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Best Of Atlanta 2007 Cityscape Large


Cityscape

The past year hasn’t been awful. Meteors didn’t pummel the 17th Street bridge to dust. Locusts didn’t swarm the samosa tray at Your DeKalb Farmers Market. Mounted Mongol invaders didn’t sack Grant Park and eat Mei Lan. Yet.

But a spike in crime, a dip in the housing market, careless missteps by police and city leaders, and, well, Michael Vick have turned our civic mood ring from blue to gray.

What better time, then, to seek solace by reflecting on some of the things old and new, trendy and timeless, that we love about our town — whether it’s the diversity of Buford Highway or the charm of our distinctive intown neighborhoods.

Maddening though it can be sometimes (witness the last session of the General Assembly), Atlanta is a profoundly interesting place to live. In a generation, it’s morphed from a provincial podunk to a behemoth of international business and a cultural mecca.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a hipster in an ironic tee, a scenester clubbing in designer duds, a company foot soldier producing stacks of TPS reports or a refugee fleeing an African war zone. Atlanta has a job for you, a place to live and a bar for you to hang out with your friends.

— Andisheh Nouraee

Best Suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Pride Festival

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Quirk About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Traffic

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

Destin, Fla

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

East Lake Country Club

Best Local Blogger (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Cable & Tweed

Best Local Blogger (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Preston Craig

Best Local Hero (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best Local Sports Radio Show Host BOA Award Winner

Two Live Stews

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Parade BOA Award Winner

Little Five Points Halloween Parade
The Inman Park Festival parade is best-known as home turf for the incredibly entertaining Kelly’s Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band. The quirky Pride Parade in Midtown is Atlanta’s most honest celebration of freedom. We love them both. But Atlanta’s most original, entertainingmore...

The Inman Park Festival parade is best-known as home turf for the incredibly entertaining Kelly’s Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band. The quirky Pride Parade in Midtown is Atlanta’s most honest celebration of freedom. We love them both. But Atlanta’s most original, entertaining and downright bizarre street march is the LITTLE FIVE POINTS HALLOWEEN PARADE. Where else does a 7-foot-penis swagger by a wholesome family in broad daylight, or a snarling, bare-chested madman gnaw on his bone and lunge at the crowd only to have his collar jerked by his masterful mistress?


www.l5phalloween.com.

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Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Mara Davis, Dave FM
WZGC-FM (92.9)

Best Sign Atlanta Isn't Like the Rest of Georgia BOA Award Winner

Buford Highway
BUFORD HIGHWAY is Atlanta’s Chinatown. It’s also our Koreatown, our Vietnamtown, our Mexicotown and many more. To some, Buford Highway is just a shopping and restaurant district — a place to get a bowl of pho on a Friday night, or a place to pick up stalks of fresh lemongrassmore...
BUFORD HIGHWAY is Atlanta’s Chinatown. It’s also our Koreatown, our Vietnamtown, our Mexicotown and many more. To some, Buford Highway is just a shopping and restaurant district — a place to get a bowl of pho on a Friday night, or a place to pick up stalks of fresh lemongrass for a Thai recipe you’re making at home. Buford Highway’s much more than food and shopping, though. It’s the living, breathing fulfillment of Atlanta’s oft-stated desire to be an international city instead of just a provincial capital. less...

Best TV News Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson
TV news anchors aren't reporters. They're readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., asmore...
TV news anchors aren't reporters. They're readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., as Monica Kaufman to anchor the morning local-news breaks during "The Today Show." less...

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

Chris Benoit murdering his wife and child then taking his own life

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Local Do-Gooder BOA Award Winner

Clark Howard

Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

Brandon Bond

Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

Bert Weiss and the Bert Show on Q100 (100.5)

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best Addition to the Skyline BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree

Best Non-Commercial Radio Station BOA Award Winner

88.5 The Album

Best Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Village

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square

Best Post-Lakewood Rummaging Spot BOA Award Winner

Scott Antique Markets, Atlanta
Folks loved Lakewood because, in addition to the costly antiques, there was plenty of good junk and funky tchotchkes to be had at reasonable prices. Long known as Lakewood's upmarket cousin, SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET had higher-end collectibles at higher prices - and it still does. But many former Lakewoodmore...
Folks loved Lakewood because, in addition to the costly antiques, there was plenty of good junk and funky tchotchkes to be had at reasonable prices. Long known as Lakewood's upmarket cousin, SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET had higher-end collectibles at higher prices - and it still does. But many former Lakewood merchants have set up shop at Scott, even spilling out onto the grass beside the convention hall. Sure, it still has Shaker furniture with laugh-out-loud price tags, but you can also find post cards, tea pots, old radios and tacky commemorative plates you didn't even know you needed. less...

