Inside Atlanta: Shannon Mulkey and Christy Petterson of Indie Craft Experience

Indie Craft Experience co-owners share their favorite spots in Atlanta

Inside Atlanta: Shannon Mulkey and Christy Petterson of Indie Craft Experience
Credit: Bonnie J. Heath

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 Shannon Mulkey and Christy Petterson from the Indie Craft Experience. These gals partnered up back in 2005 and have been bringing artists and small businesses under one roof ever since. The ICE markets host local and national food, craft and jewelry vendors in a large venue in the city every June and November, with smaller pop-ups in between, including the vintage market, Salvage.

Curating each market to be a perfect mix of emerging and established artists, these Atlanta experts were named the Reader's Choice for "Best Local Craft Market" and "Best Pop-Up Shop Concept" in Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta issue in 2015. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach lead by Mulkey and Petterson themselves.

I live in… East Atlanta Village with my husband and two-year-old son. I feel really lucky to live there because we are just a few blocks from the village. Before EAV, I lived in downtown Decatur for about eight years,” says Petterson.

I Wish People Knew… “Atlanta is brimming with talent in all areas. I love that a big part of my job is working with creatives. People may not know about Dashboard. They curate innovative art experiences around the city. It's always a good time,” says Mulkey.

You Can Find Me… “At our studio in Candler Park most days. We have a light-filled storefront on McLendon at Oakdale that we share with our friends from Mindzai Creative. The studio itself is a nice place to spend time because it is so pretty and relaxing,” says Petterson.

It’s Dinner Time, I’m headed to…Cafe Sunflower for a healthy and delicious lunch. Better Half has an amazing tasting menu for a date night and I frequent Yalla! at Krog Street Market for a falafel fix,” says Mulkey.

Clock strikes 5 o’clock, I’m drinking… “a simple Jameson & Ginger Manuel's or a Dark-N-Stormy on Tiki Taco Tuesday at The Book House. I also think you can't really beat sharing a pitcher of cheap beer on the patio of the Righteous Room with friends, and I love trying the rotating menu of super-fancy cocktails at Leon's,” says Petterson.

If I Had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d check into… “The Georgian Terrace—it’s so beautiful and has a great rooftop,” says Mulkey.

Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret Is… “Drawing Night at Paper Ghost Studio is so inspiring!” says Mulkey.

When I’m Playing Tourist, I go to… “Oakland Cemetery, one of my all-time favorite places to visit. It's rare to find a place so rich with history. I love wandering around looking at the gorgeous mausoleums and beautiful landscaping. Two other favorites are the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the High Museum of Art. The last time I had friends visiting from out of town we enjoyed visiting Ponce City Market. It's still new enough to me that I sort of felt like a tourist. I can't believe this building has been renovated.

It sat relatively empty my whole life, and I'm so happy that a historic building was preserved instead of torn down,” says Petterson.

I Get My Sweat On… “I love walking the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and the Path through Candler Park and Inman Park. Great views of the neighborhoods,” says Petterson.

I Love Spending My Money At...Inman Dry Goods Boutique, Paris on Ponce for quirky antiques, Treehouse Kid & Craft in Decatur for gifts for the little ones and Crafted Westside for locally made goods,” says Mulkey.