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Do-good disposal system: Compostwheels

The idea: Conserve your food scraps, and Compostwheels will pick them up and turn them into nutrient-rich soil that they then deliver to nearby farms. That means less food waste going to local landfills and more local food production.
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Dance fitness: Vixen Workout at Atlanta Dance & Music Academy

Part of a nationwide hip-hop cardio program inspired by music video choreography, these classes are accessible for even the clumsiest among us.
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Hometown beauty brand: Little Barn Apothecary

With two sleek brick-and-mortar shops and an ever-growing pile of accolades from beauty editors, this small-batch beauty line has blossomed into a brand sold coast to coast.
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The Mercedes-Benz of stadium food

Despite the $1.5 billion construction price tag, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is all about “fan-first pricing.” If you love fried chicken, go to Molly B’s Cookhouse. Can’t decide between a snack or a meal? Go to one of four Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q locations.
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Noodles: LanZhou Ramen

Walk into LanZhou and you see a showcase window framed in neon. It overlooks a kitchen where chefs stretch, bang, and twirl dough for the house specialty of this new central China–style noodle shop in Doraville.
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Film booster: Christopher Escobar

The purchase of one historic building seems strikingly auspicious for Atlanta’s growing film community: Chris Escobar’s acquisition of the Plaza Theatre.
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Hometown chain: Ballard Designs

This year, the brand added a glam collection by celebrity designer and Atlanta native Miles Redd to its roster of exclusives by Suzanne Kasler and Bunny Williams.
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California style: Serena & Lily

Known for colorful patterns and original artwork, the popular online source finds retail spaces help showcase its growing furniture collections.
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Debut album: Mattiel by Mattiel

The local singer’s “Whites of Their Eyes” was an instant sensation when its desert-set video—coproduced and coedited by local rock band Sealions’s Jason Travis—hit the internet like a heatwave in mid-July.
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Cuisine to try: Burmese at Royal Myanmar

Travel to Clarkston to taste salads perfumed with tea leaves, plates of silky “tofu” made with chickpea flour instead of soybeans, and rich coconut curries.

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