Simply Buckhead November/December 2020

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November/December 2020 ISSUE 75 • FREE Serving Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody


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Contents 14 Editor’s Letter [ SIMPLY NOW ]

32 Pets: Reuniting Rover Microchipping helps lost pets find their owners

19 News: Romancing

34 Kids: Helping Hands

the Stone Kimberly McDonald

5 ideas to get the next generation involved in volunteering, donations and acts of kindness

opens Buckhead boutique

22 Travel Near: Better Than Normal


Palmetto Bluff’s stand-alone accommodations and wide-open spaces are right on time

38 Home: Into the Hills

24 Travel Far: The Real Jersey Shore Remote beauty and history make this Channel island a must-see

28 15 Minutes With: Joe Salome The Founder of Georgia Hemp Company on the CBD industry

30 Approved: Moveable Feast Products for a glamorous holiday fest



A fun-loving family tweaks a Collier Hills dwelling to fit their chic-casual vibe

42 Bulletin Board: Turkish Textiles An entrepreneur behind Oushak Chic shares the inspiration behind the rug brand

44 Tastemaker: A Stitch in Time Kate Stewart’s family tradition becomes her flourishing decor company






56 Beauty: Beauty Quenchers

78 Review: Old World, New Normal

Expert tips and products to stay hydrated this season

The world has changed, but Pricci remains primo

60 Tastemaker:

80 Drinks: Essential Cocktail

Just For Sport

Adapt the classic toddy for a warming twist at home

Buckhead biz whiz TJ Callaway outfits men in sporting style at Onward Reserve

82 Foodie Journal: Coffee With a Smile


Java Joy expands to Atlanta

66 Literary:

Bakers Gonna Bake

84 Tastemaker:

Rays of Sunshine Camp founder collects inspiring stories from cancer survivors

Anna Gatti is the force behind Doughnut Dollies’ elaborate creations

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Serving Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 | ISSUE 75 P.O. Box 11633, Atlanta, GA 30355 For advertising rates, call: 404.538.9895 Publisher and Founder


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Alan Platten Contributing Home Editor

Giannina S. Bedford Copy Editor

H.M. Cauley Contributing Writers

Angela Hansberger Angela Hansberger is a freelance food and beverage writer as well as a culinary culture storyteller for a variety of national and Atlanta-based publications. With a background in anthropology, she is a self-proclaimed science and food nerd who enjoys traveling the country in search of great meals and culinary stories. Hansberger is a fervent researcher and supporter of the Southern oyster, Appalachian foodways, whisky/ey, wings and ramen. She loves a long hike up a mountain or through a canyon and a great dram of Islay Scotch. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Audubon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing, among others.

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The Shops Around Lenox were the perfect backdrop to illustrate this issue’s retail theme. Since all of the storefronts were occupied, our team set up outdoors in the luminous late September weather for a makeup session with Click Models Atlanta’s Taylor Ashley and her daughter, first-time model Georgia. Photographer Sara Hanna took advantage of the early evening light, snapping photos in front of the Draper James boutique and of the pair walking amidst the lush landscaping near West Elm. Our team had a

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laugh when publisher Joanne Hayes noticed Georgia’s shopping bag drooping a bit and discovered the pint-sized model snagged one of the landscape’s smooth rocks as a keepsake of the day. Producers: Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Joanne Hayes Photographer: Sara Hanna Photography assistant: Chris Rothmann Models: Taylor Ashley and Georgia, courtesy of Click Models Make-up: Nyssa Green Hair: Blo Blow Dry Bar Buckhead Wardrobe: Taylor is wearing the Draper James Tie Neck Shirtdress, $175. Georgia is wearing OshKosh B’gosh Denim and Tulle Dress, $42; Starry Tights, $14; Floral Bow Slip-Ons in Yellow, $36.

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his fall I ventured into the newly opened Framebridge at The Shops Around Lenox, clutching a cardboard roll I’d stashed in a closet for years.

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It contained a poster I fell in love with as a 20-something in Paris’ Marais district. Sure, I could’ve gone online to have it framed, but being physically in the store allowed

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me to see the colors and textures of the frame up close. After months of mostly online shopping, the experience reminded me of the pleasure of visiting a store in person, relying on the expertise of a well-trained associate and getting to see an item physically before committing to purchase. I bet many of our readers feel the same.


That, and the fact that so many locals rely on our

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area’s retail for employment, prompted us to dedicate


this issue to all things shopping and retail.

Dress Up Boutique • Vestique


Our “Shop ’Til You Drop” cover feature is packed with

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information you can use. You’ll find local sources to


18|8 Fine Men’s Salon • Benchmark Physical Therapy Brookhaven Orthodontics • Emory Clinic European Wax Center • GNC (General Nutrition Center) Intown Pediatrics • The Joint - The Chiropractic Place Julian’s Cosmetics and Skincare • Massage Heights Nail Talk & Tan • Saks Salon • Salon Red • Town Dentistry Vein Clinics of America • Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station

help you sail through this holiday shopping season with ease and discover places you’ll want to shop in year round. Whether you’re looking for new decor to spruce up your house, jewelry for that special someone, chic new wardrobe pieces or gift ideas for friends who have


everything, this feature has you covered.

your pets safe, Nicole Letts profiles Bauble Stocking

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

founder Kate Stewart, and if you’re still sticking close


The serviceable intel doesn’t stop there. Lisa Schoolcraft explores how to leverage tracking technology to keep

Redefined Home Boutique

to your abode, you’ll


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Antenucci’s story on hightech products that promote


at-home wellness.



As we close out this year,

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the entire Simply Buckhead team wishes you, your Sara Hanna

family and friends a healthy and joyful season. Happy reading!

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eodes and agates and gems, oh my! The Emerald City has nothing on Atlanta since Kimberly McDonald came to town. The rock-star jewelry designer has opened up shop in the Buckhead Village district, debuting her second brick-and-mortar location with a stunning showcase of earthly enchantments, from jaw-dropping bling that rivals a pirate’s plunder to imaginative decor worthy of a gallery showing. The space itself is mesmerizing with such unique features as stalagmite wine grottos and embedded geode lucite panels that not only add to the ambiance but are also up for grabs in the ever-evolving inventory of one-of-a-kind finds. “Having lived in Atlanta after college, in fact in Buckhead much of that time, it is so exciting for me to return home to open my

e-commerce business here as well as my own store in Buckhead Village,” McDonald says. The North Carolina native launched her eponymous brand in New York in 2007 and made history six years later, when Michelle Obama wore one of her pieces to former President Barack Obama’s second inaugural ball in January 2013. (It was a diamond-embellished handmade ring that cinched the neckline of a ruby-colored Jason Wu gown; both creations now reside in the National Archives.) Known for her custom jewelry crafted from organic materials such as agates and geodes, reclaimed gold and recycled diamonds, McDonald has since branched out to home products, clothing and accessories, brilliantly juxtaposing natural beauty with polished refinement in her eco-conscious designs. n

Top left: Agate vessels at Kimberly McDonald; top right: The designer in front of her new store; right: Signature KMD King Collection Lion Head Pendant, price upon request.

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NEWS CLIPS BROOKHAVEN WELCOMES FURNITURE GIANT Rooms To Go is moving to a new home in the new year. Having outgrown its corporate digs in Dunwoody, the Florida-based furniture chain is relocating its Atlanta headquarters to Brookhaven in the first half of 2021, upsizing to a 60,000-square-foot space in a 16-story office tower at 4004 Perimeter Summit, with 150 employees in tow. “We are fortunate to have them as new corporate neighbors,” says Brookhaven Mayor John

Ernst, touting new jobs, tax revenue and communityminded philanthropy. One of the largest furniture retailers in the country with showrooms on Hammond Drive and Peachtree Road, Rooms To Go pioneered the concept of selling whole-room packages.

HIGH-TECH HEALTHCARE IN BUCKHEAD Tapping into technology to maximize service, health care provider One Medical is opening a third Atlanta loca-

tion this winter in Buckhead’s Terminus building, following its Southeastern debut in Midtown this summer. The membership-based primary care platform takes a modern approach to health care, pairing in-office visits with 24/7 virtual care through a mobile app. “Our primary care practice is designed to make it faster, easier and more enjoyable for people to proactively manage their health and keep their wellness goals on track,” says Mike Fité, the Atlanta district medical director of One

Medical that operates more than 85 U.S. locations. Annual memberships are $199. One Medical 3280 Peachtree Road N.E., Bldg. 100, Suite 115 Atlanta 30305

BODY BOOST IN SANDY SPRINGS After unveiling its first infrared sauna studio in Buckhead two years ago, Perspire Sauna Studios is bringing the heat to Sandy Springs with a new location in Aria Village, next to the Mercedes-Benz

headquarters. Developed in partnership with BetterCap private equity firm, Perspire combines the centuries-old practice of sauna with the modern science of infrared technology and color light therapy to improve health and wellness. “More than ever, it is important to take care of our mind and body,” says Jan Zalud, BetterCap managing partner and co-founder. Perspire Sauna Studios 6500 Aria Blvd., Suite 200 Sandy Springs 30328 404.844.4978

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Left to right: Vice President of Operations Hank Clark; Josh Jansma, Special Olympics athlete; Lori Barranon, 2019 chair and Marlow's Tavern co-founder John C. Metz celebrate the success of the 2020 Marlow's Tavern Golf Classic.

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Golf Classic raises money for Special Olympics Twenty-two years ago, when John C. Metz opened Hi Life Kitchen and Cocktails in Peachtree Corners, a couple with a special needs child became regular customers. “I fell in love with him and with the idea of supporting the Special Olympics for kids like him,” says Metz, who is now executive chef, co-founder and CEO of Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Culinary Management. The first fundraiser in 1999 was a small golf tournament held at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell that raised approximately $3,000. Since then, the event known as Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic has raised more than $1.4 million that directly benefits the sports training and competition of more than 26,000 Special Olympians in Georgia. Metz also en-

joys serving as a moderator or judge. This year’s Classic took place Oct. 15 at the Country Club of Roswell. Major sponsors included The Coca Cola Company, UPS and Publix. The Classic is not Marlow’s only fundraiser for Special Olympics. In July, guests who were either dining in or ordering carry out were invited to add a contribution to their bill, and their generosity raised $11,758. Metz is also heavily involved with Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry, as well as Taste of Atlanta. He serves on the National Restaurant Association’s board of directors and The Culinary Institute of America’s board of trustees. l For more information, visit and

Foundation offers hope


Change Agent Jack Sawyer, managing director of Cresset Asset Management in Buckhead, had spread himself so thin in the nonprofit world that he found himself serving on 12 boards. “Even though I’m anchored in philanthropy, I had to learn that the only way to make real connections was to pour my heart and soul into a few. Andee’s Army and The Nsoro Educational Foundation top my list.” Named after Atlanta teen Andee Poulos who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011 that resulted in a catastrophic stroke, Andee’s Army was founded by Elaine and John Carlos to help defray medical expenses after the family’s insurance ran out. The organization continues to help other kids with spinal cord and brain injuries, the leading causes of death for newborns to age 4

Bre West, president of the Junior League of Atlanta, found creative ways for members to volunteer during the 2020 JLA Serves weekend.

Pandemic Pivot More than 250 members of the Buckhead-based Junior League of Atlanta normally spread out across the metro area to partner with nonprofits on JLA Serves weekend. “Due to the pandemic, we’ve had to pivot and find creative ways we can make a real impact Oct. 25 through 27,” says Bre West, president. The organization’s 2020 partners include the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN), Emmaus House, the Boys and

Jack Sawyer of Cresset Asset Management and family friend Alex Mays at a 2019 Nsoro fundraiser.

Girls Clubs of America, the Latin American Association, the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Scottsdale Child Development and Family Resource Center.

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By necessity, the League has turned to virtual and outdoor options. “Members choose their projects. Some will do landscaping and gardening while others help clean up the playgrounds at the various centers,” West says. Those who feel nervous about hands-on activities can contribute virtually by reading to children online, providing computer assistance for nonprofits, creating a target list of underserved organizations for the Center for Puppetry Arts or collecting baby supplies for the Latin American Center and dropping them off at JLA’s offices.

Focus on a few

and 15 to 19. The group raised more than $1 million at their virtual fundraiser in September. Sawyer is also heavily involved in Nsoro, named after the Ghanan term nsoromma, meaning “children of the heavens.” It provides access to higher education and wrap-around services such as housing for 300 youth in 32 states who are aging out of the foster care system. “I’ll likely be involved with Nsoro forever,” Sawyer says. “Jack is a philanthropic pillar who anchors the value of a mission like no one else,” says Monica Pantoja, executive director of Nsoro. “He is a change agent and largely responsible for our growth.” l For more information, visit and

In 2019, the group received the YO (You’re Outstanding) Award from Page Turners Make Great Learners for its four-year commitment to sharing the importance of reading aloud at four local schools that impacted 1,200 students. They also provided 1,000 books for the students’ personal libraries. l For more information, visit

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PLAN YOUR TRIP Palmetto Bluff is just a fivehour drive from Atlanta. If you’d prefer to fly, Delta offers direct flights from Atlanta to Savannah that last well under an hour. The property is 25 miles east of the airport. Homes in Palmetto Bluff are available for both purchase and rental. See what’s available at Music To Your Mouth is on hiatus for this year, but the community boasts 10 spots to eat and drink, ranging from casual to fine dining.

