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Peachtree Corners Podcast

Rico Figliolini and Peachtree Corners City Manager Brian Johnson are back with another episode of Prime Lunchtime with the City Manager. They’ve got a ton of exciting news and information on the city of Peachtree Corners. Topics on this episode include: New Concert info, local economy updates, and information on the V2X Conference coming to the city in October.


Info on the Concert: https://www.peachtreecornersga.gov/government/communications/city-calendar/-curm-7/-cury-2021

“We’re seeing indications that things are opening up… So you know, we’re optimistic as some of these things fill in, that our local economy will continue to get even stronger than it was. I mean, we’ve really overall been blessed. Our local economy has stayed pretty strong. And there are certainly some things that have closed that have been disappointing to see. But overall, there’s a lot of communities that are a lot worse off than we are.”

Brian Johnson


[00:00:30] – Intro
[00:02:38] – “On the Border” Concert Info
[00:05:54] – Local Businesses Opening Up
[00:08:32] – Hotel Conversion Ordinance
[00:17:41] – Charter Amendment
[00:31:47] – V2X Live Coming to Peachtree Corners
[00:41:18] – Closing

Podcast Transcript

Rico: [00:00:30] Hi everyone. This is Rico Figliolini, host of Peachtree Corners Life. And today with Brian Johnson, the City Manager, we are doing Prime Lunchtime with the City Manager. Before we get to Brian, I just want to tell you what the show’s about ahead. We’re going to be discussing a little bit about what’s gone on during the last week or two. Certainly the charter amendment, the city charter amendment that happened this past city council meeting. I also want to discuss a little bit the new conference that’s going to be held in October. Did you know that vehicles are the most connected devices in the world now? Almost overtaking phones. So we’re going to have the V2X Live conference here in October. Which is about cars and vehicles and the connections they make to everything. So we’ll be discussing a bit about that. And we’ll also be discussing a little bit about recent development about the hotel development to possible apartments. The ordinance changes that happen and about a company that’s looking to target maybe two purchases in the city and possibly taking advantage of that ordinance. Whether or not that happens is a different story, but we’ll be discussing a bit about that. And just to let you know, also this weekend, On the Border, the Eagles tribute band, is going to be playing Saturday at seven o’clock. If you haven’t gotten your tickets, go to the city website, if it’s still available. We are at, I think the most capacity since COVID started where the limit is 4,000 at this point. So no circles, 4,000 in that oval area. Maybe a little outside of it. We’ll get more from Brian on that. Check it out. They might be only a handful of seats left, so you really have to get to it if it’s even available at this point. But look out for other concerts later in the summer as well as they come up. So let’s bring Brian on. Hey, Brian. Thank you for joining us.

Brian: [00:02:17] Thanks for having me Rico.

Rico: [00:02:18] Appreciate it. It’s always good to be able to talk about the things that’s going on in the city and be able to get facts out there and to discuss some of this stuff. Because I always have a thousand questions. Sometimes people tell me I have a million questions, but you know, you have to ask those questions to get the answer is sometimes, right?

Brian: [00:02:37] Sure.

Rico: [00:02:38] So just so then for those that may want to attend the, On the Border. So that limit to the concerts now in the Town Green has been lifted to 4,000, right? And I think we talked about at one point it was 6,000 was the most that it might’ve held pre COVID.

Brian: [00:02:54] That’s about right. So, you know I guess year and a half, two years ago we had a Queen cover band that there was no limitations, it was first come first serve. And it certainly spilled out into some of the areas outside of what we consider the developed part of the Town Green into the wood line and, you know, things like that. But we, our cameras counted about 6,000 people. So we, you know, that was, that probably is little bit more than we’d like. The reason that there’s a limit on this is, is not for that reason. It’s for COVID. Council had to make a decision about a month out before the event. Because we’ve gotta be able, there’s some logistics involved in securing the area and how many police officers we need and everything. And so they decided on this event to increase it from, I believe it was 2,500, the concert before this I think. And they increased it to 4,000. And so other than needing to reserve space to get inside the ropes, if you will, once you’re in there, there are no, the city’s not regulating your behavior. We’re assuming everybody is going to act in a responsible way as it relates to. If you’re not vaccinated, then you know, take whatever precautions you need. If you are then you know, operate, what makes you, however you feel comfortable. But counsel will hear in about a week and a half, will tell me if they want to have a restriction at all on the total numbers for next month’s concert, or if they just want to lift it and say first come first serve.

Rico: [00:04:42] Okay. So first come first serve meaning no reservations anymore?

Brian: [00:04:46] No reservations, no sit, no roped off area. It’s just the Town Green as we normally know it. And if you want to show up you, you know, show up. And if there’s a space somewhere, you can set your, you know, blanket up and do whatever. Kind of like you remember it the first summer we had.

Rico: [00:05:07] So, you know, I guess if we get to that point, it doesn’t matter when people come because people will come sometimes at two, even for a seven o’clock concert. But as far as this concert, this weekend will the, will it be roped off, like at a particular time? Two o’clock?

Brian: [00:05:24] Yeah, I think we’re keeping it at two, that seemed to work last month. We did a better job of telling the residents when it was going to be roped off.

Rico: [00:05:33] Right.

