Life Enrichment
Best of 2015

Best of 2015

After tens of thousands of votes, you have chosen this year’s best!

 

Fitness & Weight Loss


Best Large Fitness Facility
YMCA of Northwest Atlanta
The YMCA of Northwest Atlanta works to create a space for healthy living, to encourage community and neighborhood support, and to promote youth development, bringing out the potential in every child and teen. ymcaatlanta.org
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Best Small or Medium Fitness Center
Catalyst Fitness
Catalyst Fitness is Georgia's one and only fully-accredited and medically-recognized Personal Training and Small Group Training facility. They hold more awards than any other facility in the Southeast and offer small group training Monday through Saturday with personal training sessions by appointment. catalystfitness.com
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P-001Best Rec Sport League
Atlanta Sport and Social Club
ASSC has become Atlanta's largest provider of adult social sports leagues and events. With more than 15,000 participants across 70 leagues (including kickball, softball, soccer, etc.) and several signature events (including Atlanta Field Day), ASSC serves as Atlanta's hub for active, social adults. atlantasportandsocialclub.com
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Best Workout
FORME
This is the "every girl's" studio! The dynamic cardio workouts offered at this locally-owned, Atlanta-based studio will help you burn up to 1,000 calories in under 55 minutes. Try bootybarre™, FORME signature barre fusion, or cardio FORME to ensure a well-rounded exercise program. formestudios.com
Best Personal Trainer Todd Hancock Hancock knows what it takes to transform your body; two decades ago, he lost 60 pounds. Today, as a personal trainer with MODO Fitness, he helps clients change their own bodies and lives by teaching them how to make better food and exercise choices and reach their personal fitness goals. modofitness.com
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Best Pilates Studio
Body Awareness Studio
Established in 1993, this Atlanta studio serves as the host site for Balanced Body teacher training. The Pilates classes offered at this Atlanta-based studio range from therapeutic to advanced fitness levels. Clients can choose from private sessions, semi-private or group reformer classes to receive a comprehensive and highly effective training program that integrates the mind, body and spirit. bodyawarenessstudio.com
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Best Personal Training Facility
Stellar Bodies
The Lagree MethodTM is the centerpiece of this outstanding facility. This 50-minute workout, which has its roots in Pilates and is taught by Stellar Bodies' highly trained instructors, strengthens the body, tones and elongates the muscles,
improves endurance and more by encompassing cardio elements and strength training. stellarbodiesatl.com
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Best Boot Camp
Taddas Fitness
Tadda's Fitness Center is named after the owner LaTasha Lewis, RN, BSN whose nickname was given at birth by her family; yet, when her clients look in the mirror, they say "Taddahhhhhh" in amazement of their results. Tadda and her clients-turned-trainers believe in a no mess approach to health and fitness. taddasfitness.com
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Best CrossFit Instructor
Chris Romano of CrossFit Perimeter
With 13 coaching certifications, including USAPL, USAW, CrossFit Level 2 weightlifting and CrossFit Gymnastics trainer just to name a few, Chris Romano can help you gain strength and get in shape. crossfitperimeter.com
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Best CrossFit Gym
CrossFit East Cobb
CrossFitters from all around Atlanta, along with Marine and Army Special Operations Forces, head to CrossFit East Cobb for the ultimate functional training by CrossFit Certified Coaches. The gym also offers a kids program and specialty training for those 55 and older.
crossfiteastcobb.com
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P-002Best Barre Instructor
Katy Gibson
As a former dancer, Katy Gibson first learned about barre workouts while living in D.C. After relocating to Atlanta, she decided to make the leap to become a small business owner and instructor. She opened the Pure Barre Virginia-Highland studio in December of 2013.
purebarre.com
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Best Barre Studio
Pink Barre
Just under two years old, Pink Barre has rapidly grown its barre community through its Pilates, yoga, ballet-infused workout that tones and strengthens. Since opening, the boutique fitness studio, overseen by a former physical therapist, has expanded to four locations with a fifth to open late 2015 in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. pink-barre.com
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P-003Best Indoor Cycling Studio
Flywheel Sports
Flywheel Sports has redefined the world of indoor cycling. Cycle at your own pace, speed and resistance while music pumps you up and Flywheel instructors lead you through your workout. flywheelsports.com

