Welcome to the nest: Dee

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Could your face use a little freshening for fall? Meet our newest nester and glowing skin guru, Amy “Dee” Stufflebeam.

An Atlanta native, Dee began studying esthetics with the goal of becoming a make-up artist but found that helping to heal problem skin called to her. Dee comes to us most recently from Village Health Spa. Her specialty is blending natural remedies with modern skin care to find solutions for every skin type. Her favorite part of this work? The relationships she builds with her clients.

When she’s not polishing skin to perfection, you can find her kickboxing, writing or working on her show, Bleux Stockings Society, a monthly live lit event.

You can book online with Dee here.

upcoming changes to our facial and massage services

Hello, Aviary clients. For the first time in six years, we are initiating a price increase for facial and massage services. Effective November 1, these services will increase by $5. We adore our community and the support of our loyal and longtime clients and want to continue offering some of the best massage work and skin care in the Atlanta area. Our increase helps us to invest back into our craft by supporting our continuing education.Book your next appointment to get in before the busy holiday season. Warmly,

Amy Leavell Bransford with Kelly Painter, Christine Legnon and Alexis Shanks.

cocktails for community: an evening benefiting cfm's double snap program

Cocktails, canapes and community. What could be better? Answer: it all benefitting CFM’s Double SNAP, education and outreach efforts. Hosted by Rebecca and Ross Williams of Many Fold Farm and Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey of Love is Love Farm, Cocktails for Community is an evening jampacked with a few of our favorite things, and it all happens this Saturday, August 22nd. First, seven of Atlanta’s best bartenders, including Kellie Thorn of Empire State South and Kimball House’s Miles Macquarrie, will be slinging craft cocktails featuring innovative seasonal flavors. But what would a cocktail party be without hors d'oeuvres? That, of course, is where Atlanta chefs like Eat Me Speak Me’s Jarrett Stieber and Allen Suh, formerly of Gato Arigato and Jook #0 come in. Cheese selections and pairings will also be available from Many Fold Farm and Preserving Place.

The best part of the evening, though, is what it’s all for—our community. CFM’s Double SNAP program doubles the value of SNAP dollars at our farmers markets, making healthy food much more accessible to those who need it. Check out the complete listing of participating bartenders below, and we hope to see you at Gaia Gardens this Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are available here.

The line up:

Greg Best Paul Calvert David Durnell, Bocado Bar Miles Macquarrie, Kimball House Shanna Mayo, Victory Brands Julian Goglia, The Pinewood Tippling Room Kellie Thorn, Empire State South

welcome to the nest: massage therapist alexis shanks

Alexis Shanks brings a lifetime of experience to Aviary. “My mother was a hospice nurse, and, as a young girl, I would go with her to patients’ homes and gently rub their feet and hands. In my family, I obtained the name ‘magic fingers.’ That nickname gave me the confidence and validation that I have the gift of loving intent and touch.” But this anecdote is only one of the things that sets Aviary’s newest massage therapist apart from the crowd. For the last 10 years, Alexis’ family has run The Stillpoint Center in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Here, she learned of everything from homeopathic remedies to different modalities of massage. To further this knowledge, Alexis enrolled in The Academy Of Somatic Healing Arts (ASHA) in 2009, becoming certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Therapeutic deep tissue and Swedish massage.

Her mission is to create collaborative relationships with her clients for the pursuit of optimal holistic wellness. She brings this, alongside 6 years of massaging privately, to Aviary, and we are thrilled to have her on the team!

Alexis will be working Monday, Friday and Sunday. Christine Legnon will continue to be available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. To welcome and learn more about Alexis, as well as enjoy $10 off by booking your first appointment online, click here.

we flock to: the farmer fund launch party

At Aviary, we love few things more than our community. And our community is founded upon relationships with local and global farmers—they help us plant the seeds for your renewal by growing the bounty used in all of our products. So we were excited to learn about The Farmer Fund Launch Party, taking place this coming Monday, August 10. The Farmer Fund is a new nonprofit working to serve the Metro Atlanta farmers who feed our families. By focusing on serving farmers in the face of natural disaster, they keep farmers farming and our tables (and stomachs) full. So, in celebration of that, they’re kicking off in the only way they know how—food, community and fun. Lots of it.

