GA Voice - - Front Page - Com­mu­nity, Peo­ple and Nightlife by Pa­trick Saun­ders; Arts & En­ter­tain­ment and Ser­vices by Jim Farmer; Eats by Matt Schafer; Pets and Shop­ping by Vandy Beth Glenn; Places by Dyana Bagby

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 awards are noth­ing but a pop­u­lar­ity contest. We don’t deny that at all, be­cause in the end, the win­ners are de­cided by one thing only: your votes.

Our first round of vot­ing took place in May and we gave read­ers a chance to nom­i­nate their fa­vorites in cat­e­gories of Com­mu­nity, Peo­ple, Places, Shop­ping, Eats, Arts & En­ter­tain­ment, Nightlife, Pets and Ser­vices. In most cases, the top three vote-get­ters (or more if there was a tie) were named fi­nal­ists and moved on to the sec­ond stage of mul­ti­ple-choice vot­ing, which lasted through the end of June.

Many or­ga­ni­za­tions, peo­ple and busi­nesses let their fates be de­ter­mined un­prompted. Oth­ers mounted or­ga­nized cam­paigns, usu­ally through Face­book, to con­vince fans and to gar­ner votes from fans and friends and oth­ers. Both ap­proaches are valu­able and any group or business that has a de­voted fan base will­ing to vote ev­ery day is worth check­ing out.

Be sure to con­grat­u­late the win­ners. And if your fa­vorite didn’t make it to the fi­nals, plan on do­ing some­thing about that next year by nom­i­nat­ing and vot­ing early and of­ten.

The best part of this is­sue is the party we throw for it, a party for the win­ners, fi­nal­ists and for ev­ery­one who makes this com­mu­nity a great place to live, work and play.

We hope to see you there on July 17 at the Ge­or­gian Ter­race. We couldn’t throw the party with­out the kind­ness and gen­eros­ity of the gor­geous Mid­town ho­tel as well as Green’s Liquor and Bare­foot Wine, Henry’s Mid­town, Cam­pag­nolo Restau­rant & Bar, Green Ginger, South­ern Sweets, our em­cee Ian Aber of A Bear Com­edy Show and DJ Vicki Pow­ell.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our win­ners, and thank you to all of our com­mu­ni­ties who share their sto­ries with us and there­fore em­power all of us.

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