Friday, April 28, 2017

Zoёs Kitchen Opens in Chamblee Area

Zoёs Kitchen Opens in Chamblee Area

By Shandra Hill Smith
Photography by Doug Smith

If you haven’t paid a visit to the Chamblee area lately, you’re in for a surprise. The city is experiencing a rebirth thanks to new projects and developments. One such development is Peachtree Station, where you’ll find Zoёs Kitchen, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Chipotle and more.

Zoёs Kitchen held its grand opening in March, at 5001 Peachtree Blvd., Bldg. 1000, Suite 1030, in the area on the edge of Brookhaven and Buckhead.

Opening day drew couples, both millennial and in the more seasoned stages of life, moms with hungry grade-school boys and/or girls tagging along as well as families.

Some of the winners on the brand’s Mediterranean-inspired menu include the Orzo “Tabouli” Salad with grilled shrimp, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, orzo and a light but tasty lemon vinaigrette dressing; the Mediterranean Baked Feta with cherry tomatoes, olives, feta, olive oil and pita chips; and the Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Here, whether you’re a Chamblee or Brookhaven resident, visiting the city just north of downtown Atlanta or passing through on your way to Buckhead, you’re in good hands with the delightful Bianca Wall, the general manager for the Chamblee location, and the friendly and swift staff.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday


Monday, February 13, 2017

8 Steps To A More Fulfilling Life

8 Steps That Can Lead You To A
More Fulfilling Life

There’s a reason people love the start of a New Year – or the first day of spring, or maybe the first day of school.

The idea of a clean slate – of making changes or starting over fresh – can be exhilarating.

“It isn’t necessarily that you don’t like the life you live,” says John C. Neyland, author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream ( “It’s just that you suspect there’s something you’re missing – something more fulfilling.”

The truth is, those possibilities are always within your reach, Neyland says. “But to have the life you want means you have to change course.”

Here are some ways to make that turn in your life, using what Neyland refers to as “pivots”:

Put fear in its place and understand it.
Fear has no power unless you lend it power. It doesn’t change the end result, and often it causes more damage than whatever it was you were so worried about. Neyland suggests you think about the biggest fear you’ve ever had. What was the outcome and did you recover? Chances are you came out the other end just fine.

Courage is not the lack of fear but going forward in the face of it.
Courage is like exercise: The more you use it, the easier it becomes – and the more you benefit. We are taught to avoid pain and danger. You have to choose to face life with courage – but in the end, it’s how you handle fear and how you respond to it that can change your course.

Compromise is a dirty word.
It can steal your life and dreams. To work for or spend time with someone who doesn’t share your values is a compromise, Neyland says, and compromise robs your energy and affects your momentum.

There is great value in having mentors.
It’s less painful and more efficient to learn from the mistakes and successes of others: a family member, teacher or business leader you admire. Learn from them and emulate them in your everyday life.

Dream without restraint.
Thinking about what you want to do only in the context of what you know you can do is more of a nightmare than a dream. Pursue your goals with all you have. Don’t be concerned with failing. “The journey and the struggle can be extremely satisfying,” Neyland says. “It rivals the attainment of a goal.

Be honest with yourself.
Many people lie to themselves about whom or what is most important to them. Lying sets off a chain reaction that stalls momentum and makes your life a little less than what it should be. Even small lies chip away at the person you want to be.

Be impatiently focused.
We have a limited a number of breaths to build the world around us. Focus on a goal and don’t wait for the right moment or perfect conditions to go for it. Time matters.

Control what you can control and forget about the rest.
Every moment you spend lamenting a situation you couldn’t control, you’re stealing from yourself. Direct your energy and momentum to something you can manage instead.

Before you start over, spend some time revisiting what matters most to you, Neyland says. What are your values? What are your likes and dislikes? What do you want to do with your life?
“Make a list of all these things,” he says. “Then dream boldly and take action.”

About John C. Neyland
John C. Neyland, president and Investment Advisor Representative at JCN Financial & Tax Planning Group, is the author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream (, which is part memoir and part blueprint for readers who want to get more out of life and leave a positive mark on the world.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Braves, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team up...

Braves, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team up at SunTrust Park for Hope and Will’s Sandlot 

The Atlanta Braves today announced a multi-year relationship with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to bring exciting baseball-themed activities to SunTrust Park for the Braves’ youngest fans.

SunTrust Park will feature “Hope and Will’s Sandlot,” a large, kid-friendly area hosted by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that will have the first-ever zip line and climbing tower inside a professional sporting venue. Visitors will be able to use the new Braves app to reserve a time-slot to access both of these attractions.

