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Capitalist Sage: Chris DeBlasio Talks about the Film/TV Business [Podcast]



Capitalist Sage podcast with guest Chris DeBlasio

This week on Capitalist Sage podcast, Karl Barham and Rico Figliolini sit down with Actor, CEO, and entrepreneur Chris DeBlasio. CEO of Agency850 and experienced producer and actor, Chris shares his expertise in the areas of digital marketing, product placement, and more.

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Website: http://www.agency850.com/

“So I always say there’s a time to document and there’s a time to create. So documenting could be anything from your smartphone. You know, you’re documenting your day, you’re giving maybe a message or something like that. Everybody’s got a phone in their pocket with a camera, right? So there’s no excuses. You can document your day. It’s content, you’re pushing content, and then there’s creating an actual show or podcast.”

Chris Deblasio

[00:00:30] – Intro
[00:05:03] – Chris’ Backstory
[00:07:09] – Growing the Business
[00:08:52] – Importance of Mobile Sites
[00:10:41] – Including Videos in Your Marketing
[00:12:42] – Working with Clients
[00:14:03] – Video for Businesses
[00:18:21] – How to Get Started
[00:22:51] – Tagging
[00:23:38] – Product Placement
[00:27:46] – Short vs. Long Content
[00:31:33] – Closing

Karl: [00:00:30] Welcome to the Capitalist Sage Podcast. We’re here to bring you advice and tips from seasoned pros and experts to help you improve your business. I’m Karl Barham with Transworld Business Advisors, my co host is Rico Figliolini with Mighty Rockets, Digital Marketing, and the publisher of the Peachtree Corners Magazine. Hey Rico, how are you doing today?

Rico: [00:00:47] Hey, Karl. Good.

Karl: [00:00:48] Well, why don’t we start off by introducing our sponsors. Let’s do that.

Rico: [00:00:52] First thing is we’re at Atlanta Tech Park in the City of Peachtree Corners, and this is the podcast studio within that. It’s an accelerator. Some people know incubators better. It’s a place where 90 businesses are here. Startups basically. And it’s a facility that not only houses these startups, but also provides Financial Fridays. Wine Wednesdays for those that want to network. Well, it’s an opportunity to really meet a lot of people. But Atlanta Tech Park is even more than that, right? Cause they have a reach into the Southeast through the venture capitalist funds that they work with. So it’s a great place to be able to network and possibly even get venture capital introductions. And if you need to, event spaces.

Karl: [00:01:37] It’s a perfect course for the building and a beautiful ecosystem which brings entrepreneurs from different backgrounds, different types of businesses. With here, the Southwest Gwinnett chamber, there’s bank sound site or PR business consultant advisors, marketing experts. So, you know, just going through the hallways, you get all these different viewpoints to help you improve your business.

Rico: [00:01:58] And the businesses here, once they get bigger, like Reavis and some others, they expand out and take office space in Technology Park actually, which is where we’re sitting and we’re actually sitting on the Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, right?

Karl: [00:02:12] The one that, while it’s the autonomous vehicle track, the living lab, where now there you’ll see scooters starting to appear out there. These scooters that are able to return back to a spot. You could order them by phone. So this entire environment just really brings out entrepreneurial innovation and we’re just glad to be here with the podcast.

Rico: [00:02:31] With the autonomous environment, smart city, the whole nine yards. And the funny part is, well, not the funny part because really it’s 5G enabled through Sprint. So it’s wireless, it’s IOT, it’s internet of everything. It’s lights talking to cars, cars talking to the apps and living environment with people across industry cars and moving in and out. So unlike a lot, any other place actually in the country, almost as what this is, but the backbone of it is our lead sponsor and that’s Hargray Fiber. You’ve got to bring the internet into the place. You don’t have to do the 5G enable, right? So Hargray Fiber does that. They are the backbone of Curiosity Labs.

Karl: [00:03:09] Atlanta, you’re going to absolutely go. Glad to have the FTE. If you think of the infrastructure that’s needed to power this. And if you have business services that you need and wireless and internet and so on, they’re a great company to reach out to and help you with all those needs.

Rico: [00:03:26] Absolutely. So if you want to find out more go to AtlantaTechPark.com for this place, and also HargrayFiber.com if you need an enterprise level or even small business level of fiber solutions where they can bring in and customize solution. By the way, they’re local, which means you’re not the only with the cable guy, so you have someone right there and they’re really involved in the community. So something good.

Karl: [00:03:50] That’s one of the great things about Georgia. There’s all these companies and industries that are thriving and one of those that are, that’s really taking off right now with the entertainment industry. I think in the last two years, Georgia was at worst second, if not first place in a number of films produced here. A lot of the Marvel Disney films are produced here and filmed here, and it’s really driven the economy of the area. And there’s going to be a generation of entrepreneurs and business people. That’s going to grow up in this ecosystem. That’s going to be creating new movies, new production, just like Hollywood was maybe 50, 40, 50 years ago. Atlanta is the Hollywood of the South, and today’s guest is Chris DeBlazio. he’s with a local entertainment and production company, call agency Eight:Fifty Entertainment. He’s got a great background both as an Actor in films working in industry, and he’s been able to merge his passions around the entertainment industry with entrepreneurship and some really creative ways. And so, Chris, I wanna thank you for joining us today and welcome to the podcast.

Chris: [00:05:01] Thank you for having me. I appreciate it.

Karl: [00:05:03] But I’d love to start off with, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into this area of the business?

Chris: [00:05:10] Yeah. Well, originally I hailed from New Jersey. So I started out actually in advertising. I sold yellow pages. So, did that throughout Jersey, New York. I’ve always, I’ve always had a knack for sales. You know, I did really well at that, but I had a passion for that. Film and television business and, and you know, an advisor came to me and one of my really good, good friends said, Hey, you know, you know, you’re only going to be young once, you know, you’re living so close to New York, you got to go do it. You know? So, I went to school for film and television in Manhattan. I studied both sides of the camera. I had a bunch of private coaches, as an actor. And fortunately, I was hired by ABC, early on and, and, it was on the soap opera called One Life to Live for a while. And bounced around on some of the, some of the New York shows. And then I got the bug. And so in a, in 2007, I moved out to LA to do more movies. I just didn’t want to get pigeonholed as a soap backer, so I went out there and that was during the writer’s strike. So perfect timing, you know. But, so it was, it was a little bit difficult because work started drying up and, and, you know, a lot of the shows just kind of stopped. And so for
me, I, I never, I never, you know, bussed tables or anything like that, and then if there was anything wrong with it, I’ve just always had an entrepreneurial spirit. And so I always had to figure out, well, how am I going to make a living doing this? So in 2007 when smartphones were becoming pretty popular, I noticed that there was another need that websites weren’t fitting on them, right? The print was really small. You’d do that pick and zoom thing to make it larger. And a lot of people in the entertainment business came to me and they said, Hey, is there anything that we can do about this? So what I did was I hired a bunch of developers. And I created mobilized websites for people in the movie business and it took off. And so we started doing some marketing for people, in the movie business out in LA. And that’s actually how the ad agency started and started adding products and services, and it just grew from there.

Karl: [00:07:09] Wow. So when you started, you saw what the future was happening, how mobile started changing the dynamic. What were some of those early trends and things that you saw you tapped into that helped you grow the business?

