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Graduation Gifts: Ideas for Him & Her

Graduation is right around the corner and we know the perfect way to say congratulations without having to say it at all. Nothing says “YOU DID IT” like an awesome gift. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best gifts in town to give to your grad.

FOR HER

Heery’s Clothes Closet

Heery’s Clothes Closet has the best selection of gifts, big and small, to put a smile on your graduate’s face. With designers like Tom Ford and Mignonne Gavigan, it is impossible to leave empty handed!

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Cloister Collection

You can never go wrong with Lilly Pulitzer. From cups to headphones, bag tags to cute tops, you’re sure to find something unique and special. Hurry in to Cloister Collection to grab them while they are hot!

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Frontier Athens

Give the gift of the Classic City this graduation season. No matter where your graduate is headed, they’ll feel like they never left the best little town in the South. We suggest homemade local art canvases and posters from Frontier!

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FOR HIM

Empire South

Stop by Empire South this week and shop their YETI products.

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Onward Reserve 

Peter Millar offers some of the nicest and softest polos in the game. With a wide selection of styles and colors, Onward Reserve is your one-stop-shop for that perfect gift for him.

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Best of luck to all the 2017 graduates!

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Guide2: Margarita Round-Up

The search is over! Quench your thirst with some of the most refreshing margarita’s in the Classic City.

FIVE Bar Athens

FIVE is known for their Jalapeño Margarita, mixed with Camarena tequila, pineapple juice and topped with jalapeño slices. A spicy delight great with any meal!

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Marker 7 Coastal Grill

Marker 7 brings the coast closer to you- and no other drink screams the beach more than a margarita. Marker 7 doesn’t have one, BUT two signature margaritas, the raspberry margarita and ginger margarita, both served with Espolón Reposado Tequila and their house-made sour mix.    

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Tlaloc El Mexicano 

No better place serves up authentic Mexican food like Tlaloc. With a large selection of signature margarita’s and pitchers, the spicy mango is a must try!

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Where to Score the Best Tacos this Tuesday

Here’s a round up of Athens most delicious tacos- and just in time for Taco Tuesday!

Tlaloc 

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Kumquat Mae

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Grilled Salmon and Southern Friend Chicken Tacos

The Pine

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Spicy chicken taco, hoping john taco, roasted summer veggies with avocado cream taco

Seabear Oyster Bar

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House made tortillas, Pan seared Cobia, jalapeño slaw, Salvadorian cream

South Kitchen and Bar

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Blackened Mahi, southwestern slaw, black bean court cream, spicy chipotle sauce

FIVE Athens

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Fried catch of the day, slaw, jalapeño tartar, Spanish rice

Marker 7 Coastal Grill

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Your choice of fish, shrimp, chicken, or artichoke tacos grilled, fried, or blackened with lettuce, Sriracha aioli, corn salsa

Big City Bread Cafe

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Corn tortillas, house chorizo sausage, pickled cauliflower, fresh tomatoes

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Citrus-braised catfish with roasted jalapeno crema, papaya pico de gallo, fresh-sliced radish cilantro, on a corn tortilla
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What’s Happening in the Classic City

Here are some exciting events to look forward to this upcoming week in Athens!

Tuesday, March 14

The Rook and Pawn- Happy Hour Trivia
Hosted by James Majure, 6:00PM, Free!

Heirloom Café and Fresh Market- 2nd Tuesday Taste
This month’s theme is “Spring Whites”, 6:00PM, $20

The World Famous- Live Music with Midnight People (New York based band led by vocalist Holly Overton) and Space Dungeon (Local collective features hip-hop, space and a sprinkle of jazz.)
9:00PM

Wednesday, March 15

Porterhouse Grill- Jazz Night
6:30PM

Your Pie- Trivia
Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00PM, Free!

