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Downtown’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 downtown’s gems below.

Jeremy Marc Anthony

I remember living in London, England, at a young age attempting to bake a cake with no assistance from my parents. Naturally, I failed, I knew nothing about baking powder or sifting flour, but it didn’t stop me. I would always make sweets here and there with an attempt to create something amazing. Read more>>

Marcia Da Silva

Before coming to the USA to study English in 2015. I resided in my home country of Brazil. In Brazil, I lived in a small town just outside the capital Brasilia. In Brasilia, I studied Education and English literature as well as Philosophy, and I received my first degree in 2014. Read more>>

Jalisa and Nigel Ingram

Seamless Imagery emerged to the scene in 2015. One day while obtaining her degree in Fashion Marketing, Jalisa was sitting in a photography class that she didn’t really have a desire to be in. Her Professor walked over to her and simply said, “just try it”. So she did and loved it. Read more>>

Leah Clark

I got my start with modeling back in December 2014, thanks to a friend of mine I met on a dating app (lol). She was shooting with a photographer who owns her own model management company. She asked if I wanted to be a part of her team. I said yes, having no idea what I was getting myself into. Read more>>

Nader Elchaar

I started drawing as a child and continued to draw over the years, improving myself drastically. I got the idea of exposing my art further when I switched my major from Marketing over to Graphic Design at Georgia State University. I found myself unhappy focusing on Marketing and pursued something. Read more>>

Merkell Williams

I knew at a very young age what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I was five years old, running around the house with my Mom’s choir robe on, teaching parts to different Gospel songs. I used to bang on the piano in my home until the keys started falling off. Read more>>

Peter “Dj Yogi” Denis

I started djing in 1993. I started collecting records in 1992. I had records before I was able to afford equipment Growing up in Miami, I used to watch my cousin Louis Spree and his friends play all kind of mobile gigs. He used to play a bunch of Golden Era East Coast artists like A Tribe Called Quest. Read more>>

McKeith Cordell

Ever since I could talk, I remember singing. I grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina with my parents and sister. Music was always a part of our lives. I started writing songs when I was in sixth grade. I remember my biggest inspiration was Mariah Carey. Read more>>

Lacretia Pickett

To start, I am prior service military. While I was in the military, I had a passion to travel but not a lot of opportunities based on my MOS (military occupational specialty) and branch of service, Army National Guard. During my deployment in Kuwait, I researched destinations that I wanted to experience. Read more>>

Kwame Humphrey

I started doing music when I was about 14. I actually produced before I started rapping. My style has changed based on my growth as an individual and that has played a major role in who I am today. At about 15, I started rapping on my own beats, and I pretty much emulated not what was around me. Read more>>

Christopher Smith

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, the youngest of five brothers and raised in a single-parent home by his mother. Growing up, things were financially tough because my mother did it all on her own. Being the youngest of five, I saw the many challenges that my brothers went through and the effects that it had on us as a family. Read more>>

Tasha Askew

Every solution begins with a problem right? I’d say that’s how Living in HD was born. I’ve been in the virtual writing space (as a blogger) for ten years, but it wasn’t until 2018 that I felt led to do more than just respond to the comments and private messages in my inbox. Read more>>

Anthony Sparks

In 2014, I found myself at a sort of crossroads. I’d been working for four years as the executive director of the Birmingham YMCA’s Youth Center–a job I loved–but all of a sudden I had an urge to do more. For the past four years, this job had been a bit of a “dream job”, but more and more I found myself unfulfilled. Read more>>

Delmeka Tooks

I started as a shampoo assistant for a locally well-known hairstylist back in 2006. It didn’t take long for my passion for the beauty industry to fully ignite. Moving up from assistant to apprentice and building my own clientele came naturally. It was in 2008 that I experienced my break out year as a stylist. Read more>>

Divinity Mychael

Originally born is Virginia Beach, VA my parents migrated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2011. I began singing at the age of three but began seriously developing my gifts at the age of 14. Moving to Atlanta for my family and I was God-ordained. My oldest sister moved to Atlanta first for a fresh start then six months it was time for change for the rest of my family. Read more>>

