Keep It INtown: Candler Park

We asked Candler Park residents Kate Sandhaus and Dave Aynes to tackle our Keep It INtown questionnaire about their neighborhood. As members of the Candler Park Neighborhood Association, they know the community inside and out.

Why We Love Candler Park
Our community is full of green space – including our eponymous 55-acre park which boasts a nine hole public golf course and plays host to three annual music festivals – plus Iverson Park, Olmstead Linear Park and Freedom Park, which connects Candler Park to the Atlanta Beltline.  Candler Park is a leafy, walkable oasis nestled away in a city notorious for its traffic. In addition, we are a real community with a diverse mix of urban pioneers, funky twentysomethings, young professionals and families, all of whom sought out Candler Park’s casual, progressive vibe. Bohemians and business executives alike enjoy the amazing small-town quality of life here, smack dab in the middle of the city.

Where to Eat
Candler Park comes alive on Sunday mornings when crowds descend on The Flying Biscuit ( And every evening at Fox Brothers BBQ ( looks like Grand Central, thanks to expertly prepared meats and specialties like fried jalapeno rings and astoundingly creamy mac-and-cheese. The McLendon location of Fellini’s ( has a huge and inviting patio that’s a mecca for locals enjoying both impromptu get-togethers and people-watching. Stop in for a tea and scone at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party (, a charming little spot where you can telecommute or meet a friend, and know that profits are putting girls in India through college.

Where to Shop
Several retail areas add to Candler Park’s walkable appeal. Need a bottle of wine, a chocolate bar or some dish soap? Candler Park Market (, in the heart of the ‘hood, is a mega-sized bodega plus a snack bar in the back of the store. Need to pick up a prepared meal or specialty food item? Drop by The Mercantile (, a storefront on DeKalb Avenue dedicated to fresh goods and produce. The retail district at McLendon and Clifton is home to Full Moon Records (404-377-1919), Kelly’s Closet ( bridal shop, and artsy gift store Donna Van Gogh’s (

Coming Up
The ninth annual SweetWater 420 Fest and 5K Race is April 19-21. Candler Park’s largest music event hosts top music talent from around the country. The 5K race has become an area favorite with over 2,200 participants walking, running and, of course, drinking a cold SweetWater beer afterwards. From May through September there’s Candler Park Movie Nights in the park and in October, it’s our signature event, the Candler Park Fall Fest. Check for more information.

  1. The SweetWater 420 Fest is NOT yet approved by CPNO or NPU. It may or may not be happening in Candler Park this year. It is inaccurate to say this festival is “coming up” in Candler Park.

  2. Since the SweetWater 420 Fest has been a yearly event for the past eight years, residents expect the festival each year. If Candler Park chooses not to host the 2013 festival we will post a story on that once a decision is made.

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