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2005 Index of Winners

Best Place For A Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

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IKEA
She's coy before the first date, as those Southern belles tend to be. "I just want to spend time with you," she says via text message. What place can you take her where your fiduciary investment doesn't exceed her emotional interest? Easy, take her to IKEA. At a whopping 366,000 square feet, you’remore...
She's coy before the first date, as those Southern belles tend to be. "I just want to spend time with you," she says via text message. What place can you take her where your fiduciary investment doesn't exceed her emotional interest? Easy, take her to IKEA. At a whopping 366,000 square feet, you’re bound to spend all day together. Watch her paw through the piles of $5 throw pillows. Giggle like schoolkids in the bunk-bed aisle. Take turns playing hide-and-seek among the fashionable-yet-affordable shelving units. Consider it quantity time, and if you're lucky, she might even ask to sample the Swedish meatballs. less...

Best Place for an Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

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Quinones at Bacchanalia

Best Place for an Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

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Bacchanalia

Best Place for a Romantic Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

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The city too busy to hate is also the city where it’s expensive to date, so finding options that are both affordable and romantic is no easy task. Dazzle your darling with the COCA-COLA SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL AT FOX THEATRE. From the twinkling lightbulbs on the marquee to the plush lounges inside,more...
The city too busy to hate is also the city where it’s expensive to date, so finding options that are both affordable and romantic is no easy task. Dazzle your darling with the COCA-COLA SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL AT FOX THEATRE. From the twinkling lightbulbs on the marquee to the plush lounges inside, the restored movie palace features a luxe setting to put classic moves on your sweetheart. After the lights dim, you can “accidentally” brush hands in the popcorn or try the stretch-turned-arm-around-your-date move. Whatever your game, don’t forget to look up at the ceiling, where you both can enjoy the only stars visible in Atlanta. less...

Best Place to Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

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Eddie's Attic
515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur 404-377-4976 www.eddiesattic.com

Best Place to Hear Local Music and Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

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The Earl
Listening to the earnest heartland rock of Bob Seger makes us want to drink PBR. So does THE EARL. We’re not saying Seger and the Earl have much in common — thanks to booking agent Patrick Hill, the mood is more jamming and idiosyncratic Neil Young — but we will say that Seger’smore...
Listening to the earnest heartland rock of Bob Seger makes us want to drink PBR. So does THE EARL. We’re not saying Seger and the Earl have much in common — thanks to booking agent Patrick Hill, the mood is more jamming and idiosyncratic Neil Young — but we will say that Seger’s “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” could be the Earl’s theme song. There’s nowhere else in Atlanta so dedicated to not letting people forget the rawk, showcasing the top tier of local bands alongside nationally acclaimed indie acts. With its junk-store chic, the Earl embodies the garage-band spirit and we raise our tall boys to it. less...

Best Place to Hear Music for Free BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Place to Hear Music for Free BOA Award Winner

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A Cappella Books, Criminal Records, and The Five Spot
In America, freedom is the most valuable possession. And in Bush’s America, free is an equally prized, if far more elusive, commodity. By that reasoning, Little Five Points is like heaven/Rodeo Drive for fans of free music. Just wandering around, there are beats leaking and creeping from everymore...
In America, freedom is the most valuable possession. And in Bush’s America, free is an equally prized, if far more elusive, commodity. By that reasoning, Little Five Points is like heaven/Rodeo Drive for fans of free music. Just wandering around, there are beats leaking and creeping from every storefront, and plenty to sample at listening stations in Satellite Records. But we specifically celebrate A CAPPELLA BOOKS, CRIMINAL RECORDS and THE FIVE SPOT for supporting free live performances. At A Cappella, locals like Anna Kramer and Daniel Clay perform insurgent, experimental indie folk every Thursday from 8:30-10 p.m. Criminal hosts local and national touring acts like Jet By Day and Andrew WK both in store and in the parking lot for singing and signings. The Five Spot hosts a variety of acts, including funk, jazz and reggae and rarely charges a cover. less...

Best Place to Hear National Acts for Free BOA Award Winner

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Downtown Rocks
After a few years of battling free concert series, DOWNTOWN ROCKS emerged as the winner when On the Bricks hits the bricks after losing its sponsorship. With its new home in Underground Atlanta, 99X brought the tried-and-true alternative rockers Cake, Weezer, Ben Folds and Garbage. Also on the bill weremore...

