It’s been around for 40 years and is Atlanta’s favorite bookstore: Charis Books (www.charisbooksandmore.com). With a welcoming home in Little Five Points, a great selection of new and topical LGBT books and established classics, plus a calendar full of community and special events, it’s no real surprise.
The Edgewood Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com) is second, and Book Nook third.
For those not in the mood for “Anna Karenina,” Brushstrokes (www.brushstrokesatlanta.com) is your top place for reading material of a more adult, spicy nature. With all sorts of books and magazines and DVDs—and an abundance of toys and other unexpected items—this is the place you want to drop cash.
Tokyo Valentino/Inserection (www.tokyovalentino.com) takes second and Southern Nights (www.facebook.com/SNVatlanta) third place.
Need a place to get that first tattoo or to add more to your body work?
Timeless Tattoo on Cheshire Bridge Road (www.timelesstattoola.com/) has been an Atlanta institution since 1995—and Cap Szumski and crew are known far and wide for their service and professionalism. They are able to ink patrons on their first visit.
In second place is Liberty (www.libertytat2.com) and in third is Southern Star (www.southernstartattoo.com).
LOST-N-FOUND THRIFT & CONSIGNMENT Over the last few years the Lost-N
Found Thrift & Consignment store (www. lnfy.org) has been a powerful fundraising tool for homeless youth. Now it has an amazing, sprawling location with all kinds of cool, great clothes. It’s a nice place to spend money for a very worthy cause.
In second place is Boy Next Door (www.boynextdoormenswear.com) and in
third, Rag-O-Rama (www.ragorama.com).
When it comes to getting bouquets together or just a rose or two to say “I love you,” Flower Cottage in East Point (www.flowercottageonmain.com) is the winner. Whether it’s an array of stunning summer flowers, birthday flowers or a “get well soon” ensemble, the choices are pretty limitless here.
In second place is Carithers (www.carithers.com) and third goes to
Foxgloves & Ivy (www.foxgloves.biz).
The Gift Card Boutique at Brushstrokes (www.brushstrokesatlanta.com/store) is the place to go for aisles and aisles of birthday/ relationship/holiday cards, but it also features clothing items, especially T-shirts, and all kinds of LGBT novelty items. Fairly new are the store’s home and décor and kitchen offerings, which give the store an added depth.
Marketplace 120 (www.marketplace120.com) takes second place and Stanton Design (www.stantonhomefurnishings.com) third.
MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS
Looking for something classic yet affordable for the living room, or the kitchen, or any part of the house? Or any kind of accessories imaginable? Mitchell Gold + Bob
Williams (www.mgbwhome.com) claims victory here, with a terrific location in Buckhead open every day of the week—for those big or small furnishing needs.
In second place is Domestic Comfort (www.domesticcomfort.com) and in third is Horizon Home.
LGBT marriage is legal—finally!—and Atlanta’s premier choice to shop for jewelry is Jonathan Buckhead (www.jonathanbuckhead.com). Owner Jonathan Shapero knows his business inside and out and can fill custom orders in a heartbeat—for a quick wedding or a long engagement. He is also involved in community organizations throughout the city.
In second place is Worthmore (www.worthmorejewelers.com) and Brown &
Company (www.brownjewelers.com) takes third.
founder and executive director of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA), as top physician this year. She is a dedicated provider of care and advocacy for people with HIV and AIDS, and she has been a strong proponent for the use of PrEP to help prevent new infections with the virus.
In second place this year is David Morris of Pride Medical (www.pridemedical.com); in third is Scott Parry of Intown Primary Care (www.intownprimarycare.com).
Zak Koffler of Morgan Stanley ( www. morganstanleyfa. com/ zak. koffler) profits most in this category for 2015! The out certified financial planner (CFP) steers the fortunes of many Atlantans, both straight and LGBT, and is active in many associations, including The Trevor Project, Southern Jewish Resource Network (SO- JOURN), and the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Don Dusick of Cornerstone (yourcorneronline.com/about.htm) gets second, with
Larry Waller of HLM Financial Group (www.hlmonestop.com/ourteam.php) in third.
DR. CHIP HILL
Filling first place this year, Dr. Chip Hill (www.chiphilldds.com) is crowned our top dentist! The Midtown professional has been practicing in Atlanta for nearly 20 years. He has a perfect 5-star rating on yelp.com, proving that when it comes to caring for our readers’ teeth, he really knows the drill.
Dr. Tammy Bregman (www.myatlantacosmeticdentist.com/Atlanta-DentistTammy-Bregman-DMD-FAGD-13896) is in second, with Dr. Tom Sparkman (www.sparkmandds.com) in third.
BB&T Georgia Voice readers have invested in
BB&T (www.bbt.com) as their number one bank this year. The 143-year old financial institution, founded in North Carolina, today has 15 locations in the Atlanta area and a demonstrated commitment to serving the LGBT community; the company is both a sponsor and a vendor each year with Atlanta Pride. Delta Community Credit Union (www.deltacommunitycu.com) has second place to its credit, and Regions Bank at
Ansley Mall deposits third.
Georgia Voice readers prescribe the medical practice Pride Medical’s full-service pharmacy (www.pridemedical.com/index. php/services/pharmacy) to treat this category
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (Courtesy photo)
Jonathan Buckhead (Courtesy photo)