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Co-Editor and Designer: Cheri Leavy

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Co-Editor: Vance Leavy Sales Associates: Kelley Blanton, Caroline Kinney, Alan Lanier, Cheri Leavy, Vance Leavy and Holly Stanfill Photography of Athens’ Scenes in the section dividers: McGinnis Leathers Photography: McGinnis Leathers, Blane Marable and Cheri Leavy


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Cheri Leavy Co-Editor and Designer Athens is a budding metropolis with all of its culture and vibrant college campus, but what I have come to love most is the sense of community. In this edition of guide2athens, we not only spotlight the best locally owned and operated businesses of Athens, but we decided to share some of the best non-profits too. The University of Georgia, the commerce, the philanthropy and the amazing people involved in those endeavors connect to make this such a special place to live and to visit.

Georgia Museum of Art

So check out the section dividers and enjoy McGinnis Leathers’photography of many Athens’ landmarks. Note the nonprofits listed and visit their websites to learn more. Get to know the “Classic City of the South” better!




Vance Leavy Co-Editor My favorite part of producing our annual book is the neat interactions I get to have with so many cool business owners. The main message from them this time around was to encourage our readers the importance of shopping local. Inside you will find 100 local businesses and your patronage to them is vital in order for Athens to remain the gem that we all love so much. And when you go to one of the businesses, please tell them you are there because of our little black book.

Athens Y Camp

Thanks to all our participants and everyone who had a part in our production with a special thank you to our photographers Blane Marable and McGinnis Leathers.




food & libations

Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

5&10 Five & Ten is an Athens awardwinning community restaurant. Owner, Chef Hugh Acheson, won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast, 2012 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 Open for dinner seven nights a week and brunch on Sunday. Early prix fixe menu: three courses for $30! 1653 South Lumpkin Street 706.546.7300

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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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Athens Bagel Company Athens Bagel Company is the only spot in Athens for real, New York-style bagels. Located in a downtown building built in 1900, the owners renovated with reclaimed hard pine and tin ceiling tiles as the bar facing. Bagels are kettle boiled then baked fresh daily and the specialty cream cheeses such as bacon chive, honey pecan and veggie are all homemade. Breakfast sandwiches are served all day, and lunch sandwiches come on bagels or wraps. Open til 10 p.m. (MondayThursday) and midnight (FridaySunday), they have a full bar with poured liquors, draft and bottled beers, wine and champagne, mimosas and bloody marys for breakfast and brunch. 268 North Jackson Street 706.543.5001

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Barberitos 2012 marks the 12th anniversary for Barberitos. The first restaurant opened in downtown Athens in 2000, and since then Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina has grown to 41 stores 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 are the high quality cuts of steak, and choice ground beef. Barberitos has been voted best burrito in Athens nine 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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DePalma’s Italian Cafe Voted “Athens Best Italian Restaurant” by the Athens Banner Herald Reader’s Choice Awards from 19882011, 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 Bacon Wrapped Shrimp over Polenta 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 since 1995, East West Bistro offers seasonal inspired cuisine, an extensive wine and martini list and outstanding service. Chef BJ Bracewell believes in simple dishes showcasing great local ingredients. Athens native Renee Crymes Middleton’s work ethic and enthusiasm adds to the ambiance of East West Bistro. They have a casual dining room downstairs, and a more formal dining room upstairs where reservations are recommended. 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

TAPAS Harissa Shrimp Toast

Our spin on a traditional Chinese dim sum scallions and roasted peppers. Served wi

Calamari Tempura

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Our traditional favorite on ciabatta bread and olive oil, feta, and a balsamic reducti

Sweet Potato Chips

With our truffle bleu cheese dressing. $6


Our house made na’an with a sesame-th and feta. $10

Fried Chevre

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Epting Events Lee, Ashley, Daniel and a crew that’s like family grew a small catering company into a Southern institution, selected as one of thirty “TOP GUN” caterers in America. The newly acquired 43,000 ft2 building houses showrooms, a new kitchen and one of the most comprehensive collections of unique props and décor in the southeast. You can find the Epting’s catering throughout Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida by truck or Utah and Switzerland by plane. The Epting core is rustic elegance and comfort food, always served with gracious hospitality and fun. (Seen on Bravo, TBS & Showtime) 1430 Chase Street 888.422.0015

