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2014 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

One thing we can all agree on: The best shopping experiences usually start with the people behind the businesses. Old faithfuls such as Decatur Package Store, with its well-stocked, well-labeled shelves (we count owner Herb Chereck's "Herb's Choices" as one of our many blessings), and 2014 Trophy Case inductee Army Surplus Sales, Inc., show the importance of legacy businesses to neighborhoods. A new generation tested Atlanta's retail waters this summer at a number of pop-up shops Downtown (below), where creative entrepreneurs behind brands such as FRESH.i.AM, Arbitrary Living, and Fallen Arrows brought life and foot traffic to vacant storefronts. Mike Tyson's Sunbrimmer Records, added a tightly curated vinyl collection to Avondale Estates, a 'hood that was in desperate need of a shop dedicated to music.

In keeping with this year's backstage theme for Best of Atlanta, we went behind the scenes at Grammy award-winning rapper Killer Mike's SWAG Shop, where we discovered that his wife, Shana "Shay Bigga" Render, is the key to the barber shop's success. We also dropped in at some of the city's houses of ink such as West End Tattoo, which helped mold City of Ink owners Miya Bailey and Tuki Carter. A visit to Southern Star Tattoo's Ponce de Leon Avenue location revealed the elements that go into making a great tattoo shop, from the booths to the autoclave.

Decisions like choosing the Best place to maintain your hooptie aren't always simple. We've done the hard work for you, making our 2014 Best of selections with the consumer and the folks behind the counter in mind.

— Gavin Godfrey

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati at Kashi Atlanta

Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best crossfit BOA Award Winner

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best fashion blogger BOA Award Winner

Mollociraptor

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

Toys"R"Us

Best vape shop BOA Award Winner

Glass Objects

Best vet clinic BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best auto shop BOA Award Winner

Catherine's Automotive Repair and Service

Best gift shop BOA Award Winner

Best head shop BOA Award Winner

Glass Objects

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's
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Best clothes you can't afford BOA Award Winner

Neiman Marcus

Best emerging clothing designer BOA Award Winner

Sarah Green of Cord Shoes and Boots

Best Kickstarted small business BOA Award Winner

Taproom Coffee

Best place to pack your hookah BOA Award Winner

The Hookah Hook-Up

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Pam Ahern

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Abbadabba's AND Big Peach Running Co.
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati at Kashi Atlanta

Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best crossfit BOA Award Winner

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best fashion blogger BOA Award Winner

Mollociraptor

Best local produce fix BOA Award Winner

This year, we found a new reason to get out of bed early on Saturday mornings. Aptly named for its location on the Freedom Park trail, the newly minted FREEDOM FARMERS MARKET is a welcome addition to the local food scene. Unlike other producer markets around town, this one is run by the lively vendorsmore...
This year, we found a new reason to get out of bed early on Saturday mornings. Aptly named for its location on the Freedom Park trail, the newly minted FREEDOM FARMERS MARKET is a welcome addition to the local food scene. Unlike other producer markets around town, this one is run by the lively vendors themselves. And instead of demos, each week features a chef with ready-to-eat dishes. Located at the intersection of five intown neighborhoods, the Freedom Farmers Market has hip city vibes, and friendly faces from all walks of life. Market highlights include gorgeous Woodland Gardens veggies, pastries from the Bakery at Cakes & Ale, Riverview Farms sausage, Grassroots Farm eggs, and Storico Fresco pasta. Enjoy a stroll through the market with a prosciutto and Parmesan baguette from Star Provisions in one hand and pour-over coffee from 1000 Faces in the other. less...

Best place to get your dog BOA Award Winner

Park Pet Supply

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

Toys"R"Us

Best vape shop BOA Award Winner

Glass Objects

Best vet clinic BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best auto shop BOA Award Winner

Catherine's Automotive Repair and Service

Best gift shop BOA Award Winner

Best head shop BOA Award Winner

Glass Objects

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