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Best Al Fresco Market

East Atlanta Village Farmer's Market

There are markets in town with more variety, more stands and more ambition. But the EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET has many things those others »more

Best Antique-Browsing Experience

Kudzu Antiques

Somewhere between the pre-WWII Chinese tourism posters and the 19th-century bridal trunk, it becomes clear that KUDZU ANTIQUES has a hard time saying no. This »more

Best Clothes For Hipsters On a Budget

Rag-O-Rama

They handle such a large volume of used duds at RAG-O-RAMA that you’re almost guaranteed to find something you like at a price that’s sweet »more

Best DVD/Video Rental For Film Snobs

Videodrome

A video store with thousands of titles isn't worth much if it doesn't have anything you want to see – or if you have to »more

Best Heaven On Earth For Fresh-Food Lovers

Alon's Park Place

We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more »more

Best High-Fashion, Low 'Tude Hair Salon

Mariemarie Hair Salon

Finding a stylish but unpretentious salon in Atlanta ain't easy. Some spots are so snooty, they may as well have a velvet rope outside. Others »more

Best Independent Bookstore

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse

When OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE & COFFEEHOUSE opened in 1993, it filled a major void in Atlanta's independent book scene. Outwrite didn't just have a gay/lesbian section »more

Best Indie Jewelry Crafter

Jen Boaz

Sure, her delicate, dangly earrings – made from semiprecious stones, briolettes and champagne pearls – are sweet and special. But what really makes JEN BOAZ »more

Best Menswear For Future Lottery Winners

Sid Mashburn

Don’t look for the season’s hottest trends at SID MASHBURN. The overriding aesthetic of this clubbish haberdashery is stylish durability – a “best in class” »more

Best Non-Chaotic Consignment Shop

B Chic

While some shoppers relish the chance to pore over rack after rack of second-hand jackets in search of just the right find (read: the one »more

Best Non-Mad Dog Wine Deals

Sherlock's Wine Merchant

Bordeaux junkies need look no further. SHERLOCK'S WINE MERCHANT sends reps to the French wine-making region every year to hang out at chateaus and buy »more

Best One-Stop Shop For Naughty Adults

Inserection

It's oddly appropriate that this former plumbing-supply store now boasts similarly shaped pipes – but these days they're ribbed. Perched at the edge of Cheshire »more

Best Person For Waxing Your Junk

Tamara Townsend at Natural Body Midtown

Those of us who take our beauty seriously enough to let someone put us in a compromising position while ripping out our short hairs know »more

Best Place For a Mani/Pedi

Highland Nails

Part of the reason why HIGHLAND NAILS has remained a secret for so long is its location. Tucked in a nook behind San Francisco Coffee »more

Best Place For Old-School Ink

East Atlanta Tattoo

When Dirk Hays opened EAST ATLANTA TATTOO in 2001, his was the only tattoo parlor on the stretch of Glenwood Avenue that led hipsters into »more

Best Place For Reviving Your Sole

Trio Shoe Service

You wouldn't bring a Rolls-Royce to a gas-station car wash, would you? Well, the same logic applies to your Manolo stilettos or Prada loafers. To »more

Best Place To Encounter a New Booze

Pearson's Wine of Atlanta

The best liquor store is usually the one that's closest. But if you're looking for a wider selection or savvy staff recommendations – or if »more

Best Place To Stock Up For your Gay Lifestyle

Brushstrokes

BRUSHSTROKES is basically a Hot Topic for the LGTB set. Whether you're a queen, a bear or a baby butch, Brushstrokes has you covered – »more

Best Reason To Become a Danish Modernist

City Issue

Relocated from Buckhead to Inman Park, CITY ISSUE has evolved into a sanctum of midcentury furniture design. The store offers sectional sofas, sleek dining tables, »more

Best Reason To Go From iPod To Low-Tech

Criminal Records

It's startling how quickly CRIMINAL RECORDS made the transition from selling no vinyl at all to having a corner on the market. Where once there »more

Best Resource For Would-Be Rock Stars

Guitar Center

There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar »more

Best Source For "Tobacco" Supplies

42 Degrees South

Atlanta boasts plenty of places to purchase a water pipe – to smoke tobacco, of course! One friend of this writer even scored a bong »more

Best Source For Funny Books

Oxford Comics

No comic-book store in the Atlanta area has the quantity of new titles of comics and graphic novels, or breadth of geek-centric merchandise, as the »more

Best Source For Not Dressing Like All Your Girlfriends

JAC.

JAC.’s cute-as-a-button proprietor and namesake, Jaci Effron, welcomes newbies into her one-year-old Inman Park boutique with open arms, chatting up guests in a sweetly curious »more

Best South-Of-The-Border Food Store

Supermercado Chicago

Buford Highway is full of places that transport you to another country. If Mexico is your preferred destination, take a trip to SUPERMERCADO CHICAGO, where »more

Best Store For Finicky Stationery Enthusiasts

Artlite

OfficeMax is fine for those who like to buy their notepads or ballpoint pens in bulk, but for those who prize quality over quantity, only »more

Best Women's Shoes

Sole

Our shoe obsession may not be on the Carrie Bradshaw level, but whenever we feel the urge to decorate our feet with a new strappy »more

Best Yoga Guru

Doug Eifrid

Behind any serious yogi lies a beloved instructor, which makes picking the city's best yoga instructor a little like picking best mom. That said, there's »more

DARK HORSE: Best Vinyl From Another Era

Full Moon Records

With a new generation of kids getting into the groove of old vinyl – and with worsening inflation robbing us of buying power – what »more

FAVORITE SON: Best Way to Dress Like You Live in Another Era

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

It says something about the staying power of STEFAN’S VINTAGE CLOTHING that it remains at the top of the heap despite the continued (and impressive) »more

