Cassandra Buckalew wears many hats, and she has been using all of them to make Vinings, Marietta and all around metro Atlanta more beautiful and fun for years. She is an interior designer, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, and a business owner and uses all those titles to brighten the lives of people around her.
With a fine arts degree in interior design from the prestigious Art Institute of Atlanta, Buckalew started her promising career working on both residential and commercial projects. She opened her own firm, Cassandra Buckalew Interiors, in 2005. Though she enjoyed significant success and accolades from her many projects, she was still looking for something more.
Then in April of 2008, she decided to begin a new journey and opened The Historic Marietta Trolley Co on the Marietta Square to provide a fun sightseeing tour for the growing area. Two years later, she launched Marietta Pedicabs, an on-demand cycle cab service, helping tourists and locals alike get around a little easier. If that weren’t enough, she has also purchased the Ghosts of Marietta, a walking ghost tour. And in 2012, she launched her businesses inside the perimeter by starting The Peachtree Trolley Co to provide the City of Atlanta with her trademark Southern sightseeing tours.
While satisfying her entrepreneurial spirit through the sightseeing businesses, Cassandra Buckalew has also dedicated hundreds of hours to helping to better our community in other ways as well. She serves on the Board of Directors at The Marietta Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau, United Arts of Cobb, and the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. She has co-chaired the Marietta Christmas Pilgrimage and Tour of Homes, The American Cancer Society’s Swordsman’s Ball, and The Art and Design Show House.
Ms. Buckalew has received rave reviews for her recent design project, a complete transformation of the House of Lu restaurant in Marietta Square, a favorite of Food Network superstar Alton Brown. By commissioning original artwork and combining Chinese and Vietnamese objects, colors, and symbols, she managed to create a sleek, hip, fun restaurant that still pays homage to two distinct, proud cultures. This year-long labor of love project was even featured in CODAmagazine, the Collaboration of Design and Art publication, for their “Transformative Walls” issue earlier this year.
Whether it is restoring properties, redesigning residences, or helping to show off our communities to tourists, Cassandra Buckalew has found a way to make our community better, and more beautiful, for us all.