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2010 Index of Winners

Best young punks BOA Award Winner

Ralph
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeledmore...
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeled into anything but punk rock. Of all the bands in Atlanta, Ralph keeps the lifeblood flowing through the post-Rob's House Records scene, and they do so without aping anyone's style. It's punk in its raw, Reagan-era form (Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, the Germs), meaning the band exists in a state of primordial three-chord bliss. The old-school punk ethos is all about capturing something special before it goes bust; the kids in Ralph are definitely reveling in that moment. www.myspace.com/imgonnaralph less...

Best affordable day care BOA Award Winner

The Sunshine House

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Primrose School


1197 Peachtree St., Suite 554, 404-745-9797, and other metro Atlanta locations.


www.primroseschools.com

Best annual event BOA Award Winner

Dogwood Festival

www.dogwood.org


Runner-up: Peachtree Road Race


www.atlantatrackclub.org


Best annual release of aggression BOA Award Winner

Pillow Fight Day

Best bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Zebra loose on interstate
Runner-up: Woman crashes into Green's liquor store for second time

Best bizarro news story BOA Award Winner

Ban on human microchipping
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year's weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPINGmore...
In saner states, legislative hearings to address the problem of involuntary implantation of microchips would easily score as the year's weirdest news story. But in Georgia, where the General Assembly also passed a bill allowing motorists to keep and eat their roadkill, the proposed BAN ON HUMAN MICROCHIPPING needed a little something extra. As luck would have it, that came in the form of a DeKalb County woman invited to testify to a Senate committee about how "researchers with the federal government" implanted a microchip in her "vaginal-rectum area." The microchip, she said, is activated by phone, like a beeper, with the number displayed "on billboards throughout the city." Naturally, the committee OK'd the bill. less...

Best display of the power of the MSM BOA Award Winner

Susan Richardson TV Interview
This year's turnover in state House leadership wasn't brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker's ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof thatmore...
This year's turnover in state House leadership wasn't brought about by voters, prosecutors or an act of God. Instead, it was due to the SUSAN RICHARDSON TV INTERVIEW with Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell. The six-minute piece, in which the Speaker's ex described his frolicking with lobbyists, is proof that the old-school news media can still affect big changes. less...

Best evidence of social progress BOA Award Winner

Gay elected officials
They still can't marry in Georgia, but it's clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission.more...
They still can't marry in Georgia, but it's clear that GAY ELECTED OFFICIALS are finding more public acceptance than ever before. Voters have sent two openly gay candidates to the state House, three to the Atlanta City Council and, this summer, for the first time ever, one to the Fulton County Commission. And we're not even counting politicians who are in the closet! In fact, the Fulton race came down to a runoff between two lesbian candidates who handily out-polled a couple of breeders with nary a mention of sexual preference along the way. less...

Best intown hipster hootenanny BOA Award Winner

Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What's not to love about Cabbagetown's annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beersmore...
Cold draft beer, live bluegrass and all the chili you can eat (until it runs out). What's not to love about Cabbagetown's annual CHOMP AND STOMP festival? Held the first Saturday in November, the day kicks off with a 5K run, but most folks come to get samples from the chili cook-off, have a few beers and rub shoulders with pretty much every cool kid residing south of Ponce de Leon Avenue. There are also a few booths selling crafts, as well as a variety of food from local restaurants and vendors, including an entire slow-roasted hog. But possibly the most welcoming feature of the C&S is its laid-back Cabbagetown vibe; it's like one giant, day-long block party. Cabbagetown Park, Tye Street and Kirkwood Avenue. www.chompandstomp.com. less...

Best landmark BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Fox Theatre


660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best local blogger BOA Award Winner

Lindsay Roberts and Lauren Kraselsky

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Ludacris
Runner-up: Usher

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Clark Howard

clarkhoward.com


Runner-up: Jimmy Carter

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Atlanta Falcons


www.atlantafalcons.com

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up: Brenda Wood


www.11alive.com

Best local TV, magazine, or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

Doug Richards

www.11alive.com


Runners-up:


Thomas Wheatley


www.clatl.com


AND


Chad Radford


www.clatl.com

Best neighborhood for after-hours BOA Award Winner

Buford Highway
Atlanta's "last call" doesn't have to mean "good night." Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don't forget the slender strippers ofmore...
Atlanta's "last call" doesn't have to mean "good night." Just outside the city limits, late-night carousers and party animals flock to BUFORD HIGHWAY to seek the boompf boompf of Club Miami, the Latin rhythms of La Rumba and the drunken revelry of Karaoke Medley. (Don't forget the slender strippers of Pink Pony.) Top it off with 4:30 a.m. carne asada at any of the late-night authentic taquerias and you can see why Buford Highway beckons. less...

