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2017 Summer Adventure Guide

With the coming of summer, comes the urge for adventure, to share experiences with family and friends. Our Travel & Adventure Guide offers a wide variety of ideas for all ages. Start making plans that will keep the whole family smiling and create memories that last a lifetime!   Lanier Islands |    770.945.8787    |

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Grape Adventures

A Day on the Unicoi Wine Trail with VIP Southern Tours By: Rachel Pillow | Photos by: Charles Ernst On a beautiful spring morning, some of the women on our staff met at our office in Gwinnett and climbed aboard the VIP Southern Tours luxury bus. From there, the entire day was truly a VIP experience.

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Business Spotlight: Team Ryan Automotive

At Team Ryan Automotive Service & Repair one of the reasons you might feel at home is because the office and lobby are literally located inside a renovated home. The house was built in the 1940s and has been on Waterworks Road in Buford longer than almost anything else on the street. Located directly behind

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A Letter from the Editor

May and June is such an exciting time of the year! One of my favorite things is the smell of the honey suckle as I jog on the greenway. With school getting out in mid-May it’s hard to contain the excitement. For me, it brings back wonderful memories of summertime growing up. The longer days,

2012 Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest

by Angela Veugeler Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest on March 31st, 2012. The Beer Growler and Veugeler Design Group, celebrating American craft beer, is set for 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Town Center Park and will include sampling of more than 200 beers from almost 100 breweries.

Best Suwanee Summer Camps

Hello Mother, Hello Father. It’s time to think about Summer Camp! As adults, perhaps some of the most treasured childhood memories come from the times you cut ties with parents and found newfound freedom at summer camp. And for parents of many school-aged children, summer means packing bags, loading up on bug spray and sun

Carolyn McKinstry: Witness to History

BY: Tana Christian Suggs Author gives personal account of the Sixteenth Street Church bombing during visit to Suwanee Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library The early 1960s was a time of racial discrimination and turmoil. Birmingham, Ala., was one city in the forefront of that turmoil. It was also a time when Martin Luther

Introducing the 2012 Suwanee Get Fit Challenge Contestants

BY TANA SUGGS We received an incredible number of responses to participate in Suwanee Magazine’s Get Fit Challenge, and as everyone shared their compelling stories, the selection was a tough one. A big thank you goes to all who applied. The decisions have been made and we are happy to introduce to readers the winners

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

BY: Tana Christian Suggs Move over skate parks, water parks and the like, and say hello to the newest thing in the fun and amusement business…Trampoline Parks. And Suwanee is home to Sky Zone, a new trampoline park. Jeff Cole, owner of the Suwanee location, moved to the city from California where the trampoline parks

Authentic Italian Pizza in Suwanee: Marco’s Pizza

BY: Tana Christian Suggs According to the company website, the founder of Marco’s Pizza, Pasquale (Pat) Giammarco who was an Italian immigrant, came to the U.S. when he was just a young boy and worked in his family’s pizzeria. Later, Giammarco set out to make high quality pizza using a “secret sauce” along with the

Suwanee Business Alliance Play for the good of the community!

By: Ed Szczesniak President, Suwanee Business Alliance Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Cristie Kerr, Sergio Garcia…No, you won’t see them at the Suwanee Business Alliance’s annual golf tournament. But you will see Richard Trice, Monty Montgomery, Sandy Richardson and John Miles! And just who are they? They’re Suwanee business folks who love to have fun, play

State of Suwanee Address

Suwanee Mayor Gives State of the City Address BY: Tana Christian Suggs Suwanee’s new mayor addressed residents and business professionals at the State of the City Address held by the Suwanee Business Alliance on Jan. 11 at Suwanee City Hall. Jimmy Burnette, a Suwanee native, shared personal sentiment of his early years growing up in

Teacher on List for Kidney Transplant

A teacher spends much of their time using skills, talents and education to teach and to foster the children in the community. Paul Murphy, a special needs teacher at Lanier Middle School in Sugar Hill, is such a teacher who said he strives to teach his students by inspiring them. But Murphy has polycystic kidney

Operation Drive Smart at North Gwinnett High

North Gwinnett High School seniors joined fifteen other Georgia schools from across the state in January for the Operation Drive Smart Senior Challenge. The 637 seniors want to help remove Gwinnett County from the top three counties in Georgia known for teenage vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths. On Jan. 9 the participating seniors signed a

Gwinnett County School Board Shifts District Lines

With the large population growth Gwinnett County has recently experienced (especially Suwanee, Sugar Hill, Grayson and Dacula), the school board has shifted the dial and redrawn the district lines. With the reapportionment, North Gwinnett High School, Lanier Middle, Level Creek Elementary and Suwanee Elementary as well as some other Suwanee schools welcome District III representative,

Imagine the Possibilities of an Outdoor Living Space

Design Tips from Suwanee Decorating Pros Like gently rolling thunder, a wave of enlightenment has enveloped the home improvement industry. The emergence in popularity of the “outdoor room” has focused attention on an area of the home often considered an afterthought. Fueled by improvements to materials for outdoor furnishings, particularly fade resistant fabrics, homeowners are

Foster Children’s Foundation: Supporting Foster and at Risk Children in Georgia

SUPPORTING FOSTER AND AT RISK CHILDREN IN GEORGIA By: Suzanne Geske Executive Director of the Foster Children’s Foundation Inc. There are thousands of children in our community who wake up each day feeling hopelessly alone. They live in unstable environments that can change frequently and many don’t have even the basic necessities needed to make

Do you have Fit Hair?

By: Cathie Politis Fennell Salon Greco, The European Day Spa As you start to exercise, go on a crash diet or change your eating habits do you consider how your choice of getting “fit” affects your hair? It’s true that exercise reduces stress, the number one cause for losing hair today, and increases blood circulation,

What are the most important considerations if I want to invest some money?

By: Bill and Cindi Porter Aileron Investment Advisors [dropcap]A[/dropcap] : There are two major factors you must consider; first you as an investor, and secondly, the characteristics of the actual investment such as its potential upside, risks, taxes and how it may interact with any other investments in your portfolio. However, in today’s column, we

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Ask Henry

HENRY ANSWERS ALL YOUR PET-RELATED QUESTIONS… Q: I have been noticing this black dust in my pet’s fur and my friend says it is flea dirt. What is flea dirt? A: Flea dirt appears as small, black specks on your pet’s fur and is a surefire way to know that your pet has a flea

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Peace, Love & Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park is set to take place on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Suwanee Town Center Park. The free, family-friendly event includes art in all forms, music and food. The festival showcases artists selected through a jury process and is a great place to find the perfect art for your

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Rachel Pillow, Suwanee Magazine Managing Editor

The Scoop On Summer

Rachel Pillow Managing Editor If the ice cream on the cover of this issue doesn’t put you in the mood for summer, then we don’t know what will! We had a lot of fun taking photos of (and tasting) the ice cream from Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream Pub during our cover shoot. Boozy ice

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Gwinnett Senior Citizens Services Christmas Gift Delivery

6 Ways to Give Back During the Holiday Season

By: Rachel Pillow During the holidays it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of shopping, decorating, dinners and parties. It is a season of overindulgence, of spending too much money and eating too many cookies. But, it can also be a season of giving – to those who do not have the

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Atlanta Classic Cars – “Driving the Arts”

A Silent Art Auction Sponsored by Atlanta Classic Cars at The 2016 Suwanee Wine Fest on November 5th Will Raise Funds for The Fine Arts Fund Foundation. Atlanta Classic Cars is a full service, authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership that has proudly been serving the community for 40 years. From 2007-2014, Atlanta Classic Cars was the proud

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