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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Green's Beverages

Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shoppe
754 Peachtree St. 404-876-2131; and other locations www.naturalbody.com

Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Bold American
Attention bridezillas: Knock the stress down a few notches by calling Bold American Catering. Nerve-racking details are the specialty here, from placing chairs perfectly to choosing beautiful garnishes. This high-end company with reasonable prices, staffed with chefs from the likes of the Food Studiomore...

Attention bridezillas: Knock the stress down a few notches by calling Bold American Catering. Nerve-racking details are the specialty here, from placing chairs perfectly to choosing beautiful garnishes. This high-end company with reasonable prices, staffed with chefs from the likes of the Food Studio and La Tavola, does it all — event planning, venue design, contracting with florists and other vendors, cuisine prep and service, and cleanup. Its custom menus are inspiring. Cornmeal-crusted grouper with peaches, spring onions and lavender honey sauce, anyone?
887 W. Marietta St. 404-815-1178. www.boldamerican.com.

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Best Computer Store BOA Award Winner

Apple Store
Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road 404-926-3085 www.apple.com

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

markandscott
309 E. Paces Ferry Road, Suite 140 404-841-4890 markandscott.com

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

Ace Hardware
1231 Glenwood Ave. 404-627-5757; and other locations www.acehardware.com

Best Intown Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Grow
627-C E. College Ave., Decatur 404-373-7775 www.growsalon.com

Best Last-Minute Gifts BOA Award Winner

When rushed to find those last-minute gifts for a Mother’s Day brunch, friend’s engagement party or brother’s birthday dinner (how did we manage to forget about those soirees, anyway?), we never take a second to stress about what to buy. Instead we stop in at METROPOLITAN DELUXEmore...

When rushed to find those last-minute gifts for a Mother’s Day brunch, friend’s engagement party or brother’s birthday dinner (how did we manage to forget about those soirees, anyway?), we never take a second to stress about what to buy. Instead we stop in at METROPOLITAN DELUXE on our way over, because we know we’ll find something that will please everyone. With its selection of glorious fresh-cut flowers, divine candles, slutty soaps and cheeky cards, you can please both the irreverent sibling and the finicky mother-in-law all in one trip.
Also at 1034 N. Highland Ave., 404-892-9337, www.metropolitandeluxe.com.

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Best Lingerie BOA Award Winner

What we really like about Oh! Fine Lingerie is that a visit to the west Buckhead shop is like a trip into the kinds of boudoirs you see in black-and-white films. And with its selection of gauzy, vintage negligees and robes, you probably won’t have a problem picturing yourself in just such amore...

What we really like about Oh! Fine Lingerie is that a visit to the west Buckhead shop is like a trip into the kinds of boudoirs you see in black-and-white films. And with its selection of gauzy, vintage negligees and robes, you probably won’t have a problem picturing yourself in just such a place. Elegant, racy and lacy lingerie from the likes of Simon Perele, Cosabella, On Gossamer and even some break-the-bank pieces from Cavalli line the walls. Kittenish bedroom slippers tucked beneath the displays help shoppers imagine their complete ensemble, and vintage jewelry rests next to the register, just in case you need a little bling for your bada-bing.
3209 Paces Ferry Place, Suite 8. 404-949-9901.

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Best Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Surrounded by newly erected condos and just blocks from Georgia Tech, MAC’S BEER AND WINE has been inciting a big Mac attack, so to speak, among fans of booze and brew. As spacious, spotless and well-lit as the high rises sprouting around it, Mac’s offers an easily navigated selectionmore...

Surrounded by newly erected condos and just blocks from Georgia Tech, MAC’S BEER AND WINE has been inciting a big Mac attack, so to speak, among fans of booze and brew. As spacious, spotless and well-lit as the high rises sprouting around it, Mac’s offers an easily navigated selection of bottles ranging from small-batch bourbons, craft rums, tequilas and singular scotches to massively marketed luxury vodkas. Mac’s offers the kind of global booze selection the condo dwellers will need when they see their association fees.
21 Peachtree Place. 404-872-4897. www.macsbeerandwine.com.

