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From outdoor activities right here in Gwinnett to fun weekend getaways, we scouted out the best summer adventures for people of all ages.
The Best Mother in Suwanee Contest Winners
Three deserving moms received celebrity treatment from Salon Greco, Vitality Med Spa and other local businesses.
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Daddy O'Brien's Irish Ice Cream Pub
Daddy Oâ€™s is scooping up award-winning, boozy ice cream concoctions and authentic Irish fare in their new pub-style location.
2017 Gwinnett Beer Fest
May 6th @ Coolray Field: the best beer fest for craft beer lovers and baseball fans alike! Limited tickets available at gwinnettbeerfest.com.
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Each issue Aileron tackles tough investment questions, such as how to take advantage of the growing robotics/AI industry.
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Talking apps with an exclusive Q&A with VDG’s Senior Web/App Developer, Robert Wright.
The Justise System
Justise Mayberry of Sugar Hill is beating out the competition on Gordon Ramsay’s cooking show, Master Chef Junior.
grow 15 Team Ryan Automotive
Find out how Team Ryan Automotive Service & Repair is setting themselves apart from the competition.
Universe + Soul Couture and Void Space Productions, brother and sister team, are Suwanee’s newest and youngest business owners.
19 Silverbacks Indoor
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Silverbacks Indoor has expanded its services, including a new arcade and miniature bowling area.
22 SBA News
Keeping up with Suwanee Business Alliance: member perks include a night out at the new Atlanta Braves stadium and more.
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Letter Restaurant Guide The Buzz People & Places Event Calendar
Foundation to Fly Empowering young girls to be confident, self-assured and generous leaders.
35 Tips for a Healthy Vacation
Get Healthy with Fit Mom, Ruth Ungerer, as she shares 14 tips for keeping the weight off and staying healthy while traveling.
43 Ask Henry
Henry the Golden Retriever from Sugar Hill Animal Hospital answers questions submitted from you and your furry friends.
44 Family Matters
Licensed Therapist shares ways to help your kids develop or improve their social skills.
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The Scoop On Summer School gets out in May and you’re probably already planning a few summer trips. But, if you haven’t stocked up on frequent flyer points or vacation hours, then a weekend getaway might be more up your alley. Check out our Travel and Adventure Guide on page 26 for fun ideas from fishing to hiking to zip-lining, all within a short drive from home. If the kids are at summer camp for the day, maybe you should consider an adult “day camp” of sorts with VIP Southern Tours. A group of ladies from our office, plus a few friends, went on a wine-tasting tour on the Unicoi Wine Trail in North Georgia and had the time of our lives. Read about our experience on page 60.
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Through the magazine, we get to meet a lot of interesting people and hear some amazing stories. And, after interviewing and taking photos of 12-year-old Master Chef Junior contestant and Sugar Hill resident, Justise Mayberry, we were feeling pretty inspired. Master Chef Junior is a reality TV cooking competition on FOX Network, hosted by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. Out of thousands of applicants from the best young chefs in the nation, Justise has made it all the way to the top six (at the time of publishing). Tune in every Thursday at 8pm on FOX to see if she will make it all way to the finale. Read more about her adventures in the kitchen on page 46.
f the ice cream on the cover of this issue doesn’t put you in the mood for summer, then we don’t know what will! We had a lot of fun taking photos of (and tasting) the ice cream from Daddy O’Brien's Irish Ice Cream Pub during our cover shoot. Boozy ice cream….yes please! Watch out though, some of those adult, alcoholinfused flavors are pretty potent! Don’t worry, they also have non-alcoholic treats for kids and designated drivers. Read more about Daddy O’s on page 52.
Speaking of young, inspirational entrepreneurs, we also had the chance to meet brother-sister team Curtis and Kaiya Smith. At ages 22 and 19, respectively, they own their own businesses in Suwanee. Read more about Universe + Soul Boutique and Void Space Productions on page 12. We love hearing about what people in our community are doing to make this an awesome place to live, work and play. We are so excited that summer is here and all the fun that comes with it! Suwanee has some awesome events lined up for you, so be sure to check out our Event Calendar on page 78. As always, we value your feedback and submissions. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UNIVERSE + SOUL COUTURE AND VOID SPACE PRODUCTIONS photographer who takes amazing While most 19 and 22 year olds photos and puts the pictures on are concerned about waking up canvas; while I’m a stylist and in time for class or what filter to makeup artist...we can style use on Instagram, brother and the shoot and the model,” she sister duo, Curtis and Kaiya Smith, continued. Each of them are are concerned with owning and talented and offer services operating their own businesses in beyond what the eye can Suwanee. see just by walking into Kaiya, age 19, is the owner their stores. Kaiya, who is of Suwanee’s newest fashion always looking to advance boutique: Universe + Soul Couture; her techniques and skillsets, and Curtis, 22, owns Void Space recently went to Los Angeles Productions. While the businesses for several weeks to attend technically operate independently a makeup class and has from one another, they tend to already completed classes in fuel each other and consider Georgia and New York. While themselves business partners. her boutique specializes in In fact, the stores, located across clothing and accessories, from Suwanee Town Center Park Kaiya also does makeup on Buford Hwy, are physically consultations and connected as well. tutorials and styling Universe + Soul upon requests. Couture’s entrance “I guess I would faces Buford Hwy and call my style urban Void Space Productions’ if I had to define it,” entrance is behind the explained Kaiya, shopping center, next to “But I have a mix of Marco’s Pizza. However, everything, I make you can walk through sure that we have each store to get to the something for other. “The stores look everyone completely different, but and they are ours together, something not just a separate thing to appeal – we support each other to all age 50/50,” said Kaiya. groups” she Universe + continued. If Soul Couture is an the clothes affordable, yet high aren’t her quality clothing own designs, boutique with rare and - Kaiya Smith, Owner, then Kaiya unique finds that Kaiya Universe + Soul Couture likes to make herself has picked out. sure that Void Space Productions all of the clothes in functions as both an art studio and there at least have her walk-in shop: a place for Curtis and personal touch. Even other artists to showcase their art, when she buys a product photography, handmade jewelry, wholesale, she will clothing and home décor. typically enhance it in “We’re the complete package,” some way, by adding explained Kaiya. “Curtis is a
Shoppers will not find designer name brands at Universe + Soul, but rather unique finds that Kaiya has hand-picked herself.
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embroidery, rhinestones, patches or reconstructing the piece. And in fact, Curtis even helps sew and reconstruct the clothing for her, too. One piece they are proud of is a bomber jacket, which features some of Curtis’ photography and artwork on patches they sewed into the jacket. “That was a great collaboration project,” said Kaiya. Void Space Productions also specializes in featuring items you won’t find anywhere else. “A lot of people come in and say there’s nothing else like this around here. I have people that come in and just enjoy the vibe and want to chill out here. I take that as a compliment,” said Curtis.
Void Space Productions is a space where local artists, designers and craftsmen can showcase and sell their work.
As an artist himself, his goal is to really support other independent artists and for eventually everything in the store to be handmade. Currently the walls are decorated with Curtis’ own beautiful photography that is printed on canvas, but he would love to feature other artists and invite them to sell their work in his shop. “If any local artists are interested in selling their work here, they can reach out to me,” he said. “Without connection, without collaboration, we are essentially nothing. Really, the goal is to inspire people through my work and other artists’ work,” he explained. Curtis and Kaiya got their start by traveling to different festivals in the area and selling their work. Kaiya set up a mobile clothing boutique and Curtis sold his photography pieces. “We did about 16 festivals in a 6 month time span – it was a lot of fun, but exhausting,” said Curtis. Due to the success and overwhelmingly positive response from the community, Curtis and Kaiya opened the doors to their stores in August 2016, with the help and support of their mom, Lena Smith. Both Curtis and Kaiya speak very highly of their mother, who has supported them every step of the way. “I’m very grateful for her, without my mom this
all would have just been an idea – but she helped us actually execute,” said Kaiya. “She’s a great mom and an inspiration for how I want to be for my children… seeing your child’s dreams come to life and surpassing even your own,” said Curtis. Both Curtis and Kaiya have plans to grow and expand over the next 5-10 years. “Being such a young business owner is extremely rewarding, but it is hard work. My advice is if you have help then definitely take it because there’s nothing wrong with accepting help and support. Be consistent, but always try to create fresh and new ideas,” said Kaiya. “We want people to know that there’s a universe inside of you and anything is possible,” said Curtis. ■
UNIVERSE + SOUL COUTURE & VOID SPACE PRODUCTIONS 425 Highway 23 NW, Suwanee, GA
(770) 676-8700 universesoulcouture.com inthevoidspace.com
TEAM RYAN AUTOMOTIVE At Team Ryan Automotive Service & Repair one of the reasons you might feel at home is because the office and lobby are literally located inside a renovated home. The house was built in the 1940s and has been on Waterworks Road in Buford longer than almost anything else on the street. Located directly behind the Technicians at Team Ryan Automotive use the same state-of-the-art historic home is a 5,000 equipment that dealerships have. square foot building that holds the pristine shop for customers is that they are receiving the highest level of equipped with 6 service bays. Owned by husband-wife service and standards in the automotive industry. team, Dan and Shara Ryan, the shop opened in April of 2015. But, prior to being an owner, Dan Ryan was a mechanic for eighteen years. He continues to maintain his status as an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) ➽ One of the most unique aspects of Team Ryan Certified Master Technician and Advanced Level Automotive is that customers speak directly to Dan, Specialist. In fact, the shop is the only recognized ASE Blue Owner and Master Technician. In many shops, if they do Seal shop in Gwinnett and Hall County. What that means employ a Certified Master Technician, then that individual
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spends almost all of his time in the service area, whereas Dan is truly customer-facing. “There’s nobody in between trying to translate what the technicians are saying – you are literally speaking to the Master Tech and he is able to explain everything in a way that the most car-savvy or car-naïve people can understand,” explained Shara.
