Audra Explains How You Can Get Paid to Give Your Opinion About What Goes on Store Shelves!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Yes, I realize the title of this article in and of itself sounds like a scam.  Too good to be true?  NO!  I visited the Consumer Innovation Center (CIC) and can show you my pictures and verify this is true!

First, let me mention the convenient location next to Dunwoody’s HOBNOB. … Read More »

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The Skin RN says we should get facials every 4-6 weeks….no more than 8 weeks in between!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

This is message is certainly for everyone in our AHA! audience but I’d like to make double darn sure I have the attention of all the Wesleyan and Cornerstone Mamas and anyone who regularly finds themselves frequenting The Forum or Peachtree Corners Town Center shopping center areas.  I’m over that way myself a lot for Sprouts, Trader Joes and visiting my aunt!… Read More »

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What is that building caddy corner from the Georgetown Waffle House that you can now so clearly see?

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

When leaving the Georgetown Kroger and heading back toward Dunwoody on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, the view is very different these days.  Many trees have been chopped down making room for sidewalks and bike lanes and the burying of utilities.  Now you can now clearly see the JF&CS buildings located at 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. … Read More »

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How the Butterfly “Festival” Morphed into the Butterfly “Experience” and Why You Should Plan to Go!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I recently sat down at the Dunwoody Nature Center with three of the lovely ladies working behind the scenes to bring us a fabulous 2021 Butterfly Experience.  As it turns out, the weekend of August 19-22 is going to be HUGE in Dunwoody.  Plan to stay in town that weekend! … Read More »

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Peggy and Audra Visit CrossFit Dunwoody

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I first visited CrossFit Dunwoody in April of 2019.  Much has changed since then.  First, the owner, Glenn, has gotten a haircut, a wife, and will become a father in October!  Probably more noticeable are their new digs…. CrossFit Dunwoody vacated their space in the Dunwoody Village shopping center now occupied by Village Threads and moved about 100 yards away into the out-parcel that used to be Jiffy Lube. … Read More »

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Brian and Silvia Eufinger are helping kids get into their dream colleges and saving families money….

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

So, how can I get your attention?  Let me try this:

Current 8th graders have control NOW over which college they can attend.   Yep, I said 8th graders…. let me say it again…. EIGHTH GRADERS.

What do I mean? Well, GPA (Grade Point Average) is EXTREMELY important to colleges, and grade inflation has been dramatically rising the last decade, with over 47% of students having an A average in 2017, and likely more than 50% today!… Read More »

Before & After at Audra’s House with Alpha Clean Pressure Washing

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Having my home, deck, driveway, and walkways pressure/soft washed has turned out to be the gift that keeps on giving.  Chris and Daniel from Alpha Clean performed the work the day before I left town for a much needed 10 day “spring break”.  My hubby and I LOVED the new clean look but I didn’t have time to write any notes before I left town. … Read More »

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We made BRACELETS at Spruill Center for the Arts!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I’ve known Alan Mothner, the CEO of Spruill Center for the Arts, since our kids played Little League baseball at Murphey Candler park and I’ve lived in Dunwoody since 2002 but I’ve never taken an art class at Spruill!  Well, until last week that is….

Alan invited Peggy, Lauren, their daughters, and me to a jewelry making class taught by Amy Gresens. … Read More »

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Team Building with Taste ~ Such a fun night out making Tapas!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I have been so very fortunate to have been given several opportunities lately to visit local businesses and participate in fun programs that are still “social-distance friendly”.  Last week was no exception.  This time, Peggy and I decided to take my hubby with us!  We laughed, learned, laughed more, chopped, laughed, sauteed, sneaked bites of Manchego cheese, laughed, cooked, ate and laughed even more!… Read More »

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From Cutie Pies to Residential Real Estate with a stop or two in between – Audra’s chat with Kerry Arias

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Do y’all remember the charming boutique Cutie Pies that used to be in Dunwoody Village?  They carried the most adorable children’s clothing.  Who could forget when they offered Easter Portraits with baby ducklings?!  Sadly Cutie Pies closed in the summer of 2014 so the owners could focus on their family.

I worked with Cutie Pies way back then to spread the word about their boutique but never met the owners.  I remembered their last name was Arias.  So, when I recently received an email from Kerry Arias, Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, I figured it had to be the same Kerry and couldn’t wait to stop by to meet her!

I was right…Kerry Arias, once Cutie Pies Boutique Owner extraordinaire, has basically moved her office next door and jumped from retail to real estate!  I sat down with her last week and really enjoyed getting to know her and learning about her professional career.   She began her career with The Home Depot when they had a mere 43 stores but retired after 13 years in 1998!   From the beginning of her career, she has always known the importance and relevance of excellent customer service.  In all her various jobs throughout her career thus far, she says the thread weaving them all together is her desire to provide value to others.

She confessed to me that, for her, Cutie Pies was not really about the amazing clothes but rather about her desire to provide value and exceptional service to her customers.  She reminded me about bringing Tatiana in to talk about her book Fred the Fox Shouts No! … having photos with Santa for families, and of course the adorable ducklings at Easter!   Kerry told me that when shopping at the merchandise mart for inventory she always had her regular customers in mind when choosing what to purchase for the boutique.  After closing the boutique, she took time to focus on her family and even briefly worked as the Director of Parish Life at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church.  All the while she focused on providing value to whomever she was serving during each phase of her life.

