Bag Ladies

Join Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities for a night of fun and philanthropy at their Inaugural Handbag HULLABALOO at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. This event will help the charity serve 2,000+ families in 2018. At this exclusive event, guests will have the opportunity to win up to 30 designer handbags simply by playing Handbag HULLABALOO raffle games. Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a night of philanthropy to support Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. Individual tickets start at $100. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available from $500 – $7,000.  For more information or to purchase a ticket visit 
ARMHC.org/handbaginfo

Polo Success

The Polo in the Pines team is grateful to reflect on a remarkable year with the community and Lifestyle Publications. Early in 2017, Saville and Lilia Sullivan were chosen to be this year’s Polo in the Pines honorees. In October, the highest-attended and most successful Polo in the Pines event to date was celebrated. Then, in December, the team presented the year’s total raised for the Sharon McCollum Knight, Polo in the Pines Pediatric Cancer Research Fund to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This year’s contributions reached a grand total of $345,000, which will go directly to fund pediatric brain tumor research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The impact made possible by each of our patrons is both inspiring and humbling. From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you for making this possible!

Park Easy

Lenox Square is excited to offer a new parking program, MyPark, which allows shoppers the ability to reserve a parking space that is conveniently located at three prime locations. Customers may choose from 31 parking spaces near three of the Lenox Square’s primary entrances for $3 for the first two hours and $3 each additional hour. Reserved Parking Locations: Michael Kors entrance, 2nd level, Macy’s parking deck, Foot Locker entrance, 2nd level, Macy’s parking deck, Lenox Fashion Café parking lot, Banana Republic entrance, 4th level of the Neiman Marcus parking deck. Get to shopping faster by visiting UseMyPark.com/welcome to learn more and download the free app. The first use is free by using promo code MyPark1.

Nature Honored

Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) recognized eight environmental award recipients last year and Blue Heron Nature Preserve was tapped as Best Development. Each of the honorees were recognized because of their efforts to advocate and exemplify environmentally-sound practices in Fulton County. Their efforts align with the County’s Strategic Priority Areas set forth by the BOC under the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan: All People are Healthy, All People Have Economic Opportunities, and All People Are Safe. Their efforts also support Fulton County’s goal to be first in Impact, Service and Efficiency by engaging people. In 2000, teacher Nancy Jones convinced a developer to turn over 7 acres in Buckhead to establish the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. The Preserve has expanded now to 30 acres of 4 distinct habitats: pond, wetlands, forest and meadow. It currently has four walking trails in the heart of Buckhead, with additional trails being developed. Plan your visit or your gift today. BHNP.org

More Chicken

Chicken Salad Chick announced today it that it will expand the restaurant’s footprint in Georgia, bringing the fast-casual chicken salad concept to three new locations throughout the state by April of 2018. The new restaurants will be opened in Evans, Vinings and 
Cummings by Origin Development Group, an Atlanta-based restaurant development fund founded by Lauren Fernandez and Darren DeVore. These additions to the Chicken Salad Chick portfolio follow the opening of Origin’s largely popular Buckhead location and will continue to spread the love of chicken salad across the state. The Evans, Vinings and Cumming loations will mark 10 Chicken Salad Chick restaurants owned and operated by Origin in Georgia, and with the opening of Evans, Chicken Salad Chick will have 81 locations throughout the Southeast.  Chicken Salad Chick offers a Southern twist to fresh, from-scratch fare with more than a dozen specialty chicken salad flavors, each with a real-life namesake and back story. With a menu featuring a variety of savory, spicy and traditional Southern flavors, gourmet soups, seasonal salads and side dishes, including their famed grape salad topped with brown sugar and crushed pacans, everyone can find their go-to craving. 

Hot Home

Handcrafted Homes, Inc, a home design, construction and remodeling company, has won two CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards from the Atlanta Chapter of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The Roswell-based firm took top honors in the categories of Residential Interior from $75,000-$150,000 and Residential Interior Under $75,000. The remodeling project honored with the first award also received a Gold OBIE from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association earlier this year.  For the Brookhaven homeowners, Handcrafted Homes, Inc. remodeled their dark, outdated family room into a dramatic, bright gathering space with enhanced views of Silver Lake.  Details included structural improvements, a new roofline, flooring, lighting, HVAC, windows and fireplace to enhance the beauty and function of the room.  A statement light fixture and custom-designed modern fireplace and hearth serve as focal points of the new space.

Save Time for Wine

Wine enthusiasts from around the world are invited to experience the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, March 21–24, 2018, with the theme “The Art of Collecting.” Celebrating its 26th year, the auction is the largest charity wine auction in the United States benefiting the arts, and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art. Proceeds from the Auction have amounted to more than $28 million over the last 25 years and provide significant funding for the High’s exhibitions and educational programs. The Paddle Raise, which began in 2006, has contributed more than $1.3 million to the High’s Art Access program, which subsidizes visits to the Museum for more than 110,000 students across all grade levels and provides teachers with classroom resources. “Funds raised through the Wine Auction fuel the High’s essential mission-driven programs and ensure our continued growth and impact in the community,” says Rand Suffolk, the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director of the High. “Each year we are humbled by the generosity of our Wine Auction patrons, and we look forward to celebrating their support at our signature events.”

Wine Auction Manager Steven Hargrove says, “For every Auction, we bring together the nation’s best vintners with amazing chefs for a food and wine experience like no other. We’re excited to kick off another amazing year and to welcome new friends and old to Atlanta for our 26th anniversary.” The 2018 Auction is co-chaired by Sandra Baldwin and Beth Park, Atlanta-based community philanthropists and longtime supporters of the Auction. This year’s Special Guests of Honor are husband and wife Tuck and Boo Beckstoffer, vintners of Tuck Beckstoffer Estate and long-term supporters of the Auction.

Nice Ice, Baby

Shakespeare said it best, “A rose by any other name is… still delicious!” Amorino, the gelato shop known for its beautifully crafted rose-shaped scoops recently opened at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. You’ve probably seen the Amorino kiosk in Lenox Square Mall, but this is the Italian shop’s first brick-and-mortar location in Georgia. The new Amorino shop offers a more expanded version of their popular menu, including famous Italian gelato, croissants, organic cheesecakes, milkshakes and sorbet drinks, and a large range of Italian Caffeteria and American hot drinks. Amorino’s store hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.