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Simply Buckhead Rising Stars 2022
Buckhead RISING STARS 2022

EXPECT BIG THINGS FROM THESE SEVEN STANDOUTS. Atlanta has no lack of successful individuals. In…

MARIA OPEAYE
MARIA OPEAYE

Serial entrepreneur and soccer agent blazes new trails. Maria Opeaye is a true Renaissance woman.…

Shirley Anne Smith
SHIRLEY ANNE SMITH

A dedicated nonprofit professional is on a mission. According to Shirley Anne Smith, she is—and…

SALIM MEKHMOUKH
SALIM MEKHMOUKH

A man-on-the-go invented the energy drink he wanted. While visiting Algeria, his birth country, in…

Robert Stewart
ROBERT STEWART

Fusion leader merges educational individualization and community. Robert Stewart leads by example. The Fusion Academy…

TED KALB
TED KALB

Iraq vet builds a new career in luxury wood. Competition is nothing new for Ted…

MARCY SPERRY
MARCY SPERRY

Buckhead attorney builds an empire around protecting intellectual property. To Marcy Sperry, it’s not about…

BRIA BLACK
BRIA BLACK

Expressing creativity through music, modeling and more. Eight years ago, Bria Black moved from her…

UP FRONT

Captiva Island
CAPTIVATING CAPTIVA

Tiny island off Florida’s coast offers super-sized fun! One of the concerns when taking trips…

Michael Rogers
LIVING THE LIFE – MICHAEL ROGERS

Dorsey Alston Realtors’ CEO and president transformed his family’s small business into a real estate…

Columbus sits along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.
Cultural Columbus

Georgia’s second-largest city is an epicenter of arts! I arrived in Columbus, Georgia, on a…

Buckhead-based boutique House of Wallace
STRIKE A POSE

BUCKHEAD BOUTIQUE GOES VOGUE FOR NEW GENERATION! Young women can sashay the summer away in…

The exterior of Wylie Hotel faces Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Pretty on Ponce

Wylie Hotel impresses as an escape! Sometimes, Buckhead and Old Fourth Ward seem worlds away.…

Dr. Andrew Kokabi of Brookhaven Family Dentistry got creative to give back.
Smiles for Charity

Keep it local. A child of Iranian immigrants, Dr. Andrew Kokabi of Brookhaven Family Dentistry…

atlantagirlsschool.ORG
NEWS CLIPS – JULY / AUGUST 2022

HEAD OF THE CLASS School’s out, but Kimbrell Smith is in full prep mode, happily…

Founder Chad Harlan and Executive Director Caroline Lombard with the $25,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual.
Dream Becomes Reality

Broadening kids’ horizons! The late Julie Muir Harlan was passionate about nonprofits such as Agape…

Staff members Tammy Patterson, Executive Director Adrianne Hamilton-Butler, Resident Advocate Belton Burton, Derwin Davis and Mary Wesley.
One of a Kind

Night and day. Founded in 1984 to create a place where homeless couples could remain…

Cotopaxi Cubos Del Dia Set of 3 Travel Cubes
Fly Away with Me

Travel is a fruit of the summer season that many look forward to. Here, we’ve…

Sleeping In History

A sun-soaked getaway to one of Florida’s historic resorts! After a stressful start to the…

The 2022 co-chairs of the Seeds of Change Society Luncheon Elizabeth Bresnahan and Melba Wynn Hill with BCM President and CEO Keeva Kase.
Preventing Homelessness

Financial education is key. In 1987, a group of Atlanta churches came together to form…

Stonehurst Place sits on the largest residential lot in Midtown and is surrounded by lush gardens.
Stately City Stay

History, eclectic style and gracious hospitality at Stonehurst Place. I have a secret fantasy. In…

Zeus Luby works with law enforcement to help prevent recividism.
Wrongly Convicted

Turning a negative into a positive! When Zeus Luby was 17, he was falsely arrested…

Nothing beats the sunset views 15 stories above the city at Spaceman.
To Dine For

A stay at the Hyatt Centric Buckhead brings food and beverage delights. I’m a mom…

Hunter Boots Play Clog
Everything’s Coming Up Roses

The beginning of summer signifies warmer temperatures, longer days and extra time to participate in…

Marci Soran helps kids develop a healthy relationship with food.
Eating Disorders on the Rise

Stemming the tide. Eating disorders became personal in 2016 for Sandy Springs resident Marci Soran…

NEWS CLIPS – JUNE 2022

ON THE BOARDWALK Nature lovers can scope out Canadian geese, mallards, beavers and more on…

MICHAEL LANFRESCHI
LIVING THE LIFE – MICHAEL LANFRESCHI

Brookhaven resident kicks his longtime passion for car racing into a new gear by building…

The Splatter Studio in Sandy Springs.
COLOR ME HAPPY

Unleash your inner artist at new paint studio in Sandy Springs. Let loose, make a…

Reimagined as The Dewberry in 2016, the hotel is located in the former L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building.
Charleston Quickie

Winging it for 24 hours in the Holy City. Charleston never disappoints, even if you…

