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September 2015 ISSUE 33 • FREE

YOUR GUIDE TO LIVING WELL IN ATLANTA

HEROES

AMONG US

8 LOCALS WITH BRAVE STORIES TO TELL

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69 HEROES AMONG US [ C OV E R S T ORY ]

8 LOCALS WITH BRAVE STORIES TO TELL

Contents [ F E AT U RE S ]

HOME: METZLER STATE OF MIND

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46 SIMPLY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Lifestyle blogger Heather Metzler showcases a gift for DIY in her casually chic Buckhead home

15 SIMPLY NOW

57 SIMPLY DELICIOUS

33 SIMPLY STYLISH

81 SIMPLY HAPPENING

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TRAVEL NEAR: CHOW DOWN IN CHARLESTON

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TRAVEL STAYCATION: A VIEW WITH A THRILL

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MASTERFUL DINING

A plate-by-plate guide to the Holy City

See fall from a dizzying height at Banning Mills

Share a table with a 20th century artist

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Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Lindsay Lambert Day is a Buckhead-based freelance lifestyle writer and editor. Her work, which covers topics from travel to finance to home design, has been published in American Spa, Cincinnati Wedding, Coquina, and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines, and online at Coastal Living, Jetsetter, LearnVest and Paste. An alumna of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, she is the former managing editor of Coastal Living magazine, and the former editor of Northshore and Ocean Home magazines, based in the Boston area. She is also the author of the travel and lifestyle blog Day In/Day Out (dayin-out.com) and tweets as @msdaytripper. In this issue, Lambert Day recounts the brave stories of eight local heroes for our cover feature.

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heatherstone A home that’s close to home A gated community on the Georgia side of the North Carolina line, close to Highlands, but also close to the North Georgia communities of Dillard and Clayton. Just two or so hours from Buckhead. High elevation. Cool temperatures. Fabulous long-range views. Near great hiking, zip lining, wintertime snow tubing as well as Sky Valley Country Club and Golf Course.

[ B E H I N D T H E C OV E R ] Capturing this team of firefighters from Buckhead’s Station 21 for our cover shot was no easy feat. Between continuous calls of duty that may have had them boarding the fire engine at any moment, inclement weather and the general goingson of a busy station, Chief Photographer Sara Hanna worked quickly to create a lasting image that did justice to the spirit of these public servants. We’re happy to say the final product is a grand achievement that perfectly portrays the bravery of these firefighters and all the heroes we profile in our cover feature. We thank Station 21 for allowing us to disrupt their demanding shifts to honor them in this issue and we thank all the heroes in our community for their selfless contributions.

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The firemen of Station 21 pose with makeup artist Nyssa Green at our cover shoot. Producer and Chief Photographer: Sara Hanna Makeup: Nyssa Green/ The Green Room Agency

Blue Valley views from this move-in ready home. Spacious great room and open kitchen, master on main with a family/game room and two guest rooms below. The home is offered furnished, and for $545,000 also includes a sellable adjoining lot. MLS 81634 Bert Mobley Highlands Sotheby’s International Realty 828-200-0846 bertmob@gmail.com Jody Lovell Atlanta Fine Homes 828-526-4104 jody.lovell@sothebysrealty.com

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FROM OUR TWEET HEARTS AND FACEBOOK FANS! Follow us @SimplyBuckhead and on Facebook (LivingWellATL)

We know that the @nytimes did 36 hours in Raleigh, but  @SimplyBuckhead  gave us a whole 48! @WorkTriangleNC @FifthGrouper’s Vajra Stratigos picks his favorite summer rosés for @SimplyBuckhead @mistererickson I enjoyed “meeting” some impressive rising stars in your July/August issue. Great mix of inspiring folks. It was also great to catch up with the past rising stars and see “Where are they now?” Another impressive array of folks. Well done, Simply Buckhead. – B. Andrew (Drew) Plant Your Simply Happening/Charitable page is worthy of framing! It was such an honor to have you all at our Cars & ’Q for the Cause event. Thanks for showcasing the energy, fun and mission of Choate’s annual fundraiser.  – Lucy Crosswell, ProjectPR I just finished reading the July/August issue. It’s another great issue from a team that keeps getting better and better. – Jennifer G. Parker, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group John Franciscus was thrilled to be included with such great company in the June Golden Years Go-Getters cover story. Customers at LJ Lewis Silver continue to bring in copies to the store, and John is still the talk of the Roswell Road Caribou where he has his morning coffee! Jim Farmer did an excellent job writing the story and Sara’s environmental portrait of him is terrific. Thank you so much, Simply Buckhead! – Karin P. Koser, KPK & Co./KPKinteractive I just picked up your new issue at the Corner Café and I’m looking forward to reading it!  – Julie Herron-Carson Thank you so much for such an amazing [Home Feature] article. We are so happy at the way it came out. We really appreciate the magazine giving us the opportunity to show our work and how happy we are to live here!  – Franchesca Ocampo Buckhead looks like a fantastic area to be in/near and your magazine tells that very well. – Marlene Clayton

@greer_howard @Braves @Awood45  @SimplyBuckhead YOWZA WOODY! The ladies are really gonna [be] pounding down your door now!!! Love the suit! @scottchisolm80 We’re in the #dogdays  of summer, perfect time to get away with your pup! Read more in @SimplyBuckhead @BarnsleyResort Love the diversity of this @SimplyBuckhead cover! Makeup & grooming by us! @greenroomagency Thank you very much. It’s an honor to be in and on the cover. #godisgood #cheflifeconsulting #oriyaky  #realchefy @ChefEdHarris

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’d like to say I’d step up to the plate in a heroic way if the moment presented itself, but the truth is I’ve never really been put to the test.

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Yes, I’ve assisted an elderly person with groceries and pulled over to rescue a lost dog, but a matter of life or death hasn’t crossed my path … yet. Many of the individuals we profile in our cover feature, however, have faced this decisive moment and they all let their superhero colors shine through. For some, it’s their everyday calling to help others. Lieutenant Kevin Moburg and the crew of Buckhead’s Fire Station 21 used their lifesaving training and level heads to successfully rescue two girls trapped in an overturned vehicle. Detective Drew Bahry helped track down an elusive cat burglar suspected of stealing sterling silver pieces from Buckhead families. While serving as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Emory University Hospital’s Serious Communicable Disease (SCD) Unit, Buckhead resident Sharon Vanairsdale put herself in harm’s way to care for Ebola patients. For those not in public service or health care, the call to courage is inspired by hardship— their own and that of others. Two-time breast cancer survivor Lisa George launched jewelry line L George Designs after her first bout with the disease. Today she creates custom jewelry pieces for celebrities and designed a bracelet specially commissioned by the American Heart Association to aid in its fundraising efforts. Sally Larsen was inspired to create her line of organic and nontoxic body products after overcoming bone cancer and dealing with its side effects. And heroes Michelle Grech, Sara Allegra and Travis Ellis all answered the call resounding from the needs of others. There is much to admire about these everyday people doing extraordinary things to assist the world around them. When the day comes to use my “super powers” to help others, I’ll dig deep and remember the stories of these local heroes. I hope you do too.

Giannina Smith Bedford editor@simplybuckhead.com

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Above: A knife demo takes tasting experiences to a sharp new level. Left: Bartenders pour more than 50 varieties of beer, wine and liquor, including Bombay Sapphire cocktails. Right: Smokebelly BBQ debuted at last year’s event as a new restaurant, dishing up savory sliders.

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n Sept. 24, the Buckhead restaurant scene will come together for a not-to-be-missed evening of the neighborhood’s best bites and booze. The Buckhead Theatre will once again play host to Taste of Buckhead. In its 11th year, the culinary event allows fans of Buckhead restaurants, such as Restaurant Eugene and Bhojanic, and local foodies to sip, taste and meet the chefs. Keep an eye out for Rock’s Chicken, a new chicken concept by Johnny Rockets. Chef Brian Lee from the JW Marriott Buckhead is a featured chef at the

event, and he’ll host cooking demonstrations in the VIP section. Plus, the Buckhead Business Association, which puts on the event, has doubled the size of the “wine wall,” which was a popular feature at last year’s event. It’s similar to a raffle, where guests buy a $20 ticket to choose a number off the wall and receive a bottle of wine with a minimum value of $20. The bar program will include liquors and more than 50 beers and wines, such as Bombay Sapphire gin and a selection of beers from Sweetwater Brewing.

While sipping and strolling around the food tables, guests will also enjoy live jazz music. The event runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. General admission is $50, and 100 VIP tickets are available for $75. VIP tickets come with free parking, a gift bag and entrance to an exclusive reception from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. that will include chef demonstrations, nibbles and specialty cocktails. For tickets and more information, visit buckheadbusiness.org/ taste-of-buckhead. – Jamie Hausman

TASTE OF BUCKHEAD 2015 Sept. 24, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta 30305 404.467.7607 buckheadbusiness.org

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Snatch up deeply discounted designer duds, high-end housewares and more at the annual Swan Coach House Flea Market, an Atlanta tradition since 1954.

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If you’re the kind of person who spends their weekends scouring estate sales looking for deals, you’re in luck. You’ll find more than 2,000 items all under one roof Sept. 18 and 19 at the Atlanta History Center’s annual Swan Coach House Flea Market. The donated items on sale have been culled from some of Atlanta’s finest homes

and closets, and include everything from fashionable furnishings and first-edition books to museumquality antiques and designer clothing and accessories from names like Hermès, Chanel, Gucci, Brooks Brothers and Michael Kors. “We fill almost the entire lower level of the History Center parking deck with lots of interesting items,” says

Aimee Chubb, a member of the Forward Arts Foundation, the beneficiary of the event (all proceeds go toward supporting the local arts scene). “We price everything to sell. People find great bargains,” Chubb adds. The market is free, but serious treasure hunters can pay to attend the preview party on Sept. 17 and get first dibs. – Jill Becker

Preview party: Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. Flea market: Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m; Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Flea market admission free Preview Party $30-$35

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Local bands entertain the hungry diners sampling the fare at the midweek Brookhaven Food Truck Round-Up.

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Wednesdays are a little more appetizing at the weekly food truck gathering in Blackburn Park.

WEEKLY EVENT BRINGS LOCAL BANDS AND TASTY BITES Making dinner for the family every night can be a drudge. First, everybody wants different things, and then there are all those dirty dishes to clean up. Solve your dining dilemma and take in some cool tunes while you’re at it at the Brookhaven Food Truck Round-Up, held each Wednesday through Sept. 30 at

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Blackburn Park. More than a dozen trucks serving everything from tacos to tempura gather for the weekly event, including regulars like Happy Belly (selling farmto-street items cooked up on an onboard Big Green Egg) and King of Pops (doling out artisan popsicles in flavors like Blackberry Ginger Lemonade and

Chocolate Sea Salt). And it was recently announced that beer and wine can now be sold on-site. There’s live music to entertain you while you graze, and a free bounce house for the youngsters. You’re even encouraged to bring along your four-legged family members so Fido can get in on the fun, too. – Jill Becker

BROOKHAVEN FOOD TRUCK ROUND-UP Every Wednesday through September, 5-9 p.m. Free

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Girls Inc. participants make new friends and learn how to become bold, smart, strong women who can achieve their dreams.

Calling All Girls Breaking the cycle of poverty In 1976, Girls Inc. was part of the Girls Club of Cobb County and met in a trailer. Today, Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta (Girls Inc.) serves approximately 1,200 girls in kindergarten through grade 12 in Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. When school’s out for the summer, girls can attend the Girls Inc. University program in Cobb County; the Grad Program will open in Gwinnett County in the summer of 2016. “We want to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold,” says CEO Anno Hardage of Sandy Springs. “The focus is giving them the foundation to break the cycle of poverty and achieve positive life outcomes.” Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) encourages girls to pursue nontraditional careers, but Girls Inc. offers a variety of additional programs including economic literacy, pregnancy prevention, empowerment to combat sexual exploitation,

and leadership skills. Each Monday, the organization partners with LaAmistad (see article below) to bring programming to elementary and middle school girls. “Kids spend an average of 7.5 hours a day on cell phones and computers where they receive mixed messages,” says Molly Friesenborg, director of programs. “We teach critical thinking skills so they can sort them all out and develop their own values.” Another Girls Inc. program, Allies in Action, teaches social conflict resolution and bullying avoidance. “We want girls to become allies of others being bullied,” Friesenborg says. Because most of the programs are free, Girls Inc. depends on donations for survival. They also seek volunteers so the participants can meet successful women role models. l For more information, visit girlsincatl.org.

Preparing for the Future Holly Moore, vice president of Growing Leaders, conducts a seminar for faculty members at Buckhead’s The Lovett School that focuses on developing the skills students need for success in life.

Growing Leaders teaches tools for success Almost half the world’s population is under 21, and ready or not, they will soon lead the world. To prepare the next generation for the future, nonprofit Growing Leaders is conducting seminars and curriculum in our community’s schools. In 2014, North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs initiated Habitudes, a curriculum developed by Growing Leaders’ founder Dr. Tim Elmore. The school plans to offer it again for the 2015-2016 school year. Kimberly Daniel, freshman student success coordinator, uses Elmore’s “The Art of Self Leadership” to teach incoming freshmen the skills needed for success in high school, college and the workplace. “If we get to them at the beginning of their high school careers, we can set them on track for success,” Daniel says. “The leadership, character and goal-setting we teach stays with them through life.”

In 2015, Holly Moore, vice president of Growing Leaders, conducted a seminar for faculty members of The Lovett School. “Holly was extremely effective in engaging us in conversation and discussing ways to help build character and leadership skills in the current generation,” says Headmaster Billy Peebles. Elmore, who received his doctorate in leadership development at Azusa Pacific University, founded the 501(c)(3) organization based in Norcross after hearing professionals lament the poor work ethic of recent graduates. His series of programs teaches high school and college students the skills needed to become leaders in their chosen fields. To date, the organization has partnered with 8,000 schools and organizations and trained more than 500,000 young leaders. l For more information, visit growingleaders.com.

More than Reading, Writing and Arithmetic Buckhead volunteers make the difference In Spanish, la amistad means “the friendship,” but at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead, it also spells “success” for Spanishspeaking students who come for tutoring five days a week. “We’re proud to report that 100 percent of our LaAmistad students meet or exceed CRCT test scores,” says Betsy Boone, program director. The after-school program began when Bill Maness, recreation director at the Gym at Peachtree, saw Hispanic students struggle to complete their homework in a language they

didn’t understand. He and volunteers tutored them on a casual basis until 2006 when LaAmistad became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Today, 250 Latino students in grades one through 12 are tutored by community volunteers at seven different locations. “The program is free, but we expect a commitment from both the kids and their parents,” Boone says. “Students promise to attend four weekdays, and if their grades fall below a C average, must attend a compulsory study hall on Sundays. Parents also agree to

support their children and attend parent-teacher conferences. Volunteer tutors make it all work.” Mike Joiner of Brookhaven became a volunteer four years ago. “Once I started working with the kids and their families, I increased participation from one day a week to four. I get more out of it than I give, and it’s especially rewarding when former students receive scholarships to the very best private schools in Atlanta.” l For more information, visit laamistadinc.org.

