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With the celebration of local men in June and all of our adventures and fun in July, this summer has already been quite an eventful one. We had so much fun; it’s hard to believe it’s almost time to end. But, as the song goes, school’s out for summer (we’ll just go ahead and skip that next line declaring school…

Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star Team

For the second time in three years, Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star team has been crowned state champions in the 
Rookie Baseball Tournament, which was created in 2013 for 7- and 8-year-olds. The Smyrna team won with a final score of 8-2.

August 2017 Around Town

Temple Kol Emeth has announced it will host Noshfest on September 3 and 4. The event will be held in the parking lot of the temple at 1415 Old Canton Road in Marietta. Noshfest enters its seventh year celebrating Jewish food and culture by showcasing delicacies and activities unique to the Jewish heritage and bringing together members of Cobb County’s…

Healthy Pregnancies Are My Passion

"Helping my patients have healthy pregnancies is my passion. I'm seven months pregnant (at the time of the interview) with my second child and eating healthy and working out are very important to maintaining a healthy pregnancy,” said Sekeyta Hall, M.D. an OB/GYN for WellStar Medical Group. “Working out consistently keeps my energy level up and helps me to maintain…

August 2017 Our Contributors

Katina is a French Canadian freelance writer and aspiring polyglot. She writes web content for small businesses, articles and blog posts for online publications and formats manuscripts for digital publication and distribution. Beyond the desk, she hosts a bimonthly critique group for local writers, dances to bachata around the house and smothers her three kids and husband in big beautiful…

Back-to-School Fashion

Back-to-school shopping can be a financial strain on many families when you add up school supplies, clothes for school, activewear, shoes, accessories and all the other extras that go along with starting a new school year. Do you have multiple kids in your family in grades K-12? If so, you could be spending more than $1,000 just to get your…

Whitefield Academy: Celebrating 20 Years

Smyrna’s Whitefield Academy is proudly celebrating its 20th anniversary. In August 1997, Whitefield opened its doors for the first time to 94 pioneer students in grades six through 12. But there is much more to the Whitefield story than just gathering together a group of students, a few desks and a couple of teachers and calling themselves a Christian school.

The Music Studio at Vinings

Music unlocks self-expression, intelligence and creativity. The Music Studio at Vinings is a place where students come and do just that. This vibrant, high-energy studio has a warm and welcoming feel from the moment you step through their doors. Parents will fall in love with the designated parent’s lounge. The Music Studio at Vinings has taken music lessons to an…

Josie’s Friends

Our feelings on consignment seem to be a mixed bag, and rightfully so. Some of us have had dreadful experiences, have felt like it is too much work or are oozing with excitement over the savings. The good news is that consignment has been evolving for years. There has been a rise in online consignment options that will benefit every…

The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee

Enjoy the last bit of summer at the lake bonding with your family before school begins. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee has something for every member of the family. This luxury resort is only 89 miles from Vinings, which makes this quick getaway a pleasant drive for both parents and kids.

Lunch Box SOS

Rinsing grapes before storing them in the refrigerator accelerates their decay. Stick to washing these sweet juicy globes at packing time and not before.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Dive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit…

Orangetheory Fitness – West Village Has Fabulous Grand Opening

Orangetheory is now open for business. Check out the new location in the West Village. Their trainers are phenomenal and the facility is state of the art. Congratulations to the sister duo, Kim and Julie, on their third location!

July 2017 Around Town

Load up the lawn chairs, picnic blankets, friends, family, neighbors, flip-flops and all the red, white and blue you can find and head to Marietta Square for a day of fun! Parade: The festivities begin with a 1.5-mile parade starting at 10 a.m. on Roswell Street Baptist. The parade will travel west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square…

Starry Night

Stargazing is an activity that can range from romantic for couples, to curiously fantastic for families. Whether as a family or as a couple, the best part about looking to the skies is the wonders of the universe are closer than you think. Turn off the lights in your home and step out to the backyard; the stars are putting…

Outdoor Eating

Create opportunities to spend more time with friends and family. Summer isn't official without a festive backyard barbecue, and we've got you covered on the outdoor favorites.

The Smyrna Team

It is a quiet, sunny morning at Paces & Vine restaurant when Eddie Hudson reveals the secret behind the success of The Smyrna Team. Seated inside, at a section of tables draped in white cloth, he glances at his group of Keller Williams professionals, then leans in and says, “Once it stops being fun, we're out!"

