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Best of Atlanta 2014 Consumer Culture

 

2014 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

One thing we can all agree on: The best shopping experiences usually start with the people behind the businesses. Old faithfuls such as Decatur Package Store, with its well-stocked, well-labeled shelves (we count owner Herb Chereck's "Herb's Choices" as one of our many blessings), and 2014 Trophy Case inductee Army Surplus Sales, Inc., show the importance of legacy businesses to neighborhoods. A new generation tested Atlanta's retail waters this summer at a number of pop-up shops Downtown (below), where creative entrepreneurs behind brands such as FRESH.i.AM, Arbitrary Living, and Fallen Arrows brought life and foot traffic to vacant storefronts. Mike Tyson's Sunbrimmer Records, added a tightly curated vinyl collection to Avondale Estates, a 'hood that was in desperate need of a shop dedicated to music.

In keeping with this year's backstage theme for Best of Atlanta, we went behind the scenes at Grammy award-winning rapper Killer Mike's SWAG Shop, where we discovered that his wife, Shana "Shay Bigga" Render, is the key to the barber shop's success. We also dropped in at some of the city's houses of ink such as West End Tattoo, which helped mold City of Ink owners Miya Bailey and Tuki Carter. A visit to Southern Star Tattoo's Ponce de Leon Avenue location revealed the elements that go into making a great tattoo shop, from the booths to the autoclave.

Decisions like choosing the Best place to maintain your hooptie aren't always simple. We've done the hard work for you, making our 2014 Best of selections with the consumer and the folks behind the counter in mind.

— Gavin Godfrey


Best in up-and-coming fashion: Men BOA Award Winner

Messrs. R/R

Best place for artists to stock their creative arsenal BOA Award Winner

Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Hermanmore...
Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase. The staff knows its stuff and can help you pick out the right supplies for your project without exceeding your budget. The store hosts an array of mixed-media demos and art workshops for beginners and advanced artists alike, while the in-house framing center sets prints and paintings in quality frames. Sam Flax also supports the local art community through events including 30 Artists in 30 Days back in April, for which artists created a piece in-store to be later auctioned at the Goat Farm. less...

Best pop-ups in a neighborhood on the come up BOA Award Winner

Downtown pop-ups

Best Kickstarted small business BOA Award Winner

Taproom Coffee

Best new bike whisperer BOA Award Winner

Fixie Bicycle Gallery

Best place to pack your hookah BOA Award Winner

The Hookah Hook-Up

Best local produce fix BOA Award Winner

Freedom Farmers Market
This year, we found a new reason to get out of bed early on Saturday mornings. Aptly named for its location on the Freedom Park trail, the newly minted FREEDOM FARMERS MARKET is a welcome addition to the local food scene. Unlike other producer markets around town, this one is run by the lively vendorsmore...
This year, we found a new reason to get out of bed early on Saturday mornings. Aptly named for its location on the Freedom Park trail, the newly minted FREEDOM FARMERS MARKET is a welcome addition to the local food scene. Unlike other producer markets around town, this one is run by the lively vendors themselves. And instead of demos, each week features a chef with ready-to-eat dishes. Located at the intersection of five intown neighborhoods, the Freedom Farmers Market has hip city vibes, and friendly faces from all walks of life. Market highlights include gorgeous Woodland Gardens veggies, pastries from the Bakery at Cakes & Ale, Riverview Farms sausage, Grassroots Farm eggs, and Storico Fresco pasta. Enjoy a stroll through the market with a prosciutto and Parmesan baguette from Star Provisions in one hand and pour-over coffee from 1000 Faces in the other. less...

Best place to get your dog BOA Award Winner

Park Pet Supply

Best recycled furniture BOA Award Winner

Reclaimed Atlanta
Back in 2011, RECLAIMED ATLANTA was still the dream of two girls who love and know their way around power tools. Local woodworkers and designers Kristen Consuegra and Sara Spafard envisioned a business through which they could find and convert recycled materials into repurposed home decor. From dilapidatedmore...
Back in 2011, RECLAIMED ATLANTA was still the dream of two girls who love and know their way around power tools. Local woodworkers and designers Kristen Consuegra and Sara Spafard envisioned a business through which they could find and convert recycled materials into repurposed home decor. From dilapidated walnut, white oak, and pallet wood transformed into brand-new coffee tables or work benches, to a rusted, metal tire jack reimagined as a lamp, Consuegra and Spafard are masters at breathing new life into relics Atlantans have left for dead. The Indie Craft Experience market regulars also make custom pieces. The duo also takes its service to the people, literally, by personally delivering each piece to their customers. Prices can range between $50 and $300 for their handcrafted products. Oh, and 15 percent from the cost of each item sold is donated to organizations that fight human trafficking. less...

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

American Haircuts AND Mary Todd Hairdressing Co.

Best CDs BOA Award Winner


Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

Cook's Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best craft beer store BOA Award Winner

Ale Yeah!

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

Moore Farms and Friends

Best kids' clothing BOA Award Winner

Carter's

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

The Beehive AND Young Blood Boutique

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

Park Pet Supply

Best place for fashion bargains BOA Award Winner

T.J.Maxx
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Clothing Warehouse

Best adult toy store BOA Award Winner

Starship Enterprises

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

Mister HotShine Car Wash
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Scott's Antique Market

Best gym BOA Award Winner

LA Fitness
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best personal trainer BOA Award Winner

Todd Hancock

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Buckhead Safety Cab

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best art market BOA Award Winner

HomeGrown

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

Best clothes you can't afford BOA Award Winner

Neiman Marcus

Best emerging clothing designer BOA Award Winner

Sarah Green of Cord Shoes and Boots

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Worthmore Jewelers

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Pam Ahern

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

Abbadabba's AND Big Peach Running Co.
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa
And other metro Atlanta locations.
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Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

American Haircuts AND Mary Todd Hairdressing Co.

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

Cook's Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best craft beer store BOA Award Winner

Ale Yeah!

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

Moore Farms and Friends

Best kids' clothing BOA Award Winner

Carter's

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

The Beehive AND Young Blood Boutique

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

Park Pet Supply

Best place for fashion bargains BOA Award Winner

T.J.Maxx
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Clothing Warehouse

Best adult toy store BOA Award Winner

Starship Enterprises

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

Mister HotShine Car Wash
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Scott's Antique Market

Best gym BOA Award Winner

LA Fitness
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best in up-and-coming fashion: Men BOA Award Winner

Messrs. R/R

Best personal trainer BOA Award Winner

Todd Hancock

Best place for artists to stock their creative arsenal BOA Award Winner

Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Hermanmore...
Being armed with the right materials when inspiration strikes makes all the difference. SAM FLAX has everything you need to create your next masterpiece or maybe just doodle around, including shelves full of different kinds of paint, brushes, paper, and furniture, all from major brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase. The staff knows its stuff and can help you pick out the right supplies for your project without exceeding your budget. The store hosts an array of mixed-media demos and art workshops for beginners and advanced artists alike, while the in-house framing center sets prints and paintings in quality frames. Sam Flax also supports the local art community through events including 30 Artists in 30 Days back in April, for which artists created a piece in-store to be later auctioned at the Goat Farm. less...

Best pop-ups in a neighborhood on the come up BOA Award Winner

Downtown pop-ups

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Buckhead Safety Cab

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best art market BOA Award Winner

HomeGrown

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

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