A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

February 2018 Around Town

 Atlanta Native Tayari Jones Releases New Novel An American Marriage”  An American Marriage is a look at the personal toll of the criminal justice system from the author of Silver Sparrow (2011) and The Untelling (2005).  The Kirkus review follows. 

Denim and Diamonds Mystery Dinner and Silent Auction at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School Raises Money for 28 Laptops 


Over one hundred Chatt Hills Charter parents, teachers, administrators, and friends of the school gathered to solve a whodunit, bid on silent auction items, enjoy dinner and music and learn a little more about Chattahoochee Hills Charter. Many donated to the laptop fund in an exciting paddle up auction. Photography by Sease the Moment

Share the Love!

 Hey Y’all,  February is the month of love. And it’s with love that we bring you the Makers issue! SFL writer Regan Toomer brings you a conversation with Miko Branch, one of the founders of Miss Jessie’s Natural Hair products. In addition, we give you 24 hours in the life of Lenna Turner, owner of TopHalf Boutique and a member…

Sisters Unbound Reading Everything (S.U.R.E.) Book Club

The Ladies of Sisters Unbound Reading Everything, affectionately known as  (S.U.R.E.),  book club is a South Fulton gem. These ladies have been together for twelve years and counting. Their love for each other and passion for reading is pretty amazing. They have an undeniable bond of sisterhood and #BlackGirlJoy.  I fell in love with them even more I attended their…

A Hush Affair Brings Stars, Fun, and Raises Scholarships

The Twenty Pearls Foundation’s signature fundraiser, A Hush Affair Silent Auction and Gala, took place  at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel. This year marked the chapter's 25th anniversary and the gala reflected such in the evening's theme, "A Platinum Evening with the Stars.” The formal event featured live entertainment and an impressive silent auction and was well-attended by local…

Transitions

If you have natural hair, chances are you’ve heard of or tried Miss Jessie’s hair care products. The products help treat and style hair with curly, kinky and wavy textures. One of the masterminds behind the coveted products, Miko Branch is still focused on improving the brand while helping people embrace their natural textures. 

The Benefit of Practicing Mindfulness

Greetings! Are you ready for a fresh start? As a mother, wife, business owner, social advocate and friend to many, I understand how life can get in the way of taking care of yourself, so I’m bringing the self-care to you! 

Kafia Haile

After 18 years, I never expected to return home to Atlanta. I spent my childhood enthralled by movies that made me excited to see the world and use stories to unite people across cultures. After graduating from Spelman College, I landed my dream job as a tribes and culture analyst at the Pentagon and deployed to Iraq in 2008. I…

Leaning into Her Passions:

SFL: What was your thought process as you opened the TopHalf Boutique?

Refresh and Reset Your Fitness Routine

 Happy New Year, Y’all!  New year, new beginnings! It’s my pleasure to unveil some changes from our corporate office that will ensure the South Fulton Lifestyle magazine you have come to love over the past two years has a fresh new look! I hope you enjoy the new layout and this month’s Active theme.  As much as it’s a cliche…

January 2018 Around Town

Catina Wilson Cruises for a Cause And Raises Funds For Breast Cancer Research

January 2018 Good Times

The winners of our surveys joined South Fulton Lifestyle staff at a Gala Event at Infiniti of South Atlanta. Attendees sampled #sofu fare and enjoyed treats produced by our nominees! 

Frocks & Rocks: A Fashion Show Fundraiser 
Benefitting Foster Children  


Bloom hosted its fourth annual exclusive ladies-only fashion event connecting women with local stores while raising funds for The Bloom Closet, a cost-free clothing boutique for foster children in Georgia. The fashion show featured Fayette County local gems such as Lizard Thicket, Fab’rik, Darling Divas, and Tribal Chick.

BronzeLens Film Festival Celebrates 8 Years With A Bang!

BronzeLens Film Festival was everything Atlanta needed for the upcoming film industry. Let’s face it: Atlanta is definitely a part of the film industry conversation and Mrs. Kathleen Bertrand’s wonderful vision from eight years ago has grown into something beautiful. BronzeLens Film Fest, as it is affectionately called, is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Celebrating its eighth year, the BronzeLens Film Festival differs…

Three True Confessions from A Trainer

Hey you there—yes you! I’m going to tell you something that I’ve rarely admitted to anyone, but this stays between us, okay? I’m a personal trainer… I mean I train people for a living, which is probably no big secret if you didn’t skip the title of this article. The thing is, and I don’t believe I’m going to say…

Banneker Rising

Just a few years ago, whispers permeated the South Fulton community suggesting College Park’s Benjamin Banneker High School might close its doors. During this time Banneker High School was the proverbial poster child for organizational dysfunction and academic failure—low test scores, a revolving door of school leaders and violent and disruptive student behavior had become the norm.

