Kick off the new year with these inspiring Atlantans and new businesses. Best Self Atlanta’s Local Love features five local stories and happenings you won’t want to miss!
Brooksmade Gourmet Foods
Alpharetta-based business Brooksmade Gourmet Foods is officially the “Best in Barbeque” for 2022-2023. The company was recently recognized for its exceptional line of clean-label, locally-sourced sauces and seasonings at the Georgia Food Product Contest. Each award-winning recipe is crafted by executive chef, Walter Brooks Jr., and inspired by his Southern roots. Grab a bottle at your local grocery store coming soon!
Sebastian Pintxos Bar
Escape into the soul-warming vibes of Spain at the new Sebastian Pintxos Bar in midtown. Live performances from Spanish guitarists, flamenco dancers and DJs spice up the scene and shareable favorites like the Ricotta Con Crema de Limon hit the spot. Plus, indulge in a glass of custom-made Sangria crafted table side.
818 Juniper St. NE., Atlanta, www.sebastianpintxosbar.com
The Galloway School
Students at The Galloway School just launched one of the nation’s first Neurodiversity Alliances. The organization seeks to advocate for education systems that support the unique needs and goals of neurodiverse students. Led by nonprofit Eye to Eye, the alliance seeks to build allyship through an initiative that connects high school students who have learning differences with middle schoolers facing similar challenges.
215 Chastain Park Ave. NW., Atlanta, www.thendalliance.
Glide through this chilly season as Pullman Yards transforms its Rail Park into a winter wonderland outdoor skating rink! Now through February 15, the popular rink will feature first-come, first-served skating along with a toasty marshmallow bar offering festive libations like “Gimme S’more” with graham cracker whiskey, hot cocoa and Bailey’s.
225 Rogers St. NE., Atlanta., www.pullmanyards.com
The Zero Co
From the minds of husband-wife duo Cory and Malory Atkinson, creators of Elemental Spirits Co., comes Atlanta’s first non-alcoholic bottle shop The Zero Co. The Poncey-Highland storefront will carry over 300 alcohol-free spirits, wines and beers perfect for keeping that resolution of cutting back without cutting out the fun.
626 North Highland Ave. NE., Atlanta, www.thezeroco.co