Big boxes usually do their best to eclipse the little guy. But at Reynoldstown’s EDGEWOOD RETAIL DISTRICT, there are living, breathing independent retailers operating in the shadows of Lowe’s, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond. Area, the sister store to East Atlanta’s Trader’s, sells well-made and fashionable furniture for reasonable prices, while Stanton Home Furnishings deals in more traditional choices. Beauty Fetish houses a salon and some spa services. Butterfly Life, a gym run by two women that serves women only. Sole Shoes & Accessories carries high-end footwear. And locally owned restaurants Ru San’s and (soon-to-open) Figo dish up fresh sushi and homemade pasta, respectively. Take that, Applebee’s.