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A Note From Our Editor

Welcome Spring!

I always look forward to the grass getting green, the flowering and blooming of the trees, and of course, warmer weather! There are a number of races as well as a crossfit challenge in Suwanee this spring, which are a great way to get some exercise and enjoy Suwanee's beautiful trails and community!

This issue is full of great stories, our annual Summer Camp Guide and info on upcoming events. Here at Suwanee Magazine, we are eagerly anticipating the 2013 Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest on March 16th! With a selection of more than 250 craft beers, great food, live music and more, it is a fun, memorable event for all involved and raises money to help Kingdom Kids, an organization that has made a huge difference in the lives of many area children and their families. Are you looking for a special way to honor your mom or another great mom you know? With Mother’s Day approaching, we created a contest to give a few deserving mom’s a special treat. Please see the details in City Buzz on page 36 for more information. Finally, the staff at Suwanee Magazine would like to introduce and give a warm welcome to Amy Wilson. Amy, an intern from Brenau University, began assisting us with this issue and will be with us through the end of April helping with editorial content. We hope you enjoy this issue of Suwanee Magazine and many of the upcoming events we have in our great city!



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In this issue:


Features: 10 Summer Camp Guide 23 2013 Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest Guide 26 Home Brewing 30 Style of Craft Beer 33 Jekyll Brewing


Departments: 4 Business

4 SBA 5 Investment 6 Suwanee Creek Bicycle

8 Home

Springtime Decor

18 Health

Fighting Seasonal Allergies


20 Food

Suwanee Pizza Kitchen

36 City Buzz 40 Schools 48 People &

Places 52 Calendar



Suwanee Business Community News & Information

business 12th Annual

SBA Charity Golf Tournament BY: Ed Szczesniak

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hether your golf clubs sat in the garage collecting dust or you have spent the year perfecting your swing, it’s time to dust off those clubs or show off your new and improved swing at the Suwanee Business Alliance Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The Suwanee Business Alliance 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast and a 9 a.m. shotgun start on April 23 at Hamilton Mill Golf Course in Dacula. And while playing hooky on an average Tuesday to join friends and neighbors to play a friendly round of golf is fun, the purpose behind the tournament is to raise funds for a variety of causes in the community. SBA has During the past 11 years the SBA has invested more than invested more than $60,000 in the community using $60,000 in the proceeds from the tournament to community using help local organizations such as proceeds from the Annandale Village, The Quinn House, GaGa for TaTas, The tournament to help local Foster Children’s Foundation, organizations Toys for Tots, Juvenile Diabetes, Veteran's organization Sentinels for Freedom Gwinnett, Rainbow Village, Suwanee Performing Arts as well as various families who could use a little TLC (Tender Local Care). The need continues to grow and you can help! The SBA needs players, teams and sponsors at various levels, prize donations, and people who want to get together for a great cause and get to know their fellow business neighbors in the process! Sponsors receive significant recognition on the SBA website and all tournament advertising, publications and banners. Goodie bags, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, awards and prizes, a silent auction, and one heck of a lot of fun are all provided by the SBA. For more information 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:


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What is a

REIT? And why might I want to own one?

BY: Bill and Cindi Porter Aileron Investment Advisors

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are passive investments. They usually provide consistent income, may provide long-term growth (capital gains), and can add true diversification to your portfolio. Like the stock market, which has various sectors (small cap, large cap, international, etc.), REITs also come in different flavors (health care, industrial, office, retail, etc.). Some investors prefer to concentrate on smaller areas of the investment world instead of a broader index like the S&P 500. For example, over the past ten years, the index of all health care REITs has had an annual average return of +18.88 percent , with a volatility range between a high of +44 percent (2006) and a low of -12 percent (2008) as reported by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. While the past is not a guarantee for the future, during the past decade health care REITs on average have produced better returns with less volatility than the broader markets. Like stocks and bonds, there are both public and privately traded REITs, offering different levels of risk, reward, and liquidity. REITs are considered alternative investments and privately traded REITs are only available to accredited investors. The main attraction for some investors is that REITs may provide a high level of consistent income. Many REITs pay an annual dividend rate of 3 to 6 percent, and distribute the payments monthly or quarterly. Though not guaranteed like certificates of deposits, this type of income is attractive for many retirees. Many investors have moved part of their portfolio from growth (stocks) to income (REITs and master limited partnerships (MLPs)) as part of a new overall investment strategy. A conversation with your advisor may help you decide if REITs are Send us your appropriate for your portfolio. investment Reading the prospectus and questions to sufficient due diligence are answer: info@ necessary before investing. â– suwanee The views expressed in this article are not necessarily that of Suwanee Magazine.



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Suwanee Business Shifts Into High Gear BY: Amy Wilson and Tana Suggs

hether you're young, old, or in between, a professional cyclist or just out to spend some time getting fresh air and exercise, riding a bicycle can be a fun outdoor activity. But as with any sporting activity, one needs the proper equipment in good repair. Jeff Nalley, a cyclist for forty years, has participated in recreational, touring and entry level racing, and now he is sharing his love of cycling with many area residents as owner of Suwanee Creek Bicycles located on Buford Highway in Suwanee. Nalley and his wife, Wendy, have lived in Suwanee for 15 years, so when they were contemplating opening the store six years ago, Nalley said location was key. "My previous business required a lot of travel, so when we decided to open the bicycle store, I wanted it as close as possible to home,� he said. With that in mind, Nalley said they were fortunate to find a location across from the Suwanee Greenway. With the ideal location, the Nalleys opened the shop in spring 2007. Open six days a week, Suwanee Creek Bicycles remains a family-owned and operated business offering both new bike sales and repairs. Nalley works full time in the store, primarily in repairs, though he can also be found on the sales floor or building supplier relationships, while Wendy Nalley works part time handling the administrative side of the business and on the sales floor when needed. Their daughter, Jennifer, helps out part time in sales. In addition to the family, Fred Murphy works in sales and Spencer Oliver works in the repair shop. Nalley knows from experience that when cycling, comfort matters. "A rider that is properly fitted to a bicycle is a much more efficient and comfortable rider," he said. To help ensure a comfortable ride Nalley uses Bike Fit Systems, a company whose tools are used to help properly fit the customer to the bicycle by determining proper saddle height, saddle fore and aft placement, handlebar positioning


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"A rider that is properly fitted to a bicycle is a much more efficient and comfortable rider."

Jeff Nalley, owner Suwanee Creek Bicycles

In 2012 Suwanee Creek Bicycles was the number one Fuji dealer in the southeastern United States. and so on, to make sure cyclists are riding at their highest comfort level. In addition to comfort, Nalley said listening to his customers is important, adding that his biggest challenge is having the products his customers want. Because there are so many new products coming out every year, Nalley said it makes it impossible for him to stock everything. “So I listen to my customers about products they have heard about, whether it is a different type of saddle, new wheels, nutrition and so on," Nalley said. Suwanee Creek Bicycles helps to support neighbors and the community by sponsoring a local junior racing team, Frazier Cycling and they also have riders under the “Suwanee Creek Bicycles” club name as well. In addition, they are a shop

sponsor for the "Tour de Cure" charity bicycle ride, which raises money to find a cure for diabetes. "This will be our fifth year as a sponsor for 'Tour de Cure,'" Nalley said. "We recruit riders to ride for our team and raise money, and we provide mechanical support during the ride." Likewise, the community support has been an important part of building the business, and Nalley said as new business owners, sticking close to home in Suwanee has turned out to be a good idea. "My primary brand of bicycle is the Fuji brand,” he said. “(And) in 2012 Suwanee Creek Bicycles was the number one Fuji dealer in the southeastern United States. To go from brand new to number one in six years…is a testament to the support the Suwanee community has given us." For more information, you can also visit their website at ■

