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Departments: 6 Editor's Letter 8 Business

8 SBA News 11 Investment Strategies 12 Tiger Tails Animal Hospital 15 Pooch N Paws 16 Ensemble Boutique

20 Food


Holiday Recipes & Traditions

62 Drink


Lanier Islands Christmas


Holiday Hair with AIR, A Blow-out Salon


2014 Holiday Shopping Guide


Holiday Traditions at Suwanee Jubilee


Gifts That Give Back

20 Tannery Row Ale House 62 Holiday Brews 64 Suwanee Wine Fest

66 City Buzz 72 Schools 75 Life's A Sport 76 People & Places 82 Calendar




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Cover: Aoife Healy and Mr. Pibbs photographed on October 21st by Steve Glass. Mr. Pibbs is available for adoption at Georgia SPCA.



It’s Holiday Time! s this issue is printed, fall is at its peak in Georgia and for many, it is time to start thinking about the holidays. Though I regret having to say goodbye to the fall weather, the holidays are such a special time of year, and I always look forward to carrying out some of the old traditions Angela Veugeler Executive Editor our family had and the new memories that will be made. We have aimed to capture the spirit of the holidays, with traditions and recipes shared from our community including friends, family and staff. We have also included a section on gifts “The holidays are that give back to support worthy also a time that as well as our annual holiday remind us what we causes, shopping guide, with great gift ideas are thankful for. for the entire family right here in We at Suwanee our market. And be sure to check out our calendar for some exciting Magazine want new festivities going on in our area. to thank all of the The holidays are also a time that businesses that remind us what we are thankful support us as well for. We at Suwanee Magazine want to thank all of the businesses as our readers that support us as well as our who follow us for readers who follow us for making making Suwanee Suwanee Magazine possible! This Magazine possible!” issue marks our fourth year, and we are blessed to have steadily grown because of our talented and dedicated staff and the strong community support we have. We encourage you to spend quality time with those who are important to you over the holidays (and every day), and wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

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Suwanee Business Community News & Information

business The Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund at North Gwinnett High School was kick-started with a $1,000 check from the Suwanee Business Alliance. This was one of many ways the SBA was able to say “thanks” and give back to the Suwanee Community.

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Thanksgiving... Christmas BY:

Ed Szczesniak

SBA Vice President / Owner Georgian Landscape Design

hose two words conjure up some pretty wonderful thoughts in all of us. Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, trips to visit our loved ones, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, holiday music ringing through the mall, gifts under the tree – and memories of all those Christmas holidays past... So here’s what I’m thankful for:

I’m thankful I live in the South – as does the rest of my immediate and extended family (it just took some of them longer to figure it out – but hey – their minds were frozen along with their fingers for oh so many years). I’m thankful that through some twist of fate I landed in Suwanee – where smiles are seemingly the only thing frozen on the face of my neighbors. I’m thankful that I get to wear shorts about 10 months of the year – outside! I’m thankful my heating bill doesn’t compare to the National Debt. I’m thankful that I get to interact with so many wonderful, happy people every day – who are not hidden in 3 layers of sweaters and a parka while sniffling every 4 seconds. I’m thankful that I can walk my two little dogs in any one of the half dozen beautiful parks around town – and not have to be towed around by a team of Siberian Huskies just to get to the store.


SBA also provided two $500 scholarships to two members of the Suwanee Youth Leadership Program.

I’m thankful that although the residents of Suwanee may come from all parts of the country they seem to all quickly become “Suwanee-ites” who are proud and happy to live in such a wonderful community. And the one thing I am really, really thankful for is that I’ve gotten to know, and get deeply involved in my community – and more specifically – the SBA. If you haven’t experienced an SBA gathering you’ve missed the spirit of giving and sharing that lasts a whole 12 months a year – not just during the holidays! We share warm friendships, use each other’s goods and services for our own needs, and share new information about each other’s businesses with our friends and neighbors. But, it doesn’t stop there. We share our mutual good fortune with those around us – all year round. Our dues (a whopping $60 a year) and the proceeds from our annual Golf Tournament go to helping our neighbors – on a lot of different levels.

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Last month alone we were fortunate enough to provide two wonderful young high school seniors from the Suwanee Youth Leadership Program with $500 scholarship checks to help their families offset some upcoming college expenses. We were also able to provide a $1,000 check to help kick-start a scholarship fund in honor of Cooper O'Brien’s memory at North Gwinnett High School. These are just a few of the many ways we show our thanks for living, working, and smiling so much as Suwanee residents. If you need a smile, something to be thankful for, or a place to share your memories of what it was like to live up North in the winter – come visit us. You’re invited – and you’ll want to stay, trust me! We’ve got a lot to give – to all of you! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the SBA! ■

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Is there an ideal age to begin investing?

The younger the better. Time is one of the most important factors in creating

wealth for most investors. Consider this: if two twins had invested for retirement using opposite strategies for the time factor. At age 19, the first twin began investing $5,000 a year into a Roth IRA. However, she invested for only 9 years and then never invested again. Her total deposits of $45,000 earned a hypothetical 8% until she was age 65. Her twin brother did not invest for the first nine years, but then in the tenth year he began putting $5,000 a year into his Roth IRA and continued to invest $5,000 every year for the next 36 years – the years his sister made no deposits. His total deposits of $185,000 also earned the same hypothetical 8% until the year the twins turned age 65. Whose Roth IRA had the most money? The sister! Even though she invested significantly less than her brother ($45,000 versus $185,000), her nine-year head start (the time factor) was more important than the extra 28 years of deposits that her brother had made. Her Roth IRA had grown to $1,255.955 while his had only grown to $1,189,706. Both IRAs earned a hypothetical 8% interest, but they were invested for different lengths of time. The results bear out the need to get started as soon as possible. This example is hypothetical and is used to illustrate the time value of money, the earnings rate of 8% may not be available in today’s market. Whether it is you, your children or your grandchildren, time will be an important factor in the eventual results of an investment plan. So unless you will be younger tomorrow, it might be the right TIME to have a conversation with your trusted advisor today about where you might put some of your money to work to create a better financial future tomorrow. Procrastination is expensive. Remember - today is yesterday’s SEND YOUR tomorrow! ■ INVESTMENT QUESTIONS TO: SUBMISSIONS@ The views expressed in this article are not SUWANEE necessarily that of Suwanee Magazine. MAGAZINE. COM


Business Spotlight:

Tiger Tails Animal Hospital Creating the best experience possible for pet owners and their four-legged family members BY:

Angela Veugeler

To many families, a pet

not thousands, of clinics while working for Merial, a global is considered a family memanimal health company, Mills ber; one that is filled with love knew what he wanted when and excitement for us and adds opening Tiger Tails. He wanted happiness to our daily lives. The to get back into animal care and staff at Tiger Tails Animal Hoswanted to do it right. pital recognizes that, and has Tiger Tails gets its name from made it their mission to create Clemson University, where Mills the best experience possible attended and created mischief on for pet owners and their fourthe football field as legged family the schools masmembers. cot, the Clemson Walking into Tiger. They wanted Tiger Tails Ania memorable name mal Hospital you that embraced the may notice the fun loving spirit of inviting purple that tiger and Tiger and green décor Tails seemed to be along with festhe perfect fit. tive seasonal The Gwinaccents, lots of nett County area natural light, a seemed to be the children’s play perfect place for area with tabtheir practice. lets and toys, “This area is great. and that the The parks, nature interaction beDr. Tabi Tanis trails, people, detween the front velopments, downtown Suwanee, office staff and clients is very Gwinnett County… it is so difriendly and warm. versified and still close to the Dr. Zack and Susan Mills m o u n t a i n s a n d t h e beach. opened the practice in NoThere is so much you can do vember of 2012 with the goal here,” shared Mills. of having “something special, The goal of their small anisomething different.” They mal practice is to make visitwanted to create “the perfect ing the vet a great experience facility in a great area.” After for both the owner and the pet. 10 years spent practicing in The exam rooms are large with Charleston, South Carolina a lot of natural light, and they and then visiting hundreds, if


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do their best to keep waiting to a minimum to help prevent anxiety in pets. In most cases, the staff will examine dogs on the floor, and cats on the windowsill, where they are more comfortable. Mills shared, “We have put a lot of focus on getting the right people at our practice. The vets, technical staff, and front office staff all care about pets, but also love working with people. They all work hard as a team.” Mills sometimes reminds his staff, “Before you go into an exam room, think about how you would want to be treated.” He cited the importance of communication and education with the clients. In many cases, the staff uses 3D graphics and videos to help demonstrate to pet owners what may be going on with their pet. “We are very focused on wellness and keeping the pet healthy. We have developed programs such as senior and puppy wellness plans that help break up the costs and include a lot of the routine exams, blood work, and discounts on all services and products. Many times, this helps with prevention or allows us to catch things early and treat for a better outcome at a lower cost,” Mills stated. According to Mills, Tiger Tails is one of less than 5% of certified Cat Friendly Practices in the United States, which is a certification given by the American

