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Picture yourself working 9-to-6 at a gig you can’t live without, while your sideline passion is all you ever dream about. Now imagine the alternate reality and consider the vision it would take to make that shift.

Without such risk takers, Atlanta’s consumer culture would be driven by the market interests of chain stores, franchises, and big-box retailers. So this year we celebrate the makers, those self-made entrepreneurs and sustainable small-business owners who’ve turned crafting hobbies into full-time hustles. Many work out of home studios, supplying product to local independently owned shops, and even shipping to stockists around the world.

Rachael Riedinger began leather making to fill a void. Through trial and error, she’s built Neva Opet into a recognized handbag and accessories brand. Sheree Swann started ReeFresh by Ree, her handcrafted line of tribal-print accessories, from scratch before making it her daily devotion just six months ago. Others, like Ateaelle urban merch brand owner Kirsten Daniel, have a vision for the city that fuels dialogue through design. We decided there are so many natural bath and beauty products made locally by the batch that they deserve their own category. Not to mention the holistic health practitioners, such as Crystal Jones and Leah Tioxon, who help us realign our third-eye vision.

Sometimes divining the future of a city obsessed with phoenix-like regeneration means looking to the past. It’s hard to overlook how century-old cultural staple Sweet Auburn Curb Market has provided the perfect blueprint for such upscale millennial rehabs as Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. And no matter how sanitized this city gets, Little Five Points remains an eccentric shopping experience nearly 40 years strong. At least, that’s how we choose to see Atlanta in 2016.

— Rodney Carmichael

Best powerlifting gym BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Strength & Conditioning

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Alex Wilkinson

Best place to get lifted BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Barbell Club
Strong is sexy, y’all, which is why you need to be toning it up at the new EAST ATLANTA BARBELL CLUB, which recently opened up shop in the former Brother Moto boutique space in EAV. Founders Lis Saunders (a record-holding powerlifter and former CrossFit gym owner) and Jim Chambers (co-owner of themore...
Strong is sexy, y’all, which is why you need to be toning it up at the new EAST ATLANTA BARBELL CLUB, which recently opened up shop in the former Brother Moto boutique space in EAV. Founders Lis Saunders (a record-holding powerlifter and former CrossFit gym owner) and Jim Chambers (co-owner of the Henry & June boutique and former gym manager) opened this gym as a resource for all levels of lifting enthusiasts who didn’t feel like traveling toward the Perimeter to work out. Barbell Club offers several levels of memberships, so pros can simply walk in and use whatever weights and equipment they like, while newbies on the block can opt for personalized training sessions, coaching programs, and nutrition consulting. This gym aims to be inclusive, safe, and affordable (individual plans are based on income, and monthly memberships start at $60) — so lifters from all walks of life are welcome to join. 530 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 470-242-1328. www.eavbarbell.com. less...

Best place to get your tips looking tops BOA Award Winner

Nouvelle Nail Salon
If you have yet to hit up NOUVELLE NAIL SPA, tucked behind Octane Coffee on the Westside, one scroll through this spacious nail salon’s Instagram page should be all the convincing you need to make an appointment for the team to do you up right. This snazzy salon’s talented technicians are not onlymore...
If you have yet to hit up NOUVELLE NAIL SPA, tucked behind Octane Coffee on the Westside, one scroll through this spacious nail salon’s Instagram page should be all the convincing you need to make an appointment for the team to do you up right. This snazzy salon’s talented technicians are not only well versed in the basics — pedicures, acrylics, gel polish — but many are also skilled in the latest trendy nail designs. Want two-toned tips, gold foil accents, ombre glitter, or 3-D adornments? They can do it all, people. Nouvelle has loads of space, a soothing atmosphere, and art-dotted walls, all working together to create that calm spa feeling. Pop in for one of its signature treatments, and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling refreshed and looking fly, of course. less...

Best reason to say, "It's lit!" BOA Award Winner

Lindbergh Candle Co.
Founded in 2015 by a local husband-and-wife team, LINDBERGH CANDLE CO. is an eco-friendly hand-poured candle line featuring small-batch candles made with U.S.-grown all natural soy wax, fine fragrances, and cotton-core wicks. Their online shop (they went on a summer hiatus and will reopen in September)more...
Founded in 2015 by a local husband-and-wife team, LINDBERGH CANDLE CO. is an eco-friendly hand-poured candle line featuring small-batch candles made with U.S.-grown all natural soy wax, fine fragrances, and cotton-core wicks. Their online shop (they went on a summer hiatus and will reopen in September) stocks mason jar candles, reed diffusers, travel tins, gift sets, and more in scents like Cabin and December Morning. Bonus: 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Available online and at Citizen Supply, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. 678-705-9145. www.lindberghcandleco.com. less...




Best gym BOA Award Winner

Vesta Movement

Best martial arts studio BOA Award Winner

American Top Team AND X3 Sports

Best personal trainer BOA Award Winner

Kory Muehlhauser

Best powerlifting gym BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Strength & Conditioning

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Alex Wilkinson

Best spot to score the good-smelling stuff BOA Award Winner

Fig & Flower Natural Beauty
That nasal passage-clogging mall perfume outpost this ain’t. In addition to its array of all-natural beauty, skincare, and bath products, FIG & FLOWER stocks some seriously solid fragrances, all made with top-notch, clean ingredients. Stop in to score an au naturel body mist, perfume oil, roll-on fragrance,more...
That nasal passage-clogging mall perfume outpost this ain’t. In addition to its array of all-natural beauty, skincare, and bath products, FIG & FLOWER stocks some seriously solid fragrances, all made with top-notch, clean ingredients. Stop in to score an au naturel body mist, perfume oil, roll-on fragrance, or perfume concentrate (Osmia Organics’ Cedar Smoke natural perfume oil is a favorite). Can you smell that smell? It’s you — in a good way. 636 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-998-8198. www.shopfigandflower.com. less...

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