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eptember and October are full of excitement. Not only is it football season and the start to beautiful fall weather, but Suwanee also offers some of the greatest events in the fall. With Suwanee Fest now covering two days, September 20th & 21st, it will be bigger and better than ever. See the Suwanee Fest guide on page 41 for a schedule and preview of what to expect. We hope to see you there! The Suwanee Wine Fest returns to Town Center Park on October 4th, promising an afternoon of premium wine tasting, food samples, music, a craft beer garden and more. For more on what’s new to the festival this year, turn to page 18. At the end of October we have one of my favorite holidays to look forward to, Halloween! Trek or Treat is October 25th in Suwanee Creek Park and is great fun if you have little ones! For a full list of upcoming events, be sure to see our calendar on page 78. September and October are my families favorite months to spend time outdoors and enjoy the weather! To see some of our favorite area parks as well as what’s new, check out page 32. I want to give a warm welcome to Aoife Healy, who recently joined our team here at Suwanee Magazine. Aoife grew up in Suwanee, and her positive attitude and experience in marketing and customer service have made her a great addition to our team. We hope you enjoy this issue and the start to Fall!

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In this issue:

50 Features:

2014 Wine Fest Preview 32 8 Favorite Suwanee Parks 41 Suwanee Fest 50 Draft Serv 62 Royal Dance Academy 18


Departments: 8 Business 8 11 12 17

Hand in Hand Investment Strategies Paradise Ponds Jacuzzi FAQs by American Spa Center

24 Food 24 Gom Shabu Shabu

28 Health 28 Thrombosis Awareness

46 Life's A Sport 46 Back in the Zone

54 Drink 54 Pumpkin Beer

56 City Buzz 66 Schools 66 Suwanee Youth Leaders 67 Remembering Cooper O'Brien 69 Back to School

70 People & Places 78 Calendar

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Suwanee businesses grow “hand In hand” with success BY: Ed Szczesniak SBA Vice President / Owner Georgian Landscape Design


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t ain’t 1984 anymore! In the spring of 1984 the quiet little town of Suwanee held it’s first “Suwanee Day” behind the Fire Station and a whopping 75 residents came to share a little food, get to know each other a little better, and enjoy each other’s company. We’ve come a long way since then. This year’s 2 day “Suwanee Fest” will likely host 60,000+ people from around the Metro Atlanta area with, let’s just say, a lot more than just a little of everything… and then some. One of the key reasons (among many) for the success of this event is the growth in population, spurred by the tremendous growth in the City of Suwanee’s business community. The population has grown from about 2,000 residents in ’84 to over 17,000 today – and the business community has likewise grown exponentially to over 1,350 active businesses! However, uncontrolled growth is not necessarily a good thing for any community. Our exemplary “Growth with Success” has materialized because our city has had the foresight and good fortune to mature with “Hand in Hand” efforts between the citizens, city management, and the business community. I’ve never lived in a place (and I’ve lived in a lot of cities) where the people have had more input into the direction and the processes used to improve the overall welfare and environment of the community – which in no small way is reflected in the beauty, safety, and environmental benefits we all enjoy as citizens of this city. Likewise, the Suwanee Business Alliance has also enjoyed our role as an integral part of this “Hand in Hand” growth. Our 200+ member businesses foster a team approach, not only among the members, but also with city management, police, fire, local charities, and best of all the citizens themselves. We’re a very “open arms” group who take our little corner of the world very seriously when it comes to “Live, Play, Work and Shop at Home.” It’s “Cheers” at a macro level – everybody knows your name and everybody tries to help each other grow and do well. Whether it’s the local restaurant, the barbershop, the CPA, the car wash, or the local charity that needs a helping hand – our hands are always reaching out to each other. Come shake our hands and get to know a little more about how to grow your business here in our town, at our Suwanee Fest booth this fall. We’re a very friendly bunch, very casual, a little irreverent, and a lot of fun. We’ll even hold your hand if The Suwanee you want a little help! Business Alliance If you’re interested in learning meets on the second Wednesday more, please come meet us at one of every month at of our gatherings. We meet the 2nd various locations Wednesday of each month at different around the city of places around town. To find out more visit Suwanee. Q


barter is smarter than you think... “If I can get these services through barter, it’s an easy way to save cash … or use that cash in other ways to hire a new person, expand, and grow the business.”” CLARENCE KEGLER, D.D.S.

Don’t Allow Fear and Anxiety to Impact Your Business Management Many business owners stress over cash flow and finding new customers that can make managing a business feel like going to the dentist. However, this dentist, Dr. Clarence Kegler of Artistic Smiles, has a unique method to alleviate fears about dental work as well as business headaches. Dr. Kegler manages his dentistry practice with less anxiety by being a member of The Barter Company, a 2,500-member network for businesses to exchange goods and services. For the past three years, he has traded dental services for advertising, printing, painting, contracting and promotional items. “I have to buy these items anyway to help run the practice,” said Dr. Kegler. “If I can get these services through barter, it’s an easy way to save cash … or use that cash in other ways to hire a new person, expand, and grow the business.”

People have exchanged goods and services for centuries through a simplistic barter system. Today, barter plays an important role in the payments industry with businesses incorporating it into their system along with cash, credit, virtual payments, and loyalty cards. “Alternative currencies are trending for business,” explains Ric Zampatti, The Barter Company CEO. “More and more businesses are taking another look at barter and how it can benefit their cash flow.”

About TBC: The Barter Company is a recognized leader in the barter industry with offices in Georgia and Florida. TBC provides businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead

Dr. Kegler’s practice, Artistic Smiles, is located in Suwanee and offers patients state-of-the-art dental procedures that leave patients looking and feeling great. During his nine years in practice, Dr. Kegler has tried other barter companies but wasn’t satisfied. “The Barter Company provides more services, travel options, and business locations. It’s much more extensive than other exchanges,” said Kegler. “Also, the client service at TBC is the best. If I need something, my barter coordinator will make it happen.”

of cash to handle your transactions. TBC acts as a third-party records keeper, providing clients with monthly statements that reflect all barter purchases, sales and current barter dollar balance. For more information, please visit

Being a member of The Barter Company has also helped Dr. Kegler grow his practice. “Once a patient comes in through barter, they become a long-term patient. And, they usually bring in their family members and refer friends and neighbors who then become patients too,” explained Kegler. “Barter helps reduce the stress of running the practice and then I can focus more on my patients.” Less fear and anxiety about managing a business. Well, that’s something to smile about.



BY: Bill and Cindi Porter Aileron Investment Advisors


What is a new up-and-coming investment possibility? Answer:

Water may be the oil and gas play of the future.

Less than 3% of the world’s supply of fresh water is clean, accessible, and not frozen and it is continually being reduced by pollution. Yet the world’s population (consumers) continues to expand rapidly, which is creating incredible demand – and as a result, a new investment opportunity. For example, in California the price of water for farmers has increased nearly ten-fold over just the last few years from $140 per acre foot to $1,100. Like oil, olives and oranges, water is a commodity. When there is a shortage and not enough supply to meet demand, the price goes up and companies in that industry can profit. In Texas, the George Shannon wetland is a man-made filtration purification system that was constructed with an updated version of an old technology (similar to updated fracking techniques in today’s oil production boom). The Trinity River, which is mostly treated wastewater, has been rerouted into large ponds where first the sediment settles, and then is passed through ragweed, hackberry and other plants which filter out nitrates and phosphorous from runoff fertilizers used by local farmers. The 65,000 gallons per day of naturally cleansed water is then released into the local reservoir for human consumption. Calls from Mexico City to Baghdad are inquiring about companies that can help set up similar operations. Firms that treat, filter, transport, and store water are in high demand. Companies that produce and provide technology, tools, and trade for water may be poised to reap large rewards. They are in position to produce good returns and could have a bright future. The unique opportunities and risks for this alternative investment niche should Send your be discussed with your trusted advisor investment before investing. Q questions to: submissions@ suwanee

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Paradise Ponds

Aquascape's Gregg Wittstock, Jeff Krenner and Steve Cannon, Executive Director of Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center

From Suwanee backyards to national TV BY: Rachel Fasig


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Check out Jeff Krenner and the Paradise Ponds crew on the season premiere of NatGeo Wild’s“POND STARS" set to air on Tuesday, September 9th.

Turtle Rescue Pond at Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center

eff Krenner, Master Certified Pond Installer and owner of Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls in Suwanee, never saw Pond Stars: Nat Geo WILD cameras follow himself as one to be in the spotlight. But, that is exactly Chicago-based water feature specialists at where he will be when NatGeo Wild’s new reality TV Aquascape, Inc. ( as they ‘Pond Stars’ airs on September 9th at 10pm EST. combine technology with natural design principles Pond Stars to create beautiful, low maintenance water features is a new reality that transform landscapes into retreats. The team television show that tackles everything from decorative fountains to follows founder entire backyard remodels to major overhauls on of Aquascape, ponds gone wrong. Gregg Wittstock “The Boss”, and his team Ed Beaulieu “The Scientist”, Brian Helfrich “The Foreman” and handpicked certified Aquascape Contractors as they - Jeff Krenner, Owner Paradise Ponds travel across the US to transform barren landscapes into beautiful ponds, waterfalls and backyard oasis’. When a television producer accidentally stumbled upon Aquascape’s YouTube channel with over 5 million views, the first pond-related TV show, ‘Pond Stars’ came to fruition. Aquascape is the industry leader in water landscaping; and of its database of Master Certified Contractors, Krenner is only one of two in the state of Georgia. He feels honored to have been chosen as a featured pond installer for the first season, let alone the premiere episode. “We made the premiere which is awesome…because you know that’s especially when they want to put their best foot forward,” Krenner said. For the premiere episode, Krenner is showcasing two local projects: an eco-friendly turtle rescue pond at Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (Gwinnett EHC) and a “disappearing waterfall” at a Hamilton Mill Community home. The pond at the entrance to Gwinnett EHC is home to seven turtles, including the infamous redeared slider Bubba who was rescued seven years ago and named Bubba long before staff realized she was a female. Before Krenner and his team built what the Center calls “a living classroom”, Bubba lived in a 4x2 foot aquarium

