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2012 Index of Winners

Best bizarro news story BOA Award Winner

A drunken day gone wrong at the Piedmont Driving Club's East Point golf course
In a year that included stories about a man allegedly beating his girlfriend with her dead dog, Bishop Eddie Long being crowned a king by a visiting rabbi, and a brave woman fighting a flesh-eating bacteria, it was the ribald tales of a drunken day gone wrong at the Piedmont Driving Club's East Pointmore...
In a year that included stories about a man allegedly beating his girlfriend with her dead dog, Bishop Eddie Long being crowned a king by a visiting rabbi, and a brave woman fighting a flesh-eating bacteria, it was the ribald tales of a drunken day gone wrong at the Piedmont Driving Club's East Point golf course that blew our minds the most. Naked golf. Drunk men slapping passed-out buddies in the face with their penises. Picking up golf balls from pristine, members-only greens with one's butt cheeks. And that's just a sampling. These Caddyshack-type exploits weren't allegedly committed by frat boys freeloading on dad's membership account, but by grown men. The story, which went viral thanks to a leaked, tell-all letter by a shocked - shocked! - member of the historic private club for Atlanta's elite, had it all: intoxicated debauchery, rich people behaving badly, and the closed-lip, we'll-take-care-of-this treatment of the entire affair by the club. less...

Best child care center BOA Award Winner

Primrose School
And other Metro Atlanta locations.

Best conservative columnist BOA Award Winner

Charlie Harper
A healthy media diet should consist of hearty servings of views with which you disagree. And sometimes you'll be surprised to find yourself saying the person has a point. That's the way we feel about Charlie Harper of Peach Pundit and Dublin's Courier-Herald fame. The Fayette County native and currentmore...
A healthy media diet should consist of hearty servings of views with which you disagree. And sometimes you'll be surprised to find yourself saying the person has a point. That's the way we feel about Charlie Harper of Peach Pundit and Dublin's Courier-Herald fame. The Fayette County native and current Cobb County resident first caught political observers' eyes as Icarus, the nom de plume he used on Peach Pundit, the mostly conservative blog covering Georgia politics. The witty gent proved himself to be a wordsmith who didn't fall into the same traps filled with both conservative and liberal pundits who simply parroted talking points and shouted ideology. He soon dropped the anonymity, took over the reins of Peach Pundit, and picked up a daily political column in Dublin's Courier-Herald, which also runs on the blog. Since then he's called for ethics reform, decried plans to publicly finance a new Atlanta Falcons stadium, and - in a refreshing change for a conservative columnist - urged increased MARTA funding from state lawmakers. We don't always agree. In fact, we rarely do. But Harper's voice adds some intellect and common-sense conservatism to the debate. Both are sorely needed. less...

Best local blogger BOA Award Winner

Cameron Adams
atlantastreetfashion.blogspot.com

Best local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

680 the Fan (WCNN-AM)

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best new thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

The Beltline

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

NeNe Leakes
twitter.com/NeNeLeakes

Best place to people-watch BOA Award Winner

little5points.wordpress.com

Best reaction to vandalism BOA Award Winner

Early in the morning on June 9, a band of ne'er-do-wells broke into Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium and proceeded to trash the Old Fourth Ward bar. Front windows were smashed, liquor bottles were broken. Adding insult to injury: the beer taps were left to run so the kegsmore...
Early in the morning on June 9, a band of ne'er-do-wells broke into Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium and proceeded to trash the Old Fourth Ward bar. Front windows were smashed, liquor bottles were broken. Adding insult to injury: the beer taps were left to run so the kegs poured dry. (Oddly enough, bar owner Grant Henry's artwork on the walls - and the cash in the register - were left untouched.) Friends and neighbors of the Edgewood Avenue bar sprang into action and helped sweep up the glass, mop up the mess, and replace the broken windows. That evening, Henry threw open the doors to loyal fans angered over the vandalism and eager to feast on Ruffles and French onion dip, guzzle stiff drinks, and play table tennis in the quirky bar's second floor. "If it wasn't the top Saturday night we've ever had," Henry told CL the following Monday, "it was the second top night." less...

Best sign Atlanta's intown revival still has a pulse BOA Award Winner

A crane or two
Scan the Midtown skyline and you'll see a crane or two. And if developers actually follow through on what they've pitched to neighborhood groups and journalists, they'll start popping up along Juniper Street. And on Ponce de Leon Avenue. And then who knows where else. These towering beasts, which formore...
Scan the Midtown skyline and you'll see a crane or two. And if developers actually follow through on what they've pitched to neighborhood groups and journalists, they'll start popping up along Juniper Street. And on Ponce de Leon Avenue. And then who knows where else. These towering beasts, which for the last four years have been a rare sight in a metro region that for decades was about nothing but construction, have slowly been flowing back to Atlanta, into the dense urban core, where they should have been years ago. Unlike developers' previous fascination with condos, this go-round they're erecting apartments, where young people and empty nesters can snag a home high above Atlanta, overlooking a city that, one hopes, keeps growing steadily. If there wasn't a feeling that's the case, we wouldn't be seeing them. less...

Best street party BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Streets Alive

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

V-103 (WVEE-FM)
v103.cbslocal.com

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

954 White Graves Road, Ranger. 706-334-2926. www.grassfedcow.com.

Best DIY to try BOA Award Winner

From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy forest, there's something pleasantly earthy and organic about the Indie-Pendent. Rugged and relaxed, the boutique offers handmade wares by artisans from all overmore...
From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy forest, there's something pleasantly earthy and organic about the Indie-Pendent. Rugged and relaxed, the boutique offers handmade wares by artisans from all over the country - and it offers DIY-minded shoppers the chance to get their hands dirty. Or maybe not so dirty. The Indie-Pendent hosts workshops on everything from beer brewing, canning, reupholstery, and sewing to chakra opening (ouch) and reiki massage. Prices for those classes vary, but every Saturday there's a free demo for people looking to DIT (Do It Themselves) on a dime. less...

