From hipster T-shirts to bespoke fashions, Atlanta‘s shopping scene runs the gamut. Purchase a bonsai tree from a monk at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit or pick out a wacky costume from Little Five Point’s beloved Junkman’s Daughter, but whatever you do, don’t leave the “Big Peach” without some swag from one of these signature shops in Atlanta.
As the name suggests, this showroom only retails products designed and made in the Atlanta metro area. More than 70 artists contribute their creations to Atlanta MADE, from custom-made furniture such as dining tables and lamps to jewellery, organic skincare and stationary. The diverse collection also includes paintings, sculptures and other works of art.
Peruse the works of talented local artisans and designers at this West Atlanta shop that also has pop-up locations around the city. Jewellery, apparel, accessories, bath and body, and art and décor fill the industrial space at Crafted, with standouts including Blue Papoose’s kid-friendly crowns; all natural beer- and champagne-laced soaps from Brown Bag Soap Co.; and Custom Coaster’s tumbled marble coasters featuring Atlanta landmarks – the perfect gift to take home.
Looking for a pink wig, Magic 8 Ball and patent leather knee-high boots? Then Junkman’s Daughter is the place to go. Since 1982 this “Alternative Superstore” in Little Five Points has been one of the best shops in Atlanta for unconventional fashions, out-there housewares and eccentric gifts and collectibles. The 10,000-square-foot space also features a tobacco shop and shoe department at the top of a 20-foot red high-heeled staircase.
Monastery of the Holy Spirit Abbey Garden Center
Less than 30 miles from downtown Atlanta is a community of more than 40 monks who dedicate themselves to the worship of God – and the selling of bonsai. Visit the Abbey Garden Center for a variety of gardening items, including all bonsai related plants and supplies. From pottery made in Japan and Korea to special Monastery soil, this place is a special find for the gardening enthusiast.
Los Angeles-based and local Atlanta designers are the highlight of this California Southern style boutique, opened in 2007. Every four to six weeks owner Sabrina Davis curates a new combination of dresses, tops and T-shirts for each occasion – from a casual work or weekend day to a night out – handpicking every piece herself. Range Boutique also includes an in-store jewellery and bead shop, Brina Beads, giving shoppers even more reason to stop by.
Sid Mashburn and Ann Mashburn
After a combined more than 50 years in the fashion industry, Sid and Ann Mashburn followed their dream of opening their own fashion destination in 2007. Located on Atlanta’s Westside, the connected men and women’s shop offers the couples’ own designed-and-produced clothing as well as their favourite “classic, iconic, and hard-to-find pieces”. One of the most popular shops in Atlanta, stop by for that perfectly tailored blazer or 100 per cent leather throw-everything-in tote that you’ll keep for years.
With three shops in Atlanta, this fun and girly boutique is one-stop shop for gifts, accessories and clothes. Pick up a monogrammed flask, collegiate decor or a collection of Southern-inspired goodies – from a silver Georgia state necklace to food trays and cookbooks. Festivity also offers a wide variety of handbags, totes, apparel and jewellery sure to please your inner fashionista.
Virgin Atlantic operates direct flights to Atlanta from London Heathrow, giving you the perfect excuse to go on a shopping spree.
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Written by Giannina Smith Bedford