Around Town 23

Summer Study Strategies

Bespoke Tutoring is offering PSAT/SAT crash courses this summer in Buckhead.  We have two different weeks for your convenience – one during the week of July 18 – 22 and another July 25 – 29. The classes are capped to ensure each student receives plenty of attention, and the following concepts will be covered: in depth understanding of test format, big picture strategies, question specific strategies, and a customized study plan for each student.  Mock test practice will be given as homework only; the class will be 100% instruction and discussion.  To register your teen or find out more, visit Bespoke Tutoring’s website registration form.  404.348.0587.  While the PSAT and SAT are the highest demand test prep subjects, we are open to adding classes for the ACT or SSAT if there is enough interest.  More information about all of Bespoke Tutoring’s services can be found on

Are You A Party Host?

Brookhaven Dines In is a series of exclusive dinner parties hosted in some of Historic Brookhaven’s most beautiful homes. Delicious cuisine is prepared by Atlanta-based chefs and homeowners invite friends to join them for a night of food and fellowship to support Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Dines In Series events will take place in September 2016.
A typical dinner party includes 12-26 guests and tickets range from $150-$300, based on the homeowner’s and chef’s requests. Whether you are a homeowner hoping to get involved, or a local chef hoping to donate your time and talents, contact Special Event Manager Caroline Tate for additional information at or 678.704.8099.

Buckhead Exchange Redesign

FCA Partners, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, redeveloped Buckhead Exchange, one of Atlanta’s longest-standing retail centers along Peachtree Road.  Now known as The Exchange, the redesigned 44,500 square-foot center has emerged as an updated, pedestrian-forward center that features best-in-class service providers and retailers.  Sculpthouse opened earlier this year and will be followed by Storico Fresco Pasta this spring with YEAH! Burger, Kale Me Crazy and Kohler Signature Showroom opening this summer. “Our tenant line-up is bringing exclusive, eclectic and trendsetting names to Buckhead with many of them recognizing the center’s high visibility, connectivity and ample parking as reasons to put down roots,” explains Albert P. Lindemann III, managing partner of FCA Partners.  An additional 25,000 square feet – ideal for a coffee shop and cafe, soft goods and services, is available for lease through Stephanie McCall, The Shopping Center Group, 770.955.2434.

Summer Make-over

An easy way to bring a little excitement to a room that just needs a make-over, is by changing the color of the walls. Or for a kitchen, changing the color of the cabinets may be just what you need to make your kitchen feel new again! Martin Soto, owner of the Alpharetta-based and family owned, Dream House Painting, says that grays and whites are the trends in painting and are very hot right now. Soto says that White kitchen cabinets are back! And that light to medium Gray hues are very popular on interior walls and kitchen cabinets, as well. Another popular trend he experiencing is painting the exterior brick on homes. Dream House Painting is offering some discounts to BuckHaven Lifestyle readers to take advantage of during the summer months: 10% off all interior jobs and $350 off full exterior painting jobs, excluding decks. Should your walls have out-of-date wallpaper and wish to paint them, the team at Dream House also does wallpaper removal. And they will provide personal consultation with their team of experienced decorators that will help you make the best color selections to update and make-over your rooms. 678.873.2821

PalmerHouse Power

In April, PalmerHouse Properties, a residential and commercial real estate brokerage, celebrated its 10th anniversary at its newly renovated Buckhead Office located at 2911 Piedmont Rd NE…and celebrate they did. The event was a huge success with over 185 guests in attendance, lots of laughs and reminiscing on the “early days,” and presenting the CEO and owner, Kevin L. Palmer, with a cake that resembled the Buckhead Office. While it may be of the newest brokerages, it has certainly made its mark in the industry as one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerages in the United States. In fact, PalmerHouse Properties was recently ranked #11 in the Top 25 Real State Companies by Sales Volume by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Since its inception, PalmerHouse Properties has grown to over 1,300 real estate professionals operating from offices located in Alpharetta, Dalton, Decatur, Duluth, Marietta, Sugarloaf, Toco Hills, Tucker, and Stockbridge.

Buckhead Family’s Cidery

Urban Tree Cidery is Atlanta’s first cider manufacturing facility, tasting room and event space located at 1465 Howell Mill Road. Family owned and operated by Buckhead residents, Tim and Maria Resuta, Urban Tree Cidery was conceived by their experiences and enjoyment of California wine country. Both wine and cider enthusiasts turned their attention to the possibilities within the North Georgia Mountains and four years later the Cidery was born. Urban Tree Cidery produces three flagship ciders: a Classic, an Original and a Barrel-Aged. Seasonal and Artisanal Reserve varieties are also available to capture the season. The Cidery tasting room hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 until 9:00 pm; Saturday from Noon until 4:00 pm; and Sunday from 1:00 until 5:00 pm. The entire facility accommodates approximately 300 people and is designed for tastings, tours and events. For more information visit   or to inquire or book an event 570.956.1956.

