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A Peachtree Hills couple finds serenity in a renovated 1930s bungalow





TRAVEL NEAR: THE GUMPTION OF GREENVILLE This flourishing Southern town leaves little to be desired





66 ADDICTED TO JAVA Curious about the new Octane inside Buckhead’s Atlanta Tech Village? Step inside!

The old and the new collide in mainland China’s financial capital

Buckhead native stays true to her art


NOT SO FAST Newk’s looks like a chain, tastes like homemade Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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[ B E H I N D T H E C OV E R ] To say our September cover shoot was full of childlike fun is an understatement. We gathered almost a dozen students (and their parents) after school at Sarah Smith Elementary to capture the image, which features Kim Battista of Click Models of Atlanta (outfitted by stylist Lillian Charles) as our teacher. Despite a few outfit changes and furniture rearrangements, the kids behaved like professional mini-models and didn’t sound out a single complaint. When smiles got a little droopy, Chief Photographer Sara Hanna presented a motivating proposition. “We’re almost done and soon you can have a cookie to celebrate!” To this, huge toothy grins spread across their young faces. They all proceeded to do their best to work the clicking camera and, once shooting was done, rushed to feast on chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookie delights from Highland Bakery. Even the adults got in on the sugary spread and, for a moment, we all remembered how sweet it is to be a kid.

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’m not made of the stuff required to be a teacher.

My lack of patience and need for quiet is probably a better fit for my current post (at least most days). But I have the utmost respect for the job educators take on. To dedicate your life to molding and educating children that aren’t your Photo: Sara Hanna Photography own flesh and blood has to be one of the most selfless careers out there. After all, we all have that special teacher or principal in our past who gave us a push in the right direction or praised us for a job well done when we needed it most. Whether in kindergarten, high school or college, their presence made us truly believe we could do anything. And thank goodness they did. Beyond kids’ immediate families, teachers are the biggest presence in their lives. As a soon-to-be-mother, the thought of a positive and motivating force outside the home is incredibly reassuring and so precious. As we kick off another school year (Where did the summer go, after all?) Simply Buckhead is taking the opportunity to shine a light on some of Buckhead’s top educators. They come from all grade levels, backgrounds and paths, but their common denominator is a true passion for giving their all to the next generation. Writer Olivia Putnal DeLong— herself from a long line of educators—shares the stories of individuals like Cambridge International School Creative Director and Head of Project Learning Colleen Znosko, who created a program that helps children understand concepts such as geometry and math through art—and she didn’t let a health scare keep her from her calling. Seventyyear-old Leigh Record has worked at the Atlanta Speech School for 42 years and, as the current curriculum specialist for the school’s Wardlaw School for children with dyslexia, has no plans for retiring. Then there is the beloved Dr. Freda Hamilton, who absolutely convinced me my child has to attend Sarah Smith Elementary. As the school’s program administrator, she infuses her contagious enthusiasm into everything she does, including dressing up as Dr. Seuss during the school’s Read-a-Thon. Although I may not be teacher material, I’m so glad there are people out there who are—those who are willing to grade papers until dark, coach after-school sports and hand out discipline and praise when needed. It’s not an easy job, and for that we salute them.

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Left: Moving to the rhythm helps raise funds for mitochondrial disease research at Hope Flies Catch the Cure.

Above: “Shoe Guys” show off Louboutins at Wine Women and Shoes Atlanta.

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Left: The fundraiser combines shoe shopping and wine tasting to raise money for cancer research at Northside Hospital.



any of us equate giving back with grunge work: donning a hairnet and doling out meals; schlepping boxes of canned goods; and committing to weekly obligations. While those tasks are rewarding, there’s no shame in preferring a more social approach to philanthropy. If you’re in the latter category, consider the following Buckhead soirees:

Dinner and a cause Dinner, dancing and an open bar are just a few of the highlights that make the Hope Flies Catch the Cure fundraiser a can’t-miss event. The annual shindig will take place the evening of Sept. 19 at the Buckhead Theatre, where cocktail-attired guests can groove to tunes by local band The Maxx, try their luck at winning raffle prizes, and bid on experiences like performance driving at Road Atlanta, a long weekend at a golf resort and a vacation in Paris. Individual tickets are $175 and may be purchased online prior to Sept. 12 at www.mitochondrialdiseases.org/catchthecure. Varying sponsorship levels are available as well.

Proceeds go to the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine, an organization that supports the development of mitochondrial disease research and treatments.

Tangerine dream Fun fact: Orange is the official color of Hunger Action Month, September. In honor of the occasion, Bloomingdale’s and the Atlanta Community Food Bank have teamed up for the first annual Tangerine Tango Fashion Show, an evening of wine, light bites by Proof of the Pudding, and the latest shades of amber, pumpkin and persimmon on runway display at the retailer’s Lenox Square location. Individual tickets are $100 each, available for purchase at www.acfb.org/events. Funds raised by the show will support the fight against hunger and food insecurity, which affects 20 percent of Georgia’s population. Plus, the more you shop, the more you’ll give back: Bloomingdale’s is donating 10 percent of purchases made by event guests from Sept. 17 to 20.

Shoe-in As if we needed another excuse to ogle Jimmy Choos and Manolos: The 2014 Wine Women and Shoes Atlanta at the InterContinental Buckhead takes any shred of guilt out of two beloved pastimes (shoe shopping! wine tasting!) by turning them into a party that benefits Northside Hospital’s ovarian and gynecologic cancer research. See pumps, stilettos and wedges paraded around on silver trays by “Shoe Guys”—“fit and friendly” men on hand to discuss the subtle art of pairing Cabernets and Christian Louboutins—and shop jewelry and accessories by Alma Handbags, Lisa Mackey and Jewels with a Purpose, among others. The vino-sampling component includes varietals by Chateau St. Jean, Landmark Vineyards, O Wines and more, plus complementary cheeses, crackers and fruit. Later, watch designer wear from Bloomingdale’s, Tootsies and I Spry modeled at the pièce de résistance fashion show. To purchase tickets to the Sept. 14 event, visit www.winewomenandshoes. com/Atlanta. General admission is $125 or pay $175 for VIP treatment. – Maria Carter

PHILANTHROPIC PARTIES Hope Flies Catch the Cure Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. to midnight Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta 30305 404.843.2825 www.hopeflies.org Tangerine Tango Fashion Show Sept. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 www.acfb.org/events/ tangerine-tango-fashion-show Wine Women and Shoes Atlanta Sept. 14, 2 to 5 p.m. InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta 3315 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.946.9000 www.winewomenandshoes.com/ atlanta

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Instructor Carly Grace leads yogis through one hour of vinyasa at the W Atlanta-Buckhead’s complimentary yoga classes.

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All hands (and feet) on deck UNWIND WITH A COMPLIMENTARY POOLSIDE YOGA SESSION AT THE W Here’s an alternative to the usual after-work happy hour: a free yoga class. The W Atlanta–Buckhead has partnered with Lululemon Athletica to bring Atlantans its gratis FIT Yoga Series in September and October. The evening sessions take place on the third Wednesday of the month, when the W’s fourth-floor pool deck transforms from its usual scene of

sunbathing singles into a space for hard-bodied yogis. Instructor Carly Grace—a gymnast and cheerleading trainer who received her yoga certification from the Laughing Lotus in NYC—guides students through “creative flowing vinyasa,” plus some arm balances and handstands. Towels and mats are provided, but valet parking will run you $8 for three

hours. The benefits are multifold: Since exercise releases natural feel-good chemicals in the body, 60 minutes of downward-facing dog, warrior and chair poses might actually do more for your happiness than a half-price martini. And if it doesn’t, Whiskey Blue is a short elevator ride away.

FIT YOGA SERIES Sept. 24 & Oct. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 pm W Atlanta–Buckhead 3377 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 678.500.3100 www.watlantabuckhead.com/yoga

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The festival’s “teen territory” features adrenaline-fueled fun like the bungee jump (top) while its ArtSS Chalk Walk (bottom) turns sidewalk into canvas.

SUMMER SEND-OFF ONE LAST HURRAH BEFORE THE START OF FALL The Sandy Springs Festival has been around since 1984, so it’s sure to be a multigenerational mix of grandparents who’ve been attending for years, new parents and kids (or just kids at heart) of varying ages. Truly there’s something for every member of the gang: The festivities kick off Sept. 20 with the Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K, then continue with a pet parade (owners dress up, too!), live music and entertainment on stage, bouncy inflatables for children and teens, a juried artists market and a sidewalk-chalk art competition on Sunday. Be sure to bring your appetite: The on-site Heritage Sandy Springs Museum will host a historic chuck wagon with cooks whipping up meals the way they were prepared 125-plus years ago. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and under. – Maria Carter


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Face painting is just one of many fun activities for kids at the Sandy Springs Festival.

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THIS SEPTEMBER, JOIN MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AS THEY DINE OUT TO HELP END CHILDHOOD HUNGER. Visit one of the thousands of restaurants across the country unitingto raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Just $1 can feed a child in need up to 10 healthy meals. Every time you dine out, think of the difference you will make.* Find restaurants near you at NoKidHungry.org *This amount is based on the individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. NoKidHungry.org.


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LOCAL SALUTE Beth Kempe, founder of The Uniform Project, not only collects used school uniforms for children in Third World countries, she mends and washes them when needed.


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No Uniforms, No School Clothing that facilitates education Buckhead resident Beth Kempe is a self-starter who sees a need and immediately wants to fill it. While she was volunteering at the Woodward Academy resale store in 2010, she noticed that unsold wearable uniforms were virtually destroyed when the logos were cut off. “‘What a waste,’ I thought. There are millions of kids throughout the world who can’t attend school without a uniform and therefore don’t get an education. I figured there had to be a way to connect the dots,” Kempe says. She began calling churches, asking if they needed uniforms to take on their mission trips. “Fifteen immediately signed up, along with a dozen prestigious private schools who donated uniforms,” she says. Foreign nationals who frequently visit their home countries also jumped at the opportunity to take uniforms with them when they traveled. The only caveat specified by all the schools is that any clothing with a logo must be sent overseas. Without realizing it, Kempe, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway

Home Services, had stumbled onto a need far bigger than she imagined. The amount of clothing she received quickly outgrew her garage, so she approached the Northside United Methodist Church. They readily donated a room and shelving. Kempe sorts the recycled uniforms by color and size. “There is also a huge need for soccer uniforms, so I’ll amass fifteen shirts of the same color to make a team. We also accept gym shorts, soccer shorts and soccer cleats, but no sneakers or other clothing, she says. She personally boxes the clothing, which is carried onboard with missionaries and others traveling to Third World countries. Since 2010, tons of uniforms have been sent to 17 countries via missionaries or foreign nationals. But the project has outgrown Kempe’s ability to handle it alone, and she is seeking volunteers to help sort clothing. Funds are also needed to pay for extra luggage. l For more information visit www.theuniformproject.org.

Earth Angels Who Fly Pilot donates time and plane to fly medical missions After Bert Light got his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instrument rating and bought a four-seater Mooney, he realized that there must be more to his hobby than just joy flying. Then a sign leading upstairs to the Angel Flight Soars offices at DeKalbPeachtree Airport caught his eye. “I’m here to help,” the Buckhead resident and partner at Artlite Office Supply Co. told Executive Director Jeanine Chambers, who has headed the organization since 1999. Along with her mother, Bernadette Darnell, director of mission operations, they have facilitated more than 25,000 medical missions with 800 pilots who donate their planes and time. Angel Flight Soars now covers six southeastern states. Light’s first mission was flying an 8-year-old boy with a compromised immune system and his father to Boston for ongoing treatment. To develop rapport, he

Making Family Connections Gathering precious memories before it’s too late Buckhead family practitioner Dr. Dwana Bush has treated hundreds of hospice patients, but despite providing palliative care, she always felt something was missing. One day, when she and her husband were picking up supplies for his hobby at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware in Sandy Springs, Assistant Manager Jeff Slaton showed her a lovely box for a friend’s family to store mementos of a loved one they had recently lost. A light bulb went off in Bush’s head.

Angel Flight pilots are always ready for takeoff. Missions have increased 800 percent since 2000 with approximately 2,400 flights in each of the last three years.

How could she provide similar boxes for hospice patients and their families? The first step was to gather a group of close friends who formed the nonprofit Life Legacy Box Project. Slaton’s woodworking classes at Rockler embraced the idea, as did the Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia who donate their skill, time and wood to create Legacy Boxes designed to store items that have meaning for the patient. “Our mission is to help families capture and maintain loving connec-

asked the young boy about his tackle box. “He shyly opened it, and instead of fishing lures, each section was piled high with pills he took daily,” Light says. “I knew then that this was a powerful organization and I could put my love of flying to good use”. Light flew about 40 missions the first few years and became chairman of the board. “On the day after 9/11 when all planes were grounded, we got permission from the FAA to fly disaster relief missions and transported emergency personnel, cadaver dogs and blood. Our philosophy is that the cost of travel should never stand in the way of people receiving medical care.” “Our greatest need is for additional qualified pilots, volunteers and funds,” says Light, who has transitioned to a four-passenger Cirrus. l Learn more at www.angelflightsoars.org.

tions that span the generations,” says Reva Ezell, Life Legacy Box Project vice president and secretary. “Not everyone has their name etched on a building or monument, but there are always mementos of a life well lived.” A grandfather shared that he had worked for NASA and had been a major cog in the first space program. A dying woman confessed that as a dyslexic, she was self-taught and became a teacher to help identify others. Neither family had ever heard the stories before. The boxes donated by the Project were the common denominator. l To learn more, visit www.lifelegacybox.org.

Dr. Dwana Bush, president of Life Legacy Boxes, wanted her hospice patients to leave a lasting legacy for loved ones. Handmade boxes contain memorabilia from a patient’s lifetime.

