National Small Business Week 2021: ATL Edition
There's no denying that small businesses are the backbone of this country. In fact, nearly half of Americans work for a small business. Small businesses also account for 64% of the new jobs created in the US annually, helping further drive our economy.
After a devastating year for SMBs, supporting our local businesses in any way we can is vital. In a report from late 2020, 100,000 of the businesses that temporarily closed their doors for shut downs did not survive. And in 2021, 30% of small businesses fear that they won't make it through to the other side of the pandemic.
We love small businesses here at CallRail — and we’re so proud to build software that supports their business and growth. In honor and celebration of National Small Business Week, we rounded up a list of some of our favorite small businesses in our local commnunity.
Founded in 2018, Full Commission believes in slowing down and taking in the finer moments of life with drinks, food, and friends — whether it's thirty minutes before work, a lingering happy hour with friends, or a dinner for two.
“They have the best cocktails in the city in addition to an amazing staff. Every time I walk in, Full Commission has the best vibes. I highly recommend their patio when the weather is nice as well. I love this restaurant!”
-Suchi Sajja, Social Media Manager
Brave and Kind Bookshop is your neighborhood kids and family bookshop dedicated to sharing diverse, classic, and artful stories for children to learn from.
“I think owner Bunnie Hilliard says it best “Moreover, I intended for this to be a space to find beautiful stories,but also find opportunities to explore and do something that felt brave to them,” she says. “I wanted to create a space [where] families could come, be together and find beautiful stories to inspire them to do something brave and kind.”
-Whitney Bennett, VP of Talent & Culture
Lionheart Framing was founded by two craftsmen dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality custom hand finished frames - at any budget.
"If you're looking for out-of-the-ordinary framing needs, Lionheart can provide. They take custom framing to a whole other level with their artistic approach to presenting and protecting your art, photos, albums, and more!"
-Jonny Warren, Senior UX Designer
Formed in 2015, this small family run, Atlanta-based business has taken off - and deservedly so. EcoSlay believes in educating customers on hair care, using ingredients that are good for you, respecting the environment with their recycling program, and generally putting good out into a world that needs it.
“Adria helped me embrace the curls and I've converted quite a few others to EcoSlay along the way. Those with any type curls that try her products become a customer for life (or as long as she keeps helping us all).”
-Melissa Garner, SEO Analyst
Founded in 2018 from a food truck, owner Pinky Cole gifted us with her vegan junk food creations. Three years and three new brick-and-mortar restaurants later, the success is easy to see.
“The food is awesome! The culture is amazing! Pinky Cole (the owner) is always finding ways to help the community by creating job opportunities for disenfranchised people, paying for the student loans of students that attend Clark Atlanta University and partnering with restaurants like Shake Shack to make veganism cool. I absolutely love the mission and food at Slutty Vegan.”
-Mia Vasser, Culture Program Manager
Moonbird Coffee is an independent coffee shop in Chamblee, specializing in quality coffee, espresso drinks, and teas while providing locally sourced, mouth-watering pastries.
“This coffee shop has the best lattes and sweet treats, and is located in the beautiful Southbound restaurant in Chamblee. They have plenty of outdoor seating for soaking up the sun with your morning coffee.”
-Pia Adolphsen, Product Manager
Combining all the classic American loves keeps customers coming for more at Red's Beer Garden. With hot dogs (including vegan options), fries, a selection of over 200 beers, and pet friendliness, what's not to love?
“Extremely friendly crew with great beers on draft, a pleasant atmosphere that's been insanely pandemic-friendly, and excellent food. You want to try the hot dogs.”
-Jason Tatum, Director of Product
Supremo Taco gifts us with a taste of Southern California right here in Atlanta. Created in tribute to the stationary loncheras of the west coast, Supremo Taco celebrates Mexican food by serving up street-style tacos and warm vibes.
“They serve some of the best tacos that you'll have in Atlanta! Their menu is simple, straightforward, and everything on it is incredibly tasty. Honestly, just writing this out makes me want one!”
-Rebeca Ispas, Agency Partner Advisor
For music purists, vinyl is the way to go and Mojo Vinyl is where to go. With a cozy atmosphere and a wide selection of music, both new and old, there’s something for everyone.
“Give Mojo a spin. Rand and his team have carefully curated an excellent collection of new and used vinyl records, just a few miles from my house. It's a great place to talk music, too.”
-Rob Wade, Director of Content Marketing
Located in Old Fourth Ward, Chrome Yellow is the perfect place to set up shop and work while enjoying specialty coffees, teas, and pastries.
“Their coffee is great - but their staff is incredible. The ambiance is perfect when you need to get work done and sip on a few bevys.”
-Taniya Mollah, Events Marketing Manager
Opening their 1st location in 2017, East Pole Coffee has become an Altanta staple. Dedicated to providing the best coffee experience, East Pole sources single-origin, green coffee from importers who are committed to sustainable agriculture.
“Best drip coffee in town, period. Super strong, tasty, and a perfect way to start the day.”
-Nadine Melo, Content Marketing Manager
Offering over 150 premium teas, ZenTea’s passion is to provide customers with a moment of tranquility steeped within each pot and cup of tea.
“I had my first date with my now husband there. They not only serve all sorts of different teas, but they also have (had, pre-covid) tea classes and high teas (now you can get those to go.) The staff there has always been super sweet and knowledgeable, and they even took the time to set up a tea tasting and help us create your own tea blend for our wedding.”
-Vicky Zhu, Software Engineer
Started in 2004, The beehive is a boutique collective comprised of independent designers with a focus on the local entrepreneur.
“It's so many small shops in one! Everything in their store is from a local creator. You can always find something unique and creative.”
-Whitney Bennett, VP of Talent & Culture