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23 Juices Wild

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35 Summer Camp Guide

Our annual camp guide with the best area camps for your child this summer

48 Stepping Stone Montessori School Teaching through discovery

55 Greek Island Grill & Bar

Suwanee restaurant dishes up traditional, heart-healthy Mediterranean cuisine with unabashed authenticity

62 2015 Suwanee American Craft

Beer Fest Preview

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empower 13 Suwanee Business Alliance SBA is the ORIGINAL Beer Fest

15 Investment Strategies Aileron Investment Advisors give advice on the U.S. stock market 16 Business Spotlight: Choices To You Service delivers fresh, hot meals to your door 18 Business Spotlight: Professional Trust Cleaning Service A cleaning service you can trust


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55 learn 51 Rosemary Benavides Williams

Student Arts Scholarship North Gwinnett Arts Association offers college arts scholarships

53 “You Are Loved”

Valentine’s Dance Happy Feat's 2nd annual event promoting inclusion of local special needs students

Spartan Summer Camps at Greater Atlanta Christian School

thrive 29 Life's A Sport

Going to bat for kids with former MLB player, Chris Singleton

32 5 Simple Ways

to De-Stress Your Life For Spring “Spring clean” stress for a simpler spring


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As I sit down to write this, I am filled with anticipation. The promise of Spring, the warmer weather, Angela Veugeler daffodils, Editor-in-Chief dogwoods and pear trees blooming, the longer daylight hours… our family is definitely ready to spend more time outdoors! It’s time to start thinking about summer plans, and we are excited to bring our readers Suwanee Magazine’s biggest Camp Guide yet! Personally, I have wonderful memories of summer camp, as both a camper and a counselor. I really loved horses growing up and was fortunate to be able to attend a week-long, overnight horse camp when I was seven and eight years old. My older cousin went there and had a great experience, and because it was a horse camp I was very excited about the idea. I will never forget the bond I made with the horses that I rode during camp. I loved getting to ride and be around horse’s daily, and practicing our drill for the show where my family would come watch at the end of the week.We would visit the general store and get to pick out sweet treats, swim, make crafts, star in a talent show and more.

Wanting to give other kids the same great memories I had, I later worked at an equestrian camp as a counselor. It was just as rewarding from a counselor’s perspective: seeing the campers make new friends, develop their riding skills, become brave and more independent while away from their parents, and most of all - having fun! No matter what your child's interest is, our Camp Guide has something for them! Everything from sports camps to art camps, science camps to camps that offer adventure all day long. There are day and overnight camps that are sure to help your child learn new skills and give them memories that will last a lifetime. get The coming of Spring inYOUR Suwanee also brings the 5th annual Suwanee Beer Fest on March 14th, which has become a tradition for many. I have heard stories of Suwanee residents’ friends and families traveling from Texas, Illinois, Florida and even California to attend the Beer Fest. It’s a celebration of craft beer, St. Patrick’s Day, music, food and the coming of warmer weather (if we are lucky!) We hope you enjoy reading about the great things happening in and around Suwanee and get out and enjoy some of the upcoming events!



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“Being a fitness nut I really enjoyed your latest issue. It is chock-full of great fitness information, including a healthy eating guide. I also think the Managing Editor’s Letter was excellent. It provided an honest look at new year’s resolutions as well as a great example (her own start in running) of turning a resolution into a reality. Thank you!” JOHNNY DOBSON

“The January issue of Suwanee Magazine was inspiration to stick to my New Year's resolution of becoming a better & healthier me!”

“I loved all the great information and coverage of new beers in Georgia!”

“Love the fitness tips and the calendar of events! Ready for Spring and some outdoor fun!”




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{ BY: Ed Szczesniak / OWNER, GEORGIAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN } EAR READER - It has recently come to our attention that the 5th Annual Suwanee Beer Fest will be taking place on Saturday, March 14th. Now we’re sure that the good folks who sponsor this event are wonderful people, and we know that they donate a portion of the proceeds to Kingdom Kids, and that they help to gather folks from near and far for an afternoon of fun, festivity, and generous samplings of over 300 of the best beers known

to mankind right here in Suwanee... but they are not the first Beer Fest in Suwanee! We, the SBA, really started this tradition – SIXTEEN YEARS AGO! If you ever attended an SBA meeting – you probably noticed that we too have shared a few beers with our local friends. A few brews... along with some wine, soda, water, great food, occasional live music, and a LOT of camaraderie – not to mention the ability to gain some additional business for our members! And we pretty much do it for FREE!


Now to us – who do this one evening EVERY MONTH – (not just a paltry one time a year) – this is a real “FEST”! Those copycats who run the Suwanee Beer Fest should have learned something from us by now. Five years of running a one day event just ain’t gonna cut it in this town my friends! If you want to keep this town happy and growing you need to follow our lead and do this at least once a month. Sure, you guys may get over 5,000 attendees, and have lots of live entertainment, and lots of food vendors and a craft beer brewing contest, and a lot of beautiful people...


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Aw heck – we know when we’ve been outdone. The only thing I can say is that if you haven’t been to the Suwanee Beer Fest you’re missing out on a great time, and if you haven’t been to an SBA event, ditto. We may be smaller, we may not have all the glitz, we may be focused more on growing your business than tasting craft brews, but we’ve been around for a LONG time – so we must be doing something right too! Come visit us – 12 times a year! You hear that Suwanee Beer Fest Folks – 12x a year! For more information please visit our website at and come be our guest at the next SBA gathering! ■




How has the U.S. stock market performed since the year 2000?


The results are fascinating. If we use the S&P 500 index, which is a broad measure of 500 large American corporations, we learn three important lessons about investing.

The first lesson

is that timing is critical but unpredictable. The first three years of the 21st century were an excellent example: 3 years of back to back double digit losses (-10.14%, -13.04%, and -23.37%). If you had invested on January 1, 2000, 3 years later you were down 45.55%. It took another 4 years to recover your original investment. After 7 years you were in the same position as when you started – except perhaps emotionally drained. Five years of healthy gains (2003 – 2007) were followed by a stark reminder of why it is called “risk taking.” In 2008 the S&P 500 fell by 38.49%. This event was followed by the past 6 years of impressive gains. So taken as a whole how did it stack up? You would have earned an annual average rate of 4.37%, your overall account balance would have been “upside down” or negative 8 of the 14 years while positive 6 years, and you would have been on an exhilarating financial roller coaster ride. Lesson two is that you must assess the amount of risk you are willing to assume against the potential rewards. Many investors feel that the 4.37% rate of return was not worth the time required to achieve it and the angst that was required to see it through. Lesson three is that the stock market moves in both directions. The S&P 500 has been up dramatically for the past six consecutive years. It may be a good time to visit with your trusted advisor and discuss alternative investments to SEND YOUR broaden your portfolio, INVESTMENT spread your risk, and perhaps QUESTIONS TO: enhance your returns. ■ SUBMISSIONS@ SUWANEE MAGAZINE. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily that of COM Suwanee Magazine.


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ave you ever felt like enjoying a delicious meal from a local restaurant in the comfort of your own home? Perhaps you just finished working all day and cooking is the last thing you feel like doing, or just want some quiet time with your significant other. Choices to You is a Suwanee based restaurant delivery service that partners with Gwinnett area restaurants to bring you a variety of choices, delivered to your front door. Owners Tom and Laura Vooris founded the company after using a similar service when Laura was pregnant with and after giving birth to triplets. According to Tom, “Many times when our triplets were little, my wife just didn’t have the time for cooking (nor did she feel up to it). And obviously we couldn’t go out, so it worked out great.” The triplets are now in high school and that company hasn’t existed for quite some time, but the couple loved the idea and wanted to bring that option to Gwinnett County residents.

The process is simple:

■ Visit their website: ■ Put your zip code in to see the restaurant partners and select a restaurant. ■ View the menu and place your order. ■ Check out online, and your food should arrive in about one hour. When asked who their target customer was, Tom shared “Anyone that eats. Everyone at some point whether it be once a month or once a year, can’t cook or


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doesn't want to cook and doesn't want pizza or Chinese. They want the option to order something different. The service is especially useful for working families, company lunches, employees working late… we have even delivered to parks during sporting events.” They have several regulars that order 2-3 times per week. You can also place your order days or weeks in advance if you know you won’t be able to cook one night. The delivery charge starts at $4.99 and is based on distance. The Vooris’ have always had a passion for giving back to the community, and continue to do so through Choices to You. There is a "giving back" page on their website listing some of the organizations they serve and encouraging others to get involved. They also sponsor Suwanee Fest, Gwinnett Cornhole League, as well as several other area events and organizations. Currently, Choices to You has over 30 restaurant partners and services Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Buford, Duluth, Snellville, and soon, the cities of Lilburn, Grayson and Norcross. Current restaurants include California Dreamin’, Friends Suwanee, Greek Island Grill, Gulf Coast Grill, Buffalo’s, Tannery Row Ale House & more. To see a full list of restaurants in your area or to place an order, visit ■

Everyone at some point whether it be once a month or once a year, can’t cook or doesn't want to cook and doesn't want pizza or Chinese. They want the option to order something different.




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According to Leyla Salazar, Owner of he idea of spring cleaning or Professional Trust Cleaning Service, the just house cleaning in general company will first arrange an in-home or makes most of us squirm and office consultation, to not only understand want to find any excuse not what the client needs, to do it! but to customize the When ...REPLACING REGULAR cleaning experience. faced with the task of LIGHT BULBS, ORGANIZING “We use a customized having to clean the LINEN CLOSETS AND checklist for all clients, entire house, whether STORAGE, SUPPLYING NEW before cleaning, it's for a visit from the to make sure that in-laws or because SHOWER CURTAIN LINERS their desires are fully time "just got away WHEN NEEDED, CLEANING understood,” she from you" this OUT THE REFRIGERATOR said. Customization winter, then hiring a AND PANTRY – EVEN can take many forms, professional cleaning CHECKING THE DATES depending on the company to do the OF FOOD PRODUCTS client’s preference: work may be the way AND SUGGESTING THOSE using ‘green’ cleaning to go. THAT MIGHT NEED TO BE solutions, bringing Professional Trust DISCARDED... additional cleaning Cleaning Service materials, and even of Suwanee is the referring trusted outside vendors for company to call, not only because of their pressure washing, electrical issues, carpet sterling reputation of doing the job right cleaning, plumbing and more. the first time, but for many other reasons. Servicing most of North Georgia and with Professional Trust Cleaning Service current clients in Roswell and Atlanta, employees are fully insured and legal Professional Trust Cleaning Service covers a residents of the United States. By providing good portion of the metro Atlanta area. above market wages and personal


training, Professional Trust Cleaning Service offers the most professional and experienced employees in the area. Salazar is a graduate of the University of Medellin (Columbia) and was employed by The Fresh Market for 7 years as a trainer, new store supervisor and as a specialist in ‘fixing’ underperforming stores. In addition to the cleaning service, Salazar also is a floral designer and can provide floral arrangements for any home, business or event. Needless to say, Salazar is very business-oriented and understands what the customer wants. Based upon the reviews that Professional Trust Cleaning Service receives, it seems that Salazar's background and experience with The Fresh Market is still applied to her business model today. In other words, she goes above and beyond to exceed customer expectations in ways such as, “replacing regular light bulbs, organizing linen closets and storage, supplying new shower curtain liners, when needed cleaning out the refrigerator and pantry – even checking the dates of food products and suggesting those that might need to be discarded,” explained Salazar. From offices to homes, almost everyone, at one time or another, simply does not have the time or the energy to get things cleaned. Calling


