Retail Guide: Brian Shemaria’s Atlanta Picks

With more than 100 years in business, family-owned retailer Bennie’s Shoes is an Atlanta institution. And co-owner and city native Brian Shemaria knows the restaurants and attractions that keep Hotlanta’s fires burning. Here, he shares his favorite places for kicking back and enjoying the best the city has to offer.

1. Best public golf course:
Bear’s Best Atlanta. “Jack Nicklaus designed it. It’s always a great one to play on.”

2. Favorite activity with kids:
The Georgia Aquarium. “They have every kind of fish imaginable.”

3. Best place for a drink:
The Tavern at Phipps. “It has always been a big hangout and still is. On Friday nights, happy hour is crazy there.” Southern Heat

4. Good place to relax:
Atlanta Botanical Garden. “It’s just beautiful there with a fountain that the kids can run through.”

5. Best Southern food:
The Colonnade Restaurant. “It’s an old Southern restaurant that everyone knows, but [you should] know they don’t take credit cards.”

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