 There also will be a batting cage and a variety of other interactive games in addition to kid-friendly food and merchandise. The Braves and Children’s will be bringing back a longtime tradition, and a crowd-pleasing favorite for Braves families - kids running the bases after Sunday games.
 “Braves games have always been a fantastic family outing and  SunTrust Park will feature an even larger space for baseball-themed, kids’ activities thanks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Derek Schiller,  Braves president, business. “We are  proud to continue our relationship with  Children’s and are honored to  help support their  wonderful mission.”

 “We are excited to continue our relationship with the Braves and to be a part of a new experience for families in Atlanta,” said Donna Hyland, President, and CEO, Children’s. “Children's and the Braves want to make a difference in the lives of families, making sure kids get to do what they do best–be kids. Serving others is a team effort and privilege. Children's and the Braves strive to bring about positive change and good health for generations of kids to come.”
 The Braves will continue to host the annual Georgia/Georgia Tech game at SunTrust Park, this year taking place on May 9 at 7 p.m. The game also raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
 Last week it was announced that on Saturday, April 8, 2017, University of Georgia baseball will play Missouri in the first event open to the general public in SunTrust Park to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets to the game will be $15 and group packages are available through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, or through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at
 The Braves will open the 2017 season on the road with games at New York, Pittsburgh, and Miami, before their inaugural homestand at SunTrust Park beginning on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Gifts for Family

By Shandra Hill Smith

Checking through that list of gifts for loved ones? Atlanta Social Season wants to make finding the perfect pick a little easier for you with this roundup of quality gifts sure to make them smile.

With Orvis Lambskin Driving Gloves, he can stay behind the wheel for hours. The soft, copper-colored gloves feature a snap closure for a snug fit.

Give your loved ones their own personal masseuse for at home or on the go with Homedics Portable Back Massage Cushion. The cushion includes high and low settings and a heat feature.
ExOfficio has underwear perfect for travel, such as Give-N-Go Sport Mesh that comes in brief and boxer brief for men and, for women, bikini brief, thong, boy short and hipkini. There’s no need to pack as much as you can wash the lightweight underwear, with odor-reducing technology, in the sink and let it dry overnight.

Help them to moisturize their skin and breathe better with the Homedics Oscillating Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. With a one-gallon tank, the humidifier features auto shut-off protection when the tank is empty, and a built-in night light.
The Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater is compact, but powerful with 1500 watts and two heat settings. With tip-over and overheat protection, the heater is the right size for offices, small rooms, desks and tabletops.
Let the Honeywell EnergySmart Cool Touch Heater go to work for you as it regulates power consumption. With EnergySmart technology, the heater regulates electricity flow based on the room’s temperature. Features include a programmable thermostat and tip-over safety protection.

With classic colors and old-school suede, the New Balance 990v4 can give her the cushion she needs for running or playing. The sneaker comes in pink and teal colors.

Choose his and hers with ZPump Fusion 2.0 Knit and ZPrint Pro from Reebok. ZPump Fusion is a light trainer in an eye-catching white/red/blue colorway. Z Print Pro provides lightweight support and features the brand’s iconic logo on the side profile.

The Classic is always a winner. From KSwiss, the Classic 96 SDE Reflective — shown here in black — showcases the brand’s signature style in this iconic tennis shoe. 
KEDS Snowday boots for women are mid-half, vegan leather upper lace-up boots that feature a waterproof exterior.

Give the gift of grip with Bionic Men’s Driving Gloves. Designed by an orthopedic hand specialist, the gloves, in cabretta leather, feature anatomical relief pads for a lighter, secure grip.

Cook and entertain in style with the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8-piece Cookware Set. In a contemporary design, the nonstick set features a hard-anodized aluminum for even heating. It includes an eight-inch fry pan, 10-inch fry pan, sauce pans with covers (1.5-quart and 2.5-quart) and an 8-quart stockpot with cover.

What a cute gift for the lover of sweets in your life! French Macaron Soaps Set from features a pleasant honeydew melon fragrance and pastel colors, wrapped in a gift bag.

Celebrate what’s important — family, friendships, motherhood, sisterhood — with Recycled Glass Tree Globes from Globes are made from shards of glass from car, home and office windows; shards are then melted in a furnace into works of art to symbolize the respective bonds. Display the globe by hanging or with an Globe Display Stand.

Enjoy loads of fun with a modern twist on a classic with Simon Air. In this unique touch on the quick-action game, you don’t actually have to touch the game; Simon will recognize when you follow the color pattern by sensing your motions! How cool is that.
Drink it, whip it, hammer it, selfie it with the Bop It! Game from Hasbro. For one or more players, the game features 10 fun moves in Classic, Beat Box and Pass It modes.
This one could be for the kid and the kid at heart. The NERF Modulus Battlescout blaster from Hasbro allows you to build your own blaster for each mission. Capture videos and photos and show off battle sequences. The blaster includes 10 Elite darts.