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|Best of Atlanta: Retail|
|by Matt Schafer|
|July 08, 2010 00:00|
After two months of online balloting and more than 20,000 votes cast, we present the best of the best — our inaugural Best of Atlanta winners.
It all started back at the beginning of May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Nightlife, Dining, Retail, Pet Services, Internet, and Outside Atlanta.
The top three finalists — or more, in the case of a tie — in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.
Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.
Gym: L.A. Fitness Ansley Mall
Anchoring the gayest outdoor malls in Atlanta, L.A. Fitness in Ansley Mall (www.lafitness.com) continues its popularity with the workout set, garnering half the votes. Located at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive and just a few miles from Piedmont Park, it continues to draw gays and girls.
Hair Salon: Helmet
Helmet Hairworx and Bodywerx (www.helmethairworx.com) opened up a new salon in West Midtown this year on its route to a first place finish, adding to its locations in Midtown, East Atlanta, Virginia Highlands and in Gravity Fitness.
Boys’ only Axiom Salon for Men (www.axiomsfm.com) finished second while Cortex Hair Studio (www.cortexsalon.com) made it to third place. Honorable mentions to Salon 2000 (www.salon2000atl.com) and Liberty Hair Studio.
Coffee Shop: Caribou Coffee
Sitting in the heart of the gay Midtown community at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, Caribou Coffee (www.cariboucoffee.com) is our readers’ choice to grab a cup of caffeine. Everything from business meetings to hanging out happens at the shop that sits only a few hundred feet from Piedmont Park.
Bookstore: Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse
With more than three-quarters of all the votes cast, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse (www.outwritebooks.com) was the dominant choice for Georgia Voice readers to pick up their latest reads or see their favorite author appear in person. Now in its 17th year, Outwrite continues to pull in A-List authors and has become an iconic part of Atlanta’s landscape.
Gift Shop: Brushstrokes
Known for offering anything and everything gay-related, Brushstrokes (www.brushstrokes.us) led the voting for best gift shop. Run by Mark Jackson and Tom Schloeder, Brushstrokes has gained a sterling reputation as a longtime community business, and offers apparel, DVDs, books, collectibles, calendars, adult items and much, much more.
Home Décor: Restoration Hardware
Tanning Salon: Ansley Beach
Furthering Ansley Mall’s dominance with our readers, Ansley Beach won more than half of the votes for best tanning salon. A staple in that location, Ansley Beach has built up a strong following of bronze-skin seekers.
Day Spa: Blue Med Spa
Midtown’s Blue Med Spa (www.bluemedspa.com) dominated the voting for best day spa. Known for an always expanding range of services the spa effectively beckons those looking for a little pampering, whether you are looking for traditional spa services, clinical services like Botox or laser hair removal, or both. Only two votes separated second place Bliss (www.blissworld.com) and third place Spa Sydell ( www.spasydell.com).
Art Gallery: Young Blood Gallery & Boutique
Poncy-Highland’s Young Blood Gallery & Boutique (www.youngbloodgallery.com) was deemed best art gallery by Georgia Voice readers. The gallery’s owners try to showcase new artists with new showings each month.
Liquor Store: Ansley Wine Merchant
Chalking up another win for Ansley Mall, Ansley Wine Merchant (www.ansleywine.com) takes first in this category. Ansley Wine Merchant offers a wide selection of wine from across the world.
Clothing Store for Men: Boy Next Door
Continuing its reputation as the place to shop for men, Boy Next Door (www.boynextdoor.biz) near Piedmont Park won by a dominating margin.
Clothing Store for Women: H&M
International fashion icon H&M (www.hm.com) was the choice of our female readers. Known for mixing fashion and affordability H&M offers something for the entire family.
Mitzi & Romano finished second and Bill Hallman (www.billhallman.com) came in third.
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