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2016 Index of Winners

Best MARTA station BOA Award Winner

Decatur MARTA Station

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best neighborhood for the arts BOA Award Winner

Downtown
Old Fourth Ward has murals. Midtown has the High Museum’s ever-changing interactive pieces, including the popular Trompos, the quirky spinning rock/booger on the corner of Peachtree and 10th streets, and the often-overlooked Noguchi Playscape at Piedmont Park. But DOWNTOWN has South Broad Street’smore...
Old Fourth Ward has murals. Midtown has the High Museum’s ever-changing interactive pieces, including the popular Trompos, the quirky spinning rock/booger on the corner of Peachtree and 10th streets, and the often-overlooked Noguchi Playscape at Piedmont Park. But DOWNTOWN has South Broad Street’s vibrant upstart arts scene, the orphaned sculptures from the 1996 Summer Olympics, Elevate, Eyedrum, the Rialto, and some of Living Walls’ more daring murals. www.downtownatlanta.com. less...

Best new local startup BOA Award Winner

TIE: Vesta Movement AND Urban Tree Cidery

Vesta Movement, 744 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. 404-281-1121. www.vastaatl.com.

Urban Tree Cidery, 1465 Howell Mill Road N.W. 404-855-5546. www.urbantreecidery.com.

Best next big development opportunity BOA Award Winner

Murphy Triangle
To live up to Ryan Gravel’s vision, the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail between Washington Park and Adair Park will need to have retail, restaurants, and offices — places where southwest Atlanta residents can go. Underused warehouses along White Street can provide some of that space, but nothingmore...
To live up to Ryan Gravel’s vision, the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail between Washington Park and Adair Park will need to have retail, restaurants, and offices — places where southwest Atlanta residents can go. Underused warehouses along White Street can provide some of that space, but nothing quite compares to the potential of MURPHY TRIANGLE, a sprawling collection of industrial properties, most of which still have that lived-in quality that’s become increasingly rare in Atlanta. From the nearly 17-acre former State Farmers Market to the humdrum box factory and other warehouses, this area could one day become a smartly adapted mini-city unto itself. Throw in the so-big-you’ll-get-lost Lifecycle Building Center and you get a sizable helping of a green business in intown Atlanta. Just hope planners chart out the best path and developers have the foresight to make the most of existing buildings. less...

Best place to work remotely BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best workaround to injustice BOA Award Winner

Freedom University
In 2011, the Georgia Board of Regents approved a policy that prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving in-state tuition and from attending the state’s top universities. The move shut out thousands of young Georgians from receiving a higher education, despite President Barack Obama’s executivemore...
In 2011, the Georgia Board of Regents approved a policy that prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving in-state tuition and from attending the state’s top universities. The move shut out thousands of young Georgians from receiving a higher education, despite President Barack Obama’s executive order that protected from deportation people who were brought to the U.S. as children. Enter FREEDOM UNIVERSITY. Founded by four Georgia professors and run entirely on donations, the school aims to provide the same quality education the students would receive at state schools — free. The nonprofit also tries to help the young people apply for college located in states that allow undocumented students and advocates to change policies. In a perfect world, says Executive Director Laura Emiko Soltis, there would be no need to have “underground schools.” Until Georgia gets there, Freedom U continues. www.freedomuniversitygeorgia.com. less...

Best youth mentor BOA Award Winner

Shawn Deangelo Walton
Sometimes the best thing someone can do for young people is be present in their lives. In West End, SHAWN DEANGELO WALTON is filling that role. After graduating from Morehouse College with a degree in childhood development, the metro Atlanta native settled in Atlanta’s westside and founded WeCyclemore...
Sometimes the best thing someone can do for young people is be present in their lives. In West End, SHAWN DEANGELO WALTON is filling that role. After graduating from Morehouse College with a degree in childhood development, the metro Atlanta native settled in Atlanta’s westside and founded WeCycle Atlanta, a nonprofit that teaches young children about sustainability through urban agriculture and bicycling. He has taught them how to build small businesses, stay active, and, occasionally, stay straight when he’s found them avoiding school. Much like Bearings Bike Shop in Adair Park, Walton helps kids earn bicycles through doing good deeds. This past summer he started mentoring children, teaching them how to start lawn-mowing services, and sell items such as incense. Walton placed a $1 bounty on real-estate investors’ numerous (and illegal) signs on utility poles aimed at hoodwinking desperate people to sell their houses for less than they’re worth. And when a child expressed interest in learning about the police department, Walton was able to secure a sit-down with a local officer, who also donated tennis racquets for the youth, helping to build ties between community and law enforcement. www.wecycleatlanta.org. less...

