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2010 Index of Winners

Best volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Hands On Atlanta (Featured)

Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity


519 Memorial Drive S.E., 404-223-5180, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.habitat.org.

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antiques + Modern (Featured)

Runner-up: Highland Row Antiques


628 N. Highland Ave., 404-815-8830, www.highlandrowantiques.com


Best bike shop BOA Award Winner

Outback Bikes (Featured)

Runner-up: Peachtree Bikes


2825 Peachtree Road, 404-262-9853, www.peachtreebikes.com

Best clothes you can't afford BOA Award Winner

Phipps Plaza

Runner-up: Neiman Marcus


Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, 404-266-8200, www.neimanmarcus.com

Best comic bookstore BOA Award Winner

Criminal Records

Runner-up: Oxford Comics, Games & More


2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682, www.realpagessites.com/oxfordcomics

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Pet's Playhouse on Ponce

Runner-up: Barking Hound Village


1918 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-897-3422, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.barkinghoundvillage.com.

Best florist BOA Award Winner

Candler Park Flower Mart

Runner-up: Foxgloves & Ivy


563 Memorial Drive, 404-892-7272, www.foxgloves.biz

Best health club BOA Award Winner

LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: BTB CrossFit


3209-R Maple Drive, 404-688-0100, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.btbfitness.com.

Best health food store BOA Award Winner

Sevananda Natural Foods Market (Featured)

Runner-up: Whole Foods Market


650 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-853-1681, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Best Latino food market BOA Award Winner

Buford Highway Farmers Market

Runner-up: Supermarket Chicago


5263 Buford Highway, 770-452-1361

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

Squash Blossom Boutique

Runner-up: Sage


37 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-233-8280, www.sageclothing.com


Best martial arts studio BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Kick

Runner-up: Unit 2 Fitness


240 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-745-3019, www.unit2fitness.com

Best nail salon BOA Award Winner

Salon Five Nails & Spa

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Passion Nails


245 N. Highland Ave., 404-688-2599

Best outdoor farmers market BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Runners-up


Your DeKalb Farmers Market


3000 Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-6400. www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com


AND


Morningside Farmers Market


1393 N. Highland Ave., 404-313-5784. www.morningsidemarket.com

Best Pilates studio BOA Award Winner

Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance

Runner-up: Intown Pilates Atlanta


500 Amsterdam Ave., 404-575-2333, www.intownpilatesatlanta.com

Best place to make yourself look fancy for less BOA Award Winner

H & M

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: T.J. Maxx


1801 Howell Mill Road, 404-355-2581, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com.

Best shop to go nuts for candy BOA Award Winner

Greene
Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE'S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness evermore...
Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE'S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness ever since. The stand-alone marble building in downtown Decatur houses an insanely quaint shop specializing in homemade chocolate pecan clusters, chocolate-covered potato chips, and chocolate-raspberry swirl fudge. Greene's also sells fresh Georgia pecans, harvested in the fall, as well as board games and aromatic candles. Kids will love the sweet treats, and parents will love relaxing on the couches by the fireplace ... with some sweet treats of their own. 141 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-378-2001. www.greenesfinefoods.com. less...

Best used bookstore BOA Award Winner

Book Nook (Featured)

Runner-up: Bound to Be Read Books


481-B Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-0877, www.boundtobereadbooks.com

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Rag-o-Rama


1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best evolution of farm-to-table dining BOA Award Winner

Home Grown
For years, organics, slow food and locavorism have been struggling with their identity as a movement confined to high-end restaurants and high-priced marketplaces. But this summer, HOME GROWN opened, proving that fresh, local produce can be translated to affordable, neighborhood dining. Classic Southernmore...
For years, organics, slow food and locavorism have been struggling with their identity as a movement confined to high-end restaurants and high-priced marketplaces. But this summer, HOME GROWN opened, proving that fresh, local produce can be translated to affordable, neighborhood dining. Classic Southern dishes, fluffy biscuits, and the creamiest local creamed corn around make dining here special, as does the diverse clientele, which reflects the families, workers, hippies and hipsters of this changing neighborhood. 968 Memorial Drive. 404-222-0455. www.homegrownga.com. less...

Best food event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta's Urban Picnic
The cry to "legalize Atlanta street food!" spread across the interwebs this year with surprising enthusiasm. The folks behind the Atlanta Street Food Coalition took this directive to heart and created ATLANTA'S URBAN PICNIC, one of the coolest events our city has seen in years. Restaurants and new vendorsmore...
The cry to "legalize Atlanta street food!" spread across the interwebs this year with surprising enthusiasm. The folks behind the Atlanta Street Food Coalition took this directive to heart and created ATLANTA'S URBAN PICNIC, one of the coolest events our city has seen in years. Restaurants and new vendors jumped up to support the cause and feed our hunger for something new. Mobile wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burritos and more littered the sidewalks of the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market on select Fridays to provide "safe, affordable, and legal access to street food in Atlanta." Even better, the effort seems to have paid off, with Atlanta's first food truck getting its license in August. 404-585-1496. www.atlantastreetfood.com. less...

