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A time to reflect...

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Art Director ur holiday issue is one of my favorites, filled with heartwarming holiday traditions and recipes, and inspiring stories about local residents and businesses. Check out our holiday shopping guide for great ideas as well as deals for family and friends on your list. Last Christmas I was so lucky to have my grandpa Harvey come visit from Michigan, who our youngest son is named after. He took the long trip down with my parents and we had such a great time. He was a great example of someone who was extremely giving and selfless. Even after my grandma died, he went out of his way to send us birthday cards. He was always interested in our lives and thinking about others. He would carry candy or gum with him to give to the children at church. He was very witty, keeping everyone laughing. One of his favorite sayings was “the more you practice, the luckier you get,” which I always appreciated. My favorite quote reminds me of how he lived and how I aspire to live. Each time I read it, it serves as a good reminder. “Life is not a race-but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say "thank you," "I love you," and "great job" to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you've been given, it is not accidental - search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself - plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you've been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.” - Bonnie Mohn SUWANEE ACADEMY OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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He joined my sweet grandma in heaven this past October. We will miss him so much, and will cherish the many memories we have. This holiday season, I am so thankful for my amazing family and friends, for our awesome team at work who is like family, for the teachers that give to my kids each day, and for all that make Suwanee such an amazing community. This issue marks 3 years for Suwanee Magazine, and we are extremely grateful to our advertisers for their support, loyal readers and talented team for making Suwanee Magazine what it is today! Happy Holidays from the whole staff at Suwanee Magazine!

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In this issue:

Departments: 6 Business

6 Suwanee Business Alliance 7 Investment Strategies 8 Suwanee Academy of the Arts 12 Health 10 Mary Grace Zaldo 17 Emory Johns Creek


18 Arts

18 Doors to Homes & Hope 18 Plein Air Event 19 Dancer 10


20 Food

26 Suwanee

24 Events

Holiday Traditions 31 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide 36 Magical Nights of Lights

20 Friends American Grill 24 Suwanee Wine Fest

38 What's Brewing 40 City Buzz 46 Schools

46 Shadowbrook Baptist School 49 Taste of Suwanee 50Travis Taylor

52 People & Places 62 Calendar 5

Suwanee Business Community News & Information


Celebrating the holiday season with toys and big hearts BY: Ed Szczesniak, SBA Vice President Owner/Designer – Georgian Landscape Design hristmas in Suwanee…that Ahhh feeling… eeling… It’s that magical time of the year once again – time for Christmas Trees, Santa Claus, families getting together, gifts under the tree, and for many of our residents, hope that they can provide some of this for their children. As in the past 13 years, the Suwanee Business Alliance uses its 200 plus membership to leverage our collective strength to put smiles on some of these children who may not otherwise have much of a merry Christmas morning. Each year the SBA uses some of the funds gathered from membership dues, at $60 per year per member, as well as funds raised at our annual golf tournament, to donate cash and toys to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. It’s not so ironic that the United States Marine Corps, made up of volunteers who place their lives on the line every day to protect us, somehow find the time to look back here at home, in our own backyards. Since 1947 they’ve seen that as much as we need them to help protect us, there are children right here in the U.S. who need another kind of protection – they need to have the dreams of Christmas, and Santa, and toys under the tree to be able to treasure happy Christmas memories as they grow up. The children need this – and quite frankly, so do all of us. They need to be able to dream of toys, Santa, Christmas trees, and the warmth and comfort of family – and we need to dream of putting the Christmas spirit – the real Christmas spirit, back into all of our lives by sharing what we are so blessed to have all around us. Here in Suwanee we live a pretty good life in a great city, abundant with beautiful parks, restaurants, homes,


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and most of all great people. Not everyone can say that. But we can help a few local families enjoy life a little more, thanks to the US Marine Corps and their love of sharing. And no - this is not a solicitation for your support of Toys for Tots. We rely solely on our membership dues for the contributions we make to the Marine Corps, as well as many other local charities throughout the year. In fact, many of our members voluntarily donate individual toys and even checks to this wonderful group at our annual Christmas party which is the only meeting of the year that is closed to the public. However, we encourage you to support this cause in whatever way you see fit. There are many places around town where you can do so during the Christmas season. Just look for them at In closing, we want to say thank you to all of you who are members and sponsors of the SBA here in Suwanee and for making a difference in our little corner of the world. It’s because of you that we can go out into the community and do the good things that we do. And if you’re not yet a member and would like to learn more about us, visit our website or better yet – come be our guest at one of our monthly gatherings. I can assure you that 70 percent of the people who visit us decide to join. We’re a fun-loving, business-building group that has a big heart! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the SBA!

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Amazingly, the laws affecting Social Security are even more numerous and complex than those for income tax. The 2,728 rules also have more than 100,000 explanatory rules. Within a few years of retirement, most Americans are aware of the necessity to project their income needs for the day when their paychecks will cease, and measure those income needs against the combined income potential of their nest egg, pension (if applicable), and Social Security. Most people begin to focus on their investments, pension, and risk tolerance. However, the Social Security component of the plan is often given little thought. That can be a huge mistake. It is one of the few retirement items that can truly offer choice, flexibility, guarantees - and predictability. A wise choice – based upon personal circumstances – can result in tens of thousands of extra retirement dollars for both you and your family. Yet few Americans assess all of their Social Security options. Not taking the time to understand the many Social Security choices is like being too busy to check if your portfolio is invested well, if there is enough oil in your car, or if there is enough money in your checking account. The consequences of not paying attention may be significant. When Social Security was first introduced the average American was lucky to live a few years after reaching age 65. Now the average retiree may live a few decades beyond the age of 65. Retirement income that is guaranteed for life is the foundation of any retirement plan. Social Security, pensions, annuities and other forms of “lifetime-guaranteedSend us your payments” must each be investment maximized and coordinated. questions to With so many variables to answer: info@ consider in determining suwanee your best options, obtaining professional advice is highly recommended. Q The views expressed in this article are not necessarily that of Suwanee Magazine.



Suwanee Academy of the Arts

Celebrating 10 Years of bringing the arts to Suwanee BY: Tana Christian Suggs

- Patty Etherton and Bernie Bock-Davis


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When you think of Suwanee, images of neon lights, Broadway performances, musical theater and ballet might not immediately come to mind. But, that is sure to change thanks to Suwanee Academy of the Arts owners, Patty Etherton and Bernie Bock-Davis, whose students continue to find their talent and perfect their craft in classical ballet, jazz, drama and music. After opening in September 2003, Etherton and Bock-Davis, as well as the entire community, are celebrating Suwanee Academy of the Arts’ 10-year anniversary. Etherton and Bock-Davis, who are both Suwanee residents said they loved their home town, saw the many gifted and talented people who live in the area, and noticed the city’s evident love for the arts and decided to open their studio in Suwanee. Just getting started and with little funds, the two said they did most of the work – plastered walls, painted ceilings, laid floors, and fought termites, all with no air conditioning. “Luckily we loved our jobs so much we would work for free, because we did,” they said, adding that time with the kids has made up for all the hard labor.  Starting with just 64 students and two studios, their first big production was an original musical the two wrote called “A Stranger Comes to Town,” one of a series titled “The adventures at Suwanee Station” about a stranger who comes to Suwanee after just getting off the train.


