These guys offer help with installing hardware and software, fixing problems, setting up home networks and more. They're not condescending, like some other services I've tried before. They don't sell hardware or software themselves, so they have no incentive to pressure you into buying overpriced stuff you don't really need. My desktop was filled with viruses to the point of being almost non-functional; plus we wanted to set up wireless to use with the new laptop. These guys scheduled appointment very quickly, cleaned up my PC, upgraded software and installed some protective software; they also unpacked wireless router that's been gathering dust in our room for a couple of months, got it up and running, and made sure it's secure. Plus they gave us tips on how to avoid being swamped with viruses and how to upgrade our computer ourselves. They were fast, friendly and professional, and pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended!
PROS: Wide variety of computer support services, knowledgeable staff
If you haven't jumped on Netflix bandwagon yet, and appreciate movies other than latest hollywood blockbusters, I highly recommend checking out Videodrome. They have a fabulous collection of foreign movies (divided by country and director), classics, cult favorites, anime, older horror and thriller flicks, obscure movies, and many new releases from independent companies, foreign, and the like. Everyone who works there so far has been very knowledgeable, somewhat of a movie geek, and usually can give suggestions and reviews if you're interested. At the same time they are laid-back, not patronizing or snobby.
PROS: Great selection, great service
CONS: well-known new releases are frequently out
The little consignment shop in Little 5 Points has friendly staff and fairly low prices for clothes in excellent shape. It is, however, very cramped. Clothes are not organized by size, so you have to look at each individually to see if it's worth trying on. Even thrift stores I've been to were better about trying to separate sizes. Also many of the clothes hang very high, which makes it difficult to browse for shorter people (I'm 5'2" and my neck was hurting after 10 minutes of shopping). You're always in danger of knocking something over, and god forbid there are more than 2 people in the same isle. I'd go there on a non-busy day with plenty of time to spare. Clothes are of the type you'd find in alternative/hipster shops, there are also quite a few cocktail- and evening-type dresses (don't forget to wander upstairs for those). You can usually find a few nice things for cheap, but it'll take time and patience.
It is entirely true that the venue does not have many seats - there are seats on the balcony levels, but not on the floor. However, this is perfect for some shows - the kind where audience expects to go wild, dance, mosh and the like. The view from balcony is pretty decent, and that's where comfort is. There are bars strategically located along the main floor and on the balcony level. Bathrooms on the second level are not very large and usually have huge lines, but there are also often-overlooked bathrooms on the bottom floor, with more stalls and usually a lot fewer people (I'm speaking from female perspective, here).
The nice thing about this salon is that they use Aveda products, which smell wonderful and leave my hair in great condition. They are not too terribly expensive, and the haircut you end up with is perfectly acceptable, although mine ended up being quite a bit shorter than what I'd asked for. The attitude of most everyone there I dealt with is quite snobby and patronizing, highly impersonal. Despite the price tag, the haircut did not include a head massage (something that I've gotten used to at Salon Red). It also gets a little crowded on the weekends. On the whole it's a fairly decent salon with good products, but most of the staff could use attitude adjustment. For this price you can find much better places in the neighbourhood.
This shop is something of a landmark in the alternative/hip East Atlanta/Little 5 points area. They sell some erotic, fetish and alternative clothing, but selection is unimpressive, very repetitive, and overpriced. You can always find fetish staples like fishnets and schoolgirl/cheerleader uniforms, though. Shoe selection is limited to stripper and goth styles, for the most part - think chunky platforms, very high stilettoes, etc. Shoes are also very expensive, but those types usually are.
Their toy and souvenir selection is much better, there's a large number of cultural mainstays and cult favorites, from marilyn monroe to simpsons, from comic book characters to devils and frankensteins, and everything in between, on toys, gadgets and the like. Some jewelry and cosmetics (again not the mainstream type).
There are some coffee table books, but those are usually much cheaper on Amazon. Also, tobacco pipe and flask shop in the back .
I'd recommend visiting it if you're looking for a last-minute present for not-too-uptight friend or relative, for a funny, tongue-in-cheek, amusing gifts.
I have long hair and usually only get a trim to keep my ends healthy, so I figured I don't need to shell out for high-end salon haircuts. How difficult it is to cut off an inch or two and leave the hair even, for someone who calls herself "master stylist"? Judging by the choppy ends I saw in the mirror afterwards, with some locks being obviously longer than others, quite difficult. I ended up paying double and going to another place later to even it out. In addition, the woman cutting hair of a client next to me accidentally dropped all her hair clips on the dirty floor.. picked them up, and proceeded using them in her client's hair without bothering to clean them! Ugh. Your neighbourhood's Supercuts would probably do a better job, or just buy a pair of scissors and DIY.
CONS: Unsanitary, botched basic trim, overpriced, unprofessional
Brian, the owner of this piercing shop, is one of the best professional piercers in the country. He treats his work as something between science and fine art, keeps his knowledge up to date, and never goes against his principles to make a buck (no sales pressure, no piercing anyone under 18, etc). The shop uses implant-grade titanium jewelry sterilized in steam autoclave. Everyone who works there is very friendly, knowledgeable and non-judgemental; go ahead and give them a call or drop by, and feel free to grill them with any questions and concerns you might have. Brian will gladly take time to discuss anything from piercing industry standards to latest news from conferences and medical research, from history of piercing to modern-day attitudes and laws about piercings, from chemical properties of metals and cleansers to body's own ability to heal. Follow-up visits to check up on your new shiny toy are free and are encouraged. Walk-ins welcome.
PROS: Clean, safe, professional
This tiny grocery has very limited menu - a few sandwiches, some drinks and chips. but it is popular both with students on the budget and businesspeople as the place to buy the best cuban sandwich in the area. Go there during lunch to pick up their signature classic, with ham and roast pork. It's take-out only, and there is likely to be a line (it really is well-known!), but it's cheap and delicious.
PROS: Cheap and tasty
CONS: lunch hours only, no tables
This salon and spa, located in hip urban neighbourhood a mile away from Little 5 Points, provides great service without being stuffy and snobby. While the price on the level of Supercuts, it's fairly affordable. For $30 I got treated to a head massage, delicious-smelling hair products and a nice cut from a "young talent". But what really makes the place stand out is the fantastic spa downstairs. The waxing services they provide (including Brazilians) are better than anywhere else in the city; they use the best products and are professional and meticulously clean, so my skin remains smooth and doesn't break out afterwards. Personalized facials tailored to my skin type and lifestyle, as well as full-body massages, are worth every penny.
PROS: Laid-back atmosphere, affordable, natural skin care products