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2019 After hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, you have chosen Intown’s best! READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS BEST RESTAURANT

5Church

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Best Allergy Practice

5Church Atlanta serves New American cuisine in a casual, yet refined atmosphere in the heart of the city. Cutting-edge design, world-class food, and stellar service create the perfect setting for your next dinner or corporate event. Relax on the rooftop patio or hold an exclusive gathering in a private space. 5ChurchAtlanta.com, 404-400-3669

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Inman Park Dentistry InmanParkDentistry.com

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Great Expressions Dental Centers

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Atlanta Dermatology & Aesthetics

BEST PET DAY CARE

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Best Place for Back, Spine or Joint Care

Experience and customer loyalty reign supreme at this dog day care, boarding, grooming, and retail mainstay. Established in 1999, the current team boasts 259 collective years of experience. Enjoy “WAG” cams, spacious play yards, ice cream, and cozy overnight dens. In addition to locations in Decatur and Downtown, look out for a third location opening in the Upper Westside this fall! WAGALOT.com, 404-522-2230

Sherwood Chiropractic Center SherwoodChiropracticCenter.com

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Thomas Eye Group ThomasEye.com

BEST REMODELER

Level Craft Construction JUNE – AUGUST 2019

Known for quality and communication, Level Craft is an experienced, renowned design-build company based in Decatur. Specializing in new construction, renovations, and remodels, business partners Debbie Hollonbeck and Virginia Van Lear are a powerhouse duo with knowledge of every aspect of the homebuilding process. LevelCraftAtlanta.com, 404-704-7350

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2019 M Y INT O W N READERS ’ C H O I C E AWARDS Best Consignment Shop

Finders Keepers

Best Facials

Finders Keepers burst onto the Atlanta consignment scene in 1984. Now home to four of the best resale boutiques in the city, its staff has worked with thousands of consignors and shoppers nationwide. Stop by one of its award-winning stores to find your next clothing or furniture gem. FKConsign.com

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Urban Evolution Salon UrbanEvolutionSalon.com

Best Hospital/Medical Center

Emory Healthcare EmoryHealthcare.org

Best Med Spa

Best Outdoor Gear/Fitness Store

Atlanta Medical Aesthetics

Mountain High Outfitters

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This active outdoor lifestyle brand offers apparel, footwear, gear, and accessories. The staff can outfit you for everyday life or your next adventure. Visit the store’s Ponce City Market location. Get out. Get active. Be inspired. Live your passion. MountainHighOutfitters.com, 404-343-1764

Best Place for Nails, Lashes, Waxing or Other Personal Services

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Best Plastic Surgeon

Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery BeatyMD.com

Best Weight Loss

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The Atlanta Cleaning Source

Best Women’s Doctor or Practice

For 19 years, The Atlanta Cleaning Source has proudly offered top-notch personalized home cleaning services to its clients. The company specializes in residential, commercial, post construction, vacation, turnkey, and deep cleaning. AtlantaCleaningSource.com, 404-642-6620

Camille Davis-Williams, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Greater Atlanta Women’s Healthcare GreaterAtlantaWomensHealthcare.com

Best Workout Facility

9Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness 9Round.com/DecaturGAN

Best Electrician

Best Mental Health Practice or Doctor

BrayElectricalServices.com

Sole to Soul Therapy takes counseling off the couch and moves it to the outdoors for walk-and-talk sessions in scenic Piedmont Park. This integrated, holistic approach to overall well-being incorporates physical activity, nature exposure, and talk therapy. Anxious, depressed, stuck or stressed? Join Denice Clark, Ph.D. for a walk in the park! WalkAndTalkAtlanta.com, 404-895-1525

Best Handyman

DogGoneHandy

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Denice Clark, Ph.D.

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Bray Electrical Services

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2019 MY I N T O WN R EAD ER S ’ C H O I CE AWAR DS BEST LIVE MUSIC

Best Local Home Furnishings/ Accessories

City Winery As Atlanta’s first urban winery that also encompasses an intimate music venue, restaurant/bar, and private event space, City Winery pairs the culinary experience with the cultural experience while encouraging diners to indulge their senses. Guests relish nationally touring performers while savoring globally-influenced cuisine complemented by award-winning wine. CityWinery.com/Atlanta, 404-946-3791

Trinity Mercantile & Design Trinity-Decatur.com

Best Brunch

Le Petit Marché LePetitMarche.net

Best Coffee Shop

Octane Coffee

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Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

BEST REALTOR

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Casie Hughes

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Casie is an accomplished Intown agent who strives to deliver a stress-free real estate experience. She goes above and beyond in every way for her clients and continues to be a resource for them after the transaction has closed. From the finest real estate to the best schools, restaurants and neighborhood offerings, Casie is there for you. CasieHughes.com, 404-312-1895

