Looking back on 2015, Atlanta has a lot to be proud of. We checked out new restaurants, hit up new stores. We celebrated. A LOT. We unlocked our inner 5-year-old at the Jim Henson exhibit and took pride in our newly painted rainbow crosswalks. We said hello to new favorites and goodbye to old standbys. We had some bumps in the road (Home Depot’s epic data breach, the tragic death of Bobbi Kristina Brown) and some moments that had us scratching our heads (the musical chair ownership of the Atlanta Hawks). However we chose to focus on the positive and set our karma in the right direction for 2016. Take a look at some of our favorite standout moments we experienced as Atlantans in this 2015 year in review.

We Shopped, Ate, Drank and Shopped Some More

Ponce City Market

The long awaited arrival of Ponce City Market happened, and we ate it up. Literally. Occupying the formerly defunct building, which housed a Sears, Roebuck & Co. store, warehouse and regional office from 1926 to 1979, PCM became the hot place to explore. While a few outposts opened their doors in late 2014, 2015 brought us the opening of the food hall, plus shops like Karoo, Binders and Ponce Denim Company. With even more development in the works at PCM, we can’t wait to see what it will hold for Atlanta in 2016.

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market opened to the public and gave Atlantans a new place to people watch. Image: Steve Schaefer/Special to the AJC

Krog Street Market

A hop, skip and a jump down the BeltLine from PCM sits Krog Street Market, another great place for Atlantans to get their shopping, food and drink on. We noshed on tacos at Ford Fry’s Superica, sipped crafted brews at Hop City and shopped great local outposts like Mama, Xocoatl Small Batch Chocolate  and The Merchant (all of which have been included in our various FINDS articles). On our way out, we picked up goods to stock our kitchens at The Spotted Trotter and The Little Tart Bakeshop and hydrated from KSM’s complimentary soda water on tap.

We Celebrated

Google Fiber

Atlantans everywhere rejoiced when the news came in January that Google would be bringing Google Fiber Internet service to the metro area. With speeds of up to 100 times the normal rate of basic broadcast, Internet junkies celebrated the eventual end of buffering and quickly added their names to the list for a free Google Fiber T-shirt. Get ready, Atlanta. #FiberIsComing

Atlanta Hawks streak

So besides all that craziness with the team’s ownership mentioned above, the 2014-2015 Atlanta Hawks dribbled their way to victory … 19 times in a row. The Hawks went down in history in February 2015 as they became the first NBA team to win 17 games without a loss over a single month, then added two more to the record books. Atlanta packed Philips Arena to cheer on its hometown boys as they chalked up win after win after win.

Baton Bob’s wedding

Atlanta favorite Baton Bob tied the knot with beau Gary Bender on Friday, June 26, and invited the city of Atlanta to celebrate. Making the day even sweeter? The landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country came down that very day. Bob and Gary celebrated with The Conscience Coupling Coronation and Costume Ball at Park Tavern and invited the public. There was dancing, singing and, of course, baton twirling. All proceeds benefited the American Diabetes Association and Project Open Hands. Something worth celebrating, indeed!

Baton Bob

Baton Bob married his partner and invited the entire city of Atlanta to celebrate their big day, following the legalization of gay marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court. Image: Ryan Nabulsi/WABE

We Got Cultured

SCAD FASH

Savannah College of Art and Design opened SCAD FASH, a museum of fashion, in October at its Atlanta campus with the inaugural exhibit, “Oscar de la Renta,” celebrating the life and works of the late designer. The exhibit features more than 60 works and also includes “Ovation for Oscar,” a short film commissioned by SCAD celebrating the life of the artist. SB Tip: It runs through December 31, so get your tickets NOW and hurry over before the last day.

Jim Henson Exhibit at Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts paid tribute to the late, great Jim Henson with the opening of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of Henson’s work, plus other puppets from around the globe. The long-term exhibits feature some of the artist’s most well-known characters and are the perfect outing for all ages.

Shaky Knees and Music Midtown

In 2015, Atlantans turned off the TV and went outside to hear some great music. In May, the third annual Shaky Knees Festival welcomed artists like The Strokes, The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams over three days at Central Park in Midtown Atlanta. Then in September, festival mainstay Music Midtown hit Piedmont Park for two days of music stars like Elton John, Drake and Van Halen. We ate, drank and danced all day while enjoying the great Atlanta outdoors.

Shaky Knees

Music festivals, like Shaky Knees and Midtown Music, entertained throngs of Atlantans for days and brought our city together over a shared musical experience. Image: Shaky Knees

What a year! 2015 has flown by and brought the city of Atlanta so many wonderful things to look back on with pride. We could write pages and pages of all the happenings, events and newsworthy Atlanta stories, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 holds.

What were your favorite moments from 2015? Let us know through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and make sure to get ready for another fabulous year!