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1175 Buford Hughway, Suite 115 • Suwanee

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Design Tips & Trends


decor Springtime

From your friends at Parsons Gifts

While the two famous groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil and Gen. Beauregard Lee may be divided on when spring will arrive, one thing is certain…before long temperatures will rise, the trees will bud and blossom and cars will be coated with thick yellow pollen. Welcome to spring in Georgia! At Suwanee Magazine we want area residents to be ready for the new season, so we reached out to our friends at Parsons Gifts and Cards to see what trends they expect this season. Here is what they had to say… The Pantone color of the year, emerald green, is showing up in everything from jewelry to fashion, and also in home decor in small doses including shades of teal and turquoise blues and in accessory items like pottery, lamps, frames and pitchers. Graphic patterns such as geometrics and chevron patterns continue to be important and can be found on frames, pillows, and table accessories. Adding just a touch can provide a quick update to any room or outfit. Think birds, owls, bunnies, frogs, etc. Nature inspired themes will be a trend, so don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors inside. And in keeping with the nature inspired…Natural brown tones with shades of white and natural materials are also things to look for this spring. Think painted, vintage-looking furniture and accessories, pottery and other natural looks like burlap that give a great fresh look and a new spin on vintage. And speaking of vintage and love of the past – think shabby-chic used with repurposed or recycled materials. For example: frames made with reclaimed wood. Have fun with graphic signage with bold text and handcrafted items that include meaningful messages. Both add a personal statement and can be mixed with all decorating styles. Made in the USA is becoming more important to shoppers, especially items made locally. For example – Habersham scented wax pottery bowls made in North Georgia are always in style! ■

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Club Scientific

404-932-2552 Your child can be a meteorologist, robot maker, video game inventor, veterinarian, or space explorer! Club Scientific North Georgia is a high-quality science camp for children ages 4-13. With hands-on science projects and an 8:1 student/staff ratio, we provide programs to excite the minds of young children. Science was never this much fun!

The Actor’s Edge 770-846-6721

The Actor’s Edge Summer Performing Arts Camp enrollment is open! From June 3rd - August 2nd children ages 4-17 can choose from week-to-week sessions in: Musical Theatre, Teen Triple Threat, Stage Combat, Costume Design and Acting Camps. Join the FUN as we explore magical worlds through Improvisation; Build Acting Skills with Confidence; Learn to Fight and Fall like a Pro with Stage Combat; Musical Theatre Dance; Develop Stage Presence & Strengthen Singing Voices. Located 4635 River Green Parkway, Duluth, GA 30096. Full-day hours 9:00-3:00. Half day 9:00-12:00. Both with a talent showcase every Friday for parents and friends to enjoy.

usic, dance, art, sports...Whatever your child’s interest, Suwanee Magazine has a ca mp listing for your child! It’s that ti me again – ti me to plan where your child will spend his or her week of su m mer ca mp. Whether one week of ca mp or several weeks of ca mp are in store for your child’s su m mer, Suwanee Magazine’s Ca mp Guide can help make the decision on where to send your little ca mper an easy one. Many ca mps fill up quickly so make your plans early and register your child for one of the hottest ca mps around!

Georgia Gymnastics Academy 770-945-3424

Your child will FLIP over Georgia Gymnastics Academy Summer Camp! Our camp is open to boys and girls 4 years old and up, with select weeks offered for 3 year olds. The GGA camp experience includes structured gymnastics instruction coupled with recreational games and activities. Children will develop gymnastics skills, climb the giant cargo net, enjoy trampoline and pit time, floor games, outdoor play, open workout and more! Half-day and full-day sessions are offered. Join us for a summer filled with friends, fun and fitness.

Tavani Soccer

770-396-8258 Tavani Soccer Camps are back for their 11th year. Our camps are for all skill levels players, boys & girls ages 4-15. M-Fr 9-12 at Bunten Rd Park, Duluth. The camps are designed to be both intense and fun experienced players will be challenged and beginner players will fall in love with the game. Players are assigned to a coach according to age and skill. Dribbling, passing, shooting and playing as a team, are emphasized in small-sided games daily. Each player receives a camp t-shirt, leather hand-stitched ball and a personal evaluation.


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Southeastern Railway Museum 770-495-0253 ext. 2

All aboard for Trains through Time, the exciting summer camp at the Southeastern Railway Museum! Explore more than 50 historic train cars and locomotives as you learn about the important inventions that changed the railroads over time. Each day introduces a different era and new trains! Daily activities include crafts, railroad-related activities, and more. You’ll even ride in a real caboose! Session 1: June 17-21 Session 2: July 15-19 9 AM – 1 PM daily

Adrenaline Climbing

Crimson Academy Preparatory

For kids, ages 6 to 12, each 1 week program is jam-packed with adventure, exploration, and excitement. Outdoor fun and education on a "Higher Level" is what you'll find at Adrenaline Climbing. We take the term "Field Trip" to the extreme. We travel to exotic locales, both indoors and out, seeking the most unusual and interesting experiences for our kids. It's just one of the many reasons why we're voted the top day camp in Atlanta year after year!

THE FUN IS AWAITING as your child experiences something new daily at Camp Crimson for ages 5-12!! Our camp staff of caring educators and counselors create a family atmosphere where each child is valued as an individual. Our camp encourages growth and learning through creative exploration, movement, and play. We strive to provide opportunities to achieve success, build confidence and develop positive self-esteem through a variety of projects, activities, special events and field trips. This year we will be taking trips to the movies, skating rings, laser tag and much more! Our theme this year will be “Discover Your Dreams”.

Camp All-American

Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

Voted best summer day camp by local publications, Camp All-American is the premier camp in North Atlanta. Join us for our 24th summer and see for yourself why campers and parents alike rave about the Camp All-American experience. Our world class facilities include more than 100 secure acres loaded full of fun: 11 acre wilderness and ropes course area contains over 1 mile of zip lines, giant swings and one thrill after the other, pristine athletic fields, tennis courts, water complex, putting green, and over 300,000 square feet of air conditioned space.

Fun and exciting full-day camps specifically designed for 5–13 year olds. All Adventure camps feature general recreation activities with a thematic twist! Our facilities also host several partial day Special Interest Camps with a variety of hours featuring specific activities such as sports, technology art, dance, and drama led by contracted instructors. New this year, is Camp Aide for those 13-17, to learn life-building skills as a volunteer at Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. Prepare for leadership roles including Camp Counselor while developing confidence, teamwork, interview skills and more. Call 770-822-8840 for more info.

Wonder Colors Art Studio

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

Join us at Wonder Colors Art Studio for our Art Summer Camps! We offer a variety of camp options. We are here from 8:30AM until 5:30PM Monday - Friday for three weeks in June and July. Artist may join us Monday - Friday for full days from open until close or half days with an option of AM or PM spots. Artist may also drop in for one full day, open to close, or one half day with an option of AM or PM spots. Offering new lessons and crafts at our camps every day, come as often as you’d like and never repeat a lesson!

Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A'top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, 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 horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true! Nancy C. Jones, Director, 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731





Camp is limited to children aged 4-12. Charge per camper is $165; early bird discount of $20 applies to all registrations received before May 1, 2013.

