25+ Unique Alpharetta Shopping Experiences We Love

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From beloved retailers to home-grown owner-operated boutiques, Alpharetta shopping districts have it all. What makes these places unique however isn’t just the stores themselves, but the fun experiences you can participate in while you are there. Here’s what you need to know.

Alpharetta Shopping Districts

Alpharetta’s destination shopping is located in three distinct sections. Downtown Alpharetta, which includes Alpharetta City Center, Avalon Alpharetta, and North Point Mall. Each one has exclusive programming and a distinctive shopping personality.

Downtown Alpharetta

The latest addition to Alpharetta’s shopping scene is also the oldest. Downtown Alpharetta has expanded by six city blocks to include the new Alpharetta City Center, a 26-acre project that has added several new locally owned shops to the area. With a splash fountain, community green and tons of new restaurants you’ll find this area buzzing.

Avalon Alpharetta

A mixture of well-known brands and local finds, Avalon is also a popular shopping destination. They also have ice skating in the winter, live music on Friday nights, and loads of seasonal entertainment through the concierge services.

When complete, the  3-mile Alpha Loop trail system will connect Alpharetta City Center to Avalon allowing shoppers to walk or bike between the two districts.

Northpoint Mall

NorthPoint is where you’ll find all your favorite brands. But don’t label this a traditional ‘mall’. Northpoint is redeveloping a portion of the retail space into a green gathering spot for the community. Specifics aren’t available but features being talked about include fountains like Centennial Park, a playground, a lawn for movies and community events.

Kendra Scott Color Bar Avalon Alpharetta

Design your own jewelry at Kendra Scott’s Color Bar photo courtesy of Avalon Alpharetta

Beyond Just Buying: Experiential Retail

We hear it all the time, people want experiences. That rings true for favorite retail establishments too. The following shops located in Alpharetta go beyond just selling goods to offering experiences you won’t forget.

Sis & Moon’s

24 Milton Ave | 404-414-5765
Sis and Moon’s houses over sixty local artists and twenty-five working artist studios. The shop features home goods, art, and vintage one-of-a-kind items.

The Canvas + Cocktails classes are laid back and super fun in The Treehouse at Sis & Moon’s! They are theme-based but each student decides on what THEY would like to paint. Every other Saturday. All supplies provided. BYOB.

The Ballog

235 Market Street | Alpharetta | 470-210-5372
The Ballog
supports local, independent and socially conscious artisans, and they want you to get to know these folks too. Don’t be surprised the next time you stop in to find pop-up live events with their artisans, live music, a Q+A with a regional author, or a traveling art exhibit.  The Ballog also carries an array of “Alpharetta” branded items if you are looking for that upscale destination souvenir.

Open container laws throughout all of Downtown Alpharetta and Avalon allow shoppers to sip their favorite beverage while they shop.

Fab’rik Parties

5150 1st St | Alpharetta | 678-248-5562
Shop like the influencer you are at Fab’rik‘s Rockstar Parties. Invite some girlfriends and enjoy an after-hours private shopping experience complete with refreshments and 30 percent off everything in the store, including sale items!

All Inspired Boutique

5950 State Bridge Rd #140A | Johns Creek | 404-502-2172
All Inspired owner Melissa Cherry has made a commitment to giving back to her community and you can participate by attending a “Gathering For Good” a private shopping event she hosts to give back to charities and organizations in the community.

Kendra Scott Color Bar

3150 Avalon Boulevard | Alpharetta | 678-392-3886
This one is probably one of my favorites. Kendra Scott has gorgeous jewelry, but you don’t want to see your necklace, ring etc on someone else right? Get EXACTLY the jewelry you want by visiting Kendra Scott’s color bar. At the color bar you choose the base and add the stones you like in your favorite color to make a truly unique piece.

Williams Sonoma Cooking School

8180 Avalon Boulevard #8180 | Alpharetta | 678-448-4105
At Williams Sonoma in Avalon, you can actually learn how to use all those kitchen gadgets they sell during one of the in-store cooking demonstrations. For instance, discover how to make that new InstaPot of yours hum. They even have classes designed specifically for junior chefs age 8 – 13.

Whole Foods Cooking School

2800 Old Milton Pkwy | Alpharetta | 678-534-3138
Did you know Whole Foods has a cooking school? Salud! Cooking School offers fun classes for kids, teens and adults. In addition to in-store instructors, they also bring in well known Georgia chefs. Sounds like a fun girls night to me, or even something different for date night.

