Life Enrichment
2014 “Best of 2014” Contest Winners

2014 “Best of 2014” Contest Winners

Meet the winners of this year’s “Best of 2014” contest

 

 

 After more than 1,500 nominations and 47,000 votes, you have chosen this year’s best!

 

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FITNESS & WEIGHT LOSS
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Best Large Fitness Facility
Adrenaline Group Xercise
With a dedicated, experienced team and a variety of fitness offerings – from CrossFit and Les Mills classes to Zumba and their own AGX classes – this facility has it all. www.adrenalinegx.com

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Best Small/Medium Fitness Facility
Sports Fitness Experience
Located in Roswell, this facility includes free weights, functional training equipment, a cardio area with treadmills, a running track and a turf field. Plus, they offer a variety of personal training opportunities and unique fitness www.classes.sfxfitness.com

"Julian and his crew are awesome!" – Debbie B.
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001-BallsBest Rec Sport League
Atlanta Sport and Social Club
Tap into your competitive side by joining a basketball, softball or kickball team. You can also compete in sillier sports such as "bubble soccer," cornhole and even bar games. www.atlantasportandsocialclub.com
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Best Workout
Cardio Dance Funk at Dance It Off
You don't have to be a ballerina to enjoy a workout at Dance It Off. This Sandy Springs studio invites all adults to get moving in classes such as Zumba, lyrical dance, tap, and this calorie-blasting class taught by studio co-owner Jason Cohen. www.danceitoffstudio.com

"[Jason] turned my two left feet into a dancing set of feet that can keep up with
his routines!" – Brenda T.

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Best Personal Trainer
Justin Davis
Justin Davis trains clients at Atlanta's Inman Park location of Snap Fitness, which provides 24-hour access to cardio equipment and free www.weights.snapfitness.com

"Great trainer. He watches and makes sure you do the movements correctly, and he can modify exercises if you have certain conditions that would be injured during a movement." – Zachary J.
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002-BootCampBest Boot Camp
Minister of Muscle
Led by certified personal trainer and sports nutrition consultant Vincent Casey, this Marietta-based boot camp program trains everyone from beginners to advanced athletes. Boot camps are open to adults, third through fifth grades, and sixth through 12th grades. www.ministerofmuscle.com

"Nobody brings it like the Minister!" – Trenna B.
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Best CrossFit Gym
CrossFit Perimeter
Open all week in Sandy Springs, this gym boasts seven coaches with over 25 years' combined CrossFit experience. They can adapt the workouts to any fitness level. www.crossfitperimeter.com
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003-CrossFitBest CrossFit Instructor
Nicole McMinn
Nicole teaches CrossFit classes and hosts Weekend Warrior events with CrossFit Breaking Boundaries, a CrossFit gym located in Roswell. www.crossfitbreakingboundaries.com
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Best Barre Instructor
Katie Otto
As the lead teacher at Pure Barre Virginia Highlands, Katie Otto guides her class members to discover their inner strength and confidence while getting fit. Katie has also toured America and China as a hip hop dancer and loves sharing her dance passion with Atlanta. www.purebarre.com
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004-StabilityBest Barre Studio
SVELTE
SVELTE challenges clients with isometric holds, low impact movements and a vigorous pace at the barre. This Brookhaven studio offers five different class styles as well as a free community barre class once per month. www.sveltefit.com

"SVELTE is the best barre studio in Atlanta! Great location, very reasonable prices, many class options and excellent instructors." – Becky B.
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Best Indoor Cycling Studio
Flywheel Sports
This nationwide cycling studio has three locations in Atlanta: Buckhead, Midtown and a newly opened studio in Alpharetta. Their combination of challenging rides and upper body weight training – not to mention the motivating leader board and upbeat music – will have you fit and fly in no time. www.flywheelsports.com

"My second home." – Cindy L.
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Best Indoor Cycling Instructor
Dani Pallo
Dani Pallo, a cycling instructor at Flywheel's Buckhead location, has had her cycling certification since 2010. She holds an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech and also enjoys practicing yoga. www.flywheelsports.com
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005-YogaBest Yoga Studio
Stillness Yoga and Meditation Center
Founded by Stephanie Clement, a yoga and meditation teacher as well as a certified yoga therapist, this Marietta studio offers yoga at all levels, Grounded Kids & Tweens classes, meditation and QiGong. www.stillnessyoga.com

"Stillness is a nurturing yoga atmosphere at all times, and it is a privilege to be able to practice there." – Gail L.
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Best Yoga Instructor
Astrid Santana
Astrid teaches at studios across the Atlanta area, in private sessions, on international retreats and on outdoor adventure retreats. Her next yoga and hiking retreat takes students to Montana's Glacier National Park in August 2015. www.astridsantana.com, www.happywildandfree.com

