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An Evening with Eli Manning Fundraiser for the Cancer Wellness Foundation p11

Eastside Grille

Celebrating Their 10th Year of Serving up "A Tasteful Experience" p26

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How to Add Depth and Color to Your Jewelry Wardrobe! p18

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Henry Hernandez has been a successful business man and an active community member in Montgomery and the River Region for over 16 years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in computer science from The University of Texas and a Master’s of Science degree in Judicial Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. In 1996 he co-founded and served as Systems Administrator and Chief Financial Officer of The Center for Physical Medicine and Pain Management for 14 years. In 2010 he opened his own insurance agency, Henry Hernandez State Farm, a privately owned and operated agency of State Farm Insurance. Recently Henry relocated his business to Quad Parkway at Taylor Road between Vaughn and Troy Highway.

His interests include computer information technology and aviation. He is a flight instructor and multi-engine commercial pilot and for many years he has volunteered his time in the Alabama Civil Air Patrol. Henry is a member of the Pike Road Lion’s Club, active in his church, and is a former board member of Mental Health Montgomery. Henry’s wife, Rachelle, and their two daughters, Gabriella and Izabella are proud that he is helping Montgomery and the River Region with insurance and financial services. 4

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Downtown Montgomery From Growth To Prosperity With Downtown Initiative

Frank K. Rho

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At the turn of the millennium, downtown Montgomery was more of a sleepy town than a thriving city, but over the last decade, the downtown area has undergone a complete revitalization process to turn the once quiet streets into a blossoming capital city. The improvements from the downtown initiative are starting to sprout up like never before. One of the newest additions to the downtown area is the construction of the Multiplex located directly adjacent to the Cramton Bowl. The 90,000 square foot-indoor sports facility hosts various sporting events including basketball, volleyball, wrestling, indoor soccer and tennis. With the main floor stretching out to almost 60,000 square feet, the Multiplex can fit 15 volleyball courts or six full basketball courts as well as two indoor soccer fields. Along with the new Multiplex came the renovation of the Cramton Bowl, home to Faulkner University football and many other sporting events throughout the year. The Cramton Bowl now has four new entrances, a state-of-the-art press box and a brand new plaza area. The most notable change is the addition of the “Walk of Fame,” which contains a diverse group of historic sports memorabilia as a tribute to the rich history of sports in Montgomery. The Cramton Bowl and Multiplex are just the beginning of the continued makeover process for Montgomery. The city continues to make an effort to appreciate the history of Montgomery while opening more opportunities for entertainment. Overlook Park on Maxwell Boulevard has been renamed Wright Brothers Park in honor of the Wright Brothers who opened the first civilian flight school in the country – what is now Maxwell Air Force Base – in Montgomery in 1910. The park will include a replica of the “Wright Flyer” which is the first powered aircraft ever made. The replica has a 40-foot wingspan and is expected to be installed into the park by the start of April.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

There is no greater evidence of historyappreciation and entertainment initiative as City Hall. The city held a rededicated for City Hall’s 75th Anniversary in September of last year after a twoyear, $6.4 million renovation process. The original building was constructed during the Great Depression in 1937 with the help of the Works Progress Administration. Now, City Hall provides housing for the mayor and city officials as well as containing an auditorium for sizeable public events such as concerts and theater performances. The auditorium was the 1953-location for the great country music singer-songwriter, Hank Williams’ funeral. The DoubleTree Hotel was recently renovated in accommodation for the increasing number of people flowing to the Montgomery-area. The DoubleTree will include 120 rooms, a full-service restaurant and a signature lounge. The hotel is located in between City Hall and the Regions Tower and is expected to open in April. The city has even added some aesthetic flare to the tunnel connecting the street to the strip along the Alabama River. The tunnel is now lined with colored lights that can be lit up for all occasions from holidays to special events. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the days of a struggling downtown are long gone with a prosperous city continuing to make improvements. The Capital City has seen quite the turnaround in the past ten years, and looks to continue to shine as a jewel in central Alabama.

In This Issue Advertisers

2 What's New in the City? 5 A Word from our Mayor 8 Sights To See 12 Health & Fitness 18 Life Lessons 22 Good Taste 30 Faith 34 Education Station 40 Kid’s Corner 44 Meow Woof & Chirp 48 Insurance 101 50 Shopping Spree 56 Worth A Look 58 Datebook 62 Map It Out


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Sights To See

Stough Furniture Store The Story Behind the Store

by Geoff Stough


tough Furniture Store was not one of the larger furniture stores in Montgomery, however, it was a fixture of the The former Stough Furniture store, present day community and served people of all economic standings and races. Owned by my grandfather, Cabott Stough (referred to as “Pappy” by the grandchildren), for over thirty years, the store hosted some of the most fascinating historical figures of the 20th century.


he site of the original store was on the corner of Jackson and High Streets. He later moved the store further east on High. The locations of both stores placed him, along with Jewish, Greeks, and other nationalities, in the black community of Centennial Hill. This was not a unique situation in Montgomery. Monroe Street had the same eclectic presence of businessmen.


appy extended credit, not just to whites, but to blacks, giving many the chance to purchase furniture and other household goods for their homes. The decision to extend credit to blacks during a time when it was not a popular decision to some, earned him much respect within the black community.


he Civil Rights movement took place while the store was located on Jackson Street. Although my grandfather was respected within the black community, a small demonstration of blacks took place in the area of the store, threatening to burn non-black businesses. Someone placed a telephone call to a young pastor who lived on Jackson Street named Martin Luther King. King arrived at the furniture store and began to speak to the crowd. He reminded them that my grandfather was one of the only men in Montgomery to offer credit to blacks and if it were not for him, many of them would not have

furniture in their homes. The crowd soon dispersed and my grandfather’s store was saved.


uring the time the furniture store was open, my grandfather was visited by, and was able to make friends with people from all walks of life. Some of the more notable were Joe Lewis, all of the governors from Governor Patterson through Wallace, and Truman Capote, who was a frequent visitor on his trips to Montgomery. Pappy even wrote a song with Hank Williams, which is still owned by my family.


s I write this, two interesting stories come to mind. In the early days of the store, a young white man moved to Montgomery without any possessions. No one would extend credit to him, except my grandfather. Years later, Pappy received a telephone call asking if he would like to come look at a house and purchase the contents for the store, which was not uncommon. As Pappy walked through the house, he told the homeowner the pieces in the home were quite valuable and he would not be able to pay their worth and make a profit. The man asked how much he could pay, my grandfather told him, and the homeowner accepted. When my grandfather asked why he would accept such a small amount for items he could easily sell at a higher price, the man reminded him of the kindness he showed to him so many years earlier. As it turned out, the penniless young man went on to become a highly successful investment banker and wanted to repay my grandfather for his kindness.


he second story took place later. In March of 1995, Pappy made his last trip to the Sahara for lunch. While he was eating, one of the black waiters came over to his table and asked if he was Mr. Stough who owned “the furniture store.” My grandfather told him he was and the waiter shook his hand and told him “thank you” for his generosity in helping him buy furniture for his family when he was a young man. Pappy smiled at the waiter’s comments and remarked to my aunt what a special day it had been. He died just a few weeks later.

Geoff Stough, owner of Lee & Lan Florist, is the grandson of Cabott "Pappy" Stough. Geoff and his brother, who owns Swanner Transfer, are both third-generation Montgomery business owners, their father having owned three restaurants at one time: Mr. Steak, The Red Bird Inn, and The Farmers Market. Their family tradition of providing services to Montgomery exemplifies the spirit The Pride of Montgomery wants to capture.