Brian: [00:05:33] They also understood the reason why we did it at all. Which is it’s easier to keep people from going somewhere to begin with versus having to kick them out. And so I think we’ll keep it that way. Because if not, I mean, we do have to set up the area at some point, so we would have to. And so that number seemed to be fine.

Rico: [00:05:54] Good. Great. So that’s a cool concert. Everyone should try to get to it. But again, there’s limited  seats, so if you find it sold out, look at other concerts coming this summer. So you should enjoy that. Town Greens getting a lot more stuff. I mean, there’s more shops I think that opened. Playa Bowl opened not too long ago, a month ago, I think a month and a half ago. So I don’t know what’s going on with the old farmer retail there, but things are moving along. There’s more coming in. Even at the forum, there’s more shops opening over there. So the economy seems to be picking up a bit. I know that when I went out recently to a couple of restaurants, no masks. So actually hard to eat with the mask on. But people, I think that have decided that it’s not even worth bothering to walk in with a mask sometimes because you’re just going to take it off when you get to the table. So it’s hit or miss when people wear it, right? People are going into retail locations and wearing the mask. But half the people or two thirds of the people aren’t, you know. I mean, are you finding anything different going on economic wise? As far as new, I mean, there’s another new restaurant taken over, Nobel Fin, that Sage restaurant is coming in. You guys just approved the liquor license for them this last council meeting I think.

Brian: [00:07:06] Yeah. No, I mean, so you said it right. We’re seeing indications that things are opening up. That companies and people, entrepreneurs are starting to like make some decisions. And, you know, and sometimes try to capitalize on opportunities. And so we’ve had some vacant space that the pandemic caused that have turned around and had somebody, you know, say, Hey, maybe now’s a good time. So you know, we’re optimistic as some of these things fill in that our local economy will continue to get even stronger than it was. I mean, we’ve really overall been blessed. Our local economy has stayed pretty strong. And, you know, there are certainly some been some things that have closed that have been disappointing to see. But overall, there’s a lot of communities that are a lot worse off than we are.

Rico: [00:08:05] And there’s a lot of jobs still needing employees. I know, you know, every time I go to pass a restaurant, I mean, almost it’s almost seems like every other restaurant has a help wanted sign. From Dunkin donuts to Salada, to other places. It’s like hard to find people willing to work. In the retail and the restaurant business, at least. So, you know, they’re opening up, but they’re also getting crunched as far as whether they have help or not.

Brian: [00:08:30] That is true.

Rico: [00:08:32] Yeah. The other thing is, economically speaking too I mean, obviously the city has 12 or 13 hotels. Including the Hilton as well as long extended stay hotels and stuff. And the city just passed an ordinance about redeveloping may be possible with criteria’s and restrictions to hotels converting to apartments. Obviously hotels are one bedroom, you know, rooms and stuff. There would be tremendous amount of renovation going on, but I think the city limited to any hotels that are either extended stay, under 50% occupancy for a period of time, or are changing you know, lost their brand like you know, whatever. Like if you were a national chain, but all of a sudden you’re not a national chain and you’re just a one-off. That there’s a possibility for that to happen. So I hear that there’s a multi-billion dollar company, a holding company, real estate holding company that is targeting a possible two hotels in the city of Peachtree Corners for possible redevelopment. So I know you may not know which hotels, but. So tell us a little bit, just refresh our memory in brief about what could happen, couldn’t happen. And just let us know about that.

