Building a Culinary Empire From Baltimore Crab and Seafood to Bella

The South Atlanta culinary scene is bursting at the seams. Fabulous food and amazing chefs are giving fine dining a new look in the South. Shema Fulton opened her first establishment, Baltimore Crab & Seafood, in Philadelphia in 1995. Her mother and Head Chef Myra Fulton crafted the menu now being served at the Atlanta-based restaurant.

Confessions of a Foodie World Traveler

If I could get paid to travel around the world and taste the best food the earth has to offer, I’m pretty sure I would take that opportunity today—like right now! My signature activity when I travel is to find out what the area is best known for and eat that dish as many times … Continued

Why an HOA Alliance?

Our personal experience and that of other leaders in our communities, such as Mason White, helped surface the fact that there is a significant amount of ignorance in management and operations of communities and apathy in volunteering, board service, and membership responsibility. More importantly, many residents do not grasp the value of an effectively run community and its impact on…

OWN and V103 Host Greenleaf Premiere at SCADShow

 A watch party for "Greenleaf" Season 3 featured cast members Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Lamman Rucker and Deborah Joy Winans. Fans were on hand to participate in a Q&A moderated by V103 radio personality Ramona Debreaux. Attendees got a chance to take photos with the cast during a post-event Meet & Greet. Photos Chris Mitchell for OWN

The One Percenters: The Boy Scouts of America 

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the most prominent and largest youth development organizations in the nation. Organized to build character among young people, it is uniquely designed to offer participants activities that promote character development, survival skills, physical fitness and essential life skills. 

October 2018 Around Town

Christian City Showcases Patio Homes for Active Seniors Active seniors considering moving to a retirement community toured available patio homes during an open house event at Christian City. “We have a number of one and two-bedroom patio homes that are move-in-ready and available for lease now,” said Jane Finch, Executive Director of Active Senior Living at Christian City. There … Continued

Cancer Diagnosis: It’s Up to You What’s Next

Cancer is an unfair disease that no one deserves. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer three years ago and I was truly horrified. My diagnosis threw me into an emotional turmoil and I didn’t know what to do or where to begin. I felt overwhelmed and worried about my future, coupled with information overload. 

Jay Paranada is Flying High as Iago as Broadway in Atlanta Presents Disney’s “Aladdin”

 Article and Photography  “It’s pure magic!” Paranada shares when asked about the show. It’s his Disney debut and although he has had other roles, including Baker in “Into the Woods” and Nicely in “Guys and Dolls,” you can tell he’s excited. In the show, Iago along with some of the other characters are transformed into humans. There are so many…

First Look at Disney’s Toy Story Land 

 Article and Photography  Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now open! Toy Story Land, the newest addition to Disney World, is inspired by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films.  Here’s five secrets about the newest addition to the Disney Parks! 

NAASC- Atlanta Hosts Second Annual Spelman Blue on the Greens

The charity golf and tennis event was held at White Columns Country Club in Milton to benefit students. Alumnae came together once again in support of this signature annual event to raise money, and awareness for Spelman College. Adrienne Lance Lucas served as chairwoman.  Learn more by visiting SpelmanBlueOnTheGreens.com.  Planning is underway for 2019. Sponsor, play or volunteer.

SoFu Chic: P. Sherrod and Fabulina Accessories

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Pitter Productions Photography and Provided  SoFu Chic  Both Fabulina and P. Sherrod are produced by designers with South Fulton roots, both ladies starting their businesses when they lived in the Camp Creek area. As I chat with the ladies in Donna’s studio, I can’t help but want to hang out with them more, seriously…

Go Michelle! It’s Your Birthday!

I love that song, and I love it even more when it’s my birthday month: September. September to me is the best month of the year, for a couple of reasons: 1. The birthday thing. 2. It marks the beginning of fall, which often falls on my birthday. So it’s kind of a win-win for … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

UNCF Names Robert Bolton New National Director of Special Events    Robert H. Bolton will lead the execution of more than 70 signature fundraisers across the country, including the annual UNCF National Alumni Conference. Bolton will lead the charge in developing high-quality events with the goal of getting students to and through college and beyond.  “We … Continued

SPARK Award Spotlight

 Article and Photography  Through the SPARK Prize competition, United Way funds small grants to provide incentives for cooperation and social advancements for nonprofits, community and business groups. Each regional event allows out-of-the-box thinkers to present their innovative ideas to address the needs of children and families in their own communities. It’s a pleasure to present the winners for the South Fulton…

Let Me Hear You Howl

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Doug Smith and Provided  They call her “Sweet Sixteen” for a reason. The folks at GWL took notes from their guests at the other 15 resorts and improved on them. According to Curtis Brown, Jr., a local entrepreneur and general manager of Build the Crowd, Inc., LaGrange is the perfect spot for the resort. …

Pets in the City

 Article Tosha Key McDade | Photography Tiffany Powell Photography and Provided  Looking for a place to enjoy your summer while spending time with your dog? Atlanta, including South Fulton, has become a very pet-friendly city. Whether it's taking Fido out for a bite, to the dog park or just out and about for a joy ride around the streets of…

 5 Tips Zan Maxie Loves to Make Your Social Media Pop 

 Article Edeszann​​​​​​​ Maxie | Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  1- Use the Power of Suggestion  Giving your audience big, flashing signs that say: “Hey, can you do this for me? It’s free!” Make it easy to tweet quotes from your article with Click to Tweet, or appeal to your readers.