The night will include everything from beer and food from local breweries and restaurants to an apron fashion show, live auction and live music from Athens-based band The Darnell Boys. All is included in the price of a ticket, as well as benefits The Farmer Fund, so head here to snag one for yourself. We hope to see you there!

happy mother's day from aviary

If there’s one thing we should celebrate, it’s mom. First, you wouldn’t be here without her (literally). Secondly, well, there’s just too many to count. From feeding you to loving you, she’s always been there, and that’s a reason to stop and take a moment. This year, we’re thinking of giving back to mom in the form of a little rest and relaxation. Whether it’s gifting a haircut to the woman who probably gave you your first (bowl shape not included), or a few minutes of solitude via a facial or massage, at Aviary, we have gift cards available for it all. Because, think about it, if anyone deserves a treat, it’s her.

Mothers, of course, take all different forms, too—from grandmas to role models to mother earth herself. So, whatever mom means to you, mark off Sunday, May 10 for her. We have. In the words of Mr. T, “She's a queen. Second to none. Take care of Mother. You only get one.”

let's flock to root city market

Spring has sprung in Atlanta, and it’s brought sunny Beltline walks, floral friends and a charming coat of yellow pollen along with it. But something else is popping up this week, and that’s Root City Market. A quarterly pop-up makers market founded in 2013, Root City will open its doors at our neighbor StoveWorks this Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 4pm.

Featuring 40+ vendors ranging from apparel and accessories to bath products and art, Root City is showcasing our buds The Bitter Southerner, Xocolatl, Modern Giant and Plywood Made, among so many others. But Root City doesn’t stop there. In addition to the vendors, graphic designer and community virtuoso Sarah Lawrence will present interactive installations celebrating our community like a giant coloring book titled “Exquisite City,” local recording studio The Cottage will provide some tunes in the form of singer-songwriter Sydney Eloise and, of course, Earth Day-inspired activities will be available for the kiddos.

A family affair and community celebration, Root City is bringing it all to the table this year, and we can’t wait. Check out specifics (including information on the $500 Makers Giveaway) here, and be sure to say hello. We’ll be walking around, taking it all in and eating goodies from local favorites including Doggy Dogg, Homespun and Wanderlust. Did we mention it’s free? See you there!

All photographs by Jess Smith, courtesy of Root City Market

feathered faves: kelly painter

You know how we feel about Intraceuticals (best thing ever.) When we first introduced the line at Aviary, we were smitten with both the in-spa benefits including the infamous oxygen facial, as well as the accompanying products. Intraceuticals’ magic spreads far beyond the treatment room, and that’s especially great for summer. Whether it’s a spring break getaway or a bachelorette weekend, we’re sure you have a vacation or two on the horizon. But, since a wild weekend or busy trip can wreak havoc on the skin, it’s important to take care of yourself on the road. That’s where Intraceuticals comes in. In our first installment of staff picks, we asked esthetician Kelly Painter her go-to product, and nod in agreement when she chose the essentials travel kit from Intraceuticals.

The travel kit has Intraceuticals’ philosophy on lockdown: revive, replenish, repeat. First, Rejuvenate Daily Serum sets deep hydration in motion, protecting you from dry vacation heat, as well as creating a canvas for later makeup application. The second product, Rejuvenate Hydration Gel, keeps the hydration going, and works with the Daily Serum to reduce signs of aging. And, the last goodie in the kit is Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream, which protects against free radicals (from here, to California to France), nourishes the skin and defends it throughout the day.

So, in celebration of upcoming vacations and healthy skin everywhere, Kelly is offering a facial deal alongside her pick. Mention this post to receive 10% off a facial with Kelly, or 20% for her first time clients. It’s just another way to say we appreciate you!

