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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 head shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Starship Enterprises


2275 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-320-9190, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.shopstarship.com.

Best kids' clothing BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Seed Factory


1170 Howell Mill Road, 404-355-2043, www.seedfactoryatlanta.com

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Abbadabba's


421 Moreland Ave., 404-588-9577, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.coolshoes.com.


Best used CDs BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Decatur CD


356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9090, www.decaturcd.com

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Total Wine

Runner-up: Hall's of Fine Wines


245 Highland Ave., 404-254-0818, www.hallsoffinewines.com

Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

Super H Mart

Runner-up: Buford Highway Farmers Market


5600 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-455-0770, www.aofwc.com

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Axiom Salon for Men


1874 Piedmont Ave., 404-815-0404, www.axiomsfm.com

Best bikini wax BOA Award Winner

Sweet Samba Boutique & Spa

Runner-up: Natural Body Spa


1402 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-1039, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.naturalbody.com.

Best camera shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Wolf Camera


3141 Piedmont Road, 404-869-1116, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.wolfcamera.com.

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Two Minit Car Wash


1836 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-8128

Best dry cleaners BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Sunny's Cleaners


2280 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-248-1957

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Kudzu Antique Market


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


Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Garden*Hood


353 Boulevard, 404-880-9848, www.gardenhoodatlanta.com

Best hardware store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: The Home Depot


650 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-892-8042, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.homedepot.com.

Best hip women's clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Fab'rik


1114 W. Peachtree St., 404-881-8223, www.fabrikatlanta.com

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Bound to Be Read Books


481-B Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-0877, www.boundtobereadbooks.com

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

Sarah Reynolds at Natural Body Spa

Runner-up: Dale Grados at Attune Body Work


644 N. Highland Ave., 404-702-5275, www.attunebodywork.com

Best pawn shop BOA Award Winner

Jerry's Pawn Shop AND North Side Jewelry & Loan

Runner-up: PawnMart


1858 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-541-1071, www.pawnmart.com

Best place to score affordable art BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Beep Beep Gallery


696 Charles Allen Drive, 404-429-3320, www.beepbeepgallery.com

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

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

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Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Rag-O-Rama


1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Viking Cooking School


1745 Peachtree St., 404-745-9064, www.vikingcookingschool.com/atlanta

Best gay-themed store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Brushstrokes


1510 Piedmont Ave., 404-876-6567, www.brushstrokesatlanta.com


Best hair salon BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Salon Red


1642 DeKalb Ave., 404-373-2868; 119 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-3164. www.salonred.com.

Best hip men's clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Bill Hallman


792 N. Highland Ave., 404-876-6055, www.billhallman.com

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Young Blood Gallery & Boutique


636 N. Highland Ave., 404-254-4127, www.youngbloodgallery.com

Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

Laundry Lounge

Runner-up: Midtown Wash


607 Sixth St., 404-703-1633, www.midtownwash.com

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's

Runner-up: Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits


2161 Piedmont Road, 404-881-0902, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.towerwinespirits.com.

Best martial arts studio BOA Award Winner

MADHOUSE TRAINING is where the practicing mixed martial arts pros go, but that doesn't mean you should be intimidated. The studio, headed by six-time world champion Manu Ntoh, is equally approachable for the novice and offers a state-of-the-art training facility, character-building youth boxing, andmore...
MADHOUSE TRAINING is where the practicing mixed martial arts pros go, but that doesn't mean you should be intimidated. The studio, headed by six-time world champion Manu Ntoh, is equally approachable for the novice and offers a state-of-the-art training facility, character-building youth boxing, and judo/Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. 2652 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 404-316-1110. www.manuntoh.com. less...

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Firehouse Guitars & Music


2520 N. Decatur Road, 404-929-0012, www.guitarsatlanta.com

Best one-stop beer shop BOA Award Winner

Hop City
HOP CITY opened on the Westside in 2009 with an excellent selection of some 1,700 craft brews organized by style. Aisles are cramped with smoky American stouts like Dominion Oak Barrel, citrine Japanese Hitachino White Ale, and Belgians including NoCal's deliciously dark HeBrew Jewbelation 13 Bar Mitzvah,more...
HOP CITY opened on the Westside in 2009 with an excellent selection of some 1,700 craft brews organized by style. Aisles are cramped with smoky American stouts like Dominion Oak Barrel, citrine Japanese Hitachino White Ale, and Belgians including NoCal's deliciously dark HeBrew Jewbelation 13 Bar Mitzvah, with a heady 13 percent alcohol by volume level. Judicious prices, regular tastings at nearby Octane and TINY Bistro, a build-your-own-six-pack option and a friendly, knowledgeable staff earn Hop City high marks. The shop also has home-brewing provisions like hops, liquid malt, grains by the pound, and entire kits for novice brewmasters who want to try their hand at the hooch game. 1000 Marietta St., Suite 302. 404-350-9998. www.hopcitybeer.com. less...