Association of Feline Practitioners. This certification means they have taken extra steps to be sure they understand a cat’s unique needs and have a more calming environment for cats, such as feline-only exam rooms. In addition to wellness care, Tiger Tails also offers the latest technology including laser and stem cell therapies for enhanced healing and pain control. They also have an app where pet owners can access all of their records, receive messages, specials, set appointments, refill prescriptions and more. Leslie Scarpa who is in charge of community outreach and PR stated, “The app has been great, it’s very helpful for communication and clients are really utilizing it.” If you are traveling for the holidays and can’t bring your pet, their boarding facility offers multiple play areas for dogs and is very hands-on and heavily supervised. The staff often posts pictures of the pets so their owners can feel at ease seeing they are having fun. Book early, as they have limited space and fill up quickly. The staff at Tiger Tails stays very involved in

Dr. Zack and Susan Mills



the local community and participates in area festivals such as Suwanee Fest, Duluth Fall Fest, Chattapoochee Pet Fest and Woofstock. Dr. Mills also serves on the board of the Georgia SPCA. In June of 2015, Tiger Tails will bring back their vet camp for students wanting to learn more about the industry. One week of camp will be offered for 8-11 year olds, and new this year, they are adding a one-week option for middle school students. More information and dates will be posted on Facebook, their website and mobile app. Dr. Mills sums up the practice by stating, “We identified the need for something a little different and I think that’s what we’ve created. Our clients like coming in, and that’s a good feeling.” ■

Tiger Tails Animal Hospital 2605 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Duluth 770-817-9565


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Business Spotlight:

Pooch N Paws Pet Boutique BY:

Rachel Fasig

“I packed everything into

my two-toned ’97 Buick Century and headed to Georgia… I knew I wasn’t going back,” Megan Taylor, Salon Manager at Pooch N Paws Pet Boutique, reminisced on moving from Philadelphia for the job one year ago. With years of experience in the pet grooming industry under her belt, Taylor was searching for a change and a chance to get out of Philly, and Pooch N Paws opened that door for her when they hired her to help open the new salon. From her research, Suwanee, Georgia sounded nice. And, it has proven her right. “Being a part of something new like this in Suwanee has been very exciting,” Taylor said of opening the salon, “Suwanee is a dog-town, everyone here absolutely loves their pets.”

Megan Taylor, Pooch N Paws Salon Manager

Pooch N With a full-service grooming salon, Paws has a pet store, bakery and daytime boarding, full-service dog and cat salon owners Starla and Bob Pellegrino that includes are excited to announce the addition of professional dog-training classes... grooming as well as self-service bath stations. the Georgia SPCA with free Taylor, who is working on her grooming for homeless animals Master Groomer Certification, is a as well as food and toy donations. registered member of the National It is clear when meeting with Dog Groomers Association and any Pooch N Paws staff member is accompanied by apprentice, that they’re passionate about what Kayla Floor and groomer, Taylor they do and truly put their hearts Carpenter. into it – treating each animal as if A lot of people think regular it were their own. grooming is intended for show Pooch N Paws is expanding dogs, but Taylor stresses the their already-extensive importance of all dogs being on a list of services. With a fullgrooming regiment. "It is healthier service grooming salon, pet for the dogs and is a great way for store, bakery and daytime us to spot any problems that the boarding, owners Starla and owner might not have the ability Bob Pellegrino are excited to to see," she said. She recommends announce the addition of dogevery 8 weeks for short-haired training classes with Ronnie dogs and every 6 weeks for longMarriot, Master Obedience and haired dogs. Dog Educator Trainer. Marriot Some dogs and cats don’t will use his “strict yet caring have the luxury of a loving home approach” to teach: Puppy Intro or caring owner, so Pooch N to Manners, Obedience 101 and Paws is dedicated to helping Obedience 102, beginning in early November. For more information on services and classes, or to schedule appointments, please contact Pooch N Paws at 770-932-7040. ■

Pooch N Paws Pet Boutique Suwanee Town Center Park 320 Town Center Blvd. 770-932-7040


Business Spotlight:

Ensemble Boutique Apparel industry pros bring exclusive clothing lines, beautiful jewelry, accessories and high quality items to Suwanee. BY:

Rachel Fasig

After hours spent getting ready and feeling beautiful, one of the worst fears of a woman as she walks into a holiday party, is that somebody else will be wearing the exact same thing. Shaz, owner of Ensemble Boutique, recognizes this and wants women in Suwanee to have a place where they can not only find pieces that speak to their distinct personalities but that flatter their figure without being too revealing. “I only order small quantities so that women aren’t walking around wearing the same thing… they can feel unique and special about what they’re wearing,” she explained. Ensemble Boutique is a women’s boutique in Suwanee Town Center Park that offers exclusive clothing lines, beautiful jewelry, accessories and high quality items at an affordable price. They carry blouses, tunics, dresses, jewelry, handbags and accessories designed for every occasion – from casual to formal. And, shoppers are already looking forward to the addition of denim, boots and jackets coming soon. Shaz and her husband, Ray, who have years of experience in the apparel industry, spent 18 months hunting for the right clothing and accessory lines before opening Ensemble in September 2014. “We had so 16

Ensemble employee, Isabelle, organizing new blouses in store

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Genuine jewelry from Meghan Browne Style

Ensemble seeks items with a unique story, such as this purse from Rising Tide, who sells products from artisans in developing countries.

many opportunities to open in the past, but we waited for the lines that we wanted to carry – we had a very definitive criteria: high quality yet affordable,” she shared. They still dedicate hours to research new products and attend fashion shows or tradeshows, to ensure that everything Ensemble offers is in line with those criteria.


And, recognizing Suwanee’s intrepid spirit, a storefront in Town Center Park offered an unparalleled opportunity. “It’s a beautiful city, very lively and active... people here appreciate local business, there’s so much support from the community,” Shaz stated. “Our goal is to carry apparel and accessories for people who understand high quality, but also welcome affordability,” she continued. Ensemble is continuously introducing new styles

into the store to keep the looks fresh and maintain variety. They have inked exclusive deals with a few clothing lines that no other stores in Town Center Park carry, and that you will not find at the mall. For example, the clothing line ‘Monoreno’, most noted for its intricate lace and embroidered details, and ‘Elan USA’, known for its use of very high quality fabrics. The response from the community has been overwhelming. It has been a



welcoming place for both mothers and daughters to shop together because there are clothing items that appeal to all age groups. “I love watching them bond while shopping here,” Shaz said. In fact, her own daughter is extremely excited about fashion and adds her personal influence and opinions to the store. The signature style of Ensemble is reflected in the owners’ personalities and experiences. They meddle trendy and classic pieces while adding a cultural flair, influenced by their international backgrounds – such as jewelry made with genuine pearls, real crystals and pure silk threads. “The concept of a boutique is finding items that have a story behind them,” Shaz stated. And from there, customers will create their own stories with the pieces. Shaz has lived in many different places, including India and Africa, and has witnessed third world poverty firsthand. She is passionate about helping people in poverty, and some proceeds from the store will go towards that global cause. “We are so fortunate here. Living in a third world country, I have seen a lot, and I feel very blessed. I now want to give back,” she said. It is no wonder that Town Center Park was the perfect match for Ensemble Boutique. With their approach to offer only the best quality lines, and operating with a business model dedicated to service, they are representative of the heart and soul of Suwanee’s small business community. Once a month, Ensemble Boutique will host a “Festive Tuesday”. On November 11th and December 9th they are offering holiday-type refreshments and 20% off of $50 or more, with a free scarf on purchases over $100. Please follow them on Facebook for updates. ■

Ensemble Boutique

340 Town Center Avenue Suwanee, GA


Showcasing The Best Area Culinary Experiences


Restaurant Spotlight:

Tannery Row Ale House

Redefining the Local Dining Experience BY:

n the railroad tracks in historic Buford, in an old, presumably haunted brick building, stands Tannery Row Ale House – a new restaurant, bar and event facility where the owners and chefs are redefining the local dining experience. The food is fresh and authentic, with an ode to Southern sentimentality. And,



Rachel Fasig with nearly nightly events, a building with rich, long history and an extensive local craft beer list – it is in fact a total experience. When Brian Campbell, Shane Maxwell, Shannon Maxwell, Fred Messer and Tanya Streetman were looking for the perfect spot to open their restaurant and event facility, the Tannery Row Building became an obvious choice. The group, who also owns and operates Interstate Poker Club, has years of experience facilitating poker

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events at local restaurants. “We had the unique opportunity to see the ins and outs of restaurant and event operations, and learned what we did and did not want to introduce to our future restaurant,” said Campbell on how the idea of Tannery Row Ale House came to life. The menu has items to please the most adventurous foodies to the pickiest of palates. With a 600lb Southern Pride Smoker stocked with cherry and hickory woods out back, the slow-smoked BBQ and smoked

Grilled Pimento Cheese and Brisket Sandwich

The History of

The Bona Allen Tannery

Tannery Row is home to their special Freight Train Nachos: delicious, housemade tortilla chips topped with Ale House Chili, pulled pork, cheese, jalapeños, lettuce, onions, diced tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream.

wings are menu staples. Some customers prefer the delicious BBQ served the classic way: with Texas Toast and choice of two sides such as mac & cheese, fried okra or BBQ beans. One choice of sides, however, is not so classic; “The sidewinder fries are my favorite! They’re a chip, a potato wedge and a French fry in one…it’s the first new cut of French fries that any restaurant has done in 40 years,” said Shane Maxwell. Others nod to the chef’s creativity with items such as stone-baked pizza topped with slow-smoked pulled pork, BBQ sauce, collard greens, mozzarella, cheddar and fresh coleslaw. Or a house-made grilled pimento cheese sandwich piled high with slowsmoked brisket, bacon and tomato slices. Managing Partner, Joe Connor, has brought his influence and expertise from Hurricane Joe’s in the Florida Keys – which he formerly owned and operated. In fact, the first item listed on the menu is “Hurricane Joe’s Ceviche.” Connor spent years perfecting his famous ceviche recipe and the response has been outstanding with many customers claiming it’s the best they’ve ever had.