Cru Food and Wine Bar Wine Flights

2200 Avalon Boulevard | Alpharetta | 678-248-5181
The Crú Food & Wine Bar experience is like visiting a tasting room at one of the top wineries around the world, except you aren’t limited by a single brand. At Cru, you can choose between 350 different wines. We suggest a wine flight, which includes a taste of three wines that are related to one another by grape variety, geographic region or style, and can even include rare finds.

Kilwins

251 Market Street |Alpharetta | 770-268-4328
A visit to Kilwins is an authentic sensory and taste experience like no other. See creamy fudge being paddled the traditional way on marble tables. Listen to the sound of a wooden paddle on a copper kettle as sweet caramel corns are hand-crafted.  Watch as fresh Granny Smith Apples are dipped in the signature made-in-store caramel.

Paper Source Workshops

4160 Avalon Boulevard | Alpharetta | 678-248-5507
Paper Source is a premier paperie and gift retailer that inspires customers to “Do Something Creative Every Day.”  They help customers do that by hosting craft workshops such as brush lettering, shadowboxing and card making. Ask about the kids workshops too.

Queen of Hearts

670 N Main St | Alpharetta | 678-297-7571
Home decor fit for royalty reigns supreme at Queen of Hearts. With over 200 booths featuring items from practically every decade, you’re certain to discover a stately accent for your abode. The store features weekly design workshops and seasonal events that make shopping fun.

American Girl Store Atlanta

Have lunch with your doll at the American Girl Bistro photo courtesy of Awesome Alpharetta

Dress Up

205 Market Street | Alpharetta | 770-619-9545
Shopping is always better with friends, at Dress Up Sip + Style events get styled by your favorite influencer while sipping on mimosas. You can feel good about doing it too because 15 percent of the proceeds go back to local organizations.

Anna Bella

325 Market Street | Alpharetta | 770-777-2800
Anna Bella is a comfortable, private boutique specializing in giving women confidence by helping them find the bra that feels right and looks fabulous. With their knowledgeable fit experts and wide selection of styles, the result is an exceptional shopping experience.

The Pink Valise

315 Market Street | Alpharetta | 770-733-1549
The Pink Valise has a passion for fashion and a cure for cancer.  Staff even offer you an opportunity to gift a shopping experience to someone battling cancer. Simple drop their name into the vase located in the store.  At the end of the year, staff draw a name and that person receives a monetary gift.

Publix Aprons Cooking School

4305 State Bridge Rd | Alpharetta | 770-751-8560
We already talked about a few cooking classes you can take at Avalon Alpharetta, but did you know that Publix also does cooking classes at the Aprons Cooking School? Yup. Learn to make those delicious bites they showcase in the store. mmmm

Fermented: A Wine Boutique Wine Dinners

50 Canton St #106 | Alpharetta | 470-361-2091
Fermented is more than just a wine boutique. They host wine tastings for beginners, as well as those with a more curated palette. It’s a special place to do a fundraiser that is a little out of the ordinary, and Fermented even hosts amazing wine dinners. Explore something new – you don’t have to be an expert.

Sur La Table Cooking Classes

1082 North Point Cir. | Alpharetta | 678-280-0086
You probably know Sur la Table for their gourmet cooking store, but did you know they also offer classes daily (sometimes multiple classes each day.) Try a date night culinary escape to Tuscany or Greece, or try your hand at sushi, pizza or fabulous French cuisine. Teen classes available, as well as kid and family cooking classes.

Othels Art Gallery Classes

11775 Northfall Lane, 202 | Alpharetta | 404-955-5521
Othels Art is more than just an art gallery showcasing modern/contemporary art by local Georgia artists. They also foster future Georgia artists with educational programs for children grades K-12. And for adults, there are wine and art events too.

Painting With A Twist Special Events

11770 Haynes Bridge Rd #801 | Alpharetta | 470-294-0051
Discover your inner artist at Painting with a Twist. Paint along with a trained artist and create a masterpiece of your own to take home that evening. Best part is you don’t have to bring any supplies, they do everything- including offer your favorite beverage from the in-studio bar. Ask about kids programs too.

Alpharetta Outfitters Fly Fishing Clinics

79 S Main St. | Alpharetta | 678-762-0027
Not only does Alpharetta Outfitters have the latest for today’s fly fisherman, and knowledgeable staff to help you get exactly what you need, they also share their knowledge with customers through clinics that teach how to fly fish, and even tie your own flies. Once you get the basics, take one of Alpharetta Outfitters guided fishing trips.