"You are one of the best, Astrid. Thanks for being a good yoga teacher on and off the mat." – Carrie V.
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Best Pilates Studio
Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy
Specializing in Pilates and physical therapy, this studio employs fully licensed therapists, massage therapists and, of course, Pilates-trained instructors. Stability also offers private sessions and Pilates workouts on the mat, the Reformer and on the Stability Chair. www.stabilityatlanta.com
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Best Pilates Instructor
Michelle Wade
As a Pilates devotee since college, Michelle loves the practice and completed her certification for mat Pilates in 2009. Catch her classes at Atlanta Hot Yoga, Total Fitness Revolution, Ember Yoga and Decatur Yoga and Pilates. She also offers private lessons. www.pilatesandpinot.com
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006-ZumbaBest Zumba
Dance Stop Studios
While they offer classes in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, creative movement and more, it's the Zumba at Dance Stop Studios that really gets the party started. Plus, you can pay for classes on an individual basis or pre-pay for a class card with no expiration date, making it easy to maximize your moves. www.dancestopstudios.com

"Super fun fitness classes with talented teachers. Very reasonable class fees, given the amount of caring and friendliness included as a bonus!" – Susan H.
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Best Zumba Instructor
Kandice Shelton
After corporate life resulted in her weight rising to above 200 pounds, Kandice knew she wanted to change some things. She lost over 60 pounds and discovered a passion for teaching fitness. Today she is the founder of Zenergy Fitness, which offers a variety of fitness programs, including Zumba, Aqua Zumba and Zumbatomic fitness parties for kids. www.zenergyfitness.com

"She is amazing! Her Zumba classes are a great workout." – Cozena S.
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007-DBBest Group Fitness Class
Rowbot Fitness
Get a full-body workout by boating – out of the water! This unique fitness studio specializes in indoor rowing, educates you on technique and customizes the resistance for any fitness level. www.rowbotfitness.com
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Best Group Fitness Instructor
Charles Anderson
Owner Charles Anderson teaches multiple indoor rowing classes each day at Rowbot Fitness. Most recently, he and fellow rower Stephen Ebbett rowed one million meters to raise money for Open Hand Atlanta and Kidney Research UK. www.rowbotfitness.com
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008-DanceBest Dance Instructor
Desiree Nathanson
This certified group exercise instructor strives to make fitness fun for her clients by sharing her passion for health, fitness and dance. Catch her cardio dance, jazz and 80s-inspired dance classes at Dance 101. www.fitdesiree.com
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Best Dance Studio
Dance Tonight Atlanta
Learn ballroom dance at this studio, where world champions Rex and Rachel Jones offer private and group lessons. www.dancetonightatlanta.com

"Great dance floor, instructors, parties and dance lessons!" – Rita C.

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Best Martial Arts/Boxing Gym
Buckhead Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art that gained popularity in America in the 90s, is effective for self-defense and fitness. This studio, led by second degree black belt Sam Joseph, teaches the technique to women and men of all ages and also offers a Fitin45 interval training www.class.buckheadjj.com
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Best Running/Walking Gear
Big Peach Running Co.
With seven locations around Atlanta, Big Peach Running Co. is dedicated to supporting Atlantans in their active lifestyles. In addition to offering a range of footwear and apparel, the store's "We Have It or We'll Get It" policy means they'll help you access any running or walking gear you need. www.bigpeachrunningco.com
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009-ClimbBest Running Club or Group
West Stride
Offering group runs on Saturdays, Wednesdays and special events throughout the month, this store's active running groups make it easy to start a running routine. This month alone, they'll be running the Hope for Orphans race, the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K and a Holiday Red Brick Run. www.weststride.com

"I would not be running without their knowledge and support." – Kathy G.
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Best Hiking Club or Group
Atlanta Outdoor Club
Established in 2000, Atlanta Outdoor Club caters to active Atlantans 21 and up. Their hikes take them everywhere from urban Atlanta to Jekyll Island. www.atlantaoutdoorclub.com
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Best Outdoor Gear
High Country Outfitters
Gear up for your next hike, camping trip or river excursion at High Country Outfitters in Buckhead and East Cobb. And this team doesn't just talk the talk – they also host adventure trips and the annual Stand Up for the Hooch SUP race. www.highcountryoutfitters.com
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010-BIKEBest Cycling Shop
Atlanta Cycling
With two locations in Atlanta, Atlanta Cycling offers professional bike fittings, informed advice about cycling brands, repair and coaching services, as well as an online directory of local cycling events and groups. www.atlantacycling.com
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Best Tennis Store

Your Serve Tennis
All of Your Serve's eight Atlanta locations provide full-service racquet maintenance and the opportunity to test a racquet at home before you purchase. www.yourserve.com
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Best Rock Climbing Wall
Atlanta Rocks!
Tackle more than 12,000 square feet of climbing space at Atlanta Rocks!, where friendly and experienced staff can teach you everything from basic climbing technique and safety to the skills needed for lead climbing. www.atlantarocks.com

