As a stylist for jewelry upstart Stella and Dot, Alyssa Willis has gotten to know Atlanta in a fairly unique way. She throws jewelry trunk shows throughout Atlanta, barnstorming baubles from Buckhead to Brookhaven, peddling pendants from Peachtree City to Ponce, and all points in between. This lady knows what she’s talking about…
Q. Favorite Atlanta neighborhood(s)?
A. West Midtown for great brunch at West Egg, shuffleboard at Ormsby’s or strolling around and window shopping the various art and furniture galleries that I will someday afford.
Virginia Highlands for some Monday or Friday night Metalsome Karaoke at 10 High and delicious southern lunch (and hopefully dinner again soon!!) at American Roadhouse.
Midtown for yummy food and a great beer selection on the patio at Cypress Street Pint and Plate.
Q. Best dog friendly people, places and things in Atlanta?
A. Spot for dogs – best daycare and my pup frank always comes home exhausted and for $20 extra bucks, they will give him a bath at the end of the day!
Piedmont Park for a nice walk and then a little play in the doggie park.
Glamour Paws in the Virginia Highlands keeps my pup’s mohawk looking fierce and stylish and they also keep his dandruff under control!
Q. Best thing about Atlanta in the Spring?
A. Festival Season!!
Q. Mayor for a day- what’s on your agenda?
A. Turn the old City Hall into a variety of businesses where people of all ages could spend time and meet up. A farmers market, a place to buy locally made furniture or other goods, a movie theater, some good but inexpensive restaurants etc.
Keep the toll on 400 but use the proceeds to keep schools open and teachers employed.
Find a location for a new homeless shelter since one of the largest ones is closing and hundreds of people will be without beds. Then, give those homeless people jobs helping the road workers who constantly block traffic – maybe they could use a few extra hands to get it done faster!
Make sure that the Beltline project is continuously being developed and that future generations of Atlantans will have plenty of walking trails, parks and transportation to get around the city without negatively impacting our environment.
Q. Last meal in Atlanta- where are you going, and what are you eating?
A. My last meal in Atlanta would be a restaurant hop.
Appetizer at Fritti – Fried Mushrooms and glass of Chianti
Main Course at Fox Brothers – Smoked Beef Tenderloin (Friday night special)
Dessert- good old TCBY on North Druid – hard to find these days.
BONUS QUESTION: What is Stella and Dot, and why is it awesome?
A. Stella and Dot is a stylish and affordable jewelry line that has something for everybody. If you like statement pieces or if you are more into classics, there are pieces that will fit your style. The jewelry is beautiful and good quality, without breaking the bank and as a Stella and Dot stylist, I give a portion of proceeds that I earn to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. A great way to check it out is to book a trunk show where you and your friends or coworkers can get together, pick a charity that you feel close to, have a glass of wine and shop for some great jewelry! Check out my website or email me for more info.
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