ATLANTA SUP Running no longer provides the release you want, and you just don’t enjoy Blasting, Barre’ing or Crossfitting your way to fitness anymore. And, Yoga? That is just a four-letter wood. Until now.
Atlanta Standup Paddleboard Yoga. There’s no better way to live in the moment and work your physique than paddling to the middle of a lake to do yoga on a SUP. As you don’t want to fall in (water temps are still hovering at 50°), your entire body will be engaged, and you will master a strong central focus and balance for the 60-minute class. Your upper body will burn after paddling out (and back!) for 15-min from shore to your waterlogged “studio.” This is one workout where you won’t be watching the clock.
Taught at Lake Lanier by certified yoga instructors, the session begins with a dock orientation before you paddle out. Whether you’ve never stepped onto a yoga mat or have been chanting for years, SUP yoga is a unique experience for all levels. Enjoy actual serenity and the smell of spring, instead of the smelly mat next to yours. The only pre-requisite is a sense of humor; A sense of adventure couldn’t hurt either.
No worries that you are stuck with dozens of recalled see-through Lulu pants, you can wear them – or anything you find comfortable – for this Mother Nature exercise.
90-minute classes are $30, or $15 if you bring your own board. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. Contact: 770.940.7927 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Private/Group classes also available.
KING & DUKE OPENS Chef Ford Fry, who could be crowned restaurant royalty with the success of JCT Kitchen, No 246, and the Optimist, is striking out again. But don't call it a new concept -- King + Duke is all about the tried and true technique of open-hearth cooking.
Developed around a 24-foot massive hearth, the menu, executed by Executive Chef Joe Schafer, will focus on game, steaks, chops and more. And, with a few items for two, including a whole grilled chicken accompanied by a chicory salad with giant croutons as well as a 36-ounce ribeye, aptly called the King, King + Duke might just become a date spot fave.
Despite the old-world menu, the atmosphere is much more contemporary. Meyer Davis Studio transformed the former Nava space into a contrast of dark woods with light, modern lighting with bookshelves displaying literary classics, and eclectic random artwork. Thanks to top mixologist Lara Creasy, who drew inspiration from both American history and literature, the cocktail menu echos the theme. Delicious concoctions such as Grapes of Wrath, Sense and Sensibility, The Yearling, as well as those coupled with infamous literary quotes from Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, and John Steinbeck may have you waxing nostalgic for high school English. The extensive wine list is a variable "library" of over 200 global selections and includes varieties from the original 13 colonies. Wines don't escape literary references, as Faust Cabernet, Kenwood's "Jack London" Merlot and Arcadian's "Sleepy Hollow" Vineyard Chardonnay are served. Oh, and the name? Perfectly suited for this antidote to Buckhead traditionalism. The King + Duke, Fry's favorite mischievous outliers from Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, were "hillbillies who lived in the woods."
Jack Spade Opening March 29th With the opening of Jack Spade on Friday, the West Provisions District can officially be coined Style Central. Located around the corner from Sid Mashburn, Jack Spade’s style brother from another mother, and adjacent to Billy Reid, the South’s renowned redneck cum designer, Atlantans can finally browse Jack Spade’s modern haberdashery in person
Only the 9th store to open in the US, Jack Spade knows that with this first store below the Mason Dixon line it has found it’s mainline to all things prep. After all, the south invented “pop the collar” Fridays and mint juleps. And Atlanta, thanks to the ubiquitous ALTA, has made tennis clothing a wardrobe staple.
The unique books, eclectic figurines, and board games will draw you in before hitting Abattoir for dinner, but it’s infamous architect and interior designer Steven Sclaroff’s display of mid-century modern, flea market-found, furniture that envelop you. You will linger, and listen to rock of yesteryear. And the shopping? Who can resist such Jack Spade classics: functional, yet uniquely stylish, pieces such as Levi’s 501 jeans, Timex Military Watches, and t’s that are don’t scream “I’m trying hard to be hip.” It’s old-school cool. Just in time for Spring.
Steven Alan Launch The Fashion Roster of the West Side Provision District is bulging with the opening of another chic NYC favorite.
The first southern venture for Steven Alan, the locale is ideal nestled between similar fashion comrades Jack Spade, Sid and Ann Mashburn, and Billy Reid. The difference? Seersucker is not in Steven Alan’s vernacular. Grounded in classic American roots, Steven Alan – the man and the garb -- is understated, casual and cool. His penchant for emerging designers and brilliant up-and-comers also sets him apart, as it has since opening his first SoHo (nyc) boutique in 1994.
Brands such as Acne, No. 6, Sea and Mollusk are newbies to Atlanta retail, thanks to Steven Alan, and you will soon be obsessed with the jeans, dresses and moto jackets. Accessories are not an after-thought, as jewelry cases are brimming with stunning jewelry from Pamela Love, Katie Diamond, Blanca Monros Gomez, among others, including his own fathers’ (Jerry Grant) line. Mini-me versions of the coolest reversible seam shirts (a Steven Alan signature item), Mollusk surf t’s and Little Leif rompers hang on industrial garment racks, adjacent to a large display of home goods, a new offering that runs the gamut from tabletop and bath items to books and stationary. The retailer is also initiating its foray into optical, slated to arrive in store early May. Watch out Warby Parker!