From 1873 until 1981 the Bona Allen Tannery tanned hides and made saddles, shoes and other leather goods. By the mid 1900’s the tannery had become the world’s largest horse collar factory and was receiving accolades for producing the best leather saddles on the market. Buford became known as the world leader in leather tanning and production and, at times, billed itself as the “Leather City.” During the peak of Western films in the 1950’s, many of Hollywood’s famous cowboy actors used Bona Allen saddles – even bringing their horses to Buford for custom Original Bona Allen fittings. Today, Tannery logo circa 1873 a monument to Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger being fit with a saddle, still stands outside Tannery Row. The Artist Colony, The restaurant's new logo is directly next to a tribute to the history of the the restaurant Bona Allen Tannery is a former shoe factory that produced boots for the US Army. During WWII the factory turned out 6,000 pairs of shoes per day. The tannery shut down leather production in 1981, after a fire devastated much of the building and killed several employees. Rumor has it that their ghosts still haunt the space.



A restaurant that specializes in both BBQ and seafood items is a rarity – but Tannery Row Ale House has it nailed down. They understand that great food is at the heart and soul of their business, but that the events and experiences they offer to the community are equally important. With an increasingly packed and eclectic event calendar, The Tannery Row Ale House team keeps customers on their toes. What customers can expect though is “the best possible food, best service in The Station at Tannery Row the industry and overall best experience around,” Campbell stated. And, it’s things like the 11 x 18 foot HD flat screen TV that add to that overall experience. You can see that thing from a mile away! It is literally the largest TV that any bar or restaurant in the Southeast owns. And, we are in the SEC…so yes, game days at Tannery Row Ale House are sacred. On Friday nights, a live band or acoustic performer plays during dinner hours, and then from 10pm – 2am it becomes a 21 and over crowd with a live DJ playing dance music. On Saturday nights, they book live bands to play on the TEAM TANNERY ROW: L - R: Fred Messer, Shane Maxwell, Sandy Zimmerman, Jason Sillay, Jeff Popadiuk, main stage. In fact, the Shannon Maxwell, Jamal Washington, Tanya Streetman, Brian Campbell, Larry Parker


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BBQ ribs served with mac n cheese, sidewinder fries and texas toast

“ What customers best service in the popular Journey Tribute band, Resurrection, from Nashville will be taking the stage on November 22nd. On weekdays, customers enjoy watching DVDs of live performances from The Rolling Stones, Queen and Bon Jovi to name a few. With the enormous screen and surroundsound, you feel transported back to the live show. And, soon, they will begin weekly family movie nights on the big screen as well. “We’re always being innovative”, said Shannon Maxwell. With plans to play host to weekly “paint night” classes and other private and public events, Tannery Row Ale House is quickly becoming a destination spot for Gwinnett; and not just on the weekends. They ask you to save the date for the most epic New Years Eve Party that Gwinnett has ever seen. It’s going to be an Old Vegas and


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"Our Favorite Flatbread" made with grilled chicken, smoked gouda, mozzarella, BBQ sauce and fresh cilantro

All-In-Burger - a half pound burger topped with pulled pork, a fried egg and crispy bacon

can expect though is “the best possible food, industry and overall best experience around.” - Co-Owner Brian Campbell

Casino Night theme, complete with poker and table games, a champagne toast and complimentary glasses, balloon drop, and live Swing/ Big Band music! Tannery Row Ale House appeals to all ages and demographics. It is a family-friendly environment and they are even careful to book live entertainment that is appropriate for all ages, during family dining hours. Some events are exclusive

to 21 and over, but are typically held in their adjacent event facility ‘The Station at Tannery Row’. With a beautiful indoor and outdoor space, the allure of the historic building, dance floors, lights, décor, a full bar, delicious food, event staff and a huge list of local vendors – The Station at Tannery Row is quickly filling up with bookings of all types of events. “This is an amazing and unique facility. We have the ability to organize any private event…holiday parties, weddings, corporate events, charity functions,

you name it,” said Event Manager, Jason Sillay. A leather and shoe factory from the 1800s – the building itself lends its history, old Southern charm and nostalgia to the atmosphere. “We’re trying to maintain the character and integrity of the building and the history of the town and incorporate that into what we do here,” said Sandy Zimmerman, Event Coordinator. And, Tannery Row Ale House is quickly seeping into the pores of Georgia’s original “Leather City” – a city that is rich in history, yet embracing the change and innovation happening around them. ■

Tannery Row Ale House 554 W. Main Street • Buford



We asked Suwanee Magazine readers to submit their favorite Holiday traditions or recipes and we got some great responses. From delicious-sounding recipes to sweet family memories, we loved all of the submissions. Here are some of our favorites...

Since starting our family back in 2008, we have tried to start our own family traditions. We always go to see the same Santa Claus every year. It is so neat to see how our children grow each year sitting on the same Santa’s lap. I love bringing out the pictures from past Christmases and setting them on the mantle. After visiting Santa, we always stop at Build-A-Bear Workshop and the kids are allowed to pick out one stuffed animal. As they get older their Christmas animal collection grows and we always remember picking them out together as a family!


My family has a Christmas morning routine, and I

Even the dogs get Christmas stockings!


hope to carry this tradition on with my own kids one day. My parents always wait and put all the presents under the tree late at night, on Christmas Eve, when nobody else is around. Then, on Christmas morning we are always amazed by how many presents there are! That's because they wrap EVERYTHING individually, even the stocking stuffers, like a chapstick, pack of gum or candy bar. My parents wait as the kids open their stockings first, so that they can watch our reactions. Then, we have breakfast – and its always my mom's delicious homemade coffeecake. After breakfast we grab our coffee and mimosas…except for my little brother, he's 18, so no mimosas for him yet. Then begins the long process of opening each gift one by one (see why we had to grab the mimosas?) just kidding! Nobody is allowed to open presents at the same time, we all watch each other open every gift individually. Except, sometimes when we were little, my sister and I would get matching things, and when my parents handed them to us we would race to see who could open it faster and show the other person what it was. Who am I kidding?! That still happens…and we're 26 and 28! Santa always gives us a fun board game or two, so after we open the presents we play a family game together. I love how we do Christmas, and even though it might seem a little crazy, we have so much fun and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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From Morgan Pillow

Every Christmas, Granny makes her famous brickle bread and as soon as its ready, it only lasts about two minutes. If you aren't in the kitchen as soon as it comes out of the oven then you're pretty much screwed. You snooze, you lose. Here is the recipe she uses. You should try it out! But just a warning… it's addicting. We've all tried to replicate it throughout the year, but no matter what, Granny's special touch will always make hers the best!

Ingredients: 1 package Butter Pecan Cake Mix 1 (3 oz) instant coconut cream pudding mix 1/4 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup hot water 1 (8 oz) package “bits o brickle”

Directions: 1) Mix together for two minutes or until well blended. 2) Pour into two greased loaf pans (she uses approximately 4-1/4" x 8-1/2" inside measurement) Put parchment paper on the bottom and grease on both sides. 3) Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes 4) Decrease temperature to 300 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes. 5) Serve sliced with butter for breakfast or a snack.

Every year my husband claims that he "doesn't know how to wrap presents" and has our children wrap the gifts he has purchased for me. They always make it fun though by writing silly names on the present tags, like "To: my sugar walrus, Love: your big hunky sasquatch". Whenever we see a tag that doesn't make any sense under the tree on Christmas morning, we know it's one for me, from my husband. Some of them have been very…unique. But it definitely keeps us laughing! 29

Ingredients: I really LOVE Thanksgiving, so much! My grandma always made a big deal out of food, and I guess it kinda stuck with me. I will always give up any diets or healthy food regime for Thanksgiving. I love making a HUGE meal out of it! And Pumpkin is in a good bit of my recipes. Here is one of our favorites...

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes

1 pound pumpkin, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes 3 cups vegetable broth 1-2 Tbsp agave nectar or honey 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions: 1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat 2. Add the onion and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes 3. Add the squash and pumpkin and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. When the squash starts getting soft on the edges, add the broth. Cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. 4. Remove pan from heat and let cool for 5 minutes 5. Transfer to a blender, along with agave nectar or honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon. (be careful, as hot liquids may splatter). Blend on medium speed, in batches if necessary, until the soup is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Since Thanksgiving is the only holiday when ALL of our family is together, we go all out. We celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas all in one weekend! Our family is huge, so it'd be impossible to purchase gifts for each person. So, about a month before the big Thanksgiving reunion, one designated "Santa" emails each person the name of who they will be gifting. Nobody knows who each other has and its supposed to be a surprise when we all open the presents. But, of course all the cousins end up gossiping, sneaking around and figuring it out beforehand. The gifts can be funny, serious, nice, tacky or even a re-gift from the year before‌you never know what you'll get. Everyone is always crossing their fingers that Grandmother is their "Secret Santa" because she gives the best presents. It's always a great time!