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Best Yoga Studio
Thunderbolt Power Yoga
This outstanding studio teaches Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, which is an energetic and playful style with a strong emphasis on breath and alignment. The athleticism and vitality cultivated in each class helps students detox their bodies, torch calories, strengthen muscles and clear their minds — all while enlivening their spirit. thunderboltpoweryoga.com
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Best Yoga Instructor
Becky Nickerson
Owner of Infinity Yoga, Nickerson honed her yoga skills in Miami before returning to her hometown of Dunwoody in 2013. She and her husband, Matt, now have two studios in Dunwoody and Brookhaven and continue to help develop the local yoga community with a variety of classes, including Becky's renowned Power Yoga class. infinityyogaatlanta.com
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P-004Best Martial Arts/Boxing Gym
Szondi Martial Arts & Wellness Institute
From the 20th Generation of Chen Taiji Family, Master, Professor Florin Szondi — founder of the Romanian Martial Arts Federation 1990, President of USA Chen Taiji Center and President of HONG KONG Tiancai Taichi Association — combines the methods of physical and mental training in a variety of programs, including Taiji, Qigong, Kung Fu and Wushu, Self Defense, and fitness.taijiinstitute.com
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Best Pilates Instructor
Megan Hunter
A certified, Polestar-trained Pilates Rehab instructor, Hunter is one of the premier members of Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy. She specializes in treating orthopedic and sports injuries, as well as women's health conditions, and is passionate about the evaluation and treatment of the running athlete. stabilityatlanta.com
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Best Zumba
Kandice Shelton
While she teaches everything from spin classes to Pilates, Kandice Shelton loves to teach Zumba. She is also an author, speaker, fitness coach and wellness consultant who has shed 60 pounds herself and kept it off. kandicefitness.com; fitspiration10.com
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Best Group Fitness Class
Rowbot Fitness
Engage every muscle group for an intense indoor rowing workout class at Rowbot Fitness. Designed to mimic the action of pulling an oar through water, this class is a calorie torcher. rowbotfitness.com
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Best Group Fitness Instructor
Charles Anderson
A two-time "Best of" winner, Charles Anderson leads a variety of high energy exercise classes, including group indoor rowing and power rowing, at his fitness studio, Rowbot Fitness. rowbotfitness.com
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p-005Best Dance Instructor
Jay Varnedoe
Jay Varnedoe has had a passion for dance since the age of 7. He has pursued dance as a profession, in education and through charitable fundraising. His greatest joy in teaching is seeing his students grow and gain confidence as they learn the art of dance. myballroomdanceclub.com
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Best Dance Studio
Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta
For over 30 years Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta has been the premier place for couples, singles and groups to learn dances the quick, easy and fun way. The dance studio also hosts community charity events.
myballroomdanceclub.com
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p-006Best Golf Store
Golfsmith
The largest golf retailer in the world, if it's golf related and you need it Golfsmith probably has it. Golfsmith offers an extensive product selection of premier-branded golf equipment as well as its proprietary products, advanced club-fitting services and pre-owned clubs. golfsmith.com
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Best Running/Walking Gear
Big Peach Running Co.
Sprint over to this locally-owned and operated retailer for the absolute best in footwear, apparel and accessories for runners and walkers. The entire staff embraces the pedestrian-active lifestyle and can address every aspect of a customer's fitness routine. bigpeachrunningco.com
"Wonderful store, so welcoming to novices along with some amazing expertise and talent for the seasoned runners." — Clo H.
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Best Outdoor Gear
Mountain High Outfitters
Wherever life may take you Mountain High Outfitters at Ponce City Market or on West Paces Ferry can gear you up to look good, feel good and be fully prepared. MHO offers a wide selection of apparel, footwear and gear for adults and kids. Fit any lifestyle with brands such as Patagonia, Chaco, The North Face, Sorel, Osprey, Toms, Barbour and bikes from Retrospec. mountainhighoutfitters.com
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Best Cycling Shop
Cycleworks
Cycleworks is a full-service bike retailer in Roswell and Duluth. Thirty years strong, this family-owned business is recognized as one of America's Best Bike Shops. See them for bikes, accessories, bike rental, professional bike fitting, and expert bike repair.
cycleworksinc.com
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p-007Best Rock Climbing Wall
Atlanta Rocks!
It's the most popular indoor rock-climbing gym in the southeast for a reason. With more than 12,000 square feet of professionally-designed climbing surface, 50 top rope stations, overhanging lead routes and hundreds of climbs, visitors of all levels find themselves on top of the world here. atlantarocks.com
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Best Kids Fitness
Cardio Kool Kids
Cardio Kool Kids is creating healthy kids for a lifetime by working with children Pre-K through 5th grade. With its innovative curriculum combining kickboxing, hip hop, strength training, sports drills and health and nutrition journaling, Cardio Kool Kids gets kids fired up for health and fitness. cardiokoolkids.com
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Best Weight Loss Program
Citron Nutrition Clean21
The Clean21 program from Citron Nutrition shows you how to feel better and lose weight permanently by changing the way you eat and breaking through a lifetime of poor habits. On the program, you will go 21 days without sweets, alcohol or diet soda while eating easy-to-prepare food and ultimately transforming your life! citronnutrition.com
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:


Best Yoga Studio
Empower Yoga


Best Barre Studio
Elevate Barre Johns Creek


Best Group Fitness Class
TRX at the Northwest YMCA


Best Pilates Studio
Stability Pilates

 


