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Best CDs BOA Award Winner

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Criminal Records

Best Cigar Store BOA Award Winner

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Tinder Box

Best Drag Wear BOA Award Winner

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Junkman's Daughter

Best Coffee By the Pound BOA Award Winner

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Starbucks

Best Comic Book Store BOA Award Winner

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Oxford Comics & Games

Best Consignment Shop BOA Award Winner

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Psycho Sisters

Best Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

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MAC

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

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Barking Hound Village

Best Intown Dry Cleaner BOA Award Winner

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Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners

Best OTP Dry Cleaner BOA Award Winner

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Executive Cleaners

Best DVD/Video Rental BOA Award Winner

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Blockbuster Video

Best Computer Store BOA Award Winner

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Apple Store

Best Electronics Store BOA Award Winner

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Best Buy

Best Flea Market BOA Award Winner

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Lakewood Antiques Market

Best Florist BOA Award Winner

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markandscott INC.

Best Contemporary Furniture BOA Award Winner

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IKEA

Best Eclectic Furniture BOA Award Winner

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IKEA

Best Traditional Furniture BOA Award Winner

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Haverty's

Best Garden Shop BOA Award Winner

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Pike Nurseries

Best Place to Buy a Gag Gift BOA Award Winner

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Spencer's

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

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L.A. Fitness

Best Intown Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

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Grow

Best OTP Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

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Abbi's Full Service Salon

Best Hardware Store BOA Award Winner

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Ace Hardware

Best Head Shop BOA Award Winner

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Junkman's Daughter

Best Health Food Store BOA Award Winner

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Whole Foods Market

Best Jewelry Artisan BOA Award Winner

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Turq Jewelry

Best Jewelry BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Antique Gallery

Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

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Babies 'R' Us

Best Kids Clothing BOA Award Winner

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Gap Kids

Best Kitchen Gadgets BOA Award Winner

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The Cook's Warehouse - East Cobb

Best Place to Buy Home Accessories BOA Award Winner

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Interior Dimensions

Best Latino Market BOA Award Winner

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Carniceria Hispana

Best Lingerie BOA Award Winner

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Victoria's Secret & PINK

Best Intown Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

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Green's Beverages

Best OTP Liquor Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Sherlock's Wine Merchant Buckhead

Best OTP Liquor Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Minks Package Store

Best OTP Liquor Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Smyrna World of Beverages

Best Local Clothing Designer BOA Award Winner

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Bill Hallman

Best Import Store BOA Award Winner

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Cost Plus World Market

Best Menswear BOA Award Winner

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K&G Men's Center

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

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Guitar Center

Best Nail Salon BOA Award Winner

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Nail Talk & Tan

Best Natural Hair Salon BOA Award Winner

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Oh! My Nappy Hair

Best Pawn Shop BOA Award Winner

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Jason's Pawn Shop

Best Pet Store BOA Award Winner

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PetSmart (Atlanta Locations)

Best Piercing Parlor BOA Award Winner

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All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Shoes BOA Award Winner

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DSW

Best 24 Hour Shopping BOA Award Winner

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Walmart (Atlanta Stores)

Best Intown Mall/Shopping Center BOA Award Winner

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Lenox Square

Best Place to Buy a Gag Gift BOA Award Winner

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

Best Place to Buy Home Accessories BOA Award Winner

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Interior Dimensions
3185 Maple Drive 404-467-0488 www.id-home.com

Best Place to Register for Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

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Target
1275 Caroline St. 404-260-0200; and other locations www.target.com

Best Place to Register for Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

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Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel has come a long way since 1962, from a unique mom-and-pop shop in Chicago to a 130-store mega-chain that embodies the word “home” for Generation Y. Because it offers products for every conceivable domestic scenario (churning ice cream, guzzling margaritas, washing themore...

Crate and Barrel has come a long way since 1962, from a unique mom-and-pop shop in Chicago to a 130-store mega-chain that embodies the word “home” for Generation Y. Because it offers products for every conceivable domestic scenario (churning ice cream, guzzling margaritas, washing the dog) and features a variety of styles (classic, mod, rustic), C&B is ideal for a single-registry wedding. Couples can do the whole shebang online, and the easy-to-shop Web list is especially convenient for out-of-town gift-givers.
404-239-0008. www.crateandbarrel.com.

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Best Place to Shop for Hard-to-Find Labels BOA Award Winner

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Bella Azul
Tucked into a corner on West Marietta Street in the hip west side district, BELLA AZUL is the place to shop if you want to stand out in the crowd. With racks of clothing by hip and edgy designers such as Peter Som, Y&Kei, Catherine Malandrino and Great China Wall, the boutique is a fashionista’smore...

Tucked into a corner on West Marietta Street in the hip west side district, BELLA AZUL is the place to shop if you want to stand out in the crowd. With racks of clothing by hip and edgy designers such as Peter Som, Y&Kei, Catherine Malandrino and Great China Wall, the boutique is a fashionista’s godsend. With its large denim selection, independent designers’ jewelry, as well as bath products, home goods and candles, the lifestyle boutique is well worth a trip from any part of town. Check out the store’s Designer Wednesdays, a weekly event in which a different featured designer is marked down 20 percent.
1011-B Marietta St. 404-249-9150. www.bellaazul.com.