Victoria McQueen

 Article and Photography  South Fulton’s “Idol Baby,” Victoria Ariel McQueen, was born to be a star. Born on the date the very first “American Idol” episode aired on television, she just barely made the cut for her audition this past season. Victoria wowed celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Katie Perry and Lionel Richie with her "pitch perfect" a capella singing of…

Shark Week Has Got Nothin’ on This!

Hello South Fulton, I had the most amazing, breathtaking experience. As a gift from the Home Depot Foundation and the Travis Mainon Foundation to surviving military families, my son, sister and I were able to spend the night at the Georgia Aquarium. We were blessed to roll out our sleeping bags in front of the … Continued

Create Your Own City Backyard Oasis in a Small Space

 Article and Photography  Pergola   South Fulton homeowner Richard McClendon, Jr., and his father, Richard Sr., hand built this beautiful cedar wood pergola for the son’s home in Atlanta. The space is highlighted by an outdoor fireplace. It is the perfect little hideaway in the tree-lined city backyard.

Kent Bazemore Gives Back!

 Photography Greg Miller & Zach Wolfe  What made you launch the ARMS Foundation?  Why is philanthropy important to you?

Creekside High School Honors Academic Scholars | Photography FPJ Photography

The Annual Order of the Arrow Honors Program took place at the Atlanta Commerce Club, honoring 36 students at the top 10% of the senior class and an influential faculty member. The speaker, Mekia Troy, former Order of the Arrow member, is the Athletic Director at the school. Principal Ronald Maxwell concluded the event with encouraging words for honorees. … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Fulton Names New Principal for Creekside High School   Creekside High School Assistant Principal Frankie Pollock, Jr. has been named principal of the South Fulton school, effective July 1. Pollock replaces Ron Maxwell, who was named area executive director in the South Learning Community.  A veteran educator, Pollock has served as Creekside High’s assistant principal for … Continued

B’Fly Girls Inc. Honors Woman of Excellence Mayor Keisha Bottoms

The B’Fly Girls Butterfly Ball, at the Loudermilk Center, featured keynote speaker, Jasmine Stewart, the winner of Master Chef Jr., and MC Marissa Mitchell, anchor at of Fox5 Atlanta. Currently in search of mentors, the ladies of B'Fly are changing the lives of young girls by providing holistic experiences that enrich and empower their lives. Please visit BFlyGirls.org for information. 

Kessia’s Georgia Summer

 Article and Photography   This drink is a refreshing, easy-to-make drink to beat the summer heat. I decided to share a  basil peach lemon drop martini or what I like to call a “Georgia Summer.”  Fun Facts I'm from Ghana, West Africa. Culturally, we use ginger for many things. The spritz of ginger beer at the end is a tribute to my heritage,…

SoFu’s Great Summer Escape

 Article Katrina Morrison of MyMommyFlies.com  Enjoy the best of what South Fulton has to offer with this feature of great summer escapes.  Whether you choose to seek comfort in a cooler indoor climate, star-gaze at a luxury hotel, hydrate with fresh juices or take in art at a local gallery,  we've got you covered. Bring your family and friends along…

Happy Summer, South Fulton!

Happy Summer, South Fulton! We all know how hot it is out there, so I’m happy to share some “beat the heat” tips! Despite the heat, summer is the time to get outside or get away. Some of my line sisters and I recently returned from our annual trip, and it was exceptional! We had … Continued

Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst and City Administrator Donna Gayden’s Dream Team

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Benjamin Grace Photography  When my service is complete, I want to hear both God and the City of Fairburn say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, you can now step back & relax." - Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst  Fairburn is situated to succeed, to borrow a few words from the city motto. Meeting Mayor…

Top 5 Ice Cream Shops to Beat the ATL Heat!

 Article and Photography Kim Bryant  Summer has already officially begun but the heat wave has already our city.  A favorite way to cool off in this weather is with some delicious ice cream.  We live in a city full of amazing cool treat shops and we’ve been on a search for some favorites to visit this summer.  Kilwin's- Atlantic Station

July 2018 Around Town

Westlake’s Kennedy Simon Leaves Track and Field Legacy Kennedy Simon recently graduated leaving a lasting track and field legacy in Georgia high school sports. She bested the status she achieved last year as the 2016-2017 Gatorade Georgia State Girls Track and Field Player of the Year, by helping her Westlake team become overall state runners-up … Continued

Drive and Dine Benefitting Christian City

Four hundred guests gathered on April 28 for the inaugural Drive & Dine event at Porsche Experience Center Atlanta to raise $243,000 in support of Christian City Children’s Village and the Safe Place program.

