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SIMPLY BUCKHEAD® |

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40+ TRIED-AND-TRUE TIPS FOR NEW PARENTS

Contents [ F E AT U RE S ]

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[ DE PA RT M E N T S ]

TRAVEL: MOUNTAINS’ MAJESTY Scenic Helen, Georgia, gets its first luxury resort

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HOME: MILLER TIME

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BEAUTY: COLOR CRAVINGS

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PUTTING ON A BRAVES FACE

16 EDITOR’S LETTER

49 SIMPLY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

19 SIMPLY NOW

69 SIMPLY DELICIOUS

35 SIMPLY STYLISH

81 SIMPLY HAPPENING

Suwanee transplants Dee and Dan Miller make a move to a custom Buckhead abode

What’s hot (and not) for hair color this fall

This Sandy Springs resident combines her love of sports with journalism

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SOUTHERN COMFORT The Southern Gentleman delivers on gentility and gourmet eats

WELLNESS

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SIMPLY BUCKHEAD® SEPTEMBER 2017

[ E DI T OR ’ S L E T T E R ]

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about a year and have mentored young boys and girls through both Big Brothers Big Sisters and Communities in Schools. And I spend oodles of time with the two most adorable nephews in the world. But I’ve never had children of my own. If I’m honest, I find the idea intimidating. The thought of being responsible for how another human being turns out is downright scary to me. If I had ever been brave enough to take the leap, I would have found an article like our “Bringing Up Baby” cover story quite handy. It’s full of pointers for new parents on topics such as choosing a day care and making time for your spouse once baby arrives. We also speak to several local moms and dads about their parenting experiences. One of them is Jesse Itzler, who talks about the four kids under 9 he’s raising with his wife, Spanx founder Sara Blakely. He reveals, for instance, that he has quite the competitive streak when it comes to diaper changing. Who knew? You’ll hear from lots of other interesting folks in this issue as well. Sam Massell, the 90-year-old former Atlanta mayor and longtime president of the Buckhead Coalition, chats with writer H.M. Cauley on the eve of a new book coming out about him. Neal Howard hits the mall with style guru E. Vincent Martinez. And Giannina Smith Bedford talks home design with new Buckhead residents Dee and Dan Miller. All in all, it’s a great issue—one you’ll want to spend some time with once you’ve put the kids to bed.

Jill Becker editor@simplybuckhead.com OMISSION: In our July/August 2017 issue, we neglected to mention that the cool Simply Buckhead robes our Rising Stars candidates were wearing on page 84 were courtesy of The Stitch Chick in Sandy Springs. We apologize for the oversight.

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Craft beer aficionados will have a new spot to enjoy a cold one when Pontoon Brewery opens its doors in Sandy Springs over Labor Day weekend and becomes the city’s first microbrewery. The Atlanta-based brewing company will offer tours, tastings, growler and crowler (32-ounce to-go cans) sales, tailgates, trolley rides and more. “We’re excited to bring the first microbrewery there,” says CEO and co-founder Sean O’Keefe. “It’ll be a great place for happy hour, events and fun beer.”

A pair of new high-intensity workouts is heating up the fitness scene at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The first, developed by two Australian athletes, is F45 Training. Its dynamic, 45-minute classes combine strength training, cardio and functional movements. With two trainers providing instruction, modifications and motivation, the workout is accessible to folks at all fitness levels—as long as you’re willing to work up a serious sweat. Opening this fall is the first Georgia location of Barry’s Bootcamp, an international fitness concept that alternates between heart-pumping cardio intervals

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on treadmills and weightlifting. Featuring expert trainers and energizing music, this science-backed workout is designed to quickly— and safely—change your body. F45 Training and Barry’s Bootcamp The Shops Buckhead Atlanta 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30306 f45training.com barrysbootcamp.com

UNIQUE BRIDAL CONCEPT UNVEILED Wedding planning is stressful. One new retail concept helps take the guesswork out of at least one big step: choosing bridesmaids’ dresses. When a bride-to-be chooses to shop

with Weddington Way, which just opened an Atlanta location inside the Banana Republic store at Lenox Square, she can go online to pick dress styles from an array of options, confer with professional stylists and invite her bridesmaids to comment and choose their favorites in a virtual showroom. Next, they can try them on in-person at the Weddington Way retail store. And all of the on-trend dresses are priced below $200. Weddington Way Banana Republic Lenox Square 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.231.4905 weddingtonway.com

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S I M P LY NOW

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Mickey Goodman Jim Chapman's donated home will provide temporary refuge to homeless families.

Farm Chastain's Rosie Davidson freely shares her love for organic gardening with others.

Digging Deep An urban teaching garden takes root Two beautiful “roses” bloom amid the rows of vegetables and herbs at Farm Chastain, the urban teaching farm tucked away on the south half of Chastain Park that serves as the headquarters for the Chastain Park Conservancy (CPC): One is Rosa McHugh, the CPC’s executive director, and the other is master gardener Rosie Davidson, who conceived the idea of the teaching garden in the 260-acre Buckhead park. Davidson now leads free monthly classes there for adults and children in partnership with North Fulton Master Gardeners and the Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Cancer Wellness Center. “It’s all part of the CPC’s healthy living programs to help educate the community on urban gardening,” says Davidson. “We harvest 55 to 60 pounds of vegetables a week that go to area nonprofits like Meals on

Wheels and the women’s shelter that have partnered with Farm Chastain.” Everything used is either organic or recycled, with nary a pesticide in sight. Davidson began farming as a “wee child.” It’s since become a lifetime passion—one she is eager to share with others. The handson classes she leads in the spring and fall teach how, when and where to plant vegetables. Classes on canning and container gardening are also offered. All are free and open to the public, and students leave with fresh veggies for dinner. Dependent on donations and partnerships with corporations and the community, the CPC held its first fundraiser, Taste the Vine, in June. The event raised $5,000, which will be used to pay for plant materials and a salary for the part-time farmer. l For more information: chastainparkconservancy.org.

Growing Entrepreneurs Helping micro-businesses thrive Starting and growing a business in today’s economy is no easy task, particularly for immigrants, so when Buckhead resident Richard White III, vice president of White Brothers Auto Parts, was asked to participate in an accelerator program that mentors entrepreneurs from the East Lake and Clarkston communities, he readily agreed. Sponsored by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, the 14-week Start:ME course teaches small business own-

ers with one to four employees how to take their companies to the next level. Entrepreneurs learn how to obtain capital, develop financial skills and pitch their business plans to bankers. Start:ME participant Jehan Spann, CFO of United Moving Systems, has seen his business grow 50 percent annually, but he needed capital to acquire storage space so he could offer additional services. Spann also needed assistance with hiring practices and a better understanding of labor laws. During

Ending Family Homelessness Jim Chapman Communities offers new beginnings In an effort to give back to the Atlanta community that has been so good to him, Buckhead resident and homebuilder Jim Chapman, president of Jim Chapman Communities, has donated a new threebedroom, two-bath home at one-half the construction cost to Family Promise of Hall County, an organization with 50 affiliates nationwide that works to end the cycle of family homelessness. “We talked with HomeAid Atlanta, the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, to decide where the home would do the most good,” says Chapman. “They selected Hall County.”

The house will be offered free of charge to families who are transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. It allows them to save money for the various deposits needed to start new lives while going through job training and financial planning. “I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘giving back’ project,” says Chapman, “and hope to build a tiny house suitable for a mother and two children participating in the HomeAid program.” He also has his sights on developing a tiny home community for active adults. l For more information: jimchapmancommunities.com

Richard White III mentors small business owners through Emory's Start:ME accelerator program.

the course, he and White developed an employee handbook and moved the business from Spann’s home to a warehouse, storage facility and employee training center. “Participating in the program is challenging, but rewarding,” says White. “It helps entrepreneurs accomplish their dreams by giving them access to realworld customers, lenders and partners in a controlled setting.” l For more information: startmeaccelerator.org

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

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S I M P LY NOW

TR AV E L N E A R

Lavishly

Alone I

’d almost forgotten what it was like to just be responsible for me. No dog to feed. No family dinner to make. No baby bedtime routine to go through. So I packed my bags and headed south to revel in a little “me time.” The destination: Naples, a southwest Florida town that successfully combines a sophisticated cultural scene with watercentric natural attractions. Along with its upscale shopping, top-notch dining and quaint walkable downtown, Naples’ crowning glory is The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, a historic 450-room resort on 20 beachfront acres. Opened in 1985, The Ritz is often credited with helping put this elegant town on the tourism map, and I was lucky enough to make it my sumptuous sanctuary for the weekend. During my visit, I took time to linger over dinner, watch the sunset and simply lounge by the water and get lost in my thoughts. And since this is a Ritz, my getaway was punctuated with over-the-top perks that I consider musts when visiting a luxury property such as this. Here is my envy-inducing list.

A solo trip to The Ritz-Carlton, Naples soothes the soul

STORY:

Above: The hotel's poolside cabanas beckon you to stay all day.

the perfect cure for the pre-bedtime sweet tooth. The club level also offers complimentary Internet, as well as concierge and business center services.

Left: The views from the club level rooms are the best.

Visit the spa. Twice. At 51,000 square feet, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Naples must be given its due time, so arrive early and stay late, or drop in more than once. From the outdoor mineral pool to the cleansing steam rooms, saunas and aqua lounges, take your time to sample a little bit of everything. Then retreat to one of the 30 treatment rooms to let the healing properties of local botanicals, muds and sea plants rejuvenate your mind and body. I blissed out on the Naturally Nurtured Massage and Custom Facial, emerging completely invigorated.

CRUISIN’ THE COCOHATCHEE

Above: The sprawling spa offers numerous body-soothing treatments and amenities.

Go clubbing.

Savasana by the sea.

Kick back in a cabana.

Book a room on the club level, home to 70 rooms and 35 suites, each with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. Not only are the views stellar, but access to the Club Lounge means complimentary continental breakfast and gourmet bites throughout the day. It’s the perfect place to enjoy midday snacks, happy hour with a glass of Champagne or late-night chocolates and cordials, including decadent cookies that are

Hit the beach before the crowds and give the sun its proper salutations with a yoga session on the sand. As I moved through mountain pose, warrior one and triangle pose, I inhaled the salt air and happily followed the instructor’s restorative practice. There is something so energizing about yoga with the sea as your soundtrack. Not to mention, balancing on the sand makes for a great workout.

When it’s time to lounge poolside, there is no better option than reserving a private cabana at the hotel’s adultsonly pool. The accommodations come equipped with drinks and snacks (including a spread of fresh fruit), as well as sunscreen, bug repellant and a very attentive server at your beck and call. Watch your favorite talk show on the flat-screen TV, take a nap or get lost in a book for the ultimate afternoon of relaxation. n

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If you need a little offproperty adventure, an eco-cruise with All Water Excursions (AWE), just a short ride from the hotel, fits the bill. Hop on a pontoon boat and travel along the Cocohatchee River, home to varied marine life and a plethora of birds, from eagles to egrets. Learn the Native American history of the area and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins frolicking in the calm waters. allwaterexcursions.com

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S I M P LY NOW TRAVE L FAR The Land of Fire and Ice juxtaposes several active volcanoes with sheets of icy glaciers. Don't miss a guided glacier hike or ice cave excursion in the winter to experience this rare beauty.

PURE MAGIC Iceland enchants with its otherworldly scenery and adventure

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t's apparent why mythical figures like elves, trolls and more originated within Icelandic folklore. The land, which is considered part of Europe but sits almost exactly between North America and Europe, is pure magic. From craggy volcanic cliffs and icy blue glaciers to wicked wind, you can feel Iceland's natural power wrap itself around you everywhere you turn. If you're seeking adventure, time in nature and the chance to experience something otherworldly, a vacation to this untamed island is for you. You can spend as much as two weeks or more exploring, but you can certainly hit several highlights

within four days, as detailed here. For the chance to see the majestic northern lights, visit between September and April. There are no direct flights from Atlanta, so you’ll need to transfer in NYC or Boston. Connecting flights from Atlanta travel overnight and get into Reykjavik’s Keflavík Airport in the early morning. It’s only four hours ahead of the East Coast, so expect to be turned upside down timewise that first day. Plan on hanging out in Reykjavik to catch up on sleep and get the lay of the city.  Rent an SUV with four-wheel drive. You’ll want it if you encounter any snow or veer off the main, paved Ring

Road. Since it’s too early to check into your hotel, immediately after leaving the airport, head to Blue Lagoon, the famed hot springs spa. The geothermal water, which is a toasty 98 to 104 degrees, will help ease your jet lag and also make you feel like you’ve done something Icelandic right away. Book your ticket in advance and spring for the Premium package (which includes a bathrobe, slippers and algae mask), as well as a 30-minute in-water massage. Once you’ve had all the hot springs you can handle, drive the 50 minutes to Reykjavik and check in to your room. The 101 Hotel is a modern, luxury accommodation with comfortable rooms (albeit small, which seems to be the norm in Iceland). It is centrally located just a short jaunt from all of Reykjavik’s sights, shops and restaurants.  Make a reservation at The Grill Market a few weeks in advance of arrival. The dinner is an incredible introduction to chef-driven Icelandic cuisine, including local fish and lamb dishes. Plus, it has an industrial-meetswoodsy decor that feels both cozy and fashion-forward at the same time. On day two, make your way to You won't find many safety rails on the hiking paths in Iceland, which adds to the adventure.