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a professional cleaning service can make your life easier and less complicated, thus freeing up some time for yourself or your family. Professional Trust Cleaning Service performs “cleaning emergency” services such as before or after parties, when clients are moving in or out of their homes, post-construction and newly-renovated offices or homes. But, beyond “cleaning emergencies", they also recommend quarterly cleanings, at a minimum, to ensure that your environment is safe and healthy. Contracts are not required and clients even receive incentives, such as a 20% discount for referrals. “Suwanee has a vibrant sense of community,” said Salazar, and it is that community which has helped Professional Trust Cleaning grow from simply an idea in 2012, to a full-fledged business today. Please check for a full list of services and to book a consultation. ■

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Kenia Meeks serves freshly prepared smoothies with a smile.

business’ mission statement is never more effective than when the entire team is a living, breathing, personification of it. Such is the case for Dan Honore, Owner of Juices Wild Vitamin & Juice Bar, and his Managing Partners: Aubrey Logan-Holland and Kenia Meeks. Juices Wild opened the doors in 2006 with the mission of providing fresh, organic juices and smoothies, and supplemental health and wellness products, to customers who did not have readily available or affordable alternatives. And while delicious drinks with nourishing ingredients are definitely on the docket, the heart of their business goes far beyond that. At the foundation: empowering people to take control of their own health and nutrition, and live the best life possible.


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The message is simple. Delivering that message? Not so much. Juices Wild is tucked in the corner of a nondescript strip mall at the busy intersection of Nelson Brogdon Blvd and Buford Hwy, where fast food joints and Enterprise Rent-a-Car steal the show. They didn’t think we would last,” Honore confessed, as he recalled the community’s reaction to their grand opening. In 2006, the “all-organic” concept was still elusive and foreign to many. But, it took little more than word-of-mouth marketing for them to become known as a local “superfood emporium” – a term coined by Logan-Holland, and perpetuated by their enthusiastic customer base. Their all-organic and entirely-customizable drink menu contains power-packed ingredients and enticing names such as: Iron Giant, Flu Shot, Chocolate Cherry, Jolly Rancher, Cinnamon Acai, Georgia Peach, Sweet Potato Spice, Butta Finger and Swagger. But, if that is not enough to keep customers coming back (which it almost always is!) then the


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attentiveness, kindness and genuineness of their staff will. Step foot inside and you immediately become family. Warning: they care A LOT about family! A true passion for, and ongoing education of, total health and wellness is what places Juices Wild in a league of their own. “We are serious about doing our homework, speaking to our suppliers and attending expos. It's a challenge and it's a big financial commitment, but the knowledge that we get in return, pays off,” explained Honore. Juices Wild carries an enormous variety of supplements, vitamins and resources that target almost any health concern imaginable, ranging from: weight loss and maintenance, sleeplessness, fatigue, memory, children’s health, digestive aide, cardiovascular health, mineral deficiency, sports nutrition, immune function, joint and bone health, beauty products, protein powders, antioxidants and more.

A true passion for, and ongoing education of, total health and wellness, is what places Juices Wild in a league of their own.


Completely immersed in the world of total health and wellness, Honore and Logan-Holland took their knowledge and resources to the next level by partnering with Brad Ladun as co-founders of Elite Alchemy Vitamins & Supplements. As sponsor of several pro MMA fighters, bodybuilders and trainers, Elite Alchemy has gained a lot of traction since its Just one scoop of Juices Wild's flagship product, inception in 2012 Elite Alchemy Diatomaceous Earth, contains 84 all-organic trace minerals. with products now being sold in seven locations, including Columbia and Brazil. Juices Wild supports a large number of trusted brands, but the Elite Alchemy line is the only one that can authentically and entirely represent their personal values and philosophy that: “Exceptional Health is Attainable”. Through Elite Alchemy’s products, Honore,


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Logan-Holland and Ladun are dedicated to delivering the most cutting-edge products on the market with the purest ingredients, at the lowest cost possible. Their flagship product, Elite Alchemy Diatomaceous Earth, is a testament to that, as one scoop alone contains 84 allorganic trace minerals including the much needed, yet difficult-to-obtain mineral, Silica. The product is revered for its detoxifying properties, as a cancer-fighting agent, and as a critical aide in the reproduction of hair, cartilage, connective tissues, collagen, skin and nails. At Juices Wild, Elite Alchemy’s full-size products may be purchased, or customers can try it out by adding it as a “boost” in their daily juice or smoothie. Regardless of what health benefits you are looking to obtain, or if you simply want a tasty smoothie, the Juices Wild team will confidently guide you in the right direction. ■


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Going to Bat for Kids Activities that your kids might take for granted, could be a life-changing experience for a kid who has no dad, mom, or support system. was only in kindergarten when I had my first run-in with the “law”. I had walked about a half mile home after school one afternoon and climbed through one of the small windows beside the front door of our house. Once inside, I would keep things simple. Don’t turn on any burners and just play with some toys or watch an episode of “Leave it to Beaver” or “The Andy Griffith Show” until mom got home from work. I know, a five year old shouldn’t be looking after himself for a few hours until an adult gets home, but that’s what I had to do. At least, until I heard the knock at the door... On the porch stood two men dressed there a young in suits. They kid in your area asked to speak who doesn’t have to one of my much opportunity parents. I told them my mom or the resources wasn’t home to do things like from work yet. sports camps or They told me summer camps that I was too young to be at this year? home alone and they would have to take me into custody. They were either truant officers or undercover cops. Sitting at the Richmond

Police Station was surreal but not scary. I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong. I had just done what I was told. My mother, upon receiving the phone call, left work early to come pick me up. She received

Chris Singleton is a former Major League Outfielder and is currently a baseball analyst for ESPN. He is also a communication consultant for Game On and does team building sessions for corporate, sports, and nonprofit organizations.

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a strong warning from the authorities and that was the last day I went home after school to an empty house. I’m so grateful to my mother. She raised me as a single mom. She worked a man’s job at an oil refinery and did so Studies much more than she had show that kids signed up for when she who go to said “I do” to my father years earlier. She fought camp build migraine headaches, more selfworsened by her work confidence, environment, just to gain healthy keep a roof over my head, food in my stomach, independence, and clothes on my back. and develop She was rarely able to lifelong skills. take me to a soccer or baseball practice and she definitely didn’t get to see all of my games. Every day was “gameday" for Emma as she was grinding it out at Union Oil Company trying to give me and my two other siblings the essentials to life and some of the “wants” as well.


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Spring is a time when the weather starts to get us back outside with all kinds of sports activities, festivals, and even camps leading up to the summer. As a former Major League Baseball player, many people assume that I was able to develop my skills at camps in the spring or summer when I was a kid. That wasn’t the case. My family didn’t have the resources for me to do that. In fact, I can only remember having one brief batting lesson throughout my entire youth. So where am I going with this? Well, as I often look back on my life and reflect on the journey, I can’t help but think of some of the key people that unselfishly and unknowingly helped me and my mom. They were men and women in my neighborhood. Some were my coaches and others were just parents of my friends. They invested in me during a time when it wasn’t assumed that every other kid in the neighborhood would get a college scholarship or become a professional athlete. They drove me to practice or brought me home. They took me out for pizza or let me sit at their dinner table and enjoy a meal with them when my mom had to work late. Without these caring individuals and families, I probably would not be writing to you today. Things would have turned out much differently for me!


So here’s my point... Please take a careful look around you. Is there a young kid in your area who doesn’t have much opportunity or the resources to do things like sports camps or summer camps this year? Activities that perhaps your kids might take for granted, could be a life-changing experience for a kid who has no Dad, Mom, or support system. Studies show that kids who go to camp build more self-confidence, gain healthy independence, and develop lifelong skills. Maybe you could just help a kid or family who truly can’t afford to play baseball or soccer this spring. Never underestimate how impactful it could be just to give a kid a ride to a practice or game that he wouldn’t be able to get there otherwise. Every little bit helps and together as a community… WE DO GOOD. Will you do me a favor? Please write me and tell me about an opportunity that you've had to impact a young person’s life, how it affected you, and how you think it affected the kid. I would really like to hear from you. These stories serve as an inspiration and encouragement for me personally to continue giving back. ■ Reach Chris by email at


pring is right around the corner! Warmer weather brings desires to simplify life and shed the extra bulk collected during the cold winter months. This is a popular time of year for making goals to lose weight, exercise more, and have a more organized house. Many people set these goals but forget to set a goal to address the most common problem of all—stress! We all have heard by now that excess stress comes with a variety of negative health consequences, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to get rid of it.

Here are five simple ways to “spring clean” stress for a simpler spring:

Breathe! It is so easy for us all to get caught up in our

busy daily schedules. Moving hectically from one activity to another can lead to high amounts of stress. Make a new routine of incorporating small breaks into your regular schedule and watch the difference it creates in you. Set aside five minutes to sit, breathe, and focus on yourself.

Find time to connect with others!

Take a step away from any electronics and spend time with your loved ones. Seeing someone you love can reduce cortisol levels (aka the stress hormone) almost instantly. Try out a new dinner recipe with family or friends. Play a new game! Go on a family hike. BY:

Laura Lebovitz, LAMFT at GROW Counseling

Find a supportive person! Some people think that if you ignore stress that it will go away. Nothing could be further from the truth. Talking about stress can make it feel less overwhelming. Find a friend, family member, or a therapist to talk to about your stress. It may surprise you how quickly you feel better after talking.

Spring clean your schedule just like you would your house! Look at your schedule

to see what is fulfilling and what causes more stress. We throw away what we no longer need around the house, so why should we keep items on our schedule that are not useful anymore? Talk with your family and prioritize the activities that are enjoyable.

Make "you time!"

Treat yourself with the love and care you show others. Take that exercise class you have always wanted to take. Eat a favorite dessert. Go outside and breathe that beautiful spring air. Read a book. Laugh. Taking good care of yourself helps you to take better care of the loved ones around you.

Laura Lebovitz is a licensed therapist at GROW Counseling located in Suwanee. She specializes in working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, autism, sensory processing disorders, and families.


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IS BACK! Get 3 or more LanierWorld Season Passes and save big! The more you add, the more you save!