They recalled how they rented the pavilion in Historic Suwanee and they said it was the perfect setting for a show about a train depot, only feet from the spot of the old train depot. “We set up lights and sound, created scenery, and made all the costumes and props for the 17 elementary school age kids,” they recalled. “It was great! The kids loved it!” Etherton and Bock-Davis were a likely pairing after meeting at church in 1999 while directing a Christmas pageant together. It was there they recognized that hey shared the same passion for inspiring excellence through the arts, and thus, Suwanee Academy of the Arts was born. They also discovered that both had used art to overcome adversity: Etherton overcame her shyness through music and Bock-Davis used dance to overcome being bullied at school. “Our art brought out the best in us, so we know firsthand how what we do affects the young people we touch,” Etherton and Bock-Davis said. Their expectation levels are high and while others settle for good enough, the duo expects more – nothing less than the best out of their students. And they realize that by pouring their hearts into their work, the students respond by giving more than they believed possible. “This genuine response to the arts is character building and is the very thing that allows a young artist to grow into their own,” they said. “Just like eating healthy we knew that building strong healthy dancers would be built with strong technique. Even though the culture wants to let us believe in gimmicks or tricks, they are merely s shortcuts that can ultimately do harm. We believe what is best for the child is t grow up a confident capable member of society (who loves the arts). This to PHOTOS: Ted Easley e expectation doesn’t just apply to technique, but also to the student’s character. “Now we all have a little diva i us from time to time, but we in don’t ’ cultivate culltivate that h attit ude d h ere ” th hey sa id d “Art A loses its sense of rightness when it is don’t attitude here,” they said. “Art suffocated by the artists. At the Academy we all focus on the end result.” But it wasn’t long after opening, that the owners discovered a missing piece. They said the academy was growing fine artists, but there was little opportunity for them to perform. So they helped to start a non-profit organization, Suwanee Performing Arts, that’s committed to creating performance opportunities in the community, such as Broadway in the Park that brought “Shrek the Musical” to Town Center Park in July 2013 and the Suwanee Youth Ballet that just performed “Sleeping Beauty” at the new Buford Theater and Community Center in October, among many others. Currently, they have 17 teachers and more than 500 students that attend the more than 57 classes weekly in music, dance and drama. They have seven private lesson rooms, a room designed for Kindermusik, a new dance studio called Main Street Playhouse, and they have even added a workshop for building sets and a costume shop. The owners say their ultimate dream is to have a theater in Suwanee, and the one thing they said they have learned in the past 10 years is that their dreams have a tendency to come true. The annual Gingerbread Festival and Nutcracker Tea will be held Dec. 7. The Nutcracker Tea for 3 to 7 year olds will start at 10:30 a.m. with voting and entertainment for the Gingerbread Festival at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Suwanee Academy of the Arts, visit For more information about Suwanee Performing Arts, visit Q

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Suwanee Fashion Tips and Trends



FASHION with TIPS FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT PANACHE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE BY: Tana Christian Suggs ooking for that special something to wear this holiday? It’s not always easy to know what’s new, what’s hip and what styles work well together. And with so many holiday parties and social gatherings, many will be out shopping tirelessly for just the right ensemble. The staff at Panache Consignment Boutique in Town Center have dressed women and teens from head to toe offering customers value in designer and boutique fashions for 10 years now, and at Suwanee Magazine, we turned to the staff and owners, Karen Geganto and Bonita Costella for their winter fashion expertise. Here is what they recommend to look your best this winter and holiday season. When looking for something special to wear to that formal holiday party or event, Geganto said they first analyze a customer’s shape and pick a dress accordingly. The little black dress is still the perfect choice for a wedding or holiday party, but also any cocktail dress in jewel tones such as emerald, royal blue or red would be appropriate. And then bling it up with a necklace, earrings, a cocktail ring, and a pair of evening shoes…and BAM, you’re ready to go! For something a little more casual such as an office party, Geganto said ladies generally prefer dress slacks or even dressy designer jeans with a top and jacket. Or perhaps a designer sweater paired with a waterfall bead necklace, some boots, and a designer purse will get you out the door and on your way for some holiday fun! As for outerwear, Geganto said they spotlight jackets of all lengths, especially waist-length with a belt that can be worn with anything and looks fabulous. Ladies of all ages tend to love their handbags, and Geganto said styles and brands change from season to season. This winter one of the favorites is Michael Kors in any style and color.  Black still remains the basic, but bags are branching out to oranges, greens and pewter leather. The tote still reigns, but the single strap hobo is also a favorite.


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And when it comes to accessories Geganto said, accessorize, accessorize! Accessorizing is very important – like icing on the cake! The right accessories, can take you from bland to BAM! Panache Consignment Boutique offers unique items and carries designer names such as Chanel, Prada, Ray Ban, Coach, Maui Jim, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, offering its customers value and savings. For more information about Panache Consignment Boutique, visit the company website at Q


Keeping up with your Health

health Mary Grace Goes to Washington Suwanee Teen takes on diabetes and Congress participating in JDFR Children’s Congress BY: Tana Christian Suggs ith the challenge of academic success, the competition in extracurricular activities, and general peer pressure, growing up can be hard enough. Imagine growing up with these struggles and also dealing with a disease – diabetes. Mary Grace Zaldo is a 14 year old Suwanee resident and freshman at North Gwinnett High School who is doing just that. On top of all the pressures of being a kid, Mary Grace also has Type 1 Diabetes, also know as T1D. Mary Grace was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 4 when her mother, Tracy Zaldo, took her in for her routine check up. It was during that visit the doctor found her blood sugar level was much higher than normal – in the 300s. “I am very familiar with blood sugar testing because my husband, (and Mary Grace’s father, Mike Zaldo) has type 1 diabetes (diagnosed at age 19),” her mother said. “My heart fell – I knew it was a really high number.” From the doctor’s office they were sent straight to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite where finger pricks and insulin injections began. “…very traumatic for a child who had turned 4 the day prior,” her mother said. “We were in the hospital for three days, learning to care for our child with T1D.” For most people, the body automatically works to manage and maintain sugar levels. Mary Grace and Tracy Zaldo outside the But for Mary Grace, her pancreas doesn’t capitol building in Washington D.C. produce insulin, so she wears an insulin pump that helps her manage the disease. Every time she eats, she must check her blood sugar levels and she works hard to monitor to ensure accurate calculations. But even with careful monitoring, her mother said other things such as Mary Grace Zaldo illness and exercise can affect the calculations, so there


