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Best Of Atlanta 2010 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Once upon a hapless time, sculpted blond bouffants were the choice coiffeur in our city, and trendy Atlantans sported pink, popped-collar polos. Boy, have we come far!

Our favorite shops this year are stylish spots that transcend clichés. Many of our picks also keep the misers in mind — the dirt-cheap Axiom Salon for Men and the surprisingly reasonable Fab’rik boutique — with a nod to the high rollers, too — the elegant furniture showroom at Bungalow Classic and gorgeous new threads from Ann Mashburn.

We’ve also trained an eye on the work of local artisans and craftspeople: the charming letterpressed invitations at Bumblebee Press, the artful arrangements at Adaptation Floral Designs, and the gorgeously rendered sleeves of ink at Only You Tattoo. Whether you have a few grand to splurge or just a few bucks, you don’t need any excuse to submerge yourself in our Consumer Culture.

— Bobby Feingold and Amber Robinson

Best shop to go nuts for candy

Greene’s Fine Foods Greene's Fine Foods
Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE’S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness evermore...
Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE’S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness ever since. The stand-alone marble building in downtown Decatur houses an insanely quaint shop specializing in homemade chocolate pecan clusters, chocolate-covered potato chips, and chocolate-raspberry swirl fudge. Greene’s also sells fresh Georgia pecans, harvested in the fall, as well as board games and aromatic candles. Kids will love the sweet treats, and parents will love relaxing on the couches by the fireplace ... with some sweet treats of their own. 141 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-378-2001. www.greenesfinefoods.com. less...

Best antiques

Scott Antique Market

Best bargain women’s haircut

Aveda Institute
There’s an old adage that you get what you pay for, but if you’re like most people slogging through the recession, you’ll take your chances to save a few bucks. At the AVEDA INSTITUTE, however, you get much more than you pay for. Sure, your coif becomes something akin to a school project, but studentsmore...
There’s an old adage that you get what you pay for, but if you’re like most people slogging through the recession, you’ll take your chances to save a few bucks. At the AVEDA INSTITUTE, however, you get much more than you pay for. Sure, your coif becomes something akin to a school project, but students are eager to please and diligently overseen by instructors. Your cut might take a little longer, but at the bargain-basement price of $15 for a cut and style, the money you’ll save is worth the extra time in the chair. Did we mention the complimentary scalp and hand massages? 3402 Piedmont Road. 404-649-7119. www.avedainstitutesbb.com/atlanta. less...

Best doggie day care

Spot for Dogs

Best gym deal

LA Fitness

Best health trend

Boot camps

Best nontraditional workout

The Circus Arts Institute
Ever dream of soaring through the air on a trapeze or impressing the ladies with your juggling prowess? OK, that’s kinda dorky, but somehow cool, too. And it’s totally doable at THE CIRCUS ARTS INSTITUTE, where you’ll build muscle tone by hoisting yourself onto lengths of fabric and work your coremore...
Ever dream of soaring through the air on a trapeze or impressing the ladies with your juggling prowess? OK, that’s kinda dorky, but somehow cool, too. And it’s totally doable at THE CIRCUS ARTS INSTITUTE, where you’ll build muscle tone by hoisting yourself onto lengths of fabric and work your core by balancing on trapeze bars. Plus, you’ll be better equipped to run away and join the circus. 206 Rogers St., Suite 214. 404-549-3000. www.circusartsinstitute.com. less...

Best place to fix your bike

SoPo Bicycle Co-op Sopo Bicycle Cooperative
If you’re going to brave the streets on two wheels, it will probably prove important to know how to change a flat or lube your gears. It’s SOPO BICYCLE CO-OP’s goal to teach you those skills at little or no cost. Tucked away behind East Atlanta Village’s nightlife strip, the volunteer-run nonprofitmore...
If you’re going to brave the streets on two wheels, it will probably prove important to know how to change a flat or lube your gears. It’s SOPO BICYCLE CO-OP’s goal to teach you those skills at little or no cost. Tucked away behind East Atlanta Village’s nightlife strip, the volunteer-run nonprofit believes that knowledge is the best charity. The DIY darlings at SoPo give you the 411 to get your road bike repaired and your fixie, well, fixed. 465-C Flat Shoals Ave. 404-425-9989. www.sopobikes.org. less...

