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…

Toccoa River House

“Your house is gorgeous!” called a kayaker as she floated down the wide heavenly slice of the Toccoa River on Labor Day last year.  “Thank you!” I replied from my adirondack perched on the sun-dappled riverbank lawn of the 8,000-square-foot home, its expansive bank of windows reflecting the mellow holiday river scene. My husband smiled. 

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…

Hello friends,

For a story in our sister magazine, BuckHaven Lifestyle, I had the honor of spending the morning with Laura and Rutherford Seydel in their Buckhead home. The two are environmental activists and built the country’s first LEED-certified home 12 years ago. She learned to make the earth a priority from her father, Ted Turner, who … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

The Pink Affair TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation will host the 18th Annual Pink Affair, the nonprofit’s signature fundraiser, 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. For the second consecutive year, the event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road. The evening will include a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions … Continued

Arnette’s Chop Shop

Even with a heavy downpour on a Wednesday evening, Word Of Mouth Restaurants Group co-founder Michel Arnette still has a houseful to happily tend to in his newest of four dining concepts, Arnette’s Chop Shop nestled off Brookhaven’s Apple Valley Road. 

Restoring Hair and Confidence

John Williamson hadn’t realized he was losing his hair until his wife took pictures of him at a brownie-eating contest at a festival. His head was down, and he came face-to-scalp with his thinning hair.

Dunwoody’s Clint Harp of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”

When Floor & Decor brings you the 41st Atlanta Home Show March 22-24 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the annual event will offer attendees the opportunity to interact with hundreds of home improvement exhibitors, sample and see products demonstrated, enjoy live radio broadcasts and hear from a roster of expert speakers.  This year’s celebrity speaker is home-grown HGTV success story,…

Sandy Springs Artist Judy Robkin Returns 

March 2019 marks the 30th consecutive year that the American Craft Council (ACC) has presented its beloved Craft Show in Atlanta, which again will feature more than 230 fine craft artisans from across the U.S., including 30 from Georgia. As the largest juried fine craft show in the Southeast, the American Craft Show has long demonstrated how artisan craft fits…

Unraveling Fiber Arts with the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild

Founded in 1955, the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild allows fiber enthusiasts to gather, exchange ideas, learn new techniques through workshops and classes, and get inspired. Located in the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center – the same building as Spruill Center for the Arts – the guild welcomes novices, experienced artists and anyone with a curiosity about the craft to explore its…

Susie Stern, Laura Davis Shainker and Deb Rosenbury Present “Shared Space”

Fine arts painters Susie Stern of Dunwoody, Laura Davis Shainker of Sandy Springs and Deb Rosenbury of Marietta, have teamed up to present “Shared Space,” a gallery exhibit and sale of their oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings at Gallery 4945 at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church (HECC) in Sandy Springs.  The church is located at 4945 Highpoint Road in Sandy Springs and…

I’ll Follow Her Anywhere

    On one of those rare sunny afternoons after Christmas, I sat daydreaming in a coffee shop near my house and found Deb Bowman on Spotify. I had, of course, already listened to her music at the insistence of our friend, the late Don Thomas Hayes (God rest his sassy soul) and recently at Bread & Butterfly in Inman Park…

Seaside in any Season

Sitting on the front porch in sweet Seaside this month, only the call of an occasional gull or crunching under the wheels of a passing biker will break the solitude that comes in the off-season months here along Highway 30a, in Florida’s panhandle. 

Prenups not Presumptions

Emily Brenner believes the best time to talk about the end of a marriage is at the beginning of a marriage. 

The Perfect Romantic Getaway: The Henderson Park Inn

As we all know, there’s no shortage of places to stay along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. But even if you’ve been going to the Gulf Coast your whole life, you may not have experienced a place quite like this. A corner of heaven, the Henderson Park Inn provides the rare chance to truly relax. This intimate bed &…

HELLO LOVERS!

I used to be a big fan of the engagement announcements in the Sunday New York Times. Those pages were the icing on the tiered cake after reading every word of the Sunday Styles section. The fairytale stories of often unlikely and finally requited love in “Weddings/Celebrations” were often like Hallmark movie scripts. I mean, … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Northside Scores Northside Hospital has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. Northside Hospital ranks No. 52 out of 100 large employers in the United States and is the only Georgia hospital to make the list. Now in its 11th year, the Employees’ Choice Awards program … Continued

The Sandy Springs Society Gifts $3.75 Million Locally Over 30-Year History

By giving more than $3.75 million during its 30 years of service, The Sandy Springs Society has generously supported a variety of organizations that serve in the areas of the arts, heritage, environmental initiatives, education, social services and more in Sandy Springs.

