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2005 Index of Winners

Best Place to Road Bike BOA Award Winner

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Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Road / Nickajack Elementary Trailhead

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

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Lenox Square

Best PR Fiasco BOA Award Winner

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Choicepoint
We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offermore...

We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offer a full accounting of the scandal? Yeah, right! The company waited months before ’fessing up to a security breach. Then, when CEO Derek Smith finally talked, he said, “We didn’t expect organized criminals would attack us with this sophistication.” Derek, they used a fax machine! ChoicePoint shares tumbled, but before the scandal went public, Smith managed to sell thousands of shares, netting $13 million.
www.choicepoint.com.

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Best Pseudonym BOA Award Winner

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Ron Mexico
His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit.more...

His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit. In April, a 26-year-old alleged former girlfriend sued Vick for negligence and battery, claiming he gave her the STD after he once refused to wear a condom during sex. Vick denies the allegations, and the suit has yet to go to court. But here at CL, we’ve already reached our verdict: “Ron Mexico” is one kick-ass nickname!
www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0405051vick1.html.

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Best Quick Thinking by a Newspaper Reporter in Peril BOA Award Winner

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Don O'Briant
People often wonder how well they’ll perform in a life-and-death situation. On March 11, DON O’BRIANT, a reporter at the AJC, found out firsthand. With alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols demanding at gunpoint that O’Briant climb into the trunk of the Honda Nichols wasmore...
People often wonder how well they’ll perform in a life-and-death situation. On March 11, DON O’BRIANT, a reporter at the AJC, found out firsthand. With alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols demanding at gunpoint that O’Briant climb into the trunk of the Honda Nichols was carjacking, O’Briant said no. Nichols pistol-whipped him. O’Briant stumbled to his feet and ran. Asked later why he didn’t obey, O’Briant said, “You don’t do that. You’re giving up any control you have at the moment.” O’Briant’s quick thinking may have saved his life, and gave us a glimmer of good news on an otherwise dismal day. less...

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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“The Bert Show” (Bert Weiss)
Q-100 WWWQ-FM (100.5) Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m. 404-741-1005 www.q100atlanta.com

Best Radio Station For Boomin' Bass and 26-inch Spinners BOA Award Winner

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WHTA-FM
For all your crunk desires, you can’t beat Hot 107.9. Riding in your old-school Olds, listening to everything from the Ying Yang Twins to T.I., Ludacris to Trap Boiz, the hotness factor is not so much boom-bip as it is beats to bump. WHTA-FM is probably the best place to hear tracks fresh offmore...

For all your crunk desires, you can’t beat Hot 107.9. Riding in your old-school Olds, listening to everything from the Ying Yang Twins to T.I., Ludacris to Trap Boiz, the hotness factor is not so much boom-bip as it is beats to bump. WHTA-FM is probably the best place to hear tracks fresh off the latest mix tapes, which makes sense since the station employs at least four for-real DJs. Although the somewhat contrived diversity in the station’s billboards for its “A” Team morning show may throw you for a loop, you’d be loopy not to have your radio pre-set to the all-the-way-to-the-right station.
404-741-1079. www.hot1079atl.com.

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Best Radio Station that Keeps on Getting Better BOA Award Winner

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WRAS 88.5
It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners)more...

It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners) college radio stations in the country. That’s not by accident. Album 88 has more than 40 specialty shows, running the gamut from math rock to space rock, post-punk to Japanese, instrumental hip-hop to drum and bass, as well as live, in-studio performances by bands whose tours pass through Atlanta.
404-651-4488. www2.gsu.edu/~www885.

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Best Reason to Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Traffic

Best Reason To Leave Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Gentrification
No, this isn’t a misprint. In the midst of intown’s renaissance, GENTRIFICATION has wreaked severe side effects. Rampant development has burdened Atlanta’s already strained sewage system. An overabundance of condos and strip malls has created architectural homogeny. An influxmore...
No, this isn’t a misprint. In the midst of intown’s renaissance, GENTRIFICATION has wreaked severe side effects. Rampant development has burdened Atlanta’s already strained sewage system. An overabundance of condos and strip malls has created architectural homogeny. An influx of people — and a dearth of public transit — has made getting around town a real pain. And skyrocketing property values and taxes are changing the face of the city, literally. Homeowners who’ve been forced out by rising taxes are predominantly longtime, low-income, African-Americans. And it’s now become difficult for first-time homebuyers to afford even the most modest digs. less...

Best Reason to Live in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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The Weather

Best Reason To Live In Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Gentrification
Flash back 15 years ago. The words “East Atlanta” described little more than the swath of land on the far side of Moreland Avenue. Freedom Parkway was nothing but a concept. Decent grocery stores were sequestered OTP — or at least way north of Ponce. Is the G-word really suchmore...
Flash back 15 years ago. The words “East Atlanta” described little more than the swath of land on the far side of Moreland Avenue. Freedom Parkway was nothing but a concept. Decent grocery stores were sequestered OTP — or at least way north of Ponce. Is the G-word really such a bad thing? GENTRIFICATION has brought Atlanta better nightlife, better shopping, better housing and a better approximation to a living, breathing city. With more planning — particularly regarding public transportation and pedestrian-friendly streets — and a little loosening up (we’re talking about the city’s un-city-like crackdown on nightlife), the next 15 years could bring an even more vibrant Atlanta. less...

