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Best of Atlanta 2009 Consumer Culture

 

2009 Best Of Atlanta Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Filthy pick: Best bins for bargain-hunting BOA Award Winner

Not all thrift stores are created equal. Some are basically indoor flea markets with dozens of shoppers picking through crowded racks and overflowing shelves. We like those places, too, but sometimes you want a thrift store that’s more like a boutique, with a quieter vibe and better merchandise.more...
Not all thrift stores are created equal. Some are basically indoor flea markets with dozens of shoppers picking through crowded racks and overflowing shelves. We like those places, too, but sometimes you want a thrift store that’s more like a boutique, with a quieter vibe and better merchandise. The NEARLY NEW SHOP, operated by the Junior League of Atlanta, is pricier than Goodwill, but where else are you likely to find Kate Spade bags, Ferragamo shoes, Brooks Brothers suits and Thomas Pink dress shirts? Like any thrift store, the stock turns over constantly, but since Nearly New has a highfalutin donor pool, it’s not unusual to walk out with secondhand haute couture for a steal. 1715 Howell Mill Road. 404-355-3547. www.jlatlanta.org/nearlynew. less...

Best approachable bling BOA Award Winner

Anyone who’s ever shopped for diamonds knows about the four C’s: cut, clarity, carat and color. But what about the long-lost fifth C: cost. Can a material girl on a budget ever catch a break? At SOLOMON BROTHERS FINE JEWELRY, the answer is yes. The staid showroom, hidden away on themore...
Anyone who’s ever shopped for diamonds knows about the four C’s: cut, clarity, carat and color. But what about the long-lost fifth C: cost. Can a material girl on a budget ever catch a break? At SOLOMON BROTHERS FINE JEWELRY, the answer is yes. The staid showroom, hidden away on the 17th floor of a Buckhead high-rise, is far from intimidating, and Solomon’s staff is friendly, not pushy. Best of all, you’ll get a quality piece of sparkle for a totally fair price. 3340 Peachtree Road. 404-537-2859. www.solomonbrothers.com. less...

Best affordable caterer for impressing your foodie friends BOA Award Winner

If you’re looking for a spread that’s beautifully presented and masterfully executed yet doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with ENDIVE FINE CATERING. The menu revolves around elegantly simple dishes, plated in a classy but organic way, that are sure to passmore...
If you’re looking for a spread that’s beautifully presented and masterfully executed yet doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with ENDIVE FINE CATERING. The menu revolves around elegantly simple dishes, plated in a classy but organic way, that are sure to pass the muster of even the fussiest food snob. Think watermelon-mozzarella-balsamic brochettes, Roqeufort pizza with duck confit and fig preserves, and mini lamb chops with mint pesto — at a price well below comparable competitors. There’s no skimping on service, either. The unpretentious and attentive staff, headed by chef/owner Drew Ihrig, will impress your guests as much as the food will. 1468 Mecaslin St. 404-504-9040. www.endiveatlanta.com. less...

Best boutique for dropping obscene amounts of cash BOA Award Winner

Its sister store in Manhattan is such a landmark of trendiness that it’s been lauded by Time Out and lampooned on “SNL,” but JEFFREY ATLANTA is best known for bringing the season’s must-have frocks, shoes and accessories to Atlanta’s well-heeled fashion mavens.more...
Its sister store in Manhattan is such a landmark of trendiness that it’s been lauded by Time Out and lampooned on “SNL,” but JEFFREY ATLANTA is best known for bringing the season’s must-have frocks, shoes and accessories to Atlanta’s well-heeled fashion mavens. Between items by Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Lanvin, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy and YSL, if you can’t manage to drop a small fortune at this Phipps Plaza mega-boutique, then you haven’t been trying. You may not be able to eat or pay rent after shopping at Jeffrey, but we guarantee you’ll be the best-dressed gal at the shelter. 3500 Peachtree Road. 404-237-9000. www.jeffreynewyork.com. less...

