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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.

Brandis Jennings

I started working in the interior design industry a few months after graduating with a degree in interior design from Ga Southern University. I loved working as a design assistant and later a junior designer, but would get frustrated from time to time because I often felt like I wasn’t able to really and truly “spread my wings”. I remembered my father telling me that he didn’t feel that I would truly “be happy” until I worked for myself. About three and a half years after starting my career as an interior designer, the market tanked and I, like many others, found myself unemployed.  Read more>>

Amanda Doman

After having my first child (Victoria) , I realized how important it was for her father and I to remain the main influences in her life. What started out as an idea or thought, became my mindset with my all my children. I am big on teaching my children to guard their hearts and create emotional stability in their life, therefore, creating a schedule that would fit with their schedule was imperative for me. It was not easy having to go from job to job however, it was a sacrifice I chose to make. Read more>>

Louis Laurentt

I got started in music early at the age of 9 in the church. My grandfather played the keyboard, my grand mother and mother sang and directed the choir and my auntie sang as well. I grew up listening to all types of music as a result of being around my grandparents and my mother from dusties to gospel, and anything in between. At the age of 13 I picked up being a dj for friends and family gatherings and school functions furthering my musical ear and at the age of 17 I decided I didn’t want to just play music I wanted to be the one making the music. Read more>>

Erika E. Wade

I got my start in producing by chance. I’ve always considered myself a writer, and I do mean always. Since I’ve been able to speak, I’ve dictated stories and anecdotes to family members to record. That always came out in a confident and very self-assured way. Storytelling runs in my family. At gatherings and functions, we tell stories. It’s a part of our lifeblood. Producing, however, fell into my lap because a professor at SCAD saw my natural skillsets and applied the correct language and knowledge behind it. Read more>>

Kimberly Tsumbu

*(Our story): Before I opened Simply Giraffe, I worked behind the scenes in the indie film industry. Twelve hour days were normal for me, but that all changed when my husband and I found out I was expecting. I was going to be a Mom! And I wanted to be a good mom, so I began transitioning out of the film industry. I ask God, “What am I good at? What are my passions?”
A month before I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to buy reusable menstrual pads, but there were no local stores in my area that carried them. Read more>>

Anais Owens

Hi! Thank you for this opportunity. I am an introverted hippie and mother of 5 children who wears many hats. I started as a bright and optimistic, but relentlessly bullied quiet girl, born in New York, but have been in Georgia since age 10. My world turned upside down because I started being molested by my father at age 12 up until age 17, and despite the many issues and mental challenges that I faced, I never gave up on myself, nor did I give up trying to heal. I started a YouTube channel years ago (Epic Realist TV) as a source of healing for myself because I felt like no one understood me, and I needed to get my abuse story out. I wanted to heal other people as well as myself, and I have been a light for other people’s traumatic stories. Read more>>

Alexis Dailey

As a small child, I spent summers at my grandmother’s house in Chattanooga, TN. I would listen to her stories about traveling as an assistant with her grandmother across East Tennessee who was a well-known certified midwife. As a sickly child myself, I found my grandmother using the same knowledge of natural healing technologies to help me through som of my hardest bouts of illnesses. While battling my own long term chronic health issues in 2013, I turned to natural medicine as a means to survive.  Read more>>

Shakea Miller

My name is Shakea Miller and I started from humble beginnings. Born in New Jersey, we moved to Alabama when I was 9 years old. I was raised by a hard-working and dedicated single mother along with my 2 siblings. I attended Booker T. Washington Magnet High School located in Montgomery, AL with a focus in Broadcast Media. In 2008, I graduated from Prattville High School. Odds were against me when my wonderful son was born to me at an early age. There were the naysayers that was looking for me to be a teenage single mother living off the government for the rest of my life. Read more>>

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