Atlanta Lifestyle Hot Spots: Shop, Sweat and Relax

Erin Kain, Lauren Finney and Ashton Pike | April 12, 2019 | Lifestyle


What started out as a produce stand on a street corner has evolved into a quintessential Buckhead stop. Lucy’s Market, which first opened at an abandoned gas station and now calls Andrews Square home, has expanded from simply carrying produce to stocking a dazzling array of products, from food and speciality items to wine and hostess gifts. Helmed by proprietor Kim Wilson, the place is packed to the brim with everything one needs for entertaining, including popular prepared items from Atlanta favorites like The Hungry Peach and Strive Foods. At Lucy’s Market, it’s not unusual to run into neighbors and friends while on the hunt for a primo avocado—or a casserole fit for a family of five. Up next for the ever-evolving specialty store? Grab-and-go floral arrangements, plus Wilson is in the process of debuting her own line of signature food products. Next time you’re in, check out Wilson’s special 10 Favorite Things basket, the perfect hostess gift—and celebration of the consummate hostess, Wilson herself. 56 E. Andrews Drive NW

Not just another fitness studio, STAT Wellness dives deep into your personal health and overall wellness routine so you can sport your best, healthiest self with an envyworthy physique to match. And the professionals behind the new Westside studio are the real deal: “We have a dynamite team of functional medicine experts, health coaches, registered dietitians, personal trainers and group fitness instructors,” says founder Kristin Oja, DNP, FNP-C, PT-C, who brings an impressive résumé to the table, from her certification in personal training to her doctorate in nursing practice. “And we assess all areas of your life, including diet, sleep, stress and relationships.” It’s the ultimate spot for health nuts and exercise mavens alike, with memberships including four functional medicine visits per year, unlimited fitness classes (choose from HIIT workouts, low-impact stability classes and strength-focused training), monthly educational seminars and quarterly body composition scans. Don’t forget to snap a proud post-workout photo by the wall that reads “Wellness feels good.” Memberships $259 per month, 1465 Howell Mill Road NW, Ste. 300

After decades of financial advising for movie theater chains, Georgia’s own Brandt Gully has decided to break into the entertainment industry in a big way with the opening of The Springs Cinema & Taphouse, formerly the LeFont Theater, in Sandy Springs. Here, Gully talks his new role, preserving the theater’s legacy and more. 5920 Roswell Road

How has your financial background prepared you to run your own theater?
I have the benefit of having worked with almost every significantly sized movie theater chain, so I get to travel to cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, and see the different concepts and innovations that others are doing.

You’re heavily involved in charity work. How does The Springs Cinema & Taphouse tie into that?
I have three daughters, one of which was diagnosed with leukemia a couple years ago, and it just changes your perspective. She’s healthy now, so we’ll be using the venue to host events, especially for children’s cancer charities, such as Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.

How do you plan to preserve the legacy of the LeFont Theater?
We’re still going to show the foreign and independent films that made the LeFont Theater so beloved, alongside the blockbusters. We already had the best movies; now we want to have the best experience.

Why is the preservation of these types of theaters so important to you?
The audience here trusts this place; they trust that whatever movies we show are movies they’re going to like, and that’s what I want as a consumer, so that’s what I want to provide to Atlantans.


Photography by: Wilson Creative Co.