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Andisheh Nouraee on Twitter

East Ponce de Leon at East Court Square*, Decatur, GA, 30030

Nouraee tweets about the serious to the absurd. He’s the city’s premier microculture critic, with his tongue firmly planted in cheek.

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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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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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Cameron Adams of Atlanta Street Fashion

Piedmont Avenue at Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30305

Adams has rightfully made a name for himself as the man behind the lens of Atlanta Street Fashion, an addictive blog for which he scours the city to find the most stylish locals.

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Carol Thompson

1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-733-4444

As the High’s Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art, Carol Thompson has invested in exhibitions that garner national acclaim.

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Caroline Mae Heidenreich of MAE Couture

West Paces Ferry at Peachtree Road*, Atlanta, GA, 30305

Caroline Mae Heidenreich concocts her gowns, ready-to-wear jackets, and pants out of vintage military supplies like parachutes and mosquito nets.

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Catlanta

Euclid Avenue at McLendon Avenue*, Atlanta, GA, 30307

The anonymous artist Catlanta engages fans in scavenger hunt–as–art intrigue. He sends out clues for “kitten drops” via social media, then followers try to grab one before they run out.

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Ford Fry

914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

What’s his secret? The man knows how to dazzle with design without going too glitzy, and he traffics in comfort foods with a dash of novelty.

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Jenn Jones Hair

659 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-577-2460

We knew something was up when it seemed every photographer and fashion editor we work with mentioned the same name: Jenn Jones.

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Kris Harrelson, Grow Salon

627 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-373-7775

Harrelson’s meticulous technique results in hair color that moves, shines, and looks unbelievably natural.

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Kwanza Hall

55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30303

As District Two city councilman, Hall was present on multiple social media platforms. We’re seeing a rise in social politics, and Hall is leading Atlanta’s way. Like.

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Laurel Snyder

Website only, Atlanta, GA, 30303

This prolific scribe (five novels and six picture books) tackles serious subjects like divorce and interfaith family life with equal parts pathos and humor.

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Lucy Dreams

Flat Shoals Avenue at Glenwood Avenue*, Atlanta, GA, 30316

Formed while still at Decatur High School, Lucy Dreams puts on a breathtaking stage show. In quieter moments they evoke the meditative landscapes of Ride and the rustic harmonies of My Morning Jacket.

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Michaela Graham

1380 Atlantic Drive*, Atlanta, GA, 30363

In February 2011, Graham founded the Atlanta Underground Market, a monthly pop-up food gathering featuring talented cooks and artisans.

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Mike Kaiser

North Decatur Road at Clifton Road*, Atlanta, GA, 30322

Mike Kaiser’s style is the comedy of observation. He says what many think, then lets the audience decide if they want to laugh.

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Nic Cowan

Boulevard at Memorial Drive*, Atlanta, GA, 30312

This Cabbagetown resident’s got the growl of Howlin’ Wolf and the swagger of Otis Redding packed into his skinny, tatted-up, white-boy frame.

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Paris Campeau, Jazmin Spa

1963 Hosea Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30317

404-370-1151

Paris is a magician of an aesthetician, able to create the illusion of symmetry with pain-free waxing and a little adroit tweezing.

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Paul Calvert

Pura Vida, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-870-9797

Most mixologists skew heavily toward flash and fashion, but Paul Calvert concocts libations that blend tradition and innovation with a splash of intuition.

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