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Pediatric Dentist enjoys giving back

Bare Bones Steakhouse

Buford steakhouse celebrates the traditions of the south

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grow 14 SBA News

A Summer Camp for Parents

15 Investment Strategies

Simple IRA or a SEP IRA

16 Omega Learning

Omega Learning in Suwanee provides tutoring services as well as a full-time SACS Accredited Private School, Omega Private Academy

thrive 37 Solving the Mystery of Sleep Grow Counseling offers tips for getting a good night's sleep

38 Ask Henry

Q&A with Henry the Golden Retriever at Sugar Hill Animal Hospital


69 Taking Art to a New Level

North Gwinnett Arts Association's Center for the Arts

71 Guess Who's Coming to Suwanee

Black-and-white, black-tie optional "Guess Who’s Coming to Cocktails" event supports Suwanee public art initiative

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Art project turns into something much bigger when it is noticed by global company 3M

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Beverage Superstore's wine manager offers suggestions for spring


8 Letter 10 Share 45 Restaurant Guide 78 City Buzz 86 People & Places 94 Calendar 6

52 The Grapevive: Lighter Spring Wines

68 Suwanee Does Art in Public The importance of art in the community

69 Suwanee SculpTour

Profile on artist Jim Gallucci


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learn 72 Student Painters

Young Entrepreneurs Across America “Student Painters” program offers students unique opportunity to operate their own painting business

75 Andrew Winton

Suwanee Magazine interviews the creator of the new concrete ping pong table at Sims Lake Park

a note from our managing editor

Hello Spring!

A behind the scences look inside our cover shoot: Georgia Fitness President and lead Legacy Karate instructor Dustin Chovanik having fun with student Colby and Harvey during the shoot.

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s the chill of winter starts to wear off we all get excited for warmer weather and longer days. I always know when spring is coming because a cluster of yellow tulips that the previous owner planted, pop up in our backyard. I’m thankful that whoever lived in our house before us knew how to garden because I definitely don’t have a green thumb (despite what my craft/garden/DIY Pinterest boards might lead you to believe.) Spring also means that festival season is quickly approaching! Soon, Suwanee Town Center Park will have events nearly every weekend. There is a lot to look forward


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to, from: a black tie affair for the arts with “Guess Who’s Coming to Cocktails” to lots of runs for great causes; the return of Food Truck Fridays; Suwanee’s Big Cheesy Fest; and the award-winning Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest on March 19th! In this issue you will find an exclusive Suwanee Beer Fest Guide with highly-anticipated information about what to expect at the 6th annual event. The festival organizers are confident that this year will be their best yet – which is hard to imagine that what has been dubbed the “best festival in Gwinnett” could get any better. But, they are improving the overall festival experience by altering the layout and using more of the park, in order to allow for more space, shorter lines at beer tents, and more restrooms. It’s a craft beer experience and St Paddy’s celebration unlike any other and all for a good cause too! Check out the guide on page 52 to learn more about the event and benefiting charities, Kingdom Kids and Cooper’s Crew. For all the “under 21” kiddos there’s a lot to look forward to this year too! Our Camp Guide (page 23) is jam-packed with over 30 awesome day and overnight camps. Whatever your child’s passions and interests are, there is sure to be a camp suited just for them. I’ll never forget the experiences I had as a camper and later as a counselor. As a kid, camp pushed me out of my comfort zone, but gave me memories I’ll cherish forever. And as a counselor I loved having the opportunity to watch kids transform throughout the week from being timid or shy, to confident and believing in their own capabilities. We hope that you enjoy our Spring issue and we can’t wait to see you soon at a Suwanee event. As always, we value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you, so feel free to email me with your thoughts, questions or comments anytime.

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Colby and Harvey photographed on February 11th at Suwanee Magazine HQ by PAUL PERDUE

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comments about the jan / feb ‘16 issue

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I always enjoy reading Suwanee Magazine. My favorite articles: Roberts Elementary and about the Atlanta Gladiators. Really made me want to take the family to a game!

Great capture for a cover! Love the Gladiators, glad to see Georgia's keeping it strong with the local team!

The Gladiators rock and we are so fortunate to have them as part of our Suwanee culture. I loved the SwimAtlanta article as well. We have two kids who swim there and have always been nothing but impressed with the facility and the coaches/ instructors! ”



“I liked the article on Atlanta Gladiator Coach Andy Brandt because I remember him as a player when I went to my first game.” KEVIN LEFTWICH

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Helping students

SUCCEED and grow to love

LEARNING Omega Learning in Suwanee provides

tutoring services as well as a full-time SACS Accredited Private School, called Omega Private Academy, for students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Their mission is “to provide customized instruction that achieves each family’s educational goals.” Omega Learning Director, Carolyn Burkes, opened the Suwanee location in July of 2012 and has since helped hundreds of students achieve academic success. page 16



A Summer Camp for Parents? BY: ED SZCZESNIAK / OWNER, GEORGIAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN So you’re sending little Mary & Johnny off to have a great time at summer camp. We sent our kids to YMCA Camp High Harbor back when they were young – we also sent a LOT of our money! A week there today runs about $800 per child! All I can say is they better have a LOT of fun – and no “Hello Mudder / Hello Fadder” letter had better come home. Well – we at the SBA think it’s about time for you parents to think about giving yourselves a little “Summer Camp” this year – and for a LOT less money. Sure – it may not be for a week at the lake – and it may not include campfires / sing alongs and mosquitos the size of a rhino – BUT – if you come to our “Summer Camp” it includes a day of golf at one of Atlanta’s finest courses, great food, great “adult” refreshments, a lot of fun people, and (here’s the best part) – it only costs $125 per player (and you may be able to write off half of this to charity if you talk nicely to your CPA!) I think you owe it to yourself, your spouse, your friends, and to the many wonderful charities that benefit from this tournament every year. This year’s tournament will be held at Bear’s Best right here in Suwanee on Tuesday, April 26th. Camp starts at 8:00am with a little continental breakfast and concludes with a luncheon / door prizes / Trophy awards ceremony – and NO mosquitos!!! If you haven’t played at our summer camp before you’ve missed out on one heck of a great day. Statistically 94.736% of our “players” cannot call themselves “golfers”. Our “Best Ball” format basically means one of the people in your foursome has to be able to actually hit a ball. Not necessarily far, not necessarily well – in fact most of our players just hit it often – into the trees, water, somebody else’s cart, on rare occasion, even into the fairway! What I’m saying is come out and have fun – meet a bunch of great local business people – and do something good for a local charity. I promise you’ll be the envy of all of those other “kids” who didn’t come to our “Summer Camp” For more information on the SBA Golf Tournament, please visit our website at ✱

The SBA meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at different business locations in town. For more info visit

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Strategies BY: Bill and Cindi Porter, AILERON INVESTMENT ADVISORS

I am self-employed and I am considering using a SIMPLE IRA or a SEP IRA, which would you recommend? - Paul Griffing There are excellent advantages to both a SEP IRA and a SIMPLE IRA but they are very different. Your best choice depends on your circumstances, as well as those of your employees – if you have any. The biggest attraction of a SEP IRA is that you may put a large amount of money into a retirement plan and receive a tax deduction for the contribution. For 2016, the maximum contribution for a SEP IRA is $53,000 per person if their compensation is high enough. With the SIMPLE IRA, the maximum tax-deductible contribution is $12,500 ($15,500 for employees over age 50). So if the goal is to shelter larger amounts of income from current taxation, a SEP IRA may be the better choice. However, it is important to note that with the SEP IRA, the employer is making all of the contributions – for all of the employees that may become too expensive for a small business owner if there are many employees. Conversely, with the SIMPLE IRA the employees will also be making part of the contributions. As a result of the higher contribution limits of the SEP IRA and the shared cost of funding with SIMPLE IRA, a business owner will need to assess which is more important. For example, a couple who owns a small business and has no other employees could put up to $106,000 into a SEP IRA and the entire contribution would be tax-deductible. If the motivation is to create employee morale and employee retention, a SIMPLE IRA may be the best option. In addition, there are other pension options to SEP and SIMPLE which are available to small business owners. A conversation with your trusted advisor can help you determine what plan is best for you. ✱

If the goal is to shelter larger amounts of income from current taxation, a SEP IRA may be the better choice.

All the information in this letter is published in good faith and for general information purposes only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information is strictly at your own risk.

Send your investment questions to:



These are just a few testimonials from parents whose children have experienced the...

“Omega Difference” BY: RACHEL PILLOW / PHOTOS BY: KARL LAMB It is easy for some children to feel lost in a large, public school setting. This is why Omega Learning prides itself on what they call the “Omega Difference” – a SACS accredited program that offers: individualized instruction; caring, certified teachers; proven academic growth; daily communication from tutor to parent and teacher at school; and a safe, positive learning environment. With tutoring programs in all subjects - including foreign language, SAT/ACT/GA Milestones test prep and study skills - Omega Learning Center tailors instruction based on each student’s particular needs and assessment results. Many of the students who are enrolled in the Academy started in the tutoring program and quickly realized



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the advantage of having even further individualized attention. With an 8:1 student teacher ratio, the AdvancED accredited school has proven to give students a leg up when it comes to learning. “With a small ratio we have the ability to give constant attention to our students. For instance, we have a 4th grader functioning on a 7th grade vocabulary level and a 3rd grade math level, and we are able to customize his curriculum, so we can fill those skill gaps,” explained Burkes. “Each student has his or her own unique goal and our goal is to provide them with customized instruction to give them confidence and help them achieve,” she continued. The Academy even offers IEP scholarship enrollment for students with special needs or learning disabilities.


With tutoring programs in all subjects - including foreign language, SAT/ ACT/GA Milestone test prep and study skills Omega Learning Center tailors instruction based on each student’s particular needs and assessment results.


Omega Learning is also committed to giving back to the local Suwanee community, by partnering with other schools in the area. They encourage students to read more by sponsoring Kindle Fire reading contests in partner schools and they participate in other school‘s programs. They have also been a sponsor of Suwanee Fest for four years. Omega Learning’s summer programs include SAT & ACT Boot Camps, credit recovery programs where students may have failed a class during the school year and need to pass, and summer enrichment classes to help prepare students for the following grade level.

The computer coding class is one of the elementary and middle school students' favorite extra-curricular courses.

The Academy teaches from kindergarten through high school, preparing students for college and beyond.



Omega Learning is a faith-based organization whose core values are summed up by the acronym F.I.R.S.T: faith, integrity, respect, service and teamwork. “We are driven by our Christian values and a passion for excellence,” said Burkes. Their goal is to provide superior educational services and build a stronger community, one family at a time. “We treat all of our customers with integrity and won’t ever sell them services they don’t need or that don’t fit their student’s needs,” she continued. Before opening Omega Learning in Suwanee, Burkes spent a career in finance and business. But growing up with her mom as an educator fueled her desire to help others and make a difference. By using her background and experience in business management, Burkes is able to do just that at Omega Learning Suwanee. She has even pursued extra educational training herself so that she knows how to effectively lead her certified instructors. “I’m able to reach the students and touch their lives, while still being on the business side,” she said. But, her favorite part about the job: watching students succeed and grow to love learning. ✱

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100 Day Post-it Challenge What began as a fun, personal project for Shay Harbaugh, Junior Art Director at Veugeler Design Group in Buford, turned into something much bigger when it was noticed by international, multi-billion dollar company 3M and their brand, Post-it. BY: PRISCILLA SALMASI

or three months, Shay Harbaugh challenged herself and her creativity. From November 2015 to February 2016, she gave herself a personal commitment to draw, hand letter, doodle or scribble every day, for 100 days, on a Post-it note. Designed to help exercise her creative juices, while limiting herself to a very small canvas, the “100 Day Post-it Challenge” was born. Shay was in a creative slump, something all artists go through at some time in their career. She knew she needed something to overcome



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her creative block and looked to other designers and artists for inspiration. “I have a lot of friends in the design industry that have set similar goals for themselves” Shay said, “but it takes a lot of discipline to complete a challenge like this.” She decided to take on a project that would force her to hold herself accountable. But, when her personal project was picked up and shared on social media by Post-it themselves, she had the opportunity to inspire many others in the design industry aside from just herself. The Post-it challenge came to Shay from a set of dog-shaped sticky notes given to her as a gift. Since creativity can come from anywhere, this sparked an imaginative chord in Shay who has a special place in her heart for dogs, especially rescue dogs. She thought the Post-it would be a good canvas at only 3” x 3”. Since it has a consistent size and weight, the only thing that would change is the color of the paper and the medium for the design. She had played around with the idea for a while, but was hesitant to commit to it. “I was nervous to hold myself accountable,”