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They say when you have a child everything changes. About a year ago my daughter was born and I found out how true this is. New editions to the family are always exciting. Since family has always been important to me, being surrounded by them during the holidays is a must. I remember as a child being so excited for the holidays to come. Football on the TV, the wonderful smell in the kitchen and it was always so loud - which most people might be bothered by, but it meant the gathering of loved ones and you know what they say - the more the merrier! Now that I have my own child, thoughts of the holidays are even more exciting! Last year she was only a few months old during the holiday season, but this year is going to be great! I am so excited to surround her with the holiday traditions of our family, and more importantly, to start new traditions with her. One being an old family recipe that to me embodies all the flavors of the holidays. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!

Ingredients: ½ cup granulated sugar 3 teaspoons cinnamon ½ cup (1 stick) butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

2 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits (10 count) 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped pecan

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over low heat, stirring well; set aside. Cut the cream cheese into 20 equal cubes. Press each biscuit out flat with your fingers and sprinkle each with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon sugar. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each biscuit, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese. Sprinkle ½ cup of the pecans into the bottom of the bundt pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, pour half of the melted butter mixture over the biscuits, and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of pecans. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top of bundt pan and flip over so the Gorilla Bread falls on the plate. 33


Ingredients: 1 (8-pound) Certified Angus Beef Bone-In Standing Rib Roast from Patton’s Meat Market 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground red pepper 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 medium onions, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced 3 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup dry white wine

1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1/4 cup packed dried apricots, thinly sliced 3/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced

Directions: 3. Cook onions, butter, sugar, remaining 1/2 1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon salt, red pepper flakes and remaining black pepper, red and white pepper, onion powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a covered, heavy and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Place roast, skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, lean side down, on a rack in a shallow roasting until onions are soft and pale golden; about pan. Rub the entire roast with pepper rub. 30 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, apricots and tomatoes. Simmer uncovered stirring occasionally 2. Place roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce until thick, about 20 to 30 minutes. heat to 350ºF and continue roasting 2 hours for medium doneness. 34

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Ingredients: Serves


5 pounds Certified Angus Beef® Boneless Prime Rib Roast from Patton’s Meat Market 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 medium onion, peeled and quartered 1 carrot, peeled and quartered 1 celery stalk, peeled and quartered 4 cups beef broth 1/4 cup flour dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine salt, pepper and garlic powder; rub mixture evenly over the entire roast. Place on rack in a shallow roasting pan, fat-side up. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of roast, making sure tip does not touch bone. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes. 2. Add onion, carrot and celery and roast an additional 1 to 1-1/2 hours for medium rare. Use meat thermometer to determine desired doneness. 3. Transfer roast to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, skim fat from roasting pan juices. Place pan on top of range, add broth and bring to a boil, scraping bottom and sides to incorporate all roast drippings. Reduce heat and simmer broth and vegetables for 10 minutes. 4. Remove roast from oven and allow to rest, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice across the grain, cutting three portions attached to the bone and additional portions from between the bone-in slices. Serve with warm onion jam on top of or with roast.

4. Purée vegetables and broth in blender or food processor. Pour back into roasting pan or large saucepan and return to heat. Thicken with flour and water mixture over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve gravy with sliced roast. 35

Lanier Islands Christmas

Revamping a Treasured Holiday Tradition BY:

Aoife Healy ouldn’t it be nice to have snow in Georgia…WITHOUT the traffic armageddon that usually follows? This year we can! Snow is coming to LanierWorld! Your favorite summertime water park will be transformed into SnowWorld, a winter wonderland complete with


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snow slides, sledding, speed slides, skating, rides and more! Lanier Islands has become a holiday tradition with families from all over Georgia traveling to see the Magical Nights of Lights, now named Lanier Islands Christmas. And, the name isn’t the only thing that has changed. This spectacular event, which previously cost $60, will now cost only $30 per vehicle (SnowWorld park admission not included). Chances are you remember the very first time you saw the lights. I remember cramming into a beat up old RV and stopping along the way for hot chocolate Your favorite and boiled peanuts summertime (surprisingly a winning combination). water park will This institution has be transformed become synonyinto SnowWorld, mous with the holidays in the North a winter Atlanta area. wonderland From November complete with 21st to December 31st, Lanier Islands snow slides, Christmas will fea- sledding, speed ture the classic drive-through slides, skating, light show, rides and more! plus, lights strewn throughout the park and on the beach if you fancy a stroll in the magical setting. You can visit and take holiday pictures

Visitors can enjoy roasting marshmallows, hot chocolate, and holiday shopping in addition to the beautiful lights on display during their visit to Lanier Islands Christmas.

with Santa, skate on the Coca Cola Polar Rink, enjoy tons of carnival rides, roast marshmallows over the beachside fire pits, and experience the new winter menus at their transformed summertime venues. Whether you are sitting by the fire sipping hot chocolate or racing your friends around the polar rink, Lanier Islands Christmas will provide a fun- filled experience for every age group. Lanier Islands is also offering all-inclusive hotel packages that will help you get the most out of your holiday experience. The SnowWorld Fantastic package includes: breakfast for 2 adults (children under 12 eat free), entry for 2 adults and 2 children into “SnowWorld”, and complimentary access to “Lanier Islands Christmas.” For more information and to purchase tickets or season passes, visit ■


Brittney shows off her new hairstyle from AIR Salon


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Holiday Hair Tips from the Stylists at AIR, A Blow-out Salon PHOTOS BY: Cecilia Bush, Owner of AIR, A Blow-out Salon

eautiful bows, bursts of color and an air of excitement! The holiday season brings us fun, warmth and a spirit of giving. Make your hair be part of the fun! Here are some tips to keep the season frizzfree and fabulous for all!

Show your hair some love! As the temperature gets cooler outside and parties heat up inside, we all pull out our flat irons and curling wands. Teasing and curling enhance our look, but they can also cause damage! Be smart and fabulous! Use a conditioning treatment, like the Keratherapy Deep Conditioning Masque once a week to keep tresses hydrated and minimize frizz. Apply after shampoo, and leave it in while you shave your legs. Rinse out completely and then prep your at-home blowout with a heat protectant like Moroccanoil’s Heat Styling Protection Spray—with its light texture and soft hold, your style will last through the night and your hair will thank you!

Lastly, give the gift of fabulous hair! Who needs another scarf or an umbrella with polkadots? We all Jessica models her hair want great hair! blow-out from AIR Salon Toss travel size shampoo and styling cream into stockings or love on your favorite ladies with the experience of fabulous hair via the AIR Signature Blowout Gift Certificates! This season, buy a 3-pack of blowouts as a gift, and get one for you free. After all, you deserve fabulous hair too! ■

Tis the season to be sparkly! For nights out and holiday parties, add a little bling to your ‘do! Take one of your grandmother’s old sparkly lapel pins and slide it into your chignon for a pop of holiday cheer or add some glittery bobby pins to side swept curls. Finish it with a Shine Spray, like ColorProof Wicked Good for waves that shine under the twinkle of Christmas lights.


We asked several local businesses to help us put together an exclusive shopping guide to make your holiday shopping spree a bit easier. Whether you are searching for a gift for your parents, friends, teachers, furry friends or yourself; or are in need of quick, gourmet food for a holiday party - there are plenty of unique options that you won't find anywhere but Suwanee. Many of your favorite stores run special promotions during this busy season. Find many coupons in the shopping guide and throughout the magazine! Shop on!


Gifts for the Coffee Connoisseur Give a gift pack of: two bags of great coffee, five one-pot “Frac Packs” of our various flavors, and a box of handmade coffee toffee. With each purchase, a donation is made toward a cinder block manufacturing machine for Pastor Rafael Trejo of San Juan Moca, Guatemala. The perfect gift that participates in the “Cycle of Relief ”!

Gift Pack $49.95 Each pack includes:

-2 Bags of Coffee -1/2 pound box of Coffee Toffee -5 Flavored (one-pot) Fractional Packages -Donation

2650 Chattahoochee Dr, Duluth, GA

Great Suwanee Community Gifts Gifts for the Fashionista Ensemble Boutique, a women’s boutique in Suwanee Town Center Park that offers exclusive clothing lines, beautiful jewelry, accessories and high quality items at an affordable price. They carry blouses, tunics, dresses, jewelry, leather handbags and accessories designed for every occasion – from casual to formal. Look for the addition of denim, boots and jackets coming soon!

340 Town Center Avenue Suwanee, GA


Stuffed Parker dolls - $10 City of Suwanee license plates - $5 Suwanee Fest posters - $5 Available at City Hall

Give the Gift of Music Town Center Music is Suwanee’s hometown music store, outfitting pros and beginners alike with the best gear and top-notch instruction. They also rent and repair band and orchestra instruments, and carry a full complement of accessories. Want to start playing? There’s no better time to start than now!

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4072 Suwanee Dam Rd NW Suwanee, GA 770-831-7936

Gifts for the Dog Lover Come check out Pooch N Paws extensive selection of doggy ornaments. They have breed specific and others, including a local artist who uses 100% recycled product for these beautiful creations. Many ornaments can be customized with you or your friends' doggies name for no extra charge!

320 Town Center Ave. Suwanee, GA 770-932-7040

Give the Gift of Fabulous Hair! Maybe it's your favorite Zumba instructor, the hardworking student, or the super-busy mom of three, one or all of them deserve a little extra love! Give them the gift of Fabulous Hair! Give three blowouts, get one for you FREE!

