Atlanta has a strong Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, and the many Atlanta Asian American-owned businesses that cater to families include toy stores, restaurants, bookstores, photography studios, florists, art installations, and more. To check out the vast array of unique, eclectic and downright irresistible AAPI-owned businesses in Atlanta, keep reading.
Located in Duluth, Georgia, Hello Rainbow Toys thoughtfully curates a collection of toys and learning resources for the children you love. Opened in November 2018, owner Trang Tran has been passionated about sourcing the best products for children that you can’t find at large retailers for years. After being a museum store buyer for over 10 years, she decided to open her own toy store.
How to Support: Shop the store, or call for a well-curated, very knowledgeable personal shopper to guide you through the process of picking the perfect present for the little in your life.
3550 W Lawrenceville St. Ste. 330
Duluth, GA 30096
Established in 2017, this Atlanta-based bookstore houses curated wares from China and Taiwan. Tucked away among Chinese and bilingual books, you'll find imported teas and tea sets, Chinese calligraphy materials, stationery and gift items. The store is found nestled among the stores and restaurants of Chinatown, Atlanta and aims to cultivate an awareness of Chinese culture and to preserve and maintain the Chinese community in Atlanta.
How to Support: In addition to shopping the store, be on the lookout for special events, like last month's Tea Culture Workshop.
5391 New Peachtree Rd.
Chamblee, GA 30341
Alice Park Photography
Co-founder of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) and Park Studios (a natural light studio and creative space), and founder of Alice Park Photography and Creativity Camp, Alice is a passionate entrepreneur, creative and industry influencer of more than 15 years.
How to Support: Join Alice Park and her talented team of photographers for an exclusive photographic event celebrating motherhood in April, and be on the lookout for her other photography events throughout the year (or book a private session with her). Your ticket includes a 10 minute mini-session and special treats for you and your children.
Connect with Alice here.
Located at Buckhead Village, Pinker Times is a floral shop and art installation pop-up that features two floral art installations, unique bouquets and arrangements for purchase and a choose-your-own flower bar. Founded by artist Skye Lin, the ethereal floral design studio offers unique florals, including amaranthus, dahlias, peonies and more inside a 1200-square-foot space. The space features a minimalistic aesthetic with pink walls and delicately arranged flowers throughout. A new offering at the store is the “Forever Flower Bar,” a dried flower wall where guests can choose by the stem. In addition, Pinker Times houses two of Skye’s installations: a floating arrangement styled with dried stems and a second, newer exhibition featuring a field of pink grasses embodying Lin’s personal representation of “pinker times” – a happy time, place or feeling that is cherished.
How to Support: Swing by to create your own bouquet from seasonal flowers, or reach out to Pinker Times for your special event floral needs. They do everything from weddings to baby showers, and anything in between. Or just pay the storefront a visit. Pinker Times is an art installation dedicated to anyone who could use a little beauty away from the noise.
247 Buckhead Ave. NE
PH’EAST at The Battery Atlanta
Inspired by the hawker markets on the streets of Asia, PH’EAST is an Asian-focused food hall that brings a Far East Street Feast to The Battery Atlanta. Guests are able to sample foods from Japan, China, Laos and the Pacific Islands—prepared by best-in-category chefs and restaurateurs.PH’EAST offers beverages, meals or quick snacks – all to be savored at communal indoor seating or on the covered patio. Food stalls include 26 Thai, Poke Burri, Lifting Noodles Ramen, Fan T’Asia, Kung Fu Tea and Taps, among others. PH’EAST can seat 80 people outside on the 1,500 square foot covered patio, or 90 people inside which is designed to make you feel like you’re walking through an alleyway in Japan or China.
How to Support: Whether you're in the mood for bubble tea or beer, head to PH'EAST for food options to satisfy every craving. Add to the food some live music and outdoor dining, and you've got yourself a dream date, with or without your kiddos.