Best reason to scrap Evites

Bumblebee Press Bumblebee Press
Yeah, it’s convenient to ask your besties over for a dinner party using Evite or invite everyone you know to your friend’s new band via Facebook, but some occasions deserve a more special announcement. BUMBLEBEE PRESS in Inman Park has been crafting gorgeous wedding invitations, baby announcementsmore...
Yeah, it’s convenient to ask your besties over for a dinner party using Evite or invite everyone you know to your friend’s new band via Facebook, but some occasions deserve a more special announcement. BUMBLEBEE PRESS in Inman Park has been crafting gorgeous wedding invitations, baby announcements and personal stationary on their vintage letterpresses since 1993. And the mementos these paper-loving artists create are sure to stay out of your friends’ trash boxes. 1025 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4540. www.bumblebeepress.com. less...

Best tattoo studio

Only You Tattoo Only You Tattoo
A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest Goodwill. But tattoos are (pretty much) forever. And if you have some poorly executed scribble-scrabble permanently marring your flesh, forever is going to feel likemore...
A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest Goodwill. But tattoos are (pretty much) forever. And if you have some poorly executed scribble-scrabble permanently marring your flesh, forever is going to feel like FOR-EV-ER. No threat of that at Grant Park’s ONLY YOU TATTOO. Founded by Matt Greenhalgh and Danielle Distefano in early 2009, Only You’s artists are adept at everything from American traditional to Japanese-style to lifelike portraits. You can even vet the artists’ portfolios on the shop’s website. Greenhalgh’s full sleeve designs are gorgeous, and Distefano’s adorable owls have us itching to roll up our pant leg and place ourselves under the gun. 415 Memorial Drive. 404-659-4900.www.onlyyoutattoo.com. less...

Best martial arts studio

Madhouse Training Madhouse Training
MADHOUSE TRAINING is where the practicing mixed martial arts pros go, but that doesn’t mean you should be intimidated. The studio, headed by six-time world champion Manu Ntoh, is equally approachable for the novice and offers a state-of-the-art training facility, character-building youth boxing, andmore...
MADHOUSE TRAINING is where the practicing mixed martial arts pros go, but that doesn’t mean you should be intimidated. The studio, headed by six-time world champion Manu Ntoh, is equally approachable for the novice and offers a state-of-the-art training facility, character-building youth boxing, and judo/Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. 2652 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 404-316-1110. www.manuntoh.com. less...

Best one-stop beer shop

Hop City
HOP CITY opened on the Westside in 2009 with an excellent selection of some 1,700 craft brews organized by style. Aisles are cramped with smoky American stouts like Dominion Oak Barrel, citrine Japanese Hitachino White Ale, and Belgians including NoCal’s deliciously dark HeBrew Jewbelation 13 Bar Mitzvah,more...
HOP CITY opened on the Westside in 2009 with an excellent selection of some 1,700 craft brews organized by style. Aisles are cramped with smoky American stouts like Dominion Oak Barrel, citrine Japanese Hitachino White Ale, and Belgians including NoCal’s deliciously dark HeBrew Jewbelation 13 Bar Mitzvah, with a heady 13 percent alcohol by volume level. Judicious prices, regular tastings at nearby Octane and TINY Bistro, a build-your-own-six-pack option and a friendly, knowledgeable staff earn Hop City high marks. The shop also has home-brewing provisions like hops, liquid malt, grains by the pound, and entire kits for novice brewmasters who want to try their hand at the hooch game. 1000 Marietta St., Suite 302. 404-350-9998. www.hopcitybeer.com. less...

Best way for women to get over their Sid Mashburn envy

Ann Mashburn Ann Mashburn
At long last, ANN MASHBURN, wife to Esquire’s best-dressed Sid and a style icon in her own right, opened her eponymously named boutique alongside her husband’s shop this summer. The fairer Mashburn, who has her own impressive history with glossy fashion mags, having been an editor at Glamour andmore...
At long last, ANN MASHBURN, wife to Esquire’s best-dressed Sid and a style icon in her own right, opened her eponymously named boutique alongside her husband’s shop this summer. The fairer Mashburn, who has her own impressive history with glossy fashion mags, having been an editor at Glamour and an assistant to Vogue fashion editor Polly Mellen, offers a feminine take on the classically crisp and masculine duds that made her hubby famous. Alongside high-end staples from designers such as Jack Rogers, Kendall Conrad and Roberta Freymann are Ann Mashburn’s own creations, including a line of shirtdresses destined to become must-haves. Men, take note: This is where you come to splurge on and impress your lady. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-350-7132. www.annmashburn.com. less...

