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Hot trend: Luxury plumbing

In the last year or so, Buckhead’s exclusive shopping district saw the openings of three upscale plumbing boutiques: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery; Porcelanosa; and Kohler Signature Store by PDI.
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Bespoke denim: Levi’s at Avalon

Levi’s opened its Avalon store earlier this spring as one of only a handful in the country with an in-house tailoring shop—customizing denim with embroidery, hemming, and fitting.

Action dining: Kula Revolving Sushi Bar

Conveyor-belt dining has arrived in Doraville. The idea is to serve a large number of customers quickly and cheaply, sending inexpensive sushi ($2.25 each) and small plates through the dining room on a mechanized runway.
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Vegetarian: VeGreen Vegetarian Fusion Restaurant

VeGreen puts an international spin on its eclectic menu of vegetarian fare. The dishes lean Asian, with some Chinese and some Japanese influences, but here and there, you’ll find a wild card such as pumpkin “cream” soup. Vegans are welcome here, and carnivores, too.
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Hometown chain: Ballard Designs

This year, the brand added a glam collection by celebrity designer and Atlanta native Miles Redd to its roster of exclusives by Suzanne Kasler and Bunny Williams.
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Revamped attraction: Atlanta History Center

Everything old is new again at this renovated Buckhead stalwart, which now features a StoryCorps studio, a Souper Jenny outpost, and an expanded bookstore and gift shop. Bonus: The museum no longer prohibits event guests from sipping cocktails while visiting the exhibits.
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Wrist candy: Daniel Wellington

Swedish brand Daniel Wellington brought its Scandinavian-chic minimalist watches to Ponce City Market this past May, offering sleek, modern styles at an affordable pricepoint.
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Breakthrough artist: Cosmo Whyte

The adept Jamaican-born artist and Morehouse College lecturer explores themes of ancestral, generational, and personal identity through various mediums. His distinct talent and vision have earned him inclusion in Atlanta Contemporary’s most recent biennial, a nomination for the coveted Hudgens Prize, and exhibitions in South Africa, Miami, and France.
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Gluten-free eats: Mediterranea

Those who are more interested in good food than restrictive diets typically have no idea that this charming Mediterranean bistro in Grant Park is a gluten-free haven. From its wine list to its hospitality, Mediterranea raises the bar for this neighborhood.
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Menu design: Food Terminal

Those of you who like to take home menus from restaurants will have no luck at Food Terminal. This is not a one-sheet; it’s a 50-page glossy magazine featuring full-bleed photos and faux cover lines.

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