National Black Arts Festival Presents Fine Art + Fashion Benefit

The annual event held at Neiman Marcus Phipps Plaza benefitted students studying fashion design. NBAF Gala: What Makes a Legend honoring Ingrid Saunders Jones  will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. at Flourish. Contact Judy at jhanenkrat@nbaf.org for Gala reservations. Rosalind and John Brewer will serve as honorary chairs and Radcliffe Bailey will receive … Continued

Anthony Detamore of Essential Heating and Air

 Article and Photography     "Why not trust your neighbor with a job as big and important as the comfort of your family or customers?" Anthony Detamore asks. He has a point. His customers are very happy with the service provided by Essential Heating & Air Conditioning—so happy that Anthony can barely shop in Publix at peak times because he gets…

Take a Splash at Duncan Park Splash Pad in Fairburn

 Photography Benjamin Grace Photography  Provides access for the 2018 season (May 26, 2018- September 3, 2018). This pass is available for City of Fairburn residents ONLY!    Resident Splash Pass                Price

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: An Interview with James Taylor Odom

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell  James Taylor Odom is a Georgia boy, a native of Lawrenceville and a proud Berkmar High School alum. He comes from a musical family. With a grandfather that had success as a country music songwriter, the family’s passion for music is no surprise. His love of the theater stems from watching classic movies with his dad. …

Solís Two Porsche Drive

 Article and Photography  Don't miss the rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Porsche Handling Course and airport runways!   

Nothin Beats a Handsome Guy in a Suit!

Hey Y’all! Michelle may be torn, but I’m not. The Dudes issue is without a doubt my favorite. It was my pleasure to meet the gentlemen at the new Solis Hotel and watch as these power players made connections and “money moves,” as the kids say. (Gosh, I sound old!) Shannon McCollum, photographer to the … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Download The SoFu™ Guide Today! The SoFu™ Guide offers South Fulton County residents state of the art mobile applications that will revolutionize the way you interact with our city. From local events, news, traffic updates, weather, and more, residents will have access to the entire city in their pocket! Daily weather, traffic, event, and new updates Local-only reviews … Continued

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

Dinner with Friends at Davio’s

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Courtesy of Davio's  Davio’s is a perfect special occasion venue or spot to pop into for Happy Hour. I met my friends there as a preparty for my milestone birthday. It was the perfect setting for our group of eight. We were seated in the semi-private room, ideal for a celebration and conversation. The…

Third Anniversary of SFL and #MySOFU App Launch Party

SFL Publisher Michelle Taylor Willis welcomed many of our readers, writers, photographers, advertisers and notable community members to celebrate! The cake featured some SFL covers from the past three years! Download the app today for special offers. Photos by Art By Benetez.

Movers + Shakers (The Dude Edition)

 Article Curtis Bunn | Photography Shannon McCollum  Shannon James VP, Commercial Banking BB&T Middle Markets Chairman, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance Secretary, Aerotropolis Atlanta CID  By linking South Fulton with various corporations, I have established relationships during my lengthy career in business development. And with a leadership role in Aerotropolis, I can move strategically and accelerate the pace of results.

South Fulton Movers + Shakers

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  The Jetsetter  Katrina Morrison

Road Trip: Destination Gatlinburg, TN

 Article Kendra Pierson | Photography Kendra Pierson & Provided  Need to recharge and reconnect with girlfriends? Just pack up the car and hit the road to Gatlinburg, TN because the mountains are calling! Just a short 3.5 hour drive from Atlanta, spending a weekend in the fresh air of the Great Smoky Mountains will refresh and renew any group of…

Noelle + Her Mom, Cheryl

 Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  Hopper App  App Store

Greater North Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Presents Polo at the Palisades

 Photography (c) Susan Elizabeth Talbot  Since its inception, the Greater North Atlanta Chapter (GNAC) of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has shown a commitment to promote leadership development and academic achievement in the lives of children and families in the Atlanta metro area. As a continuation of those efforts, the chapter is excited to host their upcoming chapter fundraiser, "Polo…

Mover + Shaker Kim McNair: The Philanthropist

 Photography Tiffany Powell and Provided  Mover and shaker Philanthropist Kim McNair, CEO of KMP/Kim McNair Productions-Special Event Planning and Marketing Firm and Executive Producer/Host of “Women on the MOVE Live!” Morning Show, sits down with SFL to discuss her new venture working with teen girls.   Background: I’m originally from Newark, New Jersey, by way of Orlando, Florida. I moved south of Atlanta…

Mover + Shaker Marshawn Evans Daniels

 Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  Background: Where are you from? How long have you been in South Fulton?   Education and Training

Owning Your Opportunities

I get torn between my favorite issues, the Women’s and the Men’s Issue, for obvious reasons. However, since it is May, I’ll say THIS is my favorite, at the moment (smile!). It’s been an interesting season for women—lots going on, namely the #metoo movement. You guys know we like to keep it light around these parts, so … Continued