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The Rink at Park Tavern: Sushi, Sip, Skate, Repeat.

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/7/19

When you walk into Park Tavern, you’re instantly transported to a winter wonderland, a crisp, and cool nip in the air, and even though the holidays may be over, the sipping and skating are not! It’s open until Monday, January 20th! We recently went down for a special event to showcase the food, the drinks, and the fun that The Rink at Park Tavern has to offer. It’s one of those places that you can sit by the fire, enjoy a spiked cocoa, a crisp Bubly vodka concoction, and some delicious sushi then head over to the ice rink and take a spin! Here’s a few photos and a small recap below on more about the Rink and the event we went to recently!

A special evening celebrating the holiday season, this exclusive Skate, Sip, and Snack VIP event took place in Park Tavern’s enchanted Neo-Victorian setting that’s adorned with charming holiday decor.  Guests enjoyed complimentary signature cocktails, delicious fare, and cooked s’mores over the fire pits while taking in unobstructed views of Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline.  Adventurous guests also hit the hit the ice at The Rink at Park Tavern powered by Bubly – making for a fun-filled evening with new and old friends.

The Rink at Park Tavern is open Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Guests of all ages can enjoy skating experiences for $15 Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday until 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., The Rink becomes an ages 16 and up venue until midnight.  Skaters that dress up in Steampunk attire for ‘Skate After 8 p.m.’, will get to skate for free.  The Rink is also available for private skating lessons, parties, marriage proposals and more.  To make reservations and for the most up to date event calendar, specialty packages, and venue rental information, visit www.parktavern.com.

SWEET AUBURN BBQ’S CHINESE NEW YEAR PARTY 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/7/19

Tuesday, January 28th

Sweet Auburn BBQ

6 pm 

Head to Sweet Auburn BBQ on January 28 for their annual Chinese New Year celebration. Inspired by the Malaysian-Chinese roots of owners and siblings Howard and Anita Hsu, they’re offering a specially curated a la carte menu and cocktails to celebrate the occasion. The event will start at 6pm, and traditional lion dancers will perform for guests at 7pm and 8pm. This event is free, just stop on by!

ATLANTA WINTER BEER FESTIVAL 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/5/19

Celebrating 10 years! 

Atlantic Station

Saturday, February 1st at 1 pm

The 10th annual Atlanta Winter Beer Fest will be held on Saturday, February 1st from 1-5pm in the event space behind Atlantic Station. We will have over 150 beers as well as a selection of wine and cider to choose from. Additionally, Winter X, a special 10 year anniversary beer will be brewed for the occasion by New Realm Brewing. There will be live music by a local cover band as well as DJ Qtip, a heated tent (if necessary!) and food will be available for purchase. The beer list will be added to the website leading up to the event. Tickets include entry, entertainment, a souvenir cup and all of your beverages. The cost is $40 in advance, $45 after January 23rd, and $55 day of the event. More information: https://atlantawinterbeerfest.com/

Tickets are now on sale​ here.

ATLANTA WINTER WINE FESTIVAL 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/5/19

City Winery Atlanta

January 18th at 12 and 6 pm

The 4th annual Atlanta Winter Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, January 18th at City Winery with two sessions: noon -4pm and 6-10pm. We will have over 50 wines as well as a selection of beer and cider to choose from. There will be a live band, DJ Q-tip, and food will be available for purchase. The wine list will be added to the website soon. Tickets are now on sale: $45 in advance, $50 after Jan 9th, and $60 at the door. More information:  https://www.atlantawinefestivals.com/winter

Tickets are now on sale here.

20TH ANNIVERSARY ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/5/19

20TH ANNIVERSARY ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS OPENING NIGHT, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT, AND CLOSING NIGHT SELECTIONS

Monday, February 10th through February 27th 

The 2020 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is proud to announce the Opening Night, Young Professionals Night, and Closing Night film selections to be featured at its 20th annual festival, which returns from February 10 through February 27.

Announced first by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 20th anniversary of the festival kicks off on Monday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with the World Premiere of Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance. Revisiting and reviving the legacy of Black-Jewish cooperation during the Civil Rights era, this powerful documentary focuses on a proud chapter of American social justice, in which two communities joined forces in the name of racial equality, while acknowledging their shared history of hardship. Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the movement, including prominent Atlantans such as Congressman John Lewis, Amb. Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Martin Luther King III, and many others. Opening Night general admission tickets are available for $36 and include complimentary parking as well as the screening and post-film Q&A.

