Retailers were among the first businesses to arrive at Ponce City Market, with Binders Art Supplies and Frames opening its doors last fall. In addition, the Suzuki School, a Montessori based program for infants through kindergarten students, opened last year.
Early this year, PCM welcomed General Assembly, an educational institution that offers training in technology, design and business. It is located on the second floor of the Central Food Hall.
But the biggest rush came this summer, with more than a dozen retailers opening their doors along the main retail corridors of the PCM Courtyard, which is now lined with benches for tired shoppers or people watchers.
Anthropologie, Onward Reserve and West Elm all opened in June, with West Elm serving as an anchor store to the Central Food Hall along with Williams Sonoma, which opened in August. The new Williams-Sonoma store features a more industrial design than the other metro area stores and offers a range of products from local and regional artisans.
In July, Michael Stars relocated from Phipps Plaza to Ponce City Market while Goorin Bros. Hat Shop and Lou Lou Accessories both opened their first locations in the Atlanta area. Goorin Bros. offers hats for men and women in a range of styles and fabrications, starting at $30 for baseball style caps. Lou Lou features jewelry, handbags, gifts and more, with items ranging from under $20 to more than $100.
August openings included the Frye Co., CorePower Yoga, Karoo and Lululemon.
This month, Madewell, J. Crew, Mountain High Outfitters and Ponce Denim Co. all debuted at PCM. More retail stores are expected to open throughout the fall.