I love November.

I have always loved November. Besides being my birthday month, it is the season of change in the south. Flip flops and shorts are put away for good (or at least until the next south Florida beach vacation) and boots, skinny jeans, and wool sweaters again dominate my closet. As the seasons change, we thought it would be appropriate to…

Vinings Lifestyle Launch Party

A mix of residents, business owners and people in the know gathered in September for the official launch of Vinings Lifestyle magazine at Paces & Vine. Hosted by Publisher Donald Hawkins. Photography Mia McCorkle of JTM Photography Atlanta, JTMPhotoAtlanta.com

November 2015 Around Town

On Saturday, September 26, Delta’s first female pilot and retired Captain Joy Walker took to the skies once again to mark another “first” in the airline’s history book: The first National Girls in Aviation Day.

The ‘Momager’ behind McCray’s

You may not know Rachel McCray. But you should. She is the driving presence behind McCray's Tavern in Smyrna and the Jill-of-all-trades who keeps all the plates spinning and balls in the air. When asked about her official role at McCray's, Rachel had to think for awhile. She finally said, "I'm the momager. I just take care of things."

The New Vinings

Vinings, Georgia, is more than the few square miles off Paces Ferry. It's bigger than the locally-dubbed "true Vinings" though that area could certainly be seen as the heart of the region. Unofficially, Vinings now extends much farther, including parts of Smyrna, Mableton and Atlanta. A Vinings zip code was even recently established that extends from the new Braves stadium…

What does $500,000 look like in Smyrna?

Have you ever wondered what the real estate in your neighborhood really looked like? Or maybe have you spent time thinking about that drool-worthy house in the area you drive by all the time and want to know how it can command the price it does? Or do you just wonder what $500,000 (or $300,000 or $900,000) can get you…

Let’s Fall for Caramel

Caramel is one of my favorite fall flavors. I love it mixed in hot cider or dripping down the sides of a ripe apple, or just a plain square of it can brighten up any day. One of my favorite flavor combinations though is when popcorn meets caramel. This salty, sweet relationship is enough to make anyone fall in love.

Big Canoe

There is a lot you won’t find here -- the low hum of lawnmowers; the revving snarl of motorcycles; annoying horn honks from impatient drivers. Passing through the check-in gate, a drive across the covered bridge means you enter a world devoid of sound you didn’t realize existed. At first it seems an uncomfortable quiet that causes even suburban dwellers…

Street Lines

Since 1998, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator continues to scratch that itch for motorists who desire a luxury SUV geared towards providing an almost regal, king-of-the-road experience. The carmaker happily boasts “improved utility, craftsmanship and comfort,” and the difference is certainly noticeable. Its heightened efficiency in ’15 raises eyebrows as well; this model possesses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 heart which packs 380 horsepower and 16/20…

Mayor Bacon Visits The Goddard School

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon visited The Goddard School in Vinings to read to it's eager students. The preschoolers were excited to welcome the mayor and listened intently.

The Uber for Hair & Makeup

Whether you have long hair, short hair, curly, stick straight, or as frizzy as they come, you’re in for a treat with the new on-demaind beauty service from Blownaway. Planning a last minute night on the town and want to get the perfect look? Need last minute hair and makeup for a wedding? Blownaway is a mobile app that acts…

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving hasn’t always conjured up images of a picture-perfect family gathered around the table, joyously partaking of turkey and pumpkin pie. The history and celebration of our American Thanksgiving is fraught with amusing traditions and colorful characters. Here are nine things you might not know about everyone’s favorite November holiday: