts several trips to France throughout the year that include Paris shopping sprees and artist-led painting sessions in Provence. Prices range from $3,950 to $4,500, based on double occupancy, and include accommodations, most meals, local transportation and group admission to sites and events. For more information, visit

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A Weekend in the Woods


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Experiencing concierge camping with Atlanta startup Scamper Van


hen I was a kid growing up in Texas, once a year my family and I would cram into our truck-top camper and head to the beach in Galveston, along the Gulf Coast. The accommodations were cramped and somewhat primitive, we’d often get eaten alive by bugs, high winds and storms would occasionally disrupt out site and sand somehow managed to make its way into every nook and cranny, but those summertime camping adventures are still some of my fondest childhood memories.

I got to experience the nostalgia of those family trips recently when I took my two nephews camping at Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona in Cartersville, an hour northwest of Buckhead. I don’t have an RV, and the idea of sleeping on the ground in a tent didn’t appeal, so I turned to a local startup called Scamper Van, the “Southeast’s first and only campervan rental and concierge company.” Started in 2016 by David Clapper and Eric Van de Steeg, Scamper Van rents out customized, fully equipped Nissan NV200 campers that sleep four and include a mini fridge, sink, pots and pans, a seven-foot awning, an outdoor shower, its own power source, lawn chairs and more. “Think of it as a tiny house on wheels,” says Clapper.

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Nature boy: The writer's nephew Pearce poses alongside the Scamper Van before setting off on his camping adventure.


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On the Friday before we left, Clapper dropped off the camper at my house and demonstrated its many features. “There are videos on our website in case you forget all the steps,” Clapper advised me during the tutorial. He outfitted us with a couple of mountain bikes for the trip as well in case we wanted to go for a spin. The company can also provide renters with kayaks, standup paddleboards and hammocks, and will even stock the fridge and cabinets with groceries and help you plan your trip, if you like. “The appeal is that you can just pack your clothes and go,” says Clapper. The idea has been so successful, they’ve already acquired new vans. “The concept is particularly popular with millennials,” says Clapper. “They want to borrow, not buy, things.” My nephews, ages 13 and 10, thought it was cool as heck as well. Weston, the oldest, loved how the top popped up to create an upperbunk-bed-style sleeping area. (“Just don’t drive with the top up!” he warns.) Pearce, the youngest, reveled in going through all the drawers and compartments, and exploring

gadgets such as the butane-powered cook stove and sporks (an ingenious spoon-fork combo). And I think they both secretly enjoyed the attention we got driving around in this brightly colored, tricked-out vehicle with the words “Scamper Van” emblazoned across it. During our weekend in the woods, the three of us went hiking, played football and cards, sang songs and roasted marshmallows over the campfire. (I only wish I had seen the recipe for S’mores Campfire Cones on Scamper Van’s website before we left; they look delicious!) The experience took me back to those carefree summers of my youth and the lasting memories made exploring the joys of nature, bugs and all. n

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While it may seem like a new trend, poke (pronounced poh-kay) is a Hawaiian dish that has been around for centuries. Look around town and you’ll notice the raw fish salad popping up everywhere, and with good reason, as it’s both healthy and delicious. Even if you're not a fan of traditional sushi, poke offers a sea of combinations so you can get creative with this favorite Hawaiian comfort food.

1. Doraku’s Hawaiian Style Poke ($10.95) It’s hard not to be charmed by Doraku, a rustic Japanese restaurant specializing in Asian fusion. Owner Kevin Aoki, from the Benihana steakhouse family, knows how to draw modern inspiration from Japanese basics. The Hawaiian style poke is made with ahi or octopus, coarse Hawaiian sea salt, onions and sea kelp. 265 East Paces Ferry Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.842.0005


2. Genki Sushi & Noodle’s Ahi Poke Bowl ($14.95) Since opening in 1996, Genki has been a top destination for sushi and sake fans. Unlike traditional rolls, preparing a bowl of poke doesn’t require a lot of time, which makes it a quick healthy meal for anyone on the go. The ahi poke bowl is made in the traditional Hawaiian style, consisting of cubed ahi tuna sashimi marinated in soy sauce and sesame seed oil, and served with rice and sliced cucumbers. Basic but satisfying. 5590 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30342 404.843.8319

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Poke dishes are meant to be customized to your liking, and at this California-based chain, each bowl is made-to-order, which gives you the flexibility to include lots of fresh and healthy options. The buildyour-own Chipotle-esque bowl experience begins at the counter with a scoop of raw tofu and additional ingredients such as avocado, pineapple, edamame and seaweed added per your request. This simple take on a traditional fish dish is perfect for discriminating vegetarians.

Poké Nooké’s poke nachos are a great excuse to change things up for anyone who may be tired of the same old poke bowl. This dish starts with tortilla chips in place of rice and combines ahi tuna with avocado, spicy aioli, jalapeño and green onion. The ordering process is easy: Just submit a written checklist of ingredients at the counter, and within minutes your nachos are served fresh and fast.

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t her shop, Batter Cookie Dough Counter in Ponce City Market, Julie Abes sells T-shirts with the words “80% Health Goddess, 20% Cookie Dough” emblazoned across the front. “That could be my personal motto,” says the 48-year-old Sandy Springs resident, who opened her dessert shop selling scoops of cookie dough six months ago. Designed to be eaten raw, just as you did as a kid whenever your mom whipped up a batch of homemade cookies, Batter’s scoops come in 12 flavors and can be topped with everything from sprinkles to M&M’s to crushed pretzels. And the uncooked dough is totally safe to eat because it’s eggless and made with heat-treated flour, so there are none of those nasty bacteria concerns you’ve heard about in the news lately.

How did the idea for Batter Cookie Dough come about? A year ago, I took my daughter to a cookie dough place called Dō in New York City, because she wanted to check it out. There was a line all the way down the street; it was a two-hour wait. I saw that it was clearly going to be a new craze. I came home and told my husband, David, I wanted one in Atlanta, and I wanted to be the first to market. I opened Batter Cookie Dough six months later. I’d been doing the same thing for 25 years [Abes was a full-time speech pathologist] and had been thinking about something different, and the opportunity presented itself.

Group. Did he offer any help or tips? Yes. He’s been in the restaurant business in Atlanta for 30 years and has all the contacts. He knew exactly what we’d need.

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What’s the most popular flavor?

Your kids were almost all grown and out of the house when you started Batter Cookie Dough. Did you ever think about just kicking back at that point? No, I have a lot of energy. I can’t relax. The concept seems to be a hit so far. We serve up to 900 people a day. In total, we sell around 10,000 scoops a month. We’re also doing a popup counter at Avalon in Alpharetta through October.

Chocolate chip. Lots of people call it the “regular” flavor. It’s like the Kleenex of cookie dough. What’s your favorite flavor? Cookies and cream. Or peanut butter. What’s a flavor of dough you’re dying to make? We want to do a kitchen sink cookie dough, with all of the toppings already mixed in it. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Sushi. What’s a food you detest? Red meat. I haven’t eaten meat in 30-plus years. I also hate olives and raw tomatoes. What are your go-to restaurants in Buckhead?

Tuk Tuk Thai, Umi and Cape Dutch. Name your favorite kitchen tool. The hand mixer I got as a shower gift when I got married almost 25 years ago. I’m currently reading … We Were the Lucky Ones. I’m currently binge watching … Younger. Every day I … Work out. I wake up and put on exercise clothes. I have to sweat every day. I unwind with … A good glass of Prosecco. I like the bubbles. People would be surprised to know that I … Would have been an actress

if I could have. But my parents discouraged it. In fact, I’d love to take an improv class sometime. It’s on my bucket list. I crave … More time with my friends and family. There’s never enough. A pet peeve of mine is … People who wear makeup and perfume to the gym. And people who don’t smile. My hobby is … I love to craft things. I keep a stash of ribbons, stickers, all that sort of stuff. Give me a hot glue gun, and … n


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For ailing pets, alternative therapies are on the rise STORY:

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hen Dr. Julia Brugliera’s 12-year-old Weimaraner, Hannah Belle, began having hip trouble and lower back pain in 2012, the Atlanta veterinarian considered every available option to treat her beloved pet. She even looked into alternative therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine that can be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments. “Hannah Belle received laser therapy as well as acupuncture, and took multiple herbal formulas that helped her live to be more than 16, which is very old for a Weimaraner,” says Brugliera. “After seeing her respond so well, I decided to pursue training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society to be able to treat her myself.”

Dr. Julia Brugliera uses laser therapy to heal animals' wounds and their treat pain.


Now Brugliera offers acupuncture and laser therapy as part of her mobile clinic, Happy Tails Holistic Veterinary Care, which services the Atlanta area within a 20-mile radius of Buckhead. Veterinarians say a growing number of pet owners are opting for so-called alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy, hydrotherapy and Chinese herbal medicine. However, Dr. Susan Wynn of BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Sandy Springs, who’s certified in herbal medicine and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, says we shouldn’t think of these treatments as alternatives. “We don't use the term ‘alternative therapies’ anymore because it suggests that they are true alternatives to conventional medicine, which is not a good way to use these therapies,” she says. “These days we use the term ‘integrative medicine’ to indicate that we use the best of both worlds.” Integrative veterinary medicine is a comprehensive approach to pet medical care that combines both conventional medicine and other therapies, and can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including arthritis, asthma, skin conditions and seizure disorders, just to name a few. And while utilizing integrative medical treatments may not be right for every animal, Brugliera has seen firsthand the benefits with many of the pets

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From left to right: Julia Brugliera, Steven Winokur and Susan Wynn with some of the four-legged patients.

in her care. “Our patients experience pain relief, improved mobility and better digestion, as well as stress and anxiety relief,” she says. “We have numerous patients that have even avoided surgery and been healed naturally with multiple treatments.” Acupuncture in particular has been embraced by veterinarians across the country. Just as in humans, fine needles are inserted into certain points of the body to stimulate nerves, increase circulation, trigger the release of hormones and relieve pain. “I tend to use acupuncture mostly for cancer pain and the adverse effects of chemo for geriatric qualityof-life issues and for musculoskeletal and neurologic problems, though it can be helpful for lots of other conditions as well,” says Wynn. While some pet owners may be wary of taking their canine companions or feline friends to the vet for

treatments such as acupuncture or herbal therapy, Dr. Steven Winokur of Pharr Road Animal Hospital in Buckhead says that taking advantage of methods outside of conventional veterinary medicine is all about providing pets with the best possible care. “I think of a well-trained integrative medicine practitioner as being bilingual: thinking in a mindset that uses both conventional and ‘alternative’ medicine,” he says. n DETAILS BluePearl Veterinary Partners 404.459.0903 Happy Tails Holistic Veterinary Care 678.360.3002 Pharr Road Animal Hospital 404.238.7438

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Teri Xerogeanes’ navy and gold office is a stylish retreat for the hardworking lady of the house.


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The living room is filled with sunlight, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling iron windows the family added in a recent renovation.