“I really enjoy changing people's lifestyles by creating a personal paradise for them,”



Waterfalls by Paradise Ponds at a Hamilton Mill home

indoors. “Bubba has really come to life since we moved her to the pond,” said Steve Cannon, Executive Director of Gwinnett EHC. “Our turtles now have a natural home, as they should,” he continued. But, “the true testament of this design is how it fits into the surrounding environment and looks as if it’s always been here…how a man-built feature can fit into a natural environment.” Cannon stated. In fact, nature and surrounding plants play a large role in the pond’s filtration process, and at the Gwinnett EHC students are able to see the delicate balance of our eco-system through Jeff working with that. “This truly is a living and the whales at breathing classroom…it is one Georgia Aquarium of the best design projects here thus far because it incorporates the curriculum side of learning with habitat development,” Cannon said of Krenner’s pond. Jeff Krenner is used to working alongside turtles and koi fish, not camera crews and flashing lights. He has come a long way since his humble beginnings as a fifteen-yearold who simply created a pond so that his pet goldfish could move from inside to outside. He is self-made and self-taught, turning his passion and hobby into an 18+ year career in fish, filtration and ecosystems. He worked at a few pet shops early on, working with aquarium fish


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and filtration. He then started volunteering at a local zoo which lead to him being hired to open up a new aquarium at the Mall of America in Minnesota where he worked for a few years. After helping open public aquariums in Denver and Minnesota, he was hired by the Georgia Aquarium about a year and a half before they opened. During that preopening time he worked at a temporary facility building filtration systems and caring for the fish. He traveled the world collecting and transporting a diverse collection of fish, including the whale sharks that are the star attraction at the Georgia Aquarium. In fact, he traveled to Taiwan on three separate occasions to care for the sharks prior to their transport to Georgia. Jeff stayed on at the aquarium as Associate Curator of Fish and Invertebrates for nine years but, in June 2013 he decided to leave the aquarium and create a business from his hobby of building ponds. “I really enjoy changing peoples lifestyles by creating a personal paradise for them,” he said. Paradise Ponds has built about 40 ponds and water features in the Suwanee area and also services hundreds of ponds in the area. Be on the lookout for Suwanee resident, Jeff Krenner and the Aquascape crew on NatGeo Wild’s Season Premiere of Pond Stars, set to air at 10pm EST on September 9th. For more information on creating your own tranquil paradise, contact Jeff at 404-519-8870 or visit Q

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Jacuzzi FAQ’s


by American Spa Center

type of electrical service does my Q: What Jacuzzi hot tub need? A: The size of your hot tub will dictate what type of electrical service you need. Most hot tubs require 240v service, although small, one-pump tubs can run off of a 140v electrical service. We recommend that you consult with a licensed electrician before hooking up your new Jacuzzi tub. my electrical bill go up? Q: Will A: The majority of the cost from running a hot tub comes from heating the water and maintaining the condition of the tub and water. Today’s efficient and well-insulated Jacuzzi hot tubs with an insulated cover mean that heating your tub doesn’t have to be costly.

kind of warranty do I have on my Q: What Jacuzzi hot tub? A: The warranty is an important part of the decisionmaking process when you decide to purchase a hot tub. Jacuzzi offers an industry-leading limited warranty for up to 10 years! can a Jacuzzi tub help with my health? Q: How A: A Jacuzzi tub provides a hydrotherapy experience that will deliver a precise combination of heat, buoyancy, and massage to help relax muscles and speed recovery from injuries. Once in a Jacuzzi tub it can open blood vessels to improve blood circulation and relax away the distractions of your daily life.

don’t Jacuzzi tubs have as many jets Q: Why as others? A: When it comes to the number of jets in a hot tub, many consumers assume the more the merrier. However, quantity does not always equal quality. Jacuzzi offers optimal jet placement to create a massage experience for your new hot tub. 17

An Afternoon to

Suwanee Wine Fest

returns to Suwanee Town Center Park on Saturday, Oct 4TH resented by award-winning Château Élan Winery & Resort, The 2nd Annual Suwanee Wine Festival is set to take place on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1-5pm in Suwanee Town Center Park. Brought to you by the organizers of The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest and winners of Best Festival in Gwinnett 2014, festival attendees can also expect a sampling of Georgia craft beers at this year’s Wine Fest. The craft beer garden will play host to Draftserv’s self-serve technology, which is making its first Gwinnett festival debut at the event. See page 50 for more information about Draftserv. Local sponsor, Beverage Superstore, has recruited three of their wine experts to prepare a tasting list with over 100 wines of every variety, that are sure


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to please all types of palates. As guests travel around the park, tasting wines from every region of the world, they will also enjoy freshly prepared food samples and free cooking demonstrations from food sponsor, The Fresh Market in Suwanee. The festival experience will be enhanced as local bluegrass band Pullin’ Strings takes the main stage along with other live entertainment, yet to be announced. General Admission tickets are $55 per person and include: unlimited samples of premium wine and craft beer, complimentary food samples, food for purchase from some of the area’s best food vendors, live entertainment, artisanal products for sale from local artists and games such as cornhole, and craft-makers, backyard ga putt putt golf! T The Fresh Market has also planned a gourmet menu that plan will be exclusively provided throughout the day, in the thr VIP dining and tasting tent. Sponsored by Atlanta Classic Spo Cars, the VIP experience is Car limited and at $110 per person, limite includes everything in General Admission, plus: p one hour early access

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Join us for an afternoon of sampling over 100 wines, enjoying food samples from The Fresh Market and listening to live music in beautiful Town Center Park


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to the festival, higherend wines to taste, sommelier insight during tastings, an exclusive Suwanee Wine Fest t-shirt, goody bag, and live entertainment. To encourage safe driving, Designated Driver tickets are also available for $10

and include access to the festival with live entertainment and food samples, but no wine or beer tasting. Suwanee Wine Fest tickets are available for purchase at and at all Metro Atlanta Fresh Market stores, and Beverage Superstore's two Suwanee locations. As festival attendees enjoy a day full of wine, craft beer and delicious food, they can also rest assured knowing that a significant portion of proceeds is benefiting a local nonprofit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Annandale Village. Annandale is a Suwanee organization that provides care and life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries, and enables them to maintain their independence in the least restrictive environment possible. The event organizers, alongside their sponsors, are working hard to create the best wine-tasting experience available and are sure to come up with even more surprises by October 4th! Tickets are selling fast and this event may sell out. Please purchase tickets in advance at Q

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Dramatically enhance your wine drinking experience by choosing the right glass BY: Sean Wilborn OF CHÂTEAU ÉLAN ecall for a moment how a Coke-a-Cola just tastes better when enjoyed from a glass bottle? You remove the bottle cap, the bottle fits your hand perfectly as you bring the cold glass to your lips. It hits your mouth perfectly with just the right amount of fizz. Ahh! Well the very same difference exists with your glass of wine. Imagine elevating your wine experience to such a nostalgic level! There is a way and it’s all in the glass. Wine, like drinking Coke from a glass bottle, is an experience. The notion of wine alone is an experience, from farming grapes to making wine, to removing the cork at home and sharing with friends…wine is indeed an experience. Furthermore, wine is an investment. A decent bottle of wine can set you back a couple of Hamilton’s so it makes sense to take it all in from a vessel that gets the most out of each pour. There are several shapes of wine glasses out there to choose from. What’s most important is that the glass captures the subtle nuances and aromas of the variety and really showcases Riedel Pinot the wine’s bouquet. Choose the Noir Glass wrong glass (that includes a red plastic cup or anything of the like) and lose what you should otherwise smell. It has been discovered that 80% of what we taste


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comes from what we smell; so if you can’t smell it, you can’t taste it. What a shame it would be to unknowingly miss out! Generally speaking, white wines don’t require as much surface area to release, so a smaller glass tends to work best. For red wines, the nose tends to be

What’s most important is that the glass captures the subtle nuances and aromas of the variety and really showcases the wine’s bouquet.

more complex and can use more surface area to expand its aromatics and really open up. Thus, a large, more bulbous vessel will do the trick. But amazingly, for a truly mind-blowing experience, there is varietal specific Riedel stemware to bring even more Cabernet balance to the occasion. Glass Varietal specific glasses, pioneered by Riedel Glass Co. of Austria, are designed to cater specifically to the variety of wine. A Chardonnay grape makes a very different smelling and tasting wine compared to a Sauvignon Blanc or a Riesling grape and so forth. To capture those differences, the glass should logically conform to those different characteristics. To balance the acidity and aromas, the glass’s shape should find the right layer of smells to showcase and right place on your palate to contact first. Nail this, and you will take your wine experience to an entirely new level. Who knew a glass could be so important? Riedel offers tastings where you can experience firsthand how Riedel the shape of a Pinot Noir glass is Sauvignon made for Pinot Noir and how the Blanc Wine same wine tastes different in a Glass Bordeaux glass. It’s an eye opening and even mind-blowing experience. So don’t stop short on your stemware! It’s worth investing in the right glass to get the most out of your next bottle of wine!

Sean Wilborn is the Tasting Room Manager at Château Élan Winery and conducts several wine tasting, educational and team building events at the resort.