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Farm 255 Farm 255 is a restaurant that seeks to reconnect food to its roots and people to their food. They serve local, seasonal and sustainable food sourced from their own Full Moon Farms, a cooperative of vegetable farms in and around the Athens area, and Moonshine Meats, a collective of cow and pig ranchers that evolved from their own livestock operations. They utilize a whole animal approach to meat cookery and supplement their own harvests with those of other local growers. Under the direction of Chef Whitney Otawka, the menu is based on seasonal shifts in the field. They serve lunch on their patio out of Farm Cart, their moveable feast, and are available for catered events in their space or yours. They are also a full bar and live music venue. 255 West Washington Street 706.549.4660

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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 seven days a week as well as a champagne brunch Saturday and Sundays with $2 mimosas and $3 bloody marys. George’s has a full bar with a diverse wine list. Happy hour is Monday though Friday, 4 til 7 p.m. Available for private lunches and dinners. George’s is your table in Five Points. 2095 South Milledge Avenue 706.548.3359

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Gigi’s Cupcakes When you get that sweet tooth craving, there is no better place to satisfy it then Gigi’s Cupcakes of Athens. Opened in the spring of 2011, Gigi’s Cupcakes is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Athens with customer parking available. This family owned and operated business provides a delicious array of cupcake flavors from Wedding Cake to Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Baked with the freshest ingredients every day, you are sure to find a cupcake you love. So, go in and grab a sweet snack or take some cupcakes home to share! Either way, these cupcakes are sure to bring a smile to your face.

296 West Broad Street, Suite 2 706.208.7879

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Harry’s Pig Shop On UGA’s bucket list for graduating seniors, Harry’s, with smoked chicken, pork, ribs, brisket, and six different sauces is regularly voted as Athens’ favorite BBQ joint. This out of the way hideout includes some of the best salads in town, house-made side dishes and vegetarian options including barbecue tofu. Lots of free parking and kid friendly, Harry’s is down Prince Avenue just past Loop 10 in Homewood Village. Outdoor patio, retro sodas, beer and wine served seven days a week. Tailgate packages and catering. (See also Epting Events) 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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Hilltop Grille Hilltop Grille is the life-long dream of Athens resident Chris Lloyd. He and his business partner, Rick Pennell, opened “Hilltop” in November 2002. “I wanted to open a restaurant that Athens could call its’ own,” says Lloyd. “When you want to show people from out of town what Athens is all about, you don’t want to take them to the same franchise restaurant they have back home. When I went to UGA back in the 70s, everyone went to Poss’s out on the Atlanta Highway. I want to fill that void.” Discover what the locals know, it’s the best steak and seafood in Athens and you don’t have to fight the downtown crowd. Reservations and large groups are welcome. 2310 West Broad Street 706.353.7667

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home.made Home.Made is an ingredient driven catering company that focuses on seasonal, local ingredients. Menus are distinctively southern and can be customized for private in-house functions, pick up, delivery, or full service catering. Home.Made has become a favorite for events ranging from small cocktail or holiday parties to several hundred guest weddings. Home.Made services not only the Athens area but also Atlanta, Madison, Macon, and beyond. Their website is a great resource for learning about their popular monthly Supper Club, tailgating options as well as menu ideas for baby showers, weddings, and corporate functions. 1072 Baxter Street 706.206.9216

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Hubee D’s Located in the heart of Five Points, Hubee D’s is where you will find food that is authentic, still madefrom-scratch, and always fast, fresh and Deelicious! Their award winning tenders and wings are never frozen and prepared in a special, authentic Charleston family recipe. The menu also features salads and wraps and their homemade sides include handcut fries, cornbread, and coleslaw. Hubee D’s is perfect for tailgating, after practice dinners with the family, or your next office luncheon. Stop by and enjoy Athens’ best tenders and wings alongside crowd favorites such as Cheerwine, PBR on draft, complimentary boiled peanuts and more. Deelicious! 1591 South Lumpkin Street 706.549.3900

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KEBA Spitfire Grill This German-style restaurant serves a uniquely delicious array of kebap sandwiches, wraps, bowls, salads, hand-cut Belgian fries and refreshing gelato. In Germany, the kebap is the number one sandwich with approximately 15,000 kebap restaurants. KEBA - Pronounced Kay-Bah is derived from the word kebap. The kebap, a Turkish cousin to the Greek gyro, is comprised of warm European bread filled with your favorite handcarved ingredient and topped with veggies and one of KEBA’s twelve signature sauces. With three Athens area locations, KEBA’s goal is to turn the kebap into America’s favorite sandwich one KEBA at a time! They Carve, You Crave! Eastside – 1860 Barnett Shoals Road 706.850.7285 Market at Epps- 1850 Epps Bridge Parkway 706.543.8210 Watkinsville –1021 Jamestown Boulevard 706.310.7222