Great X-Pectations The Xerogeanes clan remodels its Brookhaven home to keep up with the times and the family’s busy lifestyle STORY: From left: Thea, John, Rocco, Teri and Charlie Xerogeanes on the steps of their Brookhaven home.


eri and John Xerogeanes moved into their home in 2004 to prepare for starting a family. Fourteen years later, the fivebedroom abode in a gated Brookhaven community continues to be the warm and inviting place they hoped for their brood, which today includes 13-year-old daughter Thea, 11-yearold son Rocco, English bulldog Charlie and cat Currey. The 7,200-square-foot residence, custom built by John Willis Custom Homes, isn’t the same place they purchased, however. Through the years, they’ve made renovations and additions, morphing the dwelling to fit their changing family dynamics and keep the stylings up-to-date. “I really don’t like when houses start to look dated, so we just did little things,


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a little at a time,” says Teri, who launched her e-commerce candle business, Wax Candle Bar, in September 2017. “The house is a project in motion; it never stops.” With Teri’s new business, John’s demanding schedule as chief of sports medicine and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, and the kids’ busy athletic commitments, the Xerogeaneses needed a headquarters that would keep everyone organized. So in 2013 they converted the garage into a mudroom and built cubbies for each member of the family to store shoes, bags and gear. They enclosed the space with a barn-inspired Dutch door, which makes it easy to corral Charlie when needed. “I like things to be clean and neat and orderly and simple. I don’t like a lot of clutter,” says Teri.

Their home also needed to be a place where, during their leisure time, the Xerogeanes clan could relax and enjoy extracurricular activities. This includes cooking in the kitchen, which was completely gutted in 2016. They replaced the dark ebony cabinets with white ones and the St. Cecilia granite countertops with honed Palissandro marble from Greece, which they also used as a backsplash behind the Viking stove top. “I love my kitchen,” says Teri. “I spend so much time there. It’s soft and peaceful and calming. It’s the heart of the whole house.” Adjacent to the light and airy kitchen is an eat-in dining area furnished with a table from Scott Antique Markets that Teri whitewashed, ghost chairs and two seats with tall backs at the head of the table. During the kitchen’s renovation, which took approximately five months,

Above: A whitewashed Dutch door opens into a well-organized mudroom (once the garage). Left: The light-colored kitchen is the heart of the Xerogeanes home and where John cooks Sunday dinners. Below: When the kids are busy with friends, Teri and John head downstairs to shoot pool or watch a movie in the pub-like basement.

Above: The formal dining room features a wine room behind custom-built doors.

“Our house is like Grand Central Station. People are always coming and going.” –Teri Xerogeanes a fireplace, inviting guests to sit with a glass of wine and admire the black-and-white photographs of the Xerogeaneses’ ancestors. “When we got married, I was 33 and John was 38, and we didn’t need anything, so we told our family what we wanted [in lieu of wedding gifts] was for them to give us photographs of our family going back generations,” says Teri. “We had them professionally framed.” The basement, which Teri and John transformed into a playroom in 2006 after Thea was born, was redone for a second time in 2017. Today, it houses Teri’s chic, feminine office decorated with a zebra-print rug from Scott Antique Markets, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams gold chairs and lamps from Wayfair to match.

“When I want to get away, I like going down to my office and shutting the doors,” says Teri. When she isn’t working in her office, Teri can be found creating and packaging candles in her “candle cave,” a converted storage room where all the magic happens for Wax Candle Bar. The basement isn’t all work and no play, however. It also boasts a full bar, theater and pool table. Painted in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, it boasts a decor inspired by the pubs the Xerogeaneses visited on a recent trip to Ireland. Teri covered the walls with vintage-style sports images and filled a wall-length built-in with sports memorabilia, including John’s father’s football helmet, Rocco’s game footballs and other items gifted to John from his athletic


the Xerogeaneses also redid the home’s ebony floors, replacing them with yellow pine finished with a custom combination of white paint and clear varnish to make them as light as possible. They also replaced the living room’s French doors with striking floor-to-ceiling iron windows that look out towards the pool, which was added in 2015. “With the pool, the kids would run in all these doors, and I’d have wet floors. [The new windows force] them to go through the mudroom instead,” says Teri. Another feature in the sunlit living room is a two-sided stone fireplace shared with an adjacent sitting area, where a Fernando Botero bullfighting print presides over furnishings from South of Market. The home’s main level also includes an elegant dining room with a temperature-controlled wine room and a study near the front door showcasing a mounted deer head gifted from Teri’s avid-hunter brother. The cozy space is furnished with two Pottery Barn brown leather chairs nestled in front of

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patients. The framed prints of English bulldogs throughout the basement pay homage to the family’s beloved Charlie. The sports theme extends into the basement guestroom, which gets used often by out-of-town guests. “Our house is like Grand Central Station. People are always coming and going,” says Teri. “We have a lot of family and friends who live out of town, so when we built the house, we built it with the intention of being able to house our friends when they come. It’s definitely served its purpose.” The family bedrooms are all located upstairs. Thea’s room is über-girly, with teal and gold accents and a chandelier, while Rocco’s is a navy-colored ode to football. Teri and John’s master bedroom is done in navy, white and orange, and offers a spacious balcony overlooking the pool.

Their galley master bathroom, reconfigured and renovated with the help of architect Nathaniel Seay, has marble countertops and his-and-her walk-in closets. The room also features rustic ceiling beams, a freestanding tub from now-shuttered Pirch and gold and glass light fixtures from Arteriors. For all their home renovations, the Xerogeaneses used Derazi Homes, but the interior design genius is all Teri. “Most people find interior design overwhelming and complicated, but it comes naturally to me since it’s one of my passions,” she says. “I love seeing the end result and knowing the history and planning behind each room design. I love design trends, but if you really take your time and select timeless pieces, your home will always look fresh and inviting.” n

Above: The couple’s uncluttered master overlooks the pool from a spacious balcony where John sometimes practices yoga.

Above: Thea’s bedroom is furnished in repurposed pieces, including a repainted dresser that was once a changing table in her nursery. Left: Fragrance bottles, waxes and glass containers stock Teri’s “candle cave” where she creates Wax Candle Bar’s bespoke creations. Right: The envyworthy master bathroom mixes rustic and modern elements.


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or many grooms, buying an engagement ring ranks among the most important purchases they’ll ever make, right behind a house and car. A buy of that magnitude means that “it’s important to really do research, go someplace you trust and avoid buying on impulse,” explains Kenyatta Black, the second-generation jeweler and graduate gemologist behind Atlanta Diamond Co., which opened this spring in Buckhead’s Monarch Plaza. We sat down with Black to learn more about how to shop for and say yes to the perfect diamond engagement ring.

STYLE RECON. If you’re a prospective groom, it’s vital to learn what you can about the bride-to-be’s jewelry preferences. “The first question I have for them is, ‘What does she like?’” says Black. “I don’t want to sell him something she may not like when you’re talking about something as personal as an engagement ring.” Many shoppers come in with inspirational photos to get the conversation started, since



approximately 50 percent of Atlanta Diamond Co.’s work is custom. A word to the wise: You may have to be sneaky. If the topic of her preferred style doesn’t come up organically, ask her recently engaged friends and her mother, and even troll her Pinterest page for inspiration.

cal composition and brilliance of diamonds pulled from deep within the earth. “Even for a gemologist, just by looking at them you can’t tell the difference,” notes Black, who adds that the man-made stones run about half the cost.



If you’ve even thought about diamond shopping, you’ve probably heard the four Cs: cut, color, clarity and carat. A savvy jeweler should help you balance all four to maximize your budget and the impact of the final ring. “People always ask which C is best. You want a little bit of all of them,” Black explains. “You don’t want to have poor color and great clarity, or great clarity and poor color. There’s a lot between that looks very nice.”

For clients who are worried about the ethics of sourcing naturally mined diamonds or who have a tight budget, non-mined diamonds might be a worthy consideration. Though the alternative sparklers are grown in a lab, they have the same chemi-

Just like getting the deed to a home, your diamond can, and should, come with its own documentation. “The most important C is the certification,” Black notes,

ALL THE Cs. As you’re doing your research, consult key family members about whether or not there’s a stone of historical importance that the bride may want to include in her ring. A designer can create a bespoke piece of jewelry that looks both modern and timeless, even with a diamond that’s been passed down through the generations.

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Jennifer Bradley Franklin adding that a GIA certificate comes from the Gemological Institute of America, the organization that created a standardized grading system. Beyond giving a client peace of mind, the certificate tells you everything about the diamond, including disclosing anything unexpected, such as whether it’s been fracture-filled (not necessarily a bad thing, but it could affect the value).

MAINTENANCE. Once that gorgeous sparkler is on her left ring finger, it’s vital to maintain your investment. Black recommends taking it to a jeweler every six months or so to have it cleaned and inspected, particularly since normal wear and tear can cause subtle weakening of the prongs. “Make sure the stone isn’t wiggling like a tooth,” he warns. n

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Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner ($10.99) This gentle, alcohol-free toner smells like a real cucumber, though it’s likely the organic aloe vera that provides the soothing scent. A refreshing skin-routine essential, it uses organic witch hazel and grapefruit seed extract to balance your skin’s pH after cleansing or a workout. It is sulfate-, phthalate-, dye-, paraben-, formaldehyde-, fragranceand aluminum-free.

Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner ($11.99 each) Sometimes natural shampoos and conditioners smell amazing, but just don’t make your hair feel right. That’s not the case with this duo. Great for daily use, they work well on curly, dry and fine hair, and offer both a great aroma and superb conditioning—all without chemicals. The products use a blend of virgin coconut milk and coconut oil, shea butter and Acacia senegal, and are sulfate-free.

Whole Beauty Trilogy Rosehip Oil, Light Blend ($27.99) While this popular face oil isn’t the cheapest on the market, it is on the lower end when compared to some of its competitors and what it offers (certified natural and non-GMO ingredients, recycled packaging and ethical trade practices, to name a few things). What’s more, a little—a few drops at a time—of the lightweight seed oil goes a long way to hydrate your skin and combat fine lines with essential fatty acids from rosehip, cranberry, jojoba and grapeseed oil, and the antioxidant lycopene from tomato.

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Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub ($9.99) A gritty scrub for all skin types, it sloughs off dead skin with sea kelp, French green clay and lemon peel, detoxifying your pores without stripping your skin of moisture. Use a dime-sized dollop two to three times per week; despite the frequency, the product will last several months. Plus, you can’t beat that price tag.


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n the past, you might have heard Whole Foods referred to as “Whole Paycheck,” but the grocery store known for its organic selections and highquality standards has a surprisingly affordable beauty aisle. In it, you’ll find your favorite natural beauty brands that you may typically buy from low-budget retailers such as Target, as well as cult brands that can usually only be found at specialty retailers. Save yourself a trip or time online shopping and get your beauty fixes and healthy eats in one stop. It’s also worth noting that while there are no mandatory government standards for using the word “organic” on body-care products, Whole Foods sets its own high standards. Here are a few of our favorite items from the beauty aisle of the Buckhead Whole Foods. n WHOLE FOODS 77 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.324.4100

Burt’s Bees Brimming Berry Lipstick ($11.49) This moisturizing lipstick goes on smoothly with a creamy texture that leaves behind a jewel-toned berry kiss. It’s formulated without the petrolatum, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and parabens that are found in a lot of traditional lipsticks, and instead uses red raspberry oil, beeswax, vitamin E and moringa oil to nourish your pucker.

Weleda Skin Food ($18.99) A dream for dry hands and body parts, this thick moisturizer does exactly what its name suggests: feeds your skin with a hydrating blend of beeswax and oils such as sunflower and sweet almond. Calendula and chamomile unite to offer a subtle, calming botanical scent. And you can rest assured that it’s free of synthetic fragrances, colorants, preservatives and mineral oils.

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Start with your feet together and parallel. Step the right leg out to the side into a lunge, bending the right knee, working to get as low as you can while keeping your lower abdominals pulled in and your chest lifted. After you do a full side lunge, push off the ground and pull your knee up toward your chest, squeezing your abdominals for balance. Try 25 repetitions on each side. Make things more challenging by adding a jump from the standing leg as you bring the knee into the chest.




