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34 Home: Good Things Come


22 Travel Near:

A longtime Buckhead homeowner happily downsizes into a cozy loft


The three B’s of an equestrian Kentucky getaway

39 Fashion: Wedding Belles

14 Editor’s Letter [ SIMPLY NOW ]

Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bacon

24 Travel Far: Better Than All Right Round Hill resort’s history, beauty and romance make magic in Jamaica

26 Staycation:

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A family weekend escape to LaGrange’s new Great Wolf Lodge

28 Approved: Festive Meals to Go Simplify your life and let someone else do the cooking this holiday season

30 Kids: Giving the Gift of Kindness Seven ways kids can give back all year long

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46 Wellness: Holiday Health Hacks

68 Review: A Kaleidoscope of Flavors

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56 Art: Remaking a Masterpiece Experts at the Atlanta History Center painstakingly restore a national treasure

58 Literary: Recipe for Success Cookie and coffee king Michael Coles shares the secrets to his achievements in his first book

70 Drinks: Oh, Sherry Learn the nuances of the wine world’s underdog


79 Events: Places to go and things to do 83

Charitable: A spotlight on philanthropic and social gatherings

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[ BEHIND THE COVER ] There are few backdrops in Buckhead as stunning as the one we chose for this issue’s cover. The Swan House is an elegant 1920s-era mansion designed by renowned architect Philip Trammell Shutze that is now open for public tours. You may also recognize it from TV and the movies, including The Hunger Games. The location proved the perfect setting for our story on Buckhead’s most historic structures and provided so many photo-worthy scenarios that our photographer had a hard time putting down her camera.

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I admit I didn’t know much about the area’s history before signing on as the editor of Simply Buckhead, and it’s been interesting to learn about Buckhead’s humble origins. It wasn’t always the burgeoning, bustling community it is today. Thankfully, there are still a handful of places, including the majestic Swan House shown on the cover, where one can savor the Buckhead of old. We examine nine of them on page 61. Elsewhere in the issue, we explore another local icon, The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama. The 42-foot-high panoramic painting dating back to 1886 is currently being painstakingly restored on the grounds of its new home at the Atlanta History Center. Get a peek at the work being done on page 56. We aren’t just focused on the past, however. On page 54, we chat with Tony-winning stage veteran Shuler Hensley, who is juggling performing with his duties as the associate artistic director of the new City Springs Theatre Company in Sandy Springs. And being that this is the November/December issue, we couldn’t ignore the fact that the holidays are upon us. Knowing we can all use a helping hand when the season rolls around, we reveal where you can pick up a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s or other pre-made meal (page 28) and share a recipe to feed all your visiting friends and relatives for those who don’t mind doing the cooking (page 72).

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s you drive around Buckhead, amid all of the construction equipment knocking old things down and putting new things up, it’s getting harder and harder to find hints of the area’s past. So it seemed like a worthwhile endeavor to devote this issue’s cover story to how things used to be.

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frame. With the new Sandy Springs space, the company celebrates its second Georgia franchise location. “We knew Sandy Springs would be a great fit for the Goldfish team because it’s a family-focused community,” says Sheppell. “We look forward to connecting with local residents to educate them about water safety. We will bring our free water-safety presentation to any interested school, day care or other community group.” n GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL 6335 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30328 770.766.0237

NEWS CLIPS WARBY PARKER INTRODUCES KIDS’ LINE This fall, hip eyewear retailer Warby Parker is expanding its product line with the introduction of Warby Parker Kids. Featuring scaled-down versions of its most popular frames—think Wilkie, Lyle, Louise, Percey, Chamberlain and Daisy—this pint-sized line will be available in two sizes: Jr., for ages 8 and older, and Jr. Jr., for ages 4 to 7. Starting at $95 per pair, including prescription lenses, the frames are avail-

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NEW HAMPTON INN & SUITES OPENS Adding 186 guestrooms to the Buckhead Place development on Piedmont

Road, the Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Buckhead Place now welcomes guests with well-appointed accommodations, meeting rooms, retail space and a pool and fitness center. Visitors will also enjoy the property’s collection of local artwork, which features pieces by Tommy Moss, Sadie Young and Steve Penley. Additional amenities include daily free hot breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, business center access and laundry facilities. Owned by McKibbon Hospitality,

the hotel is the company’s fourth Atlanta property, joining two downtown and one in Johns Creek. Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Buckhead Place 3312 Piedmont Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.816.7309

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airwaves for the next five years. A staple on Cumulus Media’s flagship station Q100 since 2001, the morning show continues to entertain Atlanta residents weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m. In 2010, the show entered syndication and today is heard on 16 additional stations around the country. Westwood One will take over syndication duties, which may bring the show to even more markets, and will also distribute the show’s podcast.

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Dr. Mark McKenna donates a portion of OVME Aesthetics' profits to the MakeA-Wish Foundation.

Show Time A Covenant House youth get prepped for the A Night of Broadway Stars event that raises money to help homeless and trafficked children.

Salon prepares youth for annual fundraiser Experts at Zapien’s Salon in Buckhead perform transformations on clients every day. But it’s especially meaningful to staff members when they provide makeup and hairstyles for at-risk youth from Covenant House Georgia in preparation for their appearances at A Night of Broadway Stars, an annual spring event that raises money to help homeless and trafficked youth. “I came from a similar background as some of the youth who live at Covenant House,” says salon owner Norman Zapien. “There’s nothing I like better than helping them look and feel beautiful.” Three years ago, Zapien was introduced to Covenant House by client Kimberley Euston. “His salon is located

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right across the street from the Buckhead Theatre, where A Night of Broadway Stars takes place,” she says. “He was eager to provide free services, and he’s promised to repeat it annually.” During the makeovers, the salon brings in food and drinks and creates a festive atmosphere for the dozen or so talented youngsters selected to appear in the show. Broadway stars donate their time to the event, which in 2017 raised more than $1 million for Covenant House, a 40-year-old organization providing a safe haven for youth away from the dangers of the street. l For more information, visit and

Medspa Partners with Make-A-Wish When S. Mark McKenna, founder and CEO of OVME (pronounced “Of Me”) Aesthetics, opened his healthcare company in Brookhaven in March, he wanted the medspa to support a nonprofit that contributed to the well-being of either women or children. “Our approach to charitable giving is beyond a simple mission statement,” he says. “It’s part of our DNA.” McKenna didn’t waste any time finding a connection. He homed in on Make-AWish Georgia (MAWF), which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Shortly after opening, OVME granted its first wish to 18-year-old Kayla from Cumming, whose dream of seeing a

Banker Aron Levine puts his heart and soul into his work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

A mission of mentoring youth Buckhead resident Aron Levine, head of consumer banking and Merrill Edge investing at Bank of America, has always been involved in mentoring programs. “I’m a strong believer in the positive impact adults can have on young people, particularly when they’re facing challenges at home,” says Levine.

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When he moved to Atlanta in 2008, Levine realized that although the city was headquarters for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Bank of America already had a relationship with the national group, BOA never had representation on the national board. “The Boys & Girls

Clubs had always been one of my favorite organizations, so I set out to change that,” he says. After interviewing with Southeastern Region representatives, he was invited to become a national trustee. During the first few years, he served as a judge for the Southeast Youth of the Year Celebration, where he interviewed candidates vying for the titles of "Southeast Youth of the Year" and "Southeast Military Youth of the Year," the winners of which received $40,000 scholarships. “Those kids had such a profound impact on me,” says Levine, “that for the last seven years, I’ve

Broadway show had been derailed when physicians found a tumor growing between her lungs. Once in remission, she headed for the Big Apple. OVME, which provides services ranging from facials and fillers to medical-grade solutions that maximize health and wellness, has a three-pronged approach to giving. It donates 1 percent of its net operating income to MAWF on an annual basis. It also collaborates on a variety of fundraising events in and around Georgia, and donates goods and services at MAWF events. l For more information, visit and

served as chair of the gala, which raises $1.5 million annually.” Levine also mentors CEOs from Boys & Girls Clubs in small markets and has developed a career path for youth members who participate in summer internships at the bank that often lead to full-time positions. l For more information, visit

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Above: Tours and tastings are available at the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Above: Stadium jumping puts the full majesty of horses and their riders on display.

Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bacon The three B’s of an equestrian Kentucky getaway


true novice to all things equestrian, I jumped at the chance to experience the 40th annual Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, hosted by the 70-yearold British automaker with a fabled history within the sport. The Three-Day Event features riders from all over the world competing in three disciplines— dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping—with more than $400,000 in prize money awarded. After checking into the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, we headed to

A pair of Land Rovers traverse an off-road course as part of the Kentucky Three-Day Event.


the Barley, Barrels and Bluegrass dinner, benefiting Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, the official charity of this year’s event. The evening featured a curated menu from local celebrity chefs, craft cocktails and beers, plus live music. The next morning, we were assigned a Land Rover Discovery for the weekend—my husband, a car lover, was over the moon. Our hosts had coordinated a driving tour along picturesque dogwood- and redwoodshaded backroads to view spectacular Thoroughbred horse farms. Part of the route passed by WinStar Farm, trainers of multiple prize-winning horses, including 2018’s Triple Crown winner, Justify. Our drive ended with a casual lunch at Carson’s Food & Drink, then a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park to watch the dressage competition and walk the course for the next day’s cross-country event. That night, we dined downtown at Lockbox, a former bank now housed in the 21c Museum Hotel. The original vault, The Safe, provided an intimate private dining setting

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for our group, and we admired the marble floors and decorative details of the restaurant’s space. Executive Chef Jonathan Searle’s menus highlight a bounty of local ingredients, fed by Kentucky’s limestone-rich soil, and a selection of more than 60 of the area’s finest bourbons and ryes, a nod to the state’s rich Southern heritage. Saturday was full of fun and surprises. We were introduced to Captain Mark Phillips, Olympic gold-medalwinning horseman for England and first husband of Princess Anne, and Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco, there to support her husband, equestrian Karl Cook, and to judge the Land Rover Tailgate Challenge, where participants showcased their vision of quintessential British tailgating. Cross-country was my favorite competition, with magnificent horses and riders required to navigate diverse terrain, galloping fences and rails, striving to complete the 4-mile course in just over 11 minutes. Post-race, we were bussed to award-winning distillery and National Historic Landmark Buffalo Trace for a private tour

and tasting. After sampling Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Wheatley Vodka and Bourbon Cream (the latter, yummy with coffee), we headed to dinner at chef-driven eatery OBC Kitchen. If you’re a believer in the saying “bacon goes with everything,” OBC Kitchen won’t disappoint. We indulged in seconds and thirds of crisp bacon strips glazed with honey bourbon sugar and peanut butter for dipping. On Sunday, the trophy, prize money and keys for a 12-month Land Rover lease were awarded to the triumphant rider after the show jumping finale. Reflecting on the trip, I have a newfound appreciation for the majestic animals and talented athletes who ride and the beauty of the sport itself, along with bluegrass, bourbon and bacon. n

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Calm waters, sugar-white sands, scenic sunsets and scrumptious meals are part of daily life at Round Hill.

