Our city is full of movers and shakers – people working toward making Atlanta an amazing place. We’ve named our top 10 people and organizations who have done incredible things for Atlanta in 2013. Take a look below at the Fallen Arrows Tastemakers of 2013. Think you or someone you know has what it takes to be a future Fallen Arrows Tastemaker? Email us at email@example.com.
If FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) had a poster child, it might be Hugh Malkin. As the brains behind HUGECITY, Malkin has created a way to keep up with your online social calendar while checking out other popular events in your area. HUGECITY also gives you the ability to see what your friends are into and recently launched as an app for on-the-go fun. Want to know where the party is at? This is your guy.
Atlanta is well on it’s way to becoming a more bike-friendly city and there is one woman who is making some serious strides in the progress. Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, is the brains behind Atlanta Streets Alive, the popular event which closes miles of roads to vehicles and opens them to human-powered amusement. We’re all about it.
Brought to Atlanta by the same dudes behind the Bookhouse, Argosy in East Atlanta is pretty impressive in size and offerings. Under the direction of Chef William Silbernagle, Argosy serves a variety of delicious eats – including wood fired pizza. Moral of this story: Argosy will make you feel like a fancy beer drinking pirate right in the middle of EAV.
With a mantra that states ‘weekends are overrated’, Monday Night Brewing has put Atlanta on the map for craft beer. Originality and quality are the highlight with creative names such as Eye Patch Ale, Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, and Fu Manbrew. Now that we know about beer this good, Monday Night Brewing has us working for the weeknight.
If you’ve been to a hip-hop show in Atlanta, chances are it was hosted by D.R.E.S. that BEATnik. As one of the most recognizable faces of the genre, D.R.E.S is a city staple and continues to help keep Atlanta on top of its game. Want to book D.R.E.S? Get in line. This man stays busy and we definitely enjoy following him.
Plywood People give back through two different ways: education and implementation. Plywood People was founded as a way to support organizations who provide aid to the poor, distressed and underprivileged. We’re all about people who walk the walk and talk the talk, and Plywood People have got it figured out.
Sure, MailChimp is an awesome e-newsletter service with loads of personality. But what really gets us about this marketing genius is that they care about Atlanta – a lot. With over 4 million people using MailChimp to create their email marketing, this company actively rewards creative endeavors around our city. So, what have we learned from MailChimp? If you throw a monkey into the mix, even work can become play.
Atlanta-based Jason Travis (J.Trav) snaps photos for loads of well known outlets, including Scoutmob, Creative Loafing, Adult Swim, and CNN. If you’re looking for an awesome photographer to take care of pretty much any project, Jason Travis is your guy. But if you know anything about his “Persona” series, be prepared to empty your pockets.
As Atlanta City Councilman for District 2, Kwanza Hall has helped to champion many different projects that have helped to set Atlanta apart over the past few years. An advocate of Living Walls, Atlanta Streets Alive, and Art on the BeltLine, Hall has been a voice for people looking to make a creative change. One of our favorite projects backed by Hall? His Yo Boulevard! initiative which aims to aid in crime prevention, job training, education and more in the O4W area of Boulevard.
Paul Morris, CEO of the BeltLine
As the head of a multi-billion dollar urban redevelopment initiative, Paul Morris has a lot on his plate. The BeltLine aims to revitalize otherwise under-used areas of Atlanta by creating parks, trails, and transit. We’re patiently awaiting the completion of the 22 mile project. In the mean time we’re thoroughly enjoying the art and activities the BeltLine is already offering.