August 2015 Around Town 3


We Have A Winner

Matt and Katie Klump of East Wesley Rd were thrilled when they found out they were the winners of the $2,500 garage makeover from Overhead Door. Katie and Matt are new parents to twin boys and are currently in the middle of a renovation project on their garage so this could not come at a better time for them. Overhead Door partnered with Lifestyle Publications for a contest for readers, offering a lucky winner the chance to renovate their garage door from Overhead’s spectacular selection, with complete service behind the prize. Watch the magazine for a before and after story on this cool contest.

Juice Juice Baby

Our mission is our passion, say Veda Juice co-owners Lisa Martinez of Brookhaven and Jackie Greene of Buckhead. They hope to combine a busy life with a healthy life by offering cold-pressed juice, smoothies, salads, and breakfast bowls as well as juice and smoothies. The Peachtree Hills juice bar offers the health-conscious consumer refreshing beverages and food offerings, rich in nutrients derived from 100 percent natural and organically-inspired fruits and vegetables, providing a satisfying, great tasting, easy, and rejuvenating way to enrich your body. Juice is the core of their menu, but these ladies know healthy people want more, and designed healthy choices for people who want great taste and convenience while on the go. They believe a good balance of juice and fibrous foods will lead to a goal of a community “Stepping Up To A Healthier Life.”

Emerald August Dresses Kids

The adorable locally designed and locally manufactured line of children’s clothing Emerald August  has taken over the lease of the Atlanta landmark children’s store, The Kangarooo Pouch, at 56 East Andrews Drive. Owners launched four years ago and are proud to introduce their first flagship store to the Buckhead community. They have partnered with several other children’s collections including Criquet Shirts and Kira Kids to exclusively offer their products to Atlantans for the first time. Inside the shop you will find colorful patterns and whimsical styles that provide a refreshing opportunity to outfit little ones. They also offer unique gifts in a familiar space to many Atlantans, where so many mothers shopped (Kangaroo Pouch.).

Westminster Green

The Westminster Schools recently won the Gold Award of Excellence in Facilities Management from Global FM, the worldwide alliance of facilities management organizations. The award was bestowed as part of the 2015 World FM Day, an international celebration of facilities management in London. Westminster was honored for its efforts to improve the sustainability of its campus. During the 2007-08 fiscal year, the facilities department at The Westminster Schools recognized the rising cost of water and other utilities. Since then, the School has initiated a series of campus improvement projects, including the development of a campus retention pond and ongoing sustainability audits, at a cost of approximately $383,000. The energy audit and all subsequent improvement projects over the last seven years have resulted in approximately $1.1 million of total savings.  Westminster was founded in 1951, and has since grown to be one of the nation’s premier independent schools, distinguishing itself as a leader among its peers. Graduates of the school go on to attend leading colleges and universities and to live adult lives of personal accomplishment, service, and leadership.

Massell Gives Advice

As keynoter for the Georgia Municipal Association annual contest for sixth-grade students in their essays on “What I Would Do if I Were Mayor,” former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell emphasized the key can be seeking and building on the ideas of others.  He urged the 12 year olds to read local media. Massell is now president of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic group, operating much like a little Town Hall, thus, he finds himself undertaking new initiatives, much like he did when he was in City Hall. The municipal organization is made up of mayors, city councilmen, and other political office-holders; it conducts this contest annually, selecting one winner from each of the state’s 12 districts. Six-thousand students participated in the essay-writing contest, and the winners came to Atlanta with their teachers and families to receive individual trophies, and have selfies and photographs taken with Mayor Massell.

Guidebook Hits the Stands

The 21st edition of the annual Buckhead Guidebook, sponsored by the Buckhead Coalition, is available at Barnes & Noble and other area bookstores for $5. This compilation of data is presented as three books in one: Tourism, Relocation, and Development.  It serves as the premiere reference source for journalists, realtors, politicians and newcomers. A portion of the proceeds goes to area nonprofits selected by the Coalition. For this issue, the Guidebook directs that $9,000 will be distributed among Chastain Park Conservancy, Garden Hills Pool and Park Association, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MoCA GA), Peachtree Heights East Duck Pond, and World Trade Center Atlanta. The Coalition is a nonprofit civic group of 100 business leaders in this northern quadrant of the City of Atlanta, with a mission to “Nurture the quality of life of those who live, visit, work, and play” in its 28 square miles. Its president is Sam Massell and its chairman is Jeff Sprecher.

