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Best of Atlanta 2007 Consumer Culture

 

Best Of Atlanta 2007 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Best Traditional Furniture BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Accessories BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bike Shop BOA Award Winner

Outback Bikes

Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Natural Body
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Budget Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Kids' Clothing BOA Award Winner

Gap Kids
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Green's
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Shopping Mall/Center BOA Award Winner

Lenox Mall

Best Used Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vintage Clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's

Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Natural Body
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

MAC

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Scott Antique Market

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

Candler Park Flowers

Best Hip Women's Clothing Store BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Pet Store BOA Award Winner

PetsMart
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Place to Register for Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Wax 'N Facts

Best Women's Shoes BOA Award Winner

DSW
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.
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Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Boutique for Trendsetters BOA Award Winner

It’s unusual to stay relevant in fashion as long as BILL HALLMAN has, but somehow, this venerable store seems to have the freshest, cheekiest looks to help you stay ahead of the crowd. And now occupying an expansive 6,000-square-foot space, it has enough room to be twice as good. BH has alwaysmore...

It’s unusual to stay relevant in fashion as long as BILL HALLMAN has, but somehow, this venerable store seems to have the freshest, cheekiest looks to help you stay ahead of the crowd. And now occupying an expansive 6,000-square-foot space, it has enough room to be twice as good. BH has always been about more than trendy denim and hipster T-shirts, but the addition of such men’s brands as Paul Smith and John Varvatos has upped the sophistication quotient. The women’s side, meanwhile, is off the hook, with more bags, accessories and even a carefully selected vintage selection.


Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

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Best Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Cactus Car Wash

Best CD Shopping for Indie Snobs BOA Award Winner

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into CRIMINAL RECORDS is that the high-set counters make the staff tower over you like gods of musical knowledge … either that, or tatted-up pharmacists. Instead of handing out Prozac, however, they’ll prescribe you the latest frommore...
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into CRIMINAL RECORDS is that the high-set counters make the staff tower over you like gods of musical knowledge … either that, or tatted-up pharmacists. Instead of handing out Prozac, however, they’ll prescribe you the latest from Peter Bjorn and John or the Polyphonic Spree. Tucked between Junkman’s Daughter and Aurora Coffee, this L5P staple doubles as a comic-book shop, a magazine stand, a toy store and, sometimes, a concert venue. It’s got plenty of vinyl, material from local bands, concert DVDs and rare EPs from the likes of Death Cab and Kings of Leon. Plus, its ridiculously wide selection of graphic novels (it has more than most stores that just sell comics) means you can satisfy penchants for Brian Eno and Brian Michael Bendis simultaneously. less...

Best Garden Shop BOA Award Winner

Urban Gardener

Best Hip Men's Clothing Store BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Independent Clothing Boutique BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Natural Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Sweet Potato Pie

Best Not-so-bargain Bargain Shoppin’ BOA Award Winner

The coveted spring 2007 Stella McCartney dress — a silk, strapless A-line mini — still, months later, haunts our dreams. And those Sergio Rossi stilettos? Don’t even get us started. It’s hard being a broke girl with a rich girl’s wants. But at LUXE, let themore...
The coveted spring 2007 Stella McCartney dress — a silk, strapless A-line mini — still, months later, haunts our dreams. And those Sergio Rossi stilettos? Don’t even get us started. It’s hard being a broke girl with a rich girl’s wants. But at LUXE, let the nightmares be gone. The well-appointed boutique recently has reopened its doors, this time on Marietta Street in of-the-moment West Midtown. Owner Jenn Ripley scours the land in search of recent seasons’ hot designs and sells them for 50 percent to 70 percent off retail. The above-mentioned dress, at $649, might not be cheap — but compared with its original tag of $2,700, it’s a steal. And so be it if we’re a season off. We can rest easy knowing the fashion of our dreams really can come true. less...

Best Place to Furnish a Jetsons’ Pad BOA Award Winner

In addition to providing a new drooling venue for contemporary-furniture enthusiasts, CONTEXT has taken the pioneering step of opening its spacious downtown showroom in a historic 1930s building that originally housed a car dealership serving nearby Sweet Auburn. The store specializes in monochromaticmore...
In addition to providing a new drooling venue for contemporary-furniture enthusiasts, CONTEXT has taken the pioneering step of opening its spacious downtown showroom in a historic 1930s building that originally housed a car dealership serving nearby Sweet Auburn. The store specializes in monochromatic modernist pieces — such as a series of overlapping drawers that looks like a bright-red, free-standing spiral staircase — as well as designs that make innovative use of natural fibers and organic materials, as with floor fans fashioned from chrome and woven rattan. Just in is a line of exquisitely restored vintage chairs from such masters as Marcel Breuer and Eero Saarinen, proving everything old is new again. less...