Chris: [00:07:24] Well, back in 2007 you got to remember QR codes. So, yeah, and I, you know, I thought this was quite interesting. You know, I didn’t know where it was going to go, but I’ve, I’ve always. I always try to look ahead. You know, that’s, I’m a visionary by heart, so I’m always looking at, all right, what’s, what’s coming down the line. And, and so whether it was the QR codes or definitely it was the mobile websites, because that’s where the future was going. There was more smartphones being made and shipped. And so I said, okay, well this makes sense. So what I did was, I utilize those QR codes on the back of DVD boxes and the back of actor’s resumes. So when you scan it, either an actor’s demo reel pops up or the trailer of the movie, and this was when we were really pushing, this was when DVDs were still relevant, right? So, so you can go to, you know, a blockbuster, which is not even around anymore, right? But you can go to a video store and pull these from the shelf and that scan it. See what that movie’s about on the, on your phone. So, I mean, you know, fast forward to today, QR codes never really got to where I guess they were trying to get to. I mean, you see them around, there were more, but they’re not really utilized like they were. So that was kind of like a catalyst and me kind of getting into learning more about mobile, more about, you know, the, the marketing end of, of, you know, how to, how to reach people, where they’re at and they’re at on their smartphones.

Rico: [00:08:52] For sure. I mean, most people, I mean, most websites, so 60 – 70% of the traffic. And for most things, it’s all the traffic.

Chris: [00:09:00] Right?

Rico: [00:09:02] And the trail is probably all the traffic, almost like 90%. Karl: [00:09:04] It’s so true. It’s unfortunate when you’ll see a lot of business owners websites and they’re not optimized for mobile, and how do you help them make the argument of the investment to right size their websites so that it could attract the most, don’t think they need to?

Rico: [00:09:24] Or even to make that decision to develop the website as mobile first.

Karl: [00:09:28] Right, because you don’t have…

Rico: [00:09:29] It doesn’t give me mobile for us because of how much traffic. Do you get through the desktop portion? And it depends on whether the business, the business even.

Karl: [00:09:37] And who’s really looking at that.

Chris: [00:09:39] Cause sometimes it’s, it fascinates me because I mean there is, there’s way more traffic going to the mobile version of your website than there is on desktop. It’s just, it’s the way. Is the way that we are now. It’s the way the world is, you know? And so there’s several reasons why you would want to make sure that your website is more firm. And one of the biggest things is Google, several years ago, released an update saying, “Hey, if your website’s not mobile optimized, you’re not going to get ranked as well.” You know, so, there’s a lot of relevancy, you know, there are Google’s all about, you know, making it very, very user friendly there and making the most relevant information pop up first. And if your website’s not mobile optimized.

Rico: [00:10:20] It’s talking about video to them and you can, you’ve heard of site maps. So sitemaps are essentially for the website, but there’s video site maps also. So if you have you on video, you want to be able to do a video site map. I mean, he’s just, this way, Google knows that you’re there and that’s how you get those strings up. The carousel videos that pop up sometimes on your Google searches because of that stuff.

Karl: [00:10:41] So has everybody started moving more to mobile and along with that, it’s just an explosion of video. But even though a video is exploding, the use case of video tends to be limited in certain areas, the music industry and, and the entertainment industry obviously is far out ahead on that. When you start looking at more main street businesses or even professional services, folks that might be the brand with for their business. I don’t see them leveraging a fraction of the capability of video. How do you, how do you help people bring that into the picture video?

Chris: [00:11:21] And we’ve been saying this for several years as video is King, especially in a marketing capacity because you’re, you know, you’re, you’re hitting in the visual, you’re also hitting the audio. And if it’s done properly, you’re also transcribing all these videos. You actually have the written word as well. So with one medium, we have one main medium, which would be the video. You can reach all the markets, you can reach podcasts, you can reach the audio, you can reach the written word if it, if everything is transcribed, right. So, our philosophy in our company, one of the things that we do is help with personal branding and help people to help push content is that we want to make sure that they’re found everywhere. And, but we always start with video. I mean, it helps. All my guys are movie guys, you know, they’re all, they’re all
TV guys and producers and stuff like that. So it’s in our wheelhouse. But, but yeah, video in, no matter what business you have, you’ve gotta be leveraging video. And, and there’s also the search element too, because that is where everybody is consuming confidence. The most amount of content consumption is video on the web. So those things are getting ranked higher. So if you have a recurring video, you have constant video and updates on your website, that’s also going to help you rank higher. So it’s very important for any business owner, to leverage video in, in the capacity.

Rico: [00:12:42] How are you as a business, as a business, as an agency? How are you finding your clients? And when you bring them in, what is it that you do?

Chris: [00:12:51] So there’s two sides of our company, right? So, one side of our company, you know, we work in the movie business, so we do like product placement, product integration, we do a lot of branded entertainment stuff. We’ll do marketing for the movies. And then the other side is personal branding, personal branding, specifically for CEOs and creating thought leaders. So what we find is that, people know that they’re supposed to keep an updated LinkedIn profile. They’re supposed to be posting, they’re supposed to be liking, but a lot of times either A, they don’t know how, or B, they just, they just don’t have the time to do it. And they need somebody to help them, you know, stay accountable and push content. And so that’s the other side of our company that we focus on is helping people, helping specific CEOs. Push content, creating their own podcast and the value of creating their own podcast, the value of creating their own show, you know, and creating recurring content because there’s so many, so many different things that, that, you’re able to do with video, with podcasts. I mean, it helps your brand image. If it helps, you know, equity and, you know, brand equity, your brand equity. And, and, and ultimately, people do business with who, they know, who they trust.

Karl: [00:14:03] So I’m, I’m curious, I want to peel that back a little bit. So specifically what type of businesses could really, you’ve seen really can take advantage of bringing video into how they present themselves to the public.

Chris: [00:14:20] I firmly believe it can work in any capacity because no matter what industry you’re in, you are a thought leader in your field, right? You could be a thought leader in your field, and sometimes the more obscure thing that you’re doing, the more narrow the market. And if you’re the only one in that market pushing content, you literally could capitalize on that market. But I find like a lot of people. Like speakers and business coaches and attorneys and plastic surgeons, like people that would buy you as the service even more so, you need to be branding yourself because they’re buying you.

Karl: [00:14:54] So I’m curious, I’m going to play that out. What did we say? I’m going to pick a field like accounting. Right now we’re getting into tax seasons and all the accountants heads are down. I’m working on people’s financials. How would an accountant leverage video, digital media, some of the things that you’re bringing from the entertainment industry, how can they leverage that specifically to brand themselves to drive leads. What would that look like?

Chris: [00:15:23] I’m even so somebody in accounting and finance, right? I would, I would, I would say start a finance type podcast or finance type show, much like this, right? So we’ve got audio going, but we’ve got some cameras going. We’re hitting live, right? Doing that, but doing a finance show updates and, and you know what’s going on, you know, far as tax updates and where the different codes are coming in, whatever, right? It’s spreading your knowledge. And there’s a great deal of wealth behind that in, in, in value to where you’re developing yourself as a thought leader. People are getting to know who you are because they’re getting to see you constantly, right? Cause you’re always putting out a show. But then also guests on your show, we were kind of talking about this a little bit earlier, is like, it’s a great way to network, you know, and, and I don’t know about you guys, but you know, networking events like they’re, they’re overwhelming. And, and, and I think some people can argue, especially in the accounting field, that the numbers driven people that are there are got their heads down. May not have the time to go out and network and do that. So if you have a podcast, you’re inviting guests on your show, that could potentially be leads for you.

Rico: [00:16:29] It’s more passive.

Chris: [00:16:30] And it’s passive. It’s not a sales pitch. Exactly.

Rico: [00:16:34] Discussing ideas.

Chris: [00:16:35] Exactly. Yeah. Partnerships and stuff happen that way.

Karl: [00:16:38] So how can you leverage? So one of the things that, in the entertainment industry. They leverage quality storytelling and there’s other things that make something interesting. When I’ve seen people do, do it yourself videos, they could be, I don’t know if the right term is two dimensional. How do you make it three dimensional? How, what are some tips you could offer somebody if they said that, I’m going to do a podcast from a new something video? What is it that the audience is going to want to see?

Rico: [00:17:07] The elements from things could be actionable that they could actually do themselves, like aside from your expert opinion.