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Best Place to Shop for Local Designers BOA Award Winner

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Beehive Co-op
It’s all too easy to find knock-off handbags, home furnishings and more that claim to be unique, yet inexplicably line every window and display case in the mall. But over at BEEHIVE CO-OP, things are a little different. The co-op showcases clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, home decor,more...

It’s all too easy to find knock-off handbags, home furnishings and more that claim to be unique, yet inexplicably line every window and display case in the mall. But over at BEEHIVE CO-OP, things are a little different. The co-op showcases clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, home decor, bath and body products, and even kids’ stuff, all made by local and regional artists. With each artisan renting a space and sharing the duties of minding the store, prices for the literally unique items stay reasonable. Stop in the first Friday evening of each month for a fashion show, refreshments and 15 percent off your purchase.
1831-A Peachtree Road. 404-351-1166. www.beehiveco-op.com.

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Best Recurring Retail Event BOA Award Winner

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On the first Thursday of each month from 7-10 p.m., local designers and artisans converge at Grant Park’s Young Blood Gallery for Kraftwork, a night dedicated to selling the products of local crafters. Indie kids, neighborhood enthusiasts and friends of the artists sip cheap wine and PBRs asmore...
On the first Thursday of each month from 7-10 p.m., local designers and artisans converge at Grant Park’s Young Blood Gallery for Kraftwork, a night dedicated to selling the products of local crafters. Indie kids, neighborhood enthusiasts and friends of the artists sip cheap wine and PBRs as they peruse the handmade wares and chat with the creative entrepreneurs. Screen-printed tees, fingerless gloves, fabric pins, deconstructed skirts and crochet hats are just a sample of what is available each month. Look for great prices and don’t be afraid to bargain (and even barter), especially toward the end of the evening when vendors are more likely to give you a deal. less...

Best Retail Makeover BOA Award Winner

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Phipps Plaza
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 Retail Surprise BOA Award Winner

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YoYo Boutique and Art Space
When Cabbagetown's YOYO BOUTIQUE AND ART SPACE opened up, we all kept wondering what was in store. Though the shop offers a small selection of vintage clothing, what we keep going back for is its assortment of cult brands from around the continent. We get regular compliments on the funky-printed Canadianmore...

When Cabbagetown's YOYO BOUTIQUE AND ART SPACE opened up, we all kept wondering what was in store. Though the shop offers a small selection of vintage clothing, what we keep going back for is its assortment of cult brands from around the continent. We get regular compliments on the funky-printed Canadian OK-47 skirts and muscle shirts we've purchased there, as well as a whimsical butterfly hoodie from local label BlackBlack. Steady shipments of new merchandise keep us browsing on a regular basis to see what other items will soon become our signature pieces.
188-A Carroll St. 404-389-0912.

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Best Shoes BOA Award Winner

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DSW (14 Atlanta Stores)
1 Buckhead Loop 404-869-4166; and other locations www.dswshoes.com

Best Shoes for Shoestring Budgets BOA Award Winner

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Phipps Plaza
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 Spa BOA Award Winner

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

Best Splurge Food Shopping BOA Award Winner

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Star Provisions
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 Sporting Goods BOA Award Winner

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Dick's Sporting Goods
3535 Peachtree Road 404-267-0200; and other locations www.dickssportinggoods.com

Best Sporting Goods store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Phidippides
Both novice and expert runners know that if they want to save their soles (and ankles, or calves) they need to head to PHIDIPPIDES. Staffed by some of the most knowledgeable salespeople you’ll find in the city, these guys will not rest until they’ve analyzed your every movement quirkmore...

Both novice and expert runners know that if they want to save their soles (and ankles, or calves) they need to head to PHIDIPPIDES. Staffed by some of the most knowledgeable salespeople you’ll find in the city, these guys will not rest until they’ve analyzed your every movement quirk and determined the best shoe to keep you jogging safely. Each fitting requires a light jog up and down their floor in several different styles of shoes and lots of questions to make sure you’re as comfortable with the decision as they are.
1544 Piedmont Road, 404-875-4268; 220 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 404-255-6149. www.phidippides.com.

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Best Theater BOA Award Winner

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Actor's Express
For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination ofmore...

For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination of Southern character, Hazard County, Actor’s Express produced the plays most likely to start arguments — in a good way. Even the shows that didn’t quite click, like The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, had more ambition and ideas than most other playhouses’ best successes.
887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-10. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com.

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Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

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Junior League of Atlanta
3154 Northside Parkway 404-355-3547 www.jlatlanta.org

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Salvation Army (Atlanta Locations)
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

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Toys """"R"""" Us (Atlanta Locations)
1 Buckhead Loop 404-467-8697 www.toysrus.com

Best Traditional Furniture BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Haverty's
4013 LaVista Road, Tucker 770-491-0536; and other locations www.havertys.com

Best Unexpected Wine Selection BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Buddy's
When friends come to town, there are few things we enjoy more than taking them on a quick drive by BUDDY’S and saying, “That gas station has a great selection of wine.” We bring the skeptical in to peruse the shelves filled with bottles ranging from the aptly titled Cheap Redmore...