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ou’ve got to go to Greenville!” This was the response I got nearly every time I mentioned I hadn’t visited the South Carolina town—not to be confused with the Georgia or North Carolina municipalities by the same name. I finally began to wonder what it was about this particular Greenville that had everyone so excited. So I decided to take a weekend road trip—husband in tow—to find out for myself. After an easy two-hour drive northeast of Buckhead on Interstate 85, we landed in downtown and settled in at the Courtyard by Marriott. This bustling hotel’s prime location on West Broad Street is ideal for a weekend hoofing it to tons of city-centric activities. Once we parked the car, we didn’t see it until we headed back home on Sunday. We got the walking started on the way to dinner, passing Main Street’s eateries, boutiques and The Westin Poinsett, a historic four-diamond hotel that underwent expansive renovation in the late 1990s and today


caters to highbrow guests and lavish weddings. Throngs of Greenvillians were out strolling and listening to live music as part of Main Street Fridays at NOMA Square. After making our way through crowds reminiscent of a Piedmont Park concert, we found our dinner destination: Roost. With a view of the street-side festivities, we shared duck confit street tacos, a poached shrimp “carbonara” flatbread and Benton’s bacon wrapped meatloaf before calling it a night in anticipation of an active next day. Our early morning walk led us through the expansive Saturday Market on Main Street and the discovery of downtown’s gorgeous oasis, Falls Park on the Reedy. Sipping coffee waterside, we took in the view of the cascading 30-foot falls from the curved and cantilevered Liberty Bridge. Once fueled and awake, our first activity on the agenda: more eating. We met our Tastes of the South Culinary Tour guide at Soby’s New South Cuisine and got prepped on what would be

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an epicurean adventure to challenge even the biggest appetites. The next three hours consisted of sampling some of the top dishes at five Main Street restaurants. From fried green tomatoes with pimento fondue at Soby’s to melt-in-your-mouth shrimp and grits at High Cotton—sister restaurant to the Charleston eatery by the same name—to jambalaya and gator bites at Ford’s, it wasn’t long before we started running out of room. Somehow, I managed to also scarf down Smoke on the Water’s barbecue-sauced tender pulled pork and home-style macaroni and cheese and top it all off with a pecan tart with bourbon ice cream at Breakwater. Thank goodness this belt-popping mission included brief windows of walking to recover between restaurants. The rest of the afternoon was spent burning off calories on foot (and dollars out of the wallet) popping into Main Street boutiques retailing everything from home wares and outdoor gear to high fashion. As evening

began to set in, we set our sights on the West End’s Fluor Field for a Greenville Drive baseball game, where the minor league fanfare was impressively engaging. It helps that Fluor Field’s design, modeled after Boston’s Fenway Park, includes its own “Green Monster,” a 30-foot-high wall in left field, and manual scoreboard, creating an enchanting sports ambiance in which to root for the home team. Hunger finally struck during our walk back to the hotel, so we grabbed an intimate table at the dimly-lit Pomegranate on Main and feasted on Persian cuisine—three kinds of hummus, lamb, tenderloin and chicken kebabs paired with an Argentinean Malbec. We left the restaurant in the later hours, but Main Street was still buzzing with crowds lingering over coffee and ice cream and taking evening walks through the park. We were so enchanted with Greenville by Sunday morning we couldn’t bear to leave. So we rented bikes at Reedy Rides and further explored our downtown surroundings

Clockwise from left to right: The Liberty Bridge cantilevered above Falls Park on the Reedy was designed by architect Miquel Rosales of Boston, and engineered by Schlaich Bergermann; Shopping on Greenville’s Main Street ranges from upscale boutiques to casual outfitters; Catch a Greenville Drive baseball game at Fluor Field, modeled after Boston’s Fenway Park; Downtown Greenville’s Saturday Market takes place from May 3 to Oct. 25.

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on the Swamp Rabbit Bike Trail, a nearly 14-mile multi-use greenway that runs along the Reedy River, an old railroad corridor. We joined many locals on their Sunday morning jogs, but clearly marked running and biking lanes and friendly Southern attitudes made the trip a delight. Approximately 2 miles from downtown, we took a break at Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery, where the breads, pastries, soups and salads are made from scratch and the market retails a variety of local and organic products. After indulging in Counter Culture Coffee, an egg sandwich and a pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese puff) we hopped on our rides and headed back for the trip home. Before we even hit the highway, I already missed Greenville. I know I’ll be back, but in the meantime, the next time this captivating South Carolina destination is brought up in conversation, I’ll be the one enthusiastically exclaiming, “You’ve got to go to Greenville!” n

Pomegranate on Main 618 S. Main Street 864.241.3012 www.pomegranateonmain.com Roost 220 N. Main Street 864.298.2424 www.roostrestaurant.com Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery 205 Cedar Lane 864.255.3385 www.swamprabbitcafe.com

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Above: Walking through the Tian Zi Fang shopping district gives glimpses of old Shikumen architecture, even as new buildings tower overhead. Left: A premier room at the Jing An Shangri-La hotel affords arresting views of Shanghai’s ever-changing landscape.


Right: A stroll through the elegant, 5-acre Yu Garden yields tranquility in the midst of the city.



Jennifer Bradley Franklin

The old and the new collide in mainland China’s financial capital


multitude of people and yet solitude,” Charles Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities. These words echoed in my mind during my first trip to Shanghai, and I was struck by how the city is both extremely populated and peaceful, and how the two banks of the Huangpu River feel completely different from each other. For the first leg of my China experience, I checked into the palatial Shangri-La Pudong, on the river’s east side. The area has grown at warp speed since the Chinese government declared it a Special Economic Zone in 1993. What was previously farmland is now a booming cityscape, filled with skyscrapers (including the Shanghai Tower that, when finished in 2015, will be the world’s second tallest), banks, shopping malls, condos and restaurants galore. The city’s landscape looks like something out of the future, and yet, it doesn’t feel crowded, even with the population burgeoning at somewhere around 26 million. After settling into my room (with floor-to-ceiling windows for a jawdropping view of the river and the “old” city beyond), I made a beeline to CHI, The Spa, hoping to ward off the inevitable jet lag that comes with a 12-hour time difference from Buck-


head. My Jade Journey—nearly two hours with a traditional foot cleansing ritual, tea-scented bath and relaxing massage—helped delay exhaustion for a not-to-be-missed dinner of French cuisine at Jade on 36. It was an example of the Chinese appetite for and appreciation of Western food and wine, and the view from the hotel’s 36th floor was arresting, as many of the mammoth buildings lining the river put on a nightly light show. After a good night’s sleep and a breakfast of fresh lychees, dragon fruit, dumplings and noodles at Yi Café, I set out to see the view from the nearby Oriental Pearl TV Tower, one of the most iconic buildings in Shanghai’s landscape. From (nearly) the top at 351 meters, I had a 360-degree view and even took a ride on a short, but intense, little roller coaster. To skip the lines and enjoy a tour by an English-speaking guide in a trippy astronaut costume, spring for the “VIP tour” (approximately $30). My second stop was the Jing An Shangri-La on the Puxi (“river west bank”) side, which is steeped in history. The sparkling, 60-storey building matches the upscale area, which straddles the line between the former French and British Concession areas (the city was carved up into interna-

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Next, I was off to the lush Yu Garden, tional settlements in the late 19th and conceived during the Ming Dynasty early 20th centuries, so those areas (the mid-1500s, for you history buffs). were under other nations’ rule and The walled garden’s winding paths, retain some of the character and archifull of traditional Chinese architecture, tecture of their once-ruling countries). halls, pavilions, koi ponds and stone Heated marble bathroom floors, elecdragons, allowed me to find peace tronic blackout curtains, original works and reflection, though skyscrapers of art, sparkling chandeliers, richly towered above its borders. Continuing patterned carpet and stunning views the cultural odyssey, I visited the even made it exciting to settle into my room older Jing’an Temple (literally “Temple on the 54th floor. Shanghai makes it of Peace and Tranquility”), built in A.D. plain that capitalism is alive and well in 247. A giant Buddha, which is nearly China, shattering many of my precon30 feet high and comprises 15 tons of ceived notions. Multi-level outposts of silver, is the centerpiece of the working Gucci, Cartier, Prada and Hermès were temple, home to monks who meditate nearby, and it was nearly as common and pray within the serene walls. to see a Lamborghini as a Honda. The fitting descriptors for Shanghai A city native recommended a lunch are nearly endless: sparkling, comof “soup dumplings” at Din Tai Fung, plex, futuristic, a collision of old and and it turned out that their pork xiao new. No matter what descriptor resolong bao was my favorite bite of the nates most about Shanghai, for me, whole trip. The steamed dumpling one stands out: spectacular. n consisted of a delicate skin around a meaty piece of pork and still-steaming soup. If you go... It was fun learning to carefully pick it up with Visit Stay. chopsticks, dip it in a Oriental Pearl TV Tower Pudong Shangri-La mixture of vinegar, soy www.orientalpearltower.com www.shangri-la.com sauce and julienned Jing An Shangr-La Jing’an Temple www.shangri-la.com ginger, biting off the www.shjas.org edge and slurping the Eat. liquid “soup” out before Yu Garden Din Tai Fung downing the rest. www.yugarden.com.cn www.dintaifungusa.com


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Left: A marble bathroom and soaking tub are just some of the sumptuous details in the Loews Atlanta Hotel Vice Presidential Suite. Below: Eleven Restaurant serves up small plates for sharing in an intimate yet modern atmosphere.

Above: The beautiful Midtown skyline at dusk, as seen from the hotel’s upper rooms.

Mid-city refuge Refresh your mind and body at the Loews Atlanta Hotel—a chic, urban oasis


n my bucket list, I imagine a week at a spa retreat, à la Canyon Ranch. Cell phones and electronics disallowed; hours of yoga, reading and healthy cuisine. During this daydream, reality hits. Son in high school, husband traveling on business, a world of deadlines. Sigh. The next best thing: a staycation with almost all the required elements. For this, my husband and I head to Midtown’s Loews Atlanta Hotel, home to the internationally renowned Exhale Spa, for a Friday night check-in. Our lovely room, with beautiful marble bathroom, glass shower and soaking tub, awaited us. Once settled on the 25th floor, there was barely a sound from the traffic below. We took a deep breath, called the space a “no-cell-phone” zone, and started to unwind for a precious 24 hours. First, a visit to Exhale on the seventh floor. The 20,000-square-foot spa accommodates individuals or groups for facials, massages, acupuncture, energetic therapies, body scrubs, detoxing, waxing and nail services. It also boasts a robust fitness program of Core Fusion Barre, Yoga, Bootcamp, Cardio, Core Cycling classes, and a large mind-body gym with top-of-theline cardio and weight equipment.


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My spa therapist, Meredith, worked her magic on me with the Fusion Massage, combining flow technique with deep pressure. Afterwards we spent a few minutes in the detoxifying coed hammam (like a Turkish bath), preparing mentally for the challenging advanced yoga class an hour later. Taught by regular Exhale instructor John Merideth, who is also a teacher trainer at Atlanta Yoga School, the intense practice brought me muchneeded mental clarity and worked my physical strength. Body and mind in the right place, we headed back to our room to share the Pinot Noir and locally produced CalyRoad cheese the hotel laid out for us, before pampering ourselves with intoxicating BVLGARI toiletries. (Note to self: Find out where to buy these products.) At 8 p.m. it was time for a chef’s tasting at Eleven, where the lively bar scene was filled with locals and visitors, while bartenders served up handmixed cocktails, local microbrews and artisanal wines—all set to DJ tunes in the background. Eleven is known for its small and medium plates, which encourage sharing and offer lots of options. Many ingredients here are sourced locally,


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from providers like Flat Creek Lodge, Sweet Grass Dairy, Fairywood Thicket and The Spotted Trotter. We shared a charcuterie platter served up by Executive Sous-Chef Chris Espanol: a simple romaine and shaved Georgia apple salad; grilled octopus; lamb corn dogs with yogurt tzatziki and crushed mint pesto; lobster steam buns; petit filet mignon with colossal crab meat, asparagus and crème fraiche. Then came desserts: spiced carrot cake with cinnamon caramel and passion fruit pineapple sorbet; and strawberry shortcake. More than satiated, we were ready to retire. Waking up refreshed the following morning, we enjoyed a beautiful breakfast buffet, which alone, makes a Saturday morning visit to the Loews worthwhile. Fresh fruit, steel-cut oatmeal, yogurts, bagels, omelets and Seattle’s Best coffee are just a few of the items served. After fitting in another yoga class before noon checkout, we left Loews feeling completely relaxed. This modern, yet charming, luxury hotel in the heart of Atlanta—with superb customer service and attention to detail—was a perfect choice for an urban getaway. n

The spacious Exhale Spa invites you to refresh, invigorate and let go of stress in the midst of your busy life.

The charcuterie platter served up by Executive Sous-Chef Chris Espanol.

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FOR EVERY OCCASION Fruity to exotic, yet always delicious STORY:

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Anyone who has spoken with Chef Piero Premoli at Pricci will recognize his great passion for the food and culinary traditions of his home country, Italy. In 2009, he traveled to the Puglia region of Southern Italy to compete in a cooking competition and discovered several farms producing superior robust, piquant olive oil, which he now sells as a private label to his guests. Like so much in Italian cooking, even the olive oils are highly seasonal, so he offers a lighter, more delicate oil from the north (Liguria, specifically) during the colder months. Get this one while you can.

super-ingredient. Olive oils can be as varied as the wine grapes they often grow alongside, so we set out to discover some of our neighborhood’s best offerings.