Brian: [00:09:43] I mean, you did a pretty good job. So, you know, the hotel industry in general, I mean, everywhere, got significantly effected by the pandemic. And so of course there’s been some changes in that. That industry is still under some duress. But as a result of that,  there have been some companies that have decided to take advantage of that. Not necessarily advantage, but  use this as an opportunity to potentially create a unique product. And that is to take a hotel that is in some level of duress and convert it from hotel to apartments. And so this company that you mentioned, that’s been kicking some tires around Peachtree Corners is doing it in a lot of places. They’re doing it wholesale. Lots of different, yeah, municipalities are having the same thing. Now, in our particular case when it comes to hotels, we might be especially ripe if you will for there to be opportunities because of two reasons. One, we started, you know, pre pandemic, we have a significant amount of hotels. A lot more than people realize in the city. And so there’s a lot of hotels to look at. The second thing is our hotel industry tends to be very business traveler centric. And so, you know of all the people going into hotels, the ones that are going back right now are not really the business traveler. It’s the vacationer. And so if there was a type of you know, a hotel that, or a group that a hotel caters to. The ones that cater to the business travel might be a little bit even more under stress then the vacation right now. So that’s why we think that there might, there’s two properties here that might, you know, be in the cross hairs of this company for them to do the due diligence. Now we don’t know, the company hasn’t like laid out to us exactly which ones per se. We do know which ones are not under duress. And so we do know which ones, you know, we can say are doing fine. We have a pretty good relationship with the hoteliers in the city. And none of the branded hotels, the ones that are under a flag of a national brand, whether it’s Marriott, IHG, you know, and their sub brands like Residents Inn, Homewood Suites, that kind of stuff. None of those are the ones that are you know, at a point where they want to consider selling to this company. We do have a few that generally tend to be on the south side of the city that are no longer branded. And you know, so we suspected that it may be one of those. Now again, so one last thing to consider is on the ordinance, we knew this was coming. So there’s been, as we keep up with trends out there. We started to see that, yes, there are hotels that start going through a cycle when they are not performing well. And there were some companies that are maybe wanting to convert. And so counsel, so what I did is I presented them an ordinance and I said, here’s the deal. This phenomenon is coming, or it is here. It could certainly be here very soon. And we probably should put some thought behind what we want to do if a company comes to us and says, Hey, we want to take this hotel, buy it and convert it to an apartment. What, you know, how would you regulate that? Do you allow it? And so council considered this versus saying, no, we don’t want to have anything. And their,  you know, their ultimate stance that they, a majority of them took is with the regulations, with restrictions on how it would be developed and how much capacity could have, how many bedrooms it could have, things like that. They preferred to with a high standard, at least, have this in place so that if somebody wants to do it, they can do it. They can, there’s a mechanism for them to do it versus us just categorically say no. And then the hotel owner does one of two things. He or she continues to drop the room rates until they can fill enough rooms to make some money. And that usually doesn’t end well. Or they turn it into really, really long-term. Which almost acts like an apartment anyway. Or the worst is they just shutter the doors. And you know, so the council was like, look we don’t like those options. We think the alternative is to spend some time, come up with a well-thought-out ordinance. If a company comes to us and wants to do it. We have a mechanism for them to do it, but that they have a very narrow band to do it. We don’t say, oh yeah, sure. Whatever. We look forward to your product and cross our fingers. It’s highly regulated on how it transitions from hotel to apartment. But we feel like that would be a better product than the alternative. Now, mind you  our first, you know, our first option or our preferred option is for the hotels to start performing great. And to, for them to be operating the way that they originally went in. That is certainly our preferred method. But if a gun is held to our head and it’s, you know, do this, or it’s going to shutter their doors and become a vacant property or one that just allows almost anybody in or rents by the hours as the case may be those kinds of things. We don’t want that versus a, well, you know, a well-regulated conversion into apartment.

Rico: [00:16:02] I think this is what a good city does, right? Like you said, you find trends that are happening across a competitive landscape, right? And you come ahead of that curve before waiting to see what happens. I mean, a city has to be able to be proactive in a lot of what they do, not just in the economic sphere of encouraging new business coming in, but to look at redevelopment, look at all of it. So I think you guys did a good job in coming up with that and being able to address it and maybe not the deny it. Because denying it or saying no, we can’t. You know, Sandy Springs, for example, I think was entertaining the same thing. And they said, no, we’re not going to do that. Well, that just doesn’t look at the reality of life and what can happen if you don’t allow some options there, right? So having some options and actually control over your own destiny is always a good thing. So I appreciate the city looking at that. You know, I mean, you guys have done the redevelopment authority. You know, I’m sure there’ll be more stuff coming out of that soon. You know, and addressing things like, for example, just recently, I don’t recall the name of the company, but it was like a $42, $45 million purchase of the corner center, I think it was. Which is an apartment complex on Holcomb Bridge Road, I think or Peachtree Corners Circle, right. So they just purchased that and you know, these things are gonna happen. Economic purchases, REITs are going to come in real estate investment groups like PEG is a real estate investment holding company. They’re not, you know, they go in and they buy stuff cheap and or wherever they can negotiate and then build something out that can give them cash. I mean, that’s what they’re in business for.

Brian: [00:17:39] That’s what they do. Right.

Rico: [00:17:41] Yeah. So and there are companies out there that actually do that with I think it was American Federation. They go out and buy residential property. Homes. And build up that and buy that and then rent them out, sublease them. I mean, so that’s going on, certainly going on in this market, that too. And it’s hard to find a house. The I mean, there was one article that I forget which paper put out, that there’s too many real estate agents now and not enough homes to list. Got that going on. Let’s talk a little bit about the charter amendment that just happened this past city council meeting. Originally, I thought it was a great idea to do what we discussed in our last podcast to give the city more, not more time, but to give the city sort of emergency powers, if you will. To be able to address something on a quicker basis than otherwise is being handled. But obviously that got a lot of protest against that. People didn’t like that idea. So tell us what happened Tuesday night with this amendment. Because it didn’t pass or at least a portion of it didn’t pass.

