Marietta Greek Festival

Opa! Come be Greek for the day at the largest cultural event in Northwest Georgia on May 18-20 The 28th Annual Marietta Greek Festival is a family fun event with live music, costumed dancers performing in the amphitheater, unique shopping and children’s games, activities and crafts.

Enjoy heavenly Greek pastries, portable Greek street food, and Greek wine, beer and liqueur from Niko’s Pub. You can also take a guided tour of the Byzantine-style sanctuary to see the iconography and to learn more about the Orthodox faith.

Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. The festival donates a portion of its proceeds to the local community through Habitat for Humanity and Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Society.

The festival is held on the church grounds located at 3431 Trickum Road in Marietta. It will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. There will be free parking and continuous free shuttle services.

Chicken Salad Chick is open in Vinings!

Chicken Salad Chick is the nation’s only Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept. It has opened at The Station at Vinings. Enjoy more than a dozen specialty chicken salad flavors, fresh soups, salads, sides and full-service catering.

The Chicken Salad Chick concept was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder Stacy Brown. When she discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew.

Under the baton of CEO Scott Devine and with majority investment partner Eagle Merchant Partners, the company now has 84 restaurants in nine states across the Southeast. This new location marks the 20th Chicken Salad Chick location in Georgia, and the ninth location for Origin Development Group, an Atlanta-based restaurant development fund founded by Darren DeVore and Lauren Fernandez.

For more information about menu offerings, visit

Amy Kessler Joins Jim Chapman Communities as Sales Manager

Amy Kessler has joined Jim Chapman Communities, metro Atlanta’s premier 55+ homebuilder, as sales manager. She will oversee home sales and marketing activities for Jim Chapman Communities, including those completed or under construction in Buckhead, Cobb County, Forsyth County, Dawson, Hall, North Fulton and Cherokee Counties.

“I am delighted to welcome Amy to our team,” Chapman said. “… She knows the greater Atlanta area and has successfully marketed established communities as well as those under development. Her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm are a great fit for our company and our communities.”

Polo at the Palisades

The Greater North Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. is hosting a fundraiser on May 20, Polo At The Palisades: The Atlanta Polo Classic. Proceeds will benefit Jack and Jill of America Foundations, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – sickle cell disease.

Enjoy a polo match, live concert, retail village and silent auction. The event will be held at the Atlanta Regional Polo Center located in Vinings.

Jack and Jill of America Inc. is a national nonprofit organization of mothers who work to develop effective educational and enrichment programs for future leaders between the ages of 2-19 through legislative advocacy, philanthropic, community-based programming and academic enrichment. The Jack and Jill of America Foundation Inc., founded in 1968, was also established to support causes and initiatives that create a strong foundation for children to reach their full potential.

Punch Bowl Social Open at The Battery Atlanta

Punch Bowl Social has opened its first property in the Southeastern U.S., a 25,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment destination in The Battery Atlanta. The award-winning lifestyle brand pairs made-from-scratch dishes and craft beverages with social activities such as shuffleboard, pingpong, classic video games, bowling, virtual reality and Skee-Ball.

Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO Robert Thompson, says Atlanta had been on his radar for quite some time.

“Atlanta has a unique mix of urban sophistication and southern charm,” he says. “It has a vitality and welcoming vibe that fits well with the Punch Bowl Social brand. Add in the desirable Battery Atlanta location, proximity to SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Braves and you couldn’t ask for a more ideal location to call home. We’re thrilled to make our Southeastern debut in Atlanta.”


Punch Bowl Social boldly reverses what has long been the industry standard of “games first” by placing food and drink on equal footing with social activities. This innovative approach has enabled Punch Bowl Social to reinvent the social gaming and dining space.

Meet Melea Celeste

Melea Celeste is a holistic health coach and sexual abuse advocate with Live Safe Resources out of Marietta. She is a dedicated advocate fighting for the rights of children who have been victims of child sexual abuse and works with the community to raise awareness of the growing epidemic of child sexual abuse. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Melea uses her own experience and countless hours of training to educate parents on prevention and intervention methods through her Hope and Protect educational series.

Melea’s mission is to not only to be a source of information but also to be a source of hope for other survivors. By getting educated on prevention and intervention methods, we will not only keep our children safe but also make our community a safer place.

Mill Creek Residential Announces PreLeasing for Modera by Mill Creek

Modera Vinings broke ground in June 2016 and Mill Creek Residential is now preleasing studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

Located at 3205 Cumberland Blvd., this live, work, play community will feature restaurants, retail, a private pond with paddle boat rentals, access to the Silver Comet Trail and bike rentals.

“With the development of Modera Vinings, it’s been our goal to build on the vibrant culture of the Vinings neighborhood, while creating a new sort of live, work and play destination,” Managing Director Harvey Wadsworth said. “With the start of preleasing, we hope to give members of the Vinings community a dynamic living experience and further contribute to the growth the area has seen in recent years.”

Other amenities include a hotel-inspired swimming pool and sun deck; a spacious courtyard with fire pits and communal dining areas; and a 24-hour membership-quality fitness center with a yoga studio and personal training sessions. Four-legged residents will have access to a variety of pet-centric perks amongst the community’s dog park, run and pet spa.

For more information on the community and preleasing opportunities, visit

Yoga and Yolks

Get your Saturday started off right with some fresh air, yoga and a tasty breakfast! The Body Bar is hosting a Yoga and Yolks series starting in April and running through October. This series is being held the first and third Saturday of the month at Cafe Lucia in the Smyrna Market Village. Preregistration is $25; $35 at the door, includes breakfast sandwich and a coffee, latte or tea.