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An Evening with

Eli Manning

A gentle “Giant” was center stage Friday night, March 15, at the Cancer Wellness Foundation’s annual fundraiser. Eli Manning spoke of his role as a professional athlete and the guiding influence of father, Archie, and brother, Peyton. Two-time Super Bowl MVP, New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning captured the attention of football fans and patrons with his self-effacing presence during the fundraiser. The evening began with a VIP Reception. Patrons and patients had their pictures taken with Eli Manning as they mingled and enjoyed refreshments to the sound of Tom Gassaway’s saxophone melodies. The Faulkner University Jazz Ensemble entertained guests as they gathered in the Convention Center for an evening to remember. Dr. Scott McDaniel, an Oncologist at the Montgomery Cancer Center, shared his perspective as a cancer survivor/patient and a doctor. He spoke of the Foundation and the critical help it extends to cancer patients in the Central Alabama area by providing transportation, medication, nutritional counseling, advocacy efforts and volunteerism. Local sports anchors, Jeff Shearer and Dee Jackson posed questions and “chatted” on stage, informally, as Manning shared stories of his childhood in New Orleans. “I thought it was normal to ask my friends for their dad’s autographs because my friends wanted my dad’s autograph,” stated Manning. He thought that was just what one did. He loved playing outside, especially sports and teamwork. He admitted it was never really a goal of his to get to the NFL. Manning followed in his father’s footsteps as quarterback for Ole Miss and maintains a home in Oxford, Mississippi, today. The friendships Manning made during his days at Ole Miss are very special and he still keeps in touch. Charles Jinright presented Manning the key to the city from Mayor Todd Strange. A proclamation from Governor Robert Bentley proclaiming March 15, 2013 Eli Manning – Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama Day was presented also. After a live auction of autographed memorabilia, Manning encouraged the attendees to continue to support the mission of the Cancer Wellness Foundation. “It’s a great cause you have here. Please, please continue to support it. It’s a wonderful thing you are doing, helping so many people.” 11

Health & Fitness

Dr. Rho Knows... Gums & Teeth! As much as I love dentistry, there are some things about it that are necessary, but dreadful for me. We are always learning, studying and finding new, amazing things. There are some exceptionally smart people who dedicate their careers to advancing the knowledge in the dental field so that ultimately, you get better care.


They spend years researching new materials, new technologies and compiling information from painstakingly thought out questionnaires. And then they put all of that fantastic and exciting knowledge into the most boring, sterile and painful to read dental journals and research papers for us dentists to sufferingly decipher.

Next time you see your dentist, pat him or her on the back, look at them with a sympathetic sad look on your face and say, “I’m sorry for you, Doc.” Here’s an example. I was reading about sensitive teeth yesterday. Here’s an excerpt: “The prevalence of dentin hypersensitivity was 12.3 percent; patients with hypersensitivity had, on average, 3.5 hypersensitive teeth... in participants with gingival recession than in those without gingival recession and in participants who underwent athome tooth whitening than in those who did not. Hypersensitivity was not associated with obvious occlusal trauma, noncarious cervical lesions or aggressive toothbrushing habits...” … habitsssszzzzz zzzz zzzz.... Are you awake? I fell asleep five sentences ago.


So lets talk about sensitive teeth. It seems today that more people are suffering from Can’tEatIceCreamitis than before. Why is that? There are a number of reasons why teeth can be sensitive. Let’s talk about the most common reasons for tooth sensitivity. Probably the number one reason for true tooth sensitivity is from teeth clenching or grinding. We are moving into a new frontier of what’s socially normal. We juggle families, kids, jobs, school, school sports and functions, all which are calling for our attention. We are a lot more aware of international and world events and inundated with dramatized presentations of them. There is a new normal going on. That new normal is a higher level of stress.


One of the relief valves for excess stress is to clench or grind your teeth. Most of the time this happens at night when you are asleep. The physical stress of the constant pressure on the teeth and the bone surrounding it will cause the nerve in the innermost part of the tooth to inflame and be hypersensitive. Clenching and grinding over time will cause your teeth to wear excessively and that can also cause sensitive teeth.

Another reason for tooth sensitivity is tooth decay. A cavity starts when a protein in your saliva combines with sugar and carbohydrates from food particles left on and between your teeth to form plaque. Plaque is chock full of bacteria which pees and poos like anything else alive. Bacterial waste from plaque is highly acidic which will eat through the protective enamel of your teeth and then rapidly

spread in the softer dentin of the tooth. When the cavity has become large enough to get close to the nerve bundle in the innermost part of your teeth, you will start to feel sensitivity from it. Left unchecked the tooth can become abscessed and the sensitivity worsens to become quite painful and even dangerous. Get regular checkups with your dentist. Since cavities are painless until they get pretty deep into the tooth, your dentist can detect and fix the tooth before it can become sensitive or painful. There are other reasons teeth can become sensitive. Trauma, abscess, bleaching, sinus infections, wisdom teeth impactions, and gum recession are just some of the many possible culprits. Sometimes the reason is temporary or easily treatable. Other times it can be an indication of a potentially serious problem that needs treatment right away. Make sure you see your dentist to find out what is causing your sensitivity. While you’re at it, bring him or her something more interesting to read than the dental journals we have to suffer through. He or she might enjoy a pop-up book. Even dentists have an inner child. Have a great month and smile often. Dr. Frank K. Rho received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University in 1997. He has worked with numerous dentists and specialists and has lectured in communities on the subject of dental care throughout the United States. He is an active member of a number of organizations composed of dentists who keep abreast of the latest trends and techniques in dentistry. Dr. Rho practices general dentistry in Prattville, Alabama.

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Health & Fitness

Spring Cleaning Holli Driver-Coley Spring is quickly approaching representing new life and growth all around us. Many of us choose this time of year to deep clean our homes, clean out our closets and simply get rid of the old, the unwanted, the no longer useful items in our lives. But what about our emotional being? Have you ever made the time to spring clean your emotional self? Are you walking around in life carrying a knapsack or a U-haul of unhealthy negative emotional baggage? "Carrying your negative emotional baggage requires energy that could be put to much better use - say goodbye to it, let it go, and get on with your life." Lucy MacDonald All of us have “stuff.” The stuff or baggage we carry with us. The baggage that no one sees, initially, when we enter into a friendship, a work relationship, a partnership, but ultimately impacts all of those relationships and the way we view ourselves. Sometimes we don’t even recognize the impact our baggage is having on us. We each physically feel the baggage differently: a knot in our stomach, tense and achy shoulders and neck, frequently fatigued, disturbed sleep patterns and headaches.

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Health & Fitness

Will I Ever Get My


Body Back?

by Corey & Donna Ellis

I don’t know how many times I hear this question! Two years ago, I delivered my first baby and one year ago, I delivered my second baby. So my answer to this question is: YES! It is possible. However, from an exercise point of view, here are some key factors. First, you must begin to work out prior to getting pregnant. Many of our campers have gotten pregnant once they’ve gotten in the great shape. It helps your body adjust to coming changes, and it is much easier to continue, not start, an exercise program during pregnancy. Second, if you have been working out, continue to exercise while you are pregnant as long as you have clearance from your doctor. You should be able to continue you regular exercise program with a few modifications. You can still do your cardio, lift your weights, and I always recommend yoga. It is important to listen to your body. Currently we actually have two pregnant campers participating in our camp and our exercise classes. One lady is due in 8 weeks and the other is 15 weeks. Exercising while pregnant will also help with weight gain and delivery. However, do not obsess over gaining weight. This is the time that you are supposed to gain weight, but keep it at a healthy weight gain. Third, you should exercise after having the baby, but be sure not to start too soon. Give your body time to recover. Time is the biggest issue now, but try and schedule your time to exercise. You can always walk or jog in the park with your baby. There are even exercises you can use with your baby. Not only do you get a workout, but it is great time for you and your baby to bond together. I have only talked about the exercise components of pregnancy and exercise. You must also eat reasonably. Being pregnant is not an excuse to eat everything in sight because you are eating for two. You need to put good nutrients in your body to feed your baby. Always consult with your doctor to monitor healthy weight gain. If you put on 60 or 70 pounds, which is possible, you must take it off. It will not just fall off after delivery. I would also like to wish Happy Birthday to Lourdes (2) and Dos (1) Ellis who both have a birthday in April. Mommy loves you!!! Corey & Donna Ellis Owners of Resolution Fitness Camps 504.915.7879


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Life Lessons

Teenage daughters. If you have them you must hear Martine McBride's song "Teenage Daughters." This line is so true:

has made my life easier, especially with Ashlee (15), and that is Vonda and the staff at ElizabethGraceFashions.Com.

