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."

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.

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.

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.

The Maker Movement

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

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.

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.” 

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! 

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.

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.

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.”

Candice Cunningham Shares Her Confessions

Candice Cunningham believes that sticking to your workout and diet plans are crucial to seeing results, but she also knows that a bit of moderation may be just as important! Without a splurge here and there, it's difficult to refrain from straying completely from your goals. As a personal trainer in the Atlanta area, Candice works with clients both one…

A Season of Giving

As we turn the page of this year’s calendar to December, it seems like it was just yesterday we were singing carols, unwrapping gifts and toasting to 2017. Now—as unbelievable as it may seem—it’s time to do it all over again.

Provident Village Creekside Walks Down Memory Lane with their Residents

Residents at Provident Village Creekside enjoyed a beautiful day strolling down memory lane and reminiscing about the cars they drove growing up. A good time was had by everyone, those young and not so young. Can you name the make, model and year? Email your guesses to kim.mcclure@lifestylepubs.com.

December 2017 Around Town

Closet Therapy Atlanta will assist you in decluttering, organizing and styling your closets/wardrobe in a thoughtful and nonjudgmental manner. Angie Barrington-Jeter enjoys helping her clients and has observed that purging and organizing your closet is a therapeutic process. It gives people serenity and a fresh start to your day. 

More Than a Job: Medicine is My Passion

“I love working here at Vinings Health Park. The facility is beautiful, the other doctors are always helpful and the patients are a joy. Completing my residency at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center made the transition very smooth.”

Winter Traditions

It’s holiday season and Americans are preparing to celebrate their winter traditions by gathering with family and friends, eating good food and enjoy the gifts of giving. As my family and I began unpacking our delicate Christmas ornaments and decorations to trim the tree and deck the halls, our neighbors were getting ready for Hanukkah and families across town were preparing…

Helping Children Exceed the Mark

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle, packages, boxes, ribbons and bows, and, of course, mall madness and traffic jams. The holiday season can be a bit overwhelming, and sometimes we get caught up in it and forget the reason for the season, but two inspiring pediatricians are giving back to their…

Cheers to the New Year

Last year, Steve Shamatta brought Smyrna residents into 2017 in spectacular style at his new sports bar, Creatwood Tavern. When he heard rumblings Atlanta was not going to celebrate the New Year with a ball drop, he says “I got to thinking that maybe we could do one of our own. We contacted the city of Smyrna, and when they…

If the Shoe Fits

Shoes can become a way of life. To the office, your 50th wedding anniversary celebration, a baby shower or your front door, shoes lead us where we need to go, and they can even tell a story along the way. At Cobbler Union, shoes are the backbone of the business, and they are so masterfully created that each shoe is…

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…

One Smart Cookie

“I love these cookies! 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' is one of my favorite Christmas movies, so this cookie is the perfect recipe to share," Ansleigh Brown says. "It is simple to make, and the cookies turn out adorable; they really do look like a little Grinch belly … when his heart was two sizes too small!” 

A Time to be Thankful

Thankful: it’s a word that gets tossed around a lot this time of year as November arrives and 2017 begins to draw to a close. And although it typically marks the winding down of the year, November is also a season of beginnings. This month begins the season of giving and the season of receiving. It begins the season of…

Best of Smyrna Vinings Awards Mixer

The readers of Vinings Lifestyle have chosen the 2017 Best of Smyrna-Vinings businesses! There are a few not pictured; check out the September issue for the full list. Congratulations to this year's winners.

Holiday Wine Pairings

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of…

Best of Smyrna Vinings Awards Mixer

More than 880 readers sent in an RSVP for this affair. Readers won door prizes, sampled food and participated in a silent party. There were more than 40 vendors mixing it up with the readers as well and a fabulous jazz cafe on the back patio. Stay tuned for next year's event!

November 2017 Around Town

Load up the fam and head to the 2017 Taste of Kennesaw from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 4, in downtown Kennesaw. Enjoy live music on two entertainment stages while you chow down on food samples from 30 different local restaurants with food samples from $1 to $4.

Out of the Kitchen

Vinings Lifestyle (VL) sat down with Los Bravos owner Max Angel (MA) and got the inside scoop on one of Smyrna’s favorite Mexican restaurants.

Healthy Kids are My Passion 

It is a joy to take care of healthy children and to help parents when they have questions regarding their child's development, then to start the detective work to properly identify what's wrong with a child when they are sick. They sometimes cannot exactly communicate what they’re feeling, often have no filter and are almost always unpredictable. Every day is…

Some of Smyrna & Vinings Lifestyle’s Best Thanksgiving Traditions

"Holidays are a special time for our family. Our love of good food, family fun and games are moments quite treasured. We keep the food pretty traditional—the mac 'n cheese being the biggest hit with the kiddos of course, with about six cheeses included in the recipe. The adult favorite is our family’s oyster dressing recipe loaded with peppers, onions,…

A Perfect Pairing

Autumn is finally here, which means soup season is too. It’s the perfect time to cozy up to a delightful butternut squash soup and wine. Enjoy this fall soup and wine pairing by 101 Steak in their patio dining area.