Better Than All Right Round Hill resort’s history, beauty and romance make magic in Jamaica STORY:

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on’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be alright,” sang Bob Marley, his melodic voice and Jamaican accent softly pouring from another guest’s portable speaker on Round Hill Hotel and Villas’ sugar-sand beach. I couldn’t help but consider the irony. A few months earlier, a friend from Atlanta planned her destination wedding at a well-known resort in the British Virgin Islands. Then Hurricane Irma swept through and ravaged the Caribbean that first week of September 2017, reducing the once-spectacular resort to a pile of rubble. For my friend, it felt like nothing about the situation would be all right, not just for her dashed wedding dreams, but for the millions impacted by the disaster. I was delighted, then, when she chose Round Hill in Montego Bay, Jamaica—an easy two-hour-and45-minute flight from Atlanta—in its place. The resort has a storied history of hosting couples, including famous ones, since it was founded in 1953. John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger,


The author pauses to enjoy fresh coconut water with members of Round Hill’s garden staff.

and even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have retreated to its lush 110 acres. The 36 hotel rooms, decked out in floor-to-ceiling Ralph Lauren (fitting, since he owns not one, but two, of the resort’s private villas), all have ocean views and easy access to the infinity pool and beach. My husband and I opted for one of the 27 private villas, complete with a four-poster, plantation-style bed; an outdoor living and dining room; and

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our own swimming pool and hot tub. We arrived a couple of days early to explore the resort and unwind before the busy holiday season. Though rain threatened our first night, the billowing clouds set the stage for the dramatic yellow, orange and hot-pink sunset seen from our hilltop pool deck. We spent our days floating in the gentle waves, reading books on plush beach chairs under palapas and enjoying a delicious breeze perfumed with hibiscus, plumeria and bougainvillea. While the food can feel like an afterthought at some Caribbean resorts, it’s a major focus at Round Hill. The team of chefs draws inspiration from the organic garden that grows everything from herbs and vegetables to fruit, all of which appear in the restaurants’ hyper-seasonal plates. One day, I splurged and asked our housekeeper (yes, every villa comes with a dedicated team just for you) to prepare breakfast overlooking our private pool. She whipped up a pot of rich Blue Mountain coffee, banana pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast with housemade jam and sliced pineapple and mango.

Lingering over such a simple, delicious meal, with nowhere to be and no deadlines to meet, felt like the very definition of luxury. On the morning before the wedding ceremony, I borrowed a paddleboard and set out to explore the reefs that ring the property. As I departed from the dock, I spotted colorful fish below the glassy surface, content in their underwater habitat. It was hard to believe that the same Caribbean had been churned to a frenzy just a few short months before. Later that day, I watched the happy couple say their vows overlooking that same water, followed by a decadent threecourse meal and dancing the night away. It was then I realized that Mr. Marley was right all along. At Round Hill, every little thing—from the warm service to the history-filled villas to the crystalline water—was even better than all right. It was magical. n ROUND HILL HOTEL AND VILLAS


Above: Barnwood offers parents a more grown-up dining experience, with farm-to-table cuisine. Right: The Timbers Tacos food bus serves up Tex-Mex dishes such as nachos, salads and, yes, tacos.

A Howling Good Time A family weekend escape to LaGrange’s new Great Wolf Lodge


ith nearly 20 locations throughout the country, Great Wolf Lodge has earned a reputation as the perfect family weekend getaway, so my husband, kids and I couldn’t wait to visit its new location in LaGrange, just an hour southwest of Atlanta. After checking in, we set out to explore the massive property. I say massive because, excluding the hotel section, the indoor water park encompasses 100,000 square feet, and the indoor adventure park covers another 40,000 square feet. With so much space comes a lot to see and do. Our first stop was Wiley's Waterpark, which is open year-round. From the moment we entered, the Fort Mackenzie area immediately captured my kiddos’ attention. This multilevel treehouse and interactive splash pad contains more than 40 water features, not the least of which is the 1,000-gallon water bucket that soaks anyone standing underneath it every three to five minutes. The water park also includes five water slides. Our favorite was the River Canyon Run, a tunneled raft ride for groups of two to five people filled with twists,



Right: The lobby provides a place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the resort's water and adventure parks.

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dips and lots of laughs. We also enjoyed the Crooked Creek lazy river, although it wasn’t quite as relaxing as I had expected. Because it runs under Fort Mackenzie, the folks above you have a wealth of sprayers and dumping buckets to drench you as you float by below. My kids loved it, though. When we needed a break from the action, we retreated to one of the rental cabanas inside the water park. Overlooking the massive wave pool, the cabanas are tucked in a corner and include comfortable seating, a TV and a table. Cabanas also are available around the outdoor swimming pool. Once we dried out a bit, we made our way to the Adventure Park, which features mini golf, a ropes course, gem mining, a rock climbing wall, a mini bowling alley and an arcade. My young ones had a blast tackling all of the activities. My kids also loved Magiquest, Great Wolf Lodge’s exclusive live-action, interactive game that involves a scavenger hunt throughout the Adventure Park and hotel lobby with the aid of a magic wand. When we were ready to eat, Great Wolf Lodge offered much to choose from in the Adventure Park, with eat-

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Above: Wiley’s Waterpark features a wave pool, water slides, lazy river and splash pad.

eries serving everything from pizza to Mexican cuisine to kid favorites such as chicken tenders and French fries. For my husband and me, the favorite was Barnwood, a farmto-table restaurant located off the hotel lobby. Quieter than the other options, Barnwood served up such items as short rib poutine, shrimp and grits, and rainbow trout. At the end of each fun-filled day, we were more than ready to retreat to our room, which provided ample space for the four of us. In fact, the smallest room available starts at a spacious

349 square feet, so guests can spread out—a welcome asset for families. Thanks to its proximity to Atlanta and variety of activities and attractions, I have no doubt we’ll visit Great Wolf Lodge again. This is a one-stop, year-round destination that will keep families returning again and again. n GREAT WOLF LODGE LAGRANGE 844.473.9653

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Festive Meals to Go During the holidays, playing host or hostess can become overwhelming amidst a long list of seasonal obligations. So why not let someone else do the work this year? Eliminate the stress of meal planning and prep with catered solutions from one of these local purveyors.




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What started as a brickand-mortar grab-and-go has turned into a chef-driven, online catering company for goodies delivered to people’s doorsteps in Buckhead and beyond. If a traditional menu is paramount at your gathering, opt for the roasted turkey breast with pumpkin mash, onion, Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, pecan and orange sauce. Menus can be catered to meet specific needs and are delivered ready to heat and serve, as if you spent the entire day in the kitchen. No prep, no mess.

Great holiday gatherings start with good food, and Crafthall Kitchen proves there’s a difference between simple and easy. Comprised of multiple specialized brands and food genres, the choices are as endless as they are fresh. Order appetizers, mains and sides for pickup or delivery. With the Harvest Bowl, your guests will enjoy a healthy feast of roasted chicken, green lentils, kale, roasted carrots, beets, Brussels sprouts and onion with pumpkin seeds and harissa dressing served in a convenient disposable bowl.

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($19 per person) A Buckhead institution marked by the iconic threestory copper fish sculpture out front, Atlanta Fish Market is known for some of the best seafood dishes in the city. Insiders are hip to Pano’s Food Shop, the in-house fish counter and catering department, for picking up sophisticated provisions for any occasion. Skip the tired holiday lineup this season and treat your guests to an exotic shellfish platter with a variety of dipping sauces. 265 Pharr Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.240.6656


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($8.29 per person) Known for its flavorful hand-glazed hams and turkey breasts, Honey Baked provides everything you need to make holiday entertaining as easy as pie. The Signature Meat Platter features your choice of meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, condiments and assorted breads for a savory sandwich spread. Side dishes, dessert and plates are included. 2909 Buford Highway N.E. Atlanta 30329 404.633.8562

& Cafe: Tea Sandwiches The folks at Henri's know a thing or two about catering. Founded by French-born chef Henri Fiscus in 1929, Henri’s has long been a fixture in the Atlanta community. Its bakery and deli selections range from traditional Southern fare to American and European favorites. The chefs still use original recipes for their tea sandwiches, a platter of which is fit for a crowd and includes pimento cheese, ham and Swiss, and shaved turkey served on house-baked bread. 6289 Roswell Road N.E. Sandy Springs 30328 404.256.7934

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t's time for gift-giving, and in addition to showing people we care through presents, parents often look for ways to teach their children about the less fortunate through volunteering. But kindness is a yearround endeavor. These seven organizations offer ways that even the youngest child can practice empathy no matter what month it is.

nated through Project Linus to an ill or traumatized child. Don’t know what to make? Knitting patterns are available online, but you can also make no-sew fleece blankets. Before beginning, contact the Atlanta chapter to determine the types of blankets needed and to arrange a drop-off location.

Furkids Locks of Love Kids generally like helping other kids, and it’s as easy as getting a haircut when they donate their tresses to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to disadvantaged youngsters with long-term medical hair loss. To donate, your child’s hair must be at least 10 inches long and in a ponytail. Donations can be mailed directly to Locks of Love.

Furkids is the largest cage-free, no-kill animal shelter in Georgia. In addition to adoptions and donations, Furkids also fosters animal kindness through a youth volunteer program. Activities are open to all ages who want to take care of or read to cats (which also helps kids hone their reading skills). And anyone 12 or older can volunteer to be a dog handler at weekend adoption events at the Buckhead Petco or PetSmart locations.

Project Linus Need something to keep the kids busy over a school break? How about learning to knit? Blankets are fairly easy even for beginners and can be do-



Soles4Souls Even the youngest child can gather up old shoes. Soles4Souls collects

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gently worn sneakers, sandals and more to distribute to people in need, as well as to entrepreneurs in developing countries who sell the shoes to provide for their families. Youngsters can gather their own shoes or host a shoe drive through their schools or neighborhoods. Donated footwear can be dropped off at Abbadabba's or DSW in Buckhead. DSW Buckhead Station will even add 50 VIP rewards points to your card for shoe donations (limited to 50 rewards points per day).


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My Sister’s House My Sister’s House is an overnight shelter on Howell Mill Road for homeless women and children. Being homeless often means only having what you can carry, so toys get left behind. Kids can hold a teddy bear or stuffed animal drive to give children in the shelter a special friend to help them acclimate to their new surroundings. All donated stuffed toys must be new.

Random Acts of Kindness Soldiers’ Angels Schools will often do a holiday card project for servicemen and women overseas, but December isn’t the only time of year these heroes need attention and encouragement. The Soldiers’ Angels Cards Plus Team sends notes of support for birthdays, anniversaries, a new baby, a welcome home or even just because. Adopt a soldier and be the touchstone someone needs all year long.

Need more inspiration? Random Acts of Kindness is a website full of ideas on how to be thoughtful and generous. Some kid-friendly suggestions include leaving a surprise in your mailbox for the mail carrier, bringing in your neighbor’s trash cans, tutoring someone in a subject you love or pet sitting for a friend or family member going on vacation. kindness-ideas


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“I love the idea of using every ounce of space I have and seeing and enjoying it.” – Cynthia Good

Cynthia Good’s loft showcases numerous cherished artworks, including these large-scale pieces painted by her late mother. Photo: Sara Hanna

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After more than two decades in a spacious Buckhead estate, Cynthia Good is relishing her scaled-down abode.


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ynthia Good moved to Atlanta in the late 1980s to take a job as a news anchor. At the time, she lived in a two-bedroom condo off Briarcliff Road. After getting married, she spent 27 years in toney Tuxedo Park raising a family and working as a Fox 5 reporter and anchor. She later launched a national women’s business events company and magazine called Pink. The magazine went digital in 2009 and transformed into Little Pink Book. In April 2017, after her two boys left the nest and Good split with her husband, she traded her sprawling two-acre home for a 2,700-square-foot abode at Buckhead’s Mathieson Exchange Lofts, but the place still felt too big. “I didn’t need all that space,” she says.

“There were rooms no one ever went into. I love the idea of using every ounce of space I have and seeing and enjoying it.” So in May of this year, Good downsized even further to a 1,125-square-foot penthouse unit at Buckhead Village Lofts. “This is kind of a return to the beginning, but in a different way, because I have all these life experiences,” says Good. “So many women are in this situation of transition, and you don’t know what’s going to happen, so to find a place and make it beautiful and make it yours, I feel so lucky.” The loft, which Good shares with her dog, Zuni, and bird, Blue, is a combination of artsy sophistication and feminine flair, a quality that also leads the charge at Little Pink Book, which

Left: A firstedition Picasso resides above the fireplace in the sunlit living room. Right: The loft doubles as Good’s office, bearing a West Elm desk and Eames chair tucked in the corner between the oversize windows.

Above: The petite kitchen has everything you need to cook a meal within arm’s reach.