It won’t be long before the Steven Alan cult imprints itself into the southern hemisphere.
Julia Reed Book Signing Vogue alum Julia Reed, who has coined herself an “accidental food writer,” is hosting a book signing at Ann Mashburn, the stylish mecca Atlantans also know as the “feminine component to the old-school swank Sid Mashburn store” in the West Side Provisions District.
While Ann Mashburn may tout streamlined classics, Julia Reed is the opposite – she is boisterous. Always creating an excuse for a party. Forever the hostess. Thursday night’s reading of her new title "But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry" will be no exception. The renowned southern gal who hails from the Mississippi Delta, admits “I do a lot of eating and drinking anyway, I may as well capitalize on it.”
The new book, Julia’s fourth, captures the essence of her wit, filling the pages with humorous essays about the role food had in her upbringing in Greenville, Mississippi as well as her global culinary adventures. As with her other books, she shares recipes you’ll be dying to prepare.
"When I write about food it is not just about food, Reed has said, “It's not an analysis of the farm to table trend, which of course Southerners were doing before it was a trend. Food, to me, is such an integral part of life. Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, you had to be a good cook and entertainer if you wanted to eat and go to parties." While Reed’s upbringing was that of a distinguished Greenville family who entertained VIPs, including Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley, the vodka sangria recipe is not a Reed relic – she gives the accolades to Anne Ross Gee McGee, otherwise knows as ‘Bossy,’” her mother’s closest friend who crafted the concoction. Come enjoy the reading, along with sangria (with vodka, perhaps) and lite bites.
GLOWDRY LAUNCH While only weeks new to Buckhead, Paige Perkins, the entrepreneurial mastermind behind Glowdry who is as energetic as her name, is already blowing away Atlanta with her “Beauty beyond blowouts” salon.
Her early-riser hours (open 7am weekdays, 8am Saturday) and a desire to pamper your face (hello, free quickie makeup touch-ups) as well as your hair have secured a fast following. But unlike its much-heralded competition, you can still get an appointment with ease. The sophisticated space, thanks to design maven Heather Hogan Roberts, will envelope you in immaculate beauty and comfort, while you sip espresso and graze elegant morsels. But the royal treatment is not reserved for Glowdry appearances. For an incremental charge, a stylist will come to you for hair and makeup. There is nothing more lovely than beauty on call, especially from these aim-to-please mavens. Leaving the creativity to the stylists and their tools, the names of the hairstyles -- Signature, Beachy Waves, Bouncy Curls, Sleek and Straight, Au Naturel, The Up-Do --are straightforward, but you are welcome to order "off menu.” Add-ons such as the ten-minute scalp massage and lip/brow wax complete the salon’s indulgences. Sachajuan hair products, the high-end Swedish label exclusively used and sold at Glowdry, will delight hair care connoisseurs. And frequency buys you more than gorgeous tresses, Glowdry has implemented a rewards program for blowouts, makeup as well as add-ons. Beautifying the throngs of Buckhead with additional salons is a priority for this beauty aficionado, before moving into other southern cities such as Charleston and Savannah. Something tells us she’ll have the south aglow before long.
SPRINKLES CUPCAKES OPEN Because Magnolia Bakery is so 90’s.
Yes, precisely when it appeared on Sex & The City, the lines grew to accommodate tourist buses and we became weary of the hour wait times. But despite the introduction of the famed cronut, the cupcake passion rages on, and with it our increased desire for immediate satisfaction. Leave it to Sprinkles Cupcakes to rescue us all with the 24-hour cupcake ATM.
Centrally located at Lenox Mall in the heart of Buckhead, you can get freshly baked cupcakes with the touch of a button. At 2pm. At 2am. ATM should stand for “apply to mouth!” Want a dozen? No problem. During store hours, the Sprinkles retail store sells both cupcakes and ice cream, the latter of which makes “top ten” lists amongst small-batch top quality brands. If you prefer to gorge at home, cupcake delivery – as well as ice cream and cookie dough – will be available shortly.
With more than fifty varieties of cupcake there’s always something to whet your palette. Love sweets in the am? Consider the chai latte, cuban coffee or maple bacon. Afternoon grazers might love the salty caramel or S’more variety, while evening desserts easily lend themselves to Margarita, Key Lime or Lemon Meringue. Paleo-addicts with cravings need not fret as there is something for you too as the famed red velvet variety comes in sugar-free, gluten free or vegan. And for dog-lovers, a Doggie sugar-free cupcake with yogurt “frosting” is available.
Good thing Sprinkles opened in January. Just as you went back to the gym.