Simply Buckhead October 2020

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October 2020 ISSUE 74 • FREE Serving Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody




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57 COVER STORY 12 Editor’s Letter

26 Pets: Chow Down

14 Publisher’s Letter

Tips to select the right nutrition for cats and canines


28 Kids: Dinner Break

Photos: 30: Patrick Heagney, 50, 66: Joann Vitelli, 57: Sara Hanna





Easy meal deliveries for families with children



The Neighborhood Saville Art Studios opens in Buckhead

38 Fashion: Activewear


Takeover Three local fitness pros

66 Review: Seventh Heaven

18 Travel Near:

30 Home:

16 News: Canvassing

offer their favorite athleisure finds

46 Tastemaker:

Winter Primer

Balancing Act

Boone, North Carolina, offers close-to-home snow for the budding skier

The Brookhaven home of Moms on Call CEO puts family first

22 Travel Staycation:

Indie Cool

Head for the Hills

An opportune office space opens in east Buckhead


36 Tastemaker: Life By Design

50 On Stage: Bringing It All Together Chivon Ferguson

Sandy Springs resident Jason Feldman turned his passion into a paycheck

develops film and television projects through her company, PGP Productions

Autumn brings out the best of bucolic Blairsville

24 15 Minutes With: Nicholas Ladany, Ph.D. A chat with the 17th president of Oglethorpe University

34 Bulletin Board:

Creative Queen African Pride’s Kendria Strong is pioneering new innovation in the multicultural beauty world

Sandy Springs’ Casi Cielo lives up to its name

68 Drinks: Fall Drink Favorites Be an in-cider with these cocktails

70 Foodie Journal: Takeout 101 Expert tips on how to make the most of takeout

72 Tastemaker: Digging Deep A culinary duo’s hunt for the ultimate buried treasure

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Serving Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody OCTOBER 2020 | ISSUE 74 P.O. Box 11633, Atlanta, GA 30355 For advertising rates, call: 404.538.9895 Publisher and Founder


Joanne Hayes Chief Financial Officer

Sonny Hayes Managing Editor

Karina Antenucci Senior Contributing Editor

Jennifer Bradley Franklin Creative Director

Alan Platten Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Cheryl Isaacs Account Executive

Michelle Johnson Website Development Management

BHG Digital Director of Audience Development

Rebecca Cha Rebecca Cha has been a contributing writer for Simply Buckhead since 2016 and pens the Restaurant Review. Her work has appeared in Food and Wine, The Wine Enthusiast, The Wine Spectator, The Atlantan and many other publications. She also has produced for the Food Network and written for and hosted numerous food and winerelated TV shows. She studied Italian and music composition at Columbia University, and is an active member of the theater and literary arts communities in Atlanta, an avid equestrian, rafting enthusiast and proud parent.

Mike Jose Copy Editor

H.M. Cauley Contributing Writers

Giannina S. Bedford H.M. Cauley Rebecca Cha Carly Cooper Jessica Dauler Mickey Goodman Angela Hansberger Michael Jacobs Nicole Letts Amy Meadows Amanda Morris Laura J. Moss Lia Picard Ginger Strejcek Contributing Photographers

Sara Hanna Patrick Heagney Joann Vitelli Graphic Designer

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A Place Where You Belong Thank you to our restaurants, shops & services during this difficult time. Please check with our individual businesses for more information on current operating hours, curbside/delivery options & more. Town Brookhaven is open and coming back stronger than ever! ANCHORS

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As we celebrate the heroes among us, Simply Buckhead dispatched photographer Sara Hanna to take portraits of those serving our community for the cover feature. Her photo sessions took her to her studio, a rugby field, a university and more. The image that made it on the cover

was shot at the Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 21, situated on Roswell Road. Atlanta Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter stood in front of a fire truck, and a couple of his Buckhead-based firefighters joined in for a few shots. Photographer: Sara Hanna

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Bua Thai and Sushi • The Flying Biscuit Café HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern • Lucky’s Burger & Brew Marble Slab Creamery • Moe’s Southwest Grill Newk’s Express Café • Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub Red Pepper Taqueria • There Restaurant and Bar Tropical Smoothie Café • Urban Wok (Opening Soon)

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[ E DI T OR ’ S L E T T E R ]


eroes” is a word most of us have been using a lot lately.

Health care heroes. Frontline heroes. There are countless heroes among us who should be celebrated. Naturally, some are already in the spotlight, but many others are not. Simply Buckhead’s October issue honors unsung heroes, those who are doing the good work in our communities and are largely out of the limelight. From fundraising for foster children to engineering face masks for those with disabilities, the impact of the exemplary human beings featured in our cover story can be felt by those they serve. They are prime examples of selflessness and a drive to help. Plus, Mickey Goodman pens the Local Salute column, showcasing the passionate achievements of more heroes in our midst in every issue. Uncovering the creative paths and supporting the professional journeys of those in our readership is a passion of ours. In this issue, Carly Cooper discovers the serendipitous story of Sandy Springs resident and interior designer Jason Feldman, Jennifer Bradley Franklin chats with Kendria Strong of Dunwoodybased African Pride about the beauty brand’s unique offerings, Nicole Letts reveals Buckhead artist Blake Weeks’ winding road to his incredible sculptures, and Rebecca Cha digs deep with the culinary duo behind sought-after local foraging business Seminalia. We hope you enjoy reading all of these stories as much as we enjoyed writing them and come away feeling encouraged that you, too, can be a hero or follow your passion. Karina Antenucci Managing Editor


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s we publish this month’s “Heroes” issue of Simply

Buckhead, I find myself thinking

From left: Joanne Hayes, Wade “Sonny” Hayes, Devin Kleinfeld-Hayes, Marni Kleinfeld-Hayes and Cyndy Hayes surround Wade H. Hayes Sr.

of how ordinary people end up doing something extraordinary that leaves an indelible mark on the people around them and perhaps even the wider world. I was fortunate to know a hero in my own family. My fatherin-law, Wade H. Hayes Sr., led an extraordinary life. He joined the U.S. Army, served in World War II as a platoon sergeant and participated in both D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. Wounded twice, he received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal with one silver star, the Purple Heart with one bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star and the Victory medal. Then, last year, he was presented with the Legion of Honor with the rank of Knight, France’s highest merit, joining notables including Steven Spielberg, Eleanor Roosevelt, Quincy Jones, Toni Morrison and Martin Scorsese. My husband, Sonny, and I grieved his dad’s passing this summer. He was a great man who lived a remarkable life of service and valor. Though we, along with Sonny’s sister, Cyndy, and our families, grieve the void, our lives are forever enriched by his example. I hope, as you read this issue’s stories of the heroes in our community, you’re as inspired as I am. And perhaps, if there are heroes like Wade in your own circle or family, you’ll ask them to tell you their stories.

Joanne Hayes Publisher/Founder/CEO ValueStream Media Group


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With walls 1,000 feet tall, The Narrows in Springdale, Utah is at its most spectacular in the fall.

TRAVEL FAR Canyon Paradise P20 With a backdrop of soaring sandstone walls, the rushing river and cottonwood trees, every direction provides a postcard-like view.

Photo: David Pettit

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Ginger Strejcek

Known for her bold use of color and texture, modern artist Kate Saville is making a splash at her new Buckhead studio.



ate Saville has found a new place to brandish her brush: smack dab in the middle of Buckhead. The enterprising painter recently unveiled Saville Art Studios at the corner of Peachtree and Pharr roads, next door to Buckhead Village District. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Buckhead’s rejuvenation,” says Saville, who spent over a decade at a studio in Peachtree City before trading spaces. “The community has been so enthusiastic and welcoming.” Located on the old stomping grounds of the Three Dollar Cafe, and a previous establishment where an indoor Ferris wheel once entertained guests in the 1980s, the working gallery serves as

central headquarters for Saville’s creative endeavors. Her dazzling art covers the walls in a bold spectacle of color and texture, from an imaginative menagerie of feathered friends to modern abstracts and life-size figural pieces. “As an Atlanta native, it was always my intention to return to Buckhead and settle in as my children aged and recognition grew,” she says. “The expansion onto Peachtree Road has been an amazing welcome to an already exciting new chapter in life!” The studio will host a public showcase from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 4. Meanwhile, pop in during studio hours to view current paintings for sale or watch the artist at work. n

SAVILLE ART STUDIOS 3002 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 1-6 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. (closed Sun. & Mon.) 470.699.2003

NEWS CLIPS SUITE STAYS ON THE WAY Buckhead Village District will soon have a posh new place to stay and play. Thompson Buckhead, from the Hyatt’s Thompson Hotels brand, is set to open in late 2021. Developed by Regent Partners, the $90 million property will feature 201 spacious guest rooms, a chef-driven restaurant and an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, pool and lounge overlooking the Atlanta skyline, all designed with a cultural nod to the neighborhood. “We recognize


the importance of unique, lifestyle-driven hotels that inspire travelers seeking refined and evocative experiences,” says Crystal Vinisse Thomas, Hyatt’s director of global lifestyle brands. Thompson Buckhead

BOOK SOLO TIME WITH MUSIC STARS As the world turns virtual, Topeka is keeping it personal. The online service created by Buckhead-based entrepreneur Andy Levine

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brings users face-to-face with musicians through live video hangouts, from guitar sessions and serenades to meet-and-greets and mini concerts. Rock out with members of Sister Hazel, chat with American Idol winner Kris Allen or kick back with Shawn Mullins or the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers. “The quarantine experience has exemplified how needed and meaningful these hang sessions truly are,” says Levine, inspired by the film Almost Famous

to connect fans and artists beyond the stage. Average pricing ranges from $250$1,250, depending on time, package and host, with a growing roster of stars. Topeka

NEW BUCKHEAD BOUTIQUE Shop timeless, yet on-trend style at the just-opened Sara Campbell boutique in Buckhead. The 1,020-square-foot location carries Campbell’s signature line of women’s fashions that are made in

the U.S., as well as a curated selection of coordinating accessories. Enticing customers to shop, a 15% discount is offered for first in-store purchases, plus all the requisite social distancing measures are in place. Check the online calendar for monthly shopping events to benefit local charities and organizations. Sara Campbell 2339 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite C Atlanta 30305



Mickey Goodman

Feel Beautiful Today founder Biviana Franco celebrates with cancer patients and survivors at the organization's annual fundraiser, Love Conquers All.

During the pandemic, teen Nola James Shapiro has donated hundreds of cookies to medical personnel at Northside Hospital.

Just Desserts Eighth grader Nola James Shapiro fell in love with baking when she was 5 years old and not yet tall enough to reach the kitchen counter without a stool. Her chocolate chip cookies became favorites for mom Kimberly, dad Stephen “Steak” Shapiro and her siblings, Sophie and Bobby. Dad, the founder of Atlanta Eats, is an expert when it comes to recognizing good food. Her ardor for cooking has never wavered, and during the pandemic, the Dunwoody teen began donating dozens of cookies every week to doctors and nurses at Northside Hospital. “When people began asking if they could buy them, I decided to start my own bakery business, Frosted By Nola,” she says. “My mom delivers orders

Baking up a storm for free to the hospital and fire and police stations.” Although the cheesecake recipe handed down from her aunt draws rave reviews, Nola finds new recipes by watching cooking shows and Instagram videos, then adds her own twist. “I like baking cakes best because I can get really creative with colors and textures and turn them into works of art, but my chocolate chip cookies are my best sellers,” she says. Nola also designed her own packaging, pink boxes with turquoise bows, and she writes personal notes in turquoise ink to each recipient, along with a greeting on the box. l For more information, visit

Biviana Franco has first-hand experience with loved ones’ struggling with cancer. First, her aunt was diagnosed. Then, 10 years ago, the artist’s two friends were told they had it. Her mother’s diagnosis followed later. Inspired by hearing them talk about the dehumanizing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, she sought a way to give other patients a sense of accomplishment and help alleviate their feelings of isolation through the arts. She founded Feel Beautiful Today in 2010. “FBT’s biggest fundraiser is our annual fashion show called Love Conquers All, originally scheduled for spring,” says Chambleebased board member Barbara Banta. Due to the pandemic, the live event was first moved to October, but with the ongoing inadvisability of large gatherings and the compromised immune systems of models who are cancer patients, they decided to stream it on the Feel Beautiful Today Facebook page and YouTube

Elana Frank turned her own difficulties starting a family into the Jewish Fertility Foundation that helps other couples defray the cost of treatment.

