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Best of 2018 Contest Winners

Best of 2018 Contest Winners

After tens of thousands of votes, you have chosen this year’s best for fitness, beauty, health, fun, and food!

On Oct. 25, Best Self Atlanta hosted a celebratory photo shoot and party to honor our “Best of 2018” contest winners. Honorees gathered to mingle and enjoy fantastic food from Under the Cork Tree.

While there, attendees received hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency before being photographed by Dan Sawyer of Sawyer Photography.

Best Ballroom Dance Studio
International Dance Studios

Best Bookstore
Phoenix & Dragon

Best Charity Ball/Gala
Smiley for Kylie

Best Charity Race
Georgia 2-Day Walk
for Breast Cancer

Best Comedy Club
The Basement Theatre

Best Community Garden
Oakhurst Community Garden

Best Continuing Education Program for Adults
Kennesaw State University

Best Cooking Classes/School
The Cook’s Warehouse

Best Dance Club
MJQ Concourse

Best Doggy Daycare
Puppy Haven

Best Gardening Classes
Taproot Hydroponics

Best Groomer
Swanky Paws Pet Spa

Best Hidden Gem
for Live Music
MadLife Stage & Studios

Best Life Coach
New Perspectives for Life

Best Marriage Counseling/Therapy Practice
CURA Couples and Family Therapy Center of Atlanta

Best Museum
Waffle House Museum

Best Pet Rescue Organization
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue

Best Pet Trainer
Peach on a Leash

Best Pet Walker/
Sitter Service
CutiePaws Pet Sitting

Best Staycation
The St. Regis Atlanta

Best Team Building Event
Urban Escape Games


P 001Best New Give-Back Initiative
Fab Women Over 50 Flower Power Calendar
Adorned in blossoms, 12 of Atlanta’s finest were photographed by Richie Arpino, of Richie Arpino Salon. In support of
breast cancer fighters, proceeds from each calendar purchase go to local treatment centers., 404.231.5092



P 002Best Pet Store
Hollywood Feed
Hollywood Feed offers a wide selection of natural, holistic, American-made pet food and premium products, and supports local rescues through regular pet adoption and community events., 888.816.8691



ƒP 003Best Financial Planning/Services
Faye Sykes, Scarlet Oak Financial Services
Leading an award-winning, financial planning team, Faye brings 14 years of experience as a financial and retirement planner, wealth advisor and business benefit consultant to clients. Her team provides group, one-on-one, and digital education options. 800.871.1219



P 004Best Animal Clinic„
Baranik Animal Care
A licensed and experienced veterinarian, Dr. Baranik blends owner education with the latest vet technologies and compassionate patient care to provide an excellent pet experience, including routine visits, boarding and grooming, emergency and urgent care and more. 678.869.5469



ƒP 005Best Active Senior
Living Community Village Park Senior Living
Staying active and engaged as you age is easy and enjoyable through a wide range of activities, social events, health and wellness programs, restaurant-style dining and more—everything needed to live a full, vibrant, and well-balanced life. 678.677.8900




Best Barre Studio
Barre3-East Cobb

Best Boot Camp
BodyJump Fitness

Best Boxing Workout Facility
Fitbox Training Perimeter

Best CrossFit Gym
CrossFit Vesuvio

Best Cycling Shop
Outback Bikes

Best Dance Fitness Facility
Dance 101

Best Fitness Apparel Store
Lululemon Athletica

Best Fitness Equipment Store
Play It Again Sports

Best Golf Instruction
Jon Veldhuis, Capital City Club

Best Gym

Best Indoor Cycling Studio
TURN Studio

Best Kid Fitness Facility
Kinetic Sports Elite

Best Martial Arts Training
Team Octopus Fitness

Best Outdoor Sports Instruction
REI Co-op

Best Rec Sports League
Atlanta Flying Disc Club

Best Running/Walking Gear Store
Big Peach Running Co.