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he temptation is real, y’all. That is, the temptation to do nothing but laze in the sun and drink margaritas during that week at the beach. “It’s easy to feel self-conscious putting on a swimsuit, but getting a workout in will help boost your confidence and make you feel tighter instantly,” says Donna Burke, owner of Forme Studios in Buckhead. “Remember, workouts don’t need to be an hour to be effective.” To take the guesswork out of your vacation sweat sessions, Burke has created a five-move workout you can knock out in about 30 minutes. Do the exercises on solid ground, or try them in the sand to up the intensity. n 3A




Start with your feet slightly wider than your hips, with your toes turned out slightly. Drop down into a squatting position and raise your arms to shoulder level. Next, press up to standing while lifting onto your toes, raising your arms overhead into a big V and squeezing your glutes. Try three rounds of 20 repetitions. Make it tougher by staying on your toes the entire movement.



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Start with your feet slightly wider than your hips and extend your left leg to the side. Then, extend your right arm at shoulder height and bend it to a 90-degree angle. Twist your right arm into the center, while at the same time lifting your left knee to your chest. Extend both arm and leg back out, and repeat this movement as quickly (but controlled) as possible to get your heart rate up. Do 30 repetitions on each side. For more of a challenge, grab a water bottle to use as a weight.



Get into a tabletop position on the floor, facing down, with your hands underneath your shoulders, knees underneath your hips and your back flat. Pull your lower belly into your spine to engage your core and bring your right leg up to 90 degrees. Lift it in line with your hips and squeeze your glutes, making sure your lower back never arches and that the leg never comes higher than your hip. Bring the knee back into the chest, and repeat. After 20 repetitions, hold the leg in line with your hip, then do 20 tiny pulses. Complete three rounds on each side. If you have lower back problems, rest on your forearms instead of your hands. For more of a challenge, add a water bottle behind your knee.






Step your feet out past your hips, and turn your toes out slightly while dropping down into the lowest squat you can with your chest lifted, glutes squeezed and shoulder blades pulled together. Bring one hand behind each ear with your elbows pointed out to the side, and then bend on one side, bringing the elbow down toward your hip. Return to standing, and repeat on the other side. If you have shoulder or neck issues, drop your hands down by your sides and reach for the outsides of your knees.

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pend a few minutes chatting with Sabrina Davis, and it’s easy to see why she’s celebrating a big milestone as a Buckhead business owner. Her breezily cool style and friendly, open manner put her customers—many of whom have become friends—at ease. The Miami Beach native pingponged between Los Angeles and Atlanta during her 20s, before settling in Buckhead to be close to family. The polished 46-year-old opened Brina Beads in West Buckhead Village 15 years ago, selling jewelry-making supplies and hosting workshops. “I brought in two mannequins to display jewelry, but I didn’t want them to be naked,” she says with a laugh. “So I put clothes on them, and people kept trying to buy my clothes off of the mannequins.” The discovery that Buckhead shoppers were clamoring to emulate her style led her to open Range Boutique in 2007, stocking it with a blend of dresses, tops, denim, accessories and jewelry from both West Coast and local designers. Though her feet are firmly planted in Buckhead, she travels to California three to four times a year to source new items. She even spends a month in San Diego each summer to stay connected to her beach roots. How does the California style sensibility play into Range Boutique? When I first moved here, I was used to a relaxed, comfortable, chic style. I felt like we were lacking that in Atlanta. So when I started Range, I brought in almost all California designers, but I streamlined it for Southern women. Is Range’s effortlessly cool collection a reflection of your own fashion sense? This isn’t phony; it’s really my lifestyle. I’m busy all the time, but I’ve always been a little lazy about getting ready. I don’t want to think for longer than two minutes about what I’m going to wear. I prefer effortless style. People will stop you and say “I love that” because you’re comfortable, and it shows that you feel good.



RANGER SABRINA DAVIS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF BRINGING SO-CAL FASHION TO BUCKHEAD Who are the “Style Rangers”? That’s my favorite thing. Every six months, we pick 12 clients to be our models for an online media campaign. We pick different ages, lifestyles and looks. We hire a professional photographer, do their hair and makeup, and for a day the Rangers get to feel like supermodels. It’s really fun. A lot of people watch the campaign because they like to see their friends.

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Are the local jewelry designers you carry a nod to where you started with Brina Beads? Absolutely. The majority of the designers we carry either worked for me or taught classes at my store. When somebody comes to show me a line, it has to be impressive, because I worked in that industry for 14 years. Many of our designers learned how to make jewelry and bought their supplies from Brina Beads.


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Moe Mitchell brings his comic stylings to The Bert Show as its new co-host. Cassandra Young Photography

“Back before I can even remember, I would constantly jot down my thoughts and ideas on paper. I was always into that world.” —Moe Mitchell

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One of Mitchell’s first performances as a stand-up comedian was at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, in front of 18,000 people.

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aurice “Moe” Mitchell was born to be an entertainer. The Atlanta transplant is the newest voice on WWWQ-FM radio’s The Bert Show, but even as a kid he would flex his creative muscles. “I used to write poetry and music at a very young age. Back before I can even remember, I would constantly jot down my thoughts and ideas on paper, whether it was in journal or poetry form,” says Mitchell. “I was always into that world.”

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The Brooklyn native left New York to attend school at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, but returned to the borough after graduation. A few years after working at iHeartRadio’s mailroom and writing hip-hop songs on the side, one of the guys on the comedy team at iHeartRadio asked Mitchell if he’d be interested in doing stand-up specials. This led him to launch a comedy podcast, Keep the Change, that exposed him to the world of radio.

Among Mitchell’s other creative endeavors are his popular, oftenexpletive-filled Facebook videos titled Why I Hate Your Sign. It may seem like a random topic, but Mitchell’s grandmother was an astrology nerd and passed her knowledge of the different astrological signs on to him. He was teasing his friends about their signs one day, and they encouraged him to make his rants into videos. His first was about his own sign, Scorpio, and included two minutes of hilarious zingers. It went viral, as have the other six astrology videos. Mitchell laughs, “I’m probably better known for those than anything else.” His talents, demonstrated in his comedy podcast and those videos, resulted in an email from The Bert Show host Bert Weiss. Mitchell was working in Brooklyn at the time and traveling for stand-up gigs when he got word from Weiss saying that he had seen Mitchell’s work and there was an opportunity to come to Atlanta and serve as a replacement for Brian Moote as a co-host on the nationally syndicated show. Excited for the chance to work in radio again, Mitchell pounced on the opportunity. Of how he likes his new role, he says, “I’m loving getting to know everyone. It’s like a close-knit family. It’s really been amazing working with them and learning radio, learning their chemistry. It’s a very beautiful challenge.” Now a Sandy Springs resident, Mitchell is also enjoying learning about his new city. “I like [Atlanta],” he says. “It’s slower. It’s different. Things aren’t necessarily as close together. New York City is unique; there’s nothing like it. But I was ready for the change of pace, and it came at a good point in my life. For me, it’s been amazing.” He hasn’t had a chance to explore too much of his new surroundings yet, but hopefully for the rest of us, he’ll be around for a while. Besides catching him every weekday morning on The Bert Show, he’ll also be making stand-up appearances around town. Keep up with him via Twitter at @immoemitch, and on Facebook at n







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Fine furnishings, artworks, jewelry and collectibles are just a few of the items that will go up on the block when the new Leslie Hindman auction house has its first sale in September.

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t took the influence of a former High Museum of Art director to put Atlanta on Leslie Hindman’s radar. In April 2017, the head of the selfnamed auction house hired the High’s Michael Shapiro as a senior advisor, and in doing so learned that the city still had room for one more fine art and furnishings gallery. The result is Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on Miami Circle, where Director of Business Development Mary Calhoun is gearing up for the first sale in September. The prepping of the 5,000-square-foot space has been going on since the location’s arrival was announced a year ago. “The idea spun off after Leslie brought on Michael Shapiro in museum services and private collections,”

says Calhoun, who previously spent eight years at Sotheby’s in New York. “We realized that in the seven-state region of the Southeast, there’s a real lack of high-end, international auction houses.” The Atlanta outpost joins the company’s eight regional U.S. locations that, in total, host more than 60 auctions each year. Calhoun is aiming to have about six auctions in Atlanta that will showcase a range of furniture, decor and art. “As a company, we have specialists in every category—jewelry, Asian art, coins,” says Calhoun. “But in Atlanta, our sales will be more general. And we’re open for business now and are accepting property.” Calhoun has been working with local decorators who may have an odd piece they can’t place and with individuals ready to refresh

their surroundings. “We have a lot of clients who want to change their collections or who have something they don’t want to hang on to,” she says. “And some have things they just can’t take care of anymore. Initially, I thought a lot of that would be furniture, but we’ve gotten some beautiful art pieces as well.” Of course, if you’re on the trail of a few fine manuscripts to round out your collection, or would love to spruce up the formal living room with a work of original Western art, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers can help with items like those as well. “There are a lot of Western art collectors in Atlanta, and we have a center for that in Denver,” says Calhoun. “But if you have things you don’t want to ship around the country, we can sell them here. We’ve got outlets for whatever the item is, even if it’s a

After several years at Sotheby’s, Mary Calhoun now serves as Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ director of business development.

$50,000 emerald necklace you don’t feel comfortable wearing anymore.” Working with Calhoun as consignment manager is Lelia Williamson, a veteran of Buckhead’s Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery and similar companies in New Jersey and New York. She also worked as a curatorial assistant at the High Museum. She and Calhoun are currently accepting consignLESLIE HINDMAN ments of fine AUCTIONEERS art, jewelry, books, furni668 Miami Circle Atlanta 30324 ture, decora404.800.0192 tive arts and more. n

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ELEVEN DOGS, EIGHT MONKS AND ONE BUSY GUY Brookhaven entrepreneur Jesse Itzler’s new book recounts his 15 days off the grid


fter his 2016 book, Living With a SEAL: 31 Days Training With the Toughest Man on the Planet, became a hit, life only got more intense for Brookhaven entrepreneur Jesse Itzler. And it was already fairly intense: The Atlanta Hawks co-owner and father of four kids under age 8 is always on the go with a variety of business ventures, philanthropic interests and personal improvement projects. A respite from the crushing routine was called for, and the resulting idea provided the inspiration for his brand new book, Living With the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me About Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus. “I’d done the physical part with the [Navy] SEAL, and I wanted to do the spiritual part with the monks,” says Itzler. “And I thought living with spiritual masters would be a great thing


to build my life resume.” After researching monasteries in the U.S., Itzler headed to Cambridge, New York, in the spring of 2017 to spend 15 days with the eight Russian Orthodox monks of New Skete, who make their living raising German shepherds and training dogs of all breeds. And they do it all in a way that defies the clock, Itzler learned. “They don’t have a to-do list. They work on one thing until it’s done to completion, and they do all their tasks to perfection,” says Itzler, who, in contrast, has “9,000 balls in the air” and does things to 80 percent just so he can check them off his list. During his stay, Itzler shadowed a different monk each day, doing the same chores and eating with them as a group. “We ate three meals a day, no snacks,” he says. “I ate when they ate, meditated when they meditated. I did whatever they told me to do.”

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Itzler admits it took some getting used to being without his cellphone and the Internet. “I had no contact, no concept of what was going on in the world, no idea what the kids were doing,” he says. “Once I eased into it, I realized that time goes really slowly in a monastery. I was there for 15 days and it felt like 15,000 years.” But the experience reminded him of important life lessons, the top 10 of which he recounts in the book. One of the key takeaways was how he deals with time. “I’m turning 50 this year, and I’m thinking about how I want to spend the rest of my years,” he says. “I looked at how much time I spend on things like family, wellness, business and relationships, and how I spend a lot of time on things that aren’t in those buckets. And I realized I don’t miss watching that football game or liking that Facebook post.”