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Jennifer Bradley Franklin

Palmetto Bluff’s stand-alone accommodations and wide-open spaces are right on time


his time last year I spent a golden afternoon aboard an antique yacht named Grace, tasting caviar and sipping Champagne as a cross-country friend and I caught up in person. In some ways, that idyllic day on the waterways around Palmetto Bluff feels like a lifetime ago. I’ve found myself having a strong reaction—not in a good way—to the term “the new normal.” Typically, when I hear it, it’s about the sentiment that “life as we knew it, pre-pandemic, is over.” I refuse to believe that, and fortunately, there are nearby places that allow you to get away, spread out and have some much-needed time with people you care about.

I visited last autumn for the Bluffton, South Carolina, property’s annual Music To Your Mouth, a multi-day festival focused on music and food. Because the event draws so much interest and guests attend from around the country, the 200-room Montage Palmetto Bluff was fully occupied. So a few friends and I took up residence for the long weekend in one of the well-appointed village homes. The five-bedroom cottage gave us the best of both worlds: the autonomy and privacy of a private home with the amenities of a boutique hotel (think daily housekeeping, turndown service and afternoon treats delivered by gracious staff). It

Wilson Village, the community's first "neighborhood," has the architectural charm of historic Southern waterfront towns.


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came complete with a backyard fire pit, front porch rocking chairs, an oversized screened back porch and a living room stocked with board games and cozy throw blankets around the fireplace. We were there to eat, which we did in grand style, with boozy tasting events, cooking classes and educational seminars with Southern food legends. But it’s impossible to spend any time at Palmetto Bluff and not be completely allured by its landscape of Spanish moss-draped trees and grounds that are just the right mix of manicured and wild. Though distancing wasn’t on my mind last November, it’s easy to get away from other people, thanks to a 20,000-acre campus that at 34 square miles, is 1.5 times the size of Manhattan. I borrowed a bike to explore, and though I pedaled my little heart out, I barely scratched the surface of the varied landscapes the Bluff has to offer. I wandered along the River Road Preserve, a 122-acre parcel of land along the May and Cooper rivers. Under a canopy of century-old live oaks and southern magnolias, it’s home to wood storks, snowy egrets, great blue herons, summer tanagers and painted buntings. I balanced out some time of

Guests can opt to cruise on the Grace, a restored 1913 60-foot antique motor yacht.

quiet reflection in one of the riverside chapels with a little retail therapy in the village. I could’ve also spent time riding horses, playing golf, shooting sporting clays or playing tennis, but I decided to save those activities for a future visit. We’ve all gotten better at leveraging technology to be present while physically distanced this year. However, in my view, there’s no substitute for spending time with those we care about in person. While I look forward to the next time I’ll travel with a group of loved ones, I treasure the memory of sitting on a dock with my friend drinking a glass of crisp white wine, catching up on life and work, while watching the setting sun dance on the river’s gently lapping waves. For now, knowing that destinations like Palmetto Bluff make responsible travel possible gives me hope, whatever “normal” looks like in the future. And that’s music to my ears. n

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IF YOU GO General Information

Where to Stay The Club Hotel & Spa The Atlantic Hotel

Places to Eat Aromas Restaurant The Bass and Lobster Longueville Manor

The Real Jersey Shore Remote beauty and history make this Channel island a must-see


y family has a thing for islands. Maybe it’s because two of us are Pisces; we are drawn to water, and whenever a trip puts us within range of an island, we want to visit. So despite having a terrific time touring France’s northwest regions, we jumped at the chance to take a quick trip to Jersey, the largest of the British Channel Islands. Getting there required serious orchestration: From Saint-Malo in Brittany, Condo Ferries chug across the bay on limited schedules, so travel dates and timing were critical. We planned a day-long excursion, requiring a roundtrip. Having to start the journey in the dark at 6 a.m. wasn’t ideal, but it provided an impressive sunrise on the water during the one hour and 20 minute crossing and plenty of time to explore. The ferries take both foot passengers and cars, so we boarded in our French rental. But we forgot that Jersey drivers hug the opposite side of the road. Maneuvering with left-sided steering was a bit daunting, but the island’s roads are

largely rural and easily traversed. The toughest part was navigating off the ferry and into the streets of Saint Helier, Jersey’s main city where 34% of the island’s roughly 100,000 inhabitants live. We also learned that the clocks there are an hour behind France, so despite having left at the crack of dawn, very little was moving in Saint Helier when we arrived. That allowed plenty of time to get out of the town and take in the breathtakingly stunning views from Jersey’s cliffs overlooking long stretches of white beaches, bays and the English Channel beyond. At just 5 miles long and 9 miles wide, it’s easy to take in the sights by car; other options include renting bikes, taking a bus, hiking or kayaking along a calm inlet. Along with natural attractions, Jersey has an abundance of history. Elizabeth Castle on the edge of St Aubin’s Bay has kept watch over the harbor

The Jersey War Tunnels, built by occupying German forces in WWII, are a top visitor attraction.


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Top: Elizabeth Castle has guarded the Jersey harbor for 400 years. Right: Classic British teas and full English breakfasts are served in quaint tea rooms around the island.

for 400 years and is only accessible by a quick boat ride or walk along the causeway at low tide. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh, the island’s governor from 1600 to 1603, it was a refuge for King Charles II during the English Civil War and was utilized during World War II to monitor sea traffic. In fact, Jersey’s WWII history is a main attraction. From July 1940 to May 1945, the Channel Islands were the only British territory occupied by German forces, stories of which have been recounted in books such as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and the BBC series Island at War. On Jersey, the Germans built bunkers deep inside a mountain 4 miles northwest of St. Helier, and when they fled in 1945, the artifacts left behind were kept in situ for today’s visitors to observe and learn from. Today, the Jersey War Tunnels,

about 165 feet underground, are a quarter mile of paved and dimly lit paths that lead past offices, an infirmary, sleeping quarters and communications centers, still outfitted with now-antique furnishings, phones and equipment. Other remnants of the occupation stand along the northwest coast, where German guns once dotted the hillsides. On the south coast, the photogenic La Corbière lighthouse was manned by troops for its strategic location atop a crag accessible only by a narrow path at low tide. In between historic sites, Jersey is dotted with picturesque villages and plenty of tea shops to keep travelers refreshed. In fact, anyone craving a “full English” breakfast of beans, rashers, eggs, tomatoes and toast, as well as scrumptious afternoon teas, will find another reason to make that crossing in the dark. n

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At Barnsley Gardens, a 3,000-acre resort at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the outdoors is the main attraction.


Outdoor Indulgence

On Nov. 25, the “Lighting of the Ruins” celebration flips the switch on the more than 1 million twinkling lights that bring Barnsley Gardens to life during the holiday season. From December through the winter months, guests can also book the “Warm & Cozy” package, which includes a Barnsley Resort's logo blanket. For more information on holiday events, such as ornament decorating and wreath crafting workshops, visit accommodations/ event-calendar.

A breath of fresh air for the whole family at Barnsley Gardens Resort STORY:


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he travel landscape has changed. While we all hope for a return to normalcy, we are discovering ways to satisfy our wanderlust in the current climate. Close-to-home destinations that make the most of the outdoors are at the top of the list. Just an hour north in Adairsville at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 3,000acre Barnsley Gardens Resort offers experiences centered on connecting with nature with enough pampering thrown in to ensure you aren’t really “roughing it”—an ideal combination for my family of four. Situated on the site of an 1840s Southern estate, the resort offers 150 total rooms arranged in an Englishstyle pedestrian village environment. Accommodations range from cottage rooms and suites with private porches to guestrooms housed in the three-story Inn at Barnsley Resort. The property also offers six Manor Cottages with four bedrooms, ideal for larger groups. We checked into our one-bedroom cottage suite and made ourselves at home amidst the cozy fireplace, hardwood floors and claw foot bathtub. It wasn’t long before we stepped out into the open air to explore, and


Get lost in the gardens of Woodlands, a 19th century manor, which recalls the beginnings of this historic estate.

the thoughtfully designed landscape beckoned us to get lost among the foliage. We strolled through the historic ruins of Woodlands, the 19th century estate Godfrey Barnsley built for his wife, Julia. Our kids shrieked with joy as they navigated the manicured maze of hedges and threw rocks into the ornate fountain. We continued on foot to Barnsley Farm, breathing in the sweet smell of the jasmine bushes on the way. At the barn, the kids took part in Animal Canvasing, using non-toxic paints to create a masterpiece on a miniature horse named Tucker. While at first I found the thought of painting an animal a bit odd, the horse didn’t seem to mind. We thanked Tucker for his patience and made our way through the barnyard, greeting the horses, goats, sheep and llama. My son also befriended two ducks at the catchand-release fishing pond. For another first, my husband and daughter tried their hands at archery lessons (a recently activity addition for ages 8 and up). They departed their lesson feeling like Robin Hood and Merida (from the animated movie Brave). Later that afternoon, we embarked on a longerthan-planned hike over picturesque bridges, catching sight of the 18-hole

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Fazio-designed golf course and having a close encounter with two deer that left our kids buzzing. After a busy day, we made our way back to the village center to unwind at the alfresco Beer Garden over refreshments and games of corn hole, accompanied with live music. It wasn’t long before my daughter made friends with some kids her age, and we chatted with the parents, promising to meet post-dinner for s’mores at one of the many fire pits. The promise was kept, and after Southern fare at the recently renovated Woodlands Grill, the kids roasted marshmallows and played hide-and-go-seek with their new friends until dark. It was hard to tear everyone away from the idyllic surroundings when it was time to head home. There was much we didn’t experience. My hus-

band is determined to come back for a round of golf, and I’d like to visit the spa. I’d also love to get everyone on horseback for a guided ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains. For the brave, ax throwing will be offered starting in November. The resort also has a 28-station sporting clays course, a 10-acre lake for canoeing and an 1,800-acre hunting preserve 5 miles beyond the gates. With all its offerings, Barnsley Gardens is the type of place you visit more than once, especially now that time spent outdoors reigns supreme. n BARNSLEY GARDENS RESORT 597 Barnsley Gardens Road Adairsville, Georgia 770.773.7480




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t was late 2017, and Joe Salome had worked tirelessly with his childhood friend to build Halcyon Organics, the South’s first medical cannabis company. Over five years, they turned the business into a nationally known brand that served thousands of customers and soared to more than $2 million in revenue. Yet the cofounders soon parted ways, and Salome was ready to chart his own path forward. He was dedicated not only to starting a new company that would offer high-quality hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) products, but also to continuing his efforts to change the perception of cannabis and work with the state legislature to promote the legalization of medical cannabis and CBD. Today, the long-time Buckhead resident is cofounder and managing partner of The Georgia Hemp Company, a retailer that offers a wide range of hemp and CBD lifestyle products, from edibles and skin care items to CBD for pets. He also is at the helm of Sympleaf Wellness, a burgeoning brand that produces and distributes natural CBD products, including oils, aromatherapy, creams and more. With one brick-andmortar store in Sandy Springs and more slated to open in the near future, as well as myriad products available online and in locations throughout Buckhead, Salome has become the area’s go-to authority for everything CBD.

How did you become involved with the CBD industry? I was familiar with the recreational use of weed, but I really dove down into the industry when my mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She’s a nurse, and she knew what to expect from the chemo option. So she researched to make sure that she would dose herself with cannabis correctly to recover from the chemo. My mom got through because of the cannabis. She was able to eat more and deal with the pain. I really got involved in the industry as I looked at what was happening with laws being changed out west. I wanted to help the patients of Georgia get the medicine they needed. That’s where it started.


CBD has come to the forefront in recent years. Why is it such a hot topic right now? We have a new generation of adults who are making up their own minds and seeing the good that CBD can do. It’s about wellness. CBD products have moved into the lifestyle realm [thanks to its supporting a healthy lifestyle that includes better sleep, anxiety, pain relief and more]. The industry is also moving forward as laws have changed. The 2018 Farm Bill allowed for the cultiva-

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tion of all parts of the cannabis plant, with a max 0.3% THC [the main mind-altering compound in cannabis]. Basically, the hemp plant is now legal. And last year, a law passed that gave farmers the first opportunity to start growing hemp to extract CBD. So CBD is on the market and out there for distribution. What are your goals for The Georgia Hemp Company? We source the best lifestyle products from the

best vendors. We do not have a medical cannabis license yet, but we have the resources we need when it’s time to move forward. We want people to see the good that this plant can do. We’re standing on the shoulders of the advocates who have been out there for 30 years. I want to do my part with the voice that I have. Someone has to not be scared to go out and talk about this in a professional way without the negative propaganda and show the impact this can have.

What is your favorite CBD product? The CBD gum is great. It’s easy to use if you’re not sure how to get started. It makes it simple to get a dose. It goes right into your pocket, and it’s an easy integration into your lifestyle. n

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Arte Italica Orabella 5-Piece Place Setting ($115) Dressing a holiday table is all about the detail, and one simple way to create an eye-catching update is to incorporate gold-tone flatware. There's just something so festive and special about setting a table with warm and lustrous gold instead of everyday stainless steel. It's certainly not only for the winter holidays, as gold is versatile enough to use all year for any dinner party. Fragile 6235 Roswell Road Atlanta 30328 404.257.1323

Moveable Feast The holidays are approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about how to decorate this year’s table. The ceremony of unpacking your favorite tried-and-true crystal and china is a cherished part of holiday tradition, and sometimes adding a few new pieces to your collection is just the thing to take your entertaining to the next level. Here are some fresh ideas in festive gold and metallic hues designed to wow this season. STORY:

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Godinger Red Bling Flute Glass ($50) Whether you’re a casual hostess or an all-out party planner, you can’t go wrong with a gold-and-red color combination during the holiday season. These striking flutes look regal on any table and are a pretty way to showcase that bottle of champagne you’ve been saving for a special occasion. The shine of the crystal ball at the base of the glass amplifies the merry feel to make your toast memorable. Macy’s 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.231.2800

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Incorporating simple, natural accents such as stone and gold into serveware adds an elegant touch and festive look. This two-piece, marble serving platter set has a raw gold foiled edge and is paired with a netted gold metal spreader. Serve everything from meat and cheese hors d’oeuvres to fruit and veggie snacks on this charming board that feels right EcoHome Atlanta at home on 2385 Peachtree Road any holiday Atlanta 30305 table. 404.948.2901

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Above and Left: Jessica Smith's daughter, Bailey, snuggles with her King Charles Spaniel, King, who was reunited with her family, thanks to his microchip.

