GA Spotlight

Review: Cellairis’ Hands-Free Cell Phone Mounts

July 1, 2018 rolled around like any other day, except that it wasn’t. As the distracted-driving crackdown went into effect, the cops were out in full force, waiting for knuckleheads with cell phones in thei...
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Mixx blends social, upscale atmosphere

Mixx blends social, upscale atmosphere

The owners of Mixx are in the middle of a series of renovations designed to make the club more comfortable and upscale — something they believe is lacking in LGBT Atlanta’s nightlife scene.

The bar first opened in 2009 as one of the only non-smoking venues in Midtown and has since become a popular after-work destination.

The 3,200 square-foot club features a large dance floor, two bars, a covered outdoor area and a wall-sized projection system that plays music videos.

Mixx hosts a variety of weekly events, including local pianist David Reeb, Texas Hold’em Poker and the weekly Grown and Sexy Party, but the bar’s owners are planning a series of upcoming events they hope will make Mixx a local nightlife fixture.

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Aaron Born makes Fifth Ivory Public House a home

The Fifth Ivory

The Fifth Ivory Public House at the corner of Juniper and 10th Street is the kind of restaurant mash-up that requires several slashes in its description.

Piano bar / Southern kitchen / Irish pub might suffice, but to gay owner Aaron Born, the Midtown eatery’s hodgepodge is something much simpler: good, affordable food and drinks in comfortable surrounds with live piano six nights per week.

“It’s supposed to be a home,” Born says.

The restaurant, which was voted GA Voice’s 2012 “Best New Restaurant,” is a shared dream between Born and his longtime friend and now business partner Cam Murphy.

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Tom Born offers massage, chiropractic services

Tom Born

If we don’t take care of our bodies, where will we live? – Anonymous

That saying is the perfect reflection of how important it is to maintain a healthy and mobile lifestyle, according to massage and chiropractic practitioner Dr. Tom Born.

Born, whose professional career started at a spa in the famed Casa Marina resort in Key West, Fla., is a firm believer in healthy movement.

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Georgia queer writer named Lambda Literary Fellow

Sarah Fonseca

Sarah Fonseca of Atlanta is currently finishing up her BA in Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. and writing a memoir on being a queer Latina working in a Mexican restaurant. Recently, she was selected as the only person from Georgia to be a Lambda Literary Fellow.

Being named a Fellow is a dream come true for the 23-year old student and she hopes to raise enough money to make the trip to Los Angeles for the emerging writer’s retreat — or “queer writers boot camp” — and study under the likes of LGBT authors such as Dorothy Allison.

“On the last day the Lambda Literary Fellow application could be postmarked, I pawned my computer to make the fee. There was no afterthought: The Lambda Literary Emerging Writer’s Retreat is where I need to be. Had I not been accepted this year and the world remained intact after 2012, I would’ve applied next year, and the one after that,” she writes in a bio for the foundation.

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Georgia queer writer named Lambda Literary Fellow


Sarah Fonseca of Atlanta is currently finishing up her BA in Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., writing a memoir on being a queer Latina working in a Mexican restaurant and was recently the only person from Georgia to be selected to be a Lambda Literary Fellow.

As part of the fellowship, Fonseca, 23, has the opportunity to attend an emerging writers' retreat in L.A. — but she readily admits she doesn't have the funds to make the trip. She's asking for donations from individuals willing to help her achieve a major goal. People can donate by visiting this link.

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Carl Black: Sharing life via social networks

Carl Black

If you don’t know Carl Black IRL (in real life), then you may follow him on many of the social networks available — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Once the King of Yelp (yes, really), Black, who is gay, always has a cheerful tweet or photo to share with his virtual network as well as an eternal smile he likes to share with close friends and people he meets at various social and volunteering functions.

And if you want to see the places, food and sunsets he loves to share, check him out at

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Brain & Body Solutions offers unique therapies

Dr. Stephanie Rimka

Dr. Stephanie Rimka of Brain and Body Solutions has a simple message for those looking to stay healthy: “Stop and breathe,” she says. “It’s free, it doesn’t take a lot of time and nobody does it.”

But for people dealing with more severe health issues, taking a moment to breathe might not be enough to overcome ADHD, memory loss, anxiety, sleep problems or depression.

That’s where Rimka and Brain and Body Solutions come in. The wellness practice offers several different kinds of therapies, such a neurofeedback, sound therapy, nutrition and chiropractic services, that can help alleviate ailments without the use of drugs and surgeries.

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Out in office: Meet Ga.’s only openly gay mayor

Kathie deNobriga

You can safely say that Pine Lake’s 2012 Inaugural Ball was unlike any other held this year for elected officials in Georgia.

The new mayor held a pink wand as she made her first speech, and danced with the town’s First Woman.

Kathie deNobriga, 61, is a longtime advocate for the arts; she now works as a consultant and is a certified mediator. She moved to Pine Lake to be with her life partner, poet Alice Teeter, and was first elected to the City Council in the tiny Atlanta suburb in 2002.