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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture


Best Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Cactus Car Wash
575 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-3232 and 2980-A Piedmont Road 404-846-4040 www.cactuscarwash.net

Best Comic Book Store BOA Award Winner

Oxford Comics & Games
2855 Piedmont Road 404-233-8682

Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

Blockbuster Video
2002 Howell Mill Road 404-609-9565; and other locations www.blockbuster.com

Best Garden Shop BOA Award Winner

Pike Nurseries
2101 LaVista Road 404-634-8604; and other locations www.pikenursery.com

Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Whole Foods Market
2111 Briarcliff Road 404-634-7800; and other locations www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Best Import Store BOA Award Winner

Cost Plus World Market
3330 Piedmont Road 404-814-0801; and other locations www.worldmarket.com

Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

Babies R Us, Dunwoody
1155 Mount Vernon Highway, Dunwoody 770-913-0222; and other locations www.babiesrus.com

Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
754 Peachtree St. 404-876-2131; and other locations www.naturalbody.com

Best East Asian Market BOA Award Winner

Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway, Doraville 770-455-0770

Best Electronics Store BOA Award Winner

Best Buy Sandy Springs
4145 LaVista Road 770-939-7660; and other locations www.bestbuy.com

Best Kids Clothing BOA Award Winner

Gap Kids (Atlanta Stores)
Gwinnett Place 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 770-476-0117; and other locations www.gap.com

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Tyler Perry
Diary of a Mad Black Woman www.tylerperry.com

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253; and other locations www.guitarcenter.com

Best Pawn Shop BOA Award Winner

Jason's Pawn Shop
2104 N. Decatur Road, Decatur 404-636-1731

Best Place to Register for Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

Target
1275 Caroline St. 404-260-0200; and other locations www.target.com

Best Shoes BOA Award Winner

DSW (14 Atlanta Stores)
1 Buckhead Loop 404-869-4166; and other locations www.dswshoes.com

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Junior League of Atlanta
3154 Northside Parkway 404-355-3547 www.jlatlanta.org

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Wax 'N' Facts
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275

Best Latino Market BOA Award Winner

Carniceria Hispana

Best Intown Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Green's Beverages

Best OTP Liquor Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Minks Package Store

Best Local Clothing Designer BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman

Best Antique Shop BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Antique Gallery

Best East Asian Market BOA Award Winner

Buford Highway Farmers Market

Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Bold American Catering

Best Eclectic Furniture BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best Traditional Furniture BOA Award Winner

Haverty's

Best Head Shop BOA Award Winner

Junkman's Daughter

Best Intown Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Used Book Store BOA Award Winner

Book Nook

Best Wine Shop BOA Award Winner

Ansley Wine Merchants

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Inserection
1739 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-875-9200; and other locations www.inserection.com

Best Computer Store BOA Award Winner

Apple Store (Atlanta Stores)
Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road 404-926-3085 www.apple.com

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

markandscott
309 E. Paces Ferry Road, Suite 140 404-841-4890 markandscott.com

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

Ace Hardware (Atlanta Stores)
1231 Glenwood Ave. 404-627-5757; and other locations www.acehardware.com

Best Intown Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Grow
627-C E. College Ave., Decatur 404-373-7775 www.growsalon.com

Best Menswear BOA Award Winner

K&G Men's Center
1750 Ellsworth Industrial Drive 404-352-3471 www.kgstore.com

Best Natural Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Oh! My Nappy Hair
237 Mitchell St. 404-221-8900

Best New Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Satellite Records
421 Moreland Ave. 404-880-9746

Best Place to Buy a Gag Gift BOA Award Winner

Spencer;s
North Point Mall, 1006 North Point Circle 770-442-5829; and other locations www.spencergifts.com

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village

Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Lakewood Antiques Market

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

L.A. Fitness

Best Intown Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Grow

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

Ace Hardware

Best INTOWN Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Grow
There was once a time when we could call on a Wednesday to book a Saturday appointment with Robin at GROW. But with a move to an expanded salon in Decatur Station (the old location burned down) and its new status as a Bumble and Bumble salon — taking stylists and colorists to NYC to get up tomore...

