Shop Atlanta's Westside

Shop but don't drop on Atlanta's Westside.
  • Shop in an outdoor setting at Atlantic Station.
    Shop in an outdoor setting at Atlantic Station.
  • IT'SUGAR stocks fun pool floats.
    IT'SUGAR stocks fun pool floats.
  • Find plenty antiques on Atlanta's Westside.
    Find plenty antiques on Atlanta's Westside.

Shop in West Midtown this summer for a taste of the area’s industrial vibe. Steeped in history dating back to the 1880s, many of the area’s boutiques are housed in restored factories and warehouses – perfect for finding products ranging from paper goods to furniture.

Westside Provisions District (WPD)
Just west of Midtown is Atlanta’s Westside – a walkable environment with trendy restaurants, eateries and boutiques. Serena & Lily will soon occupy the former Star Provisions space. Come back later this year to see the converted space, which will include both vignettes and a work area where shoppers can work with store consultants or their own designs. Serena & Lily Design Shop will offer a unique collection of home décor, bedding, bath and furniture items.

Design Within Reach opened this summer in WPD. Here you will find the world’s largest selection of authentic modern furniture, lighting and accessories arranged within 26 carefully designed rooms. Visit the Swatch Wall to browse a matrix of 300 fabric and leather samples.

Step into a real life Etsy-style store at Crafted Westside, home to the city’s best locally made goods. Find high-quality, handmade goods from Atlanta’s most talented artisans including Britt Bass Turner, Malvi and French Silver.

At AtlantaMADE, local artisans create unique art pieces with an emphasis on custom work.

Before leaving the WPD area, add Dixon Rye to your shopping itinerary. Located in the former Ironworks International location across the street from WPD, the shop enables you to fill your bookshelves, home and outdoor living spaces with décor that tells a story and makes a Southern-inspired statement. From art and taper candles to custom lighting pieces and trinket dishes that would look adorable stacked in open kitchen shelving, you’ll find a refined collection of unique interiors, wares and designs.

Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station is an outdoor shopping and dining hot spot that’s also packed with summer festivities in Central Park. Stop in IT’SUGAR and snag some pool floats shaped like a slice of pizza, doughnut or margarita. Sip your favorite pool time drink in style with a customized tumbler from Tervis and keep the refreshments cool through the rest of the summer with a YETI cooler from Kinnucans. On most Tuesdays (check the calendar for the schedule), kids 5 and younger will love Tot Spot which features monthly visitors from community partners. Stay for lunch specials at your favorite kid-friendly lunch spots and, of course, get a head start on back to school shopping.

Stop in H&M, Dillards, Old Navy and DSW to dress and accessorize your kiddos from head to toe. Don’t forget to visit IKEA, an affordable home furnishings store with everything you need for your summer adventures.

Ballard Designs & Outlet
Northwest of Atlantic Station off Defoor Avenue, stop into this European-inspired home furnishings store for steep discounts on products, one-of-a-kind samples and seasonal selections. This location even offers current full-price merchandise so you really will discover it all. Find bar stools, outdoor cushions, rugs, secretary desks, chandeliers and so much more. You never know what you will find so come often to find a great deal.

Hill Street Warehouse 
A few minutes northwest of Ballard, this massive furniture and design shop features more than 50,000 square feet of home and garden furnishings. As a sample store and direct importer of accessories, Italian terra cotta, furniture and ceramics, Hill Street Warehouse sells gifts and décor items for up to 70-percent off retail. Find coastal-inspired décor with Houston Llew’s beach collection of fun and beachy watercolor paintings. Also find summer hats and scarves, colorful wooden bird feeders and more summer inspiration. While you’re here, visit the Gardening at Hill Street’s showroom for outdoor planters, water features and garden décor. This is the perfect spot to get ideas for your outdoor space, and the knowledgeable staff can offer additional suggestions.

Westside Market Atlanta
Just south of Ballard and Hill Street Warehouse, head to the destination where new meets old. Atlanta’s Design Collective houses 95 leading merchants showcasing home accents, local art, new and handcrafted furniture and fashion. In addition to the newest selections by major manufacturers, you’ll also find vintage, mid-century and antiques. This industrial space also showcases the largest collection of handmade rugs in Atlanta.

14th Street ANTIQUES & Modern Home
Located just five minutes from downtown Atlanta in the West Midtown Design District, 14th Street Antiques & Modern Home claims the distinction of being the South’s largest curated group shop, featuring 65,000 square feet of elegantly arranged showroom space. Take a stroll through three stories packed with 19th- and 20th-century antiques, mid-century modern classics and even the latest in “High Design.” Browse an extensive selection of antique and contemporary art as well as antique and new lighting. Other finds include vintage handbags, jewelry, rugs, mirrors, furniture and accessories.

With Atlanta being a desirable filming location, it’s no surprise that this West Midtown gem is a popular resource for set designers. “The Originals” television series, “Devious Maids,” Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “The Walking Dead” and “Hunger Games” are among the movies and television series that find inspiration here. The store also ships worldwide, so if you find an amazing set of 19th-century Louis XVI chairs you just can’t live without, rest assured you won’t have to.

Sarah Johnson writes for Atlanta Now magazine.

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