A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

Gee Whiz! It’s Christmas!
It’s said that it’s better the give than receive and at this time of year, when we celebrate God’s greatest gift to the world, Jesus Christ, there is truly a joy in serving others. It is my pleasure to bring you a story of some of your neighbors, Vincent Cain, Dyan Matthews and Cookie Smoak, each one rooted in and committed to this community. These Power Players are leaders yet truly invested in South Fulton’s success.

On the Rocxs

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“On The Rocxs was birthed from my passion of creating memorable experiences coupled with high-end cocktails,” stated Neiva, owner and operator. On The Rocxs, LLC was created in 2013. Named for the owner’s dad, who was affectionately known as Rocky and the creative inspiration that led her to start On The Rocxs was drawn from Neiva’s mother. As a wedding floral designer, she instilled in her daughter the idea that every experience should be made beautiful. After a series of life-changing events, which she likes to refer to as my “spiritual awakening,” she decided to pursue her dream of building the On The Rocxs brand. “I received encouragement from my now former employer, celebrity chef Darryl Taylor of Epicurean Drama. He saw the passion that went into my work and encouraged me to go after my dream. Now, my vision for On The Rocxs is to expand beyond what I’d dreamed.”

Michelle’s Holiday Picks

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I love a man that smells good. Even better, I like being the reason he smells good. So, my guy is probably getting Ovation for Men for Christmas (I’m hoping he’s not reading this). It’s clean, and it leaves just enough of a soft scent to let me know he was there. Yep, that’s my go to for the season. The only luxury men’s fragrance dedicated to the premium urban consumer. “A balanced blend of patchouli, bergamot, cashmere wood, aqua, and vibrant notes of citrus. Rated best new fragrance. Every man deserves an Ovation.” Find it online at OvationforMen.com.

Fifth Annual Pink Frog Affair: An Evening of Poetry, Music and Dance

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Over 1,500 breast cancer awareness supporters celebrated with The Pink Frog Foundation at its 5th Annual Pink Frog Affair: An Evening of Poetry, Music and Dance on October 7, 2016, at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. The celebration featured Gospel Sensation Beverly Crawford as well as other amazing entertainment and inspiring testimonies from breast cancer survivors. Proceeds from the event allow the Foundation to provide maid service, nutrition support and transportation to individuals in the metro-Atlanta area while they are undergoing breast cancer treatment. Robert and Tammy Bolton are the founders of the Pink Frog Foundation.

December 2016 Around Town

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Nearly 300 Bert’s Big Adventure family members from past trips gathered together for the Fall Reunion Adventure. The festivities took place at the College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, where families were joined by the Bert’s Big Adventure staff and a handful of volunteers for a great evening that would not have been possible without the support of Dentistry for Children and Family Orthodontics.

A Grimes Family Christmas

A Grimes Family Christmas

With more than three decades in the South Fulton area, the Grimes family has a passion for South Fulton like no other and is proud to call the SWATS home. Residing in the heart of Southwest Atlanta’s hidden treasure, Wynn’s Way at King’s Lake, they’ve become fond of the relaxing lake, beautiful landscapes, friendly wildlife, unique trees and plants and top-notch neighbors.

Tamika English

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Tamika Mignon English, native to Atlanta, has been singing for as long as she could talk. She distinctively remembers, at the age of four, sporting a camel colored suede skirt, some play heels, and a red wig, while offering her version of What’s Love Got to Do with It. She soon realized that music was her part after many people had continued to tell her that her voice had moved them to tears. After realizing the kind of emotion she could invoke, she knew she had found her calling. Her voice is characterized as relevant, unmistakably Southern, and refreshing, like hand crafted lemonade in the summer time. Her melodious tones are smooth, yet soulful, and will indeed shake the ground when necessary. Tamika writes all of her music because she loves to provide a variety of different sounds for her audiences. From Gospel to Country, she revels in them all, yet she uniquely transforms each song into her own. The commonality between her songs is love, whether it be the love of God, music, or people. She believes that love is timeless and everything is indulged in it.

My Sister’s Arms Gala at South Fulton Arts Center

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My Sister’s Arms is an organization dedicated to serving women who have overcome insurmountable odds. Since 2010, the organization has facilitated programs to support women who are survivors of breast and ovarian cancer and domestic violence.

2016 Gift Guide: Editor’s Picks

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My FIL, aka Papa, is a great guy who loves to fish. Though his fishing trips with my son seem to be more about snacks and relaxing in nature than anything else, I don’t want to hear any more excuses. This gadget will keep y’all from coming home empty-handed. It even links to your cell phone with an app to track your catches! iBobber is a fun, moderately priced option for the fisherman who has (almost) everything, as well as for folks just getting into fishing. Using the latest in sonar and mobile technology, iBobber helps you find fish from docks, shore, kayaks, inflatables or anywhere else. Once the catch has been reeled in, use the free app to post pictures on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and log the date, time, location, water temp, conditions, type of fishing, lure, number and species of fish caught. iBobber is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled phones and tablets. ReelSonar.com

South Fulton Power Players

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South Fulton county is one of Georgia’s greatest gems. It combines the beauty of freedom from the hustle of city life with unprecedented growth and outstanding communities. A common thread in South Fulton is breeding greats and power players for generations. Fellowshipping in South Fulton is personal and professional as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals, whether a resident, employee, employer, business owner or visitor. This brings us to spotlight three of South Fulton’s Power Players who are shining brightly in their own respect. Introducing Cookie Smoak, Dyan Matthews and Vincent Cain.

Mother Daughter Dentist Duo Deliver Smiles

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As a little girl, Dr. Kanetta Lott was enthralled to meet her great uncle, a retired dentist, during a family trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She delighted in spending the day playing with his old dentistry equipment out on the porch. “It just fascinated me that we would have a dentist in our family,” recalls Lott.

Inspired By the Black Doll Affair

Inspired By the Black Doll Affair

Are you aware of that black and white doll test wherein black children overwhelmingly identified the black doll as bad, ugly and least preferred? These results were disconcerting, to say the least, in that they were so indicative of the negative view these black children had of themselves. The Black Doll Affair invites you to become a living Black Doll and to join the movement created to address the issue of poor self-image in black women and girls.

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