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Best Sporting Goods Store

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Sporting Goods store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
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 Sporting Goods Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
It may not have a four-story rock-climbing wall or a line of advanced kayak equipment, but Phidippides is big on one thing: service. Named for the legendary Athenian hero who ran 152 miles in two days, this shop is Mount Olympus for Atlanta's running community. Don't be surprised if the employees askmore...
It may not have a four-story rock-climbing wall or a line of advanced kayak equipment, but Phidippides is big on one thing: service. Named for the legendary Athenian hero who ran 152 miles in two days, this shop is Mount Olympus for Atlanta's running community. Don't be surprised if the employees ask you to do a test run when you're trying on shoes; it's just another bit of service you won't find at the big-box stores. less...

Best Sporting Goods Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
A relative newcomer to the Atlanta market, Galyan's has quickly set the standard for selection in sporting goods. Its cavernous Buckhead location may overwhelm first-time visitors, but an intuitive layout keeps the hikers, runners and skaters happily separate in far corners of the store. Add to thismore...
A relative newcomer to the Atlanta market, Galyan's has quickly set the standard for selection in sporting goods. Its cavernous Buckhead location may overwhelm first-time visitors, but an intuitive layout keeps the hikers, runners and skaters happily separate in far corners of the store. Add to this an ever-popular rock-climbing wall, and Galyan's proves that shopping for athletic gear can be a spectator sport. less...

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