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The Best Culinary Experiences Suwanee Has To Offer


Gom Shabu Shabu A Korean twist on Traditional Japanese cuisine BY: Mackenzie Stephenson ne of the newer restaurants to open in Suwanee is a place called Gom Shabu Shabu, open for a little over a month on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. The restaurant chain originally started eight years ago in Duluth, one of the first Shabu Shabu restaurants to open. But, with many of their customers also coming from Suwanee, owners Ms. Mun and Mr. Tay Kim, along with their son Jason Kim, decided to open a location in Suwanee. Originally from Korea, their goal is to give others, including families and customers who aren't Korean, a new experience and way to dine. We were able to speak with Jason Kim on our visit to Gom Shabu Shabu and he told us his family moved from Queens, New York 10 years ago. His mom had previous restaurant experience in New York; she owned several sushi restaurants and a few bars. "As we stepped into this, my dad took over the kitchen aspect and ordering while my mom runs restaurant operations." Jason said. Jason acts as General Manager; he circles the floor to make sure customers are satisfied and to see if they need any help making their food. The name Gom Shabu Shabu comes from the dish Shabu Shabu and Jason told us “Gom” was his mother’s nickname. It means bear in Korean. The food at Gom Shabu Shabu is a blend of Korean and Japanese styles. Shabu Shabu is originally a Japanese dish featuring thinly sliced


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beef boiled in water, but at Gom Shabu Shabu they have put a Korean twist on the traditional Japanese style. All of their broths and sauces are made in house and have five levels of spiciness to choose from. When asked about the most popular item on the menu, Jason said it is their premium and regular beefs along with seafood options. Jason continued to say his favorite thing to do is cook everything fully in the broth and then add noodles at the end to eat as a soup. "You can take your time and enjoy the experience over the course of an hour.” He told us, adding that this style of dining is perfect for long lunch meetings or even dates. Regular customer Tony Hahn was there with his family and out-of-town guests. He said, "The food is exceptional because its both delicious and a very healthy way to eat. It is good for both vegetarians and

and meat lovers." Gom Shabu Shabu is a restaurant that takes great care to provide a healthy style of eating for their customers. Everything is all natural and fresh, with over ten veggies that go into the making of the broth alone. Shabu Shabu is a meal where customers are able to cook their own food right at the table in a hot-pot. At first some people might be a little intimidated to cook their own food, but Jason says they learn to love the experience. Gom Shabu Shabu does have a "non hot-pot menu" for children in case parents are worried about the hot broth provided for each customer.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The food is exceptional because it is both delicious and a very healthy way to eat. It is good for both vegetarians and meat lovers.â&#x20AC;?

They do recommend reservations for parties of 6 or more and have a private dining room that can be reserved as well. Right now, Gom Shabu Shabu is running an alcohol special: sake is going for $1.99 for a small bottle and $3.99



Jason Kim helps a customer prepare his food for a large. If sake is something you enjoy or want to try, now would be the best time to purchase some! For more information, check out their website at and be sure to visit their restaurant on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. Q

Gom Shabu Shabu 3131 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd



Local Businesses Dedicated To Keeping You Healthy

health Thrombosis has alarming statistics: Q Pulmonary embolism, a form of thrombosis, affects over 600,000 people in the US annually. Q Half of those affected die. Dr. Atul Laddu pictured with GGV members.

Suwanee residents work to spread awareness of danger of Thrombosis 14 year old, otherwise healthy boy, was admitted to the hospital in May of 2011 and again the following November due to a pulmonary embolism. The boy, grandson of Suwanee resident Dr. Atul Laddu, was treated immediately for the condition and cured. But, while sitting by his grandson Rajan Laddu’s bedside, Dr. Laddu and his wife realized that although pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis were very serious, life-threatening conditions, there was not much awareness of them in the community.

Q More people die from thrombosis in the U.S. each year than from breast cancer and AIDS combined. Q One person dies from a blood clot every 6 minutes. Q Pulmonary embolism is the leading cause of maternal death associated with childbirth. Q Estimates from The American Heart Association indicate the total economic burden of illness associated with DVT and PE to reach between $5-8 billion annually—an average $20,000 per treated patient per year. Source: Dr. Atul Laddu

Dr. Laddu formed the Georgia Group of Volunteers (GGV), as a part of the North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF), in order to help the citizens of Georgia overcome and prevent these deadly conditions. Dr. Laddu works with high school students, mentoring them through this volunteer program, teaching leadership skills such as communication and outreach. Two of Dr. Laddu’s students, Sneha Divan and Rohan Rege, gave us insight into their work for the organization, as well as information about deadly thrombotic conditions.

Interview questions conducted by: Rahul Rege

Please tell us about your group and Since your group is associated with the main objectives? spreading awareness about thrombosis, can you tell us what a ‘thrombus’ is and Sneha: Our group, the GGV is dedicated to how it is formed? assisting and enhancing the mission of NATF.

Our unique youth-centered advocacy group works to spread awareness for thrombosis in the state of Georgia and network with other organizations involved in thrombosis. We engage in a wide variety of activities, such as lectures and booths in order to spread the message that thrombosis is a silent killer.


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Rohan: Periods of long inactivity can lead to the formation of a blood clot, which is called a ‘thrombus’. A thrombus is a perfectly natural response to an injury toward the healing process, but if this clot gets into a normal blood vessel, it can obstruct the blood flow, and more seriously, travel through the veins to the lungs or the heart, resulting in an embolus, a condition that can be fatal.

Can you tell us something more about thrombotic disorders as events consisting of DVT, PE, MI, or stroke?

“...thrombosis is a silent killer and can cause many negative impacts on daily life. Prevention, through keeping in motion and increasing blood flow, is the better alternative to treatments after the condition."

Sneha: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot occurs in internal, deep veins, usually in the legs. Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the migration of a clot from another part of the body to the lungs. Myocardial infarction (MI) also known as a heart attack, occurs when a clot occurs in a coronary artery (an artery that is responsible to supply blood to the heart). A stroke is the result of a clot in the brain.



What are the symptoms of being affected by this condition? What do patients generally complain of? Sneha: Both Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary embolism (PE) have a fairly long list of possible symptoms, but usually only a few apply to each patient. For DVT, the main symptoms are swelling, pain, discoloration, or tenderness in one or both legs, leg fatigue, warm skin or visible surface veins. Rohan: Symptoms of PE include sudden coughing, sharp chest pains, coughing up blood, and shortness of breath. Rapid pulse and excessive sweating are also symptoms to look for. In some cases, the patient may feel faint or end up losing consciousness.

How do you treat these conditions? Sneha: In a nutshell, treatments include certain types of drugs such as anticoagulants and aspirin. To help minimize risk, people can make other lifestyle improvements, such as: taking the time to walk or stretch their legs, drinking plenty of water and managing weight.

What would be some of the take home messages from this? Sneha: The most important thing is that thrombosis is a


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silent killer and can cause many negative impacts on daily life. Prevention, through keeping in motion and increasing blood flow, is the better alternative to treatments after the condition.

For the full Q&A, go to Suwanee

Volunteering through the GGV has allowed students to raise community awareness of thrombosis in order to hopefully decrease incidence and fatality rates. The students have also been able to hone their presentation skills, set up and manage booths, meet and interact with different dignitaries, plan events, visit the GA Senate floor and work closely with Georgia Senator Renee Unterman, Chairperson of the Health and Human Services. For more information, please visit

The GGV would like to invite the readers of Suwaneee Magazine to Booth # 207 at Suwanee Fest on September 20 and 21, 2014, to meet some of our members and learn more about thrombosis, its risks, and management.

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BY: Angela Veugeler

little over eight years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first baby and wanted to move to a family-friendly area with lots of parks, playgrounds and trails. With my husband working in Norcross at the time, we explored many surrounding cities. But, after learning about Suwanee from a coworker, we decided to check it out and fell in love at first sight. We spent a couple hours exploring The Greenway and Town Center Park and just had a feeling that this was our new home. We moved to Suwanee as soon as we could. Since that time it has been so fun and exciting seeing Suwanee grow, and discovering all of the playgrounds and parks that the area has to offer. The really cool thing is that everything in the City of Suwanee connects! Now, you can get from The Greenway to Town Center, go through the pedestrian tunnel and access Main St. (where the library and Playtown Suwanee are located). Recently, the County added a sidewalk from Peachtree Industrial Blvd. to Main St. along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., to give residents even more access to travel by foot or bike. Now you can travel by foot from Sims Lake Park all the way to T he Greenway. Check out some of my favorite area parks to see what they have to offer. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been to some of them, I encourage you to spend some time exploring!

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Town Center Park Town Center is known as the city of Suwanee’s front yard and is a familyy and community favorite. When the Big Splash Interactive Fountain first opened, I couldn’t wait to take our little one to it. All of our kids have loved it, as have countless other boys and girls. Town Center Park is a great place for people of all ages. Walk or jog, picnic, play catch, fly a kite, enjoy dinner at Mellow Mushroom, Friends or Ippolito’s, do some shopping, attend a festival or concert, and more!

Located at the intersection of Buford Hwy and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. AMENITIES INCLUDE:

• More than 1 mile of looping ooping elliptical sidewalks • Big Splash interactive fountain • Open, unprogrammed recreational areas • Stage and amphitheater • Connection to Suwanee Creek Greenway • Public art & restrooms

The concerts!

Everclear on August 16th

The festivals! Big Splash Interactive Fountain!

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Playtown Pl P laytt Suwanee Also known know for it’s beautiful painted cow statues, Playtown Suwanee is i one of our favorites. It’s a huge playground, and aallll of my kids and their friends love it. The little one loves the sandbox, bouncy bridges and swings, the older ones sandb love to run and play on the slides, monkey bars, castles and m more. The coolest thing is that it was built by mom’s, dad’s aand other volunteers in our community 10 years ago (in June Jun of 2004), with about 1,200 volunteers coming together over the course of five days. togeth

LLocated t at 425 Main Street AMENITIES INCLUDE:

• Playground • Pavilion that may be reserved and rented • Picnic tables • Public art & restrooms

Suwanee Creek Greenway Probably my personal favorite, the Suwanee Creek Greenway is a hard-surface, multipurpose trail that goes from Suwanee Creek Park to George Pierce Park with several access points along the way. The four-mile trail consists of wooded areas, wetlands and wildlife habitat. It is great for walking, jogging, or biking. Eventually the plan is to connect the Ivy Creek Trail in George Pierce Park to The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, which would add seven additional miles of trails that will be accessible from the Suwanee Creek Greenway.


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Sims Lake Park Sim This p popular park not only offers a beautiful and serene lake, but a great beaut playground (with shade structures) and a playg 1.2-mile trail that winds through the woods 1.2-mi and is great for walking, jogging or biking. It has some so nice open areas as well as some of the SculpTour pieces.

Located at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road Loca AMEN AMENITIES INCLUDE: INCL

• Playground • A pavilion that is available on a first-come basis • Picnic tables • 1.2-mile trail • Streamscape • Outdoor classroom • Public art & restrooms

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Fea Featuring 304 acres, paved and soft surface wooded trails, marshes, and a surf pond, George Pierce has something for pon everyone. It’s common to see deer and eve a great gr park for bird watching. This park includes Prime Timers Pointe Communityy incl Recreation Ce Center, outdoor basketball courts, playgrounds, l d soccer fields, football/multi-purpose field, baseball/softball fields, and pavilions, and connects to the Suwanee Creek Greenway.