Treat Your Lovebird This Valentine's Day with Our Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and so are all the things that come along with it. You know what we mean—everywhere from the local market to Lenox Mall is drenched in goodies for your sweetheart. But more and more, Valentine’s Day is moving away from the traditional and towards something a little more meaningful. Don’t get us wrong, we’re still talking indulgence, just not in a trying every chocolate in the box kind of way. Yep, this year our gift guide includes things to make your other half feel good—from our favorite at home treatment kit to any of our services or products:

1. Bkr Bottles - Bkr claims that their water bottle will “change the way you drink water forever,” and the funny thing is—it will. The little glass bottle was born out of a desire to get away from cheap, wasteful water bottles, instead drinking from something clean, reusable and stylish. Bkr isn’t only a bottle, though. It embodies a lifestyle, one that thrives on cool minimalism and all things pretty. A beauty essential, it’s perfect gift for the uber stylish, yoga pro, or, you know, anyone who drinks water. And with many Bkr bottles boasting a heart design, it’ll add a little oomph to your Valentine’s Day.

Photo via Bkr

2. Intraceuticals Essentials Kit - From our favorite “no-tox botox” Rejuvenate range, the Intraceuticals Essentials Kit is the epitome of the line’s mantra: revive, replenish, repeat. First, the Rejuvenate Daily Serum deeply hydrates, instantly improving skin’s texture and creating the ideal canvas for later makeup application. Next is the Rejuvenate Hydration Gel, which further hydrates, working in tandem with the Daily Serum to visibly reduce signs of aging. Lastly is Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream. It protects against free radicals, continues to nourish and enrich the skin, as well as defends it throughout the day. All a lesson in Hyaluronic Layering, the Essentials Kit is a gift we’d love to give ourselves, so it’s perfect for your sweetheart.

Photo via Intraceuticals

3. Aviary Gift Card - When you think about it, it’s really the perfect gift—especially when a little pampering is involved. Whether you end up treating your other half or your bff to one of our services including a facial, haircut or massage, or any of our products (dreamy day creams from Dr. Hauschka or soothing serums from Sircuit, anyone?), it’s sure to make them smile.

Photo via Aviary

So whether you’re looking for a loved one or you just want to treat yourself this year, we have you covered.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

into the bottle: calendula

Between Labor Day, Dragon Con, the 9th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival and the BeltLine Lantern Parade, the past two weekends in Atlanta have been busy ones. And while we don’t wish for a shortage of fun and games, we can’t help but feel in need of a little rest and relaxation for the week ahead – especially for our skin. That’s where Calendula comes in. A soothing herb extracted from the Marigold plant, the scientifically named Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract is calming to tired, worn out skin. And, well, after all that Dragon Con makeup, it seems like exactly what we need.

The trick is that it boasts goodies such as carotenes, flavonoids, tannins and essential oils. The healing astringent has even been thought of as a remedy for centuries.

But the real key to getting your skin ready for the next festivities is that Calendula is regenerative. It’s not hard to get your hands on either. A lot of our favorite healing products use it.

For example, Sircuit’sI. Cee U.+ is a firming, anti-aging eye gel (ahem, one of our faves) that boasts Calendula as a main ingredient. Dr. Hauska'sEye Balm also uses the herb, meaning it’s the perfect ingredient to zap those pesky undereye bags. Sircuit’s Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask also uses it, and is awesome for skin prone to blemishes.

Sounds like this week’s skinsaver to us!

wonder city, wonderfarm

Prepare to engage all five senses this coming Saturday at the first-ever Wonderfarm. A celebration of our unique community, Wonderfarm will combine farm food and local art to benefit two special Atlanta nonprofits – Community Farmers Markets and WonderRoot. The evening will include a seated dinner curated by Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and feature more than 10 of Atlanta's most crave-worthy chefs. Interactive performances, demonstrations and installations organized by WonderRoot will also be in progress.

It is Community Farmers Markets’ mission to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. WonderRoot also believes in inspiring positive social change through uniting artists and community.

In addition to a delicious dinner and equally enticing art, Wonderfarm will include a cocktail reception and silent auction from your favorite local businesses. And did we mention that this is the first time that the new Krog Street Market opens its doors to the public?