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Stay Active. Have Fun. This Summer. with Summer CampS

My Sport Summer Camp at Suwanee Sports Academy gives kids an opportunity to experience a variety of sports and activities in a fun and safe environment - with nearly 100,000 square feet of indoor recreational space. Sign up for one week or all ten weeks of summer. Each week is different. Register Online

Camp Activities Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Floor Hockey, Wiffle Ball, Kickball, PE Activities & More

Field Trips to SkyZone, LEGOLAND, Adrenaline Climbing, Laser Quest, Gwinnett Braves and More

Find out more: or call (770) 614-6686

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Eye Candy Art Studio

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Peace, Love & Pottery and Luv For Art have joined forces to become EYE CANDY ART STUDIO! Now offering even more Art Awesomeness! Join us as we celebrate our 4th year of Art Camp! We have weeklong options and daily drop ins full of fun artistic mediums for children ages 5+. Enjoy Glass Fusion, Pottery, Canvas Painting, Sculpture & More! We’re also open daily for painting! Need some Adult Art Therapy? Wea pottery havepainting evening & art creation studio events such as Wine & Paint classes!! Camp is $170/wk; $45/daily. Register by April 1st for a 15% discount, be sure to mention Suwanee Magazine!

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Encore! Music Camps

Sports Broadcasting Camp

The Encore! Band Camp provides an enjoyable summer experience for band students currently enrolled in the 5th through 9th grades. Students receive a great blend of educational and recreational activities during the week. Rehearsals and master classes are conducted by highly skilled specialists with proven success in working with band students at this level. All staff members, including counselors, are adult, professional musicians/teachers. In addition to rehearsals and master classes, afternoon and evening recreational times are scheduled. The camp closes with concert performances in the evening of the final day of camp.

July 15-19; Emory University, Boys and Girls, age 10-18, will have an opportunity to learn from the pros in the sports broadcasting industry. Meet sports celebrities. Make sports anchor tapes, reporting tapes from a stadium, play-by-play tapes of the Super Bowl and NBA Final or host your own ESPN style PTI show as well as your own sports talk radio show. Participate in sports trivia contests, stump the schwab game, and much more. Day and overnight options available.



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Sky Zone SkyCamp


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SkyCamp is the perfect way to combine FUN and fitness. It is five, half days of instructor-led activities, age-appropriate SkyRobics, open jumping, and 3D Dodgeball, all incorporating the fun and excitement of Sky Zone. Attendance will be limited. Register today!

Paint a horse, participate in a Fairy Tale Ball, explore the art of drama, puppets or be a CIT, make friends and learn social skills in a fun and exciting world. We focus on building selfesteem and character building. Spectrum Day Camp is for children to young adults with social, communication, sensory and behavioral needs interested in making friends, learning to be better friends and having fun. Children with Autism/ Asperger’s, Communication Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorders and other social skills needs will benefit from participation in Spectrum Day Camp. Visit our website or call 678-926-3297 for more information.

Gymnastix Training Center

Suwanee Sports Academy

Are your kids climbing the walls? Let them come climb ours instead! Summer camp at Gymnastix Training Center includes gymnastics or cheer instruction, arts and crafts, game time and outdoor water activities. We have different weekly themes such as survivor camp, heroes camp, splash camp and cheer camp. Camp hours are from 9-3 daily with FREE before and after care if needed. Weekly camp fee is $155, with sibling discounts, and multiple camp discounts available. Register for all nine weeks for the best deal of the summer. Come join us as we develop children into more than just athletes!

Suwanee Sports Academy is Gwinnett's premier multi-sport facility, and with nearly 100,000 square feet of indoor recreation space it is definitely the place for Suwanee kids to be this summer. SSA's My Sport Summer Camps run every week of the summer and give kids the opportunity to learn and play a variety of sports and activities in a fun, safe and air-conditioned environment. Suwanee Sports Academy also offers numerous sport specific camps for basketball & volleyball players.




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Anita’s ArtsCool

678-230-4937 Dive into art and discover your own you-ness. Choose to paint with mud, make mix up animals, or draw those special memories of your family. Fun times await you at Anita's ArtsCool in Buford. Teaching creativity, the basics, techniques and encouragement to explore various media to children, teens and adults since 1998. Ask about our art parties: children's birthday parties, Ladies Night Out and Families Making Memories.

Suwanee Academy of the Arts 678-482-6333

LITTLE PRINCESSES (ages 3-7; mornings June 3-7 & June 17-21) will have Enchanted Adventures at the Castle with the Fairy Godmother, Queen Bee and Princesses, culminating with a Majestic Ball. LITTLE HEROES (ages 3 -7; mornings June 24-27) will have action-packed adventures while training to save the day. They will learn basic tumbling, sports and aerobic skills, as well as character traits of Superheroes. MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP CAMPERS (ages 7–13; all day June 10-14) will experience all facets of putting on a musical performance for family and friends - including a guaranteed part in the show!

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Multi Sports Summer Camps focus on keeping kids active in a fun sports-centric experience. Participants will enjoy activities including soccer, football, wiffle-ball, kickball, PE Games, and more in our climate controlled indoor soccer facility , and a Field Trip* to local Atlanta area attractions. Spring Break Camp Only - $150 Summer Camps - $160 9 AM- 4 PM Upgrade Option of: • Four tickets to any Silverbacks Regular Season Home Game for $30 ($60 value) • Field Trip (additional $10) • Extended Hours $25/week (Come as early as 7:30am and pick up as late as 6:30pm)

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Expectations 101—Rising Freshmen - August 3 AP Human Geography Camp - July 22-25 Bob Sphire’ Sphire’s Air Raid Football Camp - June 10-13 Baseball Camp - May 28-31 (upcoming freshmen) and June 3-6 Bryan Sellers’ Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp - June 11-13 Zach Smith’s Boys Basketball Camp—July 15-18 Volleyball Camp—June 3-6 Technology Camp July 15-18


Orchestra Camp June 24-27 and July 15-18 Chess Camp, June 3-6 SNAG Golf Camp - June 24-27 and July 22-25 Debate Camp, Reading and Creative Writing , Interactive Reading and Conversation – Dates To Be Determined Please go to school for more information.

Summer Camps

Full-day Camps from $125/week*

Arts  Music  Athletics Outdoors  Martial Arts  Dance Theatre  Science Sign up online at or call 770.822.8840 *Higher non-Gwinnett resident fee applies

News from the Best Health Care Providers in the Suwanee Area


Fighting your

seasonal Allergies

BY: Joel Hoffman, MD

Board Certified, ENT & Sleep Medicine North Atlanta Ear Nose and Throat Associates

pringtime means budding trees and plants, but for the millions who suffer from allergies, it can also mean sneezing, wheezing, and itchy, watery eyes. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, which many people call “hay fever,” affects nearly 20 percent of Americans and is caused by outdoor allergens that typically trigger symptoms in the spring and fall. Airborne pollens and mold spores can cause symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, and itchiness in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes and ears.

If you’re among the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, the good news is that you can find relief from your symptoms: Know the symptoms. The first step toward fighting allergies is to

know whether you have them or not. Signs can be very similar to having sinusitis or suffering from something else, like a head cold. Watch for signs like a runny, stuffy or itchy nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, or dark circles under your eyes, pressure in your cheeks and ears, and hives or rash.

Choose your outdoor time wisely.

Minimize early morning outdoor activity when pollen is usually emitted, between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pay attention to pollen and mold counts, and stay indoors when the count or humidity is high and on windy days when dust and pollen are more likely to be in the air. Consider taking a vacation during the height of pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach.

Steer clear from allergy-triggering activities. For those with allergies, springtime offers the perfect excuse to skip out on chores. Avoid lawn work or mowing lawns, which stir up pollens and molds that trigger symptoms. You may also want to consider removing your houseplants and using fans to keep dry air moving through your home.


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Find the right medicine. Medications can

help lessen your symptoms, too. If your symptoms are mild, an over-the-counter remedy may help. Antihistamines treat sneezing, runny noses and itching, while decongestants relieve stuffy noses. Both are available without a doctor’s prescription. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may suggest you have a simple allergy test to find out exactly what’s causing them. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops or nasal spray to beat severe symptoms.

