Atlanta is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the United States, attracting art enthusiasts, nature lovers, movie buffs — and people who love to shop ’til they drop. And while our city is home to some of the best mixed-use shopping developments and big-box stores, it’s also where you’ll find some of the best high-quality, one-of-a-kind shops in the Southeast. Read on to discover some of our favorite local shops, retail stores and coffeehouse experiences near our communities.
Locals Love: The ability to interact with the makers.
Close to: Empire Paintbox in Kirkwood
A boutique collective comprised of independent designers, The Beehive places the focus on local entrepreneurs. This community-focused shop is home to apparel, housewares, accessories, baby goods, local food goods and jewelry that’s made locally, with the goal of giving Atlanta’s designers and artists the opportunity to increase their brand visibility.
Con Leche Café
Locals Love: The local coffee bean selection.
Close To: Empire Paintbox in Kirkwood
The unique Con Leche coffee house is sure to wake up your senses before you’ve had your first sip of caffeine. The 400 sq.ft., grab-and-go shop features a colorful and bold retro-style interior, and a beautifully landscape surround with seating that encourages conversation. Visit for coffee that’s been brewed using Decatur-based Radio Roasters coffee beans, baked goods and more.
Locals Love: The quality of the local selection.
Close To: Empire Swift in Grant Park & Empire Lovetree in Summerhill
A floral design studio and independent craft shop, Young Blood is where you’ll find a carefully-curated selection of everyday goods including jewelry, ceramics, accessories, fragrances and more all done by local artists or makers from across the US. Founded with the goal of supporting independent makers, Young Blood brings together the best of craftsmanship, community and hand-crafted objects.
Locals Love: Having the option for customization.
Close To: Empire Crosby in West Midtown
With hand-picked furniture, decor and lifestyle accents that are sure to transform your house into a home, Urban Cottage is a charming shop you don’t want to miss. Having been part of the Atlanta community for nearly two decades, Urban Cottage also offers a selection of custom furniture and interior design services to create more an inviting spaces.
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