Baby Blues Foundation offers hope While many charities have struggled to continue offering services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buckhead-based Jewish Fertility Foundation has grown exponentially. “We’ve been able to triple the number of support groups we offer by switching to virtual. Our webinars now attract from 100 to 2,000,” says CEO and founder Elana Frank. “Both are open to anyone seeking help for infertility.” One of the main issues for couples is that artificial insemination is not only lengthy, emotion-

Creating Beauty

ally draining and often heartbreaking, it is extremely expensive, with each in vitro fertilization treatment costing from $14,000 to $25,000 in the United States. “This puts it out

of reach for many families,” says Frank. “To help alleviate the financial burden, we’ve awarded grants, interest-free loans and clinical discounts amounting to $425,000 over the last four years. The happy result is 46 new babies with 21 more on the way.” Frank and her husband, Jason, struggled to start a family for 15 years. They found a solution while living in Israel where IVF treatments for the first-born child are free and generally cost far less than in the U.S. Upon their return to

Art aids healing

channel on Oct. 25. The event is sponsored by Northside Hospital, Georgia Core and Dillard’s. FBT’s Arts in Health program has grown from a fledgling program at a single hospital 10 years ago to currently being welcomed at 13 metro area cancer centers. It has served 11,000 patients in clinical settings. “Patients tell us that participating in our arts program is like walking over a bridge from a dark and scary place to a bright and beautiful place,” Franco says. “[Our programs] include jewelry making, embellishing cards, creating mixed-media art and more.” Prior to the pandemic, programs were all led by volunteers, including patients in remission who wanted to give back. Since in-person instruction is not currently allowed in clinics and hospitals, volunteers deliver the art kits, and recipients can access instructions online. l For more information, visit

America five years ago with their two children, Frank realized it was her life’s mission to help other couples. She recently expanded the nonprofit to Cincinnati with the hope of adding 15 more locations over the next five years. l For more information, visit

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TR AV E L NE A R IF YOU GO Appalachian Ski Mountain French Swiss Ski College Hawksnest Snow Tubing Lost Province Brewing Co. Mast General Store

Winter Primer Boone, North Carolina, offers closeto-home snow for the budding skier


he first time I skied I was 4 years old. With each family ski vacation, I fell more and more in love with the sport. Even when we lived in Florida, far from the mountains, my parents planned trips to farflung, snow-capped destinations so we could further hone our skills. Now that my kids are of the age to tackle the peaks (albeit the small ones), I’m eager to pass on my love of the sport. A family ski vacation, however, is by no means an easy or inexpensive trip. So last winter, when I was yearning to see my babies become snow bunnies, I pinpointed a close-to-Atlanta mountain to give them a taste. Our destination: Boone, North Carolina. Named for Daniel Boone, the famous American pioneer and explorer, Boone is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a scenic five-hour drive from Buckhead. Its location makes it

easily accessible from numerous big cities. As such, we convinced friends who live in the D.C. area to drive down and meet us, and we all packed into a quaint cabin rental ready for an adventure-filled, yet relaxing, stay. I’ll be honest: As a self-proclaimed ski snob who’s accustomed to higher altitudes, I didn’t expect much in terms of high-quality powder. I figured this trip would give our kids—ages 2 to 5—the opportunity to see some of the white stuff and try out the bunny slope with friends. We booked them private lessons with the French Swiss Ski College and, after gearing up, made our way to Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock, about a 15-minute drive south from downtown Boone. Our ski day was more of a rain day, but the snow machines at the resort were pumping to ensure there was enough of a base to make a trip Left: Hawksnest Snow Tubing offers four different tubing areas with experiences for novice and veteran tubers. Right: Lost Province Brewing Co. in downtown Boone brews craft beers and serves woodfired foods.


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No need to take a flight to enjoy this snowy panorama at Appalachian Ski Mountain.

Giannina S. Bedford

down the mountain safe and exciting. All the nearby ski mountains make their own snow, but Appalachian Mountain Resort claims the greatest snowmaking pumping capacity per acre of any resort in the Southeast. We dressed the little ones in their layers, and, after getting a rundown from the instructor on what to expect, we unleashed them on the mountain and found an outdoor deck at the base to watch from. They ran through age-appropriate drills and eventually made their way up the small slope on the moving walkway or “magic carpet.” We braced for their descent. It’s hard to explain the satisfaction a parent feels seeing her children succeed at something they’ve worked

toward; watching our kids head down the bunny slope successfully at the end of their one-hour lesson was exhilarating. Post-lesson, the kids built a snowman, had a snowball fight and sipped hot chocolate. It was a perfect first ski day for our munchkins. Away from the mountain, Boone offers several other winter diversions, from ice skating and sledding to snowshoeing. Hawksnest Snow Tubing—said to be the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast—is a must-visit. About 30 minutes from downtown, it offers more than 30 lanes of snow tubing with runs spanning from 400 to 1,000 feet long. Just make sure to watch the weather as the park often shuts down during rain. Boone is also known for its craft beer—a fitting reward after a day of winter sports. We sampled quality suds at downtown’s Lost Province Brewing Co. Paired with the gastropub’s homemade pretzels, pizzas and wood-fired mac and cheese, it was a satisfying, all-ages feast. Later, we strolled the streets, popping into shops retailing mountain goods, including the famous Mast General Store where the kids grabbed handfuls of treats from barrels of classic candies. Boone may not be a worldrenowned ski spot, but it offers its own sweet dose of mountain life. A welcoming—and close—winter destination, it’s the perfect place to begin a love affair with the snow. Or, for me, get a taste of it to last until next winter. n

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IF YOU GO Flanigan’s Inn Meme’s Cafe Oscar’s Cafe Sol Foods Zion Adventure Company

TRAVEL TIPS GET THERE: Fly Delta to Las Vegas, rent a car and take the 2.5-hour drive to Springdale via I-15.

Angela Hansberger

Canyon Paradise Springdale, Utah, commands attention in the fall


he tiny town of Springdale in Southwest Utah is nestled in Zion Canyon, built along the banks of the Virgin River. With a backdrop of soaring sandstone walls, the rushing river and cottonwood trees that rustle in the wind, every direction provides a postcard-like view. The picturesque scenes are amplified in the fall, when foliage changes colors against a red rock backdrop, daytime temperatures are milder and crowds are diminished. More peace. More solitude. Whether exploring the canyons by way of hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing or walking with nature, outdoor activity options abound in Springdale and Zion National Park. It’s also an artist’s paradise. Painters gather at Canyon Junction Bridge to capture the sun setting. While plenty of chain hotels are discretely tucked into the town, my oasis

in the desert is Flanigan’s Inn. It is a place to feel rejuvenated and at home. Just a five-minute walk from the park’s entrance, Flanigan’s is centrally located yet dreamily tucked into the scenery. It has an attached restaurant, The Spotted Dog, and a full range of spa services for after-hike recovery or complete pampering. Everything you need to be outfitted for outdoor adventures is right next door at Zion Adventure Company. One of my days begins with a short nature walk up to Flanigan’s hilltop labyrinth, and I stride with intention as the sun rises from behind massive walls of red rock. I head to MeMe’s Cafe a half mile down the street for a coconut milk cappuccino and a hearty roasted turkey crepe. Next door to MeMe’s, I fill my backpack with bread, cheese, fruit and snacks at Sol Foods. Then I grab my canyon shoes, neoprene socks and hiking pole from my room and hop on the shuttle for the scenic ride to the entrance to The Narrows. Early morning, just after the sun rises, is a great time for spotting wildlife of all sorts. Dining options in Springdale showcase the flavors of the Southwest and hiking attire is happily accepted.


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GET AROUND: Shuttles run February through November. The free service arrives frequently at nine stops along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Additionally, there is a shuttle service in the town of Springdale, stopping at nine spots from early morning until late evening.

Angela Hansberger

Virgin River flows through the center of Zion canyon, and there’s one impressive hike through it. From the Temple of Sinawava, The Narrows trail follows the North Fork of the river on a bottom-up hike through a narrow slot canyon that meanders as you walk through flowing water and occasionally scamper over or around large rocks. The sight is breathtaking, and during the fall, you rarely encounter people, especially if you begin early. Round trip is about six hours, but you can turn around whenever you wish. I return to Flanigan’s and drop my rented gear next door. A hot shower followed by a dip in the pool and a rest in the hot tub to soothe my worked-out muscles ensues. For dinner, I walk the half mile to Oscar’s Cafe as mule deer walk the streets

The all-inclusive resort was designed with a classic park lodge atmosphere and is walking distance to restaurants and shops.

full of art galleries and munch on grasses. I order a hearty plate of green chile enchiladas and sit on the patio with fellow hikers. The walk back is astounding below a sky full of stars never seen in big cities like Atlanta. I tuck into the comfy bed, making sure to turn on the electric fireplace to dry my boots for tomorrow’s adventure up to Angel’s Landing, a steep hike with 360-degree views and a set of switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles. “Zion” means place of peace and refuge, and the title couldn’t be more fitting for Utah’s most visited national park and the town that serves as home base. n

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S TAYC AT I O N IF YOU GO Blairsville Copperhead Lodge Grandaddy Mimm’s Moonshine Distillery Mountain Life Museum Paradise Hills Winery Resort and Spa Vogel State Park

Left: A 22-acre lake is one of the jewels in Vogel State Park, one of Georgia's oldest. Below: The Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm features furry, four-footed attractions.

Head for the Hills Autumn brings out the best of bucolic Blairsville STORY:

H.M. Cauley


o those who hail from colder climes, “leaf peeping” is an autumn ritual. Parents, couples and kids pile into cars and head into the mountains to see the fall foliage in its most vivid splendor. While Atlanta isn’t known for its cold weather, it is lucky to be close to a zone where the crisp air turns trees into an artist’s palette of ambers, ochers, coppers and rubies. One of the best places to commune with color is Blairsville, about a two-hour drive north of Buckhead. The town is strategically positioned for optimal leaf viewing: It sits on the edge of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, a massive spread with about 850 miles of pathways that meander under the tree canopy, including 80 miles that are part of the Appalachian Trail. Within the forests is Vogel State Park, one of Georgia’s oldest parks ideal for swimming, fishing, hiking and hanging out in a cabin or campsite around a 22-acre lake. Trek to Helton Creek Falls where two streams converge into a stunning, 100-foot drop. Also inside the forests is the Lake Winfield Scott recreation area and Lake Nottely, both idyllic spots for water sports, walking and watching the local wildlife as well as the leaves. Not into leaf watching or nature? No worries. Blairsville has other natural wonders in store. A quaint down-


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town district offers a glimpse into the area’s history at the red-brick Union County Courthouse, built in 1899 and home to the county’s historical society, military museum and dollhouse collection. Log some shopping time with stops at The Wine Shoppe, featuring local wines and craft beers; Sunflowers on the Square antiques; and the Logan Turnpike Mill shop, stocked with the ingredients found in many of Atlanta’s best grits dishes. A five-minute stroll from the heart of town leads to the Mountain Life Museum, actually an assemblage of several historic buildings including the 1906 Butt-Mock Home, the Civil War-era Payne cabin, a barn and smithy (blacksmith’s workshop). Drive about 5 miles south to Lasso the

Moon Alpaca Farm, where tours take visitors up-close with the creatures and demonstrate how their wool can be spun into a variety of products. Georgia’s mountains are also known for their moonshine history, and country music singer and songwriter Tommy Townsend is keeping that history alive at Grandaddy Mimm’s Moonshine Distillery. Using family recipes, the operation turns out corn whiskeys in a variety of flavors. The place gets most crowded during the summer when it’s a popular site for outdoor concerts. Though it’s an easy drive back to Atlanta, Blairsville has options for an overnight stay. The Copperhead Lodge offers cabins and rooms. Drop by its Flying Trout Restaurant where

casual favorites from chicken and waffles to a trout burger fill the menu. The Paradise Hills Winery Resort and Spa features a full-service spa and one- to four-bedroom cabins, outfitted with fireplaces, spa tubs and spectacular views. The 40 acres of vineyards are planted with six grape varieties, and a tasting room gives visitors a chance to sip before buying. Grab a glass and a seat on the patio or porch, and savor the local flavors as well as the foliage. After months of being cooped up at home, Blairsville provides the perfect place for getting away and “peeping” into nature. n

Sunrise Grocery has been a local fixture since the 1920s.

The 1899 Union County Courthouse anchors the town's center.

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Why was Oglethorpe the right fit for you as an administrator? Oglethorpe just resonated with me. What’s evident to me is that it’s a gem of a university. It has everything in place that parents would want for their students. There is a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It’s a small liberal arts college, and more than 50% are students of color. We value diversity as a quality, and it’s outstanding that we have a community such as this. Another standout is the engagement of the faculty. On a large campus, you’re a number; in a place like Oglethorpe, you’re not a number—you are engaged by many faculty, and these are people who deeply care about and want to help students. That’s why people love being here. The beginning of this academic year is certainly


challenging. How are you managing it? You can’t predict what you don’t know, so you have to rise above the fray and focus your attention where it needs to be focused. We have two principles: the health and safety of our students and educational access. If we teach remotely, we still have to make sure that we meet our students where they are. We have to provide a high level of engagement. To me, a webinar with 50 to 100 students is not a class, but a class with 15 to 20 students that’s taught remotely can provide engagement in a unique and meaningful way. In any case, we really want to make sure parents know that we are taking care of their kids. What are your goals as the new president of Oglethorpe? In leadership, what’s critical is facilitating positive

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ccording to Nicholas Ladany, Ph.D., it’s one of the most amazing pieces of art he’s ever seen. La Pieta by Atlanta artist Shanequa Gay hangs in the Oglethorpe University Museum’s Skylight Gallery. It depicts an African American mother cradling her deceased son and speaks to today’s social and racial climate. The powerful artwork was acquired for the university through a collaborative initiative led by a group of Oglethorpe students and the Student Government Association in an effort to expand the diversity of artists represented in the museum’s collection. For Ladany, its presence on campus serves as one of the many reasons why he is proud to have been selected as the 17th president of Oglethorpe University, a position he officially assumed on July 1. He comes to the institution after serving as dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and Associate Provost for Academic Outreach at the University of San Diego and is an internationally recognized scholar, educator and author.

change. But it’s not me doing it by myself. It’s about bringing together a shared voice of our community members, our staff members and students. We want an educational environment that’s exciting and innovative. You recently moved to Atlanta. How are you enjoying your new home? It’s been wonderful. Our home is full. [My wife, Randa El Jurdi, and I] have three grown daughters; two

of them are with us and working remotely. We like being out in the community, and we’re excited about all kinds of things. Atlanta is steeped in the arts, and we hear there are wonderful botanical gardens. We also tend to like to be immersed in civil rights organizations and that kind of work, and we are excited to see those kinds of organizations here. What does it mean for you to be Oglethorpe’s 17th president?

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Above: Karena Richardson poses with her pups. Below: Tiffanie McCullough snuggles one of her many feline friends.


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inety-five percent of U.S. pet owners consider their pets to be family, according to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, a global market research firm. Naturally, we want our family members to be healthy, so it’s no surprise that pet nutrition and specialty foods are big business. But when it comes to feeding your feline friend or canine companion, do you know what to look for in their food? We talked to the experts to get the lowdown.

