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Capitalist Sage: How to Set-up a Cyber Safe Home Teleworking Office [Podcast]



David Husenoica, Rojoli Services

As we all get accustomed to online meetings and live-streamed classes, how do we find the same kind of IT solutions as we were used to in our business life? David Huseonica, the CEO of Rojoli Services is here with all of the answers we need to fix our home office workflow. Join Karl Barham and Rico Figliolni, and David in this episode of the Capitalist Sage as they discuss the IT solutions that will help you today.

[00:00:30] – Intro
[00:03:37] – About David
[00:07:18] – Multi-factor Authorization and Security
[00:12:19] – Setting up Your Home Office
[00:21:18] – Remote Meeting Solutions
[00:28:53] – More Tools
[00:31:52] – Sharing Bandwidth
[00:38:59] – Get in touch with David
[00:40:45] – Closing

“I think there’s some silver lining to this dark cloud, is that some of the processes that we’re
having to use today will have real benefits long term.”

David Huseonica

Podcast Transcript

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

Rico: [00:00:52] Good Karl. Hope you’re well. Hope everyone’s staying socially safe.

Karl: [00:00:57] We are, we are, we are adapting to the new world order and doing the best we can, help get through this. Why don’t you talk today a little bit about our sponsors?

Rico: [00:01:08] Sure. So I want to introduce one of our sponsors. A key sponsor actually is Hargray Fiber. They’ve been a big player here in Peachtree Corners and actually in the Southeast. So they’ve been in a lot of different cities like Lawrenceville and in and through the South of Georgia as well, they provide fiber optics to the business community as well as the consumer part. But the business community is really where they’re at. And as you can imagine now with everyone teleworking, this is a really big deal, which goes back to our guests today as well. But I want everyone to be aware that, you know visit HargrayFiber.com find out about what they can do, what services they can provide you, fiber optic services, and also about their rep promotion they’re running right now, which is free business incident for the next 90 days. So visit HargrayFiber.com/business and you’ll be able to see that and maybe take advantage of that.

Karl: [00:02:08] Who would have thought that the investments we’ve made over the last 30-40 years on fiber optics and internet capability is going to become so relevant and say, and as we’re making this grand shift into a different remote, technology-driven workforce in a way that we haven’t seen done almost ever. I’m really glad to have today’s guest, David Huseonica Is the CEO of Rojoli Services, a Peachtree Corners based IT and cloud service partner and providing collaboration as well as cloud hosting, helping businesses with business continuity and office management services for both small and medium size business. How are you doing today, David?

David: [00:02:53] I’m doing wonderful, Karl. How are you?

Karl: [00:02:55] Great. Great. Well, today we (want to talk about) having a role in what’s going on today in massive droves. People are moving to working at home as we are following the CDC guidelines and the government guidelines for social distancing. But I gotta imagine doing that, is bringing up challenges that small businesses and employees may not have thought of when they were thinking that they have to do a lot of their jobs from home. But I just wanted to spend some time exploring that with you today.

David: [00:03:34] That sounds great.

Karl: [00:03:37] Why don’t you start off with, just tell me a little bit about yourself, and how do you get into this business?

David: [00:03:45] Well, my background has been in IT and software and technology for 30 years and really kind of where we landed in this business today is, you know, years ago when cloud first started emerging. We really felt like it was a game changer and it was going to redefine the way that technology is used and deployed in businesses. And so we were early adopters of trying to learn, you know, how to leverage the technology, how to leverage it for business purposes. And, you know, it turned out to be a great bet because here we are today where, you know, it’s almost impossible to think about, you know, running a company, and doing the things that we do without leveraging cloud technology.

Karl: [00:04:33] Yeah. I mean, from the, you know, starting off with basic office services. I’m seeing more business implementing the internet of things, IOT strategy. So being able to manage data, flow, security, all these things has become a really important business consideration for a lot of folks. So, maybe you could tell me a little bit of, you know, since this has been happening, what are some, some of the things you’re seeing your clients, small businesses having to grapple with? And what are some of the things they’re doing that are you know, helping them manage this situation?