Program Director Betsy Boone shares her love of reading with young Hispanic students at LaAmistad, a program that helps kids thrive in school.

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n the words of the wise comedian Jim Gaffigan, “Vacation is eating somewhere you’ve never been before.” I was reminded of this sentiment on an hourly basis during my recent trip to Charleston. Sure, there are beautiful beaches, historic churches and gorgeous gardens to explore, but the Holy City shone brightest at its restaurants. And since small plates reign supreme and each hot new restaurant is within walking distance of the next one, it couldn’t be easier to hop around. Forget progressive dinners—Charleston is a city made for a progressive vacation. Here, a plate-by-plate guide:

XIAO BAO BISCUIT An avant-garde Asian soul food spot. THE PLATE: The menu changes frequently, but there’s a reason the okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancake) is always offered. Top yours with a fried egg and pork candy.

recommend the oysters— though they’re not to be missed— so order the herbaceous Siam salad (1) with fried shallots, paired with your choice of “fancy champagne” or “cheap beer”. 843.531.6500 leonsoystershop.com

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A modern brewpub with a bustling patio.

A local-and-seasonal hotspot run by James Beard Awardwinning chef Mike Lata. THE PLATE: Ricotta gnocchi is

their most popular dish, but to truly taste the season we recommend the nine vegetable salad spiked with crispy quinoa.

THE PLATE: A lesson in balance, and a testament to Carolina’s abundant waters, chef Andy Henderson’s pickled shrimp toast (2) is a perfect plate, best washed down with one of their 40+ draft beers.

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INDACO LEON’S OYSTER SHOP A seafood mecca where bivalves are dished out alongside the city’s best fried chicken. THE PLATE: It’s too obvious to

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An Italian eatery anchored around a wood-fired oven. THE PLATE: Naturally, pizza is perfection—expect a rotating menu of pies drawing on seasonal

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ingredients—but so is chef Michael Perez’s handmade pasta. Get the brisket-filled agnolotti laced with tangy pickled shallots.

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In between bites, check into Charleston’s newest boutique hotel: The Spectator. Situated in the heart of the bustling Market Street District, this 1920s-style property (it’s named after the iconic spectator shoe and adorned with period details like wrought iron railings and Lowcountry millwork) is bursting with charm and hospitality, particularly if you choose to have a cocktail in the Hollywoodesque lobby bar … which you should. Not only does each of the 41 rooms come stocked with complimentary snacks from local artisans, C.O. Bigelow bath products and a butler, but also room-service breakfast is gratis. And what’s served is better than what five-star hotels charge upwards of $50 for: organic yogurt parfaits bursting with berries and housemade granola, country ham and cheese biscuits from local legend Callie’s Biscuits and gourmet quiches alongside fresh-brewed coffee and juices. The hotel also lends out free bikes, including antique replicas, high wheels and tandems.

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THE MACINTOSH Where chef Jeremiah Bacon puts the same thought and creativity into his plates as most Michelinstarred chefs (his decidedly more casual restaurant is so much more approachable and fun). THE PLATE: A seasonally changing menu means you’ll rarely eat the same dish more than once (though the bone marrow bread pudding (3) deserves to be eaten at every meal)—a standout was a corn-three-ways salad: pickled, grilled and popped.

Easily one of the best sandwich shops in the entire country (it’s BYOB). THE PLATE: Go for the roast beef sandwich topped with smoky onion jam and zesty chimichurri (4), and stay for their seasonal additions, like heirloom tomato BLTs. They even make their own bread.

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estled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is known as one of the fittest towns in the nation—athletes can be seen all over the place on foot or bike. What you’ll also notice is this town knows how to refuel with locally sourced food and refreshing craft brews. Plan an active—and appetizing—vacation to Denver, and tack on a visit to Boulder for added endurance; just don’t miss these must-do pursuits.

t B-Cycle bike share allows visitors to rent bikes from stations around the city.

DENVER Rent a bike Denver’s bike share program, B-Cycle, spans 10 central city neighborhoods with more than 85 stations and 700 bikes. Take a few minutes to register for BCycle, then the app finds a bike station near your location. The bikes fit all adults and come equipped with a front basket. Pedal the Cherry Creek Trail east, which takes you alongside Cherry Creek on a tour through downtown and many of Denver’s most affluent neighborhoods. Tour the breweries—all three types Five Points is the neighborhood for craft beer. Microbreweries such as River North Brewery, Epic Brewing Company and

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s One of Denver’s most popular breweries is Great Divide Brewing Company.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery are clustered in this hip, northwestern part of town, making it easy to do a “brewery hop.” Plan to visit the newly expanded taproom at Great Divide Brewing Company, an award-winning brewery with 16 rotating taps including the acclaimed YETI label.  Beer may be the beverage in Colorado, but hard cider has also staked its spot on the tap. Sample alcoholic ciders at Stem Ciders’ taproom and brewpub, also in Five Points. This spot’s tart, dry ciders are made in the age-old cider tradition, such as the “Banjo” that is aged in bourbon barrels. Visit Denver’s Historic District Head to Larimer Square in the evening and stroll through boutique shops under strings of lights. Dine at Rioja, where chef

s Visit Stem Ciders taproom and brewery for an alcoholic cider tasting.

s Get the tasting menu to sample Wagyu beef, halibut and local offerings at Rioja.

Jennifer Jasinski snagged the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2013. Before you take a bite, admire the chef’s creativity on the plate: colorful sauces and geometric stacks of vegetables beside perfectly portioned proteins. The menu


Award-Winning Cuisine. Memorable Dining. fuses Mediterranean and Spanish influences, with highlights such as grilled octopus with saffron and fennel and lamb T-bone poached in yogurt. BOULDER Hike the Flatirons Just 30 miles from Denver, Boulder is home to the Flatirons, a favorite spot for local hikers. Begin your trek at the Chautauqua Trailhead. Follow the pea gravel trail to the Royal Arch on a 3.2-mile out and back trail where you’ll rack 880 feet in elevation, climbing steep switchbacks before crossing a ridge. The arch itself shows the beauty of Mother Nature after thousands of years of wind and water sculpted the sandstone into its current shape. For a longer hike, traverse through the Flatirons to summit Green Mountain. Hike from the Chautauqua Trailhead to Amphitheatre Trail, a beautiful section of jagged red rocks, before winding through the fir-laden forests. While not a “14-er” (14,000 feet), the 8,148-foot peak offers a panoramic view of the Flatirons and Boulder’s surrounding peaks.

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If you go... DENVER: B-Cycle denver.bcycle.com Stem Ciders 2811 Walnut Street Suite 150 720.443.3007 stemciders.com Great Divide Brewing Company 2201 Arapahoe Street 303.296.9460 greatdivide.com

s Salt’s local vegetable plate.

Discover Pearl Street Pearl Street is the heart of Boulder’s farmto-table movement, and its proximity to the trails makes it the perfect lunch spot. At SALT: The Bistro, the food is 99 percent non-GMO, humanely raised and sourced from the restaurant’s own Soul Patch Farm. The versatile menu spans from burgers to Bolognese to steak. Snag a spot on the patio for peoplewatching: muscled men in cycling shorts strolling the streets in search of grub after a bike ride and women in flowy skirts “floating” down the sidewalk. You’ll often see street performers, including guitar-strumming hipsters and fire-juggling magicians. n

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BO C A R ATO N CH O P S LO BSTE R BAR Prime Steaks & Seafood

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STAYCATION Left: Look, Ma! No hands! The more intrepid riders of the Banning Mills zip lines soar like the birds over the tree canopy. Below: The suspension bridge offers spectacular, if somewhat shaky, views of the gorge below.

Above: The waters of the Snake Creek Gorge flow through the Banning Mills property in Carroll County.

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Above: Guinness World Records confirms it: At 140 feet, Banning Mills has the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall.

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Left: Guests can book a stay in one of the round tree-top rooms, complete with balcony, bath and hot tub.

See fall from a dizzying height at Banning Mills

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eorgia enjoys the distinction of sporting vivid fall colors, without the accompanying panic that a nasty winter will follow. As the cool slowly settles in, those who love leaf-changing vistas have time to take it all in. The thick woods around the Historic Banning Mills resort provide a perfect backdrop for fall’s rich palette without having to go more than an hour west of Buckhead. This Carroll County property features 1,500 acres of preserved woodlands where hiking trails wind alongside the Snake Creek Gorge. Visitors have multiple options for taking in the vistas, from a rocking chair on a deck to a ride on horseback. But the best views may be overhead, on some of the world’s longest ziplines that send intrepid guests sailing above the tree cover 200 feet above the ground. The resort owners aren’t fudging about having the longest lines. The almost 51,000 feet of lines— about 10 miles—have been listed in Guinness World Records as “the world’s longest and largest zipline canopy tour.” With that much treetop to cover, it’s easy to spend the better part of the day swooshing from platform to sky bridge and back to the ground. Most of the ziplines that crisscross the air overhead typically take about two to three hours to ride. The actual line lengths vary from 500 feet to two-thirds of a mile, and

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some require more strenuous climbing than others, A new Level 1 line with a 50-pound minimum weight allows kids as young as 8 and their parents to share the experience. Along with ziplining, visitors can also dive off the resort’s second Guinness World Records attraction: the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall. Scale the 140-foot wall and take in the breathtaking gorge views before leaping off to a 10-story coil-controlled free fall, similar to a bungee jump. But there’s more to Banning Mills than daredevil adventures. Hikes can be long and challenging or short and gentle; some walkers may be content just to get across the suspension bridge over the rushing creek. Various trails wind through the ruins of mills that turned out textiles before the Civil War and then produced paper and pulp until 1917. Three swimming pools stay open until mid-September, but the basketball and volleyball courts, softball field and miniature golf courses are always available. Those who prefer a more sedate approach to communing with nature can pull up a rocking chair on the porch or settle into an overstuffed sofa by one of the lobby’s expansive windows overlooking the woods. The rustic-beamed lobby, decorated with stuffed raccoons and mountain lions, is anchored by a stacked-stone fireplace perfect

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for warding off the autumn chill. The main building includes a dining room serving classic Southern breakfasts and hearty dinner fare from rib-eye and lamb to salmon and tuna. There’s also a gift shop and a small museum that recounts the history of the area in photos, headlines and artifacts. Though it’s easy to make Banning Mills a day excursion, staying overnight can be a bit of an adventure as well. Along with 52 rooms in the main inn, the resort offers cottages with efficiency kitchens and cabins with loft areas. One of the most popular places to sleep is a treehouse room—a round retreat nestled in the trees and outfitted with a king-sized bed, jetted tub and a deck. Getting there requires crossing a sky bridge, and the rooms do tend to sway a bit in the breeze, but the blend of nature and amenities make them worth the stay. Most accommodations include breakfast, but reservations are required for dinner. The resort also requires advance notice for massages and facials in the day spa— HISTORIC BANNING MILLS pampering activities that may be worth 205 Horseshoe Dam Road booking after a day Banning 30185 of soaring through 770.834.9149 the air harnessed historicbanningmills.com to a thin wire line! n


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Few foods scream “summer!” like a juicy hot dog. Even though technically the season’s last day is Sept. 22, Atlanta’s balmy “dog days” stretch well into October. So go on—have a bite of one of our Buckhead favorites.

1. Buckhead Diner: American Kobe Beef Hot Dog ($11.50) The high-end dog in the bunch, this one is a work of art. A quarter pound of kobe beef, nestled in a buttery potato roll, becomes the foundation for tart green tomato chowchow, bright red cherry peppers and creamy mustard aioli, perfumed with robust dark beer. Served by smartly uniformed waiters in the classic diner’s train car-style dining room, it’s a classy, grown-up way to enjoy a childhood favorite. 3073 Piedmont Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.262.3336 buckheadrestaurants.com/ buckhead-diner

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This fast food outpost has been an Atlanta institution for years (the now-closed Ponce location opened in 1954), and their top-selling hot dog is about as classic and all-American as it gets. The all-beef hot dog on a white bun is topped with housemade Coney Islandstyle chili, fresh white onions and yellow mustard. It’s gotta be good: They haven’t altered this simple recipe for more than 20 years.

This Southern-style hot dog is big on sheer size and on bold flavors. The H&F Bread Co. bun holds a giant organic Blackwing beef hot dog, which is topped with housemade, creamy pimento cheese (made with Rumiano organic cheddar). It’s finished with minced onions and hot Alabama relish for a kick that makes this masterpiece really sing.

While this New York-based chain is best known for its burgers and milkshakes, Shake Shack began as a simple hot dog cart. Staying true to its roots, the kitchen turns out stellar dogs like this one, which is split, griddled and topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickles, tomato and mustard, with an herbaceous hit from celery salt and a kick from bite-sized sport peppers. It’s almost guilt-free: the potato roll is non-GMO and the dog itself is free of hormones and antibiotics.

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Above: Ansley proudly shows off the necklace she made for her horse, Dakota. Left: Diana, riding Apache, and Lauren, on Big Mama, hit the trail with the help of some of the horse park’s hardworking volunteers. Right: Sophie and Snap are working hard at mastering the trot together.

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estled in the corner of Chastain Park, you’ll find 13 beautiful acres that are a haven for horse lovers. Perhaps you’ve attended a wedding or gala at the gorgeous Chastain Horse Park Clubhouse, or have friends who ride in their immaculate equestrian ring. What you may not know, however, is that the heart of Chastain Horse Park (CHP) lies in its therapeutic programs. The original stables were built in 1939 and became a premier equestrian attraction throughout the following decades. After years of decline and neglect, Buckhead resident Amy Lance came along with a new vision for the horse park. In 1999, CHP reopened as a privately operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver therapeutic riding and outreach programs to people of all ages and disabilities.

THE WAY OF THE HORSE The horse and human bond runs deep. But what makes horseback riding therapeutic?

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Kelcy Rainer, head of therapeutic programming, explains, “The horse is a nonjudgmental animal. They don’t care if you have a speech impediment or are an amputee. There’s a bond formed and it’s fantastic for one’s self-esteem to be able to control a thousand-pound animal!” From a physical standpoint, horseback riding builds muscle strength, balance and coordination, and improves motor skills.

HORSES AS HEROES Studies show that therapeutic riding can help with autism, Down syndrome, brain and spinal injuries and a host of other challenges. But the real evidence is in watching the students transform, something the instructors and volunteers here have seen a lot. They tell stories of a 7-year-old girl with autism who had been nonverbal and began to speak for the first time—to her horse. And the man who uses a wheelchair as the result of a brain injury who can finally ride his horse independently. Or take it from Cara Elizabeth

Yar Khan, a participant in CHP’s therapeutic programs, who has spent her career helping children through her work at UNICEF. “At 30, I was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy; all my muscles are wasting away. This program has given me the chance to be with other people with disabilities where we can all cheer each other on. Physically, it’s allowed me to stay strong and to do things I never thought I’d be able to do again,” explains Yar Khan. From the instructors and riders to the horses who make it all possible, Chastain Horse Park is full of inspiring heroes. Kelcy Rainer insists it’s the donors and volunteers who are the heart and soul of CHP. If you’d like to be part of this special place, there are CHASTAIN HORSE PARK dozens of ways to get involved. You don’t 4371 Powers Ferry Road have to have any prior Atlanta 30342 horse experience, 404.252.4244 just a love for horses chastainhorsepark.org and helping others. n


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Above: The Metzlers’ living room is furnished in a kid- and poochfriendly leather couch from Rooms To Go; a campaign dresser from Goodwill that Heather painted white; and comfy blue chairs.