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are times when her calculations can be off and Mary Grace ends up with dangerously high or dangerously low blood sugar levels. Mary Grace said one of her biggest challenges with the disease is trying to explain it to her peers and get them used to it. “If someone has never had any exposure to T1D, they don’t really understand the concept of blood sugar checks and the fact I have to take insulin every time I eat,� Mary Grace explained. “It can be a little scary at first.� Dealing with T1D, Mary Grace said she sometimes feels a little different than others her age, but she takes it all in stride. “Of course I’m going to feel different- but it’s not always a bad thing,� she said. “It was hard dealing with all the shots and hospital visits as a child, but I'm used to it now and am doing everything I can to stay a happy, normal teenager. I still notice when people stare as I prick my finger or use my pump to deliver insulin. I know it is because they don’t understand or because they are curious, but sometimes it makes me feel self-conscious. For the most part though, I am very comfortable with my T1D.�   Since her diagnosis about 10 years ago, Mary Grace has not only taken on the disease in a physical way, she has also taken on the fight to raise much needed funds and awareness about the disease participating in events such as the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, where her walk team, Mary Grace’s Miracle Marchers, have raised more than $250,000 for diabetes research. And in July Mary Grace was chosen as one of 150 delegates out of more than 1,500 children that applied to the 2013 JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., a once in a lifetime opportunity that her mother said takes place every two years.



Mary Grace and Vice-President Joe Biden “I’ve been hearing about it since I was about 4 years old,” Mary Grace said, referring to the event. “I’ve always wanted to go and share my story... I was so excited when I found out I was one of the 150 delegates chosen. More than 1,500 children with T1D applied. Some of the delegates chosen were from other countries including England, Australia and Israel.” Mary Grace said in addition to sharing her personal story, she also wanted to make members of Congress realize that diabetes is bigger than all of us and when it hits, it hits hard. “But what it (diabetes) doesn't expect is us hitting back with events like this (JDRF Children’s Congress) to help raise money and battle this disease,” she added. “I wanted to make sure that the Congressmen I met understood that we were not just asking for money from the government – that we all work hard to raise money for diabetes research as well. But, we can’t do it alone. We need the kind of money and support that can only come from them.” She said she felt like the T1D community was counting on them to stand before Congress to convince lawmakers to continue funding diabetes research. “A cure is so important to all of us – it made me want to do a good job!” she said. While attending Mary Grace said she met a new friend who lives in Washington state, Vice President Joe Biden, and some other celebrities who have T1D. Now after such an eventful summer, Mary Grace is back home in Suwanee with her mother, father, brother, Sam, and dog, Jack, and back to being a normal teenager who loves running, likes to act and sing, loves to read and spend time with friends. ”I have never let T1D slow me down, and I never plan to,” she said. “In all other senses of the word, I am a normal teenage girl - I just have something a little special about me!” November is National Diabetes Month. For more information about the disease, visit For more information about JDRF Children’s Congress, visit Q

I wanted to make sure that the Congressmen I met understood that we were not just asking for money from the government – that we all work hard to raise money for diabetes research as well. But, we can’t do it alone. We need the kind of money and support that can only come from them.


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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Opens Center for Breast Care mory Johns Creek Hospital held the official grand opening of its Center for Breast Care Sept. 12. The specialty center, which opened to patients in August, is designed to provide women a more streamlined and stress-free environment and better access to breast care. The new $1.5 million center offers all digital, state-of-the-art technology – including 3D mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures, plus more. Breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsies are offered in the nearby radiology department. The center is staffed with a team of dedicated breast health specialists, each with specialized training in breast care. Centrally located in a 4,000 square foot suite on the first floor of the hospital’s Physician’s Plaza, the facility offers patients direct access to the hospital and its services, including surgery and oncology. A benefit of the center is the ability to help schedule women for any additional evaluations, such as an MRI or a biopsy, during the initial visit. Patients at the new center will experience new breast imaging technology. The 3D mammogram, sometimes called breast tomosynthesis, is designed for early breast cancer detection. It is done in conjunction with a traditional 2D mammogram and takes about 4 seconds longer than a usual mammogram.

Another major asset is the center’s nurse navigator, who serves as a patient’s primary point of contact. The navigator is available to answer questions, provide information to assist in decision-making, coordinate care with necessary breast health physicians and provide emotional support for the patient and her family. The Center for Breast Care is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit medical-services/breastcenter/index.html . Emory Johns Creek has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and provides patients with a cancer program that has been accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer. Q

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The Latest From The Suwanee Art World BY: Tana Suggs

Doors to Homes and Hope Art exhibit benefits Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity/ReStore and ArtWorks! Gwinnett. A unique art exhibit of about 150 artist-painted doors was on display in locations throughout Gwinnett County during the month of October, including at Suwanee’s Sims Lake Park. The Doors to Homes & Hope exhibit was designed to support both families in need of decent, affordable homes and the arts in Gwinnett County. Proceeds from auctioning/selling the doors benefited Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity/ReStore and ArtWorks! Gwinnett. Through October, doors were exhibited at Sims Lake Park with a few more displayed at Town Center Park. Other doors were displayed in various locations throughout Gwinnett County, including in Duluth, Norcross, and Snellville. Q

North Gwinnett Arts Association holds the fall Plein Air Event All around the area artists could be seen sketching, painting, taking photos and more during the North Gwinnett Arts Association’s fall Plein Air event held Oct. 19 and 20. According to the organization’s website, En Plein Air refers to the 19th century style of painting "in the open air" on location and is a juried event. Winners were announced at a reception held Oct. 20 at Uptown Grill in Suwanee. Winners included Vickie Johnson, David Phillips, Brandy Posey, Kristen Coldiron, Akasha Wood, Victor Kennedy, Jessica Kennedy, and Adrienne Kinsey.  

x First Place Judges Winner: Vickie Johnson x2nd Place Judges Choice: Jill McGannon x3rd Place Judges Choice: Brandy Posey xThe People’s Choice Award: Jessica Kennedy xArtist’s Choice: Gabriel Campoy

First Place Judges Winner: Vickie Johnson


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Jack HowardPotter, from Union College New York City, is motivated by the study of human anatomy and movement, and works with steel to create large-scale figurative sculptures. His sculpture Dancer 10, located in Town Center Park as part of Suwanee’s SculpTour, is fabricated of powder-coated steel, is 11'x4'x3' and weighs 450 pounds. Jack Howard-Potter's sculptures seek to convey the motion of the body in both extremely stressful and beautiful positions: such as the moment when a dancer is at the peak of a jump during that weightless split-second, before the body succumbs to gravity. He uses brightly colored surfaces to help separate the artist’s figures from the landscape, making them stand out in the same way people do in clothing. The brilliant colors help aid the sense of movement while protecting the steel from the corrosive outdoor environment. Howard-Potter’s works have been on display in outdoor parks, sculpture galleries, and public art exhibitions throughout the world. For more information about the artist, visit Dancer 10 is sponsored by Janis and Paul Beavin, and its purchase price is $15,000. For more information about SculpTour, visit Q