David: [00:05:13] Sure, sure. And if you don’t mind, I’d just like to, before I get into that. I just like to start off by, you know, offering my thanks and prayers to our nation’s frontline workers, who are essential in helping us push through this incredible situation. You know, all of us have family and friends who, because of our needs, must continue to serve the community, and many times putting themselves in harm’s way. And also like to have or ask everybody to pray for our nation’s leaders who are having to make decisions. You know, nobody was really prepared for, you know, the unique situation that companies are finding themselves in, you know, of having to make that transition from a working office to 100% remote work force in some cases has raised some pretty challenging concerns and, around technology and how you use it. And I think, you know, if I had to start anywhere, I think I would probably start in the, in the realm of a security. You know, how do you as a company, ensure that your, the data and the identities and the information that you’re needing to now access remotely, you know, is done in a secure fashion. And that, we’re not, you know, compromising, you know, information. And, so you know, what we’re seeing in our customers, first of all, one of our first recommendations is to enable things like multifactor authentication. Many of us have seen that in action with commercial applications that you use, where you go to log into a site and it sends you a text message or, you know, some other form of multifactor. And, and that really is probably one of the low hanging number one recommendations we can make for people is to, if their, if their solutions that they use for business, you know, have multifactor capability, enable that, make sure that that is on.

Karl: [00:07:18] Can I ask a question on that? I know on a lot of smartphones and different, they’re most companies starting to accent. Why is that so important? What is that doing versus what people conventionally do without two factor authorization?

David: [00:07:36] Yeah. Well the primary thing is that, you know, it’s beyond just a user ID and password to where it’s a private device that, you know, the good news is so far that’s been a protected type of set up to where, you know, people are not able to intercept those feeds. So it’s a, it’s another way of authenticating who you are, that your identity is truly who you say you are. And, and so if, you know, if multifactors are enabled it’s going to communicate with that individual through an alternative means. And, and again, it just reduces the risk that anybody could access your information, your systems without, having the proper authority to do so.

Karl: [00:08:23] Got it. Okay, thanks.

Rico: [00:08:24] Let me, let me ask you another question as well. I’ve been dealing with a couple of different companies that have all sorts of things going on right now. We’ve had to reset passwords on emails, sometimes just on the wrong things. All of a sudden they are getting a SharePoint email that’s not really from SharePoint. They think it’s an ad contract, let’s say when a contract, because their salespeople bless you at, you know, they want to get that sale. It’s that type of environment. Everyone’s started just clicking on things and she’s like, stop, stop doing that. How do you deal with that? What are you seeing out in the community when it comes to sales or operations of that sort remotely?

David: [00:09:08] Yeah. That’s, you know, the bad apples out there are seizing this opportunity. You know, even in good times, they’re at you all the time with these phishing emails, phishing a task, trying to get you to click on something, you know, and, and it’s, unfortunately, it’s even heightened in times like this. And so, you know, the recommendations that we have to avoid that. First of all, you know, if you weren’t expecting that, that communication, then you know, you need to double or triple verify that it’s correct. And, and, you know, the good old fashioned techniques of, you know, picking up the phone and calling somebody to verify, Hey Rico, did you just send this to me? You know, is really a great way of circumventing, you know, acting on something that is a scam. you know, we get these emails all the time about, you know, click on here to download a document or change your password. I would say don’t ever click on the links that are in the email, go to the website. So for instance, if a, if a service says that your password has expired, right? Rather than, you know, resetting it from the email, go to that services website and log in that way and see if it needs to be reset that way.

Rico: [00:10:34] Yeah. Well that would make sense to me. Cause if they’re going to send you an email and you probably have notification on the site itself. Get caught the wrong way. What about communications via like a VPN versus I’m doing it on, you know? So, some people think it’s too slow working on VPN. They just take things onto their own desktop or their own laptop, and then they bring it back up into someone’s server. What do you think about the workflow when it comes to that?

