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As the neighborhood slogan goes: “The sun rises first in Atlanta in East Lake.” Indeed, this quiet, walkable community of vintage bungalows is the city’s easternmost hood. Founded in 1892 as a trolley-car suburb, the area offered country living and lakefront attractions, including a penny arcade, a swimming beach, and steamboat rides.
A number of lively Black-owned beverage shops have opened in town in the last couple years, running the gamut from tea to coffee to beer. Here are a few of our faves.
The Kai Garden doesn’t have a retail storefront, an ecommerce site, or even regular business hours. Yet the grounds of Eric Mack’s East Lake residence are home to a sprawling one-man nursery and pop-up shop with one of the city’s best selections of rare and unusual plants.
After first pondering a move to the country, interior designer Jayme Armour ended up buying a house a few miles from downtown Atlanta, but it turns out the two ideas weren’t that far apart. The 1950s cottage she discovered in East Lake came with a large, lush lot—including a banana palm tree in the back—and a leafy neighborhood.
East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story airs at 8 p.m. March 24 on PBS
Salaryman mixes Tokyo, Seoul, and Southern comfort in East Lake; Chef Zeb Stevenson brings vegetable-forward cooking to Redbird in Westside Provisions District; Junior's gives Summerhill a quintessential neighborhood pizza place with a retro vibe.
As co-owner and beverage director of Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits and Kimball House, it's no wonder Miles Macquarrie's basement kitchen is a cozy bar and test lab for his drink recipes.
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