New Openings We're Excited About in 2018

Golda Kombucha Tap Room + Bar:

West End is getting an extreme makeover, and we couldn’t be more excited. Joining the already opened Monday Night Garage, Golda Kombucha will make it’s home at Lee + White this Spring. They will have tons of flavors on draft along with cocktails, floats, and fun events to attend! 

Solcioty Fitness:

Opening this March in Buckhead, Solcioty Fitness is a dynamic heart rate based interval training experience focused on overall fitness with an emphasis on strength and endurance. At only 23 years old, India Welton is prepared to bring the life-changing concept to the Atlanta market as the first franchisee. We can't wait to sweat it out in 2018.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken:

For those who want a little spice added to their life, Hattie B’s Signature Hot Chicken is for you! They open at the end of next month in Little Five Points. Get those tastebuds ready for some heat.

Manny’s Grant Park Pub:

If you’re a local Atlantan, you know the famous Manuel’s Tavern in the Highlands. They’re opening a sister restaurant in Grant Park in late Spring featuring all things delicious. We have three words: Moscow Mule Slushies. 

New Realm Brewing:

Attention IPA lovers: Atlanta’s newest brewery, featuring amazing new Pale Ales, is opening January 8th! BeltLine lovers have a new pit-stop to try very soon.

The White Bull: 

Fan of the Optimist? Former executive chef, Pasquale Pascarella, and business partner, Gabriele Besozzi, are opening in Downtown Decatur Square this Spring. They will feature seasonal dishes & cocktails, and we can’t wait to try them all!

Shop Local in Atlanta for Last Minute Gifts

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Found out you have a last minute Secret Santa exchange? Or you've procrastinated again and again and again...

Here are our top Atlanta local shops to find those perfect last-minute gifts.

Hunter Collective

Located in Buckhead, this is a one-stop shop for the fashionista in your life. Hunter Collective has everything from delicate jewelry to statement accessories, and everything in between (can you say feathered heels?). Shop here

ICE Pop-Up Shop

ICE, aka Indie Craft Experience, is one of the most popular pop-ups in the South. With TONS of local vendors and unique gifts for everyone, you can’t go wrong. This year, they’ve popped up in Little Five Points, and have over 40 artists booths on site! More info here.

Young Blood Boutique

Always one of our favorites, YBB is another local shop with items for every budget, as well as items you can splurge on for that special someone! They sell beauty, bags, jewelry, cards, metal work, candles, and so much more. Check them out here.

Waiting on Martha Home

This shop is carefully curated by Instagram influencer & blogger Mandy Kellogg Rye + her team. Get ready to feel inspired. They have the perfect gifts for the simply un-giftable people in your life. Located in Vinings (North ATL), it’s a great shop for you OTP folks. Learn more about them here.

Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

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Uncle Shuck's

Fall is officially upon us and it’s finally starting to feel like sweater weather. When we think of fall we think of cool, crisp nights by the fire, and red, orange and yellow leaves falling from the trees. But most of all, we think of pumpkins! We’ve found the best places where you can pick your perfect pumpkin.

Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch

Nestled south of Atlanta, this family owned business puts a spin on pumpkin patches and lets customers pick pumpkins directly from the vines. To get your full fall fill, enjoy the hayrides, mazes and petting zoo while you’re there.

Uncle Shuck’s Pumpkin Patch

Best known for their corn maze, Uncle Shuck’s has pumpkins of every size, shape and color so that families can find the perfect pumpkin that fits their personality. While you’re picking out pumpkins and finding your way out of the corn maze, enjoy the typical fall festival foods such as caramel apples, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts and more.

Washington Farms

This is not your typical pumpkin patch. Washington Farms is full of fall activities for friends and families. You can watch a pig race, visit animals in the petting farm or enjoy the fall festivities from the hayride. Don’t forget to visit the sunflower field while you’re there.