686 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suwanee, GA 770-932-1555

Book a Family Portrait Award-winning professional photography in studio or on location. Book your family portrait session/holiday gathering by DECEMBER 1, 2014, and enjoy 15% off your purchase! Hurry! Appointments will not last! Gift certificates available.

Gourmet Gift Baskets Just like Santa, Floristique delivers! Gourmet gift baskets with fresh fruit and other seasonal sweets, custom flower arrangements that liven up any holiday home, plushes, plants, and plenty of other gifts great for year round! Mention Suwanee Magazine and Save 20% off holiday orders* (*$75.00 minimum, restrictions apply)


1175 Buford Hwy Suwanee, GA 678-541-0622


Gifts for Your Little Princess Posh Ave specializes in making all era vintage and current designer labels affordable to all. They also customize tutus for your little princess and can make one for Mommy too! Posh Ave makes headbands, bows, skirts and dresses to match your birthday party theme. She will feel very special in an outfit made just for her. Call 404-765- 8580 to make an appointment.

3463 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd, Suwanee, GA 678-765-8580

Nutcracker Tickets in a Holiday Card! This annual performance at Gwinnett Center is the perfect gift for families and friends! Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s production is a festive and traditional telling of this classic ballet. December 6-21 weekends. Live orchestra the final 2 weeks. Tickets are $18-$35 and available through

Get Your Hands on a Louis Vuitton Just in Time for the Holidays Get to Panache for a Louis Vuitton handbag $10 off $50 regular priced purchase. Check out their large selection of: formalwear, trendy jewelry, infinity scarves, designer handbags & jeans (ask about layaway).

The Sophisticated Consignment Boutique

340 Town Center Avenue Suwanee, GA 770-945-5227

Gift Certifcate Sale Gwinnett Performing Arts Center 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth, GA 770-813-7600

Purchase a $100 Gift Certificate Get a FREE $20 Gift Card 4320 Suwanee Dam Rd Suwanee, GA 678-546-5116


Gifts for the Nature Lover Bring nature home for the holidays! Look no further than Wild Birds Unlimited this holiday for gifts suitable for beginners or seasoned bird enthusiasts. You really can complete your entire holiday gift-giving list at WBU. WBU is ready to help you bring people and nature together this holiday season.

2133 LawrencevilleSuwanee Rd. Suwanee, GA 678-442-9691

Gifts for the Knotty or Nice

Unique, High Quality Gifts for the Woman in Your Life Simply Pink Resale Boutique invites you to come visit their unique boutique! Allow yourself plenty of time to browse all the eye candy for yourself. You will find a unique, high quality collection of women's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, designer bags, and lots more. Grab your girlfriends and come to a fun place to hang out for the day!

No matter who's on your list, Gift Cards from LaVida Massage are the perfect gift for everyone! Buy one $50 Gift Card and get a $10 Gift Certificate! Expires 12/31/14.

or Buy three $50 Gift Cards and get a FREE Massage or Facial!* *60 minute custom massage or signature facial session

Gift Cards Make Great Gifts

Resale Boutique

34 East Main Street Buford, GA 30518 770-364-5187


10945 State Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 678-624-9091 LaVidaMassageJohns

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Lanier Islands has the perfect Christmas gift idea for you: Lanier Islands Gift Cards. Use it for an overnight stay at Legacy Lodge, Legacy Villas or Legacy LakeHouses, horseback riding, tickets to SnowWorld, a summertime LanierWorld Season Pass, dinner at one of their lakeside restaurants, and the list goes on!

7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy Buford, GA 770-945-8787


Making New


ith the holidays quickly approaching you can begin to feel the buzz of excitement in the air. Families are making plans to reunite and relive holiday traditions from days gone by. Join Suwanee Jubilee in the making of a new holiday tradition while getting a head start on that holiday shopping! Suwanee Jubilee will be kicking off the season on Saturday, December 6th with a day of festive activities for all ages. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy Christmas Carols sung by Chamber’s Performing Arts and perhaps the most magical part of the evening, the lighting of the Suwanee Jubilee Christmas tree. Finish off the evening with dinner at Suwanee Pizza Tavern or Cinco.

Saturday, December 6th Schedule: Visit with Santa Claus From 4:00pm -6:00pm Suwanee Jubilee’s own Chamber’s Performing Arts Christmas Carols From 6:00pm - 6:30pm Lighting of the Christmas tree At 6:30pm


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Jubilee Fall Festival The First Annual Suwanee Jubilee Fall Festival took place on October 11th and was a huge success. They thoroughly enjoyed sharing the changing of the seasons with our community, and would like to thank the participants that made this great day possible. The Fresh Market not only donated over 200 pumpkins but set up pumpkin painting stations and photo booths for the kids. Cinco provided free lunches for the car show participants. The Canine Adoption Network arranged pet adoptions and raffled prizes to guests. Corvette, Atlanta Classic Cars, and various car clubs displayed their luxurious vehicles in the car show.

Tenant Spotlight Suwanee Pizza Tavern

celebrates its 2nd anniversary on November 6th. I n h o n o r o f their two year anniversary, they will be giving away a free order of their signature pizza rolls throughout the entire month of November.

Homework Central is Suwanee’s premier tutoring and homework help center. They offer a wide range of services; homework help, study skills, reading remediation and enrichment programs, Math Skills, Standardized Test prep, and testing in Reading and Math for all grade levels. For the remainder of this year, Homework Central will offer an additional 20% off all services.

Suwanee Jubilee is Suwanee's Premier Upscale Shopping And Dining Center 1500 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard • Suwanee, GA 30024


Urbana Realty Advisors 3350 Riverwood Parkway Suite 2140 • Atlanta, Georgia For Leasing Information, Contact Maximillan Gutierrez 404- 249-8310 ext 205


Holidays can easily become a season of overindulgence: an abundance of savory foods, sweet treats, colorful gifts, overstuffed stockings and shiny new party dresses. We have the tendency to spoil ourselves and loved ones during this season. And, while that can be okay, we urge you to also find ways to give with purpose. Here are several ideas for gifts that give back...


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Hopeful Hearts T-Shirts

Phoenix Community Coffee

Georgia SPCA

Photo by: Sara Hannah Photography

Moral Minority Clothing

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x i n e o h P y t i n u Co m m e e f f o C From crop to cup - bringing love and relief through coffee BY:

Angela Veugeler

ith temperatures cooling and the holidays around the corner, a hot cup of freshly ground pumpkin spice or peppermint chocolate coffee sure sounds good. What if drinking that cup of coffee could help bring a cycle of relief to people in our community and around the world that really need it? Well, that’s just what happens when you purchase Phoenix Community Coffee. According to Founder, Brian Holland, “When we drink coffee there is a personal connection- names, faces, stories…” Phoenix Community Coffee helps fund relief efforts locally and globally. Holland and his team work with farmers in Central America and visit regularly, seeing firsthand the support that their farmers provide to their communities. Some of the aid they give includes feeding over 400 meals per week to mothers of sick infants and at-risk boys, building homes for widows, and providing jobs for a number of workers on the Wes Patterson with Enoc and Joel Caballero getting ready to farms. While visiting, Holland and his team have helped to plant coffee, plant 1000 new coffee plants. build homes and have also learned the roasting process from one of the (Rio Sereno, Panama / July 2014) top roasters in the world. The team calls it “the cycle of relief.” They purchase the coffee at a fair price, which is substantially higher than the “fair-trade” minimum. That income helps support the farmers, their teams and the mission efforts they provide throughout Central America. Locally, Phoenix Community Coffee provides resources to domestic relief projects such as: ending the commercial exploitation of children, ending homelessness, restoring abuse victims, supporting single mothers, and much more through organizations such as Atlanta Mission, Wellspring Living, and Street Grace. In 2006, Holland founded Phoenix Community of Atlanta, with the mission to transform lives through community. At the core they believe that we are all much more alike than we are different, and we connect on a deep level of “Like-Brokenness” that transforms isolation into community community.


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Phoenix Community Coffee Founder, Brian Holland with Master Roaster, Wes Patterson

Phoenix Community of Atlanta holds weekly worship and community groups and invites people of all walks of life to learn what it's like “to live the life for which God created us.” They keep the community groups small (no more than 100 to 150, with many being 30-40) for the purpose of transformative friendship and accountability, but will continue to add branches to reach more people. Phoenix Community Coffee is 100% Arabica coffee, grown and rated as specialty coffee and ranking among the top 1% of coffee in the world by the Specialty Coffee Association of American and the International Coffee Association. While most of their coffee is single origin, their blends take into consideration complementary flavors and tastes, avoiding blends of lower quality beans. There are four conventional options, including: a blonde roast, mid city roast (the most popular), dark, and espresso. There are also six flavors, including French vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, chocolate and the seasonal favorites pumpkin spice and peppermint chocolate. The name Phoenix comes from the nickname “the Phoenix City,” which Atlanta

Locally, Phoenix Community Coffee provides resources to organizations such as Atlanta Mission, Wellspring Living, and Street Grace.

was nicknamed after being burnt down during The Civil War and rebuilt so quickly. The Phoenix bird burns itself then rises from the ashes, in old myths. Holland shared, “Phoenix is the official bird of the city of Atlanta and represents the people we are trying to reach that have been broken under society.” Funds raised through coffee sales also help support their local ministries, currently in Duluth and Buford, with plans to add Suwanee and Gainesville locations. For more information or to order coffee, visit

Phoenix Community of Atlanta 2650 Chattahoochee Dr, Duluth, GA 30097

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Moral Minority Clothing Owned by Heidi Braun and Alex Graff, Suwanee-based

company, Moral Minority’s motto is: “Change Clothes. Change Your Mind. Change the World”. It is a “lifestyle clothing company for men and women that promotes social issues through design, and donates a portion of the earnings to nonprofits that work toward creating a kinder world.” Causes that they are passionate about include: ocean conservation, mental health, animal welfare, prison reform, poverty and bullying, to name a few. When visiting the website, shoppers have the ability to choose which specific cause they’d like to support and see which nonprofit the funds go towards. This transparent approach gives customers a unique opportunity to see precisely how they’re donations are being used. Braun and Graff believe that “for everything we sell that benefits us, we give some back to benefit others.” Visit to shop and learn more!