Best Bakery for the Quaintest Cakes BOA Award Winner

Highland Bakery (6 ATL Locations)
The cakes at HIGHLAND BAKERY aren't like the ones you might find at those fancy cake makers, where towering layers impose in their perfection. Instead, there's something comfortably homey, with a fair dose of bohemian chic, in the rows of cakes dressed with orange and yellow daisies and other unpretentiousmore...
The cakes at HIGHLAND BAKERY aren't like the ones you might find at those fancy cake makers, where towering layers impose in their perfection. Instead, there's something comfortably homey, with a fair dose of bohemian chic, in the rows of cakes dressed with orange and yellow daisies and other unpretentious adornments. From carrot and coconut to traditional chocolate or yellow, the cakes' ingredients are organic and as wholesome as can be without compromising taste. Or, as one fan puts it, she'd like to bathe in Highland Bakery's buttercream frosting. The bakery's sweet-potato pancakes are nothing to scoff at, either - and serve as the perfect excuse to pick up a special-occasion cake during breakfast hours. less...

Best Reason to Stay Away from Blockbuster BOA Award Winner

Videodrome
Don't let some nationwide chain - or your Netflix queue - dictate which films you check out next. If you really want to broaden your horizons, head to VIDEODROME. Like some kind of bizarro-world version of Blockbuster, here it's the "mainstream"

Best Place to Get Waxed by a Lust Lister BOA Award Winner

Salon Red - Candler Park
Actually, SALON RED AND SPA in Candler Park is probably the only place to get waxed by a winner of CL's annual Lust List. In addition to being nominated by readers earlier this year as one of the city's hottest service-industry workers, Kristen Standish has the skills to match. Expertise, efficiency,more...
Actually, SALON RED AND SPA in Candler Park is probably the only place to get waxed by a winner of CL's annual Lust List. In addition to being nominated by readers earlier this year as one of the city's hottest service-industry workers, Kristen Standish has the skills to match. Expertise, efficiency, a calm demeanor and steady handwork are wonders for novice spa-goers, and informed advice about avoiding ingrowns and cooling down that telltale redness is refreshing to the more experienced among us. You won't feel pressured to buy any products, and the salon's overall vibe is laid-back. So relax, sip some cool water, breathe and let Kristen and her colleagues Kaci Chandler and Anissa Jones do their thing - for a reasonable $30. We just hope the guy or gal who nominated Kristen won't be too disappointed that she became officially committed to her lady love in August. less...

Best Place to Buy a Glass Tobacco Pipe BOA Award Winner

42 Degrees South
There are plenty of enticing and exotic wares in the front of the store to distract you, from handcrafted jewelry to billowing glass sculptures to primitive masks to a sleek waterfall. But the real treasures at 42 DEGREES SOUTH can be found inside the massive, U-shaped cases in the back. Swirling, blown-glassmore...
There are plenty of enticing and exotic wares in the front of the store to distract you, from handcrafted jewelry to billowing glass sculptures to primitive masks to a sleek waterfall. But the real treasures at 42 DEGREES SOUTH can be found inside the massive, U-shaped cases in the back. Swirling, blown-glass pipes of every size, shape and color create a rainbow of options, ranging from $10 for sleek and slender one-hitters to well more than $100 for tall, elegant water pipes. The laid-back and superfriendly staff is happy to guide you through the rather daunting process of wading through hundreds of options to find the pipe that's right for you. less...

Best Resource for Cobbling Together a New Kitchen BOA Award Winner

Restore
Georgia nonprofit Habitat for Humanity does more than build homes for the needy. It also offers donated home-renovation supplies to the public - at a fraction of their retail cost - through a Grant Park outpost called RESTORE. ReStore, which recently expanded to 4,000 square feet of warehouse space,more...
Georgia nonprofit Habitat for Humanity does more than build homes for the needy. It also offers donated home-renovation supplies to the public - at a fraction of their retail cost - through a Grant Park outpost called RESTORE. ReStore, which recently expanded to 4,000 square feet of warehouse space, offers brand-new stainless-steel appliances, cabinets, sinks, countertops, flooring, windows and light fixtures. There's even high-end dishes and silverware. If you're looking beyond the kitchen, ReStore also offers indoor and outdoor furniture, Jacuzzi tubs, area rugs, and just about anything you might need to spruce up your home. The best part: All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity, which means someone else gets the home they deserve, too. less...

