Handbags born of theater, and necessity

Scenery bags are limited-edition, one-of-a-kind clutch purses made from recycle theatrical drops.

Scenery bags are limited-edition, one-of-a-kind clutch purses made from recycle theatrical drops.

THERE’S A STORY behind these bags — of upcycling, fashion, theater and giving back.

Jen Kahn and a carload of discarded drops.

Jen Kahn and a carload of discarded drops.

It’s also the story of Jen Kahn and how her company Scenery came to be.

In 2015, Kahn and a friend road-tripped from New York to Maine. They browsed in a store selling handbags made from old sails.

She and her friend had an aha! moment.

Kahn, a professional stage manager, started Scenery and now collects discarded or retired backdrops from all over the country. A Florida factory cuts and stitches them into simple, rectangular clutches. A portion of the proceeds helps take New York kids to see theater.

“The only thing more sad than closing a show is watching it get thrown out,” Kahn says. “I can’t stop shows from closing, but I can help their story live on and, in doing so, continue to give the gift of theater to many more.” 

 

Scenery bags tagline: Take the Story With You.

Scenery bags tagline: Take the Story With You.

Scenery bags ($30) are limited-edition, one-of-a-kind pieces. Inside each is a label identifying its show of origin.

The inaugural batch came from The Desert Song, a 1926 operetta about Moroccans fighting French colonial rule.

Drops from productions of Hairspray and Oklahoma! are nextThe bags can be pre-ordered from the website. Doing so gives you a number and a place in line. When your number is reached, you can choose from either of two drops or defer to the next round.

Scenery bags went live online July 5 and sold out in 48 hours, making enough money to send 10 kids to shows through the Theatre Development Fund’s Stage Doors program. To date, it has recyled some 900 pounds of drops.

Kahn and her company are committed to introducing a new generation of storytellers to theater. And, she says, “taking what would have been trash and making it into immeasurable treasure.”

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AJC Decatur Book Festival Presents EQUALLY WED: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR PLANNING YOUR LGBTQ+ WEDDING

Wedding planning is notoriously costly and arduous, especially for couples who are breaking the traditional mold. Kirsten Palladino presents a fun, elegant, comprehensive, and gender-neutral guide to creating an inspired wedding.

Join us this Sunday at the AJC Decatur Book Festival from 2:30-3:15PM at the Marriott Conference Center Auditorium for a discussion with Equally Wed's Kirsten Palladino. 

I'll be moderating the discussion and I have so many questions prepared for Kirsten! Of course, there'll be room for audience Q&A... so don't be shy and ask away! 

Kirsten Palladino is an award-winning editor and writer, and the co-founder of EquallyWed.com. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The KnotHuffington Post, and Glamour. She lives in Atlanta.

So... if you are thinking about getting married or have friends thinking about tying the gay knot, bring them and join us this Sunday for THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR PLANNING YOUR LGBTQ+ WEDDING!

For more information about the AJC Decatur Book Festival and to see the full schedule,  Click Here! 

ABOUT Equally Wed: Equally Wed is the world's leading digital wedding and honeymoon magazine and social community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied couples. We offer a modern, elegant and unique guide to gay wedding planning, from ring shopping and proposing to tying the knot and living happily ever after—and everything in between. Engaged couples can plan their weddings using our comprehensive suite of wedding planning tools, including a guest list manager, a budget manager and an extensive interactive to-do list. Fresh and innovative, equallywed.com's focus on gay weddings offers a closer look into Real Weddings around the world, as well as engagement stories, a socially interactive community and Local Resources, a vetted marketplace rich with gay-friendly wedding vendors.

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Park Tavern Hosts The Ultimate Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Park Tavern Hosts Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

On Monday, August 21, 2017, stargazers are invited to witness the first solar eclipse viewable since 1984 by joining the fun at Park Tavern’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Party beginning at 12:30 p.m. Overlooking the Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park, revelers can rock out to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon album while sipping on frosty summer beers and cocktails such as the Shakey Mule and the BlueBerry Farm Mule, Moon Pie Drop Shots and more. As a special giveaway, the first 100 guests to purchase a Blue Moon beer, Moon Pie Drop Shot or Fugu Vodka cocktail will receive a complimentary pair of NASA, ISO-approved solar eclipse glasses and a signature Park Tavern souvenir cup. Of course, hungry partygoers can nosh on local favorites including burgers, tacos, salads and sandwiches sushi and more when the kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. This event is free to attend. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.  

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End of Summer Doggie Mingle on the Patio Benefitting Doggies on the Catwalk

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Dog lovers and their four-legged pals are invited to join Hampton + Hudson on Sunday, August 20, 2017, for the monthly Doggie Mingle on the patio benefiting Doggies on the Catwalk, a local nonprofit and annual fashion fundraiser that pairs philanthropic influencers and celebrities with Canine Assistants service dogs in a runway show. 

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., guests and their furry friends are invited to relax on Hampton + Hudson’s expansive patio, while an on-site caricature artist provides entertainment, and attendees that donate $5 or more to Doggies on the Catwalk have the chance to receive a complimentary drawing.