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Shay admitted. In hindsight, she is glad she did it, since it has helped with her creativity and has made her more aware of sights, sounds and what people are saying and doing around her. Shay based her daily designs on something that intrigued, inspired or stood-out to her during the day. Sometimes the theme helped pick the color of the Post-it and sometimes the color inspired the theme. Her designs were spontaneous, not planned. “It helped with my perception of things and really opened my eyes to the world around me,” Shay said. “My designs would be anything from a simple quote to something I had been thinking about throughout the day,” she continued. Shay posted her daily designs on her Instagram account and on Day #56, Post-it and 3M liked her photo and asked for her address so they could “fuel her creativity.” Post-it

Shay posted her daily designs on her Instagram account and on Day #56, Post-it and 3M liked her photo and asked for her address so they could “fuel her creativity.” Post-it went on to send her a personalized package of Post-it notes, with limited edition colors and collections. 21


went on to send her a personalized package of Post-it notes, with limited edition colors and collections. The excitement of being picked up by Post-it only inspired her more. Shay said, “It speaks volumes when a company like 3M and Post-it support art and creativity.” Some of Shay’s favorite designs are Day 32 “The Death Star” inspired by Star Wars, “The Force Awakes,” Day 16 “Gre-nut” since she is highly allergic to peanuts and Day 61 “Intro Song” since she The excitement (half-jokingly) of being picked wants her own song for up by Post-it theme when she walks only inspired into a room. Shay her more. has experimented with different pens, paints and markers, from glow-in-the-dark to Liquid Pearls. Her personal collection of Post-it expands to over 25 different colors. Each of her designs can take up to 45 minutes to complete. She has drawn through the holidays, into a new year, in the car, on vacation and even when sick. As her “100 Day Post-it Challenge” came to a close, Shay reflected that it definitely served its purpose of getting her back into drawing and helping with her creative block. “I’ve really seen a progression in my work,” said Shay,



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When 3M and their brand, Post-it, saw Shay’s "100 Day Post-it Challenge" on Instagram, they shared the project on their own social media pages and showed their support by sending her a personalized package of limited-edition Post-its. “It’s something that I look forward to daily.” Throughout the challenge, many designers began to follow her on Instagram and reached out to her to let her know that she had inspired them creatively. “If you set a goal and put your mind to it, it’s pretty amazing what can happen... you might even surprise yourself with the outcome,” she said. “ ✱


Our 2016 summer camp guide is filled with camps that cater to every interest. From a variety of sports camps to nature and science camps, there are camps that are sure to give your child memories that will last a lifetime! 23

Summer Camp:


arents often turn to summer camp looking for a childcare bridge from one school year to the next. However, for our children, these weeks represent a valuable opportunity to not only have fun, but begin learning invaluable lessons they’ll need for the journey that lies ahead.

LESSONS LIKE: How to deal with new and different people.

By spending time with new people in new places, campers have the chance to build greater emotional intelligence, or the ability to understand and manage their own feelings while learning how to “read” and relate to others.

How to work through challenge. Taking healthy risks, trying new things, and dealing with small challenges help campers develop the confidence, persistence, and problem-solving abilities needed to get through difficult times. What it takes to succeed in life. Bridging the gap between the knowledge and skills acquired in school and those needed to succeed in real life, the semi-structured environment of camp provides a rich environment to learn about responsibility, decision-making, independence, leadership, and perseverance. Who they truly are and what success feels like outside of the academic lens. Our children

live in a world where success is primarily marked by academic grades, SAT scores, and the like. Camp moves them outside these boxes to explore new pursuits, discover new interests, and find out what truly motivates them. In doing this, seeds of self-knowledge are planted. Seeds that can ultimately help steer them to college and career paths that best fit their God-given abilities, interests, and motivations.



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It has been said that, “In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” By giving our children a chance to learn this way, we should remember the true value of summer camps – as one of life’s most enjoyable classrooms to learn and prepare for the journey ahead! ✱



Back for our 9th year, boys and girls (age 10-18) will have an opportunity to learn from the pros. Meet sports celebrities. Make play-by-play, reporting, sports anchor, and PTI style videos. Host your own sports talk radio shows! Participate in sports trivia contests and much more. Day and overnight options available. July 18-22 at Emory University.


FAST will be offering an all day summer sports camp for kids ages 6-14 all summer long. The FAST summer camps will utilize sports and other activities to keep your kids engaged, challenged and having fun all day long. FAST instructors work with youth full time and really know how teach while having the most fun possible.

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Camp All-American is the premier camp in North Atlanta. Join us for our 28th summer and see for yourself why campers and parents alike rave about the Camp All-American experience.

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And that’s exactly what we do at The Actor’s Edge Summer Camps. In June, children from 7-17 years old will act, sing, and learn improv. And in July, we are producing Guys and Dolls for children ages 12+ (auditions in April!). Visit or call 770.846.6721.

770.483.2225 I PROVIDING THE BEST IN CHRISTIAN CAMPING EXPERIENCES SINCE 1955! Located just 20 miles east of Atlanta, Camp Westminster offers weekly overnight and day camp sessions for boys and girls 6-17. Wake boarding, horseback riding, climbing tower, paintball, crafts, swimming and more! Open House on Saturday, March 12th.


We are offering fun and energetic camps to dancers ages 3-18!

$10.00 off your camp with early registration! Registration begins February 15/Early registration ends April 15. 10% second child discount! Please review the camp options, download, fill out, and return form with payment in full to the front desk. We will have a registration table at the dress rehearsal and recital! $25.00 non-refundable registration fee per dancer.

404.471.6475 I “SMART KIDS SWEAT” is the motto! At the All Sports Camp, campers have a great time running, jumping, playing, and sharpening their sports skills. This program is an excellent opportunity for kids ages 5-14 to be coached by current college athletes in baseball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and fun fitness. Register today at


A'top Lookout Mountain, ages 8-17; 1 to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls’ dreams come true! 25



Join Epiphany Lutheran Church from June 27-July 1 from 9am-noon for Surf Shack VBS. A week of an exciting Vacation Bible School where campers, from 3 years old-5th grade, will "Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love." T-shirt, crafts, games, and snacks included. Register at

770.271.5149 I JOIN NORTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL THIS SUMMER! SPORTS EDUCATIONAL Human Geography, Baseball Lady Bulldog Basketball AP Chemistry, Culinary, Volleyball Football Boys Basketball Science, Reading Games. *Because of the severe winter weather, the initial dates for the camps may change due to make up days. For complete information on the camps, please visit, Community School, or email


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Princess Adventures campers create and perform a unique musical fairy tale. Defending the Galaxy campers learn skills and traits worthy of a jedi knight. Musical Theater Performance Workshop campers experience all facets of producing a musical (scenes from School House Rock or Annie).

With more than 30 enrichment programs in athletics, arts, academics, and fun, your child can explore new talents and experiences in a safe, Christian environment this summer. Camps available for ages 3-18 from June 6 to July 31. Save your child's spot today. Explore offerings and register at


404.934.0976 I i9 SPORTS IS AN EXPERIENCE BEYOND THE GAME. Offering summer, multi-sport, morning camps, as well as summer evening leagues, i9 Sports focuses on FUN!

i9 Sports will exceed your expectations by providing convenient, organized, safe sporting opportunities in a friendly atmosphere that teaches sportsmanship and increases self- esteem.


678.714.7454 GWINNETT'S BEST INDOOR MULTI-SPORTS CAMP! Your kids will have a fun-filled, active day in our climate-controlled facility. Activities include: soccer, flag football, kickball, dogeball and more! COST-$170.00 (field trip included) Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm *Extended hours $25 more (7:30am-6:30pm) Ages: 5-13



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$25 reserves your child’s spot. Ultimate summer camp experience! Sports, arts & crafts, Martial Arts, bowling, swimming, hiking, and tons of field trips. $105 per week. Register online at by April 1. Camp starts May 31.




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


All camps feature one-on-one coaching from the Yellow Jacket volleyball staff & players, a camp t-shirt, and housing for overnight campers. Come join the fun and learn from the best!


678.322.7168 I The students will learn about poise and posture; skin care; models walk (runway); make-up application; voice projection; speaking on and off camera & photo posing. Etiquette Camps will teach how to attain confidence, situational confidence, being polite, table manners, introductions and greetings and more! FASHION SHOW CAMPS (Ages 4-16) - June 13-17; June 20-24; July 11-15 ETIQUETTE CAMP (Boys & Girls Ages 8-16) - June 6-10 TOP MODEL CAMP (Ages 8-16) - July 18-32

256.634.4043 I RIVERVIEW CAMP FOR GIRLS On top of Lookout Mountain, in Mentone, AL only 45 minutes south of Chattanooga! Riverview offers 1 & 2 week sessions for girls ages 6-16. Activities: riding, swimming, tennis, canoeing, gymnastics, dance, golf, archery, soccer, ropes course, climbing tower, chorus, drama, arts & crafts, nature, & more! Enjoy videos on www., YouTube, Facebook and Instagram!


A great way to stay moving for anyone 5-14 years! Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Climbing and large group games in a positive environment. Act now to reserve your place! (Limited Enrollment Numbers)



Sessions run Monday through Thursday from June 6 through July 18 at Suwanee Station. Adult sessions also available upon request. Visit to register!

AGES 4-7 8am-9:15am

AGES 8-13 9:30am-11:30am AGES 12-16 4:30pm-6:30pm

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SUMMER CAMP ROCKS AT ADRENALINE CLIMBING! Field trips everyday. Adventure for campers ages 7 to 13.

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HOMEWORK DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A STRUGGLE! NOW ENROLLING FOR CAMP. ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Reading, Writing & Math rotations; Common Core Math & Science Labs; Georgia Milestone Prep; field trips, t-shirts, & more!

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: AP Summer Boot Camp; AP History, Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics & Language Arts; tutoring in all subjects year round!



770.394.8177 I PROVIDING FUN LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RISING K-12TH GRADE WITH SUMMER BOARDING OPTIONS FOR RISING 6TH-12TH GRADE. Brandon Hall summer programs help build confidence, character, skills and lasting friendships! Camp offerings include enrichment, athletic and academic opportunities. Visit for more information, or contact us at or 770-394-8177

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Accredited by the American Camp Association offering programs for ages 7-18

including: acrosports, archery, basketball, bmx biking, canoeing, creative arts, drama, fitness, giant swing, horsemanship, mtn. biking, music, paintball, photography, rock climbing, rocketry, sports, swimming, videography, wakeboarding, waterslide, zipline & NEW cable park.


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



Activities Includes: Kicking like Kung Fu Panda, Gymnastics Tricking, Dodgeball, & More! SPARRING CAMP (June 6th – 10th) Learn to defend yourself like the Furious Five! KICKING/WEAPON CAMP (July 11th – 15th) Train like a Ninja Turtle and use Sword, Bo Staff, Chucks, and more! 30


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770.614.3381 TAKE A ROCKETTE CAMP WITH A RADIO CITY ROCKETTE, A BROADWAY CAMP FROM A BROADWAY PERFORMER AND MORE AT CHAMBERS PERFORMING ARTS Est. 1980. Dance, Drama, and Performing Arts Camps for Ages 3+/All Levels. Half Day or Full Day Camps and 2-Week Intensives. Johns Creek and Suwanee Locations.


Students receive full band and sectional instruction from some of the best band directors in Georgia! The camp also includes daily recreation times, recitals and an end-of-camp concert!


Each week we will take the kids through an exploration of different art mediums such as Clay Sculpture, Glass Fusion, Canvas & Pottery Painting and more! Free tshirt with full week registration! M-F 10-2. Week long and per day options available.

Ages 6+. $180/wk; $45/day.


Offering overnight and day camps for girls, ages 9-17. All skill level programs offered from beginner to high school and tournament players. Daily instruction from head women's coach, Jeff Wallace, and his experienced staff.


Then join us for our fourth annual Tiger Tails Animal Hospital Vet Camp, June 6-10 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ages are from 7-11, email Attn: Vet Camp for all registration forms and more information!



High-quality STEM camps for children ages 4-14. 5 locations in Gwinnett, Forsyth, and Alpharetta. Classes include JAVA programming, video game creation, robotics, veterinary and medical science, CSI, and more. 10:1 staff/ student ratio. Exciting hands-on experiments every day!