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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99X (97.9 WWWQ-FM)
WNNX-FM (99.7) 404-741-0997 www.99x.com

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

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IKEA

Best Sign of the New South BOA Award Winner

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IKEA
As if people making pilgrimages here from hundreds of miles away wasn’t enough evidence that Atlanta has reached a new milestone, how about $19.99 for a sleek dining room chair? We now have proof that Atlanta has come of age, and that proof occupies 366,000 square feet inside a blue and yellowmore...
As if people making pilgrimages here from hundreds of miles away wasn’t enough evidence that Atlanta has reached a new milestone, how about $19.99 for a sleek dining room chair? We now have proof that Atlanta has come of age, and that proof occupies 366,000 square feet inside a blue and yellow building emblazoned “IKEA.” The mostly modern offerings at the home-furnishing Mecca that opened in June are certain to do wonders for interior decor in metro Atlanta and beyond. When your friends’ formally frumpy homes suddenly take on the refined glow of the pages of Real Simple, you know something big has happened. less...

Best Silly Class To Change Your Life BOA Award Winner

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Jeff Justice's Comedy Workshop
During the past 15 years, nearly 1,400 Atlantans have learned the rudiments of stand-up comedy in Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshop. Justice teaches students how to write and perform jokes and then sends the fledglings on stage in front of a packed house at the Punchline comedy club. The key tomore...

During the past 15 years, nearly 1,400 Atlantans have learned the rudiments of stand-up comedy in Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshop. Justice teaches students how to write and perform jokes and then sends the fledglings on stage in front of a packed house at the Punchline comedy club. The key to comedy is being yourself, Justice insists, which sets some students on a mini-metaphysical quest. Graduates include Ron Lester, who starred in Varsity Blues, and our own columnist extraordinaire Hollis Gillespie.
404-262-7406. www.jeffjustice.com.

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Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob
That’s street “character,” not street person. Bob Jamerson, 53, may work as a florist, but he spends his free time trying to cheer up his fellow Atlantans as BATON BOB, marching around Midtown sidewalks in eye-catching costumes — wedding gown, prom queen dress, superheromore...
That’s street “character,” not street person. Bob Jamerson, 53, may work as a florist, but he spends his free time trying to cheer up his fellow Atlantans as BATON BOB, marching around Midtown sidewalks in eye-catching costumes — wedding gown, prom queen dress, superhero outfit — and twirling a baton with all the enthusiasm of a varsity majorette. Bob, who acts as Atlanta’s volunteer cheerleader by walking several miles every day, calls his character the “Ambassador of Mirth” and says he moved here last summer after realizing that the people of St. Louis didn’t really get his infectiously joyous shtick. Their loss. less...

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Aquarium
Although it doesn’t open until Nov. 23, we’re pretty sure the GEORGIA AQUARIUM deserves this honor — not least of all because the facility will move roughly 8 million gallons of water into downtown Atlanta. Bernie Marcus’ intown improvement project has the Home Depot’smore...

Although it doesn’t open until Nov. 23, we’re pretty sure the GEORGIA AQUARIUM deserves this honor — not least of all because the facility will move roughly 8 million gallons of water into downtown Atlanta. Bernie Marcus’ intown improvement project has the Home Depot’s name written all over it. No surprise there: The facility wouldn’t have been possible without Marcus’ ridiculously generous $200 million donation. In its first year, the giant fish tank is expected to attract more than 2 million visitors to see more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species.
www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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Best Trashy Festival BOA Award Winner

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Corndogorama
Screw the face-painting and arts and crafts booths. Each summer, the Earl’s CORNDOGORAMA mixes hot bands and white trash for the perfect indie-rocker brouhaha. During Corndogorama, which celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, the club’s sidewalk and parking lot are literally floodedmore...

Screw the face-painting and arts and crafts booths. Each summer, the Earl’s CORNDOGORAMA mixes hot bands and white trash for the perfect indie-rocker brouhaha. During Corndogorama, which celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, the club’s sidewalk and parking lot are literally flooded from the afternoon to the wee hours of the morning with gawkers and participants partaking in such distinguished events as corndog-eating contests. Inside, nearly 40 bands, most of them local, perform over four days. Yuppies, be warned: Festival-goers have been known to strip to their skivvies and ride a stationary four-wheeler like a mechanical bull.
488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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Best Untrue Rumor BOA Award Winner

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A Local Restaurant Was Serving Rats, Mice, Kittens, Puppies, and a Large Frozen Hawk
In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall.more...

In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall. Accompanying the e-mail were four pictures of skinned and shrink-wrapped rats and mice. Soon, though, the Fulton County Health and Wellness Department found that the e-mail was a hoax. (Incidentally, the restaurant in question had excellent health records.) The photos turned out to be pictures of prepackaged food for snakes.
www.snopes.com/food/tainted/rats.asp.