Hopeful Hearts T-Shirts

Suwanee native, Chanler Phelps, recently opened Chan-Elizabeth, a women’s clothing boutique in Duluth that offers a variety of designer clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes. But, at the cornerstone of Chan-Elizabeth is Phelp’s dedication to giving back. She created the Hopeful Hearts vintage T-shirts to sell at her store, and for every shirt sold, a donation will be made to CURE Childhood Cancer - an Atlantabased charity dedicated to conquering childhood cancer. Here is a fashionable T-shirt that gives back in a big way.

Chan-Elizabeth Boutique 9700 Medlock Crossing Pkwy Duluth, GA 30097


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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Most people are familiar with Habitat for Humanity, an organization established here in Georgia in the 1970’s, whose vision is “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Since then, they have built over a million homes worldwide, all through the support of donors and volunteers. The Gwinnett Chapter has built 124 homes in Gwinnett County and 160 worldwide. What many people are not as familiar with is the Gwinnett ReStore store, meant as a place for the general public to shop. Gwinnett ReStore is a Lawrenceville shop, containing both new and used household items, which purely funds Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and families in need of affordable housing. The ReStore concept developed when Habitat for Humanity was flooded with donations of materials and household goods for the homes they were building. When they weren’t able to use all of the donations in homes, they began selling the goods at a discounted rate. “It became a perpetual fundraiser and an unintentional business model,” explained Market Director, Jeremy Keen. “The traditional notion of giving has shifted…people want to see exactly where their money is going,” he said. And, at Gwinnett ReStore you can rest assured that all proceeds cycle back into the Habitat for Humanity Program, “making our shoppers feel like stakeholders in the program,” he continued.

Charlene Rogers and Jeremy Keen

The store also offers alternative volunteer opportunities for individuals who want to help, but might not be able to physically assist with the construction of a

For the holiday season, they will stock the store with ornaments, trees and decorations; and also serve as a drop-off location for Toys for Tots.

The Gwinnett Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has built 124 homes in Gwinnett County and 160 worldwide. home. With the busy shopping season approaching, they are currently looking for additional donations of quality, re-sellable products. All donations are taxdeductible and they even offer a pickup service for large items. From kitchen sinks to cabinets, appliances, doors, windows, building materials, tools, furniture, and household goods – “you never know what we’re going to get,” said ReStore Manager, Charlene Rogers, of items found in their store.

“This truly is a treasure hunters paradise,” said Rogers. And, with a steady flow of items, treasure-hunters better hurry to find that special gift!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

2100 Riverside Pkway Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-4200


Visit the Georgia SPCA and help give an animal a second chance at life consideration when finding Not much could be cuter than permanent homes for their seeing a sweet puppy, wagging animals, and understands its tail with delight as it realizes that pet adoption requires it now has a loving home, and a high level of commitment your children squealing with and responsibility. Through excitement realizing it’s theirs their “Paws for to keep. For Consideration” our cover shoot, The Georgia SPCA program, you have the we had the (Society for the unique opportunity to chance to take Prevention of take a dog or cat for photos with Cruelty to Animals) a 1-week trial period, is a Suwanee-based Mr. Pibbs, a and see if it’s a good nonprofit pet rescue sweet 3-month that takes in homeless fit for your family. old Catahoula or abused dogs and A new dog or cat mix puppy, cats, and places them is a wonderful and and just one of in foster care until rewarding addition the adorable suitable, permanent to the family, and dogs available homes are found. it can be even more for adoption rewarding knowing at the SPCA. that you are giving it a second The Georgia SPCA (Society for chance at life! the Prevention of Cruelty to If pet ownership is not Animals) is a Suwanee-based something you are looking for nonprofit pet rescue that takes at this time, but would still like in homeless or abused dogs to support Georgia SPCA, then and cats, and places them please stop by and visit Sadie’s in foster care until suitable, Place and Vintage Sadie’s. permanent homes are found. Sadie’s Place is the SPCA’s Prior to adoption, their pets resale boutique shop, located are fully vetted, including: all next door to the shelter, and vaccinations, disease testing, Vintage Sadie’s is located inside treatment and prevention Queen of Hearts Antiques of heartworm, flea and tick and Interiors medication, micro chip and spay or neuter. The SPCA takes careful


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at 4125 Georgia Highway 20 in Buford. All income, from both locations, directly benefits Georgia SPCA.

Georgia SPCA and Sadie’s Place 1175 Buford Hwy, Suite 109 Suwanee, GA

Beer and Wine News & Tips from the Experts


BY: Curtis Stockwell of The Beer Growler

t’s amazing how time flies when you have good beer in your life! The holiday season has come upon us swiftly this year. It is time for cold weather, family gatherings, and, of course, satisfying seasonal beers for all to enjoy. As previously mentioned, I am a huge fan of cooler weather and the beers that accompany it. There are several you should check off your list this holiday season. I will begin with my favorite Winter Warmer style beers, with a flavor profile that varies widely. For the most part


Winter Warmers have a recurring theme: smooth, strong malt presence, with touches of spice, and higher alcohol percentages. There are three beers that Highland immediately come Cold Mountain to mind. Highland’s Winter Ale Cold Mountain has to be number one on my list. It has a great spice profile that tends to vary year to year with hints of vanilla and hazelnut shining through the most. Breckenridge Brewery unleashes their Christmas Ale this time of year, and I have to say, it is an extremely close second. This brew has a nice sturdy malt backbone with flavors of caramel and chocolate that really bring the room together.

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The wonderful balance in this beer keeps this brew in my top 3 year after year. Last but centainly not least, would be Widmer Brothers Brewing Brrr Seasonal Ale. As I mentioned earlier, the flavors of Winter Warmers vary widely and this one deviates from the taste profile of the Highland’s Cold Mountain and Breckenridge Brewery’s Christmas Ale. It is technically a red ale with some citrusy hop notes up front but then finishes slightly sweet with touches of chocolate and caramel. This brewery also ages a smaller portion of the Brrr Seasonal Ale in bourbon barrels to make Barrel Aged Brrrbon, a seasonal beer that is really elevated to the next level. It combines all the flavors already alive in the beer with a smooth oak, vanilla, and bourbon twist. It is a must try if you come across it. Terrapin and Sweetwater both present some seasonal brews that should always be within arm’s reach during this chilly season of the year. Sweetwater’s Festive Ale is a winter time staple in Georgia. This strong ale, with a huge malt presence, brings well-balanced notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. If you come across it on tap, you should make sure that gets it into

Sweetwater Festive Ale, Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale, Terrapin Wake-N-Bake coffee oatmeal imperial stout

your hands (and mouth)! Terrapin’s Wake ‘N’ Bake is a thick and rich coffee oatmeal imperial stout that delivers tons of coffee flavor. This beer encompasses For the most the meaning of coffee oatmeal part Winter astout through and Warmers have through. It has a a recurring great mouth feel progression of theme: smooth, and tastes and flavors strong malt as you enjoy each presence, sip. Last season, created with touches Terrapin a variation of this of spice, and beer called the higher alcohol Cinnamon Roll Wake ‘N’ Bake percentages. which was amazing. If you were lucky enough to try it I believe you would agree with me. We’ll see if Terrapin has anything interesting up their sleeve this year for Wake ‘N’ Bake! As always, I have barely scratched the surface of the unique beers available during this time of year. I just wanted to let you in on what I am looking forward to most! Good luck on your beer endeavors and I hope you guys have a safe and wonderful holiday season!




Angela Veugeler

With temperatures in the 60’s and the sun shining,

October 4th turned out to be a beautiful day in Town Center Park for the Suwanee Wine Fest. With the turnout nearly doubling from the 1st year, festival goers enjoyed: cooking demonstrations and food samples from The Fresh Market, an assortment of over 150 worldwide wines to taste, grape stomping, browsing a wide variety of local art and vendor booths and live bluegrass music. New this year was a craft beer tent which included Georgia craft beers and a pour your own beer station from Draftserv. College football games were also being played in the tent, and many spent the majority of the afternoon testing out the Draftserv machine and keeping up with the scores.