Brian: [00:18:46] That’s correct. So in the course of other activity, we will sometimes review documents and we needed to review the charter. Something came up when we were looking at it one day and we uncovered essentially a Scribner’s error or a typo. And so we were like, oh you know, we need to look at it. We looked at it and found two more. And so I had been sitting on it for a while and it was just, I had an agenda that I thought was just, let’s just get this out of the way. So we put it on there, but in the course of that, you know, charter amendments are a very formal event. As it should be, the charter is the city’s constitution, if you will. So it should be a, you know, a process that’s well thought out. And so when you have the, you know, when you crack that thing open, sometimes it’s a good time to make other changes while you’re there. It’s almost like the medical community you’re going to crack somebody’s chest open and get in there and do something. Why not fix something else that’s been nagging them or whatever. So one of the things that, even when it got here, having managed other cities, I found unique and that is a requirement that there be two separate reads at two separate meetings. And that in and of itself was not odd. One of the other two cities I managed had that mechanism. That was the normal course, but there was also a mechanism that if a majority, in the case of the other city, it was just the majority. Here the proposal was unanimous consent. If there was consent to waive that requirement, you could in fact have that second read and the vote at the same meeting. And it existed for instances that were emergent, but not necessarily emergent for the entire city. Like you’ve got to drop what you’re doing and do it. I mean, you could argue that the mask ordinance requiring the wearing of masks during a pandemic was a city-wide emergency situation. And, you know, it needed to be moved in fast. And we have a mechanism in the charter now allowing for emergency ordinances, but it only is in place for 30 days. And it has a very high standard. There’s gotta be a risk to life, limb, you know, property type of thing. And if that’s not the case, then it doesn’t meet that standard. So there is a, there are instances where it doesn’t quite meet that standard, but yet it is kind of exigent circumstances, an emergent situation. So I just thought, Hey, why not put a mechanism in there on the off chance that those situations happen, that you at least could do it. And we made it to where it was a unanimous consent of all council members. It wasn’t even just the ones that are present. Literally all seven of them would have had to at the meeting where the first reading took place would have had to have said yes, Mr City Manager, what you were just presented. And you’re asking us to waive that to a meeting requirement. This situation does in fact, warrant us doing it at this meeting. And all of us are going to actually be forced to raise our hand and vote yes, that it is emergent. I’ve seen that a lot of places and let’s remember a lot of cities don’t even have a two read requirement.

Rico: [00:22:36] Right. That’s not the norm.

Brian: [00:22:37] Yeah. There’s a lot of cities that you just it’s, you have the reading and the public hearing and the vote at the same council meeting. And the argument there is people track this thing one time, you know, it’s going to be at one meeting unless there’s a formal vote to table. In which case you will already be at that meeting to hear about that. We don’t, we don’t need a two read every time. And so that’s probably more common than the other. But for cities that do have the two read there’s oftentimes again, that mechanism to do it. So I submitted it and there were a lot of people who were opposed to it. You know, and they showed up and spoke and council said, you know what? Maybe now’s not the right time or in some cases, maybe they don’t ever want to do it. I mean, look, it was good to see people you know, A, watching things. You know, sometimes you wonder how many people are even civically active and knowledgeable about what’s going on. That was good. Two, you know, it was great to see a forum for people to show up and express their, you know, their opinions. There still is some confusion about what was being asked. You know, that was the disappointing part about, you know, lack of transparency and it’s, you know, you’re kind of like. You know, we could still have a special called meeting right now under our current charter. If I needed something done fast, I could actually call for a special call meeting tomorrow night. And if the mayor himself or a majority of council wanted to have agreed that we need to have it, we could have a special called meeting. You could argue that that’s less transparent than doing it always at a council meeting because everybody can put those council meetings in their calendar. I mean, it’s always going to be at the same time of the month, same, you know. But special called meetings, they may miss. And so somebody could have missed that and say, well, you did this, you know, I’m not tracking a city council meeting on a Friday night or something. And that was the argument some people were making is, oh, you could already do a special called meeting. Well we can and I guess if it ever comes to that, we will.

Rico: [00:24:48] Because what’s the notification time for a special meeting?

Brian: [00:24:55] It’s 24 hours.

Rico: [00:24:56] Okay. So versus it being on the agenda and everyone knows the city council meeting is the fourth Tuesday of the month. And that it wouldn’t just, you know, I mean, it just doesn’t show up 24 hours ahead on the agenda.

Brian: [00:25:09] Correct. It’s also live streamed and recorded and posted on the website.

Rico: [00:25:17] Right. And the fact that you had unanimous vote to be able to even consider the subject. I thought it was awesome. Because you weren’t…

Brian: [00:25:26] If just one council member, like you say, said this isn’t emergent enough for me and I vote no. And then that’s it. Literally all seven had to. Go ahead.

Rico: [00:25:39] No, because otherwise what happens is, let’s say it’s an ordinance and the city council votes on it and it’s, you know, whatever, four to three or something. It could be that, right? On the second thing, on the second read. But on the first read, and if you wanted to move to a vote that, you know, unanimous part is important, right? All the council people have to vote on allowing a vote. And then you would think…

Brian: [00:26:04] And then you still have the public hearing and you still have to vote on the agenda item.

Rico: [00:26:10] Yes. So I’m disappointed a little bit in that some people actually don’t know what it was about. But they came out, you know, and they found out. I think the same people found out at the meeting, because it was explained. But sometimes people still don’t quite get it. And, you know, there’s an opinion on everything. Maybe they, you know, maybe that’s a good thing that for now it’s not allowed. We’ll find out in the future, if that was a bad choice.

