In the guest chair: REST

This morning was the first show of 2016! Dana rang in the New Year with some very successful guests, a lot of sarcasm, and of course: dancing during commercial breaks. Lloyd Sommers, General Manager of ReST was in the studio to discuss Responsive Surface Technology. ReST is perfecting the sleep experience. Their vision is to meaningfully and positively impact one-third of a person’s day. They have started with the ReST Bed™, which is the world’s first and only smart bed. It automatically responds to your body in real-time throughout the night.  switchyard

Michael Tavani, Founder of  Switchyards Downtown Club dished on branding and design. Switchyards Downtown Club is focused on creating more B2C winners in Atlanta. There won’t be a better place in Atlanta to grow consumer & design-focused companies. Part workspace, part coffee shop, part event series and part incubator, the Switchyards Downtown Club is a members-only gathering place to cultivate ideas, grow brands, and be around the consumer startups creating the future of Atlanta. It’s all happening in a historic 1920’s renovated building downtown. CURB

Scott Fitzgerald, CEO of The Curb, phoned in to give the low-down on how his company is changing the way you make returns. The Curb purchases truckloads of returned appliances and furniture from major retail stores such as Home Depot, Costco, Walmart , Sams club , and target. They test and/or repair the items and then retail them at 50% of original price on their website and in their Tempe warehouse store. frogtten soldier

New York Times Bestselling Author, Brad Taylor, phoned in to give the details on his newest book, “ The Forgotten Solider.” Brad is a New York Times bestselling author of eight previous Pike Logan novels. He served for more than twenty years in the US Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces lieutenant colonel and now lives in Charleston, SC.

In the headlines:

  • Remember back in November when Sandy Springs Planning Commission chair Lee Duncan pitched a monorail system like the one used at Walt Disney theme parks as a potential solution for Sandy Springs’ growing traffic woes?  Well now, Brookhaven and Chamblee are into the idea for their cities as well.  The city of Brookhaven is committing $10,000 to study ways to build a monorail system that would loop through some of Brookhaven’s high-density hotspots.
  • You know that big (totally stupid) Restoration Hardware store in Buckhead?  The one that seems more like a museum or a tourist attraction than an actual store?  Well, apparently the chain is thinking of putting a restaurant in there. Well yeah – of course – like any museum, the way to make money is buy adding food service and gift shops.  Maybe they’ll do that too.
  • Atlanta based Chick-fil-A made a rare exception to their “closed Sunday” policy opening  several restaurants northeast of Dallas on Sunday Dec. 27 after tornadoes ripped through the state.  Though not open to the public, the locations did serve first responders and others affected by the storms.
  • This could be a bad month for some Chick-fil-A fans as the chain has made the decision to drop coleslaw from the menu.  It has been there since 1967.  The restaurant says they will add new items in 2016, but none have been announced yet.
  • Atlanta airport officially made history in 2015 becoming the first airport to serve 100 million passengers in a year.  They broke the record on Sunday December 27th when Larry Kendrick of Biloxi, Miss., stepped off his flight. Kendrick (the lucky duck) was awarded a Nissan vehicle, two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the world from Delta and a $500 gift card.
  • Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz didn’t need luck to make money in 2015… he had something better.  Business savvy.  Remember when we talked about his “ugly” Christmas sweater business?  Well he made over $2 million dollars on those things.  Of that money, a fair amount went back into the community via his T.R.U. Foundation. Specifically, the foundation paid for a year’s rent and new furniture for Deirdre, a disabled veteran and single mother from Palmetto, Georgia. They also donated a minivan to an Atlanta family who lost everything in a house fire.  So he’s not just a smart guy – he’s a good guy to boot.
  • Another Atlanta based “woo hoo” this holiday season… UPS did not miss a beat this season saying they got all deliveries promised by Christmas delivered on time.  FedEx on the other hand not so much.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, January 11th for the next meeting of The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! This month’s selection is THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks. We’ll talk leadership and the line between the “Big Me” and our own inner, personal values. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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