Below: The dining room features a photograph by Christian Chaize of Portugal’s Praia Piquinia beach.

“To find a place and make it beautiful and make it yours, I feel so lucky.” –Cynthia Good Good’s boudoir-like master bedroom is filled with a custom king-size bed dressed in Restoration Hardware linens and decorative pillows spelling out L-O-V-E. Across the way, a bookshelf holds books of poetry— Good recently went back to school to study poetry—as well as photos of her sons, one of whom lives in L.A. and the other who’s currently teaching English in Thailand. In addition to the items on her bookshelf, Good’s most beloved possessions are her works of art. Her late mother’s paintings grace the walls of the entryway, bathroom

and living room. There’s also photography by Christian Chaize, Elliott Erwitt, William Klein and Atlantan Rob Brinson, not to mention a Marc Chagall and first-edition Picasso. “Every piece is meaningful to me in some way, inspiring and makes me happy. There is nothing I have of more value here than my artwork,” says Good. The loft serves not only as a living, lounging and entertaining space, but also an office when Good’s staff gathers with their laptops around the French Provençal, pewter-topped dining table. Good recently commissioned


organizes events to empower and inspire career women. The living area’s exposed brick and arched iron windows create a refined industrial backdrop for Good’s yellow and blue sofa, sleek West Elm desk, Jonathan Adler lamps and vintage gold birdcage (Blue’s home). “To be able to have one big, beautiful, bright open room where you can breathe with [14-foot] ceilings and the light pouring in on two sides is amazing,” says Good. The small kitchen, situated below a lofted guestroom reached via a metal ladder, features a breakfast bar with Knoll barstools and all the necessary appliances at arm’s reach. “In my house on Tuxedo, we had this huge kitchen. It was almost the size of this whole loft,” says Good. “You had to walk all the way over there to go to the fridge and all the way over there to get to the sink. Here, you just stand in one spot.”

Left: Floating above the kitchen is an elevated space Good uses as guest accommodations and office storage.

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Above and below: In the bathroom, paintings by Good’s mother hang by the tub and sink.

Above: The master bedroom can be closed off to guests via the custom-made, 10-foot-tall curtains.

floor-to-ceiling curtains with tiebacks from Beth Lacefield of Lacefield Designs to close off her master bedroom during these immersive workdays and to “add a sense of texture, definition of space and elegance.” When she isn’t working, Good’s favorite spot is outside on the balcony, which features turf grass from Home Depot; seasonal flowers in window boxes; an herb garden with basil, thyme, lavender and mint; and a stone Buddha. The quaint perch overlooks Buckhead’s treetops and skyline, offering a stunning spot from which to watch the sunrise and sunset. Good often sits in the chairs at her wrought-iron bistro table listening to tunes through Sonos speakers, sipping wine or hot tea and taking in the blue sky. “The sun goes down right there, and you get goose bumps,” she says. “It’s a dream. It’s paradise.” Although Good doesn’t know what the future brings, she’d love to ultimately split her time between her personalized Buckhead loft and Villa Besame, her home


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in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For the time being, she’s focused on relishing her own space. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else,” she says. “I’m happier here than in the loft that was three times as big because it’s all mine and I use every inch.” Good admits she’s had to get creative when it comes to clothes storage and downsizing, but she says she doesn’t miss any of the “stuff” she got rid of. “You get to the point in your life where you have so much stuff and it just doesn’t matter anymore,” she says. “Serenity is more important than happiness, because you can’t have happiness without serenity.” Reaching a place of calm has meant editing her life and possessions down to what matters. Even though her new loft doesn’t have the space and grandeur of a Tuxedo Park home, it fulfills exactly what she needs. “It’s like editing a story. You edit your life down,” says Good. “In school, we are talking about erasure—you erase all the things that don’t matter and keep the Picasso.” n

CYNTHIA GOOD’S TOP 6 DOWNSIZING TIPS 1. Embrace change (which is inevitable) and simplicity. 2. Keep only what reflects who you are and the kind of life you want to live. 3. Surround yourself with what inspires you— [in my case it’s my] favorite music, candles, art, comfortable furniture and books. Everything should have a purpose and be functional. 4. Have a small storage bin for your kids’ photos, belongings and winter shoes, or plastic containers for stashing stuff under the bed. 5. Only keep your favorite clothes and shoes. No need to wear, or see, the rest. And remember, if you don’t need it, someone else can use it. So donate what you get rid of. 6. Sell all that old-fashioned silver from your grandmother that you never use and take your kids or your girlfriends on a trip with the money you make!

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rides-to-be from Buckhead and beyond who are looking for that special wedding gown or evening dress know there’s one place to go: Elite Pour La Vie. Owner Rawan Asad stocks her upscale boutique with couture fashions and accessories from designers such as Marchesa, Baracci and Zuhair Murad, many of which are carried exclusively by her store. In these fanciful frocks, as you saunter your way to saying “I do,” you’ll look as if you just walked off the runway.

Left: Handmade lace and glitter gown with floral appliqué by Dreamy Weddings for You; crystal double necklace by Homa; crystal and pearl earrings by Elite Pour La Vie. Middle: Sleeveless dress with beaded top and blush-tone, A-line tulle skirt by Madison James; crystal and pearl headpiece and crystal earrings by Homa. Right: Lace appliqué dress with detachable sheer skirt by Muse by Berta; crystal swirl tiara by AA Bridal.

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Left: Hand-beaded lace gown with high collar, open back and olivegreen crystals by Netta BenShabu; bejeweled headpiece by Elite Pour La Vie; lace-toe shoes with pearl strap by Marchesa. Right: Silk and lace dress with nude side lining and long train by Alessandro Angelozzi; dripping crystals bracelet and crystal and pearl earrings by Elite Pour La Vie.



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ying on a table letting a qualified massage therapist knead out your knots can be blissinducing. These days, facial massage has become buzzy, thanks in part to the recently minted Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The former actress has been a vocal advocate of the treatment as a way to keep her famous visage looking cameraready. In fact, research shows that facial massage can improve blood flow to plump skin, flush toxins that cause congestion, improve structure and stimulate the lymph system to drain puffiness-causing fluids. Even if you don’t experience such miracle results, a facial that incorporates some form of massage is all but guaranteed to erase the stress that can show up on your face. Here are three places nearby to get your fix. Fit for Royalty Europeans are famous for cuttingedge beauty techniques, and Buckhead has access to European facials at Judith of Budapest. Hungarianborn owner and esthetician Judith Buran starts every facial with a 25- to


30-minute massage, whether she’s using the organic Hungarian ILike products or Guinot from France. “[A facial massage] increases blood flow and muscle tone, and increases the skin’s metabolic rate to take away the toxins, just like you’re working out,” she explains, noting that she uses her own water-based moisturizer as she works. “When the skin is warm, it’s very flexible and can absorb the hydration. It softens the skin and opens the pores.” Once the skin is supple, it makes extractions simple and painless. Bonus: While you’re lying on her table, you’ll also get a soothing hand and foot massage to further up the relaxation ante. Sessions start at $105 for an hour.

Stone Cold Stunner Our skin concerns aren’t all the same, so it stands to reason that how we care for them shouldn’t be either. At Artisan Plastic Surgery, Biologique Recherches facials come with a custom-mixed cocktail of serums to address the exact symptoms clients have at that moment, which change based on stress level, hormones, the

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season and other variables. Technicians such as Anna Reach are trained by the high-end, Paris-based skincare line to employ movements and massage techniques based on the products used. “There’s lots of lifting and toning of the muscles and vibrating to engage different facial muscle groups. It’s like a mini-facelift,” she says. You won’t find hot towels or steam in this unique treatment. Everything is cold (ice is sometimes even mixed in), which helps reduce inflammation, shrink pores and tighten skin. A 70-minute facial is priced from $225.

Puffiness Down the Drain Lots of clients think they need a facial for hydration or to help with acne, but it could be an issue of congestion. To combat the source, Blue Divine Aesthetics’ Kalen Wheeler starts each signature HydraFacial with a 15-minute lymphatic drainage massage to flush out toxins, using a glass tool that glides along the skin. “We use very light pressure to move the lymph nodes since the eyes, nose and throat are all connected.

It really helps with congestion, puffiness and even the sinuses,” she says. While just the lymphatic drainage massage is available for a faster fix, the signature facial includes skin resurfacing, ultramoisturizing hyaluronic acid and red LED light therapy. A 50-minute signature facial session is $275; the drainage massage, including hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen application, is $120 for 30 minutes. n DETAILS Artisan Plastic Surgery 5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta 30342 404.851.1998 Blue Divine Aesthetics 107 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.467.4232 Judith of Budapest 455 East Paces Ferry Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.841.1111


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“Lift heavy weights. Honoring your body should always be the top priority, but the holiday season is the perfect time to pick up slightly heavier weights than you’re used to. Doing so will really ramp up your metabolism, boost energy levels and give you the strength you need to stay on track. If you work out with a trainer or participate in group classes, ask that individual for weight range recommendations.”

“My favorite strategy for beating the holiday madness is to not sacrifice my yoga routine and to fill up before holiday parties so I’m not as tempted to indulge in all the yumminess.”

“I like to use a seven-day pill organizer with a.m. and p.m. compartments to help keep me accountable when it comes to taking my vitamins.”

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Holiday Health Hacks Savor the season with 9 tips to keep you on the road to wellness


STORY: Amelia Pavlik is the season when soirees serving up boozy eggnog replace cycling classes, and we tell ourselves that sugar cookies are just as calorie-friendly as kale. To help you get through the holidays without undoing all of the good you’ve accomplished over the last 10 months, here are 9 tips from area wellness pros.

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“I used to stress about getting to every party or event, making the house look like a winter wonderland and buying the perfect gift. But now I focus more on being with my family and making memories—and logging more time on my Peloton [exercise bike], which keeps me sane more than in shape.”

Elliott Smith

Mimi Benz

Founder, Total Row Fitness

Founder, The Sweat Shoppe

“Make working out count by trying a calorie-torching Tabata, the basis of high-intensity interval training, with a four-minute workout with 20 seconds completed at full exertion and 10 seconds of total rest. For example, try switching between squats and push-ups for the 20-second intervals for a total body workout.”

“Riding in the Hot Room at The Sweat Shoppe [a cycling concept where the studio’s temperature is a steady 84 degrees] is my go-to for stress relief. It’s detoxifying on so many levels.”

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“I try to eat small meals throughout the day, so I’m not gorging myself during holiday dinnertime. For me, that means five to six meals a day, eating every three to four hours. Three of the six meals are usually one meat, one starch and one vegetable. The other two meals are just meat and veggies. Coupled with a gallon of water a day, it keeps my metabolism on track.”

“Practice belly breathing to regain peace by pausing and finding stillness while seated. Begin focusing on your breath, and breathe into the center of your belly, in and out of the nostrils. Inhale for four counts, pause for two counts and exhale for six counts. Feel your belly relax and release as your body and mind let go of stress.”

“Alcohol is part of life and should definitely be enjoyed, but choose your mixers wisely. For example, two of my favorite healthy cocktails are tequila with one fresh squeezed lime, one muddled strawberry and a teaspoon of organic agave, and a vodka with water and one fresh squeezed lime.”