After a few years of battling free concert series, DOWNTOWN ROCKS emerged as the winner when On the Bricks hits the bricks after losing its sponsorship. With its new home in Underground Atlanta, 99X brought the tried-and-true alternative rockers Cake, Weezer, Ben Folds and Garbage. Also on the bill were acts breaking into the mainstream, including Spoon, the Bravery, Kasabian and the Caesars, and if you got there early, local acts kicked off each night. Although it rained for most concerts, crowds packed in anyway because free makes everything better.
www.99x.com.

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Best Place to Imagine You're On Acid When You're Not BOA Award Winner

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Vision

Best Place to Meet Your Web Date BOA Award Winner

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Starbucks
Ubiquitous, www.starbucks.com.

Best Place to Pick Up a Gay Boy BOA Award Winner

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Wetbar - W Atlanta
Maybe it's the proximity of Georgia Tech, or it might be crossover from nearby Halo’s popular gay night, but WETBAR'S COLLEGE NIGHT comes with cuties swinging from the proverbial ceiling. Thursday arrives and a sassy 18-and-up crew of nubile newbies crowds the swanky Spring Street watering hole,more...

Maybe it's the proximity of Georgia Tech, or it might be crossover from nearby Halo’s popular gay night, but WETBAR'S COLLEGE NIGHT comes with cuties swinging from the proverbial ceiling. Thursday arrives and a sassy 18-and-up crew of nubile newbies crowds the swanky Spring Street watering hole, where DJ Greg Dean and a host of go-go boys keep the atmosphere light and sexy. Sure, it’s fun — just make sure he's not taking you back to his dorm room.
960 Spring St. 404-745-9494.

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Best Place to Pick Up a Gay Boy BOA Award Winner

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Blake's on the Park

Best Place to Pick Up a Lesbian BOA Award Winner

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MSR My Sisters Room
222 E. Howard Ave., Decatur 404-370-1990 www.mysistersroom.com

Best Place to Pick Up a Lesbian BOA Award Winner

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Lowe's Home Improvement
Some folks howled when a new shopping center landed just south of Little Five Points, but the renovating residents of nearby neighborhoods have embraced the big-box charms of LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT. And when we say “renovating,” we mean, of course, the lesbians. This expansivemore...

Some folks howled when a new shopping center landed just south of Little Five Points, but the renovating residents of nearby neighborhoods have embraced the big-box charms of LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT. And when we say “renovating,” we mean, of course, the lesbians. This expansive new temple of 2-by-4s sits at a handy crossroads between queer-friendly Midtown and dyke-tastic Decatur, which may be why so many smiling sisters fill the store’s aisles. She’s got a power-sander, you’ve got a tool belt — who needs a deck?
1280 Caroline St. 404-658-8650. www.lowes.com.

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Best Pool Hall BOA Award Winner

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Mr Cues II Billiards
Ya think ya got balls enough to play where the pros play? Well, roll on over to MR. CUE’S BILLIARDS & BURGERS and put some English on it. Johnny Archer is the house pro and he can often be found playing for fun, in high-stakes tournaments or patiently instructing budding hustlers and novices.more...
Ya think ya got balls enough to play where the pros play? Well, roll on over to MR. CUE’S BILLIARDS & BURGERS and put some English on it. Johnny Archer is the house pro and he can often be found playing for fun, in high-stakes tournaments or patiently instructing budding hustlers and novices. The place isn’t a palace, it’s your basic shopping center pool room with all the ambiance and panache of the players of the moment. But that sea of tables beckons the competitive side like a siren to a lost sailor. Rack ’em up. less...