Life Enrichment


Best Volunteer Opportunity
Habitat for Humanity
No matter where you are in metro Atlanta, there's a Habitat for Humanity volunteer opportunity for you. This renowned organization builds homes and communities while giving volunteers the chance to enjoy hands-on construction opportunities. Donations are greatly appreciated as well. habitat.org
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Best Life Coach
New Perspectives for Life
Offering counseling, life coaching, hypnosis and additional services, this innovative practice allows clients to assess their personal circumstances and use their strengths to find perspective, identify solutions and move forward to live happier lives. newperspectivesforlife.com
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Best Financial Counselor
Laura K. Schilling
President and owner of Financial Innovations, Laura K. Schilling has won awards for her expertise in accounting and financial planning. Schilling is also licensed to practice law in Georgia and Florida and often works with taxes, estates and trusts. financialinnovations.biz
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Best Hypnotherapist
Becky Shanks
Becky Shanks, of Presents of Mind Hypnosis, believes in the power of hypnosis to impact and improve every area of life. Already a certified hypnotherapist and Bachelor of Environmental Science holder, Shanks is also currently becoming a Reiki practitioner. hypnotherapistatlanta.com
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p-008Best Animal Rescue
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue
This nonprofit is dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from North Georgia shelters with high kill rates. No animal is left behind no matter age, breed or ability. Angels Among Us then works to find them forever homes through adoption. www.angelsrescue.org
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Best Doggie Day Care
Puppy Haven
This three-time "Best of" winner features 5,000 feet of unleashed play space and will soon open a Roswell location with twice as much cage free space! Oh yeah, did we mention they offer multiple webcams so you can keep up with your pup online while you're at the office or out of town? puppyhavenatl.com
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Best Pet Store
Uptown Pups
Dog and cat owners who want unique, affordable toys and products for their four-legged and furry friends head to Uptown Pups, founded by Michelle Bielen. Pet parents can shop online or visit the Vinings location to check out the latest offerings (and set up a grooming appointment). uptownpupsonline.com
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Best Dog Park
Brook Run Dog Park
Thanks to donations and dedicated volunteers, this completely nonprofit dog park offers water stations, a special small dog section and nearly two acres of fenced-in space for your favorite canine pal to run, play and make friends. brookrundogpark.com
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Best Local Vet
The Village Vets
Married veterinarians Francoise Tyler and Will Draper made their dreams come true 15 years ago with the opening of The Village Vets, a renowned full-service animal hospital that offers everything from preventative health care and surgery to boarding and grooming in three locations: Buckhead, Lilburn-Stone Mountain and the 24-hour hospital in Decatur. thevillagevets.com
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Best Groomer
Groom with a View, Inc.
Groom with a View goes the extra mile to make your pet feel safe and comfortable, including allowing them to watch another pet be groomed and filing their nails instead of clipping them. They can even calm cats for baths! groomwithaview.biz
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Best Pet Boarding
Best Little Dog House in Georgia
Staffed 24 hours a day by loving, certified professionals, this Smyrna-based facility offers the best in dog boarding, dog daycare and senior dog care. Daycare options include small group socialized care or individual non-socialized care, while boarding options feature climate-controlled sleeping arrangements in one of three areas: the Party Room, the Posh Spot or the Senior Center. bestlittledoghouseinga.com
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Best Pet Walker/Sitter
Margie Adams
Owner of Doolittle's Doggie Day Care, Adams offers personalized care for your pooch (or feline). She is a true animal lover who handles all aspects of in-home care for your pets at reasonable prices.
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p-009Best Charity Running Event
National Parkinson Foundation - Moving Day Atlanta
This annual run/walk fundraiser that includes, yoga, dance and Tai Chi, invites friends, families and communities to come together and get moving to fight Parkinson's disease, which is diagnosed every nine minutes in the U.S. parkinson.org
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Best Local Festival
Piedmont Park Arts Festival
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces hosts this highly-anticipated, annual two-day, family-friendly outdoor event focusing on the visual arts, with more than 250 local and regional painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork artists, glass blowers, jewelers, crafters and more, hosting one of the largest children's entertainments area, in addition to being dog friendly. piedmontparkartsfestival.com
