Happy August!

What was your summer job as a teen? I bet you remember those paydays and the purchases, big (college tuition) and small (that sweater) you paid for with your hard-earned bucks. I was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons every summer, staying at the club after closing hours for...more swimming. We salute all the hard-working teens who are back to…

August 2017 Around Town

Every baby born at Northside Hospital is being welcomed with an “Atlanta Braves” beanie and Braves Country birth certificate. The Born a Brave program is part of the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital partnership at SunTrust Park. The Braves will supply 24,000 of the caps monogrammed with the Braves script “A.” Northside Hospital, which delivered more than 20,000 babies in…

After School at MJCCA

For working parents, managing their kids’ after-school activities, solving transportation needs, and ensuring a safe and fun environment is a juggling act. Monday through Friday can feel more like a three-ring circus. What if there was a way to be at the office, knowing your child will be safely transported to a program with a campus of exciting indoor/outdoor fun,…

Smile, You’re A Senior

Gone are the days when a high school senior had to rely on a five-minute photo shoot by the photographer the school chose for high school photos. Now, seniors want unique photos. They want to showcase their personality. They want to be different and distinctive. And they want to look GOOD.

Pony Up!

With a passion for polo and a desire to give back to the community, Randy and Heather Pullen hosted the first Pony Up For A Cause fundraiser in 2016. They decided to take a leap of faith and use their love for polo in Atlanta to partner with Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to host the inaugural event held at…

Listen Up

As summer tapers to a close, all attention shifts to school fever. New backpacks...supplies...new clothes occupy the minds of both parents and children in the weeks leading up to the monumental first day. In the spirit of the season, we asked students, teachers, head masters, and counselors in our community for their tips to ensure a successful school year. Their…

Cool Clubs

Take your seat...class is about to begin! English, math, science and even PE--there’s time in the week for any subject in the book. But, what about the extracurriculars--those outside-the-classroom experiences that could set students apart from the rest and allow them to explore their passions outside of the textbook?

The Inspiring Sullivan Sisters

It’s said the bond between sisters is unbreakable. That holds true for the Sullivan sisters who are three years apart, have strikingly different yet beautiful personalities and, most importantly, share a deep love for one another. In the last several months, however, Saville, 20, and Lilia, 17, have embarked upon an unexpected and challenging journey--but they face it together.

Making Play Count

Meet Raneet and Amit Khurana, proud franchise owners of Primrose School of Sandy Springs South. "We first heard of Primrose Schools in 2008, but our Primrose story got its start in 1999 when we migrated from India to the Atlanta area," says Amit. A few years after their move, they enrolled their daughter, Aarya, in preschool, but were not completely…

This stellar pickup says to keep on truckin’!

Pickup trucks have become a lot more than just helpful vessels to haul constant loads of weighty cargo and rough it out in demanding work environments. To keep up with today’s automotive trends, accommodations and technology, the 2017 Ram 1500 successfully covers all the bases. With three different engines to choose from, the reviewed muscle-flexing 5.7-liter V8 HEMI will make…

Sandy Springs Novelist Draws on Academic Life in Twisty Thriller Debut

Two massive concrete lions have guarded the front entrance to Virginia’s Blackburne School for more than a century. Respected and revered, they symbolize the school’s fiercely-held traditions, especially its honor code. After Matthias Glass confesses his honor code violation to his best friend, Fritz Davenport, they briefly argue before Fritz runs into the woods—and vanishes without a trace.

Happy Summer Friends!

