Chris Appleton is a pretty desirable guy. Between his uncanny resemblance to my seventh grade crush, Graham Carson, his tiger eyes, and general altruistic awesomeness, there is not a lot to dislike. Although known primarily as one of the founders of WonderRoot Community Arts Center, Chris’ resume boasts everything from work as an animal rights activist and a handyman to being an Atlanta Braves fanatic.
Appleton began talks of creating WonderRoot at the ripe age of 20. Now, six years later, WonderRoot has been going strong for two years as an official organization—and is about to celebrate their community centers’ first year anniversary. So, with all these accomplishments under his belt, what’s next in line for WonderRoot? More community centers, for one thing. Appleton and his partners are currently looking to expand westward in the near future; the West End is one of many neighborhoods they are looking to break into.
I asked Chris if he could give a “word to the ladies.” He responded: “Come see me and volunteer at WonderRoot! Make Atlanta a better place!”
In fact, “Make Atlanta a better place!” is one theme that ran throughout our whole conversation—you might call it Appleton’s motto. His love for Atlanta is probably one reason that WonderRoot has thrived and continues to become an evermore important resource for Atlanta. Chris says that WonderRoot’s ongoing success is “a testament to how much Atlanta needs and wants us right now.”
The WonderRoot One Year Anniversary will be May 30th and will feature the I Love Atlanta art show, a barbeque, and the DVD debut of the first four episodes of WonderRoot TV. Best of all, a kissing booth may be in the works, which will feature both Chris and his cohort, Witt—who isn’t too bad looking himself. Unfortunately, Chris does have a lady friend, whose information we’ll keep private. (We can’t have y’all sending her hate mail, can we!?) So don’t look to get any more from Chris than just a kiss.