Stay calm and kindergarten on

We asked last year's graduating kindergartners at Sarah Smith Elementary School to share their sage words of advice to our little friends heading off to school this month. It's all about making friends and having fun in gym class! Thanks go to their inspiring teachers, Mr. Almand and Mrs. Vickers.

Study Up!

Nandina Home & Design is an Atlanta interior design firm whose professional interior designers use their skills while working with clients to create distinctive and stylish interiors. They are qualified to assist clients with all aspects of the design process…from complete construction projects to simple paint and fabric choices. In addition to full-service interior design, their retail location in historic…

Pony Up!

With a passion for polo and a desire to give back to the community, Randy and Heather Pullen hosted the first Pony Up For A Cause fundraiser in 2016. They decided to take a leap of faith and use their love for polo in Atlanta to partner with Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to host the inaugural event held at…

Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park Fare Hits a Home Run

Having a ticket stub to prove you were one of the first to attend the all-new Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park certainly provides invaluable sports memorabilia, but leaving with a content stomach could be just as unforgettable. To complement the experience of witnessing home runs, singing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” in the seventh inning, hoping to catch a fly…

Their Favorite Neighborhood

As Atlanta natives, Ruth Skogstad and Kristen Sodemann agree that Historic Brookhaven is their favorite neighborhood. They both have lived in the tree-lined neighborhood and boast it is a community where people are friendly and inclusive. This beautiful neighborhood is on the National Historic Register of homes as the first residential neighborhood in Georgia built around a golf course. The…

Readers Always Come in First

When Van Council of Van Michael Salon and our publisher Jim Newman sat down last year to brainstorm on how to engage you, our readers, they wanted to dream up something special. They called on Buckhead’s most beautiful hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta and the fabulous Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse to collaborate on an exciting project, an unforgettable BuckHaven experience…

For Pops

Take Pops to Carmel Valley Ranch and chillax. Northern California is already beautiful, but when a gorgeous resort-like the 500-acre Carmel Valley Ranch is perfectly situated in the Santa Lucia Mountains to provide jaw-dropping views of vineyards, forests, and a golf course, Dad’s smile will be permanent once the trip is booked. Add the impeccable service, spacious suites with up…

The Great Crab Cake Hunt

My family includes generations of chefs originally from Jamaica, West Indies, before immigrating to Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. In other words, I was born a foodie. When we lived in Ithaca, New York, we often loaded up the car during the holidays and drove to either the Big Apple or Baltimore, where many of our relatives eventually moved. The…

Battling Cancer and Building a Future

Jay Eichelberger, founder and CEO of Snoozeenie, still remembers the day in April 2016 when he discovered he would have to battle cancer— for the third time. Eichelberger, a childhood cancer survivor, and his soon-to-be wife, Liz, were floored. They learned he was enduring a relapse of cancer in his lymph nodes.

Antigua Dreaming

Weeks after I returned from four fast days in Antigua, I could close my eyes and still feel the warm embrace of the long stretches of quiet beaches that hug the curvy Caribbean coastline and the clear blue sea. Oh, that blue. A blue that beckons, constant and seductive, promising and encouraging. A lens to another world. And, isn’t that…

Runway Fashion

You’ve decided on the dates and destination, made air and hotel reservations and loaded your bag with books and MAGAZINES. Now, time to pack. Ugh. We asked personal stylist to the stars, Robanne Schulman of Plaid Monkey Buckhead to shop for travel-friendly outfits that will turn heads. We shot Robanne and her three favorite travel picks at Ascension Air at…

Sweet Suites

As a Cornell University "Hotelie" and photojournalist specializing in travel, I have a solid understanding of what a standout destination is when it comes to unpacking your bags. From "glamping" outdoors in luxurious tents, to swimming in one of the most jaw-dropping pools set in the middle of a canyon, these hotels, resorts and campsite will make you second guess…

Happy 5th Birthday to Us

To celebrate five fabulous years of bringing sweet stories to you about good people doing good things, we chose a gallery of our favorite covers, dedicated to our publisher, the one and only Jim Newman.

Best of BuckHaven

We asked you to tell us where you shop, eat, play, stay healthy and get 'er done. We heard from more than 4,000 readers and friends in the nomination round and 8,000 who chimed in to vote for the Best Of BuckHaven. We're delighted to bring you this year's winners and the runners up who also deserve some love. Look…

Laura Hathaway Gallery

Buckhead resident Laura Hathaway believes that great art enriches us beyond measure. As the owner and director of Hathaway Contemporary Gallery, she is using her extroverted sales and marketing personality to build a supportive, sustaining community for the arts and connect contemporary artists with new audiences while also exploring her more introverted love for the arts.