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Bhojanic Restaurant (Featured)

Runners-up:


Cafe Bombay


1622 Woodcliff Drive, 404-320-0229, www.cafebombayatlanta.com


AND


Zyka


1677 Scott Blvd., Decatur, 404-728-4444, www.zyka.com

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mediterranean Grill

Runners-up:


Ali Baba's


60 Broad St., 404-681-3997; 1099 Euclid Ave., 404-223-1445. www.alibabaatlanta.com.


AND


Mezza


2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com.

Best pizza BOA Award Winner

Antico Pizza Napoletana (Featured)

Runner-up: Fellini's Pizza


909 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-3088, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.fellinisatlanta.com

Best popsicles BOA Award Winner

When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors,more...
When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors, including grapefruit mint, chocolate sea salt, tangerine basil and more. The King has officially made Atlanta's summer that much cooler. www.kingofpops.net less...

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Osteria 832 Pasta & Pizza (Featured)

Runner-up: Figo Pasta


1210 Howell Mill Road, 404-586-9250, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.figopasta.com.

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Locavorism
Runner-up: Burgers

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery & Market (Featured)

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

Willingham's Kitchen (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Mary Mac's Tea Room


224 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-876-1800, www.marymacs.com

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Taqueria Del Sol (Featured)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Spoon EastSide Restaurant (Featured)

Runner-up: Little Bangkok


2225 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-315-1530, www.littlebangkokatlanta.com

Best veggie meal at a non-vegetarian restaurant BOA Award Winner

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill (Featured)

Runners-up:


Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com


AND


Houston's


2166 Peachtree Road, 404-351-2442, www.hillstone.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Capozzi's New York Pizza

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Murphy's Restaurant (Featured)

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Capozzi's New York Pizza

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Murphy's Restaurant (Featured)

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best dance company BOA Award Winner

gloATL (Featured)
The emergence of dancemaker Lauri Stallings' GLOATL over the past year has been the artistic equivalent of a fire alarm going off in the middle of the night. Stallings and her troupe are interlopers; invaders of public space and consciousness. Their method of attack is rooted in Gaga, a performance techniquemore...
The emergence of dancemaker Lauri Stallings' GLOATL over the past year has been the artistic equivalent of a fire alarm going off in the middle of the night. Stallings and her troupe are interlopers; invaders of public space and consciousness. Their method of attack is rooted in Gaga, a performance technique pioneered by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Gaga's so-called "movement language" has a balletic herky-jerkiness that bursts with athleticism and emotion. With gloATL, Stallings has eschewed the traditional stage format for venues such as Lenox Mall, the streets of Castleberry Hill, and the Woodruff Arts Center campus for her 360-degree audience/performer experiences. gloATL's 2009-10 season concluded with the epic multimedia performance Roem, setting the stage (so to speak) for the company's largest public work to date, scheduled for this fall. www.gloatl.com less...

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Young Blood Boutique

Runner-up: Beep Beep Gallery


696 Charles Allen Drive, 404-429-3320, www.beepbeepgallery.com

Best graf writer BOA Award Winner

Hense

Best graphic novelist BOA Award Winner

Andy Runton
Terms like "subtlety," "innocence," and "whimsy" seldom describe contemporary graphic novels, but of all the creators in our lively, local comic book scene, Lilburn's ANDY RUNTON produces the most persistently impressive work with his dialogue-free, kid-oriented title Owly, which gives "cute" a goodmore...
Terms like "subtlety," "innocence," and "whimsy" seldom describe contemporary graphic novels, but of all the creators in our lively, local comic book scene, Lilburn's ANDY RUNTON produces the most persistently impressive work with his dialogue-free, kid-oriented title Owly, which gives "cute" a good name. Move over, Winnie the Pooh. www.andyrunton.com/comics.html less...

Best guest actor to throw his money around BOA Award Winner

Mike Daisey
Powerhouse monologist MIKE DAISEY took the Alliance Theatre by storm last spring. Marrying the verbal and thematic ingenuity of the late Spalding Gray with the volcanic indignation of Lewis Black, Daisey took on money and materialism with The Last Cargo Cult, then trained his incisive eye on the problemsmore...
Powerhouse monologist MIKE DAISEY took the Alliance Theatre by storm last spring. Marrying the verbal and thematic ingenuity of the late Spalding Gray with the volcanic indignation of Lewis Black, Daisey took on money and materialism with The Last Cargo Cult, then trained his incisive eye on the problems of contemporary stagecraft with his one-night performance of How Theater Failed America. Atlanta may have literally gotten more out of Daisey than he put in. In Cargo Cult, Daisey conducted a sociological experiment by converting his fee for each performance into cash and giving it away to his audience as they entered. At the end of the show, Daisey politely requested the money be returned. His Atlanta run left him more deeply in the red than any other city. If that makes Daisey reluctant to return, we have only ourselves to blame. mikedaisey.blogspot.com less...


 

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