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Best adult toy store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Inserection (Featured)

Best afternoon (veggie) delight BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on the weekends. Convenient for farmers, perhaps; not always convenient for a hardworking gal who just so happens to enjoy sleeping till noon on Saturdays. And Sundays.more...
We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on the weekends. Convenient for farmers, perhaps; not always convenient for a hardworking gal who just so happens to enjoy sleeping till noon on Saturdays. And Sundays. The organizers of the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, in their infinite wisdom and unparalleled benevolence, solved the conundrum and scheduled their market to take place on Wednesday evenings. From April to December, the EAV Farmers Market has all the best that Atlanta-area growers, bakers, and makers have to offer at the weekend market: H&F breads, yogurts from Atlanta Fresh Creamery, honey from Hidden Springs Honey, and awesome hummus and nan from Nazifa's Bakery. And they have it at twilight. If you've already stocked up on produce for the week from a weekend market, you can still come to browse, (inevitably) run into friends, and grab some dinner from Little Tart Bakeshop or Woodfire Pizza. Enter from Stokeswood Avenue, and you'll find a real backyard atmosphere with plants and picnic tables. Best of all: You can enjoy sleeping in next Saturday. Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. April 19-Dec. 13. less...

Best alternative to CVS BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Little Five Points Pharmacy
Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when you're waiting in agony for your heartburn medication to be divvied out, there's something to be said for atmosphere, personalized service - and history. More old-schoolmore...
Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when you're waiting in agony for your heartburn medication to be divvied out, there's something to be said for atmosphere, personalized service - and history. More old-school general store than generic pharmacy, Little Five Points Pharmacy has served eclectic Inman Park and the surrounding neighborhoods since 1981. While you're getting a prescription filled for that rowdy gastroenteritis, browse through the wall of DVDs and shelves of other quirky natural health items to take your mind off your bowel troubles. Or, if you're not big on popping pills, take a more holistic route to wellness: One of its primary pharmacists is also a certified herbalist and massage therapist. less...

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

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Kudzu Antiques + Modern (Featured)

Best art market BOA Award Winner

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Young Blood Boutique

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

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Sam Flax

Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

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Super H Mart (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

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Roosters Men's Grooming Center (Featured)

Best bike shop BOA Award Winner

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Outback Bikes (Featured)

Best bikini wax BOA Award Winner

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Sweet Samba Wax & Sugar Bar
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best bookstore for browsing BOA Award Winner

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Book Nook (Featured)
There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you were looking for until you actually find it. Does that make sense? Anyway, it will when you carve out a couple of hours from your busy schedule and visit one of Book Nook's threemore...
There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you were looking for until you actually find it. Does that make sense? Anyway, it will when you carve out a couple of hours from your busy schedule and visit one of Book Nook's three area locations. Before you even walk in the door, it's obvious this place is great, thanks in no small part to the logo on its sign, which features an anthropomorphized book and CD, jauntily walking atop some musical notes, the latter of the two wearing a bow tie and a fedora. What the books and CDs inside lack in human-like qualities and fancy dress, they make up for in sheer quantity. The Decatur store - the closest to intown Atlanta - is a biblio- and discophile's treasure trove spilling over with gently used DVDs, comics, records, and, of course, books. (More than 150,000 of them, the Nook says.) And from the 45 rpm records - some of which are still in their original sleeves - to a stack of vintage Rolling Stone and Premiere magazines, you could spend all day flipping through everything in the store. Book Nook also offers money and store credit for your used media. So it's also a place to get rid of the things you didn't know you didn't want anymore. Does that make sense? less...

Best bootcamp BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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FitWit of Kirkwood/Decatur (Permanently Closed)
Multiple Atlanta locations. www.fitwit.com.

