I really like Publix. It's a really big grocery store and they have decent prices and a nice selection. They're publix brand items are really cheap and some of the publix brand stuff is just as good quality as the name brand stuff--I buy their paper towels, paper plates, bottled water and juices often. They always have different types of food that you can sample which can be a real treat, especially if they are sampling the desserts. Their bakery is pretty good and the cocunut cake is delicious!!!!! They also make wedding and birthday cakes.
Ingles is probably the worst grocery store ever. I stopped by here because I needed something real quick and it was on the way to my friend's house in Stone Mountain. But as soon as you walk in here, it smells kind of funny. There was hardly anyone in here, which should've been another sign how crappy the store is. I needed to get some cold cuts, and the lady at the counter had me waiting for ever while she prepared boxed sandwiches that no one was buying....they had these salads and sandwiches on display that looked just disgusting--whose going to buy a hotdog or hamburger that's been sitting out for hours and they both were on a bun but they it looked like they hadn't been cooked....i thought that was plain disgusting.
Clark Atlanta is a part of the ACU and is a historically black college. The campus is really nice and it's a nice size. Its not as expensive as Morehouse or Spellman and it's not as selective, but since it's a part of the ACU, Clark students can take classes at Spellman or Morehouse. The dorms leave much to be desired though. The rooms are pretty small and there are all types of rules, especially in the freshman dorms. Also, the campus is like a fashion show. You won't catch anyone having a bad hair or dress day here--everyone comes to class dressed in their best!
Emory is a pretty good private school. Most of my friends who went here liked it a lot. It's expensive and they can be stingy with the financial aid though. But they have excellent professors and a lot of good programs--they're biz school and law schools are ranked among the best in the nation and definitely the best in the South. The campus is really nice and the dorms are immaculate and the residential campus on Clairmont Rd is really nice, as it looks is like a country club.
Georgia state has a mixed reputation in Atlanta. Some say its great, and others say its not so good. It's mainly a commuter school, as many of its students are from the Atlanta area. But they do have dorms that are pretty nice. They're business program has a really good reputation, and it's a reasonably priced school--must cheaper than Emory.
A lot of Atlanta natives speak highly of this store, especially Emory students. My girlfriend likes it because they literally have thousands of designer jeans---an enormous selection. They sell shirts and accessories too, and sometimes you can catch a decent sale. But as far as the men's selection, it's really not my style. They don't have a lot of the hip-hop styles that I like to wear. But I must say, considering how much they always have in stock and how crowded the store usually is, the stacks are always neat and organized.
This gym is located in the Peachtree Center. It's a realy large gym with a lot of amenities. The equipment is excellent--they have a lot of cardio machines, free weights and strength training machines, a stretching area, and for the women who don't want to be harrassed by men while they workout, they have a women's only area. They have all types of classes--yoga, ab workouts, kickboxing, step aerobics and pilates for the ladies. They have saunas and tanning bins, and excellent personal trainers--My friend Joe used to work there as a trainer. The best thing is the deep tissue massages---they put me to sleep everytime! If you'd like to try it out, you can print out a free 1-day pass off the internet at www.goldsgym.com
This store is located off of Peachtree Street, about two blocks away from the Peachtree Center. It's a small store, and the guy that works there is really weird. A few times that I went in there he was wearing a Superman costume, and it was not anywhere near Halloween. This guy scares me. And because this store is downtown, the liquor prices are really high. I only go here in emergency situations.
This is a small check cashing place located just outside of Five points Marta Station. I've never cashed a check here, but I know they take 3% for every check they cash. I come here when I need to buy a monthly or a weekly bus pass and the Marta Ridestore is closed. They're open 7 days a week, so if you need a weekly or monthly bus pass on a Sunday, come here to get it. But they only take cash here. They also offer western union and other money wiring services, and they're lines usually aren't too long. The tellers are pretty nice.
I would go here sometimes when I need something real quick, like tennis balls or a basketball pump. But it's a small store, and I wouldn't come here looking for any high quality sporting goods. The workers aren't usually that helpful here either, and there's this one foreign guy that doesn't really speak good English.