If 2016 was the year of the doughnut, 2017 might just be the year of the macaron. These bite-sized meringue cookie sandwiches filled with cream are historically French, but Atlanta bakeries are giving them a unique twist. In our city, macarons are sometimes whimsical, often times colorful, but always delicious. Just where are these French desserts hiding in Atlanta? We're so glad you asked.
Floor to ceiling libraries with rolling ladders to reach the tip-top shelves are the things of fairytales. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you have the images of Beauty and the Beast’s Belle sliding around on a library ladder ingrained in your memory. In complete transparency, you may or may not have fantasized about a library ladder of your own; I know I did. There’s something about them that sparks a little magic, which is why it’s appropriate that a library ladder is front and center in Atlanta’s first (and only) candle library, Candlefish. Walking through the Candlefish doors at Ponce City Market, visitors are greeted with the Fragrance Library, an enchanting collection of 100 candle fragrances waiting to be discovered. Standing tall in that library? You guessed it: a library ladder. Dreams do come true!
As a proud, card-carrying member of the Busty Women Club, better known as the BWC, the ushering in of fall usually causes me a pinch of anxiety. No, it’s not the influx of pumpkin spice everything that does me in but rather the changes in fashion. Autumn equates to cable knit sweaters, button-down blouses, cardigans, coats and the dreaded fur vest — bulky, bulkier and bulkiest. For ladies with big … umm … ladies, these typical fall trends just don’t work. Women like me are left rifling through our closets to put on yet another pair of jeans with a plain Jane sweater.
Walking into Roberta Roller Rabbit is like escaping to an island where color is king and style his queen. Side by side, the pair rules a kingdom full of radiant hues, cheerful prints and rich textures. Their newest domain is an airy space in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District, the first of its kind in Georgia. The royal couple opens the shop’s exotic castle doors to shoppers and immerses them in the alluring world of Roberta Roller Rabbit.
With beauty industry buzzwords like “organic,” “all-natural” and “paraben-free” appearing all over today’s health and beauty marketplace, how do you know who to trust? It doesn’t take long before you find yourself standing in the cosmetic aisle with five different products in hand, all claiming to be the best all-natural product out there. Thankfully for us Atlanta ladies, Poncey-Highland’s Fig & Flower is a trusted go-to source for eco-beauty products that truly are natural and good for the skin. Founded by Sara Lamond in 2014, Fig & Flower is Atlanta’s first all-natural beauty store. Now a blossoming boutique with a growing online presence, Fig & Flower stocks some of the natural beauty industry’s most sought-after products by well-trusted brands.
Located in the heart of town, just off of West Paces Ferry, is Lucy’s Market, an Atlanta treasure that has captivated local residents since 2009. With an ambience as enticing as the food, Lucy’s Market has become Buckhead’s go-to, eclectic farmers market. Carrying locally farmed produce, small batch baked goods and walls of wine, jam and honey, Lucy’s specializes in Southern foods and gifts that make you feel as good as they taste.
Intimidation is not a word or a concept that entrepreneur Molly Mathis finds daunting. On the contrary, intimidation is what keeps Mathis in business. Mathis is the mastermind behind Mojo Active Adventures, a boutique adventure travel company that helps women change their feelings of intimidation about fitness, travel, friendship – you name it – to feelings of empowerment. Mojo Active Adventures achieves that empowerment through outdoor excursions and fitness-focused trips for the female adventure seeker. "We take the intimidation factor out of the equation by offering a safe, supportive and fun environment in which to sample new outdoor activities," Mathis says.
Any heart attack survivor can consider herself lucky to have come through such a serious health event. When someone has not one, not two, but three heart attacks in the span of a week, it's enough to make her rededicate her life to spreading the word about women's heart health.