Decatur Districts Deconstructed

by Loren Pratt

City Sidewalks

Grab your shopping list, come hungry and spend a day in downtown Decatur

A LITTLE BIT MAYBERRY, a little bit Star’s Hollow, downtown Decatur is the place to start or finish your holiday shopping. Follow the decked street lamps to a day of great shopping, eating and sustaining of the area’s best. Those on your “nice” list will thank you later.

First stop: Fuel

Can’t shop on an empty stomach! Head to B-Side—the “bonus” side of The Deer and the Dove for coffee and wood-fired bagels with schmear. Warm, chewy goodness with a jolt of caffeine is the perfect start for feelgood vibes. For a unique twist: Try the goat cheese and sorghum cream cheese on a plain bagel.

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For the mother-in-law who has everything

Score some points with a chic treasure from Squash Blossom Boutique. Find statementmaking jewelry and accessories, or unique yet wearable apparel and shoes. Our personal favorites: AllBlack Platform Trainer, these perfect camel-colored kicks match anything. Or choose the ABLE Mihiret Bucket Bag, an on-trend purse in a great size, not too big and not too small.

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For the clients and coworkers who make business great

Fresh from the fall harvest, Greene’s collection of Georgia pecans come in more savory, sweet or even heat varieties than we can list. Pick a sampler to get the taste buds going and impress clients, vendors and fellow professionals.

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For the vegan niece

The Olive Branch Wellness Boutique is the spot for vegan and organic self-care products. Its got naturalists covered from head to toe in cruelty-free skin, hair and body care product luxury. With products at every price point, choose the best-selling Raeka Beauty India Gold Serum (24k gold infused) or the Manuka Honey Eczema Cream (great for healing and moisturizing winter skin). Get the knowledgeable staff to help you at the DIY face bar and create a customized mask or cleanser. Nothing says “I thought of you” more.

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For the holiday gift exchange

Your gift will be the hit of the party when selected from the clever, hip treasures at SQ/FT. Find Tacosaurus socks, appealing to people who love dinosaurs, tacos or both. Or choose puzzles depicting favorite Atlanta landmarks or perhaps a KAVU rope bag to carry essentials in style.

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For the splurge gift

Your special someone will agree, diamonds are anyone’s best friend. Visit Decatur City Jewelers to find or design the ultimate wow-factor gift. You’ll be all smiles as you pick out the perfect piece with knowledgeable owner, Brett Weiler, who has been serving Decatur since 1994.

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It’s time for a lunch break at Italian fare at Sapori de Napoli. This Neapolitan eatery offers food to whet every appetite, from vegan to meat lover. If you’re craving a tasty salad, start with the Insalata Regina with grilled artichokes, roasted peppers and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Or try the Caprese, a salad-inspired pizza with its mozzarella di bufala, cherry tomatoes and basil.

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For the free-spirited bestie

You’re sure to find something special at Wild Oats & Billy Goats, a boutique of handmade artisan treasures. Satisfy any budget with artsy accessories such as pillows, jewelry and prints. Some of our favorites include the Soothi leather journals or the John McQuiston Decaturcentric coasters.

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Make some “me time”

December and destress go together, so plan ahead for a 30 to 90-minute break at Natural Body Spa and Shop. Choose a facial, massage or other service that fits into your schedule and budget. Leave your worries and to-do lists at the door, then return to the rest of the day relaxed, refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of your shopping.

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For your afternoon pick-me-up

Step into Lenox Cupcakes to fuel your final shopping surge. After inhaling its sweet vanilla scent, channel your inner kid and bite into birthday vanilla or opt for sophistication with chocolate, salted caramel. So many flavors, including vegan and gluten-free options, will satisfy any sweet tooth.

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For the gear guy or gal

Earn cool points and speak with outdoor enthusiasts by hitting Mountain High Outfitters. Choose from gadgets, footwear, apparel and accessories. Or find all things equipment for hiking, biking, camping or kayaking. Currently on our wish list: Anything Sorel and Howler Bros Men’s Rodanthe Flannel.

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For the victory celebration

A reservation at the acclaimed Brush Sushi Izakaya is a great stopping point to end a successful shopping day. You’ve likely made so many decisions, so leave food choices to the chef of this popular Japanese gastro pub. Opt for the omakase, a chef-curated tasting menu. Sit back and enjoy the company of those you love with a sake or wine flight, knowing you’re “done.”

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