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Best Of Atlanta 2008 Consumer Culture Large


Consumer Culture

Imagine footwear boutique Sole engaged in good old-fashioned shoe-leather campaigning. Or Criminal Records mastering the art of retail politics. Or picture Inserection adult novelty store kissing babies. No, on second thought, scratch that image. Whatever the strategy, the votes are tallied and these and other Consumer Culture candidates have topped the Best of Atlanta critics' list. (Of course, they're joined on the rostrum by the many winners of CL's Readers Picks; think of them as the loyal opposition.) And we say, to the victors go the spoils. We expect strong turnout for the winners, from such veteran public servants as Stefan's Vintage Clothing to newcomers like B Chic consignment store. That said, we could hardly make sense of our own exit-poll data (why are mustard-stained hipsters attracted to comic books?), but that didn't stop us from going all Zogby. So keep reading and prepare to be pandered to.

– Scott Henry

Best Gamers Shop BOA Award Winner

GameStop
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Ace Hardware
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Lingerie BOA Award Winner

Victoria's Secret & PINK
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Inserection
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cooking Classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse - East Cobb
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Sephora (Atlanta Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Kid's Clothing BOA Award Winner

Target
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Men's Shoes BOA Award Winner

Abbaddaba's

Best Food Store BOA Award Winner

Whole Foods Market
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Place to Register For Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

Target
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

Runner-up
The Clothing Warehouse
420 Moreland Ave., 404-524-5070, www.theclothingwarehouse.com

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Best Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Toys """"R"""" Us (Atlanta Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Wine Shop BOA Award Winner

Sherlock's Wine Merchant Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Yoga Guru BOA Award Winner

Doug Eifrid
Behind any serious yogi lies a beloved instructor, which makes picking the city's best yoga instructor a little like picking best mom. That said, there's something about Yoga Samadhi owner DOUG EIFRID that makes him stand out. At his sunny Inman Park studio, Eifrid inspires students to find harmony beyondmore...
Behind any serious yogi lies a beloved instructor, which makes picking the city's best yoga instructor a little like picking best mom. That said, there's something about Yoga Samadhi owner DOUG EIFRID that makes him stand out. At his sunny Inman Park studio, Eifrid inspires students to find harmony beyond their yoga practice. Just as important, though, is his attempt to make yoga more accessible by setting affordable prices and maintaining a low-key vibe. He and his 10 instructors teach 25 classes per week (including Eifrid's packed all-levels class on Saturdays at noon), and they lead each class with humor and humility. Eifrid also hosts an annual yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, as well as the occasional couples yoga workshop, meditation class and free Friday-night kirtan, or chanting, session. Best of all, Eifrid's workshops start at a mere $20, and he offers unlimited yoga for $98 per month. less...

Best Heaven On Earth For Fresh-Food Lovers BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody
We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more – more wonderful cheeses overseen by expert Tim Gaddis, more fantastic and eclectic wines (and a wine bar!), and more great packaged goods and giftymore...
We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more – more wonderful cheeses overseen by expert Tim Gaddis, more fantastic and eclectic wines (and a wine bar!), and more great packaged goods and gifty housewares. And Alon's signature baked goods, sandwiches and prepared foods are just as exacting and tasty at this northside outpost as they are in Morningside. less...

Best Gamers Shop BOA Award Winner

GameStop
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta Ace Hardware
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Indie Jewelry Crafter BOA Award Winner

Jen Boaz

Best Lingerie BOA Award Winner

Victoria's Secret & PINK
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Non-Chaotic Consignment Shop BOA Award Winner

B Chic
While some shoppers relish the chance to pore over rack after rack of second-hand jackets in search of just the right find (read: the one without moth holes), we can't claim to have that much patience. That's why B CHIC is our favorite consignment shop. Where, in other consignment stores, you must searchmore...
While some shoppers relish the chance to pore over rack after rack of second-hand jackets in search of just the right find (read: the one without moth holes), we can't claim to have that much patience. That's why B CHIC is our favorite consignment shop. Where, in other consignment stores, you must search through picked-over stuff to score the perfect discount threads, this small, neat shop's inventory is selective: good-as-new Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Nicole Miller. There's even the occasional pair of bargain-priced Manolos. A recent trip revealed a deeply discounted, ballet-pink shrug with gauze and feathers from Alberta Ferretti for just $50. There's no crazy, bleeding-edge couture here, but the goods strike just the right balance between trendy and classic without veering into fuddy-duddy territory. less...

Best Place For a Mani/Pedi BOA Award Winner

Highland Nails
Part of the reason why HIGHLAND NAILS has remained a secret for so long is its location. Tucked in a nook behind San Francisco Coffee in Morningside, it's hard to spot – even from the alley where the entrance sits. Upon entering, the first thing you notice is the smell: sweet and clean. Andmore...
Part of the reason why HIGHLAND NAILS has remained a secret for so long is its location. Tucked in a nook behind San Francisco Coffee in Morningside, it's hard to spot – even from the alley where the entrance sits. Upon entering, the first thing you notice is the smell: sweet and clean. And the space itself, though minimal on frills, is spotless. The shop's meticulous hygiene (the most important attribute in a nail salon) carries over to the nail techs' stations, too. There are a half-dozen each for manicures and pedicures, the latter of which are outfitted with comfy – and surprisingly effective – massage chairs. The Asian English-speaking staff is cheerful and attentive, and their work is spot-on. The best part: A pedicure is $20 – cheap for a shop not in a suburban strip mall – and a mani/pedi combo will set you back just $28. less...

