The Vortex Ranked 30th Among 101 Best Burgers in America

The Vortex Ranked 30th Among 101 Best Burgers in America

It seems the rest of America is cluing into what we already knew — Georgians flat out know how to make a hamburger. The Daily Meal published their findings of the top 101 burgers in America, and the metro-Atlanta area took five spots in the coveted carnivore list. Little Five Points own The Vortex, also with a location in Midtown, secured the number 30 slot with their tasty Hell’s Fury Burger. Maybe it was the side of tater tots that sealed the deal for the tasting committee. The eclectic decor couldn’t have hurt either. The highest Georgia restaurant on the list was Holeman and Finch Public House in Buckhead. Their double cheeseburger took the vaulted honors of best hamburger in the Southeast coming in at the number 7 spot. Other Atlanta specialties included Ann’s Snack Bar’s Ghetto Burger at 45, The Varsity’s double chili cheeseburger at 64 and Flip Burger Boutique’s Butcher’s Cut in Buckhead sealed the deal at 78. A lot of major U.S. markets didn’t even have one burger on the list much less five. If nothing else, you could make quite a week out of hitting each of these up for lunch. So who took the top honors? The Windy City’s own Kuma Burger at Kuma’s Corner is evidently the creme de la creme of hamburgers in our fair land. So in addition to grabbing a slice of deep dish now you also have to sample a Kuma Burger the next time you are in Chicago. Foodies, want the most bang for your travel buck? New York City has four of the top eleven hamburgers. I can’t imagine there being many cows on Long...

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Dad’s Garage May Be Relocating to Old Fourth Ward

Dad’s Garage May Be Relocating to Old Fourth Ward

Dad’s Garage has been a welcomed addition to the Little Five Points community for fifteen months now, occupying 7 Stages. Everyone knew from the beginning that this wasn’t a permanent solution so speculation has been churning for months as to what the eventual home of Dad’s Garage will be. The improv company flirted with staying in the L5P neighborhood, but news came and went early in the year with little to show for it. Now a church in the Old Fourth Ward seems to be getting all of their affection. Located at on 569 Ezzard St., the 12,000 sq ft. space seems to be the one. It has been confirmed that a contract has been placed on the space, but Lara Smith, Dad’s Garage Managing Director, says the deal still quite a ways from being done. “Zoning and financial feasibility” seem to be the biggest roadblocks that could potentially derail the deal. The rezoning hearing will take place on June 5 or 12 to decide if the church should be reclassified as commercial from residential. The listing price on the church clocks in at a cool $2.15 million so the non-profit Dad’s Garage will need to find a way to have their patrons pony up some cash. The current plan is to convert the main sanctuary into the performance area. They also plan to expand the space by 4770 sq ft. Not certain if that is a longer term goal or if the new wing would be in place before the took over the space. The move in date they are gunning for is early 2015. Come June we’ll find out if this move is feasible or little more than a pipe dream. Source: Curbed...

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The Clothing Warehouse

The Clothing Warehouse

420 Moreland Avenue NE / Atlanta, Georgia 30307 | (404) 524-5070 | http://theclothingwarehouse.com/ With a dream of working in fashion, Jim Buckley, an Ohio farm boy, made the move south where he and a friend started a vintage exporting warehouse. As their inventory expanded, Buckley turned the front of the warehouse into a small retail outlet. The Clothing Warehouse opened its doors in 1992 and he started sharing some of his original and unusual finds with the citizens of Atlanta. With word quickly spreading, stylists and celebrities made The Clothing Warehouse the place to go for the world’s most unique vintage clothing. As interest grew in the Warehouse’s items, Erin Faulman joined the team in 1995, bringing with her an inborn style sense and an eye for vintage clothing. Within the next five years, their inventory expanded along with their base of loyal customers, and The Clothing Warehouse opened a second location in Little Five Points. A bright red building in the center of everything, the Little Five Points location buys and sells used, days gone by, men’s and women’s quirky clothing, footwear, and accessories. With the growing success of The Clothing Warehouse, Faulman and Buckley wanted to share their success with the world and opened new stores nationwide, with plans to open more stores. In Atlanta, there are two locations; the Little Five Points and a midtown location. The atmosphere of The Clothing Warehouse is half the fun of shopping there. Styled mannequins randomly stand around the store while aged art decorates concrete walls. Sitting in the middle of the store is a glass island full of bangles, necklaces, sunglasses, and any other accessory you can imagine. Moving around is easy with its openness, organization, and thoughtful merchandising, making choosing the right piece a breeze. Buckley uses and innovative approach in creative display of his product. Unlike most vintage store’s, everything is well organized, with orderly racks of clothing organized by style and color block. Even special attention is paid to clothing protection...

