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2009 Best Of Atlanta Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Sports Authority
2963 Cobb Parkway, #A, 770-955-6662, www.sportsauthority.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Gina Provenzano
www.ginaprovenzano.com

Best adult videos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Southern Nights Videos
2205 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-728-0701, www.southernnights.com


Best bike shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Sopo Bicycle Cooperative
465-C Flat Shoals Ave., 404-425-9989, www.sopobikes.org

Best bridal shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
La Raine’s Bridal Boutique
853 N. Highland Ave., 404-607-7444, www.larainesboutique.com

Best designer tees BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Esperanza
1641 Duncan Drive, 404-273-1082, www.esperanza-atl.com

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Wag-A-Lot
840 Old Flat Shoals Road, 404-522-2230
225 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, 404-292-3377
www.wagalot.com

Best dry cleaners BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Midtown Cleaners
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., #660-A, 404-733-6900

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Kudzu Antiques
2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-373-6498, www.kudzuantiques.com

Best furniture on a budget BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Craigslist
atlanta.craigslist.org

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's Discount Beverage Stores

Runner-up
Tower Wine Spirits
2161 Piedmont Road, 404-881-0902, www.towerwinespirits.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Pilates studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com


Best place to make yourself look rich for cheap BOA Award Winner

H&M

Runner-up
Little Five Points

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa & Shoppe

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-p
Spa Sydell
1745 Peachtree St., Suite M, 404-255-7727, www.spasydell.com

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Rag-o-Rama
1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Richard's Variety Store
2347 Peachtree Road, 404-237-1412
931 Monroe Drive, 404-879-9877
richardsvarietystore.com

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Sherlock's Wine Merchants
180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-4005, www.sherlocks.com

Best bikini wax BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Natural Body
225 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., #150, Decatur, 404-370-1330, www.naturalbody.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best caterer BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Affairs to Remember
2316 Defoors Hill Road, 404-872-7859, www.affairs.com

Best DVD/video rental BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Blockbuster Video
882 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-872-8898, www.blockbuster.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hardware store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Highland Hardware
1045 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-4466, www.highlandwoodworking.com

Best health club BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Best hip women’s clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Kaleidoscope Boutique
252 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-1214, www.kscopeboutique.com

Best independent clothing boutique BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bill Hallman Boutique
792 N. Highland Ave., 404-876-6055, www.billhallman.com

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Jill Massey Designs
800 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 770-425-5990, www.jillmassey.com

Best lingerie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Intimacy
3500 Peachtree Road, #E29, 404-261-1254, www.myintimacy.com

Best used bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Eagle Eye Books
2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-486-0307, www.eagleeyebooks.com

Best vinyl BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave., 404-215-9511, www.criminalatl.com

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Best comic bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Oxford Comics and Games
2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682

Best designer bridal gowns you can afford BOA Award Winner

Le Dress Boutique
If you’ve got anywhere from $200 to $2,000 to drop on a wedding dress, those dollars will go far at LE DRESS BOUTIQUE. Carrying once and never-worn gowns, it’s not unusual to find such jaw-dropping designers as Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Rivini and Monique Lhuillier at one-third (ormore...
If you’ve got anywhere from $200 to $2,000 to drop on a wedding dress, those dollars will go far at LE DRESS BOUTIQUE. Carrying once and never-worn gowns, it’s not unusual to find such jaw-dropping designers as Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Rivini and Monique Lhuillier at one-third (or less!) of the original price. Le Dress’ ever-rotating inventory is kept up-to-date online, too, meaning you have a good chance of finding the perfect dress for your big day — without having to claw someone’s eyes out. 3255 Peachtree Road, Suite 6. 404-842-1955. www.ledressboutique.com. less...

Best hair salon BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations


Runner-up
Salon Red
119 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-3164, salonred.com


Best Latino food market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Mercado del Pueblo
3317 Buford Highway, #410, 404-633-1188

Best limo service BOA Award Winner

Cooper Atlanta

Runner-up
Casey Executive

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway, 404-320-7253, www.guitarcenteratlanta.com

Best pawnshop BOA Award Winner

It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and powermore...
It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and power drills. It’s a small space, but there’s usually a mix of esoteric stereo equipment, vintage knives, guitar amps, unusual electronic devices and outright antiques. 2104 N. Decatur Road. 404-636-1731. less...

Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place for collectors-edition vinyl BOA Award Winner

After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items.more...
After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items. Buy the best of Radiohead box set and you’ll find that meeting people is easy. Need a compilation of Norwegian death metal? It can be yours, Lars. Can you afford not to own the deluxe nine-LP Mastodon set on 180-gram vinyl? And you know where to find the Stone Roses 20th anniversary LP/CD/DVD box set. Going anywhere else could be considered criminal. 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.www.criminalatl.com. less...