Warrior Girls Get New Coach

North Atlanta High School Principal Curtis Douglass announced that Khaili Sanders, a Sutton Middle School teacher, has been named the new head coach for the Warrior Girls’ Basketball team. This will be Sanders’ fifth season as a Lady Warrior coach, and the first as head coach, but she is no stranger to the school, having graduated from NAHS where she will be inducted into the North Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame this summer. Coach Sanders spent her first three years of coaching in Macon, Georgia, as an assistant girl’s basketball coach for Rutland Middle School and Westside HighSchool and head girl’s basketball coach at Appling Middle School. Prior to teaching, she played in the WNBA for the Detroit Shock, as well as the women’s Euro league where she ranked 1st in scoring with 22 points. Prior to her professional basketball career, Sanders’ played for Clemson University where she lead the team in blocked shots, becoming 6th in Clemson history with nine blocked shots in a conference game, and helped the Lady Tigers to one NCAA Tournament appearance. She was honored as the ACC player of the Week several times. Check the schedule for all the Warrior games at

Peru Comes to Atlanta

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, anticipates the arrival of Chef Diego Oka of La Mar by Gaston Acurio located at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, for a celebration of Peruvian flavors in Atlanta from August 20-22. Considered a protégé of international restaurateur Gaston Acurio and an ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, Oka will bring his eclectic fare to Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s Café & Bar providing guests the unique opportunity to delight in his signature dishes. The menu will showcase a selection of authentic Peruvian dishes from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood Cebiche. Guests can choose a la carte selections for lunch or a four-course tasting menu for dinner. Highlights include Lomo Saltado, a traditional beef dish with stir fried potatoes, red onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, cilantro, aji amarillo and rice; Causa Olivo, mashed potato dumplings topped with octopus tartare and Cebiche Clasico with fluke, cilantro, aji limo, red onions, choclo and leche de tigre. Diners can also enjoy the traditional Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail made with pisco brandy, lime juice, simple syrup, egg whites and Angostura bitters. Guests are invited to enhance the dining experience with a special hotel offer. The Culinary Getaway package begins at $460 per night plus tax. MandarinOriental/

Partnership for AIDS

AID Atlanta and  AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) are joining forces to expand the agency’s capacity and provide critical lifesaving services to those affected by HIV/AIDS throughout the 27-county metro Atlanta area. The organization will continue to operate under the AID Atlanta name and will continue current programs and primary care services at both locations with no anticipated disruption of services to patients, continuing to provide holistic healthcare for patients including primary care, case management and pharmacy services.  Atlanta is the number three city in the nation for the highest rates of new syphilis and HIV infections. Georgia ranks fifth in the United States for new HIV infections. AID Atlanta serves over 5,000 patients yearly, though only engages about 10 percent of the HIV positive community in Metro Atlanta.  AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 382,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Stand Up for Georgia’s Homeless Vets

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are sponsoring the 4th annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless Veterans.  The drive takes place  through September 11 and collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for homeless Veterans who attend the Atlanta VA Medical Center’s annual “Stand Down” event in October.  Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products. Items can be dropped off at any of the 27 GCS locations in Georgia. For more information: 770.864. 5347, or

Home Sweet Cyan

You’ve watched the construction, waited for reveal. Now, Cyan is open! Cyan on Peachtree is where apartment living and luxury go hand-in-hand with an address (3380 Peachtree Rd NE) that is one of the most desirable around town. Reaching 23-stories into the Buckhead skyline, Cyan on Peachtree consists of 329 luxury rental apartments with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plan options, as well as two- and three-bedroom penthouses available. Residential amenities, in addition to the prime location, are unmatched as extravagance is present in every detail from floor-to-ceiling. Cyan on Peachtree’s residential community amenities feature: concierge service, Bark park, Barks and Bubbles Pet Spaw, car charging stations, clubroom and social gathering hot spots, presentation kitchen, Cyber café, resort-inspired pool with in-pool loungers and cabanas, state-of-the-art fitness facilities (complete with yoga, spinning, and aerobics), a smoke-free living environment and eco-conscience living, all in a walkable neighborhood with nearby dining, entertainment and local parks. or call 470.204.3090.

BlazeSports Grows

BlazeSports America is pleased to welcome Cynthia Frisina as executive director, responsible for the strategic direction, growth and overall operations of BlazeSports America as well as coordinating U.S. and international activities through the 2016 Paralympics Games in Brazil and beyond. Based in Atlanta and celebrating 20 years in 2016, BlazeSports America’s mission is to change the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport. Frisina is known as a worldwide expert on disability advocacy and family education. She was awarded the international Cathleen Lyle Murray Award by the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Frisina has co-authored numerous articles, publications and curriculum content, and has presented many instructional courses, educational conferences and workshops for families impacted by physical disabilities and clinicians on several continents. Frisina was the first to establish a U.S. National Awareness Day for Cerebral Palsy through bi-partisan congressional agreement and has been a champion of bringing the power of sport to children with physical challenges on a global basis. To volunteer or find out more,