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Rag-O-Rama

Rag-O-Rama

1111 Euclid Ave NE / Atlanta, GA 30307 | (404) 658-1988 | http://www.ragorama.com/ A clothing and accessories thrift store, Rag-O-Rama is located in Little Five Points and is an icon of the community. Insights Magazine’s 2013 Best of Atlanta for Best Vintage Clothing Store and Best Consignment Store, the always busy and popular shop carries a large selection of both men’s and women’s fashions, in fun and funky styles. Their selection changes daily from the constant influx of new clothes coming in. If you’re looking for retro, alternative, or stylishly edgy fashion, this is the place to go. The store is large and roomy, with everything spread out and not jammed tightly into one little spot leaving plenty of room to shop and try things on. The clothing hangs on loosely packed racks to easily gain access to all the great clothing. Like all thrift stores, some days are a successful hunt for amazing pieces while other days are not so great. But on any day you’ll find a mish-mash of items: name brand and designer, mid level brands like Gap, vintage items and new items. The selections are varied and you’ll find some hidden gems. The men’s selection is expansive with stylish denim, lightweight jackets, tees, buttoned down shirts, shoes and accessories. If planning to sell your items, they pay on-the-spot with cash, check, or store credit for good condition items. They buy based on style, condition, season, color, size, label, and rack levels. However, be aware that they are selective in what they buy and only buy about 10% of the items brought...

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Envy Hair Salon

Envy Hair Salon

1143 Euclid Ave NE / Atlanta, GA 30307 | (404) 525-3689 | http://envyatl.com/ Since 1998, Envy has made their home in the heart of Atlanta’s most eclectic shopping district, Little Five Points. Run by a mother and daughter duo, Envy has an exciting and different selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories; all cute, hip, and trendy one of a kind. Envy offers items that make you stand out in a crowd. As well as all the great clothing and accessories, you’ll find a large selection of jewelry, with many pieces designed by the owner. Envy’s recent expansions offer a makeup store and hair salon, photo shoot studio, and their program Pretty Party. Pamper yourself with a new hairstyle, makeup, and glamour photo shoot. Pretty Party is for every woman with a dream of having a photo shoot like seen in magazines. Clients have a full glam experience with a talented team of professional makeup artists and photographers, while Envy’s celebrity stylist, Jilene Coggins, creates a wardrobe style just for the client’s photo shoot. Pretty Parties are great for individuals or groups up to 6 people and includes: photo shoot makeup, dry hairstyling to suit your look, and a professional style wardrobe look chosen from the Envy Closet. The photo shoot session includes 100 photos of which you pick 5 for professional editing. Your chosen images are digitally delivered on CD with you keeping the copyright for making prints. Envy’s hair salon features stylists who work with all hair types and offer natural hair services, weaves, relaxers, trims, colors, and more. They also have a professional barber on site for men and women styles. The Envy Makeup Bar carries Envy brand, pigment rich and fashion forward cosmetics as well as accessories. Professional makeup artists are on staff to give you a glam look for a photo shoot, a date night makeover, or just a day look for the office. No matter what you choose, Envy has a full staff of knowledgeable fashionistas, to help you...

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