The Vinings Village Civic Club

The Vinings Village Civic Club has a mission and a duty to the Vinings community. Its members strive to know their community and their neighbors, keep Vinings beautiful, keep the community informed and support their local public service organizations.

Meet the Howards

Jaha, Vanessa and their three children are Smyrna residents with a heart for community. Vanessa is a digital marketing strategist for Humana, and Jaha is a pediatric dentist in Vinings as well as a Cobb County School Board member-elect. We asked their thoughts on thankfulness and service.

Crime Victims Advocacy Council

There are many organizations such as food pantries, shelters and clinics that help meet needs of people throughout the year. Some people experience a serious, violent crime like homicide. Many people in the metro Atlanta area know someone who has lost a loved one due to a horrific crime. The Vinings United Methodist Church has memorialized around 6,500 names of murder victims…

2018 Readers’ Choice Kick-Off

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Kick-Off started with rain but ended with a lot of door prizes, food, music, fun, and little goodies fromVinings Lifestyle and the many vendors that participated. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite businesses—you probably ran into them at the Kick-Off!  

November 2018 Around Town

‘Fun in the Park’ Photo Contest While you are out enjoying our Cobb County Parks, be sure to bring your camera! The 2018 Fun in the Park photo contest is underway, and the entry deadline is Nov. 6. All photos must have been taken at a Cobb County park, facility, activity or event. Any county or city … Continued

Thankful

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

Going Italian with Maggiano’s

This Thanksgiving, Vinings Lifestyle is thankful for Maggiano's Little Italy sharing with us two wonderful original recipes from its mouthwatering menu: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Rigatoni “D.”  If you have enjoyed these dishes before, now is your chance to replicate the experience at home! Or let your taste buds revel in delectable meals on-site at the Cumberland Mall, Buckhead orand Dunwoody’s Perimeter…

Turkey Day Workout

 Banded Front Raise  Bent Low Row  Hollow Hold Chest Press

Be Your Best

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  -Winston Churchill  

Healthy Halloween Fare

Halloween is a holiday that has become just as fun for adults as it is for kids. There never seems to be a lack of opportunities to gather with friends and neighbors before trick-or-treating begins to compare costumes, take pictures and enjoy some good food. As a nutritionist, it’s important to me to bring something to Halloween parties that is nourishing, festive…

October 2018 Around Town

2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals Congratulations to A.J Brooks of WellStar Medical Group and Emily McMillian of Nothing Bundt Cakes for being named the winners of the 2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals, a Cobb Chamber networking group for professionals in their 20s and 30s. A.J. Brooks, assistant vice president … Continued

The Dish

 Pho Dakao  To know pho is to love pho. A traditional Vietnamese dish is a delight to food enthusiasts everywhere. No longer do pho lovers have to make a small pilgrimage to delight in its steamy goodness. The owners of local sushi bar Kuroshiro have brought us Western Atlantans this culinary delight in their newest venture, Pho Dakao. Vinings Lifestyle…

F Is for Foodie

F is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. And this month at Vinings Lifestyle, we’re all about feasting with foodies as we just scratch the surface of all the fine eats and drinks the “locals” have to offer. … Continued

2nd #ME Youth Empowerment Event for Atlanta Teenage Girls

The Ludacris Foundation & John Casablancas Centers hosted 2nd #ME Youth Empowerment Event for Atlanta Teenage Girls. Key topics included Branding One’s Self, Creating Your Own Personal Style and Discovering the You Inside of You. Macy’s, the retail sponsor, rocked some of its pieces on the runway at the culminating fashion show. Photos by Prime Phocus

Little Vine Vineyard

Little Vine Vineyards and Winery in Villa Rica, Georgia, is bringing back a tradition of fine wines once produced in Western Georgia in the 1890s. This area of the state at one time was a major vineyard and winery center with some 20,000 acres planted in bunch grapes before Prohibition. The grapes at Little Vine Vineyards are the first commercial…

Happy Eating In

Granted, the kitchen isn’t everyone’s domain, but these four cool kitchen products will make it a more fun and entertaining place for all in your life to enjoy—we promise.

