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2005 Index of Winners

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

Blue Collar TV

Best New Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Satellite Records

Best-Looking Waitstaff (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Einstein's

Best Weekly Club Event BOA Award Winner

Fever
Throw out your thermometers and forget about aspirin: FEVER promises a sickening good time every Saturday night at Django. The DJ rotation features a cast of overly capable locals, including Jamad, Kemit, Mars, Kumar, Motion, LV, Klever and Cozy Shawn. Thank your doctors J. Carter of Sol-Fusion andmore...
Throw out your thermometers and forget about aspirin: FEVER promises a sickening good time every Saturday night at Django. The DJ rotation features a cast of overly capable locals, including Jamad, Kemit, Mars, Kumar, Motion, LV, Klever and Cozy Shawn. Thank your doctors J. Carter of Sol-Fusion and Marco "Blue" Johnson of Marco's Pita for three levels of party, from the hip-hop hotness downstairs on the dancefloor to the chill environment upstairs in the restaurant and out on the patio. Fever helped give Django its hot spot diagnosis for 2005 but for the ladies who get ill at the thought of a $20 cover, show up before 11 p.m. less...

Best Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Target

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

Manhunt
Maybe we're using the word "date" too generously, but MANHUNT is one Internet success story that's left countless numbers of local guys smiling. Some swear they use it as a social outlet - a place to chat up strangers without having to deal with smoky bars and the accompanying attitude. Others see itmore...
Maybe we're using the word "date" too generously, but MANHUNT is one Internet success story that's left countless numbers of local guys smiling. Some swear they use it as a social outlet - a place to chat up strangers without having to deal with smoky bars and the accompanying attitude. Others see it as more of a delivery service (with "service" being the key word, ahem). Either way, there's got to be a good reason so many ATL boys are always "on the 'Hunt." less...

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

99x WNNX-FM (99.7)

Best Shoes BOA Award Winner

DSW

Best Intown Mall/Shopping Center BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Jocks and Jills

Best Acoustic Music Club BOA Award Winner

Eddie'S Attic
Following a few shaky years of gradually shifting musical focus, EDDIE'S ATTIC returns to form and retains the title as best place to hear acoustic music for the simple fact that the music is the top priority. Any noisy attendees get shushed and glared at, and the sound system is engineered to perfection.more...
Following a few shaky years of gradually shifting musical focus, EDDIE'S ATTIC returns to form and retains the title as best place to hear acoustic music for the simple fact that the music is the top priority. Any noisy attendees get shushed and glared at, and the sound system is engineered to perfection. Featuring a popular array of local and touring acts, as well as the always interesting Open Mike Shootout on Mondays, Eddie's is an institution in the Decatur scene. Oh, and in case you hadn't heard, the titular Eddie is back. less...

Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

Sam Flax

Best Indian Pakistani Market (tie) BOA Award Winner

Cherians International farmers market

Best Doggie Daycare BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village Inn
1918 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-897-3422 www.barkinghoundvillage.com

Best Window of Opportunity to Renovate BOA Award Winner

Bazzaar (Permanently Closed)
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know Midnight Star’s “No Parking (On the Dancefloor)” is a guaranteed floor filler. Except it’s not meant to be taken literally, because an SUV takes up more prime real estate than most clubs can afford — especiallymore...
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know Midnight Star’s “No Parking (On the Dancefloor)” is a guaranteed floor filler. Except it’s not meant to be taken literally, because an SUV takes up more prime real estate than most clubs can afford — especially if it enters through the window, as BAZZAAR found out the hard way in July. Thankfully, no one was hurt by the errant driver — bad even by Atlanta standards — and this forward-thinking lounge continues to bolster its own reputation for unassuming indulgence by fostering the city’s top DJ talent under the watchful eye of Bill Kaelin. less...

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

Tybee Island
It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’smore...

It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse — as well as a fair dose of old-fashioned fun, including an annual water gun fight and beach bum parade. The tin-roofed, open-air, sandy-floored Crab Shack (motto: “Where the elite eat in their bare feet”) is not to be missed.
www.tybeeisland.com.

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Best Bizarre Local News Story BOA Award Winner

Jennifer Wilbanks: The Runaway Bride

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

"Runaway Bride"
Last spring, the world’s media focused itself like a laser beam on the saga of Jennifer Wilbanks, the ditzy, bug-eyed, Gwinnett County “RUNAWAY BRIDE” who bolted to avoid her mega-wedding. Wilbanks split on a bus, while everyone back home feared she had been kidnapped whilemore...
Last spring, the world’s media focused itself like a laser beam on the saga of Jennifer Wilbanks, the ditzy, bug-eyed, Gwinnett County “RUNAWAY BRIDE” who bolted to avoid her mega-wedding. Wilbanks split on a bus, while everyone back home feared she had been kidnapped while jogging. Turns out, she planned it. And now she’s got a deal for a book, which ought to be spellbinding, based on a false statement to New Mexico police in which she claimed one of her fictional abductors told her: “Now you can lick my pussy.” You go, girl! less...

