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2009 Index of Winners

Best gay bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Blake's on the Park
227 10th St., 404-892-5786, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com

Best local country music act BOA Award Winner

The Whiskey Gentry

Best local down-and-dirty diva BOA Award Winner

Phillippia

Best local folk act BOA Award Winner

Hope for Agoldensummer

Best local international music act BOA Award Winner

Serenata Band

www.serenataband.com<br.
Runner-up
A Fight to the Death
www.afighttothedeath.com

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

The Bonaventure Quartet

Best local mainstream act BOA Award Winner

Mastodon

www.mastodonrocks.com


Runner-up
Manchester Orchestra
www.themanchesterorchestra.com

Best local metal act BOA Award Winner

Withered
With Folie Circulaire , black-metal underdogs WITHERED unleashed the bleakest, most constrictive metal opus Atlanta has seen since Mastodon's Leviathan. Every time the group takes the stage, slow, pulverizing grooves grind, bash and build to a climax of machine gun drums, helicopter head-banging andmore...
With Folie Circulaire , black-metal underdogs WITHERED unleashed the bleakest, most constrictive metal opus Atlanta has seen since Mastodon's Leviathan. Every time the group takes the stage, slow, pulverizing grooves grind, bash and build to a climax of machine gun drums, helicopter head-banging and a bestial growl. While Mastodon was busy cracking the Skye, Withered punched a hole through the earth and reached deep into the bowels of hell to summon an epic, labyrinthine roar. www.myspace.com/withered. less...

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

The Balkans
Straight outta high school, the four fresh-faced teens who make up THE BALKANS won the hearts and minds of pretty much everyone who saw them play this year. Equally inspired by the reverb and kerrrang of ’60s surf rock, the energetic Merseybeat pop of the Beatles, and the ’90s inflectionsmore...
Straight outta high school, the four fresh-faced teens who make up THE BALKANS won the hearts and minds of pretty much everyone who saw them play this year. Equally inspired by the reverb and kerrrang of ’60s surf rock, the energetic Merseybeat pop of the Beatles, and the ’90s inflections of Radiohead, these kids are seasoned beyond their years. But they maintain their youthful abandon by concocting a jittery, fast-paced indie-rock grind so catchy and stylistic that it caught Atlanta by surprise. www.myspace.com/thebalkans. less...

Best local promoter of Atlanta's rich hip-hop heritage BOA Award Winner

Shameless Plug
We expected big things when the respective architects behind Art, Beats + Lyrics (Jabari Graham) and Broke $ Boujee (Fadia Kader) linked up with Atlanta music marketer Bem Joiner (Rebelutions) and mega-church marketer Jerald McBride to form a concert promotions team. But the onstage reunion of Goodiemore...
We expected big things when the respective architects behind Art, Beats + Lyrics (Jabari Graham) and Broke $ Boujee (Fadia Kader) linked up with Atlanta music marketer Bem Joiner (Rebelutions) and mega-church marketer Jerald McBride to form a concert promotions team. But the onstage reunion of Goodie Mob? Certainly, no one saw that coming — not even the members of Goodie Mob. Turns out SHAMELESS PLUG approached them, feeling that the time was ripe after rumors persisted for two years that the godfathers of Atlanta hip-hop had finally bonded behind the scenes. Coming on the heels of Vibe magazine's investigative piece documenting the rise and struggles of Southern rap's first family (the Dungeon Family, of which the Mob were founding members), the concert reflected the lifeblood of a subgenre. With so many promoters in the A — from run-of-the-mill to grade A — only a handful recognize their role as cultural curators. Count Shameless Plug among them. less...

Best local punk rock act BOA Award Winner

Predator
PREDATOR pounds every bit of angst and aggression into its songs with the power of a machine driven by three chords and pure, wall-punching fury. Sure, any punk-rock band can organize such disparate pieces into a manly tirade. But the trio of Mike Beavers (bass/vocals), John Necro (drums) and Brannonmore...
PREDATOR pounds every bit of angst and aggression into its songs with the power of a machine driven by three chords and pure, wall-punching fury. Sure, any punk-rock band can organize such disparate pieces into a manly tirade. But the trio of Mike Beavers (bass/vocals), John Necro (drums) and Brannon Greene (guitar/vocals) does it with style by stripping songs to their essentials, then drawing out a steady, aggressive plod with clean, razor-sharp edges that are minimalist by design but saturated with unadulterated catharsis. www.myspace.com/atlpredator. less...

