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Best Of Atlanta 2007 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture


Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Budget Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Kids' Clothing BOA Award Winner

Gap Kids (Atlanta Stores)
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Green's Beverages - Buford
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.


Best Used Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Book Nook
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Barnes & Noble

Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Affairs to Remember

Best Jewelry BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Antique Gallery

Best Kids' Clothing BOA Award Winner

Gap Kids

Best T-shirt Designs BOA Award Winner

Bang On!

Best Pawnshop (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Fulton Loan Office

Best Pawnshop (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Jerry's Pawn Shop

Best New Vinyl (dance music) BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Best Wine Shop BOA Award Winner

Ansley Wine Merchants

Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

WAG-A-LOT Downtown
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Hip Women's Clothing Store BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman Boutique - Inman Park
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Pet Store BOA Award Winner

PetSmart (Atlanta Locations)
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Place to Register for Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Spa Sydell

Best Women's Shoes BOA Award Winner

DSW
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Antique Gallery

Best Barbershop BOA Award Winner

Axiom

Best Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Cactus Car Wash

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Best Drag Wear BOA Award Winner

Junkman's Daughter

Best Traditional Furniture BOA Award Winner

Havertys Furniture
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Accessories (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Claire's

Best Accessories (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Junkman's Daughter

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Inserection

Best Computer Store BOA Award Winner

Apple Store

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

Candler Park Flowers

Best Gamers Shop BOA Award Winner

Game Stop

Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

Babies R Us

Best Kitchen Tools BOA Award Winner

Cook's Warehouse

Best Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Green's

Best Martial Arts Studio BOA Award Winner

Knuckle Up

Best Pilates Instructor BOA Award Winner

Peter Polous (Urban Body Studios)

Best Accessories BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

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,” HIGHLAND PET SUPPLY offers a fine collection of both high-end and semireasonably priced goods for the discerning pet owner. The selectionmore...
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,” HIGHLAND PET SUPPLY offers a fine collection of both high-end and semireasonably priced goods for the discerning pet owner. The selection of organic and natural pet foods and treats — including a $22 stack of sweet-potato chews — is almost enticing enough to give us humans hunger pangs. There are also fancy pet carriers, “party collars” and a wall filled with toys, many of them made from hemp and other natural products. The store also offers a five-week off-site training program and do-it-yourself in-store grooming stations, complete with elevated tubs, shampoo and conditioner, tools, towel, and blow dryer. What next, doggie pedicures and kitty facials? less...

Best Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Love Shack
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bakery for the Quaintest Cakes BOA Award Winner

Highland Bakery - Old Fourth Ward
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 daisiesmore...
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 Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Budget Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

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 fiercelymore...
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” approach (an introductory two-week membership that won’t cost you a dime) extends to its two-dozen personal trainers, whose full bios you can check out online beforehand to find your best match. They (bravely) even post their own phone numbers. less...

Best Kids' Clothing BOA Award Winner

Gap Kids (Atlanta Stores)
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Green's Beverages - Buford
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Place for Timeless Threads BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN’S. From ’50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. Itmore...
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN’S. From ’50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. It also carries cuff links, eyeglasses and even space-age curtains in a store that’s meticulously organized despite being crammed with merchandise. The attention to detail extends to the elaborate window displays, which are among the most inventive and inviting in town. less...

Best Place to Dress Your Baby 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 Bateaumore...
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” upping the ante, but isn’t your child’s fashion reputation worth it? 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 BLUEmore...
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...

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 Record Shop That Feels Like a Time Warp BOA Award Winner

Low Yo Yo Stuff
Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn’t set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deterioratingmore...
Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn’t set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deteriorating strip mall behind a towering office building off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The cave of a store finally has enough space for both people and LPs. Records galore fill table after table and range in price from $5 to $100 or more, depending on how serious you are. The real fun is sitting on the floor searching through the old vinyl, priced from $1 to $2, and gawking at garish ’70s album covers. Be advised: The store is only open Fridays and Saturdays, from noon-6 p.m. 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 ofmore...
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 Sample/Trunk/Clearance Sale BOA Award Winner

Intown Boutique Warehouse
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 Used Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Book Nook
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Robert Evans: My Favorite Wines That You Can Afford - Seriously BOA Award Winner

Pearson's Wine of Atlanta
PEARSON'S WINE OF ATLANTA has a very wide variety of some very inexpensive bottles, from $10 to $15, and New Zealand and Oregon offer some great values. In particular from New Zealand, the Oyster Bay winery. They make a sauvignon blanc ($14.99, Pearson's, 3072 Early St.) and a chardonnay ($14.99, Wholemore...
PEARSON'S WINE OF ATLANTA has a very wide variety of some very inexpensive bottles, from $10 to $15, and New Zealand and Oregon offer some great values. In particular from New Zealand, the Oyster Bay winery. They make a sauvignon blanc ($14.99, Pearson's, 3072 Early St.) and a chardonnay ($14.99, Whole Foods) that are really nice, lively, especially the sauvignon blanc. It's got a lot of great fresh citrus fruits, citrus peel, spices, a lot of mineral notes. They're great on their own or with food. As far as Oregon, there are a large number of new vineyards being planted there, which I think offers a great opportunity for people to try their wines. One that sticks out is King Estate. They produce a pinot noir ($25.99, Pearson's). A pinot noir from Oregon is just spectacular, almost Burgundian in style, with the fruit still being there, but with more of a focus on the earthy components the mushroom, the wet soil kind of mulchiness. Price really does not have any factor in quality. It's mostly about what you really enjoy. " As told to Taylor Barnes" less...

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Barnes & Noble

Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Affairs to Remember


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