April / May Calendar

Saturday, April 20th l Pop-In for Family Fun Crafts

The Marietta Museum of History - Pop-In event - 10:30am-3:30pm. Pop-In’s provide children and their families the opportunity to interact with the Museum through themed activities and crafts. $5 per person with a $20 family cap. www.mariettahistory.org

Thursday, April 25th l Singin’ in the Rain

The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin’ in the Rain. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. 


Friday, April 26th and May 31st l Glover Park Series

Marietta will again be “dancing in the street” during the Glover Park Concert Series, featuring local and regional acts on the last Friday, April thru Sept. Free. Tables for a fee. 


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

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

May 4th l 2nd Annual West Cobb Community Festival

Vendor Booths - Family Fun Zone - Inflatables and Carnival Games - Public Safety, Touch a Truck - Live Music - Entertainment - Food Trucks - Family Movie Night. www.facebook.com

Sat & Sun, May 4 - 5th | 10am - 5pm l May-Retta Daze 

Annual arts and crafts festival the first weekend in May featuring exhibitors and artists showcasing handmade goods including painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, glass, fabric, soap, candles, more. www.mariettaga.gov/1262/May-Retta-Daze

Sat, May 25th l Marietta Pops Orchestra Spring Concert

Join the Marietta Pops Orchestra (formerly Symphony on the Square) at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre for the Spring Concert. Get your tickets early as this will be a sell-out event. www.mariettapopsorchestra.org

Gourmet Living + First-Rate Fare - Sterling Estates

We just heard that Sterling Estates was awarded “Best Retirement Community” as well as “Best Assisted Living Community” by readers of MDJ and Cobb Life in the 2019-2020 ‘Best of Cobb’ recognitions. 

FINE DINING IS ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST PLEASURES, and as Steve Martin, the great comedian once said, “The older I get the more important every meal becomes.” The staff at each Sterling Estates community knows how important it is for them to serve great tasting meals, while at the same time provide a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere conducive to engaging conversations among fellow residents ensuring pleasurable dining experiences every day.

“It’s very rewarding for me to have the freedom to create interesting and inspiring dishes that also meet our residents’ nutritional and dietary needs,” Chef Ismael Gonzales (East Cobb) explained. We learned that the nutritional benefits he was talking about included increased mental acuity, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems.


The superior quality of the food was first known only to residents, their friends and families; but today most of us in the greater Marietta area and Cobb County are aware, as two of the last three years Sterling Estates has won first place in the esteemed “Taste of East Cobb” competitions, eclipsing many favorite, local restaurants.

When developing the award-winning communities, the local partners gave a lot of time and consideration to not only serving chef-driven, nutritional food, but also to deliberately creating a ‘dining experience’ for the residents. They envisioned friendly and relaxed dining areas arranged to encourage socializing among the residents. This included interior design and furnishings in the dining areas which would ensure residents could enjoy this “dining experience” everyday, with every meal - not just on special occasions and holidays.

Within the West Cobb community, residents may choose between the main dining rooms and The Sterling Grill, which is a 55-seat casual bistro featuring an open grill and meals cooked to order within view. This June, the community will open the doors to a new clubhouse, The Club, which will feature indoor and outdoor patio dining areas, as well as a full-service pub. 

For two of the last three years Sterling Estates of East Cobb has won first place in the esteemed “Taste of East Cobb” competition, eclipsing many local, favorite restaurants.

Holiday and seasonally themed dinners are lively and well-attended, Executive Director (East Cobb) Ann White said and smiled. “Our residents can ‘party with the best of them’. A community favorite dining and themed event is an annual fashion show involving local retailers. We also plan elegant tea parties for the women, steak nights for the men, as well as musical performances often during lunches and dinners.”

Both communities present “Chef Chat” each month, which provides an opportunity for residents to speak directly with the chefs and to communicate dining preferences. Chef Michael Payne (West Cobb) pointed out, “Before moving into the community, our residents had been accustomed to dining well, so “Chef Chat” is always an enlightening time for me because I learn what does and doesn’t taste good to them. Our mission includes satisfying their taste buds, so “Chef Chat” helps us fine-tune our dishes and continue to please our residents’ palates.”