On Saturday, February 15 at the Woodruff Arts Center, AJFF will feature the buddy comedy Standing Up, Falling Down at Young Professionals Night, presented by ACCESS, the young leadership division of American Jewish Committee. Starring Emmy-winner Ben Schwartz and comedy legend Billy Crystal, the film follows an aspiring stand-up comic after he is forced to move back to his hometown. An unexpected friendship across generations leads them to confront their own regrets and failures. The evening begins with a pre-screening party at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the film at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $36 and include the party and screening.

The 20th festival closes out with a touching screening of Saul & Ruby, To Life! on Thursday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Byers Theater of the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. The film follows Holocaust survivors, Saul and Ruby, who find a new purpose in life. They use the power of music to share their stories and promote peace in a world that is as tumultuous as ever. The Holocaust Survivor Band, featuring Saul and Ruby, will treat moviegoers to a post-screening performance. Tickets are $36 and include complimentary parking, the screening, a post-film Q&A and performance, plus a dessert reception.

Audiences can expect diverse films from this showcase of international cinema. A first look at what to expect in this year’s lineup was recently announced, and is available here. The preview includes the following seven films: Aulcie, Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, Crescendo, The Glass Room, Golda, No Pork on the Fork, and The Mamboniks. The full lineup and official schedule, along with the release of program guides, will be announced on Friday, January 10. Tickets go on sale via AJFF.org beginning Monday, January 27. Tickets for the festival are $16 for General Admission and $14 for Seniors/Students/Children.

Full descriptions of Opening Night, Young Professionals Night, and Closing Night films are below:

Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance
World Premiere
Documentary • USA • 93 minutes
The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. The modern alliance between African-Americans and Jewish Americans dates to the NAACP founding in 1909. Since then, both groups have endured segregation and racism, from the codified bigotry of southern Jim Crow laws, to blatant bias in real estate, employment, higher education and politics. Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored.

Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the movement, including prominent Atlantans such as Congressman John Lewis, Amb. Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., members of the King family, and many others. With divisive seeds of hate taking root anew in the American landscape, a new generation also affirms their pledge to actively promote the values of social justice. This potent, inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership validates the ubiquity of the human experience, and how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.

Standing Up, Falling Down
Narrative • USA • 91 minutes
Emmy-winner Ben Schwartz (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) and the legendary Billy Crystal, topline this bittersweet, warmly funny buddy comedy about an unlikely intergenerational friendship between a struggling stand-up comic and an older, disillusioned barfly. After years of trying and failing to break into the Los Angeles comedy scene, thirty-something Scott (Schwartz) reluctantly moves back in with his parents (Kevin Dunn and Debra Monk) on Long Island, tail between his legs. Wracked with self-doubt and panicked at the prospect of having to get a soul-crushing “real” job, he soon realizes that life did not stand still without him. Not only have all his friends moved on to start families of their own, he must face unresolved emotions toward his hometown ex-girlfriend, Becky (Eloise Mumford), now happily married. But he encounters a surprising kindred spirit in Marty (Crystal, playing decidedly against type), a larger-than-life, charming but desperately lonely dermatologist obsessed with karaoke and swigging away his troubles every night at the local bar. Before long, the two drinking buddies form a real bond over their shared feelings of loss, remorse and inadequacy. As Scott works to overcome his fear of pursuing his dreams and returning to the stage, together they find the strength to address their long festering regrets. Buoyed by the easy-going chemistry between Schwartz and Crystal, and powered by a top-notch supporting cast that includes Grace Gummer and Nate Corddry, the simple pleasures of this heart-and-soul comedy are a reminder that redemption can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

