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

Electric Midtown

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


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.


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.


Images: Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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


8 Great Things to Know for WORLD OF PROM and the August Atlanta Apparel Market

It’s Market time again! Make the most of the Augusts Atlanta Apparel Market and the WORLD OF PROM Market with this quick round up of updates.

  1. When Market is Open

The August Atlanta Apparel Market and the WORLD OF PROM Market are operating on new date patterns.

Atlanta Apparel
Showrooms: August 1 – 5, 2017
Temporaries: August 2 – 5, 2017

Tuesday, August 1
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 3
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, August 4
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 5
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Shop late! Accessories booths on Floor 2 stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursday and selected showrooms on Floor 8 stay open until 8 p.m. on Friday.
Temporaries close at 3 p.m. on Saturday

World of Prom
Showrooms: August 1 – 5, 2017
Temporaries: August 1 – 4, 2017

  1. Where to find product

Atlanta Apparel has one more floor of product at the August 2017 Market. Floor 14 features social occasion product, a resource center and a trend studio.

Product is laid out as so:
Floor 2  AmericasMart Premiere® – Contemporary, Resort & YC Apparel, Accessories & Shoes
Floor 3  READY! – Ready-to-Wear ; J.F.A – Jewelry & Fashion Accessories ;Packaging, Display, Fixtures
Floor 4  NOW! – Young Contemporary ; Shoe Studio ; IMPULSE! – Cash & Carry
Floor 5 NOW! Young Contemporary
Floor 6 Immediate Resources: Fine Jewelry
Floor 7 Immediate Resources: Apparel, Accessories & Jewelry
Floor 8 Fashion Accessories & Shoes
Floor 9  Women’s & Men’s Apparel ; AmericasMart Premiere® Contemporary Co-Op
Floor 10  Social Occasion
Floor 11 Women’s & Men’s Apparel ; AmericasMart Premiere® Contemporary Apparel
Floor 12 Social Occasion
Floor 13 Children’s World & Maternity
Floor 14 Social Occasion

  1. When To Catch A Show

One of the most exciting parts of Market is the fashion shows. In August 2017, buyers have the opportunity to see two Prom shows, a children’s show and six Daily Struts.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 World of Prom Fashion Show Featuring Exhibitors from Floor 14 6:15 p.m. Floor 15, Fashion Theatre
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Children’s World Fashion Show 6:15 p.m. Floor 13, NW Quadrant
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 The Daily Strut Featuring Floor 5 (Young Contemporary) 3:00 p.m. Floor 2, Fashion Runway
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 The Daily Strut Sponsored by HYFVE Noon Floor 2, Fashion Runway
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 World of Prom Fashion Show Featuring Exhibitors from Floors 10 + 12 6:15 p.m. Floor 15, Fashion Theatre
Thursday, August 3, 2017 The Daily Strut Featuring New Exhibitors 3:00 p.m. Floor 2, Fashion Runway
Thursday, August 3, 2017 The Daily Strut Sponsored by Oddi Noon Floor 2, Fashion Runway
Thursday, August 3, 2017 The Matisse Kickoff Party at Atlanta Apparel 6:00 p.m. Floor 2, Atrium
Friday, August 4, 2017 The Daily Strut Featuring Resort 3:00 p.m. Floor 2, Fashion Runway
Friday, August 4, 2017 The Daily Strut Sponsored by Skies are Blue Noon Floor 2, Fashion Runway
  1. Where To Find Food

Floor 1
Market Coffee
Starbucks Coffee, Pastries, Smoothies, Sandwiches, Snacks
Tues – Sat: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fast and Fresh
Breakfast Sandwiches, Starbucks Coffee, Salads, Sandwiches, Cold Drinks, Snacks
Tues – Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Market Café
Handcrafted Sandwiches, Made-To-Order Burgers, Salads, Entrees
Tues – Sat: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Floor 2
Green House
Made-To-Order Salads with Choice of Toppings
Wed: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Thurs – Fri: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cash Bar
Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Snacks
Mon: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Tues – Fri: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sat: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Jim N Nick’s
BBQ, Chicken, Mac & Cheese
Wed: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Thurs – Fri: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Floor 3
Chicken Salad Chick
Assorted Chicken Salad & Sandwiches
Wed : 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Thurs – Fri : 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sat : 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Coffee/Wine Bar
Starbucks Coffee, Espresso Drinks, Pastries, Snacks
Wed – Fri : 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Sat : 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Floor 4
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
Burritos, Quesadillas, Salads
Wed: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Thurs – Fri: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Floor 5
Breakfast & Lunch Sandwiches/Salads
Wed – Fri: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Sat: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cash Bar
Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Snacks
Wed – Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sat: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Floor 7
Deli By Design
Handcrafted Sandwiches, Soups, Hot Dogs & Snacks
Tues – Wed: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |
Thurs – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cash Bar
Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Snacks
Tues – Sat : 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Floor 9
Fast & Fresh Bistro
Grab and Go & Bistro Box Lunches
Tues – Fri : 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Sat : 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Floor 11
Breakfast & Lunch Sandwiches/Salads
Tues – Sat : 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Floor 14
Cash Bar
Beer, Wine, Champagne, Snacks
Tues – Sat : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

  1. Who’s Wearing What

Atlanta Apparel’s Peaches are back wearing both social occasion and contemporary apparel and accessories.

