This week I wanted to write about something to help you readers get to know me a little better. I searched my brain pretty hard for the perfect topic, not realizing that it was literally in front of me the whole time. What a better way to tell you about myself than through telling you about my home, Decatur, GA. It’s where I live and where I play. It’s in me, and it surrounds me. I love Decatur. Most of you who know me probably know I can’t shut up about it. It’s a really good feeling to truly love where you live, to be constantly discovering something new, and to not be able to imagine yourself anyplace else. If you’re coming to visit Decatur anytime soon, take a look at my top 5 things I love about this city for some inspiration.

1. Eddie’s Attic
Stage at Eddie's Attic
This cool, cozy live music venue attracts people from all over to hear singer/songwriters do their thing. It’s where I saw a lot of my favorite artists play for the first time, like the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, Meg Hutchinson, and Tyler Hilton. When I entered the “listening room” the first time to hear Dar Williams play, I honestly wasn’t immediately struck by the magic. Perhaps it wasn’t until the lights were dimmed and she was in the middle of a song and I looked around to see perfect strangers squeezed in shoulder-to-shoulder with all eyes on her that I realized how special this place is. Now, every time I visit Eddie’s, I can expect something spectacular, and, let’s just say I’ve never been let down. Mention should also be made of their super-cool Songwriter’s Open Mic on Monday nights, which is such a great way to witness genuine talent and find out about new music. If you aren’t into music much, maybe you’ll stop by to grab some Attic Beignets… they are insanely good!

2. The Art Scene
Mural on the Square
I love that I can drive down the street or walk across Decatur Square and I am surprised by a new piece of art along the road or on the side of a building. (Pictured here is a mural on the Square, on the right side of Squash Blossom.) It’s so cool to live somewhere that exhibits such a great appreciation for art. I can’t even tell you how many pieces hanging on the walls of my home are from artists from the Decatur Arts Festival. Of course, if you can’t wait until the once-a-year event held in May, there is always the option to swing into Homegrown or Wild Oats and Billy Goats to find something awesome made by a local artist. It’s an awesome feeling looking around my city and seeing the creativity and hard work of local artists being cherished.

3. Raging Burrito
Raging Sign
OK, I have to admit something. There isn’t really anything magical about this place, BUT I really, really love Mexican food. And, I think, this is where it’s at. Raging Burrito has a ton of delicious, unique menu options, from the Veggie Chili Con Queso to the Baja Fish Tacos to the Frisco Taco Salad. Seriously, it’s so good. If you’ve never been here, you’re missing out big time!

4. Kudzu Antique Market
This is the coolest place ever. Deemed “Atlanta’s best vintage home store,” it is filled with unique items. Whether you are shopping for a birthday gift or a new furnishing for your home, or if you just have a couple hours to waste on a Saturday afternoon looking at cool stuff, this is the place to go. I truly believe there is nothing you can’t find here if you look hard enough. It’s like a maze of treasures just waiting for a home. Go on in and check it out…. Just make sure there is room in your car for your finds!

5. Decatur Farmers Market
FM Veggies
There’s nothing like having the ability to buy fresh, local food and meet the people who grew it. Twice a week in Decatur, on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm and Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, you have the opportunity to do just that. The Decatur Farmers Market provides an easy way to get local, organic food on your table. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruits and veggies, melt-in-your-mouth cheese, homemade pesto, or gluten-free goodies… or maybe just a treat from King of Pops… the Market is sure to make your week just a little better, twice.

This list is only a small taste of what Decatur has to offer. Hopefully, it has sparked some interest and you’ll come to get to know this great city, make your own memories, and maybe even write out your own “top 5” list.