There was once a time when we could call on a Wednesday to book a Saturday appointment with Robin at GROW. But with a move to an expanded salon in Decatur Station (the old location burned down) and its new status as a Bumble and Bumble salon — taking stylists and colorists to NYC to get up to speed on the latest techniques — we now have to book our Saturdays a month in advance. With an additional Reader’s Choice this year, it’s safe to say our little beauty secret is out.
627-C E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-373-7775. www.growsalon.com.

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Best Jewelry Artisans BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art
With their creations divided into categories like Tuesday Supper Club, Saturday Shoe Shopping, Dancing Till Dawn and Meeting His Parents, TURQ DESIGNS takes the guesswork out of choosing the right jewelry for life’s special occasions and events. Friends Lee Addison and Katherine Weeks made jewelrymore...

With their creations divided into categories like Tuesday Supper Club, Saturday Shoe Shopping, Dancing Till Dawn and Meeting His Parents, TURQ DESIGNS takes the guesswork out of choosing the right jewelry for life’s special occasions and events. Friends Lee Addison and Katherine Weeks made jewelry for fun, but they soon discovered that their hobby had potential to become a successful business. Now their bold semi-precious stone necklaces and earrings are sold all over the country as well as on the company’s website. Their mother of pearl Hilary earrings are perfect for summer and — true to their word — their green turquoise Lane necklace has definitely been credited for winning over the boyfriend’s folks.
404-733-4400. www.turqjewelry.com.

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Best Kitchen Gadgets BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse - East Cobb
When we want our attempts in the kitchen to turn out right, we turn to THE COOK’S WAREHOUSE for the tools that will get us there. Heavy-bottomed cookware from All Clad and Swiss Diamond transfer heat more evenly, resulting in fewer incidents with scorched recipes. Star-shaped ice cube traysmore...

When we want our attempts in the kitchen to turn out right, we turn to THE COOK’S WAREHOUSE for the tools that will get us there. Heavy-bottomed cookware from All Clad and Swiss Diamond transfer heat more evenly, resulting in fewer incidents with scorched recipes. Star-shaped ice cube trays and sure-shot pourers keep our parties swinging while all manner of cookie-cutters keep our baked goods looking good enough to eat. And when we run out of inspiration, the demo kitchen offers affordable cooking classes that revive our creativity.
www.thecookswarehouse.com.

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Best Latino Market BOA Award Winner

Carniceria Hispana
3258 Buford Highway 404-315-9400; and other locations

Best Nail Salon BOA Award Winner

Nail Talk & Spa
595 Piedmont Ave., Suite 340 404-879-0224; and other locations

Best New Shopping District BOA Award Winner

Atlantic Station
171 17th St. 404-995-6425 www.atlanticstation.com

Best OTP Mall/Shopping Center BOA Award Winner

Perimeter Mall
4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road 770-394-4270 www.perimetermall.com

Best OTP Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Tattoo
2569 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna 770-435-9966 www.allornothingtattoo.com

Best Outlet Shopping BOA Award Winner

North Georgia Premium Outlets
800 Ga. 400 South, Dawsonville 706-216-3609 www.premiumoutlets.com

Best Place to Buy Home Accessories BOA Award Winner

Interior Dimensions
3185 Maple Drive 404-467-0488 www.id-home.com

Best Place to Shop for Hard-to-Find Labels BOA Award Winner

Bella Azul
Tucked into a corner on West Marietta Street in the hip west side district, BELLA AZUL is the place to shop if you want to stand out in the crowd. With racks of clothing by hip and edgy designers such as Peter Som, Y&Kei, Catherine Malandrino and Great China Wall, the boutique is a fashionista’smore...