Best Senior Fitness Facility
Family Life Center,
Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church

Best Tennis Facility
Life Time Fitness

Best Water Sports Instruction
20,000 Leagues Scuba and Aquatics


‚P 006Best Athletic Club
Windy Hill Athletic Club
Whether you’re looking for industry-leading tennis instruction, innovative group fitness classes, restorative spa services, exceptional social activities, a family-friendly atmosphere, or even a delicious meal, you’ll find it at Windy Hill’s 11-acre fitness oasis., 770.953.1100



P 007Best Outdoor Gear Store„
Mountain High Outfitters
Mountain High Outfitters is an active outdoor lifestyle brand offering apparel, footwear, gear and accessories. The staff there can outfit you for everyday life or your next adventure. Visit the store’s Buckhead, Ponce City Market or new Alpharetta City Center location. Get out. Get active. Be inspired. Live your passion.



P 008Best HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Facility
Use science and superior fitness to reach a new personal best with an expertly balanced, comprehensive workout that pushes your limits. Attendees can achieve maximum results through enthusiastic empowerment and community motivation., 404.310.2965



ƒP 009Best Personal Trainer
Pamela Molinari, Atlanta Fitness Diva
Pamela uses her 30 years of fitness knowledge and extensive research on the science of a woman’s body to help every female reach their fitness goals. Her methods include personalized workouts, and boot camps using strength training and cardio intervals., 404.531.5000



ƒP 010Best New Boutique Fitness
Studio Bungee
This unique workout delivers a personalized approach to help you reach your fitness potential without harming your joints. Expect to burn up to 1,200 calories in one workout and ramp up your metabolism for the next 24 hours. 770.693.2630



P 011Best Personal Training Facility„
Stellar Bodies
With a combination of resistance-driven moves on a megaformer machine, this class provides a 50-minute, low-impact, high-intensity workout that strengthens and lengthens every muscle in your body., 404.467.1060



P 012Best Yoga Studio
Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Whether veteran yogi or curious novice, Thunderbolt classes empower yoga students to discover their practice in a community infused with supportive energy. Led by studio owner, Carly Grace Milyo, a team of encouraging instructors awaits you. 404.556.1605



P 013Best Pilates Studio„
Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy
The experienced physical therapists and Pilates instructors at Stability provide expert fitness guidance through customized programs that meet every individual’s needs. Whether it is for general fitness, returning from an injury or even to improve your golf game, Stability will provide quality instruction in a welcoming environment for all levels of physical fitness., 404.303.9153



Best Hair Salon for
African-American Hair
Alicia Igess,
Urban Tangles
Best Hair Salon
for Women
Steve Hightower
Hair Salon &
Day Spa
Best Lashes
Sweet & Lashful
Best Makeup Artist
Leslie Crowell, Three-13 Salon,
Spa & Boutique
Best Manicure
and Pedicure
Sugarcoat Nail
& Beauty Bar
Best Med Spa
Amachi MedSpa
Best Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation (Microneedling, Microdermabrasion) Practice
Pure Aesthetics
& Skin Care
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Buttocks
Dr. Asaf Yalif,
Y Plastic Surgery
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Tummy/Midsection
Dr. Stanley Okoro, Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Best Vein
Treatment Practice


ƒP 014Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Led by Dr. Debra Gray King, this team of world-class dentists offer a full menu of preventative and restorative services, extensive options for cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgery, spa-like amenities, and impeccable service for a beautiful smile. 404.994.4509



ƒP 015Best Hair Salon for Men
Salon Skanda
A top salon for years, men get pampered and polished with expert consultation and services including conditioning treatments and coloring. Here, new expanded hours help you look your best on a powerhouse schedule. 678.705.1052



P 016Best Brows„
Sarah Powell, Authentic Beauty, LLC
Revel in brow beauty that is expertly tailored to every client inside a full-service salon boasting eco-friendly products, a distinguished staff, and the common goal to empower women toward finding their authentic self., 404.849.0443