Womens Ministry Meets

Buckhead Christian Ministry’s Seeds of Change Society held its annual membership luncheon at 103 West. Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) is the collaborative ministry of 30 churches and offers a continuum of services that help people who are in various stages of crisis achieve financial stability. BCM clients receive help ranging from short-term emergency food and clothing assistance to long-term housing assistance and money management education. While headquartered in Buckhead, BCM annually serves more than 7,500 people of all faiths who reside in 15 metropolitan Atlanta zip codes stretching from Doraville to Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Pictured, bottom row: Carla Corley, Jamie Brownlee, Kristin Davis , Stephanie Yates, Rena Marroquin, Diane Moffett, Daphne Walker, Shirley Davis, Nan Easterlin, Laurie Coleman, Marian NeSmith, Rosie Stokes, and Julie Ostrowski. Top row: Christy Roberts, Laura Warren, Beth Abernathy, Margot Shuford, Janet Quirk, Lori Heys, Betsy Williams, Marion Williams, and Melba Hill.

Save the Date for Pets

The 5th annual Auction Fete by Fix Georgia Pets (FGP), on Oct. 20th at The Estate & Gardens in Buckhead, will play host to an ensemble of animal lovers who support FGP’s mission to reduce Georgia’s pet overpopulation. Each year, 350,000 cats and dogs are euthanized in the state of Georgia. By sponsoring spay and neuter clinics, mobile units and private veterinarians, the organization makes the prevention process affordable. This year’s theme is the Red Carpet Fete providing an elegant evening filled with live entertainment, signature cocktails, hors d’œuvres including a silent and live auction. Guest celebrity, Carolyne Roehm, and Therapy Dog celebrity, Chloe Hubal, will be featured during this fun filled evening. “We would love to see a full house from all the buzz this celebrity fete has generated and brought attention to in helping save our pets,” says event co-chairs Alison Jowers and Marilyn Krone. The committee is pictured.

Think French

Huff Harrington Fine Art celebrates all things French with a Bastille Day reception on Thursday, July 14, from 6-8 p.m.  Paintings from the gallery’s French artists will hang side-by-side with work by American painters inspired by France’s joie d’esprit. The show is free, open to the public and will run through July 28. Guests will enjoy light bites and plenty of rosé. As only the French (or French-inspired!) can do, the show will combine a perfect mix of styles and media – abstract, representational and impressionist with subjects varying from landscapes, still lifes and florals to edgy portraits of waiters caught unawares or a trio enjoying a glass of wine at a quintessential French café. Participating artists include French artists Pascal Bouterin, Lyliane Coiffard, Andree Thobaty and Christian Nepo. American artists include Nancy Franke, Laura Schu.

MODA’s New Member

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is please to announce Alan Beychok, President & CEO Benchmark Brands, as a new member of the board of directors. Beychok founded Benchmark Brands after an extensive career in brand marketing and product development. He was the new products marketing director for the Dr. Scholl’s and OTC Drug divisions of Schering-Plough and was the sr. director of new business development for the Shulton Division of American Cyanamid. As vice-president marketing, new products for Holiday Inn Worldwide, he led the development team for Holiday Inn Express, one of the most successful hotel introductions in 1990s. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2006, Beychok was honored as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Retail Division for the Southeast. His entrepreneurial spirit has helped grow Benchmark Brands to a company with forecasted revenues of $130 million in 2016. Currently, Beychok serves on the boards of the Georgia Region of the American Diabetes Association and now, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA).


Planners are back on track for a September completion of Phase II from Old Ivy to Wieuca in spite of Mother Nature’s best efforts to delay the PATH400 team. The installation of the modular block wall that raises the grade of the trail up from the highway will be completed next week. This will make way for the installation of the relocated and extended sound wall. The 14-foot high, 800-foot long poured concrete wall on the northern end of Phase II is well underway. Taking into account the imposing nature of the dimensions of the wall, we have incorporated a stone-look finish and have designed five panels for art installations. In the coming months we will seek donors to fund the art and put out a call to artists to develop designs for the panels. The connection between Phase I and II has been made and is having a positive effect on slowing traffic down. However, many have noticed problems with the reflectors on the “rumble strips.” They weren’t adhered correctly and are popping off.  This will be fixed soon.