Best neighborhood for nightlife BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta

Best neighborhood for yard sales BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland

www.virginiahighland.com


Runners-up:


Candler Park


www.candlerpark.org


AND


Decatur


www.decaturga.com

Best organic farm BOA Award Winner

Love is Love Farm

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Poncey-Highland

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

Sonny Perdue

www.gov.georgia.gov


Runner-up: John Oxendine


www.johnoxendine.com

Best picnic spot BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Stone Mountain Park


1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Best public tennis court BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Candler Park


585 Candler Park Drive, www.candlerpark.org

Best radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Bert Weiss

Q100


thebertshow.com


Runner-up: Mara Davis


www.929dave.radio.com

Best volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity


519 Memorial Drive S.E., 404-223-5180, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.habitat.org.

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market

Runner-up: Highland Row Antiques


628 N. Highland Ave., 404-815-8830, www.highlandrowantiques.com

Best bike shop BOA Award Winner

Outback Bikes

Runner-up: Peachtree Bikes


2825 Peachtree Road, 404-262-9853, www.peachtreebikes.com

Best clothes you can't afford BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Neiman Marcus


Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, 404-266-8200, www.neimanmarcus.com

Best comic bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Oxford Comics, Games & More


2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682, www.realpagessites.com/oxfordcomics

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Pet's PlayHouse on Ponce

Runner-up: Barking Hound Village


1918 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-897-3422, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.barkinghoundvillage.com.

Best florist BOA Award Winner

Candler Park Flowers

Runner-up: Foxgloves & Ivy


563 Memorial Drive, 404-892-7272, www.foxgloves.biz

Best health club BOA Award Winner

L.A. Fitness

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: BTB CrossFit


3209-R Maple Drive, 404-688-0100, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.btbfitness.com.

Best health food store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Whole Foods Market


650 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-853-1681, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Best Latino food market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Supermarket Chicago


5263 Buford Highway, 770-452-1361

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

Squash Blossom

Runner-up: Sage


37 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-233-8280, www.sageclothing.com

Best martial arts studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Unit 2 Fitness


240 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-745-3019, www.unit2fitness.com

Best nail salon BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Passion Nails


245 N. Highland Ave., 404-688-2599

Best outdoor farmers market BOA Award Winner

Runners-up


Your DeKalb Farmers Market


3000 Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-6400. www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com


AND


Morningside Farmers Market


1393 N. Highland Ave., 404-313-5784. www.morningsidemarket.com

Best Pilates studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Intown Pilates Atlanta


500 Amsterdam Ave., 404-575-2333, www.intownpilatesatlanta.com

Best place to make yourself look fancy for less BOA Award Winner

H & M

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: T.J. Maxx


1801 Howell Mill Road, 404-355-2581, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com.

Best shop to go nuts for candy BOA Award Winner

Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE'S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness evermore...
Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene of Augusta) dreamed of opening a candy shop to supply Atlanta with the tastiest pecans and fudge. Lo and behold, GREENE'S FINE FOODS has been pumping out deliciousness ever since. The stand-alone marble building in downtown Decatur houses an insanely quaint shop specializing in homemade chocolate pecan clusters, chocolate-covered potato chips, and chocolate-raspberry swirl fudge. Greene's also sells fresh Georgia pecans, harvested in the fall, as well as board games and aromatic candles. Kids will love the sweet treats, and parents will love relaxing on the couches by the fireplace ... with some sweet treats of their own. 141 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-378-2001. www.greenesfinefoods.com. less...

Best used bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Bound to Be Read Books


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

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's

Runner-up: Rag-o-Rama


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

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Kevin Rathbun


www.rathbunsrestaurant.com


 

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