Dustin Chovanic


Head Instructor at Legacy Karate & MMA and President of Georgia Fitness, Chovanic assisted our cover photo shoot for this issue, ensuring the students were using proper form and recommending kicks. Cover model Colby has been training at Georgia Fitness for two years. As a professional MMA fighter and professional kickboxer, Chovanic is highly accomplished in martial arts.

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Former member of the U.S. Nat. Karate Team Member U.S. Muay Thai Team Six Time Florida State Karate Champion Trainer of over 75 world, national and state champions 5th degree American Kenpo Karate Black Belt Fought on Pay Per View, Spike TV, ESPN, Comcast, and Florida Sunshine Network Head coach of the youth international world champion team Tournament Champion of PanAmerican Internationals, US Open, Diamond Nationals, Gold Coast, Battle of Atlanta, Empire State Nationals, Fairfax Internationals, Compete Internationals, All Star Nationals, Bluegrass Nationals, Washington DC Nationals, Space Coast Challenge, and Fame Karate Champion 2014 Muay Thai Fight of the Year Ranked number one welterweight in North Carolina in Mixed Martial Arts in 2009 Ranked in the top five overall mixed martial arts fighters by Georgia Fighters


thrive your health,

wellness and happiness.


Mustard Seed Pediatric Dentistry strives to provide the highest quality dental care for children by making each dental visit a positive experience.

serve one smile

Mustard Seed Pediatric Dentistry:

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wner and Founder, Dr. Yoo Mee Kim, D.D.S., opened the doors of Mustard Seed Pediatric Dentistry in Suwanee six years ago. Her vision for the practice and meaning behind the name: “Just as the smallest mustard seed grows into a large tree, every child has so much potential. With love and care, we hope that we can be part of your child’s development and growth – starting from his or her smile.” Before opening her own practice, Dr. Kim gained experience in a “corporate” pediatric dentist office where she saw anywhere from 70-100 kids a day. “It was hard to build personal relationships in a practice that large; I love knowing all my patients by name now and being on a more personal level with them,” she said. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Kim is no stranger to dealing with children who are fearful of the dentist. But, from the moment patients are greeted by the friendly front desk staff to the excitement of selecting a prize from the “toy tower” when they’re done, Mustard Seed Pediatric Dentistry has gone above and beyond to ensure the environment is safe, comfortable, warm and inviting. “The most important thing is establishing a relationship



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with the kids and their parents, so they know they can trust us,” she said. Establishing that relationship with parents is paramount. “It all starts at home,” she said, in regards to healthy dental habits. Most of the cavities they see in their office are from kids not flossing, so Dr. Kim takes great care in showing patients how to floss and brush properly at home. With a heart for serving, Dr. Kim made her decision to go into pediatric dentistry, primarily because of her desire to serve patients with special needs. “I really have a heart for the marginalized pediatric population…we have to pay particular attention to those with special needs,” she said. Dr. Kim specializes in treating patients with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, severe health issues, Down syndrome and other special needs. For more invasive oral issues, such as Cleft Palate surgery, she will coordinate directly with the hospital and specialists on a treatment plan. Dr. Kim’s heart to serve is also evident in the fact that she has traveled all over the world on dental mission trips. She has helped patients in Romania, Honduras, Mexico, South Africa and Kenya, where she and a team of doctors set up mobile dentist offices to serve people in impoverished or rural communities. “They are SO thankful,” she said about providing dental care for those in need. “A lot of times we are providing immediate


Dr. Kim and her staff are dedicated to giving the best pediatric dental care during all stages of childhood development

Starting good oral hygiene habits early The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children to have their first dental visit by the age of one. “Once the teeth first come in as babies, you should go ahead and start brushing them with a non-fluoride toothpaste and then we will tell you when it is okay to transfer to a toothpaste that contains fluoride,” Dr. Kim advised. “And leading up to the teething process, babies mouths can become irritated and they will drool a lot, so the best thing I’ve found is to put a clean, damp washcloth in the freezer for a few minutes and let them use that as a teething ring,” she continued. If anybody ever has questions about how to care for their children’s teeth, Dr. Kim will kindly offer her expertise and advice – because it is very important to start early to form good oral hygiene habits.

relief, which is great, but the Honduras trip in particular, changed the way I thought about healthcare in a mission setting because they were running a sustainable practice there with follow up care,” she continued. “The main reason why I do missions is because I gain so much more out of it then I feel like I’m giving to them. We get so caught up in the details of our daily lives and to step outside of our bubble here, you really gain a sense of why you’re doing the things you do. It certainly does remind me why I ended up going into pediatric dentistry: it’s a service to the community,” she said. But, whether she is overseas or serving patients within the community of Suwanee, her goal remains the same: to provide the highest quality dental care for your children and make each dental visit a positive experience. ✱

For more information about Mustard Seed Pediactric Dentistry, visit



Solving The Mystery of Sleep There’s no question that every day feels busier during the winter. The days are shorter and the sun sets earlier. This is the time of year of deadlines, yearly reviews, final exams, and numerous other life to-dos. Many people try to accomplish their daily to-do list by sacrificing their full night sleep. I myself have been guilty of thinking a late or all-nighter is the best way to accomplish everything I need to get done. Other people find that as their schedules get busier, their ability to have a full, restful night’s sleep gets smaller : BY LAURA and smaller. VITZ LEBO


While sacrificing sleep or an occasional restless night may seem fine, there are actually many negative consequences: Increased risk of disease including heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes Impaired attention and ability to concentrate Symptoms of depression Weight gain Impaired judgment Laura Lebovitz is a licensed therapist at GROW Counseling located in Suwanee. She specializes in working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, autism, sensory processing disorders, and families.

Here are some ways you can start cracking the mysterious code of getting a good night’s sleep: Set a regular schedule. Studies have shown that having an irregular bedtime reduces the quantity and quality of sleep any average night. Having a regular schedule gets your body in a routine where sleeping and waking up is predictable. Go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. Use the end of the day to relax. Going to bed should be

relaxing! You will definitely have a hard time going to sleep if your brain is still going about everything that happened during the day. Turn off the TV and other electronic devices. Have a conversation with a partner or friend. Stretch or do yoga. Do a favorite hobby. You’ll be amazed at how different you’ll feel with even ten minutes of relaxing down time before you try to sleep.

Take good care of yourself during the day.

Eating right and exercising helps your body stay regulated.

Stress is a sleep killer. If you find that all of the above tips don’t seem to be getting you to sleep well, stress might be the actual culprit. Residual stress from your day will make it very difficult to sleep. Look for recurring thoughts or themes that you think about as you’re trying to fall asleep or what you think about when you wake up. Chances are those are the real reason you aren’t sleeping. Learning to manage stress will help you sleep. A therapist is a great resource for learning how to effectively manage stress!





Q: My dog and/or cat is

primarily indoors only. Is it really necessary for me to give them heartworm prevention?

A: YES! Heartworm disease is extremely common in the Southeast due to our climate being so mild. As a result, mosquitos, which spread heartworm disease, are in our environment year-round. They are pesky little critters that can very easily get into our houses, so in order to make sure our furry family members are protected, year-round heartworm prevention is recommended.

Q: I love gardening as a hobby.

What are some flowers or plants that I need to be cautious of?

A: While there are a variety of garden and house plants that can cause a varying degree of toxicosis, these are some of the most lethal and the symptoms that they cause: Foxgloves: Vomiting, diarrhea, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac failure, death.

Sago Palm: Vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice,

liver failure, black “tarry” stools, bruising, increased thirst, lethargy, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.

Delphinium: Excessive drooling,

stiffness, weakness, respiratory paralysis, cardiac failure, death.

Lilies: No appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, death especially in cats. These varieties include, but are not limited to day, Stargazer, Tiger, Asiatic, Easter. Caladium/Elephant Ears: Although not as deadly as the above, a very common garden plant in the South. Excessive drooling, oral irritation, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and/or breathing! For a more comprehensive list of dangerous house and garden plants and the symptoms they cause, visit the ASPCA website at Henry’s helper for this issue was Dr. Earick. She is a 2009 graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and an active member of the GVMA. Dr. Earick spends her free time with her husband, her teenage son, and their numerous pets including Bruin, her Bernese Mountain dog she also enjoys time outdoors, watching hockey and traveling.



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local food. craft beer. wine trends.



Bare Bones Steakhouse grills all their hand-cut steaks in a wood-burning stove





t 77 years of age, Master Meat Cutter, Buddy Maughon, alongside his wife, Gaye Baldwin Maughon, has finally achieved his 40-year dream of opening a family-oriented steakhouse. Although Bare Bones Steakhouse in historic Buford may have been designed as what Buddy calls a “common man steakhouse” it is anything but mainstream... “We want to offer high-end service and food, but at a much more approachable price so that it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to come here,” said Gaye. Tapping into the building’s rich history, Bare Bones Steakhouse showcases artifacts, photos and pieces from the original tannery and saddle shop it resides in. Bringing history to life was one of the Maughons' goals when opening the restaurant. “The saw blade hanging on the wall above our bar actually cut these beams,” said Gaye, pointing to the wooden ceiling rafters. “And there’s a photo in the restaurant of the man that ran Owners, Buddy and the saw with his little boy…that boy, who is an older Gaye Maughon man now, was actually in here a few weeks ago looking at it,” she continued. As Metro Atlanta continues to rapidly grow and evolve, there is still a “smalltown” sense in historic Buford where supporting and honoring the local community is significant, and Bare Bones Steakhouse embodies that mentality. “The community has responded wonderfully, we already have regulars and have only been open since December,” said General Manager, Clay Bailey. As a family-run business, Bare Bones’ approach is clearly family-centered by closing its doors on Sundays to give staff a day to spend time with loved ones. Exceptions to that are holidays where they will host special Sunday brunches for Easter and Mother’s Day. One Sunday brunch feature to look forward to is their house-infused bacon vodka used to make Bacon Bloody Marys. Truly a family business, the Maughons called upon their The restaurant serves an upscale son, Chef Capers Ogletree, a menu in a setting casual enough for renowned chef who has cooked everyday, family dining in some of Portland, Oregon’s finest restaurants, to help them open Bare Bones Steakhouse doors. Chef Capers curated a menu that celebrates traditions of the South with a nod to the area’s contemporary movement. He proudly cooks everything from scratch, including all of the sauces - even down to his house-made catsup. An array of impressive desserts further showcase his culinary capabilities with standouts such as bread pudding topped with homemade brown sugar ice cream and a “grown up banana split” topped with traditional toppings and



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Bacon Mac n' Cheese

Bacon Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin


Much of the Bare Bones Steakhouse decor features elements from the historic building's original saddle-making shop

fruit that has marinated in liquor. The fruit on the banana split comes from another “grown up” specialty, the BB Tini – chilled vodka that has been infused with peaches and pineapples. “It’s not too sweet, very smooth and easy to drink… you’ve gotta watch out for that one!” said Gaye. The menu shifts depending on what locally-sourced ingredients are available, but there are some staples that have already become house-favorites, including: onion rings battered and lightly fried, drizzled with local Georgia honey, SarVecchio parmesan cheese and chili flakes; house-made pimento

cheese; and a bacon, blue cheese, wedge Bare Bones salad topped with spiced Georgia pecans. Steakhouse's Of course, their USDA prime steaks private label are the stars of the show! As a Master whiskey is made in a Meat Cutter, Buddy Maughon, personally local Georgia hand-cuts every steak that enters the distillery kitchen. He even chops the wood everyday for the wood-fired stove, where the steaks are all cooked to perfection. “Gaye and Buddy are the hardest workers I have ever known,” said Raye Baldwin, Operations Assistant and Gaye’s sister. With a tightknit staff that they consider family, Gaye and Buddy acknowledge that they wouldn’t have achieved their dream without their hard-working, dedicated staff. “But it starts at the top and we’re blessed to have them as owners, they are just Executive Chef so benevolent, Capers Ogletree kind, they listen proudly cooks and are open to everything ideas,” Clay said. from scratch, While including all of Bare Bones the sauces Steakhouse’s even down premium to his housesteaks, delicious cocktails, extensive made catsup wine and beer list, mouthwatering appetizers and decadent desserts will certainly have you singing their praise, it’s the hospitality, warmth and “treat you like family” attitude of the owners and staff that will keep you coming back for more. ✱


restaurant GUIDE BEST AREA DINING OPTIONS FROM FINE DINING TO FUN FAMILY FARE Dollar signs indicate the typical cost per person for meal, includes one non-alcoholic drink, tax and tip. $ UNDER $10 $$ $11 - $30 $$$ $31 - $50 $$$$ MORE THAN $50

Wild Wing Café

3265 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. • Suwanee 770-945-9090 I I $$

Wild Wing Café is a laid-back chain offering the best wings in the South in 33 different made from scratch flavors amid a sports bar atmosphere! While you might come for the wings, you will be tempted to try all the other delicious items they have to offer. From their hand battered, fried to order onion rings to creative combination like the Bleu Cheese Basil burger, there is something on the menu for everyone. Throw in the Wild Child Menu for the little ones and you’ve got all your bases covered.

