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Buckhead’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of Buckhead’s gems below.

Shavannah Moore

I am an Entrepreneur, Life Development Coach, Philanthropist, Author, Visionary, Wife and Mother! I am on a mission to kill the status quo for every minority woman and mom and what we’ve been conditioned to believe for generations. I have set out on a quest to Empower & Inspire Women by helping them find their voice and become the best version of themselves in their career/business. I’ve transformed my own personal and professional life by embracing my calling to teach, coach, heal and lead on purpose! Read more>>

SeQuan Tutt

Before I graduated from Alabama A & M University with my Masters in Business Administration, I got the idea and the name for my company. But I know that I wanted to work in corporate America for a short time to learn the business. I worked for companies such as the Department of the Interior, Amazon, and Small Business Administration until one day in 2018. I got the courage to leave my position and pursue my dreams for my company. I used every dime I had for start-up cost and started from there. My client basis grow from my friends and family to random people contacting me via the internet. Business was doing so well that I was able to move from North Carolina to Georgia. This gave me a bigger audience to carter too and more opportunities to pursue. Read more>>

Jennifer Winingder

I am an Atlanta native who moved to New York when I was ten and spent my high school and college years in the Northeast, at Andover and at Brown University. I came back to Atlanta after graduating in 1992 and had what I would call and quarter-life crisis. I knew that I was interested in the non-profit, social justice world- in those days, the most prominent options were something like CARE, UNICEF, Peace Corps. I also was consumed with questions about the nature of life, my purpose, which God or the Divine was to me, and I was going through some personal transformations. I confronted some unhealthy family dynamics and entered the seminary at the same time. I believed seminary offered me the chance to learn more about God and grow in my own spiritual identity, study, and get connected to others asking the same questions. I am still doing this almost 3o years later. Read more>>

Aubrey Brown

I first decided that I wanted to go to law school after learning that a family member had been arrested on drug charges. He was represented by a Public Defender who seemed less than interested in his understanding of his case or his situation. I don’t even think his attorney really remembered his name! This experience made me determined to ensure stuff like that never happened to anyone else’s family. After graduating from law school from The University of Georgia School of Law, I took my first long-term position with the Fulton County Public Defenders Office. It was there I was truly able to grow into a fierce advocate. The mentoring and organizations I was able to join while at the office truly shaped my defense skills. Read more>>

Cori Finglass

About two and a half years ago, I walked out of the doors of my job within Corporate America as an Oracle-based technology consultant. I left those doors without a plan, without a new full-time job, without a consistent compensation. One thing I did leave those doors with was excitement, confidence and dedication towards my unknown career path going forward. I knew in my heart I had a passion for health and wellness that I would put forth every ounce of energy I had to pursue. I do not share this story to convince you to quit your corporate job. I’m not here to tell you that everything will be sunshine and rainbows on the other side. That is not the case, and likely will take a lot of hard work to get to that point. Read more>>

Sofia Palmero

When I graduated high school and went to college, the plan was simple: get good grades, take the LSAT, get into an awesome law school, become a successful lawyer. Then, halfway through my third year, I was struck by the realization that I didn’t want to be a lawyer. It was like someone had pulled the entire earth out from under me and I was floating directionless in space. Then my dad died the year before I was set to graduate and any motivation I had evaporated. I was listless, just trying to make it from one day to the next without completely losing my mind. Two things brought me back. One was a creative writing class I decided to take my senior year. Read more>>

Portia Brewer

I am a native of Detroit, MI, a place I call home and spent the majority of my formative years. My journey into fashion started at the tender age of 8. I aspired to compete and hold the title as Miss America. In my extremely early preparations for the competition, I would sketch my clothing for each competitive segment, unbeknownst to me that this was the beginning of my true love for fashion. From that moment on, I would sketch fashion designs in my free time. I also hold one other nostalgic memory, my grandmother and I would make clothing for my Barbie dolls out of old socks. I believe this was my introduction to actually turning a design into a constructed piece on a small scale. Read more>>

