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Published by Cha, Cha, Cha Publishing, Inc. Co-Editor and Designer: Cheri Leavy

guide2 food & libations 9 guide2 entertainment 83 guide2 retail 97 guide2 decor 143 guide2 health & beauty 159 guide2 hotels 181 guide2 services 191

Co-Editor: Vance Leavy Sales Associates: Kelley Blanton, Amy Bray, Alan Lanier, Cheri Leavy, Vance Leavy, Andrew Miller and Holly Stanfill Artist of Athens’ Scenes: Heidi Hensley Photography: Blane Marable, McGinnis Leathers, Cheri Leavy and Sara Wise

432 University Drive, Athens, GA 30605

2011-2012 Š 2011 Cha, Cha, Cha Publishing Inc. All Copyrights Reserved

Cheri Leavy Co-Editor and Designer

Athens is a veritable hub of the arts in Georgia and the South. From the legendary musical and culinary scene in town to the State Botanical Garden and Georgia Museum of Art, this charming city offers so much to enjoy. Landing on lists like ‘America’s Best College Towns’ and ‘Best Places to Retire in the U.S.,’ it is no wonder why multi-generations living and visiting Athens possess a joie de vivre. Athens has long been a magnet attracting the cultural and entrepreneurial types. Just look at the incredible enterprises represented in this guidebook for locals and visitors. Keep up with this group of the best businesses in Athens via G2A’s blog and social media.




Vance Leavy Co-Editor Isn’t it funny how something that should be easy is often so difficult? With this third edition of Guide 2 Athens, Cheri and I, with the help of a friend, finally figured out how to differentiate the cover of our little black book from one year to the next. A simple splash of color in our logo in the center and down the spine has accomplished our objective, while retaining the simplicity of our original branding. We chose the color green in hopes that it will bring much prosperity to all these awesome businesses throughout 2011-2012.




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5&10 Five and Ten is an Athens awardwinning community restaurant. Four Stars, Meredith Ford, AJC Atlanta Journal Constitution “Restaurant of the Year 2007” Food and Wine Magazine “Best New Chef- 2002” Zagat 28 food rating James Beard Awards nominee, Best Chef Southeast 07, 08, 09,10 Open for dinner seven nights a week and brunch on Sunday. Early prix fixe menu: three courses for $25! 1653 South Lumpkin Street 706.546.7300

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A Tavola Restaurant Located only two blocks west of downtown, A Tavola offers its customers an authentic Italian experience. Owner/Certified Pizzaiolo Salvatore Bianco and Chef Cosimo Altamura both hail from Italy and make all of their breads and pastas from scratch, many from Bianco family recipes. Using only the freshest ingredients, their delicious Neapolitan style pizzas are cooked to perfection by means of a genuine brick oven in Italian tradition. A Tavola’s customers can enjoy an extensive stock of fine Italian wines that perfectly complements their true Italian cuisine in the perfect ambiance of their dining room or patio. 237 Prince Avenue 706.549.7520

Allgood Lounge In the heart of downtown Athens you will find Allgood Lounge: a spacious two storey bar with a host of different features that make it truly unique. Catch your favorite sporting event on any one of the huge screen TVs throughout the bar. Take a stroll up the spiral stairs for a game of pool or to enjoy a cocktail at the “Tiki” bar on the spacious, rooftop patio. Enjoy a Bloody Mary from the build-your-own Bloody Mary buffet (available Noon-9:00 p.m. daily), choose from 200 micro, domestic, or imported bottled beers, or try one of twenty select beers on draught. If beer isn’t your thing, then enjoy a cocktail from one of three full-service bars or a wine from an expanded and ever changing selection. Regardless of what you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Allgood Lounge – open way early and until as late as the law allows. 256 East Clayton Street 706.549.0166

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Barberitos 2011 marks the 11th anniversary year for Barberitos. The first restaurant opened in downtown Athens in 2000, and since then Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina has grown to 27 locations in five states. Committed to serving “farm fresh” fare, Barberitos serves only high quality ingredients, including all natural vegetables hand-cut daily, making their food fresh and full of flavor. Whole breasts of chicken are grilled fresh, as is the high quality cuts of steak, and choice ground beef. Barberitos has been voted best burrito in Athens eight years in a row. Barberitos….we roll Farm Fresh, how do you roll? Downtown- 259 East Clayton Street 706-549-9008 Eastside- 1860 Barnett Shoals Road 706-549-9954 Epps Bridge- 1880 Epps Bridge Road 706-754-0300 Five Points- 1739 South Lumpkin Street 706-548-1866 Watkinsville- 2 South Main Street 706-705-1228

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Big City Bread Cafe Set amongst a canopy of Chinese elms,this European inspired Cafe serves dishes that feature simple, fresh ingredients, skillfully prepared and flavorful. Look to the daily omelet special and buttery country biscuits for breakfast, or rich homemade soups, fresh salads and delicious sandwiches on housemade breads at lunch. It is the place to be for Sunday brunch. Dinners offer up anything from juicy burgers and savory hearth-baked flatbreads to French-influenced country pate, thick-cut pork rib chops or pan-seared salmon. Enjoy craft beers or wine by the glass/ bottle. All delectable desserts/ pastries made fresh, daily. Dine inside the newly expanded dining room or al fresco on the patio. Plan your next special event at Big City Bread Cafe. 393 North Finley Street 706.353.0029

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Clocked Clocked has taken the traditional American eatery and turned it upside down. Located conveniently downtown, Clocked is a quirky burger joint that has combined cutting-edge hamburger technology with the traditional diner experience. More than just burgers, Clocked has options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. If a cheeseburger with bacon, feta, jalapenos, and/or peanut butter doesn’t tickle your fancy, their hot sandwiches, delectable sides like tator tots and incredible milkshakes are sure to. With veggie-friendly burgers, sandwiches, pasta and salads, vegans and vegetarians alike can enjoy all the explosive flavor Clocked has to offer. 259 West Washington Street 706.548.9175

DePalma’s Italian Cafe Voted “Athens Best Italian Restaurant” by the Athens Banner Herald Reader’s Choice Awards from 1988-2010, DePalma’s is truly a mainstay in the local restaurant scene. For over 24 years this iconic institution has been serving up both classic Italian food as well as some of the most addictive and unique dishes around. From the Italian Chopped Salad and Chicken Scaloppini to Spicy Seafood Charmaine and Homemade Lasagnas, DePalma’s is always a crowd pleaser. All three locations have their own eclectic and extensive wine list, as well as an artisan beer selection. Franchise opportunities are available. Be forewarned - if you get their famous breadsticks, you will find yourself craving these tasty treats long after you leave! Tutti e Buoni! Downtown- 401 East Broad Street 706.354.6966 Eastside- 1965 Barnett Shoals Road 706.369.0085 Westside- 2080 Timothy Road 706.552.1237

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East West Bistro A downtown Athens landmark, East West Bistro is a world cuisine restaurant with Asian and Mediterranean influences. They have a casual dining room downstairs, and a more formal dining room upstairs where reservations are recommended. East West’s wine and martini lists express the finest grapes and spirits available. Athens native Renee Crymes Middleton’s work ethic and enthusiasm adds to the ambiance and culinary experience of East West Bistro.Daily specials are served for lunch and dinner. And don’t forget Sunday brunch! Large private dining room for cocktail buffets or seated dinners available. 351 East Broad Street 706.546.9378

