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2007 Index of Winners

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Last Chance Thrift Store

Best Hip Women's Clothing Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman

Best Yoga Instructor BOA Award Winner

Jaya Devi Bhagavati (Kashi Atlanta)


Lisa Borders: My Favorite Local Do-gooder BOA Award Winner

Caf
If you haven't had brunch at Cafe 458 (458 Edgewood Ave., 404-523-1239), you're not just missing out on a delicious meal. You're missing out on one of the most innovative approaches to helping the homeless in Atlanta. The Samaritan House/Cafe 458 help our homeless men and women find a much-needed meal,more...
If you haven't had brunch at Cafe 458 (458 Edgewood Ave., 404-523-1239), you're not just missing out on a delicious meal. You're missing out on one of the most innovative approaches to helping the homeless in Atlanta. The Samaritan House/Cafe 458 help our homeless men and women find a much-needed meal, an occasional bed, job training, employment training and employment itself. Chronic problems require creative approaches and that's why SHERRIE SNIPES-WILLIAMS, executive director of the Samaritan House and Cafe 458, is such an asset to our city. With more than 10 years at local nonprofits, she's clearly committed to making a difference in Atlanta. She is my 'sister-in-service,' and I am inspired by her example and her commitment. " As told to Andisheh Nouraee" less...

Best Country Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Kicks 101.5

Best Jazz Radio Station BOA Award Winner

107.5 WJZZ

Best Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park PATH

Best Local Athlete BOA Award Winner

Jeff Francoeur

Best Local Hero (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Georgia Aquarium

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Playground BOA Award Winner

John Howell Park

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Dave FM 92.9

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rocks!

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Under executive director Anne Dennington's tutelage (which will sadly end this year when she relocates with her husband) ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY has grown into one of the city's most anticipated events. Founded in 1999 by a group of photo historians and artists, the annual October series of exhibitionsmore...
Under executive director Anne Dennington's tutelage (which will sadly end this year when she relocates with her husband) ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY has grown into one of the city's most anticipated events. Founded in 1999 by a group of photo historians and artists, the annual October series of exhibitions and lectures and an increasingly interesting public art component have made a case for photography's centrality on the Atlanta art scene. Each year the crowds grow, and the lecturers get better. This fall look for talks by 2004 Whitney Biennial vet Alec Soth, London-based Turner Prize nominee Sam Taylor-Wood and New York Times magazine deputy photo editor Kira Pollack. www.acpinfo.org less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

David Yoakley Mitchell at Whitespace
814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892 http://www.whitespace814.com Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family membersmore...
814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892 http://www.whitespace814.com Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family members and speeding locomotives passing on the edge of small Southern towns. His most powerful images - which showed a rare tenderness and a clear eye for detail - were the tidy, personality-infused homes of a dying generation of Southerners. Mitchell's show had an emotional depth that could take your breath away. The peaceful privacy of the alternative gallery - located in a former carriage house tucked behind an Inman Park Victorian - made the event all the more moving. less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum BOA Award Winner

Morris Louis Now - An American Master Revisited
1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444 http://www.high.org The explosively hued MORRIS LOUIS NOW AN AMERICAN MASTER REVISITED was a memorable celebration of color and size at the High Museum. The retrospective was a welcome shout-out to old-school painting, featuring wall-sized

Best Drive-by Art BOA Award Winner

Dennis Oppenheim's Alternative Land Art
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationallymore...
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationally known New York conceptualist and land artist DENNIS OPPENHEIM'S ALTERNATIVE LAND ART. The exhibition, a forest of "trash" less...

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Fahamu Pecou
Providing a welcome infusion of humor into the city's art scene, FAHAMU PECOU was one of the standout artists in this year's eclectic Talent Show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. With the humor of a comedian and the peacock attitude of a hip-hop star, Pecou produced a "60 Minutes"

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Suellen Parker
With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culturemore...
With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culture of beauty to human loneliness. With disquieting content and technique to burn, she's one of the city's most visible - and most interesting - artists. www.suellenparker.com less...

Best Blogger BOA Award Winner

Griftdrift
Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political,more...
Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political, legal and media hypocrisy surrounding the Genarlow Wilson case. When the U.S. attorney in Atlanta ripped the Douglas County prosecutor for having distributed a video of Wilson and an underaged girl having sex, his statement was uncannily similar to the ones GriftDrift had been making for weeks.www.griftdrift.blogspot.com less...

Ryan Gravel: My Favorite Addition to the Local Skyline BOA Award Winner

Tribute Lofts
I don't live at TRIBUTE LOFTS (241 Boulevard, 404-525-0507), so I can't enjoy the Wi-Fi'd sundeck, rooftop mineral spa or its unbelievable skyline view (unless someone invites me over). But I can enjoy the building's smart, sophisticated exterior: its urban frontage on Boulevard that will soon be homemore...
I don't live at TRIBUTE LOFTS (241 Boulevard, 404-525-0507), so I can't enjoy the Wi-Fi'd sundeck, rooftop mineral spa or its unbelievable skyline view (unless someone invites me over). But I can enjoy the building's smart, sophisticated exterior: its urban frontage on Boulevard that will soon be home to street-level life and retail, its elegantly abstract pattern of glass facing on Freedom Parkway, and the fact that it's scaled correctly for little J.W. Dobbs Avenue at the edge of Atlanta's hip Old Fourth Ward. The building masters its site and context. It maximizes views and density within a fresh and modern aesthetic. It's not overbearing, bulky or cheap (like the loft development across the street. This town could use a lot more of this. " As told to Andisheh Nouraee" less...