Saul & Ruby, To Life!
Documentary • USA • 81 minutes
An inseparable pair of sprightly Holocaust survivors brings their tuneful call for peace and healing from assisted living facilities in Florida to the world stage, in this uniquely uplifting tribute to the human spirit. Launching a late-in-life musical career from total obscurity, Saul Dreier was 89 when he picked up drumsticks and founded the Holocaust Survivor Band. Everyone, including his wife and rabbi, thought he was crazy. But Saul had a dream: to share the music that sustained him during his internment in concentration camps. Along with accordion player Ruby Sosnowicz, the klezmer duo performed in Jewish community and retirement centers around Florida, laying on the charm with small but enthusiastic audiences. With their joyful sound and infectious love of living, Saul and Ruby soon took their music, their stories, and their message of strength and friendship to larger venues across the country. With anti-Semitic rhetoric on the rise, Saul and Ruby wanted their untrained voices to be heard more than ever. So they set about making an enduring vision come true: to bring their music back to where both men suffered painful loss, their birthplace of Poland, to honor their own families and the countess other mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who suffered and died there. Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning documentarian Tod Lending expertly weaves comedy and tragedy in this charming, poignant and, above all, affirmative celebration of family, friendship, heartache, resilience and hope.

For additional information, visit AJFF.org.

ATLAS PRESENTS A RENOWN MICHELIN 3-STAR EXECUTIVE GUEST CHEF DINNER EVENT JAN 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/5/19

A Bespoke Culinary Experience Featuring the Artistry and Passion of Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet in Collaboration With the Chefs of Atlas
 
January 3rd – 5th and the 9th – 11th  
Known for its unparalleled experiences, Atlas, one of the Southeast’s premiere dining destinations located in the St. Regis Atlanta is starting off the new year with an exclusive Guest Chef Dinner Event. Renowned Michelin 3-Star Executive Chef Jean-Phillipe Blondet of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in London will join forces with the chefs of Atlas to create an unforgettable culinary journey offered over six evenings.
Epicures are invited to celebrate the new year during an exclusive evening boasting a dynamic culinary crossover on January 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th and 11th.  Guests will enjoy an innovative tasting menu, showcasing Chef Jean-Phillipe Blondet and the chefs of Atlas unique talents and passions.  A fine wine pairing enhancement, as well as the option to experience Chef Jean-Phillipe Blondet’s culinary genius will be available in a la carte format.
A unique and intimate experience that is not to be missed, this event will take place in the elegant Atlas dining room. Limited seating is available. To book your experience, visit atlasrestaurant.com or call (404) 600-6471.

THE BATTERY ATLANTA’S WONDERLAND OF WINTRY EVENTS 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/2/19

Cobb lifestyle destination welcomes the new year with happy and healthy happenings

Jumpstart the new decade at The Battery Atlanta! Whether basking in the brisk winter air for outdoor activities or cozying up indoors with a cold one, visitors to the community’s ultimate dine, play, shop and stay destination will enjoy a variety of events throughout January. Metro-Atlantans can focus on their New Year’s resolutions with sporty programs like weekly cornhole tournaments or celebratory get-togethers like the Atlanta Braves Chop Fest, Fan Friday at Sports & Social Atlanta and more!

The Battery Atlanta Cornhole League
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the season’s final tournament. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

Atlanta Braves Chop Fest Gala presented by Northside Hospital
Friday, January 24 from 7 – 10 p.m.
Atlantans are invited to walk the red carpet of an exclusive, All-Star studded evening. The gala supports the Atlanta Braves Foundation and features music, art, entertainment and more. Guests have access to an open bar and local bites, as well as the opportunity to dance to the hottest DJs in town and bid on exceptional experiences. Guests can also customize a one-of-a-kind Braves cap, courtesy of the 2020 Atlanta Braves! Tickets for the 21+ event can be purchased at braves.com/gala.

Atlanta Braves Chop Fest
Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Atlanta Braves supporters can get up-close-and-personal at one of Atlanta’s most fan-tastic traditions! Members of the back-to-back National League East Champion team will be available for autographs, photo opportunities and Q&A panel discussions. The all-day FREE event features live entertainment, on-field activities, baseball clinics, merchandise and more! For more information or to purchase tickets for player autographs, visit braves.com/ChopFest.

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Southern Oyster Social at the Garden & Gun Club
Sunday, January 12 from 3 – 6 p.m.
Guests can enhance their palates with the second event of the oyster tasting series featuring a variety of oysters farmed in the South. This month will feature oysters from Maryland and Virginia. Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/SouthernOysterSocial and include a sampling of raw, grilled, smoked and steamed oysters, a drink and passed hors d’oeuvres.