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➽ Team Ryan takes it one step further in ensuring that people understand exactly what work is being done to their car with their “digital inspection sheets.” For every routine oil change, they include a 25-point inspection outlined with photos, technician notes and a color-coded system: green for good health, yellow for things that need attention in the near future and red for safety concerns and priorities. “It’s all about empowering the customer and making sure they aren’t surprised by anything,” explained Shara. “We’re going to be trustworthy and honest. Our inspection sheets act as a mirror: a reflection of exactly what’s going on with your car,” she continued. The 25-point inspection and oil service also comes with a tire rotation and complete brake inspection. Some places will say they’re doing a brake inspection, but if they aren’t rotating the tires as well, then they can’t truly do a full inspection.
➽ Team Ryan’s technicians apply what they call, “Strategy-Based Diagnostics” every time a vehicle enters their shop. This provides a structured process for diagnosing and repairing vehicles in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Of course, they customize their approach to each individual situation, but the premise is the same: a 7-step plan from start-to-finish that is thoroughly communicated to the customer. At Team Ryan Automotive, communication is key and there will never be a change in cost without a conversation with the customer.
The team at Team Ryan (L to R): Kellen Walling, Dan and Shara Ryan, Travis Tillman and Sophia the shop dog.
➽ Team Ryan Automotive services all makes and models, including diesel, and has won countless awards and recognitions – which you will find decorating their lobby area. “I put a lot of thought into our lobby area to make it feel homey, based on my own previous experiences of going into shops that were dirty and intimidating,” explained Shara. A full kitchen stocked with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water, along with free WiFi and a convenient night key-drop, are just
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some of the other additional touches that set Team Ryan apart. “We understand that car trouble and maintenance is not a fun thing to do, so we do our best to take all of the work and hassle out, making the process as smooth and painless as possible,” said Shara. Based on Dan’s experience as Master Technician at the Hendrick Collision Center, he knows how to work with insurance companies and with local tow truck drivers.
Team Ryan prides themselves on maintaining a clean and pleasant environment in the shop. The floors were painted to reflect light and to help keep them clean of oil spills and grime; and high efficiency T5 fluorescent lights keep the workspace bright.
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➽ While Shara put a lot of thought into the pleasant atmosphere of the lobby and office area, Dan had a clear vision for what he wanted the shop itself to look like. Operating as a dealer alternative, all of the equipment is state-of-the-art and updated on a continuous basis. Dan ensures that everything they do is at the forefront of the ever-evolving auto industry and that they are able to offer the same mechanical services as a dealer. The shop is large, bright and clean – you won’t find oil stains on the painted floors. “It’s a space that we are proud of and that our employees are proud to work at,” said Dan. The shop is also eco-friendly, in that there is a large emphasis on recycling and all of their waste oil is used to heat the facility during the colder months. They are dedicated to the environment and dedicated to providing exceptional service. At Team Ryan Automotive, earning customers trust is their number one priority and they achieve that by being consistent, transparent, honest and highly skilled at their craft. The Ryans are here for the long haul. ■
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Silverbacks Indoor has indoor soccer programs for kids starting as young as 18 months old.
SILVERBACKS INDOOR Silverbacks Indoor is celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, along with a lot of new and exciting changes. Tucked in a cul-de-sac off Brogdon Exchange Road, Silverbacks Indoor’s expansive facility can actually be a bit hard to find at first. But once discovered, you will realize it is Gwinnett’s hidden gem for kids, families and athletes alike. In 2005, Silverbacks Indoor started solely as an indoor soccer league program. And while indoor soccer is still their 4285 Brogdon Exchange NE namesake, Suwanee, GA 30024 their core list (678) 714-7454 of services has since atlantasilverbacks.com expanded. The facility includes full-length indoor soccer fields, basketball courts, Futsal and flag football as well as a large arcade game area complete with mini bowling lanes. “It’s the perfect place to host a birthday party,” explained Byron Beckwith, General Manager. Birthday party packages include a party facilitator/coach who will host a game of your choice: basketball, flag football, dodgeball, soccer, bubble soccer and more.
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Birthday party guests receive free game credits with party packages.
They will completely customize the experience depending on the ages and wishes of the kids. If you’d like a fun “obstacle course” style game setup or would like to play a fulllength soccer game, both options can be accommodated. From there, parties go into one of their private, decorated rooms for pizza and cake, followed by free credits for game-time and miniature bowling in the arcade. With the toss-up for either rainy or hot weather upon us, Silverbacks Indoor can assure peace of mind for the parents and fun for the kids no matter the circumstance. Another perk for parents is that they are looking to add a beer and wine bar in a separate area for 21 and older guests. Adult leagues will benefit from the possibility of a beer and wine bar as well, making Silverbacks Indoor the place to not only play the game, but to host team-building activities afterwards, too. In fact, the facility, private rooms, fields, courts and arcade area can be rented out for any occasion. But, the arcade space is open to the public every day, from 10am-9pm, and is not just reserved for special occasions.
Silvrebacks Indoor's new arcade area is open to the public 7 days a week, from 10am - 9pm.
One of the most unique aspects about Silverbacks Indoor is that they offer “indoor soccer classes” called “Silver Kickers” starting at age 18 months. “This is one of the only athletic and child development programs that I can think of that a child that young can do,” said Beckwith. Until about age three, parents participate in the classes with their children, too. The program is designed in a way that really focuses on mastering the basic skills at a fundamental level, rather than throwing three year olds on the field to just run around. "My whole approach is we want you to posses the basic skill set first. A lot of times they think you start by just putting them in a league, but we want them to learn to dribble and pass and learn the skills. To me, what we do is very important for your kids success in soccer to learn the basic skills first - which is what the Silver Kickers is about,” he said. All Silverbacks coaches are licensed or have at least high school and college level experience. "I’m teaching 18-month-olds about balance, coordination and how to follow directions, but by disguising it in the form of activities or games that they can do and understand. Then we slowly progress them as they get older and introduce scrimmaging. But you have to go through our program to advance,” said Beckwith. Oftentimes, Silverbacks indoor soccer classes are used in the off-season for outdoor soccer players to build their skill-sets due to the faster-paced nature of the game. “Players who learn indoor soccer or Futsal first tend to play a lot better and a lot faster when they get on an outdoor field,” he explained. In fact, many local youth programs Silverbacks Indoors’ programs are designed in are pushing their a way for players to develop basic skills from a players to play young age, before joining a team. Futsal in the offseason because it is very fast-paced and improves foot skills. Futsal is played on a lined court
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Many youth outdoor soccer programs encourage their athletes to play indoor soccer or Futsal in the off-season to develop speed and improve foot skills.
whereas indoor soccer is played on a turf field with walls. Silverbacks Suwanee has the only official Futsal lined surface in the area. Adding to their already-extensive list of services, Silverbacks Indoor offers weekly camps throughout the summer for kids, ages 5-13. Day camps run from 8:30am – 4:30pm, but to accommodate working parents they offer extended hours from 7:30am to 6:30pm. As a working parent himself, Beckwith understands the importance of flexibility for busy schedules, which is why he offers pay-as-you go or daily drop-in options for both classes and camps. Open seven days a week, he hosts youth programs or day camps every time Gwinnett County Public Schools are closed, except on actual holidays. And if you ever have to miss a class that you’ve already paid for, then he allows you to roll it over to any other alternate time or even into the next season. One of the reasons that Silverbacks Indoor has been so successful is because of their ability to diversify themselves and to allow the community to shape the space based on their needs, demands and desires. “We’re a family friendly place and have a program for everybody: from as soon as you can walk to until you can’t walk anymore,” said Beckwith. “Whether you have a team and need a place to play or you’re a “free agent” and want to play for fun, we will find a spot for you,” he said. ■
SUWANEE BUSINESS ALLIANCE:
NETWORK AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS By: JULIE PERDUE PRESIDENT, SUWANEE BUSINESS ALLIANCE Now that summer is here, it’s a great time to consider how to enhance your community involvement and visit us at Suwanee Business Alliance at one of our monthly meetings to introduce yourself to new people, network and help others grow their businesses! The time you will spend with us and the cost of membership ($60/year) will be well worth the investment. We have members from all walks of life who know the value of showing up and being part of what makes Suwanee a great community! This year we are trying to meet at as many new places as possible, while still relying on our regular hosts each year who generously open their doors to our alliance. Wherever we meet though, there are refreshments, good food and interesting people. Door prizes to promote your business are always appreciated. We raise money from our April golf tournament to give back to local charities and families in need. Check out our Atlanta Braves night outing on June 6th at Suwanee.org for a free bus ride to and from the new stadium and discounted tickets! MEMBERS ONLY and a guest! Don’t miss out on this night of fun! We want to hear from you, see you, and welcome you to bring your awesomeness and a friend or coworker to the Suwanee Business Alliance! Check out our website for upcoming events and follow us on Facebook. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and we will see you soon! Get your tomahawks ready for June 6th!
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BY: Bill and Cindi Porter, AILERON INVESTMENT ADVISORS
How should I invest to take advantage of the rapid increase of robotics in our economy? Considering the stock of companies in industries that are most likely to benefit from using fewer rather than more employees, as well as industries that require high precision labor. These companies are candidates for increased use of robotics. However, there are multiple considerations whenever investing in a stock, the use of new technology can certainly be one of them. For example, last year when visiting Germany, I tried to eat lunch at McDonalds in the Frankfurt airport. It was closed and remained so for several months. Recently I Wendy's has again at the Frankfurt announced a plan to was airport and McDonalds replace employees had reopened for business. with self-ordering However, much had kiosks in 1,000 stores changed. I ordered my by the end of the year. meal on a robotic menu – not from a person. When - foxbusiness.com, I went to pick up my meal March 01, 2017 at the counter I noticed that instead of a dozen or so workers scurrying behind the counter, there were now only a handful who were aided by new technology. Americans buy many different Chinese products, but not automobiles. Why? Because they are an inferior product. Why? Because currently China uses very few robots in its auto industry which requires a very high degree of precision workmanship. Japan, Germany and the U.S. have a high percentage of robots doing the most difficult and precise functions and thus have higher quality automobiles. However, China is rapidly converting to robotic assembly lines and the international competition dynamics could change quickly. This may provide an investment opportunity. You might also consider firms that make the robots. Most robots are produced by companies in five countries: China, South Korea, Japan, Germany and the U.S. If more robots are part of the future, some of these firms could benefit and may provide additional investment opportunities. Before investing you should have circumspect conversation with your trusted advisor about the potential risks and possible rewards. For many investors, the social implications are also an important part of the discussion. This is for education only. Before using this information in any way discuss it with a financial professional. There are many risks associated with stock trading. You may lose some or all of your financial investment. Securities offered through Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC Member FINRA/SIPC. Securities offered through Integrated Financial Planning Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC.