Best place to make yourself look rich for cheap BOA Award Winner

T.J. Maxx
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’tmore...
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’t be walking out of the store with a Vivienne Tam dress for less than $100, it’s still a steal at $160 — $440 cheaper than retail. What you will find on the super-cheap are $80 Joe’s jeans — that’s half price! — and $60 Coach sandals — a $100 discount! As with all bargain shopping, T.J. Maxx can be hit or miss. But when it’s a hit, it’s a really, really big hit. 1 Buckhead Loop, 404-467-9772; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com. less...

Best repair shop to get you back on two wheels BOA Award Winner

Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear crazemore...
Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear craze sweeping intown Atlanta. They’ll work on any kind of bike, but they specialize in lightweight track bikes with a single speed and, as the name suggests, no brakes. You can also have your ride built from the ground up by choosing from a selection of frames, handlebars, wheels and seats made of English leather and brass. Or you can buy a velodrome-ready racing bike. Or you can simply opt to get your old three-speed fixed up to run errands. No judgment here. 586 Woodward Ave. 404-589-9539. <a href=http"www.nobrakesatl.com">www.nobrakesatl.com. less...

Best specialty market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Trader Joe's
931 Monroe Drive, 404-815-9210, www.traderjoes.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Sports Authority
2963 Cobb Parkway, #A, 770-955-6662, www.sportsauthority.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Gina Provenzano
www.ginaprovenzano.com

Best $25 spa day BOA Award Winner

If you’re looking to release some tension without releasing the contents of your wallet, the lovely and surreal JEJU SAUNA is the just the space. JeJu’s sprawling, Epcot-esque compound boasts a collection of healing rooms, saunas, mineral pools and spas modeled after a traditional Koreanmore...
If you’re looking to release some tension without releasing the contents of your wallet, the lovely and surreal JEJU SAUNA is the just the space. JeJu’s sprawling, Epcot-esque compound boasts a collection of healing rooms, saunas, mineral pools and spas modeled after a traditional Korean bathhouse — in a setting that’s hands-down the most unusual in the city. The entrance fee will buy you a visit to the Jade Room (for increasing metabolism and improving circulation), the Charcoal Room (for toxin absorption), the Rock Salt Room (for stress release) and the Baked Clay Sauna (for melting muscle tension). In true bathhouse style, parts of JeJu are divided by sex and are clothing-optional. There’s also a food court serving Korean fare, and a menu of spa-styled scrubs and massage. 3555 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth. 678-336-7414. www.jejusauna.net. less...

Best adult videos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Southern Nights Videos
2205 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-728-0701, www.southernnights.com

Best bike shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Sopo Bicycle Cooperative
465-C Flat Shoals Ave., 404-425-9989, www.sopobikes.org

Best bridal shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
La Raine’s Bridal Boutique
853 N. Highland Ave., 404-607-7444, www.larainesboutique.com

Best designer tees BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Esperanza
1641 Duncan Drive, 404-273-1082, www.esperanza-atl.com

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Wag-A-Lot
840 Old Flat Shoals Road, 404-522-2230
225 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, 404-292-3377
www.wagalot.com

Best dry cleaners BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Midtown Cleaners
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., #660-A, 404-733-6900

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Kudzu Antiques
2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-373-6498, www.kudzuantiques.com

Best furniture on a budget BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Craigslist
atlanta.craigslist.org

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's Discount Beverage Stores

Runner-up
Tower Wine Spirits
2161 Piedmont Road, 404-881-0902, www.towerwinespirits.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Pilates studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Best place to make yourself look rich for cheap BOA Award Winner

H&M

Runner-up
Little Five Points

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa & Shoppe

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-p
Spa Sydell
1745 Peachtree St., Suite M, 404-255-7727, www.spasydell.com

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Rag-o-Rama
1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Richard's Variety Store
2347 Peachtree Road, 404-237-1412
931 Monroe Drive, 404-879-9877
richardsvarietystore.com

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Sherlock's Wine Merchants
180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-4005, www.sherlocks.com

Best bikini wax BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Natural Body
225 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., #150, Decatur, 404-370-1330, www.naturalbody.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best caterer BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Affairs to Remember
2316 Defoors Hill Road, 404-872-7859, www.affairs.com

Best designer shoes for a steal BOA Award Winner

When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzlingmore...
When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzling deals on flats, pumps, boots, kitten heels and stilettos, including Prada, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors — at a minimum 25 percent markdown. After 50 days on the shelves, all items are knocked down to half price. But don’t wait too long. Competition can get fierce. 7878-G Roswell Road, 770-390-0010; 5805-I State Bridge Road, 770-813-1883. www.alexissuitcase.com. less...

