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Contents 75




20 12 Editor's Letter

20 LIVING THE LIFE Poorvi Chordia

26 TRAVEL FAR Sweet Escape

36 BULLETIN BOARD Safety Season


Turning her passion for holistic living into a burgeoning new business

St. Lucia’s Viceroy Sugar Beach is a first-rate getaway

Enjoying outdoor fires responsibly

17 NEWS Sips and the City

22 APPROVED Fit Finds

28 STAYCATION Classic Beauty

Kicky cocktail lounge opens in Buckhead

These chic athleisure sets will amp up your fitness routine

An Athens visit feels like coming home

18 LOCAL SALUTE Preventing the Summer Slide

24 TRAVEL NEAR Head for the Hills


Program gives students a boost

Foliage and fun are in store around Gatlinburg

30 HOME Worth the Wait

38 TRENDING Find Your Groove The ‘70s are back in style.

40 TASTEMAKER Color Crush Susan Currie’s style is anything but neutral

A custom home builder’s Brookhaven bespoke abode

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Photos: 20: Erik Meadows, 30: Joann Vitelli, 75: Sara Hanna,



Contents STYLISH


44 FASHION Luxury Redux

66 ON STAGE Hunters, Gatherers and Broadcasters

How one founder changed luxury resale forever

46 BEAUTY Just Brows-ing



Kevin Gillespie combines his passions in “Sabertooth” Sara Hanna

68 PROFILE Get Creative!

These trends will keep your eyebrows perfectly shaped

Tap your inner Picasso, van Gogh or Rodin with an art class

48 WELLNESS Gua Sha, What?


Exploring a trending technique

50 TASTEMAKER Hair Raising Celebrity hairstylist Michael Kanyon launches a beauty brand

Anchor Karyn Greer’s next chapter


71 EVENTS Places to go and things to do

82 REVIEW Vacation Vibes

Success stories, career advice and financial tips from top entrepreneurs and experts

What on Earth to do with all your pics

The espresso martini is back

88 FOODIE JOURNAL Fresh Perspective Original ChopShop brings good-foryou food to Buckhead this month

58 PETS Volunteer Movement

90 TASTEMAKER The Heiress

Tips for managing your end-of-year finances

Sara Hanna

What to consider when working with animal rescues

60 STRATEGIES Money Matters


86 DRINKS Extra Buzz

75 Business Builders

56 KIDS Photo Flurry


A meal at Canoe feels like a luxe getaway








Sachi Nakato Takahara celebrates 50 years of Nakato Japanese Restaurant

95 Charitable

92 Featured Restaurants

A spotlight on philanthropic and social gatherings

A sampling of great eats in and around Buckhead

96 Scene

B EHIND THE COVER When the cover theme is as broad and bold as “Business Builders,” the Simply Buckhead creative team had to go for something out-of-the-box. We tapped local artist Dana Dalton to create a one-of-a-kind dress made of color prints of past magazine covers, Buckhead landmarks and key community personalities. We set up shop in a multimedia studio where the letters BUILD created a fun backdrop for our model to pose. Just as local entrepreneurs build something from nothing, photographer Sara Hanna brought a fun, new idea to life for our October cover and the pages of this month’s feature. Artist Dana Dalton poses with model Rebecca Ray after a successful shoot.


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Photographer: Sara Hanna Producer: Jennifer Bradley Franklin Photography assistants: Connery Ademokun, Judd Redmond Model: Rebecca Ray, courtesy Click Models of Atlanta Makeup: Nyssa Green Hair: Vincent Bell Dress: Dana Dalton Nails: Sugarcoat

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Editor's Letter


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and being self-employed, but the “business builders”


in this issue might agree that there’s nothing quite

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like steering your own ship.

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Whether you just like a good success story, or you’re

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an aspiring entrepreneur looking for tips on how

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to get started, our cover package has plenty. Get a

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Giannina S. Bedford H.M. Cauley

glance at how the uber-successful Jeff Arnold of

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Sharecare, Tope Awotona of Calendly and Sara


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Blakely of Spanx, among others, made their millions in our midst. Discover advice on everything from creating a mission-driven business to the importance of having a Plan B, C and D up your sleeves for those business curveballs. More helpful guidance in this issue includes what to do with all of your digital photos, trendy ideas for

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staple Canoe. As we ring in

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the fall, it’s a picturesque spot to grab a bite. Karina Antenucci Managing Editor

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Erik Meadows is a food, commercial and lifestyle photographer based in Atlanta. In addition to shooting portraits, restaurants and more for Simply Buckhead, some of his favorite local clients include Banner Butter, The Fox Theatre and Emory University. When he is not busy taking beautiful photos, he enjoys CrossFit, yoga, Duke basketball, woodshedding on the jazz drums and spending time with Rosie, his Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and his two cats, Bruce and Mac. @erikmeadows

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or splashy drinks, savory bites and buzzy views, head to the rooftop lounge of The James Room at Buckhead Village, which opens later this month in a third floor interior space, complete with outdoor balcony. Tapping into a spirited vibe with signature playlists and rustic woodsy decor, the restaurant features an extensive beverage program comple-

mented by a selection of chef-driven small plates. Guests can imbibe with colorful concoctions such as the Angry Pina Margarita with Tanteo jalapeno tequila and Like A Jungle with Bacardi cuatro rum. On the menu: balsamic raspberry lamb chops, vegan meatballs, shrimp crudité and charcuterie board offerings. The interplay of all five senses defines the eating and drinking

experience here, says owner Harold Brinkley, who teamed up with restaurateur Aaron Mattison of Ponce City Market’s Bar Vegan and pop-up Excuse My French to open the second location of The James Room (the first is on the BeltLine in Old Fourth Ward). “People love the way it feels! It's elegant enough to impress your date but welcoming enough to make

anyone feel right at home,” Brinkley says. “Our guests love our musical selection: Music is at the core of our ethos, and we believe good music can be the difference between a good night and a great night.” It will be open nightly, Wednesday through Sunday. n THE JAMES ROOM • @thejamesroom

NEWS CLIPS READY FOR MARKET As fall conjures foodie dreams of pumpkin pie and sweet potato soufflé, get baking with farm-fresh fare delivered straight to your front door through a new online service from the largest supermarket chain in the country. The Kroger Farmers Market powered by Market Wagon connects buyers with more than 60 local food producers, cutting a 60-mile swath through the heart of Buckhead that covers 28 counties. Order everything from seasonal veggies to free-range eggs and grass-fed steaks—more than 1,150 goods total—with a flat $6.95 fee for delivery (available Tuesdays and Fridays), and no member-

ship or subscription required. “Market Wagon transforms the farm-to-table concept into a farmto-front-door reality,” says co-founder/CEO Nick Carter, who launched Market Wagon in 2016 with Dan Brunner. The two have since grown the business to 30-plus markets across 19 states. “Our mission is to enable food producers to thrive in their local markets.” That includes family-run D&B Farm and Livestock in Loganville, Piedmont Kitchen Co. in Atlanta and 7W Farm in Winston that are all beefing up the supply chain with homegrown goodness. ­ • @marketwagon

NEW HANG Coloring the world of art patrons since 1996, Gregg Irby Gallery has unveiled a swanky new space at Peachtree Battle Shopping Center in Buckhead after relocating from Atlanta’s Westside. Step in to view an eclectic array of paintings by more than 45 artists, both emerging and established. From vibrant florals by Laura Park to moody landscapes by Jill Holland, the works are beautifully displayed in curated collections, with a mix of sizes and prices adding to the design appeal. “Nearly every member of the gallery is represented on the floor. This exposure is key for our artists

and beneficial to our collectors as well,” says Irby. “We love that we were able to build out the space ourselves to make it perfect for what we need.” @greggirbygallery

BLAZING TRAILS A destination for equestrians since 1939, Chastain Horse Park is saddling up for an epic expansion, with an $8.9 million upgrade that will double the horsepower of its nationally-recognized therapeutic riding program. The comprehensive redesign of the 15-acre property in Buckhead’s Chastain Park includes

a Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, additional covered riding arena, new boarder barn and expanded outdoor paddocks, with projected completion by mid-2023. “Equine therapy is at the heart of what we do—empowering individuals of all ages and abilities through life-changing relationships with horses,” says Executive Director Trisha Gross of the accredited Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship center. “With these improvements, we’re on course to double our impact with 10,000 therapeutic sessions each year.” @chastainhorsepark

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Atlanta International School Head of School Kevin Glass is the current chair of Horizons Atlanta.


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Preventing the Summer Slide Program gives students a boost

Cadence Bank presents a grant to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs. Left to right: David Berdugo, Eric Swilling, Martina Edwards, Grace Covington Fricks, John Jackson and Chris Clay.

Symbiotic Relationship Bank and nonprofit share goals Along with providing loans and investments to local small businesses, Cadence Bank offers affordable housing lending options and joins forces with nonprofits and community developers through grants and direct investments that contribute to economic revitalization. “In June, we awarded a $15,000 grant to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc. whose mission of granting loans to entrepreneurs aligns well with the bank’s,” says John Jackson, Atlanta division president with offices on Pharr Road. “We’re all about engaging and understanding the needs of communities and encouraging our employees to volunteer,” he says. ACE, the largest small businesscentered community development loan fund in Georgia, is laser focused.


“Our ‘secret sauce’ is providing capital, coaching and connections to help entrepreneurs acquire financial acumen” says Grace Fricks, president and CEO. “The grant will go toward our business advisory services.” The nonprofit was founded by Fricks in 1997 while she was on the board of North Georgia Technical College. “There were students in the entrepreneurial program who couldn’t qualify for small bank loans, and we had access to $50,000. I was fascinated with the idea that we could do something different with capital that has a social impact.” ACE has provided $135 million to 2,000 small businesses. CADENCE BANK 800.636.7622 • ACE LOANS • 678.335.5600 •

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Buckhead’s Atlanta International School Head of School Kevin Glass was searching for a program boosting literacy in young people experiencing poverty. He was introduced to Horizons Atlanta, a national program founded in 1964. “It had the proven results we were looking for,” he says. Glass quickly became involved in the six-week program that takes place at AIS, one of 10 Horizons’ sites for kids from rising first graders to rising ninth graders. Funding comes from foundations, AIS and individuals. He is the current chairman of the Horizons Atlanta board of directors. Fifteen rising first-grade students are selected by teachers at Garden Hills Elementary for the six-week program designed to keep students on track during the long “summer slide” when kids who lack enrichment can lose academic skills. The emphasis

is on literacy and math, but students also receive swim lessons, nutritious meals and enrichment activities. At summer’s end, Horizons Atlanta holds a fourth-grade swim meet for participating schools. “Teachers tell us that the program is transformative,” Glass says. “Ninety-nine percent graduate from high school.” Atlanta has nine additional Horizons sites serving approximately 1,000 students. “Eventually we hope to reach students throughout metro Atlanta.” says Glass. “The program allows young people to become the best version of themselves as young scholars and opens doors that make a difference in their lives.” ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 404.851.3840 • • @aischool HORIZONS ATLANTA • 678.995.5108 • @horizonsatlanta

New Heights for the High Donation transforms collection When Claudia Einecke became the Frances B. Bunzi Family Curator of European Art at the High Museum in 2018, she could have never dreamed what was on the horizon. The next year, Doris and Shouky Shaheen donated their entire collection of 24 impressionist, post-impressionist and modernist paintings—one of the most significant collections ever to enter a museum of comparable size. She was also stunned to have an opportunity to see the priceless art hanging on the walls of the Shaheens’ Buckhead home. “It was quite amazing,” she says. “There was a Monet over the sofa, Pissarros in the dining room and a Matisse in the corner. To honor the couple for their generosity, we established the Doris and Shouky Shaheen Gallery in the Stent Family Wing.” According to Einecke, the Shaheens’ gift transformed the museum’s 19th century art collection and lifted it to a new level, but they didn’t stop there. Since 2018, they’ve donated six additional works, including the museum’s first by Edouard Manet entitled Portrait of Madame Jules Guillemet that went on display recently.

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Doris and Shouky Shaheen's donation to the High Museum transformed the 19th century art collection.

The Shaheens’ contribution to the High is just one of the couple’s philanthropic endeavors that include the Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center at Piedmont Hospital and the annual Shouky Shaheen Lecture at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art. Doris passed away in 2020. HIGH MUSEUM OF ART • 404-733-4400 • @highmuseumofart


POORVI CHORDIA Buckhead-based physician turns her passion for holistic living into a family activity and a burgeoning new business As told to Amy Meadows



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hen our family moved into our new home in Buckhead four years ago, the first thing we did was plant a blueberry bush. I always wanted an urban garden like my grandfather had in India, where I grew up, and our move to Atlanta from Boston gave us the perfect opportunity to create one. I worked with a designer, and we now have three beds in our backyard and 12 beds out front. In the fall we grow lettuce, radishes and carrots. In the summer, we have tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans. We have a big strawberry patch, as well as blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. You name it, we have it. It's wonderful because we eat fresh produce right from our garden. We know exactly what’s in our plants, and we make sure that they’re pesticide-free. My husband, Abe, and I are both physicians—I’m an internal medicine doctor at Grady, and he’s a radiologist—and we are all about holistic living and well-being. Our garden helps support that. But it’s even more than that: We spend a lot of time in the garden with our daughters planting, pruning and harvesting. It has become an activity our family does together, and it brings a lot of calm and peace to our house. It’s also great for us to be outside and for our girls, 6 and 8, to learn that you really can produce delicious food in your very own garden. For the last year and a half, I’ve also enjoyed seeing our daughters develop entrepreneurial skills. In spring 2021, we started a tea company, Herbs & Kettles, because we wanted to share our love of tea and its wellness properties with Atlanta. I started by blending chai and creating my own recipes, and

Left: Caring for this beautiful urban garden in Buckhead has become a family affair. Below: Poorvi Chordia's love of tea has opened the door to a new passion project, Herbs & Kettles.

we began selling at The Green Market at Piedmont Park. We launched an online presence and expanded by adding single origin, high-quality tea that I source from India. We also added the Grant Park Farmers Market and the Avondale Estates Farmers Market to our locations. It’s become a real family business. My husband loves talking to customers, and the girls offer samples and ring customers up on Square. It’s a great life skill for them. The business also allows us to travel, which is something I love to do. When I go home to India, I visit different tea regions all around the country and meet with tea growers. I try different teas, select what I like and often ask the farmers to make special batches for me during the coming year. It allows us to import the best quality tea from India, as well as improve the economies of the regions where we source our ingredients. Additionally, we have the opportunity to share the culture of India with our customers in Atlanta. It’s a way for us to connect with our roots and give back. That’s something that is important to us. In fact, through Herbs & Kettles, we give 1% of our proceeds to wildlife

A SWEET TREAT While the fruits and vegetables grown in Poorvi Chordia’s Buckhead garden typically are enjoyed by her family, she has been known to use her homegrown strawberries in the lattes she sells at the Green Market at Piedmont Park, which runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. between March and December 10.

conservation in India. Abe and I love sharing our joy of tea with our customers, and this business has really brought us closer together. It has taught us new skills that we never would have learned otherwise, and it’s so fun to see us grow and learn different aspects of how to run a business. I even took an online course from the International Tea Masters Association to become a tea sommelier, which taught me about different types of teas, the steps involved in the production of tea, how to steep the perfect cup and more. I’m about tea and natural and holistic living. This has been such an amazing journey for me. n HERBS & KETTLES • @herbsandkettles

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The Upside Kelsey Bra ($79.99) and Mirage Dance Midi Legging ($119.99) Supportive, seamless and super soft, The Upside’s Kelsey bra and Mirage leggings are tailor-made for Stellar Bodies’ custom Starformer machine. Smash the mental and physical challenge of Pilates with the set’s punchy stripes and stylish neutral backdrop. Its moisture-control properties will help you power through that last set. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Stellar Bodies • 404.467.1060 • • @stellarbodiesatl

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Above: Zip lines at Anakeesta Theme Park send riders soaring over the scenery. Left: Forget your fear of heights and stroll out onto the SkyBridge, a 700-foot span across Gatlinburg's valley.