Best Neighborhood Bar

The Brick Store Pub BrickStorePub.com

Best Outdoor Dining Casie Hughes

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House SixFeetUnder.net

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER

Pink Sky Boutique

Balance Design is a different kind of design firm. First and foremost, its team curates interiors that showcase the personalities of their clients. Utilizing environmentally sustainable materials, local artists and craftspeople, hand-knotted rugs, and unique furnishings, a Balance Design space is one of a kind! From kitchens and baths to public and personal spaces, its team understands that design can truly enrich lives. BalanceDesignAtlanta.com 678-802-8700

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Best Kids’ Clothing Store

the beehive

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BEST PLUMBER

Assured Comfort Heating, Air, Plumbing Assured Comfort is a leading heating, air conditioning and plumbing company with five metro locations that serve Atlanta and surrounding cities. Family-owned since 2002, they help clients live in greater comfort year-round and they also focus on community involvement. AssuredComfort.com, 770-872-4168 Continued on page 17

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“Some of my fondest memories are when I spent summers in Mississippi where my grandma, Ida Mae, lived along the coastline,” Marchet Sparks says. “She taught me how to bake and work with crab and shrimp—all kinds of seafood.” Marchet puts the lessons she learned in her grandmother’s kitchen to good use as the owner of the popular Kirkwood eatery Le Petit Marché. She came to Atlanta from Los Angeles as a young adult when her parents relocated here to retire. She worked as a real-estate agent, then invested her savings into her own business, a retail market offering prepared foods. Months after opening Le Petit Marché, the economy shattered and she, like so many others, felt the devastating effects of the economic recession of 2008. “I would cry to my dad, ‘Where are the customers?’” she remembers. Marchet lost her home and her investments, eventually renting a room from a friend. “We both struggled together,” she says.

I REALIZED I HAD TO BE FLEXIBLE AND FIND OUT WHAT THIS NEIGHBORHOOD REALLY NEEDED.

With the attitude of a woman who’s triumphed over her struggles, she discusses the ensuing years of depression and withdrawal into alcoholism. “I was really presumptuous back then,” she says. “I assumed things would go fine. They didn’t. I opened a business three months shy of the recession. I was spinning out of control, trying to figure out what to do.” “I realized I had to be flexible and find out what this neighborhood really needed. After about the 60th person coming up to me and saying, ‘I love your paninis—could you sell them for breakfast?’ I woke up and thought, ‘I’d better get some eggs and start whisking!’”

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Marchet has clearly mastered the art of reinvention, presiding over her successful, eclectic eatery, proving to her parents and herself that she could conquer her financial predicament and her addiction. “Becoming sober opened up so many doors for me,” she acknowledges. “It was a lucky break—landing in Kirkwood,” she says. She spends time in the neighborhood walking her dog, Happy, with her fiancé, Romal Tune, an author and motivational speaker, often heading to We Suki Suki for a delicious change of pace. LePetitMarche.net

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You may have seen a late-night improv show at Midtown’s famed Whole World Improv Theatre but the brain behind the successful theater has an equally interesting story to tell. A graduate of Georgia State University’s film and theater program, Lance Krall, isn’t only a Whole World co-founder, he’s also written for hit TV comedies. The hysterically dark series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX’s highest-rated scripted series) and the family-centric sitcom “Last Man Standing” starring Tim Allen are just a few of the notable projects he’s contributed to. The entertainment powerhouse moved back to Atlanta in 2016 for the same reason he left the city for Los Angeles 16 years ago. There was no access to Hollywood executives. “Even though there is a lot of production in Atlanta, there is almost no development. Turner [Broadcasting], for instance, is headquartered right here but every TV meeting they have with executives to hear idea pitches happens in Hollywood,” Lance notes.

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After years spent in LA writing and appearing in dozens of shows and films, Lance realized he had amassed a lengthy list of connections with Hollywood executives that could help up-and-comers in the South get their ideas off the ground. After a trip back to his home state and several meetings with Atlanta creatives filled with fresh ideas, he had an epiphany.

That’s when he came back to the Big Peach and created Picture It Productions, a television development, and production company located on Krog Street. Lance is the co-founder and partner, head of television. In 2018, the company sold five shows, including “Party Girls,” to major television networks. The tentatively titled show details the true story of Ericka Suzanne, an Atlanta resident who is the daughter of the first female leader of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown. Lance, his wife, Brittany, and their two children live near Candler Park. They frequent MF Sushi and Kevin Rathbun Steak and love taking the kids to Fernbank Museum of Natural History. PictureItProductions.com

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