Settles S ettle Bridge P Park Anot one of our family’s Another favorite parks, Settles Bridge favor offers 268 acres of Park o beautiful wooded and paved beauti great for hiking/walking or trails gre jogging, a nice playground, dog park and skate park.

Located at 55 Buford Highway AMENITIES INCLUDE:

• Sports fields and leagues • Pond stocked for fishing • Playground • Picnic areas • 2.6 mile paved and 1.2 mile soft-surface multiuse trails • Basketball courts • Community recreation and senior center • Public restrooms

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• 62-acre facility is setup for both passive and league recreation • Softball fields with sports lighting • Pavilions (one is handicap-accessible) • Little league fields with sports lighting • Tee ball fields with sports lighting • Tennis courts with sports lighting • Beach volleyball courts with sports lighting • Concession stands, jogging trail • Play areas for small children and an amphitheater





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• A bright red barn that may be reserved and rented • A natural amphitheater that may be reserved and rented

• Loop trail • Fire pit • Public restrooms

Suwanee Creek Park Suwanee Creek Park offers some beautiful soft surface trails as well as paved trails. It has quite a few steep hills, and I have many fond memories of biking up those hills pulling our two oldest boys in the bike trailer. Definitely a character builder! It’s also where the City of Suwanee hosts Trek-or-Treat, a fun Halloween celebration that will take place on October 25th this year. The 85-acre park has been left substantially in its natural condition.

Located at 1170 Buford Highway AMENITIES INCLUDE:

• Suwanee Creek Greenway trailhead • 18-hole disc golf course • Two pavilions, which may be reserved and rented • Picnic tables Suwanee • Outdoor classroom Creek • Public restrooms Disc Golf Course

This one is on my list to try! New this year and fun for a wide range of ages, Suwanee's disc golf course has been described as "a short, technical course that serves as a great equalizer among players." Several holes have been designed to be more challenging, and two require throwing over water hazards. Professional Disc Golf Association Hall of Fame member, John David, designed the course. No reservations are necessary to play, just bring discs!

For a listing of more parks in the area and information on reserving pavilions, sports, or questions, visit,, or


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Suwanee’s 31st annual celebration and 1st annual Suwanee Fest fter thirty years of the City of Suwanee celebrating its community, heritage, families, businesses and culture – the traditionally 1-day event has grown into a two-day festival called “Suwanee Fest”. The 2014 Suwanee Fest, sponsored by 12 Stone Church, will take place September 20-21st at Town Center Park and is themed “Heroes – Red, White & You”. The City of Suwanee is grateful to 12 Stone and other generous sponsors, including: Choices to You, Atlanta Classic Cars, Keurig Green Mountain, Member’s Auto Choice, PNC Bank and more for their support in helping to create a community festival that reaches tens of thousands of people. To get in the Suwanee spirit early, the Suwanee Fest Classic races will be held the weekend before Suwanee Fest on Saturday, September 13th with a 1k fun run, 5k and 10k courses available. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit “Cure Childhood Cancer of Atlanta” and runners are encouraged to dress in superhero costumes to honor those touched by childhood cancer. Suwanee Fest will kick off in the same way it has for over two decades – with a parade on Saturday at 10am, with former U.S. Army Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván and his beloved service dog named Tuesday as grand marshals. The deadline to register for the parade is September 10th. Following the parade, Saturday’s festivities will continue in Town Center Park until 7pm with hundreds of art, craft and jewelry vendors, food vendors, live music, carnival games, rides and a variety of entertainment taking the main stage. Sunday’s festivities will resume at noon and go until 6pm. This event, which hosts approximately 50,000 people, has come a long way since its origination in 1984 when 75 people were in attendance, yet demonstrates how even amidst the tremendous growth of our City – we have retained the same tight-knit community culture. Rain or shine, the citizens of Suwanee will gather together and celebrate the awesome City that we call home.

Saturday, September 20 9:00 am Free shuttle transportation from 10:00 am 10:00 am-7:00 pm 10:00 am-7:00 pm 11:00 am-7:30 pm 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

off-site parking begins Parade Arts & crafts exhibitors Inflatable rides & children’s activities Free entertainment A1A in concert Free shuttle transportation to off-site parking ends

Sunday, September 21 noon Free shuttle transportation from off-site parking begins

noon-5:00 pm Arts & crafts exhibitors noon-6:30 pm Inflatable rides & children’s activities 1 pm-6:30 pm Free entertainment 6:30 pm Food vendors close 7:00 pm Free shuttle transportation to off-site parking ends

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ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP Saturday, September 20 11:20 am noon 12:40 pm 1:20 pm 2:45 pm 3:45 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm

Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, Author All Stars Performing Arts Reptile Man Royal Dance Academy Stone Mountain Chorus Manmade Mountains Colby Dee A1A, Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band

Sunday, September 21 1:00 pm 1:40 pm 2:30 pm 3:30 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

Tiger Martial Arts Suwanee Youth Ballet Royal Dance Academy Gwinnett School of Rock Sugar Hill Christian Academy Choir Capitol City Xpress

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Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, headquartered here in Suwanee, is the leading brand of highperformance, cost-efficient and innovative air-conditioning and heating systems. Offering energy-efficient solutions for complete home comfort control. Fenski Automotive Center has been voted Best Mechanic of Gwinnett 9-times and is a proud participant of Suwanee Fest as a repeat sponsor and vendor. They're excited to meet YOU, so be sure to stop by their booth to say hi and register to WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tab3!

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Gwinnett County Public Library is a free provider of education and information. The Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. Learn a new language with Mango Languages, or access free full-issue digital magazines with your library card. A charming, independently owned family restaurant in Suwanee, GA serving a tantalizing array of traditional Jamaican dishes. Country Pepper offers a full service dine-in experience with takeout & catering available. You don’t have to travel to Jamaica to get a taste of paradise. Just visit them in Suwanee, GA! They LOVE Honey Bees. BeeHaven is your “Go To” Honey Bee Resource. Their Mission is the Education about and Expansion of the Honey Bee in the community and across the United States. Honey Bees are GOOD for our community and now, you can get Honey as “Local” as your backyard. Eat, Drink, Get Twisted! Twisted Taco is a cross between a Mexican Cantina and a sports bar. Using only the freshest ingredients, specializing in Tex-Mex cuisine featuring California style burritos, sizzling fajitas, homemade salsas and of course, the famous “Twisted” tacos. Rooftop Patio Opening Soon! COUNTRY Financial® - Proud Sponsor 2014 Suwanee Fest! Come visit their booth to learn more about them and enter to win an IPAD Mini.* Protecting your home, family, and business. Meet Norma and Terence and find out how to make your future secure. *No Purchase Necessary. Tutoring K-12 Jump ahead of the class this year by tutoring at Omega Learning. Omega’s certified teachers solidify core fundamentals and help students build critical thinking skills needed to apply their knowledge to more advanced learning concepts and succeed with challenging Common Core Curriculum. Tutoring Programs Available: Reading, Writing • Math (All Levels) • Homework Help Spanish • SAT/ACT Prep, COMPASS Prep Kindergarten Success • Enrichment



Food / Concessions ORGANIZATION ......................................BOOTH Bollywood Zing ........................................1 Williamson Bros BBQ.............................2 Segreto.......................................................3 Three Guys Entertainment....................4 Rita’s Italian Ice..............................7, 184 Wild Wing Cafe........................................8 Johnny’s Pizza ..................................9, 10 The Fresh Market ..........................11, 12 JReys Cuban Cafe .................................13 Greek Tavern ................................... 14-17 DaddyO’s Ice Cream .............................18 Marco’s Pizza.........................................19 Bayou Billy ............................................ 21 Dunwoody Cafe .............................. 22/23 Country Pepper, Jamaican Restaurant......................... 24 Golden Seven........................................ 25 Georgia Fruit Smash .......................... 26 Gone Nuts!!! .......................................... 27 Dandy Cotton Candy ........................... 28 Henrys Concessions ..................... 29/30 Runaway Pigs BBQ ............................. 31 Friends Suwanee Grill........................ 32 Trevis Roberts ...................................... 33 Twisted Taco ........................................ 34 Jimmies Ice Cream and Yogurt Company ................................................ 35 Chick-fil-A ............................................. 37 Jilly’s Cupcakery ................................. 42 Ladrea Maries Cookies...................... 83 Hobie Pop Kettle Corn ..................... 119 Cool Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Smoothies ....................................... 179 Granny’s Lemonade ..................... A, C, F King of Pops ...................................... E, H Dippin’ Dots ................................... G, 194


Arts & Crafts Not Just Nuts ....................................... 36 Whirlibobs............................................. 46 EZ Hang Chairs .................................... 47 Dress It Up ............................................ 48 Sherry Azkin ......................................... 50 Gilded Girl Pottery .............................. 51 Leonard, David ..................................... 52 Laura Pruett.......................................... 53 Lose a Finger Dog Treats.................. 54 Lynn’s Gourmet.................................... 55 Urban Cottage ...................................... 56 W A Hill Designs.................................. 57 Mary Walters ....................................... 59 Masterpiece Mixers........................... 61 Runnin Wild Foods ............................. 62 Zadic’s Fashion & Magnetic Jewelry ..................... 63, 64 Whitewater Creek Farm.................... 67 Brenda Lancaster................................ 69 Body Essentials LLC ........................... 70 Lynnie’s Art ........................................... 73 Jennings Burton .................................. 87 Pawl Natural ......................................... 88 Uncorked Candles............................... 90 Joseph Francisco ................................ 92 Morgan Hill Essentials ...................... 93 Nolan, Grady and Peggy .................... 95 LKY Glass, LLC...................................... 96 Maeday Gourmet Sauces & Rubs .. 97 Zeebows........................................ 99, 100 Diane Payton ...................................... 101 Jan’s Glass Gardens......................... 102 Diane Atkinson................................... 103 Karen Fields........................................ 104 Southern Esssentials ....................... 105 Phil Mills .................................... 106, 107 Chateau Le Pup ................................. 111 Joua Moua .......................................... 118 STUFFYSHIRTDOG ............................. 120

