Chamblee, GA, April 24, 2017 – by Emily Morris for The Post – Step into Hello Gorgeous at 3400 Malone Drive in Chamblee, and enter a space filled with an array of colors, handcrafted trinkets, and uplifting messages. When owner Kim Fredrickson started the boutique and café two and a half years ago, she sought to create a shopping “oasis” from the daily grind, where customers can “feel good,” and “have fun.”
The colorful and eclectic items in the store reflect Fredrickson’s artistic eye. A former art teacher and jewelry representative, Fredrickson finds treasures at trade shows in Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, and Las Vegas. Some of the items were made locally in Brookhaven and Chamblee, and others come from as far away as Bali.
Newly-hired Chef J.V. Buckner, a Charleston, South Carolina native, infuses the flavors of his own heritage into the innovative entrees on the café side. His Gullah sauce, made with brown sugar and mustard among other traditional seasonings, is an excellent addition to the tacos the café serves at lunch. Chef J.V. also specializes in other Low Country dishes like shrimp and grits served Friday and Saturday, which he grew up eating.
Executive Chef Carlos Brown, like chef J.V. also has low country roots, and he counts the Washington Redskins as well as Oprah Winfrey on his list of celebrity clients. The mixture of savory delights you’ll find at the café come directly from the experiences and tastes of the diverse kitchen staff, who make eating at Hello Gorgeous a cultural endeavor. As Chef J.V. states, “when you walk into a restaurant, it should feel like an experience…where will you travel to next?”
Whether you’re on a mission to browse the boutique, or in the mood for food, Hello Gorgeous has both to offer in spades. Kim Fredrickson provides the hospitality to make customers feel at ease while shopping, and the kitchen will take you on a culinary journey with the help of the friendly and diverse staff.