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2007 Index of Winners

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being improved by knowledgeable knob guy Curt Wells. In the past year, the club hosted stellar performances from the Mighty Hannibal (backedmore...
For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being improved by knowledgeable knob guy Curt Wells. In the past year, the club hosted stellar performances from the Mighty Hannibal (backed by the Black Lips), Mission of Burma, the Fiery Furnaces and the National. Show booker Patrick Hill keeps things professional, while the crowd cuts loose. It’s the perfect blend of rock ’n’ roll. less...

Best Addition to the Skyline BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree

Best Country Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Kicks 101.5

Best Intown Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Best Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park PATH

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million inmore...
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million in surplus tax cash as a political football, it was Cagle who played the role of responsible adult by stopping them. Cagle has also put points on the board in other areas. Although he’s wholeheartedly GOP, he’s more like your granddaddy’s Republicans, a little snooty but willing to treat the other side with respect in a debate — and even to listen. In the reddest of red states, that’s the best we can hope for. less...

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

Peach Pundit
Political junkies are surprisingly nonpartisan when it comes to getting the latest scuttlebutt. You could have Ted Kennedy’s face tattooed across both ass cheeks and you’d still have to check PEACH PUNDIT several times a day to see what fresh dirt Erick Erickson and his crew of mostlymore...

Political junkies are surprisingly nonpartisan when it comes to getting the latest scuttlebutt. You could have Ted Kennedy’s face tattooed across both ass cheeks and you’d still have to check PEACH PUNDIT several times a day to see what fresh dirt Erick Erickson and his crew of mostly conservative busybodies and gossipmongers have dug up. You only have to open a blog thread to see that readers of all political stripes have entered the fray, resulting not only in lively debate, but a much more fruitful exchange of viewpoints than you get on single-blogger sites. PP’s stable of insiders also occasionally scoops the news wires and dailies, especially during the General Assembly. Simply put, if it involves politics in Georgia, someone’s talking about it — and you can, too — on Peach Pundit.


www.peachpundit.com

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Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz's website

Best Place to Commune with Nature Without Leaving the City BOA Award Winner

Atlanta may not be the city in a forest anymore, but there are still forests in the city. Scores of wooded acres endure in scattered patches, but the undeveloped fringes of the Hooch are the most dramatic. The CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is a collection of preserved tracts along themore...
Atlanta may not be the city in a forest anymore, but there are still forests in the city. Scores of wooded acres endure in scattered patches, but the undeveloped fringes of the Hooch are the most dramatic. The CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is a collection of preserved tracts along the banks of Georgia’s aquatic aorta from Buford Dam to Atlanta, with ITP sections near Sandy Springs and Vinings. Year-round hiking, fishing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking are all copacetic during daylight hours, and alcohol without glass is, too. It would be wise to enjoy the river sooner rather than later, as our mushrooming metropolis is chugging it down and polluting it up faster than the Appalachian springs in northeast Georgia can trickle it out. less...

Best Place to Find Girls Gone Wild BOA Award Winner

Gwinnett is Great
On the water tower that hovers over I-85 is the declaration: GWINNETT IS GREAT. What’s Gwinnett great at? For one thing, producing otherwise unremarkable young women whose lapses in judgment — combined with their wholesome suburban-ness and vaguely attractive whiteness — accidentallymore...
On the water tower that hovers over I-85 is the declaration: GWINNETT IS GREAT. What’s Gwinnett great at? For one thing, producing otherwise unremarkable young women whose lapses in judgment — combined with their wholesome suburban-ness and vaguely attractive whiteness — accidentally propel them into the national news spotlight. In ’05, it was Jennifer “Runaway Bride” Wilbanks. This year, it’s Ashley Miller and Heather Johnston, aka the Barbie Bandits, who briefly captured the country’s imagination by looking a lot prettier on Bank of America security-camera footage than they do in real life. After they were arrested and news producers figured out they weren’t actually hot, they largely vanished. Before her guilty plea, Johnston worked as a telemarketer. Miller is, of all things, working as a babysitter as she awaits trial. less...

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

Anyplace Except Atlanta
Atlanta’s kinda like the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding who thinks everything is Greek. Celebs with tenuous or long-ago links to the metro area are still referred to in the local press as Atlantans. Julia Roberts, Ryan Seacrest, Holly Hunter and John Mayer haven’t lived here formore...
Atlanta’s kinda like the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding who thinks everything is Greek. Celebs with tenuous or long-ago links to the metro area are still referred to in the local press as Atlantans. Julia Roberts, Ryan Seacrest, Holly Hunter and John Mayer haven’t lived here for years, but we still call them Atlantans. So what if Sir Elton John spends most of his time in one of his four European homes. He owns a condo in Buckhead, so he’s an Atlantan. Forget about the athletes and hip-hop moguls shopping and supping in Phipps and Justin’s. The best place to find A-list Atlanta celebs is ANYPLACE EXCEPT ATLANTA. less...

