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Best of Atlanta 2011 Consumer Culture

 

Best Of Atlanta 2011 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

The term "retail therapy" is dorky and cliché, but there is something to be said for the healing power of shopping. Spending money is a form of catharsis, and we've scoured Atlanta's retail scene for the best places to get it all out.

There weren't many new places to blow dough this year, but we rustled up plenty of stores that make us proud to shout, "Recession be damned!" and dust the cobwebs off our wallets.

While some of us are buying on a budget and others have the means to splurge, everyone feels good about shopping at locally owned businesses. The Beehive Co-op, in its recently opened retail space, charmed us with its selection of handmade jewelry from local artists and indie crafters. And we love the new ATL apparel company Streetela for making local street art wearable.

Among our other faves are a B&B-slash-urban farm in the heart of the city, a beautiful chocolate shop that makes its confections from scratch and a tattoo parlor that knows how to ink skin of all colors. And for retail therapy in its most literal form, may we suggest the to-die-for luxury mani-pedi at Nouvelle Nail Spa or G Salon's $40 spa deal?

Sure, it might be time to stop saying "retail therapy," but indulging in it will never go out of style.

— Gwynedd Stuart and Bobby Feingold

Best thrift district BOA Award Winner

Roswell's Alpharetta Highway is like the Rodeo Drive of stores that deal in other people's discarded belongings. No, no, that's a good thing! Lined up one after another are Value Village, Park Avenue Thrift, Just Stuff Thrift Store, Bargain City Thrift, Atlanta Union Mission Thrift and Goodwill. Thismore...
Roswell's Alpharetta Highway is like the Rodeo Drive of stores that deal in other people's discarded belongings. No, no, that's a good thing! Lined up one after another are Value Village, Park Avenue Thrift, Just Stuff Thrift Store, Bargain City Thrift, Atlanta Union Mission Thrift and Goodwill. This Value Village is by far the best, especially for its selection of outerwear and housewares. Atlanta Union Mission blares contemporary Christian music, but you still might find an old 69 Boyz CD in the dollar bin. Park Avenue Thrift, 1207 Alpharetta St., Suite A, Roswell; Value Village, 1023 Alpharetta St., Roswell, 770-840-7283. valuevillageatlanta.com; Just Stuff Thrift Store, 1113 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 678-281-0696; Bargain City Thrift, 1207-B Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-993-0251. bargaincitythrift.com; Goodwill, 10885 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell. 770-649-1994. ging.org; Atlanta Union Mission Thrift, 10800 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell. 404-367-3940. atlantaunionmission.org. less...

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