Chris: [00:17:12] So I always say there’s a time to document and there’s a time to create. Right? So documenting could be anything from your smartphone. You know, you’re, you’re, you’re documenting your day, you’re giving maybe a message or something like that. Everybody’s got a phone in their pocket with a camera, right? So there’s no excuses. You can document your day. It’s content, you’re pushing content, and then there’s creating, creating an actual show or podcast. And the way our agency does it, and the way we help, you know, CEOs launched their podcasts is that we start with the video, we record the video, we record the podcast, right? But then we also transcribe it. So you’re hitting your market any which way they consume content, whether they watch, whether they listen, whether they read. And so to, to add, an element of, of,
you know, Hey, there’s, there’s more ways to consume the content. That’s, that’s what they should be doing is you’ve gotta kinda, you gotta be everywhere, you know, and making sure that it’s not just a, either a one platform or one specific market that consumes content a specific way.

Karl: [00:18:21] What about, if I, if I were, someone were to launch a new company so they may not have the track record. You, your experience in launching a company. What are some things that would, working with some entrepreneurs who are all in starting up their company and the common conversation came up about funding for marketing. So when they’re starting, they’re really tight on it, but every, every one of them thought they would have something that would go quote-unquote viral, but they didn’t really have a budget to fund it. They didn’t understand. Even thought about things like crowdfunding, like, you know, I can crowdfund or, or to to, to get funds for visits. But they didn’t realize the marketing and, and, and there’s some need to go into that.

Rico: [00:19:05] Go on Kickstarter or something similar, which is, I don’t know.

Karl: [00:19:09] GoFundMe, Kickstarter.

Rico: [00:19:11] If you don’t have the social presence, it’s really hard to get that going, but then you slot it and people will come.

Karl: [00:19:17] And so what’s the pre-work if you’re going to, if you’re sitting here thinking about launching something in the next three years, what are things you can do before that? So you build up, whether it’s an audience or, or some kind of credibility to prepare you for that.

Chris: [00:19:32] The biggest thing is just, just get started. Most people just keep putting it off and putting it off because, Oh, you know, it, you know, timing’s not right. Or, you know, it was just on the holidays and I gained five pounds, I don’t want to be on camera. Like there’s, they find an excuse for anything. And the only way that you’re going to build an audience is if you just get started. And most people just find excuses to not get started and you don’t have to wait for the best equipment and the best lighting and it. Just get started because you have zero audience. Yeah, I’ve got nothing to lose. You have everything to gain. And so everybody starts from zero. I did not have any type of social media or any type of Facebook, nothing Instagram, nothing five years ago. And which is surprising, right? To some people because, but for me, I was always in front of the camera. I avoided social media. I said, I asked my private life, you know, no one needs to do that. So I had a lot of catching up to do until I realized it was, it’s a business tool. So I immediately got started and my, my first videos, like everybody’s first videos is crap. It’s like, it’s just expect it that it’s fine, but you’re building upon it and the only way that you’re going to build an audience is content over time. And that’s the thing. The moment the world is different now, the moment you post the video. The next couple of days, it’s irrelevant. It’s got to be constant videos. It’s got to be constant contact, putting out on social media, and you’re, it’s compounding over time. The biggest thing that, that, you know, people just, they don’t get started.

Rico: [00:21:06] Do you find that when you’re doing something like that, I mean, you’re building a series of videos for a client building their brand? Is it each one of them should be answering a specific question? I mean, how do you get through that?

Chris: [00:21:19] I tell, I tell every, every business owner, or you know, marketer out there is understand your audience because you know, if you’re not, if you’re not targeting the right audience, you’re, you’re falling on deaf ears, right? You’re just pushing out content and it’s just, it’s not specific. So understand who your audience is, who’s going to be consuming your content, and also what platform they’re consuming content. It’s people are in a different frame of mind when they’re on Facebook as opposed to LinkedIn, right? You need to know how to speak to that audience as well, so it’s more than just putting up a generic video and that’s it. There’s tagging, right? There’s different things. And the more specific you can be to speak to that end consumer, the more effective your content is going to be.

Rico: [00:22:08] Should you always have a call to action to do things like that?

Chris: [00:22:12] Well, I mean, it depends on the piece of content, right? So what I always say is, there, no one wants to be sold. No one ever wants to be sold, right? The only way you can get leads or you can build a really good audience on social media is two ways. Educate or entertain. That’s it. You’ve got to provide value or entertain that person. And once that happens, that the credibility and the trust starts happening and then they start following it. And then eventually, because they’re interested in you, they’re interested in your product service. Eventually they may buy it from you. And that’s how it works.

Karl: [00:22:51] So you mentioned a couple of things. You said, you said a term tagging. What? Define what tagging is and how do people use that?

Chris: [00:22:58] So, I mean, there’s, there’s hashtags, there’s tagging people in posts. There’s different things. You know, you, you, you want to look at, number one, what is, what is it that you’re talking about? And highlight those things, you know, inside some of the, some of the content, right? So if you say you’re doing a leadership video and you’re talking about team building, you know, hashtag team building, hashtag entrepreneurship, hashtag whatever, right? Business coach. Those types of things. Because when, when somebody is, is searching for content, a lot of times they’re using hashtags or they’ll see what other hashtags people are following and you can get discovered that way as well. So it’s very important to make sure you have good tags.

Karl: [00:23:38] Using, using tags, hashtags and other ways to be able to tag. One of the things that you work on is product placement in films and TV and so on. I remembered, years ago. When folks started watching, TiVo on demand, people stopped watching commercials and you’d watch shows like in the middle of the show, in the Southern Coca-Cola camp out there, and that was the way they started doing it, so that it was obvious, at the time and now you could see
where it’s becoming more commonplace. Tell me a little bit about how that evolved today. How are people using product placement?

Chris: [00:24:20] Really, who watches commercials, you know? I mean, every time that skip button comes up, even the five seconds is painful for a lot of people. It’s like you’re hitting it before it even counts down, right. That happens a lot. And, and the thing is, I think what advertisers need to realize is the whole dynamic has changed because of on demand type content. And again, being, you know, being a visionary, I always look to, okay, well where is the advertising going? Well, as a company, you know, we can ingrain you in the narrative. The person is interested in the content that we’re watching, but we’re ingraining your advertising into that content. It’s going to make a lot stickier customers. Because if the chances that they’re watching, you know, your show on traditional cable and, and you’re watching a show on traditional cable and then a commercial comes on, they happen to drop their phone, their remote falls off the other end, and they get somehow chained, you know, to the bed or whatever, you know, that was forced to watch that commercial. That’s the only way they’re going to say it, right. And they’re not hungry. They don’t get up the gate.

Karl: [00:25:26] If you give us some examples where, you know, film or anything that people might’ve seen where you saw it done really well? What is great in integrating?

Chris: [00:25:36] There’s, there’s like great classic, classic examples. So if I say a candy company and an alien, what movie do you guys think of?

Karl: [00:25:46] E.T. right?

Chris: [00:25:48] Yep. Perfect. Right now, most people don’t know Reese’s pieces was going out of business. That movie saved it. That movie saved that because then that movie became synonymous with the candy. So, so there.

Karl: [00:26:02] I remembered, do you remember the matrix. Do you remember the cars that they were in this big chase scene and then maybe with the second major, do you remember what the cars were? So they were all general motor cars. They were Cadillacs, a general motor car. If you remember the bond films, early ones, Aston Martin. And there was two films that were BMW. But you’ll remember those things. And if you want to be James Bond, like that might be the car. Do it. How did that translate with, so you’ve got more video being produced, YouTube and all these different channels. Can product placement work in those mediums? Chris: [00:26:42] Oh, absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. Because people are consuming content specifically on YouTube, you know, digital content, you know, you can, we do something called branded entertainment, right? So as an agency, we can go to a company or a business and create a show, a narrative type show wrapped around the business. You see this in reality shows all the time, right? I mean, there’s always a business involved somehow, but it’s a lottery ticket for a network to come to you and say, Hey, we want to do a reality show in your business.
Right? So, so a lot of times clients will hire us to say, Hey, we want to do a reality show. So we literally script out shows and then we put it on air. But it’s advertising, it’s paid advertising.

