Greetings friends!

My dad was a small business owner and entrepreneur, working with the Detroit automotive industry for nearly 50 years. His plant did vacuum metalizing and injection molding for the Big Three, cranking out tens of thousands shiny silver Chrysler logos for sedan dashboards, long plastic swooshes for exterior trim on Ford station wagons and occasionally working with a pal to design, manufacture and market some cool gizmo or gadget. They weren’t called “start-ups” back then. They were just guys with good ideas, a building full of tools and machines, a list of customers and a copy machine.  As a kid, I would ride my bike to the plant and make five bucks mowing the lawn (which was actually a field of crabgrass and loose rocks) or organize his desk for him. Dad was a Rotarian, contributed to local fundraisers and gave jobs to my siblings and their friends, no matter their skill level or hair length (I had 4 brothers, teens in the 70s). Long Live Sparling Plastic Industries!

This magazine is all about locally owned businesses.  We love to shop locally, depend on referrals from neighbors, and frequent advertisers who invest in the community (and its magazine). This month, we proudly bring you stories of products made here and businesses that make our community their home.

Now it’s time to give them some love. The first ever Best of Perimeter North Lifestyle reader awards are up for grabs and your vote is needed.  All this month, votes will be tallied from the link on our website.  Cheer for your favorite places to shop, eat, drink, workout and more.  Rally your friends and neighbors to vote for the hot spots in your neighborhood.  Winners will be honored at a huge party with results splashed out in our April issue. Head to PerimeterNorthLifestyle.com and cast your votes. Share the contest on your FB and social media channels to spread the love for all our local businesses that make living in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody so special. Vote for your favorite businesses, restos, bars, healthcare providers and more from the link on our website, PerimeterNorthLifestyle.com

Start voting, start shopping!