The Best Culinary Experiences Suwanee Has To Offer


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- General Manager, Sandra Hobson

Friends American Grill serves up food and fun in the neighborhood BY: Tana Christian Suggs s the old song says…“you gotta have friends,” and I’m not talking about the mega-hit television show featuring the cast of six twenty-somethings who were always there for each other. I’m talking about the local, fun-filled, neighborhood grill and bar of the same name – Friends. Friends Suwanee Grill located at 3890 LawrencevilleSuwanee Road opened in April by restaurant owners and Suwanee residents, Ray Stanjevich and Suzanne Cartwright. The owners aren’t new to the restaurant business. In fact, the Suwanee location is their third Friends location, with the others in Dacula and Dawsonville. Stanjevich said they had been eyeing Suwanee for a restaurant location for about three years. The owners said

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they know the Suwanee area very well, and even though they realized the location hadn’t been that successful for other restaurateurs, they were certain it was a good location for Friends. “The city of Suwanee is obviously a great place to live and we wanted our restaurant to be a part of Suwanee,” Stanjevich said. “A lot of Suwanee residents understand the value of supporting local and independent restaurants.” He also said that the city staff and officials have been very welcoming, supportive and eager to help the restaurant become successful. Stanjevich described the atmosphere of the restaurant as fun. With 22 large, flat-screen televisions, Friends is, perhaps, one of the best places for watching most sporting


events. They also hold special events such as Team Trivia and live music featuring regional artists, on a weekly basis. “What makes us unique is that we are a neighborhood grill where people can see and meet their neighbors and friends,” he said. “We are kind of like Cheers - where everybody knows your name.” Friends has an extensive menu that includes items such as hand-cut steaks, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh wings. Stanjevich said that after working for a restaurant chain that rarely changed their menu, he learned that variety is the spice of life. So they change the menu every three to four months. “Customers, especially regular customers, enjoy trying new items,” he said. “And we like to keep things interesting for them.”  Stanjevich said a popular menu item is the Loaded French Dip, made with a USDA Choice Top Round covered with their own dry rub recipe and slowly braised in the oven until all the juices are seared in, then sliced thin and topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions and melted Provolone cheese served on a hoagie roll. Other menu favorites include fish tacos with fried tilapia, special zesty sauce, cheddar cheese, red cabbage slaw and limes; and chicken wings using only fresh chicken seasoned with a variety of sauces including a couple of favorites: the House Sauce made with a blend of medium Buffalo Sauce and homemade Cajun Seasonings, and the Sriracha sauce - a hot Thai sauce sweetened just a bit so there’s a balance of hot and spicy. All of their sauces and dressings are homemade. Friends offers a full bar with 20 draft beers, 35 bottled beers, 20 choices of wine, and 212 types of liquor. And now that the city recently allowed restaurants to offer Happy Hour prices, Friends holds Happy Hour every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close. As residents, Cartwright and Stanjevich offer support to the Suwanee Community by sponsoring numerous school

With 22 large, flat-screen televisions, Friends is, perhaps, one of the best places in Suwanee for watching most sporting events.



athletic teams and help with various fundraisers to aid those in need. Each year at the restaurant they hold Ansley’s Easter in memory of Ansley Arnette, a young girl who passed away from a rare form of brain cancer. During the event there are live and silent auctions, live music and special events for children, including an Easter egg hunt. All sales on Easter Sunday are donated to a family caring for a sick child. Stanjevich said so far they have been able to raise more than $20,000 each year to help families in need. In addition, Stanjevich said this year Friends is committed to give away eight $500 scholarships to college bound varsity football players from several of the local high schools to encourage the students to further their education. And during the holidays, Friends holds a fundraiser party for Toys for Tots. Many readers may already recognize the owner’s names, as they purchased a piece of the Berlin Wall at auction in May that has been on display in front of Suwanee City Hall. Stanjevich said they just made arrangements with Gwinnett County to have the piece displayed in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center for the next six months. “Our goal is to have as many local residents see this piece of history, and to eventually give it a permanent home in Suwanee,” Stanjevich said. “Suzanne is a first generation American and I am an immigrant from Montenegro. It meant a lot to the both of us to be able to buy a piece of history and share it with others.” For more information about Friends Sports Grill, visit the website at Q


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Inaugural festival brings a “world of wine” to Town Center Park to benefit Annandale Village BY: Rachel Fasig

Nearly a thousand wine lovers gathered on October 5th for the inaugural Suwanee Wine Festival, as Town Center Park was transformed into a “world of wine”. With over 250 wines from around the world, attendees had the chance to sample many wines they might not otherwise have the opportunity to try. Beverage Superstore’s wine experts hand-selected wines of all varieties and flavors, to suit everyone’s individual tastes and preferences. As people strolled around the park, they were given unlimited wine samples from Argentina, Spain, Austria, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Italy, France, California, Oregon, Washington and of course, Georgia. The Fresh Market provided complimentary food samples to pair specifically with wine, including: cheese and crackers, seared bay scallops with garlic parsley butter, grilled rib-eye with a red wine demi-glace and grilled pineapple with sake-marinated chicken. The Fresh Market also catered the VIP tent with gourmet selections of fine artisan cheeses and breads, fresh seafood, grilled meat and an elaborate dessert platter, complete with a chocolate fountain. As presenting sponsor, Château Élan Winery & Resort, set up a magnificent tasting bar made entirely of rustic wood and oak barrels, where they provided samples of some exclusive, never-been-released wines

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as well as top-sellers from their winery. They also provided a grape-stomping center, where people had the opportunity to kick off their shoes and “make wine the old-fashioned way”. But, don’t worry - they didn’t make anyone sample that unique blend! Local, Georgia bluegrass bands: Pullin’ Strings and The Fiddleheads entertained the crowd, as they plucked and sang away to their original songs, as well as some surprising hits, like Britney Spears’ “Toxic” which had several people dancing by the stage. One festival attendee, Jamie Ray, said, “This is the first time I’ve heard live bluegrass music, it’s awesome…. and, no, this isn’t just the wine talking!” Perhaps the most important element of the Suwanee Wine Festival was the fact that all of the wine drinking, eating, laughing and singing that day, was for a good cause! A portion of all proceeds benefited Annandale Village, an award-winning nonprofit organization in Suwanee dedicated to providing progressive life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Keith Fenton, Chief Development & Marketing Officer of Annandale Village expressed tremendous gratitude and stated that proceeds will go towards their Fee Assistance Program, which allows them to provide a comprehensive range of programs and services to individuals with financial need. A good cause paired with wine, food and live music, provided the perfect backdrop to celebrate the first days of fall in Suwanee. Q




e asked the staff at Suwanee Magazine and friends to submit their favorite Thanksgiving traditions or recipes and we got some great responses. From crazy holiday games, to delicious-sounding recipes and sweet family memories, we loved all of the submissions. Thanksgiving is a time to gather as family and friends, eat great food, laugh, play and be reminded of how fortunate we are to live in an amazing community like Suwanee! b IIf you have a Thanksgiving Tradition you'd like to share please email submissions@ to be featured on the website.