Head over here for ticket information and how to get involved. This is an Atlanta evening not to miss.

our feathered friends: dana hazels seith goes behind the scenes at the clermont lounge

Ah, The Clermont Lounge. We all know it, love it or are at least curious about it. After all, it's an Atlanta landmark. Unchanged since it opened its doors in 1965, The Clermont has attracted visitors both near and far as well as has given them all stories to take home. What they haven't been able to take home, though, is photos. The venue has held a strict "no cameras" policy – until now. Our friend and writer Dana Hazels Seith along with photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood were given an all-access pass to document the legendary Atlanta dive, creating the artfully produced, conversation starting coffee table book No Cameras: The Clermont Lounge (available here). Here's a little peak at Dana's experience: So owners Tracey Brown and Kathi Martin commissioned you with this idea? Will you tell us a little about your reaction to such an interesting project? Had you known them previously?

I heard they were looking for someone to document their story (visually and with text). I was overwhelmed at first, both with the subject and just agreeing to such a tremendous task of spearheading: Finding a publisher, conducting interviews, researching, writing. I never met either Kathi or Tracey (or been inside the Clermont Lounge) prior to my role in the project. They are both amazing women and I’m proud to call them friends.

This was a collaborative effort as you worked alongside photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood. Have you working collaboratively before during your career as a writer? What was your experience?

I have worked collaboratively before, but never to this degree. Going from concept to book form is a massive undertaking and I’m grateful I was naive enough to go for it with all I had, but writing is just one component of what made this project. Photography from Artem and design from Ryan (both whom PC Press, my publisher, provided) completed the bigger picture, so to speak.

It must have been quite the adventure having an "all-access pass" to such a landmark/slice of history. Do you have any interesting stories you could share?

It was an adventure. So many memories and stories – too many to count, actually – some funny, some sad, some disappointing, some hilarious. It was a wild ride and one I’m very grateful for.

They say you'll never forget a night at the Clermont Lounge. Name one thing you'll never forget about the experience.

It’s not really one night, per se, but I’ll never forget the ladies who work there. They make the Clermont the Clermont and honestly, no amount of words or photographs in a book could fully do what they do justice.

My advice: Go. Tip generously. And have a night you’ll always remember.

What's next for you?

Like most working mothers, perfecting the art of doing what I love while trying to spend quality time with my family is top priority. I’ll always write in some capacity and continue to run my communications firm, danapop. But now that this project is done and there’s a tangible book, I think I can finally exhale a bit.

And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

Ooh – this is tough, but I’d say an Osprey. They are birds of prey (often called sea hawks), ocean-dwellers favoring the coast, have a keen sense of vision, and an interesting ability to change their wing joints to adapt their surroundings (thanks, Wikipedia!).

I’d like to think I’m most of those things: smart, able to be flexible when needed, a strong sense of direction and internal compass, and someone drawn to the sea.

here's to the new year

As we bid farewell to 2013, we wanted to thank you for inspiring, supporting and encouraging us daily this past year. We look forward to 2014 being full of that same love and growth. Here's to you this new year! Love,

Your friends at Aviary

give thanks for great skin (our new favorite treatment)

We’re so excited to introduce you to Intraceuticals, our new line and oxygen facial. Often referred to as a “magic beauty machine”, the Intraceuticals oxygen machine and serums encourage natural, hydrated and luminous skin. Ready? The Aussie brand was pulled out from down under by Madonna’s go-to makeup artist Gina Brooke, so it’s no surprise that it’s a Hollywood favorite (and best kept secret - until now). Celebrities such as Molly Sims, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe claim they can’t live without it. Not to mention Justin Timberlake’s honest testimonial, “It makes my skin look dope”. We’re just glad it’s not so under the radar anymore.

