Buckhead’s East Village is a triangle bounded by Peachtree Road on the north and west, Piedmont Road on the east and Peachtree Avenue on the south. Spreading out from its long-time commercial core along Peachtree Road, the village has grown to include formerly residential streets that now house businesses and restaurants in tree-shaded cottages that once were homes of the Shadowlawn subdivision. Sardis Way was named for the wife of pioneer settler Henry Irby, whose landmark general store and tavern gave Buckhead its name.
The East Village includes some of Atlanta’s liveliest nightspots and some of its best restaurants alongside an array of art galleries and boutiques.
The heart of Buckhead is the Village, whose streets have evolved from storefronts into a good-times mecca. There are 100 bars and restaurants within two blocks of the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry, says The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It’s a premier place to play.
The Buckhead Village Merchants Association is dedicated to preserving the unique character of the Village. The group of retailers, bars, restaurants and property owners is focusing on safety, parking, pedestrian appeal and commercial balance. Among its major initiatives is preventing those under 18 from entering bars in the Village, where some bars had allowed teens to party, but not to drink. The BVMA also is hiring additional police officers at night and has hired an engineer to recommend streetscape redesigns to make the area more pedestrian friendly.
BVMA has turned the lights up in the East Village and along feeder streets, increasing the wattage of street lamps on Bolling Way, East Paces Ferry and Pharr Road. Parking lots also got a little brighter. Crosswalks are being re-striped to increase pedestrian safety.
As the pace of luxury residential redevelopment in the Village has increased, some developers, encouraged by the Buckhead Coalition, have begun buying up former bar sites for conversion to shops and restaurants to help tame the weekend party. Nearby residents, fed up with litter, noise and traffic, are putting pressure on police to crack down, and representatives of some night spots have praised police for efforts to curb lawlessness. Some city officials are pushing the city attorney’s office to reinstate a city code that prevents new bars from opening without adequate parking. The Village has been exempt from the code for years.
RESIDENTIAL TOWER: Wood Partners and the Novare Group plans a 21-story residential tower with 378 units at Pharr Road and North Fulton Drive, across from the Atlanta Fish Market. Completion is set for 2004. The units will be rented as apartments, but converted to condominiums if the market allows.
BOUTIQUE HOTEL: Developer Mark McClure hopes to build a trendy boutique hotel, sort of a Miami’s South Beach meets Beverly Hills meets Buckhead, on a 1-acre tract at 225 Pharr Road that now includes the Bell Bottoms nightclub. The 12-15-story hotel would have 170 rooms and feature high-tech amenities. Target clientele: business travelers age is 23-40.
UNDER STUDY: Designers are examining the idea of extending Buckhead Triangle Park, where Peachtree and Roswell roads split, eastward to include what is now Peachtree Road and shops in the strip where the Buckhead Saloon and Great Frame Up now stand. Peachtree Road would bend east around the expanded park or tunnel under it.
Abbadabbas, 322 East Paces Ferry Road, (404) 262-3356
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, 309 E. Paces Ferry Rd. 30305, (404) 233-9686
Antique Prints Maps, 515 East Paces Ferry road, (404) 233-2911
Antiques Plus, 2962 Grandview Ave., (404) 233-6582
The Arts Connection, 360 Pharr Rd. 30305, (404) 230-1005
Bender Fine Art, 309 E. Paces Ferry Rd., Suite 140, 30305, (404) 842-1913
Bilt-House, 511 East Paces Ferry Road, (404) 816-7702
Buckhead Aesthetics, laser hair removal, cellulite treatments, body wraps, microdermabrasion skin peels, weight loss systems, skin care products, stretch mark cream, limited- edition hand blown glass, 277 East Paces Ferry Road, (404) 812-1880, or e-mail [email protected]
C Lighting, a high-end illuminations gallery offering an extensive selection of world-class traditional and contemporary illumination systems, 273 East Paces Ferry Road, (404) 760-1119, email [email protected]
Camille Love Gallery, 309 East Paces Ferry Road, (404) 841-0446
Charles Willis, jewelers, 465 East Paces Ferry road, (404) 233-9487
Connell Gallery, 333 North Fulton Dr., (404) 261-1712
Connoisseur Galleries, 305 Pharr Road, (404) 869-6880
Dejavu, contemporary home accessories, 2981 North Fulton Drive, (404) 841-1038