Thursday, March 16

Cinè Barcafè- Opening Reception
Mike Calway-Fagen presents “Roses are Blue, Violets are Blue,” 10:30PM

Georgia Theatre- The Tuten Brothers (Athens folk-rock family band), Backup Planet (Funk-rock group from Knoxville, TN) and Sarah Elizabeth (Athens singer/songwriter with a variety a musical influences.)
7:00PM, $7

Friday, March 17

Georgia Museum of Art- Morning Mindfulness
Join instructor Jerry Gale for a meditation session in the galleries, 9:30-10:00AM, Free!

The Foundry- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Dance performances by the Athens Drake School of Irish Dancing and traditional music by The Company Stores, Green Flag Band and The Gentry, 4:00PM, $7 (advanced), $10 (door)

Saturday, March 18

Hotel Indigo- Athens Jewish Film Festival Opening Celebration
Celebrate the annual festival with dancing and refreshments, 7:00PM

Sunday, March 19

George’s Lowcountry Table- Rockers Go Acoustic
Caroline Aiken, Lisa Mende, Michael Weger, John Keane, Karen Berhmann, David Ferguson, Sean VanMeter and more cover Joni Mitchel songs to benefit Dancing With the Athens Stars’ Team 8, 7:00PM, $25

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Packing For Key West

The countdown to spring break has begun and guide2 has mastered the mission of packing. I’ve put together the ultimate packing list, complete with all my favorite vacation essentials for my spring break trip to Key West, Florida.

  1. Neutral Bathing Suits

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The number one must have item in your bag this spring break is a cute swimsuit. It’s always smart to buy neutral bathing suit tops and bottoms, so you can mix and match your styles! Fringe has their best selling suits back in stock, so hurry in soon before they are all gone.

2. Big Hats

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I never leave the house without my beach hat when vacationing somewhere sunny. Along with protecting my skin, a big hat keeps me cool in the heat of the day and completes my perfect beach look. Check out Cloister Collection before your departure for a variety of hat styles to block the rays.

3. The Perfect Pair of Sunnies

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A good pair of sunglasses is a staple item for any getaway. Fab’rik has a wide variety of fashionable lenses and frames to dress up any bathing suit or sundress style. Colorful reflective lenses are still popular and one of my favorites looks!

4. Light Weight Cover Ups

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Sometimes the best part about a beach look is a fashionable cover up. Heery’s offers different styles of cover ups; rompers, maxi dresses, and shawls, that can be dressed up or down. Check out this awesome beach look from Heery’s, complete with strappy sandals, reflective sunglasses, a floral bathing suit top, and a neutral, comfortable cover up dress.

5. Casual Sundress

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A nice, ethereal sundress can double as a cover up and is essential for any sunshine destination. Cheeky Peach is stocked with a selection of must have sundresses, great for any occasion! There is nothing better than coming back from a long day on the beach and throwing on an easy dress for the night, pairing it with a statement piece of jewelry and jean jacket.

Make sure to check all these items off your list-and you’ll be set for a fun in the sun spring break!

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Spotlight on Lisa Ellis Design

Athens, Georgia style house Lisa Ellis Design incorporates both traditional and modern techniques of design in order to create the best looks of today!

Lisa Ellis Designs’ stamp of creativity can be found in some of the most remarkable places spanning from Georgia to New England. However, some of the most prominent ones can be found right here in Athens, including the University of Georgia School of Law and The National Bank of Georgia.

About Lisa Ellis:

Lisa Ellis, Principal and Senior Designer of Lisa Ellis Design, received her Bachelors degree in History from the University of Georgia. She then continued her studies at Parsons School of Design- The New School, where she studied Graphic Design and Computer Imaging. The knowledge of architecture, antiques and furnishings, interior design and lighting she acquired at Parsons lead her to later establish her own design firm; and it is no surprise why she is able to create outstanding, one of a kind interiors.

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If you are looking to renovate or spice up your space today, Lisa Ellis Design understands what it takes to achieve an enduring and pleasing aesthetic that leaves all customers satisfied.

For more information, contact Lisa Ellis Design by phone at 706.546.8814 or by email at design@lisaellisdesign.com.