Why is the treatment just so coveted, though? Intraceuticals provides a new kind of oxygen treatment. First off, a techy machine uses oxygen under pressure to deliver a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants into the skin, resulting in instant hydration, volume, firmness and a noticeable lift. Relaxing and beneficial even solo, the treatment is followed by the homecare application of the brand's three-step hyaluronic moisturizing system – revive, replenish, and protect. In the session, the products are layered to provide perfect hydrodynamics, resulting in deep and ongoing delivery of hydration as well as those ingredient perks.

We’re also offering rejuvenate with atoxelene or “no-tox botox”, so go ahead and get a jump on saying goodbye to those fine lines and wrinkles. Atoxelene uses a natural amino peptide to reduce wrinkle depth without the need for injections. Atoxelene is offered as a standalone or add-on to the Rejuvenate treatment.

Oxygen on its own has endless healing properties and Intraceuticals just bumps that up a notch. While it targets aging and dehydrated skin, it benefits every skin type and we’re especially smitten with its speedy results (more defined face contours right off the table, anyone?) Head over to our website for pricing information as well as to talk with our estheticians about the best options for your skin.

Let the social season begin!

francesca hernandez, aviary's newest esthetician

We are so excited to introduce you to Francesca, our newest esthetician. A true adventurer with a passion for holistic health, healing arts and beauty, Francesca has worked at reputable spas around Atlanta as well as a resort spa in Bermuda.  She's now entering her tenth year in the industry and we're thrilled she's decided to share her sense of exploration, inspiration and knowledge with us. Here's a little about her – in and out of the treatment room: What initially interested you in your craft? With your first degree in studio art, do you feel the two go hand in hand? I first became intrigued in aesthetics and massage in junior high after I saw an article in Seventeen Magazine about spa treatments. There was something so pleasing about self care and the tranquil images that it left an impression on me. I also started getting into my own aesthetic rituals around that time, which in turn helped with my confidence as a teenager. I would buy exfoliant and masks from The Body Shop with my allowance money and do facials on myself at home. The visual arts has always been a life long interest. It definitely goes together as both allow me to use my hands and be in the moment.

You were born in Louisiana, but spent your childhood between Puerto Rico and Florida. What brought you to Atlanta? I initially came to Atlanta in high school after my mom got a job at a college here. Since then I've lived in other places, but I always ended up coming back to Atlanta. It just offers a lot here in the way of activities and interests, plus you've got a lot of good nature spots to balance it out.

As an adventurer, what's one of your favorite places in the world? Paris. I've never seen another city so well designed. It was like someone laid out the city so that every angle looks like a scene from a painting. It's definitely worth a return visit.

How about in Atlanta? As a foodie I am eternally grateful for the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Their selection keeps getting better and its worth braving the crowds. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is another favorite. I just got back from seeing the scarecrows and the Imaginary Worlds exhibit. It is always a pleasure to hang out there.

And lastly, if you were a bird, what bird would you be? An owl, but maybe a baby owl. I tend to be a solitary thinker but I'm wise enough to know I don't know it all.

growing pains

At Studioplex in Old Fourth Ward, we are surrounded by growth and, although exciting, it presents a few potential traffic problems that we want our clients to be aware of when arriving to our destination for services: Clients coming from Virginia Highlands and Inman Park may be delayed by the upcoming construction at 280 Elizabeth Street.

On the opposite side, Edgewood Bridge is down, which causes traffic to go through a bit of a maze to get around it. Construction continuing on Dekalb Avenue affects this side of town as well.

The Krog Street Market development at 99 Krog also creates delays in the area.

Lastly, the intersection in front of Studioplex (Lake/Irwin and Sampson/Auburn) is now a four way stop and has a knack for delaying traffic during peak traffic hours.

We know Atlanta traffic can be unpredictable and at times, frustrating, but please keep in mind our late arrival and cancellation policy as well as travel time to and from your service. Please call us if you are running behind or need to cancel - 24 hours notice to cancel or 48 hours is required for prime time appointments!

clarify

Ah, there’s that Georgia heat we know and love. While the dryness our skin and hair experiences Winter and the transition of Spring may have faded, heat brings a whole other set of changes. Stuff just builds up, whether on our hair or in the pores of our skin, and sometimes we just need a fresh start. How exactly to combat these new oils is the tricky part. Luckily, it’s Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo’s specialty.

