Spring Market at Thrifting Atlanta

Sunday, April 28th l Spring Market & Fashion Swap 

(Thrifting Atlanta Fashion Week 2019)

Founded by Keren Charles Duclosel, an award winning fashion blogger and thrift shopping expert, The Thrifting Atlanta Market has helped hundreds of women experience enhance their wardrobe, beauty regimen and healthy lifestyle. 



Saturday, May 4th l Taste of East Cobb

May 4th at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church from 11am-5pm.  Enjoy local restaurants, shopping, live jazz music, and kid’s activities including huge inflatables, sand art, and face painting.  Rain or shine. $1 to $5 per taste. www.tasteofeastcobb.com

Saturday, May 4th  l Taste of West Cobb

Taste of West Cobb is an annual event featuring dishes from some of the best restaurants in the area as well as musical entertainment by area schools. Proceeds benefit the Hillgrove High School Band. www.tasteofwestcobb.com

Sunday, April 28th l Taste of Marietta

One of the largest and tastiest events in Georgia takes place on the Historic Marietta Square from 11am-7pm. An impressive variety of restaurants, it has doubled in size over the past 10 years and consistently been named a top festival in Cobb County. www.tasteofmarietta.com

Bright, Hydrated, Bronzed Skin

By DINA CELENTANO | Decades of Beauty

Instagram @decadesbydina

Dina lives and works in Marietta as a professional make-up artist with 25+ years experience. Her work has been seen in Southern Bride, Black Bride and Munaluci.

I love to share tips on keeping your skin healthy. With so many outdoor events coming up in Marietta we need to protect our skin with sunscreen and get that healthy tan with some of the top rated self tanners.As the flowers begin to bloom with such beautiful color, we need to brighten our makeup look.  

Here are some of my favorite products for the season!  


Tan-Luxe The Butter Illuminating Tanning Butter $36 l  Sephora

This quick drying gradual tanner contains Cellutone Complex to firm skin and reduce appearance of cellulite. It is infused with raspberry seed oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera to keep skin ultra-soft and golden for a rich, super 

luxurious texture.


Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery Broad Spectrum SPF 50 $73 l  Sephora & Ulta

A daily SPF moisturizer that is loaded with antioxidants and helps reduce the look of fine 

lines and wrinkles. 


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF15 $47 l  

Sephora, Ulta and Belk Marietta

This liquid foundation is oil-free, long-wearing, liquid that delivers

buildable coverage and leaves a natural-looking, velvety-matte finish for up to 24 hours.  It is available in 45 shades.  Stop by Belk Marietta and receive a complimentary 10 day supply in your perfect shade.


Anastasia Powder Bronzer $28 l  Sephora & Ulta

Nars Bronzing Powder $40 l  

Sephora & Ulta

I am a huge fan of bronzers! This is a year round product, not just for summer.  Currently contouring is a big deal in makeup application.  Not everyone desires the “Kardashian” look.  I recommend using a bronzer to achieve a more natural sculpted look. To achieve a contouring effect, start by applying bronzer to the cheeks in a back and forth motion, swing the brush up to the forehead, down the nose and the remainder across the jawline. As you start to get darker you can add more to the jawline and neck.

Publisher's Letter - April/May 2019

Hi there!  Thank you for picking up a copy of the Spring issue. As the fields turn green and cherry blossoms bloom, I am reminded that spring is all about new beginnings.  There is new life all around us happening in Marietta, and we are excited to share it with you!  

While driving (or walking) to the newly opened Marietta Square Market, it’s impossible not to see how all the mixed-use development planning is revitalizing our city center. (p12) Living and working at or near home increases quality of life and decreases time in our cars. 

What about working with your spouse? We sought out local couples who are in business together (couple-preneurs) and met Callie and Tyler Cooke, a young couple inspired to open gym a short walk from the Square. The beautiful, new, brick building houses their calling: Crossfit 11:24 - discover the meaning behind their name inside. (p16) 

We next asked Lindsey and Matt, who own Ghost Tours of Marietta, to share about running a business together out of their home with small children. (p15) And our senior profile - Bob and Lynn Patton - successfully ran a Bed & Breakfast together for many years before retiring in Marietta to be closer to their grandchildren. (p24)

Warning: Reading this issue will make you hungry - it’s food festival season in Marietta! Taste of Marietta - one of Metro Atlanta’s favorite foodie events - will be pleasing local palates all weekend, April 27 - 28 on the Square. The following week, on May 4, we can enjoy Taste of East Cobb and Taste of West Cobb. We will be there and hope to see you, too! Happy Easter! Happy Mother’s Day! Congratulations graduates! 



Mother's Day Workshop

Thursday, May 9th 

JJ’s Flower Truck 

Mother’s Day Workshop

6:30pm - 8:30pm

JJ's Flower Truck is coming to the Avenue at East Cobb for a build-your-own-bouquet workshop for moms and daughters in honor of Mother’s Day. The truck will be stocked full of fresh flowers to select from and then build a beautiful bouquet. One hour, all supplies and a bit of instruction are included. Adult ticket $45, Child ticket (16U) $25. www.jjsflowertruck.com

Moms & Mutts

May 4th l | 11am - 2pm | Moms & Mutts

3894 Due West Rd/30064 | www.loveourpooch.com

Calling all #dogmom ‘s over to Love Our Pooch Pet Boutique & Cafe for a special Mother’s Day event. There will be a photographer on site taking photos of moms and their pets. Whether you’re in the mood for coffee, a beverage, sweets, or lunch this café has many options to satisfy you and your 4-legged best friend!

