Celebrating 7 years of nature + beauty

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Friends,

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since we opened our doors! The vision behind Aviary was to bring sustainable beauty and wellness to a serene space and to become part of the community.

To thank you for flocking with us, we’re throwing a month long birthday party with seven days of giveaways from our curated collection of natural beauty and wellness products!

We’ll be giving away all kinds of goodies like: hair care by OWAY & davines, scrubs & serums by Sircuit Cosmeceuticals and Dr. Hauschka, some of our favorite candles and incense, a well-stocked gift bag and even a big ‘ol gift card!

All giveaways take place on Instagram, so make sure you are following us here.

With Gratitude,

Aviary

How to enter/rules:

Just comment our contest posts on Instagram.  Tag a LOCAL ATL friend! (each friend you tag is an extra entry.) Be sure to follow @aviary and to be eligible to win!  The winner will be randomly selected and we’ll announce the results the day after the post.

Fostering our flock | Julie Ann Travis: A modern shaman.

Shamanic

Ready to get grounded and recharge? Allow us to introduce you to Julie Ann Travis. We are such fans of her shamanic energy healing work that we decided to co-host a 3-part series called Space & Beauty.  

Curious to know more? Cool, we thought so.

A: What exactly is a shamanic practitioner?

JT: Shamanism is the oldest form of spirituality on the planet, dating back over 40,000 years! A shamanic practitioner is someone with works with spiritual aspects of an illness or imbalance. According to the Siberian Tungus tribe, the word Shaman means: the one who sees in the dark.

A: What are some of the issues clients seek your help with?

JT: Many things! To name a few: Chronic illness (physical, mental, emotional), PTSD, releasing toxic patterns, empowerment, or simply seeking clarity on their life path. Basically, if there is something bothering you, there is a spiritual root cause.

A: Tell us a little bit about what we could expect in a session with you.

JT: All sessions could include one or more of the following:

Illumination: clearing and balancing the chakra

Extraction: removing crystallized or fluid energies from the energy field

Soul Retrieval: recovering essential lost part of one’s soul that have fled during past traumatic events

Destiny Retrieval

Death Rites

Ceremony and Rite of Passage

Space and Land Clearings

A: Tell us about your path to this work.

My path of Shamanic Practitioner began at a very early age; I have known since the age of four that I was brought here to be of service. I share a similar path of many shamans: the wounded healer's journey. Most of my late teens and twenties were full of chronic illness and deep depression. With the help of the beloved Q’ero shamans, I was able to step in and accept my calling to service during a vacation turned spiritual pilgrimage in Peru.

A: And finally, what bird would you be and why?

JT: I’d be a Robin. Since they are always in groups, it reminds me to connect with my local community. They don’t need to migrate and can make their home here year-round. Also, they lay the most gorgeous powder-blue eggs.

Come be part of one or all three of our events with Julie! Get more info here or BOOK the series HERE

modern mystic kelley knight returns for tarot 101

 
 

Come to Aviary to learn the basics of tarot on Sundays beginning March 6th with Modern Mystic Tarot Reader, Kelley Knight. After a wonderfully successful January session (which sold out in minutes), Kelley returns to teach the 4-part series focusing on suits, numerology, pip card meanings, major Arcana meanings and simple spreads as well as supplemental take home materials.

Expect to leave with a foundational knowledge of tarot that will guide you through your continued study of the ancient art.

Your next step? Learn how to find your deck to bring with you to class.

MARCH CLASS SCHEDULE*

Sunday, 3/6 - Numerology and Suits Sunday, 3/13 - Challenging Pip Card Break Down + Court Cards Sunday, 3/20 - Major Arcana Sunday, 3/27 - Home Practice (week off) Sunday, 4/3- Simple Spreads & Wrap Up

Classes fill up quickly, so grab a spot ASAP!

*use promo code AVIARY for our early bird pricing of $125.

Tarot 101 at the Aviary {Beauty & Wellness Collective} - SOLD OUT

Led by Modern Mystic, Kelley Knight, this Tarot 101 class requires no prior experience, just an interest in learning the basics of tarot. Tarot is a deep study that can take a lifetime; the aim of this class is to give you the tools to get you on your way.

Expect to leave with basic knowledge of the suits, numerology, pip card meanings, major Arcana meanings and simple spreads as well as supplemental take home materials. You will also have access to a private Facebook group where we will host discussions and answer questions between classes.

This round of classes will be hosted by the Aviary located in Studioplex.

CLICK HERE for more information.