Above: Bailey even threw her dog King a birthday party, complete with cake.

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hen Jessica Smith’s King Charles Spaniel went missing from her front porch nearly nine years ago, her family did what most would do for a lost pet: They posted fliers around the neighborhood. But when their dog, King, was never found, the family started to lose hope of ever seeing him again. “He would sit on the front porch while I took my kids to school, and one day he wasn’t there,” says Smith. Her daughter, Bailey, was devastated. In December 2019, eight years after disappearing, King was found by animal control wandering the streets in College Park. He had a microchip, and since Smith had been


updating the chip information with every move the family had made, they were reunited. “I got a text at work then a phone call saying they’d found the dog,” Smith recalls. “King was in horrible shape. He had cataracts, he’s hard of hearing now, and his skin was bad.” But Bailey, now nearly 15, remembered her dog right away and nursed him back to health. “She’s very patient with animals,” Smith says. “They sleep together. His skin is better. He can walk now.” Microchipping helps lost pets return home to their owners. “A lost pet is much more likely to make it home if they are microchipped,” says Karen Hirsch, public relations director for Atlanta-based LifeLine Animal Project that manages animal shelters in both

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DeKalb and Fulton counties. It also has the LifeLine Community Animal Center in Chamblee where a low-cost veterinary clinic is open to the public. “When a pet comes into our DeKalb or Fulton shelter, the first thing we do is scan them for a microchip. And if they have one, we call the owner right away and reunite them,” Hirsch says. All of LifeLine’s shelter pets receive a microchip before adoption to ensure that they can be found if lost. A LifeLine vet or tech can also implant a chip on a pet for $25, or pets can be microchipped at their local vet’s office. LifeLine vet Dr. Susan Brosman says sometimes the microchip can help reunite a pet, even when the information on the chip hasn’t been updated. “A woman found a cat

and thought it was feral, but it was declawed. The unfortunate part is the chip wasn’t updated. But we did find the owner. The owner had been moving from South Carolina to Tennessee and stopped to get gas, and the cat got out.” Another device that alerts owners when a pet is on the loose is a Bluetooth gadget such as Huan that’s attached to a pet’s collar. This lightweight, water-resistant tag works for both dogs and cats. It requires a subscription service with prices starting at $30 per year at Finding Rover is another way Atlanta’s lost pets can be reunited with their families. Its free website uses facial-recognition technology to scan pet photos and search for potential matches. Through a partnership, photos of all stray animals entering LifeLine’s shelters will be uploaded to Finding Rover’s website. When someone in Atlanta reports a lost pet on, the pet’s photo will be scanned against all stray pets at LifeLine’s shelters. The photo is also scanned against pets reported as found to the website and against stray pets at partner shelters within a 200-mile radius. For Smith, however, the microchip provided the miracle of returning King to his family. “This was totally amazing,” she says. “This happened just days before Christmas.” n

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Above: From left to right: Kristin Klingshirn, co-host of “The Bert Show” and Bert’s Big Adventure board member; Sam Van Winkle, Bert's Big Adventure 2020 child; and Bert Weiss, host of “The Bert Show” and founder of Bert's Big Adventure. Left: Horse leading is one of the many volunteer activities at Chastain Horse Park. Right: These purrfect volunteers show cats some love at Furkids.

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iving back to their communities educates children and teens on the value of helping others. It’s also a great way for them to learn about responsibility and gain new friends and even job skills while they’re at it. The following are ways kids can get involved with doing good this holiday season and beyond.


Meaningful gestures for the elderly are always in season. This year, sending handwritten and video messages to those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has had special significance, as many seniors are especially isolated due to COVID-19. Through the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s website, kids can easily upload a video message of support and love for those at their neighborhood facility. After uploading, all they need to do is share the video on their (or their parents’) Facebook or Twitter pages including #CareNotCOVID, @ahcancal and the name of a local facility in the post. From there, the organization will share the caring act with the nursing home to get it in front of its seniors.



There’s nothing sweeter than kids helping kids. Create a fundraiser for Buckheadbased Bert’s Big Adventure, which supports children with chronic or terminal illnesses and their families, through Kids Boost gives each pint-sized philanthropist $100 in start-up funding and a oneon-one coach to help kids ages 8 to 14 achieve their fundraising goals. Another idea: Ask Santa to shop your wish list through AmazonSmile and select Bert’s Big Adventure as the beneficiary. It will receive 0.5% of the cost of purchases at no cost to the buyer.


Each month, Chastain Horse Park has more than 1,200 volunteer slots to fill and always has a need for extra helping hands. This neighborhood horse stable provides therapeutic riding programs for atrisk youth and children and adults with a broad range of physical, developmental, cognitive and emotional disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and developmental delays. Volunteer kids must be 14 years or older and complete a two-hour orientation to participate

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in its program, but previous horse experience is not required. Duties may include providing direct support to participants; assisting with various chores in the barn; horse leading before, during and after classes and more.


If your family is all about the fur babies, volunteering with Furkids, Georgia’s largest cage-free, no-kill animal shelter, could be a great way for the kiddos to give back. Several youth opportunities are open to all ages, including becoming a team captain for fundraising or supply drives to raise money or goods for the shelter. Reading to cats is also a thing: It helps socialize shelter cats while encouraging the children’s reading skills. Around the holidays, ages 9 through 18 can help pet owners stage their dogs with Santa for a Christmas keepsake photo benefitting Furkids.


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from home who need to be near a children’s hospital, and kids can help by assembling much-needed “kits” at home, such as laundry kits filled with detergent, dryer sheets and stain remover pens or snack bags filled with juice boxes, water bottles, packaged sweet and salty snacks, and ramen noodles. Don’t forget to decorate the bags! Another offsite opportunity for kiddos—and a do-good for the environment while they’re at it—is collecting “pop tabs” (aluminum can tabs), donating them to a local recycling center and having the proceeds check made out to ARMHC.

SANTA’S HELPERS Make the holidays brighter for a child or family in need by hosting a toy drive or shopping for gifts for economically disadvantaged children. Two toy-donation organizations in Buckhead are Toys For Tots, which has collection locations around town, and The Salvation Army through its Angel Tree program at participating malls and sponsorship sites.,

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The Kolbers’ cheerful dining space is brightened up with a painting by Elaine Burge from Gregg Irby Gallery. Photo: Patrick Heagney

“The house feels more modern and updated. It was rewarding to start from scratch on a space to make it yours.” — Allison Kolber

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Above: Elegant, but not too fussy, the Kolbers’ dining room sums up the feel of their Collier Hills abode. Below: The Kolber crew on the steps of their customized Collier Hills home.

Into the Hills A fun-loving family tweaks a Collier Hills dwelling to fit their chic-casual vibe

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fter living in a two-bedroom bungalow for five years, Allison and Lee Kolber decided it was time for more space. They thought they’d move closer into town, but when they caught wind of a fourbedroom home about to hit the market in their Collier Hills neighborhood, they jumped at the chance to make the 3,200-square-foot residence their own.


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Like many of Collier Hills’ cottage and colonial-style abodes, the Kolbers’ 1940s residence had undergone various renovation phases. A second story and family room, added by a previous owner, provided lots of living space, something they would need as they grew to a family of five. The home also had some shortcomings. “We really wanted a nice kitchen and a great backyard, and this house had neither, but it just checked the box in so many other areas,” says Allison, senior vice president of audience activation at digital agency 360i. “At first, we lifted and shifted and lived with all of that until we ultimately decided to update it two years ago.” For the 2018 refresh, Allison wanted the help of an interior designer. Never having used one before, she relied on word-of-mouth and social media research to find a fit. An Insta-

gram feed showcasing easygoing West Coast style spoke to the Kolbers, and they partnered with Laura Torbert of Buckhead-based Laura Torbert Interiors. “I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on it,” Allison says. “We wanted something nicer but not luxurious.” In the dining room, this meant creating an upscale but inviting space for meals around the Four Hands metal-accented, wood table. Window treatments in “Piru Lapiz” fabric by John Robshaw and a painting by Elaine Burge from Gregg Irby Gallery dressed up the room. The artwork features a yellow dog, which reminded the Kolbers of their late pooch, Gus Burger, named after a hamburger at a diner at University of Virginia School of Law where Lee went to law school. Another dining room wall showcases the heart of the home with framed black-and-white photos of their kids—Drew, Evan and Emily—and extended family. The

Right: A wooden storage coffee table by Four Hands anchors the Kolbers’ family room, which is filled with books for all ages. Below: In the timeless white kitchen, animal print window treatments, Thomas O’Brien pendants and Oslo Counter Stools from Bungalow 5 infuse warmth and color.

“We tried to stick with some things that feel from the age of the home but also make it a little more funky and relaxed.” –Allison Kolber

people don’t feel compelled to clean up.” The laundry room, attached to the kitchen behind a pocket door, was revamped with built-ins, a new sink and beadboard on the walls. On the kitchen’s other side, the expansive family room is where the Kolbers entertain—often. The room has a built-in bar with a wine fridge and a casual dining area furnished in a custom bench by Century Upholstery in Chamblee, 1970s Marcel Breuer Cesca-style rattan chairs and a tulip table purchased on Amazon. “One of my favorite spaces is my eat-in dining area. It’s a fun place to have people over. Five kids can sit on that bench, and sometimes when we have families over, we’ll put on a movie for the kids, and the adults will sit here and drink wine,” says Allison. This inviting space overlooks the light and airy living room where a custom gray s

design creates a relaxed, bohemian-meetstraditional vibe. “We tried to stick with some things that feel from the age of the home but also make it a little more funky and relaxed than what is common in these neighborhoods,” Allison says. In the kitchen, the Kolbers kept the original footprint but refaced the cabinets, replacing the light maple finish with white. To create more storage, they closed in several bookcases. They chose an eye-catching quartzite for the countertops, antiqued white subway tile for the backsplash and gold hardware. “I really wanted white because I felt like it was the thing I’d be happiest with for the longest and not change my mind about,” Allison says. “I like that it isn’t an open kitchen because when I have a party the mess is segregated from where everyone is, and

Below the Hermosa Pendant from Serena & Lily, the casual dining area is the perfect spot for kids and adults to gather around.

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Above: With its neutral palate and natural light, the master bedroom is a place of serenity for Lee and Allison after a busy day.

sectional by Charles Stewart, brown leather ottomans by CB2 and a window seat create the ideal locale to read one of the many books displayed on the built-in shelves. “Lee’s an avid reader and has the books organized between one half that he’s read and the other half that is ‘to-read’ and grouped into topic areas,” Allison says. His love of books also inspired a wall gallery in the upstairs master bedroom where the framed covers of his six favorite books hang. The couple’s retreat also features a Restoration Hardware bed, Worlds Away Alden nightstands, West Elm bench and reading chairs they brought from their previous home. “The master bedroom is an awesome space; it’s light and bright, and the sheers we added behind the new drapes allow filtered light in while ensuring we still have some privacy,” Allison says. “Because we have spacious closets, we don’t need any clothes storage in the bedroom. This keeps it clean and tidy. It’s a great respite at the end of the day.” The Kolbers finished the renovation in time for the arrival of their third child, Emily, in June 2018. They have since taken a break from large home projects, but would like to, at some point, update their master bathroom and redo the backyard. “We are so happy with the changes we made. The house feels more modern and updated. It was rewarding to start from scratch on a space to make it yours,” Allison says. n


ALLISON KOLBER’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER FOR THE FIRST TIME 1. Look for a personality fit. “The designer’s ability to flex to your design wants and needs is important, but it’s also good to like the person because you will be emailing, talking and meeting a lot.” 2. Use technology. “Laura and I kept a Google sheet so we could track where we were in the process for all the items, as well as with our budget. This helped me feel a lot more in control and keep track of what was left to do.”

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3. Shop around. “I was shocked about the variance in prices among not just stores, but individual vendors.” 4. Be patient. “I was also shocked about how long it can take for custom items to come in, so plan ahead and be prepared to wait for some of those unique pieces you want to add.” 5. Know that it won’t stay Instagram perfect for long. “The kids will write on it; someone will spill wine. Ultimately, it’s still perfect because it’s yours.”

Above: Emily’s first floor nursery is done in pinks, whites and grays. Left: Loving their intown location, the Kolbers jumped at the chance to purchase their second Collier Hills home.

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mporting authentic hand-knotted rugs from Turkey, Oushak Chic is the creation of three Georgia friends and UGA graduates. The partners—now living in Nashville, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; and Atlanta—launched the business in 2018 and haven’t looked back. One of the founders is Buckhead resident

Chrissie Henritze who left her career in residential landscape design for this more flexible venture that allows her to spend more time with her three children. Here, Henritze shares more about the burgeoning business. How did launching Oushak Chic transpire?

Oushak Chic came about two summers ago on a beach trip with my childhood friend, Lane [the Nashville partner]. I was discussing my desire for a flexible job that I could do while my kids were at school but still be an available mom when they got home. She told me about her friend, Lindsey [the Mobile partner], who had recently mentioned the idea of importing rugs and reselling them. I was in from the moment she mentioned it. Where are the rugs sold?

