It started with bud vases. But in just its second year, Courtney Hamill’s handmade ceramics line, Honeycomb Studio, has expanded into lighting. The Atlanta native works out of a backyard shed at her home on the Westside, sometimes sitting down at the wheel but more often making her porcelain vessels, holiday ornaments, turtledoves, antlers, and now three styles of lamp bases from original slip-cast molds.
The Asanda Spa Lounge, which launched quietly in January in the Delta Sky Club Terminal E, offers a variety of treatments for travel-weary guests, ranging from a 10-minute foot and leg massage to a 45-minute facial with customized skin products.
Randy Pechin, owner of Little Spirit cocktail bar in Inman Park, is turning the former Virginia-Highland bar/restaurant Diesel Filling Station into a nostalgic bar called Dad’s. Opening in mid-November, Dad’s will throw it back to the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s with spins on classic drinks and elevated comfort food.
Monday Night Garage, the West End location of Monday Night Brewing, recently launched a menu of seven Neapolitan pizzas made in house using beer yeast. Available Wednesday through Sunday each week, these wood-fired pies are the result of a pandemic project by Monday Night co-owner Joel Iverson.
These places remind us that restaurants aren’t simply places where we eat and hang out; they, and the people who make them run, are members of our communities. They’re our neighbors.
From hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands, Freaknik grew, but during its first decade, almost all white Atlantans—and many black Atlantans over the age of 40—were oblivious. Then came Freaknik 1993.