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: REI


1800 Northeast Expressway, 404-633-6508, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.rei.com.


Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Checker Cab

Runner-up: Atlanta Lenox Taxi Company


2015 Rockledge Road, 404-872-2600, www.atlantalenoxtaxi.com

Best vinyl BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Wax 'N' Facts


432 Moreland Ave., 404-525-2275, www.waxnfacts.com

Best way for women to get over their Sid Mashburn envy BOA Award Winner

At long last, ANN MASHBURN, wife to Esquire's best-dressed Sid and a style icon in her own right, opened her eponymously named boutique alongside her husband's shop this summer. The fairer Mashburn, who has her own impressive history with glossy fashion mags, having been an editor at Glamour and an assistantmore...
At long last, ANN MASHBURN, wife to Esquire's best-dressed Sid and a style icon in her own right, opened her eponymously named boutique alongside her husband's shop this summer. The fairer Mashburn, who has her own impressive history with glossy fashion mags, having been an editor at Glamour and an assistant to Vogue fashion editor Polly Mellen, offers a feminine take on the classically crisp and masculine duds that made her hubby famous. Alongside high-end staples from designers such as Jack Rogers, Kendall Conrad and Roberta Freymann are Ann Mashburn's own creations, including a line of shirtdresses destined to become must-haves. Men, take note: This is where you come to splurge on and impress your lady. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-350-7132. www.annmashburn.com. less...

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Marti Yura at Vista Yoga


2836 Lavista Road, 404-929-9642, www.vistayoga.com

Best bargain men's haircut BOA Award Winner

Our city boasts a healthy supply of coiffeurs who know how to transform a hirsute mess into a dapper, clean-cut gent. Very few, however, can accomplish that for less than $20. Say hello to AXIOM SALON FOR MEN. Known for its friendly stylists and walk-ins-welcome policy, the Piedmont Heights salon offersmore...
Our city boasts a healthy supply of coiffeurs who know how to transform a hirsute mess into a dapper, clean-cut gent. Very few, however, can accomplish that for less than $20. Say hello to AXIOM SALON FOR MEN. Known for its friendly stylists and walk-ins-welcome policy, the Piedmont Heights salon offers deals as low as $18. Uneven facial hair? They'll craft your beard for $8. And for the more fussy among us who require a bit of color and eyebrow sculpting, Axiom's staff is happy to wrap your tips in foil and give you a villain-esque arch. If you're into that sort of thing. 1874 Piedmont Road. 404-815-0404. www.axiomsfm.com. less...

Best bookstore BOA Award Winner

Eagle Eye Book Shop

Best caterer BOA Award Winner

Bold American Events & Catering

Runner-up: Sun In My Belly


2161 College Ave., 404-370-0856, www.suninmybelly.com

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Decatur CD


356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9090, www.decaturcd.com

Best CD store to satisfy your soul BOA Award Winner

Little 5 Soul
LITTLE 5 SOUL has not only survived, it's grown from a stall in the Bazaar at Little Five Points to its current location, where you can always find owner Darryl Hicks chatting about everything from soul to house to classic hip-hop CDs. The store serves as headquarters for the local house and soul musicmore...
LITTLE 5 SOUL has not only survived, it's grown from a stall in the Bazaar at Little Five Points to its current location, where you can always find owner Darryl Hicks chatting about everything from soul to house to classic hip-hop CDs. The store serves as headquarters for the local house and soul music scenes, too, with live performances, tickets to shows, and a chill atmosphere for connecting with other lovers of everything from Black Sheep's early '90s masterpiece to Quadron's recent debut. 1131 Euclid Ave. 404-653-0724. www.moodsmusic.net. less...

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Room & Board


1170 Howell Mill Road, 404-682-5900, www.roomandboard.com

Best head shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Starship Enterprises


2275 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-320-9190, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.shopstarship.com.

Best high-end vintage garb BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing
STEFAN'S VINTAGE CLOTHING is held in high esteem for its orderly racks of formalwear, and for good reason. The Little Five Points institution has anchored Findley Plaza's constantly rotating retail stores for three-plus decades, with fairly equal real estate dedicated to men's and women's vintage. Amore...
STEFAN'S VINTAGE CLOTHING is held in high esteem for its orderly racks of formalwear, and for good reason. The Little Five Points institution has anchored Findley Plaza's constantly rotating retail stores for three-plus decades, with fairly equal real estate dedicated to men's and women's vintage. A search for fancy duds will turn up frilly tuxedo shirts, dapper three-piece suits, and mint-condition wedding dresses that look as lovely as they did when worn the first time around. 1160 Euclid Ave. 404-688-4929. www.stefansvintage.com. less...