DINNER FOR DOGS Dogs are omnivores, meaning they eat food of both plant and animal origin. But when you select a food for your dog, protein is the most important ingredient to consider. Just like on human food labels, ingredients in pet food are listed in order of quantity. So if the first item listed is chicken, for example, then you know the food’s chief ingredient is chicken. However, labels can be misleading due to a practice known as ingredient splicing. To combine the components of


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a dry food, binders must be used. Binders are grains or starches, such as rice, lentils and chickpeas, and they’re frequently the next ingredient listed on a label. But often pet foods can be deceiving because manufacturers will list multiple binders. “Probably the third, fourth, fifth and sometimes even sixth ingredient listed on your ingredient panel is the binder,” says nutritionist Karena Richardson, manager of The Whole Dog Market, which has a Sandy Springs location. “If there are more than three binders or starchy foods, you have more starch than protein.” And while you may have heard that you should feed your dog the same food for life, Richardson says this is a myth. “Do we want to eat the same food for our entire lives?” she asks. “Would we be healthy if we only ate chicken every day?” If pet owners aren’t comfortable switching brands, Richardson offers another solution to introduce variety. “Just rotate the flavor or protein. One month, do a bag of pork. The next month, do a bag of chicken,” she says.

KIBBLE FOR CATS Cats are obligate carnivores, which

means they derive energy and nutrient requirements mostly from meat. However, many cat foods contain carbohydrates such as corn, wheat and rice that they don’t necessarily need. So it’s important to look for foods that contain protein as the top ingredient. “Look for labels that list one main protein ingredient like chicken, turkey or beef,” says Brookhaven resident Tiffanie McCullough, a veterinary technician who consults on feline nutrition. “These recipes must contain 95% of the listed single protein per American Association of Feed Controls guidelines. Second, if the label says ‘dinner’ or ‘buffet,’ then that percentage drops down to 25%, but can be no more than 95%.” Because of their carnivore status, misconceptions about the feline diet abound. “I think the biggest misconception is that [cats] should only be fed a raw diet,” McCullough says. "While raw may have benefits, there isn’t enough scientific backing to prove it is the best for all cats. Another misconception is that all cats should eat grain-free. Recent studies [including a 2018 FDA report] show that a grain-free diet has been linked to heart disease.”

SWITCH IT UP If you decide to change up your pet’s diet, do so gradually. Mix a bit of the new food in with the previous food, and slowly increase the amount of the new food over time until your cat or dog is eating the new food only. This helps your pet adjust to the new food and prevent digestive issues.

Finally, a common question among cat owners is whether wet food or dry food is better for cats. While there’s not a consensus among vets, wet food can help felines stay hydrated and can be especially beneficial for cats prone to urinary infections. As always, if you have questions about your pet’s diet, consult a veterinarian or nutritionist. n

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Above: Dinner A'Fare's Mongolian beef is a quick whip-up for the whole family. Left: Little Spoon's healthful infant purees simplify daily life as a weary parent knows it. Right: Yumble's chicken pops are sure to be a kid pleaser.

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big time suck. The solution: Little Spoon’s BabyBlends offer a rotating menu of purees such as strawberry, basil, beet, pear and chia seeds, all full of organic, healthy foods made without preservatives, extreme heat processing, GMOs, additives or added sugar. “Each meal is built in collaboration with pediatricians and nutritionists to ensure the most nutrient-dense, varied food possible for your growing little one,” says Lisa Barnett, co-founder and president. If your baby has dietary restrictions, use Little Spoon’s available website filters when placing the order. DETAILS: Meal plan bundles start with 14 items for about $3 each.

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The littles are notoriously picky, and parents often look for ways to “sneak in” vegetables so kids don’t live off of chicken nuggets alone. At Yumble, Parker and a professional chef work with nutritionists to design tasty meals that offer the appropriate calories and nutritional profiles for little kids. The menu changes weekly and includes plates such as an organic chicken and veggie chili wrap paired with broccoli; daisy-shaped cheese ravioli with veggie-packed beef Bolognese; and a creamy veg-

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One of the great things about the Atlanta-based Dinner A’Fare is that it requires very little thinking to craft a delicious meal for the whole family. The chef-prepared dinners, such as Italian-style turkey burgers and Thai shrimp with basil-coconut rice, arrive with short, easy instructions for parents to throw them together very quickly. “There is no washing, chopping, dicing, shredding, zesting or anything,” says co-founder Stephanie Wright. The meals arrive frozen so you can stash away what you don’t need immediately, and nothing goes to waste. No subscription is required, so order what you want when you need it. “Our dinners put that portion of your life on auto-pilot without the expense and negative health effects of takeout,” says Ken Wright, co-founder. DETAILS: Various order options available for one to six people. n

NUTTY AND NICE Once upon a time, experts thought that babies shouldn’t be fed peanuts in any form to prevent allergic reactions. Based on current research, the American Academy of Pediatrics has flipped the script and now recommends that early peanut introduction can actually stave off the allergy. However, whole peanuts and peanut butter are choking hazards for babies. Noticing the lack of baby peanut snack options available on the market, a Buckhead-residing mom and dad whose first child has a peanut allergy paired up with worldrenowned pediatric allergist, Dr. Gideon Lack, to create Mission Mighty Me Proactive Peanut Puffs ($24.95 for five pouches). The organic, star-shaped puffed snack easily dissolves in a baby’s mouth. Bonus: It’s gluten and sugar free.

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Above: The living room, lit by an orb chandelier from Gabby, features a strategically placed console table behind the sofa to prevent the boys from flipping over the back of the furniture. Below: The Eddys gather over meals at their kitchen’s eat-in area, outfitted with no-fuss furnishings so spills come without stress.

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reating a functional, family-friendly abode that doesn’t fall short on elegance was the focus of Chris and Morgan Eddy’s home renovation. They also wanted a space to host large family gatherings (Chris is one of seven children) and a dedicated room for their two boys, 4-year-old Barnes and 2-year-old Charlie, to romp around. “I want people to come in and feel right at home, like they aren’t going to break anything,”


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says Morgan, the new CEO of Atlanta-based parental advice company Moms on Call. “I wanted to find that perfect balance of a place where my kids could play comfortably, but it wouldn’t be cluttered and would still look pretty.” The Eddys found the home they would transform on a picturesque street in Brookhaven. The five-bedroom, four-and-ahalf bath residence was just 800 feet away from the home they’d built and lived in through the birth of their first son. Once they were expecting baby number two, they decided it was time to find something bigger. “The sunroom on the main level was a dealmaker for me because it gave us a play area right next to the kitchen and living room. We could still see the boys, but they could have their own space where their toys and clutter could be contained,” Morgan says. Built in 2004, the house had some awkward floor plan issues the Eddys wanted to remedy.

They enlisted the help of friend and interior designer Shannon Reynolds to help them envision what it could become. “I loved all the natural light and knew the house had really good bones,” Reynolds says. After purchasing the home in March 2018, the Eddys started work immediately on the main level. They converted a small office and dining room with two separate entries into one large open space with a shiplap ceiling. Today, it houses the formal dining and a sitting area furnished in blue Bernhardt swivel chairs and white coffee tables from Gabby. In the living room, they removed an exterior window left from the addition of the sunroom. They also upgraded the “very 1990s” fireplace by adding a wood mantel and shiplap up to the ceiling. The neutral-hued room with a Gabby media console and Bernhardt wing chair was made kid-proof with the use of durable and easy-to-clean Crypton fabric on

Right: The kitchen is dressed up with gold light fixtures, a custom range hood, a Roman shade in Schumacher fabric and an accent wood panel on the island designed by Shannon Reynolds. Below: Outfitted in the Eddys’ former living room furniture, the sunroom-meetsplayroom was a selling point of the house.

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ers to ensure all kitchen clutter is hidden away. The Eddys also added a window seat with storage to create a cozy eat-in area for the whole family. The high-traffic spot includes a Crypton-upholstered seat, HomeGoods pillows, a table purchased on Amazon and easyto-wipe bistro-style chairs from T.J. Maxx. “Our kitchen is inevitably where everyone ends up,” Morgan says. “We love that it’s classic and beautiful, but also casual enough for a high chair to fit right in.” In the upstairs bedrooms, changes were mainly aesthetic—fresh paint and new carpeting. The master got more of a facelift with new blackout curtains in Romo fabric, a ceiling fan and bedding from Ballard Designs. When the homeowners refinished the wood floors—trading the cherry hue for a darker ebony-meets-Jacobean stain—they also replaced tired carpet for hardwoods in the upstairs hallway and the stairs, which got a


the custom couches. “Our biggest priority was making sure there was comfortable, functional seating that would work for football season gatherings and good conversations to family movie nights,” Morgan says. In a house full of males, Morgan made her feminine statement in the main level’s powder room. Painted in high-gloss Farrow & Ball Hague Blue, the stylish water closet features gold fixtures and a Ballard Designs pendant that hangs from the high ceiling. The largest transformation occurred in the kitchen, where the once small room was reworked to include an island with a dark wood panel accent and two sets of statement-making gold light fixtures from Visual Comfort and Atlanta-based Zeugma. The black countertops and brown travertine tile backsplash were also traded for granite and white subway tile. The new ceiling-height white cabinetry includes two large appliance garages and deep draw-

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runner and freshly painted bannister. A year and a half after completing the main level renovations and while spending more time at home during quarantine, the Eddys tackled the home’s “drab” exterior of gray trim and purple-hued brick. The refreshed façade received all new gutters and paint—Benjamin Moore China White on the brick and Revere Pewter on the new shutters. The round columns were squared and accent pieces were added to give them character. Rather than purchase a new front door, Reynolds replaced the leaded glass on the current door with new glass panels to which she added sashing for an updated look. “I love all the character items we were able to build into the interior of Morgan and Chris’ house,” Reynolds says. “I wanted the exterior to be [as charming as the inside] and distinguished from all the other white brick homes you see these days.” In the next round of renovations, the Eddys will likely redo the upstairs bathrooms or, if Chris has his way, the outdoor landscaping. In the meantime, they are relishing their success in creating a sanctuary where both adults and kids can play. “We love that our friends and their kids can come into our house with a moment’s notice,” Morgan says. “The kids are free to play, which means the adults can relax and enjoy themselves.” n


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Above: Black and white family photos hang above the master bed dressed in Ballard Design linens and a lumbar pillow by Erika Powell. Left: Barnes’ big boy room is cozy and airplanethemed. Below: During the overhaul of the exterior, the garage door broke, so it also got an upgrade.

MORGAN’S TOP 5 TIPS ON CREATING AN ELEGANT YET FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOME 1. Have a dedicated space for everything. It makes cleaning up easier. 2. Find a designer with experience designing functional spaces for families. You will save time and money, and avoid bad decisions. 3. Splurge where you spend your time. More time in the kitchen means more wear and tear. Invest in durable, quality fixtures and finishes.

4. Know your audience and give the little people what they want. When children are able to get to their stuff easily, it makes them less likely to get into yours. 5. Be realistic. No matter how beautiful something is, consider how much time and energy you want to spend cleaning it and keeping it from being broken.

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his fall, east Buckhead welcomes Indie Studios, a 35,000-square-foot development housed in a renovated 1957 warehouse. The latest venture by culturally driven commercial real estate developer Gene Kansas, the creative, open shared studio environment is located in the ArmourOttley Loop, an area bursting with a colorful variety of tenants, from Sweetwater Brewery and East Pole Coffee to businesses offering everything from textiles to technology. In a time when work environments are top of mind, we share what makes Indie Studios hip and well-timed. WHO’S IT FOR? Indie Studios was created for designfocused tenants, an industry that is booming in Atlanta. According

to Ortus Economic Research, an estimated 111,000 people worked in design occupations in Atlanta in 2016, equivalent to 4.3% of the total Atlanta workforce. This is a larger proportion than in New York (3.6%) and a larger proportion than the U.S. average workforce (3.6%). WHY IS IT COOL? Billed as a boutique-hotel-meetscultural-center, the former midcentury modern warehouse includes perks such as a cafe and library with a 20-foot-long by 12-foot-high, large-screen video display wall. The digital portal, created by CineMassive, has a catalogue of local and remote content via fiber internet as well as the capability for teleconferencing, high-level presentations, research and brainstorming



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Innovative framing company Framebridge has opened two brick-and-mortar locations in Buckhead and the Westside Provisions District. The company, which launched online in August 2014, has become known for its simple and low-cost solutions for custom framing (price-offerings range from $39$209). The Buckhead store is located at Shops Around Lenox

optionality. There’s even the ability to transform the room into a giant arcade. Other out-of-the-box amenities include the tech-focused “Studio X” offering single desk, workstation and hub options for freelancers involved in software development. The lab space and a separate demoroom come complete with complimentary Red Bull. And if you’re an Indie Studios tenant, you can expect tiny cinnamon rolls and complimentary coffee each afternoon. WOW-WORTHY DESIGN ELEMENTS? Laura Daniel, principal architect at Revive, designed Indie Studios in 2019 before COVID-19 emerged. Her foresight in the evolution of the office, however, led to now-soughtafter design elements that accentu-

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in aesthetic. When creating a space for clients, it should always be usable more than anything else. A lot of people get sidetracked by beautiful things and don’t always think about how functional it will be. You have to educate your clients on what they should or shouldn’t be considering for their homes, so they actually enjoy living in their spaces after the shiny newness of the room fades.

