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September 2009 – Destination Marietta

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2nd Annual Destination Marietta Issue 

Destination Marietta WhiteThis second annual Destination Marietta issue features lots of interesting articles about the City of Marietta,  a city rich in history and full of LGE 240 x 300promise for the future.

 The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County.  It’s home to what you’d typically find in small town square. You have your restaurants, bars, antique shops, theaters and boutiques, but hidden behind the night life and downtown exterior of the Marietta Square are a number of attractions that give way to a world of arts and culture. Click for More

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cardsThe West Cobb Business Association presents a Texas Hold’en Tournement on Saturday, October 10

Enjoy an evening of  Food, Fun & Fellowship.  Win great prizes and help fund the college scholorship program of the West Cobb Business Association.

When: October 10, 2009, 5:00 p.m. until . . . we have a winner!
Where:   Rose Cottage on Cherokee Street in Kennesaw
How Much:  $35.00 per player (includes: food, goodie bag & t-shirt)

The North Georgia State Fair is back – September 24-Oct. 4

North Georgia fair 1The North Georgia State Fair is the largest fair in metro Atlanta, attracting nearly 300,000 people.  Featuring free concerts, rides, great fair food, blue ribbon exhibits, farm animals and much more! There is something for everyone at this great old fashioned state fair. More

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art walk logoFINAL First Friday Art Walk of this Season
Friday, October 2nd  from 6:00 – 9:00 on The Historic Marietta Square. 

Start your walk at any of our participating venues.  Click here for a listing. The Art Walk Headquarters Tent is located in Artists’ Alley. Read More

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 Marietta Art MuseumThe museums of the Marietta Square offer the perfect treat for families looking for an economical staycation or college student jonesing for something  different to do on a Saturday afternoon. Read More  




  Marietta Trolley ScariettaTake the Trolley to “SCARY-ETTA”

Most of us have spent an afternoon enjoying the sights of downtown Marietta, but have you ever been to Scary-etta? Well, it’s not really a place … it’s more like a state of mind!  Scary-etta is a 90 minute, fully-narrated trolley tour through the haunts and history of rietta. Read   johnnys Ridenour


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Marietta’s Theatre in the Square Continues to Please

CBS_4010September  2009 –  Theatre in the Square continues to do it right for theatre goers while moving through its 2009-2010 Season.  Remembering the Theatre’s beginnings in historic downtown Marietta, I am more than pleased that our community continues to foster growth and support of the arts in its revitalized downtown communities. Click to Read More

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things to do & places to go

Top 10 Free Things to Do in Cobb

drink it your way – Coca-Cola Freestyle

 If you are looking for something fun to do with the family or if you’r just a soft drink nut like me, you’ve go to see the newest soft drink dispenser freestyle 7from Coca-Cola, the Coca-Cola Freestyle. There are a number of these space age look soft drink dispensers in test throughout Atlanta and there is one right in the middle of West Cobb at the Burger King at Dallas Highway and Barret Parkway. These shinny silver space age looking touch  screen soft drink vending machines over you the choice of 100+ diffenent variations of your favorite Coca-Cola brands. For a complete list of brands, locations and more picktures, Click Here

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Schedules for The Strand and Theater on the Square in Marietta, Theatre on Main in Acworth and Town Lakes Arts Center in Woodstock.. Click for schedules   



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September 24, 2009 – October 4, 2009. Jim Miller Park, Marietta, www.northgeorgiastatefair.com 

The largest fair in metro Atlanta, attracting nearly 300,000 people.  Featuring free concerts, blue ribbon exhibits, farm animals and much more!. This Saturday night features a free concert by Chuck Wicks on Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. More


Free Outdoor Movie – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ( PG)                                                                                                                                        October 3, 2009, Movie begins at dark

Location:  Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Hwy, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone:  (770) 422-9714
Admission is Free, Bring the family for a FREE screening of the smash hit Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs “on the green” and under the stars. Bring a blanket, picnic basket and cooler; or enjoy concessions available at the park. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed. Arrive early, after 6:00 p.m. for games and activities for the kids.