Best high-end vintage garb

Stefan’s Vintage Clothing
STEFAN’S VINTAGE CLOTHING is held in high esteem for its orderly racks of formalwear, and for good reason. The Little Five Points institution has anchored Findley Plaza’s constantly rotating retail stores for three-plus decades, with fairly equal real estate dedicated to men’s and women’s vintage.more...
STEFAN’S VINTAGE CLOTHING is held in high esteem for its orderly racks of formalwear, and for good reason. The Little Five Points institution has anchored Findley Plaza’s constantly rotating retail stores for three-plus decades, with fairly equal real estate dedicated to men’s and women’s vintage. A search for fancy duds will turn up frilly tuxedo shirts, dapper three-piece suits, and mint-condition wedding dresses that look as lovely as they did when worn the first time around. 1160 Euclid Ave. 404-688-4929. www.stefansvintage.com. less...

Best reason to ditch your computer

Cheshire Bridge Road

Best vintage accessories

Frock of Ages Frock of Ages
FROCK OF AGES shuttered the doors of its Candler Park outpost in 2008 after 18 years, but has since migrated to a sizable corner booth at Kudzu Antiques Market. Jaunty little hats, 20th-century costume jewelry and demurely lacey gloves round out a fab collection of swingy housedresses and prim jackets.more...
FROCK OF AGES shuttered the doors of its Candler Park outpost in 2008 after 18 years, but has since migrated to a sizable corner booth at Kudzu Antiques Market. Jaunty little hats, 20th-century costume jewelry and demurely lacey gloves round out a fab collection of swingy housedresses and prim jackets. 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. &emdash;404-370-1006. www.frockofages.com. less...

Best yoga deal

Urban Body Studios Urban Body Studios

Best bargain men’s haircut

Axiom Salon for Men Axiom Salon For Men
Our city boasts a healthy supply of coiffeurs who know how to transform a hirsute mess into a dapper, clean-cut gent. Very few, however, can accomplish that for less than $20. Say hello to AXIOM SALON FOR MEN. Known for its friendly stylists and walk-ins-welcome policy, the Piedmont Heights salon offersmore...
Our city boasts a healthy supply of coiffeurs who know how to transform a hirsute mess into a dapper, clean-cut gent. Very few, however, can accomplish that for less than $20. Say hello to AXIOM SALON FOR MEN. Known for its friendly stylists and walk-ins-welcome policy, the Piedmont Heights salon offers deals as low as $18. Uneven facial hair? They’ll craft your beard for $8. And for the more fussy among us who require a bit of color and eyebrow sculpting, Axiom’s staff is happy to wrap your tips in foil and give you a villain-esque arch. If you’re into that sort of thing. 1874 Piedmont Road. 404-815-0404. www.axiomsfm.com. less...

Best bookstore

Eagle Eye Book Shop

Best CD store to satisfy your soul

Little 5 Soul
LITTLE 5 SOUL has not only survived, it’s grown from a stall in the Bazaar at Little Five Points to its current location, where you can always find owner Darryl Hicks chatting about everything from soul to house to classic hip-hop CDs. The store serves as headquarters for the local house and soul musicmore...
LITTLE 5 SOUL has not only survived, it’s grown from a stall in the Bazaar at Little Five Points to its current location, where you can always find owner Darryl Hicks chatting about everything from soul to house to classic hip-hop CDs. The store serves as headquarters for the local house and soul music scenes, too, with live performances, tickets to shows, and a chill atmosphere for connecting with other lovers of everything from Black Sheep’s early ’90s masterpiece to Quadron’s recent debut. 1131 Euclid Ave. 404-653-0724. www.moodsmusic.net. less...