"She rolls her eyes when I'm funny But she's sweet when she wants money and her freedom, Oh my gosh, she's got a car, swears they won't go far, And I wish I believed 'em"....

Ashlee is our daughter that lives with her dad in Texas and I don't know what she is into now when it comes to fashion. When she game to visit for Christmas, I took her with me to visit Vonda, the owner of, and we had a ball. Most of the time, when we go shopping it ends up in a fight and we are barely speaking to each other at the end of the shopping trip, but not this time! What I love about ElizabethGraceFashions. Com is the clothes for teens/juniors are fashionable, unique, and not what everybody else has.

And, being honest, that's just the tip of the iceberg. JT and I have 3 teenage daughters - Kimberlee is 17, Ashlee is 15 & Rebeccah just became an "official" teenager in March, turning 13. There is always drama, a phone call from the principal, a small disaster at home like a backed up toilet, or the infamous "I need money for (fill in the new daily need here), mom!" JT and I pray for the day when the girls all go to school and have no issues or problems and there are no calls from the school. Adding to the drama, we are a blended family. Step-parenting issues and challenges are a whole different issue and article! One of the things I have learned while navigating thru raising teen girls is to "pick battles." I will start with clothes! For a while now, I have learned that kids don't care if their socks match and sometimes it is ok to wear pink and red or any other crazy color combination. I don't know if I will ever be able to do that, but if their outfit follows the dress code rules at school, I am ok. I used to fight the sock thing, but gave up. The crazier the socks are, the more fun it is to wear mismatched ones. I can tell you that there is one local business that 18

They're also modest and Ashlee loved them. There was no fighting and she looked age appropriate and fashionable at the same time. When she went back after Christmas break, she called me and told me all the kids noticed the cool clothes and she was appreciative of the time and money that I had spent. That made both JT and I feel great! Ashlee loves looking at the website for new things and sale items! (I taught her well). is a local online boutique with great clothes for women and daughters of all ages, I can order online and pick up my clothes from her house and pay no shipping or I can go by and shop on site. Vonda started this business because she was tired of the lack of stylish & age appropriate clothes for her 2 daughters. If you are struggling with your daughters about clothes, check out the site and see what your daughters think and do some

shopping for yourself, too. I love the personal shopper experience I receive when I stop by and the quality and sizing options are great! Thanks Vonda &! As for the other drama in our house, we take it one day at a time. Sibling rivalry and competition, dirty rooms, chores that don't get completed, homework that doesn't get done, BFFs that are no longer BFFs, and the like... YEAH! I know our parents had it rough with us sometimes, but now in a world of iPhones, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Snapchat and more - there are so many other avenues to consider and I have a hard enough time remembering my own passwords, let alone theirs. But with all those avenues of communications - when it comes to leverage and restriction - take away the ones they love the best, and that usually gets their attention! JT and I know they will continue to test us and there will probably always be drama, but I wouldn't trade any of them. Plus, their lives give us great show prep for our radio show - MIX1033 Married with Microphones.... Tune in weekday mornings for the most fun and entertaining way to start your day. There's rarely a dull moment - weekdays 6 till 10am! Contact JT & Leanne Mix 103 Radio Personalities River Region TV Show (CW & WSFA12) Direct Cell: (334) 380-1950 Email: Websites: and www.RiverRegion.TV


Life Lessons

Asking the CORRECT Question Dr. Kalai Mugilan, MA, MPH, PHD


sking loved ones, “Do you love me?” simply states we are not feeling loved. That is true whether the person we are asking this crazy old (presumably romantic) question, loves us or not. That is the wrong question. During an awkward situation like that, often, the one asked, runs over and reassures the one who asks of their love. While this mode of questioning is possibly sweet and romantic, and made popular by Hollywood, perhaps this could also be rather problematic about our thinking about love. In fact, if someone is asking that dreadful question, “Do you love me?” perhaps the relationship is weak.


owever, if we ask the correct question, rather than do you love me, how about “When do you feel loved?” I assure you, we would receive amazing answers. The answers to this wonderful question are simply beautiful and will stem from the most unlikely places or events.


imilarly, train your thinking to ask others, not only your loved ones, the correct question: “When do you feel heard?” not “Do I listen to you?” To ask do I listen to you, the safest answer, especially for a subordinate, is “I suppose so” whether or not the person actually feels heard. Or similarly, ask “When do you feel respected?” not “Do I respect you?” The safest answer that will bring about the least conflict would be, “Yeah, I guess, never really thought about it.” I bet some of you thought in your mind, “That is when the fight began.”


herefore, if you ask someone, When do you feel heard? When do you feel respected? When do you feel unheard? You will be amazed at the magical answers you will hear. The fact that you ask would illicit respect and show that you want to hear. As I found out the hard way, if you are going to ask that question, always be ready for the possibility that whoever you asked would also want to know the same, and ask the very same question back at you.



f you are daring, for deeper yet right questions, you could ask, when have you felt unheard in your life? When have you felt disrespected? However, that is for the advanced questioner of the right questions. Listening to the answers may be difficult and painful, and time and place needs to be considered. This is really when the fight will begin.


nyway, other correct questions that you could ponder with people you would like to have a deep and meaningful relationship with are as follows: When do you feel attractive? When do you feel like you belong? When do you feel beautiful? When do you feel brilliant?


he answers to the correct question would be earth shattering. Be ready to hear some of the most incredible answers in the world. Remember, to only listen. Nothing more, nothing less, just listen to the answers and taste the richness of the relationship. And as a final caveat, be ready for that very question to be asked back right at you. For instance, when I tried this wonderful method with my spouse, my spouse asked me right back, “When do you feel loved?” and out of nowhere, I was surprised at my own answers. I actually said, “I feel loved when the lights are on when I return home from work after dark.” She was delightfully surprised and yes, looked at me with one raised eyebrow for a second. Ever since, the lights have been on, even when I return before sunset. My heart smiles every time I pull my van into the driveway, and the motion detector picks me up. I feel a warmth come over me, and I am always glad to be home.

Dr. Kalai Mugilan received his Doctorate of Health Promotion/ Medical Sociology. He is an Assistant Professor at South University and the co-founder of Varietas LLC Diversity Training, Certification, Staff Augmentation, which is located in Montgomery. He had workshops in New Orleans after Katrina and currently works with local veterans. To contact him, please call 205-243-7747.