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Let’s Eat Unique ................................ 121 Ladybug Designs ............................... 127 Cuppa cake ......................................... 128 Moses, Florence ................................ 134 Myra Caldwell ........................... 136, 137 Angel Nest Designs .......................... 138 Faith Clay............................................. 144 Childhood Impressions .................... 145 Ojala ...................................................... 147 S&S Designs....................................... 150 ER2 Workshop ................................... 151 Strother Magic and Airbrush Tattoos................................ 152 Simple ‘N’ Pure Natural Products ............................... 168 The Bruce’s Eye View.............. 169, 170 Spirit Jewels....................................... 171 Four Little Bubbles .................. 172, 173 Personalized Gifts & Marrionettes....................................... 176 Kid’s Expressions ..................... 177, 178 Forever Charms ................................. 180 Ocean Friends .................................... 182 Tim Boyd.............................................. 183 Kitty Flowers....................................... 185 The Sandbox ....................................... 186 Forget Me Nots.................................. 187 SmartAsh Designs ............................ 188 Southern Country Coolers .............. 189 Big Papa’s Famous Homemade .... 190 Kenny Anglin....................................... 192 Angel Clay Flowers ........................... 196 Wood Craft Toys................................ 197 Sandy Candy ....................................... 203 Ruth Canup ......................................... 206

Jewelry Kinetic Arts ........................................... 49 Tizo Designs ......................................... 58 Peaceful Creations Jewelry and Gifts ................................................ 65 Kimberly Kelly ...................................... 72 Bella Green Jewelry ........................... 86 Tower Road Gifts & Crafts................ 89 Crystal Dreams .................................... 98 JoPat Designs .................................... 108 Crystal Collage ART Wears ............ 114 Stones to Wear.................................. 117 bSwitched Jewelry ........................... 129 Cove Creek Creations....................... 135

Designs by Jewels ............................ 143 LSI.......................................................... 148 Macks Beads ..................................... 174 Yuki Takahashi................................... 175

Fine Art Nancy’s Pottery ................................... 60 (A Measure of Clay) - pottery ......... 66 David L Phillips Fine Art .................... 71 Barbara Pirkle ...................................... 85 Wildlife Photography by Clay Thurston.................................. 91 Artbywylwood ....................................... 94 Jenseye Photography....................... 109 Jan Aberg ............................................ 110 Loose, Marissa Hudson ................... 112 Studio Glass Company..................... 113 VJohnsonPerceptions, LLC ............. 115 George Howell Studios .................... 149

Sponsors 12 Stone Church.................................. 38 Sugar Hill Spine and Wellness .... 122 Dr. Rhonda Hogan, DMD, PC.......... 123 Choices To You ......................... 124, 125 North Georgia Pediatric Dentistry 126 Quantum National Bank .................. 130 Renewal by Andersen ...................... 131 Free Chapel......................................... 132 Imagix Dental ..................................... 133

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Power Home Remodeling Group... 139 Mustard Seed Pediatric Dentistry 140 Food Should Taste Good ................. 141 Fenski Automotive Center .............. 142 LeafGuard of North Georgia ........... 153 American Laser Skincare................ 154 Road Atlanta ....................................... 155 Peach Skin Sheets................... 156, 157 Member’s Auto Choice ........... 158, 159 Everdry Waterproofing .................... 160 Whitney & Robertson....................... 162 Delta Community Credit Union...... 163 Costco ......................................... 164, 165 Gwinnett Gladiators................. 166, 167 Dentistry For Children...................... 198


Georgia Fitness.................................. 199 Stepping Stone Montessori School............................ 200 Suwanee Dental Care ...................... 208 Suwanee Magazine .......................... 209 Suwanee Sports Academy.............. 210 Taylor Construction .......................... 211 Treetop Quest..................................... 212 Atlanta Classic Cars ................ 220, 221 Madaris Siding and Windows ....... 222 Country Financial .............................. 223 North Atlanta Primary Care............ 224 Tiger Tails Animal Hospital ............ 226 Gwinnett Medical Center................ 227 Mitsubishi Electric ........................... 228

Omega Learning Center .................. 229 Keurig Green Mountain.......... 230, 231 PNC Bank ................................... 232, 233 Gwinnett Urgent Care ............. First Aid Ippolito’s ................................ Food Court

Non Profits Gwinnett County Public Library ...... 39 Shadowbrook Baptist Church.... 40, 41 Georgia SPCA ....................................... 43 Annandale Village................................ 44 The Gideons International ................ 45 National Art Honor Society............... 74 North Gwinnett Arts Association .. 116 Suwanee Business Alliance ........... 161

4:4 No More ........................................ 181 Cub Scout Pack 545 ......................... 193 Foundation to Fly............................... 195 CIEE....................................................... 202 Convention of States Georgia................................................. 204 Sugar Hill Christian Academy........ 205 NATF...................................................... 207

Other AIR, A Blow-Out Salon ....................... 68 Atlanta Hawks .................................... 146 Glenn’s Inflatables and Super Sand Art .................................. 191 Bee Haven LLC ................................... 201


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WITH: 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.


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’m sure you’ve had one of those amazing days recently. You know, the kind of day when you wake up feeling energized, your hair seems to take to the right style, and that cup of coffee was on point. This is the start to a day where your presentation goes perfectly, sales calls are strong, advice to your friend going through a tough time is wiser than Solomon, and on it goes. It’s called being in the zone. Your body, soul, and spirit have aligned in such a way that it seems everything around you is moving smoothly in slow motion while you have the ability to function at full speed and stay three steps ahead of it all. Take a moment and think about the last time you had one of those days… Ahhh… Feels good doesn’t it? The billion dollar question (blame inflation) is how


do I get into that zone more often. This was the biggest question I used to ask during my days as a professional baseball player. I remember the night of July 6, 1999. It was a warm summer evening on the south side of Chicago at Comiskey Park. I had three hits off Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Suppan in my first three plate appearances. The hits were a triple, single, and double respectively. I was “feeling it” that night and needed just a home run to join a relatively elite group of major league hitters by hitting for the cycle. As I stood waiting in the on deck circle to make my fourth plate appearance, I fully felt the 5th dimension euphoria as I could see in my mind what was going to happen during my next at bat. The first pitch from Suppan was going to be a tailing fastball running away from me


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.





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that I would take for ball one. The second pitch was going to be a fastball on the inside corner and I was going to turn on the pitch for a home run into the right field seats. There was no hype or overexcitement in my mind and emotions as I waited for my turn to hit, just a real calm and serene feeling. I stepped into the batter’s box and things went exactly as I had envisioned while standing in the on deck circle. I jogged around the bases to the standing ovation of about 30,000 White Sox fans. I had never been that deep into “the zone” prior to that night nor have I since. I have had many more “normal” zone experiences over the years and I have found each one to be unique to the season of life I was in. Now, let’s get back to you. How can we help get you into the zone more often throughout your daily life? Well, let me first say I’m no psychologist nor did I stay at a particular hotel last night. I will share with you some keys that I believe were helpful for me during my playing career and continue to help me today. Be consistent in a good routine. We had a sign in the locker room that read “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” I learned then that you must put in the focused effort daily no matter how you feel or what kind of short term results you are experiencing. Don’t stop doing what is right even if you aren’t seeing the benefits just yet. You might get tempted to go back to the old way of doing things because at least you knew what to expect. You’ll never get to the next level of where you desire to go if you are inconsistent in your routine. Play through pain. I didn’t mention that I severely sprained my ankle during that first at bat of that historic night in my career. No one would have faulted me for coming out of the game immediately but somehow I opted to stay in the game (I’m no gladiator). I think I was just curious to see if I could get another hit. The adrenaline that flowed through SportsTalk withofChris Singleton my body with each hit that night overpowered the pain my swelling exclusively in Suwanee ankle. Don’t let disappointment, rejection,appears or a sense of failure lead Magazine. you to take a seat on the bench. A quick is allowed and Chris oftenat For timeout more information, contact necessary but… STAY IN THE GAME. Different of pain can humble us and you’ll be surprised at the true strength you can experience when your ego is minimized. Let the game come to you. This was one of the most important reminders for me. Think of this… most times when you hear a manager or coach talk about a struggling player he says, “He’s (she's) trying to do too much right now. He (she) needs to let the game come to him (her).” Sometimes we can work harder, worry more, and sleep less in an effort to make things happen. Rarely have I found that strategy to bring sustainable success. Give your best daily and try not to neglect any important areas of life. I have found that when I do this, the good things in life I am in pursuit of actually come looking for me! When that happens, they become blessings added to us rather than a burden we struggle to carry.. Q



Jose Hevia poses with one of his DraftServ machines: self-serve, mobile, beveragedispensing machines that allow customers to only pay for what they pour.