Best brand-name shoe bargains BOA Award Winner

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Marshalls
Like any of the other brand-name-discount-stores - T.J. Maxx, Ross, and their ilk - Marshalls tends to be hit or miss. It depends on how nice a neighborhood it's in, what time of the year it is, and how much or little the employees care about things being in order. The Marshalls tucked away at themore...
Like any of the other brand-name-discount-stores - T.J. Maxx, Ross, and their ilk - Marshalls tends to be hit or miss. It depends on how nice a neighborhood it's in, what time of the year it is, and how much or little the employees care about things being in order. The Marshalls tucked away at the back of a shopping center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead is either staffed by people who care or overseen by a manager who makes sure they care, because this place (at least the shoes) are in order and the selection is fantastic. By which we mean, "on-trend." By which we mean, "not last year's or last season's crappy stock." (Although there's some of that on the clearance rack - minus the crappy part.) Believe it or not, there is a difference between Marshalls stores, even in the same city. Your feet will thank you for believing us. Multiple metro Atlanta locations. less...

Best bridal shop BOA Award Winner

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Kelly's Closet

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

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Cactus Car Wash (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best caterer BOA Award Winner

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Bold Catering & Design

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

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Criminal Records

Best change of a dress BOA Award Winner

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The Clothing Warehouse
Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance - to maybe dig up a couple of cute things every couple of hours. And there's no guarantee those cute things will be vintage cute things. Clothingmore...
Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance - to maybe dig up a couple of cute things every couple of hours. And there's no guarantee those cute things will be vintage cute things. Clothing Warehouse, with its racks upon racks of color-coded dresses, shirts, and skirts (men's clothes, too), is a sure thing - a kind of carefully curated thrift store. A few months prior to celebrating their 20th year in Atlanta, owners Jim Buckley and Erin Faulman expanded their intown operations and opened a huge, sunny space at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets in Midtown (their flagship store is still open in Little Five Points). The same great candy-colored vintage duds abound - and, of course, there's the famous selection of used (in the good way) cowboy boots - in a shiny new space. Beats spending an entire Saturday in a musty thrift store. less...

Best chiropractor BOA Award Winner

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Highlands Chiropractic Clinic

Best cigar store BOA Award Winner

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Highland Cigar Co. (Featured)

Best clothes you can't afford BOA Award Winner

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Phipps Plaza

Best comic bookstore BOA Award Winner

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Criminal Records

Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

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Finders Keepers Fashions
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

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The Cook's Warehouse - East Cobb (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best craft beer store BOA Award Winner

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Ale Yeah! (Permanently Closed)

Best crossfit BOA Award Winner

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BTB Fitness - Poncey-Highland (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

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Riverview Farm
954 White Graves Road, Ranger. 706-334-2926. www.grassfedcow.com.

Best DIY to try BOA Award Winner

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Indie-pendent (Permanently Closed)
From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy forest, there's something pleasantly earthy and organic about the Indie-Pendent. Rugged and relaxed, the boutique offers handmade wares by artisans from all overmore...
From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy forest, there's something pleasantly earthy and organic about the Indie-Pendent. Rugged and relaxed, the boutique offers handmade wares by artisans from all over the country - and it offers DIY-minded shoppers the chance to get their hands dirty. Or maybe not so dirty. The Indie-Pendent hosts workshops on everything from beer brewing, canning, reupholstery, and sewing to chakra opening (ouch) and reiki massage. Prices for those classes vary, but every Saturday there's a free demo for people looking to DIT (Do It Themselves) on a dime. less...

