Out and About in Buckhead Atlanta

Written by Colleen Ann McNally | Photography courtesy of Ben Rose Photography; Andrew Thomas Lee

I remember the moment vividly: The plane I boarded at Hartsfield-Jackson was ready to take flight and I had settled comfortably into my chair, the highly anticipated September Vogue in-hand and the perfect excuse to do nothing but read it for the next few hours. Flipping through the pages, I paused for a moment with pride on an advertisement for Buckhead Atlanta, the luxury mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development with a highly visible Peachtree Road address. For us locals who know that strip of Peachtree well, we’ve seen similar advertisements staking their claim, heralding the coming of big names like Christian Louboutin, Hermes, Dior, Jimmy Choo and more to our city. Now, those doors are finally starting to open and we suggest running, not walking to these first. buckhead-atl.com

Bella Bag Grand OpeningWhere to Shop: Bella Bag
Last time Points North met Cassandra Connors, founder and CEO of Bella Bag, the Louis Vuitton-lover had just opened her showroom at Miami Circle. What began almost a decade ago as an e-tail innovation has bloomed into a multimillion-dollar business, shipping pre-owned designer bags discounted worldwide. Championing authenticity, Bella Bag offers a curated collection of heritage brands like Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Celine, Prada and more for perusal and purchase inside their brand new flagship store at Buckhead Atlanta.

Equal parts art museum and boutique, there is no doubt Bella Bag’s new well addressed, brick-and-mortar location will soon be a must-see for bag lovers from Atlanta and beyond. While the brand emerged from an online marketplace, there’s no denying that coming face-to-face with limited edition pieces and timeless treasures doesn’t compare to virtual shopping. Plus, Connors’ retail team can share tips for buying authentic luxury handbags as well as the resale market.

Just be prepared: the sheer sight of well-conditioned Chanel crossbody bags in one space may make you woozy – and that’s just the first wall. bellabag.com

GK_food&drink_0006Where to Eat: Gypsy Kitchen
I’ve never been to Spain, but this feels close. Drawing on inspiration from the rich culinary inspiration that traces from the country’s eclectic regions, a visit to Gypsy Kitchen is a culinary adventure.

Our waiter was our travel guide through exploring their menu. At his suggestion, we started with imported red wines and snacked on Spanish-style toast: authentic combinations of Marcona almond “Nutella” and shaved chorizo, cured in-house, as well as tomato fresco, garlic, olive oil and sea salt.

My table couldn’t get enough of the salty chorizo, which makes a cameo in the Kataifi Wrapped Shrimp with piquillo pepper aioli and “Paella” Fried Rice adorned with a fried egg. Other menu highlights include the Lamb Kefta Tagine – lamb meatball with baked eggs, served in a bowl of tasty tomato, Moroccan spices and herbs that will have you ordering extra bread just to sop up as much as you can.

In Spanish tradition, the plates are meant to be – and perhaps best if – shared. Whether you choose a simple lunch of the Gypsy salad (a colorful combination of shaved veggies, peppers, dried apricots and cumin-lemon yogurt vinaigrette), select some cheese and cured meats – I suggest the manchego – to munch on with a cocktail at their artful bar, or go big with one of the plates for the table, consider getting cozy at GK with you and yours this holiday. gypsykitchenatl.com