The Nice List

What's on your holiday list this year? These are not the gifts you plan to give away to friends and family, but rather the ones you actually want to receive. Tech gifts for the home? Luxury gifts to make you feel pampered? Delicious meals out? Gifts to inspire creativity? We've got you covered.

Happy Holidays from our homes to yours

The holidays for us are usually a chance to recharge and reflect. We are so busy all year long with events, travel and work, that for the most part we stick around Atlanta for the holidays. Gift exchanges, holiday parties, relatives and relaxing by the fireplace are always part of the holidays.   

I’m dreaming of a Telluride holiday

How hard could it be? I was joining Telluride Outside for a scenic snowmobile ride along groomed trails between the Wilson and Dolores mountain ranges to historic Dunton Hot Springs for a soak in ancient waters followed by a gourmet lunch. Well, two hours driving the snow machine, the roar of the engine masking my heavy breathing, left me exhilarated…

New Year’s Eve Nearby

While champagne corks will be popping, New Year’s Eve is also a time to lift forks to usher in a new beginning. Buckhead is renowned for its dining scene and Atlanta-based lifestyle writer Dennis Malcolm Byron aka beer expert Ale Sharpton has a trio of dining destinations to consider when planning for your best celebration ever. 

Become a Member of the Mayor’s Royal Court in Support of A Great Cause

The United Negro College Fund believes every young person has a right to a high-quality education. In an era when many colleges enroll 30,000, 40,000 and even 50,000 people, students at UNCF-member historically black colleges and universities choose to get an education and prepare for the future on close-knit campuses with several hundred or a few thousand students—and pay tuition that…

Thinking Big in Buckhead

Born and raised in Kansas City with a fascination for art, Patrick Lewis began experimenting with charcoal and acrylics on paper and canvas at an early age, throughout middle and high school. He excelled in formal classes, painting portraits and landscapes, only to “regrettably hit the pause button on art,” Lewis recalls, remembering the day he packed up for Vanderbilt…

Happy Holidays, One and All

Happy Holidays   XO, Sue   For the first time ever, my children will not all be under my roof for the holiday.  They are 18, 21 and 26, all independent creative humans. I love being with them, not only because I am their mother, but also because they are interesting, engaging, political, funny and… … Continued

Ty Pennington and Local Realtor Bring New Mixed-Use Building to Historic Castleberry Hill

Renovation icon, master carpenter and television personality Ty Pennington is making his mark on Atlanta in the form of a new building in the historic Castleberry Hill neighborhood. Along with his brother, Wynn Pennington, Ty has concepted The Otis Building, a mixed-use property that will include eight condominium units and two retail spaces. The team expects to break ground in…

Holiday Hotel Gift Guide

 Our Favorite NYC Stop  The Redbury New York, a hotel located in Manhattan’s NoMad district,  pays tribute to the worlds of art, music, fashion and media. We liked the bright rooms and convenient location for bopping around the city. Rooms have unique amenities like an old-timey gramophone that links to your smart phone and plenty of bed-side charging ports. While…

December 2018 Around Town

Marist Open House Marist School hosts its annual Open House Sunday, December 2, 1-4 p.m, for families with prospective students looking to enter grades 7 through 12. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet students, teachers, and coaches while learning about Marist’s academic, spiritual, and extracurricular programs. The entire campus will be open for visitors … Continued

Dining in the Dark

On September 30th, nearly 300 guests attended CVI's newly-designed Dining in the Dark fundraiser, spotlighting the two leading causes of visual impairment, glaucoma and macular degeneration, in addition to total blindness. CVI is the only organization in Georgia full-dedicated to vision loss and works with nearly 4,000 clients annually.

Buckhead Thanksgiving Traditions

When interior decorator Kim Regas helps set the Thanksgiving table this month at her parents’  Buckhead home on Westminster Heath, she will first lay the heirloom needlepoint table runner that has graced the family table for decades. “The heirloom table runner is the inspiration for color. I married traditional Thanksgiving colors of browns and golds with more trending colors of…

Happy November friends,

  My mother taught at a cooperative preschool for more than 20 years. She was gentle, cheerful and encouraging. Everything a preschooler (or daughter) needed. On Thanksgiving, we would unwrap the porcelain turkey shaped salt and pepper shakers and she would task me and my sister with the job of making place cards. We would … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Graivier’s Evening of Beauty The Graivier Center’s new state of the art surgery center and medspa will be open for tours during their 10th annual Evening of Beauty on November 8, 6 – 9 p.m.  Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and Dr. Graivier will be providing complimentary evaluations with his staff offering skin care analysis, tours … Continued

S & Z Real Estate Group Appreciation Party

S & Z Real Estate Group, a Brookhaven-based residential real estate team powered by Keller Williams Realty, hosted an appreciation party for their clients. The night was filled with great food catered by Maggiano's Perimeter, lots of dancing inspired by music from Joe Beck Entertainment and a raffle for Falcon's Monday Football tickets. Photography Harrison Oyler

Why not put the Giving in Thanksgiving

 Blue Heron Nature Preserve   BHNP.org  Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a haven for nature in an urban environment. Sign up an education, art, or recreational program, enroll your child in camps, bring your family on a Twilight Hike, enjoy an Adult Art Illustration class, participate in an outdoor yoga or a Forest Bathing session, join or volunteer.