Best furniture for hip trust-funders BOA Award Winner

If you get ditzy for Danish Modern or go nuts for Knoll, then CITY ISSUE is your one-stop shop for furnishing your loft with a stylish, mid-century vibe. Sectional sofas, teak cocktail cabinets and funky Lucite lamps? Check, check and check. The store, expanded since relocating to Inman Park from Buckhead,more...
If you get ditzy for Danish Modern or go nuts for Knoll, then CITY ISSUE is your one-stop shop for furnishing your loft with a stylish, mid-century vibe. Sectional sofas, teak cocktail cabinets and funky Lucite lamps? Check, check and check. The store, expanded since relocating to Inman Park from Buckhead, also carries colorful vintage rugs, abstract paintings from the ’50s and such vital home accessories as rocket-shaped seltzer bottles and space-age table-top planters. If you’re into names, how about Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, and a bunch of guys with names like Jens and Hans? There’s something to be said for living in the past. 325 Elizabeth St. 678-999-9075. www.cityissue.com. less...

Best place to get champagne out of your silk suit BOA Award Winner

Modern Specialty Dry Cleaning
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundrymore...
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundry services. Red wine sloshed on a wedding gown? Yep. Bourbon splashed on an Armani jacket? Uh-huh. Caviar unceremoniously dumped on pale suede stilettos? Sure. Blood splattered on the white upholstery of your vintage ride? We won’t go there. 3833 Roswell Road. 404-261-1971. modernhandclean.com. less...

Best pawnshop BOA Award Winner

It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and powermore...
It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and power drills. It’s a small space, but there’s usually a mix of esoteric stereo equipment, vintage knives, guitar amps, unusual electronic devices and outright antiques. 2104 N. Decatur Road. 404-636-1731. less...

Best place for collectors-edition vinyl BOA Award Winner

After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items.more...
After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items. Buy the best of Radiohead box set and you’ll find that meeting people is easy. Need a compilation of Norwegian death metal? It can be yours, Lars. Can you afford not to own the deluxe nine-LP Mastodon set on 180-gram vinyl? And you know where to find the Stone Roses 20th anniversary LP/CD/DVD box set. Going anywhere else could be considered criminal. 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.www.criminalatl.com. less...

Best place to make yourself look rich for cheap BOA Award Winner

T.J. Maxx
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’tmore...
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’t be walking out of the store with a Vivienne Tam dress for less than $100, it’s still a steal at $160 — $440 cheaper than retail. What you will find on the super-cheap are $80 Joe’s jeans — that’s half price! — and $60 Coach sandals — a $100 discount! As with all bargain shopping, T.J. Maxx can be hit or miss. But when it’s a hit, it’s a really, really big hit. 1 Buckhead Loop, 404-467-9772; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com. less...

Best repair shop to get you back on two wheels BOA Award Winner

Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear crazemore...
Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear craze sweeping intown Atlanta. They’ll work on any kind of bike, but they specialize in lightweight track bikes with a single speed and, as the name suggests, no brakes. You can also have your ride built from the ground up by choosing from a selection of frames, handlebars, wheels and seats made of English leather and brass. Or you can buy a velodrome-ready racing bike. Or you can simply opt to get your old three-speed fixed up to run errands. No judgment here. 586 Woodward Ave. 404-589-9539. <a href=http"www.nobrakesatl.com">www.nobrakesatl.com. less...

Best $500 spa day BOA Award Winner

Bliss Spa
Yeah, that’s a lot of money — especially in these bank-account-depleted days. But at BLISS SPA, $500 goes really, really far. The venerable skincare line and beauty outpost, which originated in SoHo and now operates 16 locations worldwide, has two locations in Atlanta (only New Yorkmore...
Yeah, that’s a lot of money — especially in these bank-account-depleted days. But at BLISS SPA, $500 goes really, really far. The venerable skincare line and beauty outpost, which originated in SoHo and now operates 16 locations worldwide, has two locations in Atlanta (only New York has more). But expansion has hardly left Bliss with stretch marks. In fact, the spa’s signature treatments have never been more fashionable. Start with the triple-oxygen facial to get that youthful glow, follow up with the “fatgirlslim treatment” to improve body tone, continue with the “blissage” massage to melt away anxiety, and finish with a hot cream manicure. Hey, it’s cheaper than plastic surgery! W Atlanta Midtown, 188 14th St.; W Atlanta downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. 877-862-5477. www.blissworld.com. less...

