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Consumer Culture

Shallow though it may seem, in this westernized world we inhabit, where personal style is intrinsic to individuality, we're destined to shop till the casket drops.

The clothes we wear, the cravings to which we succumb, how we cultivate our minds and bodies, they're all telling details. Funny how the things we publicly consume tend to reveal more about us than the secrets we privately conceal. But there's no shame in that. In fact, it's all worthy of honor. ... MORE

Best adult store to stoke your sexual healing

Liberator

While tempting in theory, most adult stores tend to traffic in pure tackiness. If discount bins of dildos and used porno flicks don't turn you »more

Best bookstore to reignite your passion for the printed word

Atlanta Vintage Books

The printed word might seem like a dead art in the 21st century, but that's what makes Atlanta Vintage Books' niche so sweet. Husband-and-wife team »more

Best boot camp

FitWit

A cold beer with friends after a long day of work is a fine thing, and certainly a more tempting way to unwind than a »more

Best boutique for bold fashion statements

Ginza Boutique

Before Trinidad Jame$ became a household name for popping mollies and sweating, he was popping tags in Ginza Boutique. The Atlanta rapper worked at the »more

Best boutique liquor store

H&F Bottle Shop

Simply put, a liquor store is a store that sells liquor. But if you're a passionate lover of spirit culture or even remotely interested in »more

Best car wash for the VIP treatment

Auto Spa Bistro

It's almost hard to believe this city survived for so long without Auto Spa Bistro, a car wash and auto detailer that comes complete with »more

Best doggie day care

Bark ATL

We try not to get our feelings hurt when we drop off "Luke" and "Lola" at Bark ATL on our way Downtown. As soon as »more

Best fashion designer to watch

Afriyie Poku

In Afriyie Poku's native homeland of Ghana, the word oberima is like saying "gentleman" or "you're the man." So it's fitting that Poku would name »more

Best gas station to fuel your face

Buddy's

At nearly 50 years old, Buddy's has proven itself a neighborhood institution and a fitting rest stop for the weary. Besides being the launching point »more

Best hotel spa for locals

Exhale Mindbody Spa

Hotel spas aren't just for business travelers anymore. Located within Midtown's luxurious Loews Hotel, Exhale Mindbody Spa offers city dwellers a temporary reprieve from the »more

Best local-startup incubator

Atlast Clothing

Since Atlast Clothing opened a brick-and-mortar shop eight months ago in East Atlanta Village, the two-year-old T-shirt brand has become an incubator for other small »more

Best luxury urban apparel

Moda404

For eight years, Moda404 has traded in luxe urban menswear with an exclusive inventory of street chic and international brands such as Blood Sweat & »more

Best mart for cultural immersion

Super H Mart

Doraville's Super H Mart is part of a nationwide chain that originated in Korea and specializes in Asian foods. Of the four Georgia stores, the »more

Best neighborhood shopping district

Westside

Let's face it, when it comes to shopping, Buckhead's a little too bougie and Little Five Points can get a little too trendy. But the »more

Best place to wax-on wax-off

Wax

Remember that scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin when Andy's bootleg full-body waxing left him a bloody pulp of a mess? Not to worry at Wax. »more

Best reinvention of a beloved neighborhood outpost

Young Blood Boutique

When Young Blood Boutique owners Kelly Teasley and Maggie White announced last winter that they were putting their longtime Poncey-Highland art shop up for sale, »more

Best shop for meaty treats

The Spotted Trotter

For the discerning carnivore, Kirkwood's the Spotted Trotter is like a gourmet candy store, but with meat. Whether you're in the market for a nice, »more

Best sneaker collector's hot spot

Fly Kix

When you walk into a sneaker boutique and see a wall full of shrink-wrapped vintage Air Jordans and rare releases on the wall, you have »more

Best soul soothing music store

Moods Music

Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business »more

Best tattoo studio to spark a cultural renaissance

City of Ink

Art isn't just skin deep at Castleberry Hill's City of Ink. The six-year-old tattoo and art gallery remains a hub for the city's urban arts, »more

Best town car-style service on a taxicab budget

Uber

Ever try hailing a cab in Atlanta? You're bound to have better luck in hell. Which is why Uber's innovative car service is challenging old-school »more

Best use for a recycled skateboard

Deck Specks

If you need proof that Atlanta is a bona fide skate town, look no further than Deck Specks. The independent company makes handcrafted sunglasses (about »more

Best adult store to stoke your sexual healing

Liberator

While tempting in theory, most adult stores tend to traffic in pure tackiness. If discount bins of dildos and used porno flicks don't turn you »more

