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…

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!” 

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.

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.  

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.

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…

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…

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 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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Six Experiences to Start the New Year Right

Among the many live performing venues in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss a show at the historic Buckhead Theatre. Since its re-opening in 2010, popular acts from musicians, stage players and comedians have graced the stage. Livenation is the host for Buckhead Theatre and is always releasing new performances, ranging from country and indie genres, bands to singer/songwriters.

Ten Tips on Getting Healthy in 2017!

1. If you are pregnant in the New Year, congratulations! It is recommended by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology that pregnant women workout a minimum of 30 minutes a day all of, if not most days, of their pregnancy. Ladies, find a prenatal personal trainer, prenatal yoga, prenatal cardio, mommy and me, prenatal pilates or any other pregnancy…

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for unique gifts this holiday season? We've got you covered. Check out our favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Gifts That Bakers will Fa-La-La-Love!

This gift guide is sure to tickle any baker’s fancy. From special ingredients to baking tools to the cutest aprons and more...there are tons of gifts for the bakers on your holiday list. Check out our favorite ones!

Expert Help to Create a Holiday Ready Home

Entertaining guests this holiday season? Looking to create new holiday traditions with the family? Dreaming of hiring an interior designer to create a Vinings version of a winter wonderland? Rhonda E. Peterson of Rhonda Peterson and Associates, LLC ( can help. Here are her expert ideas for creating a holiday ready home.

Smyrna’s Secret Gem

Spartan Kitchen.Bath is located at 2870 Plant Atkinson Rd, Smyrna, GA 30080 Phone: 770.333.9918 Visit them online: Spartan Kitchen.Bath is a secret treasure in Smyrna’s own backyard. From concept to completion, they are the go-to company when it comes to kitchen and bath remodel projects for homeowners, contractors, and home flippers.

Rising Star Student: Sean Kite-Powell

This month's rising star student is Sean Kite-Powell, a 9th grader in the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Campbell High School. Sean, a product of Griffin Middle School and the International Academy of Smyrna charter school, is a great example of Smyrna's public education system.

A Doctor with An Artist’s Eye

Dr. Alan Gardner is the Physician Owner of the Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa. He has helped his patients achieve healthy and realistic skin and cosmetic goals since 1985. He treats patients for skin diseases such as skin cancer, eczema and psoriasis. He also performs cosmetic procedures like Age Rejuvenation Laser Treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion facials, tattoo removal and skin…

A Forever Home

The Smyrna Team has more than 50 years of combined real estate experience. They specialize in working with home buyers and sellers in Smyrna and Vinings. Their team members are Keller Williams professionals with an unparalleled knowledge of the Smyrna Real Estate Market and a commitment to helping their community thrive. It's no wonder they were voted #1 Best Real…


Ever wonder what's in those delicious cocktails you order at restaurants throughout Vinings and Smyrna? We did too! So we asked some of our favorite local establishments to share the secret recipes to one of their top drinks. You can try to make each one at home or just head out and let the professionals have at it.

A Toast to Regional Wineries

Wine enthusiasts should head to the hills...the foothills of the North Georgia mountains in Dahlonega that is. While there, enjoy award-winning locally-produced wines along with breathtaking views. The 'secret' of these beautiful Georgia wineries is starting to get out. Dahlonega is now known as the heart of Georgia Wine Country and the Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia.

101 Steak Beefs Up Vining’s Dining Scene

Longing for an upscale restaurant without driving to Buckhead? Look no further than 101 Steak, the newest fine dining addition to Vinings. The restaurant opened its doors this past July in the former Social Vinings space and presents itself as a traditional steakhouse, but offers so much more.

Best of Smyrna/Vinings: Restaurants

This inaugural Best of Smyrna/Vinings issue is brought to you by you. Our initial call for readers to nominate local businesses they love as a best of Smyrna/Vinings business yielded thousands of results. We added all the businesses nominated into a survey with 43 different categories including restaurants, home services, personal care services, and services for kids and pets. Over…

Best of Smyrna/Vinings: Personal Care Services

The Smyrna/Vinings area is a great place to live because you don't have to leave the area to get some of the best services to take care of yourself. Check out the Best of Smyrna/Vinings in the personal care categories.

Best of Smyrna/Vinings: For Kids and Pets

One of the best things about the Smyrna/Vinings area is that it is so family friendly! Whether your family includes a gaggle of children or a pack of animals (or both) there are some fantastic local businesses ready to serve you. Here are the best of Smyrna/Vinings businesses focused on kids and pets.