My significant other and I had dinner this past weekend at the Fickle Pickle Café on Canton Street in Historic Roswell, and it’s safe to say this is the place to be on a Saturday night in the northern suburbs! The weather had cooled off from the record breaking heat experienced during the past week, causing people to flock to what could be the hottest scene OTP. Alfresco dining has become something of a craze here, and people watching has become an attraction in itself. I could almost swear that every time we visit, there’s a new restaurant with obligatory patio/sidewalk seating. If you’re looking for the Virginia Highland experience OTP, Canton Street has you covered.
Roswell's efforts to beautify Canton Street with upgraded sidewalks and landscaping have made it into a walker's dream. In suburban Atlanta, this is a valuable asset indeed! Even though culinary options abound, there's more to do here than fill your belly. Historic commerical buildings and restored residences are home to antique shops, gift and clothing boutiques, a specialty pet store, art galleries, events facilities, a tea room, a yoga center, a paddle sport shop, and possibly a wine and cheese market. Phew, I'm out of breath and I didn't even cover everything!
No doubt the best way to get the Canton Street experience is the Alive After 5 event, which takes place every third Thursday of the month from April to October. This is when almost 2,000 people converge on the historic district for an energetic community block party featuring live music, activities for the kids, extended merchant hours, and outdoor vendors. If ever there was a challenge to the idea of suburban isolation, this is it.
So if you fall in love with Canton Street (and that's quite possible), why not live in the center of it all? Providence in Historic Roswell fits the bill perfectly. These newly built townhomes come in a variety of sizes ranging from 1,800 to 4,800 SF. They're built with a wealth of eco-friendly features, and there's even a community garden where organic vegetables grow. Canton Oaks is another newcomer to the street, featuring townhomes built over commercial space. Besides being adorned with beautiful finishes, the 2 and 3 bedroom units have generous porches perfect for lazing. The Magnolias, a gated community built by John Weiland, is another townhouse option. If desire a yard, the house hunt becomes a little more challenging. The few shady lanes off Canton Street contain single family homes that range from 1950s brick ranches to recent teardowns, but it's really a matter of snapping them up before anyone else gets the chance. Canton Street's charms have become a highly coveted amenity, and for good reason.