Charis Books

Charis Books

1189 Euclid Ave NE / Atlanta, GA 30307 | (404) 524-0304 | http://www.charisbooksandmore.com/ Charis Books and More, has been a central fixture in Little Five Points since November 1974 and is one of the oldest independent feminist bookstores in the country. The store’s rich history is interwoven with its customers, staff, partners and supporters, as was well as the feminist and lesbian feminist movements. The first ten years of Charis’s history shows how people and politics affect and is affected by one another. Members of a lesbian-feminist community, located in Little Five Points and Chandler Park, patronized Charis in the 1970s. These women identified with the neighborhood, women owned store and recognized how important their written texts were to the lesbian-feminist movement. Atlanta’s lesbian feminists started shopping at Charis and talking to the owners. This led to many of the lesbian feminists becoming volunteers. Eventually, Charis developed into a feminist bookstore, run by lesbians and featuring lesbian-feminist books. Today they specialize in diverse and unique children’s books, feminist and cultural studies books, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction and non-fiction books. The interests and needs of Little Five Points residents shopping at Charis changed the store’s focus and the books they carry. This is a store where people talk about books and ideas; a place where people are treated with respect no matter their background: progressive or radical, anti-war, anti-hate, and anything in between. When walking in the door, you feel valued and welcome by a knowledgeable staff ready to help you. The store is small and the book selection not as large as the bigger stores, but the variety is extensive with regular book rotation so you’ll always find something new. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask any of the helpful staff and they will happily order it for you. If you are looking for a service provider, Charis also has updated information for customers looking for services such as therapy, pet sitting, bike repair, and more. Offering a...

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American Apparel

American Apparel

1133 Euclid Ave. N.E. / Atlanta, GA 30307 | (404) 880-8611 | http://www.americanapparel.net/ One of the few chain stores in Little Five Points American Apparel offers clothing all made in the U.S.A. and has a reputation for treating their employees very well. They support ethical practices for the clothing industry by paying their garment workers up to 50 times more than their competition pays. In Bangladesh, garment workers average earnings are $600 a year, while experienced American Apparel garment workers can earn over $30,000 a year. Besides salary, workers receive comprehensive health care and other benefits. At American Apparel, the employees have careers, not jobs and are proud to call themselves “Sweatshop-Free”. American Apparel recognizes outstanding performance and promotes from within the company. Employees are given a voice within the organization for influencing the company’s direction. Unlike their competitors, American Apparel makes their own products in the largest sewing facility in North America. By integrating their creative processes, manufacturing, and distribution, the company is more efficient than others who rely on offshore and subcontracting. With art, design, and technology leverage through their downtown LA campus, they can profit from the garments they sell while paying workers a fair wage. Sustaining and growing the business in this way benefits workers, customers, and shareholders. American Apparel is also a supporter of free and fair trade. Of the company’s 250 stores, almost half are outside the USA, with the company exporting hundreds of millions of dollars of Made in USA apparel each year. Based in California, American Apparel sets a precedent for ethical and sustainable manufacturing. With an operation centered within a few square miles, the company’s carbon footprint is smaller than their competitors. By recycling most of their manufacturing waste, in 2012 they were almost landfill free. They use solar panels and offset about 20% of electric use and ship most goods offshore with excess space on passenger flights and buses, further minimizing their impact on the environment. If all of this isn’t enough to get...

