Owner Eric Vaughn named Toula's, his home-decor store, after his mother.
Hands down, Athens sits atop the list of our favorite mid-size college cities. Why? Vibrancy and walkability. The University of Georgia has always kept Athens current with the younger set, but you’ll be pleased to find this town features great shops selling more than futons and restaurants serving more than pizza slices. Most of the action orbits four major streets--Washington, Clayton, Lumpkin, and College--so you’re only steps from the next great find.
“Southern French” best describes the style of home-decor items--from furniture to bedding to locally made pottery--at Toula’s. You’ll be impressed by how artistically owner Eric Vaughn displays his items.
“Whoopie cushions have really come a long way,” says April McDowell, manager of Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother. A pop-culture tchotkes catchall, this shop exists as the ultimate alternative department store. You may not actually buy anything in here, but please don’t pass it by.
Vintage reigns at Agora, a funky lime green shop on the edge of Clayton. Sift through all the unique jewelry, throwback clothing, and classic antiques until you find something perfect for today.
Even in the lingering heat of September, the tables beneath the trees outside Big City Bread Cafe stay cool. Try one of this adorable breakfast stop’s specialties: an omelet or the quiche of the day.