We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Pete’ and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jen, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
In the start-up phase which was many years I definitely had the mind that that I lived to work. As the company grew, so did I personally with the biggest part of that growth being having my son Seven who is now 12. He’s the biggest contributor to why I made a change in that I work to live now.

What should our readers know about your business?
Zifty.com and Sling.com are both web based on-demand delivery companies. Zifty is our consumer brand and Slingshop is our B2B business. We got started in 2003 way before the giants of Silicone Valley and boot strapped our business to where it is today. You can find us delivering for restaurants and brands in Georgia, Washington D.C. and New York. Unlike our competitors we are not fee heavy to our restaurants and partners, you can always talk to a real person who actually works for us and we are the epitome of local. When our customers order from our platform they are not only supporting a company born in Atlanta they are supporting their local neighborhood restaurant and brands too. That’s a nice ripple affect to be part of helping generate revenue streams in our community. We are beyond proud of that.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here’s my itinerary: (in no particular order) Health wise: drop in for one of Missy’s kick boxing classes at Vesta Movement and Lucy’s restorative yoga class at Nirvana Studios. Sights & Visits: The Indian temple BAPS off of Jimmy Carter to hear the beautiful chanting and see the inside. It’s unreal. Bike ride on the West Side Belt Line for the views and the art, walk through Old Fourth Ward with a stop at Martin Luther King Memorial, check out the views from the roof top at the Clermont Lounge. There’s always an Atlanta United game, a show at Terminal West or Tabernacle, the Civil Rights Museum. Eats: Dinner at Ruby Chow’s, late night burger at Marcel, queso and marg’s at Mezcalito’s with a stroll in Oakland cemetery after, brunch at Twisted Soul Cookhouse, pizza to go from Grant Central East with two bottles of Rose from 3 Parks Wine. Late night: dive bar drinks at Bigelow’s and the Flat Iron, Mary’s in East Atlanta for dancing and Octopus bar for snacks. (post COVID)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh where to start with this! I honestly cannot list just one…so I will take the liberty of a naming a few. 1. My business partner Todd Miller. It has been 17 years in business together and he’s been there through ALL of it. The personal, the professional, the freak outs, the awards, the midnight problem solving. 2. My family. My parents have always let me discover who and what I wanted to be and given me the space to navigate that. There’s no one on this planet that makes me laugh harder than my sister and brother. They are also brilliant in ways I will never be. 3. Seven -my 12 year old. He’s my person! He’s my light. He taught me what love really is. 4. My ex-husband. He’s an amazing co-parent and dad and friend. 5. My best friend Erin. She knows why.

Website: www.zifty.com  www.slingshop.com
Instagram: @ziftyjen
Twitter: @zifty
Facebook: @zifty

Image Credits
Al Dixon

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