Smyrna’s New Event Space

Have you ever considered how tables can be some of the most awkward yet valuable parts of our lives? We are all too familiar with long silences at dinner that invoke grave discomfort - those moments when all you want is to leave but you know that would be rude. Yet on the other side, there are those times when…

I See 2020

Five, Four, Three, Two, One! As we begin 2020, a new decade, we set goals for what we want our future selves to be like and look like. We take a glance back at where we have been and what we have done, and we try to remember to extend ourselves grace. January is a … Continued

Anime Weekend Atlanta

Anime Weekend Atlanta is a fun, interpersonal event where weebs can meet others just like them. Small artists showcase their amazing talents at booths in the hall of shops with cool things to take home. With everyone enraptured in the panels, cosplay, and cool merch this convention is fun for everyone. 

January 2020 Around Town

MLK Day 2020 at the Atlanta History Center Come enjoy this special community day, which features inspiring performances, programs, and historical simulations that highlight contributions and stories of African Americans in Atlanta.  Among this year’s highlights is a performance of Walking Through the Valley written by Addae Moon, Atlanta History Center’s Director of Museum Theatre. Set in … Continued

Nightly Beauty Routines

Megan Elliot, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, started her website, Lush to Blush, in March of 2012. It was a way for her to share advice about beauty, luxury travel, and more.

East Cobb Citizen of the Year Announcement

The Cobb Chamber’s East Cobb Area Council has selected two community members as its 2019 Citizens of the Year. Citizen of the Year Awards are given to honor an individual whose impact through the years will be recognized and regarded with pride as a role model throughout the area. These outstanding citizens were chosen for … Continued

Fitness, Nutrition, Accountability

 When did your certified fitness coaching career begin and how?  My love for fitness began as a really skinny freshman in high school researching strategies and implementing my own workouts. Around school people noticed my changes from 146 lbs. to 228lbs. at 8 % body fat in just 2 years. From then, I aspired to help others change their bodies…

More Than Healthcare

According to the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, one in six Georgians has low literacy skills, and 63% of Georgia’s third graders are not reading on grade level.[i] That is why WellStar Health System, one of the largest and most integrated health systems in Georgia, is joining forces with the Rotary Clubs of Marietta, Smyrna and Atlanta-Brasil on a new…

Where Did the Time Go?

I often ask myself, “Where did the time go?” around this time every year. Busy lives can make time pass by so fast. Soon, my daughter will be going off to college, then off into the work world and making a family of her own. Whew! Can I please slow down? Lately, I’ve been taking time to smell the roses … Continued

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

This holiday season, give a gift that won’t be returned or put into a closet, where it will languish unloved for years. With these unique and well-made products, recipients will be smiling from ear to ear. And, since they are easy to find, so will you, since your holiday shopping just became a lot easier.

Tasting at Hotel Indigo at the Public House Restaurant

From The Public Houses' delectable octopus to their own style of grits, Food influencers loved every bit of the tasting presented by Chef Chris.  Foodies enjoyed libations too; try the Indigo Blue Cocktail that's festive and tasty.

December 2019 Around Town

Coming Home for the Holidays—Annual Tree Lighting and Celebration Annual Holiday Season Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting at the Smyrna Community Center/Village Green:  Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. •5 p.m. – Activities begin •7 p.m. – Parade begins, followed by the tree lighting by Santa •8 p.m. – The Big Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony happens with Santa, and there are lots of … Continued

Dr. Susan Orillosa

Drug overdose deaths continue to impact communities in the United States as Americans and their physicians navigate pain management solutions that are effective yet safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. Opioids were involved in 67.8% (47,600) of overdose deaths that year. Every death is one…

As Easy as Pie

 PEACH PIE  TasteOfHome.com  Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

The Cobb Chamber and Community Partners Recognize Educators

The Cobb Chamber and its community partners pulled out all the stops to recognize the achievements of Cobb’s educators. More than 130 Teachers of the Year receive a hero’s honor including a breakfast and high-energy pep rally with more than 2,000 students. Teachers were showered with gifts—even a free one-year car lease of their choice from Ed … Continued

Jamaica 2019

What does New Year’s mean to you? Renewal, a clean slate, promises and resolutions? Well, after years of broken resolutions, I have created my own vision of New Year's. This version consists of one-of-a-kind experiences that allow you to get outside of comfort zones, relish in family and broaden your horizons. Now to convince my family to give up black-eyed peas, collards and cornbread. We…

Remembering Experiences and Connections

As November rolls around, we’re eagerly 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

November 2019 Around Town

The Ultimate Sugar Show The Ultimate Sugar Show hosts a Bake Supply trade show a Sugar Art Expo on the same weekend at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The Trade Show/Expo is open Nov. 9-10. Activities Include: Cake decorating and Sugar Art hands-on classes Live Sugar Art challenges On-stage demos Sugar Art competition Southern sweets tasting competition Raffles and giveaways Kids … Continued

Beato Goes to Brazil Book Launch Party

The Beato Goes to Brazil book launch party was at the Consulate of Brazil in Atlanta. Mr. Kaupert told the audience how excited the consulate was to see a children's book about a traveling cat going to Brazil. Samba was performed by the Fogo Brasil group and there was a talk by Atlanta-based author Sucheta Rawal.