Brian: [00:26:37] Well you know, Rico. It’s interesting that you bring that up because we technically could have even had a real world example. Would it have been determined to be emergent, but some of the people were asking, well, you know, when do you ever feel the need to move quickly, but it doesn’t apply to citywide stuff. Well, we just had an issue this last weekend, where an individual rented out through Airbnb, his pool. So the rental mentioned that it was a, it was the rental of a pool, not the rental of a dwelling as our code has. And we do not allow for rentals less than 30 days. Or actually less than 31 days, it has to be 31 days or more. And so you can’t do an Airbnb for anything less than, you know, 31 days or more. But it says to rent out a dwelling. And so an individual rented out a pool and ended up having, there was probably approaching 50 people. You’re not supposed to even have 16 on any, more than 16 through Airbnb anyway. Upwards of 50 people that showed up. And the police were called and technically speaking with the pool thing, the argument was, we’re not violating the ordinance cause it’s not a dwelling and you just get into this. So my point to that is we are going to do a text amendment of our code and amend that to ensure that it’s the dwelling and any other, you know, amenities outside of that. But that could have been considered for the neighborhood. Like if you live next to this house, you would consider this an emergent situation. You would be like, look this is a good example of change that code quickly. So that I can go ahead and feel comfortable that they can run through this loophole. And instead we’ll introduce it, it’ll be 60 plus days before it’s voted on. And again that’s fine, if the residents want that, enough of them. And that’s why council, it was good to see people that say their opinion and counsel listened. And there was certainly more people that showed up and sent emails that were against it than forward. Although that’s usually the case, but that’s fine. I mean, that’s how democracy works. That’s how the city works. Council was responsive.  And we’re going to drive on and move on and, you know, that’s it. But yeah, so the only disappointing part is if there were still some people who truly still don’t understand what this was and was it’s about, and how the protective measures that were in place, where you could argue even more restricted than the current one. And I just hate people making decisions based on false information or a misunderstanding.

Rico: [00:29:43] Misinformation versus this information, I guess they just don’t, they’re not, you know, everyone has an opinion too, obviously. So, you know the fact, like you said, I mean, it always happens that the cons are always, the no’s are always the ones showing up versus the, yes. The people that don’t have a problem with it are not showing up saying, yay, good job. This is exactly what we want. It’s usually the no’s that show up and say, why is government doing this? I want them off my back. I’m a libertarian. I’m a conservative. These are things you shouldn’t be doing as a government. Oh, by the way, the city probably shouldn’t exist. To some degree, you know, and they have the right to say that and they can, you know, there’s a belief there of that, and that’s fine. But that shouldn’t drive the evolution of a city as it evolves into doing good stuff. That they, you know, that that has to be taken into account every time to the detriment of, of other people possibly. So like you said, that particular, I’m sure if I lived next door to that, it’d be like yes. I would definitely want you to change that because the police could probably say, well, we could do disturbance of the peace, there’s too many people there. But what stops it from happening again, legally, you know?

Brian: [00:30:56] And you know, again, we’re going to change this. So it’s not like we’re not, it didn’t prevent us doing it. But you know, look. Again, that’s how it’s done. It was great. Clearly the, you know, the greatest number is what council heard that night. And they, you know, or that was presented that night. They heard it and they said, you know what? Now’s not the time. Maybe it’s not ever, I don’t know. But you know, I, as a resident of the city, I’m glad to see my city council. You know, to sit there and listen and say, look, we’ll reserve judgment until the bitter end. And they did. And so I’m glad to see that as a resident. I mean, sometimes it can be frustrating as an employee of the city. But as a resident, I’m glad, you know, council does it that way.

Rico: [00:31:47] And it’s always, it’s always good people show up. I mean, I like that. I prefer at least an active citizen. Because it just makes, it does make things better. Because you have to make sure that you do things a certain way, right? Dot the I’s, cross the T’s and stuff. So, I mean, that’s not a bad thing necessarily. Right. Last thing I want to talk about is something exciting too. I mean, obviously hotels, are opening up. We had a jobs fair this past weekend for the hospitality industry here in Peachtree Corners. Because, you know, I remember at one point as the Hilton was opening up, they could only open up certain floors because they didn’t have enough employees to clean all the floors for example. Getting people back to work is a little difficult post, I don’t want to say post COVID, but emerging and opening up for business. It’s a little tough for the hospitality industry to be able to get the work they need. So I’m glad they’re able to do that. And because of that, we’re able to bring in conferences and other things. So I’m excited to hear that the V2X Live conference is coming to Peachtree Corners. I mean, you guys were involved two years ago in the Smart City Expo, but that came in to Atlanta. And you know, and the city had a good, good representation there. And people from that international, national expo come out to the city. So now we have this V2X live. Because as most people might not realize cars are becoming the most connected device in the world at this point. And electric cars are moving towards being the norm by 2050, 2035. And even sooner. I mean, a lot of these companies are coming out. Volkswagen, Ford, all coming out saying they’re going to be like almost all electric at some point. So that, you can’t have self-driving cars without electric cars, right? I mean, they go hand in hand. So tell us a little bit about the V2X Live that’s going to be coming in, in October. That’s going to be, I think that’s through a partnership or because of Curiosity Lab and stuff. So tell us what’s going on with that, Brian.

