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.
Dennis Crump Jr.
I currently operate 3C Sports Training, we specialize in providing track and field speed training from youth to professional athletes. The company name is inspired by my three daughters Dakota, Kameron, and Alyssa. The 3C Sports brand started in 2009 as 3C Sports officials, we provided professional referee services for sports leagues in the metro Atlanta area. That lead to 3C Sports and Adventures started in 2013 in the middle east, Abu Dhabi. I moved abroad to Abu Dhabi, UAE and formulated the first American-based adult sports leagues in the United Arab Emirates. The main sport that grew popular in the country was adult American kickball, along with a host of other sports. The brand is currently relevant and operating in the Abu Dhabi region and recognized as the the fasting growing expat business in the United Arab Emirates. Read more>>
Started in September 2019 Just hit two years of entrepreneurship on September 13th, 2021 I started off with research on how to produce lip gloss, package it, market it, and target an audience. Following this, I began marketing on Instagram and released my glosses on September 13th. I underwent a rebrand in January 2021 because I wanted to minimalize my logo and brand overall while letting the marketing do the talking. I won a Shark Tank at my university, winning a grant to expand my business.My biggest focus as of right now is coming out with Quality, vegan lip glosses so each individual can pick the perfect one for them. Read more>>
Torre Prothro Wiley PhD
I am a native of Atlanta, GA. I grew up on the Southside/ Campcreek area in a middle class suburban community. My parents both worked in corporate America and taught me how important your work ethic is and to have an unrelenting love and respect for God. I have been a therapist since I was probably 11 years old. I was always giving advise and very concerned about my family and friends. As fate would have it after I finished college, I didn’t go right into Psychology; I became a hairdresser for several years. Funny, I was still a therapist even then. After a failed marriage and two small girls to raise; I went to graduate school. I also returned to waiting tables (a trade that has assisted me since college) as I earned my Master’s degree and doctorate in Behavioral Psychology. Even then while waiting tables, I was still counseling and helping people. After receiving my doctorate in Psychology, I began working for several agencies and practices in the Atlanta metro area with several different psychological diagnoses. Read more>>
My story is amazing. I started my brand Tefani Boutique in 2017. After sustaining a back injury, working in the nursing field. I needed to find ways to make money until I got back to work. Fashion always been eye-catching for me. So, I decided to start my own business using my name. Because my name is unique itself. I left the nursing field and started working more on my business as I went to school for Pharmacy Technician. During my career as a pharmacy technician, I worked during the day and did pop-up shops at night for my brand. My busiest pop-up shops were every Thursday at Amsterdam Lounge, located in Washington D.C. During that year, I decided to move to Atlanta and start my future over. Moving to Atlanta was the best thing for me and my son. He’s doing great in school and sports. I’m doing so great in my business. This was the perfect move. In 2019, I made the decision to become a full-time entrepreneur. No more playing around. I had one job to do when I moved here. Which was to grow my business. Read more>>
I’ve always been a crafty girl. I grew up doing arts and crafts with my mom and both of my grandmothers – sewing, painting, ceramics and such. But as I became entrenched in my adult life, I kind of grew away from them. Then the pandemic hit. I turned to TikTok (as so many others did) for some entertainment and inspiration. I was watching videos about tie-dyeing and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” So a friend came over and we tried it out on a few of our old T-shirts. Well, I guess it stuck with me more than her because I took it beyond that afternoon. I was soon dyeing everything in my closet, as well as dyeing the clothes and undershirts of the family I nanny for during the week. Soon, it completely took over my little one-bedroom apartment, and I knew I had to find a way to get it out of there. My first “pop-up” was with a folding table on the sidewalk outside of my apartment where my neighbors bought T-shirts and beaded bracelets I had made and was taking custom orders for. It wasn’t much, but it was a start!. Read more>>
I’ve enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember. During the holidays (and any other chance I could find), I would help my mom bake cookies and pies. The first Christmas after I graduated college I got my own real mixer – which is still going strong 14 years later! I officially started up my business at the end of 2020 as an outlet after a very stressful several months at my corporate job; I needed more “joy” in my life and my husband encouraged me to take my love of baking to the next level. I started small with some cookie treat boxes for friends to gift to their coworkers at the holidays as well as hot chocolate bombs and cakesicles (cake pops that look like small popsicles), and have continued to grow from there. Read more>>
Hartwood began unusually – in the middle of a global pandemic. In June 2020, a new stream of creativity overflowed in this new cabin-fever filled environment. We began with handmade cards, added stickers, and merged ourselves into the wedding industry creating unique invitations for dozens of brides. Dried floral arrangements made their way into our business during the Christmas season, and now we spend most of our time creating arrangements for weddings, showers, or for an elegant touch in homes. We are currently sold in The Gibson Co. in Cumming, GA and sell online on Etsy as well as our own website. Read more>>
Terri Ann Heiman
My work in the Healing Arts began by making jewelry with crystals and stones. My jewelry was sold in high end boutiques in NYC and the Hamptons. My hands were blessed by Shamans for my beading work in making sacred objects. Without even knowing it, those same blessings led to my first Spiritual teacher after my husband of 13 years announced he was in love with another woman. In that moment of announcement, the universe stood still as I heard myself ask.. Who was I.? Who had I been listening to? Not me. Not my spirit. Those thoughts changed my life… The path I’d been on came to an abrupt end in the matter of a few minutes. My partner, my soulmate, the man I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with been having an affair with a woman at his office. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. Where had I been? Where was I? WHO was I? I found myself lost. Afraid. And in need of major help. I had two small children that needed me. I knew somehow I had to not only survive but also dig deep inside and find my courage to move forward. Read more>>
I moved to Atlanta Five years ago in pursuit of a rap career. While on that journey I landed in Jermaine Dupri’s studio to record a song due to a friend everyone in Atlanta know l’s by the name of “Lil baller” and I had my personal camera with me. There was a Dj in the studio by the name of “Kyra Chaos” that needed to be filmed urgently and she noticed my camera. She instantly asked me could I film something for her I tried to get out of it but she wouldn’t let me. I shot and edited her interview she like it and the rest is history. Five years later, I have a growing company and I’ve filmed for excecutives like Paris Baldwin, Carlos King, Markus Burns, Earl Barlow love and hip hop Viacom and more. All this came about from hard work, prayer and being a good person I believe. I had no schooling on film or being a director it was just a natural god given gift that I’m still fine-tuning ’til this day. Read more>>