Category: People & Places

We Love BuHi founder steps down, will take ARC job

Marian Liou, the Brookhaven resident who turned her socially conscious Instagram account about Buford Highway into the influential nonprofit We Love BuHi, is resigning as the organization’s executive director to take a new job. She will start June 10 as a program analyst at the Atlanta Regional Commission, leaving behind four years of work on a nonprofit that came to spotlight Buford Highway’s famously diverse culture on the brink of gentrification. “I never would have left if there wasn’t a perfect opportunity for me,” said Liou in a phone interview. The growth of We Love BuHi from a personal...

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Buckhead Coalition names nine new members

The Buckhead Coalition, an invitation-only group of 100 business and civic leaders, has announced nine new members for 2019. They include: Lauren Ball, vice president at SITE Centers Corp. Mark Buffington, CEO of BIP Capital David Dial, managing partner at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Mike Fierman, managing partner and co-CEO at Angel Oak Companies Jeff George, vice president at Gilbane Building Company Heidi LaMarca, president and CEO of Windham Brannon Forrest McClain, managing director at Reicon Capital Jim Simpson, regional president of Kaiser Permanente Georgia Jeffrey Sloan, CEO of Global Payments Julie Bailey is serving as an...

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Buckhead’s Onward Reserve shows how brick-and-mortar retail still works

They say it’s a tough time for brick-and-mortar retail, and a trip through Buckhead shows some of the proof, as the old Belk department store at Phipps Plaza comes down brick by mortared brick for an office-and-hotel makeover. But keep on traveling through Buckhead Village and you’ll find a locally based men’s apparel retailer that’s beating the odds. Onward Reserve, headquartered above its shop at 3072 Early St., has blossomed into an 11-stores-and-growing Southeast chain that just bought a new HQ on a future Buckhead segment of the Atlanta BeltLine. Owner and founder T.J. Callaway, who also lives in...

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The local couple who brings MomoCon’s world of anime, gaming and more to town

She originally had planned to become a neurosurgeon. He studied computer science, but had designs on being a video-game developer. What Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey had in common, though, was their affinity for anime, the Japanese style of animation that caught fire in the U.S. in the 1990s. Fifteen years ago, they were members of Anime O-Tekku, the anime club at Georgia Tech — “a bunch of nerds,” Merriman says — with whom they happily claimed affiliation. Out of that club of a few dozen enthusiasts came a convention, MomoCon, in 2005. The event now brings more than...

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Around Town: A local historian uses new tech to make ancient connections

John Beach clicked a few keys and one of several computer screens on the desk in the library of his Paces Ferry home displayed a map covered with scribbled words highlighted in magenta. The scrawl covered the screen like graffiti on a city wall. The brightly colored words marked locations where nearly two centuries ago surveyors had spotted significant trees when laying out land lots in Buckhead. Beach’s computer laid the locations of the trees over a modern map of the area. As the 64-year-old Beach sees it, this combination of old and new maps can be the start...

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Memorial fund, bell-ringing tradition to honor Sandy Springs Farmers Market co-founder

A memorial fund has been established for Jeffrey Langfelder, the late co-founder of the Sandy Springs Farmer Market. And each market will now be opened in a new tradition of ringing a bell made in memory of Langfelder, who died in 2017. The Jeffrey Langfelder Sandy Springs Farmers Market Memorial Fund will be used to support vendors and programming at the market. The fund will be administered by Heritage Sandy Springs, City Councilmember and festival co-founder Andy Bauman said in an email to residents and friends. In 2010, Langfelder and Bauman created the farmers market at what is now...

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Exceptional Educator: Ann Culbreath, Austin Elementary’s award-winning principal

Ann Culbreath, the principal of Dunwoody’s Austin Elementary School, was chosen by Auburn University College of Education as its 2019 Outstanding Educator, an award given to alumni. “I was elated and honored but felt it was surreal,” Culbreath said of winning the award. “It is so humbling to have been selected by my alma mater by other educators in the field.” The school community celebrated by declaring April 10 as Austin “War” Eagles Day. The award adds to a list of recent awards for Austin Elementary and its leadership, including the public school’s recognition as a National Blue Ribbon...

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Standout Students: Riley and Jack Buehner of Riverwood International Charter School

Riley and Jack Buehner, two Riverwood International Charter School students, spent their winter break hand delivering 11 suitcases of shoes to children in Uganda. The trip to the African nation was part of a school project and a Boy Scout program meant to form connections with fellow Scouts on the other side of the world. Riley collected over 450 pairs of shoes with the help of his Scout troop and his brother Jack to fulfill Riverwood’s “Middle Years Programme,” which is required for the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The shoes were delivered to Uganda as part of the Boy Scout...

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Arts Q&A: A Sandy Springs magician talks about his mysterious trade

You would think that a magician who authored a children’s book has always been at ease performing tricks for kids. Not necessarily. “When I first started out, I did a children’s show at an open house for a daycare,” says Sandy Springs magician Clarence H. Pearsall III, whose stage name is C Magic. (For more information, see cmagichappen.com.) “It unnerved me and had me sweating profusely. From that point on, I had to really hone my craft and be aware of my audience. Now children’s shows are among the best shows I do.” Pearsall, 54, a retired firefighter who...

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Around Town: Land and water shaped a local nature-protector

Sandy Springs naturalist Alan Toney admits to a fondness for box turtles. “They’re just pretty cool little animals,” he said. “They just don’t handle cars or lawn mowers very well.” His affection for the reptiles started when he was about 12. This was back during the 1950s, in the days Lake Lanier was just filling up. His dad liked to take the family boating there. As the younger Toney watched Lanier’s water rise over time, he was startled by what he saw. “I realized things were drowning,” he said. “Things like box turtles. We rescued 169 box turtles, my...

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A Buckhead mystery inspires top novelist: Q&A with Mary Kay Andrews

Just in time for beach reading, New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews will be talking about her new book “Sunset Beach” at a launch party at the Atlanta History Center May 5. The book, which goes on sale May 7, was inspired by one of Buckhead’s unsolved mysteries – the 1965 disappearance of a woman from the parking lot of Lenox Square mall. Mary Kay Andrews – the pen name of Kathy Hogan Trochek — marks her 27th mystery novel with “Sunset Beach.” The successful novelist, who divides her time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, worked 14...

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Gun said to have killed Buckhead’s namesake deer is discovered, on limited display

The gun reputedly used to kill Buckhead’s namesake deer in 1838 has been located by the Buckhead Heritage Society and will be on view during its April 28 “Mansions, Gardens and Ghosts” tour. The discovery of the antique long gun comes as part of the Heritage Society’s ongoing investigation into the origins of the neighborhood’s uncommon name, which has been tweaked by research in recent years. The name is said to have originated in the public display of the head of a buck outside a general store run by Henry Irby at the intersection of today’s Peachtree, Roswell and...

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