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THE COBBLER After 20-plus years in the leather restoration industry, Ryan Embry has designed his own line of leather bags


yan Embry is a third-generation cobbler who has apprenticed the art of leather and how to bring it back to life under his grandfather, father and several uncles. With nearly three decades of expertise in the leather business and seven at his Buckhead shop, Classic Shoe & Leather Service, the Georgia native has done everything from restoration work for museums to repairing purses and shoes to building prototype leather designs. About three and a half years ago, after a particularly difficult handbag repair job, Embry was inspired by the unique seam of this one repaired bag: Hidden inside was a particular technique that not many knew how to do. He researched it for the next few months, building multiple prototypes and putting them to the test by slamming them against the wall and dragging them along the street. His research culminated with his


first line of hand-stitched, hobo-style bags in materials such as suede and smooth and cracked leather. “I took the years of knowledge that I have and made the bag itself into a very elegant, sleek design.” A few of his first-generation signature bags, which he named the Almond, are still available in his shop. His second line, a combo of a morerefined Almond with a matching mini-me bag, is available starting this month. The bags are cut from the same piece of leather for color consistency as it ages and feature hidden seams for durability. Prices start in the $3,500 range for the combo. Here, Embry talks more about his process. After so many years in the leather repair business, what inspired you to launch your own line of bags? Oddly enough, it started out as a joke. We were working late one night, and I was taking care of a very particular

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specialty job. It was one of those in which we had to close a stitch inside the item, which is challenging to do. There aren’t very many people who know how to do it. We finished that job, and as kind of a joke, I was like, “I wonder if I could make a whole bag like this.” I found out that there’s not a single manufacturer or design production company that makes a bag [with an inverted seam] like this. So it then turned from a joke to a challenge. What are the benefits of an inverted seam for the quality and durability of the bag? The cool thing about having an inverted seam is that there’s no exposed stitching anywhere, and thus it’s not subject to the wear and tear, friction and things getting into the stitches, which is one of the ways that bags deteriorate. It’s a fantastic design because you can make [a bag] beautiful and durable at the same time.


Tell us about your second-generation line of Almond bags and their new features. I’m doing a second production right now. It’s only 12 high-quality bags, but each one comes with a miniature version of the same bag—same material, cut from the same hide. We’re calling it the Mommy and Me Combo. I refined the original design by rounding out the corners and separated the two interior pockets a bit more to provide easier access when getting your items out. This is a side artistic project I decided to tackle because I thought it would be a fun challenge to do, and now, towards the end of completing the project, I realize I have something really special here. n CLASSIC SHOE & LEATHER SERVICE 326 Pharr Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.949.9844

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“In our lifetime, we have witnessed that it’s possible to live anywhere and have a life in the arts.” —Shuler Hensley

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AND BUSY AS EVER Theater pro Shuler Hensley helps launch new Sandy Springs playhouse


hen he moved back to the Atlanta area in 2012, Shuler Hensley’s goal was to be with his family but continue a career in entertainment that has taken him around the world and brought him plenty of acclaim. And he’s managed to achieve that goal. A Broadway veteran who won a Tony Award for his work as Jud Fry


in the 2002 revival of Oklahoma!, Hensley has Buckhead roots, having attended The Westminster Schools. After leaving the University of Georgia, where he had a baseball scholarship, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he received his master’s degree in 1993. It was around that time that

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he began performing. After moving to Germany to play the lead in a production of Phantom of the Opera, he got his big break in 1998 when he was cast in London’s National Theatre production of Oklahoma! He stayed with the show as it went to the West End and then when it arrived triumphantly in the U.S. Since his Tony win, he has been a Broadway regular.

Now he’s living back where he was born: Marietta. And he’s performing both on stage and off. His latest gig is associate artistic director of the new City Springs Theatre Company in Sandy Springs, which recently kicked off its inaugural schedule with 42nd Street and a lineup of other classic musicals. The troupe is based at the new $229.2 million Performing Arts Center in the City Springs development. “They’ve taken the best part of other theaters and combined them,” says Shuler of the space. “It’s world class. At 1,100 seats, it’s a good size without being one of the bigger touring ones. There’s not a bad seat in the house.” Hensley plans to act in at least one show a year and possibly direct another, depending on his schedule. The 50-year-old stage veteran also continues to be part of the annual springtime Shuler Awards, aka the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, which honor excellence around the state. “I can’t believe we’re in our 10th year,” says Hensley, who performs in and helps produce the event. “We’ve gone from 11 high schools to 73.” Away from New York, Hensley has kept his career fully charged. His co-star in Oklahoma! was Oscarnominated actor Hugh Jackman, and their collaboration continued last year when Hensley filmed a small but pivotal role in the movie musical The Greatest Showman. Hensley also performed in a West End production of Young Frankenstein in London last fall. Growing up, Hensley constantly heard the adage that if you wanted to be an actor, you had to live in New York. He’s glad to debunk that. “In our lifetime, we have witnessed that it’s possible to live anywhere and have a life in the arts,” he says. “I am so proud of the growth of the industry here and how it’s created the possibility of basing yourself in Atlanta and still [keep] working.” n CITY SPRINGS THEATRE COMPANY 237 Johnson Ferry Road Sandy Springs 30328 404.477.4365

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Remaking a Masterpiece

Photos courtesy Jason Hales/Atlanta History Center

Above: Experts tackle the painstaking work of restoring the 132-year-old cyclorama.

Experts at the Atlanta History Center painstakingly restore a national treasure STORY:


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andy Springs resident Gordon Jones has been the military curator at the Atlanta History Center since 1991, a background that prepared him well to tackle his most challenging assignment: restoring a work of art so big it required the construction of its own 23,000-squarefoot building and a $35.2 million budget to ensure its future. Officially titled The Battle of Atlanta, the art is familiarly known as The Cyclorama, a 371-foot-long, 49-foot-high painting created in 1886 to depict the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. It became a permanent resident of Grant Park in 1922, when about 7 feet around the top was cut away to fit it into a building near Zoo Atlanta. But since taking up residence at the History Center, the painting has been under the care of Jones and a small army of restorers working from original photos to bring the work back to its original design. They’ve cleaned and repainted parts that were heavily water damaged and spruced up the diorama at the base


where 128 plastic figures were added in the 1930s. “The painting suffered its greatest damage before it ever got to Grant Park,” says Jones. “For example, the sky was repainted then patched up. We had photos for everything else, but for the sky, we had to work from other sources.” Atlanta’s cyclorama, one of six created by the American Panorama Company in Wisconsin, was among three dozen that toured the country. “It was the IMAX theater before IMAX,” says Jones. “It was the biggest, baddest, closest-to-reality illusion anyone in the 1880s had ever seen. Being surrounded by color images gave the illusion of having been there.” Today, the cyclorama is an extremely rare entertainment artifact. Atlanta’s is one of 17 full-scale paintings that remain, including a depiction of the crucifixion in Quebec, Canada, and another Civil War scene in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Atlanta’s is the only surviving cyclorama that was painted entirely in the U.S. Jones notes though that “the painting in 1922 was not at all the vision of the artists. Our whole

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point is to bring it back to what the artists intended.” Restorers are also re-creating the way the public first viewed the cyclorama back in the 1880s. “It won’t be on a revolving platform,” says Jones. “Instead, there’s a cutout section you walk through to get inside. This is known as the tunnel entrance. An escalator goes up to the viewing platform, and underneath, you’ll be able to experience how it all works. You can stand next to the edge of the diorama and see the artifacts and drawings that went into the making of it, as if you were in the artist’s studio.” Though it took more than 300 workers to delicately move the cyclorama to its Buckhead home in 2017, the biggest challenge for Jones now is restoring the sky. “The sheer size of it is daunting,” he says. “It’s about three-fifths of the surface. We put a protective coating over it, then applied paint, so if anyone wants to go back and see what the 1922 sky looked like, they could. But it’s tough

The new entrance to the painting puts visitors inside the massive work.

bringing back the illusion that the sky meets the horizon, which you need to give a sense of distance. And there are trees in front of it, so we’ve been painting blue around and through them. It’s not a fast process.” Plans now call to unveil the restoration on Feb. 22, as part of the grand opening of the Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building. But that won’t mean the project is finished, says Jones. “It will need another round of work in years to come. It’s never going to be done.” n ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.814.4000

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L I T E R ARY Michael Coles and co-author Catherine Lewis.

Recipe for Success

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Michael Coles’ TIME TO GET TOUGH: HOW COOKIES, COFFEE, AND A CRASH LED TO SUCCESS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE is available at and On Nov. 15, Coles will be discussing the book at an appearance during the MJCCA Book Festival; for details, visit


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Cookie and coffee king Michael Coles shares the secrets to his achievements in his first book


ntrepreneur Michael Coles admits he’s a compulsive note-taker. For 25 years, the Brookhaven resident scribbled ideas on napkins, hotel stationery and random pieces of paper—enough to fill a 4-inch file—before he began recording them on his phone. The entire time, Coles, 74, imagined compiling his snippets into a book. Two years ago, he wrote to himself, “Why do I keep making these notes and never write this book?” The answer, he says, was “that I kept thinking there was going to be something really important I’d need to remember


first. But then I realized, if I wait any longer, I’ll either be dead or I won’t remember what I want to say.” Two years ago, while teaching an MBA class at Kennesaw State University, where the business school bears his name, Coles realized the curriculum lacked one key element. “They don’t really give you much real-life experience,” he says. “I brought in friends— notable people like [Home Depot co-founder] Arthur Blank—to talk about how you take an idea and build it into a business. And that’s when the idea for a book came together.” Coles found co-writer Catherine

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Lewis, a KSU history professor, and the two worked from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. three days a week to pen Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life. “Writing a quasi-memoir, motivational book was a grueling process, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” says the man who survived a near-fatal motorcycle wreck, launched and sold the Great American Cookie Company, ran Caribou Coffee and chairs the Brand Bank Holding Company and BrandBank. “Many times, I got frustrated, and

Catherine told me that’s why more people don’t write books.” Coles also didn’t want to aggrandize his own life, but he believes his story of starting out with very little and learning to endure hardships is worth telling. He details how he turned an $8,000 investment into a $100 million cookie empire and recounts how, while having a coffee at a Caribou one day, he hit on the formula of product-plus-environmentplus-services equals the experience, an equation that encompassed the work employees and vendors did to create a java worth coming back for. He writes about the grueling recovery from that motorcycle accident, and his realization that the last 5 miles of a journey are the most significant. “The last 5 miles is my favorite story in the book, because it’s the most important to me,” he says. “When I rode [my bicycle] across the country for the third time, I didn’t think I could finish. I had nothing left; my legs were cramping, and I had no strength. But when I got to the end, I didn’t remember any of that. It’s the last piece that makes the difference between success and failure.” The final chapter of the book features 10 lessons distilled from his own experiences that can be applied to any challenge, personal or professional. “I’ve learned that if you keep your head up, you can accomplish a lot,” says Coles. “I’m not Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett, but my story is believable and one people can relate to.” n



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Buckhead has come a long way since 1838, when Henry Irby plopped down $650 for a 202-acre plot of land near what’s now the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry roads. What began as a rural community centered around a small tavern and grocery has since expanded to cover more than 28 square miles that not only houses the headquarters of Fortune 1000 companies such as Carter’s and Aaron’s but that, as one of the wealthiest ZIP codes in the country, has earned the nickname “The Beverly Hills of the South.” Here, we take a look at some of the landmark structures—including the stately Swan House, shown above—that have stood the test of time as Buckhead continues to grow up and around them.

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The Swan House

Historic Buckhead Hotspots That Shaped the Neighborhood

The library at the Swan House houses artifacts belonging to original owner Edward Inman, who made his fortune as a cotton industry exec.



