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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.

Justin and Joshua Marcus

The other founder is my older brother Joshua Marcus, and we’re both originally from Macon, GA. Webhead Fitness is a fitness site for people/athletes to find a trainer that’s closest to them based on their location as well as for trainers to be marketed for free on the same platform. Being from Macon, GA, I realized there are many overlooked athletes in my hometown and even more so across the entire world. Read more>>

Tiara Ponce

Art. Art is the reason, the purpose and the vision. I started young. My mom said I made her a pair of earrings at seven years old. I don’t even make jewelry for money but I teach those classes now as the in house and out house artist for The Tubman Museum. I remember my mom always allowing me to shop at the arts and craft store instead of buying toys at Toys R Us. I was always sketching something, but I never went to art school. Read more>>

Amber Mayfield

I started TO BE HOSTED in 2017 when I was still working in the television industry. I knew I wanted to plan events, but I was struggling to find a job. At the same time, I also noticed that dinner parties and supper clubs in New York did not cater to the young people of color. So I started hosting dinner parties to create networking opportunities for my peers while building my portfolio as an event planner. Read more>>

Bree Mitchell

I was born to be an entrepreneur. I didn’t always know it. My Dad has been a serial entrepreneur for the majority of my life. Growing up, he always told my siblings and me how much he regretted not getting a college degree. It never made much sense to me why he had this regret because I saw how successful he was without one. Regardless, my parent’s biggest wish for me was to get a higher education. Read more>>


I can’t even see the stars, but we still wish! – Nipsey Hussle Nothing comes overnight, But with hard work and dedication, you can overcome anything! Perseverance Just knowing the storm does not last forever. Sometimes people tend to forget to move at their own pace. I don’t try to keep up with anyone I’m in my own lane going at my own pace, and I allow my thoughts to create my reality. Read more>>

Dwayne Lattimore

Candle Farm was started in Dunwoody, Georgia in January 2018 after hearing my mother complain about her factory job of 15 plus years. I was looking for a way to help and support the woman who cared for me relentlessly as a child! My response was to build a company with integrity and value for it’s customers and if we “do right” by everyone, the rest should be history! After a few days of thinking, Candle Farm sprung into existence and we haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Obrenka Thompson

I was born an only child, so my cousins were my first best friends. I never really had to worry about a nagging little sister or a mean older brother. I always had my own space, but there were times when I desired companionship. Surprisingly growing up, I was shy. However, I made friends fairly easy and did not have a problem with socializing. I am sure my high school best friends and college crew would agree.  Read more>>

Cierra Manning

I started baking because at family dinner, we never had dessert. My grandmother is a great cook, but she rarely baked cakes. I would bake a lemon pound or bring cupcakes to add a touch of sweetness to Sunday dinner. When I moved to Atlanta in 2016, I attended my first cake decorating class as a way to destress from my IT career. Exploring cake decorating was an outlet for a hectic IT career. Read more>>

Lauren Robbins

I began my post-collegiate career as an event planner in New York City. Not only was it a wonderful way to explore the sights of a new city, but it was also a lesson in learning how to transform a space completely. Initial walk-thru’s began of space as a brick loft and on the day of an event were transformed into a spectacular, linen-draped wedding venue. The transformation process and result captured me, and I was immediately hooked. Read more>>

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