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…

Curating Creativity

February might be the shortest month, but it is by no means short of excitement. I am happy to announce a change to the title of the magazine.  “Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle” has been on many readers’ radar for quite some time.  I’ve had lively discussions with several people about including the booming city of Smyrna … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Cobb Chamber Names New Executive Vice President of Economic Development & Executive Director of Select Cobb The Cobb Chamber announced that Dana Johnson will join its staff as executive vice president of Economic Development and executive director of Select Cobb, the organization’s economic development strategy. Dana has been in a managerial role with the Community Development … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Holiday Festivities Were in Full Swing at the Reed House

The Smyrna Business Association held its annual holiday celebration at the newly renovated Reed House this past December. 

Drink to Your Health

The key to a smoothie that is healthy, filling and equally delicious is to be sure to include adequate protein, healthy fat and fiber. Unfortunately, most commercial brands are loaded with added sugar, which offsets the health benefits and causes blood sugar levels to soar. 

New Year’s (re)Solutions

2018 came and went, much like those caloric holiday leftovers that no longer loiter around in the fridge. Then so it is, with a renewed feeling of resolve for a better year onward, we yet again vow—for “realsies” this time—to follow through with our new year’s pledges. For better chances of success this year, identify what you can do to improve your…

It’s a New Year and a New Me!

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer more in your community. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips and tricks in this issue … Continued

Healthy Finances

What causes tax problems? Most people who own a business or work as a contractor will eventually have a tax issue. It's most often caused by not thinking about tax payments until they are due, a large unforeseen expense or adjusting spending up as revenue of the business rises but not adjusting down when it decreases.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Campbell High

Campbell High School will present the Dancing with the Stars Smyrna event and fundraiser benefiting the Campbell High School Athletic Department. Nine local stars and their professional dance instructors will take the stage of the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre to perform exciting routines guaranteed to bring down the house! Two teams will emerge as champions of the People’s Choice and…

Anime Weekend Atlanta

Anime Weekend Atlanta descended on Cobb Galleria like an “Attack on Titan.” Thousands of cosplay anime die-hards happily took pictures of each other and chatted it up about their favorite characters. Vinings Lifestyle junior reporter Chloe McClure and bestie Carrie Ashe attended the event.

January 2019 Around Town

MLK Day of Service “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  MLK Day isn’t just another day off, it’s about finding ways we can come together and serve our community. On Monday, Jan. 21, you will find many opportunities around Atlanta to give back. Be … Continued

Winter’s Revel

Your guide to a simple and stylized new year’s soirée Article Nicolette Martin Following closely on the coattails of autumnal and winter holidays, the celebration of the new year can often be overlooked due to an understandable desire to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season. But, a holiday that celebrates … Continued

At the Holiday Table

There are many ways to set a festive mood during the holidays from how you decorate your home. As friends and family gather around, they typically aggregate in the living room and at the dining table, so make the decor in those areas stand out to show your loved ones how special it is for you to have them come over! A…

For Auld Lang Syne

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Vinings Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Atlanta Boat Show The 2019 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show returns Jan. 10-13, 2019, bringing more than 20,000 boating enthusiasts to downtown Atlanta to see the biggest and best in boating for four nautical-themed days. For the show’s 57th year, visitors to Hall A of the Georgia World Congress Center will find nearly 700 new boats, including houseboats, and enjoy interactive features and … Continued

Readers’ Choice Kick-Off

The Readers' Choice contest is a great platform for local businesses to promote themselves to the community. Here are some of the top contenders for the 2018 trophy. Don't forget to vote for the best local businesses in Smyrna and Vinings!

At Home for the Holidays on Polo Lane

Vinings was voted one of the top 100 places to live, and that includes Polo Lane. There’s something special about the Holidays on Polo Lane. Take a look inside this elegant home; I think you will agree.

Feeling Grateful

This year I wanted to write the parting thoughts for 2018 myself because it has been the best year of my life. It has not been without trials or hardship, but it has been a year of God showing me mercy, love and great growth.

Hoping for Hoppin’ John

New Year’s Day represents personal renewal and positive expectations for a more prosperous year ahead. Reawakened hopes for the upcoming year also often interestingly incorporate a sense of nostalgia for the traditions culturally passed down to us from bygone generations. 

The Vinings Village Civic Club

The Vinings Village Civic Club has a mission and a duty to the Vinings community. Its members strive to know their community and their neighbors, keep Vinings beautiful, keep the community informed and support their local public service organizations.

Meet the Howards

Jaha, Vanessa and their three children are Smyrna residents with a heart for community. Vanessa is a digital marketing strategist for Humana, and Jaha is a pediatric dentist in Vinings as well as a Cobb County School Board member-elect. We asked their thoughts on thankfulness and service.

Crime Victims Advocacy Council

There are many organizations such as food pantries, shelters and clinics that help meet needs of people throughout the year. Some people experience a serious, violent crime like homicide. Many people in the metro Atlanta area know someone who has lost a loved one due to a horrific crime. The Vinings United Methodist Church has memorialized around 6,500 names of murder victims…

November 2018 Around Town

‘Fun in the Park’ Photo Contest While you are out enjoying our Cobb County Parks, be sure to bring your camera! The 2018 Fun in the Park photo contest is underway, and the entry deadline is Nov. 6. All photos must have been taken at a Cobb County park, facility, activity or event. Any county or city … Continued

2018 Readers’ Choice Kick-Off

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Kick-Off started with rain but ended with a lot of door prizes, food, music, fun, and little goodies fromVinings Lifestyle and the many vendors that participated. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite businesses—you probably ran into them at the Kick-Off!  