Winner of Best Engagement Story

Hand in hand, we soared over the beach as the helicopter banked left. I gazed down and squinted to read the words I saw lightly etched into the sand. 
With blurry eyes and a quivering lip, the words fumbled from my mouth. “Does ... does that say my name?”

Recognizing and Treating ADHD

"Often parents get frustrated with children because they think their child is not listening or they are being lazy. Most children really want to please their parents and most children really want to do well."

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Why it's popular: CheeseCaked has taken milkshakes to a whole new level of heaven on earth with their decadent cheesecakes combined with their handcrafted, over the top, extreme milkshakes.

Summer Bucket List

As the temperature rises so does the desire to get out of the house and have fun. Do you want to plan the perfect date or perhaps get your children out of the house? Will favorite family members be coming for a visit? Check out our summer bucket list of must-do activities in the Vinings and Marietta area.

Summer Adventure Fashion

Turn heads in this breezy dress ($54) that's simple enough for a local ball game and snazzy enough for a simple date night or brunch with the girls. The dress is patterned in a slim, colorful stripe which is one of the season's biggest trends as well as the knot detail and small cutouts on the side. Dress this look…

A Great Month to be a Guy

As June arrives, we realize we’ve nearly made it through half the year—and wonder how that could be possible! This summer is bound to be one of the most unforgettable summers ever. The opening of SunTrust Park has created a buzz that everyone is excited about. The Braves are at home on Father’s Day, so make it a great day…

WellStar Foundation Gala Raises $800K for Trauma Services

The WellStar Foundation raised more than $800,000 during the first private event at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre in the Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park. The Roxy was transformed into an elegant 600-person ballroom where business leaders and community philanthropists gathered for the annual event benefiting vital trauma services for WellStar Health System.

Live! at the Battery Atlanta—Sports & Social

Live! at the Battery Atlanta is home to Sports & Social, a sports bar and restaurant that is so much more. One of its features is a 30-foot, high-resolution LED screen that serves as a backdrop for watching live sporting events as well as social games and activities throughout the venue.

June 2017 Around Town

The WellStar Foundation recognized community leader Bob Prillaman as the recipient of the WellStar Visionary Leadership Award during the annual WellStar Foundation Starlight Grand Slam Gala. Prillaman was honored for his continued, longtime support of WellStar’s vision to deliver world-class health care. Prillaman was among six honorees acknowledged at the WellStar Foundation Gala. The other WellStar Foundation honorees are Dana…

Behind the Scenes

Cobb County is home to SunTrust Park, one of baseball’s most sophisticated ballparks, as well as the newest work, live and play sanctum known as The Battery Atlanta. Both developments came to fruition under the leadership of key executives from Braves Development Company and SunTrust Banks Inc.

10 Must-Have Gadgets for Him

Father’s Day is this month, and there is no better way to show him he’s the apple of your eye than with a brand spanking new gadget. Whether for dad, brother or hubby, these must-have tech toys will be on their lists from now until Christmas.

Summer Leagues for Adults and Kids

Summer sports leagues are a great way to meet new friends and get a dose of exercise. No longer just for school-age children, adult leagues are also available in the Smyrna/Vinings area.

Local Influential Men

Dr. Don Parkerson’s impact on the Vinings and Smyrna community can be seen not only through his work as a chiropractic doctor at HP Spine Center but also through his community involvement with his children’s local sports leagues and his passion for enhancing this city as the president of the Rotary Club of Smyrna. As a child, he was raised…

How to Upgrade Your Husband’s Wardrobe Without Him Knowing It

Tired of the same depressing wardrobe that he wears day in and day out? Looking for any way to make him dress as the hero you already see him as? Well ladies, fear no more because when it comes to menswear Daily Simplicities is the go-to blog to help you upgrade your man’s closet.

Here’s to Strong Women

Washington Irving, the 19th-century American author known for stories such as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow once wrote: “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us,…

SunTrust Park for Ages 5 – 95

The staff at Vinings Lifestyle toured SunTrust Park. We had so much fun down in the belly of this state-of-the-art stadium, taking in all of the memorabilia, mouthwatering restaurants and fun activities for everyone from 5 to 95. The MLB.com Ballpark app is your mobile companion when visiting SunTrust Park.