"Everyone is friendly and welcoming, so you don't have to be afraid to dive right into something new! The climbing is great and challenging." – Amy F.
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Best Swim Instructor
Katy Jo Schroer
Teaching swimming to kids six months to 12 years, Katy Jo uses a gentle, playful method to help children feel confident in the water. www.atlantasacredliving.com
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011-SeniorFitnessBest Kids' Fitness
Cardio Kool Kids
Founded by Amy Head, a certified group fitness instructor who holds a master's degree in social work, Cardio Kool Kids helps kids achieve overall health through kickboxing, dance and nutrition journaling. The organization commonly works with PTA and after-school programs. www.cardiokoolkids.com

"Hands down THE BEST!" – Schyler S.
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Best Seniors' Fitness
ATL Silver Classix Crew
This dynamic group of dancers age 50 and up formed in 2010, proving that the spirit of dance is ageless. They keep their bodies healthy and minds sharp by performing for Atlanta's sports teams, at city festivals and more. Their director, Leslie Alison, leads their weekly practices at Dance 101. www.facebook.com/classixcrew

"An amazing group of people with a super talented leader! The crew is fun and dynamic – so much fun to watch!" – Missy B.
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Best Weight Loss Program
Atlanta Endocrine Associates
Losing weight while staying healthy can feel like a delicate balancing act. Medical supervision during the weight loss process, like the kind provided by Dr. Scott Isaacs at Atlanta Endocrine Associates, can help you focus on appropriate weight loss foods and long-term weight maintenance. www.intelligentweight.com

"Dr. Isaacs is very caring and truly tries to help everyone reach their maximum health goals." – Karen L.
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012-OpenHandThese fan faves also received lots of votes:

Best Personal Trainer – Joey Martin from Adrenaline Group Xercise
Best Barre Instructor – Jamie Roney from Pure Barre Druid Hills
Best Barre Instructor – Katie Schrier from Barre3
Best Indoor Cycling Instructor – Jeremy Levison from Flywheel Sports
Best Zumba Instructor – Omega Bickham from Dance Stop Studios
Best Cycling Shop – Peachtree Bikes

 

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LIFE ENRICHMENT
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 Best Volunteer Opportunity
Project Open Hand
Sickness, old age or disability can make it difficult for people to purchase and cook healthy meals. Project Open Hand helps by delivering free, nutritious meals to community members. Volunteers are regularly used to pack meals, deliver meals and support the team at special events. www.projectopenhand.org
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013-LifeCoachBest Life Coach
Dr. Jacquie Damgaard
With 18 years' experience helping executives and professionals live meaningful lives, Dr. Damgaard now serves as the executive director of ExecuCare, helping clients work through addiction. www.execucarearc.com

"She is skilled, talented, empathetic and compassionate as a practitioner and as a person. Jacquie is the real deal. Her track record speaks for itself." – Mitch A.
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Best Career Counselor
Nancy Gerber
Serving Atlanta since 1992, Nancy is an active member of the International Coach Federation. Through her coaching at Stepping Stones, she aims to help her clients balance personal and professional life, develop business skills, strengthen business relationships and deal with career transitions. www.sstones.com
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Best Financial Counselor
Laura Schilling
Laura is a Certified Financial Planner and the president and owner of Financial Innovations. She offers her clients legal, accounting and financial planning expertise while prioritizing their emotional goals for their finances too. www.financialinnovations.biz
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014-HypnoBest Hypnotherapist
Becky Shanks
Through her practice, Presents of Mind, Becky offers private sessions and monthly group hypnosis. She has helped clients overcome insomnia, food compulsions and smoking while adding more joy and abundance to their lives. www.presentsofmind.us

"Becky is an amazing person with the ability to bring out the positive attitude each of us needs. She is a true talent!" – Jill K.
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015-DOGBest Doggie Day Care
Puppy Haven
This Brookhaven day care offers many pet perks: unleashed play, professional grooming, healthy food and 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor room to romp. Their website even includes webcam streams so you can check on your pup during the day. www.puppyhavenatl.com

"Hands down the best doggie day care and boarding in Atlanta. We feel like our pup is safe, having fun and loved as much as he is at home." – Allison W.
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016-CityDOGBest Pet Store
City Dog Market
From its Brookhaven store, City Dog Market offers natural food, wholesome treats, earth-friendly toys and bathing stations to freshen up your four-legged babies. www.citydogmarket.com
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Best Dog Park
Brook Run Dog Park
Located in the Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run in Dunwoody, this dog park is nearly four acres large and completely fenced in. It includes walking trails, sitting areas and plenty of mature shade trees. www.brookrundogpark.com
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Best Groomer
Uptown Pups
Launched by owner Michelle Bielen, this Vinings store caters to the unique needs of city and suburban dogs. Their grooming options include deluxe baths, mini grooms, full grooms and simple nail trims. www.uptownpupsonline.com
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Best Local Vet
Apex Animal Hospital
This Austell practice opened in March, focusing on client education and communication, preventative care and diagnostics and treatment when needed. They can address health needs from your pet's first visit all the way to their geriatric care. www.myapexvet.com
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Best Charity Running Event
Shamrock 'n Roll Road Race
This race, put on by the Junior League of Atlanta, ran for the 10th year in a row this March. The event offers 1K, 5K and 10K options and raises funds for JLA, which invests in causes such as early childhood education and preventing sexual exploitation of Atlanta's children. www.jlatlanta.org
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017-BodyPaintBest Charity Ball/Gala
Body Art Ball
Living Art America's annual event showcases art on living canvases: bodies. Artists paint their masterpieces on models, and the event supports The Chelko Foundation, which aims to empower women through art. www.livingartamerica.com

