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Picture yourself working 9-to-6 at a gig you can’t live without, while your sideline passion is all you ever dream about. Now imagine the alternate reality and consider the vision it would take to make that shift.

Without such risk takers, Atlanta’s consumer culture would be driven by the market interests of chain stores, franchises, and big-box retailers. So this year we celebrate the makers, those self-made entrepreneurs and sustainable small-business owners who’ve turned crafting hobbies into full-time hustles. Many work out of home studios, supplying product to local independently owned shops, and even shipping to stockists around the world.

Rachael Riedinger began leather making to fill a void. Through trial and error, she’s built Neva Opet into a recognized handbag and accessories brand. Sheree Swann started ReeFresh by Ree, her handcrafted line of tribal-print accessories, from scratch before making it her daily devotion just six months ago. Others, like Ateaelle urban merch brand owner Kirsten Daniel, have a vision for the city that fuels dialogue through design. We decided there are so many natural bath and beauty products made locally by the batch that they deserve their own category. Not to mention the holistic health practitioners, such as Crystal Jones and Leah Tioxon, who help us realign our third-eye vision.

Sometimes divining the future of a city obsessed with phoenix-like regeneration means looking to the past. It’s hard to overlook how century-old cultural staple Sweet Auburn Curb Market has provided the perfect blueprint for such upscale millennial rehabs as Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. And no matter how sanitized this city gets, Little Five Points remains an eccentric shopping experience nearly 40 years strong. At least, that’s how we choose to see Atlanta in 2016.

— Rodney Carmichael

Best accessories for bar hopping BOA Award Winner

Fossil & Hide
Karen Horn Smith and Jenny Watts’ local accessories line FOSSIL & HIDE is designed for those who aren’t afraid to be asked, “Is that an animal skull hanging from your necklace?” because the answer is probably, “Yes.” Since spring 2012, the local duo has been churning out rock ’n’ roll-inspiredmore...
Karen Horn Smith and Jenny Watts’ local accessories line FOSSIL & HIDE is designed for those who aren’t afraid to be asked, “Is that an animal skull hanging from your necklace?” because the answer is probably, “Yes.” Since spring 2012, the local duo has been churning out rock ’n’ roll-inspired wares in a signature style that embraces chunky metals and large stones of turquoise and quartz that lend themselves to statement-making layering. Score a choker, bangle, necklace, ring or earring set of your own at pop-up shops at Argosy and Estoria, or from ATL stockists such as Live Free Tattoo, the Clothing Warehouse, Kudzu Antiques, Henry & June, and Citizen Supply. www.fossilandhide.com. less...

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

You could argue that what makes a liquor store great is volume; the more bottles on the shelves the better. But you’d be wrong. What really makes a liquor store shine is the passion and purpose behind it. More specifically, the people. For more than a decade now, DECATUR PACKAGE STORE owner Herb Chereckmore...
You could argue that what makes a liquor store great is volume; the more bottles on the shelves the better. But you’d be wrong. What really makes a liquor store shine is the passion and purpose behind it. More specifically, the people. For more than a decade now, DECATUR PACKAGE STORE owner Herb Chereck has labored to ensure that his shop is stocked with all manner of world-class beers, wines, and spirits. Armed with encyclopedic knowledge and endless enthusiasm, Chereck and his staff oversee the most thoughtful, diverse, and interesting booze selection in town all while maintaining an air of unpretentious approachability. Here you’ll find all the big name brands as well as trendy bottles of bitters, amaros, and esoteric spirits. There’s a growing selection of craft sake and shochu, and Decatur Package boasts one of the most robust value wine portfolios in town. Whether you’re looking to impress your foodie friends with fancy cocktails or just looking for a great bottle of red to drink with dinner, Decatur Package has your back. less...

Best pathway to spiritual realignment BOA Award Winner

Remember that scene in The Matrix where Neo is presented with the option of taking the red or blue pill? Sometimes we’re slaves to our ego. Fears become demons, blocking us from being our better selves. What we need is a breakthrough, a respite to reawaken our capacity for self-improvement. EXHALEmore...
Remember that scene in The Matrix where Neo is presented with the option of taking the red or blue pill? Sometimes we’re slaves to our ego. Fears become demons, blocking us from being our better selves. What we need is a breakthrough, a respite to reawaken our capacity for self-improvement. EXHALE SPA AT LOEWS ATLANTA HOTEL offers all that and some. With a staff of passionate, trained professionals, they specialize in everything from traditional massage to energy healing (reiki), from acupuncture to om body therapy “tui na.” No matter what choice you make, you’ll leave better suited for returning to mere existence as usual. www.exhalespa.com/spa. less...

Best urban market BOA Award Winner

In an era when Atlantans crave the flavor of authenticity touted by refurbished yesteryear developments — from Ponce City Market to Krog Street Market — only one such food market has a century-old timestamp. Talk about a storied legacy. The Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 spawned the creation of the open-airmore...
In an era when Atlantans crave the flavor of authenticity touted by refurbished yesteryear developments — from Ponce City Market to Krog Street Market — only one such food market has a century-old timestamp. Talk about a storied legacy. The Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 spawned the creation of the open-air Municipal Market of Atlanta. Black vendors weren’t permitted to sell livestock or produce inside when its first permanent structure was constructed in 1924. Instead they were relegated to the curb outside — hence the name SWEET AUBURN CURB MARKET, as it’s known today. Located one block from the heart of Auburn Avenue, which was declared the “richest Negro street in the world” by Fortune magazine 60 years ago, the market maintains a choke hold on rich culinary traditions. And a visit is a veritable field trip for all five senses. As soon as you step inside, the sweet nuttiness of Miss D’s New Orleans Pralines meets your nose. Butcher cases treat turkey tails, hog maws, fat back, chitlins, oxtails, pork belly, pig feet, and red hot links like everyday Southern delicacies. Fresh collards, turnips, mustards, and kale line the aisles of produce vendors. And when you can’t bear it any more, there are plenty of mouth-watering eateries to feed your face — from soul food (Afrodish Restaurant, Metro Deli) to finger-lickin’ food (Arepa Mia, Bell Street Burritos, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Yum Diggity). Far from your faux-artisanal food court, this is where the moms and pops set up shop. less...

