Decatur experienced that familiar rush of a good find when unique shop called Found Co. opened its doors on West Ponce de Leon Avenue last August. The creation of Alan McArthur and Jason Shadix, Found Co. is a serene oasis brimming with wares for the home and body.
Their curated collection of goods includes one-of-a-kind pieces that turn a house into a home, go-to accessories that create a signature look, and gifts that leave a loved one feeling special. “It can be hard to describe what we sell,” Shadix said. “But the minute you walk through the door you get it.”
Friends since college, McArthur and Shadix used to dream about opening a business together. Shadix says the vision began as a “coffee house with art and cool things.”
After graduation, life took the two in different directions–McArthur landed in the Tucson spa world and Shadix worked in special events.
Years later when their two worlds met again, they rediscovered their college dream with new-found influence from their recent careers. Together, they share an eye for the organic and the beautiful that is complemented by their individual talents. One step in the store and it’s easy to see their masterful understanding of atmosphere and mad skills when it comes to color and design.
When the question of location arose, “Decatur is the first place we thought of,” Shadix says. “We both love it, and we knew that with its vibe, people, restaurants and shopping, it would be perfect.”
The two determined they wanted to sell only things that excite them – potted plants, jewelry, orchids, natural candles, custom terrariums, pottery and other artful things. They also decided on a stylized combination of both old and new, a unique concept for their industry. “It’s representative of how people live,” Shadix says. “Very few people have homes where everything is brand new.”
The aesthetic of the store is as important as its inventory. Found Co. is designed for experiential shopping, a relaxing scene that scores high on retail as therapy and low on the dreaded errand running scale. Shadix describes the scene as relaxing and serene. He says, “It feels good here, there’s good energy. It’s kind of alive with all the plants and other natural elements.’
It’s hard to leave Found Co. empty handed, whether it’s a special gift for someone or taking that experience back to your own home. Shadix says, “We offer a curated mix of things that will bring some added beauty and function the home, and we do it at a price point where anyone can come in and feel comfortable and take home a few things to enjoy.”
Time Your Treasure Seeking at Found Co.
Found Co. is located at:
335 G West Ponce de Leon Avenue. Decatur, GA 30030
Hours Monday – CLOSED
Tues-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 678.515.3149 or check the website foundcodecatur.com
by Brook Bolen • Photography by Jarid Barringer