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Epting Events Repeatedly voted best caterer, the Epting crowd takes care of clients and their guests like family; and they have been growing that family for more than thirty five years. From celebrity events to plantation weddings, the Epting culinary, floral, lighting, and decor teams will passionately create your unique and memorable event. Real food. Real people. Real local. Really good. In addition to specializing in life’s celebrations, the Eptings have also co-produced a feature film, “Not Since You”, shot here on the streets of Athens. See it on iTunes or Netflix and reminisce about the Classic City. 2425 Jefferson Road 888.422.0015

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Etienne Brasserie Etienne Brasserie is a quaint French restaurant in the heart of the Classic City. With a name that translates to “rustic gathering place,� their owners provide a first rate experience offering fine, yet unpretentious, food and a full bar. They take great pride in slowly handcrafting their own specialty dishes on site, including Pastis, a traditional French beverage that takes a full month to prepare. The end result is that the passion they exude translates to an amazing lunch or dinner experience and the restaurant encourages their patrons to stay as long as they wish in the traditional French style. 311 Broad Street 706.850.8008

Farm 255 Farm 255 serves local, seasonal and sustainable food for supper nightly. They source their vegetables and meat from their own farm operations, Full Moon Farms and Moonshine Meats, both here in town. They supplement their harvests with those of other local family farmers and ranchers practicing sustainable agriculture. Farm 255 reconnects food to its roots and people to their food. They are a full bar and live music venue with outdoor seating, and are available for private events. They also serve lunch out of their Farm Cart on their patio. 255 West Washington Street 706.549.4660

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Flight Tapas and Bar Flight offers over 20 tapas-style - snacks or small plates of food with fare ranging from bacon wrapped quail with sweet potato hash and bourbon glaze, to pan roasted scallops with brulee butter and sauteed spinach. The flights of food are meant to be paired with their extensive wine and specialty bar menu. The food’s contrasting flavors play off each other to their strengths and to the dishes perfection. Visit this chic yet inviting venue next to the Georgia Theatre downtown. They are open Tuesday through Saturday at 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. and serve brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m and a “late night brunch” from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. with bottomless mimosas for $12. 225 North Lumpkin Street 706.549.0200

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George’s Lowcountry Table

The sophistication of Charleston, the essence of the Georgia coastline, a hint of Cajun and Creole flare, and a little Southern comfort top off the table. Located on the fringe of Five Points on South Milledge, George’s is convenient to all of Athens. Offering dinner 7 days a week as well as brunch Saturday and Sundays, George’s has a full bar with a diverse wine list. Private diningroom available for any occasion. Call to learn more about daily specials and live music on the patio. 2095 South Milledge Avenue 706.548.3359

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Georgia Bar One of the oldest bars around, Georgia Bar is conveniently nestled in the heart of Downtown. This Athens institution does not need a flashy sign to attract thirsty customers. With a sign that simply says “Bar,� the down to earth atmosphere is apparent before you ever step inside. Whether you are rolling with a big group or flying solo, Georgia Bar provides an enjoyable experience, Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., inside or on the patio. With the best barstools in town and TVs wall to wall, there is never a dull moment in this traditional Athens establishment. Best happy hour in town!

159 West Clayton Street 706.546.9884

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Harry’s Pig Shop “More than BBQ!” An Athens tradition … three generations in the making. Lee Epting, sons Ashley & Daniel, friends Emmanuel Stone & Rick Selleck, and Epting Events Chef Janice Witcher created an eclectic mix of traditional BBQ, southern staples, and modern twists and housed them in a retro-tiled café. The Squash Casserole, Baked Mac & Cheese, & Tofu options are ideal for vegetarians while carnivores devour the Tenderloin Sliders, Chicken Salad Croissants and Pork & Scallion Wontons; all chased by local beers Terrapin and Sweetwater over a game of Cornhole on the Patio. For a real treat get a tour of the Epting Events showroom next to and behind Harry’s! 2425 Jefferson Road 706.612.9219

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Heirloom CafÊ and Fresh Market Heirloom CafÊ and Fresh Market, opened their doors in the summer of 2011 and immediately became a community favorite. Situated in the middle of the historic Boulevard Neighborhood just blocks from downtown, their renovated respite is a far cry from the run down Amoco Station they replaced. They are both a full service restaurant and retail fresh food market. Heirloom’s mission is to promote community through great food, service and camaraderie. They source as many of their ingredients as possible from local producers, farmers and artisans, many of which are working family land farmed for generations. 815 North Chase Street 706.354.7901

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Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Don’t take Google Maps’ ® view of it, see for yourself! Just down the road from historic Normaltown, Hendershot’s offers a full coffee bar, pastries, and Little Cuckoo handmade truffles all day in addition to a full bar in the afternoon and evening. Come enjoy one of our custom coffee blends courtesy of Charlie Mustard of Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roaster, or relax with a choice from our fine selection of craft beers, fine wines, and mixed drinks all alongside the live music, storytelling, and improv regularly featured on our corner stage. 1560 Oglethorpe Drive 706.353.3050

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KEBA Spitfire Grill KEBA Spitfire Grill started as a dream for founder Achim Otto Reus when he moved to America from his native home of Germany in 2000. He believed that Americans would love his favorite kebap sandwich as much as he did. With nothing else like it in the marketplace, Reus opened his first shop in Athens and now the concept is available for franchise. The KEBA is warm European bread or a wrap filled with your favorite hand-carved ingredient, and topped with any of their nine signature sauces. And whether you choose the classic KEBA or one of their fresh salads, don’t forget their famous Belgian fries! They Carve, You Crave. Eastside – 1860 Barnett Shoals Road 706.548.7803 Market at Epps- 1850 Epps Bridge Parkway Watkinsville –1021 Jamestown Boulevard

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La Dolce Vita Stefano Volpi prepares his food like his family did during his childhood in the foothills of the Italian Alps. Hearty portions of the highest quality pasta made from scratch. The lightest gnocchi each rolled by hand. Fresh tomatoes straight from the garden and the freshest seafood and shellfish. Prosciutto and salami cut into the thinnest slices with cured cheeses slathered with spiced olive oil and wild porcini mushrooms. Volpi’s kitchen shares the very best of his culinary heritage. Poor country Italian peasants can enjoy the sweet life of great Italian food, and at La Dolce Vita, you can too. 323 East Broad Street 706.353.3911

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Last Resort Dubbed by Atlanta Magazine as one of Athens’ most quietly sophisticated in-town bistros, Last Resort Grill is known for its unique culinary flare. Owner Melissa Clegg started one of the longest running restaurants in downtown Athens and her current partner, Jaamy Zarnegar, has become the face of the Last Resort Grill as he is a fixture in the local community and always ready to serve. They have made a commitment to the growth and preservation of Athens, and are very proud and grateful for the acceptance and loyalty of its residents. 174-184 West Clayton Street 706.549.0810

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Little King’s Shuffle Club Little Kings is a cool, laid back downtown bar/nightclub that serves as a local meeting place for a wide range of folks. It doubles as both a bar and an entertainment venue with a diverse line up of bands, DJs, community meetings, and even a local farmers market on Tuesday afternoons. The club is located in an historic building that began life as a bakery at the turn of the 20th century and served briefly as a police precinct in the 70s and 80s. The interior is spacious with many french doors and windows, as well as funky old chairs and decor. On the large patio, you can sit out under the stars sipping on a tasty cocktail and try your hand at a game of “Cornhole.” Check out the Little Kings for the flavor of Athens.