Davio’s pastry chef

Qiana Jacobs is the Pastry Chef at Davio’s Atlanta where you must always save room for dessert. Qiana celebrates her one year anniversary at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza this month. Jacobs was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Georgia with her family as a teenager. In 2001, she graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary…

A Little Italy

When you dine at an Italian restaurant in Atlanta, you wouldn’t expect to see a pie on the menu. No, I’m not talking about pizza pie, I’m talking about a flaky, buttery pie crust filled like a shepherds pie or a chicken pot pie. At Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante, the timballo was just that: a pie filled with Berkshire…

Get Your Yumbii Fix Every Day, All Day

You may be familiar with the bright blue and yellow food truck, Yumbii, that pioneered Atlanta’s food truck movement. Now, this first and favorite food truck adds service beyond the streets with its first brick-and-mortar restaurant that opened in this past December.

Abbey Glass

Abbey Glass is a talented Buckhead designer with a penchant for beautiful fabric and lines that are modern yet approachable. Abbey was introduced to her grandmother’s 1940’s Singer sewing machine at the age of 9. The middle child of two accomplished doctors, left brain always came before right, but Abbey continued to experiment with garment construction and design in her…

Office Space

The physicians of Georgia Perinatal Consultants and Center for Perinatal Medicine at Northside Hospital are specialists in the diagnosis and management of high-risk pregnancy. Their job is a serious one. In their offices, they deliver good news, plans of attack, words of hope and assurance. Their offices are their refuges, places of contemplation, rest and research. They surround themselves with…

Pies with a Purpose

For me, nothing clears away the winter blahs of February than finally finding the time to seek out local gems that have long been written in my iNotes labeled “must try” or “to find” or “neighbor mentioned.” One of those special places has appeared on my list three times now: a note I made last summer “neighbor said best pies…

Luxurious, powerful and stealthy

Since Nissan introduced their Maxima to start off the 80s, this pioneer of the “four-door sports car” has never ceased to excite the auto industry with its revered combination of power, road-gripping handling, and eye-popping body designs. Now with five trims delivered from Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee plant—S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum—the 2017 Maxima Midnight Edition of the SR looks…

2017 Lifestyle Pubs All-Star Team

Meet the team, from left to right, back row first. We are in awe of these girls. They work hard in the classroom, in the community and at practice. We asked about their go-to protein snack, their guiding light, their advice to young athletes and about their lucky charm. Meet the team!

Skin 360

Plagued by dry cold weather, our skin needs help. Yours most likely does too, though our tonics will not be the same. The skin we're in is a true reflection of what we put into our bodies, our genes and how we spend our days (think: work-outs, stress, age, weather, UV rays). When we seek creams and solutions, it's smart…

Givers

Deanna Anderson is a dedicated advocate for Atlanta’s women and children. She currently serves as President of the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA), leading the organization through its 100th year of service. JLA and its 3,500 members initiate transformational change in the issues that impact women and children including generational poverty, commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking and early childhood…

Gifts To Go

Explore some of Atlanta’s off-the-beaten-path destinations, and all by bicycle on a tour by Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. With a gift certificate, you can choose from a few different experiences, such as the Street Art Bike Tour that highlights the ever-changing mural art in Atlanta, including inspirational stories of the artists; or the Twilight Bike Tour through some of the…

Clutch Bags for Giving (and Receiving)

'Tis the time to treat yourself or let someone treat you. At some point, everyone needs to upgrade her handbag and these below, are a great selection to add to your arsenal!

Meet the Dream Builder

Nancy Harris Keenan is a community builder. Literally. A Million Dollar Real Estate agent with Brookhaven’s Keller Williams Peachtree Road office, Nancy is building communities all over DeKalb County, one dream home at a time.

Art for Life

Your home is all about you – your style and personality make it unique. From hand painted plates for dinner parties to that one of a kind sculpture you brought back from South America, your home should scream you from the moment visitors walk through the door.

Heaven on Peachtree

I have now been in Atlanta nearly 5 years. I was surprised by the city in many ways when I arrived. Most of all how welcoming everyone was. I immediately felt at home. I have met some of the most genuine and interesting people. It's been an absolute pleasure to represent many friends and neighbors in real estate transactions. They…

Splendid Somms

While these educated experts are serious about fine wine, the world’s best champagne, solid bar service and perfect food and wine pairings, they are also serious about belly laughs and supporting one another like old school chums. When we met this elite group of affable Atlanta sommeliers at the St. Regis’ elegant Atlas Restaurant, they only stopped cavorting when a…

Cider House Rules

Urban Tree Cidery has planted itself in West Midtown and branches out over 4,500 square feet of unique space that includes Atlanta’s first cider manufacturing facility, a tasting room called “the Cidery,” and an event space. A family owned and operated business, Urban Tree Cidery opened its doors in March of this year. It was founded by Tim and Maria…

Ice Cream Dreams

Two friends and a passion for cooking and giving is where it all began. Andrea Overstreet and Jason Bronson have been cooking Sunday dinner together for more than 10 years, skipping right to dessert for the last few years, experimenting with ice cream and everything southern. They started mixing and dipping in earnest for the annual Roswell ice cream social…

Golfer’s Career Takes Flight

After playing some of the most beautiful golf courses in his homeland of South Africa on the Sunshine tour and around his American home in Buckhead, professional golfer Andrew Georgiou was inspired to share his love of the links and South Africa’s astounding wine country and the riveting wildlife and safari by launching his own company called Exclusive African Travel.…