It seems like the folks at Sterling Estates Senior Living Communities follow the mantra, “Great food is one of life’s greatest pleasures”.



Hospitality Comes Full Circle - Sterling Estates

Senior Profile: Bob & Lynn Patton

Bob and Lynn Patton traded life in a busy New York City suburb for what they describe as “paradise,” when they purchased Pine Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast, located on a century old 300-acre working farm and hillside in Historic Milford, Pennsylvania. The property included a farmhouse, carriage house, waterfall, old logging paths, breathtaking views of three states and the Delaware River Valley, and an expansive backdrop of the Kittatinny Mountains.

Lynn told us, “There’s something about running a B&B that calls for an extra level of care: the ability to really connect with your guests, patience to do things right the first time, making sure your guests’ needs are met, and being readily accessible to them. And, that’s what we did!”

There was a true sense of serenity on that farm for all who came to visit, and the Pattons made an extra special effort to please guests’ palates by preparing unique dishes with fresh, local ingredients. For example, their “Eggs McLynn” was made with brandied peaches from the property and homemade bread from the kitchen. Dining at Pine Hill Farm was as it should be: a shared, communal experience with meals served in a setting which encouraged socialization.

When grandchildren came along, Bob and Lynn decided it was time to move south to be closer to their family. Finding a new home to replace what they were leaving behind was a challenge; but they found it at Sterling Estates of West Cobb, discovering the same level of attention to detail and care they had always offered their own guests in Milford. Choosing an independent cottage has allowed them to stay active with their grandchildren, family and friends, without the responsibilities of home ownership and maintenance.

Lynn is especially impressed with the dining options and tells us, “While our cottage has a complete kitchen, we regularly dine at The Sterling Grill, a casual bistro on site with an open grill and meals cooked to order right in front of you. It’s like a country club or B&B dining experience.” In June, the new Sterling clubhouse, The Club, will open with indoor and outdoor patio dining.

Lynn sums things up saying, “Sterling is ‘home’ for us now, and our Sterling ‘innkeepers’ provide Bob and me the same gracious living and lifestyle we used to give our own guests in Milford, and we are so grateful. It is like ‘coming full circle.”

Today, Bob courageously battles Alzheimer’s with Lynn’s strong support. The Patton family is participating in Atlanta’s 2019 Walk To End Alzheimer’s this Fall to honor Bob. Sterling Estates is joining in with its own walking team, as well. To participate, call (770) 255-7000.

Cousins Maine Lobster Opens at Marietta Market


Maine Roll, 17.50

Maine lobster, served chilled, touch of mayo, 

New England style roll

Connecticut Roll, 17.50

Maine lobster, served warm with butter and lemon, 

New England style roll

Lobster Grilled Cheese, 15.50

Maine lobster, pepper jack & 

cheddar cheeses, Texas style toast

Lobster BLT, 16.50

Maine lobster, bacon, sliced tomato, mixed greens, 

herb spiced aioli, artisan bun

Maine Harvest Salad, 9.50

Mixed greens, white balsamic vinaigrette, hazelnuts, 

butternut squash, dried cranberries, avocado, 

crumbled goat cheese (+ lobster, 7.50)


Grilled Cheese, Cheese Quesadilla served with tots, 7.50

Maine “Red Snapper” Dog, served with tots, 5


Lobster Tail & Tots, 16.50

Maine’s ultimate luxury. 4 - 5 oz. lobster tail in shell, 

served with drawn butter and side of tater tots

Lobster Quesadilla, 16.50

Maine lobster, grated cheese, pico de gallo, 

cilantro lime sauce, flour tortilla 


Lobster Tacos (3), 16.50

Maine lobster, served with cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro lime sauce on flour tortillas (swap corn tortilla for GF)

Fish & Chips, 14.50

Lightly battered and friend haddock served with fries,  lemon and tartar sauce


New England Clam Chowder, 7.50/9.50 (GF)

Consists of hand-shucked Maine clams in a rich, roux-thickened fish stock, tempered light cream, rendered salt pork and sauteed onions, tender potatoes

Lobster Bisque, 7.50/9.50 (GF)

Maine lobster in a roux-thickened stock, complemented with Spanish sherry, light cream and a dash of white pepper.