Susan Jacobs- Meadows (center) with recent Canine CellMates graduates.
Changing Lives

Symbiotic cell mates. Dogs have always played a big role in Susan Jacobs-Meadows’ life, so…

Elegantly sleek, the Thompson Buckhead is a new addition to Atlanta's hotel portfolio.
Stuck on You

The Thompson Buckhead leaves a lasting impression! The Thompson Buckhead may be tucked away on…

Jenni Kayne style
CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Jenni Kayne brings easy, breezy style to Buckhead! With a palette of neutral colors, clean…

Jaycina Almond is on a mission to deliver baby supplies.
Diaper Dilemma

Fulfilling critical needs. When Jaycina Almond got pregnant at age 20, she was working at…

Polly Simpson, Wick Garrard, homeowner Destiney C., Elizabeth Spears and Susan Boyd at the 2016 Women's Build.
Woman Power

Honoring a volunteer! The late Polly Simpson was passionate about women’s and kid’s issues, particularly…

To beach or to pool? That is the only question at relaxing Eden Roc Cap Cana.
ISLAND CALLING

The Dominican Republic is an easy escape! Sometimes the journey to a destination is part…

Astral Loyak W’s Shoe
Catch SUP

Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the hottest trends in outdoor recreation, thanks to its relatively…

Rothys Shoes and Gifts
NEWS CLIPS – MAY 2022

A SHOO-IN With a savvy business plan to create stylish footwear and accessories from recycled…

Michelle Jericevich shares her love of dance with Great Prospects participants.
MICHELLE JERICEVICH

How a devoted mother turned her daughter’s needs into a thriving Sandy Springs nonprofit for…

LIVING

Dometic MoBar 550S stainless steel mobile bar cart
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – JULY / AUGUST 2022

Roll the party outdoors with this sleek, stainless steel mobile bar cart. The Dometic MoBar…

Getting the most out of your sleep
Sleep Matters

Getting the most out of your Z’s! We spend nearly one-third of our life asleep…

photo: Kim Evans
IT TAKES TWO

Nina Long and Don Easterling bring Mathews Design Group to life. You might be familiar…

Made Goods Thyra Aged Sconce
Shine On

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that a hint of shine in any interior space is…

The neutrally elegant living room features a touch of rustic from the mantel sourced from a barn in Alabama, Yvette's home state.
Lured to the Lake

SANDY SPRINGS RESIDENTS FIND PEACE ON LAKE OCONEE. The Louries have been escaping from Atlanta…

Congratulations to Harrison Design for being selected as winners in ADAC’s 2022 Southeast Designers and Architect of the Year Awards.
DESIGN & REALTY NEWS – JULY / AUGUST 2022

This summer, the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center added two new showrooms: Paris-founded Pierre Frey and…

Real Estate Readiness

How to survive the fast-changing market! Residential real estate in Atlanta is booming, creating an…

Hayden Gregg
Painterly Pursuits

Artist Hayden Gregg breathes new life into furniture, walls and floors! You might call Hayden…

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – JUNE 2022

Show your love of the South and add vintage flair to your walls with a…

Skylar Sectional
Dark and Stormy

If you’re ready for a room refresh, start thinking boldly because maximalism is here to…

Merge Home
DESIGN NEWS – JUNE 2022

Merge Home is the newest design destination on Westside. The full-service showroom and interior design…

The colorful masterpiece by America Martin depicts three men playing music. It was one of three paintings done by the artist for Todd to choose from.
High-Rise Overhaul

A 1980s CONDO IS SKILLFULLY RENEWED! Kevin Todd enjoyed downtown urban living while working at…

How to Organize Your Pantry
Pantry Refresh

FOOD STORAGE ORGANIZATION TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL. No matter how hard you try, the pantry…

interior designer Libby Patrick
Designed for Living

Designer Libby Patrick’s holistic approach to hospitality design. More than 20 years ago interior designer…

Sir Madam Rialto Coupe Glasses
Rainbow Connection

Say goodbye to boring white china with a bit of color on your tabletop this…

Interior-Define
DESIGN NEWS – May 2022

Interior Define has put down stakes in Buckhead. The customizable, direct-to-consumer furniture brand opened its…

Halsted serving board with Brittanicca Gold quartz and antique bronze handles
PRODUCT Spotlight – MAY 2022

Furniture retailer Room & Board and quartz surfaces producer Cambria have partnered for a home…

Settled With Style

PUTTING DOWN FAMILY ROOTS IN BROOKHAVEN. When Florida natives and Florida State University grads Jordan…

Channel Jay Gatsby in this Lucy Chair
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – MARCH / APRIL 2022

, part of celebrity interior designer Brigette Romanek’s first furniture collection with Mitchell Gold +…

Tony Purvis
DESIGN CALLING

Tony Purvis fell in love with interior design in his late 20s while working at…

M. Delia Designs
Design News – March / April 2022

Buckhead has a new destination for exquisite florals. Atlanta florist Mary Delia Poynter now offers…