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MARKETING TIPS FROM VEUGELER DESIGN GROUP
of adults have their mobile phone within arm's reach 24/7. - Morgan Stanley
How can you really know if an app is right for you and your company?
of mobile phone time is spent on apps. - Nielsen
of small businesses either have an app already or plan to get one in the future.Â Research shows an 80% increase in sales for companies that adopt a mobile centric approach. - Internet Retailer Magazine
Robert Wright, Senior Website & App Developer at Veugeler Design Group
Do you think that all companies can benefit from having an app?
A: Not necessarily, it really depends on the industry and on what you are trying to achieve.
A: Ask yourself: how technology can ease the friction of things that you’re doing day to day? How can I automate certain sectors of my business and what processes can be improved? Take for example a mid-size company with an HR department – maybe they could use an app to streamline time-off requests, formal complaints, voting for employee of the month, etc. It’s all about making the processes more streamlined and removing user/ human error.
A: Think about the man-power and the time invested in your marketing efforts. Let's take a restaurant loyalty program for example. Back in the day you used to have to collect data from your customers and manually enter all that information, but an app automates the system and gathers all of that valuable information for you. The day and age of customer punch cards are gone. Why would you even do that when you aren’t collecting any customer data from that? Build a customer retention or customer loyalty app instead. Another example could be managing a fleet – you’ve got a team of truck drivers out there or you have a sales team on the road and you want to be able to see where they are at any given time and communicate with them in real-time, well that is possible through an app. At the end of the day, it’s all about making your life better and easier, so yes, I’d say in most cases it has great ROI.
So, as a business owner, what are some of the questions I could ask myself in determining whether or not I need an app?
Q: Okay, I want an app, what are the first steps? A: The first step is definitely defining your objective. What
problem is this going to solve and how will it help your end user? From there, we will figure out what specific data points and content we will need to populate into the wireframe.
You’ve been a website developer for a long time. Is this similar to building websites?
A: This is a good one, because five years ago it was a
How do I know if an app is going to be a good return on investment?
You built the Suwanee Beer Fest app for this year’s event… which was great, by the way. Tell us about your favorite features of that app.
A: The coolest thing for me was tracking the real-time voting for the Brew Battle, seeing votes go up and down in realtime and seeing how many people were participating. Q:
What was the end goal with the Suwanee Beer Fest app?
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A: To improve the customer experience. We thought about what we wanted from an attendee perspective and that was the ability to rate and save the beers you try when there are hundreds in front of you at the festival. I know from my own beer festival experiences that it is hard to remember what beers you liked best, so to be able to save them to my profile and go back to review them later was huge for me.
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Lanier Islands is YOUR ISLANDS for Summer Adventure!
With the coming of summer comes the urge for adventure, to share experiences with family and friends. Our Travel & Adventure Guide offers a wide variety of ideas for all ages. Start making plans that will keep the whole family smiling and create memories that last a lifetime. 26
At Lanier Islands you’ll find 1,500 acres of jam packed family fun. From luxurious accommodations at Legacy Lodge, LakeHouses or Villas to their wildly popular beach, boardwalk and entertainment district known as LanierWorld, there is something for everyone! At LanierWorld you can catch a giant wave in the Southeast’s largest Wavepool, fly full speed down the Intimidator water slide, zip high above the beach on a canopy tour or cannonball off the tower of their inflatable obstacle course. Add movies on the 5-story spectacular screen, music at Sunset Cove Café and a plethora of dining options and you have a vacation made for memories. Best of all, all of this is in our own backyard just 10 minutes north of Suwanee! And, while LanierWorld will keep you busy for days, you might want to take a break and rent a pontoon to explore the lake, take in a round of golf at Legacy Golf Club, relax at Tranquility the Spa or explore the trails of one of our Islands from the back of a horse all guided by their equestrian center experts. If relaxing in the Lodge is on tap for one day then grab a lounge chair poolside and set up camp next to our heated salt-water pool. Later you can enjoy fine dining in Sidney’s while the kids enjoy dinner and a kid’s night out with our Legacy Kids counselors. It’s all waiting for you. See you at the Lake!
Stone Mountain Park Georgia’s most popular attraction and one of the top historical attractions in the U.S. Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest freestanding piece of exposed granite. Stone Mountain Park also features a historical Memorial Carving, the world’s largest relief sculpture. The 3,200-acre park includes more than a dozen attractions, historical and natural sights, two Marriott hotels, Georgia’s largest campground, two championship golf courses, and expansive natural woodlands with hiking trails. Minutes from downtown Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park is directly off of U.S. Highway 78 and is easily accessible from Atlanta interstates. New for 2017 is “Dinosaur Explore,” featuring 20 animatronic dinosaurs representing 14 species. At the center of the Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™ 4D Experience.” fun is the Dinotorium, an allnew indoor experience with T. Rex meet and greets, baby
Wild Animal Safari Drive through zoo is home to over 650 animals About two hours south of Suwanee in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Wild Animal Safari is a drive-through animal park that lets you get face to face with hundreds of animals from all over the world. The park is home to over 650 animals on 500 acres. You can rent a zebra minivan, take the tour bus when it’s available, or drive your own vehicle through the 3.5 mile Serengeti Adventure. You will get the opportunity to pet, feed and photograph many of the over 75 different species that call Wild Animal Safari home. There are animals from all over the world residing at the park, many of them on the threatened or endangered species list. After experiencing the drive through adventure, hop out of the vehicle and enjoy the Walkabout, which is more like a traditional zoo. The Walkabout is home to baboons, kangaroo, tigers, peacocks, tortoises, singing dogs, lemurs and more.
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dinosaur interactions and a dino dig play area. Also making its debut is the loveable herd from Ice Age in the new “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™ 4D Experience.” Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the crew embark on an action-packed adventure when they discover a lost world of dinosaurs. Dinosaur Explore is open now and will only be available for the 2017 season. Admission is FREE with any paid daily Adventure Pass or Mountain Membership. An Adventure Pass also gives you access to the park’s family fun attractions such as Summit Skyride, Geyser Towers®, SkyHike®, The Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, Scenic Railroad, Historic Square and Discovering Stone Mountain Museum. To view their operating calendar or for more information, visit StoneMountainPark.com.
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Wild Animal Safari is consistently rated as one of the top drive through zoos in the country, and attracts visitors from all over the world. The park additionally offers a café and gift shop, and is a popular choice for families, school field trips, church African zebras looking for a handout. groups, veteran groups, special needs groups and more. You can be sure it will be an incredible experience! The park is open every day of the year other than Christmas Day. For more information, hours and directions visit them online at AnimalSafari.com/Georgia.
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DROP A LINE AND MAKE SOME MEMORIES BY FISHING THE DAY AWAY FOR RAINBOW TROUT! Andy's Trout Farm is nestled on 325 beautiful acres at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Georgia. Andy’s offers a tranquil respite with lodging in their rustic cabins by the creek, fishing and hiking the trails with nature at your side, enjoying the quiet peace and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of life. Cope Hall is the new mountain venue for church groups, family reunions and special events! Call for special group pricing! Email them at email@example.com or follow them on Facebook.
SEE LAKE LANIER ISLANDS IN A WHOLE NEW FLIGHT Want to know about zip lining? Google it. Want to know about Lake Lanier Canopy Tours? Go see them! They've got the World’s Longest Zip line over Lake Lanier. They've got the World’s Largest collection of LLCT T-shirts at Lake Lanier. But seriously, they do have the WORLD’S GREATEST GUIDES anywhere.
AWARD-WINNING PARKS OFFER A NEVER-ENDING SOURCE OF FUN ACTIVITIES ANY TIME OF YEAR You can explore the past at historic sites and museums or stroll on a trail, play a sport, or attend a pottery class. There are lovely views of woodlands, lakes, meadows, streams and gently rolling hills.
PERPETUATING THE MEMORY OF THE GREATEST HITTER OF ALL TIME Honoring Tyrus Raymond Cobb “The Georgia Peach” – 1st inductee in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Experience Major League Baseball at its foundation. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm. Closed all major holidays. Group Tours by appointment - call 706-245-1825. Visit them online at TyCobbMuseum. org or on Facebook and Twitter.
VISIT THE HANDS-ON LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT INTERACTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR KIDS IN GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA Museum admission is only $8/person and good for the entire day. Check out their Gift Shop and Pottery Studio! They offer scheduled group rates and birthday parties! Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm.
2017 Winners Each year when we do our annual Mother’s Day contest it is so hard to narrow it down to just three deserving winners. We receive so many heartfelt submissions and know that every mom deserves to be honored and recognized. But, after rounds of deliberation, we would like to congratulate our 2017 Best Mothers in Suwanee: Ashley Pepitone, Matty Castro and Jan Welch.
