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Best Place to Get Waxed by a Lust Lister
Actually, SALON RED AND SPA in Candler Park is probably the only place to get waxed by a winner of CL’s annual Lust List. In addition to being nominated by readers earlier this year as one of the city’s hottest service-industry workers, Kristen Standish has the skills to match. Expertise, efficiency, a calm demeanor and steady handwork are wonders for novice spa-goers, and informed advice about avoiding ingrowns and cooling down that telltale redness is refreshing to the more experienced among us. You won’t feel pressured to buy any products, and the salon’s overall vibe is laid-back. So relax, sip some cool water, breathe and let Kristen and her colleagues Kaci Chandler and Anissa Jones do their thing — for a reasonable $30. We just hope the guy or gal who nominated Kristen won’t be too disappointed that she became officially committed to her lady love in August.
1642 DeKalb Ave. 404-373-2003.

Best Excuse to Get Rid of Your Gut
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you’ll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold’s. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members. The gym has the newest machines for cardio and strength training; an extensive schedule of yoga, Pilates and spinning classes taught by some of the best and most experienced instructors in the city; fresh-brewed gourmet coffee and tea; and even an in-house chiropractor for all your cracking needs. Its “try before you buy” approach (an introductory two-week membership that won’t cost you a dime) extends to its two-dozen personal trainers, whose full bios you can check out online beforehand to find your best match. They (bravely) even post their own phone numbers.
742 Ponce de Leon Place. 404-885-1499.

Best Workout for Masochists
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year’s worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers a departure from the mat classes and private instruction that are typically offered at the Morningside Pilates studio. Attendees of any of the seven weekly Kettlebell classes ($185 for a once-a-week, eight-week series) will be greeted with a cast-iron, bell-shaped weight with a handle on top, which is swung using both arms in various arcs and loops. In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. Expect to be sore — to the point of not being able to sit.
1145 Zonolite Road. 404-817-0900.

Best Wine Selection at a Grocery Store
We would never have guessed that our hunt for a bottle of 1921 Chateau Caillou Sauternes would have led us to the ANSLEY MALL KROGER. But there it was, enclosed in glass, tucked into the store’s temperature-controlled wine cellar with a price tag of $999. The selection of wine at the Ansley Mall store is vast; from rich ports to sweet dessert wines, the handpicked inventory spans the globe. Just as important, though, is the wine staff. On a recent visit, Steve, the French wine aficionado, gave an approving nod to the rosé we chose for a light dinner of Mediterranean fare. He also pointed out that a standout was coming in the next week, which spurred a conversation about rosés, which got us talking about the best wines for hot summer nights, which led to … well, let’s just say they know their stuff.
1700 Monroe Drive. 404-872-0782.

Best Excuse to Throw a Dinner Party
Covering 140,000 square feet of well-air-conditioned space, YOUR DEKALB FARMER’S MARKET isn’t a farmer’s market in the traditional sense. That is, it doesn’t carry goods that come solely from Georgia farmers — though it does have a ridiculously massive selection of local and international produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, dry goods, wine and beer, and prepared foods, all at ridiculously low prices (even for the impressive selection of organic options). We recently found sushi-grade tuna for $10.99 per pound, 89-cent heads of escarole and hearty bundles of herbs for about a buck each. That’s about half the price of most competitors. Putting these values to the test, we’ve found that it’s possible to throw a four-course, 10-person dinner party for around $100. Why would you ever grocery-shop anywhere else?
3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-377-6400.


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