Five Questions With… Debra Shigley

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Who better to chat ATL with than journalist, blogger, author, and gal about town Debra Shigley? Her upcoming book The Go-Getter Girl’s Guide: Get What You Want in Work and Life (and Look Great While You’re at It) comes out this fall, and as a former Atlanta Magazine editor, her Atlanta acumen is aces. Alliteration, anyone?

Q. If you could wave a magic wand and give instant, mass publicity to a hidden Atlanta gem, what (or who) would it be?

A. Sweet Pockets cupcakes in Vinings! This adorable shop serves the best cupcakes in town–not too sweet, not too dense– and the “”minis’ are the perfect two-bite size. Yum! My favorite flavor just be the chocolate vegan cupcake, which reminds me of Hostess Suzy Q cake. Plus, the owner Lennie King is fantastic and has a great story: she was an architect before she became a cupcake baker!

Q. Favorite neighborhood?

A. Inman Park/Cabbagetown. Fabulous restaurants, festivals, and shopping– and a nice sense of community. This part of town has a great soul.


Q. One day to show off Atlanta to a busload of Go Getter Girls. Where are you taking them?

A. First things first: a quickie (drive-by) tour of the Downtown/Midtown sights: past Centennial Park, CNN Center, the Aquarium, and Coca-Cola, then down the “”Midtown Mile”” and maybe pop into the High to see the Monet Waterlilies exhibit. On to shopping in Virginia-Highland: Mitzi & Romano, Bill Hallman, Melrose and more. Then, dinner at MF Buckhead, and drinks at Trois in Midtown!

Q. Last meal in Atlanta. Where are you going and what are you eating?

A. Fritti in Inman Park– and I’m eating the Funghi di Bosco pizza. In fact, this was my “”first”” meal when I moved back to Atlanta from D.C. last year after getting married. My husband and I drove the entire 10 or so hours in one stretch, motivated by the Fritti pizza we were going to have upon arrival. We got to Atlanta around 10:30 pm, and drove straight to the restaurant before the kitchen closed.

Q. Best Atlanta celebrity sighting?

A. Michael Jordan, when I was covering a fashion show years ago at (then) Earthlink Live. Jordan was in town with Charles Oakley and they made a surprise appearance. At one point, Oakley ripped out a wad of cash and sprayed the crowd with hundred dollar bills. One happened to land in front of my feet, and yes, of course I grabbed it 🙂

Charles Oakley: legendary rebouder, carouser and AisForAtlanta hero. The author of this blog would rather hang out with the Oakman than MJ. I’m just sayin’.


The linkage:

Pre-Order The Go Getter Girl’s Guide, here.

 Make it rain like the Oak-man: order a Charles Oakley Car Wash t-shirt, here.


Get your go-getting a go go in this 1920s Cabbagetown classic. This former grocery store building houses two commercial business, two apartments and tons of old school charm. Give me a shout for more details.


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