Best Pool Hall BOA Award Winner

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Twain's Brewpub & Billiards

Best Redneck Bar BOA Award Winner

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Cowboys

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

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

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

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Dugan's Sports Bar and Grill
The outside of DUGAN’S on Ponce is like a big screen TV, with all the neon signs boasting wings and cold beer. It gets busy on weekends, and probably not just because of the screens packed with all the sports you can handle. The strong drinks and spicy drumettes served up by the no-nonsensemore...
The outside of DUGAN’S on Ponce is like a big screen TV, with all the neon signs boasting wings and cold beer. It gets busy on weekends, and probably not just because of the screens packed with all the sports you can handle. The strong drinks and spicy drumettes served up by the no-nonsense waitstaff keep fans coming back. Have your order ready, talk loud, and cheer for your team if you want to — hell, everybody else does — and if you happen to be in Stone Mountain or off Flat Shoals Road, check those Dugan’s locations for more of the same. less...

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

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Jocks & Jills Sports Grill

Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

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Blue Flame Lounge
If you know anything about chemistry, you know the blue flame burns hottest. And in Atlanta, THE BLUE FLAME LOUNGE proves the point. Talk about hot and this black gentlemen’s club is bound to come up. The world’s starting to catch on that nights in the A-Town shake clubs are off themore...

If you know anything about chemistry, you know the blue flame burns hottest. And in Atlanta, THE BLUE FLAME LOUNGE proves the point. Talk about hot and this black gentlemen’s club is bound to come up. The world’s starting to catch on that nights in the A-Town shake clubs are off the heezy, and the tight, bouncing beats and round booties at this club only minutes from downtown confirm that. To top it off, table dances are only $5, so you don’t have to be a big baller to party at the Blue Flame without getting too burned.
1097 Harwell Road. 404-794-1446. www.blueflamelounge.com.

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Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

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Pink Pony
1837 Corporate Blvd. 404-634-6396 www.showbars.com

Best Urban Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Apache Cafe

Best Urban Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Club Vision
1068 Peachtree St. 404-874-4460 www.visionatlanta.com

Best Weekly Club Event BOA Award Winner

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Sol-Fusion
Promoters J. Carter and Kenny Burns may describe their popular nightclub event SOL-FUSION as an “intercontinental love fest,” but really it’s just one hell of a good time. No other event in Atlanta features music provided by some of the industry’s coolest personalities,more...

Promoters J. Carter and Kenny Burns may describe their popular nightclub event SOL-FUSION as an “intercontinental love fest,” but really it’s just one hell of a good time. No other event in Atlanta features music provided by some of the industry’s coolest personalities, such as ?uestlove and D-Nice, and a serious blend of genres from alt-rock to house to reggae. No other event assembles such a multicultural collection of people serious about partying, not posing.
www.sol-fusion.com.

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Best Weekly Club Event BOA Award Winner

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D'jango Kitchen and Saloon
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 Marcomore...
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 Window of Opportunity to Renovate BOA Award Winner

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Bazzaar
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know Midnight Star’s “No Parking (On the Dancefloor)” is a guaranteed floor filler. Except it’s not meant to be taken literally, because an SUV takes up more prime real estate than most clubs can afford — especiallymore...
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know Midnight Star’s “No Parking (On the Dancefloor)” is a guaranteed floor filler. Except it’s not meant to be taken literally, because an SUV takes up more prime real estate than most clubs can afford — especially if it enters through the window, as BAZZAAR found out the hard way in July. Thankfully, no one was hurt by the errant driver — bad even by Atlanta standards — and this forward-thinking lounge continues to bolster its own reputation for unassuming indulgence by fostering the city’s top DJ talent under the watchful eye of Bill Kaelin. less...

Best Backpacking River Trip within Three Hours BOA Award Winner

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Ocoee River

Best Backpacking Trail within Three Hours BOA Award Winner

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Appalachian Trail

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

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Tybee Island
It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’smore...

It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse — as well as a fair dose of old-fashioned fun, including an annual water gun fight and beach bum parade. The tin-roofed, open-air, sandy-floored Crab Shack (motto: “Where the elite eat in their bare feet”) is not to be missed.
www.tybeeisland.com.

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Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

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Destin, Fla.

Best Big Company To Work For BOA Award Winner

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United Parcel Service
When United Parcel Service went public in 1999, its generous employee stock option made millionaires out of longtime employees, from managers to delivery truck drivers. And UPS keeps on giving. Even part-time employees get full benefits, including forgivable student loans of $2,000 per year for fourmore...

