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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture


Best Shoes for Shoestring Budgets BOA Award Winner

Phipps Plaza
If you’ve got a Carrie Bradshaw-size designer shoe fetish but a salary more like a grad student’s, we recommend a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Semi-Annual clearance Sale. With names like Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Prada lining the racks at up to 60 percent off,more...

If you’ve got a Carrie Bradshaw-size designer shoe fetish but a salary more like a grad student’s, we recommend a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Semi-Annual clearance Sale. With names like Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Prada lining the racks at up to 60 percent off, you won’t have to worry your pretty little head about where you’ll find the rent money. A helpful hint: If you don’t see your size, don’t assume they don’t have it. Salespeople here are friendly, so speak up and ask them for help — they often keep other sizes in the back.
404-261-7234. www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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Best OTP Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Abbi's Full Services Salon
885 Woodstock Road, Roswell 770-645-2270

Best OTP Liquor Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Minks Package

Minks Package Store 2565 Delk Road, Marietta 770-952-2337


Sherlock’s Wine and Beer 135 Barrett Parkway, Marietta 770-426-6744; and other locations www.sherlocks.com


Smyrna World of Beverages 4474 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna 770-431-9599


Best Pawn Shop BOA Award Winner

Jason's Pawn Shop

Best Piercing Parlor BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Sporting Goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best Bath Shop BOA Award Winner

Bath and Body Works

Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

Blockbuster Video

Best Electronics Store BOA Award Winner

Best Buy

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

markandscott INC.

Best Contemporary Furniture BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best OTP Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Abbi's Full Service Salon

Best Jewelry Artisan BOA Award Winner

Turq Jewelry

Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

Babies 'R' Us

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Best Natural Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Oh! My Nappy Hair

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Junior League of Atlanta Nearly New Shop

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 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 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 Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Inserection Adult Fantasy Store

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village

Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Lakewood Antiques Market

Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Institut' DERMed Spa
The only thing more embarrassing than getting naked in front of a stranger is having pesky pubes sticking out of a cute bikini. Hence the reason we ladies regularly do get naked for a stranger when it comes time for a bikini wax. The usually uncomfortable beaver deforesting is painless and quick at medi-clinicalmore...

The only thing more embarrassing than getting naked in front of a stranger is having pesky pubes sticking out of a cute bikini. Hence the reason we ladies regularly do get naked for a stranger when it comes time for a bikini wax. The usually uncomfortable beaver deforesting is painless and quick at medi-clinical spa INSTITUT’ DERMED. We recommend a Brazilian (nothing left but a tiny landing strip) with Debbie Carroll, whose skills will leave you smooth and fresh in 20 minutes and include a plucking of any left-behind or ingrown hairs. Forget about bumps from shaving — you’ll be smooth sailing sans pain with this wax.
3726 Roswell Road. 404-261-5199. www.idermed.com.

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Best Budget Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Loehmann's
It’s down to one store now in Atlanta, but give LOEHMANN’S credit for updating its selection to include some of the hottest brands for the under-30 set — Theory, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Versace, D&G — in addition to the usual work clothes for career gals. It’smore...

It’s down to one store now in Atlanta, but give LOEHMANN’S credit for updating its selection to include some of the hottest brands for the under-30 set — Theory, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Versace, D&G — in addition to the usual work clothes for career gals. It’s livened up its jeans section with Diesel, Seven, Mavi and other of-the-moment brands and, for those with a little extra spending money, the chain now carries Kate Spade bags and shoes. If you’re rushed for time, however, head straight to the back room: Everyone knows that’s where the best stuff is.
2480 Briarcliff Road. 404-633-4156. www.loehmanns.com.

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Best Buy Anytime Cuz It's Online BOA Award Winner

All you shy closet kinks can keep your dirty little secrets safe by shopping on INSERECTION's website. The adult fantasy superstore's site is easy to navigate and well organized with colorful pictures and detailed descriptions of its products. With a full selection of videos, DVDs, toys, accessories,more...

All you shy closet kinks can keep your dirty little secrets safe by shopping on INSERECTION's website. The adult fantasy superstore's site is easy to navigate and well organized with colorful pictures and detailed descriptions of its products. With a full selection of videos, DVDs, toys, accessories, magazines, lingerie, video on demand, and an Inserection dating site, you can shop in the privacy of your own home 24/7. What’s more, you get a free gift with every purchase. Just remember, you have to be at least 18 years of age to do it.
www.inserection.com.