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Best Cooking Classes
The Cook's Warehouse
This gourmet store meets cooking school offers fun cooking classes such as Imagine the Pasta-bilities, A Date Night in Thailand and Knife Skills 101. Shop their array of name brand cooking supplies online or at their East Cobb, Midtown and Decatur locations. cookswarehouse.com
"Best group event too! The whole office staff had a blast at the last hands on class." — John M.
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Best Classes/Workshop
Charm Etiquette
Founder Erika Preval, created Charm Etiquette after receiving extensive compliments on her daughters' manners. Charm Etiquette puts a modern spin on classic manners with classes and events for children as young as 2nd grade all the way up to adults looking to polish their social skills. charmetiquette.com
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Best Place for Family Fun
Lanier Islands
A mere 45-minute drive northeast of Atlanta, this luxurious 1,500-acre resort destination has something for everyone in the family. In addition to outstanding accommodations, Lanier Islands boasts boating, water sports, horseback riding and many more family-friendly activities throughout the year. lanierislands.com
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Best Place to Go Dancing
Johnny's Hideaway
Walking into this Atlanta nightspot is like taking a step back in time. DJs spin the hits from the '50s to today, with tunes from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to the Beach Boys and Madonna filling the air. johnnyshideaway.com
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Best Theater
Fox Theatre
A night at The Fox is truly an event in itself. This historic, award-winning theatre — and one of Atlanta's most recognizable landmarks — hosts more than 250 shows and a half million visitors each year and has been consistently ranked in the top three theatres in North America for gross ticket sales. foxtheatre.org
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Best Art Gallery
Muse & CO. Fine Art
Started by three longtime friends, Muse & CO. Fine Art, offers a gallery filled with fine art from established and emerging artists, a unique event space and a live recording studio all in the heart of Roswell. musecofineart.com
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p-010Best Local Vineyard
Chateau Elan
Located on more than 3,500 acres in
Braselton, this illustrious resort features a 275-room European-inspired inn, a full-service spa, championship golf, outstanding dining options, conference space and, of course, an award-winning winery complete with lush vineyards. chateauelan.com
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Best Comedy Club
Dad's Garage Theatre Company
Whether you're into improv, musical theatre or Theatresports (competitive team improv), Dad's Garage Theatre Company is guaranteed to make you laugh and re-think your definition of traditional theatre. dadsgarage.com
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Best Local Museum
High Museum of Art
The leading art museum in the Southeast, the High Museum of Art features a rotating schedule of special exhibitions and more than 15,000 individual works of classic and contemporary art, with collections of 19th and 20th century American and decorative art, European paintings, African art, photography, modern and contemporary art, folk art and more. high.org
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Best Bookstore
Little Shop of Stories
Located in historic Decatur Square, this quirky, independent bookstore features both kid and adult book clubs. Little Shop of Stories recently partnered with and supported the popular Decatur Book Festival. littleshopofstories.com
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Best Music Venue
The Tabernacle Atlanta
Every seat is the best seat in the house at this historic locale, which opened in 1910 as The Broughton Tabernacle and is now operated by Live Nation as an eclectic music venue. From indie acts to major recording artists, there's something for everyone. tabernacleatl.com
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p-011Best Local Coffee Shop
Octane Coffee Shop
With prime locations in Midtown Westside, Grant Park and Buckhead, this sophisticated and stylish shop is the perfect spot for anyone who is passionate about superb coffee, craft beers, wine, cocktails and delicious food.
octanecoffee.com
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Best Matchmakers
One on One Matchmaking
If you're looking for that special someone, this exclusive boutique dating service is just what you need. A team of highly-skilled consultants will act as your personal scout and matchmaker, providing personal, customized attention along the way to finding your happily ever after. 1on1matchmaking.com
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Best Park
Piedmont Park
Known as downtown Atlanta's "Common Ground" since 1904, Piedmont Park is one of the city's most beloved amenities. The Piedmont Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Atlanta, has raised more than $60 million since 1989 for park beautification, maintenance, programs and a 53-acre expansion of green space. piedmontpark.org
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:


Best Bookstore
Foxtale Book Shop


Best Festival
Music Midtown


Best Music Venue
Chastain Park Ampitheatre

 


Beauty & Anti-Aging


Best Anti-Aging Medical Doctor
Dr. Rhett Bergeron
Dr. Rhett Bergeron has been practicing integrative medicine for over 20 years. As medical director of New Vitality Medical Institute, he brings advanced training in anti-aging medicine. He is a compassionate and talented physician who is loved and respected by his staff and all of his patients. realhealthmedical.com
"Dr. Bergeron is amazing at seeing health problems that most doctors would miss or cover up with pharmaceuticals. He has helped our family." — Karen H.
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Best Anti-Aging Medical Practice
New Vitality Medical Institute
New Vitality Medical Institute is the leader in anti-aging in Georgia. They have an exclusive approach to restoring strength, energy, vibrancy and sexual confidence for both men and women; they are the risk-management experts for age-related diseases. newvitalitymedicalinstitute.com
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p-012Best Hair Colorist
Jasmine Howard
When she isn't cutting, correcting or coloring, Jasmine is often attending classes to stay up to date with industry trends. You can find her at Salon Red which she has called home for over two years. salonred.com

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Best Hair Salon for Blowouts
GlowDry
Founder Paige Perkins decided to combine her love of blowouts with her Ivy League degree and business experience to launch a blowdry and makeup bar that wouldn't break the bank. Thus GlowDry was born. myglowdry.com
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p-013Best Waxing
European Wax Center
Founded on the belief that everyone deserves to reveal natural, beautiful skin, European Wax Center treats all first-time in-state guests to a complimentary wax. And all guests — who can visit four locations in metro Atlanta — enjoy the 4 Steps to Gorgeous™ process, which preps the skin before and after each hair removal treatment. waxcenter.com
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Best Sugaring
Defined Sugaring Studio
This salon knows sugaring — it's all they do! An ancient hair removal practice that uses an all-natural, non-grainy paste made from sugar, water and lemon juice, sugaring is gaining popularity nationwide, and the staff at this Atlanta-based studio are experts who never wax — only sugar. definedsugaringstudio.com
"Excellent for sugaring and wonderful customer service every time." — Erica G.
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p-014Best Hair Salon
Aura Hair & Makeup
Whether you want demure or daring hair, Aura Hair & Makeup can make it happen. Aura offers specialty hair transformations such as multi-dimensional hair coloring and restoring frazzled hair back to a healthy state. aurahm.com
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Best Eyebrows
Alyson Hoag at Authentic Beauty
Alyson Hoag, the creator of Authentic Beauty Makeup Salon and Hair Studio, has worked her magic on everyone from everyday women to celebrities and CEOs for years, earning her the nickname of "brow guru" of Atlanta. myimagejourney.com
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p-015Best Eyelash Extensions
Sweet and Lashful
Sweet and Lashful owner Nancy Shim (medical aesthetician and Advanced-Certified lash stylist) and her team at Beauty Bar of Buckhead specialize in "All Things Lashes" from eyelash tinting to eyelash perming to eyelash enhancing tattoos to safe, clump-free eyelash extensions that will look like they're naturally yours! sweetandlashful.com
"Nancy is amazing. She exhibits the highest quality of professionalism and attention to detail. I will ALWAYS go to her for my brows/lashes/skincare needs. Can't recommend her enough." — Kasey C.
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Best Permanent Cosmetics
Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch is a licensed medical aesthetician, certified laser tech and certified well-known permanent makeup artist. Michael's results speak for themselves and patients are thrilled with their results and overall experience during their treatments. Clients can enjoy his sought-after services at Aesthetic Specialty Centre in Roswell. asc-psd.com
"Michael FOR SURE — have been referring tohim for over 15 years. THE BEST for sure!" — Kimberly P.
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Best Laser Hair Removal
Bella by Alethea MedSpa
Nestled in the heart of Buckhead, Bella by Alethea rescues Atlantans from the battle with razors and waxing once and for all with comprehensive laser hair treatments and packages. bellabyalethea.com
"Fabulous staff and great service! Thanks, Bella." — Barbara E.
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p-016Best Hair Stylist
Steve Hightower
Steve Hightower has changed the hair industry as a fine and thinning hair specialist. Being in the industry for over 30 years from runway to everyday, his clients include young professionals, families, and celebrities. He is the owner of one of Atlanta's enduring prestigious salons. stevehightower.com
"Definitely the Best Of Atlanta. Steve has a gorgeous Salon with a marvelous staff, yet he makes everyone feel as if they are the most important." — Mare M.
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Best Facial
Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care
Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care is committed to making sure their clients understand their true skin care needs and which products and treatments will provide them with the results they desire. pureaestheticsskincare.com
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Best Esthetician
Lidia Nistor-Reteneller
After a consultation for her wedding, Lidia Nistor-Reteneller discovered her true passion of medical skincare. After attending esthetician school and an apprenticeship, she created SkinIQ, an upscale med spa to help men and women look and feel their best. skiniqmedspa.com
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Best Manicure/Pedicure
Polished a Nail and Beauty Lounge
Located in Midtown and Vinings, this upscale nail salon is known not only for its 3-day manicure and 7-day pedicure no-chip guarantee, but also for its outstanding threading, waxing and massage services.
polishedbeautylounge.com.
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Best Microdermabrasion
Amy Anderson at Prima Clinical Skin Care
Skin care therapist Amy Anderson offers clients the most technologically advanced aesthetic treatments at Prima Clinical Skin Care. Her microdermabrasion facial exfoliates and polishes the skin to reveal a smooth and radiant complexion. vagaro.com/primaclincalskincare
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Best Local Skin Care Products
Sally B's Skin Yummies
Atlanta native Sally Larsen's coveted—and cruelty-free—skin care line blends non-toxic, organic, natural and wild-crafted ingredients into products that are not only extremely effective, but also free of parabens, GMOs, formaldehyde, lead, aluminum, synthetic colors and more. sallybskinyummies.com
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p-017Best Plastic Surgeon for Breasts
Dr. Ruth Celestin
An experienced and compassionate plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Celestin is one of the premier surgeons at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She can perform procedures at the on site state-of-the-art Asuch Surgery Center or at one of the many hospitals where she holds privileges, ensuring that patients receive the finest care possible in a comfortable and secure setting. Visit Georgiaplastic.com for more information.__________________________________________________________________________________________