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eather Metzler is a DIY queen. Step into her home and each nook and cranny has her signature touch of budget-conscious, crafty genius. The stay-at-home mother of two boys, 4-yearold Parker and 1-year-old Brooks, and former director of brand marketing for Arby’s Restaurant Group is the personality behind the blog Southern State of Mind, where she shares the stories of her home projects, family adventures and more. Take a look through her personality-infused site and you’ll feel like you just made a new friend—one who gives you tips on how to transform your living space into the comfortable and practical showstopper you’ve always wanted. After all, that’s what she’s done with her four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Buckhead residence. The 1952 ranch had been mostly remodeled when she and husband Brian purchased it in March 2010, but over the past five years the couple has made it their own by converting the formal dining room into a fourth guest bedroom, moving the laundry room from the basement to the main floor,

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opening the sunroom wall to create a playroom, remodeling the basement and the master bath as well as making a few kitchen updates. They also transformed the formal living room into the family room and former family room into an informal eat-in kitchen. “The goal was to completely make use of all of the square footage in the house and give the rooms updates according to our taste and style,” Heather says. “We love one-story living and a flat lot. There are no ‘off-limit’ or formal rooms; we use all of the space. I love that the home has evolved with us as our family has grown.” Heather has waved her decorative wand over every room and is constantly making tweaks. She dubs her style—a combination of navy blues, stripes and polka dots with restored vintage finds and rustic touches— “preppy-eclectic.” The foyer perfectly captures this aesthetic with a navy accent wall, Habitat ReStore dresser (scored for $100) that she painted with a driftwood finish, and a large DIY piece of wall art with the words, “Eat Well, Travel Often, Choose Joy.” Heather created


Right: Formerly the family room, the dining area has a brick fireplace that Heather freshened up with a coat of Restoration Hardware’s Slate, a driftwood wreath and silver decorations on the mantel. Below: The recently redone foyer welcomes visitors with a navy striped rug; handme-down brass lamps Heather spray-painted white and topped with HomeGoods’ lampshades; and rustic touches, such as driftwood picked up on a beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

“There are no ‘off-limit’ or formal rooms; we use all of the space.” – Heather Metzler

Left: The kitchen—which shares a wall with the guest bedroom— was already updated when the Metzlers moved in, but they replaced the terra-cotta backsplash with subway tile to give it a sleeker look.

“Our living room is informal and comfortable. I love the DIY subway art and changing out pillows and accessories depending on my mood and the season,” she says. “It’s a mix of old and new and will always evolve as my taste evolves. I love finding old pieces and making them work in new ways.” Aside from the living room, the dining room is where the Metzlers spend most of their time over family meals. It’s decorated with a no-fuss Ikea rug, black dining table and rectangular West Elm chandelier of white capiz shells—one of the first items Heather and Brian purchased after mov-

ing in. The adjoining kitchen, updated with a subway tile backsplash, is decorated in blue-and-white window treatments and a large black-and-white framed print of the Metzler boys that Heather had printed on oversized AutoCAD paper for about $4. “We use this eat-in kitchen daily and I love that the whole family can sit at the table that directly opens to the kitchen,” she says. Heather’s stylish touch continues in the nearby guest room. Here, the drapes are dyed Ikea curtains. The walls, painted in Restoration Hardware’s Slate, are decorated with a round mirror from Ballard’s s

this piece as homage to her grandparents— one set owned a restaurant and the other traveled the country in an RV after retirement. After deciding on the words, she used PicMonkey, a free online photo editing service, to create the art and had it printed on oversized AutoCAD paper at Kinko’s for about $7. A similar process was used for the Georgia-themed subway art in the living room, where the décor also includes an old window (purchased for $1 at a church garage sale), blue and white drapes Heather made from shower curtains, and an old oar from her parents’ backyard.

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Backroom and Goodwill frames showcasing various artworks, including two Heathermade silhouettes of Parker and Brooks. The homemade magic continues in Parker’s room where a navy blue and white striped accent wall matches the collection of boyish adornments: a Coca-Cola crate from Scott Antique Markets; vintage Radio Flyer wagon filled with toys; green-and-gray DIY silhouette art of Bella, the family pooch; and colorful embroidered “Atlanta” pillow on the bed’s patchwork comforter. “A lot of love went into making this room, and honestly, the little guy loves it,” Heather says. “It’s filled with DIY projects, hand-medown furniture makeovers and lots of fun accessories. For me, the key is to remember that it doesn’t happen overnight. This room is a year in the making. It is fun to let it evolve over time and enjoy the process.” The master bedroom is also a landing ground of gussied-up practical pieces. The brown Ikea wardrobes are mounted with Target mirrors that Heather antiqued to reduce the reflection and decorated with stained glass window paint. She added brackets to the nightstands, which she scored “super cheap” from a model apartment, to give them the look of a campaign chest. She also added the coral and khaki ikat fabric to the bottom of the cream drapes to give them some personality. “I do not believe that a limited budget should hold you back from having your home make you happy,” she says. “This makeover is a tale of repurposing items I already had, finding a few yard sale treasures, a little elbow grease and a vision.” But not everything in the room is refurbished or bought on a dime. The Metzlers’ bed, upholstered in gray fabric with a curved headboard, came just like that from Room & Board.

“The bed is my favorite thing … that was our big splurge,” Heather says. The plush queen bed is a rare namebrand item in the Metzlers’ fashionably casual abode. Although their home looks like it belongs in a magazine, guests are more than welcome to put their feet up. With two young boys and a dog, Heather says she doesn’t own anything that she has to stress out about. “Everything is very replaceable and can be lived in and loved,” she says. “I’m not going to freak out if something happens. n

Above: The master bedroom—adorned in a gold sunburst mirror from Pier 1 Imports, yard sale benches and cowhidestyle rug from Ikea—is a mix of splurges and saves.

Heather’s 5 simple ways to update your home: 1. I love tweaking my home depending on my mood and the season. An easy and inexpensive way I update my home is with new throw pillows. Go-to spot for throw pillows: HomeGoods on Piedmont.

2. Instantly change the look of a room with paint. Favorite paint colors: Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray and Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.

3. Update old dining room chairs with some spray paint and fabric. Go-to spot for finding chairs: Goodwill on Roswell Road.

4. I’ve never met a mirror I didn’t like. They instantly add a chic finish to any spot or room, and are great for those who can’t commit to (or afford) art. Favorite Buckhead spot for mirrors: Ballard’s Backroom on Defoor Avenue.

5. Who doesn’t love fresh flowers in their home? Add some freshness to your home for free by clipping your magnolia tree or boxwood hedge. 

Go-to spot for fun fabric: Check out Lewis & Sheron. It’s fabric heaven on earth.

Left: Parker’s quintessential “big boy” room features thrift store finds—the navy chair and campaign chest nightstand—and a hand-me-down bed, dresser and chest from Heather’s mother-in-law that she refinished in two-toned gray and green to match the room’s aesthetic.

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s The poncho, reinvented this season in colorful cashmere fringe styles, is an iconic shape for Burberry and a strong trend this fall. This particular sea blue piece in felted wool and cashmere is lightweight and can easily be layered. Woven with elastane for a refined drape, it elevates a simple black tee and black skinny jeans in a heartbeat. If you don’t have this Burberry, Lenox Square staple in your wardrobe you must 3393 Peachtree Road add one to your repertoire for fall!

Brunello Cucinelli is one of my go-to boutiques for fashion-forward, transitional and seasonless pieces. The shop’s iconic deconstructed sport coat for men has been wardrobe-changing for my male clientele. Thankfully, the brand soon followed suit and incorporated deconstructed pieces in their women’s collection that are all about layering. For early fall, the Silk Georgette Sleeveless Turtleneck paired with denim would be an easy transitional ensemble. For the more fashion-forward woman, the Monili Cargo Jogger would be a great option. Moving forward to cooler temps, the Teddy Bear Cashmere Cardigan or Wool Cashmere Monili Jacket would be ideal outfit toppers as well as paired with a dress pant, the jogger or denim. You can also put all these great pieces together for this head-turning, haute look (pictured right). My favorite part of this ensemble? The gussied-up runner, which elevates the average sneaker look with the Cucinelli’s signature Monili detail. (It was shown with gowns on the Brunello Cucinelli runway.) I would wear these any day with almost any look!

Teddy Bear Cashmere Cardigan, $3,245; Wool Cashmere Monili Knit Tie Jacket, $4,495; Silk Georgette Sleeveless Turtleneck, $1,160; Wool Cashmere Jersey Monili Cargo Jogger, $1,440; Soft Nubuck Monili Cap Toe Runner, $1,385; Nubuck Leather Backpack, $4,460.

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adies and gents—it’s officially wardrobe transition time. As we excitedly anticipate the changing leaves and cooler temps, we’re met with a yearly conundrum: “What to wear for fall’s yo-yo temperatures of brisk mornings, sunny daytime hours and chilly evenings?” We face this predicament season to season and this is why I’m in constant search of transitional pieces for my clients and myself. Lightweight fabrics, such as cotton, cotton and silk blends, or even tropical lightweight wools are a great place to start. Add these to your wardrobe arsenal and you’ll catwalk your way through the autumn season without a hitch. Luckily, many of Buckhead’s hottest boutiques carry the perfect pieces for a summer-to-fall look that can be “winterfied” as the temps continue to drop. Here are my top three picks in preparation for fall’s unpredictable climate.

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BUCKHEAD STYLIST AND PERSONAL SHOPPER ROBANNE SCHULMAN PICKS THREE TRANSITIONAL LOOKS

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“It’s about time!”

s Intermix always has a great selection of wardrobe staples, but it’s also the destination for cutting edge designers and of-the-moment looks. This ensemble is on-point for fall. The “Captain” jacket by Veronica Beard is paired with a floral print See By Chloe blouse finished off with a Rag & Bone leather skinny pant. The cool cognac color is styled perfectly with the Jerome Dreyfuss Fringe Degrade Leather Crossbody bag. A killer jacket, stunning purse and leather pants? What more do you need? To switch this look up, sub the pumps for a pair of booties and switch out the blazer for an oversized sweater. Intermix See By Chloe Floral Print Blouse, $360; Veronica Beard Captain Double Breasted Army Dickey Blazer, $795; Rag & Bone Georgie Leather Pant, $990; Jerome Dreyfuss Fringe Degrade Leather Crossbody, $1,250.

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ROBANNE’S TOP TIPS FOR CRAFTING YOUR FALL WARDROBE 1. Before you go fall shopping, do a thorough walk-through and edit of your existing wardrobe. This will be extra helpful to prevent repeat offenders— the items you didn’t wear last year— and help prevent unnecessary purchases. It will also reveal what you have and what holes need to be filled. 2. Don’t buy your whole wardrobe at the very beginning of fall. Amazing shipments will continue to come to your fave stores at least twice a month all the way through October and early November. 3. Do spend less money on the more trendy pieces to save money for the timeless staples such as capes, leathers and your favorite fall/winter pieces. It’s okay to mix pieces from places like H&M with designer items.

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t just feels so good to be out in the summer sunshine that it’s easy to ignore the fact that the sun’s rays can do a major number on your skin’s health. Skin cancer danger aside, aesthetically speaking, ultraviolet rays can cause sunspots, wrinkles, dullness, dryness and loss of elasticity. If you’re looking to recoup your healthy skin from the damage you’ve done by not reapplying that sunscreen, try one of these three rejuvenating treatments at Buckhead-area spas.

Health & Beauty Boutique’s Fire & Ice Facial What it does: Resurfaces the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and deep-cleanses blocked pores. How it works: Prettifying your complexion takes just 20 to 30 minutes with this nutrient-packed facial and peel that is great for all skin types. The “fire” portion of the treatment is an intensive resurfacing mask clinically formulated with 18-percent unbuffered glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, vitamin B3, retinol and potent antioxidants, including green tea extracts. The “ice” part is a rejuvenating, cool, soothing and intensively hydrating mask with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera gel and Japanese green tea, licorice, rosemary and grape seed extracts. This second mask cools the initial peel to leave the skin invigorated. There is minimal (there may be some mild redness immediately after) to no downtime involved, meaning you can go right back to the office afterwards. TIPS: This facial is not suitable for those using any type of retinols, such as Retin-A or Roaccutane. (Ask for aesthetician Stacey Wellington—she rocks.) Cost: $100 per facial. For maximum results, go for a series of six treatments at four-week intervals. Health & Beauty Boutique 3655 Roswell Road, Suite 216 Atlanta 30342 404.228.7542 healthandbeautyboutique.com

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Bella by Alethea’s Refresh Laser Facial

What it does: Stimulates collagen production, resulting in better skin tone, and reduces cellulite and psoriasis.

What it does: Reduces wrinkles, redness and age spots, and firms and tightens the skin tissue.

How it works: The skin on your entire naked body is briefly exposed to very cold temperatures in a walk-in chamber for two to three minutes in order to promote your body’s healing and recovery response. The intense cold (-270 degrees) activates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin, leaving it firm and tight. After several treatments, you might notice your skin become smoother and more even-toned with regained elasticity. Additionally, the skin’s capillaries undergo a period of constriction followed by dilation upon finishing the session, which causes toxins stored in the layers of the skin to be broken down and flushed away. What does that look like on the outside? Glowing, healthy skin. TIP: Bring warm socks or booties to wear in the ice-cold booth.

TIPS: Before the treatment, make sure to discontinue retinol, tanning and antibiotics for at least a week. And post-facial, avoid all forms of heat and tanning, scrubs, peels and masks for another week. To note, the IPL should not be used on darker skin types and pregnant women should stay clear of laser treatments.

Cost: $65 for a single session. Memberships and packages available.

Cost: $300 per visit or $1,200 for five sessions.

Chill and Body The Forum Athletic Club, Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 2010-A Atlanta 30326 678.820.5550 chillandbody.com

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How it works: The Refresh Facial involves the application of three different medical-grade lasers to target your specific needs and skin type—without any pain or downtime afterwards. Typically, the spa likes to use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to reverse sun damage; the Genesis laser for redness, pore reduction and tightening; and the 1064 laser is what they call their anti-aging “secret weapon” for tightening and brightening the skin.