Fido-proof your home.

Perennial allergies are triggered by indoor allergens and may make seasonal allergy symptoms even worse. Dust mites and family pets are two major causes that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. Your pets might make your allergies worse, especially if they go outside. Dust regularly and try to keep your pets clean and out of your bedroom.

Dr. Joel Hoffman Dr. Joel Hoffman is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. He practices at North Atlanta Ear, Nose and Throat Associates in Cumming. He can be reached at (770)292-3045, or visit for more information.


The Best Culinary Experiences Suwanee Has To Offer

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Suwanee Pizza Tavern New Suwanee eatery offers wood-fire oven pizzas cooked to perfection

BY: Tana Christian Suggs


Suwanee Magazine

elissa Dean was 15 years old and at her first job as a hostess at a restaurant when she realized that one day she wanted to own her own restaurant. And now after working in the industry about 15 years, Dean’s dream came true Nov. 9, 2012 when she and her business partner, Phillip King, opened Suwanee Pizza Tavern on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee. King shared the same dream of opening a restaurant also having worked in the industry for about 22 years. Dean said the two complement one another as King handles the operational side and is the brain of the kitchen while she focuses on customer service and marketing. Dean said her encouragement came from her grandparents. Her grandmother, with a maiden name Robilio and of Italian heritage, was the inspiration for the theme of the restaurant, and her grandfather, who was also a business owner, taught her a few things about making good business decisions. Sadly, Dean said she lost her grandfather in 2010 but wanted to do something to follow in his footsteps, make him proud, and carry on his legend. “He was such a great man, believed in giving back to the community and always providing good customer service,” she said. Dean said because her grandparents were such a big part in helping to make their dream a reality, they want to honor them in how they run the business through hard work, honesty and being involved in a community. That led them to Suwanee because they wanted to be rooted in a community they could get involved with and give back to. “…I love the fact that Suwanee is a giving community and they (city staff and residents) are very supportive to all of the local businesses,” she said. “We already have at least six families that come in and see us two to three times a week.”

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On Feb. 9 Suwanee Pizza Tavern owners held a grand opening celebration that included a ribbon cutting, a raffle and live entertainment.

Suwanee Councilmembers Dan Foster and Beth Hilscher, Owners Melissa Dean and Phillip King, Councilman Doug Ireland and Suwanee Mayor, Jimmy Burnette

Dean said hearing positive comments about the restaurant, the food and the service make all of the hard work worthwhile and she added that she loves getting to know the special and friendly folks in Suwanee. “It is such a good feeling to know that your customers love your food and your atmosphere and continually come back,” she said. And what makes Suwanee Pizza Tavern’s food special? Dean said it’s a number of things such as the wood-fire oven where pizzas are cooked to perfection giving them a unique flavor. They also add fresh herbs to the dough, and to top it off they offer a full-service bar in what Dean described as an upscale and friendly atmosphere. Specialty menu items include homemade fried mozzarella, garlic knots, Robilio House Special Pizza (The restaurant donates $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every large Robilio ordered), King – meat lovers pizza, Pizza Bianca – white pizza, jumbo chicken wings and cajun chicken pasta. Suwanee Pizza Tavern also offers catering. ■

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2013 Suwanee American

Craft Beer Fest

An afternoon of sharing in community spirit, sampling great beer and helping local charity, Kingdom Kids The Suwanee Beer Fest has become a Suwanee tradition with thousands of beer lovers waiting anxiously for its return each spring, looking forward to another exciting celebration of beer culture in downtown Suwanee’s Town Center Park. Entering its third year, the festival, presented by The Beer Growler, is set for 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. March 16 at Town Center Park where beer enthusiasts can sample more than 250+ beers from over 100 breweries, while listening to live entertainment including bands provided by stage sponsor Wild Wings of Suwanee as well as returning band Ful Kinetic, a rock & roll and blues band out of Chicago. Food vendors will also be at the festival offering a variety of fare. New to the festival this year is Designated Driver sponsor Schiavone Law. In an effort to encourage safety, the law firm is covering the first 100 Designated Driver tickets (normally $10) to the festival. The DD tickets allow access to the festival (with no beer tasting) and include a bottle of water.


The Suwanee Beer Fest Home Brew contest returns this year and is sponsored and organized by Robert Carlton of Brew-Depot. The competition, open to all beer categories, will be judged per BJCP guidelines by certified and National Beer Judges. Winners of each category and best of show will be announced during the festival. The VIP experience this year will be catered by Ippolito’s with a special menu that pairs well with exclusive cask beers available in the VIP tent. The sought after VIP tickets sold out this year the first day of ticket sales. A portion of proceeds of the festival will be donated to Kingdom Kids to help grant wishes for children facing difficult circumstances. For more information about Kingdom Kids, please visit Limited tickets are still available for the event and can be purchased online at or at The Beer Growler (6 Locations), Mellow Mushroom in Town Center, Brew Depot or at one of two Beverage Superstore locations in Suwanee. The event is expected to sell out. ■








proceeds from the festival go to help kingdom kids: Kingdom Kids Inc. is a local nonprofit organization founded in 2009 and recognized by the state of Georgia. Their mission is to aid individuals and organizations with the common goal of improving the quality of life for children facing challenging circumstances. The organization was founded by Kevin Ford and Justin Hutchinson on the intent to fulfill wishes through fun events that would allow the children and their families the opportunity to have a memorable experience they may not otherwise have. For more information, visit

In addition to great beer, the festival will also feature great food including pizza, gyros, homemade bratwurst and BBQ from these fine vendors: italian restaurant



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Doc and Roc Henderson Barbeque sells “The Best Barbeque This Side of Heaven!” We cater tailgate parties, family reunions, festivals, sporting events, or whatever type or size event you present to us.



Recognized for Business Excellence for Family Mexican Restaurant by Consumers’ Choice for 13 straight years, Frontera Mex-Mex Grill operates throughout Atlanta with 14 locations, serving authentic Mex-Mex food. For Suwanee Beer Fest, we will be serving nachos, beef and chicken tacos, grilled corn on the cob, salsas and cheese dip.

Serving gyros, phillies, dogs, chocolate dipped cheesecake and beverages!


Mellow Mushroom specializes in pizza, but also serves calzones, hoagies, salads, appetizers and features a large selection of craft beer and a beerpurchase loyalty “Beer Club”. We aim to give customers a “relaxing yet eclectic dining experience” with “easygoing atmosphere and funky decor”.

Patton’s Meat Market was founded in 1986 by a family devoted to supplying the finest hand cut meats at the lowest price. This year at Suwanee Beer Fest, we’ll be cooking on our Kamado Joe Grill with Patton’s homemade bratwurst, jalapeno & cheddar, Angelo’s Italian sausage and our famous 1/4 all-beef hotdogs. Be sure to visit our booth. Belgian Style Street Fries, hand-cut, twice-cooked never frozen; seasoned with our own special blend of spices and served with homemade dipping sauce. We Can Cater Your Next Event!


