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.  

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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,…

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

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

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.

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

“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

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

Design Within Reach

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

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!

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. 

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…

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

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

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. 

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

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