Best aerobic dance class BOA Award Winner

Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-millmore...
Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-mill gym workout with classes like pole dancing, twerking 101, interpretative hip-hop, ballet, and more — all with beginner level options for the easily intimidated. The hour-long classes are energetic, fun, and will have you sweating in no time. Cool down after class while catching a glimpse of real choreographers rehearsing their routines.  less...

Best cracked cellphone screen repair BOA Award Winner

ScreenFixing.com
There’s no bigger brag than saying you’ve never shattered your phone’s screen. For the rest of us who are clumsier than a man with two left feet, there is SCREENFIXING.COM. Once upon a time, these phone-fixing folks operated out of a truck, but they quickly moved into a storefront in East Atlantamore...
There’s no bigger brag than saying you’ve never shattered your phone’s screen. For the rest of us who are clumsier than a man with two left feet, there is SCREENFIXING.COM. Once upon a time, these phone-fixing folks operated out of a truck, but they quickly moved into a storefront in East Atlanta Village due to their increasing popularity. Their customer service during this very difficult time is stellar, and depending on your issue, you can walk in and out with your phone restored to its former glory in less than an hour. If it takes a little longer, that’s A-OK since the waiting area is comfy and the big TV makes you forget about your dumb mistake. Next time your butter fingers destroy your screen, these guys got your back. less...

Best eclectic shopping district BOA Award Winner

You don’t go to LITTLE FIVE POINTS to shop as much as you go to escape. L5P remains the epicenter of quirkiness in a city increasingly swallowed by suburbanization. After 40 years, we tend to take it for granted. But nowhere else in Atlanta replicates its mix of independently owned shops and streetmore...
You don’t go to LITTLE FIVE POINTS to shop as much as you go to escape. L5P remains the epicenter of quirkiness in a city increasingly swallowed by suburbanization. After 40 years, we tend to take it for granted. But nowhere else in Atlanta replicates its mix of independently owned shops and street culture. The range of retail is almost otherworldly — from bougie women’s boutiques (The Pink Zebra, Envy) and dashiki-and-shea-butter shops (Earthtone, Cultural Accents) to second-hand/vintage clothing (Rag-o-Rama, The Clothing Warehouse, Psycho Sisters) and metaphysical/head shops (42 Degrees South, World Piece, Crystal Blue). Three of the city’s top record store institutions call L5P home (Criminal Records, Moods Music, Wax N’ Facts), as does one of the city’s top sneaker boutiques (Wish). Cyclists and skaters are both covered (Outback, Stratosphere). Plus, Junkman’s Daughter has served as weirdo central for so long it’s normal now. Like it or not, the real attraction is located on the sidewalks, where artisans sell their handmade wares, musicians busk for change, homeless hippies solicit, and the man with the headphones and CDs for sale asks everyone who passes by: “Do you like hip-hop?” The day Little Five Points becomes passé, you can stick a fork in this town. www.littlefivepoints.net. less...

Best emerging clothing designer BOA Award Winner

Paige Nichetté - LUNASOUL

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Charis Books and More

Best product for loving the skin you're in BOA Award Winner

Luxe Apothecary
With a focus on holistic and botanical-based beauty products, LUXE APOTHECARY has the market cornered on locally made bath products with unique ingredients, amazing scents, and artful packaging. We live for the sea clay and mint body scrub. With its thick, luxurious consistency (bless you, shea butter),more...
With a focus on holistic and botanical-based beauty products, LUXE APOTHECARY has the market cornered on locally made bath products with unique ingredients, amazing scents, and artful packaging. We live for the sea clay and mint body scrub. With its thick, luxurious consistency (bless you, shea butter), it’s packed with mineral-rich sea clay and refreshing peppermint oil that moisturizes your bod while sloughing off dead skin. Available at these intown locations: So Worth Loving, Smith ACE, Sq. Ft., Eco Denizen. Studio: 976 Jefferson St. N.W., Suite E. www.luxeapothecary.co. less...