The Curry Pot Authentic Indian Restaurant

3370 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd Suwanee 470-266-1520 $$

The Curry Pot offers the best of traditional Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. They aim to give you a glimpse of India and its rich cultures through the food. All of their food is freshly prepared and cooked to order; there is always something to suit everyone. They offer vegetarian, lamb, chicken, and seafood dishes at the spice level of your choosing: mild, medium or spicy.

Bare Bones Steakhouse

115 E. Main St., Suite C-12 Buford I 470.266.1890 I $$

Now open! Located in the Bona Allen building of downtown, historic Buford, Bare Bones Steakhouse provides an atmosphere of character and originality. This classically, traditional steakhouse restaurant and bar also offers a comfortable lounge and additional space to host your next party or event. Stop by Monday through Thursday to add a free cheesecake dessert to your dinner or Monday through Wednesday for $1 off beer and wine drafts! (Valid through 5/31/16). WANT MORE? STAY CONNECTED WITH SUWANEE MAGAZINE. FOLLOW, TWEET, SHARE >





Tannery Row Ale House

554 West Main Street • Buford 678-765-8979 I $$


1500 Peachtree • Industrial Blvd • Suite 100 Suwanee I 678-541-0645 I $$

Cinco is authentic, Latin-infused Mexican Cuisine served in a familyfriendly setting. With a unique menu, Cinco offers an upscale variety of Mexican dishes that are carefully prepared from scratch. Weekly specials include: Kids eat free Monday & Tuesday, daily drink specials, Sunday brunch and an adjoining After Five lounge that offers live music, fresh tapas and over 60 specialty martinis!



3131 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. • Suwanee 678-541-5201 I $

Caffebene’s first Georgia location has opened in Suwanee! From quality coffee made from skilled baristas, to decadent sweet treats and delicious savory sandwiches, our menu full of flavor is guaranteed to make your day better. Modeled after the traditional European coffee houses, Caffebene is a destination of rest and relaxation amid the hectic scene of city living.

Tannery Row Ale House is home of the best barbeque, pizza, sandwiches and libations on this side of the tracks! Located in the Historic Tannery Row building, their menu features modern comfort food inspired by the history and culture of our surroundings. They also host a variety of events like trivia night, live performances and nighttime entertainment- so grab your friends and head over for a good time!


2941 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. Suwanee 678-765-6336 I $

Schlotzsky’s offers a wide variety of freshly baked bread, delicious hot sandwiches, Artisan flatbreads, specialty pizzas, toasted wraps, freshly tossed salads, gourmet soups, and more! Our taste remains true to our roots, we still use the highest quality ingredients to make the world’s best sandwich.

Suwanee Pizza Tavern

1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd • Suwanee 678-546-0823 I I $$

Suwanee Pizza Tavern is known for their made-from-scratch wood-fired pizza, garlic knots, wings, sandwiches, pastas, and friendly atmosphere. The open pizza pit showcases their woodfired oven where you can watch their pizza chef create your pizza. The dining area is perfect for a family outing, or you can head over to their signature bar with your friends to watch your favorite sports on the flat screen TV's. Visit Suwanee Pizza Tavern, your local upscale pizza tavern!


350 Town Center Ave • Suwanee 678-985-4377 I I $$


Your Pie

3370 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd • Suwanee 470.266.1112 I I $

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


Suwanee Park Tavern

340 Town Center Ave. • Suwanee 470-266-1516 I $$

Suwanee Park Tavern is a familyfriendly restaurant and tavern located in the heart of Suwanee. At Suwanee Park Tavern, the focus is on excellent cuisine with the warmth and charm of Southern hospitality.

Your Pie is a fast-casual pizza franchise, inspired by the Italian Island of Ischia. Specializing in personalized pizzas, chopped salads, and Panini’s, Your Pie encourages the customer to be as creative as they want to be against the backdrop of authentic ingredients. Customers choose the combinations and Your Pie delivers to your table hot from the brick oven. Add a drink from our Coke Free Style or a draft Local craft beer. Finish up with a gelato.




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Bodegas Albarino Mer Soleil Silver

pring is upon us. The days start to get longer, the weather gets warmer and pollen coats everything like a blanket of yellow sawdust. As meals become lighter, with fruits and vegetables battling the entrées for prominence on our plates, many of us start to transition away from the heavy red wines, whiskeys, and dark beers (yes, these are enjoyable year round, but without switching it up now and then they can get old). Now the question becomes, "what to turn to?"



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I find unoaked Chardonnays to be some of my favorite whites. Without the oak finish the true taste of the Chardonnay grape really gets to shine through. Mer Soleil Silver, out of Santa Lucia Highlands in California, is probably my favorite. Its citrus notes carry through from start to finish, with honeysuckle and pineapple making appearances about halfway through. The finish is acidic and crisp. It’s a delightful choice at just $19.99 a bottle.


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Spanish Albarino wines are a springtime favorite of mine. I enjoy the Martin Codax Bodegas Albarino. Lemon, peach, and tropical flavors are layered throughout ending in a nice crisp finish. At $11.49 a bottle, you should definitely give it a try.

Kris Pinot Grigio Pale yellow in color, this Italian wine has a floral aroma upfront that flows into a lemon and tangerine taste. The finish is crisp with a nice minerality. Just $10.99 a bottle, it’s a great choice when company stops by.


Orin Swift Locations series F4 Nothing says spring is here to me like a nice glass of Rosé. Orin Swift Locations series F4 uses a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan grapes. The color is a deep pink. Flavors of raspberries and strawberries lead you to a finish that has a pleasant blend of minerality and citric acidity. At $21.99, this would be an excellent choice for Mother’s Day brunch or Easter dinner.

Chateau Routas Rosé

Hailing from the Provence region of France, this pale pink offering is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. The first aromas to hit you are watermelon and a floral bouquet, with a hint of peach. That is followed by strawberries and flinty mineral notes leading to a crisp acidic finish. At only $14.99 a bottle, this would be a nice accompaniment to a light dinner.

Zolo Signature White Blend Made in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, this is a refreshing blend of Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. Upfront are aromas of tropical fruit, followed by grapefruit and finished with just a hint of jasmine. At only 9% alcohol this slightly effervescent bottle is a great picnic or pool choice at just $12.99.

I hope that these selections give you some choices to enhance your spring wine adventures, and if you need some other ideas, Beverage SuperStore would love the opportunity to assist you.







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...the festival experience is going to be even


& more with


BEERS more restrooms, & overall space for

less lines...

On March 19th, thousands of people will descend upon Suwanee

Town Center Park dressed in their St. Paddy’s day finest for the 6th Annual Suwanee Beer Fest. Each year this award-winning festival attracts people from all over the country to claim their share of unlimited tastings of over 300 craft beers! Truly not an event to be missed, this festival has been named “Best Festival in Gwinnett” by the Gwinnett Daily Post Reader’s Choice Awards for the past two years, and this year they plan on earning that title for year number three. From live music, to local food vendors, cornhole competitions, Irish dancers, a bagpipe player, and all the craft beer you can drink, it is easy to see why this festival is recognized as one of the biggest and best craft beer festivals in the Southeast...



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The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest has become one of the premier craft beer festivals in the southeast with the largest selection of beers in Georgia.


n an effort to increase the variety of beers available as well as provide festival attendees with the best overall experience, Suwanee Beer Fest is taking up even more of Town Center Park in its 6th year. This means more bathrooms, less lines, easier entry, and more overall space. As you wander through the festival grounds, you might notice several changes such as the large entry, digital signs, and a completely redone VIP tent. These additions were made possible thanks to VIP sponsor, Dimensional Design, who is dedicated to helping create a truly one-of-a-kind look and experience for this festival! Over 100 breweries will be in attendance at the 2016 Suwanee Beer Fest, with over a dozen of them being newer names on the Georgia craft beer scene. From Wicked Weed Brewing traveling from Asheville, North Carolina to Abbey of the Holy Goats from Roswell, Georgia, this year’s fest is guaranteed to have a large amount of “coveted, hard-to-find” craft brews. For those of you who ask each year for ciders, malts and even wine, good news, they have you covered too! Suwanee Beer Fest is offering a larger selection of ciders and malts and for the first time ever, a sampling of wines from local Georgia wineries, like Sweet Acre Farms and Tilford Winery. Mikes Hard Lemonade will be on-site again this year with the Mikes Hard Lemonade girls serving refreshing flavors of their hard lemonade for festival attendees.



s you explore the park, be sure to check out the local vendors. Angelina’s Psychic Shop will be on-site to tell you your past, present and future as well as give advice on your business and love life. Vapornauts will be out in full force again this year demonstrating and sampling the highest quality e-juice for their e-cigs in a variety of flavors. For a more “unique” flavor, check out the Jerky Outlet tent for the opportunity to buy ostrich, gator and elk jerky; but if flavors like Sriracha-Bacon jerky are more your speed, check out Savage Jerky. For those of you who like to drink and shop, Mistura Timepieces will be at the fest with their handcrafted watches, as well as GG’s Fashion Forward: a trendy, mobile boutique on four wheels.

The VIP Experience VIP tickets are highly sought after every year and this year was no exception. The limted tickets sold out in under three minutes! The VIP tent offers a unique Some of the lucky few enjoying the experience for exclusive beers available in the VIP tent at last year's festival the true beer connoisseur. With a selection of nearly 30 beers, the VIP tent plays host to one-offs, special brews, exclusive beers, and beers brewed specifically for the festival. For those of you lucky enough to have purchased VIP tickets before the experience sold out this year, Dimensional Design has partnered with festival organizers to bring a oneof-a-kind experience to the VIP Tent. From portable bars, carpeted lounges, and high-end finishings, the VIP tent has it all. Festival organizers are also excited to announce that well-known restaurant, Rico’s World Kitchen will be coming up with a unique and creative menu to serve alongside the exclusive, specialty beer options. Rico’s World Kitchen has won numerous awards throughout the Atlanta Metro area including the number 10 spot for Top 50 Restaurants in Metro Atlanta voted by Yelp in 2015.

Love was in the air at last year's beer fest. You never know what is gonna go down at Suwanee Beer Fest!




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Rotating 39 different styles of freshly brewed beer annually, Copper Creek uses a wide variety of malted barleys, hops and yeast strains to give craft beer drinkers something new and different each time.




Their tagline reads, “Made by People Who Care,” and with Prairie Artisan Ales Imperial Stout “Bomb!” having won the title of one of the Top 100 Beers in the World for the third year in a row, it is easy to believe the truth behind that statement.

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Gainesville, GA

This brand new brewery is ready to make their mark on the craft beer scene, and is the first brewery in Gainesville! Fans have been eagerly waiting, and Left Nut Brewing Company is excited to open their doors and serve their delicious beers.


Open since 1999, and for the past decade it has become a go-to location to grab some amazing beer. From American Stouts to Imperial Reds, this brewery is guaranteed to have something to impress even the biggest beer aficionado.



The Music Stage

The 6th Annual Suwanee Beer Fest is excited to announce this year’s musical lineup includes Atlanta’s kings of rockabilly: Rodeo Twister! Three friends who have known and played with one another in various bands over the last 20 years recently came back together to form a band based around their shared love for Rockabilly and HonkyTonk music. Members Chad Proctor, Jay Murphree and Matt Spaugh have played with a number of legends of the roots music scene like: Zac Brown, Dale Watson, Link Wray, Webb Wilder, Brave Combo, to name a few, and are excited to be making their personal mark on the scene. This band is sure to wrap you up in a musical twister with their high-energy performance, outstanding vocals, and their fun, electric vibe! Back for their fifth year, all the way from Chicago, Fulkinetic is ready to take the stage yet again! Be prepared to be blown away by the musical styling of this blues and funk inspired rock n’ roll band. Festival attendees are always excited to hear their new original material each year. So, put on your dancing shoes and head to Suwanee Beer Fest because this is a show you do not want to miss!


