City Beat: Discover Atlanta’s Thriving Intown Neighborhoods

Atlanta is an urban oasis, recently named to Lonely Planet’s 2017 “Best in the U.S.” list. The city’s intown neighborhoods make it so charming, with each bringing a unique flavor to the residential streets, shops and chef-owned eateries. Visitors can easily transition from one neighborhood to the next all while experiencing the city’s culture.

DOWNTOWN is the heart of the city. It’s a livable center, populated with residents, business travelers and tourists. Downtown is home to a walkable convention and entertainment district with hotels and a multitude of dining options, all near

AmericasMart. Visitors find world-class attractions surrounding Centennial Olympic Park including Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN global headquarters, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Center for Civil and Human Rights and the College Football Hall of Fame within steps of each other. Downtown is an ideal place to start exploring the city, while in town for Market.

Just southwest of Downtown, CASTLEBERRY HILL etches out a space among former warehouses. The community is made up of local artists and homegrown businesses such as Atlanta Movie Tours, which offers tours of filming locations from The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games and other popular productions. Art galleries mix with organic garden spas, wine bars and tapas lounges.

MIDTOWN is known as Atlanta’s “heart of the arts” and sits along the famed Peachtree Street. Midtown boasts the largest concentration of arts facilities and organizations

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in the Southeast with 25 different arts and cultural venues, more than 30 permanent performing arts groups and 22 various entertainment facilities. Midtown also is home to Piedmont Park, one of the largest greenspaces in the city.

North of Midtown is the ultra-chic BUCKHEAD neighborhood. This upscale neighborhood is the “Beverly Hills of the East” and is a retail shopping haven for fashionistas across the

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South. The ultra-luxe shopping district of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta combines walkable, tree-lined streets with the haute shops. From nearly any location in Buckhead, guests are within close proximity to an award-winning restaurant.

On the WESTSIDE, a blend of Georgia Tech culture with nearby loft communities creates a new district within old industrial spaces. Like other Atlanta neighborhoods, the dining scene is thriving. Nearby toprated JCT. Kitchen & Bar, The Optimist, Miller Union and Antico Pizza Napoletana form a collective of eateries catering to the city’s sophisticated palate.  Neighborhoods on Atlanta’s EASTSIDE are connected by the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, a multi-use trail and greenspace that runs 2.25 miles from Piedmont Park to Irwin Street. Tattooed locals, creative street art and historic homes come together on this side of town. Locals stop for a pastry at Alon’s in VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND, which was one of the city’s original streetcar suburbs. The Plaza Theatre is Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema and has been named one of the world’s best movie theaters.

INMAN PARK combines small urban green spaces with windingboulevards lined with colorful Queen Anne and Victorian homes in the city’s first planned suburb. The classic architecture and landscape designs juxtapose a skyscraper backdrop. The scene edges into Bohemian-style LITTLE FIVE POINTS, where vintage dress complements the creativity of tattoos. While spots such as Junkman’s Daughter are de rigueur for the young, others can’t resist the kitschy places such as Star Community Bar and Vinyl Lounge, complete with a shrine to Elvis.

What’s old is new again in OLD FOURTH WARD, where the neighborhood continues to redefine itself as home to Ponce City Market. This towering brick building was built in 1926 as a Sears, Roebuck & Co. store and warehouse on the site of a former amusement park. It’s filled with food stalls and shops from locals. GRANT PARK is a historic district surrounding the city’s fourth-largest park and is home to historic Oakland Cemetery. This neighborhood mixes old with new, gracefully speckled with Victorian homes, local shops and restaurants.

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Once an epicenter of African-American commerce, SWEET AUBURN HISTORIC DISTRICT continues to flourish on the city’s southeast side. Auburn Avenue, known in the 1950s as the nation’s most affluent African-American street, houses a curb market, bakeries and clubs near the Martin Luther King Jr.  National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church.  Atlanta sits at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication. Take time during your visit to explore and discover what’s both old and new.

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Images: Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, visit AmericasMart.com/Travel to see the Atlanta City Guide and learn more about things to do while in town for Market.

 

What’s trending for Holiday 2017

From NYE parties to family Christmas gatherings finding that perfect outfit is a task that must be fulfilled. Trends this holiday season will venture from velvet dresses to firefly florals producing the most chic looks. See six of the most prevalent trends that will occur this holiday season below.

Feisty Fiery Florals

A spicy twist to the usual flower print, fiery florals are trending this holiday and are sure to light up any room.

Velvet

Velvet makes a resurgence this season in varying shades and tones. From off-the-shoulder tops to pants, this versatile fabric is perfect for the holidays.

Material and Detail

Lavish material and details make a glamorous impact for the luxe lady. Faux furs, pearls, exotics and soft suedes all combine to make for an extravagant statement piece.

Remixed Spots

Polka dots take on a new spin as this traditional pattern is transformed through the use of varying colors, scales and clashing sequences.

Lace Party Dress

The lace party dress makes a strong silhouette for the winter party season. By mixing with mesh inserts, silk underlays and lace overlay, the look is given even more texture.

 

All these trends and more can be found at AmericasMart Atlanta. For more details, please visit https://www.americasmart.com/markets/august-apparel/#/.