"Excellently organized and entertaining. One of the best events I've been to in quite a while." – Kiki A.
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Best Local Festival
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival was held for the 12th year this August. With a kids zone, live music, an artist market gallery and even a 5K, the weekend offers something for everyone. www.summershadefestival.org
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018-WineBest Local Vineyard
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Established in 1999, this Dahlonega vineyard now produces more than 5,000 cases of Georgia wine annually. It is open for tastings, tours, gourmet dining and even weddings in the vineyard. www.wolfmountainvineyards.com
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Best Cooking Classes
The Cook's Warehouse
With locations across Atlanta, The Cook's Warehouse offers classes on everything from cooking fundamentals to seasonal specialties. Classes may be one-time, in a series, or even taught by visiting celebrity chefs. www.cookswarehouse.com
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Best In-Town Getaways
St. Regis Atlanta
This luxury Buckhead hotel offers a range of plush rooms and sprawling suites, spa treatments, afternoon tea and holiday-themed events. Combine that with the on-location fine dining, and a weekend here may be your new favorite staycation. www.stregisatlanta.com
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Best Bookstore
Little Shop of Stories
Located in Decatur's historic square, this independent bookstore hosts weekly storytimes, book-themed summer camps such as Camp Hogwarts and Magic Tree House Camp, and even staff-led book groups for all ages. www.littleshopofstories.com
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Best Music Venue
The Tabernacle
This unique venue, which was originally a Baptist church and a nursing school in the early 1900s, will host Common, Weezer, Billy Idol and more in the coming months. www.tabernacleatl.com
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019-ParkBest School for Adult Learners
International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy
This school focuses on turning its students into successful esthetics, nail care and massage therapy professionals.
www.issnschoolspa.com
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Best Park
Piedmont Park
A quintessential Atlanta location, this park hosts many festivals, fitness events and even a farmers market each year. Its facilities include sports fields, bocce courts, fenced dog parks for small and large dogs, playgrounds and areas to swim, bike and jog. www.piedmontpark.org
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020-ColoristThese fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Volunteer Opportunity – Junior League of Atlanta


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BEAUTY & ANTI-AGING
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021-StylistBest Hair Colorist
Meredith Van Sickle
Meredith Van Sickle hails from Indianapolis, where she studied under D.J. Freed, an Aveda Global Color Master. She eventually became a color educator for the Aveda Institute Atlanta, and she is now a colorist at the Milton location of Joseph & Friends Lifestyle Salon & Spa. www.josephandfriends.com
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Best Hair Stylist
Breana Carlyn
Breana studied at the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology, and during her time there, she won first place in Aveda's annual hair stylist competition. She now styles hair at Buckhead's Carter Barnes Hair Artisans. www.carterbarnes.com

"Breana is the best!" – April B.
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Best Hair Salon
Aura Hair & Makeup
This salon in Historic Roswell offers each client a style consultation (complete with complimentary wine or other beverage), a scalp massage, aromatherapy and access to their Aura Color Bar of more than 500 hair colors. www.aurahm.com

"I have commuted to Aura Hair & Makeup from Midtown Atlanta for two years, and it has been worth every mile!" – Brittany M.
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Best Hair Salon for Blowouts
GlowDry
GlowDry, which celebrated its first anniversary in Buckhead in September, specializes in blowouts, which include a wash, dry and style. Clients can add on a scalp massage or conditioning hair treatment for a visit that's both relaxing and hair-healthy. www.myglowdry.com

"Love their blowouts!" – Shantel K.
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Best Waxing
European Wax Center
At their locations in North Druid Hills, Brookhaven and Kennesaw, European Wax Center offers waxing for men and women from eyebrows to toes. www.waxcenter.com
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022-EyebrowsBest Sugaring
Defined Sugaring Studio
Using a mixture of sugar, water and lemon juice, Defined Sugaring Studio and founder Marlonda Currie serve clients of all ages, skin types and hair textures in their Buckhead studio. www.definedsugaringstudio.com

"Wonderful experience; can't wait to go back!" – Cindy H.

