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What Should Go Here? DrewLewis Space at Metropolis

Midtown Mile located clothing boutique closes over the weekend

The Midtown Mile has lost another clothing boutique with the weekend closing of the locally-owned DrewLewis.

Located in the Metropolis building at 935 Peachtree Street, DrewLewis made the announcement on its Facebook page on Saturday before closing the next day.

SO AFTER FIVE LONG YEARS WITH DREWLEWIS IN ATLANTA, WE HAVE DECIDED TO CLOSE! WE HAVE HAD THE BEST TIME EVER AND WILL LEAVE WITH A LOT OF AMAZING NEW FRIENDS AND MEMORIES! WE ARE ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS, BUT FIRST... THIS WILL BE DREWLEWIS' LAST WEEKEND IN BUSINESS SO COME ON OVER AND SUPPORT US BY BUYING SOMETHING FOR 75% OFF!!! WE ARE SELLING TABLES, ART, ACCESSORIES, FIXTURES, and of course CLOTHES!!!

A peek inside the space early Tuesday evening revealed that much of the merchandise, most of it tailored for very skinny people, had already been removed.

In late June, the Midtown vintage clothing boutique My! My! My! Atlanta, located across the street at 900 Peachtree, shuttered its doors to make way for a new dental office.

In 2010, DrewLewis relocated from its original MidCity Lofts space to replace Universal Gear at Metropolis. Now the vast space is open again.

So what would be a good compliment to the other Metropolis retailers, some of which include Aurum Lounge, Taco Mac, The UPS Store, Jimmy Johns, Mind and Body Day Spa, James Madison Salon, and Metro Cleaners.

Work has already begun on a modern-Italian restaurant, La Tagliatella, that will occupy the former Silk restaurant at the corner of Peachtree and 8th streets. It is slated for a late 2012 opening

Maybe this is the perfect time for the return of the legendary Stein Club, which formally occupied the location at 929 Peachtree before Metropolis was built about a decade ago. What do you think? What kind of business would you like to see replace DrewLewis?

Tammy August 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Something like Universal Gear might do well.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Steve Cornwell on our Midtown FB page wrote: "I am surprised that this store made it as long as it did....horribly overpriced merchandise with limited selection...it's not the midtown location, it was a bad idea from the start...the right business model will do very well in that location...."
Trey McClure August 15, 2012 at 06:35 PM
(I posted this on What Now Atlanta but I'll post it here too. I do think the Drew Lewis selection was very poor) Maybe Ponce City Market will bring a creative, independently owned, mid/high end menswear boutique to Atlanta? (We do have a couple interesting stores with men's shoes like Wish, Standard, and Epitome but none that are really centered on casual clothes that aren’t street wear… maybe Bill Hallman but that’s it) The market is seriously lacking here. I think a store like Arc in Savannah, GA, Friend in New Orleans, or Stag in Austin, TX would do well here. Sid Mashburn is a fantastic local Atlanta boutique but it’s mosty dressy/business wear…. Billy Reid is a wonderful new addition but it’s not a locally run store. (Still a welcome addition though!) Inman Village or Virginia Highland would also be good locations for a trendy, thoughtfully edited menswear store. I seriously think there is a gap in the Atlanta Market right now. Atlanta’s clothing store selection is very commercialized right now… the restaurant scene is much more creative than the shopping scene. It will be interesting to see if someone steps up to the plate and provides Atlanta with a casual menswear boutique that the city can be proud of.
KamdenATL August 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I still think a place like Savi Urban Market in Inman Park or Star Provisions in West Midtown would do well along the Midtown Mile - a place with a nice selection of high gravity & craft beer, wine, specialty foods & prepared meals.
Thom August 16, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Pretty soon we need to change the name from Midtown Mile to Restaurant Row. Really, I think there is less than TEN retail stores between 5th and 14th. Move to Midtown it you want to eat. If you want to shop.....hmmmm. Midtown Alliance need to get with the developers/owners of this space and come up with a strategy to get RETAIL, not restaurants to Midtown. And I suspect the problem is the high rental rates that unless you are a high priced store, or part of a corporate thing, how can you make it?
Intown Rocks!!! August 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I agree Thom. Unfortuantely Midtown Alliance, the Midtown MIle plan is pretty much a flop! The only thing that has survived has been restaurants. They need critical mass to support retailers and they need retailers to build critical mass. It seems to me that the landlords need to make the first move and subsidize rents in order to attract some retailers. The 1010 Daniel development is a good example. They are adding two more restaurants and yet they are suppose to have all of these connections to national retailers. Where are the retailers Daniel Corp? Until then, I will go to Atlantic Station where there is real shopping!

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