Take a day to explore the city of Decatur, a walkable community with a courthouse and square, and locally owned restaurants, boutiques and easy bars surrounding the area.
Stop by Sq/Ft, a new addition to the square. Owned by the same mother-and-daughter team behind Squash Blossom boutique, Sq/Ft primarily focuses on shoes, but carries some men and women’s clothing and accessories. Find shoes for the whole family from brands like Crocs, Dr. Martens, Frye and Puma. Located around the corner, neighboring Squash Blossom offers personalized service, affordable prices and, most importantly, great clothes. In addition to labels like BB Dakota, Blue Bird and Free People, Squash Blossom also carries local designers. www.sqftdecatur.com / www.squashblossomboutique.comThe city of Decatur and the Decatur Arts Alliance present Sidewalk Saturdays, a pop-up art program designed to enliven the landscape. Every Saturday from 3-6 p.m. through June 8 in Decatur’s Harmony Park, the new 10-week program features six juried artists, including performers, musicians, poets, dancers, storytellers, sidewalk chalk artists and more; www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com
Westside Provisions District (WPD) in West Midtown is a distinctive retail, dining and residential destination located on Howell Mill Road between 14th Street and Huff Road.
Retail and specialty tenants include Anthropologie, Jonathan Adler, Room & Board, Seed Factory, Sid and Ann Mashburn, Star Provisions, Billy Reid, Free People, lululemon, Knoll Furniture and Bungalow. WPD just welcomed Kayce Hughes to the mixed-use development. This is the third and largest location for Nashville native Kayce Hughes, who offers a timeless mix of comfortable clothing, vintage-inspired accessories and home goods as well as children’s clothing; www.westsidepd.com
For the style-conscious, the neighborhood of Virginia-Highland offers plenty of great boutique shopping, including Festivity.
The store carries an eclectic selection of women’s clothing, accessories, gifts and home decor. Get a complete outfit by pairing complementary jewelry with a dress or find the perfect gift for any occasion like neighborhood-themed coasters. Bill Hallman, a favorite hometown designer, sells his stylish take on both men and women’s clothing and accessories. Both stores are located on North Highland Avenue; www.virginiahighland.com.
Shops Around Lenox, located across from Lenox Square in Buckhead, features retail stores like American Apparel, Crate & Barrel and lululemon and continues to expand.
Suitsupply and Bevello both opened their doors last month. The contemporary women’s boutique Bevello is based out of North Carolina, and this is its first Atlanta location. Suitsupply, a pioneering European menswear company, combines craftsmanship with flair. Men can find a fashionable look for any occasion. A number of other stores will also open at Shops Around Lenox in the upcoming months, including the high-end ladies boutique The Impeccable Pig and eateries such as Bhojanic Restaurant. In addition, Shops Around Lenox recently revealed its new Parking Ambassador to assist patrons on-site during peak parking and shopping hours on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. The Parking Ambassador also offers valet parking services on the weekends for $5; www.shopsaroundlenox.com