I love November.

I have always loved November. Besides being my birthday month, it is the season of change in the south. Flip flops and shorts are put away for good (or at least until the next south Florida beach vacation) and boots, skinny jeans, and wool sweaters again dominate my closet. As the seasons change, we thought it would be appropriate to spend time looking at the changing face of our community, too.

Vinings is more than just the square mile area off Paces Ferry, and in this issue we meet six people who represent the new demographics and geography of the larger region of what has come to be known (even unofficially) as Vinings. We also share some delicious (and easy) caramel corn recipes, take you on a tour of Big Canoe, and introduce you to the mom behind McCray’s Tavern, Rachel McCray. Also be sure to read about my newest obsession: Blown Away App for on-demand in-home hair and make-up. It’s genius!

As November is the season of thanks, I’d be remiss to not shout out my steady-as-they-come husband and four (usually) sweet children. I’m blessed beyond measure. I’m also blessed this year to share this season with you!

Be sure to check out the fun items below, where I showcase a few of my favorite products. If you have a product, business, or idea you think should be in my bag, shoot me an email at Maria.smith@lifestylepubs.com. I’d love to hear from you!

I hope you’re having a fantastic fall and that Thanksgiving will shower you with gratitude. See you around the neighborhood!

Maria R. Smith

What’s In My Bag

On the Cover: The Fred Blankenship family is part of the new faces of Vinings. Meet more in our feature on p. ##. Photography by Aubry Canales