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An intuitively curated, local lifestyle publication independently produced by a team of local writers, photographers, designers and marketers sharing tales about life in this vibrant riverside community north of Atlanta.

This is us.


Regina Barkley

Publisher, Editorial Director

Regina is a creative entrepreneur and accidental salesperson with 25 years of experience working with small, local business owners to help them connect with local customers through appropriate advertising mediums.

Her career in local magazines began in 1992 upon graduation from UGA with Atlanta Bride. As Market Manager, Regina was responsible for all sales, local marketing, special events and account management for the publication for eight years. In this role, she was blessed to have been mentored by smart, ethical and professional publishers who truly invested in their employees growth. The magazine went through four separate acquisitions, the last of which was Conde Nast, as they were developing hyperlocal versions of Modern Bride and Brides magazines. Later, with a young family, Regina worked remotely doing contract media sales for local versions of Glamour, Allure, Vogue and Bon Appetit.

She launched her first local magazine in 2013 -Canton Magazine- and the following year added Milton Magazine. In late 2014, Regina partnered with Chris Smith, of Roswell and formed Local Life Publishing, LLC, soon adding Roswell Magazine and Alpharetta Magazine to the portfolio. In 2019, after enjoying five years of his mentorship, Regina purchased Chris’ shares and is excited about the future of the business. Email Regina.

Regina Barkley,  Publisher | Editorial Director

Regina Barkley, Publisher | Editorial Director

Nicole Shea,  Associate Publisher

Nicole Shea, Associate Publisher

Nicole Shea

Associate Publisher

Nicole holds a Masters in Literacy, and comes from a background of teaching writing for 11 years.  She discovered her passion for writing when she participated in the National Writing Project.  Nicole is new to the magazine industry, but is eager to help the LLP brand launch and grow in her hometown, Marietta. Email Nicole.



Associate Publisher

Danielle has worked as a copywriter and editor for Local Life Publishing since high school. During college, she continued writing most of the cover stories for Roswell and Milton. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, she was promoted to Associate Publisher of Milton Magazine. With her background as a multi-platform journalist, Danielle seeks out and maintains strong relationships with the community and constantly looks for new ways to tell stories. Contact her for advertising and article opportunities. Email Danielle.

Danielle Bartling,  Associate Publisher

Danielle Bartling, Associate Publisher

Tran Bui,  Production Manager

Tran Bui, Production Manager


Production Manager

Tran Bui, is Emmy award-winning host and producer with 20+ years of experience in TV news, video production & marketing. She's also the founder of a family volunteer group called Little Helpers with 20 chapters across the country including Atlanta. Tran and her family moved to Roswell 4 years ago and she's thrilled to call our city home. Since her arrival, she has received a Hometown Heroes award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Inspiration Award from Best Self Atlanta Magazine, Hometown Media Award from the Alliance for Community Media, a gold Audio Visual Award and the MLK Humanitarian Award from Crabapple Middle School. Email Tran.





Why we do this.

Give Back. #givelocal

We admire the individuals who work tirelessly for local nonprofit organizations that directly help the underprivileged or underserved right here at home or around the world. We asked ourselves how we can give back to our community, we concluded it would be by doing what we do best — by using our gifts of graphic design, advertising, marketing, social promotion and writing content. We spread their messages of hope, encourage community support, sponsor and promote their fundraising events online and in print, and we provide complimentary advertising campaigns and extensive social promotion. We support the following nonprofits:

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The Basics

Our publications are designed to be different, disruptive in a hyper-local media industry that produces predictable publications in predictable formats. Our parent company, Local Life Publishing was born in 2013 from the desire to think outside this box. We started with size, asking ourselves, "Who decided every magazine should be full-size 8.5" X 11?" Our brand as a resource for small to medium-sized towns naturally called for a small to medium sized format - 7" X 9.5". Our odd size, matte 80# paper with soft-touch coating, flat spine, 60/40 editorial-to-advertising ratio, influential hyper-local editorial and classic / simple design elements produce stand-out publications.

Our policy is to write every piece from a faithfully local perspective, with depth. We’re a team of local writers, designers, photographers, marketers and salespersons who live, work, shop, eat, play, give and pray locally. We persuasively encourage our fans to think locally first, too.

We produce our magazines for three target audiences:

Our readers live and love living locally. That means they physically live in here, of course; but they also are the ones who deliberately shop, eat, play, pray and give in an intentionally local way. It's important to them they give their time and support to the restaurants, business owners and organizations in their own communities. We only write only about local topics, which wouldn’t be covered in regional media - and we elevate our content by avoiding local news and avoiding narrowed neighborhood level information. In our pages, readers find Cultural Arts, History, Recreation & Leisure, Philanthropy and Community-wide Events.

We offer marketing and advertising opportunities which connect and engage small businesses to their closest customers, geographically speaking. We’ve created a business model which makes it easy and even affordable for small, local businesses to advertise in a high-quality, brand-confirming medium on a consistent basis, offering smaller ad options for sole proprietors and smaller businesses.

We rally around everything local; and believe strongly in the power of CONNECTION between each other. We write a lot about gathering downtown —passionately encouraging committed community living, shopping, eating, working, playing and giving. Reading a print magazine is one of life’s little luxuries. See how connected you can feel to your community when disconnected from wifi.


Worldwide, print readers value both editorial and advertising as sources of information. Our writers aim for depth of content and imagery with every issue in both our sponsored and organic editorial. We cringe at the idea of the ‘traditional’ advertorial (yuck!). And we are bored when we receive ‘traditional’ press releases (eye roll). We politely demand a little more - requiring content that is more interesting than you’d traditionally find in predictable local magazines - that means we write a lot about people.

Writers and PR professionals would be wise to first read our Writer's Guidelines before submitting content to us. We offer “content marketing” opportunities for local businesses with something interesting to say and can provide big, beautiful professional images. These pieces have become reader and client favorites! Nothing is “shared'“ more on social media than a big beautiful article in a PRINT magazine. It’s easy to get written about online. But when your customers see you’ve been written about in PRINT, they always take a second look.

We do not accept unsolicited material nor do we take pitches for stories. On occasion we reach out to freelance writers to cover assigned topic feature stories. Organizations may submit press releases to us here.


Reach Out. 

Our people are out in the town listening and interacting with our friends, neighbors and organizations. Our offices are coffee shops and libraries.

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