Best of Atlanta 2016 Winners: Shopping

Bookstore Charis Books & More It’s been around for 40 years and is Atlan­ta’s favorite bookstore: Charis Books ( With a welcoming home in Little Five Points, a great select...

Georgia Voice 2015 Best of Atlanta winners: Shopping

BOOKSTORE CHARIS BOOKS It's been around for 40 years and is Atlanta's favorite bookstore: Charis Books ( With a welcoming home in Little Five Points, a great selection of new and...

Best of Atlanta: Shopping

After two months of online balloting and tens of thousands of votes cast, we present to you your favorites in dozens of categories in our fifth annual Best of Atlanta awards. Many people like to say these aw...
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Brushstrokes expands into King and I Thai restaurant space


Brushstrokes Pleasures, an LGBT adult entertainment store in Atlanta, is expanding its space to that of its neighbor, The King and I Thai restaurant.

Located in Ansley Square mall, the new space adds another 500 feet this March to the adult store that sells and rents DVDs, magazines and books.

"We’re very excited to add 500 square feet to our Pleasures shop and will implement a new layout with new product in the expanded space,” said Mark Jackson of Brushstrokes in a press release.

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Books: Last minute ideas for your gay bibliophile

Give a book this holiday

“Alexander McQueen: The Life and Legacy”
Judith Watt (Harper Design, 2012)

An incredible telling of visionary designer Alexander McQueen’s personal and professional life, from his modest childhood to top runway shows.

“Are You My Mother?”
By Alison Bechdel (Harcourt, 2012)

Lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel explores her complicated relationship with her mother in this intellectual, introspective graphic novel.

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Black gay vampire story comes to Brushstrokes/Mixx on Thursday

Atlanta author K. Murry Johnson

What happens when a high school senior takes a university writing class and falls in love with a fellow student who just happens to be a vampire? Find out as Brushstrokes hosts Atlanta author K. Murry Johnson reading his debut novel, "Image of Emeralds and Chocolate," at Mixx on Thursday night.

Johnson spent years writing the gay vampire love story while also pursuing his technology career. He chatted with GA Voice about the writing process, what makes vampires so compelling, and how two greats of black gay literature helped inspire him.

Your novel, “Image of Emeralds and Chocolate,” was years in the making. What is it like to finally have the book in the hands of readers?