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La Dolce Vita Stefano Volpi prepares food at La Dolce Vita much like his family did while growing up at 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 handpicked porcini mushrooms gathered from the nearby forests. The prosciutto and salami cut into the thinnest slices and the freshest house made mozzarella slathered with freshly pressed olive oil. Volpi’s kitchen shares the very best of his culinary heritage. Italians enjoy “the sweet life” of great 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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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 Road 706.208.0911 Westside – 2020 Timothy Road 706.549.7700

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Mama’s Boy When you want a great brunch, 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, 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. So enjoy Mama’s Boy! Let them host your rehearsal dinner or help plan your wedding. Find them on facebook and twitter. 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 breakfast, 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, hamburger steak platters, stew and barbecue. Take out available. Check daily specials on facebook. Delivery available at

171 East Broad Street 706.548.1692

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Mirko Pasta Experience Mirko Pasta where you will discover the tantalizing tastes of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine prepared daily at their three Athens area locations. Relax and enjoy the blend of Italian flavors and savory aromas whether dining inside their friendly, casual restaurants or outside on the patio. Mirko is the perfect setting for a business lunch, family dinner or special occasion. Now offering a new lunch menu and daily specials which are sure to make Mirko Pasta an Athens favorite. Follow Mirko Pasta Athens/Oconee on Facebook and Twitter for details on upcoming events. 1075 Baxter Street 706.549.4552 1040 Gaines School Road 706.850.5197 2 South Main Street Watkinsville 706.310.1233

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NONA NONA continues the downtown Athens tradition in Creole and Cajun fine dining originally established by Harry Bissett’s New Orleans Café. 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 Oysterman” Filet and Eggplant Pirogue. 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. They 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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Siri Thai Cuisine Put some spice in your life at Siri Thai Cuisine! Chef Andy Thiengwongs opened his restaurant with a vision of creating Athens’ best Thai dining experience. He infuses every dish he creates with his extensive knowledge, creativity and a passion for perfection, using only the freshest, most nutritious and healthy ingredients available. Their traditional decor and friendly servers create a memorable dining experience that is sure to make you a regular. Athens diners agree as they have been voted Athens’ best Thai food. Catering is available for all occasions. And look for their Eastside location (1040 Gaines School Road) opening soon. 367 Prince Avenue # 1 706.548.7667

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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. With an artisanal approach using fresh ingredients and craftsmanship, Speakeasy is known for its delicious tapas and specialty cocktails, providing an intimate evening of sharing among friends. Perfect for any occasion, Speakeasy offers an extensive 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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Square One Fish Co. Chef-owner Joe Cascio and his wife and partner, Erica were looking for a simpler life in a smaller town after successfully running their award winning seafood restaurant in Pompano Beach for 17 years, so they opened Athens only Florida style seafood restaurant in 2009. And while their made-from-scratch menu concentrates on sea fare, they proudly serve excellent steaks, chicken and vegetarian cuisine. Dine al fresco on their large patio, in their open kitchen seating where you can watch as plates are prepared for service, or settle in at their inviting bar area or cozy dining room. They also offer cooking classes, event planning (private upstairs dining room available) and off site catering. 414 North Thomas Street 706.353.8862

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Globe An Athens institution since 1989, the Globe offers an extensive selection of beer, wine, and single malts in addition to its generously portioned pub fare which is carefully prepared in a small, upstairs kitchen seven days a week. Brunch is served on Sundays until 3 p.m., accompanied by traditional music sessions. The atmosphere is kept warm and inviting with friendly bartenders and a dining space that has all the rustic charm and elegance of a country pub. Additionally, the intimate upstairs lounge is a perfect venue for private parties, live music or watching soccer matches. So come and have a pint, and enjoy the offerings of one of Athens’ oldest bars. 199 North Lumpkin Street 706.353.4721

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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 their website for hours, sample menus and special event information. 232 West Hancock Avenue 706.549.3450

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Transmetropolitan Pulsating atop the city’s peak on historic East Clayton Street, Transmetropolitan brings to life a classic Chicago style pizzeria with the brisk pace of downtown Athens’ art and music scene. Serving an array of favorites from sicilian and traditional crust whole pies and calzones to focaccia paninis, bountiful salads, and zesty pastas, Transmet is a local favorite of both vegetarians and the carnivorous alike. Whether seated front and center below the dangling lights of the street side brick patio or dining upstairs in the Tap Room, their customers all can expect the same thing - pie throwing and cold beer flowing! Open 363 days a year, weekend slices until 2 a.m., large party room available.

