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Best of Atlanta 2016 Index

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2016 Index of Winners

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

Hudson Grille AND Taco Mac
www.hudsongrille.comhttp://hudsongrille.com AND www.tacomac.com

Best stripper other than Blondie BOA Award Winner

Barbie (Clermont Lounge) AND Lux ATL (Pink Pony)

Best (and most unlikely) comeback BOA Award Winner

Jeff Francoeur's call up from the minor leagues
Many people had thought Atlanta Braves outfielder JEFF FRANCOEUR’S CALL-UP FROM THE MINOR LEAGUES was either a publicity stunt or a really expensive act of kindness by the down-on-its-luck Bravos. But the Parkview High School graduate surprised fans by matching his career batting average and othermore...
Many people had thought Atlanta Braves outfielder JEFF FRANCOEUR’S CALL-UP FROM THE MINOR LEAGUES was either a publicity stunt or a really expensive act of kindness by the down-on-its-luck Bravos. But the Parkview High School graduate surprised fans by matching his career batting average and other impressive stats (at one point, the former SI cover boy had a team-high batting average). The summer before he was considering retirement after enduring a stint at a triple-A club in El Paso. But he had a good run — until the Braves, being the Braves, traded him. atlanta.braves.mlb.com. less...

Best architect BOA Award Winner

John Portman

Best bizarro news story BOA Award Winner

Young Thug rode a horse around
Young Thug has proudly embodied many entities. The rapper has masqueraded as a therapist, a Martian, a fashion icon. All those facets of Thugga’s identity may be true, yet the entire city of Atlanta (and the whole Twitterscape) scratched their proverbial heads when he added equestrian to that list.more...
Young Thug has proudly embodied many entities. The rapper has masqueraded as a therapist, a Martian, a fashion icon. All those facets of Thugga’s identity may be true, yet the entire city of Atlanta (and the whole Twitterscape) scratched their proverbial heads when he added equestrian to that list. In March, YOUNG THUG RODE A HORSE AROUND to announce the tour supporting his album Hy!£UN35. The mini equine-based tour to announce the larger one cruised around Poncey-Highland before stopping to mug beneath Plaza Theatre’s marquee, which displayed the tour details. The resulting photograph featured Young Thug, clad in tight white pants, beaming like a kid on a sugar high. Was the curious publicity tactic inspired by cosmic sway? A lean-fueled fever dream? We’ll likely never know, but then again, some mysteries are better left unsolved, and perhaps Thugga’s horsing around should be counted among them. twitter.com/youngthug. less...

Best free thing to do BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Streets Alive
Every couple months, men, women, and children reclaim the streets with bicycles, in-line skates, unicycles, or just their feet, and enjoy the freedom of the open road without any cars during ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE. A brainchild of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, visitors bike, skate, sprint, dance, skip,more...
Every couple months, men, women, and children reclaim the streets with bicycles, in-line skates, unicycles, or just their feet, and enjoy the freedom of the open road without any cars during ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE. A brainchild of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, visitors bike, skate, sprint, dance, skip, spin, hula-hoop, cartwheel, lag, or move in any shape, way, or form they please for exercise or just to reconnect with their communities. Businesses set up things like hula-hoop contests or field day events; restaurants adorn the streets with outdoor seating areas. The April event showed how easy it is to get around the city when you don’t have steel beasts breathing down your neck. With a vibrantly colored sea of bodies, helmets, high-fives, and bouncy music, the event celebrated cultures — free of traffic and free of price. www.atlantastreetsalive.com. less...

Best light show BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade
In a few short years, the ATLANTA BELTLINE LANTERN PARADE went from a small idea by local artist Chantelle Rytter to the city’s brightest and most beautiful gathering of residents. On one evening in September, artists cobble together 20-foot-tall illuminated skeletons and children piece together makeshiftmore...
In a few short years, the ATLANTA BELTLINE LANTERN PARADE went from a small idea by local artist Chantelle Rytter to the city’s brightest and most beautiful gathering of residents. On one evening in September, artists cobble together 20-foot-tall illuminated skeletons and children piece together makeshift glowing boxes. The crowd lines up, starts to walk, and takes ownership of the Eastside Trail for roughly two miles. Atlantans and visitors, along with some teens on hallucinogens, stand alongside or post up on porches and take in the parade that proceeds to the soundtrack of the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable. In a city that tends to overplan and commercialize its events, the lantern parade is a nice reprieve. www.atlantabeltline.org. less...

Best local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

"Dukes & Bell" 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
atlanta.cbslocal.com/show/dukes-bell

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

105.7 (WRDA-FM)
radio1057.iheart.com

Best secret stash of Victorian architecture BOA Award Winner

West End
Yes, WEST END has won awards from Curbed and Redfin proclaiming it Atlanta’s coolest community. But it’s not the first time the neighborhood has been fashionable. The neighborhood that began in the 1830s as a small village and pub called the White Hall Tavern became its own city in the 1860s. Developersmore...
Yes, WEST END has won awards from Curbed and Redfin proclaiming it Atlanta’s coolest community. But it’s not the first time the neighborhood has been fashionable. The neighborhood that began in the 1830s as a small village and pub called the White Hall Tavern became its own city in the 1860s. Developers over the years built housing ranging from bungalows to gorgeous Victorian mansions — grand homes that, thanks to dedicated longtime residents and new arrivals unafraid to swing a hammer, can be seen in their gabled glory along Peeples Street, Oglethorpe Avenue, and other thoroughfares. Every year, a few well-preserved survivals from those days open up for the neighborhood’s tour of homes. Wren’s Nest is the most famous but it’s got plenty of lovely companions well worth a visit. www.atlantawestend.com. less...

Best street BOA Award Winner

Peachtree Street

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

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...

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