What’s your design style? It’s about being streamlined and useful

How does that play out in real life? In one instance, I was working with a

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Carly Cooper Feldman helped design Brash Coffee Buckhead, which sits adjacent to Souper Jenny, in the Atlanta History Center.

touch of serendipity and friendly chatter got Jason Feldman his dream job. After working in public relations in New York, Feldman returned to his hometown of Sandy Springs, fantasizing about helping people create beautiful spaces. His mother mentioned it to a stranger she was speaking with at a nail salon. That stranger was Kai Williamson, partner at Studio 7 Design Group, a full-service interior design firm. Williamson would go on to teach Feldman the trade. “Working with Kai was definitely one of the coolest experiences,” Feldman says. “We got to renovate [rapper] T.I.’s master suite and the Sandy Springs home of one of the Lakers!” Last year, Feldman decided to go out on his own and formed JMF Inc. Consulting. He combines his knowledge of communications and a passion for design to create modern urban spaces with a Southern influence. His current claim to fame is co-designing the Brash Coffee space in Buckhead’s Atlanta History Center. We spoke to him to learn more.



client who loves velvet and wanted a velvet couch for the living room. Knowing they have children, I recommended a more robust, durable fabric that’s easier to clean. That way, they don’t have to cover their furniture with plastic like people did in the ’50s. I added custom velvet throw pillows to provide the same visual aesthetic, but that made more sense for their overall needs. How did you get involved with Brash Coffee? When I moved to Atlanta, I visited the Westside location—it’s a shipping container. I fell in love with the design and the coffee, and asked the barista for the owner’s number. For three months,

I called incessantly until he called me back. I started working on Brash’s media relations and communications. That turned into me assisting the owner with the design and development of the second location. We carried over elements that make the original space so special: steel, light wood and shades of blue. Buckhead is a different community, so I went to different antique stores and refurbishment shops to source pieces that would enhance that space. The light fixtures are old factory lights from France. The sitting area has iron- and wood-topped tables from Paris on Ponce. We also incorporated elements from the History Center, such as books about Southern style and the Civil Rights Movement. Where do you get your inspiration? I’ve been very lucky to have been able to travel to far off and exotic places. I’m in Israel once a year. I lived there and in London for a bit. I’ve traveled around China, Italy and Mexico City. It exposed me to a host of different aesthetics, color palettes and materials. What are some of your favorite travel-inspired looks? I was in Tel Aviv for a wedding and came across Bauhaus. I love the clean, crisp, white lines—it was such a European-looking style in a Middle Eastern country. When I was in Positano, Italy, I had a surreal experience surrounded by the bright blues, ocean vibes and an old Italian seaside feel of the beach clubs. Where do you like to shop for your clients? My all-time favorite showroom is UpCountry Home at ADAC. I go to Moattar for rugs. I love Sheyda Mehrara’s color pop paintings. Half of my apartment is filled with items sourced for clients that I ended up buying for myself. What do you do for fun? I’m a huge theater and music person. I’m on the advisory board for the Alliance Theatre. My mom has been the casting director for like 25 years; it’s like my second home. I’m on the board for the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. I also run three times a week, often in the Blue Heron Nature Preserve near Chastain Park. It’s gorgeous there; it transports you to a different world. n

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Partner and Chief Product Officer of Blast A former marine biologist who spent a great deal of time hiking and scuba diving, Bri Sexton joined Blast, a treadmill- and weight-based group training company, as director of fitness in 2010. Based at the Buckhead location, Sexton serves as a partner in the business as well as chief product officer. “Athleisure is so mainstream now because more people are making fitness a part of their everyday routine,” she says. “Society tends to put more focus on how you feel rather than how you look, and athleisure capitalizes on that perfectly.” She describes her style as “West Coast chill with a splash of rock.” You can usually find her sporting Spanx leggings and something from Aviator Nation’s 5 Stripe collection. “Spanx has the most versatile and


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flattering leggings that can transition from gym to happy hour. I love how you can dress them up or down,” she says. “Aviator Nation’s [clothes] are super soft with retro surfer vibes.” Sexton is also a big fan of Beyond Yoga leggings and sports bras for their “timeless patterns, super quality material and compression that doesn’t wear out over time.” She’s happy to report that the leggings are opaque, so you don’t have to worry about giving a show while doing deadlifts! n

luxury powerhouses Fendi and Tory Burch have joined the game. “It’s not just about comfort; the ability to have a cohesive wardrobe also saves money while looking and feeling your best,” Burke says. We spoke to three local fitness pros for the inside track on their must-have athleisure picks for optimal functionality and fashion.


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because we are able to make it cross over from fitness to fashion seamlessly,” says Donna Burke, founder of Forme Studios, a virtual exercise platform. In fact, the athleisure market is expected to reach $257.1 billion by 2026, up from $155.2 billion in 2019, according to Allied Market Research. Brands such as Athleta, Lululemon and Allbirds have become status symbols as consumers espouse their clothing for equal parts comfort and style. Even

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n the 1950s and ’60s, denim went from the symbol of cowboys and workmen to everyday fashion. In recent years, athletic attire has undergone a similar transformation. Affectionately dubbed “athleisure,” workout wear is no longer reserved for the gym. Instead, men and women alike are embracing the trend of embellished sneakers, leggings and tanks for weekends, wandering and work-from-home days. “Athleisure has become popular

Owner of Forme Studios A Brookhaven resident, Burke launched Forme with its signature barre fusion class in 2014. She opened the first studio in Peachtree Hills a year later, moving to a livestream format in early 2020. A certified group fitness instructor, NASM personal trainer and certified nutrition coach, Burke also previously co-owned Atlanta Activewear in Virginia-Highland. She appreciates athleisure for its

Morgan Findlay Group Trainer at F45 A group trainer at F45 Training Buckhead, Morgan Findlay is an actor, model and two-time AllAmerican rugby player. Born and raised in New Zealand, Findlay moved to the United States in 2008 to teach snow- and waterskiing. He earned his MBA and founded Peachy Cheeks Fitness, a digital health and wellness platform. He’s known around the city for his Workout Wednesday tips and tricks on Good Day Atlanta. “I tend to change my style depending on my mood and my clientele,” he says. He leans toward Lululemon Surge Training Shorts for their secure phone pouch and zipperless back pocket. “The inner liner

offers crazy comfortability. They’re as soft and short as rugby shorts,” he says. He pairs them with Lululemon’s Always Agile sweat-wicking tank made with four-way stretch. “You can dress it up or down, and it’s always nice to see quotes of encouragement on the hem.” To complete the look, Findlay ties on his Allbirds Tree Runners and tops his head with a snapback hat “to keep the mane in order.” He prefers Allbirds, he says, because they’re made from sustainable materials in his home country and are machine washable. n

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multi-function. Pre-pandemic, she often wore her workout clothes to brunch after class as part of her Forme Social Club. “Beach Riot’s Sport Riot line has the best high-waisted pants in the game right now, and their embellished leggings are flawless,” Burke says. “My favorite are the Piper legging and the Bowie top. The Bowie top looks revealing, but it’s not! They also have great end-

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B E AU TY DON’T MASK THE ISSUE Frequent mask-wearing can irritate the sensitive skin on your face. Here are Paré’s tips for battling breakouts: n Begin by cleansing and moisturizing with gentle, hydrating products. n If possible, skip makeup. It can lead to build-up, irritation and breakouts. n If you’re wearing a more structured mask, such as an N95, apply a thin layer of balm to the nose, behind the ears and on any area the mask may rub. n Apply a gentle moisturizer to your face throughout the day to create a barrier between your skin and the mask. n When you’re able, remove the mask and cleanse with warm water. Use a gentle cleanser, pH-balanced toner, hydrating sheet mask and moisturizer to soothe irritation. n Stay in touch with your dermatologist. If the irritation worsens, your doctor can recommend the best products and treatments.



ccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. “It’s not age-specific,” says Dr. Anna Paré, a board-certified dermatologist at Buckhead’s Dermatology Consultants. “Most people think of teenagers seeing a dermatologist for acne, but we see different forms of breakouts in all age groups.” From addressing a pesky blemish here and there to combatting full-blown chronic breakouts, Paré shares her best clear skin tips.

Get clarity about the condition. Most of us tend to group any skin disturbance into the category of “acne,” but we may be mischaracterizing the condition. It could be rosacea, an inflammatory condition with redness and pustules; folliculitis or inflammation around hair follicles; or solar elastosis, a skin condition that results from sun damage that can present with clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads. You


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might need a doctor’s input to identify the malady to choose the appropriate treatment. “All of those are treatable, but those different conditions may require a little bit of a different approach,” says Paré.

Seek professional help. If your breakouts leave a dark spot or a scar, it’s important to see a doc for a treatment plan that might include oral medication or clinical-level topical products. However, it’s probably acceptable to go it alone, “if it’s a regular breakout that clears up with some the-over-the-counter medication, and doesn’t leave a prolonged spot on the skin,” Paré says.

Consider the culprits. “A lot of true acne is hormonally based, but there are other additional culprits that can make it worse,” Paré says. She advises breakoutprone patients to focus on hygiene: make sure your makeup brushes and pillowcases stay clean and that you’re not touching your face any more than necessary. If you have


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a sweaty gym session, take a shower as soon as possible after your workout. It’s also important to consider the topical products you’re using (think makeup, moisturizers and sunscreen) to confirm they’re not triggering breakouts. For patients with good habits who still struggle with skin eruptions, Paré takes a holistic approach, evaluating patients’ diet (did you know that dairy can be an acne trigger?) and even hormonal imbalances.

Stay body beautiful. Breakouts don’t just happen on the face. “When patients experience acne vulgaris breakouts, they can be not just not just on the face, but on the chest and back as well,” Paré says. For mild breakouts, choose products with active ingredients such as salicylic, glycolic or hydroxy acid to decrease oiliness and exfoliate the skin. Over-the-counter spot treatments can also be used. But if you’re still experiencing frequent or painful acne breakouts, it might be time to have a doctor weigh in. n

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a review of medical history during which the therapist makes sure your issue doesn’t require a doctor before proceeding. Next, a customized, hourlong service follows in one of three sanitized private treatment rooms (where both therapists and patients mask up) to work out tension areas. If you’d prefer to limber up yourself, try a stretch-centric fitness class such as Gentle Yoga ($25 for dropin) at YogaWorks’ Brookhaven and Dunwoody studios, where currently, a small group attends at a social distance. Instructor Jessica Calderon,

who teaches the Brookhaven class, describes it as a series of slow, lowto-the-ground movements, joint rolls, seated postures and stretches. “The spine is the arc of health. The more mobile we are in our spines, the more optimally our bodies will function. We work on forward and side bending and twisting,” Calderon says. As with most yoga, there is an emphasis on the breath to help release tension, energy blockages and emotion. Calderon cautions that just because a workout is slow and stretchy doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult. Holding positions

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aintaining flexibility throughout your life is vital for painfree mobility in the longterm. How flexible you are depends on a combination of genetics, age and activity. Some people are naturally more bendy than others, but no good genes can save the joints, muscle and fascia (the connective tissue mostly in between skin and muscle) from naturally stiffening up as you age. “Anywhere that tightens up can set you up for alterations in biomechanics that will always end in pain and malfunction,” says Erin Policelli, a physical therapist and owner of Stretch Kinetics in Buckhead. “You can get away without stretching for a long time, but it will catch up to you at some point.” At Stretch Kinetics, licensed massage and physical therapists work to help you gain and preserve flexibility through a combination of stretching and massage. “Many of my clients come in just for wellness to make sure they can perform at their best at sports like biking and golfing, but a lot of people seek us out once [stiffness and pain] impact their function,” says Policelli. An initial visit ($135; $115 for subsequent appointments) includes

for long periods of time can be very uncomfortable. “Taking a moment to ‘just be’ is sometimes a lot harder. We’re asking ourselves to sit with the discomfort of the stretch without other distractions. The gentler work can often be the deeper work,” she says. For an alternative to yoga, check out fitness studio Stretch Society, with new area locations. The various 45-minute classes ($25 for drop-in) of up to 12 people focus on a combination of stretching, bodyweight movements and balance exercises. The dimly lit studios boasting wall projections of serene imagery are set to fun playlists and leverage tools such as stretching straps and mobility sticks. “One of the most significant elements to true wellness and a healthy body is recovery. Stretching will help with range of motion, decreased muscle tension, improved blood flow and reduction of stress. All of these combined will lead to faster recovery after workouts, decreased risk of injury and better movement,” says Stephanie Maxim, operating partner at Stretch Society. The moral of the story: Don’t be a stiff. Consistent stretching does a body good. n

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hen Kendria Strong joined the team at the Dunwoody-based corporate headquarters of African Pride in 2017, her passion for beauty products had come full circle. “My earliest memory of African Pride is when [the 1993 movie] Poetic Justice came out, and Janet Jackson had the lovely box braids. My [older] cousin used the African Pride Braid Sheen Spray; she


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was so cool to me,” says Strong, who serves as the brand’s EVP of marketing and innovation. “I knew if I wanted to have great hair, I needed that product. From then, [the brand has] always been a part of my regimen.” Since joining the company, the Florida native has been making waves in the multicultural beauty industry, with African Pride products available in 54 countries. Here, we

learn about what inspires her, what’s next and how she’s helping to shape the brand’s future. What defines the African Pride brand and makes it unique? African Pride is special because it has 30 years of legacy. Most people grew up with the hair care products in their home [that were] used by their moms and grandmothers. Being able to continue to use a product that you’ve grown up with [is special]. The reason an African Pride product is so different is that we specialize in textured hair and offer products for any type of style. Whether you want to wear your hair curly or in box braids, we have products specifically for those styles. Our products contain quality ingredients like

What have you developed that you’re most proud of? The first product line I had the opportunity to conceptualize after I joined the company in 2017 was Moisture Miracle. It’s now our leading new product and one of the fastestgrowing new product collections in the multicultural space. We were able to look at the key areas that consumers with curly or coily hair were missing; those were moisture, definition and shine for women with what we’d call Type 4 hair, or curly, coily hair. Sixty percent of African American women in the United States identify as having Type 4 hair, but there was not a line that really catered to their needs. We had an opportunity to come up with a line of 13 amazing products [many of which have won major industry awards]. How do you get inspired? Sometimes I go to my local Walmart or Walgreens; I like to be at the shop with consumers and watch how they shop, see what products they’re looking for and what is catching their eye. I also spend time on social media. People tend to leave a review, whether they love a product or they don’t. It allows you to spot trends and to hear from a consumer in her own voice about what she needs or is looking for. I really like to listen to the consumer. I aspire to not only create great products, but to create ones that can also elevate your mood. n


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Bringing It All Together Chivon Ferguson develops film and television projects through her company, PGP Productions


ost-MBA in 2009, Chivon Ferguson jumped straight into a career working for a recordlabel executive in the music entertainment industry. Shortly thereafter, her professional life took another unexpected turn that changed its trajectory forever. An opportunity to make a music documentary introduced the Buckhead resident to a future in television and film. In 2013, while Ferguson was working in marketing for Seventy2 Music, the company asked her to help out with a documentary about one of its clients. The project that changed


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her path, The Art of Organized Noize, is about the Atlanta-based music production company Organized Noize that is responsible for producing musical acts such as Outkast, CeeLo and 2 Chainz. With a bare-bones documentary crew consisting of Ferguson and camera and sound operators, she wrote interview questions for artists Outkast and Sean Diddy Combs.