The winners receiving their gift baskets
Our winners received some amazing gifts thanks to our community sponsors! Salon Greco The European Day Spa gave them a day of pampering with a complete makeover package including hair-cut, color, styling and makeup. Vitality Med Spa provided each winner with a free consultation and then customized their experiences based on needs or desires. Services at Vitality Med Spa include spa facials, Botox, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, plastic surgery, medical weight loss, beauty treatments and more! Other local businesses also contributed wonderful gifts and services, including: • Gift Cards from Cinco Restaurants and Bare Bones Steakhouse • Nail Services from Majestic Nail Bar and Cielo Sky Nails • Teeth Whitening from Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
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Matty Castro Submitted by daughter-in-law, Daniella Castro:
Ashley Pepitone Submitted by husband, Joseph Pepitone: What is the best mother in the Suwanee area like? Well I can tell you, because she got stuck with me. Hey, I think I am a great Dad, but I am in absolute awe of this woman that I get to call my wife, and that our kids get to call Mommy. She is an attorney, a family attorney, to be exact. She is such a resilient, intelligent, and compassionate person... oh and she is as beautiful on the outside as she is wonderful in her heart. Easy for me to say, I am in love with her, right? Well other moms agree, because they told me in their own words, "Joe, your wife is the total package." She is so strong, and smart â€“ she put herself through law school. I love that my daughter looks up to her and can see that she can be whatever she wants and make it happen just like mommy did. Ashley also is a bit of an artist. She is so talented in so many media: she paints in watercolor, and people buy those online, she has done design work for the likes of Pottery Barn on their blog and worked with La Crema, the wine company, too. Oh, and by the way, she does law work that involves kids adoption, custody, etc. She is like a superhero: lawyer by day and mommy, blogger, designer, artist and wife by night. And I can attest, she does all of it well. Nothing goes by the wayside. It's amazing, and THAT is why I think there is no way that she isn't the best mom in the area. She has got to be. Don't tell her though, she will never believe how awesome she is, and that is why I am speaking up!
This is my beautiful and amazing Mother-in-Law. Her name is Matty and she is 86 years old! She is an incredible human being that has helped so many people (including me) be a better person. Her life is her family- she deserves to be the best mom in Suwanee because she dedicates her life to all of those who surround her. Her wisdom, her passion for helping others and her dedication to her family is incredible. She has a heart of gold and I am proud to call her my mother-in-law. I have been blessed with her and I thank God for putting her in my path.
Jan Welch Submitted by son, Matt Welch: My mom is the best because she always gives to others without ever worrying Hair by Cathie about & makeup by herself. My Chloe Luna at dad has Salon Greco been sick for the last year and she has been the caretaker all while working a full time job. She is one of the most selfless people I know. Her family is her world and we love her very much! Before
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With summer just around the corner, thoughts of your next vacation may be fresh on your mind. Whether you love the beach, the mountains or exploring a new city, you will want to make the best of your trip, and that means staying healthy while you are away. For many vacation-goers, the addition of a few pounds while trying new foods and lounging on the beach with your favorite adult beverage is par for the course. But, with a little planning and some forethought, you can totally stay on track with your goals of living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining your weight while you're away. Here are my top tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling. BY RUTH UNGERER
AKA "FIT MOM"
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PACK HEALTHY SNACKS.
Snacks such as fruit, nuts, greek yogurt or turkey jerky will stave off those hunger pains and prevent you from overeating or indulging in processed foods that will keep those cravings coming.
SLEEP, SLEEP, & MORE SLEEP! The most important thing you can do while traveling is sleep. Your body needs rest when youâ€™re physically traveling, crossing time zones, carrying luggage to and from destinations, walking all day, and so forth. Traveling is harsh on your body so make sure you get plenty of rest. How much is enough? Don't set your alarm. Let your body wake up when it's ready. Listen to your body. I usually run on 7 hours of sleep, but if I need a few more zzzzzs, my body will let me know.
BEGIN YOUR DAY WITH BREAKFAST. When eating out, opt for eggs with veggies, some turkey bacon and fresh fruit. fruit The protein will keep you feeling full and the veggies will keep you regular while providing you with much needed vitamins.
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CHOOSE ACTIVITIES THAT KEEP YOUR BODY MOVING! My idea of vacation is definitely one that involves excursions or exploring the area I'm visiting. If you're near the water, try kyaking, rafting, paddleboarding, body surfing, or just fun beach activities like paddle ball or bocce. Even just standing will burn extra calories and will prevent you from mindlessly snacking. The bottom line here is just to move your body! Whether you are hiking, playing tennis or mini golf with your kids, you are getting your steps in and teaching your family that activity is FUN!
Don’t try to see the entire city all in one day. If you plan to do a lot in a big city, consider staying longer to really take in the sights and sounds. You’ll also get to know the area more instead of just being able to say that you’ve “been there.”
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Whether you're doing a lot of standing, lounging or walking, starting the day off with a good stretch will keep you feeling refreshed. Stretch your legs, back, arms, neck, etc. Better yet, find a pretty spot and wake up with a few yoga poses to not only stretch your body but to establish mental clarity. I love to find a quiet spot in nature where I can hear the birds and other wildlife. If that's not possible, it is pretty easy to sneak in simple neck and shoulder stretches throughout the day while you’re waiting for your food, the bathroom, transportation, etc. It's also a good idea to stretch right before bedtime because it relaxes your muscles and promotes a good night's sleep.
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EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES. When eating out, be sure to include plenty of fruits and veggies!! Ask for a side of veggies instead of fries, order a salad with vinaigrette on the side, stop by a local market and pick up some fresh fruit. The fiber will fill you up and keep your colon happy.
HYDRATE! HYDRATE! HYDRATE! Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Add some lemon or lime for a burst of flavor and sip throughout the day. If you are feeling sluggish and have a dull headache, you may be dehydrated. Water will keep you feeling energized and will keep your skin glowing. So, drink up!!! Your body will THANK YOU.
mom of three boys and has mastered incorporating health and fitness into very busy lifestyles. She has been training women in the Lawrenceville area for the past 15 years. Her passion is connecting with women, teaching them how to live a healthy lifestyle and empowering them to be the best version of themselves. She trains her clients both locally and online, providing them with dynamic workouts, a detailed meal plan and tremendous support, so they are equipped with everything they need to be successful. Ruth considers age just a number, and at 47, she is an avid tennis player, loves to run, bike, swim, do acroyoga, water ski and pretty much anything on the lake. She has coached soccer for 10+ years and has run speed and agility clinics for both tennis and soccer programs locally.
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HAVE AN EXERCISE ROUTINE. WALK OR BIKE EVERYWHERE. Get your daily exercise and truly learn about a place at the same time. I love to take in the sights by foot, but if you have sightseeing destinations a little further away, renting a bike can be so much fun. Many cities have bike lanes and a place for parking. You'll get your heart rate up, tone your legs, and see the city at the same time. Going to the beach? Even better! Rent a bike for the week and avoid the traffic. On the 5th floor? Take the stairs and skip the elevator. All those steps will add up and you'll reach 10,000 before you know it.
TAKE YOUR VITAMINS. It can be difficult to eat a healthy balanced meal with all the essential vitamins when traveling, so take your daily multi-vitamins to supplement your meals.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN.
Protect your skin from being outdoors by wearing sunscreen with minimum SPF 15. Reapply every two hours if you can. Nothing ruins a vacation like a tender sunburn, so lather up.
If you are one who enjoys a gym, be sure to get a hotel with a fitness center. Personally, my favorite way to stay fit on vacation is to find a bench or a trail and do some body weight exercises. Think push-ups, squats, lunges, planks. You can work your entire body in minutes and it's FREE!! I also like to go for a jog around the neighborhood I'm visiting. Make it a circuit and every other post or telephone pole can be an opportunity to do something fun (jumping jacks, lunges, side kicks, squat jumps, etc.) Just make it a priority. Start your day with intention and those good actions will help you make positive choices throughout the day.
BRING YOUR HAND SANITIZER. The last thing you want on vacation is to catch a cold or virus. Keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse comes in handy when water and soap arenâ€™t available, which can happen quite frequently when traveling.
GET ENERGY FROM A PROTEIN SMOOTHIE. Bring a protein powder and mix it in a magic bullet. My go-tos on the road are protein smoothies. Add some spinach and a little peach and you'll have energy all day long.
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Well, there you have it! Whether you plan a trip to the beach, the mountains or the city, you will be ready to rock your vacation without packing on the extra pounds. Here's to helping you love the body you live in!
Giving Girls A Foundation To Fly
Non-profit, Foundation to Fly empowers girls of all ages, to be confident, self-assured leaders. BY: Angela Veugeler
or any parent, helping to guide your child through adolescence can be overwhelming. Most parents work hard to try to set their child up for success, but with so many outside influences, it’s easy to find yourself worrying if there is something else you can do to help instill a sense of self-confidence in your child. Foundation to Fly was created to do exactly that. Founded in 2011 by Janelle Draper, Foundation to Fly is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose aim is to empower girls of all ages to be confident, self-assured leaders. Knowing how difficult growing up can be for girls and how they tend to internalize things, Draper felt driven to start the organization. “It’s my way of doing what I can to pay it forward, for the girls to be able to ask questions and to give them tools they need to help navigate the rest of their lives,” she shared. The after school program, Roots and Wings, is for girls in grades 3-5, providing lessons rooted in social and emotional intelligence as well as universal traits of leadership. Currently meeting weekly at White Oak Elementary in Sugar Hill, the group is limited to 16 participants and has had a waiting list every year. Each week, the group participates in different team building activities, service projects or
challenges. The aim is to help the girls gain a greater understanding of how to manage their own emotions (both socially and emotionally), build communication skills, grow as leaders and most importantly, realize how much they matter. “We really try to teach the girls the impact they have on everything- both positive and negative,” shared Draper. Just before Easter their meeting involved filling Easter eggs. Each girl took a dozen candy-filled eggs home with them along with a sign reading, “You’ve been egged.” Draper encouraged the students to visit one or two neighbors they were familiar with and hide the eggs for them to find, leaving the sign behind and spreading joy. They discussed as a group why service to others is important and how spreading joy can have a huge positive impact. One girl shared, “If you’re making someone else’s day, on a scale of 1 to 10, it’s about a 9.9 chance that it’s going to make your day, too.” Another girl chimed in about spreading joy, “It’s like a very good virus!” “Service is really about everyone that receives as well as the person giving the service. It shows that you matter; that kindness might not happen if it weren’t for you,” said Draper. One of her favorite meetings is when the 5th graders graduate. They have each fifth grader Foundation to Fly stand up while Founder, Janelle Draper, with Roots all of the girls and Wings girls share something positive about that one girl. “It is so impactful to watch the moms seeing other girls surrounding their daughter and lifting her up in a loving, kind way.” Draper shared, “Being a girl is tough, navigating girlhood is tough. - Janelle Draper, They are their best selves here Foundation to Fly and I’m fortunate to see that.” Founder Draper hopes the positive impact Foundation to Fly is having at White Oak will grow into other schools and organizations in order to reach more girls. The White Oak chapter will be looking for other possible locations in the fall to host more groups. If you would like to learn more or are interested in starting a chapter, serving in some capacity, or sponsoring, visit foundationtofly.com. ■
It’s my way of doing what I can to pay it forward, for the girls to be able to ask questions and to give them tools they need to help navigate the rest of their life.
