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2005 Index of Winners

Best Place to Shop for Local Designers BOA Award Winner

Beehive Co-op
It’s all too easy to find knock-off handbags, home furnishings and more that claim to be unique, yet inexplicably line every window and display case in the mall. But over at BEEHIVE CO-OP, things are a little different. The co-op showcases clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, home decor,more...

It’s all too easy to find knock-off handbags, home furnishings and more that claim to be unique, yet inexplicably line every window and display case in the mall. But over at BEEHIVE CO-OP, things are a little different. The co-op showcases clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, home decor, bath and body products, and even kids’ stuff, all made by local and regional artists. With each artisan renting a space and sharing the duties of minding the store, prices for the literally unique items stay reasonable. Stop in the first Friday evening of each month for a fashion show, refreshments and 15 percent off your purchase.
1831-A Peachtree Road. 404-351-1166. www.beehiveco-op.com.

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Best Theater BOA Award Winner

Actor's Express
For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination ofmore...

For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination of Southern character, Hazard County, Actor’s Express produced the plays most likely to start arguments — in a good way. Even the shows that didn’t quite click, like The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, had more ambition and ideas than most other playhouses’ best successes.
887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-10. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com.

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Best Used Bookstore BOA Award Winner

A Cappella Books
We’ve said it once and we will say it again: A CAPPELLA BOOKS is the smartest bookstore in town. Its wide selection of progressive, counter-culture and music books is complemented by an assortment of modern first editions, rare and out-of-print books, all at affordable prices. Plus, with itsmore...
We’ve said it once and we will say it again: A CAPPELLA BOOKS is the smartest bookstore in town. Its wide selection of progressive, counter-culture and music books is complemented by an assortment of modern first editions, rare and out-of-print books, all at affordable prices. Plus, with its move around the corner to the plaza that holds Criminal Records, and its recent addition of regular in-store performances by indie bands, we’ve got a whole new list of reasons to keep checking A Cappella’s website to see what’s coming up. less...

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records
466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Ella Guru Record Shop
While the CD market is fading in the MP3 era, you wouldn’t know it at ELLA GURU, an expansive storefront tucked into a pleasant corner of the Toco Hills shopping center. The store doesn’t hedge its bets by selling vinyl, concert tickets or comic books; it’s all CDs, all themore...

While the CD market is fading in the MP3 era, you wouldn’t know it at ELLA GURU, an expansive storefront tucked into a pleasant corner of the Toco Hills shopping center. The store doesn’t hedge its bets by selling vinyl, concert tickets or comic books; it’s all CDs, all the time, with the occasional in-store appearance. Don’t go expecting an edgy atmosphere — or the attitude that goes with it — just one of the larger selections of used and new CDs in town. If you’re selling, Ella Guru pays close to the local top dollar, and its own prices are pretty reasonable, considering that even Best Buy has jacked up costs for new music.
2993 N. Druid Hills Road. 404-325-1350. www.ellaguru.com.

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Best Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Wax 'N' Facts
Crowded into a narrow space in the heart of Little Five Points, WAX ‘N’ FACTS is home to thousands of vinyl records, new and used CDs, imports, DVDs, music magazines and posters. This is as close to an old-fashioned record store as you’ll likely ever see because the emphasismore...

Crowded into a narrow space in the heart of Little Five Points, WAX ‘N’ FACTS is home to thousands of vinyl records, new and used CDs, imports, DVDs, music magazines and posters. This is as close to an old-fashioned record store as you’ll likely ever see because the emphasis is on used, new and collectible records. The staff knows its stuff; there’s no searchable database or website of any kind. Proprietor Danny Beard has been selling records for longer than many of his customers have been alive, and he still takes the time to actively support the music scene.
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275.

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Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 www.badearl.com

Best Doggie Daycare BOA Award Winner

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

Best Local Columnist BOA Award Winner

Andisheh Nouraee Creative Loafing

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Variety Playhouse
It can be all things to almost all people. It's a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The cool art decomore...
It can be all things to almost all people. It's a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The cool art deco building on Euclid Avenue with the classic marquee sits like a benevolent Buddha at the corner of Little Five Points, welcoming all who enter. Also, the Variety's website is informative and, like the place itself, friendly and easy to navigate. less...

Best Dance Company BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Ballet

Best Dive Bar BOA Award Winner

Lenny's Bar

Best OTP Dry Cleaner BOA Award Winner

Executive Cleaners

Best Computer Store BOA Award Winner

Apple Store

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

Destin, Fla.

Best Place to Buy a Gag Gift BOA Award Winner

Spencer's

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Ru San's

Best Intown Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Metal-some Mondays

Best OTP Liquor Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Smyrna World of Beverages

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

The Breeze Kings

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Rhinoctopus

Best Local Hip-Hop Act BOA Award Winner

Outkast

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Echo Valve

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Echo Valve

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Jocks and Jills

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

Sushi Hayakawa

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

Blue Collar TV

Best New Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Satellite Records

Best-Looking Waitstaff (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Einstein's

Best Weekly Club Event BOA Award Winner

Fever
Throw out your thermometers and forget about aspirin: FEVER promises a sickening good time every Saturday night at Django. The DJ rotation features a cast of overly capable locals, including Jamad, Kemit, Mars, Kumar, Motion, LV, Klever and Cozy Shawn. Thank your doctors J. Carter of Sol-Fusion andmore...
Throw out your thermometers and forget about aspirin: FEVER promises a sickening good time every Saturday night at Django. The DJ rotation features a cast of overly capable locals, including Jamad, Kemit, Mars, Kumar, Motion, LV, Klever and Cozy Shawn. Thank your doctors J. Carter of Sol-Fusion and Marco "Blue" Johnson of Marco's Pita for three levels of party, from the hip-hop hotness downstairs on the dancefloor to the chill environment upstairs in the restaurant and out on the patio. Fever helped give Django its hot spot diagnosis for 2005 but for the ladies who get ill at the thought of a $20 cover, show up before 11 p.m. less...

Best Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Target

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

Manhunt
Maybe we're using the word "date" too generously, but MANHUNT is one Internet success story that's left countless numbers of local guys smiling. Some swear they use it as a social outlet - a place to chat up strangers without having to deal with smoky bars and the accompanying attitude. Others see itmore...
Maybe we're using the word "date" too generously, but MANHUNT is one Internet success story that's left countless numbers of local guys smiling. Some swear they use it as a social outlet - a place to chat up strangers without having to deal with smoky bars and the accompanying attitude. Others see it as more of a delivery service (with "service" being the key word, ahem). Either way, there's got to be a good reason so many ATL boys are always "on the 'Hunt." less...

Best Acoustic Music Club BOA Award Winner

Eddie'S Attic
Following a few shaky years of gradually shifting musical focus, EDDIE'S ATTIC returns to form and retains the title as best place to hear acoustic music for the simple fact that the music is the top priority. Any noisy attendees get shushed and glared at, and the sound system is engineered to perfection.more...
Following a few shaky years of gradually shifting musical focus, EDDIE'S ATTIC returns to form and retains the title as best place to hear acoustic music for the simple fact that the music is the top priority. Any noisy attendees get shushed and glared at, and the sound system is engineered to perfection. Featuring a popular array of local and touring acts, as well as the always interesting Open Mike Shootout on Mondays, Eddie's is an institution in the Decatur scene. Oh, and in case you hadn't heard, the titular Eddie is back. less...

Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

Sam Flax

Best Indian Pakistani Market (tie) BOA Award Winner

Cherians International farmers market

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

Jennifer Wilbanks: The Runaway Bride

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