Through this experience, Ferguson realized she preferred film to music entertainment. “Film and television allowed me to fully immerse myself in the creative process,” she says. “You’re not just releasing someone

else’s artwork; you’re actually assisting in creating the body of work.” To grow in her newfound career path, Ferguson began working at Flavor Unit, Queen Latifah’s independent production company that produces film and television projects. She expanded her scope, handling everything from line to creative production and production management. Ferguson launched her own company, PGP Productions, in 2016. “The world is really changing, and so many people are looking for production companies that look like mine,” Ferguson says of her woman- and minority-led business. “I think we are finally to a place in society where we value diverse perspectives.” PGP Productions is a full-service film company in Midtown that handles everything from filming and editing to creating original content. “We bring all the pieces together,” Ferguson says. The latest focus for PGP Productions is producing original content, such as the short film Generational Curses. Ferguson, along with her producing and writing partner, Taneisha Polk, wrote and produced this film based on the true story of Polk’s family. “It follows an incident of family violence and what happens when a young girl is left to fend for herself in the foster care system,” Ferguson says. Additionally, she is the supervising post producer, managing the team responsible for editing at “Dish Nation,” a TV show featuring celebrity news and pop culture. Ferguson’s company might be young, but she’s very much focused on the future. Her goal is to provide upcoming storytellers and producers with life and career opportunities. “The shows I create may not be my legacy, but the people I empower most certainly will be,” she says. n



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self-proclaimed rule follower, sculpture artist Blake Weeks says he was raised to follow the road more traveled. He was his Alabama high school’s valedictorian. He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham and eventually Georgia State University College of Law because it’s what, according to Weeks, he was “supposed to do.” However, something was always missing. In 2010, Weeks found himself sitting in a public health law class, and instead of frantically taking notes like his peers, he was daydreaming about a few pieces of jewelry he had made just for fun and donated to a local fundraiser. The items had garnered top


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dollar for the charity. “I just thought, ‘What am I doing? I don’t think I’d even want to hire me as a lawyer. I’m not that interested in this,’” says Weeks. After nearly two years of law school, he left to pursue art, something he had dabbled in across various mediums, since childhood. “I always loved fashion; I loved art; I loved jewelry; I loved interiors,” Weeks says. Law school, it seemed, was never going to be a long-term solution for his creative mind. After jobs making window displays at American Apparel, hustling as a photo stylist with renowned photographers such as Erica Dines and working alongside interior designer and artist

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Steve McKenzie at his now-shuttered retail store, Weeks eventually landed on art as his full-time gig with sculptures as his mode. McKenzie had asked Weeks to create a sculptural light fixture out of natural materials, and he found himself playfully approaching the project. “Once I realized it was OK to write a screenplay instead of a monologue for it, my world opened up,” he says. Weeks realized he didn’t have to put himself, or his art, in a box. Each of Weeks’ sculptures, all mounted behind glass, walk the line between ethereal and macabre. Even in their stillness, the sculptures seem to move. His intricate pieces are composed of found items such as feathers, pearls and bones, including coyote toes and rattlesnake heads. In addition to cadaverous materials, Weeks is enamored by all things shiny and textural, an attraction he

credits to his grandmother’s bauble collection. “I grew up playing in her jewelry box as a kid, and it taught me to see how objects catch light.” Breathing new life into objects is what gives his work purpose and room to grow. He references a Bible verse from Ezekiel: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these dry bones so that they may come alive.” He says, “I think there’s something so moving about taking this thing that was dead and working with it to bring it back and celebrate it. Maybe at first my work seems gothic to some people, but to me, it’s also celebratory.” Weeks relies heavily on his senses to help him create. “One of my greatest features and my greatest flaws is I see, smell and hear everything. I try to capture that feeling, see where my mind goes and notice what materials I have available in my home studio [in Ansley Park],” Weeks says. Then, he gets to work. “I’ll have a vague idea of where a sculpture is going, but I also have to really stay open to the fact that it may be totally different at the end, and maybe that’s where it was supposed to be the whole time.” His first collection, Indefinite Articles, took him nearly three years to complete and was released as a series in September 2019. These sculptures from his first collection have been featured in several Buckhead show houses and at R. Hughes in ADAC in Peachtree Hills. The confines of 2020 have impacted Weeks’ work, allowing him time to create more now than ever before. “The pieces [I’m working on] feel really hopeful to me. Maybe that’s out of necessity because I just don’t have any more room for anything dark.” n R HUGHES 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E., Suite 320 Atlanta 30305 404.607.8877

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❤ With online dating becoming as common as a Zoom call, don’t forget to go through the gradual process of getting to know someone. “Be clear about what you need and what you’re trying to accomplish. Are you bored and looking for someone to enjoy during quarantine, or are you looking for a [life partner]?”

LOVE LANGUAGE Local author offers a roadmap to romance


rigger warning: Denna Babul’s new book, Love Strong, doesn’t sugarcoat anything, starting with her tumultuous upbringing in South Carolina, an alcoholic father who died when she was 13 and two failed marriages. The Chastain Park author and nurse doesn’t airbrush the reality that was her past— the same past that positions her to give advice to others, single or not, searching for fulfilling relationships. “I put together a methodology based on myself and a major breakup in my 20s,” admits the fast-talking 50-year-old. “It covers the inner child, fear of abandonment and how not to give yourself to the wrong person. It takes you back through your relation-


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ship history and works as a guide to help you understand what’s going on, all without having to sit in therapy for three years.” Babul points to her successful, 20-year marriage (yes, her third) to Atlanta Hawks VP Jon Babul as proof her process produces positive results. “I’ve been using it for two decades on friends who ask, ‘Why am I stuck in this relationship? Why am I in a marriage and not fulfilled? Why am I not dating?’ So I thought it was time I turned it into a book.” Babul also tapped into her experience as a registered nurse, a certified life coach, her current job with a Fortune 500 medical device company that has “taken me through the


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leadership route” and as the mom of 7- and 9-year-olds. She draws on the work she did to dispel the demons of her early life in her 2005 autobiography about losing her dad, and in her last book, The Fatherless Daughter, published four years ago. “I’ve also got this intuitive gift to sit down with someone and figure out where they’re getting stuck,” she says. “When you come back from trauma and figure out how to make it work, people want to listen. And when you’re Southern and direct, and you’ve got some science behind it, people really want to hear it.” The 224-page book also doesn’t romanticize the all-out effort required to find a rewarding relationship and make

STRONG LOVE is available on Amazon and her website,

it work. The content includes “homework assignments” that ask readers to think critically about personal characteristics and experiences, and how they impacted past relationships. “I wanted something like a bible of relationships that would help people learn about verbal and nonverbal cues, personality styles, conflict and core values,” she says. “A lot of people think love is a magical thing that shows up, and everything’s great. That’s what dopamine is for. You’ve got to stick around and make it work.” n

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Unsung Heroes MEET THE LOCALS MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES BETTER PLACES TO LIVE, WORK, PLAY AND THRIVE You may not know their names, but on these pages, you’ll find a diverse group of public servants, change-makers and philanthropists, all united by their drive to make a difference. Some have thrown themselves into one close-to-their-heart cause, while others spread their efforts among a variety of worthy endeavors. Some of our heroes make the community a better, safer place through their jobs, while others devote non-work hours to fundraising and volunteering. The passion for some is born out of personal experience, while others saw a need and selflessly jumped in to help. No matter how much progress is made, though, they all recognize that there are more opportunities to serve. They are the very definition of heroes. PHOTOS: Sara


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Randall B. Slaughter Atlanta Fire Chief rings in three decades of service STORY:

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n childhood imaginings, the lure of a big red truck, flashing lights and loud sirens has some kids dreaming of becoming a firefighter. Atlanta Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter entertained no such notion. The first time he gave any real thought to his occupation of the past 30 years he was fresh off active duty in the U.S. Marines, tagging along with a buddy seeking work at the fire department.


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“I remember going to Courtland Street, where the headquarters used to be, and the line was four to five blocks long. We waited 3 ½ hours. I had no intent on applying, but then I thought I might as well, so I signed up, too. They called me, not him,” he recounts with a chuckle, quickly adding that his chagrined friend got a job with the Atlanta Police Department. The stars aligned. Since joining the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in November 1990, Slaughter, 51, has

served in each division of labor and every rank within the organization, culminating with his leadership of the force in 2018. It’s a big job, with 1,144 paid positions, a $110 million budget and a 135-square-mile coverage area, serving more than 519,000 residents. It’s not only a testament to his civic allegiance but a feat that’s virtually unprecedented—one that makes him a hot commodity on the fire chief circuit and a superhero to constituents and the community at large. “During my tenure, I have led the

department through a series of very significant events, from hosting Super Bowl LIII and Fire Rescue International to this summer’s protests and riots and the continuing global pandemic,” he says. “I have been thoroughly tested as a fire chief.” He spent his first few years as a firefighter and EMT, and was fortunate to have escaped serious injury, other than a fractured arm from a falling board and singed ears from battling flames without his protective hood. He forgot it that day and didn’t want to tell his captain, who found out anyway after seeing Slaughter’s blistered ears. “When you’re young and straight out of the Marines, situations we should have been scared about, we weren’t. Roofs would collapse. We’d get out on the porch and 20 seconds later the front of the house would fall in,” says Slaughter. “My challenge as fire chief now is to try and protect [my team] and manage the risk to their lives, whether they want me to or not.” As he climbed the ladder, he learned the ropes in each of the department’s six divisions, from Field Operations, which constitutes up to 90% of the department’s work force, to Airport Fire, the largest in the world, with five dedicated stations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Policy Studies at Georgia State University, followed by a master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He also graduated from the National Fire Academy’s four-year Executive Fire Officer Program, a coveted designation. While the pandemic has been challenging with the possibility of quarantine threatening an already short staff, he says the men and women of AFRD have done an exemplary job. “They are a resilient bunch, giving citizens and each other 200%. There’s a different kind of courage required now.” Slaughter has called Atlanta home since the age of 6. He and his wife Katrina are the proud parents of two sons (the oldest is in the Air Force, and the youngest joined him at AFRD in 2017). He supports the community through membership in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., serves on the board of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta 2020. n

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en Alewine had no way of knowing the fundraiser that brought 200 people to her Tuxedo Road home on Feb. 25 would become “the final party” before the pandemic hit. “If everyone had known it would be the last party for eight months,” Alewine says, people might not have left. The Preview Party has long preceded Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates’ signature fundraiser, the CASA on the Catwalk Luncheon & Fashion Show. As a member of the planning committee, Alewine recognized the potential to make the preview a must-attend event. Held at her house in 2019 and 2020, the Preview Party incorporated a silent auction, food, cocktails and a fun theme—Mardi Gras this year. Naming an honoree expanded the pool of attendees and future volunteers; Alewine helped secure this year’s honoree, the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division. Most important was the addition of a men’s fashion show with clothes from Guffey’s of Atlanta, complementing the women’s fashion show at the luncheon. Inviting judges, radio personalities and others, including her husband, consultant Ralph Alewine, to serve as models fully integrated men into the fun and the fundraising, which set a record of $11,000 this year. Georgia CASA and its 46 local programs represent the interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Alewine, 43, began volunteering with CASA in Fulton County early in her time as an associate at Troutman Sanders (now Troutman Pepper). Troutman and the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division provided volunteers to CASA, and another of her organizations, Junior League, raised money for the nonprofit. Since 2014, she has served on the CASA board. “If you can help children, that’s the most important thing. It’s right where my heart is now,” Alewine says. The Atlanta native was the daughter of Gerald Alan Blackburn, who served three terms on the Georgia Court of Appeals, and Linda Blackburn, who was active with Junior League while raising four children. With degrees from Georgia State and Mercer Law, Alewine took a Troutman partner’s advice to begin pro bono work from the start of her legal career, which focuses on

Fundraising for foster children

government-related issues such as zoning and land use. “Even though you think you’re so busy right now, you’ll learn later that you’re not,” she says he told her. That wisdom hit home after daughter Carraway was born in September 2016. Traveling around Georgia for corporate clients became difficult, so she launched the Alewine Law Firm from home in early 2019. She also serves on the Tuxedo Park board and the parents council at Carraway’s school, the Atlanta Speech School and heads the women’s tennis association at the Cherokee Town & Country Club. “You use your talents the best that

you can,” Alewine says. “I’m not a doctor, not a nurse. Those aren’t my skill sets. But I am good at connecting people, and I like assisting people.” She is also teaching her daughter the value of volunteer service. They participate in Open Hand, which delivers meals to those in need. “There’s nothing that the 80-yearold women at the nursing home like more than when my 3-year-old comes up and brings the food.” Carraway also has joined her as a model at CASA on the Catwalk. The first time was by accident: Alewine had her daughter backstage after walking the runway and didn’t realize all the models would make

a final appearance. “She walked the runway and just kind of flaunted it and did her model wave,” Alewine says. The next year, Carraway was invited to model. COVID-19 prevented a return to the runway this year. The luncheon was postponed from March, then canceled and transformed into an online auction. Alewine is hoping to party in person again in 2021. “It’s so much fun to bring all of the volunteers and supporters together here,” she says. “My husband’s a little bit thrilled that my volunteer party planning is on hiatus, but I’m ready to start things back up when it’s safe.” n

Adina Bradshaw Making Masks Accessible to All


hen the COVID-19 pandemic hit, people rushed to find the most comfortable mask for their face shapes. But what about those for whom wearing a mask meant they couldn’t communicate or move around? For those who suffer from a host of neuromuscular conditions such as multiple sclerosis, wearing a standard mask could prohibit them from living life to the fullest. That was an immediate concern for Adina Bradshaw, a speech-


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language pathologist in the Assistive Technology Center at Buckhead’s Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of those with conditions such as spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis. Bradshaw and her colleague, biomedical engineer Erin Radcliffe, came up with three ways to quickly and easily transform traditional masks to meet the needs of those with disabilities. The duo published three free

Atlanta-based Superomask ( supplied the masks for this shoot.

