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Holiday Guide

Art: Retail, Galleries & Markets

Athens Art and Frame

1021 Parkway Blvd., 706-549-9299
Custom framing and photo printing services are available at our new location, just off Epps Bridge Pkwy., in front of Kohl’s. Open 7 days a week—free parking and experienced staff to help with your framing or photo projects. Products and services include: photo printing and enlargements, photo restoration, canvas printing, photo greeting cards, calendars, albums, photo frames, custom framing, shadow boxes, jersey frames, poster frames and more. Save 25% on UGA diploma frames.

Beth Cyr

160 Tracy St.,
Locally handcrafted jewelry in unique, organic, nature inspired designs. One of a kind items including organic vine earrings, meteorite pendants, hammered bangles, and lots of rings—wedding, engagement and everyday rings, made in recycled sterling silver and gold. Located in Mercury AIR Studios. Hours: by appointment only.

Good Dirt Clay Studio and Gallery

485 Macon Hwy., 706-355-3161
Good Dirt is a spacious, well-equipped facility for people of all ages and abilities to explore clay and other media. Our schedule of winter classes (starting the week of January 11) in pottery and sculpture is at . Gift certificates for classes and workshops available. The Gallery @ Good Dirt will feature Rob Sutherland’s pottery. Gallery open by appointment at 404-697-1491. The last Friday “Try Clay” class of 2014 will be offered Dec. 19.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

434 South Main St., Madison, 706-342-4743
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, a nonprofit multidisciplinary history, performance, and visual arts center invites you to visit historic Madison during the holiday season. The Cultural Center occupies an elegantly restored 1895 Romanesque Revival building located in the heart of Madison’s National Register Historic District. Come tour the building, enjoy the Center’s permanent collections, see the FARM exhibit (on display through Jan. 4th), ring the original school bell, and visit the museum shop for one-of-a-kind gifts!


34 School St., Watkinsville, 706-769-4565
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) would like to thank all of our volunteers and patrons who have supported us through this Holiday Season at Holiday Market, Artists’ Shoppe and Mingle with Kringle. And for all you last-minute shoppers, there are still a few days left for our Artists’ Shoppe. We’re open Tue.–Sat., 12/20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Come in and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list!


Photo Credit: Randy Schafer

Downtown Parade of Lights 2014

Bars & Clubs

Cutters Pub

120 E. Clayton St., 706-353-9800
Bring in the New Year with Cutters Pub. Join us for our blowout NYE Party featuring DJ Rob Martinez! Check us out on Facebook for upcoming events or contact us for your private party needs. Happy Holidays from the Cutters Pub family and thank you for another great year!

The Foundry (formerly the Melting Point)

295 E. Dougherty St., 706-549-7020
From everyone at The Foundry, we wish you all happy holidays! For the holidays we are offering some amazing entertainment options—an evening of jingle bell jazz with Athens A-Train Band 12/19, Randall Bramblett Band’s Christmas concert 12/27 as well as an unbelievable New Years concert with Motown legend Martha Reeves 12/31! If you are looking for a gift for friends & family, we have gift cards so you can give the gift of GREAT entertainment!

Georgia Theatre

215 N. Lumpkin St., 706-850-7670
We’ve got something for everyone on your list! Hoodies & Beanies, Tshirts, Tanks Baby Onesies and more! We also offer gift cards good to purchase concert tickets, food and beverages and Georgia Theatre merchandise! Available in $25 increments at and on the Georgia Theatre rooftop.

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar

237 Prince Ave., 706-353-3050
This holiday season Hendershot’s Coffee Bar offers unique gifts for everyone on your list. Great holiday gift ideas like gift certificates, beanies, t-shirts, 12 oz. cans of our 45 blend, 78 blend, or for the naughty our seasonal “Christmas Coal” (ground or whole bean)… just listen.

New Earth Athens

227 W. Dougherty St., 706-543-8283
New Earth Athens would like to thank everyone for 5 amazing years! It has been a pleasure to host countless incredible acts and share many wonderful nights with you. That being said, it is time for change. January 1st marks the end of New Earth Athens. This, however is not the end, on January 13th, our doors will open with a new face, a new feel, and the new moniker: Live Wire, a New Earth Muziq Venue.

Terrapin Beer Co.