Get your taste buds and dancing shoes ready for Taste of Marietta, one of the largest and most exciting food festivals in Georgia, as it celebrates its 26th year.

Marietta Magazine picks 3 restaurants not to miss at this year’s event!

3 to Taste: Sushiology, Hawg & Ale Smokehouse, Skewers on the Square

Hawg & Ale Smokehouse

25 Powder Springs St./30064  | (678) 780-4294 | www.hawgandale.com

M-Th. 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat. 11am-Midnight; Sun. 11am-10pm

Skewers On the Square

www.skewersonthesquare.com | (678) 909-2677

34 Powder Springs St. Marietta, GA 30064



1615 Ridenour Blvd., Kennesaw GA

Importance of Keeping Historic in Marietta

MARIETTA IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO work, and play. There are excellent restaurants, unique shops, great galleries and museums, and charming historic neighborhoods. More people are visiting and moving to Marietta every day. They are drawn to the things that make Marietta truly unique, and whether people realize it or not, one of the biggest draws is Marietta’s historic buildings. The paradox is that the more popular Marietta becomes, the more our historic buildings are threatened by redevelopment.

Marietta has recently seen the loss of several beloved landmarks, most noticeably the Fowler House and an original Brumby Chair Company cottage, both located on Church Street. As construction of new homes, offices, restaurants, and retail space increases, so does the threat of demolition for historic buildings. So, how do we encourage growth while preserving what makes us unique?

In recent years, Marietta’s Historic Preservation Commission has worked tirelessly to establish local historic districts throughout Marietta’s residential neighborhoods. The districts help define Marietta’s historic neighborhoods and identify “contributing” or “historic” structures located in those neighborhoods. Those properties are then protected by regulations similar to covenants used in modern residential developments. The regulations help to maintain the historic look and feel of the structures, and help safeguard the buildings from demolition.

Downtown, historic preservation can be a great way to encourage developers and businesses to find creative ways to reuse old buildings. For example, Glover Park Brewery recently opened just off of the Marietta Square on Atlanta Street. Rather than construct a new building, they chose to rehabilitate a derelict 1930s Sears, Roebuck and Company building, which had been significantly altered through the years and was at one point gutted by a fire. They restored the period brick facade and added historic character back to the interior spaces by using reclaimed materials and fixtures.

Marietta is a wonderful community, and I have no doubt it will attract new residents and businesses in the future. We just need to remember that our historic buildings deserve to be preserved for those future generations to enjoy.

Image: Marietta's 1920s Fowler House was demolished on March 15, 2019.

Hawg & Ale Smokehouse

Stop by Hawg & Ale Smokehouse at Taste of Marietta! Below is a snapshot of their menu to get your mouth watering ahead of time!


Pork Rinds & Queso

Freshly fried and served with our house 

cheese sauce, BBQ Nachos

Waffle fries topped with pulled pork, shredded 

cheese and house BBQ sauce

1 pound of Wings

A pound of our hickory smoked wings served plain, 

dry rubbed or tossed in our house BBQ sauce, 

served with a side of Dawg Sauce.


Brisket Patty Melt

Chopped, smoked brisket, grilled onions, cheddar 

& provolone cheeses, house sauce, grilled Texas toast.

Un-porked Sandwich, (vegetarian)

Smoked zucchini, squash and portobello mushroom 

topped with house sauce, arugula, chipotle mayo 

and served on a Brioche bun

Square Sandwich

Chopped, smoked brisket, bacon, grilled onions, 

cheese sauce and served on Texas toast


If you can’t decide on just one meat, then the 

Combo Plate or Heap of Meat plate is for you. 