Brian: [00:33:54] Alright. So as conferences go, you know, conferences have a theme, if you will. A reason to hold it. And a lot of times conferences, new conference themes are spinoffs of emerging technology from conferences they used to be a subset of. So you could have had a automotive conference and back in the day, you at some point had this subset where they were talking about cars being able to talk to something else and people are wow. You know? And so over time, connected vehicles and all that comes with it, you know, you’ve got the vehicle itself and that whole part of that, what is it going to say? How? Who’s doing it? Then you’ve got who’s listening? Because you’ve got vehicle to infrastructure, vehicle to vehicle, and I mean, you have vehicle to all sorts of stuff. And so all of those have their own subset, and then you have the software that you’ve got to do all this. You have this large ever-growing industry around connected vehicles. And it has merged off in one of the companies that does a lot of different conferences decided to be the first to create this conference on its own. And so it went through a due diligence period. And said, we’re going to create this brand new conference we’re going to be the first one to do a connected vehicle conference called V2X Live. Vehicle to everything Live, is what V2X stands for. And they did a due diligence and they wanted to pick three locations in the world to start this series. One in Europe. They chose Frankfurt, Germany. And they wanted to do two in the states, one in the east coast and one of the west coast. They picked a city I believe is Santa Clara, but a city in Silicon valley on the west coast. And because of Curiosity Lab, Peachtree Corners was picked on the east coast. Now mind you, when I say Peachtree Corners, as opposed to Smart City Atlanta that is held in the Georgia World Congress Center. This conference will actually be held in Peachtree Corners. And so the conference will be a little bit different in that it’s not one conference under one with everything under one roof. This is a little bit more of, call it an experiential one. And of course the reason is, is we actually have a vehicle to everything environment. I mean, we have created that city street where a vehicle that is capable of doing this, could drive up our track and be talking to every light pole, every other vehicle, every pedestrian who has a phone, every traffic signal, every pedestrian crossing all the way up. We have that environment now. And they want to do a conference where you can actually talk about connected vehicle and get out and in some cases, see them in action. Like literally be standing under a light pole that has the technology to talk to the car. And have the companies that provide that be there and have a tent set up. And so it’s going to basically be a linear conference. In that the conference host hotel will be the Hilton. And there will be a significant presence though, call it a host hotel, A and B. A would be the Hilton. B will be the Marriott. Our two conference hotels here. And then there will be a lot of meeting space there. Of course, the rooms for the conference attendees, and then breakout sessions and you know, and demonstrations will be up the track. So as you go, essentially north up the track, there will be some breakout and panel discussions held at City Hall. And then there’ll be locations of the track where you may have, you may have, Watt Way who does the solar roadway have a tent. And they, people can go out there and see our solar roadway. And then we’ll have more at the innovation center where you have breakouts. And then there’ll be even more so up at Atlanta Tech Park at the other end. And so we’re looking to do this conference. The cool thing about it is its ability to pump activity into our local economy. So now you’re talking, they are projecting maybe about a thousand conference attendees in year one. Because it is a new conference. And so that’s a lot of hotel rooms and maybe it will be more, I don’t know. But that’s a lot of hotel rooms that’ll be filled. So that, you know, for two nights, at least. And then it could even be more people during the day if Metro Atlanta, you know, people who live in Metro Atlanta show up. And then what we’re looking to maybe do is. Instead of having the keynote address at the beginning of the day, which is oftentimes what you see on a conference, is we do it at the end of the day and we get everybody to go up and we hold that keynote address up at the Town Green using the stage so that when you’re done with it, you’re already at our entertainment district and you can already eat right there and maybe we have a concert afterwards. And so we’re looking to pump more activity into the Forum and the Town Center. And, you know, we’ll have a bunch of pretty cool demonstrations there. We’ll have a bunch of autonomous vehicles for it.

Rico: [00:39:36] Yeah. That would be, that would be cool. People will get a chance to take a look at those autonomous vehicles, maybe tented areas with other interactive and such things going on. That would be a great experience, I think for local residents also. Besides bringing in, like you said, possibly you know, a thousand people economically impacting hotels and restaurants and all that.

Brian: [00:39:56] But you know, it’s just an example again, where, you know, our residents have been very supportive of Curiosity Lab because we have told them of its ability to do these kinds of things. And it continues to outperform expectations and its presence in what we’ve done with it and the activity that it has generated and putting us on the map. It got these conference organizers to reach out to us. And we told them what it was about. And they sent a delegation and they looked at it. We talked through the details and they said, you know what? We’d like to do it there. We think that would be a really unique conference. And so Curiosity Lab continues to deliver in its ability to generate activity for the city.

Rico: [00:40:43] Yeah. Exciting because activity begets activity. Companies, organizations will see this V2X Live conference, be looking at the city in a different length because of that conference. So we may end up seeing much more coming out of this than just that conference certainly.

Brian: [00:41:04] I hope so. So yeah, it’s exciting. It’ll be in the middle of October. There’ll be an announcement coming out next week. A formal announcement, website for it is almost done. So yeah, it’s some exciting stuff.

Rico: [00:41:18] Excellent. So much stuff going on in this city. Things that keeps us busy, gets this podcast going every month. And being able to, and we haven’t even talked covered everything really. I mean, there’s a whole bunch of things that we could have covered. These are the top things. I hope everyone enjoyed this show. If you have any questions, post them down in the comments. I’ll see about getting those answered. If I don’t have the answers for them. Check out again, the concert this weekend, there might be some tickets left for On the Boarder, a tribute band. And check out the rest of the summer schedule and keep an eye out cause there’s a lot more new businesses opening up in Peachtree Corners. Just five or six in the last, retail businesses in the last month or two recently opened here in the Forum, Town Center and on I believe Jimmy Carter. So check it out. Brian, I appreciate you being with me. It’s always good to have you and always great to get the right answers. And good answers and solid answers. Thanks, Brian. Thanks everyone. Look out for our next issue. We’re working on it. That’ll be out the in first week of August and just hold some of these dates. There’s the Peachtree Corners festival, which is happening in September, I believe. And so that’s happening at Town Center for the first time. So that’s going to be working out there and then Light Up the Corners. I believe that’s happening in August. So check that out and we’ll be back to you with more information. Thanks everyone.