Maurizio Bortolussi

Maurizio Bortolussi was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in a bilingual household with two older brothers. Bortolussi’s entrepreneurial spirit began at the age of 18, Bortolussi, when he started his first company: Reunion Rivolta. Everything changed when at 19, his grandmother taught him how to sew. He left his company and ran with a new passion. With new knowledge, Bortolussi hand-stitched custom shirts and jackets, sewing pieces to the garments to create something totally new. This led to his first collection, which he dedicated to his uncle. Read more>>

Brittany Webb

I was in my car and I prayed for two things, to join the military and to start a business. I didn’t know which direction my higher power was going to take me, but I knew I was destined for greatness. I took action into joining the military and that wasn’t destined for me. I then prayed to start a business. I didn’t know what I wanted to invest in or do; until one day, my mom and I talked about bikinis and how much I love to embrace my body. We spoke upon me investing in getting my Limited Liability Corporation and a week later, I put action into my passion. I was able to launch my business within a month and excel extremely. Read more>>

Myron Abernathy

I was first stung by the salsa bug back in High School. Towards the end of my senior year, we had a multi-cultural festival in which I saw several of my friends participating in the Latin portion of the event. Some of them were dancing, and I had no idea what I was looking at at the time (I would realize later they were dancing Merengue), but I thought to myself, “Wow. I would love to be able to do that someday.” I wanted to be able to specifically do the activity they were doing, but I deep down, I also wanted to be able to do ANYTHING in front of a crowd like that. Back then, I had horrible stage fright and couldn’t stand having all eyes on me. Read more>>

Kiyanni Williams

Well, I guess I can say it started in Brooklyn, New York, as soon as I was able to move and spoke my first words; once that happen, I never stopped moving. Fast forward a little to me getting a job at 16 as soon as I could work, I did (Literally got a job the weekend of my Birthday lol). Being from an entertaining and diverse family, it was never a dull moment. I was social and love to meet new people so when I was able to work, I knew that it had to be where I could talk to people. At sixteen that started my career in the Service/Hospitality Business. Read more>>

Rodney Holloway

My story in business in 2011 after being up late at night and coming across a Master P interview with DJ skee on YouTube about owning your digital masters and rap snacks. There I learned the value of ownership within a 10-minute interview on my small iPhone screen. I knew my passion was not music but I did take out of if you own something, you can control the message and create a market of your own. The energy of that interview, along with being a Black Man in America where we once were not allowed to read-write or even express our creativity, is what caused me to decide that business is the path I wanted to embark on. Upon a random encounter in early 2012 with Dallas Imbimbo, who got his start on the TV show, “The Amazing Race.” I was allowed to learn the Medical Marijuana business from him. Read more>>

Nicole Harris

I started making candles during my senior year at the University of Maryland- Eastern Shore. The intensity of matriculation began to weigh on me insomuch that I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. The only thing that I felt safe about connecting with was creativity. I scrolled through Pinterest and was struck by the idea of candle making. Initially, I experimented with soy wax, but after more research, I found that beeswax candles have an abundance of health benefits; like the fact that they ease asthma and allergy symptoms and anxiety. As a connoisseur of homeopathic remedies, I thought, why not give this a try for easing my allergies and anxiety. After creating my first batch of candles, I fell in love with the process and results. The beeswax had such a warm and romantic natural fragrance and it neutralized the air in my home. Read more>>

Jo Di

I’m one who strongly believes that life is all about the journey we take, the character that we develop and the story that we get to share because of those experiences. I grew up in a small city about 15 minutes from downtown Birmingham, AL, Brighton. The bulk of my childhood, I focused my attention on my love for reading and creative writing. At school, I was what most would have considered the “teacher’s pet,” but in actuality, I have just always had a love for learning as much as possible. I have always been fascinated with the idea of intellectual growth and the connections between how literacy (reading and writing in combination with focused research) can lend a way to understanding culture and the deepest parts of ourselves as well as our connection to society. Read more>>

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