For many Atlanta area shopaholics, Black Friday is the biggest holiday event of the year. The unofficial kickoff to the Christmas shopping season is a time when retailers pull out all of the stops with doorbuster deals on popular items to bring shoppers into their stores, where they will hopefully do even more of their holiday purchasing. While the official Black Friday deals are usually announced in mid-November, the sheer size and variety of shopping experiences in Atlanta requires some smart pregame preparation to maximize deals. These five retailers are typically Black Friday favorites in Atlanta, depending on what you’re looking for.
Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 233-6767

Driving and parking during Black Friday can seriously cut into the time you could be scoring great deals.  The solution?  Start your day at the Lenox Square Mall. With almost 250 specialty stores contained within, Lenox Square Mall allows shoppers to only battle traffic and parking once to score multiple Black Friday sales.  Lenox Square Mall is perfect for a Black Friday shopper who has differing deal needs for different family members.  One advantage to Lenox Square is the number of upscale and boutique stores whose only Atlanta location is in the mall.  These include Cartier for fine jewelry, Burberry for men’s and women’s fashions and scents, and Diesel for more cutting edge fashion trends.  Individual stores open at different times on Thursday or Friday, so shoppers will need to confirm with their planned stops before heading out.

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Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA 30363
(404) 733-1221

For those who want to make a true holiday event out of Black Friday shopping, Atlantic Station might be just the spot. In addition to numerous shopping options, the mixed-use property also features numerous restaurants, an 18 screen movie theater with IMAX, and events such as ice skating, music, and Bodies The Exhibition. Those looking for clothes have a wide range of choices from the Official Atlanta Falcons Team Store, Dillards, American Apparel, and Ann Taylor just to name a few. Ikea, Tervis, and West Elm are destinations for anyone hoping to outfit their homes with Black Friday deals. Like Lenox Square, Atlantic Station stores set their individual hours, so check the listings for your favorite shops before getting out.

Fantasyland Records
360 Pharr Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-3193<

One way to avoid the crowds at Black Friday sales is to avoid the national retailers completely and shop local. With records making a resurgence, there’s a good chance at least one person on your Christmas shopping list is looking for some new vinyl for her turntable. If so, Fantasyland Records is the place to be. Fantasyland is one of several independent retailers who are participating in the Record Store Day Black Friday promotion. An offshoot of April’s Record Store Day, these retailers will stock limited edition vinyl pressings and special one of a kind albums that can only be obtained on Record Store Day Black Friday. You can see the list of exclusive music being offered by checking in at the Record Store Day website between now and Black Friday.

The Beehive
1250 Caroline St., Suite C120
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 581-9261

One way to avoid the crush of crowds on Black Friday is to skip the big box stores completely to focus on some of Atlanta’s local vendors, many of whom extend their sales an extra day for Small Business Saturday.  One of Atlanta’s most dedicated local stops is The Beehive.  A collective of stores that focuses almost exclusively on what they call “bees,” designers who work, live, and produce their products locally or regionally.  But that doesn’t mean a sacrifice in variety.  Under the umbrella of The Beehive, you can find products ranging from jewelry designers, children’s clothing, bath and body products, and even a selection of locally produced food products for those delicious stocking stuffers.

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Sam Flax South
1745 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 352-7200

Some people don’t want to buy things for Christmas gifts, they want to make things.  Or maybe they want to use their Christmas gifts to inspire creativity in children.  For them, one of Atlanta’s best places to hit on Black Friday is Sam Flax South, Atlanta’s premier craft supply store.  Sam Flax South specializes in art supplies: from paints and pencils to sketch pads and easels. They even offer a number of art supply sets to get your budding artist started off with everything she needs. They also offer custom framing and an extensive scrapbooking supply shop for preserving those special memories.

Post Author: Chris Griffy.


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