HENRY ANSWERS ALL YOUR PET-RELATED QUESTIONS... I have been noticing this black dust in my pet’s fur and my friend says it is flea dirt. What is flea dirt?
Flea dirt appears as small, black specks on your pet’s fur and is a surefire way to know that your pet has a flea infestation. In reality, flea dirt is the flea’s feces that consists of your pet’s digested blood. If you notice that your pet has flea dirt, visit your veterinarian to find out what flea prevention and treatment they recommend.
➤ Henry’s helper for this issue was Dr. Kristie Johansen, Sugar Hill Animal Hospital Dr. Johansen is originally from Maui, Hawaii and moved to Georgia with her family in 2001. She met her loving husband, Eric, while attending Berry College for her undergraduate degree and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She has been the President of the Gwinnett County Veterinary Medical Association since 2014. Although she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, her professional interests include feline internal medicine, geriatric care, ultrasound, and community outreach. She is a new mommy and her son, Jonah, is the light of her life. In her spare time, Dr. Johansen enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crocheting, and playing with her guinea pigs and golden retriever, Ellie Mae.
FA M I LY M AT T E R S By Laura Lebovitz, LAMFT, Grow Counseling
ummer can be a great time to focus on being social and connecting with others. If your kid seems shy or is struggling to make or keep friends, then here are several ways you can help them increase their social skills and network of friends.
Empathize then problem solve. It can be tempting to
immediately jump into problem solving when you see your kid struggling to make or keep friends. Try to help them recognize how they are feeling and then empathize with them before helping them figure out what to do next. Try saying things like “it sounds like you are feeling nervous” or “that sounds like a really frustrating situation”. Once your child feels heard and understood, they will be more likely to open up and feel ready to problem solve how to handle a stressful situation.
Practice, practice, practice.
Kids learn how to handle a variety of social situations by watching how you handle things and modeling your behavior. Make it a point to model the social skills you’d like to see in your kids. Say hi to others, ask lots of questions, talk about how different people perceive the same situation, and always look others in the eye. You
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can even make a game of it by role-playing different situations they might find themselves in or specific interactions they struggle with.
Give them opportunities to succeed socially. Be proactive
and organize play dates for your kids. If possible, find activities that allow you to watch them socialize with others and look for areas they may need a little help navigating. Socializing on play dates where it is more one-on-one is way more forgiving than socializing in a large group at school and can even help create new friendships. If your kid has a particular interest or hobby, camps or other activities where they can meet others with similar interests can be helpful, too. Read more tips @ SuwaneeMagazine.com
Laura Lebovitz is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist who works in the Suwanee area at GROW Counseling. She received her Masters of Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine. She works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families dealing with a variety of concerns. She specializes in working with anxiety, autism, self-harm, life transitions like divorce, and building healthy relationships within families.
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Fox TVâ€™s hit show, MasterChef Junior, is back for its 5th season, and local Sugar Hill resident, Justise Mayberry, is already blowing the competition out of the kitchen. Thousands of kids, aged 8-13, from across the nation compete to earn a coveted spot in the Top 20. Those lucky few move forward to earn a MasterChef Junior white apron and the opportunity to compete for the MasterChef trophy and a $100,000 grand prize...
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Tune in to FOX to watch Justise Mayberry on MasterChef Jr every Thursday @ 8/7c.
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ustise Mayberry, is quickly making a name for herself and has cooked her way into the final Top six (at time of publishing). Whipping up dishes like peanut butter and jelly macaroons, pistachio pudding pie and pan-seared shrimp with quinoa, Justise has already won multiple challenges. Her win in the pistachio pudding pie competition even gave her a chance to smash the pie into famous chef/host Gordon Ramsay’s face. “I didn’t want to mess up his face,” Justise laughed. “I thought maybe I smashed it a little too hard!" And while that might be the highlight for some young chefs, Justise has already snagged herself an even bigger prize. Earning the win in the Mystery Box challenge presented by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Justise earned the opportunity to not only
When Justise won the pie competition she got the chance to smash a pie in Michelin-starwinning Celebrity Chef, Gordon Ramsay’s face.
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Each week the competition dwindles as kids are eliminated one by one based on a number of exciting cooking challenges, including cooking a meal for 50 first responders, cooking outdoors for hungry Boy and Girl Scouts, and cooking for VIPs such as Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory).
interview Michelle Obama, but go to dinner at the White House as well. “That was really fun! It was something I always thought about, but something I never thought I’d be able to do,” said Justise. “I got to get a glimpse of what their life was like there!” Participating in one of the most watched cooking competitions in America might be stressful for some, but Justise describes the experience as something you get to do “once in a lifetime.” “It was really busy, but we got used to it. And, it was so cool to be able to meet (celebrity chefs/hosts Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi) for the first time,” she shared. At the young age of 11, Justise faced the competition with eight years of cooking experience already under her belt. Thanks to her foodie father, Jamaal Mayberry, Justise grew up around the kitchen and has spent years developing her sophisticated palate. “At age 4 she’d come into the kitchen and taste everything. She loves to eat,” he explained. “I’d let her help with prep, teaching her
about different spices, and from that we went into learning how to cut… starting with a butter knife. It was a very gradual process. She soon started making her own sauces and marinades and we’d discuss what was missing or different things we could have added,” he continued. With the passion for cooking instilled in her from such a young age, Justise knew what it was like putting in hours of work in the kitchen before the competition even started. This mentality helped her keep her focus on the long days on set. Describing an average day of filming, Justise shared that her days began around 5:30 am. Each night producers would slip a note under their door instructing them what time to be ready and what to wear for set the next day. In the morning a bus would come by, pick them up from the hotel and take them directly to the set. The hours spent not filming were spent keeping up with schoolwork, conducting interviews and practicing cooking techniques. “I was there for three months and I kept my grades up. I had all A’s and B’s,” Justise proudly informed us. As the competition heats up and Justise continues to prove to be a force in the kitchen, we know this little chef has a bright future in store. When dreaming up her future plans, Justise shared that her goal is to eventually become a teacher. If not a schoolteacher, a teacher for junior chefs like herself. “I’d love for every kid to learn how to cook like I learned how to cook. Basically, I’d like to start my own little MasterChef Junior business,” she said. And, if her talent in the kitchen is any indicator, we’d guess this talented MasterChef Junior star can do whatever it is she puts her mind to. ■
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A small serving of four different ice creams on a wooden paddle.
Combining two ultimate comforts: alcohol and ice cream, Daddy O’Brien's Irish Ice Cream Pub and Eatery (affectionately known as Daddy O’s) in Sugar Hill has mastered the art of boozy desserts.
Story by MICHELLE FASIG
Photography by KARL LAMB
DADDY O’BRIEN'S IRISH ICE CREAM PUB AND EATERY Daddy O's - the new local Irish pub style restaurant is a place where you can literally get carded for your cone. Patrons 21 and over can try delicious flavors such as Crown me with Bacon, a mix of bacon, maple Crown Royal and candied bacon, or the 2014 Iron Scoop competition winner, Kentucky Salted Caramel, a blend of Kentucky bourbon and caramel. Each flavor is a unique, homemade creation straight from the mind of Owner, Frank O’Brien. “He’s a mad genius,” said wife Lori O’Brien. “There is no rhyme or reason to his insanity, he is just constantly thinking of new flavors.” With a line-up of flavors like Bailey’s Irish Pistachio, The Nutty Irishman, and Drunken Oreo boasting an average ABV of 3% per scoop, there is no reason your “night out” can’t also be delicious.
➽ While Daddy O’s has become well
known for their outstanding adult desserts, they also offer a wide variety of non-alcoholic ice cream suitable for every member of the family. In fact, before they opened their brick and mortar location, Daddy O’s had won eight national awards from the National Ice Cream Realtors Association (NICRA) for their homemade flavors. In 2016, they even scooped the coveted Lori O’Brien aka Mommy O, serves customers a signature crepe – made from a crepe recipe that has been in the O’Brien family for generations.
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There is no rhyme or reason to his insanity, he is just constantly thinking of new flavors.,, - Lori O’Brien referring to her husband and Owner, Frank O’Brien aka "Daddy O"
Flavor of the Year award for their Harry Potter inspired Butter Beer ice cream! For those who can’t decide which of their delicious flavors to try, they offer a flight sampler- a small serving of four different ice creams on a wooden paddle. When groups come in, it’s a fun experience for each person to get a paddle and try as many different ice creams as possible. For those who are feeling even more adventurous, Daddy O’s also has the Mother Lode challenge; 12 scoops of ice cream with ALL of the toppings and a slice of chocolate cake on the bottom. To win the Mother Lode challenge, contenders have to eat the entire sundae in 15 minutes. To date, only 4 people have won and have earned their spot on the wall of champions.
A PASSION FOR ICE CREAM
➽ Daddy O’s was created from a passion
Leprechaun sundaes can be made with adult-only or kid-friendly flavors and are large enough for the whole family to share.
project by Owner, Frank O’Brien. For years Lori and Frank have run Atlanta Special Events, a corporate event management planning company that provides ice cream carts for community and corporate events.
