Raquel Souza, Sweet Peach Wax and Sugaring Studio

776 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30306


Raquel has the magic touch. I was so pleasantly surprised by her technique, I haven’t gone to anyone else.

Website: http://sweetpeachwax.com/

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Paris Campeau, Jazmin Spa

1963 Hosea Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30317


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

Website: http://jazminspa.com

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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.

Website: http://laurelsnyder.com/

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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, Studio 125, Atlanta, GA, 30312


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

Website: http://www.aviarybeauty.com/

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Kris Harrelson, Grow Salon

627 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030


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

Website: http://www.growsalon.com/

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Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale

155 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA, 30030


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

Website: http://www.cakesandalerestaurant.com/

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BeltLine Lantern Parade

86 Pryor Street, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA, 30303


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.

Website: http://beltline.org/

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Paul Calvert of Paper Plane

340 Church Street, Decatur, GA, 30030


Calvert earned fans while mixing drinks at the Sound Table and bygone Pura Vida, but the cocktails he conceives at his own swank enclave in the back of Decatur’s Victory Sandwich Bar inspire new levels of devotion.

Website: http://www.the-paper-plane.com/

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982 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30316


Since opening in 2004, this inspirational nonprofit committed to advocating for arts, artists, and social change has hosted more than 1,000 music shows and 700-plus classes for artists.

Website: http://www.wonderroot.org/

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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.

Website: http://www.twitter.com/andishehnouraee

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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.

Website: http://twitter.com/kwanzahall

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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.

Website: http://www.niccowanmusic.com/

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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.

Website: http://lucydreams.bandcamp.com/

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Peachtree Keen

Krog Street*, Atlanta, GA, 30307

The author intersperses her thoughtfully glib comments on MARTA, Krog Street Tunnel, and the Clermont. Her takes on transit and Southern identity are must-reads.

Website: http://peachtreekeen.tumblr.com

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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.

Website: http://twitter.com/cat_lanta

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Carol Thompson

1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309


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

Website: http://www.high.org/

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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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