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21 August 2015

The best ATL shopping OTP

If you're not from Atlanta, or if you're not familiar with the city, people often refer to places either ITP or OTP. ITP stands for "Inside the Perimeter" which is the area within I-285, a highway that runs in a loop around the city. Likewise, OTP stands for the area of town "Outside the Perimeter." It's an easy way of identifying different spots around town quickly as well as providing a little insight about where something is in relation to the city.

While I don't head OTP often, there are a ton of gems that can be found in cities like Roswell, Alpharetta, and Marietta. And a few weeks ago, I discovered a fabulous gem and the best ATL shopping OTP, The Avenue East Cobb. The Avenue East Cobb is only about a 15-20 minute drive from my front door making it a great alternative to my local mall. This high-end retail space is filled to the brim with everything from clothing shops to housewares stores, and even has a barre studio and spa! 

I had the pleasure of attending a walking-tour of the grounds and was thrilled to make stops in some of my favorite stores like Ann Taylor where I created a fall wishlist including this amazing jacket, and Williams-Sonoma where we tasted moscow mules (did you know they made moscow mule mix?!). I even picked up a fabulous tassel bag from Versona (be on the lookout for it on the blog soon!). 

While I loved every stop along the way, I have to say that one of my top places we visited was Hand and Stone. Hand and Stone is a luxurious spa that offers massage, facial services, and even hair removal. As part of our outing, we were each treated to a 30 minute massage which I promptly used last weekend...and then promptly signed-up for a membership! With a membership, I get one massage or facial per month, plus unlimited other services at member pricing. And there's no contract or annual commitment. Best thing I've ever purchased. Just sayin. 

We finished our afternoon at Cheeky Taqueria. I've been to a Cheeky before, but I had no idea the history of the brand. Cheeky is actually a locally owned business (score!) and specializes in Tex-Mex fare. We indulged in delicious margaritas and bites. Another OTP gem! 

If you find yourself in the area, make plans to visit The Avenue East Cobb. Treat yourself to a spa service at Hand and Stone, enjoy a little shopping, and definitely indulge in a margarita! 

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Special thanks to the Avenue East Cobb for inviting me to this event. While gift cards and products were given to me, all opinions are my own. 



  1. Love this & it makes me sad all at once! Cannot believe I missed this! (Even just the barre part- I'm DYING to get back!!!) Looks like a great time! Glad you go to enjoy it!!!

  2. Loved shopping here when I lived in ATL. One of my fave places--a gem for sure! Glad you love it too! :)


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