223 West Hancock Avenue 706.369.3144

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Locos Grill and Pub In 1988, Jamey Loftin and Hughes Lowrance opened a tiny general store and deli in Athens. They made 10 different deli sandwiches and offered delivery to college students and residents around the University of Georgia. Over 20 years later, Locos is now a thriving concept with a new name: Locos Grill & Pub. Their humble beginning as a place to hangout with friends has evolved into a relaxed dining establishment boasting a menu of awardwinning wings, burgers, salads and sandwiches at affordable prices. Locos first franchise store opened in 1997. Since then more than 20 locations have opened throughout the southeast. Campus – 581 South Harris Street 706.548.7803 Eastside – 1985 Barnett Shoals 706.208.0911 Westside –2020 Timothy Road 706.549.7700

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MABA Grill MABA Grill is a contemporary Vietnamese bistro infusing international flavors into the heart of downtown. They prepare authentic Asian dishes with a unique twist, combining simple, healthy ingredients interspersed with a variety of Vietnamese herbs and spices to create mouthwatering meals. Green papaya beef jerky salads, grilled lemon grass chicken vermicelli noodle bowls, steaming hot rice plates and a wide variety of banh-mi sandwiches are just some of the unique selections that are made to order. Delivery is available at orderbulldawgfood. com. Keep up with MABA on facebook and twitter. 167 East Broad Street 706-850-7986

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Mama’s Boy When you want a great breakfast, there’s no topping Mama’s Boy. Mama’s Boy offers fantastic food made from scratch every day in a quaint and charming retro diner. Whether your desire is fluffy biscuits, breakfast tacos, peach french toast, cheese grits and eggs or granola and yogurt, Mama’s Boy serves delicious breakfast all day for all tastes. Mama’s Boy is more than just morning delights with scrumptious lunch dishes like poppy seed chicken salad and the famous pimento cheese burger, plus beer and wine. So enjoy Mama’s Boy! A range of catering services are available. 197 Oak Street 706.548.6249

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Manhattan Cafe The Manhattan Cafe, in business downtown since the 1940s, is an old school neighborhood bar with an eclectic crowd including musicians, artists, and local characters. The relaxed atmosphere of the Manhattan offers a great escape for an afternoon or evening cocktail. Entering the doorway of the bar makes you feel like you are in the company of an old friend. Spin some tunes on their vintage jukebox and be sure to try the famous house drink: Blenheim’s spicy hot ginger ale and Makers Mark Bourbon.

337 North Hull Street 706.369.9767

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Mayflower Restaurant The Mayflower Restaurant has been putting the South in your mouth since 1948 across from the UGA arch. Family-owned and operated, they are the oldest eatery in the same location in Clarke County. They serve breakfast seven days a week and lunch every day, except for Saturday. If you love excellent down home cooking, the Vaughn family’s diner will most certainly deliver. They are famous for their incredible grits, but often hear the same praise about their meat and three dishes that change daily. Or enjoy menu items like Philly cheese steaks, chili dogs, shrimp platters, stew and barbecue. Take out available. Check daily specials on facebook. Delivery available at www.

171 East Broad Street 706.548.1692

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Mirko Pasta Benvenuti a casa! Welcome to their home at Mirko Pasta! They will be delighted for you to visit them. At Mirko Pasta, you will experience the tantalizing tastes of authentic, made-from-scratch Italian cuisine prepared by their culinary missionaries. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the blend of Italian flavors, savory aromas and friendly, casual atmosphere in a café setting that is quintessentially “Mirko.” Delivery available at 1075 Baxter Street 706.549.4559 1040 Gaines School Road 706.850.5197 #2 South Main Street Watkinsville 706.310.1233

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NONA NONA continues the Athens tradition in Creole and Cajun fine dining originally established by Harry Bissett’s New Orleans CafÊ. NONA offers delectable dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Louisiana. Sample oysters, shrimp and grits or feast on delicious entrees such as the French Quarter Filet. NONA features four distinct dining areas: the Bayou Room, the Atrium Balcony the gorgeous upstairs Dining Room or simply relax in the old style bar. We look forward to serving you for lunch, dinner or brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Laissez les bon temps rouler! 279 East Broad Street 706.353.7065

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The Royal Peasant The Royal Peasant in Five Points is a tiny piece of Britain offering snugness and familiarity where patrons can enjoy lunch or dinner, kick back with a pint, relax on a covered patio or cheer for their favorite footie’team on the telly. Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, BLT Salad and Lamb Vindaloo Curry are favorites at the pub. And their burger is second to none. The bar features English and Scottish brews, select international and American beers, wine and spirits. Welcome to your neighborhood pub, where landlord Mike White looks forward to meeting you. 1675 South Lumpkin Street 706.549.7920

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Speakeasy Located in beautiful downtown Athens, Speakeasy sits upstairs on historic East Broad Street overlooking the University of Georgia. Created in early 2000, Speakeasy was designed in a fusion of deco and southern decor, built by local artists using geometric metal sculpture in combination with vintage elements from regional historic homes. Known for its delicious southern inspired tapas and specialty cocktails, Speakeasy provides an intimate evening of sharing among friends. Perfect for any occasion, Speakeasy offers an extensive tapas menu, a wide selection from its Award Winning Wine List, signature cocktails and freshly made desserts. 269 East Broad Street 706.546.5556

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Ted’s Most Best Open since June 2011, Ted’s Most Best has become a favorite downtown eatery. Conceptualized and owned by the same folks that run The Grit Restaurant, Ted’s isn’t vegetarian but similarly appeals to healthy eaters. They offer delicious Neapolitan style pizza, Panini sandwiches, salads and appetizers that feature both familiar and unique ingredients. They offer a diverse selection of beer (bottle, cans and draft) and wine. Occupying a renovated building on downtown’s west-end, their hip digs won the Athens-Clarke Heritage Outstanding Rehabilitation award. The spacious design features an open flow complete with outside patio seating including a bocce court. Free Wi-Fi available. 254 West Washington Street 706.543.1523

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Globe When the Globe opened in 1989, it was the first and only bar in downtown Athens to serve Guinness on tap. True to pub tradition, its warm atmosphere, vast beer selection and friendly bartenders made it a popular place for both Athens natives and the UGA community. Their eclectic, rustic southern feel creates a room conducive to conversation. The intimate upstairs lounge makes a charming location for weekly Chess Club meetings and live music on the weekends. Go enjoy a delicious beverage and visit with the locals in one of Athens’ oldest bars! 199 North Lumpkin Street 706.353.4721

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The Grit Like the famous arch on UGA’s north campus, The Grit is a landmark and the pre-eminent vegetarian restaurant in Athens. Located on Prince Avenue for over 20 years, the Grit serves healthy vegetarian and vegan cuisine and homemade desserts that are a delight for carnivores, omnivores and vegetarians alike. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, with brunch on the weekends, the Grit has a broad and diverse menu and offers original specials daily. Once you experience The Grit’s cool vibe be sure to go home with their best selling cookbook featuring over 130 recipes. Free Wi-fi available. 199 Prince Avenue 706.543.6592

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The National The National is brought to you by Peter Dale/Chef, Chris Luken/ Bar and Hugh Acheson (chef of the acclaimed Five & Ten and Empire State South). The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of the bars and cafÊs they’ve enjoyed on travels to Europe. The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean and features local and seasonal ingredients. The result is an experience unique to Athens. Visit our website for hours, sample menus and special event information. 232 West Hancock Avenue 706.549.3450

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Roadhouse If walking downtown on Lumpkin Street at night you will most likely see the famous Roadhouse sign lit up just outside of the historic Athens bar. Open since 1991, Roadhouse is one of Athens longest running bars and a favorite of many Athens locals. Open at 2:30 p.m. MondaySaturday, you can stop in for a drink pretty much anytime you want. If it’s music that you are looking for then you’re also in luck as Roadhouse often features live bands on the weekends. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for more information on live music and daily drink specials. 137 North Lumpkin Street 706.613.2324

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The Winery Whether you’re just starting or ending your night, The Winery combines the essence of good wines, craft beers, cocktails and fellowship in a smooth relaxed setting that is popular with the college students, but also an ideal place for an early evening for couples. Happy hour every TuesdaySaturday provides patrons the opportunity to taste an excellent assortment of wines and to enjoy their well thought out small plate menu (through early evening). Or try one of The Winery’s unique cocktails like the Touch My Peaches or Flirtini that are top draws. And their service is dedicated to make everyone’s experience a special one.

