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Best of Atlanta 2015 Consumer Culture

 

2015 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Here’s the thing about consumer culture that we all tend to forget: When it comes to cultivating the character of our city, there’s nothing of greater value than how we choose to spend our dollar. The places we buy and barter from become our politics. Every time we swipe our debit card, it’s like exercising the right to vote.

This is especially true for the evolution of Atlanta. As a rebounded housing market attracts developers to the city’s core, many bring the threat of suburbanization in tow. With the growing morass of cookie-cutter mixed-use construction come chains and brand names as bland and predictable as the architecture.

But the city still has a soul. And that’s what we choose to champion. Every year, we ask readers to vote on their favorite local shopping destinations and service establishments. Then we gather our own critical mass to determine the standout artisans and entrepreneurs whose enterprises contribute to an overall sense of community or creative expression. This year, the critics picks run the gamut — from the Cord Shoes + Boots founder who’s brought the craft of handmade shoemaking back to the Southeast to a record label exec who’s countering the celebration of black male stereotypes with his Never Sold Dope line of hoodies and tees. Among the noted trends, we couldn’t help but appreciate the enduring love for all things vintage in furniture and fashion along with the neo-nostalgia for ATL-branded gear, whether it’s an exclusive cap from Fresh.i.Am or a sophisticated tie clip by Block and Hammer.

Whether you’re looking for the best boutiques or the right spot to soothe those aching feet, we’ve got you covered. Just remember, your vote counts in these streets.

— Rodney Carmichael, senior writer

Best designer for ladies BOA Award Winner

Megan Huntz

Best hoodie to rock while defying stereotypes BOA Award Winner

Never Sold Dope

Best wearable art BOA Award Winner

Maelu

Best floral arrangement BOA Award Winner

Allison Song

Best car wash/detail BOA Award Winner

Mister Hotshine Car Wash

Best DIY sex-tech toy BOA Award Winner

The Mod

Best high-quality homegrown hairstyling BOA Award Winner

Van Michael Salon

Best local shoemaker BOA Award Winner

Cord Shoes + Boots

Secondhand treasures: Best place to dig for fire finds BOA Award Winner

Last Chance Thrift Store offers an opportunity the convenience of technology has damn near made extinct: the chance to hunt for hands-on bargains. Clothing, household wares, LPs, etc. each have their designated spot. Well, sort of. But that seriously makes the visit even more fun. Come with an open mindmore...
Last Chance Thrift Store offers an opportunity the convenience of technology has damn near made extinct: the chance to hunt for hands-on bargains. Clothing, household wares, LPs, etc. each have their designated spot. Well, sort of. But that seriously makes the visit even more fun. Come with an open mind and similar schedule and you might just leave with a darling 1960s cocktail dress for $7 or a stack of pristine wax for even less. www.lastchancethriftstore.com. less...

Best place to take your beat-up car BOA Award Winner

City Auto Body Shop

Best recycled building supplies BOA Award Winner

Lifecycle Building Center

Best screen printer BOA Award Winner

Baron Press

ATL-inspired apparel and accessories: Best way to dress up the A BOA Award Winner

Personalized ATL skinny tie bar
The average tie clip is typically seen in passing. We notice its presence, but hardly marvel in the beauty of its construction. The personalized ATL skinny tie bar might just make us forget the tie was even there. Hand-crafted by locally based silversmiths Block and Hammer, the A-T-L-engraved piece jumpsmore...
The average tie clip is typically seen in passing. We notice its presence, but hardly marvel in the beauty of its construction. The personalized ATL skinny tie bar might just make us forget the tie was even there. Hand-crafted by locally based silversmiths Block and Hammer, the A-T-L-engraved piece jumps out at you without being a distraction. Add it to the ensemble for $18.99 and expect the compliments to flow. www.blockandhammer.etsy.com. less...

Best boutique fitness experience BOA Award Winner

Balanced Fit Life

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

McMullan Family Farm

Best aesthetician BOA Award Winner

Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio AND Amy Stufflebeam

Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio


3077 E Shadowlawn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 404-842-1788


AND


Amy Stufflebeam

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

Binders Art Supplies and Frames
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best car service BOA Award Winner

Uber

Best fashion blogger BOA Award Winner

Darling in the City

Best gift shop BOA Award Winner


Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

Blusion Wash & Dry

Best pop-up shop concept BOA Award Winner

Indie Craft Experience

Best shooting range BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

Richards Variety Store

Best women's clothing store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best kid's clothing BOA Award Winner

Carter's AND The Seed Factory

Carter's


2345 Peachtree Rd. N.E., 404-869-3373. www.carters.com


AND


Seed Factory


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

Best local bail bond agent/agency BOA Award Winner

Bond, James Bond, inc.

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best craft beer store BOA Award Winner

Hop City Craft Beer & Wine

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market

Best bootcamp BOA Award Winner

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Best aesthetician BOA Award Winner

Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio AND Amy Stufflebeam

Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio


3077 E Shadowlawn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 404-842-1788


AND


Amy Stufflebeam


Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

Binders Art Supplies and Frames
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best car service BOA Award Winner

Uber

Best designer for ladies BOA Award Winner

Megan Huntz

Best fashion blogger BOA Award Winner

Darling in the City

Best gift shop BOA Award Winner


Best hoodie to rock while defying stereotypes BOA Award Winner

Never Sold Dope

Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

Blusion Wash & Dry

Best pop-up shop concept BOA Award Winner

Indie Craft Experience

Best shooting range BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

Richards Variety Store

Best women's clothing store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best kid's clothing BOA Award Winner

Carter's AND The Seed Factory

Carter's


2345 Peachtree Rd. N.E., 404-869-3373. www.carters.com


AND


Seed Factory


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

Best local bail bond agent/agency BOA Award Winner

Bond, James Bond, inc.

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best wearable art BOA Award Winner

Maelu

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse
And other metro Atlanta locations.

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