Best Bentley rental BOA Award Winner

Wedding Trans
Sure, there are plenty of limousine services in Atlanta offering stretch Lincolns and Cadillacs with uniformed drivers, moon roofs and wet bars. But what if you’re looking for something a little classier, something more evocative of Sean Connery than a debauched bachelor party? Enter WEDDINGmore...
Sure, there are plenty of limousine services in Atlanta offering stretch Lincolns and Cadillacs with uniformed drivers, moon roofs and wet bars. But what if you’re looking for something a little classier, something more evocative of Sean Connery than a debauched bachelor party? Enter WEDDING TRANS. The name, of course, is a bit misleading. You don't have to be tying the knot to ride in one of the company's sweet rides: two vintage Bentleys — one white and one silver — and two white Rolls Royces — a ’64 Cloud III and a ’75 Silvershadow. No matter what the occasion, these are cars that would make James Bond proud. 2702 Old Coach Road. 404-992-4881. weddingtrans.com/pages/home.php. less...

Best designer bridal gowns you can afford BOA Award Winner

Le Dress Boutique
If you’ve got anywhere from $200 to $2,000 to drop on a wedding dress, those dollars will go far at LE DRESS BOUTIQUE. Carrying once and never-worn gowns, it’s not unusual to find such jaw-dropping designers as Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Rivini and Monique Lhuillier at one-third (ormore...
If you’ve got anywhere from $200 to $2,000 to drop on a wedding dress, those dollars will go far at LE DRESS BOUTIQUE. Carrying once and never-worn gowns, it’s not unusual to find such jaw-dropping designers as Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Rivini and Monique Lhuillier at one-third (or less!) of the original price. Le Dress’ ever-rotating inventory is kept up-to-date online, too, meaning you have a good chance of finding the perfect dress for your big day — without having to claw someone’s eyes out. 3255 Peachtree Road, Suite 6. 404-842-1955. www.ledressboutique.com. less...

Best $25 spa day BOA Award Winner

If you’re looking to release some tension without releasing the contents of your wallet, the lovely and surreal JEJU SAUNA is the just the space. JeJu’s sprawling, Epcot-esque compound boasts a collection of healing rooms, saunas, mineral pools and spas modeled after a traditional Koreanmore...
If you’re looking to release some tension without releasing the contents of your wallet, the lovely and surreal JEJU SAUNA is the just the space. JeJu’s sprawling, Epcot-esque compound boasts a collection of healing rooms, saunas, mineral pools and spas modeled after a traditional Korean bathhouse — in a setting that’s hands-down the most unusual in the city. The entrance fee will buy you a visit to the Jade Room (for increasing metabolism and improving circulation), the Charcoal Room (for toxin absorption), the Rock Salt Room (for stress release) and the Baked Clay Sauna (for melting muscle tension). In true bathhouse style, parts of JeJu are divided by sex and are clothing-optional. There’s also a food court serving Korean fare, and a menu of spa-styled scrubs and massage. 3555 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth. 678-336-7414. www.jejusauna.net. less...

Best designer shoes for a steal BOA Award Winner

When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzlingmore...
When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzling deals on flats, pumps, boots, kitten heels and stilettos, including Prada, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors — at a minimum 25 percent markdown. After 50 days on the shelves, all items are knocked down to half price. But don’t wait too long. Competition can get fierce. 7878-G Roswell Road, 770-390-0010; 5805-I State Bridge Road, 770-813-1883. www.alexissuitcase.com. less...

Best furniture on a budget BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market
With more than 100 dealer stalls and an emphasis on affordability, KUDZU ANTIQUE MARKET is likely to have several versions of whatever it is you’re looking for — from dining tables and easy chairs to bar cabinets and floor lamps. Granted, you’re unlikely to find a Louis XIVmore...
With more than 100 dealer stalls and an emphasis on affordability, KUDZU ANTIQUE MARKET is likely to have several versions of whatever it is you’re looking for — from dining tables and easy chairs to bar cabinets and floor lamps. Granted, you’re unlikely to find a Louis XIV bureau or a Chippendale desk, but if you’re willing to settle for an American primitive bookcase or a brushed-steel shelving unit, you’ll probably be in luck. And Kudzu is a good place to find unusual items — we’ve even seen a full-sized Catholic confessional for sale. 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-6498. www.kudzuantiques.com. less...