Head for the Hills Foliage and fun are in store around Gatlinburg


or anyone who craves the boardwalk excitement of a beach-front town, but hates that Buckhead is hours away from the shore, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a great option. This town of about 4,000 in the eastern corner of the state has built a reputation around attractions similar to those visitors will find in touristy, seaside destinations: a Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Aquarium, Mirror Maze; the Anakeesta Theme Park with zip lines, gondola rides and a tree canopy connected by swinging bridges; and a 407-foot tall space needle. A stroll down Parkway, the main thoroughfare, isn’t complete without stops for funnel cakes, caramel apples, ice cream and a round of minigolf. Got kids? Gatlinburg will keep them entertained. When my family visited years ago,

the tykes were tiny. This time, they were more interested in discovering the area’s natural beauty. Gatlinburg is a hub for outdoors lovers who will find plenty of places to rest and refuel in between treks into the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A highlight was the moderately challenging, 5.4-mile roundtrip hike that leads to Rainbow Falls, an 80-foot cascade of water known for its rainbow-producing mist in summer and spectacular ice formations in winter. Horseback riding and bicycles provide other options for seeing the park. Downtown Gatlinburg is home to another spot for spectacular views, especially of fall foliage. The SkyLift hoists travelers 500 feet above the town to the SkyBridge, billed as one of the longest pedestrian cable bridges in North America. Take a


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deep breath, get over the fear of heights and stroll the 700 feet across the valley for jaw-dropping vistas. We didn’t get to spend as much time communing with nature as we’d planned when some serious rainfall set in. But that didn’t impact the indoor fun we had at our lodgings, the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Water Park, where the lazy river, water slides and splash pads are indoors. Lounge chairs, lockers and showers are provided, so it’s easy to forget the weather and dive in. When the temperature dropped in the evening, the gas fireplace in the resort’s apartment-style accommodations made the luxuriously appointed space seem cozy. It was also easy to chill out in the master bedroom’s oversized hot tub—as in a multi-person, wear-a-bathingsuit tub, not a bathtub. Both the bedroom and living area, complete with dining table and fully outfit-

Left: The unspoiled beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is minutes from the heart of town. Right: Visitors to downtown Gatlinburg will find a plethora of activities and attractions for all ages.


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ted kitchen, featured sliding doors to balconies that opened onto the hazy mountain scenery. Westgate is also home to the Southern Comfort restaurant, where the menu is built around stick-to-the-ribs comfort favorites: shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplings, bacon-wrapped meatloaf and a grilled ribeye drizzled in garlic butter. While downtown Gatlinburg is awash in fast-casual food, we splurged at the Chesapeake Seafood House, noted for its wellstocked raw bar. The patio is heated, but we went for an inside booth that still gave a clear view of the Little River that gushes through town. Our mountain outing included one final stop on the way out: lunch at the Sunliner Diner. Technically in neighboring Pigeon Forge, the ’50s-style eatery embraces the era with authentic period autos retrofitted with tables inside the frames, classic rock ’n roll on the sound system and a menu of American classics served up with soda-fountain floats, sundaes, splits and shakes. The Fonz would have been right at home. n GATLINBURG • @visitgatlinburg WESTGATE SMOKY MOUNTAIN RESORT AND WATER PARK • 865.430.4800 • @westgatesmokies

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Above: Fresh fruit provides the foundation for many of the resort's balanced cocktails. Left: Villas and bungalows frame the glittering bay at Sugar Beach. Below: Palm Court is an elegant spot for a glass of French Champagne and canapes.

Sweet Escape St. Lucia’s Viceroy Sugar Beach is a first-rate getaway STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin


ime is standing still in the best possible way. Instead of scurrying to start my day or make it to an appointment as I would be on a standard Atlanta morning, I’m reclining in the lone hammock suspended over aquamarine water. My view is filled with puffy clouds passing behind St. Lucia’s majestic Pitons, the peaks that frame the bay where the Viceroy Resort of Sugar Beach sits. The gentle waves lap against the hammock frame, glittering like cut crystal. It’s a near-perfect moment. The enchantment started early. From the moment my driver turned into the 100-acre property set in a tropical forest, the glittering sea

spread out before me. The resort still bears remnants of its past as a working sugar plantation, including the hauntingly beautiful ruins of an 18th-century mill. Since the majority of the 130 rooms and suites are standalone villas and bungalows, my driver deposited me directly at my sprawling accommodations, perched on the side of a mountain. Felicia, my butler, welcomed me with a build-your-own rum punch kit with a petite bottle of Chairman's Reserve Rum. I settled in, relishing every element from the high-beamed ceilings and a deep soaking tub to the private infinity pool with jaw-dropping views of both Pitons and the sea below. While I would have been content to luxuriate in my villa, discovery beckoned. I joined local tour guide Sherman Abraham to see some of the area’s top draws.

Diamond Falls is the 50-foot waterfall made famous for its appearance in 1980’s Superman 2.


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St. Lucia boasts the only volcano in the Caribbean where you can walk in the crater, and I smelled it before glimpsing the sulfur-scented steam rising from the caldera. Last erupted in 1766, the volcano gives the town of Soufriere (meaning “sulfur” in French) its name. The rich mix of minerals such as copper and magnesium is reported to have healing properties, so of course I had to see if they would, in fact, help me age backwards. Mud bath guests pack on the mineral-rich sludge and let it dry before rinsing off in a series of naturally heated baths. I can’t confirm the anti-aging benefits, but I certainly felt rejuvenated. Our next stop was the lush Diamond Botanical Gardens, where a proliferation of brightly colored plants thrives. Red hibiscus (the national flower), vanilla orchids, mahogany trees and cashews line the pathways leading to the rushing Diamond Falls. Back on property, I indulged in a massage at the Rainforest Spa. A freestanding gazebo built among the trees added a touch of whimsy,

and birds chirped outside as the therapist kneaded knots with floral-scented oil. I wandered back to my villa in a haze of relaxation and happy appreciation for the resort, which seamlessly blends lush natural beauty, stunning architecture and a first-rate art collection that includes works by Andy Warhol and Banksy. The food here is just as artful, with pristine sushi at The Cane Bar, contemporary presentations of local favorites at Bonté steps from the sand and, the culinary pièce de résistance, The Saltwood, where oysters Rockefeller and Kobe beef are illuminated by soft candle light. Everything on this island getaway felt like a revelation, from the arresting scenery and genuine hospitality to the wide variety of activities and flavors. Though my perfect moments are now a distant memory, I’m cheered that paradise is just a 4.5-hour direct flight from Atlanta away. n SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT @sugarbeachviceroy

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STAYCATION Left: Downtown Athens boasts cool shopping and dining opportunities.

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Below: Chef Hugh Acheson has helped draw attention to the Athens culinary scene.

CLASSIC BEAUTY An Athens visit feels like coming home


f you cried happy tears when the UGA Bulldogs clinched the 2022 National College Football Championship, know the lore surrounding walking beneath the university’s Arch or have sung along with the B-52s’ “Love Shack” lyrics while actually driving down Atlanta Highway, you have a connection to Athens. As a proud University of Georgia alumna, returning to Georgia’s Classic City never fails to stir my heart. ATH | BNB, a luxury boutique inn of 14 individually decorated suites, is one of the most exciting recent additions to town. Opened in fall 2021, the 1918 Rushmore (formerly the home of a fraternity) on Milledge Avenue was lovingly restored by owners Candice and Cameron Treadway. Now it’s a charming homeaway-from-home for Athens visitors, located in the heart of Five Points and within easy walking distance to campus. Every room is outfitted with a Smeg fridge stocked with Topo Chico, plush Peacock Alley bed linens and Grown Alchemist bath products. After checking in via mobile app, I wandered the property and discovered a wine and charcuterie reception in the historic home’s parlor to kick off my visit in style. Athens has long been known for its legendary music scene. Beyond the aforementioned B-52s, it’s also the city that launched acts such as Widespread Panic and


STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin

R.E.M. These days, the food scene is nearly as exciting. There are low-key barbecue and burgers at White Tiger, pristine oysters and lobster rolls at Seabear and elevated Italian at ZZ & Simone’s. The highlight from my recent trip was a cozy dinner with a local best friend at Five & Ten, the brainchild of former “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson, who is the culinary equivalent of a rock star. We feasted on housemade pimento cheese topped with bacon marmalade, Caesar salad topped with toothsome croutons and crispy bacon lardons, pappardelle Bolognese with veal ragout and a rather extraordinary chocolate tart with crème fraîche ice cream. It’s no wonder that Georgia’s most noteworthy college town has a burgeoning brewery culture. Old favorite Terrapin has been joined by newcomers such as Normaltown Brewing and Authentic Brewing Company, both opened in 2020. Though my tastes tend more toward wine, I have a soft spot in my heart for Creature Comforts, the star of Athens’ beer scene. A childhood friend and I met to catch up over a pint in the downtown taproom, built into UGA's Sanford Stadium hold's nearly 93,000 fans for football Saturdays.

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Below: Stay in style at ATH | BNB where each of the 14 rooms is uniquely decorated with cozy furnishings.

a refurbished former automobile showroom and garage. Surrounded by of-age students, locals and a group of my friends in town for a reunion of sorts, I sipped on a frosty glass of Athena Paradiso, a refreshingly tart Berliner Weisse flavored with passionfruit and guava. It felt apropos to raise a glass. The next day, I rounded out my Athens pilgrimage with a cup of

coffee from my old standby, Jittery Joes, and spent some time wandering through the magnificent mature trees and historic academic buildings on campus. Like so many others who graduated from the United State’s oldest public university created by state charter and who will make a pilgrimage to watch the Dawgs play “between the hedges” this football season, it’s heartening to know that the city that will always feel a little bit like home keeps getting better and better. n ATH | BNB • @athbnb CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. @creaturecomfortsbeer FIVE & TEN • • @fiveandten VISIT ATHENS • @visitathensga



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S. Bedford

or Sahil Kochhar, building his family a custom home was inevitable.


began construction at the start of 2020. “When we saw this lot, we absolutely fell in

As the principal of Bedrock Homes,

love with the street and the walkability to the

he makes clients’ residential dreams

Dresden Drive restaurants and shops,” Smita says.

come true for a living. So after he and his wife,


PHOTOS: Joshua

During construction, the couple found out

Smita, had their first son, they decided it was

another baby was on the way, making the

time to trade in their Brookhaven townhome

project even more pressing. After 14 months

for a more expansive abode. In 2019, they

and many design decisions, the Kochhars

purchased a lot less than a mile away and

moved into their 6,500-square-foot home.

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Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances make the aesthetically pleasing kitchen cook-worthy.

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From the oak on the ceiling to the mix of materials and colors, each detail was handpicked by the Kochhars.

"It was important that we had a space that was custom-built to our needs.”

Joann Vitelli

— Sahil Kochhar

Smita and Sahil Kochhar, with sons Shaan and Veer, are enjoying every square foot of their upgraded home.


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"It was important that we had a space that was custom-built to our needs. We added features that would make the home timeless and work with our lifestyle,” Sahil says. Like many of the projects Sahil builds for his clients, the Kochhar home boasts a modern aesthetic with large aluminum windows filtering an abundance of daylight. Step through the oversized iron front doors into an interior of neutral colors with pops of black, brass and stone accents. Trim work and modern light fixtures from Circa Lighting and Restoration Hardware add intrigue above, as do the stained 7-inch white oak panels on select areas of the ceiling that match the flooring. The Kochhars consulted with a few designers for the project, but in the end the duo did most of the decor themselves. “There were certain home accents we knew we wanted when designing our home, and after a lot of research and visiting local showrooms, the rest of our home and furniture selections just came together,” Smita says. “Through this process, I really developed an eye and love for design. We wanted a home that was classic with a touch of glam throughout as you will see

Right: The dining room is accented by ceiling trim and a prism light fixture from Restoration Hardware. Below: The stylish study overlooks the front yard through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Art from McGee & Co. and a fixture from Circa Lighting adorns the cozy breakfast nook.

with certain gold accents.” The interior’s open concept features a spacious kitchen with a quartzite waterfall edge island, twotoned cabinets in white and white oak with gold hardware and a range hood that is one of the couple’s favorite pieces. “When we started building, Smita fell in love with the style of the black and gold range hood and knew she had to have it in her kitchen,” Sahil says. “We love how everything else came together around it.” Around the corner from the kitchen, a wet bar with high-gloss lacquered cabinets in blue-gray Benjamin Moore French Beret and stone

backsplash is the ideal spot to mix a cocktail. On the opposite side of the kitchen, a built-in bench surrounds a France & Son table topped with a Lazy Susan, creating a stylishly cozy breakfast nook. The eating spot overlooks the manicured backyard, pool and patio with a well-equipped outdoor kitchen. While many musthaves were on the homeowners’ list, plenty of space for entertaining was at the top. “We built our home to entertain, and we love it,” Smita says. A 15-foot sliding pocket door connects the inside to an outdoor kitchen. “It’s what really makes our home great for entertaining,” she says.

In the basement is a wet bar ideal for sports-watching season.

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Right: The light-filled master bathroom glitters with an overhead chandelier.. Below: The outdoor living space, complete with a Big Green Egg and second grill, overlooks the pool.

