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Two Craft Brewers: Facing Challenges, Creating Opportunities, and Branding their Own Local Identities

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There’s a lot more to the Brewery business than just making beer. Despite the challenges facing businesses today, Anderby Brewing and Kettlerock Brewery have found their path. Their owners, Preston Smelt and Stephen Peet (respectively) talk about the collaboration as well as the competition in this line of business. Plus, they take an in-depth look at shippers, licensing, the marketplace, solving supply chain issues, and more. Join your hosts Karl Barham and Rico Figliolini with their latest Capitalist Sage Podcast.

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Kettlerock Website: https://kettlerockbrewing.com
Kettlerock Social: @KettlerockBrewing
Anderby Website: https://www.anderbybrewing.com
Anderby Social: @AnderbyBrewing
PC Mashers Homebrew Club: PCMashers.com

“As soon as you open your doors, you’re no longer brewing for you. Your personal tastes don’t matter anymore. You’re brewing for the people who come into your doors, or in my case are ordering us at restaurants or picking up cans at package stores. And so what I want from a beer, 9 times out of 10, doesn’t matter if that’s not what the consumer is willing to pay for. It’s the biggest change from homebrewing to being a commercial brewer, you’re a business now. So your personal tastes no longer matter if people are not willing to pay for it.”

pRESTON sMelt

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[00:00:30] – Intro
[00:01:46] – About Stephen and Preston
[00:03:23] – How Preston Got into Brewing
[00:05:33] – How Stephen Got into Brewing
[00:07:50] – Trial and Error and Making Beer for the Consumer
[00:11:38] – Regional and Seasonal Beers
[00:15:12] – The Business Models of Brewing
[00:22:17] – The Exciting Part of This Industry
[00:30:08] – How COVID has Impacted the Breweries
[00:31:47] – Supply Chain Issues
[00:39:18] – Upcoming Events at Both Breweries
[00:42:07] – Closing

Podcast Transcript

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

[00:00:50] Rico: Hey, Karl. Good, thanks. Been a beautiful day after all that rain.

[00:00:54] Karl: It is, we are here in fall, which is going to lead to a fun topic today. We’re going to talk about a brewery. Local brewery businesses here in Peachtree Corners and surrounding areas. And we’re really honored to have Stephen Pete CEO of Kettlerock Brewing as well as Preston Smelt with Anderby Brewery to share a little bit about their experience. But first, why don’t you introduce our sponsors today Rico?

[00:01:19] Rico: Sure. Peachtree Corners Magazine is the sponsor of this show along with the family of podcasts that we do. Including Prime Lunchtime with City Manager and Peachtree Corners Life. We’re working on our next issue right now, actually. It goes to the press late next week. And you guys will be getting it the first week of October. It’s going to be a good, full packed issue. So I’m all excited to get it out and off my hands. So it’ll be in the mailbox hopefully sometime the week after next.

[00:01:46] Karl: Excellent. That sounds great. Well, I’m going to re-introduce my guests. The first is Stephen Peet, the CEO of Kettlerock Brewing. A local brewery business right here in Peachtree Corners. And he’s joined by Preston Smelt of Anderby Brewery, located in the Atlanta Tech Park area of Peachtree Corners. Why don’t we start off by Stephen, you introducing yourself a little bit and then we’ll have Preston give a quick bio and introduction.

[00:02:12] Preston: So I’ve been in Peachtree Corners here for a little over 30 years now and been involved in the community. The entire family has been involved in the community and the entire family is involved in kettle rock brewing. I’m not sure what all else you need to know other than come by and have a beer.

[00:02:30] Karl: I appreciate that. Preston?

[00:02:34] Preston: Yeah. My name is Preston Smelt and I’m president and head brewer here at Anderby Brewing. And we’ve been open since the end of July of 2019. So we got open just before everything went to hell. So we’ve been here just over two years, getting ready to actually hold our official second birthday party here next month. We’re going to be excited to get a lot of new stuff out for that. And a nice, big, outdoor area for everybody to come enjoy this nice fall weather we’re finally getting.

[00:03:00] Karl: Yeah. I’m excited for this season and getting out to visit both locations. But let’s talk a little bit, start by talking about, why the brewery industry. And we’ve seen a whole lot of new activity and businesses in this. What made you, and if I could start with Preston, get into brewing? How did you get into it? What made you think about opening up Anderby?

[00:03:23] Preston: All of our stories, I think we’re past the 7,000 brewery mark in the United States, a lot of us have a very similar story. Most of us started home brewing as did I. My wife bought me a Groupon to Brew Masters Warehouses, an old place in Marietta. That’s I think closed now that was doing a Learn to Homebrew class. This was seven, eight years ago. Loved it and immediately bought everything we needed to brew out of the kitchen while I was there. And then it just quickly expanded. It went from just little five gallon batches on the stove top to 15 gallon batches. They’re on a custom rig that I built in my backyard. And then that grew into a one barrel system in my garage, which then, two years ago grew into a 10 barrel system here at Anderby Brewing. So it escalated pretty quickly over seven years. And during that time, I also went and studied with places like The Siebel Institute out in Chicago, which is one of the country’s leading brewing schools for professional side to kind of hone everything in. Knowing this is what we wanted to do at some point in time. Got it done in the summer, right before we opened, actually. And yeah, then decided to open a brewery. SB85 passed, I don’t know what was that? 2017-ish if I remember. Yeah. So that allowed, this tap room model that you’re seeing us, Kettlerock, Social Fox, Cultivation, all the new breweries that are opening up are all following this tap room model. It allowed that to actually happen in the state of Georgia. Prior to that, you can only do tours and you had to be relying on distribution. You couldn’t just open a neighborhood tap room and survive. But as soon as SB85 passed, Peachtree Corners was one of the first kind of Northeast perimeter cities to adjust their local laws, to allow for this to happen. Which is a necessary step. I live in Dunwoody. I really wanted to put this in Dunwoody Dunwoody, not that, not that much foresight. So Dunwoody lost out on this opportunity. So we found a great place here in Peachtree Corners with a great landlord and made it happen. The city’s has been phenomenal to work with. And that’s kind of how we ended up here.

[00:05:24] Karl: How about you Stephen? Your experience and why you got into it. And you’re doing it as a family endeavor, so that brings an extra interesting aspect to this.

[00:05:33] Stephen: Absolutely. So it’s my wife and I. Diana and I are the owners and all four kids are involved in the brewery. Everyone has a full-time job outside of this. I’m the only full-time person that’s here at the brewery right now. Everybody’s just helping out in different areas. So my two oldest boys have been home brewing for 10 years now. And we are the founding members of the PC Mashers Homebrew Club here in Peachtree Corners, which if you’d like to be involved in that check out PCMashers.com. We meet the third Wednesday of every month. Most Homebrew clubs are bottle shares and ours is a bottle share as well. However, we have a style that we brew to each month and then we compare our beers to each others. And what that allows us to do is to help each other brew better beer. And a testament to that is that we entered the Suwanee Homebrew Fest a couple of years ago. And Sterling had not been wanting to enter beers in contests. I don’t know why, just he grumbles about that. But he did and he won second place with what is now our Float Trip IPA. But the Homebrew Club was first place in that competition because enough of us had gotten better. Enough of us had entered. There’s only about 10 to 14 of us in the club and enough of us entered and metaled. So that’s a testament to us all getting better. The local growler store Peachtree Growler had changed hands and had been talking about opening a brewery or brew pub in Peachtree Corners. And since that changed hands and didn’t happen, we kind of took that up. And decided as a family we could make this work. And Sterling is still the head brewer. Started out and still is. My daughter, Krista is actually one of the assistant brewers. And my second oldest Taylor, who was doing home brewing with Sterling. He’s one of the assistant brewers as well. And then Devin does marketing and everybody does a little bit of everything as you might guess when you’re a small business like this.

