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Best shopping district: Lenox Square Mall

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Runner-up: Little Five Points

www.littlefivepoints.net

Best antiques

Scott Antique Market

The two cavernous Atlanta Exposition Center buildings off the southern edge of I-285 that house SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET one weekend a month have high-end pieces »more

Best bag for a last-minute trip

Leather and Luggage Depot

What is it about the smell of leather that makes you feel like everything will be OK? That your upcoming trip won't be a complete »more

Best bargain boutique for trend-setters

Fab'rik

Cash-strapped fashionistas used to be relegated to rummaging through the racks at Forever 21 to find trend on a budget. But FAB'RIK changed all that »more

Best bargain men's haircut

Axiom Salon for Men

Our city boasts a healthy supply of coiffeurs who know how to transform a hirsute mess into a dapper, clean-cut gent. Very few, however, can »more

Best bargain women's haircut

Aveda Institute

There's an old adage that you get what you pay for, but if you're like most people slogging through the recession, you'll take your chances »more

Best bikini wax

Wax Atlanta

A sleek space, staffers who can talk you through nerves or make pleasant conversation if you're an old pro, and a choice of two unused »more

Best bookstore

Eagle Eye Book Shop

Kindles and iPads may be killing traditional books but EAGLE EYE BOOK SHOP in Decatur proves there's still some life left — and that a »more

Best CD store to satisfy your soul

Little 5 Soul

LITTLE 5 SOUL has not only survived, it's grown from a stall in the Bazaar at Little Five Points to its current location, where you »more

Best comic books

Oxford Comics & Games

The comic bubble burst in the '90s, but fanboys, geek girls and graphic novel enthusiasts still crowd OXFORD COMICS & GAMES every Wednesday for new »more

Best doggie day care

Spot for Dogs

Is Nacho acting like a rabid wildebeest, devouring your recently acquired Ray-Bans and gnawing the painstakingly detailed woodwork right off that pristinely restored fainting couch? »more

Best gym deal

LA Fitness

You might think it's an odd choice, but LA FITNESS pretty much has the market cornered on the affordable workout. Less than $40 per month? »more

Best health trend

Boot camps

Burpees, anyone? Pushup drills? Suicide runs? It may seem torturous, but BOOT CAMPS such as Operation Boot Camp, BTB BootCamp, and the American Boot Camp »more

Best high-end vintage garb

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

STEFAN'S VINTAGE CLOTHING is held in high esteem for its orderly racks of formalwear, and for good reason. The Little Five Points institution has anchored »more

Best highfalutin furniture

Bungalow Classic

In recent years, the Westside has become a furniture-shoppers paradise, with big chain names like Room & Board opening as well as an impressive string »more

Best martial arts studio

Madhouse Training

MADHOUSE TRAINING is where the practicing mixed martial arts pros go, but that doesn't mean you should be intimidated. The studio, headed by six-time world »more

Best men's clothing store

Drew Lewis

Having recently relocated to Midtown's stylish Metropolis building, DREW LEWIS is right at home. In fact, the scene is not unlike shopping at the loft »more

Best one-stop beer shop

Hop City

HOP CITY opened on the Westside in 2009 with an excellent selection of some 1,700 craft brews organized by style. Aisles are cramped with smoky »more

Best outdoor farmers' market

Peachtree Road Farmers Market

The Morningside Farmers Market used to be the only exciting produce spot in our city. That was until the PEACHTREE ROAD FARMERS MARKET pitched its »more

Best place to fix your bike

SoPo Bicycle Co-op

If you're going to brave the streets on two wheels, it will probably prove important to know how to change a flat or lube your »more

Best reason to ditch your computer

Cheshire Bridge Road

With the Internet providing a seemingly infinite amount of free porn, adult video stores have taken a hit over the past decade — though you »more

Best reason to scrap Evites

Bumblebee Press

Yeah, it's convenient to ask your besties over for a dinner party using Evite or invite everyone you know to your friend's new band via »more

Best record store with actual LPs

Criminal Records

In the age of the download, no record store in Atlanta has held up with more grace under pressure than CRIMINAL RECORDS. Not only has »more

Best shooting range

Wild West Traders

Atlanta might be a liberal blue speck in a vast sea of right-wing red, neither color is bulletproof. In fact, Georgians without the slightest hint »more

Best shop to go nuts for candy

Greene's Fine Foods

Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene »more

Best sneaker store

Walter's

There's no better place than downtown Atlanta landmark WALTER'S for browsing Air Jordans, Air Force Ones, Adidas shell-toes and Chuck Taylors — all while brushing »more

Best tattoo studio

Only You Tattoo

A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest »more

Best thrift threads

Value Village

Everyone else's trash is your treasure at VALUE VILLAGE. A dogged dig through the seemingly endless racks and aisles will turn up hip plaids, tweed »more

Best vintage accessories

Frock of Ages

FROCK OF AGES shuttered the doors of its Candler Park outpost in 2008 after 18 years, but has since migrated to a sizable corner booth »more

Best way for women to get over their Sid Mashburn envy

Ann Mashburn

At long last, ANN MASHBURN, wife to Esquire's best-dressed Sid and a style icon in her own right, opened her eponymously named boutique alongside her »more

Best way to dig yourself out of the doghouse

Adaptation Floral Design

Did you stay out late and forget to call? Again? Inman Park's adorable ADAPTATION FLORAL DESIGN can be your ticket to redemption. Whether your girl »more

Best yoga deal

Urban Body Studios

OK, so $89 for eight yoga (or pilates) classes per month is about the norm. Even factoring in the sheer number of classes offered a »more