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









The Art of Home Brewing BY: Bob Carlton

Owner, Brew Depot

The craft beer explosion has hit Georgia. Since the law that restricted the alcohol level at 6 percent was amended to 14 percent in 2004, interest and sales have significantly increased. In that time, beers that would not have been available in our state have now made their way into the package stores and your favorite bar or restaurant. The availability of these craft beers has ignited an interest and appreciation for the complex taste they provide to the beer drinker who is now able to enjoy the social respect of the wine drinker. No longer is beer viewed as the blue collar beverage of choice. The various beer styles and their complex flavors along with the aromas associated with them make beer and food pairings, perhaps as, or more popular than wine and food pairings. This interest in craft beer has also had an impact on the home brewing market. As the largest home brewing supply store in Georgia, we too have seen an increased interest in the beer brewing process. When we opened in 1996, our customer base were the pioneers of home brewers that have enjoyed true craft beer for years. This base of brewers understood the complexity of quality beer. They became







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brewers because they couldn’t get the beer they were looking for from the commercial sector. I view these early home brewers as the founders of the craft beer movement which we are now experiencing. As with most things in life, the old way of doing things changes, or is at least impacted by technology, and home brewing is not exempt. With all the information available via the Internet and the numerous “how to brew” books, folks interested in home brewing have been exposed to an array of various commercial beers and are more educated about the brewing process. This provides a new challenge for operating a successful home brew supply store. Employees need to be educated in numerous aspects of the art of brewing including beer styles, various types of brewing equipment, the vast selection of ingredients and the numerous brewing techniques. Not to mention being the expert on all commercial beers hitting the market. What started in the early 90s as a laid-back hobby, our business has moved into a highly knowledgebased venture. At Brew Depot/ Beer Necessities, we understand that, which is why our staff is the most educated and knowledgeable in the home brewing business. We are the only home brewing store that has a dedicated training facility focused on providing a comprehensive introduction to beginning brewing. We offer an advanced brewing class for the more serious brewer who wants to move his or her brewing skills to the professional level. Stop in our store and look around. Even if you leave without a beginner beer or wine brewing kit, we think the experience of visiting our unique store is worth your time.









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What's New in the World of Craft Beer


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Styles of

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Curtis Stockwell of The Beer Growler

Welcome Back! Last issue we briefly discussed the history of American Craft Beer. This issue we will be diving deeper into the many styles the world of craft beer has to offer. I have narrowed our discussion down to the most popular brews and will provide you with a good base of what each one will taste like as well as some possible food pairings! o begin we must understand the basic difference between Ale and Lager. Ales are brewed using yeast that is known as “top fermenting” which means that as the yeast is working it rises to the surface of the fermenting tank. Ale yeast ferments best at warmer temperatures, from room temperature up to around 75 degrees. As Ale yeast ferments it produces chemicals called esters that will affect the flavor of the final product. Lagers are brewed with yeast that likes to work at the bottom of the fermenting tank which gives them the label “bottom fermenting.” Unlike Ale yeast, Lager yeast does not add much flavor to the beer and because the yeast does stay at the bottom it can often be reused. This yeast ferments at much colder temperatures, between 46 and 59 degrees, and originates from European countries like Germany. In fact, the term Lager comes from the German word “lagern” which means, “to store.” As the meaning of the word suggests, the “lagering” process takes much longer to complete when compared to Ales.

We will start with the various styles of Ales: Pale Ale: Traditional British pale ales tend to have an understated and very drinkable quality, bringing malty characteristics with a touch of floral hops to give great balance. Bitters and ESBs (Extra Special Bitters) are included in the category of traditional British style pale ales. Because they tend to fall on the malty side, these beers pair well with a wide range of foods from stews and braised


meats to spicier cuisine from India and Asia. American Pale Ales typically shy away from the heavier malt flavor and are bolder with a more hop forward taste. The use of hops gives American Pale Ales earthy, sometimes citrusy, and spicy notes. These Pale Ales pair well with simpler dishes such as grilled meats and vegetables.

India Pale Ale: In the 1700s

British soldiers and citizens living in India under colonial rule were at a loss for good beer from back home. Malty Ales would spoil on the journey from Britain to India and because of that, hops, a natural preservative, were added in generous amounts to the beer heading to India. Over time the bittering qualities of hops became highly desired. Today, IPAs are one of the most popular styles of beer in the market. They come in many different variations but are always noted for their firm bitterness and floral aroma. The brews are a little difficult to pair with food because of the heavy bitter aspects. They do go well with salty and fried food because the crispness and palate cleansing qualities derived from the hops will cut through the lingering salty and fatty flavors. Hops tend to amplify spiciness so be careful with this beer when eating something with some heat!

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Brown Ale: Brown ales have been around for

stouts, to bitter and bold Imperial stouts. As compared to porters, the Alcohol By Volume (ABV) is much higher. Depending on the sweetness of the beer, Stouts can be paired with anything from a chocolaty dessert to oysters! Again, as with the darker beers, red meats tend to pair very well with this beer. If you are looking for something different to try, make an adult float by putting some vanilla bean ice cream in a chocolate stout!

Porters: Porters should be very dark, almost opaque, but when a Porter is held up to the light you should be able to see through it. This beer should have a decently mild flavor with notes of roasted grain, chocolate, toffee, and coffee. It feels thin and is very smooth for a dark beer. The next time you have a steak and are looking for a beer, reach for a Porter! The chocolate and coffee notes that come with most Porters pair well with desserts such as Pecan Pie and Ice cream!

Wheat Beer:

a very long time, which means there is a huge range of flavors within this style of beer. Typically you can expect a malt-centered flavor with varying notes that include toffee, caramel, biscuits, and coffee. Hops are usually present in this style but in most cases are an afterthought when you are drinking this brew. Brown ales are great for pairing with food because their flavors are typically well balanced and are my “go to” when doing so. Again, as with the malty British style Pale Ales, these beers pair well with a wide range of foods, especially meat.

bit grainy and carry similar flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, molasses, coffee, with little to no hop profile. As with most styles, stouts have many variations and range from very sweet chocolate dessert

These beers can be considered some of the oldest styles of beers in existence! Traditional Bavarian Wheat beers are cloudy which is caused by the suspended yeast and wheat proteins. These beers carry notes of banana and clove with an almost unnoticeable hop flavor. Belgian style Wheat beers bring notes of orange peel and coriander and are often enjoyed with a slice of orange. A perfect pairing for these beers would be a citrusy shrimp or grilled fish salad! When pairing with these beers keep in mind that they have a light, delicate flavor and should be enjoyed with a food of a similar profile!

On to Lagers!

Bock: Bocks are a particularly old style of beer and have

Stout: Much like a porter, stouts should be a

Pilsner: This is by far the most popular

style of beer across the world comprising nearly half of the market. The flavor of this beer is simple; it has some light grain notes as well as some bittering hops to bring balance. Crisp and clean flavor characteristics make this beer wildly popular. Because of the mild characteristics of pilsners, a lighter meat such as chicken or fish pairs quite well with this brew. Fried fish tends to be perfect with a pilsner. Next time you have fish and chips… make sure a pilsner is in your hand to wash it down!

a few sub-styles. Dunkel Bock is the bock that most closely adheres to the traditional definition of the beer. This lager is rich, smooth, and malty with noticeable hop bitterness. The depth of the malt flavor is without a doubt the most dominant attribute. A Doppelbock, or Double Bock is just that. More malt, depth, sweetness, and as a result, this brew is higher in alcohol. Maibocks and Helles bocks are paler in color and on the lighter side. These lagers are typically enjoyed in the spring and have much more of a hop characteristic to accompany the breadiness that comes with the style. These beers have a ton of flavor and with that in mind you will need to pair with a food that also has a lot of flavor. Stay away from delicate foods such as chicken or fish and instead head for something like heavily seasoned grilled pork or even some roasted or grilled game.