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Karina Antenucci

southern Iceland’s Golden Circle, which is comprised of three stops. The first, Thingvellir National Park, is the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament. Walk through the rift valley where the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet—you can have one foot in North America and the other in Europe! From there, head to the popular Geysir hot-spring area, featuring a 10-minute walk and bubbling geysers galore. The main attraction is Strokkur, which spouts steaming hot water every few minutes or so. Warning: Don't stand downwind! Next up is the parking area for the Gullfoss waterfall, just 10 minutes away. Hike 15 minutes one way to this huge, breathtaking glacier-fed waterfall, which powerfully plummets into a deep canyon. Rainbow after rainbow appears over the falls on any given day.  The last stop of the day is Hotel Rangá, near the town of Hella. This quirky, log-cabin-style hotel is 100 percent unique and the only four-star property in southern Iceland. The view is all countryside, including the picturesque Mt. Hekla volcano and several glaciers, with no other structures in sight. Sit in one of the hotel’s hot tubs heated by geothermal water, sip an Icelandic Einstök beer and wind down from the day’s activities. Upon check-in, the hotel will ask if


Above: The dramatic aurora borealis, or northern lights, appear over Hotel Rangá.

you’d like to be woken up should the night manager see that the northern lights are out—obviously, do this. The dreamlike green lights that readily appear on clear nights move with the wind and are aweinspiring. Plus, don’t miss stargazing at the hotel’s new astronomical observatory. It’s equipped with two high-quality, 11-inch computerized telescopes, making it the most advanced observatory in the country. There’s no need to venture out for meals, as Rangá’s restaurant is a foodie’s dream. Think wildmushroom soup with pickled local mushrooms to start, followed by super-fresh arctic char with langoustine tails, apples, fennel, celery root and apple demiglace, and skyr (whipped curds) with berries and almond crumble for dessert. Prior to arriving at Rangá, pick an adventurous day excursion and book it through the hotel or a local outfitter to explore more of the country’s incredible offerings on your third day. The options change depending on the time of year. Summer activities include whitewater rafting and whale watching. In the fall/winter, you can attempt

Below: The Royal Master Suite at Hotel Rangá boasts simple furnishings and a view of Mt. Hekla and the East Rangá River.

glacier hiking, ice caving and snowmobiling on a glacier. No matter which one appeals the most, don’t underestimate the wind or how cold it is to be on a huge block of ice for a couple of hours. Layers are your friend! Stay another night at Rangá or head back to Reykjavik for a final evening before heading back home to Atlanta the next day. Just make sure you have a feel-good moment and pet some of Iceland’s friendly and adorable pot-bellied, furry horses hanging out at roadside farms before you do. n

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Mountains’ Majesty STORY:

Jill Becker

SCENIC HELEN, GEORGIA, GETS ITS FIRST LUXURY RESORT

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t’s late June, when the temps are reaching up into the 90s across most of Georgia, and I’m sleeping comfortably in my hotel room with the patio door open, having been lulled into slumber by the soothing sounds of Mother Nature. It’s a surprisingly cool summer night, even for the North Georgia mountains, making my stay at the newly opened Valhalla Resort Hotel all the more special. Located on five woodsy acres in Helen, Georgia, just 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, Valhalla is the popular mountain destination’s first luxury resort. Named for the mythical heaven for ancient Nordic warriors, Valhalla is the pet project of Gayle and Jerry Murdock, and in design and decor, it reflects Jerry’s Scottish heritage. The European influences are fitting considering Helen’s alpine, German-village vibe, but Valhalla is unlike other accommodations you’ll find in the area. Kids aren't allowed, and it’s geared toward the crowd who’d rather spend the day touring local wineries than tubing down the Chattahoochee. Its plush amenities include 24-hour room service, valet parking, free

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Wi-Fi, a full-service spa with sauna and steam room, a fitness center, pool and even a helipad. The rooms are all suites and boast balconies offering picturesque views, two smart TVs, marble vanities and rainforest showers, as well as separate sitting areas with a desk and gas fireplace. And the service is four-star, with friendly staffers looking after your every need. The nice woman at the front desk set me up with an appointment at the Solasta Spa, where I enjoyed a pampering—and wonderfully aromatic—60-minute massage. She also made my dinner reservation at Caledonia, the on-site dining room, helmed by executive chef Dean Hill. As I dined out on the terrace overlooking the pool, savoring a juicy filet of Buckhead Beef with twicecooked herb and vinegar potatoes, Hill stopped by to say hello and told me a little about his background, which includes stints at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado and the Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia. Hill favors using local and regionally sourced ingredients and has a flair for adding an upscale edge to Southern comfort

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Valhalla is an all-suite hotel, giving you plenty of space to stretch out. You can enjoy the view of the surrounding Blue Ridge foothills from your balcony or, sips and snacks in hand, from the fourth-floor Sky Bar.

food. On the night of my visit, for example, he made gourmet corndogs as an appetizer for the rooftop Sky Bar. The view from the fourth-floor Sky Bar is of the neighboring Innsbruck Golf Club. Guests of Valhalla receive discounted greens fees and preferred tee times at the course. The hotel will also stash your clubs during your stay so they don’t clutter up your room and will have a golf cart waiting for you at the front door when you’re ready to play. Forgot your golf glove? Just pick one up at the Innsbruck pro shop and charge it to your room. If you care to venture out beyond the hotel, Valhalla offers complimen-

tary shuttle service to local attractions and activities. The options include ziplining, horseback riding, fly-fishing and taking an old-fashioned horsedrawn carriage ride through downtown Helen. My guess is, though, that once you check in to Valhalla, you might not want to check out. n

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

son up to get him organized for school. They make breakfast together, and then her husband drives Lyon to school. “From 7:15 to 8, I’m working productively on my computer until it’s time for my daughter to get up. Then she and I will read books or play games for a while.” 10 a.m. After arriving at her studio, Park holds a meeting with her staff. One of the items on the agenda is an event called the Inspired Gallery, a print photography competition being held at the studio. They also talk strategy, social media and marketing. 12 p.m. Park eats the lunch she brought from home in the break room.

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The all-white walls and west-facing windows of Park's studio allow enough light in so that the only equipment she needs is her camera.

PHOTOGRAPHER ALICE PARK CAPTURES KIDS’ PRECIOUS CHILDHOODS STORY:

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lice Park has some very demanding clients. They might demand a lollipop, their favorite teddy bear or a diaper change. That’s because Park is a professional photographer whose clients are typically kids. One of the city’s premier child portrait-takers, Park spends most of her days in her spacious Buckhead studio, snapping pictures of babies, toddlers

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and kids of all ages, often alongside their parents and/or siblings. Her career initially went a totally different way, though. “I’ve always loved photography and have had a camera in my hand since middle school, but it wasn’t a practical career according to my parents,” she says. So she went to college to study to be a doctor. But as early as her freshman year, she knew she wasn’t in the right school and she dropped pre-med to concentrate on engineering. After graduating with an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, she took a job as an industrial engineer for UPS and was being groomed for an executive position, but again, she quickly realized it wasn’t the direction she wanted to go in. “Something was definitely missing,” she says. “A big part of my personality is if I’m not doing something I love, I quickly reevaluate.” About that time she met her husband, Kyu, who encouraged her to figure out how she could do what she really loved. She began

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taking photography workshops and studying the craft. At first, she did weddings, corporate headshots and school portraits, but she soon discovered her true passion was photographing kids and families. “I share an almost instant bond with them,” she says. “I’ve photographed many of my clients dozens of times. I see their lives from the beginning, and it’s cool for me to witness that journey.” A mother of two herself—she has a son, Lyon, 6, and a daughter, Elise, 3—it’s easy to guess who Park’s favorite subjects are. In fact, when her son was born, she took a photo of him every day for the first year of his life and put the images together in a keepsake book. But no matter who her subjects are, Park’s inspiration is capturing those precious moments for eternity. “I’m documenting milestones,” she says. Here’s a typical day in the life of this kiddie documentarian. 6:30 a.m. Park hops out of bed, gets herself ready, then wakes her

12:30 p.m. A 16-month-old named Carlos arrives at Park’s studio in the arms of his mother, Liz. The duo was originally supposed to show up for a shoot on a previous day, but as kids are prone to do, Carlos got sick, and they had to reschedule. As the toddler runs around the studio checking everything out, Park kicks off her shoes and begins posing Carlos and his mom here and there around the room. Because Park’s studio was designed to take advantage of the natural light that beams in through the west-facing, floorto-ceiling windows, she doesn’t need artificial lights, so she can easily roam around the space without having to stop to move and readjust a lot of equipment. As Carlos flits excitedly about the room, she grabs her camera and lets things happen organically. “When working with kids, it’s the in-between moments that count,” she insists. “What happens in between the setups is the real magic.” 1:10 p.m. Park’s next session is with a 4-year-old named Warren. When they’re introduced, Park kneels down to talk to him so she’s on his level, grabbing his interest when the talk turns to his favorite Star Wars characters. She then asks Warren to take off his shoes, and when he resists, she tells him that if he does, he can jump on the big white bed she has up against the main wall. Still, he falters. “C’mon, I want to see how high you can jump,” she cajoles. Park then has Warren sit on his mother’s lap. He’s a little squirmy, so she says out loud from behind the camera, “Mommy’s going to whisper a secret to you.” After she does, Park asks him, “What did your mommy say?” “That daddy’s a bad dancer,” Warren replies. Next she


has Warren whisper something into his mother’s ear. The secret he tells her? “Daddy has lots of gray hair.” 2 p.m. Park meets with her husband to go over finances. Kyu is the CEO of both her business, Alice Park Photography, and the National Association for Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), an organization they co-founded in 2009. 2:35 p.m. Afternoons are when Park usually answers emails and calls from potential clients, instructing them on how she works, pricing, etc. Unless it’s a super complicated shoot, her sessions typically last less than a half-hour. “Twenty minutes is a good amount of time,” she says, noting that kids start to get a little antsy and lose focus if the shoot goes much longer than that. 3:30 p.m. Park’s son arrives at the studio from school. “My workday stops at 3:30,” she says. If she doesn’t have to drive Lyon to karate, piano or swim lessons, she’ll hang out at the studio with him and help him with his homework. 5 p.m. Park arrives home. She hangs out with Elise for a bit, then starts getting dinner ready. After they eat, the family often goes for Park and her husband study stills from one of her recent shoots.

Park powwows with her husband and National Association of Professional Child Photographers colleagues Crystal James (far left) and Kristen Smith (second from left) regarding NAPCP business.

a walk in the neighborhood or out for yogurt. “No matter how busy or stressed we are, we try to go for a walk,” she says. 8 p.m. After the kids are in bed, Park works out to an exercise DVD. Afterward, she and her husband have what they call their “happy hour.” They put work and everything else aside, pour themselves each a glass of wine and take a minute to talk about the good things in their lives. “It’s a daily reminder of all the joy we’ve been blessed with,” she insists. 11 p.m. After a shower, she jumps back on the computer and spends another hour or two on work until her head hits the pillow around 1 a.m. Five or six hours doesn’t sound like a lot of sleep for someone who needs the energy to deal with kids all day, but for Park, when you’re excited about what you do, that’s all the motivation you need. n

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It’s easy to see that the Millers’ new domicile leaves little room for nostalgia.

At the Buckhead home of Dee and Dan Miller, an elegant archway of iron and glass frames a relaxing spot on the outdoor patio. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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MILLER TIME Suwanee transplants Dee and Dan Miller make a move to a custom Buckhead abode STORY:

D After a decade living OTP, Dee and Dan Miller now happily call Buckhead home.

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Giannina Smith Bedford   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

ecorating a home is no easy feat, especially one with 6 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Dee Miller’s designer eye—honed while running a home-staging business, and now with Outrageous Interiors in Suwanee—was more than ready for the task when she and husband Dan embarked on the building of their three-story Buckhead home. In fact, many of the furnishings and accessories dressing the residence were sourced through Dee’s place of work, a home store that boasts four locations in metro Atlanta. Prior to moving to Buckhead, Dee and Dan, an auto industry veteran, spent a decade living

in a more traditional and rustic-style home in Suwanee’s The River Club golf community. They decided to make the move in town when the youngest of their three kids graduated from high school. After years of commuting from Suwanee to the Perimeter for work (almost an hour each way), Dan was ready for a shorter ride. This time, however, the Millers wanted to change up their home style for a light and airy interior with clean lines. During the home search, the couple toured their current neighbor’s home right after it went under contract. During the visit, they met the builder of the home, Bryant Tate of Dogwood Custom


Left: The sunlit living room is furnished with a Restoration Hardware coffee table and comfy sectional brought from the Millers’ previous home. Right: In the foyer, guests are immediately treated to a pinchme view of the stunning backyard.

Left: Four Hands Sean barstools cozy up to the two-tiered marble bar, which is stocked with top-shelf liquors. Right: The casual dining space adjacent to the living room features a wall of travertine tile and light pendants that offer a splash of gold.

The Millers wanted to change up their home style for a light and airy interior with clean lines. herringbone oak floors, the wood beams accenting the 12-foot ceilings and the bull-nosed corners and grand arches that surround the white interior space. Step through one of these arched openings into the living room and kitchen, bathed in Calacatta Extra marble and featuring two spacious islands. The open floor plan includes a casual dining space accented by a travertine tile wall and Visual Comfort Thomas O’Brien pendant lights. Tons of natural light shines through the kitchen’s east-facing windows and the living room’s 10-foot glass panels, illuminating the entire space. “This area is a great

gathering space,” says Dee. “Everyone congregates around the two big islands in the kitchen, and there’s lots of room for family and friends.” When it’s time to rest, the Millers head upstairs to their Henredon-furnished master bedroom, where a fireplace framed in marble is flanked by motorized blinds that reveal a view of the backyard. The whole house is equipped with a Savant system that controls the lights, TVs, cameras, security and more, so there’s no need to get out of bed to open or close the curtains. In the master bathroom, the ode to marble continues; there, it complements gray cabinets, Pottery Barn over-the-sink mirrors, s

Homes, who also owned the vacant 1.7-acre lot next door. Tate said he could build them a similar house on it. “We took the floor plan and elements of that house and tweaked it to fit our vision,” says Dee. Building began in early 2015, and the Millers moved into the painted white-brick masterpiece in November 2016. Walk through the lofty 11-by-11-foot glass and iron front doors to a jaw-dropping view: Past the dining room, the backyard’s symmetrically designed hardscapes, saltwater pool and outdoor fireplace are framed by stately, arched iron and glass patio doors. The view is so magnetic, it’s easy to miss the stylish

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Above: From foosball and billiards to a golf simulator, the basement is all fun and games. Right: Dee engaged kitchen and bath retailer DeVore & Johnson to help select the plumbing fixtures, including the Kohler Stargaze freestanding tub in the master bathroom. Below: Done in calming neutrals, the master bedroom has its own fireplace and a picturesque view of the backyard and pool.

his-and-her closets and a Kohler Stargaze freestanding bathtub. The upstairs also houses two guestrooms and two of the kids’ home-from-college quarters—including their daughter Brenna’s glamourous room with Bernhardt furnishings and Z Gallerie artwork. When the Miller kids are home, however, they spend most of their time having fun in the basement. And it’s easy to see why. The sports-lovers’ cave is equipped with a golf simulator, billiards table, foosball table, four flat-screen TVs and Dan’s collection of sports memorabilia honoring teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Duke Blue Devils. Nearby is a full marble bar with brass and glass shelving and two well-

THE MILLERS’ TOP FIVE TIPS FOR BUILDING AND DECORATING YOUR HOME 1. Check your potential builder’s references and go see homes he/she has constructed. Look at the fit and finishes closely. 2.  Make sure you’re comfortable with the allowances the builder gives you for lighting, cabinets, plumbing, countertops, landscape, etc. so that you don’t go over budget. 3.  As for decorating, seek inspiration from online sources. Browse Houzz and Pinterest, and follow your favorite designers on Instagram. It’s a place where you can see what’s current and popular in design trends, and you can save images that appeal to you.   4. If you keep your walls and major furniture pieces neutral and add color and texture through art, accessories, drapery panel fabrics, throw pillows and mirrors, it makes it easier to change the look of a room (seasonally, or whenever you want) without having to make a major investment in new furniture pieces. 5. Get help. Building a new home requires so many decisions that it can become overwhelming. It’s always good to get the experts involved and take some of the pressure off yourself.

