Happy New Year BuckHaven

I’m not going to hammer you with New Year’s resolution guilt in this letter, or urge you to forgive and forget. I’m sure you’re getting that at every turn.  Personally, I set my goals every summer when I head to the lake and review and reset with my friends while sailing and gazing out into the clear deep water. (Uh oh, I just realized I only have six more months to get my act together!)

This month, we bring you stories of local entrepreneurs working to make their dreams come true while honing ideas and products for the modern marketplace. I met Ruben Rodriguez at my Crossfit gym and we competed on a masters team (he’s a beast!) before I found out he runs a Buckhead company that makes tens of thousands of tortillas every day from scratch, supplying some of our favorite restaurants with chips, and corn and flour tortillas. His parents started the business more than 35 years ago and he works at Los Amigos Tortillas every day to keep the family dream alive.

You’ll also meet two entrepreneurial power houses from Garden Hills (on the cover) who brainstormed over pizza and wine while their children played in the next room and developed an award-winning high tech fabric, launching a gorgeous line of ready-to-wear apparel at Neiman Marcus. The Brrr! brand, based in Buckhead, hits QVC in fashion-forward Italy in June.

There are big ideas all around us. What’s yours? We hope this issue inspires you to listen to your creative voice in 2016.