We were only able to touch on the surface of each of these beers. Please keep in mind that craft brewers love to add their own touch even when brewing the most traditional beers. This is part of the reason craft beer is great! To better understand the flavors behind the different styles, you will have to go out and try them for yourself! Who knows, you may just find your new favorite beer!


what’s brewing

Jekyll Brewing

Georgia’s Newest Brewery Opening Soon in Alpharetta

fter graduating from the University of West Georgia Once open Rachel said his sense of accomplishment will come with a degree in marketing, Josh Rachel moved back from doing what he loves as a hobby and making it a reality – home to Alpharetta, and with a little help from his “creating great beer for people to enjoy.” father, Jon Rachel, he found what he thought would He added that it’s not about money but to appreciate the love be a temporary job at Brew-Depot in Alpharetta. for beer. Little did Rachel know, he would come to embrace the process “When brought up in conversation, I hope people understand of craft brewing and find a passion that has culminated into a new and recognize all the good things that we plan to do for Alpharetta business venture. and the many organizations that we When talking to people about home brewing and reaching would like to get involved with,” personal satisfaction, Rachel said home brewing is just like any Rachel said. “I’m somewhat of a other hobby, and if someone wants to make good beer and slow roller when it comes to they have a stove and kettle, they can make beer. It all comes talking about what I’m doing and down to equipment and time spent. Rachel said he often uses hope to just show you in a glass of the analogy of golfing and brewing when talking to new brewers craft brew.” entering the hobby. For more information, visit “A set of good golf clubs is going to cost you some change, and ■ the same would apply in buying a brew rig that goes in your garage and takes up a whole parking space,” he said. “The hobby of home brewing can be as small or big as you want it to be with three key areas to brewing: cleaning, patience and temperature.” Rachel himself has been home brewing now for more than four years, but soon he won’t be just brewing at home. Rachel and his business partner, Suwanee resident, Michael Lundmark plan to open Jekyll Brewing on Macaroni Drive in Alpharetta this year. Josh Rachel, owner/brewer Rachel explained that the name Jekyll comes Jekyll Brewing from Jekyll Island, which was where the first Deep South brewery was located. “Before Mike and I became partners he had already been busy with his homework and established the name Jekyll,” Rachel said. “After the two of us paired up, it actually melded very well with my background and eagerness to portray a southern brewing establishment. By taking that piece of history and bringing it to Alpharetta, we are making it known that we are proud to open the first brewery.” Rachel said they chose Alpharetta as the location for the business because of its great environment and interest in supporting a local brewery, and being located near Georgia 400, Alpharetta offers a great opportunity to capture the market of craft beer drinkers in the surrounding cities as well. Kickstarter, a funding platform where pledges help to fund specific projects, has provided Rachel and Lundmark with a creative way to crowd fund the venture through networks to raise money to help with build out.




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Discover the World of Beer. Delve into the world's premier beer magazine as it explores beer culture both in America and abroad. Learn more and subscribe at: Yelp helps people find great local businesses. In addition to reviews, you can find events, lists and connect with other Yelpers. In January 2013, Yelp reached 100 million unique users! 2 LOCATIONS IN SUWANEE: 400 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard I 770-932-4377 2121 Lawrenceville Suwanee I 770-962-7958 770-536-7868 I Proudly providing sanitation and recycling collection service to the City of Suwanee. 100% of our recycling proceeds are contributed to the American Cancer Society!


2 SUWANEE LOCATIONS North Georgia’s largest selection of Craft, Imported & Domestic brews! Super low prices on all your favorite brands! 2 Locations in Suwanee: 2820 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd. I 770-932-8909 350 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. I 678-714-9962 678-714-2233 I Mellow Mushroom specializes in pizza, but also serves calzones, hoagies, salads, appetizers and features a large selection of craft beer and a beer-purchase loyalty “Beer Club”.

Suwanee Events Win Awards! The City of Suwanee's events are not only fun, they're also award-winning. The City received six Kaliedoscope Awards from the Southeast Festival and Events Association (SEFA) during its annual conference in Auburn, Alabama, earlier this week. Suwanee's Super Incredible Race, a mind-bending, heartracing team scavenger hunt/race through downtown Suwanee, was named Best New Event. The inaugural Super Incredible Race was held last spring. This year's event will take place April 20; applications, available a, are due April 5. The 2013 Suwanee Day festival, which is the 30th celebration of the community event, has received recognition from the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 event for the fall. Suwanee Day will be celebrated on September 21. Find more information as well as exhibitor/vendor applications beginning in mid-March at

I was really excited that Suwanee won more awards than any other city or organization. We take a lot of pride in putting together creative, fun events that help enhance our sense of community. - Amy Doherty, Suwanee City Events Manager

The City's Suwanee Day festival won five awards, including:

Best Sponsor (gold) - Lewis Expo and Logistics Best Event Photo (silver) Best T-shirt (bronze) Best Creative Idea (bronze) for the festival volunteer pocket guide ■ Best Vendor/Supplier - FunFare ■ ■ ■ ■

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Submit a 100-200 word essay and tell us why your mother, daughter, sister, wife, grandmother, friend is the best mother in Suwanee! Please include your email address, phone number and city where the mother resides. To be eligible, mothers do not necessarily have to live within the city limits of Suwanee to win, but she must live in the vicinity of Suwanee or in a surrounding area. All or a portion of your essay may be printed in the May/June issue of Suwanee Magazine. To enter, please submit your essay to Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 12. Suwanee Magazine staff will judge the essays. The most deserving mothers will be chosen based on the content of the essay that tells why your nominee/mother should be selected. Three local mothers will win a complete makeover from Salon Greco, the European Day Spa in Suwanee, including hair color, European cut, make up, manicure and pedicure. The first and second place winners will also receive a $50 gift certificate to Sugo restaurant to be used within one year. The winner will be notified via email/phone call after April 12 and announced in the May/June issue of Suwanee Magazine. Employees of Suwanee Magazine / Veugeler Design Group, or any business contributing to the contest is not eligible to enter.


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city buzz

Wanted: Farmers, Butchers, Bakers, Even Soap and Candle Makers

The Suwanee Farmers Market is gearing up for its ninth year! Farmers offering fresh produce and vendors with other items such as jams, bread, honey, meat products, eggs, flowers, and more are invited to apply to participate in 2013. Applications are due March 18, which is the date of the Suwanee Farmers Market Annual Meeting that starts at 7:00 p.m. at Suwanee City Hall. To learn more about the guidelines or to apply, visit the city’s website at All products sold at the Suwanee Farmers Market must be grown or made by the applicant; no reselling of goods is permitted. In addition, vendors whose products require state licenses must possess current licenses issued by the appropriate agencies. The 2013 Suwanee Farmers Market will be held from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays between May 4 and October 5, and on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. between May 7 and August 6 at Town Center Park.

Suwanee Farmers Market Saturdays starting May 4

Settlement reached in Settles Bridge Farm and Notre Dame School Case

Suwanee named Hot Atlanta Neighborhood in by Redfin According to a news report on recent results from a survey of Redfin agents named Suwanee as one of the top three neighborhoods in Atlanta following Roswell and Smyrna. The article states that Suwanee, which was ranked third, was chosen for easy access to freeways leading to Atlanta, the number of high-tech jobs in the area, the Town Center area and the move-in ready homes that generally sell within a week.

Suwanee Design Firm Awarded ‘Best of Remodeling’ by Houzz Georgian Landscape Design was awarded “Best of Remodeling” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The 10 year old landscape design/build firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Houzz “Best of Remodeling” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. GLD is owned by Suwanee resident Ed Szczesniak. Congratulations Ed!