Best Sunless Tan
Spray Studio Custom Sunless Tanning
Who needs a tanning bed when you can enjoy UV-free, custom, sunless tanning made of all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients? This innovative salon uses state-of-the-art equipment and certified technicians to provide clients with natural-looking, beautiful, streak-free and orange-free spray tans. spraystudioatl.com
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p-018Best Plastic Surgeon for Face
Dr. Carmen Kavali
Founder of the Kavali Plastic Surgery and Skin Renewal Center, this renowned board-certified surgeon offers both surgical procedures (such as face lifts and eyelid contouring) and non-surgical services (like Botox and Juvederm), as well as skin renewal procedures (including chemical peels, laser hair removal, microneedling, and Ulthera). drkavali.com
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Best Plastic Surgeon for Lipo
Meadows Surgical Arts
This full-service practice offers an advanced laser-assisted liposuction and body contouring technique called SmartLipo that dramatically improves results and shortens patient recovery time. Dr. Lionel Meadows and his team also offer everything from cosmetic and vein surgery to gynecological care and medical weight loss. meadowssurgicalarts.com
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Best Makeup Artist
Paula Molinari
Having developed a passion for makeup in her teens, Molinari has become a highly sought-after professional makeup artist who specializes in beauty, fitness and special event makeup, as well as customized mobile airbrush tanning, through her company, Glowing Beauty LLC. facebook.com/paulamolinarimakeupartist
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Best Personal Stylist
Kam Thomas Throckmorton
This Atlanta native helps women find confidence through the transformative power of clothing and style. Her company, Glam Kam, offers clients a host of services, including a closet edit, closet merchandising, personal shopping, trip packing, wedding styling and much more. glamkam.com
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Best Custom Bra Fit
LiviRae Lingerie
Home of the "Double Divas", owners Cynthia and Molly are dedicated to changing the bra world for women, one fitting at a time. Need a pretty everyday bra or sports bra? They've got 'em! They even carry specialty products like nursing bras and mastectomy bras. liviraelingerie.com
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p-019Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy
Dr. David Whiteman
Offering a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck and even a male tummy tuck, this highly-trained and credentialed surgeon provides personalized care for every patient. His Atlanta practice, Southern Plastic Surgery, also features services for the face, breasts and skin. southernplasticsurgery.com
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Best Overall Spa
Sufii Day Spa
When you walk into Suffi Day Spa, you leave the world and all of its stress behind. This luxurious spa offers a host of outstanding services that are designed to help clients completely relax and rejuvenate — from massage and customized skin care to body treatments, manicures, pedicures, eyelash extension, waxing, and more. The plentiful seating area can accommodate large groups for corporate & spa parties. sufiidayspa.com
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p-021Best Botox and Filler Injections
A New You Skin & Body Clinic
A New You Skin & Body Clinic credits three things to its success — its experienced staff, the right combination of the latest products and industry techniques, and a client-focused attitude. anewyouclinic.com
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p-020Best Hair Restoration
Dr. Ken Anderson
When he's not busy acting as founder and director of Anderson Hair Sciences Center, Dr. Ken Anderson is also a skilled medical illustrator, his drawings have been published in multiple medical journals and textbooks over the years. atlantahairsurgeon.com
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:


Best Anti-Aging Medical Doctor
Dr. Sharon Bent-Harley


Best Esthetician
Alicia Nicely


Best Hair Salon
Salon Red

 


