Anyone who lives in our area has admired the property. The sprawling green lawn. The lengthy circular gravel drive that leads up to one of the most inviting porches in historic Roswell on Canton Street. The gorgeous magnolia trees and ever-blooming hydrangeas. The weddings and parties and events almost every week that even Gatsby himself would be proud of. The beautiful 170-year-old “grand dame” is historical Naylor Hall. Owned by Sunny and Dave Bailey, the magical property has graced us with its rich historical presence since the 1840’s, hosting memorable weddings and dreamy parties throughout the year.
Sunny Bailey who runs and oversees Naylor Hall also believes in the “work – live – play” mantra within our community as does her husband Dave, who is a local realtor. Sunny’s day is normally jam-packed with brides, and cake tastings, and managing event staff. But Sunny also finds a way to hit some of her local favorites while combining work with pleasure. Because Sunny Bailey dedicates her life and livelihood to our community while preserving a place of local history for everyone to enjoy, we decided to join her for a day discovering some of her favorite places here in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.
8:30 a.m. – Meeting with her Accountability Partners
Créma Espresso Gourmet, 2458 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody
Sunny’s first stop of the day is a local favorite in Dunwoody–Créma–for her bi-weekly Accountability Partners meeting with two other local residents while sipping on her favorite coffee “in all Atlanta.” Sunny thinks it’s important to regularly meet with like-minded friends who will help you grow both personally and professionally turning goals into reality. Sunny and her partners choose Créma because of the fresh pastries, insanely good coffee choices, as well as its indoor and outdoor atmosphere. Créma is open for incredible lunch and dinner with a wine and beer menu.
10:00 a.m. – Hot Yoga Class
Just Yoga, 205 Hilderbrand Dr, Sandy Springs.
Our next stop with Sunny is at her Bikram hot yoga class. You can find Sunny here several days a week, as hot yoga is her release and reminds her to slow the mind while strengthening the body, especially during stressful weeks. Owner Julie Benham, who has been practicing yoga for over 17 years, works to make yoga and her studio a good fit for everyone.
11:30 a.m. – Meeting to go over Sunday Brunch Offerings
Under the Cork Tree, 5600 Roswell Rd NE #2, Sandy Springs
Just down the road slightly ITP, we follow Sunny to her next stop. Here Sunny is meeting with Co-owner Jason Sheetz who is offering her samples of the newly launched Sunday brunch buffet style menu that includes favorites such as eggs benedict and waffles, along with the tapas favorites and wine pairings that have put them on the culinary map. Sunny has a bride at Naylor Hall that lives out of state, so was tasked with finding a place perfect for an after-wedding Sunday brunch for the out of town guests – mission accomplished!
12:45 p.m. – Naylor Hall
1121 Canton St, Roswell
A straight shot up Roswell Rd into Roswell, we follow Sunny to Historic Naylor Hall. Here she meets with her event manager Abbey Fitzgerald to go over the coming weekend’s events (two weddings and a 70th birthday party), complete a dress fitting with a bride-to-be, meet with a company considering the hall for their holiday party, have a photo shoot with a previous bride, groom and their new baby, and check emails on the porch–all in lightning speed! Sunny says she’s able to do so much so quickly because of both her staff and her local vendor partners. “They are some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met!”
5:30 p.m. – Quick Shopping
Jilli’s Boutique, 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive
After Sunny’s whirlwind day, she has a little time before her dinner meeting, so she stops at the boutique all her well-dressed neighbors have been recommending: Dunwoody’s Jilli’s boutique. Featuring unique fashion that fits, the beautiful and colorful boutique is overflowing with standout pieces. Sunny immediately finds a top and shoes that she warns “will be in high rotation starting now” and walks out with her new-found favorites.
6:30 p.m. – Dinner Meeting
and Cake Sampling
Hammock’s Trading Company, 7285 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs
Our last stop, Sunny has a dinner meeting close to home with her cake creator extraordinaire and friend Kimberley Radwick, local owner of Sweet Caroline’s Cakes. They head to Hammock’s, voted one of the Top 100 Neighborhood Restaurants in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal, as well as a local Top 10 Political Hangout. Although they just missed the daily 4-6 p.m. oyster happy hour, they have a happy hour of their own tasting some of Sweet Caroline’s Cakes new bundt cakes and wedding cake flavors, like salted caramel, along with a glass of prosecco. Dinner will be the famed beer battered grouper (of course).
We say cheers to not only an action-packed day in and around our communities, but cheers to Sunny Bailey for contributing to and helping preserve a part of its history!