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Calling All Last Minute Valentines

Valentine’s Day is only one short day away! Whether you’re celebrating this day with that special someone or “Galentine’s” Day with the ladies, flowers and chocolates are a must!

CONDOR CHOCOLATES: There is no sweeter gift than chocolate. Therefore, let Condor Chocolates, located in Five Points, customize your box of sweets today! Condor Chocolates will be open till 8:00 PM on Feb. 13 for any last minute edible ideas and pick-ups.

ALWAYS ALWAYS FLOWERS: A beautiful bouquet of flowers is every girls dream come true! Always Always Flowers offers quality custom designs for your every needs. Ranging from roses to European plant baskets, Always Always Flowers specializes in everything flowers. Order your last minute creation today and show your Valentine how much you really love them!

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guide2: Shopping Trends with Agora Vintage

Since the New Year, shopping trends for 2017 are starting to arise, therefore we have asked expert Airee Edwards of Agora Vintage, a consignment and vintage fashion shop located in downtown Athens that sells pre-owned designer clothing and accessories for less than full retail price, to explain these new fashion trends and give us her predictions for what’s to come as the year progresses.

Airee has noticed that people are leaning heavily towards a 90’s aesthetic, with a focus on clean lines and great quality basics.

“A little black dress is a classic piece for every woman’s closet and personally something I am always looking for, but can’t find,” stated Edwards.

Due to the increasing need for good staple pieces, Agora Vintage has been collecting a variety of black dresses, that can take you from day to night, as well as great accessories, like belts or costume jewelry, to modernize the outfit.

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Airee has also noticed that woman are wanting to be more feminine. Fitted clothing that accentuates the waist line have been portrayed through pieces like the blazer, which can be paired with a dress or blouse. For Edwards, this combinations creates a sophisticated and glamorous look.

Individuality has become a dominant trend in 2017. Women are focusing more on dressing for their body type and not getting caught up on what’s trendy.

“Women are owning up to their style and not letting other people dictate what they are wearing. They are loving themselves more and I am seeing that- every size is beautiful,” explained Edwards.

Edwards is not only involved with Agora Vintage, but also with Dancing With the Athens Stars, Athens’ biggest annual fundraising event. To raise money for this event, Edwards is hosting a pop up sale this upcoming weekend, giving all proceeds to Project Safe, a non profit organization working to end domestic violence through supportive services, eduction, crisis intervention, and prevention. The sale will not be held at Agora Vintage’s regular shop, but instead at 121 E. Clayton St. across from Pauley’s Crepe Bar. So stop by Friday, 4:00PM-8:00PM or Saturday, 10:00AM-6:00PM for first dibs on amazing selections of designer apparel, shoes, handbags, home decor, furniture, nicknacks and jewelry! This is a once in a lifetime sale event, so you don’t want to miss out!

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guide2: Kicking it with Mom & Dad

It’s that time when sororities and fraternities get ready for their parents to visit the Classic City. Stumped on ideas of where to take them? Here are some of my favorite places to eat and explore.

5&10 Brunch

This Sunday, enjoy a walk down historic Milledge Avenue and stop at 5&10 for their unforgettable brunch. With both small and large plates,, you can indulge in everything from pimento cheese to a 5&10 eggs benedict plate! 

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University of Georgia Bookstore

With the largest selection of official UGA apparel and gear, The University of Georgia Bookstore is the perfect place to get Mom and Dad a t-shirt or hat to wear back home. Check out the new and cool items they have in stock today!

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Porterhouse Grill Dinner

Porterhouse Grill is consistently one of Athens’ most favorite fine dining spots. Treat your taste buds to the many wonders of Porterhouse Grill’s delicious meats and sides, as well as their large selection of wines.

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AllGood Lounge

AllGood is the perfect place to go grab a drink before or after dinner. With over 200 domestic and imported bottled beers and three full-service bars with signature cocktails and wine, AllGood makes going out in downtown Athens all good!

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