Health & Wellness


Best Primary Care Doctor
Dr. Marion Owen
Patients who visit Dr. Owen at n1health Whole Family Medicine enjoy truly personalized care that focuses on their health as a whole — mind, body and spirit. She digs deep into each patient's health history, addresses their unique concerns and identifies how various factors affect their health. n1health.com
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Best Chiropractic Care
Dr. Caroline von Fluegge-Chen
With over 22 years of experience, Dr. Caroline von Fluegge-Chen combines everything from neuromuscular therapy to sports chiropractic to treat her wide array of clients. She also regularly produces corporate wellness programs and speaks on health. balanceatlanta.com
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Best Chiropractor
Austin Cohen of Corrective Chiropractic
Dr. Cohen founded Corrective Chiropractic in 2009, bringing a new model of health and chiropractic to the city of Atlanta. Corrective Chiropractic is unique as it offers specialized corrective chiropractic care, as well as deep tissue massage therapy and nutritional advising. correctivechiropractic.com
"Austin keeps me healthy and competing." — Cristoforo R.
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Best Colon Cleansing
Clear Path Wellness
Restore your body to its natural state through Clear Path Wellness' detoxifying services, guaranteed to leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed. Their latest service, The HealthScope, is a microscopic technique that gathers your body's nutritional information. clearpathwellness.com
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Best Eye Clinic
Milan Eye Center
With board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons, Milan Eye Center remains a leader in ophthalmology offering the latest technology and quality patient care services including Bladeless Cataract Surgery, LASIK Surgery, Pterygium Surgery, Oculoplastic Surgery, Glaucoma Evaluation/Management, and Diabetic Eye Exams. milaneyecenter.com
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p-022Best Fertility Specialist
GA Reproductive Specialists
Since 2000, Georgia Reproductive Specialists helps couples experience the joy of parenthood by diagnosing the cause of infertility and then creating a patient/doctor team to determine the right course of action. ivf.com
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Best Pediatrician
Dr. Phillip Spandorfer
Known as "Dr. Pip" to his patients and their families, this highly-regarded pediatrician with North Atlanta Pediatric Associates also serves as a pediatric emergency room physician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. northatlantapeds.com
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p-023Best Physical Therapy Center
Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy
Opened in Sandy Springs in March of 2010, this 3,300-square-foot facility offers everything from treatment for an acute injury or accident to high-level, sport-specific training for healthy athletes. One-on-one physical and occupational therapy treatments, stretch classes, functional movement assessments and screens and more are available. stabilityatlanta.com
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Best Integrative Medicine
The Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine
This integrative medicine practice has helped patients handle everything from cancer treatment and pediatric care to weight loss. The practice also keeps patients up to date on new health care trends and treatments for the best kind of care — preventative. atlantaholisticmedicine.com
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p-024Best Eye Doctor
Thomas Eye Group
Thomas Eye Group's team of award-winning doctors includes ophthalmologists, pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists that provide specialized care in seven locations, including their latest location at Hillandale. thomaseye.com
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Best Dermatology Practice
Dermatology Center of Atlanta
This practice specializes in medical and surgical dermatology as well as results-driven cosmetic procedures, including CoolSculpting, Botox, dermal fillers and more. Their mission is to always give their best to make you better! dermatology-atlanta.com
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Best ENT Practice
Northwest ENT and Allergy Center
Northwest ENT and Allergy Center utilizes the latest treatments and procedures to provide the most effective care for ear, nose and throat issues and ailments. Like their slogan says, "Come here. Feel better". nw-ent.com
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Best Urology
Georgia Urology
The largest urology practice in Atlanta and the Southeast, Georgia Urology is comprised of 41 of the city's top urologists, many of whom are fellowship-trained and have advanced specialty training in oncology, laparoscopy, infertility, incontinence and pediatrics. gaurology.com
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Best Gastroenterology
Dr. Brian Hudes of Advanced Gastroenterology Associates
When Dr. Brian Hudes isn't helping his gastroenterology patients, he is sharing his knowledge as a founding member of the Johns Creek Healthcare Association, and as an advisory board member for the American Liver Foundation. advgastro.com
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Best Podiatry
Atlanta Foot and Ankle
Patients always get off on the right foot with this outstanding practice, which specializes in the medical, surgical and biomechanical treatment of the foot, ankle and leg with an emphasis on sports and fitness medicine. Drs. Perry Julien and Charles Peebles also provide consultation and strategies for injury prevention. atlantafootandankle.com
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p-026Best Dentist
Atlanta Smiles and Wellness
The idea of visiting the dentist no longer has to invoke fear, thanks to Atlanta Smiles and Wellness. Drs. Giesler and Kovitch believe that receiving comprehensive dentistry should be an experience to enjoy. atlantasmiles.com
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p-025Best Orthopedist
Dr. Krystal W. Chambers
A board-certified, fellowship-trained physiatrist, this Atlanta-based physician specializes in non-operative spine care, spinal injections and electrodiagnostic medicine. She works with the Resurgens Spine Center and is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and Northside Hospital. resurgens.com
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Best Vein Treatment
VEINatlanta
VEINatlanta is the first and only vein clinic in Atlanta to receive IAC Vein Center certification. Dr. Louis Prevosti and Dr. James Fonger, both experienced cardiovascular surgeons, take care of all venous problems of the legs, including leg pain, tired, heavy, achy legs, and varicose veins and spider veins. veinatlanta.com
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p-027Best Massage Therapy
Jonathan Bautista of Catalyst Fitness
Jonathan received his formal training at the Atlanta School of Massage and has spent years dedicating himself to understanding every aspect of the multiple modalities in the field of body working. He boasts nine separate certifications in both massage therapy and personal training. catalystfitness.com
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Best Cosmetic Dentistry
Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry helps patients achieve a more youthful look by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and laugh lines with anti-aging dentistry procedures such as tooth size manipulation, veneer adjustments and teeth whitening. atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com
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p-028Best Holistic Healing Center
Vitality Project
Formerly known as Natural Health Solutions, Vitality Project chose its new name to exemplify its mission to increase vitality and use homeopathy to help clients feel better than they ever thought they could. nature-heals.com
"Deb is the best naturopath I know. A great teacher, mentor and healer. So grateful her practice is nearby and available!" — Elizabeth L.
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Best Urgent Care
MedPost Urgent Care
Conveniently open on nights and weekends, MedPost Urgent Care serves the metro Atlanta area with eight urgent care centers. Whether it's for immediate attention and treatment or for a $15 flu shot, a $25 physical or seasonal allergy treatment, the clinics provide something for patients of all ages and needs. medpost.com
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Best OB/GYN
Dr. Assia Stepanian
Beloved by her patients for her unparalleled and compassionate care, this world-renowned physician specializes in women's health and gynecologic surgery and enhances education in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Worldwide. academiawomenshealth.com
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:


Best Integrative Medicine
Total Healthcare Joint & Spine Centers


Best Eye Clinic
Marietta Eye Clinic


Best Urgent Care
The Little Clinic

 

Nutrition


Best Farmers Market
Buford Highway Farmers Market
Not just any old farmers market, the Buford Highway Farmers Market has been providing access to fresh and diverse ethnic food choices under one roof for more than 30 years.
aofwc.com
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Best Restaurant for Lunch
Souper Jenny
With four cafes in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Decatur and Westside, it's always possible to find a warm and comforting bowl of soup on a cold day...or a refreshing bowl of chilled soup on a hot day! Diners can also enjoy salads, sandwiches and more from a menu that changes daily to highlight the day's finest ingredients. souperjennyatl.com
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Best Farm-to-Home Delivery
PeachDish
Cooking healthy meals literally couldn't get any easier than PeachDish. Simply browse their online menu for a meal you'd like to make, place your order and receive a box full of local, organic ingredients for your meal right to your door. peachdish.com
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Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails
Executive Chef Derek Dollar puts a fresh, local spin on southern classics with vegetables and herbs grown right behind the 150-year-old farmhouse. Multi award-winning Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails offers a true farm-to-table dining experience. miltonscuisine.com
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Best Food Truck
The Blaxican
When it comes to a name, The Blaxican's says it all. This food truck offers up a unique soul and Mexican food combination. The Blaxican is also passionate about giving back and donates any tips to local shelters. blaxicanfood.com
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Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Bantam + Biddy
This eatery features classic and wholesome southern recipes that the whole family will enjoy. It's laid back feel makes it a perfect stop for a bite to eat while out with the little ones.
bantamandbiddy.com
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Best Pet-Friendly
Restaurant
Lucky's Burger & Brew
A local watering hole for both you and your beloved pooch, Lucky's Burger & Brew, with locations in Roswell and Brookhaven, offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a great burger, a cold beer and quality time with your pup on the patio. luckysburgerandbrew.com
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p-030Best New Restaurant
Gusto!
The reviews are in, and this casual eatery's globally-inspired cuisine has gusto! Opened just over a year ago, the restaurant focuses on grilled proteins and "gustos," or flavor profiles in the form of fresh sauces, vegetables, fruits and garnishes. A simple, build-your-own menu means each healthy and satisfying dish is served in no time. whatsyourgusto.com
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p-031Best Health Food Store
Nuts 'n Berries
This health food store doesn't just encourage its customers to shop, but to expand their knowledge by asking their staff questions and coming to their educational healthy lifestyle events. nutsnberries.com
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Best Gluten-Free Bakery
American Gra-Frutti
Gluten-free certainly doesn't have to mean taste-free. Stop by American Gra-Frutti's store front to try their new gluten-free creations, meet the owner Marilyn in person and get a sneak peek of upcoming products. agrafrutti.com
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Best Nutritionist
Sandy Dalis of Crave Nutrition
A board-certified holistic health, nutrition and life coach, Dalis helps clients learn to conquer cravings and overcome emotional eating. She offers several programs, including a 21-day crave detox, a 90-day transformation program and a six-month total wellness program. cravenutrition.net
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Best Vegetarian Options
Café Sunflower
This charming, award-winning eatery proves that you don't have to sacrifice taste when you eat a dairy-free, gluten-free or meat-free diet. The café has been a staple on the Atlanta dining scene for two decades and continues to wow diners with its exceptional menu. cafesunflower.com
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p-032Best Healthy To-Go
Good Measure Meals
Good Measure Meals cares just as much about the community as it does about providing nutritious food on the go. One hundred percent of net proceeds are donated to Open Hand, which supports meals and nutrition education for those in need. goodmeasuremeals.com
"I love the veggie options AND the fact that all proceeds support meals for people in need!"
- Suzi S.
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Best Juice Bar
DTOX Organic Juice
Life is all about balance! So when you're leaning on the healthy side stop by DTOX Organic Juice to grab one of their raw and organic juices for a quick sip, or a full on cleanse or detox to get your body back on track. dtoxjuice.com
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Best Local Food Blog
We Like To Cook!
Husband-and-wife team Dom and Denise Romeo, share recipes and tricks used in their home kitchen as they experiment with new ingredients and put a new spin on classic recipes in this deliciously delightful food blog.
welike2cook.com
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These fan faves also received lots of votes:


Best Farm-to-Home Delivery
Garnish and Gather


Best Health Food Store
Sprouts


Best Restaurant for Lunch
True Food Kitchen

 

Best of 2015 photo shoot!
Special thanks to Sawyer Photography and Aura Hair
& Makeup — Alicia Benton (hair), Issac Ulrich (hair),
Alexandria Gault (makeup)