Terrapin League Night at Sports & Social Atlanta
Friday, January 17 from 8 – 11 p.m.
Assemble the squad for a night of friendly competition, drink specials and live music sponsored by Terrapin Beer Co. Teams can test their knowledge in trivia and go for the gold in ping pong, ski ball, water pong and more for a chance to win prizes and giveaways!

Flower Arranging Class at Sugarboo & Co. 
Monday, January 20 from 6:30 p.m.
Grab a gal pal for an evening of floral fun at Sugarboo & Co.! Participants will learn the basics of floral arrangement from professionals and shop adorable collections with a 15% discount. Students can take home their beautifully crafted arrangement in a vase, courtesy of Sugarboo. Tickets can be purchased at alicestable.com and include a pre-selected Sugarboo vase.

Fan Friday at Sports & Social Atlanta
Friday, January 24 from 8 – 11 p.m.
The popular sports bar and live entertainment venue shares the love with loyal fans. Guests can enter to win door prizes and giveaways, enjoy VIP drink specials and live music every fourth Friday of the month.

Terrapin Taproom: Trivia @ The Taproom
Thursday, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on non-gamedays
Gather friends for a night of friendly competition! The trivia game questions will be themed differently each week. Teams can participate for free in multiple rounds for a chance to win prizes.

THE ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL GIFT AND HOME FURNISHINGS MARKET PRESENTS NEARLY 50 SEMINARS AND EVENTS IN JANUARY 2020, NOW UNDER NEW NAME: ATLANTA MARKET 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/29/19

NEW YEAR, NEW NAME: ATLANTA MARKET 2020

Retailers and designers will experience nearly 50 events, seminars, gourmet demonstrations, lounges and celebrations – including the first-ever staging of Party for Life in Atlanta – at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this January. Programming across the AmericasMart campus will connect market attendees with influencers, tastemakers and thought leaders sharing actionable tips and trends. In addition, AmericasMart will host 100+ food and beverage amenities including happy hours, complimentary breakfasts, snacks and more throughout the campus. (NOTE: A complete listing of event descriptions, dates, times and locations follows and is available online at AmericasMart.com/events).

“With the broad range of programming this January, we address a variety of buyer needs, whether that’s in a business-building seminar, a class in the Demonstration Kitchen, a meet and greet with an influencer or at an industry celebration where they can network with like-minded business owners,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “Our events, seminars and amenities are an added value to an already important week for the gift and home furnishings industry.”

Party for Life Relocates to Atlanta

The highlight of the Winter 2020 programming is the first-ever staging of Gift for Life’s Party for Life fundraiser in connection with the Atlanta market. The industry celebration takes place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Fernbank Museum with designer Thom Filicia serving as Honorary Event Chairman and recognition of Anne McGilvray who will be presented with the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award. All proceeds benefit the grant making efforts of Gift for Life’s beneficiary DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Confirmed sponsors to date are AmericasMart/Las Vegas Market, Anne McGilvray & Company, Binant Capital, DEMDACO, Great American Publishing (Gift Shop, Museums & More, Stationery Trends), Maiarelli Studio, Poo-Pourri and Progressive Business Media (Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today). Tickets and more information are available at www.giftforlife.org/participate. 

Shop the Show

The Winter 2020 class of Shop the Show influencers showcases five influencers – Tiffani Thiessen, Katie Stauffer of the Stauffer Family, Brian Patrick Flynn, Paloma Contreras and Liz Marie Galvan – who collectively reach nearly 6 million followers with content including trends in home décor, gift, tabletop, kids, lifestyle and seasonal décor plus adorable moments in daily life. These influencers will shop Market’s 8,000 brands in search of the most coveted products – uncovering the latest trends in lifestyle and more, while sharing their experiences through social media, vignettes, book signings, showroom activations and more.