Best Convention BOA Award Winner

Bronner Bros. International Hair Show
This year, Atlanta lost several trade shows, some of whose organizers blamed an economic slump for diminished interest in the events. Despite the losses, the BRONNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW, hosted by the Marietta-based hair product company and drawing 50,000 people to the Georgia World Congressmore...

This year, Atlanta lost several trade shows, some of whose organizers blamed an economic slump for diminished interest in the events. Despite the losses, the BRONNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW, hosted by the Marietta-based hair product company and drawing 50,000 people to the Georgia World Congress Center every August, is holding up Atlanta’s reputation as a convention town with the tenaciousness of a tub of African Royale Mink Oil Gel. From intense barber battles to outlandish hairstyles bobbing down the fashion runway, the convention is so iconic that Ludacris gives it props in his track “Pimpin’ All Over the World”: “But I drop you off and pay you no attention/If I make it to Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers convention.”
www.bronnerbros.com.

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Best Historic Downtown BOA Award Winner

Buford
As small-town main streets go, one of the most charming in these parts belongs to the city of BUFORD, nestled in the northern tip of Gwinnett County. Founded in 1872, the city was put on the map by industrialist Bona Allen, who ran the tannery and leather factory — now fully renovated as anmore...

As small-town main streets go, one of the most charming in these parts belongs to the city of BUFORD, nestled in the northern tip of Gwinnett County. Founded in 1872, the city was put on the map by industrialist Bona Allen, who ran the tannery and leather factory — now fully renovated as an antique mall — that served as the town’s economic engine. In 1912, Allen built a 17-room Italianate mansion, and the home and tannery bookend Main Street, which is now lined by boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries that double as working studios.
www.cityofbuford.com.

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Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival
Held the last weekend in April, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL has all the offerings you’d expect from a such an event: a goofy parade, a street market, live music, and a tour of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. But what sets the three-day festival apart is the people. Everyone, from everywheremore...

Held the last weekend in April, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL has all the offerings you’d expect from a such an event: a goofy parade, a street market, live music, and a tour of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. But what sets the three-day festival apart is the people. Everyone, from everywhere in town, goes. The festival marks one of the rare occasions when stroller-pushing Virginia-Highlanders and well-heeled Ansley Parkers brush shoulders with Little Five Points bohos and south-of-Ponce hipsters. One bit of advice: Parking can be an exercise in futility. Take MARTA.
www.inmanpark.org/festival.php.

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Best Intown Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland

Best Lesson in Rock History BOA Award Winner

Stonehenge
You’re not going to hear the hits of the ’60s and ’70s on WREK’s classic rock show STONEHENGE, thank God, but you will learn about the less played-out side of rock’s psychedelic age. Like the ancient site of the same name, Stonehenge stands for timelessnessmore...

You’re not going to hear the hits of the ’60s and ’70s on WREK’s classic rock show STONEHENGE, thank God, but you will learn about the less played-out side of rock’s psychedelic age. Like the ancient site of the same name, Stonehenge stands for timelessness — of bands like Love, Humble Pie, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Roxy Music. And Stonehenge DJ Dr. Rock’s encyclopedic knowledge about such things as a band’s bitter breakup or song’s obscure genesis rivals that of the coolest dad. If you’re too busy to tune in on Fridays, you can hear the most recent episode on the website of the Georgia Tech-run station.
Fridays, 8 p.m.-midnight, WREK-FM (91.1). 404-894-2468. www.wrek.org.

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Best Local Do-Gooders BOA Award Winner

Riverwood High School
Senior proms are awkward, expensive, pretentious affairs. Isn’t there anything better to do with your time and money? That’s what RIVERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL students asked before deciding to forgo the prom and donate prom funds to nonprofit group CARE’s tsunami relief efforts. Themore...

Senior proms are awkward, expensive, pretentious affairs. Isn’t there anything better to do with your time and money? That’s what RIVERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL students asked before deciding to forgo the prom and donate prom funds to nonprofit group CARE’s tsunami relief efforts. The local community responded to the school’s gesture with a flood of donations. Nearly $10,000 ultimately was donated to CARE. The school received some donations as well — enough to go ahead with the prom after all.
5900 Heards Drive. 404-847-1980. www.riverwoodhs.org.

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Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Kaufman
WSB/Channel 2 Weeknights, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. www.wsbtv.com

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Ralph Reed
Baby-faced super-Christian RALPH REED is running for lieutenant governor, and while the campaign is Reed’s first bid for public office, he’s said to have his eyes on the White House. Scary. Reed is a cutthroat behind-the-scenes political street fighter who’s claimed he putmore...