STEVE MARKEY
Made for Living

STEVE MARKEY’S HOLISTIC APPROACH TO DESIGN. For Steve Markey, design director at Atlanta-based senior living…

: Chad’s grandmother’s sofa was recovered for the formal living room. Custom touches throughout help accentuate the space’s femininity
IT TAKES TWO

A two-part renovation in Kingswood is a family’s respite. For Susan and Chad Carlisle, Kingswood…

Steve McKenzie
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

Steve McKenzie explains how to find the star of your space. Striking interiors shouldn’t just…

GP Firewood
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2022

Add some class to your hearth with this firewood tote designed by goop and exclusive…

Mosquito-Free Zone

Everyone looks forward to warmer months when they can spend evenings outdoors, but as the…

The Lovesac Company
DESIGN & REAL ESTATE NEWS – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2022

Known for its adaptable modular couches, The Lovesac Company recently took up residence in West…

The open concept design of the new addition lends itself to day-to-day family life and weekend entertaining.
Five-Star Spread

A family of seven make their home dreams come true in a renovated 1920s dwelling…

STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Simply Buckhead Xmas
STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

The holidays have arrived, which means it’s time to get into the entertaining spirit. If…

Originally designed to be a second bedroom, this space was opened up to create an open floor plan with a spacious dining area.
A New Frontier

Nancy Conrad puts her artistic stamp on a Peachtree Hills condo. Nancy Conrad has lived…

DELICIOUS

Chloe’s Pops Poptail Pairings
Pop Stars

Some top popsicle purveyors share recipes to help you to keep cool this summer! King…

Sure Shot - Summer Time Punch
PUNCH IT UP
Spaghettini tossed with San Marzano tomato and red wine sauce, tender pork, veal and beef meatballs, gooey mozzarella and fresh basil is beautiful in its simplicity.

Bella Vita

BROOKHAVEN’S VALENZA OFFERS A TASTE OF ITALY, CLOSE TO HOME! There’s something alluring about the Italian way of life—and of dining. It’s marked by unhurried meals enjoyed with family and friends, made…

CULTURE

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LATEST

Simply Buckhead Rising Stars 2022
Buckhead RISING STARS 2022

EXPECT BIG THINGS FROM THESE SEVEN STANDOUTS. Atlanta has no lack of successful individuals. In fact, the city draws top talent from across industries, from entrepreneurs and entertainers to educators and philanthropists.…

MARIA OPEAYE
MARIA OPEAYE

Serial entrepreneur and soccer agent blazes new trails. Maria Opeaye is a true Renaissance woman. At 41, this single Buckhead resident is a self-published author of eight books, shoe designer and owner…

Yvette Landin
Lips Don’t Lie

Yvette Landin created a vibrant lipstick line with a mission. Makeup has always inspired Yvette Landin, who dreamed of starting a line of her own. The Texas native, who currently serves as…

EDITOR’S CORNER – JULY / AUGUST 2022

What do you want to be when you grow up? In this issue, the stories of our seven “Rising Stars,” who have each made a mark in their respective professional industries, might…

Captiva Island
CAPTIVATING CAPTIVA

Tiny island off Florida’s coast offers super-sized fun! One of the concerns when taking trips with family or friends is finding a destination that will keep different types of travelers engaged. Having…

Buckhead Shore - The Season 1 cast of "Buckhead Shore," which premiered on June 23.
Buckhead Reality TV

MTV spotlights local 20-somethings in new show. The creator of “Jersey Shore,” SallyAnn Salsano, debuted a new reality show last month that was filmed right in our backyard. “Buckhead Shore,” which will…

HAPPENING

KNIGHTS IN ARMOR
Up in Arms

EUROPEAN KNIGHTS GALLOP INTO TOWN FOR SWASHBUCKLING SHOW. Those prehistoric bone-crushers might rule the hallowed halls of Fernbank Museum of Natural History, but brawly European warriors are geared up for some epic…

ARTSAPALOOZA Sandy Springs
Double the Fun

SHOP ART AND HUNT EGGS IN SANDY SPRINGS. Artsapalooza will be serving up a side of scrambled eggs April 16-17 in Sandy Springs as the free springtime festival unveils its artistic treasures…

WHO DUNIT?

SAVOR FRENCH FARE AND INTERACTIVE LIVE THEATER. Spice up date night with dinner and a show at Petite Violette, where guests can sink their teeth into a juicy murder mystery and a…

CHARITABLE

STARFISH BALL

For the 16th year, supporters and friends of the nsoro Educational Foundation gathered to show how much they care about the nonprofit that supports education for those aging out of foster care.…

A TRIBUTE TO OUR QUIET HEROES

STAR-94’s Jenn Hobby welcomed 475 guests to the “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon in May at Flourish in Buckhead benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer. The event honored 250 mothers of children…

Models showcased Joshua Kane's Dandy Rebels collection.
ATLANTA FASHION GIVES

Simply Buckhead hosted its inaugural Atlanta Fashion Gives event in April at Flourish by Legendary Events. The gala evening, emceed by Atlanta’s WSB-TV news anchor Karyn Greer, featured the U.S. debut of…

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