Combo Plate

Pick 2: pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, turkey

Heap of Meat

Pick 3: pork chicken, brisket, 1/4 rack of ribs, turkey


Smoked St. Louis ribs are served 

with a choice of 2 small regular sides

Full Rack

Half Rack

Quarter Rack


Hot Mess

Homemade mac & cheese topped with smoked pulled 

pork and house sauce. Served with Texas toast. 

 - displaying a very small sample of the full menu

Skewers on the Square

Stop by Skewers on the Square at Taste of Marietta! Here is a sample of their menu!


Pomegranate Mimosas

- served Sundays, 11am to 3pm.

Mediterranean Breakfast

Fried Halloumi cheese, bacon, zucchini scrambled eggs, grilled pita, and Greek yogurt parfait.

American Breakfast

Cheddar scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, buttermilk biscuits or pancakes. 

Beduin Breakfast

Hummus with beef and pine nuts, eggs with fresh tomatoes, kefir cheese in house infused olive oil, served with fresh baked toasted pita.


Cheeseburger on a Skewer

Fried Chicken Tenders Skewer


Grilled Ribeye Skewers

Served with asparagus, fries, and a side salad

Bulgogi Marinated Korean Steak

Served with rice, romaine, Kimchi, and garlic cloves

peanut coconut Thai shrimp or chicken skewers and

served w/rice, asparagus, curried cabbage, mango slices

Mesquite Smoked Pork Skewers

Served with fries and side of mac & cheese

Tandoori Grill Minced Lamb Skewers

Served with Basmati rice and curried cabbage

Indian Chicken Skewers

Served with Basmati rice and Tzatziki sauce

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Garlic Sauce

Served with Lebanese thin bread with hummus and fries

Bon Fillet Fajita Steak Skewers

Served w/avocado, red pepper, green pepper, rice, tortillas

Remodeling Expectations One Kitchen at a Time

Remodeling Expectations One Kitchen at a Time


Kitchen Tune-Up


THE KITCHEN IS THE HEART OF THE HOME, a place where families and friends engage in quality time and good meals. It is a gathering space that should bring joy, encourage conversation and capture the essence of a household. Refreshing your kitchen’s look (and function) is one of the best investments you can make, and the process doesn’t have to be expensive, lengthy or disruptive.

Owners, Kitchen Tune-Up (East Cobb + Roswell) JON & JACK SPICER

Owners, Kitchen Tune-Up (East Cobb + Roswell)

In Fall of last year, father-son team Jack and Jon Spicer embarked on a project to co-own a business together and they ultimately decided on Kitchen Tune-Up, a franchise with more than three decades in the industry and 170 franchisees, or “Tunies,” as they call each other.

Jack and Jon, referring to themselves with a laugh as “Baby Tunies,” opened their independent franchise in February 2019 and were initially attracted to the profound sense of community and professionalism at the Kitchen Tune-Up home office. “They are very strong, supportive and knowledgeable of the industry,” said Jack. “Even though it’s a big operation, they make it feel like family.”

2019 1 Ceranec Refacing BW windom snow white and fog Kinney before.jpg


dark wood, cabinets, dark counters, outdated knobs and pulls, outdated light fixtures, painted backsplash

After training in Aberdeen, South Dakota, this father and son brought expertise to their own southern territory, Roswell and East Cobb. As a former physician, Jack applies his customer service skills, and has always been keen on do-it-yourself projects and remodeling. In his recent home improvement repertoire, he has finished three basements, independently and up to code, including all of the electrical, plumbing and tiling. His son, Jon, is a teacher by trade who found solidarity in his father’s passion for remodeling. In business, their strengths complement each other well. Jack is skilled at marketing, sales and client relationships, whereas Jon has a management background and is adaptable to any situations that may arise. Jack is also grateful for Jon’s “millennial expertise” when it comes to social media and current design trends.

after 2019 1 Ceranec Refacing BW windom snow white and fog Kinney after1.jpg


BRIGHT!!! white cabinets, quartz counters, new drawer knobs/pulls, modern backsplash and light fixtures

The Kitchen Tune-Up slogan is,

“Remodeling your expectations.”

