Dogs With Jobs

The adage “every dog has his day” has proven true this month for the hardworking canines that indeed work like a dog. Aug. 4–10 is International Assistance Dog Week, which commends service and working dogs that assist humans in various capacities—and do so with wagging tails and dogged dedication.  

August 2019 Around Town

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Hires New Managing Director Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce Vickie Hubbard as its next managing director beginning June 2019. Vickie follows Sandie Aaron, who retired after a three-year tenure. “Our executive search committee did an exceptional job vetting applicants and finalizing their recommendation of Vickie,” said Michele … Continued

Four-Course Meal Primarily Sourced from Comfort Farms

Cobb Galleria Centre Culinary Director and Executive Chef Nicholas Walker hosted local media and prospective clients June 5 and 6 to experience a unique four-course meal in the kitchen with ingredients primarily sourced from Comfort Farms. Located in Milledgeville, Nicholas' hometown, Comfort Farms is dedicated to helping military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. CobbGalleria.com and StagVetsInc.org/tag/comfort-farms

It’s a Dog’s Life

Dogs are truly dedicated best friends to their companions. They keep us company, protect us, talk to us—at least my schnauzer did. Most importantly, they love us, and we love them too. This month’s issue is mainly about our favorite furry friends. There’s even a treat for them too. The new school year is upon us, and I have … Continued

For the Love of Animals

Pet Spa at Vinings has been in the business of caring for animals for 15 years. Located in Smyrna, the spa offers grooming, daycare and boarding services for dogs and cats.

Do You Look Like Your Dog?

“Do you look like this dog?” was the enticing open-invitation kind of question renowned photographer and self-professed dog lover Gerrard Gethings posed on Instagram, along with a photo of Hope, a beautiful Afghan hound with a silky coat worthy of a brand-name shampoo commercial. As it turned out, a lot of people thought they did, but Gerrard's answer came in the form…

Set for Success

Jackie Brewton is an author and youth motivational speaker who traded in success for significance in 2001 when she walked away from her career in corporate America to dedicate her life to helping teens make good choices. As the CEO and founder of MotivationN3D, Inc., Jackie has spoken to more than 100,000 students across America and abroad. For the past 17 years,…

Boxwood Cottage: Gann House Circa 1841

Boxwood Cottage, following thoughtful renovation by its current owner, Irene Croft, is now showing its prettiest face in 178 years in a guided tour conducted by the Friends of the Covered Bridge Historic District. 

Sweet Summertime

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood: sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for our friends and … Continued

Code Ninjas is Open for Fun

Code Ninjas is open and just in time for the summer. Visit and enroll your child in this fun, exciting and well-thought-out learning center for children ages 7–14. Your child will have a blast building video games while learning coding, math, logic and problem-solving. Located at  4691 S. Atlanta Road SE in Atlanta. Schedule a tour at CodeNinjas.com.  

July 2019 Around Town

The Little Blue Jay, a Barbershop for Kids The company’s vision is to create an upscale boutique experience for families while still providing elements that keep kids entertained. There is undoubtedly a classic barbershop feel to the business, and that’s because the Little Blue Jay traces its roots back to the original family-owned “Blue J Barbershop” in Columbus, … Continued

Ribbon Cutting for Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet

Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet opened a state-of-the-art center in Smyrna at 1155 Concord Road, Suite 200. They treat minor injuries and illnesses; offer on-site diagnostic imaging services; in-house medication dispensary; and accept most major insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid and competitive self-pay rates. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends.  

Georgia’s Favorites

From certified organic lip balms to officially licensed Bulldogs golf balls, keepsakes that keep Georgia on your mind.   

Enjoy the Sounds of Summer in the City

Get ready for great concerts this summer at some of Atlanta’s hottest venues. Whether you prefer jazz, soul, rock, classical or blues, you can find the music you want to hear in this fun and hip city that’s full of the best in entertainment.

Friends Who Give to Their Community

The Vinings Village Woman’s Club is celebrating 40 years of friendship. The Club’s mission is to expand opportunities for friendship within the Vinings Village, along with support civic and cultural activities and beautification of the entrances of the village.  

Making a Life While Making a Living

The personal sacrifices of professionals in demanding careers are not without notice to close friends and specially family, who know firsthand how time is a precious commodity to the people having to make every moment outside of work, however small, count.  