Best Boutique for Trendsetters BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman
It's unusual to stay relevant in fashion as long as BILL HALLMAN has, but somehow, this venerable store seems to have the freshest, cheekiest looks to help you stay ahead of the crowd. And now occupying an expansive 6,000-square-foot space, it has enough room to be twice as good. BH has always been aboutmore...
It's unusual to stay relevant in fashion as long as BILL HALLMAN has, but somehow, this venerable store seems to have the freshest, cheekiest looks to help you stay ahead of the crowd. And now occupying an expansive 6,000-square-foot space, it has enough room to be twice as good. BH has always been about more than trendy denim and hipster T-shirts, but the addition of such men's brands as Paul Smith and John Varvatos has upped the sophistication quotient. The women's side, meanwhile, is off the hook, with more bags, accessories and even a carefully selected vintage selection. less...

Best Accessories for Pampered Pets BOA Award Winner

Highland Pet Supply
Whether you're looking for a $170 dog bed, a $325 kitty jungle gym, $60 doggie booties or cat kibble labeled duck or salmon "a la veg,"

Best Sample/Trunk/Clearance Sale BOA Award Winner

Intown Boutique Warehouse Sale
The Big Apple has the fabled semiannual Barney's Warehouse Sale; we've got the locally renowned INTOWN BOUTIQUE WAREHOUSE SALE, where bargain hunters can score seriously marked-down duds from Bill Hallman, P. Valentine, Veruca, Laced Up, Mitzi & Romano, Wish and other merchants of edgy attire. Dealsmore...
The Big Apple has the fabled semiannual Barney's Warehouse Sale; we've got the locally renowned INTOWN BOUTIQUE WAREHOUSE SALE, where bargain hunters can score seriously marked-down duds from Bill Hallman, P. Valentine, Veruca, Laced Up, Mitzi & Romano, Wish and other merchants of edgy attire. Deals are especially strong on jeans from such makers as Evisu, Acne and Seven, but there also are T-shirts, sweaters, dresses and shoes out the wazoo. The two-day fashion free-for-all takes place in a windowless, cement-floored stockroom a half-mile from the Carter Center. The only question is, can you wait until February (or July) for the next sale? less...

Best Resource for the Carless BOA Award Winner

Flexcar
For those who'd like to give up their cars full-time - with the option of having some wheels to borrow for grocery shopping, picking up furniture or making a quick day trip - FLEXCAR can make that dream a reality. For as little as $6 per hour, you can rent one of 64 fully insured vehicles (includingmore...
For those who'd like to give up their cars full-time - with the option of having some wheels to borrow for grocery shopping, picking up furniture or making a quick day trip - FLEXCAR can make that dream a reality. For as little as $6 per hour, you can rent one of 64 fully insured vehicles (including hybrids, SUVs, pickup trucks and even a Mini convertible) from locations across the city and return it when you're done. There's none of the hassle that comes with the lines and paperwork at a traditional car-rental place. What's more, Flexcar's $35 annual membership fee is waived in subsequent years if you use the service just twice in 12 months. And because Flexcar's fleet averages 30 miles per gallon, and because all of its cars are Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, borrowing from Flexcar is good for Atlanta's crummy air, too. less...

Best CD Shopping for Indie Snobs BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records
The first thing you'll notice when you walk into CRIMINAL RECORDS is that the high-set counters make the staff tower over you like gods of musical knowledge ... either that, or tatted-up pharmacists. Instead of handing out Prozac, however, they'll prescribe you the latest from Peter Bjorn and John ormore...
The first thing you'll notice when you walk into CRIMINAL RECORDS is that the high-set counters make the staff tower over you like gods of musical knowledge ... either that, or tatted-up pharmacists. Instead of handing out Prozac, however, they'll prescribe you the latest from Peter Bjorn and John or the Polyphonic Spree. Tucked between Junkman's Daughter and Aurora Coffee, this L5P staple doubles as a comic-book shop, a magazine stand, a toy store and, sometimes, a concert venue. It's got plenty of vinyl, material from local bands, concert DVDs and rare EPs from the likes of Death Cab and Kings of Leon. Plus, its ridiculously wide selection of graphic novels (it has more than most stores that just sell comics) means you can satisfy penchants for Brian Eno and Brian Michael Bendis simultaneously. less...

Best Workout for Masochists BOA Award Winner

Kettlebell Training At Studio Lotus
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year's worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers amore...
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year's worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers a departure from the mat classes and private instruction that are typically offered at the Morningside Pilates studio. Attendees of any of the seven weekly Kettlebell classes ($185 for a once-a-week, eight-week series) will be greeted with a cast-iron, bell-shaped weight with a handle on top, which is swung using both arms in various arcs and loops. In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. Expect to be sore - to the point of not being able to sit. less...