SOHO

When Frank Smith opened SOHO in 1997 with his college roommates, he hadn’t considered where his restaurant would be in 20 years.

Fashion Around the Corner

 Article Kim McClure* | Photography Donna Permell  JosiesFriends.com  Online consignment store based in Smyrna

Talking Taxes with Calvin Bomar

 Article Joy Webb | Photography Donna Permell  How long have you been a tax attorney? How can readers find you?  I have been a tax attorney for 18 years. I opened my Atlanta office in 2008 and moved to the Vinings area at Galleria Office Park in 2012.

September 2018 Around Town

Smyrna Student to Study Chinese in China on Scholarship Mikaela Sanders, a high school student at The Westminster Schools, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mikaela is one of approximately 670 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, … Continued

I’m Feeling Stylish. How About You?

We’ve all had that moment when our closet is full but we can’t find a single thing to wear. Whether it’s too big, too small, or just plain last season, the perfect outfit can be difficult to find. It’s no wonder, too. Our style is the first thing the rest of the world sees, and … Continued

Atlanta Regional Polo Center

The Atlanta Regional Polo Center will be having polo practice from 6 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday until the end of October. The club is located Vinings on Polo Lane. Surrounded by acres of manicured grounds, an incredible polo field and featuring more than 60 playing members, the club is by far the premier polo club in Georgia. AtlantaPoloCenter.com

Fashion Instagram-style

 Article Flavia Teles  Instagram has become a fashion conduit for millions. The following are six noteworthy Instagrammers who may inspire your sartorial senses this season:            1. Brandon Maxwell, fashion designer and creative director    

Dress Up Your Plate

 Photography Donna Permell  Ingredients:  1/2 ounce canola oil

The Walker School Celebrates Science and Technology

 Article and Photography Provided  Currently under construction by Hodges & Hicks Contractors, The Walker School’s new 47,000-square-foot building will be the home of the school’s middle and upper school science and technology programs in fall 2018.  Designed by architect Mike Mascheri with Chapman Coyle Chapman, the facility includes four middle school science labs, three full-size VEX robotics courts for middle and…

Pets and Their Mess

 Article Jason Wyant  Being in the cleaning business, a lot of people ask us how to keep their homes clean when they have pets.  Our pets can be our best friends and even family members, but they’re not good at picking up after themselves or even keeping their smells confined to themselves.  At Maid Right, we know one of the…

Places to Bark About

 Article and Photography Flavia Teles  Perk-N-Pooch: Dog Wash & Coffee Shop    Grooming is something dogs cannot do by themselves. They rely on your help for good hygiene to stay healthy and happy. Along with coat and skin care, dental, nail and ear care are just as essential to prevent unwelcome infections and illnesses. Certain breeds with long or dense coats require…

Five Kids Who Love School

 Article and Photography Christy Duncan  It’s that time again…our kids are back in school! New teachers, new supplies, new friends, new clothes and maybe even a new school.  Every year parents spend weeks planning schedules, buying supplies and preparing their kids for another successful year of school.  Kids on the other hand may be feeling a little sad to see…

August 2018 Around Town

The Center for Natural & Holistic Health new office location The Center for Natural & Holistic Health new office location in Vinings, GA Dr. Shonna Babrow-Goodrich is excited to announce the new location of her practice in Vinings, GA. “Relocating to Vinings is a good fit and the decision was long in the making.” says … Continued

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people you share … Continued

Public House at Hotel Indigo Vinings Hosts “Spirited” Dinner

The Public House at the Hotel Indigo Vinings hosts a monthly Spirited Dinner—not your usual wine dinner—to discuss whether your riesling has an essence of gasoline. This dinner is a real dinner party, with an in-house chef and mixologist. It's an intimate group of 16, so grab an invite if you can! ThePublicHouseRestaurants.com

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Summer Hot Spots 2018: Vinings Edition

 Article and Photography Flavia Teles  Summer brings warmer weather, longer days and (hopefully) more time off to enjoy the great outdoors. Vinings Lifestyle has hand-picked four distinctive, highly enjoyable and most definitely picturesque destinations worth penciling into your activity calendar. Now slather on the sunscreen and get out there!  Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Rooted in Service  

 Article Joy Conaway | Photography Donna Permell  "Family first. I started this company with the hope that it will allow me to spend more time with my family. I plan to show my two children the value of hard work and dedication and how it can impact not only family but community.” -Richard S. Pristera Jr.  Monster Tree Service is…

Vinings Village Civic Club

The Vinings Village Civic Club continued its long tradition of hosting candidate forums before the primary elections. An overflowing crowd attended the forum at the Cochise Club in May to hear presentations by district candidates.