Best wardrobe refresher BOA Award Winner

Refresh by Ree
Sometimes all you need is the right accessory to make an outfit pop. Sheree Swann always knew she had a knack for working with her hands, but it didn’t blossom into a full-time profession until six months ago when she quit her job to focus on her independent line of handcrafted accessories. REEFRESHmore...
Sometimes all you need is the right accessory to make an outfit pop. Sheree Swann always knew she had a knack for working with her hands, but it didn’t blossom into a full-time profession until six months ago when she quit her job to focus on her independent line of handcrafted accessories. REEFRESH BY REE features fabric-covered button earrings, bracelets, Peter Pan collars, and bowties made with tribal and Afrocentric prints. Drawn to kente cloth and African art since childhood, Swann set out to create a cool, eccentric line that would give people the freedom to express themselves and reflect their sense of cultural pride. The result: a fly, funky line of accessories easy to suit up for business or dress down after hours. An established photographer and documenter of Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene, Swann’s patterns and designs move with their own rhythmic flow. She also has plans to expand into home décor in the future. When in need of the right accessory to make that outfit pop, consider something locally made and universally conscious. www.reefreshbyree.etsy.com. www.facebook.com/ReefreshbyRee. less...

Best way to wear your vibes on your sleeves BOA Award Winner

Melting Sun Apparel
Since the first day of 2012, Lauren Visconti has been working to create an array of products that she says are catered to “the modern bohemian” through her line MELTING SUN APPAREL. Visconti’s 100-percent handmade pieces come in the form of jewelry, accessories, and separates that are at once dreamymore...
Since the first day of 2012, Lauren Visconti has been working to create an array of products that she says are catered to “the modern bohemian” through her line MELTING SUN APPAREL. Visconti’s 100-percent handmade pieces come in the form of jewelry, accessories, and separates that are at once dreamy and light while also being edgy and on trend. Offerings include long necklaces, chunky stackable rings, and delicate earrings, plus hand-stamped tanks, moon phase-inspired tapestries, banners, patches, and more. Over the years, Melting Sun has caught the eye of local stockists such as Young Blood, Paris on Ponce, Crafted Westside, Lark & Sparrow, and Citizen Supply as well as big-name brands including Alternative Apparel, which will soon carry some pieces in its physical stores. Snag one of her pieces while shopping local or hitting up the next crafty pop-up event — she’s sure to have a booth. www.meltingsunapparel.com. less...

Best way to shop for used furniture BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Used Furniture
A steal of a deal is a growing rarity in this city. Unless you know where to look. And in this case, finding vintage wares is easier with a bit of tech savvy. ATLANTA USED FURNITURE boasts a social media showroom that brings antique shopping into the new millennium. From its Instagram account, cybershoppersmore...
A steal of a deal is a growing rarity in this city. Unless you know where to look. And in this case, finding vintage wares is easier with a bit of tech savvy. ATLANTA USED FURNITURE boasts a social media showroom that brings antique shopping into the new millennium. From its Instagram account, cybershoppers can sneak a peek at classic pieces from an era when furniture was designed to make a lasting statement. Whether its snug leather chairs at $185 a pair or a velour tufted sofa and matching high-back seat ($500 a set), the prices are as throwback as the furnishings. Visits to its Chamblee showroom are by appointment only and delivery usually comes free with the purchase of most items. They even accept digital payments via Venmo. Whether you favor a French provincial bench upholstered in red velvet or a laminated art deco coffee table, there’s something to complement your style — and your budget. Appointment only: 236 Marray Drive. www.instagram.com/atlantausedfurniture. less...

Best aerobic dance class BOA Award Winner

Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-millmore...
Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-mill gym workout with classes like pole dancing, twerking 101, interpretative hip-hop, ballet, and more — all with beginner level options for the easily intimidated. The hour-long classes are energetic, fun, and will have you sweating in no time. Cool down after class while catching a glimpse of real choreographers rehearsing their routines.  less...

Best cracked cellphone screen repair BOA Award Winner

ScreenFixing.com
There’s no bigger brag than saying you’ve never shattered your phone’s screen. For the rest of us who are clumsier than a man with two left feet, there is SCREENFIXING.COM. Once upon a time, these phone-fixing folks operated out of a truck, but they quickly moved into a storefront in East Atlantamore...
There’s no bigger brag than saying you’ve never shattered your phone’s screen. For the rest of us who are clumsier than a man with two left feet, there is SCREENFIXING.COM. Once upon a time, these phone-fixing folks operated out of a truck, but they quickly moved into a storefront in East Atlanta Village due to their increasing popularity. Their customer service during this very difficult time is stellar, and depending on your issue, you can walk in and out with your phone restored to its former glory in less than an hour. If it takes a little longer, that’s A-OK since the waiting area is comfy and the big TV makes you forget about your dumb mistake. Next time your butter fingers destroy your screen, these guys got your back. less...