Our initial plan was to hold trunk shows at peoples’ homes in different cities to showcase our rugs and let people purchase them there or put in special requests (i.e. colors, size and style) for us to find for them. Due to COVID-19, our trunk shows are halted, but you can purchase or make special requests on Instagram. We have a website, although many rugs do not ever make it to the site as they are often sold on Instagram before we get the chance. We also work with several designers to source rugs for specific projects. What are your future plans for expansion?

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We would like to have more trunk shows in more cities. We would also love to have our small mat-size rugs in boutique design stores all over the county to introduce people to our products. What are some of your most popular rugs? Lindsey Beville, Chrissie Henritze and Lane Beatty, founders of Oushak Chic.

DESIGN NEWS n Congratulations to the winners of ADAC’s 2020 Southeast Designers and Architect of the Year Awards: Melanie Turner Interiors (Atlanta), residential design; Blackberry Farm Design (Walland, Tennessee), contract design; Summerour Architects (Atlanta), architecture. The winners, announced virtually Sept. 24, were selected from 18 finalists


within the Southeast who were hand-selected by a panel of three judges including Veranda Editor in Chief Steele Marcoux, designer Alessandra Branca and architect Andrew Oyen. n For a little help this season, call on The Tradition Co. to deliver, set up, take down and recycle your Christmas tree. Select your Fraser fir online and the Jackson

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County, North Carolinabased company sends a masked team of two to do all the heavy lifting. For more information, visit traditioncompany. com/holidays-christmasservices-atlanta

n Award-winning Peachtree Hills-based designer Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors has launched a new collection with luxury lighting, furniture and decorative accessories brand Arteri-

Mats are always a top seller for us because they are so versatile and can be used in so many different places like inside a door, under a

ors. The 34-piece collection, which includes an assortment of lighting, accessories and accent furniture, is said to add a “feminine perspective” to the greater Arteriors line with its texture, serene tones and versatility. Webb’s first home collection is available at

The Marsh Bench/Cocktail Table by Beth Webb is available for $2,600.



Mother of pearl adds extra dazzle to any interior decor, and this Alanna accent table is no exception. Designed with convex dimensions and a kaleidoscopic pattern, it features ivory and brown mother of pearl pieces applied by hand to the table surface. A little bit modern with an artisan feel, the handmade piece is available to order for $374 at Ethan Allen in Buckhead. Ethan Allen, Buckhead Design Center 3535 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326

sink, in a powder room or by a shower or bathtub. They are a fun way to add pops of color or add character with the unique designs of the neutral styles. What’s the price point of the rugs?

Because we import directly from Turkey and cut out the middleman, we are able to keep our prices very low in comparison to most other retailers of hand-knotted rugs. Ours typically vary from $150 to $1,500. n

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July of 2018 at America’s Mart on the High Design floor. How many designs did you start with? We launched with 14. We now have 51, and next year we will debut 20 more. We have one full-time designer, Sarah Watson, who lives in Fairhope, Alabama and is a SCAD graduate. We also have guest artists who design for us. Instead of paying our guest artists, we ask them to select a charity to receive 10% of the profits for their stocking sales. For example, designer Holly Hollon’s charity, The Well House in Birmingham, Alabama, will receive more than $5,000 this year from the sale of her Beverly Hills Nutcracker stocking. Beyond the international connection with Haiti, you live and are headquartered in Buckhead. Tell us more about your local connections. Lucy’s Market puts our stockings right at check-out. Chaffee Heilman, owner of Baby Braithwaite, is a huge believer in and supporter of Bauble Stockings. Our graphic designer is a Westminster alumni. There are so many connections!

Bauble Stockings’ Haitibased partner, Good Threads Needlepoint, is a Certified B Corporation. The business is independently vetted to confirm it is working in a socially responsible, sustainable way.

A Stitch in Time Kate Stewart’s family tradition becomes her flourishing decor company


uckhead resident Kate Stewart grew up watching her mom receive the final gift under the tree on Christmas morning. Each year, the family placed a gift, often a piece of jewelry, in her mother’s petite, needlepoint stocking, dubbed her “bauble stocking.” Stewart came to understand that inside the small, silk-threaded ornament, the best gift of the morning would be found. Fast forward to Stewart’s adulthood. After stumping her husband on their first married Christmas by asking, “Where’s my bauble stocking?” she


realized this tradition was unique to her family, and she wanted to share it. Today, Stewart is the visionary behind Bauble Stockings, a needlepoint stocking business that gives back. Each $85, 6-by-4.25-inch velvet-backed stocking is hand-stitched by one of 107 women in Haiti who, because of the company, have full-time jobs. With a passion for tradition and a heart for charity, Stewart helms a holiday company that brings joy year-round. How did you connect with the women in Haiti?

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After a failed attempt to work with a factory in China, I was about to give up my search for making this passion project happen. My husband suggested I Google “needlepoint belts” one more time. Sure enough, Good Threads Needlepoint in Haiti showed up right there on the page. I emailed and within 15 minutes heard back from them saying they needed the work. I jumped on a plane with my photographer and a videographer to meet the women, see their working conditions and ask about their experiences. Confident in moving our production to Haiti, we launched in

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Azalea Earrings ($48) These chic earrings are the brand’s take on the azalea, a native Southern flower. The jet-black petals surround a cubic zirconia set in an 18-karat gold-plated center for a look that works as easily for a day at the office or a night out.

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arrie Scharbo is no stranger to starting a successful business. She and her husband, Mark, along with another couple, founded the now-ubiquitous mobile tech accessories company CaseMate in 2005. Prior to that initial entrepreneurial endeavor, she spent more than a decade as a journalist, reporting the news on television in markets including Phoenix, Miami and Atlanta. Scharbo took a step back in 2011 to raise her children, and, when they began competing in children’s equestrian events around the country, she saw a void in the sport’s adjacent fashion market. She launched equestrian-inspired accessories brand William Grace (a combination of Scharbo’s son and daughter’s middle names) in 2019 with a signature clutch. “Equestrian sports draw people from all over the globe, from every background and ethnicity. There’s a little bit of everything at the horse shows,” Scharbo says, adding that the


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events are accompanied by myriad vendor booths selling everything from boots to apparel to equinethemed jewelry, often at high prices. She initially planned to offer children’s clothes through William Grace but instead decided to start with the leather accessories she knew so well. “At Case-Mate, we were designing and manufacturing leather goods for the iPod Nano and eventually the iPhone, which led me to launch our Essential Clutch. It helped me get back in touch with manufacturers and people I could trust to bring quality products to the market,” she says. The company found success out of the gate, garnering a loyal customer base, both online and in brick-and-mortar stores. “I thought we would be kind of exclusive in the equestrian space, but as luck would have it, we were ultimately picked up in a few fine boutiques in the Southeast, which was wonderful and surprising to me,” Scharbo says. One of the early boutiques to catch the

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This roomy handbag, which can be custom monogrammed, dispels any misconceptions that a clutch has to be limiting. Made with Nappa leather in a rich pebble texture, it measures 12.5-by6.6 inches to carry essentials, either as a stylish standalone bag or tucked into a larger tote. The elegant exterior, available in black, navy, gold, orange and red, conceals a functional interior with several compartments and an included gold pen. A portion of the proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry, a national organization committed to ending childhood hunger, a cause Scharbo’s family is passionate about.

vision for William Grace was Poppy’s of Atlanta, located in Buckhead. When the pandemic hit earlier this year, like many business owners, Scharbo was motivated to pivot and create masks. Using longterm manufacturing relationships, the company developed a line of antimicrobial, antiviral masks made with silver ion technology that holds up even through multiple cycles in the washing machine. Major companies including Atlanta-based CNN took note. The media giant ordered William Grace masks for its entire workforce worldwide— approximately 3,000 people. Now that the company has been up and running for more than a year and a half, Scharbo continues to expand the brand’s product offerings, which currently include cashmere scarves and jewelry. She has plans to add apparel with an eye toward creating items that appeal to both equestrianlovers and anyone who appreciates affordable, functional fashion. n

Cashmere Scarf ($165) Launching this fall, these 100% organic Mongolian cashmere scarves are the brand’s first foray into the catagory. The ultra-soft wraps are a generous 64-by11.8 inches with a 3-inch fringe and are available in three plaid colorways: redblue, gray-blue and cream-blue. They’re just in time for chilly temperatures. DETAILS William Grace Poppy’s of Atlanta 56 East Andrews Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.237.7015

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Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum ($62) Combat UV rays, pollution and blue light, and score smoother, brighter skin while you sleep with this serum. Made with 10% lactic acid for gentle exfoliating and weightlessly hydrating squalane, it promises a more radiant complexion.

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ooler weather comes with some terrific perks—spiced cider, cozy sweaters and firepits among them—but it can also be the harbinger of dry skin. Here, we check in with Dr. Jamie Weisman of Medical Dermatology Specialists near Northside Hospital for her expert insights about keeping skin healthy and hydrated.

Know your normal. Seasonal allergies and increased exposure to drying artificial indoor heat can trigger skin inflammation and dryness. “[It’s always a good idea to] be aware of what is normal for you,” Weisman says, adding that the knowledge can help you know “what might be more than just dry skin.” If your mild dryness doesn’t respond to over-the-counter remedies, that’s a good indication that you could benefit from a consultation with a dermatologist. Other things to look out for? “If there’s pain, pimples or erosion [of the skin], there’s something more going on,”


Weisman says. Remember: You can’t moisturize inflammation away. If any of these factors apply, see your doc.

Keep it simple. You likely don’t need to overhaul your entire skincare routine every time the seasons change. Instead, you might need to make slight adjustments to your core products. A person with oily skin might want to use a glycolic or salicylic acid-based wash to address the shine during warmer months but might switch to a gentler cleanser when the weather turns chilly. Weisman is a believer in keeping routines manageable. “For basic skincare, nobody needs a seven-step process,” she says. “Sometimes you end up treating your treatments.” For example, if you find that your ultrathick skin balm is causing breakouts that have to be treated with anti-acne gel, it could be time to scale back. You might also adjust the frequency with which you use certain products. “There’s no law that you have to use the same products every

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day,” Weisman explains. Someone with combination skin might only use an anti-aging product (which can be drying) a couple of times per week during the winter. Experiment to find what works for you.

Strike the balance. “It’s about listening to your skin. You don’t want to over hydrate. If your skin isn’t tight or flaking, you don’t necessarily have to moisturize morning and night,” Weisman says, adding that most cosmeceutical products have some level of hydration built in. For instance, if you’re using sun protection in the morning, you might switch to a more moisturizing sunscreen so you don’t need to layer up with an additional moisturizer. Too much of a good thing is a possibility. How will you know if you’re overdoing it in the moisturizer department? “Your skin should be able to absorb the products,” Weisman says. If, after applying a moisturizer, it feels like a film or pills when you run your hand over your skin, it’s time to pare back. n

Hum Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow Gummies ($25) Packed with vitamins E and C and low-molecular hyaluronic acid for easy absorption, these orangeflavored vegan gummies are designed to lock in moisture and keep skin plump and glowing. Nordstrom,

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With so much more collective time spent at home this year, many are looking for healthier home solutions. From higherquality drinking water in the kitchen to purifying the air in your office, these leading-edge products provide a better home environment all around.

AIR REPAIR Molekule Air Purifier ($800 for Air, $500 for Air Mini) Whether you suffer from environmental allergies or are generally concerned about air quality, this cutting-edge air purifier could be the answer. Two sizes can cleanse the air in a 600-square-foot and a 250-square-foot room, respectively. The device sucks in the room’s air and uses two filters. The first captures larger particles such as dust and pet hair, and the second breaks down bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds, allergens, mold and other pollutants at a molecular level. More to love: It comes with six months of filters and is energy efficient, so you can run it 24/7. Control it on the go via the mobile app. Best Buy,


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GERM ZAPPER 59S Sterilizer Wand X5 ($110) No Clorox? No problem. This portable, compact UV-C light wand kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria and other contaminants using tiny LED bulbs. Just hold it an inch away for 10 to 20 seconds to sterilize smooth surfaces such as countertops, door handles and cell phones. The rechargeable light comes with protective goggles to keep your peepers safe, an automatic shutoff and a child-safety lock so little ones can’t use it on themselves (though you might want to use it on their toys!). Staples,

CLEANER SIPS 30-Cup Ready Pour Dispenser ($40) A fridge water filter can only do so much. Most use a carbon filter designed to remove lead, chlorine and volatile organic compounds, which leaves a plethora of other possible contaminants in your drinking water. Enter ZeroWater pitchers and dispensers to the rescue for better quality and tasting water. The pour-through system uses a fivestage filtration to remove virtually all dissolved solids and contaminants such as asbestos, plastics, pesticides, estrogen and mercury. The products even come with a water tester you can use anywhere to check out the level of impurities in the water at work, home or your next vacation rental. Bed Bath & Beyond

Houseplants are the original air purifiers. They can remove a host of toxins, such as formaldehyde gas emitted by furniture, from the air. “Houseplants release oxygen and boost humidity levels in the home for an overall healthier environment,” says Kara Ziegler, a horticulturist at Pike Nurseries. Here are a few unfussy, pet-safe plants that she recommends adding to your spaces: 1. Succulents and sedums such as burro’s tail, echeveria, haworthia and sempervivums have fleshy leaves and thick stems that allow them to hoard water to survive, making them a low-maintenance choice. NEED: Bright light, infrequent watering, welldraining cactus mix 2. Ferns such as bird’s nest, Boston, maidenhair and staghorn are classics offering soft, gorgeous foliage that flourishes indoors. NEED: Medium light, consistent watering 3. Calathea (above) is loved for its easy going nature and striking variegated foliage with splashes of pink, white and light green, plus dark purple undersides for added interest. NEED: Low to medium light, weekly watering Pike Nurseries