David: [00:11:04] You know, having, having remote access to files is vitally important for all of us in this mode. So, you know, having a secure way of getting to those files, and there’s multiple
technology strategies that you can deploy. To have that access, you know, VPN access into a file server on the, on the network. You know, it’s one method, you know, and at the speed at which this whole condition fell upon us. You know, not every employee was set up for VPN access from home. And, and so that has become, you know, a gap that many companies have been trying to fill in. But the fundamental guidance on that is, is that if you can avoid downloading, modifying, and uploading. Yeah, it’s better that way. If you have direct access to the files, either through a VPN or if you’re logging in through an office 365 SharePoint, one drive, which has two factor enabled, right. So that you’re having to do multi-factor, you know, in order to be able to get in and access those files. you know, that is absolutely the preferred way of doing it versus the uploading and downloading.

Rico: [00:12:19] You’ve had a company that, one of the companies that I think local here in Peachtree Corners that you helped set up. They’re, they work remotely. Is there special challenges to that setting? People’s home office infrastructure, maybe operating along those lines?

David: [00:12:35] Well, there are challenges and you know, again, speed at this came on us. Not everybody was set up the same way. So, you know, as far as home offices, first of all, our recommendation is if, you know, if you can avoid using your home computer to access corporate data you should do that. And the reason being is that if it’s a corporate device that you’re using, chances are it’s been set up a certain way there. You know, you know, many IT organizations are pretty diligent in making sure that, you know, the, the most up to date versions of all the operating systems are in play. That the most up to date versions of antivirus are loaded and active. And those are all things that, you know, traditionally will take place in, ahead of time. And, and so using, a corporate device is, is certainly typically more secure. If you don’t have that ability, then you know, you need to, you need to consider doing those same things for your home device. Meaning, you know, we all, we’re all guilty of it. We delay that Windows update or that, opposite day or you know, that antivirus update. I suggest you, you don’t do that and go ahead and make sure everything is current. Make sure you know, you have the latest and greatest, for that. And, and so that will certainly go a long way in helping protecting the underlying, you know, condition of the machine.

Karl: [00:14:04] When you, I know a lot of people they become complacent when it comes to those types of things because the corporate IT department automates so much of it. Now, as you get more disconnected, and let’s say someone worked for a smaller company where they don’t have a corporate ID, what can they do to help themselves secure their devices?

David: [00:14:27] Well. Yeah, so it’s a couple of things that we’ve already mentioned is, you know, ensuring that multifactor is enabled whatever you’re doing. Making sure that the office, you know, the, the windows or Mac or whatever OLS is, is updated and is current at the current levels and all the patches are applied. Making sure that your, the network, the wireless that you’re accessing is a secure wireless network, that requires, you know, secure authorization to get to it.

Karl: [00:15:02] Can, I can act on that point? For example, that’s one of the areas where most people on their home network get it installed and I don’t know that they checked it or they’re, what can they look for to know that they’re home? What would you look for to check if the home network was secure?

David: [00:15:19] Yeah. So the signal that you’ll receive will indicate whether or not it’s, so things like a hap or WEP or you know, enabled, which means that you have security turned on for that connection. And, and, and making sure that you’ve got a strong password. If you’re going to get onto the wireless, you know, don’t let it be your phone number. Don’t let it be, you know, other things that are easily, you know, determined by people outside of your, your, your home office. You know, so your neighbors or you know, literally somebody parked on the street in front of your home could potentially jump on your wifi network and get access to, you know, any other device that happens to be on that, including the, you know, the one that you’re on. So, you know, and you know, each of the wireless systems have slightly different things as far as how you configure it, but, just making sure that it’s secure, a password protection, connection that you’re, you’re accessing.

Karl: [00:16:20] I’ve got a follow up question along that line. As many especially smaller business freelancers, they use a lot of cloud sharing devices. You’ve got Google drive, Dropbox, all these different brands. Are those, are those okay for folks to use? For, for sharing documents and I know that different layers of security or what are some things they should be particularly cautious about when using those?