July 2018 Around Town

Junior ‘Makerspace’ steamBug Opens in Smyrna steamBug offers tools like multiple workshop stations equipped with 3-D printers, CNC machines and building and design materials. The junior “makerspace” is safe space for students to imagine, design and create in the same positive and friendly learning atmosphere designed to “ignite the imagination” that Jitterbug Performing Arts is known for. … Continued

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

Summer Celebration

 Article and Photography Paula Burchett, Must Have Home  Nothing says summer like a Fourth of July cookout celebration! What better way to host friends and family during this festive time of year than an outdoor entertainment area? Homeowners Gary and Shirley Westmoreland wanted to incorporate their large backyard into usable living space for that very reason. Working closely with their landscape designer,…

Dr. Alan Gardner Photography Showcase

Dermatologist and award-winning photographer Dr. Alan Gardner held an art show in his office showcasing the amazing photographs he's taken all over the world. Many patients and friends shopped for the perfect picture and went home with several prints and gorgeous framed photographs.

Top Chillin’ Spots

 Article and Photography Lila Campbell  Summertime is the season for sipping drinks and savoring bites on the patio with friends. With so many options in Vinings, we've narrowed it down to five of our favorite spots to enjoy these warm summer months — whether you're looking to grab a beer on a pup-friendly patio, a romantic dinner on the riverbank…

Savory Seafood and Sultry Sips

 Article and Photography The Public House at Vinings  Chef Brian Lee draws on his vast coast to coast experience – with elements from California to Georgia – to bring fresh, balanced and beautiful food to the Hotel Indigo's restaurant, The Public House at Vinings. Below he shares the recipe to their most popular lunch item, the Georgia Shrimp BLT wrap, and…

Punch Bowl Social Atlanta

 Photography Courtesy of Punch Bowl Social  Punch Bowl Social Atlanta is a 25,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment destination in The Battery Atlanta. Gather friends for a big night out complete with made-from-scratch dishes, craft beverages and social activities such as shuffleboard, pingpong, classic video games, bowling, virtual reality and Skee-Ball. Punch Bowl Social offers a high-integrity culinary program and craveable, diner-inspired menu created by culinary…

June 2018 Around Town

Puerto Rican Heritage Day On Sunday, June 10 at the Battery, join El Super Pan and chef Hector Santiago for a Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration. El Super Pan is the newest dining destination at the Battery and is welcoming Atlanta’s top Latino chefs for an evening filled with festive cocktails, food and live Latin music by … Continued

Dear Gents,

We told you your time would come, didn’t we, guys? Since the May issue was all about the ladies, we thought it was only fair the June issue of Vinings Lifestyle be dedicated to the gents of our community.  While we will celebrate the dads in our lives on Father’s Day, June 17, you don’t … Continued

Paul Powers is Balancing Entrepreneurship and Family Life

 Article Christy Duncan  Growing up in south Georgia, Paul Powers had a firsthand view of the life of a hardworking business owner and family man. Paul’s father was a serial entrepreneur and engaged Paul in the process of launching and operating successful businesses.  Whether it was building pool tables or learning about printing plates, Paul’s involvement in his father’s endeavors…

Gabriel + His Dad, Ty

 Article Lila Campbell  Running  Soccer

WellStar Vinings Health Park Ribbon-cutting

The WellStar Vinings Health Park, which opened in September 2017, held a ribbon-cutting in April to celebrate the opening of its outpatient surgery center. The Vinings Health Park is WellStar’s newest, and third, health park in Cobb County

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

High-performance-driven

 Article Flavia Teles | Photography Donna Permell  Zach + His Car  Maserati