Best DVD/video rental BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Blockbuster Video
882 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-872-8898, www.blockbuster.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best furniture on a budget BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market
With more than 100 dealer stalls and an emphasis on affordability, KUDZU ANTIQUE MARKET is likely to have several versions of whatever it is you’re looking for — from dining tables and easy chairs to bar cabinets and floor lamps. Granted, you’re unlikely to find a Louis XIVmore...
With more than 100 dealer stalls and an emphasis on affordability, KUDZU ANTIQUE MARKET is likely to have several versions of whatever it is you’re looking for — from dining tables and easy chairs to bar cabinets and floor lamps. Granted, you’re unlikely to find a Louis XIV bureau or a Chippendale desk, but if you’re willing to settle for an American primitive bookcase or a brushed-steel shelving unit, you’ll probably be in luck. And Kudzu is a good place to find unusual items — we’ve even seen a full-sized Catholic confessional for sale. 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-6498. www.kudzuantiques.com. less...

Best hardware store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Highland Hardware
1045 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-4466, www.highlandwoodworking.com

Best health club BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Best hip women’s clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Kaleidoscope Boutique
252 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-1214, www.kscopeboutique.com

Best independent clothing boutique BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bill Hallman Boutique
792 N. Highland Ave., 404-876-6055, www.billhallman.com

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Jill Massey Designs
800 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 770-425-5990, www.jillmassey.com

Best lingerie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Intimacy
3500 Peachtree Road, #E29, 404-261-1254, www.myintimacy.com

Best place for bargain Berettas and fully loaded Glocks BOA Award Winner

B&B Outdoors
he Internet says President Obama plans to use one of his Muslim lock-picking prayers to break into the National Archives, Sharpie the Second Amendment out of the original U.S. Constitution, and send ACORN volunteers door-to-door to collect all our guns. In the event that the Internet is exaggeratingmore...
he Internet says President Obama plans to use one of his Muslim lock-picking prayers to break into the National Archives, Sharpie the Second Amendment out of the original U.S. Constitution, and send ACORN volunteers door-to-door to collect all our guns. In the event that the Internet is exaggerating and guns remain legal, however, we recommend B&B OUTDOORS for your shooting needs. It’s not the biggest gun store in the area, but its well-rounded stock of high-quality handguns and long guns for sport and defense, as well as its approachable, gun-savvy staff, make it an easy shopping experience for both novices and experts. And unlike many area gun shops, B&B isn’t in some grim old strip mall in an out-of-the-way ’burb. It’s in a well-kept shopping center not too far from Perimeter Mall. If you’ve got a Georgia firearms license, you can even get there via MARTA; B&B’s on Bus Route 185. 710 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 678-352-1720. http://www.bboutdoors.com. less...

Best used bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Eagle Eye Books
2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-486-0307, www.eagleeyebooks.com

Best vinyl BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave., 404-215-9511, www.criminalatl.com

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Cellar 13
It’s rare to put the terms “wine geek,” “Francophile” and “unpretentious” is the same sentence, but those are the words we’d use to describe CELLAR 13 owner John Passman. In his new shop tucked into the corner of a strip mall onmore...
It’s rare to put the terms “wine geek,” “Francophile” and “unpretentious” is the same sentence, but those are the words we’d use to describe CELLAR 13 owner John Passman. In his new shop tucked into the corner of a strip mall on Roswell Road, Passman offers a fantastic and well-rounded selection of French wines, delving far deeper into some regions than many like-minded wine shops bother to go. While the store’s inventory is about 50 percent French, Passman also carries a great selection of Italian, Spanish and domestic wines, as well as gems from Austria, Germany and beyond. 3765 Roswell Road. 404-816-4071. www.cellar13.com. less...

Rich pick: Best place to get outfitted for your GQ photo shoot BOA Award Winner

We mean this literally, since SID MASHBURN and his trio of young haberdashers were featured among GQ’s “Best Dressed Men in America” earlier this year. And if you’ve got the coin, they’ll fix you up, too, with clothing and accessories carefully selected formore...
We mean this literally, since SID MASHBURN and his trio of young haberdashers were featured among GQ’s “Best Dressed Men in America” earlier this year. And if you’ve got the coin, they’ll fix you up, too, with clothing and accessories carefully selected for their timeless, elegant, practical and classic qualities: Irish poplin ties in regimental stripes, chinos with watch pockets, A.P.C. five-pocket raw denim jeans, Mackintosh rainwear, Scottish cashmere sweaters and rugged Filson luggage. If you’re of more modest means, you’re welcome to drop by for a game of pingpong or to listen to the store’s eclectic stash of vintage vinyl as you swap fashion tips or discuss how the in-house tailors can bring your old suits up to date. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-350-7135. www.sidmashburn.com. less...
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