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technology is the key to success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creating online store for clients

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

Vox also helps customers create campaigns.

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

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

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

The right place for business

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

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

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

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

City leadership

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

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

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

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



Photos courtesy of The Forum

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

Innovative rebranding and technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greenspaces for community gatherings

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

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

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

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

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

Prioritizing guest safety

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

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

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

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

NAP’s dynamic retail strategy

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

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

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

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

Moreover, Massey highlighted the vision behind their tenant selection. 

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

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

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

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

Creating memorable moments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking ahead

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

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

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

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

Read more news about The Forum here.

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Best of Peachtree Corners 2024: Readers’ Choice Awards



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

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

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

Best Mexican Food

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

3435 Medlock Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

2. La Parilla

5131 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1005, Peachtree Corners

3. Taqueria del Mar

5075 Peachtree Parkway Northwest, Suite 105A, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for a Business Lunch

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

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners

2. J. Alexander’s Restaurant

5245 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Barbecue

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

5005 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 810, Peachtree Corners

2. Cue Barbecue

5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. JR’s Log House Restaurant

6601 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

Best Breakfast

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

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 120, Peachtree Corners

2. JR’s Log House Restaurant

6601 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. Manhattan NY Deli & Bagels

5275 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Steaks and Burgers

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

5242 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Ted’s Montana Grill

5165 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Uncle Jack’s Meat House

5222 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 920, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Chinese Food

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

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1B, Peachtree Corners

2. Panda Express

3200 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross

3. Great Sichuan

10475 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 116, John’s Creek

Best Desserts and Sweets

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

5135 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 930, Peachtree Corners

2. Tiff’s Treats Cookie

5230 Town Center Blvd Suite 130, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Beard Papa’s

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 620, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Cookie Fix

5143 Peachtree Pkwy Suite A, Peachtree Corners

Best Sushi

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

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 119, Peachtree Corners

2. Sushi Mito

6470 Spalding Dr Suite P, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Happy Sumo Sushi and Steak House

6135 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 610, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Aomi Japanese Restaurant

5145 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 470A, Peachtree Corners

Best Latin Food

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

5161 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 630, Peachtree Corners

2. Tortugas Cuban Grill

3466 Holcomb Bridge Rd Suite AA, Peachtree Corners

Best Outdoor Dining

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

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Fire & Stone Italian Pizza Kitchen

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 610, Peachtree Corners

3. Pêche Modern Coastal

5155 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 320, Peachtree Corners

Best Pizza

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

5215 Town Center Blvd Suite 610, Peachtree Corners

2. Marco’s

5270 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Cicis

6050 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

Best Seafood

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

5155 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 320, Peachtree Corners

2. J. Alexander’s Restaurant

5245 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Marlow’s Tavern

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for Salad

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

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 210, Peachtree Corners

2. Chopt Creative Salad Co.

4880 Peachtree Corners Cir, Peachtree Corners

3. Newk’s Eatery

5185 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 105, Norcross

Best Vegetarian Food

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

6385 Spalding Dr Suite E, Peachtree Corners

2. Royal Bistro Thai

6365 Spalding Dr Suite A, Peachtree Corners

3. Salata

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 210, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for Happy Hour 

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

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners

2. Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Tavern at Medlock

3230 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 101, Peachtree Corners

Best Local Venue for Private Event

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

475 Technology Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

2. Hilton Atlanta Northeast

5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

3. Atlanta Tech Park

107 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Wings

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

6050 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 100, Peachtree Corners

2. Wings 101

6135 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Jolene’s Wings & Beer

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best Barbershop

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

5200 Town Center Dr Suite 230, Peachtree Corners

2. Traditional Shave Masters

5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite 500, Peachtree Corners

3. Patrick’s Executive Grooming Salon For Men

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 350, Peachtree Corners

Best MedSpa

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

5165 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 230, Peachtree Corners

2. Suburban Med Spa

4989 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Massage Envy

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109B, Peachtree Corners

Best Facial Spa

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

4989 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Dermani MEDSPA

5165 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 230, Peachtree Corners

3. Massage Envy

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109B, Peachtree Corners

Best Place for Fitness

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

5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

2. Burn Boot Camp

5450 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

3. (tied) Orangetheory Fitness

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 105, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) LifeTime Fitness

6350 Courtside Dr NW, Peachtree Corners

Best Nail Salon

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

5131 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 451, Peachtree Corners

2. Tipsy Nail and Salon Bar

5230 Town Center Blvd Suite 120, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Urban Nail Salon

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 112, Peachtree Corners,

3. (tied) Luxury Nails at Forum

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

Best Hair Salon

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

5075 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 103, Peachtree Corners

2. Van Michael Salon

5161 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 606, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Yany’s Hair Salon

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1C, Norcross

3. (tied) Hair by Yare

5210 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio

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

4880 Peachtree Corners Cir Suite 1130, Peachtree Corners

2. The Forum – Forum Fit

The North Plaza, 5155 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Sun Dragon Yoga