Best Place to Enjoy a Brew with Your New 'Do BOA Award Winner

Roosters Men's Grooming Center
If Ernest Hemingway's reanimated corpse somehow found itself shambling down Powers Ferry Road in desperate need of a shave and haircut, it would surely stumble into ROOSTER'S, where old-school collides with new-school in an explosion of manly awesomeness. Decked out like some hunting lodge from the 1920s,more...
If Ernest Hemingway's reanimated corpse somehow found itself shambling down Powers Ferry Road in desperate need of a shave and haircut, it would surely stumble into ROOSTER'S, where old-school collides with new-school in an explosion of manly awesomeness. Decked out like some hunting lodge from the 1920s, this boy's club oozes enough machismo to make Papa Hemingway plenty proud. Antique golf clubs, stuffed deer heads and ducks adorn the walls alongside flat-screen TVs, and there's a table full of lad-mag reading material from Maxim to Details - and, fittingly, the forever-quotable screenplay of Caddyshack. If all that isn't enough to get you there for your next trim, here are two important words: Free. Beer. less...

Best Unpretentious Salon for Hipster Mops BOA Award Winner

Adore Hair Studio & Shoppe
It's barely a year old, but Inman Park's ADORE HAIR STUDIO & SHOPPE has attracted a - dare we say it? - adoring clientele, and deservedly so. The handsome, minimalist loft space, decorated in shades of chocolate with leather armchairs serving as the styling seats, has drawn talent from some of the city'smore...
It's barely a year old, but Inman Park's ADORE HAIR STUDIO & SHOPPE has attracted a - dare we say it? - adoring clientele, and deservedly so. The handsome, minimalist loft space, decorated in shades of chocolate with leather armchairs serving as the styling seats, has drawn talent from some of the city's most popular salons, Many former clients of those salons have followed suit. Adore carries the coveted Bumble and bumble product line - a sign of its chops - and several stylists trained at the prestigious Bb University in New York City. Stylist Brenton Anderson has been featured on two episodes of Fox's "Ambush Makeover," less...

Best Way to Impress a New Flame in the Kitchen BOA Award Winner

Star Provisions
So you want to invite your new beau to your place for dinner, but there's just one teensy problem: You don't know the difference between bouillon and bouillabaisse, a skillet and a grill pan, chardonnay and Viognier. Let STAR PROVISIONS come to the rescue. The upscale market flanks Bacchanalia, one ofmore...
So you want to invite your new beau to your place for dinner, but there's just one teensy problem: You don't know the difference between bouillon and bouillabaisse, a skillet and a grill pan, chardonnay and Viognier. Let STAR PROVISIONS come to the rescue. The upscale market flanks Bacchanalia, one of the city's finest restaurants, and offers plenty of options for piecing together the perfect, premade dinner-to-go. A meal of flank steak and arugula, with a side of risotto, a simple starter of French baguette and chevre, a dessert of Valrhona chocolate cake, and a heady cabernet to wash it down won't come cheap, but all you have to do is follow the reheating instructions. You do know how to turn on the oven, right? less...

Best Place for the Sexiest Skivvies BOA Award Winner

O'Clair de Lune
A few years back, French-born-and-raised Lamia Aouassi was in the business of importing vegetables. Though she's still in the import industry, it's taken a bit of a turn - to European lingerie. Her online and appointment-only boutique, O'CLAIR DE LUNE, is stocked with sultry unmentionables from prominentmore...
A few years back, French-born-and-raised Lamia Aouassi was in the business of importing vegetables. Though she's still in the import industry, it's taken a bit of a turn - to European lingerie. Her online and appointment-only boutique, O'CLAIR DE LUNE, is stocked with sultry unmentionables from prominent French and Italian lines. With lacy brassieres, satin undies, classy camis and frilly nighties, the collections are indulgent. Armed with champagne and gourmet chocolates, Aouassi hosts lingerie parties and will gladly assist men in selecting the perfect panties for their special lady, all out of the comfort of her live/work space in Castleberry Hill. less...

Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Pride Festival

Best Local General Interest Website BOA Award Winner

Access Atlanta website

Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz's website

Best Local Sports Website BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Braves website

Best Locally Produced Podcast BOA Award Winner

Paste Culture Club

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best Place to Road Bike BOA Award Winner

Freedom Parkway

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

Georgia Aquarium

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

95.5 The Beat

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

Chris Benoit murdering his wife and child then taking his own life


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