[00:07:50] Rico: It’s interesting because this business has, you have to have passion for this business, right?

[00:07:55] Stephen: Absolutely.

[00:07:56] Rico: Because it’s trial and error on almost every batch you do.

[00:08:01] Stephen: You’re right.

[00:08:02] Rico: So mistakes happen, I know. I was discussing with Preston last week when I visited with him at Anderby’s, it’s just like my father when he made wine at home. Because he was a wine maker at home for himself, three whiskey barrels was enough for the season he felt. He shared a lot of it with friends and family around Brooklyn. But you know, it’s trial and error. That’s one season of making grapes. You guys are constantly making different brews, adding different things to it, flavors and stuff. So how do you learn to do that? I mean, I know how Preston learned to do that, obviously. Getting formal education to a degree. But still right, Preston? I mean, you’re, still doing experimenting. That’s the best part of this, isn’t it? Being able to do that?

[00:08:48] Preston: Oh most definitely. I mean, there’s a lot of ways to learn. And Dana, my assistant brewer she’s a grad student, getting her master’s in microbiology. Which is a great asset to have in a field that is really, it’s part chemistry, part cooking, kind of all right. It’s an art and a science. And so we do a lot of experimenting. We brew on average twice a week, every week. So you can imagine we go through a lot of beer. And out of all the beers we make only five or six are staples, right? So everything’s, brew one time, move on, brew something different the next time. And so that allows you to iteratively learn. But then you also start to build connections within the brewing community, both in Georgia and in other states. And then you start to say, Hey, I really like this beer from you. How did you do X? Whatever it might be. It might be a fruit. How are you adding your fruits to your beers? There’s a lot of ways you can fruit a beer. You could put them in on the hot side. You can put them in pre-fermentation. You can put them in post fermentation. You don’t have to use real fruit at all. You can just use artificial flavors if you want to, just for whatever you’re trying to do. There are a lot of ways to accomplish things and trial and error is the best way for you to figure out what works for your system, for your pallet, for your customers. What works for the drinkers here in Atlanta may not sit well with the drinkers in California. So you have to kind of balance, what is your market? What is your demo preferring? And then make adjustments. And the first thing you learn, and I’m sure Stephen and then Sterling in the team at Kettlerock can attach to this. As soon as you open your doors, you’re no longer brewing for you. Your personal tastes don’t matter anymore. You’re brewing for the people who come into your doors, or in my case are ordering us at restaurants or picking up cans at package stores. And so what I want from a beer may 9 times out of 10, doesn’t matter if that’s not what the consumer is willing to pay for. And when you’re a business, it’s the biggest change from home brewing to being a commercial brewer is, you’re a business now. So your personal tastes no longer matter if people are not willing to pay for it.

[00:11:01] Stephen: That’s a really good point. And I’m going to throw out, Hard Seltzers is a big example of that. Most brewers will look at a hard seltzer and say, that’s not beer. That’s not beer. But Sam Adams, their major income is hard seltzers. Sam Adams is a beer company, but that’s their major income. That’s most breweries, micro-breweries will have a seltzer. It’s just something you have to have, because as Preston says, that’s what the market desires. That’s what the people want.

[00:11:38] Karl: Can I ask a question along that line? So, everything is local. If you’re from New York or Boston, there’s going to be certain pallets and tastes in what’s popular. If you were to describe what’s popular here in Georgia, or even in Gwinnett county and in the surrounding areas, what would be popular? In your opinion, in this area? And in specifically for each of you, what do you find to be some of the things that you do differently?

[00:12:04] Stephen: Well, that’s kind of a hard question, because I’m going to say that if you were in California, West Coast IPAs are the thing. That is the thing, a hoppy, hoppy beer. In Atlanta, people like hoppy beers. But not to the same extent, I think, as in folks along the West Coast. So that’s one example. Another would be, I think the fruit sours and such like that, that’s a little more of a Southern thing. It’s certainly, big breweries are, big microbreweries, I gotta be careful with that, are making sour beer. So clearly it’s a thing everywhere, but I think it’s a bigger thing when you’re talking in the south, in warmer climates.

[00:12:47] Preston: And I would echo a lot of that. You know, during the summer the fruity sours were a very good seller for us. We personally have seen that taper off here over the last month or so. I know regionally or in the Metro area, it’s tapered off a little bit. But the new England style IPA, the big hazy ones, those are ever popular. Whether they’re being made by us or importing from breweries from other states. There are a lot of the hazy IPA’s moved very fast. The Atlanta beer community also has a pretty big heavy stout following, right? So there’s a big portion of the Atlanta beer drinkers that love that big, heavy sweet stout, right? A candy stout or a flavored stout, things of that nature. And those are not easy to do well, right? To balance the boozy-ness of a 13% Imperial stout with that thickness, with the sweetness and whatever flavors you’re trying to introduce. And we’ve got a few here in town that are doing well. And there are a few heavily sought after breweries in the greater region. Especially with some of the guys out of Florida, that do this stuff pretty well, also being sought after. So, that’s where I see the beer drinker being right now as we move into the fall. I definitely think the bigger, darker beers are gonna turn on. It’s weird. I hear a lot of people ask for a lot of the classic styles, blonde, English mild, but it’s weird because as a brewery, they don’t sell as much. So people seem to, there was a vocal minority that wants these types of beers, but then when you have them, they don’t move as quickly as the others. And, you know, beer does have a shelf life. So that’s something that you have to kind of weigh. I also think some of the classic styles cannibalize each other in sales. So if you have too many at one time, none of them are really going to sell well. So you’ve just got, like for us with 19 taps. We just have to be careful how many of each style we have at any one point in time, because then everything will just cannibalize each other and then it just, some of it can go bad and we have to dump it and that’s not fun.

[00:14:45] Stephen: So beers tend to be more seasonal, I think, than regional in a sense. I mean the darker beers, the heavier beers, the barrel aged beers, those tend to be in the winter months more interested by the consumers. And obviously in the summertime, then you’re looking for, as they call it lawnmower beers, porch beers, poolside beers, things like that. So there’s certainly a seasonal aspect of it as well.

[00:15:12] Karl: I’m curious about the business side of this, the different revenue models. Can you describe some of the options you explored in your businesses? And which ones you really found to be areas that you want to focus on?

[00:15:27] Stephen: In our case our business model is, right now is just the taproom. Draft beer sales right here at Kettlerock and also hosting events. We’ve already had a number of events. We have a number of events that are scheduled. That’s a big deal. We’re going to be doing distribution and that way we can have our beer available in the local restaurants and the local stores and such like that. So obviously that’s a future. The other business model, which is typical of microbreweries is having some entertainment here, be it trivia or music. We’ve just started the music. The issue with that is licensing. You can’t just say, oh, I want to have some music in the taproom and I’m going to turn on the radio. No, you have to have the right thing that’s been licensed properly and paying for that with ASCAP and BMI. And when you have live entertainment, then you have to pay BMI and ASCAP directly so that the royalties go to the right people and all that sort of good stuff. So we’ve just started that. We’ve had two events, two of the same band and one of another. And we’ve got some others coming up. And others that have been interested in coming by and playing for us. So that’s kind of our model at this moment. And then, like I say, we’ll be getting into the distribution.

[00:16:50] Karl: Preston, how about you guys?