1. Whole Foods Market: Copper Pot Kitchen’s Honey Balsamic ($13.99, for 8.45 ounces) Often, the simplest pleasures are the best. Case in point: dipping a piece of just-baked bread in a really good olive oil. Georgia girl and world traveler Ashley Tarver’s just-released line of oil blends are just right for this practice. The blend is made with 100 percent extravirgin oils from Spain, sweet and tangy honey balsamic, and a bit of herbaceous dried thyme, so it’s ideal for dipping. Best of all, there’s no extra prep needed for this appetizer in a bottle, though we’re itching to make Tarver’s recipe (find it at www.copperpotkitchen.com) for Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin. 77 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.324.4100 www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ stores/buckhead


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3. Cooks Warehouse: Georgia Olive Farms ($31.99, for 16.9 ounces) If eating local is a way of life for you, allow us to introduce you to an olive oil grown and blended less than 250 miles from Buckhead. A small collection of farms— growing the first olives harvested east of the Mississippi River since the 1800s— are producing Georgia’s first certified extra-virgin olive oil ever. The Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki olives are picked

It might seem odd to find a world-class olive oil at your local grocery store, but this newly stocked one from Italy is really spectacular. Produced by a sixth-generation olive oil family (producing since 1639), the care taken with the oil is clear. The olives are handpicked from the Gradassi family farm in Italy’s Umbria region, and the result is a strongly fruity, peridot-hued oil that pairs well with the delicate flavor of beans or a salad. Plus, it carries the DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin) seal, so you can feel confident you’re getting a quality product. 3330 Piedmont Road Atlanta 30305 404.237.8022 www.kroger.com

5. Oli & Ve: Baklouti Green Chili Oil ($9.95, for 6.76 ounces) For a departure from standard EVOO flavors, we discovered this delicious (and spicy) oil, infused with Tunisian Baklouti chilis from North Africa’s Barbary Coast. One pound of olives are crushed together with 1.6 pounds of these fruity chilis to create this fragrant, piquant oil. Just a touch provides a welcome kick to mashed potatoes, cheese grits, corn salsa or even an original take by the shop’s staff: Baklouti Bites, a dish of eggs, cheddar and jalapeños, the recipe for which is offered on the shop’s website. 3263 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.841.1012 www.oliandve.com

6. Rumson Gifts: Gonnelli Profumo d’ Oliva ($72, for 16.9 ounces) One look at the gorgeous packaging of this oil from the Chianti region of Italy and you know it’s special—a sleek black box with a crimson seal opens to reveal a stout square bottle with elegant pour spout. The oil inside the bottle is just as special: It’s a blend of the highly prized Frantoio and Moraiolo olives, offered in limited production. The golden-green oil is fragrant, almost like a perfume, and has flavors of almond, fresh-cut grass (in the best possible way) and a hint of pleasant bitterness. (By appointment only) 458 East Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 770.656.0075 www.rumsongifts.com

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Vet love Simply Buckhead reader and staff favorites STORY:

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our animal obviously can’t speak to tell you what’s bothering them. Having a trusted vet to call is a huge relief! He or she can help guide you on treatments and needs for your furry, feathered or scaled baby. The following are four who get five stars for their patience (with your zillion questions), attentiveness and good work.

Linda C. Bostick, DVM

Shannon Ewing, DVM

Riverview Veterinary Hospital

Collier Animal Hospital

Animals they treat: Furry, feathered and scaled

Animals they treat: Cats and dogs

“Dr. Bostick is patient and attentive. She gives Binky, my dwarf rabbit, the care he needs, all the while soothing him and diligently answering my many questions. When I have to board Binky, I feel at ease, knowing her staff is providing him with the best possible care.” — Carly Cooper, staff writer

“I love my vet, Shannon Ewing. She helped us through two ACL surgeries with our pooch Turner, a boxer/pit mix, and is always available to answer questions via phone or email. I have several friends that I’ve recommended to take their dogs to Collier Animal Hospital and they also love her.”

“I love so many things about my job—to experience and witness the human-animal bond, meeting the challenges of diagnosis and therapy, and enhancing the quality of life for my patients,” says Dr. Bostick, who opened Riverview Veterinary Hospital in 1992. Bostick has been in practice for 29 years and is a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. At home, she has three dogs—Homer, a pit bull mix; Diamond, a miniature pinscher; and Jack, a schnauzer-terrier mix. 3288 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta 30339; 770.956.8004; www.riverviewvet.com

“I love seeing a happy owner with a happy pet; knowing we helped them feel secure with their pet’s care,” says Dr. Ewing, who lives in Buckhead with two cats, Gus and Sasha, and a lab rescue, Nestle. Ewing has been practicing since 2000, with special interests in internal medicine, oncology and surgery. A graduate of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she interned at Purdue University and worked at Kansas State’s College of Veterinary Medicine before relocating to the Atlanta area and opening Collier Animal Hospital. 857 Collier Road N.W., Suite 18, Atlanta 30318; 404.477.0200; www.collierah.com

Hayley Grove, DVM

Heather Krohne, DVM

Trusted Friend Animal Clinic

VCA Buckhead Animal Hospital

Animals they treat: Cats and dogs

Animals they treat: Cats and dogs

“Dr. Grove really has a passion for animals. Our Bengal kitty, Monty, sees her for his regular checkups. A few times, Monty has been sick and Dr. Grove always spends a good amount of time on the phone with me going over what we can do to remedy it, because he gets so upset riding in the car.” — Kelsey

“I rescued Dewey, a collie-Aussie mix, from the streets. He has been to the vet about a million times over the years (quite a high-maintenance handful), and I’ve always had a positive experience there. Dr. Krohne, who saw him on his first visit, remembers every detail of his ‘issues’ and the receptionists always make us feel at home.” — Ashley Hesseltine, reader

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“I love getting to know my patients and their families, and seeing the bond with their pets continue to grow. Additionally, it is always rewarding to make a sick pet feel better,” says Dr. Grove, owner of Trusted Friend Animal Clinic, who has been in practice for 7 years. Grove graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a resident of Sandy Springs and mom to cats Peaches and Pajama and toy schnauzer Chip.

“Every day, I get to meet different animals and people and experience the wonderful bond they share. My ‘job’ allows me to help care for pets, educate owners in prevention medicine, build relationships with clients and work with many intelligent and caring people,” says Dr. Krohne, associate veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine and interned at Mississippi State University before relocating to Atlanta in 2007, when she began working at VCA Buckhead Animal Hospital. Krohne has two boxers, Moxie and Murdock; a Maine coon mix, Mr. Rosie; a flock of chickens; and a tank of South American Discus fish.

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Coming home  P34

Maria McCool uncovered the ideal fixer-upper—a 1930s abode she purchased from the sons of the original owner.

McCool still sometimes sits to play the century-old piano that her mother purchased already refurbished when she was a little girl. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Above: Maria McCool and Mike Stell have peacefully managed to infuse both of their personalities and priorities into their Peachtree Hills home. Right: The living room is a mix of old and new furnishings, including a chest of drawers McCool purchased for $400 during a flea market scouring mission with interior designer and best friend Sherry Hart.

Below: The kitchen’s storehouse table is the ideal spot for a casual meal.

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Above: The sunlit dining room is where McCool and Stell’s friends and family gather during holidays and large dinner parties.


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Giannina Smith Bedford   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

hen insurance agent Maria McCool moved back to Buckhead in 2005 she thought she’d settle in her old neighborhood of Peachtree Park. With renovation in mind, however, she found her money went further in Peachtree Hills, where she uncovered the ideal fixerupper—a 1930s abode she purchased from the sons of the original owner. “I really felt the bones of it were going to give us the opportunity to do what we wanted to do without having to do two things that would really drive up the cost: the foundation or the roofline,” she says. McCool and her best friend, interior designer Sherry Hart, wasted no time before hiring a contractor to take the brick residence down to the studs in order to transform it into McCool’s perfect little haven. The six-month project expanded the kitchen and added an ample staircase to replace the tiny spiral staircase that previously led upstairs. A long, bowling alley-like room added across the back of the house by the previ-

ous owners was subdivided into a guest room, guest bathroom, master bedroom, laundry room and hallway. McCool also removed an old roofline hidden under the new roofline—an unusual scenario created by the previous owners during the addition of the bowling alley-like room. The roof removal helped transform the upstairs into a spacious office with high ceilings. From the outside, McCool’s residence might look like a quaint cottage, but the 2,800-squarefoot, two-story home boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a basement. “The original envelope of the home remained much the same, but the inside was completely altered,” she says. “Because I do a great deal of entertaining, I wanted a house that had great party flow … I think that is something we accomplished by opening up the kitchen. I can have food in different rooms and you can just circulate very easily for a party.” When McCool originally bought and revamped her home, she was a single gal.

Left: The expansion of the kitchen, which took over a bathroom and a small spiral staircase leading upstairs, created a room with ample space for entertaining. Below: The outdoor oasis— complete with a full-sized bed swing with plush pillows and blankets and a hanging chandelier—is McCool’s favorite place to lounge during months of pleasant weather.

“I spend a lot of time working on [the yard]. It’s a constant job and work in progress.” - Mike Stell

Mike can make and build anything. He also did the shutters on the front of the house.” When the weather doesn’t cooperate, the inside of the McCool-Stell home is just as welcoming as the outside—a mix of traditional furnishings with antique flea market finds and décor items that hint at the homeowners’ love of music. There is a more than 100-year-old refurbished Lester piano (on which McCool learned to play as a girl) near the living room and a wall showcasing seven of Stell’s guitars in the upstairs office. “Sherry has been great about keeping the peace—a good little mediator to make sure

we’re both represented,” McCool says. “He gets complete and total veto power on anything that goes outside and I get total veto power on anything that goes inside, but both people get a say.” The front entrance, once a screened-in porch, is now an inviting foyer with antiqued-mirrored coat closets. The adjacent living room features a slate-bordered gas fireplace; a plush couch from Old Colony in Greenville, South Carolina (McCool’s hometown) and custom-made pillows in neutral shades; and a coffee table-ottoman that Stell re-covered in cowhide that he


But after meeting Mike Stell in 2007 and marrying him in 2009, it was time to add his personality to the dwelling. An avid gardener, Stell’s biggest request was an outside living space to replace the jungle-like yard that McCool and Hart hadn’t yet touched. “I spend a lot of time working on it. It’s a constant job and work in progress,” says Stell, who sells capital equipment used in packaging. Thanks to Stell’s hard work the outdoors has been converted into a lush sanctuary complete with a full-size swinging bed (that he built) and fire pit made from repurposed elevator cables—a unique touch made by New Jersey-based fabricator Pete Abrams. McCool and her pooch, Punkin, now spend the majority of the spring and fall season lounging in the garden refuge. “I made the comment one day that I wish we just had a bed in the backyard instead of a sofa. He took it upon himself to make that wish come true! I love it!” McCool says. “In addition to being an incredible gardener,

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purchased at Scott Antique Markets. Matching the neutral palette and traditional décor, the dining room is adorned in Henkel Harris Furniture reproductions, an antique clock gifted to the couple from Stell’s parents and an Art Deco-style cabinet McCool paid $200 for at flea market she hit on her way to a business meeting in Rome, Georgia. Attached to the dining room, the expanded kitchen showcases New Venetian granite countertops, Mason jar light fixtures made by Stell, and a cozy breakfast nook surrounding an old storehouse table that rotates and expands, allowing up to eight diners at a time. “We love to cook and entertain and spend a ton of time in the kitchen,” McCool says. Each of the home’s bedrooms displays a unique personality. The master is done in Asian-inspired furnishings—including a bed from Hickory Furniture Mart in North Carolina that McCool purchased for $800 and a rug the couple picked up in Morocco on their honeymoon. Upstairs, the antique-themed guest rooms feature secondhand finds, one with an old radio cabinet and single beds from a garage sale and the other with furniture from the former Lakewood Antiques Fair all pur-

chased for $300. The nearby bathroom also retains the vintage character with an old potato bin—now towel storage— which Hart and McCool scored at a flea market for $250. Although McCool kept the bathroom’s small original bathtub, she installed a spacious sunken shower where the old spiral staircase once came up from the first floor. The makeover of the McCool-Stell

home has been a continuous undertaking, but the end product is one that ultimately matches its daily dwellers to a tee. “Truthfully, I love our home,” McCool says. “I hope it is the kind of place where people feel they can kick off their shoes and make themselves at home.” Don’t mind if we do. n

Above: The cozy upstairs guest room is adorned in a variety of antiques and flea market décor, including a still-operational vintage radio on the side table and a radio cabinet now used to house a TV. Below: Stell’s electric and acoustic guitars—displayed on the wall in the upstairs office—cover a range of well-known names from Ibanez and Fender to Yamaha.

Below: The upstairs guest bathroom resembles a long alley and is ideal for visitors, who retrieve their towels from an antique potato bin placed next to the pedestal sink.

Maria and Sherry’s Top Five Destinations for Secondhand Finds 1. Antiques and Beyond on Cheshire Bridge: “Lots of mid-century and great lampshades.”

2. My Favorite Place on Peachtree Industrial: “Pure junk, but a fun dig!” 3. Scott Antique Markets: “The largest monthly flea market in the Southeast.” 4. Peachtree Battle Antiques: “Lots of great vendors for eclectic finds.” Right: The master bedroom’s Asian-style, four-poster bed is set atop two stacked rugs, the top one purchased in Morocco during Maria and Mike’s honeymoon.


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DAY When you’re out and about on a low-key mountain adventure—maybe a riverside picnic, picking apples or looking for turning leaves in brilliant colors—this outfit goes the distance. We paired a pair of Prana Kara jeans ($75), which have a stretchy, low-rise fit, with a colorful Horny Toad Willowy Button Tank ($62). Then, we layered up with a Splendid Drapey Lux V-Neck, in Papaya, ($78). The look is complete with soft Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins ($33.95) and a Will Douglas Postal Bag ($495), just right for bringing essentials—like a journal, camera, snacks and bottle of water—for a day exploring. All available at Buckhead’s Mountain High Outfitters.


High Style Your packing list for a mountain weekend adventure STORY:

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s summer winds to a close and fall breezes start to kick up, you might have a quick weekend getaway to the nearby mountains on your mind. Whether you’re off to a few days in Cashiers, Highlands or Blue Ridge—all within a couple of hours’ drive from Buckhead—these looks will give you a head start on what to bring along to stay stylish.


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NIGHT After a day of exploring the great outdoors, you will have worked up an appetite. For a low-key dinner out, we chose a stylish outfit from Buckhead’s fab’rik boutique. Slim-fitting, dark-washed fab’rik jeggings ($68) and a fab’rik sleeveless detailed top ($42) provide the foundation for one of fall’s hottest trends: a long, printed kimono ($66). Accessorize with an Atlanta-made Fabulina leather necklace ($69), gray Urban Expressions handbag ($98) and a pair of black JP Original wedge heels ($34) and you’re ready to hit the (mountain) town.

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Save Face Authentic Beauty’s licensed esthetician, Dana Dowell, shares five secrets for a happier face, plus a sweet DIY mask.

1. Have a definite facial routine that includes cleansing and moisturizing both morning and night and exfoliating once a day.