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n 1994, CheeseCaked founder Shawn Brown was in a horrific car accident. Hit by a drunk driver, her 10-week-old son was killed, and Brown was pronounced dead twice. After a tracheotomy, multiple surgeries and physical therapy, Brown pulled through and set about reclaiming her shattered life. Fast-forward 17 years, and Brown was laid off from her marketing job. She decided to move to Atlanta with her three children and take her career into her own hands. She’d always enjoyed baking, and started selling cheesecakes wholesale to restaurants and catering events. She opened a small shop in Lawrenceville, then moved it to the food court at Peachtree Center downtown. In 2016, she decided she wanted more space to expand the menu, and opened CheeseCaked on Morosgo Drive in Buckhead. There, she serves a selection of Instagramworthy treats, including paninis, milkshakes and individually-sized cheesecakes in unique flavors such as margarita, French toast and bacon, strawberry shortcake and cannoli. Brown is in early talks with the Food Network about a possible behind-the-scenes show on CheeseCaked, and she often caters four or five events in a single weekend. During busy times, her store has a line of people waiting to get their lips around her sweets. On the side, she volunteers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), speaking about her experience. She also donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the My Little Pumpkin cheesecake to MADD every fall.

How did you learn to bake?

I’m self-taught. I was always the one who brought desserts to family events. When I moved to Atlanta, I saw that cupcakes had really taken off. I saw that Crumbs made it to the New York Stock Exchange. I thought, “What could I do that’s different but personal and can wow people?” Cheesecakes can be small and personal-sized. Cheesecake Factory has huge slices; I wanted to make them


smaller and prettier. Cheesecake can be just as creative as cupcakes. Now, the crazier it is, the better it does.

was taking a step out of my comfort zone and seeing what doors opened. What is the secret to success?

Where do you get your ideas for your cheesecakes?

All my kids have a flavor. Most close family members have a flavor. There are fruity, chocolate, peanut butter and bacon options. I try to go all across the board. I have to pay attention to the trends: unicorn, coffee, seasonal. We have more than 20 personal varieties, as well as party-sized (miniature) and wedge (full-slice) options. I like the Oh My Goodness turtle cheesecake. It has an Oreo crust topped with brownies, pecans, caramel, fudge and whipped cream. We also have 10 milkshakes with cheesecake blended in them and a cheesecake bar on top.

Patience, consistency and creativity. My secret weapon has been my awesome social media manager. She has been able to get CheeseCaked noticed on the biggest platform today. It will be amazing if the TV show works out; it’s such an awesome opportunity. To be on such a prominent network and to share what we do would be more than I’ve ever dreamed of. n  

Wardrobe: Jumpsuit, Ralph Lauren ($150); and earrings, Nadri ($120); courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, Steve Madden ($110), courtesy of Steve Madden. Cuff, Anne B. Accessories, courtesy of Holly Katz.

How did opening CheeseCaked help you heal from your traumatic car accident?

Baking is therapy for me. I had been baking cheesecakes on the side and building the business while working. I started sharing my story. I didn’t realize how inspiring and powerful it was. The more I stepped out and shared my story, the more doors that opened for me. I can’t believe little ol’ me has a location in Buckhead. I didn’t come from a trust fund. I built it by myself. We’re like a little family at CheeseCaked. We want everyone to feel loved. It’s whimsical and fun. I have Jenga and Bop It. There’s community seating where we all become one. You can take pictures with a large unicorn. It makes me feel so good that I was able to turn something negative into a business where we make people happy. It truly warms my heart. What advice would you give those who’ve experienced tragedy?

Everyone grieves differently. With tragedies, I explain that it’s a journey you’re going through. It’s difficult, but you’ll look back and teach others that you can get through it. Take one day at a time. People get stuck doing the same things. What worked for me

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First job: Waitress, Sizzler Age: 44 Education: Some college Family: Daughters Milan and Jailyn, son Meritt Hobby: Trying out new recipes Personal hero: Marcus Lemonis



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exas native Charles Denyer indulged his passion for history in college, but his two master’s degrees in information systems and nuclear engineering are paying the bills. In 1999, he followed his business sense, and a girlfriend, to Atlanta, where he’s built a consulting firm around national cybersecurity issues. “The consulting came first, when the Gulf War was in full swing,” says the Buckhead resident. “I started to work in intelligence, then migrated to the private sector. For the last two decades, I’ve focused on cybersecurity rules, regulations and best practices.” Through that work, Denyer met a number of high-ranking politicos, including former vice presidents Dick Cheney and Dan Quayle. And those encounters led to a second career as an up-and-coming writer. His first book, Number One Observatory Circle, which is an in-depth look at the official vice presidential residence in D.C., debuted last summer and includes interviews with VPs from Walter Mondale to Mike Pence. His second book, Our Nation’s Number Two, about the modern men who have occupied the vice presidential office, will be published this fall. He’s now working on a text about ways to protect the national infrastructure from the “cybersecurity nightmare.” Off the clock, Denyer lives in the Kingswood neighborhood with his wife and their three school-age children.

What motivates you?

My biggest concern is that this country is in great danger of cybersecurity threats, so I want to do what I can to make sure organizations are safe and secure from hackers and malware attacks. I work with banks, water systems, roads and highways around critical infrastructure protection, because if the systems that run these are attacked, we have a heck of a problem.


First job: Wine representative, E. & J. Gallo Winery Age: 46 Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin; Master of Science in Information and Telecommunications Systems, Johns Hopkins University; Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Family: Wife, Megan; son, Rex; twin daughters, Catherine and Caroline Hobbies: Animal rescue, skeet and trap shooting, tennis, fishing

Wardrobe: Sweater, Michael Kors ($168); shirt, Burberry ($225); and pants, AllSaints ($125); courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, his own.

Personal hero: Troy Aikman

How do you define success?

By having character, no matter how little or how much you have in the bank. I define success by whether you’re a good person, a person of your word. If you can leave a mark on this world and make a difference, that also defines success. It can be something small, whatever fits in your sphere of influence. On the professional side, I’m successful by keeping organizations safe and secure. You also try to make a mark by giving back to the community.

Yes, I donate time to animal welfare groups and the elderly. I spend time with hospice patients, even taking them to a movie or to get an ice

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cream if they’re healthy enough. It’s sad to go to these places and see people who are a lot lonelier than they should be. What qualities do people need to cultivate to achieve success?

Realize you don’t need to be the smartest person. Having dedication and consistency is most important. No matter how boring something is, if you keep going at it day in and day out, you’ll be successful. I’ve found that to be true in my own life. What challenges have you had to overcome to get where you are today?

I’d be the first to admit I didn’t have the best childhood. My parents

divorced, and we moved quite a bit. That created a need for me to be grounded. Sometimes I find children who have perfect lives fall apart when they get older. I was tested early on and was ready for battle. What advice would you give to people who are struggling to achieve their goals?

I suggest finding a peer or mentor who can look at what you’re doing from a different sphere. I have a number of mentors who have helped me understand what I need to do to be a better person. When something isn’t working, ask “Who can I go to?” There is always someone out there smarter than you. n



ood luck finding a free moment in Chris Godfrey’s day. Now settled in his new day job as a pre-sales consultant at Equifax (he was previously an associate at the commercial real estate firm Avison Young), the busy 29-year-old also fills his plate with his various duties as the president of the Buckhead Business Association (BBA). The youngest person ever to hold the position at the 350-plus-member association, he is responsible for everything from presiding over weekly networking sessions to appearing at area ribbon cuttings. Godfrey was also just named one of the two newest directors of the Buckhead Coalition. In addition, he’s a steering committee member for the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s ATLeaders council, served on the Committee for a Better Atlanta before the past election cycle, is on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Community Board and is an active member of Buckhead Church. Godfrey packs his schedule with all of these projects and commitments in large part because he believes in giving back. “A lot of people don’t know how to give back, but it just takes putting one foot in front of the other,” he says.

What does the BBA president do?

I oversee our board of directors, executive board, executive director and any interns we have. It’s a volunteer position. I was president-elect last year, and next year I will be past president. It’s a three-year process. How does one get to be president of the BBA at only 29?

I got involved about four years ago right out of college. When I moved back to Atlanta, I was working for a staffing firm. Joining BBA was one of the first things I did when I joined corporate Atlanta. At the time, our YoungBucks program for members 35 and under hadn’t really been doing anything. We brought it back and grew the numbers and participation. That was my first leadership role in the organization. From there, I became vice president of programs for the overall organization. Has there been any pushback about someone so young taking over?

I’ve had all sorts of support and nothing but encouragement. People saw my involvement the last four years and valued what I’ve been doing.

What are your goals as president?

I’m most excited about helping the BBA stay relevant for a new generation. For one, we’ve rolled out a new website. We’ve made it mobilefriendly and easier for people to register for events online. We’ve improved the communication line between members and leadership. And you have a day job, too.

Yes, I work for Equifax. I’m a consultant with the workforce solutions group. We help with all the onboarding applications that Equifax has.

Current day job: Solutions consultant, workforce solutions, Equifax First job: “I did freelance marketing beginning in eighth grade, using graphic design and video editing to help organizations.” Age: 29 Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Georgia Pets: Family dog Doozie Hobbies: “I enjoy staying active, whether it’s traveling to new places or being a tourist in our own city.” Personal heroes: “My parents, Marty and Becky Godfrey.”

Not the credit side of the business, but rather the suite of services we sell to employers. Part of your job as the president of the BBA is to promote the area. What’s great about Buckhead in your opinion?

There are big companies here with job opportunities. For example, there’s Carter’s and Northwestern Mutual. You have a bustling technology scene [Atlanta Tech Village] and a commercial real estate presence with CBRE. The BeltLine is coming through a portion of Buckhead,


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and Path400 is eventually going to connect to the BeltLine. We have the best food scene. I mention a lot of the fun things, because I think that’s the hook: to work hard and enjoy that quality of life to go with your work. With all this leadership experience, could we one day see your name on an election ballot?

I could see myself involved in the economic development of Atlanta. I don’t have a specific position in mind, but politics is a definite possibility. I love making a difference. n

Wardrobe: Shirt, Ted Baker ($155); and suit, Ted Baker ($649); courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes and watch, his own.

First job: “I helped open a restaurant at 15. My dad has been in the food business for 40 years, and his friend was opening a new restaurant, so I got cross-trained in everything.”


Age: 34 Education: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Communications, Kennesaw State University


Family: Husband, Hans, and daughter, Emme Lou Hobbies: Travel, spending quality time with family and hot yoga. “I love music and fashion (obviously) and am always searching for inspiration for new styles and ideas.”

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Personal hero: “My father. He’s the hardest working person I’ve ever met and has always been my biggest supporter.” 


hen Sarah Heiserer had her daughter, Emme Lou, three years ago, she wasn’t happy with the baby clothes options on the market. They sported too many sequins, ruffles and the like, says Heiserer, who wanted pieces that were more durable, streamlined and fashion-forward. So she sat down at a sewing machine and started designing and making the kinds of pieces she had been searching for. Today, Heiserer has turned those designs into the Brookhaven-based kid’s clothing line e Lou, which offers simple yet stylish, and even some unisex, pieces in sizes 6 months to 4T (toddler). Only a year old, e Lou is already garnering attention from like-minded parents, as well as the editors at British Vogue, who featured e Lou in their July 2018 issue. The brand has been so well-received, she’s working on debuting a line of similarly styled women’s clothes in the not-toodistant future. What inspired you to start designing children’s clothes?

