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Smoothies, Juice and Friendship

Nature’s Garden Express has been providing Atlanta with the highest quality in organic produce and groceries since 2009. The company launched when founders Michael Kirk and Scott Frishman decided to follow their vision of establishing an organic and fresh food delivery business that reflected their interests in health. Michael, who lives Buckhead, and Scott met while pursuing their studies at Auburn and remained friends after they graduated. In 2008, Michael and Scott finally came together to pursue their idea of building a fun company focused on something progressive within the community. Nature’s Garden Express has now expanded with the opening of their new retail store located inside the Krog Street Market where they offer smoothies, cold-pressed juices, produce, essentials like milk, eggs, and bread, and an array of boosters and superfoods to choose from that will add even more nutrition to your smoothie. You can also catch Nature’s Garden Express at the Alpharetta Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm with organic cold-pressed juice for sale (or just stop by and try some samples)! Nature’s Garden Express is a zero waste company that focuses on reusing and recycling any consumables.

Parks Galore

Georgia’s State Parks are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks.  Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more.  Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park.  Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.

Spa Opens in The Shops Buckhead

Urbana Wellness Spa, the popular luxury spa from Charlotte, NC chooses Atlanta as its second location. A luxury wellness spa and tea lounge, Urbana offers body treatments, massage therapy, skin services, waxing and tinting, energy therapy, studio fusion classes, manicure and pedicure services, a tea lounge with over 100 loose leaf teas and custom spa parties, retreats and packages.  240 Pharr Road,, call 404.596.8010.

Colony Square Resto

5Church, a modern American restaurant, opened at the corner of 14th and Peachtree Streets in Midtown. Serving dinner daily, 5Church combines a technique-driven menu with cutting-edge design and genuine hospitality for a memorable dining experience.  This is the third location (others are in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina) from restaurateurs Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Alejandro Torio and Jamie Lynch. Lynch has crafted a menu that features 5Church favorites – such as the famed “60 second” NY strip steak – along with new, locally sourced items to excite the palates of Atlantans. His impressive pedigree (Le Cirque, Aureole and Café Boulud) shines in both his technique and presentation, and his deep appreciation for local farmers is apparent in his choice of ingredients. 5Church is located at Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree Street NE in Midtown. The restaurant seats 180 guests downstairs in the main dining room with additional seating available on the sidewalk and rooftop patios. There are also a multitude of private dining options to suit any need or budget.

Smile, it’s easy

Art of Cosmetic is a general dental office with an emphasis on aesthetics, offering services from routine cleanings to full mouth rehabilitation. The traditional dental environment has been replaced with a modern facility that mimics a contemporary art gallery. Their approach to patient care centers around listening.  With today’s technology, dentists have more options than ever to educate patients. Most patients have never looked in their mouth past their front teeth and their staff begins a conversation about the patient’s smile, with a goal to improving oral health and the aesthetics of their smile.  Hygienists are skilled in all types of soft tissue management from routine cleanings to periodontal therapy. For whitening, Dr. Ray Morgan combines three relatively simple and inexpensive and quick procedures that can make a smile look more youthful: laser tissue contouring, enamel re-contouring and Zoom teeth whitening can be completed in two quick visits. Check them out at, 404.816.8200

5K For Abused Animals

Save the date for Saturday, August 27, and start warming up for the Walk, Wag n’ Run 5K Run and 1K Fun Run (WWR) at Lenox Park in Brookhaven, benefiting the Ahimsa House. Your furry, four-legged friends are welcome to join along! While this event is fun for people and critters of all ages, it also raises awareness for a grave topic. Ahimsa House is a statewide nonprofit established in 2004, but the work they do is vital to a small, vulnerable portion of our community. Translated from Sanskrit, Ahimsa means nonviolence, a fitting name since the organization provides aid to victims of domestic violence looking to escape their abusive situations with their pets. Typically, the pet in question is a dog, but it can be any creature that a victim cares for (cat, horse, chicken, etc.). In many cases, “pets are the only living creatures victims have access to besides their abusers,” explained Ahimsa House’s program director Shannon Oxford. Abusers recognize this fact, and often use it to manipulate their victims’ emotions. According to the Ahimsa House website, batterers will threaten, harm and even kill pets in order to control or intimidate their victims. The stress can be devastating for both victim and pet alike.

Buckhead’s Voices

This just in from Sam Massell: We in the Buckhead Coalition must be saying the right things, as we have yet to be taken to task for mis-speaking.  If the truth be told, we have never claimed to speak for everyone in the Buckhead Community, as we simply don’t have that authority. Actually, the profile of our population is so diverse, no one person or one group could compose such insight.  In our case, our membership is made up of only one hundred individuals by invitation, and they represent two dozen different fields, thus it’s hard enough representing what we sense is the true consensus on every issue for them. There are many in Buckhead who speak out for the well-being of the area, and we respect this effort.  We are comfortable with positions expressed by the Buckhead Business Association, the Buckhead Rotary, the Buckhead Fifty Club, and many others. All of us love this place, and want nothing but the best for its future, and these are reasons why it’s so successful.