McVegan - UniTeaBite into a better for you breakfast at UniTEA & Coffee at 640 West. The cafe was founded by art-loving entrepreneur Jay White, who was featured on “Oprah’s Big Give,” as a place to network over nutritious food and host events. The eatery has become just that and recently expanded its morning options thanks to the creative talents of Chef Duece. A new five-item vegan menu boasts a McVegan Sandwich (with a garbanzo bean patty, vegan cheese and bacon, kale, and a multigrain English muffin) the Fiesta Breakfast Burrito, an Acai or Coconut Yogurt Bowl, and more. The new menu has been such a hit, the restaurant expanded its breakfast hours to begin at 6 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
Details: 640 Evans St SW, Atlanta; https://640westatl.com

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Dr. Farzad R. Nahai inside the Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C.

Dr. Farzad R. Nahai inside the Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C.

Ready for a change? Let Dr. Farzad R. Nahai of The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C., help you look and feel good. His experienced team offers unparalleled care to meet your needs from head to toe.

At The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C., the phrase “full service” isn’t just a buzzy slogan; it’s a reality. Founded in 2013, the practice is dedicated to meeting their clients’ needs, no matter what their skin care situation or aesthetic desires. That means a lengthy list of procedures that includes everything from facelifts and breast augmentations to cancerous surgery repairs and other medical related surgeries.

Dr. Farzad R. Nahai helms The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. He is an Atlanta native, The Westminster Schools and Emory University alumnus, a published author, and a father of two whose passion shines through his skilled hands. Dr. Nahai says it’s important for his patients to look and feel good but also be confident in their medical professionals. In fact, Dr. Nahai personally trained his staff and oversees all procedures no matter how simple or complex they might be.

Injectables, for example, are among the most common cosmetic enhancements. These include services like Botox® Cosmetic and facial fillers. While billboards or advertisements might allude to bargain prices or luxurious procedure environments, those perks will only get recipients so far.

(L TO R): ANN PATRICK MEAGHER, DR. FARZAD R. NAHAI, MARY POPP

(L TO R): ANN PATRICK MEAGHER, DR. FARZAD R. NAHAI, MARY POPP

According to Dr. Nahai, the science in achieving desired results rests with the person behind the needle. “There is a lot of skill level involved with these procedures. We pride ourselves on the experience level of our injectors and our estheticians. Our most senior registered nurse injector, Mary Popp, has been in the business for over 20 years,” says Dr. Nahai. The same applies to laser treatments such as laser hair removal and aesthetics such as facials and peels. It’s the specialist that counts.That quality expertise is one of the reasons The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C., has a full-time physician’s assistant, Ann Patrick Meagher, who only focuses on plastic surgery. She assists Dr. Nahai in tending to patients. It’s a team effort backed with extraordinary skill.

Dr. Nahai insists their care standards and their facility standards are what separates The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. from other practices. “We take care of a lot of skin cancer patients as well [including] putting them back together and keeping them whole,” says Dr. Nahai.

He continues, “There are a lot of cosmetic procedures on the face and eyes that we can do in the office under local anesthesia obviating the need to go to the operating room and under general anesthesia.” The office also houses an on-site pathological laboratory resulting in quick result turnaround.

“WE TAKE CARE OF A LOT OF SKIN CANCER PATIENTS AS WELL [INCLUDING] PUTTING THEM BACK TOGETHER AND KEEPING THEM WHOLE.” —DR. FARZAD R. NAHAISo what is an experience at The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. like? “All patients undergo a thorough exam and explanation of the findings and a discussion of the features of their face [or body] that they want to address,” says Dr. Nahai. While wish lists might include a trip to The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C., especially during the holiday season, Dr. Nahai says to start by giving the gift of a consultation. “A consultation, visit with the esthetician, and products can be gifted, [however] we really prefer that patients seeking aesthetic enhancement seek consultation first before deciding on what interventions to do.” That ensures patients are good candidates for desired treatments and allows the patient and Dr. Nahai to establish an overall cosmetic plan.

