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Rick Clark

Position: 
Director of Undergraduate Admission

Years at Georgia Tech: 14.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The fact that we are who we've always been - a place committed to our motto of "Progress and Service" and "Improving the Human Condition." Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, or an alum-- that's an inspiring culture.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Tyler Brown Pi Mile. Named after a former SGA President who embodied "Progress and Service.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Carter Center. Incredible mission and great views of our city. It's an easy walk from the Beltline too.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Cypress Street Pint and Plate. Great atmosphere (sit outside, if it’s nice) and an easy walk to Tech Square. Sweet potato nachos, poutine, Southern fried chicken—what’s not to like?!

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Go for a run or walk on the Atlanta BeltLine. What started as a master’s thesis at Georgia Tech has revolutionized our city. Incredible views of the city, great restaurants, shopping and public art along the way. 

Mary Tipton Woolley

Position: 
Senior Associate Director

Years at Georgia Tech: 8.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The talent, innovation and drive present in faculty, staff and students all over campus.

Favorite Place on Campus: Bobby Dodd Stadium - where you'll find me cheering on the Yellow Jackets during football season.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The historic Inman Park neighborhood.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: JCT Kitchen, Antico Pizza & West Egg Cafe

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Head to Centennial Olympic Park to visit the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke and CNN Center. Be sure to check out the Olympic fountain water show, the skyline view and the yummy restaurants all around the park!

Ashley Brookshire

Position: 
Regional Director of Admission - West Coast

Years at Georgia Tech: 4 as an Undergraduate Student and 7 in Admission

Favorite Thing About Georgia Tech: My favorite thing would have to be all of Tech's quirky traditions. Whether it's the Freshman cake Race, RAT Caps, or singing "I'm a Ramblin' Wreck" after every touchdown, Tech students are very proud of their traditions and love to keep them going strong!

Favorite Place on Campus: The Tech Tower Lawn is beautiful year-round, when you're studying in the sun during the Spring or playing in the snow during Winter. With both Tech Tower and Bobby Dodd Football Stadium adjacent to the lawn, it's easy to forget you're in the heart of Atlanta!

Favorite Restaurant Near Campus: Flip Burger is a great restaurant that is run by a Top Chef contestant. Their food is definitely one of a kind!

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Peachtree Street is one of my favorite parts of Atlanta. If I'm just driving through or going for a run, there's always so much going on with the restaurants, shops, and offices that line the street.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: If you have a few days to just be a tourist, I recommend getting a City Pass for Atlanta. You'll be able to visit the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, and Zoo Atlanta with a discounted pass. Even as an Atlanta native, I really enjoyed touring the city and getting a glimpse into a little bit of everything!

Chad Bryant

Position: 
Senior Assistant Director

Years at Tech: 3.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The people. Everyone truly embodies the Institute’s motto of Progress and Service. 

Favorite Place on Campus: Bobby Dodd Stadium. It is a great place to watch a football game with the Atlanta skyline in the background. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Ponce City Market. Great food options with easy access to the Atlanta Beltline for a quick jog to Piedmont Park. 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Fox Brothers BBQ.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Visit Stone Mountain. You can hike to the top of Stone Mountain or on one of their many trails. Be sure to stay late and enjoy a great laser show.

Mikala Bush

Position: 
Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: Less than 1.

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is committed to what it does best. You’ll find that our 35 majors are all so technologically focused and creates a unique academic and social experience for our students. Every experience on campus leads to solving a problem with this focus in mind and it really sets graduates apart when they leave for their next steps.

Favorite place on Campus: Tech Green is definitely my favorite spot on campus. The space connects Wenn Student Center and Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons where you can grab a cup of Starbucks or a bite to eat with friends.  It’s also lovely green space with hammocks for reading under the trees, a quad for campus events and food trucks for lunch every day!

Favorite Place in Atlanta: I love Piedmont Park! There is always an event taking place, whether a festival, 5K, or concert. You can always grab Atlanta’s famous King of Pops across the street (the best flavor is Thai Iced Tea).  On Sundays, it’s a wonderful place to sit on a bench and read in front of a lake or overlooking the midtown skyscrapers.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Negril Village is one of the best brunch spots in Atlanta but the food is just as good Tuesday through Saturday. Negril’s mixes Caribbean island flavor with a Southern twist. 