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city of Suwanee in a suit brought forward by Settles Bridge Farm landowners, vacating a Gwinnett Superior Court award. The court determined that the city did not act inappropriately in 2008 when it implemented a 90day development moratorium and subsequently a special-use process for large-scale projects. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court overturned a January 2012 Gwinnett County Superior Court decision by Judge Warren Davis to award approximately $1.8 million to Settles Bridge Farm, who had contended that the City’s actions devalued its 36.5-acre property near the intersection of Moore and Settles Bridge roads. The development company had entered into a contract with a private school that had planned to build a multi-grade campus in the established residential area. The special use permit process for large-scale projects that was implemented by the city of Suwanee in 2008 still remains in place today. This process does not prohibit such development, but rather allows the city to evaluate such projects closely. At the time the school project was being proposed, the city was in the final stages of drafting its 2030 comprehensive plan, which calls for the preservation of established residential neighborhoods.


city buzz

Suwanee Police Department Earns State Re-Certification

The city of Suwanee Police Department has once again received statewide certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. State certification, which the Suwanee law enforcement agency first earned in 2000, confirms that agency practices are consistent with progressive professional standards. State certification is valid for three years. In 2010, the Suwanee Police Department was nationally certified for the first time by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Suwanee is scheduled to be reviewed by CALEA for re-accreditation later this year. National certification is based on an agency’s ability to meet more than 450 standards. State certification encompasses more than 100 standards, 21 of which are unique to the state and not included in national standards.

Fourth Annual Miss Suwanee Blue Jean & White T-Shirt Pageant North Gwinnett High School will present the Fourth Annual Miss Suwanee Blue Jean & White T-shirt Pageant March 30 where contestants of all ages will compete in a series of categories for the coveted crown and title of "Miss Heart of Suwanee," "Miss Suwanee," or even "Mr. Suwanee," all while raising money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Contestants will also compete for division titles decided by Miss Americacertified judges. Last year, North Gwinnett High School was number one in the country for raising the most money for Relay for Life with the help of the pageant, and so far, it has contributed over $41,000 to Relay for Life and titleholders have served over 4,300 collective hours. Fourteen Presidential Gold Medals have been awarded to participants, and this year the pageant expects to hand out more. The pageant will be held in the auditorium at North Gwinnett High School, located at 20 Level Creek Road in Suwanee. For more information, visit the pageant website at

First Robotics Peachtree Regional

On March 15-16, 60 high school robotics teams from around the southeast will compete in an Ultimate Frisbee challenge for a chance to go to the World Championship. From Suwanee, the new Collins Hill Robotics team will be competing in the event. The event takes place at the Gwinnett Civic Center from 8:30am-6pm and is open to the public. For more information, visit


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city buzz

Suwanee Business Alliance holds State of the City Address

Jan. 9 the Suwanee Business Alliance held the State of the City Address. The speech was highlighted by the city’s recent video entitled, “What’s Your Big Idea? Suwanee's 20/20 Vision Strategic Plan” which cited the city’s parks program and Town Center as things that have helped build a vibrant community. The city officials and staff members will continue to engage community members to move forward with a clear vision for the future guided by the 20/20 Strategic Vision Plan.

Team 126.2 Raises $6,400 for Talk About Curing Autism

A group of runners wanting to make a difference in treating autism started out running in Atlanta at 4am on January 18th and finished their run with The Museum of Aviation Marathon on January 19th in Warner Robins, for The long distance runners for TACA left to right: a total of 126.2 miles. John Mcbrayer (Cumming) 70miles, Deano Montreuil Runners from the (Suwanee) 100miles, Scott Meckert (Suwanee) 78miles, Eroll Josephs (Lawrenceville) 126.2miles, Johan Desmet (Suwanee) Gwinnett Running 126.2miles, Jason Miller (Suwanee) 126.2miles Club joined for shorter distances (from 10 to 31 miles) throughout the day and night(s). The crew volunteers were all members of the Gwinnett Running Club. The runners raised $6,400 for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). For more information on TACA, visit:


Happenings In The Suwanee School Clusters


North Gwinnett freshmen hold event to celebrate the

‘Cultures of Suwanee’ BY: Amy Wilson

hat can seven high school freshmen do to give back to their community? With creativity, ingenuity and enthusiasm on their side, some North Gwinnett High School students have shown that the answer to the question is…just about anything. From its beginning as a class project intended to celebrate diversity to the daylong public event that resulted from their hard work, these students have shown that the sky is the limit! On March 2, the first Cultures of Suwanee event took place at Suwanee’s Town Center Park where attendees watched live entertainment, participated in interactive demonstrations and children played in an inflatable play area. With performances from local performers such as Allstars Performing Arts Academy, Suwanee Choi-Kwang Do and several programs by students from North Gwinnett High School, the day showcased and celebrated the many diverse cultures that call Suwanee home. Student event manager Charlie Dickson came up with the idea for the event on the first day of a studio project class. After sharing the idea with

'Culture of Suwanee' organizers: Left to right back row: Brandon Wade, Charlie Dickson, Chris Varela. Middle row: Alex Browning. Front row: Trey Sheppard, Josh Lorenz, Kyle Wilcox.

The group found that getting the idea off the ground required hard work and patience when during the planning process, they realized many businesses are somewhat hesitant to work with high school students. Wilcox worked diligently, responding to telephone calls and emails from businesses and educating them about the project. Sheppard recruited several local businesses to help by sponsoring the event. The coordinators said promoting businesses that mean something was important. And Dickson added that giving local people and businesses the opportunity to be a part of their event was "the best thing I can do."

...the day showcased and celebrated the many diverse cultures that call Suwanee home. classmates, fellow students Kyle Wilcox and Trey Sheppard loved the idea. But the three quickly realized the project would be too big to complete on their own. They eventually recruited four more students to work with them – Brandon Wade, Chris Varela, Josh Lorenz, and Alex Browning. Together, they worked to plan, coordinate and execute the community event.


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North Gwinnett teachers Nic Carroll and Kyle Jones helped keep the students on track and handled the finances for the group. The students said they think the teachers are awesome because they pushed them to do their best. The group intends to donate proceeds from the event to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "Each group has a unique story of a way they've helped us, and it seems like the best way to use the extra money is to give it away," Dickson said. Event coordinators said they plan to continue Cultures of Suwanee for at least the next three years, and Dickson hopes it will live on as an annual event even after he graduates. "If the city enjoys it, I might be able to pass the event's legacy to my little brother,” Dickson said. “There isn't much that would make me happier than to see this event [be] an annual success." More information about Cultures of Suwanee can be found at■

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Crimson Academy Preparatory School Serving ages 6 wks - 12 years old What is Crimson Academy Preparatory and how did it come to be? Lenise Williams, a native of New Orleans and mother of two amazing boys ages 8 and 5, relocated to Georgia in August 2011. Since relocating, Williams said she now has a genuine feeling of being “home” in Georgia. Williams is also an attorney, licensed to practice law in Louisiana, where she maintained a private practice and as an advocate for children. She handled a plethora of child custody and child support matters. As a busy working mother, Williams enrolled her children in childcare centers and found she was not impressed by them but was disappointed by their lack of learning activities. Or, if they had the activities, they were incredibly expensive. Having a son with early educational difficulties, Williams also experienced many roadblocks with childcare administrators. Her own challenges, along with a spiritual prompting, led Williams to open Crimson Academy Preparatory in April 2012. As a successful attorney Williams said she was hardly as fulfilled then, as she is now. “Witnessing the children learn, discover and excel is so rewarding,” she

said. “Being able to provide families with a high quality program that is actually affordable is an amazing feeling."

Since April 2012, enrollment has increased by 70 percent and our accelerated curriculum allows Crimson Academy Preparatory students to be far more advanced than their non-Crimson counterparts. What sets Crimson Academy Preparatory apart from the rest? Crimson Academy Preparatory, nestled in the Magnolia Office Park, is safe from those passing by and traffic offering a multitude of factors that set it apart from other childcare facilities. Some of those factors include: • Watch Me Grow Internet monitoring system allows parents and guardians to watch their children live via the Internet at anytime from anywhere

• A premier education at affordable rates • Independently owned and operated. Since Crimson Academy is not a franchise that must adhere to rigid policies and curriculum, it allows teachers and staff to tap into each child’s talents and gifts • On-site speech therapist • Christ-centered facility with weekly chapel time • ABEKA curriculum to better equip children with a solid formative education • Foreign languages, allowing students to be global competitors from the start • We play continuous classical music throughout the building • Owner is on-site daily • Low employee turnover • Low student-to-teacher ratio In addition, Crimson offers tutoring services, before/after school transportation, and afternoon enrichment programs. These include premier options such as karate, voice and instrument lessons, Pink Wish Foundation, Boy Scouts, as well as etiquette for ages 3-12 by Le Reve Images.