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Vineyard Fest at Château Élan


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Chateau Elan brought their tasting room to the park with an elaborate set up of wine barrels and a large menu of wines to sample, and Beverage Superstore featured sommeliers educating attendees about the wine. The wine selection was hand-selected by Beverage Superstore, and wines tasted at the festival are available for purchase at both Suwanee locations. A portion of the proceeds from this successful event benefited Annandale Village, a Suwanee nonprofit organization. To see more photos from the festival, see page 80 or visit ■


News and notes from in and around Suwanee...

MattyB takes a stand against inequality You may remember

Matthew Morris aka MattyB, the young Suwanee rapper, who graced our cover this past summer. At only 11 years old his music videos have over a billion online views. He is closing in on 3 million YouTube subscribers and has over 6 million likes on Facebook. MattyB recently used his musical popularity to bring attention to some very real issues by partnering with another young musical prodigy, Olivia Kay, to cover Cyndi Lauper’s 'True Colors'. As Olivia Kay sweetly croons the well-known chorus, Matty B adds in his own original verses. Within one month of posting the video to YouTube, it had over 800,000 views. Using music as their platform, they bring attention to the inequality faced by so many today. Specifically, the inequality that his younger sister, Sarah Grace, faces each day. Sarah Grace has Down syndrome and is frequently treated differently because of it: whether it is children excluding her on the playground or her inability to partake in some activities that most children take for granted. MattyB used this song to speak out to those who are not accepting of his sister or treat her differently, and to let them know that regardless of differences everyone should be treated with love, kindness, and acceptance.


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Annandale Village welcomes Family Weekend On October 10th and 11th, hundreds of family members traveled across the United States to gather on the campus of Annandale Village for Family Weekend 2014. The annual weekend event gave Annandale Village an opportunity to showcase its programs and services, as well as provide opportunities for learning, fellowship and recognition for the many accomplishments achieved throughout the year. Family Weekend began with a groundbreaking ceremony for Annandale’s newest campus facility, The Keith Keadle Center for Continued Care. An auspicious event which included powerful presentations from many of the individuals responsible for the design, construction, and funding of the building. Family Weekend culminated with an Awards Dinner in the Pat Brown Program Center for Programs on Saturday evening. The awards portion of the program included the recognition of Villagers, volunteers, donors, community partners, staff and families who made significant differences in their own lives or the lives of the Villagers by their kind acts, achievements, or contributions.

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Be The Church On October 12, instead of the normal 9 and 10:30am church services, Shadowbrook Baptist Church held a community service day they called “Be the Church,” where over 300 people came together to help with approximately 35 different service projects in Suwanee. There were a wide variety of projects including park and school playground clean up/repairs, making baskets for a neonatal intensive care unit, yard clean for people in need, making wreaths and visiting assisted living homes, making baskets for teachers and more. The churches mission is “Christ Centered and Gospel Driven,” and they hope to connect the community to Christ through service.

Suwanee among first cities to be awarded ‘PLANFIRST’ designation ThePlanFirst designation is being awarded to communities

who hold engaging events and plan them well. Thirty communities applied to be part of the program in its inaugural year and only 10 were recognized with the designation. The chosen communities had a proven history of plan implementation success in areas that included goals, leadership, and community participation. “Good planning by local communities is the hallmark of economic growth,” says Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin in a press release. “These are communities that can serve as statewide models for others in how to actively and strategically implement a vision for the future.” This designation means that the chosen communities will have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of incentives including, public visibility, eligibility for funding, and certain reduced interest loans. The 9 additional communities awarded this designation alongside Suwanee are: Athens-Clarke County, Braselton, Coweta County, Gainesville, Johnson County, Jones County, Madison, Vienna, and Woodstock. These 10 communities will receive their award at the Capitol on January 28, and the designation will last for three years The Suwanee Town Center Master Plan is one beginning January 1. example of community plans effectively implemented by the City of Suwanee.

Community Rallies for Ally The Mill Creek, Hamilton Mill and Buford communities have shown a tremendous amount of support for 10-yearold Alyssa Tucker. Alyssa is in 5th grade and loves cheerleading and animals. She attended Ivy Creek Elementary until this year, as she has not been well enough to go to school. In July of this year Alyssa was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the muscle and tissue. Alyssa had pain in her leg that was being caused by a solid tumor in her abdomen that has spread to her pelvis, spine and other “the support in our community has been bones. After spending overwhelmingly great. It shows what two months at Children’s kind of a place we Healthcare live in.” of Atlanta at Scottish Right and undergoing a number of procedures and treatments, Alyssa is at home and doing outpatient chemo. Her stepfather Jonathan Oster shared “the support in our community has been overwhelmingly great. It shows what kind of a place we live in.” Some of the events have been the Great Gwinnett Road Run, a 5k that took place at the Mall of Georgia on October 5th and raised almost $4,000 to help with Alyssa’s medical bills, a car wash, lemonade stand, fundraiser at Chikfila, a lavender bow campaign and a candlelight prayer vigil called “Rally for Ally”. The vigil took place at Mill Creek High School on September 6th where hundreds of friends and community members came to show support and pray for Alyssa. Alyssa’s family hopes that her story will help raise awareness for all types of childhood cancer and just asks for continued prayer. “We are blessed when there are so many people that have done what they have done so far,” said Otter. For more information on Alyssa and her battle with cancer, visit her caring bridge page at: alyssatucker or her Facebook group page . If you feel drawn to donate, you may do so at


Wine Fest proceeds benefit Annandale Village Suwanee Wine Festival donated a portion of the proceeds to help local nonprofit Annandale Village, a nonprofit organization based in Suwanee that provides progressive life assistance for adults with intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. The check was presented to Keith Fenton, Chief Development & Marketing Officer of Annandale Village by event organizers Randall and Angela Veugeler.

And the winner is… Suwanee! The City of Suwanee has been on a major winning streak of late, receiving awards and recognition from a variety of national and international organizations. City-County Communications and Marketing Associations (3CMA) recognized Suwanee’s Connects newsletter with two Awards of Excellence in the printed publications-external publications and graphic design publications categories. Connects is written by City of Suwanee staff and designed by Veugeler Design Group in Buford. Woofstock, one of the city’s annual events, cosponsored with Star 94 radio, was awarded the Georgia Downtown Conference Award of Excellence in August. The City was recognized with a silver award in the promotions category. The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial report earned both an excellence in Financial Reporting Award and a Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). While this is the third consecutive year the publication has been recognized, it is its first year receiving an A from the GFOA panel of Judges. The City of Suwanee is among 49 jurisdictions internationally, 11 nationwide, and only 2 in the state

of Georgia to be recognized for their performance management efforts with a certificate of distinction from International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Analytics. Finally, internet giant, Google, has named the City of Suwanee as Georgia’s 2014 eCity. The designation recognizes Suwanee as one of America’s digital capitals, having the strongest online business community in the state. “Clearly there is a growing entrepreneurial spirit in Suwanee, which should be embraced,” says Brett Williams, Google’s director of SMB marketing, Americas. “Businesses in Suwanee are turning to the internet to start and develop their own businesses and we hope Suwanee becomes an inspiration to other areas in the country.”

Its All You Fitness visits with BGR Its All You Fitness, founded by Nickie Summers, is a fun, energetic, approach to achieve and maintain a level of your best self in wellness and health. Balancing movement and nutrition, Nickie coaches her clients to define their goals, commit to progress, and measure their success. Nickie explains, "An individual's road to wellness is personal...its their journey, their story. Together we work as team to stay engaged and on track." Very much like BGR, a group of women who run every Monday night at Suwanee Town Center Park. Nickie met with BGR on October 20 to discuss the importance of stretching before and after a run. The conversation quickly centered around "the individual" and their story of health, wellness, and measure of success. That's life, that's living…own it...dare to dream, lay milestones to reach and make them yours. Nickie Summers can be reached at or find her on facebook at


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Rise & Drive with Stepping Stone Montessori Stepping Stone Montessori is holding a Rise & Drive- Community Collection and Festival during the week of November 10th to raise funds and collect food, clothes, toys, and books in aid of two local charities: CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER and FAMILY HAVEN. CURE Childhood Cancer believes that childhood cancer can be cured in our lifetime. CURE is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding cutting-edge research and through supporting patients and their families ( Family Haven is a wonderful assistance program that offers refuge to women and children who have been victim of domestic violence. Their services are free of charge to all victims of domestic violence regardless of age, sex, race, and creed, marital and socioeconomic status. ( The drive will be going on all week at participating locations: Subway (Suwanee Dam & PIB), Dickey’s BBQ (Cumming), Totally Running (Cumming), Sweet & Sassy (Cumming) and both SSMS campuses. The festivals will take place at both campuses on November 15th from 2-6pm and will be open to the entire community. There will be free children’s activities, food, vendors, and gift baskets for sale for everyone to enjoy.

Gwinnett County Public Schools awarded 2014 Broad Prize The Gwinnett County Public School system has been awarded the Broad Prize for the second time in the past 5 years! The Broad Prize was established in 2002 and is the largest education award in the country. The award goes to the urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color. Each year, the recipients of the award receive a $1 million donation to aid in their continued efforts to improve achievement levels of disadvantaged students. Graduating seniors from the finalist and winning districts are eligible for Broad Prize Scholarships up to $20,000 depending upon the type of higher institution of learning they decide to attend. More than 1,100 students have received scholarships since the program was established.

