When I discovered Paris on Ponce a few years ago, it was love at first sight. There aren’t many antique and thrift stores where I come from in Maryland, and when I do find them they certainly don’t look like this.
Located in a sprawling 46,000 square foot space on a hill just off Ponce de Leon Avenue, Paris on Ponce has become a destination for antique lovers, artists and performers since it opened 15 years ago.
The first time I walked into Paris on Ponce I felt like I was walking into the Moulin Rouge or what co-owner Nicolette Valdespino likes to call a “bohemian playground.” The stairs creaked as I stepped down into the front room with its dark red walls lined with antiques and knick-knacks. I found jewelry, old cameras, arcade machines, a 1960’s baby stroller and stoves. I felt like I’d been transported to a quaint old shop on the Left Bank.
As I continued to explore, I came across Le Maison, their Paris-themed event space. The tourist inside of me jumped out as I posed for pictures with a cheesy grin and a thumb up next to the mannequins dressed in a showgirl costume.
Another boutique at POP Marché is Terrarium, which makes unique jewelry featuring miniature terrariums inside. I made sure to take home a terrarium necklace with me.
Among the vendors is a Delta flight attendant, who brings back her items from the different places she visits on a regular basis. POP Marché also has a lighting design center where you can have a customized chandelier made out of any dining set you have.
Valdespino said more changes are in store for Paris on Ponce, including the opening of a café and the much-anticipated opening of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, which runs directly behind the shop.
“Paris on Ponce is all about fostering a community and a good time,” says Valdespino. “Come by and see what we have to offer.”
Paris on Ponce is located at 716 Ponce de Leon Place. For more, visit parisonponce.com.