Best bookstore to reignite your passion for the printed word

Atlanta Vintage Books

The printed word might seem like a dead art in the 21st century, but that's what makes Atlanta Vintage Books' niche so sweet. Husband-and-wife team »more

Best boot camp

FitWit

A cold beer with friends after a long day of work is a fine thing, and certainly a more tempting way to unwind than a »more

Best boutique for bold fashion statements

Ginza Boutique

Before Trinidad Jame$ became a household name for popping mollies and sweating, he was popping tags in Ginza Boutique. The Atlanta rapper worked at the »more

Best boutique liquor store

H&F Bottle Shop

Simply put, a liquor store is a store that sells liquor. But if you're a passionate lover of spirit culture or even remotely interested in »more

Best car wash for the VIP treatment

Auto Spa Bistro

It's almost hard to believe this city survived for so long without Auto Spa Bistro, a car wash and auto detailer that comes complete with »more

Best doggie day care

Bark ATL

We try not to get our feelings hurt when we drop off "Luke" and "Lola" at Bark ATL on our way Downtown. As soon as »more

Best fashion designer to watch

Afriyie Poku

In Afriyie Poku's native homeland of Ghana, the word oberima is like saying "gentleman" or "you're the man." So it's fitting that Poku would name »more

Best gas station to fuel your face

Buddy's

At nearly 50 years old, Buddy's has proven itself a neighborhood institution and a fitting rest stop for the weary. Besides being the launching point »more

Best hotel spa for locals

Exhale Mindbody Spa

Hotel spas aren't just for business travelers anymore. Located within Midtown's luxurious Loews Hotel, Exhale Mindbody Spa offers city dwellers a temporary reprieve from the »more

Best local-startup incubator

Atlast Clothing

Since Atlast Clothing opened a brick-and-mortar shop eight months ago in East Atlanta Village, the two-year-old T-shirt brand has become an incubator for other small »more

Best luxury urban apparel

Moda404

For eight years, Moda404 has traded in luxe urban menswear with an exclusive inventory of street chic and international brands such as Blood Sweat & »more

Best mart for cultural immersion

Super H Mart

Doraville's Super H Mart is part of a nationwide chain that originated in Korea and specializes in Asian foods. Of the four Georgia stores, the »more

Best neighborhood shopping district

Westside

Let's face it, when it comes to shopping, Buckhead's a little too bougie and Little Five Points can get a little too trendy. But the »more

Best place to wax-on wax-off

Wax

Remember that scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin when Andy's bootleg full-body waxing left him a bloody pulp of a mess? Not to worry at Wax. »more

Best reinvention of a beloved neighborhood outpost

Young Blood Boutique

When Young Blood Boutique owners Kelly Teasley and Maggie White announced last winter that they were putting their longtime Poncey-Highland art shop up for sale, »more

Best shop for meaty treats

The Spotted Trotter

For the discerning carnivore, Kirkwood's the Spotted Trotter is like a gourmet candy store, but with meat. Whether you're in the market for a nice, »more

Best sneaker collector's hot spot

Fly Kix

When you walk into a sneaker boutique and see a wall full of shrink-wrapped vintage Air Jordans and rare releases on the wall, you have »more

Best soul soothing music store

Moods Music

Atlanta's internationally recognized soul scene wouldn't have a brick-and-mortar hub without Moods Music in Little Five Points. Owner Darryl Harris celebrates 13 years in business »more

Best tattoo studio to spark a cultural renaissance

City of Ink

Art isn't just skin deep at Castleberry Hill's City of Ink. The six-year-old tattoo and art gallery remains a hub for the city's urban arts, »more

Best town car-style service on a taxicab budget

Uber

Ever try hailing a cab in Atlanta? You're bound to have better luck in hell. Which is why Uber's innovative car service is challenging old-school »more

Best use for a recycled skateboard

Deck Specks

If you need proof that Atlanta is a bona fide skate town, look no further than Deck Specks. The independent company makes handcrafted sunglasses (about »more

Jeju Sauna

Perennial favorite Jeju offers the adventure of a Korean bathhouse at a pauper's price. For $25, customers gain access to 10 unisex saunas and steam »more

Junkman's Daughter

After 31 years, the Junkman's Daughter is more than just a neighborhood novelty; it's a bizarre bazaar. Seriously, this place was weird before weird was »more

Videodrome

Sure, Netflix has outstanding original programming, but when it comes to discovering independent movies curated by people with intelligent taste in films, you can't beat »more

Walter's Clothing

No sneaker store in town can compete with the 62-year legacy of Walter's Clothing. Being the old man on the block hasn't kept it from »more

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