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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.

Nameica Turk Craig

I am a proud wife, mother, and devout but imperfect woman of God before all things. This fun, kind, and generous girl loves to laugh, kick it with her SisterGirls, travel, spend family time, and overall enjoy life to the fullest extent possible. As an “entrepreneuress” (I love making up my own words lol), I am the CEO of NameicaSpeaks & Co, a Personal Development and Content Creation Services Company. I view myself as a great speaker but an extraordinary writer. I transform lives through my voice and the power of the written word. I’m the author of Girl, Affirm YourSelf! “90 Days to Owning Your Fabulous”, daily devotional for women and founder of Defining And Developing You “D.A.D.Y. Movement”, an organization committed to shedding light on the “Fatherless Daughter Syndrome” while supporting the daughters of “Absentee Fathers” and their mothers. Read more>>

Kaitlyn Herring

My journey really began after high school in 2011. I would paint pictures for family, friends, and mutual friends. I really had no business venture in mind. It just became a way for me to make some extra money in college. Everything I’ve learned about acrylic painting and watercolors has been self-taught. I have a chocolate lab whom I love dearly, and around 2017 I attempted to paint a portrait of her. To my surprise, it turned out well. First-ever dog portrait. In 2019, I started to really branch out and participated in Market Days in my hometown. It certainly got my name out there, and I did about 20 dog portraits from October until December. Read more>>

Alonzo Green

I started my brand a little after college. I was in search of a job, but always had a passion for fashion so I thought I should start some type of clothing business to keep me busy during the search. I actually started off selling vintage in 2017 before it was deemed popular down south, but it wasn’t giving me the feeling I thought it would, and it was because I felt I wanted to create more. So I took a year off to study what I needed to get started as a designer and in 2018, I launched my brand online. I knew how to create websites from my major in college (communication), so then I just started blasting images and videos to my social media accounts and the traction started to happen. Read more>>

Audjenea Carmicheal

My Skincare journey started in 2017 with my brand Juiceeboxx and I can honestly say it’s saved my life. I started out by making my own masks and body scrubs to get my mind off of all the crazy that was going on in my life at the time. I had just lost my mother unexpectedly and my family was across the country. I had to find something that relaxed my anxiety and finding solutions to skin conditions helped take my mind off of it all. Over the next few years, I tested out different products and theories about skincare, which led to a conversation one day with my best friend. She suggested I go into the field of Esthetics. Read more>>

Briana Williams

I’m from College Park, Georgia, but I’ve lived in Boston and Los Angeles for my entire adult life. I returned back to Atlanta in 2019. My first love wasn’t music actually;, it was writing. I wrote stories and poetry before I ever sang a note. It wasn’t until I discovered my mom’s old Aaliyah cassette tape that I decided that I wanted to sing. I remember shortly after Aaliyah’s death; I became obsessed with her life; I took the cassette everywhere, even to school so I could listen to “Hot Like Fire” in-between classes. My mom would play Jill Scott in the house and the car. That’s where my neo-soul roots come from. Read more>>

Jasmine Garland

TranquiliTea House started as a conversation I often had with my Aunt, who took me with her to frequent bookstores on the weekends when I was younger. Wherever we went to find good books, there was coffee. Always coffee. Coffee and what appeared to me to be an endless variety – lattes, cappuccinos, black coffee, macchiato, etc. When it came to the tea selection, it was always the same: Lipton or Tetley. I would tell her, “One day I’m going to open up a cafe that has an endless supply of tea and only 1 type of coffee.” 13 years later from that conversation, we opened up that cafe, known as TranquiliTea House, with her and my parents love and lots and lots of their support. We operated as a brick and mortar business in PA for a couple of years before closing and relocating to the metro ATL area. Read more>>

Lewis Clinch

I started Pro Guard Development five years ago when I returned from Japan. The situation with my team in Fukashima, Japan, didn’t work out but while I was there, the players and coaches were fascinated with the drills that I would do alone before and after practice. By the second week of practice, coaches and players were interested in me taking the guards through drills a few days out of the week. On the plane ride home from Japan, it hit me that I should start my own player development company. That’s exactly what I did when I got back to south Florida. I had some guidance from a mentor by the name of Robert Gholston. Him and his wife gave me guidance, encouragement and even lead me to my first clients. Read more>>

Nicole M. Williams

I started acting with the Augusta Mini Theatre Community Arts School from 3rd grade all the way until I graduated from John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. I graduated from Brenau University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and from there, the adventure of my life began. I moved to Florida after graduation and worked at Walt Disney World as a dancer in the parades and as a Jedi for the Jedi Training Academy. A Host/Warm-up Host for Nickelodeon Suites Resort’s Double Dare Show, along with Hosting Poolside shows, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle show, and Power Ranger Weekends. I also had the pleasure of working for Universal Studios in the musical Grinchmas (the musical of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’), a puppeteer at Diagon Alley, and a Gryffindor Prefect for Wizarding World of Harry Potter shows. Read more>>

Destiney Watson

Growing up, I was always looking around positive women who wanted to see me succeed. From teachers to unofficial church mentors, even family friends, I knew how loved I was. I believe that I am blessed here on earth to be a blessing to women, young and old, who may not have that same support system rooting for them. Bougie Busy Inc was birthed in 2019 after I realized I know a variety of talented women, from those who are still look for purpose all the way up to those who have been operating for decades in an ever-evolving purpose. Through Bougie Busy Inc, we want to inspire and empower women to reach their fullest potential in all areas of their lives: physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, and socially. Read more>>

Veronica Young

Started singing and rapping off an on since the age of 12. Always use to design my own clothes since the age of 17 but when my granny past I kinda fall back from everything an everyone I totally shut down. Read more>>

Terrell and Tiffany Monger

My wife and I experienced what it felt like to go from being head over heels in love to being one court date away from divorce. Life somehow showed us favor to see ourselves individually and learn what we needed to learn to see, forgive, learn and love and grow with each other collectively. It spawned into a romantic, inspirational and motivational story that became a service and benefit to other couples. We discovered that God “blew up” our old world and created a new one that became a vehicle to allow others gather the knowledge to have greater health, greater wealth and a greater sense of self. That’s TNT WORLD (Life Coaching and Motivation). Read more>>

Frank Perilli

Ah yes the beginning! I guess I got interested in Acting after I graduated High School. I had been on stage before when I was younger but never saw it as something that I could pursue. I attended a community college for a couple of years. I wasn’t able to to study acting as a major unfortunately so I had to take all the other classes necessary for a Liberal Arts degree. So I was taking Acting classes each semester and I had the chance to audition for the The Last Night Of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry. There was a character who was from New York and I thought “I got this!” but my teacher wanted to challenge me and play someone completely opposite and so I ended up playing Peachy Weil who was a southern Jew with red hair. I had to have a southern accent which luckily one of my fellow actors in the show was from the south so I learned from her. Read more>>

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