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Home Grown Help

SwatchPop! is a start-up tech company founded by high school classmates Jessica McRae and Kristen Yonson, from Alpharetta. It’s the first-and-only website in the interior design industry that allows consumers to collaborate with professional interior designers for home decorating projects big and small, quickly, affordably, and 100% online. Clients create a virtual design profile that matches them with the ideal interior designer for their personal style and budget. In just three business days, SwatchPop! will deliver a custom plan including detailed instructions and a clickable shopping list straight to the user’s inbox. It is interior design on demand! Since launching in 2014, more than 2,000 users have already registered on the site and 750+ projects have been completed. It’s the ideal website to solve your interior design woes. SwatchPop! has also been named Startup of the Year, by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and was listed on the Top 40 most Innovative Technology Companies by the Technology Association of Georgia. In February, SwatchPop! won the TechCrunch Atlanta Pitch-Off competition beating out hundreds of other startups in the southeast region to earn a spot at NYC’s TechCrunch Disrupt this May. SwatchPop! is revolutionizing the interior design industry and changing the way you decorate your home!

Home Make-over

An easy way to bring a little excitement to a room that just needs a make-over is by changing the color of the walls. Or, for a kitchen, changing the color of the cabinets may be just what you need to make your kitchen feel new again! Martin Soto, the owner of Alpharetta-based and family owned Dream House Painting, says that grays and whites are the trends in painting and are VERY hot right now -yes, white kitchen cabinets are back! Soto is finding that light to medium gray hues very popular on interior walls and in the kitchen. Another very popular trend is painting the home’s exterior brick. During the summer months, Dream House Painting is offering readers of Alpharetta Lifestyle 10% off all interior jobs and $350 off full exterior painting jobs, excluding decks. Should your walls have out-of-date wallpaper, the team at Dream House can take care of that as well. They provide personal consultation with their team of experienced decorators that will help you make the best color selections to update and makeover your rooms. 678.873.2821

Bikini Ready

Are you just realizing that it’s time to put on your bikini and you’re not quite ready?  Winter is over and beach season is in full swing!  Thank goodness the owners of New Body Dimensions in Alpharetta are here to help you work on those pesky areas of your body that just won’t respond to diet and exercise, no matter how hard you try. They offer Lipo Laser treatments that are non-invasive and painless, performed in a spa-like setting that is caring and relaxing. LED and Invisa-red light are used to emulsify fat which is then eliminated by the body or burned as energy. Their clients enjoy their sessions on the Whole Body Vibration machine that follows almost as much as the Lipo Laser treatments themselves. Your first session is complimentary and almost everyone loses at least an inch that first visit! Best of all, the prices are much lower than those of other types of treatments with better results. Come by and check them out and get to know the owners, Dreama, and Harriet and find out how their personalized programs can help you reach your goals for 2016. Call for an appointment at 678.489.1878.  #getbikinibodyready

Happy Anniversary!

Providence Bank is celebrating a decade of serving the Alpharetta/Milton community! Ten years ago, local leaders established a community bank in the Alpharetta/Milton area that has stood the test of tough economic times. Today, Providence Bank is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is proud to remain a strong community partner. President and CEO of Providence Bank Brad Serff explains, “The last decade was devastating to many in the banking industry and our community has had its share of financial ups and downs as well. Now, we’re pleased to have that behind us and look forward to serving and growing with the Alpharetta and Milton communities.” Providence Bank is the only community bank locally chartered in the Alpharetta/Milton community. Established in 2006, Providence Bank holds assets of $120 million and offers a wide array of banking solutions that include personal and business loan and deposit products as well as the latest in mobile and online banking products. Congratulations and cheers to the next 10!

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Now Open

Opening in early May, Firebirds in Alpharetta marks the polished-casual brand’s 39th restaurant (the first in GA!). Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is known for its bold flavors, warm hospitality and inviting atmosphere. Specializing in classic American cuisine grilled over an authentic wood-fired grill, Firebirds heightens the guests’ experience with unexpected delights such as chilled salad plates, meticulous table manicuring and refreshed frozen martini glasses. Unique features, including stacked stone entryways, exclusive artwork, and the award-winning FIREBAR® provide a full-spectrum dining experience. With its mission to “Serve, Enrich and Exceed,” Firebirds prides itself on providing real value to its guests. Consistent community involvement and partnerships with organizations such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, with over a half million dollars donated to ALSF through the sales of fresh-squeezed lemonade, are also a large part of how Firebirds weaves itself into the fabric of the local communities it serves., visit

Pinecrest Junior Girls “Ignite” Prom Season

One of the goals of Pinecrest Academy is to develop a heart of service in each and every student. One of the many vehicles designed to inspire a spirit of serving and caring for others is the “Ignite” initiative, a program of Christian service designed specifically for Pinecrest high school students, to help them develop servant leadership through projects focused on corporal and spiritual works of mercy. One of Pinecrest’s junior girls Ignite teams launched a local chapter of Becca’s Closet, a national organization that provides formal dresses to those who may not be able to afford them. For several weeks, beginning in February, under the leadership of Becca’s Closet Ignite team president, Mary Patota, prom dress donations were accepted in the school’s high school building. Young ladies in the local area seeking dresses were invited to visit the Pinecrest campus to select a dress from about 150 dresses generously donated by members of Pinecrest and the local community. “I am very proud of these young ladies and all they accomplished in a short amount of time,” comments Allison Berry, Ignite team advisor. “I watched them learn how to develop a communications plan, motivate their classmates and their parish communities to donate dresses, work with another high school, and coordinate a large event entirely based on donations.”After giving prom dresses to the young ladies at the City of Refuge, the girls donated 66 dresses to Goodwill and 60 to Foster Care Support and Prom-A-Palooza. They are keeping 44 dresses for next year, as they hope to maintain this chapter of Becca’s closet going forward by passing the project on to the next class of juniors for the 2016-2017 school year, and then beyond.