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

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Barking Hound Village Cheshire
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best dry cleaners BOA Award Winner

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Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners

Best emerging clothing designer BOA Award Winner

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Rene Rene (Permanently Closed)

Best event (and acronym) BOA Award Winner

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Indie Craft Experience
Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that form crocheted half-ladies in antebellum garb. The Indie Craft Experience - ICE for short - is not that kind of craft fair. Like, not atmore...
Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that form crocheted half-ladies in antebellum garb. The Indie Craft Experience - ICE for short - is not that kind of craft fair. Like, not at all. Two weekends a year - one in fall/winter, one in the spring/summer - dozens of indie crafters, jewelry makers, artists, and knitters gather at the gorgeous Ambient Plus Studio in Southwest Atlanta to sell their wares. Organizers and crafters Christy Petterson and Shannon Mulkey also organize an equally awesome bridal show called Wedding Day Hooray, a vintage show called Salvage, and an annual holiday pop-up shop (last year it was at Criminal Records, the year before Woodruff Art Center). Get to the next ICE event early - like, really early - to score a canvas tote designed by a local artist and stuffed with swag. And if there ever happens to be a vendor selling Popsicle stick art, we bet it will actually be pretty cool. www.ice-atlanta.com. less...

Best fancy pants for men BOA Award Winner

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Billy Reid
You ever wonder where that well-dressed mixologist at the trendy bar - the guy with his sleeves rolled up to reveal forearms covered in tattoos, maybe a circa-1870 mustache perched upon his liquor-drenched lip - got his Southern-gentleman-with-an-edge outfit? No? Well, should it ever occur to youmore...

You ever wonder where that well-dressed mixologist at the trendy bar - the guy with his sleeves rolled up to reveal forearms covered in tattoos, maybe a circa-1870 mustache perched upon his liquor-drenched lip - got his Southern-gentleman-with-an-edge outfit? No? Well, should it ever occur to you to wonder, and he happens to work at a bar where the tips are good, there's a decent chance some of his look was picked up at Billy Reid's new Westside store. Open as of May, Reid's Atlanta store is a homey, masculine affair that a local fashion site described as a "retired Army colonel's antique-outfitted study" (we were thinking 19th-century farmhouse with a pop of color for a modern twist). As for the clothes, Louisiana-born-and-bred Reid's designs for men and women are tailored and refined, but in a distinctly Southern way - crisp and rugged. His sense of style has gone over well in the fashion world well beyond our muggy, swampy slice of the U.S.A. (Reid was named GQ's Best New Designer in America and won the Vogue Fashion Fund Award.) Located a stone's throw from fellow high-end and eponymously named men's boutique Sid Mashburn, Billy Reid is helping Atlanta's Southern gentleman (and hot bartenders) look their best.


1170 Howell Mill Road. 404-994-3144. www.billyreid.com.

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Best fashion blogger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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TIE: Ashley Hesseltine and Asian Cajuns
wittyandpretty.com; asiancajuns.com

Best fashion on the fly (literally) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Bijoux Terner
When you're at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, whether you have an hour to kill before a flight or a several-hour layover, it's like they have you right where they want you. You want a burger and a beer? That'll be 20 bucks, thanks s'much. Gonna buy a book to read? Be prepared to pay full pricemore...
When you're at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, whether you have an hour to kill before a flight or a several-hour layover, it's like they have you right where they want you. You want a burger and a beer? That'll be 20 bucks, thanks s'much. Gonna buy a book to read? Be prepared to pay full price for that paperback. Perhaps a less likely way to waste some time: Do some shopping. Better known as the "everything is $10 store," Bijoux Terner in the T and C terminals is a great place to lose track of time and come perilously close to missing your flight. A wonderful mix of ghetto-gold costume earrings, cute sunglasses, watches, floppy straw hats, and every color pashmina you could ever imagine, Bijoux Terner is so fun to browse and even to buy a last-minute gift for the friend you'll be crashing with during your time out of town. Now if only it sold burgers and beer. less...