WHAT’S IN MY SEASON PASS? Unlimited beach access Unlimited carnival rides Unlimited gate access & parking $5/day beach umbrella rentals Unlimited NEW zip line access Unlimited beach lounging chairs 50% off Daily Fast Pass “Friend Day” discounts for 5 pals

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or many, summer camp experiences are some of the best childhood memories we have. Summer camp is an adventure that encourages independence and exploration - giving kids the opportunity to make new friends, spend days being active, learn new skills and do what they love. Our summer camp guide is filled with camps that cater to every interest. From a variety of sports camps to nature and science camps, there are day camps and sleepover camps that are sure to give your child memories that will last a lifetime!




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Inviting all enthusiastic learners to Homework Central’s


Daily, 3 hour-block, Reading, Writing and Math sessions, provide a balance of academic and fun activities for grades 1 - 8. June 1 - July 31, 2015. Fun-loving, M.A degreed teachers. Student-centered portfolios. Competitive • Interactive • Problem Solving • Games! NOW ENROLLING - $159/wk.

#THEPERFECTLEGACYSUMMER2015 IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR'S FUN-FILLED SUMMER CAMP AT LEGACY ACADEMY. You will take field trips, explore nature, and play sports to strengthen your bodies as well as your minds. Legacy has six locations in the area. Learn more at or @legacyacademy4c.

Eye Candy 770-614-3381 TAKE A ROCKETTE CAMP WITH A RADIO CITY ROCKETTE, A BROADWAY CAMP FROM A BROADWAY PERFORMER AND MORE AT CHAMBERS PERFORMING ARTS Est. 1980. Dance, Drama, and Performing Arts Camps for Ages 3+/All Levels. Half Day or Full Day Camps and 2-Week Intensives. Johns Creek and Suwanee Locations.

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Each day they will have incredible services, exciting games, hilarious fun, and amazing excursions during a week you will not forget. Mark your calendars now and register for Summer Xtreme 2015!

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Each week you will explore sculpture, canvas painting, tie-dye, pottery, glass fusion & more! Camp runs Mon-Fri from 10-2. Cost is $180/week or $45/day. Ages 6+. Camp T-shirt included with full week. Register at or call 678-714-5683. a pottery painting & art creation studio

Johns Creek United Methodist Church 770-497-8215 ext. 1003 FIVE WEEKS OF UNIQUE AND EXCITING ADVENTURES AWAIT JOHNS CREEK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SUMMER PRESCHOOL CAMPERS. Each camp will explore a new theme with art and hands on projects designed to inspire the children. Camps are during the weeks of June 8/June 15/July 6/July 13/July 20. 9:30 – 1:30 Monday-Friday. Ages 2-5. $ 130/week, $30 /registration fee.

770-886-6500 NSDA IS OFFERING SUMMER 2015 DANCING FUN! Exciting and energetic camps for dancers ages 3–18 years old! POP PRINCESS & PRINCE-$175.00 June 22nd-26th - 3-6yrs - 9am-12pm DANCE MANIA-$205.00 June 22nd-26th - 7-10yrs - 9am-3:30pm DANCE WORKSHOP-$210.00 JULY 20th-24th - 11yrs & up - 9am-3:30pm COMPANY BOOT CAMP-$315.00 JUNE 15th-19th - Limited spots-approval needed


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School age and up. You will be painting, sculpting, and having shows for your parents.

LA Berkeley Lake 4565 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Norcross, GA 30092 770-573-1700 LA Flynn Crossing 5390 Flynn Crossing Dr. Alpharetta, GA 30005 770-475-1011 LA Satellite 1825 Satellite Blvd. Duluth, GA 30097 770-622-9200

LA Snellville 1560 Summit Chase Dr. Snellville, GA 30078 770-982-5530 LA Suwanee 4055 Smithtown Rd. Suwanee, GA 30024 770-932-2800 LA Suwanee Dam 5558 Suwanee Dam Rd. Suwanee, GA 30024 678-546-7255

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770-243-2275 SPARTAN SUMMER CAMPS AT GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Ages 3-18, May 26-July 31 Before/After extended care available. Summer Day Camp, Art, Cheerleading, Diving, Dance, Drama, Film Making, Lacrosse, LEGO Engineering, Nike Basketball, Overnight Adventure Camps, Pottery, Swimming, Volleyball, Sports Performance and more! See why hundreds of families choose GAC as their summer camp option each year. Email for more information.


And that's exactly what they do at The Actor's Edge Summer Camps. In June, children from 7 – 17 years old will Act, Dance, Sing, and learn Improv. And in July, they are producing Into The Woods for children age 12+ (auditions in April!). Visit or call 770-846-6721.

770-932-3900 PRIMROSE IS AN ACCREDITED PRIVATE PRESCHOOL THAT PROVIDES A PREMIER EDUCATIONAL CHILDCARE EXPERIENCE. As The Leader in Educational Childcare, they partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Primrose helps to build Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts!


A week of high adventure that will excite and challenge! Campers, from 3 years old through 5th grade, will experience how Jesus gives them courage, wisdom, faith and love to share. T-shirt and daily snack included. Register at


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678-580-1882 I PERFORMANCE BASED SUMMER ROCK CAMPS FOR BEGINNER THROUGH SEASONED ROCKERS Rock 101 Camp (ages 8-11) M-F - 9am -3pm EARLY BIRD Camps run June 1-5, June 15-19 & July 20-24

Performance Camp (Ages 11-17) M-F - 9am -3pm 

Camps run June 8-12, June 22-26 & July 13-17 For more information email them at 



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ONSTAGE DRAMA CAMP WITH ELAINE WADSWORTH Ages 6 and up • June 8-12 and July 13-17 • REGISTER NOW!! Space is limited Pre-Ballet Camps and Intensive for older dancers also available. Call 678-386-9429 or email for more information on summer offerings. You can also visit their website at


Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation offers a multitude of adventures this summer for ages 4-14 from June 1 – July 31. Top-notch facilities, super staff, and a low counselor-to-camper ratio provide safe, enriching environments. Day camps start at an affordable $125 per week. Call 770-822-8840 or visit


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FOR BOYS AND GIRLS - HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA TRACK Resident Campers: Age 12 up to high school Day Campers: Ages 10 up to high school June 16th-18th, 2015 (Overnight & Day Camp) July 6th-9th, 2015 (Morning DAY Camp Only).

“SMART KIDS SWEAT” is the motto! At the All Sports Camp, campers have a great time running, jumping, playing, and sharpening their sports skills. This program is an excellent opportunity for kids ages 5-14 to be coached by current college athletes in baseball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and fun fitness. Register today at


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770-945-3424 YOUR CHILD WILL FLIP OVER GEORGIA GYMNASTICS ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP! The camp is open to boys and girls 4 years old and up, with select weeks offered to 3 year olds. The GGA Camp experience includes structured gymnastics instruction, recreational games and activities.

Half-day and full-day sessions are available.

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JULY 13-17; EMORY UNIVERSITY Boys and Girls, ages 10 -18, will have an opportunity to learn from the pros. Meet sports celebrities.  Make play-by-play, reporting, sports anchor, and PTI style videos. Host your own sports talk radio shows! Participate in sports trivia contests and much more.

Day and overnight options available. 770-483-2225 I CAMP WESTMINSTER PROVIDES THE BEST IN CHRISTIAN CAMPING EXPERIENCES! Located in Conyers, Georgia, Camp Westminster offers weekly overnight & day camp sessions for boys & girls ages 6-16. Activities include horses, climbing tower, paintball, wakeboard, and more! Open House on Saturday, March 28th. 40

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BEST OF GWINNETT, 2015 SUMMER OF TRANSFORMATION. Fun Camps for young dancers: Disney Princesses, Sophia the 1st, Barbie Magic & American Girl. Workshops & Intensives for dancers ready to get to the next level: Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom Styling, Tumbling, Contemporary, & Musical Theatre Camp, Annie. Register Online at

706-862-2231 Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp May 31 - July 31 Horse Lovers’ Paradise Since 1954! A'top Lookout Mountain, ages 8-17; 1-9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails.  CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders.  Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse.  The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!


MONTESSORI SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP Ages up to age 12 School Ages - 6 weeks to 6 years Visit for more information.


Camps are for all skill levels, boys & girls ages 4-15, M-Fri at Bunten Rd Park in Duluth & Dunwoody. Players are grouped by age and skill. Dribbling, passing, shooting and small-sided games daily. Each player receives T-shirt, ball and personal evaluation.


888-794-2918 EXPERIENCE “DEEPER FAITH. GREATER ADVENTURES.” Nondenominational Christ-centered. Exceptional leaders. Builds character, confidence, relationships. Grades 3-12. All-inclusive activities: lake (zip line, water slide, kayaks, swimming, aqua park), horseback riding, climbing tower, paintball, ropes courses, cardboard boat regatta, archery, BB guns, games and more. Daily small-group Bible study. Nightly large-group worship with engaging speaker.

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Do they love animals? If so, then join Tiger Tails for two weeks of learning and handson activities to see what Veterinarians do daily! For more information email:

June 1st-5th, 9:00am-2:00pm, Grades 3rd-5th June 8th-12th, 9:00am-2:00pm, Grades 6th-7th

770-945-9558 JOIN NORTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL THIS SUMMER! SPORTS Baseball Lady Bulldog Basketball Volleyball Football Boys Basketball

EDUCATIONAL Animation Design Video Game Creation Human Geography

*Because of the severe winter weather, the initial dates for the camps may change due to make up days. For complete information on the camps, please visit, Community School, or email

770-640-3855 MARY ANN RODMAN WILL AGAIN TEACH HER POPULAR CREATIVE WRITING CAMPS, “KIDS CAN WRITE” AT THE HISTORIC BARRINGTON HALL IN ROSWELL. Camp dates are:  June 22–26, July 6–10, July 13–17 and July 20 –24. From 9 AM to 4 PM each day. Age range is 10 - 14 years. Cost per camp is $250.00 Call 770-640-3855 for information.




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Learn, explore, and be STEM- confident in one or all of their summer experiences offered throughout Atlanta.


The Hudgens offers fine art camps for budding artists grades K-5. Camps are offered throughout the months of June and July.

Register before April 15th and receive 10% off!

706-542-7995 HOSTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA GIRLS OVERNIGHT AND DAY CAMPS AGES 9-17 Three sessions: June 14-18 /   June 21-25    /     July 12-16 Overnight: $675, Commuter: $475 For more information or to register, go to 



June 1-5 And June 22-26 9:30Am - 1:30Pm Children 2 years to 3rd grade • $15 registration fee • $25 per day Contact Sue Moser for more information: 404-786-7072.


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Preschool camps include sports/coordination, art/cooking or science/math. Camps for rising K-rising - 7th grade include basketball, cheer/tumble, art, golf, tennis, cooking, horseback riding, drama/music, science, extreme sports or explore Atlanta. Sign up early, the camp fills up fast!



