The 8 coolest home decor stores in Atlanta

HGTV design pro Brian Patrick Flynn shares his favorite hidden-gem home furnishing shops in ATL.

If you’ve ever watched HGTV’s Dream Home and Urban Oasis, you’ll surely recognize dynamic host and designer, Brian Patrick Flynn. A self-taught virtuoso, Flynn has an unparalleled talent for transforming lackluster spaces into cozy living rooms, functional laundry areas, enchanting outdoor retreats, and so much more. Beyond the screen, Flynn, an Atlanta local, is our go-to guide to the city’s most sought-after furniture and decor shops. Whether you’re looking to totally furnish a room or simply need a little style refresh, design pro Brian Patrick Flynn shares the shops you should know about.

Header image above courtesy of Robert Peterson

Brian Patrick Flynn Standing in the Doorway of a Well-Decorated Room
Image courtesy of Zeke Ruelas and Brian Patrick Flynn

Dixon Rye

1085 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta

Described by Flynn as “super bespoke and just brilliantly made,” each piece within Dixon Rye tells a story. Housed in the newly revamped Westside Ironworks complex, this isn’t just any old furniture store; it’s a treasure trove of expertly curated pieces that will elevate any room. From globally sourced found objects to locally crafted furnishings, proprietor Bradley Odom, whose résumé boasts stints at national retail giants like West Elm and J.Crew, knows exactly how to wow his clients. 

Pieces

3234 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta

At Pieces, a Buckhead mainstay since 2004, you’ll find “super coastal, modern-style antiques you can’t find anywhere else,” says Flynn. At first glance, you’ll notice lots of conversation pieces, fun accents, and gorgeous gifts that’ll add personality and charm to any space. Venture deeper, and you’ll discover sophisticated, high-quality furnishings meticulously crafted from natural materials that exude warmth and authenticity. 

Huff Harrington Home

425 Peachtree Hills Ave NE No. 9, Atlanta

With stores in both Atlanta and Paris, Huff Harrington Home offers fine art, antiques, lighting, furniture, and decor. The interiors shop was established in 2011 by dynamic duo Ann Huff and Meg Harrington, who have curated both locations with a mix of their unique tastes. You can lose yourself and be inspired just perusing their charming, 4,000-square-foot store. If you’re looking for high-end, transitional pieces, Flynn highly recommends Huff Harrington Home.

Shop Stevie Interiors

3300 Heritage Walk Ste 101, Milton

Embarking on a space transformation journey is no small feat, but Shop Stevie Interiors helps make the process effortless. Established in 2020 by award-winning designer Meghan Bassinger, the Milton shop’s seasoned design staff will help you every step of the way. Known for pairing modern decor with antiques, the Shop Stevie Interiors team will help you select standout pieces that’ll elevate your space from mundane to magnificent. 

BD Jeffries

3736 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta

Are you looking to give your home a more sophisticated, cultured appeal? Look no further than luxury lifestyle boutique BD Jeffries. Flynn recommends this location for an edited selection of beautiful bespoke furniture as well as unique home decor items, exquisite antiques, and captivating coffee table books, all of which you can purchase off the floor. You can also delve into their eclectic array of men’s and women’s accessories, including stylish hats, belts, and jewelry. 

Urban Cottage

998 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta

Located in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood, Flynn likes Urban Cottage for what he calls “one-of-a-kind smalls.” In non-designer speak, that means small items like tableware, cozy throws, art, and accessories – all the things that make your house a home. You’ll also find clothing, jewelry, an amazing selection of fragrances, and incredible, unique gifts. In addition to all of the hand-picked items in-store, Urban Cottage also builds custom furniture and offers interior design services to its customers.

Verde Home

999 Brady Ave NW Suite 4, Atlanta

Flynn’s pick for the best rugs and upholstery in the city is Verde Home in West Midtown. With a 10,000-square-foot showroom full of custom furniture, accents, lighting, and accessories to explore, there’s pretty much endless design potential here. You’ll also find designer favorite Farrow & Ball’s complete collection of paint and handcrafted wallpaper in the store.

Lewis & Sheron

1017 Collier Rd NW F1, Atlanta

Also located in Atlanta’s westside, Lewis & Sheron is a fourth-generation textile company with an esteemed reputation. Flynn particularly calls out this shop (truly a design center) for its custom upholstered furniture, pillows, and blankets, each meticulously crafted with the finest fabrics. You can even have your existing furniture reupholstered here, breathing new life into timeworn pieces and literally demonstrating the transformative power of interior design. 


A dramatic moment during the NCAA tournament, where a player is about to score, illuminated by the bright arena lights.

11 spots to celebrate March Madness in Dallas

Ball out at some of our favorite bars, restaurants, and hangout spots in the city for March Madness.

March Madness is finally hitting Dallas, and the city is buzzing with excitement as NCAA teams prepare to ball out on the court. While tournament tickets might be pricey, Dallas has a plethora of activities this weekend to keep you in the action. We’ve got the scoop on local events, plus the best spots for game-watching and bracket monitoring. Check out our 11 picks below.