[00:16:51] Preston: As a brewery there’s really two ways to make money. You drive people into your taproom or you distribute. We do both. We’re trying to do both. We picked our location because of the dearth of offices that had lots of people working in them in 2019. So you know, our challenge on the taproom side is that there aren’t as many people working in Tech Park as there were two years ago. So that’s been a weekday challenge, especially. And there’s only so much you can do on the weekends. So yeah, we do trivia. We have a very successful trivia night .It’s probably one of our most consistent best days of week. We’ve been running it short of the shutdown period, pretty much every Thursday night since we opened. So it’s become a regular. We have, five, six regular teams that come and play every week with us. So it’s a fun event here, which does help. The live music we have a licensing now. We definitely have a band scheduled for our second birthday party in October. But it’s a catch 22. And for the longest time, I just refused to do it simply because of what Stephen was talking about with that licensing. That is the best racket out there. They charge you based off how many people they physically think can fit in your building, whether or not you ever have that kind of foot traffic. Fire Marshall codes may include your production facility as part of your occupancy number. Even though you’re not going to let people just hang out in your production facility and in our case, it’s closed off. You physically can’t go back there. You know, including that in our occupancy numbers drives up our price point on things like music licenses. And we’ve finally been able to negotiate with those guys to get something reasonable. But then yeah, then you have to pay a band. You have to make sure that whoever you hired to do live music fits the vibe of your establishment. We, my wife and I, Michelle, she manages all of our sales and marketing and does all of our social media. Our vibe is hard rock. We are hard rock fans from across multiple generations. So like our typical station here is rock ball. All of a sudden we bring in blues guitarists. While I love blues guitar, that’s not the vibe and the ambience that we’ve created here. And so then it doesn’t fit. And then our customers are confused by it. Like, how does this connect to Anderby? So we have to always like, we’re very careful about when we do bring in light music or consider artists. We’re staying true to who we are and the brand that we’ve established is Anderby Brewing and not just hey, some guy with a guitar showed up. We’re just gonna let him set up and play. Which people do they show up with the guitar and say, Hey.

[00:19:24] Stephen: I had one last week show up.

[00:19:28] Preston: Yep.

[00:19:28] Rico: Everyone’s looking for a gig, right? Everyone’s looking.

[00:19:32] Karl: On one side you have that, but then, there’s the open mic kind of vibe where folks are coming in and they’re trying.

[00:19:40] Preston: We tried comedy night. And it was fine. We’ve tried a lot of things and this is a business podcast, right? So you have to look at ROI, right? If you make, I’m just gonna throw out numbers, if you make $2,000 on a Friday. And remember we’re talking beer sales, like both Kettlerock and I, we only make money on beer sales. 6, $7 a glass, you’re pouring a lot of beer to get to $2,000 in sales. And then all of a sudden, some band comes up and says, Hey, three hours, Friday night, $500. And you’re like well, you may be worth $500 because you’re good. But am I going to increase my sales by at least $500?

[00:20:15] Stephen: Exactly.

[00:20:15] Preston: Preferably more, because if the answer’s no, then go away, right? No, there’s no point in doing it. And so every time we evaluate this is what happened with comedy night. Like we closed our doors to the public, ticketed event, sold beer by the pint. And I think we actually lost money on the deal because I think we turned away more regular customers who didn’t care about the comedy night and just wanted to come in and drink beer. Then we would have gotten on ticket sales. So it’s just, you have to be very careful in how you evaluate events and understand what the ROI is and what ROI you need. Especially if you’re going to be outlaying money to do it.

[00:20:50] Karl: Oh, that’s a very good point. And a lot of that comes with, you know, you try some things. And there might be, what is it that your ideal client would be willing to pay or could draw in more? And at the beginning and in an area when you bring anything new, it’s feeling that out and trying it out and trying to get that established. And you can see a lot of businesses will struggle with that early on, but then they’ll find their niche. I remember the local restaurant that did blues and a band that came on the Sunday night, band that would play. And it had been doing it for 10 years. And I will tell you, it would absolutely be like people can not get in the door on that night. But they had established that as a thing. They had a promoter that probably helped promote that. And it was their thing. And it drew enough extra people to obviously more than make the ROI on that. But of course, that probably didn’t happen the first night they did it. They probably had to invest in it over a long period of time, build up a following, et cetera. So those are all some of the challenges that business owners have to go through. So that makes perfect sense. If I could broaden out a little bit, help me understand some of the trends you’re seeing in brewing that you’re intrigued by. Is there things that are happening new in the industry that you think, that’s getting you pretty excited?

[00:22:17] Preston: I’ll take this one first. The best thing about this industry is everybody’s always trying to innovate. And so the argument now is who invented the hazy IPA, right? The new England style IPA. A couple of breweries tried to claim credit for it. And then you hear people in Chicago saying, oh, no, we were making them around the same time. So everybody’s always trying to innovate and find the next thing that hits at a macro level. Because that can put you on the map. Creature Comforts found Tropicalia and it blew up and then they blew up because of Tropicalia blowing up. So the best thing about this business is everybody is always trying different stuff. Again, we’ve brewed 60 different beers this year. Just this year, right? That doesn’t even include last year or the little bit in 19. We’re always trying things and saying, Hey what worked, what didn’t, what flavor combinations work? What flavor combinations didn’t? We have hundreds of grain varietals at our disposal. We have hundreds of hop varieties at our disposal. We have hundreds of yeast varietals at our disposal. Every single one of those bring their own unique flavor to a beer. Stephen and I could make the same beer using the same ingredients, it maybe radically different just by the ratios or the timing of when we use certain things or didn’t. You know, it’s a fun business. And that’s what I love about it. There is such a thing as bad beer. You can make a bad beer and that does happen. But the reality is everybody’s just trying to innovate and you have to be willing to take chances and try something new. Or you’re just going to squander in obscurity, just making the same stuff everybody else makes. And that’s the trick.

[00:24:00] Stephen: I want to take that just a little bit differently and I’m going to say one of the things that’s really cool about this industry that I’ve enjoyed before we started in it. I knew that it was happening. And I’m going to take two words out of, first robotics, core values, and philosophies. Gracious professionalism and coopertition. The craft brewing industry is very cooperative. And obviously there’s competition. There’s competition between Preston and I obviously. I’m selling beer, he’s selling beer. Clearly my beer is better than him. From his point of view, his beer is better than mine. Or our beers compliment each other, depending on which styles I have. And he doesn’t and which styles he has that I don’t. So you have both of those things going on. The other day, he ran out of nitrogen. I have a tank. He can borrow my tank until he gets it. That’s no big deal. You’ll see the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild actually facilitates this. And also the brewers association helps a little bit. But with the craft brewers Guild, for instance, somebody had put out an email blast, Hey, I was supposed to get 500 pounds of Pilsner malt and it didn’t come in. Does anybody have some and somebody else goes, oh yeah, sure. Come and get mine. You can either pay me for it or replace it. I mean, how many other industries do you see doing things like that? That’s been an incredible trend that I’ve seen before we got involved in it. And since I’ve been involved in it. I think it’s really cool.

[00:25:37] Rico: I mean, that’s because it is a passionate business. It is artists and it is people crafting, literally crafting, you know, art. I mean, that’s what it is right?

[00:25:48] Stephen: It’s an art and a science. There’s no doubt there’s a science to it, especially for repeatability. Measuring and all those sorts of things. But then there’s the art part just like Preston was saying with cooking and baking,

[00:26:01] Rico: Because when do you stop the fermentation or when do you heat it? What temperatures you go? I mean, it’s just really something that most people should appreciate.