One day Frank realized that while AUTHENTIC IRISH FARE the store-bought ice cream they were ➽ Food, wine and specialty cocktails are also menu serving was delicious, he believed he standouts at this Irish pub. Lori prides herself on making could create something better. And homemade, authentic Irish fare and either creates the recipe so, the beginning stage of Daddy O’s herself or uses recipes passed down by her family. “It’s like was born. Now three going to dinner at your mom’s house,” Lori says. years and over 100 “The New England clam chowder takes half flavors later, DaddyO’s a day to make, the shepherd's pie is baked to finally opened their order, and our crepes are light and flavorful.” first location, which has Specials change every week with delicious become popular for fare like the Guinness Irish stew served with Nutty Irish Crepes: Buttery their innovative and homemade Irish soda bread, or the pulled pork crepes filled with Irish Cream, delicious creations. Nutella and hazelnuts and crepe with BBQ drizzle. Keeping with their love topped with whipped cream. When Frank and of Irish heritage, every 17th of the month they Lori were faced with the serve their Saint Patricks Day special, a madetask of designing their first store, Lori had from-scratch corned beef and cabbage dinner one question for her husband, Frank. “What that has customers coming in droves to taste. is your dream of what you would like it to Daddy O’s also offers a wide variety of be?” Frank, inspired by his Irish heritage and delectable breakfast options on the weekend, love of community, decided to design Daddy such as homemade Belgian waffles, eggs, O’s as an Irish pub. “At pubs, everyone is biscuits, sweet crepes, and Poffertjes - mini family, locals can come in, hang out and feel Dutch pancakes topped with choices like loved,” Lori explained. And the attention is strawberry, whipped cream or powdered sugar. definitely in the details at Daddy O’s. From This Irish pub is the kind of place that the second you walk in, you immediately makes you want to kick back, relax, and eat feel as though you are transported to an some delicious food while you are at it. This authentic Irish pub. From the 100-yearfamily-friendly eatery may have just opened, old solid oak church pews, to the authentic but judging by their sweets, treats and delicious 5910 Suwanee Dam Rd / Sugar Hill, GA Jack Daniels whiskey barrel tables, to the food they are going to be a mainstay in the (678) 765-9633 beautiful stained-glass windows above the Sugar Hill community, and we could not be daddyosicecream.com bar, every detail tells a story. more excited to welcome them! ■
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GUIDE BEST AREA DINING OPTIONS FROM FINE DINING TO FUN FAMILY FARE Dollar signs indicate the typical cost per person for meal, includes one non-alcoholic drink, tax and tip. $ UNDER $10 $$ $11 - $30 $$$ $31 - $50 $$$$ MORE THAN $50
Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream Pub 5910 Suwanee Dam Road, Suite 400, Sugar Hill 404-513-1118 or 678-765-9633 DaddyOsIceCream.com I $
Daddy O’Brien’s, a.k.a Daddy O’s, is a new and exciting concept in Sugar Hill. Beautifully decorated as an Irish Pub, Daddy O’s features insanely delicious, homemade, gourmet ice cream. They are most famous for adult alcohol-infused ice creams such as: Drunken Oreo, Kentucky Salted Caramel and The Dude (White Russian.) Go for the food as well! Their soups and savory crepes, Belgian waffles, dessert crepes and Dutch Poffertjes are made from scratch and made per order. They have a beer, wine and specialty drinks menu, making it perfect for a night out with friends.
3294 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Ste. 1004, Duluth 678-878-4772 ValentinosBakeryInc.com I $ Chef Valentino is treating the US with his pastry talents brought all the way from Venezuela. With over 50 years of experience in the baking industry, Chef Valentino carefully crafts goodies not only full of flavor, but attractive in appearance. Stop by his bakery in Duluth to try his famous milhojas, flan, and fruit tart or any other decadently created pastry or dessert!
Bare Bones Steakhouse
115 E. Main St., Suite C-12, Buford 470-266-1890 I BareBonesSteakhouse.com $$$
Located in the Bona Allen building of downtown, historic Buford, Bare Bones Steakhouse provides an atmosphere of character and originality. This classic, traditional steakhouse restaurant and bar also offers a comfortable lounge and additional space to host your next party or event. Stop by Tuesday through Thursday to add a free cheesecake dessert to your dinner and half priced appetizers from 4-6pm! WANT MORE? STAY CONNECTED WITH SUWANEE MAGAZINE. FOLLOW, TWEET, SHARE >
3370 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd I Suwanee 460-266-1112 I YourPie.com I $$ Your Pie is a fast-casual pizza franchise, inspired by the Italian Island of Ischia. Specializing in personalized pizzas, chopped salads and paninis, Your Pie encourages the customer to be as creative as they want to be against the backdrop of authentic ingredients. Customers choose the combinations and Your Pie delivers to your table hot from the brick oven. Add a drink from their Coke Freestyle or a local craft beer on tap. Finish up with a gelato.
Suwanee Pizza Tavern
1795 Mall of Georgia Blvd I Buford - Now Open! I 678-714-2773 2255 Pleasant Hill Rd I Duluth I 770-814-0356 LaMadeleine.com I $$ La Madeleine is a cozy, casual French bakery and café serving authentic freshly-made fare from time-honored recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their handcrafted menu items include omelettes, crêpes and quiche for breakfast, homemade soupes, salades and sandwiches for lunch, as well as dinner entrées and authentic French pâtisseries, viennoiserie and breads.
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1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd I Suwanee I Suite 150 678-546-0823 I Facebook.com/SuwaneePizzaTavern.com I $$ Suwanee Pizza Tavern is known for their made-from-scratch, wood-fired pizza, garlic knots, wings, sandwiches, pastas, and friendly atmosphere. The open pizza pit showcases their wood-fired oven where you can watch their pizza chef create your pizza. The dining area is perfect for a family outing, or you can head over to their signature bar with your friends to watch your favorite sports on the flat screen TVs. Visit Suwanee Pizza Tavern, your local upscale pizza tavern!
The Diner at Sugar Hill
4500 Nelson Brogdon Blvd, Buford TheDinerAtSugarHill.com I $$
Visit The Diner at Sugar Hill for all your breakfast, lunch, and dinner hometown grill favorites! Choose from an extensive selection of comfort foods and gourmet entrees and top off your meal with a cocktail. The Diner at Sugar Hill also offers both on-site and off-site catering services for you to enjoy hosting at your own location or in their private dining area.
1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite 100 I Suwanee 678-541-0645 CincoRestaurants.com I $$
Kids eat free Monday through Thursday. Enjoy hand-crafted margaritas, an extensive tequila list, daily drink specials, Sunday brunch and live entertainment Friday nights!
360 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite 101-A I Suwanee 770.271.3778 PekingOfSuwanee.com I $ Serving the best Chinese food in Suwanee since 2007! Offering a full lunch and dinner menu with an abundance of options including appetizers, soups, fried rice, pan fried noodles, seafood, egg fu young, poultry, lo mein, chow mein, and vegetables. Call Peking Restaurant for your Suwanee delivery or carry-out order or dine-in to enjoy a beer or wine beverage!
The Suwanee Magazine team at Serenity Cellars in Cleveland, Georgia
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ADVENTURES A DAY ON THE UNICOI WINE TRAIL WITH VIP SOUTHERN TOURS Story by RACHEL PILLOW
Photography by Charles Ernst
On a beautiful spring morning, some of the women on our staff met at our office in Gwinnett and climbed aboard the VIP Southern Tours luxury bus. From there, the entire day was truly a VIP experience. VIP Southern Tours was formed three years ago and is owned by husband-wife team, Charles and Chistina Ernst. Their mission: “to provide the finest wine tour experience on the East Coast.” VIP Southern Tours offers wine tasting adventures at a variety of wineries along the Unicoi Wine Trail: a wine lovers destination located in White County, Georgia. Their partner wineries include: Habersham, Sylvan Valley, Serenity Cellars, Yonah Mountain and Cottage Vineyards.
A WINE-FILLED, FUN-FILLED DAY
Jim and Sandra Penner, Owners of The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
VIP SOUTHERN TOURS' MISSION IS TO PROVIDE THE FINEST WINE TOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE EAST COAST.
Tours include four wineries, tastings at each and a gourmet picnic lunch; although they can customize the experience based on individual needs or preferences. On Sunday tours, you will visit three wineries as opposed to four since wineries open later. We went on a Sunday, but still had the most wine-filled, fun-filled day we could hope for! We had the luxury of Charles being our tour guide and driver for the day. Charles and his wife, Christina, are passionate about the North Georgia culture and specifically about supporting the local wine community. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and fun! Personally, I’m a bit wary of guided tours and especially tour buses, but this was truly a VIP experience, with the added benefit
of no one having to worry about driving to and from each winery. Charles and Christina pay great attention to detail, ensuring an unforgettable day. Each tour will vary slightly and they can even accommodate tours in other regions including the Dahlonega Wine Trail or Rabun County Wine Trail.