JANUARY SCHEDULE

Sunday, 1/24 - Numerology and Suits

Sunday, 1/31 - Challenging Pip Card Break Down

Sunday, 2/7 - Major Arcana 

Sunday, 2/14 - OFF - Home practice

Sunday, 2/21- Simple Spreads & Wrap Up

Classes are from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $100 for 4 weeks - limited to 10 students

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

Prerequisite: A tarot deck. Finding "your" deck is key to your personal relationship with the cards. Seek a deck you feel a connection with, and can start to read a little bit without training or much struggle. It's like each deck speaks a language and you'll have an easier time if you select one in your native tongue.

You can search for decks on Amazon and look at the artwork to see what resonates. Or you can visit Phoenix and the Dragon or Synchronicity and thumb through their offerings. Do your best! You can always switch to another deck. 

Kelley's Favorite/Non-Traditional Decks:

The Wild Unknown (Purchase at Young Blood Boutique - this is the deck Kelley teaches from)

Antique Anatomy Tarot

Fountain Tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot

More Traditional Decks:

Rider-Waite Tarot

The Thoth Tarot

Morgan-Greer Tarot

Check Amazon for the above decks.

 
 

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

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!

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

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.

no-labor day

Labor Day (or no-labor day) calls for a break and Atlanta boasts a few more options than spending the day at the pool. Here's what we're doing: Dragon Con: It's okay to unleash you inner nerd every once in a while. Atlanta's yearly convention of all things fantasy and sci-fi is the largest of its kind. It's silly to miss (even if you could). Besides, word on the street is that William Shatner's going to be there. Dragon Con kicks off with the paradeSaturday.

AJC Decatur Book Festival: Saturday also means the 8th Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival. A community based non-profit, the festival brings everything but the reading glasses. We can't wait for Amy Leavell Bransford's pop, environmentalist, author and music man Chuck Leavell to speak on his book, Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong and Sustainable at 1:45 on Saturday. Dragon Con costumes are also welcome.

World-Famous Drive Invasion: Drive Invasion is the perfect weekend end before you do set up camp by the pool. It celebrates Atlanta's only drive-in theatre, Starlight Six, as well as bands, movies, and cars. This year, they're celebrating the 1980's... and aliens. Fitting, huh? Check out there full lineup here and Happy Labor Day, friends.

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!

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.

whole foods meets wholesome wave

We hope you’re hungry! Our friends at Wholesome Wave GA have an event planned that should fill you up. Tomorrow, January 9, they’re teaming up with Whole Foods Market who is donating 5% of all of the day’s proceeds back to Wholesome Wave. With the West Paces Ferry, Ponce, and Briarcliff store on board, you won’t even have to step far out of your way.

So what is Wholesome Wave GA? Well, it’s their mission to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food at producer-only farmers markets in Georgia. And as if that wasn’t enough to make us fall in love, Wholesome Wave does it by doubling every federal or state nutrition benefit (SNAP, WIC, SFMND) dollar spent at their partner markets. This does everything from contribute to the local food economy (yes!), gives leverage to existing government food programs (support!), and encourages shopping local (please!). This also means that your dollar becomes two for both you and the farmer. Their positivity along with their unique financial incentives have brought a lot of growth to Wholesome Wave GA since their start in 2009.

Wholesome Wave is hoping to raise awareness about this event and it’s purpose. What can you do to help? By sharing your shopping list along with the tag #GOODGROCIES on whatever wild social media outlet you fancy, you’ll inspire as well as make a splash. Happy shopping friends!

from us to you this thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, we want to reach out and thank each of you for loving and supporting the Aviary over the past four years. This past year, growth has been a big theme for us. Merriam Webster’s defines growth as “to spring up and develop to maturity.” We, with your help, are able to do just that. And something we’ve enjoyed is the amount of diversity our growth has brought to us. Our clients are fellow business owners, fathers, lawyers, marathon runners, moms who work in the office and those who work in the home, writers, therapists, designers, bartenders, chiropractors, artists, producers, assistants, caretakers, philanthropists, executives, students, farmers, teachers… the list goes on and on. We learn from you every day and you continue to inspire our work. We look forward to continuing to grow in years to come and we hope you’ll continue to be there with us. So Happy Thanksgiving to each of you. We hope you find some cozy time this week. Love, Your friends at Aviary

our feathered friends: cooper sanchez

Hey Atlanta, we’re in for a treat this Thursday and Friday. Cooper Sanchez will host his 4th independently produced solo art exhibit at “The Gate Called Beautiful,” which sits on Ponce De Leon across from Decatur’s Dancing Goats.  This week the historic property will come to life with installations, paintings, and drawings from Sanchez. After being trained at the New York School of Visual Arts, he traveled around the country, eventually settling into Clarkston, Georgia where he continues to create and be inspired by everything from his travels to southern folk art to European classicism. But don’t only take it from us that this is a show you won’t want to miss. We sat down with Sanchez to get his take on it (spirit bird included).

