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2015 Best of Atlanta

Whether you’re a local or A-Town newbie, JEZEBEL’s annual Best of Atlanta list showcases the of-the-moment winners in fashion, health, beauty, nightlife, dining, home, weddings and beyond. More than 10,000 votes came in, and we’re always blown away by the in-the-know opinions of our knowledgeable readers. Now, without further ado, head into summer with your bucket list chock-full of the award-winning spots that await in the pages ahead. Here’s to hoping you’re soaking this one up by the pool with cocktail in hand. Cheers, ATL!

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Best Personal Trainer: Bill Sonnemaker at Catalyst Fitness
Pro athletes and CEOs are calling upon Sonnemaker to whip them into shape, thanks to his certified knowledge of personal training and exercise physiology. Buckhead, @billsonnemaker

Best Bike Shop: Peachtree Bikes
Ready to ride? With a little help from the top-gear pros at Peachtree Bikes—with locations in Serenbe, Buckhead and Sandy Springs—you’ll be road-(or trail-) ready in no time. Multiple locations

Best Shop for Beauty Products: Bluemercury
Look no further than Bluemercury for all the brands you covet—from La Mer and NARS to Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown—curated by expert CEO Marla Malcolm Beck. Buckhead, @bluemercury

Best Gym: The Forum Athletic Club
From the Fast Twitch program and Cyc Fitness to the best in cardio and Chaos Conditioning, it’s obvious why the fabulous flock to this fit find. Buckhead,

Best Athleticwear: Deka
Going from the yoga studio to brunch with the girls? The sportswear stylists at Deka will provide you a studio-chic look with a little help from much-loved labels like MPG and Splits59. Buckhead, @dekaatlanta

Best Specialty Fitness Studio: Orangetheory Fitness
The name of the game here is getting into the zone—the orange zone. Interval training plus heart-rate monitoring equals a workout that provides more bang for your fitness buck. Multiple locations, @otheoryfitness

Best Spin Studio: Cyc Fitness
Thanks to Cyc’s unique approach to indoor cycling (think light weights and sports movements paired with top tunes), you’ll be counting the days till your next visit to the “cyc”ologist. Buckhead, @cycfitness

Best Hair Colorist: Celena Taylor at Vis a Vis The Salon
Trusted by JEZ editors and VIP clients alike, Taylor is an expert in blondes, brunettes and the Balayage technique, meaning your hair will look natural and shiny at any shade. Buckhead, @visavisthesalon

Best Hair Salon for Her: Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
Looking for the king of color and cuts in Atlanta? Behold Steve Hightower and his talented staff. The name of the game is customization for each client—something that ensures that this crew is a cut above the rest. Buckhead, @hightower_steve

Best Hair Salon for Him: 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons
From cuts to shaves, 18|8 is reinventing the old-school barber shop—and that’s what keeps its discerning clientele coming back. Brookhaven, @188salons

Best Yoga Studio: Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Whether you’re a newbie or a downward-dog devotee, this sizzlin’ yoga sweat spot offers up a flow class to suit any level—or state of mind. Buckhead, @yogastorm

Best Faux Lashes: Smashes Lashes
When searching for affordable lashes that make you look like a million bucks, it’s hard to beat this local line. Bonus: They’re made with 100 percent real human hair and can be worn multiple times. Buckhead, @smasheslashes

Best Hair Extensions: Kristine Jaime at Balance Salon
With over 10 years of experience creating thick, voluminous locks, this highly skilled hair extension specialist uses various methods to apply extensions for a seamless, natural look. Dunwoody, @jaimekris

Best Spray Tan: Raw Bronzing Studio
Created by melanoma survivor Tiffany Terranova, this spray studio stands out with its organic tan formula sans the orange tone or overwhelming scent. Midtown and Sharpsburg, @rawbronzing

Best Day Spa: Bliss Spa
Thanks to signature facial and body treatments that incorporate this spa’s much-loved product line, Bliss puts the “ah” in spa. Midtown and Downtown, @blissspa

Best Manis & Pedis: Sugarcoat
This spot has nailed it when it comes to luxe manis and pedis featuring essie products and specialty options like the Escape to Fiji. Multiple locations

Best Massage: David Whaley at Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
With over 15 years of bodywork experience and a healing touch, this massage therapist and reiki master incorporates a blend of such techniques as Swedish, Thai, deep-tissue and more. Buckhead, @hightower_steve

