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Consumer Culture

Shallow though it may seem, in this westernized world we inhabit, where personal style is intrinsic to individuality, we're destined to shop till the casket drops.

The clothes we wear, the cravings to which we succumb, how we cultivate our minds and bodies, they're all telling details. Funny how the things we publicly consume tend to reveal more about us than the secrets we privately conceal. But there's no shame in that. In fact, it's all worthy of honor.

It's in that spirit that we spent time indulging ourselves in preparation for this year's Best of Atlanta. What we found were peculiar pockets of culture that go a long way in defining this city in the here and hitherto.

We stumbled upon some cool contradictions along the way, be it an out-of-print copy of a 20th-century classic from Atlanta Vintage Books in the midst of a thriving digital age or an innovative line of extreme sex toys at the tasteful and sophisticated Liberator sex shop. We honed in on the fashionable extremes, too, from modern prep chic on the Westside to the urban swag in Atlanta's up-to-the-minute streetwear boutiques. And to round it all out, we inducted four timeless selections into our inaugural Trophy Case of classic Atlanta picks.

So find yourself a spa - we suggested a few of those, too - kick back and take it all in. Maybe we'll see you there.

— Rodney Carmichael

Best pawnshop BOA Award Winner

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The Trading Post

Best personal trainer BOA Award Winner

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Snap Fitness Atlanta (Glenwood Park)

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

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PetSmart (Atlanta Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Best piercing parlor BOA Award Winner

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Kolo Piercing and Body Arts

Best pilates studio BOA Award Winner

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Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance

Best place for fashion bargains BOA Award Winner

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T.J.Maxx (Atlanta Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best shooting range BOA Award Winner

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Stoddard's Range and Guns

Best shopping district BOA Award Winner

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Little Five Points

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

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Wish Atlanta

Best spa BOA Award Winner

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Natural Body Spa and Shop
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best specialty market BOA Award Winner

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Your DeKalb Farmers Market

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

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Dick's Sporting Goods

Best tattoo artist BOA Award Winner

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Southern Star Tattoo - Little Five Points

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

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Southern Star Tattoo - Little Five Points

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Checker Cab Co Inc

www.atlantacheckercab.com


Editor's Note: This entry has been updated to reflect the accurate winner.

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

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Goodwill Thrift Store & Donation Center

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

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Richards Variety Store

Best used bookstore BOA Award Winner

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Book Nook
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Best vet clinic BOA Award Winner

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The Village Vets of Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

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The Clothing Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best vinyl BOA Award Winner

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Criminal Records

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

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Perrine's Wine Shop

Best women's clothing store BOA Award Winner

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Wild Flag

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

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Kashi Atlanta

Best yoga studio BOA Award Winner

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Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

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Midtown Cleaners & Laundry

Best lingerie BOA Award Winner

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Victoria's Secret & PINK
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

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Green's Beverages - Buford

Best local-startup incubator BOA Award Winner

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ATLast Clothing
Since Atlast Clothing opened a brick-and-mortar shop eight months ago in East Atlanta Village, the two-year-old T-shirt brand has become an incubator for other small Atlanta-based labels it carries on consignment, including Lyfted, Leighterz, and Life Junkie. Though the space is shoebox small, Atlastmore...
Since Atlast Clothing opened a brick-and-mortar shop eight months ago in East Atlanta Village, the two-year-old T-shirt brand has become an incubator for other small Atlanta-based labels it carries on consignment, including Lyfted, Leighterz, and Life Junkie. Though the space is shoebox small, Atlast extends its community reach by hosting recurring pop-up shops for local DIY fashion brands, mixtape releases for local indie artists, and customer appreciation barbecues. And its own line of affordable tees and tanks swell with "I heart ATL" pride. less...