[00:26:11] Preston: The great thing that we’ve seen here, is we have four breweries all in the Peachtree Corners, Norcross area. So what is that, three miles? I think the farthest distance from any one of us is three miles.

[00:26:22] Stephen: Yep.

[00:26:22] Preston: All four of us are doing, we’ve all created a different vibe. We all have our own way and approach to how we make beer. And there’s enough uniqueness, especially between the four of us right now that we’re all doing something different. The coopertition side of things. I came out of the hotel industry and we used that a lot, especially in downtown Atlanta. Where we were always, yes, we were competing, but at the same time, we’ve worked together on things too. Cultivation and I have a collaboration in my tanks right now that we’ll be releasing in November. They came here and we actually brewed together for an entire day and that collaboration’s coming out here in late November. So we do work together on a lot of things, but we are also competing for the same people. Especially, in a limited demand cycle we’re in right now. But we’re also all doing enough things differently. And we’ve found our own voices that it’s not really direct. There are things Cultivation does very well that I don’t do. And I can’t. Just to be honest with my scale versus compared to their scale, I just can’t do it. Likewise, there are styles that we’re making that are just a little bit different and we put a different twist on it then everybody else around town. So it works harmoniously. And it should be, right? Downtown Asheville has almost as many breweries just in downtown Asheville as the entire Atlanta Metro has. There’s like 50 breweries in Atlanta metro. There’s not quite that many downtown Asheville, but there’s definitely like 20 you could just walk to. They all coexist and they all coexist because they work together. They all find their own niche in what they want to focus on and what they want to specialize in versus what everybody else is doing. And it starts to create a community and bring people in. And that’s what we’re trying to do between the four of us with the Norcross Peachtree corners community. Is get people to come in from Roswell or Stone Mountain or Duluth or Suwanee or wherever else. There may be beer crowds that are reasonably drive in. Come spend a day in Peachtree corners in Norcross and experience all four of us.

[00:28:18] Rico: This is so different from other businesses. It’s almost like shoe business in a way. Where people want to see five stores because they’re going to go visit each one of them. That’s almost what it’s like, isn’t it? I mean, you want to be able to know the city has three or four or five places. You can just bounce around and try everyone’s brew.

[00:28:36] Stephen: Yeah. I have several customers that come in and say, you’re one of the four I’m going to. I’m supporting all four of you. And I get a different beer at each place.

[00:28:45] Karl: And I could say even expanding. I spent 15 years traveling, corporate, to meeting salesman, client meetings. And you’d spend all day in a conference room or meeting rooms working through meetings. And in each one of those, if you flied in on Monday, there’s a Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night, possibly Thursday night before everybody flied out on Friday. And I used to admire the staff that would coordinate all of that. People are in hotel rooms. There’d be dinners every night. And there would be pre dinner, there would be dinner and there would be post dinner. And very often in some cities we’d go to a brewery first, and then we’d go to dinner somewhere. And then those would go back and do work in their rooms or sleep. And then there’d be a group that would stay a little bit later and go to another. And so we always looked for cities and towns that had enough of those kinds of places so that you can feature different places. So as the economy comes back and people start coming back to offices and people start doing conferences again, I could see having this group of breweries and in both of the two in Peachtree Corners and have options, that’ll make it easier for people planning meetings and hosting meetings. To not have to think about do we have to go to one place every night? Nope, you’ve got options and everyone ends up winning and being successful in that.

[00:30:08] Rico: And I think, Preston when we had our conversation last week. You mentioned that in March, between like March and May or something? Around that area. When people were finally looking like they were opening up, coming back, things would be, this was before the variant came, the Delta thing. But you mentioned that it was like you saw a window of what it would look like once we were back to a place where everything was open and that was a good place, wasn’t it?

[00:30:33] Preston: Oh, yeah, it was great. It was, yeah, it was like a 10 week window that we got of, this is what life would look like. It’s a brewery, it’s on Tech Park with even just a hint of normalcy. Like we weren’t even back then, there wasn’t even really, truly normal. We were just closer to normal than we had been since March of 2020. And we just got that little glimpse of it. And then, yeah, by the end of June, July, all of it was gone. It was just back to nobody’s going out. I mean, anybody who knows Tech Park or that’s listening to the podcast, four o’clock at Tech Park prior to March of 2020 was a nightmare to get in out of. There’s just lines of cars, either side, all three, four exits out of Tech Park, all of them were backed up. There was no good way to go. I used to sit on the patio during build-out and just watch 45 minutes of traffic of just people trying to get onto Spalding. And you’re like, yeah, this location is going to rock once we can get to the spring. We just need to get to spring. And now you go sit any day of the week on Tech Park and at four o’clock and you may see three, four cars. And so we got a little bit of that in March and April, May. And then by June, it just all started to evaporate again.

[00:31:47] Rico: So I want to ask another question if you don’t mind. I guess to either one, so maybe Peet first. Supply chain. I know that’s an issue with a lot of businesses right now. And especially in your business with where it’s like on demand almost or like at the moment that you need it. Has supply chain been an issue?

[00:32:04] Stephen: It has not been an issue for us in general. I’ve had a specific supplier who has struggled. He’s messed up with deliveries and some other things. So I don’t want to call them out on that. It’s not really a supply chain issue. Now there has been, and has been talked about, an aluminum cans shortage. There were several soft drinks that last year this time, I could not get it in can. I am pretty sure it’s because it was not as popular a soda. Therefore they were putting it in other packaging, plastic bottles and such like that. I’ve talked with a can supplier if I want half a pallet, not a big deal. If I want an entire truckload, that can be a problem from a supply chain point of view. Because of the aluminum shortage that happened last year, when you know, the world stopped going out. And they started going to grocery stores and buying their beer in cans or sodas and cans. Everybody’s going to canned goods instead of the opposite. The draft beer industry really tanked at that time, because you couldn’t go out to restaurants and such. So what are you going to do with a keg of beer? That was a big problem. It’s not as much of a problem now, but there are other things. I haven’t seen it as far as raw materials coming in to our brewery, but more just the general groceries and things like that you hear about.

[00:33:33] Karl: How about you Preston?

[00:33:33] Preston: I don’t know if anyone saw my facial reaction when that question was asked, but, I got the exact opposite impact. It’s a cluster. We order fresh fruit. Like anytime you see Anderby selling anything with fruit in it, it’s a hundred percent real fruit. So I have suppliers all over the country that we work with on a regular basis. And it is a nightmare right now. Trying to get anything. Saturday we were supposed to be releasing a blood orange cranberry seltzer as part of our big Seltzer Fest for Saturday. And we ordered the blood orange and the cranberries from Oregon. Oh, three weeks ago. They were supposed to be delivered no later than Tuesday. And then Tuesday, they’d only made it to Utah. I don’t know where they’re at right now. I might get them next week. And this is after paying for priority freight to make sure nothing happened. And they actually got here. And this isn’t a one-off. This happens fairly often and most of the, Stephen mentioned earlier like, hey, somebody is like, oh, I need 500 pounds of Pilsner, or I need 40 pounds of hops. That’s all because of supply chain issues. And the logistics companies, I don’t care who they are all having problems. And again, there’s no need to name them because literally everyone has had a problem.

[00:34:51] Stephen: Right.