Now in the 22nd year, Nike Golf Camps provides junior golfers with the tools to improve and enjoy this great game for a lifetime. With over 100 locations nationwide at prominent universities, prestigious golf resorts, and local golf courses, there is an opportunity for every junior golfer to get better and have fun doing it.



The mission of Nike Rugby Camps is to provide rugby education to young athletes and engender confidence and self-esteem on and off the rugby field. They are dedicated to providing their campers with one on one and group coaching by top college coaches and Team USA players.

404-932-2552 I CLUB SCIENTIFIC NORTH GEORGIA OFFERS HANDS-ON SCIENCE CAMPS FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-14. Robotics, Video Game Creator, Crime Scene Investigation, Veterinarian, Physician, and more! All lessons meet or exceed National Science Foundation standards. 3 locations in Gwinnett and Cumming. Multiple weeks in June and July. All information and registration is online:



Part-time (8am-1pm) or full-time (7am-6.30pm). Camps held at two convenient locations in Sandy Springs off of I-285 and Lawrenceville-Suwanee off of I-316. June 1st – July 24th. Registrations going on now. See more details at, or call 404-409-0827.


Gymnastics fun plus weekly themed activities. 9:00 – 4:00, 9:00 – 12:30, or 12:30 – 4:00 plus free extended care 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. One week sessions June 1 – August 14. $155/week, $145/week for 3 plus weeks.

770-614-6686 CHECK OUT SUWANEE SPORTS ACADEMY'S SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS WHO WANT TO STAY ACTIVE THIS SUMMER. With Basketball, Volleyball and MySport camps available, everyone can participate in their favorite sport, activity or field trip. Spend a week or the entire summer at one of the premier sports facilities in the Southeast.


Crabapple Academy’s Summer Camp offers the opportunity to develop and maintain physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills through a theme-based curriculum designed to encourage creativity, adventure and fun! Experienced teachers provide a stimulating, supportive learning environment that includes weekly field trips, enriching group & individual activities designed to inspire each child’s potential.

Early-bird discount registration ends April 30th, so call today!



Camp All-American is the premier camp in North Atlanta. Join them for their 27th Summer and see for yourself why campers and parents are making CAA their place to be! Go to to see what everyone is talking about!


Ultimate Summer Camp Experience! $99/week and $85 for second child. 8am to 5:30pm M-F. Sports, arts and crafts, marital arts, bowling, swimming and hiking, tons of field trips. Call Legacy’s Adventure Day Camp to reserve your child’s place today. 678-541-5254.


Activities includes: Kicking, Tricking, Sparring, Weapons, Dodgeball, Nerf Wars, & More ATA Fight Camp June 8th – 12th Teaches footwork, distance, timing, & countering attacks Nerf Wars Camp July 13th – 17th Teaches sword, bo staff, double chuks, dynamic kicking, & Nerf Wars.

770-476-2013 “RAILROADS ACROSS AMERICA” SUMMER CAMP HELPS YOUR CHILD DISCOVER THE EXCITEMENT OF RAILROADING AT THE SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM! Your child will learn about the exciting world of railroads from around the country — all while exploring real train cars and locomotives. Each day will feature a different kind of railroad, related activities, and a real train ride!







Play in God's creation, and Grow in your faith! Through a variety of activities, Bible study and worship, you will begin or deepen your faith and make new friends and lasting memories.

Join The Royal Dance Academy this summer for fun dance educational camps, classes and intensives at either 2 locations. • Developmental programs ideal for growing dancers • Wide range of evening classes throughout the summer • Intensives for the serious dancer    For more information visit or call 770-232-2997. Email:


SUMMER CAMP TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF GRIZZLY SOFTBALL PLAYERS! June 1-4—skills and drills grizzly softball style—open to all skill levels; players grouped by age/experience July 20-23—elevating your talent to the next level—players must have 3+ years of competitive softball experience. 46

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678-482-6333 ENCHANTED PRINCESS SUPERHEROES (ages 3 -7; June ADVENTURES 29-July 2) learn basic CAMPERS (ages 3 - 7; June 8-12 & June 15-19) will dance and sing with Princesses.

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(ages 7-13; June 1-5 & June 22-26) experience all facets of producing a musical.


news from the suwanee schools universe

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.�

PHOTOS BY: Steve Glass


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Stepping Stone Montessori School

Teaching through

Suwanee School instills a passion for lifelong learning BY: Aoife


pon arriving at Stepping Stone Montessori School (SSMS), a cheerful looking building surrounded by flowerpots and a white picket fence, you are greeted with a powerful statement that is sure to stop you in your tracks. Painted upon the wall in the front entrance are these words, “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Stepping Stone Montessori School was founded in honor of Uday, brother of Co-Founder, Aparna Banka, who passed away from cancer at a very young age. “The family envisions SSMS as a way to spread quality education to children who are the soul and future of our community,” said Head of School, Mark

Berger. “Being able to successfully do this will keep Uday's name alive while doing good in our community.” Maria Montessori was the first recognized Italian female doctor and scientist. She designed a school based on her knowledge of science and biology. By observing children as they grew and developed, she formed a curriculum based on the “planes of development.” These planes of development are three-year spans from ages 3 6, 6 - 9, and 9 - 12. She believed learning is a process that should be individualized to each child. The mixed age classrooms allow students to learn from one another and enables them to advance faster in certain subjects while spending extra time in others, based on their specific needs. Mark Berger was applying for law schools when he first heard about Montessori from a friend who was a Montessori teacher. As he learned more about it, he was fascinated and decided to take the


Each classroom is equipped with concrete materials designed to encourage a hands-on experience that evokes a child’s curiosity to explore and learn.

training for himself. “The training was incredibly eyeopening,” he exclaimed. “I love how children are taught concepts and meaning, building blocks of understanding larger theories, instead of simply how to memorize a slew of facts to forget shortly after.” Observing a typical class in session at SSMS, you will witness a flurry of activity, each child intent upon the unique lesson in front of them. Each classroom is equipped with concrete materials designed to encourage a hands-on experience that evokes a child’s curiosity to explore and learn. Not one child is idle or blankly staring at a chalkboard, rather they are engaged and actively participating in their learning. What’s more, they seem to be enjoying every minute of it. “Children learn better in an enriched environment,” said Berger, “At Stepping Stone Montessori, we strive to provide children the tools they need to discover who they are.” Children are allowed the freedom of choosing their own activities and assignments each day. The instructor gives individualized lessons throughout the week and continually observes each student’s progression. Every student keeps a work journal where they record their weekly accomplishments. At the end of the week the teacher and student meet to evaluate which areas they need to spend more time in and review their progress. This type of student/teacher interaction not only fosters self-discipline and independence but it allows the child to more honestly communicate their needs without fear of reprimand. Since there is no legal control over who can use


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the Montessori name, there are many unauthentic “Montessori” schools out there. “At SSMS, we follow the teaching of the true and authentic Montessori way because the system works,” stated Berger. “ It’s simple. Modern science continues to support all of Maria Montessori’s findings, so why would we change a system that provides amazing results?” Montessori, both the woman and the approach, have a fundamental respect for children. Out of this respect, and Maria Montessori’s research and observation, came a school that truly instills in children a passion for lifelong learning. ■

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Rosemary Benavides Williams Student Arts Scholarship North Gwinnett Arts Association offers college arts scholarships BY: Brandy Posey, Membership Chair, NGAA

The deadline is approaching: May 1, 2015. High School seniors that plan to major in the field of visual arts, such as: painting, drawing, sketching, sculpture, art education or other creative fields are eligible to apply for The North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) Rosemary Benavides Williams Student Arts Scholarship. This year, the NGAA is able to increase awarding one recipient to awarding three! Thanks to the success of fundraising from the 2014 Suwanee Classic Car Show and Arts in the Park they will award three $1500 scholarships in 2015. The number and value of scholarships shall be determined each year by the NGAA Board of Trustees. Applications and requirements are available at â–

2014 Scholarship Winners, top: Aberleigh Rice and bottom: Jennifer Still



“You Are Loved” Valentine’s Dance Special needs community and students from local high schools participate in 2nd annual dance BY: Rachel




When Lucy Miller attended North Gwinnett High School last year she noticed an undeniable need for friendship, camaraderie and acceptance between the special needs community and her other classmates. With that, the inaugural “You are Loved” Valentine’s dance and a lasting legacy was born! This year’s 2nd Annual “You Are Loved” event took place on Saturday, February 7th with over 250 students from local clubs, programs and schools including: North Gwinnett High School, Collins Hill, Lanier, Peachtree Ridge, Mill Creek, Duluth and even Decatur! The dance included a DJ, photo booth, candy bar, balloon artists and delicious refreshments provided by Zaxbys, Mellow Mushroom and several generous NGHS families. When asked to recall some of her favorite moments from the evening, Miller remembered a young man who came in, very reserved and shy, Lucy Miller and Andrew Newsome but by the end of the dance he was smiling, laughing, dancing and “literally danced his way out the door…it summed up the evening!” she said. A freshman at the University of Alabama, Miller dove headfirst into developing her career with a double Major in Special Education and Business, yet is still dedicated to donating time for the special needs students in her own hometown. She founded the non-profit organization called HappyFeat - whose mission is “to better the lives of our special needs friends and the communities they support through employment, education and entertainment opportunities.” Some of Happy Feat’s events this year will include a “Come on and get Happy” Prom – held at Gwinnett Church in May, a “Happy Haunted House” for Halloween and their annual live nativity during the holidays. For more information or ways to be involved, please visit ■

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The next big thing: red blends


local food. craft beer. wine trends.


