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…

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

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

Gabriel + His Dad, Ty

 Article Lila Campbell  Running  Soccer

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…

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

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

High-performance-driven

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

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

Mr. Mover & Shaker

 Article Joy Conaway | Photography Donna Permell  Jason Young, Branch Manager, Delta Community Credit Union (Vinings)  Jason Young is the newest branch manager in the Vinings area for Delta Community Credit Union, which opened its 24th branch location in the metro Atlanta/Vinings area. He attended and graduated from South Cobb High School in Austell and Georgia State University with a…

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…

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

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…

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

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 CHSDressTheBand.com/Recycling-Day.html. 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."

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.

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.  

Shelfie

 Mini boxwood topiary
$32  Candlesticks
$178/each  Preserved hydrangea arrangement
$335

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.

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.