Best antiques

Scott Antique Market

The two cavernous Atlanta Exposition Center buildings off the southern edge of I-285 that house SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET one weekend a month have high-end pieces »more

Best bag for a last-minute trip

Leather and Luggage Depot

What is it about the smell of leather that makes you feel like everything will be OK? That your upcoming trip won't be a complete »more

Best bargain boutique for trend-setters

Fab'rik

Cash-strapped fashionistas used to be relegated to rummaging through the racks at Forever 21 to find trend on a budget. But FAB'RIK changed all that »more

Best bargain men's haircut

Axiom Salon for Men

Our city boasts a healthy supply of coiffeurs who know how to transform a hirsute mess into a dapper, clean-cut gent. Very few, however, can »more

Best bargain women's haircut

Aveda Institute

There's an old adage that you get what you pay for, but if you're like most people slogging through the recession, you'll take your chances »more

Best bikini wax

Wax Atlanta

A sleek space, staffers who can talk you through nerves or make pleasant conversation if you're an old pro, and a choice of two unused »more

Best bookstore

Eagle Eye Book Shop

Kindles and iPads may be killing traditional books but EAGLE EYE BOOK SHOP in Decatur proves there's still some life left — and that a »more

Best CD store to satisfy your soul

Little 5 Soul

LITTLE 5 SOUL has not only survived, it's grown from a stall in the Bazaar at Little Five Points to its current location, where you »more

Best comic books

Oxford Comics & Games

The comic bubble burst in the '90s, but fanboys, geek girls and graphic novel enthusiasts still crowd OXFORD COMICS & GAMES every Wednesday for new »more

Best doggie day care

Spot for Dogs

Is Nacho acting like a rabid wildebeest, devouring your recently acquired Ray-Bans and gnawing the painstakingly detailed woodwork right off that pristinely restored fainting couch? »more

Best gym deal

LA Fitness

You might think it's an odd choice, but LA FITNESS pretty much has the market cornered on the affordable workout. Less than $40 per month? »more

Best health trend

Boot camps

Burpees, anyone? Pushup drills? Suicide runs? It may seem torturous, but BOOT CAMPS such as Operation Boot Camp, BTB BootCamp, and the American Boot Camp »more

Best high-end vintage garb

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

STEFAN'S VINTAGE CLOTHING is held in high esteem for its orderly racks of formalwear, and for good reason. The Little Five Points institution has anchored »more

Best highfalutin furniture

Bungalow Classic

In recent years, the Westside has become a furniture-shoppers paradise, with big chain names like Room & Board opening as well as an impressive string »more

Best martial arts studio

Madhouse Training

MADHOUSE TRAINING is where the practicing mixed martial arts pros go, but that doesn't mean you should be intimidated. The studio, headed by six-time world »more

Best men's clothing store

Drew Lewis

Having recently relocated to Midtown's stylish Metropolis building, DREW LEWIS is right at home. In fact, the scene is not unlike shopping at the loft »more

Best one-stop beer shop

Hop City

HOP CITY opened on the Westside in 2009 with an excellent selection of some 1,700 craft brews organized by style. Aisles are cramped with smoky »more

Best outdoor farmers' market

Peachtree Road Farmers Market

The Morningside Farmers Market used to be the only exciting produce spot in our city. That was until the PEACHTREE ROAD FARMERS MARKET pitched its »more

Best place to fix your bike

SoPo Bicycle Co-op

If you're going to brave the streets on two wheels, it will probably prove important to know how to change a flat or lube your »more

Best reason to ditch your computer

Cheshire Bridge Road

With the Internet providing a seemingly infinite amount of free porn, adult video stores have taken a hit over the past decade — though you »more

Best reason to scrap Evites

Bumblebee Press

Yeah, it's convenient to ask your besties over for a dinner party using Evite or invite everyone you know to your friend's new band via »more

Best record store with actual LPs

Criminal Records

In the age of the download, no record store in Atlanta has held up with more grace under pressure than CRIMINAL RECORDS. Not only has »more

Best shooting range

Wild West Traders

Atlanta might be a liberal blue speck in a vast sea of right-wing red, neither color is bulletproof. In fact, Georgians without the slightest hint »more

Best shop to go nuts for candy

Greene's Fine Foods

Is it just us, or is everything cuter in Decatur? In the fall of 2008, the Brothers Greene (that would be Tommy and Phil Greene »more

Best sneaker store

Walter's

There's no better place than downtown Atlanta landmark WALTER'S for browsing Air Jordans, Air Force Ones, Adidas shell-toes and Chuck Taylors — all while brushing »more

Best tattoo studio

Only You Tattoo

A shitty haircut will eventually grow out, and an embarrassing sweater will, with the help of a good friend, find its way to the nearest »more

Best thrift threads

Value Village

Everyone else's trash is your treasure at VALUE VILLAGE. A dogged dig through the seemingly endless racks and aisles will turn up hip plaids, tweed »more

Best vintage accessories

Frock of Ages

FROCK OF AGES shuttered the doors of its Candler Park outpost in 2008 after 18 years, but has since migrated to a sizable corner booth »more

Best way for women to get over their Sid Mashburn envy

Ann Mashburn

At long last, ANN MASHBURN, wife to Esquire's best-dressed Sid and a style icon in her own right, opened her eponymously named boutique alongside her »more

Best way to dig yourself out of the doghouse

Adaptation Floral Design

Did you stay out late and forget to call? Again? Inman Park's adorable ADAPTATION FLORAL DESIGN can be your ticket to redemption. Whether your girl »more

Best yoga deal

Urban Body Studios

OK, so $89 for eight yoga (or pilates) classes per month is about the norm. Even factoring in the sheer number of classes offered a »more

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