[Unless otherwise noted, photos snapped by a seven-year-old and tweaked by me.]
I don't need special incentives to visit my local shops and eateries.
[Sparkle and turquoise doors at 310 Rosemont boutique on North Highland Ave. in Atlanta.]
The painted doors and creative window displays always lure me in, especially this time of year.
[Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.]
Many of these places are stocked with big-city-league goods and fare but the vibe is small -- in the best sense of the word.
[Below, sign-maker Doris Lindholm working on a job for Stockholm's Nordiska Kompaniet. Midcentury photo from the store's archives as seen in The World of Department Stores,Vendome Press 2011.]
Of course, I can still appreciate the grandeur of an old school (or new school) department store. That's why I'll be reading Jan Whitaker's well-illustrated survey, The World of Department Stores, over the holiday weekend. We'll delve into it during the next few weeks.
[Nathan, age seven, Swirls 2011, Archival Pigment Print, 8.5″ x 11″ unframed. Edition of 5. Pablove Shutterbugs.]
In terms of online shopping, Pablove Shutterbugs -- a very creative group of pediatric cancer patients mentioned here throughout the year -- will be selling limited edition photography prints this Friday. And BTW, if you're a photographer interested in mentoring new students in 2012 (or know a child aged seven to twelve, living with cancer, who is curious about the eight-week course), click here.