After we had our daughter, I saw there was a need for a different style of children’s wear. Here in the South, you see a lot of traditional stuff such as monograms and


Wardrobe: Dress, belt, shoes and jewelry, her own.

gingham prints. That’s just not really what I like. I like more neutral color palettes, Asian influences. And I wasn’t finding that anywhere. Do you have a design background?

I don’t, actually. I just bought a sewing machine and kind of freehanded it. If you look at my styles, it’s a lot of minimal, modern pieces. Not a lot of buttons. Just real simple shapes. How did it become a business?

At first, this was just for my daughter to see if I could create something that she’d wear and that would be ideal for her lifestyle, because she’s a very active little girl. Then I decided to see if I could create a business from it. A friend of a friend introduced me to a manufacturer, and it all just happened from there. We’ve got a full e-commerce site ( We did our first production in February. The full inventory is online.

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What kind of feedback have you gotten?

Other parents tell me how different Emme’s clothes are, and a lot of people comment on the fabrics, because they’re really great. We have linen cotton and cotton gauze, which is like the muslin fabric that’s used for baby blankets. How does your business work?

I’m running it from my home in Brookhaven. I do everything on my own, from taking the photos on my website to packing orders. The manufacturing is done in Los Angeles. What has been your biggest challenge?

Getting people to interpret my vision. Putting something in someone else’s hands. Who’s your biggest inspiration?

My daughter. If all goes well, one day it will be hers. I’m showing her

that if you work hard, you can be successful and have independence. What’s next?

We’re being featured in British Vogue. They reached out to me after finding me on social media. When I got the email, I researched the woman’s name to make sure it was legit. I was checking the IP address. The big vision is to venture into women’s wear. I’ll still keep the simplicity and modern design that we have now. Even though you’re just getting started, you’re already giving back.

Yes, we participate in a program called 1% For The Planet. One percent of our total sales goes to programs that support ocean and marine life. Any words of advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Go with your instincts. n



ith the rise of social media fake accounts and stolen identities, how do we trust someone we’ve met online? Andrew Gowasack, CEO and co-founder of Trust Stamp, is building a startup to help clients decipher whom they can and can’t trust. The company, which has an office at Atlanta Tech Village, uses proprietary, artificial intelligence-powered biometric technology to provide users with a unique digital identifier called a biometric hash. Businesses use these hashes to detect and prevent synthetic identity fraud and identity theft. For standing out, according to the Technology Association of Georgia, as one of the “elite group of companies whose products and solutions are not only changing their respective industries, but also putting Georgia on the map as a state where technology innovation

First job: Resident assistant at Benedictine College, Kansas Age: 27 Education: Bachelor of Arts in both finance and economics, Benedictine College  



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can thrive,” Trust Stamp was recently named one of the 10 most innovative companies in the state. How did you come up with the idea for Trust Stamp?

Trust Stamp was originally some intellectual property my co-founder came up with. I was the guy who tested it out on the weekends. We started off trying to figure out how much people want to know about people online before they meet in person, and which data sources we can use to verify that’s a person and that’s who they say they are. How is Trust Stamp protecting its clients?

We built several proprietary artificial intelligences [AIs] that serve different roles in answering that question. We use facial recognition technology, and we have other AI that can tie

that to a government ID. Or we can use social media to find photos or data that match that image. Once we can tie a face to an ID, we can store that data as a biometric hash, so there is a one in a billion chance of matching someone else’s face that isn’t yours. What this means is that a website, financial institution, healthcare provider or anyone can have a list of known customers represented by this hash. It washes out fraudsters. Once you have these hashes, you can spot anomalies. What is your biggest challenge with Trust Stamp?

Finding the biggest and best place for our technology. As an early startup, we have to be disciplined about how we bring on clients as we scale. [Identity trust] is a global problem, across all industries. It affects everyone. Our challenge is

to grow in a disciplined way, otherwise we can’t deliver in a good way. You also must manage your team, not overwork them and not stretch resources so that what you deliver is what clients need and not what you think they need. To what do you attribute your success?

I attribute it to having a good team behind us. Also, the one discipline that we have is we listen to the people we’re trying to serve. Before we build or deliver something, we give them ample time to communicate how they want it to work and who it needs to work for. We glean a lot of learning that way. What’s the next big thing for you?

Fatherhood. My wife and I had our first child in June. Trust Stamp is growing like a weed, but my next big milestone is that new startup. n

Wardrobe: Shirt, Ted Baker ($155); and pants, J Brand ($198), courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, Steve Madden high-top sneakers ($90), courtesy of Steve Madden. Watch and belt, his own.

Family: He and his wife welcomed their first child in June Hobbies: “I’m a board game enthusiast, and amateur cigar and whiskey snob. I’ve also recently been roasting my own coffee and curing meats.”  Personal hero: “My co-founder, Gareth Genner. He has a desire to mentor and grow young people. I’m floored by his generosity to share as I learn and grow.”

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Carl Danbury

fter graduating from college with a degree in building construction science, Brian Durkin seemed destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. His dad, Jerry Durkin, is the recently retired, former chairman of Wood Partners, the development firm that builds Atlanta high-rise residences such as Realm, Eclipse and  Metropolis. Instead, Durkin sold his Harley and his truck and headed to Hollywood to become an actor. “I want to spend my life doing me, not you,” Durkin explained to his family. “I got a lot of crazy looks for it.” His career began with a basic scene-study course at L.A.’s Howard Fine Acting Studio with 46 other hopefuls, including Robert Belushi and Carmen Electra. Within a month, Durkin grabbed Fine’s attention with his raw acting ability and was placed into an advanced course. In 2003, Durkin’s first role for the silver screen brought him back to Atlanta. In Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Durkin played Perry Adair, amateur golfer and friend of local golf icon Jones, portrayed by Jim Caviezel. Since then, Durkin has “spit lines with six Oscar winners,” including Denzel Washington (Déjà Vu) and Clint Eastwood (Trouble with the Curve), and has been directed by greats such as Robert Redford (The Conspirator). He’s also recently appeared in the hit TV shows The Walking Dead and Stranger Things. His roles have fallen into certain categories. “I’m either a —head at a bar, a dirty cop or a hard-core military guy. I know where I belong,” says Durkin, who now lives in Sandy Springs with his wife and two children. Durkin’s latest roles might just be the ones to elevate him to star status. In the upcoming Netflix production of The Highwaymen, in which he shares the screen with Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates and Woody Harrelson, he plays Deputy Prentiss Oakley, one of the lawmen who took down Bonnie and Clyde. There’s also been a lot of buzz around his latest film, Director X’s recently released remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film SuperFly, in which he plays a crooked cop named Turk Franklin.


How did you get the role in SuperFly?

I don’t know how that one fell into my lap. They weren’t even casting in Atlanta. The original takes place in Harlem. I never read for it. They booked me off my reel. Had they kept the story in Harlem, I would never have gotten it. When they couldn’t find someone to play the other “white racist cop” they needed in Los Angeles or New York, they apparently came to Atlanta. And casting was like, “Brian Durkin, hands down.” I flew in blind, and it could end up being one of the biggest things I’ve ever done. It’s going to be a kick— film. The timing is impeccable, coming on the heels of Black Panther, and I’m happy to be a part of it. Is perseverance the most essential trait an actor needs to survive in the industry?

In five days, three roles hit. It’s a testament to staying the grind and being patient. I went 14 months without working. I was doing four or five auditions per week, hammering down. It was frustrating. What drives you as an actor?

I need acting like breathing, and because I’ve gone without it, I know what I am without it. I have to do it. If I don’t do it at this level, I’ll go to a local community theater. I have to have the outlet. It’s not a fame thing for me. If you’re doing it for fame, you’d better quickly accept that it’s cool for maybe a day, but probably only until lunch, and then you’re going to be over it. You have to love acting. Of everyone you’ve worked with, who’s been the most generous or impressive?

Clint Eastwood! The boss. Hands down. An eight-hour day on a set in this business is unheard of, but I saw it firsthand on Trouble with the Curve. I’m not a starstruck dude, as I have worked with [actors such as] Denzel, Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh, but when Clint Eastwood makes eye contact with you, it’s like staring at a bald eagle. You’re not worthy. He was talking to me about directing and said there’s a really simple recipe to be successful:

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Everybody shows up prepared, you shoot a scene two or three times, and you move on. If you have to shoot a scene 32 times, that tells me a lot of you came unprepared, he said. Then, there was working with John Goodman and Amy Adams on that same film, and that was an incredible moment in my life. But, Clint Eastwood and his eight-hour days, I am privileged to say that I have seen that with my own eyes. What’s your secret to success?

In this industry, the numbers are so stacked against you, that when you announce you’re moving to L.A. to become an actor, nobody really believes you’re going to do it. Believe me, you have to have a strong belief in yourself, and you’ve got to be able to battle hearing “no.” As Steve Martin once said, “You have to be so good that they can’t say no to you.” I’ve got to be the best 42-year-old out there. Any long-term future aspirations?

I take a James Franco approach to life. I’m probably one of those guys who’ll wind up teaching at a university. n

Wardrobe: Shirt, John Varvatos ($98); jacket, J Brand ($268); and pants, G-Star Raw Jogger jeans ($190), courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Undershirt, boots and necklace, his own.

First job: “I was Chuck E. Cheese. Literally the kid in the suit.” Age: 42 Education: Bachelor of Science, building construction science, University of Florida; Master of Business Administration, Georgia State University Family: Wife and two children Hobbies: Martial arts and woodworking. “I’ve always wanted to be that old man with a bunch of tools in his garage.” Personal hero: “My father. He showed me that with grit, drive and a good work ethic, you can bust into any industry and succeed. Just never lose the passion for learning and evolving.”

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Health Food Haven  P62

Based on an anti-inflammatory diet, the menu at True Food Kitchen reads like the Rosetta Stone of health food.

Your night as designated driver? Try True Food Kitchen’s delicious Medicine Man mocktail made with green tea, cherry, pomegranate and sea buckthorn. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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HEALTH FOOD HAVEN True Food Kitchen is the real deal —not to mention really delicious STORY:

Rebecca Cha   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna


ince this is your first time, let me tell you, we’re based on an anti-inflammatory diet,” announces the server at True Food Kitchen. Ah, so that explains why the menu reads like the Rosetta Stone of health food. Thankfully, the food itself is userfriendly, delicious and affordable, evidenced by the multitudes who show up here daily, often enduring long waits for a table.

The shiitake lettuce cup with crunchy jicama, Thai basil and spicy sambal scores a perfect 10.


