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In October 2017, Willow Goldstein and her mother Olive Hagemeier opened the doors of the Bakery, what would become a constantly churning complex of spaces popular with young, queer, and creative Atlantans that have hosted large-scale puppet shows, space-rock operas, escape rooms, and so much more.
When you approach the grand brick facade of the Adair Park house you’re struck by the building’s proportions and history. Atlantans aren’t used to seeing houses 160 years old in a city that was all but incinerated in 1864. “No building permits exist for it,” explains owner Tracy Galasso.
One year later after it was ordered to close, Chris Yonker and Brian Egan, two of the original members of the Mammal team, are returning, this time just a mile or so from their original South Broad Street location, in a place that’s just as interesting, if not more so.
In December, Raisha Williams moved her cookie operation to a new, shared commercial kitchen that will soon double as a market on the weekends. Its name, Marddy’s, is a mash-up of “market” and “buddy.” For Marddy’s owner Keitra Bates, this is not just an entrepreneurial upstart; it’s a hedge against gentrification.