The living room, anchored by a Boule De Cristal chandelier from Restoration Hardware, is another popular gathering spot. Furnished in an Arhaus sofa with Crypton fabric, custom Etsy pillows and Sunpan chairs, it also boasts window seats that flank the stone fireplace. Additional hosting is done in the dining room at the Restoration Hardware table surrounded by Sunpan chairs and lit by an eye-catching prism fixture. When working from home, Sahil and Smita, a luxury home specialist at Compass Real Estate in Buckhead and former executive director of the Buckhead Business Association, often retreat to the study off of the entry foyer. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a ceiling of white oak hardwoods, walls in Benjamin Moore Lead Gray and sleek pieces from CB2 create a design-forward office


that could easily double as a lounge. With six bedrooms and six and a half baths, the domicile has space for overnight guests. Sahil is originally from Mumbai (he came to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech), and while Smita grew up in Woodstock, her parents now live in London. When their overseas families visit, the main level in-law suite makes them feel at home. There are two additional guestrooms, one of which is in the basement that also houses the kids’ playroom, a gym, wet bar and large seating space designed for watching sports. “We don’t have family here, so when family comes to town, they need space to stay,” Smita says. The home’s full-time residents have their bedrooms upstairs. The second level features a quaint landing with book-stocked built-ins— an extra play area for the Kochhar

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boys. Close by is Shaan’s black, white and wood-accented nursery and Veer’s big boy room, decorated in Restoration Hardware bunk beds and superhero prints. Down the hall, their parents’ mostly white bedroom has a coffee/beverage bar and furniture from McGee & Co., Crate & Barrel, Serena & Lily and Williams-Sonoma. “We love how light, bright and inviting this space is. The light furniture pieces and our hanging pendants really make it trendy but also our little sanctuary,” Smita says. Smita and Sahil’s bathroom may be the most striking element of their suite. Outfitted head-to-toe in marble with a sparkling chandelier, it features a walk-in shower with dual shower heads, standalone tub by Kohler and his-and-her toilets. One of Smita’s favorite touches is the

ombré rose gold and chrome faucets she picked out at the Buckhead Kohler store. Through the bathroom is a dressing area by Creative Closets designed to store the couple's expansive wardrobe, from sports hats and designer shoes to decorative Indian clothing and jewelry. Sahil has built more than 50 homes, but creating a sanctuary for his growing family was a project he and Smita poured their hearts into, not overlooking any detail. “We love that our kids love the house. They have everything they need—a basement to themselves, spacious backyard, pool and loft space upstairs. Our oldest, who is 5, says he never wants to move from here,” Smita says. “We also love the fact that we designed our home, and to finally have it come together and live here is a great feeling.” n

Left: The closet includes custom drawers for Smita's Indian bangles and jewelry.

Above: Sunlight fills the homeowner's bedroom, which is also equipped with roller shades to block out the rays when needed.



Smita Kochhar shares some of her favorite home touches

1. Fireplace backsplash “The thoughtfully selected, bookmatched stone fireplace adds character to the living room space.” 2. Foyer wall sconce “The blown glass sconces make a statement but also act as a focal point in the foyer. The 60-inch large round mirror in between completes the space.” 3. Colored tile in upstairs guest bathroom wall “Throughout the home, you'll find mostly neutral tones, but there are spaces where we brought in some color. In this guest bathroom, the teal colored herringbone tile accent wall adds the perfect pop of color.”


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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT Vintage Ken and Barbie dolls take center stage in photographer David Parise’s eye-catching images being sold at Framebridge through the end of the year. The more than 50 best-selling prints are inspired by photographer Slim Aarons’ iconic pool party scenes from the 1960s. The prints are available in five custom framing options for $140 at

Safety Season Enjoying outdoor fires responsibly


onfires are a highlight of the fall season, but with October being Fire Prevention Month, it’s also a good time to brush up on fire safety. We tapped The Home Depot’s associate merchant for fire safety, Sandy Springs resident Alex Forte, for some top tips for using and building a fire pit.

Build a blaze safely… Step 1: Check with your local fire department to confirm that outdoor fires are permitted in the area. Step 2: Make sure the fire pit is at least 10 feet away from the home,

surrounding buildings or flammable materials. Step 3: Keep the pit properly surrounded by non-flammable material, such as rocks or cement, and clear away any dry leaves, sticks, overhanging low branches or shrubs from the area. Step 4: Check the weather and avoid starting a fire on windy days when flames can travel easily through the air, especially in a dry environment. Step 5: Once the area is prepped, light the fire using tinder and a non-liquid fire accelerant, such as a match.

And remember… n Never light with gasoline or other combustible liquids. It’s important to keep the fire small and manageable so it’s easier to control. And never leave the fire unattended. A fire can become uncontainable quickly, so always keep an eye on it. n Do not burn anything in your fire pit that is not specifically designated as firewood. This includes furniture and other items that may have coatings that can create toxic smoke or burn more rapidly than firewood. n Always have a hose, bucket of water or shovel for dirt or sand close by to put out the fire, making sure to completely extinguish it before leaving. n For more tips, visit firesafety.

The Home Depot's Alex Forte keeps fire safety top of mind.

DESIGN & REALTY NEWS Visual artist Anderson Smith has opened his first gallery in Buckhead Village. Gallery Anderson Smith, located at 294 Buckhead Ave., opened its doors in September showcasing a mixture of abstract, pop and modern contemporary creations by self-taught Smith and others, including Hopeton St. Clair Hibbert, Vando Davis, Dawn Stringer and others. “I was part of another gallery in Buckhead on the same block, and working out of the studio gave me motivation and an idea to have my own space,” Anderson says. “The location is great as I am surrounded by great retail shops and restaurants.”


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n Buckhead’s Kimpton Sylvan Hotel was honored with an Excellence in Rehab Award by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The distinction was part of 26 awards presented in April at the 45th annual Preservation Awards ceremony in Augusta that recognized the best of preservation in Georgia. The Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value. Originally named Paces Ferry Tower, the Kimpton Sylvan is housed in a 1951 apartment building that was designed in the Inter-

national style by architect James C. Wise. At one time, it was the tallest structure in Buckhead. n Multifamily developer Terwilliger Pappas recently broke ground on Solis Dresden Village, a mixed-use project in Brookhaven. Upon completion, the development will include 183 luxury residential units—176 residential flats and seven townhomes—as well as walkable street retail. A short stroll from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station, the village is slated to open in mid-2024.

Real Estate Market Insider

The Right Time Could

Be Right Now


hanges in interest rates continue to impact the Real Estate market across the U.S. and abroad as the housing market adjusts to a more balanced position. If you have been waiting for the Expert Contributor, right time to make a move, Jenni Bonura that could be now. President and CEO, When it comes to sales, Harry Norman, REALTORS® homes continue to move fast. In metro Atlanta, the average time on market is now 19 days (about two and a half weeks), which is a slight increase on last month and last year. However, this is still a short sales window, and almost half that of August 2020. This indicates that demand remains strong for homes that are priced right. Securing the next home has also become easier as inventory levels in the market increase. While not yet back to pre-pandemic levels, the number of homes for sale in metro Atlanta across July and August returned to the levels seen in 2020. With more homes on the market, you have more options for your next purchase. Regardless of what other markets may be experiencing, Atlanta prices are not showing signs of long-term decline. In August, the price of a home in metro Atlanta was 14% higher than a year prior. Based on the current average sales price of $505,000, that is $60,000 in equity growth in one year. Looking back two years, home values have appreciated almost 30%. With these equity gains, the next home of your dreams may now be within easier reach. These are dynamic times in the real estate market where expertise and insight can make a tremendous difference to the outcome. As Atlanta’s first luxury real estate brokerage, Harry Norman, REALTORS® offers incomparable experience and results. Reach out today to discuss if now is the right time for you.



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Color Crush

rate color. I also like to create fresh, clean looks that incorporate some tradition. That might be a beautiful antique that the clients already have. We always try to keep it fresh and modern, not dated or stale.

simple and clean-lined. That could be a beautiful console table with a simple stone top and an iron base with some simple medallions. It’s that balance of mixing cleaner lines with more ornate details.

What’s your advice for homeowners

Congratulations on being a regional

who are hesitant to dip their toes

finalist in Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove’s

What lessons from your time

into designing with color?

Kitchen Design Contest. How do you

in the television news business

If my clients say something like, “Hey, I’m a bit afraid of this,” or “I want to keep my walls neutral,” I look to find other ways we can bring in rich, saturated colors, whether it's through pillows or upholstery. It’s really about introducing enough to get them comfortable. Right now with how stressful our world can be, I think people want to get back to nature. So sometimes those colors that you see in nature are more calming and can make a space inviting.

approach kitchen design differently?

Susan Currie’s style is anything but neutral STORY: Claire Ruhlin


lthough interior designer Susan Currie began her career as an assignment editor and news writer in the television industry, she couldn’t ignore her passion for design. “I was already helping family members and doing projects on my own,” Currie says. “I had fun designing and creating spaces that were beautiful, cohesive and functional.” The Brookwood Hills resident went back to school to earn a degree in interior design, and in 2008 she opened Susan Currie Design in New Orleans. Her firm now has a satellite office in Brooklyn and a full-service office at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Here, we catch up with Currie about her design philosophy and expert use of hues (her firm won Best Use of Color at the Luxe Residential Excellence in Design Awards in June).


have you applied to your interior design business?

You learn to think on your feet; there's always breaking news that might change things. And that's what can happen on a design project you plan. Sometimes you discover things in a house, and you have to alter your plans or decide how you're going to handle the challenge. As a designer, I feel like I'm a problem-solver for my clients. They tell me what they like or don't like about their home. We listen to what they're saying, hear their vision and help them get to where they want to go. How would you describe your design style?

My style is anything but neutral. I really like to find ways to incorpo-

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How do you create transitional designs while respecting existing historical architecture?

I don’t lean towards anything too fussy. For instance, if a home has classical, ornate architectural details, like Corinthian or Ionic columns, it’s nice to balance that with some things that are more

I think with kitchen design, the space has to be beautiful and, more importantly, functional. You have to get to know how a client uses a kitchen and really think about the right location for everything. You have to open up cabinets and see what they have. Do they have vintage pieces? Do they like to bake? I think about that and offer suggestions on how to make it work better for them. For example, if we put the right organizational components inside drawers and cabinets, is that going to make it easier for them to work in the kitchen? It’s also great putting in fabulous appliances that people will be able to use for years. n SUSAN CURRIE DESIGN • 404.254.2172 • @susancurriedesign

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How one founder changed luxury resale forever


hey say necessity is the mother of invention, but for Sarah Davis, it was the mother of re-invention. Growing up, Davis loved fashion, but as the oldest of six children, she was responsible for buying her own clothes. “I shopped consignment and thrift my entire life,” she says. “As someone who wanted nice things but had no money, I always turned to resale.” While attending law school in Washington, D.C., in 1999, Davis discovered eBay and its global access to resale shoppers, and quickly stepped up to innovate in that new space. From the start, she viewed her eBay platform as a business. She launched FASHIONPHILE, an ultra-luxury brand that re-sells bags, jewelry, watches, shoes and accessories, and from the start, she viewed her eBay platform as a business, carefully branding it down to the tissue paper in the shipping boxes. “When I saw people talking in online forums about what they bought


from FASHIONPHILE, not what they bought from eBay, I knew what we were doing was working,” says Davis. In 2007, Davis moved her business from eBay to and opened a few brick and mortar showrooms. The brand holds the distinction of being the first online recommerce brand and, according to the brand, the largest inventory of any online platform for selling and purchasing luxury handbags and accessories in the country. If you’ve walked into Lenox Square’s Neiman Marcus lately, you might have spotted a FASHIONPHILE Selling Studio where customers can sell items. (All the shopping still happens online.) In 2019, The Neiman Marcus Group became Davis’s first investment partner and the first major luxury retailer to expand into the pre-owned market. Along with the Atlanta location that opened in January, 10 studios are now in Neiman Marcus stores across the country. “We knew that we had a huge

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customer base in Atlanta, so when we sat down with Neiman to discuss where to open stores, we were excited to get into Atlanta as soon as we could,” says Davis, who is based in Los Angeles. One differentiator between FASHIONPHILE and many other luxury resalers is its buy-out option. “We learned early on that our sellers want to get the burden of this item off their mental shoulders as soon as possible [rather than] wait through the consignment,” Davis says of the unpredictable and potentially lengthy process. Another difference is its dedication to authenticity, including a curriculum for authenticating bags and trained experts to identify fakes. Have a luxury item to sell? After FASHIONPHILE authenticates your piece and provides you with a purchase quote, Neiman Marcus offers a 10% bonus if you put the money on a Neiman Marcus gift card. (FASHIONPHILE also offers a 10% bonus if you apply your

Sarah Davis, founder and CCO of FASHIONPHILE, modernized fashion resale.

offer to one of its gift cards.) “Our Neiman Marcus partnership is a beautiful example of fashion circularity in motion,” says Davis. “You can walk into FASHIONPHILE with a bag you bought and loved, sell it for a great price and [receive] an additional 10% bonus on a gift card to turn around and go buy the new bag you want.” n FASHIONPHILE SELLING STUDIO - ATLANTA 678.786.7477 • • @fashionphile

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Just Brows-ing These trends will keep your eyebrows perfectly shaped STORY: Emily L. Foley


hile eyebrows have always helped define beauty standards and trends, it is still fair to say they have been having “a moment” over the past few years. This focus on eyebrows can be attributed to an entire generation of women rehabbing their brows back from the overplucked skinny rainbows of their ’90s youth. Though TikTok seems determined to bring back the old trend, brow expert Leza Bennett-McCall of The Perfect Brows in Buckhead assures us that the social media platform’s skinny brow videos are a momentary fad and to stand firm on bold, bushy brows. “Skinny brows can never replace a natural, beautiful brow,” she says. “As long as it takes people to grow their thin brows back out, I say ‘no’ to the skinny brow.” Drumroll, please, for three of the most popular in-salon brow services that will keep them perfectly shaped.

Brow Lamination This non-invasive straightening perm for your brows holds the hairs


up in a vertical position to give them a more feathery, bold look. Brow lamination specialist Skylar Barrett of Tinte Color and Blow Dry Bar in Upper Westside says, “Lamination is an amazing solution for anyone who wants the look of fuller brows because no matter what your brow concern is—thin, overplucked, unruly or curly—it can help.” Lamination is possible on any skin or hair type and takes roughly 30 minutes to complete. The results are immediate and can last anywhere from four to eight weeks. “It allows the hair to be shaped in any way, so even if brow shape trends change, lamination can accommodate that,” Barrett says.