Michael Alvear: My Favorite Atlanta YouTube Videos BOA Award Winner

Duck Dollas
Unfortunately, almost every Atlanta-produced YouTube video suffers from 'sticky underwear' syndrome. That's when you throw your dirty underwear against the wall, it sticks, and the next morning you see it crawled up three feet. That's how scary bad most of these videos are. Still, there are some Atlantansmore...
Unfortunately, almost every Atlanta-produced YouTube video suffers from 'sticky underwear' syndrome. That's when you throw your dirty underwear against the wall, it sticks, and the next morning you see it crawled up three feet. That's how scary bad most of these videos are. Still, there are some Atlantans who show clean-underwear promise. Herb Henderson's live-action cartoon 'DUCK DOLLAS' has fun blowing up some of the city's tallest skyscrapers. SHELBY HIGHSMITH's video for Hillary Clinton's 'pick-my-song' contest is clever and funny, two words you don't associate with politics. And Grayson Daughters' satire 'TRUE GRITZ' is an often loud-out-loud parody of Southern propriety. " Michael Alvear" less...

Best Local Fighter for the Environment (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Laura Turner Seydel

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best New Loft/Condo Development BOA Award Winner

Atlantic Station

Best 'Hood to Get a House for a Steal BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Village

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Mara Davis, Dave FM

Best Suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Best Quirk About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Traffic

Best Local YouTube Video BOA Award Winner

Willy Terry story

Best Old-School Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Park 75
With all the glitz and glamour in Hotlanta, some days you just want an excellent meal in a quiet, sophisticated room. When the micro-mini-wearing waitresses have got you down, when you've tired of the scenesters and Pan-Latin jazz-infused small plates, head to PARK 75 in the Four Seasons. The old-stylemore...
With all the glitz and glamour in Hotlanta, some days you just want an excellent meal in a quiet, sophisticated room. When the micro-mini-wearing waitresses have got you down, when you've tired of the scenesters and Pan-Latin jazz-infused small plates, head to PARK 75 in the Four Seasons. The old-style hotel service is impeccable, and chef Robert Gerstenecker's dishes are classic and refined. The five-course, 12-dish tasting brunch is an especially indulgent luxury, but be sure to wear pearls and sensible heels. No one cares about your hipster credentials here. less...

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Daddy D'z
264 Memorial Drive SE 404-222-0206 http://www.daddydz.com Not only does DADDY D'Z have the best barbecue in town, it also has one of the most pleasingly grungy atmospheres, lovably attitudinal waitresses and delicious sides to boot. For a Sunday afternoon hangover meal, what can beat the pork platemore...
264 Memorial Drive SE 404-222-0206 http://www.daddydz.com Not only does DADDY D'Z have the best barbecue in town, it also has one of the most pleasingly grungy atmospheres, lovably attitudinal waitresses and delicious sides to boot. For a Sunday afternoon hangover meal, what can beat the pork plate with mac-n-cheese and collard greens? The sauce has good spice and a hefty dose of vinegar, and isn't too sweet. Ribs are a messy wonder. Who's your daddy? less...

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Arnaud Berthelier
3434 Peachtree Road 404-240-7035 http://www.ritzcarlton.com ARNAUD BERTHELIER is deeply symbolic of the Ritz-Carlton's tradition of bringing Atlanta its best chefs (Guenter Seeger and Joel Antunes also once held the head chef position there). Berthelier is cooking some of the best food this city hasmore...
3434 Peachtree Road 404-240-7035 http://www.ritzcarlton.com ARNAUD BERTHELIER is deeply symbolic of the Ritz-Carlton's tradition of bringing Atlanta its best chefs (Guenter Seeger and Joel Antunes also once held the head chef position there). Berthelier is cooking some of the best food this city has ever seen, and his technique is both bold and delicate. Dishes such as chilled Parmesan and bean cream with pesto ice cream show his boundless creativity at creating luxury with unexpected components. Put your palate in his hands for a special occasion and prepare to be delighted. less...

Best Coffee BOA Award Winner

Counter Culture Coffee
877 W. Marietta St. 678-358-6114 http://www.counterculturecoffee.com There's a new coffee company in town COUNTER CULTURE COFFEE. The owners are so devoted to java that they've opened a training center in the King Plow Arts Center and hold a weekly "cupping" (think wine tasting but with coffee) on Fridaymore...
877 W. Marietta St. 678-358-6114 http://www.counterculturecoffee.com There's a new coffee company in town COUNTER CULTURE COFFEE. The owners are so devoted to java that they've opened a training center in the King Plow Arts Center and hold a weekly "cupping" (think wine tasting but with coffee) on Friday evenings that is open to the public. The company specializes in forging personal connections with coffee growers, and some of the best places in town, including Octane, are now devotees of Counter Culture's beans. less...

 

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