residential + commercial design

The New Spot in Town

Jade Joyner

In 1965 Golden Pantry opened its first convenience store in the Five Points area of Athens, Georgia, serving the local community and its college students.

Fifty-four years later, as private student housing in Athens expands into the downtown area and the student population continues to grow, needs have changed.  Recognizing this, Golden Pantry tapped Metal + Petal to help create the very first Golden Pantry Market housed at The Mark.

Inspired by the cafes, neighborhood markets, and boulangeries of Paris, France, our team working with local wood, metal, and tile artisans brought the new Golden Panty Market to life. Offerings include a full-service food and beverage bar with chef created seasonal menus displayed on large digital screens and made from scratch biscuits.

A self-service beverage area, indoor and outdoor market-style seating, fresh flowers and popular local wares including jams and jellies, chocolates, pickles and wines are featured as well. Local breweries are well represented and there is plenty of coffee, in addition to milk, water, juices, and sodas.


From fresh paninis to lavender hot chocolate (my personal favorite) to grab + go snacks, this market has it all. The perfect place to swing by to grab lunch or coffee- and yes, they are open 24 hours!

Surprise elements in this project include fabulous food, penny-tiled entry rugs, vertically suspended indoor trees, and a custom cash wrap anchoring the bright, yet warm space, leaving patrons no doubt where to check out. The Athens project is the first of several planned for similar student housing locations across the southeast. This is a spot that you definitely want to check out!