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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.

Darius Brooks

I grew up in College Park, Ga. I fell in love with art at an early age. I remember seeing my mom drawing me and my sibling’s name in bubbled letters. I was always fascinated by that, so I picked up a pencil. From there, as I grew Cartoons like Dragonball Z and Pokemon were popular so when I was finished with my class work I would just get some paper out of the teacher printer and get to draw my pictures. Read more>>


Thrifting gave me the freedom to be creative and grow my one of a kind style without breaking the bank. I ended up graduating from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design and dove headfirst into the fashion world, interning at Nordstrom and a vintage boutique in College Park was just the boost and experience I needed. I’m proud to say that I am an artist and have been my entire life. Read more>>

Ashley Clemons

I am a photographer, editor, and videographer. In high school, I was complexed about what I wanted to be. My vision for the future was cloudy and I didn’t know what was next after high school. Having a passion for something and liking something is where I went wrong. I love listening to music. Jazz, Neo-soul, R&B, etc. Read more>>

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