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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 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...


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