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Best of Atlanta 2009 Consumer Culture

 

2009 Best Of Atlanta Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

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...

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 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...
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