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Project 96.1

Best Snitch BOA Award Winner

Alexis White
When an Atlanta police narcotics squad killed 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston last November after bursting into her home with a bogus search warrant, police tried to excuse the killing by telling reporters a confidential informant had recently purchased drugs from Johnston’s home. That’smore...
When an Atlanta police narcotics squad killed 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston last November after bursting into her home with a bogus search warrant, police tried to excuse the killing by telling reporters a confidential informant had recently purchased drugs from Johnston’s home. That’s when 24-year-old ALEXIS WHITE stepped up to prove himself a different sort of local hero. Police, he later said, were pressuring him to say he was the drug buyer. Fortunately, White stood his ground — and snitched. White called 911 and told authorities he was being asked to lie. His truth-telling thwarted an attempted cover-up and helped send two dirty cops, Greg Junnier and J.R. Smith, to prison for manslaughter. less...

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Thing About Atlanta That We Don’t Get Credit for Having BOA Award Winner

There's Culture in Atlanta
Yes, Virginia, THERE’S CULTURE IN ATLANTA. Sure, it’s not a New York City or San Francisco or Chicago, where finding “culture” is a matter of walking a couple blocks or catching a quick train. But Atlanta teems with artistic vision of all varieties if you’remore...
Yes, Virginia, THERE’S CULTURE IN ATLANTA. Sure, it’s not a New York City or San Francisco or Chicago, where finding “culture” is a matter of walking a couple blocks or catching a quick train. But Atlanta teems with artistic vision of all varieties if you’re willing to go find it. It has Lenny’s and Eyedrum, the Fay Gold Gallery and the Decatur Social Club. There are thriving arts, music and literary scenes. There’s theater, opera, art cinema, major-league sports, quirky shops and cutting-edge restaurants. Atlanta is not only a city with culture, it is a city with soul. It is a city of tradition that constantly reinvents itself. less...

Best Yearly-Orama BOA Award Winner

Corndogorama
Whether seen as a defiant indulgence, kitschy novelty or unexpected projectile, it’s hard to deny the mysterious allure of the corn dog. No wonder David Railey has spent so much energy nurturing Atlanta’s CORNDOGORAMA. The indie-fried omnifest rocked through its 11th year in July, despitemore...

Whether seen as a defiant indulgence, kitschy novelty or unexpected projectile, it’s hard to deny the mysterious allure of the corn dog. No wonder David Railey has spent so much energy nurturing Atlanta’s CORNDOGORAMA. The indie-fried omnifest rocked through its 11th year in July, despite a somewhat sour relocation from the Earl to Lenny’s, and seems poised to keep growing in its new home. The 2007 edition was headlined by Atlanta metal rockers Mastodon, and featured local up-and-comers the Coathangers, the Selmanaires and Snowden. As with any festival that really cares about its congregation, there are gimmicks and games aplenty, including motorcycle stunts, a corn-dog-eating contest, the Queen Corndog pageant, a heavy-metal petting zoo and 40-yard flip-flop race.


www.corndogorama.com

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Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Camera Shop BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

Best Computer Store BOA Award Winner

Apple Store

Best Contemporary Furniture BOA Award Winner

Ikea

Best Cooking Classes BOA Award Winner

Cook's Warehouse
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Head Shop BOA Award Winner

other multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Jewelry Designer BOA Award Winner

Jill Massey

Best Men's Shoes BOA Award Winner

Abbadabba's
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Place to Buy a Glass Tobacco Pipe BOA Award Winner

There are plenty of enticing and exotic wares in the front of the store to distract you, from handcrafted jewelry to billowing glass sculptures to primitive masks to a sleek waterfall. But the real treasures at 42 DEGREES SOUTH can be found inside the massive, U-shaped cases in the back. Swirling, blown-glassmore...
There are plenty of enticing and exotic wares in the front of the store to distract you, from handcrafted jewelry to billowing glass sculptures to primitive masks to a sleek waterfall. But the real treasures at 42 DEGREES SOUTH can be found inside the massive, U-shaped cases in the back. Swirling, blown-glass pipes of every size, shape and color create a rainbow of options, ranging from $10 for sleek and slender one-hitters to well more than $100 for tall, elegant water pipes. The laid-back and superfriendly staff is happy to guide you through the rather daunting process of wading through hundreds of options to find the pipe that’s right for you. less...