Jazz Grooves Atlanta Smooth Music Festival, October 3,  3pm-10pm

Location:  Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, Mableton
Phone:  (678) 819-3920
Admission:  $28.62-$60.42
In Atlanta, Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is known for delivering a geat music experience inside a great music venue. We think we have an artist to address all your smooth jazz tastes. From the smooth and silky to the upbeat and funky, the Atlanta Smooth Music Festival covers all the bases. Come on out and experience the greatest “smooth music stimulus” with Boney James and supporting cast of Walter Beasley, Urban Jazz Coalition and Michael Manson. http://www.smoothjazzgrooves.com


Atlanta Greek Festival Oct.2 – Oct. 4 

Greek foodThe Atlanta Greek Festival is always one of the premier fall events for great food and entertainment. It is held on the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 2500 Clairmont Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30329 (Exit #91 off I-85 – On Clairmont Rd. between Briarcliff Rd. and LaVista Rd.) Read More



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October 3, 2009 – November 1, 2009  at Six Flags Over Georgia

 NEW in 2009 is The Last Ride, a simulated ride to the grave that will give guests the opportunity to experience being buried alive! The Cockney gravediggers will load you into a hot rod hearse, take you on a wild ride to the grave site, then throw you in the hole and shovel dirt until you hear nothing but silence. Then the bugs and creeps attack to an unnerving crescendo and just when you think all is lost, the lid flies open to a well welcomed breath of fresh air!The Last Ride will feature unique scents, such as roses, exhaust and mold!  Plus, a special in–ride camera system will display guests’ reactions live to those waiting in line!  Additional fee required to experience this attraction. www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia  

featured dine out picks

 Johnny’s New York Style Pizza’s Newest Location at Ridenour  on Barrett Parkway 

J NY PizzaLast week, my daughter and I went to visit another of Mike Ford’s eateries, Johnny’s New York Style Pizza, which sits west of US 41 on the south side of Barrett Parkway at 1615 Ridenour Blvd in Kennesaw.  Mike and his partners had wowed us with Johnny’s next door neighbor, Keegan’s, a few weeks ago. They did a good job this time, as well.  The dining room is wide open, with the kitchen all the way to the back, which is very different from most Johnny’s locations. So if you are looking for the loud, hear every cook and server conversation spot, try someplace else. Here, one can actually sit down, eat a pie and watch a game. Read More

Soba Bar and Bistro – on East Piedmont in East Cobb

TUNASeptember 25 – Soba Bar and Bistro is exactly what East Cobb needed in the exact location it needed it. There are not many non-chain restaurants in East Cobb, and even less with superior decor, food and service. Open for about 2 years, Soba is a freestanding building located off of Piedmont Rd near Roswell Road in the Publix Shopping center just across the street from the YMCA. Soba’s cuisine is Asian – with an offering of sushi, Chinese and Thai. Read More

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q – Great BBQ Worth the Drive

Fox Brothers BBQSometimes, it’s good to go to a place where everyone’s been but you. That way, most inconsistencies have been worked out. My second trip to FBB was this Saturday for a family lunch.  Adoration came in the form of the special of the day: Beef Ribs. This scary, intimidating, monstrous dish looked depressing — it was covered in black crust. But it was the softest crust, more of a coloring than crust, really. First bite and it was barbecue heaven for me. It was oh so tender, moist, and very, very flavorful. It was so good by itself but a few douses of the sweetish barbecue sauce made it ever more wonderful. A winner!  Click to Read More

Marietta fish marketJohn  Bickford Visit’s The Marietta Fish Market  – The Menu’s Big Enough to Fit Everyone’s Taste

Marietta Fish Market has brought Gus Tselios and his family of restaurants full circle. With this addition in December 2008, Mr. Tselios has satisfied our need for Southern home cooking, pasta, a good steak, and now a wide variety of fish. The menu at MFM is large enough that finding a dish to fit one’s taste is relatively easy. Read More

 Yakitori Jinbei on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna

YakitoriAside from sushi, a favorite childhood food in the family is ramen — either the Chinese or the Japanese variety. Chinese ramen made with thick, flat egg noodles, clear chicken stock, chicken chunks, scallions, and hard-boiled egg is always a simple, easy snack that’s as good as any comfort food. As I grew older, my preference has leaned more towards the Japanese version. Maybe it’s my love affair with pork. Or my fascination with everything Japanese which started when I was 14, my first of many trips to Tokyo where I tasted the very best ramen (and sushi). Since then, Japanese ramen is something I eat regularly, whether in hot or cold weather. Read More