Baby-faced super-Christian RALPH REED is running for lieutenant governor, and while the campaign is Reed’s first bid for public office, he’s said to have his eyes on the White House. Scary. Reed is a cutthroat behind-the-scenes political street fighter who’s claimed he put enemies in “body bags” and led the Christian Coalition to national prominence. The former plagiarist — he was banned from UGA’s student newspaper for copying lines from an attack on Gandhi — returned to the state as a political consultant following claims that a company with close ties to him over-billed the coalition. Now Reed is up to his neck in allegations that he fought the development of Indian casinos with money provided by their competitors. How presidential.
www.ralphreed.com.

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Best PR Fiasco BOA Award Winner

Choicepoint
We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offermore...

We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offer a full accounting of the scandal? Yeah, right! The company waited months before ’fessing up to a security breach. Then, when CEO Derek Smith finally talked, he said, “We didn’t expect organized criminals would attack us with this sophistication.” Derek, they used a fax machine! ChoicePoint shares tumbled, but before the scandal went public, Smith managed to sell thousands of shares, netting $13 million.
www.choicepoint.com.

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Best Pseudonym BOA Award Winner

Ron Mexico
His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit.more...

His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit. In April, a 26-year-old alleged former girlfriend sued Vick for negligence and battery, claiming he gave her the STD after he once refused to wear a condom during sex. Vick denies the allegations, and the suit has yet to go to court. But here at CL, we’ve already reached our verdict: “Ron Mexico” is one kick-ass nickname!
www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0405051vick1.html.

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Best Radio Station that Keeps on Getting Better BOA Award Winner

WRAS 88.5
It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners)more...

It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners) college radio stations in the country. That’s not by accident. Album 88 has more than 40 specialty shows, running the gamut from math rock to space rock, post-punk to Japanese, instrumental hip-hop to drum and bass, as well as live, in-studio performances by bands whose tours pass through Atlanta.
404-651-4488. www2.gsu.edu/~www885.

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Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Untrue Rumor BOA Award Winner

A Local Restaurant Was Serving Rats, Mice, Kittens, Puppies, and a Large Frozen Hawk
In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall.more...

In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall. Accompanying the e-mail were four pictures of skinned and shrink-wrapped rats and mice. Soon, though, the Fulton County Health and Wellness Department found that the e-mail was a hoax. (Incidentally, the restaurant in question had excellent health records.) The photos turned out to be pictures of prepackaged food for snakes.
www.snopes.com/food/tainted/rats.asp.

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Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Victory Vintage Home (Permanently Closed)
The recent explosion of interest in midcentury modern relics has antiques dealer Lee Cuthbert knocking on wood (Heywood-Wakefield, of course). Her young Decatur store, Victory Vintage, specializes in post–World War II furniture, accessories, artwork and educational aids. Reproductions and retro-flavoredmore...

The recent explosion of interest in midcentury modern relics has antiques dealer Lee Cuthbert knocking on wood (Heywood-Wakefield, of course). Her young Decatur store, Victory Vintage, specializes in post–World War II furniture, accessories, artwork and educational aids. Reproductions and retro-flavored paper goods are available, too. While her inventory is similar to that of shops such as City Issue and Twentieth Century Antiques, Cuthbert’s low prices and unusually personal customer service have us snagged. Look for swell discounts on items that haven’t moved for more than 60 days.
303 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-373-5511. www.victoryvintage.com.

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Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Acupuncture Works
It might not sound soothing to get needles shoved into your body, but at ACUPUNCTURE WORKS it is, and you’ll come out feeling balanced. The licensed acupuncturists pinpoint your aches and pains by delicately and professionally inserting needles that help treat conditions like chronic back painmore...

It might not sound soothing to get needles shoved into your body, but at ACUPUNCTURE WORKS it is, and you’ll come out feeling balanced. The licensed acupuncturists pinpoint your aches and pains by delicately and professionally inserting needles that help treat conditions like chronic back pain or menstrual cramps. Even if you don’t have a specific pain, the treatment can increase oxygen and blood flow, leaving you energized. And if acupuncture isn’t your idea of a relaxing body treatment, Acupuncture Works also offers plenty of massages to help you mellow out.
3115 Piedmont Road, Suite E-102. 404-949-0550. www.acuworks.net.

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Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Barnes & Noble Booksellers (Atlanta Stores)
2900 Peachtree Road 404-261-7747; and other locations www.barnesandnoble.com

Best Camera Shop BOA Award Winner

Wolf Camera (Former ATL Chain) (Permanently Closed)
150 14th St. 404-885-0071; and other locations www.wolfcamera.com

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