David: [00:16:51] Well, you know, again, secure, file share and access to files remotely is vitally important. And there’s a number of different brands out there. There’s some of the ones that you mentioned, you know, are, are very good solutions. We’re a very strong proponent of Microsoft teams and SharePoint and on One Drive, just because, we’re, you know, it’s, it’s, it’s the, the security around that has evolved to be where it is enterprise grade security that they have surrounding those. Not that, you know, those other solutions don’t have some levels of security, but, what I would suggest is that, you know, has come up with a standard for the organization. I would, I would say, you know, you’re much better off as an organization in the mode that we’re in today of saying, Hey for our remote files, access or sharing. If you don’t have other solutions, we’re gonna, we’re going to standardize on X and where we want everybody to use X. Because whenever you have two, three, four different applications that are being used by, employees, first of all, you know, ensuring the consistency of the security around those is very difficult. And, and also, ensuring that, you know, corporate data is not being shared, to people outside of the business in a fashion that’s going to violate, you know, corporate standards or compliance standards. So by settling on a single platform, you know that that will help you ensure that there are some levels of control because then you can begin to build in things like, role-based permissions. So if you and I, you know, we might have access to the same SharePoint site for instance, but we were able to control the files that you can access versus what I can access based on our role in the company. And that certainly goes a long way in helping making sure
that, you know, people are themselves viewing or sharing. It’s outside people’s information that should not be shared.

Karl: [00:19:05] Well, if I could shift a little bit and just start on understanding more. If you were to help someone, and I know many friends have set up home offices, when you start thinking about hardware and infrastructure and doing that and some of the things that you’ve seen people utilize effectively, are there things that you’d recommend for someone to make sure they put in place?

David: [00:19:30] So, you know, hardware, you know, there’s a lot of great brands, hardware. I would certainly stick with some of the, some of the better known brands from a hardware standpoint. You know, you know, from a configuration standpoint, if you’re able to, you know, for instance, my machine here, I’m home office, but you know, I’m not on my wifi. I’m directly connected into my router, via cable. So you even, you know, you do have the ability to, to do things linked up, you know, via cable versus always wifi. And so that, that would be something to consider. And a lot of times it has to do with, you know, where is the router coming into your home office located in comparison to where your computer is.

Karl: [00:20:18] Can I ask a question along that? So you just described something, I remember when Wifi wasn’t as prevailing as it is today, and people would have direct cable into their server. Is that a more secure method? If you are really concerned, you’re a financial professional or health care and you have some really high level, could hardware to allow you to direct line into your server be a worthwhile consideration?

David: [00:20:51] Absolutely. Absolutely. It just takes one more, one more layer out of the equation of how the, you know, what data it is flowing through. And, and so if you’re not having, everything is not going through your home office wifi, which again, can be potentially hacked. You know, if people have the credentials are sitting outside or other things, you know, it just removes another layer from the equation.

Rico: [00:21:18] Okay. When you were dealing with clients also that have to do like real time collaboration. You know, dealing with, you know, people out there on zoom. I mean, that’s not the only product you can use, obviously, where using something else that meant. For that topic, collaboration to submit more for broadcast, but how are you dealing with that? I mean, are you finding it easier for people to deal with it? Are you finding it becoming something that may become the norm after this?

David: [00:21:48] I think, I think there’s some silver lining to this dark cloud, is that some of the processes that we’re having to use today will have real benefits long term. You know, you had mentioned one of our clients that we’ve helped enable, from, a remote workforce standpoint. This is a, you know, a software development company that was high on collaboration. I mean, literally they were doing huddle meetings, you know, all day long, looking at code together, you know, having meetings, onsite and remote personnel. And so, that’s a, that’s a scenario where
we were able to deploy with them a product. And this is again, the Microsoft solution, Microsoft teams, which includes all the tools under one platform that allows them to do that so they can do, you know, chats, real time, chats back and forth. And you can do voice calls between each other. You can do video conferencing like we’re doing here. It has file sharing, a secure file sharing, so you can store your files and have access to it. And you can, you know, do, do all the things that a highly collaborative environment really needs, and you get it all underneath one brand or one label. And you know, I’m not saying that’s the only one out there. I’m just saying that is one that we have deployed, not only for those folks, but at a time and time again. We have, I think across the board, we’ve got about 175 companies that we work with customers, and I’d say a 75% of them, 80% of them have deployed a solution like that. And the good news is many of them there were already, you know, somewhere down that road before this, this hit, which gave them really a leg up and being able to. be able to respond to this as quickly as possible.

