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Dr. Leonard R. Achiron graduated from the New England College of Optometry with honors, but he?s not just book smart?he?s also laser smart. Dr. Achiron has co-managed more than 50,000 Lasik procedures as former professor of the Emory Eye Center and clinical director of Lasik Vision Institute. Like him, each of his colleagues on the center?s team of ophthalmologists has performed tens of thousands of eye surgeries, alleviating ailments ranging from nearsightedness and farsightedness to cataracts. At their clinic, they also pool their talents to treat eyes with nonsurgical services, such as exams, contact-lens fittings, and glasses for those who never took to their lessons on how to squint harder.

3619 S Fulton Ave
Hapeville,
GA
US

In Irish Bred Pub's kitchen, cooks simmer beef in Guinness and brown gravy and stuff shepherd's pies with savory meat. Patrons can dig into Irish favorites or venture beyond the Emerald Isle to taste the cajun flavors of chicken and sausage jambalaya and shrimp sautéed in cajun seasoning. On Mondays and Wednesdays, visitors belt out karaoke favorites, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take on trivia challenges to recall obscure facts, such as the name of America's current president.

1155 Virginia Ave
Hapeville,
GA
US

You can order more than just your classic burger or hot dog when catching a game at Dream Restaurant and Sports Bar. Chefs create unique twists on American staples to create a full menu of flavor fusions. They top burgers with toppings that range from classics like chili cheese to more eclectic flavors found on the Island burger—a patty drizzled in Jack Daniels Caribbean jerk sauce and a slice of pineapple. Chefs top the all-beef hot dogs with combinations such as BBQ sauce, bacon, and cheddar, or scoops of baked mac and cheese. These pair with the unique flavors of house cocktails, which range from sweet to sour.

5040 Old National Highway
College Park,
GA
US

With her Easy-Bake Oven, Charlita Varner created her first sweet treat at age 8. Though her equipment has been upgraded since, her childhood passion for baking has never waned. Drawing on skills she learned from her mother, a self-taught baker, Charlita blends eggs, sugar, and butter into customizable cakes whose designs have ranged from chessboards to sombreros.

Her visual flair doesn't sacrifice taste—Buttersweet Bakery's flavors include vanilla, lemon coconut, and key lime, whose recipe Bon Appetit featured on its website. The magazine isn't the only media outlet to stand up and take note of Charlita's work. Her cakes have also basked in the spotlight on TLC's A Wedding Story and delighted guests at the BET Awards.

625 N Central Ave
Atlanta,
GA
US

After praising J.R. Crickets' chicken wings, karaoke shindigs, and live music, Metromix went on to declare the late-night-dining destination a place where "[m]odern chic and good times meet." J.R. Crickets' culinary crew lightly fries or grills seafood, slathers baby back ribs in sauce, and carefully calibrates wings to three levels of spiciness. Diners can opt to take feasts to-go or kick back in the eatery, where TVs and live DJs forge an atmosphere as high-spirited as a haunted mountaintop.

3560 Camp Creek Pkwy
East Point,
GA
US

Established: 1977

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Wear or bring sneakers and workout clothing

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Gene Gettler, Owner And Fencing Master

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

Many fencing clubs cater mostly to children. The Atlanta Fencers' Club loves our active Youth /Teen program, but some of our best fencers are 50+, 60+, and 70+.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

We want your first fencing class to be a positive, memorable experience. You will be given an introduction to the basic fencing techniques, rules of the game, dress out in full fencing gear and have an exhilarating bout. Of course, there will be photo ops at the conclusion.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

We have had numerous successful competitive fencers over the years, including one two-time Olympian, and a World Champion. A number of our teen fencers have become excellent collegiate fencers at major universities.

1556 Nabell Ave
Atlanta,
GA
US

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