Best luxury urban apparel BOA Award Winner

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Moda404
For eight years, Moda404 has traded in luxe urban menswear with an exclusive inventory of street chic and international brands such as Blood Sweat & Tears, S.C.U.M. (Society Can't Understand Me), and +Fresh.i.Am+. Located in the Buckhead Village, Moda404 attracts a high-end customer base, including anmore...
For eight years, Moda404 has traded in luxe urban menswear with an exclusive inventory of street chic and international brands such as Blood Sweat & Tears, S.C.U.M. (Society Can't Understand Me), and +Fresh.i.Am+. Located in the Buckhead Village, Moda404 attracts a high-end customer base, including an endless list of entertainment industry stylists and celebrity clients such as Future, Rocko, and Lil Scrappy. With owner Kwassi Byll-Cataria's well-earned reputation as an Atlanta fashion icon, shopping at Moda404 is like getting the goods straight from the clotheshorse himself. less...

Best mart for cultural immersion BOA Award Winner

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Super H Mart
Doraville's Super H Mart is part of a nationwide chain that originated in Korea and specializes in Asian foods. Of the four Georgia stores, the Doraville location is open 365 days a year, but the best time to visit is on the weekend for free food demos. There are entire aisles dedicated to soy saucemore...
Doraville's Super H Mart is part of a nationwide chain that originated in Korea and specializes in Asian foods. Of the four Georgia stores, the Doraville location is open 365 days a year, but the best time to visit is on the weekend for free food demos. There are entire aisles dedicated to soy sauce (more than 70 brands and varieties), sake (60 chilled, 26 non-chilled), Japanese and Korean snacks, teas, and seaweed. The rice section is practically a United Nations assembly, with dozens of different types originating from India, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Jamaica. Even pressurized rice cookers run the gamut, from $29 to $500. Raw marinated Korean barbecue (otherwise known as bulgogi) is available to cook at home, along with sashimi for sushi and many types of the popular Korean condiment kimchi. In addition to Asian foods, Super H Mart also has fruits and vegetables from around the world. And don't forget to hit the food court on your way out to enjoy some great Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, or Chinese food, and sweets from the Korean bakery. It's cultural immersion without the expensive plane ticket. less...

Best martial arts studio BOA Award Winner

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Cuong Nhu

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

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Barbara Beert Boling

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Best men's clothing store BOA Award Winner

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Sid Mashburn

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

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Earthshaking Music

Best nail salon BOA Award Winner

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Passion Nails

Best natural hair salon BOA Award Winner

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Salon Skanda

Best neighborhood shopping district BOA Award Winner

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Westside
Let's face it, when it comes to shopping, Buckhead's a little too bougie and Little Five Points can get a little too trendy. But the Westside strikes just the right balance between the two. There's Sid Mashburn's classic haberdashery, the Southern dandy stylings of CFDA Award - winning designer Billymore...
Let's face it, when it comes to shopping, Buckhead's a little too bougie and Little Five Points can get a little too trendy. But the Westside strikes just the right balance between the two. There's Sid Mashburn's classic haberdashery, the Southern dandy stylings of CFDA Award - winning designer Billy Reid, the handcrafted quality at newly opened men's lifestyle store Tweeds near Octane Coffee, as well as popular women's boutiques such as the vintage-inspired Anthropologie and Free People. Westside Provisions District has an abundance of home decor shops with a modern bent, including Room & Board, Environment, Jonathan Adler, and more. And newcomer Atlanta MADE specializes in home accessories, jewelry and the like designed and crafted by Atlanta artisans. www.westsidepd.com. less...