Karl: [00:23:39] So I have an interesting insight in that. I worked for a lot of years in large corporations and so Microsoft teams and some of these tools are available when I talk to small business owners, a lot less of them are familiar. So you’ve used a couple of terms. Can you describe for instance, what would be in the tool belt. Well, someone new collaboration that might be there. So like the example, what exactly is Microsoft teams and what does that do? And are there one or two other tools like that you think people may want to get familiar with?

David: [00:24:15] Yeah, so what Microsoft teams is, is really Microsoft’s collaboration. It’s a platform that is comprised of multiple pieces, multiple solutions. So, you know, it allows you and I right now, even though we’re looking at each other through the video, we could be chatting with each other offline. So I, I, you know, and that’s great for, if I just need an answer from Rico, I don’t want to necessarily have to call them or wait for an email response. I can, I can see that Rico’s online. I can ask a question and get an answer right away. So that real time chat capability is…

Karl: [00:24:52] Is that kind of like texting for somebody for an ed that would be used for an immediate response? You throw out a question and anyone on that chat can respond back quickly.

David: [00:25:02] Exactly. So you could do one on one, you could have groups. And so a way of, you know, again, collaborating, getting real time, you know, answers very quickly. Versus having to, you know, in, in an email mode you send it, but you don’t know that the person’s there or not. And this, this gives you that presence capability.

Rico: [00:25:22] You know, I want to ask you something because I’ve worked here in my teleworking out of my own office. My dining room was right there. My son, my high school kid is on a dining room table with his laptop doing his work. And I feel like we’re all in a fraternity house doing work. But when I passed by his laptop sometimes, and I talked to him about what he’s doing, I see this younger generation, I don’t only see doing the digital learning in their portal
environment, but he also has discord open, which is one of these chat type places with your friends, it’s mainly used for gaming and other things. Do you find any intergenerational, generational issues with people getting online and being able to do the work? Do you see any challenges there from your point of view?

David: [00:26:12] Well, you know, the younger generation, you know, the millennials and around the millennial, I mean, they certainly are more adept to these types of tools. And maybe some of us older folks are, I put myself in the older folks category. So yeah. Isn’t really something they grew up with. It’s something, you know, my, my, my parents now are finally texting. But it’s, you know, here we are in year 2020, and, you know, it’s just taken a long time for him to get to that point. So, you know, the younger generation grew up in a fashion where they’re. they, they’ve had these immediate communication protocols that they’ve been able to leverage, whether it be texting or, or chatting. And, you know, you know, a lot of this didn’t come out of the gaming environment to where they, they did this way before businesses, you know, really adopted these, these solutions.

Rico: [00:27:08] And I see creeping into business sometimes too, cause some younger employees don’t want to be on video camera. They’d rather just be, you know, do the audio, you know. But of course the upper management wants to see everyone on video cause it’s one way of keeping in touch and one on one and all that.

David: [00:27:27] Yeah. And I think there’s some, there’s definitely some value in, in doing that. I mean, like for instance, in our company we have a daily all hands meeting and a, and you know, when this all all came about, you know, we were, we would all be in a conference room together looking at each other. And then all of a sudden, you know, this cloud came over us. And, and now, you know, we began those where we were just, you know, voice only. But we began to turn on our videos too, as a way of, you know, particularly in the mode that we’re in, giving people that extra you know, social capability of, you know, I can show you something in my office if I need to or pick up, you know, so, you know, I think, I think that’s good. And the good news is these platforms like, you know, Microsoft teams and there’s others, you know, they, they allow you that, that, that extended level of collaboration that could go from chat to voice, to video to, you know, you and I can be, sharing a document right now, and both of us working on that exact same document at the exact same time, versus me having to, you know, do my work and then say, okay, Rico, take it over here. It’s yours now. And then you have to do your work. And then we have to figure out who did what. So these platforms have really accelerated that whole collaboration and it gives you an option as to what’s the best way to do it for that need and that team.

