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Hidden Gems from Marietta & Surrounding Areas

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 gems from Marietta & the surrounding areas.

Tyreq Goode

Well, it all started five years ago when I picked up my first camera and started shooting music videos and photography. I incorporated high fashion in my shoots, which opened my eyes to the love of fashion. I always like clothes and shoes and designing different outfits and putting stuff together. Inspired by my last name and the good luck that’s followed me throughout my life, I expressed that through my own clothing brand. Read more>>

Ketia Daniel

When it comes to my company and my motivation, it all points right back to my daughter Gianna. God placed her on this earth for me in 2013. I remember when I first realized being a single mother was going to be apart of my story. I was terrified at that idea, but then I quickly found my motivation. I then came up with a plan in 2017 to do something that I love, & that is to clean. Read more>>

William Brooks

William Brooks, a native of Los Angeles, California, is the CEO and Founder of Moving Mindset Inc., American author, entrepreneur, life coach, fitness expert and Army/Navy veteran. Coach Brooks has become known as one of the most inspirational leaders of his community. His journey to this acclaim started when he endured a wrongful arrest and faced a 25-year prison sentence. Read more>>

Elder Felicia Grayer

I was born in Brooklyn, New York. Starting life there as a child was wonderful. Being confident was easy for me spending time skating, having sleepovers with my auntie and cousins, and daily trips to the corner store for an occasional beef patty near lot avenue. I attended P.S. 375 back in the early ’80s. Life was great until one day, at the age of 5, a classmate told me how black I was. Read more>>

Coty Martin

Born and raised in Miami, Florida as a troubled and confused kid headed nowhere fast. At the age of 14, I was challenged with the decisions of becoming a man or a statistic. I chose to become a man! Gifted with natural talents on the football field and the ability to express myself both poetically and musically, I began to set goals that would later direct me to a positive mindset. Coming from an unstable childhood. Read more>>

Devon Moody-Graham

I come from a family of entrepreneurs, my father is a Cobbler, shoe repairman, and my mother was a cosmetologist, caterer, and Mary Kay consultant. I learned the value of the business at an early age. I have always love numbers, people, fashion, seeing others do well, and learning about things work, so I guess you can say that Consulting and Strategizing to figure things out for business owners has always been in my blood. Read more>>

Taliah Ayers

My story starts as a college graduate being offered strenuous jobs at a crap wage that barely had anything to do with my degree. I was grasping at straws when I became certified to teach premarital counseling. Relationships have always been my nerd-out topic. I didn’t want to do anything other than help love-birds find and keep their song in tune. Fast forward three years, a wedding, a house, two kids, two jobs, and some more training, and you have Better Together 365. Read more>>

DeAngela “Dee” Scott

I am a native Atlanta and Smyrna, GA resident. My passion for real estate began when I was just five years old. It was sparked when my parents decided to build a house where I grew up. I had no idea that decision meant instead of summer camps, I would be spending my precious summer days overhearing conversations with contractors, plumbers, flooring specialists, etc. about the current status of our home. Read more>>

Jennifer Matchett

After a lifetime of collecting vintage and heirloom pieces, I wanted to create unique jewelry and accessories you wouldn’t want to live without. After finding some deadstock acetate, I was inspired to create sculptural tortoiseshell earrings that quickly took off after we first launched and were featured in Vogue in 2017. Today we’ve expanded to a variety of product lines including our recently launched combs. Read more>>

Dr. Janelle Davison

I am an expert Optometrist, with more than a decade of experience in eye health and prevention, specializing in Ocular Surface Disease. I am the Founder and Clinical Director of the Brilliant Eyes Vision Center. This well-respected vision center offers a unique eye spa, Premier Dry Eye Spa, for advanced Dry Eye Disease. and cosmetic eye care. Read more>>

Noelle Cameron

For me, there was never a definitive moment where I decided I wanted to act — it was just always what I wanted to do. Of course, I joined the theatre in high school, and it was such a safe haven for me. It was my junior year of high school, where I knew I wasn’t just acting for me. I was acting for every child like me. I grew up in a very emotionally and mentally abusive household with my mom. Read more>>

Drew Mapleswright

Woodworking has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t immerse myself in it until I got into my late 20’s. Growing up, my Papaw had a small workshop in the basement of his little country home out in rural TN. I was very young at this point, and so I didn’t get to go in and join him in his work very much, but I always knew that it was something he enjoyed doing and it almost developed this sort of mythic quality in my mind. Read more>>

Chances Gray

I’m the balloon stylist, and owner of Desire’d Decorations. I’m currently also a nursing student at UAH, and I’m 23 years old. I first opened Desire’d Decorations in July of 2017. I wasn’t trying to open a balloon decor company at the time. I was 20 years old and had just got accepted into nursing school. My little sister, Michaela, was 3 years old at the time and I wanted to help my mom with her party. Read more>>

Aleigha Reott

I grew up in North Carolina and had been doing art my whole life. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art Education from East Carolina University. My concentrations were in metalsmithing and textiles. I taught in the public school system as an elementary school art teacher for several years. In 2012, my husband and I moved to Georgia for his post-doc position at Emory. Read more>>

Ashley Marti and Stacie Hayes

I began my journey as an author ten years ago but did not publish any of my works. As I became experienced in the field of counseling with working with children, pre-teens, and teenagers, I felt that I needed to write and publish. My goal is to provide social and emotional tools, strategies and resources for them to navigate their lives. Read more>>

Quinn Oliver

I’ve loved music my whole life, so when I was over my job and my friends were tired of using YouTube beats, it was easy to start producing music. I got home after my shift and downloaded Fl Studios on an old Acer Laptop, that was back in 2016. So now we had beats and we had rappers but we have nowhere to record. Read more>>

Isaac Jones

As a teen, in youth church, I was encouraged to turn to combine my love for music and poetry into rapping. My long-time rap partner, TheRealJoeClark, is who initially convinced me to pick up a mic. I have not put it down since. I moved to Atlanta in 2003 and continued my music career and learning audio production at the Art Institute of Atlanta. I have released a litany of songs and mixtapes over the years and three albums. Read more>>

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