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Martha Stewart gives West Midtown seal of approval

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Jeremy Campbell with Martha Stewart in the West Midtown neighborhood

ATLANTA -- There's a neighborhood in Atlanta that's transformed from a place you want to be sure you lock your car doors to a dinner destination with a valet.

Lots of changes have come to West Midtown, and it's getting the attention of some food and wine aficionados nationwide.

If you drive down Marietta Street the long lines tell the story, but if you ask Julian Dossche was it was like here a few years ago he says, "Scary."

Dozens of restaurants have replaced the old warehouses that lined Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road half a decade ago.

Now Dossche calls West Midtown, "definitely a must eat area."

Don't just take his word for it, ask Martha Stewart.

"It's fantastic. It's just fantastic," she said.

Stewert gives Bacchanalia and Star Provisions her seal of approval.

"We are always looking for the new and the different. That's our job," she said.

Stewart is a neighborhood regular, but you won't see her in the long lines.

"Every time we come there's such a line but today we put some shills in line," she joked.

The lines will just get longer with more restaurants and shops meeting Martha's new and different description coming soon, starting with desert.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is the indie brand famous for its butter cream texture and hard to find appeal. It opens a coveted Scoop Shop in West Midtown this fall.

"It's the perfect place for us. I think there's a lot of synergy in the area," said founder Jen

Martha agrees.

"We always find something delicious there," she said.

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