Microblading This author is currently on year six with microblading and receives at least one compliment per day on her brows. It is a semi-permanent makeup technique during which tiny incisions are made with a specialized hand tool to deposit color that mimics the look of individual hairs. The result is thicker shaped brows that are customized to each per-

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son’s face shape and preference that require a touch-up every few years. The initial treatment requires two appointments, the first of which takes roughly two hours, and then a touch-up appointment six to eight weeks later. In the healing process, the pigment fades and deepens, so final results take about two months to be seen. Individuals with particularly oily skin, autoimmune diseases or diabetes are not good candidates for the procedure. But according to Bennett-McCall, the highly popular treatment is here to stay. “Microblading is the perfect low-maintenance eyebrow treatment. It’s definitely not a fad but a household name that is requested in salons around the world.”

requires two appointments: an initial application lasts roughly two hours, and a touch-up takes places about six to eight weeks after the initial appointment, as well as every one to three years, depending on your skin. According to brow expert Inga Bailey-Hedge whose studio is in Dunwoody. “The powder brow technique is for anyone who wants to redefine the shape of their eyebrows whether they have naturally thin brows or they are fading with age.” The primary difference in appearance between microblading and this option is that the former looks like you have perfectly groomed brows naturally, while powder brows give the appearance of having the perfect makeup application. n

Powder Brows This semi-permanent makeup technique involves a hand tool with a tiny needle used to apply pin dot pigment within your brows to create a soft look similar to filling in with a powder product. The treatment

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Gua sha is a healing modality that can be incorporated into massages, facials and other wellness services, such as acupuncture.



ua sha add-ons are all the rage on spa service menus, and how-to videos are hot on Instagram. So should you try it? “Gua sha, which translates to ‘scrape illness,’ comes from traditional Chinese medicine. It’s both a scraping technique and a smoothedged tool to help energy flow freely throughout the body so that health problems, including muscle tightness that can lead to other issues, don’t occur,” says Carly Rominger of Carly Rose Massage Therapy. Rominger’s mobile service—exclusively serving Buckhead—often incorporates gua sha into the 60-, 90- or 120-minute massages and bodywork. Here, she explains what to expect from the practice and its benefits.

The Tool Walk into any wellness retail space or browse online and you’re sure to find the flat tool that often comes in a pretty jade or other stone like pink quartz. “The original gua sha


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Carly Rominger of Carly Rose Massage Therapy favors a jade tool to "gua sha" on clients.

tool was a no-frills wooden spoon. And that still works, too!” says Rominger, who favors a C-shaped jade piece and promises that it’s not necessary to buy an expensive tool for at-home use.

The Technique During a body treatment or massage, the therapist might use the tool to gently scrape various areas on your body. It is typically laid flat

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and moved slowly across fascia, muscles and lymphatic fluid. “This creates friction that draws old, stagnant blood up to the surface, making space for oxygen and nutrients to flow more freely in your muscles and body,” Rominger says. “If muscles are really tight, there’s not enough blood being pumped through the muscle.” It’s also beneficial to break up scar tissue and reduce chronic pain. Gua sha shouldn’t be painful. “You’ll feel it in a tight area, but it shouldn’t hurt,” Rominger says. “Having healthy, fresh, oxygenated blood throughout is how the body is designed to work. When something is stuck, it will cause pain and injury over time. When the blood is moving freely, your systems are going to work better together, and you’ll feel better.”

The DIY From face to forearms, you can add gua sha into your daily wellness and beauty routine at home. Rominger

advises to warm up an area with your hands while applying oil or lotion. Then anchor the target area with one hand while holding the tool flat in the other. Create pressure without digging in and keep that pressure as you slide the tool across your body. Traveling over bony parts is fine; just adjust the pressure as needed. “Go slow, be intentional, create fluidity.” On the face, start in the middle and move outward and then down the neck to the clavicle to help drain lymphatic fluid. Need a visual? Rominger likes @wildling_ beauty on Instagram for how-to’s.

The Contraindications Avoid gua sha if you've recently had surgery, are taking blood thinners or have clotting disorders, broken bones or varicose veins. Rominger also says it isn’t good for anyone with skin inflammation such as eczema or psoriasis. n CARLY ROSE MASSAGE THERAPY @carlyrosemassagetherapy


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stantly want to get to the next level. I get uncomfortable with success. What was it like styling for “America’s Next Top Model”?

It was a family. I would get depressed after the season was over because of being around the same group of people for so long. And then we would see each other again, and it was like coming back to a party. It was one of the greatest jobs; I had it for nine years. Who has been your favorite celebrity to style?

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[Actress] Lindsey Morgan. She’s probably one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked on. Also, when I did Jack Nicholson’s hair, he wouldn’t take his sunglasses off! When he walked into the salon, you felt his presence.

Hair Raising Celebrity hairstylist Michael Kanyon launches a beauty brand STORY: Karina Antenucci


ike many people, the pandemic made celebrity hairstylist Michael Kanyon take a hard look at where he was living and what he and his wife wanted for their future. “LA at that time was getting pretty scary,” he says. “Something inside was telling us to leave.” When the Kanyons traveled to Atlanta in 2020, they loved the “vibe and vegetation,” as it reminded them of Long Island where they are from, yet with more Southern hospitality. The couple settled in Buckhead the same year, where Kanyon does hair from his home salon. This summer, the former stylist for “America’s


Next Top Model” launched KANYON Beauty, a brand with three highperformance, vegan hair styling products that are made in America. Here, he talks about the brand, his experiences and the hottest hair trend. What was the catalyst for launching KANYON Beauty?

I left the fashion world in New York and moved to LA in 2008. A lot of the people started asking me questions about ingredients. Little by little, I started looking at the ingredients in the products I had used for my entire career. I worked with a

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partner to formulate clean products years ago and have been using them on my clients. We’ve just branded them for sale as KANYON Beauty. Why these three products?

I wanted to make sure I started with styling products that I have used on every single top model, in every photo on my Instagram. The Vitamin Mist has a low pH that gets into the hair shaft, neutralizing it. It gets rid of static and is a great detangler. The Thickening Lotion creates a foundation for your hair and scalp, producing a nourishing barrier around the root for a blow dry that holds for days. The Satin Dry Oil is a very light oil finishing mist that uses a perfume actuator [fine-mist technology]. You’ve been in the business for

Problem is, I would rather stay home! But I like Le Bilboquet, Le Colonial, Yebo Beach Haus and Pure Taqueria. I really like Inman Park where bartaco is, too. It reminds me of Soho in New York in the ’90s. What’s the most notable hair trend right now?

Americana is coming back in a massive way. Thank you, [filmmaker] Taylor Sheridan, who I know by the way. We are done with buns, and sexy hair is in. Southern women never stopped with beautiful, sexy waves. Classic beauty never goes out of style. What are you looking forward to creating next?

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Photo Flurry What on Earth to do with all your pics


e love to capture every moment on our smartphones. But then what? The purpose of picture taking is to preserve memories, especially when the images are of your children. Yet so often our photos go into the digital universe, never to be seen again. If you’re looking for clever ways to organize and actually use your photos, Kate Byars, founder of concierge framing and family photography service Lo & Behold on the westside, has creative and practical advice.

Storage Solutions “Use the most automatic thing you can find,” says Byars. Both Google Photos and Apple iCloud can be connected to your devices to upload and store your photos in real time and organize them by date. From there, you can also create and share albums for specific life events or to use for a printed photo book.

Organization Trick No matter which one you choose, Byars recommends favoriting


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your photos by clicking on the heart icon in the moment or going through them once a week to do the same. “When you start a print project, it’s so much easier to go back to favorites. We all shoot five times as many photos as we actually need to get the best shot. Heart one thing per moment, and when you go back through, you’ll save time by knowing that’s the one you like the most.”

Digital Viewing Put that smart TV to good use as a digital photo album, suggests Byars. Connect your favorites folder to your television and use the slideshow as the go-to screensaver.

Album Routine “We enjoy our photos much more and much more frequently when they are in some sort of tangible format,” says Byars, who advises creating an annual printed photo album. “Give yourself a week or more to get it done so the process isn’t stressful. That’s why favorites are important!”

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Kate Byars, founder of Lo & Behold, helps families create custom, framed wall galleries from their thousands of digital photos.

Time Capsule Framers Instead of adding to a plethora of framed photos or buying new frames each year to feature your family and kids as they grow up, Byars says to reuse the frames. “Put in the most recent photos but keep the others in the frame. If you do this for several years, you end up with a little time capsule.”

Gallery Wall “The reason I created my business is because I heard from moms over and over that they wanted the family gallery but just could not approach the project. It seemed too daunting,” says Byars, who offers a comprehensive service to create the custom, framed wall galleries of your dreams for around $2,500$6,000, which can include everything from going through your 20K disorganized photo file to selecting images to installation. Not in the budget? She offers this DIY sequence: Measure your space; buy the frames; hang the empty frames each with two nails spaced apart by a couple inches; stick bum-

pers on the bottom of the frame that grip the wall. Next, allow the empty frames to stare at you from the wall. Then, sit down in front of the wall with your laptop or phone, pick the images and sizes and send them to print. When the prints come in, pop them in the frames. “Break it down into manageable steps that can be done over several Saturdays,” she says.

Special Gifts Use your now-organized photos as holiday gifts, such as ornaments. “It’s a little capture of that child or family in time that can be brought out once a year.” Grandparents in particular also love a beautifully framed 8-by-10-inch photo. “They want a forest of those on their piano,” Byars says. n LO & BEHOLD • 678.820.0404 • @loandbehold.atl

The Healing Power of Pumpkin is Back What does True G.R.I.T. look like? You might be surprised. By Tara Mays, The nsoro Educational Foundation

In 2005, my husband, Darrell Mays, founded a non-profit organization after watching a documentary on a plane. The documentary, “Aging Out”, taught him about the stark realities that youth experience as they age out of the U.S. foster care system and head out into adulthood without a plan, a support system, income, or even a home. That movie ignited the philanthropic passion of our family and of the now more than 600 youth who have been lifted up by The nsoro Educational Foundation.

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The odds for TAY (Transition-Aged Youth) are bleak: • 20% become homeless at the age of 18. • Only 55% earn a high school diploma. • 51% of TAY women are pregnant by the age of 19. • 70% of foster youth require government assistance by the age of 22. • 50% are unemployed by the age of 24. nsoro Foundation has changed this for hundreds of youth. By providing college gap funding for youth and wrap-around services, our Scholars achieve an amazing 81% college graduation rate (vs. 4% without our help). We match Scholars with a certified executive coach who teaches one-onone about Emotional Intelligence, Financial Literacy, and Workforce Readiness skills. Our volunteer mentors, led by the LINKS of Azalea City and other metro Atlanta volunteers, provide guidance and a listening ear, even beyond graduation. Serving as the head of our scholarship selection committee has changed me. The challenges, chaos, and family loss our applicants have suffered are overwhelming, but I am constantly impressed by their G.R.I.T. (Greatness Rising in Time) in the face of these obstacles. There is a part of aging out of foster care that most of us do not see and will never understand. Education is the great equalizer and with the right tools and focus, nsoro Scholars can do anything! I’ve found that changing the minds of young adults who thought “they couldn’t” is powerful and rewarding. But the reward isn’t for us, it’s for our young adults. We are just the vessels.

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Clockwise from top left: DeKalb County Animal Shelter, managed by LifeLine Animal Project; two adoptable cats; a LifeLine volunteer; an adoptable dog; Nick Hemenway, director of volunteer services and events for LifeLine Animal Project.

Volunteer Movement What to consider when working with animal rescues


olunteering at an animal shelter or welfare group is rewarding all around, both for you and for the furry friends you will meet. According to WebMD, just petting a dog can help stabilize your blood pressure. Even if you don’t have a lot of spare time to volunteer at one of these facilities, a little can go a long way in helping adoptable animals and, in turn, improving your own quality of life. “Volunteering with an animal shelter is a great way to support your local community, help animals find homes and keep pets with their families,” says Nick Hemenway, director of volunteer services and events for LifeLine Animal Project, which manages the Fulton and DeKalb County Animal shelters on the westside and in Chamblee. Here


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he shares some things to consider when thinking about volunteering.

day trips or overnights or fostering. Hemenway says every little bit helps.

Volunteer Qualities

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Are you compassionate, resourceful, open-minded and eager to help? Then you’d be a natural volunteer, Hemenway says. Consider what you’re best at and would most enjoy doing at an animal shelter.

Flexibility with Your Schedule Also consider what you’re able to commit to. Many animal shelters and rescue groups offer several ways, some even virtually, to contribute depending on your schedule. For instance, organizations might need help promoting events within volunteers’ networks and neighborhoods, writing online bios to get pets adopted, taking animals out for

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Hemenway notes another concern might be unfamiliarity with a facility and its processes. However, most organizations offer thorough training to get you to your comfort level. At LifeLine, we guide you through the essentials of our organization and the animal welfare industry, and show you how to safely interact with dogs and cats,” he says. “We also have an amazing team of staff and experienced volunteers who will help guide newer volunteers through the process.”

Other Considerations Volunteering in animal care isn’t

always pleasant or easy because it’s hard to see so many animals in need of loving homes, says Hemenway. “Some days can be filled with joyful moments, and others can be difficult and sad. However, I know our volunteers would agree that the good days and experiences definitely outnumber the bad, especially knowing that you are making a difference. Even walking just one dog makes all the difference for that one pet.” If you want to volunteer for the long-term, avoid the urge to adopt a pet on your first day until you settle in. Multiple opportunities will pop up for you to take home a fur baby, so take your time and get used to your volunteer role first. n LIFELINE ANIMAL PROJECT • 404.292.8800 • @lifelineanimal

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his summer was an expensive one for so many families. The costs of traveling, home goods and grocery items soared. As fall sets in and you start planning for the holidays, you might be feeling the pinch financially. Brandon Hayes, a certified financial planner and managing director of Buckhead’s oXYGen Financial, has some advice for managing your money throughout the next few months so you can enjoy the season and prepare for a prosperous new year. When is the best time to begin preparing my finances for the holiday season?

Fall is a great time to sit down with your partner and do a bit of a reset. Focus on creating a spending plan through the holidays. Consider the money that is going out of the household, something you may have lost sight of during the summer. So many couples and families let their budgets go and don’t realize how much they’ve spent during the previous few months because they’ve been focused on enjoying experiences together. Now is the time to reset your focus on your family’s spending and budget. How can I ease the financial pressure of end-of-year gift giving this year?

I’m a big advocate of setting a distinct budget for gifts. Discuss expectations and set a per-person spending limit with your family as early as you can, maybe sometime in October or when everyone is together around the table during Thanksgiving. I’ve found that this really alleviates the stress families feel around gift giving and lets them focus on enjoying each other’s company. Beyond that, you can use a site like to create a Secret Santa arrangement [instead of everyone exchanging gifts]. How do I tackle the debt if I end up spending too much?

If you have multiple credit cards, and they are all running a balance, many people will tell you to attack the one with the highest interest rate first. That makes sense, but I think people really want to see wins when paying down debt. I suggest tackling the smallest balance first so


MONEY MATTERS Tips for managing your end-of-year finances STORY: Amy Meadows PHOTO: Erik Meadows you can get used to seeing those zeroes. That way, you can feel like you accomplished something and then move on to tackle the next one. Just make sure that once you’ve paid off a balance, it doesn’t jump back up with more spending. What should I do to prepare myself financially for the new year?

