February 27, 2013

Favorite Services 2013


WINNER: Hotel Indigo

500 College Ave. · 706-546-0430

Hotel Indigo has taught us the meaning of "boutique hotel" and has shown us how to bring big-city style and blend it in completely with the Athens scene.

RUNNER UP: Foundry Park Inn and Spa

295 E. Dougherty St. · 706-623-0296

Photography Studio

WINNER: Zoomworks

585 White Circle · 706-227-3777

It's the difference between taking pictures and photography. You can see it immediately and for a lifetime when Zoomworks zeroes in on your wedding or your portrait or your party.

RUNNER UP: Ian McFarlane Photography · 706-338-2005

Hair Salon

WINNER: Republic Salon

312 E. Broad St. · 706-208-5222

Upstairs downtown surrounded by old brick and big windows, relax with a glass of wine while Republic's staff creates a revolution on your head and in your mind.

RUNNER UP: Model Citizen

497 Prince Ave. · 706-543-3656


WINNER: Lyric Bellotte at Republic Salon

312 E. Broad St. · 706-208-5222

She's back as a Favorite, and it's not hard to see why. She has the experience and the talent to let hair speak for itself, continuing the conversation even as it grows out.

RUNNER UP: Matt Wheeler at Emporium Hair and Color Salon

187 Lumpkin St. · 706-546-7598

Massage Therapist

WINNER: Kimberly Morgan

270 Hawthorne Ave., Suite C · 706-612-4121

There's sports massage, medical and spa, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, Bowen and myofascial release, not to mention salt scrubs. No wonder she's popular!

RUNNER UP: Amy Bramblett at Advanced Massage Therapies

1363 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-369-7595

Tattoo Studio

WINNER: Pain and Wonder Tattoo Studio

285 W. Washington St. · 706-208-9588

They've been here since the beginning of tattooing in Athens, creating walkable art. Your body their canvas; their creativity your enhancement.

RUNNER UP: Walk the Line Tattoo Co.

364 E. Broad St. · 706-369-9424

Yoga Studio

WINNER: Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution

675 Pulaski St. · 706-461-0262

A healthy body is a healthy mind and a lot of fun, too, that becomes a way of life when practiced with the kind of gentle discipline enjoyed at Rubber Soul.

RUNNER UP: Athens Five Points Yoga

1687 S. Lumpkin St. · 706-355-3114


WINNER: Urban Sanctuary Spa

810 N. Chase St. · 706-613-3947

You can re-invent yourself without even leaving the ‘hood in this beautifully reclaimed space right there on Boulevard, easy to reach, hard to leave.

RUNNER UP: Spa @ Foundry Park Inn

295 E. Dougherty St. · 706-623-0296

Place to Get Fit

WINNER: The Omni Club

2361 W Broad St. · 706-369-3111

1055 Gaines School Rd. · 706-548-8346

Just show up; Omni will do the rest. You'll look and feel your best, and you know that. Just do it. What are you waiting for?


915 Hawthorne Ave. · 706-543-6596

Adult Classes: Movement


1260 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-355-3078

Who knew dancing could be so exhilarating? Whatever the style, Dance FX can teach it to you and your kids. You'll be well toned, and you'll be confident when the band strikes up.

RUNNER UP: Canopy Studio

160 Tracy St., Ste. 6 · 706-549-8501

Adult Classes: Creative

WINNER: Treehouse Kid and Craft

815 W. Broad St. · 706-850-8226

It's not just for kids, and it's the essence of DIY, hands-on creativity and a place to do it with all the tools and materials you need.

RUNNER UP: Good Dirt

510 N. Thomas St. · 706-355-3161

Car Repair Shop

WINNER: Five Star Automotive

605 Macon Hwy. · 706-549-1315

Locally owned since 1982 by two brothers, (not Click and Clack) with the kind of personal attention you need when your car is out of sorts and out of warranty.

RUNNER UP: Auto Tech of Athens

170 Coile Dr. · 706-549-3316

Car Dealership

WINNER: Phil Hughes Honda

3200 Atlanta Hwy. · 706-549-3530

Just notice all the Hondas around you on the street; now you know where they come from. Phil Hughes has been here since Honda became an automobile.

RUNNER UP: Heyward Allen Toyota

2910 Atlanta Hwy. · 888-777-0611


WINNER: Always Always Flowers

1091 Baxter St. · 706-227-0805

They'll sell you cut flowers or make you an arrangement of fresh or dried flowers, balloons, even. Your choice, their pleasure.

RUNNER UP: Flowerland

823 Prince Ave. · 706-549-1884


Avid Bookshop - Winner: Favorite Local Business, Runner Up: Favorite Store to Buy a Gift for Him.

Local Business

WINNER: Avid Bookshop

493 Prince Ave. · 706-352-2060

Avid is the poster-child for a do-it-yourself-and-do-it-right local business, and it is a warm reminder of just how enjoyable it is to browse in a real book shop, to hold them in your hands.

Runner Up (tie)
Hip Pops · 650-521-4022

Ruby Sue Graphics

532 Newton Bridge Rd. · 706-613-0028