“Do something good for yourself,” urges Chris Goss, one of the three owners of the newly opened Urban Coffee Bungalow on Piedmont Avenue across from Ansley Park in midtown Atlanta.
Hand in hand, fellow owners Robby Kukler, Steve Simon and Goss are sending the message that “one is not forced to divert to fast food.” An alternative exists: “Healthy, gourmet food in a relaxing environment,” says Goss.
“We almost don’t consider ourselves to be a coffee shop,” says Goss. The menu includes items such as grilled asparagus and roasted red pepper on focaccia bread, orzo pasta salad with pine nuts, sun-dried cherries and scallions and homemade rice pudding. Of course, there’s also custom-created cups of joe.
The combination of artsy decor and environmentally friendly atmosphere (it has six different recycling bins for trash) has made it a favorite spot of models, artists and photographers. The Bungalow also promotes several community service programs. Says Goss, “We want customers to help change the world on their coffee break.”

“Don’t call it a dickey, call it a ‘blousette,”‘ reads the brochure for Douglas Anthony Blousettes, the fresh and innovative accessories collection based in Atlanta.
So what exactly is a blousette? Basically, it’s the contemporary version of the dickey: a crisp white collar that goes under sweaters and jackets, providing an instant classic look. The collection also includes cuffs and cufflinks designed for the very same purpose.
Douglas Anthony, the designer for the collection, says the concept was born eight years ago when he began his career as a stylist. About a year ago, he decided to kick off the idea.
The cuffs are offered in either French or tie, and the blousettes in five styles: a flat collar, collar with stands, partial roll collar, full roll collar and a tie collar. Both cuffs and blousettes are available in pima cotton and piquA cotton in white, and polyester crepe in ivory and black. The blousettes are offered in the 1-2-3 sizing, and the cuffs in one size.
The blousettes wholesale from $16.25 to $31.50 and cuffs from $19.50 to $26.75. The young company has yet to obtain commitments from retail stores, but has signed on sales representatives in Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco and is currently looking for one in Atlanta.

An outfit just isn’t an outfit without the right pair of shoes. At least that’s what Max Azria, designer and president of BCBG thinks. The Los Angeles-based contemporary clothing company just launched its own line of shoes to go with its hip apparel. The line is hitting stores this spring at the six BCBG stores in New York and California, along with major department stores and small boutiques that carry Azria’s clothing. “The shoes complete the whole outfit,” says Helen Cho, who designed the line along with Serge Azria, Max’s brother. The shoes are funky, yet wearable, as well as affordable. Ranging from $50 to $70-something, Arzia says it’s footwear for the Nineties. The line includes everything from clunky loafers to little sandals done up in patent leather, suede, baby calf and clear plastic.
The shoes are available alongside BCBG clothing in the Linda Ambrosia & Assoc. showroom at the mart. Next on the BCBG agenda are handbags, says Azria. It just makes sense.

Imagine being right in the middle of everything, but still feeling very far away from it all. That’s exactly how owners of the Casablanca Inn want guests to feel when they are staying at this quaint bed-and-breakfast.
Tony and Brenda Bushell opened the inn on the Matanaz Bay in St. Augustine, Fla., two years ago. The stately white-columned house has rocking chairs and slow-turning ceiling fans on the porch, the smell of fresh-baked cookies in the living room and oversized hammocks to swing from on the balconies. Just beyond the back door, though, lies all of the historic little town. “We wanted to create a peaceful atmosphere with great food and make it an anchor in the town,” explains Brenda.
The inn offers a full breakfast each morning, bicycles to roam around town and complimentary wine and cookies. Prices range from $59 to $155 per night.