Gay cocktail couple shakes up Ponce City Market

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They made a splash by adding a splash to your cocktails last year. Now the Atlanta women behind a popular brand of Prohibition-era mixers are open for business at the hottest property in town.

You may know the enterprising lesbians behind 18.21 Bitters from their Irwin Street Market beginnings in the Old Fourth Ward. You might also recall the successful Kickstarter that got their bright idea off the ground for 1920s-style bitters, tinctures and syrups to mix at home.

On Tuesday, the proverbial doors swing open on Missy and Kristin Koefod’s biggest expansion yet. That's when their first storefront (top photo) jumps aboard the buzz surrounding the shops of Ponce City Market. The new space for 18.21 Bitters – the name combining the two Constitutional amendments that began and ended Prohibition – has been a labor of love for the couple. They pulled an all-nighter on Monday, but it’s so worth it. 

“We are really excited to open,” Missy Koefed tells Project Q. “We have been growing rapidly and searching for a way to stay rooted in Old Fourth Ward, and Ponce City Market was the perfect place for us at just the right time. It feels really serendipitous and our staff couldn't be better.”

Tuesday’s big debut is part of a rollout of 45 businesses in 45 days, including a highly anticipated Food Hall that goes so amazingly beyond your little visions of mall food courts, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The Food Hall will include more than 20 restaurants, food vendors and kiosks, including new concepts from established chefs such as Atlanta’s Linton Hopkins, Anne Quatrano and Hugh Acheson, Charleston’s Sean Brock and New York City’s Jonathan Waxman.

Sprinkled into the mix are burgeoning local brands, such as Honeysuckle Gelato, cocktail shop 18.21 Bitters and olive oil bar Strippaggio, and new ventures such as Bellina Alimentari, an Italian market, restaurant, bar and culinary club.

So what can you expect at the store besides the quality mixers that 18.21 already offers online and at their home-away-from-home on Irwin Street? More to love.

“In store, we are offering our full line of products plus a few bitters, syrup, shrub and cocktail flavored exclusive to the store,” Missy Koefed says. “It's also the only place you will find our ready to drink ice-cold mocktails made fresh to order. We also have a fantastic vintage bar ware collection, offer cocktail classes, and special events. You can watch us craft everything on site.”

Hey, if you want to stop by every day, now you can. But when you can’t be there sampling the wares and buying the goods, the ladies have added a bustling Instagram to their social media offerings. Its cocktail and barware teases should be enough to tide you over until your next visit.


Just a sampling of the vintage barware available at 18.21 Bitters at Ponce City Market. #1821bitters #vintage #myPCM

A photo posted by Missy (@missy1821bitters) on Aug 24, 2015 at 1:35pm PDT





A photo posted by Missy (@missy1821bitters) on Aug 20, 2015 at 6:39am PDT




There. That ought to hold you. Now there's only one more suggestion from the owners: “Stop by and see us,” Koefed urges.

Like 18.21 Bitters on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, or visit their website.


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