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Chris’ Hotdogs 138 Dexter Ave 334-265-6850


Courthouse Café 100 S Lawrence St 334-832-1684 El Paso Chili Company 539 N Eastern Blvd 334-244-0118 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 7220 EastChase Pkwy 334-239-7220 Flames Grill 142 Montgomery St 334-264-0100 Flips Uptown Grill 3900 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8833 7900 Vaughn Rd 334-270-5559 Guthrie’s 5376 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-8300 7216 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-3331 Hamburger King 547 S Decatur St 334-262-1798

Honey Baked Ham 2816 E South Blvd 334-284-9100 Jason’s Deli 1520 Eastern Blvd 334-409-9890 Lunde’s 201 Montgomery St 334-265-3663 Mama’s Sack Lunch To Go 21 S Perry St 334-265-5554 MiMi’s Café 6814 EastChase Pkwy 334-271-0124 Momma Goldberg’s Deli 7960 Vaughn Rd 334-517-1071 Montgomery’s Café at Embassy Suites 300 Tallapoosa St 334-269-5055

Panera Bread 2998 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-0064 7224 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-9170

Steak Out 3271 Malcolm Dr 334-270-0747 2930 Carter Hill Rd 334-269-1800

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 7005 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1078

Stop & Sip Coffee 981 Adams Ave 334-230-9989

Ruddle’s Pub Grill 3133 Bell Rd 334-277-8710 Schlotzsky’s Deli 5055 Carmichael Rd 334-409-9993 Scott St. Deli 412 Scott St 334-264-9415 Shoney’s 850 Eastern Blvd 334-396-8533 Steak ’n Shake Prattville 2313 Cobbs Ford Rd. 334-290-0036

Sundown East 3416 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-0501 Tenda Chick 5951 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-8547 Wings Xpress 5780 Woodmere Blvd 334-244-7898 Wishbone Café 61 Bridge St 334-356-4175 Wishbone Café 7028 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-7270

Zaxby’s 3130 Taylor Rd 334-481-0406 6453 Atlanta Hwy 334-277-8066 2923 Eastern Blvd 334-420-3500 2675 Zelda Rd 334-293-9933 Asian/Indian

Ala Thai Classic 963 Ann St 334-240-2549 Ala Thai East 6663 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-3141 Asia Bistro & Seafood 7839 Vaughn Rd 334-213-3628 Bombay Masala 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510 Buffet City 5461 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1678

Choices Restaurant 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888

Korean Garden 2891 Vaughn Plaza Rd 334-277-5685

Shilla 3526 Eastdale Cir 334-354-3026

East China 8153 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1779

Lek’s Railroad Thai at Union Station 300 Water St 334-269-0708

Shogun Japanese 5215 Carmichael Rd 334-271-6999

Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654 Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet 6561 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-7799 181D Eastern Blvd 334-260-6111 India Palace 3007H McGehee Rd 334-281-1200 Kabuki Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885 King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883

Lek’s Taste of Thailand 5421 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8994 Midori 5824 Woodmere Blvd 334-593-1754 Ming’s Garden 1741 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8188 Miyako Japanese 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275 Saigon Deli 2323 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921 Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450

St. Café 2777 Eastern Blvd 334-396-2232 The Super Buffet 5831 Atlanta Hwy 334-215-0055 Sushi Café 3004 Zelda Rd 334-819-7060 Sushi Yama 2070 Eastern Blvd 334-612-7800 Thai Gratiem 8868 Minnie Brown Rd 334-215-9960 Top China 9160 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1668


Cupcakes by Tish 1940 Mulberry St. 334-625-0999

Louisa's Bakery 1039 Woodley Road 334-356-1212 Barbeque

Country’s Barbecue 2610 Zelda Rd 334-262-6211 5761 Atlanta Hwy 334-270-0126 Dreamland BBQ 101 Tallapoosa St 334-273-7427

Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q 6415 Atlanta Hwy 334-213-0046 K&J Rib Shack 4255 S Court St 334-356-1368

Good Taste Sam’s Bar-B-Que 3510 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-0008 Sophia’s BBQ 1055 Adams Ave 334-269-1177 Varsity BBQ 5471 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-5444 Café

Café Louisa 1034 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241 Café M One Museum Dr 334-240-4333 Cool Beans at Café d'Art 115 Montgomery St 334-269-3302 The Deli at Alley Station 130A Commerce St 334-263-2922


Shashy’s Fine Foods 1700 Mulberry St 334-263-7341 Casual Dining

All City Coney Island 701 Madison Ave 334-819-4100 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 3001 Carter Hill Rd 334-264-9064 3195 Taylor Rd 334-274-0009 6601 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1902 California Yogurt Kraze 3010 Zelda Rd 334-356-3716 7730 Vaughn Rd 334-215-9135 Chili’s 7355 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1973

City Limits Bar & Grill 3585 McGehee Rd 334-239-9130

True 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814

Dreamz 511 E Edgemont Ave 334-239-7303

Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 334-396-0224 Ruby Tuesday 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285

Eastside Grille 6667 Atlanta Hwy 334-274-1200

The Exchange at Renaissance Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5165 Filet & Vine 431 Cloverdale Rd 334-262-8463

Island Delights 323 Air Base Blvd 334-264-0041 Nancy’s Italian Ice 7976 Vaughn Rd 334-356-1403

Sinclair’s 1051 E Fairview Ave 334-834-7462 7847 Vaughn Rd 334-271-7654 Smoothie King 7026 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-5621 Smoothies & Things 109 S Court St 334-241-0770 Sommer’s Grill 9188 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-0275


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A Tasteful Experience For Over 10 Years

Eastside Grille's Signature Drink, "A Tasteful Experience"

Eastside Grille provides excellent food and atmosphere and offers a dining experience you will want to enjoy over and over again. It was founded February 21, 2003, by Eric Duggan and Mitch Johnston. Having worked in the restaurant business for many years, they wanted to take the best parts of what they have learned to create a unique restaurant. Eric and Mitch started Eastside Grille with a strong goal and philosophy, “To combine food, service and atmosphere into a ‘Tasteful Experience.’” From start to finish, Eastside Grille provides a unique experience worth repeating. Many factors distinguish Eastside Grille from other

Owners Mitch Johnston and Eric Duggan restaurants, including a 2,000-square-foot patio, early live entertainment outdoors, catering for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and their unique combination of a classy but casual atmosphere. Eastside Grille’s secret of success is the hands-on operation by the owners who are really involved in our community, serve on many committees and boards, and participate in worthwhile fundraisers. Eastside Grille's primary menu includes: steaks, pasta, seafood, a homemade lunch special, and their signature house salad dressing - apple vinaigrette. Eastside Grille is the only restaurant in Montgomery who offers this dressing! The restaurant has been nominated and received many awards over its 10 years of successful business. Some of the awards include: Best Sunday Lunch by the Montgomery Advertiser, Restauranteur of the Year by the Alabama Restaurant Association, best appetizer, best cocktail, best soup and best entree by the Taste of the River Region. 6667 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-274-1200

Hours of Operation onday - Thursday: 10:30am - 9:00pm M Friday - Saturday: 10:30am - 10:30pm Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Recipe of the Month: Oriental Chicken Salad

Served with their signature apple vinaigrette dressing, teriyaki grilled chicken with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, croutons, pineapple chunks, and spicy sugared pecans. Apple vinaigrette ingredients are: apple cider vinegar, apples, parmesan cheese, dry mustard, dry basil, dry thyme, dry oregano, minced garlic, salt, white pepper, and 20/80 vegetable oil blend.

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Good Taste Sommer’s Place 7972 Vaughn Rd 334-279-5401 32 Degrees Yogurt Bar 7030 EastChase Pkwy 334-272-4773

Cheezie’s Pizza 8125K Decker Ln 334-244-9496 2762 Bell Rd Bldg B 334-365-5423 1113H Perry Hill Rd 334-239-9263

The Tipping Point 5015 Hampstead High 334-260-9110

CiCi’s Pizza 981 Ann St 334-386-3086

Fine Dining

The Chophouse at Vintage Year 405 Cloverdale Rd 334-264-8463 City Grill & Next Door 8147 Vaughn Rd 334-244-0960 Garrett’s 7780 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-9950 Ham & High 5251 Hampstead High 334-239-9982 The House Restaurant at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5166 La Jolla Restaurant & Bar 6854 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-2600 Michael’s Table 2960 Zelda Rd 334-272-2500 Olive Room 121 Montgomery St 334-262-2763 Greek

Corsino’s Italian 911 S Court St 334-263-9752 Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 1712 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-8988 Marco’s Pizza 3171 Taylor Rd 334-356-6000 Mellow Mushroom 7915 Vaughn Rd 334-213-6443 Midtown Pizza Kitchen 2940 Zelda Rd 334-399-0080 Olive Garden 2700 Eastern Blvd 334-260-9220 Pizza Perfect 428 Coliseum Blvd 334-244-7721 Sa Za’s Serious Italian 130 Commerce St 334-495-7292