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Left: Carpenter Volodymyr Ivaskiv custom built the basement wine cellar, which is designed to showcase the Millers’ Thomas Arvid artworks. Right: Sunlight streams in through the dormers in daughter Brenna’s chic room.

appointed sitting areas, one with a fireplace framed in marble and dark barn wood. All these spaces have a direct view to the biggest TV screen, which is housed in a double-sided built-in topped with Restoration Hardware globe lights. The inspiration for the built-in came from the St. Cecilia restaurant, Dee says. “It has a pass through to the entryway, so we stole that idea a little bit.” Hidden away is the basement’s workout room. There’s also a walk-in wine cellar built by carpenter Volodymyr Ivaskiv, who designed the chilled space around two wine-themed artworks by Atlanta artist Thomas Arvid that Dee and Dan purchased at Vinings Gallery. “Are we collectors or are we consumers?

We are consumers,” Dee says, chuckling about their wine hobby. Aside from the basement, the Millers like to kick back by the pool. Thanks to the spacious pool house, envisioned largely by Dan, they have everything they need to stay in their swimsuits all day. “We wanted a place for entertaining and a place where, when people are in the pool, they can come in and out without worrying about the floors and getting carpets wet,” says Dan. “Everything, for the most part, is indoor/outdoor.” The pool house is by no means casual, however. Its gray-stained wood ceiling presides over a kitchen appointed with

Bianco Rhino marble countertops and herringbone travertine floors, and a living space done in Restoration Hardware and Outrageous Interiors furnishings. The entire beachy-meets-elegant space can be made open-air via sliding Jeld-Wen doors that fold up like an accordion. Although the Millers loved living at The River Club, it’s easy to see that their new domicile leaves little room for nostalgia. Their contentment with their new Buckhead home is owed in large part to the thoughtfulness put into its design and decoration, but also the enjoyment they get from sharing it with friends and watching their kids retreat to it like a sanctuary during vacations from school. n

Above: The majestic entrance to the Millers’ home is an 11-by-11 foot glass and iron door that Dee admits was a bit of a splurge. Left: The resort-style outdoor space features an enclosed pool house that is connected to the main house via a covered walkway.

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Every Dog Has His Day How an unwitting philanthropistfashionista—along with the help of a few furry friends—made a name for himself on the Atlanta style scene

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n an industry often lampooned as ditsy and shallow, Atlanta style guru E. Vincent Martinez is a beacon of conscientiousness and sincerity. So genuine is he, in fact, that in the middle of discussing his biggest philanthropic success to date—the 10th annual Doggies on the Catwalk runway show—the otherwise stoic fashion design instructor at the Art Institute of Atlanta in Sandy Springs struggles to force back tears of pride. “In honor of our tenth year,” Martinez says with a sniffle, “Canine Assistants [the nonprofit to which Doggies donates its yearly proceeds] gifted a service dog with my namesake.” He briskly rifles through photos on his iPhone, then stops on a pic featuring a doe-eyed doll of a black Lab sprawled across an anonymous rug. “They named this puppy Vincent, and he will grow up to service someone in need.” Leading with his heart doesn’t appear to be a recent turn of character for Martinez. On a mid-July lunch break at Phipps Plaza, in between

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sips of latte and the occasional wave to adoring passersby, he rattles off a resume of pursuant good intentions so extensive it would make Eleanor Roosevelt blush. His parents immigrated to Miami in 1970 during the second Cuban wave, when Martinez was 5. After earning a BFA from Barry University, a fellowship to the Penland School of Crafts, an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and, ultimately, his teaching certification from Georgia State, Martinez began his current career trajectory by joining Atlanta’s Grady High School faculty in 2002. There, he created the school’s nationally renowned fashion program, Urban Couture, which led him to receive a Teacher of the Year honor in 2007. Doggies on the Catwalk debuted to citywide acclaim that same year, followed two years later by the inception of Fashionado.net, his popular style blog and online hub for all things Atlanta fashion. “That culmination of being the only

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E. Vincent Martinez’s fashionable feats include his teachings at the Art Institute of Atlanta and the creation of the annual Doggies on the Catwalk runway show.

high school in the city doing fashion design, then Doggies on the Catwalk, and then Fashionado just put me in a very particular space,” Martinez explains of his semi-meteoric success. “I was just enjoying what I do, and the next thing you know, all of these connections are coming [my way].” Today, those connections include a spot on the planning committee for Nordstrom Designer Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky’s NPO brainchild, Jeffrey Fashion Cares; regular appearances on 11Alive’s “Atlanta & Company” and CBS46 News’ “Atlanta Plugged In”; and VIP invites to nearly every major East Coast fashion event from Charleston to NYC. “I didn’t even know what media creds were eight years ago,” Martinez marvels, “and suddenly I’m doing red carpet events and being called a member of the media. I’m like, ‘I’m not a journalist; where is this coming from?’ But now I’ve embraced it.” With each relationship forged in his ever-expanding network of influence, the immigrant boy turned local celeb rarely fails to turn the attention away from his own ego and

toward a worthy cause. The next big move slated for Martinez’s charitable agenda, appropriately enough, will be the establishment of the Fashionado Scholarship Fund, which will raise cash to help student designers nationwide both produce their senior collections and seed their initial, postgrad career ventures. “The difference between those who do things to get attention and those who do things from the heart is night and day,” he says. “I haven’t done anything intentionally to be in the spotlight, I just did what I loved and did it well.” n


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COLOR CRAVINGS WHAT’S HOT (AND NOT) FOR HAIR COLOR THIS FALL STORY:

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ooking to make a mane change this fall? Autumn hair color trends have a little something for everyone. “Just like the first half of 2017, it’s all about fashion colors, cool blondes and rich brunettes,” says Amber Skrzypek, technical director for Atlantabased Keune Haircosmetics USA, which has a Buckhead-based academy. “The biggest difference is the tone. Fall is the time to add depth and dimension.” Here, she weighs in on five of the best hues of the season.

try going into the beige-blonde family. “Beige has a great mixture of warm and cool,” she says.

1. Root for cool blondes.

3. Go from blonde to bronde.

“The icy-cool blonde trend is great for someone who has a neutral to cool skin tone,” explains Skrzypek, who has been doing hair for more than a decade. “This season, add a deeper shadow root for more contrast.” If you want to rock this look but have a warmer skin tone,

This brown-blonde shade is a great progression from the warm summer blonde into a fall brunette. “You can still maintain the bright hairline highlights while staying on trend with fall fashion,” Skrzypek advises. “For my neutral- to warm-skin-toned ladies,

2. Keep up with your fashion colors. Pink, purple, blue and red are definitely here to stay in a big way. “Fashion colors for the fall are like always having that pop of color in your outfit,” says Skrzypek. Purple shades, such as the eggplantesque Fired Up Violet from Keune’s New Dawn Color Collection, are particularly hot-to-trot for autumn.

Savvy stylist Amber Skrzypek in action.

‘bronde’ is all the rage. It’s a great transition color, making it easy to go back to bright in the spring.”

4. Add caramel highlights to dark, textured locks. If you have dark, natural, curly hair, Skrzypek says it’s time to accentuate those curls by getting a dimensional highlight. “Light pieces will showcase your texture and bring your curls to life. Carry the sunkissed summer look into autumn by asking [your stylist] for caramelor honey-toned highlights.”

5. Cool down gray hair. Skrzypek recommends embracing gray hair and enhancing it by adding some cool-toned lowlights throughout to give it more depth and dimension. “Anyone sporting gray can benefit by adding a lowlight. Not only will it help accentuate your haircut, it will also provide framework to the face,” she says. No matter which color you choose, Skrzypek advises, “Choose natural. Even if you decide to go with a bold color choice, keep the blend soft and seamless.” n

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Fired Up Violet is a gorgeous purple hue from Keune’s New Dawn Color Collection.

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5 TIPS TO STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD LIKE A PRO

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tand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a trendy way to explore nature while getting a little workout in. But like most sports, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Before you head out on your first SUP adventure, read on to find out the five things every paddleboard newbie needs to know.

1. Seek calm waters. “Choppy water conditions are difficult for experienced and first-time paddlers alike,” says Caroline Sloan, who, along with her husband, John, is a SUP instructor for High Country Outfitters in Buckhead. “Hone your skills on flat water, and once you’re comfortable, try paddling on water that’s a little more challenging, such as the ocean.”

2. Know where to go, and for how long. Where can you find beginner-friendly water? For the Buckhead set, your best bet is Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs, where High Country offers classes and rents gear at its Paddle Shack. “If you’re looking to get out of town, Lake Blue Ridge is another favorite,” adds John. “It’s a short drive and in the mountains.” Also, map out your trip

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so you don’t overdo it, and know what to expect. The first time you venture out, aim for just one or two hours.

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as a carbon fiber or fiberglass paddle,” says John. Last but not least, don’t forget your shades—and Croakies to ensure they don’t float away.

3. Take a class. High Country offers SUP demos Thursdays at Morgan Falls for $30 per person. (If you’re interested in buying a board, the fee will be applied toward your purchase.) “Anyone can take the demo class, whether you’re a beginner or advanced,” says John. “In 90 minutes, you’ll learn the differences in types of boards, various paddle techniques and how to handle the boards.”

4. Get the gear. High Country rents boards for $25 for the first hour and $15 for each additional hour. This will get you a board best suited to your needs, a life jacket, paddle and even a guide to help you get out on the water. Try different boards and paddles, too. “Some boards are more stable than others,” says Caroline. “So don’t let a bad experience change your opinion of SUP.” Beginners should look for a board that is sturdy and accommodates their weight. Finding the right paddle is also key, because it’s your engine. “Look for one that’s lighter and has less flex, such

5. Embrace the fall. It’s inevitable—you’re going to fall off the board. “Go into this with a sense of humor, being OK with the fact that you’re going to fall in the water and do a little swimming,” says Caroline. “Getting HIGH COUNTRY back up OUTFITTERS and trying 3906B Roswell Road again is Atlanta 30342 really what 404.856.0910 SUP is all highcountryoutfitters.com about.” n

Amelia Pavlik Add a Little “OM” to Your SUP When you’re ready for more of a challenge on the board, High Country Outfitters offers SUP yoga classes on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. The 90-minute, $35 class starts with some brief instruction on paddle technique, then students paddle out to a nearby protected area on the river, where the SUPs are anchored. Following the warm-up paddle, students are guided through breathing techniques and basic sun salutations, and eventually flow into more challenging postures on their boards.

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atti McCarthy is the co-owner of Buckhead-based Monarch Event Management, a special event design firm that has thrown parties from Buckhead to Beijing for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Sony and Nike. Although not a designer by training, she has a knack for spotting trends and crafting spaces that create memorable experiences. We asked her to tell us a little about her 30-plus years planning events and share a few of her favorites.

What’s the secret to a well-designed event? A well-designed space can take a beautiful event and make it into something magical. The grand opening we did for the Sovereign building in Buckhead is an example. Our challenge was to showcase a beautifully designed, multi-use building with luxury condos, restaurants and offices in a way that would set it apart. We designed an event that played off the fantastic art collection in the building and the architectural beauty of the space itself, turning Sovereign into its own work of art. How were you able to bring a static building to life? On opening day, ballerinas performed on the ground with rappelers dancing down the sides of the building. Docents led tours of the art collection on every floor, culminating in a

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Buckhead resident Patti McCarthy creates buzzworthy events across the globe

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reception in the parkscape/clubhouse space midway up the building. There, giant harp strings ran from the stage up to the balconies of the upper-level condominiums, making beautiful music over the heads of the guests enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. How do you come up with your ideas? Inspiration can come from the most mundane things. We threw a party for [Michael Jordan’s] Jordan Brand in Houston, and my cellphone inspired the design. It was Jordan’s 50th birthday celebration and the weekend of the NBA All-Star Game. The event was at the Museum of Fine Arts in a gallery used for traveling exhibits. The walls were 22-feet high, white and clean. I looked at the black, shiny glass of my phone and thought how awesome it would be to have black glass-topped tables (Jordan Brand’s corporate logo is black and white). From there we cut “canals” in the tables and added green moss down the center with golf balls interspersed with candles, and high-gloss white custom chairs with VIP guests’ names calligraphied in gold on each back. Above the stage, national and local celebrities, including President Obama, appeared on video, wishing MJ a happy birthday and the brand a great All-Star Weekend.

What types of affairs are you planning these days? My upcoming events have a more naturebased design. In July, we did a dinner for guests of the president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, the video game subsidiary of the company. Instead of the usual gathering at a hip new restaurant, we converted the rooftop of a concrete parking deck in Los Angeles into a gorgeous destination garden. We brought in grass and hedges with whimsical sculptures, transforming it into an oasis in the sky. The company used the space for a press conference, then kept guests on the property for the party. What are some upcoming event design trends? Traditional event spaces like hotel ballrooms are giving way to nontraditional spaces, creating surprising locations where people want to gather. An empty warehouse becomes an elegant black-tie venue, or a field becomes a gorgeous outdoor living space. Companies like Space in the Raw, which recently opened an Atlanta office, are going into unrented commercial spaces and offering them to event planners as venues, making this type of party more accessible than ever. The result is something truly unique. n


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Greer Howard’s on-air duties have made her an Atlanta Braves expert.