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ith a dedicated wardrobe for the office, the links, the lake, the lodge and lounging around the house, TJ Callaway is living proof that clothes make the man. As the founding CEO of Onward Reserve, he also happens to be the man who makes the clothes. The 35-year-old Buckhead entrepreneur launched his specialty men’s apparel brand online in 2012. Today, he runs 13 retail locations around the Southeast, along with a booming e-commerce business and wholesale orders. Championing quality craftsmanship, classic styling and field-tested functionality, Onward Reserve carries a signature line of performance polos, pants and button-downs; heavyweights such as Barbour, Yeti and Filson; and a curated selection of accessories ranging from belts and bow ties to wallets and watches. “I think about what I would want to wear in my everyday life—working, hunting, golfing and hanging out with


my family and friends,” Callaway says of the lifestyle-inspired attire. “We want to help you look tailored while staying comfortable with versatile pieces that you’ll wear over and over again.” The latest line trumpets the brand’s hometown of Atlanta. Catalog photography shot this spring included stops at the Swan House, Bobby Jones Golf Course, Bones steak house and the BeltLine, with a nod to iconic names such as Habersham, Irby and Mitchell in the design labeling. A former investment banker who “never dreamed in a million years” he’d be in the apparel industry, Callaway is hands on in every aspect of the business. What sparked Onward Reserve and the motto “Live Authentically”? The idea actually came to me when I was on a hunting trip in Onward, Mississippi, in my mid-20s. Over 100 years prior, President Theodore Roosevelt also visited Onward for a famous bear hunt, during which he refused to shoot a captive bear—not wanting to have an “inauthentic” hunting experience. Since the idea for Onward Reserve was conceived on that same land, I felt it only fitting that our brand share a name

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with the famous site, and our logo with the infamous bear, as the story mirrors our desire to “live authentically.” The face of retail has changed dramatically in the past decade. What keeps your business up and running? Many people don’t know this, but we actually started online almost 10 years ago. We were one of the first independent menswear stores to launch a truly world-class e-commerce platform, so being ahead of that has been helpful. We love having both an online and brick-and-mortar presence, which enables us to serve customers nationwide while reaching even more people locally with unique, authentic, in-store experiences; you can go in and see the merchandise, touch it, try it on, all in a visually appealing environment. With college enrollment declining, how important was your BBA degree from UGA in the scheme of things? Attending UGA has had a huge impact on my career. At the Terry College of Business, I was fortunate to participate in a leadership program that gave me access to great mentors and the ability to study other great businesses. Not directly related to the degree, but

Athens has been a huge part of the success of the business. The first Onward Reserve store was in downtown Athens, and it continues to drive a ton of business for us today. What’s next on the horizon? We’re continually developing the product line to always offer staples that people love, like performance polos, but also to add new items that they won’t be able to find anywhere else, like this season’s Reserve Label Cashmere Waffle Knit Crew Neck or Crosby Quilted Coat. What recreational pursuits do you enjoy during your downtime? I’m a big golfer—although not nearly as good as I’d like to be! I grew up in Thomasville, Georgia, so quail hunting is also a passion of mine. I’m also a dad to two beautiful toddler-age girls, so I spend most of my free time with them and my wife, Catherine. n ONWARD RESERVE Buckhead 3072 Early St. N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.814.8997 Peachtree Battle 2333 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.390.3887





Linda Burns teaches silver screen hopefuls the intricacies of the film industry.


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hen people want to break into television or film in Atlanta, they take a class with Linda Burns. The 25-year industry veteran has worked in almost every job in the trade, including director, writer, production manager and, most frequently, producer. She teaches classes at the Atlanta Film Society, where she has held a board position since 2004, and runs the Buckhead-

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based PA Academy, where she teaches silver-screen newcomers how to become production assistants. Burns took over PA Academy in 2010, a year after its launch, after a speaking opportunity led her to its stage. “I realized, wow, this is a really smart idea,” says Burns, who has since expanded the academy’s offerings. During the school’s signature twoday course, students get a taste for the grueling day-to-day activities of

a production assistant on a film set. Jobs might include assembling popup tents, signing in walkie talkies or setting up tables and chairs for lunch, all while standing on their feet for 12-hour days without the comfort of air-conditioning or heat. “As a PA, you’re standing outside. The air-conditioning is for the actors so they don’t get sweaty, but you’re on your feet. You’re sweating; you’re in dirty, harsh conditions. We want to prepare folks to really succeed in the industry by showing them what it’s really like,” Burns says. “We need folks who love making movies because that’s the only way you can make it in this profession.” In addition to the on-set simulations, Burns arranges for industry speakers to discuss the variety of film-industry jobs. “We constantly need good people in the pipeline, so we will always continue to seek out and train great people,” Burns says. “We really started this workshop so Hollywood wouldn’t import PAs from LA. We wanted to create a solid crew base here because PAs move not just into assistant director work but into all the crafts on a film set.” As of today, more than 2,000 people have been trained at the PA Academy. When not teaching, Burns works on independent films and commercials. Her portfolio includes producing commercials for CNN, Dodge and Subaru. She is working on two projects inspired by Alligator Point, Florida, where she and her husband have a home. One is a documentary in production called Faces of the Forgotten Coast about the local fishing culture and heritage, and the other is a TV drama still in the writing phase. Burns also teaches a variety of film-related classes and workshops at the Atlanta Film Society and area colleges and high schools, including Georgia State University and The Lovett School. Teaching the next group of industry success stories has become Burns’ passion. “I feel like it’s my legacy and contribution to the industry that has given me so much joy over the years,” she says. n


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Magic Carpet Textile artist Trish Andersen creates colorful large-scale pieces


arpet is in Trish Andersen’s blood. “Growing up in Dalton [the “carpet capital of the world”], your whole world is surrounded by carpet in some way. If your family’s not working in carpet, they’re working in something that has to do with carpet,” she says. Her grandfather sold Latex, a product used to seal carpeting, and that brought him to Dalton


where he opened the Andersen Company, which Trish’s father later ran with his brothers. “Of course, I was one of these kids that if my mom and dad wanted me to do something, I was going to do the exact opposite,” she says. “I was not going to have anything to do with carpet at all.” Fate, however, had other plans. After graduating from SCAD Savannah

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in 2005 with a BFA in fibers, Andersen moved to New York to create window displays for Anthropologie on Fifth Avenue. “That experience really taught me to think and work big, and to work quickly. Because I worked with a ton of different fibers and textiles, I became interested in all kinds of different materials,” she says. Soon enough, customers were asking Andersen to recreate her displays in their homes or for their events. She left Anthropologie, partnered with another SCAD grad and opened Domestic Construction, a design and

display company. Eight years later, Andersen found herself back in the world of fine art. “I wanted something that was slow and could last that wasn’t going to get thrown away at the end of the night,” she says. Fast-forward to 2016 when a friend sent Andersen a viral video of women hand-tufting rugs. “They were using a tool that I had never seen before, even growing up in the world of carpet. It’s called a single needle tufting gun. They weren’t even sold in the U.S. at the time,” she says. Andersen got her hands on one from China, along with the materials to get started. “I cried the first stitch I did. I just love it so much.” Now back in Savannah with her fiancé, Andersen is a full-time textile artist, creating large-scale fiber art using various tufting guns. “I describe it as I would drawing or painting. I load the gun up with whatever color I’m using, and then I apply it to my piece.” Working one color at a time, Andersen builds kaleidoscopic pieces that range from geometric abstracts to cityscapes. “I have several guns that all do different things. One has a multi-function, so it can do cut pile and loop pile.” Like her carpet-working ancestors, Andersen uses various carpet techniques to give her work texture and dimension. “I can control the depth of how deep the pile is. I can make really long shag, or I can make short Berber. Each piece has a sculptural element as well.” Even more challenging: All of this is done from the back of the piece. Andersen, like traditional tufters, works back to front. Andersen’s pieces, which can be as large as 6.5-by-24 feet, can take several days to complete. “The finishing and the prepping take as long as the tufting does,” she explains. As a result of the time and the scale, she is often working on one piece at a time. Her works are represented at Buckhead’s Spalding Nix Fine Art. Anderson is also focused on her recently launched rug and mat line that is available to purchase from her website. The first collection features three mats that are digitally printed with her textile and tufting work in three different designs and five colorways. Her more traditional-style rugs will launch in 2021. n SPALDING NIX FINE ART 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E., Suite 30-A Atlanta 30305 404.841.7777

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ou may know someone like Dorothy Jordan. She’s one of those people who always has a story to tell. The Peachtree Hills resident never shrinks from sharing them, either. Her endless supply of uplifting tales comes from her association with Camp Sunshine, the nonprofit she founded to support children with cancer. An associate clinical professor in Emory’s nursing school, Jordan has spent most of her career working with children suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. “But I saw a gap in the care these children and families needed,” she says. “Either they were in the hospital or being seen in a clinic, but often they were isolated at home and feeling like they were alone.” Part of Jordan’s graduate research took her to a camp for kids with cystic fibrosis where she saw a dramatic shift in patients she’d met only in the clinical setting. Suddenly, teens went from being defined by a diagnosis to just being kids: “goofing off, hanging out


and doing regular adolescent stuff. I knew that was what we needed to do to give children with cancer a normal childhood experience and to give families a chance to focus on each other and other siblings while we took great care of the patients,” she says. In 1982, Jordan raised the money to launch the two-week summer camp with 40 kids. Since then, the programming has expanded with ongoing events throughout the year that draw patients of all ages and their families to the Camp Sunshine House in Decatur for spa nights, dinners, games and festivals. “It’s become so much more than a program; it’s a community,” she says. And it’s the source of so many stories. During a 2018 event at The Carter Center, where the conversation revolved around books and publishing, Jordan was again inspired, this time to put the stories in writing. “I can tell story after story, but what’s important is to have them in the campers’ voices,” she says. To achieve that, she took a writing

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workshop at Emory, devised a plan, got feedback and started doing interviews one-on-one. The result: It’s Like Heaven, a collection of experiences centered around the camp. Some stories belong to campers; others are from community members who supported them. The foreword was penned by UGA Head Coach Kirby Smart and his brother, Karl, a former camper. “Each of the 14 chapters is told in the first person and through the eyes of someone who was an integral part of the journey,” says Jordan. “Most of the stories are from adults who went to the camp years ago, and some are young adults who had a childhood cancer and who came back as pediatricians or oncology nurses. It’s amazing to see how the camp has inspired them to give back.” Jordan hopes readers will get a sense of the powerful connection that happens through the camp. “It’s

so hard to describe, but the best way to explain it was through these campers’ life-changing stories,“ she says. “They’re uplifting—something we need right now when we’re quarantined and in this national climate of injustice and derisiveness.” The work took on a special significance when Jordan herself was diagnosed with cancer last year. After radiation treatments and surgery, her health has been 90% restored. “That gave me another reason to want to share the joy of these stories and empower people to connect to those they want to be with,” she says. n

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Pretty Purchases Buckhead’s top stops and shops for beauty


n the market for new beauty products? Whether you’re restocking your makeup supply or stuffing loved ones’ stockings with skin care must-haves, we’re lucky that Buckhead is home to several retailers with options for everyone. Here, experts at four of our faves offer advice on buying beauty and what’s hottest on their shelves this season. AILLEA


beauty brands such as Vintner’s Daughter, Ilia, Maya Chia, Alpyn Beauty and Josh Rosebrook. SHOPPING TIP: “The best way to shop for clean beauty is with brands or retailers that you really like and trust,” says Kathryn Dickinson, founder of Aillea. “It took me years of research to be able to scan a label and know if it’s clean, and I still need to research ingredients at times. The best way to transition to clean beauty is, as you run out of a product, simply replace it with something clean.” HOT PRODUCT: Alpyn Beauty’s Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel ($56) is a five-minute peel that uses eight natural acids to exfoliate dull, dry skin. Antioxidant-packed wild huckleberry and skin-refining wild white willow bark (nature’s salicylic acid) help brighten your visage.

SPA SYDELL INTEGRATIVE AESTHETICS GO HERE FOR: Spa beauty brands such as Neocutis, Revision Skincare and Omni Bioceutical Innovations, as well as the spa’s eponymous line, Sydell Skincare. SHOPPING TIP: “Products sold in a spa use superior ingredients with fewer fillers but are also more specialized,” says Nazar Agan, lead aesthetician at Spa Sydell Integrative Aesthetics. “When shopping for them, it is important to know what type of skin and what kind of concerns you have. Most of the time, people target texture, pigment or aging. A quick visit to a licensed aesthetician can inform you of your skin type, give you advice about troubled spots and apprise you of techniques and steps to keep you looking your best.”


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BLUEMERCURY GO HERE FOR: Mainstream and boutique beauty brands such as M-61 Powerful Skincare, Lune+Aster, Biophile, Trish McEvoy and Oribe. SHOPPING TIP: “The best way to shop beauty for your loved ones and friends is to consider their lifestyle,” says Joseph Dugar, store manager at Bluemercury Buckhead. “For instance, looking for a gift for a mom of three with her kids all at home virtually learning? I would recommend a gift that provides all the essentials they need to pamper themselves in a short amount of time.”

HOT PRODUCT: Lune+Aster Revive in Five! 5 Minute Rescue Mask Assortment ($32) is a limited-edition sheet mask set that includes five masks, each targeting a different skin care need: hydrate, soothe, detox, firm and nourish. This weekly self-care quickie is a great treat for you or gift for them.