Tucked into a corner on West Marietta Street in the hip west side district, BELLA AZUL is the place to shop if you want to stand out in the crowd. With racks of clothing by hip and edgy designers such as Peter Som, Y&Kei, Catherine Malandrino and Great China Wall, the boutique is a fashionista’s godsend. With its large denim selection, independent designers’ jewelry, as well as bath products, home goods and candles, the lifestyle boutique is well worth a trip from any part of town. Check out the store’s Designer Wednesdays, a weekly event in which a different featured designer is marked down 20 percent.
1011-B Marietta St. 404-249-9150. www.bellaazul.com.

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Best Recurring Retail Event BOA Award Winner

On the first Thursday of each month from 7-10 p.m., local designers and artisans converge at Grant Park’s Young Blood Gallery for Kraftwork, a night dedicated to selling the products of local crafters. Indie kids, neighborhood enthusiasts and friends of the artists sip cheap wine and PBRs asmore...
On the first Thursday of each month from 7-10 p.m., local designers and artisans converge at Grant Park’s Young Blood Gallery for Kraftwork, a night dedicated to selling the products of local crafters. Indie kids, neighborhood enthusiasts and friends of the artists sip cheap wine and PBRs as they peruse the handmade wares and chat with the creative entrepreneurs. Screen-printed tees, fingerless gloves, fabric pins, deconstructed skirts and crochet hats are just a sample of what is available each month. Look for great prices and don’t be afraid to bargain (and even barter), especially toward the end of the evening when vendors are more likely to give you a deal. less...

Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
754 Peachtree St. 404-876-2131; and other locations www.naturalbody.com

Best Sporting Goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods
3535 Peachtree Road 404-267-0200; and other locations www.dickssportinggoods.com

Best Used Book Store BOA Award Winner

Book Nook
3073 N. Druid Hills Road, Decatur 404-633-1342; and other locations

Best Antique Shop BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Antique Gallery
3550 Broad St., Chamblee 770-457-7444 www.atlantaantiquegallery.com

Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

Sam Flax
1460 Northside Drive 404-352-7200 www.samflax.com

Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
754 Peachtree St. 404-876-2131; and other locations www.naturalbody.com

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Chapter 11 Books
The best thing about CHAPTER 11 BOOKSTORES is what they aren’t. Though often located in strip malls, they manage to avoid being big-box stores. With books ranging from the newest Harry Potter to your favorite Charles Dickens novel, they offer a smart, broad selection without being snooty, intellectualmore...

The best thing about CHAPTER 11 BOOKSTORES is what they aren’t. Though often located in strip malls, they manage to avoid being big-box stores. With books ranging from the newest Harry Potter to your favorite Charles Dickens novel, they offer a smart, broad selection without being snooty, intellectual havens. They aren’t trying to be cool with cappuccino bars and mood lighting, and yet they are cool in our book. Seriously — these people sell really cheap books. With four locations in Atlanta and 12 locations OTP, Chapter 11 has won us over with convenience, knowledgeable staff and books at an everyday discount of 11 percent.
6237 Roswell Road, 404-256-5518; and other locations. www.chapter11books.com.

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Best Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Cactus Car Wash
575 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-3232 and 2980-A Piedmont Road 404-846-4040 www.cactuscarwash.net

Best Comic Book Store BOA Award Winner

Oxford Comics & Games
2855 Piedmont Road 404-233-8682

Best Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Chameleon Cosmetics
Over at CHAMELEON COSMETICS, we’ve found the kind of personalized service that’s difficult to get when you’re fighting crowds at the mall. The Virginia-Highland boutique invites customers to stay and play with complete make-up sampling stations and wash-off sinks. Owner Pandoramore...

Over at CHAMELEON COSMETICS, we’ve found the kind of personalized service that’s difficult to get when you’re fighting crowds at the mall. The Virginia-Highland boutique invites customers to stay and play with complete make-up sampling stations and wash-off sinks. Owner Pandora Golden customizes concealer and foundation shades and sells them at prices comparable to the department stores’. A complete range of skin-care products includes toners, face masks and preparations made especially for men.
1054 St. Charles Ave. 404-685-9868. www.chameleoncosmetics.com.