145 East Clayton Street 706.613.8773

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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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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. In the past year, acts such as Widespread Panic, Big Boi, Skrillex, Sam Bush, Switchfoot, Lucina Williams, Beach House & Explosions In The Sky have graced the stage. The Theatre’s new rooftop bar and restaurant offers a great place for up and coming bands to showcase their talent and for private parties and events. Check out the calendar online for upcoming acts and to buy tickets. 215 North Lumpkin Street

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Hotel Indigo-Athens Hotel Indigo-Athens is the perfect venue for your social event, whether it’s a fashion show, formal or a wedding reception. With seven event spaces, you are sure to find the perfect venue at Hotel Indigo-Athens. Their talented event staff will make your event planning as simple as possible and can even reserve a block of hotel rooms for each of your out-oftown guests. Call them today for all of your event planning needs. 500 College Avenue 706.286.1700

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Melting Point The Melting Point is an intimate live music venue located in downtown Athens on the grounds of the beautiful Foundry Park Inn & Spa. Honored as one of Paste magazine’s Top 40 Venues in America , the Melting Point features perfect acoustics, nightly entertainment, and a full service menu prepared by an award winning culinary team. Past performers include Sam Bush, Sean Lennon, Aimee Mann, Little Feat, Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert and more! The Melting Point opens at 3 p.m. daily and is available for private events. Follow them on Facebook/ Twitter or view their entire calendar on their website. 295 East Dougherty Street 706.254.6909


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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 inhouse goldsmiths creating original and custom pieces in addition to the numerous national design lines ofJewels by Star, Bellarri, Memoire, Timeless Designs and many more. The Aurum gallery shows regional and national artists in clay, glass, wood, fiber, painting and photography. 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, Betsy Pittard Designs 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, Cillies Athens offers a unique shopping experience! They buy and sell new, used and vintage clothing, jewelry, cowboy boots galore and accesories. They have a huge selection of vintage authentic designer bags like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Coach and D&B. Check out their many one-of-akind 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. 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 At this locally owned, downtown Athens boutique—just blocks away from the famous arch— 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. Follow them on Facebook. Open daily.

143 North Jackson Street 706.340.0626

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fab’rik fab’rik is a breath of fresh air to downtown Athens offering a shopping experience that every UGA student, local resident, visiting tourist and all Athens fashionistas are sure to fall in love with not only because of amazing clothing selection but the affordable prices. They feature a relaxing atmosphere with hip, trendy clothing, shoes, accessories and denim without the high prices or attitude. All items are priced under $100 except for the extensive denim collection...we all have our vices. Whether it’s their first class customer service or the fact that you know you will find the perfect outfit for any social, date night or wedding, you are bound to be a fab’rik addict after your first visit. 142 East Clayton Street 706.353.8005

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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, Karlie, 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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Frontier When you walk into Frontier, a locally owned gift shop, every sense is heightened. Customers exclaim how good it smells, but the array of merchandise also appeals to the eye. Sure to please, you’ll want to experience their unique finds for the bath, home, and garden with an emphasis on products from local artisans. You’ll have a good time laughing at cards, testing perfumes and trying on hats and jewelry. With its eclectic style and friendly atmosphere you will find “Gifts for the Soul and Shelter” to nourish your heart and embellish your home. 193 East Clayton Street 706.369.8079

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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 like Burberry, H. Freeman, and Calvin Klein highlight their selection. Choose pants from Zanella, Corbin, Berle, along with casual clothing from Southern Tide, F.A. MacCluer, Gitman Brothers, Smathers and Branson, and Barbour. George Gibson’s is Athens’ largest seller of Allen Edmonds shoes. George Gibson’s also features a vast selection of UGA gameday shirts, pants, belts, and is home to the famous “Gameday Britches.” Go see the selection and experience the incredible service at George Gibson’s Menswear, making Athens more fashionable for almost 50 years. 1059 Baxter Street 706.548.4663

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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, Marc Jacobs 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 that 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.

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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 handselected for individual clients, as well as for JWR’s beautiful diamond selection. Making customers 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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Onward Reserve The best kept secret in Athens has changed locations! From the guys that brought you Five Mile Club; Onward Reserve is the only local retailer of Hunter Boot, Duck Head, Southern Point and WM Lamb & Son. They easily have the best local selection of Filson, Barbour and Southern Proper in town and the Smathers & Branson selection is simply like nothing you have ever seen! Other brands include: Vineyard Vines, AFTCO, Columbia, Ray-Ban, Persol, Lucchese, YETI Coolers, OnwardReserve Gameday, State Traditions, Classic Georgia, Lewis Grizzard and many more. Onward Reserve validates deck parking for purchases over $100. Thanks for shopping local! 146 East Clayton Street 706.543.0202

r.wood studio ceramics UGA graduate, Rebecca Wood started making pottery in an old produce warehouse near downtown back in 1991. R. Wood Studio is now an Athens institution, drawing people from all over the southeast who collect their colorful handmade pottery. Come tour the studio and see how it’s made. Visit the famous ‘seconds’ room, and check out their extensive offering of colorful, one-of-a-kind ceramics. Open daily; Monday - Friday, 9 - 6. Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4. 450 Georgia Drive 888.817.9663

