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“I am a man of faith. Everything I have done has been guided by my faith,” were the first words that Archie Bouie II spoke when asked the question, “Who are you?” Bouie owes his successes to a few key principles, and faith is one that stands strong at the forefront of his daily journey. It’s not often that a…

First Day Fresh Fashions from Fab’rik

How can it be time to head back to school already? The weather outside continues to scream summer, summer summertime, but busy schedules, rapidly filling calendars and conversations about teachers, books, and homework say otherwise. It’s time to start thinking about what you will wear to head back to school. The first day of school is always an opportunity to…

FUSION: Presented by Arlington Christian School and Operation YES

FUSION was a multimedia explosion of talent and entertainment at the beautiful Southwest Arts Center, a perfect backdrop. From the ATLFunk Lords breakdancing crew to a small but mighty drumline, the event was nothing short of a celebration! There was acting, dancing, live painting, an art auction, instrumental selections and vocal selections, all illustrating the freedom of creative expression afforded…

To the Country or Through the Country

Oсеаn сruіѕіng іѕ аn incredible experience, providing amazing соаѕtаl views, a greater reach to thе wоrld, a bіggеr ѕрасе for mоrе fun аnd lots of onboard аmеnіtіеѕ and activities. It is the rеаl deal fоr families and anyone looking to just simply get away.

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ALEXANDRIA

Whether a day trip, weekend getaway or full vacation, Alexandria offers colonial charm like no other destination. A short flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, D.C. will deliver you in the midst of ole world elegance and something extraordinary. The streets of Alexandria, Virginia are paved in gold, so it’s no wonder they call the main drag “King Street.” Beyond…

Hot Travel Destination

Morocco is a land of cities and villages, old and new, traditional and contemporary, where Mercedes and donkeys are side by side in the streets. You’ll see business districts with high rises ringed by shanty towns, ancient walled cities, painted blue cities and beautiful deserts, and medinas with back alleys to get lost in, public squares with snake charmers, musicians,…

A Spirit of Greatness: Kenya Barris

If you have never watched ABC’s hit sitcom, “black-ish,” then you are missing out. The hilarious comedy airs Wednesday nights and stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne. The critically acclaimed show is the brainchild of creator, producer and writer, Kenya Barris.

Young, Black & Male at the Top of Their Class

In today’s world where young African American men are stereotyped and portrayed as uneducated, criminals or thugs, believers of this typecast would find the following information unbelievable. Believe there is something special happening with a group of African American young men at Westlake High School in South Fulton.

ROD DIXON

“Everything is driven by a desire to help make others’ lives better, honestly at a lot of personal sacrifice.” If anyone knows about sacrifice, it would be Rod Dixon. He is the co-founder of Dixon Davis, LLC. Upon graduating from the University of Florida with honors, Dixon went on to attend the University of Tennessee to obtain his Juris Doctor…

The Coachmans

Taylor and Cornelius met online but not in the manner of many couples that connect using Match or eHarmony. As fate would have it, he happened across her photo on Tumblr. “I was just browsing my dashboard until I saw a picture of her and I was floored. I had never seen a woman quite like her. I then proceeded…

Elopements are the New Black 

Are you recently engaged and fallen victim to those wedding blogs that make you believe you can afford the swankiest venue in town, complete with those plush centerpieces for 200 guests? It’s a harsh reality when you realize those things just don’t work for your budget. Does that mean you should water down your dream wedding? Not at all! Instead,…

A South Fulton Love Story

LaTonya Farracee Rainey Gillespie of College Park, Georgia, and Murvin Matthew Johnson, Jr., of Atlanta, married on the 24th day of September at Millennium Gates Museum in Atlantic Station. Rev. D’Vante Parks officiated the ceremony for this couple of 13 years. An elegant reception was held at Mason Murer Museum immediately after the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of…

South Fulton Lifestyle Presents the Exceptional Seniors of the Class of 2017

South Fulton’s talented and ambitious students include scholar-athletes, award-winning chess players, environmentalists and budding philanthropists. These young adults are well-rounded, well-traveled and engaged, and we acknowledge their impact on our community. South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine is proud to introduce 10 of South Fulton's finest high school seniors. We celebrate these students, who excel academically, athletically and in service to the…

South Metro Development Outlook Spotlights 15 Years of Success

In 15 years, South Metro has seen the opening of the second-largest convention center in the Georgia International Convention Center, the opening and expansion of the Google Data Center in Douglas County, a boom in the movie industry on the south side and the move of the headquarters of Porsche Cars North America to the Hapeville area. Those are just…

Spring (Fashion) Forward 

Spring in the South is that delightfully short period of time when the Dogwoods are blooming and color abounds everywhere. Before the heat and humidity of summer sets in, spring is the time to get outdoors and show off the newest fashion trends.

Top Docs Series: Meet South Fulton’s Celebrity OB/GYN Dr. Tosha Rogers, MD

Confused and grief stricken after losing her infant brother to Down syndrome, 13-year-old Tosha Rogers made a vow. “I decided I didn’t ever want to feel this way again, not knowing, not understanding,” recalls Rogers. “I didn’t want anyone else to feel this way either.”