Clarifying shampoo is vital in restoring health and shine when hair just feels down and in need of a (literal) lift. Number 4 has scented their clarifying shampoo with white freesia, golden amber, and warm musk, making you and your hair feel up. Stress, though, can come from associating clarifying with stripping, especially for those with colored hair. But Number 4 has formulated theirs so that it doesn’t strip moisture or color - pretty cool! The ingredients put into making it all work aren’t short on awesome either. Black currants and soy provide vibrancy, acai berry and vitamin c act as an anti-oxidant, and lemongrass and oatmeal cleanses and purifies. And remember, clarifying shampoo only needs to be used weekly so look at it as an opportunity to treat your self. It can also be looked at as a vital step in your routine for those sunny days filled with chlorine, salt water, and hard water from vacation homes and swimming pools.

It’s natural for new seasons to bring new sensations and Georgia has a tendency to bring a heavy summer. But with Number 4 by your side, we promise you’ll be ready to dive in.

we are a best of citysearch nominee (and we need your help)

We've been nominated in both the Day Spa and Hair Coloring category for Best of Citysearch Spa & Beauty and we're beaming! Head over to Citysearch to place your vote. We sure would appreciate it. And, well, thank you, Atlanta, for all of your sweet love and support. We couldn't do it without ya! Ready, set, fly!

our feathered friends: tonya sherman of gypsy recon

You know the chair that sits to the right of the desk at Aviary? You can't miss it. Embroidered and perfect, it's easy to sink into while you wait for your service. But like all favorite chairs, it had some wear and tear. We've been talking about getting it reupholstered for well... about a year, but nothing ever seemed quite right. That was until Amy was on one of her strolls along the beltline and stumbled into Paris on Ponce where Tonya Sherman of Gypsy Recon had a booth. She knew pretty much immediately that she had found her "person".

Tonya grew up around a grandmother who crafted everything from clothing to quilts and a mother who had an knack for antiques and making stained glass. Through her upbringing and countless trips to estate sales and vintage markets, she developed an intense passion for antiques and vintage goods as well as an impeccable eye for the potential and beauty in these things. Originally, Tonya pursued this passion through gaining a BFA in Fashion Design, but after her skills in sewing, pattern making, and textiles were honed, she started working as a photo stylist. Later, she went back to school for interior design. Could there be a better recipe for a vintage and home restoration business? And Gypsy Recon was born.

Tonya's motto is, "If you have an idea, let's talk about it," and that just shows her continued love of her career. Inspired by nature and Bohemian culture, she does everything from redesign to refurnishing and painting of tables, lamps, etc. She also reupholsters, which is the treatment our beloved chair got, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. Neutral shades with a black frame and piping, our new chair even showcases a hidden deer on the chair-back! We invite you to come sit in it soon as well as to check Gypsy Recon out for yourself. After all, special pieces can make a room.

team hidi update (let's do something extraordinary)

On April 15, our friends Ryan and Jen Hidinger announced that they are moving forward with their new restaurant, Staplehouse. They also excitedly announced their new, purpose-driven direction for the restaurant. Staplehouse will act as the flagship for The Giving Kitchen, an entity whose mission is to provide Atlanta's restaurant and hospitality employees financial relief from medical or other unanticipated hardships. Check out the attached documentary for more details, their story, and to see that Ryan and Jen are two of the most extraordinary cats around.

But Ryan and Jen can't do it alone. They're asking for contributions via Indiegogo and we urge you to head over and check it out. In the words of the Hidinger's themselves, "If you love food, contribute
. If you like good people, contribute. If you hate cancer, contribute. If you effing hate cancer, contribute. If you think Staplehouse will make Atlanta a better place, contribute. If you want to take care of the industry that’s taken care of you, contribute. If you want to make history, contribute. If you like awesome chefs with beards, contribute. If you like to contribute, um, contribute. If you don’t have money to contribute, share."

Let's do this, Atlanta.