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Best of Atlanta 2014 Consumer Culture

 

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Consumer Culture

One thing we can all agree on: The best shopping experiences usually start with the people behind the businesses. Old faithfuls such as Decatur Package Store, with its well-stocked, well-labeled shelves (we count owner Herb Chereck's "Herb's Choices" as one of our many blessings), and 2014 Trophy Case inductee Army Surplus Sales, Inc., show the importance of legacy businesses to neighborhoods. A new generation tested Atlanta's retail waters this summer at a number of pop-up shops Downtown (below), where creative entrepreneurs behind brands such as FRESH.i.AM, Arbitrary Living, and Fallen Arrows brought life and foot traffic to vacant storefronts. Mike Tyson's Sunbrimmer Records, added a tightly curated vinyl collection to Avondale Estates, a 'hood that was in desperate need of a shop dedicated to music.

In keeping with this year's backstage theme for Best of Atlanta, we went behind the scenes at Grammy award-winning rapper Killer Mike's SWAG Shop, where we discovered that his wife, Shana "Shay Bigga" Render, is the key to the barber shop's success. We also dropped in at some of the city's houses of ink such as West End Tattoo, which helped mold City of Ink owners Miya Bailey and Tuki Carter. A visit to Southern Star Tattoo's Ponce de Leon Avenue location revealed the elements that go into making a great tattoo shop, from the booths to the autoclave.

Decisions like choosing the Best place to maintain your hooptie aren't always simple. We've done the hard work for you, making our 2014 Best of selections with the consumer and the folks behind the counter in mind.

— Gavin Godfrey


Best place for artists to stock their creative arsenal

Sam Flax Sam Flax
Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Hermanmore...
Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase. The staff knows its stuff and can help you pick out the right supplies for your project without exceeding your budget. The store hosts an array of mixed-media demos and art workshops for beginners and advanced artists alike, while the in-house framing center sets prints and paintings in quality frames. Sam Flax also supports the local art community through events including 30 Artists in 30 Days back in April, for which artists created a piece in-store to be later auctioned at the Goat Farm. less...

Best new bike whisperer

Fixie Bicycle Gallery

Best local produce fix

Freedom Farmers Market
This year, we found a new reason to get out of bed early on Saturday mornings. Aptly named for its location on the Freedom Park trail, the newly minted FREEDOM FARMERS MARKET is a welcome addition to the local food scene. Unlike other producer markets around town, this one is run by the lively vendorsmore...
This year, we found a new reason to get out of bed early on Saturday mornings. Aptly named for its location on the Freedom Park trail, the newly minted FREEDOM FARMERS MARKET is a welcome addition to the local food scene. Unlike other producer markets around town, this one is run by the lively vendors themselves. And instead of demos, each week features a chef with ready-to-eat dishes. Located at the intersection of five intown neighborhoods, the Freedom Farmers Market has hip city vibes, and friendly faces from all walks of life. Market highlights include gorgeous Woodland Gardens veggies, pastries from the Bakery at Cakes & Ale, Riverview Farms sausage, Grassroots Farm eggs, and Storico Fresco pasta. Enjoy a stroll through the market with a prosciutto and Parmesan baguette from Star Provisions in one hand and pour-over coffee from 1000 Faces in the other. less...

Best recycled furniture

Reclaimed Atlanta
Back in 2011, RECLAIMED ATLANTA was still the dream of two girls who love and know their way around power tools. Local woodworkers and designers Kristen Consuegra and Sara Spafard envisioned a business through which they could find and convert recycled materials into repurposed home decor. From dilapidatedmore...
Back in 2011, RECLAIMED ATLANTA was still the dream of two girls who love and know their way around power tools. Local woodworkers and designers Kristen Consuegra and Sara Spafard envisioned a business through which they could find and convert recycled materials into repurposed home decor. From dilapidated walnut, white oak, and pallet wood transformed into brand-new coffee tables or work benches, to a rusted, metal tire jack reimagined as a lamp, Consuegra and Spafard are masters at breathing new life into relics Atlantans have left for dead. The Indie Craft Experience market regulars also make custom pieces. The duo also takes its service to the people, literally, by personally delivering each piece to their customers. Prices can range between $50 and $300 for their handcrafted products. Oh, and 15 percent from the cost of each item sold is donated to organizations that fight human trafficking. less...

Best antique store

Kudzu Antique Market

Best barbershop

American Haircuts AND Mary Todd Hairdressing Co.

Best CDs

Criminal Records Criminal Records

Best cooking classes

Cook's Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best CSA

Moore Farms and Friends

Best laundromat

Blusion Wash + Dry Blusion Wash + Dry

Best local boutique

The Beehive AND Young Blood Boutique

Best massage therapist

Ashley Nitya Ramsey at Kashi Atlanta Kashi Atlanta Ashram

Best pet store

Park Pet Supply

Best place for fashion bargains

T.J.Maxx
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sporting goods

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best vintage clothing

Clothing Warehouse

Best wine shop

Perrine's Wine Shop Perrine's Wine Shop

Best adult toy store

Starship Enterprises

Best car wash

Mister HotShine Car Wash
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best chiropractor

Bob Dalton at Highlands Chiropractic Highlands Chiropractic

Best dry cleaners

Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners

Best flea market

Scott's Antique Market

Best gym

LA Fitness
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best skate shop

Stratosphere Skateboards Stratosphere Skateboards

Best thrift store

Goodwill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best aesthetician

Robyn Willis at Salon Skanda Salon Skanda

Best art market

HomeGrown

Best emerging clothing designer

Sarah Green of Cord Shoes and Boots

Best florist

Flowering Events Flowering Events

Best jewelry

Worthmore Jewelers

Best sneaker store

Abbadabba's AND Big Peach Running Co.
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best spa

Natural Body Spa
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best tattoo artist

Danielle Distefano at Only You Tattoo Only You Tattoo
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Best antique store

Kudzu Antique Market

Best barbershop

American Haircuts AND Mary Todd Hairdressing Co.

Best CDs

Criminal Records Criminal Records

Best cooking classes

Cook's Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best CSA

Moore Farms and Friends

Best laundromat

Blusion Wash + Dry Blusion Wash + Dry

Best local boutique

The Beehive AND Young Blood Boutique

Best massage therapist

Ashley Nitya Ramsey at Kashi Atlanta Kashi Atlanta Ashram

Best pet store

Park Pet Supply

Best place for fashion bargains

T.J.Maxx
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sporting goods

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best vintage clothing

Clothing Warehouse

Best wine shop

Perrine's Wine Shop Perrine's Wine Shop

Best adult toy store

Starship Enterprises

Best car wash

Mister HotShine Car Wash
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best chiropractor

Bob Dalton at Highlands Chiropractic Highlands Chiropractic

Best dry cleaners

Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners

Best flea market

Scott's Antique Market

Best gym

LA Fitness
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place for artists to stock their creative arsenal

Sam Flax Sam Flax
Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Hermanmore...
Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase. The staff knows its stuff and can help you pick out the right supplies for your project without exceeding your budget. The store hosts an array of mixed-media demos and art workshops for beginners and advanced artists alike, while the in-house framing center sets prints and paintings in quality frames. Sam Flax also supports the local art community through events including 30 Artists in 30 Days back in April, for which artists created a piece in-store to be later auctioned at the Goat Farm. less...

Best skate shop

Stratosphere Skateboards Stratosphere Skateboards

Best thrift store

Goodwill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best aesthetician

Robyn Willis at Salon Skanda Salon Skanda

Best art market

HomeGrown

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