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East Atlanta’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 East Atlanta’s gems below.

DJ Sir Daniel

On my 13th birthday, I saw my first DJ up close at a family wedding. From then, I was obsessed with the craft of deejaying and the role they played in Hip-Hop culture. As an early adult, I experienced various aspects of the music industry from working in retail at HMV Record Store in Lenox Mall. Read more>>

CVT Lord

I started back at McNair high school, doing Art for friends and teachers. My school art club which I was the President of Art club, had enter the Vans Custom Culture contest. In 2015, that was my first time ever designing shoes. I was nervous because I wasn’t big on painting…I was more of an illustrator. Since then. Read more>>

Mahoganee and Andre Amiger

We met in 2001 in Atlanta, as we both were in the Music Industry and making great strides. I’m a country girl from South Carolina and was just beginning to get comfortable and known in the ATL music scene as a vocalist and Andre, a city boy from Washington. Read more>>

Big Quezo

I’m a rapper. I first started rapping back in 2015, my senior year of high school. Me and my homie (Ceego) would be in class bored so we’d just start freestyling. At that point, we decided to form our own lil rap group, but we never had a name for it. Read more>>

Christina Fuentes

My story is a little interesting. I grew up in the small town of Avon, New York. Most people have never heard of it, so I always say I’m from the Rochester/Buffalo area (Upstate) which people immediately recognize. Growing up, I participated in the school theatre. Read more>>

LaShanda Houston

Back in 2009, I started my HR career as an intern within the recruitment department of a very large healthcare company. As soon as friends and family members became aware that I had secured an HR role, everyone wanted help finding a job or getting their resume reviewed. Read more>>

Danielle Monae

I’ve always had a passion for fashion and designing. When I was younger, I would cut up jeans, bedazzle things, paint on t-shirts, you name it. Prior to high school, I wore uniforms. Once I got to high school, that’s when I really found my own sense of style. Read more>>

Josef Gerster and Blake Newton

It all started with a few simple ideas-better quality shirts, better fit, fun animal prints, and be able to help animals get adopted. It was very hard for us to find a shirt that fit the body just right. Slim shirts were too slim and standard shirts were too boxy with no definition. Read more>>

Gerald Olivari, Derrick Davis, Peter Denis, Tierra Clemmons and Brittany Manson

The Remix Radio Show premiered 16 years ago on 89.3FM WRFG. The Remix plays a variety of Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B Music. We also have informal discussions on current events and sports topics. So whether you’re going to the club, you’re working a 3rd shift, or you’re just up late. Read more>>

Kacy Coleman

I started recording music at the age of 13. After getting my own equipment, I released my first song in 2014, on SoundCloud. After gaining more followers, I was able to drop my first project on all platforms “Good Vibes & Lit Nights” in 2017. I’ve continued to drop projects twice a year since, one on Spinrilla. Read more>>

Gerald Olivari

My relationship with Cisco began in 2002 when he invited me on his weekly radio show on 89.3 FM to talk about creating websites. I had recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Engineering and he thought the information would be good for his audience. While I was there. Read more>>

Perlizbeth De Leon

I started dancing when I attended to Appalachian State University in 2012. I joined Entropy Dance Crew and learned various styles of urban dance: a collegiate based style started in Southern California by various dance teams, taking inspiration and pulling movement from every dance style alive. Read more>>

Krista Knudtsen

My earliest artistic fascinations were with picture books and animated movies. Inspired by the visuals and the stories in general, I would draw on the backs of misprinted paper from my parents’ office. As I grew up, I naturally grew into more complex literature and media. Read more>>

Nika Taylor

Healing Women of Atlanta started back in 2013 when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had just moved back to Atlanta and was not able to find a job nor a place to stay. I was told that there was a waiting list and because I currently did not have any children it could take up to a year before I would be placed in housing. Read more>>


I first cosplayed back when I was in high school. My friends we part of an anime club and they would have cosplay hangouts at a small local park. This was my first introduction to the cosplay world and I loved every second of it! However, I was soon starting college and sadly didn’t really have time to cosplay. Read more>>

Grant Wallace

I started this business as a way to get in shape. I thought pushing around a mower would be a good way to get exercise. Turns out it is! I average about 10,000 steps on a good day. Definitely learned a lot after the first year. I started it as a “pay what you want” service and after a few months. Read more>>

Takisha Thomas

I’ve always been creative and decor has always been something I loved! Be it putting together an outfit, decorating my home, crafting, planning my kids birthday. Family and friends encouraged me to open a business, however, it wasn’t until I took a calligraphy class that I really seriously considered a business. Read more>>

Mona B.

As a child, I’ve always had a passion for fashion and hair. Fashion and hair was something that always came natural to me. Growing up, I watched my Mom’s passion for fashion and hair. She attended cosmetology school where she studied hair. She taught me a lot about the craft. Read more>>

Antoinette Webb

My spark of interest in yoga began with my mom as a young girl. I had to be about 12 years old. My mom would record a tape of an older white woman on tv who practiced yoga early in the morning, and she would follow what she was doing for fitness and fun. Read more>>

Sean Smith

I always had a love for music, especially hip hop. Being born and raised in Atlanta, GA my interest grew for music as the music industry expanded around me… Throughout my middle and high school years, I was known for hosting parties whether it was huge birthday events, house parties, kickbacks or small parties. Read more>>

Aretha Franklin

I was born and raised in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Being from a small, culturally rich island, I always had a great desire to explore the world.  That passion grew even stronger after the birth of my daughter. It was just something about seeing the world through her eyes, that made me want to live life even more experiencing as much as I can. Read more>>

Linda Scott

In late 2017, I began writing as an editorial assistant for Griselle Rodriguez, owner of ArTL Magazine. ArTL Magazine was a digital magazine that focused on the flourishing art scene in Atlanta. Though I had been writing all my life, that was my first official writing gig. Read more>>

Dr. Laklieshia Izzard

Looking over my life journey up until now, I would start with my childhood because that is where it all began. I am the first grandchild from my maternal and paternal families. I have always been the focal point of my family. I was encouraged by my late grandmothers Lillie Izzard and Nellie Johnson. Read more>>

Jeremy Green

Seeking a career in the professional dance world brought me to the world-famous Dance 411 Studios. I immediately went in head first with training and interning to pay for classes. Interning leads me to working as the personal assistant to the owners Sindy and Ed Schneider. Read more>>

NeeNee Horton

I had a pretty normal childhood. My dad was in the military, so as a kid we traveled a lot and got to explore many parts of the world. Fast forward to the present, I have an amazing fiancé of 16 years(we are high school sweethearts) and we have three beautiful daughters together. Read more>>


Move to Atlanta as a young bull, tried adjusted to the culture well enough and by grace of God I’ve taken the city by storm by showcasing my talent that God has blessed me which is dancing, doing music, modeling & acting over the years I’ve been here. Read more>>

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