Best outdoor farmers market BOA Award Winner

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Grant Park Farmers Market

Best pawnshop BOA Award Winner

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The Trading Post

Best personal trainer BOA Award Winner

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Snap Fitness Atlanta (Glenwood Park)

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

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PetSmart (Atlanta Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Best piercing parlor BOA Award Winner

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Kolo Piercing and Body Arts

Best pilates studio BOA Award Winner

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Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance

Best place for fashion bargains BOA Award Winner

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T.J.Maxx (Atlanta Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place to wax-on wax-off BOA Award Winner

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Hush Beauty Bar & Lounge
Remember that scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin when Andy's bootleg full-body waxing left him a bloody pulp of a mess? Not to worry at Wax. Owner Myka Barbato started the full-service studio as an alternative to places where waxing was either a total afterthought or too timely and costly. Formerly locatedmore...
Remember that scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin when Andy's bootleg full-body waxing left him a bloody pulp of a mess? Not to worry at Wax. Owner Myka Barbato started the full-service studio as an alternative to places where waxing was either a total afterthought or too timely and costly. Formerly located in Inman Park, Wax moved this year to Old Fourth Ward's Studioplex into a similarly sleek, modern space. Wax still covers hair removal from the rooter to the tooter, including the Brazilian ($55) for women and the Manzilian ($75) for men. The best part is the commitment to healthy, hygienic services, which means no double-dipping or re-using wax and no environmentally toxic products. That's good news for wax virgins and old pros, alike. less...

Best reinvention of a beloved neighborhood outpost BOA Award Winner

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Young Blood Boutique
When Young Blood Boutique owners Kelly Teasley and Maggie White announced last winter that they were putting their longtime Poncey-Highland art shop up for sale, Atlantans let out a collective, "NOOOOOOOOO!" For 15 years, Young Blood had supported local artists with a shop and gallery space and nurturedmore...
When Young Blood Boutique owners Kelly Teasley and Maggie White announced last winter that they were putting their longtime Poncey-Highland art shop up for sale, Atlantans let out a collective, "NOOOOOOOOO!" For 15 years, Young Blood had supported local artists with a shop and gallery space and nurtured a fresh generation of talent. But before you could say "Regretsy," local ladies Rebecca Hanna, Jessie White, and Erica Jamison stepped up to purchase the business and continue its DIY mission. (White and Teasley retain ownership of the gallery portion in name.) The new owners cleared out the store, gave it a modern face-lift with crisp white paint and dark wood accents, and streamlined the inventory. Where T-shirts and onesies once resided now hang suspended wood racks of prints by Methane Studios and Brainstorm. Local vendors Vouched Books and Dust-to-Digital records both have racks of curated goodies. Practically the entire left wall is adorned with jewelry by Erica Weiner, Sanctuary, Seaworthy, Crafts and Love, and more. There are sumptuous Neva Opet bags, rustic handmade frames by the Atlanta-based Blackrabbet, and yes, there's still gallery space. Jamison moved her MINT Gallery into the back of the building for regular exhibits. It's never fun to say goodbye to an old friend. Thankfully, Young Blood's spirit lives on in this fresh reinvention. less...

Best shooting range BOA Award Winner

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Stoddard's Range and Guns

Best shop for meaty treats BOA Award Winner

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Spotted Trotter

Best shopping district BOA Award Winner

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Little Five Points

Best sneaker collector's hot spot BOA Award Winner

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Fly Kix
When you walk into a sneaker boutique and see a wall full of shrink-wrapped vintage Air Jordans and rare releases on the wall, you have arrived. Fly Kix in Castleberry Hill is the crack spot for sneaker fiends and collectors of hard-to-find originals. Looking for the Air Jordan 1s in black and red? Gotmore...
When you walk into a sneaker boutique and see a wall full of shrink-wrapped vintage Air Jordans and rare releases on the wall, you have arrived. Fly Kix in Castleberry Hill is the crack spot for sneaker fiends and collectors of hard-to-find originals. Looking for the Air Jordan 1s in black and red? Got 'em. How about the Fila Original Fitness in a rainbow of colors? Check. But its stash isn't limited to throwbacks, with an ample supply of current styles from Gourmet, New Balance, Puma, Adidas, HUF, and even Tretorn boots. Its denim, snapback, and printed T-shirt game is no sleeper, either. Plus, its in-store events, featuring the likes of national touring acts from Wale to Kendrick Lamar, serve as dope reminders that this is the place to be. less...