Fit Fun in the New Year

Meet  Erin Murray - Move and Learn teacher at  St. Luke's Little Saints - Presbyterian Church

A Cricket Lullaby

I have 2,831 downloaded songs in my iTunes library and without internet, I thought I’d start listening to my own personal soundtrack from A to Z. I’d just checked into my super swank deluxe tent at Under Canvas, the new glamping camp outside Gatlinburg, Tenn., where the sight of NO SERVICE on my phone shook me to the core. I…

Diets are So Last Year…Take Charge of Your Total Health and Wellness in 2019

Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Driver’s Notebook: Happy New Gears!

 2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec  Heads will certainly turn when this second-generation Veloster passes by thanks to its more muscular frame complete with a rear spoiler, LED lighting package, and 18-inch wheels. This three-door hatchback matches its attractive exterior with a responsive, smooth-transitioning manual shift maneuvered by a multi-link rear suspension, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine flexing 201 horses of power.…

Fitness Gadgets You’ll Want in Your Bag for 2019

Thinking about your New Year's Resolutions for 2019? If one of yours includes trying a new sport or devoting more time to an existing endeavor, several new items available now provide exciting and enriching options. Whether you are a weekend warrior, looking to tone up, recover from an injury or shed a few holiday pounds, any of these products would be a…

New Year, New Home

 Listed for $695,000  The clean, simplicity of contemporary lines in this completely remodeled home make it unique, beautiful & functional. Endless storage, top of line appliances, expansive island like no other & view to open living areas make this kitchen the heart of indoor entertaining.  No detail was overlooked and this island is almost as big as a Suburban!  Lindsay…

January 2019 Around Town

Time to Give Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are hosting the 17th annual Totes 2 Tots drive to collect backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia. Donations of new or nearly new backpacks, duffel bags and suitcases will be accepted at locations across the state. More than 14,000 children, from infants to … Continued

Sharing at Yebo Ski Haus

Friends and advertisers gathered at Yebo Ski House to celebrate the restaurant's new season. Yebo fuses South African flavors with American cuisine. The elevated design and cozy bar is the icing on the cake. 111 West Paces Ferry Road. YeboBeachHaus.com

Happy New Year Superstars

I thought rather than wax poetic about the importance of resolutions, sit-ups  or meditation, I’d share a recipe to help your gut. That’s my weak link, you see. When I read Rhiannon Johnson’s review of wellness books this month, Lee Homes’ book caught my eye Her apple cider gummy bears are on our cover. I found silicone … Continued

Squeezing In a Healthy 2019

 Press Blend Squeeze - Superfoods & Juicery  5527 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30038  PressBlendSqueeze.com

Happy Holidays from our homes to yours

The holidays for us are usually a chance to recharge and reflect. We are so busy all year long with events, travel and work, that for the most part we stick around Atlanta for the holidays. Gift exchanges, holiday parties, relatives and relaxing by the fireplace are always part of the holidays.   

The Nice List

What's on your holiday list this year? These are not the gifts you plan to give away to friends and family, but rather the ones you actually want to receive! Tech gifts for the home? Luxury gifts to make you feel pampered? Delicious ones to fill your belly? Gifts to inspire creativity? We've got you covered! 

Become a Member of the Mayor’s Royal Court in Support of A Great Cause

The United Negro College Fund believes every young person has a right to a high-quality education. In an era when many colleges enroll 30,000, 40,000 and even 50,000 people, students at UNCF-member historically black colleges and universities choose to get an education and prepare for the future on close-knit campuses with several hundred or a few thousand students—and pay tuition that…

Holiday Hotel Gift Guide

 Our Favorite NYC Stop  The Redbury New York, a hotel located in Manhattan’s NoMad district,  pays tribute to the worlds of art, music, fashion and media. We liked the bright rooms and convenient location for bopping around the city. Rooms have unique amenities like an old-timey gramophone that links to your smart phone and plenty of bed-side charging ports. While…

Christmas at Reserva Conchal

Staying at lovely Reserva Conchal in the lush Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, I had a chance to use my high school Spanish. “Muchas Gracias,” I enthused, when the smiling bell hop helped me out of the airport car. “Mucho Gusto,” he replied. Wait, what happened to “De nada?” I think his reply roughly translated to, “with much pleasure…my pleasure!”…

Driver’s Notebook: Glad to meet you!