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Best Eyebrows
Lindsey Morrissey
As the lead makeup artist with Aura Hair & Makeup, Lindsey also specializes in brows and loves using her signature techniques to enhance her clients' facial features. www.aurahm.com
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Best Eyelash Extensions
Sweet and Lashful
Owner Nancy Shim, a medical aesthetician, offers eyelash tinting, eyelash perms and semi-permanent eyelash extensions, as well as other services, such as permanent makeup and brow shaping. www.sweetandlashful.com

"I had chemotherapy last year and lost all my hair, brows and eyelashes. When my eyelashes started to grow back, I went to Nancy to get extensions...they were so beautiful and masterfully done. They made me feel pretty again and gave me my confidence back." – Miaka P.
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Best Men's Grooming
Mary Todd Hairdressing Company
Catering to both men and women, this studio near Old Fourth Ward goes above and beyond for the gentlemen with beard and neck trims, hot lather shaves and a custom line of shampoo, pomades and beard oils. www.marytoddhairco.com
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Best Laser Hair Removal
A New You Skin & Body Clinic
Using the LightSheer Diode Laser System at their Woodstock location, this practice's clinicians can remove hair from many parts of the body. They apply a numbing cream for clients' maximum comfort during the efficient procedure. www.anewyouclinic.com
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Best Facial
Sally B's Skin Yummies
Earlier this year, Sally B's Skin Yummies expanded beyond skin-friendly product sales and branched into organic facials. Administered by Carrie Johnson, the available treatments are B Clear, B Calmed, B Youthful, B Polished and B Transformed. www.sallybskinyummies.com

"Carrie Johnson is a phenomenal esthetician. She makes my skin looks fabulous!" – Kala E.
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023-LipoBest Plastic Surgeon for Breasts
Dr. Ruth Celestin
After earning a medical degree and completing a residency program in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Celestin now practices with Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. She also serves in the United States Air Force Reserve Medical Corps as a flight surgeon, and she is fluent in French and Creole. www.georgiaplastic.com
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Best Plastic Surgeon for Liposuction
Dr. Brian Maloney
Dr. Maloney's command of facial liposuction, along with services like facelifts, ThermiRF and rhinoplasties, helps his clients enjoy a younger, refreshed appearance. This board-certified surgeon practices at the Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. www.maloneycenter.com

"Great doctor and love the friendly, helpful staff!" – Pat B.
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Best Plastic Surgeon for Face
Dr. Mike Majmundar
At the helm of Northside Plastic Surgery, Dr. Majmundar focuses exclusively on plastic surgery for the face, head and neck. His signature procedures are natural-looking facelifts, brow lifts and even rhinoplasties with no scar. This fall, Dr. Majmundar launched a nonprofit organization called Second Chance Surgeries, Inc. to provide his plastic surgery services to children born with cleft lips or palates. www.northsideplasticsurgery.com, www.secondchancesurgeries.org

"Fantastic surgeon who is also involved in impressive charity work!" – Niraj D.
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Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy
Dr. Stanley Okoro
Dr. Okoro is board certified and completed his surgical training at Emory University. Dr. Okoro now practices at Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and served as the executive director for Imo Medical Mission from 2005 to 2013. He still participates in medical and surgical missions to underdeveloped countries twice per year. www.georgiaplastic.com
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024-HairBest Hair Restoration
Anderson Hair Sciences Center
Led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ken Anderson, this practice specializes in hair restoration surgery. Dr. Anderson uses the ARTAS Robotic System to perform the Follicular Unit Extraction method of hair restoration, which leaves no noticeable scar. www.atlantahairsurgeon.com

"Why would you go to anyone else? He is the best!" – Cindy F.
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Best Permanent Cosmetics
Donna Stephenson-Shepard
At A New You Skin & Body Clinic, Donna provides a variety of spa services, from facials to peels. She is also the practice's specialist in permanent cosmetics and is board certified in the practice. www.anewyouclinic.com

"Donna is fantastic; I have been going to her for many years!" – Judith K.
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Best Makeup Artist
Leslie Crowell
For an everyday look or makeup for a special occasion, Leslie at Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique can help. She can even pass along her expertise in an instructional session, guiding you through the best foundation, powder, colors and application techniques for you. www.three-13.com

"Leslie is a fabulous makeup artist!" – Joyce S.
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025-EstheticianBest Esthetician
Cherece Law-Taylor
The owner of Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care, Cherece is a licensed clinical esthetician with 20 years' experience in the field. She opened her practice in 2010 and offers facials, microdermabrasion, peels and more.
www.pureaestheticsskincare.com

"I've been there many times for facials with Cherece, and I've always been 100 percent
satisfied!" – Themis B.