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

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Wish Atlanta

Best soul soothing music store BOA Award Winner

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Moods Music
Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business this month, which is practically a lifetime in independent-record-store years. From vintage to nu soul, Moods Music is allmore...
Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business this month, which is practically a lifetime in independent-record-store years. From vintage to nu soul, Moods Music is all about supporting the genre in all its glorious forms. Moods is also known for its special events, whether it's hosting in-store appearances for out-of-town artists such as Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote before a recently scheduled concert or throwing a listening party and meet-and-greet for Atlanta-based favorites like Anthony David. Besides carrying an extensive collection of CDs from hyperlocal to global acts, Moods has expanded its product line to include live performances and classic black films on DVD, a line of Moods Music T-shirts, and complimentary teas for regulars. And the couches provide a perfect place to lounge while vibing to the sounds. With nurturing like that, it's no wonder why the city's soul community continues to flourish. less...

Best spa BOA Award Winner

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Natural Body Spa and Shop
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best specialty market BOA Award Winner

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Your DeKalb Farmers Market

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

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Dick's Sporting Goods

Best tattoo artist BOA Award Winner

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Southern Star Tattoo - Little Five Points

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

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Southern Star Tattoo - Little Five Points

Best tattoo studio to spark a cultural renaissance BOA Award Winner

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City of Ink
Art isn't just skin deep at Castleberry Hill's City of Ink. The six-year-old tattoo and art gallery remains a hub for the city's urban arts, culture, and indie hip-hop scenes. With a staff that consists of such well-known influencers as Greedmont Park co-founder and one-half of local rap duo Mach 5,more...
Art isn't just skin deep at Castleberry Hill's City of Ink. The six-year-old tattoo and art gallery remains a hub for the city's urban arts, culture, and indie hip-hop scenes. With a staff that consists of such well-known influencers as Greedmont Park co-founder and one-half of local rap duo Mach 5, Corey Davis; locally celebrated acrylic painter Paper Frank; and 2013 "Best Ink" reality-show alum Melvin Todd; the shop is one of Atlanta's most high profile. The artists on staff take their custom-designed work seriously and have nurtured a cultured customer base as a result. People travel from across the country, and sometimes internationally, to get tatted up. It's all part of the vision put into play by co-founder Miya Bailey, who last year independently released his film Color Outside the Lines, about the 20-year legacy of black tattoo artists. Judging from the look of things, the next two decades should have City of Ink's imprint all over them. less...

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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Atlanta Checker Cab Co Inc

www.atlantacheckercab.com


Editor's Note: This entry has been updated to reflect the accurate winner.

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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Goodwill Thrift Store & Donation Center

Best town car-style service on a taxicab budget BOA Award Winner

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Uber (Rideshare Atlanta)
Ever try hailing a cab in Atlanta? You're bound to have better luck in hell. Which is why Uber's innovative car service is challenging old-school yellow cabs across the country. With such new-millennium advances as mobile technology - imagine that - transportation has taken a welcome step into themore...
Ever try hailing a cab in Atlanta? You're bound to have better luck in hell. Which is why Uber's innovative car service is challenging old-school yellow cabs across the country. With such new-millennium advances as mobile technology - imagine that - transportation has taken a welcome step into the present. Smartphone apps and text messaging make it easy to reserve rides with waits no longer than five to 10 minutes. And uber keeps customer credit card info on file so there's no need to fumble with paying or tipping drivers when you reach your destination. The low-cost Uber runs compact cars on rates comparable to taxicabs ($2.50 per mile or 75 cents per minute), while uberBLACK and uberSUV chauffeur you in upgraded style. www.uber.com. less...