The franchise distinguishes themselves with trust points like customer service, timeliness, respect for client homes, and open communication. They offer several options for revamping a tired or outdated kitchen, including – in ascending budget order – the standard “Tune-Up,” cabinet painting, replacing doors, refacing and completely replacing the cabinets. Refacing is their “claim to fame,” which is cost-effective and involves new drawers and door fronts, matching veneers to existing cabinets and all of it carries a “brand-new” look. Two criteria must be met in order to reface – you must be satisfied with your current layout, and the existing cabinet boxes must be sturdy and in good shape.

Each new cabinet employs soft-close technology and comes with many design options and accessories including knobs, pulls, Lazy Susans and roll-out trays. White cabinetry is the easiest to update and is a popular choice, according to Jack. Despite the name, Kitchen Tune-Up also applies their core tenets to bathroom remodeling. Most incredible is their ability to complete a standard-size project in no time – between three and five days!

Mayor's Minute

CityCouncil-067- SteveTumlin-Edit.jpg

AS SUMMER BEGINS TO DRAW to an end, things are really starting to heat up. As we enter into September, our festival season really starts to ignite the Marietta Square. The City and the Marietta Museum of History will host the 27th Annual Streetfest on the Marietta Square from September 15-16th followed by the City and the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art’s Annual Chalktoberfest from October 13-14th.

Additionally, on Thursday, August 31, we held a ribbon cutting for the most recent park facility, the Elizabeth Porter Park, which features a state-of-the-art playground and splashpad. The park's location is a site of local historical significance. During the era of segregation, African-American residents started a campaign that successfully fundraised, constructed, and operated the Cobb County Cooperative Negro Hospital with the support of the City of Marietta and the city's white residents. After the opening of Kennestone Hospital in 1950, the Cooperative Hospital closed, and the building was repurposed as a recreation center. The building remained in use for citywide residents until 2015. 

While the building was demolished, the Marietta City Council chose to reflect this history via the use of public art within the new park. Visit us today to enjoy the both the park and the true history behind the neighborhood.

Finally, we look forward to the opening of the Marietta Square Market this fall. And remember there is always free parking at the City Hall parking deck and the Marietta Housing Authority for our Square visitors beginning Thursdays at 5pm and lasting through the weekend!

Mayor Steve Tumlin

Publisher's Post - Premier issue!



This is intended to be a statement - the confident answer to the question, “Where are you from?” or “Where do you live?”  Marietta.

Hi!  I love harvest time, don’t you?  We’ve been working all summer to get this premier issue to press, and we are so excited to get to share it with everyone!  My name is Nicole Shea, and I live in this wonderful city of Marietta, also once referred to as “The Gem City,” with my husband and two kids.  I am new to the magazine business, but have a heart for getting to know the stories behind the fabulousness of this town.  

Who are we?  What is our vision for this new publication?  We are a group of local writers, graphic designers, photographers, foodies and Marietta-lovers who are on a mission to help small communities thrive.  To stay true to our name, we have a few rules - boundaries:

1.  We will only write about Marietta people, places and things.  If it doesn’t have a Marietta address, it won’t really fit our mission of being a local lifestyle magazine just for Marietta.

2.  We aren’t concerned with incorporated or unincorporated boundary lines or outdated ways of differentiating between north, south, east, and west Cobb - if you have a Marietta address then we think you’ll connect with our magazine.

3.  We’re not a newspaper, and we won’t try to be because we wouldn’t be very good at it.  We will focus on sharing the greatest local stories about festivals, philanthropy, local entrepreneurs, the arts and theatre, our history, new developments and everybody’s favorite:  food and drink.

Our promise to you...to be interesting, creative and optimistic.  We hope you enjoy reading all about Marietta and what makes it such a GEM!

The November/December issue will be packed with our local holiday favorites, so be sure to subscribe TODAY!  


Nicole Shea