Dr. Farzad R. Nahai During A Consultation

Dr. Farzad R. Nahai During A Consultation

However, if you simply can’t wait to get started, and want to look your absolute best for impending holiday soirees, consider booking an appointment soon. “Filler results are immediate while neurotoxins like Botox take several days to take effect,” says Dr. Nahai. For best results, he recommends planning services at least a month in advance. Of course, there’s no time like the present to make an appointment, so you can feel good and look great.

In between appointments, you can find Dr. Nahai at Buckhead Diner. And after work, you can find him at Bones having dinner with his family or riding his bike on the Northside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.

metroderm.org, The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C.,
875 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Ste. 300, Atlanta, 404-257-9933.  

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DANSBY SWANSON (MIDDLE) AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM GEORGIA’S OWN CREDIT UNION, THE WILBERT GROUP AND PAPA JOHN’S PREPARE TO SURPRISE GREEN ACRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH 85 PIZZAS.

DANSBY SWANSON (MIDDLE) AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM GEORGIA’S OWN CREDIT UNION, THE WILBERT GROUP AND
              PAPA JOHN’S PREPARE TO SURPRISE             GREEN ACRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH 85 PIZZAS.

As a part of its “85 Acts of Kindness” campaign, Georgia’s Own Credit Union partnered with Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson to treat more than 200 students at Green Acres Elementary School in Smyrna to a pizza party they’d never forget. Wearing one of his signature “Be Your Best Self” shirts, the sports star made a surprise appearance on Friday, Aug. 16 at the school and brought 85 Papa John’s pizzas with him as a reward for the students’ remarkable progress in Georgia Milestones testing, which included a 16.2% increase in math scores. “Many of our kids come from other countries and don’t get to experience celebrations and praise like this for their hard work, and don’t get to meet a hometown hero who is an athlete,” says principal Ashley Mize.

The affair was complete with autographs, selfies, and discussion of favorite types of pizza (Swanson’s is Buffalo chicken, in case you were wondering). Georgia’s Own also donated $8,500 to All Things Loyal, Swanson’s apparel brand, which aims to celebrate the culture, community, and positivity within Atlanta. In keeping with the brand’s dedication to donating a portion of its profits to local nonprofits, Swanson gave an allotment of the monetary gift to Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

Join in on the giving by purchasing an All Things Loyal “Be Your Best Self” T-shirt and part of the proceeds will be donated to community organizations.

Details: https://georgiasown.org; https://allthingsloyal.com

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By Laura J. Downey

Photo courtesy of The St. Regis Atlanta

Photo courtesy of The St. Regis Atlanta

It’s been said that tea was a time for socialite Caroline Astor to “host gatherings with her closest intimates.” And since I rarely have time to get together with some of my dearest divas, I recently took a page from Mrs. Astor’s book. When my girls came to visit me from New York City, we went to The St. Regis Atlanta for Afternoon Tea in the gorgeous tea room at Astor Court.

We relished our nearly three-hour experience at a table next to the 750-plus-pound handblown glass chandelier. It began with our waiter Joseph Warren showing us a case filled with teas. My favorites included a black tea called Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which is a delightful combo of passion fruit, pomegranate, and vanilla, and Harmony, an herbal tea infused with peppermint leaves, chamomile flowers, all-spice, and orange blossoms. But for me, no tea setting is complete without a glass of bubbly! So once our flutes arrived, I made a toast to my girls honoring our nearly 20-year friendship.

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One of my favorite parts about having tea is waiting for the scones to arrive at the table. I feel like a little kid waiting to open presents on Christmas Day. When our maple scones arrived, I immediately took one out of the basket and applied jam to it. It was quite the treat—a perfect crunchy outside and soft, doughy inside. That held us over till the tiered circular tray arrived with finger sandwiches such as curried chicken salad (think red grapes, curry mayo, crispy apple and mustard cress on a sesame brioche roll), roasted ham, and crab salad (including butter lettuce, preserved lemon, paprika and smoked cheddar gougère).