5600 Spalding Dr, Norcross

Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian

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

105 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Peachtree Corners Animal Clinic

4020 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross

3. (tied) Peach Paws Animal Hospital

5075 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 101, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital

5155 S Old Peachtree Rd, Norcross

Best Pet Boarding

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

6865 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross

2. Spalding Animal Hospital

105 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Zen Dog Pet Care

4468 Parkspring Terrace NW, Peachtree Corners

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

6579 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

Best Dental Practice

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

5185 Peachtree Pkwy NW Suite 201, Peachtree Corners

2. Linked Dental Care

6270 Smithpointe Dr, Norcross

3. (tied) Imagix Dental of Norcross

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 101, Norcross

3. (tied) Agape Pediatric Dentistry

5185 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 325, Peachtree Corners

Best Physical Therapist

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

5270 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

2. Motion Stability Physical Therapy

5510 Spalding Dr Suite B, Peachtree Corners

3. Results Physiotherapy Peachtree Corners, Georgia

5450 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 1F, Peachtree Corners

Best Optometrist Practice

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

5270 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 109A, Peachtree Corners

2. Peachtree Corners Eye Clinic

4005 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

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

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

Best Day Care

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

5055 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Sunshine House of Peachtree Corners

5470 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Primrose School of Peachtree Corners

6325 Primrose Hill Ct, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Creme de la Crème

4785 Peachtree Corners Cir, Norcross

Best Real Estate Agent

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

3930 E Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

2. Alan Kaplan

1555 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 100, Atlanta

3. (tied) Kelly Kim

3035 Peachtree Rd Suite 202, Atlanta

3. (tied) Terri Hayes

4249 Allenhurst Drive, Peachtree Corners
770 374-7900

Best Bank/Credit Union

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

5100 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Associated Credit Union

6251 Crooked Creek Rd NW, Norcross

3. Tandem Bank

2356 Main St, Tucker

Best Coworking Space

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

5720 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Atlanta Tech Park

107 Technology Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Peachtree Corners Executive Suites

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

Best Senior Living Communities in and near Peachtree Corners

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

5701 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. The Mansions at Sandy Springs

3175 River Exchange Dr, Peachtree Corners

3. Parc at Duluth

3315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Duluth

Best Apartment Complex

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

5672 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. The Spoke at Peachtree Corners

450 Technology Pkwy NW, Norcross

3. Cortland Peachtree Corners

510 Guthridge Ct NW, Peachtree Corners

Best Family Doctor/Practice

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

4989 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

2. Atlanta Urgent Care

5246 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

3. Northside Peachtree Corners Primary Care

5277 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

Best HVAC Service

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

6669 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite N, Peachtree Corners

2. Spencer Heating & Air Conditioning

4708 S Old Peachtree Rd, Norcross

3. Bardi Heating, Cooling, Plumbing

2100 Norcross Pkwy Suite 100, Norcross

Best home Services (Electrician, Plumber, Etc.)

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

2100 Norcross Pkwy Suite 100, Norcross

Best Home Contractor

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

3906 Morris Ct. Peachtree Corners

2. Victoria Renovations

5051 Peachtree Corners Cir Suite 200, Norcross

Best Private School (K-8)

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

5295 Triangle Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

2. International Charter Academy of Georgia

3705 Engineering Dr, Peachtree Corners

Best Private School (K-12)

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

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. Greater Atlanta Christian School

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross

Best Youth Summer Camp

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

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

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30093

3. (tied) Fowler YMCA

5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

3. (tied) Gwinnett Parks

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

Best Summer Camp (Kids Under 10)

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

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

2. Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30093

3. (tied) Club SciKidz

500 Kedron Dr. Peachtree City

3. (tied) Gwinnett Parks

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

Best Place for the Kids to Play

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

Town enter Blvd, Peachtree Corners

2. Jones Bridge Park

4901 E Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners

3. Pinckneyville Park

4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Peachtree Corners

Best Museum to Visit in Metro Atlanta

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

767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta

2. High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta

3. Fernbank Science Center

156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta

4. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta

5. Southeastern Railway Museum

3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth, GA 30096

6. The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building #300, Duluth

7. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

2020 Clean Water Dr, Buford

Best Local Hotel for out of Town Guests

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

5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners

2. Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners

475 Technology Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

3. Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree

5600 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross

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

Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, GA

100 Rue Charlemagne Dr, Braselton

Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge in Dawsonville, GA

418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

241 Depot St, Blue Ridge

Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, GA

7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, GA

6321 US-76, Young Harris

Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA

17617 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain

Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, GA

597 Barnsley Gardens Rd NW, Adairsville

The Cloister at Sea Island on Sea Island, GA

100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA 31561

Best Places to Work (over 50 employees)

Cornerstone Christian Academy

5295 Triangle Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners

Wesleyan School

5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners

Siemens Industry Inc.

3617 Parkway Ln, Norcross

Crawford and Company

5335 Triangle Parkway NW, Peachtree Corners

Pond & Company

3500 Parkway Ln #500, Peachtree Corners

Werfen (formerly Immucor)

3150 Gateway Dr, Peachtree Corners

Gwinnett County Public Schools

437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Suwanee

Soliant Health, LLC

5550 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners

Capstone Logistics

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

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