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(1) GARNISH & GATHER – Cook just like chef Peter Dale of Athens’ hometown, The National. Garnish & Gather will deliver all of the locally-sourced ingredients you need to cook chef Dale’s beef Kofta meatballs in your own kitchen. Did you know chef Dale is a UGA Grady School alumnus? (2) 3 PORCH FARM – It’s dahlia season, and you can set up a pick–up from the farm in Comer. I did the CSA for the last four weeks and it makes your home sparkle having the beauties around. Perfect centerpiece for dinner on a Saturday night. (3) YOUR PIE – I love Your Pie’s great white signature pizza with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta and feta. Cold beer, pizza and a Netflix binge makes for a great low–key Saturday night. (4) THE PINE BAR – New favorite brunch spot that is open 11-3 on the weekends! Try the house sausage, egg and cheese on an Independent Baking Co. croissant. Also half-off sparkling so get two mimosas. (5)HEERY’S CLOTHES CLOSET – Let’s dress up and go downtown for dinner! I love everything in the Ulla Johnson line and this dress is definitely fabulous enough for an evening on the patio at Last Resort Grill. (6) CECILIA’S CAKE SHOP – Order the perfect pound cake for fall in four delicious flavors: rich caramel, tangy lemon, chocolate ganache and plain jane. This local bakery was founded in 1990 by Cecilia Villaveces and the tradition continues through our friends at Last Resort Grill. It’s already next level with new offerings like cupcakes in all your favorite flavors and then these pound cakes, oh my! (7)AMELIA’S FIVE POINTS – Comfy chic with layers and denim as we hope for chillier temps! Date night cute for going out on the town or staying in. (8) MARKER SEVEN – Dinner on the patio overlooking Five Points is the place to be with this dinner special of blackened Red Snapper served with two deep fried scallops topped with a crawfish dill cream sauce over sautéed spinach and a side of grilled asparagus.

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Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs. Constantly on the lookout for the newest talent in the South, Cheri has a passion for helping entrepreneurs create and share their brand storytelling through her endeavors - The Southern Coterie • guide2athens • Bulldawg Illustrated