SANDRA BANK AND KARIN MERVIS

Born and raised in South Africa, these sisters and self-proclaimed BFFs have both called Sandy Springs home for more than 20 years now. Sandra Bank, 60, runs a successful catering company called Added Touch, and Karin Mervis, 55, is a teaching visual artist at the High Museum of Art. Through the Woodruff Arts Center and Alliance Arts for Learning Institute, Karin has […]

ROBBY AND GREG MILLER

Head to the handsome Miller Brothers Limited store in Buckhead, and in addition to shelves stacked neatly with high quality men’s clothing, you’ll find plush leather couches, a full bar and a big-screen TV, plus a barbecue grill out on the patio. “We want our customers to be comfortable when they spend time at the store,” explains Greg Miller, 49, who runs the shop […]

ALL IN THE FAMILY

TALENTED AREA SIBLINGS TALK ABOUT THE TIES THAT BIND

Forget sibling rivalry. In the case of these Atlanta family members, it’s more like sibling revelry. Identical twins who run a budding chiropractic office, a brother-sister team making a name for themselves in the restaurant business, a trio of youngsters who are excelling in both sports and academics: Simply Buckhead spoke with several sets of brothers and sisters […]

CRAIG AND CLIFF TAYLOR

“He was born first, by 45 minutes,” says Cliff Taylor, 29, of his identical twin brother, Craig. The two have been practically inseparable ever since. Growing up, they played the same sports (tennis, basketball, baseball and lacrosse), went to the same colleges (two years at Indiana University, then graduating with biology degrees from UGA) and both became chiropractors. Both originally intended to go to medical school, […]

MAKAYA, DABA AND MANAMA FOFANA

Sandy Springs residents Manama, Makaya and Daba Fofana are real junior achievers. At just 10, 12 and 14 respectively, they’ve already compiled some pretty impressive stats. Manama is an elite gymnast who is currently being homeschooled so she can practice the 20-plus hours a week required to train to become an Olympic-caliber athlete. Her sister, Makaya, is a high level gymnast as well, who, at age […]

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Teela Restaurant Group owners Artie Antoniades and Nikitas Panagopoulos certainly aren’t the only siblings who work together in the restaurant biz here. We came across several other sets of siblings who share a bond both blood-wise and in their professional kitchens. Here are a few.

Ilona and Ellia Knopfler

One of the perks of working with a sibling is “knowing that when I turn around, there is someone who […]

ARTIE ANTONIADES AND NIKITAS PANAGOPOULOS

This brother-sister team is the duo behind the Teela Restaurant Group that operates Teela Taqueria and Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar in Sandy Springs, Tin Can Oyster Bar in Brookhaven and Filo’s in Buckhead. The pair grew up in a Greek household in Zimbabwe (then called Rhodesia) in the middle of a civil war. “There was […]

ONE ON ONE MATCHMAKING

I consider myself a pretty confident woman, but as I sat at The Mercury in Ponce City Market, waiting on my first date courtesy of One on One Matchmaking, I was nervous – but in a good way.

For the last two years, I’ve met men in bars. I’ve met them through online dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble. But this time it was different. After […]

ATLANTA SPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB

From bocce to kickball, Atlanta Sport and Social Club (ASSC) has become a go-to for people in the ATL looking to make connections while on the sports field or while enjoying a few post-game beers.

“When ASSC got its start in fall of 2012, we ran softball, flag football and soccer leagues,” said Korey Meek, marketing and communications director. “Since then, we’ve grown to organize leagues for […]

BUCKHEAD CHURCH

Church is the last place I ever thought I’d head as a single woman looking for new connections.

Let me explain. I’m spiritual, but I didn’t grow up with any formal religious ties. And I’ve been hesitant to even consider checking out a church service because I’m worried about people pushing their spiritual agenda on me.

But after hearing several ringing endorsements from friends about Buckhead Church, a […]