Best place for bargain Berettas and fully loaded Glocks BOA Award Winner

B&B Outdoors
he Internet says President Obama plans to use one of his Muslim lock-picking prayers to break into the National Archives, Sharpie the Second Amendment out of the original U.S. Constitution, and send ACORN volunteers door-to-door to collect all our guns. In the event that the Internet is exaggeratingmore...
he Internet says President Obama plans to use one of his Muslim lock-picking prayers to break into the National Archives, Sharpie the Second Amendment out of the original U.S. Constitution, and send ACORN volunteers door-to-door to collect all our guns. In the event that the Internet is exaggerating and guns remain legal, however, we recommend B&B OUTDOORS for your shooting needs. It’s not the biggest gun store in the area, but its well-rounded stock of high-quality handguns and long guns for sport and defense, as well as its approachable, gun-savvy staff, make it an easy shopping experience for both novices and experts. And unlike many area gun shops, B&B isn’t in some grim old strip mall in an out-of-the-way ’burb. It’s in a well-kept shopping center not too far from Perimeter Mall. If you’ve got a Georgia firearms license, you can even get there via MARTA; B&B’s on Bus Route 185. 710 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 678-352-1720. www.bboutdoors.com. less...

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Cellar 13
It’s rare to put the terms “wine geek,” “Francophile” and “unpretentious” is the same sentence, but those are the words we’d use to describe CELLAR 13 owner John Passman. In his new shop tucked into the corner of a strip mall onmore...
It’s rare to put the terms “wine geek,” “Francophile” and “unpretentious” is the same sentence, but those are the words we’d use to describe CELLAR 13 owner John Passman. In his new shop tucked into the corner of a strip mall on Roswell Road, Passman offers a fantastic and well-rounded selection of French wines, delving far deeper into some regions than many like-minded wine shops bother to go. While the store’s inventory is about 50 percent French, Passman also carries a great selection of Italian, Spanish and domestic wines, as well as gems from Austria, Germany and beyond. 3765 Roswell Road. 404-816-4071. www.cellar13.com. less...

Rich pick: Best place to get outfitted for your GQ photo shoot BOA Award Winner

We mean this literally, since SID MASHBURN and his trio of young haberdashers were featured among GQ’s “Best Dressed Men in America” earlier this year. And if you’ve got the coin, they’ll fix you up, too, with clothing and accessories carefully selected formore...
We mean this literally, since SID MASHBURN and his trio of young haberdashers were featured among GQ’s “Best Dressed Men in America” earlier this year. And if you’ve got the coin, they’ll fix you up, too, with clothing and accessories carefully selected for their timeless, elegant, practical and classic qualities: Irish poplin ties in regimental stripes, chinos with watch pockets, A.P.C. five-pocket raw denim jeans, Mackintosh rainwear, Scottish cashmere sweaters and rugged Filson luggage. If you’re of more modest means, you’re welcome to drop by for a game of pingpong or to listen to the store’s eclectic stash of vintage vinyl as you swap fashion tips or discuss how the in-house tailors can bring your old suits up to date. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-350-7135. www.sidmashburn.com. less...