Rico: [00:27:27] How do you handle influencers? Do you do a deal with them all?

Chris: [00:27:32] Yep. Yup. So, I mean, influencers right there, they have sponsors, right? And so there’s, there’s content and, and sometimes we even use influencers and some of the projects that we do, it’s strategic, right?

Karl: [00:27:46] That’s interesting. I wonder if, you know, you imagine, a business owner creating a show, maybe posted through YouTube. They do something around that, and it could be around the problem they’re solving, you know, homeowners, repairs and home improvements and those types of things. I remember seeing on YouTube once someone did, you know, you Google repairs, fix a toilet, and you could find some videos on how to do that. But one did a really great job of explaining how to do things. Well, I remember watching and maybe, replacing a faucet handle. It was 15 minutes watching him do it, and then it gets to the part where he said, well, take this out. It’s just make one big twist and you pull it out. And I walked him for about five minutes trying to get that, my conclusion from that was. I’m paying somebody to do that because it’s a great way to get there. I’m fast, I thought I could do it myself, and I’m watching this video, which is just a simple YouTube.

Rico: [00:28:47] It’s funny, whenever I sort stuff like that, I filter it for three minutes and know that they cannot sell how to do that.

Karl: [00:28:55] But it’s a great lead gen because once you realize you can’t do the thing for time, money, knowhow, skill, expertise tools. Then now you’ve got the problem and whoever, if they, if they could tag that or if they can lead you to them.

Chris: [00:29:11] Well, we always tell people, give your best stuff for free. Just put it out there because that’s what’s going to happen. People are going to be like, wow, this guy really knows his stuff and keeps following, keeps following, and then eventually like, man, I’m calling this guy, you know, or girl, right? It’s like they know their stuff. And, and so by putting out that content and the whole, it’s fun cause I’m exactly the same way, you know, short video. Give it to me. I’m looking to do something I need a quick, yeah, let’s, let’s talk about that long format versus short form content, right? Some people like watching the entire 14 minutes. That would drive me insane, right? Some people need it quick. Need it now. So there’s ways that you can, and we do this in the agency, is we’ll develop content where you have long enforcement, but then we also have short bite size pieces of content. So now you’re capturing the audience that likes the short form content, but also, specifically podcasts, that’s long format. You’re sitting in Atlanta traffic. It drives me nuts if the podcast is only three minutes right. Because I’m going to be in traffic for another 40 minutes, right? So, so having long form content, there’s, there’s a time and place for that as well.

Rico: [00:30:18] And also, I think, you know, when you’re, when you’re doing that little form content, Instagram doesn’t work that way, right? So you’d want something shorter. So taking those snippets out, and actually maybe do you, repurposing that one podcast, you have four or five different posts.

Chris: [00:30:32] Yep. That’s exactly what we want to do. Yeah, that’s exactly what we do. So, so we’ll, we’ll get long form content and then we’ll take the best pieces of content out of that entire episode and that’ll feed the content machine for weeks.

Karl: [00:30:45] I’ve found one thing they started doing recently and sharing with other business owners, if you were talking about capturing. What you’re doing day to day. So if I go to an activity, it can be a voluntary community thing. I try to remember too, I used to just snap a picture and post, but Rico, you helped show me and I now take a small video and I only go for 30 seconds if, if that, and post the video piece of what’s going on in that activity and I see a lot more response to that video. So I have the mix of, you know, still versa video.

Rico: [00:31:22] Kimball’s $10 for an iPhone. I have one. I use it all the time.

Karl: [00:31:28] Yeah, it’s amazing. So these are small things that anyone can do.

Chris: [00:31:32] Instagram stories are huge.

Karl: [00:31:33] But, but if somebody wanted help with this, you know, where can they go and learn more?

Chris: [00:31:38] So, I mean, to, to find me, you know, @ChrisDeBlasio on any social media platform, you know. Just, Chris DeBlasio, that’s me. Agency 850. So Agency850.com is the company. So yeah, you can find us, find us on any social media platform at this point.

Karl: [00:32:00] So I’m curious, you know, you know, you’ve been busy and so on. Do you got anything coming up or going on where folks, you can learn more about what you do?

Chris: [00:32:09] Yeah, well, I mean, we’re, we’re constantly doing new shows and constantly creating, you know, shows for thought leaders and, and, and whatnot. So, we’re releasing that stuff digitally. I mean, on the movie side, I do have a, a couple of projects that we’re working on, unfortunately, under NDA. I can’t say anything on as, as this episode, but maybe we’ll do a follow up. But we do have an Atlanta based series that just got Greenlight.

Karl: [00:32:33] Oh, fabulous. Well, I want to thank you for coming out and chatting with us. We, you know, I always like, you know, looking at how to improve a business from a different angle and there’s things that, you know, the entertainment industry, Hollywood films done really well. And when I see small businesses, at times it could feel it’s an arm length away. But, I’m learning
that as technology changes, as people’s tastes changes, people following YouTube series just as much as they are or something on Netflix and so on, if it speaks to them.

Chris: [00:33:09] There are more people that are following the Joe Rogan experience than there were that watched the Walking Dead. Yeah, I mean, the, the, you know, podcasts and recurring content, especially digitally, the, now’s the time to get on it. And if you don’t know how to do it yourself, there’s companies like ours that do it.

Karl: [00:33:25] Oh, that’s fabulous. Well, thank you very much for coming in and we want to thank Atlanta Tech Park again for hosting the podcast. It’s a great place to come and work with other entrepreneurs network, attend some of the events here. If you’re looking for a great environment and place to work and, it’s a good place to come and check out and get a tour and see if that, if that works for you. I’m Karl Barham with Transworld Business Advisors. You know, it’s been a pleasure to work and, and work in the, in the Georgia Metro Atlanta community, helping business owners figure out exit strategies for the business when it’s time to sell. We have a team in place that can help them do that, but even if they’re not ready to sell. And we’re able to help advise people on the best thing they can do to increase the value of their business. So if you ever wanted to consult with somebody around that, just reach out to www.TWorld.com/AtlantaPeachtree. Schedule an appointment, one of our consultants. Rico, why don’t you tell us a little bit about what you’ve got coming up?

Rico: [00:34:29] So if you want to find me, LinkedIn, Rico Figliolini or you go to MightyRockets.com. If you’re looking for some portfolio stuff from my end, I do everything from product videos to social media content and branding, so you can find me there. Also produce Peachtree Corners Magazine. Its a magazine in the city of Peachtree Corners, this coming issue, we’re gonna hopefully if everything works well. Outcome is stories about youth sports, that some of the stories in, they’re doing good homegrown nonprofits. And I’m recovering these other stories. I mean, every issue is, hopefully chock full of things that you can go to LivingInPeachtreeCorners.com to learn about that.

Karl: [00:35:10] Absolutely. Follow us on all the usual sites. Facebook.

Rico: [00:35:14] Well, if you’re not seeing this on Facebook, go to Peachtree Corners Life, like that page, and then you’ll get alerted when we go live or go to Instagram and you can find us by searching the Capitalist Sage. You’ll find this there, and just follow that.

Karl: [00:35:31] Please subscribe to us on iTunes.

Rico: [00:35:34] iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, Stitcher, I think it’s up for something. I forget what it’s called, but anywhere you find the podcasts were fed out there.

