We asked artist Laura Ferguson to talk about her favorite things in the Cabbagetown neighborhood she calls home. Ferguson’s paintings are well known for documenting Cabbagetown and it’s historic collection of cottages and the old Fulton Cotton Mill.

Why I Love Cabbagetown

It’s a place where you’re embraced for being exactly who you are. If you drink a little too much, have a propensity for hoarding, or your house is overrun with cats, you’ll hardly attract a glance. But there are also many families with young children, and they all know each other, creating a great sense of community. I’ve heard Cabbagetown described as “Mayberry” and “The Island of Misfit Toys” and it’s actually a wonderful combination of the two.

Where to Eat

The Carroll Street Café (apresdiem.com/carroll_street) bar/restaurant has an underdog nonchalance that is downright relaxing. You can eat outside during the warm months. Village Pizza (apresdiem.com/village_pizza) offers a slice and a beer at affordable prices, while hipster joint 97 Estoria (97estoria.com) will still be hopping after everything else has closed.

Where to Shop

Little’s Food Store (littlesfoodstore.com) is a neighborhood grocery store that looks much like it did a century ago, with a little of everything (Pixie Stix, BC Powders, and potted meat), as well as beer and wine.  Sweet Cheats (sweetcheatsatlanta.com) makes delicious cupcakes and specialty coffee drinks.

Coming Up

The annual Chomp & Stomp (chompandstomp.com) festival is coming up Nov. 3and it’s something you won’t want to miss. The festival, which started 10 years ago as a way to raise money for Cabbagetown Park, has grown from a few hundred attendees to 20,000 last year. It features a chili-cooking contest, with, literally, tons of chili, truckloads of Sweetwater beer, an artist market, and two stages of folk and bluegrass music.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.