OUR UNICOI WINE TRAIL ADVENTURE LINE-UP:
➺ Our first stop was Serenity Cellars, a
beautiful, family-owned boutique winery inspired by the Italian lifestyle. Owned by award-winning winemaker, Joe Smith, Serenity Cellars specializes in combining Old Worldstyle artisanship with modern techniques to craft exceptional wines with unique character. Our tasting lineup included: September Oaks Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Traminette, La Famiglia Rosso and Contentment Red Blend. Smith makes wines for about 14 different wineries, from Florida to Maine, and captures the essence of what each climate has to offer. In the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, his Traminette has won double gold, best in class and best white in the US. “But to me, a gold medal is when the customer comes in and is very happy, loves the wine and leaves with the Serenity Cellars in Cleveland, Georgia bottle. We make wines that you will only taste here and nowhere else,” said Smith. Joe and his wife started the winery in 2005 with the goal of making it a community-oriented, family-style destination. They have an outdoor brick pizza oven and invite families to bring their own dough, sauce and toppings and have a chef that will cook it for you at no charge. “The community comes out, shares pizza and wine, and we have live music going – it really is an extension of our home,” said Smith.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards CLEVELAND, GA
➺ Next up was Yonah Mountain Vineyards, which
boasts the only wine caves in the state of Georgia. The winery overlooks the breathtaking scenery of Yonah Mountain. Owned by husband and wife, Bob and
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FUN FACT: The hand-painted mural in Jane Miller, Yonah Mountain Yonah Mountain Vineyards' tasting room has Vineyards has similar hidden Mickey Mouse ears incorporated into the painting, that guests are challenged characteristics to many Napa to try and find. Valley wineries. Of course, the North Georgia climate is much different are native to the Mediterranean than the California coast and region, Central Europe and produces different grapes, but that Southwestern Asia, but thrive in is something that the winemakers the South’s humid air. celebrate, not fight against. When Jim’s Air Force We had the opportunity to taste assignment took him to Germany Yonah’s Genesis 8: a Cabernet with travels throughout Sauvignon married with complex France and Italy, his love notes of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and appreciation for wine and Cabernet Franc. Genesis is their blossomed. After retiring and flagship wine and this is the eighth moving to North Georgia, he time it has been produced. “Each took up winemaking as a hobby, year we leave a little wine from which then led to a passion and the previous vintage in the barrel Cottage Vineyard & Winery's Tasting Room Manager, Angela Reilly, described each wine and their unique ultimate career when he and during the aging process,” explained flavor profiles. The “Southern Sass” muscadine wine is his wife opened The Cottage Miller. actually named after her and even features a photo of Vineyard in 2012. her in her signature cowgirl boots on the label. The largest of the wineries we At this winery, they gave our visited, Yonah Mountain Vineyard’s group a list of all wines available in the tasting room that day, 200-acre winery plays host to many special events, weddings described them to us and then let us select the five we wanted and unique experiences such as the “Wine Club Cave Dinner” to try, based on our individual tastes and preferences. The – a gourmet, wine-pairing, tasting dinner with their most Penners are focused on crafting delicious wines, but are premium bottles. also intensely focused on creating memorable experiences. One such way is with their North Georgia Honor Wall that memorializes and honors US veterans. This monument has become a destination that North Georgia residents and visitors alike are proud of. CLEVELAND, GA
The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
Owned by Jim and Sandra Penner, Cottage Vineyard & Winery’s tasting room and patio offers gorgeous views of the North Georgia Mountains. They seek to make the finest vinifera-based wines in the Southeast. Vitis Vinifera grapes
VIP Southern Tours gave us a day filled with memories we will always cherish, while providing us with newfound knowledge, love and appreciation for the Unicoi Wine Trail! For more tour information, go to gawinetours.com. ■
Take me out to the 3rd Annual Gwinnett Beer Fest Returns to Coolray Field, Home of the Gwinnett Braves ith unlimited samples of over 150 craft beers, live music in the stadium, delicious food, festival games and more - Gwinnett Beer Fest is a dream for craft beer geeks and baseball lovers alike. Brought to you by the creators of Suwanee Beer Fest - voted “Best Festival in Gwinnett” by Gwinnett Daily Post Reader’s Choice in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the festival takes place INSIDE the stadium, offering a 360 degree, beer-tasting experience with tents lining the concourse and berm. In between sips, festival attendees can enjoy delicious food and “shop” at local vendor booths in the stadium. Ticketholders can also sign-up online for a wing-eating contest sponsored by Taco Mac. General Admission tickets are $45 ($50 day of) and $110 for VIP, on sale now at gwinnettbeerfest. com. In an effort to encourage safe driving, Pruitt Law is sponsoring 100 designated driver tickets, available free of charge while supplies last, with the purchase of a General Admission ticket. General Admission guests receive unlimited samples of over 150 beers, a commemorative tasting glass, and access to all
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vendors, games and live entertainment. VIP ticketholders receive everything included in General Admission, plus: one hour early entry to the stadium, access to the 2nd level party decks and air-conditioned suites, a catered food spread, a 2017 Gwinnett Beer Fest T-shirt and free, designated parking. The Gwinnett Beer Fest is dedicated to supporting and celebrating the American craft beer culture while also giving back to the community. A portion of proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organization, Kingdom Kids. Kingdom Kids grants wishes for local children battling diseases or other hardships. Funds from previous events have helped grant wishes such as Disney World trips and even a new puppy. To date, festival organizers have donated over $75,000 to local nonprofits. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gwinnettbeerfest.com. For daily news and updates, follow Gwinnett Beer Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors!
Gwinnett 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. Please support our sponsors and stop by their tents – many of them are dishing out free samples and hosting awesome contests or giveaways!
Suwanee Magazine is a family, community, culture and lifestyle bi-monthly magazine designed to keep pace and flow with the active Suwanee lifestyle. Visit them at the Merchandise Tent for exclusive Suwanee tees and festival gear!
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Voted Best of Gwinnett in 2016, Jeff Pruitt with The Pruitt Law Firm is always on your side. From criminal defense to entertainment law, family law, or real estate, the Pruitt Law Firm is dedicated to serving as your community attorney. Also serving as your designated driver sponsor, make sure to stop by their tent and grab a bottle of complimentary H2O!
Triple A-Affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, the Gwinnett Braves play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA, less than 2 miles from the Mall of Georgia. They offer an affordable and fun atmosphere for all ages. Visit GwinnettBraves. com or call 678-277-0340 for information regarding upcoming games, promotions and tickets.
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Their movers are licensed, bonded and insured. Unlike some of their competitors, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lawrenceville is locally owned and operated. The Lawrenceville team is service oriented and strives to treat by THE GRANDMA RULE®. As one of their core values, they train their staff to treat their customers and community like they’d want their Grandma treated.
S&S Ace Hardware and Mower has proudly served Northeast Georgia for almost 30 years from their Buford location, and since 2008 at their Braselton store. They stock about everything you could ever need for basic home "fix and repair" needs, as well as the friendly service and helpful advice to help you get those jobs done! They also specialize in BBQ and outdoor living items for the fun stuff when the chores are done.
Built on the bonds of friendship, Guinness has been around for over 200 years after being established in Dublin, Ireland. Beers, bonds, and brewers complete the make-up of such a rich history. Guinness will be celebrating its 200-year anniversary as a beer in the United States.
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An integrated design and branding firm, Dimensional Design focuses on an array of marketing tools such as tradeshow exhibits, retail displays, marketing and corporate interiors, signage and graphics. They create brand-focused designs and take them from the creative brief through design, fabrication and implementation.
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■ Suwanee Magazine welcomes Atlanta Water Store to Suwanee! Owners, Dipa Janardanan and Kevin Sirface, recently opened up an education center that teaches the principles of drinking hydrogen rich, alkalized, antioxidant, micro-clustered ATLANTA water. They provide free WATER STORE consultations and help you 678-541-5442 separate the hype from 425 Buford Hwy #208 Suwanee, GA 30024 the facts. Try it for FREE for 21 days! This water is atlantawater store.com changing lives!
Yogli Mogli Sugar Hill Celebrates 5 Years with Free Yogurt ■ This June marks five years since Yogli Mogli in Sugar Hill opened their doors. In celebration of their anniversary, the frozen yogurt shop is offering free yogurt on June 17th from 1-3pm (limit one per person) and $4 to fill a cup the remainder of the day. Yogli Mogli offers 16 unique flavors and over 40 different toppings. They are located in the Kroger shopping center at 5965 Cumming Hwy NE in Sugar Hill.
Greater Atlanta Christian School senior named as a First Team Academic All American ■ Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC) graduating senior and superstar volleyball player, Cienna Townson recorded 766 assists, 222 digs and 60 aces and earned All-State honors for the second straight season. The school career assist leader led GAC to the state quarterfinals in her three years as a starter. Academically, she has a 4.37 GPA on a 4.33 scale and scored 1500 on her SAT. A National Merit Commended Scholar, Townson worked on a Nicaragua Mission Team for two years with the goal of helping villages receive clean drinking water. She recently received the Girl Scouts Gold Award, given to only 5.4% of all scouts. She is passionate about recycling and taking care of the environment and created a board game called Trash It or Recycle It. “Cienna is the heart of our team, biggest encourager, most excellent athlete and top student,” said Coach, Kristy Shelton. Cienna has been accepted into the prestigious Ervin Scholar Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Tiger Tails Animal Hospital Opens New Cat Clinic
■ Tiger Tails Animal Hospital has expanded to open a cat-only hospital, the first feline-only clinic in Gwinnett County. The ribbon/ yarn cutting was held on Saturday, March 1st. The clinic is in a separate building, located behind the animal hospital, and is designed to be low stress for both the cat and their owners. Boarding and day care are available. Tiger Tails strives to provide remarkable service and the highest quality veterinary care for four-legged friends. For more information, email amber@ tigertailsanimalhospital.com or call 770-817-9565.
Gwinnett Medical Center Opens a New Primary Care Facility in Suwanee
■ Located at the corner of McGinnis Ferry and Peachtree Industrial, Gwinnett Medical Center's new Primary Care Facility offers one-stop, comprehensive care for the whole family. With primary care, OB/GYN, gastroenterology and cardiology services, their experienced team can diagnose and treat an extensive array of medical conditions. In addition to a dedicated team of providers, you will also have access to the latest technology and treatment options, all in a spa-like environment.
