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Best of Atlanta 2018 Consumer Culture

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The struggle is real, y’all. Over the last several years, intown Atlanta’s landscape has undergone a serious facelift. Homegrown, mom-and-pop shops are being increasingly pushed aside by big-box retail developments going up in every corner of the city. It’s a timeless tale: Developers are drawn to an area because it has character. They build and displace the very essence of what made the area desirable in the first place. As city dwellers, we often define ourselves by the neighborhoods we call home, and the shops where we buy our clothes, shoes, etc. — how and where we spend our money. Material things are fleeting, and it is in the very nature of a city to grow, change, and roll with the punches. Be it A Cappella Books’ stacked shelves; Ella Guru’s mind-blowing stock of used vinyl; or Rag-O-Rama’s racks of secondhand swag, Consumer Culture celebrate the best in Atlanta retail. These are the longstanding institutions, and the places that keep us looking fresh and and our heads in the right place.

— Lauren Leathers, Events Editor


Featured


2018 Critics Pick: Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Stardust

2018 Critics Pick: Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Paris on Ponce

2018 Critics Pick: Best Barber Shop BOA Award Winner

Swag

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bike Store BOA Award Winner

The Spindle

2018 Critics Pick: Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

A Cappella
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to amore...
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to a good ol' visit to the store. A Cappella's wide selection of new and used titles in such a small place is a wonder to behold. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

The Painted Duck

2018 Critics Pick: Best Consignment Store BOA Award Winner

Finder?s Keepers Boutique

2018 Critics Pick: Best Craft Beer Store BOA Award Winner

Hop City Beer & wine

2018 Critics Pick: Best Gym BOA Award Winner

vesta movement

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hair Stylist BOA Award Winner

Kailey Simmering

2018 Critics Pick: Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Your Vitamin Lady
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type Amore...
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type A and have been eating bananas my whole life. Apparently my blood type hates bananas and since I gave them up, I have virtually no menstrual cramps! Who knew? Your Vitamin Lady! I walked out with so much more than just banana talk, though. Located on Auburn Avenue, it?s an Atlanta gem I hope everyone gets to experience someday. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best International Market BOA Award Winner

Buford highway farmers market

2018 Critics Pick: Best Jewelry Store BOA Award Winner

Worthmore Jewelers

2018 Critics Pick: Best Local Jewelry Maker BOA Award Winner

Bou Cou
Becka Cowan decided to start making jewelry when she wasn?t finding anything she vibed with and we are oh so grateful. I wear her pieces everyday and am complimented everyday. They are extremely unique, won?t break the bank and all made by hand right in her Old Fourth Ward studio.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Local T-Shirt Maker BOA Award Winner

Fallen Arrows

2018 Critics Pick: Best New cd store BOA Award Winner

Decatur CD
Though they also sell vinyl, Decatur CD still has the best selection of new CDs for us to peruse when jonesing for a new box set or reissue. They not only have the hits and the new releases, but a deep choice of back-catalogue titles.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Place to Buy Organic BOA Award Winner

Dekalb Farmer's Market
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shavedmore...
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shaved parm as a staple in the fridge. Before the produce goes bad, it's prepared and served/sold. For lunch at the hot bar, the tofu, squash casserole and somosa are where it's at. The bill is always a pleasant surprise being that they receive in bulk and package in house. Less waste and I hear there's a garden on the roof and honey bees. If your only excuse to not like YDFM is the crowd, you clearly aren?t doing it right! less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Salon BOA Award Winner

Union 16

2018 Critics Pick: Best Shopping District BOA Award Winner

little 5 points

2018 Critics Pick: Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Jeju
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge onmore...
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge on the body scrub. There's something special about being rolled around wet and naked on a table while an old Asian lady scrubs inches of your body that have definitely never been exfoliated. Believe it when they say one loses two-three pounds of dead skin in the process. It's grossness followed by silky, baby-butt smoothness. The community area has heated marble floors, offers acupuncture, cupping, foot reflexology, and massages, although overpriced. You can sleep overnight in the sleep pods or take a nap in one of seven community saunas that are decked TF out. Perfect place to ride out a storm too. If there was a Jeju South, we'd spend the night there weekly. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Tattoo Artist BOA Award Winner

Charles Chotav
Charles produces wonderful, classic tattoos. His original work always impresses and the guy?s shading game is top notch.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Sparrow Hawk

2018 Critics Pick: Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

transporter vintage and retro

2018 Critics Pick: Best Used CD Store BOA Award Winner

Fantasyland
Buckhead's Fantasyland has a rambling selection of used CDs that starts at the front door and winds its way through the main room into a back room and then over to a third room. With a wide and varied selection of genres, plan to spend some time making your way through the titles.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Used-Book Store BOA Award Winner

