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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 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

Mike Geier: My Favorite Cartoon Network BOA Award Winner

Adult Swim
I love the fact that ADULT SWIM is located here, not only because I often find myself gainfully involved in some of its projects (like composing multiple songs for '12 oz. Mouse,' appearing in commercials for 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and acting in a soon-to-be-released live-action series), but becausemore...
I love the fact that ADULT SWIM is located here, not only because I often find myself gainfully involved in some of its projects (like composing multiple songs for '12 oz. Mouse,' appearing in commercials for 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and acting in a soon-to-be-released live-action series), but because Adult Swim is one of Turner's coolest programming ideas. Adult Swim also employs some of the country's most talented comedic writers and animators who often branch out to produce their own interesting independent films. You can find crazy film projects from the likes of 'Aqua Teen' creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis on SuperDeluxe.com. 'Aqua Teen' producer/editor Jay Edwards has produced and directed several film projects including his latest,"Stomp! Shout! Scream!" I love anything that nurtures this kind of local talent, and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim proves especially to be just that kind of mother. " As told to David Lee Simmons" less...

Best Store Makeover BOA Award Winner

Wish
Putting a hipster clothing boutique in a stately old library building on Moreland Avenue was a stroke of genius when WISH opened a dozen or so years back. Now, several owners and inventory changes later, the shop has reached its full potential with a spectacular renovation that would feel like a SoHomore...
Putting a hipster clothing boutique in a stately old library building on Moreland Avenue was a stroke of genius when WISH opened a dozen or so years back. Now, several owners and inventory changes later, the shop has reached its full potential with a spectacular renovation that would feel like a SoHo art gallery - if you weren't so consumed with browsing through its racks of Nice Collective, True Religion and Martin Margiela. The clean lines, black-and-white palette and stark furnishings of the main floor are made less imposing by the use of lowly materials such as bare plywood for wall paneling and construction nails for accessory hooks. Downstairs, the dim, book-lined shoe vault, where specialty kicks rest dramatically on glowing white boxes, is an equally captivating space. And the brilliant ad campaign - shots of local musicians wearing Wish's wares - only complements the store's hot new look. less...

Best Reason to Play in the Dirt BOA Award Winner

Urban Gardener
From the extensive line of organic and natural fertilizers and pest control to the earthy, knowledgeable and helpful staff to the sprawling community garden that supplanted an abandoned lot, THE URBAN GARDENER is obviously a labor of love. The grounds of the gardening shop and adjoining garden are asmore...
From the extensive line of organic and natural fertilizers and pest control to the earthy, knowledgeable and helpful staff to the sprawling community garden that supplanted an abandoned lot, THE URBAN GARDENER is obviously a labor of love. The grounds of the gardening shop and adjoining garden are as beautiful as any yard you could hope to create - which makes its location a block off Interstate 20 all the more encouraging. If they grow all that beauty in a smoke-choked city without the intervention of harmful chemicals, it gives us all hope. Just ask the staff about which perennials, shade trees, native plants and ground cover might work best for you (or have their landscaping team design a formal plan) and watch as your own grounds become an urban oasis. less...

Best Excuse to Get Rid of Your Gut BOA Award Winner

Urban Body Fitness
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you'll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold's. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members.more...
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you'll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold's. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members. The gym has the newest machines for cardio and strength training; an extensive schedule of yoga, Pilates and spinning classes taught by some of the best and most experienced instructors in the city; fresh-brewed gourmet coffee and tea; and even an in-house chiropractor for all your cracking needs. Its "try before you buy" less...

Best Place to Dress Your Baby 'La Mini Me BOA Award Winner

Cayenne
Pack a lunch; we're taking a road trip. Believe it or not, the most fashionable kids' clothes are found OTP ... in Duluth. CAYENNE carries such hip grown-up labels as Da Nang, Joe's and Antik Denim - as well as haute lines that include Lola et Moi, Petit Bateau and Nutmeg. Co-owner Kevin Payne gets inspirationmore...
Pack a lunch; we're taking a road trip. Believe it or not, the most fashionable kids' clothes are found OTP ... in Duluth. CAYENNE carries such hip grown-up labels as Da Nang, Joe's and Antik Denim - as well as haute lines that include Lola et Moi, Petit Bateau and Nutmeg. Co-owner Kevin Payne gets inspiration from his own 4-year-old daughter, who we're sure will continue to inspire him well into her teens. (The store stocks clothing for babies and children up to age 16.) Cayenne is a tad on the pricey side, with cashmere frocks and "rockstar jeans" less...

