Art Exhibition Features Vibrant Imagery

International artist Felix Berroa shares dreamscapes in “Tropical Embrace” exhibition at MarketPlace 120

The O.T.P. Gallery at Marketplace 120 is pleased to present Felix Berroa. His show  is titled “Tropical Embrace” and will run through Mar. 29.

Felix Berroa paints to express his passion for life, death, and the dreams of all humans. He started drawing and carving when he was a child, and has been fascinated by the human figure ever since. Though he began making work that was more realistic, his current practice abstracts his figures into dreamlike characters. Vibrant yet subtle hues saturate each image, as does a complex narrative that addresses the many sides of humanity. Berroa uses large fields of color in combination with intricate line work, which he says is inspired by his experience working as an etcher. With his main focus on women and children, Berroa works to illuminate the tender beauty and life giving ability to those often exploited.

If you have not been you must take this opportunity to discover MarketPlace 120. You will find great variety and talent at this exhibition. The artist shares a unique style through oil, and acrylic. The artworks in the exhibition will be for sale, perfect for residential or commercial decorating for novice and experienced art collectors. Not to mention all the other great art they have on display.

OTP Gallery is located within MarketPlace 120, which is located at 562 Wylie Road SE, Suite 24, in Marietta GA 30067. Phone is 678-540-7511,  email, website

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Roswell Beer Fest Goes Big

With Fundraiser For STARHouse

One of the more unique and best local festivals is the STAR House Foundation’s annual beer festival in Roswell. The Roswell Beer Festival is celebrating its fifth year as the biggest beer festival in the area and expects to raise more than $100,000 for the non-profit organization. STAR House is an after school program that provides at-risk youth with tutoring, mentoring and other enrichment activities throughout the year. The Beer Festival is the largest fundraiser for this organization and 100% of the proceeds go towards providing programming for hundreds of local students in need.
This year, the Roswell Beer Fest is expanding its reach from the heart of the Historic Roswell Square to Elizabeth Way, an adjacent street that will be closed off to provide more space for the event’s new gaming area. Attendees will have the choice to play adult sized games such as Giant Jenga, Four Square, Beer Pong as they sample and enjoy beer from local, national and international breweries.
“This year, we decided to go bigger and better,” STAR House Board Chair Jeff Bridges said. “In the past, we have resisted turning this into a huge event because we like the intimate, historic feel of the park. However, closing off the street has allowed us to create more space and add more bodies. We have also added a lot more varieties of beer, especially local beer. We even have custom brews being created just for this event. You can’t find them anywhere else! We also listened to comments from previous years and added more food options. There will be six restaurants, plus exclusive food options in the VIP tent. We have two live bands coming and about 300 volunteers. There will be merchandise for purchase as well.”
The revenue from the Beer Festival will allow STAR House to expand its enrollment for after school programs as well as summer camps.

For more info on Roswell Beer Festival click here.

Pictured: On the Historic Square in Roswell, back: Danny Broadway, Jeff Bridges, and front: Stephanie Mitra, Monica Oliveira, and Stephanie Christiansen, of the STAR House Foundation board.


Spring Has Sprung At CNC

Marching Into Spring 2017 At The CNC

Find your favorite Forest Fairy House on the Trail
March 18–May 31
Open Daily
Back by popular demand, our fairies have been busy building all new fairy houses for our Homestead Trail and Kingfisher Pond Trail this spring. More than a dozen whimsical works line our trails – slow down as you search for the fairy houses made from tiny natural objects. You can even earn Nature Exchange (NEX) points as you find them along the way. Get imaginative with us this spring and perhaps create your own Fairy House in the Free Play. All Ages. Included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members

Get your Green Thumbs Ready for our Annual Spring Native Plant Sale
Members-Only: March 31, 4–7 PM
Public: April 1, 7, 8, 10 AM–5 PM
Attract butterflies, pollinators, birds and more to your garden by adding native plants. Going native provides a wealth of benefits to your space, including privacy, beauty, blossoms, food, and homes to our wide diversity of animals. Over 120 species of plants available, and
Horticulturists and knowledgeable volunteers on site to help you plant the garden of your dreams. Herbs and veggies for the edible garden and more. FREE Admission to the Green House Area