Men Leading by Example

There are so many men leading by example. Flip the pages to see a few of them right here in the community.  We salute all of the fathers; June 16 is your day. Happy Father’s Day! There are so many leaders in our community. We have only scratched the surface. This month we interviewed doctors, restaurant owners and CEOs. All have … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Renée M. Beavers, WPPB Lifestyle Movement Renée M. Beavers, a Lifestyle Movement Strategist, is known for evoking high-flying deeds in the area of healthy living. Renée’s purpose is aimed at providing hope, freedom and liberty to individuals who have been trapped in unhealthy relationships with food. “If we continue to do the same thing, eat the same foods, we obviously don’t expect a different … Continued

Trendy Cuts for Men

The Styles You Want + How to Get Them The Fade + Hard Part HAIR TYPE Straight + Short WHAT IT IS There are many different types of fades, but ultimately a fade haircut is one that tapers in length the further down you go on the back and sides, meaning it isn’t trimmed to just one … Continued

OrangeTheory Smyrna Raises Awareness, Funds for Rett Syndrome

OrangeTheory's co-owner Kimberly Fishman has a daughter (Emily) with Rett Syndrome. She and her sister Julie Stewart (co-owner) along with the staff and community of Smyrna Vinings spent the day working out for a cause. Everyone came out to support and encourage Emily. Way to go, OrangeTheory, as well as many of the businesses in the community!

RoundUp for the Animals

Ted and Rosey Varna are huge animal lovers. After volunteering with the Cobb County Animal Services shelter for 3 1/2 years, they had to give it up due to the emotional toll it was taking. They had seen too many animals euthanized.

The “Grizzly Burger”

The "Fresh. Casual. Local." mission statement at McCray's Tavern has proven true to the readers of Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle. Voted "Best Tavern" by our readers in 2018, this local hot spot is a neighborhood favorite. So cheers to McCray's Tavern for making fresh burgers like their infamous "Grizzly Burger" which has to be held together with a knife. 

CEO with Roots and Wings

Graham M. Fox has more than 15 years of executive health care experience overseeing the strategic, operational and financial growth of physician practices and health systems. In 2019, Graham joined GI Specialists of  Georgia as COO/CFO and has sage advice for balancing work and family.

Mothers and Daughters

Bartlett Heating and Cooling has provided excellent service in the metro Atlanta area since 1982. Shannon Bartlett is the president and truly embodies the company's motto, “small-town integrity in the big city.”

Kind Women

Every year when May makes its welcomed return to our calendars, we can’t help but sing the line from The Temptations’ “My Girl” that goes, “When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.” This month brings with it an abundance of joy—bright blue skies, a rainbow of flowers and, of course, the celebration … Continued

Mother’s Day Picks for 2019

 Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie! Deluxe Gift Set – $54  This ribbon-adorned four-piece deluxe boxed set is a scented skincare experience guaranteed to please Mom’s discernible taste! Includes: Whoopie Cream shea butter for body, shea butter hand cream, body wash and travel candle. Paraben- and sulfate-free. JackAndrea.com  PeachDish – Two meals for two people; $50 weekly

Vinings Women’s Club Celebrates 40 Years

The Vinings Village Woman’s Club had lunch on the patio of the Old Vinings Inn. This year marks 40 years, so they decided to celebrate with a beautiful silver charm designed by Cumberland Diamond Exchange. The club’s mission is to expand friendships, support community activities and to assist in the beautification of Vinings. Here’s to … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Snellville Days Festival May 4-5 Crowds of more than 30,000 are expected to pack the two-day arts and crafts festival to enjoy tons of handmade arts and crafts in more than 150 booths. The Snellville Days Festival is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in metro Atlanta and offers lots of fair foods from … Continued

Tanya Waldon, an Agent for Change

 May is Mental Health Awareness month.  What is My Life Is a Gift, and what is its mission?  My Life Is a Gift is an advocacy to validate new life for survivors of suicide attempt. Our goal is to normalize conversation of mental health and suicide prevention. The mission is to absolutely validate someone who wakes up alive from a suicide attempt.     

OrangeTheory Fitness

Julie Stewart and Kim Fishman are sisters and best friends.  Kim’s daughter, Emily, has Rett Syndrome, so they decided to raise awareness and funds for a cure through their business, OrangeTheory Fitness.