BuckHaven’s Founding Families

    In the 1920’s, when Holden Thompson’s father bought 13 acres on an unpaved Peachtree Road where it met Club Drive to build a family compound, the family was planting a long-lasting love for their land, now Historic Brookhaven. The hallowed property became home to Grandfather Thompson and his three sons (including Holden) along with a tennis court and parklike…

Givers We Love

Sloan Lanham and Lilian Sanford are third graders and live in Buckhead.

The Arby’s Foundation – Dream Big Atlanta

This summer, the Arby's Foundation hosted Dream Big Atlanta, a benefit concert with live performances from Smash Mouth and Alex Guthrie. The event raised more than $400,000 to support childhood hunger, youth leadership and career readiness initiatives in Atlanta and across the US.

Party for Piedmont Park

Over 400 guests supported the important work of the Piedmont Park Conservancy at its annual Party for Piedmont Park! Guests enjoyed live music, an incredible silent auction, a custom photo booth, signature cocktails, and delectable cuisine from Atlanta’s premier restaurants. The Conservancy is the nonprofit that enhances beautiful Piedmont Park.

10 Degrees South’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Happy Atlantans attended a celebration to honor the first South African restaurant in the United States on their 20th anniversary! Hosted by restaurateur Justin Anthony and parents, Derek and Diane, the evening included cocktails and hors d'oeuvres along with live music and special performances from Zulu dancers.

Modern Southern Cookbooks

Today’s cookbooks have evolved from difficult, text-heavy, picture-free collections to become beautiful modern storybooks. Southern cooking and baking has also evolved to include new ideas, fun trends, and daring spins on the classic comfort foods we know and love. Inspired by home cooks, chefs, and heirloom family recipes, the following three cookbook authors have put delicious twists on traditional Southern…

Cool Tech for Your Kitchen

Gone are the days when the only thing beeping in a kitchen is an egg timer! Check out out favorite gadgets to make cooking more fun and better looking.

Southern Hospitality at the Beach

 They had me at “experiential shower.”  The warm staff at The Henderson Beach Resort in Destin welcomed us with a handshake and a suggested itinerary for our 30th wedding anniversary weekend that included a couple’s massage in a suite at their 10,000 square foot Salamander Spa.  “Be sure to stick around after your massage and enjoy Himalayan sea salt room,…

Collaborate for Sweet Success

While a grass roots idea plants the seed, it is through the power of partnerships we discover our true potential.  

Hello foodies!

Elevated burgers, craft cocktails, seasonal beers, hand tacos, roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower pureé, kimchi this and kale that, farm-to-table here and dock-to-table there. I like all food trends. They are fun and sometimes even tasty. But mostly, trying something new builds our confidence and gives us perspective.   I remember begging my mother to buy … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Perfect Mizuno Clubs Now that it’s cooler, reenergize your golf game with a new set of clubs. The unique fitting system at the Mizuno Experience Center at The Battery analyzes your “Swing DNA” to identify the perfect shaft for you. The pros at Mizuno will watch as you use a modified 6-iron with a sensor on … Continued

Jeffrey Fashion Cares

The 26th anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefitted Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), and the Medical University of South Carolina. Over the course of its history, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has raised more than $15 million for its beneficiaries.  For more information, visit JeffreyFashionCares.com.  

A Journalist’s Journal: My Love for Shooting Food

I have been blessed with the opportunity to document some of the most wondrous things God has provided worldwide via writing, video, and one of my favorite hobbies, photography. I mostly shoot interiors of buildings, people, beer, cars, landscapes…you name it. However, perhaps my favorite subject is food. Coming from a lineage of chefs in my family, being a proud…

Music to Your Mouth

Low Country hospitality, dancing under the stars to familiar bluegrass favorites, succulent wood fire-roasted oysters plucked from the adjoining May River and bacon cured in the Smoky Mountains perfectly paired with Charleston’s best bourbon. For 12 years, a mighty crescendo has been building, as the South’s favorite music and food festival, Music To Your Mouth, lights up Palmetto Bluff. 

Good Food…For the Public

“Quality food and service in beautiful restaurants shouldn't just be reserved for fine dining.”

Celebrating 20 Years at Eight at Eight Dinner Club

Eight at Eight celebrated 20 years in business at the Hotel Avalon on August 8th. More than 150 people from the both matchmaking services gathered and met fun singles from all over metro Atlanta. It was a night filled with fun introductions and celebration, as they expand into Johns Creek.

