I grew up in an area of Atlanta called East Cobb (Cobb is a county here in GA). It wasn’t a large community then, but has grown by unimaginable leaps and bounds since ’97 when I arrived. One of my favorite additions has been the cozy, sprawling shopping center known as “The Avenue.” I remember when they cleared land and started building it back when I was in high school… my favorite spots were Borders, Johnny Rocket’s and Claire’s. Those were a 90’s high schooler’s favorite places!
Over the years, some of the stores rotated, and new ones opened. Now, many years later, I was invited back to that side of town to tour the new offerings. I was really impressed by the caliber and variety of the new shops. It’s not the East Cobb Avenue of my high school days; it’s grown up, too! Ellie and I were given a VIP tour of Williams-Sonoma, Cheeky Mexican Food, clothing stores boasting the newest trends, a fabulous Barre3 studio, and a spa. My favorite stop was by far the accessories store. They have over 50% clothing, since that’s what their customers have asked for… I’ve been missing out not heading there to shop – check out that variety!
— Lindsey Paris (@RedheadBabyMama) August 9, 2015
I HAD to instagram the new moscow mule mix we sampled at Williams-Sonoma… it was so good and was one of my first tastes of the drink. Someone can gift me a bottle of that stuff anytime! I made sure to pick up one of their hammered copper mugs, too!
The smallest, tastiest Moscow mule mix amongst margaritas at @williamssonoma is so delicious! #shoptheavenue A photo posted by Lindsey (@redheadbabymama) on
Keeping with the theme of the afternoon (or so I found myself noticing!), I tasted some mini margaritas at Cheeky’s Mexican. Aren’t these the cutest little drinks? Only a few ounces a piece; just enough to tease the taste buds. While I’m not a “regular” margarita fan (tequila isn’t my favorite… I’m more of a vodka gal), the prickly pear orange margarita was delicious! Sweet, balanced, and truly a unique flavor. I feel a date night coming on……
I sense a personal photo theme… The pink prickly pear margarita is THE JAM. Grab one at Cheeky’s at @shoptheavenue #shoptheavenue #theavenuetour
Needless to say, I need to venture back to my old haunts and try some new stores (like the spa…. 🙂 ) and re-visit some of the ones I was able to tour and experience more. After all, this post-baby body needs a little pampering!