429 East Broad Street 706.613.0095

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40 Watt Over the last 30 years, the world renowned 40 Watt Club has been an instrumental purveyor of the college music scene, and has fostered some of Athens’ best homegrown talents, including R.E.M., the B-52s, Widespread Panic, Pylon, the Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, The Whigs and Vic Chesnutt. The club has also hosted a wide array of acclaimed rock, country and rap acts, such as as the Killers, My Morning Jacket, Arctic Monkeys, Gnarls Barkley, M.I.A., Bone Thugs N Harmony and Dierks Bentley. Begun by Curtis Crowe at his downtown loft in 1978 – where the club took its name from the single light bulb that hung from the ceiling – the venue has moved and expanded several times before settling into its current location, originally the site of a 1920s grocery store. 285 West Washington Street 706.549.7871

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ARTini’s Art Lounge Need to unwind? Paint yourself an ARTini and be guaranteed an artistic evening of creative energy. ARTini’s offers evening painting soirées and open studio for individuals or groups, as well as gallery space displaying local art. Its chic, generous space and kitchenette area make it the perfect venue for a special occasion or large private party. You can find owner and ARTini’s artist, Kate Cook at the studio every day, painting, preparing and loving what she does. She finds inspiration in the people she sees in daily life, which is abundantly clear the moment you walk in her downtown studio. 296 West Broad Street Suite 3 706.353.8530

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Dancefx Established in 2000, Dancefx is a non-profit dance organization dedicated to bringing professional quality, cutting edge dance to the Athens community. Located in the heart of Five Points, Dancefx offers group and private lessons with professional dancers in a wide variety of styles. Dancefx is the perfect place to host your next bachelorette party, princess-themed child birthday party, or ballroom dance mixer in its three studios available for rent. They also feature a full line of dance style apparel on site. And with more than 100 classes per week, and a full spectrum of Youth Program and Adult Program classes, Dancefx has something for everyone. 1260 South Milledge Avenue 706.355.3078

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The Georgia Theatre The Georgia Theatre is one of the premiere live music venues in the South and a staple of downtown Athens for generations. A tragic fire gutted the historic building in 2009 and the spirit of the theatre prevailed with a restored and improved five level venue featuring state of the art sound and a rooftop bar and restaurant. The Georgia Theatre is thankful to Athens for their continued support. Check out the calendar online for upcoming acts and to buy tickets. The Georgia Theatre extends a warm welcome back! 215 North Lumpkin Street

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Melting Point The Melting Point is an intimate live music venue located in the beautiful Foundry Park Inn & Spa in Athens- widely known as the live music capital of the Southeast. Whisper perfect acoustics, three levels of unique seating and an outdoor stage offer patrons an unparalleled, front row listening experience. Past performers include Sam Bush, Sean Lennon, Aimee Mann, Little Feat and Miranda Lambert to name a few. Garnering rave reviews from performers and critics alike, the Melting Point is proud to be one of the Top 40 Venues in America, according to Paste magazine. The Melting Point is open daily starting at 3 p.m. for appetizers, drinks, dinner and desserts. For tickets or a full list of shows visit our website. The Melting Point- Eat. Drink. Listen Closely. 295 East Dougherty Street 706.254.6909

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Pints and Paints Pints and Paints is Athens’ original art bar, the perfect fusion of the Athens art and bar scene. Locally owned, the studio is located a few blocks from downtown in the historic Leathers Building. The studio offers something for everyone and every occasion. Their paintings are created for all skill levels, so whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, you can create an original piece of art while one of their in-house instructors guides you step-bystep. And to get your creative juices flowing, enjoy a nice glass of wine or a local beer. 675 Pulaski Street, Suite 600 706.850.7200


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Agora World-renowned vintage and antique market Agora stands out as one of Athens’ most popular destinations. As featured in “Southern Living”, “Lucky”, and “Garden and Gun,” this gem offers enjoyment for the entire family. From designer bags and jewelry to antique furniture and art, over 50 vendors share space to sell and show the best of Athens’ eclectic culture. No trip to Athens is complete without a visit to Agora- a place where everyone can come together and revel in the unique treasures that have withstood the test of time.

260 West Clayton Street 706.316.0130

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Aurum Studios

Repeatedly voted Best Jewelry Store and Best Art Gallery, Aurum Studios offers a unique design mix in both jewelry and artisan pieces in a comfortable,friendly atmosphere. Designing fine jewelry in platinum, gold and silver since 1975 in Athens, Aurum has a second location at Lake Oconee/Reynolds Plantation. Aurum has a beautiful bridal selection and six in-house goldsmiths creating original and custom pieces in addition to the numerous national design lines ofJewels by Star, Kirk Kara, Bellarri, Memoire, Timeless Designs and many more. The Aurum gallery shows regional and national artists in clay, glass, wood, fiber, painting and photography. The exquisitely crafted William Henry knives and pens perfectly illustrate the Aurum form and function aesthetic. 125 East Clayton Street 706.546.8826

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Cheeky Peach Located conveniently in downtown Athens, Cheeky Peach owner Katie Jacobs promises superior customer service, while offering fashionforward women’s clothing and accessories at affordable prices. Cheeky Peach, located on North Hull Street, has quickly become a favorite shopping haunt for locals, students, and visitors alike. The Peach, as it’s known to regulars, is a second home to lovers of affordable fashion in Athens. Katie and her staff take great pleasure in helping clients select clothing that fits their personal style and budget. Cheeky Peach carries unique lines like Bluebird, Sugarlips, !iT Jeans, Jill Massey custom jewelry, and many more, all priced under $100. 269 North Hull Street, Suite 4 706.353.1322

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Cillies Clothing Located downtown and now under new ownership, Cillies Athens offers a unique shopping experience! They buy and sell new, used and vintage clothing, jewelry, cowboy boots galore and accesories. They now have a huge selection of vintage authentic designer bags like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Coach and D&B. Check out their many one-of-a-kind handmade hats perfect for a Kentucky Derby or a summertime garden party! They have fabulous vintage sequin gowns from the 80s and also the current latest style fashions. Cillies also has super-fun colorful feather hair extensions, the latest in hair trends, installed in the store. Check out all their colors. If you just can’t decide what to get, they have gift certificates and also offer layaway. At Cillies Athens~ they “love you long time!”

175 East Clayton Street 706-369-7418

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Dynamite Clothing Athens At this locally owned, downtown Athens boutique—just blocks away from the famous arches— you’ll find an incredible selection of new, recycled and vintage clothing and accessories for women and men—from the season’s coolest sunglasses to the perfect vintage boots. Known for its well-edited mix of one-of-a-kind pieces and amazing designer labels (at super-affordable prices), Dynamite Clothing has become a go-to for Athens’ most fashionable and one of Lucky magazine’s favorite shops. Open daily.