I hope this finds you sipping sweet tea in the shade somewhere that makes you feel like a kid again. Isn’t that what summer is all about? Feeling unencumbered and inspired? I thought I’d keep it simple this month and share this recipe from a cookbook I helped edit in the 1990’s when we lived in Hong Kong. It’s a…

July 2017 Around Town

Kendra Scott is a fashion accessories and lifestyle brand of big dreams, colorful confidence, and inspired design. Founded on Family, Fashion and Philanthropy, they believe giving back is the truest form of success. A national charity, a hometown crisis, a local organization, or a friend in need, Kendra Scott always has something to give. The Kendra Scott Avalon team recently…

Mill Glen Does Summer Right

With the weather heating up, so are the sights of summer fashion and fun. In Dunwoody’s own Mill Glen Swim and Tennis Club, it’s hard not to want to drink every drop of summer in with friends and neighbors. The beautiful Mill Glen Swim and Tennis Club offers a variety of amenities and activities including the Olympic size pool, a…

Sweet Support

The Capital Grille Buckhead is proud to sponsor Polo in the Pines, benefiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Polo in the Pines President Tina Fowler introduced The Capital Grille’s Sales and Market Manager Johanna Lozano to the charity during one of her visits to the restaurant. Over time, Tina and Johanna’s ongoing conversations around the work Polo in the Pines…

Readers Always Come in First

When Van Council of Van Michael Salon and our publisher Jim Newman sat down last year to brainstorm on how to engage you, our readers, they wanted to dream up something special. They called on Buckhead’s most beautiful hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta and the fabulous Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse to collaborate on an exciting project, an unforgettable BuckHaven experience…

Best Summer Reads

After you’ve packed the cooler and the sunscreen, you’re probably looking for a great summer read to add to your beach bag. Whether you want lighthearted humor, heart racing thrills, or Old Hollywood glamour, we’ve got the perfect book for you. Here are six new releases that everyone will be talking about this season.

Remembering Service

To celebrate Independence Day, we asked some of the residents from Somerby Sandy Springs to share a memory of their time serving our great country. These men and women remain busy and engaged at this lovely community, and we were lucky to catch up with them one afternoon. Meet these heroes, who live among us.

Five Places to Stay Cool

Summer is at its sweltering height in July. The obvious way to escape the Georgia heat is to relax in a lounge chair by the pool with a cool drink in hand. But after a while, you get antsy for a little bit more than just hanging out in the water. When that happens, here are five places to stay…

From Farmer’s Market Beginnings

Based in Dunwoody, Emily G’s Jams of Love has grown from its humble beginning of selling four jam flavors at a farmers market in 2008, to currently selling 18 jams, sauces and relish, with a presence in 28 states. Despite the expanding demand, owner Jennifer Burns still makes the jams using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and tests recipes in her…

Stick it to ‘em!

Here are two automobiles—the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF and 2017 Focus RS—that are not only stellar buys, but come with a manual transmission for the true driving experience.

Sophomore’s Summer Playlist

I made this playlist two days after completing my second year at college. Sitting in the passenger seat on the way home, I added more than 70 songs to a playlist as the 1996 Chevy Suburban, that would later break down in Indianapolis, schlepped along the weathered Midwestern freeway. With each song I placed, I remembered the moment that was…

Best Of Awards Party

Congratulations to the readers choice award winners who partied at the Square One Apartments in Sandy Springs last month. Fabulous food by Talk of the Town, swag by RC Engravables. Look for the BEST OF logo where you do business and congratulate them. Photography by Fredrik Brauer.

Happy June, Guys!

Last month, we celebrated my beautiful niece’s engagement in Asheville with family and her incoming in-laws. My husband and his brother (the father of the bride) were shushed a few times by other members of the family who could see the trajectory of the night. They were two wound up New Jersey bulls in a china shop. Luckily my niece…

June 2017 Around Town

Don’t miss your chance to see some of Andy Warhol’s most iconic works of art, on view this summer only at the High Museum of Art. Featuring more than 200 works, including his famous screenprint portfolios Marilyn Monroe (1967), Campbell’s Soup I (1968), Electric Chair (1971), and Mao (1972), the exhibition takes you on a journey through the late 20th…

Dunwoody Scouts

Dunwoody's Pack 494 Cub Scouts hosted their annual Blue & Gold Banquet at the Mill Glen Swim & Tennis Clubhouse. More than 40 families were in attendance to celebrate the American Treasures theme, highlighting the charitable efforts of the Pack with dancing, games and a cake competition.