Best fitness-related peer pressure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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The Body Firm Atlanta
If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we wouldn't. We don't live in New York. BUT, if your friend (or, say, 20 of them - and a big, strong trainer dude) did a gazillion lunges in a public park on a hot afternoon,more...
If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we wouldn't. We don't live in New York. BUT, if your friend (or, say, 20 of them - and a big, strong trainer dude) did a gazillion lunges in a public park on a hot afternoon, would you lunge, too? The answer is yes, at least if you invested in a four-week boot camp in Piedmont Park led by the Body Firm Atlanta. Lead trainer Dez White, a former wide receiver for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Chicago Bears, and our own Atlanta Falcons, says his plan is to push people to reach their personal fitness goals by figuring out where they're starting - whether they're fitness beginners or advanced exercisers. His rates are reasonable, too: $75 for four weeks of training. (There are other locations, mostly OTP, and programs that vary in price.) "Peer pressure" has a negative connotation, but when you feel like giving up, it sure is helpful to have people beside you urging you on. Not as painful as jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, but you'll feel the burn. www.thebodyfirmatl.com. less...

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

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Kudzu Antiques + Modern (Featured)

Best florist BOA Award Winner

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Flowering Events

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

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IKEA

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

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Garden*Hood

Best gay-themed store BOA Award Winner

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Brushstrokes Pleasures (Featured)

Best gifts for literally everyone BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Richards Variety Store
Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they already have? Why am I spending money on things that aren't for me?" Just kidding about the last part. But any agony that might go along with the gift-purchasingmore...
Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they already have? Why am I spending money on things that aren't for me?" Just kidding about the last part. But any agony that might go along with the gift-purchasing process is definitely numbed when there's a place you can go to find something for anyone. CL readers have consistently agreed that Richards Variety Store has the best selection of toys in town, but it has so much more than that and for people who are well beyond puzzle-and-doll appreciation age (not everyone necessarily reaches that age). Its selection of Kikkerland - makers of funky kitchenware and other miscellanea - is unbeatable, as is its selection of greeting cards. It also has a huge selection of books, board games, puzzles, candles, home goods, stationary, calendars, costumes (including those horrifying horse head masks) - basically, a little bit of everything for everyone. less...

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best haircut with history BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Silver Moon Barber Shop
Opened in 1904, Silver Moon Barber Shop has laid claim to being the "Oldest Black Shop in Atlanta." While the once-bustling street has seen hard times, with most of the historic buildings losing their luster, the inside of the barbershop has held up over the years. The ambiance radiates the past, frommore...
Opened in 1904, Silver Moon Barber Shop has laid claim to being the "Oldest Black Shop in Atlanta." While the once-bustling street has seen hard times, with most of the historic buildings losing their luster, the inside of the barbershop has held up over the years. The ambiance radiates the past, from the old-school barber chairs to the mirrors that line the walls. Silver Moon is noisy at the moment due to streetcar construction right outside its door - but it's noise that's accompanied by the promise of good things (hopeful) to come for embattled Sweet Auburn. The past heroes of the avenue might not recognize anything were they to walk along the corridor, but they would remember Silver Moon. During the 107 years that a barber's pole has hung outside Silver Moon Barber Shop many things have changed, but inside Sweet Auburn still thrives. less...

Best hair salon BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Salon Skanda

Best hardware store to stand up to the Man BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Intown ACE Hardware
Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - besides traffic and the usual borderline-classist stuff - is that the corporate juggernaut will imperil the little (or, littler) guys who'vemore...
Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - besides traffic and the usual borderline-classist stuff - is that the corporate juggernaut will imperil the little (or, littler) guys who've done business in the area for decades. Among the smaller-box establishments to come up most frequently is the well-loved Intown ACE Hardware on Scott Boulevard, just blocks from the site of the proposed Walmart. Whether or not it can compete price-wise, it will definitely be able to compete in terms of charm, friendliness, and helpfulness. This crap economy has already necessitated some adjustments to the store's inventory - it's begun selling things like jewelry, T-shirts, specialty plants, and other non-hardware items - and will continue to do so to remain relevant in a funky, DIY-minded community that wants to see it succeed. less...