143 North Jackson Street 706.340.0626

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Flirt Fashions Whether you’re looking for an outfit for class, a football game, first date, or a regular Friday night downtown, they can help you find it at Flirt Fashions. They have a wide range of prices starting as low as $18. With lines like Free People, Mink Pink, Scrapbook, and La Mer Collections watches, the merchandise you will find is an eclectic mix of party dresses, casual skirts, denim, lingerie, and accessories. Flirt has a very laid-back, fun, and friendly appeal, which is apparent when you go in the store. 153 East Clayton Street 706.543.6850

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George Gibson’s Menswear Established in 1964, George Gibson’s Menswear is Athens’ source for fine men’s clothing. Suits and sports coats from lines such as Burberry, Austin Reed and Calvin Klein highlight their selection. Choose pants from Zanella, Corbin, Berle, along with casual clothing from Peter Millar, Southern Tide, Southern Proper, Lacoste and Vineyard Vines. George Gibson’s is Athens’ exclusive seller of Allen Edmonds shoes. George Gibson’s also features Athens’ best selection of UGA gameday shirts, pants and belts. Go see the selection and experience the incredible service at George Gibson’s Menswear, making Athens more fashionable for over 47 years. 1059 Baxter Street 706.548.4663

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Golf Etc. Golf Etc. is all about one thing … the greatest sport on Earth. Locally owned and operated by Pat Pensyl and Darryl Knight, Golf Etc. is a unique fitting and retail center dedicated to enhancing all levels of players. Their custom fitting results in clubs that are specifically suited to a golfer’s height, strength, club head speed and swing characteristics. And a visit to their pro-shop offers a wide selection of major brand items including women’s and men’s apparel bags, hats and accessories. And of course, they have the best selection of balls in Georgia’s Piedmont. 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Suite 321 706.612.1159

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Heery’s Clothes Closet At the corner of College Avenue and Clayton Street in charming downtown Athens lies one of the college town’s most distinguished shopping destinations, Heery’s Clothes Closet. Women of all ages can browse through a wide selection of clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry from such high-end labels as Tibi, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Missoni, Longchamp and Frye just to name a few. This trendy but classically preppy boutique has become a landmark since 1959 for fashionistas in Athens. Its popularity stems from mothers and daughters alike enjoy shopping in this friendly and helpful environment. Find Heery’s on facebook. 195 College Avenue 706.543.0702

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Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother No visit to Athens is complete without stopping by The Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother in downtown. Come marvel at their 15,000 square feet of fun and see why they were named one of the nation’s Top 25 Independent Stores in America. From jewelry to costumes, clothing to kitschy collectibles, band T’s to birthday cards, home decor to hookas, you’ll find something for everyone and have a great time to boot! Don’t miss out on a true Athens icon locally owned and operated since 1986.

458 East Clayton Street 706.543.4454

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JWR Jewelers JWR Jewelers...where wishes come true. Diamond, colored gemstone, sterling silver, and dazzling gold jewelry fill the cases. JWR Wish Cards help to “drop the hint” for that perfect piece of jewelry. Designs run from contemporary to traditional. On trips to Antwerp, Belgium, diamonds are hand-selected for individual clients, as well as for JWR’s beautiful diamond selection. Making customer’s for a lifetime is the goal at JWR and customer service is a priority. Services include custom design, appraisals by our GIA Graduate Gemologist, on site repairs and ring sizing, watch repairs for all brands, stone repolishing, and hand-engraving. 196 Alps Road 706.543.9800

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Masada Leather and Outdoor

In 1975 a small leather shop was founded in downtown Athens with the motto, “crafted by hand … and heart”. Masada has since built an enviable reputation as the states’ leader in custom leatherwork, adventure apparel, and comfort shoes, boots and sandals. So whether it’s for apparel by Patagonia, footwear by Ugg, Born, Chaco and Toms, or our own handcrafted belts and bags, Masada is simply one of Athens’ premier destinations for locals and visitors alike. Well...while you’re in town! 238 East Clayton Street 706.546.5014

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plainjane designs Located in historic Five Points, plainjane is a speciality stationery store with a boutique atmosphere. It offers an extensive selection of wedding and party invitations, stationery, and custom designs by the in-house graphic designer. The store also has a wide variety of personalized gifts, UGA items, decorative accents and much more! If you’re in search of the perfect gift for yourself or others, plainjane is your one stop shop! 1331 South Milledge Avenure 706.369.7006

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r.wood studio ceramics r.wood studio was started by the well-known potter, Rebecca Wood. They are famous for their line of beautiful, yet simple handmade dishes that come in 19 different colors. Go tour the studio located half a mile from downtown and visit their shop full of one of a kind pottery, as well as their famous ‘SECONDS’ room. They are open daily, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., weekends from noon to 5 p.m. and anytime by appointment. r. wood studio ceramics has been an Athens tradition since 1991. 450 Georgia Drive 888.817.9663

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The Red Dress Boutique The Red Dress Boutique, located only feet from the iconic arch, provides a shopping experience as unique as your style. With lines such as Tucker, Hunter Dixon, Amanda Uprichard,Madison Marcus, Patterson J Kincaid, Rory Beca and Shoshanna, shoppers have a wide variety from which to chose. Whether you need to fill your closet with a new wardrobe or simply find that perfect dress for a game day, The Red Dress Boutique is a trend setter’s dream. Craving more after you leave Athens? Their website is as friendly and extensive as their store. 147 College Avenue 706.369.5823

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Shiraz Fine Wine and Gourmet Shiraz Fine Wine and Gourmet is Athens’ local wine source. They can find the perfect bottle to match any meal, mood, or flavor. They carry a variety of wines from all over the world as well as delicious gourmet food that is sure to please any palate. Shiraz hosts free wine tastings every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., and has by-the-glass pours daily. Every Friday, enjoy a cheese and appetizer plate for only $5 and experience happy hour in one of Athens true hidden gems. They also host monthly events, such as wine dinners and tastings. Ready to embark on a true culinary adventure? Check out their Wine Club, it’s the best deal in town! Bringing the World to your Door… They Shop the World. You Shop Shiraz. 675 Pulaski Street Suite 400 706.208.0010

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SHOWPONY Located in the center of downtown, SHOWPONY opened its doors for the first time in January, 2011. Born from owner Susan Chase Greene’s vision to bring women of the Classic City unique fashions that previously couldn’t be found locally, this quaint boutique shop on historic College Avenue offers clothing for all women; from students to moms of all ages. More than just dresses for going out after dark, SHOWPONY offers casual clothing like sweaters, skirts and a variety of different separates. There you’ll find contemporary labels such as One Teaspoon, Zimmerman, Dolce Vita and Pleasure Doing Business. 170 College Avenue 706.613.5975

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Simply Southern Simply Southern is Athens’ favorite one stop gift shop with something for absolutely everyone. A mixture of refined class and southern charm, they create the most unique and individual gifts. The Simply Southern girls serve their customers with personalized engraving, embroidery, heat press, and vinyl on site. The turnaround is typically two to three days and customers can expect complimentary gift-wrapping. They have the latest names in jewelry, shoes, and accessories including bid day baskets and all things Greek for fraternity guys and sorority gals. Simply Southern is conveniently located between Kroger and Home Depot on Epps Bridge Parkway. 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 115 706.546.8054

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Southern Comforts With a new home and a new look, Southern Comforts offers a true boutique experience for Athens residents and visitors alike. Antiques and collectibles fill the ample showroom at this prime Prince Avenue location. The new location is close to downtown and has private parking to allow easy access. Since relocating, Southern Comforts has expanded and opened a ladies clothing boutique featuring lines exclusive to Southern Comforts. They also offer shoes, boots and handbags to complete the perfect outfit for any woman.

