In June Melissa Gallagher left a 17-year career in restaurants—including a stint as the GM at Holeman and Finch—to open a boutique, Coco and Mischa. A longtime lover of functional art (jewelry, vases), she was inspired by the maker movement to change gears. Many goods in her Decatur nook are made locally, accompanied by a smattering of other indie finds and vintage pieces (boots, cutoffs, furniture). Gallagher’s favorite line is the edgy brass jewelry by Fossil & Hide, whose co-owner Jenny Watts is also a restaurant alum. Years ago, the pair planned trinkets and treasures when they worked at Leon’s Full Service.
This article originally appeared in our February 2016 issue.