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

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Richards Variety Store

Best used bookstore BOA Award Winner

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Book Nook
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Best use for a recycled skateboard BOA Award Winner

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Deck Specks
If you need proof that Atlanta is a bona fide skate town, look no further than Deck Specks. The independent company makes handcrafted sunglasses (about $95/pair) out of used skateboard decks - hence the name. Started by co-owner Luke Bullard, Deck Specks is a bare-bones six-man operation run by realmore...
If you need proof that Atlanta is a bona fide skate town, look no further than Deck Specks. The independent company makes handcrafted sunglasses (about $95/pair) out of used skateboard decks - hence the name. Started by co-owner Luke Bullard, Deck Specks is a bare-bones six-man operation run by real skaters. They take used skateboards, donated by Atlanta skaters and such shops as Little Five Points' Stratosphere, and individually de-grip each board before cutting out the frames, planing, and sanding each pair down. The wood-grain finishes retain the skateboards graphics and stains. And though multiple glasses are cut from each board, every pair is unique. So in addition to authenticity points, wearers can take pride in knowing that there won't be any shady replicas within eyeshot. www.deckspecks.com. less...

Best vet clinic BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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The Village Vets of Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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The Clothing Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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Criminal Records

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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Perrine's Wine Shop

Best women's clothing store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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Wild Flag

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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Kashi Atlanta

Best yoga studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
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Kashi Atlanta

Winner's Pick - Best Place to Meet the Maker BOA Award Winner

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Sis and Moon's
"When "Creative Loafing" asked HomeGrown Decatur, as a past winner, who we would nominate as new Best Place to Meet the Maker, we immediately thought of Sis and Moon's in downtown Alpharetta. Chris Tamisin, a former HomeGrown artist, and her sister, Wendy Vogt, have transformed a modest, historic storefrontmore...
"When "Creative Loafing" asked HomeGrown Decatur, as a past winner, who we would nominate as new Best Place to Meet the Maker, we immediately thought of Sis and Moon's in downtown Alpharetta. Chris Tamisin, a former HomeGrown artist, and her sister, Wendy Vogt, have transformed a modest, historic storefront into a treasure trove of local art along with carefully curated vintage finds. Both sisters sell their own designs, as well as the work of many local artists. Beautifully staged, the shop is a delight and the sisters delightful." "HomeGrown Decatur's Lori Ronca and Beth Thompson, - 2012 Critics Pick for Best Place to Meet the Maker " less...

Best Day Spa BOA Award Winner

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Jeju Sauna
Perennial favorite Jeju offers the adventure of a Korean bathhouse at a pauper's price. For $25, customers gain access to 10 unisex saunas and steam rooms, Jacuzzis, and shower areas. Included among the domed saunas are the Jade Steam Room (for increased metabolism and circulation), the Charcoal Roommore...
Perennial favorite Jeju offers the adventure of a Korean bathhouse at a pauper's price. For $25, customers gain access to 10 unisex saunas and steam rooms, Jacuzzis, and shower areas. Included among the domed saunas are the Jade Steam Room (for increased metabolism and circulation), the Charcoal Room (for toxin absorption), the Rock Salt Room (for stress release), and the Baked Clay Sauna (for melting muscle tension). Gender-specific areas are clothing-optional. And the Korean food court and massage options require additional costs. With 24/7 hours, it's always a convenient and economical escape to relax, release, and rejuvenate. less...

Best Variety Store BOA Award Winner

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Junkman's Daughter
After 31 years, the Junkman's Daughter is more than just a neighborhood novelty; it's a bizarre bazaar. Seriously, this place was weird before weird was cool. And nothing's changed based on the inventory of gag gifts and total randomania. It's like Halloween 365 days a year, complete with My Little Ponymore...
After 31 years, the Junkman's Daughter is more than just a neighborhood novelty; it's a bizarre bazaar. Seriously, this place was weird before weird was cool. And nothing's changed based on the inventory of gag gifts and total randomania. It's like Halloween 365 days a year, complete with My Little Pony tank tops in XL, Bride of Frankenstein bustiers, and everything in between. Whether you're seeking to come out of your shell or climb into one, it's a one-stop shop for alternative lifestyles. And the stock of outrageous patent-leather platforms would make Nancy Sinatra burst out in song. less...

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