After savoring the sandwiches, I immediately went for the tarte tatin and pumpkin pie with vanilla cream. Other sweet options included the apple cider coffee cake, seasonal squash bread pudding, and the chestnut éclair. When it was all said and done, we were more than 100% satisfied. This exquisite experience is to be shared with special friends throughout the year. And if your little ones want to join you next time, take them to Tea With Santa. They can indulge in a peanut butter and jam sandwich or fruit brochettes (bite into berries, pineapple, grapes, melon, and mint syrup) before digging into confections such as a winter wonderland cupcake, peppermint layer cake, gingerbread cookie, or Christmas rice krispies. This fun fete comes with the option to take photos with Santa Claus and his hardworking elves.

No matter the time of year, it’s always the perfect time for tea. Schedule your reservation for an unforgettable experience with friends or family.

Details: The St. Regis Atlanta, 88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305, marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/details-1/atlxr-the-st-regis-atlanta/

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Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 10.40.32 PMThe rowing revolution is taking over Atlanta. Opening in November, CITY ROW is a boutique fitness studio that delivers a highintensity, yet low-impact, full-body burn through a combination of water rowing and strength training. A single stroke on one of its 20 WaterRowers utilizes 85% of the body’s muscles in the legs, core, and arms—making this workout a winner for a total-body transformation.

Details: 805 Peachtree St. NE.,                                                                                                                  Atlanta; https://cityrow.com

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Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 10.29.36 PMMore than the average gym, Noble Clay is a fitness facility with a mission. Owners Ben and Laura Davis want every Atlanta resident to have access to affordable personalized fitness coaching. This is why they offer tiered membership prices based on an applicant’s income level and life circumstances. Members of the exercise center, which is soon expanding to a new 3,000-square-foot location in Summerhill (near Grant Park), can also help someone in need enhance their health with the facility’s custom training programs and amenities by donating funds to a membership scholarship.

Details: 112 Ormond St. SE., Atlanta; https://nobleclayfitness.com

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Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 10.26.23 PMAt The Refinery, fitness fuses with technology. Inside the new gym and training facility, members can utilize the groundbreaking BIOCIRCUIT™ system. Interconnected to six strength and two cardio machines, this digital program directs users through a custom 30-minute workout based on their profile and goals. The smart system will even adjust the machine to the right position and load the correct amount of weight/resistance for you!

Details: 2260 Marietta Blvd. NW., Atlanta; https://refineryfit.com

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Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 10.15.04 PMInside a soothing industrial setting featuring a rotating gallery of local art, the new Bring It OM studio invites yogis of all levels to find their flow. Energetic power yoga classes are offered here, along with gentle, restorative teachings. All classes are heated (ranging from 80 F to 95 F) with infrared technology, which has been shown to stimulate blood flow and can help lower blood pressure and oxygenate organs.

Details: 56 E. Andrews Dr. NW., Ste. 11, Atlanta; https://bringitomyoga.com

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Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 10.08.50 PMMidtown, Sandy Springs, and Vinings are now home to HotBox infrared sauna studios. The popular LA-based brand invites guests to become Glow Getters™ and experience the wellness and recovery benefits of spending 45 minutes in one of its luxurious sauna suites that include a vitamin C rain shower. In the future, the company plans to partner with nonprofits to bring the advantages of infrared heat to lupus, lime, and other disease patients.

Details: https://hotboxsaunastudio.com

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(L TO R): LARS AND HIS DOG DAD, WAG-A-LOT FOUNDER, CRAIG KOCH TAKE A LOAD OFF.

(L TO R): LARS AND HIS DOG DAD, WAG-A-LOT FOUNDER, CRAIG KOCH TAKE A LOAD OFF.

For the past 20 years, dogs and humans have fallen in love with WAG-A-LOT, a daycare, boarding, and grooming paradise for pups. The innovative brand will soon unleash a
new location on the Upper Westside.