Karl: [00:35:46] So just follow and subscribe and share with other folks. If you’ve got folks that are busy, if they’re stuck in traffic, if they want a bite size amount of information about different things to help them improve their business, check out the Capitalist Sage.

Rico: [00:35:58] And leave a review too, because that will help get us up in the rankings.

Karl: [00:36:02] Yeah, absolutely. Well, thank you everyone. We’ll look forward to chatting with you and bring you more great guests. Thank you, Chris.

Chris: [00:36:08] Thank you.

Rico: [00:36:09] Thanks guys.

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Local Marketing Production Company Vox-Pop-Uli Finds Peachtree Corners Right for Business



Instead of asking what Peachtree Corners-based company Vox-Pop-Uli does, it may be quicker to ask what they don’t do.
Andrew Hajduk // Photos by George Hunter

When perusing the list of goods and services provided by Peachtree Corners-based company Vox-Pop-Uli, instead of asking what they do, it may be quicker to ask what they don’t do. When it comes to marketing production, it’s easy to see why the company motto is, “Yeah, we do that.”

A first-generation Ukrainian, Andrew Hajduk’s parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 after the Soviet Union took over Ukraine. They settled in the Chicago area and worked in the steel mills. A job transfer moved the family to metro Atlanta in 1975, where they’ve been ever since.

In 1996, Hajduk worked at a similar company, where he was inspired to branch out independently.

“I had a partner at the time, and we were out making sales calls in North Carolina and visiting customers,” he said. “We thought we were a whole lot smarter than our boss and decided to go and do it on our own.”


Where did the name Vox-Pop-Uli come from? 

“Neither one of us was smart enough nor creative enough to come up with something. The only challenge that we gave [the designer] was we wanted a name that didn’t tie us to anything specific to what we did. And we didn’t want a name that didn’t reflect either of our names,” Hajduk said. 

The literal Latin translation is “voice of the people.”

“We use that as we help our customers be the voice to their people. Through marketing, with flyers, signage, whatever it is, but letting their marketing be the voice to their people, their employees, their customers, whoever it is.”

At first, they worked out of their homes until securing office space a year later. After a few years, Hajduk’s partner left, so Hajduk continued the vision on his own.

 “We have grown and adapted. Our model has changed a little bit. But it’s always been about working with our customers. We do a lot of specialty retail with other B2B customers, and we’re just really providing a full marketing service for them and acting as their fulfillment center,” Hajduk said.

Even though printing is a major part of the company’s work, communication of the client’s brand is really its backbone.

“We started before digital print had become commercially acceptable. We had an opportunity to be very early adopters of digital print because we saw a need, and we had some customers that were willing to take a chance on it with us,” he said. 

“It’s evolved with that, and there continues to be a heavy print component to it, but now there’s all the swag, all the different things that people use to communicate their brand,” he added.

Technology is the key to success

One aspect that has kept Vox-Pop-Uli ahead of much of the competition is embracing technology.

“One of the things that it’s done to our internal processes is it’s made the timeframe a lot faster. It allows people to be way more responsive to an immediate need,” he said.

“If I want to do a last-minute campaign for Memorial Day weekend, which is in what two and a half weeks, I can do that. Whereas, with the traditional print or before the technology was there, there was no chance I would be able to do that,” he explained.

Sometimes, that makes things challenging because clients don’t build in time. They know that last-minute orders are generally no problem.

“The other thing it’s done is it’s given people the ultimate flexibility,” he said. 

With many national clients, a lot of materials need to be customized for different locations, different states and different markets.

“Everybody’s got legal disclaimers because of pricing, services or whatever. So, we can customize down to a state or local level, depending on the product,” said Hajduk. 

“We don’t print 10,000 of any one thing, but we might print 1,000, each of 10 different versions for a company because if you’re in Kentucky, you’ve got one disclaimer, one price package. And if you’re in Florida, you have something else.”

Creating online store for clients

“We’re maintaining stores where they can go in and order their products,” he said. “Whether it’s posters, business cards, whatever it is, but all the inventory exists virtually now. As a business, you’re not maintaining large inventory levels of anything. They can do everything on demand. … As opposed to printing or producing a whole bunch of something to last you, they can literally order it as they need it. And it exists virtually until it’s printed.”

Vox also helps customers create campaigns.

“People ask me all the time, ‘What form do you think works best?’” said Hajduk. 

“I believe you must be omnipresent. People have short attention spans today. We’re competing harder for that consumer dollar. I don’t think any one thing is going to work. It’s not about a single Facebook ad, a digital post, or a postcard; all things have to work together,” he explained.

Hajduk said the most successful campaigns involve print, storefront, digital and social media elements.

The right place for business

“We’ve always been in the Gwinnett County area,” Hajduk said. “We started out in Duluth on the other side of 85.”

Hajduk and his partner lived on opposite sides of the metro area, so Gwinnett County was a good middle ground. 

“The Interstate 85 corridor was always a good place for us. We started out off Steve Reynolds Blvd; then we’re in Duluth for a little bit. And then in 2005, we moved over here to the North Woods complex and watched it become Peachtree Corners,” he said. “Then, in 2019, we moved to this space. I just love the feel of the community. I love this location. I like being on Peachtree Industrial Blvd.”

Megan Hajduk, Andrew Hajduk, Cindy Hajduk, and Daniel Hajduk

City leadership

“I think Peachtree Corners has done a lot of things right. In terms of how they’re growing and things like that,” he said. “The location is good and central. My wife, Cindy, and I moved to Peachtree Corners in January. We were in Johns Creek till we became empty nesters. We wanted to be on the river, and we found a great house,” he said.

Even though the kids have moved out, Megan and Daniel are part of the Vox staff. Along with his wife, a stay-at-home mom until the children were older, the Hajduks are building a legacy of family and community. There’s room if younger son Steven also desires to join the family business.

“We see continued growth and scaling,” said Hajduk. “We’re excited about growing here. As technology has changed, it’s given us a broader mix of clients. Up until about five or six years ago, the company was very retail-based, meaning we had a lot of retail clients. We have a lot of clients outside of Georgia, and I spent way too much time traveling. But we have a great opportunity now with everything we do to grow here.”

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The Forum’s Transformation: A New Chapter in Peachtree Corners



Photos courtesy of The Forum

Led by North American Properties (NAP), The Forum is being reimagined as a mixed-use destination in the center of Peachtree Corners. This multi-phase project aims to enhance the already strong community connection between residents. It also seeks to attract new businesses, residents and visitors, while creating jobs and boosting tenant sales. 

Innovative rebranding and technology

Built in 2002, the Forum is an open-air shopping center featuring a variety of retail stores, restaurants and entertainment options. Following its acquisition by NAP, The Forum in Peachtree Corners has undergone a significant rebranding to update its visual and verbal identity and reflect its more modern persona. 

Early in redevelopment, NAP partnered with the city of Peachtree Corners to improve the connection between The Forum and the Town Center

“The overall goal of the project is to create a more cohesive ecosystem that embraces the city’s hometown charm. It also reduces the need for residents to venture outside the area to nearby destinations for in-demand experiences,” explained NAP Public Relations Director, Britni Johnson

The new branding is evident throughout the property with updated pole banners, property and directional signage and window graphics, along with digital enhancements to The Forum’s website and social media channels.

“One of the first things NAP completed upon taking over management at The Forum was a rebrand encompassing a new visual and verbal identity,” added Johnson.

In addition to aesthetic updates, The Forum is set to roll out several technological enhancements designed to improve the visitor experience. These include four new digital directories for wayfinding, event information and interactive features such as a “snap a selfie” function. 

“State-of-the-art stage lighting and A/V for the main stage in The Plaza, which is under construction and set for completion in late summer 2024, will transform the entertainment experience,” Johnson said. 

Moreover, additional Wi-Fi access points are being installed to enhance connectivity and support an outdoor workspace. 