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ver pick out sneakers and think they are the bomb in the store, and then regret the purchase later on? That is the story of this writer’s life. It’s a challenge to select a pair if you don’t know the criteria for getting just the right fit. I am forever changed by my recent custom shoe fit experience (aka Shoe Dog) at RoadRunner Sports in Buckhead. Here’s what I found out about running shoes, so you can say sayonara to ill-fitting choices—and hit the trails this season with happy feet. MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER. Your perfect shoes should not cause your feet to ache, blister or chafe. When selecting running shoes, decide what you are going to use them for the majority of the time. Are you going to be running on pavement or trails? Are you training for a marathon? Different shoes are made specifically for your preferred activity—mine is what I like to call the “walk-run” on city streets and the Path system of trails. ARCH TYPE. Once that was established, James Cameron, store manager at RoadRunner Sports, had me step barefoot onto a flat scale of sorts. Thankfully, he wasn’t weighing me—instead, it scanned the bottom of my feet and displayed my extremely high arches and pressure points on the store’s Shoe Dog flat-screen television. From this, we could ascertain that I needed minimal arch support but might do well with some cushioning. Eighty percent of the population has a moderate arch, which would require medium support, and a low arch would demand the highest amount of support.

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FOOT MECHANICS. Now it was time for the treadmill. I walked on it for two minutes while a camera photographed my ankles and feet so Cameron could check out my gait. As it turns out, I’m pretty straight, but if your ankles or feet roll inward or outward moderately or excessively, it would mean that you need extra ankle support in your shoes. OTHER DETAILS. Your custom fit specialist will ask you some additional questions, such as whether you have any injuries or conditions (like bunions), your body frame (small, medium or large) and the type of running you do (low mileage, high mileage with over 25 miles per week or racing). He or she then makes recommendations for your new kicks based on all of the above. INSOLE ADD-ON. Some experts are big fans of custom insoles, which go inside your shoes in place of the manufacturer’s version. Others believe footwear can work just as well without them. Since I have never found a pair of running shoes to be comfortable after more than 30 minutes on the go, I opted to

try a custom insole made by RoadRunner Sports. I’m happy to report that the insoles combined with the correct sneaker felt fantastic and alleviated my previous foot aches. BEWARE OF BREAK-INS. It takes about two weeks of wearing your new sneaks on an almost daily basis to break them in, according to Cameron. So don’t judge your newbies right away and make sure the store you’re purchasing from has a good return policy on the chance that you do want to exchange them. At RoadRunner, you have 60 days for returns (90 days if you are a member of the VIP program). n

DETAILS RoadRunner Sports Powers Ferry Square 3756 Roswell Road N.E., Suite 16 Atlanta 30342 404.855.2424 roadrunnersports.com REI 1165 Perimeter Center W, Suite 200 Atlanta 30346 770.901.9200 rei.com

HIKING FOOTWEAR 101 We spoke with REI experts to get the skinny on how to choose hiking shoes. The first big tip: Waterproof membranes are not as effective in Atlanta’s high humidity. “The ambient humidity levels in the summer are so high that the membranes do not breathe like they are designed to. Although you will have to be more careful around bodies of water, a wellventilated boot or hiking shoe will keep your feet drier and happier when hiking on hot, clear days in the Southeast,” says Daniel Jessee, Atlanta outdoor programs and outreach market manager at REI. Lightweight models may feel perfect right out of the box while heavier, all-leather models may require weeks to soften up and form to your feet. Make sure the boots you buy feel snug yet comfortable before you take them home and avoid quick-fix approaches, such as getting your boots wet and then walking a long distance to break them in. Here, Jessee breaks down the types of hiking boots: Hiking shoes: These are low-cut models with flexible midsoles that are good for day hiking. Hiking boots: Ranging from mid- to high-cut models, these are intended for day hikes or weekend backpacking trips with light loads. Backpacking boots: Designed to carry heavier loads on multi-day trips deep into the backcountry, most have a high cut that wraps above the ankles for support and stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear. These boots are suitable on or off trails.


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“It can sometimes be hard to leave the work behind and just be a couple.” – Amy Selig

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ver planks and push-ups. That’s how Amy Selig and Jeff Toney found love. “It’s going to sound so cliché, but Jeff was my personal trainer at Eclipse One on One Fitness Studio in Buckhead,” says Amy Selig, who is now engaged to Toney. “We really connected over our love for fitness. The rest is history.” The couple’s mutual love of fitness goes back decades. Toney has been a personal trainer and fitness model for more than 14 years, while Selig got her start teaching aerobics and personal training out of her home gym. So, when the owner of Eclipse decided to move on in 2009, the dynamic training duo decided to purchase it. But that was just the beginning. “We also wanted to create a small group fitness class that would complement the higher-impact training sessions at Eclipse,” Toney says. “So, in 2011, we opened the Buckhead location of Stellar Bodies, which offers a low-impact, full-body workout using the Megaformer machine. And this year, we opened a second location in Midtown.” Read on to learn more about the couple and what to expect from workouts at Stellar Bodies.

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Fitness is at the heart of this Buckhead couple’s businesses

What is the Megaformer machine, and why did you create a studio around it? It’s a Pilates-based piece of equipment that is designed to utilize upper- and lower-body muscles using springs and pulleys to provide resistance, Selig says. “Using this machine was a no-brainer,” she adds. “Not only does it create a long, lean, toned body, it’s a high-intensity workout that helps people avoid injury because there’s no impact on the joints.”

Is it difficult to work with your significant other? “We work together but rarely get to see each other because we’re always with clients,” Toney says. However, it’s great to be able to discuss the day with someone who speaks the same language, he adds. “But it can sometimes be hard to leave the work behind and just be a couple,” Selig says. “So we try to make the most of our vacations together.”

Take us through a typical class. Each 50-minute class includes both upperand lower-body exercises, with core work integrated throughout, Selig says. “For example, more than 600 muscles are used in one of our signature moves called the ‘scrambled eggs,’ where you stabilize yourself on a table top over the Megaformer and move one leg as you try to keep your body still.”

What’s a date night like for the two of you? “We enjoy hanging out as a family with Amy’s sons, Cooper and Sean, when we’re not at the studios,” Toney explains. “Also, we love to try new restaurants. If money were no object, Umi would definitely be a regular spot for us.” n

What are a few pieces of advice you’d offer to people new to Stellar Bodies? Listen to and watch your instructor closely, since the exercises aren’t likely to be familiar, Selig advises. “Also, leave your ego at the door because these movements can be tough—if you don’t want to be challenged, why come to a class?”

DETAILS: Stellar Bodies Buckhead 3872 Roswell Road, Suite A-1 Atlanta 30342 404.467.1060 stellarbodiesatl.com Eclipse One on One Fitness Studio 295 West Wieuca Road Atlanta 30342 404.843.2663 eclipse1on1.com


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tlanta native Lou Seals always assumed he would be a journalist. When he moved to Fayette County with his family, he became editor of his Fayette County High School newspaper and wrote for other publications before attending Georgia State University. When cable TV started to gain traction in the late 70s, however, he veered away from the printed word. He took an internship with Southern Telecom, a cable TV system in Peachtree City, liked it, and decided to drop out of college to pursue his TV dreams instead. It was a time when many television networks were starting and Seals wasted little time climbing the ladder. In 1981 (by 21) he had become director of programming at Cable East Point. In 1984 he started Seals Entertainment Company LLC, a producer and distributor of programming. By the time he relocated the business to Buckhead in 2004, the company had grown to become one of the largest producers of niche content tailored to men, such as motorsports, auto racing and fishing, for ESPN and other networks. That same year the company’s focus shifted toward developing its own platforms, one of which was TUFF TV. TUFF TV launched on June 30, 2009, with Seals as its chairman, founder and CEO. It was originally slated to be a cable

channel, but Seals and company took advantage of the FCC mandate that all analog TV stations switch to a digital format and launched as a digital television broadcast network. The network is available in 42 million homes across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In Atlanta it’s free with a digital antenna on WTBS-LD and streams 24/7 online at Tufftv.com. Specialty programming in seven areas—sports, lifestyle, drama, reality, talk, specials and movies—is TUFF’s forte. Having been in the business for so long, Seals and his crew have developed notable contacts with producers. “Our programming,” he laughs, “mostly finds us.” In addition to traditional sports, they broadcast rarely aired ones such as hunting and fishing, and early on—as part of Seals Entertainment Company— produced a series called Radical Outdoor Challenge. It starred a then unknown performer. “We discovered a young kid named Ryan Seacrest in 1993 and gave him his start,” Seals says. Another notable name, football great and “Hill Street Blues” actor Ed Marinaro, came aboard in April as TUFF TV’s celebrity spokesman. It was a concept Seals began looking at a year ago. “We wanted to add tough guys and gals,” he says. “We plan to have up to 10 celebrity spokespeople and he is our first.” The spokes-

Above: “Hill Street Blues” actor Ed Marinaro is TUFF TV’s inaugural celebrity spokesman.

people will work on relations with affiliates and help to produce new content.” Seals has lived and worked in Buckhead since 2004 and wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s a close-knit community and it offers something for everybody. I only travel a mile and can find everything I need.” Looking to the future, Seals wants TUFF to reach a broader base and expand its distribution worldwide. A more long-term goal is to increase the original programming such as movies, scripted dramas and reality shows. Currently there is a 50/50 balance of original and library programming, but Seals would love to see TUFF grow enough to be responsible for 90 percent of what it airs. n

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Pull up a seat next to Picasso: The walls of Atlas are lined with priceless original artworks from one of the world’s most extensive private collections.

Masterful dining Share a table with a 20th century artist

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magine having Marc Chagall as a tablemate, or finding yourself seated in an elegant dining room next to Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso or Max Ernst. While such famous artists aren’t there in body, their spirits preside over dinners served at Atlas, the dining room of Buckhead’s The St. Regis Atlanta. Since the restaurant opened in late January of this year, the locally sourced, Europeaninspired fare has shared top billing with the art that adorns the walls. It’s the real thing—creations of the 20th century masters hang beside a table, over a banquette or along the walls of a private dining area. The artworks were handpicked from the extensive collection of Joe Lewis, a partner in the hotel’s ownership group who has amassed a fortune in art. Many of his pieces are on loan to museums around the world; others adorn his several homes. Curator Carolyn Carter, a

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former Emory student who calls The St. Regis home when she’s in town, pulled pieces from Lewis’ vast array and assembled them with a story in mind. “What you’ll see is a representation of the entire collection, but it’s also about artists who were in their prime in the 1920s,” Carter says. “They were either friends, or their studios were next to each other, or they vacationed together and painted the same subjects. I focused first on the relationships between the artists and their subjects, and then it was like putting together a puzzle of placing the ones that spoke to each other together.” There are currently 26 pieces in the dining room, up from the original 22 at the restaurant’s debut. “Right now, we have as many as will fit on the walls,” Carter says, but she’s constantly looking for new spaces to place a new painting. “Every time I

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sit down and experience the restaurant, I find another great idea for making it better.” Some of the pieces on display at the opening have since been rotated out, and works hanging today may not necessarily be there in November. Carter’s goal is to keep rotating pieces so diners continually enjoy a new view. But it’s the experience as much as the view that Carter and the collector have in mind. “Joe loves art and wants people to experience it in a unique way,” Carter says. “At Atlas, you can enjoy a beautiful meal and have a fantastic piece of art beside or above you. The art is as close to the diners as we can get it so they have a truly intimate experience with it.” To support the experience, the Atlas staff has been charged with learning about Matisse, Klimt, Léger and others so they can share details and dispel

any doubt to the art’s authenticity. “Some people don’t get that these are original pieces, that this paper was in Picasso’s hand,” says Jason Babb, Atlas’ general manager. “It’s neat to learn about it and be the custodian, too.” The value of The Lewis Collection has been estimated in the billions, and the works at Atlas easily account for several million. Having responsibility for that doesn’t faze Doug McMahon, senior managing director for Tavistock Group, the hotel’s owners. “Trust me: We have appropriate cameras; everything is secure. And we have very good insurance.” n

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“I have long felt that we underestimate the consequences of not dealing well as a society with race issues.”

One man’s struggle with race Local author joins national conversation

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or the better part of this year, the issue of race and the divisions it causes have been center stage in the national consciousness. While Americans have started asking difficult questions and having intense discussions, one Sandy Springs resident has been grappling with the same concerns since the early 1990s. Washington D.C. native Arnie Sidman seems like an unlikely expert. His career highlights include earning a law degree from Georgetown University, heading the tax division of RJR Nabisco, serving as chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and working 25 years in private practice before retiring in 2014. But more than 20 years ago, Sidman had enough concerns about race to write a book about it. “I refer to it as my personal obsession,” he says. “I have long felt that we underestimate the consequences of not dealing well as a society with race issues. I also feel assumptions have been made about how much progress we’ve made, and it’s really hurting us as a society.” Sidman is the first to admit that he has been part of the divide. “I know I’m part of

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the problem,” he says. “When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech in D.C. in 1963, I was there, working for the government at the time, but I just walked past it, got on my bus and went home. I thought it wasn’t my problem; I thought it was a Southern thing.” Sidman’s earliest encounters with the racial divide came in 1967 when he was working in Winston-Salem and a race riot broke out. “That got me thinking about it,” he says. “I didn’t feel it was right to ignore it.” After moving to Atlanta in 1987, Sidman began working with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta to make a difference. “I became a Southern zealot,” he says with a laugh. “I began to resent Yankee hypocrites making the South the scapegoat for national race problems.” Along the way, Sidman put his thoughts on paper. His first draft of From Race to Renewal was turned down by publishers in the mid1990s and prompted the author to put the project aside. The election of 2008 brought it back to life. “Everyone declared victory on the race issue, but I knew that wasn’t the case,” he says. “So I decided to bring that draft back.”

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In December 2014, Sidman, 74, selfpublished his treatise that considers how race issues affect the community, from public schools and transportation to business decisions. “All the decisions we make around these issues could be made more positively if race didn’t keep getting in the way,” Sidman says. “I want this book to address those aspects and to look at what we might gain as a society by dealing with these issues on an adult basis, by treating one another as teammates. It sounds simplistic, but in some instances, it is. I also know that we’ll never FROM RACE TO RENEWAL escape the history is available in book and of racism unless we Kindle versions from Amazon do something in and Sidman’s website, the affirmative.” n fromracetorenewal.com.


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The Johnson Studio provided the contemporary look of KR SteakBar—industrial warmed up with lots of woods.

Photo: Sara Hanna Photography At KR SteakBar, iconic chef Kevin Rathbun pairs steak with Italian, which makes it a red-wine lover’s dream and ideal for fall.

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Left: Chunky steak tartare is meant to be scooped up with ultra-thin potato chips. Below: Charred octopus is piled atop farro, tomato and bacon.

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hen Kevin Rathbun left Buckhead Life Restaurant Group to chart his own path in Inman Park, little did he realize he was dropping anchor at what would become one of the hottest pieces of real estate in the city. That was 11 years ago. Today, three of the chef’s four restaurants are on Krog Street— clustered around that point where the Atlanta BeltLine’s über-populated Eastside Trail connects with the über-popular Krog Street Market. No bones about it: Rathbun— a Falstaffian barrel of a man who once defeated Bobby Flay in the “Iron Chef America” elk cookoff, of all things—is the unofficial but indisputable king of Krog. Two years ago, the chef who claims to have introduced Southwestern cuisine to Atlanta (at Buckhead Life’s late Nava) returned to his old ’hood, Buckhead, apparently bringing with him some lessons learned on his adventures across town. KR SteakBar—which sits slightly below street level on Peachtree Hills Avenue just west of ADAC—couples the majestic meats of Kevin Rathbun Steak with the energy and flair of Krog Bar. In the sense that KR Steak-

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Above: A KR SteakBar signature, the “shell steak” is an 8-ounce New York strip perked up with shaved fresh horseradish and espresso sauce.

