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Along Ponce de Leon Avenue just east of Midtown is an old Sears, Roebuck & Company distribution center. The building itself is a historic brick structure and, while the building had fallen into disrepair, recently, the building has been renovated. Much of the building houses apartments, but the first two levels of the building contain a shopping area with local and chain businesses and a plethora of restaurants. The outside of the Ponce City Market contains clothing boutiques and larger, national clothing stores, ranging from stylish formal-wear to hiking and camping accoutrements. In addition to the clothing stores, there are several home-good stores, also ranging from furniture stores to paper goods and decorations. There is a nice seating area outside as well.

There are a few more shops inside but, for the most part, the interior is lined with restaurants and bars. All of the restaurants are local eateries and offer such delightful fare as Indian, Korean, and Mediterranean cuisine, along with typical American food, such as fried chicken and artisan burgers. If you aren’t in the mood for food, there are several coffee bars or, if you want something a little more potent, a craft beer bar, a winery-City Winery, and other bars.

In some ways, Ponce City Market is similar to a mall, but its focus is on specialty shops and restaurants, so it emphasizes local and unique items, rather than mass-produced goods. We spent our time there wandering in and out of shops and, when we got hungry, we tried H & F Burger, which was a tasty and satisfying treat. We enjoyed our time at Ponce City Market and found it to be a fun, but relaxing way to spend a weekend afternoon.

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