Best local rock act BOA Award Winner

Howlies
With the arrival of its Kim Fowley-produced debut full-length, Trippin’ with Howlies, the Atlanta misfits HOWLIES made it clear that they had straight-up reinvented themselves, moving far beyond the pedestrian, college rock of their previous incarnation, Moresight. Driven by hooks and rich narrativesmore...
With the arrival of its Kim Fowley-produced debut full-length, Trippin’ with Howlies, the Atlanta misfits HOWLIES made it clear that they had straight-up reinvented themselves, moving far beyond the pedestrian, college rock of their previous incarnation, Moresight. Driven by hooks and rich narratives about finding girls, losing girls and getting loaded, songs from Trippin' such as "Sea Level," "Smoke" and "Dirty Woman" exhibit moments of pure pop genius, and the kind of raw rock elation you’d never want your parents and co-workers to find out about. www.howlies.com. less...

Best neighborhood bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
97 Estoria
727 Wylie St., 404-522-0966, www.97estoria.com

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

Runners-up
Tie
529
529 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-228-6769, www.529atl.com
and
Star Bar
437 Moreland Ave., 404-681-9018, www.starbar.net

Best swingers club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Swinging Richards
1400 Northside Drive, 404-352-0532, www.swingingrichards.com

Best ’hood to find treasure among someone else’s castoffs BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland
In these hard times, yard sales are a great way to inexpensively furnish your house, find a new bike, build your record library or simply get a bunch of cool crap. You’ll see yard sales all over town, but VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND is nearly always worth the drive. It’s got a wonderfully broadmore...
In these hard times, yard sales are a great way to inexpensively furnish your house, find a new bike, build your record library or simply get a bunch of cool crap. You’ll see yard sales all over town, but VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND is nearly always worth the drive. It’s got a wonderfully broad range of demographics: a good mix of upscale houses and itinerant apartment-dwellers; a dynamic blend of young hipsters and estate-sale seniors; acquisitive newcomers and eccentric old-timers. Best of all, on a good weekend, it has the highest yard-sale occurrence per capita of any place in Atlanta, so you won’t waste half your time in the car. less...

Best beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Destin, Fla.

Runner-up
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Best columnist BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

www.hollisgillespie.com


Runner-up
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog

Best local hero BOA Award Winner

Clark Howard

clarkhoward.com


Runner-up
Brandon Bond

Best local place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Stone Mountain
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Runners-up
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall

Best local TV anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson, Channel 2/WSB-TV

www.wsbtv.com


Runner-up
Brenda Wood, Channel 11/WXIA
www.11alive.com

Best local YouTube video BOA Award Winner

"Bitch, you ride the MARTA bus"

Runner-up
Soulja Girl

Best neighborhood to live in without a car BOA Award Winner

midtownatlanta.org


Runner-up
Virginia-Highland
www.virginiahighland.com

Best off-the-beaten-path tourist destination BOA Award Winner

Since 1977, YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET has been offering everything from heirloom tomatoes to durians, barracuda to buffalo in its bustling ailes and well-stocked display cases. The noticeably quirky outpost — Check your bags! No right turns! — is a go-to spot for drop-ins hankeringmore...
Since 1977, YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET has been offering everything from heirloom tomatoes to durians, barracuda to buffalo in its bustling ailes and well-stocked display cases. The noticeably quirky outpost — Check your bags! No right turns! — is a go-to spot for drop-ins hankering for a quick lunch fix or gourmands searching for quality ingredients. If your out-of-towner is fascinated by the inner workings of a farmer's market, you can schedule a tour. If they're enamored by helping the environment, the onsite recycling center — with compost how-tos at its entrance — will make their green heart flutter. 3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-377-6400. www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com. less...