Best eclectic shopping district BOA Award Winner

Little Five Points
You don’t go to LITTLE FIVE POINTS to shop as much as you go to escape. L5P remains the epicenter of quirkiness in a city increasingly swallowed by suburbanization. After 40 years, we tend to take it for granted. But nowhere else in Atlanta replicates its mix of independently owned shops and streetmore...
You don’t go to LITTLE FIVE POINTS to shop as much as you go to escape. L5P remains the epicenter of quirkiness in a city increasingly swallowed by suburbanization. After 40 years, we tend to take it for granted. But nowhere else in Atlanta replicates its mix of independently owned shops and street culture. The range of retail is almost otherworldly — from bougie women’s boutiques (The Pink Zebra, Envy) and dashiki-and-shea-butter shops (Earthtone, Cultural Accents) to second-hand/vintage clothing (Rag-o-Rama, The Clothing Warehouse, Psycho Sisters) and metaphysical/head shops (42 Degrees South, World Piece, Crystal Blue). Three of the city’s top record store institutions call L5P home (Criminal Records, Moods Music, Wax N’ Facts), as does one of the city’s top sneaker boutiques (Wish). Cyclists and skaters are both covered (Outback, Stratosphere). Plus, Junkman’s Daughter has served as weirdo central for so long it’s normal now. Like it or not, the real attraction is located on the sidewalks, where artisans sell their handmade wares, musicians busk for change, homeless hippies solicit, and the man with the headphones and CDs for sale asks everyone who passes by: “Do you like hip-hop?” The day Little Five Points becomes passé, you can stick a fork in this town. www.littlefivepoints.net. less...

Best product for loving the skin you're in BOA Award Winner

Luxe Apothecary
With a focus on holistic and botanical-based beauty products, LUXE APOTHECARY has the market cornered on locally made bath products with unique ingredients, amazing scents, and artful packaging. We live for the sea clay and mint body scrub. With its thick, luxurious consistency (bless you, shea butter),more...
With a focus on holistic and botanical-based beauty products, LUXE APOTHECARY has the market cornered on locally made bath products with unique ingredients, amazing scents, and artful packaging. We live for the sea clay and mint body scrub. With its thick, luxurious consistency (bless you, shea butter), it’s packed with mineral-rich sea clay and refreshing peppermint oil that moisturizes your bod while sloughing off dead skin. Available at these intown locations: So Worth Loving, Smith ACE, Sq. Ft., Eco Denizen. Studio: 976 Jefferson St. N.W., Suite E. www.luxeapothecary.co. less...

Best reason to become emotionally attached to a handbag BOA Award Winner

Neva Opet
NEVA OPET’s handcrafted leather bags, wallets, and purses elicit in us the kind of deep emotions other humans feel around baby humans or tiny animals. There is a desire to pet the soft material, to pick up the goods and cradle them to our bodies. Designer Rachael Riedinger’s bags offer modern silhouettesmore...
NEVA OPET’s handcrafted leather bags, wallets, and purses elicit in us the kind of deep emotions other humans feel around baby humans or tiny animals. There is a desire to pet the soft material, to pick up the goods and cradle them to our bodies. Designer Rachael Riedinger’s bags offer modern silhouettes for classic styles in a range of blacks and browns, such as the Artemisia Fringe Bag, a simple crossbody form with a fold-over top and swingy fringe skirt ($265). The Marina Circle Bag ($150) recalls a canteen without the spout, and the Carolee Clutch ($85) features a contrasting hand strap so you can keep that baby close to mama. www.nevaopet.com. less...

Best sign of the times BOA Award Winner

The drunken crowds spilling into the streets. The police cars and their blue-light specials. The discarded trash left to litter the morning after. No doubt about it, weekend nights on Edgewood Avenue can look like a godless hot spot. But between the mélange of bars and clubs, GOD IS DOPE is the nightlifemore...
The drunken crowds spilling into the streets. The police cars and their blue-light specials. The discarded trash left to litter the morning after. No doubt about it, weekend nights on Edgewood Avenue can look like a godless hot spot. But between the mélange of bars and clubs, GOD IS DOPE is the nightlife district’s newest bright spot. The small boutique with synthetic grass carpeting has been open barely six months. It’s the first brick-and-mortar location for the two-year-old Christianity-based streetwear brand. And it’s hipper than thou. Owner Sharod Simpson started the line of unisex tees, dad hats, snapbacks, hoodies, and denim as a means to express faith through fashion. While the universal message of the main T-shirt slogan (“God is Dope”) makes it appropriate for all faiths, it’s the designs and distressed fabrics that keep it uncommonly cool. The price point is also reasonable, with shirts starting at $19.99. The store is an oasis, with a cool-out vibe that has made it perfect for special events and photo shoots for other local culture brands. With no set hours, its doors typically remain open until about 2 a.m. Plenty of time to catch last call across the street at Church. less...

Best spot for a mini-makeover BOA Award Winner

Dreamdry
One-stop beauty spots are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why: Hitting up one place that offers blowouts, makeup application, waxing, and more is perfect for those trying to live that “work smarter, not harder” life. One glam outpost doing it right in ATL is the much buzzed-aboutmore...
One-stop beauty spots are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why: Hitting up one place that offers blowouts, makeup application, waxing, and more is perfect for those trying to live that “work smarter, not harder” life. One glam outpost doing it right in ATL is the much buzzed-about salon DREAMDRY in the heart of Buckhead. They offer a signature blowout, complete with a scalp massage, washing, conditioning, drying, and styling that’s garnered fans such as famed local author Emily Giffin, as well as mane-tamers who can give you a trendy ponytail, top knot, braid, and fishtail style in addition to makeup and hair removal services. Plus, they offer extension application, hairstyling classes, and they’ll even come to you via their mobile service options if you’re super pressed for time. What more could you want? 3722 Roswell Road N.E. 404-549-8007. www.dreamdry.com. less...