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Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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103.3 (WVEE-FM)
WVEE-FM (103.3) 404-741-9833 www.v-103.com

Best Vestige of the Old South BOA Award Winner

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Stone Mountain Park

Best Vestige of the Old South BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cabbagetown
In the 1880s, CABBAGETOWN was built to accommodate Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill workers. In the ensuing century, the neighborhood developed into an enclave of brightly colored bungalows and shotgun-style shanties — many with lopsided porches and junkyard art. Located east of Oakland Cemetery andmore...

In the 1880s, CABBAGETOWN was built to accommodate Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill workers. In the ensuing century, the neighborhood developed into an enclave of brightly colored bungalows and shotgun-style shanties — many with lopsided porches and junkyard art. Located east of Oakland Cemetery and north of Memorial Drive, Cabbagetown was home to folk artist Panorama Ray, who photographed the neighborhood’s barefoot and potbellied children, and avant-rocker Benjamin of the band Smoke, who dressed in drag and developed a beatnik mix of blues punk. Despite the recent razing of a historic building that housed the gallery and music venue Art Farm, Cabbagetown’s charm has survived infringing gentrification — and is still home to approximately 75 descendants of the original mill workers.
www.cabbagetown.org.

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Best Way to Deal with Traffic BOA Award Winner

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Music

Best 24 Hour Shopping BOA Award Winner

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Walmart (Atlanta Stores)

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Inserection
1739 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-875-9200; and other locations www.inserection.com

Best Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Inserection
1739 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-875-9200; and other locations www.inserection.com

Best Antique Shop BOA Award Winner

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

Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Victory Vintage Home
The recent explosion of interest in midcentury modern relics has antiques dealer Lee Cuthbert knocking on wood (Heywood-Wakefield, of course). Her young Decatur store, Victory Vintage, specializes in post–World War II furniture, accessories, artwork and educational aids. Reproductions and retro-flavoredmore...

The recent explosion of interest in midcentury modern relics has antiques dealer Lee Cuthbert knocking on wood (Heywood-Wakefield, of course). Her young Decatur store, Victory Vintage, specializes in post–World War II furniture, accessories, artwork and educational aids. Reproductions and retro-flavored paper goods are available, too. While her inventory is similar to that of shops such as City Issue and Twentieth Century Antiques, Cuthbert’s low prices and unusually personal customer service have us snagged. Look for swell discounts on items that haven’t moved for more than 60 days.
303 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-373-5511. www.victoryvintage.com.

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Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

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

Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

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

Best Bath Shop BOA Award Winner

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Bath and Body Works

Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

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Green's Beverages - Buford

Best Bike Shop BOA Award Winner

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Outback Bikes
1125 Euclid Ave. 404-688-4878

Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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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 Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

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

Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Acupuncture Works
It might not sound soothing to get needles shoved into your body, but at ACUPUNCTURE WORKS it is, and you’ll come out feeling balanced. The licensed acupuncturists pinpoint your aches and pains by delicately and professionally inserting needles that help treat conditions like chronic back painmore...

It might not sound soothing to get needles shoved into your body, but at ACUPUNCTURE WORKS it is, and you’ll come out feeling balanced. The licensed acupuncturists pinpoint your aches and pains by delicately and professionally inserting needles that help treat conditions like chronic back pain or menstrual cramps. Even if you don’t have a specific pain, the treatment can increase oxygen and blood flow, leaving you energized. And if acupuncture isn’t your idea of a relaxing body treatment, Acupuncture Works also offers plenty of massages to help you mellow out.
3115 Piedmont Road, Suite E-102. 404-949-0550. www.acuworks.net.

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Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

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

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Barnes & Noble Booksellers (Atlanta Stores)
2900 Peachtree Road 404-261-7747; and other locations www.barnesandnoble.com

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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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 Budget Menswear BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Filene's Basement
Yes, they’ve got the usual Tommy, Ralph and Nautica out the wazoo, but what sets FILENE’S BASEMENT apart from the rest of the discount pack is the unpredictable but frequent infusion of hipper and more rare offerings: Diesel jeans, Missoni dress shirts, Valentino suits, French Connectionmore...

Yes, they’ve got the usual Tommy, Ralph and Nautica out the wazoo, but what sets FILENE’S BASEMENT apart from the rest of the discount pack is the unpredictable but frequent infusion of hipper and more rare offerings: Diesel jeans, Missoni dress shirts, Valentino suits, French Connection T-shirts, Zegna ties, Ben Sherman slacks, even Prada shoes. And when it runs its New York Fashion Week promotion or gets the occasional delivery from a famed Manhattan style palace that begins with a “B,” the store has been known to be awash in Dolce & Gabbana, John Varvatos and Armani.
3535 Peachtree Road. 404-869-4466. www.filenesbasement.com.

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Best Budget Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

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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

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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 Camera Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Wolf Camera (Former ATL Chain)
150 14th St. 404-885-0071; and other locations www.wolfcamera.com

Best Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cactus Car Wash
575 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-3232 and 2980-A Piedmont Road 404-846-4040 www.cactuscarwash.net

Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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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 Caterer BOA Award Winner

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Bold Catering & Design
404-815-1178 www.boldamerican.com

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Criminal Records
466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511

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