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You always have to expect the unexpected. But I think so many American families don’t have a true savings plan that is separate from their main checking or savings account. You should be saving a certain percentage of your paycheck in this separate bank account so it is safe and secure for a rainy day. Now is a great time to revisit that strategy if you don’t

have a savings account in place. With the Fed increasing interest rates, it will impact personal savings in a positive way. If you can make a little more of the money you have in savings, when expenses pop up, you can use those funds to pay for them. n OXYGEN FINANCIAL • 678.222.2320 • @oxygenfinancial

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Hunters, Gatherers and Broadcasters Page 66 Chef Kevin Gillespie finds his food the old-fashioned way and then prepares it with mastery in the new series “Sabertooth.”

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HUNTERS, GATHERERS AND BROADCASTERS Kevin Gillespie combines his passions in “Sabertooth” STORY: Carly Cooper


hef Kevin Gillespie grew up hunting and fishing with his father and learning to cook from his grandmother. An aspiring nuclear engineer, he never expected to lead the kitchen at some of the country’s most established restaurants, much less earn nationwide fame as a celebrity chef. But every life takes its own set of twists and turns. Today, the “Top Chef” alum and James Beard Award finalist owns multiple restaurants in Atlanta, including Gunshow and Revival. But a cancer diagnosis and resulting renewed focus on health have him returning to his roots both in hunting and in television. Recently, Gillespie produced and starred in “Sabertooth,” a spinoff of the popular “MeatEater”


Netflix hunting series he’s also involved in. The new show features Gillespie hunting, fishing and/or foraging, then preparing a sophisticated meal from his findings for friends and family. The first episode aired Aug. 5 on YouTube, and at least two others will follow. “It allows viewers to see where the ingredients come from and showcases just how far wild ingredients can be taken. It is one of many avenues to foster sustainability in the future,” Gillespie says. “I would encourage people to check this show out whether they like hunting or not. If we do it right, it might make people question what they think of as hunting.” Each episode takes place in a different area of the country,

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including Texas, Arkansas and Georgia. In one, Gillespie fishes bass, forages plants from around Atlanta and pursues deer, ducks, quail, hogs and doves. He turns the fruits of his labor into an immersive tasting experience, either in a restaurant kitchen or outside wilderness-style. “The goal is to showcase elevated food. It’s meant to be aspirational,” he says. “My family didn’t have any money. We relied on hunting and fishing to put food on the table.” Founding chef of Red Beard Restaurants, Gillespie is still heavily involved in the businesses he started, but his focus has turned to coaching and mentoring. Due to his diagnosis and resulting surgeries, he says he doesn’t have the physical stamina for the long hours in the kitchen anymore. “It makes me sad that this thing I love, that I’ve made my career

Gillespie grinds oryx, a kind of antelope, on “Sabertooth.”

doing, isn’t something I can do,” he says. “I miss cooking for people who’ve never tasted my food before. This is a creative way to do that while still [spreading awareness of] my restaurants.” Gillespie says he has additional projects in the works, including “a significant future to [my] involvement at ‘MeatEater,’” but is not at liberty to share details yet. He’s also planning to reopen Ole Reliable, his order-at-thecounter, breakfast and lunch spot in the Georgia-Pacific Center downtown. It has been temporarily closed due to lack of office workers during the pandemic. For now, fans can find Gillespie making surprise appearances at his restaurants and catch him in action on “Sabertooth.” n KEVIN GILLESPIE • @chefkevingillespie


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Above: Live models help students at Cherrylion perfect their sculpting skills.

Above: The Spruill Center for the Arts offers a variety of artistic classes for all ages.

Left: The Chastain Arts Center has hands-on facilities for multiple media. Right: Ceramics classes at Chastain are among the most popular.

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s the education director at Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts, Amy Gresens is seeing first-hand one of the leading lessons of a long pandemic lockdown. “A lot of people are rediscovering their creative sides,” says Gresens, who’s been teaching at the center since 2010. “Many of them thought about getting into the arts and just didn’t do it. But since we reopened in late May 2020, we’ve had so many new students.” Many are making up for lost time, enrolling in classes that run the gamut from basic watercolors to complex ceramics. “We have a good range for people who have never done anything to those who want to brush up their skills,” says Gresens. “They can do that in one-day workshops or sessions that go from five to 10 weeks. We pretty much have classes seven


days a week in the morning, midday or evening for all ages.” Ceramics classes fill up first and fast, says Gresens, because the center offers materials, workspaces and kilns few artists have at home. “Ceramics are a big investment. You could get a wheel to throw on at home, but then you’d have to fire it somewhere. Here, that’s part of the class.” Sculptor Martin Dawe, owner of the Cherrylion Studios on the westside, also offers students the space and guidance to start sculpting— a craft that can get messy without a dedicated studio. “It’s very difficult; I’ve been doing this for 47 years, and I learn more every time I do it,” says Dawe, whose work includes the Martin Luther King Jr. statue at the state capitol. “So we start off with parts of the figure. We meet once a week for 10

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weeks with two live-model sessions, then fire the pieces and have a fun finishing class when people paint them or make them look like bronze.” The classes attract all levels, but participants usually have two things in common, says Dawe. “They are so sweet and creative. Some have been coming for 20 years because they love having their hands in mud, and they’ve become good friends and colleagues. People get addicted to it.” Ceramics, jewelry making, framing, papermaking and painting are a few of the options on the course schedule at the Chastain Arts Center in Buckhead. Facility Manager Alma Kadri says the multi-week ceramics sessions fill quickly, but would-be artists can also sign up for shorter workshops often led by local artists. It’s also one of the few area studios to offer the gas reduction firing

method designed to make colors pop. While some would-be Monets sign up for a class just to see if they’ll like it, some may find it life changing. Dawe worked with one student who made a career out of sculpting. And Gresens first went to Spruill to learn jewelry making and wound up with a second income by selling it. “Well, you end up with so much you have to do something with it,” she says. Prices for art classes can range from $50 for a half-day workshop to $350 for a multi-week session. Some programs have additional charges for materials. Check the program catalogs for complete details. n CHASTAIN ARTS CENTER • 404.252.2927 • @chastainartscenter CHERRYLION STUDIOS • 404.350.4040 • @cherrylionstudios SPRUILL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 770.394.3447 • • @spruillarts


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light up a screen. WSB’s thinking all along has been that trying to replace Jovita would be an impossible task. They instead decided on a team approach—familiar faces with years of experience who could carry the torch that Jovita so graciously carried. What is your favorite aspect of the job?

I love being able to do something new every day, being in the community and telling the stories that people are interested in here in Georgia. I’m not at a desk, pushing papers. That’s not me! Even though there are challenging and depressing days reporting about people who lose their lives and families suffering, I like that we try to find answers and relief for our audience. What do you most look forward to in this new position?

Being a blessing to others and being able to do this work. Journalism is not something that’s respected by a lot of people lately. I hope we can return the honor to the great work that journalists do daily. What was a fundamental stepping stone moment in your career?

Receiving my first Emmy award made me realize my work was being appreciated. I got it for a series of stories I did on the AIDS epidemic when I was at CBS 46 in the ’90s. The station gave me the time to follow one person who had AIDS until he died.


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ast month, Atlanta’s longtime news anchor Karyn Greer went on-camera in her dream job reporting the nightly news at WSB-TV. “I’ve worked at great stations with great people. But as you look to further your career, to be at the number one station in the city and one of the top stations in the country, it’s huge. I’m just grateful and thankful that this opportunity has come to be,” says Greer, whose storied professional history in Atlanta includes reporting at WGNX-TV (now CBS 46


How do you recharge

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WGCL) from 1989 to 1999, 11Alive for the following 15 years and returning to CBS 46 in 2015 before accepting the WSB-TV position. As an only child growing up in Chicago, Greer knew she wanted to be a broadcaster and practiced newscasts with her father. “My parents told me I could do whatever I wanted to do,” she says, though her trajectory to success wasn’t always smooth. She ran into roadblocks, such as professors at the University of Illinois telling her that, as a woman of color, she didn’t have “the look” required

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to be a news anchor. “I thought, ‘I’m going to prove you wrong,’” she says. And she did, including winning six Southeast Emmys. Here, the go-getter talks about her love for her job and how she recharges outside of the newsroom. What does it mean to step into the late Jovita Moore’s role at the station?

I could never even think of trying to fill her shoes. She will always be an amazing talent. She had such flair, class and knowledge, and would

outside of the newsroom?

Spending time with family is the most important thing. My boys, 23 and 27, are older now and they don’t like to travel with mom and dad like we used to, but we enjoy time together, sitting and talking. I travel with my husband, too. You’re so stylish. What’s your secret?

I rent a lot of clothes because I go out so much. One of my go-to places for high-end clothing rentals is The Ivy Showroom on Miami Circle. I also go to Lisa Cloud of Lisa Nicole Collection to rent evening gowns— you can only wear them once! n @karyngreer



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Adults and children are encouraged to wear costumes at Dunwoody's Truck or Treat.



n the last Thursday in October, Brook Run Park in Dunwoody will be crowded with princesses, superheroes and maybe even a few goblins and witches. Truck or Treat, the final Food Truck Thursday of the year, promises a festive time and free admission for everyone, complete with costumes to admire, local cuisine to nosh and plenty of Halloween candy. Hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association with assistance from the city and the police department, Truck or Treat has been a tradition since 2017 and attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 attendees each year, according to Rachel Waldron, the city’s recreation program supervisor. The 10 trucks in attendance booked by Redbird Events aim to offer a variety of food to please all palates. Dance the evening away to the Adrian Duke Project, a seven-piece party band ready to regale the crowd with familiar favorites starting at 6 p.m. Learn Halloween safety for the whole family with the Dunwoody Police’s “See and Be Seen” presentation, featuring advice on whether to keep or toss a treat, and then score candy galore from the food trucks and the event staff. According to Waldron, the best part of the evening is seeing the costumes, which are “highly encouraged” for both children and adults.

“Everyone dresses up, including staff. One year, we did a group costume for ‘Parks and Recreation,’” she says. “And we probably spend thousands of dollars on candy. It’s a really fun night.” n •@cityofdunwoodyga

Kids will love collecting treats galore from food trucks and event staff.

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Mother of Invention Transforming dreams into reality


Want your mind completely blown and inspired at the same time? Check out Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities, premiering Oct. 6 and running through Dec. 24 at Atlantic Station. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS is the story of familiar inventions such as steam trains, gramophones and electricity, and how they began as dreams in the 19th century. The inspiration behind the show is celebrating the idea that anything is possible. Audience members will marvel as performers soar 50 feet into the air on a special trampoline known as the acro-net. Used exclusively in KURIOS, the acro-net allows performers to travel at 35 miles per hour, perfect for a show about embracing possibility. Tickets start at $49 per person. n


Sample Chamblee restaurants while you watch college football on the big screen. Admission is free; just download the CrowdBlink app to purchase food from vendors such as Won Kitchen Korean Cuisine, Grapes & Grains, Tower Treats and more.


Skip the holiday rush and find early treasures including hand-crafted items, local art and tasty treats at this annual twoday event benefiting The Sandy Springs Society. • @cirquedusoleil

Clued In Did you ever spend hours pondering whether Colonel Mustard committed the crime in the hallway with the wrench? If so, your favorite murder mystery boardgame can now be played out in person at the new Clue: The Escape Room in Buckhead, by creators

Board game meets escape room Breakout Games Atlanta and Hasbro. This room brings the game to life and positions you and your friends as the investigative team inside Mr. Boddy’s mansion. You’ll have one hour to figure out the weapon, room and murderous dinner party guest to solve the crime.

Clue: The Escape Room accommodates between two and seven players. It’s best for ages 14 and up, but all ages are allowed, says Richard Stauffer, manager. To book this room or any of the other nine themed rooms at Breakout Games Atlanta, visit the website and check your date’s availability. The room is $93.98 for two players, and group rates are available. n @breakoutgames

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Celebrate the season at Buckhead bars such as Elbow Room, Stagecoach, 5 Paces Inn, Moondogs and others. Tickets are $12.50 per person or $40 per couple and include complimentary shots and more.


Sample more than 200 global whiskies, savor gourmet snacks and meet talented distillers at this one-day event benefiting the North Atlanta Rotary Club Foundation. Tickets start at $99 per person.


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Save the Date GIVING TUESDAY | NOV. 29, 2022 at 12 PM Be inspired as you hear stories from clients who were empowered through the programs of Jewish Family & Career Services. Learn how you make an impact on the lives of so many in our community.

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BUSINESS BUILDERS Success stories, career advice and financial tips from top entrepreneurs and experts

Atlantans are surrounded by established corporations such as Delta, Home Depot, Coca-Cola and many more names and logos recognized around the world. Georgia’s capital—and more specifically, Buckhead—is a destination for the visionaries who work hard to build businesses from the ground up. Entrepreneurs are a unique breed: They find inspiration in unlikely places, don’t take no for an answer and figure out the answers to questions others haven’t even asked yet. From the brains behind super-successful companies to the financial know-how of how to get started, this feature offers inspiration for any would-be business builder.



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hen Buckhead residents Mark and Shelly Wilson decided to launch Chime Solutions in 2016, the first thing they did was take out a map of Georgia. They pinpointed the area that had the highest unemployment rate in the state—Morrow—and chose it as the location for their new company’s inaugural call center. The husband-and-wife team then transformed a former JCPenney store in Southlake Mall into a bustling customer care center that now employs 1,500 people in the community. “We could see the impact that it had in the community, and it was so inspirational for us,” says Mark, who serves as president and CEO. “We knew we had to spread that model to other communities around the country.”