Marietta Community Egg Hunt

Friday, April 19 | Marietta Community Egg Hunt

at Marietta practice fields behind the school | 7pm - 9pm, free!

Plan to join us for the Inaugural Marietta Community Egg Hunt.  There will  be fun, food, games, music, activities, and of course, egg hunts for everyone.  Kids will marvel at the giant Superior Plumbing and Zaxby’s hot air balloons!!  The event will take place on the Marietta High School practice fields behind the school.   There will be more than 80,000 eggs and candy for the various hunts. The funds raised from the Egg Hunt go to support Marietta City Schools via the Marietta Business Association Education Programs. www.mariettaga.gov

Easter EggGLOW

Friday, April 12 | Easter EggGLOW

Franklin Gateway Sports Complex/30067, 6:30 to 9:30pm

Bring flashlights and baskets to this year’s glow in the dark egg hunt!  Marietta Parks, Recreation and Facilities invites all families to this FREE city event. Thousands of eggs for children to scramble and find just after the sun goes down. Easter Bunny | Inflatables | Concessions | Sports Showcase & Games | DJ Entertainment & More!!!  


Live Work Play Marietta

By Chris Norris
Harry Norman Commercial Division

Editor’s Note: When we launched Marietta Magazine key business owners reached out to share their love for Marietta with us. The team at Harry Norman - Cobb Marietta offered to write a column providing uplifting content each issue about Marietta life as loved by those who know best.

Revitalization of cities like Marietta through mixed-use, carefully planned development has enabled them to regain their independent city identities - no longer just a “suburb of Atlanta.”  

IN THE LAST ISSUE, WE FOCUSED ON the amazing recreational opportunities our community offers.  Now let’s talk about the meat and bones of life…the working and the living.  One of the hottest national real estate trends in the past 10 years has been mixed use development.  By definition, mixed use means that commercial real estate and residential real estate are placed in close proximity to each other.  Like most great ideas it is a copy of an older idea with some new lingo attached to it to make it sound fresh.

In the early 1920s Americans began to expand into the suburbs and flee city living.  For our region that meant Marietta ultimately went from a vacation destination to the suburbs and then it just kept growing on and beyond Marietta.  For example, in 1971 Perimeter Mall opened and by 1986 much of the Cobb retail relocated to the new Town Center Mall and there was no retail or much life at all left on the Marietta Square.

Since then there has been an amazing revitalization of the Marietta Square and other smaller cities around Atlanta.  Our cities have regained their identity and escaped the “suburbs of Atlanta” moniker.  The reason for that is that our great city and others like it in the area are live, work, play mixed use developments, just like the new developers try to create all over the metropolitan area.

One of the great things about Marietta is the fact that one can live and work within miles of each other and not waste time commuting long distances.  The primary appealing factor of mixed use is that you can live in one location and spend very little time getting to work.  Then you get home from work you can get your dry cleaning, eat dinner and get groceries without getting back out in traffic.

Marietta is again a thriving city with its own identity and there are many people who make that happen.  Some of the great small businesses that help make our city so special are run by your neighbors and you might not even know it.  When you start to think about your next opportunity to go out or patronize a business consider your neighbor as they really are close by.  They help make our city the great place it is to live and work.

If you need any help finding a house in the city call any of our professionals at Harry Norman, Realtors®. If you want to open a business in Marietta call me, Chris Norris, as I’m the head of the Harry Norman Commercial Division.  I live and work in Marietta too!

Local Business Giving Shout Out to Other Local Businesses

The good folks over at Harry Norman, Realtors - Cobb Marietta never make things “all about them” in this space. This issue, the real estate brokerage over on Whitlock Avenue has chosen to give a shout out to four other local business owners and find out what they love most about Marietta.  Read on!

Traton Homes | www.tratonhomes.com

Bill, Milburn, Clif, and Chris Poston own this local home building company. Bill, Clif and Chris all live less than 1 mile from their office on Kennesaw Avenue. You can frequently catch the Postons on the Marietta Square at Two Birds, Shillings, or Thaicoon. They are all excited about the new Marietta Market that is opening and live close enough to walk there.  What they like best about Marietta life is that in the vast suburbs of Cobb County Marietta has small town roots and you see your friends and neighbors in town. Editor’s note: A couple of their downtown Marietta projects include: The Registry at Marietta Square townhomes and North Square townhomes

Two Birds Taphouse | www.twobirdstaphouse.com

Jeff and Rachel Byrd, along with their son Dan, own this new Marietta staple.  They live in Keeler Woods and they drive 1.2 miles to work.  Jeff and Rachel moved here in 1987 and what they like best about Marietta is the support of their friends.  They say their business feels like an extension of their church family.  When the Byrds are not at their restaurant they like to frequent Kiosko, Spring, and Hoboken Café on Whitlock as well as the Marietta Theater Company. Editor’s note: They’ve got quite a following on Instagram so head over there to learn when one of their resident bands (Chip McGuire Band, The Hearsay, Battlefield Collective) are playing. We’ve heard Two Birds described as a “Modern Day Cheers.” 

