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When married couple Emily and Drew Hecht dreamed up their entertaining company late last year, they had no idea that small outdoor gatherings would be all but the rule for seeing friends in 2020.
Nothing says Atlanta like an outdoor picnic. Back in the day, concertgoers pulled out silver candelabras at Chastain Park. Now we prefer a more relaxed but no less stylish vibe. For advice on pulling this off, we asked home decor shop owners Steve and Jill McKenzie to show us how they entertain outdoors in their neighborhood park.
Big changes are in the works at the Irwin Street Market. According to Jake Rothschild, founder of Jake’s Ice Cream, Picnic! has moved and now shares space with Hilda’s, forming a larger dining room with table service for the entire market. The actual market is expanding into the Funky Monkey space and adding a tasting room where customers can sample the goods being sold, from jams to mustards to pestos. A new bakery, coffee shop and tearoom called JDR Delishery has taken over the old Picnic space and serves house-made bagels, pies, macaroons, truffles and more.