[00:34:52] Preston: It’s not even worth naming names. Because I don’t care who the supplier is and I don’t care who the freight company is. None of them are perfect right now. Or anywhere near perfect. To the point where I told one of them yesterday, or this morning, that charging people for priority service is basically theft. Because they can’t deliver it. So why are you charging people for priority service when it’s worse than your actual economy service? And that’s not an over-exaggeration. You pay somebody, a freight company, an extra couple of hundred dollars to make sure you get something here on time from across the country. Again, we’re small businesses. We’re two years in surviving COVID. We’re breaking even proposition at best right now. And so you actually do something to spend a couple extra hundred dollars to get something that you really need here on time. And then the freight companies can’t deliver it and do it simply because, I don’t care. I mean, you call anybody right now, you have any sort of problems, nobody takes accountability. They just say, oh well, you know, it’s COVID. That’s all you hear. I’ve been waiting on the IRS for 370 days on tax returns from 2019. And they go, okay, it’s COVID. I think most businesses who are in operation last year who got the…

[00:36:03] Karl: The PPP?

[00:36:03] Preston: The PPP they were actually pretty efficient on. The SBA did a really good job on that one, but there was something else the IRS, there’s a tax credit. Employee retention tax credit. I think everybody’s still waiting on their employee retention tax credits. And they said the turnaround time was like eight weeks. We’re at like 16, 20, something like that. So forget eight weeks. And when you’re small businesses, you need this kind of reinjection of capital. Because that’s what’s going to help sustain you through the next round of, through the current downturn we’re still fighting in. You want that capital, whatever it is. 5,000 who cares? It’s going to help you get the next thing. So when you tell a freight company, Hey, I’ll pay a couple extra hundred dollars just so you don’t screw this one up and then they can’t deliver. They don’t give you back to $200. They’re hardly apologetic. I still don’t know when my blood oranges and cranberries are coming, but they definitely won’t be here for Saturday. So that ship’s sailed. So it’s hard as a brewery or anybody right now to say you’re going to do X on a certain day and have it ready. And it doesn’t like, again, we plan three weeks ahead of time for a buffer and then they’re blowing through the three weeks, the buffer, and then it’s going to be a week later after that. So five weeks to get something from Oregon to Atlanta.

[00:37:11] Karl: I’m noticing something now, too. That’s affecting a lot of business owners and even consumers as the holiday season approaches. We were talking even in our household, ordering things on Amazon. If you start looking at the delivery dates, really simple, basic things. They’re not even promising delivery, things that would be what, two days, three days. They’re talking up sometime in mid-November to get. So I could imagine what Christmas will look like for kids or for businesses as they scale up for a holiday season and can’t get supplies and a supply chain. So folks are starting to, I think, start ordering more sooner. Which makes it worse, because I feel like some of the stuff that happened with toilet paper, will start happening on certain commodities and items. Because everyone’s going to order a lot early because they’re afraid that it won’t get there and then it makes the problem worse. So it is a challenging time for business owners.

[00:38:10] Preston: And for us it’s hard, but there’s certain things that are just hard to stock up on. A lot of this stuff you want to use fresh, if you’re doing stuff with fruit. I mean, ‘A’ it’s cashflow, right? I mean, this is again, a business focused podcast. Most of us don’t have the kind of cashflow where we could absorb in June ordering $20,000 worth of fruit to get us through the next six months on everything we think we might want to make and just have it sit in a warehouse in Atlanta, in the summer. The risk of spoilage is greater. There are a lot of risks to buds, contaminations. And then, so you try to do just-in-time as much as you can. But then because of just supply chain issues maybe the producers have a bad crop. I mean, crap. We’re about to run into a bad crop year for hops for next year because the weather, the climate in the Pacific Northwest this year was horrible. And it devastated hundreds of acres of hops that will now create shortages for certain varietals for 2022. And so I had to take a lot of my summer cash and stock up on some of my key hops for next year, just to make sure we could make a couple of our core beers for six months.

[00:39:18] Karl: No, that makes sense. Well, I do want to ask a question just coming into the fall season now. Do you have things going on? Why don’t you tell folks a little bit about what you’ve got going on and how they can find you? Maybe addresses and locations for folks in the surrounding community or visiting can come and visit both locations. Start with you, Stephen

[00:39:39] Stephen: Well, we’re at 6025 Peachtree Parkway right here on 141. Catty-corner from the Marriott. So we’re pretty easy to find. We’re at KettlerockBrewing.com as our website. And we’re on Facebook as Kettlerock and Instagram as @KettleRockBrewing. So those are choices for that. Then you said this fall?

[00:40:00] Karl: Any events coming up that you’d like to share with folks?

[00:40:02] Stephen: We have, again, you’ll have to check the website to see when. And if you sign up for email, go to the website, sign up for emails or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to get the latest as we add the different events and things. We have a wedding rehearsal party tonight. It’ll be right here at the brewery and headed to the wedding tomorrow for that. That’s how to find us. We’re right here. It’s easy to see.

[00:40:27] Karl: Thanks. Preston, how about you?

[00:40:29] Preston: So we’re 110 technology Parkway right next to the Spalding animal clinic off of Spalding and Tech Park. So we’re also very easy to find. Saturday the 25th, so I don’t know when it’s getting released to the public, but two days from now is the launch of our Cat Lady Seltzer brand. We’ll have Fur Kids out here, all the seltzer sales, a portion of proceeds benefit Fur Kids. They’ll be here with cat adoptions, cat lady contest, all sorts of stuff. Lot of cats going around on the brewery Saturday, it’ll be fun. We are pet friendly. So dogs, we like dogs too. In fact, we love dogs. End of October, I think it’s the 30th, whatever this last Saturday of October is our second birthday party. We’ll have four stout releases, six stout releases, sorry. Four barrel aged stout variant releases and then two other stouts that will be coming out. All of them are 12 and a half, 13%. So very big stouts. It’ll be a big stout day here. A live band, a couple of food trucks. Outside of that food trucks, five days a week. So Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sundays, we’ll have food trucks out here. You can find us at AnderbyBrewing.com or @AnderbyBrewing on Insta, Facebook and Twitter. Food truck lineups are posted. So who’s going to be here, what times they’ll be here, all on our social media and our website.

[00:41:41] Stephen: You reminded me that as you can see, we have Oktoberfest here and that’s something that’s happening. It’s not as much a future thing. Mayor Mason was here Saturday. As the mayor of Munich would tap the first keg Mayor Mason was here to pull our first Fest beer. So we’ve certainly got that going on. and like I said, we have live music going on, so all that’s happening.

[00:42:07] Karl: Well, I really want to thank both Stephen Peet of Kettlerock Brewing and Preston Amelt of Anderby Brewing. Just highlighting some of the great things here in Peachtree Corners. This ecosystem of breweries that’s creating something unique in this area, Metro Atlanta. That helps folks after work can go out and grab a beer and enjoy themselves. They can do that as well. I want to thank both of you for joining us and bringing your stories and just sharing with the community how you started and managing your business. And we emplore everybody, come out and support local brewing. Go grab a beer when you get a chance.

[00:42:43] Stephen: And thanks for hosting this. We really appreciate it, both Preston and I, and the other breweries in the area. Come have a beer.

[00:42:51] Karl: It’s our pleasure. The Capitalist Sage Podcast is here in Peachtree Corners to talk to business owners, share about some of the successes and challenges and just be part of that cooperative. On the theme of some of the conversation today, we want all business owners to kind of understand what it’s like to be part of this community. I’m Karl Barham with Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta Peachtree. Our business advisors are available to consult with businesses, whether you’re looking to improve through growth and acquisition, whether you’re looking to exit the business, we help with business sales. You can schedule a consultation at KBarham@TWorld.com. You can email me there or visit our website, www.TWorld.com/Atlanta-Peachtree. We’re here to help the local business community in any way we can. Rico, why don’t you tell us a little bit about what you’ve got coming up?

