(400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta)
In the five short years of its existence, Avalon has proven that mixed-use developments are bringing life back to the ‘burbs. The shopping is unbeatable for the area; look for brand names like Bonobos, CHANEL Beauté and Kendra Scott. INSIDER TIP Don’t forget, there’s no open container law enforced on the premises. Stroll and shop after dining at one of the premier restaurants. Be sure to also check the robust events schedule; there’s always something going on at Avalon, and it’s usually packed.
(3167 Peachtree Road NE)
This nationwide brand is known for its technologically savvy custom menswear capabilities, but with a twist—on-site experts to make sure every last bit is perfect. Choices are displayed on voice-activated walls, and all items are made from premium fabrics from European mills. Measurements are kept on file for ease of reordering, making this a no-brainer for men who hate to shop. INSIDER TIP Customization and personalization abound—you can even have something meaningful (or silly) embroidered into the back collar, in addition to traditional monogramming.
(Westside Provisions District)
There’s a certain type of loyalty that Mashburn fans have; it can border on pathological. But when it comes to men’s clothing, the undisputed king of dressing Atlantans is Sid Mashburn. Whether it’s suiting ($1,450 to $2,950), casualwear or accessories (brands range from Clarks to the tony British brand Edward Green), Sid fans are always stylish. INSIDER TIP Don’t forget about the adjacent concepts Ann Mashburn (annmashburn.com) and Mashburn Coffee, where everything from coffee-table books to coffee is sold.
(3340 Peachtree Road, Ste. 1700; 2500 Old Milton Parkway, Ste. 250; solomonbrothers.com)
Three Cape Town, South Africa-raised brothers settled in Atlanta over 30 years ago and have established themselves as some of the foremost experts on jewelry in the Southeast. Look for well-known brands such as Lagos, Tacori and Simon G., but don’t forget about a unique selection of fine jewelry under the Solomon Brothers name, including fancy colored diamonds. INSIDER TIP While there’s an impressive collection of jewelry online, be sure to stop into one of the new locations, including the newest in Alpharetta, to have an expert help you narrow down your choices.
Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
(646 Lindberg Way, stevehightower.com)
While the talent at Steve Hightower offers a variety of salon and spa services, Hightower himself specializes in fine and thinning hair. Since 1999, Hightower and his staff have received over 50 accolades thanks to their work in color, conditioning, texturizing, extensions, wigs and more.
INSIDER TIP The team even offers an oncology massage for those affected by cancer to help with fatigue, pain and sleep and oncology-friendly skincare. Clients can choose from a variety of services such as chest or décolletage healing, scar heeling, skin repair after grafting or radiation, and more.
The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
(3035 Peachtree Road, theshopsbuckheadatlanta.com)
For the largest luxury hub in the city, head to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Everyone from Hermès to Etro to Brunello Cucinelli can be found at Atlanta’s answer to Rodeo Drive, along with top-notch, sceney restaurants like Le Bilboquet and Le Colonial.
INSIDER TIP Jamestown, who recently acquired the property, seems to sprinkle magic wherever it goes.
(3344 Peachtree Road, Ste. 1750, universaldiamondcorp.com)
Universal Diamonds is the kind of place that makes its way around Atlanta via the best method: word of mouth. Founder Amos and sons Jonathan and Ronnie Agami source some of the best diamonds in the world: . If you dream it, they can do it. INSIDER TIP Check out the larger, spruced up space and mens collections.
Van Michael Salon
(Multiple locations, vanmichael.com)
With eight Metro Atlanta locations, Van Michael Salon has been caring for Atlantans tresses for many decades. Cut and color are available, of course, as are bridal services, waxing and makeup application. INSIDER TIP Be sure to visit the much-lauded Van Michael Men at The Battery Atlanta, as well as the new Virginia-Highland location, now in a new building off bustling Virginia Avenue.
Woo Skincare + Cosmetics
(Multiple locations, wooskincareandcosmetics.com)
This Nashville-based cosmetics and skincare giant has every brand you’d ever want, from Chantecaille to Westman Atelier to RMS. Rely on the helpful and knowledgeable staff for purchases, and be sure to peruse the selection of giftable items like candles and pajamas as well. INSIDER TIP Don’t forget about the spa services: Unique offerings include a facial workout massage (deep tissue for the face); a hydrating enzyme facial; and treatments with cult-favorite brands like Natura Bissé, Tata Harper and Skinceuticals.
Photography by: Raftermen Photography; Courtesy of Jamestown; Courtesy of Van Michael Salon;