Sugar & Spice Cookies This recipe has been handed T Th down for over 4 generations ddow - JJon Rogers, Graphic Designer, Suwanee Magazine Preheat P reh oven to 350 degrees. Cream these 4 ingredients: Crea C    

x 3/4 cup of soft butter x 1 cup brown sugar x 1 med. egg x 1/4 cup molasses

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x 2 cups white lily all-purpose flour x 2 tsp. baking soda x 1/4 tsp. salt x 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon x 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg x 3/4 tsp. ground clove x 3/4 tsp. ground ginger

Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Form into walnut size balls (dough will be a little sticky) place on cookie sheet and place in the oven. Baking time: This time will vary depending on your oven. You do not want the cookies to be fully baked, they need to be under baked. I generally do a test batch before I bake all the cookies. 7 to 10 minutes is the time range. Just see which time works best for under baked cookies... they will need to be soft and chewy. Then allow the cookies to cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 2 to 3 dozen

Every Thanksgiving we take a family photo with the turkey after my Mother and sister, Reagan, spend all day cooking. Itยนs been fun to see all the pictures and how we've grown up from little girls to women over the years. I hope to continue this tradition with my own sons from this point forward.

- Darcy Seyller, Project Manager, Suwanee Magazine


Thanksgiving Games Tournament Every Thanksgiving our entire extended family gets together and we have a Thanksgiving Games Tournament! We get super competitive…because each year the winning group gets to take home "the trophy"! The trophy is a bizarre-looking half turkey, half corn hybrid, but we sure do display it proudly in our homes when we win! Last year we got to take the trophy home and we plan to win again this year!! Our games are really funny and creative! Last year's games were: Dizzy Santa, Sunflower Seed Spittin', Defying Gravity, Honey Boo Boo Breath, Card Ninja, Pumpkin Pie Challenge, Chocolate Unicorn, Gobble Challenge and Turkey Wrapper. It's a lot of fun! We sure do love our crazy family!

- The Kutuk Family, Suwanee

My grandma would make her Heavenly Hash and would always put it in a yellow chipped bowl every Thanksgiving. After she passed away I continued the tradition making her Heavenly Hash and putting it in that exact same bowl. It makes us all feel that we still share the holiday with her.

- Shay Harbaugh, Graphic Designer, Suwanee Maga Magazine azine




5 ways to give back this holiday season: Gwinnett Children’s Shelter Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a residential care facility for youth, ages 12-21, who have experienced abuse, neglect, violence or abandonment. There are several ways that you can help these children in need during the holiday season. You can: sponsor a child and provide a minimum of 5 gifts from the child’s wish list; sponsor all the children and provide each child residing at the Shelter with the same gift; donate items on the General Wish List, Special Needs Wish List or Angel Tree Wish List. These lists will be located at www. You and your friends or family may also sign up to help gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping will be held December 16th-24th. To participate or for more information, please contact Kristy Ajax at 678-546-8770 or kajax@

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- Mildred Fasig, original creator of “The Drunk Bird”

The Drunk Bird My Grandma always made what she called “The Drunk Bird” for Thanksgiving, which is quite funny considering she doesn’t even drink wine herself! Now, my mom continues the tradition…but as we cook, we splash wine on the turkey and then a little into our glasses. My mom always says it’s the best way to cook! The turkey is stuffed with apple, lemon, onion and some spicy crumbled sausage. Outside it is rubbed under the skin and on top, with a paste made of roasted garlic, pesto and two chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, drizzled all over with melted butter. (Take out the peppers if you don’t like it spicy!) As it’s cooking we baste it with a delicious stock that’s simmering on the stove and A WHOLE BOTTLE of white wine….yes, I'm being serious, an entire bottle! The white wine is what makes it “Grandma’s Drunk Bird” and the stock turns into delicious gravy as it’s cooking. The turkey is juicy, crispy, flavorful and perfect! We will definitely carry this tradition on for generations!

- Rachel Fasig, Marketing Coordinator, Suwanee Magazine


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Hugs for Soldiers is collecting canned and non-perishable food items for members of the military and their families at Ft. Benning who are facing financial hardships during the holidays. Thanksgiving basket donations will be accepted through Friday, November 15, 2013. They also send cards and holiday care packages to deployed troops all over the world. Holiday cards/ donations will be accepted through Friday, November 23, 2013. Donations can be dropped off at: Duluth First United Methodist Church. 3208 Duluth Hwy. 120 Duluth, GA 30096 . Please visit for a list of items still needed.

Toys for Tots Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine Corps Program whose mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute to less fortunate children in our community. Toys R Us and Babies R Us also have toy drop bins and online wish lists that ship directly to the Toys for Tots Program. Please visit: for more information, to donate, to volunteer or to sign up as a toy drop site. The Suwanee Business Alliance is a proud supporter of Toys for Tots. More information about SBA and their involvement with Toys for Tots can be found on Page 6.

Christmas in the Park Christmas in the Park is teaming up with Caring Hearts Ministry, a local food bank, to meet the needs of our community. They need canned food and nonperishable items, 500 pairs of new or gently used shoes and 400 new or gently used coats; kids and adult sizes. Donations may be brought to the event on December 13th and 14th, or dropped off at one of the Suwanee “Hot Spot” locations. For more information, please visit: php/special-events/christmas-in-the-park/

North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry North Gwinnett Co-op served nearly 500 families for the holidays in 2012 and is anticipating the same amount this holiday season. They are currently collecting Thanksgiving and holiday meal foods plus $15 Publix gift cards for turkey or ham. For a complete list of food items needed, please visit Drop off hours for deliveries are Mondays, 4-8pm and Wednesday-Friday from 8:30am to 2:00pm at 4395 Commerce Dr. Buford, GA 30518.

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


Great community gifts AVAILABLE AT CITY HALL

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Gifts for your best friend Check out Pooch N Paws' wide selection of stocking stuffer ideas for your favorite pup.....most p under $10

x Boxed and Bagged Christmas Doggie Treats x Colorful Christmas Tennis Balls x Large Offering of Plush Christmas Toys x Personalized Ceramic Doggie Bones in an assortment of colors Pooch N Paws Pet Boutique and Bakery 320 Town Center Avenue, C-9 Suwanee, GA 30024

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Designer fashions for all the holiday events! Stop by Panache today, and mention this section to receive an in-storee discount.