Georgia Daffodil Society Blooms at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 12-5pm  
Kingfisher Hall will bask in the yellow, white and pink glow of hundreds of daffodils as The Georgia Daffodil Society presents its annual show.  Spreading the joy of growing daffodils and educating the public has been at the core of this Society’s mission since its founding in 1954.  Every year sees outstanding blooms from a range of climates with up to 500 on display.  Exhibitors come from Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. Many exhibitors grow hundreds of varieties, while others grow just a few.  A bloom from a first-time exhibitor is just as likely to be a ribbon winner as one from a veteran.  The GDS encourages newcomers, regardless of age, to enter their blooms. Please contact GDS Show Chair Darrin Ellis-May at or Carolyn Hawkins, President of Georgia Daffodil Society for more information. (Included in General Admission).

For more info on all the great events at The Chattahoochee Nature center list their site

A True Garage Story Of Success

Gate City Brewing Does It Right

By Frank Mack
Gate City Brewing Company has blossomed seemingly overnight. This is the kind of place that beats, bangs, and rocks out with the small town heart of Roswell’s Canton Street. I love this story. This needs to move from best-kept secret and straight into the limelight. It’s rooted in the all-American garage, where so many entrepreneurial artistic wonders tend to get their start.
Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser are the center of this little world. The guys who most of all stood amongst that smirking scorn the world delivers when young men stick their necks out and dare tell the world what they’re thinking. I admire that. I am that, albeit an older version. I have always thought that from this type of almost innocent ingenuity can spring the best of what I admire. That admiration is to their commitment to buying super local, to investing in the community, to not slop billions of gallons of weak corporate mass-produced alcohol just for the money.
I care about that. And I think WE should care about that because local keeps all those dollars right here. Close to home. Avoiding the extra tax skims, corporate grabs, national marketing costs and a host of other things that mean for every beer you buy and drink maybe a few cents stays around here in “our” economy. If we are lucky.

The Politics
The state of Georgia is the very last state in the union to reform its laws regarding how craft beer is sold. Dead last folks. Senate Bill 85 has been passed, which allows for the direct sale of beer to you the consumer. Boy is that something. State representatives voted 147-14 to pass a substitute bill last week but updated the language that will update state law for distilleries. The updated version allows licensed distilleries in Georgia to sell up to 500 barrels of distilled spirits per year for consumption on or off premises.
Before this “enlightened” legislation, beer had to pass through a middleman, a distributor, just another hand in the cookie jar. It’s beyond absurd that an American could support such a law, regardless of political affiliation, but somewhere this is logic. Now, however, if this legislation reaches fruition, Gate City and other local brewers will be able to sell beer directly to you. And if you hear the way the politicians are talking you’d think they are doing someone a favor.
Starting Sept. 1 when the legislation takes effect, we’ll live in a world where beer can be truly local, made from all natural products, from all-American farms. Georgia ones whenever possible. This means a farmer has grown and will need to keep growing the raw products this beer is produced with. That’s cool in my book! That means better schools, more local commerce, more people hired and tons more people very happy.
This type of beer and the same type of restaurants are true drivers of the economy. Do you think sitting in front of the tube watching cable news or sinking into a rabbit hole of Internet garbage about Wall Street ‘this’ and corporate America ‘that’ is the real deal? Think again. Folks we live in the most peaceful prosperous times in the history of human existence but you’d never know it by watching the mass media and that goes for every side of our political spectrum. It’s a bunch of bull. This is the real America. One where we’re investing in our own people and our own ideas making a great life for everyone around us.
You want a fix to most of what’s wrong with our world? Shut off your news feeds. And watch these guys go.
Back to the specifics on Gate City Brewing. They produce a wide variety of beers; American IPA, American Amber, Pale Ale, and a Porter. These guys cook hops and grains into a delicious, kind of nutritious, good times brew. And get this. The used portion of hops from the brewing process goes to feed livestock at a farm on Coleman Road. That’s Coleman Road as in the Coleman Road in Roswell and yes there is a farm on Coleman Road, one I’m dying to write about soon.
Gate CIty features two levels. Upstairs the facility has stainless vats and kegs, where the hard work is put in. They offer tours, tastings, and endless good beer kind of stuff. But downstairs, facing the back alley, is heaven for locals. I’m going to nickname this place The Cavern, as in Beatles fame, and I mean it. The room is a straightforward concrete box. A repurposed thing of beauty.
When food is needed the guys at Gate City Brewing have decided on a brilliant street strategy. One really good food truck that brings something different each time. Not competing with the local restaurant scene, this is augmenting it. Giving a shot to a small guy to be seen. I love that. All of it!
It’s acoustically perfect for the bands that will play here. A pin drops in a corner and you hear it across the room. If you like your listening with a down beat thump and a vibration that goes through you this is home. Find this place and begin your spring here. Come with me to the local markets and lets find where our dollars and presence matters.
Locals who wanted to do a lot more than sell some beer launched Gate City Brewing. It’s a thriller, it’s thriving and it deserves to be talked about and has my support. Very well done gents. If anyone deserves a beer after some hard work it’s the Gate City brewing team.