Best local clothing designer BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Michael Knight

Best martial arts studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Atlanta Kick
764 Miami Circle, Suite 204 and 206, 404-352-1140, www.atlantakick.com

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Robert Joiner


Best maternity store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Izzy Maternity
2385 Peachtree Road, #A2cd, 404-949-0222, www.izzymaternityclothes.com

Best nail salon BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Nail Talk & Tan
62 Fifth St., 404-817-9326, www.nailtalkandspa.com

Best outdoor farmers market BOA Award Winner

Morningside Farmer's Market

Runners-up
Tie
Decatur Organic Farmer's Market
163 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, www.decaturfarmersmarket.com
and
East Atlanta Village Farmer's Market
1231 Glenwood Ave., www.farmeav.com

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

PetSmart

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Highland Pet Supply
1186 N. Highland Ave., #G, 404-892-5900, www.highlandpet.com

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Abbadabbas's

And other metro Atlanta locations


Runner-up
Wish
447 Moreland Ave., 404-880-0402, www.wishatl.com

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
13 Roses Tattoo
524 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-880-0713, thirteenroses.squarespace.com

Best used CDs BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Decatur CD
356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9090, www.decaturcd.blogspot.com

Best yoga studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market

Runner-up
Paris on Ponce
716 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-249-9965, parisonponce.com


Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

Super H-Mart

Runner-up
Buford Highway Farmer's Market
5600 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-455-0770

Best colonic BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Midtown Wellness Center
117 Fifth St., Suite 1, 404-347-9444, www.midtownatlantawellness.com

Best drag wear BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Psycho Sisters Consignment Boutique
428 Moreland Ave., 404-523-0100, www.psychosistersshops.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best florist BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Candler Park Flower Mart
1395 McLendon Ave., 404-522-0005, www.candlerparkflowers.com

Best furniture for trust fund babies BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Roche Bobois
3400 Around Lenox Road, Suite 204-205, 404-467-1900, www.roche-bobois.com

Best gamers shop BOA Award Winner

GameStop

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Oxford Comics and Games
2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682

Best head shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Junkman's Daughter
464 Moreland Ave., 404-577-3188, www.myspace.com/junkmansdaughteratlanta

Best health food store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Whole Foods
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-853-1681, www.wholefoods.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hip men’s clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Urban Outfitters
3393 Peachtree Road, #2241-A, 404-264-8849
1061 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-541-9256
www.urbn.com

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

A Cappella Books

Runner-up
Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse
991 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com

Best kids' clothing BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Gymboree
3393 Peachtree Road, 404-846-8707, www.gymboree.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

Rooster's

Runner-up
American Haircuts
20 10th St., Suite 100, 404-407-3227
11255 Woodstock Road, Suite 300, Roswell, 770-998-3610
americanhaircuts.com

Best cigar store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Buckhead Cigar Bar
3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 304, 404-844-0400, www.buckheadcigarlounge.com

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Viking Cooking School
1745 Peachtree St., 404-745-9064, www.vikingschool.com

Best cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Sephora

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
MAC Cosmetics
3393 Peachtree Road, 404-231-9311, www.maccosmetics.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Habersham Gardens
2067 Manchester St., 404-873-2484, www.habershamgardens.com

Best gay-themed store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Brushstrokes
1510 Piedmont Ave., #J, 404-876-6567, www.brushstrokesatlanta.com

Best gun store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club
6190 Parkway North Drive, Cumming, 678-965-5504, www.bullseyemarksman.com

Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

Laundry Lounge

Runner-up
Midtown Cleaners
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., #660-A, 404-733-6900

Best natural hair salon BOA Award Winner

Sweetgrass Wellness Spring

Runner-up
Oh My Nappy Hair
237 Mitchell St., 404-221-8900, www.ohmynappyhair.com

Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Cash America Pawn
1202 Moreland Ave., 404-627-6464, www.cashamerica.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best piercing parlor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Piercing Experience
1654 McLendon Ave., 404-378-9100, www.piercing.org

Best Pilates instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Emily Christianson
www.coreatl.com

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Lenox Taxi Co.