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Gifts to keep your pet healthy & happy Locally owned and operated all natural pet food and supplies iees business offering a wide selection of Natural Balance premium iuum pet foods along with Blue, Merrick, Taste Of The Wild, Precise, cisse, Canidae & many more. 960 Scales Rd, Unit nit 150 Suwanee, GA 30024


Customized gifts make shopping easy Embroidered Impressions offers a variety of custom wear that make the perfect gifts for the holidays! Visit them to find: embroidered hoodies, jackets, custom spirit wear, cell phone covers, caps, even monogrammed scarfs; these are perfect gifts for this winter! They will make Christmas shopping easy, affordable and unique. Embroidered Impressions 2721 Faith Industrial Drive, Suite A • Buford, GA 30518


Spa gift certificates make great gifts

Buy in Gwinnett is an exciting discount card program that not only saves you money when you shop locally, but also supports your favorite non-profits. Become a cardholder and gain access to a website of discounts and promotions!

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Salon Greco gift certicates may be used with any product or service and are available in any amount. They may be used at anytime. Order by phone, in person or online.

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Fresh Gourmet gift baskets The Fresh Market 1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suwanee, GA 30024


Custom or premade gourmet gift baskets. Plus they do holiday shipping! Gift cards are always a good idea!


The gift of beauty

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Ugly christmas sweaters Psycho Sisters sells cool clothes for cool people! They buy, trade and consign. From Designer Label to Hipster and Vintage Clothing.

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One - of- a- kind jewelry Makes a great Christmas gift for any member of your family, even your pet!

Order from GoWaiter!

How to order from GoWaiter? It is so easy! Simply go to, type in your zip code and choose your restaurant by clicking on the icon. Place your order today and they will take it from there. Prices are the same as if you went to the restaurant. The only charge is a $4.99 delivery fee!



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Fine Silver and Dichroic Glass Jewelry Personalized with:

x Your child's name x A birthstone x An initial x A pet charm x A special date Lincia Designs Robin Lynch


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Inspired outdoor living American Casual Living creates comfortable, year round outdoor living areas for family fun, entertaining, or for quiet enjoyment and relaxation. Their spacious showroom brings to life the very finest outdoor/casual furnishings and accessories available. 1955 Mall of Georgia Blvd Buford, GA 30519


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Quality gifts in all price ranges From $10 Bird Feeders to Granite Tables for the Big Green Egg, and everything in between! ACE IS THE PLACE for great quality Gifts!

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Shop designer quality without designer prices Shop The Perfect Piece for the holidays. Voted Best Furniture Store of Gwinnett 2009-2013!

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Lake Lanier Island Resort’s

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BY: Curtis Stockwell OF THE BEER GROWLER

t’s that time of year again, gone is the warmer weather and in comes cooler temperatures and shorter days. Some people dread the coming g months of cold and dreariness, none of which I am particularly fond of, but it does mark the entrance of some beers meant to keep you warm and cozy at night. I am speaking of course, of stouts and porters. Typically I would spend much of this article giving you the history of each of the styles and their nuances and then touch briefly on some beers you should try. This time I will be brief with the history and spend more time focusing on some beers I think you should open your palate to. To begin our brief look at their history, we will look back to the early 18th century where we will find the first mention of a porter. Most references seem to point to 1722 and a fella by the name of Ralph Harwood. He created a beer called “Entire.” This was based off a popular blend at the time consisting of three different beers (beer, ale, and strong beer) mixed together at the point of service. “Entire” quickly became the workingman’s most popular choice of beer, which leads us to believe that the term “porter” was coined for this particular style because of its strong following by the porters who labored at the local markets and made deliveries to pubs. Stouts were originally referring


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to the heaviest and/or strongest beer in a brewer’s portfolio. Essentially they were one in the same and only recently have begun to take on lives of their own. As a general rule of thumb, porters are typically characterized as being more malty and full-bodied, whereas stouts tend to be drier and toastier than their counterparts. Both styles are dark in color, rich in flavor and are derived from the heavily roasted malts used during the brewing process. The malts bring out notes of toasted bread, coffee, chocolate, and espresso in most cases.

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Now on to the good stuff! First I will go over what my favorite local options for stouts and porters are and then tell you about my favorite stout of all time. Our friends at Terrapin will be releasing Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk stout and Wake ‘N’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout very soon. Sweetwater’s Happy Ending is an Imperial stout and is available starting in December and goes through March. Jailhouse’s Breakout Stout is a year-round brew that is bold with a nice hoppy sturdiness. Red Brick has quite a few of these to offer! To start they have a traditional Porter; then they offer the Vanilla Gorilla, which is a seasonal porter, brewed with imported smoked whole vanilla beans. The Robust Porter is a winter seasonal and packs a little more punch than the original. And finally, another seasonal beer is Red Brick’s Chocolate Cherry Porter, which is quite tasty and will be available in December. They offer a traditional stout from December to February, and since this year marks their 20th Anniversary, they also produced an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels. There is still some of this beer floating around so if you happen to come across is make sure you get your hands on some! Aside from the 20th Anniversary Ale from Red Brick, all of the beers mentioned above will always be in their portfolios. But, be on the lookout for small batch and special projects these local breweries release this time of year; they tend to be quite good! After much deliberation I have decided to put into writing that North Coast’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is my favorite stout…that I have tried thus far. Similar to India Pale Ales, Imperial stouts were developed in Britain to survive the journey to Russia. In my opinion, the bitterness of hops balances perfectly with the heaviness of roasted malts providing your taste buds with a complex journey with each sip. There is just something about that beer that I love and that keeps me coming back! Try it next time you are in the mood for something big and robust. As with all of these articles I am barely able to begin to cover everything that I would like to write about for each of these styles. I know there is a lot that I have missed, so please forgive me! But, when the temperature drops and you are looking for some liquid company…give a stout or porter a try, you will not regret it! Cheers!

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Tiger Tails’ ice cream social sets tails wagging Tiger Tails Animal Hospital hosted their 1st Annual Ice-Cream Social in early September. Braving one of this summer’s hottest days yet, families, including their furry members, gathered at the Tiger Tails property for fun and fellowship. “Having only been open nine months, we wanted to thank our clients for entrusting their animals to our care. It was an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for their business,” stated Zack Mills, DVM and co-owner of Tiger Tails. The event offered something for the whole family. Along with ice cream catered by Brusters, there was music provided by DJ-XLR8, a large Dalmatian Jump House for the kids to enjoy and raffle prizes awarded by representatives from Merial and Bayer, both animal health companies. The highlight of the afternoon was the appearance of Chopper, the official mascot of the Gwinnett Braves. Chopper amused the kids and adults as well as the furry friends. He definitely stirred up some good natured mischief!

Epic Clothing is now Psycho Sisters Consignment Boutique Epic Clothing has a new famous name, “Psycho Sisters Consignment Boutique” just like the store that’s been iconic in Little 5 Points for 20 years. Psycho Sisters Suwanee is located at 3463 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, and is considered the new hip and trendy consignment shop for teens, men, and women. Psycho Sisters buys, sells, trades and consigns designer labels, hipster styles, and every era vintage. For more information and hours of operation, visit Find them and like them on Facebook at www.facebook. com/psychosisterssuwanee.