Best headshop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Forty Two Degrees South (Permanently Closed)

best health food store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Sevananda Natural Foods Market (Featured)

Best independent book store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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A Cappella Books (Featured)

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

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Worthmore Jewelers - Decatur (Featured)

Best adult toy store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Inserection (Featured)

Best afternoon (veggie) delight BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on the weekends. Convenient for farmers, perhaps; not always convenient for a hardworking gal who just so happens to enjoy sleeping till noon on Saturdays. And Sundays.more...
We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on the weekends. Convenient for farmers, perhaps; not always convenient for a hardworking gal who just so happens to enjoy sleeping till noon on Saturdays. And Sundays. The organizers of the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, in their infinite wisdom and unparalleled benevolence, solved the conundrum and scheduled their market to take place on Wednesday evenings. From April to December, the EAV Farmers Market has all the best that Atlanta-area growers, bakers, and makers have to offer at the weekend market: H&F breads, yogurts from Atlanta Fresh Creamery, honey from Hidden Springs Honey, and awesome hummus and nan from Nazifa's Bakery. And they have it at twilight. If you've already stocked up on produce for the week from a weekend market, you can still come to browse, (inevitably) run into friends, and grab some dinner from Little Tart Bakeshop or Woodfire Pizza. Enter from Stokeswood Avenue, and you'll find a real backyard atmosphere with plants and picnic tables. Best of all: You can enjoy sleeping in next Saturday. Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. April 19-Dec. 13. less...

Best alternative to CVS BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Little Five Points Pharmacy
Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when you're waiting in agony for your heartburn medication to be divvied out, there's something to be said for atmosphere, personalized service - and history. More old-schoolmore...
Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when you're waiting in agony for your heartburn medication to be divvied out, there's something to be said for atmosphere, personalized service - and history. More old-school general store than generic pharmacy, Little Five Points Pharmacy has served eclectic Inman Park and the surrounding neighborhoods since 1981. While you're getting a prescription filled for that rowdy gastroenteritis, browse through the wall of DVDs and shelves of other quirky natural health items to take your mind off your bowel troubles. Or, if you're not big on popping pills, take a more holistic route to wellness: One of its primary pharmacists is also a certified herbalist and massage therapist. less...

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Kudzu Antiques + Modern (Featured)

Best art market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Young Blood Boutique

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Sam Flax

Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Super H Mart (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Roosters Men's Grooming Center (Featured)

Best bike shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Outback Bikes (Featured)

Best bikini wax BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Sweet Samba Wax & Sugar Bar
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best bookstore for browsing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Book Nook (Featured)
There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you were looking for until you actually find it. Does that make sense? Anyway, it will when you carve out a couple of hours from your busy schedule and visit one of Book Nook's threemore...
There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you were looking for until you actually find it. Does that make sense? Anyway, it will when you carve out a couple of hours from your busy schedule and visit one of Book Nook's three area locations. Before you even walk in the door, it's obvious this place is great, thanks in no small part to the logo on its sign, which features an anthropomorphized book and CD, jauntily walking atop some musical notes, the latter of the two wearing a bow tie and a fedora. What the books and CDs inside lack in human-like qualities and fancy dress, they make up for in sheer quantity. The Decatur store - the closest to intown Atlanta - is a biblio- and discophile's treasure trove spilling over with gently used DVDs, comics, records, and, of course, books. (More than 150,000 of them, the Nook says.) And from the 45 rpm records - some of which are still in their original sleeves - to a stack of vintage Rolling Stone and Premiere magazines, you could spend all day flipping through everything in the store. Book Nook also offers money and store credit for your used media. So it's also a place to get rid of the things you didn't know you didn't want anymore. Does that make sense? less...

Best bootcamp BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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FitWit of Kirkwood/Decatur (Permanently Closed)
Multiple Atlanta locations. www.fitwit.com.

