Scout on the Town

Liza DunningLiza Dunning

When I joined SkyBlox to help launch what I thought was a cool idea to help local businesses and people, I had no idea how proud I’d be at this point of what Scoutmob has become.

We just launched on Jan. 13 and, the buzz has been phenomenal. It’s awesome to hear the feedback from you guys, not to mention and receiving the love for the brand and businesses. We love any and all feedback – and here’s hoping Scoutmob will continue to grow and bring more events, deals and excitement to the city we all love to call home.

Enough of the sappy stuff, already. Let’s get on to the Scoutfinds for February:

REMINISCE: Diana: A Celebration
Princess Diana’s legend lives on with this exhibition at Civic Center, which features are galleries holding more than 150 objects, including Diana’s royal wedding gown, 28 designer dresses, family heirlooms and jewelry, paintings, home movies, diamond tiaras, even the original text of her brother Earl Spencer’s tribute to his sister at her Westminster Abbey funeral. Talk about a tribute. Continues through March 31. 3985 Piedmont Ave. www.atlantaciviccenter.com or (404)523-6275.

COLLECT: Art Papers 11th Annual Art Auction

The 11th annual Art Papers Art Auction will give local art lovers (with a budget for this kind of buying) the chance to add to their collection. Featuring the work of famed and emerging artists from around the world, the auction will have a Collector’s Preview on Friday night and the Silent Auction on that following Saturday night. Get the full scoop, including a list of the artist names and sponsors, as well as ticket information online at www.artpapers.org/auction. Feb. 5 and 6 at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199-B Armour Dr. (404) 588-1837.

EAT & MEET: Prelude to Staplehouse

At risk of bringing more attention to the buzzed-about dinner party duo (thereby shrinking my chance of making it on the first-come/first-serve guest list), I have to give some Intown love to Staplehouse. Ryan and Jen Hidinger created this home-grown dinner party as a prelude to the restaurant that’ll soon open and as a promise of what’s to come. The intimate meal is hosted in their home, allowing the Hidingers to “talk with guests and hear their thoughts on the food, the city and all the possibilities.”  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing yet another passionate and creative team on the Atlanta dining scene. Check out their blog and get on the email list at www.staplehouse.com.

VALENTINE’S DAY: Pay the love forward

Some may call it “Hallmark Card Appreciation Day,” but regardless of whether you honor this holiday or not, you must at least make a few people (friends, lovers, strangers, random mailboxes) feel special. Enter Heidi Geldhauser. I read about this project of hers over a year ago, but I had no idea that she was from Atlanta until recently. Her “i love you” project sounded to me like something I would have ‘loved’ to do, so I ordered a free stack of her cards, which I’ve left all over the place. They’re only $5 (to cover her costs of printing and shipping), but you receive 25 of those business-card-size notes printed with those three magic words. They’re perfect for committing random act of love. Order your own at www.iloveyoucards.org.

Liza Dunning is a native Atlantan, music-lover, food-eater, and full-time culture-junkie. She’ll be scouting the city for local goodness with Scoutmob.com. Reach out at Liza@scoutmob.com or follow her on Twitter: @scoutmob

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