Best of Atlanta 2014 Lifestyle

Riding Gear: Horsetown

Even if you’re not buying, it’s worth a trip just to look at the cowboy boots.

Pet Pampering: Glamour Paws

Dapper dogs and chic cats get spa treatment at Glamour Paws, which provides deluxe extras like a “pawdicure” and aromatherapy along with more traditional grooming.

All-Around Animal Healthcare: Briarcliff Animal Clinic

It’s comforting to know that the medical team that gives your kitten booster shots is also available if curiosity leads him into harm’s way.

Holistic Pet Shop ITP: Intown Healthy Hound & City-Kitty

Here, you can stock up on economy-sized sacks of premium chow or fill a goodie bag with all-natural treats from the bulk dispensers.

Holistic Pet Shop OTP: Pit Stop for Pets

Tucked behind the historic Silos landmark in Crab­apple, Pit Stop for Pets specializes in organic pet food and treats.

Do-It-All App: TaskRabbit

Need a new sofa delivered? A playhouse assembled? Or just help moving that busted fridge to the curb? Download TaskRabbit and plug in your credit card number, task, and zip code, and you’ll instantly be hooked up with an army of local handy people.

Car Wash—With a Cocktail: Auto Spa Bistro

Midtown’s Auto Spa Bistro amps up a mundane chore with a tiny but efficient restaurant, where patrons can sip cocktails while watching the suds roll off their cars or relax in purple snakeskin chairs that are more ultra lounge than waiting room.

Taxi Alternative: Uber

Whether your mission is to avoid parking at a Braves game or to get home safely from the Porter, a ride is just a tap away with Uber.

New Place for Browsing: Taproom Coffee & Beer

One of Kirkwood’s newest haunts, Taproom Coffee & Beer is an industrial yet colorful space that serves up Counter Culture coffee to keep you productive.

Coworking Space ITP: Nex

A motivational poster stating “Love your experiment” greets you when you enter Nex. It’s a good introduction to the Grant Park coworking space’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Coworking Space OTP: Roam

Entrepreneurs and teleworkers have traded in their basement offices and the crowded coffee shop for memberships in Roam, which operates shared workspaces in Dunwoody and Alpharetta (and has one on tap in Cumberland for early 2015).

Place to Drop Them Off: Purple Hippo Art Studio

For $15 an hour, your child (age five and up) will be turned loose on bins of clay, paper, crayons, beads, and paints to make as many masterpieces as you can carry home.

Story Time: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Instead of being cooped up in a stuffy library among the musty leaves of old books, why not rest in the shade beneath actual leaves, amid the flora and fresh air?

Kids Meal: Pallookaville Fine Foods

The corn dogs at this kitsch-covered, clown-themed Tudor dining hall are the size of sock puppets, and the child-friendly acoustics suck up the howls of delight at mac and cheese topped with Cheez-Its.

Stroller Run: Northside Trail

This smooth, two-lane stretch of concrete is less congested than other parts of the BeltLine, and nice and flat, saving you that extra push.

Kid-Friendly Museum: Tellus Science Museum

The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville is worth the trip, especially on a rainy day. Block out at least two hours to take in everything at Tellus, which is named for the Roman goddess of the earth.