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Situated in a massive warehouse-like space at one end of Lenox Square, the restaurant boasts an expansive open kitchen, reclaimed wood as far as the eye can see and lots of spring-green banquettes. In fact, everything here looks green and growing and alive. It’s what Home Depot’s garden center might look like if it were a restaurant. The best way to start a meal here is to familiarize yourself with the menu while sipping a refreshing Cucumber Cooler of coldpressed cucumber juice mixed with honey lemonade. Thirst-quenching and a great detox, it may be the first bar drink that could supplant my love of a dry martini. And at only a buck for refills, it’s tempting to skip the food altogether and have a liquid lunch. But a restaurant review requires eating, and the Mediterranean chicken pita seemed like a safe first-meal bet. Nestled in grilled flatbread, the zesty chicken breast chunks, greens, red onion, feta and harissa-tahini made for a delightfully balanced meal. The sweet potato hash and kale salad sides were über fresh, but, well, mild, to put it mildly. After eating all my kale, I felt like I’d earned something sweet. This is where True Food Kitchen could use some help from an honest-to-goodness pastry chef. This particular afternoon, the only dessert available was chia seed pudding. For anyone envisioning an old-fashioned Pyrex bowl full of warm, creamy vanilla stuff, you’ll be disappointed. True Food’s version may

be the most well-intentioned “dessert” on the planet, but I would swap out the banana-coconut mush for a gut-busting, flaming bananas Foster any day. I returned for Sunday brunch, sitting on the flip side of the bar in the airy patio room bathed in a yellow glow from the banquettes, tall table chairs and cheery overall energy. I could practically hear Pharrell singing “Happy” while Minions danced around the tables. I wanted to order the quinoa johnnycakes because of the comforting familiarity of “Greek yogurt, blueberry and maple syrup,” but then it felt like a cheat, because isn’t that just like pancakes? Instead, I got the egg and chicken sausage sandwich. It was another cheat, but less of one thanks to the avocado and flax seed bun. An impeccable ensemble of flavors, it consisted of a spicy sausage patty atop a non-greasy fried egg atop melted manchego, with mashed avocado and thinly sliced tomato adding some much appreciated moisture. Satisfied but not quite ready to leave, I decided to give dessert another go. The flourless chocolate cake was gooey and moist, and topped with chilly coconut ice milk and warm vegan caramel—a flawless rendition of the classic. My last meal was a celebration of sorts, with plenty of folks at the table, including my young daughter. She opted for the margherita pizza with organic tomato sauce and mozzarella. This being her first health

Right: Moroccan chicken is lightly sweetened with luscious Mission figs, caramelized onion and heirloom carrots. Left: True Food Kitchen’s Mediterranean chicken pita is a sure contender for the world’s healthiest lunch. Below: The egg and chicken sausage sandwich receives a flavor boost from the avocado, tomato and flax seed bun.

Above: Start things off with a bang with a glass of the cucumber and honey lemonade. Below: The flourless chocolate cake with vegan caramel is topped with coconut ice milk and cacao nibs.

True Food Kitchen is what Home Depot’s garden center might look like if it were a restaurant. food restaurant experience, I held my breath. I was relieved when she took a bite and gave it a thumbs-up. The adults in the group began with the spring asparagus toast, a vegan bruschetta-like mash-up of asparagus, baby chickpeas and hemp seed punctuated by crunchy sprigs of watercress and radish slices in a light olive oil-based dressing. The second starter, shiitake lettuce cups, was exquisite. The dewy romaine leaves contained nuggets of tofu and cashews tossed with crunchy jicama, Thai basil and sambal (hot chile paste). Is tequila anti-inflammatory? What about bourbon? We tabled such concerns and or-

dered the lemongrass margarita, a Southeast Asia-meets-CalMex concoction of Gran Centenaro tequila, ginger honey and lemongrass that was smooth, herbal and just sweet enough. And we couldn’t resist the Strawberry Smash, in which Four Roses bourbon, muddled strawberries and lemon create an unlikely but dazzling brew of floral, nutty notes. Our designated driver opted for the Medicine Man, consisting of strong green tea, cherry, pomegranate juice and sea buckthorn (a plant with various medicinal uses). To go with these herb-garnished beverages, we ordered the vegan T.L.T. sandwich, which packed a flavor punch with smoked tempeh, butter lettuce, tomato and avocado. Also scrumptious were the grass-fed steak tacos with Greek yogurt, peppery cilantro, Cotija cheese and smoky anasazi beans on the side. True Food Kitchen is not for everyone, especially anyone addicted to inflammatory fare such as buffalo wings, pepperoni pizza and French fries. But after eating there over the course of a couple weeks, my skin cleared up, my digestion improved and yoga made my to-do list. No joke. And if that isn’t enough of a selling point to get you through the door, then I guess you’ll have to live with a little heartburn. n

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta 30326 404.481.2980 Prices: Starters and vegetable plates: $7-$13. Salads and bowls: $10-$14. Pizzas and sandwiches: $12-$16. Entrees: $14-$26. Recommended dishes: Mediterranean chicken pita, egg and chicken sausage sandwich, spring asparagus toast, margherita pizza, shiitake lettuce cups, T.L.T. sandwich and steak tacos. Bottom line: Hipster health-food chain that’s determined to make you feel great inside and out.

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Angela Hansberger


elieve it or not, the muchmaligned box of wine has grown into a thing. Once scoffed at as low-quality or a cheap buzz, cartons of vino are now being held to high standards, and the market is awash in quality options. There are some advantages to boxed wine as well. Because the wine is stored in a bag within the box, it stays fresh longer—six to eight weeks or even longer when chilled. And unlike bottled wine that starts to spoil once the cork is removed, boxed wine is dispensed via an airtight valve, so there’s no oxygen exposure. And there are environmental benefits. Without the overhead of cork, glass, labels, and foils, boxed wine is more efficient to produce, and the packaging is typically recyclable and biodegradable. Because of its shape, it also stacks efficiently so more can go into a shipping container. These earth-friendly features in turn get passed along to the consumer, making it less expensive. Most boxes run about $20 for 3 liters— the equivalent of four bottles! But the big question is: How do they taste? Here, St. Cecilia Beverage Manager and Sommelier Clarke Anderson offers his take on a selection of boxed whites and reds. Big House Pinot Noir (3-liter box, $17.99)

Big House pays homage to Prohibitionera bootleggers on each varietal, this one being a tribute to Nucky Johnson.


During our taste test, St. Cecilia Sommelier Clarke Anderson sniffed, swirled and sipped a handful of boxed wines.

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It promises seductive, ripe cherries, and the fruit is the first thing you smell. “It has more tannin than you would expect,” says Anderson. As a pinot, he notes, “The structure isn’t too far off. It has a quench. The seductive part is the really fat cherry, a voluptuous and riper cherry.” Pair it with roasted meats. Vin Vault Red Blend (3-liter box, $25.99)

This box with a push-button tap is a blend of tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot and malbec grapes sourced globally. Oak is the first thing that jumps out. “There’s some fruit in there, but it’s totally overtaken by oak,” says Anderson. “It’s trying to be expensive, but it doesn’t have as much guts as those big wines.” There are some savory, herbal notes, though. It’d be a good pick for a barbecue or to accompany food with spice and char. La Nevera Selección Especial Red Blend (3-liter box, $19.99) This declassified Rioja is made from organically grown grapes from Navarra, Spain, and is from a quality importer. “It has soft edges and enough ripeness,” says Anderson. “Of the three reds, it’s the most correct representation of a classic wine-making style.” With lots of herbal and savory notes and elevated acid, it makes for a great food wine. Anderson suggests paella or light pork dishes. “Overall, it’s a really good boxed wine. I would drink a glass or two.”

Naked Grape Pinot Grigio (3-liter box, $15.99)

“It definitely smells like pear,” says Anderson. “Pear flowers and maybe melon with a kind of salty sea spray.” But it lacks the floral qualities typical of pinot grigio. “It has a good nose that draws you in, but the finish is a little off-putting—something you can’t quite put your finger on.“ It would pair best with seafood and pasta. Bota Box Pinot Grigio (500ML mini, $3.99)

The mini version of Bota Box’s pinot grigio holds about three glasses. “The color is right for a pinot grigio; it has that coppery hue,” says Anderson. The nose is much like the box promises—stone fruits and light florals. “There’s an unexpected herbal element,” he notes. It’s a bit muted on the palate and a bit high acidity, but “I think if you are trying to sneak [wine] into a movie, this would be a great choice.” n

WHERE TO BUY THEM Most of these boxed wines can be found at Kroger, Publix and Sprouts, as well as area liquor stores such as Green’s and Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits.

BUCKHEAD: 3174 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 | 404-841-2456 MIDTOWN: 950 W. Peachtree St NW, 260 - Atlanta 30309 | 404-554-8060 DRUID HILLS: 2566 Briarcliff Rd NE, Brookhaven, GA 30329 | 678-515-8880


Culinary News & Notes 


Lia Picard

A collection of photographs, advertisements, grills and other artifacts trace the long and storied history of barbecue at a new exhibit at the Atlanta History Center.

Backyard grilling is fun, even for restaurant pros like Stephen Herman and Michelle Matlock.

almost no effort, especially when served medium rare,” she says. If time isn’t of the essence, rib eye is the meat of choice for both chefs.

Stephen Herman’s Grilled Summer Vegetables Serves 4-6 l 2 tablespoons olive oil l 1 large sweet onion, sliced

Don’t forget your vegetables



f there’s one thing that makes the Atlanta summer heat bearable, it’s grilling. There’s something about firing up the coals and sipping a beer while friends and family gather in eager anticipation of smoky meat. For two Buckhead chefs, it’s the ultimate pastime—and their jobs. To get the lowdown on making the most of the summer grilling season, we caught up with Michelle Matlock, corporate executive chef for Sage Woodfire Tavern, which just opened a Buckhead outpost in May, and Stephen Herman, executive chef of Arnette’s Chop Shop in Brookhaven, which

also opened in May. For Matlock, grilling is a nostalgic experience. “I love the reminiscence from childhood, of happy relatives gathered in the backyard,” she says. Adds Herman, “Backyard grilling is meant to be laid-back and fun for all.” Here are some barbecuing tips and recipes from these grilling pros.

Getting meaty If you’re short on time, Matlock suggests grilling salmon. “A fresh-cut tranche of Scottish salmon takes the flavor of the smoke in its high level of fat, and it cooks quickly, with

FOOD NEWS n Savi Provisions has a new location on Pharr Road. Besides the usual gourmet grocery and wine offerings, it also features a drive-through Jittery Joe’s for a convenient caffeine fix, and a rooftop bar and restaurant called Rise & Revelry. n Head to Town Brookhaven and feast on Italian eats at the newly opened Amore Cucina & Bar, which features everything from salads and appetizers to wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes.

Grub Burger’s killer Bacon Love #9 might take two hands to hold.

n Grub Burger Bar has brought its popular burger concept to Sandy Springs. In addition to deliciously juicy patties, you’ll find creamy milkshakes such as the Worms & Dirt that features crushed Oreos and gummy worms.


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“When I was a young chef, I’d joke around and say that the veggies are what you cook the meat in,” laughs Matlock, adding that she now finds that vegetables are sometimes “the more flavorful examples of cuisine.” She likes to grill Japanese eggplant, Vidalia onions and corn on the cob. Herman says when it comes to vegetables, it’s best to “take a simple approach and let the ingredients shine.” He likes to lightly grill them in an herb oil with garlic.

Grab a cold one It’s hard to beat the pairing of barbecue and ice cold beer. Not a watered-down one, of course. Matlock suggests a Strawberry Black & Tan, a combination of Abita Strawberry Harvest and Guinness. “This would go great with any barbecue fare as it’s light, refreshing and pairs well with meat and potatoes.” If you want a boozier beverage, the smokiness of an Old Fashioned plays nicely with meat. Herman opts for a Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ when he eats a grilled skirt steak because the spice of the ale complements the flavor of the meat. “They are both very rich in flavor,” he notes. n Arnette’s Chop Shop 2700 Apple Valley Road Brookhaven 30319 404.969.0701 Sage Woodfire Tavern 3379 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.869.9177

l 1 large yellow squash, sliced l 1 large zucchini, sliced l 1 pint button or portobello

mushrooms, sliced l ¼ cup pitted and sliced

kalamata olives l 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved l 1 tablespoon Cavender’s

All Purpose Greek Seasoning l Heavy pinch of kosher salt l Fresh cracked black pepper l ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Heat grill to 350 degrees and place a paella pan on it with the olive oil. Add onion and cook until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add remaining vegetables and season with Cavender’s, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until heated through, stirring occasionally. Remove from grill and top with feta cheese before serving.