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Pay a tribute to alumnus Ryan Gravel and take a stroll, run, or ride through the Atlanta Beltline – the fruition of his master’s thesis. There are plenty of fun outdoor activities to try as you make your way through the city (like rec soccer at sunset and yoga on Tuesdays) or stop through the Ponce City Market for dinner, shopping and games on the roof top.

Admission Committee

Position: 
Admission Committee

This region is covered by our admission committee members. First year applications are reviewed using committee based evaluation, which means all staff members are equipped to connect with you and answer questions.

For assistance, please contact our office at admission@gatech.edu or (404) 894-4154.

Katie Faussemagne

Position: 
Senior Assistant Director

Years at Georgia Tech: 16 years

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The amazing people that make up the Georgia Tech Community- students, faculty, staff, alumni, and my COLLEAGUES in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. We work hard to recruit and admit a very talented group of students each year, and to see these students come in as freshman, graduate, and then move on into the "real world," is the most wonderful thing to experience.

Favorite Place on Campus: Bobby Dodd Stadium at night - we have the BEST views of the Atlanta skyline.  My kids also love the CRC and the indoor water slide.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Westside!

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: YEAH! BURGER, they have great onion rings.  And you cannot visit campus without stopping by The Varsity.  I suggest you walk there from our office (to get some extra exercise, before you order a naked dog and a frozen orange). 

Favorite restaurant in Atlanta: Sotto Sotto.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Atlanta is made up of some great neighborhoods.  From the Westside, to Inman Park, Buckhead and the Virginia Highlands, there are many places to visit.  I would always recommend the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke, and if you have the time, the High Museum.  Last, but not least a Braves, Hawks or Falcons game.

Laila Flores-Cervantes

Position: 
Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Georgia Tech: 3.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The people! My colleagues are very friendly, supportive, and truly live the Institute's motto: "Progress and Service." The students I have met are very nice, and they smile; happiness around campus is contagious!

Favorite Place on Campus: I have become fond of the Wenn Student Center & Stamps Student Commons because it has multiple restaurants, a little "convenience" store, and it houses the post office (I like sending postcards to my friends in Mexico and around the world!).

Favorite Place in Atlanta: I love to visit Piedmont Park all year around, there are always festivals going on in here almost ever weekend! On Saturdays I visit the farmer's market, and take a stroll through the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I am also very fond of the Virginia Highlands neighborhood because there are a lot of cute local shops. When I visit that part of town I like to eat dinner at Yeah! Burger and buy ice cream at Paolo's Gelato. The city of Decatur (nearby) is also a great place to go and explore the food and music scene. If you go I recommend to eat at Taqueria del SolVictory Sandwich Bar or The Pinewood and buy dessert at Butter and Cream.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: The Canteen at Tech Square.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: I love art museums, so if you have the time I recommend that you visit the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), and the Michael C. Carlos Museum. I also enjoy hiking, so you can visit the state parks (there are so many close by or a few hours away!) like Cloudland Canyon State Park and Amicalola Falls State Park.

Sparkle Hodge

Position: 
Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: Less than 1.

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: It sounds cliché, but Georgia Tech is unique in that the community is made up of people with different backgrounds and experiences. I love that students can come to collaborate and learn in an environment that continually encourages and pushes them to grow, not only as students, but as a person as a whole. What students learn in the classroom is balanced out by the experiences and memories they make by interacting with people they may not have met otherwise. 

Favorite place on Campus: Clough Rooftop! The view of the Atlanta Skyline is beautiful and such a breath of fresh air during a busy day. It allows you to take in the majority of the city in one view. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium. I go there every year for my birthday just to see the dolphin show and the beluga whales. If you ever visit, take a behind the scenes tour! 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! It’s a bit further off of campus, but still within the Perimeter. The bbq ribs are amazing and fall off the bone! 

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: I recommend taking in the heart of the city as much as you can! Atlanta has so much to offer in terms of food, music, art, shopping, and more. Anything you do will have a lasting impression on you. 

Ellery Kirkconnell

Position: 
Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: Less than 1.

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: This is a hard one to narrow down, but one thing that comes to mind immediately is the integration of technology in nearly every classroom experience. It teaches our students to think and do far beyond both in and out the classroom. 

