Anchoring the gayest outdoor malls in Atlanta, L.A. Fitness in Ansley Mall (www.lafitness.com) continues its popularity with the workout set, garnering half the votes. Located at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive and just a few miles from Piedmont Park, it continues to draw gays and girls.
Helmet Hairworx and Bodywerx (www.helmethairworx.com) opened up a new salon in West Midtown this year on its route to a first place finish, adding to its locations in Midtown, East Atlanta, Virginia Highlands and in Gravity Fitness.
Sitting in the heart of the gay Midtown community at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, Caribou Coffee (www.cariboucoffee.com) is our readers’ choice to grab a cup of caffeine. Everything from business meetings to hanging out happens at the shop that sits only a few hundred feet from Piedmont Park.
With more than three-quarters of all the votes cast, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse (www.outwritebooks.com) was the dominant choice for Georgia Voice readers to pick up their latest reads or see their favorite author appear in person. Now in its 17th year, Outwrite continues to pull in A-List authors and has become an iconic part of Atlanta’s landscape.
Known for offering anything and everything gay-related, Brushstrokes (www.brushstrokes.us) led the voting for best gift shop. Run by Mark Jackson and Tom Schloeder, Brushstrokes has gained a sterling reputation as a longtime community business, and offers apparel, DVDs, books, collectibles, calendars, adult items and much, much more.
Furthering Ansley Mall’s dominance with our readers, Ansley Beach won more than half of the votes for best tanning salon. A staple in that location, Ansley Beach has built up a strong following of bronze-skin seekers.
Midtown’s Blue Med Spa (www.bluemedspa.com) dominated the voting for best day spa. Known for an always expanding range of services the spa effectively beckons those looking for a little pampering, whether you are looking for traditional spa services, clinical services like Botox or laser hair removal, or both. Only two votes separated second place Bliss (www.blissworld.com) and third place Spa Sydell ( www.spasydell.com).
Art Gallery: Young Blood Gallery & Boutique
Poncy-Highland’s Young Blood Gallery & Boutique (www.youngbloodgallery.com) was deemed best art gallery by Georgia Voice readers. The gallery’s owners try to showcase new artists with new showings each month.