A Cappella

2018 Critics Pick: Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

“Atlanta Needs a Kundalini center!” -the Critics

2018 Critics Pick: Best Yogini BOA Award Winner

Ziggy's Moon
Yoga has been the only consistency in my adult life. Of all the yoginis I've had the pleasure of practicing with, Ziggy Moon calls to me. She is open, patient, kind, wise, and nurturing. Big things are coming for this little yogini. Look for her at Bonnaroo next summer when you need some Zen time atmore...
Yoga has been the only consistency in my adult life. Of all the yoginis I've had the pleasure of practicing with, Ziggy Moon calls to me. She is open, patient, kind, wise, and nurturing. Big things are coming for this little yogini. Look for her at Bonnaroo next summer when you need some Zen time at the fest. less...

2018 Readers Pick: Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Starship

2018 Readers Pick: Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu

2018 Readers Pick: Best Barber Shop BOA Award Winner

Freedom Barber Co

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bike Store BOA Award Winner

Outback Bikes in L5P

2018 Readers Pick: Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Little Shop of Stories

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

Painted Duck

2018 Readers Pick: Best Consignment Store BOA Award Winner

Psycho Sisters

2018 Readers Pick: Best Craft Beer Store BOA Award Winner

Hop City Beer & Wine

2018 Readers Pick: Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Scott Antique Markets

2018 Readers Pick: Best Gym BOA Award Winner

CrossFit College Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Sevananda

2018 Readers Pick: Best International Market BOA Award Winner

Your DeKalb Farmers Market

2018 Readers Pick: Best Jewelry Store BOA Award Winner

Worthmore Jewelers

2018 Readers Pick: Best Local Jewelry Maker BOA Award Winner

Pink Scorpio Handmade

2018 Readers Pick: Best Local T-Shirt Maker BOA Award Winner

The T-Shirt Lady

2018 Readers Pick: Best Place to Buy Organic BOA Award Winner

Dekalb Farmer's Market

2018 Readers Pick: Best Shopping District BOA Award Winner

Ponce City Market

2018 Readers Pick: Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Warrior Body Spa

2018 Readers Pick: Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Only You Tattoo

2018 Readers Pick: Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Richard's Variety Store

2018 Readers Pick: Best Used-Book Store BOA Award Winner

Book Nook

2018 Readers Pick: Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

Kashi Atlanta

2018 Readers Pick: Best Yogini BOA Award Winner

Swami Jaya Devi

2018 Critics Pick: Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Stardust

2018 Critics Pick: Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Paris on Ponce

2018 Critics Pick: Best Barber Shop BOA Award Winner

Swag

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bike Store BOA Award Winner

The Spindle

2018 Critics Pick: Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

A Cappella
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to amore...
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to a good ol' visit to the store. A Cappella's wide selection of new and used titles in such a small place is a wonder to behold. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

The Painted Duck

2018 Critics Pick: Best Consignment Store BOA Award Winner

Finder?s Keepers Boutique

2018 Critics Pick: Best Craft Beer Store BOA Award Winner

Hop City Beer & wine

2018 Critics Pick: Best Gym BOA Award Winner

vesta movement

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hair Stylist BOA Award Winner

Kailey Simmering

2018 Critics Pick: Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Your Vitamin Lady
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type Amore...
Your Vitamin Lady never forgets a face. Go Wednesday through Saturday and have a blood test done on the spot for $20 if you don't know your type. She'll then stand behind the bar and educate everyone on their individual blood type and give you a list of foods both great and awful for you. I'm type A and have been eating bananas my whole life. Apparently my blood type hates bananas and since I gave them up, I have virtually no menstrual cramps! Who knew? Your Vitamin Lady! I walked out with so much more than just banana talk, though. Located on Auburn Avenue, it?s an Atlanta gem I hope everyone gets to experience someday. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best International Market BOA Award Winner

Buford highway farmers market

2018 Critics Pick: Best Jewelry Store BOA Award Winner

Worthmore Jewelers

2018 Critics Pick: Best Local Jewelry Maker BOA Award Winner

Bou Cou
Becka Cowan decided to start making jewelry when she wasn?t finding anything she vibed with and we are oh so grateful. I wear her pieces everyday and am complimented everyday. They are extremely unique, won?t break the bank and all made by hand right in her Old Fourth Ward studio.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Local T-Shirt Maker BOA Award Winner

Fallen Arrows

2018 Critics Pick: Best New cd store BOA Award Winner

Decatur CD
Though they also sell vinyl, Decatur CD still has the best selection of new CDs for us to peruse when jonesing for a new box set or reissue. They not only have the hits and the new releases, but a deep choice of back-catalogue titles.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Place to Buy Organic BOA Award Winner