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Best Local Skin Care Products
B'Tyli Natural Skin Therapies
B'Tyli products are manufactured in Lawrenceville and prioritize organic ingredients. President Lisa Washington and her creative marketing director Kristina Millsaps live in the Atlanta area and are dedicated to sustainable beauty. www.btyliskintherapies.com

"I love this skin care line! Amazing products! I cannot live without them." – Keegan L.
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Best Chemical Peel
Dermatology Center of Atlanta
The Advanced SkinCare Center, a division of Dermatology Center of Atlanta, assesses each client's individual needs in order to select the most effective chemical peel. www.dermatology-atlanta.com
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Best Microdermabrasion
Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare
Led by makeup artist Julian Reynolds, Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare is located in Town Brookhaven. They offer a standard microdermabrasion facial as well as an express version and microderm treatments for the hands, decollete and back. www.julianscosmetics.com

"Julian has been making me absolutely beautiful for the past seven years now. Julian, you're the best!" – Doreen E.
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Best Manicure/Pedicure
Hammond Nails & Spa
Going above and beyond the standard mani/pedi options, this Roswell spa offers deluxe versions, gel mani/pedis and even sports pedicures. www.hammondnailsandspa.com
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Best Body Wrap
Spa Waverly by Village Health
Spa Waverly's 50-minute body wrap uses mineral-rich mud to hydrate and firm clients' skin while relaxing the muscles. The mud is removed with warm steam towels and can be combined with a massage. www.spawaverly.net
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Best Sunless Tan
Spray Studio
When you want a summer glow but don't want to take the risks of sun exposure or chemical-laden spray tans, Spray Studio is the place to be. Their water- and aloe-based tanning solution is free of parabens, synthetic preservatives, alcohols and more. www.spraystudioatl.com

"I have been going to Alicia for years. She is the best, and her studio is impeccable." – Jenny B.
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Best Overall Spa
Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care
At this spa, which opened in 2010 and moved to Dunwoody this year, Cherece Law-Taylor and co-owner Amy Anderson offer skin treatments that target aging, skin discoloration, acne, scarring and more. www.pureaestheticsskincare.com

"This place is pure heaven! They take such great care of you. You feel like you are a part of the family by the time you leave." – Michelle W.
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026-DrGreyBest Botox and Filler Injections
Dr. Leslie Gray
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Gray founded Dermatology Center of Atlanta in 2000. Her medical expertise and artistic eye inspire her passion for natural-looking results in each client. www.dermatology-atlanta.com

"Dr. Gray is amazing. She is fabulous at what she does and is a lovely person." – Michele M.
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027-PersonalStylistBest Personal Stylist
Kam Throckmorton
When you need an update, Kam can help edit your existing closet, become your personal shopper or simply help you find the perfect outfit for an event. She styles clients from their teens to late 60s and can help any body type look their best. www.glamkam.com

"Glam Kam is where it's at!" – Lauren G.
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Best Custom Bra Fit
Livi Rae Lingerie
Between tight straps, ill-fitting cups and uncomfortable underwires, many women have trouble finding a good bra fit. Cynthia Decker and Molly Hopkins from Livi Rae Lingerie demystify the process for women of all bust sizes at their Kennesaw store and through their virtual fit process. www.liviraelingerie.com

028-BraFit"Molly and Cynthia have given the Atlanta area a gem for women in need of a beautiful and perfectly fit bra. I love them, and you will too!" – Mary W.
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Eyebrows – Alyson Hoag from Authentic Beauty
Best Dermatology Practice – Dermatology Center of Atlanta

 


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HEALTH & WELLNESS
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Best Primary Care Doctor
Dr. Nan Monahan
Dr. Monahan received her medical degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine, completed her residency at Emory and has been in the Piedmont network since 1997. She is board certified in internal medicine and practices at Buckhead Internal Medicine. www.buckheadinternalmedicine.com

"Dr. Monahan has been there for me during the tough times. Great doctor, great person!" – Kelly W.
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Best Chiropractic Care
Absolute Health Chiropractic
Led by Dr. Catherine Franklin, this practice is located just outside the perimeter toward Sandy Springs and sees patients from infancy to their 90s. Dr. Cathy takes a holistic approach to health care that includes chiropractic, massage therapy, exercise and nutrition. www.dr-cathy.com

029-IntMed"Dr. Cathy is an amazing chiropractor and the best I have ever gone to. She loves her patients and truly cares about their physical, mental and spiritual health. She changed my life!" – Karin S.
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Best Colon Cleansing
Clear Path Wellness Center
This Sandy Springs practice focuses on detoxification, relaxation and rejuvenation. Their services include colon hydrotherapy, nutritional consulting, ionic cleansing foot baths, reflexology and massage therapy. www.clearpathwellness.com

"I love the staff and the peaceful environment there. Everyone is very knowledgeable, personable and professional." – Justin H.
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Best Integrative Medical Doctor
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia
An expert in integrative health, Dr. Bhatia is a certified nutritionist, acupuncturist and board-certified physician. She has appeared on CNN, "The Dr. Oz Show" and more, and her most recent book, "The 21-Day Belly Fix," was published this fall. www.atlantaholisticmedicine.com
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Best Integrative Medical Facility
Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine
Combining conventional and alternative ethods, this Brookhaven practice addresses a health topics such as cardiovascular health, fertility planning, gastroenterology and weight management. www.atlantaholisticmedicine.com