These nine buildings offer a glimpse into the area’s humble beginnings


The Swan House The Swan House, while a historic fixture itself, also serves as host to a vast cache of the neighborhood and city’s history. Today, the circa-1928 structure, situated on roughly 30 acres of central Buckhead, survives as part of the Atlanta History Center’s campus. The lavish mansion, designed by renowned architect and Georgia Tech grad Philip T. Shutze, was erected at the behest of cotton industry heavy Edward Inman and his wife, Emily. (The couple’s Ansley Park home was razed by a fire four years earlier.) Shutze’s creation boasts a blend of Renaissance Revival architecture and classical stylings that in recent years has been featured in TV shows and films, including a few Hunger Games movies. When Emily Inman passed away in 1965, the Swan House became home to the Atlanta Historical Society, which was rebranded as the Atlanta History Center in 1990. By

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1977, the mansion had found a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and was later designated as an Atlanta Landmark Building. Nowadays, the mansion acts as a museum well worth a tour if you have an hour or two and shares the AHC campus with other historic sites such as the Tullie Smith Family Farm and Wood Family Cabin.

t Governor’s Mansion More than just the place for Governor Nathan Deal to rest his head, the Governor’s Mansion has played host to the state’s many chiefs for more than five decades, beginning with the ever-controversial Lester Maddox. Boasting three levels and spanning some 24,000 square feet, the regal home was designed by

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uckhead is widely believed to have been founded by Henry Irby, whose namesake street now runs through what many consider the area’s party district. The name of the area, however, dates back long before college frat boys inundated it with pastel-colored polo shirts and boat shoes. In the late 1830s, someone felled a sizable buck and left its head by a bar near the junction of Peachtree, West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads. “The rest is history,” as Buckhead Heritage Society founder Wright Mitchell noted in a 2009 newspaper article. Since that defining time in Buckhead’s history, the neighborhood has morphed into what the Heritage Society’s executive director, Richard Waterhouse, considers “the Beverly Hills of Atlanta.” Of course, Buckhead has come a long way since its antebellum beginnings. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some, but surely not all, of the impactful buildings that helped shape its future.

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according to historians, many a Buckhead influencer went to school. The building is now owned by Atlanta Public Schools and has reportedly hosted community meetings for the school system.

Buckhead Theatre The neighborhood’s most iconic concert hall, the Buckhead Theatre had humble beginnings, opening in 1930 as a discount movie theater. It also showcased performances by the Buckhead Symphony Orchestra and hosted public meetings so residents could discuss and debate the latest neighborhood issues. But the little venue, designed with beautiful Spanish baroque elements by Atlanta architects Daniell and Beutell, had greater ambitions. By the early 1960s, the theater was showing the latest, hottest flicks. In the 1980s, it transformed into the Buckhead Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse. Thereafter, it claimed the most famous title it’s held to date: the Coca-Cola Roxy Theater— not to be confused with the venue of the same name that recently opened near the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium, SunTrust Park. After decades of going under the Roxy handle, the venue shuttered and underwent two years of restoration, overseen by Aaron’s, Inc. founder and Buckhead heavyweight Charles Loudermilk. Resurrected in 2010 as the Buckhead Theatre, the revered music venue has hosted internationally known acts such as Mumford & Sons, Gavin DeGraw and Kesha.

Five Paces Inn One of Buckhead’s longest-operating watering holes, the Five Paces Inn reportedly opened its doors in 1955, and more than 60 years later, she’s still kicking, despite the threat of the neighborhood’s insatiable appetite for new development. The building boasts just under 2,800 square feet, although that’s plenty of space for, depending upon the time of day, gray-haired regulars and their dogs or the neighborhood’s Greek life. Typically enveloped by cigarette smoke after 3 p.m., the Five Paces Inn is a dive bar frequently

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filled with Atlanta’s real estate hotshots and highbrow bankers—at least until the sun goes down and the college students come out. Long a place for Atlanta’s rugby players and enthusiasts or after-game drinkers, the bar has evolved in many ways, including expanding into the two units on either side. Legend has it that patrons in the past who tried to stick around after closing time were literally thrown out into the street, in old-school saloon fashion.

time Sardis was officially recognized by the law after an 1842 fire at the DeKalb County Courthouse wiped out any record of its legitimacy. In 1848, Buckhead’s founding father, Henry Irby, and associate Ransom Gaines sold the roughly two-acre plot to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church. By 1961, the congregation, even with its new building, had grown so large— to around 800 members—that most worshippers were forced to relocate to St. John UMC on Mt. Paran Road. Today, after multiple renovations and stained-glass renewals, the church survives on its prime plot just south of Chastain Memorial Park.

Cotton Exchange Building

s Sardis United Methodist Church The Powers Ferry Road church now known as Sardis United Methodist is one of at least three that has stood on the Buckhead property. The congregation has been gathering at the site since as early as 1812, but the current structure was designed by local architect Owen James Southwell in 1925 and erected by 1927. Having witnessed nearly 200 years of prayer, the church is known for having one of Atlanta’s oldest congregation centers. Worshippers initially crammed into an old log cabin on the site. The year 1848 marked the first

Although it’s little more than an unassuming office structure today, the Cotton Exchange Building on bustling Roswell Road has something of a haunted past. In the early 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan bought and used it as a manufacturing and distribution center for the group’s propaganda. Additionally, the Klan produced its robes, hoods and gloves there. Decades later, the building was converted into office condominiums and, according to one historian, a few upper-level residences. Today, the historic structure, standing just spitting distance from Charlie Loudermilk Park, also known as the Buckhead Triangle, houses tenants such as Presence Models, Buckhead Hair Design and the Hancock & Harwell rare coin dealership. Spaces for lease are available for those looking to work from the three-story slice of Buckhead history. Five Paces Inn

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In the early 1900s, the Lodge at Peachtree Heights Park, built by the New York City-based architects of Carrère & Hastings, housed the operations of the E. Rivers real estate firm. Under the purview of Eretus Rivers, the company built out the communities surrounding Peachtree Battle Avenue now known as Peachtree Heights East and West, the development of which set the standard for the Buckhead properties everyone knows today. In one of the largest real estate deals of that time, Rivers, along with his business partner Walter Andrews, bought a massive parcel and mapped out the Buckhead subdivisions with plots, as well as the homes settled atop them, that were much bigger than the average piece of Atlanta real estate at the time. Rivers had procured the property—hundreds of acres, in fact—from the Habersham family, whose name now lords over the neighborhood street, Habersham Road. Since then, the historic lodge has hosted dance classes and, more importantly, Mrs. Bloodworth’s kindergarten, where,

Left: A translucent panel in front of the Buckhead Theatre shows what the old music hall used to look like.

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s The Lodge at Peachtree Heights Park

Cotton Exchange Building

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Georgia-born architect A. Thomas Bradbury in the 1960s and first opened its doors at the dawn of 1968, just as Maddox was finishing his first year as governor. The West Paces Ferry Road behemoth, flaunting Greek-inspired architecture, succeeded the Ansley Park estate of Edwin P. Ansley, an early 20th-century real estate developer in Atlanta. The state took control of his land in 1925, but demolished the granite mansion in 1968. The current estate, Georgia’s third official governor’s mansion, stretches over 18 acres and is largely built to entertain. The entire ground floor, draped in lavish furnishings handpicked by a “70-member fine arts committee,” as the mansion’s official website puts it, is decked out to welcome company. For anyone interested in testing its entertainment mettle, the Governor’s Mansion is open for tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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COV E R S TO RY New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church

Although it now goes by the moniker State Bank Amphitheatre, and was the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater before that, longtime Atlantans know the music hall simply as Chastain Park. Built in 1944 on a 268-acre swath, the outdoor amphitheater resides on one of the city’s largest green spaces. When the park first opened, it took the name North Fulton Park, but the death of revered park supervisor Troy Chastain, a Fulton County commissioner who worked to see the venue built, prompted a rebranding: In 1945, the park and its concert space were adorned with the titles Chastain Memorial Park and the Chastain Amphitheater. Well-known as Atlanta’s oldest music venue, the State Bank Amphitheatre reels in upwards of 200,000 concertgoers annually. It’s hosted many a show for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and has headlined renowned acts such as Stevie

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State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Wonder, Willie Nelson, Harry Connick Jr. and Aretha Franklin. Since its inception, the amphitheater has undergone a montage of renovation projects that built it up from its time as Troy Chastain’s brainchild—some humble bleachers and a bandshell—to the nearly 7,000-person-ready Atlanta staple it is today.

New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church After the end of America’s slavery era, the New Hope AME

Church sprouted up on a three-acre plot that a white Buckhead farmer named James Smith yielded for use as a church and school for people of color. Much like Sardis United Methodist Church, the building standing today is one of two or three that has occupied the land, and since the New Hope congregation took control of the property in 1872, it’s hosted a strong black congregation. The original church building was erected some time prior to 1900,

although in 1927, it burned to the ground. It’s been rebuilt a few times since, although the basement that remains today was completed the year after the fire, and the accompanying sanctuary finished construction in 1965. A quaint, wood-framed structure on Arden Road, the current church is now enveloped by residential communities. In 2009, the church, along with its adjacent 1.86-acre cemetery, earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. n

The Buckhead Heritage Society currently has about 400 members, some of whom live as far away as San Francisco, and the organization has been working to put together a database that maps the area’s historic sites and buildings. It’s in the early development stages, but Waterhouse and member John Beach say it could one day become publicly accessible. “People don’t realize how diverse the history of Buckhead is,” says Waterhouse. The now-posh neighborhood has humble roots in farming and hunting—hence the name. “Today,” he says, “it’s sort of the Beverly Hills of Atlanta. It’s ‘Party Central’ for Atlanta, and it’s always had the upper-middle-class population.” Studied in ceramics and art history, Waterhouse says most people don’t realize “there’s a real pottery history in Buckhead,” and it’s his responsibil-

ity to make sure people remember those times and others that shaped the area’s landscape. “The importance of the Buckhead Heritage Society is preserving that history so that, in 100 or 150 years, people can see where we came from.” When he first accepted the Heritage Society gig at the end of 2017, Waterhouse said he wanted to take the organization “back to its roots,” meaning he wants to work on the group’s outreach efforts to help make Buckhead residents and others “more aware of the history,” as well as work harder to preserve the historical remnants of the neighborhood as Atlanta and its other communities boom with economic activity. Who knows what Buckhead and Atlanta will turn into in the future. “I just hope the neighborhoods don’t ever go away,” he says. n

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he newest chief of the Buckhead Heritage Society, Richard Waterhouse, lived in Atlanta from 1984 to 2010 before he shipped out to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to curate the Cahoon Museum of American Art. He served as director there for six years before migrating back to the Peach State, where he took a job as Georgia Public Broadcasting’s manager of leadership giving, a post that entailed lobbying for grants and other funding. “But asking for money full-time was not my cup of tea,” says Waterhouse. Two years ago, Waterhouse bought a home in Buckhead, the neighborhood he’d become acquainted with even before he lived in Georgia. “I go way back with Buckhead because I’m originally from Chattanooga,” he once said in an interview, noting that Buckhead was a great party spot for him and fellow Tennesseans. Waterhouse says he spent plenty of time at The Limelight discotheque—”Atlanta’s own Studio 54,”



he calls it—before it became the heralded nightclub that once hosted the likes of Andy Warhol, Rod Stewart and Burt Reynolds. “Before Limelight was Limelight, it was a dinner theater,” says Waterhouse. “I spent time in Buckhead before it was really built up,” he says as cranes dot the skyline visible from the Mathieson Exchange Lofts building that houses the Heritage Society’s office. “It’s like a whole new city now.” After six years away, he says, Buckhead seems “more sophisticated.” Today, the neighborhood is growing faster than most could have imagined decades ago, but Waterhouse doesn’t concern himself much with the future. His mission, he says, is preserving the past. His days consist of keeping up with and recruiting new society members, fielding phone calls from people wondering if their home or local haunt is historic, or chronicling Buckhead facts, photos and stories.

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owering white columns, intricate millwork, dramatic ceilings edged in decorative molding, double porches trimmed in gingerbread: A historic house restored to its original beauty is often an architectural gem because, well, they just don’t build ’em like they used to. While Atlanta’s collection of historic homes isn’t vast (that 1864 skirmish wiped out a lot of the housing stock), those that remain have loyal followers who want to make sure what still exists isn’t lost. One such devotee is Brad Cruickshank, owner of Cruickshank Remodeling, who has been rebuilding homes in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Midtown since 1980. His own residence is a 1921 Ansley Park house where he discovered, under the old dining room wallpaper, a scrawled note from the original paperhanger: “It’s August 1921, and it’s as hot as 40 hells.” “I like learning some of that personal history,” says Cruickshank. “I worked on a Brookwood Hills house with a daylight basement where the bookcase was on hinges and swung open to reveal a Prohibition-era bar with a zinc sink. It’s fun to uncover things like that.” But historic houses can present unusual challenges to preservationminded buyers or owners who want to restore and maintain them. The first issue is usually the foundation. “Houses that are 60 to 100 years old or better may not have footings at the base of the foundation,” says Robert Windom, president of Windom Construction, which does a lot of historic renovations around town. “It’s not uncommon to see significant movement of the house over time, so the first thing I do is look at leveling the floors. If you start making changes without doing that first, you’re inviting disaster.”



