Festival day or everyday old and new hot spots
FESTIVALS AREN’T the only fun in town. While you’re out and about partaking, here are a few Decatur favorites that have kept our community alive and buzzing, plus something new for your repertoire.
Pre-game gift season at Eco Denizen
While out and about, a stop into the thoughtful Eco Denizen’s I Love the Gift Shop will inspire a special gift, whether it’s a birthday, hostess, new move or “just thinking about you” moment. This trendy spot offers a wide range of exclusive treasures from aesthetic home goods to classic books. Discover products curated to the tastes of Decatur and different from what’s available in their Midtown location.
Owner Gene Cox describes how the store offers such a diverse lineup of items while answering the call to consumer responsibility. “These are great, sophisticated goods that most often have a story and largely are the most responsibly sourced and manufactured items we can find,” Cox said. “Supporting our local artists and entrepreneurs is something we do by default.”
Ask the attentive team about the upcoming collection for holiday decorating. The shop is excited for its first season with this new feature. “We believe we can bring something new to their holiday-decorated homes,” Cox said.
See more at the online store at ilovethegift.com.
It’s a fur festival at Spot for Dogs
Even the fur family members are due for festival fun, made possible by the recent Decatur expansion of Spot for Dogs. Boasting 24-hour cage-free environments, pups of all kinds can find doggy day care, old fashioned dog baths or around-the-clock slumber parties. There are outdoor spaces for fur babes to bask in the sun or splash in the pools when they aren’t sleeping or eating. You might even wish you could trade places with them.
For details, see spotfordogs.com.
Fall for the curry at Wagaya
When it’s time for a festival for the taste buds, the authentic and deliciousness of our local Wagaya will take you straight to Japan.
The name Wagaya means “our home” and the menu is designed to help each customer taste the true Japanese dishes that are made at home.
“You’ve got to try our sushi, of course, and also Japanese Curry with a chicken or pork cutlet,” said owner Takashi Otsuka. “I know it is what everyone thinks of as an Indian dish, but it is true that Japanese people eat curry more often than sushi. And it’s cooked almost in every household.”
He explains the menu is designed to offer a well-rounded experience of different dishes and bites of culture originating from Japan. Otsuka’s approach as proven successful as the business has expanded to four restaurants in its six years, including the Decatur location for the past five.
“We really do our best to stick to what is home for us and we try to provide affordable and various menus so that our regulars can come visit us every week,” said Otsuka.
“From sushi, ramen, to rice bowl, Wagaya has so much to offer in neighborhoods in Decatur and Druid Hills”
Check out the menu ahead of time at wagayaatlanta.com.
Recently named Best Georgia Ice Cream by Food and Wine Magazine, Cremalosa is the post-festival stop for a sweet. Opening just weeks before the pandemic shut-down, owner Meredith Ford made critical pivots to the business that kept these tastes available for Decatur dessert lovers. Her background as a pastry chef set the foundation to learning the Italian ways of ice cream making. True to the traditional roots and Italian techniques, Cremalosa adds American flair with unique flavors to ensure a delicious and authentic experience with every bite. They make their gelato in small batches every day from scratch to give the community of Decatur a true taste for the creamy, smooth goodness they know as gelato. The menu ranges from in-shop scoops of gelato to gelato cakes for whatever occasion you may be celebrating.
See what’s new at cremalosa.com.
Haunting the Decatur Ghost Tour
This spooky good time is available yearround, but fall is the perfect time for the walking tour that takes you to some of the most haunted places in this city. Mindful of our current safety concerns, touring spots are exclusively outside and social distancing is encouraged. Begin in the historic town square of Decatur and get to know the city in a whole new light with with professional psychic medium and paranormal investigator Boo Newell leading the charge.
Find more or book at decaturghosttour.com.