Greenspaces for community gatherings

In terms of design, new community gathering spaces have replaced excess street parking, promoting longer visits and greater interaction among guests. These improvements are part of a broader effort to boost walkability and connectivity across the property.

To enhance the overall guest experience at The Forum, Phase I of the redevelopment focuses on expanding the public realm by adding new greenspaces that welcome casual gatherings. 

The first of these spaces, the 1,700-square-foot North Plaza, was introduced in October 2023 and is complemented by surrounding restaurants with inviting patios, including the soon-to-open Politan Row food hall.

Further enhancements are visible in the construction of The Plaza, situated near Pottery Barn. This development is set to include a 6,650-square-foot turfed event plaza equipped with a covered performance stage, a large LED screen and comfortable seating areas. Upon completion, The Plaza will host The Forum’s annual events. 

“We host over 100 annual events – many of which are held in partnership with or support local organizations, including Light Up The Corners with the Fowler YMCA, Restaurant Week with Peachtree Farm, and Santa at The Forum with Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries,” noted Charlotte Hinton, The Forum’s marketing manager.

Prioritizing guest safety

Rest assured, when you’re attending an event or stopping by for an afternoon visit, your safety is NAP’s top priority. 

Since taking over The Forum in March 2022, NAP has significantly increased security measures, boosting coverage by 35% as a key aspect of the property’s ongoing redevelopment. This enhancement includes round-the-clock protection provided by onsite security personnel and off-duty law enforcement officers.

The Forum’s security infrastructure has also been expanded, with the installation of nearly 30 new CCTV cameras across the property. Additionally, NAP formed a strategic partnership with Fusus by Axon, a local technology firm based in Peachtree Corners, to integrate a real-time public safety intelligence platform with the existing camera network. 

“This allows police to tap into the surveillance feed and gain critical intel during active investigations, ensuring a rapid and informed response to any security issues,” shared Johnson. The security team is directly accessible for immediate assistance.

NAP’s dynamic retail strategy

Understanding the evolving needs of the Peachtree Corners community, NAP is curating a diverse mix of retailers, including popular brands and local entrepreneurs.

Brooke Massey, NAP’s Director of Leasing, emphasized the strategic approach of their retail team. 

“NAP’s retail leasing team has strong relationships with an extensive collection of 300+ in-demand brands and is in constant communication with them about their needs,” she explained. 

This network has facilitated the introduction of both well-known brands and local entrepreneurs into the retail space, maintaining a dynamic balance that caters to the community’s desires. 

Moreover, Massey highlighted the vision behind their tenant selection. 

“Our strategy is very data-driven, and our marketing team even plays a role in the curation process by polling social media followers on what they want to see at The Forum,” she added. 

Since acquiring The Forum in March 2022, NAP has secured 39 deals with various tenants. 

Notable recent openings include Alloy Personal Training, Cookie Fix, Giulia, Kendra Scott, Lovesac and Stretchlab. Coming later in 2024 are Nando’s Peri-Peri, Sucre and The NOW Massage

“We look forward to becoming part of The Forum community by providing guests with a truly memorable part of their day. So much of our days are rushed, running one errand to another. Everyone deserves a moment to slow down and enjoy something delicious. We want to be the space where that happens for Peachtree Corners and all who visit,” shared a company spokesperson for Sucre.

Creating memorable moments

The Forum turned a somber anniversary into a moment of joy for a local family. 

Two days after the 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting, tragedy struck Peachtree Corners Councilman Joe Sawyer‘s family. His daughter was murdered while working as a Lyft driver, leaving behind three young children. 

A year later, on the first anniversary of her death, the Sawyer family was invited to The Forum’s 2023 Tree Lighting event. 

“We worked with Santa to surprise the kids, and when I took them backstage, they thought they were just going to get to meet and chat with him,” said Sue Storck, The Forum’s general manager.

Unbeknownst to them, a larger surprise awaited as they were brought on stage to help Santa light the tree, delighting the crowd of over 14,000 attendees. 

“The kids were surprised and delighted to be able to do this, and it was a fantastic memory for both the Sawyer and Forum families,” Storck added, reflecting on the community’s effort to support one of their own during a time of loss.

The team’s efforts continue throughout the year, planting seeds within the community. 

“We’re constantly seeking unique opportunities to engage with our neighbors. The Peachtree Corners Photography Club currently has an exhibit of photos shot by local residents on display in the Forum South office lobby,” shared Hinton. 

“Our team participated in the 2024 Career Exploration Night sponsored by the Norcross Rotary Club. We also recently supported Wesleyan Middle School students on their construction project challenge win,” she added.

Local investments from new tenants: Kendra Scott’s philanthropic engagement

New tenants are bringing their own philanthropic efforts to the community, too. Kendra Scott Peachtree Corners partnered with the Norcross High School Cheer Team on May 10, donating 20% of the proceeds. 

The next day, they partnered with Spectrum Autism Support Group, again donating 20% of the proceeds to the local organization.

“When Kendra Scott opens a store in a new community, we always lead with giving. Philanthropy is one of our core pillars, and we love to celebrate our grand openings by partnering with organizations that are already making a difference!” shared Amanda Young, Southeast Marketing and Philanthropic Manager for Kendra Scott.

By working with Norcross High School Cheer and Spectrum Autism Support Group, we’re able to introduce ourselves to Peachtree Corners residents as a true community partner,” she added. 

Kendra Scott is also dedicated to strengthening community ties through “Kendra Gives Back” events at its Forum location. 

These events are intended to support local causes and foster connections among community leaders and area supporters. 

“We are looking forward to being able to host these organizations in their own backyard!” said Young.

The company is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with neighboring businesses at The Forum, such as Cookie Fix, Peche, and Giulia-The Italian Bakery

“We are so excited to be a part of The Forum family and have already enjoyed working with their leadership,” Young exclaimed.

Looking ahead

The transformation of The Forum is more than a redevelopment project; it’s a vision for the future of Peachtree Corners. 

With plans for adding residential units and a boutique hotel, The Forum is poised to become a dynamic hub of activity. 

“Long-term, we’re working toward creating a place that’s activated 18 hours a day, seven days a week,” projected Johnson. 

Through thoughtful design, community engagement and a commitment to sustainability, The Forum’s transformation is set to enrich the lives of Peachtree Corners’ residents for generations to come.

Read more news about The Forum here.

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Best of Peachtree Corners 2024: Readers’ Choice Awards



Peachtree Corners residents have spoken, and the results are in. Here are this year’s winners of “The Best of Peachtree Corners.”

Peachtree Corners residents have spoken, and the results are in. Here are this year’s winners of “The Best of Peachtree Corners.” Over 1,400 of our readers and social media followers weighed in to help us compile this list of area favorites.

Thank you to all the participants, and congratulations to the winning businesses!

Best Mexican Food

1. Kiko’s Tacos & More is arelaxed strip mall eatery offering a menu of exciting Mexican fare, cocktails and lunch specials.

3435 Medlock Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

2. La Parilla

5131 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1005, Peachtree Corners

3. Taqueria del Mar

5075 Peachtree Parkway Northwest, Suite 105A, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for a Business Lunch

1. Marlow’s Tavern features the “Best of the Best” in American tavern fare served in a modern atmosphere. The menu offers a diverse combination of classic dishes that are updated and elevated to a higher level.

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners

2. J. Alexander’s Restaurant

5245 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Barbecue

1. Moe’s Original BBQ is a 2,000-square-foot fast-casual restaurant that is a great place for the community to enjoy a meal together, celebrate little league victories and birthdays and watch their favorite sports on TVs around the full premium bar or on the large outdoor patio.

5005 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 810, Peachtree Corners

2. Cue Barbecue

5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. JR’s Log House Restaurant

6601 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

Best Breakfast

1. Flying Biscuit Café has called Peachtree Corners home since 2008.Join them for breakfast, brunch and lunch in their dining room or patio.

