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College Park’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 College Park’s gems below.

Tamika Watson

Her Love Clothing LLC is not only an urban clothing line but a movement. A movement to instill the empowerment of women and the love of self. A movement to let everyone know that we (women) are queens and should have the right to demand to be treated as such. I’ve always had a love for fashion. It was one of the ways I dealt with my self esteem. Read more>>

Theran Shields

I was first introduced to real estate investing when I was 25. I joined the military as a police officer and cross trained to become an honor graduate sniper. While I was in the military, I was faced with difficult times. My wife, at the time, went to prison and delivered my daughter while incarcerated. I was faced with being a single father, the military picked her case up and prosecuted me for related crimes due to her being my dependent. Read more>>

Tiara Daniel

I am a humble entrepreneur, not because of my smile and genuine personality but because of my customer service and psychology skills! I am honored to be recognized for my ambition, creativity, customer loyalty and go-getter mindset; and for my mentorship- not only towards my position as a behavior coach for my school district but every genuine soul that has comes in contact with me! The one thing that I am most proud of is that I do not let what life throws at me I continue to follow my dreams. Read more>>

Tracy Hartley

Getting out of Mobile, Alabama was my only goal in life in 1982. So I left. I was 22 years old and my girlfriend, now my wife joined me soon after I arrived in Atlanta. Best two things that ever happened to me, moving to Atlanta and asking my wife to join me. We were kids and knew nothing. So there was nothing to stop us from doing exactly what we wanted to do. We were lucky and we made good decisions. Read more>>

Lester Bailey Jr.

I come from a background of artists from musicians to visual artists, so growing up learning various forms of art was second nature. I always saw myself as an actor, singer or fashion designer, but image-wise I never thought I fit the mold of what I saw on television. With great supportive friends and family, I started off styling those closest to me. I would create looks from head to toe, including makeup and hair. Read more>>

Emily Castillo

The road to Ethos Classical has been one built on tenacity, commitment, and love. I began my career with Teach For America in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was teaching high school English at a school that was on the state take-over list because it was one of the lowest performing schools in the state of North Carolina. Our school had a tremendous School Leader, and in just three years. Read more>>

Katesha “KD” Reid

I started Urmorethan (pronounced You Are More Than) after suffering from a season of depression and darkness. A season where I had no idea who I was anymore, a season where I felt devalued as an employee, I felt bogged down my titles of wife and mother, and I felt confused. As a counselor, I didn’t know who I could turn to because the stigma I had once fought to eliminate was setting on my shoulders. Read more>>

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