Falcons’ New Stadium’s True Cheerleader

After missing the opportunity to make their second Super Bowl appearance by ten yards in 2012, the Atlanta Falcons have struggled to revisit that opportunity ever since. However, football analysts, avid loyalists, and the entire Falcons staff collectively believe the future will entail the franchise will “rise up” due to some significant player acquisitions, hopefully a stingier defense, and the…

Coaching and Kids For Kennedy

Liz Kennedy, Lovett’s head girl’s basketball coach has a contagious smile. It’s hard to talk with her and not be cheered. For 11 years, she has taken the Lovett girls team places they never thought they could go. Two of her students are competing on the U.S.A. national team in Spain this year, one previous student and one a current…

Looking Back, 
Paying it Forward

We asked some of the schools in our area what notable milestones they hit last year on campus and what priority they will put on community service in the 2016-17 school year.

Bringing Home the Bread

When Rob Alexander’s three kids come home from school, their snacks are made with H&F Bread. Thin slices of baguettes still warm from the oven are smothered with Nutella and topped with fresh strawberries or spread with almond butter and finished with bananas and sprinkles of coconut. Soft Parker Rolls are sliced bite-sized, topped with cream cheese, julienned carrots and…

The Ultimate Dinner Party

Jill and Bobby Marsden, residents of Historic Brookhaven for 29 years, are faithful supporters of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC). “Several years ago, my nephew spent several months at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amongst conversations, we met families utilizing the local House. They spoke about how having a place to stay close to the hospital helped relieve some of…

Luxe Pools

Growing up, we belonged to a family swim club a few miles down a country road from our suburban Michigan home. To get there, I’d have to wait for my dad to get home from work (he swam slow and methodical laps during adult swim) or do more than my required list of chores to earn my mom’s attention for…

Polo, BuckHaven Style

The founder of the Union Hill Polo Club had never been on a horse when he began playing polo. Dr. Eric Steenlage grew up on a farm in Wisconsin where his family raised Black Angus cattle, but he had no experience around horses. After graduating college and med school, he moved to Atlanta and attended his first polo match at…

Three Trails, Three Ways

Buckhead’s location on the outskirts of the city is flush with forests and trails, making it a prime location for outdoor recreation. Between its many parks and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, outdoor lovers can find plenty of options for hiking, biking and running trails. These are three of my favorites. Print a trail map from the National Park…

Sweeter Summer Slumber

For many people, making the bed is a chore. And if we’re being honest, it’s at the bottom of the chore food chain, reserved for the last 5 minutes before flying out the door. For others, making the bed is a reoccurring line item on a New Year’s resolution checklist that quickly catches dust. And, on a sunny summer morning…

Squeezing joy from every moment together

Swanky Asian-fusion restaurant Doraku Sushi has an often overlooked feature: its chef is also a dad. The culinary genius behind Doraku is Chef Todd Dae Kulper. Like many chefs in the industry, he works grueling days with long hours that can extend into the wee hours of the morning. He wears many different hats, though, and outside of work is…

Making a Gentleman

Who is the modern man? He is prepared, pleasant and principled. He is compassionate yet resilient. Tech-savvy but not ignorant of the classics. I asked some friends and readers for their laundry list of what exactly makes a modern man. Here's what they said. Add yours to our Facebook page!

Tables are Set for Ronald McDonald House Dines In

Neil Johnson of Canonbury Homes, is the builder of all three homes featured. “There are many very talented homebuilders in Brookhaven and Atlanta. To be chosen as the 2016 Builder Sponsor is very humbling and a true honor,” says Johnson, president of Canonbury Homes. “These three homes were all designed by different very talented architects, TS Adams Studio, Neely Design…

Five Must-see Museums

Laura Flusche, Ph.D. serves as executive director of the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and has been a member of the MODA staff since 2010. Prior to joining MODA, Laura lived for 15 years in Rome, Italy, where she served as assistant academic dean for an American academic program and was part of an excavation team working on the Palatine…

Keep Calm, Carry On

We would follow Robanne Schulman anywhere - to the beach (she'll pack sensational sunglasses), overseas (she will find us a small but mighty suitcase), on a cruise with the family (watch her choose smart but sexy shoes and a sleek travel jacket with many pockets). The personal stylist from Buckhead says, "When traveling, I always use a carry on, because…

A Beautiful World

The sun sets over the 45th parallel, from the Bay View bluff on Little Travers Bay. #NoFilter on an iPhone5. Families have gathered at this Chautauqua since 1875. My mom brought my four brothers here in the 1950s and my children have spent 16 summers here in paradise. Sue G. Collins

Secrets of a Concierge

Behind every great hotel is an attentive and discreet concierge. Here in BuckHaven, we are graced with gleaming hotels and poised concierges. Meet Janice Dempsey, who stands at attention with a warm smile and all the answers at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. She is a member of The Concierge Society of Atlanta and Les Clefs d’Or Ltd. “As a concierge…