Karl: [00:28:53] We’ve got a couple of others. You mentioned in the SKUs chat as a tool. You talked about file sharing, and in that example with Rico where you could do live updates or two more, more than one person can do that, what’s the tool that facilitates that kind of file sharing?

David: [00:29:10] Yeah, so, that kind of file sharing is baked into a SharePoint in one drive, as an example. And a what, what people, the term for that is co-authoring. And, and so when you look at, you know, being remote. Trying to work with multiple people at the same time. You know that that’s a, that’s a feature that, you know, whatever platform you go to, you should probably consider, does it have that co-authoring capability? So you know, what that does is it, it basically gets you out of this a serial mode where, you know, I’ve got to do my work and then, then you can do your work, and then Alice can do her work. And, and so, you know, this allows all three of us to be in the exact same document. So we can have a word document, excel sheet open at the same time, and I could see where you’re working and as you, as you’re typing and you’re making updates, those would show up on mine. And I’m working in a different area of the document or the different part of the Excel sheet. So, you know, it just, greatly enhances that whole collaboration experience.

Karl: [00:30:17] So, I’ve got this video collaboration. I’ve seen more Skype, zoom, go to meetings, all of these platforms, people using some, well, some not so well. Tell me a little bit about platforms for that and, and some things that people can do to be, do you use those effectively? What’s the use case for that?

David: [00:30:45] Well, first of all, you know, there’s lots of good, good ones that are out there. The ones that you mentioned. You know, you know, have, have strong followings. You know, again, Microsoft teams has that built into it. So that’s the one that we standardize on it. But the most important thing I believe is that, you know, people have to get comfortable with using the tool. You know, there’s, you know, there might’ve been 10% since the company prior to a month ago that ever started and managed a video meeting, you know, web comms, meeting, screen share chat, voice video. Maybe 10% now that that 10% has gone to maybe 75% of your company needs to know how to do that and, and so that, that other percentage needs to be trained or maybe people need to be retrained and, and actually how to use it effectively and so that they are you know, able to conduct the meetings and collaborate the way that you want to.

Karl: [00:31:52] So does a currently the secondary on that follow on. So in the video I’ve noticed people struggling with video that’s doing a lot of demand on bandwidth versus what they might’ve done before. Are there tips and things that people can do to be able to conduct more of these media? Imagine four people in a household. Well doing a video meeting today because the husband, the wife, and both kids are all on some form of video. What can I do or what are some of the tips you might have for someone to be able to manage that? Or should they all be on it? Should they, so they change different resolutions? Any thoughts?

David: [00:32:34] You know, a lot of it has to do with the bandwidth, you know, starting from the street, coming into the house. So if you, depending on the carrier that you have, you might have certain bandwidth that they’re, that you’ve signed up for, you know, whether it be, you know, Hargray or whether it be Comcast or somebody like that. So, you know, that will certainly impact how many of those types of things you’re able to do concurrently. Then you have, you know, capability within the four walls, such as, you know, your wifi and, and the type of, you know,
bandwidth that has and capability. You know, you need to also, people need to have diligence. And matter of fact, you know, before this call, my daughter’s upstairs doing her homework, which has a lot of video. And so I just asked her, I said, Hey, I’m going to be on an important meeting here. Can you just hold off streaming for a little bit in the event that it does collide? But you know, the reality is you’re probably not going to know if four people can do it at once until you try it once or twice. And, and you may want to try that in a, in a mode to where it’s not going to disrupt you know, the other people and which is one of the advices we give people is that, Hey, if you’re going to start using things like web conferencing and video conferencing, and all that is, is try it out ahead of time. You know, get on it. Get somebody, you know, comfortable, a friend, family member, you know, with you. Make sure that the quality is there because you might have to make some adjustments either for your own home office technology or you may need to call your provider and say, Hey, I need to go from a hundred Mg to a gang type of bandwidth.

