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.
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!
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!
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
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
The Public House at the Hotel Indigo Vinings hosts a monthly Spirited Dinner—not your usual wine dinner—to discuss whether your riesling has an essence of gasoline. This dinner is a real dinner party, with an in-house chef and mixologist. It's an intimate group of 16, so grab an invite if you can! ThePublicHouseRestaurants.com
The Vinings Village Civic Club continued its long tradition of hosting candidate forums before the primary elections. An overflowing crowd attended the forum at the Cochise Club in May to hear presentations by district candidates.
Dermatologist and award-winning photographer Dr. Alan Gardner held an art show in his office showcasing the amazing photographs he's taken all over the world. Many patients and friends shopped for the perfect picture and went home with several prints and gorgeous framed photographs.
The WellStar Vinings Health Park, which opened in September 2017, held a ribbon-cutting in April to celebrate the opening of its outpatient surgery center. The Vinings Health Park is WellStar’s newest, and third, health park in Cobb County
The Vinings Village Civic Club celebrated its centennial birthday at the Vinings Library this past March. Fond memories of the first meeting in 1919 were brought to life and all who attended had a good time.
Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Atlanta Braves commemorated the opening of the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta with a ribbon-cutting celebration. The official hotel of the Atlanta Braves is located at The Battery Atlanta, the city’s newest mixed-use complex and home to SunTrust Park, the Coca-Cola Roxy, shopping, dining and office space.
GI Specialists of Georgia recently held an open house and ribbon-cutting at its nnew location in the WellStar Vinings Health Park on Atlanta Road. Cobb County Chamber members, colleagues, neighbors and Vinings Lifestyle readers came out to support the doctors and wish them well.
Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting on Martha Home's founder and creative director, hosted a book signing for Emily Ley, author of Simplified Life. Lines wrapped around Vinings Jubilee's newest boutique for the chance to meet the author and take pictures with this inspiring "mompreneur."
Christmas at Brawner Hall was held December 15 and featured holiday treats, hay "sleigh" rides, children's activities, Dickens carolers, a Christmas movie and visits with Santa. Admission was one new or gently-used coat, and the event collected approximately 150 coats that were donated to the Smyrna location of MUST Ministries.
Announcing Smyrna’s newest event venue: The Reed House, 3080 Atlanta Road. The house sits on 3.6 acres of landscaped property. At more than 4,500 square feet, the stunning two-story home is considered to be a combination of Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles of architecture. Photography by Pedro Jesus.
Smyrna and the Taylor-Brawner House Foundation held the fourth annual Taylor-Brawner Park with Art fine art exhibit and sale October 6-15 at the Taylor-Brawner House. This annual event included more than two dozen of the region’s most accomplished artists. A popular silent auction was conducted during the opening night reception.
Casper's Friendly Fall Festival had carnival games, inflatables, a hayride, crafts and much more. It was open to children up to 12 years old and their families and took place around the fountain in front of the Smyrna Community Center and on the Veterans Memorial lawn.
Residents at Provident Village Creekside enjoyed a beautiful day strolling down memory lane and reminiscing about the cars they drove growing up. A good time was had by everyone, those young and not so young. Can you name the make, model and year? Email your guesses to email@example.com.
The readers of Vinings Lifestyle have chosen the 2017 Best of Smyrna-Vinings businesses! There are a few not pictured; check out the September issue for the full list. Congratulations to this year's winners.
More than 880 readers sent in an RSVP for this affair. Readers won door prizes, sampled food and participated in a silent party. There were more than 40 vendors mixing it up with the readers as well and a fabulous jazz cafe on the back patio. Stay tuned for next year's event!
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is full of wish list realities. One jewel in this fan-friendly, first-of-its-kind stadium, is the field-level Mercedes-Benz Club. Fans above the Club take a private elevator underneath the belly of the stadium and enjoy field-level dining and viewing!
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is the epicenter for business in Cobb County. New businesses, seasoned business leaders and politicians roll up their sleeves and get to work. Join the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Visit CobbChamber.org for more information.
For the second time in three years, Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star team has been crowned state champions in the Rookie Baseball Tournament, which was created in 2013 for 7- and 8-year-olds. The Smyrna team won with a final score of 8-2.
Orangetheory is now open for business. Check out the new location in the West Village. Their trainers are phenomenal and the facility is state of the art. Congratulations to the sister duo, Kim and Julie, on their third location!
The WellStar Foundation raised more than $800,000 during the first private event at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre in the Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park. The Roxy was transformed into an elegant 600-person ballroom where business leaders and community philanthropists gathered for the annual event benefiting vital trauma services for WellStar Health System.
Live! at the Battery Atlanta is home to Sports & Social, a sports bar and restaurant that is so much more. One of its features is a 30-foot, high-resolution LED screen that serves as a backdrop for watching live sporting events as well as social games and activities throughout the venue.