Self-proclaimed life enthusiast,  Craig Koch came up with the perfect name for his dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility when he opened WAG-A-LOT in 1999.

“WAG-A-LOT is not only the telltale sign of a happy dog but the name embodies the notion that dogs and their humans should live life to the fullest every day,” Koch says.

WAYNE BODE, DOG BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST, COMFORTS A SENIOR GOLDEN RETRIEVER IN FRONT OF THE NEW DOG DENS AT THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION.

WAYNE BODE, DOG BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST, COMFORTS A SENIOR GOLDEN RETRIEVER IN FRONT OF THE NEW DOG DENS AT THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION.

After opening one of the nation’s first doggie daycare concepts, two human kids, and eight rescue dogs later, Koch is humbled by the support and trust his team has received from Atlanta’s pet parent community. The company’s numerous Best of Atlanta awards from various publications are a testament to its standards of excellence.

Over the decades, Koch’s commitment to providing the best experience possible for dog and human clients alike has never waned. “Safety is always our first priority and is followed very closely by providing a fun, clean, and caring environment for our canine customers. Communicating clearly with our human customers is paramount as well. We strive to provide constant updates on your dog’s behavior and well-being. Total transparency is key,” says Koch.

The ever-growing popularity of WAG-A-LOT has led to the development of locations in Decatur and Downtown, and one that will soon open Nov. 1 on the Upper Westside. A seasoned staff will oversee this state-of-the-art facility, providing dog daycare, boarding, and grooming services along with carefully curated retail options. Expect quaint overnight boarding dens, two spacious indoor play areas with adjoining outdoor yards for pups to roam, webcams so fur moms and dads can check in on all of the fun, and more.

(L TO R): ARIANA GURROLA, DOWNTOWN MANAGER, AND STEPHANIE BODE, DECATUR MANAGER, FIND THE PERFECT TREAT FOR A PUP.

(L TO R): ARIANA GURROLA, DOWNTOWN MANAGER, AND STEPHANIE BODE, DECATUR MANAGER, FIND THE PERFECT TREAT FOR A PUP.

The Decatur and Downtown locations aren’t being left in the dust either and are both getting upgrades to the tune of $500,000. The stars of these renovations are the new overnight dog dens that will raise the bar in boarding accommodations. “We worked with Mason Company to custom design and build mini rooms for our guests that offer a heightened sense of privacy, safety, cleanliness and comfort,” says Koch. “Small touches, like a soft green plant by the room number of each den, remind our guests and staff that this is not a traditional kennel.”

The brand’s current staff boasts 259 collective years of experience. Each dog who visits one of WAG-A-LOT’s facilities benefits from consistent and loving care by this expert group. Jen Hunt began her career at WAG-A-LOT 13 years ago as a WAG specialist, and today, she is the general WAG manager for all locations.

“I am thrilled about our expansion. Soon, our stores will stretch across the middle of metro Atlanta, from the Westside to the Eastside of Interstate-285, allowing easy access to one of our three locations to virtually anyone in the city,” Hunt says. “They are all locally owned and will operate seamlessly as one, so you can use any of the location interchangeably,” Hunt says.

Fun for Fido and a favorite for you, it’s easy to see why WAG-A-LOT is an Intown hot spot. “The past 20 years have been a dream come true,” Koch says. “But even more importantly, we are stoked and ready to take on the next 20 years so another generation of dogs can realize their right to WAG-A-LOT!”

When Koch wants to do a little tail wagging of his own, he can be found unwinding with his four pups at Fetch Park & Ice House, working out with trainer Nicole Gourdet at
Urban Body Fitness, and satisfying his caffeine craving with an order of  The Captain at Cold Brew Bar.

wagalot.com, WAG-A-LOT has convenient locations in Decatur, Downtown, and now, the Upper Westside at 1919 Hills Ave. NW., Atlanta, 404-795-8346.

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