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Stone Mountain master blacksmith wrests art from iron

It’s hot when you walk into the studio at 951B Main St. in Stone Mountain. Really hot. The door is left open on nice days and box fans whirr as you see why: there’s a blacksmith forging right in the gallery space. Separated from the delicate glasswork he also makes, Michael Labbe-Webb pounds on a … Continue reading

Peachtree-Dunwoody house celebrates 20 years of helping families in need

With three children’s hospitals in the metro area, Atlanta is a hub for people seeking answers to their children’s complex medical problems. But when a child is sick, some things can fall by the wayside–such as securing a long-term rental, cooking a hot meal or showering. That’s where the Ronald McDonald House Charities step in. … Continue reading

Code enforcement officer goes the distance

Tom LaPenna, a Dunwoody code compliance officer, said he was just doing his job when he drove to Savannah, citation in hand, for an unresponsive homeowner whose property was deteriorating.After moving to Dunwoody, LaPenna left his previous line of work in building inspection and applied on advice from an acquaintance for the new code enforcement … Continue reading

Waffle House Museum serves up nostalgia, scattered, smothered and covered

The sign says “Good Food Fast” but you won’t find any cooks slinging hash behind the counter. No T-bones sizzle on the flat top, no syrupy smell infuses the air. Instead, this Waffle House has been preserved as it was in 1955, the very first Waffle House ever, as a museum to the South’s ubiquitous … Continue reading

New LGBTQ organization offers safe space for young adults

The Atlanta area is known nationally for its open and vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. It’s considered the fifth gayest city in America, according to The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian news magazine. But, according to Gabriel Haggray, Atlanta’s vibrant scene is missing one thing: a safe space for young … Continue reading

Local woman advocates for menstrual health awareness

Half a world away from Atlanta, Lorrie Lynn King had a revelation. It was late 2010. She was in India, having just travelled from Nepal on a mission to help start a nonprofit education foundation. She had spent her career doing aid work around the world and was familiar with the kinds of complications she … Continue reading

Local parent recognized for extraordinary motherhood

All mothers are extraordinary. But one local mom has made motherhood her mission. LaTasha Clark is the mother of 15 children–four biological, seven adopted and four fostered. While she is new to the area, having recently moved here from Alabama, she was recognized May 22 with the Extraordinary Mom Award at the Medtech College Atlanta-DeKalb … Continue reading

Students compete in local chess tournaments

At Nick’s Barbershop in Stone Mountain, you’ll see something unexpected on Saturdays. Amid the buzzing clippers and chatting customers, you’ll see focus, dedication, learning and fun. Since 2012, certified chess instructor Beau Hardeman has been teaching a group of first grade through 12th grade young men, for two hours each Saturday as part of a … Continue reading

Black History Month Profile: David Forbes

Growing up just five blocks away from Shaw University in downtown Raleigh, David Forbes Sr. said he was humbly aware of his place in the world. He was one of eight children of a local minister, living on South Bloodworth Street in a community that he said always came together to share and share alike. “My father … Continue reading

Fresh Living: magazine prototype

Click above for the prototype issue of Fresh Living magazine, conceived and produced by myself and some classmates. I designed the cover image (that was unfortunately tweaked because the original file was corrupt,) and wrote the story and took pictures for “A Touch of Class.”