Best essentials for the well-groomed dude BOA Award Winner

Marvi Beauty
Created by a mother-daughter team right here in the city, MARVI BEAUTY is all about natural products handcrafted in small batches. But don’t let that “beauty” part fool you, bros — Marvi also makes products catered directly to dudes. Their beard oil, facial serum, soothing scalp serum, and anti-dandruffmore...
Created by a mother-daughter team right here in the city, MARVI BEAUTY is all about natural products handcrafted in small batches. But don’t let that “beauty” part fool you, bros — Marvi also makes products catered directly to dudes. Their beard oil, facial serum, soothing scalp serum, and anti-dandruff serum come with easy-to-use droppers and are made with all-natural vegan ingredients. They’ve also got you covered via herbal hair oil to give you that “Don Draper of ATL” look. Available at Made Again, 299 N. Highland Ave. N.E., Suite H2. 404-893-0300. www.marvibeauty.com. less...

Best rejuvenation for your soul BOA Award Winner

Heal with Crystal
In a city where creative hustle is currency, even us artistic types can become disconnected from our true selves in the service of humanity. Crystal Jones, a certified holistic health counselor and chiropractor, sees it every day. With a self-described mission to “love humanity back to life,” shemore...
In a city where creative hustle is currency, even us artistic types can become disconnected from our true selves in the service of humanity. Crystal Jones, a certified holistic health counselor and chiropractor, sees it every day. With a self-described mission to “love humanity back to life,” she uses human connection as a healing force for good. A staple within Atlanta’s creative community and beyond — from A3C to SXSW — HEAL WITH CRYSTAL’s referral-based practice regularly caters to high-profile and everyday clients experiencing depression, anxiety, and even forms of cancer. She specializes in intuitive chiropractic, reiki, reflexology, vibration therapy, and other modalities to guide clients from emotional crises to clarity. www.healwithcrystal.com. less...

Best way to keep that lip gloss poppin' BOA Award Winner

Little Barn Apothecary
If you haven’t had the chance to sample offerings from Atlanta-based modern face, body, and home goods brand LITTLE BARN APOTHECARY, then get thee to the Westside. It recently opened up a brick-and-mortar spot in Westside Provisions District, where you can snag its signature hydrating butter balms.more...
If you haven’t had the chance to sample offerings from Atlanta-based modern face, body, and home goods brand LITTLE BARN APOTHECARY, then get thee to the Westside. It recently opened up a brick-and-mortar spot in Westside Provisions District, where you can snag its signature hydrating butter balms. Though technically all-purpose, we recommend slathering it on your lips before bed to wake up with supple, moisturized lips. Bam! 1198 Howell Mill Road N.W., Suite OL1. www.littlebarnapothecary.com. less...

Best way to naturally luxuriate BOA Award Winner

Divine Clementine's soap on a rope
For years, Atlanta-based artist Madam CJ has left an indelible imprint all over Atlanta music and culture. Her all-natural line of DIVINE CLEMENTINE’S SOAP ON A ROPE, however, is a fresh anointing. Since starting the line of sustainable, small-batch soaps in 2009, she’s turned a hobby into a nationallymore...
For years, Atlanta-based artist Madam CJ has left an indelible imprint all over Atlanta music and culture. Her all-natural line of DIVINE CLEMENTINE’S SOAP ON A ROPE, however, is a fresh anointing. Since starting the line of sustainable, small-batch soaps in 2009, she’s turned a hobby into a nationally recognized brand of aromatherapeutics handmade with locally sourced goat’s milk and other natural products. With naturally scented and unscented soaps — including lavender goat’s milk, tea tree goat’s milk oatmeal cookie, peppermint goat’s milk, and aloe vera goat’s milk — Divine Clementine’s contains no harsh ingredients, deodorants, or chemical fragrances, making it good for such ailments as psoriasis, eczema, sunspots, and sunburn. And the attached rope means you don’t have to worry about all that goodness melting away in a soap dish full of water. 404-997-8445. www.soap2tote.com. less...

Best comic book haven BOA Award Winner

You know the universe is looking out for us when there’s a spot in ATL that has both a great draft list and a great comic book collection. MY PARENTS’ BASEMENT, tucked away in Avondale Estates, is run by comic book vets qualified to steer you in the right direction, whether you’re looking for amore...
You know the universe is looking out for us when there’s a spot in ATL that has both a great draft list and a great comic book collection. MY PARENTS’ BASEMENT, tucked away in Avondale Estates, is run by comic book vets qualified to steer you in the right direction, whether you’re looking for a new series or in the market for a rare issue. Stay on top of their events as artist signings happen often, like one recently with Betty and Veronica writer and artist Adam Hughes. Peruse their collection of more than 1,000 comic books and stay for Nerd Trivia night on Tuesdays. Grab some grub — we’re partial to the shrimp taco plate and Wild Heaven brew. less...

Best glimpse into your future (and past) BOA Award Winner

Leah Tioxon
LEAH TIOXON knows her stuff. Case in point, she’s been working with tarot cards — both here and overseas in places like China — for nearly 20 years. Entering her O4W shared studio space ushers in an immediate sense of calm, followed by an enlightening 45-minute in-person tarot reading session ($45,more...
LEAH TIOXON knows her stuff. Case in point, she’s been working with tarot cards — both here and overseas in places like China — for nearly 20 years. Entering her O4W shared studio space ushers in an immediate sense of calm, followed by an enlightening 45-minute in-person tarot reading session ($45, complete with stones and flickering candles) that aims to center and enlighten you. Guests pull their own cards and have Tioxon interpret what they mean as part of an illuminating dialogue about their future as well as the inner self. Tioxon also offers a variety of other services, from Mediumship Sessions ($75) to Sacral Chakra Openings ($100). Plus, she’s got a masters in social work, which means you can, according to her, “expect some intense spirituality with a heavy helping of practicality.” www.leahtioxon.com. less...

