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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.

Sativa Belser

I wasn’t exposed to social hookah smoking until I moved to Atlanta, early 2019. I’ve tried hookah smoking once or twice back home in Ohio, but it was a different ball game when I got to Atlanta; a totally different experience. The hookah scene here is like no other. I have witnessed the popularity of hookah smoking amongst the young crowd, and the more my social life expanded in this new city of mine, the more I fell in love with it too. Hookah smoking makes me feel good, in a sense of a buzz-like effect, and it’s a social activity that I find fun to share amongst my peers. In Atlanta, you will find hookahs in just about any nightclub and a few restaurants and lounges too. I found interest in starting my own hookah business, Sohl Hookah, with hopes of expanding social hookah smoking. I want to widen the use of hookah smoking to different audiences, and the best way to do that is to bring the hookahs to private events… events where you normally won’t find hookahs, such as weddings, corporate parties, birthday parties, things of that nature. My goal is to provide a pleasant hookah experience to any event while sharing my love for hookah with clients and their guests. Read more>>

Hank McClarty

● I have been an intense goal-setter since a young age. ● My goal setting allowed me to achieve a football scholarship to Auburn. ● After college, I discovered that I was really good at serving clients, which lead to a prestigious financial services career. ● I soon started to receive recognition, success, and wealth as one of the youngest and best in the financial industry. ● I was exactly where I wanted to be, but I started to believe the hype. ● I recast my vision — away from success and toward significance. ● This vision created Gratus Capital, a Top 100 wealth management firm in the US founded on the principles of gratitude and humility. Read more>>

Lakisha Corbett

I was miserable working at a storage company for years but I wouldn’t quit. I didn’t know what else what out there and the pay was pretty good until one day I randomly got fired and it felt like my world was crashing down. My BF disappeared shortly after and I needed to come to turn with the fact that nothing is permanent. Change is inevitable. So I started a blog writing about my self-discovery and being unsure of who I am and what I wanted to do. Which lead me to the personal development world and I became obsessed. I made the commitment to learn how to love myself. Which lead to me starting a business helping women love themselves despite all the painful things in their past that made them believe they were unlovable. Read more>>

Tamika England

It’s ironic that only those close to me truly know my journey. I never grew up imagining that one day, I would own a private practice, treating individuals that look like me. Sometimes I stand back in amazement of where my life is today and think “wow”! Who knew that back when I was struggling with depression anxiety, suicide attempts, grief, and so much more many many years ago that all the pain I endured would be the breakthrough I needed for me to live purposefully. I never went through life thinking about what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. I always knew I desired to live a life full of meaningful experiences. The joy comes in the surprise of what those experiences look like and when they would make their way to me. One of the experiences was the desire to enlist in the Armed Forces. It was so far-fetched, those who knew were shocked, to say the least, and didn’t believe I would go through with it. Read more>>

Adea MCclendon-Dunn

I was always into hair for as long as I could remember. When I finally got into doing hair; I started as a braider around 11 years old. I later found out that I hated braiding and switched to being a hairstylist. High school was my peak when I really started to build clientele and take my business somewhat serious. I started working in shops around 16/17 and becoming known for doing hair around Milwaukee, Wi; where I’m from originally. I remember denying my talents for a while because people downplay hairstylists as if hairstylists can only make so much money. But once I started to believe in what I was building, big things started to happen for me. At 18/19, I moved to Atlanta, GA where I felt like I could get more exposure to hair. Which, I did get more than I could’ve asked for. I started working with an artist within the first couple of months in Atlanta and ever since just been building my name and platform. Read more>>

Tyesha Ward

I have a background in Healthcare Management while a great filed to be in, it was the best for a new mother that wanted to have the flexibility to spend time with her children. I didn’t want to have to miss important events and dates, and I didn’t want to be restricted on when I could travel so Real Estate is the path I took for a new full-time career. While my first start in the profession was in 2005, I did not focus on real estate full time until 2013. I was determined to be able to walk away from Corporate America permanently and become my own BOSS. Fast forward today 2021, I am licensed in 3 states and soon to add one more. I’m licensed in Florida and Alabama and a Realtor and Georgia as a Real Estate Broker. Real Estate is truly my passion if I had to do it all over again, I would obtain my business degree and complete my Real Estate course right out of high school. Nevertheless, I’m here today servicing families across the globe giving them the luxury of having their piece of the pie in real estate. Read more>>

Truitt Taylor

Taylor Construction + Design began as Taylor Design Shop in 2017 after I felt called to leave my job in corporate education. I started in my 400 sq ft garage with no tools and as a woodworking hobby for me. In October of 2019, I hired my first employee. A year later, we moved into a 1400 sq ft warehouse and began making custom furniture, custom cabinetry, and then transitioned into renovations. Our strong attention to detail led to our first kitchen renovation in 2019 which was completed in five days! The team’s skills of woodworking and design went into focusing on renovations. In 2021, we moved into a 3,000 sq ft shop and the team grew to five full-time employees. We currently work with mid to high-end renovations ranging from $50k – $500k. Read more>>

Niyah Chanel

It all started back when I was a freshman in high school. I was always into taking pictures of family and friends and my pictures that I would take everybody would love them. I knew a lot about compositions and lighting. I ended up getting my first Sony camera in 2016 for Christmas. I really didn’t think I was too much into being a photographer I felt like I had enough time to see what I really wanted to be when I grow up. Years later, I am now 22 I moved to Atlanta. Been here for a year now and started doing photography in April of 2021. I am looking forward to going back to college to take courses for mass productions so that I am able to learn more about videos and photography. Read more>>

KiKi Longmire

I grew up in Pensacola, Florida where everyday is the same. People think that when you say Pensacola you’re talking about the beach, but no the beach is 35 minutes away. Pensacola is a small town with nothing new, just the same thing everyday. There is a lot of violence & everyone knows everyone. When I turned 18 I knew I wanted more in life & a better area to live. I moved out & started making a life for myself. I now am currently living in Decatur, Georgia. I am an influencer/blogger. Most of my following is on Instagram & Snapchat. I just post myself everyday & try to be consistent with posting every time I go out for the day. I got my following from just being myself & showing the real me! I love to post & show everyone what’s it’s like in my day. Read more>>

Darry Israel

My journey in photography started way before I even knew that I would grow to be a photographer. Born and raised in Haiti, my grandma would visit us periodically. Whenever she visited, she would buy and bring one of those old Kodak film cameras and for some odd reason thinking back on it, my parents trusted me to take the photos.***Their trust gave me the confidence to continue being the family photographer. However, as I got older writing became my creative outlet. I wanted to write books and do lectures etc. But God had other plans for me, at the age of 18 I moved to New York City. My mother fought really hard for me to get into a good high school instead of having to take the GED because of my age. It was all in the plan because that’s where I joined a photography club to embellish my resume for college. There I met the love of my life, we dropped out of school and decided to get married and build a family. Read more>>

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