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The Best Boutiques That Opened In Atlanta In 2012

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If there is one thing Atlanta loves, it's anything new. This city just can't get enough of new celebrities, new TV shows and new places to shop. This last 2012 was a banner year for new boutiques and these four spots are the best of the best.

Vintabella Boutique 
4500 W. Village Place S.E., Suite 1015
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-8447

Detroit-native Nina Akpan is known around Atlanta as a hair and make-up artist working on movie sets with celebrities as well as serving a private clientele. As of the summer of 2012, Nina opened a high-end consignment shop in the Smyrna/Vinings area. Although specializing in vintage, Nina also has a select offering of new pieces from a diverse range of designers to keep the inventory new and fresh. Whether you are looking to add some one-of-a-kind pieces to your wardrobe or in need of a closet clean out, Vintabella is a must stop for you. If your closet is overflowing and you are overwhelmed, contact Vintabella and they will come to you by appointment to help you choose the best pieces that will sell well at the shop.

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C. Wonder
3393 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 816-3847

As a new lifestyle brand, C. Wonder is the brainchild of Chris Burch. Does the name Burch sound familiar? That's because he was once married to Tory Burch who owns her own megabrand. Messy divorce aside, Chris has excited the fashion world with his vibrant store layout and amazing inventory of clothing, jewelry, shoes and home decor. Be sure to check out the monogram section where you can get towels, bags and other novelties engraved with all three initials. C. Wonder's Lenox location, which opened this fall, is the fifth store nationwide and the first in the Southeast.

Barking Hound Village Buckhead
50 Pharr Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 883-3028

Who says only humans get to experience glam? Barking Hound Village was founded in 1999 by David York. Creative Loafing deemed this spot 2012's Atlanta's Best Doggie Daycare. The boutique has the distinction of being Atlanta's first and largest locally owned dog daycare, boarding and grooming company. This location which offers doggie daycare for dogs that weigh 35 pounds or less. In addition to offering bathing and grooming for all sizes and breeds, premium dog food, toys and doggie treats, there is concierge boarding. The boarding service includes transporting pets from the Village Buckhead location to the Midtown posh doggie hotels and back so their owners can pick them up from the Buckhead location.

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2140 Peachtree Road N.W.
Atanta, GA 30309
(404) 883-3836

Kandi Burruss, R&B singer-songwriter, actress, record producer and a recurring star on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" has successfully expanded her brand with the second location of TAGS, her clothing boutique. While the first location in Smyrna includes men's, women's and children's clothing, the downtown location is exclusive to women and in a prime location next to Frank Ski's Restaurant. With the added real estate, Kandi is able to offer shoes much to her patrons' delight. Her good friend and business partner Peaches Chin takes care of the daily operations of both locations.

A Parsons School of Design trained Fashion Designer turned Fashion Journalist, Alicia Edwards is the founder of AliciaStyle, under which she reports fashionable happenings, conducts celebrity interviews, does wardrobe consulting and will help you find your personal style. Alicia currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her work can be found at

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