Ask Dr. Tosha

Unless you have certain medical problems or a certain family history, hormones can be

DECONSTRUCTED VEGETABLE SUSHI BOWL

 INGREDIENTS  DRESSING  INSTRUCTIONS

Four Fitness Trends to Reset Your Routine with Precision Athletic Corps

 4 Trends from Zed and Tanetta of Precision Athletic Corps  Is your fitness routine starting to be a bore? Maybe you were going strong and hit a plateau. I talked to South Fulton’s Zedrick and Tanetta Carter to try to track some trends for 2018 that might help you refresh and restart your fitness goals.   Precision Athletic Corps was born…

THE STICKINESS FACTOR

I heard this term from one of my new publishers during a training I facilitated last year. He coined it (thanks, Kevin!), and used it to relate to how long our magazines are able to stay in the homes of our readers. I said to myself, "Self, what's the stickiness factor of our resolutions? How long do we keep these…

December 2017 Around Town

Dixon Davis Law Firm Screens 
“Marshall” at Movies at Camp Creek

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 Season’s Greetings, South Fulton!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not just because it’s one of my favorite seasons of the year, with a chill in the air and everything aglow with sparkly lights, but because it’s the Annual Best of South Fulton Award season! It’s truly a delight to honor the small business owners that work so…

Healthy Holiday Activities

The holiday season is already in full swing. Christmas trees are up, strands of lights are shining bright and holiday scents are in the air! This is also the time of year that we usually aren’t as concerned about nutrition and exercise as we should be. However, if we stay on top of things during the holiday season, we are…

All Dwellings Are Not Alike

 All Dwellings Are Not Alike"  This Asante proverb comes to mind when one enters the South Fulton residence of Lee and Delores Shelton. An elaborate basket weave sculpture hanging high on the wall commands your attention as you enter the front door. Immediately we become engaged.    “My wife is the collector,” Dr. Shelton explains as our eyes stretch to capture…

Readers Choice: Best of South Fulton

IT’S TIME ONCE AGAIN, 
SOUTH FULTON. THE VOTES ARE IN AND COUNTED AND THERE WERE SOME LANDSLIDES AND CLOSE CALLS. WE RECEIVED OVER 154,000 VOTES! LET’S 
SEE IF YOUR FAVORITES 
MADE THE CUT!

Best of South Fulton Part 2

 BEST DERMATOLOGIST  Winner: Atlanta Center of
Dermatology and Medspa 
Dr. Gloria Campbell-D’Hue  Address: 2950 Stone Hogan Connector SW, 
 Atlanta, GA 30331 

Gifts for the Travel Savvy Sister or Best Friend

Buying holiday gifts for a traveler who values experiences over things can be a challenge. You want to give a thoughtful gift that they’ll appreciate and can enjoy at home as well as when they’re traveling. Consider this list of our curated favorites for the woman who loves to travel. 

Holiday Parade of Homes Preview

 4041 Annecy Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331  Experience gorgeous luxury in this gated community. This beautiful home features 5 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms and an unfinished basement. It also features: a gourmet kitchen with a large center island, granite countertops and custom cabinetry. There’s a two-story great room loaded with walls of windows! Banquet-sized dining room, guest bedroom on the main floor…

Happy Veterans Day!


In this issue, we salute those who have served and placed their lives on the line by spotlighting those in our community that are small business owners. Inside, you will find an Army vet who is a local Jimmy John’s franchisee, a Marine-turned-roofer, a limo and car service that specializes in customer service owned by a pair of Army vets…

Meet Team Morman

Within a few minutes of meeting Marlon and Tiffany Morman of MARTI Transportation, you can’t help but keep a smile from spreading across your face. In the past couple of years, SFL has partnered with MARTI Transportation for various events and photo shoots and our readers and models just love them.

Motherless Daughters Foundation Honors Jill Scott and Blues Babe Foundation at Annual Gala

Inspiration filled the air during the fifth annual gala and silent auction of the Motherless Daughters Foundation, a unique organization that mentors young ladies who are growing up without the support of their natural birth mothers. The semi-formal event took place Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

Felicia Parks: Jimmy John’s Franchise Owner And Army Veteran Inspires Youth

Atlanta native Felicia Parks graduated from Chamblee High School in 1982 and signed up for the Army right away, delaying college to satisfy her “need to serve.” Following basic training in Fort Jackson, Felicia repaired microwave systems (26V) in the Panama Canal.

5 Reasons to Speak with an Attorney before Filing an EEOC Charge

People often visit me after they have filed an EEOC charge and have completed the EEOC process. They wield their Right to Sue Letter thinking that now is the perfect time to speak to an attorney. It’s always better to speak with an attorney before you get to the EEOC office! Here are 5 specific reasons to come speak with…

Don’t Overdo It!

Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are quickly approaching. In addition to the excitement and anticipation, you’re also probably experiencing a bit of the stress and anxiety. The holiday season can wreak havoc not only on our wallets, but on our waistlines as well! There are food temptations everywhere! From the holiday parties and the goodies for gifts to the…

Once a Marine, Always a Marine and He Wants to be Your Roofer


Legend Roofing offers services such as roof replacements for commercial and residential clients with an emphasis on insurance claims and helping homeowners and business owners to deflect the costs. About 90% of their business is geared towards storm damage and roof replacement. I spoke with Owner and Operator David Smith to get some background and insider tips from one of…

Inspired By The Perryman Platoon


While in the Air National Guard, Elaine attended and graduated from Marist College. She used her G.I. Bill to earn a degree in Criminal Justice. Shortly after graduating, Elaine was recalled back to active duty in the Air Force as a Security Police Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom due to the Terrorist Attack at the World Trade Center on…

LUZIA

Cirque du Soleil is the epitome of entertainment. Yes, it’s a circus but it’s so much more. Every performance is top-notch. I had the opportunity to sit down with Benjamin Courtenay, aerial straps artist performer to find out how much hard work goes into each one of the performances in Atlanta until November 19. Grab a seat under Le Grand…

November 2017 Around Town

Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center was recently named 2017 Executive Director of the Year by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) during the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living’s (GHCA/GCAL) summer convention.

Obstacles into Opportunity

Edwin Jackson, also known as “Pound Cake,” is the starting linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts heading into the 2017 season. A native Atlantan, Edwin began playing football in the eighth grade. Originally interested in playing basketball and baseball in the Sandtown and Benhill Park recreation leagues, Edwin had no idea that he’d end up where he is today. He gave…

Atlanta Falcons Invite TAPS Kids and Families for a VIP Experience at Military Appreciation Day at Training Camp in Flowery Branch


Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a national charity that offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Participants were greeted by Coach Dan Quinn. Falcons players presented them with the camo practice jerseys they had worn that day and a Falcons book bag!

NBAF Celebrates 20 Years with All-White Gala

The premier event of the summer social season spotlighted world music and honored trailblazers, luminaries, and emerging stars. Including lively music, great performances, and a silent auction of unique items, supporters and patrons came together to celebrate and to sustain NBAF’s rich cultural legacy in the Atlanta community.

October 2017 Around Town

Mayor Bill Edwards welcomed Consul General of Japan Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka to City Hall on August 21 for a discussion about potential economic partnerships in the City of South Fulton. “There are more than 600 Japanese companies in Georgia,” said Consul General Shinozuka. “Due to the City of South Fulton’s proximity to major interstates as well as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport…

Let’s Hear it for the Home Team!

Whoever said that ATL is not a sports town needs to come join us in this century and get with the times. In the span of a few weeks, the Hawks published their schedule along with plans for a complete renovation of Philips Arena. I visited the impressive new SunTrust Park, I experienced the electricity that is being a fan…

Making the Transition

To achieve success, there must first be a vision. Also essential is the belief that, against all odds, success is possible. When Keith Strickland, founder and CEO of Making The Transition Inc., was a child, not only did he lack vision, he had no hope, no expectation, and no one to show him a better way. At the very young…

Lessons from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett

One of my most profound learning experiences occurred on a day trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised after spending a little time with the third richest man in the world ($75.2 billion in assets), who has donated more than $37 billion to…

The Coach, the Mentor, the Man

The odds were stacked against him because of his environment. Growing up in Dixie Hills off Simpson Road in the late 70s with five other siblings made life even harder. Nevertheless, Coach Darron L. Rogers Sr. beat the odds one day at a time.

Donald Young 

Donald Young may have been born in Chicago, but Atlanta can now claim this professional tennis player as its own. Young began playing tennis at age 3, so it’s no wonder Donald has achieved significant success: Both his parents taught tennis professionally and even owned South Fulton Tennis Center for a time.

CELEBRITIES HIT THE 
LINKS AT EAST LAKE FOR 
A WORTHY CAUSE

This summer, celebrities headed to South Fulton’s East Lake Golf Club to support the Warrick Dunn Charities’ 7th Annual Atlanta Celebrity Golf Classic. This tournament is the exclusive signature fundraiser of Warrick Dunn Charities and a premiere social event to kick off the summer.

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Athletes

With the transition from summer to fall comes an upswing of sports in our neighborhood. This means both parents and kids are juggling many tasks and activities, which usually equates to frequent fast food stops. Most of us know that our children need to consume a healthy, well-balanced diet, and the need for nutrition is even more prevalent for our…