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Fab'rik Boutique opens in Town Center Fab'rik's CEO & Founder, Dana Spinola and Suwanee Mayor, Jimmy Burnette celebrated the opening of Fab'rik Suwanee with owners, Kim Wholley and Tiffany Ward at the October 24th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. This location marks the 24th Fab'rik boutique to open, and they have two more franchise locations opening in the next two weeks. Wholley and Ward have both been living in Suwanee for the last fifteen years and said they love the area and have been wanting to bring a Fab'rik boutique to Suwanee Town Center for a long time. Their families are highly involved in the community and they are excited to now be called Suwanee business owners. Fab'rik is located at 340 Town Center Avenue.

City of Suwanee receives three Voice of the People Awards for Excellence The City of Suwanee was one of a dozen communities from around the nation – and one of two in Georgia – to be recognized for service excellence at the recent International City/County Management Association (ICMA) annual conference in Boston. Suwanee received three Voice of the People Awards for Excellence for obtaining outstanding resident ratings through the 2012 National Citizen Survey in three categories: code enforcement, overall service quality, and parks. These ratings placed Suwanee among the three highest-rated communities among all eligible jurisdictions nationwide in each category. Voice of the People Awards are presented by ICMA and the National Research Center. The City of Suwanee participates biennially in the National Citizen Survey in order to gather valuable citizen data to help inform budgeting, goal-setting, performance measurement, and program planning. Decatur also was recognized by ICMA for service excellence.


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Suwanee to begin Youth Leadership Program The City of Suwanee is launching a new youth leadership initiative to build up young leaders in the community and outside the classroom. The nine-month Suwanee Youth Leaders program will begin in January. The program is designed for high school sophomores and juniors in the North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge areas, including students who attend private or home-based schools. "Suwanee is developing the program", says Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson, in response to the City’s 20/20 Vision strategic plan, adopted last year, which calls for encouraging youth involvement in civic and community planning. The Suwanee Youth Leaders program will help students develop team-building, communication, and leadership skills. The initiative will include monthly programs and smallgroup meetings and will culminate with hands-on community service opportunities. Applications for the program were taken until Oct. 25. For more information about the program, visit

Old Town area nominated to National Register The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) unanimously approved nomination of an approximately 67-acre area in Old Town to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the country’s official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, and districts worthy of preservation; an eligible property’s inclusion on the list allows owners to receive preservation benefits and incentives. DNR’s approval effectively makes owners of historically significant properties in the district eligible for state preservation grants and tax credits. The U.S. Department of the Interior will now consider Suwanee’s historic district and make the ultimate decision about its inclusion on the National Register. Once officially added to the register, owners of historically significant properties will be eligible for federal grants and investment tax credits. The Old Town historic district encompasses about 67 acres and 60 properties, including Pierce’s Corner, that are centered along Main Street.


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Segreto Cucina Italiano Restaurant grand opening ribbon cutting Segreto Cucina Italiano Restaurant's Grand Opening Celebration took place on Friday, October 18th at 4pm. Mayor Burnette was present for the occasion to congratulate Segreto owners: Nick Patel, Bobby and Wanda Mason as they cut the red ribbon! After the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, everyone was invited to enjoy live jazz music and complimentary champagne and appetizers inside Suwanee's newest Italian restaurant. Segreto is located at 3370 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. Suwanee, GA 30024.

Three qualify for City Council posts Three candidates have qualified for the three City Council posts that were to be up for election in November. Incumbents Dan Foster and Beth Hilscher qualified for their posts and Ruby Forest resident and former Public Arts Commission Chair Linnea Miller qualified for Post 3. Kevin McOmber is currently serving in Post 3 until the end of the year and is not running for re-election. Because one candidate qualified for each available post, no municipal election will be held in November. By state law, each candidate is assumed to vote for heror himself. The candidates will be sworn in to their new four-year terms of office in December or January. No voting will take place at Suwanee City Hall this fall. Suwanee residents who are registered to vote and wish to vote on the 2014 Gwinnett County SPLOST referendum will cast ballots at their county polling location. Suwanee City Councilmembers run for specific posts, but each is elected to a four-year term by a city-wide vote. Terms of office begin January 1 following the election. In order to run for City Council, candidates must be a Suwanee resident for at least 180 days prior to qualifying and continue to reside in the city throughout their period of service. They must also be qualified to vote in municipal elections.

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Ceremony dedicates 9-11 artifact & sculpture


suwanee The City of Suwanee held a brief dedication ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, for an artistic display created to memorialize 9-11-2001. The event took place at the Remembrance display site at Town Center Park and included a performance by the North Gwinnett High School Advanced Chamber Orchestra. The display, created by Statesboro artist Marc Moulton, features a damaged, twisted relic from one of the World Trade Center towers, which was given to Suwanee a couple of years ago by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Since unveiling the artifact two years ago, the city has worked to determine a permanent location and create an appropriate display for the artifact, which was part of an exterior steel panel from floors 101-104 of one of the twin towers. Late last year, Suwanee’s Public Arts Commission solicited proposals and ultimately contracted with Moulton to create the permanent display, which is being installed at Town Center Park in a raised area near the brick outer wall along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. In addition to the 1,628-pound World Trade Center artifact, which stands to the side, the Remembrance display will include a 9-11 historical timeline with stainless steel letters and numbers embedded into a cement pad. An inverted conical sculpture, with the lower Manhattan cityscape cut into it, will stand in the middle of the pad. At night, a light-shadow impression, which offers an aerial view of the cityscape, will be projected onto the pad.


Happenings In The Suwanee School World


Shadowbrook Baptist Weekday School:

“Love, Laugh, Teach” BY: Angela Veugeler

t’s Monday morning and we pull into the carpool line at Shadowbrook Baptist Weekday School. After getting up at 55am to get ready for work and get our 3 kids ready for school, I’m thinking of our staff meeting and all of the things that I have to get done that day. In the backseat, our five year old is almost bouncing out of his booster seat with excitement. We pull out bo the sight words for some last minute practice before getting to tthe front of the line. When we get to the front, his teacher Ms. Jana greets us with a warm and excited smile. Our son is smiling his head off at this point and gives Ms. Jana an enthusiastic smili gre greeting as she helps him out of the car to join the assistant teacher Ms. Marsha and the other children. I then hand her tea our two year old, who is new to Shadowbrook this year and has alre already started reaching for her with open arms. I forget about

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Shadowbrook staff: Carol Fisher, Tracy Keiger, Heidi Fredlund, Tammy Gilreath, Denise Allan, Ximena Gutierrez Kindergarten teachers: Jana Domyslawski & Marsha Curry work for a moment and my heart fills with gladness as I think about how blessed we are by this school. I have that same feeling every time I walk into the school and especially when I watch one of the performances the children and staff work so hard on. They sing sweet songs I didn’t even know they knew about God and it is such a strong reminder about what really matters most in life. Something very important to me as a parent is that my children love learning. There are many years ahead of us in school and if they don’t enjoy it, it’s going to be a much harder, longer road. The foundation for this is set in preschool and the staff at Shadowbrook have certainly given my children a love for learning. Shadowbrook starts as early as 15 months and goes through Kindergarten. If you walk into the school, you may notice many of the teachers wearing shirts with the Bible verse on the back, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:6. New this year, the teachers also have shirts with owls and the school's motto, “Live, Laugh, Teach.” As a parent with 3 children that have attended, I can confirm that in our family’s experience, that quote and Bible verse sum up the heart of the school.



