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

Kent Bazemore Gives Back!

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

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.

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. …

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

Solís Two Porsche Drive

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

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

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

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…

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

Black Panther Style Hair and Makeup with Colour

 Article and Photography  “As we often say, textured hair is the most versatile type of hair, because it can be styled into so many different forms,” says Shigley. “‘Black Panther’ celebrates texture and shows the many ways black hair can be styled. The looks are aspirational and inspirational.”  The movie “Black Panther” is decidedly 2018’s biggest blockbuster, grossing more than $1.5 billion…

May 2018 Around Town

Théâtre du Rêve Presents French Theater FRENCH THEATRE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD! Atlanta’s unique French-language theatre, Théâtre du Rêve (TdR), took audiences on a magical journey this March with their performance of Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time), the story of three 17th-century French women creating a new fairy tale. The play recreates … Continued

Diane Baker-King Early Learning Center Lobby Dedication Young Family YMCA

Ambassador Andrew Young introduced Diane Baker-King, a long-time ELC employee and former childcare center director at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA at the dedication. Other noted guests included Judge Patsy Porter, Andre Greenwood, Gavin McGuire, Steve Smith and Milton Jones. Photography by Art by Benetez.

April 2018 Around Town

 Highlights from 
Aerotropolis Atlanta  The Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance Public/Private Partnership is focused primarily on economic development in the South Fulton and Clayton County Area. The workforce development efforts have successfully completed five cohorts in Construction and Hospitality. Also, they recently hired a full time person dedicated to the workforce development initiatives. The groundbreaking of the College Park Gateway Center, set to…

To the Great Outdoors in Search of a Greener Me

Get Out There!

One of the good things about social media is that you actually have to leave the house to get that perfect shot. I was blessed enough to have a spiritual experience on my first and likely last hike up Stone Mountain on a TAPS widow retreat. Something about being up that high makes you feel closer to God, and…

This was in partnership with Samara’s Angels Foundation, a charity based in Haiti with a mission to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults through education and social skills development. The Consulate of Haiti for Georgia sponsored transportation, security and other incentives. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERRELL CLARK

From Trash to Treasure: 
How Environmental Theater Honors the Earth

South Fulton’s hidden oasis within the community of Serenbe is preparing to introduce metro Atlanta to a Disney classic. The cast and crew of Serenbe Playhouse are preparing for the season opener, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Director Ryan Oliveti is thrilled to be making his debut directing role at Serenbe Playhouse with this piece. As an avid Disney fan, this…

Flat Out Fabulous Flatbread

With warmer weather and longer days ahead, it is time to lighten up meal time. Pair this easy-to-assemble flatbread with a fresh arugula salad and a glass of crisp white wine for a leisurely weekend lunch or a light weeknight meal. When selecting asparagus from your local farmers market or grocer, choose firm, bright green spears that have tightly closed…

Gardening Gurus: Introducing the South Fulton Master Gardener Extension Volunteers

Active since 1995, the South Fulton Master GARDENER Extension Volunteers have been actively serving the community. Their mission is to stimulate the interest in and increase the knowledge of gardening, and to voluntarily, enthusiastically and responsibly share this knowledge with others.
 As a part of The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences GMGA, est. 1979, they volunteer and…

Top Seven 
Instagrammable Locations in Georgia State Parks

Lush greenery, mountainous landscapes and natural beauty beckon guests to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites year-round. When paired with a camera lens, photos taken in Georgia’s great outdoors spruce up any social media feed and will send friends, family and followers into a frenzy over the jaw-dropping views. No matter the season or reason, when venturing to any state…

The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

To garner the classification as “eco-friendly,” there is a very popular misconception that an automobile has to be small, conservative in design, and lacking luxurious amenities. The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited successfully disproves these assumptions. 
This large, four-door sedan immediately catches the eye with its aerodynamic frame, tinted windows, curvaceous grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, HID quadrabeam headlights…

Glamour on Board: The Titanic Fashion Comes to Biltmore

The first large-scale exhibition of fashions from “Titanic,” the Oscar-winning film that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, launched at Biltmore House in February.
“Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie” is on display through May 13, and represents the extensive wardrobes preferred by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. 
Guests will learn more about the Vanderbilts’…

March 2018 Around Town

Shannon James Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance

Home is Where the Zen is!

“Home is where the heart is” has been used for ages to get people to reconnect with “home,”  i.e., family. As much as we may love the people that live there, if we're honest with ourselves, home has become quite stressful. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association states that women are more likely to report having a great…

Bert’s Big Adventure 
Will Take South Fulton Kids and Others to Walt Disney World

Last month Bert's Big Adventure surprised families with a trip of a lifetime. After careful consideration, as well as sorting through hundreds of applications, the Bert’s Big Adventure selection committee chose 13 children and their families to be a part of this year’s trip. The 2018 families arrived at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel to kick off day one of…