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By Ashlee Duren | Photos By Hailea Boykin & Courtesy of Businesses Featured The holiday season is upon us—a time when our thoughts turn to family, friends and gift-giving. We wanted to share a few of our favorite finds when searching for gifts for our loved ones.

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Deck the Halls

By Ashlee Duren When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, experts agree – you don’t have to spend tons of money to make your home beautiful. We asked Tami Ramsay, principal and interior designer at Cloth & Kind, to share some tips for decorating for the holidays. “We love to pull from…

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Stranger Than Fiction

Podcaster and writer explore true-crime stories with Athens connections By Don Rhodes | Photos Courtesy of Cameron Harrelson and Jaclyn Weldon Most people have been trying to kill time at home while socially distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cameron Harrelson, of Athens, and Jaclyn Weldon White, of nearby Hoschton, Ga., on the other hand, have…

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Game Day Eats

By Vera Stewart | Photography by Amy J. Owen | Food styling by Emily Yates How many times has the following happened to you? You’re relaxing at home or busy with errands when you find out last minute that you’re having company over to watch the game or the golf tournament. While I have a…

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Lola Gazda – Iris

By Connie Cottingham One Thursday Lola Gazda pulled out her phone to show me a photo of tall screen she is painting with four flowers. One of the four panels is a tall purple iris. “I don’t know the variety, but I have many purple iris in my front yard and they are beautiful when…

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The Long Game

  By Johnathan McGinty | Photos by Evermore Photo Co. and JenWolf/Shutterstock   Athens eyes return of football with optimism, apprehension   At first glance, you might not expect Little King’s Shuffle Club to be an ideal spot for a Georgia football fan to enjoy a few cold beverages during a fun-filled fall weekend in…

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Garden + Garnish

By Griffin Nelson | Photos by Evermore Photo Co. As much as I love eating out and supporting local restaurants, I also love cooking at home. I’ve tried a few meal-kit delivery services over the years for several reasons: First off, it’s super easy. No muss, no fuss. Just pick out what I want to…

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Rustic Elegance

By Ashlee Duren | Photos provided by Southern Distinction and Wendi Stewart Erin and Gary Gilmer are making their mark. The couple, who own Heritage Design and Build in Athens, have been working together to create inviting living spaces that also prove functional for their clients. The duo recently completed a main floor renovation of…

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Versatile Lemon Verbena

By Connie Cottingham | Photos by Connie Cottingham & Sander Steven Lang/Shutterstock I remember standing on Shirley Baker’s deck years ago, interviewing her for a garden feature. A sheet of notes was lifted from my stack and wafted in slow motion over the ridge of her roof, only to reappear a few seconds later and…

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A Perennial Favorite

By Griffin Nelson | Photos By Sara Wise Photography I have always loved flowers and plants, but it never occurred to me until speaking with Rick Berry, owner of Goodness Grows Nursery, that Georgia really is pretty perfectly situated to accommodate plants from a wide variety of ecosystems. There are mountains, plains and ocean access.…

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