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Best Physical Therapy Center
Venture Physical Therapy & Hand Therapy
With locations in Marietta and Powder Springs, this physical therapy center has been serving patients for more than 25 years. Each patient gets a free one-on-one consultation, and the practitioners address everything from back pain management to stroke rehab. www.venturept.com
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030-NaturopathicBest Eye Doctor
Dr. Niraj Desai
Dr. Desai is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, LASIK and corneal transplants. He has served on a surgical volunteer team in Vellore, India and practices at Milan Eye Center. www.milaneyecenter.com
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Best Naturopathic Care
Natural Health Solutions
This practice uses homeopathy, nutritional support and other lifestyle changes to improve clients' overall wellness. Debra MacIntyre is the founder and a board-certified naturopath, and Dr. JaNeen Ridgeway lends her chiropractic services to the practice. www.nature-heals.com
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Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Prioritizing customer service and the latest cosmetic dental technology, this practice is led by Dr. Debra Gray King and serves all of Atlanta, including celebrities like Bravo's Nene Leakes. www.atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com
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Best Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Debra Gray King
Dr. King has achieved Fellowship status with American Society of Dental Aesthetics and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is one of only four dentists in the world and the only woman to have achieved Fellowship status with both organizations. She practices at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. www.atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com
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Best Pediatric Dentistry
Brookhaven Children's Dentistry
At this facility, which includes a movie theater and arcade room, Dr. Judy Christianson focuses on establishing good oral health habits in children and teens. Dr. Christianson is board certified and has practiced in Atlanta for more than 11 years. www.brookhavenchildrensdentistry.com
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Best Dermatology Practice
Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa
Led by Dr. Alan Gardner, this practice treats skin conditions like acne, age spots, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and skin cancer. They also offer medical spa services such as injectables, CoolSculpting and other non-invasive fat removal options, laser rejuvenation, Ultherapy and more. www.gardnerdermatology.com

"Love this practice. My skin never looked better." – Kera M.
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032-OBGYNBest ENT Practice
ENT Institute
Sixteen locations of this practice treat allergies, ear infections, reflux, sinus infections, sleep disorders and more. Dr. Jeffrey Gallups, who founded the ENT Institute, also shares his expertise weekly on the radio show Doc Talk. www.entinstitute.com

"A place that treats you like family!" – Lynette H.
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Best Urologist
Dr. Martha Boone
Dr. Boone sees patients ages 15 and up for a variety of urological issues. She has a special interest in preventing kidney stones, addressing urinary incontinence and dealing with elevated PSA levels in men. www.drmarthaboone.com
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Best Hormone Doctor
Dr. Scott Isaacs
As a board-certified endocrinologist, Dr. Isaacs has been practicing in Atlanta since 1998. He is Atlanta Endocrine Associates' medical director and a faculty member at Emoroy University School of Medicine. www.intelligentweight.com
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Best OB/GYN
Dr. Sharon Smith
Dr. Smith is a general obstetrician and gynecologist with Kaiser Permanente. She prioritizes prenatal care and supporting women in their own self-care. www.kp.org

"Very pleasant and personable. I recommend her
to anyone!" – Latrece R.

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Best Orthopedist
Dr. Angelo DiFelice
Specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, as well as sports medicine, Dr. DiFelice practices at Resurgens Orthopaedics. He currently has hospital affiliations with North Fulton, Emory Johns Creek and Northside. www.resurgens.com
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031-VeinTreatmentBest Vein Treatment
VEINatlanta
Owned by Dr. Louis Prevosti, this practice treats spider veins, varicose veins, restless leg syndrome, deep vein thrombosis and more. www.veinatlanta.com

"By far the best vein treatment ever!" – Janae H.
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033-PodiatristBest Podiatrist
Dr. Stephanie Michael
Dr. Michael specializes in diabetic foot care and wound care, bunions, hammer toes, ingrown toenails and heel pain. She has been in private surgical practice for almost 10 years and is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. www.vpcenters.com

"Absolutely the best! Passionate abouthelping people, great bedside manner and funny, too!" – Ania S.
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Best Foot Massage
Village Health Wellness Spa
This Smyrna spa's massage menu includes Swedish full body, deep tissue, sports, hot stone, lymphatic, prenatal and shiatsu options as well as, of course, a reflexology massage addressing pressure points on the feet. www.villagehealth.net
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034-MassageBest Massage Therapist
Jo Ann Taylor
The former co-owner of Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell, Jo Ann Taylor has been practicing massage for more than 10 years. She offers Swedish, prenatal, myofascial and reflexology massages, as well as hot stone and dry brushing add-on options. www.purelifemindandbody.com
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Best Cancer Treatment Support
Cancer Support Community Atlanta
All of CSC's programs are led by licensed therapists. They offer weekly support groups, networking groups, educational meetings, nutrition discussions and help with stress reduction. www.cscatlanta.org