Sisters in the Entrepreneurial Spirit

When you turn the pages of South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine, you experience class, distinction and sophistication. This “exclusive, upscale” brand is not by accident. The woman behind the scenes, Publisher Michelle Willis, is strategic about what you experience when you encounter the front cover and what is portrayed on each page.

Stars Shine in FAMEous J by Chanel Jaali

“FAMEousJ was born out of self-care. I had a demanding job at the time and wanted a way to relax after work,” explains founder Chanel Jaali, who taught herself to crochet with no particular outcome in mind; she certainly didn't think of starting a business! After a short while, Chanel began experimenting with different patterns and decided to make a…

2017 Trends in Tech

With more than 3,800 exhibitors at CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer electronics, choosing just one sample of the “Best in Tech” to share is not easy. Here you’ll find a few major trends that you'll be seeing in 2017 and the best in class products. First, the smartphone is getting more affordable! Look for phones with more features…

Tasting Your Way Around the World

Perhaps the best part of traveling is tasting the unique cuisine offered in each new destination. Enthusiastic foodies know travel is about both the destination and following those taste buds. With endless restaurants and food establishments to be enjoyed, finding the perfect meal on the road can be challenging. Follow these three tips to turn your vacation into the food…

Volare Bistro

If you are looking for a special place to celebrate Valentine’s Day, look no farther than Volare Wine and Bistro: “Where Food Happens.” Located in the heart of downtown Hapeville, across from the railroad depot, sits Volare on North Central Avenue. This hidden area gem is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention as you drive down North Central.…

The Love Story of Angie & Corey Dutch – A South Fulton Power Couple

There are love stories, unimaginable love stories and then the love story of Angie and Corey Dutch which is a beautiful combination of the two. They have been married for 22 years, dated for 25 years and have known each other for almost 30 years. . Corey does not mind sharing his moments of meeting Angie in high school and…

Pierre Unfiltered

Pierre Edwards was an Army brat, a carefree kid growing up in the shadow of the military base in Germany. A born performer, he enjoyed putting on shows for family, soldiers and strangers alike at the fountain in the city’s center. From a young age, he craved the attention and the sound of laughter he inspired. When his German mother…

iDareU Athletes

When college football fans cheer at the top of their lungs encouraging their team’s offensive line to block so the running back can hit the hole for a touchdown and the “W,” no one thinks about what it takes to play football at the collegiate level.

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney Hosted Second-Annual Physique and Fitness Games Promoting Fitness for Whole Family

Lee Haney is standing proof that if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. When he was six, Haney wanted to grow up to be Hercules, and a few years later, tested his prowess by throwing a boulder over his father’s car. It went through the window.

South Fulton Power Players

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…

2016 Gift Guide: Editor’s Picks

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…

2016 Gift Guide: Editors Picks 2

And don’t forget the product! Wonder Curl gives Curlies what their hair wants and needs: definition. The products are designed to leave your curls looking great and feeling moisturized. They use ingredients that benefit your hair inside and out. Superior butters and fine oils like Shea Butter and Castor Oil protect your hair, while exotic oils pair together in a…

Martine Bartley Excels on Stage and Online 

Martine Bartley is no ordinary 17-year-old. Since the age of 8, this star has charmed audiences with her graceful classical ballet performances each year. A student at the Ballethnic Academy of Dance in East Point, Martine and her troupe present the “Urban Nutcracker" at the Riverside EpiCenter in Austell this month.

What Are You Saving It For?

I had a revelation last week while working with Erikka and Tiffany of South Fulton Lifestyle magazine. As we got a head start on the holidays, styling a fetching fall/Thanksgiving table and a chic holiday/New Year’s Eve buffet for the magazine, I realized that every day is a special occasion.

Finding Your Style in the AmericasMart Showrooms

The fall Home Show at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta was nothing short of amazing. The 15th floor showed all of the home décor imagined for fall. It was simply amazing. I looked at home décor from Cody Ables of CODARUS, Doug Self of j.douglas, Mona Press of Art & Frame Source and Scott White at JLA Home and Olliix.

Let’s Explore the Buckingham on Enon

Welcome to "The Buckingham" an incredible custom-built, four sides brick estate that sits on 5+ Acres off Enon Road in South Fulton. Interior features an open two-story entry with marble floors, soaring ceilings, formal living room, Great Room, three fireplaces, and hardwood floors throughout. Stunning kitchen with granite, gas cooktop, island with bar for family gatherings, breakfast nook, and desk.…

Kathy Hood and the vision that became Woman University

Kathy is a wife, mother, grandmother, a servant, an Ambassador of Christ, the South Fulton Chamber Marketing Manager, a very active member of Word of Faith Light of Joy, a gift coach, Founder and CEO of two companies and then some. She impressively wears all those hats well. Her typical day shows you how well she wears those hats. Kathy…