Best reason to become emotionally attached to a handbag BOA Award Winner

Neva Opet
NEVA OPET’s handcrafted leather bags, wallets, and purses elicit in us the kind of deep emotions other humans feel around baby humans or tiny animals. There is a desire to pet the soft material, to pick up the goods and cradle them to our bodies. Designer Rachael Riedinger’s bags offer modern silhouettesmore...
NEVA OPET’s handcrafted leather bags, wallets, and purses elicit in us the kind of deep emotions other humans feel around baby humans or tiny animals. There is a desire to pet the soft material, to pick up the goods and cradle them to our bodies. Designer Rachael Riedinger’s bags offer modern silhouettes for classic styles in a range of blacks and browns, such as the Artemisia Fringe Bag, a simple crossbody form with a fold-over top and swingy fringe skirt ($265). The Marina Circle Bag ($150) recalls a canteen without the spout, and the Carolee Clutch ($85) features a contrasting hand strap so you can keep that baby close to mama. www.nevaopet.com. less...

Best sign of the times BOA Award Winner

The drunken crowds spilling into the streets. The police cars and their blue-light specials. The discarded trash left to litter the morning after. No doubt about it, weekend nights on Edgewood Avenue can look like a godless hot spot. But between the mélange of bars and clubs, GOD IS DOPE is the nightlifemore...
The drunken crowds spilling into the streets. The police cars and their blue-light specials. The discarded trash left to litter the morning after. No doubt about it, weekend nights on Edgewood Avenue can look like a godless hot spot. But between the mélange of bars and clubs, GOD IS DOPE is the nightlife district’s newest bright spot. The small boutique with synthetic grass carpeting has been open barely six months. It’s the first brick-and-mortar location for the two-year-old Christianity-based streetwear brand. And it’s hipper than thou. Owner Sharod Simpson started the line of unisex tees, dad hats, snapbacks, hoodies, and denim as a means to express faith through fashion. While the universal message of the main T-shirt slogan (“God is Dope”) makes it appropriate for all faiths, it’s the designs and distressed fabrics that keep it uncommonly cool. The price point is also reasonable, with shirts starting at $19.99. The store is an oasis, with a cool-out vibe that has made it perfect for special events and photo shoots for other local culture brands. With no set hours, its doors typically remain open until about 2 a.m. Plenty of time to catch last call across the street at Church. less...

Best spot for a mini-makeover BOA Award Winner

Dreamdry
One-stop beauty spots are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why: Hitting up one place that offers blowouts, makeup application, waxing, and more is perfect for those trying to live that “work smarter, not harder” life. One glam outpost doing it right in ATL is the much buzzed-aboutmore...
One-stop beauty spots are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why: Hitting up one place that offers blowouts, makeup application, waxing, and more is perfect for those trying to live that “work smarter, not harder” life. One glam outpost doing it right in ATL is the much buzzed-about salon DREAMDRY in the heart of Buckhead. They offer a signature blowout, complete with a scalp massage, washing, conditioning, drying, and styling that’s garnered fans such as famed local author Emily Giffin, as well as mane-tamers who can give you a trendy ponytail, top knot, braid, and fishtail style in addition to makeup and hair removal services. Plus, they offer extension application, hairstyling classes, and they’ll even come to you via their mobile service options if you’re super pressed for time. What more could you want? 3722 Roswell Road N.E. 404-549-8007. www.dreamdry.com. less...

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Buckhead Safety Cab

Best way to shop for used furniture BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Used Furniture
A steal of a deal is a growing rarity in this city. Unless you know where to look. And in this case, finding vintage wares is easier with a bit of tech savvy. ATLANTA USED FURNITURE boasts a social media showroom that brings antique shopping into the new millennium. From its Instagram account, cybershoppersmore...
A steal of a deal is a growing rarity in this city. Unless you know where to look. And in this case, finding vintage wares is easier with a bit of tech savvy. ATLANTA USED FURNITURE boasts a social media showroom that brings antique shopping into the new millennium. From its Instagram account, cybershoppers can sneak a peek at classic pieces from an era when furniture was designed to make a lasting statement. Whether its snug leather chairs at $185 a pair or a velour tufted sofa and matching high-back seat ($500 a set), the prices are as throwback as the furnishings. Visits to its Chamblee showroom are by appointment only and delivery usually comes free with the purchase of most items. They even accept digital payments via Venmo. Whether you favor a French provincial bench upholstered in red velvet or a laminated art deco coffee table, there’s something to complement your style — and your budget. Appointment only: 236 Marray Drive. www.instagram.com/atlantausedfurniture. less...

