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The Pinewood Tippling Room
What: A quintessential neighborhood hangout with lots of wood, a familiar vibe (it’s in the old Cakes & Ale spot), and fun foodstuffs like blackened shrimp tamales with spicy grits, oyster dip, and popcorn two ways (Parmigiano-Reggiano or olive oil and fresh herb).
Why: Elixirs like the Hibiscus Fizz (hibiscus-infused gin, lemon, lime, tupelo honey syrup, orange flower water, cream, and an egg white) and Picaresque Morning (Four Roses Yellow bourbon, pecan and pine nut orgeat syrup, and grated nutmeg).
When: Tues.-Fri., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.
Where: 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur (404-373-5507).
What: Get country in the city with a fair full of live music (Sourwood Honey, The Black Sheep Ensemble, Christ, Lord), Infinity Circus performances, tractor rides, Maypole dances, games, and local artisans.
Why: The afternoon benefits Slow Food Atlanta.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Gaia Gardens, 900 Dancing Fox Rd., Decatur. Tickets ($20) online at brownpapertickets.com.
BalanceDiet and Thinspa
What: Customized packages include personal nutrition coaching, meal planning, wellness workshops, fitness classes, and more, all under one roof.
Why: Spa services like the antiaging body wrap, energy facial with sea clay, age-reversing eye treatment, and infrared sauna.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 3275 Peachtree Rd. NE, ste. 240, Buckhead (404-996-1213).
Mel Boteri for Mercedes-Benz
What: Who needs to drive one when you can wear a Benz on your arm? The local designer’s sleek, leather bag ($499) comes in classic black or mod gray.
Why: That new handbag smell.
When: You need a pick-me-up.
Where: Online at accessories.mbusa.com.
Riverside Jazz Concert Series
What: Relax by the water while renowned musicians jam at Ray’s on the River (Ken Ford in May, Jon Liebman and friends in June, and Joey Sommerville in July).
Why: Proceeds benefit charities chosen by the restaurant (The Ken Ford Foundation, Fragile Kids Foundation, and Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper).
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m. (Also June 9 & July 21, 2 p.m.)
Where: 6700 Powers Ferry Rd., Marietta (770-955-1187). Tickets ($45) online at eventbrite.com.
Atlanta Streets Alive
What: Amuse yourself along a two-mile, traffic-free stretch that winds through Virginia Highland to Old Fourth Ward with double Dutch, belly dancing, marching bands, a walking play by WonderRoot, street hockey, Soccer in the Streets, bicycle polo, and more.
Why: Post up at Atkins Park for cornhole, Big Green Egg eats, and patio loungin’.
When: Sun., 2-6 p.m.
Where: N. Highland Ave. NE, b/t Virginia Ave. & Corley St.
Photo: Courtesy of The Pinewood