265 Newton Bridge Rd., 706-549-3377
Terrapin Beer Co. invites you to enjoy a tour of our cozy, indoor tasting room. With 32 taps featuring special releases, seasonal, and high gravity offerings, our staff will help find a favorite for everyone in your group. While you partake, enjoy live music & browse for the beer lover on your list! We have great stocking stuffers & Terrapin gear for gifts that are uniquely Athens. Hoppy Holidays Athens!

Walker’s Coffee and Pub

128 College Ave., 706-543-1433
Stuff your stocking with coffee, t-shirts and gift certificates! Happy Holidays from Walker’s and our sister bars, Allgood, Blue Sky, Treppenhaus, Boar’s Head, and Bar South. Give your friends and family the best gift of all… Bring them in for a drink! Let us deck your liver with loads of coffee and cocktails this holiday season. Happy Holidays and may all your hangovers be mild. Ring in the New Year with us!

Concerts & Events

The Classic Center Theatre, 706-357-4444
Celebrate the holiday season this year at The Classic Center Dec. 20-21! The festival will be a fun filled wonderland featuring ice skating, pictures with Santa, breakfast with Santa, Santa’s workshop full of kid crafts, three performances of The Nutcracker performed by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia and lots more! The festival benefits the nonprofit Extra Special People. Visit for hours, pricing and more information.

Sensational Sounds of Motown

Athens Moose Club, 706-546-0543
Mark your calendars and come join us this NEW YEAR’S EVE for “A Night Under the Stars” starring The Sensational Sounds of Motown featuring Mr. Motown (Athens Premier Classic Motown, R & B, and Soul Dance Band). Ring in the New Year with lots of fun, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, and a deluxe breakfast buffet! Wednesday December 31, 2014 @ Athens Moose Club Ballroom, 7:30pm. $40/person.


Photo Credit: Randy Schafer

Downtown Parade of Lights 2014

Health & Beauty

Emporium: An Aveda Concept Salon

187 N. Lumpkin St., 706-546-7598
We’ve been beautifying downtown Athens for over 30 years! Stop by and relax while you experience our holiday gift bar. You will find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list; featuring Aveda’s full line of products including, holiday gift sets, candles, gift certificates, free gift wrap and more. Treat the ones you love to the experience and aromatherapy of Aveda. It’s sure to be a gift they will not forget!

Fringe Salon

8725 Hwy. 29 South, Hull, GA, 706-548-2005
Let Fringe put the sparkle under your tree and the age-defying glow on your cheeks with Nerium® Skin Care, only available at Fringe, and a Mirabella bag with lip gloss and powder for $30. A $55 value. All retail 15% off through Christmas. Open December 22nd and 23rd and New Years Eve til 3.

Lock Nest Hair Studio

Wow! What a fast year 2014 has been! Miss Downtown but love working out of my New Location. I still offer styles for the whole family. I retail Biolage and American Crew. I look forward to the New Year, and wish everyone Happiness and Health. Call for an appointment. Happy Holiday & New Year! -Jackie

Republic Salon

312 E. Broad St. (third floor), 706-208-5222
The perfect present. A gift certificate to the hottest, most luxurious and unique salon in town. Award-winning Republic Salon provides top-quality hair styling, the only color bar around and pampered service, all within a luxurious New York loft environment. A most unforgettable gift of a most indulgent experience. Check us out. We occupy the entire third floor above Magnolias (entrance on Jackson Street). Visit us at



234 W. Hancock Ave., 706-353-3343
Athens’ only non-profit art house cinema presents a full range of motion pictures and artistic events that inspire, educate and build community. Ciné also features a full bar with refreshing cocktails and tasty treats, a visual art exhibit gallery, and the versatile CinéLab space—great for events, private parties, live performances and more! Give the gift of Ciné this holiday season with a gift card or annual membership for the film fan on your list!


Amici Italian Cafe

233 E. Clayton St., 706-353-0000
We like to say we specialize in pizza, wings, and friends and while we are proud of our pizza and wings, it’s the friends part that makes us unique. We wanted to take a moment during this holiday season to thank all our customers who are our friends in so many different ways. Amici is a special place because of you. Thank you for being a friend and Happy Holidays!