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UK’s The Guardian Highlights Three Little 5 Businesses

UK’s The Guardian Highlights Three Little 5 Businesses

Little Five Points is a gem amongst the boroughs and thoroughfares of Atlanta. It regularly pops up in travel articles from publications dotting the country whether the featured pieces are highlighting Atlanta or casting a wide net on the greatest businesses in a particular niche. What I don’t normally see is writers from across the pond shining their international spotlight on the neighborhood. Needless to say, the UK’s Guardian article on the Top 10 Independent Shops in Atlanta caught me a little off guard — in a good way. Given the topic of the article though, I guess I shouldn’t have been shocked. Three shops in L5P made the cut—Criminal Records, Junkman’s Daughter and The Clothing Warehouse. These are pretty much no brainers when talking about independent shops in the ATL. Surprisingly, they didn’t have some Brit writing this over his afternoon lunch of fish and chips. Author Muriel Vega is an Atlanta-native so lends that authenticity to the piece. There isn’t much new here to report as the article spends most of its words spinning together teaser blurbs for would be Atlanta explorers. I do have to say that it was news to me that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was browsing the racks at Junkman’s Daughter once upon a time. Ex-Little 5 bookstore, now Inman Park resident, A Cappella Books got a much deserved shout out. The remainder of the Atlanta business are scattered through the Highlands, Decatur, Grant Park and Midtown. Its nice to see Little Five getting international recognition. If you happen to see a wave of Brits clogging the streets and livening up the pubs in the coming months, you now know...

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Tijuana Garage

Tijuana Garage

351 Moreland Ave. / Atlanta, GA 30307 | (404) 475-8888 | http://www.tijuanagarage.com Known for serving the best tacos north of the border, Tijuana Garage is a full service taqueria and Tex Mex grill. The atmosphere is relaxed, the margaritas freshly mixed, and service quick and friendly. Sitting on the tile patio, with a basket of bottomless tortilla chips and salsa, the atmosphere is relaxed with live music by local performers; also known to take requests. Their patio is a nice size with a good view of the activity taking place on Moreland, yet enough foliage to provide some privacy for the diners. Tijuana Garage serves an eclectic group of diners: vegetarian, vegans, meat eaters, and everyone in between. Famous for their tasty and non-traditional tacos, you can’t go wrong with the vast selection on their menu. You’ll find fish and shrimp tacos, fajita steak, braised beef, and Carne Asada, just to name a few. The vegetarian menu offers more choices than any standard meat and potatoes type restaurant. Veggie burritos and fajitas, a tofu taco, simply bean taco, and other non-meat dishes give vegans and vegetarians a varied dinner menu. Weekly events, like Trivia Monday and Electric Avenue, the live 80’s show every Thursday, are offered alongside their famous margaritas and unique taco...

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Outback Bikes

Outback Bikes

1125 Euclid Ave / Atlanta GA 30307 | 404-688-4878 | http://www.outback-bikes.com Not your ordinary bike shop, Outback Bikes is modest, friendly, and probably has the least high-pressure sales staff you will find anywhere. While most bike salespeople try to convince you a $5,000 mountain bike is your best choice, Outback Bikes recommends the best bike for the customer’s needs. As you walk into the comfortable store atmosphere, you’re greeted with rows of shiny, colorful bikes, stretching from the front of the store to the back, stacked from the floor to practically ceiling. There are Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Fixies, Commuters, BMX, Cruisers, and Hybrids all awaiting your inspection. You will find bikes suited for everyone’s needs from the recreational cyclist to a seasoned athlete, or someone just curious about Atlanta’s cycling trends. These bikes are not what you find in the low price discount stores. Expect to pay anywhere from $250 to several $1,000 for quality bikes built to last. The staff is knowledgeable and always willing to help. Just let them know what you want to use the bike for and give them a budget to work with. Outback employees take the time to fit the rider to the bike, ensuring you buy a bike to ride and not leave it sitting in the garage, gathering dust. You can even take bikes for a test drive before buying. Best of all, with any bike you buy from them, you will receive free maintenance for as long as you own the bike. In addition to bikes, Outback carries specialized items including, clothing, gloves, shoes, helmets, tires, pumps, and saddles. You will find a full range of quality gear for all your biking needs and style. With this type service, it’s no wonder Outback Bikes has been voted Atlanta’s best bike shop by Creative Loafing readers for the past 13 years. Outback Bikes is a supporter of the Atlanta community with sponsorship of local cycling organizations and events, like Dick Lane Velodrome, GA Cyclocross, the...

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