Avalon, just a quick trip up 400 to exit 10, is a wonderland of delights for shopping a quaint, open neighborhood: just like a Parisian.
Start your day at Café Intermezzo for coffee and a croissant. The international feel of the bistro tables outside will get you in the mood for a stroll along the sidewalk. Across the street, Ann Mashburn (and Sid for the guys!) is heaven in a pop-up shop, just for the holidays. Her style of classically preppy with some hints of trendy are right on point for investment pieces that will stand the test of time. Have you tried her buckle shoes yet? So comfortable! Urging the team to bring back the yellow suede – a mustard color that would be just the right pop for anything with blue jeans, eager customers will have to “settle” for the yellow satin the designer brought in for the holidays. There are a few pieces in the store that are exclusive to the Avalon pop-up so if you are a follower who knows everything about Ann Mashburn, come visit this exclusive holiday shop and you will be most pleasantly surprised! By the way, Ann writes a column called “you need this… I promise” and (not so) amazingly, I believe her every time! Check it out:
Sephora just a few doors down is new to Avalon, and while the store itself is not a secret, there are so many French cosmetic lines that you might have not heard of that they carry. Did you know that Nars is a French brand? Ask to see the red lip collection. It truly is the perfect accent for anyone craving that French Girl Chic. Wear your red lip with a beret and accessorize with a coffee in your hand, handbag over your wrist, and don’t forget the sunnies – Ready for your selfie!
Avalon has a special Holiday Market on the block near the Chanel store. (“Chanel store” you say? Yes – a small space full of makeup, fragrance, and sunglasses!) But let’s focus back to the Holiday market, the 11 women-owned businesses found inside the marketplace will have you checking off your entire shopping list. One of our favorite Hidden Gems, Indiehouse Modern Fragrance Bar located just to the left of the front door is offering a holiday special: get four sample size fragrances and a coupon for your choice of the full size perfect for you, all wrapped up in a lovely gift box. What an ingenious idea!!
End your day at Crú food and wine bar, for a glass of champagne paired with their selections of “Cheese around the World”. Try the goat cheese beignet’s for a French twist.
There are many other shops at Avalon to explore, and spending a day strolling the Avenue is so Parisian chic! Its a little bit of Paris in just-outside-Atlanta!