Fall 2014 heralds the dawn of a new day in high-end mega shopping with the opening of Buckhead Atlanta, the oft-delayed and much anticipated mixed-use center in the heart of the area that’s sometimes called the "Beverly Hills of the South."
Beginning Sept. 18 and continuing over the next several months, luxury brands that have never had their own Atlanta storefronts, like Etro, Christian Louboutin, Tod’s and diptyque, will open their doors, nestled in with Hermès, Jimmy Choo and Spanx. Nationally known restaurants like American Cut, Doraku Sushi and Shake Shack and locally based newcomers Southern Gentleman and Gypsy Kitchen offer ample opportunities to relax, recharge and indulge.
The six-block area will also eventually have office space and 370 luxury residences. Whether you’re moving in or just visiting, special concierge services will be available throughout, with package drop-off service and multiple car-retrieval stands.
The established grande dames of retail are ready for the new kids up the block. Lenox Square just finished a Peachtree Street facelift and is home to luxury brands Fendi, Burberry, Prada and Neiman-Marcus. Fans of Saks Fifth Avenue, Versace, Gucci and Valentino will still find their favorites across the street at Phipps Plaza, which is about to undergo some renovations of its own.