Carly Cooper guides that instruct family members and caregivers on how to modify masks in about 30 minutes. The designs enable patients to continue using lip reading to converse, for example. Other patients needed ways to stay protected while powering a wheelchair using sip-and-puff, a method that involves breathing through a tube. In the sip-and-puff case, the modified masks include a straw-size hole and a grommet to close them.

Bradshaw’s guides include two methods for making adjustments to both cloth and KN95 masks. When lip reading is necessary, the modified masks include a clear vinyl inlay, providing mouth visibility. “The masks were developed out of necessity,” says Bradshaw, who has worked at Shepherd for 10 years and in the field of augmentative communication for 20. “The patients couldn’t communicate and couldn’t drive their wheelchairs without being exposed.” Bradshaw has been passionate about helping the disabled since high school. After moving from Cleveland, Ohio, to Atlanta, she began working with children with special needs. She continued on this path throughout college and graduate school, focusing on each individual she meets, learning from them just as they learn from her. Her modified masks are “just as effective at preventing the virus” as traditional masks, Bradshaw says, as long as users are diligent about closing the grommet and washing their hands. The guides have been shared all over the world. Volunteers even conducted a virtual make-a-thon using Bradshaw and Radcliffe’s instructions. “It’s been an incredible response. We’re super excited about it,” Bradshaw says. “Our goal is to get people what they need in an easily accessible fashion.” She points out that the modified masks could have uses beyond the walls of the hospital, too. Restaurants and bars could offer them so customers could keep their masks on while drinking, and teachers and therapists could benefit from masks that allow children to see their lips. Bradshaw and her husband recently modified their own masks to allow them to drink at her sister’s wedding. “I’m a helper by nature. I like problem solving,” she says. In her work at Shepherd, Bradshaw also created and published custom boards for adults who are struggling to communicate. The boards depict common words and pictures that patients can point to, or families can hold up, to express themselves without getting frustrated. “I’m overly passionate, sometimes obsessive, about finding solutions for individuals to continue to be independent and safe after a catastrophic injury or being diagnosed with a disease like ALS or MS,” she says. “People have the right to communicate.” n For more information on Bradshaw’s modified mask guides, visit


Stacey Chavis Civic activist uses her voice and skills to help others


elping others is a way of life for public policy consultant Stacey Chavis. She learned the virtues of giving back as a girl, accompanying her mother to deliver food for Meals on Wheels and raise funds for March of Dimes, and assisting her brother, who has special needs, from being born prematurely. “Advocacy work is in my DNA,” says Chavis, a resident of Brookhaven. “Both of my parents were civil servants with the government, and I grew up watching my family volunteer in our community to help those in need. My mom used to drag me with her when I was a teenager because I didn’t fully understand then what I know now: One, you have to go and give back; and two, how very fortunate we were to be able to do so.” She categorizes her community outreach into three buckets: women, children and families; advocacy, public policy and legislation; and service to her two alma maters, Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, where she studied psychology and politics; and UGA School of Law, where she received her master’s degree. “I am passionate about the fight against human trafficking; literacy and education; women running for elected office; and passing good laws for Georgia’s families,” says Chavis, who serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Junior Leagues of Georgia State Public Affairs Committee and Voices for Georgia’s Children, to name just a few. Her professional and personal pursuits are a package deal. As managing director of Campaigns Academy, a company she founded 10 years ago, Chavis provides a variety of services, from political leadership training to legislative representation. “I love what I do. I juggle lots of balls in the air,” says Chavis, who has successfully run hundreds of campaigns and raised millions of dollars in the process. In the meantime, she’s accomplished other amazing things. On the front lines in the fight against human trafficking in Atlanta (documented as one of the top hubs in the country), she worked to pass three bills in the Georgia General Assembly, including the hotline bill that places the human trafficking 1-800 number in bathrooms and buildings so victims can seek assistance. Rallying with more than 20 orga-

nizations to stop the sexual exploitation of Georgia minors, she played an instrumental role in the passage of Rachel’s Law and the Safe Harbor Constitutional Amendment, which provides stronger protection for victims and punishment for criminals. “We have made positive progress and continue to fight to save children and young adults,” says Chavis, who initially got involved through her church, The Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, then amped up efforts through the Junior League of Atlanta and UWGA. “I have committed my life to causes that are bigger than me. My Christian faith calls me to use my voice for those who cannot speak


for themselves,” she says, adding that caring for her brother has been a catalyst. “My advocate’s heart comes from being a big sister and wanting to protect him.” A native of Mauldin, South Carolina, Chavis moved to Atlanta to attend Oglethorpe and fell in love with the city’s rich history and diversity. Getting political was a given for someone long schooled in civic duty. Her great-grandmother, despite being a property owner, wasn’t allowed to vote until she was in her 60s. Her grandmother attended the March on Washington in 1963, as Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The year before, both her grandmother and mother

Ginger Strejcek were at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston when King urged congregants to register to vote. “I am constantly seeking out opportunities to do good,” she says. “I work so I can be a professional volunteer.” Though the pandemic has curtailed her travel schedule (and, unfortunately, a planned trip to Africa), she’s relished the extra downtime to recharge, from catching up on Netflix and reading biographies and business books to exercising with kettlebells and baking cookies for family and friends. “They keep encouraging me to open a bakery,” says Chavis, who is already busy making to-do lists for 2021. n

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nnamarie Robb suffered a crushing tragedy, but instead of letting it consume her, she turned it into a passion for helping others. Eighteen years ago, Robb’s son,

Sam, was diagnosed with bone cancer. At 6’5” in the 10th grade, he was a talented athlete and the starting quarterback for Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. His cancer was discovered when he sought treatment for what he thought was a nagging knee injury. After nearly

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a year of fighting, including getting fitted for a prosthetic knee, Sam entered remission. “It was pretty devastating for a 15-year-old whose whole life was sports,” says Robb, who now lives in Brookhaven. But Sam started rehab and was eventually able to play

baseball at Young Harris College. Meanwhile, he began speaking with patients who had similar diagnoses at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital, where he had been treated. It was heartfelt work that his mother would later pick up, in her own way. In 2007, Sam was preparing to transfer to Clemson University when he felt something in his chest. After a round of tests, doctors discovered that his cancer had returned, and he died on the operating table later that year. He was 20 years old. “The cancer had spread so far that he never would’ve been the person he was,” Robb says. “It was a sudden loss, but we didn’t have to deal with the long treatments and watching him slowly die in hospice.” Though she was grieving, Robb decided to act. “Sam had three sisters; we needed to be positive for them,” she explains. Robb created the Sam Robb Fund for Cure Childhood Cancer, a Dunwoody-based organization that supports cancer research, patients and families. To date, Robb has raised $1 million. Though she works as director of advancement at Buckhead’s Christ the King School and spends time with her three grown daughters and her husband, Robb focuses much of her energy on planning money-makers for the fund. Her biggest events are golf and basketball tournaments that Sam’s friends often play in. She also organizes color runs, wine tastings and brew fests. She also seeks donations through the relationships she’s built in the community. She aims to raise at least $110,000 a year, with the money supporting the salary of pediatric oncology fellows who are a part of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta system in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders centers at Scottish Rite and Egleston hospitals. This year, Cure appointed the sixth Sam Robb Fellow. In addition, Robb supports families in the fight of their lives through the Cure counseling program. “Sam had such a good relationship with his doctors,” Robb says, “but it’s not a very heavily funded field.” She and her family also serve meals to hospitalized children and their families through Cure. “It gives us a sense of purpose and creates an awareness that someone else has gone through this,” she says. n sam-robb-fund-events/


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ob Douglass acknowledges he didn’t understand the rules of rugby when he played for a year as a 28-year-old grad student at Vanderbilt. Even though his team was bad and his golf game suffered because he was perpetually sore, he had fun. Now 51, he still doesn’t fully understand the rules, but he’s helping a new generation discover rugby’s fun as the executive director of Atlanta Youth Rugby Buckhead, which launched in 2018 as a franchise of Inman Park-based nonprofit Atlanta Youth Rugby. “I may not know everything about rugby, but I know kids, and I know how to make it fun for them,” says Douglass, a longtime Northside Youth Organization football coach whose first job out of the University of North Carolina was teaching children to ski in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Daughter Ava, a senior at the Atlanta International School, has left sports behind, but 10th-grader Henry and seventh-grader Robert, both at Douglass’ alma mater Westminster, play a variety of sports. When Henry didn’t make the middle school basketball team four years ago, a friend suggested rugby. Douglass took his sons to an open house, and they immediately took to the game. Rugby features the nonstop action and fast pace of soccer. But whereas football is a collision sport, Douglass says, rugby is a contact sport. “The perception of rugby is that it’s broken bones and smashed teeth like every play, and it’s just not the case,” says Douglass, who notes that AYR Buckhead has seen just one concussion in two seasons. Living and working as a J.P. Morgan financial adviser in Buckhead, he had to drive to Inman Park for 6:30 p.m. practices on Mondays and Wednesdays, plus Saturday games. To save time, after one season he agreed with AYR CEO and President Anton Forbes-Roberts to launch a Buckhead franchise. In reality, he devotes much more time to running a start-up youth sports program than he spent commuting, but he’s quick to point out, “It’s been very, very rewarding.” Douglass, who grew up in Sandy Springs, looks for such mutually rewarding opportunities whenever he commits as a volunteer. He served nine years on the Georgia board of Youth Villages, which treats behavioral, emotional and mental health problems, and he and wife Elinor, a pediatrician, brought their children to facilities to volunteer.

Rob Douglass Tackling rugby for a growing, inclusive youth huddle STORY:

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“Youth Villages and AYR both check a lot of boxes for me because, one, they’re great causes, and they help people,” Douglass says. “Two, I have something that I can give to the organizations that will help, hopefully, make the organizations better. And then, three, it’s something that touches my family, and they participate in and see the community service aspect.” AYR Buckhead started with 40 kids across the 10-, 12- and 14-andunder teams. Season two over the

winter of 2019-20 had 88 kids and added 8-and-under players and a JV team for high school freshmen and sophomores. AYR Buckhead doesn’t have standings or a championship. Saturday games against the Inman Park AYR teams and programs in Roswell and Alpharetta often require sharing players. The AYR teams have held weekend tournaments against a Charleston program. Winning is nice, Douglass says, but the point is simply to play. The organization takes seriously the opportunity to spread the benefits of the sport far and wide. In fact, AYR

says 80% of its players come from underserved neighborhoods. The launch of the Buckhead program has brought awareness of AYR to a new area of town, leading to donations and sponsorships that support AYR’s afterschool community programs through Atlanta Public Schools, including Sutton Middle School, and other school systems. Fundraising in Buckhead also helps pay for scholarships, fields, trainers and coaches from Life University and the Major League Rugby team in Marietta, Rugby ATL. The winter season was just ending when COVID-19 hit, and Douglass isn’t sure when ruggers will return to the field, but AYR’s long-term outlook is strong. “We have a good product,” he says. “We have great coaches and leaders. We have great kids. We have great mentors, and it’s just a really good experience.” n

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OVID-19 put health care workers and first responders under stress and restaurant workers and caterers out of work. Jim Kennedy, CEO of Sandy Springsbased Cox Enterprises, launched an initiative with Emory Healthcare to address both issues: Feed the Frontline. At Kennedy’s request, the James M. Cox Foundation launched

the initiative to provide free boxed meals to people working at Emory Healthcare facilities, WellStar hospitals, Piedmont Hospital, the Shepherd Center, Grady Hospital, Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare, the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Atlanta Police and Fire departments. “To leave the ICU momentarily and to be

surprised with a delicious meal is a huge morale boost,” says Gaurav Budhrani, an anesthesiologist and critical care doctor at Emory University Hospital and the VA Medical Center. Emory University contributed to the project and raised money through its Momentum crowdfunding platform. Nearly 1,500 individual donors and foundations joined the Cox initiative in giving more than $1.7 million, which paid $15 per meal to providers and kept an estimated 85 food service workers employed. The first phase, from April 3 to May 31, served

75,900 meals. The second phase, from Aug. 5 to Sept. 18, supplied 40,453 meals, for a total of more than 116,350. Avalon Catering, Bazati Atlanta, Bold Catering & Design/Fifth Group Restaurants, Chez Montier Cuisine, Das BBQ, Legendary Events, Local Three Kitchen & Bar and Hopkins and Co. supplied meals for both phases. Five other businesses worked only on the first phase. “It means the world to us to help those who are remarkably selfless during this time,” Hopkins and Co. owners Linton and Gina Hopkins said in a joint statement. n corporate-responsibility/ james-m-cox-foundation

Boxed meals for health care workers are prepared at Avalon Catering in the Toco Hills area.