Stevi B’s Pizza 5411 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-3112

Mr. G’s 6268 Atlanta Hwy 334-356-4662

Tomatinos 1036 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241

Zoe’s Kitchen 7218 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-9115


Zoe’s Kitchen 2960C Zelda Rd 334-395-4698 Italian

Carrabba’s Italian 1510 Eastern Blvd 334-271-7500 28

Cuco’s 11123 Chantilly Pkwy Suite A 334-271-3528 Cuco’s Express 31 S Court St 334-832-0081 El Rey Burrito Lounge 1031 E Fairview Ave 334-832-9688

Ixtapa Bar & Grill 7157 EastChase Pkwy 334-277-7600

Santa Fe Express 15 Commerce St 334-262-7676

Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232

Taqueria El Cantaro 1130 Ann St 334-356-7361

Jalepenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840

Tipico De Mexico 3441 Malcolm Dr 334-356-0459

La Zona Rosa 2838 Zelda Rd 334-274-1153 Las Salsas Mexican 7921 Vaughn Rd 334-260-9096 Los Cabos Cantina 1801 Eastern Blvd 334-277-7571 Los Ranchos 127 Eastern Blvd 334-270-1509 Los Vaqueros 2195 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8339 Moe’s Southwest Grill 2900 Zelda Rd 334-273-9198 7028 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-3333 No Way Jose 5338 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-2222 8844 Minnie Brown Rd 334-819-7363 Salsaritas 8015 Vaughn Rd 334-356-5430 San Marcos Mexican 61 N Burbank Dr 334-279-6680


Bonefish Grill 7020 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1770 Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina 617 Shady St 334-288-4217 Jubilee Seafood 1057 Woodley Rd 334-262-6224 Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780 Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140 Wintzell’s Oyster House 105 Commerce St 334-262-4257 Young Barn Pub 5331 Young Barn Rd 334-819-7423 Southern Style

A Social Event/Bandanas 301 Jefferson St 334-265-9113 Blue Moon Café 7725 Averritt Dr 334-356-0543

Cornerstone 5336 Atlanta Hwy 334-386-0449

Gail’s Down the St. Café 2739 Zelda Rd 334-279-1009

Red’s Little School House 20 Gardner Rd 334-584-7955

Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085

Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020

Wagon Wheel Café 1961 Maxwell Blvd 334-265-9979

Davis Café 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015

Isaiah’s Restaurant 135 Mildred St 334-265-9000

Eastbrook Café 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438

Martin’s Restaurant 1796 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1767

Farmers Market Café 315 N McDonough St 334-262-1970

Odessa’s Blessings 726 Forest Ave 334-265-7726

Farmhouse Kitchen 5251 Hampstead High St 334284-8989

Peyton’s Place 5344 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-3630

Fried Tomato Buffet 6050 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-6162

Piccadilly Cafeteria 2610 Eastern Blvd 334-271-6189

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Baumhower’s Restaurant 2465 Eastern Blvd 334-271-1831 Baumhower’s Restaurant 201 S Union St 334-263-8800 Key Largo Bar & Grill 1343 Dalraida Rd 334-272-1402 Rock Bottom American Pub 2430 Eastern Blvd 334-239-7625

Wingers Sports Grill 2773 Bell Rd 334-277-3379 Steakhouse

Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub 10044 Chantilly Pkwy 334-281-3911 Longhorn Steakhouse 4095 Eastern Blvd 334-613-7555 Outback Steakhouse 1040 Eastern Blvd 334-270-9495 Texas Roadhouse 7525 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-7774



Quantity and Quality by Allen Bowen

Can we even begin to dream of the quality that the Lord wants us to enjoy? Our society has fallen into the trap of believing that quantity is greater than quality, but I don’t believe this is God’s will. This lie has been fuel for the spirit of greed that prevails in our world today. No matter how hard we look, it is becoming more difficult to find anything that is of excellent quality. In most industrialized nations of the world, especially the United States, there is an abundance of everything, and yet there are more unhappy people than ever before. I believe that if we had more quality and a little less quantity, we would experience more real joy in our everyday lives. It would be far better to live forty years to the fullest that to live in a hundred years of misery. Thanks be to God that we can have both a long life and a quality of life but I must make my point. If you were to think of fragrances, a few drops of pure perfume will smell stronger and stay longer than a much heavier application of a more watered-down version such as cologne or eau de toilette. Real perfume usually comes in a smaller bottle and is much more expensive. The diluted versions come in larger bottles and are less expensive. Most of us will automatically choose the larger bottle with the lower price. When giving a gift, we think it looks impressive if it is packed in a large container. Many of us wouldn’t even know what we had if we received a present of real perfume. Because of its small size, we would think we received something of little value. We would think that the giver was cheap and didn’t simply care enough to spend a little more on us, when in fact all the while we were holding something of greater value than we thought. There are many examples I could use, but suffice it to say it to say that in most things of life, quality is far more superior to quantity. As believers, you and I have available to us the quality of life that only God can give. His life is not filled with fear, stress, worry, anxiety or depression. God is not impatient, and He is never in a hurry. He took His time to enjoy His creation, the work of His hands. Genesis 1 says that after God created each portion of the universe, He saw that it was good, and He approved it. It seems to me that if God took the time to enjoy each phase of His creation, His work, then you and I should also take time to enjoy our work. We should not work just to accomplish, but also to enjoy the work. Learn to enjoy not only your work and your accomplishments but even the ride in the morning, the flowers on the side of the road, the birds in the trees. Learn to enjoy every aspect of your life. Enjoy your home, your friends and your family. Don’t just have children, but take the time to enjoy them.

All it takes to begin to enjoy life to the fullest is a decision. ALlen Bowen is the owner of The Space Walker, as well as a Pastor and Youth Minister.




Southern Comfort by Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman

Most of my life has been spent in the south: born in Mississippi, college in Alabama, grad school in Florida, ten years of working in Georgia, and now I’m back here in our beloved Montgomery. Each locale has afforded me the blessing of getting to know wonderful people who share southern cordiality and warmth freely. A smile and a polite “Hello, how are you?” are commonplace and pretty much standard fare everywhere I’ve lived. Needless to say, I love the south! It’s comfortable, welcoming, nurturing, and predictable . . . unless of course you’re talking about the weather! Within the last few months, we’ve gone from uncomfortably cold to annoyingly warm temperatures – within the same 24 hours. Leaving home in the morning is a journey into the atmospheric unknown that requires a winter coat, an umbrella, boots, flips flops, shorts, and sunscreen, any or all of which you might find yourself in need of before you make it home again. But you know what the amazing reality is for me? I still love the south! You see, to me the sincerity and hospitality of the region far outweigh the unpredictable temperatures and the occasional thunderstorms, high winds, and even severe weather that also occurs. During those times of dangerous conditions in nature, it is the usually the helping hands of neighbors, friends, family, and strangers that help us move forward and rebuild our lives. Without fail, we here in the south have proven over and over again that we can depend on each other regardless of what differences we might have. At the risk of being redundant, I say again, I love the south! My growth and development as a human being has been greatly influenced by the places I’ve lived. The same is true of my faith. To say it plainly, the strong, deep, and thriving familial roots that connect me to the south also inform my faith. That connection reminds me in every way that the good outweighs the bad. The positive overrides the negative. The sunshine supersedes the rain. Do you see where I’m going with this? Life, regardless of where you live, work, and play, is full of twists and turns that might take you by surprise, even through your life into a tailspin. But remember that just like the sunshine-to-rain-to-cold-to-hot pattern of our weather patterns, so is life’s journey. You might be in a cold, wet, dreary place right now, but join your faith with mine and begin to expect the sunshine of refreshing and renewal to come. I would not dare try and be your personal meteorologist by saying it’ll be in a few days or a few weeks. But I will tell you this: in due season, a change will come. The sun will shine again. I pray God’s richest blessings to you, my fellow Southerners. Get your coat, your sunglasses, and your umbrella ready. I don’t know what the weather will be, but I’m okay as long as I’m in the South and stand on my Faith. What more could anybody need for true southern comfort?

Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman serves as Pastor of First Congregational Christian Church, UCC, and as Chair for the Department of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University.



Education Station

Holy Cross: Academic Excellence…and so much more!

Holy Cross Episcopal School is no ordinary school. Founded in 1998, Holy Cross has spent the last 15 years preparing students for a bright and promising future. Holy Cross graduates are shining examples of the academic richness the school offers. With an emphasis on enrichments, Holy Cross students enjoy Spanish, music, visual arts, computer and performing arts at every age level. They learn performance and dramatic skills in musicals and plays from kindergarten through sixth grades including Shakespeare plays designed for children.

Aside from academics, Holy Cross also offers wedding amenities on campus. This chapel has been the venue for many gorgeous weddings. It seats approximately 120 guests and offers an intimate, reverent setting.

Holy Cross has also made a name for itself with the annual Low Country Boil fundraiser. One of the biggest events of the year, Low Country Boil provides live music, food, fun and fellowship for the community. Between the auction and prizes, excitement rules the day! Come join Holy Cross on April 21st and experience fine food, fellowship and fabulous auction treasures! Call the school at 334-395-8222 for further details.


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Education Station Public Schools Montgomery Public Schools 334-223-6700

Lighthouse Christian Academy 334-271-4200

Seventh Day Adventist 334-272-6437

Fortis College 334-272-3857

Private Schools Alabama Christian Academy 334-277-1985

Macon-East Montgomery Academy 334-277-6566

Success Unlimited Academy 334-819-8005

Huntingdon College 334-833-4497

Calvary Christian 334-281-9633

Montessori Academy 334-262-8685

Trinity Presbyterian School 334-213-2100

Jones School of Law 334-386-7495

Special Needs Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind 334-262-0824

Prince Institute of Professional Studies 334-271-1670

Churchill Academy 334-270-4225 Eastwood Christian School 334-273-1164 Evangel Christian Academy 334-272-3882 Frazer Memorial 334-279-0271

The Montgomery Academy 334-272-8210 Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School 334-272-7220 SafetyNet Academy 334-277-1334 Saint James School 334-277-8033

Green Gate 334-281-3300

St. Bede 334-277-8551

Holy Cross Episcopal School 334-395-8222

St. Jude Educational Institute 334-264-5376

Sylvan Learning Center 334-262-0043 Universities Alabama State University 334-229-4100 Amridge University 334-387-3878 Auburn Montgomery 334-244-3000 Faulkner University 334-272-5820

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South University 334-395-8800 Trenholm State Technical College 334-420-4200 Troy University 334-241-9537 Virginia College 334-277-3390


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Kid's Corner

Easy Peasy, Super Fun T-shirts!! This is an awesome activity to do with your creative kids this spring. For these cool shirts we made our own freezer paper stencils. Supplies Needed: T-Shirt Freezer Paper Pencil Scissors Fabric Paint/ Paint Brushes Iron 1) Draw your design on the non-slick side of the freezer paper. 2) Cut the design out. 3) Iron the freezer paper, slick side down, onto the t-shirt. ( In the pictures you see here we used the reverse template. We threw away the actual cross design and just used the outside part of the stencil.) 4) Paint t-shirt with fabric paint. Go right up to the edges of the freezer paper. This will help to define your shape. 5) Pull the freezer paper off and you have an awesome professional looking t-shirt!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Kasey Hope is an Auburn University graduate and the owner of P'zazz Art Studio in Prattville, where she has been teaching art lessons to adults and children for 5 years.


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Could A NIP TUCK Improve Your Pet’s Life? by Dr. Zeb A. King, DVM

Plastic surgery is not just for humans anymore. Surgical techniques traditionally used to enhance beauty can improve the quality of life for many of our pets. NOSE JOBS- Brachycephalic breeds like the Pug, Boston Terrier, Shih Tzu, Boxer, and Bulldog often have narrowed nasal openings known as stenotic nares. This narrowing causes breathing problems and in some cases, can lead to serious complications. Veterinarians using a surgical laser can remove excess tissue and open the nostrils making breathing easier. FACELIFTS- Wrinkly breeds like the Shar-Pei, Bulldog and Pugs, have distinctive facial skin folds. Unfortunately, these deep crevasses can create chronic skin infections. These reoccurring infections are difficult to treat and often cause a foul odor. The cure is a NIP TUCK, which involves a veterinarian pulling the loose skin back and surgically removing the extra tissue.

EYE LIFTS –Entropion is inversion or rolling in of the eyelid. This condition causes hair growing on the eyelid to come in contact with and irritate the cornea, causing severe pain, ulceration and in some cases vision loss. Correction involves removing a wedge of tissue under the eye that returns the eyelid to the normal position. ORAL SURGERY – Throat problems are another hindrance to the “smashed faced” breeds like the Pug, Bulldog, Boxer, and Boston Terrier. These breeds suffer from an elongated soft palate, caused by excessive tissue hanging from the roof of the mouth that covers the windpipe. If you spend time around these breeds you will notice the strained breathing and snoring this elongation causes. Again, a procedure with a hightech CO2 laser can correct the problem. After the procedure, many animals experience immediate relief in their breathing and overall wellness.

EPISIOPLASTY OR VULVAPLASTYExcessive skin folds around the vulva can create a moist dark environment where urine and vaginal secretions accumulate. Bacteria and yeast thrive in this type of environment creating vulva fold dermatitis and in some cases reoccurring urinary tract infections. Episioplasty, also known as vulvaplasty, is a reconstructive procedure that removes excess skin folds around the vulva providing better ventilation. Plastic surgery is not just for humans anymore. Many pets that suffer breed specific malformations have now seen a benefit from NIP TUCK procedures. For more information about the benefits of pet “plastic surgery” visit our website at www.taylorcrossingvet. net or like us on Facebook.

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What It Means To Be A "Neighbor" Today by Henry Hernandez, State Farm™ Insurance Agent The digital social world may be booming, but a recent State Farm survey found that face-to-face interactions between neighbors are still valued—both for happiness and financial security. Below are some findings from The State of American Neighbor’s Survey.

4 Ways to Be a Great Neighbor

Help During Hardship Whether it's lending money or time, people want to care for the family next door. In a survey of more than 17,000 people, 83 percent said they would be willing to assist a neighbor who was struggling financially. • 45 percent would help a neighbor search for a job • 44 percent would provide meals for a neighbor in need • 32 percent would baby-sit • 15 percent would lend money Acts Of Kindness Neighbors say they are also performing other charitable acts for those across the fence. • 46 percent look out for a neighbor's house • 39 percent lend items to their neighbors • 15 percent watch each other's kids Staying In Contact The willingness to help a neighbor may be linked to positive social interactions. • 86 percent of the respondents said that neighbors impact their happiness at least somewhat • 25 percent knew most of their neighbors by name • 71 percent said they chat with neighbors face-to-face at least once a month, with 12 percent keeping in touch via social media too.

Eighty-six percent of Americans say their neighbors affect their happiness. Among the many reasons, neighbors can provide support during times of trouble, keep you company “over the fence” or lend a helping hand when you’re out of town. And having healthy relationships with those living close to you could also help you resolve conflicts amicably. Aside from introducing yourself and waving hello, show your neighbors that you care with these tips: 1. Invest in Curb Appeal In the State Farm® and Harris Interactive State of American Neighbors survey, 26 percent of Americans reported messy neighbors as a major pet peeve. Besides being an eyesore, a neglected home and yard could affect your property value as well as your neighbors’.