Many of the staff have been there 10 years or more. Director Carol Fisher has been with Shadowbrook 15 years this coming Spring, first as a teacher and then in 2004, Fisher was promoted to Director. When asked about the vision of the school, Fisher shared “To continue to learn and improve as much as we can, and be able to give to the children and their families a loving, caring Christian environment.” Shadowbrook does just that, and has a lot to offer academically as well. They offer Art, Music and Movement, Spanish, and Chapel in addition to the regular age-appropriate curriculum. The school hosts many family oriented events and programs throughout the year such as “Tailgate with Dad’s”, a Thanksgiving luncheon, Christmas program, Spring show and “Munchies with Mom.” According to Fisher, parents often share that it is “a very welcoming environment”, and that “they’ve always felt the love and laughter.” The school’s goal is to help children in “not only learning academics, but learning the basis of Christianity, and learning about Jesus.” If you’d like to tour the school, Shadowbrook invites interested families on Monday, January 13th and Tuesday, January 14th at 10am. Registration for fall is open to the public on Friday, January 24th at 10am. For more information, call the school at 770-945-3549, or email Carol Fisher at Q

Friday, December 13th and Saturd ay,

hristmas in the Park is a free family event sponsored by Shadowbrook Baptist Church. On Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, from 5:30-8:30pm, Suwanee Town Center Park transforms into a magical Christmas village, complete with a children’s train ride, lights, live music, a children’s nativity, Christmas activities, a caricature artist, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and photographs with characters from Charles Dicken’s, “A Christmas Carol”.

The following “Hot Spot” locations are accepting donations and the following discounts from November 4 through December 19, 2013

Artful Living: Babies & Bellies: Big Peach Running Co: Dress Up Boutique: Golden Seven: Hairllucinations: Ippolito’s: Marco’s Pizza:

December 14th

Christmas in the Park has partnered with Caring Hearts Ministry, a local food bank, to help meet the needs of our community, particularly during the holiday season. Their collection goals this year include: canned food to feed 1,000 families for 1 week, 500 pairs of new or gently used shoes (kids size 5 – adult size 12) and 400 new or gently used coats (kid & adult sizes). Donated items may be brought to the Christmas in the Park event or dropped off at one of the Suwanee “Hot Spot” locations who offer discounts when donations are dropped off. $

10 off $50 purchase 10% off purchase 5% off purchase 20% off entire purchase $ 5 off $30 purchase (dine in only) 15% off service Free Drink (non-alcoholic) Free medium pizza with purchase of a large pizza at regular price

Panache: Planet Smoothie: Pooch N Paws: Popcorn Palladium: Revival:

10% off purchase $ 1 off any adult smoothie $ 10 off $50 purchase 15% off purchase $ 10 off cut/color service, $ 5 off products Yogli Mogli: 20% off purchase la Ti da: See store for details

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Local residents came, saw, and got a ‘Taste of Suwanee’ When it was all said and done, thousands had gathered at Town Center Park Oct. 12 for a Taste of Suwanee. Based on ticket sales, event organizers estimate 8,000 to 10,000 residents visited the park throughout the day to get a taste from 34 food vendors and to meander among the tents of 48 artists, businesses, and organizations. When it came to the taste test, Best Taste Contest winners were: Twisted Taco in first place, Mango Cuban in second place, and Segreto Cucina Italiano in third. New to this year’s event included Radio Disney and a 5K, where 98 runners participated. The annual event is a fundraiser held by the North Gwinnett Basketball Booster Club with the proceeds going to benefit the North Gwinnett Basketball program. Angie O’Farrell, one of the event organizers, said the funds are used to support the basketball facilities and programming. “Since our facilities are used by numerous community organizations, including middle school basketball, the Gwinnett Basketball League, volleyball, wrestling, cheer, and various youth organizations, we feel it’s a true community fundraiser,” she said. Q



Lanier High School football player to participate in National Showcase in Orlando

- Travis Taylor

While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this summer, Travis Taylor, 17 of Sugar Hill, GA, was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 8th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl January 3rd in Orlando. Taylor, a 6-3� 260 pound junior and center for Lanier High School Longhorns, was selected from a group of young athletes across the country. The Offense-Defense All-American Showcase is part of a week-long series of events including the televised, 8th-annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, an AllStar football game showcasing 88 of the top high school seniors in the country and has featured current NFL pros such as Cam Newton, Carlos Dunlap, and Dez Bryant among others before they were collegiate and later professional stars. Offense-Defense Sports has been running fullcontact football instructional camps for the past 45 years and currently operates in approximately 40 camp locations nationwide every spring and summer. For more information, visit Q


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Suwanee Day Classic 5K SEPTEMBER 14th, 2013 TOWN CENTER PARK




Suwanee Business Alliance September Meeting SEPTEMBER 11th, 2013 MAKE IT LOUD




Suwanee Business Alliance October Meeting OCTOBER 9th, 2013 WILD WINGS CAFE





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Mellow Mushroom Falcon's Trivia Night

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Big Peach 2nd Anniversary SEPTEMBER 24th, 2013 TOWN CENTER PARK





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Movies Under the Stars SEPTEMBER 7th, 2013 TOWN CENTER PARK



Upcoming Suwanee Area Events

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6th Annual Old Peachtree 5K Saturday, November 2nd at 9:00 a.m. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 625 Old Peachtree Rd

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Christy Jordan at the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library Tuesday, December 3rd Gwinnett County Public Library .BJO4USFFUt4VXBOFF (" Christy Jordan is the publisher of, a contributing editor to Taste of the Southmagazine, former editor-at-large at Southern Living, and a judge on the Game Show Network’s Beat the Chefs. She’s appeared on TODAY, Paula Deen, QVC, and a host of other media outlets. She lives with her family in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Caboose Lighting & Holiday Festival Friday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m. Main Street, Old Town

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Suwanee Academy of the Arts Nutcracker Tea & Gingerbread Festival

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Friday December 13th & Saturday, December 14th 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Town Center Park For more information call 770-945-1524



Suwanee Business Alliance Meeting Saturday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. Suwanee City Hall

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