Best Place to Get Waxed by a Lust Lister BOA Award Winner

Salon Red and Spa
Actually, SALON RED AND SPA in Candler Park is probably the only place to get waxed by a winner of CL’s annual Lust List. In addition to being nominated by readers earlier this year as one of the city’s hottest service-industry workers, Kristen Standish has the skills to match. Expertise,more...
Actually, SALON RED AND SPA in Candler Park is probably the only place to get waxed by a winner of CL’s annual Lust List. In addition to being nominated by readers earlier this year as one of the city’s hottest service-industry workers, Kristen Standish has the skills to match. Expertise, efficiency, a calm demeanor and steady handwork are wonders for novice spa-goers, and informed advice about avoiding ingrowns and cooling down that telltale redness is refreshing to the more experienced among us. You won’t feel pressured to buy any products, and the salon’s overall vibe is laid-back. So relax, sip some cool water, breathe and let Kristen and her colleagues Kaci Chandler and Anissa Jones do their thing — for a reasonable $30. We just hope the guy or gal who nominated Kristen won’t be too disappointed that she became officially committed to her lady love in August. less...

Best Place to Get Your Rear End Buffed BOA Award Winner

There are more than 115 car washes in the metro — not including the free-wash-with-fill-up gas stations that do little beyond taking the dust off. When it comes to the best car wash, a sudsy handjob is a given. What’s more, no amount of buffing can surpass a thorough inside job. DOmore...
There are more than 115 car washes in the metro — not including the free-wash-with-fill-up gas stations that do little beyond taking the dust off. When it comes to the best car wash, a sudsy handjob is a given. What’s more, no amount of buffing can surpass a thorough inside job. DO IT RIGHT does just that. It’s a small but hard-working crew that stays busy with regulars out on its checkered lot. There’s no fancy waiting room, but the Georgia Aquarium (and the mini one at Luckie Charm Lounge) are nearby. Or Do It Right will pick up your car from anywhere in Fulton. It always rains the day after you wash your car, right? Problem solved. If it rains within 48 hours of your visit, Do It Right will wash your car again for free. less...

Best Post-Lakewood Rummaging Spot BOA Award Winner

Scott Antique Market
Folks loved Lakewood because, in addition to the costly antiques, there was plenty of good junk and funky tchotchkes to be had at reasonable prices. Long known as Lakewood’s upmarket cousin, SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET had higher-end collectibles at higher prices — and it still does. But manymore...
Folks loved Lakewood because, in addition to the costly antiques, there was plenty of good junk and funky tchotchkes to be had at reasonable prices. Long known as Lakewood’s upmarket cousin, SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET had higher-end collectibles at higher prices — and it still does. But many former Lakewood merchants have set up shop at Scott, even spilling out onto the grass beside the convention hall. Sure, it still has Shaker furniture with laugh-out-loud price tags, but you can also find post cards, tea pots, old radios and tacky commemorative plates you didn’t even know you needed. less...

Best Reason to Stay Away from Blockbuster BOA Award Winner

Don’t let some nationwide chain — or your Netflix queue — dictate which films you check out next. If you really want to broaden your horizons, head to VIDEODROME. Like some kind of bizarro-world version of Blockbuster, here it’s the “mainstream” filmsmore...
Don’t let some nationwide chain — or your Netflix queue — dictate which films you check out next. If you really want to broaden your horizons, head to VIDEODROME. Like some kind of bizarro-world version of Blockbuster, here it’s the “mainstream” films that get pushed into the back corner. Tarantino himself would be impressed by its Shaw Brothers section, and nearby shelves are exclusively dedicated to the finest in Hong Kong, Korean, German and Russian cinema. It also has a stand-up comedy section with every special Eddie Izzard has ever recorded. That alone is reason to stop by. It’s also probably the only place in town you’ll find Dementia 13 (a cheapo, B-movie horror flick that happens to mark the directorial debut of one Francis Ford Coppola) sitting right next to The Godfather trilogy. less...

Best Resource for the Carless BOA Award Winner

Flexcar
For those who’d like to give up their cars full-time — with the option of having some wheels to borrow for grocery shopping, picking up furniture or making a quick day trip — FLEXCAR can make that dream a reality. For as little as $6 per hour, you can rent one of 100 fullymore...