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BY: Rachel Fasig t all started here in Suwanee,” said Jose Hevia, Owner table on the back of a napkin,” he recalled. Then from that of DraftServ Technology and Cheeky Mexican crude napkin drawing, he literally built the first beer table to Taqueria, as we settled into a beer table at Cheeky. go public in North America, right out of his Suwanee garage. “Actually, it started right here,” he explained pointing “I didn’t know until after we opened Cheeky Suwanee at the tap handle protruding from the high-top table. in 2007, that we were the first in North America to offer “DraftServ came from a beer table in Suwanee. In fact, self-serve beer tables,” Hevia confessed. He initially only put everything we are doing and have done is coming out one tap on each table because he didn’t know how receptive of Suwanee,” he continued. And, now, determined to thank customers would be to the novel concept. But, they were very the community who helped DraftServ come so far, he has receptive! “When we opened the second Cheeky in Forsyth, agreed to exclusively utilize the DraftServ systems in both the customers started asking about a larger variety…so we would craft beer tent at the October 4th Suwanee Wine Festival do big community beer tables with 5-6 taps on them,” he and at next year’s Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest. explained. With the success of larger beer tables, they then That’s giving Suwanee a lot of credit for the success of a decided to also create the first self-serve beer-dispensing company who has recently garnered the attention of ESPN, wall in the world at the Forsyth location. By 2010, other CBS, FOX, Live with Kelly & Michael, Good Morning America restaurant owners around Atlanta took note and began and Jimmy Fallon, asking Hevia to build their to name a few. “The beer tables and walls. evolution of this company, At that point – by and large, came form DraftServ was born. A the input of customers,” self-serve, mobile, beverageHevia reiterated. dispensing machine that So, what exactly does allows customers to only pay that evolution look like? for what they pour – whether it is one ounce or twenty. In 2006, Hevia Before opening traveled to Madrid where Cheeky, Hevia was one of his cousins took him to the original owners of Taco a self-serve beer bar. “I Mac. “I’m a beer guy – I thought it was so cool! I never saw myself running took a picture of it, and on an international technology the plane ride back I drew DraftServ's stadium debut at the 2014 Major League Baseball company,” Hevia admitted. out the idea for a beer All Star Game in Minneapolis

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draftserv But, fundamentally that is what DraftServ is: a technology company. Hevia describes it as "big data meets beer.” The data he is referring to is coveted information in the beverage industry and includes everything from: what time of day a certain style of beer is most popular to average ounces poured. It even captures key demographic information when room keys are used for purchase on cruise ships and in hotels and casinos. “We call it ‘The Draft Cloud’ – we get the information in real-time from any Draftserv machine in the world…I can tell you what beer is being poured The beer table at Cheeky Mexican Taqueria in Suwanee that started it all. in Mumbai or Bangkok right now,” Hevia explained. and convenience”, according to Hevia. Not only do they In May of 2013, through the introduction from a pay for what they pour, it’s also a unique sensory and tactile Suwanee neighbor, Hevia landed a deal with Carnival experience. Cruise Lines where passengers are given the ability to make Draftserv’s appearance at the All Star Games sparked beer purchases from their room keys. And, although, the an ongoing media frenzy. “I went into the office on a normal technology is “self-serve” it is not a free-for-all. “The word Monday to get ready for the All Star self-serve isn't the right way to look at Game and knew something had changed it…yes, you get to experience serving when I got a call from CBS Sports asking your own beer, but its still a full-service to interview me... they had heard about experience,” Hevia explained. The us because we were currently trending on machines are roped off and employees ESPN,” Hevia said. In the month of July 2014 must check ID’s before anyone can alone, Draftserv’s website views went up from enter the area. In fact, there is even an average of 300 unique page views per more control through this technology. month to 50,000! Draftserv has the ability to moderate But, Hevia is not allowing the and control exactly how much beer newfound attention to get the best of is dispensed per card over a certain him or his team. amount of time. “We are cognizant of how important “We are changing the experience,” it is that we execute now and execute Hevia said, and that is what ultimately properly,” he stated. And, they have led them to make a stadium debut at no plans of leaving their roots either. the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Draftserv started in Suwanee and will remain in Suwanee. Game in Minneapolis. “In hindsight maybe that wasn’t such a “I’ve been in Suwanee for 18 years,” Hevia said, “it’s an great idea, because we had never done concession space… awesome community…I love how everyone will come it was definitely trial by fire,” he said with a laugh. But a true together and rally around a cause,” he continued. entrepreneur at heart, he saw that the risk outweighed the It is clear that this is just the beginning for Draftserv, who potential outcome. And as for the outcome…“It went great! is also adding wine and soda options to their equipment. We ended up selling about five times more than Anheuser Hevia said, “I realize that my world has changed, but I also Busch even predicted.” realize this is just an audition, an opportunity, and that the And the reasoning behind those skyrocketed sales is hard work has just begun!” Q the fact that “Draftserv customers have control, selection


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Beer and Wine News from the Experts

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BY: Curtis Stockwell OF THE BEER GROWLER Fall is around the corner which means pumpkin beers are about to be upon us. Over the last few years pumpkin beers have grown in popularity and more breweries have thrown their creations into the mix. Pumpkin beers are a great marker of New Holland the season and often provide a Ichabod broad spectrum of flavors that are not too common throughout the rest of the year. The following are some of my favorites and hopefu hopefully after reading this you will give a few a try aand agree! Let’s start st with two offerings from fr Shipyard the Shipy Brewing Company: Compa Pumpkinhead and Smashed Pumpki Pumpkin. Pumpkinhead is a wheat Pumpkin beer and comes in at 4.7%. This most subtle pumpkin has the m flavor of the beers on my list and is a personal perso favorite of mine for its drinkability. It is somewhat malty drinkabil with hints of pumpkin spice. The bigger brother to Pumpkinhead Dogfish Head Pumkin Ale would be Smashed Pumpkin; in my opinion this beer falls into the more traditional realm of pumpkin beers. Usually with more flavor comes more alcohol and this beer follows suit with an ABV of 9%! It has a great spice balance with sweetness up front and a touch of toasted


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malt on the back end. To sum these two up up…II would say the Pumpkinhead would be best before a big dinner and the Smashed Pumpkin can easily take the place of dessert. My next two favorites can be considered more middle of the road pumpkin beers, not too heavy or high in alcohol but bringing tons of flavor and really embracing the style. New Holland Ichabod has a smooth medium body and comes in at 5.5%. This one brings a nice balance of malted barley, real pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In my opinion, the cinnamon and nutmeg tend to be a little more pronounced than the pumpkin flavor which provides for a very drinkable experience. Dogfish Head Punkin is slightly more full bodied than the latter and comes with smooth hints of brown sugar and caramel. This beer comes in at 7% but drinks a little lighter in my opinion. I tend to gravitate toward the Punkin over the Ichabod because of the mouthfeel, and I happen to like the way the brown sugar and caramel flavors mingle with those of the pumpkin. Terrapin Pumpkinfest is a pumpkin-flavored ale that actually isn’t an ale at all. This is a traditional Octoberfest (lager) that is brewed with over a pound of pumpkin per barrel! If you have read any of my previous articles you have probably caught on to my affinity for Terrapin and as with most of their beers, I love it! It has a great spice profile, nice pumpkin flavor and a clean finish which is quite refreshing for this style; I look forward to it every year. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the pumpkin ale that really tied the room together for me on pumpkin beers. I recall the first time ever having this beer a few years ago and it has kept me coming back each fall. As with the Punkin, this has nice notes of caramel but with it comes hints of spice and

clove at the beginning and hints of nutmeg at the end which I think really sets it off. With an 8% ABV this is a nice sipper that also provides a nice aromatic experience with each mouthful. Lastly we have the Southern Tier Pumking, this is one of those that you either love or hate. It has a large cult following who will travel far and wide for its tasty offerings. This beer comes closest to actually enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie in beer form. It smooth, malty, and a has a buttery mouthfeel accompanied by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, brown sugar, and of course pumpkins. This is a beer that I have enjoyed every Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it comes out very early in the season and if you too would like to enjoy this on Thanksgiving I would suggest hiding a few bottles (or growlers) away until then! As I end every articleâ&#x20AC;ŚI urge you to give these beers a try yourself. You may find that you happen to like the beers I have just written about, or you may think that I am completely off my rocker, but this is something you have to discover yourself! Cheers and good luck on your pumpkin beer adventures! Q

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News and notes from in and around Suwanee...

Suwanee’s Mucho Macho Man retires after a successful career as a racehorse Mucho Macho Man, reigning Breeders’ Cup Champion, has retired at 6 years old, with $5.6 million in earnings over his racing career. This racehorse graced the cover of the May/June 2011 issue of Suwanee Magazine. Owned by Suwanee residents, Dean and Patti Reeves, Mucho Macho Man will enter stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm near Paris, Kentucky for the 2015 season. Dean Reeves shared; “Mucho Macho Man gave Patti and our team enormous pleasure. He has generated so many fans, both in the state of Georgia and nationwide. We are extremely excited about him joining the starstudded roster at Adena Springs, and look forward to supporting him as a stallion and racing his progeny.” His career includes having won or placed 20 times in 25 starts including 3rd place in the 2011 Kentucky Derby and 1st place in the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Classic. Mucho Macho Man has over 9,000 fans on facebook and has helped draw attention to the sport of horse racing and gained support for the Georgia Horse Racing Coaliton (GHRC), who are working to bring horse racing to Georgia. For more information on Mucho Macho Man, visit his Facebook page or website For more information on the GHRC, visit

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The North Gwinnett Co-Op hosted a “Back to School Bash” on July 29th from 9am-4pm. Over 200 children received their book bags during the Bash. Parents pre-registered for school supplies and attended the Bash to pick up their book bags. The Gwinnett Co. Fire Department and Police Department had trucks and equipment during the Bash for the children to view. The Gwinnett Police Department and SafeKids did courtesy car seat checks for families with small children. Children also enjoyed face painting, games and snacks. Book bags and school supplies were donated by the families and friends of the Co-Op, including, Heraeus, MTI Baths, Sugar Hill Church, Gwinnett Church, Level Creek UMC, Buford Presbyterian Church, Liberty Mutual, Sugar Hill UMC and many more. Lake Lanier Islands also provided discounted admission to LanierWorld on two days for guests who donated school supplies. For more pictures, go to

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“Best Festival in Gwinnett!” After 2 months of voting, the results are in and the readers have spoken. The 4th annual Suwanee Beer Fest is the best festival in Gwinnett thanks to the Reader’s Choice in the Gwinnett Daily Post. The Reader’s Choice awards include several different categories from food, pets, to Gwinnett life. Held in March this year, the Suwanee Beer Fest included over 300 different craft beers for tasting with over 5000 attendees. Quickly becoming THE best and largest beer festival in the Southeast, the 5th annual Suwanee Beer Festival will be held on March 14th, 2015. Be sure to purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale, as this event sells out quickly, by visiting SuwaneeBeerFest. com. If you can’t wait until March for a tasting, please be sure to attend the Suwanee Wine Fest, produced by the same organizers, on Saturday, October 4th. This wine tasting event will include a Georgia craft beer garden for those who would like a small preview of the 5th annual Suwanee Beer Fest. Tickets can be purchased for this event by visiting


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Suwanee Adopts Fiscal Year 2015 Budget with no increase in millage rate Suwanee City Council approved a $13.6 million fiscal year 2015 citywide operating budget. The FY15 balanced budget anticipates that revenues will be down slightly by almost 2 percent, Suwanee’s millage rate will remain 4.93 mills, and no resources from the City’s fund balance will be required. Suwanee’s fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30. The general fund is the City’s main operating fund and is proposed to total $11.2 million, with Suwanee’s debt payment accounting for another $1.6 million in expenses. Operating expenditures for the general fund are anticipated to increase by about 5 percent. Suwanee’s FY15 budget funds downtown and public art master plans, a new public works equipment operator position, 10.5 percent increase in health insurance expenses, and a merit salary increase for employees, up to 4 percent depending upon performance. Council also approved a $31.4 million Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for 2015-19 and a $1.7 million fourth-quarter transfer from the 2014 general fund to the CIP. The CIP is used to fund the City’s long-term capital projects that include Buford Highway corridor improvements and other transportation projects, parks and facilities enhancements, Courtney and new/replacement Cason vehicles and equipment.