Best brand-name shoe bargains BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Marshalls
Like any of the other brand-name-discount-stores - T.J. Maxx, Ross, and their ilk - Marshalls tends to be hit or miss. It depends on how nice a neighborhood it's in, what time of the year it is, and how much or little the employees care about things being in order. The Marshalls tucked away at themore...
Like any of the other brand-name-discount-stores - T.J. Maxx, Ross, and their ilk - Marshalls tends to be hit or miss. It depends on how nice a neighborhood it's in, what time of the year it is, and how much or little the employees care about things being in order. The Marshalls tucked away at the back of a shopping center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead is either staffed by people who care or overseen by a manager who makes sure they care, because this place (at least the shoes) are in order and the selection is fantastic. By which we mean, "on-trend." By which we mean, "not last year's or last season's crappy stock." (Although there's some of that on the clearance rack - minus the crappy part.) Believe it or not, there is a difference between Marshalls stores, even in the same city. Your feet will thank you for believing us. Multiple metro Atlanta locations. less...

Best bridal shop BOA Award Winner

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Kelly's Closet

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

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Cactus Car Wash (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best caterer BOA Award Winner

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Bold Catering & Design

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

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Criminal Records

Best change of a dress BOA Award Winner

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The Clothing Warehouse
Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance - to maybe dig up a couple of cute things every couple of hours. And there's no guarantee those cute things will be vintage cute things. Clothingmore...
Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance - to maybe dig up a couple of cute things every couple of hours. And there's no guarantee those cute things will be vintage cute things. Clothing Warehouse, with its racks upon racks of color-coded dresses, shirts, and skirts (men's clothes, too), is a sure thing - a kind of carefully curated thrift store. A few months prior to celebrating their 20th year in Atlanta, owners Jim Buckley and Erin Faulman expanded their intown operations and opened a huge, sunny space at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets in Midtown (their flagship store is still open in Little Five Points). The same great candy-colored vintage duds abound - and, of course, there's the famous selection of used (in the good way) cowboy boots - in a shiny new space. Beats spending an entire Saturday in a musty thrift store. less...

Best chiropractor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Highlands Chiropractic Clinic

Best cigar store BOA Award Winner

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Highland Cigar Co. (Featured)

Best clothes you can't afford BOA Award Winner

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Phipps Plaza

Best comic bookstore BOA Award Winner

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Criminal Records

Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

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Finders Keepers Fashions
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

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The Cook's Warehouse - East Cobb (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best craft beer store BOA Award Winner

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Ale Yeah! (Permanently Closed)

Best crossfit BOA Award Winner

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BTB Fitness - Poncey-Highland (Permanently Closed)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Riverview Farm
954 White Graves Road, Ranger. 706-334-2926. www.grassfedcow.com.

Best DIY to try BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Indie-pendent (Permanently Closed)
From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy forest, there's something pleasantly earthy and organic about the Indie-Pendent. Rugged and relaxed, the boutique offers handmade wares by artisans from all overmore...
From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy forest, there's something pleasantly earthy and organic about the Indie-Pendent. Rugged and relaxed, the boutique offers handmade wares by artisans from all over the country - and it offers DIY-minded shoppers the chance to get their hands dirty. Or maybe not so dirty. The Indie-Pendent hosts workshops on everything from beer brewing, canning, reupholstery, and sewing to chakra opening (ouch) and reiki massage. Prices for those classes vary, but every Saturday there's a free demo for people looking to DIT (Do It Themselves) on a dime. less...