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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 $5 wine tastings every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., and has by-the-glass pours daily. 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! Visit ShirazAthens on facebook, twitter and youtube. 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’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, Zimmermann, Equipment, Current Elliot, and Dolce Vita. 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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Sonia Says At Sonia Says, they want you “looking good while doing good” and they believe that exceptional customer service is a must. They will pamper you as they dress you from head-totoe, providing a unique, fun-filled shopping experience you’ll never forget! Fashion isn’t what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Sonia Says strives through wardrobing to help clients have the closet you can depend on to look and feel your best. They have expanded their event dressing atelier so no matter what the occasion, they will customize and elevate your style to perfection. 798 Prince Avenue 706.353.8955

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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 an upscale 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 850 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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The Cigar Shop The Cigar Shop is Athens’ only full-service cigar lounge. Since 2009, they have offered the best selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors, and accessories in town. Inside the lounge you will find free Wi-Fi, high-definition TV, and freshly brewed coffee in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. So whether you’re looking for a place to watch the game, searching for that victory cigar, or just want to unwind with a smoke, visit The Cigar Shop, located just off of Epps Bridge Parkway. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates, promotions, and events, or stop by seven days a week. 2145 Oconee Connector 706.850.5555

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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, throw a birthday party or register for gifts. 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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Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation

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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.

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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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Habitat ReStore The ReStore is the Habitat thrift store which takes in new and used home furnishings and sells them at a up to 90% off retail cost. The ReStore offers the community an active venue for reusing/recycling building materials and home furnishings that would otherwise be thrown away. All funds raised support Athens Area Habitat for Humanity in its continuing effort to eliminate poverty housing in Clarke, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties. In addition to free pickups, all donations to the ReStore are tax deductible. The ReStore offers a wide selection of furniture, building supplies, home decor, appliances, books, clothing, and more. The ReStore accepts cash or checks as payment. 532 Barber Street 706.354.0936

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Cullen & Co. Since 2003, Cullen & Co. Interior Design has been delighting clients with beautiful and highly functional interiors. As a nationally recognized design firm, Cullen & Co. delivers an unparalleled depth of knowledge and expertise to each design. Led by Cullen O’Steen, the team specializes in residential and commercial projects of all sizes. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Southern Living and House Beautiful. Prepare to be inspired by Cullen & Co.’s cheerfulness, creativity, and incomparable attention to detail. 1363 South Milledge Avenue 706.621.1230

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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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Drew Dekle Construction Drew Dekle Construction is a fullservice and licensed residential and commercial construction firm. They specialize in renovations, additions, and new construction focusing particularly on the re-adaptation of local homes. They have completed a number of bona-fide historic preservation projects and have received multiple awards from the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation and others. Commercial projects include numerous downtown restaurants, offices, and popular nightlife destinations. Their great staff and associates, including full interior design and architectural affiliates, would be delighted to work with you on your next project. 706.202.2712

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Tom Ellis Construction Tom Ellis has been the leading builder in Athens for more than ten years. Ellis specializes in custom new construction, historic restoration, and renovation projects of all sizes. His vast and variable repertoire contains historic homes on the national registry, incredibly modern homes with unique materials, as well as everything in between. You can view photos of Tom Ellis’ work at Call or email him at info@ to start discussing your dream home or renovation and receive a custom quote. 706.540.2432

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Hawthorne House Hawthorne House is a fine furnishings and interior design showroom. Their furniture and lighting collections include exceptional lines like Hickory Chair, Lee Industries, and Visual Comfort. The design library boasts an extraordinary assortment of designer fabrics, wall papers, floor coverings and lamp shades. Available by appointment, Hawthorne House offers consultation on furnishing selections for those wishing to update their home’s look. As an ASID Industry Partner, Hawthorne House invites qualified design professionals to open a trade account and encourages designers to choose Hawthorne House for all their project needs. 1440 South Milledge Avenue 706.227.3560

