Fashion & Faucets: Buckhead’s high-end plumbing shops

5 shops for fancy fixtures
The new Ferguson showroom in Buckhead offers a red carpet experience.

Photograph courtesy of Ferguson

In the heart of Buckhead’s haute revival, high-end boutiques are now mixed with plumbing suppliers—where clients are offered the highest level of personal attention, quality refreshments, and customization. Here, a few nearest the retail epicenter.

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
When it moved from Miami Circle to the space over Hermès in February, this Atlanta institution (above) boosted both its size (adding an additional 5,000 square feet) and luxe quotient. From complimentary valet to warm cookies upon arrival, guests receive the red carpet experience. Kick back in the lounge, test live showerheads, tour plumbing accessories by trend rather than vendor, and catch gourmet chef demos every other Saturday.

Located across from Charlie Loudermilk Park for more than a decade, this jewel box of a showroom displays plumbing accessories in a pleasing symmetrical layout. The Henry, Highgate, and Easton collections remain perennial top sellers—especially in polished nickel and unlacquered brass.

Meant to be inspiring, unintimidating, and fun, this 27,000-square-foot showplace oozes California cool (the company started in San Diego)—even welcoming clients with barista-crafted beverages. Price-matched plumbing offerings include hard-to-find Gessi, Fluid, and MGS. Customers can test plumbed tubs and showerheads and even practice cooking on appliances.

Signature Store by PDI Scheduled to open in November by longstanding local plumbing resource PDI, this high-end concept is Kohler’s 13th in the U.S. and first in the Southeast. Ensconced in the same swank shopping center as Storico Fresco, it offers loads of luxury perks such as media walls, iPad-equipped suites, and advanced design software. Products run the gamut of Kohler brands, from Robern to Kallista.

The streamlined modern showroom migrated to Buckhead from ADAC last December partly to improve visibility, partly to alter assumptions that it is a trade-only resource. Every component here—from tile to toilets—is made by the Spanish brand itself, which makes sourcing and installation highly efficient.