Thankful

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

Going Italian with Maggiano’s

This Thanksgiving, Vinings Lifestyle is thankful for Maggiano's Little Italy sharing with us two wonderful original recipes from its mouthwatering menu: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Rigatoni “D.”  If you have enjoyed these dishes before, now is your chance to replicate the experience at home! Or let your taste buds revel in delectable meals on-site at the Cumberland Mall, Buckhead orand Dunwoody’s Perimeter…

Turkey Day Workout

 Banded Front Raise  Bent Low Row  Hollow Hold Chest Press

Be Your Best

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  -Winston Churchill  

The Dish

 Pho Dakao  To know pho is to love pho. A traditional Vietnamese dish is a delight to food enthusiasts everywhere. No longer do pho lovers have to make a small pilgrimage to delight in its steamy goodness. The owners of local sushi bar Kuroshiro have brought us Western Atlantans this culinary delight in their newest venture, Pho Dakao. Vinings Lifestyle…

Healthy Halloween Fare

Halloween is a holiday that has become just as fun for adults as it is for kids. There never seems to be a lack of opportunities to gather with friends and neighbors before trick-or-treating begins to compare costumes, take pictures and enjoy some good food. As a nutritionist, it’s important to me to bring something to Halloween parties that is nourishing, festive…

F Is for Foodie

F is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. And this month at Vinings Lifestyle, we’re all about feasting with foodies as we just scratch the surface of all the fine eats and drinks the “locals” have to offer. … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals Congratulations to A.J Brooks of WellStar Medical Group and Emily McMillian of Nothing Bundt Cakes for being named the winners of the 2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals, a Cobb Chamber networking group for professionals in their 20s and 30s. A.J. Brooks, assistant vice president … Continued

Little Vine Vineyard

Little Vine Vineyards and Winery in Villa Rica, Georgia, is bringing back a tradition of fine wines once produced in Western Georgia in the 1890s. This area of the state at one time was a major vineyard and winery center with some 20,000 acres planted in bunch grapes before Prohibition. The grapes at Little Vine Vineyards are the first commercial…

2nd #ME Youth Empowerment Event for Atlanta Teenage Girls

The Ludacris Foundation & John Casablancas Centers hosted 2nd #ME Youth Empowerment Event for Atlanta Teenage Girls. Key topics included Branding One’s Self, Creating Your Own Personal Style and Discovering the You Inside of You. Macy’s, the retail sponsor, rocked some of its pieces on the runway at the culminating fashion show. Photos by Prime Phocus

Happy Eating In

Granted, the kitchen isn’t everyone’s domain, but these four cool kitchen products will make it a more fun and entertaining place for all in your life to enjoy—we promise.

SOHO

When Frank Smith opened SOHO in 1997 with his college roommates, he hadn’t considered where his restaurant would be in 20 years.

Fashion Around the Corner

 Article Kim McClure* | Photography Donna Permell  JosiesFriends.com  Online consignment store based in Smyrna

Talking Taxes with Calvin Bomar

 Article Joy Webb | Photography Donna Permell  How long have you been a tax attorney? How can readers find you?  I have been a tax attorney for 18 years. I opened my Atlanta office in 2008 and moved to the Vinings area at Galleria Office Park in 2012.

I’m Feeling Stylish. How About You?

We’ve all had that moment when our closet is full but we can’t find a single thing to wear. Whether it’s too big, too small, or just plain last season, the perfect outfit can be difficult to find. It’s no wonder, too. Our style is the first thing the rest of the world sees, and … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Smyrna Student to Study Chinese in China on Scholarship Mikaela Sanders, a high school student at The Westminster Schools, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mikaela is one of approximately 670 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, … Continued

Fashion Instagram-style

 Article Flavia Teles  Instagram has become a fashion conduit for millions. The following are six noteworthy Instagrammers who may inspire your sartorial senses this season:            1. Brandon Maxwell, fashion designer and creative director    

Atlanta Regional Polo Center

The Atlanta Regional Polo Center will be having polo practice from 6 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday until the end of October. The club is located Vinings on Polo Lane. Surrounded by acres of manicured grounds, an incredible polo field and featuring more than 60 playing members, the club is by far the premier polo club in Georgia. AtlantaPoloCenter.com

Dress Up Your Plate

 Photography Donna Permell  Ingredients:  1/2 ounce canola oil

The Walker School Celebrates Science and Technology

 Article and Photography Provided  Currently under construction by Hodges & Hicks Contractors, The Walker School’s new 47,000-square-foot building will be the home of the school’s middle and upper school science and technology programs in fall 2018.  Designed by architect Mike Mascheri with Chapman Coyle Chapman, the facility includes four middle school science labs, three full-size VEX robotics courts for middle and…

Pets and Their Mess

 Article Jason Wyant  Being in the cleaning business, a lot of people ask us how to keep their homes clean when they have pets.  Our pets can be our best friends and even family members, but they’re not good at picking up after themselves or even keeping their smells confined to themselves.  At Maid Right, we know one of the…

Places to Bark About

 Article and Photography Flavia Teles  Perk-N-Pooch: Dog Wash & Coffee Shop    Grooming is something dogs cannot do by themselves. They rely on your help for good hygiene to stay healthy and happy. Along with coat and skin care, dental, nail and ear care are just as essential to prevent unwelcome infections and illnesses. Certain breeds with long or dense coats require…

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people you share … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

The Center for Natural & Holistic Health new office location The Center for Natural & Holistic Health new office location in Vinings, GA Dr. Shonna Babrow-Goodrich is excited to announce the new location of her practice in Vinings, GA. “Relocating to Vinings is a good fit and the decision was long in the making.” says … Continued