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Consumer Culture

Imagine footwear boutique Sole engaged in good old-fashioned shoe-leather campaigning. Or Criminal Records mastering the art of retail politics. Or picture Inserection adult novelty store kissing babies. No, on second thought, scratch that image. Whatever the strategy, the votes are tallied and these and other Consumer Culture candidates have topped the Best of Atlanta critics' list. (Of course, they're joined on the rostrum by the many winners of CL's Readers Picks; think of them as the loyal opposition.) And we say, to the victors go the spoils. We expect strong turnout for the winners, from such veteran public servants as Stefan's Vintage Clothing to newcomers like B Chic consignment store. That said, we could hardly make sense of our own exit-poll data (why are mustard-stained hipsters attracted to comic books?), but that didn't stop us from going all Zogby. So keep reading and prepare to be pandered to.

– Scott Henry

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

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Decatur CD & Vinyl

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

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Wax 'N' Facts

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

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Stefan's Vintage Clothing

Runner-up
The Clothing Warehouse
420 Moreland Ave., 404-524-5070, www.theclothingwarehouse.com

Best Wine Shop BOA Award Winner

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Sherlock's Wine Merchant Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Women's Shoes BOA Award Winner

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Sole
Our shoe obsession may not be on the Carrie Bradshaw level, but whenever we feel the urge to decorate our feet with a new strappy number, we head over to SOLE in the Edgewood Retail District. It offers a more unique and varied selection than your average department store, complete with name-drops suchmore...
Our shoe obsession may not be on the Carrie Bradshaw level, but whenever we feel the urge to decorate our feet with a new strappy number, we head over to SOLE in the Edgewood Retail District. It offers a more unique and varied selection than your average department store, complete with name-drops such as Jeffrey Campbell, Tsubo and MC & Power. Whether you're looking for a classic pump or a trendy pair of sandals, the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Sole can outfit your feet. less...

Best Women's Shoes BOA Award Winner

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DSW
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Yoga Guru BOA Award Winner

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Doug Eifrid
Behind any serious yogi lies a beloved instructor, which makes picking the city's best yoga instructor a little like picking best mom. That said, there's something about Yoga Samadhi owner DOUG EIFRID that makes him stand out. At his sunny Inman Park studio, Eifrid inspires students to find harmony beyondmore...
Behind any serious yogi lies a beloved instructor, which makes picking the city's best yoga instructor a little like picking best mom. That said, there's something about Yoga Samadhi owner DOUG EIFRID that makes him stand out. At his sunny Inman Park studio, Eifrid inspires students to find harmony beyond their yoga practice. Just as important, though, is his attempt to make yoga more accessible by setting affordable prices and maintaining a low-key vibe. He and his 10 instructors teach 25 classes per week (including Eifrid's packed all-levels class on Saturdays at noon), and they lead each class with humor and humility. Eifrid also hosts an annual yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, as well as the occasional couples yoga workshop, meditation class and free Friday-night kirtan, or chanting, session. Best of all, Eifrid's workshops start at a mere $20, and he offers unlimited yoga for $98 per month. less...

Best Yoga Instructor BOA Award Winner

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Kashi Atlanta

Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

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Kashi Atlanta

DARK HORSE: Best Vinyl From Another Era BOA Award Winner

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Full Moon Records

FAVORITE SON: Best Way to Dress Like You Live in Another Era BOA Award Winner

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Stefan's Vintage Clothing

Best Heaven On Earth For Fresh-Food Lovers BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody
We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more – more wonderful cheeses overseen by expert Tim Gaddis, more fantastic and eclectic wines (and a wine bar!), and more great packaged goods and giftymore...
We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more – more wonderful cheeses overseen by expert Tim Gaddis, more fantastic and eclectic wines (and a wine bar!), and more great packaged goods and gifty housewares. And Alon's signature baked goods, sandwiches and prepared foods are just as exacting and tasty at this northside outpost as they are in Morningside. less...

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

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Barking Hound Village Inn

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

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Barking Hound Village Lofts

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

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Barking Hound Village Buckhead

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

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Best place to get the freshest kicks BOA Award Winner

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Walter's Clothing
If you want to stay on top of the latest looks in casual footwear, WALTER'S CLOTHING is the place. A downtown institution conveniently located across the street from Georgia State University, Walter's always has the hot new styles before everyone else - not a month after they've dropped. From Nike tomore...
If you want to stay on top of the latest looks in casual footwear, WALTER'S CLOTHING is the place. A downtown institution conveniently located across the street from Georgia State University, Walter's always has the hot new styles before everyone else - not a month after they've dropped. From Nike to Timberland to PF Flyer, Walter's stocks the trendiest brands in an urban setting with a definite nonmall vibe. The store even provides sneak(er) previews of upcoming releases, so the style-conscious will want to keep coming back. 66 Decatur St. 404-688-8859. www.waltersclothing.com. less...

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