Favorite place on Campus: Tech Green instantly became one of my favorite spots on campus! I love being able to say that I work in a campus centered in a city yet surrounded by green spaces. You will find students and guest relaxing outside, a lineup of food trucks, hammocks and of course one or two footballs being thrown around. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Little Five Points has become one of my favorite spots in Atlanta due to its artistic vibes, mom and pop shops and of course the great food selections. 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Negril Village Atlanta.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Spend a good portion of the day at Ponce City Market and if you’re into farmers markets, checkout DeKalb Farmers Market. DeKalb Farmers Market is truly an experience and it gives other farmers marker a run for their money!  

Katy Beth Lockwood

Position: 
Assistant Director (campus visits)

Years at Tech: 1.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The people. I get to work with amazing colleagues across campus that love Tech and fantastic students that are looking to make their soon to be alma mater proud. It's hard to find this kind of campus culture anywhere else!

Favorite Place on Campus: The Rooftop Garden at Clough Commons. It has a beautiful view of campus and is a great place to enjoy the sunshine. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Beltline! It is such a fun way to explore different parts of Atlanta and some quirky neighborhoods you wouldn't necessarily find on your own. Plus all the runners and cyclists are great inspiration to get moving:)  

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Octane Coffee Bar - their iced coffee is out of this world!

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Enjoy the outside! Explore Piedmont Park, wander around Midtown for lunch, or catch a Braves game. There are so many things to do and we have great access to them.

Eduardo Mares-Rios

Position: 
Senior Admission Counselor - Hispanic/Latino Student Recruitment

Years at Tech: 1

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: 1) The location right in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, which makes it easier for students to not only study hard, but also play hard.  2) The students, who are absolutely brilliant and live up to Tech’s motto: “Progress and Service.”

Favorite Place on Campus: The Bill Moore Student Success Center—that is where the coolest people at Tech work—and is right next to the Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Atlanta Beltline! Not only was this amazing project created by a Tech alumnus, but the Atlanta Beltline provides a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22 miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly through each other. While walking, joging, or cycling through the Beltline, you can make several stops through various restaurants, parks (including Piedmont Park—my favorite) and shops.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: FLIP Burger Boutique! The one and only Richard Blais, winner of Top Chef All-Starts season 8, created FLIP’s menu, and as you can imagine, his burger creations are to die for! What about a Nutella + Burnt Marshmallow milkshake for dessert? Delicious!

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Besides the typical big attractions, I would recommend making it down Buford Highway to the International Village and enjoy delicious international cuisine. Also, I would recommend attending one of the many music festivals that Atlanta hosts every year.

Katie Mattli

Position: 
Senior Assistant Director - Women's Recruitment

Years at Tech: 3.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech really surprises you. It is in the heart of Atlanta but the campus has so many green lawns and cozy spaces you almost forget until you look at the skyline. It is its own community with a thriving city as its backyard.

Favorite Place on Campus: I think I have a tie! The Kessler Campanile was instantly one of my favorite places on campus.  It is a bustling spot with students coming and going out of the student center, but you can tuck away under a tree and listen to the fountain, taking a quiet moment to think. I also love the Chihuly sculptures in the atrium of the Scheller College of Business.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: I love the DeKalb Farmers Market. You can be a tourist and wander through the aisles taking it all in, but the locals park their shopping carts on the left-hand wall and go through the hot food buffet. The food is incredible and filled with ethnic dishes.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Mary Mac’s Tea Room really celebrates Southern cuisine and is the real deal. Everyone talks about their peanut butter pie (and it is delicious!) but their peach cobbler is my favorite. Ask your server about celebrity sightings. They always have great stories about stars and famous politicians stopping by.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: The Fox Theatre is so iconic that I feel it is a “can’t miss” spot. I have seen some amazing productions there like The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

Chelsea Muhlhahn

Position: 
Senior Assistant Director, Office of Special Scholarships

Years at Tech: Less than 1.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The passion that our students have; it is both inspiring and contagious!

Favorite Place on Campus: Roof garden of Clough Commons.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Piedmont Park; it’s a great place to be active, take a nap or enjoy local produce through their farmers market. The park is breathtaking and has the great benefit of being in the heart of the city.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Taqueria del Sol

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: You must go to the Beltline! Whether you want to walk, run, cycle or just people watch, it is the perfect place to meet people and enjoy this gorgeous city by foot.

Samantha Rose-Sinclair

Position: 
Senior Admission Counselor - Women's Recruitment

Years at Tech: Less Than 1

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is the embodiment of passion without pretense. The achievement and innovation of the students, faculty, and alumni that call this campus their home never fails to amaze me, and the talent coming from every corner of this campus is inspiring. 