The Long Street Clinic opens in Suwanee The Long Street Clinic Ribbon Cutting took place on October 10th. The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. (TLC) is a primary care and multi-specialty medical group. With the home office in Gainesville, the Suwanee location just south of McGinnis Ferry on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. is one of 11 locations in Georgia and specializes in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. For more information, visit


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Happenings In The Suwanee School Universe


The Chosen Ones

North Gwinnett Middle School Percussion Ensemble invited to perform at the 24th Annual Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana BY:

Rachel Fasig

hen North Gwinnett Middle School Band Director, Travis Downs, received a personal letter from Music for All, one of the most prestigious and influential organizations in Music Education, he knew something big was about to happen. North Gwinnett Middle is one of two middle school percussion ensembles in the nation that has been invited to perform at the 24th Annual Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, set to take place March 12th – 14th, 2015. The letter stated, “Based on the recommendation


of our distinguished panel of evaluators, who are some of the most respected music educators in the country, we are pleased to extend this acceptance and esteemed recognition to your outstanding ensemble.” This is a great honor and “once-in-alifetime opportunity for them,” Downs said of the eighteen 7th and 8th grade students who comprise the ensemble. The students will perform a 40-minute concert under the evaluation of renowned music educators and professors from across the county. They will also have the unique opportunity to participate in master music classes and special events throughout the weekend.

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Chase Harrington, 8th grade, shares what most of his fellow ensemble members are feeling: excited, nervous and honored all at once. The North Gwinnett Middle Percussion Ensemble is an advanced group that’s handselected through an audition process. When asked about plans to play in high school, college and beyond, Harrington responded, “Absolutely! I love to play music. It is my favorite thing to do in my spare time!” However, they don’t have much spare time with afterschool practices on Monday and Wednesday, as well as several Saturday rehearsals. “We have a lot of music to learn,” said Downs. They will play a “Preview Concert” at North Gwinnett Middle School before traveling to Indianapolis, and are in the process of locating a local concert hall to perform an additional performance (date and time TBD). Downs, who is in his second year at North Gwinnett Middle, has a vast and impressive

Photo by Mini Chatoth


resumé, including: a Master’s Degree in Percussion, Percussion Arranger and Travis Downs helps prepare his Instructor students for their concert. of the UGA Redcoat Band, Conductor of the LSU Basketball Bengal Brass Pep Band, staff and member of several World Class Drum Corps International Groups, and an expansive acquirement of awards – both as a performer and director. Of the North Gwinnett Middle Percussion Ensemble, he says, “These students are amazing! I’m very proud of their work ethic and excitement level! It’s not just about the performance, but the journey to get there…all of their hard work, practice, dedication and teamwork.” This is the first time that the percussion ensemble will travel out of state for a performance, and additional funding is needed. They are currently looking for sponsors and/or donations to support this amazing opportunity. Please email travis_, to learn more. ■

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Chris Singleton

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


Three key ingredients for any group striving for success

t the time of writing this article, I'm sitting outside of the clubhouse of the Kansas City Royals. Game 1 of the World Series will begin in a few hours and I'm reflecting on what an incredible run it has been for this young team and for a franchise that hasn't made it to the postseason since they won the World Series in 1985. It has been a long gravel-filled road of losing and disappointment, for both players who have come and gone and for fans with nowhere else to turn. Ironically, on this fall day, the sun is shining brightly and the sky is as royal blue as the hats the home team wears atop their heads. The ballpark will look like a sea of blue tonight, but the blue no longer mirrors the sorrow that resided in the hearts of the Royals faithful for the past 29 years. Perhaps you can relate to how it feels to endure a long "season" of coming up short…always optimistic at the start, but usually disappointed in the end. Like many of the Royals fans, you have gotten so used to finishing closer to the bottom than the top that your ability to “keep hope alive" is wearing thin. Well, here is some encouraging news: your season of success is coming! When it arrives you’ll smile as you think back to all of the tough weeks, months, and maybe years of losing. There are a few things, I’ve noticed, that have been part of the Royals' metamorphosis from losing to winning, that I believe are key ingredients for any group striving for success.

Put together the right team.

Now wait, that’s obvious right? Well, sometimes we mistake a great individual for a great teammate. In order to succeed, you need to have individuals

around you that are more than just talented. They need to be people who buy into the shortterm plan as well as the long-term vision. The Kansas City Royals are a small market team that cannot afford to overspend on one or two “star” players. They must strategically put together a roster of quality parts that complement each other well.

Embrace what you do well and put your foot on the gas!

Don’t spend too much time trying to develop an area that most likely will never be more than average at best. The Kansas City Royals are a really fast team that stole the most bases in all of Major League Baseball this year but also hit the fewest home runs. Many baseball analysts predicted they would never even reach the postseason because of their lack of power. Instead of wasting time, energy, and money to acquire something that wasn’t ideal for the home ballpark they play in, they used their speed like a team that we have not seen in years. They ran all the way to the World Series.

Never stop believing in each other.

This can take a tremendous amount of effort at times because when things get tough, our flaws are magnified in each other’s eyes. If we allow a team slump to continue too long we will forget about the strengths we have and how they complement each other when we’re working in harmony. The Royals had plenty of ups and downs over the last 29 years, and even some during this season, but they found a way to keep the faith in each other and faith in the reality of winning. Now it's your turn to run!


people&places On the scene...

Duluth Fall Festival September 27th - 28th



Homerun for Hope September 6th SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK PHOTOS:


L-R Back Row: YMCA’s Y Bear, All Good Pest Solution's Andy the Ant, Suwanee Magazine’s Sammy, Children’s Healthcare’s Hope and Will, Georgia Aquarium’s Scooter L-R Front Row: Suwanee resident Grace Buckel, Chik fil-A’s Cow, Gwinnett Braves’ Chopper, Atlanta Falcons’ Freddie and City of Suwanee’s Parker


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Suwanee Fest 2014 September 20th - 21st SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK PHOTOS:


Trek or Treat October 25th




Taste of Suwanee



Freedom Family Chiropractic Grand Opening October 10th PHOTO:



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Georgia SPCA Gala “An Evening in Paris” September 6th



Crush by 124 Grand Opening October 9th PHOTOS:







Karl Lamb Katrina Krom RSVP ATL Sharron Callahan Stewart Woodard



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people & places


Upcoming Suwanee Area Events


November 2014 1 & Pooch N Paws Grand Opening 2 Festivities


Ensemble Boutique Festive Tuesday Sale & Refreshments November 11th ENSEMBLE BOUTIQUE


Sugar Hill Ice Rink November 14th- February 15th BEHIND SUGAR HILL CITY HALL


Stepping Stone Montessori Rise & Drive Community Collection + Fest November 15th 2:00pm - 6:00pm SUWANEE & CUMMING STEPPING STONES

November 1st & 2nd AVALON MALL


Gwinnett County Schools Student Holiday November 4th


The Extra Mile 5K Walk/Run November 8th @ 8:00am SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK



Suwanee Pizza Tavern 2nd Anniversary November 8th SUWANEE PIZZA TAVERN


Veterans Day Remembrance Festival November 8th @ 11:00am GWINNETT HISTORIC COURTHOUSE



Suwanee Classic Car Show November 9th @10:00am SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK

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Lanier Islands Christmas Opens November 21st LANIER ISLANDS RESORT


Resurrection LIVE: A Journey Tribute Band November 22nd TANNERY ROW ALE HOUSE



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Gwinnett County Schools Fall Break November 24th- November 28th Thanksgiving November 27th

December 2014 5 Suwanee’s Jolly Holly-day


Welcome the Holidays with Suwanee Jubilee December 6th 4:00pm – Santa arrives 6:00pm – Performance by Chamber’s Performing Arts 6:30pm – Tree Lighting SUWANEE JUBILEE SHOPPING CENTER



Celebration December 5th @ 6:30pm SUWANEE TOWN CENTER PARK .

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Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker December 5th – 21st GWINNETT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Tickets available at






Sugar Hill Annual Holiday Celebration December 6th SUGAR HILL CITY LAWN & AMPHITHEATRE ..................................................

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North Georgia Art Ramble December 6th-7th TANNERY ROW ARTIST COLONY ..................................................


Ensemble Boutique Festive Tuesday December 9th Ensemble Boutique


Start of Hannukkah December 16th


Power 96.1 Jingle Ball December 19th ARENA AT GWINNETT CENTER


Gwinnett County School System Winter Break December 22nd – January 2nd

thru Jan


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Christmas December 25th Marvel Universe LIVE! December 27th & 28th ARENA AT GWINNETT CENTER New Years Eve! December 31st New Year’s Eve Casino Night Party December 31st TANNERY ROW ALE HOUSE


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Waitlist participants seat selection begins Spring 2015, before the general public.

In addition to Falcons regular and post-season home games, the New Stadium will host Major League Soccer’s Atlanta franchise set to kick-off in March 2017, as well as continue to host Georgia Dome legacy events, such as the SEC Championship Game, Chick-fil-A Kickoff, Chick-fil-A Bowl Game(s) and the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic.

Nearly 64,000 square feet of LED, the New Stadium video halo will be the largest in the world.





WE TREAT FRACTURES. EVEN ON HOLIDAY BREAKS. Our pediatricians are standing by this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visit for urgent care wait times.*

* Wait times are updated every 15 minutes and are estimates based on the average time it takes for a patient to be placed in an exam room. ©2014 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved.




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A magazine for Suwanee Georgia and surrounding areas.