Hero by HG

3090 Nowitzki Way (Uptown)

With large, theater-like screens and immersive audio quality, catching the games at Hero by HG during the NCAA tournament in Dallas will make you feel like you’re at the American Airlines Center (which happens to be next door). Add in some fun arcade games, six full-service bars, and the option to “build your own bowl,” and it’s got everything you need to cheer on your favorite college team. So grab your squad, share a Mega Mule, and let the party begin.

Happiest Hour

2616 Olive St. (Uptown)

Just steps away from American Airlines Center, Happiest Hour will keep the madness going all weekend. Guests can watch the game on over 40 screens, including the 30-foot LED screen in The Garage. All weekend long, guests can purchase specialty cocktails from a March Madness-themed menu and be entered into a special “swoopstakes,” with winners and prizes announced each round. On April 8, at the end of the tournament, a grand prize winner will be announced.

Quarter Bar

3301 McKinney Ave. (Uptown)

Quarter Bar is offering some saucy specials during game times. Fans can enjoy $12 Patron Silver Margaritas, $12 Grey Goose Espresso Martinis, and $7 High Noons. Plus, guests can enter bracket contests for a chance to win up to $500.

AT&T Discovery District

308 S Akard St. (Downtown)

At the AT&T Discovery District in the heart of downtown Dallas, you won’t miss a minute of the action when you watch the games on their massive 104-foot media wall. Grab a cocktail at The Exchange and have a seat in the Discovery Garden for a truly incredible viewing experience. 

Get the best of Localite right to your inbox.

Vincent’s Sky Bar at the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District

800 N Harwood St. (Arts District)

This Saturday, March 30, Vincent’s Sky Bar at the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District is buzzing with March Madness in Dallas! Partnering with Community Beer Co., they’re hosting all-day basketball festivities. Vincent’s will open at 11 a.m. and Community Beer Co. will be there from 2-6 p.m. offering seven different beers on tap. Guests can watch all the games (plus pre- and post-game coverage) on large HD TVs while they test their free throw skills in an arcade-style basketball game.

Stan’s Blue Note

2908 Greenville Ave (Lower Greenville)

Watch your favorite teams battle it out at one of Dallas’s longest-standing, most iconic dive bars. With multiple large screens, a home-like back patio, and prizes given out at various points of the night, Stan’s is a fun place to sit and stay, even if your bracket gets busted.

The Porch

2912 N Henderson Ave (Knox Henderson)

College basketball fans can enjoy a nice array of hearty bites at one of Knox Henderson’s buzziest spots. The Porch is offering Sweet Chili Wings served with celery for $16, Brisket Nachos with all the best toppings and Brisket Queso with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo, both for $14.

Henry’s Majestic

2303 Pittman St. (Oak Cliff)

During all March Madness games, Henry’s Majestic – which has recently relocated to Oak Cliff – will offer $4 Estrella, $6 Screwball, and a $7 Elvis shot, comprised of Screwball, banana, and honey. Fans can also enjoy $10 Buffalo egg rolls and $12 wings and fries. Now, these are some specials to go mad over!

The Hub

1289 Johnson Rd (Allen)

From the Sweet Sixteen to the Final Four, The Hub is the ultimate destination for March Madness. A large back patio with astroturf makes for the perfect spot to watch the games in spring weather – which is even more exciting on a movie-theater-sized screen. If you’re a bit far from Dallas, this suburban sweet spot maintains a sporty spirit for fans everywhere.

Shark Club

8451 Parkwood Blvd (Plano)

You won’t miss a beat at Shark Club. At this Canadian-bred sports lounge based in Plano, guests can order a variety of unique bar food options as well as light bites. Watch all the games on their 44 TV screens or two large media walls – and keep an eye on their 50-foot sports ticker for updates by the minute.

Fanzo

5977 Preston Rd. (Frisco)

The newly opened Fanzo in Frisco is the ultimate sports fan destination. Guests can enjoy March Madness games on numerous screens, including a seven-foot-high video wall. Plus, skip the basic bar food, and try some next-level creations from chef Vijay Sadhu – including the chicken lollipops with spicy Manchurian or gochujang sauce, or the braised short rib, topped with Mexican curry mole and fenugreek mashed potatoes. After all, an occasion this special calls for equally exciting cuisine.

Keep up with all the best local events when you subscribe to the Localite newsletter.

Get the best of Localite right to your inbox.


Table full of Mexican dishes

8 of Phoenix’s signature dishes and drinks

From the tequila sunrise to fry bread, these are the most famous area delicacies that we created (or perfected).

As you venture into Phoenix’s vibrant food scene, you’ll find a fusion of flavors that clearly embody the essence of our city. If you’re looking for a true taste of Phoenix, here are eight of the most famous drinks and dishes that were created here, perfected here, or otherwise represent our diverse culinary landscape.