2. In warm weather, use a toner throughout the day to refresh your skin and rid your face of excess sweat and impurities. 3. Staying well-hydrated and eating healthy foods have a huge positive impact on your skin.

4. The cleaner the product, the happier the face. When in doubt, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database (www.ewg.org) to see how your products stack up.

5. Wear sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher.



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“Honey is a natural antioxidant, and, due to its antibacterial properties, it cleans your pores without disrupting the natural balance of your skin,” Dowell says. The aloe in this recipe soothes inflammation and calms skin while the honey keeps your dermis well nourished.”

RECIPE: Mix the aloe and honey together and apply over your face. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, wipe off with a washcloth and warm water—and voilà! For all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone. Recommended twice a week.

BEAUTY SCHOOLED Brush up on your at-home routine with these salon-tested tricks STORY:

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akeup-free days and wild, natural hair looked great while you were vacationing in the Bahamas. Back in the boardroom? Not so much. Pull your act together and beef up your at-home beauty routine between appointments with these quick tips from Buckhead-area primping pros:

Let Your Hair Down Rocking healthy, radiant hair is a matter of maintenance. Jessica Soler, stylist and owner of Salon Red, with a location in Brookhaven, suggests the following:

1. Between color treatments,

Va-Va-Volume If only we could get blow-outs every day … When you can’t, GlowDry stylist Hannah Burke suggests:

brush Bumble and Bumble’s colored hair powder along your roots with a toothbrush to hide any intruding grey hairs. You only need to do this if you wear your hair up, or pushed back. It’s also a great way to add volume to fine or thinning hair.


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your hair—it’s a great way to refresh your style from the night before. The less you wash your hair, the longer your color will last. Soler swears by Bumble and Bumble’s new invisible oil primer.

3. When using a deep-conditioning treatment (like Bumble and Bumble’s mending conditioner) on your hair at home, heat up a towel in the dryer and wrap it around your head while the conditioner is still on to open up the cuticles. This will make the process as close to a salon deep-treatment as possible. The best part? It works with any deep moisturizing treatment.


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1. Before blow-drying, moisturize with Moroccan oil or one of Living Proof’s conditioning treatments.

2. Rough dry your hair with a towel before blow-drying it. Then comb through Living Proof’s No Frizz nourishing styling cream. This blocks the humidity and keeps locks looking smooth. 3. Use a blow dryer with a nozzle. If you’re shopping for a new hair dryer, Burke recommends a model from Bio Ionic. 4. Use a medium-sized, vented round brush (too small gets caught in the hair) and dry on high, hot heat.

5. Section off the hair and keep the brush in constant motion as you dry.

6. To extend your blow-out’s shelf life, twist your hair into a top-knot before bed and secure with a non-damaging hair tie. Boom! Two days of fab!


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Really rosy Feminine in color, avant-garde in style—discover the rose-hued adornments that go beyond the basics STORY:

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lush and rose are all the rage when it comes to modern color palettes. Maybe it’s the hues’ subtle vibe and casual nature, but everywhere we turn, there are floral tops, mauve jeans or rose-colored paper goods. We especially love the return of rose gold jewelry amongst these pink trends. Rose gold isn’t your run-of-the-mill metal, however. It’s a mixture of gold and copper alloy, the copper being the reason for the rose-tone result, and we just can’t get enough of this contemporary, re-emerging craze. From spiked drop earrings to simple stackable rings, Buckhead’s boutiques boast plenty of pieces in rosy shades. Take a trip outside of your typical jewelry box and experiment with these chic picks.

1. “T” Time Debuting this month by Tiffany & Co. is the “T” collection comprising luxurious pieces envisioned by design director Francesca Amfitheatrof. One of these items is this 18k rose gold ring designed with simple, clean lines. It’s meant for daily wear, but you’ll want to keep it on for nighttime events too. The sleek style is intended to be bold and the structure allows the piece to stack above, below and between other rings too. Tiffany T Square Ring: $1,200,


3. Drop It to Me These Heather Hawkins drop earrings are unexpected—in a good way. The 14k rose gold–plated beauties have a slight edginess, so we envision them as a surprising addition to an all-black ensemble for a night out on the town. The 3.5- inch-long plunging daggers will stand out amid a stylish outfit and pulled-back tresses. Heather Hawkins Dagger

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Spike Earrings: $125, Hunter Collective.

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This pendant necklace by Michelle Campbell of Campbell Collections is simple and effortless. The rose gold–toned pick is the one you’ll reach for daily, and the crystal-studded “V” shaped pendant dips into the neckline, revealing just enough sparkle to add spunk to your everyday look.

This gold-plated cuff, by Brazilian designer Marcia Moran, gleams in 18k rose gold and a three-tier, wide-open line design. It slips on easily, and adds a touch of sexiness to the arm when wearing a sleeveless or short-sleeved top. Marcia Moran Lines

Campbell Pendant: $78, Club Monaco Stores.

Cuff: $150, Palas Jewelers.

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PHOTO CREDITS: 1: Courtesy Tiffany & Co. 2, 3, 4: Sara Hanna Photography

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Fresh start Roc House—the one-stop shop for women’s fitness and beauty—has a new class to help jumpstart your week STORY:

Maria Carter


ometimes you need a good kick in the rear to get going on Monday morning. A dose of tough love, like a mama bird pushing her baby out of the nest so it can learn to fly. It’s painful at first, but ultimately you’re better off for it. That’s exactly what Roc House Fitness Spa—a women-only gym and full-service salon and spa in Buckhead—offers. Its new Roc Rebounder class gives women the opportunity to “bounce back” from dietary “sins” or lack of exercise over the weekend. In fact, having a Monday-morning Roc Rebounder workout on the horizon may serve to discourage foolish food choices in the first place. As I found out recently, every guilty pleasure—that second helping, extra cocktail, or late-night cupcake—comes back to haunt you when you’re in the midst of sprinting, “skiing” and squatting on a “rebounder” (aka mini trampoline). That’s because the “give” in the surface of the rebounder makes staying balanced doubly difficult, requiring coordination and muscle engagement from nearly every group, especially the core. If you’ve neglected your core, softening it with Krispy Kreme donuts and DaVinci’s pizza, as I admittedly have, you’re going to feel the burn. The one-hour program features alternating segments of fat-burning trampoline cardio, free weights and abs exercises: a combination that builds strength, improves coordination and


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gets fluid flowing through the lymphatic vessels, effectively flushing out waste and carrying nutrients to the cells. During the trampoline portions, instructor Krystal Farris cautioned us not to bounce too high (“Pretend there’s a low ceiling above your head”), ensuring an intense workout. In fact, the rebounder regimen is meant to be highly intense while remaining low impact at the same time (trampolines are easier on the bones and joints), according to Farris. During one round of soccer-style, high-knee stationary running on the rebounder, the urge to throw in the towel was particularly overwhelming. But the upbeat tunes and Farris’ verbal encouragement—“I know it burns but it’s a good burn! Stay with me! I want to see your knees at your chin!”—kept me going. After class, I grabbed a green detox smoothie (a blend of greens, pineapple, ginger and coconut water) from Roc House’s on-site café and left feeling that not only could I carpe diem, I could carpe the week. n ROC HOUSE FITNESS SPA 3402 Piedmont Road Atlanta 30305 404.500.1621 www.rochousefitnessspa.com Roc Rebounder class Mondays at 9:30 a.m.

Ladies First Benefits of a women-only gym, according to Takeela Reddrick, master trainer at Roc House: Comfort. “You’re not worrying about having a cute outfit or thinking ‘do I look good enough to be in this class?’ when guys are not standing around looking at you. It makes it more comfortable. This is a no-judgment zone.” Confidence. “You won’t feel intimidated by heavy equipment.” Networking. “Women tend to like to get advice from other females, and not just in the areas of health and fitness. It’s an overall networking experience.”

Rebounding Residentially Want to keep the momentum going? Some tips for personal trampoline use at home according to instructor Krystal Farris: Beats: Find music that inspires you: Something with a good steady beat that’s not too slow, something you can bounce to that motivates you. Hydrate: Sip, don’t gulp, water and then wait a half-hour before working out—this will help you avoid cramps. Routine: Rebounders are great for strength and cardio, and Farris recommends alternating the two during one workout. For strength, try squats and lunges with free weights or a kettle bell (“you really have to engage your abs to stay balanced on the rebounder”), and jumping or running in place on the trampoline for cardio. Timing: Thirty to 45 minutes is an optimal workout time, but don’t exceed one-and-a-half hours on the trampoline.

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“Strengthening the core allows you to live more functionally and become more aware of your body.”

Raising the Barre Katie Schrier on how Buckhead’s Barre3 fuses yoga and pilates in an empowering workout STORY AND PHOTO:

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arre workouts have been raising the standards on ballet, incorporating graceful centuries-old dance with pulsing muscle movements. And much as each dancer is bound to choreograph a different routine, each Barre studio has its own focus. Katie Schrier opened Barre3 Atlanta in October 2013 to bring the dynamic workout to South Buckhead. Schrier fell in love with Barre in Washington, D.C., where she worked with a Barre3 studio owner. A longtime fan of pilates and yoga, she got addicted to the positive energy she felt after her Barre3 workouts. Schrier and her husband ultimately chose Buckhead for their studio because they wanted a community that supported local proprietors. Here, we chat with Schrier about what makes Barre3 different.

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What is unique about Barre3 compared to other Barre workouts? Barre3 incorporates principles of both pilates and yoga, utilizing the static strength of yoga postures and the core and physique-focused pilates moves. Isometric holds combined with controlled one-inch movements train the transverse abdominals to create strength from the inside out. Why is it important to strengthen the core? Today’s lifestyle weakens our core because people are always hunched over a computer screen, making us more susceptible to injury. Strengthening the core allows you to live more functionally and become more aware of your body. How has Barre3 affected your lifestyle? I was always a hunched runner, and I frequently suffered from low back pain. When I started Barre3 both my posture and running form improved, and my running times were faster. When I went to the doctor, I had grown two inches, and all that had changed in my life was that I had begun doing Barre3. Do you see similar results in your clients? We have close to 100 regulars that come to

the studio consistently. The community is very supportive, so it feels like a third space in people’s lives. Some women even carpool to class together, which is great because it provides accountability. Who would benefit most from Barre3? The great thing is the classes are designed with modifications throughout and the workout is low-impact, so all levels can take it. Our clients range from competitive runners to women in their 70s. The Barre3 studios nationwide participate in the “28-Day Challenge,” which begins again this October. Tell us a little more about it. It focuses on incorporating four studio classes, two online classes and a whole foods meal plan for four weeks. All participants use the “Barre3 app” that features healthy recipes created by Barre3’s functional nutritionist, the ability to build a shopping list and plan out your workout schedule. We had over 150 women sign up for the challenge in the spring, and we are hoping more women will get involved this fall when they feel the energy and support from our community. n



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Always Tired? You’re Not Alone 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleep disorders. A good night’s sleep can fuel your day with energy, keeping you refreshed, alert, and less-stressed. However, for more than 70 million Americans, sleep does not come easy. Northside Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center is here to help. With more than 30 years of experience, our specialists will help you find personalized solutions. To learn more about the benefits of sleep, please contact the center nearest you. Relaxing & Comfortable Settings in 3 Convenient Locations.

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DANCE Over a 30-year career, Lee Harper has both performed with the greats and trained thousands STORY:

Jim Farmer Above: Although she’s approaching her 70s, Lee Harper continues to dance every day. Right: Dancers in Harper’s “Tristesse” show.


s long as she has worked in Atlanta, Lee Harper has called Buckhead her professional home. She has changed locations over the years, but the area has long been her turf, the place where she has trained thousands of dancers. As the founder of Lee Harper and Dancers, she has been an arts staple for more than three decades, making a name as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Harper grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, and trained at a local dance studio. At 17, she auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music and got in. “Coming from a small town in North Carolina, that was a big jump,” she says. She attended for two years, then went to North Carolina School of the Arts, where she switched from ballet to modern dance. Post-college, Harper relocated to New York City and danced professionally for 10 years, performing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, among others. It was Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS”— she was in the original cast for the 1971 opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.—that brought her to Atlanta. “The Atlanta Symphony hired me to do cho-


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reography for a version of it in 1975,” she says. She never planned to choreograph, but was good at it and ran with the opportunity. “MASS” ran for a few years and she wound up working with the ASO in some capacity every year until this one, when she took a position at The Westminster Schools. She also became part of the faculty of Northside School of the Arts, where actress Jasmine Guy from the sitcom “A Different World” was a student. In 1980, Harper started her own studio, Lee Harper & Dancers, which houses a professional dance troupe and teaches children’s dance. An arm of that, Lee Harper & Dancers II, is a children’s dance company, for ages 9 to 18, that regularly performed with the ASO. Her first location was on Roswell Road above the then Roxy Theatre (now Buckhead Theatre) and her current studio is on East Shadowlawn Avenue. Her dancers have performed all across the region but a highlight was when the company was invited to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, both for the opening and closing ceremonies. “It was so much fun,” she says. “It was hot as Hades. We worked with Kenny Ortega, a very nice guy, and spent the

summer rehearsing in the Olympic Stadium. We were part of the Southern Spirits Brigade and had wings on our backs and harnesses to hold them.” Following in her mom’s footsteps, Harper’s only daughter, Katie, 30, is in New York now trying to find her footing as a dancer. “[After graduation], I worked nine to five, went to dance class during lunch and then would practice until midnight,” Harper recalls. It was hard to do but she was able to soften her routine when she was hired at Alvin Ailey. “Now my daughter is living in New York, doing the same thing. I told her not to do it but of course, if you tell your daughter not to do something, she does it.” Remarkably, Harper has never stopped dancing. “I do it every day,” she says. “I don’t perform that often. You’ve got to do it while you can still do it. I am getting close to 70.” n

LEE HARPER STUDIOS 3030 E. Shadowlawn Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30309 404.364.9555 www.leeharperanddancers.com

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“I’m also very good at going into a room and creating a piece just for that space. I love how art changes a room.”

Above: Snellings’s abstract works in oils and acrylics often become the focal point of a room or outdoor space.