Before starting Chime, the Wilsons already had an extraordinary amount of experience in the business process outsourcing industry, having founded call center business Ryla Teleservices in Atlanta in 2001 before selling it in 2010 in a $70 million deal. Several years later, when a former customer reached out about starting a call center for their business, Chime Solutions was born. This time, however, the couple decided to put a different spin on their approach. “We wanted to be a bit more intentional about where we were going to focus our interests,” says Shelly, who is chief operating officer of the company. “We wanted to go into underserved communities and bring jobs to the people there. We wanted to create opportunities for those who normally would not

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have access to them.” Mark agrees. “We operate by the domino effect. Once you give one person a job, it has the impact of three other jobs being created,” he says. “When money is being regenerated in the community where people live, that’s the real benefit to the entire community.” Today, Chime, a certified minority-owned business, operates in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina, and has plans to expand into Arkansas. The company provides customized customer care solutions to Fortune 500 corporations and mid-sized companies across industries, many of which feel a connection to Chime because of the company’s dedication to supporting local communities. And within the centers, the company provides a range of jobs and a myriad of per-

CREATING A MISSIONDRIVEN BUSINESS For the Wilsons, incorporating their passion for community-building into their business was simple. They made it an integral part of Chime Solutions’ business plan. “If you have [social] programs that you want to include in your business, don’t look at them as separate special initiatives,” Mark says. “For us, the programs were fundamental to the way we wanted to run our company. For us, it was just standard operating procedure.”

sonal development opportunities for employees. Chime supports upward mobility among its employees and often promotes from within. “We have various tracks that people can take to put themselves in a position to compete for other opportunities,” says Shelly. We have many people who started at entry level and now are in managerial positions. We really encourage that.” What’s more, the company is home to Chime University, which offers self-development programs on topics such as homeownership. “Our goal is to try to create as many homeowners as we can,” Mark says. “When someone achieves homeownership status and can put their children in a different environment when they’ve never had that before, that facilitates a generational impact.” Mark says Chime’s ultimate goal is to create 10,000 jobs in underserved communities across the country. However, that figure does not represent the ceiling. “The model is working, and we plan to keep expanding. The U.S. is a big place, and the talent out there deserves to be invested in,” he says. “That legacy is very important to us. We are doing the best we can to make a difference.” Shelly says, “We are grateful to have the opportunity to use the skills we have to create opportunities for others. It’s overwhelming, and we’re excited to be where we are.” n CHIME SOLUTIONS • 404.891.0777 • @chimesolutions


esse Itzler doesn’t have an advanced degree from an Ivy League school, nor does he come from a dynasty of business tycoons. Still, he stands tall among successful entrepreneurs as co-founder of Marquis Jet, one of the world’s largest private jet membership companies, and as a partner in Zico Coconut Water, both of which were sold for undisclosed amounts to Berkshire Hathaway and Coca-Cola, respectively. His experience in business, and life as a whole, doesn’t fit neatly into an easily quantifiable box, and that’s just the way he likes it. The now-Buckhead resident had an epiphany when, as an early 20-something and recent grad of Washington, D.C.’s American University, he was taking odd jobs, sleeping on a friend’s New York City sofa and having a blast. “I realized it’s not what you have; it’s what you do. I became a doer,” he says. Itzler had his first big professional win in 1990, at 22, when he got a record deal thanks to old fashioned hard work. “It was the first time, completely on my own, with no contacts and no help, I got something done,” he says of his time as an aspiring rapper. “It proved that all I needed was me.” A year later, he wrote and performed “Go NY Go,” the theme song for the New York Knicks, as well as original tunes for dozens of other pro teams. Itzler’s father, the Long Island owner of a plumbing supply, may not have had business contacts to share, but he was a role model. “As an entrepreneur, you can do [one of] two things: create something new or make something better. My dad was always trying to do both. That was the exposure I had to an entrepreneurial mindset,” he says. “He didn't monetize it, but he had the credentials.” While Itzler won’t need a resume to score his next opportunity, he spends significant time thinking about—and coaching others on— how to build their “life resume.” “It makes you more interesting, and it's like a lightning rod for opportunities,” he explains of prioritizing relationships, wellness and experiences to enrich your life. Success stories abound: Those Itzler has mentored have launched businesses, run races, strengthened

NO HOLDS BARRED SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR JESSE ITZLER DOES LIFE—AND BUSINESS—WITHOUT LIMITS STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin PHOTO: Sara Hanna relationships and more, all of them carrying the theme of breaking free from self-limiting mindsets. The serial entrepreneur refuses to be content with his past successes. “If Elon Musk did that, there'd be no Tesla,” Itzler says. Unlike others, such as Itzler’s wife, Sara Blakely of Spanx, who are primarily known for a particular brand, Itzler takes a different approach. “I kind of reverse engineered it,” he says. “I live a life that's built around experiences, do-

ing things that I love to do, building my life’s resume and creating new stuff. I guess that is my brand.” Who knows what’s next? n • @jesseitzler

See Jesse Itzler along with special guests live at the Buckhead Theatre on Oct. 27 for an evening of comedy, music and inspiration. To honor his late father, 100% of ticket proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

THINK LIKE A WINNER Your mindset has a huge impact on whether or not you succeed. “Everybody has a fear of failure because ego comes into play,” Itzler says. “‘What if it doesn't work?’ doesn't cross my mind.” Case in point: When he signed up for his first 100-mile race, he couldn’t run 2 continuous miles. Still, he was relentless in pursuit of his goal and succeeded. “Sometimes it works out for you; sometimes it doesn't, but I always have a belief that I'll be able to pull it off somehow,” he says.

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arc Gorlin, founder and CEO of the UPSowned company and delivery platform Roadie, is a storytelling engine. To tell Roadie’s origin story, he recalls driving through Montgomery, Alabama, when the bathroom contractor at his Florida beach condo called in February 2014. The contractor said shower tiles had arrived in pieces, and the Birmingham warehouse couldn’t deliver replacements until after the weekend. Gorlin figured someone going to Florida from Birmingham would have been willing to bring a box of tiles for $20. That weekend, the

Chamblee High and University of Georgia graduate wrote a business plan for a ride-sharing app for packages, and Roadie was born. Now Gorlin can tell stories about UPS, which bought Roadie in October 2021. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sandy Springs-based shipping giant, Roadie brings a nationwide, same-day delivery capability with items UPS doesn’t touch, from oversize goods to perishables. Gorlin says UPS provides the best chance for what any founder wants for his company: longevity. “Being part of UPS is awesome,” he says. “We still call our own shots as much as I’ve ever seen possible when

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a really big company buys a really small company,” which has grown to more than 180 employees supporting some 200,000 contract drivers. Gorlin was 23 when he co-founded PGP Corp. to commercialize Pretty Good Privacy encryption in 1996; Network Associates bought it in 1997. Personalization service VerticalOne and staffing firm The Lanta Technology Group followed in 1998. S1 Corp. bought VerticalOne in 2000; Lanta lasted until 2012. Gorlin in 2009 helped launch small-business lender Kabbage, which American Express bought in 2020, reportedly for up to $850 million.


HOW TO TURN AN IDEA INTO A BUSINESS “There’s value in the grind. Just get started, and things will begin to fall into place,” Gorlin says. “Novelists say this all the time. You don’t have to know how the book is going to end before you start writing it. You just start putting pen to paper”.

He explains his entrepreneurship with a story: “In middle school and high school, I did magic. I loved how you could make people believe in what they thought was impossible. You’re making something out of nothing. Startups are kind of like that.” Roadie’s magic comes from its people, Gorlin says. “A lot of our folks are wicked smart, but they’re also pretty funny, and they run at problems, not away from them.” His father, Steve, a biotech entrepreneur, taught him that every business hits roadblocks. Gorlin passes similar lessons to his children, Lily, 17, and Mills, 14. When Gorlin accepted an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year National Award last November, he told a story about Lily’s project for a marketing class. She sought his advice on whether to build a sharkrepellent surfboard or wetsuit. “It depends,” he told her. “Do you not want your surfboard to get eaten, or do you not want you to get eaten?” She got an A. Gorlin majored in journalism at UGA because his father advised that an entrepreneur’s job was communication. “You’ve got to sell employees to take a chance on something,” Gorlin’s father told him. “You’ve got to sell your first customers. You’ve got to sell your investors.” What sells the story, Gorlin says, is making it relatable. When he talks about tile, someone tells the story back, but it’s about a child’s jersey or a grandmother’s rocking chair. “There’s a lot of people who have the same need you’re trying to sell.” n ROADIE • • @roadie_app


l Longman and Su So-Longman often reflect on the fact that what started in the living room of their rented home in Buckhead has become one of the top five pallet brokerage companies in the country, placing it at the top of a global market worth more than $63.4 billion. “I think it speaks volumes about what we’ve done over the years,” says Su, CEO of Pallet Central Enterprises, Inc., the powerhouse brokerage company she co-founded with her husband in September 2005 after he lost his job as a national sales manager for a large pallet company. “It was started out of necessity. When Al lost his job, I said, ‘You have all this experience. I don’t know anything about the pallet industry, but I know how to organize. Can we do this together?’ And he thought we could.” Did they ever. Today, PCE serves Fortune 500 companies across the United States, Canada, South America and Asia, selling, distributing, stocking and managing their pallets and waste streams. The company has 20 regional sales offices across the country and has become a multi-million-dollar corporation. “Everything you eat, drink and wear is shipped on a pallet. It’s a huge piece of the manufacturing world that people don’t really think about,” says Al, who serves as president. “When we started, Su only had knowledge about the industry that she picked up from discussing my work with me. But she grabbed this and ran with it. She made sure we survived by having us operate on a very lean, mean business model. Everything had to make dollars and sense. That automatically set us apart in the industry. And we went from zero to millions of dollars.” In fact, PCE has become recognized as one of the most versatile and adaptable pallet brokerages anywhere, based on Al’s deep understanding of the industry and Su’s innate business sense, which she attributes to her father, who is a successful businessman. Together, the husband-and-wife team has charted a path for continued substantial growth that includes a new sales program that will allow the national team to

RISK/REWARD AL LONGMAN AND SU SO-LONGMAN TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH TO LAUNCH A MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS STORY: Amy Meadows PHOTO: Sara shop faster and more efficiently on behalf of PCE’s customers. “Su and I sit down regularly and talk about how we can do things better,” Al says. “We know that no matter what happens, there is going to be a requirement for our product. If you don’t have a pallet, you can’t ship. It doesn’t matter if you make the best widget in the world. There’s a need, and we make sure we look ahead. It’s all about planning and preparation.” For the Longmans, it’s also about working with someone who enhances your strengths and balances out


your weaknesses. “You have to have a partner who complements you, whether it’s in business or in a relationship. Al and I met each other later in life, so we want to spend time together,” says Su of the couple’s meeting in 2004. “That’s part of why this works for us. Business puts food on our table, but what makes it work is the love and respect we have for each other.” The couple has always been willing to bet on each other and their professional aspirations. “If you have a dream, take a chance. If you’re scared

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED “We’re good at pivoting,” says Su about PCE’s ability to be agile during challenges. The same sentiment can be applied to the couple’s life together. Their ability to handle curveballs that life or business throws at them can be attributed to Su’s penchant for planning. “We always have a Plan A and a Plan B. Then we have a Plan C and D. You have to have plans in case something goes awry.”

about failure, just remember that you need to get right back up,” Al says. “A dream without a plan for success is just a dream. You’ll never achieve anything unless you’re willing to take the risk and put the effort into it.” n PALLET CENTRAL ENTERPRISES, INC. 404.814.1048 •

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ll the elements for entrepreneurship come together in Buckhead, from 100,000 residents and 122,000 commuting workers to 23 million square feet of office space and ample venture capital, says Garth Peters, the Buckhead Coalition’s director of member, citizen and government affairs. Atlanta is the economic and cultural hub of the Southeast, Roadie founder Marc Gorlin says, and Buckhead is the economic engine of Atlanta. “This is the place for innovation,” Peters says, both for people who come up with ideas here, such as OneTrust founder Kabir Barday, and those whose ideas draw them here, such as Intercontinental Exchange founder Jeffrey Sprecher. “The thing that I think’s pretty cool in Atlanta that’s different is people in venture, legal, accounting, creative spaces are willing to help you even if it doesn’t help them directly,” says Gorlin. Here are a few of the entrepreneurs behind successful, exciting businesses rooted in the area.

1. JEFF ARNOLD SHARECARE Arnold, 52, was just out of the University of Georgia in 1994 when he and wife Meg borrowed $25,000 from her father to start heart-monitoring company Quality Diagnostic Services. They sold it for $25 million in 1998, and Arnold started WebMD, which merged with Healtheon in 1999. The Buckhead resident then led website HowStuffWorks, which he sold to Discovery Communications for $250 million in 2007. He launched Buckhead-based digital health care and information company Sharecare in 2010. This summer, Sharecare merged with special purpose acquisition



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2 son of Indian immigrants, Barday almost veered from the software industry to open a pizza franchise with his father before starting OneTrust. “As we continue to execute on this vision,” Barday says, “we’re proud to be a part of Atlanta’s budding tech community.”


6 company Falcon Capital, which invested $571 million, and went public at a valuation of $3.9 billion. Sharecare has more than 2,400 employees and tops $400 million in annual revenue.

2. TOPE AWOTONA CALENDLY Calendly founder and CEO Awotona launched the scheduling platform at Atlanta Tech Village in Buckhead with savings and loans in 2013. A $350 million equity investment in 2021 valued the private company at $3 billion and, Forbes says, established Awotona as the second black tech billionaire in the United States. Now 41, he immigrated to the United States from Nigeria in 1996. His business false starts included a patented idea for optical character recognition in cash registers, a dating app, a projector seller and a garden tools company.

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“I made the mistake of picking projects based on money-making opportunities versus picking things that align with my passion,” Awotona told website Mogul Millennial. His passion for Calendly, which topped $100 million in sales last year, came from frustration at trying to schedule a sales meeting.

3. KABIR BARDAY ONETRUST As president and CEO, Barday, 34, founded digital privacy platform OneTrust in 2016 and saw it top Inc.’s list of fastest-growing companies by 2020. Based in Sandy Springs and London, OneTrust has more than 2,500 employees, a $5.3 billion valuation, 150 patents, half the Fortune 500 as customers and the 24th spot on the 2022 Forbes Cloud 100 list of private cloud computing companies. A 2009 Georgia Tech grad and

4. JEFFREY SPRECHER INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE Buckhead resident Sprecher, 67, founded Sandy Springs-based International Exchange (ICE) in 2000 as an energy trading platform built on the foundation of Georgia-based Continental Power Exchange, which the Wisconsin native bought in 1997 for $1,000 plus the assumption of debt. Now ICE has more than 10,000 employees and exceeds $6 billion in annual revenue from data and financial services. Its assets include the New York Stock Exchange, which ICE bought for $8.2 billion in 2013. Sprecher serves as the NYSE chair as well as ICE’s chair and CEO. He’s married to former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler. “ICE’s simple mission has been to make analog and opaque financial transactions more digital and transparent,” Sprecher said in May, announcing the $13.1 billion acquisition of housing data company Black Knight.

