Not too long ago, shopping at CB2 was either an online/catalog-only affair or a privilege reserved for folks living in the vicinity of the company’s only brick and mortar stores in Chicago.

Mercifully, the Crate & Barrel offshoot has expanded over the past couple of years with new outposts popping up in Manhattan, Miami Beach, San Francisco, Berkeley, and L.A. Within the coming days, two more CB2 stores will be opening their doors: Santa Monica (Aug. 6) and MNN’s hometurf, Atlanta (Aug. 13). If you live in either area, brave the crowds and stop by the stores. And please, pick up something if you like what you see … during each store’s opening weekend, a percentage of sales will be donated to food banks in each community. If you're unfamiliar with CB2, here’s a look at what’s fresh and eco-friendly at Crate & Barrel’s budget-minded, mod lil’ sis:

Wagon Wheel Mirror ($249)

Chop Chop Side Table/Stool ($199)

CB2 Scented Candles ($24)

Koshi Nightstand ($249)

Felt Baskets ($12.95 - $29.95)

Branch Mat ($44.95)

Buckley Organic Blanket ($59.95 - $69.95)

Vincent Palm Twin Sleeper ($999)

Lovely Organic Sheet Sets ($19.95 - $99.95)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Atlanta and Santa Monica: CU at CB2
With new outposts set to open in Atlanta and Santa Monica over the next two weekends, take a moment to peruse what's new and eco-friendly at eternally hip CB2.