Thursday is right around the corner and I know lots of anticipate your show after the splash your installation a few years ago Oakland Cemetery. What’s the inspiration behind your new body of work, Blood Brother? Georgia Red clay or silt, and the making of paint. The materials used are very crude and the themes of the work are a bit brutal, so the title Blood Brother seemed to fit. Also the original concept from a year ago incorporated drawings that my little brother and I were working on together. He is a super cool guy with Downs Syndrome and he can draw really well. This idea was shelved because his work is too good and stands alone. We want to arrange a solo exhibit for him at some point but he did design a great T-shirt for this show.

I’ve read that the new work pulls from events specific to you as well as Georgia lore. What’s an example of this? Native Americans, conquistadores and General Sherman all make an appearance. Images from the past are represented and it hopefully will have a sort of anthropological feeling to all the elements. References related to personal things are mostly just elements that I find aesthetically interesting. My childhood home had a giant upturned bell from the cities first firehouse in the center of the backyard. It was filled with water and fish and served as garden sculpture. I finally drew that old bell.

The exhibit includes installations as well as more traditional paintings and drawings. What music inspires you while you create? I’m still tearing up old CDs right now. Classic rock. Steely Dan and Led Zeppelin. The Jesus Lizard, Dylan and any old crunchy blues. I currently can't get enough of Bad Brains cause the black dots live album is amazing. My Friend Matt Benard has great music and we recently started playing old Meat Puppets albums. So damn good. Lazy lyrical enunciation over manic jangly guitars.

I’m so excited that Blood Brother is being held at “The Gate Called Beautiful” on Ponce. I’ve been curious about that spot since I first laid eyes on it! What inspired you to have the exhibit here? First of all, its one of the greatest spots in Atlanta. "The Gate Called Beautiful" is somewhat out of place and intriguing. The space has an old-world feel and it just churns the imagination. The owner is a good steward named Chad Stogner and he has become a friend. Chad has so many ideas for the space and it's future and he has been informative and gracious about his building all along. There will be a small display at the opening describing some of the interesting history behind "The Gate Called Beautiful."

What are some of your other favorite local spots? Old buildings and ruins really pull me in. Oakland cemetery as well as other hidden cemeteries around town. Railway buildings and warehouses are great too. If you follow Ponce all the way to Stone Mountain you will find a lot of old Georgia buildings and funky stuff through Clarkston as well.

And of course, if you were a bird, which bird would you be? A red tailed hawk, no question. Well, maybe a Blue-footed booby.

theodora & callum trunk show (complete with conscience)

We are literally wrapped up in excitement about Friday. We anticipate a night of unique shopping, supporting a great cause, and hanging out with some amazing girlfriends. It’s the Theodora & Callum trunk show benefiting AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run and with the holidays approaching much quicker than cool air in Georgia, it couldn’t be better timing.

Theodora & Callum is collaboration between two industry starlets, Stefani Greenfield and Desiree Gruber. Stefani, co-founder of SCOOP NYC as well as Chief Creative Officer of The Jones Group, could easily be called a fashion luminary. Together with Desiree, the founder and president of Full Picture and co-creator and executive producer of Project Runway, they’re a power team (complete with powerful taste when it comes to accessories). They have been on a roll since introducing the brand in Spring 2011 and now we are thrilled to be shopping their Fall 2012 collection, complete with conscience.

Their accessory based line, featuring scarves, jewelry, shoes, and bags, was born out of a love for collecting beautiful things from all over the world. Their colorful travels to everywhere from Morocco to India as well as the mentality of 60s and 70s European jet set inspire them from the inside, out. Theodora & Callum pieces are well thought out, personal (the brand is named after their children), timeless, and versatile. And the scarves, being their true embodiment, are created with unique prints, exotic colors, and fine fabrics. Speaking of versatile, these guys are so gorgeous you could dress a table with one or frame them for the walls (after you’ve awed a few people by wearing them, of course).

We’d love for you to join us on Friday at W Atlanta - Midtown. Whether a holiday gift for another or for yourself, we know you’ll be warmed up be it the exotic prints, good friends, knowing you’re supporting a great cause or just the scarves themselves. See you there!

jason elliott + satmc 7" release bash

We’re smiling this week in anticipation of Saturday and, more specifically, the release of a very special split 7”.  Spirits of the Melchizedek Children and Order of the Owl have teamed up with local label The Great Big to make your ears tingle.  And Jason Elliott, stylist at the Aviary and lead singer of Spirits will be there to serenade you.  Elliott, a lover of life, creativity, and knowledge, has been with the Aviary for over two years and works magic when it comes to hair.  Spirits of the Melchizedek Children is a project he’s had going for over seven years and is a large part of his life outside of the salon.