843 Prince Avenue 706.543.8130

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Tall Boy Beverage Co. Established in 2007 and convenient to the University and Five Points, but also to residents in Oconee, Tall Boy Beverage Co. is a full-service package store offering Athens area residents premium spirits at affordable prices. With a warm, comfortable ambiance and an extensive selection of over 300 different domestic and imported beers, 350 different spirits and over 600 varieties of fine wines, owner Hank Randolph and the helpful, friendly staff at Tall Boy Beverage Co. are ready to make each customer’s visit a pleasant one.

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TREEHOUSE kid & craft They are a shop and DIY craft center located in Athens. They specialize in well-designed, wellmade items, and handmade items for babies, kids and crafters of all ages. They support responsible, sustainable, and local companies and independent artists. They also offer DIY craft classes for kids, adults, and families. TREEHOUSE kid & craft is located just three blocks from downtown with plenty of free parking. Visit them and check out their shop filled with books, toys, clothing, designer diaper bags, decor, artwork, art supplies, art kits, and much more. It is the perfect place to pick up a gift! Open daily! 815 West Broad Street, Suite A 706.850.8226

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University of Georgia Bookstore The official bookstore of the University of Georgia, the UGA Bookstore is the top destination for every Bulldog. The UGA Bookstore is located in the center of campus next to the Tate Student Center and Sanford Stadium. The UGA Bookstore caters to students, parents, alumni, and fans alike. With the largest selection of officially licensed UGA apparel and gifts, it’s no wonder they’ve become the game day headquarters. During your visit you’ll find offerings that include Nike® Coaches apparel®, Cutter & Buck®, UGA Spirit items like car decals and flags, mugs, hats and more. Students can save up to 50% with Rent-A-Text. 100 Baxter Street 706.542.3171


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Andrew Downs and Company Interior design is no incidental undertaking. A successful environment is the result of good planning, creativity with reason and a successful relationship with a responsible interior designer. The plan encompasses every detail of a project. Creativity is the development of one’s dream and a successful relationship determines the path of the journey. At Andrew Downs and Company the vehicle of their journey is their shop. Plans are made and executed from dream to reality in their in-house workrooms. They showcase the best of fabrics, furnishings, and accessories. In addition, they offer master framing and fresh and artificial floral design.

1737 B. South Lumpkin Street 706.549.9325

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Appointments at Five Appointments at Five directly imports English and Country French antiques. Since 1987, Appointments at Five has been an Athens’ tradition known for fine gifts, exceptional decorative accessories, ever changing displays, friendly atmosphere, superb customer service, custom invitations and stationery, free gift wrap and a complete bridal registry. It is a shop where old and new coexist beautifully, where antiques live in perfect harmony with today’s sparkle. Owners KItty Culpepper and Jenny Sligh believe it is the little things that make a house a home. Classy, elegant and enchanting in the heart of friendly five points. 1730 South Lumpkin Street 706.353.8251

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Athens Art & Frame A photograph or print by a local artist of a landmark, street scene or a favorite restaurant can evoke special memories of your time in Athens. Athens Art & Frame works closely with local artists to bring plenty of originals and prints of Athens and the University of Georgia. They also carry three collage posters featuring over 70 images on each print: Athens, University of Georgia and Houses of Milledge Avenue. Athens Art & Frame has been providing custom framing, art and UGA diploma frames since 1970. They are open 7 days a week and if you don’t have time to stop by while you’re in Athens, you can purchase that special print from their website. 1021 Parkway Boulevard 706.549.9299

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Athens Interiors Market Visitors and locals alike love Athens Interiors Market. It is a shop you don’t want to miss. They have everything your mother said you should have with a modern twist. Necessities to Wishes. Located off of Atlanta Highway, next to Hilltop Grill, stop by and see. 250 Old Epps Bridge Road 706.583.4095

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Athens Oriental Rugs Athens Oriental Rugs, a locally owned and operated business, will help you enhance any room in your home with a beautiful, hand knotted Persian rug. Specializing in semi-antique (50+ years old) and new rugs (less than 50 years old), owner Carolyn Spurlock will help you find the perfect splash of color to warmly accent your space. Athens Oriental Rugs is entering its third year in business. The customer showroom is located on the backside of Classic City Consignment only one block from Athens Regional Hospital and less than a mile from downtown. Open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and by appointment.

1368 Prince Avenue 706.338.6752

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Dalton Carpet One Locally owned and operated for over 33 years, Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home is your complete source for hardwood, carpet, laminate, tile, stone, vinyl, area rugs and more. With a full staff of interior designers and certified installers, home improvement and redecorating projects are always easier at Dalton Carpet One. With locations in Athens, Eatonton and Gainesville, Dalton Carpet One strives daily to meet customers’ flooring needs and surpass customer service expectations. You will always find the strongest warranties, the lowest prices and the highest quality installation at Dalton Carpet One. (Pictured right, Dalton Carpet One President Mike Blanton.) 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 706.353.0547

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Hawthorne House Hawthorne House is a fine furnishings, antiques, and interior design boutique, offering an extraordinary selection of the finest designer fabrics, wall papers, and floor coverings, works of art, and the latest designs in traditional and contemporary furniture and accessories. Their boutique boasts an exceptional collection of British and European antique furniture, lighting and accessories. Hawthorne House stands for the best of now and then, combining contemporary designer furnishings with period antiques creating an updated, yet traditional look. 1440 South Milledge Avenue 706.227.3560

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A LaFera Hair Salon Each person is an individual that has his or her own needs, and that is the underlying philosophy at A LaFera Hair Salon owned and operated by Andrea LaFera Bianco. As a full service salon for both women and men, any of their five stylists will carefully craft a hairstyle that makes their customers smile and feel good about the way they look. Focusing on a healthy scalp and hair, clients will experience a scalp massage using the exclusive all natural Rene Furterer and Sojourn products. Each master colorist takes great care to provide a natural look with their top of the line Schwartkopf and Italy color lines. Specialty services include facial waxing, deep conditioning, shine treatments and keratin complex smoothing treatments. 2440 West Broad Street, #2 706.548.2188

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Regional FirstCare Regional FirstCare’s four clinic locations offer comprehensive walk-in services for a variety of non-emergency illnesses and injuries. The FirstCare facilities provide supplemental care for those times when your physician’s office is closed or unable to provide an appointment. Each Regional FirstCare is staffed by board-certified physicians licensed in Georgia. A physician is always on duty, and administrative staff are available to assist patients with registration, billing and insurance. Athens – Highway 29 North 706.353.6000 Watkinsville –1010 Village Drive 706.769.0000 Jefferson- 528 Panther Drive 706.387.5555 Winder- 340 Exchange Boulevard 678.963.7171

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Chiropractic Works As a scholarship gymnast, Dr. Ken Cook graduated from UGA in 1987 with a degree in exercise physiology. A 1992 graduate of Life Chiropractic College, Ken has practiced in Georgia for 18 years. Returning to Athens in 2009 he took over the very successful Chiropractic Works. As a former athlete and having worked with novice and top level Olympic and professional athletes, Ken offers a unique blend of Chiropractic, Exercise Physiology, and rehabilitative techniques. Dr. Cook is also Athens’ only spinal decompression expert for nonsurgical treatment of lower back disc conditions, and also now Athens’ only certified BrainCore clinic treating conditions such as ADD/ADHD, migraines, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and weight loss. 101 Cedar Rock Trace 706.548.8984