May 2017 Around Town

When Smyrna First United Methodist Preschool starts in the fall of 2017, they will be missing two of Smyrna’s finest, Dale Clark and Debbie Pledger. They are retiring from the school after a total of 65 years between them. Clark has taught at the school for 35 years and Pledger for 30 years.

Maid Right of Marietta

Flu season may be over but leftover germs and other bacteria can linger. Maid Right of Marietta aims to be the go-to company for all home and residential cleaning needs. Owner Jason Wyant started Maid Right of Marietta under parent company brand Premium Franchise Brands in 2013. Maid Right operates in the East Cobb and surrounding sections of Atlanta and…

Traveling Style

It’s time to start thinking about all the wonderful trips that you will be embarking on this summer. Are you going to hop a plane to your favorite destination or pile the family into the car? Will you go on several weekend trips or one long fabulous holiday? Most importantly, what items are essential to ensure a stylish, comfortable and…

A Peek Inside a Local Woman’s Purse

Handmade in Savannah, Georgia, Satchel makes purses that ooze luxuriousness. We picked the small bag and it still had plenty of room not only to carry your essentials but have room for extra items.

A Day in the Life

As president and CEO of Glennda Baker & Associates Inc. and a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway, Glennda Baker-Leblanc ensures each day begins on just the right note. Whether she’s hands-off from technology and enjoying time with her family on the porch of her home in Indian Hills Country Club, serving up aces on the tennis court, organizing the…

The Fast Life or Low Country Life

Girls weekends either resemble a low-key relaxation trip or bumping it up to the next level. That's why Miami and Charleston are two of the best spots to travel with your girlfriends.

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

Eye-Opening Experiences Traveling

Traveling this summer? I plan to go somewhere fun. What about you? I can’t figure out if I want to do something local or go international. Traveling is such an eye-opening experience in many different ways. I obtained my bachelor's degree from Hampton University in Virginia and my master's degree from the University of South Carolina. You would not think…

Bonefish Grill Is Open For Business At Akers Mill Square

The Vinings Lifestyle team attended a private dinner last week at Bonefish Grill at Akers Mill Square. The beautiful private dining room tucked away in the back of the restaurant is perfect for special occasions and business meetings. The night was full of amazing food and specialty drinks.

April 2017 Around Town

On March 31, the Atlanta Braves held their first exhibition game against the New York Yankees in the new SunTrust Park stadium. The Braves take on the San Diego Padres at 7:35 p.m. April 14 in the first regular season game at the team's new stadium. For tickets visit AtlantaBraves.com.

Creatwood Tavern Spotlight

It’s an exciting time to be in Smyrna. This April the Braves will go up to bat in their new home, Suntrust Park. A mere 4 miles down the street sits the recently opened Creatwood Tavern bringing its own form of excitement—the sports bar has the honor of being Smyrna’s only rooftop bar. There’s much more to this place than…

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Along 30 acres of Lake Oconee shoreline, city dwellers trade traffic for nature’s tranquility, golfers discover 99 reasons to pack their gear and families reconnect around the campfire. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee will be kicking off the season with the Summer Concert Series beginning Sunday, May 28. Overnight guests of the resort can retreat to the lawn every Sunday…

International Escape: Paris

What is more amazing than a trip to Paris in the springtime? Paris is generally recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities; however, as giddy tulips and daffodils burst forth, laughing off winter’s grime and gloom, everything takes on a fresh and new feel. The excitement and energy of spring in Paris is palpable.

Travel Edit | Steps of Style

Escape the cold weather to the white washed walls and bright blue roof tops of Greece with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer.

C Lazy U Ranch

Nestled among the pines in the mountains of Colorado, a luxurious place awaits. The roar of the gravel road under your tires and the smell of horses fill the crisp air as you pull into C Lazy U Ranch. Now a ranch might not scream luxury to some people but let me reassure you—you’ll be in for a “royal” treat.

Welcome to Spring!

When we think about the spring season, we think about many things. We think about beautiful blooming flowers and freshly cut grass. About the warmer weather, longer days and the beautiful melodies of songbirds back from their winter migrations.

March 2017 Around Town

The Cobb Chamber has named Trey Sanders, regional president of Brasfield & Gorrie and a member of the corporate strategic planning team, as its 2018 chairman. Brasfield & Gorrie is the largest general contractor in the Southeast and an engaged chamber member for 30 years. Sanders has been involved in the Cobb Chamber for seven years and served on the…