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Traditions in Tile and Stone Traditions in Tile and Stone is a family owned and operated company that has been in business since 1936. They offer free design services at all their showrooms and have thousands of products in stock, ready for next day pick up. Ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, slate, metals, glass and mosaics, all ready for your next project. They offer the highest quality products at the best prices and will work with you to create the perfect look for your home and budget. Anyone can sell tile by the piece, at Traditions in Tile, they sell it one remarkable experience at a time. 200 Cleveland Road, Suite 100 706.543.0500

health & beauty

Athens Area Cancer Auxiliary

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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 19 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 complimentary 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, Suite B 706.224.1189

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Elijana Cosmetics “It’s all about you!” Elijana Cosmetics is a makeup studio and retail store like no other, where they specialize in custom design foundation and services including lipstick/gloss, creme blushes and concealer. A full function studio doing makeup for bridal parties, proms and events, they also do personalized make-up lessons to teach you the tips and tricks of the trade and how to update your look. In their amazing historic location they offer a bridal room, outdoor patio and gorgeous gardens. What a great way to start your special occasion in a beautiful relaxed setting (and one that your photographer is sure to love) to give you noticeably healthy skin. 480 East Broad Street, Suite 101 706.227.4445

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Five Points Yoga Five Points Yoga welcomes everyone. Their warm and friendly, certified instructors teach yoga classes and workshops aimed toward the practice of aligning themselves as part of a larger spiritual flow. Whether you’re looking for physical strength, spiritual growth, or an emotional mind-body connection, Five Points Yoga is where it all comes together: grace, balance, community and a lively spirit of fun! 1687 South Lumpkin Street 706.355.3114

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Flawless Finish Since opening as an onsite beauty concierge in August 2011, Flawless Finish has grown into a full service {salon & beauty lounge}. They help you look your best with the perfect cut, color, brows, and makeup. Just minutes from downtown Athens in Oconee County, Flawless is a short drive for women wanting to experience the best in hair and makeup. Onsite service continues to be their specialty, so if you’re in town for a wedding, football game, or special event call for their current availability and pricing and remember “Who wouldn’t want to be Flawless?” 1260 Mars Hill Road, #105 706.769.8246

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Hodgson’s Pharmacy Located in Five Points, Hodgson’s Pharmacy is pharmacist owned and operated. While the ideals and trust ‘Doc’ Hodgson founded the pharmacy on in 1956 remain, there are many new exciting products and services for you to enjoy. Under its new ownership, the pharmacy has undergone a complete makeover and the 1920’s wooden shelves are teeming full with top-of-the-line products and gifts. Dr. Rabun Dekle, pharmacist and Five Points resident, is committed to accuracy and reliability in filling your prescriptions and will always take the extra time needed to make certain that you are receiving the most effective results from your medications. Hodgson’s Pharmacy offers free local delivery and yes, ice cream is still only $1.00 per scoop!

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Massage Envy Spa At Massage Envy Spa, they work hard to make massage therapy available to everyone through convenient scheduling and affordability. Massage services ranging from Swedish Massage and Sports Massage to Prenatal Massage and Geriatric Massage may be scheduled as late as 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends. Health is more than skin deep. Their Healthy Skin facials feature world-renowned Murad速 skincare products specially formulated for any treatment from Anti-Aging to Clarifying Enzyme Acne. So regardless of your skin type, tone or concerns, their professional estheticians have the scientifically proven products needed to give you noticeably healthy skin.

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Mint Hair 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 their 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 Oral Surgery Associates and Dental Implant Centers provide a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, including the removal of wisdom teeth and general extractions, the diagnosis and treatment of oral and maxillofacial disease, implant surgery, and reconstruction of the jaws to accommodate dentures. For many clinicians and their patients, dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred treatment of choice for tooth replacement. “Teeth-In-A-Day� is a state of the art technique of guided implant surgery providing fully functioning teeth on Dental Implants in one single procedure. 740 Prince Avenue, Building 1A 706.549.9711

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Silver Sun Tan Silver Sun Tanning Salon is a local family-owned business offering not only the best tanning salon in Athens and Watkinsville, they also boast teeth whitening, amazing red light therapy, professional airbrush spray tans, and medi-spa products and treatments. In addition to all of that, the Salon also offers InShapeMD™, a new medical weight loss program in the Athens-Oconee metropolitan area that provides a doctor-guided and personalized approach to weight loss and wellness. With multiple treatment solutions available, including a prescribed appetite suppressant and HCG Hormone Therapy, InShapeMD™ can help you reach your weight loss goals. 1973 Hog Mountain Road 706.769.0090

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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 ballet Barre classes, 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 with an emphasis on organic and natural. Urban Sanctuary is both manfriendly and eco-friendly. Massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, make up and waxing offered. Deep tissue massage, pre-natal massage and couples spa services are featured. Hotel inroom massage available. Open seven days a week. Voted Best Day Spa in Athens. 810 North Chase Street 706.613.3947