Rico: [00:34:21] You know, it’s interesting cause the, your zoom for example, is throttling a little bit on how they are streaming the video too. So they, depending on your membership with them or your package with them, you might be only doing it at 760 or something like that versus something higher. I don’t know about you all, but like for example, in my house we have, I typically have a 250 package. It’s like whatever the fastest packages we have, and I have four or five people online all the time doing stuff. And yes, I have 2,500 people through Comcast Xfinity went out. And we were out for an hour and a half. So everyone comes down to see me, to say I’m the IT guy. It’s out 2,500 people in Peachtree corners. That’s a spot somewhere. Shows it on the map, but everyone has the, you know, the data plan we have on our tablets and cell phones. Yeah, hot spot. That’s what we did for that hour and a half, we hot spotted this stuff. Granted, some of it could be low bandwidth, but there’s ways around some of that, I think.

David: [00:35:28] Yeah, that’s a great point. Rico, and you know, having an alternative, you know, it’s certainly something I always want to, you know, keep in back of your mind is that, you know, what, if this does break down, what am I going to do next? It was just like, like in the old days, whenever you’re doing a, you know, many people on this call or I don’t remember, but she had the, the projector where she put the transparency on, you know, in the meetings and, you know, and, and so, okay. What if the, what if the bulb on that projector went out during your meeting, you know, how are you going to continue, you know? Well, you know, that’s where you say, well, I also brought a hard copy that we can all pass around and, and go off of, you know, so they’re, they’re, you know, thinking through it a little bit. Certainly it helps to make sure that we’re doing.

Karl: [00:36:14] There’s one thing along that line, just the difference between how much data video uses versus audio. A lot of times, if everyone is streaming Netflix, running meetings, video meetings. There might be times where the right application is just an audio.

David: [00:36:33] Yeah.

Karl: [00:36:34] But you can almost, you can be full into videoing everything and you’re throttling bandwidth when, you know, for a period of time, you might say, look, maybe you go on audio only and you stop streaming the video. And then, you know, if you have a bandwidth problem, you can toggle some of that stuff.

David: [00:36:51] Yeah, that’s right. And you know, some of these tools do have the ability to where you can, you can choose to accept video as well as broadcast video. So, you can either or those. So, you know, being mindful that, you know, video is going to eat more bandwidth. There’s just no two ways about it.

Karl: [00:37:11] You also mentioned different plans. So I’m not familiar with all of them in particular. But, you know, the, the giga and the, how much bandwidth in this, in this next 60 day period with all the homeschooling and other things that are going on. What types of bandwidth do you think people would be safe with if they had, just so they have an idea they’re way below and they may need to be investigating. They’re talking with the providers.

David: [00:37:42] Yeah. You know, each case is going to be different, but I would say, as much as you can get is an easy answer, you know, but, you know, we, what we did personally in our house is we were, I think at about a 200 Mg type of plan with, with our provider. And knowing that we’re all going to be here and also did some other things with, with moving over to a streaming TV. You know, we just said we’re going to go up to get bandwidth and, you know, in the, and the increase in costs. While, you know, money is certainly important. You know, it was surprisingly inexpensive to make the jump. And, and so, you know, thinking about, you know, what is the alternative. You know, spending an extra, you know, 20 bucks a month for this. Is it the fact that my productivity and I can’t do the meetings, I can’t do all the work? You know, it seems like a pretty good trade off. And again, I’m not, not minimizing that. And, you know, money’s important, but, but so is productivity these days, so sometimes you have to sacrifice a little bit for higher productivity.

Karl: [00:38:59] I know that there’s a lot more we can talk about and, and just wanted to ask if people you know, had questions and wanted to reach out to you and, and your company, how would people get in contact with you?