And Spirits, being a staple of “local best of” lists as well as a frequent player at Atlanta Music Roundtable and other events, have definitely made a splash.  Founded by Elliott himself, Spirits is now a power troupe featuring locals Chris Case, Joe McNeill, and Bryan Fielden.  Well thought out and cohesive, Elliott’s melodic lullabies will entrance (even charm) you this Saturday.  Here’s a little of what he has to say about it:

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children is quite the (awesome) band name.  Tell me a little about the backstory. Melchizedek has always been a man or thing of mystery. And I love mystery.

There seems to be a lot of anticipation surrounding this release.  What are your feelings on that? I love it! Our last record did well and this is just a sneak peek at what's in store for our next full length.

A lot of this excitement must of come from the splash your album, We Are Here To Save YOU!, made in the Atlanta music scene.  Would you consider LOOK! an extension or departure from this work? I'm a big believer in letting your music change with you and your surroundings. My life has definitely changed since writing our last album. I've always admired listening to a new album that someone or (band) that I enjoy and it sounds different. But different in a good way, progressive and innovative. You can believe what they are doing!

Your 7" is a split with Atlanta's own Order of the Owl.  What's your connection to them? They are good friends. Also we are the yin to their yang.

I always love your album artwork.  What's the story? Amanda K. Emmo has always taken our cover photos. She really knows what to capture in just the few adjectives that I give her. For the 7" I said, "Creamy-Dreamy". She of-course nails it every time.

Any hair hero's in the music world? Klaus Nomi.

The celebration of Order of the Owl and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children’s split 7” release will take place on Saturday, August 4 at 529.  Fellow locals Nigredo will open the show with doors at 9pm.  And admission is $7 but there will also be a Village Pass available which provides entry to both this release as well as The NEC release show at The Earl for $10.  Sounds like a night!  And we can’t wait to see you there.

Join Us In Support of Community Farmers Markets

Dear Friends, We would like to personally reach out to you to join our efforts in support of a few of our favorite things: friendships, food, and farmers markets.

It started with a conversation about community.  As small business owners we have the opportunity to meet and befriend many people, growing a clientele of some of the most fantastic people around.  We share the vision of gathering these people together to cultivate awareness for something meaningful in our community.

Our first effort is a cocktail party to raise funds for Community Farmers Markets’ Double SNAP program.  The Community Farmers Markets organization operates the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market and the Grant Park Farmers Market.  Community Farmers Markets is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long-term sustainability and meaningful community impact.  Their vision is to increase access to community- based farmers markets – providing neighborhoods and individuals a safe community space and access to fresh healthy food.  The Double SNAP program allows low-income households who receive food stamps to double their value for use at farmers markets.

Community Farmers Markets are a great asset.  We hope you find this as important and meaningful as we do and can come and support this great organization while experiencing a bite at the new Watershed on Peachtree.  Please see the attached invite for additional information and ticket sales.  We look forward to seeing you on the 14th!

Sincerely,

Amy & Myka

Our Feathered Friends - Kristi Hyde, Dr. Hauschka and King of Pops

Oh, I hope you will join us this Friday night for some Studioplex Art Walk fun. We're hosting an event at our end of the courtyard and, as usual, look forward to hosting and toasting friends and hanging out. We'll have champagne and snacks and free popsicles if you get there early enough!

Prelude to Staplehouse pt. 2...humble beginnings.

A few weeks ago Steve and I had the pleasure of attending our first Staplehouse dinner at Jen and Ryan Hidinger's adorable Grant Park home. We are excited to go back tonight for their Father's Day dinner. What I am loving about this so much is their organic effort to build a business. Not to mention real human social networking that can occur as a result of putting together a dinner party of ten people at random. My best interactions happen over meals and over facials. I also started doing facials in a 5x7ft area in the loft of our first home. It seemed to be a safe (inexpensive) way to start doing facials on friends and neighbors, try out products and just get a fledgling business off the ground while learning a few things in the process. At the time, I thought I would work there for at least one or two years before searching out a place. The reality was about four months before I moved into The Plum and rented a room in what would eventually become Aviary {organic beauty collective}.

I'm very grateful for the support that I've had since doing those first facials on University Drive. I've learned and continue to learn a lot about growing a business. I still have a lot to learn. But at least I can do it on a full belly.