Repairing or replacing plaster can also be a complicated process, adds Cruickshank. “Framing lumber wasn’t as uniform in size as it is today, so the walls are often wavy. We often have to build out the studs to hold drywall. [And] most old wiring wasn’t grounded and needs to be replaced. Typically, the HVAC and electric systems have to be replaced, too.” Houses built before 1979 may also present lead paint and asbestos problems. Windows and doors weren’t standard sizes back then either and can be difficult to replace. “Hardware was very different, too,” says Cruickshank. “Most of our hardware now has round holes; old houses had locks with rectangular holes.” Remodelers have ways to turn those concerns into manageable details, but one thing they can’t change are the guidelines that come with living in a house or neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the city’s landmark list. “Compared to most older cities, Atlanta’s historic district designation is fairly lenient,” says Windom. “But the district designation principally determines what’s viewed from the street. Most districts also have their own guidelines for making changes that were created by the residents and the city administrators, and some neighborhoods were more enthusiastic about placing limits on what owners can do with their properties.” Owners of National Register homes must adhere to government guidelines, especially if they’re applying for tax credits. “The government wants to see that the owner is really interested in preserving history,” says Windom. Cruickshank’s work includes educating owners and buyers about the challenges and joys of living in a historic home. “Some people understand that they’re living in an old house and they want to keep as many of the original aspects as possible,” he says. “Then there are people who never really thought about their doorknobs. But those are the elements that make Renovating a historic area home has its headaches, but in a house unique.” n the end, you’re preserving a precious piece of the past.


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As Atlanta’s first public links, the Bobby Jones Golf Course holds a special place in the history of Buckhead.


hen it opened in the heart of Buckhead back in 1932, the Bobby Jones Golf Course was Atlanta’s first public golf course. It honored native son Bobby Jones, who won the sport’s Grand Slam in 1930. Almost 90 years later, Jones remains the only golfer to have won all four major tournaments in the same calendar year. On Nov. 5, the historic course reopens following a massive renovation. The yearlong project replaces the old 18-hole layout with a reversible 9-hole course, as well as Buckhead’s only public driving range. Other additions include a new clubhouse, junior course, practice area and twolevel parking deck. The Bobby Jones greens were typical of 1930s links, with 18 holes on 128 acres in Atlanta Memorial Park. But the course was never renovated to stay current with advances in golf technology and player skills. “It was run down, poorly conditioned, dangerous and, even worse, it was dated,” says Marty Elgison, president of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation. A retired attorney, Elgison’s clients had included the family of Bobby Jones, who passed away in 1972. “Part of my job was to make sure Mr. Jones’ name was associated with things of high quality that reflected his character and integrity,” says Elgison. “I didn’t think the golf course lived up to his memory or legacy.” So in 2011, he got involved with the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy’s plans to renovate the park and its facilities. Shortly afterwards, course architect and Brookhaven resident

Bob Cupp volunteered to design the new course pro bono. Cupp determined the original configuration could not be fixed, Elgison recalls. “Cupp said we could either have 9 holes with a driving range and short course for juniors, or 18 holes without the rest.” The conservancy chose the first option. Cupp then designed a reversible 9-hole course, one of the few of its kind in the world. Cupp died in 2016; the juniors’ course is named Cupp Links in his honor. In November 2017, construction began on the $23 million project. Ten new tennis courts (part of the adjacent Bitsy Grant Tennis Center), the parking garage and the new golf course are already complete. “There’s not a blade of grass left from the old course,” says Elgison. The new course offers a number of innovative features, including double-sized greens with two holes each and a gender-neutral tee system with seven options per hole. Players can customize their experiences by starting from different tees and playing to different flags. Accessible/adaptive programs for the disabled are also available. With innovative layouts, unique features and state-of-the-art technology, the Bobby Jones course is once again a fitting tribute to Atlanta’s greatest golfer. n

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Convivial patrons fill the seats at Kaleidoscope come mealtime.


Photo: Sara Hanna

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Kaleidoscope is one of Brookhaven’s most popular watering holes. It’s sexy and fun and couldn’t be in a better location. November/December 2018 | Simply Buckhead



The sliced hanger steak pairs perfectly with the chimichurri sauce and garlic parmesan fries.

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF FLAVORS Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub is colorful and ever-evolving, as the name implies STORY:

Simple but satisfying: The roasted cauliflower is seasoned with hints of garlic and lime.


hile hanging near the bar on my inaugural visit to Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, I examined the room with its vaguely industrial energy, soaring ceiling and expressionistic oil canvases (a permanent collection by artist Tyler Blum). The walls are amber-hued to match the owners’ favorite beer color, and with the gaggle of regulars at the bar laughing it up, it felt a bit like the bar from Cheers. There was a peculiar chill in the air, but nothing that couldn’t be assuaged with one of Kaleidoscope’s specialty cocktails. I chose the Desperado. Made with


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Rebecca Cha   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Lunazul Añejo tequila, 18.21 Bitters coffee vanilla cacao syrup and fresh lime, it tasted like a cocoa margarita—refreshing but extremely alcoholic. (I diluted it with extra ice and lime.) My friend chose a Saison Dupont, a classic Belgian farmhouse beer that was deliciously crisp and complex, with just a hint of fruit. Kaleidoscope’s menu features items hailing from, well, everywhere—Asia, Italy, the Middle East, Canada. But being that it was Monday evening, we took advantage of the fact it was half-priced burger night. We made quick work of the “award-winning” Kaleidoscope Burger, served up juicy and perfectly pink with housemade pimento cheese, vinegary bread and butter pickles, and a side of addictive, skin-on French fries. Our exceedingly professional waitress suggested we also try the steak frites, and it was

exceptional, consisting of sliced rare hanger steak, a mass of garlic parmesan fries and a bright-green, garlic-heavy chimichurri. The young’uns at our table had sides of pimento mac ’n’ cheese (corkscrew pasta, homemade pimento cheese and toasted breadcrumbs) and roasted cauliflower delicately seasoned with garlic and a touch of lime. We left happy, bellies full. It was an auspicious beginning. Whether Mercury was in retrograde or the oppressive humidity that day had tweaked everyone’s nerves, my second visit had some hiccups. For one, the barkeep seemed indifferent to my presence, perhaps unhappy with my iced tea order. And the Thai chicken lettuce wraps—which, when done correctly, are a symphony of heat, cool and crisp—were a dreary plating of sad butter lettuce leaves and soggy minced chicken.

Above: The pork and pimento spring rolls are best dipped in the accompanying Aleppo pepper and mustard sauce. Above: The poutine comes piled high with fries, pork, cheese, bacon and more. Below: Dig into one of Kaleidoscope’s yummy blister-crusted pizzas.

Right: The Famous Flying Biscuit Breakfast features “creamy dreamy” grits, fried eggs, chicken sausage and those yummy biscuits.

The Kaleidoscope Burger oozes pimento cheese.

Kaleidoscope’s menu features items hailing from, well, everywhere.

The only thing that saved it from flatlining altogether was the refreshing chile-lime dressing. The smoked pork and pimento spring rolls fared much better. With each bite into the crunchy golden shell, I got a hit of tender smoked meat and spicy molten cheese, made even tastier when dipped in the Aleppo pepper and mustard sauce. There was much to enjoy on our third visit. We sat on the patio, the early evening air sweet and balmy, and it looked as if every neighborhood family and their dog had come to dine. (Dog lovers rejoice. Your canine companions can lounge on the patio to their hearts’ content here.) A good poutine was on our brains, and Kaleidoscope’s version of this Canadian treat didn’t disappoint. The crunchy French fries (yes, more fries!) smothered with mild gravy and mellow mozzarella were a home run. Toss in some smoked pork, chopped bacon and green onions as the cooks do here, and you’ve crossed over into gastro-bliss territory. Licking our gravy-laden fingers, we decided that a salad would make the perfect second course. Large enough for two, the Fried Chicken Club Salad was lightly dressed with butter-

milk dressing and came tossed with sundried tomatoes, fresh avocado, a smattering of bacon and crisp, golden chunks of bird. As the sun disappeared behind the neighboring apartment complex, it became difficult to see our food, so we decided the next dish had to engage a few other senses—hence, the Korean BBQ Rice Bowl. (Even if we couldn’t see the kimchi, we’d certainly smell it.) Here, the good—the sweet pork tenderloin, sunny-side-up egg and spicy kimchi—was all very good. And the bad was really more a question of why. Like, why include overcooked Brussels sprouts and cauliflower that smelled of too much fish sauce? On this last visit, too, our waiter was less than attentive. In between his infrequent stops, four different attendants serviced our table. I get it; it’s a busy place, as are most eating establishments on a Friday night, but this is hospitality 101. Kaleidoscope is one of Brookhaven’s most popular watering holes, so the powersthat-be are obviously doing something right. It’s sexy and fun and couldn’t be in a better location. Nevertheless, there are moments when Kaleidoscope could be dismissed as

Below: The chicken wings with a Cajun rub and Creole barbecue sauce are a bar food classic with a kick.

a hubristic “concept” venture as opposed to a personal, soulful investment of committed teammates. When the latter kicks in for good, I have no doubt that this happy gathering place will evolve into a neighborhood institution for all the right reasons. n

KALEIDOSCOPE BISTRO & PUB 1410 Dresden Drive, Atlanta 30319 404.474.9600 Prices: Appetizers: $5-$12. Salads, pizzas and burgers: $7-$14. Mains: $13-$19. Recommended dishes: The Kaleidoscope Burger, steak frites, smoked pork and pimento spring rolls, poutine, roasted cauliflower, signature pizzas. Bottom line: Fun, family-friendly place with a sports bar vibe, international fare and eclectic beers and cocktails.

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Sherry W

Angela Hansberger

hile it’s the darling of sommeliers and cocktail makers, sherry is a hard sell for the average tippler. An aficionado knows of its transportive qualities that conjure halcyon days near the Mediterranean seaside, but the average drinker is often dissuaded by images of sweet stuff being dusted off for the holidays or languishing in grandma’s cupboard. Sherry is the name given to a number of fortified wines made from grapes grown in the Jerez region of southern Spain. It pairs well with food, but is multifaceted enough to sip on its own. Sherry begins like any other wine with the fermentation of juice extracted from grapes. From there, the process builds a flavor profile that’s sometimes dry and saline, sometimes sweet and sometimes rounded like whiskey. Traditional sherry makers use a solera system, a complex method of gradually blending new wines with old wines. It goes down one of two paths—either biologically aged (Fino) or oxidatively aged (Oloroso). Biologically aged sherries are fortified with a small amount of grape brandy, boosting strength and flavor. Oxidatively aged sherries are made to a higher alcohol percentage, prevent-


ing the development of flor (a film of yeast that forms on the surface of wine), in which case it becomes darker and takes on a nutty robustness. “There is so much out there that sherry fulfills,” says The Iberian Pig’s General Manager Leigh Ann Miller. “I love introducing everyone to it.” Fino sherry is a great starter to any meal. Within the pale straw color is a slight salinity and savoriness. “Lustau Fino Jarana tends to carry subtle flavors of Mediterranean herbs and yeast, and pairs extremely nicely with our almond and olives dish, as well as the pharaoh quail,” says Ali Ebrahimi, GM of Gypsy Kitchen, which has a solid sherry program to go with its Basque small plates. Manzanilla is a type of Fino only produced in the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It’s the pairing suggestion for charcuterie at both Gypsy Kitchen and The Iberian Pig. Amontillado sherry is a sort of hybrid, beginning as a Fino but then exposed to oxygen as the yeast layer dies off. It deepens in hue and nutty richness. “It’s on the dryer side and can pair with a lot more,” says Miller. “It’s sometimes on the caramel/toffee spectrum, changing the complexity of food to a totally different experience.”