Best Shopping Destination for Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen BOA Award Winner

Phipps Plaza
It's part of every guidebook to Atlanta. It's heralded as the premiere shopping destination of the South. Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Versace all reside here. Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are nothing to balk at, either. And let us not forget Jeffrey Kalinsky, who in 1994 introduced Atlanta to high-end fashionmore...
It's part of every guidebook to Atlanta. It's heralded as the premiere shopping destination of the South. Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Versace all reside here. Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are nothing to balk at, either. And let us not forget Jeffrey Kalinsky, who in 1994 introduced Atlanta to high-end fashion by opening Jeffrey alongside his already successful shoe boutique Bob Ellis (now part of Jeffrey). Walking through PHIPPS PLAZA, one can imagine what life must be like for the rich and fabulous. With the addition of such boutiques as New York staple Barney's Co-op, trendy chain Intermix and classic line Theory, we paupers are still breaking the bank - and perhaps considering a second mortgage. less...

Best Store for Buying Shabby-Chic D BOA Award Winner

Melrose On Ponce
Merchandise spills out into the parking lot from MELROSE ON PONCE's loaded front porch. Weathered benches, plant stands and peculiar lamp bases hint at what awaits inside the quirky bungalow-style home-decor store. The shop is a maze of hallways and rooms littered with new, antique and vintage housewares,more...
Merchandise spills out into the parking lot from MELROSE ON PONCE's loaded front porch. Weathered benches, plant stands and peculiar lamp bases hint at what awaits inside the quirky bungalow-style home-decor store. The shop is a maze of hallways and rooms littered with new, antique and vintage housewares, as well as local arts and crafts. Make grandma proud with a dainty wood bedside table, painted black with mismatched knobs and skinny legs, on sale for $20, or create a patchwork wall with worn wooden picture frames at $7 a pop. less...

Best Place to Drop a Wad on Skinny Jeans BOA Award Winner

Blue Genes
Though we swore we'd never do it, we caved liked everyone else. We had no idea how many wildly expensive skinny choices we'd have: Chip & Pepper, Habitual, Hudson, J Brand, Joe's, Rock and Republic, Seven - the list goes on. Lying on the dressing-room floor at BLUE GENES, trying to get the skinny zippermore...
Though we swore we'd never do it, we caved liked everyone else. We had no idea how many wildly expensive skinny choices we'd have: Chip & Pepper, Habitual, Hudson, J Brand, Joe's, Rock and Republic, Seven - the list goes on. Lying on the dressing-room floor at BLUE GENES, trying to get the skinny zipper up, we got sucked into the long-running trend. And once we were finally able to stand up and get a glimpse of our skinny legs in the mirror, we were sold. Before we knew it, we were forking over $200 and shimmying our skinny self out the door, vowing never to eat again. less...

Elizabeth Elkins: My Favorite Place for a Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

Oakland Cemetery
I've lived in Atlanta for more than a decade, so I've been to OAKLAND CEMETERY many, many times. And have, unfortunately, many times tried to sneak alcohol into Oakland which of course is prohibited. So I've gotten really good at scaling walls. A cheap date for me would be a picnic lunch at Oaklandmore...
I've lived in Atlanta for more than a decade, so I've been to OAKLAND CEMETERY many, many times. And have, unfortunately, many times tried to sneak alcohol into Oakland which of course is prohibited. So I've gotten really good at scaling walls. A cheap date for me would be a picnic lunch at Oakland Cemetery. I have a couple of reasons for that. The first is that it appeals to both my inner Morrissey and my inner goth. I've actually gone on a couple of dates there. It's really nice. The view of the city is so great. A couple of Fourth of Julys ago, I got the guard to let me and a date stay in after closing to watch the fireworks there. That was a really cool one. For a first date, you can find out a lot about a person by taking them to a cemetery. That would be an instant turn-off for some people, and for other people that would be an instant turn-on. " As told to Mosi Reeves" less...

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 Addition to the Skyline BOA Award Winner

Sovereign
Not much is going down in Buckhead since the neighborhood purged its nightlife, but plenty is going up. Atlanta hasn’t skyscraped this feverishly since the downtown/Midtown boom in the late ’80s and early ’90s. By the end of the year, the title “Buckhead’smore...

Not much is going down in Buckhead since the neighborhood purged its nightlife, but plenty is going up. Atlanta hasn’t skyscraped this feverishly since the downtown/Midtown boom in the late ’80s and early ’90s. By the end of the year, the title “Buckhead’s Tallest Building” will have changed hands twice in 2007. Come ’08, the title will belong to SOVEREIGN. Inside a curving, 635-foot-tall exterior that kind of looks like a giant Ionic Breeze, Sovereign will offer office, retail, restaurants and 93 condos that will cost up to $12 million. Here’s hoping the mixed-use monolith encourages more centralized living, working and playing — and thus less driving, driving and driving.