Best shooting range

Wild West Traders Wild West Traders
Atlanta might be a liberal blue speck in a vast sea of right-wing red, neither color is bulletproof. In fact, Georgians without the slightest hint of red on their necks have been known to enjoy an afternoon at the pistol range. Because there are no public shooting ranges within Atlanta’s city limits,more...
Atlanta might be a liberal blue speck in a vast sea of right-wing red, neither color is bulletproof. In fact, Georgians without the slightest hint of red on their necks have been known to enjoy an afternoon at the pistol range. Because there are no public shooting ranges within Atlanta’s city limits, intowners need to head to the red when they’re in the mood to (legally) put bullet to target. WILD WEST TRADERS in Marietta is friendly and relatively easy to get to. If you don’t own a gun or wish to try something new, they rent pistols. And bargain-hunters take note, WWT’s reasonably priced ammo and $10 hourly range fee means an amateur marksman can fire a couple hundred .22 caliber practice rounds for less than $20. Did we say marksman? We meant marksperson. We are liberals, after all. 2445 Austell Road, Suite 200, Marietta. 770-436-2218. www.wwtguns.com. less...

Best thrift threads

Everyone else’s trash is your treasure at VALUE VILLAGE. A dogged dig through the seemingly endless racks and aisles will turn up hip plaids, tweed suitcases, and a killer selection of vintage shoes. Pickings are pretty good at all 11 of metro Atlanta’s VV’s, but we’ve had the best luck at themore...
Everyone else’s trash is your treasure at VALUE VILLAGE. A dogged dig through the seemingly endless racks and aisles will turn up hip plaids, tweed suitcases, and a killer selection of vintage shoes. Pickings are pretty good at all 11 of metro Atlanta’s VV’s, but we’ve had the best luck at the Memorial Drive outpost. Of course, now that the secret’s out, you might as well try them all. 3503 Memorial Drive, Decatur. 770-840-7283. And other metro Atlanta locations. www.valuevillageatlanta.com. less...

Best comic books

Oxford Comics & Games Oxford Comics, Games & More
The comic bubble burst in the ’90s, but fanboys, geek girls and graphic novel enthusiasts still crowd OXFORD COMICS & GAMES every Wednesday for new releases. An exhaustive array of mainstream and indie comics and manga titles line the walls, while the store peddles plenty of statuettes, T-shirts andmore...
The comic bubble burst in the ’90s, but fanboys, geek girls and graphic novel enthusiasts still crowd OXFORD COMICS & GAMES every Wednesday for new releases. An exhaustive array of mainstream and indie comics and manga titles line the walls, while the store peddles plenty of statuettes, T-shirts and other accessories to extend the genre world beyond the confines of the four-color page. 2855 Piedmont Road. 404-233-8682. less...

Best antique store

Kudzu Antique Market

Runner-up: Highland Row Antiques


628 N. Highland Ave., 404-815-8830, www.highlandrowantiques.com

Best bike shop

Outback Bikes

Runner-up: Peachtree Bikes


2825 Peachtree Road, 404-262-9853, www.peachtreebikes.com

Best clothes you can’t afford

Phipps Plaza Phipps Plaza

Runner-up: Neiman Marcus


Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, 404-266-8200, www.neimanmarcus.com

Best comic bookstore

Criminal Records Criminal Records

Runner-up: Oxford Comics, Games & More


2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682, www.realpagessites.com/oxfordcomics

Best doggie day care

Pet’s PlayHouse on Ponce

Runner-up: Barking Hound Village


1918 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-897-3422, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.barkinghoundvillage.com.

Best florist

Candler Park Flowers

Runner-up: Foxgloves & Ivy


563 Memorial Drive, 404-892-7272, www.foxgloves.biz

Best health club

L.A. Fitness

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: BTB CrossFit


3209-R Maple Drive, 404-688-0100, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.btbfitness.com.

Best health food store

Sevananda Natural Foods Market Sevananda Natural Foods Market

Runner-up: Whole Foods Market


650 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-853-1681, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Best Latino food market

Buford Highway Farmers Market Buford Highway Farmers Market

Runner-up: Supermarket Chicago


5263 Buford Highway, 770-452-1361

Best local boutique

Squash Blossom

Runner-up: Sage


37 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-233-8280, www.sageclothing.com

Best martial arts studio

Atlanta Kick Atlanta Kick

Runner-up: Unit 2 Fitness


240 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-745-3019, www.unit2fitness.com

Best nail salon

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Passion Nails


245 N. Highland Ave., 404-688-2599

Best outdoor farmers market

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Runners-up


Your DeKalb Farmers Market


3000 Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-6400. www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com