The staff at Vinings Lifestyle toured SunTrust Park. We had so much fun down in the belly of this state-of-the-art stadium, taking in all of the memorabilia, mouthwatering restaurants and fun activities for everyone from 5 to 95. The MLB.com Ballpark app is your mobile companion when visiting SunTrust Park.
The Vinings Lifestyle team attended a private dinner last week at Bonefish Grill at Akers Mill Square. The beautiful private dining room tucked away in the back of the restaurant is perfect for special occasions and business meetings. The night was full of amazing food and specialty drinks.
The aroma of freshly baked wedding cake filled the air as thousands of brides-to-be searched for the perfect dress, a photographer with an eye, designers with amazing taste, honeymoons to die for and planners that have ESP. Go to BeABride.net for more information about the next event on August 13.
The City of Smyrna held the 3rd annual Christmas at Brawner. High school volunteers and city employees provided games, crafts, hay rides, cookie decorating, s'mores, balloon twisting, holiday music and train rides to see Santa. Admission was a new or gently used coat to be donated to MUST Ministries.
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce conducted several Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies over the past couple of weeks. Congratulations to iFly, Roman Roofing, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, Freddy's Custard and Steak Burgers and Tin Lizzy's on opening their businesses.
Drum roll please! Congratulations to the Vinings Village Civic Club for being selected as Business of the Year at the Vinings Business Association Luncheon. Sharon Meinhardt, the President of the organization was thrilled to receive the award on behalf of the organization.
The Public House Restaurant, nestled inside Hotel Indigo on Paces Ferry Rd., celebrated their first year in business since the renovation of the hotel. Guests enjoyed great food, drinks and delightful conversation. Public House Restaurant is a great place to relax with colleagues, family and friends.
Recently, Vinings Lifestyle magazine hosted a Health and Wellness Professionals Mixer along with dermatologist, Dr. Alan Gardner. Held at one of Vinings' newest restaurants, 101 Steak, the crowd enjoyed an evening of delicious food, drinks and networking.
A+ Pediatric Dentistry of Atlanta worked with Operation Gratitude and the local Legion Posts for their 4th Annual Candy Buyback Costume Party. They collected over 700 lbs of candy which will be sent to troops overseas. Kids exchanged candy for money and were able to party with DJ Willy Wow!
Local business owners, community members and Vinings Lifestyle staff recently celebrated the 'Best of Smyrna/Vinings' awards. Delicious food was provided by Creatwood Tavern and awards by Trophy Hut. Community organizations in attendance included the Smyrna Business Association, Vinings Historic Preservation Society, Vinings Business Association, and Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Jaha Howard’s campaign for Georgia State Senator celebrated the grand opening of a new campaign office at Roam @ Galleria recently. Supporters indulged in an evening of fun, drinks, snacks...and canvassing!
The Smyrna Public Safety Foundation Heroes Gala took place on September 10, 2016 at Remington Hall at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna. A sold out crowd enjoyed a full buffet featuring Kenny's Great Pies and Rev Coffee, along with line-dancing and a silent auction. Several corporations sponsored tables including WellStar.
The 20th Annual Vinings Down Hill 5K, dubbed the fastest 5K in Atlanta, raced into the history books on this August. Hosted by the Vinings Rotary Club, hundreds of Atlantans braved the heat to run the 5K and party together in Vinings Jubilee afterward.
The Smyrna Rotary Club helped to celebrate the birth of Smyrna with family and friends during the official Smyrna Birthday Celebration on August 6, 2016. High-energy music, festival foods, birthday festivities, and a kids entertainment area added to the excitement of the annual event. Photography by Smyrna Rotary Club
There is a new place in Smyrna to find fabulous footwear: Ms. Heel Boutique. This boutique specializes in high heels and other glamorous finds and recently threw a posh grand opening party to celebrate their launch. Ms. Heel is located in the new shopping center, Shops at Belmont. MsHeel.com
School is now back in session for kids in Cobb County schools. From teachers to administrators to parents and of course students, everyone is excited to transition to a new school year. Here are some first day of school photos to prove it!
Dr. Jaha Howard and the rest of the staff at A+ Pediatric Dentistry of Atlanta invited their patients to a fun-filled summer party. With pizza, face-painting and lots of good fun, both kids and adults found great reasons to love their dentist! AtlantaKidSmiles.com
Executive Chef Nicholas Walker is a hidden gem in the Atlanta culinary scene though he serves 100,000 guests each year at Cobb Galleria Centre. He recently hosted a Chef’s Table for area influencers showcasing cuisine inspired by his Georgia roots. Check out this drool-worthy food! (More information: cobbgalleria.com)
Recently, The Smyrna Team hosted a client appreciation event at SkyZone in Kennesaw. Current and former clients spent the afternoon jumping for joy. The Smyrna Team sponsors client appreciation events several times a year to continue their relationship with clients who often become friends. TheSmyrnaTeam.com
The Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, which is an organization to promote the achievement of women in culinary professions, celebrated their 20th anniversary over a private dinner at 4th & Swift. The extravagant affair, A Platinum and Emerald Evening, was hosted by Chef Jay Swift.