At Hop City Craft Beer and Wine, staff members weave through a forest of bottle-lined shelves and coolers, seeking out perennial favorites or new, hidden gems for each customer. In addition to more than 1,700 varieties of beer, Hop City features an assortment of specialty grains, yeasts, and hops for home brewing, earning it a World-Class rating from Beer Advocate. As many as 60 functional taps line one of the store's walls, allowing patrons to fill growlers with their choice of macro- or microbrew, such as the Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA or the Avery Czar Imperial Russian stout. Divided by style and California Raisin content, a nearly 800-bottle-strong wine selection fills its own impressive space.
Flanked by rustic stone columns and carved lions, 5 Seasons Brewing's entrance looks like the secluded front to a Napa Valley villa, belying its cozy atmosphere and community-focused mission to provide tasty, affordable food and drink. Founded by chef David Larkworthy—son of a pioneering advocate of using organic food in restaurants—Five Seasons Brewing carries its commitment to community to its ingredients, cooking with a cornucopia of regularly shifting local produce from a gaggle of affiliated farms. The menu features such fusion dishes as crispy alligator served with a blackened chili glaze and Remoulade. At tables, guests dig in to home-baked bread, whose warm crust exudes tangy scents from the brewery's spent beer grain.
In the towering tanks that skirt the pub, brewmaster Kevin McNerney creates a kaleidoscopic selection of unique small-batch beers. The cofounder of flagship Georgia brewer SweetWater, McNerney brings two decades of experience to his craft, making refreshing brews such as the Chug Monkey and turning to ancient Belgian traditions to make his crisp, orange-infused witbier.
More than 58,000 people receive emergency food each week through more than 600 nonprofit agencies in 29 metro-Atlanta and north-Georgia counties. And those nonprofits agencies get their food from Atlanta Community Food Bank. But this organization's reach wasn't always so wide. In 1979, when Atlanta Community Food Bank set up shop in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, it distributed 15,000 pounds of food in its first six months?a respectable sum, but nothing compared to the 45 million pounds of food it distributes annually today. Growing with the number of residents facing food insecurity, the Food Bank expanded into a permanent 129,600-square-foot facility, gathered a force of volunteers, and pushed its balanced meals into food pantries, childcare centers, and night shelters.
Although it tackles hunger, Atlanta Community Food Bank believes groceries alone are not enough to stymie the effects of poverty?it also takes education. To that end, it engages and empowers the community through seven core projects. These include educating residents on healthy eating, helping them begin community gardens, and supplying brand-new school supplies.
Researchers from NYU have determined that it takes only seven seconds for someone to form a first impression of you. Image Atlanta helps people make a great first impression through its facial and waxing services.
Its aestheticians first consult with patrons to determine which skincare products will work best for them, and they discuss lifestyle and diet choices that affect the skin. They also remove unwanted hair from faces and bodies using a fragrance- and rosin-free wax. New looks can be topped off with dramatic lash extensions.
According to the team at Limes "N" Lemons Wellness/Beauty Services, health problems affecting the body––from skin conditions and headaches to nausea and poor digestion––can be traced to toxins in the colon. This is why they specialize in colon hydrotherapy, which gently flushes buildup from the colon with a low-pressure stream of water. In their spa or during house calls, the team also whips up custom vitamins, brightens complexions with facials, and cleanses feet with ionic footbaths.