Best overall neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Decatur
Ah, DECATUR. The apple of an urban planner's eye. The most family-friendly of locales that doesn’t involve sitting in traffic on I-75. Homeowners there weren't as hard hit by the recent economic tsunami, the schools are considered top-notch, and a well-staffed police force keeps tabs on goingsmore...
Ah, DECATUR. The apple of an urban planner's eye. The most family-friendly of locales that doesn’t involve sitting in traffic on I-75. Homeowners there weren't as hard hit by the recent economic tsunami, the schools are considered top-notch, and a well-staffed police force keeps tabs on goings on in its neighborhoods. City officials' plans to make a pedestrian-friendly square and downtown area have noticeably paid off, allowing residents and visitors to follow fare at such standout restaurants as Watershed and Cakes and & Ale, with choice drinks nearby at Brick Store Pub and the Grange. Can't drive home? Take MARTA, which has a stop below the square. Summer brings a seemingly endless array of public events to entertain the city's estimated 29,000 residents, including the nationally known book festival that's attracted such talents as Rick Bragg and Salman Rushdie. And while the urban ’burb might catch flak from hardened intowners for its sometimes stroller mentality, it's still the kind of place you’d secretly like to call home. Decatur, you marvelous son of a bitch, you win again. www.decaturga.com. less...

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

WRAS-FM (88.5)
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialtymore...
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialty shows as "Dot Dash," "Houseworks," "Martinis Con Queso," "Mighty Aphrodite," "The Blue Note" and "Soul Kitchen" play all of the post-punk, house, lounge, new wave, jazz and everything else you won't hear on big-money mainstream stations. And if the trusty Shazam on ye olde iPhone doesn’t recognize the eclectic array of musical selections emanating from your speakers, the spry, young DJs have been known to rehash their setlists via e-mail or phone. 66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280. 404-413-9727. www.gsu.edu/~www885. less...

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little ladymore...
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little lady with the big flower on her lapel always calls it like she sees it, unlike countless other politicians we could name. There’s something of an unvarnished air about her, a genuineness that keeps her down-to-earth and relatable — even when you don’t agree with what she’s saying. www.atlantaga.gov/Mayor. less...

Best radio show BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Mara Davis' "Free Lunch" on Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-898-8900, www.929dave.fm

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Prince Daweed
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners?more...
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners? We’ll tell you who: A person who’s at peace with himself, filled with joy, and just plain happy. Weird, huh? But honestly, it makes sense. You’d be in a perpetual good mood, too, if — as Daweed has confessed to CL — you spent all day getting pumped up on the Bee Gees, Hall and Oates, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind and Fire. less...

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

V-103 (103 WVEE-FM)

Runner-up
WRAS-FM (88.5)
66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280, 404-413-9727, www.wras.org

Best walkable campus BOA Award Winner

Georgia Tech

www.gatech.edu


Runner-up
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive, 404-727-6069, www.emory.edu

Best bikini wax BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Natural Body
225 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., #150, Decatur, 404-370-1330, www.naturalbody.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best caterer BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Affairs to Remember
2316 Defoors Hill Road, 404-872-7859, www.affairs.com

Best designer shoes for a steal BOA Award Winner

When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzlingmore...
When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzling deals on flats, pumps, boots, kitten heels and stilettos, including Prada, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors — at a minimum 25 percent markdown. After 50 days on the shelves, all items are knocked down to half price. But don’t wait too long. Competition can get fierce. 7878-G Roswell Road, 770-390-0010; 5805-I State Bridge Road, 770-813-1883. www.alexissuitcase.com. less...

Best DVD/video rental BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Blockbuster Video
882 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-872-8898, www.blockbuster.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best furniture on a budget BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antique Market
With more than 100 dealer stalls and an emphasis on affordability, KUDZU ANTIQUE MARKET is likely to have several versions of whatever it is you’re looking for — from dining tables and easy chairs to bar cabinets and floor lamps. Granted, you’re unlikely to find a Louis XIVmore...
With more than 100 dealer stalls and an emphasis on affordability, KUDZU ANTIQUE MARKET is likely to have several versions of whatever it is you’re looking for — from dining tables and easy chairs to bar cabinets and floor lamps. Granted, you’re unlikely to find a Louis XIV bureau or a Chippendale desk, but if you’re willing to settle for an American primitive bookcase or a brushed-steel shelving unit, you’ll probably be in luck. And Kudzu is a good place to find unusual items — we’ve even seen a full-sized Catholic confessional for sale. 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-6498. www.kudzuantiques.com. less...

