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Your massage dreams have just come true. Soothe, a massage-on-demand service, have launched in Atlanta. Take your pick of a Swedish, sports, couples or pre-natal massage; with the tap of a finger on your iOS or Andriod device, welcome a licensed, certified massage therapist to your door — at home or at work. Treatment lengths include 60, 90 and 120 minutes and are available from 8 a.m. to midnight, with as little as 60 minutes of advance notice. Starting at $99, the fixed fees also include tax and gratuity, taking the stress out of the payment process as well.


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Is gluten-free just another health buzzword or is it an important consideration for your diet? Anna Longacre, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, gets to the bottom of gluten for us.


What is gluten?

Gluten is a term for a variety of proteins found naturally in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.  These proteins help foods maintain their shape.


Who actually needs to be eating a gluten-free diet?

For individuals with celiac disease—an autoimmune condition in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine—eating a gluten-free diet is essential to manage digestive symptoms and avoid long-term complications.

Celiac disease often goes undiagnosed and is actually quite common.

Individuals with gluten sensitivity can experience a variety of symptoms, including bloating, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, “brain fog” and depression. If you are having symptoms, it’s important to talk with a gastroenterologist about being tested.

How do I determine if I should eliminate gluten?

Some individuals feel better on a gluten-free diet and choose to eliminate gluten from their diet purely for this reason. Only your physician can order the appropriate screening and diagnostic testing to see if a gluten-free diet is needed for you.

Can eliminating gluten help me lose weight?

For some individuals, switching to a gluten-free diet removes from the menu many of the food choices that make weight loss challenging—specifically processed foods and higher carbohydrate foods. In this regard, a gluten-free diet may promote weight loss. That said, not all individuals, particularly those with celiac disease, lose weight when they go gluten-free.

Which foods usually contain gluten?

Gluten most often appears in foods containing wheat, barley and rye. Other foods containing gluten include malt, brewer’s yeast and unprocessed wheat starch.

Many common foods contain gluten—foods such as pastas, breads, cereals, baked goods, crackers, beer and even many sauces. Fortunately, food labeling now includes the gluten-free designation, assuring consumers that gluten is absent from the product or has been processed to remove the gluten.



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When Steve Hightower came out to his family, he, like many of his fellow LGBTQ community members, was nervous—very nervous. He had no idea how his family would handle the news. “My family, from the day I told them, accepted me with open arms. My grandfather, at 92, told me, ‘It’s not my place to judge you. It’s the Lord’s, and I love you no matter what.’ My grandmother just stood up, hugged me, winked at me and said, ‘I knew,’” says Steve.

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Unfortunately, many area youth don’t share a similarly happy story. All too often, these young people are disowned by their families and kicked out of the home. After being approached for help by one such gay youth, Hightower learned about the nonprofit Lost-n-Found Youth and immediately became an avid supporter.

An Atlanta-based nonprofit, Lost-n-Found Youth champions the mission to take lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who are living on the street after being rejected by their loved ones and forced into homelessness. Currently the only nonprofit of its kind in Atlanta, Lost-n-Found offers LGBTQ youth assistance with counseling, medical care, hot meals, clothing, job placement and, when available, securing housing.
As Lost-n-Found works to acquire a house in Midtown to expand this ability to shelter, Hightower supports the effort by using the funds raised at his  Thriving Children Gala. Taking place at the Fox Theatre on April 29, this year’s 7th Annual Thriving Children Gala presents a night of glitz and glamour for a good cause. Guests are invited to peruse the silent auction while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served by 10 of Atlanta’s top restaurants. Entertainment for the evening includes big band era music by The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, a special performance from the award-winning Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and a featured act by Cher-impersonator Chad Michaels, as well as a live auction featuring everything from jewelry to furniture, a fashion show and a hair show featuring Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa and Jyl Craven Studio. Tickets start at $75.






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Into the Woods - Colleen Massey - BSA 0316

Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods answers the age old question, “What happens after happily ever after?” This Tony Award-winning musical comes to life on the Aurora Theatre stage March 10 through April 17. Storybook favorites like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood band together to save their village.


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Whether you’re hopping on the spin bike for the first time or are a spinning expert you can help make a difference at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Ovarian Cycle Atlanta event on March 20. Sign up to participate in this four hour cycling event on your own or join a team and receive your own fundraising page where you can share personal stories of how ovarian cancer has impacted you or those you love and garner funds to support your ride at Life Time Athletic. Can’t make it to the event? You can still do your part by signing up to be a virtual rider.