Pictured: Gate City Brewing Company founders: Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser.

Real Estate Notes

Property Goes Hi Tech In Roswell

By Kirsten Ricci
Development is often the biggest news that affects us locally. It is the one subject that can divide or unify community members and whether it’s in Roswell, East Cobb, or Alpharetta, keeping up with what’s going up or being torn down is a difficult task. To make life easier, the City of Roswell has launched a new development projects map so citizens can keep up to date with the wide variety of projects in Roswell.
The Development Projects Map contains a wealth of easily accessible information regarding selected large-scale or prominent development projects. The location, status, and design of each project is displayed in an easy-to-use map interface.  Information about each project, the project applicant, application type, development process stages, and additional contact information is available through this map. Links to Planning and Zoning public meetings are included in the map for even more information. Simply click on or scroll to a project to access this information. The city doesn’t have a user friendly URL for this yet so we created one for you:  The map is updated weekly to provide the most current data to interested users, and demonstrates Roswell’s commitment to transparency and communication with its citizens.
Additionally, Roswell is utilizing technology for property owners via a new GIS Viewer. It can handle questions like: How is my property zoned? How far is my child’s school from my property? What are the elevation changes along the new jogging route that I am trying out? The GIS Viewer offers interactive options such as measuring distances between points, elevation changes along a route, and the ability to view property through several types of map layers. The GIS Viewer also includes quick access to the most commonly requested data, including Unified Development Code (UDC) Zoning, Parcel/Property Lines & Ownership, City Limits, and Historic District boundaries. To use the new GIS Viewer, visit
There is also news for you folks who live near the Roswell/Alpharetta border in what is commonly referred to as the Crabapple Community. Recently, the Milton Planning Commission approved the Crabapple Placemaking Plan, which is a proposed vision for the future development of downtown Crabapple. Most of this development is proposed within the northwest and northeast sections of the intersection of Crabapple Road, Birmingham Highway, Mayfield Road, and Broadwell Road. Depending on market demand, the plan calls for 103,550 square feet of mixed-use, 72,000 square feet of office space and 25,200 square feet of retail space.
This area has been growing for years and it seems leaders and community members are working to bring good development to the area.
In general news the area housing market has mirrored our unseasonably  warm weather meaning the “spring” market is here. There is good inventory and buyers are out in full force due to expected interest rate increases. I’ll have a more robust look at the first quarter activity next month.

Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832,

WellStar Wins Workplace Award

NAFE names WellStar Health System one of the 2017 “Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women”

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) has named WellStar Health System one of the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women for 2017 in recognition of organizations that identify and advance women through their ranks. WellStar has earned a spot on this prestigious list eight years in a row.