Dekalb Farmer's Market
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shavedmore...
Oh to my happy place. Start with a red rolling basket and hit the produce. I make strategic moves to zig and zag around the novice shoppers hitting the pineapple station where they cut it for me. Then the freshly ground almond butter and coffee. Best cheese selection and definitely grab some of the shaved parm as a staple in the fridge. Before the produce goes bad, it's prepared and served/sold. For lunch at the hot bar, the tofu, squash casserole and somosa are where it's at. The bill is always a pleasant surprise being that they receive in bulk and package in house. Less waste and I hear there's a garden on the roof and honey bees. If your only excuse to not like YDFM is the crowd, you clearly aren?t doing it right! less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Salon BOA Award Winner

Union 16

2018 Critics Pick: Best Shopping District BOA Award Winner

little 5 points

2018 Critics Pick: Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Jeju
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge onmore...
For only $25 you enter a room large and pristine. From here on out you don't need anything but your birthday suit. Women and men enter separately into private areas with lockers, dry sauna, wet sauna, cold tub, hot tub, even hotter tub and showers. They even provide razors and toothbrushes. Splurge on the body scrub. There's something special about being rolled around wet and naked on a table while an old Asian lady scrubs inches of your body that have definitely never been exfoliated. Believe it when they say one loses two-three pounds of dead skin in the process. It's grossness followed by silky, baby-butt smoothness. The community area has heated marble floors, offers acupuncture, cupping, foot reflexology, and massages, although overpriced. You can sleep overnight in the sleep pods or take a nap in one of seven community saunas that are decked TF out. Perfect place to ride out a storm too. If there was a Jeju South, we'd spend the night there weekly. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Tattoo Artist BOA Award Winner

Charles Chotav
Charles produces wonderful, classic tattoos. His original work always impresses and the guy?s shading game is top notch.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Sparrow Hawk

2018 Critics Pick: Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

transporter vintage and retro

2018 Critics Pick: Best Used CD Store BOA Award Winner

Fantasyland
Buckhead's Fantasyland has a rambling selection of used CDs that starts at the front door and winds its way through the main room into a back room and then over to a third room. With a wide and varied selection of genres, plan to spend some time making your way through the titles.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Used-Book Store BOA Award Winner

A Cappella

2018 Critics Pick: Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

“Atlanta Needs a Kundalini center!” -the Critics

2018 Critics Pick: Best Yogini BOA Award Winner

Ziggy's Moon
Yoga has been the only consistency in my adult life. Of all the yoginis I've had the pleasure of practicing with, Ziggy Moon calls to me. She is open, patient, kind, wise, and nurturing. Big things are coming for this little yogini. Look for her at Bonnaroo next summer when you need some Zen time atmore...
Yoga has been the only consistency in my adult life. Of all the yoginis I've had the pleasure of practicing with, Ziggy Moon calls to me. She is open, patient, kind, wise, and nurturing. Big things are coming for this little yogini. Look for her at Bonnaroo next summer when you need some Zen time at the fest. less...

2018 Readers Pick: Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Starship

2018 Readers Pick: Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu

2018 Readers Pick: Best Barber Shop BOA Award Winner

Freedom Barber Co

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bike Store BOA Award Winner

Outback Bikes in L5P

2018 Readers Pick: Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Little Shop of Stories

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

Painted Duck

2018 Readers Pick: Best Consignment Store BOA Award Winner

Psycho Sisters

2018 Readers Pick: Best Craft Beer Store BOA Award Winner

Hop City Beer & Wine

2018 Readers Pick: Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

Scott Antique Markets

2018 Readers Pick: Best Gym BOA Award Winner

CrossFit College Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

Sevananda

2018 Readers Pick: Best International Market BOA Award Winner

Your DeKalb Farmers Market

2018 Readers Pick: Best Jewelry Store BOA Award Winner

Worthmore Jewelers

2018 Readers Pick: Best Local Jewelry Maker BOA Award Winner

Pink Scorpio Handmade

2018 Readers Pick: Best Local T-Shirt Maker BOA Award Winner

The T-Shirt Lady

2018 Readers Pick: Best Place to Buy Organic BOA Award Winner

Dekalb Farmer's Market

2018 Readers Pick: Best Shopping District BOA Award Winner

Ponce City Market

2018 Readers Pick: Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Warrior Body Spa

2018 Readers Pick: Best Tattoo Studio BOA Award Winner

Only You Tattoo

2018 Readers Pick: Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Richard's Variety Store

2018 Readers Pick: Best Used-Book Store BOA Award Winner

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