Best kids' clothing BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Seed Factory


1170 Howell Mill Road, 404-355-2043, www.seedfactoryatlanta.com

Best reason to ditch your computer BOA Award Winner

Cheshire Bridge Road

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Abbadabba's


421 Moreland Ave., 404-588-9577, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.coolshoes.com.

Best used CDs BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Decatur CD


356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9090, www.decaturcd.com

Best vintage accessories BOA Award Winner

FROCK OF AGES shuttered the doors of its Candler Park outpost in 2008 after 18 years, but has since migrated to a sizable corner booth at Kudzu Antiques Market. Jaunty little hats, 20th-century costume jewelry and demurely lacey gloves round out a fab collection of swingy housedresses and prim jackets.more...
FROCK OF AGES shuttered the doors of its Candler Park outpost in 2008 after 18 years, but has since migrated to a sizable corner booth at Kudzu Antiques Market. Jaunty little hats, 20th-century costume jewelry and demurely lacey gloves round out a fab collection of swingy housedresses and prim jackets. 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. &emdash;404-370-1006. www.frockofages.com. less...

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Total Wine

Runner-up: Hall's of Fine Wines


245 Highland Ave., 404-254-0818, www.hallsoffinewines.com

Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

Super H Mart

Runner-up: Buford Highway Farmers Market


5600 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-455-0770, www.aofwc.com

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Axiom Salon for Men


1874 Piedmont Ave., 404-815-0404, www.axiomsfm.com

Best bikini wax BOA Award Winner

Sweet Samba Boutique & Spa

Runner-up: Natural Body Spa


1402 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-1039, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.naturalbody.com.

Best camera shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Wolf Camera


3141 Piedmont Road, 404-869-1116, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.wolfcamera.com.

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Two Minit Car Wash


1836 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-8128

Best comic books BOA Award Winner

The comic bubble burst in the '90s, but fanboys, geek girls and graphic novel enthusiasts still crowd OXFORD COMICS & GAMES every Wednesday for new releases. An exhaustive array of mainstream and indie comics and manga titles line the walls, while the store peddles plenty of statuettes, T-shirts andmore...
The comic bubble burst in the '90s, but fanboys, geek girls and graphic novel enthusiasts still crowd OXFORD COMICS & GAMES every Wednesday for new releases. An exhaustive array of mainstream and indie comics and manga titles line the walls, while the store peddles plenty of statuettes, T-shirts and other accessories to extend the genre world beyond the confines of the four-color page. 2855 Piedmont Road. 404-233-8682. less...

Best dry cleaners BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Sunny's Cleaners


2280 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-248-1957

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Kudzu Antique Market


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

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Garden*Hood


353 Boulevard, 404-880-9848, www.gardenhoodatlanta.com

Best hardware store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: The Home Depot


650 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-892-8042, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.homedepot.com.

Best hip women's clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Fab'rik


1114 W. Peachtree St., 404-881-8223, www.fabrikatlanta.com

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Bound to Be Read Books


481-B Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-0877, www.boundtobereadbooks.com

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

Sarah Reynolds at Natural Body Spa

Runner-up: Dale Grados at Attune Body Work


644 N. Highland Ave., 404-702-5275, www.attunebodywork.com

Best pawn shop BOA Award Winner

Jerry's Pawn Shop AND North Side Jewelry & Loan

Runner-up: PawnMart


1858 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-541-1071, www.pawnmart.com

Best place to score affordable art BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Beep Beep Gallery


696 Charles Allen Drive, 404-429-3320, www.beepbeepgallery.com

Best shooting range BOA Award Winner

Atlanta might be a liberal blue speck in a vast sea of right-wing red, neither color is bulletproof. In fact, Georgians without the slightest hint of red on their necks have been known to enjoy an afternoon at the pistol range. Because there are no public shooting ranges within Atlanta's city limits,more...
Atlanta might be a liberal blue speck in a vast sea of right-wing red, neither color is bulletproof. In fact, Georgians without the slightest hint of red on their necks have been known to enjoy an afternoon at the pistol range. Because there are no public shooting ranges within Atlanta's city limits, intowners need to head to the red when they're in the mood to (legally) put bullet to target. WILD WEST TRADERS in Marietta is friendly and relatively easy to get to. If you don't own a gun or wish to try something new, they rent pistols. And bargain-hunters take note, WWT's reasonably priced ammo and $10 hourly range fee means an amateur marksman can fire a couple hundred .22 caliber practice rounds for less than $20. Did we say marksman? We meant marksperson. We are liberals, after all. 2445 Austell Road, Suite 200, Marietta. 770-436-2218. www.wwtguns.com. less...

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