Monday, July 25, 2011

Oakleaf & Acorn

Back in May I went to a launch party for Warhorse Workshop that was sponsored by Bearings Guide, Billy Reid, and a store called Oakleaf & Acorn. Oakleaf & Acorn is a store located in Braselton, GA, and the store's owner, John Rich, brought most of his merchandise down to the party and was there to talk about his store and its goods. John was a great guy and spent a while chatting with me and showing me some of the pieces he brought.

Back in June, I had to run up to the outlet mall in Commerce, GA, and stopped by John's store on my way back to the city.

Now, let me stop right now and say something. I think that most people in the know would agree that Sid Mashburn is probably the best, most interesting men's clothing store in Atlanta. However, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Oakleaf & Acorn is probably the best non-clothing men's store in the Atlanta area (though they do also have clothing).

The store is located in downtown Braselton, which is just one exit north of Chateau Elan. Without traffic, it probably takes about 40 minutes to get up there from downtown Atlanta. The store itself used to be the town post office and barber shop. Since then, the dividing wall has been torn down so the shop is basically just one big room. However, it densely packed with all kinds of treasures. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll let the images below speak for themselves.







It should be noted that John is constantly rotating the stock and decorations, and I was up there last week and things had been changed around a bit from two months ago.

Currently, Oakleaf & Acorn has offerings by the final companies:
  • A S Batle Co.
  • Baxter of California
  • Beekman 1802
  • Beetle & Flor
  • Billykirk
  • Brothers Galleon
  • Cause and Effect
  • CB I Hate Perfume
  • CXXVI
  • Farm Tactics
  • Filson
  • Lonesome Pine Game Calls
  • Himilayan Trading Post
  • Hitsman
  • Marvin D. Poole Knives
  • Olaria Studio
  • Otis James
  • Raleigh Denim
  • Sebago
  • Southern Proper
  • Shuron Eyewear
  • Stripling's Beef Jerky
  • Warhorse Workshop
  • YMYL
If you live in Atlanta, or are traveling down I-85, a trip to the store is a necessity. John is a great guy and will be glad to offer you a bourbon, a cold beer, or Coca Cola and spend sometime showing you around the shop. He's a teacher, so when the fall rolls around, be sure to drop him an email to see if he's going to be in the store during the week, though he's usually there on the weekends.

If you can't make it to the store, John has an online shop which is two years old now and can be found here. He's currently offering a 20% discount on everything in the store, so if something on the site piques your interest, now may be a good time to grab it.

The contact info for Oakleaf & Acorn is as follows:
5117 Hwy 53
Braselton, GA 30517
678-780-9977
john at oakleafandacorn.com

2 comments:

JRS said...

Yeah - we need to get up there soon. Thanks for posting the pictures.

Slow Southern Style said...

Definitely bookmarked the site so I can peruse it later. I love that the building is such an unassuming, almost run down facade hiding beautiful hand selected items.