Made In ATL: Great Local Businesses to Shop in Atlanta

You'll be surprised what products are Atlanta-made. Here's our run-down.
  • King of Pops combines the youthful joy of a Popsicle with today's healthy ingredients.
    King of Pops combines the youthful joy of a Popsicle with today's healthy ingredients.
  • HollyBeth Organics sells natural skin and body care products that feel great, smell fabulous and work.
    HollyBeth Organics sells natural skin and body care products that feel great, smell fabulous and work.
  • Oka-B shoes look like patent leather, but are made from recycled materials.
    Oka-B shoes look like patent leather, but are made from recycled materials.
  • Wahoo Fitness has an ecosystem of sensors and devices for runners, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts.
    Wahoo Fitness has an ecosystem of sensors and devices for runners, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts.
  • Atlanta is home to some fantastic and creative craft breweries.
    Atlanta is home to some fantastic and creative craft breweries.

Everyone knows that Atlanta is the hometown of Coca-Cola, and women around the world know that Spanx also makes its home in Atlanta. But there are lots of other wonderful products that are made right in Atlanta that we use every day.  Let us introduce you to them.

Beauty and Fashion

  • As a mother of four (including triplet daughters), Elizabeth Howard Newton wanted to prioritize her family and career and have a creative outlet. She founded enewton Designs, and her jewelry is now sold in more than 500 retail outlets as well as online.

  • HollyBeth Organics have gotten rave reviews from national fashion magazines, and we agree. The products are USDA-Certified Organic products and are sold in stores and online at reasonable prices. The line includes organic facial and body products, organic cleansers and hand creams. HollyBeth Anderson started with an eye cream in her kitchen and quickly found a market for certified organic products that feel and smell great — and work!

  • Oka-B started out making the flip-flops in many high-end spas, but now the company makes fabulous shoes, called Microplast, from recycled materials. They are soft, lightweight and flexible. Not only are the shoes comfortable, but they include reflexology-inspired massage beads that pamper your feet. With many colors and designs, they are especially great for traveling or bad weather when you want to look fashionable but need rain-proof shoes.

  • Sally B’s Skin Yummies is a luxurious skin care and cosmetics line whose products are organic, natural, cruelty-free and wild-crafted. They are also free of parabens, formaldehyde, synthetic colors and nano particles. Among the products are an antioxidant serum, powder blush, green mud mask and a cool misting spray.

Food and Alcohol

  • Atlanta is home to a thriving craft beer scene, and some of the breweries offer tours and tasting rooms. Among our favorites are Orpheus Brewing Company, Sweetwater Brewery and  Gate City Brewing Co.

  • Arden's Garden is Atlanta’s fresh juice manufacturer. Available in supermarkets such as Whole Foods, Publix and Kroger, the juices also are available at various coffee and bagel shops, health food stores and Arden's Garden stores. All juices and smoothies are made from combinations of more than 20 fruits and vegetables. Detox and cleansing juices are also available.

  • Atlanta Spirit Whiskey got its start when Jim Chasten, Charlie Thompson and Justin Manglitz developed a love of spirits at the University of Georgia (Frankly, that’s not too unusual.). But they started a  distillery in Atlanta and decided to concentrate on making Spirit Whiskey, a clean whiskey (a perfect substitute for vodka or bourbon), Fiddler Bourbon, Resurgens Rye and Georgia Orchard Apple Brandy. They also give tours and have a shop of appropriate crystal and other items that help in enjoying a spirit.

  • Chuice is a juice you chew. It’s filled with more than 35 fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs and is packed with nutrients, vitamins, fiber and lots of other good stuff. By chewing, the body starts digestion naturally and secretes enzymes in the mouth to begin digestion. Chuice is made by hand, using a combination of chopping, juicing and blending. Among the products are Heart Beet and Evergreen.

  • Emily G’s started out selling four jams at a farmers market in 2008 and now sells 18 jam flavors, sauces and relish. Best sellers include jalapeño raspberry, peach marmalade and fig pomegranate. Emily G's also offers an award-winning Three Pepper Relish.

  • Georgia Grinders sells nut butters made from all natural ingredients that are also non-GMO. Among the products are the original almond butter as well as crunchy peanut butter, creamy cashew butter and pecan butter.

  • High Road Craft Ice Cream started as a group of chefs who made ice cream for other chefs to serve in restaurants, hotels and resorts. Today the ice cream is available in stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Part of the secret is that High Road makes everything that goes into its ice cream, such as the cookies, brownies, fruit preserves and caramels. High Road’s founder and CEO Keith Schroeder’s book, “Cooking Light Made Delicious: The Science of Making Good-for-You-Food Taste Amazing,” won a 2015 James Beard Award.

  • It sometimes gets hot in Atlanta and one of the best thirst-quenchers is a cool, delicious old-fashion Popsicle. King of Pops are handmade fruity and creamy Popsicles with such delicious flavors as strawberry lemonade, chocolate sea salt, Thai iced tea, king blackberry mojito and raspberry lime. There is also a King of Pops line for your dog called King of Pups.

Personal Gifts

  • Brumby Rocker, located just north of Atlanta, has been making rocking chairs for generations. Started in 1884, the Brumby Chair Co. made fine hand-made furniture, and today Brumby rockers can be found on the porches of resorts such as Yellow Stone National Park and also on the porch of the family around the block.

  • Wahoo Fitness is a tech-fitness company that has created an ecosystem of sensors and devices for runners, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts. The equipment connects every stride, crank and squat to your smartphone, tablet or laptop to ensure that you’re getting the workout that you deserve.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.

 

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