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2015 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Here’s the thing about consumer culture that we all tend to forget: When it comes to cultivating the character of our city, there’s nothing of greater value than how we choose to spend our dollar. The places we buy and barter from become our politics. Every time we swipe our debit card, it’s like exercising the right to vote.

This is especially true for the evolution of Atlanta. As a rebounded housing market attracts developers to the city’s core, many bring the threat of suburbanization in tow. With the growing morass of cookie-cutter mixed-use construction come chains and brand names as bland and predictable as the architecture.

But the city still has a soul. And that’s what we choose to champion. Every year, we ask readers to vote on their favorite local shopping destinations and service establishments. Then we gather our own critical mass to determine the standout artisans and entrepreneurs whose enterprises contribute to an overall sense of community or creative expression. This year, the critics picks run the gamut — from the Cord Shoes + Boots founder who’s brought the craft of handmade shoemaking back to the Southeast to a record label exec who’s countering the celebration of black male stereotypes with his Never Sold Dope line of hoodies and tees. Among the noted trends, we couldn’t help but appreciate the enduring love for all things vintage in furniture and fashion along with the neo-nostalgia for ATL-branded gear, whether it’s an exclusive cap from Fresh.i.Am or a sophisticated tie clip by Block and Hammer.

Whether you’re looking for the best boutiques or the right spot to soothe those aching feet, we’ve got you covered. Just remember, your vote counts in these streets.

— Rodney Carmichael, senior writer

Best handyman/woman BOA Award Winner

Handy Manny's Handyman Services

Handy Manny's Handyman Services LLC.


www.handy-manny.com 404-840-6830


AND


Tony Hix Incorporated


Best local accessories maker BOA Award Winner

Neva Opet AND Shop Heart Mercedes

Neva Opet


www.nevaopet.com


AND


Shop Heart Mercedes


www.etsy.com/shop/heartmercedes

Best local stationary design studio BOA Award Winner

Paper Source
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Pam Ahern

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Wish

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village Buckhead
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cd's BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

free fab'rik Boutique
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

Finders Keepers Boutique
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village Cheshire
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

Pike Nurseries
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best gym BOA Award Winner

LA Fitness Ansley Mall
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

John Kaskie
x3creative.com/salonme/john.html

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

PetSmart (Atlanta Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place to get a photograph printed BOA Award Winner

Walgreens (Atlanta Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best tattoo artist BOA Award Winner

Mike McMahon

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Jeju Sauna

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill Thrift Store & Donation Center
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best wearable art BOA Award Winner

Maelu


Best DIY sex-tech toy BOA Award Winner

The Mod

Best handyman/woman BOA Award Winner

Handy Manny's Handyman Services

Handy Manny's Handyman Services LLC.


www.handy-manny.com 404-840-6830


AND


Tony Hix Incorporated

Best local accessories maker BOA Award Winner

Neva Opet AND Shop Heart Mercedes

Neva Opet


www.nevaopet.com


AND


Shop Heart Mercedes


www.etsy.com/shop/heartmercedes

Best local stationary design studio BOA Award Winner

Paper Source
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Pam Ahern

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Wish

Secondhand treasures: Best place to dig for fire finds BOA Award Winner

Last Chance Thrift Store
Last Chance Thrift Store offers an opportunity the convenience of technology has damn near made extinct: the chance to hunt for hands-on bargains. Clothing, household wares, LPs, etc. each have their designated spot. Well, sort of. But that seriously makes the visit even more fun. Come with an open mindmore...
Last Chance Thrift Store offers an opportunity the convenience of technology has damn near made extinct: the chance to hunt for hands-on bargains. Clothing, household wares, LPs, etc. each have their designated spot. Well, sort of. But that seriously makes the visit even more fun. Come with an open mind and similar schedule and you might just leave with a darling 1960s cocktail dress for $7 or a stack of pristine wax for even less. www.lastchancethriftstore.com. less...

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village Buckhead
And other metro Atlanta locations.

ATL-inspired apparel and accessories: Best way to dress up the A BOA Award Winner

Personalized ATL skinny tie bar
The average tie clip is typically seen in passing. We notice its presence, but hardly marvel in the beauty of its construction. The personalized ATL skinny tie bar might just make us forget the tie was even there. Hand-crafted by locally based silversmiths Block and Hammer, the A-T-L-engraved piece jumpsmore...
The average tie clip is typically seen in passing. We notice its presence, but hardly marvel in the beauty of its construction. The personalized ATL skinny tie bar might just make us forget the tie was even there. Hand-crafted by locally based silversmiths Block and Hammer, the A-T-L-engraved piece jumps out at you without being a distraction. Add it to the ensemble for $18.99 and expect the compliments to flow. www.blockandhammer.etsy.com. less...

Best cd's BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

free fab'rik Boutique
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
And other metro Atlanta locations.

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