FUELING THE FIGHT Food donations meet rising needs and offer thanks during the pandemic


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ood Food Works, a Buckhead-based nonprofit launched by Hopkins and Co. in May, is raising money for COVID-19 relief through a collaboration with Buckhead’s ASW Distillery. In July, the company behind Holeman and Finch Public House and H&F Burger began selling at its H&F Bottle Shop 192 bottles drawn from a single barrel of ASW’s Fiddler Georgia Heartwood Bourbon. Aged for nearly four years, the bourbon is priced at $79.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle, with $15 going to Good Food Works. That money helps the nonprofit provide more


than 11,000 meals per week in metro Atlanta through #ATLFamilyMeal, the Lee Initiative, We Love BuHi, World Central Kitchen and Feed the Frontline, as well as two programs in Ashe-

ville, North Carolina. “When we found out about all the incredible work Good Food Works has been doing, we knew we had to help,” ASW CEO Jim Chasteen says. H&F staffers selected

Fiddler Georgia Heartwood Bourbon won a gold medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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what Chasteen calls “a very special barrel,” whose bourbon was finished with 25 charred staves of white oak that master distiller Justin Manglitz harvested in Jackson County in 2015. ASW says the Georgia oak adds flavors of caramel and toffee. In addition to the bourbon, H&F plans to sell the barrel itself as a fundraiser. “We have enjoyed a long partnership with ASW Distillery and are grateful for their willingness to support Good Food Works,” Hopkins co-CEO Gina Hopkins says. n

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John Collins jumped into COVID-related food relief after his NBA season ended early.



hen COVID-19 ended the Atlanta Hawks’ season in mid-March, the players and coaches weren’t the only ones sidelined prematurely. More than 1,100 part-timers in jobs from concessions to security also were benched, losing 15 games’ worth of income just as other service industry jobs disappeared. The Hawks Foundation and star power forward John Collins responded by working with State Farm and an Atlanta-based environmental technology start-up, Goodr, to provide pop-up grocery stores for those workers and other Atlantans hurt by the pandemic shutdown. Goodr helps businesses track, manage and donate surplus food to people in need to reduce waste. Each of up to 500 families attending a pop-up received about 20 pounds of produce, meat and nonperishables. The Hawks Foundation and State Farm supported six Goodr pop-ups, then Collins joined them in donating to a second phase of four events. The second phase delivered the equivalent of more than 63,000 meals across the four pop-ups in May, one of which targeted the people who lost work with the Hawks and State Farm Arena. “It has been an honor to work with Goodr during these unprecedented times,” says Collins, who averaged career bests of 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in the 2019-20 season before volunteering time to the Goodr project. “The work they accomplish in communities across the country is needed now more than ever, and I am beyond grateful to contribute to that impact.” Collins says he hopes his role in the anti-hunger partnership inspires others to help people in need. n



From tacos to tequilas, maiz to mezcal, classic meets inventive on Casi Cielo's menu.


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Offering haute Oaxacan cuisine, a world-class mezcal selection and hospitality, Sandy Springs' Casi Cielo ("almost heaven") lives up to its name. October 2020 | Simply Buckhead 



Above: Casi Cielo's melt-in-your-mouth sea bass is dusted with achiote and topped with fresh corn puree. To drink? Smoky Old Fashioned, of course! Left: Veggie lovers will delight in this milhojas de verduras, a napoleon loaded with sliced eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, topped with cotija cheese.

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Below: Rich with butternut squash, heirloom carrots and a touch of cream, this sopa de calabaza is a seasonal showstopper.

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asi Cielo means “almost heaven” in Spanish and aptly sums up what I feel about this Oaxacan-inspired restaurant on the ground floor of the Modera apartment complex in Sandy Springs. The powers-that-be have spared no expense to manifest the Mexican state’s soulful spirit with midcentury modern interiors that exude rustic elegance with wall-to-wall earth tones of pale amber and gold, as well as Cantera stone. The decorative ceiling continues the celestial theme with a carved latticework of stars and huge, sun-like cylindrical fixtures. During our first visit, we indulged in refreshing fruit-herb infused water (the infusion changes daily) while perusing the menu. Our server directed our attention


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to the impressive mezcal collection, one of the largest in Atlanta, with a myriad of bottles standing at attention on a ledge behind the bar. Alipus, Nucano and Gracias a Dios, to name a few, were all waiting like sirens to tempt our palates. The specialty cocktails deserve an evening unto themselves. There are the tequila-based drinks such as La LLorona, an eye-popping

blend of Patron Reposado, tongue-tingling lime and jalapeño juices. You might also find soul-centering with the Chilerita margarita, a raspberry-hued cocktail of Framboise and Herradura Silver in a grasshopper salt-rimmed tumbler. Mezcal lovers will be drawn to the lusty, earth-smoke aromas of the Torito, a pungent and profound blend of roasted pineapple and espadín mezcal. And those who prefer a touch of dinner theater should order the Smoky Old Fashioned. The cocktail is fruitwood smoked under glass then brought to the table for the plume-y, aromatic reveal. Despite what you may be thinking, we were, in fact, consuming food, commencing with the pulpo al carbón, tender, blistergrilled octopus atop crunchy homemade chicharrón (fried pork rind) and pan-roasted potatoes accompanied by a creamy chile caribe aioli. Following that were tacos de pescado, juicy chunks of seasoned mahimahi tucked neatly into housemade blue corn tortillas and accented with coleslaw, chipotle aioli and aguacatada, a seasoned avocado puree. Vegetarian diners can’t beat the meaty portobello tacos topped with red onion and bright cilantro leaves. Dessert is the promised land for kids on review duty, and so we indulged. Molten chocolate cake is nothing new, but here, the guajillo chile-infused cake sings, the warm mahogany crust slowly melting the scoop of coconut ice cream on top. The alebrije (deconstructed cheesecake) was a bride’s bouquet of whites and creams, and crystalized violets. The mellow, familiar dairy flavors were nuanced, restrained and not overly sweet. The kids happily whacked away with their spoons while the adults rounded out the night with a game of musical cocktails until not a sip remained.

Left: Casi Cielo's outdoor dining space is a perfect spot to gather with friends, catch some sun and sip on refreshing cocktails. Right: Pankofried croquetas de plantano y manchego are a crunchy, cheesy menu favorite.

The powers-that-be have spared no expense to manifest this Mexican state's soulful spirit.

Left: Crisp tacos de pescado: seasoned mahimahi in blue corn torillas accented with coleslaw, chipotle aioli and creamy avocado sauce. ¡Delicioso!

On a follow-up evening, the chef regaled us with seasonal dishes, starting with the silky sopa de calabaza, butternut squash soup like a bowl of noonday sun. Rich with heirloom carrots, squash and cream, and topped with neon orange guajillo chile oil, it was a table favorite. The cilantro-fragrant guacamole, made moments earlier in the molcajeta (mortar and pestle), was topped with fried kale. But main courses proved to be the highlight. Vegetarians will swoon over the massive milhojas de verduras, a veggie napoleon made with thin slices of eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and mushrooms, and served with basil-jalapeño pesto and cotija cheese. One must not bypass the Chilean sea bass (sometimes called lubina), a massive 10-ounce portion of buttery, snowwhite fish. Topped with fresh corn puree and dusted with achiote (annatto spice) and chile caribe, the sweet, tender flesh is somewhere between lobster claw meat and fresh sea scallops. I suggest calling ahead and reserving a portion for your visit as it runs out fast. At our final (spontaneous) happy hour pop-in, the gracious manager, Jonathan McKinney, led

us through a couple of mezcal flights. While describing various types of agave, ripening age and fermentation methods, he proffered small plates of nibbles. First was a quesadilla of huitlacoche, a funky corn fungus often referred to as Mexican truffle. More pleasing to me were the croquetas, meatball-size orbs filled with mashed sweet plantains and manchego cheese, panko-fried and served atop a sweet, floral guajillo and morita mole rojo (red mole sauce with dried chiles). Three hours later, we were still there, sipping shot glasses of housemade verdita (a green juice accompaniment) and engrossed in discussions of clay pot versus copper distillation. It’s unlikely you’ll find an ambassador of Mexican cuisine in Atlanta on par with Casi Cielo. If you pay attention, you will be transformed and transported by the place and its cuisine; it wouldn’t surprise me if—having arrived with no Spanish language skills—you leave with words tripping mellifluously off your tongue. It’s mi oración (my prayer) that they stay put or even expand. Casi Cielo—almost heaven indeed. n

Above: Casi Cielo's alebrije (deconstructed cheesecake) is a subtle and nuanced take on a classic. Left: Casi Cielo's mezcal tastings come with verdita (a housemade green juice chaser), an orange slice and a fried grasshopper.

CASI CIELO 6125 Roswell Road, Suite 200, Atlanta 30328 404.549.9411 Prices: appetizers, soups and salads: $6 - $18; quesadillas, tacos and bowls: $12 - $18; main dishes: $15 - $43; desserts: $9. Recommended: charcoal-grilled octopus, butternut squash soup, portobello tacos, mahi-mahi tacos, plantain croquettes, vegetable napoleon, Chilean sea bass. Bottom line: As good as regional Mexican food gets in Atlanta, this neighborhood gem is a triple hit of winning staff, exquisite cuisine and gorgeous decor. What are you waiting for?

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Above: A trio of rich flavors—sherry, apple jack brandy and cider—create an autumnal sipper at Alma Cocina. Left: Gin and cider play off each other in The Select’s Ceasefire.

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Right: Local Three bridges the end of summer and beginning of fall in their Staycation cocktail.



t’s that time of year when we don our flannel, go apple picking and talk about colorful foliage. What better way to toast the coming of fall than incorporating the harvest into your drinking? Cider is the perfect seasonal ingredient for a cocktail, bringing sweetness, tang and spice notes to a glass. Cider, in most basic terms, is unfiltered apple juice. It is light, tart, often slightly fizzy and wholly refreshing. Primarily made from apples, hard cider has a similar brewing process to beer, but without the malt. There is a huge variation from how the brewing process is done, but it is the result of the fermenting of apple juice, whereby yeast converts sugar into alcohol. Apples with high sugar content encourage fermentation. Brewers typically use a blend of sweet and tart apple varieties for their ideal cider blend. As delicious as both virgin and hard cider are on their own, take things up a notch and try cider in a cocktail. Cider is made in a range of styles and flavors, giving way to many mixing op-


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portunities. Local Three lead bartender Paige Lane stays local with her cider, choosing Marietta’s Treehorn hard cider for her Staycation cocktail. She shakes together gin, simple syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice and caramelized pineapple, then strains it, pours cider to top and adds a float of angostura bitters. “The idea behind the cocktail was to celebrate the dry tartness of the cider and to try and cling to warmweather feelings as seasons start to change,” she says. “I wanted to mesh summer and fall flavors together.” Like an autumnal version of a French 75, The Select in Sandy Springs incorporates barrel-aged gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, a dash of Chartreuse and the slightly bubbly cider. “When coming up with a cider cocktail, we wanted something a little lower in alcohol and super easy to put together—the kind of thing you could just wing on your kitchen counter,” says bartender Michael Kunz. “The Bristow Reserve gin and Treehorn Cider play off each other so well, you want to stay out of their way,


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so we named it Ceasefire.” A single sprig of rosemary garnishes the beauty. It’s a light and bright beginning to new chef Jason Hall’s imaginative cuisine. History buff and Fifth Group Restaurant Beverage Director Ian Mendelsohn created The Johnny Appleseed cocktail for Alma Cocina Buckhead. “I really like cider and ciderbased cocktails due to both the historical context of cider and the aromatics that come from different ciders,” he says. “The historical context is that, along with sherry, cider was amongst the most drunk beverages when the U.S. was founded. Ciders are primarily made from apples, and there is a huge variation from where and how the apples are grown and how the brewing process is done.” He mixes Amontillado sherry, apple jack brandy, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup and tea in a highball glass and tops with Atlanta Hard Cider. He garnishes The Johnny Appleseed with apple slices and a cinnamon stick—a delicious way to transition to fall via sipping. n

SIP LOCAL Treehorn Cider uses freshly pressed juice at season’s peak, with apples picked close to Atlanta (no more than 150 miles). Find it at Whole Foods Buckhead, Corks + Caps, Tower and Total Wine & More. DETAILS The Select Restaurant and Bar 6405 Blue Stone Road Sandy Springs 30328 770.637.2240 Local Three Kitchen and Bar 3290 Northside Pkwy. N.E. Atlanta 30327 404.968.2700 Alma Cocina Buckhead 3280 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.873.4676

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Culinary News & Notes


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Left: Storico Fresco's Lasagna alla Bolognese is easy to enjoy at home.

How Sweet It Is

Below: Storico Fresco co-owner Mike Patrick.

Garnet Gal’s Coffee Shop owner shares her favorite fall recipe Garnet Gal’s opened in Buckhead’s Lenox Village shopping center in April. The organic eatery has the usual cafe fixings from coffee drinks made with Counter Culture beans to loaded, healthy-ish sandwiches. But the real draw is the pastries made with house-milled flour. You may not be able to mill your own flour like owner Pat Azogu, but you can recreate her heavenly sweet potato biscuits. They are a standout on the menu and sure to warm you up on chilly autumn days.

