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There’s really no better feeling than supporting local. Whether you’re in the mood for a pint, a bite to eat or some shopping, why not support the businesses that are close to home? For those of you who live in Summerhill or find yourself strolling its streets from time to time, stop by any of these five local places (or all of them) and say hi.

Founded by three young males who are passionate about making beer, the Halfway Crooks is one of the most favorited breweries in town. Featuring a rooftop patio and a beer garden in its parking lot, there’s a lot that makes this establishment special. These brewers examine technical aspects of their beer day-to-day, to produce what they call “sensible beers” — simple beers with subtle variations and flavors that take a second (or third) glass to uncover.

If you’re native to Atlanta, you’ve likely heard about or experienced chef Jarrett Stieber’s work — known for the wildly popular pop-up Eat Me Speak Me that existed in the city for years. With his own permanent location open now, the restaurant is thriving and has a slew of regulars. Referring to his menu offerings as “Michelin Tire dining” and “regular dinners”, the restaurant is approachable and fun — exactly what Jarrett intended it to be. Fun Fact: Little Bear is named after Jarrett’s dog who is also the restaurant’s furry “proprietor.”

When you discover that your favorite local bakery was also highly praised by chef Anthony Bourdain, we’d say that it’s a good day. Well, today is that day. Little Tart Bakeshop is run by Sarah O’Brien who is paving the way in the bakery world. Her sun-drenched café boasts its own espresso bar, pastry counter and brunch menu. Stop by to taste their beloved croissants or get your coffee fix at any one of their three locations in Grant Park, Summerhill or at Krog Street Market.

Talat Market has already made headlines in the press since opening its first brick-and-mortar location last year. Known for its mouth-watering Thai creations, chefs Parnass Lim Savang and Rod Lassiter are always looking to up the ante when it comes to their menu offerings. Local Georgia ingredients are cooked with traditional Thai techniques, creating a dining experience that’s entirely unique.

If you’re looking for a retailer that knows what you’re looking for the second you walk in the door, Press Shop may just become your new go-to store. This thoughtfully-curated gift shop is committed to connecting with its buyers in the most genuine way, creating an environment that makes everyone feel “welcome, inspired and excited to shop.” They offer an assortment of goods including jewelry, books, florals, wine, and home décor.

Interested in calling Summerhill and all of its local businesses home? Explore our new townhomes at Empire Lovetree. If you’re looking for some other places to explore, hit up some of Atlanta’s top coffee shops.


Images courtesy of: Craft Beer and Brewing (Halfway Crooks); Eater Atlanta (Little Bear); Talat Market (Talat Market). 


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