LOTS OF LOCAL LODGING

A TONY TRIO AMONG ATLANTA’S POOL OF HOT NEW HOTELS

The opening gates of SunTrust Park are steps from the lobby of the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta, providing unrivaled views of the ballpark from the hotel’s guestrooms.

STORY: Giannina Smith Bedford

New hotels are popping up all over Atlanta, and several more distinct properties are in the works. Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown and […]

HALLOWEEN ISN’T JUST FOR HUMANS

Here’s how to find or make an un-fur-gettable pet costume

A group of doggies known as That Dood Squad donned ghostly attire for the bootiful photo, Photo: Shelby Rae Photographs

STORY: Laura J. Moss

According to the National Retail Federation, about 16 percent of American families will dress up their pets for Halloween this year. But while kitties and canines in costumes are undeniably cute, there […]

ODE TO LOVE

There’s more to Agra, India, than the dazzling Taj Mahal

The author, dwarfed by the Taj Mahal, takes a moment to appreciate its beauty.

STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin

Love has inspired some of history’s best poetry, literature and architecture. In 1632, a broken heart motivated Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to build the spectacular Taj Mahal in honor of his first and favorite wife, Persian princess Mumtaz […]

TURNING TREASURES INTO CASH

Streamlining charitable donations

BY: Mickey Goodman

Genna Brown, a senior lecturer of finance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, has found a way to help homeowners easily turn valued items into charitable donations via her recently formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Givin.

“The idea came from a finance student who wanted to start a stock exchange for nonprofits,” says the Buckhead resident. “I told him […]

NORTHERN GEORGIA CHARMER

They’re not exaggerating when they say that Dahlonega is “pure gold”

No trip to Dahlonega is complete without exploring its delightful downtown square.

STORY: Jill Becker
Photos: Courtesy Dahlonega–Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau

Any number of quaint little North Georgia towns make an excellent choice for Atlantans looking for an idyllic weekend escape, but I keep finding myself being drawn to one in particular: Dahlonega.

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HELPING CHILDREN SURVIVE THE UNTHINKABLE

Preventing further trauma

BY: Mickey Goodman
PHOTO: Jamie Tucker with JET-Imaging

During a meeting of the Junior League of Atlanta four years ago, Jana Chesley of Brookhaven chatted with a friend who headed the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA). “Her stories of children who had been sexually and physically abused were heartbreaking,” says Chesley. “I told her to sign me up.”

After Chesley and her husband, Steve, attended their […]

AUTUMNAL ADVENTURES

The cooler months bring on a popular pastime known as leaf peeping, which takes people on a journey to find the best fall foliage.

Amicalola Falls State Park Dawsonville, Georgia – Courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources

STORY: Jessica Dauler

It’s difficult to predict the exact dates for optimal viewing, but lucky for us, many nearby options make it easier to find a window of opportunity.

Amicalola […]

DANCING INTO PHIPPS

Dancing With the Stars pro dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani have waltzed their way into Buckhead with their new dance studio, Dance With Me.

BY: Karon Warren

Now open in Phipps Plaza, the studio offers private lessons, group classes, social practice parties and special events, all aimed at both beginners and those well-acquainted with the ballroom floor. The trio already has 12 studios in six […]

MORTGAGE LENDER GIVES BACK

Helping families, helping kids

Summit Funding Advisors employees participate in the Lauren’s Run 5K and other charitable endeavors.

BY: Mickey Goodman

When Buckhead resident Paul Cargal decided to add a charitable component to his financial services company, Summit Funding Advisors, he did it in a big way. For every residential mortgage the company closes, a percentage of the profits go to CURE Childhood Cancer. “My wife, […]

NEWS CLIPS – OCTOBER 2018

BIRD SCOOTERS FLY INTO BUCKHEAD

Residents now have a new rideshare option, thanks to the arrival of Bird scooters. The electric vehicles have roosted all around Buckhead, and users can rent one using the Bird smartphone app. The scooters provide a unique and fun, not to mention more energy-efficient, way to traverse Buckhead’s busy streets. They reach a maximum speed of 15 mph and can travel approximately 15 miles on a single charge. Riders must […]