Homegrown talent Buckhead native stays true to her art


rom a young age, Hutton Snellings sensed there was more paint than blood in her veins. The Buckhead native doesn’t recall a time when she didn’t ache to have a brush in her hand and a paper to draw on. At 25, she’s still focusing on the one thing she loves best. “I remember being about 12 and seeing a painting in a magazine that I copied to a T,” Snellings recalls. “I couldn’t sleep that night; I was so excited to finish it. I knew even then this was what I was meant to do.” At 15, while still a student at the Lovett School, Snellings showcased her somewhat abstract oil paintings at a friend’s house where she sold $1,000 worth of work. “It was a big deal!” Snellings says with a laugh. The debut also got people talking about her art, and she was contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation about donating a piece for a fundraising event. “People got into a bidding war over it, and


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I don’t know where it ended up, but I did get seven commissions from that evening,” she says. “Since then, I’ve donated to charities I care about—the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, GCAPP, Art for Heart, Holy Innocents, Children’s Cancer Foundation and Lovett.” At the University of Mississippi, Snellings lasted only a short time as an art major before switching to business. “I had learned a very particular style, and people were telling me it wasn’t right,” she says. “And as an art major, I was required to take classes like wood shop. It was degrading to what I was passionate about. The whole idea of art is to come up with something new and yours, and I wanted to stay true to myself and what I wanted to do.” After graduating three years ago, Snellings headed home to Buckhead with her easel. Her work, priced from $1,000 and up, has quickly filled most of her apartment that doubles as showroom


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and studio for her abstract style, filled with clean-cut lines and loads of layers in acrylics and oils. Her inspiration is whatever she enjoys, from the Atlanta skyline to portraits. “I picture something I would want in my house and do it,” she says. “I’m also very good at going into a room and creating a piece just for that space. I love how art changes a room. It’s not about making a piece match but creating something that enhances the look and feel of the space.” And she’s stayed constant to the concept she created as a teenager. “If you look at paintings I did when I was 15,” she says, “they still look like what I did yesterday.” n

Art by Hutton Snellings A selection of her work is on display at Rumson Gifts, 458 E. Paces Ferry Road, www.rumsongifts.com.

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Doubling as a gallery owner and photographer is a snap for Robert Matre STORY:

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Finding his artistic lens H

e owns a Buckhead art gallery—Matre Gallery—and also works as a photographer. Yet Georgia native Robert Matre’s professional path has been unorthodox. Growing up in Albany, Georgia, his life revolved around basketball, golf and music—and through music he found art. As an art major at the University of Georgia his photography instincts were nonexistent. After he and a friend moved to New York right out of college with grandiose dreams (he wanted to write for “Saturday Night Live”), he came back to Atlanta, got his feet wet in retail working for Mori Luggage & Gifts and then decided to open his first gallery in 1995, at the age of 28, in the basement of Tula Art Center on Bennett Street. We catch up with Matre to talk about his gallery and his love for Buckhead.


Tell us about the early days. The gallery was originally called Smith Gallery. I came up with that name because I loved the British band The Smiths and because of my admiration for Georgia’s basketball coach Tubby Smith. After a couple of years I changed the name of the gallery to Matre Gallery because everyone kept calling me Rob Smith.

What have been your major photography achievements? I am best known as a golf photographer. I also love rural Georgia scenes and iconic photos of Atlanta. I’ve shown in many galleries, including my own. My biggest honors have been solo exhibitions at The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (2009) and The Albany Museum of Art (2013).

Why is Buckhead an ideal location? There are many great neighborhoods and shopping districts in Atlanta, but I believe Buckhead is still the heartbeat of Atlanta. We have an impressive Gallery Row on Miami Circle now.

What are some upcoming events at the gallery? We kick things off in September with Evan Jones, 21 years old, but way beyond his years in talent and maturity. In October comes the debut exhibition for

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Plaid Columns, the team name for the collaboration between me and Evan Jones. Our works are mixed-media usually based on my photographs, while sometimes we use vintage imagery. In November we’ll have a show for Trip Park, an emerging artist from Charlotte. What is the best and worst part of owning your own gallery? The best part is the thrill of making an impact. I feel a responsibility to my artists, my collectors, and the community in general. I believe art can have a positive impact on people’s lives; I thrive on making that happen. The worst part of owning a gallery is having to balance art and commerce, which is not always easy. n

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Newk’s spicy shrimp pizza is a color-splashed pie loaded with fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and lots of cheese.


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The Newk’s menu is so expansive that it can be hard to make up your mind.

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Right: Newk’s sandwiches come with a choice of sides: cole slaw, pasta salad, fresh fruit or (our favorite) “Tippah County Caviar” (aka black-eyed peas). Below: Shrimp remoulade salad takes the New Orleans classic and tosses it with greens—delicious.

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discovered Newk’s Eatery as I was driving through Mississippi a few summers ago, famished. Pulling off I-20 at Brandon, just east of Jackson, the cheerful brick-and-mustard storefront looked like a novel experience. And as it turned out, the big red bowl of fresh greens with boiled shrimp and rémoulade dressing was fast food worth slowing down for. I won’t name names, but I felt much better about it than the politicized fried-chicken sandwiches, Dorito-shell tacos and tiny square hamburgers that are the mainstays of Southern highways. Recently, I was thrilled to discover that the 10-year-old Oxford, Mississippi-based chain has expanded into the Atlanta market. And when I stopped by the Town Brookhaven location, I was reassured to see that just about everything that seemed so fresh on that sultry Mississippi day had made the journey to my hometown. Here’s why I’m smitten with this quick, casual concept: I like the made-to-order philosophy. Should you have time to sit a spell, the staff will give you a number to place on your table so they can spot you when your toasted sandwich, “California-style pizza” or just-tossed salad is ready. I like that while you wait, you can pick up a little snack (bread sticks!) or soup and


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Newk’s looks like a chain, tastes like homemade STORY:

Wendell Brock   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

salad fixings at the condiment station (capers, croutons, shaved Parm, cherry peppers, bread-and-butter pickles!). I like a fast-food place where the salads don’t look like they were made yesterday (or the day before), where the kitchen uses quality ingredients, where the portions are abundant enough to share, and where opportunities exist for healthy eating. (And if you happen to be thirsty for a glass of wine or beer instead of the usual iced tea or soda, no problem.) Newk’s is that place. Sure, you can load up on entrée-size portions of mac and cheese or pizzas piled with meat and dairy. But you can also enjoy a grilled salmon salad that clocks in at 300 calories or a “Black and Bleu” salad (grilled steak and Gorgonzola) that comes in at 420. (Both calorie counts exclude dressing.) The Newk’s menu is so expansive that it can be hard to make up your mind. Let me recommend you begin with one of the big salads. The shrimp rémoulade remains my sentimental favorite, and you’ll see why when you dig in. It’s a heaping bowl of 12

tender shrimp, sliced boiled eggs, grape tomatoes and just enough of the cool, tangy, mayonnaise-y dressing to moisten every leaf. Newk’s offers at least nine other salads, including old standbys like Chefs, Caesars and Cobbs. I like the Southern (topped with a scoop of delicious chicken salad that reminds me of my grandmother’s) and the aforementioned Black and Bleu (which mixes tender slices of beef with salty bleu cheese, tomatoes, red onion and pecans). Arriving for a late lunch one day, my friend and I shared a Cobb and a sausageand-pepperoni pizza. The cashier graciously agreed to have the kitchen split our Cobb on two plates and we chowed down. As I nibbled, I found tasty little bits of bacon, grilled chicken, blue cheese, green onions, grape tomatoes and croutons. The 10-inch, crispy-crust pizzas are also perfect for sharing, though they are so good you may not want to. You can get the pies with spicy shrimp, spicy or barbecue chicken, vegetarian style or loaded with meats and cheeses. We loved the gooey and delicious sausage-and-pepperoni version—and

Right: The shrimp po’boy is a healthy alternative to the traditional sandwich of fried shrimp. Below: The Southern salad is aptly named—a scoop of wonderful chicken salad crowns a whopping bowl of salad greens.

Below: For dessert, you can choose from old-fashioned layer cakes (like this wedge of strawberry)—or help yourself to a brownie, a Big Crispy or (our favorite guilty pleasure) the peanut butter Crispy.

Above: The Cobb is another standout at Newk’s, where the salads are always ginormous. Left: The sausage-and-pepperoni pizza is an irresistible mess of meat and gooey cheese.

I like a fast-food place where the salads don’t look like they were made yesterday (or the day before)... had a couple of slices left over to box up. Considering that a good chunk of Newk’s business is probably takeout, I decided to give it a test one night. The verdict: While salads and sandwiches travel well, I might recommend eating the pizza while it’s hot and dripping. The classic Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes and basil) was competently executed if not revelatory. (But, then, it’s not the restaurant’s fault we let it get cold.) The shrimp po’boy came with boiled (not fried) crustaceans on a toasted baguette and was dressed submarine style: olive oil, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Our Newk’s “Q”—grilled chicken with applewoodsmoked bacon, Swiss cheese and white barbecue sauce—was tasty enough. Even better were the sides: I was crazy about the creamy, slightly peppery coleslaw and the so-called “Tippah County Caviar,” a zippy little black-eyed pea salad. In the confectionary department, Newk’s offers decadent looking Southern layer cakes, brownies and krispy treats (as in the rice cereal). The brownie was forgettable; the $3.79 slice of caramel cake OK though nothing special; but the chocolate and peanut butter Crispy was a wonderful guilty pleasure and, at $1.79, a bargain, too.

In the end, I found the Brookhaven Newk’s to be not quite as ship-shape and polished as the Mississippi counterpart I visited but still a very welcome option to the scene. If I hadn’t peeked in my bag when I dropped in for carry-out, I would have driven across town without my caramel cake! And the first I heard about cocktail sauce for the po’boy was when I checked the online menu for this review. (The kitchen forgot to give us any.) To be fair, these are minor quibbles: Our large, complicated order was pristinely packed and presented. As the weather cools down for fall, I’m looking forward to switching from salad to soup mode. (How about zesty black bean or lobster-crab bisque?) And I’m dying to try that mac and cheese— a bubbling white cheddar, Asiago, Parmesan and Swiss cheese tease that can be supplemented with pimento cheese and bacon. With nearly 70 locations in 13 states, and plans to expand to 200 restaurants by 2019, Newk’s is a brand to watch. (In addition to Brookhaven, you can also find them on Briarcliff Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood and at the Metropolis condominium in Midtown.) Personally, anything that saves me a trip to Mississippi is a good thing. n

NEWK’S EATERY 305 Brookhaven Avenue, Suite A1100 Atlanta 30319 678.365.4410 www.newks.com Recommended dishes: Shrimp rémoulade salad, “Black and Bleu” salad, Cobb salad, Southern salad (chicken salad), sausage and pepperoni pizza. Sides: Coleslaw, “Tippah County Caviar” and peanut butter Crispy. Bottom line: Fresh salads a standout at this casual chain.

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Addicted to java Curious about the new Octane inside Buckhead’s Atlanta Tech Village? Step inside! STORY:

Kelly Skinner   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna


tlanta Tech Village’s new Octane looks right at home inside the sleek Buckhead incubator. Legions of young khaki-clad techheads sip their slow-drip coffees while hunched over laptops in a space peppered with modern orange accent walls. The company’s characteristically stylish staff stands at the ready behind a counter stocked with top-caliber equipment and just-roasted beans (the company roasts its own at its Birmingham, Alabama, facility), surrounded by rows of baked goods from Sublime,

H&F and Little Tart Bakeshop. Despite the corporate edge and the overarching sleekness, this Octane still exudes the cool charm synonymous with the brand (the shop has two other Atlanta locations in Grant Park and the Westside and one in Birmingham)—and offers all your favorite craft coffee drinks. The best part? You don’t have to work at Atlanta Tech Village in order to imbibe. Here, longtime coffee aficionado, latte artist and Octane barista Andrew Meincke gives us the lowdown on slinging like a pro.

V60 vs. Chemex

“The four-rail V60 gives us the ability to pour four coffees at once.”

The V60 is a type of pour-over coffee brewing device. The barista places a paper filter containing ground coffee inside a ceramic or glass V60 cone, then places the cone on top of a mug or other container, and pours hot water over the grounds; the brewed coffee drips into the mug. A Chemex, another type of pour-over coffee brewing device, is an hourglass-shaped glass vessel. The barista places a thick paper filter containing ground coffee in the top chamber and pours hot water over the ground coffee; the brewed coffee drips into the lower chamber. Chemex coffeemakers are available in 3-cup to 10-cup sizes.

SB: Andrew, give us the verdict on the V60 vs. the Chemex. V60: “It’s quicker and you can create several coffees at once, plus it’s portable, so you can tote it around. It’s my favorite.”

TIP: How to make Octane’s V60 pour-over coffee Water is heated to about 200 degrees, then poured over the grounds until just covered—approximately 400 ml to 23 grams of ground coffee. The end result is a smooth, rich cup of joe.


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Chemex: “It’s a little bit bulkier, tougher to transport and takes longer to brew than the V60, but the Chemex’s filter is a little bit thicker and tends to make a cleaner cup.”


TIP: Coffee prep and storage


“There are definitely ones on the more expensive end, but experiencing the freshness of the coffee definitely makes it worth it.� Grind the coffee right before you brew it, use all of the beans within 14 days and check the roast date on the package for ultimate freshness. Store your coffee in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.





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4. Repeat the process a few times to fill the cup and form a tulip design with the steamed milk.

5. Enjoy!

Stir Crazy This fall when you’re soaking up the clear autumnal days, treat yourself to a cocktail at Octane—where the patio and liquor license should be ready soon. Expect wines and beers on tap, a smattering of craft and classic cocktails (crafted by one of the shop’s certified bartenders, like the chic Caroline Webster, pictured right) and some first-rate people-watching along Peachtree.

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extravagant finishes (think granite sidewalks and marble buildings), concierge and valet services and nearly 400 lavish apartments make up the sixcity-block-long magnificent mecca (did we mention it’s about as pedestrian-friendly as you can get in Atlanta?). And that’s before you even get to the restaurants, which are equally indulgent. To wit, a guide to Buckhead Atlanta’s collection of decadent dining destinations:


tlanta has no shortage of industrial, indie neighborhoods (did someone say Westside Provisions?); but until now, Dogwood City had no Rodeo Drive, no Fifth Avenue. With the addition of Buckhead Atlanta, that’s all changing. The ultra-luxe shopping and dining district is expected to begin rolling out this month, and it’s in a class all its own—high-end designers  (Hermès and Christian Louboutin, to name a few),

Georgetown Cupcake serves up more than 100 cupcake flavors (go for the Peaches & Cream).

