SparrowHawk Studio, photography by Heidi Geldhauser


From the mastermind behind Aviary Beauty + Wellness Collective, Amy Leavell Bransford (right), comes SparrowHawk Studio, an elevated traditional and cosmetic tattooing experience. Amy, an esthetician of 14 years, opened the all-women-staffed space as a hub for independent artists. Expect to see local artwork and more.

Details: 659 Auburn Ave. NE., Atlanta;

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Dog TrainingMake a difference in the life of an adoptable dog by volunteering with the
No Dog Left Behind project and Doggie Harmony Rescue. By acting as a handler during a weekday or weekend training session with Frogs to Dogs, you’ll help pups learn to socialize and strengthen their trust in their two-legged friends. Your support will get them ready for their forever home.

Details: 129 Lake St., Avondale Estates;

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Wander Wet BagsFrom soaked swimsuits to sweaty yoga gear, Wander Wet Bags™ are an eco-friendly and water-resistant option to keep your damp gear tucked away. The cotton totes come with a food-safe grade polyurethane laminate interior lining and are available in four sizes. Peruse adorable patterns like this Wear a Crown in Pineapple sac from the Island Days Collection at EcoHome Atlanta.

Details: 2385 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta;

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Make time for self-care with the help of Miyosha Biggs. The Atlanta transplant launched Elite Concierge Group LLC to save busy bees from running errands, tidying tasks, and more. Her personal assistance and lifestyle management company can aid with home organizing, minimal home cleaning, and anything else that can lighten the to-do list load for everyone from CEOs to single parents.
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couples massage


Leave stress behind without leaving town. The Couples Retreat at Mandarin Oriental includes a private suite where you will enjoy luxurious full-body exfoliation and massage, customized facials, and more.

Details: 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE.

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Chef MichaelFour Seasons Hotel Atlanta Executive Chef Michael Patria is back with another easy and healthy recipe. As Chef Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, each month he’s sharing a nutritious recipe that he’s been loving lately.

“This dish is incredibly simple to prepare but packs a punch of flavor. I love that it incorporates so many of the bright flavors of summer and keeps me full throughout the day,” says Patria.





1/2 local Georgia peach (I prefer peaches from Pearson Farm)
1/4 Brandywine heirloom tomato
1/4 Green Zebra heirloom tomato
1/4 Cherry Heirloom tomato
4 ounces fresh milk burrata
Fresh basil (to taste)
Balsamic pearls (or if not available, a nice aged balsamic vinegar)
Sea salt to taste

Grilled Peach and Heirloom Tomato Caprese



Cut peaches into wedges and grill until desired char is achieved.
Cut tomatoes into wedges.
Cut burrata in half.
Assemble on a plate and garnish with basil and balsamic vinegar.
Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau


Bring the whole family to Wills Park to bask in a celebratory Independence Day pyrotechnics display. You’ll see why this Fireworks Extravaganza draws a larger crowd each year. Kicking off at dusk on July 4, kiddos will be able to enjoy snacks and drinks from vendors, while Mom and Dad jam out to classic rock tunes.

Details: 1825 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta.

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Happy Girl Glow BoxGet all-natural goodies delivered to your door with the Happy Girl Glow “Glow Essentials Box.” Created by the Atlanta mompreneur and blogger Shae Sterling, of, the subscription box sends eco-chic gems like Seventh Generation™ Free & Clear Pantiliners to you every three months. Inside the latest box look for Raeka Turmeric Peel Off Mask and Roses N Rosé Lip Scrub.
Details: $40,

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Sama Food for BalanceFormer Dtox Organic Juice and Junk owner, Shannon Salter Sliger, brings Balance Bowls (think superfood grains and kale leek sauté) and more to Buckhead through {SAMA} Food for Balance. The 2,700-square-foot space offers smoothies, specialty teas and nutritious dishes alongside a meditation room (Sound Bath Meditation, anyone?) and its own brand of skin care products.

Details: 56 E. Andrews Dr. NW., Atlanta;

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Fit BuddyAfter having five herniated discs at the age of 23, Sandy Springs resident Dawn Clements took an interest in pain prevention and created the Fit Buddy. The groundbreaking tool can be used to relieve neck and shoulder tension, tight muscles, back pain, sciatica, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. And at just under two pounds, the wooden device, which can also help increase flexibility and mobility, is a favorite among professional athletes such as former Atlanta Falcons player Dan Owens.


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