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Classic City Orthodontics Dr. Tradd Harter and his team strive to create beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime in a caring, comfortable environment. Dr. Harter uses digital imaging and a detailed examination to create a personalized treatment plan that results in both a beautiful smile and a well-functioning bite. Dr. Harter is the first orthodontist in Athens to offer SureSmile, a computerized custom treatment planning system that helps him achieve precise results. SureSmile patients experience less time in braces, fewer office visits, and reduced discomfort compared to traditional orthodontics. Experience the CCO difference. Call today to schedule a complementary new patient exam. 600 Oglethorpe Avenue # 3 706.549.4748

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Couture Bodies Couture Bodies and Second To None is owned/operated by ACE certified personal trainer Jerome Biggers. His education consists of an M.B.A, B.S. in Health Science, and over 15 years experience with group training, personal training, and sport-specific training. Working with a certified, experienced personal trainer from Couture Bodies can help you achieve levels of inch loss and fitness success you never thought possible! Whether you’re an early riser, time crunched professional, or a busy mom Jerome can help you get the results you want. 1063 Baxter Street 706.224.1189

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DRee and Company This locally owned premiere hair studio and wellness spa recently moved to a cozy, historical house on Chase Street. Some specialized services include natural looking hair color, brides/bridal parties, sports and relaxation massage, skin care and organic spray tan. DRee and Company’s open chair policy makes it easy for guests to see any stylist that fits their schedule or budget. Customer service equals customer loyalty; DRee and Company recently celebrated their 12th year in business. DRee and Company, when it comes to how you look and feel, their house has it all. Follow them on twitter and facebook. 760 North Chase Street 706.548.0770

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Mint Hair and Skin Boutique Located in the heart of Five Points, Mint provides an intimate setting to indulge your hair and skin needs. Founded in early 2009 by Athens native Andrea Love Minter, Mint strives to create a highly personalized experience with our skilled staff. Whether you are looking for a flattering new ‘do,’ a solution for troubled skin, or just some much-needed pampering, your most beautiful you is a phone call away at Mint! Consult with these experts for bridal services, results oriented skincare and the latest hair styles and treatments. Check in to see daily availability and for Mint specials. 1694 South Lumpkin Street 706.546.0668

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Oral Surgery Associates & Dental Implant Centers Since 1975 the doctors and staff at Oral Surgery Associates have been dedicated to brightening the lives of its patients through progressive and more comfortable approaches to oral surgery. Dr. Steven D. Pollack, DDS (pictured at top) and Dr. Brett C. Gray, DMD, MD (pictured at bottom) offer a variety of special oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures. Besides extracting wisdom teeth, they offer advanced facial and oral surgical procedures that include dental implants, bone grafting, facial trauma, complex facial fractures, lacerations, maxillofacial pathology and reconstructive surgery. 740 Prince Avenue, Building 1A 706.549.9711

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STUDIO in Athens STUDIO in Athens is a fully equipped Pilates Studio and specializes in Classical Pilates Instruction. Private and group sessions are offered on both the mat and apparatus. Their highly trained instructors lead energizing full-body workouts that strengthen and lengthen the body. Other benefits include increased flexibility, reduced stress and improved well-being. STUDIO also offers Yamuna Body Rolling, Therapeutic Yoga, Reflexology, and Ionic Foot Bath. They are conveniently located near downtown Athens in the Historic Leathers Building. STUDIO in Athens...Body Design. Inside and Out. 675 Pulaski Street, Suite 1600

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Urban Sanctuary Spa Unwind in this urban inspired sanctuary. They are a boutique spa offering massage, organic facials and waxing as well as natural manicures and pedicures. They are an eco-conscious, manfriendly spa with an emphasis on atmosphere – the perfect space to unwind. Services such as deep tissue massage, pre-natal massage and spa services for couples are featured. Hotel in-room services available. Voted Best Day Spa in Athens. 810 North Chase Street 706.613.3947


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Benson Hospitality Group Benson Hospitality Group is a progressive hotel company focused on providing outstanding service in Athens, Georgia. They offer 650 high quality guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. A commitment to customer service with heavy emphasis on value while providing superb lodging through choice brands continues to differentiate them from any other lodging product in the Athens Area. Hilton Garden Inn- 390 East Washington Street 706.353.6800 Holiday Inn- 197 East Broad Street 706.549.4433 Holiday Inn Express- 513 West Broad Street 706.546.8122 Springhill Suites by Marriott- 3500 Daniells Bridge Road 706.353.8484

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Georgia Gameday Center Steadfast in the heart of every Georgia Bulldog is a nostalgic memory of late-autumn Saturday afternoons in Athens, and steadfast in the heart of Athens itself is a hotel that shares the same deep love for the Georgia Bulldogs: the Georgia Gameday Center. It’s not just the rows of Georgia history lining the walls of the foyer or the luxurious suites decorated from top to bottom in full Georgia Bulldog style. It’s something more. It’s Gameday. Gameday offers competitive prices for nightly rentals, transportation on the Gameday shuttle, reserved parking, and group rates. True Bulldogs stay at Gameday. 250 West Broad Street 706.583.4500

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Hotel Indigo-Athens Hotel Indigo-Athens invites you to experience Athens’ newest boutique hotel. With a refreshing twist of classic charm, outstanding service, contemporary ambiance and environmental awareness, Hotel Indigo-Athens sets a new standard for those seeking the finest in accommodations while visiting Athens and the University of Georgia. Don’t need a hotel room, but need a venue? Allow the Rialto Club at Hotel IndigoAthens to host your next private or corporate event, social gathering, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or party. From our fully equipped Rialto Room to our elegant bar and lounge with comfortable seating, the Rialto Club is by far Athens’ Premiere Event and Meeting Facility. 500 College Avenue 706.546.0430

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Foundry Park Inn & Spa On an ideal location in Athens just steps from downtown and the University of Georgia, The Foundry Park Inn & Spa is a village within a village. Landmark buildings seamlessly nestle against modern additions to create a handsome design for an event venue or weekend stay. Tempting food and beverage options are offered in the quaint and historic Hoyt House Restaurant. Soak up the Athens sound at the vibrant Melting Point. Melt away your stress and restore your soul at their tranquil Spa. By combining contemporary amenities with flawless customer service, the result is a charming boutique hotel that is authentically Athens. Classic Luxury, Local Flavor. 295 East Dougherty Street 706.549.7020


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909 Broad Street Apartments

It is of no coincidence that one of Athens’ newest and hottest places to live is only three blocks from UGA’s graduate school, campus, and historic downtown. Located on East Broad Street, at the corner of Willow Street, the 909 Broad Street Apartments offer in-town living and the utmost convenience. Their residents enjoy spacious apartments, top-flight amenities including free on-site parking, a resort style pool and sundeck, fitness center and wi-fi enabled lounge. Although the property sits squarely on the ACC bus line, with such a prime location, their residents rarely need a car or the bus. 909 East Broad Street 706.227.6222

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Always Always Flowers Owner and chief designer Désirée Goetz credits her success to her artistic experience and her personalized service. She and her staff create individual arrangements from a wide assortment of high-end flowers. They do not use carnations, mums, or leather-leaf. Throughout the years thousands of couples have entrusted Désirée to make their wedding unique and memorable with her attention to detail. If you are holding a business meeting, having a party or celebrating a birthday or anniversary, let her staff design the special final touch to your event. Always, Always Flowers carries a wide variety of live plants such as hydrangeas, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, azaleas and ivy. Custom orders for dried and silk arrangements are always welcome.