Charlie Noble’s

1040 Gaines School Rd., 706-850-3743
Charlie Noble’s was one of three restaurants George Davis opened in the 1980’s. After Bissett’s closed I took everything I learned from George and opened George’s Lowcountry Table. In 2014 I opened Charlie Noble’s to continue the tribute to George by naming the new restaurant after one of his. It was named to continue his legacy as one of the original restaurateurs in Athens. Our goal is to bring you a restaurant experience that George himself would be proud of.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

1553 S. Lumpkin St., 706-612-9327
Burger lovers have a new mecca in Five Points’ Grindhouse Killer Burgers, voted “Best Burger” and “Best Veggie Burger” by Creative Loafing and runner up “Favorite Burger” in the Flagpole. With a family friendly menu, 20 beers on tap, and a heated rooftop patio bar, Grindhouse is the “go-to” spot for anyone craving a burger, fries, chili, or milkshake. And from now thru December 31, Grindhouse is running a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE BURGERS Holiday Special.

Gyro Wrap

175 E. Broad St., 706-543-9071
Serving great pita and tortilla wraps (meat and veggie) Gyro Wrap has been a favorite of locals, students, and tourists since 1979. The unique casual atmosphere, great service, delicious food, and locally brewed beer will make for a dining experience like no other. Shop downtown for one of a kind holiday gifts and have a great meal at the Gyro Wrap. Takeout available.

Heirloom Cafe & Fresh Market

815 N. Chase St., 706-354-7901
Heirloom Cafe would like to thank you for all the support over the last year. Happy Holidays to our loyal customers, vendors, farmers, employees, and friends. Join us on New Year’s Eve to say goodbye to a great year and for brunch on New Year’s Day to welcome in the year to come.

Pulaski Heights BBQ

675 Pulaski St., Ste. 100, 706-583-9600
Need food for a party? PHBBQ offers pick up, delivery, and full service catering, as well as rental of our semi-private mezzanine for parties up to 20 or the entire restaurant for larger groups. Need a holiday ham or turkey? Give us a call to order one now. Need a delicious gift? How about some of our smoked pecans, pimiento cheese, or PHBBQ sauces?

Square One Fish Co.

414 N. Thomas St., 706-353-8862
Are you looking for the perfect gift? Square One gift certificates always fit. And if you purchase $100 or more- in any denomination- you earn 10% back in gift certificates. Dinner on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m.–8 p.m., with happy hour specials at the bar until 7 p.m. Cheers! Closed Christmas day and reopening December 26 at 4 p.m. Need a spot for dinner on NYE? Serving regular menu plus offering dinner for two with bubbly or wine, salads and surf n turf for two $70 per couple. Reservations suggested.

Viva Argentine

247 Prince Ave., 706-850-8284
This holiday season for a delicious meal that has a little something out of the ordinary, stop by Viva! Argentine Cuisine. Viva! features a number of authentic Argentine dishes, a number of vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as many gluten free options. With a focus on friends and family and a commitment to benefiting the community, Viva! is the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing meal this holiday season, and always!


Photo Credit: Randy Schafer

Downtown Parade of Lights 2014


Ansonborough of Athens

1040 Gaines School Rd., 706-380-­1100
The Shops at Ansonborough have everything you need to make your holidays perfect. Give someone special a gift certificate from Edible Arrangements or Dragon Star Hobbies, take a break from the hustle and bustle with a delicious meal at Charlie Noble’s, Siri Thai Cuisine or Johnny’s Pizza, and give yourself some holiday sparkle with a treatment from Revive Salon and Spa or Tan­U Tanning Salon. What are you waiting for? Head over to Ansonborough today!

Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department

The ACC Leisure Services Department has the perfect gift for this holiday season. Santa buys local art and you can, too, at the Lyndon House Arts Center Gallery Shop. Check out Sandy Creek Nature Center’s Frog Pond Shop for something a little more outdoorsy. Where can you find the most unique gift in town—at Bear Hollow Zoo through the “Adopt an Animal” a special sponsorship program. Learn more at

The Athens Farmers Market

Bishop Park,
The Athens Farmers Market is an organization of local farmers, food producers, craftspeople and volunteers working to make local naturally grown food, crafts and art readily available to the Athens community. The LAST market of 2014 is on Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon is dedicated to the holidays. Locally handcrafted goods for sale include hand bags, ceramics, stationary, handmade paper goods, jewelry, hand carved wood art, soaps, candles, lotions, knitted hats and scarves, metal art, photography, and more.