035-CancerTreatment"This is an awesome nonprofit for any and all cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The support is wonderful, and they have many beneficial programs for us." – Yvette M.
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Best Home Care Provider
CaraVita Home Care
CaraVita's professional team can develop a custom plan that fits your needs, from around-the-clock care to basic training for family members about senior care practices. CaraVita can also offer specialized dementia care through their Friends for Life program and help with geriatric care management. www.caravita.com

"This a fantastic company. They treat caregivers and clients so well. Very trustworthy." – Lisa P.
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Best Urgent Care Facility
MedPost Urgent Care
This urgent care chain offers walk-in care with no appointment necessary at their eight Atlanta locations. They are open evening and weekend hours and can provide referral options and coordinate specialty care when needed. www.medpost.com

"Love the Crabapple location!" – Vivan P.
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Cancer Treatment Support – Emory Winship Cancer Institute

 

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FOOD & NUTRITION
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Best Farmers Market
Alpharetta Farmers Market
Located in downtown Alpharetta, this free market offers a wide selection of produce, meats, fresh flowers and herbs, and all sorts of edible home goods like breads and homemade sauces. www.alpharettafarmersmarket.com

"A fine group of vendors and patrons and very good management."– Edwin H.
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Best Local Community Garden
Truly Living Well
Truly Living Well is a leader in urban agriculture. From their garden locations in East Point and downtown, they run a CSA program, summer camps for kids and urban grower training for anyone interested. www.trulylivingwell.com
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036-FoodTruckBest Farm-to-Table Delivery
Garnish & Gather
Since 2012, they've been bringing ingredients from Georgia farms right to your doorstep. You can order ready-to-make meals with recipes included from Atlanta's best chefs, or pick out your own gourmet groceries from local farms. www.garnishandgather.com
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Best Food Truck
W.O.W! Food Truck
You can track down W.O.W.'s savory stuffed corn cakes at locations across Atlanta, as well as in Decatur and Alpharetta. Menu items are made fresh from scratch every day and include stone ground cheese grits, brisket and even a veggie burger. www.wowfoodtruck.com
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Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Atlanta Fish Market
Buckhead's Atlanta Fish Market is known for its signature cocktails, great service and, of course, fresh and delicious seafood. Especially noteworthy is the restaurant's kids menu, which offers young palates salads, seafood and sushi. www.buckheadrestaurants.com
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Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant
Nancy G's Cafe & Neighborhood Bistro
Nancy G's serves up contemporary Southern fusion cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Their doggie dining menu comes complete with grilled chicken, bacon, "pup cakes" and even a "Tailwagger"mojito. www.nancygscafe.com

"A great place! Intimate dinner, lunch or party!" – Sam R.
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037-RestaurantBest New Restaurant
Varuni Napoli
Authentic Neopolitan pizza has arrived in Atlanta by way of Varuni Napoli, thanks to chef Luca Varuni and architect Giancarlo Pirrone. All the authentic ingredients are imported, from the cold-pressed olive oil to the Italian olives. www.varuni.us

"The best people and the best pizza, hands down. Luca treats his people like family." – Joe W.
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Best Health Food Store
Whole Foods Market
The popular grocery chain carries organic groceries and offers delicious salad and hot food bars. Whole Foods has eight Atlanta locations, including a new Alpharetta branch. www.wholefoods.com
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038-Gluten-FreeBest Gluten-Free Menu
True Food Kitchen
From its new location at Lenox Mall, True Food Kitchen serves food to minimize inflammation in the body and promote healthy living. The menu is loaded with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. www.truefoodkitchen.com
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039-BlogBest Vegetarian Options
The Loving Hut Sandy Springs
The Sandy Springs location of this restaurant chain serves vegan items like spring rolls, zucchini pasta, stir fry, vegan mac and cheese and more. www.lovinghut.us
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Best Healthy To-Go
Good Measure Meals
This service delivers portion- and calorie-controlled meals to help you meet your weight loss goals. The meals are always fresh, and the proceeds benefit the nonprofit Project Open Hand. www.goodmeasuremeals.com

"Good Measure Meals helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle. I'm so busy throughout the day, I love that I don't have to think about what I'm going to eat." – Harmony B.
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Best Juice Bar
Dtox Juice
Dtox offers juices, milks, elixirs, teas and lattes. For the true juice-lovers, Dtox also offers three-day organic juice cleanses. In addition to their juices, they also have entrees like salads, soup and oatmeal. www.dtoxjuice.com
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Best Local Food Blog
He and She Eat Clean
Tiffany, Whitney and their dedicated husbands started He and She Eat Clean in 2011 to share clean eatings and lifestyle tips. Now the site includes recipes, workouts, lifestyle tips and more. www.heandsheeatclean.com
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Health Food Store – Trader Joe's

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