“At WellStar, we are always looking for opportunities to support our team and create opportunities for growth,” said Candice Saunders, president & CEO of WellStar Health System.  “As a not-for-profit health system, we have an unwavering focus on providing excellent patient care. By building a strong team of dynamic caregivers, we are better able to care for our patients.”

WellStar has a robust set of benefits for team members, which are aimed at creating work-life balance, creating trust and improving quality of care. These programs include on-site child care, concierge service and backup care for elderly family members or sick children. These offerings allow team members to focus on work while they are at work and on their families when they are home.

“The NAFE ‘Top 10 Nonprofit Companies’ are the leaders in the U.S. that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture where talented women are nurtured, promoted and thrive,” says Betty Spence, president of NAFE. “We are very proud to honor their contribution to the advancement of women in the workplace.”

“NAFE emphasizes women with bottom-line and top-line responsibility—the positions that lead to the corner office,” according to Subha V. Barry, vice president and general manager, Working Mother Media (WMM). “In addition, more than a quarter of the board of director’s members at the 2017 NAFE Top 10 nonprofits are women.”  NAFE is a division of WMM.

The announcement is featured in the February/March issue of Working Mother and on

About the Methodology
The 2017 NAFE Top Companies application includes some 200 questions on female representation at all levels, concentrating on high-level women. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance.

Pictured: WellStar Chief Operating Officer Candice Saunders (right) congratulates Paula Greaves, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology at WellStar Medical Group in East Cobb, for garnering the Distinguished Physician Award at last years WellStar Foundation Gala. For more info on this years event click here.

Get Your Bikes Out

The Roswell Cycling Festival presented by Roswell Bicycles returns for a 16th year, April 22-30, with a series of family-friendly events in Historic Roswell and several area parks. Many of the events are free for participants or spectators. The two anchor events of the festival, Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride and the Hennessy Historic Roswell Criterium benefiting Bike Roswell!, take place on Sunday, April 30. Online registration is open for these two signature events at

“Over 16 years, the Roswell Cycling Festival has solidified itself as a springtime tradition in Historic Roswell. It brings together people of all ages, on tricycles and bicycles, and provides a platform to introduce our great businesses and restaurants in Roswell to many visitors. Bike Roswell! members have done a great job in not only promoting our city, but promoting safe cycling and family fun,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, who inspired a local bicycle club in 2002 to host the inaugural event.

Roswell Bicycles, which has supported the event every year since 2002, will serve as the presenting sponsor for the weeklong festival. Bike Roswell!, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting safe cycling, manages all events for the festival. It is also the beneficiary of the Mayor’s Ride, which has become the largest fundraiser of the year for Bike Roswell!.

Mayor Wood will lead hundreds of recreational cyclists from Roswell Area Park for the 14th annual Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride this year. This fully-supported event offers ride routes of six miles to 64 miles for people of all ages and abilities. Early registration is available through March 31 and ranges from $10 to $35. The standard registration fee for 18, 42 and 64-mile routes will be $45 through April 29, and $55 day-of rides. Online registration is available at

Roswell Hosts Free event

Senior Health & Wellness Expo

Learn more about healthy living in your community by attending the free Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday, March 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The expo will be held at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center at 830 Grimes Bridge Road.

Hosted by the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department, this expo offers a variety of vendors—from grocery stores to healthcare providers—and will provide demonstrations, healthy treats, and samples.

Orthopedic doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors can evaluate your spine and posture, and Wellstar North Fulton Hospital will be on site to provide blood pressure and bone density testing, as well as blood glucose and cholesterol screenings for only $10. Other services available include retirement and long-term planning, diabetes and nutritional counseling, hearing and visions screenings, and massages.

Vendors include Neurosport Physical Therapy, Lako Family Chiropractic, Sprouts, Sam’s Club, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Roswell Nursing Home, Brookdale Living, and many more.For more information about the event, or to become a vendor, please call 770-641-3950.