[00:43:40] Rico: Sure. So the next issue, as I mentioned before, of Peachtree Corners Magazine will be coming out the first week of October. You can visit the website at LivingInPeachtreeCorners.com. Check out the podcasts, we have the news that goes on that website and follow us on social media. We also do other things, I’m a creative director, social media marketing as well, video production to a degree. So if you’re looking for that, check out MightyRockets.com or just look for Rico Figliolini on LinkedIn, because there aren’t that many of us. To spell it, F I G L I O L I N I, and we’ll be all good. Thank you guys. This was excellent. I’m going to have to go get a beer after this.

[00:44:19] Karl: Absolutely. Thank you guys. I’ll be seeing both of you soon. I’m coming out to visit. Take care.

[00:44:27] Rico: Thank you.

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

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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.”

Vox-Pop-Uli

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

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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.

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Best of Peachtree Corners 2024: Readers’ Choice Awards

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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
kikosmexican.com
facebook.com/KikosMexicanRestaurant
770-441-1818

2. La Parilla

5131 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1005, Peachtree Corners
laparrilla.com
@laparrillamexicanrestaurant
770-242-0766

3. Taqueria del Mar

5075 Peachtree Parkway Northwest, Suite 105A, Peachtree Corners
taqueriadelmar.com
@taqueria_del_mar
770-696-4582

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
marlowstavern.com
@marlowstavern
470-550-1197

2. J. Alexander’s Restaurant

5245 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
jalexanders.com/georgia/peachtree-corners/5245-peachtree-pkwy/
@jalexandersrestaurant
770-263-9755

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners
firebirdsrestaurants.com/peachtree-corners
@firebirdsgrill
770-225-4662

3. (tied) Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
lazydogrestaurants.com/locations/peachtree-corners-ga
@lazydogrestaurants
470-735-4501

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
moesoriginalbbq.com/peachtreecorners
@mobpeachtreecorners
770-696-2631

2. Cue Barbecue

5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners
cuebarbecue.com/peachtree-corners
@cuebarbecue
470-299-5117

3. JR’s Log House Restaurant

6601 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners
jrsloghouse.com
facebook.com/jrsloghouse
770-449-6426

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
flyingbiscuit.com/locations-2/peachtreecorners/
@flying.biscuit.cafe
770-407-5885

2. JR’s Log House Restaurant

6601 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners
jrsloghouse.com
facebook.com/jrsloghouse
770-449-6426

3. Manhattan NY Deli & Bagels

5275 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
manhattannydeli.com
facebook.com/p/Manhattan-NY-Deli-and-Bagel-100089604675378
678-879-0707

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
hwsteakhouse.com
@hwsteakhouse
470-682-4600

2. Ted’s Montana Grill

5165 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
tedsmontanagrill.com
@tedsmontanagrill
678-405-0305

3. (tied) Uncle Jack’s Meat House

5222 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 920, Peachtree Corners
unclejacksmeathousepeachtree.com
@ujmeathouse
470-532-1010

3. (tied) Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
lazydogrestaurants.com/locations/peachtree-corners-ga
@lazydogrestaurants
470-735-4501

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
newdragonpeachtreecorners.com
770-558-4262

2. Panda Express

3200 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross
pandaexpress.com
@officialpandaexpress
678-969-0028

3. Great Sichuan

10475 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 116, John’s Creek
greatsichuanga.com
770-417-8862

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
peterbrooke.com
@peterbrookechocolatier
770-817-8118

2. Tiff’s Treats Cookie

5230 Town Center Blvd Suite 130, Peachtree Corners
cookiedelivery.com/menu.aspx
@tiffstreats
470-387-1200

3. (tied) Beard Papa’s

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 620, Peachtree Corners
beardpapas.com/peachtree-corners
@beardpapaspc
770-807-0564

3. (tied) Cookie Fix

5143 Peachtree Pkwy Suite A, Peachtree Corners
cookiefix.com
@cookie_fix
770-268-2080

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
sushiosawa.online
@sushiosawa
678-691-3034

2. Sushi Mito

6470 Spalding Dr Suite P, Peachtree Corners
sushimito.com
@sushi_mito
770-734-0398

3. (tied) Happy Sumo Sushi and Steak House

6135 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 610, Peachtree Corners
happysumosushiandsteakhouse.com
@happysumosushisteak
770-248-0203

3. (tied) Aomi Japanese Restaurant

5145 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 470A, Peachtree Corners
aomijapanese.com
770-840-8710

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
mojitosbistro.com
@mojitosatl
770-686-3254

2. Tortugas Cuban Grill

3466 Holcomb Bridge Rd Suite AA, Peachtree Corners
tortugascubangrill.com
facebook.com/Tortugascubangrill
470-275-5599

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
lazydogrestaurants.com/locations/peachtree-corners-ga
@lazydogrestaurants
470-735-4501

2. Fire & Stone Italian Pizza Kitchen

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 610, Peachtree Corners
fireandstonekitchen.com
@fireandstonekitchen
470-219-5100

3. Pêche Modern Coastal

5155 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 320, Peachtree Corners
pecheforum.com
@pechemoderncoastal
770-674-1098

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
fireandstonekitchen.com
@fireandstonekitchen
470-219-5100

2. Marco’s

5270 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
marcos.com
@marcospizza
770-840-9991

3. Cicis

6050 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross
cicis.com/locations/ga-norcross-6050-peachtree-pkwy
@cicisofficial
770-300-0535

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
pecheforum.com
@pechemoderncoastal
770-674-1098

2. J. Alexander’s Restaurant

5245 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
jalexanders.com/georgia/peachtree-corners/5245-peachtree-pkwy/
@jalexandersrestaurant
770-263-9755

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners
firebirdsrestaurants.com/peachtree-corners
@firebirdsgrill
770-225-4662

3. (tied) Marlow’s Tavern

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners
marlowstavern.com
@marlowstavern
470-550-1197

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
salata.com
@salatasalads
470-233-7586

2. Chopt Creative Salad Co.

4880 Peachtree Corners Cir, Peachtree Corners
choptsalad.com/location/peachtree-corners
@choptsalad
470-866-1720

3. Newk’s Eatery

5185 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 105, Norcross
order.newks.com/menu/newks-norcross-ga
@newkseatery
470-545-4572

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
lovinghut.us/norcross
678-421-9191

2. Royal Bistro Thai

6365 Spalding Dr Suite A, Peachtree Corners
royal-bistro.com
678-404-7733

3. Salata

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 210, Peachtree Corners
salata.com
@salatasalads
470-233-7586

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
marlowstavern.com
@marlowstavern
470-550-1197

2. Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
lazydogrestaurants.com/locations/peachtree-corners-ga
@lazydogrestaurants
470-735-4501

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners
firebirdsrestaurants.com/peachtree-corners
@firebirdsgrill
770-225-4662

3. (tied) Tavern at Medlock

3230 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 101, Peachtree Corners
tavernatmedlock.com
@tavernatmedlock
770-242-2757

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
marriott.com/en-us/hotels/atlcp-atlanta-marriott-peachtree-corners/overview
@marriottbonvoy
770-263-8558

2. Hilton Atlanta Northeast

5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners
hilton.com/en/hotels/atlhphf-hilton-atlanta-northeast/
@hiltonhotels
770-447-4747

3. Atlanta Tech Park

107 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
atlantatechpark.com
@atlantatechpark
470-482-1800

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
threedollarcafe.com
@threedollarcafeofficial
770-441-8520

2. Wings 101

6135 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
wings101norcross.com
678-691-5199