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She likes to acquaint diners with sherry by pairing a glass of Lustau Don Nuno with lightly brûléed Monte Enebro, a mild, semisoft goat cheese. “It creates a memory,” she says. Ebrahimi likes its hints of tobacco and oak, and matches Aurora Amontillado with the smokiness of grilled vegetables. The richness of Olorosos makes them a natural for meaty or rich dishes. “I enjoy [their] subtle notes of spice masked under a bed of sweetness, which creates a unique flavor profile,” says Ebrahimi. “Lamb merguez sausage is a perfect match for a sherry of this profile, as the aromas and flavors of sofrito and harissa harmonize perfectly with our Aurora Oloroso.” At the bar, sherries can be used to add heft to a cocktail while still being relatively low in alcohol, or they can be used as a modifier to soften a harder-base spirit. At Gypsy Kitchen, for instance, bartenders make a popular concoction using Oloroso, Strega, Aperol and dark, over-proofed rum in which the intense savoriness takes the lead. Concludes Ebrahimi, “Sherry can open your taste buds to a whole new world of flavors and textures unmatched by any other spirit or wine.” n

Below: Sherry is the star ingredient in several cocktails at The Iberian Pig.

Heidi Geldhauser


Brett Ferencz


DETAILS Gypsy Kitchen 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.939.9840 The Iberian Pig (Buckhead location opening this winter) 3150 Roswell Road N.W. Atlanta 30305



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Culinary News & Notes


Lia Picard

SOUTH AFRICAN DISH GLOSSARY If you haven’t been to 10 Degrees South, here’s a guide to its most classic dishes. Sosaties Marinated beef filet served with sweet apricot sauce.

t Bobotie Sweet ground-chicken curry with savory custard, sambal (a chile-based condiment) and basmati rice. s Boerewors Lean beef sausage with tomato onion sauce and mashed potatoes.

were surrounded by the best restaurants in Atlanta, and decided there was no better place to start a restaurant at that time.


What has changed at 10 Degrees South in the past 20 years?

BUCKHEAD STAPLE 10 DEGREES SOUTH CELEBRATES A MILESTONE n 1998, 10 Degrees South opened its doors in Buckhead as the first South African restaurant in America. Twenty years later, the eatery has since grown into a restaurant group, True Story Brands, and spawned several sibling restaurants, including Yebo Beach Haus on West Paces Ferry Road and the new outpost of Biltong Bar in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. A family affair, 10 Degrees South is a joint venture between Diane and Derek Anthony and their son, Justin. We recently chatted with Justin about 10 Degrees South’s anniversary and its status as a mainstay on the local dining scene.

How did you and your parents come up with the concept for 10 Degrees South?

[In the ’90s] while I was playing soccer in London, I would visit this South African pub any time I felt homesick. I then moved to Atlanta to play soccer and unfortunately suffered a knee injury that ended my career. Around that same time, there were a lot of South Africans moving to Atlanta, so my parents and I decided to open a South African restaurant and bar to help them feel more at home. What made you pick Buckhead for the location?

We were living in Buckhead and

CHRIS HALL OF LOCAL THREE SHARES A RECIPE SURE TO DELIGHT HOLIDAY GUESTS If the holiday season means an uptick in visitors, you may be asking yourself how you’re going to feed everyone. The solution is found in a Southern cuisine classic: shrimp and grits. In a recipe provided by Chris Hall, chef/partner of Local Three Kitchen & Bar, you’ll find a delicious way to quell the hunger pangs of your loved ones while keeping things simple. Creamy with a hot sauce kick, it’s even fitting for breakfast (shrimp and grits got its start as an a.m. meal, believe it or not).

How does the restaurant’s design play into the overall dining experience?

We want our guests to feel like they’re being transported to South Africa every time they walk through the door. The best way we knew how to do that was by taking them on a safari. The restaurant now feels like a chic safari lodge. Tell us about South African cuisine.

It’s a fusion of a variety of flavors, including French, Portuguese, Dutch, Indian, Malaysian and Mediterranean fare. Our dishes are filled with the global influences of the immigrant populations that have settled in South Africa over the years. n 10 Degrees South 4183 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.705.8870

n Pho 24 has opened a seventh location on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Find delicious pho and other Vietnamese delights at the new spot in the Square One apartment building.

Shrimp and Grits Serves 4



l ½ cup unsalted butter

l 4 cups milk

l 1 cup cleaned, deveined

l 1 cup Anson Mills

and tailed shrimp

stone-ground grits l 1 cup unsalted butter l Salt to taste l 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

l 1 teaspoon minced garlic


has been the brains behind our restaurants’ designs for many years.



Bring milk to a simmer and add grits. Whisk vigorously for 15 to 20 minutes then add butter, salt and pepper.

Peri-peri chicken Chargrilled Cornish hen marinated in a hot sauce made with peri-peri peppers, basmati rice and vegetables.

l 1 teaspoon hot sauce

(such as Texas Pete) l Salt to taste

In a medium sauté pan on medium heat, place 1/4 cup of the butter and cook until the foam subsides. Add shrimp and garlic, and sauté until cooked through.

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Add hot sauce and the rest of the butter until a sauce consistency is achieved. Serve by placing grits on a platter and topping with the shrimp. For a fun twist, set out toppings such as pimento cheese, tomatoes, scallions and crème fraîche. Local Three Kitchen & Bar 3290 Northside Parkway N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.968.2700

Tuan Huynh


The menu hasn’t changed much at all. My mother and father serve as executive chefs and have mostly worked with the same team for the last two decades. Our most notable favorites have been the grilled calamari, rump steak, peri-peri chicken, chicken curry, bobotie, sosaties, boerewors sandwich and Di’s Delight, my mother’s signature dessert. As far as restaurant design and expansion go, 10 Degrees South has changed dramatically. The restaurant has always been in the same location, but was once a much smaller bungalow. We are now in a larger, more modern building. I actually met my wife, Kelly, at 10 Degrees South, and as an accomplished interior designer, she

t Di’s Delight A fruity sponge cake served with vanilla ice cream.

Aria’s selection of wines was recently recognized by the experts at Wine Spectator.

n Of the 3,759 restaurants worldwide recently honored by Wine Spectator for their strong wine programs, 55 Georgia eateries made the list. Sixteen of them are in Buckhead, including Aria, St. Cecilia, Restaurant Eugene, Umi and Davio’s. n Atlas, located in the St. Regis Atlanta, is already known for its upscale cuisine, stunning decor and impressive art collection, but it will soon be even more inviting. Construction of a new terrace is underway that will give patrons an enchanted garden experience all year long. It’s expected to open in early 2019.

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FUN FACT Pridgen taught herself to sew and makes her own dresses.

Time to Make

the Donuts


armalita Pridgen, general manager of gourmet donut shop Bon Glaze, is not what you’d expect from a donut maker. A former quartermaster in the Army, she worked part-time in hospitality before graduating from Georgia State University. While working at a Pinkberry yogurt shop, she met Bon Glaze owner Kelly Keith. “Her card said ‘donuts, bacon and coffee.’ I saw bacon and wanted to learn more,” says Pridgen. She’s been with Bon Glaze since its first night of production in 2015. Today, Pridgen is responsible for helping glaze and decorate donuts, placing orders, creating promotions and working at local festivals. The company’s two shops, located in Buckhead and Brookhaven, average 40 dozen donuts each per day. On National Donut Day, Bon Glaze sold more than 10,000! “If it’s a day with a couple of events and donut wall [displays], it can easily turn into [a 15-hour day],” says Pridgen. “But


I love getting new customers in and seeing their faces as I tell them about each donut in the display.” Here, she lets us in on the secret life of a donut maker. What’s it like to get to work when most of the city is still sleeping? We are a morning business. Sometimes our first delivery is at 6 a.m. If that happens, I may be at the store at 2 a.m. making coffee and boxing up donuts. You have to become nocturnal. After one or two months, your body gets used to it. Even if I’m not at work, I still sometimes wake up at 3 a.m. It has its challenges on my social life. I don’t always get to hang out as late as I’d like. What’s the atmosphere at Bon Glaze at that hour? It’s like a party. The shop is closed, but we’re drinking Frappuccinos and have the music bumping. There are at least five people on the overnight shift. The kitchen person comes in at 10:30 p.m.

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For Bon Glaze’s general manager, the early bird gets the worm STORY:

Carly Cooper   PHOTO: Sara Hanna

and preps the dough. The cooks start frying donuts at 1 a.m. By 3 a.m., they start cooking bacon. I do a lot of the filling—apple streusel, berry compote, German chocolate—and the decorating. By 5 a.m., we’re loading the van and heading to the Roswell Road location to open at 6:30 a.m.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? Deliveries! There’s Atlanta traffic. Then in the office buildings, we have to find the loading dock and use the service elevators. On top of that, boxing up hundreds of dozens of donuts in a short time frame can be challenging, too.

How do you come up with new donut flavors? We’re inspired by customer requests, classics and items in the marketplace, such as the Samoa Girl Scout cookie. I’m always thinking of what we can do next.

What do you do for fun? I like to go on vacation and hang out with my family. I look for new inspiration for donuts by checking out the Food Network on Instagram and looking at donuts around the world. n

How do you avoid munching on the product all day? You try everything at the beginning, and after that, it’s not hard to avoid eating them. You’ll be sugared out and want real food. I might not eat a full donut every day, but we’re always trying to be innovative and tasting new gourmet creations.

BON GLAZE 3794 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342 470.428.2569 3575 Durden Drive N.E. Brookhaven 30319 678.691.4534

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

Brock, Rebecca Cha and Angela Hansberger

Sara Hanna

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

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

like the herb-based qurma sabzi with super-tender lamb shank and the bamia (okra and tomatoes) with oxtail. Don’t leave without a sip of the anise-flavored aperitif called arak and a bite of kanafeh, a sweet made of shredded phyllo, housemade sweet cheese, rose- and orange-water syrup and pistachios. Appetizers and sides: $2-$7 Entrées: $12-$20

BLUE RIDGE GRILL For more than 20 years, Blue Ridge Grill (BRG) has been a mecca for Buckhead power lunchers and chill evening diners alike. Whether for business or romance, BRG is a paragon of hospitality, and each guest is embraced like a VIP. Standard crowd-pleasers on the Euro-American menu include grilled Georgia trout, French-boned chicken with wild mushrooms and filet mignon with Vidalia onions. Small plates and sides of iron skillet mussels, Caesar salad with crisp Beeler bacon, custardlike corn soufflé and (off-menu item) fried pickles with buttermilk dipping sauce are absolute must-tries. If cost is an issue, call ahead, as menu prices are not advertised online. Lunch: $9-$42 Dinner: $13-$62

The Famous Flying Biscuit Breakfast features “creamy dreamy” grits, fried eggs, chicken sausage and those yummy biscuits.

CABO CANTINA Even if you aren’t a sports fan, you’ll welcome a visit to this Mexi-Latin sports bar on Pharr Road. The 35 varieties of 100 percent agave tequilas are just the start. Kick off with a five-star margarita that’ll have you shouting “touchdown!” long before the national anthem begins. And just try to keep your eyes on the game when knockout dishes such as braised short rib empanadas, smokyspicy chorizo or chipotle shrimp tacos and a side of tender yucca fries arrive at your table. Mains such as the adobo chicken and charred rib eye, or healthier fare like the citrusy, fresh ceviches, are big winners as well. Let’s just hope your favorite team is, too. Brunch: $10-$17 Starters and shared plates: $5-$12 Tacos and sides: $3-$4 Entrées: $12-$25

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE The lovely juxtaposition of hot and cold in the Mutsu apple crumble is just one example of Blue Ridge Grill’s eye toward perfection.