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Service dog offers

‘Peace of Mind’ Suwanee girl benefits from a special four-legged friend BY: Amy Wilson

There is evidence that indicates having a pet can help make a person healthier. A dog, cat, or other animal can help to keep someone active, offer companionship, and their presence can help to reduce stress, among many other benefits. But for people with life threatening medical conditions, bringing an animal into their lives can offer something even greater: peace of mind. Just ask Suwanee resident Jennifer Schillig. 44

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Meghan Weingarth and Lily


chillig, her husband Andrew Weingarth, and their three children have lived in Suwanee since 2000. Their youngest daughter, Meghan Weingarth, 7, and a first grader at Riverside Elementary School was diagnosed at just 4 months old with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a rare genetic disorder, which can affect the central nervous system, causing seizures, developmental delay, and other symptoms as well as epilepsy. Meghan tried multiple seizure medications, all of which failed. In addition, at age 3 Meghan’s parents found out she also has a peanut allergy. Now that Meghan is older and more independent, Schillig said the idea of having a companion to assist Meghan with seizures and provide emotional support is very comforting, especially at night time and at school. So after doing some research, Schillig opted to use a private trainer so Meghan could bond with her dog while still a puppy. Schillig said the decision to obtain a service dog for Meghan required a leap of faith, and since service animals are not covered by insurance, the financial commitment required made it a big decision for the family. Ultimately, their dream of obtaining a dog for Meghan came true with generous help from family, friends, and the community. Girl Scout Troop 2492 (Meghan's troop) organized a yard sale and called it "Meghan's Miracle." A friend of Schillig's held a Silpada jewelry party and donated the proceeds, while another friend raised money with a neighborhood lemonade stand – “Lily's Lemonade Stand,” and anonymous donations were made to a special account established for Meghan and Lily. In addition to helping Meghan with her seizures, Lily is also learning to detect the presence of peanuts in food to help avert an allergic reaction. Lily, named Pinkalicious Lily Belle by Meghan, currently lives full time with her trainer, Ashleigh Kinsley of Georgia K9 Academy, but Meghan and Lily spend time together every weekend, and Lily



attends each of Meghan's medical appointments. Lily also stayed with Meghan throughout her recent 15-day hospitalization for pneumonia. According to Schillig, if all goes well Lily will live with Meghan and the family full time beginning in March, and Lily will accompany Meghan to school where Schillig said her teacher, Mrs. Wallace, and her classmates are eager to have Lily join the class. Schillig said the process of integrating Lily into Meghan's life has been a positive experience. "Meghan was very happy and excited to have Lily as her special dog,” she said. “The bond was instantaneous and beautiful. Lily definitely knows that Meghan is her person." And Lily has already made a positive impact on their lives. "Lily’s presence in Meghan’s life has made a priceless difference," says Schillig. "It is difficult to find the words to really explain it, but Meghan is more at ease when Lily is around. Meghan has more tolerance for medical tests and appointments. (Meghan’s) anxiety level is lower when Lily is with her." Blood draws, in particular, are stressful for Meghan, but with Lily by her side they have, so far, been much easier. "With Lily present, Meghan has actually smiled during a blood draw," Schillig added. Meghan said she enjoys playing with Lily, and that her friends and family tell her (that Lily) is so cute, and that she is lucky. When asked how it feels to have a special friend like Lily at her side, Meghan said simply, "I am happy!" ■

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Suwanee Business Alliance February Meeting

Miss Suwanee at Special Olympics


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Sarah Riggs , Miss Suwanee Princess

Suzanne Geske and Candy Hilliard

Jeri Morgan, Miss Suwanee Ambassador

Suwanee Performing Arts Father/Daughter Tea Dance FEBRUARY 10th, 2013




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Jimmy Burnette, Layne Einstein and Pete Patel

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Upcoming Suwanee Area Events


March 2013 of Suwanee 2 Cultures Saturday, March 2nd 11:00 a.m. Town Center Park

American 16 Suwanee Craft Beer Fest Saturday, March 16th 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Town Center Park

Quest 2 & Treetop 2013 Re-Opening 3rd March 2nd & 3rd

Noon Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Treetop Obstacle Course includes 70 obstacles, 17 zip lines, six levels. Starting at 4 years old monkey bridges, Tarzan jumps, swings, logs, cargo net and many other challenges.

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Kiwanis 16 Suwanee 5K Shamrock Run Saturday, March 16 8 a.m. Town Center Park


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St. Patrick’s Day First Day of Spring


Third Annual Run for the Rescues 5K, Fun Run and Festival Saturday, March 23rd 7:00 a.m. Town Center Park Sponsored by the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Andy Velo Benefit Concert Thursday, March 21st 7 p.m. North Gwinnett High School Gymnasium Benefit concert for Robert Pritchard, former North Gwinnett High School and University of Central Florida football player that suffered a series of strokes in July 2010. The concert is being held to raise funds to help with Robert's medical expenses. Check out Robert's story on ROCK4ROBERT or on twitter #ROCK4ROBERT.


Good Friday


WOD for a Cause Saturday, March 30th 8:00 a.m. Town Center Park Workout of the Day Crossfit Challenge Special Guests Kyle Maynard and Chad Vaughn.


April 2013 Miss Suwanee 30 2013 A Relay for Life Benefit Pageant

Saturday, March 30th 9:00 a.m. North Gwinnett High School Auditorium Blue Jean and White T-Shirt Pageant. Sponsored by North Gwinnett High School.



Community Sunrise Service Sunday, March 31th 6:30 a.m. Town Center Park


Gwinnett Braves Opening Game


Saturday, April 20th 3:00 p.m. Concert @ 7:00 p.m. Town Center Park

Thursday, April 4th 7:05 p.m. Coolray Field


Spring Break Gwinnett County Public Schools

Suwanee's Super Incredible Day Race

Teams must register by April 5. For registration information, visit the city of Suwanee website at and go to “What’s New/Events.”

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Earth Day March of Dimes March For Babies

Saturday, April 27th 9:00 a.m. Town Center Park



Suwanee Announces 2013 Event Calendar

The city of Suwanee's 2013 event calendar includes six races, seven festivals, three movies, at least four concerts and a variety of other traditional favorites including Woofstock, Trek or Treat and the 30th celebration of Suwanee Day. Also on the calendar are a handful of new events, some of which are being organized by private groups. Two new city-sponsored events are a September unveiling of the artistic, permanent setting for Suwanee's September 11 artifact and an event known as Food Truck Friday. On Food Truck Fridays, which will be held on the first Friday of each month from May to September, several trucks offering a variety of ethnic and comfort foods will pull up at Town Center Park. The community is invited to come enjoy a casual dinner and musical performances from the Town Center stage. At the first Food Truck Friday on May 3, local high school jazz bands will perform. Here are a few highlights of privately organized (indicated by an *) and city-sponsored events on the 2013 calendar. To see the full calendar, visit the “What's New/Events� page at

Suwanee Beer Fest* - March 16 Woofstock - May 11 Arts in the Park - May 18 Broadway in the Park - July 26 & 27 August Concert - August 10

Suwanee Day - September 21 Taste of Suwanee* - October 12 Korean Festival* - October 19 & 20 Suwanee Classic Car Show* - November 2 55

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