AND


Morningside Farmers Market


1393 N. Highland Ave., 404-313-5784. www.morningsidemarket.com

Best Pilates studio

Studio Lotus Studio Lotus

Runner-up: Intown Pilates Atlanta


500 Amsterdam Ave., 404-575-2333, www.intownpilatesatlanta.com

Best place to make yourself look fancy for less

H & M

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: T.J. Maxx


1801 Howell Mill Road, 404-355-2581, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com.

Best used bookstore

Book Nook Book Nook

Runner-up: Bound to Be Read Books


481-B Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-0877, www.boundtobereadbooks.com

Best vintage clothing

Stefan’s

Runner-up: Rag-o-Rama


1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best art supplies

Sam Flax Sam Flax

Runner-up: Binders Art Supplies and Frames


3330 Piedmont Road, 404-237-6331, www.bindersart.com

Best bridal shop

Kelly’s Closet Kelly's Closet

Runner-up: Bridals by Lori


6021 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 404-252-8767, www.bridalsbylori.com

Best cigar store

Highland Cigar Co. Highland Cigar Co.

Runners-up:


Jay’s Cigars


2072 Defoors Ferry Road, 404-355-7994.


AND


Puff ‘N’ Stuff


2523 Lawrenceville Highway, 770-908-9388.

Best CSA

Moore Farms and Friends Moore Farms and Friends

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Riverview Farms
Morningside Farmers’ Market, 1397 N. Highland Ave., 706-334-2926, www.grassfedcow.com

Best DVD/video rental

Videodrome Videodrome

Runner-up: Netflix


www.netflix.com

Best lingerie

Victoria’s Secret

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Intimacy


Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, 404-261-9333, www.myintimacy.com

Best local clothing designer

Bill Hallman Bill Hallman Original

Runner-up: Rene Rene


1142 Euclid Ave., 404-522-7363

Best local place to buy indie crafts

Young Blood Gallery & Boutique Young Blood Gallery

Runner-up: Indie Craft Experience


www.ice-atlanta.com

Best natural hair salon

Urbanbella

Runner-up: Clove Salon


165 Sixth St., 404-249-7855, www.clovesalon.com

Best personal trainer

Dan McGrath at Body Solutions Body Solutions

Runner-up: Body Design Personal Training Staff


3220 Cobb Parkway, 404-806-8000, www.bodydesignpersonaltraining.com

Best pet store

Park Pet Supply

Runner-up: PetSmart


3221 Peachtree Road, 404-266-0402, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.petsmart.com.

Best piercing parlor

Kolo Piercing and Body Arts Kolo Piercing and Body Arts

Runner-up: Piercing Experience


1654 McLendon Ave., 404-378-9100, www.piercing.org

Best Pilates instructor

Peter Poulos at Intown Pilates Atlanta Intown Pilates Atlanta

Runner-up: Emily Christianson at CORE Atlanta


1218 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-814-2272, www.coreatl.com

