Despite the many millions chain stores and restaurants spend on marketing and advertising along with their ubiquitous locations, there is still room for a local entrepreneur who commits himself or herself to doing something exceptionally well.
There is a local place we've found where the owners are all in and pride still matters. It's called Big Shanty Smokehouse on Cherokee Street in Kennesaw. Opened a few years ago by Chic Dillard, his wife Sissy and their daughter Shannon, my wife Susie and I happened to be among their first customers. We've watched this trio labor tirelessly to serve up some of the best barbecue you'll find in Atlanta and maybe even the state.
As the holidays approach and you consider spending your money, think about the businesses owned by your friends and neighbors first. Like the Dillard's establishment, many are worthy of your patronage and loyalty.