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2024 Athens’ Game Changers

By Athens Magazine Staff  |  Photography by Evermore Photo Co. Athens is an incredible community where passionate compassion runs deep. Many of the challenges and opportunities the community faces today are dramatically different from those of ages past. It is critically important that we have fresh eyes and minds to address our changing environment. It…

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Classic Style, A Stitch in Time

By Jennifer McKee   In Renee Scalzini’s case, form does follow function in crafting artisanal handbags. But so much more comes into play. Hers is a vision that pays homage to her immigrant roots.  “This isn’t just about selling handbags, it’s about solving a problem, making a difference and inspiring women of all ages to…

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Modern Heirlooms

These charcuterie boards are worthy of being passed from generation to generation. By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos courtesy of Shelly Chandler   Shelly Chandler sees her charcuterie boards as a modern replacement for grandma’s bread bowl.  “I want to them to be something that can be handed down through the generations,” says Chandler. “Something sturdy…

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Athens Magazine Gift Guide 2023

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.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR GIFT GUIDE DIGITAL FLIP BOOK   — Photo by Dzenina Lukac on Pexels

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Athens Magazine Giving Guide 2023

As you complete your holiday lists, please consider gifts to the following local charities that offer worthwhile and much needed services to our community. Whether in honor or in memory of a loved one, or simply as a part of your annual charitable giving, a gift to one of these worthy organizations will help enhance…

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Classic Style with Lindsay Short

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos by Max Eremine   A passion for vintage goods is in Lindsay Short’s blood. Short is the force behind Mother Lode Athens, an 8,000-square-foot space with more than 40 vendors specializing in all things vintage, from clothing and accessories to furniture and toys.  Short’s parents were avid thrifters, and when…

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Seasons of Love

By Jennifer McKee | Photos courtesy of Love.Craft Athens   More than 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed and unengaged in their community.  Love.Craft Athens’ mission is to reverse that number and to create a more inclusive community, welcoming developmentally disabled adults into its art, music and job skills programs.  It’s the perfect time…

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The Rarified Era

The Trio of former Bulldogs focused on leading Georgia to unprecedented heights   By Johnathan McGinty It’s rare enough to find an alum of a school serving as the head coach of its college football program, and it’s even rarer to have what you have at Georgia where three of the primary leaders on its…

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Soaps Up

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos courtesy of Johnette Rodgers   It all started with a Georgia breeze.  Georgia Breeze soap, to be exact. A clean, refreshing, invigorating scent reminiscent of a cool mountain breeze. That was Johnette Rodgers’ first introduction to Andree’s Essential Soaps. Today, Rodgers owns and operates the company. “I’ve shopped at Andree’s…

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Bags For Your Bucket List

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos courtesy of Leigh Ann Barnes   Clear bags used to be boring – until Leigh Ann Barnes started designing them. Barnes’ antidote to the clear-bag blues? Carry your NCAA- and NFL-approved clear bag into the stadium, then dress it up later with a stylish leather cover. And with approximately 100…

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