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The Balloon Museum at Pullman Yards will blow you away. What to know before you go.

Designed to be immersive, the family-friendly museum takes about an hour and a half to fully experience. Each exhibit is different, with art ranging from black-lit, anime-style punching bags to bubbles that emit smoke when they pop to humongous suspended inner tubes that change height. It’s a series of captivating displays that use sound and movement, as well as texture and color, to garner attention. Here's what to know before you go.
Two plumber’s daughters carry on the family business

These plumber’s daughters are carrying on the family business

"Our marketing is all hot pink and sparkles—we just decided to have fun with it," says Michelle Cary. "Our slogan is 'Armed, Licensed and Fabulous.' We posed all the women plumbers in prom dresses—they were not excited at first, but it came out really great. We have hot-pink hard hats. Why not? We have fun."
2024 marks the rise of the independent Atlanta artist

2024 marks the rise of the independent Atlanta artist

I'm not sure who created the term artrepreneur, but it characterizes the Atlanta art scene very well. I am declaring 2024 year the rise of the independent, self-producing artist. 
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New professional sports teams launch in Atlanta

Not sure if you’ve ever tried launching a professional sports team before, but there’s a lot to it. Selecting logos. Setting schedules. Building hype. But apparently, Atlanta makes choosing a home city easy. In addition to the familiar big leagues, new pro teams are coming to the ATL.
Why an Emory physician built a second career as a death penalty expert

Why an Emory physician built a second career as a death penalty expert

For the past decade, Dr. Joel Zivot has acted as a medical expert in numerous death penalty cases throughout the South. Legal defense teams seek him out for medical examinations before execution, for expert testimony in court, and, in rare cases, for autopsies to assess a victim’s experience during execution.

48 secret destinations in the South to add to your travel list

These hidden gems, undisclosed attractions, and lesser-known events are waiting to be discovered—you just have to know where to look.

Brash Coffee Roasters to debut cocktails at new Junction Krog District location

Brash Coffee Roasters, the homegrown coffee co. known for strong brews in petite spaces, is opening its fifth location in Atlanta—this one in the new Junction Krog District near Krog Street Market. Slated to launch in May, it will reside in a shipping container-like kiosk just off the Eastside Trail of the BeltLine. Unlike other Brash locations, this one will serve alcohol. Its specialty will be an espresso martini made with freshly roasted Brash beans, of course.

Xi Hotpot opens in Duluth, serving fried crispy pork and milk-marinated, thick-cut beef

A new Chinese hotpot restaurant opens in Duluth on February 24. Called Xi Hotpot, it pays homage to Chongqing in China’s Sichuan province. Offering an a la carte menu with 95 items, Xi Hotpot features classic Sichuan flavors like mala (numbing spice), fresh meats, and offal.

Checking In: Book a room in the Myriad Hotel, a former disco ball factory

Other Southern hotels worth seeking out include a a rare Steamboat Gothic–style home and three adult-only spots for a romantic getaway.
Atlanta chef and nutritionist Agatha Achindu is an evangelist for fresh foods

Atlanta chef and nutritionist Agatha Achindu is an evangelist for fresh foods

You are what you eat. It’s a simple philosophy, and one that Agatha Achindu, who recently released her newest cookbook, Bountiful Cooking: Wholesome Everyday Meals to Nourish You and Your Family, grew up with. The Atlanta nutritionist, speaker, chef, teacher, and founder of national baby food brand Yummy Spoonfuls believes that incorporating vibrant fruits and vegetables into your daily diet is the ticket to a healthy life.

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