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hese days, Greer Howard knows more about the Atlanta Braves and the goings-on at SunTrust Park than virtually anyone else around her. That’s because Howard handles on-camera hosting duties for the hometown baseball team. Although she long wanted to get into journalism, it was only during college that she pursued it. When she was growing up in Orlando, her parents wanted her to get into sports, but she never excelled at them. At Clemson University, she majored in communication studies and took internships during the summers. One was a gig on the weekend version of “The Today Show” and another was with CNN’s Headline News, where Brooke Anderson, currently a correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” was her producer. After graduating in 2003, Howard moved to Atlanta with some friends and started working at Turner Studios as a freelance production coordinator. Eventually she left, aiming for work in front of the camera, starting with some duties with “Atlanta Tonight” on UPN. Although she has never looked at herself as an actress, Howard, 35, is a successful commercial performer and spokesperson. She currently has an agent and has been seen in more than 100 local and national commercials. Yet her splashiest job has been working with the Atlanta Braves. She was hired four years ago to do on-deck interviews with fans and special guests at

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home games. “I consider myself the insidethe-park reporter,” she says. “I am part of the pregame show, and I do things all over the park. There’s always something going on.” She also accompanies the team to outside events, such as a recent visit to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. During her first year, the Braves announced they were building a new stadium. It was an exciting time. “Turner Field was wonderful and always will be, but it was fun to be part of the opening of the new park,” she says. “SunTrust Park was designed the way they wanted it to be. People come early and stay late.” Both before and during the games, Howard does interviews with fans, special guests and players. She prepares as much as she can for on-air questions, but sometimes interviews pop up without

much notice and she has to roll with the punches. Howard has mastered the art, though, by being as prepared and knowledgeable as possible. “I have had to find out all about the [Braves] brand and what they want me to communicate,” she says. “I never thought I would know so much about the players and the history, but a lot is ingrained in me now.” In her spare time, Howard enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old son, Harrison, at their Sandy Springs home, and carving out time with her girlfriends and finding new things to enjoy in Buckhead. She also oversees The Local Lense, a blog covering local entertainment, especially during the off-season. Later this year, Greer will bite her nails and, like the athletes she covers, wait to see if her Braves contract is renewed again. n


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Above and right: Sandy Springs artist Steve Steinman has left his mark on public work around the city, but his latest creations feature recycled materials.

Still Sculpting

After All These Years Steve Steinman’s work permeates our public spaces and a new show

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ext time you find yourself rushing to the Buckhead MARTA station only to find you’ve just missed your train, instead of pacing the platform in frustration, let your gaze wander across the rails and take in the colored panels lining the outer walls. Inhale deeply and thank Steve Steinman for providing a moment of artistic calm. Just before the 1996 Olympics here in Atlanta, Steinman was tapped to provide an element of style to the new station. The sculptor from Sandy Springs met the peculiar challenge of putting art in a train station. “It had to be something that could be protected from the trains and also be graffitiproof,” Steinman recalls. “So I came up with a series of repeating wall panels of different sizes throughout the station, and they’re all strategically placed so no one can draw on them.” Steinman has also left his mark in Woodruff Park downtown, where his 8-foot stainless-steel monolith is adorned with cast bronze shapes

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of an adult hand holding a child’s hand. The piece was commissioned during the dark days of the Atlanta child murders in the late 1970s as a way to honor and raise the spirits of the city’s police force. Steinman also created pieces that sit in Northside and St. Joseph’s hospitals. For years, Steinman managed dual careers, one as a working sculptor and the other as an educator. He followed up a master’s of fine art from New York’s Pratt Institute with a Ph.D. in education from Capella University in Minnesota and immediately went into the classroom/studio. “I wound up teaching at Pratt, and though I loved living in New York, I realized it wasn’t necessarily helping me to grow as an artist,” he says. Through a grad school friend, he had the chance to show some of his work in Atlanta, and the city’s growing art scene convinced him to move here in 1979. But he still kept his hand in the classroom, teaching at American Intercontinental Univer-

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sity in Sandy Springs until he retired as dean of design three years ago. Along the way, Steinman was an active board member of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and 26 years ago, he set up a 10,000-squarefoot studio just east of Buckhead on Zonolite Road. “One of my ambitions was to have my own space, so I finally bought a warehouse,” he says. The expansive space provides the elbowroom Steinman needs to produce his pieces, which range in size from small enough to decorate a tabletop to more than 10 feet tall. And all of his works now share a common theme. “I’m very focused, and have been for some time, on the importance of recycling, so my work is made of discarded materials—steel, metal in various shapes, mechanical parts,” he says. “We became a great country because we became an industrial powerhouse, and our country was shaped by that, but we’ve also become a disposable country. These pieces define that and act

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as a metaphor for coming full circle to look at what we’re doing.” Steinman prowls the city’s scrapyards and empty lots to find materials, and occasionally friends or fans will bring him a piece they’ve uncovered, hoping it will show up in his abstract works. From Nov. 16 to Jan. 19, the public will find his creations in a new exhibit at Gallery 72 downtown. Art devotees are also invited to make an appointment to drop by his studio. And if you’ve got some recyclable stuff, feel free to bring it along. n

DETAILS: Gallery 72 72 Marietta St N.W. Atlanta 30303 404.546.3220 ocaatlanta.com Steve Steinman Fine Art 1178 Zonolite Place N.E. Atlanta 30306 404.808.3343 stevesteinmanfineart.com


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Above: Massell meets with Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Below: As mayor, Massell rode along with city sanitation workers to hear their concerns firsthand.

THE LEGACY OF

SAM MASSELL Reminiscing with the Buckhead Coalition president on his life—and Atlanta’s—story

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alking to Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell is akin to downloading a living history book. At 90, the former Atlanta councilman and mayor, one-time commercial real estate broker and granddad of three has not only lived through some of the city’s milestones, he directed them, and he’s more than happy to share his recollections. Remember when women working at City Hall couldn’t wear pants? Massell changed that. Imagine an Atlanta without MARTA; it was Massell who made it a reality. And if you consider it important to have a diverse city council and leadership team, you’ve got Massell to thank for creating a culture of inclusiveness. Fortunately, those in search of a primer on Atlanta’s last several

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decades don’t have to trek to Massell’s Tower Place office to hear his story. A new book out this month recounts his memories, from growing up in the Emory area and working in his father’s real estate business through studying at just about every major university in town and becoming the city’s first Jewish mayor in 1970. In Play It Again, Sam: The Notable Life of Sam Massell, Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor, author Charles McNair traces Massell’s personal story as it intertwines with the history of Atlanta. And in a few cases, a bit of truth-telling was needed, says Massell. “I’m exposing all kinds of secrets, but you have to read the book to find out,” he says with a sly chuckle. “I did it because I was told I couldn’t just do the fluff stuff. And in some cases, I

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wanted to get things on the record to correct perceptions, especially about the elections and race relations.” What Massell will say is that in 1969, even after eight years as a councilman, a Jewish candidate wasn’t a sure bet to win the mayor’s seat. But against an African-American opponent, race turned out to be a bigger factor than religion. “There was a time when the city’s executive committee was white and Democratic only,” Massell says. “Four years later, the population had shifted; Atlanta’s racial mix showed a majority black. We knew things were going to change, and they should have.” Massell credits his appointments of the city’s first black department heads as paving the way for the change that made his 1973 opponent, Maynard

Jackson, the city’s first African-American mayor. “I’m glad I could steer things toward that,” he says, adding that he also brought women into the halls of power. “In 1970, people were in shock when I appointed a woman to the city council. They asked me, in all seriousness, ‘Where is she going to go to the bathroom?’ They were just as shocked when I said women working in City Hall could wear slacks!” The book gives the Buckhead resident and booster the chance to reflect on his other accomplishments. “Though I’m given a great deal of credit for starting MARTA—and I am proud of that—my real legacy is being mayor of a capital city that was transformed peacefully from an allwhite power structure to a predominately black City Hall,” he says. “And ‘peacefully’ should be in bold.” His reflections start with his experience as a 9-year-old and having his Coca-Cola stand shut down for lack of a sales permit. He also devotes significant time to his last 29 years as head of the Buckhead Coalition, a civic organization whose invited members are leading movers and shakers working together to promote the area. It’s a job he has relished, although in the beginning, the future of the city’s swankiest neighborhood wasn’t assured. “They gave me the job for a year, I asked for three and we negotiated to


two, and we’ve never reworked the contract,” he says with a laugh. One of the reasons he’s been so beloved in the job is a rule he established early on: “We don’t discuss partisan politics or zoning,” says Massell. “Imagine a group of CEOs who might be conservative Republicans with me, a liberal Democrat, discussing zoning!” Having a chance to promote Buckhead was another major factor in Massell’s decision to spend an hour or more a week for an entire year walking down memory lane with McNair. Also in on the meetings was Massell’s wife of one year, Sandra, a longtime family friend and business associate whom he surprised everyone by marrying last September. “Sandra was really good about reminding me of things I’d forgotten,” he says. (Massell was married to his first wife, Doris, for 62 years until her death in 2015.) “My job is marketing Buckhead, and [the book] was another opportunity to do that,” he says. “I remember when we broke ground on Tower Place in 1973, and we didn’t think anything would top it. Now from the top, 29th floor of the building, I look out at the 50-story Sovereign building, as well as apartments, office buildings and condos. We have had almost 16,000 rental units in various stages of development in Buckhead

Massell accompanied Senator Robert Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, during a visit to Atlanta in the 1960s.

just in the last five years, and they’re bringing in a whole new profile of young people. Just look at the Atlanta Tech Village. They write on the walls, have desks with no drawers and think outside the box. That’s tomorrow’s leadership in Buckhead.” Despite his longevity, don’t count on Massell giving up his role as an active civic and business leader any time soon. When the word “retirement” comes up, he playfully retorts, “Don’t talk dirty to me! I’m still getting a lot of work done. I’m in the fourth quarter, and I’m going to enjoy it and go into overtime.” Apparently, the only way Massell plans to leave Buckhead is feet first. Even then, he’d prefer his final resting place to be in Buckhead. “If they had a commercial cemetery here,” he says, “that’s where I’d be.” n

Sam Massell will discuss his story at the following appearances and signings: Sept. 2: AJC Decatur Book Festival Oct. 12: Barnes & Noble Buckhead Nov. 9: Book Festival of the MJCCA Nov. 28: Atlanta History Center

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM: THE NOTABLE LIFE OF SAM MASSELL, ATLANTA’S FIRST MINORITY MAYOR is available from Amazon and local booksellers.

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Bringing Up Baby A NEW PARENTS’ SURVIVAL GUIDE

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There’s a saying that goes, “The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts.” If you’re a parent, you know just how true that statement is, and the endless joy and smiles a baby can bring. But let’s face it, having a youngster in the house also has its challenges, especially for first-time moms and dads. There are the late-night feedings, countless diaper changes and the crying jags (theirs and yours). Having a child can take a toll on your relationship, your body and even your sanity. To help get you through the early years, we did some legwork and consulted a few experts in order to share some sage advice on everything from choosing a pediatrician to finding the most kid-friendly restaurants in town. Hopefully it will save you a few hours of research and assist you in making more-informed choices when the need arises. September 2017 | Simply Buckhead 

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Solving the Day Care Dilemma TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST CHILD CARE FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES STORY: Melanie

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andy Springs resident Michelle Miller was anxious about finding child care since, according to friends she trusted, the best programs had limited availability. So three months before her son was to be born, she started looking for the best options. Miller asked friends and fellow parents, and used online searches to narrow her list down to five places. Then she made the rounds. “By visiting each place, I was able to get a feeling beyond simply ratings [and] criteria,” says Miller, who now has two sons, ages 1 and 2. But she did use that information to glean the top contenders. Her family’s best fit was The Weinstein School a few miles away in Dunwoody, where both her boys started at around 3 months old. “Ultimately, the deciding factors about the day care we chose were security, cleanliness, schedule accommodations and accreditations, along with the ‘gut feeling’ while visiting,” says Miller. Parents and caregivers agree that entrusting your children to someone else’s care can be a harrowing decision. But according to Kristin Bernhard, deputy commissioner for system reform at Bright from the Start, Georgia’s licensing agency for early childhood education, with the right factual information and data, which are easily available, the process can be a lot less frightening. The state’s “one-stop-shop” for finding not just day care ratings (based on several key factors), but also checklists and questions to ask potential caregivers is the Department of Early Care and Learning, or DECAL (decal.ga.gov). “Parents might have an idea where they want [to send their kids], but [the DECAL site] helps narrow it down,” says Bernhard. “It takes the mystery out of finding child care.”

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Picking the Perfect Pediatrician First, all of the day care centers and home-based programs on the state’s site are licensed, which means the staff undergoes rigorous training and the facility receives unannounced safety and health inspections and must adhere to strict standards of care. “It gives extra peace of mind to parents and families,” says Bernhard. “They know, for example, that everyone has had a satisfactory criminal background check, there’s no smoking and that everyone gets training.” Trained child care experts also work with families via a Quality Care for Children call center staffed by operators who can walk parents through the process of searching for options based on different criteria. (The local number to call is 404-479-4240.) Just what are the criteria for picking the best facility or home to care for your child? Among the top questions parents should ask potential caregivers are: l What are the staff-to-child ratios

for each age group? l What safety measures are in place? l What do the children do all day?

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(Are there lesson plans? Curriculums? Set education standards? Is there free play?) l How are parents included in the facility, and how do parents, teachers and staff communicate? (Is there an active website, email list, text chain, etc.?) l How are rest and eating time scheduled? Are there healthful food options? l How is discipline handled?

State-licensed facilities have met and/or exceeded the highest criteria for child care, so most parents decide to choose from these options. Another resource parents can base their decision on is Qualityrated. org, a program put in place in 2015 that rates child care programs on additional factors such as curriculum and staff development. As important as the numbers are, says Miller, it is the visit to the facility that can clinch the decision. If the children and staff look happy, the place is clean and you feel confident walking in and out, you will have found what is best for your child. “It’s important to have a list of criteria,” she says, “but ultimately, your intuition will let you know the right decision.” n

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR CHILD’S DOCTOR STORY: Melanie

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The bond between parents and their child’s pediatrician is one of the most trusted partnerships in parenting, and one people typically intend to hold onto for at least 18 years. Since metro Atlanta is home to a wealth of well-respected and highly qualified physicians, how do parents handle making this crucial decision for their new baby? Physicians and parents alike agree that you should start the process early—during pregnancy. Having time to compile a list of practices, visit them in person and consider each is invaluable, says Dr. Sally Marcus of Northside Pediatrics. “Most parents read books on pregnancy, go through childbirth classes and read up on labor and delivery, and end up spending more time [researching] the nine


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Getting Your Shape Back After Baby Six key steps to shed the new-mom weight from local fitness pros

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rom the moment you hold your newborn in your arms, you know life will never be the same. And you may feel the same way about your body! Fortunately, it’s possible for new moms to get back in shape post-delivery. It just takes time—and some patience. “Remember, your body is still recovering from the motherload of all physical feats: childbirth,” says Georgia Kennedy, a yoga instructor at Highland Yoga in Buckhead. “Be kind to yourself and your body, and accept that losing the weight takes time.” As you prepare to shed the pounds, keep these six key steps in mind.