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Barking Hound Village Cheshire
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best dry cleaners BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners

Best emerging clothing designer BOA Award Winner

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Rene Rene (Permanently Closed)

Best event (and acronym) BOA Award Winner

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Indie Craft Experience
Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that form crocheted half-ladies in antebellum garb. The Indie Craft Experience - ICE for short - is not that kind of craft fair. Like, not atmore...
Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that form crocheted half-ladies in antebellum garb. The Indie Craft Experience - ICE for short - is not that kind of craft fair. Like, not at all. Two weekends a year - one in fall/winter, one in the spring/summer - dozens of indie crafters, jewelry makers, artists, and knitters gather at the gorgeous Ambient Plus Studio in Southwest Atlanta to sell their wares. Organizers and crafters Christy Petterson and Shannon Mulkey also organize an equally awesome bridal show called Wedding Day Hooray, a vintage show called Salvage, and an annual holiday pop-up shop (last year it was at Criminal Records, the year before Woodruff Art Center). Get to the next ICE event early - like, really early - to score a canvas tote designed by a local artist and stuffed with swag. And if there ever happens to be a vendor selling Popsicle stick art, we bet it will actually be pretty cool. www.ice-atlanta.com. less...

Best fancy pants for men BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Billy Reid
You ever wonder where that well-dressed mixologist at the trendy bar - the guy with his sleeves rolled up to reveal forearms covered in tattoos, maybe a circa-1870 mustache perched upon his liquor-drenched lip - got his Southern-gentleman-with-an-edge outfit? No? Well, should it ever occur to youmore...

You ever wonder where that well-dressed mixologist at the trendy bar - the guy with his sleeves rolled up to reveal forearms covered in tattoos, maybe a circa-1870 mustache perched upon his liquor-drenched lip - got his Southern-gentleman-with-an-edge outfit? No? Well, should it ever occur to you to wonder, and he happens to work at a bar where the tips are good, there's a decent chance some of his look was picked up at Billy Reid's new Westside store. Open as of May, Reid's Atlanta store is a homey, masculine affair that a local fashion site described as a "retired Army colonel's antique-outfitted study" (we were thinking 19th-century farmhouse with a pop of color for a modern twist). As for the clothes, Louisiana-born-and-bred Reid's designs for men and women are tailored and refined, but in a distinctly Southern way - crisp and rugged. His sense of style has gone over well in the fashion world well beyond our muggy, swampy slice of the U.S.A. (Reid was named GQ's Best New Designer in America and won the Vogue Fashion Fund Award.) Located a stone's throw from fellow high-end and eponymously named men's boutique Sid Mashburn, Billy Reid is helping Atlanta's Southern gentleman (and hot bartenders) look their best.


1170 Howell Mill Road. 404-994-3144. www.billyreid.com.

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Best fashion blogger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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TIE: Ashley Hesseltine and Asian Cajuns
wittyandpretty.com; asiancajuns.com

Best fashion on the fly (literally) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Bijoux Terner
When you're at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, whether you have an hour to kill before a flight or a several-hour layover, it's like they have you right where they want you. You want a burger and a beer? That'll be 20 bucks, thanks s'much. Gonna buy a book to read? Be prepared to pay full pricemore...
When you're at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, whether you have an hour to kill before a flight or a several-hour layover, it's like they have you right where they want you. You want a burger and a beer? That'll be 20 bucks, thanks s'much. Gonna buy a book to read? Be prepared to pay full price for that paperback. Perhaps a less likely way to waste some time: Do some shopping. Better known as the "everything is $10 store," Bijoux Terner in the T and C terminals is a great place to lose track of time and come perilously close to missing your flight. A wonderful mix of ghetto-gold costume earrings, cute sunglasses, watches, floppy straw hats, and every color pashmina you could ever imagine, Bijoux Terner is so fun to browse and even to buy a last-minute gift for the friend you'll be crashing with during your time out of town. Now if only it sold burgers and beer. less...