For those who’d like to give up their cars full-time — with the option of having some wheels to borrow for grocery shopping, picking up furniture or making a quick day trip — FLEXCAR can make that dream a reality. For as little as $6 per hour, you can rent one of 100 fully insured vehicles (including hybrids, SUVs, pickup trucks and even a Mini convertible) from locations across the city and return it when you’re done. There’s none of the hassle that comes with the lines and paperwork at a traditional car-rental place. What’s more, Flexcar’s $35 annual membership fee is waived in subsequent years if you use the service just twice in 12 months. And because Flexcar’s fleet averages 30 miles per gallon, and because all of its cars are Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, borrowing from Flexcar is good for Atlanta’s crummy air, too.


Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the number of vehicles in Flexcar's fleet.

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Best Sporting Goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Traditional Furniture BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Accessories BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Accessories for Pampered Pets BOA Award Winner

Whether you’re looking for a $170 dog bed, a $325 kitty jungle gym, $60 doggie booties or cat kibble labeled duck or salmon “a la veg,” HIGHLAND PET SUPPLY offers a fine collection of both high-end and semireasonably priced goods for the discerning pet owner. The selectionmore...
Whether you’re looking for a $170 dog bed, a $325 kitty jungle gym, $60 doggie booties or cat kibble labeled duck or salmon “a la veg,” HIGHLAND PET SUPPLY offers a fine collection of both high-end and semireasonably priced goods for the discerning pet owner. The selection of organic and natural pet foods and treats — including a $22 stack of sweet-potato chews — is almost enticing enough to give us humans hunger pangs. There are also fancy pet carriers, “party collars” and a wall filled with toys, many of them made from hemp and other natural products. The store also offers a five-week off-site training program and do-it-yourself in-store grooming stations, complete with elevated tubs, shampoo and conditioner, tools, towel, and blow dryer. What next, doggie pedicures and kitty facials? less...

Best Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bakery for the Quaintest Cakes BOA Award Winner

The cakes at HIGHLAND BAKERY aren’t like the ones you might find at those fancy cake makers, where towering layers impose in their perfection. Instead, there’s something comfortably homey, with a fair dose of bohemian chic, in the rows of cakes dressed with orange and yellow daisiesmore...
The cakes at HIGHLAND BAKERY aren’t like the ones you might find at those fancy cake makers, where towering layers impose in their perfection. Instead, there’s something comfortably homey, with a fair dose of bohemian chic, in the rows of cakes dressed with orange and yellow daisies and other unpretentious adornments. From carrot and coconut to traditional chocolate or yellow, the cakes’ ingredients are organic and as wholesome as can be without compromising taste. Or, as one fan puts it, she’d like to bathe in Highland Bakery’s buttercream frosting. The bakery’s sweet-potato pancakes are nothing to scoff at, either — and serve as the perfect excuse to pick up a special-occasion cake during breakfast hours. less...

Best Bike Shop BOA Award Winner

Outback Bikes

Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Natural Body
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Budget Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Excuse to Get Rid of Your Gut BOA Award Winner

Urban Body Fitness
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you’ll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold’s. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercelymore...
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you’ll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold’s. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members. The gym has the newest machines for cardio and strength training; an extensive schedule of yoga, Pilates and spinning classes taught by some of the best and most experienced instructors in the city; fresh-brewed gourmet coffee and tea; and even an in-house chiropractor for all your cracking needs. Its “try before you buy” approach (an introductory two-week membership that won’t cost you a dime) extends to its two-dozen personal trainers, whose full bios you can check out online beforehand to find your best match. They (bravely) even post their own phone numbers. less...

Best Kids' Clothing BOA Award Winner

Gap Kids
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Green's
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Place for Timeless Threads BOA Award Winner

Stefan's
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN’S. From ’50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. Itmore...
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN’S. From ’50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. It also carries cuff links, eyeglasses and even space-age curtains in a store that’s meticulously organized despite being crammed with merchandise. The attention to detail extends to the elaborate window displays, which are among the most inventive and inviting in town. less...

Best Place to Dress Your Baby BOA Award Winner

Pack a lunch; we’re taking a road trip. Believe it or not, the most fashionable kids’ clothes are found OTP … in Duluth. CAYENNE carries such hip grown-up labels as Da Nang, Joe’s and Antik Denim — as well as haute lines that include Lola et Moi, Petit Bateaumore...
Pack a lunch; we’re taking a road trip. Believe it or not, the most fashionable kids’ clothes are found OTP … in Duluth. CAYENNE carries such hip grown-up labels as Da Nang, Joe’s and Antik Denim — as well as haute lines that include Lola et Moi, Petit Bateau and Nutmeg. Co-owner Kevin Payne gets inspiration from his own 4-year-old daughter, who we’re sure will continue to inspire him well into her teens. (The store stocks clothing for babies and children up to age 16.) Cayenne is a tad on the pricey side, with cashmere frocks and “rockstar jeans” upping the ante, but isn’t your child’s fashion reputation worth it? less...