2. Know Your Boundaries The survey also found that 17 percent had a major complaint with nosy neighbors. In addition to respecting your neighbors’ privacy, try to respect their personal space as well. For example: Adhere to property lines when it’s time to build or plant, don’t intrude when neighbors are entertaining outdoors and avoid parking in private driveways or parking spaces. 3. Be Mindful of Pets Twenty-three percent of those surveyed said their neighbors’ out-ofcontrol pets were a concern. Help keep your pets from becoming a nuisance by investing time in training, fencing your yard, using a leash and picking up messes during walks.

4. Keep It Down Noisy neighbors were an irritation for 29 percent of survey respondents. Try to keep noise levels down, especially during early morning and late evening hours. Teach your kids to be aware of the sound level when listening to music or playing outdoors with friends. And silence your dog or bring him inside when he’s in nonstop barking mode. Make the first move to know your neighbors better. Wave when you drive by, chat over the fence or invite them to a game night in your home. That neighborly bond will make you happier and may just come in handy when you're in need of assistance—or even a cup of sugar.

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Cronier’s Jewelry goes beyond regular jewelry stores with the unique services they offer. The jewelry store has two different types of businesses in one store. Cronier’s offers a boutique-type sales floor with jewelry such as Tacori Designs that are “Ready to Wear,” but can still be modified. They also have a separate creative design department, which sets them apart from other jewelers.

Father & daughter team Geri Cronier and Jerry Cronier

Cronier’s uses the “Ready to Wear” jewelry and creates a bridge to enable their customers to tweak and compile designs, effectively turning the buyer into the creator or artist. The design process uses the parts of ready-to-wear pieces, then Cadcam (computer aided design) is used to put the design from the sketch, to a computer blueprint, to a wax design that the customer can actually try on!

Cronier’s Jewelry gives the average person, such as a college student with a budget of $1,500, access to design their own special piece without the design learning curve and without an additional hourly rate. They want to help their customers make their jewelry more special by providing an exceptional experience. Lastly, the custom design department has the ability to take a $20,000.00 dream ring and create a $4,000.00 version that she will love, so you can still afford the wedding and the honeymoon! Cronier’s Jewelry is located at 2307 Eastern Boulevard and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm. You can also reach them by phone at 334-272-4995 or visit their Facebook page or website: 50



2307 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery, Alabama 36117 / 334-272-4995 Open Tuesday- Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Find us on Facebook: Cronier’s Fine Jewelry /

Shopping Spree

Chocolate Diamonds by Geri Cronier Graduate Gemologist, Jewelry Designer, and VP Croniers Fine Jewelry

When mixing color into a jewelry wardrobe, chocolate diamonds, also known as cognac or brown diamonds, are a fabulous tool. They add depth to design, and just like your man’s khaki pants, brown goes with everything! The dark golden brown color also bridges and connects yellow gold and white or platinum pieces, so if you have both white gold and yellow gold pieces, these diamonds can make these pieces of differing gold colors make more sense together. Cognac diamonds are usually less costly than their white cousins and have much more sparkle and brilliance than smoky quartz (the only other brown stone you see in fine jewelry). So consider a pair of chocolate diamond studs or dangles with a chocolate diamond as the centerpiece, or perhaps surrounding diamond halo for an artistic yet heirloom feel. The use of these brown beauties is not new in jewelry design. Most people simply did not know that they were diamonds. In the last few years, all colors of diamonds have been in the news, in celebrity engagement rings, and in design more than ever. Rose gold is an incredible backdrop for the brown and white diamonds. The copper colored metal is used in design with white and yellow metals as well. These are all fun elements to mix in design with fine pieces and can help your “fancy” or “cocktail” pieces to seem more up to date and relevant when mixed and worn together.


When looking for a unique gift shop with exceptional customer service, in-house engraving, and a gift with a “WOW” factor, visit Fine Line Engravers & Gifts. Your experience begins the minute you walk through the door and are greeted by one of the many happy faces who works there. Not only do they greet you, but ask what you are specifically looking for, take into consideration the personality of the person you are buying for, and your budget. The combination of the answers always provides a gift that is unique to the person, and you leave feeling great about the gift you will give. Additionally, in most cases, you can choose your gift and have it engraved in a short time, because everything is done in-store. Fine Line’s owner, Kim Tomberlin, is by no means new to the business! She started her engraving business in 1985. Years later, the first store opened in the LeCroy Shopping Village in 2001. The store thrived there for ten years, at which time she moved it to 1651 Perry Hill Road next to Fresh Market. When Kim is asked what her passion is with her business, she is quick to respond, “seeing the customer’s reaction to the finished gift.” One of her favorite things is etching on glass. She loves that she can put as much or as little detail on an item as the customer wants. She can take a plain piece of glass and turn it into a treasure. Visit Kim and her staff at her location in Perry Hill Place as they get ready for graduation and wedding season. Let them help you find the perfect gift for your occasion!



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2015 Mulberry Street 334-239-9999 store 334-221-2731 cell Mela’s Boutique Open 11am - 6pm Tuesday-Saturday


Worth A Look

Spring is here, which means one thing...


Wedding Season!

ere are some beauty tips and advice to keep brides looking your best. First and foremost, go ahead and begin a proper skin routine. Monthly facials with an Esthetician work wonders to keep your skin healthy. (My go-to girl is Kelly Hoots at Doug's 2 Salon-Spa!)


stheticians can also get you on the right skin regimen. Secondly, go ahead and get on the right track with matching your makeup look to your style of wedding. For example, dramatic makeup styles likes smokey eyes and deep lips may not go well with a outdoor garden themed wedding. You don't want your look to be overbearing, drowning out your other details such as your dress and hair. This is why trial runs are a great idea.


lso, don't book your trial run on the same day as your bridal portraits. Sometimes trial runs can take a few hours due to trying one makeup look, removing it and starting over with a new idea.


ast, but certainly not least, pamper yourself! It is your big day. Enjoy it! It's all about YOU! Book a spa day a few weeks prior to your wedding to be relaxed and rejuvenated.


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Datebook Scenic Lunch Cruise April 3; 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100

This cruise will board at 11 a.m. and Cruise from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $19/person (with lunch), $9/Adult (Ride Only), $7/Child (Ride Only), and $19 Handicap Seat (1st Deck ONLY). Opening Day Baseball – Montgomery Biscuits vs. Birmingham Barons April 4; 7:05 p.m; Gates open to the public at 5:50 p.m Riverwalk Stadium 200 Coosa Street; 334-323-2255

Join the Biscuits on Thursday, April 4 as we celebrate our tenth year of professional baseball in downtown Montgomery! The Biscuits lead off the summer with our Boxcar Buffet special and the first MAX Fireworks Spectacular of the 2013 baseball season immediately following the game. For more information on purchasing your Opening Day tickets, visit! Montgomery Antiques & Interiors’ Spring Open House April 5-7 Montgomery Antiques & Interiors 1955 Eastern Boulevard; 334-277-2490 Montgomery Antiques & Interiors invites you to their Spring Open House! You will find great ideas for designing your own tablescape by adding items to your pattern that add a modern twist. There will be fifty dealers offering fine antiques, designer interiors, wonderful selection of sterling and southern coin silver, vintage items, antique & vintage jewelry, clock repair and lamp repair. 58

JT & Leanne on River Region TV! April 5, 12, 19, 26; 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. CW Montgomery Join JT & Leanne as they showcase local fun in our community! Join them on their tour of the places, faces, and local businesses that make Central Alabama a great place to work, raise a family and socialize! Don’t miss the show – Fridays at Noon on Montgomery’s CW & Weekends on WSFA 12! Harriott II Dinner Cruise April 5, 12, 19, 26; 6:30 p.m.-9:00 pm Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100 The Harriott II Dinner Cruise boards at 6:30 pm, departs at 7 pm and returns to dock at 9 pm. There will be live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available. 4th Annual Young Life Run for the Kids April 6; 8:30 a.m. Old Cloverdale Jr. High School 1125 East Fairview Avenue; 334-218-3224 Come join us for the 4th Annual Young Life Run for the Kids 5K! Young Life is a non-denominational Christian outreach organization that establishes relationships with Junior High and High School age kids and helps them grow in their understanding of, and their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. All proceeds from the event will go directly to help fund the operations of the organization for things such as camp scholarships, club events, as well as staff support. We can use your support!! Zoo Weekend April 6-7; 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum 2301 Coliseum Parkway; 334-240-4900 See animals from around the globe! Enjoy great family fun time. See live entertainment and animal presentations. Delight in playing games and winning prizes. Relish in the array of concessions. Save on discounted memberships. Hop aboard our train. Fly high on a skylift ride. Enjoy some personal time with the animals at Parakeet Cove, Giraffe Encounter, Pony & Horse Rides, Petting Zoo and Camel Rides.