After helping revive Krog Street, iconic chef returns to Buckhead STORY:

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Bar is a darkly lit gathering spot for a certain well-dressed crowd on the make, it feels perfectly suited, almost custom-tailored for Buckhead. (More on The Johnson Studio’s clever and inviting design in just a sec.) What’s new here for Rathbun—a Kansas City, Missouri, native whose style is a global mishmash of Latin, Asian, Southern and other influences—is the Italian streak. Sure, there are rib-eyes and filets, but the menu— with antipasti, pasta, terra e mare (land and sea), and contorni (sides)—reads more like that of a traditional trattoria than an oldschool chop shop. And nearly everything that comes out of chef de cuisine Jessica Gamble’s kitchen speaks with an Italian accent, zippy with garlic, rosemary, balsamic, pancetta and other staples of the bootshaped peninsula. If you are looking for a classic steak joint where the service is formal and the devotion to meat sacrosanct, get thee to Bones. KR SteakBar gives the genre an update; it’s a contemporary nocturnal cubbyhole where small plates rule, wine flows and the air bristles with excitement. I recently had two experiences here: a long, multi-course Thursday night dinner

with a friend and a more streamlined solo meal at the bar on a bustling Saturday. Both were pleasant, but my dinner-for-one excursion felt more in tune with the spirit of the place. The bar staff, though perhaps not as knowledgeable about the food as the servers, were chatty, genuine, efficient, attentive. Plus, the food was more polished. Of the first courses I sampled on two visits, a purée of cauliflower, dressed with basil oil and parsley, was the standout. Steak tartare, mixed with tarragon and ramps and served with potato chips, was solid, though not especially memorable. (Shouldn’t this raw-beef classic be chopped a little finer? Ours was chunky enough for stew.) I liked the charry and flavorful grilled octopus, but the farro, tomato and pancetta accompaniment was a little lackluster, almost bland. While you can get a traditional pappardelle with pork and beef ragù or spaghetti with white wine and clams, we went for the heavenly-sounding squid-ink tagliatelle with crab, green onion and chili. The dish tasted fine, but where we expected a heady marriage of flavors, we got noodles and crab that seemed


Above: In this bodaciously rich dish, scallops are paired with super-creamy polenta and crispy pancetta.

Above: A 6-ounce filet with carrots, pistachio and orange is delicious and beautiful. Right: Triple chocolate ricotta cheesecake, by pastry chef Kylie Akiyama, is a delightful sweet indulgence. Left: Pastas like this squid-ink tagliatelle with crab, green onion and chilis are part of the experience and make for good second courses.

KR SteakBar is a stylish lair, which makes it a suitable neighbor for its next-door tenant: ADAC. shy about getting in bed together and letting their juices commingle. No sex appeal. Moving on to the mains, bacon-wrapped scallops on a puddle of polenta were rich and unctuous. “Shell steak”—a signature 8-ounce New York Strip drizzled with espresso sauce and topped with shaved fresh horseradish—was a mixed blessing. The sauce was so intense that it overpowered a seriously good hunk of meat, which I didn’t appreciate until later, when I revisited the leftovers I took home. On my second visit, I had good luck with the 6-ounce filet, which was paired with an inspired concoction of roasted carrots, orange and pistachios. One smart thing about KR SteakBar is the extensive wine list. General manager and sommelier Clay Williams has assembled a terrific cellar of Italian, Old World and West Coast bottles that are ideally suited to this red-wine-friendly cuisine. (Just ask him to help you pick a glass, and he’ll emerge with a brilliant grape.) I’m also smitten with pastry chef Kylie Akiyama’s desserts. An olive oil cake, with almond brittle and a tangy citrus cream, was the highlight

of my extended dinner; and her triple chocolate ricotta cheesecake was pure sin. Back to the design: The Johnson Studio has created a space of understated glitz. Check out the gorgeously mottled brown-and-ivory marble bar, the curtains concealing a semiprivate space in the middle of the room, the speakeasy-like lair behind the kitchen (you almost have to know it’s there and ask to be escorted back), and the outdoor elements. To wit: the patio that’s like a sunken garden and virtually hidden from the street, and the fence that cannily separates the walkway-entrance from the harshness of the asphalt parking lot. (To avoid a bare-wall effect, window-box-style containers are hung from the fence to add a softening touch.) Well done, design team. In the end, there’s much to like about KR SteakBar—from cocktails to cheese course. More than just a showcase for an iconic chef’s brand of slightly over-the-top indulgent food, it’s a fashionable hideaway where people go to have fun, dress in their casual best, and drop a few coins. With a little swagger but not too much bling, it feels at once delightfully young and as if it’s been hiding out here for years. n

Above: The olive oil cake with almond brittle and citrus cream is a knockout. Left: A little hisand-hers cocktail duo might be the heady D.O.C.G. (left) made with Nonino il Moscato di Grappa, Campari, Dry Curaçao, and Bitter Truth EXR and the sweet-tart In Bloom (right), a combination of Plymouth Gin, Suze, Nonino Amaro, rhubarb liqueur, grapefruit and dill.

KR STEAKBAR 349 Peachtree Hills Avenue N.E., Atlanta 30305 404.841.8820 krsteakbar.com Prices: Antipasti, $6-$19. Pasta, $12-$16. Entrees, $18-$68. Recommended: In Bloom and D.O.C.G. cocktails. 6-ounce hangar steak, cauliflower soup, olive oil cake. Bottom line: Rathbun delivers a contemporary update on the steakhouse.

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Going Wilde for absinthe Why the literary liquor deserves a second chance STORY:

Kelly Skinner

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en years ago, while studying abroad in Italy, I drank absinthe for the first time. Excited to try the infamous drink consumed by so many literary greats, my enthusiasm faded after the first sip. This mysterious green liquor smacked of licorice and wasn’t given the traditional softening of water and sugar: it was like a punch in the mouth. My friends and I quickly dismissed all absinthes as bad and reverted back to the safety of wine and beer. A decade later and absinthe has found its way onto cocktail lists across Atlanta (including Buckhead restaurants, such as Bourbon Bar, Prohibition, and Holeman and Finch Public House) as a key ingredient in craft cocktails and a fine liquor enjoyed on its own. My curiosity was piqued. Absinthe, like vodka, is a neutral grain spirit that is altered with various flavoring agents, the way gin is flavored with juniper berries. When it’s created in the classic method, producers macerate the absinthe with wormwood, green anise, hyssop and other herbs and botanicals. Next, it is redistilled and re-macerated with wormwood for the color and the aroma. Stuck on my perceptions that wormwood was toxic and that absinthe had been illegal (right?), I sought out some answers from an expert. H&F Bottle Shop assistant manager Amber Aristy was quick to set the story straight. “For a long time absinthe was outlawed in the U.S. (until 2007) and most of Europe due to misconceptions about thujone, the chemical component in wormwood that can cause convulsions and possible death,” Aristy says. “Thujone occurs naturally in wormwood in extremely low dosages, as well as in sage, oregano and several types of

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BUYING TIP “Look for an absinthe that has been made by the distillation method as opposed to ‘cold compounding.’ You’ll get a more nuanced, balanced spirit that is easier to enjoy.” Amber Aristy H&F Bottle Shop assistant manager

mint. A person would die from alcohol poisoning long before thujone would have had the chance to act.” But what about Oscar Wilde’s hallucinatory “green fairy”? Aristy explains, “To keep its color—absinthe’s green color comes from chlorophyll— absinthe must be bottled to at least 60 percent ABV [alcohol by volume]— that’s 120 proof. Classic absinthes were bottled as high as 68 percent ABV or 136 proof! That is enough to make anyone act a little nutty.” Today’s absinthes have to meet much stricter production regulations than those bottled in Wilde’s day, and there are far fewer to choose from, but Atlanta-area restaurants and bottle shops offer up a respectable range of choices spanning Europe as well as a few states in the U.S. (even Kentucky!). Convinced that my first taste hadn’t given absinthe a fair chance, I

tried the Swiss La Clandestine Blanche absinthe from Kimball House’s 13bottle absinthe service menu. Instead of overpowering licorice, I discovered a soft olive drink that was slightly buttery and subtly licorice-flavored (“like a jelly bean,” my husband commented). If you’re looking to drink absinthe in the traditional manner (as it’s served at Kimball House), the mixologist will pour the chilled liquor into a cocktail glass, then will slowly drip cold water over a sugar cube and filter it with an absinthe spoon to dilute the drink (you can choose to have it served over chipped ice). For a subtler foray into the world of absinthe, consider ordering a cocktail featuring absinthe, like the Sazerac from Bourbon Bar. True, if you hate black licorice, this isn’t the drink for you. Everyone else? Go ahead and give it another go. n

Recommended Bottles l St. George Absinthe Verte l La Muse Verte l Vieux Pontarlier

PAIRING TIP: Try absinthe with Brie or Gorgonzola cheese with crackers or for dessert with rich chocolate.

BOURBON BAR SAZERAC 2 ounces Few Rye Whiskey 1/4 ounce brown sugar syrup 5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters 1 dash Angostura Bitters 1 spritz St. George Absinthe Verte lemon peel for garnish

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Add all ingredients into a mixing glass over ice and stir until all components are thoroughly combined and glass is very cold to the touch. Spritz absinthe into chilled rocks glass, strain cocktail into glass with no ice, express lemon peel over the cocktail and discard.

“At Bourbon Bar, we spritz St. George Absinthe Verte in a rocks glass as a garnish for our house Sazerac. This particular absinthe has great spicy notes as well as enormous citrus flavors.” Michael Magnole

GM at Bourbon Bar


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ur neighborhood is already home to a host of great grocery stores and supermarkets, from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to Publix and Kroger. But this fall, two new exciting stores are upping the grocery game here in town. In fact, this summer, specialty grocer Fresh Market opened its thirteenth Georgia location in North Druid Hills’ Brighten Park shopping center. The 23,000-square-foot store houses a bakery churning out 30 freshly baked breads and 14 pie varieties daily, plus a full service meat counter with freshly ground beef, a wide array of ready-to-serve entrées, fresh seafood delivered multiple times a week and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses. You’ll find 400-plus items in the produce department, which is largely organic, as well as a slew of “bars”: juice/smoothie, hot pizza, gelato and coffee. And Sprouts Farmers Market will join the organic grocery scene with their grand opening in Sandy Springs this month, making it their eighth location in Georgia, but their first in Atlanta city limits. Expect plenty of fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices at the new 26,000-square-foot outpost. A bunch of new grocers are still on the horizon—keep an eye out for a forthcoming Kroger in Buckhead’s Piedmont/Lindbergh neighborhood in the fall of 2016, and a new Whole Foods Market in Brookhaven/Chamblee. The 40,000-square-foot store is expected to open in early 2017.

Top: Fresh Market opened in North Druid Hills’ Brighten Park shopping center this summer. Below: Sprouts Farmers Market opens in Sandy Springs this month.

The Fresh Market 2480 Briarcliff Road Suite 19 Atlanta 30329 404.321.3751 thefreshmarket.com

Sprouts Farmers Market 4600 Roswell Road Suite A100 Sandy Springs 30342 678.954.5294 sprouts.com

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MASTI–FUN INDIAN STREET EATS cilantro, crushed paneer and housemade sauce. Our favorite dishes, though, are the most authentic: Nepalese momo (steamed dumplings), North Indian chaat (crispy street food snacks topped with yogurt and chutney) and ras malai (a cream cheese dessert bathed in a floral pistachio milk sauce).

Top: Masti masala pasta is made with Indian spices and seasoning, penne pasta and a house tikka masala sauce topped with Parmesan cheese, oregano and parsley.

THE LOOK: Meaning “for fun” in Hindu, “masti” certainly lives up to its name. The lively space is peppered with bright colors, natural woods, photos of Walia’s travels through India (which inspired the restaurant) and tantalizing textiles. The 47-seat restaurant also boasts a 30-seat patio, where guests can dine or smoke aromatic hookah in festive flavors like Spiced Chai and Saffron Melon.

THE DRINKS: Sip on Indian favorites, like Milk Badam (sweet milk with almonds, pistachio and saffron) and Nimbu Pani (Indian-style lemonade with a hint of saltiness) to help cool things off, or indulge in one of their fun cocktails, like the Mumbai Mule.

THE FOOD: Walia has fused traditional Indian flavors and classic American dishes into one-of-a-kind plates as innovative as they are delicious—think butter chicken tacos, paneer dogs (hot dog buns stuffed with Indian cheese, veggies and spicy sauce) and masala fries topped with onions, tomatoes,

THE VERDICT: We couldn’t be happier Masti is here— this wallet-friendly spot Masti–Fun Indian Street Eats is boosting the ethnic 2945 North Druid Hills Road food scene in the area Suite C with Indian-meetsAtlanta 30329 American plates in a 470.236.2784 vibrant atmosphere. mastiatlanta.com

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Bottom: The utthapam taco is made with a lentil and rice batter pancake and your choice of butter chicken, spiced keema or paneer bhurji. It’s topped with rice, tomato, onion, cheese and a housemade chiligarlic sauce.

Photos: Vinod

It’s been nearly four months since chef Ricky Walia opened Masti– Fun Indian Street Eats in Toco Hills Promenade. Here, we take a first look at the new space:


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MICHEL ARNETTE Y ou may recognize Michel Arnette, who hails from Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, from his two Brookhaven hangouts: HAVEN, a modern American bistro, and Valenza, a neighborhood Italian spot. Adding to his arsenal, Arnette will open Vero Pizzeria next door this fall. Expect a 6,800-pound Acunto Napoli pizza oven serving up Neopolitan pies in a fast-casual setting. Here is Arnette’s guide to Buckhead eats: n When I’m craving a quick, cheap bite to eat, I go to Souper Jenny. I love their pretzel bread with chicken salad, and their soups are terrific (My Dad’s Turkey Chili is a favorite).

n At happy hour, you’ll find me at King + Duke—the deviled eggs are awesome and we like the atmosphere. Taking it home? I like Brookhaven Wines.

n Time to celebrate—I’m headed to Aria. Tonya (my wife) and I normally celebrate our anniversary there. We love the short rib entrée.

n When I’m in the mood for ethnic food, I go to Umi. We like to sit at the sushi bar with Chef Ito. Love to have him surprise us with all the works! 

n When I’ve got no time to cook or go out, I get delivery from Annie’s Thai Castle. We love their fresh basil rolls and the roast duck with red curry.  n When it comes to grocery stores, I go to Whole Foods for great prime meats, and I love Peachtree Road Farmers Market.

n Night out on the town and I’m at the St. Regis Bar—it’s just a sexy place to have a drink that’s almost like a getaway bar, rather than a “be seen” place. The next morning, you can find me at the White House for brunch.