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Best Cigar Store BOA Award Winner

Tinder Box
Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road 404-231-9853; and other locations www.tinderbox.com

BEST DANCE VINYL BOA Award Winner

Satellite Records
For those who didn’t know, SATELLITE RECORDS used to be an actual satellite, one of an East Coast chain of dance music vinyl stores. Now, however, Satellite is locally owned and operated, and doubly proud to be the shop around which both bleary-eyed bedroom DJs and transient transatlantic superstarmore...

For those who didn’t know, SATELLITE RECORDS used to be an actual satellite, one of an East Coast chain of dance music vinyl stores. Now, however, Satellite is locally owned and operated, and doubly proud to be the shop around which both bleary-eyed bedroom DJs and transient transatlantic superstar jocks can be found. From humble beginnings in the basement of Wish to its current Moreland Avenue storefront, Satellite has remained the spot for record spinners, or just to spin through to pick up flyers for the week’s hawt happenings.
421 Moreland Ave. 404-880-9746. www.satelliterecords.com.

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Best Doggie Daycare BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village Cheshire
1918 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-897-3422 www.barkinghoundvillage.com

Best Drag Wear BOA Award Winner

Junkman's Daughter
1164 Moreland Ave. 404-577-3188

Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market
The crazy thing about the Lakewood Antiques Market is that, with its 1,500 dealer booths, you really do need the full three days that it’s open every month to see all that’s there. We’ve found beautiful antique buttons, gently used train cases, old apothecary bottles and enoughmore...

The crazy thing about the Lakewood Antiques Market is that, with its 1,500 dealer booths, you really do need the full three days that it’s open every month to see all that’s there. We’ve found beautiful antique buttons, gently used train cases, old apothecary bottles and enough vintage postcards and posters to decorate a whole house. And though the retro furniture and old-time armoires leave us wanting them immediately, we always find ourselves biting our tongue and making offers late Sunday afternoon, because we know that’s when we’re most likely to find a bargain.
2000 Lakewood Ave. 404-622-4488. www.lakewoodantiques.com.


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Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market
2000 Lakewood Ave. 404-622-4488 www.lakewoodantiques.com

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

LA Fitness Ansley Mall
3232 Peachtree Road, Suite A 404-233-8311; and other locations www.lafitness.com

Best Head Shop BOA Award Winner

Junkman's Daughter
1164 Moreland Ave. 404-577-3188

Best Indian Pakistani Market BOA Award Winner

Your DeKalb Farmers Market
Cherians International Farmers Market 751 DeKalb Industrial Way, Decatur 404-299-0842

Best Intown Mall/Shopping Center BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Road 404-233-6767 www.lenoxsquare.com

Best Intown Spa BOA Award Winner

Dobel Salon and Spa
The trickling fountain and New Age music in its ultra-modern Buckhead spa are just the beginning of the soothing experience at DOBEL SALON AND SPA. Try the Desert Stone therapy, a Swedish massage coupled with hot stones, or the mineral-rich Italian Fango mud treatment to detoxify tired limbs. Other favoritesmore...

The trickling fountain and New Age music in its ultra-modern Buckhead spa are just the beginning of the soothing experience at DOBEL SALON AND SPA. Try the Desert Stone therapy, a Swedish massage coupled with hot stones, or the mineral-rich Italian Fango mud treatment to detoxify tired limbs. Other favorites include the cellulite-reducing Peppermint Sea Treatment and the Bacial pore cleansing (especially for men) to keep you clear of back-ne. Complimentary valet parking and refreshments keep the experience divine.
3365 Piedmont Road, Suite 1250. 404-264-1007. www.dobelsalon.com.

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Best Intown Tattoo BOA Award Winner

Black Cat Tattoo
An inky paradise of perverse pain and pleasure, BLACK CAT TATTOO is located in Decatur and attracts and employs a number of L5P regulars. An unpretentious location is the headquarters for the heavily inked carnival of artists with a head full of design ideas and bodies that serve as a fleshy canvas tomore...