Morocco and the Mediterranean. Opt for a saffron-infused gin cocktail and a seat in the open-air lounge, where you’ll find sweeping 360-degree views of Peachtree Street and live music. Both expected to open this month.

l Follow in the Obamas’ footsteps and make a beeline to Georgetown Cupcake’s latest outpost—the 2,700-squarefoot sweet treat temple, the brainchild of sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, stars of TLC’s “DC Cupcakes” and bestselling authors of The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations, is expected to open its doors this month. Expect more than 100 cupcake flavors (we’re partial to Peaches & Cream, obviously) alongside a full espresso bar. l Finally! The legendary Danny Meyer is bringing his beloved Shake Shack to the ATL this month. Queue up for those famous juicy burgers, flat-top hot dogs and twice-cooked, skin-on fries—and don’t leave without trying

a handspun frozen custard (hint: several options are created using local products!). l While most of Buckhead Atlanta’s restaurants are ancillary outposts of existing restaurants, you will find two Atlanta-only spots in the district, both from homegrown restaurant group Southern Proper Hospitality (you’ll recognize them from Smokebelly BBQ and Tin Lizzy’s). The first: an indooroutdoor, Southern-inspired gastropub, The Southern Gentleman, dishing out farm-centric small plates from Executive Chef Randy Lewis, perfectly paired with barrel-aged cocktails and green chartreuse-on-tap. The latter: a mammoth Spanish-fusion eatery, Gypsy Kitchen, drawing on flavors from India,

l New York hotspot Le Bilboquet is opening their fifth location in Buckhead Atlanta—it will anchor the neighborhood when it opens in September, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect classic French bistro fare from Chef Julien Jouhannaud, such as tuna tartare and veal paillarde. Don’t miss the take-out café (buttery croissants and gelato anchor the menu) for breakfast and lunch—a first for the restaurant. l Hailing from New York and Atlantic City, Iron Chef Marc Forgione’s American Cut, a 10,000-square-foot, tri-level modern American steakhouse opening in early 2015, will take up residence in Buckhead Atlanta—don’t miss the incredible seafood tasting, chockfull of chili lobster and yellowfin tuna, best devoured on the rooftop. l Around the corner, American Cut’s sister restaurant Lugo Cucina

s Doraku is opening their sixth location at Buckhead Atlanta. Don’t miss the Geisha Roll.

Italiana will serve housemade pastas, complete with their exclusive line of Prosecco, Chianti and Pinot Grigio for lunch and dinner. l After heaping bowls of rigatoni, head to Corso Coffee, a Europeanstyle coffeehouse from LDV Hospitality (the group behind American Cut and Lugo) opening in September, where you’ll find rich espresso-based beverages alongside paninis and wines by the quartino. l Sushi lovers rejoice! There’s a new kid in town—Kevin Aoki, son of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, is opening his sixth location of Doraku (you’ll find the others in Miami, Oahu and Vietnam) this November. Reminiscent of Japanese izakayas (pubs that serve small plates), the cozy spot is one you’ll want to revisit many times, especially after you get a taste of toro tartare. l Doraku’s offspring, Qing Mu, serves up some of the city’s tastiest noodles in a fast-casual space evocative of Chinese street stalls. Even better? It’s the first location of the concept. Opening in November. l Making its Atlanta debut all the way from Texas is American Food and Beverage, an enormous neighborhood tavern celebrating American cuisine (hence the name). Its sister restaurant, a pizzeria dubbed Thirteen Pies, will open down the road with wood-fired pizzas and hand-cut pastas galore.

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

BUTTERMILK KITCHEN Chef Suzanne Vizethann offers thoughtfully handcrafted food in a room as pure and simple as its namesake drink. Southern classics are the foundation of this Roswell Road breakfast-and-lunch spot, and you can’t go wrong with the Brunswick stew, chicken salad,

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pimento cheese, or the fried chicken biscuit with pepper jelly and pickles. Vizethann’s love of sweet confections really shines at weekend brunch, when folks line up in front of the inviting bright-blue cottage for the likes of toasted blueberry coffeecake and poppy-seed pancakes with strawberries and lemon curd. Salads and sandwiches: $8.25-$11.50 Breakfast dishes: $8-$13 www.buttermilkkitchen.com

CAFÉ SUNFLOWER In a town that’s burger-crazed and churrascaria-packed, chef-owners Lin and Edward Sun’s casual, mid-priced kitchen is an anomaly: a veggie haunt that samples freely from world cuisine with mainstream diners in mind. Here, patrons take delight in consistently delicious salads and soups; soy-based replicas of everyday grub like burgers and ravioli; and a stellar lineup of original dishes. The food is freshly prepared, beautifully presented and accessible to both hardcore vegans and omnivores. Lunch entrées: $9-$12 Dinner entrées: $12-$18 www.cafesunflower.com

Basil rolls with peanut sauce are a beautiful way to begin a meal at Co’m.

Del Frisco’s Grille’s Pimento Cheese Burger, cooked to perfection.

CO’M VIETNAMESE GRILL In a Buford Highway strip mall on the edge of Brookhaven, Co’m has for some time now been my favorite place for the vibrant, aromatic flavors of the Southeast Asian nation that ownerbrothers Duc and Henry Tran once called home. While Atlanta has pho shops aplenty, the stars here are the rice and noodle dishes, which can be ordered with heavenly grilled meats, chicken or fish. The pièce de résistance, though, is the grilled grapeleaf rolls, stuffed with bits of beef, lamb, salmon, duck or tofu; doused in a pool of sweet-fishy vinaigrette and sprinkled with crushed peanuts and crispy fried scallions. Heaven! Appetizers: $3-$10 Entrées: $7-$18 www.comgrillrestaurant.com

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE While the Texas-based chain is known for superb steaks, fusion appetizers and flatbreads, we think the burgers are sensational. In particular, the Pimento Cheese Burger, an uptown riff on the Big Mac, is a tower of juicy


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deliciousness: two patties with lettuce, tomato and pickle; plus housemade “sloppy sauce” (it’s like a smooth Thousand Island); plus two generous smears of pimento cheese, which slides down the stack and seals in all that juicy goodness. Del Frisco’s gets special points for packaging: The burger sits coyly in a partly open paper wrapper, while the fries are in a little paper cone on the side. A cold frothy draft beer is the clincher. Appetizers: $7-$16.50 Sandwiches & flatbreads: $12.50-$18 Steaks: $29.50-$39.50 www.delfriscosgrille.com/atlanta

HAL’S “THE STEAKHOUSE” Looking on the outside like a highend strip joint topped with a Bourbon Street balcony, Hal’s has built its cachet around its loyal clientele, old-school style, impeccable service and terrific food. Owner Hal Nowak is a New Orleans native, and in his eponymous enterprise—with its shrimp rémoulade, oysters bordelaise and booze-soaked bread pudding—he has created Atlanta’s answer to Galatoire’s.

riuchi holds court at his own Pharr Road sushi bar, where his impeccably fresh fish and hot and cold appetizers compare to the best Japanese food in town. The only difference: His prices won’t shipwreck your budget. Among our faves, the UPS roll is a delicious nod to the Atlantabased Big Brown fleet, and the black cod and okra tempura are packages you’ll be happy to see arrive at your table.

This may be your grandparents’ favorite restaurant, but in an age where everything old is new again, it also boasts a youthful clientele that appreciates its straightforward food, strong drinks and speakeasy atmosphere. Appetizers and salads: $9-$24 Entrées and steaks: $234-$50 www.hals.net

Appetizers: $6-$20 Nigiri: $2.50-$11 Sushi rolls: $4.50-$19.50 www.takasushiatlanta.com

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

WOODFIRE GRILL One Star Ranch’s Baby-back ribs with corn on the cob and baked beans.

Texas. He’s right proud of the beef ribs, too. “We are the only place who does that cut in the Southeast,” he says of the elbow-to-wrist, Jurassic-size gnaw sticks. We like the laidback vibe of this place and the chatty, friendly servers. There’s live blues on Friday and Saturday nights, and we’d love to come back, sit at the fabulous bar and sip a Texas ’rita or two. No wonder this place has such longevity. Blow that kind of smoke up a neighborhood’s skirt, and it will notice. Entrées: $13-$29 www.onestarranch.com

ONE STAR RANCH According to owner Frank Bonk, the smokers at this 25-year-old Irby Avenue institution puff day and night. And when I drive up to his venerated dive in the heart of Buckhead, I believe him with every bit of my ’cue-loving soul. Before I can park, the sweet, heavenly aroma of long-cooked meat has invaded my tightly sealed, air-conditioned car. Bonk says the brown-sugar-andketchup-laced sauce is the recipe of his wife’s grandfather, who hailed from

STARFISH Starfish—which can look just a little lost on the block that houses Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch—is exactly the kind of sushi joint I have been trolling for. In a city where Japanese cuisine can be hit-or-miss and sometimes not the freshest, chefowner Seung K. “Sam” Park’s reticent little pearl is a superior catch—cute and compact as a bento box but with

just a hint of luxury. At dinner, we were delighted to see how the kitchen plays around with untraditional ingredients like truffle oil and balsamic vinegar, slicing fish as thin as carpaccio and arranging it in dazzling presentations. When our flounder sashimi arrived, the server told us to place a dab of the ponzu jelly spiked with cilantro, jalapeño and lime on a strip of the fish and roll it up. Exquisite. Starfish isn’t the kind of place that announces itself with screaming klieg lights or red carpets. But in this culture of excess, sometimes being a little bit underthe-radar can be very seductive. Lunch Entrées: $7-$16 Dinner Entrées: $12-$30 www.starfishatlanta.com

TAKA SUSHI AND PASSION Chef Taka Moriuchi learned from perhaps the most famously finicky and cultinspiring Japanese chef Atlanta has ever known: Sotohiro Kosugi, owner of Buckhead’s legendary (but now shuttered) Soto Japanese Restaurant. Today, Mo-

After a three-hour, four-course dinner with cocktails and wine, we can report without hesitation: The Woodfire team remains at the top of its game. We decided to investigate by checking in on a crucial Tuesday. Woodfire is closed on Mondays, so Tuesday night is the swing shift, when the week’s new dishes are being tweaked, wine pairings selected and the staff is on high alert to absorb it all and not go blank when customers ask what the orange mayonnaise-y stuff in the bouillabaisse is. (It’s the classic aioli-like French sauce called rouille.) While it could use a bit of a makeover on the design end, the food and service show no signs of wavering. First and second courses: $8-$18 Main courses: $20-$42 Five-course tasting menu: $70 Seven-course grand tasting menu: $90 www.woodfiregrill.com

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I grew up living and breathing education. My grandmother, grandfather, mother, aunts and cousins are all educators—from kindergarten teachers to principals. My family truly believes in the power of teaching. While I don’t share their career choice, education is still very much in my heart and in my blood. I’ve come to appreciate the value of a really good teacher; really good principal; really good coach. An educator who arrives before his or her 7 a.m. report time, works on the school yearbook until midnight, responds to emails after supper, travels the country with a 200-member marching band, treks the state for football championships and travels to Paris with the French Club to reinforce language lessons; a teacher who immerses him- or herself in every class, certification course or experience to help enhance their impact on students’ lives—those are the teachers who stand out. With my family background, it’s no surprise I jumped at the chance to connect with area educators and congratulate them on a job well done. Educators don’t often get recognized. Sure, a holiday cookie or a homemade valentine from a student means the world to them (they keep these special notes in filing cabinet folders or on their bookshelves for their entire career!), but it’s not often that you see them in magazines, highlighted for their outstanding work and efforts over the five, ten, 15, 20, or 40 years they’ve been in the school system. With area schools kicking off another academic year, Simply Buckhead is taking the opportunity to recognize the teachers and administrators in our community who make a positive impact on parents, colleagues and, most importantly, students. Whether they’re five years deep into the school system, or 20, we believe that what they do makes a difference.

Get inspired by reading their stories and getting to know these selfless individuals who help our community schools and students reach their maximum potential.

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“The kids deserve my undivided attention while I’m at school. In the mornings, I spend my drive into school disconnecting from other things and homing in on what it is I’m about to do. It helps me to focus, and in turn, connect with my students. The connection I make with them is the best part of my job.” - Allee Burka FAVORITE BUCKHEAD STOPS



The Atlanta Fish Market and Fellini’s



wenty-eight-year-old Allee Burka may be in the early chapter of her teaching career, but to say she has a plethora of experiences under her belt is an understatement. Burka joined Teach for America (TFA) after graduating from North Carolina’s Elon University with her undergraduate degree in May 2008. Her decision to join TFA was easy thanks to her participation over summer breaks in Higher Achievement, a Washington, D.C.-based program that focuses on helping inner city children achieve a high level of learning. She fell in love with the kids during that time, and knew she wanted to begin her career in the inner city environment. Burka was immediately accepted into the TFA corps and placed in Atlanta. The two years that followed tested her in ways she couldn’t have imagined. While the environment was difficult, in her heart she knew she was in the right place: working with some of the poorest and most underserved students in our community. It was both challenging and rewarding. Burka can reflect back on the experience and smile. “I woke up every day knowing I made a difference in their lives,” Burka says. Her favorite part was providing her first- and second-graders with the attention and skill-sets they wouldn’t receive otherwise. When her time with TFA came to a close, she wanted to remain in education, but experiment with a different path. She stayed in Atlanta and worked with Close Up, a nonprofit organization

Buckhead-area schools are looking outside the box when it comes to their curriculum. These five institutions offer language and cultural programs that prepare students and their families for traveling, studying and living abroad. The programs widen the students’ communication arsenals, providing them with the skills and knowledge to feel confident listening, speaking and writing another language.