King, Yaklin, & Wilkins LLP www.kingyaklin.com

Marietta native, Russ King is a partner at King, Yaklin, & Wilkins LLP.  Russ practices contract and family law and he has a 1.5 mile commute to the his office on the Marietta Square.  Russ went to Marietta High School as did both of his children and at least twice a week Russ can be found on the Square at Two Birds, McCrackens, or Stockyard.  What Russ likes best about Marietta is the mix of history with new on trend eateries. Editor’s note: We believe those who grew up in Marietta, went to Marietta schools, bought Marietta homes, raised their families and built businesses in Marietta are exactly the types of people we like to write about. 

Mayes Ward – Dobbins | www.mayeswarddobbins.com

James Southerland is a funeral director at Mayes Ward located just off the Marietta Square on Church Street.  He and his wife, Mary Ansley, live in Oakton and both work less than 5 minutes away from where they work.  Both James and Mary Ansley grew up in Marietta and went to MHS and both of their kids are MHS graduates as well.  Whether they are eating at Shillings or Thaicoon or seeing a movie or musical act at the Strand the Southerlands are frequently seen on the square.  They say the proximity of their house to where they work and recreate is the best thing about Marietta. Editor’s note: Here is another individual who has grown up in Marietta, raised his family here, and continues to live, work and play here even as his own children have grown. We visited their website and were greeted with, “Everyone’s life is unique, worth celebrating and honoring.” We couldn’t agree more.

Cover Story: Sweat Together, Stay Together

“Our mission at Crossfit 11:24 is to create a culture that sees every moment as an opportunity to serve, and to make sure each member feels as though he/she has everything they need to become successful in their fitness journey.”

IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG FOR traditional exercise to feel fruitless and repetitive. Without support or seeing results, it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re doing it in the first place. For different reasons than most gym owners in Marietta, those at CrossFit 11:24 trains all levels of athletes– from beginners to Olympians– to help them achieve their fitness goals in sustainable yet challenging ways. 

Callie and Tyler Cooke are natural-born entrepreneurs who opened their gorgeous 14,000 square-foot facility in 2018 after discovering a common passion (fitness), getting married and having a beautiful daughter, Cora. They are very involved in their church, which has been and continues to be one of the driving forces in their business. 

Their mission at CrossFit 11:24 is “create a culture that sees every moment as an opportunity to serve and to make sure each of [their] members feels as though he/she has everything they need to become successful in their fitness journey.” Callie has always had a “knack” for teaching, and it wasn’t long before she became a certified coach in 2017 after getting involved with CrossFit in 2016. Tyler has always had a passion for sports and fitness, and has been involved in CrossFit since 2013 and a certified coach since 2018.

In the fall of 2018, they spent months deciding on a name for their affiliate until one Sunday in church, they were struck by one Bible verse in particular – Proverbs 11:24 (MSG), which states, “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” Up to that point, Tyler and his father had owned a successful construction company together, which provided the means to open up a business of their own. With this unmistakable blessing from God, opening a CrossFit facility in His name felt like a calling. After planting their family roots in Marietta, planting a “second family” through this new endeavor required no deliberation. 

World-class coaches design programs to establish effective workout habits that match one’s physical limitations, but strive to exceed them. Whether you’re a beginner or an elite athlete, the programs at CrossFit 11:24 are tailored specifically to your needs. Programs can be modified to suit any fitness level and any age, scaled by load and intensity. “The needs of Olympic athletes and grandparents differ by degree, not kind.”

Don’t be mistaken – these classes are never “easy,” but always fun. The idea is to be challenged in a realistic and fruitful way. Members are embraced by a community of like-minded individuals with similar goals. Their programs aim “to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results.” At CrossFit 11:24, everyone knows each other’s names and there is a profound sense of camaraderie. Callie and Tyler believe everyone can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around them. 

Their training programs are one of the best ways to sweat while having a good time, infused with team spirit and motivation. Upon joining, you’ll be greeted by a coach, given a tour of the facility and have access to a heart-pumping workout session after your current fitness level is assessed. There are several class options to choose from, ranging from 5:30 AM to 7:15 PM. 

The fundamentals classes provide instruction on the basic movements of CrossFit to all new CrossFit participants. Two to three days per week is required for the Integrated On-Ramp training, which includes a private session with a movement assessment and a personalized checklist for the future. The Workouts of the Day (WODs) are adjusted to your checklist in order for you to successfully complete each movement and ultimately achieve your long-term fitness goals. CrossFit 11:24 also offers personal training sessions in which world-class coaches will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your fitness level, help you define your goals and design a program specific to your needs. 

After all, friends who sweat together, stay together. 


225 Crescent Circle, Marietta

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