We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with Phil Sanders, founder of Foster ATL and Citizen Supply. Sanders started Foster ATL, a co-working space near Ponce de Leon Ave, in 2014 to encourage the local community to come together and connect. Foster ATL won Creative Loafing Best of ATL’s coworking space in 2015.
After a few successful quarterly artist markets, Sanders launched Citizen Supply, a curated marketplace with rotating vendors, at Ponce City Market, leaving his imprint in the city’s creative community by providing an avenue for artists and small business owners to display their work. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach lead by Sanders himself.
I live in… “The East Atlanta Village. The history of the neighborhood is amazing and we have a wide range of neighbors who inspire us. We love city living. We moved from outside the perimeter about 4 years ago and fall more in love with this city every year.”
I Wish People Knew… “There is a welcoming community here that supports each other and really strives to doing great things. I don’t think people realize just how much talent there is in this city and how we are poised to really grow over the next five to 10 years. It’s a really exciting time where everyone can influence the direction of the city and community.
The fact that you can create something in the city and have an impact is a very unique thing. A lot of the reasons Foster ATL and Citizen Supply are able to exist is because they are able to grow as the city does. The people and culture here seem to be excited about new things and I’m honored to have a few of those new things.”
You Can Find Me… “At Taproom Coffee & Beer. They have great coffee for sure, but I’m just a huge fan of owner Jonathan Pascual. He created a space that’s perfect for camping out for a day, meeting a friend or just grabbing a beer.
It’s Dinner Time, I’m headed to… “So Ba—it’s the best spot to go to when you want killer marinated pork and no cell signal. Their pho is also amazing. I love all things Thai, Vietnamese and Indian.”
Clock strikes 5 o’clock, I’m drinking… “Whiskey. I’m a whiskey guy so nothing fancy. I’ll do an old fashioned every once and a while. For drinks, I like Argosy, The Pinewood, The Mercury and S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Victory Sandwich Bar is a great excuse to get a jack and coke slushy and three sandwiches. The ping pong table is definitely a plus.”
Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret Is… “This one section of Freedom Park. You can sit on a hill and see the tops of the skyscrapers, but it still feels like a wide open field. My family goes there a ton and it’s always pretty much to ourselves. It’s a little escape. It’s a rare thing, but Homespun dinners are amazing. Jason is hands-down one of the best chefs. Next time they have a dinner make sure you get a ticket.”
When I’m Playing Tourist, I go to… “Oakland Cemetery.
It’s an awesome venue with tons of history. There also seems to be a festival to hit up every weekend here and those are always fun. Honestly, what I do the most now with people that have never been here is show them the businesses my friends have started.”