AT YOUR SERVICE

AS LEAD CONCIERGE AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL, ATLANTA, JANICE DEMPSEY HAS THE JOB OF MAKING GUESTS’ DREAMS COME TRUE

Janice Dempsey’s phone typically rings every five to 10 minutes. “Hello, this is Janice. Can I help you?” she’ll ask way too many times to count throughout the day. That’s to be expected, though, for someone who works as the lead concierge at a luxury hotel like the […]

AWAY TO ALPHARETTA

A 24-HOUR VISIT TO A BURGEONING ATLANTA SUBURB

Alpharetta’s picturesque downtown is ideal for a family stroll.

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of an intown snob. I love being close to the beating heart of the city and the interesting people it attracts. So when my family and I took off for a quick staycation in Alpharetta, I was unsure what this suburb 20 […]

DOGSCAPE YOUR YARD

PLAN AN OUTDOOR AREA BOTH YOU AND YOUR PET WILL LOVE

Duchess the Doberman may be a digger, or perhaps Hank the Labrador likes to sprint through the grass day after day. Dogs will be dogs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful backyard that can both survive and celebrate their habits. We caught up with Buckhead dogscaping (definition: landscaping for dogs) experts for their […]

FOCUS ON ABILITIES, NOT LIMITATIONS

Hiring individuals with disabilities benefits businesses and nonprofits

When Trevor Ramos was introduced to Lauren Riddick by her employment specialist at All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), he hired her on the spot. “She loves sports, is an energetic and personable young woman and is well qualified as a program aide,” says Ramos, a supervisor and instructor at the Sandy Springs Parks and Recreation department.

Like many others, Riddick, […]

SUSIE DAVIDOW LEAVES LASTING LEGACY

Marcus Jewish Community Center honors theatre director

Susie Davidow retires after 16 years at the Marcus Jewish Community Center directing musicals starring young adults with special needs.

Sandy Springs resident Susie Davidow retired at the end of March as director of the Blonder Family Department for Special Needs at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA). On March 19, she was honored at a […]

BALLED OVER

Step aside, trendy coffee drinks: The bubble tea craze is here to stay.

Hugely popular and originally from Asia, bubble tea is a black-or green tea-based drink with milk served hot or cold in a variety of flavors. The most notable ingredient is the marble-sized tapioca balls called “boba” that sink to the bottom of the glass and must be sucked through an oversized straw. With careful […]

THE MUSIC MAN

Turning children on to classical music

Dr. Warren Woodruff aka Dr. Fuddle shares his joy of classical music with children through scholarships and books.

Pianist, musicologist and author Dr. Warren Woodruff of Buckhead is a man on a mission: to instill a new generation with a love of classical music. A teacher for the last 30 years, he spreads his message wherever he goes and […]

TO MARKET, TO MARKET

HERITAGE SANDY SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET OPENS FOR THE SEASON

Gather up the family for your new favorite weekend activity: farmers market shopping. Even pets are welcome at Sandy Springs’ seasonal market, now open every Saturday until Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Each week, more than 45 vendors sell local produce, prepared foods, pasture-raised meats and fresh dairy, all with live music in the background. The […]

A TOWN FOR ALL SEASONS

Snow or sun, head for year-round fun in Telluride, Colorado

A ride on the free gondola lifts riders high above the Telluride valley.

Back in the late 1870s, the rush was on to Colorado for the gold, silver, copper and zinc running in rich veins beneath the snow-capped mountains. Those days are long gone, but the majestic ranges remain as alluring as ever for visitors […]

PAWLEYS ISLAND (AND PIMENTO CHEESE)

LIFE STANDS STILL AT THE SEA VIEW INN

The beachfront porch is lined with rocking chairs and is perfect for afternoon board games

Even though houses—some quite grand—have grown up all around it, time has stood still at the Sea View Inn. The old-fashioned Southern resort has been a mainstay on Pawleys Island in the South Carolina low country since 1937. It’s the sort of […]