NOW OPEN/COMING SOON KALEIDOSCOPE BISTRO & PUB This summer, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub got a big makeover—not only was the interior and menu revamped, but the Brookhaven hotspot expanded next door with a 1,200-square-foot space featuring more bar seating, TVs and bathrooms, plus a live music space and a Wood Stone pizza oven. Expect half a dozen new beers on tap, including an exclusive brew made by Red Brick Brewing Company, and nine specialty pizzas.

Brookhaven’s Kaleidoscope got a new look—and new menu—this summer.

IL GIALLO OSTERIA & BAR Mourn no more—though longtime Buckhead favorite Veni Vidi Vici closed this summer, two of the restaurant’s employees (chef Jamie Adams and general manager Leonardo Moura) are opening their own spot in Sandy Springs this fall. Fresh handmade pasta is the name of the game at Il Giallo Osteria & Bar (hint: it’s best eaten at the chef’s table where you can watch him roll and knead), though coastal seafood and charcuterie round out the menu. Don’t miss the duck agnolotti with brown butter, sage and pecans—when it was on Veni Vidi Vici’s menu, it was featured on the Food Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” 1410 Dresden Drive, Suite 100 BURN SOCIAL CLUB Andrews Entertainment District welcomed Burn Social Club this summer, a social club reminiscent of the 1930s, where live music, late night DJs and salsa dancing are complemented by a light food menu, a flavored ice program (don’t miss the smoked ice in the Burn Old Fashioned), craft beer and wine, and more than 50 rare bourbons, whiskeys and scotches from around the world.

Atlanta 30319 404.474.9600 k-pub.com Il Giallo Osteria & Bar 5920 Roswell Road, Suite B-118 Sandy Springs 30328 ilgialloatl.com Burn Social Club 56 E Andrews Drive N.W. Suite 17 Atlanta 30305 404.467.1600 burnsocialclub.com

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Above: Each bottle of Jane St. Vodka Soda makes five or six servings when poured over ice.

Jane St. Vodka Soda partner Michael Dinerman brings bottled cocktails to Buckhead STORY:

Carly Cooper

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uckhead resident Michael Dinerman manages operations for Atlanta-based bottled carbonated cocktail brand Jane St. Vodka Soda. Launched last year, Jane St. offers four flavors—Original with Lime, Grapefruit Meyer Lemon, Pineapple Jalapeño and Peach Peppercorn—each naturally sweetened with agave nectar. Dinerman met founder Elizabeth Wiltgen through a mutual friend, and put his experience working for a wine distributor to good use. Under Dinerman’s guidance, Jane St. is now sold at about 75 stores in Georgia, including Savi Urban Market and Green’s on Buford Highway, plus locations in Tennessee, California and Colorado. He is also working on launching the company in Florida and Texas, creating two new flavors and looking into single-serve options. As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Dinerman coaches his sons’ basketball teams, practices hot yoga and goes hiking and fishing, too. Here, learn more about him and his work.

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Where did the name Jane St. come from? Jane St. is a street in the West Village in New York. It’s a beautiful tree-lined street with moss in the cobblestones. There’s a lot of innovation on the street—a lot of tech companies— and a lot of diversity. The same way there’s this old street with a lot of character and a lot of innovation, we’re a tried-and-true classic cocktail with a new twist. What do you do on a typical day? I work on procurement and relationships with vendors, working with distributors in Georgia. I work out of my house. I am in Atlanta quite a bit and sometimes Savannah. How do you come up with flavors? We worked with a flavor house that helped us determine the best flavors and the right amount of vodka. Vodka is a grain-neutral spirit so you get the true flavors of the pineapple, peppercorn or peach.

Why do you think there is demand for this type of drink? Vodka soda is the No. 1 drink in bars, predominantly for women. While bartenders can make a very nice drink with fresh ingredients, syrups and flavors, it’s not always that easy to do at home, and it’s time-consuming. With Jane St. Vodka Soda, you can twist open the bottle, pour it over ice, and get what you get in a bar. Plus, there’s the right amount of vodka—12 percent (24 proof). What do you like to drink? By nature I’m a hophead. I enjoy the craft brewery movement that’s going on right now. I enjoy that when I’m not enjoying a Jane St. The four Jane St. flavors are all so different. It depends what you’re serving. The Grapefruit Meyer Lemon is light and refreshing, easy to drink. That’s probably my favorite. If I feel more like a cocktail later in the evening, I’d choose the Pineapple Jalapeño. It’s not light-your-head-on-fire hot, but has a little kick at the end, and it has the sweetness from the pineapple so it goes down nice and easy. The Peach Peppercorn is more on the sweet side for dessert. n


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

Brock

PHOTOS:

Sara Hanna

BUCKHEAD DINER This indispensible, neon-splashed diner is a jewel in the crown of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, which includes the Greek temple-like Kyma next door and the Atlanta Fish Market down the street. For 27 years, fans have flocked here for the housemade chips with Maytag blue, the “sweet heat” Thai-chili calamari, juicy burgers and the decadent white chocolate banana cream pie—all classics. Simply by virtue of the way it lights up Piedmont Road, this diner has always been, and will always be, a star. Appetizers: $6-$12 Sandwiches and burgers: $13-$16 Entrées: $17-$30 buckheadrestaurants.com/ buckhead-diner

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, 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 buttermilkkitchen.com

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE With its handmade pasta, terrific steaks and foundation of classic Italian dishes, the Atlanta outpost of Massachusetts-based chef-preneur Steve DiFillippo sets a higher-thanusual standard for a mall restaurant. Fine-food lovers flock to Phipps Plaza for Davio’s delicious fried calamari, tagliatelle Bolognese, and warm spinach salad like ravenous shoppers on the hunt for Louis Vuitton bags, Tiffany silver and Dior gowns. And they can do no better than the buttery medallion of impeccably grilled top sirloin, slathered with Gorgonzola and paired with wilted spinach and sea-salt-andtruffle-oil fries. No wonder the Davio’s menu is as tantalizing as the shoe department at Nordstrom. Appetizers and salads: $9-$16 Pastas, entrées and steaks: $18-$48 davios.com/atl

Buttermilk Kitchen’s pancakes with butter and syrup never, ever go out of style.

Davio’s tagliatelle is smothered in a classic Bolognese sauce, made from braised veal, beef, pork and tomato.

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

GEORGIA GRILLE Twenty-two years after its opening, Georgia Grille remains true to Atlantaborn owner Karen Hilliard’s original vision, which means she still splashes the bright flavors of Santa Fe onto the plates of her happy and devoted customers. The French-trained Hilliard dresses her creations in voluptuous cream sauces accented with smoky poblanos or tart tomatillos—and drizzles them with colorful squirtbottle squiggles of flavor. We dug her smoked-pollo enchiladas, which are

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stuffed with onion and sour cream, smothered with green-chile sauce and tomato salsa and served with a little salad in a taco-shell cup. The flat-iron steak, rubbed with salt and spices and cooked until its crust is charred, was another solid choice. Atlanta has plenty of regional restaurants, but a good Southwestern place is hard to find. Hilliard, who lives in nearby Peachtree Hills, knows what her neighbors want, and she dares not let them down. Entrées: $15-$31 georgiagrille.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 joycafeatl.com


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

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

Appetizers: $4-$6 Mains: $11-$15 panaharbangladeshi.com

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

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 under-theradar can be very seductive.

the cocktails memorable, the small plates and housemade pastas stuffed with fresh, vibrant, Mediterranean flavors. But what really shines are the pizzas—thin, crisp, and small enough so that each bite of mushroom or lamb sausage counts. The Iberian, with fennel salami, “old” manchego, smoked provolone, yellow tomatoes and other Spanish ingredients, is a perennial crowd-pleaser, while the Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Egg is a deliciously rustic, sunny-side-up breakfast riff: bacon-and-egg pizza, if you will.

2012. Recently, chef Zeb Stevenson took over the kitchen, and his Southern and sometimes French-accented food is a decided improvement over predecessor Joe Truex. We are crazy about the dreamy chicken-liver mousse, smokedtrout brandade and Appalachian cider beans, a cassoulet-like play on pork and beans. A self-taught cook who brings soul, excitement and the occasional spark of genius, Stevenson is less interested in replicating the greatest hits of the past than cooking straight from the heart. We should all respect that.

Salads and small plates: $9-$12 Pastas and pie: $13-$16 thirteenpies.com

Lunch Entrées: $7-$16 Dinner Entrées: $12-$30 starfishatlanta.com

Appetizers: $8-$16 Entrees: $9-$18 at lunch, $20-$35 at dinner watershedrestaurant.com

WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE

THIRTEEN PIES This modern gourmet-pizza parlor in the posh Buckhead Atlanta development is a welcome addition to this pie-struck town. The room is beautiful,

Co-owned by Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and restaurateur Ross Jones, Watershed is a restaurant with a storied, personality-driven past. It started as a walk-up sandwich shop in Decatur, won a James Beard Award for chef Scott Peacock and moved to Buckhead in

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Heroes come in all forms, be it a good Samaritan on the street or a soldier fighting on the front lines. On the pages that follow, meet eight men and women from our neighborhood with heroic stories of their own, each making a difference in the community—and world—around them. From two cancer survivors, to a quick-thinking firefighter, to a civilian making major strides to support our veterans, we salute you, our everyday heroes.

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KEVIN MOBURG AND STATION 21 FAST ACTION AGAINST THE CLOCK

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s some of the most heavily trafficked in the South, Atlanta’s busy roads and freeways see their fair share of auto-related incidents, from fender benders and breakdowns to collisions and single-car crashes. And when the bad ones happen, the city’s fire and rescue department must act fast to close the window on any potentially tragic outcomes. Fortunately, that was the case for two 20-something friends who, while heading home from an event in the early-morning hours of May 18, 2014, struck a wall and guide wire at Peachtree and West Wesley roads, which sent their black coupe skidding onto its roof, trapping them inside. When Lieutenant Kevin Moburg and his three-man crew from Buckhead’s Station 21 received the call, they

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knew they were up against the clock. “The call came in as a car wreck with entrapment, and there were multiple calls on it,” Moburg says. “Typically, when you get multiple calls, you know it’s legitimate.” Moburg and his crew were wrapping up another call when word of the entrapment came in, and they rushed to the scene right on the heels of the first responders. “We pulled up about 30 seconds after the other engine had gotten there, and we found the car flipped over and in an awkward position,” he says. The impact left the roof of the car severely smashed in, leaving Moburg with about eight inches of space to maneuver through inside. That meant that extricating the victims— both of whom were alert—would be

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especially complicated. “I tried to get in one window but could barely fit, so I went around to another window,” he says. With a clearer view inside the car, Moburg found that one of the girls, who was screaming, was lying on the roof of the overturned car, tangled in her seatbelt. “The other one, which we really couldn’t get to until we got the first person out, was pinned between the windshield and the dash, up behind the steering wheel,” he says. “I don’t know how she got there.” Eventually, Moburg and his team were able to get a backboard under the first entangled victim, who’d suffered a significant hip injury in the crash, and slide her out. Despite her awkward position and complaining of pain, the second victim managed

Firefighters Rodney Deese, Al Adkins, Jason Hogan and Kevin Moburg of Buckhead’s Station 21.

to slide far enough out from the windshield for Moburg to slip a backboard beneath her and free her from the mess. “The rescue took about 20 minutes, but when you’re on the scene, your adrenaline is pumping and you’re not really paying attention to the clock,” Moburg says. Happily, both women were pulled out in time and transported to area hospitals, with Moburg and his team to thank. Much to Moburg’s surprise, that’s just what happened one night many weeks later, when the girls stopped by the station to offer up their gratitude. “Rarely do we get any kind of followup on patients, so it was nice to know how things turned out,” Moburg says. For those two fortunate friends, it was an event—and a happy ending—they won’t soon forget. n


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hen Sharon Vanairsdale decided to pursue a career in nursing, she simply wanted to “help people.” Never could she have guessed that she’d find a place in American medical history, but that’s what happened last summer when Emory University Hospital, where she works, admitted three humanitarian aid workers who’d been stricken with Ebola in West Africa. Though it was a landmark medical event, outside the hospital the announcement sent ripples of fear throughout the United States. “Ebola was relatively unknown to our country,” says the Buckhead resident, who served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the hospital’s Serious Communicable Diseases (SCD) Unit. “We’d only heard of it through TV and through the outbreak in West Africa, which had an incredibly high mortality rate, and that caused a lot of angst.” Vanairsdale applauds the hospital’s careful dispersion of information to the public, which was critical to maintaining a sense of calm. “We had an amazing communications and leadership team in place to ensure that accurate information was being delivered to our staff, community, and nation, and that was really important,” she says. Most important, though, was caring for the Ebola patients and shielding the unit’s staff from the deadly disease. As the Clinical Nurse Specialist responsible for safety practices, readiness, and protocols in the Unit, both tasks fell within the realm of Vanairsdale’s responsibilities. It was a tall order for even the most seasoned of

SHARON VANAIRSDALE BRAVERY IN THE FACE OF EBOLA medical professionals, and one that helped solidify a bond between Vanairsdale and her team. “We actually called ourselves a family,” she says. “We really held each other accountable because we were holding each other’s lives in our hands.” The tight-knit team adopted several rules and rituals, including daily meetings that they nicknamed “family huddles.” And amid the frenzy and long, trying days—including the day they learned that two nurses in Dallas had fallen ill with Ebola—Vanairsdale

and her team members used a simple means by which to offer each other support. They texted. “We were all about text messaging,” she says. “The evening following news of the nurses’ infection in Dallas, there was a chain of text messages going around in which we were all saying, ‘Guys, we’ve got this. We can do this.’ It was a proud moment to see that camaraderie, and to see the confidence and faith that we had in each other.” Apparently, that confidence and faith extended beyond Vanairsdale’s

direct peers to her superiors, as she has since become the Unit’s Program Director. The move has brought with it immense responsibility related to the development of a National Ebola Training and Education Center, or NETEC, as well as a diversion from her pre-Ebola plan to be an Emergency Department nurse. “A year ago, I never thought I’d be in this field or doing what I’m doing,” she says of her career’s new trajectory. Without a doubt, her patients, peers and colleagues hope she’s here to stay. n

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SALLY LARSEN TAKING GOOD HEALTH INTO HER OWN HANDS

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hen Sally Larsen, a healthconscious Buckhead mom and real estate professional, was pregnant with her second child in 1987, she wondered if a lump in her groin might be a hernia, an affliction not unheard of among expectant moms. With her gynecologist’s assurance that it was nothing, Larsen relaxed and went about awaiting her new arrival. Two years after her son’s birth, however, the lump—accompanied by unexplained swelling in one ankle—persisted, and her concerned niece, a medical resident, suggested she have someone take another look. The stunning diagnosis: bone cancer in Larsen’s pelvis. While the diagnosis was rare— ”You have a better chance of getting

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run over by a truck in the middle of Kansas than you have of getting this kind of cancer,” Larsen recalls her doctor saying—Larsen soldiered through. With a yearlong treatment plan that included radiation therapy and a series of invasive surgeries, she emerged from the ordeal cancerfree, but not without lasting effects. Frequent infections and chronic swelling in her leg—a condition known as lymphedema—dogged her. After a few frustrating years, Larsen, who liked to make body products for friends and family, started seeing a nutritionist, hoping a more organic diet would alleviate her ailments. During a routine appointment, Larsen gifted her nutritionist with some of her homemade goods, a gesture that set her next endeavor into motion.

