September 2015 Around Town 3


House of Lu Renovation

For Atlantans looking for upscale and trendy Asian cuisine, they now need to look no further than the House of Lu restaurant in historic Marietta Square. After its much-anticipated renovation, the restaurant is now sleek and modern while still serving the tasty food for which it has been known for years.

After 17 years, the family-run business owners understood they needed to modernize their Asian restaurant, but they wanted to stay away from typical Asian décor. Enter award-winning interior designer Cassandra Buckalew, who has worked on many full scale interior design renovations both for businesses and on the residential side. She used her vision to create a hip, yet still authentic restaurant.

Buckalew oversaw the entire renovation project and helped to transform the space from blah to beautiful. One of the most striking things she decided to do was to commission both Chinese and Vietnamese artwork to adorn the walls. She used these original art pieces to bring in key elements of these two cultures, both of which are represented in the Lu family, in an understated way. This artwork has also been able to create strong focal points throughout the restaurant. The circular bar and plush banquette seating around the wall is now the perfect place for meeting for drinks in the Marietta Square or sampling an order of some delicious coconut shrimp with friends.

The House of Lu prides itself on being committed to using quality ingredients in their dishes and serving the Lu family’s original recipes. Since opening in 1997, the restaurant has garnered many fans, including famed chef and TV host, Alton Brand. He consistently lists House of Lu among his favorite Atlanta-area restaurants.

The House of Lu is located at 89 Cherokee St. Marietta, GA, directly behind The Strand Theatre. It is open daily and offers catering and delivery options as well as dining in.

Sprouts Smyrna Grand Opening

One of the most anticipated events of the summer in Smyrna was the opening the area’s first Sprouts Farmers Market. Sprouts is one of the fastest growing retailers in the country and opened their Smyrna location to the public on June 10.  The store opened to enthusiastic crowds filling every available parking space and standing in line for the opportunity to be among the first to shop at the new store.

The new store is located in the brand new Olde Ivy Village shopping center on the corner of South Cobb Dr. and East West Connector on the former site of a Home Depot Supply warehouse. Olde Ivy Village is now home to Krispy Kreme, Del Taco, Uncle Maddio’s and several other key businesses. It is adjacent to RaceTrac.

The 28,000-square-foot Sprouts Farmers Market offers a variety of fresh, organic, natural foods at very competitive prices. In addition to fresh produce, they also offer a large selection of vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, bulk foods, frozen foods, and natural household and body care products. Sprouts caters to their customers’ growing interest in health and wellness and celebrates the idea that their customers are active participants in deciding what food goes in their bodies.

Sprouts Farmers Market is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and operates 200 stores in 12 states, while employing more than 18,000 team members. With two more Sprouts Farmers Market stores opening in Georgia in late summer or early fall, there will be a total of seven stores in the state.  All of the Sprouts stores are currently slated to be in the Atlanta metro area.

4330 East West Connector, Smyrna, Ga 30082

Save The Date: Faith. Hope. Love Mom Conference is coming

The Faith. Hope. Love. Mom Conference (FHL) is coming to Cobb County November 7, 2015. The full-day event (9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be held at Riverside Epicenter in Austell, Georgia. It is designed to empower and inspire women who are committed to the success of their families. Speakers include Toni Carey from Black Girls Run! and HGTV host, Egypt Sherrod.

The FHL Conference is trying to change the conversation about motherhood, taking the focus away from the obvious and talking about the one thing many moms often overlook – themselves. During this event, expert speakers (all moms themselves) will give moms inspiration as well as empower and educate them. The FHL Conference wants give moms in the area a time and space to dream again, to spend time taking care of themselves, and to allow them to stand in the fullness of who they is right now.

Tickets for the FHL Conference cost $135/person and include lunch. All are welcome. Even women who are not moms in the traditional sense but are grandmothers, caregivers, aunts, or guardians may be able to benefit from this conference. Tickets are on sale now at