Greek Island Grill & Bar dishes up traditional, heart-healthy Mediterranean cuisine with unabashed authenticity... BY: Rachel Fasig

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his is Mediterranean food - this is where I come from. - Ozan Bayer

Greek Island Grill and Bar is a beautiful new restaurant in Suwanee that lies in stark contrast to the neon, Americanized, pseudo-Greek diners most of us are accustomed to. “From the outside, people don’t know what to expect,” admitted Bayer. But, once they’re in, all preconceived notions vanish and they won’t want Greek done any other way. Ozan Bayar is of Greek heritage but was born and raised in Turkey. Upon receiving a degree in Hotel Management in 2006, he moved to the US to pursue a career opportunity in that field. But, after years of managing large, well-known properties and restaurants, he decided it was time to “make something his own.” Coincidentally, around the same time, the perfect Lawrenceville-Suwanee location became available to him. Living in Sandy Springs at the time, Bayar took it upon himself to explore and research the City of Suwanee. “I saw a lot of sports bars and a lot of Asian restaurants, but no Greek food,” he said. “I got very excited about this location and about introducing my food and culture to the people of Eggplant Napoleon: Suwanee,” he Grilled Eggplant, Fire Roasted Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella, continued. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, And it makes Fresh Basil & sense to bring Balsamic Glaze Greek cuisine, which is often hailed as the healthiest diet in the world, to Suwanee - one of metro Atlanta’s most healthconscious cities. Mayo Clinic cites


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- Ozan Bayer

Owner, Greek Island Grill & Bar

Order the whole grilled fish, and Ozan will personally deliver it, properly open, display, and take the bone out for customers

research showing that a traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. But initially, it’s often the herbaceous and fresh flavors of grilled seafood, made-from-scratch pita bread, simple and refreshing tzatziki and hummus dips, and hand-carved gyros that attract people to the Greek way of life. That, and the fact that red wine is hailed as a key component to a balanced Mediterranean diet…in moderation of course. Nonetheless, sign me up! The flavor, benefits and rich history of Greek food were all critical factors when Bayer and his Executive Chef, Nuri Ozan, created Greek Island’s menu. Chef Nuri has traveled and worked around the world, in the Mediterranean, UK, Dubai, Germany and US. “The recipes were a collaboration of our unique tastes, preferences and personal experiences,” explained Bayer. “We do everything from scratch here and use only the best quality. We will go to local specialty markets for Mediterranean herbs, spices and products that can’t be purchased elsewhere,” he continued. And, that caliber of quality is evident in their service as well. Order the whole grilled fish, and Ozan will personally deliver it, properly open, display, and take the bone out for customers. Greek Island’s open-kitchen floor plan allows customers to watch as chefs’ carefully prepare signature dishes, such as: chargrilled kebobs, gyros, sautéed shrimp, baked pita, saganaki (pan-seared greek cheese), babagonush, mousaka, falafels and more. A traditional, spinning, vertical grill cooks lamb and beef gyro meat to perfection, before it’s carved to order. And, while tradition rings through every aspect of Greek Island Grill & Bar, they’re not afraid to add contemporary twists, such as a fully stocked bar that’s mixing up hand concocted libations like the “Spice Mist” – a specialty cocktail made with chilled


premium vodka, jalapeno syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and fresh basil. “We use a higher quality of house and well liquors, and even have gluten free liquors,” said Bayer. What you won’t find? No artificial syrups, no sour mix, and no store-bought mixes. The energetic, yet laid back approach reminds me of what life on the actual Greek Islands might be like: a deep awareness and appreciation of history, yet a vibrant energy and optimism that’s almost contagious. With traditional, live Greek music on Saturday nights and plans to add belly dancers this year, Greek Island’s atmosphere allows customers to truly experience “a taste of Greece”. ■


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The Next Big Thing:

“What is the Next Big thing?”

That is the question everyone is asking these days in the wine business. The most recent trend to come and go was the “it’s okay to drink sweet” revolution focusing on Moscato, but more recently I have noticed a turn away from sweet towards fat, lush, fullbodied Red Blends. Some people give Napa Valley's Folie à Deux "Ménage à Trois” or Marietta Cellars “Old Vine Lot Series" credit for starting the blending phenomenon. But, the truth is, Old World Europe may have started this blend trend in the mid 1970’s when irreverent Italian winemaker, Piero Antinori, broke the law and created a style we now know as “Super Tuscan” – a luscious Red Blend that often passes the $100/bottle threshold. At a time when wines of the Chianti region of Tuscany were required to have 90% or more of the Sangiovese varietal, Antinori blended and oakaged Sangiovese and Cabernet

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THE PRISONER A Napa Valley Red Wine blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono. The wine features enticing aromas of bing cherry, espresso, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry linger harmoniously for a smooth and luscious finish.

grapes to create a luscious blend that shook wine culture worldwide. Here at Beverage Superstore Suwanee, we used to have one rack of Red Blends and for years that was plenty. But, in the last two years there have been so many new, high quality versions of Red Blends emerging into the market that we’ve had to go so far as to subdivide them into different types. We have several that are Zinfandelbased, like Bedrock's “Shebang” or Austin Hope's “Troublemaker” which are comfortably priced in the $10-$15 range, or Prisoner Wine Company's namesake Red Blend at $39.99 for a step-up.

OLD VINE RED-LOT #61 RED BLEND Marietta's 61st release of this classic Zin-based blend made with fruit from Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Bright perfumed strawberry and pomegranate fruit aromas. A rich spiciness combines with darker berried fruit on the mouth, which is completed by a full, round structure.


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SHEBANG! "SIXTH CUVÉE OLD VINE CUVÉE" RED BLEND An exuberantly juicy, multi-vintage red blend of 60% Zinfandel with a primary balance of Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah, and other assorted old vine, field blend grapes. Assertive aromas of candied dark fruits and violet, with a peppery topnote. Juicy and open-knit, offering plump blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that show a slight jamminess.


MENAGE A TROIS MIDNIGHT This luxurious red wine blend of not three—but four— grapes! Merlot adds a plush, velvety texture, Cabernet Sauvignon offers elegance and power, Petite Sirah lends inky intensity and Petit Verdot imparts a deep violet color and concentrated fruit. The wine is aged in French and American oak. The result is a dark red silky, smooth blend with a long, powerful finish.

TROUBLEMAKER BLEND 8 Inspired by varieties that flourish in Paso Robles and California's Central Coast, Troublemaker is a truly distinct Paso blend consisting of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre,and Zinfandel. By using a multi-vintage approach, winemaker Austin Hope allows the wine to show uncanny complexity in its youth, yet rich and fruitforward characteristics that make it ready upon release. With rich aromatics that display hints of smoke and violets, bright fruit on the palate and a long finish, Troublemaker shows amazing depth and structure.

The other main subsets are Bordeaux-styled blends, including Meritage or Clarets like Californiaproduced Franc is Coppola “Diamond Series” and Bonny Doon’s “A Proper Claret.” While blending is growing in popularity, most countries and specific regions, do regulate the grape varieties that winemakers are allowed to use. For instance, a true Bordeaux wine must be produced in the Bordeaux region of France and is limited to five grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. In the US, most Bordeaux-style wine consists of those time-tested five grape varieties, but often includes a little Syrah for bigger body. The truth is, blending makes sense. Whether it’s an inexpensive, entry-level bottle or an elite Napa cult Cabernet setting you back a few hundred dollars, adding a second grape can add great complexity or improve the overall structure of the wine. So, while the blend trend is nothing new, it certainly is gaining popularity lately! Think of a red blend as "the little black dress" of the wine world – a classic that you’ve gotta have in your {wine} closet! The way today’s winemakers are making blends gives a new twist on old ideas. With more and more people beginning to explore the world of wine, we can now all raise our glasses to The Next Big Thing and pour ourselves a glass of a lush, blended red. ■



BY: Rachel Fasig PHOTOS BY: Karl Lamb, RSVP Atlanta


early 6,000 beer lovers will flock to Suwanee Town Center Park on Saturday, March 14th for the 5th Annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest, presented by The Fresh Market. Suwanee Beer Fest has become widely known as one of the premier craft beer events in the Southeast. With unlimited sampling of over 300 craft beers, it has become a destination for beer enthusiasts nationwide! Named “Best Festival in Gwinnett” by the 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post Reader’s Choice Awards, the event organizers and their community sponsors are committed to making the 5th annual festival the best one yet. The stakes have been raised with the addition of Suwanee Beer Fest's inaugural Brew Battle! Powered by DraftServ Technologies and sponsored by The Fresh Market and Spectrum Packaging - this epic showdown will feature 10 - 2014 Gwinnett Georgia breweries, each vying Daily Post Reader’s for the title of Brew Battle Choice Awards Champion. Ten local breweries were invited to put their best beer forward as nearly 6,000 Suwanee Beer Fest attendees will decide who reigns supreme. But, these local breweries aren't the only ones going head-to-head on March 14th. Sponsored by Brew Depot, the Suwanee Beer Fest Home Brew




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Competition includes over 100 home brewers and 250 different beers this year! The "Best in Show" home brew winner will be crowned onstage during the event. That is, if Atlanta's award–winning 80s tribute band, Mad Margritt and Chicago's very own Fulkinetic, don't burn it down first with their aweinspiring rock & roll antics! The Suwanee Beer Festival is dedicated to supporting and celebrating the American craft beer culture while also giving

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 5TH ANNUAL SUWANEE BEER FEST: ■ Unlimited samples of 300+ American craft beers! ■ Debut of seasonal and hard-to-find brews ■ Cooking with beer demos + samples by The Fresh Market ■ Inaugural Brew Battle powered by DraftServ - 10 LOCAL BREWERIES FACE OFF and YOU can help them win! ■ Gwinnett Cornhole Tournament with awesome beer swag prizes! Sign up at ■ Irish beers in celebration of St. Patty’s Day


% 14 ABV

Legal alcohol by volume limit for beer in Georgia.



the music!

back to the community. As tradition holds, a large portion of total proceeds will benefit KIngdom Kids, a local nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit This event sells out each year, so don't wait! Follow "SuwaneeBeerFest" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates. ■

■ Live music from Chicago’s Fulkinetic and award-wining 80’s Tribute band, Mad Margritt ■ Professional Irish Dancers ■ Beer flavored ice cream and desserts ■ Backyard games including beer pong and more! ■ Great food including pizza, brats, sausages, hamburgers, tacos, bbq & more! ■ Basketball game coverage available at "Game Day in the South" tailgate set-up ■ The 4th annual Home Brew Competition hosted by Brew Depot ■ Popular vendors providing special deals and samples ■ AND MUCH MORE!


MILLION economic impact of Georgia craft beer industry.

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New to the Suwanee Beer Fest lineup is one of Atlanta's most infamous 80's tribute bands – the award-winning Mad Margritt! The group won "Best Rock Band" at the Atlanta Rock Awards and was nominated for 2 awards at the South Florida Rock Awards. Their explosive, high-energy show has taken them on tour across the US and Europe, opening for KISS, Quiet Riot, Skid Row, Cinderella, Poison, Ratt, Whitesnake, Warrant, Slaughter, Great White, Tesla, Every Mothers Nightmare, The Bullet Boys, Bret Michaels, Winger and Roxx Gang, to name a few. Transport yourself back to the 80s with a set list that includes hits from those timeless shows as well as covers by: Journey, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Metallica, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Osbourne and more! Back by popular demand, all the way from Chicago, the 5th annual Suwanee Beer Fest is proud to host Fulkinetic on the main stage once again! This dynamic band has entertained Suwanee Beer Fest attendees for four straight years with their original songs that are a combination of "rock music, influenced by soul, funk and blues." One of their favorite things about the fest? That it is a St. Patrick's Celebration! "Being South side Irish from Chicago, you know, it's compulsory that we celebrate that day," said lead singer, Phil. So, please raise your glasses in an Irish-style toast to Fulkinetic - who drives all the way from Chicago to play just for you, Suwanee! ■

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BY: Michael

Lundmark Proud Suwanee resident and Founder of Alpharetta’s Jekyll Brewing

Nothing is better than the sight of a craft beer festival’s beer tents, the sound of festival music, the delicious aroma from the food vendors, and the thousands of people passionate about one great craft: BEER! Craft beer festivals put a spotlight on craft brewers. They are a great way to discover local, state and regional breweries.

What exactly is a craft brewery?

■ Small - Craft breweries have an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less. ■ Independent - Less than 25 percent of a craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.


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■ Traditional - A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.

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Beer was designed to bring people together in a communal way and should be celebrated in this spirit. The craft beer world can seem intimidating; “beer geeks” enjoy all the qualities of beer just as much as the taste, but craft beer festivals tear down all social barriers and invite all types of people to taste, laugh and learn. From the expert to the first-timer, these festivals are just that: festive. It celebrates what beer is to the community, the state and the nation.

NOTHING GOES BETTER WITH GREAT BEER THAN GREAT FOOD... Tannery Row Ale House is home of the best barbecue, pizza, sandwiches and libations on this side of the tracks! Our menu features modern comfort food inspired by the history & culture of our surroundings.

678-765-8979 I Mellow's famous Bake Bus will be parked outside serving slices, and inside we'll have draft beers and wine that guests can take To Go. We'll have reps from Sam Adams and Sweetwater Brewery handing out swag and raffling prizes. Plus, we'll have two new exciting drafts to try: Sweetwater's Hop Hash and a special brew from Lonerider made just for our store!

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The history of beer in this nation,

and in Georgia, was a key component to the survival of our thirteen colonies. Early colonists consumed beer for hydration. Since the water made everyone sick, low ABV beer was safe because it was boiled during the brewing process. In fact, colonists arriving to the New World were greeted with a deed to their land, a bag of tools and a barrel with 44 gallons of ale! It wasn’t until 1853, when Louis Pasteur discovered pasteurization, that people understood water needed to be boiled to be safe. Alpharetta’s Jekyll Brewing has dedicated most of its branding to the history of beer in Georgia and the Deep South. From their flagship beer Hop Dang Diggity® to the American Brown Ale, to Cooter Brown, there is a southern story behind each beer! You can learn about all the great history through a brewery tour. Let us all come together to celebrate everything about the history of this great beverage. Smile, raise your glass and remember Ben Franklin’s most famous quote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!” ■

- Michael

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Specializing in pizza, pasta and other authentic Italian dishes. Ippolito’s candlelit, romantic restaurant provides a fine-dining environment. The menu features antipasto, Chicken Francese, Shrimp Scampi, Salmon Gabriella & more.

678-985-4377 I Recognized for Business Excellence for Family Mexican Restaurant by Consumers’ Choice for 13 straight years, Frontera Mex-Mex Grill operates throughout Atlanta with 14 locations, serving authentic Mex-Mex food.

BEER FEST SPECIAL: Offering oven-baked small sandwich & chip combos for $5.

678-765-6336 I A Tex- Mex restaurant with some of the best tacos and margaritas in town. Now offering catering. Also providing shuttle service to and from the Suwanee Beer Fest and will host a roof-top after party at the restaurant. Shuttle sponsored by Twisted Taco, Choices to You and RBM of Alpharetta.

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Serving Gyros, Phillies, Sausages, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Beverages.

770-804-9662 Belgian Style Street Fries, hand-cut, twice-cooked never frozen; seasoned with our own special blend of spices and served with homemade dipping sauce. We can cater your next event!

404-606-7151 I Your neighborhood pizza tavern with the best wood fired pizza, wings, salads, pastas, and subs. Have to try the pizza burger! Voted bets pizza of Gwinnett 2013 and 2014. Friendly staff serving up the best wood fired pizza in town!

678-546-0823 I A family-friendly restaurant and tavern located in the heart of Suwanee. Focusing on excellent cuisine and the warmth and charm of Southern Hospitality.

470-266-1516 I Cinco is authentic, Latin-infused Mexican cuisine served in a setting that is designed to put a contemporary twist on Mexico’s culture. Our unique menu offers an upscale variety of items that are carefully prepared from scratch using only the finest ingredients. We are Mexican food with an attitude.

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Savage Jerky Co. is a handcrafted, small batch beef jerky company based in Suwanee, GA. All of their jerky is made without the use of nitrates, nitrites, or preservatives.

An online marketplace where craft beer lovers can find fun, creative, unique growlers & t-shirts that give them a unique way of expressing their character. Growlers with character, express yourself!

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Come out and enjoy watching some of golf's greatest legends with your clients, friends and family. To learn more about the Greater Gwinnett Championship and how to become a sponsor visit:

Known for show quality work, exceptional customer service, and cleanliness. The staff at Killer Ink will exceed all your tattoo and piercing expectations. The artists and piercing team have 50 years experience combined in the industry. MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE $20 OFF

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Mobile Merchandise Truck specializing in tailgating and gameday gear. They bring the game to you!

Residential Real Estate Law Firm that specializes in Closings, Commercial Real Estate, Business and Corporate Relations, Short Sales, Foreclosures, Contracts and Title Issues.

770-815-8058 I “The Official Pretzel of Beer.” Enjoy free samples or purchase Knotty Pretzel ½ lb. bag necklaces.

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Two Men And A Truck are a local Suwanee moving company that continuously strives to exceed their customer’s expectations. They treat you and your possessions how they would like their grandmothers to be treated – with care and respect. Services range from partial to complete packing and unpacking, moving a single item to a location and pick up and deliveries.

Happy Hour Confections is a locally owned bakery specializing in the use of craft beer, wine and spirits in all of our confections. Everything they make is made with the highest quality ingredients and prepared by hand.

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770-932-9898 I Georgia SPCA's mission is to reduce the number of healthy animals euthanized in Georgia by promoting adoptions, offering low-cost spay/ neuter procedures and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Window World is the largest replacement window company in the United States, and home of the original $189 Window. Serving Atlanta area residents and homeowners with the finest quality range of replacement windows, doors, and more. Because of their superior quality replacement windows, doors, vinyl siding, gutters, and other home improvement products, their vinyl replacement windows earned the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal.

678-765-2726 I The Atlanta area’s top choice for professional painting services, providing services to both commercial and residential entities. Feel confident that your job will be our best work every time! Interior, exterior, residential, commercial, office, or condominium.

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A local e-cig vaping company with premium products ranging from e-liquid, hardware and swag. Offering great products at competitive prices with excellent customer service.

Gwinnett Cornhole was founded in 2013 and offers eight week leagues in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Competition is held at the Suwanee Town Center Park on Tuesday nights. Visit their website for more information and register your team today!

678-322-8273 I Pratt & Associates caters to a range of clients seeking the Atlanta lifestyle offering unparalleled expertise to buyers, sellers, and investors in the North Atlanta area. Their sales consultants can take away the pain and uncertainty and make your search a fun, exciting experience. It’s easy! Just give them a call!

678-551-2107 I Annandale Village is an award-winning nonprofit organization and residential facility based in Suwanee, Georgia. They are dedicated solely to providing progressive life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.

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Since 1966, Taylor Construction has completed over 60,000 jobs for over 45,000 customers! One of the reasons that such a high percentage of their customers come back to for additional work is because they offer the very finest in quality materials, the best in craftsmanship, and the very best in old-fashioned service.

Cruise Planners has a tremendous reputation for quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL your travel needs. We will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, they specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you!

770-587-3454 I Silverleaf Resorts Inc. is a company structured around four defining qualities: Value, variety, convenience and flexibility. With great emphasis placed upon these qualities coupled with our tenacious commitment, they provide great vacation experiences from a network of high-quality resorts with country club style amenities at affordable prices.

678-915-8800 I What makes Taco Mac Atlanta’s hometown favorite? From the genuine food to the most craft on draft to the best sports watching environment in town, we’ve put everything in place so you can come by, hang out and unwind with your friends and family.

678-730-0941 I Offering hardware equipment, paint, BBQ and outdoor living accessories including the Big Green Egg and YETI.

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Tom McNaull's mission is to help people manage the risk of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams!

678-205-5233 I Road Atlanta is an internationally- renowned road racing course carved out of the North Georgia hills. The race track annually hosts club events, vintage and motorcycle races, and the Petit Le Mans endurance race.

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Inaugural Contest is opportunity for beer enthusiasts to crown "Georgia's Best Beer" Most people know Suwanee Beer Fest as a

wildly fun, one-day event, with hundreds of craft beer samples, St. Patty’s festivities, and thousands of attendees, which takes place every March in Suwanee Town Center Park. This is true. But, the impact and story extends far beyond one day in March. It is the Suwanee community that has embraced and propelled the success of the festival. In turn, it simply made sense for The Fresh Market - whose motto is “neighbors serving neighbors” - to fulfill the role of Presenting Sponsor for the second year in a row…and to do so in an even grander way this year. This year, The Fresh Market is collaborating with Spectrum Packaging (a premier packaging company specializing in creative solutions for breweries) and DraftServ (an innovative technology company that creates self-serve, mobile, beverage-dispensing units) to provide local breweries with an unprecedented platform to showcase their products and evoke community support. This will be a groundbreaking opportunity for beer enthusiasts to have a direct economic impact on their local craft beer scene. Raise your glass to the inaugural Suwanee Beer Fest “Brew Battle” powered by DraftServ Technologies. Ten local breweries have been invited to put their best beer forward and compete for the title of “Georgia’s Best Beer” - as decided by the over 6,000 Suwanee Beer Fest attendees on March 14th, 2015. The platform: DraftServ’s interactive, self-serve, technology-driven, beer trailer displaying real-time leaderboard screens that track Suwanee Beer Fest’s most popular beer, at any given moment. This is the first time that DraftServ will utilize their revolutionary technology for a community festival and competition.



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The Fresh Market has dedicated space in each of its seven Metro Atlanta locations for promotional displays and new inventory of the ten competing breweries. This is the first time that some of these local breweries will have their beers sold in The Fresh Market! The winning brewery, crowned “Brew Battle Champion” at Suwanee Beer Fest, will then receive a personal marketing display and increased inventory in all seven The Fresh Market locations following the event, for a minimum of one month. “I’ve always been an advocate of businesses giving back to the communities in which they operate,” said Jim Healy, Store Manager of The Fresh Market in Suwanee. “Last year we introduced Jekyll Brewing as part of our support for Suwanee Beer Fest, and Hop Dang Diggity quickly became the number one beer at The Fresh Market in Suwanee, and sells very well in all the Atlanta stores,” Healy continued. “We became much more focused on local products last year, after we saw the response from the community to local craft beers. Since then, we’ve brought many other local products to our store, and so far the response has been terrific,” said Healy. The whole idea of being an effective community member is rallying behind your neighbors, behind the businesses, products and causes that shape us. So, with this revolution stirring amongst us, let the inaugural Brew Battle serve as your rally cry! And, may the best brew win! ■ 69

Beer is made from 4 basic ingredients:

barley, water, hops & yeast


Steep grains in hot water to make wort.

