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.  

Fall into October

The changing of the colors from vibrant, summery greens to autumnal yellows, rusty oranges and dark reds. The shorter days spent at school and outside and the cooled-off weather after those dreaded dog days of summer.

The Mercedes-Benz Club is Field Level 
and a Fan’s Dream Come True

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is full of wish list realities. One jewel in this fan-friendly, first-of-its-kind stadium, is the field-level Mercedes-Benz Club. Fans above the Club take a private elevator underneath the belly of the stadium and enjoy field-level dining and viewing!

October 2017 Around Town

This fall, bring your whole family out to Sleepy Hollow Farm, located here in Cobb County. This family-run farm has more than just a pumpkin patch—they have tractor rides, a corn maze, farm playground with farm animals and a country store. You can even schedule your fall family photo during a day of fun; contact Split Second Photography for reservations.…

Maximum Physical Potential Is My Passion

Helping my patients achieve their maximum physical potential is my passion. It is important for all of us to maintain a healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of injury, especially as we age. As a physical therapist, I work with many different types of people with varied goals and backgrounds. There is no “cookie cutter” individual; therefore your goals…

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta’s newest sports and entertainment venue, is taking fan and guest experiences to incredible new heights. This iconic building is a game changer, setting new standards for multipurpose stadium designs. The stadium is designed with the fans in mind for the ultimate game day experience.

From the Desk to the Stands

Whether it's the Tomahawk Chop, an OT touchdown cheer in the Dome or another sports team awaiting your encouragement in the stands, wouldn't an easy transition from work to play solve all of the world's problems? When it's 5 p.m. on Friday, and all you want to do is crack a brew and head to the local ballpark, the last…

WOW it’s DJ Willy Wow

Vinings Lifestyle (VL): What motivated you to become a DJ, specifically a kids DJ? Willy Wow (WW): I am a connoisseur of music. It was a huge part of my upbringing. My parents were hippies, so I was exposed to every genre of music at a young age as a baby crawling on top Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, the Eagles,…

Coach Steve Hellier and Bella Galloway’s Top 5 Sports Moments

This is Coach Hellier’s 19th year at Whitefield Academy. The miracle season experienced by the 2017 Whitefield boys soccer team. Against all odds, we won the state championship, but the memory of these young men supporting one another and honoring something far greater than themselves is what I cherish the most.

Jackson Martin Comes Back as a Champion!

As I sit at Jackson's physical therapy appointment, I can't help but think sometimes words aren't enough to adequately describe feelings. When Jackson was diagnosed with Perthes disease right before his sixth birthday, we were taken off guard. We adjusted our lifestyle to the situation and set our course for getting through to the other side.

Stay Up Close and Personal with Your Favorite Sports with Phone Apps!

Do you love sports, but hate crowds? Do work and personal events keep you from watching your favorite teams? Don’t fret. The days of agonizing about missing a big game or sporting event are over. There is sure to be an app that you can install on your smartphone that will keep you abreast of what is happening. If you’re…

DDP Yoga Performance Center

If you could train like an MMA fighter, sweat like an NFL player, grind like an Olympic champion and stretch like a world-renowned yoga trainer, would you opt in? Diamond Dallas Page put his imagination to the test and produced one of the most successful workout programs in the world: DDP Yoga, a workout that's suitable for all of the…

Drumroll, Please

September is a time of transition. The summer is behind us, and the kids are back in school. Believe it or not, we start thinking about the holidays right about now. 

Businesses are either gearing up for the fourth quarter or are planning to wind down. Well, the Vinings Lifestyle staff has been busy working on the 2017 Best of…

Cobb Chamber of Commerce is All About Business

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is the epicenter for business in Cobb County. New businesses, seasoned business leaders and politicians roll up their sleeves and get to work. Join the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Visit CobbChamber.org for more information.

September 2017 Around Town

Auxiliary volunteers from WellStar Kennestone, WellStar Cobb and WellStar Windy Hill hospitals donated a historic $580,000 to the WellStar Foundation in support of local healthcare initiatives. Throughout the fiscal year, more than 530 individuals volunteered a combined total of 101,000 hours through gift shop operation and hosting vendor events. These sales, along with personal donations, were directly reinvested back into…

Best Restaurants

Chef Andre Gomez has taken Smyrna by storm, preparing authentic dishes inspired from his Puerto Rican and Argentine heritage. The choripan with chimichurri is some of the best I’ve ever tasted! And that’s a big deal since my hubby and family are from Buenos Aires, Argentina! Be sure to make a reservation because this place stays packed.

Best Health and Wellness

Dr. Jarret Manning offers patients a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services designed to meet the needs of the entire family, from children 2 years of age and up to adults and seniors. Services include porcelain veneers, dental implants, Zoom! teeth whitening and more.

Best Service and Retail

The Best of Smyrna/Vinings is right at your door. Smyrna and Vinings are thriving with quaint shops, restaurants, haberdasheries and such. Join in the fun and visit, shop and partake in the rich business culture right in our own backyard. The Best of Smyrna Vinings is found in all of the winners, runnerups and nominees. Smyrna and Vinings is also…

Smyrna Rotarian Travels to India to Fight Polio

The horrors of polio used to be global. America’s most famous victim was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. But now it’s been eliminated in all but three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. India is off the list. While India’s last case was in 2014, 167 million children under age 5 are vaccinated every year to prevent another outbreak.

WellStar – Vinings Health Park

Vinings Health Park's doors will be open to the public on September 11. This state-of-the-art health care facility is conveniently located at 4441 Atlanta Road SE, in Smyrna, right across from the West Village. WellStar has a pulse on the community and is committed to delivering stellar healthcare services to anyone in this community.

Peace of Mind, Tax Relief and Protection

L
et’s face it, no one opens their mailbox hoping to see a love letter from the IRS, how they’d love to audit your business, love to collect extra taxes on your estate or they’d love to watch you prove that you don’t owe them as much as they say you do, but it happens. Every day, businesses are blindsided by…

If You Can Read This, 
Thank a Teacher

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.