When army vet Steve Hamlet returned home from his third tour of duty, he vowed to get into a business that he not only felt passionate about, but that also allowed him to feel more involved with his family and community. To that end, he opened Peachtree Growler Co.?a place where he can educate people on craft beer?one of his passions?right in Peachtree Corners, his wife's hometown. With the help of their cicerone?"cicerone" is to craft-beer expert as "sommelier" is to wine expert?Steve and his wife hand select the beers and wines that flow through their 40 taps. The selection changes daily, but has included Cherry Street's coconut porter, Moletto Vineyards prosecco, and the espresso stout collaboration between Starr Hill and Terrapin Gava Joe.
That last brew speaks to the other part of PGC's business?Peachtree Coffee Co. The onsite cafe is run by a certified coffee master?who is also a sommelier-in-training?and features local beans from Jittery Joe's in Athens.
But those primarily interested in beer can pick up 32- or 64-ounce growlers, sampling up to 6 ounces before deciding which to take home. PGC also offers homebrew classes and equipment, as well as portable draft systems that can hold up to eight kegs of draft beer or tears shed because the beer has all been drunk.
Keeping feet comfortable is as simple as finding the right shoe. This is the central tenet of New Balance's philosophy. And that belief is backed up by experience—the company got its start in the early 1900s by selling arch supports to Boston police officers and restaurant servers who spent hours on their feet each day. New Balance eventually expanded into the realm of athletic footwear and apparel, but never lost sight of its mission to create shoes that provide the support necessary for maximum performance.
To ensure that customers find footwear that fits like a glove, New Balance employs dedicated specialists. The team members perform comprehensive assessments by examining the feet from every angle, collecting as many as 88 different measurements, and even analyzing the clients' natural gait. They then select the perfect shoe, whether the wearer seeks a basic cross-trainer or equipment for a specific sport, such as baseball or a full-contact spelling bee.
Beyond finding the right pair for virtually any feet, New Balance also dedicates itself to embracing environmentally and economically conscious practices. One out of every four shoes that the company produces is either made or assembled in the United States, a system that provides jobs for roughly 1,300 people. Additionally, all of their packaging is made using recycled paper products as well as eco-friendly, soy-based inks.
SK Customs has the tools and elbow grease necessary to revamp any vehicle with custom accessories. From boosting sound with new speakers to darkening windows with tints, the MECP-certified techs back their work with a lifetime guarantee. Rides hit the road with new alarms and engines ignite at the click of buttons after remote-starter installations.
At its 38 locations, Wireless Communications, a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer, puts clients in touch with the wider world, providing smartphones, accessories, and phone plans. As a Verizon Wireless retailer, each location may stock phones from brands such as Samsung, Apple, LG, and Motorola.
A healthy lifestyle can only happen with access to healthy food. And that was the impetus for Natural Foods Warehouse founder Alan Purcell to build his store: to give his community easy access to natural foods and wholesome vitamins. The shelves of the store’s four expansive locations are packed with specialty products, ranging from sugar-free drinks to vitamins and supplements from popular brands such as Garden of Life and New Chapter and Amazing Grass brand superfoods. Towering refrigerators house organic dairy and eggs, while a wine section is stocked with quaffable varietals. A knowledgeable staff guides patrons by the hand or by pig Latin–encoded messages over the stores' loudspeakers, broadcasting where to find diet-specific items, such as Crunchmaster gluten-free crackers.