3. Jolene’s Wings & Beer

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
jolenes.com
470-735-4501

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
boardroomstylinglounge.com/locations/atlanta-peachtree-corners
@boardroomstylinglounge
470-319-9001

2. Traditional Shave Masters

5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite 500, Peachtree Corners
traditionalshavemasters.com
@traditionalshavemasters
678-615-3480

3. Patrick’s Executive Grooming Salon For Men

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 350, Peachtree Corners
pegsm.com
facebook.com/PatrickExecutiveGrooming/
240-350-8547

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
dermanimedspa.com/peachtree-corners-norcross
@dermanimedspa
404-946-3956

2. Suburban Med Spa

4989 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
suburbanmedspa.com
@suburban_medical_spa
678-282-0051

3. Massage Envy

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109B, Peachtree Corners
locations.massageenvy.com/georgia/peachtree-corners.html
@massageenvy
770-300-0033

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
suburbanmedspa.com
@suburban_medical_spa
678-282-0051

2. Dermani MEDSPA

5165 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 230, Peachtree Corners
dermanimedspa.com/peachtree-corners-norcross
@dermanimedspa
404-946-3956

3. Massage Envy

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109B, Peachtree Corners
locations.massageenvy.com/georgia/peachtree-corners.html
@massageenvy
770-300-0033

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
ymca.org/locations/robert-d-fowler-family-ymca
@fowlerymca
770-246-9622

2. Burn Boot Camp

5450 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross
burnbootcamp.com/locations/peachtree-corners-ga
facebook.com/burnbootcamppeachtreecornersga
470-403-2876

3. (tied) Orangetheory Fitness

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 105, Peachtree Corners
orangetheory.com
@otfnorcross
678-786-4100

3. (tied) LifeTime Fitness

6350 Courtside Dr NW, Peachtree Corners
lifetime.life/locations/ga/peachtree-corners.html
@lifetimepeachtree
770-449-6060

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
sugarcoatbeauty.com
@sugarcoat.forum
470-545-1830

2. Tipsy Nail and Salon Bar

5230 Town Center Blvd Suite 120, Peachtree Corners
tipsynailspeachtreecorners.com
@tipsyptc
770-837-2130

3. (tied) Urban Nail Salon

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 112, Peachtree Corners,
urbannailsalon.org
678-292-6307

3. (tied) Luxury Nails at Forum

4880 Peachtree Corners Cir Suite 1115, Peachtree Corners
theforumpeachtree.com/directory/luxury-nail-spa
facebook.com/luxurynailsattheforum
(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
frost.salon
@frost.salon
770-680-4549

2. Van Michael Salon

5161 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 606, Peachtree Corners
vanmichael.com/locations/forum
@vanmichaelsalon
678-987-3600

3. (tied) Yany’s Hair Salon

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1C, Norcross
yanyshair.com
770-729-1767

3. (tied) Hair by Yare

5210 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners
hairbyyare.square.site
@hairbyyare
404-476-1228

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
clubpilates.com/location/peachtreecorners
@clubpilates
404-902-2583

2. The Forum – Forum Fit

The North Plaza, 5155 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
theforumpeachtree.com/events/forum-fit-2
@theforumptc
770-368-8811

3. Sun Dragon Yoga

5600 Spalding Dr, Norcross
sundragonyoga.com
@sundragonyoga
313-303-0096

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
spaldinganimalhospital.com
770-558-4347

2. Peachtree Corners Animal Clinic

4020 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross
animaldoctorofpeachtreecorners.com
facebook.com/p/Peachtree-Corners-Animal-Clinic-100063534251263/
770-448-0700

3. (tied) Peach Paws Animal Hospital

5075 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 101, Peachtree Corners
peachpawsvet.com
@peachpawsvet
770-726-8725

3. (tied) Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital

5155 S Old Peachtree Rd, Norcross
medlockbridgevet.com
facebook.com/p/Medlock-Bridge-Animal-Hospital-100063771210908/
770-242-9272

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
norcross.petsuitesofamerica.com
@petsuitesatlantanorcross
678-293-8125

2. Spalding Animal Hospital

105 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
spaldinganimalhospital.com
770-558-4347

3. (tied) Zen Dog Pet Care

4468 Parkspring Terrace NW, Peachtree Corners
zendogpetcare.com/petcare
678-389-5679

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

6579 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners
whiskersonkittensboarding.com
facebook.com/Whiskersonkittensboarding/
770-653-4038

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
gwinnettdentist.com/wp3/
@innovativesmilesattheforum
770-763-7470

2. Linked Dental Care

6270 Smithpointe Dr, Norcross
linkdentalcare.com
@linkdentalcare
770-448-1977

3. (tied) Imagix Dental of Norcross

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 101, Norcross
imagixdental.com/dentist-office/norcross-ga-30092
facebook.com/ImagixDentalNorcross
678-274-6981.

3. (tied) Agape Pediatric Dentistry

5185 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 325, Peachtree Corners
agapepediatricdentistry.com
@agapepediatricdentistry
678-730-8951

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
ptsolutions.com/clinics/ga/norcross
@pt_solutions
470-482-6926

2. Motion Stability Physical Therapy

5510 Spalding Dr Suite B, Peachtree Corners
motionstability.com
@motionstability
404-382-8702

3. Results Physiotherapy Peachtree Corners, Georgia

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1F, Peachtree Corners
resultspt.com/peachtree-corners-georgia
facebook.com/ResultsPhysiotherapy/
678-823-6100

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
ferdonfamilyeyecare.com
facebook.com/FerdonFamilyEyeCare
678-271-3445

2. Peachtree Corners Eye Clinic

4005 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners
peachtree-eye.com
facebook.com/peachtreecornerseyeclinic01/
770-441-1211

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

5151 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 700, Peachtree Corners
local.lenscrafters.com/eyedoctors/ga/peachtree-corners/5151-peachtree-parkway.html
(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
goddardschool.com/schools/ga/peachtree-corners/peachtree-corners
@goddard_school
770-446-7939

2. Sunshine House of Peachtree Corners

5470 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners
sunshinehouse.com/center/spalding
@sunshinehousecenters
770-840-7404

3. (tied) Primrose School of Peachtree Corners

6325 Primrose Hill Ct, Peachtree Corners
primroseschools.com/schools/peachtree-corners
@primroseschools
770-409-8732

3. (tied) Creme de la Crème

4785 Peachtree Corners Cir, Norcross
cremedelacreme.com
@cremeschools
770-409-0000

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
nancyminor.com
facebook.com/TopAtlantaAgent
404-955-7653

2. Alan Kaplan

1555 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 100, Atlanta
sothebysrealty.com
linkedin.com/in/alan-kaplan-7657196
770-442-7300

3. (tied) Kelly Kim

3035 Peachtree Rd Suite 202, Atlanta
ansleyre.com/teams/621/kelly-kim-team
facebook.com/kellykimrealestateteam
404-480-4663

3. (tied) Terri Hayes

4249 Allenhurst Drive, Peachtree Corners
georgiamls.com/real-estate-agents/HAYESTERRI
facebook.com/TerriHayesTeam
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
piedmont.bank
770-246-0011

2. Associated Credit Union

6251 Crooked Creek Rd NW, Norcross
acuonline.org
facebook.com/associatedcu
770-448-8200

3. Tandem Bank

2356 Main St, Tucker
tandem.bank
@tandem.bank
770-281-9880

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
broadstonepeachtreecorners.com
404-446-0262

2. Atlanta Tech Park

107 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
atlantatechpark.com
@atlantatechpark
470-482-1800