Favorite place on Campus: Tech Square! As one of the first places that I ever visited on campus, Tech Square is a hub of student & industrial activity, innovation, and most importantly, FOOD. 

Favorite Place in Atlanta: I’m a sucker for aquariums and the Georgia Aquarium is one of my favorites. I could sit in front of the large tank with the manta rays and whale sharks all day long, its surprisingly peaceful. 

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Bartaco or Antico.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Ponce City Market is a great place to spend an afternoon! There are lots of great little shops, and the food hall is a great way to try something new and/or meet all the different food cravings of a large group all at once. Best of all, it’s located right on the Beltline, making it a wonderful place to start or end your adventures around Atlanta. 

Xan Roseberry

Position: 
Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: 5 as an Undergraduate Student, 2 in Admission

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: Constant implementation of programs aimed at fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.

Favorite Place on Campus: Campus Recreation Center

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Ponce City Market

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Raku Ramen House

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Walk the Atlanta BeltLine. Great way to view many different parts of the city and enjoy great food along the way.

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Laura Simmons

Position: 
Assistant Director - Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Years at Tech: 3.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The fearlessness with which students go for their dreams.   They use their amazing math and science skills to solve problems right here on campus or across the globe.  It's fun to watch them, the dreamers.

Favorite Place on Campus: Tech Square. Where the campus intersects with the city of Atlanta, you can see students and local entrepreneurs enjoying the fun restaurants together.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Zoo Atlanta is my favorite, with the extraordinary gorilla exhibit and the adorable pandas. Every spring, you can enjoy the new babies across the zoo.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Just because it's such an Atlanta tradition, I have to say The Varsity. Whether you're a visitor or a resident, you have to be able to say you've had a frosted orange and a peach pie.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: The Georgia Aquarium can keep you entertained for hours.  From whale sharks to river critters, it truly lives up to the hype of the world’s largest aquarium.  And when you step outside, you have quick access to all of the other downtown Atlanta attractions.

Larry Stokes

Position: 
Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: 4 as an undergraduate and graduate student; 1 in admission

Favorite thing about Tech: I like that Tech offers a true campus experience and long-running traditions within the backdrop of a thriving urban space.

Favorite place on campus: The roof of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons. It offers a fantastic view of the city, it's planted with a variety of flora, and is home several hives as part of Georgia Tech's Urban Bee Project.

Favorite place in Atlanta: The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a true gem just north of Piedmont Park. A permanent exhibit at the garden mimics high elevation mountains in South America. On display there a number of rare orchid species.

Favorite restaurant near campus: Ecco in Midtown serves up great plates of continental European fare.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Weather permitting, stroll down the Midtown Mile on Peachtree Street and check out the many shops, restaurants, and historic buildings and landmarks such as the Fox Theater. It houses the second largest theater organ in the world!

Katie Taylor

Position: 
Assistant Director

Years at Tech: 4

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech:  There are stories of every genre behind the buildings, people, and traditions encountered at Tech. The invigorating part is piecing them all together. I encourage you to learn about George P. Burdell, the father of football's Holy Trinity at Tech, and the Ramblin' Wreck.

Favorite Place on Campus: First and foremost, the iconic Tech Tower. But I also love the undergraduate admission office in the Bill Moore Student Success Center to the right of Tech Tower. When you walk in to register for a visit at Tech you will find our office overlooks Bobby Dodd Stadium, the oldest on-campus stadium in NCAA Division I-A. Yellow Jacket pride abounds from first setting foot on campus.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Depends upon the season - and I am grateful we have four seasons in Georgia. Some favorite places include the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Your DeKalb Farmer's Market.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Gio's Chicken Amalfitano. You will likely hear someone mention the pizza at Antico, but my nod goes to its sister restaurant next door...I might change my mind upon visiting the gelateria by its side, Caffe Gio.  Giovanni Di Palma, the founder of this mix of establishments, is well on his way to creating his envisioned Piazza San Gennaro, inspired by the one in Naples. In his words, it is a "congregation point and destination for everyone in Atlanta" and everyone will soon be saying "Meet me at the piazza."

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Use Marta! It is very convenient to shuttle you around town to maximize your time in the city. Also, if you're flying in from out of town, have a biscuit and sweet tea at Bojangles - it is in Terminal T at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Alexandra Thackston

Position: 
Senior Admission Counselor

Years at Georgia Tech: 3.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The camaraderie with the students and staff. Everyone here genuinely loves to be here. It's great to see everyone lending a helping hand around campus.