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“She loved the products and asked if I’d ever thought about using organic ingredients,” Larsen says. “I hadn’t thought about it, but, obviously, should have. That set me on a quest to find organic and nontoxic things that I could use in my products.” Fast-forward to 2005, and, with an arsenal of research under her belt, a solid product offering, and having found success at local markets for the past couple of years, Sally B’s Skin Yummies was officially born. When the business outgrew Larsen’s home lab, she began production in an Inman Park co-op, where a movie assistant from a nearby set stopped in to ask Larsen for some products to put in goodie bags for the cast and crew. Some of Larsen’s Yummies made their way back to Hollywood and,

ultimately, into the hands of celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, who wrote about Larsen’s products on her wildly popular blog. Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ business has been booming ever since—into markets as far away as New Zealand and Hong Kong. Larsen and her small team—she has eight employees—now work out of a shop on Miami Circle, busy executing the next steps in a plan to significantly expand the brand. But however much more success Sally B’s Skin Yummies enjoys, for Larsen, who hasn’t suffered an infection in recent years, it all boils down to the healthful benefits her customers see. “When I have a customer come in and I can see a difference in their skin, and they feel so happy, that’s just the best,” she says. n


DETECTIVE DREW BAHRY STOPPING A THIEF IN HIS TRACKS

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string of mysterious silver thefts spanning several years. Detectives collaborating across state lines. An elusive cat burglar finally behind bars, and a group of victims anxiously awaiting his fate. The scenario sounds like a screenplay straight out of Hollywood, but for nearly four years it’s been reality for a network of detectives throughout the Southeast. Thanks, in large part, to Detective Drew Bahry of the Atlanta PD, however, the story might soon be over. The alleged thief at the center of the case is Blane Nordahl, a notorious career criminal known for quietly cutting through glass windowpanes to enter his victims’ homes. His target: sterling silver pieces, from expensive antique flatware to priceless family heirlooms, many of which were melted down for cash. In 2012, a string of silver burglaries struck Buckhead, and Bahry, a detective in the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, was tasked with solving the case. “After the first incident, we were clueless,” says Bahry, citing the spotless scene of the crime. “But about two months later we got another one with the same type of MO, and then another one came up.” It was then that Bahry and his Atlanta team started an extensive online search in an attempt to connect the dots. “We started Googling what the price of silver was, and what people were doing with it,” he says. Their search turned up news of Nordahl’s previous exploits—all executed in a style similar to the Buckhead burglaries—but that they’d been perpetrated in the Northeast kept Bahry from forming any formal suspicions. “I thought, ‘It’s the same MO with this guy, but if he’s living and operating up there, he’s not going to be down

here,’” Bahry recalls. “So, I kind of put it away.” But it wouldn’t be for long. Soon after, Tennessee detective Tom Sexton phoned Bahry to say that a couple of crimes in the tony town of Belle Meade mirrored the ones that were currently perplexing the Atlanta PD. The detectives put their heads together, and when Sexton, through his own research, also floated Nordahl’s name, Bahry’s suspicion resurfaced. The detectives’ big break came

next, in the form of a phone call from the Northeast. “One of us got the call from a detective in New Jersey saying, ‘Hey, this guy is paroled down in Jacksonville. He lives in Florida,’” Bahry recalls. “So we went to the parole office and got some phone numbers, and that’s how it all started and, eventually, led us to him.” In August 2013, a team of officers apprehended Nordahl in Florida. He was extradited to Atlanta and is

awaiting trial in the Fulton County Jail. What happens next has yet to be seen, but Bahry’s not taking any credit for the capture. “We have six different jurisdictions that were involved in this,” he says. “One out of South Carolina and one out of Tennessee have been involved in this the whole way, so it’s not just me.” It’s not hard to imagine, though, that Buckhead residents are grateful to Bahry that, for now, anyway, this saga’s a wrap. n

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MICHELLE GRECH GIVING THE GIFT OF TIME

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FIND OUT MORE: American Diabetes Association diabetes.org Arthritis Foundation arthritis.org Melt meltatl.com Showcase Group Atlanta showcasegroup.org Wellspring Living wellspringliving.org Women in Sports and Events (WISE) wiseworks.org

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s the president of Buckhead powerhouse sports marketing agency Melt, where services include everything from branded social media campaigns to experiential marketing events for fans of college hoops, Brookhaven resident Michelle Grech’s workdays are carried out to an imaginary soundtrack of roaring crowds and bonerattling buzzers. And while the high-profile job is a dream come true for the lifelong fan of sports, her biggest thrill comes from work she does on the sidelines—giving back to her community. When she’s not brainstorming campaign concepts and managing her 60-strong team, Grech, who’s also mom to a creative and curious 10-yearold daughter, Mackenzie, supports a number of charitable organizations through mentorship, marketing services, fundraising and advising. Among them are Wellspring, which helps women escape sex trafficking; WISE (Women in Sports and Events), which facilitates networking opportunities for female professionals in her industry; the Showcase Group, which provides leadership and support to area youth at high risk for a life of crime; and the American Diabetes Association, a cause close to the heart of her business partner, Vince Thompson, whom the organization named a Father of the Year nominee earlier this year. And while she’d love to devote time to limitless causes, Grech is grateful to be in a position that allows her to support those to which she feels most connected. “A lot of what I’ve been able to do in the community connects to Melt and my career,” Grech says. “Vince and I have the good fortune of being an independently owned agency, so we get to support causes that really tug at our heartstrings.” One organization whose mission resonates with Grech on a more personal level is the Arthritis Foundation. At 28, Grech was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and she now uses her seat on the Foundation’s board to promote awareness of the disease and champion early detection. “When I was diagnosed with RA, I had this picture in my head of a fully debilitating disease that strikes our grandparents’ generation,” she says. “But having had mine diagnosed at an early age and having been able to manage it, I don’t have the intense symptoms that others have who didn’t have early detection.” As a business leader, Grech is passionate about fostering a culture of giving back at Melt and hopes her staff will continue to pay it forward. “To be involved in things that are so important and that affect so many people, and to do things that are meaningful when you get out of bed every day, that’s a big part of our business,” she says. “It’s so important to walk the walk.” Spoken like a true champion. n


SARA ALLEGRA PUTTING EDUCATION FIRST IN AFRICA

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ix years ago, when licensed social worker Sara Allegra traveled from her then home in San Francisco to Ghana on a grant-funded project, putting down roots there wasn’t part of her plan. But once in the West African nation, Allegra, who now lives in Peachtree Park with her husband and two young kids, was moved by what she saw and felt compelled to make a change. “I came to Ghana for two months to train staffs in schools, hospitals and orphanages in how to work with children with disabilities,” says Allegra from a cell phone in Ghana. “I’d never worked in an area that was so impoverished and such a developing country. I was here for two months, and witnessing daily life in some of the worst places with some of the most vulnerable people in

the community—orphans and disabled people—I felt driven.” At the same time, Allegra was starting work on a graduate degree in nonprofit management and community organizing, which she could plainly see would be put to good use in Ghana. “I ended up getting involved with some people who were working here and who were going to start an organization,” Allegra says. “They ended up not starting the organization, but I was already gung-ho about it, so I said, ‘OK, I’ll just do it.’” The group she founded is called Sub-Saharan Education Project (SSEP), and “Our objective,” she says, “is to enrich the lives of women and children in Ghana through increasing access to educational opportunities.” Since its founding, SSEP has built schools in parts of Ghana where,

FIND OUT MORE: Want to know more about Sub-Saharan Education Project or make a donation? Visit ssepempower.org.

though needed, they didn’t exist, and set up scholarships, enrichment programs (debate team, spelling courses) and an income-generating vocational program through which women learn to make jewelry from recycled-glass beads and brass. “We pay the women for each piece of jewelry they make,” Allegra says. “And then 100 percent of retail proceeds from the sale of the pieces gets put right back into the program.” At $10 to $150 apiece, the jewelry is SSEP’s primary means of funding, but it’s important on a more symbolic level, too. “We also love it because it means we’re self-sustaining,” Allegra says. “For a 501(c)(3) to be self-sustaining through the work that the women are doing, and to have it come back into their communities— that is super powerful to me.” It’s

a phenomenon Allegra loves to share with her children—3-year-old Lucy and 9-year-old Abraham (pictured above), a Ghanaian national she adopted three years ago—by taking them with her to Ghana on her twice-yearly visits. Jewelry made by women of the SSEP is available in Ghana, in select shops in the U.S., and at trunk shows Allegra hosts in Atlanta. A revamp of the group’s website will include an ecommerce component, making the colorful pieces more readily available. “We want to keep expanding what we’re doing,” says Allegra of her plans for SSEP. With that increased focus on the jewelry initiative, and a new summer internship program rolled out in early August, Allegra’s vision—and a promising future for the children of Ghana—is well on its way. n

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As part of Shepherd’s Men, Jarrad Turner (a former sergeant in the U.S. Army and SHARE client) and Travis Ellis ran 684 miles to raise money for the SHARE program.

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FIND OUT MORE: Want to know more, meet the team, or make a donation? Shepherd Center shepherd.org Shepherd’s Men shepherdsmen.com

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oo often, men and women in our military are hailed as heroes while serving overseas, only to return home feeling lost and with little support. It’s a problem that Travis Ellis, a civilian who operates a mobile fueling service out of Marietta, is doing his part to fix. In 2014, as the chair of a militaryfocused leadership program through the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Ellis, whose beloved grandfather, Charles Burnett, was a World War II veteran, escorted a group of business and community leaders to Buckhead’s Shepherd Center for an introduction to its SHARE Military Initiative, which provides resources and treatment to service men and women who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress

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Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Feeling inspired by his visit, Ellis decided it was time to act. That same year, he founded a group called the Shepherd’s Men, made up of himself and a close circle of friends comprised of active Marines and veterans. For six days that May, the 10 men ran 684 miles—starting at Shepherd Center and ending at the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia—to raise $100,000 for the SHARE program. The run resonated with civilians and military supporters alike, and the men upped the ante in 2015, completing an eight-day, 911-mile run in April that began at Ground Zero in Manhattan and ended back home in Atlanta. This year’s goal: $250,000.

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“If you’re going to ask someone for money, you need to have a little equity as well, in what you’re raising money for, and this was just our way of having skin in the game,” says Ellis of the grueling run. “We didn’t want to do anything that would be easy on ourselves physically because, if you’re going to commit yourselves to doing this, you need to be committed through the training and through the hard days.” This time, the days were made harder by 22-pound flak jackets the Shepherd’s Men wore to symbolize the 22 veterans who take their lives in our country each day because of immense pain, psychological suffering and a number of other issues. But that’s not to say the Shepherd’s

Men didn’t receive support along the way. In smaller towns, like Lynchburg, Virginia; Gastonia, North Carolina; and Athens, Georgia, supporters lined the streets, and strangers offered up everything from warm meals to hotel rooms for the men, who vowed to not spend a single penny of the run’s proceeds to make the trip more comfortable for themselves. As for those proceeds? The 13-man team exceeded this year’s $250,000 goal, and is already planning next year’s, which promises to be even bigger. “That goal funds the program for two-plus full months,” Ellis says. “SHARE is exclusively donor funded, so, without support, the program potentially goes away, and we owe our veterans more than that.” n


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pon examining a piece of L George Designs jewelry—edgy chain bracelets, earrings, and necklaces dripping with gemstones and fringe—you might think the woman behind the designs, Lisa George, is a longtime industry vet trained in the art of mixing metals, textures and tones. George’s path to design prominence, however, wasn’t exactly planned, but rather an unexpected triumph in the face of two bouts with breast cancer. George enjoyed a successful 10-year career in Atlanta’s booming radio business before receiving her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2006. She underwent a mastectomy on June 1 that year and returned to work several months later, but the recovery process— both physical and emotional—took its toll. “My spirit wasn’t there anymore,” George recalls. “I just couldn’t do it.” Eighteen months into her recovery, a visit to Brina Beads in Buckhead set George’s life on a completely different path. “I went in with my grandmother’s cross and some of my mother’s beads, planning to duplicate a necklace I’d seen in a magazine,” she says. “But when I got there, Sabrina Davis, the shop’s owner, showed me how to make a necklace and I ended up just doing my own thing instead.” George, it turns out, had a gift for designing jewelry. That was validated when Atlanta magazine gave her creation top prize in its citywide search for the best designer necklace, a contest George entered on a whim. A flurry of fanfare followed, including requests for custom designs and a bracelet specially commissioned by the American Heart Association to aid in its fundraising efforts. George got her first taste of the national spotlight in 2011, when attorney and TV personality Star Jones not only wore the bracelet on “The View,” but gifted each of the show’s co-hosts with her own to wear. George gave up radio for good that same year and dedicated her time fully to L George Designs. Today, George, who works out of her Buckhead home, counts “Orange Is the New Black” star Lorraine Toussaint and a bevy of CMT stars among her many fans, and her designs are carried in more than 300 shops nationwide. The designer, who earlier this summer successfully completed surgeries for a second round of breast cancer, which was diagnosed last fall, says that while the celebrity backing has been nice, it’s not the most fulfilling part of her journey. “When putting on my pieces, many women have said that they just feel right on,” she says. “It’s like my energy is really in my pieces now.” Indeed, George’s energy is contagious, and, like her fighting spirit and instinct for style, couldn’t have been gleaned from a design school degree.” n

LISA GEORGE FASHION’S FIGHTING SPIRIT

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Collecting used soccer gear, giving reading lessons and creating hand-woven bracelets are ways these Buckhead youngsters are quietly working as heroes in the community. Need some inspiration? Look no further than these students who have the needs of others foremost in their hearts.

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ARJUN, ANJINI AND URVINI NAIDU AGE: 8 AND 6 Working together against childhood cancer is a family affair for the three Naidu siblings, 8-year-old twins Arjun and Anjini and 6-year-old Urvini. Two years ago, when a relative was diagnosed with cancer, the Sarah Smith students were inspired to help youngsters with the disease. They tied their idea to the school’s spring international week that each year spotlights a specific country and came up with colorful designs for woven bracelets that include that country’s colors. The complexity of the weave sets the price at $1, $2 or $4. For two weeks, they sell their creations in the mornings before school starts, and from their debut, the accessory was an instant hit. The first year’s bracelets, based on colors from the Brazilian flag, totaled $587. This spring, the sale of almost 600 bracelets based on South African colors netted $775. All of the money was donated to the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta after the sale ended. They’re now focused on getting more organized by taking advance orders and working ahead on production. On a spring break trip this year, mom Ami Naidu said the kids were turning out bracelets in the back seat of the car. “It’s really gone from a hobby to a cause,” she says. The family invested about $100 in Rainbow looms and materials, but the biggest contribution is time, says Anjini. “It takes about 30 minutes to make the reversible ones, and the others take about 15 minutes,” she says. “But it’s fun. And our friends like to wear a lot of them at the same time!”

