More Than Realtors

“The Smyrna Team”, a premier Keller Williams Real Estate team, is known around Smyrna as fun, professional and giving. Eddie Hudson, Tracy Gaudiano and John Zercher lead their team with over 60 combined years of experience in real estate. As they serve the Smyrna community, you will often hear them say “We don’t just sell real estate in Smyrna, we…

Hone Your Craft

Music lessons develop such valuable skills that provide a firm foundation for learning and life. Learning an instrument positively impacts the brain, helps with reading, math and other subjects.  Practicing and dedication helps teach commitment, and builds confidence and personal development skills.  

I Love My Home

I love my home.  It’s more than a home, it’s my own little world.  No matter how challenging the world becomes, I can always go home and have a scoop of ice cream.  Make that two scoops. This months issue gives insight to lots of home services like plumbing and flooring.  Who knew how important these … Continued

Hook Line and Schooner raises money for shelter animals

Hook Line and Schooner, a local restaurant in the West Village hosted a FUNraiser to benefit sheltered dogs and cats in Cobb County.  Brawner Hall was the setting for the Frank Sinatra impersonator, Gabriel Russo, who crooned while over 100 animal lovers raised over $7000.  

March 2020 Around Town

Cobb County School Board Elects New Chair, Vice-Chair  In a special called meeting on January 7, the Cobb County School District (CCSD) Board of Education held the annual vote to elect a new Board Chair and Vice-Chair.   The Board voted Brad Wheeler, Post 7, to the position of Board Chair. David Banks, Post 5, was named to the position of Vice-Chair.  In addition to … Continued

Find the right flooring for your lifestyle

Fleming Flooring & Design Centers, located in Marietta, is a family owned and operated business started by Al Fleming in 1971. Today, the store has a 1000 square foot showroom where consumers, interior decorators, and contractors can find a large variety of products.

Plumbing Tips That Back You Up

Faulty plumbing is frustrating to contend with, so we asked Kim Vega, Residential General Manager of the Dupree Plumbing Company, to outline three key principles for shipshape upkeeping.    

What is Orangetheory Fitness?

Orangetheory is a 1-hour, full-body workout, focused on training endurance, strength and power. The three components of Orange Theory are the treadmill, rowers (use 80% or more of the muscles in your body) and floor strength exercises. 

Making The Future

Code Ninjas Smyrna/Vinings is a local, family-owned branch of Code Ninjas’ national franchise. Children learn to code in a fun, safe, and inspiring learning environment.  Code Ninjas' engaging game-based curriculum teaches teamwork, logic, math, and problem-solving. They gain vital skills while having a blast.   As a truly universal language, coding may be the most important second language a child can…

An Extra Day To Create

February—has an extra day this year!  An extra day to create something amazing.  “Making stuff” is the future.  Coding and crafting robots to making circuits that allow things to fly is the latest and greatest trend for kids.  Check out the feature on Code Ninjas, one of Vinings local businesses that should be on every … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Honorary Commanders Association Announces its 2020 Class The Honorary Commanders Association annually selects community and business leaders and pairs them with military personnel in a yearlong program designed to give leaders an opportunity to learn about military activities, their impact on the economy and the aspects of the national defense system. Jan Apo                 MUST Ministries Mike … Continued

Life Is Short Stretch It Out

When David Southers and his wife Virginia Lazala moved to Atlanta in 2018, they wanted to open a business that would benefit the people in their new community. David, whose background is in social services, and Virginia, who is a corporate lawyer, were also looking for a healthier, more laid back lifestyle.

The American Craft Show

The American Craft Show (ACC), a three-day celebration taking place March 13th - 15th at the Cobb Galleria Centre, features approximately 230 of the country’s leading artists specializing in contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, home goods and décor. This year’s show has a strong representation of artists and crafters from the southeast with more than 20 Atlanta-area artists participating, including Debra Kidd…

The Mayor’s Ball

The 36th annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta is a premier fundraising gala and major social event focusing on raising awareness of the need and benefits of a college education. The Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta is an evening of celebration attended by national celebrities, civic leaders, alumni, dignitaries, volunteers and friends of UNCF.

Add some sparkle to your life

Highland Diamond, which opened its doors in 2017 right here in Midtown, is not your average jewelry store. While it does feature beautiful jewelry and stylish watches, this boutique store specializes in custom-designed pieces, including the repurposing and repair of heirloom items that have been passed down for generations.

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…

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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…

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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

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.

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.