RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Cookie and coffee king Michael Coles shares the secrets to his achievements in his first book

STORY: H.M. Cauley
PHOTO: David Caselli

Entrepreneur Michael Coles admits he’s a compulsive note-taker. For 25 years, the Brookhaven resident scribbled ideas on napkins, hotel stationery and random pieces of paper—enough to fill a 4-inch file—before he began recording them on his phone. The entire time, Coles, 74, imagined compiling his snippets into […]

CASTING CALL

Play Talent agency founder Trina Allen-Abt has a knack for finding the right actors for the right roles

Trina Allen-Abt (right), along with partners Lena Lees-Heidt (left) and Vickie Petronio-King, has placed actors in everything from the Oscar-nominated movie Room to the Emmy-winning series Silicon Valley.

STORY: Mark Woolsey

It’s a long way from a small-town Canadian childhood to the booming Georgia film and TV industry, […]

ON DISPLAY

At Buckhead’s Mandarin Oriental hotel, creative artworks check in for a stay

Artist Claire Chambless’ 3-D works pop off the walls of the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Whether spending a day at the spa or settling in for a week’s visit, visitors to the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta hotel in Buckhead will find themselves surrounded by art. But come back in a few weeks, and […]

BOOKING IT

Buckhead publisher turns writers’ dreams into reality

The author of How I Did It and several other self-published books, Vikki Jones now shares her publishing expertise with others.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

As is the case with so many industries, the world of publishing has evolved under the influence of new technologies. Now, manuscripts that might have grown dusty from the neglect of agents and traditional publishers […]

LOOK, LISTEN, LEARN

Third Thursday series at Buckhead gallery combines visual arts with the spoken word

Corporate leadership advisor Amy Balog speaks at a recent gathering of art and spoken word enthusiasts at the Anne O Art gallery.

Corporate leadership advisor Amy Balog speaks at a recent gathering of art and spoken word enthusiasts at the Anne O Art gallery.

STORY: H.M. Cauley
PHOTO: CR Kirkland Photography

A client with an […]

TELL AND SELL YOUR STORY

A film industry pro shares insider tips in free writing workshops

STORY: H.M. Cauley
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

New Zealand native Mark Staufer has spent years in London and Hollywood working in front of and behind the camera. But since moving to Buckhead three years ago, the 54-year-old has finally found what he describes as his real passion in life.

“I like sitting at home in the dark with my characters […]

GOING, GOING, GONE

A new Buckhead auction house gives Atlanta another venue for fine art and furnishings

Fine furnishings, artworks, jewelry and collectibles are just a few of the items that will go up on the block when the new Leslie Hindman auction house has its first sale in September. Fine furnishings, artworks, jewelry and collectibles are just a few of the items that will go up on […]

ELEVEN DOGS, EIGHT MONKS AND ONE BUSY GUY

Brookhaven entrepreneur Jesse Itzler’s new book recounts his 15 days off the grid

STORY: H.M. Cauley

After his 2016 book, Living With a SEAL: 31 Days Training With the Toughest Man on the Planet, became a hit, life only got more intense for Brookhaven entrepreneur Jesse Itzler. And it was already fairly intense: The Atlanta Hawks co-owner and father of four kids under age 8 is always on […]

A NEW VOICE

Comic Moe Mitchell joins the cast of Q100’s The Bert Show

STORY: Lia Picard
Cassandra Young Photography

Maurice “Moe” Mitchell was born to be an entertainer. The Atlanta transplant is the newest voice on WWWQ-FM radio’s The Bert Show, but even as a kid he would flex his creative muscles. “I used to write poetry and music at a very young age. Back before I can even remember, I […]

BUCKHEAD’S PUPPET MASTER

Nancy Riggs pulls the strings of an educational nonprofit built on the puppetry arts

photo: Daniel Riggs

STORY: H.M. Cauley

For 20 years, Nancy Riggs has had a tight grip on her arts nonprofit. Literally. The North Buckhead resident has devoted her talents as an actress and storyteller to animating educational hand and shadow puppets. As the director of the touring The Piccadilly Puppets Company, she […]