Aurum Studios

125 E. Clayton St., 706-546-8826
Celebrating its 39th Anniversary, Aurum has a fabulous selection of platinum, gold and silver jewelry, diamonds, pearls, stunning color and cool beads. Original designs, custom work and repairs are available from six in-house goldsmiths. The Aurum gallery of American crafts features pottery, glass, wood and paintings by talented regional artists—even Christmas ornaments! Let Aurum’s friendly staff help you find all the gifts you need. Layaway, all charge cards and free gift wrapping.


Prince Ave.,
Come visit Bottleworks—one of downtown Athens’ coolest restaurant, retail and entertainment venues. Perfect for your holiday shopping at our great retail shops and services including Lululemon, Suska, Black Petticoat, Olive Basket, Revival Yarns, Cullen & Co, All Body Studio and Express Nails. Refresh yourself afterwards at one of our popular dining spots—Hendershot’s, Seabear Oyster Bar, Siri Thai, Taziki’s and Viva. For more information, contact Sloane Nichols, at 706-202-4223.

Five Points Bottle Shop

1655 S. Lumpkin St., 706-543-6989
3685 Atlanta Hwy., 706-316-2337
This holiday season Five Points Bottle is stocking the shelves so you can stuff your stocking! Beer and liquor gift sets make wonderful presents. Our three or six bottle wine club memberships are a great gift for the wine connoisseur. With everything from hand crafted beer, spirits & tobacco pipes we have something for everyone on your list. Did we mention everyone’s favorite stocking stuffer? Five Points Bottle Gift Certificates! Remember, No Fake IDs, No Crybabies!


193 E. Clayton St., 706-369-8079
When you walk into Frontier, a locally owned gift shop downtown, every sense is heightened. Customers exclaim how good it smells and the array of merchandise appeals to the eye. Experience their unique finds for bath, home and garden with an emphasis on local products like Cap Man art, Bee Natural Honeypots and Whirly Wrap bracelets. They have complimentary gift wrapping and hot cider all month long. Come see what’s in-store for you and everyone on your list this holiday season!

Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother

166 W. Clayton St., 706-543-4454
‘Twas the day before Xmas/ the shoppers were manic/Junkman’s has re-opened, no need to panic/ We have Dr. Who and Star Wars/ purses and jammies/ Batman and Robin, tin signs and candy/ deer heads and earrings, cat butts and cute socks/ Beatles and windchimes, posters and teapots/ Everything you would need for your special elf/ We make it so easy, there’s time to shop for yourself.

The Loft Art Supply

1035 Baxter St., 706-548-5334
Who doesn’t love art supplies? We are a store staffed by artists so we can help you select just the right material for the artist on your list and of course we have lots of raw material for making that hand made decoration or card. Still not sure what to buy that creative friend or family member? No worry, we have gift certificates! Special holiday pricing on easels and gift sets. The Loft—where artists have served artists for over 36 years. We discount our prices, not our service. Merry Christmas!

Masada Leather & Outdoor

238 E. Clayton St., 706-546-5014
In February 1975, a small leather shop was founded in downtown Athens with the idea of creating quality, handcrafted leather work at a reasonable price. Now, over three decades later, MASADA has built a reputation as the state’s leader in fine leather accessories, comfort and hiking footwear, and outdoor apparel. We sincerely hope that you’ll visit our unique shop while you’re here and enjoy the rustic charm and Old-World atmosphere of an Athens landmark.

Modern Age

1086 Baxter St., 706-549-6360
Since 1992, Modern Age has been Athens’ most unique gift shop, as well as the one stop shop for all tobacco needs. Our Humidor stocks over 30 different labels, kept fresh for cigar enthusiasts! We also carry a wide range of incense, hookahs & hookah accessories, Zippo lighters, electronic cigarettes & accessories, vaporizers, and adult gifts. Our second store, The Smoker’s Den in downtown, is Athens’ first Hookah Lounge. See us for all of your smoking needs!

Musician’s Warehouse Showcase

150 Crane Dr., 706-548-7233
Music is the gift that lasts a lifetime. This Christmas come visit your largest local music store for all of the musicians on your list. Musician’s Warehouse has what you’re looking for! With the largest selection and best prices around we can satisfy all your musical needs for any size budget. Gift Certificates available. Behind the RaceTrac next to Toys-R-Us. Open every day until Christmas. Support the store that supports you and your music!

