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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.

Desiree Boyd

My mom has been an RN for most of my life so I helped a lot with dinner. I realize my passion for cooking came in my early 20s. I’ve always been known amongst family and friends to cook Sunday dinner. I like everyone to get their minds and souls right for the upcoming week. Read more>>


I remember walking down the hallway during college recruitment periods and so desperately wanting to see more HBCUs present. I also wanted to have an opportunity to speak to current college students about their experience. Recruiters were great, however, many of them could not give me insight from the student perspective. Read more>>

Kayla Moore

Dynamic Dance Academy, home of THEE Dynamic Pearls of Atlanta was established on September 10, 2016. I moved to Atlanta with a dream of bringing traditional HBCU majorette and technical dance to the heart of Atlanta. When I had my first tryout for my team, I did not have one single person attend. Read more>>

Njeri Maldonado

I was raised in a motherless home. I struggled as a teen and young adult with understanding how to figure out womanhood without the guidance of my mother. Aunts, moms of friends, classmates, and the media gave me some insight as what I was supposed to act like. Read more>>

Calvin Ross

I have been in Atlanta for just over four years now. I’m half black and half Asian. I’m a filmmaker, martial artist, and actor. Martial arts is where it all started for me. At the age of five, my father showed me Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon” and I have been hooked on the philosophy and techniques of martial arts since then. I earned my 1st Degree black belt at the age of eight, and have trained in other styles, such as Capoeira, boxing, and numerous martial arts weapons. Read more>>

Leah Hall

I started my business in Buffalo, NY (where I’m from) after my cousin asked me to make a gift for her Neos. I’ve always been the artsy-fartsy friend so this continued to happen when one day a friend asked me to make her earrings for an event. After that day, I was known around town for making name tags for small businesses and colorful earrings all out of wood. Read more>>

 Justin ‘Crazy Cam’ Smith

The first time I really picked up a camera was the end of 2018. I dropped out of school earlier that year and didn’t know what I really wanted to do with my life. I took a production and film class in high school at Tri-Cities and was always one of the best students in the class. I just never took film seriously but always liked it. When sports didn’t work out, I tried many other things but I knew I was always good at making videos and editing. Read more>>

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