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.


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…

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta Was a Hit at AmericasMart

The aroma of freshly baked wedding cake filled the air as thousands of brides-to-be searched for the perfect dress, 
a photographer with an eye, designers with amazing taste, honeymoons to die for and planners that have ESP. 
Go to BeABride.net for more information about the next event on August 13.

Market Fresh

The great thing about spring is that it inspires us to venture outside. Whether to play catch at the park or to dine alfresco, spring is also a great time to check out your local farmers market. 
Marietta Square Farmers Market, located in the heart of Marietta, vibrates with an energy that will inspire the foodie in all of us.…

2017 Festival Guide

The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is coming to Atlanta in March with its unique menu of beer, bourbon and barbecue items. The festival touts an impressive number of products—60 beers, 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue. There are a few ticket options from regular admission to VIP. Children under 12 are free, but this is an adult-oriented event. Probably…

World Children’s Center

“Be still and know that I am God,” a familiar verse from Psalm 46, was one of many scriptures that gave John Clause comfort when he faced the daunting task of serving orphaned children in East Africa. Clause is an entrepreneurial, innovative and passionate national and global nonprofit leader with a background in real estate and law. He was the…


Walking through the entrance to iFly is akin to walking into a time machine. You will get a sense that you just stepped into the future or perhaps stumbled upon a space station. After your check-in, which is a breeze featuring the most up-to-date technology, you proceed to get your flight suit.

Ray’s on the River – Wildflower Salad

No matter where you live, spring brings with it a love of all things floral. Besides being pretty to look at, they make for lovely ingredients to brighten up dishes. Here is a recipe you can make at home to embrace spring’s floral offerings.


Beautycounter will be turning only 3 years old on March 3, but the company has already made an impact in the cosmetic industry. Although not required by U.S. law to do so, the beauty brand has banned over 1,500 questionable and harmful ingredients that can be linked to cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, organ toxicity, infertility and more. The benefit corporation…

Christmas at Brawner Holiday Event and Coat Drive

The City of Smyrna held the 3rd annual Christmas at Brawner. High school volunteers and city employees provided games, crafts, hay rides, cookie decorating, s'mores, balloon twisting, holiday music and train rides to see Santa. Admission was a new or gently used coat to be donated to MUST Ministries.

Cobb Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce conducted several Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies over the past couple of weeks. Congratulations to iFly, Roman Roofing, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, Freddy's Custard and Steak Burgers and Tin Lizzy's on opening their businesses.

Vinings Business Association Luncheon Awards Business of the Year

Drum roll please! Congratulations to the Vinings Village Civic Club for being selected as Business of the Year at the Vinings Business Association Luncheon. Sharon Meinhardt, the President of the organization was thrilled to receive the award on behalf of the organization.

February 2017 Around Town

In the past few months, Austell PetSmart’s customers bought stuffed kittens and pups at the store’s checkout and donated them right back to the store. With the help of MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service, PetSmart delivered 200 stuffed animals to WellStar Cobb Hospital to help calm kids and seniors in the stressful moments following an emergency. “Pet people are compassionate people, and…

28 Days of Love

So here we are—February. We survived the holiday season, we rang in the New Year and now we get to celebrate the shortest month of the year, the month of love and the knowledge that spring is just a hop, skip and a jump away. A lot happens in February. This month, we celebrate historically and culturally significant events such…

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Some historians believe that our modern celebration of Valentine’s Day originally was tied to a pagan Roman festival called Lupercalia, which was held annually in mid-February. During the festival, men would run through the city swinging freshly skinned animal hides and women would line up to be struck by the hides in the belief that it would ensure their fertility.…

For the love

For Dikembe Mutombo, the idea of wanting to improve the lives of those located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was realized through the process of building a hospital for those in need. In a recent interview with Dikembe, he reflected on the initial motivation and desire to want to build a hospital and stated that, “hospitals are where…

Dine In Vinings With Valentines Day Menus

Staring at a menu when every dish looks amazing, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. On Valentine’s Day, you'll want to order a “wow” dish. Valentine’s Day in Vinings is sure to impress with a meal from one of these restaurants.

The Best Love Story

The Best Love Story is right here in Smyrna/Vinings! Lauren answered the call from Vinings Lifestyle in December and responded to our ad looking for "The Best Love Story." Their unique love story started online and ended up with a lovely blended family. Here's "Lauren's Best Love Story"...


Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, and just four short hours away, Asheville is the city for a perfect romantic weekend getaway. Indulge at Shoji Retreats, the Japanese inspired sanctuary, offering private hot tubs that overlook the city of Asheville all while immersing yourself in the beauty of the mountains. It’s simply, the best of both worlds. Hold hands…

A Community Resolution

The beginning of any year brings a lot of new things. A new start, a new outlook and, of course, a New Year's resolution...or several. Some of the most common resolutions include resolving to eat healthier, to get to the gym more and, overall, a goal for better physical fitness.

Public House Restaurant Celebrates 1st Year!

The Public House Restaurant, nestled inside Hotel Indigo on Paces Ferry Rd., celebrated their first year in business since the renovation of the hotel. Guests enjoyed great food, drinks and delightful conversation. Public House Restaurant is a great place to relax with colleagues, family and friends.

January 2017 Around Town

The Georgia Hospital Association has awarded an incredible pediatrician for her work in making healthcare accessible to all children. Dr. Beckford, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award. Dr. Beckford has practiced pediatric care for nearly 30 years. She joined WellStar in 1995 and founded the Pediatric and Adolescent Center of Cobb that same year.…

Top Doctors

How many times have you started a sentence with, "I have a pain in my .... " or "I need help with..." You turn to someone who cares. You turn to someone who can help. You turn to a professional who has the answers.

Grocery Store Tour Offers Healthy Insights

We’ve all done it. In line to check out in the grocery store, you glance into the cart and say, “Why did I put those potato chips in there? What was I thinking?”