Asheville for the Rest of Us

My favorite memory of visiting Asheville, North Carolina, isn’t sipping a remarkable local beer or conquering a challenging mountain hike. The thing I remember most about my recent stay is the hotel turn-down service. I should have known when I was offered a glass of local cuvée at check-in that more nice things were about to happen to me. Later that…

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Living here in Georgia, our summer continues right into August (and really, into September). Aren’t we lucky?  I know the heat can be a bit overwhelming, but now with the kids back in school, parents can find their own summer groove.  It’s a great time to find your favorite spa, yoga class, coffee spot or … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Dunwoody’s Award The City of Dunwoody was recognized as a Georgia Certified City of Ethics at the 2019 Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Convention in Savannah. Dunwoody meets the qualifications for its second recertification. To earn a “Certified City of Ethics” designation, cities must adopt a resolution establishing the five ethics principles for the conduct of … Continued

Polo in the Pines Partners with Ellis

 Audi Marietta opened with a celebration featuring elegant food by Bold Catering, hand crafted cocktails, and music by The Main Attraction Band. The Jim Ellis Automotive Family provided a warm welcome, setting the bar high for an exceptional customer experience.  

Summer Beauty Nights

Esthétique by Elaine Sterling and Restore Hyper Wellness hosted a Summer Beauty Night party in Sandy Springs. Guests enjoyed small bites, sips, discounts, and raffle prizes. Prizes ranged from facials to cryotherapy, makeup application and more!  ElaineSterling.com

 Dunwoody Residents Launch Police Foundation

A group of Dunwoody residents announces the formation of the Dunwoody Police Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization dedicated to improving Dunwoody policing by financially supporting the Dunwoody Police Department and its personnel.

Finding Balance

Our kids are bombarded by messages, images, media and other unseen pressures that can cause confusion, frustration, and upheavals in behavior.  At school, teachers and administrators can be important resources for students as they face the big bad world. In this year’s annual round-up of private schools in Atlanta, we asked about the resources available to kids to help manage…

Goldfish For The Win

Goldfish Swim School understands that trying to raise children while maintaining a busy life schedule can be a real challenge and has developed a solution that both kids and parents love. Newly opened in Sandy Springs, the instructors use guided play to teach children important life skills in a fun and safe environment. There are a variety of different programs and times for busy families…

Summer Forever

 Meet three camp leaders who make MJCCA summer programs unforgettable.   Susan Berger, Associate Director of Camp Barney Medintz (CBM), the MJCCA’s resident camp, has been an integral part of CBM for 23 summers. “Every camp season I go in knowing this will be the best one yet,” says Berger. “Our exceptional staff is preparing to welcome our campers this summer,…

Making Giving Count

Pebble Tossers, a youth development organization, awarded sixteen youth volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of their outstanding service.

Summer Road Trip

 I felt it before I saw it.  A poignant pull, a place of both warmth and tragedy, beauty and bewilderment.   The Blue Hole Spring at Red Clay State Historical Park was clearly a spiritual and important place and I could sense this as I walked down the nature trail, past the Cherokee farmstead, council house, and sleeping huts depicting life…

Our History

A walk through Heritage Sandy Springs Museum and Park is a walk through the history of Sandy Springs itself. Inside and outside, this Museum and Park holds the gems of a community spirit and continues to deliver today what will be tomorrow’s heritage for all Sandy Springs residents. 

A Beautiful Friendship

Polo in the Pines is an annual charity polo event founded by Tina Fowler and family, held on October 5 and 6,  benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, for pediatric cancer research. The seventh annual event and will be full of amazing additions such as a Veuve Cliquot sponsorship, Audi partnership, Atlanta Polo Brunch Festival, vendor market and much more. Lifestyle…

Happy Fourth, Friends,

When we returned to the USA after living abroad for 13 years, we attended a parade in Salem, Massachusetts near our new home. Pushing a stroller, pregnant with our second, we joined the crowd, still feeling like foreigners in our own country. We had to get used to huge American grocery stores teeming with fresh … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Camp Twin Lakes Makes Summers Special For more than 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has powered fully adaptive, medically supportive, and transformative camp experiences for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.  Camp Twin Lakes provides life-changing experiences at three fully accessible Georgia campsites in Rutledge, Winder, and Warm Springs, Ga. … Continued

Chicken Love

Have you heard about the Fried Chicken—from Parkwoods? The brand-new restaurant located within the freshly-renovated Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia is helmed by Executive Chef Joe Gentempo. Parkwoods’ menu is filled with timeless and comforting classics rooted in the tradition of regional Southern-American cooking.

Stop Sucking!

Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone? That’s 175 billion per year.  They go into landfills and litter our waterways and oceans. It takes 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose, and most cannot be recycled. Approximately 1 million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine animals die…

Saluting Strength, Success and Talent

Sandy Springs resident and Cox Media Group consultant Sterling Davis is a dedicated and passionate advocate for Easterseals, having served on the board of directors for the North Georgia affiliate since 1999.  Easterseals, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year is known for its focus on children, a cause close to Davis’ heart.  “Our goal is to ensure that…

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  This page should be blank. This issue was perilously close to being unpublished, each story unfinished and photos just dangling up in the cloud. I’ve been distracted, detained and otherwise engaged most of the month, my work way down at the bottom of the list of priorities. Sorry, but it’s true. You see, I … Continued

Eco-A Inspires Us to Appreciate Atlanta’s Natural Wonders

A lifelong naturalist, Kathryn Kolb spends a lot of time in nature. After growing up on a 100-acre wooded property in Virginia, she was surprised by Atlanta's rich outdoor offerings.

June 2019 Around Town

Boardroom Salon Delivering the ultimate relaxed grooming experience for men, the Boardroom Salon for Men provides exceptional haircuts, shave services for men of all hair types, accompanied with complimentary beverages.  The Benchmark Haircut is the salon’s signature service, which includes a tailored cut, rejuvenating paraffin hand dip, energizing shampoo and conditioning, scalp and hand massage, steamed towel … Continued

Fulton County Schools Teacher Intern Celebration

Fulton County Schools' Go First Step student interns recently completed the district's unique program. A crucial component in FCS’s recruiting efforts to draw top talent, the program aims to develop high-quality teacher candidates by providing an impactful, engaging experience. It lasts throughout school year and provides a stipend.

Dude Food Nearby

Located just a few minutes south of the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, Pontoon Brewing is a dude haven. The brewery is a neighborhood happy hour hotspot equipped with expertly crafted brews that pack a serious punch. The “Pontoon Lifestyle” is the idea of escaping the daily stresses and relaxing on a pontoon boat. For those unfamiliar, a Pontoon boat…

Esthétique Skin Spa Grand Opening

Known for her high standards in skin care and beauty, Elaine Sterling recently opened the newest and hottest spa & beauty destination in Atlanta! During the Grand Opening celebration, officials from the City of Sandy Springs officially cut the ribbon.

The Well Read Gentleman

 Novels  Non-fiction  Celebrity Memoirs

Backyard, Your Way

A backyard can be a place to grill out and fight off mosquitoes, or it can serve as a veritable oasis. When it comes to creating an outdoor living experience that comfortably welcomes friends and family during the summer and year-round, think beyond the grass and consider incorporating elements that turn your humble backyard into an entertainment and relaxation station.

Rock On

Tickets are now on sale for the fourth edition of Sandy Springs’ lauded “Food That Rocks” event. Set to return to the Green at City Springs on Saturday, June 8, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. (with VIP early access), the event is a celebration of the community’s bustling dining scene.

Bravo for the Royalton Bavaro

There’s just something about the color Caribbean blue... The sight of it fills my soul and recharges my entire body instantaneously, especially when lucky enough to view it in person, toes in sand, waves slowly rolling up on the beach while lounging in a private cabana.  Being a mom, most of my vacations are go, go, go instead of slow,…

ASC: A Recipe for Women’s Health

As providers at Aesthetic Specialty Centre, we have the opportunity each day to empower women by helping them look and feel like their most confident selves. By offering a variety of treatments that enhance the natural beauty of our patients, we aid in boosting self-esteem and making birthdays slightly less daunting.

5 Gorgeous Lunch Spots for Girlfriends in Dunwoody

Picture It. You’re outside eating a delicious meal, sipping from a nice glass, and socializing with your favorite girlfriends – all from a scenic patio. Now that the days are longer and livin’ is easier, this picturesque scene can become a reality yet again. Patio dining season is back, and in Dunwoody it’s better than ever with an array of…

Smart Cars

Here are three 2019 automobiles that we chose for this women's issue for their handling, special features, pricing, and simply because the driver sits higher up for better visibility.

Meet Elaine Sterling

Originally from South Africa, Elaine Sterling is an internationally renowned and award-winning esthetician and educator. She has brought to life her vision of a workforce of well-trained spa therapists through her instruction and foundation of the Elaine Sterling Institute, while also developing her effective and beloved skincare line, Elaine Sterling Skincare. Elaine has upheld the highest industry standards by achieving…

Happy May, Mothers (and all)

    My mom Emily kept a pink Avon lipstick, clear plastic rain hat, white comb, A&P coupons and a few clean tissues in her purse at all times. She wore an apron on Sundays when she made dinner, still dressed for church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.  She served … Continued

Lights, Camera….Dawn!