The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest always has the largest selection of craft beers of any festival in Georgia



BREWERIES WILL BE FEATURED Tons of brewery reps on site to answer all your craft beer questions

OVER A DOZEN NEW BREWERIES WILL BE FEATURED Including Wicked Weed from Asheville!!!


SBC is run by people who are passionate about craft beer. The primary source of their brewing yeast comes from the air, in a process known as "wild fermentation", creating truly unique and delicious beers.






Chicago blues and funk band, Fulkinetic (above) and Atlanta-based rockabilly band, Rodeo Twister will be performing at this year’s festival

The Charities

Event organizers are dedicated to giving back and supporting the community, and as tradition holds, will donate a large portion of proceeds to local charities. This year’s benefiting organizations are Kingdom Kids and Cooper’s Crew. Kingdom Kids grants wishes in Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties to children with terminal illnesses. Cooper’s Crew is a Suwanee-based organization that raises college scholarship funds for North Gwinnett High School students who have overcome unique hardships, as well as funds for Clear Cell Sarcoma and childhood cancer research. Volunteers from Coopers Crew have generously donated their time to volunteer at the festival and are excited to be giving back to a cause they hold dear to their hearts.


Known for their crazy, creative artwork and their bold, big and delicious flavors, Straight to Ale serves great beer made by insanely talented brewers.


Abbey of the Holy Goats opened their doors in Roswell at the start of 2016 and is already being recognized for having some of the most delicious Belgian beers around.


An absolute, can’t miss, craft beer destination located in Asheville, North Carolina. In a city filled with tons of competition, Wicked Weed Brewing is coming out on top. Specializing in west-coast style hoppy ales, barrel aged sours and Belgian beers, this brewery is always pushing to come out with something new and exciting, and so far they haven’t missed the mark.


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The Food Court Don't miss the Food Court this year! With a wide variety of food trucks like Bust n' Butts BBQ to "As Seen on Shark Tank" favorite, Cousins Maine Lobster, your food and beer pairing options will not be limited. And, for all the sweeter beers, why not pair it with a delicious dessert from Piece of Cake or sweet and salty popcorn from the Georgia Popcorn Company!

Voted Best Lobster Roll on the West Coast by the Tasting Table in 2013 and 2014, Cousins Maine Lobster (As seen on Shark Tank, CNN, Master Chef and more!) serves the freshest and most authentic Maine lobster right from the truck. Cousins Maine Lobster is thrilled to bring a taste of the North to the heart of the South!

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With 14 locations throughout Atlanta, Frontera Mex-Mex Grill serves dishes with authentic Mexican flavors. Having been awarded Atlanta’s coveted Consumers’ Choice Award for 13 years in a row, “everyone leaves happy” is a motto they live by!

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Piece of Cake provides made from scratch, custom baked cakes using fresh and wholesome ingredients. Their slices of cake-to-go are famous locally and nationwide. You can expect the very best from Piece of Cake!

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Buffalo's is committed to serving the highest quality wings and southern style cuisine. Their passion is food and family because that’s what their customers care about most!

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As the name implies, Twisted Taco fuses American and bold Mexican flavors to form a unique “Twist” on Mexican cuisine. They are obsessed with using only the freshest and best quality ingredients inspiring them to specialize in made to order burritos, fajitas, homemade salsas and their famous “Twisted Tacos.”

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Dunwoody Cafe will be serving their famous gyros, phillies, sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs & beverages.

770-378-2646 The Pickle Food Truck is Atlanta’s original and best gourmet food truck. Since 2004 they have been preparing their own “chef-driven” menu of Southwestern and Cajun specialties.

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Your neighborhood pizza tavern with the best wood fired pizza, wings, salads, pastas and subs. Awesome weekly specials including BOGO Tuesday's, Discounted Specialty Burger Wednesday's, and Happy Hour everyday from 4-6 pm $2 beers & $5 Margaritas!

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Pretzels sells gourmet soft pretzels in 5 flavors: Butter, Salt, Cinnamon Sugar, WOODSTOCK Woodstock Powdered Sugar and Garlic Parmesan. Each pretzel comes with a free dip! PRETZELS 770-714-6293 I Bust’n Butts BBQ is a locally owned small catering business. They pride themselves in smoking succulent meats with their homemade rubs and BBQ sauces. They offer a variety of delicious sides. Their motto is, “We’re Bust’n Butts so you don’t have to!”

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The festival organizers are committed to everyone having a great time and being safe. To encourage safe rides they have partnered with UBER and Designated Driver Alternative. Designated Driver Alternative, sponsored by Eagle Rock Distributing, will be near the main entrance of the festival. Stop by their booth to set up a ride, and they will drive you in your car to your next destination for just a few bucks! All you have to do is call or text DDA at 404-713-1780 to arrange a ride at anytime. UBER is offering $20 off a ride for first time users with the promo code: rideSBF16. Just download the app on your phone and enter the promo code along with your information. For those of you who want to keep the party going all night long, catch one of the free shuttles back to Tannery Row Ale House located at 554 West Main St. in Buford for their blowout St. Paddy’s Party with live music, Irish dancers, delicious food, drink specials, giveaways and more! When the night finally does wind down, head over to Comfort Inn & Suites for an exclusive discounted rate for festival attendees just $89.99! Be sure to mention Suwanee Beer Fest when booking.


Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery Suwanee is excited to announce that they are under new ownership and management! Open since 2012, the Suwanee location has become a well-known staple within the community by offering guests a truly one-of-a kind sports bar experience with their unique Celtic theme, beautiful servers and entertaining atmosphere. Sean Cahill, Owner and Ray Pridgen, General Manager, recently joined the Tilted Kilt Suwanee team with over 25 years of combined restaurant experience. Cahill is the current owner of 11 Tilted Kilt locations and is looking forward to elevating the level of service the guests have come to know at the Suwanee location. Between his knowledge of company standards and passion for the industry, Cahill knows this is a transformative opportunity for the Tilted Kilt Suwanee. “Our guests influence us daily,” explains Cahill, there is “nothing better than bringing a smile to a guests face after dining with us.” With favorites like the Wicked Boston Burger and fresh fish tacos, it is no surprise that CNBC named the Tilted Kilt as one of America’s top 10 Fastest Growing Restaurants in 2015.

From their delicious Scottish, Irish and American fare, to the 55 flat screen TV’s, to the 48 rotating monthly beers served by the World Famous Tilted Kilt girls, it is easy to see why this restaurant has met with such success and how the Suwanee location is now set to serve as a model of service and standard that Tilted Kilt has become nationally recognized for. In the continuing effort to be an integral part of the Suwanee community, Tilted Kilt is announcing their Sponsorship for the first time at the Sixth Annual Suwanee Beer Fest on March 19th. Stop by the Tilted Kilt tent at the festival to taste a selection of exclusive craft and high-end domestic beers poured by the Tilted Kilt girls because as the motto states, “a cold beer never looked so good!”









Lighter, hoppier, and more refreshing choices coming to a beer fest near you as local brewers pair beers with Spring

Jekyll Brewing’s Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity is a spin on their Hop Dang Diggity Southern IPA. Silky, sweet pineapple with a heat that kicks hard on the finish!

BY: Derrick Atkinson TAP ROOM MANAGER, JEKYLL BREWING Spring is my favorite season. Spring brings new flavors, baseball, warm weather, beer festivals, and day drinking. Spring is a fun season for breweries as well. Most are leaving the dark and malt-forward beers behind, in exchange for lighter, hoppier, and more refreshing choices. Spring 2016 appears to be the most diverse of spring releases in recent memory. Among the many brewers doing beers paired with spring; Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta is releasing Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity, Terrapin is releasing a watermelon Gose, SweetWater has a session IPA launching, Red Hare brings Wabbit Wheat back, and Second Self is pushing out a Citrus IPA. Obviously hops continue to be the king in the marketplace, but it’s exciting to see some more experimental styles coming out. I forecast fruit infused styles being popular in the late spring/summer months as well. A refreshing spring and summer is upon us here in Georgia!

Spring is also the start of beer fest season. Soon there will be a beer fest in metro Atlanta nearly every weekend. Beer festivals are a great way for consumers to try new beers without over committing on one brand or style. It is also a great chance for breweries to talk to consumers and get them to try their products, brands you might not see as much of in the market for one reason or another. I remember my first beer festival here in Atlanta, it was “HOToberFest”, and it was 6 years ago. There are two ways to tackle a beer festival: the organized and thoughtful way of writing down which beers you try and which ones you liked, and then there is the all-in gauntlet style where no beer is left behind (just fill my mug!!!). I suggest hitting the new and interesting styles first so that you can honestly taste those beers. Stay away from super hoppy beers at first, hops will burn up your taste bud’s sensitivity. Hopefully spring brings you plenty of great (LOCAL) beers, patio time, beer festivals, and of course baseball!

How To Drink A Beer: Look. Agitate. Smell. Taste. Those are the general beer tasting steps. Don’t hold your beer to direct light. Instead hold it up and examine the color and head retention. Agitation is not a trait you want to be good at, however with beer it’s perfectly fine! Agitation or swirling of the beer will discharge the wonderful aromas of the beer by releasing some of the carbonation. Smell is the biggest player in “tasting” beer - don’t try to smell a beer standing beside the popcorn machine or the grill. The tasting portion is, of course, the most fun! Don’t gulp. Let the beer hang out for a few moments on your palate, and breathe out. Take in all of the hard work the brewers put into that liquid.



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Home Brew Contest The 5th annual Suwanee Beer Fest Home Brew Contest returns and it is bigger than it has ever been. Even with a staggering 250 beers entered into the competition last year, several home-brewers were left out of the equation. So this year, Bob Carlton, Owner of Brew Depot in Alpharetta, has allowed room for 300 beers to be entered! “The beers being entered into this contest are getting better and better each year,” said Carlton. Last year, Bill Gillespie took home “Best in Show” with his Premium Bitter. In second was Ryan Boling with his IPA and third place went to Jay Young in the fruit beer category. Carlton and the 30-40 other judges are excited to see what will be brought to the table for the 2016 competition. Judging for this BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) competition begins on March 12th when the “Best in Show” contenders will be chosen. All finalists will then be judged at Suwanee Beer Fest on March 19th, 2016 with the “Best in Show” victor being crowned onstage at the event. Brewing beer is an art: it requires passion, patience, skills and a little bit of insanity. And judging for this competition requires an equal amount of special attention. The beers are all judged based on a set of criteria, including: mouthfeel, aroma, appearance, flavor and overall impression. The highest score possible is a 50, but even after four years of hosting the Suwanee Beer Fest Home Brew Contest, Carlton and the judges have still never given a 50. Maybe this will be the year! For those who are interested in learning more about how to brew and want to consider entering next year, Brew Depot offers “Home Brewing” and “Wine Making” classes. Some of Brew Depot’s previous customers have even gone on to open their own local, commercial breweries: Jekyll Brewing, Monday Night Brewing, Three Taverns, Blue Tarp, Red Hare, Cherry Street and Wrecking Bar. So, whether you want to try it out as a hobby or are thinking about it as a future career, Brew Depot is a one-stop shop for all your brewing needs!

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The 2016 Brew Back for the second year is the Suwanee Beer Fest Brew Battle competition powered by DraftServ competition to earn the title of “Best Beer in Georgia 2016!” Festival attendees have the opportunity to leaderboard, eventually leading up to one brewery being presented

Georgia Tea Party An Amber Ale that uses English Malts, German Hops and homegrown Georgia Peaches with subtle notes of Black Tea. Nothing represents the South like homemade sweet tea and nothing says I’m from Georgia like a ripe, juicy peach.



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Southeastern Berliner Brewed with yeast harvested off a Wild Azalea prior to clearing the land to build Southern Brewing Company. This is a strain never before used in the beer industry. Kettle soured with Mango, Peach, Nectarine And Tangerine aromatics.


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Georgian Imperial with Hazelnuts Strong notes of chocolate and roasted nuts all with the viscosity of warm syrup. This is a cold beer though, not a warm syrup, so it tastes way better. Although they recommend you let it warm up a bit in the glass before sipping.

Groovy Child Guava Ale

Pear Infused Big Creek

A blonde ale dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin Hops, a New Zealand variety with lots of grapelike and tropical fruit notes, and infused with 10% Guava Nectar, of course the cask will kick in a matter of hours!

Big Creek is a delicately balanced beer style originating from the Cologne region of Germany. Infusing this beer with Pear adds a new unique twist to a deliciously crisp, dry beer.