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that encourages teachers, students and parents to participate in hands-on learning about the democratic process in the nation’s capital. She served as educational outreach coordinator for two years and then, missing the classroom, began teaching first grade at Sandy Springs’ The Epstein School, where she’s been ever since. Parents and students alike rave about her. “Allee is one of the most well-liked and well-respected teachers at Epstein. My daughter Lindsay had her for first grade and came home every day with a new story of why Mrs. Burka is her favorite teacher,” parent Keri Greenwald says. Part of what makes Burka successful is paying close attention to her students’ needs. She has the unique ability to read children, and if they are antsy or inattentive, she provides “brain breaks” and refreshes them with yoga or meditation for 5 to 10 minutes. “Being in tune with their needs, being flexible, and knowing that if they are falling asleep, we can head to the gym and jog five laps to re-energize is what it’s all about,” Burka explains. “I really try to get on their level. I spend lots of classroom time sitting on the floor!” As she begins her third year at The Epstein School, Burka will also begin the second year of her master’s in reading education through the University of Georgia online. Outside of school, Burka is an active member of the Congregation Or Hadash, and teaches Hebrew School every Wednesday evening. n

ASHFORD PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The 2014 school year was an exciting one for Ashford Park. The Brookhaven school, along with five others in the Atlanta area, became a dual-immersion school. Ashford Park received $15,000 in start-up grants to begin a German dual-immersion instructional program. Using the Georgia Dual Immersion Program model, the students now spend half the school day learning subjects in German and the other half in English. Ashford Park is the only German Immersion program in the state of Georgia. Attendance requires that parents enter students in a lottery beginning in January. The selected students begin instruction in kindergarten and have the option to continue at the feeder schools—Chamblee Middle School and Chamblee High School—after finishing fifth grade at Ashford Park. 2968 Cravenridge Drive N.E., Atlanta 30319  n  Principal: Dr. LaShawn McMillan 678.676.670  n www.ashfordparkes.dekalb.k12.ga.us

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niversity of Georgia graduate Freddie Benschine is an avid runner who enjoys cooking and getting in shape, but his first love is teaching. The 33-year-old Advanced Placement World History and Economics teacher also coaches North Springs Charter High School’s cross-country team. He feels that encouraging his runners allows him to see students grow on a different level than what they achieve in the classroom. “On the flip side, in my classroom, I love having the opportunity to introduce students to new cultural understandings of their surroundings,” he says. “We spend a lot of time in class studying the civilizations and religions of the world. In many cases, students come to class with prejudgments, or biases of their environment and I like having the opportunity to shed more light on these misconceptions.” In addition to his classroom and trail-running dedication, Benschine has organized and chaperoned trips abroad with his students to England, France, Spain and Japan. “These experiences have helped to meld … classroom and life experiences,” Benschine explains. As a college student, Benschine didn’t plan to pursue a teaching career. After receiving an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and worked at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as their operations and personnel director. He quickly realized his college job as a

swim instructor and after-school counselor was more aligned with his passion so he moved back to Georgia to earn his master’s in education at Georgia State University. Now he says he couldn’t imagine any career but teaching. His secret? “It helps to vary lesson plans and provide both personal and class incentives. Whether it’s an extra credit assignment or offering class outings, students and teachers alike need encouragement to remain focused throughout the year,” Benschine says. His commitment doesn’t go unnoticed. “He dedicates himself to giving his students a dynamic experience,” says Assistant Principal Eric Jones. “He organizes a dinner outing to an Indian restaurant with students and parents to help them better understand the different cultures they will be studying. I’ve seen the results of hours of prep time the night before, preparing different ‘mystery’ foods for the students to experience in class to help them understand the effects of the Columbian Exchange.” Benschine’s cross-country team also participated in the State Championship last year, a great accomplishment and a proud moment for the coach. “ I love seeing them compete and make strides—pun intended—in terms of their athletic abilities,” says Benschine. As for his personal running goals, Benschine has competed in numerous half marathons and completed the Callaway Gardens Marathon. n

“I enjoy working with students of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We also have a wonderfully involved group of parents that are continually supportive of our teachers and administration.” – Freddie Benschine


Find Benschine perusing the ham bar at Art Smith’s Southern Art or enjoying Sandy Springs’ authentic El Taco Veloz



THE SPANISH ACADEMY Founder and owner of The Spanish Academy DeShea Brooks had a goal in 2001 to create a school that kids woke up begging to come to, a place that taught children to understand the Spanish language and culture. The educational options at this Total Immersion School will fit any lifestyle or need. The school has four campuses—Buckhead, East Cobb, Sewanee and now Emory. Brooks believes that from birth through puberty, children are like sponges, and will learn and retain a major amount of language education. “Children love language because at this time, they are in a window of language acquisition. Learning languages is natural and very easy for them during the preschool years,” Brooks says. The expansion of The Spanish Academy over the years has been a result of high demand—parents in the Emory community kept calling to inquire about a school in their area last year, Brooks says. Ask and you shall receive! Brooks and her team are excited about the recent opening of the Emory location and believe the demand stems directly from current parents and the organic promotion the school continues to receive. 2461 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta 30305 (Buckhead Campus)  n  Program Director and Owner: DeShea Brooks 770.751.3646  n www.thespanishacademy.com

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DR. FREDA HAMILTON CURRENT SCHOOL: Sarah Smith Elementary School YEARS IN EDUCATION: 25  HOMETOWN: Chickamauga, Georgia 

“I don’t feel like it’s a job—it’s an honor for me to be here. I come to school and get hundreds of hugs, high-fives, and love letters a day! First grade does a hero walk every year and for the past two years, a student has dressed up as ‘Dr. Hamilton.’ Talk about rewarding—it makes me feel like I’ve really made an impact on them.” – Dr. Freda Hamilton




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here’s something (well, a lot of things) about Dr. Freda Hamilton, program administrator at Buckhead’s Sarah Smith Elementary School, that inspires a smile. Maybe it’s the remarkable Mr. Potato Head collection displayed on the shelves of her office, but we think it’s more than that. Evident from the hundreds of handwritten notes from students that line her filing cabinets, 51-year-old Hamilton is one of the most beloved staff members at the school. Her spunky, school-spirited attitude is contagious. The students at Sarah Smith want to come to school because they love it and they love learning—that can attributed to Hamilton. Hamilton wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do when she started out, but she always loved kids. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University, she began coaching basketball and substitute teaching at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. She knew then that teaching was her calling. She later received her master’s from the University of West Georgia and became a physical education teacher in Cobb County. She taught P.E. for nine years until her administration encouraged her to explore leadership opportunities, which led to her earning a doctorate in administration (taking classes with Nova Southeastern University on the weekends here in Atlanta). After a five-year administration stint in Cobb County, she was offered the assistant principal position at Sarah Smith, where she has

been ever since. “I love the relationships I build with my kids,” she says. “When they come here as kindergarteners they have just turned five, but by the time they leave here as fifth-graders, they are young adults ready for middle school.” The parents at Sarah Smith are in total agreement that Hamilton is the best of the best. Parent and substitute teacher Kimberley Simms feels she has changed her daughter’s life. “From the very first moment I met Dr. Freda Hamilton, I knew I had met a true, authentic, devoted and genuinely committed person—someone who was an excellent administrator,” Simms says. “It’s not often you find a person who is both a great leader and administrator, but also has a genuine heart of caring and compassion for her students, her staff and parents alike.” On any given day, you can find Hamilton running the car rider lane, getting to know parents and students and going above and beyond her job description. She’s established a family-like community that parents and students are proud to be a part of. She encourages her students and staff by dressing up as Dr. Seuss during the annual Read-a-Thon and attending students’ birthday parties or soccer games on weekends, because it’s what she loves to do. When she steps outside Sarah Smith, the fun doesn’t stop. You might find Hamilton fly-fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains or dining at a local Buckhead eatery. And her students look forward to seeing her outside of school because she brings excitement and cheer to the entire community. n

LITTLE DA VINCI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Beginning at 18 months and extending through kindergarten, youngsters at Little Da Vinci International School learn to speak, read, write and understand both English and French or Spanish. The school also offers an after-school program up to age 14 (8th grade) for older kids looking for a less-involved version of their everyday teachings. Founder and director Soraya Rouchdi began Little Da Vinci in 2009 with her life savings. After moving around the world with her husband, it was her dream for kids to have a more global connection. Nestled in the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, this Buckhead school offers a multilingual education that combines a strong academic curriculum with a nurturing environment for students. 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30342  n  Founder and Director: Soraya Rouchdi 678.510.1214  n www.littledavincischool.org

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Educators that Excel

COLLEEN ZNOSKO CURRENT SCHOOL: Cambridge International School YEARS IN EDUCATION: 9  HOMETOWN: Lawrenceville, Georgia




ambridge International School Creative Director and Head of Project Learning Colleen Znosko seems to be a jack-of-alltrades. The 29-year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia, native graduated from Atlanta’s St. Pius X Catholic High School and attended Georgia Southern University where she received her bachelor’s in fine arts. She began her career as a coach with Playball, a sports and life lessons camp that serves various schools, including Wieuca Road Baptist Church Day School, Peachtree Road Lutheran Preschool and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School. In 2011 she joined Cambridge as an art teacher. Two years later, after much encouragement from her administration, she moved into her current role. Things haven’t always been easy for Znosko, however. Two years ago, she developed a bacterial infection called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in her spine, a condition that could have developed during two previous sports-related injuries—a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a herniated disc in her lower back. Her doctors told her that she shouldn’t work with children because the infection weakens the immune system and it would be risky for her health. She refused to comply and, thanks to daily antibiotic infusions given to her at the time of diagnosis, she is able to do what she enjoys most. At Cambridge, she created La Petite Academie,

a program that helps children ages 3 to 6 understand concepts such as geometry and math through art. “Her program highlights the great masters such as Matisse and Monet, and provides the children with a foundational knowledge of art basics and an appreciation of the world through the eyes of an artist,” says Cambridge Executive Director and Founder Suzanne Darley. That’s not all. Colleen envisioned and implemented a payit-forward campaign for the 2013-2014 school year in which the students were inspired to help others. “On the last day of the Georgia 400 tolls, our children gave over 40 letters to motorists and paid their tolls. The children earned their money through doing work around the school and the letters were drawn to encourage motorists to have a wonderful day,” Darley says. Soon, Znosko’s role at Cambridge is going to become even greater— she is currently in director’s training. And it’s no secret that Znosko’s students adore her. “Miss Colleen has taught me about so many things. I learned the difference between organic and geometric shapes in her class,” says 5-yearold student Ashley Krivo. “I love Miss Colleen and wish I could stay at Cambridge forever, but I am going to first grade next year. Miss Colleen loves everybody the same and I will visit her.” Along with teaching, some of Znosko’s other passions include kayaking, playing tennis and hiking with her dog Tonka. n

“Engaging children with their strengths and interests has such a positive effect. Teaching children is not ‘onesize-fits-all’ so you have to be willing to go out on a limb and try everything to bring out the greatness that is within every child.” – Colleen Znosko


Swoozie’s for gifts, Kazoo Toys (a school parent owns the store!), Zoës Kitchen and Arden’s Garden

ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Buckhead’s Atlanta International School was founded in 1984 and still remains at the center of our educational community. The school’s philosophy encourages students to gain secondlanguage proficiency. From three-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade, students follow an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) focused on the growth and development of the students inside and outside the school classroom and an inquiry-based course that involves asking questions, problem-solving and collaboration in two languages: English and French, German or Spanish. Upon entering sixth grade and continuing to tenth, students follow the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). From sixth grade forward most classes are taught in English, but students may take multiple language classes if their schedule allows. In grades eleven and twelve they further their skills with the IB Diploma Programme (DP) intended to prep the students for college. “Each year at AIS, about 30 percent of the class graduates with a bilingual diploma, meaning they have shown native-level proficiency in two languages on their IB exam,” says Courtney Fowler, associate director of marketing and communications. 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta 30305  n  Headmaster: Kevin Glass 404.841.3840  n www.aischool.org

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LEIGH RECORD CURRENT SCHOOL: Atlanta Speech School, Wardlaw School YEARS IN EDUCATION: 48  HOMETOWN: Americus, Georgia

“I’ve learned so much from my students. Teaching them has challenged me to be a lifelong learner and to seek new and innovative methods and strategies to help them.” – Leigh Record




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he remarkable Leigh Record celebrates her 70th birthday this month, but she has no plans for retiring anytime soon. She’s been with Atlanta Speech School for 42 years—a thirdgrade teacher for 40 years, and now the curriculum specialist for the school’s Wardlaw School for children with dyslexia. She says her decades at Wardlaw have felt like perpetual graduate school—she is constantly learning and developing as an educator. She tends to use the word “exciting” over and over when describing her time there and teaching in general. Learning new things about her subject matter, students or colleagues thrills her, she says, and helps her continue to grow in ways she never knew she could. Record found her career path totally on her own—when she graduated from high school, she attended the University of Georgia and completed her bachelor’s degree. At the time of her graduation, her father said, “Uncle Sam gave me 10 days and I’ll do the same for you,” forcing her to figure out a career—and fast! She found her way working with children with disabilities and this eventually prompted Record to attend Georgia State University’s evening teaching certification program. While attending Georgia State, Record served in the Atlanta Public Schools district as a member of a pilot program that had her teaching lessons in classrooms so the regular teachers could have an hour or two for professional planning time. Her interest in children with learning differences grew and she began commuting to the University of Georgia on weekends to receive her master’s in education. Record’s love of travel led her to serve as a teacher overseas from 1970 to 1972 with the Department of Defense in Guantanamo, Cuba. Upon her return home she received a six-year

specialist degree in reading from Georgia State University. Record’s long and storied career also includes time with DeKalb County schools before joining Wardlaw in 1973. “She has never turned down an opportunity for professional development. She trains other teachers in the Wilson Reading System, a highly structured remedial program that directly teaches the structure of the language to students and adults who have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies, or who may require multisensory language instruction,” says Wardlaw Upper School Director Debbie Dreas. Record’s two-part Wilson Training certification process was a rigorous and prestigious one requiring several classes, tutoring sessions and observations. One of the hardest, yet most fascinating, parts of her job, however, is technology. “I remember when I took a field trip with an Atlanta Speech School group to see a computer for the first time, and now I’ve just purchased my first smart phone! I’m getting better,” she says. Record is constantly furthering her expertise with dyslexia. Since becoming the curriculum specialist in 2013 she’s started hosting “Lunch and Learns” mostly dealing with math topics, to expand her own knowledge as well as that of the other teachers. She reads each and every dyslexia magazine she can get her hands on, and hands out her summaries of the articles to the staff. Record also loves to travel—the educational way! She’s been to Asia, and has a Morocco trip in the works with Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO), a nonprofit providing affordable trips for teachers. While abroad, teachers visit schools along the way to learn about the culture of education in the countries they are visiting. n