Maren Wilburn

It was during my sophomore year at the University of Missouri that I fell in love with public relations and the world of media. I loved networking, helping brands come to life and the art of creating content. I knew my career would have to be centered around public relations. Read more>>

Jasmine Daniel

From the age of six years old, I grew up in Pleasant Grove, AL and my parents were the directors of the media ministry at our church in Birmingham, AL for several years. I grew up watching my parents work tirelessly in the church media room creating video promos, editing the church television broadcast and more. Read more>>

Andre Love-Hosea

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, I was always the busy kid around town. It wasn’t until I grew older that I realized I was uniquely gifted. As I entered my teenage years, I suddenly realized that my work was mutually beneficial for the ones surrounding me. Read more>>

Javon Miller

People always ask where the name started, and basically it’s a name I gave myself while I was in my 10th grade year of high school. I always loved my middle names, being that they were the names of my grandfather and my favorite uncle. Which, in turn made me want to find a way to go by both. Read more>>

Akua Obeng-Akrofi

I am a fusion of two cultures that exist in perfect balance with one another. The language spoken in my home, my favorite foods such as Banku & Okra and Jollof rice, and the fire Afrobeats playlist on my phone all speak to my birthplace and home, Ghana. Read more>>

Sashe Omogiate

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James I have always wanted more for myself and those around me. I wasn’t quite sure what that looked like or what it would require of me. All I knew was that the life I witnessed for others around me wasn’t what I wanted for myself. Read more>>

Deja Miyon

While attending Tuskegee University, I always knew that I was much more than a college student and that I had way more to offer to the world than a degree. I wanted people to know that my life wasn’t merely about fulfilling dreams of others, society, or creating the false American dream. Read more>>

Matt Mills

My success started off 2009 when I graduated High School. I wasn’t the most popular kid in High School but I was a hustler and new how to make money and market things. After High School, I got into party mode where me and my group of friends “The Mob” would party every weekend either at our house or someone’s house who wanted us to throw a party at. Read more>>

Demi Howell

As a consumer, I would purchase all the products even the collections from a cosmetics line. I would get home and have no idea on how to apply the products. Not only that, I found myself only using the shades that complimented me….the look that gave me the most confidence. Read more>>

Amber Marie

GaM Photography stands for Gwendolyn and Marie’s Photography. I chose to name my business after my late grandmother name and my name since she was my biggest influence in this business. Ever since I was a little girl, I always would take pictures with my grandmother on a polaroid camera everywhere we would go. Read more>>

Samantha Tall

It all started my sophomore year at Emory University where I decided that I wanted to pursue modeling as well as a career in medicine. I had never done a photoshoot but one of my friends wanted to test out his new camera so I decided to be his muse. I received so much positive feedback and really enjoyed what I was doing. Read more>>

Spottie Jones

Originally from Lindenwold/Sicklerville, NJ. Came to ATL for school. I currently attend Morehouse College as a senior biology major. Nah, definitely a lot of struggles, especially being so far away from what’s familiar. But I’ve enjoyed every moment and would do it all over again if I had to. Read more>>

Leah LaRoe

My passion has always been music. I started singing at church in elementary but I started seriously pursuing a career in singing at 13. Between 13 and now, saying I’ve been through a lot is an understatement. Some see success instantly, but for me it was consistent hard work. Read more>>

Shari Devereux

It’s crazy how life takes you on a crazy little trail that you never really intend to take lol! Around the time I graduated high school in 2009, I didn’t have any concrete plans on going to college. At the time, my parents didn’t help me pursue anything involving art. My passion has ALWAYS been about art since the age of four. Read more>>

Destinee Burton

Photography started as a hobby. I would go to festivals and events. Take pictures of anything I viewed as art or interesting. I would then notice families and friends taking selfies or group pictures and usually one person out the group would be awkwardly positioned in the photo. Read more>>

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