Catch them throughout the Market.
Tuesday, August 1: Rachel Allen
Wednesday, August 2: Brighton and Forever Unique
Thursday, August 3: Uncommon Fashion, Matisse and Forever Unique
Friday, August 4: BlankSlate
Saturday, August 5: Sheppard & Tucker

  1. Where to be Pampered

Need a refresh during a busy day at Market? Stop by the Glam Stations and get your hair curled, straightened or styled.

Tuesday August 1 – Thursday, August 3
Floor 11
Presented by Drybar

Floor 14
3 pm
Presented by DREAMDRY Buckhead


  1. What Are The Photo Ops

Get your ‘gram ready. Head up to Floor 14 to capture the Prom color of the year – Pink – in The Pink Room and top trends for prom 2018 as presented by Seventeen Prom in the Style Studio. Capture yourself on the Runway at Matisse Kickoff Party on Thursday, August 3 at 6 p.m.

If you’re snapping, use the WORLD OF PROM and August Atlanta Apparel geofilters.

Be sure to tag us at @AtlantaApparel, #atlapparel and #onlyinatlanta

  1. Where To Party

At Atlanta Apparel we know how to celebrate! Join us as we toast the industry throughout the Market

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Floor 14 Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Sponsored by GOVINO and Wedgwood
5:00 p.m.
Floor 14

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
World of Prom Fashion Show Pre-Party
5:30 p.m.
Floor 15, Fashion Theatre

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Children’s World Fashion Show Pre-Party
5:45 p.m.
Floor 13

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The Madison James Fashion Show Pre-Party
5:30 p.m.
Floor 15, Fashion Theatre

Thursday, August 3, 2017
The Matisse Kickoff Party at Atlanta Apparel
6:00 p.m.
Floor 2, Atrium

For more information about the August Atlanta Apparel Market visit For more information about the WORLD OF PROM Market, visit

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 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

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.


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

Social Occasion Collection Expands to Building 3, Floor 14

Atlanta Apparel expands its dominance of the social occasion industry with a stellar list of new lines joining the collection, along with established WORLD OF PROM headliners expanding their Market footprints in the new Floor 14 buying destination, opening at the August 2017 Market.

With a trend studio showcasing must-have looks for prom, pageant and quinceañera and a fully furnished resource center, Floor 14 connects buyers with the trends they need to know now in a comprehensive style not available anywhere else in the industry.

The Floor 14 expansion is the next chapter in AmericasMart’s growth and dominance in the social occasion community. The expansion follows the addition of the Floor 12 social occasion collection and the launch of VOW | New World of Bridal in 2012; the 2013 debut of The Collective, a permanent temporary collection that has become a trend incubator; and the addition of a spring VOW Market in 2016.

“The inaugural Floor 14 social occasion collection is simply spectacular,” says Mary Sullivan, senior vice president of Leasing. “Inspiration, style and celebration radiate through the floor. It is truly a social occasion fashion destination.”

Lines taking permanent space in the new collection include:

  • New: Lotus Threads shows tops, cocktail dresses and gowns with stunning hand-sewn beaded detailed embellishments.
  • Relocation: Jovani is a premiere designer of prom, evening and wedding dresses created with luxurious fabrics and details.
  • New: Cachet presents social occasion wear dedicated to making women look spectacular during life’s most memorable moments.
  • Relocation: Knowing that today’s woman is dynamic both in fashion and life, Mac Duggal designs gowns that touch the very essence of the woman who wears them.
  • New: Ava Presley presents gowns that are perfect for standing out in the crowd at prom.
  • Relocation: ASHLEYlauren is a fashion line that is young, beautiful and red-carpet ready, consisting of evening, cocktail, mother of the bride, bridal, prom, homecoming and pageant dresses.
  • New: Your Party Shoes showcases shoe collections for prom, pageant, weddings or any special occasion.
  • Relocation: Primavera Couture presents delightfully feminine and utterly alluring dresses and gowns.
  • New:  Merrily presents trend-driven mother-of-the-bride gowns.  
  • Relocation:  Distinguishable by superior cuts, exquisite detailing and remarkable design, Gemy Maalouf gowns feature the designer’s easy-to-wear signature while perfectly capturing classic glamour through intricate detailing. With the same feminine and luxurious spirit, Beside Couture by Gemy presents Maalouf’s design and style through an accessible line.
  • New: Justin Alexander is one of America’s and Europe’s most successful producers of wedding fashions.

Designer Carmen Marc Valvo joins the collection in September at the VOW | New World of Bridal Market showcasing elegant designs that combine classic artistry and refinement.

“AmericasMart Atlanta is the premier Market in the world for showcasing gowns,” says Jovani Vice President, Director and CFO Abraham Maslavi. “We are so successful in there that we need to expand our space to showcase more looks and continue to grow the line. AmericasMart supports us in this vision and has given us the platform to grow.”