Best fitness-related peer pressure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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The Body Firm Atlanta
If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we wouldn't. We don't live in New York. BUT, if your friend (or, say, 20 of them - and a big, strong trainer dude) did a gazillion lunges in a public park on a hot afternoon,more...
If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we wouldn't. We don't live in New York. BUT, if your friend (or, say, 20 of them - and a big, strong trainer dude) did a gazillion lunges in a public park on a hot afternoon, would you lunge, too? The answer is yes, at least if you invested in a four-week boot camp in Piedmont Park led by the Body Firm Atlanta. Lead trainer Dez White, a former wide receiver for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Chicago Bears, and our own Atlanta Falcons, says his plan is to push people to reach their personal fitness goals by figuring out where they're starting - whether they're fitness beginners or advanced exercisers. His rates are reasonable, too: $75 for four weeks of training. (There are other locations, mostly OTP, and programs that vary in price.) "Peer pressure" has a negative connotation, but when you feel like giving up, it sure is helpful to have people beside you urging you on. Not as painful as jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, but you'll feel the burn. www.thebodyfirmatl.com. less...

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Kudzu Antiques + Modern (Featured)

Best florist BOA Award Winner

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Flowering Events

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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IKEA

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Garden*Hood

Best gay-themed store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Brushstrokes Pleasures (Featured)

Best gifts for literally everyone BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Richards Variety Store
Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they already have? Why am I spending money on things that aren't for me?" Just kidding about the last part. But any agony that might go along with the gift-purchasingmore...
Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they already have? Why am I spending money on things that aren't for me?" Just kidding about the last part. But any agony that might go along with the gift-purchasing process is definitely numbed when there's a place you can go to find something for anyone. CL readers have consistently agreed that Richards Variety Store has the best selection of toys in town, but it has so much more than that and for people who are well beyond puzzle-and-doll appreciation age (not everyone necessarily reaches that age). Its selection of Kikkerland - makers of funky kitchenware and other miscellanea - is unbeatable, as is its selection of greeting cards. It also has a huge selection of books, board games, puzzles, candles, home goods, stationary, calendars, costumes (including those horrifying horse head masks) - basically, a little bit of everything for everyone. less...

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best haircut with history BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Silver Moon Barber Shop
Opened in 1904, Silver Moon Barber Shop has laid claim to being the "Oldest Black Shop in Atlanta." While the once-bustling street has seen hard times, with most of the historic buildings losing their luster, the inside of the barbershop has held up over the years. The ambiance radiates the past, frommore...
Opened in 1904, Silver Moon Barber Shop has laid claim to being the "Oldest Black Shop in Atlanta." While the once-bustling street has seen hard times, with most of the historic buildings losing their luster, the inside of the barbershop has held up over the years. The ambiance radiates the past, from the old-school barber chairs to the mirrors that line the walls. Silver Moon is noisy at the moment due to streetcar construction right outside its door - but it's noise that's accompanied by the promise of good things (hopeful) to come for embattled Sweet Auburn. The past heroes of the avenue might not recognize anything were they to walk along the corridor, but they would remember Silver Moon. During the 107 years that a barber's pole has hung outside Silver Moon Barber Shop many things have changed, but inside Sweet Auburn still thrives. less...

Best hair salon BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Salon Skanda

Best hardware store to stand up to the Man BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Intown ACE Hardware
Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - besides traffic and the usual borderline-classist stuff - is that the corporate juggernaut will imperil the little (or, littler) guys who'vemore...
Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - besides traffic and the usual borderline-classist stuff - is that the corporate juggernaut will imperil the little (or, littler) guys who've done business in the area for decades. Among the smaller-box establishments to come up most frequently is the well-loved Intown ACE Hardware on Scott Boulevard, just blocks from the site of the proposed Walmart. Whether or not it can compete price-wise, it will definitely be able to compete in terms of charm, friendliness, and helpfulness. This crap economy has already necessitated some adjustments to the store's inventory - it's begun selling things like jewelry, T-shirts, specialty plants, and other non-hardware items - and will continue to do so to remain relevant in a funky, DIY-minded community that wants to see it succeed. less...

Best headshop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Forty Two Degrees South (Permanently Closed)

best health food store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Sevananda Natural Foods Market (Featured)

Best independent book store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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A Cappella Books (Featured)

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
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Worthmore Jewelers - Decatur (Featured)

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