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Best Menswear BOA Award Winner

K&G Men’s Center
1750 Ellsworth Industrial Drive 404-352-3471 www.kgstore.com

Best Natural Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Oh! My Nappy Hair
237 Mitchell St. 404-221-8900

Best New Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Satellite Records
421 Moreland Ave. 404-880-9746

Best OTP Spa BOA Award Winner

Apropos Skin Therapies
For feeling refreshed and revived, we find that the facials and peels at APROPOS SKIN THERAPIES are worth the trip. With a focus on state-of-the-art facials, this is the only location in Georgia where you can blast your dead skin cells and free up those fresh and shiny layers through Plasma-Ablation.more...

For feeling refreshed and revived, we find that the facials and peels at APROPOS SKIN THERAPIES are worth the trip. With a focus on state-of-the-art facials, this is the only location in Georgia where you can blast your dead skin cells and free up those fresh and shiny layers through Plasma-Ablation. For sensitive skin, the extra-gentle Papaya Enzyme Cleanse removes impurities without irritation, and for a delight to your skin and nose, try the Pumpkin Enzyme peel. High in antioxidants, the treatment improves skin texture and tone while reducing redness. The sweetest treat: A neck massage comes with any of the facial treatments.
1425 Market Blvd., Suite 545, Roswell. 770-518-7070. www.apropos-skintherapies.com.

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Best Place to Buy a Gag Gift BOA Award Winner

Spencer’s
North Point Mall, 1006 North Point Circle 770-442-5829; and other locations www.spencergifts.com

Best Retail Makeover BOA Award Winner

For a time, Phipps Plaza was off our browsing radar. It wasn’t so much the divine designer offerings, it was that so little seemed to change. Was there ever a time when Versace and Gucci didn’t inhabit the Saks wing? But when we saw that the uber-hip, ultra-exclusive Barney’smore...
For a time, Phipps Plaza was off our browsing radar. It wasn’t so much the divine designer offerings, it was that so little seemed to change. Was there ever a time when Versace and Gucci didn’t inhabit the Saks wing? But when we saw that the uber-hip, ultra-exclusive Barney’s CO-OP was coming to town, we took notice and reconsidered our opinion. Now we browse through the mall as though in a museum, reawakened to the beauty at Jeffrey, eagerly discovering the new world of Jimmy Choo, and dreamily running our fingers over the Chanel at a redesigned Saks. When the stores have sales, we’ve found that the prices are good enough to skip out on crowded Lenox altogether. less...

Best Shoes for Shoestring Budgets BOA Award Winner

If you’ve got a Carrie Bradshaw-size designer shoe fetish but a salary more like a grad student’s, we recommend a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Semi-Annual clearance Sale. With names like Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Prada lining the racks at up to 60 percent off,more...

If you’ve got a Carrie Bradshaw-size designer shoe fetish but a salary more like a grad student’s, we recommend a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Semi-Annual clearance Sale. With names like Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Prada lining the racks at up to 60 percent off, you won’t have to worry your pretty little head about where you’ll find the rent money. A helpful hint: If you don’t see your size, don’t assume they don’t have it. Salespeople here are friendly, so speak up and ask them for help — they often keep other sizes in the back.
404-261-7234. www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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Best Splurge Food Shopping BOA Award Winner

When it comes time to wine and dine our significant other, we’ve yet to find a place supplying better accoutrements than STAR PROVISIONS. Their picnic baskets beg to be filled with the crusty bread and artisan cheeses lying just steps away, as does a sizable selection of seasonal dinnerwaremore...

When it comes time to wine and dine our significant other, we’ve yet to find a place supplying better accoutrements than STAR PROVISIONS. Their picnic baskets beg to be filled with the crusty bread and artisan cheeses lying just steps away, as does a sizable selection of seasonal dinnerware that keeps our food looking festive. Beyond accessories, chunky hunks of delightfully fresh fish glitter over ice and ruby-toned cuts of our favorite red meats rest comfortably in a nearby cooler. Creamy cheese well worth the dough beckons from another room, where jams and honeys also offer mealtime inspiration.
1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-365-0410. www.starprovisions.com.