Best Place to Fill Your Tank BOA Award Winner

QuikTrip
It might only be a penny cheaper by the gallon compared with its closest competitor, but Atlanta’s four QUIKTRIP stations offer something more than cheap gas: consistent prices. When we compared gas-by-the-gallon rates at www.atlantagasprices.com, we found that QuikTrip was the only stationmore...
It might only be a penny cheaper by the gallon compared with its closest competitor, but Atlanta’s four QUIKTRIP stations offer something more than cheap gas: consistent prices. When we compared gas-by-the-gallon rates at www.atlantagasprices.com, we found that QuikTrip was the only station in the city that had the same regular-grade price at all of its locations: $2.79. Prices at five of Atlanta’s BP stations, on the other hand, ranged from $2.80 to a whopping $3.19. QuikTrip also has some of the lowest prices in the burbs, where gas prices can be significantly lower than in town. Here’s to QuikTrip, for keeping gas prices low no matter where in the city you fill ’er up. Multiple Atlanta locations. www.quiktrip.com less...

Best Store for Buying Shabby-Chic Decor BOA Award Winner

Merchandise spills out into the parking lot from MELROSE ON PONCE’s loaded front porch. Weathered benches, plant stands and peculiar lamp bases hint at what awaits inside the quirky bungalow-style home-decor store. The shop is a maze of hallways and rooms littered with new, antique and vintagemore...
Merchandise spills out into the parking lot from MELROSE ON PONCE’s loaded front porch. Weathered benches, plant stands and peculiar lamp bases hint at what awaits inside the quirky bungalow-style home-decor store. The shop is a maze of hallways and rooms littered with new, antique and vintage housewares, as well as local arts and crafts. Make grandma proud with a dainty wood bedside table, painted black with mismatched knobs and skinny legs, on sale for $20, or create a patchwork wall with worn wooden picture frames at $7 a pop. less...

Best Store Makeover BOA Award Winner

Putting a hipster clothing boutique in a stately old library building on Moreland Avenue was a stroke of genius when WISH opened a dozen or so years back. Now, several owners and inventory changes later, the shop has reached its full potential with a spectacular renovation that would feel like a SoHomore...
Putting a hipster clothing boutique in a stately old library building on Moreland Avenue was a stroke of genius when WISH opened a dozen or so years back. Now, several owners and inventory changes later, the shop has reached its full potential with a spectacular renovation that would feel like a SoHo art gallery — if you weren’t so consumed with browsing through its racks of Nice Collective, True Religion and Martin Margiela. The clean lines, black-and-white palette and stark furnishings of the main floor are made less imposing by the use of lowly materials such as bare plywood for wall paneling and construction nails for accessory hooks. Downstairs, the dim, book-lined shoe vault, where specialty kicks rest dramatically on glowing white boxes, is an equally captivating space. And the brilliant ad campaign — shots of local musicians wearing Wish’s wares — only complements the store’s hot new look. less...

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Toys "R" Us
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Unpretentious Salon for Hipster Mops BOA Award Winner

Adore Hair Studio & Shoppe
It’s barely a year old, but Inman Park’s ADORE HAIR STUDIO & SHOPPE has attracted a — dare we say it? — adoring clientele, and deservedly so. The handsome, minimalist loft space, decorated in shades of chocolate with leather armchairs serving as the styling seats,more...
It’s barely a year old, but Inman Park’s ADORE HAIR STUDIO & SHOPPE has attracted a — dare we say it? — adoring clientele, and deservedly so. The handsome, minimalist loft space, decorated in shades of chocolate with leather armchairs serving as the styling seats, has drawn talent from some of the city’s most popular salons, Many former clients of those salons have followed suit. Adore carries the coveted Bumble and bumble product line — a sign of its chops — and several stylists trained at the prestigious Bb University in New York City. Stylist Brenton Anderson has been featured on two episodes of Fox’s “Ambush Makeover,” and he and others at Adore have styled the hair of actors, models and rock stars. More importantly, the salon’s website states, is the work it has done on “moms, dads, sisters, brothers, cousins and you!” As several beatific clients have pointed out, the only thing missing at Adore is the attitude. less...

Best Wedding Store BOA Award Winner

David's Bridal
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Workout for Masochists BOA Award Winner

Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year’s worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUSmore...
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year’s worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers a departure from the mat classes and private instruction that are typically offered at the Morningside Pilates studio. Attendees of any of the seven weekly Kettlebell classes ($185 for a once-a-week, eight-week series) will be greeted with a cast-iron, bell-shaped weight with a handle on top, which is swung using both arms in various arcs and loops. In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. Expect to be sore — to the point of not being able to sit. less...

Best 24-Hour Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

 

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