FAVORITE SON: Best Way to Dress Like You Live in Another Era BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Inserection
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cooking Classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse - East Cobb
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Sephora (Atlanta Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best High-Fashion, Low 'Tude Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Mariemarie Hair Salon
Finding a stylish but unpretentious salon in Atlanta ain't easy. Some spots are so snooty, they may as well have a velvet rope outside. Others start out quiet and cozy, then end up overrun and overbooked. Thankfully, as of this writing, neither scenario could be found at MARIEMARIE HAIR SALON. The newmore...
Finding a stylish but unpretentious salon in Atlanta ain't easy. Some spots are so snooty, they may as well have a velvet rope outside. Others start out quiet and cozy, then end up overrun and overbooked. Thankfully, as of this writing, neither scenario could be found at MARIEMARIE HAIR SALON. The new cuttery in Kirkwood – owned by pixie-cute Marie Hansen, formerly with Van Michael – is tiny, quiet and comfortable. Hansen is the perfect coiffure conversationalist, friendly and nonintimidating, never jabbering on and on while absentmindedly chopping off inch after inch. She's a coloring expert. And instead of giving you the usual noncommittal shrug, she has ideas when you ask, "What do you think I should do with my hair?" less...

Best Kid's Clothing BOA Award Winner

Target
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Men's Shoes BOA Award Winner

Abbaddaba's

Best Non-Mad Dog Wine Deals BOA Award Winner

Sherlock's Wine Merchant Buckhead
Bordeaux junkies need look no further. SHERLOCK'S WINE MERCHANT sends reps to the French wine-making region every year to hang out at chateaus and buy wine at the source. The result is one of the Southeast's largest selections of Bordeaux wines at some of the lowest prices. A few months back we boughtmore...
Bordeaux junkies need look no further. SHERLOCK'S WINE MERCHANT sends reps to the French wine-making region every year to hang out at chateaus and buy wine at the source. The result is one of the Southeast's largest selections of Bordeaux wines at some of the lowest prices. A few months back we bought a smooth and rich 1995 Chateau Simard St. Emilion for $25. But enough about the French. Sherlock's also has tons of Spanish and Italian reds, a surprising variety of German wines, especially Rieslings, and a couple of curveballs, too, such as Silvaner. Show up at the Decatur or Brookhaven location from 3-5 p.m. on a Saturday, and you'll be treated to a free wine tasting. less...

Best Source For Funny Books BOA Award Winner

Oxford Comics & Games
No comic-book store in the Atlanta area has the quantity of new titles of comics and graphic novels, or breadth of geek-centric merchandise, as the large-yet-crammed OXFORD COMICS & GAMES. The last remnant of the beloved local Oxford Book Store chain, Oxford Comics not only provides a place to pick upmore...
No comic-book store in the Atlanta area has the quantity of new titles of comics and graphic novels, or breadth of geek-centric merchandise, as the large-yet-crammed OXFORD COMICS & GAMES. The last remnant of the beloved local Oxford Book Store chain, Oxford Comics not only provides a place to pick up the week's latest sleek superhero and/or scruffy indie comics (they'll put them aside for you on request), it's also a convenient stop for, say, Hellboy lunch boxes, obscure anime movies on DVD or action figures for decorating your office space. less...

Best South-Of-The-Border Food Store BOA Award Winner

Supermercado Chicago
Buford Highway is full of places that transport you to another country. If Mexico is your preferred destination, take a trip to SUPERMERCADO CHICAGO, where the tastes, smells and clientele are as authentic as it gets. There's a good array of Mexican groceries and a wide selection at the meat counter,more...
Buford Highway is full of places that transport you to another country. If Mexico is your preferred destination, take a trip to SUPERMERCADO CHICAGO, where the tastes, smells and clientele are as authentic as it gets. There's a good array of Mexican groceries and a wide selection at the meat counter, and the taqueria in back serves up delicious tacos on house-made tortillas. You can even buy fresh masa by the pound for your own homemade tamales. less...

Best Store For Finicky Stationery Enthusiasts BOA Award Winner

Artlite
OfficeMax is fine for those who like to buy their notepads or ballpoint pens in bulk, but for those who prize quality over quantity, only ARTLITE will do. Possibly the city's last surviving old-school office-supply store, Artlite carries full lines of French, Italian and Japanese notebooks, memo pads,more...
OfficeMax is fine for those who like to buy their notepads or ballpoint pens in bulk, but for those who prize quality over quantity, only ARTLITE will do. Possibly the city's last surviving old-school office-supply store, Artlite carries full lines of French, Italian and Japanese notebooks, memo pads, tablets, and journals from such high-end stationers as Rhodia, Clairefontaine and Moleskine – in addition to all the binders, staplers and envelopes you'd expect to find. On the other side of the store is Atlanta's best selection of fine pens: Montblanc, S.T. Dupont, Pelikan, Omas, Waterman and more. less...

Best DVD/Video Rental For Film Snobs BOA Award Winner

Videodrome
A video store with thousands of titles isn't worth much if it doesn't have anything you want to see – or if you have to sort through loads of straight-to-video crap to find the good stuff. That's why VIDEODROME is such a treasure. It's got the latest indie, Euro, documentary, TV series, Hongmore...
A video store with thousands of titles isn't worth much if it doesn't have anything you want to see – or if you have to sort through loads of straight-to-video crap to find the good stuff. That's why VIDEODROME is such a treasure. It's got the latest indie, Euro, documentary, TV series, Hong Kong, anime and underground releases and re-releases. But the real value of the shop is in its carefully curated back catalog, broken down into sections for schlock, gay, Danish, martial arts, cult, etc., with a healthy dose of Criterion films – and without the usual Adam Sandler and teen rom-com dreck. You've got to respect any video store that gives equal treatment to Frank Capra and Lucio Fulci. less...

Best Food Store BOA Award Winner

Whole Foods Market
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

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