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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.

Rell Goddy

Most barbers grew up cutting hair for me it started as just a scheme get away from a traditional 9-5 job but I fell in love with the craft. I didn’t pick up any clippers until I started barber school. I was so eager to get better… unsatisfied with my progress I asked my teacher how many heads do I need to cut a day to get better. Read more>>

Karen Gordon

I started my initial business, Garden City Jazz, back in 2003, because I had a great partnership with The City of Augusta in producing and promoting Candlelight Jazz, a small concert series during the summer. That partnership provided an opportunity for us to promote jazz performance. Read more>>

Lana Adams

I grew up in Yeadon, PA, a middle-class African American suburb right outside of West Philadelphia. I’ve always loved storytelling– ever since I was a little girl, I was always writing stories and making little paper books for my family and friends. I’ve also been quite talkative my whole life. Read more>>

Katresia Durden

When I was around 7 or 8 years old. My older brother and I were at Greenbriar Mall and he complained of shoulder pain. Previously I had seen people on television giving massages so I told him I know what to do. He was skeptical, but he told me to go ahead. Read more>>

Jewel Kaio-Johnson

After graduating from Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Performing Arts in Jonesboro, Georgia, I wanted to start doing spoken word poetry. With this being said, I looked for open mic events in the Atlanta area where I could share my craft with others. Read more>>

Timeaus Hill

One day I was thinking to myself is it possible to make more money with a group of people of people instead of by myself so over time I put together this team of people and we all have jobs and work. We have one bank account that we put our money into so we all make about 2,500 a month so if u multiple that buy 12 the answers will be 30,000. Read more>>

Jason Johnson

That’s a long story but I won’t put us through that. Music is life and becomes my biggest passion in 2008. I dropped out of Fort Valley and left to what I now like to call it, “humble myself”. Within this time I’ve been molding and creating the reality I choose to exist in. Read more>>

Tyson Armstrong

Photography has always been a passion of mine. I started with a simple camera phone and was able to capture priceless moments from an artistic point of view. Many people were amazed at my abilities. Therefore, I was fortunate enough to have parents and family to invest/encourage my endeavors. Read more>>

Angelique Scott

I began my creative journey at a young age experimenting with drawing, sewing, painting, and other crafts. I fell in love with working with clay in high school and continued refining my skills throughout college. During college, I received awards for my art and activism which motivated me to become a better creative and leader. Read more>>

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