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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.

LaKeshea Mims

I’ve been a social worker for the past 18 years but my 1st love is baking/cooking. I’ve always been the party planner in my family and among my friends. I decided a little over a year ago to start a business that allows me to marry the two. Cooking for others brings me joy. My heart smiles when I watch people enjoying food I’ve prepared. Read more>>

James Shackleford

I am originally from Georgetown, SC. I wrote and directed my first play in elementary school. Since then, I have been doing as much as I can in the arts. In 2008, I decided to make my business official while living in Kingwood, TX. My organization is designed to unite as many people in the arts. Read more>>

Ingar Gisele Carpenter

My story originated from a dream that I had when I was a 12 year old, that I would be a hairstylist to the stars in ATLANTA. I originate from what use to be a small suburban town called Aurora, IL. Now, one of Chicagoland’s largest western suburbs! My mother noticed my potential as a young child. Read more>>

Darius Walls

To be honest I was naturally drawn to graphic design. I had been drawing since I was six but as I got older and started “adulting” I got away from the sketch pad and became more tech-savvy. I’ve worked plenty of jobs in Atlanta from Starbucks to a car salesman at Honda. Read more>>

Rashaan Matthews

My 6th grade English teacher, Mrs. Harris, though I had the dramatic personality and confidence to succeed in theater. She asked if I would be interested in joining the Drama Club and be a part of plays at my school. At that time, I was doing it for fun. Read more>>

Kendra Cochran

It all started for me back at home in Flint, Michigan in high school. I was apart of a singing group. We had no budget for makeup so our A&R took us to the MAC store to get what we needed for a full face application. She had us meet with a makeup artist who was and still a notable in the game teach us. Read more>>

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