1. Start slowly. Give your body at least six weeks to rest and heal, suggests Brady Weeks, an instructor at SculptHouse and a personal trainer at CYB Fitlab, both in Buckhead. Wait to work out until you receive clearance from your doctor, and be sure to listen to your body, since everyone recovers at a different speed. Kennedy adds that if you experienced abdominal separation, it could require more time off and

further attention from a doctor or physical therapist.

2. Keep moving. Once you’re cleared to exercise, routine physical activity paired with a balanced diet is the best way to get back in shape, says Alana Raylyan, lead trainer at F45 Training in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The good news? Just taking care of a baby—carrying him around the house, putting him to bed, walking with a stroller outside— counts as a workout. If you’ve decided to breastfeed, keep it up, she adds. “Studies show that breastfeeding can help you lose weight after your pregnancy.”

3. Get plenty of ZZZs. “A lack of sleep makes losing weight even more difficult,” says Raylyan. As any new mom knows, it’s almost impossible to get a full eight hours of shut-eye with a newborn, so try to fit in naps during the day when you can.

4. Build your strength. Resistance exercises such as lunges, squats, glute bridges and push-ups are great to add to your routine, but avoid heavy lifting or intense cardio, suggests Raylyan. At least 30

months [of pregnancy] than they do considering the next 18 years of parenting,” she laughs, then adds seriously, “You’re trusting somebody with your most precious resource.” The doctors most qualified to work with those precious resources are board certified, adds Dr. Jeff Hopkins, Marcus’ colleague at Northside Pediatrics. That certification comes with standards of care, including research-based recommendations on issues such as vaccines and antibiotics. “Look for FAAP—Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics—in [the doctor’s] title,” Hopkins advises. “This is the highest level of pediatric certification in the United States.” It’s also helpful to ask for referrals from trusted parent friends and other doctors, including your obstetrician. “Generally, you’ll find names that pop

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minutes of strength work and cardio every day is a good goal. Certain yoga poses also have specific benefits for postpartum bodies, says Kennedy. For example, bridge pose strengthens legs and brings awareness to the lower belly; locust pose works core and back muscles; and goddess pose can be great for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

5. Join forces. Teaming up with a workout partner or group is a surefire way to stay motivated. “Find moms in your neighborhood or community by going on Facebook or simply chatting in the park, and plan some physical activities together,” suggests Raylyan. Social media platforms such as Nextdoor, Instagram and Peanut, a networking app for new mothers, can also be great places to seek out likeminded moms, says Weeks.

6. Bring in baby. Besides strolling around the neighborhood, find other creative ways to incorporate your infant into your workouts. For example, moving through yoga poses while holding your baby can be fun, says Kennedy. Try this: Lay your baby on his or her

up repeatedly,” says Marcus, which often means those practices are well-liked and reliable. Be wary of random online referrals, including complaints about pediatricians you may be interested in. “People are 10 times more likely to complain than compliment,” says Marcus. “It only takes one bad review for everyone to think something is terribly wrong with that physician.” Once you have a handful of possible doctors, visit each of their offices. Most practices offer open houses for prospective patient families. Meet the office staff and the pediatrician in person, and consider: Are they friendly, respectful, efficient and patient? Observe the cleanliness of the office, and if there are separate waiting rooms for ill and well patients (to prevent the spread of germs).

back on a yoga mat. Come into plank pose, pressing your hands firmly into the mat, shoulders stacking over wrists. Inhale, then exhale as you lower into a half push-up, bending your elbows straight back and hugging them into your sides (aka

Other questions to consider include: l Is the location easy to get to

from my work/home/day care? Is there ample parking? (No one wants to battle Atlanta traffic and then fight for parking spaces.) l When I do visit at the open house, am I rushed in and out, or does the staff take time to answer my questions? l What are the physician’s philosophies about vaccines, medications, discipline and other child-rearing and health issues? Are they similar to mine? l How can I get hold of my pediatrician after regular office hours? Does she, for example, have an answering service or rely on the nurse line with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta? Are there Saturday office hours?

chaturanga). Inhale, pressing back up to plank. Exhale, pressing your hips to downward facing dog. Inhale, shift forward back into high plank. Repeat 8 to 10 times. Smiling and making silly faces at your little one just adds to the enjoyment. n

l Does the practice have privileges

at the hospital where the baby is being delivered? Hopkins acknowledges this doesn’t have to be a deal breaker since every hospital has pediatricians who examine newborns. “You want to worry more about the ongoing relationship versus one within the first three days,” he says. Above all, remember that although picking a pediatrician can be daunting, it can be changed. “If you’re not getting what you need, you can make a switch,” says Marcus. “You’re still the best person to make decisions for your child. Even if you don’t agree with what [the physician] is recommending, don’t just walk away. Bring it up and don’t be afraid to ask them to explain it. Hopefully, you will find someone who will do that for you.” n

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Get in Gear The essentials you need for your new bundle of joy STORY: Giannina

Uppababy Vista 2017 Stroller ($880) This stroller is so versatile, it might be the only one you ever buy. It grows with your little one, who can ride forwards, backwards and from upright to fully reclined. What’s more, additional accessories transform it to a double or triple stroller. Available at Baby Braithwaite

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irst comes love, then comes marriage and, before you know it, a baby carriage. Prepping for a new baby can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time parent. You know you need a car seat (they won’t let you leave the hospital without one) and a crib (the baby has to sleep somewhere, right?), but what about all the other products on the market? To prevent you from filling the house with unnecessary items, we turned to experienced moms and industry pros to curate this must-have list of baby gear to get you through the long nights and memorable days ahead.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag ($189) This prettily patterned diaper bag makes a fashion statement while also storing all your kiddo’s needs. It features a built-in changing station with a removable changing pad, and the detachable straps mean you can wear it as a backpack, shoulder or cross-body bag. Available at Nordstrom

Dockatot Deluxe Dock ($165)

Cloud B Sleep Sheep on the Go ($27) Lull your newborn to sleep while on-the-go with this plush sound soother. It has four different nature sounds and can easily clip onto a stroller or car seat, or be packed in a diaper bag. Available at Learning Express Toys

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Your tot can lounge, play, get diaper changes or even practice tummy time in this useful docking station. Lightweight and portable, it’s also great for travel. Covers in various patterns are sold separately. Available at Baby Braithwaite


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Sophie la Girafe Teether ($29) There is something about Sophie that babies love, especially when they start teething. Said to stimulate all five senses, Sophie is made from 100 percent rubber and is PVC- and Phthalatefree—and thank goodness, because it will spend the majority of the time in your little one’s mouth. Available at Erika Reade Ltd.

Boppy Nursing Pillow ($49) A longtime favorite among new moms, the Original Boppy Pillow helps lift your little nugget to a more ergonomic position for breast and bottle feeding, saving you from a sore back and arms. You can also use it for propping, tummy time and helping your baby learn to sit. Available at Target

Ergobaby 360 Carrier ($160) Babies love to be carried, and this contraption offers four convenient positions. Plus, the bucket seat keeps your munchkin ergonomically seated, while the padded straps and extra-wide waistband ensure you stay comfortable as well. Note: For infants under 7 pounds, it must be used with an infant insert that’s sold separately. Available at Nordstrom

WHERE TO BUY: Baby Braithwaite 3535 Northside Parkway Atlanta 30327 404.869.8665 babybraithwaite.com The Children’s Shop 2385 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.365.8496 childrensshopatlanta.com Erika Reade Ltd. 3732 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342 404.233.3857 erikareade.com Learning Express Toys 4407 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342 404.252.8881 learningexpress.com Nordstrom Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.442.3000 nordstrom.com

WubbaNub Pacifier ($21) Not your average paci, the WubbaNub is a cuddly and soft alternative to easy-to-lose suckers. Available in more than 30 different animal characters, the stuffed toy makes it easy for small hands to keep it close. Available at The Children’s Shop

Pottery Barn Kids Lenox Square 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.816.0482 potterybarnkids.com Target 3535 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.720.1081 target.com

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Four Kid-Friendly Party Ideas Need a little help keeping the youngsters busy on the big day? These folks have you covered. And best of all, the first three bring the fun to you.

FUN BUS

MYSTICAL PARTIES

Imagine a full-size bus with the seats removed and the walls and floor covered in carpet that serves as a playground on wheels. Kids hop aboard (while the bus is parked) and enjoy fun, fitness-themed activities. 770.569.7529, funbuses.com

Is your child’s dream party guest Elsa? Darth Vader? Batman? These folks can make it happen. 404.579.9057, mysticalparties.net

WILDLIFE WONDERS Little ones love animals, including the critters from this mobile petting zoo associated with the North Georgia Zoo. 706.348.7279, wildlifewonders.org

CATCH AIR If you’d rather have the party somewhere besides your house (bonus: there’s no cleanup to be done!), take note of this indoor playground that caters to small children with Tiny Town rides, a soft play area and an interactive dance floor. 678.882.1205, catchairparty.com

BIRTHDAY PARTY ETIQUETTE As your kids grow up, they’ll be invited to countless birthday parties. Here’s a cheat sheet on how to be that A-list guest who gets invited back again and again. RSVP. Most party venues require a head count several days before the event, so don’t make the organizer have to call to ask if your child is coming. In addition to being difficult to plan, it’s hard on a birthday child who’s expecting a dozen kids, only to have three show up. ARRIVE ON TIME. If you must be late, let the party host know, and make sure your child knows they may miss something. SIBLINGS. In an unofficial survey, thoughts were mixed on whether siblings of invited guests are welcome at a party. But everyone agreed that if you’re bringing a sibling, you need to tell the host or party planner ahead of time. And remember, all parties have a per-child cost. If you bring an extra child, offer to pay for that child. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS. If your little one has dietary restrictions, let the host know in advance, and offer to make accommodations. For instance, if your child is gluten-free, send him to the party with a flourless cupcake or slice of cake so he doesn’t feel left out.

Planning the Perfect Party The recipe for a successful kid’s birthday shindig

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ne of the best parts of being a kid is celebrating birthdays. Some parents like to go over the top when planning a baby’s first few, putting on fancy affairs that rival a wedding in terms of cost and preparations. Others prefer a simple event with friends and family. No matter how you choose to celebrate, here are some tips that will come in handy when organizing the ultimate child’s party.

Guest list. How many people you invite depends a lot on your child. Popular wisdom says to invite as many guests as your child’s age. This is especially true for younger children who can be overwhelmed by a large, chaotic celebration. It’s OK to host two parties: a small, simple affair for the birthday boy or girl, and a larger, more grown-up affair for the parents. After all, you made it through another year, too.

Theme. Let the kids help in some way. Even toddlers can stuff or paint goodie bags. If the birthday boy or girl has older siblings, get them involved by letting them choose the theme.

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Invitations. A well-worded invitation saves questions and awkward situations, something that becomes more important as your child gets

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older. Don’t be shy. If you don’t want to or can’t accommodate siblings, say so on the invitation. Let parents know if you prefer that they stick around or whether they can just drop their kids off and swing by to pick them up later. Also, letting the parents of invited kids see who else is on the guest list helps with carpools and avoids the strained silence that follows when an invitee asks a neighbor or friend who wasn’t invited if they’re going to the party.

Decorations. Go all out, or stay simple—either is perfectly acceptable. For small children, paper plates and

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napkins with their favorite character on them may be all that’s needed to set a festive mood. An inexpensive decoration that doubles as an activity is a tiny house constructed from a large appliance box. Paint it, leave it plain or let the kids decorate the box with washable markers.

The food. Whether you go with a full catered spread or just a birthday cake, be sure your guests know what to expect. In addition to letting them know whether or not to come hungry, it also opens the door for parents to tell you about their child’s food allergies. n


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chicken ramen with spinach and corn, an orange slice, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a lollipop to finish it off, while you slurp up a deep bowl of tonkotsu (pork broth).

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here are kid restaurants and there are adult restaurants. For parents, the challenge is to find ones that combine both aspects: good food, along with a guilt-free environment in which the staffers—and fellow diners— understand that wee ones are messier, louder and often need a little more attention. We found six local spots that perfectly fit the bill, offering both a welcoming atmosphere (with no sideeye toward crying babies or rambunctious little ones) and a menu of yummy adult eats and inventive children’s items that set the stage for a fun family night out.

The Big Ketch Introduce your tiny tots to fish and chips at this lively Buckhead spot with a casual beach-house vibe. Service begins with buckets of crayons and bags of Goldfish to keep youngsters entertained as you peruse the menu of seafood options. Kids meals of fish bites, chicken

on skewers, grilled cheese and grilled or fried shrimp are served with fresh fruit or chips, corn on the cob and a beverage. On Mondays through Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m., Fun Zone meals are just $1.99, which, lucky for you, coincides with the halfoff oyster happy hour deal.

Bantam + Biddy Bantam + Biddy chef/owners Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere have created a menu of local, seasonal fare served in an upbeat, family-friendly atmosphere. The little ‘uns probably won’t notice the pastureraised chicken and regionally sourced produce, but parents will appreciate the healthful choices. Kids have their own Little Cluckers menu, with roasted chicken quesadillas, veggie plates and the usual chicken tenders and mac and cheese—lots of shapes and flavors for toddler finger food. Cocktails are made with the same housemade juices as the homemade sodas. Bonus: Much of the menu

is gluten free, and there are plentiful vegan choices.

Jinya Ramen Bar There are lots of options for little eaters at this popular ramen eatery with locations across the U.S. The new Buckhead spot offers a variety of small plates that make great choices for petite palates. What’s really cool is the kid’s boat, featuring compartments filled with all kinds of flavors and textures: crispy chicken, sweet potato fries,

Meat on a stick. Stuff to dip. There is a lot for kids to love about the Mediterranean dining at Cafe Agora. Choose to sit in the coastal-themed indoors or out on the spacious patio. There’s plenty of room to roam with a fussy baby, and owner Al Ozelci is always around joking with kids (and adults), or offering up servings of rice pudding (sutlac) for distracted pint-size diners. Explore the menu, along with your kiddos, via a maza platter filled with all of the appetizers and their dipping vehicles. There are bright salads, savory falafel and several kebab choices for all. Even if you leave behind a chaotic scene of rice and veggies on the table and floor, they will thank you and ask to see you again.