Best Place to Drop a Wad on Skinny Jeans BOA Award Winner

Though we swore we’d never do it, we caved liked everyone else. We had no idea how many wildly expensive skinny choices we’d have: Chip & Pepper, Habitual, Hudson, J Brand, Joe’s, Rock and Republic, Seven — the list goes on. Lying on the dressing-room floor at BLUEmore...
Though we swore we’d never do it, we caved liked everyone else. We had no idea how many wildly expensive skinny choices we’d have: Chip & Pepper, Habitual, Hudson, J Brand, Joe’s, Rock and Republic, Seven — the list goes on. Lying on the dressing-room floor at BLUE GENES, trying to get the skinny zipper up, we got sucked into the long-running trend. And once we were finally able to stand up and get a glimpse of our skinny legs in the mirror, we were sold. Before we knew it, we were forking over $200 and shimmying our skinny self out the door, vowing never to eat again. less...

Best Reason to Play in the Dirt BOA Award Winner

The Urban Gardener
From the extensive line of organic and natural fertilizers and pest control to the earthy, knowledgeable and helpful staff to the sprawling community garden that supplanted an abandoned lot, THE URBAN GARDENER is obviously a labor of love. The grounds of the gardening shop and adjoining garden are asmore...
From the extensive line of organic and natural fertilizers and pest control to the earthy, knowledgeable and helpful staff to the sprawling community garden that supplanted an abandoned lot, THE URBAN GARDENER is obviously a labor of love. The grounds of the gardening shop and adjoining garden are as beautiful as any yard you could hope to create — which makes its location a block off Interstate 20 all the more encouraging. If they grow all that beauty in a smoke-choked city without the intervention of harmful chemicals, it gives us all hope. Just ask the staff about which perennials, shade trees, native plants and ground cover might work best for you (or have their landscaping team design a formal plan) and watch as your own grounds become an urban oasis. less...

Best Record Shop That Feels Like a Time Warp BOA Award Winner

Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn’t set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deterioratingmore...
Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn’t set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deteriorating strip mall behind a towering office building off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The cave of a store finally has enough space for both people and LPs. Records galore fill table after table and range in price from $5 to $100 or more, depending on how serious you are. The real fun is sitting on the floor searching through the old vinyl, priced from $1 to $2, and gawking at garish ’70s album covers. Be advised: The store is only open Fridays and Saturdays, from noon-6 p.m. less...

Best Resource for Cobbling Together a New Kitchen BOA Award Winner

Georgia nonprofit Habitat for Humanity does more than build homes for the needy. It also offers donated home-renovation supplies to the public — at a fraction of their retail cost — through a Grant Park outpost called RESTORE. ReStore, which recently expanded to 4,000 square feet ofmore...
Georgia nonprofit Habitat for Humanity does more than build homes for the needy. It also offers donated home-renovation supplies to the public — at a fraction of their retail cost — through a Grant Park outpost called RESTORE. ReStore, which recently expanded to 4,000 square feet of warehouse space, offers brand-new stainless-steel appliances, cabinets, sinks, countertops, flooring, windows and light fixtures. There’s even high-end dishes and silverware. If you’re looking beyond the kitchen, ReStore also offers indoor and outdoor furniture, Jacuzzi tubs, area rugs, and just about anything you might need to spruce up your home. The best part: All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity, which means someone else gets the home they deserve, too. less...

Best Sample/Trunk/Clearance Sale BOA Award Winner

The Big Apple has the fabled semiannual Barney’s Warehouse Sale; we’ve got the locally renowned INTOWN BOUTIQUE WAREHOUSE SALE, where bargain hunters can score seriously marked-down duds from Bill Hallman, P. Valentine, Veruca, Laced Up, Mitzi & Romano, Wish and other merchants of edgymore...
The Big Apple has the fabled semiannual Barney’s Warehouse Sale; we’ve got the locally renowned INTOWN BOUTIQUE WAREHOUSE SALE, where bargain hunters can score seriously marked-down duds from Bill Hallman, P. Valentine, Veruca, Laced Up, Mitzi & Romano, Wish and other merchants of edgy attire. Deals are especially strong on jeans from such makers as Evisu, Acne and Seven, but there also are T-shirts, sweaters, dresses and shoes out the wazoo. The two-day fashion free-for-all takes place in a windowless, cement-floored stockroom a half-mile from the Carter Center. The only question is, can you wait until February (or July) for the next sale? less...

Best Shopping Mall/Center BOA Award Winner

Lenox Mall

Best Used Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vintage Clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's


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