Best tattoo studio

13 Roses Tattoo Parlor 13 Roses Tattoo Parlor

Runner-up: Memorial Tattoo


809 Moreland Ave., 404-622-9222; 190A Carrol St., 404-681-9111. www.memorialtattooatl.com.

Best toy store

Toys”R”Us

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Richard’s Variety Store


931 Monroe Drive, 404-879-9877; 2347 Peachtree Road, 404-237-1412. www.richardsvarietystore.com.

Best yoga studio

Kashi Atlanta Kashi Atlanta Ashram

Runner-up: Vista Yoga


2836 Lavista Road, 404-929-9642, www.vistayoga.com

Best gay-themed store

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Runner-up: Brushstrokes


1510 Piedmont Ave., 404-876-6567, www.brushstrokesatlanta.com

Best hair salon

Van Michael Salon

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Salon Red


1642 DeKalb Ave., 404-373-2868; 119 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-3164. www.salonred.com.

Best hip men’s clothing store

Sid Mashburn Sid Mashburn

Runner-up: Bill Hallman


792 N. Highland Ave., 404-876-6055, www.billhallman.com

Best jewelry

Worthmore Jewelers

Runner-up: Young Blood Gallery & Boutique


636 N. Highland Ave., 404-254-4127, www.youngbloodgallery.com

Best laundromat

Laundry Lounge

Runner-up: Midtown Wash


607 Sixth St., 404-703-1633, www.midtownwash.com

Best liquor store

Green’s

Runner-up: Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits


2161 Piedmont Road, 404-881-0902, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.towerwinespirits.com.

Best musical instruments

Earthshaking Music Earthshaking Music

Runner-up: Firehouse Guitars & Music


2520 N. Decatur Road, 404-929-0012, www.guitarsatlanta.com

Best sporting goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: REI


1800 Northeast Expressway, 404-633-6508, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.rei.com.

Best taxi cab service

Checker Cab

Runner-up: Atlanta Lenox Taxi Company


2015 Rockledge Road, 404-872-2600, www.atlantalenoxtaxi.com

Best vinyl

Criminal Records Criminal Records

Runner-up: Wax ‘N’ Facts


432 Moreland Ave., 404-525-2275, www.waxnfacts.com

Best yoga instructor

Swami Jaya Devi at Kashi Atlanta Kashi Atlanta Ashram

Runner-up: Marti Yura at Vista Yoga


2836 Lavista Road, 404-929-9642, www.vistayoga.com

Best adult toy store

Inserection Inserection

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Starship Enterprises


2275 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-320-9190, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.shopstarship.com.

Best consignment store

Finders Keepers Finders Keepers Boutique

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Rag-O-Rama


1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best cooking classes

The Cook’s Warehouse

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Viking Cooking School


1745 Peachtree St., 404-745-9064, www.vikingcookingschool.com/atlanta

Best furniture store

IKEA IKEA

Runner-up: Room & Board


1170 Howell Mill Road, 404-682-5900, www.roomandboard.com

Best head shop

42 Degrees South Forty Two Degrees South

Runner-up: Starship Enterprises


2275 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-320-9190, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.shopstarship.com.

Best kids’ clothing

The Children’s Place The Children's Place

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Seed Factory


1170 Howell Mill Road, 404-355-2043, www.seedfactoryatlanta.com

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Best antique store

Kudzu Antique Market

Runner-up: Highland Row Antiques


628 N. Highland Ave., 404-815-8830, www.highlandrowantiques.com

Best bike shop

Outback Bikes

Runner-up: Peachtree Bikes


2825 Peachtree Road, 404-262-9853, www.peachtreebikes.com

Best clothes you can’t afford

Phipps Plaza Phipps Plaza

Runner-up: Neiman Marcus


Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, 404-266-8200, www.neimanmarcus.com

Best comic bookstore

Criminal Records Criminal Records

Runner-up: Oxford Comics, Games & More


2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682, www.realpagessites.com/oxfordcomics

Best doggie day care

Pet’s PlayHouse on Ponce

Runner-up: Barking Hound Village


1918 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-897-3422, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.barkinghoundvillage.com.

Best florist

Candler Park Flowers

Runner-up: Foxgloves & Ivy


563 Memorial Drive, 404-892-7272, www.foxgloves.biz

Best health club

L.A. Fitness

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: BTB CrossFit


3209-R Maple Drive, 404-688-0100, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.btbfitness.com.

Best health food store

Sevananda Natural Foods Market Sevananda Natural Foods Market

Runner-up: Whole Foods Market


650 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-853-1681, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Best Latino food market

Buford Highway Farmers Market Buford Highway Farmers Market

Runner-up: Supermarket Chicago


5263 Buford Highway, 770-452-1361

Best local boutique

Squash Blossom

Runner-up: Sage


37 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-233-8280, www.sageclothing.com

Best martial arts studio

Atlanta Kick Atlanta Kick

Runner-up: Unit 2 Fitness


240 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-745-3019, www.unit2fitness.com

Best nail salon

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Passion Nails


245 N. Highland Ave., 404-688-2599

Best outdoor farmers market

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Runners-up


Your DeKalb Farmers Market


3000 Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-6400. www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com


