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Kimball House co-owner Bryan Rackley literally shucks thousands of oysters a month, but he couldn't seem to find a good-looking oyster knife that actually works. Enter Heartwood Forge's Will Manning: master craftsman and fellow obsessive. After an exhaustive collaborative process, they've come up with the KH-850: perhaps (finally) the world's most perfect oyster shucker.

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This one's for the reveler; the eaters, the imbibers, the home cooks and the grillmasters. Cheers, y'all—to getting lit this Christmas. 

This sartorially-inclined guide is for the social butterfly, the super Mom, the sisters and like-a-sisters. We kept a forgivable fit in mind for giving, so most of these pieces are easy on and off, one-size-fits-all kinds of finds.

 We scoured the South, the web and our beau's brains for the kind of stuff the guys in your life actually want to receive, then field tested it for approval with the guys in our own lives.

Some girls aren't all that girly. They prefer Lucchese to Louboutin and Manhattans to Moscow Mules. This gift list is for the girl who's in touch with her feminine side ... but still kills her own spiders.

What We're Shopping

Photo: Caroline Fontenot

Photo: Caroline Fontenot

Meet Jonny P, the coolest Nashville-based soul sensation you've never heard of (yet). Watch him perform his original Christmas song "Time of Year" at Salemtown Board Company, plus more exclusive holiday recordings with Penny & Sparrow and Drew Holcomb:

Christmas with Drew Holcomb

at John Emerald Distilling in Opelika, AL

Christmas with Jonny P

at Salemtown Board Co. in Nashville, TN

Christmas with Penny & Sparrow

at Acre Restaurant in Auburn, AL


Next up on our social calendar:

"They didn't judge me for my crazy clothes or my makeup that I would wear back when I dressed probably more like my sister than a man. I think there are some places that are timeless and Smith's [is] one of those. It was our Cheers." - Musician Butch Walker

from Pulling Back the Curtain At Smith's Olde Bar, September 2015

Christmas Guest DJ: Great Bear Wax Co.'s Jake Carnley

The celebrated Alabama candle maker puts together some of his favorite woodsy holiday tunes. 

JNG's Christmas Playlist

Our editor's current holiday rotation.

Guest DJ: Chef Angus Brown

Songs the James Beard-nominated Atlanta chef is listening to in the kitchen, including Georgia artists Deerhunter, James Brown and Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics. 

"All I ever want is a single-malt, and they actually make that here... the best American single-malt I've ever had." - Delta Spirit lead singer Matt Vasquez

from Meet Me In Lebanon: The Tale of Opelika in Three Acts, June 2015


Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee

Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee

6 Whiskey Drinks To Warm Your Bones This Fall

We asked our friends at Ford Fry's family of Atlanta restaurants to shake up a few whiskey creations to warm your cold, dead heart.

Photo: Emily B. Hall

Photo: Emily B. Hall

Marsh Mud & Sea Salt: How to Throw A Low Country Boil

Adoptive Southern Chef Whitney Otawka discovers the secret to perfect Frogmore Stew.

"We didn't have a drug problem. We had a life problem." - Morgan Johnston 

from Love Story: The Rock & Roll Romance of Duquette Johnston, April 2015


Meet Our Makers

We teamed up with the Frye boot company to tell the multi-platform story of four Atlanta women creating the next generation of heritage brands.

Southern Pride: 6 Atlanta Members of the LGBTQ Community Reflect on Love's New Era

The reflections of prominent Southern members of the LGBTQ community on what  equality and commitment mean to them in a victorious new era for love in all its many forms.

The Perfect Thank You Note

Heather Wiese-Alexander, of Dallas-based luxury stationer Bell'INVITO, offers her tips on meaningful (and beautiful) thank you notes.


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