Weekend Getaways

Flat Creek Lodge – A Luxurious Hunting, Fishing & Spa Getaway

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Nestled among the pines near Swainsboro, Georgia, Flat Creek Lodge welcomes visitors seeking a rustic getaway that never skimps on luxury. Begun as a hunting and fishing resort suitable for the most discerning sportsman or sportswoman, Flat Creek Lodge has grown over a little more than a decade to include a fine dining restaurant, a spa, a Japanese bathhouse and even an artisanal cheese dairy.This beautiful rustic but luxurious resort is only about 200 miles from West Cobb. Just go to Google or Mapquest for directions. Click to read more

A Wine Done Weekend in Clayton, Georgia

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Ready for a weekend getaway but don’t want to drive too far?  The grape growers in Georgia are harvesting what will be the 2009 vintage.  The weather is cooling off, it is almost time for the fall colors and Clayton is only 2 hours away.  What is there to do in Clayton?  A bunch!  (Note the “grape humor”)  If you are looking for a romantic getaway or just a fun and enriching experience with friends, read on about the three  vineyards we visited Persimmon Creek Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards and The Beechwood Inn.  Click to Read More



In the blockbuster hit, “The Devil Wears Prada”, there is one particularly memorable dialogue between Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep) and Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). In this scene,  Andy is sniggling over Miranda’s intense efforts in choosing between two seemingly identical belts. If you are like Miranda and having trouble deciding what to buy for the fall, let  WC Fashion Columnist, Elaine Stowers help you as she presents the Click to Read 2009 Fall Fashion Trends


WC home

WC Interior Design Columist Jan Britt chosen to host her own TV on Staging

Imagine, My Own TV Show

I feel honored to be chosen to be a host on a new Comcast/Zeel TV  show called Staging Pro’s.  The crew from Zeel TV and I already went to the homeowner’s house a few weeks ago to check it out.  I went through the house and gave Jean the homeowner staging ideas to help sell her and her husband’s house faster.  Because of my experience not only as an interior decorator but also a professional stager I can transform each room of her house into a house that the majority of the Marietta and Atlanta’s population would love.  Staging a house is about illusion and detail while doing it on a budget.  Read More

    community happenings

schools & non-profits

Frey Students 2Frey Elementary Holds First Annual Trail Day

Acworth, GA – Frey Elementary School hosted the first annual Trail Day on Saturday August, 15 from 10:30 – 11:30 to commemorate the Outdoor Education Center. The Frey trail features several outdoor educational classrooms where students and teachers can go to learn about nature and science. More than 100 students and family members brought their walking shoes and pets for this fun family event. Click to Read More

Please submit all releases and event announcement about schools, churchs and non-profits to info@wesstcobbmagazine.com


people to know

Wanda 2Wanda DeVaughn, Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker & Yoga Teacher – Replace the outdated image of Dine Out Graphic Wh logoworking with a psychotherapist while lying on a couch with a new one of holding a yoga pose and breathing deeply while receiving therapy and guidance.   Click to Read More



STA70142Troy Shelly – The Last Working Farmer in West Cobb – In just a matter of decades everything changed. The large number of family farms that were once located in Marietta have now gone. Click to Read More



Lend a Helping Hand

Help, the Must Pantry is Almost Bare

MUST Food and clients 8.11.09 001September  2009– I am sure you;ve all heard of MUST Ministries of Cobb and Cherokee counties and all the good work they do. They need your help.  faith-based organization that serves people in need in Cobb and Cherokee counties. Due to the economic conditions and our high unemployment rates, Must is in desperate need of food to replenish its food pantries. Click to Read More

 Dine Out

Dine Out Marietta

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 There isn’t much I love more than spending time outdoors when the weather is so perfect. To that end, here is a list of some restaurants / bars around the Atlanta area with great patios, perfect to enjoy the coming fall evenings. Click to Read More