When United Parcel Service went public in 1999, its generous employee stock option made millionaires out of longtime employees, from managers to delivery truck drivers. And UPS keeps on giving. Even part-time employees get full benefits, including forgivable student loans of $2,000 per year for four years. The company was ranked eighth in the U.S. for employee benefits by MONEY magazine. And Fortune ranked UPS No. 23 out of 1,000 companies for minority employment.
55 Glenlake Parkway. 800-742-5877. www.ups.com.

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Best Bizarre Local News Story BOA Award Winner

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Jennifer Wilbanks: The Runaway Bride

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

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"Runaway Bride"
Last spring, the world’s media focused itself like a laser beam on the saga of Jennifer Wilbanks, the ditzy, bug-eyed, Gwinnett County “RUNAWAY BRIDE” who bolted to avoid her mega-wedding. Wilbanks split on a bus, while everyone back home feared she had been kidnapped whilemore...
Last spring, the world’s media focused itself like a laser beam on the saga of Jennifer Wilbanks, the ditzy, bug-eyed, Gwinnett County “RUNAWAY BRIDE” who bolted to avoid her mega-wedding. Wilbanks split on a bus, while everyone back home feared she had been kidnapped while jogging. Turns out, she planned it. And now she’s got a deal for a book, which ought to be spellbinding, based on a false statement to New Mexico police in which she claimed one of her fictional abductors told her: “Now you can lick my pussy.” You go, girl! less...

Best Campsite BOA Award Winner

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Red Top Mountain State Park
653 Red Top Mountain Road Cartersville, Ga. 770-975-0055 www.ngeorgia.com/parks/red.html

Best Campsite You Can Drive To BOA Award Winner

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Black Rock Mountain State Park
Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians.more...

Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians. The 1,740-acre park also is home to fields of wildflowers; 11 miles of trails; a 17-acre lake for catching bass, bream, catfish, perch and trout; and 64 campsites, ranging from $3-$21 per night.
800-864-7275. gastateparks.org/info/blackrock.

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Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Rocks!
1019 Collier Road 404-351-3009 www.atlantarocks.com

Best Compromise With a Big Box BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association
It takes a tenacious neighborhood group to get Wal-Mart to listen. But UNDERWOOD HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION did just that, making sure the store’s developers heard residents’ concerns about the Wal-Mart superstore that will anchor a mixed-use project off Howell Mill Road near I-75more...

It takes a tenacious neighborhood group to get Wal-Mart to listen. But UNDERWOOD HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION did just that, making sure the store’s developers heard residents’ concerns about the Wal-Mart superstore that will anchor a mixed-use project off Howell Mill Road near I-75 (formerly the site of the Tudor-style Castlegate Hotel). The association played an active role in the decision to build the store — and most of its parking — underground, reducing the big box eyesore. And although the association did run off a Home Depot, its treaty with Wal-Mart represents a compromise other neighborhood groups have been unwilling to make.
www.underwoodhills.org.

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Best Convention BOA Award Winner

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Bronner Bros. International Hair Show
This year, Atlanta lost several trade shows, some of whose organizers blamed an economic slump for diminished interest in the events. Despite the losses, the BRONNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW, hosted by the Marietta-based hair product company and drawing 50,000 people to the Georgia World Congressmore...

This year, Atlanta lost several trade shows, some of whose organizers blamed an economic slump for diminished interest in the events. Despite the losses, the BRONNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW, hosted by the Marietta-based hair product company and drawing 50,000 people to the Georgia World Congress Center every August, is holding up Atlanta’s reputation as a convention town with the tenaciousness of a tub of African Royale Mink Oil Gel. From intense barber battles to outlandish hairstyles bobbing down the fashion runway, the convention is so iconic that Ludacris gives it props in his track “Pimpin’ All Over the World”: “But I drop you off and pay you no attention/If I make it to Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers convention.”
www.bronnerbros.com.

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Best Country Music Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Kicks 101.5 (WKHX-FM)
WKHX-FM (101.5) 404-741-1015 www.wkhx.com

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

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East Lake Golf Club
2575 Alston Drive 404-373-5722 www.eastlakegolfclub.com

Best Historic Downtown BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Buford
As small-town main streets go, one of the most charming in these parts belongs to the city of BUFORD, nestled in the northern tip of Gwinnett County. Founded in 1872, the city was put on the map by industrialist Bona Allen, who ran the tannery and leather factory — now fully renovated as anmore...