Skincare Rose Crystal Exfoliating System ($60) combines two products that work in sync to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin with plant extracts, fine sugar and rose kaolin clay. Mix the Rose Crystal Exfoliating Powder together with the Rosewater and White Tea Gel Cleanser for a refreshing face scrub.

WOO SKINCARE + COSMETICS GO HERE FOR: Luxe beauty brands such as Westman Atelier, Dior, Chantecaille, Tata Harper and SkinCeuticals. SHOPPING TIP: “Personally, I believe in the ‘try before you buy’ method, if at all possible. It’s really the only way to see how a product is going to react on your skin, day and night during active and inactive

times,” says Linda Silber, co-owner and manager of Woo Skincare + Cosmetics. “There are many great products that will work really well on your skin and not so well on mine. Find someone you trust with your skin and let them guide you.” HOT PRODUCT: The Dior Sparkling Couture Multiuse Palette ($89) combines six eyeshadows, three blushes and four lip lacquers in one handy little case. Amp up the holiday glam with its metallic eyeshadows and bold lip colors or play with its pretty neutrals for a more natural look. n

Aillea 3796 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342 470.427.3992 Bluemercury 37 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.467.9100 Spa Sydell Integrative Aesthetics 3005 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite E Atlanta 30305 404.255.7727 Woo Skincare + Cosmetics 3509 Northside Parkway N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.869.0300

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Dressing Up Local shopping destinations for apparel and accessories STORY:

Karina Antenucci


tellar shopping exists just about everywhere in Buckhead. Malls such as Lenox Square, which celebrated its 61st birthday this year, and swanky Phipps Plaza, 10 years its junior, put Buckhead on the retail map. These retail meccas created a solid foundation from which several other shopping districts have sprouted. Now the area is packed with destinations for apparel and accessories.


Above: Legacy boutique Poppy’s of Atlanta in Andrews Square celebrated four decades of dressing women this year.

Below: Big Peach Running Co. is a staple for athletic apparel in Town Brookhaven.

Next door to Lenox Square, this shopping strip has a lot to offer in a relatively small amount of space. “Shops Around Lenox provides a unique shopping destination for everyone. Our eclectic mix of fashion provides shoppers with so many options,” says Roma Williams, property manager at JLL that oversees the complex. Retailers for women’s apparel and accessories include Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James offering contemporary Southern style, trendy Fab’rik, boho-vibed South Moon Under and comfy-chic The Impeccable Pig, as well as Kendra Scott for fashion jewelry. For guys looking to suit up, Suitsupply presents ready-to-wear options in addition to personal tailoring. And Indochino creates made-to-measure menswear. Plus, athleisure options abound at Lululemon and SoulCycle.

Parker, where on-trend glasses are sold at affordable prices; Bonobos, an outpost for the largest online menswear clothing brand in the U.S.; and B.M. Franklin & Co., a hat retailer that opened its first Southeastern pop-up shop this fall. “At Buckhead Village, we are committed to building a dynamic blend of tenants from local businesses and well-known international brands alongside outdoor amenities, experiences for the neighborhood and interactive art installations,” says Matt Bronfman, CEO of Jamestown, which manages the development.

ANDREWS SQUARE Rooted within west Buckhead just across Peachtree from Buckhead Village, Andrews Square feels like its casual cousin. Among its offerings, the local shopping destination provides a curated blend of unique boutiques including House of Wallace, which boasts a ready-to-wear collection with West Coast style, and Cindy Ensor Designs, fine jewelry in playful settings. Additionally, brides and bridal parties can head to Mandi Jackson Bridal for upscale designers such as Amsale and Monique Lhuillier, and shopping for babies has never been cuter or more stylish than at Born Baby. “Andrew Square has an uncommon collection of retailers (and restaurants) that are a combination of longtime Buckhead mainstays and contemporary tastemakers,” says Herbert Ames, SVP of development for Edens.

Below: Head to Buckhead Village for high-end fashion and cult favorites.

Right: South Moon Under is one of Shops Around Lenox’s trendy boutiques.


BUCKHEAD VILLAGE Known for its high-end fashion, the Buckhead Village district provides a plethora of women’s and men’s apparel shops. Big brand names such as Dior, Hermès, Intermix, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo reside here. But in the uber-luxe mix, you’ll also find cult favorites such as Warby


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While Town Brookhaven may be best known for its dining and health and wellness retailers, don’t overlook the unsung fashion finds in its midst. “We have several women’s clothing boutiques with various price points on apparel and accessories that can outfit you for a casual day out, date night or even something dressier,” says Caroline Peek, director of marketing at Town Brookhaven. Local boutique Vestique and Southeastern chain Dress Up Boutique are just the places to score trendy fashions from head to toe. Looking for athletic shoes and clothing? Dash over to Big Peach Running Co. that offers complimentary gait analyses to fit feet with the perfect sneakers.


L’Amour Chic (from $60) This year, Buckhead resident Sonya Ofchus and her two business partners were inspired to help women indulge at home. The boxes, available as one-off gifts, a quarterly subscription or a deluxe “VIP” selection, arrive packed with natural skin care, non-alcoholic mixers, loungewear and beauty essentials, all customized to your specifications. Designed to contain everything a recipient needs for a perfect “pamper night” to recharge, Ofchus says of the boxes, “We believe self-care is not self-indulgence; rather, it’s self-preservation.”

Tinkamo Play Kit ($215) This cool play kit, geared for girls and boys ages 5 and up, is a tinkerer’s dream. Designed to provide an introduction to coding, it comes packed with tools to engage a curious child. The set of wireless, programmable smart building blocks have Tinkamo’s built-in face and voice recognition so little ones can let their creativity run wild to create functional solutions to challenges at home. Better yet, they’re compatible with other toys your child already has, such as Legos, so kids will only be limited by their imaginations. Kefi 3637 Peachtree Road N.E. Suite D Atlanta 30319 404.937.3352

Gift In A Box All-in-one and subscription boxes take the guesswork out of gifting STORY:

Jennifer Bradley Franklin

It can be fun to curate an ultra-thoughtful gift for a loved one, scouring boutiques and under-the-radar makers to find just the right thing or things to delight them. The reality, though, is that putting together a fun present—or a box full of them—requires more time than most of us have. These four delightful boxes offer a smart solution when

Buckhead Gift Company (from $45) Whether the occasion is a new baby, a new home, get well wishes, a promotion celebration or “just because,” this Brookhaven-based company has you covered. The Peony Spa box ($85, above) comes with a K. Hall Designs candle and triple milled soap, both in a peony scent, as well as a sisal wash cloth and floral notebook set. The “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” box ($95) has tonic syrup, bitters and grenadine from the Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., a jigger for measuring, Virginia Cocktail Mountain Salt Peanuts and a locally made Chocolate Ripple Effect bar from Xocoatl. Custom wedding and corporate gifts also are available. No matter what you choose, the treats arrive at your recipient’s doorstep in a pristine white box with magnetic closure, tied with an elegant silk ribbon.

you want to let someone else do the curating.

Suthingirl (from $100) Buckhead-based Southern girl Ashley Stamoulis launched The Pink Box, sent seasonally, to highlight under-the-radar Southern brands. “I’m incredibly inspired by the diverse and dynamic fabric of style woven throughout our part of the world,” she says. “I set out to connect people with the artists and brands shaping Southern style.” Available either as a one-off gift or as an ongoing subscription, the boxes arrive by post, beautifully packaged in tissue wrap and filled with a mix of fashion, food and luxury goods from both indie and award-winning Southern manufacturers. Suthingirl 404.861.1067

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Shine On Experts tips to make the most of your jewelry purchases Amy Meadows


he late Elizabeth Taylor once said, “Jewelry has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel unique.” Whether it’s a stunning necklace, a pair of spectacular earrings, a coveted ring or a classic timepiece, there is a perfect piece of jewelry for every person and every taste. With so many options, purchasing jewelry can be a challenge. Thanks to myriad jewelers found in and around Buckhead, you can find that treasure, whether it’s something-off-the-shelf, previously loved, vintage or custom. Here’s how.

Find inspiration No matter who the piece is for, it’s helpful to have an idea of what you want before shopping. Online platforms can be a great place to start. “Sometimes the only way to really tell if you like a piece of jewelry is to see it on someone,” says Jaron Solomon, president of Solomon Brothers Jewelers. “That’s what makes Instagram and Pinterest cool. We can showcase pieces of jewelry on people, and the experience becomes fun and interactive. It’s a cool way to share inspiration with others.” Check out stores’ social media accounts to get the ideas flowing.

Know the trends Jewelry can be classic and timeless, but trends still impact the industry. One of the latest is anything stackable. “Clients are stacking anything that can be stacked, like necklaces, rings and bracelets,” says Sara Beth Brown, director of sales at Brown & Co. Jewelers. “A lot of clients are mixing a combination of gold, white gold and [colorful] pieces.” Stackable jewelry can be a great way to get a customized look. “Always start with a core piece, like a bar necklace,” Solomon recommends. “From there, we can make it unique by deciding what will go on the top and on the bottom of it. Because you can set the stack up differently, you can be totally unique.”

Bring your vision to life If you can’t find what you want in the display case, you may want to have a custom design made. Don’t be intimidated—it’s a simple process that can be budget friendly. Thanks to today’s computer-aided design (CAD), jewelers can personalize everything from the style to materials in as little as two weeks. “Being part of the entire process from beginning to end is rewarding, watching the piece go from a simple idea to a tangible piece of jewelry,”

Solomon Brothers Jewelers’ Instagram and Pinterest accounts offer inspiration, like this sparkly shot.


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says Brown. “You feel you have a closer connection to the item.”

Make something old into something new You can have an outdated family heirloom, such as a ring or a pin, transformed into something fresh. “There are many people who have jewelry left to them. It’s special, but it’s [often] dated, and they never wear it,” Solomon says. “We can use the current metals and diamonds and customize a piece that fits 2020. It will have all of the sentimental value, and it will be special because it can live on forever when you wear it every day.” Since a family heirloom often has the materials you need for a new item, including metals and gemstones, the process can be economical. In fact, Solomon notes that a new statement piece can cost as little as $500 for a new design.

Watch it Smart watches may be the rage lately, but a classic timepiece will always be in vogue for men and women. Both functional and stylish, watches can tell a story,

Brown & Co. Jewelers can help clients select or create the perfect jewelry piece.

particularly when purchased to commemorate an occasion. Today’s trends include mid-size and larger watches, as well as the use of color in the strap or dial.

Make the upgrade Diamonds may be forever, but they can often be upgraded. Many jewelers, including Solomon Brothers, offer upgrade programs that allow you to apply the value of your current diamond to the purchase of a new stone of greater value. Regardless of your jewelry needs (or wants), it’s smart to find a jeweler you trust, take your time and ask as many questions as you need to feel confident in your choice. n Solomon Brothers Jewelers 3340 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 1700 Atlanta 30326 404.266.0266 Brown & Co. Jewelers 3225 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.814.9800

Grade-A Gifting How to choose a thoughtful present for upcoming occasions STORY:

Jennifer Bradley Franklin


e’ve all been there: We have an occasion coming up and feel completely lost about what kind of gift is appropriate. From a boss’s birthday to a friend’s dinner party and housewarming treats to showing gratitude to your child’s teacher, gift-giving doesn’t have to be tricky. As founder and president of luxury home decor and furnishings company EtúHome, Stacy Borocz and her staff regularly help clients find the perfect gift. Here, she shares her secrets to demystify gifting. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. If you know your recipient on an intimate level, choices abound. A luxury tea towel, an over-the-top bath accessory or a high-end hand lotion are good places to start. “I like to consider gifting something I know the person would enjoy but might not buy for themselves,” Borocz says. “Those are the most special gifts–receiving something you desperately want but would never indulge in.” WHEN IN DOUBT, CHOOSE A GIFT WITH WIDESPREAD APPEAL. For those recipients whose preferences might be more of a mystery (think your spouse’s boss or a new neighbor), “more universal gifts such

as a luxury candle, a lovely box of packaged soaps, a wood serving tray or a handsome cheese knife often fit the bill,” says Borocz. “Specialty foods such as jams, spices, mustards or gourmet pasta and sauces in striking gift packaging are also thoughtful.” SKIP THE DISH. Flowers, wine or a box of specialty chocolates are always appropriate hostess gifts, but Borocz warns away from bringing food to be served at a meal unless the host specifically requests it. “It’s safe to assume the hostess has already taken great care in choosing the menu and has a plan,” she says. “Bringing a dish, including dessert, may make her feel obligated to serve something that does not go with her menu or does not fit aesthetically on her table.” SET THE SCENE. Presentation is always important. “A thoughtfully wrapped box or package makes someone feel special. Pre-boxed candles or something chosen from your favorite store in their specialty gift bag are a nice touch,” says Borocz, who notes that grocery store gift bags can have the opposite effect, conjuring the notion that the gift was an afterthought. n


EtúHome Mini Charcuterie Boards ($39 each or $100 for three) These petite charcuterie boards are a perfect way to artfully upgrade meat and cheese platters, personal place settings, fruit displays and more. Available in seven chic colors (white, natural, navy, sage, merlot, denim and pink), the boards are hand-crafted from reclaimed pinewood and finished with a 100% food-safe hard wax for easy cleaning.