Dry Bar VIP Experience

4155 Avalon Dr | Alpharetta | 404-382-5310
Getting a blow out can make you feel like a million bucks, and at Dry Bar they treat you like a million bucks too. Sip on complimentary beverages (including champagne or mimosa) as you wait for your stylist.

REI Adventures

7531 North Point Pkwy | Alpharetta | 770-998-2622
REI is so much more than an outdoor lovers dream store. They also sponsor classes for everything from map skills to backpacking basics. If you want to be a little more adventurous, REI also sponsors day trips like full moon hikes or paddles.

Comeback Vinyl

1 S Main St. | Alpharetta | 678-580-0583
Comeback Vinyl is like walking into a time machine. Show the kids what music is supposed to sound like, with a step into the listening station. It’s a great way to check out new music, as well as the condition of used records before purchasing. Or you could just drop in to admire the album art. Did you know that famous artists like Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Banksy have all designed album covers?

American Girl Boutique and Bistro

1202 North Point Cir | Alpharetta | 877-247-5223
Lesli and I both have boys, but we still ADORE the American Girl experience. I could just walk around and look at all the dolls and accessories, but they also have a wonderful bistro with pretty good food too. And if your doll needs a little refresh, the Doll Salon is available for a new hairdo, or even a mani-pedi. Check the website for special events.

Hemline

231 Market Street | Alpharetta| 678-587-5504
Sip & Shop’s once a quarter at Hemline. The store provides Champs and treats plus store discounts during the event for all shoppers.  If you’d rather gather your own group of girlfriends, they can do that too.

Exquisite Living

374 Commerce Street | Alpharetta | 770-807-0675
About every six weeks Exquisite Living hosts Ladies Night. Enjoy wine, champagne, and light appetizers while discussing the latest interior design trends. Experts are on hand to provide tips and tricks on “how to”,  and offer color consultations.

Ashley Marie Gifts

201 Vaughan Drive | Alpharetta | 770-255-1019
Shop for home decor and gifts at Ashley Marie and know that your purchase is helping children. This local boutique is especially unique because all the proceeds benefit Georgia Foster Children through DreamWeavers of Georgia. Just another excuse to get two of those cute dishtowels – one as a gift, and one for yourself.

Liberty Cigar Company

33 S Main St |Alpharetta | 844-628-1776
The Liberty Cigar Company likes to say that each cigar has a story to tell. Truthfully, the entire shop has a story to tell. The humidor floor surface is constructed from 18,763 pennies and is an artistic design of the store name plus the visage of four U.S. Presidents. It really is something to see.

The Cosmetic Market Make Over

3130 Avalon Boulevard | Alpharetta | 678-894-4012
If you are from Nashville, you probably know The Cosmetic Market, but this is the first store in Georgia. Of course, you can get all the top cosmetic brands, but what sets these folks apart is the trained beauty experts who offer one-on-one make-up consultations free with a $40 purchase. I’ve always wanted to know how to do those smokey eyes.

Learning Express Toys Crafts

North Point Village |  7300 North Point Pkwy |  Alpharetta | 770-740-1523
In addition to finding your favorite toys for a birthday or holiday (with free personalization and gift wrap), visit Learning Express for the free craft days. Make mermaid slime, build a LEGO Batman, or create troll rocks. The website has a monthly calendar so you can plan ahead.

The LEGO Store Mini-Builds

NorthPoint Mall | 1000 North Point Cir #1150 | Alpharetta | 770-569-0673
If your kids are like mine, they want to build the entire Star Wars fleet out of LEGOS. Get them started with The LEGO Store’s monthly mini-builds. They probably won’t be Star Wars figures, but they will be something seasonal and best of all it’s FREE. And if they are interested in those Star Wars figures, the store has mini-figure swap days.

Regal Movie Theatre: Kids Summer Movie Express

3950 1st St |Alpharetta | 844-462-7342
Keep the kids busy for less with the Regal Kids Summer Movie Express at Avalon. They show kid favorites on select mornings during summer break for just $1! You can’t beat that.

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Experience more than just the thrill of buying at Avalon, Alpharetta's shopping mecca. These stores (& others in Alpharetta) have unique experiences you don't want to miss!

We are excited to partner with Awesome Alpharetta on this post. There are so many unique shopping experiences in Alpharetta’s shopping districts that we are excited to share.

Sue Rodman | Co-Founder

Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman

Sue Rodman

Sue Rodman

Co-Founder at 365 Atlanta Traveler
Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.
Sue Rodman

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