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Sweet Potato Biscuits Yields about 12



When it comes to pasta, is it best to use a microwave or the stove?

ou’re probably getting more takeout than ever these days, and despite months of practice, you might find that it falls a little flat at home. Fear not! We spoke with Mike Patrick, co-owner of Buckhead’s Storico Fresco, about how to make the most of restaurant takeaway cuisine and the ensuing leftovers.

I personally haven’t used a microwave in over a decade. I use a non-stick wok or stir-fry pan to reheat pasta. Also, I would recommend using tongs with heatresistant ends (so you won’t scratch the surface of the pan). How long do most takeout leftovers last?

What’s the best way to reheat a steak?

A steak can be a little tricky unless you don’t mind higher temperatures. When ordering, I would request a rare steak. Then at home, add one tablespoon of butter to a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook the steak for two to three minutes on each side [to the desired temperature]. Let rest and serve.

It’s extremely contingent on the ingredients, but the basic rule of thumb for most proteins (excluding seafood) is three to four days. Seafood lasts about one to two days. For pastas, carbs and vegetable-based dishes I would give a ceiling of five days, max. What are your favorite ways to repurpose takeout leftovers?

This is timeless in Italian cooking, as so many of the recipes have been developed through repurposing. Pasta fritti is my absolute favorite way to make pasta leftovers work, especially fresh tagliatelle in funghi sugo (mushroom sauce). Take your pasta leftovers and mix with eggs and parmesan cheese. Heat a pan up to medium heat and flatten the pasta mixture out to the edges of the pan until a crispy golden brown underbelly has formed. Flip it like a pancake and repeat on the other side. Slide it onto a plate and sprinkle with parmesan. n

Storico Fresco 3167 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.500.2181

DUNWOODY GOES AL FRESCO HAVE A FEAST AT ONE OF THE CITY’S NEW PICNIC TABLES It’s officially fall, and there’s never been a better time to dine outside. Fortunately, the city of Dunwoody has come up with a creative way to encourage outdoor dining by giving local restaurants picnic tables with artistic flair. The creation of these tables is a team effort. Dunwoody received tables and paint from Home Depot and sought out community groups such as the Dunwoody Fine Arts Association, Create Dunwoody and the Dunwoody High School National Art Honor Society to paint tables. You can find these functional masterpieces at NFA Burger, Crema Espresso Gourmet and Vino Venue. Visit to see a map of picnic table locations.


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2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 3 tablespoons raw cane sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup cold unsalted butter 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato (from about 1 large sweet potato) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon honey, plus more for serving ¼ cup buttermilk Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut the cold butter and the mashed sweet potato into the flour mixture. Add the vanilla, honey and buttermilk until just combined. Use a medium ice cream scoop to scoop the dough onto the parchmentlined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom and around the edges. Drizzle with a little honey to serve. Garnet Gal’s Coffee Shop 2770 Lenox Road N.E. Atlanta 30324 404.748.4027


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n 2018, culinary professionals Camille Dupuis and Vince Gentile left enviable positions at Alinea, Chicago’s only Michelin three-star restaurant, and ventured out on a journey that led them to Atlanta. In January, they launched Seminalia, a domestic truffle and foraged goods company that derives its name, in part, from an eighteenth-century gardening manual. Atlanta chefs came clamoring for Seminalia’s Pacific Northwest truffles, Idaho morels and all manner of Appalachia- and Low Country-foraged goodies (think chanterelles, wild shiso, crosnes, ramps and elderflower). When COVID-19 hit, and restaurant activity came to a standstill, Seminalia quickly adapted. “We never planned to sell directly to the public, but home delivery really caught on,” Dupuis says. “It’s done so well we’ve decided to continue when wholesale operations are back to normal. We’re so grateful for the enthusiasm and local support.” Here, the team shares a behind-the-scenes


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glimpse into the company and thoughts on the future. Tell us how you approach connecting with Atlanta chefs. VG: The chefs who excite us the most are the ones using the truffles as the central highlight of the plate, marrying flavors around their complexities and letting their intricacies sing. Chef Zeb Stevenson of Redbird emphasizes their soft, complex flavors and their delicate texture in perfectly cooked vegetable dishes. Chef Bruce Logue of BoccaLupo plays off their sweet, fruity aromas, pairing them in exquisite desserts. [Our goods] have even graced the menus of sushi restaurants and cocktail bars. Their versatility never ceases to amaze, setting them far apart from the more familiar European truffles. How do you think your unique offerings will influence the Atlanta culinary scene? VG: Early this year, we expanded into a delivery offering, catering to home chefs and chefs stuck at home! In between truffle seasons, we bring

in an array of edible wild goods and specialty items previously only available to professional kitchens, including sought-after mushrooms, seasonal greens, botanicals and scarce, highly regional goods from across the U.S. We are now able to expand the palates and minds of Atlantans in the comfort of their own homes. Our goods are available for delivery in Atlanta including Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven. How did you build relationships with foragers, and what are the logistics of getting their products here? CD: We have a network of master foragers, specialty farmers and incredible truffle dogs to source our goods. Our foragers come from all backgrounds: former engineers, chefs, microbiologists, ecologists, architects—all people who have found their passion out in nature. One of our truffle dogs is a retired search and rescue cadaver dog. How cool is that? After harvesting, evaluating and grading, everything is cargo shipped or hand delivered within 24 hours of coming out of the

ground, ensuring only the freshest, highest quality goods. Everything goes through several more rounds of grading and evaluation once in our hands. What does the future hold for Seminalia? CD: We’ve been busy launching a new outdoor market with Michael Lennox and the Electric Hospitality team at Ladybird on the BeltLine, which we’re really excited about. Every Sunday, you can find our seasonal selection of truffles and foraged goods at the market, as well as the best [other farm goods] the region has to offer. It’s a one-of-a-kind collection of small farms and food vendors with an emphasis on promoting and preserving a diversity of foodways and cultural heritages. We are starting to feature pop-ups as well, and we believe the market is really beginning to blossom into something special. n


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THE ALDEN Chamblee's popularity as a residential and dining destination seems to be on the rise, and Chef Jared Hucks is here to make sure diners eat like royalty. Winning starters include a homemade bread plate with prosciutto butter and cheddar pimento cheese, silky sweet potato bisque and sashimi quality seared scallops. For mains, go with the cold smoked salmon, Moroccan-spiced shrimp and grits or the hickory smoked Brasstown coulotte steak. Desserts are deliciously unique. If you’ve got belly room to spare, be sure to witness the chef’s gastro-theatrics with the banana bread pudding service. Our favorite was the lunar chocolate, which the chef calls his “dessert moonscape.” Smaller dishes: $11-$21 Larger dishes: $23-$45 Desserts: $9-$15 Chef’s tasting menu: seven courses/$95

ANIS CAFÉ & BISTRO Anis is everything you’d hope to find in a French bistro, without having to buy a plane ticket: 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. Lunch prices: $8-$19 Dinner prices: $8-$35

ARNETTE’S CHOP SHOP Arnette’s will dazzle you with its no-expense-spared interiors, cosmopolitan wine list and, of course, its meat. Chicago-sourced ribeyes, strips and tomahawk steaks are the main attraction supported by a top-notch cast of appetizers and sides, from decadent roasted marrow and wagyu beef tartare to classic wedge salad and Dauphinoise potatoes. (There are also oysters and caviar, if you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks.) Favorite items include the 50-day, wet-aged cowboy ribeye; the bliss-inducing lobster spaghetti; and the shaved prime rib sandwich, a real scenestealer. Don’t forget to ask about the members-only knife club. Appetizers, salads and sandwiches: $9-$25 Shrimp, oysters and caviar: $13-$150 Hearth-roasted shellfish, fish and steaks: $13-$140 Desserts: $8-$12

Haven's fragrant Green Circle Farms chicken is roasted with tarragon and cumin.

FLOWER CHILD Get your groove on at this 21st century health food haven where bright colors, happy smiles and good vibes abound. Whet your whistle with some refreshingly fruity on-tap kombucha (a fermented tea drink) and treat yourself to starters of tart, juicy tomato toast or creamy avocado hummus. You’ll be bowled over by the tantalizing flavors of the Mother Earth bowl, the Glow bowl and other health-friendly bowls, wraps and plates. Menu standouts include the “Forbidden Rice” bowl with grass-fed steak, the Mediterranean quinoa salad and for dessert, the vegan dark chocolate pudding. A limited wine and beer selection is available for those who prefer a cocktail with their quinoa or a tipple with their tofu. Soups, salads and appetizers: $6.25 - $12.50 Bowls, entrées and wraps: $9.95 $15.50


The vegan dark chocolate pudding at Flower Child is so good, we could eat a whole tub of it.


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The Piedmont Avenue location of burger-preneur Alex Brounstein’s success story is where you go for a superbly flavorful, juice-dripping, napkin-soaking beef patty with all the

trimmings. Though you can customize your sandwich, consider the signature “Cowboy” treatment: cheddar, bacon, barbecue sauce and a beer-battered onion ring—for a slim $7.99. To gild the lily, add an order of Frings (that’s fries and rings), and ask for a side of the chipotle ranch dipping sauce. Here you can quaff a draft brew, slurp down a boozy shake, like the banana-flavored Puddin’ Out, or sip a “Snooty” cocktail such as the mezcal-based El Guapo. Starters and sides: $2.50-$5.50 Burgers: $4.50-$7.99

HAL’S “THE STEAKHOUSE” Looking on the outside like a high-end strip joint topped with a Bourbon Street balcony, Hal’s has built its cachet around its loyal clientele, old-school style, impeccable service and terrific food. Owner Hal Nowak is a New Orleans native, and in his eponymous enterprise—with its shrimp remoulade, oysters bordelaise and booze-soaked bread pudding—he has created Atlanta’s answer to Galatoire’s. This may be your grandparents’ favorite restaurant, but in an age where everything old is new again, it also boasts a youthful clientele that appreciates its straightforward food, strong

Bison is the specialty at Ted’s Montana Grill, and the all-American flag-forked patties—like the Ted’s Blue Creek with bacon and blue cheese—are irresistible.

drinks and speakeasy atmosphere. Appetizers and salads: $9-$24 Entrées and steaks: $24-$50

HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR Haven is exactly that—a safe, inclusive place where your every gastronomic need is met. If weather permits, enjoy the serenity of patio dining while indulging your taste buds with crisp Gulf oysters, the Southern cheese board or Timmy’s Wild Georgia shrimp. Or go inside and soak up the classy atmosphere while digging into seared Georges Bank scallops or spice-roasted Green Circle Farms chicken, and wrap things up with a warm chocolate brownie with artisan espresso sauce. Small plates and salads: $6-$15 Entrées: $18-$38 Steaks: starting at $51 Sides and desserts: $7

KYMA The name means “wave,” and making waves is exactly what executive chef Pano I. Karatassos has been doing at his family’s stellar Greek seafood restaurant since 2002. From marides (tiny, “French fry”-size white fish) to Greek specimens grilled whole (try the barbounia or bronzino), Kyma excels at delivering the kind of simple, unadorned flavors you’ll encounter on a patio by the Aegean. Order a glass of Greek wine (there are many options) and a few classic meze for sharing (we like the dolmades, spanakopita, cuttlefish stuffed with lamb stew and the feta-zucchini fritters), and your meal will go just swimmingly. Meze: $8-$14 Mains: $26-$46 (whole fish $30 or $36 per pound)

SECRETO KITCHEN AND BAR It would be easy to pigeon-hole Secreto Kitchen as classic Southern, but that would be short-changing this neighborhood bistro. It dives deep into sophisticated comfort food that’s pleasing to all manner of palates. Don’t miss Chef Boyd A. Rose’s fried chicken and world-class carrot cake— culinary laurels the chef could rest on if he weren’t so busy impressing with other items. Crispy bang bang shrimp is the sole diversion from “y’all come back now” fare, and it’s no secret that Charleston-style crab cake, fried green tomatoes with jalapeño-spiked strawberry jam and smoked bacon white cheddar mac ’n’ cheese are irresistible favorites. Salads, soups, appetizers: $7-$20 Entrees: $22-$35 Desserts: $8-$9

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

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

STORICO FRESCO ALIMENTARI Is a trip to Italy on your bucket list, but you can’t get away? A meal at oh-so-authentic hot spot Storico Fresco may be just the ticket. A must here is the meat and cheese board, piled with prosciutto, bresaola, culatello, fragrant cheeses and gooey honeycomb. Its refined, rustic and utterly classic pastas, including garganelli con funghi, tagliatelle alla Bolognese and ravioli spinaci, conjure up images of Tuscan vistas and Michelangelo statues. Seconds such as the pork shank for two Secreto's 'bang-bang' shrimp: Not exactly Southern, but a mouthwatering accompaniment for signature cocktails.

and bone-in veal chop will sate your Italian cravings as well. End your repast with a glass of the world-class Miscela d’Oro espresso. Appetizers: $12-$24 Salads and sandwiches: $10-$21 Pastas: $11-$23 Mains: $24-$30 Side dishes and desserts: $6-$7

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

Note: Prices and menu items may have changed since original publication.

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OFFERED FOR $1,895,000 MLS# 94669

Within an easy walk to downtown Highlands shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues! Just the right mix of mountain elements make this townhome as beautiful as it is comfortable. The great room has soaring wood ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and gleaming hardwood floors. The kitchen is a cook’s dream with top-of-the-line appliances, gorgeous cabinetry, granite countertops, and butler’s pantry. The master has a wall of windows, an elegant bath, and a large walk-in closet. Nest thermostats on each level, an elevator, landscape lighting, and more.

828.526.1717 488 Main St & 2334 Cashiers Rd, Highlands, NC 132 Hwy 107 S, Cashiers, NC © 2020 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc. ® Equal Housing Opportunity.

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