R. Wood Studio Ceramics

450 Georgia Dr., 706-613-8525
Shop local and give handmade pottery this year. R. Wood studio has been handcrafting pottery for over 20 years. We are located in a rustic warehouse, just east of downtown. We have dinnerware in 18 gorgeous colors to make any meal more memorable. Shop our famous “seconds” room, or find the perfect gift in our one-of-a-kind section, filled with hundreds of handmade pieces. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun 12-5 p.m.

Southern Waterbeds & Futons

3775 Atlanta Hwy., 706-543-4323
Georgia’s oldest waterbed store features the state’s largest selection of waterbeds, waterbed sheets, parts and supplies. Our futon gallery is filled with futon frames, futon mattresses and futon covers. We also specialize in UGA fan rooms, home décor and gifts. Bean Bags from $55. Super Single Waterbeds from $499. Futons from $199. Kids lofts, too. The same local owner since 1975 appreciates your business. Across from Georgia Square Mall. Mon-Sat 10 ‘til 7. Closed Sunday.


297 Prince Ave., 706-548-2258
Welcome to Suska, a European inspired boutique that carries a well edited collection of sustainable, consigned fashion items and gifts, now located in town at the Bottleworks! We would like to thank both our customers and consignors for supporting us for more than 6 years in business. Gift cards are available and make great presents! Let us prove to you just how fabulous consignment shopping can be!

Tinfish Gifts

485 E. Clayton St., 706-850-4885
Following in the tradition of an Athens icon, long­time manager of Junkman’s brings you TINFISH GIFTS, downtown’s new source for Bohemian clothing for women and men, funky accessories, amazing 3D wall hangings, movie and rock posters, clever coffee mugs, puzzles, tie­-dyed t-shirts, retro candies, incense and so much more. We have an awesome collection of Buddhist prayer flags, malas, and singing bowls. Hilarious Christmas cards and great Stocking Stuffers, too! Open Christmas Eve!


Clarke County School District

240 Mitchell Bridge Rd., 706-546-7721
The Clarke County School District is home to the 2015 Georgia Superintendent of the Year, the #1 Career Academy in the State, six International Baccalaureate World Schools, one of the NAMM Top Communities in Music Education and a model technology school district. All students in grades 3–9 are able to take home district-provided devices, and instruction has transformed around personalized—yet collaborative—innovative digital learning environments. We are Proud to be CCSD!


Midnight Iguana Tattoo

800 Oglethorpe Ave., 706-549-0190
Athens Georgia’s first professional tattoo studio est.1989. Our award winning tattoo artist & body-piercing staff prides itself on amazing art, hospital sterility & impeccable customer service. You, or your art will NEVER be disrespected at Midnight Iguana. We also offer permanent cosmetics, tattoo removal, areola repigmentation, scar revision & educational seminars world wide. UGA Alumni owned & operated. Hours: Tues.–Thurs. 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 2 p.m.–12 a.m.

Pain and Wonder Tattoo

285 W. Washington St., 706-208-9588
This permanent artwork will be the gift that lasts forever. Highest sterilization standards in the industry. Be pierced using implant-quality jewelry. Gift certificates available. Artists include Chris Parry, Mike Groves, Kim Deakins and Matty Goldstein. Piercers include Bethra and Randy. Members National Tattoo Association. Piercers are proud members of the Association of Professional Piercers.,

Project Safe, Inc., 706-549-0922
The holidays are all about giving, and at a time when every penny counts, it’s important to remember that even small donations make a big difference. At Project Safe’s emergency shelter, items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, trash bags and women’s pajamas are always needed. Donations can be brought to the Project Safe Thrift Store, located in the Hawthorne Avenue Bell’s Shopping center, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


2026 S. Milledge Ave. D-3, 706-433-2022
If you can touch-type 65 wpm and have excellent English grammar/comprehension skills, you can get paid to type! We’re a financial transcription company offering part-time positions with competitive production-based pay. Members get to create their own schedule and our office is located close to campus! Visit our website to apply and set up an in-office assessment: Happy Holidays!

The Spa at Graduate Athens

295 E. Dougherty St., 706-425-9700
The weather outside is frightful, but a Signature Facial at Graduate Spa is MOST delightful! Now that you have crossed everyone off your holiday shopping list, its time to pamper yourself with a luxurious Heavenly Hot Stone massage on one of our heated tables, or maybe a Relaxing Spa Pedicure in one of our massaging chairs. Gift Certificates available for all services… Give the gift of Ahhhh, at Graduate Spa.

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