An inky paradise of perverse pain and pleasure, BLACK CAT TATTOO is located in Decatur and attracts and employs a number of L5P regulars. An unpretentious location is the headquarters for the heavily inked carnival of artists with a head full of design ideas and bodies that serve as a fleshy canvas to exhibit their craft. The house rocks in many ways since many of the employees and customers are active in the rock and burlesque scenes. Nervous first-timers are welcomed into the easygoing, no-pressure environment with a helpful, and yes, quite colorful, staff.
1059 Oak Tree Road, Decatur. 404-636-0400.

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Best New CDs BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records
Can two music stores survive on the same street in a small hipster enclave? In Little Five Points, the answer is a resounding yes. Eric Levin has carved out a nice niche market for his CRIMINAL RECORDS enterprise, offering an impressive selection of domestic and import CDs. Oh, sure, DVDs, magazines,more...

Can two music stores survive on the same street in a small hipster enclave? In Little Five Points, the answer is a resounding yes. Eric Levin has carved out a nice niche market for his CRIMINAL RECORDS enterprise, offering an impressive selection of domestic and import CDs. Oh, sure, DVDs, magazines, comics and toys are available, but this is the place for CDs. It’s rapidly turning into a great venue to catch a wide variety of live music, too. Criminal hosts a ton of cool, stripped-down in-store performances for your listening pleasure. After the set, get the artists to sign — what else? — their brand new CDs.
466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511. www.criminal.com.

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Best OTP Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Don Shaw Hairdressers
With locations stretching from Lenox Square to the Mall of Georgia, Don and Sylvia Shaw Salons have been keeping Atlanta's suburban citizens sleek and stylish while saving them the stressful trip intown. Reliably updated on cut, color and style techniques, DASS regularly serves up the hippest cuts butmore...
With locations stretching from Lenox Square to the Mall of Georgia, Don and Sylvia Shaw Salons have been keeping Atlanta's suburban citizens sleek and stylish while saving them the stressful trip intown. Reliably updated on cut, color and style techniques, DASS regularly serves up the hippest cuts but is always careful to meet clients' needs with a lengthy pre-style consultation (often using photos) to ensure that stylists give them just the right look. Esthetique, which offers spa services such as glycolic treatments, massage and seaweed wraps, make the locations one-stop beauty shops. less...

Best OTP Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Abbi's Full Services Salon
885 Woodstock Road, Roswell 770-645-2270

Best OTP Liquor Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Minks Package

Minks Package Store 2565 Delk Road, Marietta 770-952-2337


Sherlock’s Wine and Beer 135 Barrett Parkway, Marietta 770-426-6744; and other locations www.sherlocks.com


Smyrna World of Beverages 4474 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna 770-431-9599

Best Photography Store BOA Award Winner

Showcase Photo & Video
Perfect for the beginner and novice shooter, and pretty good for experts, SHOWCASE PHOTO AND VIDEO SUPERSTORE has equipment and supplies for both digital and film photographers. Its selection of inks, instruction books, papers and printers push it well above the competition. Showcase’s selectionmore...

Perfect for the beginner and novice shooter, and pretty good for experts, SHOWCASE PHOTO AND VIDEO SUPERSTORE has equipment and supplies for both digital and film photographers. Its selection of inks, instruction books, papers and printers push it well above the competition. Showcase’s selection is bolstered by its nostalgic (or is it purist?) persistence to keep real, old-fashioned darkroom chemicals in stock. The staff is surpassingly helpful, friendly even, and the accompanying Showcase School of Photography can help anyone take their skills to the next level.
2323 Cheshire Bridge Road. 800-886-1976. www.showcaseinc.com.

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Best Pawn Shop BOA Award Winner

Jason's Pawn Shop

Best Piercing Parlor BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Sporting Goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best Bath Shop BOA Award Winner

Bath and Body Works

Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

Blockbuster Video

Best Electronics Store BOA Award Winner

Best Buy

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

markandscott INC.

Best Contemporary Furniture BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best OTP Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Abbi's Full Service Salon

Best Jewelry Artisan BOA Award Winner

Turq Jewelry

Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

Babies 'R' Us

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Best Natural Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Oh! My Nappy Hair

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Junior League of Atlanta Nearly New Shop

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


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