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 120, Peachtree Corners

2. JR’s Log House Restaurant

6601 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. Manhattan NY Deli & Bagels

5275 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Steaks and Burgers

1. H&W Steakhouse strives to provide modern fine dining and an unforgettable steakhouse experience. H&W Steakhouse is the latest fine-dining concept from Norsan Restaurants, which has been in the restaurant business for over 35 years. The company also operates Pampas Steakhouse in Johns Creek and Frankie’s The Steakhouse in Duluth.

5242 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Ted’s Montana Grill

5165 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Uncle Jack’s Meat House

5222 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 920, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Chinese Food

1. New Dragon serves the Peachtree Corners area with delicious Chinese cuisine, offering specialty dishes that have been well-crafted to create a delightful culinary experience.

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1B, Peachtree Corners

2. Panda Express

3200 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross

3. Great Sichuan

10475 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 116, John’s Creek

Best Desserts and Sweets

1. Peterbrooke Chocolatier transforms the art of fine European chocolate making into a truly American experience by combining the very best ingredients and old-world techniques with a variety of all-American treats.

5135 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 930, Peachtree Corners

2. Tiff’s Treats Cookie

5230 Town Center Blvd Suite 130, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Beard Papa’s

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 620, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Cookie Fix

5143 Peachtree Pkwy Suite A, Peachtree Corners

Best Sushi

1. On the frontier of Japanese restaurants, Sushi Osawa is proud to present its unique and wonderful cuisine, created from the finest ingredients. 

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 119, Peachtree Corners

2. Sushi Mito

6470 Spalding Dr Suite P, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Happy Sumo Sushi and Steak House

6135 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 610, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Aomi Japanese Restaurant

5145 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 470A, Peachtree Corners

Best Latin Food

1. Mojitos Cuban American Bistro is a family owned and operated restaurant, operating for over 15 years in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring the finest mojito cocktails as well as authentic family recipes passed down from generation to generation.

5161 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 630, Peachtree Corners

2. Tortugas Cuban Grill

3466 Holcomb Bridge Rd Suite AA, Peachtree Corners

Best Outdoor Dining

1. Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar is a classic American casual dining chain with locations spread throughout eight states.

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Fire & Stone Italian Pizza Kitchen

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 610, Peachtree Corners

3. Pêche Modern Coastal

5155 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 320, Peachtree Corners

Best Pizza

1. Fire & Stone Italian Pizza Kitchen serves Neapolitan and NY-style pizzas, made with the freshest premium ingredients, prepared at 800° in wood-fired ovens.

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 610, Peachtree Corners

2. Marco’s

5270 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Cicis

6050 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

Best Seafood

1. Pêche Modern Coastal. Inspired by traditional flavors yet prepared with modern techniques, Pêche Modern Coastal offers a fresh, creative, and respectful interpretation of the ocean and earth.

5155 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 320, Peachtree Corners

2. J. Alexander’s Restaurant

5245 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Marlow’s Tavern

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for Salad

1. At Salata, every salad and wrap is crafted with the customer in mind, allowing diners to choose every topping that goes in it.

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 210, Peachtree Corners

2. Chopt Creative Salad Co.

4880 Peachtree Corners Cir, Peachtree Corners

3. Newk’s Eatery

5185 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 105, Norcross

Best Vegetarian Food

1. Loving Hut is a beacon of light for an alternative way of living to achieve “World Vegan, World Peace.”

6385 Spalding Dr Suite E, Peachtree Corners

2. Royal Bistro Thai

6365 Spalding Dr Suite A, Peachtree Corners

3. Salata

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 210, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for Happy Hour 

1. Marlow’s Tavern has earned another top spot on our list. The contemporary atmosphere and handcrafted cocktails complement a diverse menu of classic dishes with a modern flair.

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners

2. Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Tavern at Medlock

3230 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 101, Peachtree Corners

Best Local Venue for Private Event

1. With free parking, prime access to I-85 and I-285, and just ten miles from the Ameris Bank Amphitheater, the Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners hotel is near the hustle of the city without the hassle.

475 Technology Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

2. Hilton Atlanta Northeast

5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. Atlanta Tech Park

107 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Wings

1. Voted #1 Hot Wings and Best Sports Bar in Atlanta, Three Dollar Café, offers the best selection of beers, quality food and a family-friendly environment.

6050 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 100, Peachtree Corners

2. Wings 101

6135 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Jolene’s Wings & Beer

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Barbershop

1. Grab a cold one, have a seat and get comfortable. Boardroom Styling Lounge is a place where clients can make real connections and staff strive to positively impact the lives of anyone who walks through the doors.

5200 Town Center Dr Suite 230, Peachtree Corners

2. Traditional Shave Masters

5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite 500, Peachtree Corners

3. Patrick’s Executive Grooming Salon For Men

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 350, Peachtree Corners

Best MedSpa

1. Treat yourself at Dermani MEDSPA. The company offers laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, Botox, Juvéderm, body contouring and skin tightening, microneedling and voluma services.

5165 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 230, Peachtree Corners

2. Suburban Med Spa

4989 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Massage Envy

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109B, Peachtree Corners

Best Facial Spa

1. Whether you’re looking for smooth, hair-free skin, sagging skin solutions or a collagen boost, Suburban Med Spa has you covered.

4989 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Dermani MEDSPA

5165 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 230, Peachtree Corners

3. Massage Envy

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109B, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for Fitness

1. Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA serves the Peachtree Corners and Norcross community with programs focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

2. Burn Boot Camp

5450 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

3. (tied) Orangetheory Fitness

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 105, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) LifeTime Fitness

6350 Courtside Dr NW, Peachtree Corners

Best Nail Salon

1. Sugarcoat Forum is a modern nail and beauty destination that provides an honest, healthy and clean beauty experience.

5131 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 451, Peachtree Corners

2. Tipsy Nail and Salon Bar

5230 Town Center Blvd Suite 120, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Urban Nail Salon

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 112, Peachtree Corners,

3. (tied) Luxury Nails at Forum

4880 Peachtree Corners Cir Suite 1115, Peachtree Corners
(770) 687-2258

Best Hair Salon

1. Frost Salon is committed to delivering outstanding, genuine customer service and an artistically inspired, technically sound approach to hair, all while continuously staying educated on new trends.

5075 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 103, Peachtree Corners

2. Van Michael Salon

5161 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 606, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Yany’s Hair Salon

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1C, Norcross

3. (tied) Hair by Yare

5210 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio

1. Club Pilates believes that Pilates is for every type of body, upholding Joseph Pilates’ vision of helping all people feel great.

4880 Peachtree Corners Cir Suite 1130, Peachtree Corners

2. The Forum – Forum Fit

The North Plaza, 5155 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Sun Dragon Yoga

5600 Spalding Dr, Norcross

Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian

1. Spalding Animal Hospital strives to provide the highest level of care, compassion, and commitment to the health and well-being of your furry family members, from juvenile to geriatric.

105 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Peachtree Corners Animal Clinic

4020 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross

3. (tied) Peach Paws Animal Hospital

5075 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 101, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital

5155 S Old Peachtree Rd, Norcross

Best Pet Boarding

1. PetSuites Norcross
is the premiere boarding, daycare, grooming, and training facility, committed to providing exceptional service to pet guests and pet owners.

6865 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross

2. Spalding Animal Hospital

105 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Zen Dog Pet Care

4468 Parkspring Terrace NW, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Whiskers on Kittens Boarding and Dog Grooming

6579 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

Best Dental Practice

1. Innovative Smiles is a growing dental practice that delivers excellent customer service and an array of dental care offerings.