Bridal shower televised on QVC in home of Mayor This July, Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette’s wife Caron hosted a bridal shower for her former Suwanee Elementary Kindergarten student Courtney Cason. Cason is a popular host on QVC, the world’s leading video and e-commerce retailer. QVC is running an interactive digital series called “Save the Date- Courtney Says I Do.” The series kicked off on July 28th on and the QVC iPad app and runs for eight weeks, with one of the shows covering the shower at the Burnette’s home. Cason is set to be married on September 20th in Dahlonega, and the series follows Courtney through the wedding planning stages, giving viewers the opportunity to help her plan her big day. For more information or to view the series, go to: content/html.


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LET’S DANCE! Royal Dance Academy

Suwanee mother brings background of international professional dance experience to The Royal Dance Academy BY: Rachel Fasig

uwanee loves and appreciates its mothers, whether you are a working mom, stay-at-home mom or soon-to-be mom, we understand and value everything you are investing in and sacrificing for our future generation. And, Sarah Haslock-Johnson, Owner and Director of Ballet at Royal Dance Academy in Suwanee and Cumming, is no exception to this! On any day of the week, Haslock-Johnson can be found: teaching a rigorous schedule of dance classes, choreographing dances that may ultimately land her students a scholarship, traveling for performances across the country, speaking and fundraising on behalf of her nonprofit organization, managing the operation of a full time dance conservatory program, driving kids to soccer practice, making dinner, helping her girls with homework, tucking them into bed and spending quality time with her husband and daughters. “I subscribe to a philosophy of taking one day at a time. When I do have time off I'm with my girls 100%. But, if they need to come in while I'm teaching and just sit with me, I want them to always know they can do that,” she said on balancing family and work life. With three daughters: Kalliyan (10), Sophia (7) and Josalin (4) and a seemingly nonstop schedule, it can be difficult to find that balance. But, over twenty years of experience in the dance industry, has prepared Haslock-Johnson to be a working mom in more ways than she can even comprehend. She is a “second mom” to many of her dancers as well. “Sarah is truly a second mother to my daughter,” said Mary Norris, mother of Royal Dance Academy graduate, Carolan Norris. “Had Carolan not met Sarah, her life would have been different. Sarah pushed her just enough, but was always there to support her and believe in her,” Mary Norris continued with tears in her eyes.


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Carolan Norris was taught by HaslockJohnson at Royal Dance Academy for four years before being recruited and offered a ‘Director’s Scholarship’ at the prestigious Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts, at just 15 years old. A difficult decision for any parent to let their child leave at such a young age, Haslock-Johnson sat down with Mary for a heart-to-heart explaining that Carolan has the talent to become a professional dancer and that this was the opportunity for her to do so. Before attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Carolan had been a student of Royal Dance Academy’s full-time Conservatory Program. Dancers are at the Academy, Monday through Friday where they attend dance classes as well as advanced-level academic courses, taught by Haslock-Johnson, in Dance History, Physiology, Nutrition and more. Students then complete their regular online studies before returning in the evening for more dance classes. “This program certainly isn’t for everyone,” Haslock-Johnson explained. But, for the 10-15 students who are in the program each year, it is everything. “The County has been so supportive of our program, and for them, this is what they want their online schooling to be for…for kids like this that really want to pursue something they won't find in an ordinary public school system,” she continued.

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Haslock-Johnson with one of her summer dance groups

Haslock-Johnson is a graduate and International Mentor & Tutor of the Royal Academy of Dance in London – one of the world’s most influential and respected dance education organizations. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) trains teachers, many of whom have gone on to teach at world-renowned production companies. There are only four RADRegistered Schools in the State of Georgia, including Haslock-Johnson’s Royal Dance Academy in Cumming and Suwanee. The Royal Dance Academy subscribes to a traditional syllabus that adheres to worldwide standards in classical ballet. “Similar to how public school systems have standardized testing, RAD examinations bring that to the dance world,” HaslockJohnson explained. Each dancer at The Royal Dance Academy, from primary to advanced levels (whether they are in the Conservatory Program or not), must complete yearly RAD examinations, judged by qualified examiners from around the world. “Dance has become a big melting pot of different styles, which is something to be appreciated; but as an RAD teacher, what separates us, is that we’re offering a definitive training program,” she said about the curriculum. “And the parents of my dancers love it – they love being able to hear an unbiased opinion and see their child’s scores and feedback,” she continued. It is through this comprehensive program that HaslockJohnson has led dancers to acceptance into schools and professional companies, including: The American Ballet Theatre, Julliard, Alvin Ailey and Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Academy, Orlando Ballet, Colorado Ballet and various University Dance Departments. Although The Royal Dance Academy attracts many students who are passionate and serious about

making dance a career, it also caters to dancers of all levels and offers many classes beyond classical ballet. Haslock-Johnson has a deep appreciation for the arts and hopes that all children have a chance to be exposed to that. “Even if you have no interest in doing something with it {dance} long-term, you need to come in and do your best…and at the very least you will walk out this door with an appreciation for the art form,” she said. Partnering with other local organizations has given HaslockJohnson the chance to reach more students. The Royal Dance Academy has formed official partnerships with Georgia Express Soccer Club and Ultimate Gymnastics to augment their student’s training programs with dance, in order to increase agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. And with a heart to serve the community, Haslock-Johnson has also partnered with Jessie’s House – giving girls who have come from abusive homes “a chance to find their feet again and allowing them the opportunity to dance and experience something they might not otherwise have the chance to,” she said. For truly devoted dancers, she has created a nonprofit organization called Program Send, which stands for Support Exceptional Notable Dancers and provides students the resources that are needed to take them to the next level through scholarships. Dancers from The Royal Dance Academy have earned $450,000 in educational dance scholarships in the past two years alone! The Royal Dance Academy has been open in Vickery Village in Cumming for seven years and opened its Suwanee location in August of 2014, “We wanted to be right in the soul of Suwanee,” she said. It is truly the heart of their mission to be an active part of the community. By being organizers of performances for Suwanee Fest, establishing alternative educational programs for students who are passionate about the arts, providing scholarships for kids in the community to pursue their dreams, and partnering with local organizations – Sarah Haslock-Johnson along with her family and team at The Royal Dance Academy have clearly demonstrated what it takes to serve a purpose in the community we live, work and play in. For more information, visit Q


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Suwanee Youth Leaders bring food and fun to Town Center Park BY: Rachel Fasig any Suwanee residents have come to anticipate the first Friday of each month as “Food Truck Friday” in Town Center Park. With live music on stage and Atlanta’s best food trucks lining the street, it has been known to draw a crowd, but none quite as large as the crowd seen on Friday, August 1st. The huge success of this particular Food Truck Friday can be attributed to the hard work, creativity and dedication of Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) – the event organizers. With a very limited budget and an unlimited amount of enthusiasm, the Suwanee Youth Leaders set out with a goal to make August’s Food Truck Friday, the best that Suwanee has seen yet. And, many residents believe that they succeeded. The SYL team secured an excellent food truck lineup, consisting of Freckled and Blue, Mac the Cheese, Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles, On Tapa the World, Pressed for Time, Tracey’s Tasties, Tex’s Tacos, Smiley’s Street Eats, MG’s Burger Que, and King of Pops, as well as one of the best local music groups around, Rupert’s Orchestra– an eclectic party band that rocked ocked the stage with a variety of music, including rock, swing ng and Top 40 hits. Already familiar with the he power of local networking – one of the SYL students was able to book this indemand music group because ause a band member also doubles as her Cross Country Coach at Peachtree Ridge High School. hool. The overall experience e was enhanced with the addition of inflatable able slides and rides as well as a raffle consisting nsisting of great prizes, donated from m local retailers such as: Michel’s Salon, Savvy Nails, Mellow Mushroom, hroom, Cheeky, Brown Bag Deli, Serious Tennis, Big Peach Running and Suwanee Vision. sion. continues page 68.


