Quality Time at Home

By Tara Gary
I find myself repeatedly thinking, “if you would have told me a year ago… I wouldn’t believe it.” For example, if you would’ve said to me a year ago that I would be “social distancing” myself right now, I would not have believed it. So often I have plans and intentions that end up very differently, and thankfully, most of them end up positively affecting my life. In no way am I suggesting this virus pandemic is a positive thing, but I do believe the time we have may be perfect for rejuvenating ourselves and our relationships with our families—if we don’t go stir-crazy first.

Table & Main | a southern tavern. Simple. Seasonal. Southern.

By Joe Duffy
I’ve rightfully credited the often imitated but never duplicated Avalon for permanently altering the uOTPian landscape (I say for the better), dining included. However, long before North American Properties broke ground on Old Milton, the genesis of suburban dining relevancy was on Canton Street in Roswell.

Support Local Brews

By Tara Gary
Though I was bummed one of my favorite days of the year, the Roswell Beer Festival, had to be postponed, I am now very much looking forward to the days of normalcy returning. I’m eager to see friends, neighbors, loved ones, and strangers out and about again—pulling up a bar stool and toasting to being together again.

Keeping a Positive Mindset

By Tara Gary
Curious to see how a health and fitness business is functioning during this unusual time, I called Kolleen Losch—owner and operator of Core57—to see how she is coping through this situation. I’ve never spoken to Kolleen when she wasn’t spirited and upbeat, and this conversation was no different. It seems to me this is a common attribute of people I know who practice active and healthy lifestyles.

April Showers, Springtime Flowers, Birdsong, and the River

By Di Chapman
God bless Mother Nature.
Kids, I’ll tell you, she’s the best medicine for relief from sooo much in a thing called “life.” She can offer us beautiful blue skies, blessed days of rain, and refreshing breezes. She even gives us the chance to live in places that offer more rain than sun, more wind than calm, more heat than cold, the opposite of each, or a blend of some or all.

How to Get Cheap (or Free) Plants and Garden Tools

By Geri Laufer
A list of good ways to get great plants for your landscape.

A Better Way to Travel: Introducing The Hub Travel Club

By Tara Gary
When I was 18 years old, I backpacked through Europe by myself over the summer. I had family in Germany who welcomed me to check back in ever so often, let me do laundry, (thankfully to those around me) bathe, and fed me delicious home-cooked meals. It was a trip of a lifetime. I met so many great (and sometimes not so great) individuals, and quickly learned to trust my instincts. Traveling without an agenda, other than to make it to the next destination—wherever the wind blew me, safely.

Mitch’s Meats & Fish… “and More”

By Joe Duffy
If I claimed I was an enthusiast of Mitch’s Meats & Fish since day one, I’d be fibbing. The actuality is, I’ve been an admirer of Mitch Manoloff’s “butcher shop and more” since before his first client crossed the threshold at his brick-and-mortar. Mitch and his original staff member Katie were distributing free samples of sausage at Alive After 5, a month or so before their launch. Both my daughter and I were very impressed by our first bites. Of course, I grabbed his business card, tracked the impending premiere via their Facebook page, and have been a devout client in the three-plus years since.

Wellstar Is More than Healthcare—It’s PeopleCare

By Tara Gary
Wellstar has unveiled its new brand promise to provide “More than healthcare. PeopleCare.” Although it’s the “new brand promise,” I have found Wellstar has always provided “PeopleCare” based on the individuals I have had the pleasure of interviewing, who have been and continue to be Wellstar patients. Success comes from continuous improvement, no matter if some perceive perfection has already been obtained. Wellstar continues to strive to be better—even when the patients I’ve spoken to are overwhelmingly satisfied with the care they have received. The commonalities of their stories include “world class and personal care,” “they seem as an extension of family,” and “I can’t say enough good things about Wellstar.” My most recent Wellstar patient interview was no different.

Roswell Beer Festival – March 21, 2020

By Tara Gary
It’s finally here! March, the month of my favorite day of the year—the Roswell Beer Festival—one of Georgia’s leading beer festivals, with over 450 beers to sample and sip until your heart’s content. There are many reasons I believe this beer festival stands out as my favorite. One of those being, they categorize the beers by style. Most people know what style of beer they gravitate toward, and if not, this is an easy way to figure it out. I favor porters and stouts.

Disney’s Mulan – A New Live-Action Version

By Britt Argo
In 1998, Disney released a moving animated film—Mulan—a retelling of an old Chinese tale from the Han dynasty. In this ancient time, young ladies were taught to be quiet, demure, graceful, and to impress the village matchmaker. To serve the Emperor, a girl’s only duty was to be the perfect bride and wife—to bring honor to her family. A very reluctant and tomboyish Mulan wanted so much more than this. Meanwhile outside her village, the notorious Hun army invaded the lands and threatened to bring down the Emperor and Imperial City.

Top 10 Steps Before Planting: Bed Prep and Soil Amendment

By Geri Laufer
spring, and March seems to be the month everyone is happy to be outside and re-landscaping their homes. Follow these steps for a nicely made bed before planting:

Who Ya Callin’ Old? A St. Patrick’s Toast to Agelessness

By Di Chapman
I’m in an exam room at the dermatologist, “dressed” in a flimsy gown the size of a sheet, open down the back, in my altogether. Sitting on a high exam chair, I feel like an impatient kid—dangling my legs, kicking them around, and wondering if I should amuse myself by making finger puppets on the walls. Reading the news reels on my phone will have to suffice. Dang, I need to use the restroom. Time to scamper down the hall, clutching the back side of the voluminous gown, hoping that (A) I don’t accidentally let it drop open back there; and (B) I don’t drop any of the enormous amount of excess fabric in the toilet.

Freedom Fighter IPA: Join the Fight

By Tara Gary
Recently while I was sitting at one of my favorite local breweries, Gate City Brewing Company, I noticed this cool little tank top displayed behind the bar. It had a large red X across it and read “FREEDOM FIGHTER.” I was intrigued. Then I noticed there was a package deal available to purchase the tank top with a six-pack of Freedom Fighter IPA. How could I not? I love brewery tank tops, and I love beer. But wait, what did “FREEDOM FIGHTER” stand for? I had an idea it was associated with the fight against human trafficking based on things I had seen previously; in fact, the red X is the main logo associated with the fight against human trafficking.

Cherry Street Brewpub at Halcyon

By Joe Duffy
Count me as all-in on the craft beer frenzy. However, as breweries burst forth like kudzu in Georgia, I feared a saturation point was unavoidable. When one of Roswell’s four new breweries, Abbey of the Holy Goats, went belly-up quicker than most froyo-at-every-corner joints, I surmised the tipping point had been reached.