5185 Peachtree Pkwy NW Suite 201, Peachtree Corners

2. Linked Dental Care

6270 Smithpointe Dr, Norcross

3. (tied) Imagix Dental of Norcross

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 101, Norcross

3. (tied) Agape Pediatric Dentistry

5185 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 325, Peachtree Corners

Best Physical Therapist

1. PT Solutions of Norcross is committed to delivering exceptional treatment to patients of all ages, including young middle school athletes and geriatric patients.

5270 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

2. Motion Stability Physical Therapy

5510 Spalding Dr Suite B, Peachtree Corners

3. Results Physiotherapy Peachtree Corners, Georgia

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1F, Peachtree Corners

Best Optometrist Practice

1. Ferdon Family Eye Care
offers quality vision care, staffed by courteous professionals who have the professional tools and experience necessary to help with all optometry needs.

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109A, Peachtree Corners

2. Peachtree Corners Eye Clinic

4005 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

3. Dr. John S. Yu & Associates P.C.

5151 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 700, Peachtree Corners
(770) 623-8564

Best Day Care

1. The Goddard School of Peachtree Corners
is a warm and nurturing space where extraordinary awaits students each and every day.

5055 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Sunshine House of Peachtree Corners

5470 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Primrose School of Peachtree Corners

6325 Primrose Hill Ct, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Creme de la Crème

4785 Peachtree Corners Cir, Norcross

Best Real Estate Agent

1. With over 50 years of combined real estate experience, The Nancy Minor Team has the expertise to provide clients with the highest level of service in any market.

3930 E Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

2. Alan Kaplan

1555 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 100, Atlanta

3. (tied) Kelly Kim

3035 Peachtree Rd Suite 202, Atlanta

3. (tied) Terri Hayes

4249 Allenhurst Drive, Peachtree Corners
770 374-7900

Best Bank/Credit Union

1. The Piedmont Bank delivers the financial products, personal connections and professional expertise that has helped build businesses throughout the southeast.

5100 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Associated Credit Union

6251 Crooked Creek Rd NW, Norcross

3. Tandem Bank

2356 Main St, Tucker

Best Coworking Space

1. Second Story at Broadstone Peachtree Corners offers private offices for rent, perfect for professionals seeking a balance of privacy, community and inspiration. Fully furnished spaces, high-speed internet, and amenities let users work, relax and connect seamlessly.

5720 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Atlanta Tech Park

107 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Peachtree Corners Executive Suites

4015 Wetherburn Way NW Building A, Suite 100, Peachtree Corners

Best Senior Living Communities in and near Peachtree Corners

1. Village Park Peachtree Corners provides all of the comforts and services of premier senior living within minutes of The Forum and other local shopping, dining, and entertainment favorites.

5701 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. The Mansions at Sandy Springs

3175 River Exchange Dr, Peachtree Corners

3. Parc at Duluth

3315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Duluth

Best Apartment Complex

1. Unmatched in Peachtree Corners, Broadstone Peachtree Corners Apartments has built a world within a world—with captivating creature comforts and delightful details around every corner. 

5672 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. The Spoke at Peachtree Corners

450 Technology Pkwy NW, Norcross

3. Cortland Peachtree Corners

510 Guthridge Ct NW, Peachtree Corners

Best Family Doctor/Practice

1. Dr. Sunit Singhal has been practicing medicine for decades. In February 2001, he proudly opened Suburban Medical Center to provide healthcare for his community.

4989 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Atlanta Urgent Care

5246 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Northside Peachtree Corners Primary Care

5277 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best HVAC Service

1. With decades of collective HVAC experience on its team, Premier HVAC Mechanical Corporation strives to offer the latest in technology and efficiency in heating and cooling systems.

6669 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite N, Peachtree Corners

2. Spencer Heating & Air Conditioning

4708 S Old Peachtree Rd, Norcross

3. Bardi Heating, Cooling, Plumbing

2100 Norcross Pkwy Suite 100, Norcross

Best home Services (Electrician, Plumber, Etc.)

1. For 35 years, Bardi Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has called Georgia home. They know what it’s like to deal with hot Atlanta summers, plumbing emergencies and heating or water issues in the home.

2100 Norcross Pkwy Suite 100, Norcross

Best Home Contractor

1. EV Remodeling is here to translate your needs into a creative solution that remodels the space you already have into the one you’re perfectly dreaming of.

3906 Morris Ct. Peachtree Corners

2. Victoria Renovations

5051 Peachtree Corners Cir Suite 200, Norcross

Best Private School (K-8)

1. Cornerstone Christian Academy partners with parents to provide a quality academic education designed to develop students who will follow Christ, embrace biblical truth and live lives that glorify God.

5295 Triangle Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

2. International Charter Academy of Georgia

3705 Engineering Dr, Peachtree Corners

Best Private School (K-12)

1. Wesleyan School is a private college-preparatory nondenominational Christian school located 20 miles north of Atlanta in the suburban city of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, United States. It was founded in 1963 and has existed on its current grounds since 1996.

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. Greater Atlanta Christian School

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross

Best Youth Summer Camp

1. For over 25 years, Wesleyan School Summer Camps have made summers fun for all children ages 5-14. Camps range from arts to athletics, STEM to life skills, and we offer morning, afternoon, and full-day programming.

We’ve compiled a list of upcoming summer camps in the Peachtree Corners area at local schools, parks and museums,

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30093

3. (tied) Fowler YMCA

5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Gwinnett Parks

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

Best Summer Camp (Kids Under 10)

1. On our list again are Wesleyan School Summer Camps. This summer, the fun runs from June 10-28 and July 8-19. These camps have everything from sports like soccer and lacrosse to creative pursuits like chess and sewing.

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30093

3. (tied) Club SciKidz

500 Kedron Dr. Peachtree City

3. (tied) Gwinnett Parks

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

Best Place for the Kids to Play

1. Peachtree Corners Town Center Playground is located on a two-acre event lawn home to concerts, movies and other community events as well as children’s play areas.

Town enter Blvd, Peachtree Corners

2. Jones Bridge Park

4901 E Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

3. Pinckneyville Park

4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Peachtree Corners

Best Museum to Visit in Metro Atlanta

1. Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, is a museum that presents exhibitions and programming about natural history. Fernbank Museum has a number of permanent exhibitions and regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.

767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta

2. High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta

3. Fernbank Science Center

156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta

4. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta

5. Southeastern Railway Museum

3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth, GA 30096

6. The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building #300, Duluth

7. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

2020 Clean Water Dr, Buford

Best Local Hotel for out of Town Guests

1. When looking for hotels in Peachtree corners, Hilton Atlanta Northeast, dubbed the “Castle on the Hill,” is not too far from Atlanta city limits.

5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

2. Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners

475 Technology Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

3. Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree

5600 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

Best Weekend Getaway (within a 2-hour drive of Peachtree Corners)

Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, GA

100 Rue Charlemagne Dr, Braselton

Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge in Dawsonville, GA

418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

241 Depot St, Blue Ridge

Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, GA

7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, GA

6321 US-76, Young Harris

Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA

17617 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain

Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, GA

597 Barnsley Gardens Rd NW, Adairsville

The Cloister at Sea Island on Sea Island, GA

100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA 31561

Best Places to Work (over 50 employees)

Cornerstone Christian Academy

5295 Triangle Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

Wesleyan School

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

Siemens Industry Inc.

3617 Parkway Ln, Norcross

Crawford and Company

5335 Triangle Parkway NW, Peachtree Corners

Pond & Company

3500 Parkway Ln #500, Peachtree Corners

Werfen (formerly Immucor)

3150 Gateway Dr, Peachtree Corners

Gwinnett County Public Schools

437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Suwanee

Soliant Health, LLC

5550 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners

Capstone Logistics

30 Technology Pkwy South, Suite 200, Peachtree Corners
facebook.com/capstonelogisticssocial 770-414-1929

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