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3 Peas in a Pod Produce

4450 Atlanta Highway, Loganville, Snellville, GA, 30052

678-232-6087

Open daily year-round, the family-owned business stocks a mix of produce sourced from Loganville gardens and trucked in from the state farmers market.

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Agent Provocateur

3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326

404-869-2881

Though some of its products may veer into Fifty Shades territory, on a whole, AP brings an upmarket edginess to underpinnings that hasn’t been seen in this city before.

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AMC Parkway Pointe 15

3101 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30339

770-937-0730

Parkway Pointe has all the comforts we’ve come to expect from the modern multiplex, but the little things set this theater apart.

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Ansley Eye Care

1544 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 320, Atlanta, GA, 30324

404-888-9444

Accessible display racks make it easy to browse a selection that includes specialty lines like Barton Perreira and Pro­Design: Denmark, and the staff members are friendly but not overbearing.

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Argosy

470 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30316

404-577-0407

A former East Atlanta Village antiques mall now houses the latest haunt for beer lovers.

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Aria

490 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-233-7673

This enduring fine dining destination showcases chef Gerry Klaskala’s taste for slow-cooked food and organic produce. A fitting choice for anniversaries and other intimate celebrations.

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Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

535 Means Street, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-688-1970

A recent Andy Warhol Foundation grant is boosting the mission of this non-collecting institution, which also offers educational programs and subsidized studios for fourteen resident artists.

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Atlanta Made

1187 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

855-285-6233

Why didn’t someone think of this before? Gather products from more than fifty of the city’s talented artisans together under one roof.

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Aurora Theatre

128 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045

678-226-6222

This Lawrenceville company has always excelled at Broadway classics. But this year, the ensemble scored one for the ages with the epic Les Misérables. The show was a breakthrough for young Atlanta director Justin Anderson, who is suddenly working all over town.

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Bacchanalia

1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-365-0410

How does the Westside’s crown jewel remain at the top year after year? Extraordinary hospitality, for starters.

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Bean Head Toys

3497 Northside Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA, 30327

404-373-6300

With a focus on educational books, games, and kits from companies like Playmobil and Thomas & Friends, the aisles of this Sandy Springs store are strewn with building sets and dolls.

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Becky Nickerson, Agni Power Yoga

655 Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

The asanas are traditional but the music is cool and fun—ever heard of hip-hop artist MC Yogi?—and her classes strike that difficult balance of welcoming beginners while providing a workout for the advanced.

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Bella Bag

650 Miami Circle, Atlanta, GA, 30324

877-623-5522

The bread-and-butter of this luxury bag retailer is online at shopbellabag.com. But the founder, Cassandra Connors, lives in Atlanta and has a brick-and-mortar showroom on Miami Circle open Monday through Saturday.

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BeltLine Lantern Parade

86 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA, 30303

404-477-3003

Hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the parade features hundreds of giant puppets, light sculptures, lanterns and glow sticks, and thousands of cheering spectators along its route.

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Big Creek Greenway

Marconi Drive to Mansell Road, Alpharetta, GA, 30022

After you depart one of the five convenient parking lots along the 8.3-mile Alpharetta trail, the rumble of traffic quickly gives way to the chirp of crickets and cicadas and the peaceful trickle of the adjacent creek.

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Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale

155 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-377-7994

His Decatur restaurant is in its fifth year, and Billy Allin’s menus are ever more poetic love letters to vegetables.

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BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-577-2332

Bruce Logue, who bewitched food lovers at Midtown’s La Pietra Cucina with his housemade pastas draped in bombastic sauces, has settled into his own restaurant—a lovably eccentric bungalow on the fringe of Inman Park.

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Brunswick’s Norcross

6345 Spalding Drive, Norcross, GA, 30092

770-840-8200

Lanes at Brunswick’s Norcross are pricey ($25 an hour, $35 on weekends), but concierge-level service makes it splurge-worthy.

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