ƒP 017Best Fillers
A New You Skin and Body Clinic
Whether pampering, rejuvenating or unveiling something new, enjoy high-quality, nonsurgical treatments with proven results. The well-trained team here curates a menu of services just for you.  678.739.0040



ƒP 018Best Hair Extensions
Jutta Blase, Carter Barnes
A guru in all things hair and beauty, extensive knowledge and training provide clients with realistic, natural-looking locks. You’ll walk away with hair that is smooth, textured and styled to your exact expectations for a manageable and effortless look., 404.848.0047



P 019Best Permanent Makeup „
Janet Wix, CPCP
Achieve permanent, natural-looking beauty with subtle, artful touches that can highlight your best features. Following an expert consultation, Janet, who has over 14 years of permanent makeup experience, will use safe and proven techniques to achieve a result you’ll love., 404.933.8140



P 020Best Blowouts
Blo Blow Dry Bar
No cuts, no color: just wash, Blo, and go! Blo will curl and tame that mane so you can focus on the good stuff. Their expert stylists will get you tressed to impress for any occasion., 404.390.3552



ƒP 021Best Sunless Tanning
Opulence Spray Tan Club
Named a winner for the third year in a row, Opulence provides clients of all skin types with gorgeous long-lasting color for a natural and realistic looking tan. The company offers award-winning organic formulas, body contouring certification, and accommodating mobile in-home service. 678.480.6742



P 022Best Esthetician„
Anderson Aesthetics
Reveal the most beautiful version of you through a unique, comprehensive medical program that provides permanent, natural results for hair, skin, brows, chin, eyes, lips and more, via an interactive online consultant and two convenient locations., 404.256.4247



ƒP 023Best Body Sculpting Practice
Aesthetic Specialty Centre Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Inside a gorgeous, upscale facility, the ASC team of expert providers offer the latest treatments and technologies available to help patients meet their individual goals. Transform the way your body looks with noninvasive and surgical options and look your best from every angle!   , 770.393.9000



P 025Best Hair Replacement/Restoration Practice
Anderson Center For Hair
Men and women trust the extensive knowledge and medical training that make Dr. Ken Anderson and Dr. Daniel Lee esteemed professional resources on leading restoration technologies. The duo delivers permanent, beautiful, natural-looking results to their patients., 404.256.4247



ƒP 024Best Botox
Dermatology Center of Atlanta
For beautiful, healthy skin, this team of board-certified dermatologists and medical professionals blend unmatched service with expert medical and cosmetic dermatology services, including antiaging and skin-care treatments, reward programs, and products., 770.497.0699



ƒP 026Best Plastic Surgery Center for Nose
Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco, DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery
An award-winning doctor dedicated to providing a superior level of service through cutting-edge technology and unmatched patient interaction,    Dr. DiFrancesco delivers results tailored to the wants and needs of each patient., 404.377.3474



P 027Best Plastic Surgery Center for Breasts„
Dr. Patricia Yugueros, Luna Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa
Extensive experience, international medical training and the most advanced practices in a comfortable and compassionate atmosphere ensure patients receive the best results for beautiful, natural-looking breasts and much more., 678.892.7820



P 028Best Plastic Surgery Center for Facial Plastic Surgery„
Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker, Atlanta Face & Body Center
As a renowned facial plastic surgeon, noted by peers and patients alike, Dr. Whitaker brings a personalized approach to her work. For patients pursuing everything from minor nonsurgical procedures to intensive reconstructive surgery, she effortlessly delivers natural and optimized results., 678.726.5755



ƒP 029Best Plastic Surgery Center for Eyes
Dr. Burke Robinson, Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery
Voted a top doctor among his peers, this Atlanta surgeon has 25 years of experience. In this vital niche of plastic surgery, he celebrates the eyes and reveals the best version of them through modern practices and technology., 770.667.3090



