In a large, contemporary city like Atlanta, it’s necessary for savvy local business owners to find unique ways to set their company apart from the competition. Some will place an emphasis on events and gimmicks, while others make customer service their main focus. Blessed with a large and varied talent pool of regional artists, some businesses have made art a distinctive part of their customers’ experience – even if art has little to nothing to do with the products or services they represent. Great art not only serves to enhance the atmosphere in their shop, restaurant or salon, it also adds a memorable, aesthetic element that becomes part of their overall brand. Art lovers may want to take note of the following Atlanta-area businesses.
161 Mangum St. S.W., Suite 103
Atlanta, GA 30313
Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill historic district, Nadia’s Studio is a full-service salon that offers cuts, color, styles and more for men, women and children. While a great deal of artistry and talent goes into every service Nadia’s gifted staff of stylists offers, tangible works of art can also be found hanging on the brick walls and peppered throughout the two levels of the studio. When it’s time to leave Nadia’s, more art awaits just around the corner at Besharat Gallery.
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10970 State Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Voted the best steakhouse in the NATION by Zagat, every plate that comes to the table at Pampas Steakhouse is a veritable work of art. Seeking to please all five senses, Pampas displays works of art in the main dining room, as well as in its private dining rooms for special events. Each of these sophisticated spaces – lined with original artwork – give the sense that one is dining in a bona fide art gallery.
511 E. Paces Ferry Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
With three locations throughout Atlanta, The Bilt-House has become a fashionista’s favorite thanks to its unique finds in women’s clothing and accessories. In addition to fashion, this trio of terrific-ness also offers home accessories, fabulous furniture and local artwork. A far cry from the art-lined walls of a stuffy museum, the real fun is found in strolling in and around the shop to take it all in. The Bilt-House has mastered the ancient art of merchandising and every visit promises something entirely new.
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Wild Oats & Billy Goats
112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
As the home of “folk art and funky finds,” Wild Oats & Billy Goats is a unique boutique and gallery that features the handcrafted works of local and regional artists. In addition to paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and hand-sewn items for sale, this sensational shop also offers creative workshops and private parties for both kids and adults.
Glazed & Fired
435 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 325
Cumming, GA 30041
Those with a deep and abiding love of art may want to enhance their art-viewing pleasure even further by creating their own works of art to gaze upon to their heart’s content within the comfort of their own homes. At Cumming’s Glazed & Fired, the walls are lined with artwork that can be interpreted by would-be artists. Visitors can choose from “paint-your-own-pottery” or canvas painting with the step-by-step guidance of the artists on staff. For artists who prefer a group experience, Glazed & Fired also hosts birthday parties for kids, girls night out and other special events.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.