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…

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’…

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. 

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…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

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


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. 

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?

Ask Dr. Tosha

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



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…

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


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. 

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.

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…


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…

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.

Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park Hits a Home Run with our Stomachs!

Having a ticket stub to prove you attended the first full season at the all-new Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park certainly provides invaluable sports memorabilia, but leaving with a content stomach could be just as unforgettable. To complement the experience of witnessing home runs, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the seventh inning, hoping to catch a fly ball,…

The Rustic Club by Titus Allen Makes Your Patio or Tailgate Cool

The smell of fresh wood, the sight of your favorite team’s logo, and the satisfaction of an ice-cold drink. These are the sensations inspired by having your very own custom cooler. The Rustic Club furniture company specializes in making custom cedar coolers right here in metro Atlanta. The story of how this local business got started goes back to the…

A Conversation with South Fulton Author Dr. Andrea Lewis

Local education author and South Fulton resident Dr. Andrea Lewis, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Spelman College, shares insight about her work and recent publications.

Stacey Abrams

“Go to school, go to church and take care of each other.” 
These are the tenets Robert and Carolyn Abrams instilled in their six children. Perhaps the most notable of the Abrams’ children is Stacey, also known as the Honorable Stacey Abrams, who has diligently served as House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the…

Like Mother, Like Daughter

It was May 21, 2017. Ruchelle Thomas watched her youngest daughter, Ariel, receive an Associates of Arts in Mass Communications degree from a University of Georgia institute. Unlike her university classmates, Ariel is 17 and still a student at Westlake High School. Ariel is currently enrolled at Georgia State University and will earn her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in…

The Bloom Closet: A Free Clothing Boutique for Foster Children

When children enter the foster care system, they typically do not bring anything with them other than the clothes on their backs. As victims of circumstance, they are usually scared and traumatized and often feel displaced. Although foster parents are given a stipend for clothing, it isn’t enough to cover the actual costs of a child’s clothing and supplies.


“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.


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.


“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.…