EtúHome 3400 Around Lenox Road, Suite 205-B Atlanta 30326 770.998.7175

Bella Cucina Key Lime Spread ($15) Any foodie will love to receive this jar of sweet and tart citrus curd spread. The Atlanta-based gourmet food purveyor is known for its delectable artisan-made jams, sauces and pastas. This one is delicious all by itself, spread onto a pastry or as the foundation for key lime crème brûlée. Bella Cucina 262 Buckhead Ave. N.E. Atlanta 30305 678.539.8400

A TRIO OF PRODUCTS WITH UNIVERSAL APPEAL Apotheke Arugula and Green Apple Candle ($38) This luxury fragrance brand makes small batches of candles all in unexpectedly delightful scents in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Everything in the kitcheninspired line (think arugula and green apple, purple basil, Florentine fennel and Meyer lemon and mint) comes with recipe Pieces cards fea3234 Roswell Road N.W. turing the Atlanta 30305 same in404.869.2476 gredients.

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Above: ADAC offers visitors access to everything from fabrics to furniture and accessories.

Outside the Box

Right: Foxglove Antiques & Galleries, located at Miami Circle, offers unique items to spruce up any space.

Turn to Buckhead’s one-stopshop design centers for home decorating inspiration STORY:

Amy Meadows


his year has encouraged many of us to look at our abodes with fresh eyes. “People are spending so much more time at home,” says Katie Miner, general manager of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. “They are looking at their space and wanting to create a new experience. Instead of spending on a vacation, they’re choosing to invest their money at home.” Whether you’ve decided on a major interior overhaul or to add a few pieces to your already stylish home, it’s time to do a bit of decor shopping. While big box retailers offer plenty of furnishings and accessories, if you’re on the hunt for something more unique or eclectic, Buckhead is home to some of the city’s most distinctive design centers. Whether you’re working with a designer or going it alone, here are two spots you’ll want to scour.

MIAMI CIRCLE: WORD ON THE STREET “Miami Circle was one of the first enclaves of small boutiques where


you could find that just-right touch for your home,” says Sheila Benson, owner of Foxglove Antiques & Galleries, one of the shops in the Miami Circle Merchants Association. What started as a small group has grown to more than 40 showrooms that are open to the public and to the trade, and offer everything from furniture and flooring to art, lighting, rugs and more. The stylish corridor off of Piedmont Road in Buckhead has become a mecca for decorating, welcoming both interior designers and homeowners who are seeking uncommon items. “It is one location for just about everything for the building, remodeling or rejuvenation of any home,” Benson says. “And big box stores do not carry the quality or diversity of home furnishings that Miami Circle offers.” Names at Miami Circle include Ansley Interiors, J. Tribble, Maurice Chandelier, Pryor Fine Art and more. “Each shop has its own personality and welcomes [both] retail and trade,” Benson continues. “There are no secrets; everyone can see the

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best of the best in distinctive home furnishings and one-of-a-kind accessories. Many shops allow an ‘approval period’ to try items out before the purchase is final.”

ADAC: A WORLD OF OPTIONS Founded in 1961 by noted architect John Portman, ADAC is the place to go for inspiration. With more than 50 showrooms, ADAC houses purveyors of furniture, lighting, wallpaper, fabric, outdoor decor, kitchen and bath tile and more. While some showrooms are only open to the trade (meaning only interior designers have full access), some spots are open to the public as well. In any case, guests are welcome to visit both in person and virtually to see and experience everything it has to offer. “Start with the showrooms that feature a mix of furniture, lighting, accessories and fabric,” Miner suggests. “You can see so many things at once in vignettes that mimic a home’s space. It’s a great way to get introduced to ADAC.” Then move

on to the more specialized showrooms that focus on one style of furniture or accessory. Need more advanced help? ADAC is home to 25 interior design offices to help bring your vision to life. According to Miner, there is something for everyone at every price range—including items you may never have considered. For instance, Peacock Alley offers high-end bed linens, the Matthew Quinn Collection features decorative hardware, and Janus et Cie is a must-visit for outdoor designer furnishings. That’s just the beginning. To understand the full scope of offerings, take part in ADAC’s virtual events and product showcases or plan a visit. n Miami Circle 707 Miami Circle N.E. Atlanta 30324 404.233.6890 Atlanta Decorative Arts Center 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.231.1720

Helping Hand A shopping concierge can simplify the season STORY:

Amy Meadows


ne of the most highly anticipated shopping seasons is upon us. While it can be fun and exciting to purchase gifts, the process also can be time-consuming and frustrating. What if you could partner with someone who would take care of the more challenging gift-related tasks, from picking the perfect present for your favorite aunt to wrapping those awkwardly shaped toys? Well, you can. Concierge shopping, also known as personal shopping, is a useful service to consider. You work oneon-one with someone who can assist with your gift purchases from beginning to end. If you’re not sure what to expect, we have the 411 from two local experts.

It’s about time Would you rather be out looking for gifts for your loved ones or spending quality time with them? Enlisting a professional to go to stores and make gift selections can be a huge timesaver. “Your time is valuable,” says Amanda Farahany, co-founder of My Panda (Personal Assistant Next Door Anytime), an app that connects you with local individuals who can help

with to-do lists. “Let go of the guilt and spend time on the things that are important to you. It could be work, your family or anything that brings you joy.” Nicole Borsuk, a personal shopper who offers an array of services, including gift shopping, personal styling and closet edits, also notes that an expert can streamline the process. “The professional knows the best times to go to the mall to find items and often can even find items online quicker,” she explains. “A personal shopper can work more efficiently, saving you time and hassle.”

ia Canada has made it her life’s work to create gift packaging that rivals the gift inside through her luxury wrapping business, That’s a Wrap! “We’ve adopted gift wrapping as an extension of ourselves and the gift,” she says. “It’s important to wrap gifts because it shows the recipient you cared enough not only to buy a gift but to package it in a way that celebrates and reflects them and the occasion.” Here are her tips to make sure your gifts are beautifully put together. SUPPLY LIST. To set yourself up for success, in addition to wrapping paper, Canada suggests gathering a measuring tape; scissors to cut paper and shears to cut ribbon and fabric; and transparent tape for glossy paper, matte tape for matte paper and, for a more polished look, adhesive transfer or double-

per can help there as well. “A personal shopper has a lot of tricks in their bag and many times can think outside the box,” Borsuk says. “We find hidden gems that you normally wouldn’t think of.” Concierge shoppers also maintain relationships with local store owners who can help locate hard-to-find items, let the shopper know when a must-have gift is in stock or point to new items that no one has seen before.

Personal touch If you’re concerned that having someone else do the legwork will mean your gifts will feel impersonal, don’t be. A concierge shopper typically can work with you to understand the likes and dislikes of each person on the list and select thoughtful presents. “I ask the client to tell me about who the person is. I get an idea of what the person would like, and I usually send out a few suggestions so my client can pick what they think is best,” Borsuk says. Of course, the more information you can provide about the gift recipient, the better. Lacking ideas? A personal shop-

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Personal shopper Nicole Borsuk can help find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

Dollars and sense It may seem that hiring a shopping concierge would be pricey, but the service may be more affordable than you think. “The time has come for this kind of service. We’re giving the normal person access to what used to be available only to the superwealthy,” Farahany says. My Panda charges an hourly rate based on the level of service required ($25 for shopping and home delivery). For Borsuk, who also charges hourly rates, the key is to be mindful of her clients’ time and stay within budget. Long-term clients enjoy the added bonus of having Borsuk know

Wrapping tips from a local expert

sided tape that isn’t visible. CREASING COVERS IMPERFECTIONS. When measuring your package, give yourself two inches over the size of the box to ensure you have enough paper to fold over to avoid raw edges. “Even if you get the measurements incorrect and end up with not enough paper or too much, creasing the edges of your package gives it a polished and professional look,” Canada explains. “It takes the attention away from the imperfections and focuses on the crisp angles and shape.” PERSONALIZE IT. Thoughtfully selecting the wrapping is a next-level way to let friends and family know you care. “Use the recipient’s favorite colors and embellish them with either hints of the gift or something

them well so she can move quickly with their requests.

Beyond the buy Some personal shoppers’ services go beyond the store, wrapping gifts themselves or hiring a professional wrapper for an additional fee. Through My Panda, you can request to have gifts wrapped, addressed to individual recipients and shipped. The entire process can be turnkey, so you can enjoy the beauty of the season without the stress. Get started early to find a spot on your concierge shopper’s schedule, then sit back and let the professionals take it from there. n My Panda Nicole Borsuk 404.964.1648


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that speaks to the recipient’s passions or hobbies,” Canada says. During the holidays, she creates different styles of wrapping for each family member, so gift tags aren’t necessary; recipients can identify their gifts solely by the wrapping. For instance, a family with two children might select angel-themed wrapping for one and snowman-themed for the other. WORK SMART. For the dreaded oddly shaped item, Canada suggests using a box if possible. If you can’t find one to fit, she says, “Use cardboard to create straight lines that are more forgiving to wrap.” n That’s a Wrap! 290 Hilderbrand Drive, Suite B9 Sandy Springs 30328 404.704.0604

FUN FACT: Want to enlist help? That’s a Wrap! offers a gift-wrapping class for you to learn the basics. Or, hire its mobile service and an expert will come to you and wrap on-site.

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Pricci provides the most needed comforts: fine food and an indomitable spirit of hope and service.

Yolky, al dente ravioli filled with winebraised short rib is a Pricci classic. Photo: Joann Vitelli

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Old World, New Normal The world has changed, but Pricci remains primo STORY:

Above: Tender at the bone. The 16-ounce center cut veal chop is crusty and golden outside, pink and tender inside. Below: A glistening orb of cream-filled burrata is drizzled with peppery, peak-of-season olive oil.

Rebecca Cha   PHOTOS: Joann Vitelli


ining at an elegant restaurant after months of self-quarantine is a surreal experience. A netherworld must be bridged between the time spent living in one’s head (or online) and the real world that’s still very much inhabited by real people. Pricci, my first foray out in this odd new “normal,” proves a most delicious terrestrial crossover. Pricci is the Italian jewel in Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s crown. It has occupied the same Pharr Road space since 1991, and as one pulls up to the valet, there’s a sense of stepping back in time to a golden era when swank and sophistication were the rule rather than the exception. A sign on the door reads, “Proper attire required,” setting the bar high and sending the message that a certain reciprocity should be expected: You do your part, and we’ll do ours. It was pouring rain when we arrived for a recent dinner, and the valet escorted us inside beneath a Texas-size umbrella. The dining room decor is late ’80s elegance with a touch of disco, and the adjacent bar glows with


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shimmering brass accents, quilted white wall panels and multi-colored Erté-esque fixtures. Crisp white tablecloths—a timeless touch— adorn every table. Our server arrived promptly, delivering a basket of hot, herb-flecked focaccia and tangy sourdough perfect for nibbling while reviewing the primarily Italian wine list. Selection was made easier because it was a Tuesday, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it’s 50% off all bottles. We chose a 2018 Solais Vermentino di Sardegna. This crisp white poured fresh and fruity, offering up a nose of familiar apple-pear aromas. We couldn’t have

made a better choice for our menu selections, beginning with polpettine—veal and parmesan meatballs mixed with proprietary spices and served in a dulcet pomodoro sauce. Melty mozzarella and basil leaves made this comfort food appetizer profoundly satisfying on a rainy night in Georgia. Next up was burrata Pugliese, a glistening white orb of cream-filled mozzarella, drizzled with snappy green oil and accompanied by seasoned cherry tomatoes. Composition- and flavorwise, this dish hit all the right notes. Likewise, the PEI mussels that arrived steaming, fragrant with Italian aromatics. Their poppy red cipollini-tomato-garlic brodo was ideal for dipping the accompanying char-grilled sourdough. Top-notch appetizers are a tough act to follow, but Pricci’s pastas are up to the challenge. First was the ravioli di brasato, a half dozen yolky, al dente disks filled with red wine-braised short rib set atop a pool of meaty jus. It was a mere memory in five minutes. Cacio e pepe barely lasted much longer. A warm bowl of thick spaghetti tossed with toasted black pepper and creamy white pecorino sauce was passed back and forth across the table until nothing remained, save for just enough sauce to be mopped up with a bit of focaccia. There was a birthday in our midst, and soon enough, tiramisu arrived with candles and a cheerful song. Coffee-soaked sponge cake layered with brandied mascarpone and topped with Dutch cocoa is anyone’s idea of a fond farewell or a happy celebration. A follow-up visit found us bar-side sipping a 2018 Villa Chiopris Friuli Grave, a

Left: Pricci's individual pizzas run the gamut from traditional such as regina margherita to the unconventional such as salmone e capperi. Right: Lots of toasted black pepper and creamy pecorino sauce make Pricci's cacio e pepe a menu standout.

There’s a sense of stepping back in time to a golden era full of swank and sophistication.

Above: Veal and parmesan meatballs with melty mozzarella and a delicate pomodoro sauce. Left: Pristine PEI mussels permeate the air with mouthwatering marine aromas.

flinty, lightweight sauvignon blanc the color of Normandy butter with a bouquet of apples and cut grass. It was the yin to our salads’ yang. A shared Caesar—lightly dressed romaine adorned with parmigiano crisp and fresh white anchovy—was preferred over the insalata misticanza, a varicolored house salad featuring the usual suspects: cucumbers, tomatoes, radish et al, dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. One ingredient that deserves special mention is the mixed greens from Ashland Farm, a local purveyor of gorgeous microgreens and an upscale horse riding facility in Covington. Pizza was next on our agenda, and from our vantage point at the bar, we witnessed dozens of gorgeous specimens fly by before ultimately selecting the sausage and soppressata. Fennelspiced sausage, Italian dry salami and pesto atop a chewy, yeasty crust the perfect-for-two pie, proved thoroughly enjoyable. For an entree, we were sold on the 16-ounce center cut veal chop. It arrived

tomahawk style, presented by not one but two servers, one to gingerly place the steak knives and the other to ever so carefully set the sizzling behemoth before us like a gastronomic gift of the Magi. With its seared golden brown crust and blushing pink center, the chop was succulent and juicy, and the accompanying pan-fried fingerlings and mushrooms in a balsamic jus perfectly complemented the main attraction. Desserts anyone? Pricci is known for its superlative tiramisu, but there are other winners. The chocolate mousse bombe, gelati and various specialty tarts await those who crave a traditional end to the meal. This year has been a long one by anyone's standards, but rest assured: Whether or not you're a pro at this new normal, Pricci’s best virtues—fine food plus an indomitable spirit of hope and service—will help make the transition easier, turning all who enter into lifelong loyalists, whatever may come. n


Nothing wraps up an evening at Pricci like their unforgettable tiramisu.