 

Thirsty pooches looking to cool off from the Atlanta heat can take advantage of a small doggie pool, and of course, Executive Chef Savannah Sasser will be serving her homemade dog treats for hungry pooches as well.

Proceeds from the dog treats, $3 SweetWater IPA draft beers and $5 Tito’s Puppy Love signature cocktail will be donated to the beneficiary.

The event is free to attend. For more information visit www.hamptonandhudson.com.

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FRYE Atlanta’s Two-Year Anniversary - Event Recap + Photos

Celebrating two years in Atlanta, FRYE Atlanta hosted a music-infused evening at its store in Ponce City Market on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Featuring an intimate, live performance by local favorite Little Tybee, FRYE Atlanta’s two-year anniversary celebration kept attendees busy with nonstop interactive opportunities including an on-site vinyl pressing and listening station curated by Paper Garden Records, signature Bulleit Bourbon cocktails, and Wild Heaven craft beer. Vinyl lovers had the chance to bid on a limited edition Crosley record player with all proceeds being donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  With over 200 in attendance, stylish guests shopped and sipped the signature cocktail of the night, the FRYE Mule, made with Bulleit Bourbon, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, and a mint sprigs garnish, (recipe below) and enjoyed delicious bites from Zest Catering.  

FRYE Atlanta opened its doors in August 2015 in the Old Fourth Ward’s Ponce City Market – a reimagined mixed use development housed in the historic Sears Roebuck distribution center, originally built in 1926. The 4,000 square foot space, located on the center’s main level, draws inspiration from vintage artisan workshops to highlight the craft of old-school shoemaking. The space is defined by its signature harness ring chandelier, an installation comprised of 28,000 harness rings hung on 7,000 leather straps. Its minimal fixtures and lighter wood detailing create a modern feel in a space that simultaneously nods to the brand's 154-year history. The award-winning store seamlessly captures the spirit and essence of FRYE's heritage while being distinctly local to the Atlanta market. 

The Frye Company’s Atlanta flagship store is located in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. For more information visit, www.TheFryeCompany.com.  

FRYE MULE - Bulleit Bourbon Signature Cocktail #1 of the Night Recipe:

2 oz  Bourbon
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Ginger Beer
Garnish: Mint sprigs 

FRYE BLT - Bulleit Bourbon Signature Cocktail #2 of the Night Recipe:

2 oz Bulleit
4 oz Tonic
Garnish: 2 Lemons 

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FRYE CELEBRATES 2nd ANNIVERSARY WITH A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY LITTLE TYBEE

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FRYE Atlanta is celebrating two years in Atlanta with a music-infused evening at its store in Ponce City Market on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. Featuring an intimate, live performance by local favorite Little Tybee, FRYE Atlanta’s two-year anniversary celebration will keep attendees busy with nonstop interactive opportunities including an on-site vinyl pressing and listening station, signature Bulleit Bourbon cocktails, and Wild Heaven craft beer. Vinyl lovers will have the chance to bid on a limited edition Crosley record player with all proceeds being donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  Finally, shoppers that spend $1000 or more will receive a Crosley Nomad record player and a Paper Garden Records vinyl gift pack with purchase. The event is for ages 21 and up by RSVPing to rsvp@thefryecompany.com.

FRYE Atlanta opened its doors in August 2015 in the Old Fourth Ward’s Ponce City Market – a reimagined mixed use development housed in the historic Sears Roebuck distribution center, originally built in 1926. The 4,000 square foot space, located on the center’s main level, draws inspiration from vintage artisan workshops to highlight the craft of old-school shoemaking. The space is defined by its signature harness ring chandelier, an installation comprised of 28,000 harness rings hung on 7,000 leather straps. Its minimal fixtures and lighter wood detailing create a modern feel in a space that simultaneously nods to the brand's 154-year history. The award-winning store seamlessly captures the spirit and essence of FRYE's heritage while being distinctly local to the Atlanta market. 

The Frye Company’s Atlanta flagship store is located in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. For more information visit, www.TheFryeCompany.com.

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ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN OFFERS WEEKLY FIVE-COURSE CHEF TASTING EXPERIENCE

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Known for its impressive offerings and approachable, high-energy American cuisine, ONE. midtown kitchen has introduced an unforgettable, exclusive “5-6-7” dining experience now available each week. Never to disappoint, every Thursday diners can experience five delectable, off-the-menu courses created by Executive Chef Matt Weinstein at the six chef’s counter seats at 7 p.m. for $55 per person.  

A front row culinary adventure ideal for a date night or evening out with friends, reservations for ONE’s 5-6-7 chef's counter experience are required. To make a reservation, call ONE. midtown kitchen at 404.892.4111 or visit onemidtownkitchen.com.

Featuring Five Courses at Six Premier Chef’s Counter Seats at 7 p.m. Every Thursday

Featuring Five Courses at Six Premier Chef’s Counter Seats at 7 p.m. Every Thursday

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