Tower Place 200, 3348 Peachtree Road, Suite 1095. 404-266-3344. www.sovereignbuckhead.com

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Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Pride Festival

Best Day Trip to a War Zone BOA Award Winner

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Few hints of the Battle of Atlanta have survived the city’s bulldozers and steamrollers. Just north of the city, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a more complete, and scenic, view of the battle that preceded Atlanta’s fall. But if you really want to feel the scopemore...

Few hints of the Battle of Atlanta have survived the city’s bulldozers and steamrollers. Just north of the city, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a more complete, and scenic, view of the battle that preceded Atlanta’s fall. But if you really want to feel the scope of the last war fought on Southern soil, head about 100 miles north to CHICKAMAUGA AND CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK. The Chickamauga part of the park, which is in Georgia, looks and feels like a hallowed old battlefield: rolling fields, idle cannons, somber memorials. It was the site of one of the South’s last big victories. U.S. troops retreated north to Chattanooga, Tenn., regrouped there, broke out of the city, and then, under the leadership of William Tecumseh Sherman, marched on to Atlanta. Parcels of the park commemorate clashes in and around Chattanooga, including Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.


www.nps.gov/chch

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Best Local Sports Blog BOA Award Winner

Braves Journal
Mac Thomason started his BRAVES JOURNAL blog in 1998 before he even knew what a blog was. A librarian by trade, Thomason started out writing about all of Atlanta’s sports teams, but quickly settled on his favorite: the Braves. Thomason’s observations on all things Braves are often funnymore...

Mac Thomason started his BRAVES JOURNAL blog in 1998 before he even knew what a blog was. A librarian by trade, Thomason started out writing about all of Atlanta’s sports teams, but quickly settled on his favorite: the Braves. Thomason’s observations on all things Braves are often funny and usually insightful. And his rants can be provocative, such as his rebuke to Slate.com when the web magazine framed Hank Aaron as a slow-and-steady “good player,” as opposed to a great one. The blog has become a gathering spot for hardcore Braves fans, and it’s not unusual to see Thomason receive 300-plus comments on a single post where fans critique every move Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz make … and didn’t make.


www.bravesjournal.com

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Best Local Sports Radio Host BOA Award Winner

Chris Dimino
The format is simple: Four guys and a chick, and all the sports talk you want to hear. “Mayhem In The A.M.” on WQXI-AM (790 The Zone) is the only radio show that can get John Smoltz out of bed at 5:30 the morning after he’s pitched, and get him to talk about going one-on-onemore...
The format is simple: Four guys and a chick, and all the sports talk you want to hear. “Mayhem In The A.M.” on WQXI-AM (790 The Zone) is the only radio show that can get John Smoltz out of bed at 5:30 the morning after he’s pitched, and get him to talk about going one-on-one with Barry Bonds the night before. The show has five strong personalities, but we spotlight CHRIS DIMINO. Not because he’s the guy they call “Rain Man” for a memory that can pull up every obscure stat you could ever imagine, but because he’s the station’s most skilled interviewer. Aside from morning duties, he hosts a one-hour pregame show before every Braves home game. Dimino is also one of the few radio guys you actually see at games checking out the action in person when he should be home sleeping: Fer chrissakes, he’s on the air at 6 in the morning! less...

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Person Panda You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Mei Lan
We might just prefer to have fresh bamboo shoots driven under our fingernails than be forced to read another story about MEI LAN, the baby panda. After the wall-to-wall press coverage, the billboards, the nightly gushing and cooing by local TV anchors, the ads for panda posters in the AJC and the frickin’more...

We might just prefer to have fresh bamboo shoots driven under our fingernails than be forced to read another story about MEI LAN, the baby panda. After the wall-to-wall press coverage, the billboards, the nightly gushing and cooing by local TV anchors, the ads for panda posters in the AJC and the frickin’ panda cam, for God’s sake, we’re sick of hearing about the little beast. But, um, have you been over to the zoo to check her out? She’s actually pretty adorable in person, lounging on her log or playing with her mother. We don’t need to read any more about Mei Lan. Can we just take her home instead?


800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-5600. www.zooatlanta.org

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Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Michael Vick
Pro sports stars can get away with a lot without losing the fans’ love: cheat on their wives, drive drunk, consort with hookers, make lousy rap records, etc. But for many people, abusing and torturing animals is on par with child molestation. The things MICHAEL VICK did to dogs are so disgustingmore...
Pro sports stars can get away with a lot without losing the fans’ love: cheat on their wives, drive drunk, consort with hookers, make lousy rap records, etc. But for many people, abusing and torturing animals is on par with child molestation. The things MICHAEL VICK did to dogs are so disgusting and sordid that it’s impossible to look at the guy the same way we used to. Vick has failed his Falcons teammates, effectively wasted our entire football season and deeply embarrassed his adopted city. less...


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