Trophy Case BOA Award Winner

ATLien Tee
When ATLiens landed in 1996, few even knew how to pronounce the name of OutKast’s sophomore album. Twenty years later, that alien identity remains synonymous with a generation of Atlantans who translated Southern hip-hop into the universal language of youth culture. The same spirit is embodied by themore...
When ATLiens landed in 1996, few even knew how to pronounce the name of OutKast’s sophomore album. Twenty years later, that alien identity remains synonymous with a generation of Atlantans who translated Southern hip-hop into the universal language of youth culture. The same spirit is embodied by the ATLien TEE. Before designing his signature shirt in 2008, Atlanta streetwear O.G. Omar “Chilly-O” Mitchell got Big Boi to bless it. Then, instead of whoring it out, he kept it exclusive by printing limited editions of the lowercase script in ever-evolving colorways. Just as ATLiens has come to transcend OutKast as a cultural identifier, Chilly-O’s shirt continues to convey what it means to be a resident alien in the last black mecca. It’s a declaration that different is inherently better. More than a geographical location, ATLien represents creative rebellion, originality, and a tribal sense of belonging for those on the fringes. As the city celebrates the anniversary of one of OutKast’s landmark LPs, you’re more likely to find Chilly-O selling his tees in the streets than in some upscale sneaker boutique. It’s worked wonders for brand equity. For the right price, he might even be willing to sell you the shirt off his back. www.instagram.com/chillyolovesyou. less...

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

FOX BROS. BAR-B-Q’s hickory-smoked meats are cooked low-and-slow and enlivened with Southern spices. Brisket is moist on the inside and black-barked on the outside. There are crispy, deeply smoky wings, Flintstones-size beef ribs, and tender pulled pork on brioche buns. Douse it all in the brothers’more...
FOX BROS. BAR-B-Q’s hickory-smoked meats are cooked low-and-slow and enlivened with Southern spices. Brisket is moist on the inside and black-barked on the outside. There are crispy, deeply smoky wings, Flintstones-size beef ribs, and tender pulled pork on brioche buns. Douse it all in the brothers’ rich sauce that’s sweet and tangy and tinged with heat. The Frito pie with brisket chili alone is worth the wait in the long line that can amass at the restaurant. If it’s a day when burnt ends are available, you’ll feel like a true winner to have scored a table. less...

Best beer development BOA Award Winner

Georgia beer legislation
Thanks to the behind-the-scenes efforts of lawyer Taylor Harper and the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, GEORGIA BEER LEGISLATION got a little friendlier this year. Since 2010 (the year Georgia got growlers), brewpubs have basically been allowed to sell growlers except for the fact that the Georgia Departmentmore...
Thanks to the behind-the-scenes efforts of lawyer Taylor Harper and the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, GEORGIA BEER LEGISLATION got a little friendlier this year. Since 2010 (the year Georgia got growlers), brewpubs have basically been allowed to sell growlers except for the fact that the Georgia Department of Revenue hadn’t explicitly OK’d it. Confusing? Yes, but so is all Georgia beer law. The problem has been getting the DOR to sign off on a regulatory interpretation. Harper picked up the cause last fall, crafting legal arguments that the GCBG presented to the DOR. So now, thanks to DOR Commissioner Lynne Riley, we were surprised with the most levelheaded Georgia beer decision in years — Peach State brewpubs can now sell growlers of the beer they make to customers, pending municipality approval. At press time, those municipalities included Alpharetta, City of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Forsyth County, Macon-Bibb County, Sandy Springs, and Savannah. More are expected to follow. Three cheers for progress, even when it comes from a weird loophole. less...

Best beer festival BOA Award Winner

Decatur Craft Beer Festival

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cupcakes BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best deli BOA Award Winner

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