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Remembering Cooper O’Brien BY: Rachel Fasig You may remember the story about Cooper O’Brien from our 2014 January/February issue. Cooper was fighting for his life against a rare form of cancer called Clear Cell Sarcoma, which he was diagnosed with in May of 2013. He lost that battle, at age 14, on July 6th 2014, yet his memory and spirit will always remain in the community of Suwanee. Cooper was full of life, hope and was an inspiration to everyone who met him. We had the opportunity to get to know him, his younger brother, Parker and loving parents, Kevin and Donna O’Brien who made the final year of his life the most fun and memorable year that any 8th grade boy could hope for. Cooper had been named Honorary Captain of the North Gwinnett High School football team during the Corky Kell Classic and State Championships; as well as Assistant Manager of the 8th grade boys basketball team. He had the opportunity to go on a Make-a-Wish Foundation trip to Hawaii with his family, fly a stunt plane, tour the Falcons stadium, eat breakfast with the Atlanta Hawks, throw the starting pitch at a Gwinnett Braves Game, and so much more. It was amazing to see how this young man truly touched the hearts of our community and how greatly he will be missed. Our lives have all been changed for the better from knowing this amazing young man. Q

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The students quickly learned how to be creative on a budget and that the community of Suwanee is filled with generous people, willing to donate their services and time for the greater good of our City. The Suwanee Youth Leaders organization is new to the City of Suwanee and was established in January of 2014. The program consists of 54 students from North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge High Schools, and runs from January through September with regular monthly meetings, and weekly meetings as necessary leading up to an event. One member, Reena Thaker said, “The best part about this group is that it integrates the high schools – and we make friends that we’d probably never meet otherwise.” Denise Brinson, Director of Economic and Community Development and Co-Leader of SYL said, “It has given us, as a City, the opportunity to get to know the schools and students in a new way as well.” The program has also given the staff at the City of Suwanee a unique perspective and outlook. Most city events are handled and organized by the same group of people. Those people do a wonderful job, however, they are now able to tap into new insight. “We have been able to use this group to run things by them for a youth perspective,” said Brinson. And that perspective is going a long way as the City prepares for Suwanee Fest – the City’s largest event that will now be held


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over a two-day period, September 20-21st. In fact, SYL is being utilized for much more beyond their insight and opinions when it comes to planning Suwanee Fest. The SYL students are divided into Suwanee Fest Committees that are handling anything from transportation to entertainment, marketing, social media and writing newsletters. “We are really allowing the youth to be involved with the City in a direct way…and we are grooming young leaders for local government,” said Brinson. Many of the students in the program aspire to be leaders in their community in some capacity and the City of Suwanee officials see a bright future in this regard. Adam Edge, Downtown and Business Development Manager and CoLeader of SYL, sang their praise, “Everyone is super engaged, smart, and community-oriented. They are an exceptional group of students.” “They have exceeded my expectations in every category. They are so pleasant to be around and very mature. Their attitude is a testament to the community in general,” added Brinson. The Suwanee Youth Leaders are excited to once again show the fruits of their labor as Suwanee Fest unfolds. The organization will be accepting applicants for 2015 through October 25th. For more information about the program, please visit Q


Abigail (4th) and Ryan (1st) Smith - Roberts Elementary

Avery Schimmel (7th) - North Gwinnett Middle School

Maddie (5th) and Josh (3rd) - Level Creek Elementary Bus Stop #1 in Village Gro

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Jack (3rd) and Sam Anderson (5th) - Level Creek Elementary

Andrew (3rd) and Emma Doherty (1st)

John Alex Epperson (Kindergarten) - Roberts Elementary

Jake (Mr. Suwanee) and Owen (Kindergarten) and Haley (3rd) - Burnette Elementary

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people & places

people&places August Concert & Wing Festival August 16th, 2014 TOWN CENTER PARK


Broadway in the Park July 25th & 26th, 2014 TOWN CENTER PARK



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Blimpie Fit Fest

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Annandale Blue Jean & White T-Shirt Pageant July 29th, 2014 ANNANDALE VILLAGE



Sugar Hill 75th Anniversary August 2nd, 2014 SUGAR HILL CITY HALL


Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace and Kirste Brooks, Georgia House of Representatives Brooks Coleman and Sugar Hill Mayor Steve Edwards

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Betsy, Brian and Baylor Weiss

Sugar Hill Mayor Pro Tem Marc Cohen Haley & Alexis

Ana Rusch from Lanier High School and Lynne DeWilde from City of Suwanee

Melissa Bier, Andy Velo and Kirsten Grothe Jeff and Sabrina Buser

Suzanne Masino and Debbie Williams


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Kyle, Jenn and Jacob DeVaney

Kevin McOmber and David Buser

Juli and William Reeves

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August 23rd, 2014 PHOTOS KARL LAMB

Cow Appreciation Day CHICK-FIL-A


Kaitlyn Galt with Chick-fil-A Marketing Director Mary Warren and their famous hostess Ms. AJ


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Chick-fil-A's Oion Carroll

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Friends, Burford Grand Opening FREINDS AMERICAN GRILL


City Councilmember Doug Ireland

Ray Stanjevich and Suzanne Cartwright pose with their Buford team

Caron and Jimmy Burnette and Suzanne Cartwright

Playtown Suwanee 10th Birthday Party July 19th, 2014 PLAY TOWN SUWANEE



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SBA Meeting August 13th, 2014 IMAGE MAKERS SALON


Leslie and Rob McCoy


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Adam Edge and Sandy Richardson


Upcoming Suwanee Area Events


September 2014 1 Labor Day Corn Maze Opens 5 Buford September 5th - November 16th Truck Friday 5 Food Friday, September 5th @ 5:30pm Suwanee Town Center Park Food will be served 5:30-9:30 music starts at 7

6- September 6th - 12th 12 Tannery Row Artist Colonyny SPCA 5th 6 Georgia Annual Fall Gala “An

Lazy Days of Summer

Evening in Paris”

Saturday, September 6th Gwinnett Center Ballroom m

Juleps 1 Year Birthday 6 Mint Celebration Saturday, September 6th Mint Juleps Boutique, Sugar Hill

for the Cure 5k & Kid's Run 6 Homerun Saturday, September 6th @ 6pm Suwanee Town Center Park

Business Alliance 10 Suwanee Networking Meeting Wednesday, September 10th @ 6pm Squeaky’s Car Wash

Gwinnett County Fair 11- Annual September 11th-21st 21 Gwinnett County Fairgrounds

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Suwanee Fest 5k & 10k Race Saturday, September 13th @ 7:30am Suwanee Town Center Park

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20 & 21

Suwanee Fest

September 20th @ 10am-7pm September 21st @ noon-5pm Suwanee Town Center Park

20- JapanFest 20th & 21st 21 September Gwinnett Center County schools 24- Gwinnett Release 25 Early GEORGIA September 24th & 25th STATE PARKS DAY Grades K-8

Saturday, September 27th /stateparks-day

Fall festival 27- Duluth September 27th - 28th 28 Duluth Festival center & ampitheatre


Duluth Fall Festival 5k Road Race

Sunday, September 28th @ 8am Duluth Festival Center & ampitheatre

October 2014

Truck Friday 3 Food Friday, October 3rd @ 5:30pm

Suwanee Town Center Park Food will be served 5:30-9:30 music starts at 7

Business Alliance 8 Suwanee Networking Meeting Wednesday, October 8th @ 6pm Wild Wing Café

Duluth Fall Festival

September 27th & 28th After 32 years of experience and a solid year of preparation it is almost time for the Duluth Fall Festival. This great community event will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27th & 28th in Downtown Duluth. It starts on Saturday morning with a huge parade, led by our Grand Marshal, Aimee Copeland, and Honorary, Duluth's Chief Randy Belcher. This is followed by the opening ceremony on stage at the Festival Center. There will be over 375 booths of Arts & Crafts, Sponsors, and food, entertainment on three stages, plus Gold Medal Carnival, which opens on Thursday. Sunday begins with a Road Race at 8:00pm, followed by Worship on the Green and entertainment until 5:00 when the Festival closes. Our 400 volunteers will be there in their newly-designed Festival shirts. We hope to see you there, too!


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Festival and Car Show 11 Fall Saturday, October 11th @ 9am - 4pm Suwanee Jubilee Shopping Center


Taste of Suwanee

Saturday, October 11th @ noon Suwanee Town Center Park

County Schools 13 Gwinnett Student Holiday Big Peach Runners 14 Suwanee Anniversary Walk/Run Tuesday, October 14th @ 6:30pm Suwanee Town Center Park

Festival 18 Korean Saturday, October 18th & & Sunday, October 19th @ 11am 19 Suwanee Town Center Park


Trek or Treat

Saturday, October 25th @ 11am Suwanee Creek Park

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SUWANEE JUBILEE Suwanee's Premier Upscale Shopping and Dining Center

We are happy to announce Chambers Performing Arts & Rapid in Shape will be joining our existing roster of tenants!


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Come to the Suwanee Jubilee Fall Festival, where there will be a car show featuring Mercedes Benz Club of America and Corvette Club, Mustang Club and Atlanta Classic Cars. In addition, the Canine Adoption Network (â&#x20AC;&#x153;CANâ&#x20AC;?) is going to be conducting dog adoptions and have miniature ponies to pet. For entertainment, Suwanee Jubilee will have Atlanta Fever DJ and feature Mello as the MC. Collectively, the event sponsors will donate all proceeds to the CAN charity and will have a rafďŹ&#x201A;e of prizes to the general public and car award winning prizes for participants in the car show.

Celebrates 35 Years with New Suwanee Jubilee Location Chambers Performing Arts is nationally recognized as an innovative leader in performing arts training since 1980, which was founded by Susan Chambers as the Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance. When Alumni and Current Co-Director, Paige Chambers returned from The Producers on Broadway to the business, the name was changed to Chambers Performing Arts. Chambers is proud to be one of the only full-service performing arts schools in the Southeast, with locations in Johns Creek and Suwanee, Georgia, offering more than 130 classes per week for all ages and levels-from absolute beginners to pre-professional students-in a nurturing, but rigorous training program. To celebrate their 35th season, Chambers is proud to open their newest location in the Suwanee Jubilee center, with classes beginning August 18, 2014. Over 10,000 students have come through the doors and trained with Chambers Performing Arts, including alumni on Broadway, 3 Radio City Rockettes, and professional dancers and musical theatre performers at the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top conservatories, colleges, and universities. Chambers trains the tiniest performers (ages 3-7) in our Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division, the most elite (ages 9+, training 20 hours per week) in our Pre-Professional Division, the young at heart (Adult/ Teen Division), and all in between. In addition, their non-profit, 501 (c)(3) performing arts company, the Susan Chambers Dance Company, provides a unique and unparalleled training program with performance and training opportunities and has been a proud supporer of Gwinnett, Fulton, and Forsyth organizations since 1980, with free performances, classes, and sponsorships.

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Come discover the difference at Chambers Performing Arts, where any new student can enjoy unlimited classes for two weeks at no charge. Also, bring this ad in to the studio for a Free Registration Fee ($55 value) for new students. Visit our web site for more information at RAPID IN SHAPE LLC. MEDICAL CLINIC Coming soon. We are establishing excellent programs in our community to assist our clients and patients to lose and maintain healthy weight. We are introducing countless procedures and services to help you stay in shape, energetic and rejuvenate. Our board certified physicians will be available soon to serve you.


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Suwanee Magazine September October 2014  

A magazine for Suwanee Georgia and areas surrounding.

Suwanee Magazine September October 2014  

A magazine for Suwanee Georgia and areas surrounding.