Nature Celebrated

More than 400 guests attended the Dunwoody Nature Center's Monarchs & Margaritas, with music by Wesley Cook, tapas by Alon's, margaritas and mojitos. The evening was sponsored by Oldcastle and SCUF Gaming and raised more than $100,000 for the Center and scholarships for Title I school field trips. DunwoodyNature.org

Cars & ‘Q 2017

The 8th annual Cars & 'Q charity car show celebrated a sold-out crowd on April 29th! Thanks to the incredible support of our community, the event raised a whopping $324,918 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

25 Years of Nature

For 25 years, the Dunwoody Nature Center has been a feather in Dunwoody’s cap. Built by volunteers in the mid-1970s, the Nature Center has since grown to feature several camps, education programs, and events on which the Dunwoody community thrives. The Dunwoody Nature Center plans to celebrate its Silver Jubilee with 25 small, custom celebrations, due to last the entirety…

Love the skin you’re in

Imagine a lakeside setting. A building overlooks tranquill water, and a patient arrives for a session at an aesthetics center. The patient emerges from the car, enters the well-appointed lobby and checks in with the professional staff. Imagine the patient waiting to be called back, sitting by large windows perusing a magazine, or texting with a friend about how excited…

For Pops

Keep Dad busy by having him craft his favorite type of beer with his own hands thanks to John Palmer’s highly anticipated fourth edition of his How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time series. Breaking down everything concisely from what ingredients to use, to equipment, water treatment, recipes, techniques and style perfection, this…

Happy Father’s Day, Mr. Mayor

This is Rusty Paul's fourth Father's Day as Sandy Springs Mayor. He and his wife, Jan, are parents of five adult children and attend Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. We caught up with Mayor Paul and asked him a few questions about his family, his father and his city.

Honey of a Restaurant

It’s rare to find a truly delicious menu that crosses traditional Southern fare with modern touches, but Tupelo Honey has achieved it. Though located in the busy Gateway shopping center in Sandy Springs, Tupelo Honey exudes a welcoming warmth that echoes its Southern roots. A hanging wall of screen doors greets you when you enter, as does a beautiful stained…

Stephanie P. Graham: Khaleesi of Volunteering

Stephanie P. Graham is a mother, Solicitor of Sandy Springs, a Leadership Sandy Springs Ambassador and a candidate to become the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Woman of the Year. Graham began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity at the age of 14, through New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Her mother was also an avid volunteer, and still mentors…

Happy Father’s Day

That's little Brooks in the wagon. Brooks is now a big brother to Larson. Dean and Ingrid live in Mill Glen with the boys and their neighbor is Lifestyle Publications' photographer Nicole Stephens who took this lovely shot. We're so pleased that Nicole introduced us to the Hudson family and that they agreed to share thoughts on why they chose…

The All-New 2017 Land Rover Discovery

To showcase the durability and versatility of their new, completely remodeled 2017 Discovery, Land Rover confidently invited auto journalists worldwide to drive their highly-anticipated SUV on some of the most challenging surfaces Mother Nature could craft. Taking on Utah's various landscapes—from the rugged terrain of Canyon Point to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes alongside dune buggies—the fifth-generation Discovery successfully confirmed…

Dr. Lile Welcomed

Aesthetic Specialty Centre welcomed Dr. Laura Lile to the med spa practice with a special event. She specializes in wellness and anti-aging, bioidentical hormone replacement, non-invasive treatments and more. 30% off sunscreens and complimentary skin cancer screening for readers in May, Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. ASC-PSD.com

Hello, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody

At the turn of the last century, Americans started to warm to the idea of taking a vacation. While their work ethics were stronger than ever, Americans needed structure to their holidays, purpose to their play. In 1874, American Methodists founded Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly in New York. The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association in Oak Bluffs was the…