As small-town main streets go, one of the most charming in these parts belongs to the city of BUFORD, nestled in the northern tip of Gwinnett County. Founded in 1872, the city was put on the map by industrialist Bona Allen, who ran the tannery and leather factory — now fully renovated as an antique mall — that served as the town’s economic engine. In 1912, Allen built a 17-room Italianate mansion, and the home and tannery bookend Main Street, which is now lined by boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries that double as working studios.
www.cityofbuford.com.

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Best impression of Marc el Duchamp on a piece of public art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Vandalizing of "54 Columns"
In 1919, French artist Marcel Duchamp decorated a postcard of the Mona Lisa with a moustache and goatee. For some reason, it became a famous work of art. We can only hope the same holds true for THE VANDALIZING OF “54 Columns.” The Sol LeWitt-designed series of gray cinder-block towersmore...
In 1919, French artist Marcel Duchamp decorated a postcard of the Mona Lisa with a moustache and goatee. For some reason, it became a famous work of art. We can only hope the same holds true for THE VANDALIZING OF “54 Columns.” The Sol LeWitt-designed series of gray cinder-block towers in the Old Fourth Ward is supposed to evoke the Atlanta skyline, but the bland cinder-block structure mainly provokes derision. In August, someone (perhaps inspired by Duchamp?) painted one of the towers Pepto-Bismol-pink. Local arts officials stripped the paint off immediately, but not before the exhibit, dour and austere on its best day, had a dash of fun. Viva la public art! less...

Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival

Best Intown Festival BOA Award Winner

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Inman Park Festival
Held the last weekend in April, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL has all the offerings you’d expect from a such an event: a goofy parade, a street market, live music, and a tour of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. But what sets the three-day festival apart is the people. Everyone, from everywheremore...

Held the last weekend in April, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL has all the offerings you’d expect from a such an event: a goofy parade, a street market, live music, and a tour of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. But what sets the three-day festival apart is the people. Everyone, from everywhere in town, goes. The festival marks one of the rare occasions when stroller-pushing Virginia-Highlanders and well-heeled Ansley Parkers brush shoulders with Little Five Points bohos and south-of-Ponce hipsters. One bit of advice: Parking can be an exercise in futility. Take MARTA.
www.inmanpark.org/festival.php.

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Best Intown Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

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Lullwater Park
Emory University’s 185-acre LULLWATER PARK, nestled between Clifton Road and Emory’s Clairmont Campus, is home to a scenic lake, mature trees, and well-developed paths. Venture on the dirt trail that circles the lake, or take advantage of the paved path that meanders through the entiremore...

Emory University’s 185-acre LULLWATER PARK, nestled between Clifton Road and Emory’s Clairmont Campus, is home to a scenic lake, mature trees, and well-developed paths. Venture on the dirt trail that circles the lake, or take advantage of the paved path that meanders through the entire park. Lullwater, which is popular with students and non-students, joggers, fishermen, and those seeking a quiet place to read, is also home to Emory University President James Wagner’s sprawling English Tudor-style home.
Entrance on Clifton Road, across from the medical school. www.emory.edu.

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Best Intown Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

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Freedom Park

Best Intown Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Virginia-Highland

Best Intown Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Whittier Mill Village
After the textile boom hit Atlanta in the 1870s, villages started cropping up around the city’s cotton mills. When the mills closed, many of the mill towns disappeared. But not WHITTIER MILL VILLAGE. Located in the northwest corner of the city, about three miles off I-75, Whittier Mill is amore...

After the textile boom hit Atlanta in the 1870s, villages started cropping up around the city’s cotton mills. When the mills closed, many of the mill towns disappeared. But not WHITTIER MILL VILLAGE. Located in the northwest corner of the city, about three miles off I-75, Whittier Mill is a 110-home neighborhood boasting homes built in the 19th century. An adjacent park is home to the mill’s original brick tower, where neighbors gather for picnics. And many of the houses — which sell for around $225,000 — include original heart-pine floors, bead-board walls, and an overall feeling of having traveled back in time.
www.atlantaga.gov/government/urbandesign_whittiermill.aspx.

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