Cranes are sprouting in the historic, understated West Village, located loosely between East Andrews Drive and West Paces Ferry Road. Developers promise shiny new residential units and retail in 2017, but they’re pushing out some old favorites along the way.
In May Beth Ann Taratoot shut the doors on BethAnn’s boutique, a longtime Buckhead institution that sold unusual jewelry, accessories, and Taratoot’s own line of cosmetics. (You can still book her services as an “image consultant” at bethannstyle.com.) Funky womenswear shop Razzle Dazzle, a 40-year neighborhood veteran, also quietly closed early last year.
Other stores decamped for the hills of Roswell Road. California-cool Range Boutique packed up for Buckhead Court last spring. The high-fashion Sabot relocated to Powers Ferry Square—joining B.D. Jeffries and Erika Reade—in the fall. (“It just wasn’t good for our business,” owner Desirée Osmon said of the construction.) Many local shops, though, are staying put. Preppy Poppy’s moved a few doors down on East Andrews, and the vintage emporium Labels, which is housed among several storefronts, combined its dress and shoe shops (the latter was located in the redevelopment zone). Stores clustered near the intersection of East Andrews and Roswell Road, including W.Port, Peoples, and Hunter Collective, say they’re not going anywhere—but there will be big changes around them this year. —Kate Abney
Where to shop for what’s hot now
Fashion still favors a roomy silhouette in the form of wide cropped pants and asymmetrical cuts. For an accessible take on the elegant-but-oversized trend, look no further than H&M-owned line COS. This season we love the origami-like pieces ($99 and $105, above). The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
Trendy shimmery pink isn’t just for jewelry. At Jeffrey, find the hue on leaf-adorned heels by Francesco Russo ($890, above) or beaded flat sandals by Aquazzurra. Phipps Plaza
“We’re loving a little ruffle, a flounce, a high-impact sleeve on a classic silhouette,” says co-owner Desirée Osmon. Find the statement flourish on pieces by Zero + Maria Cornejo and Tela ($465, above). Don’t overlook the wall of sophisticated shoes from cool-girl designers like Robert Clergerie and Pedro Garcia at the new minimalist space. 3800 Roswell Road, 404-816-0077
The one-piece utilitarian staple arrives this season in sturdy denim and ultrasuede, from designers like Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney, whose puckered navy version you’ll find at Peoples. Or nab the Lane jumpsuit by Calvin Klein alum Nellie Partow at a trunk show this month ($1,795, above). 3236 Roswell Road, 404-816-7292
Where: Hunter Collective
Whether Neo-Baroque or 1980s geometric, this season, go big. Try these stunners by Miguel Ases ($485), glittering with Japanese Miyuki beads. 22 East Andrews Drive
Because unfussy is always chic, owner Emily Bean Livezy stocks shelves with breezy caftans and tunics. Her favorites are handmade in California by CP Shades ($176, above), which creates styles exclusively for her shop. 3232 Roswell Road —Mary Logan Bikoff
This article originally appeared in our March 2017 issue.