Like just about every other community in America, Marietta, Georgia, has its share of malls and Walmart Supercenters, but for an authentic shopping experience, go downtown, and in particular, visit Church Street, where you'll find all kinds of shops for all kinds of interests.

To start with, a visit to one of several antique stores may turn up those Cival War uniform epaulets you've been looking for to add to your collection. There's Antique Accents, the Antique Garden, King's Row Antiques, and others. While each shop has its own specialty, you're sure to find something you'll want to bring home to hang on your wall or set on your mantle.

The Keeping Room is a gift shop offering candles, gourmet foods, table linens, and more. The Church Street Market offers the same and more, including fresh cut flowers. West of the Woods, on Mill Street is an art and gift shop, exhibiting and selling the work of local artists. The Home Show, on Marietta Parkway is a fine furniture showroom that has recently enlarged its capacity. Go there for Pennsylvania House, Bernhardt, Charleston Forge furnishings and more. Lastly, the Elegant Giraffe on Whitlock Avenue offers gifts, collectibles, jewelry, and other items of interest. 

The place to go in East Cobb is C'est Moi. Every bit as chic as a Buckhead boutique, this neighborhood destination offers a beautiful array of home frunishings, gifts, jewelry and accessories. It's also attached a magnificent eatery, Cafe de Paris. Some of the best casual breakfast and lunch entrees to be found in Cobb. Delicious salads and homemade soups, coffees and desserts. You'll just want to hang out all day.