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With its handmade pasta, terrific steaks and foundation of classic Italian dishes, the Atlanta outpost of Massachusettsbased chef-preneur Steve DiFillippo sets a higher-than-usual standard for a mall restaurant. Fine-food lovers flock to Phipps Plaza for Davio’s delicious fried calamari, tagliatelle Bolognese

and warm spinach salad like ravenous shoppers on the hunt for Louis Vuitton bags, Tiffany silver and Dior gowns. And they can do no better than the buttery medallion of impeccably grilled top sirloin, slathered with Gorgonzola and paired with wilted spinach and sea-salt-and-truffle-oil fries. No wonder the Davio’s menu is as tantalizing as the shoe department at Nordstrom. Appetizers and salads: $9-$16 Pastas, entrées and steaks: $18-$48

FLYING BISCUIT CAFÉ Flying Biscuit Café is a touchstone of diner life here in Atlanta, and with good reason. “Creamy dreamy” grits and flaky Southern biscuits round out most every meal, and there are loads of tummywarming, substantial dishes to choose from. Turkey hash, the Not Your Mama’s Pimiento Cheese Sandwich and chicken pot pie (made with hot, buttery biscuits, of course) are reminiscent of grandma’s kitchen, and the congenial staff will keep you coming back for more. Gordo Stevens’ artwork across the walls and ceiling adds a funky, kitsch-cool vibe to the Brookhaven outpost of this breakfast and brunch favorite. Breakfast: $3.29-$12.99 Lunch: $4.99-$12.99

The oh-so-authentic dishes at Storico Fresco will transport you to Italy.

HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR Haven is exactly that—a safe, inclusive place where your every gastronomic need is met. If weather permits, enjoy the serenity of patio dining while indulging your taste buds with crisp Gulf oysters, the Southern cheese board or Timmy’s Wild Georgia shrimp. Or go inside and soak up the classy atmosphere while digging into seared Georges Bank scallops or spice-roasted Green Circle Farms chicken, and wrap things up with a warm chocolate brownie with artisan espresso sauce. On Tuesdays, many four-star bottles of wine are half price. Sunday is burger night, available from 5 p.m. until they run out. Small plates and salads: $6-$15 Entrées: $18-$38 Steaks: starting at $51 Sides and desserts: $7

THE HUNGRY PEACH Despite the hyper-elegant surrounding showrooms, The Hungry Peach, located inside the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, serves up anyone’s idea of a perfectly down-home lunch. Colossal salads and delectable renditions of classic sandwiches, such as the meltin-your-mouth corned beef Reuben, egg salad and smoked bacon-pepper jack wrap, are sure to please welcome visitors and hungry professionals alike. Sides including the Cajun mac ‘n’ cheese and loaded potato salad will knock your designer socks off. Not to be missed are the freshly made sweets, such as the five-layer coconut cake and Callebaut chocolate brownie. Wash it all down with a bottomless mason jar of iced sweet tea. Starters: $4-$9 Salads: $10-$12.50 Sandwiches: $8.50-$12.50 Desserts: $2.50-$6

THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN Both Southern food newbies and aficionados will take to this sexy gastropub, as smooth and easy as the finish of one of its primo bourbons. (If you’re old school, go for the gloriously icy Resurgens mint julep; if not, there’s no shortage of cocktail possibilities.) When your whistle’s wet, dig in to favorite starters of spicy charred okra and PEI mussels in a whiskey cream sauce. Both will leave you smitten. Classics such as the shrimp boil, Springer Mountain half fried chicken and shrimp and grits with New Orleans barbecue sauce are all mouth-

Springer Mountain fried chicken with dreamy classic sides is a handsdown winner at The Southern Gentleman.

watering. And it wouldn’t be Southern if there weren’t sweets to make your toes curl in delight. Leave room for a nibble or two of brown butter cake or the favorite at our table—almond nougat semifreddo. Small plates: $6-$12 Salads and sandwiches: $6-$13 Large plates (including brunch entrées): $13-$28

STORICO FRESCO ALIMENTARI Is a trip to Italy on your bucket list, but you can’t get away? A meal at ohso-authentic hot spot Storico Fresco may be just the ticket. A must here is the meat and cheese board, piled with prosciutto, bresaola, culatello, fragrant cheeses and gooey honeycomb. Its refined, rustic and utterly classic pastas, including garganelli con funghi, tagliatelle alla Bolognese and ravioli spinaci, conjure up images of Tuscan vistas and Michelangelo statues. Seconds such as the pork shank for two and bone-in veal chop will sate your Italian cravings as well. End your repast with a glass of the world-class Miscela d’Oro espresso. Appetizers: $12-$24 Salads and sandwiches: $10-$21 Pastas: $11-$23 Mains: $24-$30 Side dishes and desserts: $6-$7

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN Don’t be put off by the mobs of hipsters waiting for a table or the funky menu items with unfamiliar ingredients such as hemp, flax and chia. Though it could easily be mistaken for an ephemeral, crunchy beardo hangout, True Food Kitchen is here to stay—not just because of its good intentions and exemplary karma, but because of its tasty eats. Favorites include the shiitake lettuce cups, spring asparagus toast and the T.L.T. (tempeh, lettuce and tomato) sandwich. Good for the uninitiated are the margherita pizza, steak tacos and Mediterranean chicken pita. Recommended drinks include the non-alcoholic Cucumber Cooler and Medicine Man tea or the buzz-inducing lemongrass margarita, citrus skinny margarita and Strawberry Smash. Starters and vegetable plates: $7-$13 Salads and bowls: $10-$14 (added protein $3-$9) Pizzas and sandwiches: $12-$16 Entrées: $14-$26

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eturning for a second year, Sparkle Sandy Springs kicks off Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at its new location on the City Green at City Springs. The free event features a month-long display of lighted and decorated miniature houses, all painted by local businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations, plus one large, interactive house for the kids to explore. The opening event also includes live entertainment and refreshments. “Sparkle Sandy Springs combines the traditions of the holiday season with a community artistic impression,” says Sharon Kraun, the city’s communications director. “We’re excited to host the event at City Springs, which was envisioned as a place to bring people together to enjoy events

and the arts, and to meet up with friends and neighbors. The artful wooden homes combined with seasonal lighting and City Springs’ water features should create a whimsical and festive atmosphere. This year, we’re also adding both tree SPARKLE SANDY SPRINGS and menorah Dec. 1-31; check schedule lightings as part for dates and times of opening night. Free This will be the City Green at City Springs 1 Galambos Way place for visitors Sandy Springs 30328 and residents alike 770.206.1447 to enjoy the holiday sparkle.”

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Everything from traditional folk art to pop culture icons influence the work of Korean artist Jiha Moon.

BUZZ HISTORY ON THE ROCKS Nov. 30 programs/history-on-the-rocks-1 Get into the holiday spirit at this new after-hours event held on the fourth Friday of each month at the Atlanta History Center. Taking place on the grounds of the Smith Family Farm, November’s program includes s’mores, seasonal cocktails and live music from 6 to 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $15-$20; free for members.

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KOREAN ARTIST JIHA MOON SHOWCASED AT BUCKHEAD GALLERY In an exhibit opening Nov. 9, Korean artist Jiha Moon brings her combination of gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and installation to the Alan Avery Art Company for a two-month show titled “Where Serpents Change Their Skin.” Moon draws upon numerous factors for her work, ranging from Korean temple paintings and folk art, colors and designs found in pop culture, and even Internet emoticons and product labels from around

the world. “Jiha Moon’s work is colorful, intricate and thought-provoking, spanning multiple mediums from painting to sculptural ceramic and installation,” says gallery president Alan K. Avery. “Viewing her work is like immersing yourself into the middle of a festival of pageantry. Her work combines multicultural traditional references with Western pop culture iconography, creating a dialogue that is both familiar and strange at the same time.”

“WHERE SERPENTS CHANGE THEIR SKIN” Nov. 9-Jan. 5 Free Alan Avery Art Company 656 Miami Circle N.E. Atlanta 30324 404.237.0370

Dec. 3-14 2018-holiday-tours Celebrate the season with Georgia’s Governor and First Lady during a tour of the executive mansion in all its holiday splendor. Tours are available daily during this 12-day period, but hours vary by day, so check the website for an up-to-date schedule. Admission and parking are free.

ELF THE MUSICAL Dec. 7-16 This festive farce based on the movie of the same name features everyone’s favorite elf, Buddy, as he treks from the North Pole to the Big Apple. The production is part of the inaugural season of the City Springs Theatre Company at the new Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $30; showtimes vary by day.

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A Twist on Tradition Taking the stage at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Dec. 2, Black Violin brings its unique sound, often described as “classical boom,” to Atlanta. Composed of violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus, Black Violin combines their classical training with a dose of hip-hop to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that appeals to all ages. In fact, in addition to a full schedule of public concerts, the pair has performed for more than 100,000 students during the


last year through a partnership with the National Association for Music Manufacturers to continue their advocacy for accessible music education. Concertgoers should plan to leave any preconceived expectations at the door. “A Black Violin concert showcases all forms of popular music, but from a violin’s perspective,” says the duo. “The audience can expect a genre-bending concert that promises to educate, entertain and inspire.”

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BLACK VIOLIN Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22.50 Atlanta Symphony Hall 1280 W. Peachtree Street N.W. Atlanta 30309 404.733.5000

Dec. 8 Grab your friends and don your favorite Christmas sweater, Santa suit or reindeer romper as you set out to sample food and drink specials at select bars throughout Buckhead, including Churchills, Kramer’s and The Red Door Tavern. Tickets range from $13 to $25.

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rue to its tagline “Ending hunger one look at a time,” the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s annual Fall for Fashion show recently raised more than $25,000 in honor of Hunger Action Month. The crowd gathered at the trendy Tootsies boutique in Buckhead to check out a display of the latest designer fashions. Simply Buckhead’s own Joanne Hayes strode down the runway in a colorful Emilio Pucci dress. The event, emceed by 11Alive’s Jennifer Leslie, also featured a photo station, tunes from DJ Santiago Páramo, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Proof of the Pudding, hand massages from the folks at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and a silent auction that included everything from Frye Company riding boots to an American Spirit Works tasting package. Guests also scored goodie bags replete with Tiff’s Treats gift cards, coupons towards treatments at the OVME medical aesthetics clinic and more.

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URE’s 14th annual A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes raised a record-breaking $470,000 this year. A fundraiser for the nonprofit organization devoted to conquering childhood cancer, Quiet Heroes honored 250 mothers of children battling the disease. Nearly 600 guests gathered at Flourish in Buckhead, where they enjoyed lunch and a silent auction, complete with Elton John tickets, beautiful jewelry, handcrafted toys and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “Be an Atlanta Brave for a Day.” The honored mothers were each gifted a “Mom’s Bag” full of goodies including a handmade blanket, spa products and home goods. Dr. Ray Barfield, a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician at Duke University, as well as a faculty member at Duke’s divinity school, delivered a powerful message about the importance of living in the moment. Throughout its existence, A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes has raised more than $4.6 million and honored more than 1,200 mothers of kids with cancer.

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uppet Masquerade” was the theme of this year’s String Fling, a fundraiser held at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead on behalf of the Center for Puppetry Arts. Even the characters from the center’s in-house puppet shop who were in attendance—and posed for pics with many of the 275 attendees—donned top hats and festive masks. There was also a musical puppet tribute to this year’s honorees, longtime arts supporters Dean DuBose Smith and Bronson Smith. Upon arrival, guests were handed a glass of bubbly, then enjoyed a three-course dinner of seasonal, local fare. The auction items included a lunch with former UGA coach Vince Dooley, a luxe St. Lucia vacation at the St. James’s Club and a New York City getaway featuring a tour of The Jim Henson Company where the puppets for Sesame Street are created. In all, the event raised $200,000, which goes toward the center’s continuing efforts to provide entertaining and educational programming for all ages.

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