Margaret Mitchell actually didn't live in this whole house. She lived in Apartment #1, and she called it "The Dump." I'm not really sure whether she would recognize it all cleaned up and renovated. But it does provide a look at some interesting and unusual artifacts, such as the doorway to the movie "Tara." And The Center for Southern Literature, part of the museum, offers educational programs and talks by important Southern writers, plus writing classes for adults and children.
PROS: unusual and interesting exhibits and artifacts, educational programs
CONS: Considerably improvements lead to dubious authenticity (in my opinion)
Georgia has had a huge impact on American music, from jazz, gospel,and blues to modern soul and rock and roll. Think of Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers, and Little Richard, for instance. You can find artifacts from these and many other Georgia musicians at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The gift shop is also a must for any fan of any of the musicians in the museum.
PROS: artifacts and momentos of many great Georgia musicians
Marietta Alignment has earned a reputation for being honest and reliable. The owners actually work in the shop, and take a personal interest in the quality of the work. Our car is ten years old and they treated it just as though it was new. While auto work is never cheap, their prices were in line with what I expected to pay. I would recommend them to my family and friends.
PROS: honest, knowledgeable, reasonable, quality work
You won't find many paperbacks at Books Again. They specialize mostly in hardcover books, with a lot of art, architecture, and philosophy. Book lovers will have a field day browsing through over 30,000 volumes. Others may be a bit overwhelmed.
PROS: large selection of hardbound books
I love bookstores in old houses. They feel so welcoming and comfortable. And this one is the only feminist bookstore I know in Atlanta. If you're looking for books by women, for women, you can probably find it here. The staff is very friendly and attentive, and they offer you free herbal tea. Browsing is encouraged. Another thing I love is that the bookstore actively supports the local women writers; they even have a consignment program.
PROS: provides a needed service for women in a comfortable environment
Yesteryear is a Buckhead bookstore. That means it's more of a collector's mecca than a place for the casual reader. But if you love old books, you'll love Yesteryear. They have a great selection on the Civil War, and a very interesting collection of old cookbooks.
PROS: Fascinating selection, especially cookbooks and Civil War
CONS: Not priced for casual reading
I love to walk into C Dickens Books. I can rarely afford to buy anything, but I love seeing all the rare volumes, maps, and documents on display. I did once buy a copy of "High Wind to Jamaica" there, since I had been looking for it for a long time. For a minimal fee, they will search for books for you for up to a year. If you are a collector of books, maps, documents, or literary autographs, you will love this store.
PROS: good selection of books, documents, and maps
CONS: Not inexpensive; must pay for search service (though not much)
A Capella is a small bookstore in the section of Atlanta known as "Little Five Points," or, more commonly, just "Little Five." This is significant, because for many years Little Five has been the location for some of Atlanta's most unique stores. A Capella calls itself "the bookstore for smart people." They specialize is rare and out-of-print volumes, although they also have some new and used recent books. I especially love their section on the Beat authors, where you'll find Kerouac and Ginsberg as well as less well-known Beat poets and writers.
PROS: many books that are hard to find elsewhere, great Beat section
For those with a thirst for spiritual knowledge of a metaphysical nature, the Phoenix & Dragon is a real haven. There are books on just about any area of non-mainstream religious or spiritual study. You can also find wonderful, tasteful candles and other gifts. Every week there are classes in a variety of spiritual theories or disciplines. The whole building feels peaceful and soothing, making browsing there a great escape in and of itself.
PROS: great selection of books and gifts, calm, soothing surroundings
When I was working as a wedding planner, one of my favorite venues was The Stanley House,a charming Victorian mansion in Marietta. The venue offers reasonably priced wedding/reception packages (although not bargain priced.) The house also has five rooms that are rented out for overnight accomodations. The courteous staff, authentic antique furniture, and delicious food make this a wonderful place to hold a wedding and/or reception, and for overnight stays for out of town guests or the bride and groom prior to the honeymoon trip.
PROS: charm, overnight accomodations, courtesy, reasonable packages
CONS: Not inexpensive, although rates are very competitive