Best homage to old Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Ateaelle's Old Atlanta sweatshirt
Every brand starts with a story. For the proprietors behind urban merch startup Ateaelle (pronounced A-T-L), theirs began with a shirt bearing a concise but profound message. As soon as company founder Kirsten Daniel and her business partner Destiny Stokes released their OLD ATLANTA sweatshirt (alsomore...
Every brand starts with a story. For the proprietors behind urban merch startup Ateaelle (pronounced A-T-L), theirs began with a shirt bearing a concise but profound message. As soon as company founder Kirsten Daniel and her business partner Destiny Stokes released their OLD ATLANTA sweatshirt (also available in tees) nine months ago, it became an instant conversation piece. In a town hell-bent on homogenizing its cultural identity, they’ve joined other homegrown brands in making nostalgia a fashion statement. Daniel’s desire to preserve a sense of the city that raised her in the ’90s has become a calling card for natives and longtime residents who remember when “the ATL” was coded language reserved for cool kids. That subtlety is reflected in the Old Atlanta shirt’s unspoken critique of the rampant gentrification and cultural displacement turning the black mecca into a shell of itself. But it’s more positive proclamation than protest fashion. Whether your favorite era of Atlanta is best represented by Kilo’s booty shake anthems or Dr. King’s hard-fought dream, one size fits all. Just have your A-Town credentials on deck when you wear it or you might get checked. www.ateaelle.com. less...

Best neighborhood market that has it all BOA Award Winner

You can count on an average bodega or corner store to cover the basics, from drinks, snacks, and tobacco to candy bars, condiments, and obscenely priced toiletries. But CANDLER PARK MARKET doesn’t just have the stuff you’ll settle for in a pinch. Instead, the unassuming oasis is packed with gourmetmore...
You can count on an average bodega or corner store to cover the basics, from drinks, snacks, and tobacco to candy bars, condiments, and obscenely priced toiletries. But CANDLER PARK MARKET doesn’t just have the stuff you’ll settle for in a pinch. Instead, the unassuming oasis is packed with gourmet goods that discerning urbanites crave. There are imported chocolates and fancy granola bars. Boxes of organic cereal and gluten-free crackers comingle with the Frosted Flakes and Wheat Thins. One aisle over, the Market’s generous produce section is routinely stocked with an array of locally grown veggies. The Deli at Candler Park Market, the neighborhood go-to for substantial sandwiches and salads, occupies the back of the store. The crown jewel, however, is the booze selection. Candler Park Market has an entire aisle dedicated to highly rated wines, and its impressive beer section is more crafty than convenient. There you’re as likely to find packs of Bells Two Hearted Ale and 21st Amendment as you are the latest local releases from Monday Night Brewing, Orpheus, and more. Candler Park Market is more than just a convenience store for those who live nearby. For many neighbors, shopping there has become a part of daily life. less...

Best new farmers market BOA Award Winner

The Beltline has transformed intown living before our eyes. The popular path has increased accessibility between neighborhoods like never before, and the forward-thinking do-gooders at Community Farmers Markets took notice. With a centralized location and no shortage of Beltline foot-traffic, the PONCEmore...
The Beltline has transformed intown living before our eyes. The popular path has increased accessibility between neighborhoods like never before, and the forward-thinking do-gooders at Community Farmers Markets took notice. With a centralized location and no shortage of Beltline foot-traffic, the PONCE CITY FARMERS MARKET is the newest addition to the CFM family. The Tuesday evening farmstand made its debut in May 2016 and will continue to convene each week from 4 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 20. The market is located directly on the Beltline at “the Shed,” which means easy access for bikers and pedestrians. The market’s lineup rotates through a selection of more than 40 local farms including Scharko Farms and Friends, Truly Living Well, Brasstown Beef, Cosmos Organic Farms, and more. www.cfmatl.org/poncecity. less...

Best place to get lifted BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Barbell Club
Strong is sexy, y’all, which is why you need to be toning it up at the new EAST ATLANTA BARBELL CLUB, which recently opened up shop in the former Brother Moto boutique space in EAV. Founders Lis Saunders (a record-holding powerlifter and former CrossFit gym owner) and Jim Chambers (co-owner of themore...
Strong is sexy, y’all, which is why you need to be toning it up at the new EAST ATLANTA BARBELL CLUB, which recently opened up shop in the former Brother Moto boutique space in EAV. Founders Lis Saunders (a record-holding powerlifter and former CrossFit gym owner) and Jim Chambers (co-owner of the Henry & June boutique and former gym manager) opened this gym as a resource for all levels of lifting enthusiasts who didn’t feel like traveling toward the Perimeter to work out. Barbell Club offers several levels of memberships, so pros can simply walk in and use whatever weights and equipment they like, while newbies on the block can opt for personalized training sessions, coaching programs, and nutrition consulting. This gym aims to be inclusive, safe, and affordable (individual plans are based on income, and monthly memberships start at $60) — so lifters from all walks of life are welcome to join. 530 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 470-242-1328. www.eavbarbell.com. less...

Best place to get your tips looking tops BOA Award Winner

If you have yet to hit up NOUVELLE NAIL SPA, tucked behind Octane Coffee on the Westside, one scroll through this spacious nail salon’s Instagram page should be all the convincing you need to make an appointment for the team to do you up right. This snazzy salon’s talented technicians are not onlymore...
If you have yet to hit up NOUVELLE NAIL SPA, tucked behind Octane Coffee on the Westside, one scroll through this spacious nail salon’s Instagram page should be all the convincing you need to make an appointment for the team to do you up right. This snazzy salon’s talented technicians are not only well versed in the basics — pedicures, acrylics, gel polish — but many are also skilled in the latest trendy nail designs. Want two-toned tips, gold foil accents, ombre glitter, or 3-D adornments? They can do it all, people. Nouvelle has loads of space, a soothing atmosphere, and art-dotted walls, all working together to create that calm spa feeling. Pop in for one of its signature treatments, and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling refreshed and looking fly, of course. less...