ƒP 030Best Waxing
WAXXPOT Sandy Springs
From brows to Brazilians, WAXXPOT is the industry leader in fast, full-body waxing for men and women. This chic waxing salon is conveniently located in the Whole Foods Shopping Center in Sandy Springs., 404.303.9500



ƒP 031Best Laser Hair Removal Facility
Timeless Aesthetics Medspa of Atlanta
Specializing in FDA-approved laser hair removal for light and dark skin tones, this spa offers Candela and Cutera lasers. The patented cryogen cooling system of the lasers allows for maximum comfort while treating unwanted hair., 404.400.6222



Best Addiction Care Facility
Talbott Recovery
Best Arthritis Practice
Arthritis & Rheumatology
of Georgia
Best Audiology/
Hear Practice
Atlanta Hearing Associates
Best Bariatric
Surgery Practice
Dr. Christopher Hart, Atlanta Bariatrics
Best Cancer Care Facility
TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Best Chiropractic
Care Practice
Excel Chiropractic
Best Diabetes Care Practice
Dr. Rachel Derr, Endocrine Specialists of Atlanta
Best Eye Care Practice
EyeSouth Partners
Best Healthy Getaway
(in Atlanta or within
driving distance)
The Woodhouse
Day Spa
Best Heart Health Facility
Heart Institute
Best Hormone
Therapy Practice
New Vitality Medical
Best Integrative/Functional Medicine Practice
Best Joint Surgery/Replacement Practice
Best Massage
Therapy Practice
Warrior Body Spa
Best Mental
Health Care Practice
Atlanta Center
for Wellness
Best Neurology Practice
Douglas Neurology Associates, P.C.
Best OB/GYN Practice
North Atlanta Women’s Care
Best Pediatric Practice
Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates
Best Physical
Therapy Center
PT 360
Best Podiatry Center
Village Podiatry Centers
Best Reproductive/
Fertility Practice
Reproductive Biology Associates
Best Senior Care Facility
Parc Communities
Best Weight Loss Clinic
Sparkle Wellness


ƒP 032Best Brain Health Treatment Center
This organization’s variety of mental workouts through one-on-one brain training has helped more than 100,000 adults and children strengthen their cognitive skills, nourish their brain, raise their IQ, and begin to learn easier, think faster and perform better., 404.252.7246



P 033Best Allergy Practice„
Center for Allergy & Asthma
Here, adults and children have access to multiple treatment approaches for a wide range of allergy conditions. This team of award-winning medical professionals provides careful diagnosis, individualized treatment and patient education., 404.994.3574



ƒP 034Best Back and Spine Care Practice
Resurgens Spine Center
Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from neck and back pain, the expert physicians offer both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to get patients back to doing what they love. They are one of Georgia’s leaders in minimally invasive spine procedures with more locations to serve you better. No referral needed.



ƒP 035Best General/Family Dental Practice
Maple Drive Dentistry
Dr. Louisa Berman and her team offer a comprehensive dental practice, providing custom cosmetic veneers and implants, same-day crowns and porcelain fillings, as well as additional cosmetic services like Botox® and fillers. 404.237.0497



P 036Best ENT Practice
ENT Institute
Advanced technologies, cost-effective procedures and unmatched patient care make this the bar for excellence for treating ear, nose and throat conditions., 678.206.2555



ƒBest Gastroenterology Practice
P 037Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
As one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the country, patients receive expert digestive healthcare from an extensive team of diverse, board-certified physicians, including diagnosis, treatment, outpatient procedures and more., 866.468.6242



ƒP 038Best Maternity Hospital
Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion
From maternity education to diagnostic services, as well as newborn intensive care, this designated Baby-Friendly® metro Atlanta hub provides a calming environment for women of all ages to enjoy trusted medical care., 678.312.4790



P 040Best Dermatology Practice‚
Dermatology Consultants
For more than 75 years, this practice has been a trusted source for treating skin conditions and providing both medical and aesthetic resolutions. Its top technology and equipment, board-certified dermatologists, expert consultation, and diagnosis and treatment are the springboard for quality care.