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Peach Rhubarb Belgian Saison

Suwanee Beer Fest Bock

A Belgian Saison with 5% ABV that uses a variety of malt, traditional Belgian Saison yeast, with a delicious mix of Rhubarb and Peaches.

This Bock is brewed by Copper Creek Brewing Co. especially for the Suwanee Beer Fest Brew Battle Competition. This beer has a strong malt aroma coupled with rich toasty overtones that finish with a hint of spice and citrus.

Golden Ticket Milk Chocolate Stout Swiss Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Imperial Stout brewed with Hot Chocolate and Hazelnut. This beer is crazy and delicious enough for Willy Wonka himself.

Coco Pi単a Gose A kettle sour brewed with Pineapple, Coconut, Pink Himalayan Salt and Sea salt. You would think the brew is sweet but the salinity in the finish balances it perfectly.

Lemon Tangerine Hopsecutioner A bitter, moderately strong India Pale Ale (IPA) that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character, finishing with notes of Lemon and Tangerine.



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Suwanee Beer Fest is excited to announce Dimensional Design as the VIP Sponsor for the 6th Annual Suwanee Beer Fest. As a close-knit design and production studio that specializes in three-dimensional marketing, Dimensional Design is able to provide the Suwanee Beer Fest with high-end fixtures and event products that elevate the overall festival experience to new heights. From the 15 ft. high entrance structure to the hightech VIP lounge, Dimensional Design brings their expertise to each and every facet of design, construction and implementation. Started by Grant Perry in 1988, Dimensional Design was built around the idea of creating three-dimensional marketing materials. Having graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University, Grant created a team of highly skilled craftsmen and exceptionally creative designers to build a firm unlike anything in Atlanta: a fully-integrated design firm with an in-house manufacturing center.  Dimensional Design now operates out of a 42,000 square foot facility in Duluth, GA, which is home to both their design studio and in-house fabrication workspace.   



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As the world of corporate marketing continually evolves, they have focused on finding impactful ways to merge the digital world into the physical through tradeshow exhibits, commercial interiors, retail showrooms and signage for clients like Mitsubishi Cooling and Heating, The Atlanta Hawks, and the new Atlanta Motorsports Park. Their creative innovation has led them to set a new industry standard in experience and expertise. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be created. The core belief of Dimensional Design is that good design is created with emotion and implemented with logic. They are unmatched in their skill in bringing a client’s vision and story to life, and believe that everyone deserves a good design, small or large.  And as the organizers of Suwanee Beer Fest can now attest, Dimensional Design’s skill is unmatched in creating engaging, captivating brand experiences that they are proud to display at the festival.

Festival Vendors Spring, summer, fall and winter leagues in 9 metro Atlanta locations. All skill levels are welcome! Seasons are 8 weeks long and each team consists of 2-4 people. Peach State Cornhole is also hosting an exclusive Suwanee Beer Fest Tournament during the beer fest. Sign up @

Savage Jerky Co. is a handcrafted, small-batch beef jerky company based in Suwanee. All of their jerky is made with ingredients that belong in a kitchen, not in a lab!

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Come enjoy a dinner theater fit for all ages! Enjoy sword fighting and authentic jousting, all while feasting on a four-course meal seated inside their 11th century castle!

Burley Man Beard Oils is an Atlanta beard products company that produces handmade products with essential oils to give softness, shine, and promote growth to your beard. They use carefully selected ingredients that work with your skin; reducing or eliminating dandruff, unclogging pores, and relieving dryness and itch.

770-225-0230 I Maximized Living is a health care delivery system based on expressing the body’s natural ability to heal and be well without toxic drugs or costly surgery. A revolutionary model that is changing entire communities.

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Tilford Winery is the only Muscadine Winery within the Southeastern Region of North America to make dry, sweet & semi-sweet organic wines. Their winery produces more than five styles of red, white and pink light bodied, medium bodied, full bodied-sweet & dry wines.

Juices Wild is a vitamin and juice bar in Buford, GA featuring fresh, all-natural and organic juices, smoothies and protein shakes. They also carry a variety of supplemental health and wellness products. Their knowledgable staff is dedicated to helping empower people to take control of their own health and nutrition, and live their best lives possible. Try one of their delicious Kombucha teas, beers or smoothies at Suwanee Beer Fest!

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Southern recipe, the tastiest crunch in the South! Stop by their southern recipe booth to taste their World Famous Pork Rinds!

Slingshot Entertainment is a one-of-a kind venue with electric go-karts, 14-lane bowling lounge, ninja obstacle course, arcade, bar, and restaurant. There is something for everyone!

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Sweet Acre Farms Winery is a small husband and wife run winery located in the foothills of North Georgia. They specialize in fruit of “country wines” that are reminiscent of those our families used to make.

The Whitten Agency is a proud provider of Farmers Insurance, but can also assist you with many other companies. They offer great prices with unbeatable customer service for personal lines like auto and home and many programs available to insure your businesses.

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As wholesalers in the e-cig industry they are able to deliver the best products at the best prices. Their customer service can easily assure your complete satisfaction. They carry great flavors of e-juice at rock bottom prices!

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GG’s Fashion Forward is a trendy mobile boutique specializing in cool clothing and accessories. Their truck gives the ladies the feeling of being in an upscale chic boutique, complete with a changing room!

Knotty Pretzels’ unique family recipe not only accentuates the flavors of your favorite beer, but also helps your palate get ready for the next round! Our entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the industry has introduced countless beer lovers to their new favorite snack. Whether you prefer lagers or stouts, Knotty Pretzels is the perfect compliment to your favorite brew!

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Redkore Fitness provides a push toward making smarter moves and the motivation to get up and train with the industry's best personal trainers in a group setting.

Check out Killer Ink Tattoos new location at 1620 Buford Highway, Suite 103, Buford, GA, 30518. The shop has been family owned and operated by Anita Miller Parker and Will Turner for 15 years. Killer Ink has over fifty years of combined tattoo experience.

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Mistura specializes in natural wooden watches for men and women, handcrafted with South American sustainable wood and 100% genuine leather. Various types of materials including teak, ebony, and even bamboo, are all used during the creation process.

866-807-7273 I Sponsors of the PGA Tour Champions Golf Tournament taking place April 11th- 17th, 2016 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA. Come out and enjoy watching some of golfs greatest legends with your clients, friends and family.

770-232-7872 I Taco Mac, an Atlanta institution for over 36 years, offers over 100 beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original buffalo wings and 50+ HD TV’s for enjoying all your favorite sporting events. Started in 1979 by two friends from Buffalo, NY, Taco Mac now has over 30 locations across Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

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This event sells out every year, so don’t wait to get your tickets! General admission ticket pricing is staggered with day of event ticket selling for $60. Get them while you can at regular price for $50 until March 3rd! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Follow “SuwaneeBeerFest” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates!


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



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A Suwanee based technology company that has been revolutionizing beverage dispensing since 2007. DraftServ has developed the only cross platform beverage operating system that enables customers to pour their own drinks by the ounce. The systems gather data and analytics on every pour that allows vendors to price their beverages appropriately for themselves and their customers.

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Tannery Row Ale House features modern comfort food. Home of the best barbecue, pizza, sandwiches and libations this side of the tracks. Be sure to download their app to receive notifications about upcoming events, live music, poker tournaments, specials and more! Tannery Row Ale House also boasts over 8,000 square feet of space for all of your private event needs

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celebrating a community dedicated to the arts.

Art: Suwanee Does It in Public Importance of Art in the Community uring the summer of 2007, City of Suwanee Assistant City Manager,Denise Brinson, took her family on a vacation out west. They flew into Denver, drove through the Black Hills of South Dakota, visited relatives in Montana, and trekked through Yellowstone National Park. At the end of the trip, Denise asked her children what they enjoyed the most. They talked about the “big rock” in downtown Boulder, the “cowboy statue” in front of a government building in Helena, and the “four arches made of deer antlers” that led into the square in Jackson Hole. Of all the things that they could have recalled from those landmark locations, it was the public art that made the most significant impression.



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Art is important and people (kids included) are effected by its presence, whether they consciously realize it or not. Suwanee mayor and lifetime resident Jimmy Burnette will be the first to tell you that, for the 50 years prior to the creation of Town Center, Suwanee was best known for two things: being home to the Atlanta Falcons and speed traps. It wasn’t until Suwanee had an interesting “place,” which included interesting “things,” that the city started being recognized by national publications as a great place to live. Public art has become an important piece of what Suwanee does, what Suwanee is, and how Suwanee is viewed by citizens, visitors and, increasingly, by the business community. Public art programs like Suwanee SculpTour, a walkable outdoor exhibit of more than

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Horizon II designed by Jim Gallucci

Oak Leaf Horizon II is part of a series that reflects the forest canopy, which is rapidly vanishing. This serves as one of the many pieces in Jim Gallucci’s collection that utilizes elements of doors and gateways to invite the participation of spectators. He feels that incorporating gates into his artwork offers viewers the opportunity to physically enter his work, creating a literal passage into embracing art. Standing 12 feet tall and weighing 2,000 pounds, Oak Leaf Horizon II is crafted from galvanized steel. With bachelor’s degrees in both English and Art, as well as a master’s degree in Sculpture, artist Jim Gallucci, has been sculpting for over 30 years. He currently designs and fabricates sculptures in his Greensboro, NC studio. A majority of his artwork is purchased for public, corporate, and residential properties across the country. Gallucci has been selected to present his sculptures at shows not only in the United States, but internationally around the world. Oak Leaf Horizon II is available for purchase. If you are interested in buying this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.

25 temporary and permanent art pieces displayed throughout downtown, are putting the city on the map. Of course, Suwanee isn’t the only city creating interesting experiences. In Gwinnett County, you can watch world-class stage shows at the Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville, listen to up-andcoming musicians at “Jazz in the Alley” in Norcross, or visit a funky artist colony at Tannery Row in Buford. This list goes on and on. These places, whether intentionally or organically, have found that the arts make them more interesting and engaging. In most cases, it’s not by accident that they are focusing on the arts – they have simply figured out that the arts add real value to their communities. Art can establish a community’s identity. Can you imagine New Orleans without jazz? Chicago without the “Bean?” Or Paris without just about everything that makes it so great? These places – and so many more – are inextricably linked to their arts. It is impossible to separate these great cities from their art. Suwanee too has decided to strive to be a great place. Public art, in the public realm and for the whole of the community, is an integral piece of our overall strategy. It’s not enough to simply create a “place.” That place has to come alive – through art, events, activities, and just making things fun. People need a reason to keep coming back and connecting. ✱

NGAA boardmembers: Vickie Johnson, David Phillips and Brandy Posey

Taking Art in Suwanee to a New Level March 1st marked the opening day for the North Gwinnett Arts Associaton’s Center for the Arts. Located on Charleston Market Street in Suwanee Town Center, the center offers an art gallery, art school, four individual studios and additionally, serves as the welcome center for the City of Suwanee. Co-founder and President Ameritus of the North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA), Vickie Johnson shared, “I’m so excitedthis has been a dream of mine for many, many years, and we have worked hard over the last five years to make it happen!” The gallery features pottery, paintings, drawings, a digital gallery and jewelry from local artists. The Arts Center will offer monthly workshops as well as classes for both children and adults. Children’s classes include “Building with Clay”, “Art Culture: Drawing & Painting”, “Teen Art Explosion”, “Homeschool Art Club”, a “Parents Night Out” and more. Adult classes include “Pastels”, “Art Explosion”, “Drawing and Painting” and more. The North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit art organization founded in 2010, with a mission to “Bring Arts into the Life of our Community.” The Center for the Arts will help do just that. The Center has been made possible through the hard work of the NGAA, as well as from generosity through



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Guess Who’s Coming to Suwanee? Black-and-white, black-tie optional "Guess Who’s Coming to Cocktails" event supports Suwanee public art initiative BY: ABBY WILKERSON