Best reason to say, "It's lit!" BOA Award Winner

Lindbergh Candle Co.
Founded in 2015 by a local husband-and-wife team, LINDBERGH CANDLE CO. is an eco-friendly hand-poured candle line featuring small-batch candles made with U.S.-grown all natural soy wax, fine fragrances, and cotton-core wicks. Their online shop (they went on a summer hiatus and will reopen in September)more...
Founded in 2015 by a local husband-and-wife team, LINDBERGH CANDLE CO. is an eco-friendly hand-poured candle line featuring small-batch candles made with U.S.-grown all natural soy wax, fine fragrances, and cotton-core wicks. Their online shop (they went on a summer hiatus and will reopen in September) stocks mason jar candles, reed diffusers, travel tins, gift sets, and more in scents like Cabin and December Morning. Bonus: 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Available online and at Citizen Supply, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. 678-705-9145. www.lindberghcandleco.com. less...

Best spot to score the good-smelling stuff BOA Award Winner

Fig & Flower
That nasal passage-clogging mall perfume outpost this ain’t. In addition to its array of all-natural beauty, skincare, and bath products, FIG & FLOWER stocks some seriously solid fragrances, all made with top-notch, clean ingredients. Stop in to score an au naturel body mist, perfume oil, roll-on fragrance,more...
That nasal passage-clogging mall perfume outpost this ain’t. In addition to its array of all-natural beauty, skincare, and bath products, FIG & FLOWER stocks some seriously solid fragrances, all made with top-notch, clean ingredients. Stop in to score an au naturel body mist, perfume oil, roll-on fragrance, or perfume concentrate (Osmia Organics’ Cedar Smoke natural perfume oil is a favorite). Can you smell that smell? It’s you — in a good way. 636 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-998-8198. www.shopfigandflower.com. less...

Best auto shop BOA Award Winner

My Favorite Automotive

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Avril's

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The Cook's Warehouse

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HomeGrown Decatur

Best local womenswear designer BOA Award Winner

Paige Nichetté - LUNASOUL

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best tailor services BOA Award Winner

Tokyo Alterations, 4058 Peachtree Road, Suite D. 404-237-7063.

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill

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Total Wine

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Handy Manny

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Buckhead Safety Cab

Best emerging clothing designer BOA Award Winner

Paige Nichetté - LUNASOUL

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Best accessories for bar hopping BOA Award Winner

Fossil & Hide
Karen Horn Smith and Jenny Watts’ local accessories line FOSSIL & HIDE is designed for those who aren’t afraid to be asked, “Is that an animal skull hanging from your necklace?” because the answer is probably, “Yes.” Since spring 2012, the local duo has been churning out rock ’n’ roll-inspiredmore...
Karen Horn Smith and Jenny Watts’ local accessories line FOSSIL & HIDE is designed for those who aren’t afraid to be asked, “Is that an animal skull hanging from your necklace?” because the answer is probably, “Yes.” Since spring 2012, the local duo has been churning out rock ’n’ roll-inspired wares in a signature style that embraces chunky metals and large stones of turquoise and quartz that lend themselves to statement-making layering. Score a choker, bangle, necklace, ring or earring set of your own at pop-up shops at Argosy and Estoria, or from ATL stockists such as Live Free Tattoo, the Clothing Warehouse, Kudzu Antiques, Henry & June, and Citizen Supply. www.fossilandhide.com. less...

Best auto shop BOA Award Winner

My Favorite Automotive

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

Avril's

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse

Best gift shop BOA Award Winner

HomeGrown Decatur

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

You could argue that what makes a liquor store great is volume; the more bottles on the shelves the better. But you’d be wrong. What really makes a liquor store shine is the passion and purpose behind it. More specifically, the people. For more than a decade now, DECATUR PACKAGE STORE owner Herb Chereckmore...
You could argue that what makes a liquor store great is volume; the more bottles on the shelves the better. But you’d be wrong. What really makes a liquor store shine is the passion and purpose behind it. More specifically, the people. For more than a decade now, DECATUR PACKAGE STORE owner Herb Chereck has labored to ensure that his shop is stocked with all manner of world-class beers, wines, and spirits. Armed with encyclopedic knowledge and endless enthusiasm, Chereck and his staff oversee the most thoughtful, diverse, and interesting booze selection in town all while maintaining an air of unpretentious approachability. Here you’ll find all the big name brands as well as trendy bottles of bitters, amaros, and esoteric spirits. There’s a growing selection of craft sake and shochu, and Decatur Package boasts one of the most robust value wine portfolios in town. Whether you’re looking to impress your foodie friends with fancy cocktails or just looking for a great bottle of red to drink with dinner, Decatur Package has your back. less...

Best local womenswear designer BOA Award Winner

Paige Nichetté - LUNASOUL

Best pathway to spiritual realignment BOA Award Winner

Remember that scene in The Matrix where Neo is presented with the option of taking the red or blue pill? Sometimes we’re slaves to our ego. Fears become demons, blocking us from being our better selves. What we need is a breakthrough, a respite to reawaken our capacity for self-improvement. EXHALEmore...
Remember that scene in The Matrix where Neo is presented with the option of taking the red or blue pill? Sometimes we’re slaves to our ego. Fears become demons, blocking us from being our better selves. What we need is a breakthrough, a respite to reawaken our capacity for self-improvement. EXHALE SPA AT LOEWS ATLANTA HOTEL offers all that and some. With a staff of passionate, trained professionals, they specialize in everything from traditional massage to energy healing (reiki), from acupuncture to om body therapy “tui na.” No matter what choice you make, you’ll leave better suited for returning to mere existence as usual. www.exhalespa.com/spa. less...

