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The struggle is real, y’all. Over the last several years, intown Atlanta’s landscape has undergone a serious facelift. Homegrown, mom-and-pop shops are being increasingly pushed aside by big-box retail developments going up in every corner of the city. It’s a timeless tale: Developers are drawn to an area because it has character. They build and displace the very essence of what made the area desirable in the first place. As city dwellers, we often define ourselves by the neighborhoods we call home, and the shops where we buy our clothes, shoes, etc. — how and where we spend our money. Material things are fleeting, and it is in the very nature of a city to grow, change, and roll with the punches. Be it A Cappella Books’ stacked shelves; Ella Guru’s mind-blowing stock of used vinyl; or Rag-O-Rama’s racks of secondhand swag, Consumer Culture celebrate the best in Atlanta retail. These are the longstanding institutions, and the places that keep us looking fresh and and our heads in the right place.

— Lauren Leathers, Events Editor


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Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

A Cappella Books
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to amore...
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to a good ol' visit to the store. A Cappella's wide selection of new and used titles in such a small place is a wonder to behold. less...

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

vesta movement

Best Hair Stylist BOA Award Winner

Kailey Simmering

Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Yourvitaminlady Herb Shop
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type Amore...
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type A and have been eating bananas my whole life. Apparently my blood type hates bananas and since I gave them up, I have virtually no menstrual cramps! Who knew? Your Vitamin Lady! I walked out with so much more than just banana talk, though. Located on Auburn Avenue, it?s an Atlanta gem I hope everyone gets to experience someday. less...

Best Local Jewelry Maker BOA Award Winner

Bou Cou
Becka Cowan decided to start making jewelry when she wasn?t finding anything she vibed with and we are oh so grateful. I wear her pieces everyday and am complimented everyday. They are extremely unique, won?t break the bank and all made by hand right in her Old Fourth Ward studio.

Best New cd store BOA Award Winner

Decatur CD & Vinyl
Though they also sell vinyl, Decatur CD still has the best selection of new CDs for us to peruse when jonesing for a new box set or reissue. They not only have the hits and the new releases, but a deep choice of back-catalogue titles.

Best Place to Buy Organic BOA Award Winner

Your DeKalb Farmers Market
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shavedmore...
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shaved parm as a staple in the fridge. Before the produce goes bad, it's prepared and served/sold. For lunch at the hot bar, the tofu, squash casserole and somosa are where it's at. The bill is always a pleasant surprise being that they receive in bulk and package in house. Less waste and I hear there's a garden on the roof and honey bees. If your only excuse to not like YDFM is the crowd, you clearly aren?t doing it right! less...

Best Shopping District BOA Award Winner

little 5 points

Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Jeju Sauna
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge onmore...
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge on the body scrub. There's something special about being rolled around wet and naked on a table while an old Asian lady scrubs inches of your body that have definitely never been exfoliated. Believe it when they say one loses two-three pounds of dead skin in the process. It's grossness followed by silky, baby-butt smoothness. The community area has heated marble floors, offers acupuncture, cupping, foot reflexology, and massages, although overpriced. You can sleep overnight in the sleep pods or take a nap in one of seven community saunas that are decked TF out. Perfect place to ride out a storm too. If there was a Jeju South, we'd spend the night there weekly. less...

Best Tattoo Artist BOA Award Winner

Charles Chotav
Charles produces wonderful, classic tattoos. His original work always impresses and the guy?s shading game is top notch.

Best Used CD Store BOA Award Winner

Fantasyland Records
Buckhead's Fantasyland has a rambling selection of used CDs that starts at the front door and winds its way through the main room into a back room and then over to a third room. With a wide and varied selection of genres, plan to spend some time making your way through the titles.

Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

“Atlanta Needs a Kundalini center!” -the Critics

Best Yogini BOA Award Winner

Ziggy's Moon
Yoga has been the only consistency in my adult life. Of all the yoginis I've had the pleasure of practicing with, Ziggy Moon calls to me. She is open, patient, kind, wise, and nurturing. Big things are coming for this little yogini. Look for her at Bonnaroo next summer when you need some Zen time atmore...
Yoga has been the only consistency in my adult life. Of all the yoginis I've had the pleasure of practicing with, Ziggy Moon calls to me. She is open, patient, kind, wise, and nurturing. Big things are coming for this little yogini. Look for her at Bonnaroo next summer when you need some Zen time at the fest. less...



Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Warrior Body Spa

Best Yogini BOA Award Winner

Swami Jaya Devi

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Stardust Adult Stores

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Starship Enterprises of Atlanta

Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Kudzu Antiques + Modern

Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Paris on Ponce (Permanently Closed)

Best Barber Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Freedom Barber Co.

Best Barber Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
The SWAG Shop

Best Bike Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
The Spindle

Best Bike Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Outback Bikes

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Little Shop of Stories

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to amore...
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to a good ol' visit to the store. A Cappella's wide selection of new and used titles in such a small place is a wonder to behold. less...

Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
The Painted Duck

Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
The Painted Duck

Best Consignment Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Psycho Sisters

Best Consignment Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Finders Keepers Boutique

Best Craft Beer Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Hop City Craft Beer & Wine - Krog Street Market

Best Craft Beer Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Hop City Craft Beer & Wine - Krog Street Market

Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Scott Antique Markets, Atlanta

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
vesta movement

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
CrossFit College Park

Best Hair Stylist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Kailey Simmering

Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Sevananda Natural Foods Market

Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Yourvitaminlady Herb Shop
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type Amore...
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type A and have been eating bananas my whole life. Apparently my blood type hates bananas and since I gave them up, I have virtually no menstrual cramps! Who knew? Your Vitamin Lady! I walked out with so much more than just banana talk, though. Located on Auburn Avenue, it?s an Atlanta gem I hope everyone gets to experience someday. less...

Best International Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Your DeKalb Farmers Market

Best International Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Buford Highway Farmers Market

Best Jewelry Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Worthmore Jewelers - Decatur

Best Jewelry Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Worthmore Jewelers - Decatur

Best Local Jewelry Maker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Bou Cou
Becka Cowan decided to start making jewelry when she wasn?t finding anything she vibed with and we are oh so grateful. I wear her pieces everyday and am complimented everyday. They are extremely unique, won?t break the bank and all made by hand right in her Old Fourth Ward studio.

Best Local Jewelry Maker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Pink Scorpio Handmade

Best Local T-Shirt Maker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Fallen Arrows, Llc.

Best Local T-Shirt Maker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
The T-Shirt Lady

Best New cd store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Decatur CD & Vinyl
Though they also sell vinyl, Decatur CD still has the best selection of new CDs for us to peruse when jonesing for a new box set or reissue. They not only have the hits and the new releases, but a deep choice of back-catalogue titles.

Best Place for Fashion Bargains BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Value Village - East Atlanta

Best Place for Fashion Bargains BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Rag-O-Rama

Best Place to Buy Organic BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Your DeKalb Farmers Market

Best Place to Buy Organic BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Your DeKalb Farmers Market
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shavedmore...
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shaved parm as a staple in the fridge. Before the produce goes bad, it's prepared and served/sold. For lunch at the hot bar, the tofu, squash casserole and somosa are where it's at. The bill is always a pleasant surprise being that they receive in bulk and package in house. Less waste and I hear there's a garden on the roof and honey bees. If your only excuse to not like YDFM is the crowd, you clearly aren?t doing it right! less...

Best Salon BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
union 16 salon + market

Best Shopping District BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Ponce City Market

Best Shopping District BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
little 5 points

Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Warrior Body Spa

Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Jeju Sauna
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge onmore...
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge on the body scrub. There's something special about being rolled around wet and naked on a table while an old Asian lady scrubs inches of your body that have definitely never been exfoliated. Believe it when they say one loses two-three pounds of dead skin in the process. It's grossness followed by silky, baby-butt smoothness. The community area has heated marble floors, offers acupuncture, cupping, foot reflexology, and massages, although overpriced. You can sleep overnight in the sleep pods or take a nap in one of seven community saunas that are decked TF out. Perfect place to ride out a storm too. If there was a Jeju South, we'd spend the night there weekly. less...

Best Tattoo Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Charles Chotav
Charles produces wonderful, classic tattoos. His original work always impresses and the guy?s shading game is top notch.

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
SparrowHawk Studio

Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Only You Tattoo

Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Transporter Vintage/Retro

Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Richards Variety Store

Best Used CD Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Fantasyland Records
Buckhead's Fantasyland has a rambling selection of used CDs that starts at the front door and winds its way through the main room into a back room and then over to a third room. With a wide and varied selection of genres, plan to spend some time making your way through the titles.

Best Used-Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books

Best Used-Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Book Nook

Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Kashi Atlanta Ashram

Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
“Atlanta Needs a Kundalini center!” -the Critics
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