David Aferiat of Trade Ideas

Thomas Prevatt of Aprio



5 5. SARA BLAKELY SPANX Blakely’s story is an entrepreneurial legend: The Atlanta door-to-door fax machine saleswoman cut the toes off some control-top pantyhose to wear under cream-colored pants, spent $5,000 of her own money to turn that idea into an undergarment business, never took an investment and built Spanx into a shapewear giant. She ranks 23rd on Forbes’ 2022 list of America’s Self-Made Women and is married to fellow entrepreneur Jesse Itzler (read our profile on him on page 77). Blakely, 51, sold a majority of her Buckhead-based business in November 2021 to investment group Blackstone. The deal included Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon and valued Spanx at $1.2 billion. Blakely stayed as part-owner and executive chair. “I have run this business—I’ve run my life—very, very connected to intuition,” Blakely told the Forbes Power Women’s Summit in December to explain the sale.


media empire encompassing TBS, TNT, TCM, Cartoon Network, CNN and more from a downtown perch on Luckie Street. He swept up the Braves and Hawks along the way, moved into environmentalism, introduced many to bison meat through Ted’s Montana Grill and received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs Lifetime Achievement Award in August. Although Turner operated outside Buckhead, the late Sam Massell used a Turner appearance at the 2015 annual meeting of the Buckhead Coalition to offer the media mogul a spot on the organization’s exclusive membership list. “I need to know more about it,” Turner said. He apparently learned enough: Turner became and remains a coalition member. n

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tarting a business on sound financial footing involves facing three sets of three: three options for the money, three options for the structure and three types of advisers. Those decisions come after you turn your idea into a business plan built to achieve a quick exit or long-term success, says Thomas Prevatt, who works with entrepreneurs as a partner in the tax practice of Brookhaven-based accounting and advisory firm Aprio. Prevatt says he sees many entrepreneurs who could have thrived “if not for those first couple stumbling blocks that knock out so many business owners.” For working capital, you can use your own money, borrow or find investors. Self-financing is high risk and high reward, Prevatt says. You lose everything if the business fails but get all the profit if it succeeds. You also set your own timeline, says David Aferiat, co-founder and managing partner of investment intelligence company Trade Ideas and founder and owner of organic wine importer Avid Vines. His two partners couldn’t satisfy the quick-profit pressure of investors in a previous business, Aferiat says, so they launched Trade Ideas in 2003 with their own money. Aferiat, an Upper Westside resident, went 18 months without a salary, but says the partners could “make the mistakes we needed to make at the timetable that we needed to make them.” Borrowing can create more risk. Lenders for new businesses usually want a personal guarantee, Prevatt says, so even if the business fails, the loan obligation remains. He advises finding a lender that specializes in your industry to get the best terms. Investors, whether friends, family or venture capitalists, reduce financial risk in exchange for partial control and potential profits, Prevatt says. “You have different voices, and they all feel like they have a say.” Control is also a factor in the choice

of business structure: C corporation, S corporation, or limited liability corporation or partnership. The wrong choice, Prevatt says, could mean thousands of dollars going to the IRS instead of the business. Because an S-corp and an LLC/ partnership provide flexibility to use startup losses to offset outside income, they are better than a C-corp to build a new business for the long term, Prevatt says. For an advisory team, Prevatt says every startup needs a great lawyer, a good accountant and a solid support group. Accept the upfront cost of a lawyer who creates ironclad documents and agreements, Prevatt says, and trust an accountant to minimize taxes and provide advice ranging from local incentives for job creation to potential advantages from making the wife the majority owner of a family business. Just be sure the lawyer and accountant coordinate their efforts. Prevatt advises paying yourself something from the start to avoid burnout and setting aside a slice of all revenues to force yourself to minimize expenses and build an emergency fund. The final advisory element is a support group of like-minded entrepreneurs to provide advice, insight and sympathy. Aferiat was more than a decade into Trade Ideas before he found such a group in the Atlanta chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He joined after seeing EO’s impact on a cousin and a friend, and he found that it satisfied his need for continual learning. Now he’s the chapter president. “Other people have tread these waters before,” he says. “Why should you have to suffer when you can learn from someone else’s experience?” n APRIO • 404.892.9651 • ENTREPRENEURS’ ORGANIZATION: ATLANTA CHAPTER • @eoatlanta

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esperately in

Nestled on the shores of the

between blooms and people

need of a

Chattahoochee River, this

posing for photos against a

vacation but

restaurant is more than a

variety of backdrops. Few

too buried

place to get upscale food and

restaurants genuinely feel like

under deadlines to take time

pampering service, though it’s

a vacation destination, but

off work? Book a table at

that, too. At Canoe, you can

Canoe reliably lifts moods

Canoe. Whether you opt for

truly relax as you sit over-

while pleasing palates wheth-

brunch, lunch or dinner, you’ll

looking manicured gardens,

er you sit on the covered patio

leave feeling much better

rippled water flowing toward a

or inside the dining room

than you did upon arrival.

bridge, hummingbirds darting

with expansive windows.

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Canoe's signature dessert is available throughout the year.

The popcorn ice cream sundae combines favorite childhood and sophisticated adult flavors.

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Maple-marinated duck breast balances savory with sweet in each juicy bite. Duck is a menu constant; presentations vary by season.

Chef Matthew Basford grew up in Australia, but his creamy Vidalia onion soup proves he's skilled with native Georgia ingredients.


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Celebrating its 27th anniversary this year, Canoe has built a reputation that extends beyond Atlanta: It’s been featured in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Gourmet, The Wine Spectator and The New York Times, among others. Located on the western edge of Buckhead, it’s near the city yet feels a world away. Thoughtful service begins as you pull up to the valet stand. Step inside for a friendly greeting. If you’ve arrived before your table is ready, you’ll be invited to visit the bar or stroll the gardens. Once seated, attentive servers will describe specials, answer questions, make recommendations and keep your glasses filled with whatever beverage you prefer. Sipping options abound. More than 300 bottles of wine are available, as well as 40 by the glass. Beers range from well-known international brands to local craft brews. Creative cocktails are updated often and include riffs such as “Bird of Paradise” that steers the classic Aviation toward a more bitter profile, while the Canoe Manhattan adds Cherry Heering for a sweeter edge to tradition. Canoe’s talented mixologists work with a full bar to meet special requests. American whiskey is featured with options

that range from Kentucky bourbon to regional ryes. The food menu is driven by ingredients at the peak of flavor, so several changes are made throughout a season. Fall typically showcases apples and hard squashes. “The goal is always to have a menu that is approachable for guests that are joining us,” says Executive Chef Matthew Basford, who has helmed the Canoe kitchen since 2013. “We want people to feel comfortable and have an option that they can choose.” While salmon, steak, chicken, rabbit and kangaroo are menu constants, presentations vary. “The accompaniments that support the proteins are what will change from menu to menu,” says Basford, who grew up in Australia. He worked in kitchens Down Under before moving to the U.S. in 2002, working in New Orleans before relocating to Atlanta. Trust an Australian to cook kangaroo to tender perfection and marry it with bold yet complementary flavors such as peppercorns, tomatoes, beets and bacon bread pudding. “We always strive for balance in the dishes we create,” says Basford. “But we also lean towards certain proteins’ characteristics and either complement or play off of them with different sides.”

Slow-braised rabbit is fork-tender and moist, offering about the same level of gaminess as turkey.

The Canoe Manhattan adds Cherry Heering for a sweeter edge to tradition.

Creamy Vidalia onion soup proves the chef is equally skilled with native Georgia ingredients. Warmly balancing sweet and savory notes, it’s the equivalent of a hug in a bowl. Drizzled with goat cheese cream and topped with a toasted wedge of brioche dabbed with bacon jam, the presentation is upscale yet approachable. Slow-braised rabbit is fork-tender and moist, offering about the same level of gaminess as turkey. Tender brie ravioli, tart bacon-braised cabbage and light garlic jus make a delightful combination. Maple-marinated duck breast balances savory with sweet in each juicy bite. Green tomato vinaigrette

Succulent roasted chicken and fried okra sits atop creamed collards and tomato coulis.

Kangaroo is cooked to tender perfection and married with bold yet complimentary seasonal flavors and ingredients such as peppercorns, beets and tomatoes.

adds a tangy kick. A crusty vegetable tart lends a comfort-food component. Among Canoe’s gardens is a small plot for the kitchen. “It’s more a hobby garden to give guests another avenue to relax and soak up the river vibes,” says Basford. “We also gained a wild bee colony this year, and they seem to be doing great. The bees are Executive Pastry Chef Jessica McKinney’s pet project, and she is attending to all their needs.” McKinney aims to incorporate fresh honey into Canoe’s dessert menu. Canoe’s signature dessert is its popcorn ice cream sundae, available on all menus throughout the year. Popcorn-flavored ice cream

is layered with peanut “Cracker Jack,” Chantilly cream and drizzled with salted caramel sauce. A satisfying combination of textures, it straddles favorite childhood and sophisticated adult flavors. Rising above the rim of a towering glass and accompanied with a handful of

"Bird of Paradise" steers the classic Aviation toward a more bitter flavor profile.

crunchy candied popcorn, the portion is generous enough to share. But it arrives with just one spoon, so there’s no need to feel obligated to do so. Each decadent mouthful is as gratifying as schoolyard recess. Escape to Canoe for blissful refreshment. n

Canoe 770.432.2663 • • @canoeatlanta Prices: (Brunch) pastries, $2-14; appetizers, $14-18; mains, $14-28. (Lunch) appetizers, $9-18; soups & salads, $10-14; burgers & sandwiches, $14-19; entrees, $16-26. (Dinner) appetizers, $10-22; entrees, $22-48; dessert, $11. Recommended: Canoe Manhattan, peppercorn crusted kangaroo, slow braised rabbit, maple marinated duck breast, popcorn sundae. Bottom line: An Atlanta classic known for its lush setting on the banks of the Chattahoochee, its upscale food and attentive service lives up to its reputation.

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Left: The caffeinated retro classic is back. Espress Yourself with Taco Mac's version. Right: Amalfi's Ketel One Vodka Espresso Martini gets an earthy flavor from Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur. Sarah Newman

Below: Easily serve a delightful espresso martini at home with Post Meridiem's new ready-to-drink cans.

EXTRA BUZZ The espresso martini is back


ithout a drop of gin or vermouth, the espresso martini became a classic of modern times. The rich and creamy cocktail is a simple mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso. It’s a kickstarter of a drink that reached a level of ubiquity in the 1990s and, like the adage “everything old is new again,” it’s back in full force. Created in the 1980s at London’s Soho Brasserie, it was originally called a vodka espresso by bartender Dick Bradsell. He never divulged her name, but a famous model wanted something that would both wake her up and get her tipsy. In the United States, it hit its heyday in the ’90s then swiftly faded into obscurity. Just like cropped tops and bubblegum pink, espresso martinis are making a comeback. Bartenders use fresh, high-quality espresso, interesting coffee liqueurs and vodkas. Easy new ways bring the boozy throwback into modern times, too. What about those trademark beans floating on the surface? Bradsell realized his drink needed something to take it over the top. He incorporated the Italian tradi-


STORY: Angela


tion for garnishing Sambuca. Three coffee beans placed con la mosca, “with the fly,” represent health, wealth and happiness. At the new Amalfi Cucina & Mercato, the bar experts keep it classic with a little flair. Their martini stirs together Ketel One Vodka, Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur and cold brew espresso topped with three beans. Salute! La Grotta’s espresso martini is among the best in Atlanta. In addition to the top-notch service and cozy interior with brick archways, the staff serves up a dreamy concoction with Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, Grand Brulot Cafe Liqueur, Kahlua and a freshly brewed J. Martinez Jamaican coffee and a splash of cream. It’s a stunning complement to a crème brûlée or tiramisu, or as a dessert on its own. New liqueurs make shaking up an espresso martini tasty as well as easy, even without an espresso maker. Taco Mac bartenders are quick to craft an Espress Yourself with just Tito’s Handmade Vodka, homemade simple syrup and Caffè Borghetti Espresso Liqueur. Made with Italian espresso, the 160-year-old recipe for

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Borghetti is rich and intense with the full-bodied taste of fresh espresso. At Storico Fresco, Beverage Director Jose Pereiro takes the espresso martini into new territory with interesting ingredients as well as tossing it on nitro draft. “This recipe was originally made with vodka as the main spirit, plus Borghetti espresso liqueur, Hoodoo chicory liqueur, Danesi espresso and Demerara sugar,” says Pereiro. Though guests loved it, he wanted to bring up more of the coffee notes and make it different from other espresso martinis out there. “I decided to add Santa Teresa 1796 Rum from Venezuela,” he says. “Venezuela is known for cultivating excellent coffee, cacao and sugar cane, so using the rum expressing its terroir into our espresso martini is what took it to the next level." The Nitro Espresso Martini is also on tap at Forza Storico in Westside. It’s easy to shake up an espresso martini at home with freshly pulled

espresso or cold brew concentrate found in grocery stores or local coffee shops. Even easier: ready-todrink espresso martinis. Local Post Meridiem Spirits launched Into the Night Espresso Martini in 100-milliliter cans this summer. “It took two years to get it right,” says company Co-Founder Andrew Rodbell. Made with vodka, coffee liqueur and 100% Arabica cold brew, they are rich, creamy and balanced. And all it takes is opening a can and shaking with ice to impress at home. Coffee and cocktails never go out of style. n AMALFI CUCINA & MERCATO • 678.973.0903 • @amalfiatl LA GROTTA RISTORANTE ITALIANO 404.231.1368 • @lagrottaatl POST MERIDIEM SPIRITS • @postmeridiemspirits STORICO FRESCO ALIMENTARI • 404.500.2181 •@storicofresco TACO MAC • Multiple locations • @tacomacofficial


Culinary News & Notes


Claire Ruhlin

HOMEMADE HARVEST A sweet and savory, caramelroasted cauliflower from Palo Santo’s Santiago Gome

Fresh Perspective Original ChopShop brings good-foryou food to Buckhead this month


cottsdale, Arizona-based Original ChopShop debuts its first Georgia location in Buckhead this month in the Peachtree Square Shopping Center. Highlighting customizable dishes, Original ChopShop’s menu includes protein bowls, salads (“chops”), sandwiches, breakfast items, fresh juice, acai bowls and more made from high-quality ingredients. We spoke with CEO Jason Morgan about what Atlantans can expect. Why did you choose Buckhead? Atlanta has always been at the top of our list when looking for new markets for Original ChopShop. Buckhead is a nice entry point into the market because of its high visibility, traffic and population. We also have found

a site with both surface-level parking as well as a large, shaded patio area, which is extremely hard to come by in an urban area. We believe we will be filling an on-the-go, feel-good need that the community is currently missing. What makes the eatery unique? At Original ChopShop, inspiring others to "just feel good" is at the heart of everything we do, both internally and externally. We believe that we've created something really special, from our guest experience and shop design to our career development and team benefits programs. The variety allows us to offer four dayparts: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. Additionally, our entire menu is available for catering,

Original ChopShop CEO Jason Morgan

which we know will be a hit with the office and medical communities in the Buckhead area. What does your “food for Every/Body” ethos mean? Almost anything on our menu can be modified to meet the dietary needs or preferences of every guest. We also like to say that we have food for “Every/ Body” because there is truly something for everyone on our menu. Whether you're a health nut or you want something more filling or indulgent, we've got you covered. n ORIGINAL CHOPSHOP • 404.381.8877 • @originalchopshop

St. Regis Sabrage Masterclasses

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IINGREDIENTS 1 whole white cauliflower 5 tbsp white miso 5 tbsp brown sugar 5 jalapeño peppers (seeded) 2 oz goat cheese ½ cup grape seed oil Salt (to taste) INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Season the cauliflower with salt, then place it on a sheet pan and cook for 15 minutes until golden brown. Heat the white miso in a pan, add the brown sugar and mix until the sugar dissolves and turns golden brown. Remove from the heat. In a blender, process the jalapeño peppers and add oil until smooth. Add the goat cheese and salt to taste. Remove the cauliflower from the oven. Using a spatula, cover the entire cauliflower with the caramel miso. Put in the oven for 5 minutes and remove. Serve the jalapeño sauce on a plate and finish with the roasted cauliflower on top. PALO SANTO • 678.492.9211 • @palosanto_atl



Earlier this year, Mexican chef Santiago Gomez opened his supper-club-style restaurant, Palo Santo, in West Midtown. Stop by for Mexican-inspired cuisine and cocktails, or venture to the rooftop to enjoy city views and a separate Japanese-Mexican menu. You can also bring a taste of the restaurant home with this savory-meets-sweet caramel-roasted cauliflower recipe.

n Flight Club, a modern dart bar

n Brunch is now on the menu at West

are now available at St. Regis Atlanta.

offering food and cocktails, is coming

Midtown’s wine and mozzarella bar

During the 30-minute sessions led

to West Midtown’s Star Metals

Bastone (owned by Grana chef Pat Pas-

by an expert butler, guests will learn

development. A concept by Lon-

carella). Available Saturdays & Sundays

how to open a bottle of Champagne

don-based Social Entertainment

from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., offerings in-

using a saber. The experience also

Ventures, Flight Club will offer guests

clude a traditional Italian brunch spread,

includes a bottle of Champagne and

“Social Darts,” a technologically

shakshuka and pasta dishes. A selection


enabled darts game with automatic

of craft cocktails and wines by the glass



make it festive.

