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

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.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Dive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit…

Orangetheory Fitness – West Village Has Fabulous Grand Opening

Orangetheory is now open for business. Check out the new location in the West Village. Their trainers are phenomenal and the facility is state of the art. Congratulations to the sister duo, Kim and Julie, on their third location!

July 2017 Around Town

Load up the lawn chairs, picnic blankets, friends, family, neighbors, flip-flops and all the red, white and blue you can find and head to Marietta Square for a day of fun! Parade: The festivities begin with a 1.5-mile parade starting at 10 a.m. on Roswell Street Baptist. The parade will travel west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square…

Starry Night

Stargazing is an activity that can range from romantic for couples, to curiously fantastic for families. Whether as a family or as a couple, the best part about looking to the skies is the wonders of the universe are closer than you think. Turn off the lights in your home and step out to the backyard; the stars are putting…

Outdoor Eating

Create opportunities to spend more time with friends and family. Summer isn't official without a festive backyard barbecue, and we've got you covered on the outdoor favorites.

The Smyrna Team

It is a quiet, sunny morning at Paces & Vine restaurant when Eddie Hudson reveals the secret behind the success of The Smyrna Team. Seated inside, at a section of tables draped in white cloth, he glances at his group of Keller Williams professionals, then leans in and says, “Once it stops being fun, we're out!"

Winner of Best Engagement Story

Hand in hand, we soared over the beach as the helicopter banked left. I gazed down and squinted to read the words I saw lightly etched into the sand. 
With blurry eyes and a quivering lip, the words fumbled from my mouth. “Does ... does that say my name?”

Recognizing and Treating ADHD

"Often parents get frustrated with children because they think their child is not listening or they are being lazy. Most children really want to please their parents and most children really want to do well."

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Why it's popular: CheeseCaked has taken milkshakes to a whole new level of heaven on earth with their decadent cheesecakes combined with their handcrafted, over the top, extreme milkshakes.

Summer Bucket List

As the temperature rises so does the desire to get out of the house and have fun. Do you want to plan the perfect date or perhaps get your children out of the house? Will favorite family members be coming for a visit? Check out our summer bucket list of must-do activities in the Vinings and Marietta area.

Summer Adventure Fashion

Turn heads in this breezy dress ($54) that's simple enough for a local ball game and snazzy enough for a simple date night or brunch with the girls. The dress is patterned in a slim, colorful stripe which is one of the season's biggest trends as well as the knot detail and small cutouts on the side. Dress this look…

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…