Cheese Crisps at Rosita’s Place

Phoenix

A cheese crisp sounds simple: It’s a flour tortilla topped with cheese and baked to a crisp in an oven. But there’s an art to it, and family-owned Rosita’s Place, founded in 1964, is a great place to get one. They start with a fresh tortilla and offer onion, chilies, jalapeños, tomatoes, and/or meat, including chorizo, chicken, carne asada, and more. The Mexican-themed decor — complete with Saltillo tile and high-back carved wood chairs — makes it a fun place to hang a while as well.

Chimichanga at Macayo’s

13 Valley locations

Local lore says the chimichanga was created when a burrito was accidentally dropped in a deep fryer, but there’s some discrepancy about whether it first happened at Macayo’s or at Tucson’s El Charro. No matter which tale is true, Macayo’s is the king of the chimichanga locally. In 2010-11, it led a charge to get it named an official state food, and in 2021, it set a Guinness World Record for the longest chimi ever made at 25 feet, 7 inches. A variety of meats and toppings are offered, and at lunch, it’s a steal at $12.99.

Fry Bread at Fry Bread House

Mesa and Phoenix 

The unassuming Fry Bread House was launched in 1992 by Cecilia Miller, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation who moved to the city with her husband, a reverend. She wanted to provide traditional home cooking to other Native people who had been displaced from their ancestral lands. In 2012, the eatery won a James Beard Award for being an “American classic” and it’s received umpteen honors from local media. The deep-fried dough, flat with puffy edges, is slathered with beans and/or meat — try the red chili beef — along with cheese, lettuce, and other toppings. It also comes as a dessert with honey, powdered sugar, chocolate and butter, or cinnamon and sugar.

Get the best of Localite right to your inbox.

Original Chopped Salad at Citizen Public House

Scottsdale

The average visitor might not know about this legendary chopped salad, but among locals, it’s one of the most-raved-about dishes in town and even has its own Facebook page. It was born as the Stetson Chopped Salad at the now-defunct Cowboy Ciao in Old Town by executive chef Bernie Kantak and carried over as the Original Chopped Salad when he opened Citizen Public House in 2009. Its current incarnation includes smoked salmon, couscous, chopped baby arugula, dried sweet corn, tomatoes, toasted pepitas, dried currants, Asiago cheese, and buttermilk-herb dressing. It’s composed in colorful, photo-friendly rows and hits notes of salty, sweet, smoky, and herbal on the palate.

Sonoran Hot Dog at Carniceria Los Amigos

Guadalupe and Phoenix

Although Sonoran dogs are, of course, from Sonora, Mexico, Phoenix has adopted them as a signature dish because they’re ubiquitous at late-night sidewalk carts, food trucks, carnicerias, taco shops, and spiffy Scottsdale eateries alike. We like the friendly ambiance and flavors here, including the mixture of mustard, tangy mayo, dollops of avocado salsa, copious amounts of powdered cheese, grilled spicy pepper on the side, and the soft yet substantial bolillo roll. Pro tips: The Guadalupe location has a couple of tables but in South Phoenix, it’s only “para llevar” (to go). Also, brush up on your Spanish; you’ll need it.

Prickly Pear Margarita at Gertrude’s Restaurant

Phoenix

If you’ve been in Phoenix for five minutes during the span of late summer to early winter, you’ve probably seen prickly pear fruits. They’re deep pink, egg-shaped protrusions on top of the flat pads of Opuntia genus cactus. The taste is difficult to describe other than sweet and delicious. Enjoy it while being surrounded by desert flora and fauna at Gertrude’s within the Desert Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels. Garden admission isn’t required to eat there, but we strongly suggest it so you can learn more about the 50,000 desert plants on site. The gift shop sells bottles of syrup, too.

Tequila Sunrise at the Arizona Biltmore

Phoenix

Phoenix is famous for its stunning sunsets, but did you know it’s also the home of the Tequila Sunrise? According to the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, longtime bartender Gene Sulit concocted it in the 1930s for a guest who wanted a refreshing poolside cocktail. Although it’s been corrupted over the years to include grenadine, the OG was made with the deeper-hued crème de cassis, which drifted to the bottom of the glass and helped create the hues that mimic a soft dark-to-light sunrise. 

Tepary Bean Burger at Valentine

Phoenix

Tepary beans are organic heirloom beans often called “the original superfood of the Sonoran Desert” because they’ve been an integral part of the Indigenous diet here for hundreds of years. Though many places mash them into hummus and serve it as a starter, Valentine makes it a main dish on the brunch menu. As always, Valentine knocks it out of the park using the beans to craft a crispy outside, creamy inside veg burger served on a squash bun with amaranth tempeh and avocado. It comes with a side of kicky “salsa secca tots.” Explore the menus for more examples of Chef Donald Hawk’s culinary wizardry using native ingredients — even in the coffee drinks.

Get more of our favorite spots and must-try dishes when you subscribe to the Localite newsletter.

Get the best of Localite right to your inbox.