AND


Morningside Farmers Market


1393 N. Highland Ave., 404-313-5784. www.morningsidemarket.com

Best Pilates studio

Studio Lotus Studio Lotus

Runner-up: Intown Pilates Atlanta


500 Amsterdam Ave., 404-575-2333, www.intownpilatesatlanta.com

Best place to make yourself look fancy for less

H & M

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: T.J. Maxx


1801 Howell Mill Road, 404-355-2581, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com.

Best shop to go nuts for candy

Greene’s Fine Foods Greene's Fine Foods
Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE’S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness evermore...
Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE’S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness ever since. The stand-alone marble building in downtown Decatur houses an insanely quaint shop specializing in homemade chocolate pecan clusters, chocolate-covered potato chips, and chocolate-raspberry swirl fudge. Greene’s also sells fresh Georgia pecans, harvested in the fall, as well as board games and aromatic candles. Kids will love the sweet treats, and parents will love relaxing on the couches by the fireplace ... with some sweet treats of their own. 141 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-378-2001. www.greenesfinefoods.com. less...

Best used bookstore

Book Nook Book Nook

Runner-up: Bound to Be Read Books


481-B Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-0877, www.boundtobereadbooks.com

Best vintage clothing

Stefan’s

Runner-up: Rag-o-Rama


1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best antiques

Scott Antique Market

Best art supplies

Sam Flax Sam Flax

Runner-up: Binders Art Supplies and Frames


3330 Piedmont Road, 404-237-6331, www.bindersart.com

Best bargain women’s haircut

Aveda Institute
There’s an old adage that you get what you pay for, but if you’re like most people slogging through the recession, you’ll take your chances to save a few bucks. At the AVEDA INSTITUTE, however, you get much more than you pay for. Sure, your coif becomes something akin to a school project, but studentsmore...
There’s an old adage that you get what you pay for, but if you’re like most people slogging through the recession, you’ll take your chances to save a few bucks. At the AVEDA INSTITUTE, however, you get much more than you pay for. Sure, your coif becomes something akin to a school project, but students are eager to please and diligently overseen by instructors. Your cut might take a little longer, but at the bargain-basement price of $15 for a cut and style, the money you’ll save is worth the extra time in the chair. Did we mention the complimentary scalp and hand massages? 3402 Piedmont Road. 404-649-7119. www.avedainstitutesbb.com/atlanta. less...

Best bridal shop

Kelly’s Closet Kelly's Closet

Runner-up: Bridals by Lori


6021 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 404-252-8767, www.bridalsbylori.com

Best cigar store

Highland Cigar Co. Highland Cigar Co.

Runners-up:


Jay’s Cigars


2072 Defoors Ferry Road, 404-355-7994.


AND


Puff ‘N’ Stuff


2523 Lawrenceville Highway, 770-908-9388.

Best CSA

Moore Farms and Friends Moore Farms and Friends

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Riverview Farms
Morningside Farmers’ Market, 1397 N. Highland Ave., 706-334-2926, www.grassfedcow.com

Best doggie day care

Spot for Dogs

Best DVD/video rental

Videodrome Videodrome

Runner-up: Netflix


www.netflix.com

Best gym deal

LA Fitness

Best health trend

Boot camps

Best lingerie

Victoria’s Secret

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Intimacy


Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, 404-261-9333, www.myintimacy.com

Best local clothing designer

Bill Hallman Bill Hallman Original

Runner-up: Rene Rene


1142 Euclid Ave., 404-522-7363

Best local place to buy indie crafts

Young Blood Gallery & Boutique Young Blood Gallery

Runner-up: Indie Craft Experience


www.ice-atlanta.com

Best natural hair salon

Urbanbella

Runner-up: Clove Salon


165 Sixth St., 404-249-7855, www.clovesalon.com

Best nontraditional workout

The Circus Arts Institute
Ever dream of soaring through the air on a trapeze or impressing the ladies with your juggling prowess? OK, that’s kinda dorky, but somehow cool, too. And it’s totally doable at THE CIRCUS ARTS INSTITUTE, where you’ll build muscle tone by hoisting yourself onto lengths of fabric and work your coremore...
Ever dream of soaring through the air on a trapeze or impressing the ladies with your juggling prowess? OK, that’s kinda dorky, but somehow cool, too. And it’s totally doable at THE CIRCUS ARTS INSTITUTE, where you’ll build muscle tone by hoisting yourself onto lengths of fabric and work your core by balancing on trapeze bars. Plus, you’ll be better equipped to run away and join the circus. 206 Rogers St., Suite 214. 404-549-3000. www.circusartsinstitute.com. less...