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best tailor services BOA Award Winner

Tokyo Alterations, 4058 Peachtree Road, Suite D. 404-237-7063.

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

Goodwill

Best urban market BOA Award Winner

In an era when Atlantans crave the flavor of authenticity touted by refurbished yesteryear developments — from Ponce City Market to Krog Street Market — only one such food market has a century-old timestamp. Talk about a storied legacy. The Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 spawned the creation of the open-airmore...
In an era when Atlantans crave the flavor of authenticity touted by refurbished yesteryear developments — from Ponce City Market to Krog Street Market — only one such food market has a century-old timestamp. Talk about a storied legacy. The Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 spawned the creation of the open-air Municipal Market of Atlanta. Black vendors weren’t permitted to sell livestock or produce inside when its first permanent structure was constructed in 1924. Instead they were relegated to the curb outside — hence the name SWEET AUBURN CURB MARKET, as it’s known today. Located one block from the heart of Auburn Avenue, which was declared the “richest Negro street in the world” by Fortune magazine 60 years ago, the market maintains a choke hold on rich culinary traditions. And a visit is a veritable field trip for all five senses. As soon as you step inside, the sweet nuttiness of Miss D’s New Orleans Pralines meets your nose. Butcher cases treat turkey tails, hog maws, fat back, chitlins, oxtails, pork belly, pig feet, and red hot links like everyday Southern delicacies. Fresh collards, turnips, mustards, and kale line the aisles of produce vendors. And when you can’t bear it any more, there are plenty of mouth-watering eateries to feed your face — from soul food (Afrodish Restaurant, Metro Deli) to finger-lickin’ food (Arepa Mia, Bell Street Burritos, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Yum Diggity). Far from your faux-artisanal food court, this is where the moms and pops set up shop. less...

Best wardrobe refresher BOA Award Winner

Refresh by Ree
Sometimes all you need is the right accessory to make an outfit pop. Sheree Swann always knew she had a knack for working with her hands, but it didn’t blossom into a full-time profession until six months ago when she quit her job to focus on her independent line of handcrafted accessories. REEFRESHmore...
Sometimes all you need is the right accessory to make an outfit pop. Sheree Swann always knew she had a knack for working with her hands, but it didn’t blossom into a full-time profession until six months ago when she quit her job to focus on her independent line of handcrafted accessories. REEFRESH BY REE features fabric-covered button earrings, bracelets, Peter Pan collars, and bowties made with tribal and Afrocentric prints. Drawn to kente cloth and African art since childhood, Swann set out to create a cool, eccentric line that would give people the freedom to express themselves and reflect their sense of cultural pride. The result: a fly, funky line of accessories easy to suit up for business or dress down after hours. An established photographer and documenter of Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene, Swann’s patterns and designs move with their own rhythmic flow. She also has plans to expand into home décor in the future. When in need of the right accessory to make that outfit pop, consider something locally made and universally conscious. www.reefreshbyree.etsy.com. www.facebook.com/ReefreshbyRee. less...

Best way to wear your vibes on your sleeves BOA Award Winner

Melting Sun Apparel
Since the first day of 2012, Lauren Visconti has been working to create an array of products that she says are catered to “the modern bohemian” through her line MELTING SUN APPAREL. Visconti’s 100-percent handmade pieces come in the form of jewelry, accessories, and separates that are at once dreamymore...
Since the first day of 2012, Lauren Visconti has been working to create an array of products that she says are catered to “the modern bohemian” through her line MELTING SUN APPAREL. Visconti’s 100-percent handmade pieces come in the form of jewelry, accessories, and separates that are at once dreamy and light while also being edgy and on trend. Offerings include long necklaces, chunky stackable rings, and delicate earrings, plus hand-stamped tanks, moon phase-inspired tapestries, banners, patches, and more. Over the years, Melting Sun has caught the eye of local stockists such as Young Blood, Paris on Ponce, Crafted Westside, Lark & Sparrow, and Citizen Supply as well as big-name brands including Alternative Apparel, which will soon carry some pieces in its physical stores. Snag one of her pieces while shopping local or hitting up the next crafty pop-up event — she’s sure to have a booth. www.meltingsunapparel.com. less...

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Total Wine

Handyman/woman BOA Award Winner

Handy Manny

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Buckhead Safety Cab

Best way to shop for used furniture BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Used Furniture
A steal of a deal is a growing rarity in this city. Unless you know where to look. And in this case, finding vintage wares is easier with a bit of tech savvy. ATLANTA USED FURNITURE boasts a social media showroom that brings antique shopping into the new millennium. From its Instagram account, cybershoppersmore...
A steal of a deal is a growing rarity in this city. Unless you know where to look. And in this case, finding vintage wares is easier with a bit of tech savvy. ATLANTA USED FURNITURE boasts a social media showroom that brings antique shopping into the new millennium. From its Instagram account, cybershoppers can sneak a peek at classic pieces from an era when furniture was designed to make a lasting statement. Whether its snug leather chairs at $185 a pair or a velour tufted sofa and matching high-back seat ($500 a set), the prices are as throwback as the furnishings. Visits to its Chamblee showroom are by appointment only and delivery usually comes free with the purchase of most items. They even accept digital payments via Venmo. Whether you favor a French provincial bench upholstered in red velvet or a laminated art deco coffee table, there’s something to complement your style — and your budget. Appointment only: 236 Marray Drive. www.instagram.com/atlantausedfurniture. less...

