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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 handyman/woman BOA Award Winner

Handy Manny's Handyman Services LLC. AND Tony Hix Incorporated

Handy Manny's Handyman Services LLC.


www.handy-manny.com 404-840-6830


AND


Tony Hix Incorporated

Best local accessories maker BOA Award Winner

Neva Opet AND Shop Heart Mercedes

Neva Opet


www.nevaopet.com


AND


Shop Heart Mercedes


www.etsy.com/shop/heartmercedes


Best local stationary design studio BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Pam Ahern

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner


Best cd's BOA Award Winner

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Worthmore Jewelers

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

Fab'rik
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Checker Cab

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

The Clothing Warehouse

Best caterer BOA Award Winner

Bold American Events

Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best gym BOA Award Winner

L.A. Fitness
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best local craft market BOA Award Winner

Indie Craft Experience

Best local jewelry maker BOA Award Winner

Natural Healing Stones

Best massage therapist BOA Award Winner

John Kaskie
x3creative.com/salonme/john.html

Best pet store BOA Award Winner

PetSmart
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place to get a photograph printed BOA Award Winner

Walgreens
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best shopping district BOA Award Winner

Buckhead

Best tattoo artist BOA Award Winner

Mike McMahon

Best vet clinic BOA Award Winner

The Village Vets

Best wedding photographer BOA Award Winner

Bhargava Chiluveru
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Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best wearable art BOA Award Winner

Maelu

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market

Best bootcamp BOA Award Winner

Best car wash/detail BOA Award Winner

Mister Hotshine Car Wash

Best DIY sex-tech toy BOA Award Winner

The Mod

Best handyman/woman BOA Award Winner

Handy Manny's Handyman Services LLC. AND Tony Hix Incorporated

Handy Manny's Handyman Services LLC.


www.handy-manny.com 404-840-6830


AND


Tony Hix Incorporated

Best high-quality homegrown hairstyling BOA Award Winner

Van Michael Salon

Best local accessories maker BOA Award Winner

Neva Opet AND Shop Heart Mercedes

Neva Opet


www.nevaopet.com


AND


Shop Heart Mercedes


www.etsy.com/shop/heartmercedes

Best local shoemaker BOA Award Winner

Cord Shoes + Boots

Best local stationary design studio BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best realtor BOA Award Winner

Pam Ahern

Best sneaker store BOA Award Winner

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...

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 cd's BOA Award Winner

Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Worthmore Jewelers

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

Fab'rik
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
And other metro Atlanta locations.

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

City Auto Body Shop

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