The Sheriff

I have lived in East Atlanta since 1999. I love the neighborhood (and I’m not the only one: check out James’ ode to the EAV here,) it’s diverse population, funky independent businesses, and most of all it’s colorful characters. There are quite a few of those characters, and ground zero for the Village’s most interesting inhabitants has got to be Joe’s. (You can read about Joe’s and its’ sister store, Perk, here. For what it’s worth, i disagree with Will’s review – I love both Joe’s and Perk.)

Joe’s regulars include the Monkey Man, the dreadlocked guy who is rumored to own half the property in EAV, and The Sheriff. (Haven’t ever seen him at Joe’s, but the albino guy is pretty interesting, too. Usually see him on the I-20 overpass.)

A couple weeks ago, i went for a Saturday morning run, then headed to Joe’s for an iced coffee. To my joy, the Sheriff walked in, and proceeded to the counter. A woman was at the counter already and she said hello to the Sheriff (I had no idea he had a real name – William) and then proceeded to take pictures of him with her cameraphone. He mumbled something to the effect of “You’re always taking my picture.”

And how could she not? The Sheriff is a wonder. He has quite a few interesting outfits (I think I glimpsed him dressed in a ninja number one day, but didn’t get a good look due to driving at the time), but is usually dressed in some kind of cowboy-like outfit, complete with cowboy hat, western belt buckle, and boots. I have heard he has a sheriff’s star, but I have not seen him wearing it. Often he dresses very Johnny Cash, “man in black.” He presides over the village, keeping the peace, sweeping the sidewalks, with his handy cellphone slung on his hip.

Just for fun, I got home and took a look at Flickr, and did a search for the Sheriff. Sure enough, our girl Rina has posted The William Files. The pictures really speak for themselves.

I would love to hear other Sheriff stories if anyone has them, and if you don’t have one, you should start hanging out at Joe’s until you catch a glimpse. The Sheriff is an Atlanta gem.

5 Comments so far

  1. james (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    indeed i love the eav :-) and the sherrif. thanks for digging out those pixs. i saw the sherrif eating breakfast in honey’s kitchen not to long ago in full roy rogers cowboy get-up.


  2. Annie (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    That’s what I’m talking about, james. Awesome.


  3. Will (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 8:52 pm

    These days, I’ve warmed up to Perk quite a bit. It’s certainly not a coffee shop I’d avoid — it’s too good for that — but I wish it was either as severe as Octane or as cozy as Joe’s. More than anything, though, my complaint these days is that the place is so popular during the day that I usually can’t a table! So, clearly, they’re very much worth the visit.


  4. todd (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    I remember sitting in Joe’s years ago, when it was called “Sacred Grounds”, having a brief conversation with the Sheriff. Can’t remember how the conversation started, but we were talking about Shaft. He asked if I knew of Shaft, and I said “Watch yo Mouth”…..but he didn’t get the joke. Slight awkward moment….then he began to tell me about what a badass Shaft was, and how we could use him, what with all the crime in Atlanta and such….after a while, I began to realize that perhaps the Sheriff didn’t realize that John Shaft was a fictional character…


  5. james (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    dawn and al, the married couple that own perk and joe’s, are some of my favorite local business people in the city. they really care about being part of the community.

    i give them a lot of credit for perk. they pulled the trigger and were the first retail business that opened in glenwood park. they have paitently waited while the rest of the retail and office space got filled in and they are starting to be rewarded for it.

    i love joe’s, but perk is my first stop every morning before i get on the interstate and i love it.



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