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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.

Ashley Reese

Five years ago I started my freshman year at Howard University with my mindset on graduating in four years and going on to Physical Therapy school. But in just two years my path quickly changed. After my first year of college I put on roughly 30 pounds and in my own fitness journey. Read more>>

Alan M. Brooks

I was born and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina by a single mother. I remember as a young boy my mom would always ask me, “What do you want to be when you grown up?” I remember not really knowing what I wanted to be. Even though I was a good kid and never gave my mom any trouble. Read more>>

Jordan Searcy

Authentic or Accepted? How do I reveal the true ME? I always had a yearning for pleasing God, to make Him known. But, to what extent? I am compassionate about mankind and have a great desire to demonstrate the humility inside of me. Read more>>

Sherita Cherry

I started doing hair in the college dorm at Clark Atlanta University. I was the baddest hairstylist on the yard until I got a call to the Dean’s Office and was demanded to stop doing hair in the dorms or I would be expelled. They said that my business was causing the utilities to go up because of my booming business. Read more>>

Sejal Love

I moved to Atlanta five years ago with nothing. No friends, no job and nowhere to live. I was an early college graduate, with a lot of work experience in business, sales and media. I had been working since 14 and knew I wanted more for myself so I applied multiple places and passed out over 100 resumes all over the city. Read more>>

Cousin Corrie

I grew up in a small neighborhood called Richmond Heights in Miami, Florida. Being second to youngest of four other siblings in the house, plus having a mother who was so compassionate about helping others, I always knew what it was like to stick together and being optimistic no matter the circumstances you’re in. Read more>>

Dominique Ivory

It all started in Florida this is where I’m from. Music has always been apart of my life, from listening to the radio to singing in the church choir. Coming up as an artist is a journey and it hasn’t been an easy one. Read more>>

Ivory Palmgren

I watched my grandmother bake a lot of things when I was younger and even though her and I weren’t that close, I watched how much she loved baking and how much love she put into her pastries. And it wasn’t until I started actually baking that I knew what that felt like. I love it and it’s also my place of zen (if that makes any sense). Read more>>

Mykel T. Brooks and Bakari Vashon

The Lab Rats Ink, founded by – super producers and songwriters – Mykel T. Brooks and Bakari Vashon – is a cohort of songwriters/engineers/producers and R&B/Pop artists. We started in Atlanta in December 2018, and collectively we have established the company and have extended members in Germany. Read more>>

Marchell Sade

Marchell Smith better known as Marchell Sade is an American Actress and Real Estate phenomenon. Born in Miami, Florida raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her younger years, she expressed her athletic abilities through gymnastics, volleyball, swim team, ballet and hip hop choreography. Read more>>

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