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Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

Blockbuster Video
2002 Howell Mill Road 404-609-9565; and other locations www.blockbuster.com

Best Emerging Neighborhood Retail District BOA Award Winner

Edgewood Avenue
Over the last year, we’ve been pleased to find that the beautiful buildings lining EDGEWOOD AVENUE are being put to increasingly good use, with retailers popping up at the corner of Edgewood and Randolph. More like a gallery than a store, Bleu Orchid offers a Zen-like display of slender stilettosmore...

Over the last year, we’ve been pleased to find that the beautiful buildings lining EDGEWOOD AVENUE are being put to increasingly good use, with retailers popping up at the corner of Edgewood and Randolph. More like a gallery than a store, Bleu Orchid offers a Zen-like display of slender stilettos from brands including JLO. Nearly next door, Clay’s Gallery sports abstract paintings and other artwork. Just across the street, we find ourselves gazing wistfully into the Lighting Loft, where we can indulge our every desire for modern and nouveau-retro interior lights and lamps.
Bleu Orchid Shoes, 572 Edgewood Ave., Suite 119. 404-653-0664. Lighting Loft, 593-B Edgewood Ave. 404-522-2074.

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Best Garden Shop BOA Award Winner

Pike Nurseries
2101 LaVista Road 404-634-8604; and other locations www.pikenursery.com

Best Hardware Store FOR WOODWORKERS BOA Award Winner

Highland Woodworking
Though the big-box chains certainly sell everything under the sun, we’ve always preferred the mom-and-pop shop feel of HIGHLAND HARDWARe, with its faint smell of woodchips and service-with-a-smile staff. But don’t let that atmosphere confuse you: This store is a serious business withmore...

Though the big-box chains certainly sell everything under the sun, we’ve always preferred the mom-and-pop shop feel of HIGHLAND HARDWARe, with its faint smell of woodchips and service-with-a-smile staff. But don’t let that atmosphere confuse you: This store is a serious business with a national reputation for its emphasis on woodworking. Its selection of tools is sold nationwide through both its catalog and website, while classes on everything from power tool techniques to the care and maintenance of finished surfaces continue to elevate the 27-year-old store’s profile as a leader in its industry.
1045 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-4466. www.tools-for-woodworking.com.

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Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Whole Foods Market
2111 Briarcliff Road 404-634-7800; and other locations www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Best Import Store BOA Award Winner

Cost Plus World Market
3330 Piedmont Road 404-814-0801; and other locations www.worldmarket.com

Best Intown Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Cactus Car Wash
Could we take our beat-up economy cars to someplace other than Cactus Car Wash? Probably. But why would we? When we come in early in the morning, we get delicious coffee. When it’s cold outside, there’s a nice fire to keep us warm. And now the heat has us pleased that we can buy chillymore...

Could we take our beat-up economy cars to someplace other than Cactus Car Wash? Probably. But why would we? When we come in early in the morning, we get delicious coffee. When it’s cold outside, there’s a nice fire to keep us warm. And now the heat has us pleased that we can buy chilly beverages while we wait. Televisions and magazines keep us occupied while computer stations and Wi-Fi keep us from having to skip a beat on the workday. Taking our cars here leaves us feeling more pampered than our automobiles, which do indeed emerge from the wash and wax services looking shiny and new.
575 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-876-3232; 2980-A Piedmont Road, 404-846-4040. www.cactuscarwash.net.

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Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

Babies R Us, Dunwoody
1155 Mount Vernon Highway, Dunwoody 770-913-0222; and other locations www.babiesrus.com

Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
754 Peachtree St. 404-876-2131; and other locations www.naturalbody.com

Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Bold Catering & Design
Attention bridezillas: Knock the stress down a few notches by calling Bold American Catering. Nerve-racking details are the specialty here, from placing chairs perfectly to choosing beautiful garnishes. This high-end company with reasonable prices, staffed with chefs from the likes of the Food Studiomore...

