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City at a glance: Woodstock
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This article was originally published in the May/June 2016 issue of M: North Atlanta magazine, a publication of the Forsyth County News. To read the entire magazine, click here.

Recently, I went to Woodstock with a client to do some research for her new company. Lucky for me she was on board with making it a “Friday fun day” to explore a new city we were both unfamiliar with. With more than 30 locally-owned shops and a quaint sense of Southern charm, this town is worth the trip.

One of my favorite things about the town is the perfect combination of old and new. The pedestrian-friendly envi¬ronment allows you to walk all over the downtown area and take in the historic buildings, shops and restaurants. In addition, the town has an open-container policy, so feel free to enjoy an adult beverage while touring.

If you have never been to Woodstock or it has been a while, definitely check it out!

Freight Kitchen & Tap
251 E Main Street
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Our first stop of the day was lunch — food first, right? We ate at Freight, a kitchen and tap room I researched before our arrival. Freight has an interesting history, with a rustic interior and exterior and dedication to sourcing the food locally.

The food is delicious with a great libations menu and the restaurant is located right on the side of the railroad tracks (still a working railroad) with an old train caboose located in the back of the restaurant — great for family photo ops! Visit freightkitchen.com.

Branches Boutique
370 Chambers Street
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.

Our next venture after wining and dining ourselves was to shop in the adorable boutiques and gift shops. I love to check out new boutiques that have a variety of unique fashions that you cannot find anywhere else. Walking into Branches Boutique on Chambers Street was like love at first site. Being a big boutique shopper myself, I really haven’t seen anything like it and loved all of their trendy bohemian styles for this spring and summer. In addition, they have a decent price point.

Be You On Purpose boutique was another one just down from Branches that is a must for girls who are pre-teens to college. It is a one-stop-shop for gifts for friends, daughters or granddaughters with an adorable selection of handbags, dresses, shirts and other items.

Metamodern Music
8600 Main Street
Hours: Mon-Thurs noon8 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-9 p.m.; Sun 12:30-6 p.m.

One of my favorite parts of the downtown area we just happened to stumble upon was Metamodern Music, a record store with new and used vinyl with an awesome collection of records from Dylan to Beyonce. The shop is very retro looking with a comfortable vibe and the best part? There is a bar in the back with local craft beer. I repeat. Tunes and brews.

Truck and Tap
8640 Main Street
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Although we had eaten, we stopped in our tracks when we saw the back side of Truck and Tap. A colorful eatery with a big blue food truck parked in the back surrounded by cute patio tables and chairs. We walked inside and learned the restaurant is a new concept. It has a daily rotating food truck schedule from some of the best food trucks in metro Atlanta.

Inside, there are plenty of craft beers as well as bottled domestic beers. Lobster Rolls, Loaded Burger’s, barbecue, Binh Mi Sandwiches are just some of the different food varieties you can expect from the rotating line up of food trucks. Check out the schedule online at truckandtap.com.

Copper Coin Coffee
400 Chambers Street
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

To end the day with a bang, and a much needed kick of caffeine, we stopped at the spot for coffee-obsessors like myself, Copper Coin Coffee.

Owned by the same folks who recently took over Cup Bearer Coffee at Vickery Village in Cumming, this place is a must visit. The coffee shop is rustic and eclectic with unique art hung on the walls made by local artists. The coffee is superb. It’s a great spot for studying or meetings or sitting outside and taking in the hustle and bustle of downtown. Visit coppercoincoffee.com.

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The first Friday of the month, downtown Woodstock offers Friday Night Live. There is live music with bands playing outside in front of the stores — adding to a street festival feel. The restaurants and stores stay open late, 6-9 p.m. There is a different theme for each event. You really feel like you are getting away.