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

Dream Kitchen

Do you enjoy spending time in your kitchen? If not, read on! We've put together some tips and great finds to help you bring your kitchen back to life. 

Serenbe

Serenbe founders Steve Nygren and Marie Lupo Nygren believe that if you want to change the world, start in your own backyard. The couple discovered the property now known as Serenbe on a weekend outing to introduce their three girls to the Georgia countryside in 1991. Weekend visits for the family transformed their lives, and three years later they sold…

Chris Montes

At just 4 years old, Chris Montes was diagnosed with liver disease, resulting in a childhood full of medication and doctors. Although his parents continuously monitored his health in hopes that his condition would improve, his greatest challenges lay ahead. At age 17, a bacterial infection caused Chris’ health to deteriorate so rapidly that he was in critical condition and in…

The Ruff House

The Ruff House is a traditional antebellum farmhouse built in the early 1850s by Martin Luker Ruff, a founding member of the early Cobb community of Concord. This home has been lovingly remodeled and expanded over the years. The recent thoughtful restoration has kept the structure's earliest components intact: nine working fireplaces, stacked-rock foundation, heart-pine floors, wainscot, bead-board ceilings, hand-hewn beams,…

Going Green

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nature springing to life after a long winter’s nap. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and children are playing outside as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. This month at Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Emily’s Spring Festival at Orangetheory Fitness Smyrna  OTF Smyrna will be hosting its first Spring Festival on April 13 from 2–5 p.m. to fund a cure for Rett Syndrome. There will be a bounce house, food, drinks, a DJ, great raffle prizes to win and many local vendors on-site. Please join us for a chance to participate in … Continued

2018 Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration

The winners of the 2018 Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards had fun celebrating and enjoying food and drinks at Hotel Indigo in Vinings.

Re-Made Art

Reusing “junk” for art has been a reused concept in itself for quite some time, more markedly since the early 20th century with leading artists Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, among others, as its innovators. Seeing that environmental matters have become more critical in recent years, many artists feel increasingly compelled to use recycled materials as a thoughtful medium of choice. …

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

The Public House inside Hotel Indigo

The Public House restaurant located inside of Hotel Indigo in Vinings is quaint, cozy and friendly. Pull up a stool, sit down and enjoy the food, fellowship and ambiance. The restaurant is always full of people—from different parts of the country to your neighbor next door. Catch up with your best friend by the fire pit out back on the patio. The Public House offers fresh, traditionally…

The Smyrna Team

The Smyrna Team of Keller Williams Realty sat down in this newly renovated, modern craftsman home with Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle and answered a few questions about what makes their team unique and what's so great about Smyrna.

“Home Is Where the Heart Is.”

It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized possessions. This month, we bring you … Continued

Good Times

We prayed for years to be in Vinings, a neighborhood where we wanted to put our roots down and raise our family. When we moved into our home, I stared at the blank slate for weeks. To me, there was nothing more daunting than the task of decorating this huge, empty house. Taking one room … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Cobb Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Council Names 2018 Award Winners The Diversity and Inclusion Council, Cobb Chamber’s leadership group that promotes economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion for all Cobb County residents, named the 2018 winners of its first Diversity and Inclusion awards at the D & I holiday reception hosted by JE Dunn Construction on … Continued

Design Within Reach

 HOW DO YOU LIKE TO LOUNGE?  Design Within Reach | Westside Provisions District | 1210 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta | 404.841.2471   

Home Away from Home

Vacation Your Way and Book a Luxurious Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway Photography provided by HomeAway When you’re determining where to go for your next trip, it can be difficult to decide among sights to see, food to eat and adventures to have. From wine country to the mountain state, we’ve rounded up a … Continued

Kitchen Refresh

Looking to update your kitchen this year? We've put together some tips and great finds to help create a new look without breaking the bank. 

Spring Cleaning Project

As the clocks spring forward, it’s a perfect time to move forward on planning your spring cleaning projects. One task that finds its way onto many spring cleaning “to-do” lists is organizing a space in the home. Before tackling any big organizing project, it’s important to take these important steps first!

Best of Smyrna Vinings

The Best of Smyrna Vinings is evident as you drive through Smyrna's booming community as well as the village called Vinings that is ever-so-bustling throughout the day. The next few pages recognize the restaurants, personal services, businesses and medical professionals our readers patronize every day. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! The Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle readers want you to know that you…