LITTLEBUSYBEE MANDARIN ACADEMY Since 2007, Sandy Springs’ LittleBusyBee Mandarin Academy has been a home for learning Mandarin Chinese. From 12 months to 8 years old, children partake in the small class sizes and a sequential learning experience. The curriculum for young children is based on their interests, strengths, and ability levels and every class offered incorporates hands-on activities as well as movements with Chinese songs. One of the hardest parts of a second language can be implementing it properly at home so LittleBusyBee teachers and staff encourage and coach parents on techniques to help reinforce the learning process outside of school. 4920 Roswell Road N.E. Suite 44, Sandy Springs 30342  n  Owner: Sophie Li 770.380.8638  n www.littlebusybeemandarin.com

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Educators that Excel

BRAIN GAINS The LearningRx program is a game changer for challenged students STORY:

By H.M. Cauley


hile searching for ways to help their own children overcome learning challenges, Beth Ardell and Susie McDaniel, both physical therapists, spent years trading possible solutions. “Anything you’ve heard of, we did it,” Ardell recalls. “We both had tried so many different interventions.” When Ardell heard about a company that had tremendous success working with struggling youngsters, she traveled to Colorado to check it out. The program at LearningRx was so impressive that six years ago she and McDaniel opened the concept’s first Georgia franchise. “I was looking for an organic approach to building attention and focus,” McDaniel says. “We saw the Rx program get amazing results, to the point where my son has never had to be medicated.” The friends opened a Buckhead branch six years ago, making it one of 90 sites around the country that offers a variety of learning approaches under one umbrella. Students as young as 5 and adults as old as 75 work one-on-one with trainers to develop and strengthen the cognitive skills that increase learning power. “Some people think it’s tutoring, but it’s not,” Ardell explains. “Rather than re-teach academic information, we strengthen the underlying skills so children or adults have an easier time learning. Once we train your brain, we see permanent results. You benefit from those pathways your whole life. We tell people it’s like going to a personal trainer or a physical therapist to strengthen muscles through exercises. These are mental exercises—like brain games—that are very targeted and purposeful so weaker skills get strengthened.”

GRACE AND JACK One of the best parts of the program is the measurable results. Two years ago, Joanne Fitzgerald’s daughter, Grace, spent several months in the Rx program before starting


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Moms and physical therapists Susie McDaniel and Beth Ardell opened Georgia’s first LearningRx franchise.

Sutton Middle School. The Buckhead parent was astonished to see her child’s IQ increase by 16 points and her grades move from B’s to solid A’s. The results motivated her to enroll her son, Jack, a year later. “They didn’t have learning disabilities, but school was getting harder, and we live in a very competitive city where I think teachers are overwhelmed,” Fitzgerald says. “This was a great way to give my kids some tools that weren’t just for that subject, at that moment, but for an academic lifetime. What they got is invaluable.” Fitzgerald believes the approach McDaniel and Ardell take gave her children the tools to compete in the long haul. Both are now 15; Grace is a student at the Atlanta Girls’ School, while Jack attends Whitefield Academy. “The one analogy Beth gave is that it’s like running a marathon,” she says. “You don’t wake up and say, ‘I’m going to run a marathon.’ You do a little bit every day to increase your fitness and endurance. You develop those muscles. In brain training, you’re strengthening brain pathways the same way, and once you’ve established them, they don’t decrease.”

MICHAEL Establishing those brain pathways had what Buckhead resident Gail Starr describes as a “dramatic, delightful and almost magically positive impact” on her son, Michael, who first attended LearningRx in 2009 as a thirdgrader at Pace Academy. “He was struggling in school and taking an inordinately long time to complete his work,” she says. “His handwriting was poor, and he was not hearing everything his teachers said when there was background noise in the classroom. He was not enjoying the classroom experience at all, and we briefly entertained the idea of homeschooling. But after several months of LearningRx, he began to slowly improve.” The change stayed with Starr’s son as he moved into middle school three years later.

“He got a 99 percent in the verbal component of the year-end test, then took the SAT as a 12-year-old and scored far better than the vast majority of college applicants in Georgia,” Starr recalls. “He’s now 13 and an eighth-grader who is a voracious reader; he completed his summer reading in one afternoon as soon as school let out in May, and he enjoyed the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Emory. He feels that LearningRx turned his school activities from a chore to a pleasure.”

JAMIE Leslie Huber’s 11-year-old, Jamie, has a long history of developmental delays, but in 2012 after working at LearningRx, he became an enthusiastic student. During the summer, he spent time at LearningRx’s “Cranium Camp” where his enthusiasm for school got an additional boost, said the Brookhaven mom. “Their curriculum is rigorous and tiring, and he did it three to four times a week,” she says. “He was tired, but within a couple of weeks, we saw results, and he was excited. They use a fun approach to cues for memory that helped so much at school.” Along with building her son’s confidence, LearningRx put Huber’s mind at ease. “As a parent, you have a hard time knowing what to do next,” she says. “We had tried so many programs, and we just didn’t know when to do something new, when to give something else a shot. Then I heard about this from another parent who had good results, and that was important to me. There were things at LearningRx that clicked, that made my son excited about learning, even during the summer. It’s been fascinating to see what the brain is capable of.” Learning RX 5252 Roswell Road, Suite 100 Atlanta 30342 404.252.7246 www.learningrx.com/atlanta-buckhead




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The top three meatball winners will compete in the “Meat Brawl” at Taste of Atlanta on Oct. 25.


THE ATLANTA MEATBALL FESTIVAL Chefs and mixologists gather in Sandy Springs to celebrate meatballs Atlanta Meatball Festival Sept. 14 Belle Isle Square (next to Cibo e Beve) 4969 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30342 404.875.4434 www.atlantameatballfestival.com

Have a ball at the Atlanta Meatball Festival, a kickoff celebration of food, drinks and live music that is one of the events leading up to the annual Taste of Atlanta festival. From beef, pork, seafood and chicken, how many creative spins can be put on the classic meatball? Handmade balls roll across cultural lines, but you’ll also find cocktails, limoncello, a silent auction and live music from Convoy at this San Gennaro-themed street food festival. More than a dozen restaurants like Cibo e Beve, Don Antonio by Starita, St. Cecilia and Davio’s are going head-to-head to cook up the tastiest meatballs. Four local judges and the festival patrons will vote for the three finalists to compete at the Taste of Atlanta “MeatBrawl Throwdown” competition on Oct. 25.

From meatball sandwiches to meatball skewers, the Atlanta Meatball Festival celebrates a simple dish in a multitude of ways.

Chef and host of the event Linda Harrell of Cibo e Beve says, “Since the meatball is a staple in Italian cuisine, I thought it would be fun to bring some imagination to such a traditional dish. I am hoping the participating chefs use The Meatball Festival as an opportunity to get creative!” A portion of the proceeds from the event and all proceeds from the silent auction benefit Project Open Hand. The Meatball Festival will take place in the parking lot behind Cibo e Beve from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $40 in advance at www.freshtix.com or $45 at the event.

The Atlanta Meatball Festival features craft cocktails and 15 to 20 restaurants showcasing their unique take on the traditional meatball.

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Events, exhibits, galas and more 

The second annual Run for Redheads benefits the endangered Sumatran orangutans.

NORM MACDONALD Sept. 4-6 The Improv Atlanta 56 East Andrews Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 678.244.3612 www.theimprovatlanta.com For those who enjoy sharp jabs that push the envelope of appropriateness, Norm MacDonald’s stand-up comedy is sure to deliver. He regularly appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in 1994, spinning the “Weekend Update” news into a borderline offensive segment. The Improv Atlanta brings MacDonald to the stand-up comedy circuit, where you can expect the wry jokes and monotone delivery that fit perfectly with his personality. The Thursday 8 p.m. show is for ages 16 and up, and the Friday and Saturday shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. are for ages 21 and up. Tickets are $25 for Thursday’s show, $30 for Friday and Saturday, and a two-drink minimum is required for all. Purchase online by visiting www.atlimprov.laughstub.com.

GLOWDRY ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Sept. 10 GlowDry 3722 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.549.8007 www.myglowdry.com

The 10th annual Taste of Buckhead showcases some of Buckhead’s finest restaurants.

Market Buckhead and giveaway prizes like gift cards for blow outs or makeup styling. Get glammed up with a dry style or get your makeup touched up by GlowDry’s stylists. The party is free and open to the public, and guests are encouraged to drop by any time from 7 to 9 p.m.

CHARLIE WILSON Sept. 13 Chastain Park 4469 Stella Drive N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.233.2227 www.classicchastain.com Charlie Wilson’s soulful ballads reverberate through Chastain Park’s outdoor amphitheater, where he commands center stage with his elegant and powerful vocals. His humble R&B and urban contemporary adult sounds invite the audience to sit back in their chairs and enjoy packed picnics in Chastain Park’s charming outdoor amphitheater. Expect to hear hits from any of his Grammy-nominated albums Charlie, Last Name Wilson, Just Charlie and Uncle Charlie. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $35.50 for lawn seats and climb to $453.00 for a six-seated terrace table, and can be purchased through www.Ticketmaster.com.

RUN FOR REDHEADS It’s been one year since GlowDry blew into Buckhead’s salon scene, and since then it’s been offering on-the-go clients pampering, professional styling and blowouts. This high-gloss classic celebrates its one-year anniversary party with glamorous cocktails, fancy hors d’oeuvres from Whole Foods


Sept. 13 Trinity Presbyterian Church 3003 Howell Mill Road N.W. Atlanta 30327 www.apeconservationeffort.org The second annual Run for Redheads 5K race brings together runners who are making strides

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toward protecting orangutans across the globe. Runners are invited to dress up as their favorite redhead for the run. The race is sponsored by Georgia’s Ape Conservation Effort, a nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to saving the great apes. The race begins and ends at Trinity Presbyterian Church and winds through some of the West Side’s charming neighborhoods on a mostly shaded route. Start time for the race is 7:30 a.m. Entry fees are $20 by Sept. 8, then $25 until race day. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, which protects the endangered species. Runners can register at www.active.com.

TASTE OF BUCKHEAD Sept. 18 Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta 30305 404.843.2825 www.buckheadbusiness.org Gather at the Buckhead Theatre for an evening of food and drink with prominent Buckhead business leaders, including the one-and-only Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, who will serve as honorary chair for the Buckhead Business Association’s Taste of Buckhead. Chefs giving demos include Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Chef Art Smith of Southern Art. Bid on silent and live auction items ranging from restaurant gift cards to chic gift baskets to enthralling trips. Proceeds from the auctions go toward Buckhead Heritage Society and Liveable Buckhead. The Deadfields Sample more than 50 wine and


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Visitors to Atlanta History Center’s fall festival can participate in hands-on demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as woodworking. Photo: Atlanta History Center

beer tastings. The event runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are available at www.thebuckheadtheatre. com for $75 per person.

SWAN COACH HOUSE FLEA MARKET Sept. 18-20 Swan Coach House 3130 Slaton Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.261.9855 www.swancoachhouse.com The Swan Coach House is a hallmark of design, so don’t miss the treasure trove of finds at the annual flea market fundraiser. All proceeds go toward the Forward Arts Foundation, a nonprofit created by a group of forward-thinking women in 1965. The foundation remains a supporter of visual arts in Atlanta. For your chance to advance purchase at the flea market, gather in the convivial atmosphere for the preview party Sept. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets to the pre-party are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and can be purchased at www.501auctions. com/2014fleamarket. Admission to the flea market is free and the event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20. All events are held in the lower level parking lot at the Atlanta History Center.

FILM SERIES: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Sept. 20 Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring Street N.W. Atlanta 30309 404.873.3391 www.puppet.org Puppetry isn’t just for live theater. In the 20th century puppets

played a quintessential role in certain movies where characters came to life without computer animation, as in the classic ’90s crime fighting film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Explore a different approach to the big screen as the Center for Puppetry Arts showcases the classic appeal of puppetry captured on camera. Immerse yourself in the action of ninja-fighting, pizza-eating bonhomie as the turtles fight crime in New York City. Showtime begins at 7 pm. in the Mainstage Theater. Tickets are free for Center Stage members and $7 for the general public, and can be purchased at www.ticketsales.puppet.org.

FALL FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL Sept. 27 Atlanta History Center 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.814.4000 www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/ Family Usher in fall with the Atlanta History Center’s Fall Folklife Festival, which commemorates the traditions of the South. Throughout the day, celebrate Southern foodways and traditional crafts in the museum and on the 1860s Smith Family Farm. Discover the craftsmanship behind twine and woodworking, hear tales of the past from storytellers, learn how to make handmade instruments, and pet farm animals at the petting zoo. The festival is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free for Atlanta History Center members and the cost of general admission for the general public: $16.50 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and over, $11 for youth 4 to 12.


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Best Butt in Brookwood Hills Barbecue Competition

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he inaugural Best Butt in Brookwood Hills barbecue competition benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta kicked off June 21 at the Brookwood Hills Community Club. Organized by Brookwood Hills Friends Group volunteers, the event hosted nearly 200 hungry guests who rode the mechanical pig, enjoyed live music and chowed down on finger-lickin’ barbecue. The highlight was announcing the barbecue competition winner, who would be awarded ultimate bragging rights. Out of the eight teams, The Sweathogs (Dan Granot, Mike Jones, Glenn Kolker and Ian Zabor) won the hearts and taste buds of the crowd. The fundraiser raised more than $10,000 for specialized care and equipment, as well as cutting-edge research at CHOA. – Natalie Mae Fressell Kellam and Louise Mattie Brad Walker and Jeremy Miller

The winning team: The Sweathogs–Glenn Kolker, Mike Jones, Dan Granot and Ian Zabor

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