JT & Leanne on River Region TV! April 5, 12, 19, 26; 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. WSFA 12 Join Jt & Leanne as they showcase local fun in our community! Join them on their tour of the places, faces, and local businesses that make Central Alabama a great place to work, raise a family and socialize! Don’t miss the show – Fridays at Noon on Montgomery’s CW & Weekends on WSFA 12! Getaway Cruise April 6, 13, 20; 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100 The Getaway Cruise boards at 4:30 pm and will cruise from 5-7 pm. Live entertainment will be provided, as well as the cash bar and concessions. Blues Cruise April 7, 14, 21, 28; 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa St. 334-625-2100 This cruise will board at 5:30 p.m. and cruise from 6-8 pm. Ticket Prices are $20 per adult and $15 per child. Includes Live Entertainment (Entertainers TBA) and the Cash Bar and Concessions will be available. 15th Annual Dog-U-Tante Ball April 11; 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. RSA Activity Center 201 Dexter Avenue; 334-409-0622 ext. 207

Don't Miss It! The My Kids Attic Women & Home Decor Consignment Sale

April 13 - 20th 10am - 6pm (Closed Sunday) Receiving begins April 4-6th 10 - 2pm & April 7th 1pm - 4pm Registration: or at

The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 401 Coliseum Blvd., Montgomery Eastbrook Shopping Center 334-270-1456

Taking Suggestions April 11; 6:00 p.m. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 4465 Narrow Lane; 334-290-0646 Alabama Head Injury Foundation invites anyone with a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or any disability & their family to attend our support groups. 14th Annual AF Enlisted Heritage 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run April 13; 7:30 a.m.

This is a fun filled evening to celebrate and show off your four legged friends. Dress up “Black Tie & Blue Jeans” style or come business casual. A photographer will be taking pictures of you and your dog(s). As you enjoy bidding on great Silent Auction items, having drinks and a buffet dinner a babysitter (Montgomery Humane Society’s great Volunteers) will be taking care of your dog(s) for you!

Historic Union Station Train Shed 300 Water Street; 334-416-5321 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, held annually to benefit the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall located on MaxwellGunter AFB, Alabama. Proceeds will fund enlisted education programs, exhibits and displays at the EHH. Free t-shirt to the first 200 participants on race day.


Datebook Styles for Smiles “Shop & Show” April 13; 7:30 p.m. The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center 201 Tallapoosa Street; 334-303-7238 Just Keep Smiling,Inc will be hosting a Marketplace with boutiques, specialty shops, spas, laser and plastic surgery representatives, etc. for an all day shopping experience with a cafe and live entertainment, give aways and silent auction. The evening will get started at 7:30 pm with a fashion show hosted by one of America's best loved couples, Giuliana & Bill Rancic. Local celebrities, JT & Leanne Thompson from Mix 103 and River Region Television will be the emcees. Saturday Jam Sessions April 13, 27; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street; 334-240-2400 Pick and grin at Old Alabama Town’s Saturday Jam Sessions, held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the historic Rose House, circa 1840s. Musicians, bring your acoustic instruments and join the fun! Admission to the jam sessions is free; tickets to tour Old Alabama Town are available at the Reception Center. Call 1-888-240-1850 for more information, or visit our website at Second Saturday Fireworks Cruise April 13; 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosta St. 334-625-2100 This cruise will board at 8 p.m. and cruise from 8:3010:30 pm. Ticket Prices are $20 per adult and $15 per child. Includes Live Entertainment and the Cash Bar and Concessions will be available. WSFA


Riverfront Festival Activities Parks & Recreation 334-625-2100


Main Events Sponsors

God of Carnage April 18- May 19 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF

Two couples meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly disintegrates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of an afternoon among savages. This raucous smash hit comedy about adults behaving badly was hailed as a “four-way prize fight” by The New York Times. Marriage, decorum – and the funny bone – take a direct hit in this ebullient Tony Award winner.

Around the World in Eighty Days April 19- May 19 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF

The Ultimate Amazing Race! The classic adventure by Jules Verne is brought to vibrant life in this fun-filled adaptation. Charging elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains challenge Phileas Fogg in his race against time. Will he circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or will the cunning Detective Fix dash his hopes? Joy to Life Foundation Walk of Life for Breast Cancer April 20; 8:30 a.m. Downtown Montgomery 334-284-LIFE (5433) The Walk of Life is a family-friendly 5K run/walk through historic downtown Montgomery which benefits the Joy to Life Foundation and it's efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and provide free mammograms to Alabama's medically underserved. Walkers and runners alike will

enjoy traversing the USATF registered course and all participants can relax at the post-event party, which features plenty of food and drinks, live entertainment, giveaways, and special activities including the Mighty Kids Dash for children age 3-8! Alabama Book Festival April 20; 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Kiwanis Park at Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street; 334-240-2400 Held the third Saturday of April each year at Montgomery's Old Alabama Town, this is the state's premiere literary event, featuring more than 50 authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's literature. Past participants have included Rick Bragg, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Mary Pope Osbourne and Warren St. John. A special children's activity area makes this an event for the entire family. Free admission. For more information visit the website

Twelfth Night April 23 & 30 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF The play is written by William Shakespeare and is an ASF Touring Company Production. Drink in the festive spirit that intoxicates Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Shipwrecked in Illyria, Viola abandons her station in society and dresses as a page to serve in Orsino’s court. Love ensues, foolery abounds, identities cross and laughter swells. An abridged adaptation. Recommended for ages 12+.

Montgomery Capital of DREAMS Triathlon April 27 & 28 Downtown Montgomery 205-595-8633 The race venue is at Riverfront Park in downtown Montgomery. From the swim in the Alabama River to the bike staging area at the covered Union Station Train Shed to the finish line and awards adjacent to the Riverwalk Amphitheatre, this is an awesome atmosphere for racing and for family and friends to cheer you on! 61

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1 Alabama Shakespeare Festival 18 Alabama State University Theater 2 American Forest Management 3 Artistic Expressions 36 Auburn University Montgomery 4 Biscuits Baseball 35 Cafe Louisa 38 Carrabba's Italian Grill 51 Chris' Hot Dogs 47 Churchill Academy 7 Cronier’s Fine Jewelry

8 Dougs 2 Salon 9 Eastside Grille

10 Filet & Vine 11 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 12 Fitzgerald Museum 13 Green Gate School 14 Holy Cross Episcopal School 43 Hue Studio


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24 Mela’s Boutique 28 Montgomery Antique Gallery 21 Montgomery Humane Society 37 Montgomery Spine Center


49 Midtown Pizza 46 Old Alabama Town 5 Pediatrics at Twilight


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19 Looney’s SuperSkate 25 Lush Makeup Art 39 Marquirette’s Fine Jewelry 20 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP





16 Jim ’n Nicks 17 Lee & Lan Florist

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45 Primary EyeCare 50 Prissy Paws

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26 Resolution Camps 27 Riverfront Facilities


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30 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 31 The Look Boutique 32 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 34 The Space Walker 35 Tomatino's Pizza and Bake Shop 33 Tonya Speed’s Dance 41 State Farm - Henry Hernandez 42 Triton Sports Apparel 44 Walker 360

April 2013 Pride of Montgomery  

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