Taverna Taverna may be in the tony The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, but the vibe is rustically cozy and relaxed, so it’s casual enough for a multigenerational outing. There is no kid menu per se, but the restaurant does serve half orders of pastas, as well as Shirley Temples. Noodles swimming in Bolognese or accompanied by turkey meatballs are sure to please even the pickiest young eater. While adults feast on fritto misto, charred octopus or squid-ink spaghetti with crabmeat, your mini me can chow down on a kid-sized pizza.

Taka Sushi and Passion Your mini foodies will love slurping long, squiggly noodles (udon, ramen and soba), or eating from bento boxes at the new Roswell Road location of this Japanese sushi spot. Owner and sushi chef Taka Moriuchi happily helps novice users master the art of eating with chopsticks and even has kid-sized chopstick trainers to go along with the Prince and Princess menu, boasting teriyaki items, California rolls, rice bowls and more. It’s the kind of spot where you can order mashed-up avocado for the baby and sake for Mom and Dad. n

DETAILS: The Big Ketch 3279 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta 30305 404.474.9508 thebigketch.com Bantam + Biddy 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30326 404.841.7559 bantamandbiddy.com Jinya Ramen Bar 3714 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30342 404.254.4770 jinya-ramenbar.com Cafe Agora 262 E. Paces Ferry Road N.E., Atlanta 30305 404.949.0900 cafeagora.com Taverna 280 Buckhead Avenue N.E., Atlanta 30305 678.791.1311 tavernabylombardi.com Taka Sushi and Passion 4600 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta 30342 404.851.1500 takasushiatlanta.com

Jinya’s cutesy kid’s boat comes with a boatload of items, from sweet potato fries to vanilla ice cream.

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DR. DARRIA GILLESPIE Sandy Springs resident Dr. Darria Gillespie and her husband, Dr. Bryce Gillespie, have two children: a 3-yearold daughter and a 5-month-old son. She is an emergency room physician at Northside Hospital and senior vice president of clinical strategy at Sharecare, based in Buckhead.

REFLECTIONS FROM FIVE LOCAL MOMS AND DADS ON WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A PARENT

Words of Wisdom There’s no one way to parent. Learning from others along the journey is priceless. We talked to some experienced area moms and pops to get their insights.

KATIE CASHIN Katie Cashin owns the Barre3 exercise studio in South Buckhead. She and her husband, Tyler, have a blended family that consists of his children Graham, 21, and Mary Margaret, 18, as well as their 9-monthold daughter, also named Tyler. The most surprising thing about being a parent: I didn’t realize how much my own parents loved me until I became a parent, too. I’ve gone back to them and apologized for my adolescent years. The secret to balancing work and home life: I think it’s finding a balance between prioritizing and strategizing. As a small business owner, I work seven days a week. My default used to be going out to dinner or grabbing takeout because my days were too full to plan a home-cooked meal. As a parent now, my days are even busier, but eating healthy meals at home has become a bigger priority, so I schedule the time to make it happen.

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The one thing you can’t live without as a parent: Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. We were experiencing sleepless nights once my daughter outgrew swaddling. The Sleepsuit gives her the same feeling of security but allows her more freedom to wiggle her fingers and toes. It’s possibly the best $39.95 I’ve spent on Amazon. Your favorite kid-friendly spot in the Buckhead area: During my pregnancy, I developed an affinity for the doughnuts at Bon Glaze. I love the kid-friendly designs, and I’m quite certain that when my daughter’s a little older she’ll appreciate a visit there, too. The funniest thing that has happened to you since you became a parent: I was feeling particularly frazzled and depleted one day and decided to make a cup of green tea and allow myself 10 minutes to sit and sip without any distractions. I placed the mug in the microwave to heat the water. When I

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took it out, the mug was piping hot, but empty; I’d forgotten the water. It was the perfect metaphor for how I was feeling, and it gave me a good laugh, which I needed.

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The most rewarding part about being a parent: When my child looks me in the eye and says in her little voice, “I love you, Mommy.” The most surprising thing about being a parent: Being a physician, especially one who speaks a lot on women and children’s health, I’m often asked for an opinion on hotly debated mom topics—everything from breastfeeding to birth practices to sleep patterns. Every one of us wants what is best for our babies. We still may disagree on how to get there, but [being a parent] enables us to speak together and learn from each other from a position of support and empathy. Your favorite kid-friendly spot in the Buckhead area: We go hiking every weekend, and I love all the great parks in our area. We go everywhere from Cochran Shoals to Morgan Falls. The one thing you can’t live without as a parent: Where would I be without my mom friends? I lean on these strong, beautiful, hilarious women for advice, sharing random baby equipment and for encouragement when it all gets challenging. 

Katie Cashin lifts 9-month-old daughter, Tyler.


The number one thing every new parent needs to know: Trust your gut. No one knows your child better than you. I see this as a physician in the ER. If a parent says to me, “My child just isn’t acting right,” I consider it the sixth vital sign. Whether it’s related to a sickness or any other aspect of child-rearing, don’t let anyone give you advice that just doesn’t feel right. Trust yourself and your parenting instincts.

The most surprising thing about being a parent: Realizing what you’re capable of doing on zero sleep.

Dr. Daryl Kimche (left) poses with daughters Francesca and Gabrielle, and partner Beth Boswell.

JESSE ITZLER Jesse Itzler is a Buckhead-based entrepreneur, investor and author. His latest venture is 29Zero29, for which he’s rented an entire mountain in Vermont for the weekend of Oct. 13-15 to offer folks a similar experience to climbing Mount Everest. (Climb Mt. Stratton 17 times, and you’ll cover the same distance as trekking to the top of Everest.) He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely, and their brood consists of Lazer, 8; twins Lincoln and Charlie, 3; and Tepper, 20 months. The funniest thing that has happened to you since you became a parent: I never would have thought I would get competitive with my diaper changing. After four kids, I’m always trying to beat my previous time! The most rewarding part about being a parent: I don’t think there is any better feeling than hearing your children giggle.   The most surprising thing about being a parent: How hard it is. You are always on. And your kids start from zero, which means everything is a teaching opportunity.   The secret to being a good parent: You have to be present. Kids pick up on everything. We live in a world of instant

distractions, so giving your all when you’re with them is so important. The one thing you can’t live without as a parent: My kids love smoothies, so for me it would be hard to go for a long time without my blender.    The number one thing every new parent needs to know: Parenting is hard, and it’s OK not to have all the answers.

DR. DARYL KIMCHE A dentist at the Buckhead office of Kimche & Presley Cosmetic & Sports Dentistry, Dr. Daryl Kimche lives with her two daughters, Gabrielle, 17, and Francesca, 13, and her partner, Beth Boswell. The most rewarding part about being a parent: Watching my daughters take care of one another. Recently, my oldest had major surgery, and her younger sister didn’t hesitate to step up and help take care of her big sis throughout the entire recovery process.   The most surprising thing about being a parent:  The capacity of our families and community to embrace a nontraditional family that was created through artificial insemination with two mothers and an anonymous sperm donor.   The secret to being a good parent:  Being able to say no to them while always transmitting unconditional love.    Something you would have never believed to be true until you became a parent: 

Just how sleep deprived a human being can become and still function. The funniest thing that has happened to you since you became a parent: When my oldest, Gabi, was in a private kindergarten, one of her classmates told her that it was “not legal” to have two moms. We had to approach the teacher, principal and the child’s parents, all of whom were very supportive. Fast-forward 12 years later, and the parents of that same girl called me for advice on how to support their daughter’s coming out and embracing her own homosexuality. Funny how life unfolds.

CHRISTI PAUL Christi Paul is an anchor for CNN’s “New Day Weekend” and HLN. She and her husband, Pete Wurm, live in Buckhead with their three daughters: Ava, 13; Sofie, 11; and Sadie, 8.

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The secret to being a good parent: Letting go of perfection and what other people think. Perfection is a myth. And it’s boring. Imperfections are intriguing. The secret to balancing work and home life: Stop thinking you can balance it. There’s no 50/50; some days it’s 70/30, others it’s 20/80, and that’s OK. Be kind to yourself and be present in the moment you’re in. Your favorite kid-friendly spot in the Buckhead area: Chastain Park. The one thing you would have never believed to be true until you became a parent: That I could really hurt someone if I had to. LOL. There’s a new fierceness born in you when you have a child. Mama Bears are real! The funniest thing that has happened to you since you became a parent: I’ve had more conversations about poop and gas (my kids), my boobs (breastfeeding and what you’re left with) and gross stuff than I ever did pre-kids.  The number one thing every new parent needs to know: You’re allowed to take time for yourself. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help and babysitting so you can reboot. Work out, read a book, have a date night or a girls’ night out. You’ll be a better person and parent. n

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aving a baby can bring great joy to a couple. It can also be a time of great stress in the relationship. “Children can be ruthless in their demands for attention,” says Gerry Lane, a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in Buckhead. “The couple has to have the ability to escape from their children from time to time and have the ability to focus on one another to maintain pleasure in the relationship.” Couples can become “child-centric” and ultimately get too focused on the child’s needs, to the detriment of their own, says Lane. “And that’s when you often see a crisis in the marriage.” Husbands may feel neglected because their wives are so focused on taking care of the baby. Likewise, wives may feel a lack of support from their husbands. Communication during this time is critical, says Licia Freeman, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Buckhead. “When you get tired and don’t get much sleep, it’s easy to have irrational thoughts that bring about negative feelings,” she says. “It’s important to communicate. Make requests.” So rather than resenting your partner for not helping with the household chores, ask for help. “You have to be able to ask your partner for what you want,” says Lane. “You may not get all of it, but you need to be able to talk about it.” Freeman also suggests deciding ahead of time who is going to take night shifts to feed or care for the baby. Or ask friends and family to contribute to a fund for a night nurse for the first few weeks that the baby is home. “I’m seeing a lot of that lately,” admits Freeman. Both therapists recommend that parents plan date nights. But don’t go to dinner and just talk about feedings and diaper changes. Instead, consider activity nights centered around concerts, plays, sporting events or movies that will help you make a connection. “Then go to dinner and talk about something other than your children,” says Lane.

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Avoiding Post-Baby Partnership Pitfalls Both therapists say it’s imperative that parents trust the child’s babysitter so that date night will be relaxing and enjoyable. They also suggest that couples shouldn’t make big date night plans until everyone’s comfortable with the baby’s routine. “In the first month of having an infant, don’t think about going out,” Freeman advises. “In the second or third month, start a practice of having someone come in and stay with the baby. It doesn’t have to be at night. It could be Saturday afternoon when the baby goes down for a long nap.” Both therapists admit that couples must work continuously on staying in tune even after the kids are grown and they move away. “I see couples who have just sent their last child off to college and they come in saying they’re strangers now,” says Freeman. “You must stay connected.” n

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Leaving Baby Behind Experts recommend couples take active date nights, not just a dinner in which you talk about the kids all evening. Some possible area outings include: The Painted Pin upscale bowling alley becomes a 21+ venue each night after 5 p.m. The Miami Circle spot also offers live music and food and drinks. thepaintedpin.com Dinner and a movie can be combined at theaters that offer full menus. Local options include the AMC Dine-in Buckhead 6 and CineBistro in Brookhaven, the latter of which becomes a 21+ venue after 6 p.m. amctheatres.com, cinebistro.com

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The Southern Gentleman is the real deal, boasting terrific, fairly priced food and informed, engaged staffers.

Upscale Low Country fare awaits at The Southern Gentleman gastropub. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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nowing that The Southern Gentleman (TSG) lives up to its name is about the greatest comfort one can hope for in these times of political divisiveness, doublespeak and distressing headlines. TSG is not fake news. It is the real deal, boasting terrific, fairly priced food and informed, engaged staffers. My companion and I arrived on a gloomy afternoon with moods to match. But five minutes into our visit, the sun came out, the soundtrack was playing Al Green and Norah Jones, and we knew we were heading into a perfect Monday night. Perusing the menu, we sipped a supple, caramelly 2015 Russian River Valley Raeburn Chardonnay and a fruity, elegant 2014 Alcance Gran Reserva Carmenère. Amongst a bevy of classic Southern staples—think ingredients like buttermilk, bacon, okra, pimento and ham—we waffled over which small plates to choose, finally committing to the green tomato and buttermilk tart and charred okra.

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Springer Mountain fried chicken with dreamy classic sides is a handsdown winner.

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The okra, fried up crisp in a searing hot skillet with 15 different spices, gave off a distinctive garlic-ginger fragrance. Sure, maybe it was stolen from an Indian food playbook, but it was still a touchdown. Less so was the green tomato tart. Something about the curdy, tofulike custard and buttermilk-soaked, under-ripe fruit couldn’t hold our interest. Thankfully, it came with a crisp, palate-cleansing arugula and pickled onion salad—just the thing we needed before tackling the “large plates.” My dining companion, a Southern food expert and certified penny pincher, gushed over the gargantuan portions of shrimp and grits, as well as the fried Springer Mountain half chicken. The former, made with gulf shrimp and coated with “New Orleans BBQ Sauce” (buzzing with hints of salty anchovies, capers and cornichons), was creole heaven, the ingredients more articulated and refined than the old-school version. And even though I’m a fried chicken novice, one bite of the tea-brined and buttermilk-soaked bird,

and I knew it was a winner, both moist and tender inside and crusty-crisp outside. So if everything was so yummy, how did we manage dessert? It’s called leaning back, way back, into our seats. Not even our Spanx could keep us away from the almond nougat semifreddo, a kind of grown-up Klondike bar. The chocolate-coated vanilla mousse came in a smoked cherry sauce, tickling our taste buds with just the right amount of sweet and tart, and a hint of salt. The Southern Gentleman celebrates Southern spirits, so it seemed fitting that our next visit started with a little Elijah Craig and Resurgens whiskeys—the former full of spicy heat, the latter offering mellow warmth. And what a spectacular mint julep the Resurgens made. Who knew this crushed ice and muddled mint concoction would make such a natural companion for our shrimp boil and PEI mussels. The shellfish came in an addictive Four Roses whiskey cream sauce with a side of homemade benne


Left: Four Roses whiskey cream sauce transforms Prince Edward Island mussels into an unforgettable appetizer. Right: In TSG’s decadent version of bacon and eggs, the eggs come deviled. Below: All that’s missing from this creole-seasoned shrimp boil is the newspapercovered table.

