July 2017 Around Town

Home Tour

The local chapter of the National Association for the Remodeling Industry, will present its Eighth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes on September 16. A number of private homes transformed by NARI Atlanta members throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on hand to discuss each project and answer questions.  The tour is self-guided and will be held rain or shine.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour, and are available at AtlantaRemodelingTour.com.

A Bright Night

The 2017 Atlanta Light The Night Walk is set for Saturday, October 7th at Piedmont Park.  When you or someone you love hear the words, “You have cancer,” it’s one of the darkest moments in your life.  At Light The Night (LTN), it is our aim to bring light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures.  LTN is an evening community event supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s research funding.  We bring hope in time of despair, community in place of loneliness and life-saving research and support for cancer patients and their families. LTN brings communities together to celebrate those who are fighting, honor those we have lost, and raise funds to cure blood cancers once and for all.  We are taking steps to end cancer: we Light The Night! The Goal: More Cancer Survivors.  Join Us!   Walk * Sponsor * Volunteer. LightTheNight.org or call 404.720.7841.

Juice for Good

Come and experience a new and exciting juice bar in the Milton/Alpharetta area, 3:8 Juice & Eatery. They offer Cold Pressed Juices in unique flavors, Smoothies using fresh juice from apples or oranges, Acai & Pitaya Bowls. They also make custom created grab-n-go salads and soups using no oil or salt, only select spices and seasonings. The owner, Leslie Graham, wanted to share her and her husband, John’s, experience in weight loss from juicing and whole food plant-based diet with others to help them understand that you don’t have to go on medications for high blood pressure or cholesterol if you are willing to make a few changes in your diet. In the store, they play the documentaries that inspired them and also have many books to help guide people who are ready to make a lifestyle change. Call them at 770.680.2411 or stop by at 5250 Windward Pkwy, Ste 113, Milton.

Bank Performs

BankSouth, a family-owned community bank serving customers in the Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Watkinsville, Athens, Atlanta, and Savannah areas, was once again named a “Top Performing Community Bank in the Nation” by Independent Community Bankers of America for the fifth consecutive year and is featured in Independent Banker’s “ICBA’s 75 Best-Performing Community Banks,” May 2017 issue. BankSouth ranked in the top 25 for financial performance measurements for community banks with $300 million – $1 billion in assets. This year the ICBA changed its methodology to reflect average performance over a three-year period as opposed to a one year period, making those ranked well established in their proven, consistent top performance. Rankings are based on call report data and industry ratios from an average of the past three years.  For more information about BankSouth, please visit BankSouth.com.  
For more information about the Independent Community Bankers Association, please visit ICBA.org.

Polo in the 
Pines Benefit

Kendra Scott is a fashion accessories and lifestyle brand of big dreams, colorful confidence, and inspired design. Founded on Family, Fashion and Philanthropy, they believe giving back is the truest form of success. A national charity, a hometown crisis, a local organization, or a friend in need, Kendra Scott always has something to give.  The Kendra Scott Avalon team recently heard about sisters Saville and Lilia Sullivan of Albany (pictured right with their parents).  Saville, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, and Lilia, a high school junior, were each diagnosed with separate forms of brain cancer within weeks of one another. Immediately wanting to support the sisters and the research taking place at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where they are being treated, Kendra Scott is hosting a Kendra Gives Back party at their Avalon store in Alpharetta Friday, July 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the evening will go to Polo in the Pines, a local nonprofit that funds research for specific kinds of cancer. The 2017 Polo in the Pines event, being held at the Atlanta Polo Club October 7-8, will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in honor of the Sullivan sisters. Supporters are encouraged to visit or call the Avalon store to support brain cancer awareness and stay “Sullivan Strong.”  3150 1st Street Alpharetta

Summer at the Beach

Cape San Blas, Florida, will be your new favorite ‘under-the-radar’ beach destination for the whole family! Plus, vacation rentals in Cape San Blas are as luxurious and unique as its beaches. Experiential travel company Sunset Reflections by Natural Retreats offers a wide selection of oceanfront and beach access homes, most of which are pet-friendly, and all of which are highly regarded in the area as 4-5 star accommodations. This summer, when you rent a Cape San Blas home through Sunset Reflections by Natural Retreats, and mention this magazine, you’ll receive $250 worth of free beach and water sports equipment from VayK Gear. Guests will also be able to enjoy the complimentary Xplorie Program, which provides them with one complimentary ticket to the participating partner activities per day of their stay in Cape San Blas. From golfing and horseback riding to a boating trip on the water, they’ve got you covered this summer!

Farmers Market History

The Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association (D.A.T.A.), now known as the Alpharetta Business Association (ABA), found in a survey of citizens that the community wanted local and fresh produce, ”Alpharettans want a downtown where they can easily step out to pick up fruits and vegetables while shopping with local businesses and having lunch,” says Kathy Ann Kessler of Galerie, a downtown Alpharetta clothing boutique. Many downtown merchants compliment the Farmers Market by running sales and specials during market weekends. So in the spring of 2006, the Farmers Market took root under an old oak tree in Historic Downtown Alpharetta in the city parking lot. The Farmers Market allowed the city to support local farmers and artisans.  The market is open to farmers, artisans, food vendors, and purveyors of Southern produce and goods. In 2006, the Farmers Market was held bi-weekly through the fall growing season and included seasonal plants and flowers. Due to its success, in 2007 it was expanded to weekly markets, and in 2008 the time was extended. In 2009 the Market was moved to a nearby location along a closed-to-traffic portion of Old Roswell Street and Jones Avenue. In 2010, the Market moved to the big parking lot next to City Hall on Main Street. Then in 2011 a Gazebo and signage was added to mark the now permanent market location.  Alpharetta Farmers Market is open to the public. Admission is free and parking is available throughout Historic Downtown Alpharetta. The market is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its current location. Buy local!