Michelle Matlock’s Perfect Steak with Marinade Serves 6 l 6 12-ounce boneless rib eyes l 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped l ¼ cup yellow onions, minced l 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard l 2 tablespoons fresh oregano,

chopped l 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped l 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped l 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped l 1 tablespoon sriracha l Juice and zest of 1 lime l 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil l Pinch of kosher salt l Fresh cracked black pepper

Bring grill to 400 degrees. To create marinade, combine garlic, onions, mustard, oregano, mint, parsley, cilantro, sriracha, lime and olive oil in small bowl, then refrigerate for one hour prior to marinating steaks. Season both sides of filets with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Marinate the filets for at least an hour before letting them come to room temperature 10 minutes before grilling. Grill for approximately 3 1/2 minutes on each side to achieve a medium-rare temperature.

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eeDee Niyomkul is a chef, restaurateur, wife and mother—and a woman who loves to travel, bike and dine at new spots around town. The Collier Hills resident owns Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft in Brookwood Place and opened upscale modern Thai restaurant Chai Yo in Buckhead in January. Her numerous roles keep her engaged from morning till night. The daughter of Charlie and Nan Niyomkul, the founders of Nan Thai Fine Dining and (the temporarily closed) Tamarind Seed, DeeDee grew up working in her family’s restaurants. She’s been a hostess, waitress, bartender and manager. But it was the hours spent in the kitchen with her grandmother, originally a street food vendor in Bangkok, that inspired her passion for cooking. She then studied under French Master Chef Xavier Salomon in San Francisco before accepting her first executive chef position at Nan. “I’ve been lucky to be able to work with a lot of great chefs,” she says. “I feel like hard work really pays off.”

How much of your time is spent managing rather than cooking? Life as a restaurateur has totally changed for me. At the beginning, I used to go to the markets in the morning and buy all the ingredients myself, then be at the restaurant. Now, at Tuk Tuk, I have a great team who helps me. I train them how to make the sauces and work with them on things like a new dessert menu. Today, I was out shopping for a bowl for a new dessert for Chai Yo. I work on specials for the week and look at which fish and vegetables are in season. I have a kitchen manager who does the ordering. What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far? Starting fresh opening a new restau-



EVERY DAY, I’M JUGGLING FOR RESTAURATEUR DEEDEE NIYOMKUL, LIFE IS A BALANCING ACT rant—creating a new menu and training the staff, while having a 2-year-old and another restaurant at the same time. Managing time as a mother in the workforce is very difficult, but stands as priority for me. My husband deals with the accounting and insurance, and my mom helps where she can. Hospitality is not a 9-to-5 job. How do you balance motherhood with restaurant hours? I have the mornings with my son. I go to the restaurants in the afternoon. I go back home for dinnertime [with

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my son] and then go back to the restaurant. I cook at home a lot—Italian and Persian, not Thai food. I grew up in New York and had a lot of Italian friends. My son loves to eat. We bring him by the restaurants occasionally. How do you stay motivated and inspired? I love what I do. Every restaurant is a passion project for me. Chai Yo is a concept I’ve had in my mind for a long time: fine dining meets modern food and design. It’s turned out better than I visualized. n

Niyomkul’s professional training is not, in fact, in Thai cuisine, but in the French culinary style.


Carly Cooper

DETAILS Chai Yo 3050 Peachtree Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.464.7980 Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft 1745 Peachtree Street N.W. Atlanta 30309 678.539.6181

Chucky Kahng

What’s your daily routine? Juggling family and restaurants. I wake up and do breakfast with my son. I go to Chai Yo and set up the kitchen, then run to Tuk Tuk and make sure everyone is doing well. I’m making sure everything’s clean and the lightbulbs are all in. I’m tasting the food in the kitchen and making sure the sauces are right. It’s quality control. I’m back at Chai Yo for dinner service with the guests and staff.

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

Brock, Rebecca Cha and Angela Hansberger

Sara Hanna

1KEPT KITCHEN & BAR This hidden, club-like space took over the home of old-school French restaurant Toulouse in 2013. Manned by a trio of chefs with equal authority, the collaborative kitchen strives to keep up with the contemporary culinary game. When they nail it—with the likes of pimento cheese boards, fresh seasonal salads, old-fashioned pecan pies, killer brownies and what is surely the best steak frites in town—you’ll find yourself sated and happy. Start with a classic Sazerac. Then drink in the ambience. Proprietor Thaddeus Keefe attended Buckhead’s Atlanta International School as a lad, and this is his vision of the neighborhood of today: young, prosperous and ready to embrace the good life. Salads, starters and flatbreads: $6-$14 Entrées: $20-$27

BANGKOK STATION Of all the restaurant staffs in Buckhead, these folks may be our favorite. Polite and accommodating to a fault, they make it nearly impossible not to enjoy its exotic comfort food. Whether you eat in the cavernous dining room or out on the sexy, music-infused patio, starters such as peek gai tod, thoong-thong and Crying Tiger will crush any doubt you may have about

whether there’s good Thai food down South. For more substantial but no less authentic fare, dig in to the massaman and panang curries, Drunken Man noodles or our favorite Thai chicken dish, gai yang som tum. Save room for homemade coconut cake; it’s as sweet and genuine as the staff’s warm invitation to return again soon. Starters, soups and salads: $7-$23 Curries, sautés and noodle and rice dishes: $14-$23 Main entrées: $19-$32 Desserts: $5-$9

BHOJANIC After a couple of meals at this North Indian restaurant, we’ve come to admire the flavorful, long-simmered, aromatic home cooking. The samosa chat was a wonderful smash-up of potato-and-pea samosas topped with tamarind and mint chutneys and cool yogurt. As for the entrées, we loved the intensely flavored goat curry and wanted to sop up every drop of the gravy with rice. This second location of Archna Becker’s beloved Decatur restaurant is an appealing minimalist space, and it’s easy to get in and out and have a solid and affordable meal. Tapas and appetizers: $4-$9 Entrées: $12-$18

1Kept’s salad offerings include this colorful pick with beets, strawberries, rhubarb, arugula, candied pecans and blue-cheese crumbles.

CAFÉ AT PHARR New Orleans owns the po’boy. Philadelphia has its cheesesteaks. Maine gave us the lobster roll. So … what about Buckhead? The neighborhood’s defining dish is chicken salad, the classic bird-and-mayo spread that can be crammed in your mouth between slices of bread or eaten daintily with a fork. Thanks to the entrepreneurial zeal of Johnny Liu—whose Taiwanese immigrant parents opened the original Café at Pharr in 1993—this comfort food has become a new fast food. You have to love the story of Café at Pharr. An enterprising family comes up with a formula that charms and beguiles the locals: Fresh food served in an accessible and unfussy environment that never loses its friendly neighborhood feel. Entrée sandwiches and salads: $7.50-$9.50


Farm Burger serves delicious seasonal specials, like this beauty with Vidalias, pesto, goat cheese and arugula.


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Like a Parisian patisserie with a bit more legroom, Café Lapin is a lovely place to savor handmade baked goods or spoon to the bottom of a definitive, cheese-encrusted crock of French onion soup. A small business surviving largely on word of mouth, Café Lapin is a casual, moderately priced restaurant where lunch is never an afterthought.

You may get a serious cheeseburger and fries or an elegant slice of asparagus tart. Quiches are standardsetting—the crust is arguably the best in town—and selections vary daily, from Lorraine to mushroom and onion to ham and asparagus. Café Lapin is such a delightful addition to the city … only problem is, it might be habit-forming. Lunch entrées: $7-$12 Dinner entrées: $10-$22

FARM BURGER Of the locally pastured gourmet-burger chains, Farm Burger, which has a Buckhead shop on Piedmont Road near Tower Place, has long been a favorite. And it’s hard to imagine a more decadent list of toppings for your grass-fed, dry-aged patty than oxtail marinade, apple slaw, red-bean chili, pork belly, bone marrow, cured lardo, bacon, fried egg or the six kinds of cheese. Keep your eye on the blackboard for seasonal specials, too. In spring, you might get a burger decked out with Vidalias and pesto; in summer, a dollop of peach chutney. While we don’t normally pass on beer-battered onion rings, Farm Burger’s sweet potato fries are irresistible. Snacks: $2-$4 Burgers: $6.75-$8.50

KATANA TEPPANYAKI & SUSHI Inside the pan-Asian playground that is Katana, you’ll discover a level of service and professionalism that’s rare these days. Located on the busy Lenox Road strip, Katana is a serene haven where you can sip on exquisitely crafted cocktails while nibbling signature sushi rolls with names such as Sex and the City and Chanel Replica, as well as small plates of bang-bang shrimp and JG poke. If dining and theater are your pleasures, head back to the teppanyaki room and watch the chef toss and juggle ingredients, whipping up entrées of mouthwatering lobster tail, sea bass, filet mignon and more. Lunch appetizers: $4-$10 Lunch mains: $10-$18 Dinner appetizers and salads: $4-$35 Signature sushi: $12-$20 Teppanyaki and mains: $18-$42

NEWK’S EATERY This Mississippi-based chain has popped up in the Atlanta market, and though it looks like a fast-food joint, it tastes like homemade. Salads—from shrimp remoulade salad to a delicious steak-and-blue-cheese version to old-fashioned chicken salad—are a standout. At this casual, family-friendly, crowd-pleasing spot you can also get sandwiches, pizzas and mac and cheese but, refreshingly, no burgers. We are pretty crazy about the sausageand-pepperoni pie, with its thin crust and warm and gooey toppings. And who can resist a crispy rice treat with chocolate and peanut butter? Not us. Salads, sandwiches and pizzas: $7-$11

The pretty and delicious picante roll is one of Katana’s winning “signature rolls.”

ONE SUSHI PLUS This glam space wedged in the back corner of Brookhaven’s Town Village is a neighborhood hot spot for Japanese small plates. The freshest fish flown in from Japan’s Tsukiji Market will impress the discerning sushi eater, while colorful rolls with clever names please the occasional dabbler. Sharable offerings and inspired snacks of zesty, yellowtail jalapeño shots and crispy fried bangbang rock shrimp are as fun as they

are tasty. The drinking experience is worth celebrating as well, with a large selection of sake, shochu and whisky. We recommend the smoked toro, tender slices of tuna served under a dome of hickory smoke and the bulgogi-like Gangnam-style roll. Dinner: $6-$37

THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN Both Southern food newbies and aficionados will take to this sexy gastropub, as smooth and easy as the finish of one of its primo bourbons. (If you’re old school, go for the gloriously icy Resurgens mint julep; if not, there’s no shortage of cocktail possibilities.) When your whistle’s wet, dig in to favorite starters of spicy charred okra and PEI mussels in a whiskey cream sauce. Both will leave you smitten. Classics such as the shrimp boil, Springer Mountain half fried chicken and shrimp and grits with New Orleans barbecue sauce are all mouthwatering. And it wouldn’t be Southern if there weren’t sweets to make your toes curl in delight. Leave room for a nibble or two of brown butter cake or the favorite at our table—almond nougat semifreddo.

The Southern Gentleman’s Springer Mountain fried chicken with dreamy classic sides is a hands-down winner.