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The budding teacher in Caroline Carr Grant has been getting on-the-job training while at the same time offering literacy education to an underserved population of kids. The Buckhead resident and Lovett student has always been an avid reader, and she first started sharing that excitement with youngsters as a tutor for Agape, a nonprofit community organization on Bolton Road. After volunteering for more than 100 hours over three years, she was asked to design a reading and writing program for 25 first- and second-graders as part of the 2014 summer camp. “I laid out a schedule, got to know all the kids, did research on creating a reading curriculum, looked at what they were doing in school—and organized snacks!” Carr says. In addition, Grant stocked a library at Agape with 700 books donated from the Atlanta public library, Lovett and donors. This summer, Grant expanded the program from one to two days a week, worked with Agape staff to contact teachers and find out exactly what each child needed to work on, and set up diagnostic tests to identify areas of improvement. In the process, she developed strong ties with students and their parents. “Agape takes a whole-family approach to things, and I wanted to do that with reading, too,” she says. “If you can’t read, you can’t do math or science. Your education is at a standstill. A program like this can make a difference.”

5 EASY WAYS TO EARN YOUR STRIPES

Whether it’s doing something big (like the inspirational people we profile in this issue’s cover story) or small, everyday acts, we all have it in us to be a neighborhood hero. Here, our top five picks to help your transition into superman or superwoman in September.

1 LACE UP YOUR RUNNING SHOES Start stretching! The Big Peach Sizzler 5K is coming up Sept. 5. This 3-mile run takes you through the heart of Buckhead for a fun jaunt packed with post-race activities. You’ll join other runners helping raise money for Miles for Cystic Fibrosis, which focuses on research and supporting the Cystic Fibrosis community in Georgia. bigpeachrunningco.com

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2 HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED On Sept. 12 and 13, grab the family and head to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport for the second annual Warbird Weekend, honoring World War II veterans and the planes they flew. Some of the aircraft featured include American P-51 Mustangs, a British Spitfire and a German FW 190. Although not an air show, many of the planes at the free event will be open for cockpit tours and rides. Attendees will also have an opportunity for a meet and greet with WWII veterans and noted authors. atlantawarbirdweekend.com

3 PLANT A TREE Get outdoors with your neighbors to increase Atlanta’s urban canopy by volunteering with Trees Atlanta. The nonprofit has been planting trees every Saturday morning in Atlanta’s neighborhoods—including

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Since she was a youngster, Westminster student Riley Patton has played soccer. “I like the competitiveness of it and playing with my friends,” she says. “But I also realized so many people didn’t have the same privilege.” Almost four years ago, Patton undertook a weekend project to collect the outgrown soccer gear she and her pals had no use for and to donate it to other kids. A few days later at a soccer fair, she connected with a man from Liberia who offered to deliver the items to kids in his country. “We sent several loads of gear to the village where he grew up,” she says. “He’s sent us lots of pictures so we can see where it’s going.” The project soon grew beyond her immediate circle, with families through school and Tophat Soccer Club in Buckhead bringing her clothing, balls and shin guards. Patton organized the effort into Kicks for a Kause, a nonprofit with a website where others can find out how to donate goods and money or to buy a T-shirt to support Patton’s work. The organization has also grown, now sending donations to kids in Brazil as well as Africa. The best part for Patton has been knowing her efforts are letting other kids enjoy the sport as much as she does. “And it’s been really cool to see my old cleats going to a good cause,” she says.

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Buckhead—for more than 30 years. You can also join Trees Atlanta on Sept. 17 for the “Tailgate for Trees” celebration and fundraiser, which kicks off planting season and the opening of the organization’s new educational center, Trees Atlanta Treehouse. The event, at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, will feature an exotic plant auction. Tickets start at $50. treesatlanta.org

4 COOK FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS Project Open Hand cooks and delivers more than 5,000 meals daily to those who are too sick to cook for themselves, cannot afford well-rounded nutritious options or who are at risk for disease because of a poorly balanced diet. They need volunteers seven days a week to help with meal prep at their Brookwood Hills headquarters, or to help deliver

meals to homes in the community. On Sept. 17, the nonprofit is also hosting its benefit, Party in the Kitchen, at The Stave Room (formerly Mason Murer Fine Art). Kicking off at 7 p.m., the event promises a fun evening of food from celebrity chefs, a silent auction, music and cocktails. Tickets start at $250. partyinthekitchen.org

5 BEAUTIFY THE NEIGHBORHOOD Join the Chastain Park Conservancy the first Saturday of every month to help keep Chastain Park beautiful. Volunteers meet at 9 a.m. at the red parking lot at the north end of the park (by Powers Ferry) and, depending on the season, will do everything from rake leaves and remove graffiti to lay mulch and spread wood chips. chastainparkconservancy.org


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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 11:00 am - 2:00 pm InterContinental Buckhead Hosted by Chris Glavine Join 600 guests at this inspiring luncheon, where we honor mothers of children with cancer. The luncheon features a silent auction and powerful program, emceed by Jill Becker. All event proceeds support CURE Childhood Cancer and funds life-saving pediatric cancer research. HOW TO HELP: Purchase event tickets for $150 each Purchase raffle tickets for $20 each or 3 for $50 on www.quietheroes.org. You do not need to be present to win. Raffle items include an Apple Watch Sport, a $1000 VISA gift card and a David Yurman jewelry set, donated by Brown&Co Jewelers. Bid on our fabulous online auction, featuring hundreds of items. You may bid online and do not need to be present to win. www.quietheroes.org

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Mo Willems poses with his character, Pigeon. Photo: Marty Umans

BACK TO ART SCHOOL Two exhibits at The High Museum make for a whimsical day out Seriously Silly! The art and whimsy of Mo Willems Through Jan. 10

Knuffle Bunny, the Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie are taking over the High Museum in an exhibit that is fun for both families and kids-at-heart. Not familiar with these characters? They were created by best-selling children’s book author and artist Mo Willems, and more than 100 of his works are on display, revealing his creative process and comedic genius to the public. Willems got his start as a writer and animator for “Sesame Street,” where he earned six Emmy awards. For the last 12 years, he has published books that portray the

child’s perspective in difficult situations, as in The Pigeon Needs a Bath! and Waiting Is Not Easy! The content and images incite laughter and overall silliness in parents and kids alike.

Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines Through Oct. 4

Locavores rejoice! The High Museum loves local artists, and in the exhibit “Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines,” Georgia-based artists display more than 100 works on paper. ITP and OTP artists, including Buckhead’s Charles H. Reinike of Reinike Gallery in Miami Circle and those as far away as Columbus and Athens, are joining together to

showcase Georgia’s collective talent. The collection will reveal the converging and diverging styles of regional artists and their overlapping influences. To celebrate the exhibit, the High will host its second Monster Drawing Rally on Sept. 19. During the event, 75 local artists will create works in the Robinson Atrium, which will be available to purchase for $75 each. Proceeds from the drawings will fund the purchase of more works on paper by regional artists for the High Museum of Art museum’s 1280 Peachtree Street N.E. permanent Atlanta 30309 collection. – Jamie Hausman

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Runners start strong in the 2013 Big Peach Sizzler 10K from Chamblee to Buckhead.

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BIG PEACH SIZZLER 10K Sept. 7 Chamblee Marta Station 5200 New Peachtree Road Chamblee 30341 770.765.6508 milesforcf.org/sizzler Nine years ago, two cystic fibrosis physicians were training for the Chicago Marathon when they came up with the idea to run for their patients. Their idea turned into 65ROSES, a group that runs and walks in the Georgia Marathon to raise money for those suffering from the disease. Their passion and dedication created the Big Peach Sizzler 10K, which is the largest fundraiser for Miles for Cystic Fibrosis. The run begins at the Chamblee Marta station and finishes at Buckhead Station shopping center. The run winds through the beautiful neighborhoods of Chamblee, Brookhaven and Buckhead, making for a fulfilling and active Labor Day.

AROUND THE WORLD WINE TASTING Sept. 15 Mason Murer Fine Art 415 Plasters Avenue Atlanta 30324 404.879.1500 acg.org/atlanta The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Atlanta goes global during their annual wine tasting, as every attendee receives a passport that they must stamp at each wine station. The passport isn’t just for expanding their cultural palate; each stamp enters the passport holder into a raffle to win a selection of the wines tasted. The glamorous

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Cook Hall’s housemade ricotta flatbread will be passed at the Sept. 24 Punch Party. Photo: Courtesy of Green Olive Media

networking event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mason Murer Fine Art gallery. A silent auction and “Deal-Makers” lounge ensure the event won’t lack in entertainment.

SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL Sept. 19-20 Heritage Green 6075 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs 30328 404.851.9111, ext. 4 sandyspringsfestival.com Since its beginning in 1984, the Sandy Springs Festival has become a major event, drawing more than 30,000 people to the historic town. The festival is Heritage Sandy Springs’ largest fundraiser, and it includes two buzzing days of live music, fine art displays, cultural performances, a pet parade, races, and gourmet and festival foods. The Children’s Park and Teen Territory are sure to entertain the younger set. The festival’s family friendly hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children ages 5 and under. Members of Heritage Sandy Springs receive complimentary admission, and twoday passes are available for $7 for adults and $3 for children.

JOHN CAPARULO AT ATLANTA IMPROV Sept. 24-26 Atlanta Improv 56 E. Andrews Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 678.244.3612 theimprovatlanta.com

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John “Cap” Caparulo is best known for his performance on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” where he was part of their panel of comedians. With multiple successful shows on Comedy Central, Sirius XM Radio and, most recently, Netflix, Caparulo’s casual every-guy style of comedy is coming to Atlanta. His performances draw on reallife events, including the birth of his daughter and situations with his wife. These topics combine with his down-toearth attire of a baseball cap and T-shirt to make his particular brand of comedy approachable for anyone. He will play five shows in three days at the Atlanta Improv Theater in Buckhead.

PUNCH PARTY Sept. 24 Cook Hall 3377 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.523.3600 cookhallatlanta.com Just because it’s not summer anymore doesn’t mean the outdoor soirees need to stop, says Cook Hall, the rustic-chic restaurant in the W Atlanta – Buckhead. Swing by on Thursday, Sept. 24, between 5 and 7 p.m. for a complimentary cup of housemade boozy punch and light passed appetizers around the fire pit on their patio. A cash bar will be available for the rest of the evening, and don’t miss out on their gastro pub-style menu—offering dishes like Cheddar jalapeño fritters and housemade ricotta with local honey on flatbread— that changes with the seasons.

If the event makes you long for more summer soirees, don’t fret, the punch party pop-ups are recurring.

BO SSAM SUPPER SERIES Sept. 19 Seven Lamps 3400 Around Lenox Road No. 217 Atlanta 30326 404.467.8950 sevenlampsatl.com Inspired by David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar, chef Drew Van Leuvan began the Bo Ssam supper series last year. Bo Ssam is a Korean dish that translates to pork wrapped like a package in fresh greens with rice and kimchi. Chef Van Leuvan’s dinner will combine the traditional dish with elements of his own upbringing. The family-style format will serve four people at $25 per person, and on Sept. 19, the protein will be brisket, and guests can expect a variety of sauces and pickles to dress up the dish. Past accompaniments have included spicy cucumber kimchee, fermented Belgian endive and a half-dozen oysters. Supper begins at 7 p.m.

HISTORIC BROOKHAVEN CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES Oct. 1 Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlanta 795 Gatewood Road N.E. Atlanta 30329 404.315.1133 armhc.org/brookhaventour October isn’t just for trickor-treating around Atlanta

homes; it’s for touring, too. The biennial Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes is back on Thursday, Oct. 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, to help provide temporary housing and support to families of ill and injured children that are being treated at local hospitals. Beacham and Company Realtors and the SkogstadSodemann team have worked to present five impressive and well-decorated homes for the tour. In addition to the tour of homes, a luncheon and fashion show presented by Tootsies will close the fundraising efforts on Oct. 7.

LATIN FEVER BALL Oct. 3 InterContinental Buckhead 3315 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 thelaa.org The InterContinental Buckhead transforms into an exotic celebration of Latin American heritage with the 27th annual Latin Fever Ball. The black-tie gala is the Latin American Association’s largest annual fundraiser, and the proceeds support programs and services that empower Latinos to achieve their educational, social and economic ambitions. Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and, in celebration, this year’s theme for the gala is “Venezuela: Mágica y Exótica.” Laura and Rutherford Seydel are the ball chairs. The event begins at 7 p.m. and includes dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions.


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hipps Plaza’s beloved Italian eatery, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, celebrated its 5-year anniversary with a room of more than 150 attendees, including local celebrities, chefs and friends and family of the restaurant. In addition to wishing the restaurant a happy birthday, the event—hosted by Simply Buckhead— helped raise $3,700 for Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit that provides an all-expenses-paid, five-day trip to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Guests enjoyed cocktail specials, complimentary appetizers and tunes by DJ Willie T (Tommy Owen of the Bert Show) in the restaurant’s upscale ambiance. Many also signed their name on the dotted line for the chance to win silent auction items such as an overnight stay at Buckhead’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel or a Christian Dior Beauty gift pack by Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square, as well as gift certificates to Phipps Plaza’s Intimacy Bra Fit Stylists, Lilly Pulitzer and more.

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Guests shopped Kendra Scott’s necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more to raise money for the women of the Atlanta Mission shelter.

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ward-winning graphic design company The Duty of Design partnered with leading women’s accessories brand Kendra Scott for a brunch benefiting the women of the Atlanta Mission shelter. In the glittering backdrop of Kendra Scott’s Shops Around Lenox store, about 50 philanthropic jewelry lovers gathered to raise more than $1,000 (and get their hands on some ah-mazing Kendra Scott jewelry!) for women in search of work. The funds they raised provided 100 women with personal Duty’s Success Kits. These kits include printed resumes and cover letters, business cards and cardholders, messenger bags, and MARTA transit cards, to help women nail the next and best job opportunity. This event was in perfect stride with work by The Duty of Design and its founder India Hayes to aid women in entering the workforce on equal ground, regardless of socioeconomic barriers or financial hindrances. The Duty of Design also spearheads a clean water campaign in Nicaragua and career-building workshops in shelters, transitional housing programs, and low-income households in metro Atlanta. - Jessica Wise

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AT YOUR SERVICE The “B.A. Buck” in the lobby of Buckhead’s Atlanta Police Department Zone 2 gives a “hats off” to honor the officers who protect our community. PHOTO: Sara

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There’s not a bad seat in the house.

The views are pretty awesome, too.

The intimate space at Augusta’s 98-year-old Imperial Theatre lets you get up close and personal with the local actors, dancers, and musicians that call this historical jewel home. James Brown even practiced here as a budding artist. So come on over, take in a show, a tour, and checkout the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ, a historical masterpiece on it’s own.

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