3. Peachtree Corners Executive Suites

4015 Wetherburn Way NW Building A, Suite 100, Peachtree Corners
peachtreecornersexecutivesuites.com
470-375-2205

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
villageparkpeachtreecorners.com
facebook.com/VillageParkSeniorLiving
770-416-0502

2. The Mansions at Sandy Springs

3175 River Exchange Dr, Peachtree Corners
mansionsseniorliving.com/mansions-sandy-springs
facebook.com/TheMansionsAtSandySprings
678-672-3654

3. Parc at Duluth

3315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Duluth
parcatduluth.com
facebook.com/ParcatDuluth
770-622-6880

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
broadstonepeachtreecorners.com
@broadstonepeachtreecorners
678-515-5726

2. The Spoke at Peachtree Corners

450 Technology Pkwy NW, Norcross
thespokepeachtree.com
facebook.com/TheSpokeatPeachtreeCorners
470-947-7965

3. Cortland Peachtree Corners

510 Guthridge Ct NW, Peachtree Corners
cortland.com/apartments/cortland-peachtree-corners
@cortlandpeachtreecorners
423-497-3033

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
suburbanmedicalcentermd.com
770-582-1300

2. Atlanta Urgent Care

5246 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
atlantaurgentcare.com/atlanta-urgent-care-at-peachtree-corners
facebook.com/urgentcarepeachtreecorners
770-464-6400

3. Northside Peachtree Corners Primary Care

5277 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners
northside.com/ptc
678-312-8430

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
premierhvaccorp.com
facebook.com/SuperCoolGuys
770-696-4189

2. Spencer Heating & Air Conditioning

4708 S Old Peachtree Rd, Norcross
spencerair.com
facebook.com/Spencer-Heating-Air-Conditioning-Inc-135952766577571
770-447-5289

3. Bardi Heating, Cooling, Plumbing

2100 Norcross Pkwy Suite 100, Norcross
bardi.com
facebook.com/bardihvac
770-627-7600

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
bardi.com
facebook.com/bardihvac
770-627-7600

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
evremodelinginc.com
facebook.com/evremodeling
678-822-7573

2. Victoria Renovations

5051 Peachtree Corners Cir Suite 200, Norcross
victoriarenovations.com
770-406-8909

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
cornerstonecougars.org
facebook.com/p/Cornerstone-Christian-Academy-100055110837238
770-441-9222

2. International Charter Academy of Georgia

3705 Engineering Dr, Peachtree Corners
internationalcharteracademy.org
facebook.com/internationalcharteracademyofgeorgia
770-604-0007

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
wesleyanschool.org
facebook.com/wesleyanschool
770-448-7640

2. Greater Atlanta Christian School

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross
gac.org
facebook.com/GACSpartans
770-243-2000

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
wesleyanschool.org/programs/summer-camps
@wesleyaninsta
770-448-7640

2. Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30093
greateratlantachristian.org/campus-life/summer-camp/summer-camp
facebook.com/Greateratlantachristiansummercamp
770-243-2275

3. (tied) Fowler YMCA

5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners
ymcaatlanta.org
@fowlerymca
770-246-9622

3. (tied) Gwinnett Parks

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville
gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/communityservices/parksandrecreation
facebook.com/GwinnettGov/
770-822-8000

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
wesleyanschool.org/programs/summer-camps
@wesleyaninsta
770-448-7640

2. Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30093
greateratlantachristian.org/campus-life/summer-camp/summer-camp
facebook.com/Greateratlantachristiansummercamp
770-243-2275

3. (tied) Club SciKidz

500 Kedron Dr. Peachtree City
atlanta.clubscikidz.com/camp-locations/#location-207
@clubscikidzatlanta
678-294-9504

3. (tied) Gwinnett Parks

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville
gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/communityservices/parksandrecreation
770-822-8000

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
ptreecornerstowncenter.com/directories/town-green
facebook.com/peachtreecornerstowncenter
678-691-1200

2. Jones Bridge Park

4901 E Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners
gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/communityservices/parksandrecreation
facebook.com/GwinnettGov
678-277-0920

3. Pinckneyville Park

4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Peachtree Corners
gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/communityservices/parksandrecreation
770-978-5270

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
fernbankmuseum.org
facebook.com/FernbankMuseum
404-929-6300

2. High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
high.org
@highmuseumofart
404-733-4400

3. Fernbank Science Center

156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta
fernbank.edu
facebook.com/fernbankcenter
678-874-7102

4. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta
civilandhumanrights.org.facebook.com/ctr4chr
678-999-8990

5. Southeastern Railway Museum

3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth, GA 30096
train-museum.org
facebook.com/SoutheasternRailwayMuseum
770-476-2013

6. The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building #300, Duluth
thehudgens.org
facebook.com/hudgenscenter
770-623-6002

7. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

2020 Clean Water Dr, Buford
gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/communityservices/parksandrecreation
770-904-3500

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
hilton.com/en/hotels/atlhphf-hilton-atlanta-northeast
facebook.com/HiltonAtlantaNortheast/
770-447-4747

2. Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners

475 Technology Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners
marriott.com/en-us/hotels/atlcp-atlanta-marriott-peachtree-corners
facebook.com/ATLCP/
770-263-8558

3. Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree

5600 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross
hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/georgia/hyatt-place-atlanta-norcross-peachtree
facebook.com/hyatt
770-416-7655

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

Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, GA

100 Rue Charlemagne Dr, Braselton
chateauelan.com
facebook.com/chateauelan
678-425-0900

Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge in Dawsonville, GA

418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville
amicalolafallslodge.com
@amicalolafalls
706-344-1500

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/ahnrz-the-ritz-carlton-reynolds-lake-oconee
facebook.com/ritzcarltonlakeoconee
706-467-0600

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

241 Depot St, Blue Ridge
brscenic.com
@blueridgescenicrailway
877-413-8724

Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, GA

7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford
lanierislands.com/lake_lanier_accommodations/legacy-lodge
facebook.com/lanierislands
800-768-5253

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, GA

6321 US-76, Young Harris
brasstownvalley.com
facebook.com/brasstownvalleyresort
706-379-9900

Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA

17617 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain
callawaygardens.com
facebook.com/CallawayGardens
800-225-5292

Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, GA

597 Barnsley Gardens Rd NW, Adairsville
barnsleyresort.com
facebook.com/BarnsleyResort
770-773-7480

The Cloister at Sea Island on Sea Island, GA

100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA 31561
seaisland.com/accommodations/the-cloister
facebook.com/thecloisteratseaisland/
866-966-5983

Best Places to Work (over 50 employees)

Cornerstone Christian Academy

5295 Triangle Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners
cornerstonecougars.org
facebook.com/p/Cornerstone-Christian-Academy-100055110837238
770-441-9222

Wesleyan School

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners
wesleyanschool.org
facebook.com/wesleyanschool
770-448-7640

Siemens Industry Inc.

3617 Parkway Ln, Norcross
usa.siemens.com/usa
facebook.com/Siemens
770-326-2000

Crawford and Company

5335 Triangle Parkway NW, Peachtree Corners
crawco.com
facebook.com/crawfordandco
404-300-1000

Pond & Company

3500 Parkway Ln #500, Peachtree Corners
pondco.com
678-336-7740

Werfen (formerly Immucor)

3150 Gateway Dr, Peachtree Corners
immucor.com
facebook.com/WerfenNorthAmerica
770-441-2051

Gwinnett County Public Schools

437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Suwanee
gcpsk12.org.facebook.com/GwinnettSchools
678-301-6000

Soliant Health, LLC

5550 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners
soliant.com
facebook.com/Soliant
800-849-5502

Capstone Logistics

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

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