Atlanta brims with artistic talent of nearly every kind. From crazy-talented street artists and metalworking mavens to woodworking wunderkinds and upcycling experts, these artisans fill Atlanta’s stores with gotta-have-it goods of the highest quality and design. This year, check off your holiday shopping list with goods from the seven businesses listed below, where you’ll find locally made toys, furniture, clothing, artwork and even some cake.
The aptly named Atlanta MADE offers a world of locally produced goods. Owner Michelle Larrabee-Martin and her husband, Greg, got the idea for the store when they began teaching their children the importance of supporting local artisans. Explore the airy and well-appointed shop to find one-of-a-kind pieces of art, furniture, jewelry and other treasures, all made within 25 miles of Atlanta’s city center. For holiday shoppers, Michelle recommends Jason Prigmore’s woodturned kitchen utensils, Billy Rhoton’s spectacularly cute T-Rocks children’s rocker and Sanity 24/7’s handmade bath products. Nationwide shipping available.
Brown & Co. Jewelers
Brothers Frank and Richard Brown opened their first jewelry store in Roswell, Ga., 40 years ago. Since then, Brown & Co. Jewelers has become a go-to for precious metals and sparkling gemstones. David Carrin helms the custom-jewelry department of Brown & Co.’s Buckhead location. A master jeweler with 20 years of experience in the industry, Carrin is one of Atlanta’s most talented jewelry design experts. Carrin and his team can create just about any piece of jewelry imaginable. These mavens specialize in hand-engraving, hand-patterning and hand-forming precious metals. Brown and Co.’s team of experts recommends creating a custom pendant for your loved ones this holiday season since they are worn close to the heart.
Ann & Sid Mashburn
Atlantan husband-and-wife designers Ann and Sid Mashburn transform wardrobes with their eponymous boutiques in the Westside Provisions District. The modus operandi of these fashion gurus is to cover classic silhouettes in colorful, vintage-inspired patterns. Visit the shops to drape yourself in this trifecta of contemporary, timeless and vintage style. Visit the store in person or buy online.
King of Pops
Brothers Steven and Nick started King of Pops after a trip to Costa Rica left them feeling inspired. While in the Central American country known for its “Pura Vida” lifestyle, the brothers enjoyed paletas—ice pops made with fresh fruits and juices. As the idea for creating U.S. versions of these paletas percolated, Steven fell victim to massive corporate layoffs. He turned the disappointment into an opportunity and founded King of Pops. Now, the brand and its homemade pops have become an Atlanta staple. King of Pops can be enjoyed throughout Atlanta (look for rainbow umbrella carts) or via the website, which sells boxes of 30 or 85 pops. Try Nick’s favorite flavor, Mexican chocolate, or Steven’s favorite, Tangerine Basil. Holiday flavors include white chocolate peppermint and apple cider. Check their website to find cart locations. Nationwide shipping available.
Paris on Ponce
Paris on Ponce and its sister stores, POP Marché and Lé Maison Rouge, personify Atlanta’s love of quirk. The three entities are linked in one 46,000-square-feet warehouse that faces the Atlanta BeltLine. This mecca for all things bohemian, odd, artisanal and repurposed makes a name for itself by selling only the highest quality and most unique goods. Paris on Ponce showcases a wide range of home furnishings and antiques, while POP Marché features several dozen independent curators, collectors and designers. Be sure to say "bonjour" to Baudelaire the pug, who is often snoozing in a vintage stroller.
Piece of Cake
The first Piece of Cake store opened in Buckhead in 1985. Since then, eight more stores have opened throughout Metro Atlanta, although the Buckhead store is still a local favorite. Customers favor white-chocolate, red-velvet and caramel flavors. Limited-time holiday flavors include peppermint bark, which has bits of peppermint and is topped with finger-licking cream cheese frosting, and German chocolate. Whole cakes, cake slices and cupcakes suit appetites of any size. Nationwide shipping available.
Simply Put Paper & Gift
Simply Put Paper & Gift will give you something to write home about—and with. Georgia native Ashley Toporek Woodman’s passion for graphic design resulted in a paper palace filled with elaborate occasion cards, stationery and invitations. You’ll fall pen over paper for Woodman’s modern illustrations and letterpress details that make excellent stocking stuffers and white elephant gifts.