The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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Benson Hospitality Group Benson Hospitality Group is a progressive hotel company focused on providing outstanding service in Athens. 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 Inn390 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 Marriott3500 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. Sleep in one of our 130 luxurious guest rooms featuring hardwood floors throughout, locally sourced room decor, Aveda bath products and spainspired showers. 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. 500 College Avenue 706.546.0430

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Foundry Park Inn & Spa On an ideal location just steps from downtown and the University of Georgia, Foundry Park Inn & Spa is a village within a village. Landmark buildings dovetail seamlessly with modern additions to create the perfect backdrop for an event or weekend stay. Tempting food and beverage options are available 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 the Spa. Add in their renowned customer service, and you get a charming boutique hotel offering classic luxury, local flavor, and historic hospitality. 295 East Dougherty Street 706.549.7020

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Athens Area Habitat for Humanity

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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. And now most everyday needs, including beer and wine, can be found next door at the 909 Market. 909 East Broad Street 706.227.6222

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Chastain, Jenkins, and Leathers Chastain, Jenkins and Leathers incorporates a fresh approach to real estate sales, marketing, consultation and leasing. Comprised of the most highlyskilled agents in the area, CJ&L provides unmatched service, expertise, education, and representation for buyers, sellers, and property owners. Their diverse and ever-expanding portfolio of commercial and residential inventory for sale or lease can be viewed from their one-of-a-kind website designed to serve clients and the Athens area. Any of their outstanding agents are ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs. 675 Pulaski Street, Suite 700 706.559.4520

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Georgia Club Georgia Club is a semi-private golf facility and private community of classic Southern homes located minutes from historic downtown Athens and one hour east of Atlanta. Athens tops the list of “America’s Best Places to Retire” with an energetic arts scene, a refreshingly low cost of living and a year-round calendar of University of Georgia events. Many residents chose Georgia Club to retire near their children in Atlanta, while living in a picturesque country setting with world-class healthcare facilities and college town vitality. Younger families pick The Georgia Club for the top-rated Oconee county public schools. 770.725.4700

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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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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.

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Athens BMW Family owned and operated since 1984, Athens BMW has provided reliability and integrity for BMW owners all over northeast Georgia and the nation. Athens BMW provides personalized customer service that will exceed your expectations. Take advantage of their ultimate delivery service and have your fully detailed new or pre-owned BMW brought to your home or office with all the paperwork, and their expert product specialist will take the time to explain the vehicle’s features with you. With the purchase of a new BMW, courtesy pick-up and delivery is provided for all scheduled services. The full service department provides repairs and routine maintenance including oil changes on all BMW models. Experience the ultimate driving machine brought to you by the ultimate staff at Athens BMW. 3040 Atlanta Highway 800.362.0498

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Birchmore/Shields Pool & Spa

Let Birchmore/Shields Pool & Spa be your choice for all your pool and spa needs, from the installation and service of Sundance spas (which have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval) to service for years to come. They are also distributors of the Big Green Egg, the world’s best smoker, barbecue, and grill. They have a staff of trained, experienced technicians to maintain and repair your pool and pool equipment. They have the products designed to accommodate any pool owner. In fact, their well-stocked store has just about anything you’ll ever need for your pool and spa. “If you need service and maintenance for an existing pool, Birchmore/ Shields Pool & Spa is the name to remember,” says owner Bob Shields. 154 Oneta Street 706.548.1378

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Blane Marable Photography Voted “Best Photographer� in the Athens area, Blane Marable Photography delivers creative, unique and affordable photos. Brides choose Blane for his style of capturing fun, romantic and tender moments like no one else can. Blane specializes in wedding, engagement and graduation photos. He is a member of the Georgia Professional Photographers Association and the Wedding Photographers International. Available to travel to destination weddings. Living in Athens all of his life, Blane has photographed hundreds of weddings in almost all wedding venues in the area. All images are provided on a DVD with a copyright print release. 706.202.4612

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Blue Moon Electric Ed Smith, owner of Blue Moon Electric, is Athens’ choice for quality electrical services. He has consistently been voted Athens’ Best Electrician year after year! His level of expertise, attention to detail and honesty rival anyone in the business. Blue Moon Electric encompasses all of your residential and commercial needs. From installing new circuits for appliances, trouble shooting, service upgrades, remodels, additions, installing home theater systems to general cosmetic lighting and fuse panel replacements. No job is too big, or too small! 678.907.5945

