Shannon Bartlett, Girl Boss

 Article Kim McClure  Shannon Bartlett, owner of Bartlett Heating and Air, is a woman of determination, business savvy and power. In a male-dominated business, she has forged ahead for more than 20 years in a local HVAC company that sales, installs and maintains top-of-the-line the heating and cooling systems in Cobb County. Shannon leads her team of 20 employees with…

Lila Campbell and Daughter Campbell Glen

 Article and Photography  Rings: Opal ring from Mexico girl's trip; emerald ring was mom's!  Photo of Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol by Steve Shapiro

Women with a Purpose & Impact

 Article Joy Conaway | Photography Lila Campbell  Mrs. Front Porch of Vinings  Lisa Rieves

A Painter’s Paradise

 Article and Photography  Vinings is known for its quaint village feel, close-knit neighbors and gorgeous homes full of history mixed with modern upgrades. The home of Caleb and Jean Dortch is nestled in the heart of the village and has a unique art studio attached to their garage. Jean has spent the last 15 years painting in her basement and…

Living a Healthy & Fulfilling Life is My Passion

 Article and Photography  My greatest desire as a physician is to see my patients happy—truly happy about their health and their growth as individuals. I am passionate about learning to live a healthy and fulfilling life, not only for my patients but for myself as well. With an increasing interest and pursuit in obesity medicine, I aspire to be a…

To Strong Women

Though May is traditionally a time to celebrate mothers, at Vinings Lifestyle, we want to take this chance to recognize all of the strong ladies in our community. From activists, entrepreneurs and CEOs to artists, teachers and, yes, mothers, these women are changing our community’s landscape and influencing its future. In this month’s feature article, … Continued

Vinings Village Civic Club Centennial Birthday Celebration

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.

May 2018 Around Town

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 … Continued

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Local Skin Care Faves

 1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Suite #410, Smyrna, GA 30080
770.437.0780  Bamboo Firming Fluid: For tighter looking skin, Bamboo Firming Fluid is the answer. The strengthening agents of bamboo and coconut deeply hydrate with the help of a natural retinol alternative and Swiss green apple stem cells.  2. Strawbery Rhubarb Demafoliant: Achieve a bright and radiant looking complexion with Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. Rice powder absorbs…

The Art of Social Sustainability

I have found it heartwarming to feel a stronger than ever sense of community and desire for connection through a wide scope of personal experiences. Starting in my own household, into my own neighborhood, into the vibrant city of Atlanta and, hopefully, beyond. In my opinion, this trend of social sustainability, if it is true, needs sustaining, just like the planet we…

Explore Vinings, No Car Needed

No car needed! Millennials like Danielle Collins and empty-nesters alike are migrating to Vinings for the affordable and active lifestyle it offers. From fitness to fashion to farm-to-table options, it is no surprise Money magazine recently named Vinings as one of the best places in the country to live!

Josie’s Friends

Buying high-quality consignment clothing is not only good for your wallet but is also an environmentally friendly decision. Here are three reasons why. 

Eco Chic

Spring has finally sprung! As the last dredges of winter make their way out, and we can finally begin to stop and smell the roses, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves to take the time to appreciate our beautiful planet.

Omni Hotel Ribbon-Cutting

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.

April 2018 Around Town

The Campbell High School Bands are hosting a community recycling day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21 in the parking lot of Campbell Middle School. They will be accepting metals, electronics and paint. For more information about what can be recycled and the fees, please visit Thanks for supporting CHS Bands.

The Sustainable Garden at The Lovett School

The Lovett School is ahead of the curve compared to other sustainable garden school programs. It offers an immersive learning experience, where high school students learn botany and horticulture directly from the school garden, greenhouse and by traveling abroad to Siempre Verde, a pristine 825-acre cloud forest property and research center owned by the school in Ecuador.

Restoring Dignity to People’s Lives

The remarkable extent of Must Ministries accomplishments serving thousands of people in crisis in Marietta, Smyrna and Canton started small in 1971. Since then, generations of leadership, volunteers and donors turned Must’s all-inclusive “wraparound services” into the top-rated organization it is today. 

Seasonal Eating and Spring

The awareness of seasonal eating continues to increase in popularity. Why? Many individuals and families are beginning to appreciate several health benefits which come from consuming produce during its active growth season. Benefits include:

Home Is Where the Heart Is

 The concept of home is different for everyone.  For some, home is where the family is. It’s the place where weekends were—or still are—filled with baby snuggles, bedtime stories and Saturday morning cartoons. The place where the smell of bacon and pancakes fills the air on Sunday mornings, "do your homework before you go outside" is a daily mantra and…

GI Specialists of Georgia Open House and Ribbon-Cutting

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.

Emily Ley Book Signing

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."

Modernizing the Midcentury Ranch

A 1960s ranch renovation modernized for today’s ideal living. In general, this style of home presents the same challenges as it did in the '60s: compartmentalized living spaces, small bathrooms and closets, limited storage space, and carports as opposed to a garage. The renovation at 436 Concord Road tackled each of these challenges in a unique and modern way.

Orangetheory Open House

Food, fun and prizes galore—all who stopped by the open house at OrangeTheory Fitness had a good time. This is the place to be when you want to get into shape.  