ƒP 039Best Urology Practice
Dr. Scott D. Miller, WellStar Health System
With Dr. Miller’s more than 20 years of experience and expertise in robotic and laparoscopic surgery added to the trusted WellStar family, patients receive the best quality of care and service through advanced techniques and proactive treatment plans., 470.956.4230



Best Stroke Rehabilitation Facility„
Shepherd Center
P 041Shepherd Center’s stroke program focuses on multidisciplinary and individualized services, including treatment for young stroke patients in the prime of their lives. With the patient and family’s involvement, Shepherd Center’s healthcare providers collaborate to deliver high-quality clinical care., 404.350.2020



P 043Best Pediatric Dentistry„
Nia Pediatric Dentistry
Healthy teeth at an early age start here. Dr. Azi Nia provides a selection of services including pediatric dentistry and preventative care as a board-certified pediatric dentist that is gentle, patient and trained to make young, bright smiles last forever., 770.479.9999



P 042Best Primary Care Practice
GMC Primary Care & Speciality Center
You can conveniently tap into expert medical care from Gwinnett Medical Center through in-office, comprehensive and personalized primary care options for the entire family, including diagnostics, treatment and more. 678.312.8400



P 044Best Medical Imaging Center„
OutPatient Imaging
The Atlanta location serves patients with the latest in technology and patient care. Patients benefit from a highly trained staff of registered techs and radiologists, high-quality scans, cost-saving programs and a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere., 404.CALL.OPI



ƒP 045Best Foot and Ankle Care Practice
Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center
The foot and ankle specialists at Resurgens Orthopaedics are all board certified and fellowship trained, serving patients across metro Atlanta with comprehensive and compassionate care. From diagnosis to treatment, they offer surgical and nonsurgical options to help patients feel their best. No referral needed.



P 046Best Urgent Care Facility„
WellStreet Urgent Care
As a part of Georgia’s premier urgent care group, Piedmont Urgent Care is redefining the urgent care experience with its unique approach to patient-focused service and commitment to high-quality care for the whole family.


P 047

Best Orthodontics Practice„
Braces Braces
This experienced team is focused on helping you achieve the smile of your dreams through careful planning and execution. With multiple locations, a family-friendly environment, technology, and caring experts, the staff is confident that they can create a beautiful new smile for you.

Best CSA Program
Soulful Cafe by Soulful Yoga & SUP
Best Farm-to-Home Delivery
Nature’s Garden Express
Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant
The Mill Kitchen and Bar
Best Farmers Market
Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Best Food Festival
Taste of Alpharetta
Best Food Truck
Vego Bistro
Best Health Food Store
Nuts ‘n Berries
Best Juice Bar
{SAMA} Food for Balance
Best New Healthy Restaurant
Flower Child
Best Nutrition Counseling/Coach
Chris Romano
Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant
Lucky’s Burger and Brew
Best Restaurant Patio
True Food Kitchen
Best Vegan Restaurant
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Green Love Kitchen


ƒP 048Best Craft Cocktails
Tucked into one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, the ever-evolving, seasonal and hand-shaken cocktail menu is served alongside an elevated curation of tasty small plates in the Tavern at Atlas. Guests can also expect a rotating selection of artfully made entrées in the dining room. 404.600.6471



ƒP 049Best Prepared Healthy Meal Delivery
Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine
Experience delicious, chef-prepared meals delivered to your door or picked up from over 120 locations around metro Atlanta. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, eat healthy or just don’t have time to cook, Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine makes it easy for you to do it all., 678.208.0341



P 050Best Upscale Healthy Restaurant„
Savor delicious, clean food without sacrificing nutrition through flavorful, vibrant meals and snacks. Expert chefs and people who are passionate about whole, organic food that’s good for you curate the selection here., 404.347.1071

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