Best event (and acronym) BOA Award Winner

Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that form crocheted half-ladies in antebellum garb. The Indie Craft Experience - ICE for short - is not that kind of craft fair. Like, not atmore...
Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that form crocheted half-ladies in antebellum garb. The Indie Craft Experience - ICE for short - is not that kind of craft fair. Like, not at all. Two weekends a year - one in fall/winter, one in the spring/summer - dozens of indie crafters, jewelry makers, artists, and knitters gather at the gorgeous Ambient Plus Studio in Southwest Atlanta to sell their wares. Organizers and crafters Christy Petterson and Shannon Mulkey also organize an equally awesome bridal show called Wedding Day Hooray, a vintage show called Salvage, and an annual holiday pop-up shop (last year it was at Criminal Records, the year before Woodruff Art Center). Get to the next ICE event early - like, really early - to score a canvas tote designed by a local artist and stuffed with swag. And if there ever happens to be a vendor selling Popsicle stick art, we bet it will actually be pretty cool. www.ice-atlanta.com. less...

Best fashion blogger BOA Award Winner

TIE: Ashley Hesseltine and Asian Cajuns
wittyandpretty.com; asiancajuns.com

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antiques

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

Best gifts for literally everyone BOA Award Winner

Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they already have? Why am I spending money on things that aren't for me?" Just kidding about the last part. But any agony that might go along with the gift-purchasingmore...
Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they already have? Why am I spending money on things that aren't for me?" Just kidding about the last part. But any agony that might go along with the gift-purchasing process is definitely numbed when there's a place you can go to find something for anyone. CL readers have consistently agreed that Richards Variety Store has the best selection of toys in town, but it has so much more than that and for people who are well beyond puzzle-and-doll appreciation age (not everyone necessarily reaches that age). Its selection of Kikkerland - makers of funky kitchenware and other miscellanea - is unbeatable, as is its selection of greeting cards. It also has a huge selection of books, board games, puzzles, candles, home goods, stationary, calendars, costumes (including those horrifying horse head masks) - basically, a little bit of everything for everyone. less...

Best gym BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hardware store to stand up to the Man BOA Award Winner

Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - besides traffic and the usual borderline-classist stuff - is that the corporate juggernaut will imperil the little (or, littler) guys who'vemore...
Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - besides traffic and the usual borderline-classist stuff - is that the corporate juggernaut will imperil the little (or, littler) guys who've done business in the area for decades. Among the smaller-box establishments to come up most frequently is the well-loved Intown ACE Hardware on Scott Boulevard, just blocks from the site of the proposed Walmart. Whether or not it can compete price-wise, it will definitely be able to compete in terms of charm, friendliness, and helpfulness. This crap economy has already necessitated some adjustments to the store's inventory - it's begun selling things like jewelry, T-shirts, specialty plants, and other non-hardware items - and will continue to do so to remain relevant in a funky, DIY-minded community that wants to see it succeed. less...

Best-looking grocery shoppers BOA Award Winner

Between the delicious hot bar(s), salad bar, cheese bar, and randomly placed free samples throughout the store, there's enough going on at the Whole Foods at Midtown Place to keep your head on a swivel. But don't become too distracted by the variety of healthful if overpriced foodstuffs to appreciatemore...
Between the delicious hot bar(s), salad bar, cheese bar, and randomly placed free samples throughout the store, there's enough going on at the Whole Foods at Midtown Place to keep your head on a swivel. But don't become too distracted by the variety of healthful if overpriced foodstuffs to appreciate the impressive sampling of good-looking Atlantans, civilians and uniformed Whole Foods employees alike. No offense intended to people who shop at Publix or Kroger, but there's something about craft beers, organic cereals, and hemp soaps that attract a nice-looking, sometimes tattooed, always-left-of-mainstream clientele. You have to grocery shop, anyway. Why not do it where you can get an eyeful? less...

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

Barbara Boling

Woodstock Wellness
770-655-1203

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

PetSmart
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best tattoo studio BOA Award Winner

Memorial Tattoo

Best appetizers BOA Award Winner

There

Best Atlanta foodie Tweeter BOA Award Winner

@savoryexposure
twitter.com/savoryexposure

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Best cookies BOA Award Winner

TIE: Alon's Bakery and the Cookie Studio

Best covers-all-the-bases drink menu BOA Award Winner

If you can't find something to wet your whistle at H. Harper Station, you must be on the wagon. The city's most exhaustive menu of original cocktails is divided up by spirit, from vodka to cachaca to mezcal, with several varieties of Manhattans - including one featuring Pappy for the deep-pocketedmore...
If you can't find something to wet your whistle at H. Harper Station, you must be on the wagon. The city's most exhaustive menu of original cocktails is divided up by spirit, from vodka to cachaca to mezcal, with several varieties of Manhattans - including one featuring Pappy for the deep-pocketed - and an assortment of punch bowls for adventurous tables. That's in addition to a hefty roster of classic cocktails, an extensive list of bourbons, and even a decent selection of draft beers. Considering that restaurant owner Jerry Slater is the former mixologist for One Flew South, the focus on cocktails is no big surprise. What is pleasantly surprising is that we've yet to taste a clunker in the bunch. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best deli BOA Award Winner

Goldberg Bagel
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best food festival or event BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

Best grits BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.


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