Trophy Case BOA Award Winner

ATLien Tee
When ATLiens landed in 1996, few even knew how to pronounce the name of OutKast’s sophomore album. Twenty years later, that alien identity remains synonymous with a generation of Atlantans who translated Southern hip-hop into the universal language of youth culture. The same spirit is embodied by themore...
When ATLiens landed in 1996, few even knew how to pronounce the name of OutKast’s sophomore album. Twenty years later, that alien identity remains synonymous with a generation of Atlantans who translated Southern hip-hop into the universal language of youth culture. The same spirit is embodied by the ATLien TEE. Before designing his signature shirt in 2008, Atlanta streetwear O.G. Omar “Chilly-O” Mitchell got Big Boi to bless it. Then, instead of whoring it out, he kept it exclusive by printing limited editions of the lowercase script in ever-evolving colorways. Just as ATLiens has come to transcend OutKast as a cultural identifier, Chilly-O’s shirt continues to convey what it means to be a resident alien in the last black mecca. It’s a declaration that different is inherently better. More than a geographical location, ATLien represents creative rebellion, originality, and a tribal sense of belonging for those on the fringes. As the city celebrates the anniversary of one of OutKast’s landmark LPs, you’re more likely to find Chilly-O selling his tees in the streets than in some upscale sneaker boutique. It’s worked wonders for brand equity. For the right price, he might even be willing to sell you the shirt off his back. www.instagram.com/chillyolovesyou. less...

Best aerobic dance class BOA Award Winner

Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-millmore...
Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-mill gym workout with classes like pole dancing, twerking 101, interpretative hip-hop, ballet, and more — all with beginner level options for the easily intimidated. The hour-long classes are energetic, fun, and will have you sweating in no time. Cool down after class while catching a glimpse of real choreographers rehearsing their routines.  less...

Best cracked cellphone screen repair BOA Award Winner

ScreenFixing.com
There’s no bigger brag than saying you’ve never shattered your phone’s screen. For the rest of us who are clumsier than a man with two left feet, there is SCREENFIXING.COM. Once upon a time, these phone-fixing folks operated out of a truck, but they quickly moved into a storefront in East Atlantamore...
There’s no bigger brag than saying you’ve never shattered your phone’s screen. For the rest of us who are clumsier than a man with two left feet, there is SCREENFIXING.COM. Once upon a time, these phone-fixing folks operated out of a truck, but they quickly moved into a storefront in East Atlanta Village due to their increasing popularity. Their customer service during this very difficult time is stellar, and depending on your issue, you can walk in and out with your phone restored to its former glory in less than an hour. If it takes a little longer, that’s A-OK since the waiting area is comfy and the big TV makes you forget about your dumb mistake. Next time your butter fingers destroy your screen, these guys got your back. less...

Best eclectic shopping district BOA Award Winner

Little Five Points
You don’t go to LITTLE FIVE POINTS to shop as much as you go to escape. L5P remains the epicenter of quirkiness in a city increasingly swallowed by suburbanization. After 40 years, we tend to take it for granted. But nowhere else in Atlanta replicates its mix of independently owned shops and streetmore...
You don’t go to LITTLE FIVE POINTS to shop as much as you go to escape. L5P remains the epicenter of quirkiness in a city increasingly swallowed by suburbanization. After 40 years, we tend to take it for granted. But nowhere else in Atlanta replicates its mix of independently owned shops and street culture. The range of retail is almost otherworldly — from bougie women’s boutiques (The Pink Zebra, Envy) and dashiki-and-shea-butter shops (Earthtone, Cultural Accents) to second-hand/vintage clothing (Rag-o-Rama, The Clothing Warehouse, Psycho Sisters) and metaphysical/head shops (42 Degrees South, World Piece, Crystal Blue). Three of the city’s top record store institutions call L5P home (Criminal Records, Moods Music, Wax N’ Facts), as does one of the city’s top sneaker boutiques (Wish). Cyclists and skaters are both covered (Outback, Stratosphere). Plus, Junkman’s Daughter has served as weirdo central for so long it’s normal now. Like it or not, the real attraction is located on the sidewalks, where artisans sell their handmade wares, musicians busk for change, homeless hippies solicit, and the man with the headphones and CDs for sale asks everyone who passes by: “Do you like hip-hop?” The day Little Five Points becomes passé, you can stick a fork in this town. www.littlefivepoints.net. less...

Trophy Case BOA Award Winner

ATLien Tee
When ATLiens landed in 1996, few even knew how to pronounce the name of OutKast’s sophomore album. Twenty years later, that alien identity remains synonymous with a generation of Atlantans who translated Southern hip-hop into the universal language of youth culture. The same spirit is embodied by themore...
When ATLiens landed in 1996, few even knew how to pronounce the name of OutKast’s sophomore album. Twenty years later, that alien identity remains synonymous with a generation of Atlantans who translated Southern hip-hop into the universal language of youth culture. The same spirit is embodied by the ATLien TEE. Before designing his signature shirt in 2008, Atlanta streetwear O.G. Omar “Chilly-O” Mitchell got Big Boi to bless it. Then, instead of whoring it out, he kept it exclusive by printing limited editions of the lowercase script in ever-evolving colorways. Just as ATLiens has come to transcend OutKast as a cultural identifier, Chilly-O’s shirt continues to convey what it means to be a resident alien in the last black mecca. It’s a declaration that different is inherently better. More than a geographical location, ATLien represents creative rebellion, originality, and a tribal sense of belonging for those on the fringes. As the city celebrates the anniversary of one of OutKast’s landmark LPs, you’re more likely to find Chilly-O selling his tees in the streets than in some upscale sneaker boutique. It’s worked wonders for brand equity. For the right price, he might even be willing to sell you the shirt off his back. www.instagram.com/chillyolovesyou. less...

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