Legends Revisited

Million Dollar Quartet

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton’s only professional theatre company, will finish up its 24th season with Million Dollar Quartet, the smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Based on a true event, the production runs April 6th through 23rd, 2017 at the theatre’s home in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Chris Damiano, as both Director and Music Director is at the helm of this fast-paced Broadway musical that serves up all the hits we know and love. Million Dollar Quartet is graciously sponsored by The Malon D. Mimms Company and Synovus/The Bank of North Georgia and is a co-production with The Atlanta Lyric Theatre.

About the Show:
Million Dollar Quartet: Book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott; featuring the music of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

On December 4, 1956, history was made when these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Speaking with Artistic Director Robert Farley about the production he said, “We’ve been looking forward to bringing this long running Broadway mega-hit to our patrons for over a year. It’s amazing to see and hear these rock ‘n’ roll legends and I know audiences will love being a fly on the wall of this historic moment in time and music.”

The Cast:
Million Dollar Quartet brings to the stage an extraordinary cast: Chris Damiano (Almost Heaven John Denver’s America at GET and Chattahoochee Nature Center) plays Cash, Chase Peacock (Ghost the Musical at GET) is Elvis, Christopher Kent (The Producers at Atlanta Lyric Theatre) is Carl Perkins and GET newcomer Ethan Parker (Million Dollar Quartet at Rocky Mountain Rep) inhabits the role of Jerry Lee Lewis. Rounding out the cast are Alison Brannon Wilhoit, Justin D. Thompson, Andrew Patton and Kroy Presley all making their GET debut.

Ticket prices for Million Dollar Quartet start at $30 for Wednesdays, Thursdays and matinees; Friday nights start from $37, and Saturday nights start from $40. Book early for best prices as some shows are already sold out. (Senior/Student discounts available for select performances). Groups are welcome with great discounts available. Tickets are on sale now at, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260 ext. 236.

Marketplace 120 The Hidden Gem In Marietta

Discover Something Wonderful

A first visit to Marketplace 120 reveals room after room of creative surprises and delights as customers wind through the maze of little shop spaces filled with hand-crafted treasures. One could spend an hour or a day browsing the endless charms of the handmade goods and unique finds.
No other business can match the artistic variety and affordability of Marketplace 120 just off I-75 and the South Loop in Marietta. It is an artisan market featuring over 100 boutique consigners and independent sellers displaying their artistic styles and personalities with the purpose of providing a unique and fun shopping experience. Their collection of individual consigner arts and crafts is diverse in mediums, style and price.
The  owners have created a 14,000 sq. ft. eclectic boutique-style business that features a wide variety of fine art, photography, jewelry and craft creations. Antiques to vintage items, to jellies, handmade soaps and candles, there is truly something for everyone. There’s even art classes and Mahjong Mondays.
Owner Karen Tapelband, together with her helpful staff, strive to create a community for artists, craftspeople, and all of us who value such talent. “I like to think of MarketPlace 120 as a brick and mortar version of Etsy,” says Tapelband. “And even better yet, customers have an opportunity to meet and interact with the artists and artisans who frequent the store and participate in store events.”
One of the key features of the business is to unite artists with artists and expose artists to the community. The facility also hosts a professional exhibition gallery named the OTP Gallery with a mission to provide a specialized setting for established and emerging artists to showcase their work and share their passion for creative expression.
Marketplace 120 curator, Katryn Taylor, will reserve the gallery on a monthly basis at no charge for artists to preview their paintings, sculptures, photography and yes, even films. Each month they host a “First Saturday Art Reception” that is free to the public, celebrating the local artist exhibition.
Marketplace 120 also features special events and fundraisers throughout the year in their event rooms and open space areas. Just minutes from East Cobb, Smyrna, Kennesaw, and downtown Atlanta, it’s well worth the visit and the drive.

MarketPlace 120
562 Wylie Rd SE #24,
Marietta, GA 30067

Pictured from left: Sharron Ragan (The Success Studio), Debbie Gaetani (MP 120 Manager), Brenda Roach (Brenda’s Beauties), Brenda Hill (The Passionate preserver), Karen Tapelband, Judy Scott (Purr-fect Creations).