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Published on January 22nd, 2015 |

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BBA names LEGOLAND 2014 Business of Year at luncheon

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, located in the Phipps Plaza mall, was named 2014 Buckhead Business of the Year Thursday (Jan. 22) during the Buckhead Business Association’s 2015 Annual Luncheon meeting.

David Cummings at a PATH400 opening event earlier this month.

David Cummings at a PATH400 opening event earlier this month.

The headline speaker at the annual luncheon was Jan Singer, CEO of Buckhead-based Spanx. (To read that story, go here.)

Assuming the order of presentation of the four other finalists for the Business of the Year were by number of votes, it would appear that women’s clothing boutique Morgan Kylee was the second choice, men’s and women’s clothing outlet Onward Reserve came in third, followed by Flywheel fitness center as fourth and Bhojanic restaurant fifth.

The 2013 Buckhead Business of the Year Award went to Bella Bags, a true Buckhead-headquartered company. From BuckheadView’s investigation, the only Buckhead-based business in the finalists for the 2014 Award was Morgan Kylee.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centers is headquartered in the Orlando, FL area and the LEGO corporate office is located in Bloomfield, CT.

The Buckhead Business of the Year Award is sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The three additional BBA awards presented Thursday—but which had been previously announced—were sponsored by Georgia Primary Bank.

The Bullish on Buckhead Award was presented to David Cummings, who bought the traditional office building at the corner of Piedmont and Lenox Roads and converted it into Atlanta Tech Village, an open concept space where entrepreneurs and think tanks can emerge and grow.

Part of the landscaping at Buckhead Atlanta that won the award.

Part of the landscaping at Buckhead Atlanta that won the award.

The Buckhead Beautification Award was presented to Buckhead Atlanta, the developer of which, OliverMcMillan, committed $10 million to the landscaping of the six-block, 8-acre mixed-use community which opened in 2014 in the Village area of Buckhead.

Jenny Levison, who took a successful career on theater stages and developed a possibly more successful career in the restaurant business, won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. “Souper Jenny,” as she and some of her eateries are now known, has turned two restaurants into six in the past couple of years and now has a staff of close to 50 employees.

Outgoing 2014 BBA President Brian McGuire said in opening luncheon remarks, “2014 was a year of ribbon cuttings… I think more than the previous five years combined.”

McGuire added, “Buckhead is thriving again, and many of the projects that opened in the past year, had been in the works for years”: Buckhead Atlanta, the MARTA pedestrian bridge, the I-85 fly-over ramp and PATH400.

“As Buckhead grows, so does the BBA,” McGuire reported. “We’ve added more than 100 members this past year, and had record attendance at all our events, thanks to an engaged board and hard-working staff.” Current membership is more than 270, representing more than 200 companies.

Increased membership and community involvement are among incoming Buckhead Business Association (BBA) president Greg Davis’ goals for the new year. Davis the 64th BBA president assumed his new post during the BBA’s Annual Luncheon.

He outlined four areas that sum up the goals: membership growth, membership involvement, financial accountability and community involvement and support.

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