Chloe Morris, our newest guest food critic offers some great choices if you are looking for something different. Choloe who was raised n Atlanta and knows the Buford Highway area like the back of her hand gives you some tips on where to go for great Chineese BBQ ( also includes Peking Duck) and for Korean  BBQ. These are all authentic places where you see mostly Asians.  Chinese BBQ (duck and slabs of pork hanging on glass displays), here are two of Chloe’s favorites:  Ming’s BBQ  in Duluth  Click to Read and  V1 BBQ –  Click to Read  Korean BBQ is delicious and is cooked right in front of you. Here are two of Chloe’s favorites, both of which are in Duluth which is home to over 100,ooo Korean-Americans. Honey Pig Click to Read or Myung Ga Won  Click to ReadDr Reach 230 x 300 

  from our guest restaurant bloggers

Malika Harricharan – Atlanta Restaurant Blog

Marietta Fish Market , Henry’s Louisana Grill – Acworth

John Bickford – From My Table

Keegan’s Public House- Kennesaw , Fusco’s Via Roma Acworth,   

 The Old Mill – Acworth , Barbecue Street Big Shanty Smoke House ,

  Okinawa in Cartersville , Wes-Man’s in White, Georgia

Chloe Morris – from Chow Down Atlanta

King & I in Buckhead, Mary Mac’s Tea Room

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food & wine

A Taste of Europe at Patak Meats  –  A haven for meat aficionados, Patak Meats, located in Austell, just a short drive from West Cobb, brings a taste of Europe to North Metro Atlanta. Open since 1981, Patakhas a strongfollowing of regulars who frequent the shop for its large selection of fresh European meats, from Italian sausage to Canadian bacon, in addition to specialty cheeses, chocolates and other ethnic foods.  Click to Read More

real estate

Are We There Yet?” – If you have children and you took a trip this summer then you probably heard the question “are we there yet?” on a regular basis on your drive.  We hear these words in real estate quite often these days as well.  “There” in real estate refers to a recovery in the market, and like on the family trip the best answer is simply “not yet” .Click to Read More

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vacations & styacations

STAYCATIONS  WITHOUT EVEN LEAVING COBB – Things to do and places to go in Cobb. Best of all most of them are right in our back yard and are Free. Click Here

St Simons BeachBEACHES – Saint Simons Island—Crown Jewel of the Golden Isles –  The fall is the perfect time for an escape to a coastcal getaway, now that the crowds are gone and you can enjoy and beauty and the peace of a ocean.  Are you longing for a coastal getaway? Then look no farther than Georgia’s Golden Isles—specifically, that  semi-tropical haven made just for escaping, Saint Simons Island! Click to Read More

 spiritual messages

ATTITUDE  by Kit Cummings – Attitude:The way that you see life right now—your relationship with the present moment.” If you watch carefully, you’ll see all kinds of attitudes as you go through your day. Different people, in different places, seeing life from a completely different point of view. I am fascinated with the study of attitude. It makes so much difference when you begin to realize that we all have a choice as to how we view and respond to life as it happens. Click to Read More

FAITHFULNESS  by Marlon Longacre“If we are faithless he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Tim 2:13 9NIV)  Faithfulness is not a quality that is valued in our society today.   That is why it is so hard to find faithful people. People, who can be counted on, people who are consistent and dependable.  Before my father passed away my parents had been married for 36 years.  Both my parents retired after working 30 years for the same employer.  My father retired from International Harvester and my mother retired from the United State Post Office.   My mother is still a member of Mt. Holly United Methodist Church where they met and were married.  My parent’s faithfulness to the Lord, to each other, to their family, to their work and community was a shining  ample to me. – Click to Read More

health & fitness  Trainer

SETTING S.M.A.R.T. GOALS You’ve made the decision!  You are going to improve your health by becoming more physically fit. Great! Where do you begin?  To be successful you need to have a plan.  My late maternal grandfather taught me, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”  Your goals make up your master plan.  Begin by developing your plan of action, i.e. setting S.M.A.R.T. goals:  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time relevant. Click to Read More



Jobs 1Your Job Search – The Top 10 Ways to Manage Your Career Most people in the last decade have experienced either a layoff or termination in their lives or the lives of somebody they know. While many of these people affected have experienced outplacement-consulting services, some have not and they may be in for a rude awakening. Corporations totday, no longer “take care of you”. Managing your career in these times require you to have a game plan and an understanding of yourself and human behavior. Click to Read More





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