When friends come to town, there are few things we enjoy more than taking them on a quick drive by BUDDY’S and saying, “That gas station has a great selection of wine.” We bring the skeptical in to peruse the shelves filled with bottles ranging from the aptly titled Cheap Red Wine, to the crowd-pleasing bottles of Luna di Luna’s blends, and a refrigerator of chilled whites practically begging to be picked up for a cookout on the fly. Though the options tend to vary with every shipment, we’ve never found an occasion where we couldn’t stop in and find something to fit both the event and our budget.
1079 North Ave. 404-523-5414.

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Best Used Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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A Cappella Books
We’ve said it once and we will say it again: A CAPPELLA BOOKS is the smartest bookstore in town. Its wide selection of progressive, counter-culture and music books is complemented by an assortment of modern first editions, rare and out-of-print books, all at affordable prices. Plus, with itsmore...
We’ve said it once and we will say it again: A CAPPELLA BOOKS is the smartest bookstore in town. Its wide selection of progressive, counter-culture and music books is complemented by an assortment of modern first editions, rare and out-of-print books, all at affordable prices. Plus, with its move around the corner to the plaza that holds Criminal Records, and its recent addition of regular in-store performances by indie bands, we’ve got a whole new list of reasons to keep checking A Cappella’s website to see what’s coming up. less...

Best Used Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Book Nook
3073 N. Druid Hills Road, Decatur 404-633-1342; and other locations

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Criminal Records
466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Ella Guru Record Shop
While the CD market is fading in the MP3 era, you wouldn’t know it at ELLA GURU, an expansive storefront tucked into a pleasant corner of the Toco Hills shopping center. The store doesn’t hedge its bets by selling vinyl, concert tickets or comic books; it’s all CDs, all themore...

While the CD market is fading in the MP3 era, you wouldn’t know it at ELLA GURU, an expansive storefront tucked into a pleasant corner of the Toco Hills shopping center. The store doesn’t hedge its bets by selling vinyl, concert tickets or comic books; it’s all CDs, all the time, with the occasional in-store appearance. Don’t go expecting an edgy atmosphere — or the attitude that goes with it — just one of the larger selections of used and new CDs in town. If you’re selling, Ella Guru pays close to the local top dollar, and its own prices are pretty reasonable, considering that even Best Buy has jacked up costs for new music.
2993 N. Druid Hills Road. 404-325-1350. www.ellaguru.com.

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Best Used Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Wax 'N' Facts
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275

Best Vintage Clothing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Stefan's Vintage Clothing
1160 Euclid Ave. 404-688-4929 www.stefansvintage.com

Best Vintage Clothing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Stefan's Vintage Clothing
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 Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Wax 'N' Facts
Crowded into a narrow space in the heart of Little Five Points, WAX ‘N’ FACTS is home to thousands of vinyl records, new and used CDs, imports, DVDs, music magazines and posters. This is as close to an old-fashioned record store as you’ll likely ever see because the emphasismore...

Crowded into a narrow space in the heart of Little Five Points, WAX ‘N’ FACTS is home to thousands of vinyl records, new and used CDs, imports, DVDs, music magazines and posters. This is as close to an old-fashioned record store as you’ll likely ever see because the emphasis is on used, new and collectible records. The staff knows its stuff; there’s no searchable database or website of any kind. Proprietor Danny Beard has been selling records for longer than many of his customers have been alive, and he still takes the time to actively support the music scene.
432 Moreland Ave. 404-525-2275.

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Best Wine Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Ansley Wine Merchants
1544 Piedmont Road 404-876-6790

Best Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Target

Best Yoga Studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Kashi Atlanta

Pet Supply Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Highland Pet Supply
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 Doggie Daycare BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Barking Hound Village Inn
1918 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-897-3422 www.barkinghoundvillage.com

Best Doggie Daycare BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Barking Hound Village Lofts
1918 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-897-3422 www.barkinghoundvillage.com

Best Doggie Daycare BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Barking Hound Village Buckhead
1918 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-897-3422 www.barkinghoundvillage.com

Best Doggie Daycare BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
1918 Cheshire Bridge Road 404-897-3422 www.barkinghoundvillage.com

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Inserection Adult Fantasy Store

Best Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Inserection Adult Fantasy Store

Best Antique Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Atlanta Antique Gallery

Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Sam Flax

Best East Asian Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Buford Highway Farmers Market

Best Indian Pakistani Market (tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Cherians International farmers market

Best Indian Pakistani Market (tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Dekalb Farmers Market

Best Bike Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Outback Bikes

Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Natural Body Spa and Shop

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Best Place to Register for Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Target

Best Camera Shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Wolf Camera (Former ATL Chain)

Best Car Wash BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Cactus Car Wash


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