What’s the best way to start 2016? SHOPPING! We’ve shopped until we almost dropped to find you some of our favorite FINDS at Atlanta stores. We all know the best way to reward yourself after a busy, gift-giving, holiday season is to … buy yourself another gift!
For the Kiddos
Every princess of the kitchen needs royal cakes and cookies! Your child will love getting her hands dirty with this fairy princess baking kit, $14, from Gretchen’s Children’s Shop. The set includes measuring spoons, three cookie cutters, silicone cake mold, princess timer and, of course, a fairy princess wand for magically delicious treats.
Last month, we saw tons and tons of rain, so make sure your child looks cute while he or she is getting drenched with these adorable raincoats from Salon Red Kids. The Brookhaven location sells these adorable jackets, $54, in cute patterns like bears, butterflies, paisley and moose. Not only are these coats cute, they offer pretty good drying protection with the terry lining.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Strippaggio has some amazingly delicious products, including their notable olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet salts and spices. Seriously, don’t visit the store hungry or you’ll be trying to drink vats of the samples. We were quite taken with the pouches of crystallized ginger, $7, made a few hours south in Savannah. The tangy treats are great for salads, desserts and even just a snack on their own.
H&F Bread Co. makes their fabulous doughy treats for some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants, and now you can serve their bread in your own house. The buttermilk biscuit mix, $4.75, comes with a complete recipe and yields about 12 biscuits. They’re great with jam, shrimp and grits, or simple Georgia honey. Go online to get the mix, which also makes a great hostess gift.
America is the land of coffee drinkers, but the popularity of tea is definitely building. Create the perfect brew with the amazing tea from Honey Bubble on Ponce. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, including organic English breakfast black and organic honeybush. We like decaf chia, $9, and the tin lists instructions about how long to steep each varietal.
Whether you’re a novice drinker or a practiced bartender, having a bottle of high-quality simple syrup will enhance any cocktail you create. The rosemary sage simple syrup, created and sold at 18.21 Bitters, inside Ponce City Market, will be a great addition for cocktails like a French 75, Old Fashioned, Hot Totty and others. Get the 16-ounce container for $18.99 and try some of 18.21 Bitters’ other tasty concoctions, like Spicy Ginger Beer Concentrate and Grapefruit Lavender Bitters.
The weather has been a bit erratic here in Atlanta for the last few weeks, so wear this A-line, mid-thigh skirt from American Threads. This olive skirt (also available in camel), $42.99, looks like suede and can be dressed up for winter, with tights and riding boots, or stay on the casual side with sweet ballerina flats.
El Niño might be playing havoc with the weather, but for the most part, January is cold enough to bundle up with some cute winter accessories, like a good scarf. Visit Union in Marietta and pick up one of these scarves, $21, in various plaid and houndstooth patterns and colors.
Your closet will thank you after getting these killer belted short boots from The Frye Company. These boots, $348, from the Veronica collection, come in two colors and are a new take on “moto chic” with its signature metal buckles and stylish look. Besides the Veronica collection, there are many other gorgeous lines your feet are sure to fall in love with.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Matter Boutique is a cool hybrid furniture shop that not only sells vivid, colorful pieces, but can also customize any furniture you bring to them. They can also build furniture, based on whatever likes and parameters you give them. I fell in love with this vintage, metallic yellow, French provincial dresser, $545 — the color and mod style just made me smile.
Sticking with the mod vibe (and clearly one of my favorite décor aesthetics), the Bishop Chair, $1,150, from Beaux Arts Home at Westside Market is a clear winner. The mid-century style of this shell chair design is super chic, especially with the combo of wood and leather.
Telling time never looked so good with this agate clock, $310, from Mathews Furniture Galleries. Each clock is slightly different, due to the stones’ natural varying colors and the different metal finishes.
Show off your Atlanta pride by hanging one or many of these neighborhood signs created by talented local artist John-Patrick McChesney. Each neighborhood sign, $85, is crafted from heavy metal and has a vintage vibe. You can get these and many other fabulous sculptures, wall art and furniture pieces at his retail shop inside Pop Marché.
Sure, we could have put these adorable, locally made wish pillows under the Kids category, but these fabulous, handcrafted goods are a treat for anyone, no matter the age. Hello Gorgeous Boutique & Café carries these lavender-scented pillows, $27, upon which you write down your wish, stick it in the back pocket, hang it and hope the universe makes your wish come true.
Face and Body
Get ready for Atlanta Winter Beerfest by using beer soaps, $7, from Greene’s Fine Foods. Besides the nuts, chocolates and candy that Greene’s is known for, walk down the short hallway and the over 21 crowd can grab a drink, or a bar of soap, of the alcoholic variety. If you’re craving a fine honey pilsner during your morning shower, grab this soap and it’s the next best thing.
Worn out makeup cases, filled with broken eyeliners and old eye shadow dust, are a thing of the past, now that the Ellis Faas holder, $35, is available here in Atlanta. Julian’s Cosmetics + Skincare is the exclusive local retailer of this line, and trust us when we tell you that everyone will be wondering where you got this futuristic makeup kit. All of the line’s products come in tube form and the holder accommodates regular-size items like Ellis Faas lipsticks, mascaras, eyeshadows, as well as foundation and powder, in a super chic canister.
If you have a favorite local store we need to visit, please let us know by Facebook, Instagram or good ol’ email. And if you’d like some more awesome FINDS, check out some more great products and shops!