Details: 5580 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30342,

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Bon Glaze Campfire Doughnut - Sara Hanna Photography - BSA 0316

When the owners of Bon Glaze noticed a lack of whimsy in the world of doughnut making they decided they would be the ones to right that wrong. And oh — how they have made it right. Cotton Candy, Orange Fanta with Pastry Crème, Bacon Butterscotch and Campfire are just a few of the flavors rolled out of their happy ovens. Don’t wait a second longer to enjoy this “hole-y” experience; visit their first Atlanta location in Brookhaven and watch for updates on the opening of the Buckhead location soon.


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Creativity, passion and dedication—that’s what you will find at the American Craft Show Atlanta from March 11 through 13. More than 200 of the country’s top artists and creators will showcase cutting-edge designs in jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor and more. This year’s show debuts the new Style Slam program, which includes professional styling advice for handmade clothing pieces, opportunities for guests to ask questions of featured makers and a chance for show visitors to take part in the hands-on process of creating art themselves.

Details: Tickets start at $14; 2 Galleria Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339,

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Left to Right: Dr. Rachel Schonberger, Hadassah HMO Chair; Dr. Dimitrios Karussis, MD, PhD, Senior Neurologist, HMO, JAMA Neurology Study Principal Investigator; Chaim Lebovits, President & CEO, BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics

Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) and JAMA Neurology have recently released promising data on a new Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) Disease treatment. Developed by BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics and using an innovative stem cell therapy infusion, the treatment showed no major adverse effects, and nearly 90 percent of patients showed slower progression of the ALS disease.




ATL Airport District - BSA 0316The Meet College Park marketing group has added East Point to its focus and become ATL Airport District. The organization will continue to help these communities better brand themselves for tourism, conventions, dining and shopping. The first of these efforts will be the inaugural ATL Airport District Restaurant Week from March 12 to 20.


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Patrick Battey, MD, has been appointed CEO of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Battey is the first doctor to serve as CEO since the hospital opened in 1905. In his new position, he will work towards realizing a vision to provide patient-centered care that is anchored in the respected quality for which Piedmont is known.


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The Partridge Inn unveils its multi-million dollar renovation just in time for the Masters Tournament. The hotel’s new design blends its historical architecture with a contemporary interior with a refresh to all 144 guest rooms, verandahs and balconies, as well as the lobby and restaurant space. Located just four miles from the Augusta National Golf Club, it is an ideal locale for those traveling to see the live competition for the most coveted jacket in sports.

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The clock is ticking, literally. A screen mounted on the wall flashes a five-minute countdown as half of our Best Self Atlanta/Atlanta Best Media team scrambles to find the last code that opens the latch to free us.

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An alarm blares and a voice echoes over an intercom, informing us that we did not escape in time to avoid being contaminated by the virus leak — the imaginary virus of the fictional CDC lab into which we’d been locked an hour before to start our game.

The CDC Lockdown is just one of the themed rooms at the Urban Escape Games venue in Alpharetta. The first company in Georgia to present simulated escape games. Urban Escape has been setting up brainteasers and trap doors since February of 2015. Each room unravels a different story with special clues to decipher in order to solve a mystery and “escape.” Our team tried the CDC game and the Jewel Heist but weren’t able to unlock either. Now, we all want to head back to see if we can handle Buckstars Murder Mystery or Mr. Magic’s Magician room. The games and clues change regularly, offering fans the opportunity to keep playing repeatedly for new challenges.

Whether you’re bonding with co-workers, looking for a cleaver date night or hanging out with neighborhood friends, Urban Escape Games sparks curiosity and encourages you to perceive your surroundings differently. You will pull, push, left, look, count and code your way out — these games are tough. Many of the rooms have under a 50 percent escape rate because, as Marketing Director Ellis Edwards says, “It wouldn’t be fun if it was easy!”

Up to the task?

Details: 20 Mansell Ct E #275, Alpharetta, GA 30076,

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Taking into account your age, gender, height, weight, activity level, sleep patterns and more, the Pryme Vessyl takes staying hydrated to a whole new level. This “smart” mug measures your hydration levels throughout the day by monitoring your liquid consumption and sends drink reminders to your smartphone or watch to keep you on track. Once you have reached your “pryme” levels of hydration, you’re ready to take on the world…or at least the day.


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