Interestingly, Kerry passed her real estate exam years ago right about the same time that she was called to Colorado to adopt her miracle little girl, Christina Maria.  Soon thereafter a miracle pregnancy for Kerry and Marcos brought their son Antonio into the world.  Her babies are now in 9th and 11th grade at Blessed Trinity.   Kerry decided now was the time to dust off the real estate exam books and start over with her pre-motherhood real estate career goal!

We laughed about the fact that Cutie Pies was practically next door to her current Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties office in Dunwoody.  In fact, while working at Cutie Pies, Kerry remembers meeting DeAnn Golden, who was serving as the managing broker at the time and now senior vice president, regional manager and reached out to them first about her desire for a new career in residential real estate.  Kerry started her real estate career DURING the pandemic but is enjoying it tremendously.  She told me about a recent experience with the children of a 90-year young mom living in California.  All the “kids” live in metro Atlanta and interviewed Kerry to see if she could be the one to find the perfect home for their independent mom to get her across the country and near the family!   Kerry immediately won over all the siblings and her client is now happily residing in an amazing ranch style home equidistant from her children and grandchildren.  This opportunity put Kerry in her ideal element of having many “customers” to serve and finding value for all of them!

During her short time in the real estate world, Kerry has loved the variety of clients and their real estate needs.  I had to write it down when she said: “Everyone is a joy in their own way…the variety is fun!”  She’s just so kind and sincere and really seems to thrive on serving her clients.

When I asked her “Why Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties?” she was quick to tell me “There was never a question”.   Kerry told me “the brand equals Service and integrity”.   She loves the support she receives from the company.   She mentioned they provide one-stop shopping convenience within the company offering all the home related services needed when purchasing or selling real estate.  With a middle name like “HomeServices” it’s no surprise that consumers have direct access to  a myriad of other company owned partners like Prosperity Home Mortgage and HomeServices Insurance, both are also owned by the same parent company and add great value to the process.  Additionally, through their affiliations with other real estate related service provides, they can offer convenient closing and title services and even provide coverage of a home warranty during the listing term.  This provides the sellers with piece of mind should one of the components of the home malfunction during the listing period minimizing unexpected expenses   Kerry says all these “in house perks” help her work better and faster to continue providing value to her clients.  Plus, Kerry says Sally Moore, her managing broker is incredible and so supportive in helping everyone succeed.

When I asked Kerry to sum up for me what she would want the Aha! subscribers to know about her she said very simply:  “For me, it is all about serving people and providing value to whatever their needs are.”

Kerry Arias, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Georgia
kerry.arias@bhhsgeorgia.com
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770•393•3200 (office)
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Audra’s YouTube Tour of a Newly Constructed Home in Dunwoody – with Karen and Polly!

By Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Karen Cannon
Polly Frederick

My ties to Karen Cannon Realtors run deep.  Foodie Patty and Karen were Branches neighborhood girlfriends.  I believe I actually first met Karen at Patty’s 40th birthday party.  Patty would have been 54 this year.  Polly Frederick is one of Karen’s top agents and has been one of my best friends since we were pregnant with our now almost twenty-year-olds!  I’m so proud of both of these women and look forward to many more years of friendship!

Last fall when I decided to start interviewing clients for featured articles, Karen is the person I first contacted.  Our teams brainstormed and decided we would feature an article about a brand-new home first.  Newly constructed homes are hard to find in Dunwoody and therefore highly sought after by buyers in the current market.  Additionally, I’m trying to improve my film and video editing skills and Karen was more than willing to get her team involved to provide me with this opportunity. Read More »

Audra’s Visit to The Suits Team ~ 9 Moms working together 24/7 to get their clients in homes they love to live in!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I’d like to introduce you to one of our newest Aha! Connection clients, Madalyn Suits.   Madalyn recently invited me to her Keller Williams office at Town Brookhaven.  Her beautiful office space is located towards the back of the Town Brookhaven development just before you get to the now closed CinéBistro and is on the second floor above the retail area.  There are hundreds of Keller Williams agents working out of this Keller Williams Peachtree Road location but Madalyn’s “Suits Team” of 9 are rocking the real estate market together and loving it! Read More »

AR Worskshop in Chamblee ~ I love this place and can’t wait to go back again and again!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Peggy sent me this link and said Melissa Martin had reached out to us inviting us to come check out AR Workshop in downtown Chamblee.  I immediately responded yes, yes, yes, when can we go?  Peggy, Lauren, and I scheduled as quickly as we could and had our team building workshop date on March 3rd.   … Read More »

Zurn Plumbing – Did you know the owners are DHS grads/siblings?

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Visiting so many businesses lately has reminded me of my days in International Sales for AT&T.  I had forgotten how much I love learning about small businesses and their owners/entrepreneurs.  I will admit though that it is a little more fun knowing I do not have to close a sale to meet my quota at the end of these friendly AHA meetings!… Read More »

Audra’s Visit to Dunwoody Baptist Preschool

By Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Update:  I just realized I failed to mention the amazing Liz Green.   She was so wonderful to me and my family when I had preschoolers at DBP and her daughter Candace even taught my youngest in the 4 year old class!   Liz was out of the office on the date of my tour but she was the person who spear headed the science lab and carefully chose the animals and everything to include in it.Read More »