Buford Pilot Marks Volunteer Milestone ■ Patients with rare or complicated medical conditions may have to travel hundreds of miles to reach lifesaving treatment. Charles George, of Buford, Georgia, is one of 650 volunteers who donate their planes, fuel and time to make Charles George and flight assistant, Bette Taylor with Chris Nataline, of Leesburg, Fla. Chris has to sure those Mercy Flight Mercy Flight Southeast, Inc. is fly to Tennessee twice a month for treatment. It a non-profit volunteer pilot takes three “legs” for him each way and Charles Southeast passengers organization that provides free has volunteered to pick up many of the frequent get the care they need legs. Pictured with Chris is his daughter, Ellie, air transportation by private who traveled with him on that mission. while alleviating travel aircraft to distant medical facilities when commercial hardships. air service is not available, On Friday, April 7th, George was honored for surpassing impractical or simply not affordable. Mercy Flight 100 missions, at the Dr. Franklin G. Norris Pilot Awards Southeast pilots complete Gala at the River Ranch Resort and airport (2RR) in River approximately 3,000 missions Ranch, Florida. In addition, he was recognized as the honoree each year. For more information go to mercyflightse.org. for the “2016 Pilot of the Year” Award for the Georgia region, the highest honor for Mercy Flight Southeast pilots. George, who flies a Mooney, is based out of Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville. He has been flying for Mercy Flight Southeast since 2007 and was the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Pilot of the Year.
Help Suwanee Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Angela Veugeler, Kiss a Pig! ■ Each year ten local community leaders go head-to-head for their chance to kiss a pig! Why? It's a fun and memorable way to raise awareness and funds for Annandale Village in Suwanee. Annandale Village provides residential or life assistance programs for men and women with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other forms of disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. As the only nonprofit organization in the state of Georgia that provides these individuals with a lifetime continuum of service and care, the demand for quality programs and services found only at Annandale Village makes the fundraising results of this year’s Kiss-A-Pig campaign more vital than ever. The Kiss-A-Pig candidates will contend for “votes” to raise money for Annandale Village. Each dollar donated equals one vote. The candidate that receives the largest number of votes or raises the most amount of money will be named the winner of the Kiss-A-Pig campaign and have the honor to kiss a pig…a real one, on InHOGuration Day on May 18th. To vote for Angela, go to annandale.org/kiss-pigcandidate-angela-veugeler.
Peace, Love & Arts in the Park â– Arts in the Park is set to take place on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Suwanee Town Center Park. The free, family-friendly event includes art in all forms, music and food. The festival showcases artists selected through a jury process and is a great place to find the perfect art for your home. Visitors will enjoy live art demonstrations and activities such as Paint-A-Wreck, Pollock Painting, Spin Art and Do-it-yourself Tie Dye Shirts. An awardwinning Chalk Walk Competition takes place from 10:00am-3:00pm and is open to Elementary, Middle and High school students. Proceeds from Arts in the Park benefit the Rosemary Benavides Williams Student Art Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to college-bound high school graduates planning to major in the field of visual arts. For more information, visit ngaa4arts.com. MAY
Girl Scouts Hold Gwinnett ToGetHerThere Luncheon â– Over 6,000 girls are members of the Girl Scouts in Gwinnett County. On Tuesday, May MAY 16th, the Girl Scouts of Gwinnett will host a ToGetHerThere Luncheon at Ashton Gardens in Sugar Hill to help every girl reach her fullest potential. The luncheon aims to bring local businesses and community leaders together, with proceeds from the event directly supporting the girls served in Gwinnett, including more than 1,000 underserved girls. Fran Gary, President of Federal Government Solutions Anthem will serve as Key Note Speaker for the event. Gary is an advocate of the Girl Scouts and their goal of helping each girl to reach her fullest potential. Co-Chairs who have spearheaded the event are Monique Honaman, CEO/ Partner of ISHR Group and Justin Honaman, Vice President/ General Manager of Global Commercial Analytics PRGX. Three Girl Scouts will be speaking on courage, confidence and character at the event, including Nia Allen, Teresa Napolitano of Suwanee and Kendall Robinson of Suwanee. The Girl Scouts believe every girl deserves the confidence to dream big and build a better world. For more information, to purchase tickets or donate, visit girlscoutsatl.org/en/support-us/GwinnettToGetHerThere-Luncheon.html.
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Celebrities Compete for Cooper’s Cup at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic
Cooper’s surviving family: Kevin, Parker and Donna O’Brien showcase the memorial trophy, the Cooper’s Cup, at the 2017 Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
■ The Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TCP Sugarloaf took place from April 10-16, 2017. Three celebrities played in the Celebrity Challenge on Saturday, April 15th. Each celebrity played for a charity of their choice: John Smoltz for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), Tom Glavine for CURE Childhood Cancer and Kevin Butler for Cooper’s Crew. Former UGA and NFL football player, Kevin Butler, formed a relationship with the O’Briens when Cooper played alongside him on the winning team in 2014. Today, in addition to competing for a donation to a charity of their choice, the celebrities are vying for the coveted Cooper’s Cup - a trophy created in memory of Cooper O’Brien. This year John Smoltz won for CHOA, but the O’Briens are grateful for the awareness it brought to Cooper’s Crew and for the tournament’s dedication to commemorating Cooper and his legacy.
Suwanee Beer Fest Donates to Cooper’s Crew ■ Suwanee Beer Fest proudly donated a portion of proceeds of the 7th annual festival to Cooper’s Crew. The $7,000 raised will go directly to the 2017 Cooper's Crew scholarship fund. Last year, Cooper’s Crew was able to award three recipients, and this year, due to increased fundraising efforts, they will be able to grant four or more scholarships to deserving students. To date, Suwanee Beer Fest organizers have been able to donate over $75,000 to local charities.
Cooper’s Crew is a Suwanee nonprofit that was founded in honor of Cooper O’Brien, a North Gwinnett Middle School student who lost his battle to Clear Cell Sarcoma at the young age of 14. Today, his legacy lives on through the Cooper’s Crew Fund and the Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund. The Cooper’s Crew Fund provides funding for research and development to help find a cure for childhood cancer. The Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund grants scholarships to graduating North Gwinnett High School seniors who have overcome unique challenges and adversities.
North Gwinnett High School Robotics Team wins FIRST Robotics Competition in Dalton
â– Against all odds, the North Gwinnett High School Robotics Team won the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) in Dalton, Georgia and then competed in the State Championship at UGA in April, placing 21st out of 45 teams across the state. We received a firsthand account from NGHS Robotics Team member, Katie Park: Our team, the Electric Phoenixes (1771), started in 2014. We are student-led, meaning we design, program and earn sponsors for our robot ourselves. Our robot competes in FRC, founded by Dean Kamen to promote the STEM field, particularly to women and minorities. This year, FRC's game is called STEAMWORKS, where we design a robot to deliver gears, shoot balls into a goal, and climb a six-foot rope in about 3 minutes. The first two days in Dalton, we were feeling pretty confident in our bot, but as most competitions go, new problems were waiting for us in the pit. Our climber broke, gearboxes and PCMs (pneumatic control modules) blew up, and countless other issues led to our rank of 25 out of 35. However, despite the grim outlook of our bot, our team excelled at one thing: friendship and enthusiasm. Immediately we went to work fixing our bot. Calculations predicted us to lose every match, our laptop died, and our gearboxes were constantly breaking, but we continued to press on, whether it was working on the robot or cheering in the stands. After three arduous times of fixing the climber, we climbed in our second round, beat the highest score in the nation with 470 points, and won the event! Personally, joining robotics has been an incredible experience for me. This club has taught many students like me, with no prior knowledge, how to program, design, and lead a group. We would not be where we are today without our amazing teachers, Mr. Batten and Mr. Lossner who have donated a lot of their time and advice.
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Tonya Kroon from Express Color and her crew
Scott Andrews, Economic Development Director at City of Sugar Hill with wife, Jen Andrews
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Suwanee Creek Greenway _____________________ Two pieces of art will be hidden daily along the Suwanee Creek Greenway or within city parks- those who find the art can keep it!
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The Plaza @ City of Sugar Hill ___________________ _____
Town Center Park
Inflatables, face painting, kids activities, stage performances & more! Presented by: Stepping Stone Montessori. Info at: Steppingstonemontessori.com.
May 2017 FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY & HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT OF JAZZ
6&7 Star 94 Woofstock
5:30pm - 9:30pm ________________________
_______________________ 6th @ 11:00am - 7:00pm 7th @ 11:00am - 6:00pm _______________________
Town Center Park ________________________ Food trucks open at 5:30 pm; music begins at 7:00 pm.
RISE & DRIVE FAMILY FEST
Noon - 3:00pm ____________________ ____
8:00am - Noon _____________________
10:00am - 6:00pm _______________ _________
GWINNETT BEER FEST ________________________
ARTS IN THE PARK
1:00pm – 5:00pm
ART ON A LIMB
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Town Center Park I
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Town Center Park ________________ ______ Bring the whole family for music, art, and great food. More info @ ngaa4arts.com.
GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER ATLANTA GWINNETT TOGETHERTHERE LUNCHEON
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY _____________________
Noon - 3:00 pm _____________________
Sugar Hill Animal Hospital ________________ ______ Caricature artist, lure chasing course, Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, pet adoptions.
12:00pm ____________________ ________
Ashton Gardens _______________________ _____ For more information, to purchase tickets or donate, visit: girlscoutsatl. org/en/support-us/GwinnettToGetHerThere-Luncheon.html.
26 20 GREAT STRIDES ATLANTA
9:00am - 1:00pm _____________________
Town Center Park __________________ For more information go to fightcf.cff.org.
RED, WHITE, BLUEGRASS & BACH _____________________
7:00pm - 9:30pm _____________________
Town Center Park______ ________________
Suwanee’s annual Memorial Weekend concert features bluegrass and classical performances as well as a musical salute to the troops.
MEMORIAL WEEKEND CONCERT WITH COLLECTIVE SOUL
7:00pm - 11:00pm ________________________
The Bowl @ Sugar Hill ________________________
For more info and to purchase tickets go to thebowlatsugarhill.com.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
______________________________ 5:30pm - 9:30pm ______________________________
Town Center Park
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS â€“ DOUBLE FEATURE 1st Movie: 7:00pm 2nd Movie: 8:45pm ________________________
Town Center Park ________________________
Bring the family and blankets to watch one or both movies in the park..
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The Bowl @ Sugar Hill
For more info and to purchase tickets go to thebowlatsugarhill.com.
GWINNETT BRAVES VS. NORFOLK TIDES _________________ 6:05pm _________________