“Mac Duggal is so excited to unveil our awe-inspiring Spring 2018 collections in our new state of the art, timelessly modern showroom on the 14th floor,” says owner and designer Mac Duggal. “We have always found WORLD OF PROM at AmericasMart to be a successful, strong, diverse market with savvy buyers from all over the world. It is always a pleasure working with the WORLD OF PROM buyers who are educated, fashion conscious, on-trend retailers who understand the complexities of the women’s social occasion industry.”

Complementing the permanent showrooms is an international collection of temporary exhibitors including Ragazza Fashion (Mexico), Fidda (Turkey), Dulce Celia (India), Yana La Page (Turkey), Jadore Evening (Canada), Mascara Pour La Femme (United Kingdom) plus an expanded presentation for SIFA Menswear.

 Looks from the Floor 14 collection are showcased in a dedicated fashion show on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:15 p.m. Buyers are invited to toast the new showrooms at a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. before the runway show.

WORLD OF PROM takes places Tuesday, August 1 – Saturday, August 5 with temporaries Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4, 2017. Visit for more information.

Pork Souvlaki with Cucumber Salad

Chef Kevin Gillespie transported us to Greece with his Pork Souvlaki demonstration. Make this dish for your friends and family with this recipe.

By Chef Kevin Gillespie

In 2011, Valerie and I honeymooned in Greece. The best meal we had was also the least expensive. We found this little hole-in-the-wall that had a wood-burning grill, a hand-cranked rotisserie, two hot-plate heating elements, and only four tables. It was run by one guy who began our pork souvlaki by walking next door to the butcher shop to
procure a pork loin. He threaded the pork on skewers and grilled it over wood. That pork souvlaki was hands-down the best thing we ate in Greece. This recipe pays homage to that preparation by combining a traditional Greek pork souvlaki with the American penchant for gyros, which is grilled meat wrapped in puffy pita bread. It makes
a satisfying sandwich. If you can find goat’s milk yogurt, that will give the cucumber salad a little more tang and creaminess. But plain old cow’s milk Greek yogurt works fine too.

1 tablespoon dried oregano
3 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed
lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
12 ounces boneless, tail end
pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 Kirby/pickling cucumber,
peeled and diced, about ¾ cup
¼ cup grape tomatoes,
1 small red bell pepper, ribs and
seeds removed, finely diced,
about ¼ cup
1 jalapeño pepper, ribs and
seeds removed, finely diced
4 pieces Greek-style flatbread or
pocketless pita
1 tablespoon minced red onion
¼ cup Greek yogurt

Mix the oregano, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the
lemon juice, and the garlic in a zip-top bag and smush the bag together
with your hands to combine. Add the pork and toss in the marinade, making
sure all the pieces are covered. Squeeze out the air, zip the top shut, and
marinate at room temperature for at least 2 hours.

Mix the cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeño, and onion together with
1 teaspoon of the salt. Set aside while the meat marinates.
Heat a grill pan over high heat or an outdoor grill to medium-high. Skewer
the pork onto 4 skewers and put on the grill. Grill until charred on one
side, about 2 minutes, then flip, grilling until all sides are charred; the other
sides will take a little longer, about 3 minutes per side. The meat should
be somewhat firm and have an internal temperature of about 145°F when
done. If you have room on the grill, grill the flatbread to soften it as you cook
the pork; otherwise, when the pork is done, set aside to rest, tented with
aluminum foil, and grill the flatbread just until you have nice charred grill
marks on both sides.

Just before serving, stir the yogurt, the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice,
and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt into the cucumber mixture and toss to

Slide the meat from the skewers onto the flatbread and dress with the
salad. Serve immediately.

If you’re using an indoor grill pan, crank it on high heat for the best sear marks. On an outdoor grill, medium-high heat works best.

Get more of Chef Gillespie’s recipes by visiting

Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab, Creme Fraiche and Pickled Jalapeño

Loved Chef Gerry Klaskala’s presentation in the Demonstration Kitchen at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market? Make his Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab, Creme Fraiche and Pickled Jalapeño at home with this recipe.

Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab, Creme Fraiche and Pickled Jalapeño
by Chef Gerry Klaskala


  • 4 avocados
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 qt. coconut water
  • Salt to taste

Combine the above in a Vita-Prep Blender, puree until smooth. Place in a non-reactive container and keep chilled.


  • 1/4 lb. lump crab
  • Zest of half each, lime, lemon and orange
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • Season to taste with salt

Combine the above in a non-reactive bowl, gently mix. Keep chilled.


  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

In an All-Clad sauce pan cook over medium heat for five minutes, remove to a non-active container and chill.

1/4 cup creme fraiche

Serve avocado soup in pre-chilled bowls. Top with creme fraiche, citrus marinated crab and pickled jalapeños.


Prefer to have Chef Klaskala make this for you? Visit Aria at 490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information visit or call (404) 233-7673.

Learn from more Atlanta chefs at presentations throghout the Market in the Demonstration Kitchen on Building 2, Floor 8.