Best hardware store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Highland Hardware
1045 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-4466, www.highlandwoodworking.com

Best health club BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Best hip women’s clothing store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Kaleidoscope Boutique
252 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-1214, www.kscopeboutique.com

Best independent clothing boutique BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bill Hallman Boutique
792 N. Highland Ave., 404-876-6055, www.billhallman.com

Best jewelry BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Jill Massey Designs
800 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 770-425-5990, www.jillmassey.com

Best lingerie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Intimacy
3500 Peachtree Road, #E29, 404-261-1254, www.myintimacy.com

Best place for bargain Berettas and fully loaded Glocks BOA Award Winner

B&B Outdoors
he Internet says President Obama plans to use one of his Muslim lock-picking prayers to break into the National Archives, Sharpie the Second Amendment out of the original U.S. Constitution, and send ACORN volunteers door-to-door to collect all our guns. In the event that the Internet is exaggeratingmore...
he Internet says President Obama plans to use one of his Muslim lock-picking prayers to break into the National Archives, Sharpie the Second Amendment out of the original U.S. Constitution, and send ACORN volunteers door-to-door to collect all our guns. In the event that the Internet is exaggerating and guns remain legal, however, we recommend B&B OUTDOORS for your shooting needs. It’s not the biggest gun store in the area, but its well-rounded stock of high-quality handguns and long guns for sport and defense, as well as its approachable, gun-savvy staff, make it an easy shopping experience for both novices and experts. And unlike many area gun shops, B&B isn’t in some grim old strip mall in an out-of-the-way ’burb. It’s in a well-kept shopping center not too far from Perimeter Mall. If you’ve got a Georgia firearms license, you can even get there via MARTA; B&B’s on Bus Route 185. 710 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 678-352-1720. http://www.bboutdoors.com. less...

Best used bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Eagle Eye Books
2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-486-0307, www.eagleeyebooks.com

Best vinyl BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave., 404-215-9511, www.criminalatl.com

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Cellar 13
It’s rare to put the terms “wine geek,” “Francophile” and “unpretentious” is the same sentence, but those are the words we’d use to describe CELLAR 13 owner John Passman. In his new shop tucked into the corner of a strip mall onmore...
It’s rare to put the terms “wine geek,” “Francophile” and “unpretentious” is the same sentence, but those are the words we’d use to describe CELLAR 13 owner John Passman. In his new shop tucked into the corner of a strip mall on Roswell Road, Passman offers a fantastic and well-rounded selection of French wines, delving far deeper into some regions than many like-minded wine shops bother to go. While the store’s inventory is about 50 percent French, Passman also carries a great selection of Italian, Spanish and domestic wines, as well as gems from Austria, Germany and beyond. 3765 Roswell Road. 404-816-4071. www.cellar13.com. less...

Rich pick: Best place to get outfitted for your GQ photo shoot BOA Award Winner

We mean this literally, since SID MASHBURN and his trio of young haberdashers were featured among GQ’s “Best Dressed Men in America” earlier this year. And if you’ve got the coin, they’ll fix you up, too, with clothing and accessories carefully selected formore...
We mean this literally, since SID MASHBURN and his trio of young haberdashers were featured among GQ’s “Best Dressed Men in America” earlier this year. And if you’ve got the coin, they’ll fix you up, too, with clothing and accessories carefully selected for their timeless, elegant, practical and classic qualities: Irish poplin ties in regimental stripes, chinos with watch pockets, A.P.C. five-pocket raw denim jeans, Mackintosh rainwear, Scottish cashmere sweaters and rugged Filson luggage. If you’re of more modest means, you’re welcome to drop by for a game of pingpong or to listen to the store’s eclectic stash of vintage vinyl as you swap fashion tips or discuss how the in-house tailors can bring your old suits up to date. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-350-7135. www.sidmashburn.com. less...

Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
Pastries A Go Go
235 Ponce de Leon Place, Suite E, Decatur, 404-373-3423, www.pastriesagogo.com

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