Atlanta City Guide
|Atlanta, “Capital of the New South,” land of Gone With the Wind, birthplace of MLK Jr., and home to Coke, CNN, and Delta, has some of the most unique shops in the country, with small boutiques, sophisticated galleries, and specialty antique shops attracting shoppers from all over the Southeast. Elegant malls provide focus for those seeking higher-density retail options. At night the charming, stylish streets of the city transform into exciting Hotlanta. Atlanta also has a renowned live music scene, with the fabulous historic Fox Theatre landmark hosting big shows and acts. Expect a world-class destination, with the promise of sensational shopping adventures.|
|Shopping diehards head for fashionable Buckhead, with its quaint shops, art galleries, and upscale malls like Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square.
Phipps Plaza, one of Atlanta's seriously fashionable shopping centers, has a lovely interior and exclusive shops (from Gucci to Juicy, Caswell-Massey to Jimmy Choo, with Tiffany, Versace, Max Mara, Barneys and others in between) anchored by Nordstrom, Belk, and Saks. (3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-262-0992) … Just across the way is the equally premier Lenox Square
(accessible via complimentary shuttle).
Bennett Street's renovated warehouses offer antiques, accessories, and art. Similar finds can be had in Virginia-Highlands, an extended stretch of fashionable boutiques and home-décor shops. For a cooler, less refined version of this scene, slide over to Little Five Points, hip and fun and a tad more alternative all around.
Underground Atlanta, the historic shopping and entertainment complex in the Five Points neighborhood downtown, bustles 24/7, with over 6 blocks of shopping, entertainment, caricature drawings, fortune telling, homemade candy, dining, clubs, souvenirs, even guided history tours. (50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta, GA 30303; 404-523-2311) … Atlantic Station, 30 midtown acres of shops and homes, is so large it has its very own zip code. Find upscale and big-name chain stores, including the first IKEA on the East Coast -- and the only one that serves grits!
Broad Street Antique Mall
boasts 20,000 sq. ft. of antiques and 200 showcases of collectibles in a suburb 10 miles from the center of town. (3550 Broad St.,
Chamblee, GA 30341; 770-458-6316)
|Start with Jac's for a beautiful, cool, brilliantly edited assortment of unique stuff -- just as they claim -- for him, her, and little ones. (245 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307; 404-681-4696) … Change gears at Value Village Thrift Store, fully stocked with brand-name merch -- retro, vintage, and new. (10 locations in the Atlanta metropolitan area; 770-840-7283) … along similar lines, check out Priceless Treasures Boutique, a chic full-service consignment store for men, women, and children, with vintage togs as well as current overstocks from designer boutiques. (572 Edgewood Ave. Ste. 115, Atlanta, GA 30312; 404-343-4446).
For the fella in your life, The Executive Shop sets the slick standard with sharp imported menswear for getting truly duded up. Yowza. (56 Walton Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303; 404-577-2898) … An entirely different kind of duding up goes on at Abbadabba's Cool Shoes, home to gazillion casual, very cool comfort shoes -- clogs, Vans, sneaks, Birks, Uggs, and everything in between. (5 stores, call for locations: 770-491-6775) … Jedal Italian Fashion, a long, pointy-toed stride way in the opposite direction, features aggressively sexy high-end come-hither stilettos featuring hand-sewn stones and trailing ankle straps, plus butter-soft leather driving loafers for him. (3500 Peachtree Rd., Phipps Plaza, suite f3, Buckhead; 404-816-3024) … Get a glimpse of more trendy shoes, glam sunglasses, and luxe bags at Chelsea Parkes . (227 Sandy Springs Pl., Atlanta GA 30328; 404-256-3344).
|The inventory at Scarlet Loves Rhettro, where “Atlanta's antiques of the past meet antiques of the future,” is as charming and engaging as the store's name, with equal parts funky finds and rare, smart grabs. Discover discounted treasures upstairs at 50 Off Loft. (436 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308; 888-325-4377) … Eclectic retail co-op At the Collective offers a happy collection of local art, beauty products, home accessories--25 booths filled with jewelry, ethnic artwork, and food from local kitchens. (280 Elizabeth St., Atlanta, GA 30307; 770-696-5845).
For a class act, treat yourself to Erika Reade Ltd,
whose exceptional home accessories, charming antiques, delicious bed linens, glassware, and hand-picked accessories and jewelry come with signature gift wrapping that Atlantans have come to associate with great things inside. Martha Stewart, eat your heart out. (3732 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342; 404-233-3857) … The Beehive Co-op presents a new "local by design" retailing concept with unique, modern, handmade items created by emerging local and regional designers
and artisans. (1831A Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA; 404-351-1166).
|Star Provisions, a luxurious culinary dream shop, offers separate markets for deli, grocery, cheese (200 kinds!), bakery, and wine to eat your heart out in, plus gifts and kitchen supply enticements. Call it Disneyland for foodies. (1198 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30318; 404-365-0410) … Dekalb World Market dishes up local and exotic comestibles, spices, and produce you won't find just anywhere, everything from wine to olive oil to orchids, in more than 140,000 sq. ft. of shopping space. Metro (i.e. MARTA) accessible. (3000 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030; 404-377-6400) … At Chazz Southern Cooking, hunker down to comfort food like smoked pork and beef ribs, plus catfish, buttermilk-fried bird and okra, slaw, salmon croquettes, plus chicken and waffles for brunch. Pure Atlanta. (517 Flat Shoals Ave., East Atlanta Village, GA 30316; 404-748-1875).|