It’s not often that I’m so impressed with a restaurant. seed toast. Short of being dumped across the table, TSG’s upscale version of a shrimp boil offered everything you’d hope for—andouille, potatoes, creole-spiced shrimp, all cooked off in a rich, seafood-based stock. And don’t overlook the exceptional steak-blend burger, constructed masterfully with a buttery-good Holeman and Finch bun, Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and condiments of bacon bourbon jam and grainy mustard aioli. Less impressive was the bland “Country Captain Style” East Coast tilefish, although the side of grits—cooked up with tricolor curry pastes, sweet potato and banana—lifted the dish with a bold, nutty sweetness. Favorites like the pimento cheese omelet and shrimp and grits lend a Southern twang to a music-filled Sunday brunch. The 7-year-old at our table couldn’t help but order the “pan purdue” style French toast. Would her young palate appreciate the homemade huckleberry compote and tangy crème fraîche toppings? Not so much (“Too sour, Mommy!”), but

the toast itself—thick-cut with a pan-fried crunch—was worth every carby calorie. Though I love comfort food as much as anyone, on this visit I was sold on the improbable: a Hangtown fry omelet. It’s been years since I’ve eaten a huge, brunchy egg dish, especially one with oysters—in summer. Despite our server’s enthusiastic pitch, this would be what I call one of my going-onfaith moves. The mental image of what I’d ordered wasn’t pretty: messy, indistinguishable bits and sauces with something egg-like buried underneath. What arrived instead was a perfectly reasonable portion of farm-fresh eggs, potato hash, pickled fennel and carrots, and the crunchy fried oysters with just a touch of creole mustard aioli. It’s not often that I’m so impressed with a restaurant, especially one with such big ambitions. But the folks at The Southern Gentleman not only made me fall in love all over again with Southerners, but even more to the point, with Southern cuisine. n

Above: Sweet, salty, crunchy, tart: Willpower has met its match with the almond nougat semifreddo. Right: Smooth and sensual Bulleit is one of the 90 bourbons available.

THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN 3035 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta 30305 404.939.9845 thesoutherngentlemanatl.com Prices: Small plates: $6-$12. Salads and sandwiches: $6-$13. Large plates (including brunch entrées): $13-$28. Sweets: $5-$8. Recommended dishes: Charred okra, PEI mussels in whiskey cream sauce, shrimp boil, Springer Mountain fried chicken, TSG burger, shrimp and grits, Hangtown fry omelet (Sunday brunch). Bottom line: Reasonably priced, upscale Southern eats and drinks, and a staff that will lift the gloomiest of moods.

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DRAFT PICKS Atlanta’s beer expert shares his favorite spots to indulge in craft brews

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s a beer journalist and dedicated authority on what I consider the world’s most interesting beverage, I spend grueling hours unselfishly unearthing the best places for fellow advocates to imbibe. Okay, I am being a bit facetious here, but it really does take some work to ferret out the venues that not only serve the best craft beer available, but also the lip-smackin’ fare and wondrous experience to accompany them. Since 2004, when House Bill 645 boosted Georgia’s legal alcohol limit of beer from 6 to 14 percent by volume, Atlanta has become a booming epicenter for the production of a plethora of lagers and ales. Here are my top five picks in Buckhead, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs for the ultimate pub crawl.

FADÓ IRISH PUB Save yourself a four-digit plane ticket overseas and just hit up Fadó Irish Pub. Dedicated to bringing Atlanta a true bar experience straight from their homeland, a group of business partners from Ireland shipped the pub’s fixtures direct from the Emerald Isle to Buckhead back

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in 1996. This was unprecedented, and Atlantans flocked to the original location on the corner of Peachtree Road and Buckhead Avenue to get a taste of Irish culture. In 2008, Fadó relocated to a three-story venue a few blocks away (complete with the imported interiors), and it continues to maintain its rep as a place to enjoy award-winning fish and chips, warm up by its “Grand House” fireplace and take in Atlanta’s

bustling city life from the rooftop patio. And there’s more than creamy Guinness Stouts being poured from the taps. Fadó takes pride in showing love to craft breweries both local and throughout the country by providing numerous taps exclusively for them. Add its pampering of die-hard soccer fans, who get to see live games being played in Europe via satellite, and virtually every facet of “kicking it” is covered here.

Bill Brown, the proprietor of this cozy, neighborly pub nestled in the Town Brookhaven shopping center, makes it a point to keep the center’s residents and the rest of Atlanta refreshed and well fed. His menu boasts everything from housemade sausages and fresh-caught seafood to non-GMO vegetables and a burger blended from three cuts of beef. The food is equaled by There’s impressive beer list; Brown makes it a point to patronize the small, local breweries who are “independents like us,” he says. “We often partner with several independent Georgia breweries, such as Abbey of the Holy Goats, Arches, Creature Comforts, Left Nut, Jekyll, Omaha, Pontoon, Monday Night, Red Brick, Three Taverns, Reformation, Red Hare, Oconee and Wild Heaven, just to name a few, to help our businesses grow. I know when I order their products, I am helping their business and making a difference.” This relationship translates to beer lovers having access to the newest releases, along with a tasty meal and conversation with a personable staff that reflects


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the generous personality of the owner. And who wouldn’t want to go There? Side note: This is the one spot with a name that may make you sound like a smart aleck when you’re asked where you’re headed, so be prepared to explain what you mean.

THE GEORGIA CHAPTER ROOM If the name “Chapter Room” doesn’t express exclusivity at first mention, pressing the red doorbell to enter this sublevel hangout will. (Look for the bell by the door with the monkey on it near the loading dock.) Its leather seating, carpeted floors, paneled walls and intimate lighting make for the ultimate speakeasy. An extension of the Taco Mac franchise, and located downstairs beneath the Taco Mac in The Prado shopping center, the GA Chapter Room honors ATL’s elite craft beer advocates with some of the hardest-to-find beers from around the world. Be it aromatic IPAs or the latest imperial stouts, there is a great chance this spot will have it on one of the 20 taps or in one of the 65 bottled variations. There’s even a Brewniversity loyalty program in which frequent imbibers earn various “degrees.” Beverage Director Adam Anacker and his staff go out of their

way to provide events that support the craft beer industry, including the annual Secret Stash Bash and various food-and-beer-pairing dinners. To go along with the revolving taps of ales and lagers that beer geeks are constantly on the hunt for, the GA Chapter Room boasts a menu with daily specials, four highdef TVs showing the games (usually on mute to encourage conversation) and a personable staff at your service. We’ll toast to that.

HOLEMAN AND FINCH Renowned for its mouthwatering hamburgers, Holeman and Finch deserves a lot more recognition for what else it delivers. Although you can also enjoy their juicy double stacks at the sister location in Ponce City Market, the original Buckhead location is where you experience this hip gastropub’s true essence: a lively atmosphere embellished with industrial-chic decor, inventive craft cocktails, a delectable food menu using only the finest ingredients and a selective craft beer menu showcasing the best Atlanta, the U.S. and importers from around the world have to offer. There are only six taps, but each is thoughtfully curated

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with a rotation pouring everything from beloved locals (Wild Heaven, Scofflaw, Creature Comforts) to California’s Ballast Point. The bar boasts an extensive bottle menu as well, so ultimately, Holeman and Finch is a no-brainer for a memorable sipping experience. BREW MASTERS

KALEIDOSCOPE BISTRO & PUB Based in Brookhaven’s burgeoning Village Place, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub may be a bit larger than the smaller watering holes scattered throughout Georgia’s capital, but it still successfully generates a neighborly vibe. Complementing what the owners term “global comfort food,” prepared under the supervision of the talented Joey Riley, is the eye-popping decor that lives up to the “Kaleidoscope” name. And like the fare, the beer menu is never stagnant, flaunting a heavy rotation of seasonals, special releases and tap takeovers. The last event I attended here featured a packed house on hand to welcome Winston-Salem’s Foothills Brewing Company, just one of the many times Kaleidoscope has shown appreciation for both the producers and imbibers of the world’s best beverage. n

Fadó Irish Pub 273 Buckhead Avenue Atlanta 30305 404.841.0066 fadoirishpub.com/atlanta There Bar 305 Brookhaven Avenue Atlanta 30319 404.949.9677 therebrookhaven.com The Georgia Chapter Room 5600 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30342 404.941.1503 gachapterroom.com Holeman and Finch 2277 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30309 404.948.1175 holeman-finch.com Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub 1410 Dresden Drive #100 Atlanta 30319 404.474.9600 k-pub.com

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Culinary News & Notes  What have you been doing since you left Rosebud and Diner?

RON 2.0 WE TALK WITH CHEF RON EYESTER ABOUT THE LAST 18 MONTHS AND HIS NEW DIRECTION

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xecutive chef and “Top Chef” season 12 alum Ron Eyester made news in 2015 when he got “in over his head” and had to sell his popular restaurants, including Rosebud and The Family Dog in Morningside, and also close Diner in Atlantic Station. (Basically, when Eyester added Diner to the mix, it just became too much and he couldn’t manage it all anymore.) Since then, the always-vocal Eyester has kept a low profile. We caught up with him to see what he’s up to these days, and what we can expect from him in the coming months.

It’s been an interesting time of reflection. I’ve been forging a new path, combining all the things I love about the restaurant business. I worked for a bit consulting and rebranding Nancy G’s restaurant in Sandy Springs, which was great. I’m also focused on my new event planning company, I Dig Food. Something we always did a great job of at Rosebud and The Family Dog were special dinners that epitomized the community aspect of food. That part of this business always came naturally to me, so I wanted to figure out a way to do that on a bigger, independent scale. So, you’re planning food events?

Yes, but also consulting. I wanted to be able to approach the restaurant industry in a more creative way. My goal is to help restaurants establish a new revenue stream, and raise the level of their brand, mainly through events that focus on food, but also community, people and music. What are some of the events I Dig Food has produced?

The Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival is the biggest.

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We revived it this year after Springer Mountain chicken wanted to be a part of “Ron 2.0.” We did it at Rosebud 10 years ago, so I went back to the drawing board and looked at how to grow it. We hosted it this year in Atlanta and Chattanooga. Next year, Mother Clucker will be in Charleston, and Tallahassee and Knoxville are on our radar. We’d also love to do an event in NYC.

entire business. I am able to relate to Suzanne’s mind-set and perspective because I have walked in her shoes. But because the restaurant isn’t mine, I can remove the emotion and steer her away from unforeseen consequences that she might not even be aware exist.

Tell us about your consulting.

At first I thought, “Who would hire me to consult?” But then I realized I don’t want to be a lead singer anymore. I’m content investing my passion for food in others. But mostly I learned that failure is part of the process— but only if you learn from it.

I’m working with Suzanne Vizethann at Buttermilk Kitchen, and Savi Provisions. Suzanne brought me on in January as a project manager to oversee a kitchen renovation. But I also help with the operation of the restaurant. She and I discuss plans for future growth, mostly from the perspective of how she can avoid certain pitfalls and distractions that ultimately led to the demise of my operations. In other words, you’re helping other chefs learn from your mistakes?

In a sense, yes. Restaurant owners and operators frequently let their emotional attachment to their restaurant prevent them from seeing a clear, objective view of their

What have you learned most from having to close your restaurants?

What can we expect from Ron 2.0?

I think events are the new pop-up. I think we will pursue some ambitious and grueling ideas, knowing we only have to do it for five to six hours. Then we can exhale, learn from our post-event notes and formulate a better business model. Doing events and coming up with the ideas was one of my favorite parts of being a restaurateur, so I want to continue that. n

FOOD NEWS n Buckhead restaurateur Linton Hopkins recently launched his newest eatery, a modern steakhouse, at The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park. C. Ellet’s offers an extensive menu of meat, seafood and oysters, plus a stellar wine program you’d expect from the team behind Restaurant Eugene. n Taste of Atlanta hits the streets on Oct. 20-22, and Buckhead and Sandy Springs restaurant chefs will be in full force at the event. Expect goodies from EJ Hodgkinson of King + Duke, Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps and Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol, as well as foodstuff from 1Kept, Bhojanic, The Capital Grille, Davio’s, Nakato, True Food Kitchen and more. Tickets are $25. n Valenza owner Michel Arnette and chef Stephen Herman celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Brookhaven hot spot with an Italian festival in August. Proceeds from a silent auction went to The Giving Kitchen, which provides emergency grants to Atlanta restaurant workers.

C. Ellet’s 2605 Circle 75 Parkway Atlanta 30339 678.996.5344 c-ellets.com Taste of Atlanta tasteofatlanta.com

Valenza has offered a little slice of Italy right here in Atlanta for the last 10 years.

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Valenza 1441 Dresden Drive Atlanta 30319 404.969.3233 valenzarestaurant.com

LAST CHANCE SUMMER If, like us, you’re big fans of Yebo Beach Haus, you’re running out of time to enjoy the Buckhead eatery’s summerinspired menu. That’s because in November, Yebo will close for a few days while the staff transforms its decor and dishes once again to create Yebo Yebo’s summer-only coconut ceviche. Ski Haus, so that guests can dine on winter-focused foods throughout the cold months. Until then, you can still eat like you’re at the beach. Start off light with the coconut ceviche, loaded with chunks of seafood, jicama, papaya and avocado and tossed in a coconut jalapeño vinaigrette. Pair it with the On Leave cocktail—Yebo’s take on a margarita. Build on the South African flavors from there with the curry roasted cauliflower, grilled artichoke or prawn tacos, then treat yourself to an order of bobotie bunny chow, a deconstructed version of the clasYebo Beach Haus sic consisting of ground beef, curry, apples, 111 West Paces Ferry Road raisins, onions and a fried egg on a brioche bun. Atlanta 30305 Because before you know it, they’ll be gone. 404.869.1992 yebobeachhaus.com Until next summer that is.