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Bulldawg Illustrated Now in its 10th year of publication, Bulldawg Illustrated continues to connect anyone who loves the University of Georgia through its pages. Whether it’s sports coverage or picture pages from game days and alumni events, BI is your source to know what’s happening on the field and who’s in the stands. They publish 18 print issues throughout the year and are active online and on facebook and twitter. Sign up for their free e-newsletter because you just never know who you will see in Bulldawg Illustrated and you don’t want to miss out! Advertise your business to the best demographic in the nation … Bulldog fans! 877.456.4624

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First American Bank First American is Athens’ oldest locally owned and managed community bank, serving Northeast Georgia since 1928. They believe in energizing their employees, engaging their customers and investing in the communities they serve. They are not just here for you, they are here with you. At First American, they offer clients a premium banking experience. This includes a commitment to personal attention and service, as well as the convenience and  flexibility only a community bank can provide. 300 College Avenue 706.354.5000

your financial foundation

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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. 125 West Washington Street, Suite 775 706.354.0470

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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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Porterfield Tire, Inc. Porterfield Tire, Inc. has been the Athens tradition in car care since 1972. Family owned and locally operated, their one-stop complete auto and tire care shops provide the utmost in customer service alongside the lowest prices around. With perks such as free lifetime and rotation on all tires purchased at either the Athens or Watkinsville location, in-town shuttle service and a vast array of services from alignments to major engine repairs, it’s easy to see why Athenians put their automotive trust in Porterfield Tire, Inc.; where you can drive out for less! 1190 Mitchell Bridge Road 706.549.6698 2001 Hog Mountain Road 706.769.4455

INDEX: Food & Libations

5 & 10 11 Allgood Lounge 13 Athens Bagel Co. 15 Barberitos 17 Big City Bread 19 DePalma’s 21 East West Bistro 23 Epting Events 25 Farm 255 27 George’s Lowcountry 29 Gigi’s Cupcakes 31 Harry’s Pig Shop 33 Heirloom Café & Market 35 Hilltop Grille 37 home.made catering 39 Hubee D’s 41 Keba Spitfire Grill 43 La Dolce Vita 45 Last Resort Grill 47 Locos 49 Mama’s Boy 51 Manhattan Cafe 53 Mayflower 55 Mirko Pasta 57 NONA 59 Royal Peasant 61 Siri Thai Cuisine 63 Speakeasy 65 Square One Fish Co. 67 The Globe 69 The National 71 Transmetropolitan 73

Entertainment & Culture ARTini’s Art Lounge 77 Georgia Theater 79 Hotel Indigo 81 Melting Point 83


Agora 87 Aurum Studios 89 Cheeky Peach 91 Cillie’s Clothing 93 Dynamite 95 fab’rik 97 Flirt Fashions 99 Frontier 101 George Gibson’s 103 Heery’s 105 Junkman’s 107 JWR Jewelers 109 Onward Reserve 111 R. Wood Studio 113 Shiraz 115 SHOWPONY 117 Simply Southern 119 Sonia Says 121 Tall Boy Beverages 123 The Cigar Shop 125 TREEHOUSE kid & craft 127 UGA Bookstore 129

Design & Decor

Andrew Downs & Co. 133 Appointments at Five 135 Athens Habitat Restore 137 Cullen & Co. 139 Dalton Carpet One 141 Dekle Construction 143 Ellis Construction 145 Hawthorne House 147 Traditions in Tile and Stone 149

Health & Beauty

A LaFera Salon 153 Athens Regional FirstCare 155 Chiropractic Works 157 Classic City Orthodontics 159 Couture Bodies 161 Elijana Cosmetics 163 Five Points Yoga 165 Flawless Finish 167 Hodgson’s Pharmacy 169 Massage Envy Spa 171 MINT Boutique 173 Oral Surgery Associates 175 Silver Sun Tan 177 Studio in Athens 179 Urban Sanctuary 181


Benson Hospitality Group 185 Georgia Gameday 187 Hotel Indigo 189 The Foundry Park Inn 191

Real Estate

909 Broad St. 195 Chastain, Jenkins & Leathers 197 Georgia Club 199 Landmark Properties 201


Always Always Flowers 205 Athens BMW 207 Birchmore Pool & Spa 209 Blane Marable 211 Blue Moon Electric 213 Bulldawg Illustrated 215 First American Bank 217 Jackson Spalding 219 McGinnis Leathers 221 Porterfield Tire, Inc. 223

Guide 2 Athens 2012-2013  

A chic guidebook and from an insiders perspective focusing on the best of Athens, Ga.

Guide 2 Athens 2012-2013  

A chic guidebook and from an insiders perspective focusing on the best of Athens, Ga.