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

An Interview with the Mayor

You’ve been mayor since 1985, when your father, Arthur T. Bacon, passed away while in office. How did you get into politics, and why?

The Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is much more than a time to go on an eating rampage with friends and family; it is more so a demonstration of our gratitude to the ones we love.      

A Grand Experience

As I gazed at my view overlooking a lush garden of tropical flora, smelling the salt in the air, a fresh breeze crossing my sun-kissed cheeks, I knew I was in my happy place. It was only four months ago that I was fortunate enough to take a trip to the Riviera Maya in Mexico to explore one of the newest…

Fall Fun

Summer may be seen as the outdoor season, but autumn also offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun. Try some of these family activities, and fill your kids' senses with delight.

Steak and Wine, Please!

If you’re looking for great food in an equally impressive atmosphere, head to 101 Steak. Located in the heart of Vinings, the restaurant’s vibe is a combination of a friendly neighborhood bar and fine dining.

Pie Makes Life Better

Raised in her mother’s and grandmothers’ kitchens, Amanda Dalton Wilbanks was baking from a young age with fresh fruit picked from her grandfather’s farm and showing her love through desserts, but it wasn’t until her mother-in-law taught her how to make her very first pate brisée at the age of 25 that Amanda realized she could connect others with her…

Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Public House

The Public House at Vinings, located in the Hotel Indigo, is gearing up for Oktoberfest. Running Oct. 7-20, 4-7 p.m., the menu will feature many German delicacies.

Food, Glorious Food

Are you hungry, Smyrna Vinings? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the Foodie issue! We spent the last few months in search of the most delicious bites Smyrna Vinings has to offer, and we found more than enough material to fill … Continued

Smyrna’s Wolfe Adult Recreation Center Members Go Interesting Places

Members of Smyrna’s Wolfe Adult Recreation Center took a wonderful tour of fascinating places this past August. Some of the highlights include tours of the Thronateeksa Heritage, Science and Discovery Museum, Albany Civil Rights Institute, Flowers Heritage Museum 100 years of Baking Exhibit, the Dillion Candy Factory and the Taste of Thomasville Food Tour.

October 2019 Around Town

Smyrna Jonquil Festival The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of Oct. 26-27. The Fall Jonquil Festival is held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna, next to the fabulous Market Village.  The festival has a history of more than 22 years and will feature more than 125 hand-made arts and crafts booths, local nonprofit booths, … Continued

Pina Brava

The food at Los Bravos is fresh, made to order, authentic Mexican food. The owner, Max Angel Sr., and son, Max Jr., strive every day to give their customers the best food and service in town.

Wood-Grilled Swordfish with Pumpkin Ravioli and Haricot Verts

Fall is here, and new menus are rolling out with our favorite fall flavors. Bonefish Grill has a delicious "Wood-Grilled Swordfish with Pumpkin Ravioli and Haricot Verts." This combination of seafood and pumpkin is promised to make your tastebuds do explosions in your mouth.

Shops You Will Love

Shopping at The Battery ATL is just plain fun. A day of shopping, dining, great weather and chopping it up with a best friend never gets old. Take a glimpse at a couple of different looks from shops at The Battery ATL and go have some fun.

Baked Stuffed Salmon

Wild-caught fish is the standard at Hook Line & Schooner, along with all fresh ingredients. No microwaves or frozen fish at this local restaurant.

Wine, Dine and Save Marine Life

Dive into your passion for wine and giving at the 14th annual Aqua Vino at Georgia Aquarium on Friday, Oct. 4, offering an exclusive opportunity to sample more than 150 wines from around the world, cuisine from more than 40 of Atlanta’s premier restaurants, and directly benefit Georgia Aquarium’s global research and conservation programs. 

We Love Style

In the magazine world, the September issue is the most anticipated arrival of the year. It’s the unofficial first look at this season’s fashion trends and predictions for the upcoming year. It’s the issue fashionistas can’t wait to get their hands on. So it is with much excitement that we present you, dear reader, with … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Woofstock is Coming to Smyrna! Woofstock is one of the largest pet adoption events in the Southeast with 40,000 pet lovers. It features a variety of activities for the whole family (including all family pets) to enjoy! The event includes live music, dog contests, pet adoptions, vendors, arts and crafts, delicious food trucks and ice-cold beverages. … Continued

Cobb Chambers After Hours Event at dk Gallery

Chamber members enjoyed an evening mixing with fellow business leaders at dk Gallery for the Cobb Chamber’s July Business After Hours event. Complimentary food and drinks were provided by Carriage House Catering, and talented pianist Christine Rosander provided the backbeat to a great night. The Cobb Chamber’s next Business After Hours event will be Sept. 12.  

Vinings Gallery by Denard

After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Denard Stalling moved to Atlanta in 1989 and started working at a gallery. There, he met Gary Handler. He had no idea that 10 years later they would be opening their own gallery together.

She Said

My wife, Myles, and I purchased a new home last summer. Although this home did not have the basement we wanted, the home itself and the large backyard gave us the wow factor.

How Technology and Emerging Trends are Changing IRS

Tax is something that pervades every area of business, and it is of great benefit for business owners to understand the types of things that IRS focuses on and goes after—as well as their emerging priorities and capabilities.

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.  

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

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

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. 

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