Thiessen headlines the Shop the Show programming with “Breakfast with Tiffani – Easy Breezy Brunching & Entertaining Tips” from her new book Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours on Thursday, January 16 at 11 a.m. Flynn hosts a cocktail party with tips for incorporating “hygge” – the Danish attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday – into design projects and stores in “How to Hygge at Accent Decor” on Wednesday, January 15 at 3 p.m.  Stauffer shops and styles her favorite Corkcicle products and mixes and mingles with her twins Mia and Emma in “Pop, Shop & Sip: Cocktails at Corkcicle” on Thursday, January 16 at 3 p.m. Galvan signs her debut book Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home while attendees enjoy a warm cookie and cocktail on Wednesday, January 15. Contreras signs her new book Dream Design Live on Friday, January 17.

More information about the Shop the Show influencers is available at AmericasMart.com/ShopTheShow.

Retailer and Designer Education

Retailer educational programming provides actionable tips in marketing and finance. Liz Martin of Charleston Weekender leads “Influencer Marketing 101: The Do’s & Don’ts of Getting Your Store Featured by Bloggers” which teaches a basic understanding of hiring and collaborating with bloggers on Tuesday, January 14 at 10 a.m. Patti Biro of Spa Industry Association explains how adding temporary locations to an outreach strategy can expand market reach and create new sales opportunities in “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Pop-Ups, Mobile Retail and More” on Tuesday, January 14 at 1 p.m.  In “Social Media Strategy for Retail Success in 2020 and Beyond,” blogger and retailer Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha, Inc. and Welcome Media Co. shares the core social media strategies that every retailer should know on Wednesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. Becky Tyre records a live episode of Retail Details the Podcast during “Partnering for Promotions & Successful Store Events” on Wednesday, January 15 at 1 p.m. “Ten Easy Steps to Retail Relevance in 2020” features Annette Joseph and Barbara Pederzini sharing merchandise styling tips for retailers with Rue editor-in-chief Kelli Lamb on Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. “How to Think Like a CFO: The 5 Numbers All Business Owners Need to Know” provides key business financial knowledge on Friday, January 17 at 1 p.m. “The Psychology of Price (The Markup and Markdown Game)” present tactics retailers need to deploy to maintain a competitive pricing position on Friday, January 17 at 2 p.m. 

Designer educational programming touches on best practices, trends and new business opportunities. In “What’s Your Worth? Managing Client Expectations While Growing Your Design Business” designer Corey Damen Jenkins shares real-life examples and strategies for working with demanding clients on Wednesday, January 15 at 2 p.m. Luxe Interiors + Design taps three designers to share their favorite trends and top finds from the market in “Ahead of the Curve | East Coast Edition” on Thursday, January 16 at 2 p.m. The “Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2020” showcases trending paint colors for 2020 on Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. “Staging to Sell, What Every Designer Should Know,” presented by The Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®), teaches how real estate staging can be a viable add-on service for the right entrepreneur on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Returning for January 2020 are new buyer breakfast seminars where buyers can learn the basic fundamentals of the market experience – including how to navigate the buildings, the amenities and resources available to buyers, how to use the mobile app, the showrooms are a good fit for their buying needs and more – over breakfast with the Buyer Services team. Breakfast takes place in Building 2 on Wednesday, January 15 at 8:30 a.m. and Building 1 on Thursday, January 16 at 8:30 a.m.

Interactive Demonstrations

Top chefs and Atlanta-based tastemakers lead interactive cooking and cocktail classes in the market’s unique Demonstration Kitchen. Food Network’s Nancy Fuller makes her famous go-to Crab Delights® Dip in “A Party for Pollock with Carefree Crab” on Friday, January 17 at 11 a.m. James Beard Award-nominee, Top Chef finalist and Atlanta-based restaurateur Chef Kevin Gillespie prepares “Fire in my Belly: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World” on Wednesday, January 15 at 11 a.m. Local chefs lead “A Taste of Australia in Atlanta” on Tuesday, January 14 at 11 a.m., “A Taste of Home: Handcrafted Doughnuts by Doughnut Dollies” on Wednesday, January 15 at 3 p.m., “Global Fusion in 2020: The World in an Egg Roll” on Thursday, January 16 at 3 p.m. and “A Culinary Tour of Basque Flavors” on Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m. The popular Cocktails and Conversations series returns with mixologists from some of Atlanta’s top bars including Tiny Lou’s, Red Phone Booth and Tin Tin serving up their favorite cocktails on Tuesday, January 14, Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, respectively; all at 3 p.m.

