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2005 Index of Winners

Best Cigar Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Tinder Box
Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road 404-231-9853; and other locations www.tinderbox.com

Best Coffee By the Pound BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Starbucks

Best Comic Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Comic Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Oxford Comics & Games
2855 Piedmont Road 404-233-8682

Best Computer Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Apple Store (Atlanta Stores)
Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road 404-926-3085 www.apple.com

Best Consignment/Resale Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Consignment Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Psycho Sisters
5964 Roswell Road 404-255-5578; and other locations www.psychosistersshops.com

Best Contemporary Furniture BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
IKEA

Best Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
MAC Cosmetics
Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road 404-495-2852; and other locations www.maccosmetics.com

BEST DANCE VINYL BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Barking Hound Village Cheshire
1918 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-897-3422 www.barkinghoundvillage.com

Best Doggie Day care BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Drag Wear BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Junkman's Daughter
1164 Moreland Ave. 404-577-3188

Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Blockbuster Video
2002 Howell Mill Road 404-609-9565; and other locations www.blockbuster.com

Best East Asian Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway, Doraville 770-455-0770

Best Eclectic Furniture BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
retromodern

Best Eclectic Furniture BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
IKEA

Best Electronics Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Best Buy Sandy Springs
4145 LaVista Road 770-939-7660; and other locations www.bestbuy.com

Best Emerging Neighborhood Retail District BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Farmers Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Buford Highway Farmers Market

Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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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

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Lakewood 400 Antiques Market
2000 Lakewood Ave. 404-622-4488 www.lakewoodantiques.com

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
markandscott
309 E. Paces Ferry Road, Suite 140 404-841-4890 markandscott.com

Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Watershed on Peachtree

Best Garden Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Pike Nurseries
2101 LaVista Road 404-634-8604; and other locations www.pikenursery.com

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
LA Fitness Ansley Mall
3232 Peachtree Road, Suite A 404-233-8311; and other locations www.lafitness.com

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Ace Hardware (Atlanta Stores)
1231 Glenwood Ave. 404-627-5757; and other locations www.acehardware.com

Best Hardware Store FOR WOODWORKERS BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Head Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Junkman's Daughter
1164 Moreland Ave. 404-577-3188

Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Whole Foods Market
2111 Briarcliff Road 404-634-7800; and other locations www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Best Import Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Cost Plus World Market
3330 Piedmont Road 404-814-0801; and other locations www.worldmarket.com

Best Indian Pakistani Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Your DeKalb Farmers Market
Cherians International Farmers Market 751 DeKalb Industrial Way, Decatur 404-299-0842

Best Intown Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Intown Dry Cleaner BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners
906 Monroe Drive 404-872-2233

Best INTOWN Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Intown Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Grow
627-C E. College Ave., Decatur 404-373-7775 www.growsalon.com

Best Intown Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Green's Beverages - Ponce De Leon
2612 Buford Highway 404-321-6232; 737 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-872-1109

Best Intown Mall/Shopping Center BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Road 404-233-6767 www.lenoxsquare.com

Best Intown Spa BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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

Year » 2005
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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 Intown Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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All or Nothing Tattoo
2569 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna 770-435-9966 www.allornothingtattoo.com

Best Jewelry BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Atlanta Antique Gallery
3550 Broad St., Chamblee 770-457-7444 www.atlantaantiquegallery.com

Best Jewelry Artisans BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Jewelry Artisans BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
High Museum of Art
404-733-4400. www.turqjewelry.com.

Best Kids Clothing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Gap Kids (Atlanta Stores)
Gwinnett Place 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 770-476-0117; and other locations www.gap.com

Best Kitchen Gadgets BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
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 Kitchen Gadgets BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
The Cook's Warehouse - East Cobb

Best Last-Minute Gifts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Phipps Plaza
When rushed to find those last-minute gifts for a Mother’s Day brunch, friend’s engagement party or brother’s birthday dinner (how did we manage to forget about those soirees, anyway?), we never take a second to stress about what to buy. Instead we stop in at METROPOLITAN DELUXEmore...

When rushed to find those last-minute gifts for a Mother’s Day brunch, friend’s engagement party or brother’s birthday dinner (how did we manage to forget about those soirees, anyway?), we never take a second to stress about what to buy. Instead we stop in at METROPOLITAN DELUXE on our way over, because we know we’ll find something that will please everyone. With its selection of glorious fresh-cut flowers, divine candles, slutty soaps and cheeky cards, you can please both the irreverent sibling and the finicky mother-in-law all in one trip.
Also at 1034 N. Highland Ave., 404-892-9337, www.metropolitandeluxe.com.

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Best Latino Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Carniceria Hispana
3258 Buford Highway 404-315-9400; and other locations

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