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Shana, 25

Job: Store manager, 42 Degrees South


Shana earned her subtle but charming accent the hard way, having grown up in towns across Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. Now in Atlanta after earning a degree in international affairs, she's learning the business ropes as manager of a reputable, um, tobacco supply store in Little Five Points. She's also into the local music scene, dating a member of a local band named after an assassin and occasionally spinning garage and psychedelia at 529 as DJ Patty Hearst.

Relationship status: Has a boyfriend

What's your standard drink?

Maker's Mark on the rocks or with a splash of ginger ale.

What band were you obsessed with when you were 14?

No Doubt.

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

Probably drinking.

What's your least favorite household chore?


On which reality TV show should you be cast?

"American Pickers." It's just these two guys who go and pick antiques and stuff. They don't really have guests — but they should.

What's the last thing that made you cry?

My friend just got engaged yesterday and I was really excited for her.

What's the last good book you read?

Maybe Marching Powder by Rusty Young. It's kind of like a cult backpacker's book. He was a cocaine smuggler that got stuck in Bolivia in a Bolivian jail. It's really interesting; I highly recommend it.

What do you wish someone would hurry up and invent?


What's the lamest pick-up line anyone's used on you?

"My name is Chance, will you take a chance on me?" I've gotten some bad ones.

Where do you take out-of-town visitors?

Krog Street Tunnel. Little Five Points.

What's the first album you bought with your own money?

The Kris Kross tape — either that or Spice Girls.

What's the best way for a customer to hit on you?

Um, don't. Purchase lots of merchandise.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Natalie Portman.

If you were a groupie, who would be the object of your obsession?

I'm really into the Black Angels right now, but I don't know that they need a groupie.

What's the one thing you most hope to accomplish in 2011?

Probably do a lot to the store here, get everything painted, I'm trying to renovate.

What's your least favorite thing about Atlanta?

The city's graffiti task force.

Is there a drawback to being attractive?

I definitely think so. You don't know if someone is being nice to you because they like you for you, or because they want to hit on you.

What's the weirdest thing in your house?

We're kind of hoarders. Collections of old radios, collections of old turntables — we just have a lot of old, nonworking things.

Name one thing you've stolen.

I stole a York Peppermint Pattie when I was little.

Who's the most important person in your life?

Jay, my boyfriend.

What's your sexy-time soundtrack?


Have you ever been dumped? If so, what was the reason?

Yes. I think it was an age difference thing; it was like an older guy.

What's your pettiest relationship deal-breaker?

Too much hair, maybe? No, poor hygiene.

What would you order for your last meal?

Probably Thai food, like Panang curry.

Name a well-regarded band you don't like.

I hate pop music, so that rules a lot of it out. The Black Eyed Peas.

With whom would you like to play Truth or Dare?

Bob Dylan.

What did your parents want you to do with your life?

Probably be a nurse or do something in medicine.

What's your life's ambition/grandest dream?

I'd like to write an anthropological ethnography. There's a really cool youth culture in Atlanta that hasn't had an ethnography written about it and I think that could be interesting. I like the idea of a case study, just completely unbiased.

What's your preferred footwear?

I have a lot of Jeffrey Campbells; he's my favorite shoe designer.

What's the most romantic place in Atlanta?

There's this really cool overlook in Vinings at a graveyard and it's literally the entire view of the city. It's gorgeous.

At what bar/restaurant would you like to have an open tab?

I really like the Porter because of all their beers. We'll say the Porter — support Little Five Points!

What personal attribute are you a sucker for?

Sense of humor, broad shoulders, easygoing, doesn't take himself too seriously.

Where would you go on your sweepstakes vacation?

Europe. Definitely France and maybe Amsterdam.

Describe your relationship to exercise?

I've always been really athletic. I'm really into Vinyasa yoga and core fusion classes. I love to work out a few days a week, it burns steam.

Not counting rent or bills, where does most of your disposable income go?

Going to shows. And drinking. And also thrifting.

If you had to spend $1 million in one afternoon, what would you do?

Travel and shop and probably buy real estate.

Have you ever stolen a friend's boyfriend?


What's your character flaw you'd most like to fix?

Communication. I'm not a very good communicator.

What silly thing are you most vain about?

My clavicles. I'm very partial to it. On women in general, I love the clavicle.

Why do you think someone nominated you for the Lust List?

Maybe I was being helpful, or just hanging out in the store. I don't know. I'm a cool person I guess. [Laughs] I guess I'm lustful.

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