The Red Apple Barn

Opened just for the month of October, The Red Apple Barn lets you pick your pumpkin straight from the field or pick one out of a pile. With a variety of sizes and colors, you’re sure to find the perfect pumpkin. For the ultimate fall experience, pick apples while you’re there or have a picnic while playing corn hole with your friends.

Music Midtown Survival Guide

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Tatum is giving us her pro tips for a successful Music Midtown weekend! Read up:

Alright all you music lovers out there, who’s ready for Music Midtown at Piedmont Park this weekend?! With amazing artists like Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Young the Giant, Judah & the Lion, and SO many more, it’s nearly impossible to have a let-down of a weekend. Here are some foolproof ways to make sure you get the most out of Music Midtown (or any music festival):

Plan out your day.

Take a look at the schedule to ensure that you are making the most of your time at the park. Bands will be playing two at a time, so you will need to pick and choose who you see, as well as how you will get from stage to stage. We recommend to grab a map upon arrival so you don’t need to use your phone’s battery each band’s play time and stage name. 

Find a meeting spot.

Guys, this is so important. 99% of the time, you won’t have great cell service in the park. Before you and your crew split up to see different bands, grab a drink, or check out the merch stand, find an easy meeting spot to meet back up at before the next show. In the past, we’ve used water-filling stations, food stands, or info booths, but you’ll quickly find your own!

Pack a bag the night before.

My friends call me “mom” for a good reason; I always have everything you need within arms reach. In my fanny-pack (make your jokes now, but I’m prepared), there are bandaids, sunscreen, chapstick, tampons, tissue (the TP runs out quick, y’all), and a charged battery pack. Your needy friends will the thank you in the end.

Water.

You don’t want to the be the person who takes off early because of heat exhaustion or passing out. Bruno Mars won’t forgive you. Bring an empty water bottle in your backpack or fanny-pack to fill up at water stations around the park. A good time = staying hydrated = water.

Put your phone down.

Live in the moment. We all know that you want your followers to see what ~amazing~ hippie outfit you got from Free People and how many killer bands you got to meet, BUT those moments won’t last long. Take a couple pictures of your crew and the shows, then put your phone in your pocket so you can dance and sing with everyone who loves music just as much as you. You will also waste your battery by the end of the day, and not be able to get an Uber home. Rookie mistake. 

How to Help with Hurricane Disaster Relief

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As three hurricanes continue to affect the Gulf coast, we are disheartened by the level of devastation and historical flooding caused by the storm. Hurricane destruction left a huge impact on the communities in Houston, New Orleans, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other cities through the gulf. Flooded homes, destroyed buildings, and so many families left injured and/or homeless. Let’s help our friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Here are some quick and easy ways:

@fillthetruckforhouston

Starting in Flint MI, this couple now moved to help Houston TX. This Saturday Sept 9th, they will be packing a two semi-trucks filled with supplies, food, and other necessities for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can help by dropping goods off at 4950 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Atlanta GA 30341. Another way to help this organization is donating to their GoFundMe page.

SPCA of Texas

For you animals lovers wanting to help our four-legged friends, check out the SPCA Give page. You can provide any dollar amount you choose, which will provide vaccinations, shelter care, food, etc for these Houston animals.  

Texas Forever Tee-Shirt

Chip & Joanna Gaines, famous for their HGTV show “Fixer Upper”, has created this helpful (& cute) tee to aide disaster relief efforts. 100% of their proceeds are donated from the purchase of this shirt until September 30th. 

Happy Hippie

Started by pop-sensation, Miley Cyrus, Happy Hippie is using the money donated at this time to support the American Red Cross, Best Friends Animal Society, and the Greater Houston Community Fund. 100% of these donations directly benefit those in need.  

Texas Diaper Bank

Every year, the Texas Diaper Bank helps the lives of 15,600 babies, seniors, and the disabled. You can donate once, or select a continuing donation that occurs monthly.

How to Spend a Rainy Day in Atlanta

If don’t already know, here’s a preview of the rest of the week’s forecast—rain, rain and more rain. What’s a person to do amid all this doom and gloom? We’ve rounded up our favorite spots to spend a rainy day, so you can stay dry and still have fun.

1. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

On a rainy day, I love nothing more than watching a movie and stuffing my face with food I know isn’t good for me. I recently visited Midtown Art Cinema to go to the Landmark Theatre, and it was a perfect rainy day date night. You can grab a beer and some popcorn at their snack bar, then die laughing while watching The Big Sick (my new favorite movie). Bonus: next door is the cutest European dessert bar called Apres Diem. I opted for a slice of their tiramisu paired with a cafe au lait. HEAVEN.

2. Urban Tree Cidery

Stay in and have a crisp glass of cider at Urban Tree Cidery. Grab a cider flight or sip on one of their cider-infused cocktails while you relax in their tasting room. There’s plenty of seating and piles of board games so you can pass the day away with some indoor fun.

3. Fernbank

Museums are a tried and true rainy-day staple. One of our favorites to visit is Fernbank. Escape the daily drizzle and step back in time at Fernbank’s dinosaur plaza and Mesozoic exhibits.  

4. The Painted Pin

If you can get in early on a rainy day, Painted Pin is an epic place to get your bowl on. A full bar, bocce ball courts, ping pong, skee ball and more all accompany the lanes. It is truly adult gaming at its finest.

End of Summer Festivals

We don’t’ mean to upset you, but we’re heading into the last month of summer. I know! It feels like only yesterday that we had our first sip of frosé. Even though August is quickly approaching, there is still time to get out and soak up the sun at a summer festival. We’ve rounded up the last few festivals of the season below!

1. Coming up first on August 12th is the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival. Now in its 17th year, you can listen to over seven hours of live music in the heart of Oakhurst. Ticket proceeds will go to the Community Center of South Decatur, so you can have a good time for a good cause.

2. Get your creative fix at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival. This two-day festival on August 19th and 20th will feature 250 local painters, photographers, sculptors, glass blowers and more. We’ll take any and all opportunities to walk around Piedmont Park on a beautiful summer day.

3. “Bid adieu to summer” at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, happening throughout the last weekend of August. Work up a sweat at the 5K Run for the Park, sample the long list of food vendors, or bring the family to the kid’s stage! The festival supports the Grant Park Conservancy, so you can enjoy its grounds no matter the season.

 

4. Finally we have our favorite type of festival: a wine fest. Wine Fest Atlanta boasts an all-day all-night wine experience with premium wines from Georgia vineyards. The festival isn’t until August 26th, but half of their tickets have already sold out. Get your tickets fast, or else you’ll really have something to wine about.  

Treat Yourself in Atlanta

No two words inspire such excitement and instant happiness as “Treat Yourself.” We could all use a little extra R&R, which is why we’re rounding up our favorite places to pamper ourselves. So slip on a robe, grab a glass of cucumber water and get ready to treat yourself!

1. For a full day of wellness, head to the Aviary. Start off with an anti-aging facial, then relax during a restorative massage and finish up with a glamourous hair treatment. They also get bonus points for using sustainable and natural products. What’s not to love here?  

2. If you’ve been wanting to try cryotherapy but have never gotten around to it, it’s time to treat yourself to it! Icebox Cryotherapy offers different session packages as well as a cryo-facial. They’re also happy to answer all of your newbie cryotherapy questions like, “What does it feel like when you sit in a freezing cold box for three minutes?”

3. The Art of Touch is an all massage, all the time spa. They offer everything from deep tissue, to sports to Thai massages and more. If that knot in your shoulder just won’t go away, this is the place to banish it once and for all.

4. Nouvelle is the perfect nail salon for mani/pedi addicts. This huge salon is located on our home turf in West Midtown, and they offer standard manicures as well as aromatherapy treatments and pedicure soaks. We’re starting to feel more relaxed already.

5. If a quality foot rub is your thing, you need to run over to Treat Your Feet. They use a technique called foot reflexology, where pressure is applied to reflex points in the feet to send signals to other parts of the body. We’re not 100% sure how all that works, but we’re always 100% relaxed by the end of our session.