Best Local Makeup Artist: Nyssa Green at The Green Room Agency
From acclaimed news anchors to reality stars, almost everyone has been primped by this Emmy-winning makeup artist and agency owner, who holds classes for teaching tricks of the trade. @greenroomagency

Best Esthetician: Kathleen Denney at Changes: A Journey to Beautiful Skin
Jennifer Lawrence and more have been flocking to Denney for more than a decade to experience her customizable facials that leave skin glowing. She’s even won a Best of Beauty award from Allure! Sandy Springs, 404.931.8399

Best Wax: European Wax Center
Looking for a hot spot to get your wax on—and off? This established org’s signature 4 Steps to Gorgeous process ensures that your waxing woes are minimized.
Multiple locations, @europeanwax

Best Sugaring Studio: Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio
Thanks to a unique sugaring paste—that sticks to hair, not skin—the hair removal pros at Sweet Peach offer up a less painful approach to getting your skin bikini-ready. Buckhead and Virginia-Highland

Best Tattoo Removal: Dermatology Associates of Atlanta
Say buh-bye to that outdated design via this comprehensive skin facility’s tattoo removal services, which use FDA-approved lasers to zap the ink in fewer sessions than others. Multiple locations, @dermatlanta

Best Dermatologist: Dr. Chynna L. Steele at Steele Dermatology
A board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Steele incorporates both health and aesthetics to treat every aspect of skin, specializing in skin rejuvenation and discoloration, liposuction, acne, scarring, hair-loss treatments and more. Alpharetta, @steelederm

Best Lasik Doctor: Thomas Eye Group
As one of the first to provide LASIK under FDA protocol, Thomas Eye Group—having celebrated its 40th anny last year—is our go-to for clear vision, offering Atlanta’s most precise, advanced bladeless LASIK technology. Multiple locations, @thomaseyegroup

Best SmartLipo: WIFH
Helmed by nationally acclaimed laser expert Dr. Jay M. Kulkin, this concierge medical center prides itself on being the top destination for locals looking to get this laser-assisted liposuction with hardly any downtime. Sandy Springs, @wifh_laser

Best Nonsurgical Procedure: CoolSculpting
Cool away fat cells without going under the knife with this FDA-approved treatment. Board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mark Beaty is our go-to provider for getting skinny mini. Alpharetta, @drmarkbeaty

Best OBGYN: North Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology
Encouraging women to take an active role in their own health care decisions, the North Atlanta OB/GYN team is our go-to for compassionate preventative care, prenatal care, gynecologic diagnosis and treatments across all life stages. Multiple locations

Best Cosmetic Dentist: Dr. David Zelby at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Zelby and his expert team offer an exceptional level of cosmetic dentistry, noted for providing excellent veneers, restorative procedures, bondings, crowns and more. Smyrna, @newsmileatlanta

Best Breast Augmentation: Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco at DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery
Utilizing 3-D imaging technology to aid patients in selecting the size best suited for them, double board-certified plastic surgeon Lisa DiFrancesco, M.D., offers the newest FDA-approved shaped implants for the most natural look. Westside, @difrancescomd

Best Medispa: AYA Medical Spa
Licensed experts here are all about state-of-the-art skincare procedures like nonsurgical fat reduction, skin tightening, laser hair removal and more. Multiple locations, @ayamedicalspa

Best Chiropractor: Buckhead Family Chiropractic
A whole-body wellness chiropractor, Dr. Karen Joanson has been aligning spines of all ages—and many on local film sets and music venues—for almost 20 years. Buckhead, @drkarenjoanson

Best Anti-Aging Doctor: Progressive Medical Center
With state-of-the-art Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), this spot is able to customize a variety of cutting-edge treatments, paving our way to the fountain of youth. Multiple locations, @progressivemc

Best Botox & Injections: Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery
Put your best face forward with a little help from double board-certified plastic surgeon Theresa M. Jarmuz, M.D., who’s a pro with Botox, hyaluronic acid injections, Juvéderm Voluma XC, Sculptra Aesthetic and Cosmoderm. Buckhead, @buckheadfacial

Best Rhinoplasty: Dr. Wright A. Jones at Wright Jones Plastic Surgery
With a focus on natural nose jobs, double board-certified plastic surgeon Wright A. Jones, M.D., also specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty, improving symmetry while maintaining ethnic identity and facial harmony. Buckhead and South Atlanta, @wrightjonesmd

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