Small plates: $6-$12 Salads and sandwiches: $6-$13 Large plates (including brunch entrées): $13-$28

WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT At this venerated breakfast nook, you’ll find Atlanta movers and shakers in ties and starched shirts huddled over omelets and pancakes. But regardless of a guest’s status, owner Demos Galaktiadis, who came to America from Greece in 1966, treats everyone the same. He has run this Peachtree Road institution for 45 of its 68 years, and over time, the food has evolved into a unique combination of home-style Southern and Greek standards. At lunch, you might have moussaka and collards or fried grouper and a Greek salad, finished off with a dish of banana pudding. But breakfast is king here. We recommend the Olympic omelet, stuffed with spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and peppers and served with a side of tzatziki, or a breakfast sandwich laden with sausage, cheese and egg. Breakfast: $6.40-$15.30 Lunch: $6-$16.70

Hungry for more? Visit the Simply Buckhead website to read all of our Restaurant Reviews!

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Buckhead Suite 200 2045 Peachtree Atlanta,Road GA 30309 Suite 404.351.7546 200 Atlanta, GA 30309 404.351.7546


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WALK, WAG, N’ RUN 5K RUN & FUN RUN Aug. 25, 7:30 a.m. Tickets start at $30 Lenox Park 1025 Lenox Park Boulevard N.E. Brookhaven 30319

IT STARTS IN THE PARKS 5K/1K July 21, 7:15 a.m. Tickets start at $30 Blackburn Park 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road Brookhaven 30319 page/it-starts-parks-5k1k

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HOT TO TROT SUMMER HEATS UP WITH A TRIO   OF BROOKHAVEN FUN RUNS ace up your running shoes for three Brookhaven-area races that will not only burn off some calories, but also contribute to noteworthy causes. Start off on July 21 with a celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month at the It Starts in the Parks 5K/1K at Blackburn Park. Although not officially a charitable run, the event recognizes how valuable our parks and recreation departments are to our communities. On Aug. 25, bring your furry friend to the Walk, Wag, N’ Run 5K Run & Fun Run at Lenox Park, which benefits Ahimsa House, an organization that helps both animal and human victims of domestic violence. Says event chair Carol Neal-

Rossi, “Walk, Wag, N’ Run is a great family-friendly, August-morning activity with animal-friendly vendors. And all of the proceeds help people and pets escape domestic violence and reach safety together.” Finally, on Sept. 3, celebrate Labor Day with the Big Peach Sizzler 10K and 5K, which benefit Miles for Cystic Fibrosis. While the 10K starts in Chamblee with a route through Brookhaven, the 5K starts in Brookhaven, with both runs finishing up in Buckhead. “Runners and walkers cross the finish line at Buckhead Station and join our famous post-race celebration,” says Jayne Nickell, event manager. “We have music, food and beer, as well as a variety of vendors.”

BIG PEACH SIZZLER 5K Photos: Alex the Photo Guy


Sept. 3, 7 a.m. Tickets start at $40 Brookhaven MARTA Station 4047 Peachtree Road N.E. Brookhaven 30319

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BUZZ BUCKHEAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION THURSDAY BREAKFASTS Thursday mornings thursday-breakfasts Join Buckhead’s business leaders each Thursday morning as they convene to network, dine and hear from well-known speakers within the community. Non BBA members welcome.

Photos: Erik Meadows


[ N E A RBY ] You’ll be seeing red at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on July 15.

Tomato, Tomahto NO MATTER HOW YOU SAY IT, THIS IS ONE FUN FESTIVAL It’s been a decade since noted Atlanta chef and restaurateur Ford Fry kicked off the first Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, a yearly shindig benefitting Georgia Organics that features all sorts of tomato-based eats and drinks from dozens of cooks and mixologists. “For this 10th year of the festival, we’re bringing it back home where it all began: JCT. Kitchen,” says Fry, who believes it’s important to take time to recognize the farmers because without their

contributions, chefs couldn’t do what they do. “Other than celebrating them while relaying to our guests the importance of using the right ingredients, the day is meant to just be a great time with good food, cocktails and live music.” Whipping up the tomato-centric bites will be chefs such as E.J. Hodgkinson of King + Duke and Pano Karatassos of Kyma. Providing the tunes is G. Love & Special Sauce, a Philly-based alternative, blues and hip-hop group.

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATO FESTIVAL July 15, 1-5 p.m. Tickets start at $75 JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Westside Provisions District 1198 Howell Mill Road Atlanta 30318 404.355.2252

July 22 Nostalgic for the ’80s? Enjoy three of the most popular music acts from the era at this Delta Concert Series event at the State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park. Go back in time with the bands that brought you hits such as “Love Shack” and “Karma Chameleon.”

CAN CAN PUB CRAWL BUCKHEAD Aug. 4 7th-annual-can-can-pub-crawl Benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, this boozy annual pub crawl starts at Buckhead Saloon and makes the rounds at several area bars. Your ticket gets you a featured drink at each location.


[ F O OD & DRI N K ]

Crafting Your Own Vino Learning to make your own wine? We’ll drink to that!


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SKIP THE GRAPES, AND LEARN HOW TO MAKE A COUNTRY WINE If you thought you needed grapes to make wine, think again. Beer & Wine Craft in Sandy Springs, which proffers home-brewing, wine-vinifying and cheese-making supplies, offers half-day, hands-on Country Wine Making classes on creating wine from other fruits. Students learn how to accurately measure the sugar content, acidity and other characteristics

of various fruits to see if they’re at the right levels to create the correct fermentation, flavor and aroma necessary to produce a proper “country wine.” They also learn techniques to adjust these characteristics. Classes are scheduled for July 14, Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17; registration required. Other wine-making classes and experiences are available.

Aug. 12 At this yearly fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, five local chefs join forces with five sommeliers to prepare a delicious five-course meal. The list of luminaries cooking and pouring for your pleasure at the elegant 103 West venue includes Watershed Chef-Owner Matt Marcus and Cooks & Soldiers General Manager Nicolas Quiñones.

COUNTRY WINE MAKING July 14, Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. $40 per person Beer & Wine Craft 220 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs 30328 404.252.5606 wine-making-classes


EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE Pinnacle Fitness is the Premier Personal Training Fitness Center in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia with revolutionary equipment including the only Kinesis Wall in the area. At Pinnacle Fitness, you will be carefully guided by professional, certified trainers and a staff dedicated to your personal fitness and wellness program, which also includes nutritional guidance. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder that members often define Pinnacle Fitness as a New York or LA facility with Southern charm - and with a commitment to have each of its members reach their own Pinnacle of Fitness.

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Monica Pearson

Joanne Hayes taking a stroll on the runway with her canine counterpart, Vincent Photos: Simon Salt


Jodie Baity, Rich Meade, Jenni Lubo

T Joyce Ellis, Ashley Stamoulis, Radhika Behl

he fur was flying at the Doggies on the Catwalk event held recently at the 25thfloor offices of the Greenberg Traurig law firm. But that’s only because some adorable pups accompanied a handful of the models strutting their stuff on the runway at the yearly fashion show, which raised $85,000 for Canine Assistants, an area nonprofit providing service dogs for individuals with physical disabilities or other special needs. Among those walking the red carpet in designer fashions provided by Saks Fifth Avenue were Simply Buckhead’s own Joanne Hayes, Suthingirl founder Ashley Stamoulis and style blogger and consultant Vickie Kirbo. The 300-plus guests bid on silent auction items and enjoyed signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres from Le Bilboquet and lively jams from DJ Yvonne Monet. Former longtime local news anchor Monica Pearson emceed the event, which was founded 11 years ago by Fashionado style guru and Art Institute of Atlanta instructor E. Vincent Martinez.

Marsha Archer, Warren Huntley, Yvette Thomas-Henry, Edwin Archer

E. Vincent Martinez, Joanne Hayes

Brennen Fields Reilly Abshire, Jennifer Abshire

Jean Exum, Tatiana Barburasi

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A Place Where You Belong Simply Buckhead

17th South

Spend the day or evening on the Town! Discover over 50 shops, services and restaurants. Town Brookhaven is truly your one stop shopping and dining destination with a blend of interesting boutiques, delicious restaurants and useful services. ANCHORS CinéBistro/Cobb Theatre • Costco • LA Fitness • Marshalls • Publix

APPAREL & ACCESSORIES Boogaloos • Dress Up Boutique • Vestique


Atlanta Pet Life

Big Peach Running Co.


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



Amore Cucina & Bar • Bua Thai and Sushi The Flying Biscuit Café • HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila • Lucky’s Burger & Brew Marble Slab Creamery • Moe’s Southwest Grill • Newk’s Express Café Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub • Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea – Coming Soon Tanaka Ramen • There Restaurant and Bar • Tin Can Oyster Bar Tropical Smoothie Café • Which Wich? • Yogurtland

HOME FURNISHINGS & DÉCOR MODA Floors & Interiors • Redefined Home Boutique Sugarboo & Co.

SERVICES Bank of the Ozarks • Brookhaven Alterations Brookhaven Animal Hospital • FBC Mortgage • Keller Williams Reflections Eyecare • Town Cleaners • U Break I Fix



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Conveniently located on Peachtree Road adjacent to Oglethorpe University.


Kahlana Barfield Brown Photos: Simon Salt



artsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, got a little busier recently when Concourse F in the International Terminal featured a runway of a different sort at the Global Runway 2018 Fashion Presentation and Retail Pop-Up Experience. During the fashion show portion of the event, a slew of models sported looks from Sean John, Spanx, Brooks Brothers and ExOfficio, while items from Mac Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Bijoux Terner and XpresSpa were highlighted at the pop-up shop. Now in its second year, Global Runway is designed to showcase the variety of quality goods available through Hartsfield-Jackson’s award-winning ATL Skypointe concessions program. InStyle magazine editor Kahlana Barfield Brown served as the event’s hostess. A silent auction was also held, with 100 percent of the money raised going to Bert’s Big Adventure, a local nonprofit that provides all-expense-paid trips to Walt Disney World to children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

Erica Key, Chelsea Patrice

Jennifer Ogunsola, Pamela Simmons, Joanne Hayes

Corey Bertrand, Marisa Scott

Rina Puri, Alissa Sibley

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PURRFECTLY POSED Teri and John Xerogeanes’ pet cat, Kitty Currey, is ready for her closeup. PHOTO: Sara


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For more information on the event, including online purchase of sponsorships and tickets, please visit our website

Don Purcell, Louise Sams, Lila Hertz & Jeffrey McQuithy. Photo courtesy of Tomas Espinoza Photography

Benefiting Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta & Atlanta AIDS Fund MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 7:00 PM Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Road

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Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir October 25, 2018

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical February 1–2, 2019

Branford Marsalis Quartet August 11, 2018

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company November 1, 2018

Cirque Eloize: Saloon February 5, 2019

On the Trail of Big Cats with Wildlife Photographer, Steve Winter August 14, 2018 Taj Mahal Trio September 8, 2018 Col. Jill Chambers September 22, 2018 Late Night Tailgate October 11, 2018 Rob Bell October 13, 2018 “DEA Narcos”: Steve Murphy & Javier Pena October 16, 2018

Take Me To The River November 3, 2018

Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer, Kobie Boykins March 14, 2019

Roswell Dance Theatre, The Nutcracker November 23 – December 2, 2018

Professor Isaac Ben Israel – Major General April 3, 2019

Boston Brass – Christmas Bells Are Swingin’ December 22, 2018

Pink Boots and a Machete with Primatologist, Mireya Mayor May 6, 2019

New Years Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra December 31, 2018

Atlanta Ballet April 12–14, 2019

Simone Dinnerstein & Matt Haimovitz January 29, 2019

The Atlanta Opera May 17–19, 2019



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Simply Buckhead July/August 2018  

Simply Buckhead is the definitive resource for Atlanta's most dynamic intown neighborhood. With a commitment to journalistic excellence, the...

Simply Buckhead July/August 2018  

Simply Buckhead is the definitive resource for Atlanta's most dynamic intown neighborhood. With a commitment to journalistic excellence, the...