1091 Baxter Street 706.227.0805

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Blane Marable Photography Recently voted “Best Photographer” in the Athens area, Blane Marable Photography delivers creative and affordable photos. Specializing in wedding and engagement photos for the Bulldawg nation. Available to travel to wedding destinations. Visit Blane’s website to see examples of his work and compare quality and prices with other professional photographers. You will find his work both creative and affordable. All images provided with a copyright release so you can process at the printer of your choice at a great savings. Now scheduling for 2012 and 2013 weddings. 706.202.4612

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Bulldawg Illustrated Bulldawg Illustrated and Bulldawg Illustrated Athens are UGA sports/ fan publications. BI focuses on Georgia football and its fanbase and has print circulation in several Georgia cities. BI Athens delves into all the other UGA sports and its backers with print circulation exclusively in Athens. Every issue of both publications are available online. Bulldawg Illustrated keeps fans up to date with the teams, but also with one another. Advertising is available in both products and gives businesses the ability to market to the best demographic in the world‌ Dawg fans. You never know who you’ll see in Bulldawg Illustrated! 706.248.8053

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First American Bank Family style vibe...“Not the words that come to mind when you think about a bank, but exactly why I chose First American. I know that I can call, text or e-mail my rep and that I will always receive a prompt response.” Ryan Madden, owner Espresso Royal Caffe. Community...“A lot of my work revolves around historic preservation and First American has always been a supporter of my projects. I didn’t expect a personal relationship with a bank, but at First American everyone knows you by name.” Chris Peterson, owner - Peterson Properties. 300 College Avenue 706.354.5000

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Flowerland Flowerland is one of Athens’ longest operating and most beloved businesses. As a full service flower shop managed by sisters Jan Hudgins and Deborah Fuller, Flowerland continues to operate as a family business in a laid-back atmosphere; the same concept started by their mother in 1971. Flowerland’s customers will find a large selection of quality fresh flowers, plants, stuffed animals, balloons, other gift items and silk designs. They offer an award winning personal designer for your special events but don’t offer online ordering because they want to interact with you in person. They are pet friendly, too! 823 Prince Avenue 706.549.1884

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Heidi Hensley From the time she was a child in the north Georgia mountains, Heidi Hensley has been creating; creating through music, writing and art. It was this creativity that led her to major in Art and Architectural and Interior Design at the University of Georgia. Now pursuing her passion, Heidi is painting full-time. She specializes in street scenes and architecture, abstracts she calls geometric whimsy, and collegiate landmarks. In addition, the mother of two young children, dabbles in children’s/nursery art and murals. Heidi’s work is featured in this year’s guide2athens. For more information about Heidi, contact

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Jackson Spalding Jackson Spalding is one of the largest independent marketing communications firms in the Southeast – and they’re right here in the Classic City. As a fully integrated firm, they specialize in comprehensive strategy, from creating the right brand to communicating that brand in meaningful ways. The Athens office houses a nimble, energetic team characteristic of a small firm but with the benefit of their flagship office in Atlanta. With an understanding of the South’s largest metropolis, they also offer a regional perspective on business across Georgia and a location that’s a gateway to Atlanta, the coast and the Carolinas. 297 Prince Avenue, Suite 20 706.354.0470

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Jamie Calkin Jamie Calkin specializes in bringing buildings and street scenes to life with ink and vivid watercolors. His biggest work is a 64-foot long mural depicting UGA scenes located in the new Tate Center. Commissions range from large murals to 8x10 inch paintings. Commission information and prints of popular Athens scenes can be found on his website‌

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Landmark Properties Unlike any other property management company in town, Landmark Properties offers a true student neighborhood atmosphere with expansive green spaces, unique cottage designs and the best amenity packages throughout Athens. Students will enjoy the privacy of their own homes, with front and back porches, spacious floor plans, private bedroom and bath suites and a lifestyle that only Landmark Properties can provide. Whether you prefer the convenience of living less than a mile from the Arch or the quiet seclusion of wooded settings off of South Milledge Avenue – all locations offer a variety of resort-style luxuries, which far exceed those of typical student communities. 706.395.1400

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McGinnis Leathers Photography

Specializing in capturing life’s hard to reach places, off the wall angles, fleeting moments, bursts of smiles and sudden hugs with impeccable customer service. McGinnis Leathers is a fourth generation Athenian, graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduate of Cedar Shoals. He earned a Bachelors of Arts and Science in Anthropology from the University of Georgia and has 30 years of photography (self taught) including exploration in 49 states, 21 countries and 7 continents, 405 weddings and 250 family portraits. 706.613.9098

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Sara Wise Photography SWP stays on the cutting edge of style and trends; think classic mixed with modern. You’ll find an organized, experienced team that is dedicated to providing a comfortable and relaxing photographic experience. Sara Wise and the SWP team have many years experience in wedding, engagement, fashion, family, maternity and baby photography. 706.491.1916

INDEX: Food & Libations

5&10 11 A Tavola 13 Allgood Lounge 15 Barberitos 17 Big City Bread Café 19 Clocked 21 DePalma’s 23 East West Bistro 25 Epting Events 27 Etienne Brasserie 29 Farm 255 31 Flight Tapas 33 George’s Lowcountry Table 35 Georgia Bar 37 Harry’s Pig Shop 39 Heirloom Cafe 41 Hendershot’s 43 Keba Spitfire Grill 45 La Dolce Vita 47 Last Resort Grill 49 Little Kings 51 Locos Grill & Pub 53 MABA Grill 55 Mama’s Boy 57 Manhattan Cafe 59 Mayflower 61 Mirko Pasta 63 NONA 65 Royal Peasant 67 Speakeasy 69 Ted’s Most Best 71 The Globe 73 The Grit 75 The National 77 The Roadhouse 79 The Winery 81

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Health & Beauty

40 Watt Club 85 ARTini’s Art Lounge 87 DanceFX 89 Georgia Theater 91 Melting Point 93 Pints and Paints 95

Agora 99 Aurum Studios 101 Cheeky Peach 103 Cillie’s Clothing 105 Dynamite 107 Flirt Fashions 109 George Gibson’s 111 Golf Etc. 113 Heery’s 115 Junkman’s 117 JWR Jewelers 119 Masada Leather 121 plainjane 123 R. Wood Pottery 125 Red Dress Boutique 127 Shiraz 129 SHOWPONY 131 Simply Southern 133 Southern Comforts 135 Tall Boy Beverages 137 TREEHOUSE kid & craft 139 UGA Bookstore 141

Andrew Downs & Co. 145 Appointments at Five 147 Athens Art and Frame 149 Athens Interiors Market 151 Athens Oriental Rugs 153 Dalton Carpet One 155 Hawthorne House 157 A LaFera Salon 161 Athens Regional Firstcare 163 Chiropractic Works 165 Classic City Ortho. 167 Couture Bodies 169 DRee & Co. 171 MINT Boutique 173 Oral Surgery Associates 175 Studio Athens 177 Urban Sanctuary 179


Benson Hospitality 183 Georgia Gameday 185 Hotel Indigo 187 The Foundry Park Inn 189


909 Broad St. 193 Always, Always 195 Blane Marable 197 Bulldawg Illustrated 199 First American Bank 201 Flowerland 203 Heidi Hensley 205 Jackson Spalding 207 Jamie Calkin 209 Landmark Properties 211 McGinnis Leathers 213 Sara Wise 215

Guide 2 Athens 2011-2012  

A chic guidebook and from an insider perspective focusing on the best of Athens, GA

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