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Best Of Atlanta 2010 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Once upon a hapless time, sculpted blond bouffants were the choice coiffeur in our city, and trendy Atlantans sported pink, popped-collar polos. Boy, have we come far!

Our favorite shops this year are stylish spots that transcend clichés. Many of our picks also keep the misers in mind — the dirt-cheap Axiom Salon for Men and the surprisingly reasonable Fab'rik boutique — with a nod to the high rollers, too — the elegant furniture showroom at Bungalow Classic and gorgeous new threads from Ann Mashburn.

We've also trained an eye on the work of local artisans and craftspeople: the charming letterpressed invitations at Bumblebee Press, the artful arrangements at Adaptation Floral Designs, and the gorgeously rendered sleeves of ink at Only You Tattoo. Whether you have a few grand to splurge or just a few bucks, you don't need any excuse to submerge yourself in our Consumer Culture.

— Bobby Feingold and Amber Robinson

Best shooting range BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club


6190 Parkway North Drive, 678-965-5504, www.bullseyemarksman.com

Best shopping district BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square Mall

Runner-up: Little Five Points


www.littlefivepoints.net

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Spa Sydell


3060 Peachtree Road, 404-255-7727, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.spasydell.com


Best specialty market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Last Chance


2525 N. Decatur Road, 404-296-1711, www.lastchancethriftstore.com

Best thrift threads BOA Award Winner

Everyone else's trash is your treasure at VALUE VILLAGE. A dogged dig through the seemingly endless racks and aisles will turn up hip plaids, tweed suitcases, and a killer selection of vintage shoes. Pickings are pretty good at all 11 of metro Atlanta's VV's, but we've had the best luck at the Memorialmore...
Everyone else's trash is your treasure at VALUE VILLAGE. A dogged dig through the seemingly endless racks and aisles will turn up hip plaids, tweed suitcases, and a killer selection of vintage shoes. Pickings are pretty good at all 11 of metro Atlanta's VV's, but we've had the best luck at the Memorial Drive outpost. Of course, now that the secret's out, you might as well try them all. 3503 Memorial Drive, Decatur. 770-840-7283. And other metro Atlanta locations. www.valuevillageatlanta.com. less...

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