COMPETITIVE SPIRITS With previous contest

winners successfully moving their beers out of their basements and into well-known, local, commercial breweries, the competitive spirit of Suwanee Beer Fest’s Home Brew Competition has heightened. Over 100 of Metro Atlanta’s best home brewers submitted a total of 250 distinct homemade beers to contend for title of “Best in Show” this March. This BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) competition begins March 7th with 30-40 certified judges scoring the entries based on a specific criteria: mouthfeel, aroma, appearance, flavor and overall impression. Each submitted beer is placed in a flight with 8-10 other competitors of the same beer category. The winner of each flight will then move on to the final judging for “Best in Show” at Suwanee Beer Fest on March 14, 2015. Bob Carlton, Owner of Brew Depot in Alpharetta, is in his 4th year of organizing and planning Suwanee Beer Fest’s BJCP-certified home brew contest and has not only seen a spike in participation, but a spike in overall quality of entries over the years. The 2014 “Best in Show” winner was Paul Bushell with a delicious Barleywine. And, some might recognize the name of 2013’s “Best in Show” winner, Josh Rachel, who went on to become Master Brewer at Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta. Still though, “I have never given a 50,” Carlton said, referring to the 70

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maximum number of points a single beer can receive in a BJCP competition. “But, I have never received a 50 myself either,” he confessed. “And I’ve been brewing beer for over twenty years…long before the Internet was even around,” he continued, poking fun at his not-so-old age. But, while the Internet may help a novice home brewer learn a few tips and tricks, there is no better way than by hands-on experience. And, that is precisely why Carlton founded his brewing equipment store - Brew Depot, and why Master Brewers from some of Georgia’s favorite watering holes attribute their fundamental skills and knowledge to Bob Carlton and Brew Depot’s classes. “If you go back and look at the home brew community, I’d say 98% of all brewers today were home brewers first,” he said. Brewing begins as a hobby and only sometimes develops into a business opportunity. Some of Carlton’s clients have successfully taken that commercialbrewing leap…you may have heard of them! Jekyll Brewing, Monday Night Brewing, Three Taverns, Blue Tarp, Red Hare, Cherry Street and Wrecking Bar all have a history with Carlton and Brew Depot. And, before they became some of the best breweries in Metro Atlanta, they too competed in local home brew competitions – several as veterans of the Suwanee Beer Fest Home Brew Contest. But, how did these now wellknown brewers get started? Well, just like anybody else: with a passion for craft beer and a curiosity for brewing their own. ■

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Bring wort to boil and add hops.

3 fermentation Chill wort and transfer to fermenter. Pitch yeast. Store until fermented.

4 bottle

Transfer to bottle and add sugar to carbonate. Wait 2 weeks.

5 drink Enjoy your new home brew!


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ONE-STOP HOPPING > Alpharetta's Brew Depot

has been supplying the home brew community in Georgia since 1997. The 3600 sq. ft. store has everything needed to set up your own personal home brew lab from ingredients to equipment WANT TO to books to Bob LEARN HOW TO Carlton himself – an experienced home brewer willing to help Brew Depot anyone develop offers beginner his passion classes for $75, where attendees and interest in spend a 6-hour brewing!

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day brewing their very own batch, while learning about the history of beer and the unique variety of ingredients involved.



PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE! There are many resources available to ensure that you don’t:

DESIGNATED DRIVER ALTERNATIVE: Eagle Rock Distributing is sponsoring the Designated Driver Alternative booth at the main entrance of the festival. Stop by to set up a ride and they’ll drive you in your car to your destination, for just a few bucks! Call or text DDA at 404-713-1780 to arrange a ride at anytime.

COMFORT INN & SUITES Comfort Inn & Suites in Suwanee has a block of rooms for Beer Fest attendees at a discounted rate and is running a complimentary shuttle to and from the park. Call them at (678) 714-7707 to book your room and mention that you’re attending Suwanee Beer Fest to obtain the discount.

TAXI SERVICES AVAILABLE IN SUWANEE: METRO ATL TAXI: (678) 256-3676 BEST TAXI: (678) 359-6755 STYLE TAXI: (770) 522-8294 PIONEER TAXICAB: (678) 367-2675 AMERICAS UNIDAS: (770) 497-6261

UBER is offering $20 off a ride for all first time users with the code:



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Tannery Row Ale House located at 554 W Main St in Buford, has hudreds of parking spots and a FREE shuttle service running to & from Suwanee Town Center.

PARK AT TANNERY ROW, TAKE THEIR FREE SHUTTLE TO THE FEST AND TAKE THE SHUTTLE BACK TO THE TANNERY ROW AFTER-PARTY! Keep the party going all night! Tannery Row's blowout St Patty's Party is from 5pm - 2am with live music, Irish dancers, delicious food, drink specials, giveaways and more! You might even spot a lucky little leprechaun!

Twisted Taco, located at 3433 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., is offering safe rides to all ticket-holders. They have partnered with Choices to You and Mercedes-Benz dealer RBM of Alpharetta, to run complimentary shuttles between the restaurant and park.

PARK AT TWISTED TACO, TAKE THEIR FREE SHUTTLE TO THE FEST AND TAKE THE SHUTTLE BACK TO THE TWISTED TACO AFTER-PARTY Then stick around for their St Patty's Rooftop Party featuring a live DJ, great food, drinks, beer swag and more!


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BREWING THE PERFECT CRAFT BEER LABEL With the explosion of new craft beers, it is more important than ever for a beer label to stand out on the shelf BY:

Shay Harbaugh,



Assistant Art Director, Veugeler Design Group

There is a story behind every craft beer, but you don’t have to open a book to read about it. The story is on the bottle itself; The Beer Label. Like all stories, you have an author, “the brewer”, someone who has a story to tell, and then you have the artist, “the graphic designer”, someone who designs the book cover for your story. Over the years the craft beer label has also become more than just about telling a story, it has evolved into a piece of art and many craft beer lovers have become avid “art collectors”. Instead of throwing away the bottle many keep them purely based on the look and design of the label and even display it in their homes. Even though a brewer hires a designer for the label design, their professions have a lot in common. In fact, a craft beer and graphic design go hand in hand. A graphic designer puts just as much detail, craftsmanship and creativity into a design as a brewer puts into his beer. From a simple typography layout to a very detailed painterly illustration, so much goes into the design of a beer label. A designer will do research and spend hours sketching and coming up with a concept that will fit what the brewer is looking for in a label that also fits his brand. The design in some shape or fashion must also communicate the style and attitude of the beer itself. The designer takes into consideration not only the quality of the ingredients, but the story the brewer wants to tell with his beer. Whether that story is about fantasy, history or even science fiction it can be told through the art/design on the label. In turn, that design helps in the marketing of the product. With increased competition between brewers, it has become even more important for the design to stand out on the shelf among the other packaging. This is called shelf appeal; when a product’s packaging is very successful and draws the consumer in solely based on the merit of its design. It’s these innovative label designs that are also helping a craft brewery go up against larger beer corporations. So when picking out your next craft brew, keep in mind why you are selecting it. Is it the taste of your favorite beer? Or is it really the unique illustration on the packaging, the feeling you get when you look at the label or the story that is being told? ■









The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest would not be where it is today without the support of our amazing sponsors. A huge thank you to the wonderful businesses that contribute greatly to this event's success!

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678-714-0976 The Fresh Market is Suwanee’s European style organic food market & premium quality local produce store. Local products, inspired by our roots and the community we live in, epitomize the heart of The Fresh Market and what they stand for. From their delicious and wholesome food options to their sensational staff and exceptional customer service, The Fresh Market has become an iconic business in the Suwanee community. DraftServ, a Suwanee-based technology company, is revolutionizing the beverage service industry. Their mobile, self-serve, beer-dispensing units can be seen at professional sporting stadiums, on cruise lines, and at other major venues or events around the world. With technology that captures and tracks real-time data, proprietors and concessionaires worldwide are recognizing the value of learning their customers unique tastes & preferences. And, customers enjoy the DraftServ experience of pouring their own beer, wine or soda while only paying per ounce! Check them out at the Suwanee Beer Fest Brew Battle powered by DraftServ Technologies and online at

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Get your Beer Fest Gear early this year at The Official Suwanee Beer Fest Store brought to you by Big Peach Running Company. Big Peach Running Co: Big Peach Running Co. is a locally owned and operated retailer serving the needs of metropolitan Atlanta's evergrowing community of runners and walkers by carrying a wide range of footwear, apparel and accessories from leading manufacturers. Our entire staff, embraces the lifestyle we promote and ensures that every aspect of your fitness routine is properly addressed.

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Mellow Mushroom specializes in Pizza, but also serves Calzones, Hoagies, fresh Salads, and tasty Appetizers. Featuring Craft Beer, and a beer-purchase loyalty “Beer Club”... The Shroom is now offering weekday Happy Hour Specials and Pint Nights! Like them on Facebook and join their E-Club for freebies and fun updates!

Spectrum Packaging Network is a premier solutions packaging company with multiple capabilities and locations to find the right packaging solution for you. Let them make your package stand out with the right solution at the right time.

678-391-5600 ext. 5628 Northeast Georgia Motorsports began providing quality motorsports and service to the greater North Georgia area in 1999, and has since then grown to four times the floorspace. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff enjoys the opportunity to work with vehicles and people they care about most.

706-654-9840 I Tannery Row Ale House features modern comfort food, home of the best barbecue, pizza, sandwiches and libations this side of the tracks. Be sure to check out our event calendar as we offer live music, poker tournaments, specials and more!

678-765-8979 I Schiavone Law, P.C. is a general practice firm, focusing heavily on criminal defense, DUI, and traffic related offenses. Ashley Schiavone also practices divorce and family law.

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David P Marion DDS is a restorative and esthetic dentistry practice focusing on providing individual, quality care. We are committed to continuing education to stay abreast of advances in esthetics and oral function.

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Get your workout before the fest!

The 5th annual Shamrock Run takes place

on Saturday, March 14th at 8am. The 5k will start in Town Center Park and will take place on the Suwanee Creek Greenway. It is put on by the Suwanee Kiwanas Club, a nonprofit with its mission to serve needy children of the world. Money raised from the run will be used to support local children and youth projects. For more information or to register, visit or call Adam Edge, 678-592-7953.


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citybuzz News and events

from in and around Suwanee.


In People & Places:

Cooper O’Brien Sportsmanship Awards at North Gwinnett High School page 86 PHOTOS BY: Karl Lamb

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Critter Sitters celebrates forty years serving local pets

Suwanee Fest logo design contest Create the winning logo for the 2015 Suwanee Fest and earn $500. The winning 2015 Suwanee Fest logo will be used on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters.

The theme for the 2015 festival, to be celebrated September 19 and 20, is “For the love of Suwanee.� Suwanee Fest is the

City of Suwanee’s annual two-day fall celebration. The award-winning festival includes arts and crafts exhibitors, children's rides and activities, and on-stage entertainment. Last year, approximately 55,000 people attended the festival at Town Center Park. For more information, visit The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015. Visit for additional guidelines and an entry form.