March 2018 Around Town

Did you know that 10 percent of WellStar’s patients do not have insurance? WellStar Health System, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia, provides care for uninsured patients regardless of their ability to pay. In 2017, WellStar provided more than $648 million in charity, unreimbursed care and community programs.

Rock Climbing at the Moynihans Home

My kids got interested in rock climbing so I took it upon myself to share their passion and construct a climbing feature on the sidewall of our home. Safety was the obvious focus, so the initial step was to double up on the rope holds and purchase high-end carabiners for the rope set, allowing for rappelling. These were secured through the brick…

Porch Light Latin Kitchen’s Trifongo

Porch Light Latin Kitchen, 300 Village Green Circle SE, #110, Smyrna, GA 30080 | For reservations, call 678.309.9858.


 Mini boxwood topiary
$32  Candlesticks
$178/each  Preserved hydrangea arrangement

Treating Windows

Contemplating a new look for your windows this new year? Be it for privacy, light blocking, heat control or soundproofing, Atlanta Custom Interiors’ award-winning certified custom window treatment expert, Stacie Kennedy, imparts her know-how on the latest up-to-date styles for 2018.

Christmas at Brawner

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.

The Reed House

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.

The Maker Movement

When you think of the word “maker,” what comes to mind?

I Love My Mayberry-esque Village

2018 is here, and I have much to reflect on as I embark on perhaps the most exciting chapter of my life: retirement! Visions of cruises, beaches and family vacations dance in my head! 

February 2018 Around Town

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named Sharon Mason as president and CEO. Mason has 15 years of chamber experience and previously served as the chief operating officer. As a part of her long-standing career with the chamber, Mason led the organization's five-year strategic planning process, has increased engagement among chamber members and helped to raise more than…

Furniture Renaissance

Since 2012, Betsy DiGorgio has been steering all her focus to The Bird & The Bee's exceptional quality of work in furniture and cabinetry restoration. By her own admission, turning things pretty helps her mental health.

Reclaiming Speech is my Passion

“I love my job. I’ve known I wanted to work in speech pathology since high school. My best days with patients are when I can see they’re as excited about their growth as I am. Knowing that their life has improved since we started working together is the most rewarding part.” 

Live! at the Battery Atlanta has Three Hot Spots

Live! at the Battery Atlanta includes 30,000 square feet of space featuring three iconic concepts that extend into the Battery plazas for larger festivals and events. Live! at the Battery Atlanta is designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers and Associates and features three venues: Sports & Social, Todd English Tavern and PBR Atlanta.

Open House on Crestview Drive

As a goal in each of our houses, we strive to create warmth. For example, if, during an open house, we overhear a potential buyer's comment regarding how inviting the home is, we secretly give each other a congratulatory high-five. Comments such as these tell us that we have achieved our goal for that particular project: to create a warm…

An Artwork’s Hallmark

Merit award-winning artist and Atlanta native Teri Levine discusses her prolific career and shares with Vinings Lifestyle her experiences and insights on being an accomplished artist.

A New Year’s Change

Welcome to 2018. If you’re flipping through these pages and are wondering whether you’re in the right place, you are! With 12 fresh months at our feet, we’ve opted for a new year of renewal, reflection and change here at Vinings Lifestyle.

Taylor-Brawner Park with Art

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

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.

January 2018 Around Town

On Sunday, January 7, some of the best chefs in the country will gather at the Georgia Aquarium to support the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers platform. The Taste of the Championship event will feature gourmet food and beverages and ticket buyers will celebrate teachers from around the nation while enjoying live music and chef demonstrations from Atlanta.

It’s a New Year and Time to Put a New Spin on Your Workout!

It’s always exciting when the holidays are behind us, and January comes around with a sense of purpose and all the excitement of a new year. This is traditionally the time when many people start something new. Quite often, goals are set to become a healthier, more fit version of yourself. Lucky for you, Smyrna and Vinings are all up…

A Spalike Sancturary

Near year, new look! Your new look doesn't only have to be health and fitness related, though. How about a new look for your home? With this midcentury take on modern flair, located on Lee Street in Smyrna’s Forest Hills, be taken aback at just how much a home can create the perfect escape.

Star Fruit Shrimp

International chef Joni Dennis loves to entertain her friends. What she doesn’t love is spending hours in the kitchen when friends come to visit. She is the quintessential queen of creating meals with ease and lightning speed.

A Chat With ‘The Big Kahuna’

I’m Alan Gardner, a board-certified dermatologist, originally from South Carolina. I went to the Medical University of South Carolina, did internal medicine in St. Louis and dermatology residency in Dayton, Ohio, at Wright State Medical University. I’ve been practicing in Atlanta since 1985. I enjoy photography, golf and I love to travel. One of our nurses ordered brand-new lab coats, and as…

Three Locations, Two Sisters, One Theory

Orangetheory Fitness has revolutionized the world of training one location at a time, and two sisters in the greater Atlanta area have spread their passion for the workout franchise throughout three cities thus far. As a one-hour workout inside incredibly convenient and welcoming gyms, Orangetheory eliminates the need to purchase overpriced workout machines, create weekly circuits or plans from memory,…

Healthy Hearts are My Passion

“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. My mom was a nurse, so she exposed me to health care from an early age. In medical school, I fell in love with the heart.”