Expressions of the Soul

 Article Valerie Shepherd | Photography Cameron Meredith  "My pieces make a journey from my head, to my heart, to my hands, to meet and match your soul."  There's just something about the bright colors of Andrea Becker Designs that remind you of water, the beach, ancient treasures, and the vibrant Caribbean that call to the soul. And Buckhead's own  goldsmith and creator…

Dressed To Impress

 Article Dennis Malcolm Byron | Photography Dennis Malcolm Byron and Automakers  The automotive industry continues to be extremely competitive, so automakers have to find inventive ways to stand out from the rest. One of the most effective methods to stand out from the rest is to attract the eye of owners and prospective buyers. Be it a makeover of an existing…

Seeing With Style

 Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Nicole Stephens  Picking out glasses with Andy and Gazal Tabrizipour is like shopping with a very savvy personal stylist who also happens to know everything about the technology behind the frames. They ask about lifestyle (do you workout? spend time in an office?). And, they study the prescription to determine specific needs that will…

Meet Ken Hughes

 Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Provided  Meeting Ken Hughes, you might be inclined to pick his brain about smart heating and cooling solutions for your home or business. Do you really need to change HVAC filters every year? (Yes) Can you assess the health of your furnace by its functionality and appearance? (No)  Ken owns Milton Mechanical Services, the…

Baby Love

 Article Jessi Ford | Photography Provided  If glitter, tutus and wild graphic tees aren’t your idea of a stylish wardrobe for the little one in your life, you aren’t alone. When Sarah Heiserer, Brookhaven resident and fashion admirer, had her daughter three years ago, she couldn’t find a children’s clothing line with the minimalistic, neutral and easy-to-wear look she was…

Poppin’ Good

 Article Pam Yasinski  When was the last time you had an unexpected moment of happiness ( UMoH )? The people who put the POP in King of Pops hope it was when you had one of their popsicles in hand. Two brothers, Steven and Nick Carse turned their pushcart business into a dream come true on UMoH at a time.   The pops…

Hello Lovelies!

When I was in eighth grade, my brother gave me a book of fashion photographs by Richard Avedon. This little Midwest girl shopped at The Gap and some other long-gone boutique in the local mall. I was a short tomboy with zero fashion sense but knew that book was something special. The only thing I … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Rays Reminesces Ray’s on the River server Lynne Gomez celebrates 33rd work anniversary this month. The now iconic Chattahoochee River-based seafood and steak restaurant hired her after a local retailer turned her down for a visual merchandising job. The rest is history, which Gomez is happy to reminisce. If you ask her for favorite memories, the … Continued

Cooking for a Cause

Several Buckhead and North Fulton residents raised funds during a fun evening of culinary camaraderie and competition at Team Building with Taste to benefit The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation, which helps remove financial barriers for low income breast cancer patients in beginning and successfully completing their treatment.

InstaStyle

 Article Melissa Brown  These local fashion bloggers are giving us some serious style inspiration! Next time you’re scrolling through Instagram, be sure to take a peek at their pages to get ideas for your wardrobe. Find colors, prints and ensembles that make you happy, follow them and tag us! Once you’ve been inspired by these bloggers fabulous outfits, make your way…

October Polo Date

Polo in the Pines Charity Classic benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is October 13 & 14 benefiting pediatric cancer research. Save the date, find a fab hat and cheer on the polo players on the grand field adjacent to the big party tent. Capital Grille is feeding us!  Choa.org/polointhepines

All Are Welcome Here

 Article and Photography Maria Smith  From infants to seniors to the furry members of our families, all are welcome in Buckhead, Brookhaven and surrounding neighborhoods. Check out these family-friendly restaurants, pet-friendly patios, and local fun that works for everyone!  Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd

Brace Yourself

 Article Melissa Brown  With kids heading back to school this month, we asked Dr. Arjun Patel to share his expertise on what smart orthodontic treatment looks like.   1.  When should parents take their kids for their first visit to an orthodontist? 

Trust Earned

 Article Maria Smith | Photography Nicole Stephens  Morgan & DiSalvo PC  5755 North Point Pkwy Suite 17

Caroline Forever

 Article and Photography Sean O'Keefe  Happy, spunky, and feisty are three words that describe 4-year-old Caroline Brewer. While spending a good amount of time keeping her two older brothers in line, Caroline loves going to preschool, playing with her friends, and practicing ballet. In addition to that, Caroline is fighting a battle that no child should ever have to face. …

Back to School

 Article Sue G. Collins  Whitefield Academy  1 Whitefield Drive, SE  Smyrna, GA 30126

Pedal Power

 Article Julie Herron Carson | Photography Provided  After a successful sales career that took him across the country and around the world, Sandy Springs resident Eric Hunger was ready for a change.  He began to look for a new business opportunity in his home town that would allow him to live a healthier lifestyle, interact with others who shared his…

Hello friends,

Don’t judge me. I don’t like cats. They are moody, bossy and aren’t always thoughtful when it comes to choosing the best spot to leave their mark.  But, we have three at our house since everyone else loves cats. And, we’ve always had a cat, adopting them from friends and shelters Johnny (named after the … Continued