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FUN FACT Takahara learned how to ride a unicycle as a child in Japan.

The Heiress


achiyo “Sachi” Nakato Takahara was born into the restaurant industry. She earned her first tip at age 12, and by 24, she’d tried every job at Nakato, the Japanese restaurant her grandmother founded in 1972. Three generations of hardworking women later, the Buckhead resident is celebrating the success of her family business. November marks the restaurant’s 50th anniversary. It’ll be commemorated with retro cocktail specials, appetizers from the original menu and a private event for regulars. Over the years, Takahara has worked hard to maintain Japanese traditions while bringing Nakato into the 21st century. She’s updated the restaurant’s design, implemented Japanese trends and hosted numerous events. Today, Nakato offers sushi, teppanyaki (similar to hibachi), hot pot dishes and Shokado Bento Boxes. “[My grandmother] started a brand-new business in her mid60s without knowing one lick of English,” Takahara says. “The guts to do that still inspires me.”


Sachi Nakato Takahara celebrates 50 years of Nakato Japanese Restaurant STORY: Carly Cooper

In addition to her upbringing, Takahara carries artistic and business expertise gained through studies at Boston University and time running a successful pottery business in Massachusetts. Still, she’s most honored to carry on the hospitality of her ancestors. “All the hard work that my grandma and parents did put a lot of pressure on me. I’m really proud that we made it through COVID,” she says. We learn more about her work and family life below. How do you keep the traditions

and phone numbers. OpenTable was coming onto the market, and I thought, “Why not give it a try? The industry is changing and becoming more digital.” That was the first step in adding more technology. I also updated the point-of-sale system. What would your late grandma think of the restaurant today?

out. That small detail is an everyday occurrence in Japan.

She was very innovative. When we served shrimp tempura in the ’70s, I heard she wanted to serve it with ketchup because the guest would enjoy it more that way. She didn’t, but the fact that she was open to it was enough for me to get a sense that she was OK changing certain things to fit the guests’ palates and needs.

How do you decide what modern

What are your plans

elements to incorporate?

for Nakato’s future?

I keep an eye on social media trends. They give me inspiration. Tasty Japan’s Instagram has a lot of fun things I want to try. When I came back into the family business in 2004, we were still using Red Books—big diaries with dates. We were blocking off times and having the host handwrite reservations

We’re renovating the front façade to make it more inviting. We’re adding a covered walkway to the valet area and updating the bar. It’s too crammed. n

Takahara showcases the variety of food offered at Nakato.

going while still modernizing?

The core of the restaurant is hospitality. That has been ingrained in me from childhood. From my grandmother to my mother to me, that is the Japanese culture of omotenashi—to take care of a guest without anything in return. We hold doors open for guests coming in, greet them with a smile and pay attention to small details to show hospitality from the get-go. When you dine in the back rooms, the shoes are flipped around so guests can slide into them on their way

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NAKATO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 404.873.6582 • @nakatorestaurant


A sampling of great eats in and around Buckhead

Gypsy Kitchen's tapas-style menu takes you on a tour of some of the world's best flavors.

Kyma's grilled lamb chops, with a stack of potatoes and a mound of cucumber-yogurt tzatziki, are pure bliss.


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Treehouse's dense chocolate torte comes drizzled with sweet and spicy raspberry-chipotle sauce.

BY: Wendell

Brock, Rebecca Cha, Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Angela Hansberger, Hope S. Philbrick


Sara Hanna, Erik Meadows


continental burrata with heirloom tomatoes.

at delivering the kind of simple, unadorned

a large menu and generous portions of

Meaning “happiness” in Arabic, Aziza is tucked

Wine lovers will thrill over the world-class,

flavors you’ll encounter on a patio by

favorites such as the Georgia pecan waffle

into the lower level of Westside Provisions

350-plus bottle wine list.

the Aegean. Order a glass of Greek wine

and Southern-style eggs Benedict covered

District, with a dimly lit dining room and

Appetizers, salads: $10-$110

(there are many options) and a few classic

with sausage gravy. It’s all about the patio

diminutive bar. The open kitchen, with its

Mains: $33-$59 • Sides: $11-$18

meze for sharing (we like the dolmades,

here, and dogs are welcome guests. The chef

large wood-burning oven that factors heavily

Desserts: $11 •

spanakopita, cuttlefish stuffed with lamb

works to enliven old favorites with as much

stew and the feta-zucchini fritters), and

attention to the all-American fried chicken

Have a cocktail such as the herbaceous Shug


your meal will go just swimmingly.

sandwich as the New York strip au poivre. He

Shake to whet your appetite for the simple,

Get your groove on at this 21st century

Meze: $8-$14 • Mains: $26-$46 (whole

also curates a mighty fine list of craft beers.

elegant and intensely flavorful dishes to

health food haven where bright colors,

fish $30 or $36 per pound)

Brunch: $8-$10 • Appetizers: $3-$13

come. Sharing is the best way to maximize

happy smiles and good vibes abound. Whet

Burgers and sandwiches: $7-$10 • Large

your tour of the menu. Don’t miss Hummus

your whistle with some refreshingly fruity

No. 1, a silky chickpea mixture topped with

on-tap kombucha (a fermented tea drink)


braised duck, pecans, pomegranate and

and treat yourself to starters of tart, juicy

This four-decades-old institution is as


nutty tahini served with laffa bread. You

tomato toast or creamy avocado hummus.

popular today as it ever was. And that has

There’s something alluring about the Italian

can’t go wrong with tender-crisp octopus

You’ll be bowled over by the tantalizing

as much to do with the generations of

way of life—and of dining. It’s marked by family

with coriander, tuna tartare with preserved

flavors of the Mother Earth bowl, the Glow

devotees—many of them old school Atlanta

and friends enjoying unhurried meals made

lemon labneh, short rib tagine or grilled

bowl and other health-friendly bowls, wraps

royalty—as it does with its reliable, often

with ingredients grown nearby and crafted

lamb shoulder with fava beans and herbed

and plates. Menu standouts include the

superlative food. Whether you begin with

with care. A meal at Valenza, in the heart of

rice. Blending Israeli cuisine with seasonal

“Forbidden Rice” bowl with grass-fed steak,

earthy bresaola Valtellinese, milky burrata

Brookhaven, embodies those ideals. You can’t

ingredients available in the American South,

the Mediterranean quinoa salad and for

di mozzarella fresca or verdant insalata di

go wrong with the spaghettini, topped with

Aziza strikes just the right balance between

dessert, the vegan dark chocolate pudding.

carciofi freschi, it’s imperative you save room

fist-sized meatballs made of tender veal, pork

adventurous and comforting.

A limited wine and beer selection is available

for the mains, for this is where the kitchen

and beef and a tart sauce of San Marzano

Small plates: $10-$21 • Mains: $29-$43

for those who prefer a cocktail with their

truly shines. Silky cream-sauced pastas

tomatoes and red wine; mezze maniche pasta

Desserts: $13 •

quinoa or a tipple with their tofu.

such as penne con verdure and pappardelle

tubes tossed with a silky ragu made of tender

Soups, salads and appetizers: $6.25 - $12.50

con astice will become your new gastro

pork shoulder, Umbrian lentils, white wine


Bowls, entrées and wraps: $9.95 - $15.50

obsession, and delectable meat dishes such

and roasted red peppers topped with crunchy

This Sandy Springs institution is never

as scaloppine di vitello Antonio and filetto

breadcrumbs; or wood-grilled octopus served

di manzo al Barolo are best enjoyed with a

on wedges of panelle (Sicilian chickpea fritters) with mint, Castelvetrano olives, pine

into most dishes, is a welcoming focal point.

without crowds of satisfied diners, and it’s

plates: $17-$22 •

easy to see why. Join lunching locals over


bottle of fine Italian red.

sandwiches and fresh salads such as the

Take your taste buds on a nomadic journey at

Appetizers and salads: $9.95-$15.95

nuts and pea shoots. Each dish is as pretty

petite Caesar with peppery cayenne croutons

Gypsy Kitchen in the Buckhead Village District,

Pastas and risottos: $10.95-$35.95

as it is delicious, and everything is served

or the mission fig and crumbled blue cheese

where you’ll find abundant flavors plus an

Mains: $21.95-$39.95 • Desserts: $7.95-$9.95

in such a welcoming atmosphere that you’ll

with greens. The in-house smoked salmon

upbeat vibe. Small plates dominate the menu,

want to become a regular.

salad is near perfection, as is the Brooklyn-

true to the Spanish tapas experience. The

famous Reuben consisting of juicy corned

eclectic assortment ensures there’s something


Secondi: $24-$44 • Sides: $10

beef piled atop buttery toasted rye. Dinner

to please just about anyone, with abundant

Just as we send diners to Bone’s for the

Desserts: $10 •

highlights include the blackened mahi tacos

vegetarian options as well as diverse omnivore

definitive steakhouse experience, we suggest

and crab cake salad. Wrap things up with

plates. Don’t miss tirokroketes, a trio of crisp

OK Café as a classic diner with a strong


mile-high double chocolate cake or the

cheese balls served with spicy-tart almond

Southern twang. The offerings here are

Chamblee is to Atlanta what 1980s SOHO

homemade Key lime pie, each one sliced to

romesco sauce. Grilled octopus is cooked to

anchored in time and tradition: Root beer floats

was to Manhattan: edgy and on the verge,

feed two or more. And as if the phenomenal

tender perfection. Roasted mushrooms and

and cherry lemonade are called Black Cows

which is why traditional, sedate Yuzu is

grub weren’t enough, it’s all served up by

whipped goat cheese toast surely makes

and Pink Ladies. Meat-and-twos and veggie

such a welcome respite in its midst. Veteran

a friendly, whiz-bang staff, making for a

avocado toast green with envy. Moroccan

plates laden with silken collards and exquisite

restaurateurs Anna and Kenny Kim run their

delightful meal you won’t soon forget.

spiced lamb skewers are pleasantly spicy.

mac and cheese are meant to be washed

dining room with efficiency and grace. With a

Appetizers and salads: $7-$12

Sumac honey-roasted carrots offer a healthy

down with sweet ice tea and sopped up with

flash of his Masamoto knife, Chef Kim delivers

Sandwiches and mains: $11-$31

way to satisfy sweet cravings. The bar menu

a perfect corn muffin. Fat slices of meatloaf

top-notch sushi and sashimi such as chu-toro,

Desserts: $7 •

presents wine, beer and creative cocktails

encrusted with tomato sauce, roast turkey with

escolar and salmon, as well as mouthwatering

including gin and tonic on draught with an

cornbread dressing and gravy, chicken pot pie

rolls (we highly recommend the special spicy


exclusive tonic. Sangria is offered in both red

with an adorable little “OK” stamped onto its

rainbow roll and the crunchy dragon roll).

Despite the clubby decor (think leather

and rosé versions, with shareable carafes

puff-pastry blanket—this stuff draws a crowd. If

With dishes such as tempura udon, charred

oxblood booths, mounted animal heads,

available for an authentic Spanish experience.

you don’t want to play the waiting game, you’d

salmon skin salad, Japanese ceviche and an

mahogany paneling), The Capital Grille

Cocktails: $9-15 • Small Plates: $9-20

better arrive before 11 a.m. or between the

impeccable teriyaki chicken, there’s something

is a blend of high-class aesthetic and

Meat & Cheese: $8-48 • Mains: $25-65

lunch and dinner rush. After a quarter-century,

for everyone at this authentic sushi bistro.

Lowcountry hospitality. Your obliging waiter

Desserts: $10-12 •

OK Café never goes out of style.

Appetizers, salads: $4-$14.50 • Special

Appetizers: $4-$8 • Burgers and sandwiches:

plates: $13.50-$17.80 • Sushi plates, rolls:

$4-$13 • Mains: $12-$16 •

$8.50-$16.50 • Dinner entrees: $13.50-$15.90

will walk you through the classic steakhouse

Antipasti: $8-$24 • Primi: $20-$28

menu heavy on in-house, dry-aged cuts. It’s


a tough call. The juicy, 22-ounce, bone-in

The name means “wave,” and making

ribeye will make you swoon, but so will the

waves is exactly what executive chef Pano


sizzling, Kona-crusted New York strip. There’s

I. Karatassos has been doing at his family’s

Occasionally, sitting at Treehouse feels more

top-notch fish and poultry, too, and gussied-

stellar Greek seafood restaurant since 2002.

like a cookout. Neighbors and regulars have

up sides like lobster mac ’n’ cheese and

From marides (tiny, “French fry”-size white

been coming here for the familiar comfort

soy-glazed Brussels sprouts. Salads run the

fish) to Greek specimens grilled whole (try

food and laid-back atmosphere for more

gamut from the classic iceberg wedge to the

the barbounia or bronzino), Kyma excels

than 20 years. Brunch is a big deal, with Note: Prices and menu items may have changed since original publication.

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