As in-person everything becomes the newest version of normal, Atlanta’s toniest outdoor shopping district reports that brick-and-mortar is not only still alive—but that business has never been better.

Like a cheery contrast to recent headlines that cornerstone business Hermés could soon depart for Phipps Plaza, Buckhead Village’s ownership reached out to Urbanize Atlanta today with food-and-beverage performance statistics that suggest the property’s strong pandemic rebound is continuing.

Nearly a dozen new tenants—offering everything from a pop-up cocktail lounge and international coastal cuisine to Pilates—are also expected to open soon at Buckhead Village, according to owners Jamestown Properties.

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Covering a half-dozen blocks with 300,000 square feet of retail, the razed, reborn, and now refreshed shopping and dining hub in central Buckhead was bought by Ponce City Market developers Jamestown three years ago. They shed “The Shops Buckhead Atlanta” name and adopted simply “Buckhead Village” as part of a rebranding push in 2020.

Now, Jamestown officials report Buckhead Village food-and-beverage tenants recorded their highest sales to date in the first half of 2022, notching a property-wide, 27.7-percent increase over the same time period in 2019.

Meanwhile, contemporary fashion retailers’ gross sales at Buckhead Village in the first half of 2022 exceeded 2021 numbers by more than 25 percent, Jamestown reports.

Having signed 12 new leases and eight renewals since November, Jamestown has recently leased more than 61,000 square feet of space throughout the property.

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Over the past three years, Jamestown’s efforts to reimagine Buckhead Village have included new public spaces—an open-air Veranda porch for live music and coffee pop-ups, plus a pedestrians-only Center Plaza—in addition to updated storefronts, greenspaces, and branding. 

More recent openings at Buckhead Village have included Saint-Germain French Bakery and Café, California-based lifestyle brand Jenni Kayne, furniture brand Interior Define, women’s apparel brand Veronica Beard, and the latest outpost of dog-park bar Fetch Park.

Jamestown says its goal is to continue to fill out the property with a mix of local restaurants, small businesses such as artists and jewelry makers, in addition to luxury brands.

Courtesy of Jamestown

In terms of new Buckhead Village offerings on the horizon, Jamestown provided summaries of businesses expected to debut at the district in coming weeks and months, as condensed here:  

  • Planta: An innovative plant-based restaurant inspired by all parts of the world.  
  • Frances Valentine: A modern American lifestyle brand featuring apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry. 
  • Le Labo: Le Labo Fragrances was born in Grasse, France and raised in New York, USA. Each boutique functions like an open artisanal laboratory designed as an entertainment park for the nose where people can take the time to smell and touch raw ingredients to awaken their olfactory system and trigger emotions. Each fragrance is freshly hand-blended and label personalized to order.
  • Carmel: A new restaurant from the team behind Bellina Alimentari, Atrium, Aziza, Falafel Nation, and Rina inspired by the culture and cuisine of the coast.  
  • rag & bone: Combining English heritage with directional design, rag & bone has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing that has an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic, offering a full range of men’s and women’s ready to wear, denim, accessories, and footwear collections.
  • Yeppa & Co.: A traditional Italian destination with a specific emphasis on fare from Rimini and the Emilia-Romagna region, from Pietro Gianni and Stephen Peterson, co-owners of Storico Fresco, Forza Storico, and Storico Vino. 
  • Brown & Co Jewelers: An independent, local- and family-owned luxury shop that will offer fashion jewelry from world-renowned designers, diamond engagement rings, estate jewelry, high-end timepieces, bespoke custom creations and an exclusive Rolex Boutique.
  • The James Room: Atlanta’s buzzing BeltLine cocktail lounge will expand to Buckhead Village as a pop-up offering its signature “vibe-dining” style, featuring an impressive cocktail program alongside an elevated menu of chef-driven small plates.
  • The Daily Pilates: A chic Pilates and cardio fusion destination offering a variety of customized workouts blending fitness with contemporary Pilates and dynamic strength training. 
  • Gallery Anderson Smith: From Atlanta-based artist Anderson Smith, Gallery Anderson Smith will open its first-ever storefront in the form of a pop-up gallery joining the ranks of the property’s fast-growing list of art and design tenants. Smith is a self-taught artist with a knack for abstract expression with collections currently showcased across some of the city’s most acclaimed galleries.
  • FACED The Facial Studio: An elevated facial studio offering high-quality, custom facials in a chic and relaxing environment designed to make luxe skincare rituals more accessible.

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