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Wiser Than Her Years At 27, Niki Pattharakositkul is introducing Atlantans to authentic Thai cooking STORY:

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ast summer, Niki Pattharakositkul opened 26 Thai Kitchen & Bar at Lindbergh City Center in Buckhead. She was just 26 years old (hence the number 26 in the eatery’s name). Though she grew up in Thailand and was raised in the restaurant industry—her family owns Wild Ginger in Chamblee—she found it difficult to get respect from others given her age. “At the beginning, people didn’t think I could do it,” she says. “But I proved them wrong.” Pattharakositkul gained experience working at other local restaurants. She also took a cooking course in Thailand, using the knowledge she acquired to create authentic recipes for 26 Thai’s menu, including kao-ka-moo, a braised pork shank that’s simmered for five hours and served with broccoli, pickled mustard and five-spice stew. “I tell everyone that if you do what you love, people will feel it,” she says. And so far, people do seem to be feeling it, based on 26 Thai’s excellent Yelp rating and glowing comments such as “a real gem” and “my new go-to Thai spot.” Here, Pattharakositkul shares more about her challenges and successes. What kind of issues did you encounter before opening 26 Thai? Landlords thought I was too young and didn’t even want to talk to me. Sometimes people laughed at me. They said, “Are you serious? You’re opening a restaurant?” But I just kept doing what I was doing. I knew I had to go for it. I had a business plan and never gave up. How did you prepare to open the restaurant? After I graduated from Georgia State

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EXTRA BITE Pattharakositkul started a live jazz program at Thai 26. Check it out on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

[where she studied marketing], I worked part-time in restaurants to learn the system. When you go outside the family business and work with someone who doesn’t know you, you learn a lot. At BUA Thai + Sushi in Brookhaven, I learned to multitask and work quickly. At Nan, I learned that attention to detail is what makes fine dining so different, so I tell my servers at 26 Thai that we want to offer authentic Thai food with fine diningquality service. Right before opening, I went back to Thailand and got a degree in authentic Thai cooking from Dusit Thani College in Bangkok.

recommendations based on their preferences, so they learn about more than just pad thai. I grew up in Bangkok and got art from there to provide an Asian feel to the space. I look at the ingredients chefs use [in Thailand]. We use fresh herbs and ingredients and less oil than other restaurants. Not every dish has brown sauce. I make all the sauces and create the recipes for dishes you don’t see in a lot of Thai restaurants here, such as kao-soi [a northern-style chicken curry with noodles]. I put my heart into every dish I cook. I love what I’m doing. It’s not just business. Opening a restaurant is my dream.

What makes 26 Thai special? We educate customers and offer

How is running a restaurant different than you expected?

It’s about understanding people. I’m only 27 and have about 20 employees working for me. I have to manage people who are my mom’s age. I’m learning to be patient, solve the problem and not get too personal. What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working at the restaurant? I like hiking. It helps me de-stress. I don’t like to do the same 26 THAI thing every day. KITCHEN I’ve been to 20 & BAR countries and 541 Main Street love exploring Atlanta 30324 nature and 404.400.5995 seeing new 26thai.com cultures. n


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

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ANIS CAFÉ & BISTRO Anis is everything you’d hope to find in a French bistro, without having to buy a plane ticket to France: traditional Provençal dishes, relaxed patio dining and often a small congregation of French-speaking diners to help set the mood. Grilled North African-style Merguez sausage, coquilles St. Jacques or a bright, crisp salade d’Arnaud (named after the owner) are all winning starters. Entrées of truite meunière, poulet rôti and boeuf au poivre are sure to bring you back to that quaint Provençal village square. Best-in-class items are the croque monsieur, salade Niçoise, moules marinières and not-to-be-missed chocolate mousse. The time to visit is now, before Pharr Road real estate development triples the wait time for a table. Lunch entrées: $8-$19 Dinner entrées: $8-$35 anisbistro.com

BABYLON CAFÉ When Iraqi native Saad Marwad and his wife, Kelly Rafia, opened Babylon Café in 2014, the city’s foodie community started to buzz about the couple’s fresh, flavorful repertoire of Middle Eastern classics, from falafel and hummus to kebabs and baklava. While the starters are quite good—try the fattoush salad, the lentil soup and

the eggplant badenjan—the earthy, long-simmered stews are unlike anything else in town. We like the herbbased qurma sabzi with super-tender lamb shank and the bamia (okra and tomatoes) with oxtail. Don’t leave without a sip of the anise-flavored aperitif called arak and a bite of kanafeh, a sweet made of shredded phyllo, housemade sweet cheese, rose- and orange-water syrup and pistachios. Appetizers and sides: $2-$7 Entrées: $12-$20 babyloncafeatl.com

The pièce de résistance at Anis Café & Bistro? Creamy chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries.

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

CAFÉ LAPIN Like a Parisian patisserie with a bit more legroom, Café Lapin is a lovely place to savor handmade baked goods or spoon to the bottom of a definitive, cheese-encrusted crock of French onion soup. A small business surviving largely on word of mouth, Café Lapin is a casual, moderately priced restaurant where lunch is never an afterthought. You may get a serious cheeseburger and fries or an elegant slice of asparagus tart. Quiches are standard-setting— the crust is arguably the best in town— and selections vary daily, from Lorraine to mushroom and onion to ham and asparagus. Café Lapin is such a delightful addition to the city … only problem is, it might be habit-forming. Lunch entrées: $7-$12 Dinner entrées: $10-$22 cafelelapin.com

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE

Bhojanic’s Chicken 65 is a tasty, non-fried version of the classic.

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While the Texas-based chain is known for superb steaks, fusion appetizers and flatbreads, we think the burgers are sensational. In particular, the Pimento Cheese Burger, an uptown riff on the Big Mac, is a tower of juicy deliciousness: two patties with lettuce, tomato and pickle; plus housemade “sloppy sauce” (it’s like a smooth Thousand Island); plus two generous smears of pimento cheese,

which slides down the stack and seals in all that juicy goodness. Del Frisco’s gets special points for packaging: The burger sits coyly in a partly open paper wrapper, while the fries are in a little paper cone on the side. A cold frothy draft beer is the clincher. Appetizers: $7-$16.50 Sandwiches and flatbreads: $12.50-$18 Steaks: $29.50-$39.50 delfriscosgrille.com/atlanta

F&B Like its predecessor, the much-loved former Brasserie le Coze, F&B delivers timeless Provençal fare in a classic brasserie atmosphere. The menu is bolstered by comfort dishes portioned with hunger in mind, but it’s also fortified with lighter salads, sandwiches and soups. Classics such as steak frites and skate wing with a brown butter sauce are deeply satisfying in their rustic charm. Mussels come piled high in a white wine and shallot broth, along with crusty French bread for sopping. The drink menu is built on interesting French wines and remarkable cocktails such as the well-balanced, bourbon-based Line of Destiny. Appetizers: $6-$18 Entrées: $11-$42 Desserts: $6-$8 fandbatl.net


KR STEAKBAR

Ted’s No. 11 boasts shredded, slow-braised bison, horseradish cheddar and grilled mushrooms.

Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun’s only Buckhead restaurant feels customtailored for the community. A contemporary nocturnal cubbyhole where small plates rule, wine flows and the air bristles with excitement, the fashionable “steakbar” concept finds Rathbun and chef de cuisine Jessica Gamble fusing two venerable concepts: meat and Italian. Here, nearly everything speaks with a perky Mediterranean lilt: amari-kissed cocktails, steak doused with espresso sauce, heavenly oliveoil cake with almond brittle and citrus cream. (Pastry chef Kylie Akiyama is terrific.) Hidden touches, like the speakeasy-style bar behind the kitchen and a patio that feels like a sunken garden, make us want to continue to explore this romantic spot. Antipasti: $6-$19 Pasta: $12-$16 Entrées: $18-$68 krsteakbar.com

OK CAFÉ Just as we send diners to Bone’s for the definitive steakhouse experience, we suggest OK Café as a classic diner with a strong Southern twang. The offerings here are anchored in time and tradition: Root beer floats and cherry lemonades are called Black Cows and Pink Ladies. Meat-and-twos and veggie plates laden with silken collards and exquisite mac and cheese are meant to be washed down with sweet ice tea and sopped up with a perfect corn muffin. Fat slices of meatloaf encrusted with tomato sauce, roast turkey with cornbread dressing and gravy, chicken pot pie with an adorable little “OK” stamped onto its puff-pastry blanket—this stuff draws a crowd. If you don’t want to play the waiting game, you’d better arrive

before 11 a.m. or between the lunch and dinner rush. After a quarter-century, OK Café never goes out of style. Appetizers: $4-$8 Burgers and sandwiches: $4-$13 Mains: $12-$16 okcafe.com

PIG-N-CHIK Co-owner Jim Graddy tells us he learned the art of the pit on his granddaddy’s pig farm in Manchester, Ga. Graddy remembers cooking whole hogs all night long over hot coals, and when A classic Pig-N-Chik meat and two: juicy pulled pork, rich mac and cheese and fresh coleslaw.

we tear into his pulled-pork sandwich— a delicious pile of pink, smoke-tinged meat between two thick slabs of white bread—we believe him. Graddy has proudly transported his family’s traditions to his casual Southern ’cue counter. Man, is the food good. The fresh-tasting coleslaw (with just a little mayo) and excellent new potato salad are just the things to cut the richness of the succulent pork. Some other tasty go-withs are fried okra, long-cooked collards, mac and cheese and Brunswick stew. We’re sated. We’re sauce-splashed. We need a moist towelette and a nap. Entrées: $8-$24 pignchik.net

STARFISH Starfish—which can look just a little lost on the block that houses Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch— is exactly the kind of sushi joint we 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. Lunch entrées: $7-$16 Dinner entrées: $12-$30 starfishatlanta.com

TED’S MONTANA GRILL We love everything about the housemade dill pickles; the fat onion rings with horseradish dipping sauce; the Arnold Palmers; and the all-American, stick-a-flag-in-it, “where the buffalo roam” burgers. Yep, we’re talking bison, baby. It’s leaner than beef, yet richer and moister, somehow. The Ted’s burger that really rocks our world is the Blue Creek: Inspired by owner Ted Turner’s Blue Creek Ranch in Nebraska, it comes with bacon crumbles and blue cheese. And that’s all it needs. Just ask for a side of rings and a little ramekin of that horsey sauce. Appetizers: $5-$14 Burgers: $12-$19 tedsmontanagrill.com

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f you appreciate good food and delicious drinks (and who doesn’t?), mark your calendars for Sept. 14, when Taste of Buckhead returns to American Spirit Works for its 14th annual celebration. This year, hungry event-goers will be able to sample mouthwatering eats from the chefs at more than 20 area restaurants, including favorites such as American Cut, Smokebelly and Eclipse di Luna. Drinks are also part of the deal, and will be served by notable beverage distributors such as J.R. Revelry Bourbon Whiskey, SweetWater Brewing Company and Winesellers, Ltd. Besides tasting the latest creations from local chefs, guests can also give back to the greater community: All proceeds from the Spirit Wall raffle will benefit Second Helpings,

a nonprofit that fights food waste and insecurity in metro Atlanta. Purchase an all-inclusive ticket for $50, or go big with the VIP option that includes a tour of the American Spirit Whiskey distillery and exclusive food and drink offerings. Either way, you won’t want to miss out—with an ever-expanding list of participating restaurants, this year’s event is shaping up to the biggest and best yet.

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Dress to Impress FALL STYLE SHOWCASE RETURNS TO THE SHOPS BUCKHEAD ATLANTA Crisp weather and the changing leaves can only mean one thing to the fashion-forward: It’s time to swap those shorts and sandals for sweaters and boots. To find out what’s in store for the fall 2017 season, head to Style South, a free event at The Shops Buckhead STYLE SOUTH Atlanta on Sept. 16 featuring in-store shopping parties, light bites from local restaurants and Sept. 16; 12-10 p.m. an outdoor runway show. Catch the latest looks Free The Shops Buckhead Atlanta from brands such as Akris, Alice + Olivia, Joie, 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Lindbergh and Theory, and maybe even score Atlanta 30305 some deals on new clothes with exclusive protheshopsbuckheadatlanta.com motions from participating shops.

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ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER HOSTS ANNUAL FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL Savor authentic Southern culture, traditions and food on Sept. 23 at the Atlanta History Center’s Fall Folklife Festival. The historic Smith Family Farm, a rustic 1840s farmhouse that moved to the center from its original spot on North Druid Hills Road, serves FALL FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL as the perfect setting for a day filled with hands-on arts and crafts, cooking demos and folk music. Interact Sept. 23; 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Adults $21.50, youth $9 with dozens of local artisans who will display their skills, Atlanta History Center from basket weaving and blacksmithing to woodworking 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. and candle dipping. Taste the creations of AfricanAtlanta 30305 American culinary expert Michael Twitty, and listen atlantahistorycenter.com to Georgia musicians while sipping local brews.

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Sept. 5 heritagesandysprings.org As part of Heritage Sandy Springs’ Titles @ Twilight, held on the first Tuesday of every month, local authors head to the Williams-Payne House in Sandy Springs to share stories of the South, from tales of the Civil War to modern murder mysteries. On Sept. 5, former Dunwoody Crier newspaper columnist Kathy Wilson Florence will present her debut novel, Jaybird’s Song. Set in turbulent 1960s Atlanta, the story centers on young Josie Flint’s childhood as the city and rest of the country navigate desegregation and the dawn of the Civil Rights era.

HOT PURSUIT 5K Sept. 9 brookhavenga.gov Work up a sweat while giving back to a worthy cause at the annual Hot Pursuit 5K in Brookhaven. This year, the race will take place at night as a “glow run,” so get ready to rock your glow-in-the-dark gear. The race benefits the Brookhaven Police Department’s Shop with a Badge program, which provides funding for law enforcement offices to take children in need to shop for Christmas gifts. The Tot Trot begins at 7:45 p.m., followed by the 5K at 8 p.m.; the $35 registration includes a race shirt.

DOGGY DIP DAY Sept. 10 murpheycandlerpark.org Even in September, it can still feel like the dog days of summer here in the South. Fortunately, Fido can find some relief from the heat at the Murphey Candler Pool in Brookhaven on Sept. 10, when dogs of all sizes are allowed to jump in, splash around and cool off. If you have a smaller-sized pooch (up to 35 pounds), go from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Larger breeds (more than 35 pounds) are welcome from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Price is $10 per dog.

DISCOVER ADAC Sept. 25-28 adacatlanta.com/events If you’re constantly saving cute home designs to your Pinterest page, be sure to mark Sept. 25-28 on your calendar so you won’t miss the sixth annual Discover ADAC design celebration taking place at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Speakers will be on hand for free discussions on everything from quintessential Southern style to creating a distinct sense of place.


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