Reserve your tickets now for the Suwanee social event of 2016: Guess Who’s Coming to Cocktails, hosted at Town Center March 5 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM. Join the swankiest, hippest, and best dressed of Suwanee at this black-and-white, black-tie optional event in support of the Suwanee public art initiative. “Public art has become such a part of the fabric of our community,” says Public Arts Commission member Cherie Heringer. “We wanted to create an annual event to celebrate the arts and to encourage residents to continue to support public art, not just financially but through involvement as well.” Party-goers can look forward to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, and dancing, plus an opportunity to brush elbows with mystery guests, including prominent artists, actors, chefs, musicians, and athletes. The City of Suwanee launched its Town Center public art initiative in 2008 with the creation 6:30 – 10:00pm of the Public Arts Commission, adopting a policy of encouraging developers to include public art in their projects and pledging the city to do the same. Since then, the city has commissioned and acquired numerous artworks for its City Hall and major parks, welcomed more than a half-dozen artworks placed by developers on their properties, and organized several rounds of SculpTour: a walkable outdoor exhibit of more than 25 temporary and permanent art pieces displayed throughout downtown. “This event,” says Heringer, “will give people an opportunity to get dressed up, enjoy an evening out, and meet some new, interesting people who are on board for a fun cause.” Tickets for this event can be purchased at ✱

sponsorship and donations. The NGAA currently has approximately 70 members, and with the new art center is hoping to increase that number. Membership will not only help support the arts in Suwanee, but will give access to member only events, discounts on certain purchases in the arts gallery and gift shop, discounts on classes and more. The NGAA puts on Arts in the Park, which will take place on May 14th, a Classic Car Show in the fall, is actively involved in community art projects and maintains student art scholarships for high school seniors pursuing visual arts careers. For more information on The Center for the Arts, to join or sponsor NGAA visit ✱

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Students Ready to Paint the Town Young Entrepreneurs Across America “Student Painters” program offers students unique opportunity to operate their own painting business BY: RACHEL PILLOW hen most people envision a summer internship, they imagine that they’ll be making photocopies, going on coffee runs and answering phones. Such is not the case Georgia Tech student, Anthony Perez and Georgia State University student, Alvaro Galvez for college students in the Young Entrepreneurs Across America “Student Painters” program. These select students from across the US have the unique opportunity to literally run their and hiring their marketing teams and painters. Perez and own business: from hiring a marketing team to Galvez are recruiting high school and college students for managing budgets and salaries, they are exposed to their marketing teams, and are in complete control of the the ins & outs of being a true business owner. hiring process.” Many of the painters that join the team are Young Entrepreneurs Across America was experienced residential painters, however each painter established over twenty years ago with the mission of hired must go through a complete Sherwin Williams “developing exceptional young people training program. Branch Managers must into successful entrepreneurs through also complete the training program so proven systems and field training.” that they know how to effectively manage They do this by literally teaching their staff and address any questions, undergraduate students how to run comments or concerns out on the field. and manage a small business, in “Sometimes customers are a little skeptical Sometimes customers effect, making them more attractive about using a student service,” admitted are a little skeptical to full-time employees and better Galvez, “But we just have to reassure them about using a student preparing them for the real world - we have an A+ rating and are accredited service. But we just post-graduation. with the Better Business Bureau and offer This is the first year that Young 1-2 year warranties for every paint job.” have to reassure them Entrepreneurs Across America will be Backed by Sherwin Williams training and - we have an A+ rating training and operating in Gwinnett resources, and over 2 decades of proven and are accredited with County. Georgia Tech student, Anthony processes, the Student Painters program the Better Business Perez and Georgia State University has proved itself as a reputable service. Bureau and offer 1-2 student, Alvaro Galvez, are excited “One of our jobs as Branch Managers is to to bring this program back to their deconstruct any stigmas that are associated year warranties for hometowns of Suwanee and Duluth. with the word “student” in Student Painters,” every paint job. As Branch Managers in Gwinnett Galvez continued.  County, they will operate their “This is the most direct, practical - Alvaro Galvez painting businesses in the 30024, experience you’ll get while you’re in school. 30097 and 30043 zip codes. “Bringing I get to choose how much time and effort I our business back to our hometown makes such a put into this,” said Galvez. During the busy summer season, difference – we’re interacting with people that we students in the program put in 40+ hours of work each week, grew up with,” said Perez. but the potential outcome is well worth it. The average profit The painting season is from May – August, but for each sector is around $50,000 for the 3-month season. the Branch Managers are already gearing up for the If Branch Managers can generate over $70,000 then they season through intensive business training seminars are awarded with a celebratory trip to Jamaica. As “owners



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awarded with a celebratory trip to Jamaica. As “owners and operators” of their businesses, Branch Managers must learn how to manage the cash flow effectively. It’s entirely up to us what we want to pay our employees,” explained Perez. Most Branch Managers never dreamt of painting as a career choice, but students in the program all have similar goals of learning to operate a business and this offers them that unique opportunity. "No matter what the service is, the skills we learn here can be applied across multiple levels,” explained Perez. “One of the reasons I joined the program is so I could own my leadership skills and see if a managerial position really is for me,” he continued. “Whatever I end up doing, this experience will give me a lot of insight into what I want to do and how I will accomplish it,” said Galvez. ✱

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Suwanee Magazine interviews Andrew Winton,

Creator of the new concrete ping pong table at Sims Lake Park

Andrew Winton

The City of Suwanee is known for it’s greenspaces and many parks. A new, unique feature at Sims Lake Park is a ping pong table built by Collins Hill High School Sophomore, Andrew Winton. Winton recently completed the table for an Eagle Scout project. Suwanee Magazine interviewed Winton about the impressive project:

Can you tell us a little bit about how and why you choose the ping pong table as your Eagle Scout project? I didn't want to build benches because a lot of my friends have built benches for their projects.  I was looking for a unique idea that I was interested in.  So, originally I was going to build checker tables out of wood, but I came across this idea on the Internet when researching the wooden checker tables.  I thought a concrete ping pong table would be pretty awesome.

According to City of Suwanee’s Bill Barnes, there are several Eagle Scout projects park-goers have enjoyed throughout the City of Suwanee, including:

How was the table made and how long did it take to build? The first step was setting up the frame work which consisted of a large wooden frame for the top and two sonnet tubes, cardboard hollow cylinders, dug into the ground for the base. We also bent and tied rebar.  On the second day we mixed 78 80lb bags of cement using shovels. The third day we came back and smoothed out the top of the table using stones and paving tools.  Two weeks later we applied a concrete stainer to the whole table. The actual construction part of the table took four days and about 16 hours.

How did you decide Sims Lake Park would be the best place for it? Mr. Bill Barnes (Assistant to the Director of Public Works) is who helped connect me with Suwanee and said that Sims Lake is where Suwanee wanted the table and it is also very family friendly.

How did you get into Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts and at what age? I believe I was about 12 years old when I joined troop 513.  I joined because my parents encouraged me and I had a couple friends in scouts as well.

Can you share some information about your troop and what is involved in becoming an Eagle Scout? I am involved in troop 513.  It is one of the larger troops in the local community to my knowledge.  To become an Eagle Scout you need to be self-motivated and determined.

What has your experience been as a Boy Scout and as you are working to become an Eagle Scout? It has been mostly positive.  The different trips that I was able to go on through scouts have been pretty awesome.  One specific one was a week-long kayaking trip in Canada's lakes.  

Outdoor Classroom at Suwanee Creek Park Built by Will Lippman

Lippman’s bench design has become the preferred design for Eagle projects in the City as it is low maintenance, sturdy and practically indestructible.

Floating and Standing Duck Boxes at Sims Lake Park Built and

maintained by Matthew Jenni.

Matthew is a highly decorated Eagle Scout having earned awards above and beyond the Eagle Scout Award.

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Over 60 adorable pups entered this year's contest and thousands of votes were cast over the 2-week voting period!

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...French Fry! French Fry is a 9 year old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. French Fry loves to go for walks in Suwanee Town Center Park where he knows he will always gets lots of belly rubs and attention. Boating is his next favorite pasttime. When French Fry is onstage as a fashion show dog, he seems to think he is the four-legged James Bond. He is always a crowd pleaser and you never know what he will do. Once he stopped mid-stage to give a pretty lady on the front row a wet kiss. This is how he earned his nickname

"The Kissing Bandit."

French Fry LOVES the UPS man. If he can, he slips right out the door, runs past the UPS guy and jumps in his truck. We think he is applying to be the first doggie UPS employee.

French Fry has a big heart and is even donating his prize from this contest to his doggie friends at the Georgia SPCA in Suwanee.

Runner-Up: Skippy Skippy is a 1-year old English Sheepdog. Although he only has 3 legs you would never know from his friendly demeanor, mischievous personality and boundless energy. He loves to run and play with his older sister, Sunshine, and chases after any object you throw. After being deemed unfit by a breeder, Skippy was brought to the Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network of the Southeast as a 12-week old pup. One of his front legs had been crushed and never reset properly. After much deliberation, Dr. Tim Jackson at the Heart of Suwanee Animal Hospital recommended the amputation of his leg. Skippy was such a trooper! He never cried, never missed a beat and was quickly running around again on 3 legs. Skippy was lovingly adopted and now helps his family host other foster dogs in their home. He wants to show them that even rescue pups can end up having wonderful lives too! Suwanee Magazine would like to say thank you to Pooch N Paws, Unleashed Creations Pet Spa and Blue Grasshopper Creations for sponsoring the 3rd annualPastor Suwanee Magazine Cutest Pup Contest! Kevin Myers



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French Fry is a fashion show dog. He dresses up and walks the runway for no-kill rescue groups all over the country. French Fry has helped raise almost $200,000 for this cause and even kicked off Fashion Week in Palm Desert, California!

Georgian Landscape Design Best of HOUZZ

Suwanee Resident State Finalist in National America Miss Georgia Pageant

Suwanee Park Tavern Welcomes New Chefs and GM Suwanee Park Tavern has welcomed Executive Chef T, Sous Chef JR, and General Manager Jernard Wells to their

team. According to the restaurant owners, the level of talent of their chefs and the focus on the people and their experience is what sets their restaurant apart. The environment will be more family-friendly and ideal for date nights as well as gatherings. The restaurant aims to give a Buckhead feel to their ideal Suwanee Town Center Park location. For more information, visit

Suwanee Resident Nasaya Shiris Smith, age 16, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National America Miss Georgia Pageant to be held July 3, 2016 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. The pageant is held for girls ages 16 through 18. The winner will receive a $1000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Pageants are held for girls ages four to eighteen, in five age groups. Smith's activities include Olympic weightlifting and mixed martial arts. She also enjoys drawing, photography, acting, cooking, baking, reading and creative writing. Miss Smith's sponsors include PPW Sports Performance and Crossfit of Buford, Styles by Crystal at Hair Legends Salon of Snellville, Atlanta's Best Home Nursing Care of Stone Mountain, Furniture & More Liquidation of Snellville, Freedom to Express Martial Arts, Fitness & Pilates of Suwanee and a host of family, friends and associates.

Bat Exhibit Turns Myths Upside-Down Elachee Nature Science Center, located in Gainesville, is currently featuring an environmental education experience highlighting bats. The touring exhibition, “Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats,” gives visitors an insight into the ecological importance of bats and debunks common misconceptions associated with the creatures. The familyfriendly exhibit offers multi-sensory interactive displays and environmentally life-like settings, and will run through May 8th. The exhibition is located at the Elachee Nature Science Center main campus Visitor Center, 2125 Elachee Drive in Gainesville. Exhibit hours are Sunday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit

For the fourth consecutive year,

Georgian Landscape is proud to announce they won Best of Houzz 2016 for both Design and Customer Service. Owner Ed Szesniak said, “For a small firm such as ours this is a monumental accomplishment. We compete against the biggest and the best landscape firms in the landscape industry. Thanks to all of our clients' wonderful comments, the pictures we take of their landscapes, the number of world-wide views and downloads of these works we were once again voted best in our industry.”











L to R: Kevin and Parker O'Brien, Trinity Fields, Logan Caymol and Donna O'Brien

25th Annual Hope Fashion Show

The Cooper O’Brien Sportsmanship and Courage Award Honors Students and the Caymol Family The Copper O’Brien Sportsmanship and Courage Award was created in memory of North Gwinnett Middle School student and basketball player, Cooper O’Brien, who lost his battle to a rare form of cancer called Clear Cell Sarcoma, on July 5th, 2014 at the young age of 14. Throughout his fight, Cooper faced each day with a strong and positive attitude that inspired everyone around him. Today, his light and memory still shine bright in our community in many ways. One way is by honoring North Gwinnett Middle and North Gwinnett High School students that have overcome unique hardships. Sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Clayton Dental and State Farm Agent - Larry Kirchner, The 2nd annual Cooper O’Brien Sportsmanship and Courage Award was presented on January 5th, 2016. The recipients included:

The American Cancer Society’s 25th Annual Hope Fashion Show, hosted by the Women's Cancer Council, will take place at the RitzCarlton, Buckhead on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 9:30AM. The event will include a fabulous lunch, fashions by Belk at Phipps Plaza with cancer survivor models and professional models, and a huge silent auction. There will be a chance to win a trip with the Blink Blink Game, Opportunity Baskets, Dash & Dine, and Hope Surprise Boxes. Show proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society to help support cancer research and patient services. The efforts of the Women’s Cancer Council and the Hope Fashion Show have raised over $1.7 million to support the American Cancer Society to date. Roughly 75 percent of the members are Gwinnett County residents and five of the council live in Suwanee. Tickets to the Hope Fashion Show may be purchased at hopefashion

Trinity Fields: She is an 8th grader at North Gwinnett Middle School and

was selected for this award for demonstrating great character, sportsmanship, respect towards opponents, leadership and teamwork while on the court. Her parents said this award meant so much to her as lately she had felt down due to not being selected for the NGMS 8th grade team. She still showed great resolve by the way she handled herself on the court.

