Head north on I-85 from Atlanta, and you’ll eventually happen upon the quaint town of Braselton, where an unassuming shop of just 400 square feet is fast becoming a mecca of Southern treasures for gentlemen. Grab a soda or cold beer on the porch before stepping inside the 100-year-old building to be greeted personally by charismatic owner, John Rich. Welcome to Oakleaf & Acorn.
Full of charm and character, Rich converted the one-time barbershop and telegraph office (hence, the two front doors) into an arcadian outpost of handcrafted products ranging from soaps to selvage denim, eyewear to artisanal beef jerky. Horsehide belts from the Tennessee mountains are even among the store’s unique offerings; made of the finest Horween horsehides and leather, each belt requires up to two weeks to make.
It’s this quest for choice quality that first led Rich to open the doors to Oakleaf & Acorn in 2010. “It’s about getting back to a time when we valued enterprise and the effort of a dedicated few,” he explains. “These individuals have made it a point to produce items worthy of investment; items that add richness to a man’s life when craftsmanship has become a priority.”
5117 Hwy. 33, Braselton 30517. (678) 780-9977; oakleafandacorn.com