Runner-up
Checker Cab
563 Trabert Ave., 404-351-1111, www.atlantacheckercab.com

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway, 404-320-7253, www.guitarcenteratlanta.com

Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best specialty market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Trader Joe's
931 Monroe Drive, 404-815-9210, www.traderjoes.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Sports Authority
2963 Cobb Parkway, #A, 770-955-6662, www.sportsauthority.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Gina Provenzano
www.ginaprovenzano.com

Best adult toy store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations


Runner-up
Starship Elations
2275 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-320-9101, www.shopstarship.com

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

Sam Flax Art and Design Store
Runner-up Utrecht Art Supply 878 Peachtree St., 404-347-9119, www.utrechtart.com

Best bank BOA Award Winner

Wachovia

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Bank of America
1615 N. Decatur Road, 404-329-4839, www.bankofamerica.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best camera shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Showcase Camera and Video
2323 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-325-7676, www.showcaseinc.com

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Two Minit Car Wash
1836 Piedmont Road, 404-874-8128

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Best Buy
1210 Caroline St., 404-827-0137, www.bestbuy.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best comic bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Oxford Comics and Games
2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682

Best hair salon BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations


Runner-up
Salon Red
119 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-3164, salonred.com

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Best local clothing designer BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Michael Knight

Best martial arts studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Atlanta Kick
764 Miami Circle, Suite 204 and 206, 404-352-1140, www.atlantakick.com

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Robert Joiner


Best maternity store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Izzy Maternity
2385 Peachtree Road, #A2cd, 404-949-0222, www.izzymaternityclothes.com

Best nail salon BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Nail Talk & Tan
62 Fifth St., 404-817-9326, www.nailtalkandspa.com

Best outdoor farmers market BOA Award Winner

Morningside Farmer's Market

Runners-up
Tie
Decatur Organic Farmer's Market
163 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, www.decaturfarmersmarket.com
and
East Atlanta Village Farmer's Market
1231 Glenwood Ave., www.farmeav.com

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

PetSmart

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Highland Pet Supply
1186 N. Highland Ave., #G, 404-892-5900, www.highlandpet.com

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Abbadabbas's

And other metro Atlanta locations


Runner-up
Wish
447 Moreland Ave., 404-880-0402, www.wishatl.com

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
13 Roses Tattoo
524 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-880-0713, thirteenroses.squarespace.com

Best used CDs BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Decatur CD
356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9090, www.decaturcd.blogspot.com

Best yoga studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Filthy pick: Best bins for bargain-hunting BOA Award Winner

Not all thrift stores are created equal. Some are basically indoor flea markets with dozens of shoppers picking through crowded racks and overflowing shelves. We like those places, too, but sometimes you want a thrift store that’s more like a boutique, with a quieter vibe and better merchandise.more...
Not all thrift stores are created equal. Some are basically indoor flea markets with dozens of shoppers picking through crowded racks and overflowing shelves. We like those places, too, but sometimes you want a thrift store that’s more like a boutique, with a quieter vibe and better merchandise. The NEARLY NEW SHOP, operated by the Junior League of Atlanta, is pricier than Goodwill, but where else are you likely to find Kate Spade bags, Ferragamo shoes, Brooks Brothers suits and Thomas Pink dress shirts? Like any thrift store, the stock turns over constantly, but since Nearly New has a highfalutin donor pool, it’s not unusual to walk out with secondhand haute couture for a steal. 1715 Howell Mill Road. 404-355-3547. www.jlatlanta.org/nearlynew. less...

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market

Runner-up
Paris on Ponce
716 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-249-9965, parisonponce.com

Best approachable bling BOA Award Winner

Anyone who’s ever shopped for diamonds knows about the four C’s: cut, clarity, carat and color. But what about the long-lost fifth C: cost. Can a material girl on a budget ever catch a break? At SOLOMON BROTHERS FINE JEWELRY, the answer is yes. The staid showroom, hidden away on themore...
Anyone who’s ever shopped for diamonds knows about the four C’s: cut, clarity, carat and color. But what about the long-lost fifth C: cost. Can a material girl on a budget ever catch a break? At SOLOMON BROTHERS FINE JEWELRY, the answer is yes. The staid showroom, hidden away on the 17th floor of a Buckhead high-rise, is far from intimidating, and Solomon’s staff is friendly, not pushy. Best of all, you’ll get a quality piece of sparkle for a totally fair price. 3340 Peachtree Road. 404-537-2859. www.solomonbrothers.com. less...

Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

Super H-Mart

Runner-up
Buford Highway Farmer's Market
5600 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-455-0770

Best colonic BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Midtown Wellness Center
117 Fifth St., Suite 1, 404-347-9444, www.midtownatlantawellness.com

Best drag wear BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Psycho Sisters Consignment Boutique
428 Moreland Ave., 404-523-0100, www.psychosistersshops.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best florist BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Candler Park Flower Mart
1395 McLendon Ave., 404-522-0005, www.candlerparkflowers.com

Best furniture for trust fund babies BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Roche Bobois
3400 Around Lenox Road, Suite 204-205, 404-467-1900, www.roche-bobois.com

Best gamers shop BOA Award Winner

GameStop

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Oxford Comics and Games
2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682

Best head shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Junkman's Daughter
464 Moreland Ave., 404-577-3188, www.myspace.com/junkmansdaughteratlanta

Best health food store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Whole Foods
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-853-1681, www.wholefoods.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hip men’s clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Urban Outfitters
3393 Peachtree Road, #2241-A, 404-264-8849
1061 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-541-9256
www.urbn.com

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

A Cappella Books

Runner-up
Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse
991 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com

Best kids' clothing BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Gymboree
3393 Peachtree Road, 404-846-8707, www.gymboree.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best affordable caterer for impressing your foodie friends BOA Award Winner

If you’re looking for a spread that’s beautifully presented and masterfully executed yet doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with ENDIVE FINE CATERING. The menu revolves around elegantly simple dishes, plated in a classy but organic way, that are sure to passmore...
If you’re looking for a spread that’s beautifully presented and masterfully executed yet doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with ENDIVE FINE CATERING. The menu revolves around elegantly simple dishes, plated in a classy but organic way, that are sure to pass the muster of even the fussiest food snob. Think watermelon-mozzarella-balsamic brochettes, Roqeufort pizza with duck confit and fig preserves, and mini lamb chops with mint pesto — at a price well below comparable competitors. There’s no skimping on service, either. The unpretentious and attentive staff, headed by chef/owner Drew Ihrig, will impress your guests as much as the food will. 1468 Mecaslin St. 404-504-9040. www.endiveatlanta.com. less...

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

Rooster's

Runner-up
American Haircuts
20 10th St., Suite 100, 404-407-3227
11255 Woodstock Road, Suite 300, Roswell, 770-998-3610
americanhaircuts.com

Best boutique for dropping obscene amounts of cash BOA Award Winner

Its sister store in Manhattan is such a landmark of trendiness that it’s been lauded by Time Out and lampooned on “SNL,” but JEFFREY ATLANTA is best known for bringing the season’s must-have frocks, shoes and accessories to Atlanta’s well-heeled fashion mavens.more...
Its sister store in Manhattan is such a landmark of trendiness that it’s been lauded by Time Out and lampooned on “SNL,” but JEFFREY ATLANTA is best known for bringing the season’s must-have frocks, shoes and accessories to Atlanta’s well-heeled fashion mavens. Between items by Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Lanvin, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy and YSL, if you can’t manage to drop a small fortune at this Phipps Plaza mega-boutique, then you haven’t been trying. You may not be able to eat or pay rent after shopping at Jeffrey, but we guarantee you’ll be the best-dressed gal at the shelter. 3500 Peachtree Road. 404-237-9000. www.jeffreynewyork.com. less...

Best cigar store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Buckhead Cigar Bar
3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 304, 404-844-0400, www.buckheadcigarlounge.com

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Viking Cooking School
1745 Peachtree St., 404-745-9064, www.vikingschool.com

Best cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Sephora

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
MAC Cosmetics
3393 Peachtree Road, 404-231-9311, www.maccosmetics.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best furniture for hip trust-funders BOA Award Winner

If you get ditzy for Danish Modern or go nuts for Knoll, then CITY ISSUE is your one-stop shop for furnishing your loft with a stylish, mid-century vibe. Sectional sofas, teak cocktail cabinets and funky Lucite lamps? Check, check and check. The store, expanded since relocating to Inman Park from Buckhead,more...
If you get ditzy for Danish Modern or go nuts for Knoll, then CITY ISSUE is your one-stop shop for furnishing your loft with a stylish, mid-century vibe. Sectional sofas, teak cocktail cabinets and funky Lucite lamps? Check, check and check. The store, expanded since relocating to Inman Park from Buckhead, also carries colorful vintage rugs, abstract paintings from the ’50s and such vital home accessories as rocket-shaped seltzer bottles and space-age table-top planters. If you’re into names, how about Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, and a bunch of guys with names like Jens and Hans? There’s something to be said for living in the past. 325 Elizabeth St. 678-999-9075. www.cityissue.com. less...