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Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

The Salvation Army
Shopping at any thrift store is a crap shoot: Sometimes you luck out, sometimes you go home empty-handed. But the fact that lots of nice, concerned people need the kind of tax deduction that can only come from donating to a recognized charity means your chances of finding some decent stuff at THE SALVATIONmore...

Shopping at any thrift store is a crap shoot: Sometimes you luck out, sometimes you go home empty-handed. But the fact that lots of nice, concerned people need the kind of tax deduction that can only come from donating to a recognized charity means your chances of finding some decent stuff at THE SALVATION ARMY aren’t half bad. During a couple of recent trips to the store just outside Avondale Estates — less picked-over than some intown locations — we picked up like-new shirts by Lorenzini and Ike Behar, saving us from having to go slumming in Neiman-Marcus.
2857 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-299-0703. www.salvationarmy-georgia.org.

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Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Toys ‘R’ Us
1 Buckhead Loop 404-467-8697 www.toysrus.com

Best Vintage Clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's
When it comes to the best selection of vintage clothing, STEFAN’S in Little Five Points reigns supreme. The carefully selected and immaculately preserved clothing for women and men can date anywhere from 1900 to 1979. The shop sports a dazzling array of dresses ranging from ‘50s fullmore...

When it comes to the best selection of vintage clothing, STEFAN’S in Little Five Points reigns supreme. The carefully selected and immaculately preserved clothing for women and men can date anywhere from 1900 to 1979. The shop sports a dazzling array of dresses ranging from ‘50s full skirts to ‘70s Pucci prints. Worth-the-trip accessories include shoes, hats, lots of bold jewelry and a large selection of vintage eye frames. When browsing, don’t forget to scan the labels: We once snagged a mint-condition Chanel silk blouse from the ‘70s.
1160 Euclid Ave. 404-688-4929. www.stefansvintage.com.

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Best Women’s Wear BOA Award Winner

Target

Pet Supply Store BOA Award Winner

You can find everything your pet needs at a chain store, but what about everything that your darling leg-humper could ever desire? Shop Paris-and-Tinkerbell style at Highland Pet Supply, where the beds are designer and the beef kibble is free-range. The boutique stocks essentials such as rawhide (vanillamore...

You can find everything your pet needs at a chain store, but what about everything that your darling leg-humper could ever desire? Shop Paris-and-Tinkerbell style at Highland Pet Supply, where the beds are designer and the beef kibble is free-range. The boutique stocks essentials such as rawhide (vanilla scent optional), kitty litter and leashes, but it specializes in luxurious edibles and playthings. Next time Fluffy is a good girl, make a run for sweet potato treats and a stiletto-shaped chew toy by “Bark Jacobs.” HPS also offers do-it-yourself dog showers and obedience classes.
1186 N. Highland Ave. 404-892-5900. www.highlandpet.com.

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Best 24 Hour Shopping BOA Award Winner

Wal-Mart

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

1739 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-875-9200; and other locations www.inserection.com

Best Budget Menswear BOA Award Winner

Filene's Basement
Yes, they’ve got the usual Tommy, Ralph and Nautica out the wazoo, but what sets FILENE’S BASEMENT apart from the rest of the discount pack is the unpredictable but frequent infusion of hipper and more rare offerings: Diesel jeans, Missoni dress shirts, Valentino suits, French Connectionmore...

Yes, they’ve got the usual Tommy, Ralph and Nautica out the wazoo, but what sets FILENE’S BASEMENT apart from the rest of the discount pack is the unpredictable but frequent infusion of hipper and more rare offerings: Diesel jeans, Missoni dress shirts, Valentino suits, French Connection T-shirts, Zegna ties, Ben Sherman slacks, even Prada shoes. And when it runs its New York Fashion Week promotion or gets the occasional delivery from a famed Manhattan style palace that begins with a “B,” the store has been known to be awash in Dolce & Gabbana, John Varvatos and Armani.
3535 Peachtree Road. 404-869-4466. www.filenesbasement.com.

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Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Bold American Catering
404-815-1178 www.boldamerican.com


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