Favorite Place on Campus: I really like the Campus Recreation Center. It's a great place to hang out with friends for physical activities or a great resource to help you get in shape. With basketball courts, swimming pools, and rock climbing walls (just to name a few), there's something for everyone here.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Piedmont Park. I love being able to stroll around the park, play in a pick up game of kickball, or visit the many festivals held here throughout the year. In fact, I love it so much that I am getting married there!

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: The Varsity is a tradition that you will have to try at least once before you leave Atlanta. Although I do love Moe's if you're in the mood for Mexican, or Chick-Fil-A, which is always a classic when in Atlanta.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Definitely visit Piedmont Park if you have time! Otherwise, I would encourage you to check out a Braves game, enjoy the roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia, explore the culture of Atlanta through Buford Highway Farmer's Market, or catch a show at the Fox Theatre. There are endless amounts of activities to participate in while in Atlanta.

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KatieRuth Tucker

Position: 
Admission Counselor

Years at Tech: 4 as an Undergraduate Student, 2 in Admission

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The people and the attitude. There are always new ideas and creative solutions floating around. No matter a student or faculty’s discipline, Yellow Jackets get excited to solve problems to help Atlanta and the world. It’s a challenging and positive environment that I haven’t found in other places.

Favorite Place on Campus: There’s a sunken garden situated near the library. It’s really quiet and most folks pass by without realizing it’s there. I like going there for some peace on a busy day.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: Decatur Square. I’ve lived in the Decatur area for a while, and I love the small town feel with the big city amenities. I can go to the square and run into friends, eat at an eclectic restaurant, hear live music and shop for some local art – all without my car!

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Taqueria Del Sol. I eat here almost weekly, and consider a must if you are visiting Atlanta. While everything is good, I am a consistent fan of the carnitas taco, and never skimp on salsa asada. It’s good to set your expectations, and know you aren't going for Mexican food, but rather incredibly good Atlanta food that happens to be tacos and enchiladas.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: If it’s summer, Shoot the Hooch (tubing down our Chattahoochee River), or just go on a local hike. My top recommendations would be East Palisades Trail or Sweetwater Creek. Otherwise, I love finding local festivals to explore or grabbing a meal at Krog Street Market and walking along the Beltline.

Kathleen Voss

Position: 
Regional Director of Admission - Mid-Atlantic

Years at Georgia Tech: 3.

Favorite thing about Georgia Tech: The people!  Diverse, outgoing, brilliant and FRIENDLY!

Favorite place on Campus: The Hinman Research Building, which is home to The College of Design. This 35,000 square foot facility successfully blends the old with the new.  Much like the Institute, it has served a variety of purposes and has had to rise to the occasion of the times. Even if Architecture is not your intended major, do drop by this dramatic, award winning facility which originally opened in the 1930’s and was renovated and reopened in 2011.  It has captured prizes in Architect Magazine, Building Design and Construction Magazine and Interior Design Magazine to name a few.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Georgia Aquarium!  It is close to the Institute and easy to navigate!

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Marlow’s Tavern on West Peachtree, introduced to me by my cousin Kevin (class of ‘89). This is a cozy, comfortable place to go with friends and family!  You can watch the Braves (or in my case the Red Sox) and enjoy familiar, traditional food. I am also a fan of Baraonda on Peachtree, which serves a variety of Italian dishes!

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Visit the spectacular Botanical Gardens. There are over 30 acres of amazing outdoor gardens! The Garden hosts a variety of cultural and fun events throughout the year.  Students can volunteer their time in the Orchid Center, or with the myriad of groups that visit The Garden each week.  If you are a garden enthusiast or just enjoy the beauty of nature, this is the place for you!

Kerry Wallaert

Position: 
Assistant Director, Office of Special Scholarships

Years at Tech: Less than 1.

Favorite Thing about Georgia Tech: The sound of the whistle! I love hearing the whistle – it reminds me of where the institution started.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Clough Rooftop Garden.

Favorite Place in Atlanta: The Center for Civil and Human Rights and Centennial Park.

Favorite Restaurant near Campus: Amelie’s French Bakery.

What I recommend to do while in Atlanta: Go to the Fernbank Museum, visit Centennial Park, take a tour of the Fox Theatre!