David: [00:39:13] Yeah. So, again, we’re, we’re located right here in, Peachtree Corners in, Technology Park. And specifically, if you’ve heard of Curiosity Labs, we’re one of the tenants in that building, we have, you know, obviously a website, www.Rojoli.com. And, you know, our phone number and everything is listed on there, or you can just contact us at sales@rojoli.com. And I’ll, I’ll just, also make mention, you know, with the times that we have today, you know, in the situation going on, we have come up with some, what we, what we’re calling them is COVID-19 ITU relief packages, which are you know, services that organizations are faced with right now. That, you know, they, they need to adopt and they need to do it as cost effectively as possible. So we’re offering a number of different free services, such as migrations to office 365 for people who need to take advantage of that platform and teams and, and, disaster recovery
solutions and, and some other things. So, those are, we’re trying to do our part as a part of this to help, particularly SMBs, which are small, medium size businesses where we live, you know, get the technology that they need in order to continue running their business and also protect their data. You know, during these trying times.

Karl: [00:40:45] Well. I really want to thank you so much for spending some time with us because, I know people are talking about relief packages and people are talking about testing and social distancing, but this, this behavior shift that’s happening across industry where people are now, we’re working more remotely. We’ll start to unveil opportunities for people to do things, over computers and networks and just starting to think about it and make sure you harden yourself, is really important, but the tools that you outlined. Chat features, file share features, video software, et cetera, or new tools that we all can start using to maintain productivity at home. And in a lot of cases, this is now how our kids are learning for a few more months. So becoming familiar and comfortable with that is going to be really important as we navigate, beat ourselves to this, pandemic. So, we would like to thank David, for joining us today and talking about this and we definitely recommend people take advantage of some of the offers his company is doing. The Rojoli service is right here in Peachtree Corners. We’re trying to help each other. Businesses are stepping up to provide the tools for people to be successful through this. And I want to thank you and what your whole team is doing to help with.

David: [00:42:20] Well, thank you for having me on today and I’m looking forward to the other side of all this for everybody. Thank you.

Karl: [00:42:28] Amen to that. Well, we wanna thank the community for doing everything they were doing. Rico, I’d say social distance saying is being taken seriously here in our local communities. If you, if you go about, you see people taking it seriously and everyone that’s doing that is helping to make this go quicker and save lives. So we appreciate that. And the sooner we can get this under control and get back, to, to our normal activities, play and work, the better. Also wanted to, just mention we’re going to continue to do our podcast. We have guests that are coming in, and hopefully this format is working, but you could hear us on streaming on your local streaming service, the Capitalist Sage podcast, as well as we do post this live on Facebook. And what’s the, where would they find us online Rico?

Rico: [00:43:28] Sure. So go to LivinginPeachtreeCorners.com. you can also find the podcasts if you go to Apple podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, SoundCloud, any of those platforms has Google or just search for Capitalist Sage. And you’ll see the podcast there. Even if you Google Capitalist Sage podcast, you’ll see it online. It’s on YouTube. So this video will be on YouTube as well. So any of those places you can find.

Karl: [00:43:54] Awesome. Well, I’m Karl Barham with Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta Peachtree. Our business advisors are available to help people navigate through this.
We help people with buying and selling businesses, advising them how to increase value, and in this time, just making sure they’re able to survive through this, if not thrive in the future. And Rico, I know we have some stuff coming out.

Rico: [00:44:19] Sure. In fact, I should say that in the next four or five minutes, I have another podcast. We’re doing Peachtree Corners Life, and I’ll have the head of school for Wesleyan with me. We’re going to be doing talks about distance learning and going through that. So it will be sharing this podcast space shortly with that. So, but this hit the mailboxes or will hit the mailboxes. Today, tomorrow, tomorrow, Peachtree Corners magazine. You’ll find 21 different restaurants you can do your orders from for go-to or curbside pickup. Stories on digital learning, local schools, stories on faith, how the churches are reaching out to the communities online through zoom and other, other, avenues and a whole bunch of things like that as well. If you need any, any services when it comes to content marketing or podcast production or anything along those lines. Mighty Rockets is my company and we are more than happy, more than welcome to contact me. Rico@mightyrockets.com

Karl: [00:45:22] Thank you again for everyone for tuning in. Have a great day.

Rico: [00:45:25] Thank you everyone.

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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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