Top Searched Trends for Fall 2017

Fall is a truly spectacular time of year. As the weather changes from hot to cool, weekend cookouts bring friends and family members together and adults and kids look forward to celebrating Halloween. It’s a fun filled season that appeals to all the senses – the feel of a cool, crisp breeze against your face; the crunch of fallen leaves under your feet; the stunning shades of brown, yellow, red and orange as the trees change colors; the taste of pumpkin pie and s’mores and the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in the air.  Fall even taps into the fashion senses as it brings with it an undeniable excitement about autumn wear and trends. Here are three unmistakable trends for Fall 2017.

Leggings

At the top of the Fall 2017 fashion list of must have items are leggings. Trendy and versatile, leggings come in a variety of autumn colors making them easier to pair with just about anything.

Checkers and plaids

Once thought to be boring and dated, checkers and plaids are making a comeback and land at the top of this year’s list for most wanted list. These patterns take on a completely new life, defying the traditional size and color scheme.

Earthy Rust Tones and Colors

Really get into the feel of fall with rusty, earth tones and colors. Nothing says fall quite like deep and varying shades of ranging from reddish brown sunset orange.

All these trends and more can be found at the August Atlanta Apparel Market.  For more details, please visit https://www.americasmart.com/markets/august-apparel/#/

Top 10 List: Indigo Girls

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Indigo Girls is one of the most famous duos to emerge from the Atlanta area in the 80’s.  From humble beginnings performing at local bars in Emory Village to winning the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1990, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have achieved much success. Together, they write, arrange, record and perform music which over the course of twenty-five years has become a vital part of the lives of their legion of devoted fans around the world, informing and rewarding them day to day. With twelve original studio albums, three live records, various Greatest Hits compilations, a Rarities and a Christmas record to their credit, the iconic duo continues to challenge itself creatively, over and over again, adding to a body of work that contains such contemporary classic songs as “Galileo,” “Shame on You,” “Closer To Fine,” “Kid Fears,” “Love of Our Lives,” “Making Promises,” “Get out the Map,” “Moment of Forgiveness,” “Least Complicated” and “Go.” The legendary group will perform this year at ICON HONORS 2017, an event hosted by AmericasMart to recognize notable members in the gift and home furnishing industry. The private concert will take place on Thursday, July 13 at the world-renowned Fox Theatre.

With such a robust body of work spanning more than 3 decades, Indigo Girls are sure to play many fan favorites and top hits. Here is a list of their top ten hits.  Be sure to let us know which one (or ones) you love to rock out to!

1. From the album Rites of Passage released in 1992, “Galileo” comes in at number one.

2. The lead single “Closer to Fine” off the 1989 album Indigo Girls takes the number two spot.

3. At number three is “Least Complicated,” the group’s top hit from the 1994 album Swamp Orphelia.

4. From the album Shaming of the Sun release in 1997, “Shame on you” comes in at number four.

5. “Love of our Lives” from Poseidon and the Bitter Bug (2009) charts this list at number five.

6. Next up at number six is “Kid Fears,” also from the 1989 Indigo Girls album.

7. “Making Promises” from Beauty Queen Sister (2011) comes in at number seven.

8. The 1997 hit “Get Out the Map” (Shaming of the Sun) lands at number eight.

9. At number nine is “Moments of Forgiveness” (Become You 2002).

10. And last but not least is “Go” from the 1999 Come on Now Social album.

Visit ICONHONORS.com for more information and to reserve tickets.

Denim for Days

There is a lot of excitement surrounding denim fashion right now, especially with so many styles trending. From grungy to artsy to sexy and everything in between, its versatility makes it a must-have in any wardrobe. Check out these latest denim trends to add to your inventory.

Frayed Seams, Edges and Destruction
Distressed and destructed denim continues to cement its position in the fashion world using messy fraying to accent seams and edges and bring attention to hems.

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From left to right: House of Harlow/La Belle Vie, Hudson Jeans, Mavi Jeans, Inc.

Retro Blocking
Retro blocking with denim carries over from last season with a few additions. Various shades and hues of blue are pieced together in differing shapes and sizes to form unique, eye-catching patterns, giving a twist to otherwise plain pants and jackets.

From left to right: DL 1961 Premium Denim, Mavi Jeans, Inc.

Festival-Ready
This trend is set apart by floral embroidery and color-blocking, with printed fabric used to highlight sleeves, front and shoulder flaps and pockets.

From left to right: Desigual/Vaccarelli & Associates, Inc., Desigual, Elan International

March 6 is National Dress Day

Share your favorite dress memories using #NationalDressDay

national-dress-dayThe inaugural National Dress Day takes place on Monday, March 6, and is a holiday intended for reliving dress memories from proms to birthdays to weddings. On this day, everyone is invited to post pictures of their best moments in their favorite dress on Facebook and Instagram (@NationalDressDay) using #NationalDressDay.

National Dress Day was founded by Ashley Lauren, founder and designer of the ASHLEYlauren collection, as a way to relive and celebrate our dearest dress memories. “I have fond memories wearing dresses and I realized that dresses hold such powerful emotions for women,” said Ashley Lauren about founding the national holiday. “I remember the dresses I wore to my prom, first job interview, first date, competing in a pageant, my first red carpet event, the list goes on. This is a fun day to cherish and celebrate those memories. To me this day is about empowering women to celebrate our femininity and cherish memories of wearing dresses. It’s the women and their stories behind the dresses that make this day so special.”

No matter what style dress it is, National Dress Day can be celebrated in many ways.  So on March 6, don’t forget to post your favorite dress memories or, if you don’t have any, put on your heels and favorite dress and make some.

Visit NationalDressDay.com for more information.