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One of the nation's oldest and largest pet sitting companies Critter Sitters, Inc. of Atlanta- is celebrating its 40th year in business. "With busy schedules and increasing responsibilities, many pet parents turn to a professional pet sitter as a vital component to the care and well-being of their pet. Our company has grown along with Atlanta and pet ownership," said Jeffrey Lauterbach, President of Critter Sitters. Founded in 1975, Critter Sitters today has over 150 professional, welltrained sitters serving over 30,000 clients in the metropolitan Atlanta area. For more information visit

Celebrity Server Night Fundraiser The North Gwinnett Co-Op is having a Celebrity Server Night Fundraiser on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 5:30 - 9:00pm. The event will be held in three restaurant locations; Friend's Grill Suwanee & Buford and Tannery Row Ale House on the same night. The football teams of North Gwinnett, Buford, and Lanier High Schools will be competing to see who can raise the most money for the Co-Op. Come join in the fun and be served by our football players, cheerleaders and other celebrities. To learn more about the Co-Op and its mission go to

City of Suwanee Downtown Master Plans revealed

The City of Suwanee will officially kick off its second update to the Downtown Master Plan at a community meeting at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th. The update will include a market analysis, design charrette for targeted areas, and other opportunities for public input and is intended to determine the kinds of development that will be appropriate for downtown. Planning Director, Josh Campbell says, "We're looking forward to broadly programming additional pedestrian-oriented, mixed uses in the area while respecting the character of what we already have." In addition to considering specific development opportunities in the downtown area, the plan will focus on transportation, open space, and connectivity. The area in study covers Town Center and Old Town Suwanee and includes the entire Downtown Development Authority area. Additional information is available on the Community/Downtown Master plan page at MARCH


GA-PCOM Student to Bike Ride across the Country to Benefit People with Disabilities Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine bio-medical sciences graduate student, Matthew Mozzo, is preparing for a 4,000 mile cross-country cycling expedition. This two-month bike-riding event called the Journey of Hope raises funds and awareness to support people with mental and physical disabilities. The Journey of Hope was started in 1987 through the Ability Experience, a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. The ride has three different 4,000 mile cross-country routes beginning along the West Coast in San Francisco (North), Los Angeles (South), and Seattle (TransAmerica) respectively, and ending with each team on the Capitol Lawn in Washington, D.C. This year, three teams of 25-30 cyclists and about five crew members each will start their trip at the end of May and finish on August 8, 2015. The teams will make multiple stops along the way with organizations that assist people with disabilities, playing in games of wheelchair basketball, performing educational puppet shows for children, and participating in various outreach events. Each participant must raise a minimum of $5,500 before the start of the summer. As of this month, Mozzo has raised a little over $3,100. With the money that is raised, grants are awarded to organizations serving people living with disabilities. The organizations are able to use the funds to help improve their facilities and maintain programs vital to their communities. To support Matthew Mozzo and learn more about the Journey of Hope, please visit:


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New fine dining concept comes to Lanier Islands Lanier Islands cooks up a chic new dining experience with the Debut of Sidney's - a new fine dining concept imagined by the talented Food and Beverage Team at Georgia lakeside resort, Lanier Islands. Sidney's is soon to become well-known for its farm-to-table creations making their way from the kitchen to the eagerly awaiting patrons. Sitting on the main level of the resort's flagship hotel, Legacy Lodge, Sidney's most striking physical feature is the incredible view of the water from a wall of windows. Just as appealing is the everrevolving menu of thoughtfully crafted, seasonally inspired dishes with an undeniable Southern flair.The menu is driven by the season and the availability of certain farm-fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses, so every visit could offer something entirely new and different. To view the menu online and make a reservation to be among the first to experience Sidney's at Lanier Islands, visit or call 770-945-8787.

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Easter Sunday, April 5th from 11 am- 4 pm, Friends American Grill is hosting a FREE Easter buffet with

all proceeds benefiting Peyton Greene and her family. Peyton Greene was diagnosed with Acute

Lymphoblastic Leukemia as a small child and is facing a treatment plan lasting 2.5 - 3 years. As a community, we are inviting you to help us support Peyton and the Greene family in their time of need. The event will include jump houses, face painting, activities for the kids, Easter egg hunt at 1 pm for children 5 years and under and at 3 pm for children 5 years and older. They will have a silent and live auction at 2pm with live music. The owners of Friends American Grill hope you will come be a part of a tradition of caring for your neighbor. To donate, visit FriendsAmericanGrill. com/AnsleysEaster.


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Suwanee residential construction company wins national award

Marc D. Caputo, Owner and President of Suwanee based residential construction company Pine Creek Construction, LLC, has won a GOLD national award for Residential Entire Home up to $250,000 per unit remodel in the 2014 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Caputo is the first remodeling contractor in the Metro Atlanta area to be awarded a national GOLD BALA. The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) is the nation's premier award program with past associations with Better Homes and Garden and BUILDER magazines. Caputo credits his entire team of sub-contractors for Pine Creek Construction, LLC's continued success. Most of all, Caputo is thankful for his clients for allowing Pine Creek Construction, LLC the opportunity to transform their homes into an ideal living space they are proud to call home.

Charity event helps celebrate National Donate Life Month Local resident and liver transplant recipient, Kirk 16 Franz, helped create the Swing East Hit Hard Foundation, a fundraising organization whose mission is to increase organ donation and awareness and provide support to the patients and families affected. APRIL

Franz received a life-saving liver transplant in May of 2010 and felt called to find a way to "give back" to others who would require an organ transplant. In 2012, with the help of family and friends, he established an annual charity golf tournament and the Swing Easy Hit Hard Foundation. This year's event will be held during National Donation Life Month on April 16th at the Windermere Golf Course. In addition to golf, each player will receive a Chick-fil-A lunch, an embroidered pullover, hat, non-alcoholic drinks and post-golf dinner banquet. This year's banquet will feature live music, a silent auction, raffle drawings and awards. For more information, visit


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A day to honor Your Grateful Nation and Robert O’Neill at Tannery Row Ale House On May 2nd, The Station at Tannery Row Ale House in Buford will host a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament in order to raise awareness and funds for nonprofit organization, Your Grateful Nation. The charity, supported MAY


by individual donations, aims to provide a full range of transition services to Special Operation Forces (SOF) veterans and their families, through executive level mentoring, transition services and family stabilization support.

According to a recent article on the organization in Stars & Stripes, many veterans in this highly skilled, elite group (made up of Green Berets, SEALS, and Rangers) have served four and five tours or more in the most hostile places in the world and come home to no Department of Veterans Affairs program designed to suit their specific needs. Your Grateful Nation offers an intense four-part employment transition service designed to successfully turn combat leaders into corporate leaders. The fundraiser tournament will include a color guard presentation and opportunity to learn more about the organization that supports these veteran heroes. Security will be present. The general public is welcome, but there is a suggested donation of $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Suggested donation for players is $75 in advance and $100 at the door. More information and registration will be available soon at, or contact Randall Winfield at 404-569-3020.

12 runners run 911 miles from New York City to Atlanta to fund SHARE Program Did you know that nearly 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans need treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Most do not. So, a group of active and retired military members, called the Shepherd's Men, are doing something about it! Shepherd Center in Atlanta has a program called SHARE that offers comprehensive rehabilitation and treatment programs for service men and women suffering from TBI and PTSD. To help Shepherd Center raise much-needed funds for their SHARE Military Initiative, 12 runners are taking one week to run from New York City (Ground Zero) to Atlanta (Shepherd Center) during the month of April. Their goal is to raise $250K for the SHARE program. This amount will cover program costs for a few months and more importantly, allow them to accept more clients this year. To fund this initiative and learn more visit


people&places on the scene...

Inaugural Cooper O'Brien Sportsmanship & Courage Awards 2015 Tuesday, January 20th NORTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOS:


Suwanee Performing Arts Ballet Saturday, February 21st SYLVIA BEARD THEATER PHOTOS:


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NGHS Soccer Sprint 2015 Saturday, January 10th SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK PHOTOS:



Inaugural Suwanee Gateway Half Marathon Saturday, January 31 SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK PHOTOS:



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Suwanee Business Alliance January Meeting ATLANTA FLOORING DESIGN

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Suwanee Business Alliance February Meeting

Suwanee Park Tavern Restaurant Grand Opening

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Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK

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upcoming suwanee area events

March 2015


Women of the Winery March 5th 6:30pm - 8:00pm Chateau Elan Vineyard


Country Jam March 7th 9:30pm - 1:00am Tannery Row Ale House


Q&A With Expert Dog Trainer & Published Author March 7th 12:00pm - 4:00pm Pooch N Paws


Daylight Savings Time Begins March 8th


4th Annual Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock 5K run March 14th 7:30am Town Center Park


Your Pie Day March 14th Your Pie Suwanee $3.14 OFF Pizza All Day


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5th Annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Festival March 14th 1:00pm - 5:00pm Town Center Park For more information, visit


St. Patrick's Day March 17th


First Day of Spring March 20th


NFC Fight Night March 20th Wild Bill's Duluth

Featuring Elite Alchemy Fighters


Father/Daughter Free Financial Workshop For Families March 21st 2:00pm Suwanee Library

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Pirate School March 27th 10:00am March 28th 8:00pm Buford Community Center Theatre


Sugar Hill Easter Egg Hunt March 28th 12:00pm - 3:00pm E.E. Robinson Park




Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues 5K, Fun Run & Festival March 28th 8:00am - 4:00pm Town Center Park

Jubilee Shopping Center Easter Egg Hunt March 29th 12:30pm - 3:00pm Jubilee Shopping Center (The Fresh Market) Music, face painting, bounce house and more!

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April Fools Comedy Show and Dinner April 1st 5:00pm - 7:00pm Prime Timers Pointe at George Pierce Park Good Friday April 3rd Food Truck Friday April 3rd – June 5th 5:30pm - 9:30pm Music starts at 7 pm Town Center Park Spring into Color 5K Dash April 4th 9:00am Town Center Park

5th Annual Ansleys Easter benefiting Peyton Greene Easter Sunday, April 5th from 11:00am - 4:00pm Friends American Grill, Dacula

Free Easter buffet, games, kids activities, live music and more!



Community Sunrise Service April 5th 6:30am Town Center Park Shemoves Atlanta 5K April 11th 8:30am Town Center Park For more information, visit

Easter Sunday April 5th



Gwinnett County Public Library Welcomes Bestselling Author Lisa Scottoline April 16th at 7:00pm Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center


Suwanee’s Big Cheesy Festival April 18th 2:00pm - 10:00pm Town Center Park



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Rockin’ BBQ Blast April 18th The Bowl at Sugar Hill


Ludwig Symphony Orchestra "A Spring Fling" Concert April 25th 7:30pm Gwinnett Performing Arts Center


March of DimesMarch for Babies April 25th 9:00am Town Center Park

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