500 Pharr Road, Atlanta 30305 404.237.2941, Prices: appetizers and salads: $8 - $26; pizza and pasta: $17 - $27; entrees: $24 - $46; desserts: $6 - $15. Recommended: veal parmesan meatballs, PEI mussels, burrata Pugliese, short rib ravioli, cacio e pepe pasta, margherita pizza, sausage and soppressata pizza, center cut veal chop, tiramisu. Bottom line: A consistently elegant experience highlighted by a classically trained staff and often exceptional regional Italian fare.

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DETAILS Grana 1835 Piedmont Ave. Atlanta 30324 404.231.9000 ASW Distillery 199 Armour Drive N.E. Atlanta 30324 404.590.2279 Southbound 5394 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30341 678.580.5579

Essential Cocktail


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ADAPT THE CLASSIC TODDY FOR A WARMING TWIST AT HOME club soda for vermouth. When the weather turns cold, the mix masters add their version of a hot toddy. The Cagna Calda pairs rye whiskey with sweet and herbal Amaro Lucano and the toasted almond essence of Luxardo Amaretto. “I love that you can sip it while enjoying our rooftop fire pit,” says Chef Pat Pascarella. 1 ½ ounce rye whiskey ½ ounce Amaro Lucano ¼ ounce Luxardo Amaretto ½ ounce lemon juice ½ ounce honey syrup 3 dashes cardamom bitters Fresh ground nutmeg Fresh ground cinnamon Make honey syrup as simple syrup, mixing equal parts water and honey in saucepan and cooking until dissolved. Cool. Store in glass jar and keep refrigerated. Mix ingredients in glass. Top with hot water. Add fresh ground nutmeg and cinnamon to taste. Chance Murphy

Hot Optic

Cagna Calda Newly opened Grana pairs an allItalian wine list with a menu of Italian specialties and wood-fired pizzas. The cocktail list focuses on spritzes— the classic with Aperol; its more bitter cousin, the Campari Spritz; and the Sbagliato, substituting the


ASW Distillery’s new single malt, Optic Promise, was released just in time for cold weather and hot toddies. “I love that feeling of being cold and that first sip that literally warms you from the inside out,” says Tasting Room Manager Hallie Stieber. “Sipping a hot toddy is a very comforting and cozy feeling. It makes you feel at home immediately.” Her version uses maple syrup and a citrus-spice infusion easy to make at home.

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eeling chilly? Have a hot toddy. Got the sniffles? Have a hot toddy. Celebrating the holidays? Have a hot toddy. The warm concoction has the power to soothe the soul, cure what ails and give a taste of the season. Adaptation seems to be the theme of 2020, and a classic hot toddy is highly customizable as the base is a spirit, hot water, honey and lemon juice. Riff on any or all of these ingredients, and you have a bespoke toddy. Bartenders around town stir these up to abate winter’s chill. Save their ideas and discover new ingredients to add to your family’s recipe.

2 ounces Optic Promise Single Malt whiskey 1 tablespoon maple syrup 3 ounces cranberry-orange (recipe below) Cinnamon stick and or a lemon wheel To make the cranberry-orange, put 3 ounces of cranberry juice into a saucepan with an orange that has been juiced; add the rinds and juice in the pan. Add fresh ginger (about a thumb size, chopped roughly), 10 peppercorns and four cloves. Stir over heat until almost a simmer (about a minute) and cut heat. Strain. Cool and store in refrigerator. Add ingredients to mug. Top with hot water. Garnish with cinnamon stick and/or lemon wheel.

Ron Swanson Rum may be a cocktail with tropical connotations, but when designing a drink for winter months, Southbound’s Bar Manager Abbey Sanders sees the deeply flavored spirit as a cold weather essential. She builds her hot toddy, dubbed the Ron Swanson (a quirky character in the TV series Parks and Recreation) in a teacup."I wanted

to create a familiar cocktail that can be made at home but still has a sophisticated flavor profile," she says. For her recipe, any aged rum will do, but she prefers Ron Zacapa. "It's such a smooth aged rum; it helps capture your favorite traditional hot toddy flavors of caramel, vanilla and honey." Making a simple syrup from brown sugar cuts the acidity of the lemon and is reminiscent of the dark raisin notes in aged rum. "It gives you that warm and fuzzy comfort everyone needs in 2020," Sanders says. 1 ½ ounce Ron Zacapa 23 Rum ½ ounce brown sugar simple syrup ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 dashes Angostura bitters To make brown sugar syrup, add equal parts brown sugar and water in a saucepan and cook until dissolved. Cool. Store in a glass jar and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Add ingredients to teacup. Top with hot water. Express lemon peel over top and add peel for garnish. n

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Culinary News & Notes


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NOT YOUR MODERN SUSHI Leonard Yu brings traditional omakase to Buckhead


L "Joyristas" make getting coffee a happier experience.



hen Brookhaven resident and entrepreneur Ashley Edmonds and her husband, Ryan, heard about mobile coffee company Java Joy, they were smitten. The company is an arm of the Athens-based nonprofit Extra Special People, which has programs for children and adults with disabilities. Java Joy employs adults with special needs to serve coffee and a hug (or an air hug in the pandemic era). "We heard about that and thought, ‘Gosh, we would love to bring it to Atlanta. We're right down the

street from Athens. We certainly need a presence here as well,’” says Ashley. Here’s how it works: Java Joy’s employees are known as “Joyristas” and work from a mobile coffee cart. Local companies hire Java Joy to serve locally roasted Kula coffee to their employees and customers, or people hire them for private events. The Joyristas also sell pastries and coffee mugs. While Ashley and Ryan have had to push back the Atlanta debut due to the pandemic, they hope to launch this month

and have already had interest from large Atlanta-based corporations around town. Besides the interest from the community, former ESP participants who now live in Atlanta are also excited. “We've hired two Joyristas already. Both have experience with ESP,” Ryan says. “I think if you asked them, ‘What's your perfect job?’ a couple months ago, it would have been to move to Athens and work at Java Joy. Now we're bringing that to Atlanta, so they’re very excited.” n

ESCAPE THE GRIND BROOKHAVEN WELCOMES GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS Brookhaven residents don’t have to venture far to sip boozy milkshakes and sink their teeth into juicy burgers, thanks to Grindhouse Killer Burgers’ newest location. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor spaces, plus an expansive rooftop patio for the 21-and-up crowd. Grindhouse Killer Burgers 2565 Apple Valley Road Brookhaven 30319 470.355.2745


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ooking for an intimate sushi experience? You can find it at Silom Omakase Table within Buckhead’s Silom Thai and Sushi. The brainchild of Leonard Yu, formerly of Decatur’s Brush Sushi Izakaya, Silom Omakase launched in August. At the six-person table located in a private dining room, guests partake in Yu’s 15-course omakase (the word means “I’ll leave it up to you, chef”) menu. We chatted with Yu to learn more about this experience.

How is your omakase menu different from other restaurants in Atlanta?

What I’m doing is more traditional. There’s no crispy spicy tuna or fusion. I focus on aging and curing the fish and traditional methods. The rice you use for your sushi is less sweet than many other sushi spots in town. How do you prepare it?

I don’t use sugar in my rice. The koshi-

hikari rice I use is from Niigata, Japan and I blend it with nanatsuboshi rice from Hokkaido, Japan and aged Akasu red vinegar. The reason why I blend the two rices is that the koshihikari is so sticky, and the other rice is looser. It's strong enough to hold a nigiri, but it's going to fall apart when the customer eats it. The meal concludes with a piece of tamago (a type of Japanese omelet). How do you make yours?

Mine is a blend of sweet cream, eggs and yamaimo (mountain yam). I mix it all together and put it on the stove with a small fire for about four hours. It's very hard to make, though. The tamago is fluffy, and when a lot of people try it, they think there’s flour, but there is no flour in there. It's just egg and cream. n Silom Omakase Table 3345 Lenox Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 347.977.7229


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FUN FACT Gatti owns seven chickens that she keeps in her backyard.

Bakers Gonna Bake Anna Gatti is the force behind Doughnut Dollies’ elaborate creations STORY:


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nna Gatti rarely has a moment to spare—which is just the way she likes it. As the co-owner of Doughnut Dollies in west Buckhead and Marietta, and a wife and mother of three, Gatti has been known to work 12-hour days, sometimes starting as early as 1 a.m. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Gatti first worked in fine dining at restaurants such as 103 West and Canoe before returning to her first love: pastries. “I love to cook, but baking is more methodical, and you can do it on your own time,” she says. “It suits my personality. I’m very focused and detailoriented. I’m kind of a rule follower. Baking is what I love to do to relax.” In 2005, Gatti and her husband, Christopher, opened Canvas Cafe & Bakery, a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Marietta. They used the basement level of the space to create the first Doughnut Dollies in 2015 and expanded to Howell Mill Road last year. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever


done,” she says. “I never really liked doughnuts because they all tasted the same. I love to elevate the idea of what a doughnut is with real craftsmanship, bringing in all of my high-end pastry experience.” Everything at Doughnut Dollies is made in house without artificial ingredients, colors, extenders or preservatives. The majority of the doughnuts use a 24-hour brioche base and come in flavors such as cereal bowl, brown sugar fig and the bakery’s signature, Sweet Jane (vanilla bean buttercream). Others, such as birthday cake and chocolate mint cookie, use a cake batter base. The menu changes monthly. “I just think about what I like to eat and what’s available in season,” Gatti says. What makes your doughnuts unique? It’s a rich dough with butter, eggs and sugar. The slow, cold fermentation process develops a lot of flavor. The brioche has the best texture and flavor to be a vessel for the toppings and fillings you want. The cake batter is rich and buttery, but not super sweet, and has a great crumb to it.

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What holiday specials do you offer? For Thanksgiving, we have pieinspired flavors like pumpkin ginger, cherry, deep-dish apple-cranberry, French coconut and chocolate bourbon pecan. For Christmas, the doughnuts are cake-inspired like yule log, cannoli, red velvet, coconut and fruit cake. What’s your daily schedule? I start [as early as] 1 a.m. to proof the yeast doughnuts. Someone else comes a couple hours later to roll out cake doughnuts. We make the cake batter the night before. Someone else comes and decorates. Everything has to be out the door [of the Marietta location] to open [at Howell Mill] at 7 a.m. Then we start making everything fresh for the next day. Usually we’re closed by noon or 1 p.m. I enjoy being there. I’m there at least three days a week. I try not to work weekends. I like to have some family time. Tell us about your family life. I have three daughters, ages 11, 14 and 16. My husband is at Canvas at least a little every day. There’s a lot of juggling. My kids attend a

University-Model school where they are home two days a week and at school three days a week. It’s helpful for me to be at work so early. I get home and touch base with the kids. My husband and I tag-team a lot. I help with homework, make dinner and go to bed around 7:30 p.m. What do you do for fun? I like to garden. If I could do anything and money didn’t matter, I would be a farmer. I like working with my hands. I don’t like to sit still. I love to be outside and see things come alive. That speaks to my soul. With my family, I like to find a beach or lake and go swimming. What are your plans for the future of Doughnut Dollies? We’re always on the lookout for different locations. n

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

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

ANIS CAFÉ & BISTRO Anis is everything you’d hope to find in a French bistro, without having to buy a plane ticket: traditional Provençal dishes, relaxed patio dining and often a small congregation of French-speaking diners to help set the mood. Grilled

North African-style Merguez sausage, coquilles St. Jacques or a bright, crisp salade d’Arnaud (named after the owner) are all winning starters. Entrées of truite meunière, poulet rôti and boeuf au poivre are sure to bring you back to that quaint Provençal village square. Bestin-class items are the croque monsieur, salade Niçoise, moules marinières and not-to-be-missed chocolate mousse. Lunch prices: $8-$19 Dinner prices: $8-$35

CASI CIELO Casi cielo translates to “almost heaven,” and it’s a fitting description for this sophisticated Sandy Springs Oaxacan eatery. You’d be loco to miss the tender, charcoal grilled octopus, earthy portobello or mahi-mahi tacos, the crunchy plantain croquettes or buttery Chilean sea bass. Equally enticing is the world-class mezcal collection and the exotic cocktails made with favorite brands such as Alipus, Nucano and Gracias a Dios. The gracious staff epitomizes high-bar professionalism. Appetizers, soups and salads: $6- $18 Quesadillas, tacos and bowls: $12- $18 Main dishes: $15-$43 Desserts: $9

Veggie lovers will delight in Casi Cielo's milhojas de verduras, a napoleon loaded with sliced eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, topped with cotija cheese.

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


Anis’ exquisitely prepared salads are always top quality. Here, a deconstructed salade niçoise.


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

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

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

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

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

A mix-and-match assortment of sweets at Kyma: baklava with pistachio ice cream; Greek donuts; and yogurt with honey and walnuts.

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

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

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

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

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

Storico Fresco’s tagliatelle alla Bolognese may be one of the finest Bolognese ragus this side of the Atlantic.

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

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

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

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