Best personal trainer

Dan McGrath at Body Solutions Body Solutions

Runner-up: Body Design Personal Training Staff


3220 Cobb Parkway, 404-806-8000, www.bodydesignpersonaltraining.com

Best pet store

Park Pet Supply

Runner-up: PetSmart


3221 Peachtree Road, 404-266-0402, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.petsmart.com.

Best piercing parlor

Kolo Piercing and Body Arts Kolo Piercing and Body Arts

Runner-up: Piercing Experience


1654 McLendon Ave., 404-378-9100, www.piercing.org

Best Pilates instructor

Peter Poulos at Intown Pilates Atlanta Intown Pilates Atlanta

Runner-up: Emily Christianson at CORE Atlanta


1218 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-814-2272, www.coreatl.com

Best place to fix your bike

SoPo Bicycle Co-op Sopo Bicycle Cooperative
If you’re going to brave the streets on two wheels, it will probably prove important to know how to change a flat or lube your gears. It’s SOPO BICYCLE CO-OP’s goal to teach you those skills at little or no cost. Tucked away behind East Atlanta Village’s nightlife strip, the volunteer-run nonprofitmore...
If you’re going to brave the streets on two wheels, it will probably prove important to know how to change a flat or lube your gears. It’s SOPO BICYCLE CO-OP’s goal to teach you those skills at little or no cost. Tucked away behind East Atlanta Village’s nightlife strip, the volunteer-run nonprofit believes that knowledge is the best charity. The DIY darlings at SoPo give you the 411 to get your road bike repaired and your fixie, well, fixed. 465-C Flat Shoals Ave. 404-425-9989. www.sopobikes.org. less...

Best reason to scrap Evites

Bumblebee Press Bumblebee Press
Yeah, it’s convenient to ask your besties over for a dinner party using Evite or invite everyone you know to your friend’s new band via Facebook, but some occasions deserve a more special announcement. BUMBLEBEE PRESS in Inman Park has been crafting gorgeous wedding invitations, baby announcementsmore...
Yeah, it’s convenient to ask your besties over for a dinner party using Evite or invite everyone you know to your friend’s new band via Facebook, but some occasions deserve a more special announcement. BUMBLEBEE PRESS in Inman Park has been crafting gorgeous wedding invitations, baby announcements and personal stationary on their vintage letterpresses since 1993. And the mementos these paper-loving artists create are sure to stay out of your friends’ trash boxes. 1025 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4540. www.bumblebeepress.com. less...

Best tattoo studio

Only You Tattoo Only You Tattoo
A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest Goodwill. But tattoos are (pretty much) forever. And if you have some poorly executed scribble-scrabble permanently marring your flesh, forever is going to feel likemore...
A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest Goodwill. But tattoos are (pretty much) forever. And if you have some poorly executed scribble-scrabble permanently marring your flesh, forever is going to feel like FOR-EV-ER. No threat of that at Grant Park’s ONLY YOU TATTOO. Founded by Matt Greenhalgh and Danielle Distefano in early 2009, Only You’s artists are adept at everything from American traditional to Japanese-style to lifelike portraits. You can even vet the artists’ portfolios on the shop’s website. Greenhalgh’s full sleeve designs are gorgeous, and Distefano’s adorable owls have us itching to roll up our pant leg and place ourselves under the gun. 415 Memorial Drive. 404-659-4900.www.onlyyoutattoo.com. less...

Best tattoo studio

13 Roses Tattoo Parlor 13 Roses Tattoo Parlor

Runner-up: Memorial Tattoo


809 Moreland Ave., 404-622-9222; 190A Carrol St., 404-681-9111. www.memorialtattooatl.com.

Best toy store

Toys”R”Us

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Richard’s Variety Store


931 Monroe Drive, 404-879-9877; 2347 Peachtree Road, 404-237-1412. www.richardsvarietystore.com.

Best yoga studio

Kashi Atlanta Kashi Atlanta Ashram

Runner-up: Vista Yoga


2836 Lavista Road, 404-929-9642, www.vistayoga.com

Best gay-themed store

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Runner-up: Brushstrokes


1510 Piedmont Ave., 404-876-6567, www.brushstrokesatlanta.com

Best hair salon

Van Michael Salon

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Salon Red


1642 DeKalb Ave., 404-373-2868; 119 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-3164. www.salonred.com.

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