Atlanta has plenty of iconic landmarks worth visiting, from music venues to cemeteries, but frequently, you're just sitting around drinking so much, you ensure that trying to visit any just means a trip to the cemetery. Bring some of the city's coolest places into your home while indulging in another form of inebriation, with Custom Coasters By Hazel.
Hand-made in ATL by VA Highland-based photog Hazel Wagner, Coasters creates glossy 4" x 4" drink platforms by taking images of historic hot spots she's shot over the years and slapping them on tumbled, distressed marble coasters with a "texture and charm"-imbuing nicked & chipped finish process, a phenomenon familiar to anyone who's finished a Costco bag of Fritos. Each coaster's got several coats of sealant to prevent fading and damage to images, which include vivid shots of neighborhood signage like the promo-stickered Little Five Points road sign, the hand-painted "Welcome to Cabbagetown" marker at the entrance of the now-burgeoning historic mill district, and the Oakhurst hood guidepost, featuring the area's slogan: "Putting Down Roots Together", although how can anyone make fun of that -- LeVar Burton was incredible! You can also get college shots (Emory's main gates, GA Tech...) and club/pub exteriors like the brown/tan Twain's, exclusive high-ABV beer pusher Brick Store Pub, Masquerade (whose stage hosted everyone from Stryper to Goodie Mob), and blues haven Northside Tavern; for places where drinking's trickier, try a Waffle House sign, Oakhurst Cemetery, or Marietta's Big Chicken, which oddly, is not a photo of Robby Ginepri.
There're also restaurants up for grabs such as Majestic Diner, Java Monkey, and The Varsity; contact Hazel by email to get a custom-made coaster with any image of your choice in two weeks, which may sound like a long time, but hey, where do you think you're going?