Attention bridezillas: Knock the stress down a few notches by calling Bold American Catering. Nerve-racking details are the specialty here, from placing chairs perfectly to choosing beautiful garnishes. This high-end company with reasonable prices, staffed with chefs from the likes of the Food Studio and La Tavola, does it all — event planning, venue design, contracting with florists and other vendors, cuisine prep and service, and cleanup. Its custom menus are inspiring. Cornmeal-crusted grouper with peaches, spring onions and lavender honey sauce, anyone?
887 W. Marietta St. 404-815-1178. www.boldamerican.com.

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Best Comic Book Store BOA Award Winner

Titan Games and Comics
A haven for comics, cards, games, figures and accessories, TITAN GAMES AND COMICS offers nearly everything a hardcore geek could ever want or need. Three locations are conveniently located throughout the metro area to suit your sci-fi and fantasy cravings. Titan’s website is a virtual conduitmore...

A haven for comics, cards, games, figures and accessories, TITAN GAMES AND COMICS offers nearly everything a hardcore geek could ever want or need. Three locations are conveniently located throughout the metro area to suit your sci-fi and fantasy cravings. Titan’s website is a virtual conduit to all the stores and offers a link to upcoming gaming events, eBay auctions, and a special page for new comics and merchandise. The locations in College Park and Duluth offer game leagues for heated bouts of Warhammer or Call of Cthulhu, among others. Heck, they’ll even help you find like-minded gamers. A social life is waiting, so go for it.
5436-J Riverdale Road, College Park, 770-996-9129; 2585-C Spring Road, Smyrna, 770-433-8226; 2131 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 770-497-0202. www.titangamesandcomics.com.

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Best Consignment/Resale Shop BOA Award Winner

Plato's Closet
OK, so it’s a national chain, but PLATO’S CLOSET has more of the feel of a neighborhood boutique than your typical big-box retailer. Though the findings are rarely fancy, serious diggers can occasionally score labels like Armani Exchange and Bebe among the standard selection of Gap,more...

OK, so it’s a national chain, but PLATO’S CLOSET has more of the feel of a neighborhood boutique than your typical big-box retailer. Though the findings are rarely fancy, serious diggers can occasionally score labels like Armani Exchange and Bebe among the standard selection of Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express and similar brands. Plus, with eight locations in metro Atlanta, they’re easy to find.
1428 Dunwoody Village Parkway, 678-320-0760; and other locations. www.ecoline.com.

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Best Doggie Day care BOA Award Winner

Camp Woof
The girls who love girls who love dogs at Camp Woof have the city’s best hound playground. Your pooch can expect personalized attention and shameless displays of affection from the staff. A webcam allows you to see Spot play with 40 pals on a jungle gym and pint-size furniture from the conveniencemore...

The girls who love girls who love dogs at Camp Woof have the city’s best hound playground. Your pooch can expect personalized attention and shameless displays of affection from the staff. A webcam allows you to see Spot play with 40 pals on a jungle gym and pint-size furniture from the convenience of your desk chair. For dog-lovers on the go, Camp Woof also features a small gift shop and offers boarding, grooming and obedience classes from the cleverly named Beastie Darlings trainers.
608 DeKalb Industrial Way. 404-499-9008. www.campwoof.com.

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Best East Asian Market BOA Award Winner

Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway, Doraville 770-455-0770

Best Electronics Store BOA Award Winner

Best Buy Sandy Springs
4145 LaVista Road 770-939-7660; and other locations www.bestbuy.com

Best Kids Clothing BOA Award Winner

Gap Kids (Atlanta Stores)
Gwinnett Place 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 770-476-0117; and other locations www.gap.com

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Tyler Perry
Diary of a Mad Black Woman www.tylerperry.com

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway 404-320-7253; and other locations www.guitarcenter.com

Best Pawn Shop BOA Award Winner

Jason's Pawn Shop
2104 N. Decatur Road, Decatur 404-636-1731


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