After a 20-year career in radio sales, raising a terrific son, three lovable dogs, two rescue cats and two parakeets, Dawn Zachariah returned to the stage. Act3 Productions, a community theater in Sandy Springs, soon became her home, where for several seasons she was stage manager. Today Dawn is the box office and facilities manager at Act3. She was born Chicago,…

May 2019 Around Town

Time to Thank the Hooch The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) released a report documenting its ten most significant accomplishments of the past 25 years. The report demonstrates the organization’s positive impact on the health of the river, which provides drinking water for more than five million people, and on the habitat for countless fish and wildlife. … Continued

Time is Money: Creative MedSpa Knows How to Slow Down Aging

When it comes to self-care, we are all searching for genuine results. Creative MedSpa strives to meet the demands of the modern, forward-thinking men and women of Atlanta by combining the luxury of Hollywood’s celebrity skin therapy with practical, personalized treatment plans.

Unblocking Your Creativity

How long have you been teaching at Spruill?  This September it’s going to be 4 years, oh how time flies! I still remember vividly my very first workshop at Spruill, some of the students from that class are still taking my classes regularly. Spruill is the first art center where I taught painting in a class format, and for that reason it’s…

Hot Kitchens To Try Before You Buy

Atlanta’s Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove showroom provides one of the most unique, customer-friendly experiences available for shoppers anywhere. Based in Buckhead’s bustling Terminus Atlanta complex, the renowned Chef George Laudun recently engaged 15 prospective and returning patrons with another one of his mouth-watering, multiple-course cooking demonstrations using solely the company’s state-of-the-art appliances sold on site. Sizzling sea scallops sautéed to…

Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

01 Circle A Lettuce. I love to eat from local sources and first discovered this amazing lettuce at a farmers market. We have them deliver to our house in winter. CircleALettuce.com

Eco-Living Inspiration

From cleaning to decor and design, these books can help you reduce waste and daily chemical exposures while living a more sustainable and intentional lifestyle.

Growing Grocery Store Food

The second grader was not impressed. The previous fall, his elementary school had become a Project Learning Garden school with the Captain Planet Foundation, and all winter he and his classmates had watched the tops of root vegetables grow. Random, bushy, green things that were not interesting in the least. Now it was spring, and his teacher was insisting that…

Let it Ride

At 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, from March through November, you can find Dunwoody resident Jason Metzger cruising the 4.5 mile loop that starts and ends at Village Burger on Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Finn’s Story

Two-year-old Finn Wood’s favorite pastimes are the playgrounds at Jones Bridge Park and in the Medlock Bridge subdivision where he lives with parents, Jenn and Joseph, and grandparents Bill and Debby Wood.  His infectious joy for life combined with his love for toy cars and trucks makes him the perfect ambassador for Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, a family-friendly car…

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April editor’s letter I hate paper towels. I buy two rolls each year, just before Thanksgiving. With more meals being prepared by more hands in the kitchen, I bow down to the handiness of these earth crushing rectangles of convenient absorbency. The two rolls last until February or so. Then, it’s back to using dish … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

And The Winner Is What a difference a year makes. The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (formerly the Lefont Theater) recently underwent a dramatic $2.5 million, floor-to-ceiling renovation that has raised the bar on the movie going experience. Enjoy the only heated recliners in Georgia, a great selection of craft and local beers, specialty cocktails and … Continued

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Let the Sunshine In

While we often focus on the big changes we can make in our home, sometimes it’s smaller ones that make all the difference. Window treatments are one of those things. New blinds can improve your daily life, lower your energy bills, and keep your family safer, too. Plus, they can make your home look fantastic.

Dunwoody Nature Center’s New Chief

During its annual planning session, the Board of Directors of the Dunwoody Nature Center unanimously voted to appoint Michael Cowan as executive director, succeeding Alan Mothner. Michael previously served on the Board of Directors following a 10 year stint as AT&T Accessories Team business director. During this time, he was recognized as the company’s official “Environmental Champion” for his efforts…

Deann Golden’s picks for office on the go

As a manager of three offices in Smyrna, Dunwoody and Athens who also works out of our corporate office in Roswell, I am definitely on the go!  I also serve as the 2019 President of Atlanta REALTORS® Association and on the Executive Committee of Georgia Association of REALTORS® and a mom of two so organization is a must at work and at…

Home is Where The Harmony Is

I sat down and drew it all out one night. I’ve moved cities/apartments/houses every six months or so for the past five years. Some people may think this would be disorienting, making it harder to find a footing in a community. But to me, I’ve found that the nomadic lifestyle is one I appreciate more. Moving around has forced me to…