By Isadora Pennington

This holiday season always brings back memories of my grandparents’ house. Without fail each year my grandmother, Ouida, would break out her holiday plates and serving dishes for our family meals, and her living room would transform into a winter wonderland of miniature proportions.

She had an extensive collection of porcelain snow-capped buildings that lit up with a soft glow when plugged in, all clustered together atop fluffy fake snow on side tables. I can recall a few that moved, tiny figurines dancing gracefully across a mirrored frozen lake, their tiny world so pure and jovial, while my uncle’s train set wound lazily around the base of the tree and my grandfather’s Christmas albums played in the background.

For me, one of the things that brings me back to the innocence of my youth is sweets. Luckily, Intown has an abundance of local shops that offer everything from candy and cupcakes to pastries and even a pie in a jar! In other words, treat yourself. ‘Tis the season, after all!


Queen of Cream
Smore’s Jar Pie: housemade graham cracker, chocolate ganache, vanilla ice cream, and toasted marshmallow, $7
701 Highland Ave. NE #1
(404) 331-0807 or


Greene’s Fine Foods
Eggnog Fudge: handmade in house, $13 per pound
141 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.
(404) 378-2001 or


Drinking Chocolate Set: 8 ounce single origin drinking chocolate, Atlanta-made Malvi marshmallows, a dram of sea salt, a dram of Xocolatl Spice Blend No 7, 10 ounce mug, and 5 oounce demitasse cup, $54
99 Krog St. NE
(404) 604-9642 or


Atlanta Cupcake Factory
Sugar Cookie Cupcake with Salted Caramel Icing, $2.75
624 N. Highland Ave.
(678) 358-9195 or


Kilwins Atlanta
Turtle Caramel Apple – fresh apple dipped in homemade copper-kettle caramel, adorned with pecans, and drizzled with chocolate, $8.59
Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, #14160
(404) 817-7500 or

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.