Here are a few standouts introduced in 2018 to complete the December edition of Driver’s Notebook and usher in a new year!

New Years Done Deliciously

New Year's Eve is the perfect night to toast all that's wonderful and waiting for all of us in 2019.  But with different styles and preferences in celebrating, we thought we'd cover a few ways to say good bye to 2018 in style with some fabulous food right here in our communities. 

Remembering, With Love

 Colleen Finn is obsessed with people’s stories.   How couples meet. The path that leads to the altar. Lives well lived.  Recently her focus has turned to capturing the memories, for friends and family, of those who have passed. 

Happy Holidays, One and All

For the first time ever, my children will not all be under my roof for the holiday.  They are 18, 21 and 26, all independent creative humans. I love being with them, not only because I am their mother, but also because they are interesting, engaging, political, funny and… good helpers in the kitchen.  I … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

NFCC Holiday Program North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) has helped struggling families with holiday assistance for 30+ years. The Holiday Program helps local families in need receive warm coats, celebrate family traditions and enjoy a special holiday meal. From humble beginnings of just a few dozen families, the program now helps more than 1,200 families … Continued

Polo Success

It's no surprise the fundraisers behind the annual polo match party, Polo in the Pines again celebrated great success thanks to sponsors, guests and polo players who made the event memorable. Nearly a half million dollars has been raised for cancer research, with this year's partner, CHOA's pediatric brain cancer research benefitting. 

Bright and Merry

Take one look in Diane Johnson Interiors' Johns Creek store, and it's as if every single one of your creative dreams has magically swirled into reality. The holiday magic... the intricate hues... the way Diane Johnson herself has curated some of the most beautiful gifts and items that would help any home or hostess shine... It's almost like the elves themselves…

(Not) Home for the Holidays

As many of us are busy this month making Thanksgiving plans to see friends and family, it’s also important to remember not everyone is able to go home for the holidays.  Especially the incredible members of the City of Sandy Springs Fire Station, many of whom have to work during the holidays in order to protect our community.  This month,…

Find Your Passion and Volunteer

    “Volunteering is my passion and it uplifts my spirit to give back to my community,” says Renesha Ragin, real estate specialist in Sandy Springs with Northside Hospital Property Management and Northside employee volunteer. “A smile and a helping hand goes a long way.” Renesha leads Northside’s MS Walk team, is a March for Babies team captain, and has volunteered…

Happy November friends,

  My mother taught at a cooperative preschool for more than 20 years. She was gentle, cheerful and encouraging. Everything a preschooler (or daughter) needed. On Thanksgiving, we would unwrap the porcelain turkey shaped salt and pepper shakers and she would task me and my sister with the job of making place cards. We would … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

“I can do this” Taught Here Growth and Wellness Therapy Center opened at 700 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway in Roswell.  Tammy von Nordheim is a therapist who helps clients who are usually seen as the “Strong One” by friends, family, and co-workers, to manage feelings of anxiety, depression, insecurities, and suicidal ideation.  She also has … Continued

Celebrating Storytelling

From October 30 to November 18, 2018, the Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 27 years of bringing culture and conversation to the Southeast. 

Volunteering 4 Ways

These fine organizations are all based nearby or have strong ties to our community and were nominated by our readers, editorial team or friends of the magazine. Why not bring a meaningful conversation about volunteering to your Thanksgiving table this year. 

The Springs Cinema & Taphouse

Who doesn’t love going to the movie theaters with the super comfy recliners, reserved seating, and get this… heated seats!  Many of us were recently excited when the old LaFont theater was purchased by Brandt Gully, an East Cobb resident, and saw a complete overhaul to turn a beloved local spot into one of the premiere cinemas in Atlanta that…

When Healers Keep Giving

When we think of hospitals, we may not picture a happy team of employees working together to plan a community event or training for a fundraising 5k. With more than 3,600 employees, Northside Hospital is not only a place for healing, but within the four walls are friends who care deeply for their surrounding community. In this season of giving,…

Modern Southern Cookbooks

Today’s cookbooks have evolved from difficult, text-heavy, picture-free collections to become beautiful modern storybooks. Southern cooking and baking has also evolved to include new ideas, fun trends, and daring spins on the classic comfort foods we know and love. Inspired by home cooks, chefs, and heirloom family recipes, the following three cookbook authors have put delicious twists on traditional Southern…