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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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’…

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…

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…

The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Atlanta Chapter Presents Its Annual Scholarship Brunch


Dr. Tanisha McGlothen and Dr. Andrea Lewis served as Co-Chairs. Dr. Kyra Harvey received the Outstanding Community Service award and Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award. Juliet Hall served as Mistress of Ceremonies and entertainment was provided by the Anointed Pace Sisters. 
Photography by KO Photography

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…

Opulence Nail Bar & Boutique

As East Point’s newest beauty locale, Opulence Nail Bar & Boutique is bringing a chic twist to the typical nail salon mold. From its name to its offerings, Opulence is gaining ground by focusing on the indulgent side of nail and skin care, along with fashion. When entering the salon, clients are welcomed by well-trained and enthusiastic nail and skin…

5 Reasons It’ll Pay to Sell Your Home Early in 2018

It's been nearly a decade since the Great Recession delivered the worst housing crash in modern memory. But these days, the fallout feels squarely in the rearview mirror. Markets have bounced back with fervor, and confidence is skyrocketing. From Charlotte, North Carolina, to Stockton, California—and everywhere in between—homes are flying off the market at record prices, and buyers are still clamoring to…

Small Space Style without Breaking the Bank

The small living room of this 500 sq. ft. apartment has been transformed into a chic entertaining area for a college student in her first apartment. Anchored with a black backdrop and a functional white sofa, the space is accented in gold and soft pink. Pattern and texture has been added with pillows and a fluffy rug. A gallery wall highlighted by…

Aerotropolis Breakfast

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Aerotropolis Atlanta presented a State of Aerotropolis Breakfast to update the community on the progress of the project. Shannon James was recently named Chair. 

Milk + Honey Brings Something
Sweet to Cascade

Located in the Cascade area of Atlanta, the Milk and Honey Restaurant is sure to fulfill all of your brunch needs! The décor and environment of the restaurant paired with the delicious food make this a must-see place to go when in Atlanta. 

Does Your Morning Need A 
Makeover?

I am such an early bird. I learned many years ago that how you begin your day can have a great impact on your attitude and accomplishments throughout the entire day. Successful individuals understand that creating morning rituals can help them reach their daily goals on a consistent basis. They truly embrace discipline and routine. In the early hours of…

Meet Your Match with the HollandLUXE Touch

It all starts with inspiration—the love of furniture and interior design, the appreciation for fabric textures, metal works and wood crafting. When you look within the elements as art forms, the enlightenment of open spaces is best used as blank canvases. The few impressions of appreciation developed at the start of HollandLuxe. Created by Camille Banks, HollandLuxe is essentially a…

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

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. 

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…

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…

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! 

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. 

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…

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…

Ask Dr. Tosha

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

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.

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

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…

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…

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!

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. 

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 

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…

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.