Seasonal and floral-focused demonstrations include designer and event planner Canaan Marshall creating a centerpiece from start to finish that’s perfect for the spring season on Tuesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. and Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD who will be demystifying super-lush designs and demonstrating her line of floral mechanics and vases co-developed by Syndicate Sales in “Epic, Attainable Floral Design for All” on Friday, January 17 at noon.

 

The Roaring Navy Party

Sherwin-William’s 2020 Color of the Year – NAVAL SW 6244 – is celebrated at the Roaring Navy party on Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Attendees are invited to come dressed in their best Naval-colored attire as they raise and glass and usher in the new year on the Commercial Design floor.

Updated Buyer Amenities

In addition to programming, buyer amenities help to create a positive market experience.

Buyers’ lounges throughout campus including The Southern Couture Lounge, the Creative Commons and the DEMDACO Crossroads feature daily hospitality. In the ECO Lounge, buyers can rest, recharge and learn about products that abide by sustainable practices. The Headshot & Glam Studio provides buyers with a complimentary 20-minute portrait session including hair and make-up touch up. The Wellness and Rejuvenation Lounge features complimentary massages, wellness services and beverages in a serene and relaxing environment.

A full list of market events and amenities is available at AmericasMart.com/events.

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is a leading wholesale marketplace housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home décor, featuring more than 8,000 brands across all categories. Held semi-annually at AmericasMart Atlanta, the Market attracts retailers and designers from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries. The Winter 2020 staging of The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is Tuesday, January 14 – Tuesday, January 21, 2020 For more information, visit AmericasMart.com.

Rock N Taco Roswell: Foxy Lady!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/29/19

“Here I come baby, I’m coming to get ya!”

Previous Buckhead staple, Rock N Taco is back and it’s bigger, better, and more immersive in its new downtown Roswell location. If you’re looking for a place that you can eat a taco while watching a Stone Temple Pilots video, we’ve found your spot. It truly is a rock n roll haven with tons of early to late 90’s rock, rock inspired cocktails like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Offspring, as well as fresh tacos, fajitas, and everything in between. Let’s take a Journey into Rock N Taco, adventure ahead!

From the moment you enter, rock is strong with this one! Starting with the signature cocktails, they have two that we tried: The Offspring and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. First, The Offspring was a bourbon cocktail that was mellow and smooth, creamy with the whisked egg white, and topped with bitters to give it a slight bite, give it to me, baby. Followed by a real treat, The Jimi Hendrix Experience is Yuzu vodka, Crème de Cassis, and orange liquor, filled with marinated berries topped with sparkling wine, which gives makes it slightly sweeter. Drop in some dry ice. It billows and bubbles giving it a psychedelic effect. It’s really a fun, foxy drink to watch being made and to drink. Foxy, lady!

Fajitas, tacos, triple dip trios, and even inspired desserts, Rock N Taco has some good eats in a rock n roll atmosphere. We’ll start with the by taco bout some tacos. Of these solo performances hands down the best taco was The Classic. It’s perfect: simple, crunchy, beefy, cheesy, and all-around delicious. Tip: Add guacamole! Carne Asada was also simply good with tender steak, onion, cilantro, and lime. Savory, classic, and rich. The Hulk had fried avocado that was perfectly fried, good amount of avocado and crunch from the breading. Perfectly paired with a ranch sauce that adds to the creaminess of the bite.

Headliners like Metallica would be proud of this: topped with a decent amount of cheese, the tender steak combined with crisp peppers and savory onion, it was a great bite when all mixed together. Our recommendation would be to stuff everything into a tortilla with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and top with guacamole and the original salsa. It’s a stellar creamy, savory, concoction!

They call them Encores, but we call them Show Stoppers. The Fried Ice Cream was like eating cake and ice cream, the breading was so fluffy and thick then fried and topped with raspberry and chocolate sauce. The Churro was cinnamon goodness that they fried and sandwiched creamy vanilla ice cream. It’s hard to decide which was our favorite, but that thick fried breading of the fried ice cream is probably it. Can’t decide? Order both!

Not being too far from our hood, we may adopt them as our new taco spot for live music, 90’s rock, and of course, some more of those fajitas and fried ice cream.