Vote Now

The first ever Best of BuckHaven Lifestyle reader awards are up for grabs and your vote is needed.  All this month, votes will be tallied from the link on our website.  Cheer for your favorite places to shop, eat, drink, workout and more.  Rally your friends and neighbors to vote for the hot spots in your neighborhood.  Winners will be honored at a huge party with results splashed out in our April issue. Head to BuckHavenLifestyle.com and cast your votes. Share the contest on your FB and social media channels to spread the love for all our local businesses that make living in Buckhead and Brookhaven so special.

Wine Success

The 26th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, presented by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and the Town of Seaside in Northwest Florida, featured more than 250 wines and some of the world’s premier vintners, including Will Mercer of Mercer Winery Randle Johnson of Hess Collection, and Mary Joli  of Willamette Valley Vineyards. The event raised $235,000 to help children in need in Northwest Florida and was a prelude to Destin Charity Wine Auction and the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival taking place, April 28-30, 2017. DCWAF.org

Kindergarten Offered

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is pleased to announce that The Weinstein School preschool has added Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classes to its progressive curriculum. Registration for returning Weinstein School students is underway. Classes begin August 7, 2017. The Weinstein School is located at Zaban Park (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). To register visit atlantajcc.org/preschool. The Weinstein School’s Transitional Kindergarten curriculum will feature literacy, math, science, and social studies exploration, as well as problem-solving and communications skills.  For more information, contact Kim Sucan at 678-812-3834 or kim.sucan@atlantajcc.org.

Classic Blinds Grows

The team at Classic Blinds and Shutters is thrilled to introduce the newest members of their team, interior designers Melody Tripp and Danna Beatty.  Now, from floor to ceiling the designers are a one-stop-shop for everything you need to make your house your home with unparalleled style and functionality. Melody has been creating custom drapes since 1995 initially for model home designers.  One tool she uses to ensure she is on the same page with my clients is digital renderings, especially when it comes to custom window treatment designs. Clients love to see what their window treatments are going to look like before they purchase and it always gets them so excited they can hardly wait for installation. Visit the showroom or call to schedule an in-home consultation and let Classic Blinds and Shutters help you create the home of your dreams whether you’re adding a few new pieces to freshen up or have an entire new space to fill, they are there to help! ClassicBlindsAndShutters.com

Get Fit

Interfusion Fitness (IF) is the hot new fitness studio in Brookhaven, offering a wide variety of your fitness favorites under one roof.  Interfusion Fitness is a one-stop-shop for all things fitness, offering sports training, group fitness, dance fitness, yoga, barre, kickboxing, circuit training, boxing, HIIT, nutrition, personal training, dance and more.  IF exists with one goal in mind – making exercise fun, enjoyable, and accessible for everyone, no matter age, shape, gender or fitness level. The studio is owned and operated by Desiree Nathanson and partner DJ, both career fitness experts.  Desiree, who holds a Master’s of Science degree in nutrition, is a former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader and their current personal trainer.  She is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, posture specialist, registered dietetic technician, registered yoga teacher and professional dancer. DJ is a highly accomplished former professional athlete who has been a personal fitness trainer for more than 20 years. 3367 Buford Hwy.  #900, 404.395.7550 InterfusionFitness.com

Young Scientists

Fulton Science Academy’s robotics team “Control+Alt+Delete” had a strong weekend at the First Lego League (FLL) Regional Robotics Championships, taking home both the First Place Champion’s Award and the Best Overall Robot Performance Award. The results of the weekend competition were exciting, but the fact that the awards were secured by the school’s first all-female robotics team made it even more special. More than 32,000 FLL teams compete in robotics competitions like this one annually, very few of which are comprised of only female students. The FLL challenges kids in more than 80 countries to think like scientists and engineers. Students were expected to address the problem and propose a solution using detailed research, presentation materials, and the creation of a prototype. They also had to build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the competition’s Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams had to operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. Control+Alt+Delete decided to tackle this project by researching a more natural way to eliminate mosquitos without using pesticides because pesticides have been linked to adverse health effects including brain tumors.

Cleaner Sleep

The Austin Air Bedroom Machine provides the optimum in clean air for improved sleep. Five levels of advanced filtration remove allergens and contaminants that disrupt sleep with the most sophisticated, proven technologies. It will cleanse the air for areas up to 1500 sq ft and helps reduce snoring and sneezing, reduce nighttime allergies & asthma attacks, strengthen your immune system, reduce coughing and wheezing and eliminate dry mouth and runny nose. Available at Natural Sleep in Buckhead and Alpharetta. NaturalSleepMattress.com

Money Wise

Adding a Home Equity Line of Credit may be a wise New Year’s Resolution.  Around this time of year, many of us have splurged on the holidays and are adding “Save More” to our running list of New Year’s Resolutions.  For most, your home is one of, if not the largest investment you have and could be a great resource to pull funds from for things like consolidating debt, saving for college, or paying for home renovations.  If you are interested in learning more about Home Equity Lines of Credit, contact us today at BankSouth.com   BankSouth is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.  All loans are subject to credit and property approval.

Mayoral Candidates Speak

One of Atlanta’s more influential leadership groups had scheduled an aggressive start of the 2017 Mayor’s race.  The Buckhead Coalition arranged to introduce the eight announced candidates it has graded as creditable at this time. This nonprofit association of 100 invited CEO-type business leaders operates the Better Community Political Action Committee (BC PAC) to address City of Atlanta nonpartisan contests of Mayor, City Council, and Board of Education every four years.  This kick-off of the Mayor’s competition took place at the Coalition’s Annual Meeting. The “Conversation” with these individuals included questions of Peter Aman, Keisha Bottoms, Vincent Fort, Kwanza Hall, Ceasar Mitchell, Mary Norwood, Michael Sterling, and Cathy Woolard, conducted by Rickey Bevington of Georgia Public Broadcasting and Denis O’Hayer of Atlanta Public Broadcasting. The attendance at this yearly program attracts local elected officials, representatives of major news media, and management of area civic organizations, together with the noted business heads.  Normally the Coalition, in its 29th year of community service, engages nationally – – or internationally – – features prominent keynote speakers, but has reasoned that starting the process of “selecting the new administration for Atlanta will be the most important issue facing us” from now to November, as stated by Coalition president Sam Massell (a former mayor of Atlanta).

Adrina Richard, a ceramics artist based in Brookhaven (adrinaearthworks.com), is one of 26 Georgia and more than 250 nationwide artists whose work has been selected by the American Craft Council for its juried show, March 17-19, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Richard and the non-profit American Craft Council, which is celebrating its 75th year, understand that the sophisticated craft patrons who attend the Show appreciate the broad range of works available. Patrons also will have an opportunity to enjoy the work of both local designers and stylists who are utilizing the artists’ crafts to form unique, full-size rooms and one-of-a-kind fashion ensembles, respectively. For more information about the 2017 American Craft Show in Atlanta, visit CraftCouncil.org