Best Al Fresco Market

East Atlanta Village Farmer's Market

There are markets in town with more variety, more stands and more ambition. But the EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET has many things those others »more

Best Antique-Browsing Experience

Kudzu Antiques

Somewhere between the pre-WWII Chinese tourism posters and the 19th-century bridal trunk, it becomes clear that KUDZU ANTIQUES has a hard time saying no. This »more

Best Clothes For Hipsters On a Budget

Rag-O-Rama

They handle such a large volume of used duds at RAG-O-RAMA that you’re almost guaranteed to find something you like at a price that’s sweet »more

Best DVD/Video Rental For Film Snobs

Videodrome

A video store with thousands of titles isn't worth much if it doesn't have anything you want to see – or if you have to »more

Best Heaven On Earth For Fresh-Food Lovers

Alon's Park Place

We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more »more

Best High-Fashion, Low 'Tude Hair Salon

Mariemarie Hair Salon

Finding a stylish but unpretentious salon in Atlanta ain't easy. Some spots are so snooty, they may as well have a velvet rope outside. Others »more

Best Independent Bookstore

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse

When OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE & COFFEEHOUSE opened in 1993, it filled a major void in Atlanta's independent book scene. Outwrite didn't just have a gay/lesbian section »more

Best Indie Jewelry Crafter

Jen Boaz

Sure, her delicate, dangly earrings – made from semiprecious stones, briolettes and champagne pearls – are sweet and special. But what really makes JEN BOAZ »more

Best Menswear For Future Lottery Winners

Sid Mashburn

Don’t look for the season’s hottest trends at SID MASHBURN. The overriding aesthetic of this clubbish haberdashery is stylish durability – a “best in class” »more

Best Non-Chaotic Consignment Shop

B Chic

While some shoppers relish the chance to pore over rack after rack of second-hand jackets in search of just the right find (read: the one »more

Best Non-Mad Dog Wine Deals

Sherlock's Wine Merchant

Bordeaux junkies need look no further. SHERLOCK'S WINE MERCHANT sends reps to the French wine-making region every year to hang out at chateaus and buy »more

Best One-Stop Shop For Naughty Adults

Inserection

It's oddly appropriate that this former plumbing-supply store now boasts similarly shaped pipes – but these days they're ribbed. Perched at the edge of Cheshire »more

Best Person For Waxing Your Junk

Tamara Townsend at Natural Body Midtown

Those of us who take our beauty seriously enough to let someone put us in a compromising position while ripping out our short hairs know »more

Best Place For a Mani/Pedi

Highland Nails

Part of the reason why HIGHLAND NAILS has remained a secret for so long is its location. Tucked in a nook behind San Francisco Coffee »more

Best Place For Old-School Ink

East Atlanta Tattoo

When Dirk Hays opened EAST ATLANTA TATTOO in 2001, his was the only tattoo parlor on the stretch of Glenwood Avenue that led hipsters into »more

Best Place For Reviving Your Sole

Trio Shoe Service

You wouldn't bring a Rolls-Royce to a gas-station car wash, would you? Well, the same logic applies to your Manolo stilettos or Prada loafers. To »more

Best Place To Encounter a New Booze

Pearson's Wine of Atlanta

The best liquor store is usually the one that's closest. But if you're looking for a wider selection or savvy staff recommendations – or if »more

Best Place To Stock Up For your Gay Lifestyle

Brushstrokes

BRUSHSTROKES is basically a Hot Topic for the LGTB set. Whether you're a queen, a bear or a baby butch, Brushstrokes has you covered – »more

Best Reason To Become a Danish Modernist

City Issue

Relocated from Buckhead to Inman Park, CITY ISSUE has evolved into a sanctum of midcentury furniture design. The store offers sectional sofas, sleek dining tables, »more

Best Reason To Go From iPod To Low-Tech

Criminal Records

It's startling how quickly CRIMINAL RECORDS made the transition from selling no vinyl at all to having a corner on the market. Where once there »more

Best Resource For Would-Be Rock Stars

Guitar Center

There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar »more

Best Source For "Tobacco" Supplies

42 Degrees South

Atlanta boasts plenty of places to purchase a water pipe – to smoke tobacco, of course! One friend of this writer even scored a bong »more

Best Source For Funny Books

Oxford Comics

No comic-book store in the Atlanta area has the quantity of new titles of comics and graphic novels, or breadth of geek-centric merchandise, as the »more

Best Source For Not Dressing Like All Your Girlfriends

JAC.

JAC.’s cute-as-a-button proprietor and namesake, Jaci Effron, welcomes newbies into her one-year-old Inman Park boutique with open arms, chatting up guests in a sweetly curious »more

Best South-Of-The-Border Food Store

Supermercado Chicago

Buford Highway is full of places that transport you to another country. If Mexico is your preferred destination, take a trip to SUPERMERCADO CHICAGO, where »more

Best Store For Finicky Stationery Enthusiasts

Artlite

OfficeMax is fine for those who like to buy their notepads or ballpoint pens in bulk, but for those who prize quality over quantity, only »more

Best Women's Shoes

Sole

Our shoe obsession may not be on the Carrie Bradshaw level, but whenever we feel the urge to decorate our feet with a new strappy »more

Best Yoga Guru

Doug Eifrid

Behind any serious yogi lies a beloved instructor, which makes picking the city's best yoga instructor a little like picking best mom. That said, there's »more

DARK HORSE: Best Vinyl From Another Era

Full Moon Records

With a new generation of kids getting into the groove of old vinyl – and with worsening inflation robbing us of buying power – what »more

FAVORITE SON: Best Way to Dress Like You Live in Another Era

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

It says something about the staying power of STEFAN’S VINTAGE CLOTHING that it remains at the top of the heap despite the continued (and impressive) »more

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