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Habersham Gardens
2067 Manchester St., 404-873-2484, www.habershamgardens.com

Best gay-themed store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Brushstrokes
1510 Piedmont Ave., #J, 404-876-6567, www.brushstrokesatlanta.com

Best gun store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club
6190 Parkway North Drive, Cumming, 678-965-5504, www.bullseyemarksman.com

Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

Laundry Lounge

Runner-up
Midtown Cleaners
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., #660-A, 404-733-6900

Best natural hair salon BOA Award Winner

Sweetgrass Wellness Spring

Runner-up
Oh My Nappy Hair
237 Mitchell St., 404-221-8900, www.ohmynappyhair.com

Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Cash America Pawn
1202 Moreland Ave., 404-627-6464, www.cashamerica.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best piercing parlor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Piercing Experience
1654 McLendon Ave., 404-378-9100, www.piercing.org

Best Pilates instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Emily Christianson
www.coreatl.com

Best place to get champagne out of your silk suit BOA Award Winner

Modern Specialty Dry Cleaning
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundrymore...
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundry services. Red wine sloshed on a wedding gown? Yep. Bourbon splashed on an Armani jacket? Uh-huh. Caviar unceremoniously dumped on pale suede stilettos? Sure. Blood splattered on the white upholstery of your vintage ride? We won’t go there. 3833 Roswell Road. 404-261-1971. modernhandclean.com. less...

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Lenox Taxi Co.

Runner-up
Checker Cab
563 Trabert Ave., 404-351-1111, www.atlantacheckercab.com

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway, 404-320-7253, www.guitarcenteratlanta.com

Best pawnshop BOA Award Winner

It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and powermore...
It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and power drills. It’s a small space, but there’s usually a mix of esoteric stereo equipment, vintage knives, guitar amps, unusual electronic devices and outright antiques. 2104 N. Decatur Road. 404-636-1731. less...

Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place for collectors-edition vinyl BOA Award Winner

After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items.more...
After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items. Buy the best of Radiohead box set and you’ll find that meeting people is easy. Need a compilation of Norwegian death metal? It can be yours, Lars. Can you afford not to own the deluxe nine-LP Mastodon set on 180-gram vinyl? And you know where to find the Stone Roses 20th anniversary LP/CD/DVD box set. Going anywhere else could be considered criminal. 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.www.criminalatl.com. less...

Best place to make yourself look rich for cheap BOA Award Winner

T.J. Maxx
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’tmore...
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’t be walking out of the store with a Vivienne Tam dress for less than $100, it’s still a steal at $160 — $440 cheaper than retail. What you will find on the super-cheap are $80 Joe’s jeans — that’s half price! — and $60 Coach sandals — a $100 discount! As with all bargain shopping, T.J. Maxx can be hit or miss. But when it’s a hit, it’s a really, really big hit. 1 Buckhead Loop, 404-467-9772; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com. less...

Best repair shop to get you back on two wheels BOA Award Winner

Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear crazemore...
Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear craze sweeping intown Atlanta. They’ll work on any kind of bike, but they specialize in lightweight track bikes with a single speed and, as the name suggests, no brakes. You can also have your ride built from the ground up by choosing from a selection of frames, handlebars, wheels and seats made of English leather and brass. Or you can buy a velodrome-ready racing bike. Or you can simply opt to get your old three-speed fixed up to run errands. No judgment here. 586 Woodward Ave. 404-589-9539. <a href=http"www.nobrakesatl.com">www.nobrakesatl.com. less...

Best specialty market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Trader Joe's
931 Monroe Drive, 404-815-9210, www.traderjoes.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

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