925 Battery Ave. Suite 1100
Chai-Yo & Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
Daughter of the esteemed Charlie and Nan Niyomkul of Nan Thai Fine Dining fame, Dee Dee is a powerhouse by her own right. Creating Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft in Brookwood Hills and now Chai-Yo in Buckhead, her upscale Thai concepts have innovated right through the pandemic. Offering family style meals to go, outdoor dining with live music, and considerable contributions towards ending food insecurity, Dee Dee is at the helm of a growing and thriving component of the Atlanta restaurant scene.
Peiru Kim graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in business in 1996, then worked for a real estate development company for more than 15 years before purchasing her first Sugarcoat location in 2010. Since then, it's grown to six locations with two more set to open in the upcoming months. And it goes far beyond the typical nail salon, offering a beautiful environment and seats that make the guest feel like they're sitting on their own thrones. How to Support: Do yourself a solid and book an appointment today, and don't forget to take your mini-me! They have Miss Priss packages for guests ages 10 & under.
Hea Won and her husband, Charles Harris opened the first ever storefront of Eleven TLC—a wellness co. offering adaptogenic teas, lattes, caffeine (TLC) and vegan soft serve ice cream—at Ponce City Market in January 2021 and is now open in Buckhead at Lenox Mall. With health and wellness top of mind, Eleven TLC uses ethically sourced, organic ingredients and consults experts in a variety of fields (mixologists, functional medicine practitioners, doctors and recipe developers) to carefully concoct recipes that provide true health benefits for the consumer. Hea Won and her husband strongly believe in using organic, clean ingredients even when it’s not the most convenient choice.
How to Support: Located in Ponce City Market and Lenox Mall, Eleven TLC is a great choice for refueling your body for the BeltLine or perhaps some retail therapy. And parents, listen up! They recommend a Super-Powered Matcha for hours of calm, clear-headed energy. Don't everyone run there at once.
675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Butcher & Brew
Butcher & Brew is an American gastro sports bar with two locations. The original location is in the soul of Alpharetta’s Historic Downtown District and the second location is at Halcyon in Forsyth County. Originally opened in 2016 by restaurateur Louis Soon, the restaurant serves an eclectic and extensive collection of craft beers paired with bold and tasty twists on sandwiches, bowls and shareable fare. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and the food program is led by Culinary Director Andy Long. Butcher & Brew has been featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eater Atlanta and Atlanta Magazine. Butcher & Brew is part of Maven Restaurant Group, which also includes neighboring South Main Kitchen, Lapeer Seafood Market and the newly opened Mow’s Chinese Kitchen.
How to Support: Grab a table early in the evening so your kids can get plenty of greenspace time in before din-din (and you can enjoy a cold one) at the Downtown Alpharetta location. And, starting Feb. 1, kids eat free! Spend $20 and earn 1 free kids meal Mon.-Thurs. from 4-6 p.m.
3 S. Main St.
Lazy Betty is a modern and innovative restaurant inspired by its community and guided by exquisite ingredients and a thoughtful approach where every part contributes to the whole. Executive Chef/Partner Ron Hsu and Chef de Cuisine/Partner Aaron Phillips helm the kitchen, creating bright and well-executed tasting menus. Named a 2020 James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best New Restaurant,” Lazy Betty was awarded three-star reviews from both The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (here) and Atlanta Magazine (here), and it was also named “Best New Restaurant" by Atlanta Magazine (here) and “Restaurant of the Year” by Eater Atlanta (here).
How to Support: Save Lazy Betty for a date night, but go ahead and book a sitter, stat.
1530 Dekalb Ave. NE
Sunghee Kim, who runs L&M Market in Midtown with her husband, has created a neighborhood convenience store with a "bodega" vibe. Expect a good selection of household items, snacks, and groceries, plus a standout selection of beer and wine.
How to Support: Stop by L&M Market before heading to Piedmont Park this weekend (or next, or whenever). You'll be able to put together an easy picnic in no time.
785 Argonne Ave. NE
If your feet need some TLC, then the only place you need to head is to Sole Spa. You'll find foot and body reflexology, massage, and acupressure in an urban oasis with organic oils and an array of relaxing aromatherapy. In short, this place is the bomb. Go. you won't regret it.
How to Support: Just go. You'll thank us.
254 Pharr Rd, NE