Colby Leifson: He is a Senior at North Gwinnett High School and has exemplified everything that Cooper stood for such as great leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards opponents. He has worked as a scorekeeper with the North Gwinnett Basketball Association for the past 4 years and always excels on and off the court. He is also NGHS Basketball’s all-time leading 3-point shooter in points and field goal percentage. Cooper would have stayed right by him if he were with us, as he would have admired Colby’s character.

The Caymol Family: Tragically, in December 2015, they lost a child in an

Pam Ballas, survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma (2000), Breast Cancer (2012), Hope Fashion Show model, CPA and Suwanee resident



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accident and have been part of the North Gwinnett Basketball Association for 9 years. All the Caymol kids played in the NGBA and Drew, who lost his life in the car accident, was a 5th grader on the Gwinnett Basketball League team in which his father, Mateo, was a Coach. Mateo has been a coach for his kids throughout their tenure with the NGBA. The family is very respected and their faith has continued to show during this difficult time. The older brother and father who were both hospitalized due to the car accident are now thankfully on the road to recovery. Cooper would have loved the spirit that Drew had, as well as his passion for basketball. The Caymol family continues to impact others through their faith, and we know that Cooper has been right there with them throughout this entire situation.

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6th Annual Ansley’s Easter at Friends American Grill Dacula Raises Money to Help 'Braden's Fight'

6-year-old, Braden Boozer is a courageous boy battling Neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, for the second time

On Easter Sunday, Friends American Grill in Dacula invites the public to a free Easter Buffet. All donations and proceeds will benefit Braden Boozer and his family. The event will include bounce houses, face painting, an Easter Egg hunt as well as other activities. Braden is a young boy battling Neuroblastoma. At the age of two, Braden was diagnosed and underwent treatment only to find that the chemotherapy was unresponsive. The options they were given were surgery or high intensity chemo. After consulting with the surgeon and much prayer, the family decided to do the surgery. The day before the surgery, Braden’s mother requested another scan just to be sure surgery was the right choice. Miraculously, the scan showed the tumor was turning benign on it’s own. God had answered their prayers and healed Braden. Nearly three years later, in July of 2015, Braden’s cancer returned and was more malignant than it had ever been. Treatments began in August 2015. After four rounds of chemo, scans showed the tumor had increased in size. The family was referred to a new

Antibody/Chemo combination. The trial had just ended in October and it was now available for other patients. They began the new therapy in November and after just two rounds, Braden’s tumor had reduced drastically. However, their fight continues. Braden will continue to receive treatments until the doctors are sure the cancer is gone. Contributing to the community and providing a helping hand to others when we are able to do so is part of the fiber of Friends American Grill. The annual charity event, “Ansley’s Easter,” is named after Ansley Arnette, a young girl that suffered from a rare, noncurable brain tumor. The first fundraiser was held to help her family with medical bills. Ansley has since passed away, but her memory and spirit carries on every year at Friends on Easter Sunday. To donate or for information about Ansley’s Easter, visit ansleyseaster.


Friendship Automotive Embraces Suwanee’s Art Initiative In front of Friendship Complete Automotive Care stands four-yearold, Rusty, handcrafted by one of the shop’s technicians, Josh Jackson. Josh has over six years of experience working on all types of automobiles, while particularly enjoying engine restoration. Visualizing the potential of the extra used parts around the shop, he constructed Rusty using rotors, axles, lower and upper control arms, a catalytic converter and an exhaust pipe. Now, Rusty is a favorite "member" of the Friendship Auto team!

City of Suwanee Festivals Win 2016 Kaleidoscope Awards



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Big Cheesy, a brand new City of Suwanee event in 2015 as well as Suwanee Fest, one of the longest–standing events, each took home prestigious Kaleidoscope Awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina on January 26th, 2016. Suwanee’s Big Cheesy won first place in the ‘Best New Event Category’ as well as a bronze award for ‘Best T-shirt.’ The Suwanee Fest Volunteer Planning Committee won the silver award for ‘Best Volunteer,’ and the festival won a bronze for ‘Best Children’s Program.’ The Southeast Festivals & Events Association is a membership-based organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers. A panel of experts in event planning, marketing and tourism spent an entire day reviewing the entries from five states. The judges looked for originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the community. “We always enjoy putting on some of the best events in the Southeast here in Suwanee. After winning the best festival last year for Suwanee Fest, we knew Suwanee's Big Cheesy Festival had what it takes to be the best new event,” said Suwanee Events Coordinator Amy Doherty. “I'm so proud of our staff and volunteers for continuing to make our events awardwinning memory makers for those that attend.”

Second Annual Suwanee Jubilee Easter Egg Hunt Returns March 20th The Easter bunny is coming to Suwanee! The second annual Suwanee Jubilee Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Urbana Holdings and Rodos Realty Partners is set to take place on Sunday, March 20th from 12:30 – 3:00 at the Suwanee Jubilee Shopping Center at 1500 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee. This free, family fun event truly has it all! With a massive Easter Egg Hunt boasting over 5,000 eggs, live music, face painting, inflatables, snacks, animals and so much more, this is a one-of-a kind community event not to be missed! Come participate in the excitement as children enjoy the festive atmosphere and take advantage of the opportunity to visit some of the best local businesses all within the Suwanee Jubilee Shopping Center. So come on out and have a blast at this free, family festival on March 20, 2016. A special thanks to all the Suwanee Jubilee businesses for bringing this event to Suwanee!


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Suwanee Easter Egg Hunt at Jubilee Shopping Center March 20th 12:30 –3:00 p.m. The excitement kicks off at 12:30 and the Easter Egg Hunt will be broken into the following age groups and times: Ages 0 - 3: 1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Ages 4 - 7: 1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ages 8+: 2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee, GA 30024


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Local Foundation Donates Over $20,000 in Money and Supplies to Support Autism Programs and Animal Rescue Jonny & Xena’s Spread the Words Foundation raised more than $20,000 at the inaugural 5k/ Fun Run at Suwanee Town Center Park in October, 2015. The race had over 500 participants including groups of virtual runners representing all 50 states and many countries including Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, Spain, Hong Kong, Mexico, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The Foundation gave back to the community that supported their efforts and embraced the story of Jonny and Xena. Jonny is a young boy with a profound form of autism, which led him to lead a very quiet life with little outside interaction. Jonny’s family adopted Xena, a dog who had been severely battered and abused. As Xena was being nursed back to health, she and Jonny bonded and she helped transform his life. According to Linda Hickey, president of the Foundation, “After we adopted Xena, our world changed. This Warrior Puppy who was found clinging to life, beat every single odd against her. She was not only destined to survive and help transform the life of one boy with autism, but I believe she was meant to continue her miracles through service within her community, all while capturing the hearts of thousands from all around the world. Jonny and Xena are truly a match made in heaven and through this blessing, my heart tells me I have to give back and make a difference.” The award recipients embody the Foundation’s mission of awareness and support and will be used to enhance the autism and special needs classrooms at Roberts Elementary School, Lambert High School, Medlock Bridge Elementary School, and Centennial High School, and the animal rescue efforts of the Georgia SPCA, Friends of Dekalb Animals, and Planned Pethood. The Foundation’s 'I'm not a Monster' shelter drive raised over $3000 in much needed supplies which were delivered to these animal welfare organizations. For more information about Jonny and Xena’s Spread the Words Foundation, visit the facebook page at



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North Gwinnett High School Soccer Sprint 5K Saturday Jan. 9th TOWN CENTER PARK





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Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint 5K

Saturday Feb 13th TOWN CENTER PARK



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SBA January Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 13th QUANTUM BANK


SBA February Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 10th ANNANDALE VILLAGE



Happy Feat Prom: A Night to Shine Saturday Feb. 12th GWINNETT CHURCH

PHOTOS BY: DONNA CLAYTON DAVID DUONG CECELIA BUSH LEEANN WIEDEMAN DENISE JONES TRAVIS FISH JENNIFER THATCHER AMANDA MYERS KEITH FENTON HappyFeat, a non-profit organization founded by Suwanee native and University of Alabama sophomore Lucy Miller hosted their third annual prom-inspired dance on Friday, February 12. This year, the prom was taken to the next level, as it was a part of the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night To Shine event. Held at Gwinnett Church, Night to Shine hosted 500 guests from local clubs, schools, programs and churches. Night to Shine centers on God’s love for people with special needs ages 16 and older. On one night, more than 200 host churches in 48 states and 8 countries hosted an amazing prom experience for over 30,000 guests. According to, Night to Shine is a night for the churches to shine, the volunteers to shine, God to shine and our honored guests to shine! Night to Shine was a free event where each guest received the red carpet treatment, from complimentary hair and makeup, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a paparazzi welcome and of course dancing the night away! The highlight of the night came when every one of the Night to Shine guests was crowned as a king or queen of the prom.



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Suwanee Gateway Half Marathon

Presented by Georgia Fitness Saturday Jan. 30th TOWN CENTER PARK



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Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest March 19 â&#x20AC;˘ 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Town Center Park

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Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails March 5 @ 6:30 p.m. Town Center Park For more information, visit suwaneeguess

Atlanta Gladiators Home Game (vs. Greenville) March 6 @ 2:05 p.m. Princess Day For full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

Greater Atlanta Christian School Open House grades 6-12 March 8 For more information visit greater atlanta



Suwanee Spring Fling Presented by

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March 11 @ 6 p.m. Town Center Park

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Daylight Savings Time Begins All-Day Pi(e) Day March 14 Your Pie Suwanee

3.14 Off Pizza and Craft Beer


Georgia Swarm Home Game (vs. Rochester Knighthawks) March 18 @ 7:35 p.m. Infinite Energy Center

For full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit


5th Annual Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock Run March 19 @ 7:30 a.m. Suwanee City Hall For more information, call Adam Edge at 678-592-7953


Sugar Hill Easter Egg Hunt March 19 12 - 3 p.m. E.E. Robinson Park

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Jubilee Shopping Center Easter Egg Hunt March 20 • 12:30– 3:00 p.m. Jubilee Shopping Center

Music, face painting, bounce houses and more!

26 Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues 5K, Fun Run and Festival March 26 @ 8 a.m. Town Center Park

For more information, visit


Atlanta Gladiators Home Game (vs. South Carolina) March 26 @ 7:05 p.m. Super Hero Night

Easter Sunday Community Sunrise Service March 27 @ 6:30 a.m. Town Center Park

For more information, call 770-945-1524 or email

Ansley’s Easter with all proceeds benefiting Braden Boozer

Free Easter buffet, jump houses, face painting, Easter egg hunt and more

For full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

March 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friends American Grill, Dacula For more information or to donate visit


Celebrity Server Night benefiting North Gwinnett Co-op March 28, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. North Gwinnett High School @ Suwanee Pizza Tavern Lanier and Buford High Schools @ Tannery Row Ale House 95

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Food Truck Friday April 1 @ 5:30 p.m. Food 7 p.m. Music Town Center Park Georgia Swarm Home Game (vs. Colorado Mammoth) April 10 @ 2:05 p.m. Infinite Energy Center For full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

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Suwanee's Big Cheesy April 16 @ 4 p.m. Town Center Park 96


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Spring into Color 5K Dash April 23 @ 9 a.m.

For more information, visit springtinto


March of Dimes March for Babies April 30 @ 9 a.m. Town Center Park



Annandaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazzy Thing April 30 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Lillian Webb Park, historic Norcross For more information visit


Suwanee Magazine Mar-Apr 2016  

Suwanee Magazine is a community magazine for Suwanee Georgia and surrounding areas.

Suwanee Magazine Mar-Apr 2016  

Suwanee Magazine is a community magazine for Suwanee Georgia and surrounding areas.