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Best afternoon (veggie) delight

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on »more

Best alternative to CVS

Little Five Points Pharmacy

Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when »more

Best bookstore for browsing

Book Nook

There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you »more

Best brand-name shoe bargains

Marshalls

Like any of the other brand-name-discount-stores - T.J. Maxx, Ross, and their ilk - Marshalls tends to be hit or miss. It depends on how »more

Best change of a dress

Clothing Warehouse

Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance »more

Best DIY to try

Indie-Pendent

From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy »more

Best event (and acronym)

Indie Craft Experience

Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that »more

Best fancy pants for men

Billy Reid

You ever wonder where that well-dressed mixologist at the trendy bar - the guy with his sleeves rolled up to reveal forearms covered in tattoos, »more

Best fashion on the fly (literally)

Bijoux Terner

When you're at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, whether you have an hour to kill before a flight or a several-hour layover, it's like they have you »more

Best fitness-related peer pressure

The Body Firm Atlanta

If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we »more

Best gifts for literally everyone

Richards Variety Store

Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they »more

Best haircut with history

Silver Moon Barber Shop

Opened in 1904, Silver Moon Barber Shop has laid claim to being the "Oldest Black Shop in Atlanta." While the once-bustling street has seen hard »more

Best hardware store to stand up to the Man

Intown ACE Hardware

Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - »more

Best man's man antiques

The Biggar's Antiques

Antiquing isn't all Queen Anne dining room sets, Depression glass, and display cases filled with Hummel figurines. This is especially true at the Biggar's Antiques »more

Best pet pampering

Glamour Paws

There are several good things about dog clothes. For one thing, they're impossibly small and often feature pet-related puns written in rhinestones. For another thing, »more

Best place to get lucky

Rondo Distributing Co.

All right, so you don't believe in magic potions. Not bright red "Jinx Killer," not a vaguely urine-colored "Hold Your Man Perfume," not clover green »more

Best place to meet the maker

HomeGrown

A sign inside HomeGrown cautions shoppers to "Just say no to mass-produced art," not that there's any mass-produced art to speak of at the Decatur »more

Best shopping and a show

Santa Fe Mall

Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway gets a lot of credit and press for being an awesomely amazing, predominantly Hispanic shopping center. Because it is. But »more

Best thrift store

Goodwill on Northside Drive

The opening of a new thrift store is cause for celebration. If you're a weekly or even every-other-weekly thrifter, your old tried-and-true spots tend to »more

Best vet

East Atlanta Animal Clinic

If you're in a veterinarian's office, there are a couple things that are pretty much guaranteed. One, you have a pet who you care about »more

Best-looking grocery shoppers

Whole Foods at Midtown Place

Between the delicious hot bar(s), salad bar, cheese bar, and randomly placed free samples throughout the store, there's enough going on at the Whole Foods »more

Best afternoon (veggie) delight

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on »more

Best alternative to CVS

Little Five Points Pharmacy

Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when »more

Best bookstore for browsing

Book Nook

There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you »more

Best brand-name shoe bargains

Marshalls

Like any of the other brand-name-discount-stores - T.J. Maxx, Ross, and their ilk - Marshalls tends to be hit or miss. It depends on how »more

Best change of a dress

Clothing Warehouse

Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance »more

Best DIY to try

Indie-Pendent

From the exposed brick walls to handmade woodgrain clocks to necklaces and earrings that look like they were plucked from a branch in a dewy »more

Best event (and acronym)

Indie Craft Experience

Craft fairs of yore conjure images of hot-glue-and-shell art. And Christmas ornaments made of Popsicle sticks and yarn. And those toilet paper cover things that »more

Best fancy pants for men

Billy Reid

You ever wonder where that well-dressed mixologist at the trendy bar - the guy with his sleeves rolled up to reveal forearms covered in tattoos, »more

Best fashion on the fly (literally)

Bijoux Terner

When you're at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, whether you have an hour to kill before a flight or a several-hour layover, it's like they have you »more

Best fitness-related peer pressure

The Body Firm Atlanta

If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we »more

Best gifts for literally everyone

Richards Variety Store

Setting out to buy gifts for people is the worst. The thought process usually goes something like, "Will they like it? Is it something they »more

Best haircut with history

Silver Moon Barber Shop

Opened in 1904, Silver Moon Barber Shop has laid claim to being the "Oldest Black Shop in Atlanta." While the once-bustling street has seen hard »more

Best hardware store to stand up to the Man

Intown ACE Hardware

Despite vocal grassroots opposition to the big-box giant's plan, Suburban Plaza will soon be home to a brand-new Walmart. The main concern among Decaturites - »more

Best man's man antiques

The Biggar's Antiques

Antiquing isn't all Queen Anne dining room sets, Depression glass, and display cases filled with Hummel figurines. This is especially true at the Biggar's Antiques »more

Best pet pampering

Glamour Paws

There are several good things about dog clothes. For one thing, they're impossibly small and often feature pet-related puns written in rhinestones. For another thing, »more

Best place to get lucky

Rondo Distributing Co.

All right, so you don't believe in magic potions. Not bright red "Jinx Killer," not a vaguely urine-colored "Hold Your Man Perfume," not clover green »more

Best place to meet the maker

HomeGrown

A sign inside HomeGrown cautions shoppers to "Just say no to mass-produced art," not that there's any mass-produced art to speak of at the Decatur »more

Best shopping and a show

Santa Fe Mall

Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway gets a lot of credit and press for being an awesomely amazing, predominantly Hispanic shopping center. Because it is. But »more

Best thrift store

Goodwill on Northside Drive

The opening of a new thrift store is cause for celebration. If you're a weekly or even every-other-weekly thrifter, your old tried-and-true spots tend to »more

Best vet

East Atlanta Animal Clinic

If you're in a veterinarian's office, there are a couple things that are pretty much guaranteed. One, you have a pet who you care about »more

Best-looking grocery shoppers

Whole Foods at Midtown Place

Between the delicious hot bar(s), salad bar, cheese bar, and randomly placed free samples throughout the store, there's enough going on at the Whole Foods »more

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