Best of South Fulton -Restaurants

The votes have been counted! You have rallied your customers, patients, fans and clients and now the results are in. The 40+ categories have been settled. Don't forget to use the hashtag #BestOfSouthFulton or #BOSF when you go to social media to thank everyone who voted! Now let's see who will be crowned the "Best of the Best" at South…

Best of South Fulton 2016

Woodward Academy is the largest independent school in the continental U.S. Students develop a deep respect for difference ​as they collaborate with peers from more than 20 counties and a broad array of religious and ethnic backgrounds.Woodward offers prolific opportunities to try and triumph​, including 25 AP courses, a Transition Program for students with mild learning differences, and a range…

Arches Brewing: On Tap in Hapeville


Arches Brewing, located at 3361 Dogwood Drive in Hapeville, is open for tours and tastings on Thursdays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturdays from 3pm to 6pm. They also host special events ranging from corn hole tournaments, yoga on tap, and book signings. Two of their biggest annual events are held in the spring, a Crawfish Boil held in May…

It’s Time to Rise Up!

As they do every year, the Atlanta Falcons began training camp in Flowery Branch with practices that are open to the general public before the season kicks off. Hip hop from Fetty Wap so loud it almost shakes the ground sets the tone. After an 8-8 season, Head Coach Dan Quinn will be looking to make major improvements in his…

Homecoming

For many teens, acquiring a post- secondary education is the next logical step after high school but the question remains what school? The decision can be a tough one for some but for these six young people who are very connected in so many ways the best fit was to attend a historically black College and University.

Kim Bearden

Kim Bearden is co-founder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator training facility in South Atlanta. Kim was recently honored at the White House for being named to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American…

Wolf Creek Elementary From the Ground Up

Dionne Glass is a visionary school leader devoted to creating a positive school culture and climate that embodies high expectations, rigor, and active engagement for students. Glass is a highly skilled, student-focused instructional leader committed to creating success for all school stakeholders. She is a responsible professional with exceptional communication skills and a proven history of intentional efforts to build…

Kamil Uncovered

Kamil McFadden is not your average 19 year 
 old. While other guys around his age are just beginning to figure out what they want to do in life, Kamil is already successfully working in his career and is planning his next one. Kamil McFadden stars as Ernie Cooper in the Disney Channel hit show, K.C. Undercover, currently airing its…

How to Master Back to School Cool

They’ve already group chatted about the new school year. They are excited about making new friends and seeing old ones. You want to make sure they feel confident in their skin when they finally look up from their devices to make eye contact with you or anyone else. Summer is closing and it’s time to refocus all energy on education,…

KiDsGyM USA in College Park Celebrates 30 Years!

What started in Seattle as a preschool gymnastics program utilized by affluent families, has today turned into a vehicle to touch children of all backgrounds. Initially offered to the upper echelon of Bellevue, Washington, the husband and wife co-founders of KiDsGyM USA® expanded their program to reach children from a small inner city church. These particular children could not pay…

The Zen of Travel

Jessie Cassar, travel advisor extraordinaire, is a California-born, global nomad. She resides in Atlanta and experienced an international upbringing in exotic countries of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. As a Virtuoso accredited advisor, the world is her playground. She is a France specialist and covers the globe with a certain savoir faire. She can be reached at…

Walking North

The head priest walks over to the center of the main shrine room to offer the daily morning prayers. Chanting, clapping, singing and a specific protocol of procedures, for passing the blessed offerings on to other members of the party, follow. Drumbeats declare the end of the ceremony and the assistant to the priest, in full regalia, invites guests to…

Some of ATL’s Best Splashpads in South Fulton and Beyond

Atlanta has numerous parks. In South Fulton, there is no shortage. One of the best things about living in South Fulton is that you don’t have to go far to enjoy nice parks and playgrounds. There are quite a few right here in our backyard.

Rico and Orlando

This is a story that begins two decades ago. It’s a story of friendship and camaraderie. It’s a story of brotherhood. It’s a story of loyalty. I met these guys on the heels of the success of “The Art of Organized Noize,” a documentary produced by McGhee that recently made its Netflix debut. But the mood was somber. Both Rico…

Play Ball!

The Camp Creek Bombers are the little league baseball team affiliated with Sandtown Park. The team was founded by Tarveres Tate in 2013. In the spring of 2014, the Bombers proudly brought home the title of the Sandtown Baseball Tournament by turning in a decisive win at the end of an undefeated season. In the summer of 2015, the Bombers…

Men of South Fulton

Tenisha Bell is the owner of Perfect Pitch Media Group. A public relations and media training firm in Atlanta. Tenisha spent nearly 20 years in the broadcast media industry, most recently as an executive producer for CNN. She writes for various media outlets including NBC and South Fulton Lifestyle magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @TenishaTBell.

Tips from a Wedding Planning Pro

After the excitement of the engagement has worn off, most couples struggle with the question, “What now?” I recommend that couples start the planning process early by discussing the guest list and budget. This is a challenging task that’s important to discuss early to ensure a smooth planning process over the next 9-12 months. More couples are paying for their…