May 2017 Around Town

The Mercedes-Benz USA team celebrated a milestone on March 30 as the final steel beam was installed at the new headquarters currently under construction in Sandy Springs at 6480 Barfield Road. The new $93 million headquarters building, opening in early 2018, will house as many as 1,000 MBUSA employees. The luxury auto-maker relocated to its new home in Atlanta from…

Mother and Daughter both agree: Woodhouse put the AAH in Spa

When my 20-year-old daughter called from college to say she couldn't wait to spend her long winter break at home, I did a victory dance, thankful for her decision to hang out with dear old mom and dad. I wanted to plan something special so called Woodhouse Day Spa. Pam Poucher, general manager, sent suggested treatments and Molly and I…

GOCA’s Big Night

The seventh annual Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, presented by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute at the Delta Flight Museum, raised more than $270,000 for the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance to support education and awareness programs throughout the state. Dinner by Les Dames d'Escoffier International. Photos Fredrik Brauer. GAOvarianCancer.org

Pack These!

Protect your skin from the sun while giving it a boost of anti-oxidants. Achieve a flawless, hydrated, healthy, dewy appearance with Revision Skincare's - Intellishade Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 Tinted Moisturizer, original formula for an extra boost of hydration or the matte formula for oily skin types to reduce signs of enlarged pores. - ASC and editor’s favorite

3-day Appalachia hike

There’s a quiet in the deep woods. A natural hush under the canopy of trees, amid fallen branches, scattered rocks, lush ferns, multi-hued mushrooms, and broken tree stumps. Walking where the only interruptions are snapping twigs, chirping birds, rustling leaves touches the soul.

Africa, Through My Lens

My husband and I went to Africa in 2016 to celebrate our 40th birthdays. I have been to Africa four times prior to this trip, but never with my husband, and never to this game park. I planned the trip start to finish to make it perfect for us. We started our trip in Nairobi, Kenya, to see my cousins…

 The Seventh Annual Dunwoody Art Festival  

With its seventh show taking place this month, it’s no wonder that the Dunwoody Art Festival has become a beloved tradition in the Dunwoody community. The festival takes place on Mother’s Day weekend, offering the family a unique opportunity to spend quality time together while enjoying art, live entertainment and local food. As the largest art festival in the Dunwoody…

Festivals For The Rest of us

Are you ready for the second half of 2017? These food, beverage and music festivals will help you look forward to it! As the weather gets warmer and vacations become imperative after a long winter, here are some festivals throughout the nation—plus one north of the U.S. border—our travel expert Dennis Malcolm Byron--aka beer expert Ale Sharpton--strongly recommends especially for…

Food That Rocks

For one night only, more than 25 of the best local restaurants will be rocking the heart of Sandy Springs at the second annual Food That Rocks, and again will benefit three Sandy Springs-based non-profit organizations: Ian's Friends Foundation, Second Helpings Atlanta and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Hong Kong’s Alluring Aberdeen

The hustle and bustle of Hong Kong is nearly inescapable. Organized chaos lives along the elevated walkways of Central Hong Kong and the neon-hued streets of Lan Kwai Fong. A moment to oneself seems a rarity, as does avoiding the onslaught of rush hour traffic. On the other side of Hong Kong Island, away from the skyscrapers and malls laced…

Salute!

Our BEST OF issue wouldn't be complete without honoring some of those in our community who work every day to keep us safe. The staff at Dunwoody Police Department is committed to serving the citizens of Dunwoody and once a year, they pause to recognize some of their highest achievers--those officers and civilian staff who have gone above and beyond…

Best Of Perimeter North

We asked you to tell us where you shop, eat, play, stay healthy and get 'er done. We heard from more than 4,000 readers and friends in the nomination round and 8,000 who chimed in to vote for the Best Of PNL. We're delighted to bring you this year's winners and the runners up, who also deserve some love. Look…