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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.

Caleb Little, Neal Colledge and Brian Hekman

Neal and I (Caleb) had been friends since we were teenagers and would stay up until the wee hours of the night learning songs we liked on our acoustic guitars. But, as we started to get a little older and I left for the Navy, we grew a little further apart each year but always remained in touch. Throughout that time, I had started playing publicly with some other artists and bands on the drums since that was my main instrument then. Read more>>

Ebonie Camille

I begin my musical journey at a young age. My mother introduced me to Motown and Hip-Hop at eight years old. She played 45’s on her record player, and I fell in love. By junior high school I converted my bedroom into a home studio. With years of studying and performance I released my first project the “Class Act”. I’ve performed all over the U.S and hut the stage of huge music festivals like SXSW and AC3. I’ve released five projects and a boatload of singles. Read more>>

Krystle Terry

I was born in Los Angeles county in California in the mid-80’s but my hometown where I was raised through my adolescence was a small rural town in southern New Jersey. I was fortunate enough to participate and excel in sports and education. I think it was clear early to my family and myself that I would do something related to health and wellness in my life and my academia led me to initially pursue a career in medicine. Read more>>

Kenny Pugh

I am a consultant who focuses on helping professional services providers to improve their business operations using systems and processes. I guess you could call me a Systemspreneur. I have been consulting/coaching for over 20 years and frequently leverage my Industrial & Systems Engineering degree from The Ohio State University. Systems and processes have always been a passion of mine. Read more>>

Jennifer Jess

I discovered I loved to sing at the age of five and since then I haven’t stopped. I have been songwriting for several years now and in August of 2019 I released my first single on all streaming platforms. I went to Kennesaw State and majored in Vocal Performance. However, after a year, I decided I wanted to go all in with songwriting and make my own music career happen. Currently, I stream my own live music on Twitch.TvRead more>>

Royce Massengill

Royce has had tours in both music and acting industry alike and has traveled extensively across the United States for radio and television events. Best known for his ability to bring life and breathe creativity into any project, he has worked collaboratively with artists such as Missy Elliot, Soulja Boy, iHeartMemphis, CEO Miami Mike, K-Marzzz, amongst others. In addition to his experience, he currently serves as the A&R for Soulja Boy’s management Palm Tree Entertainment and SODMG. Read more>>

Randy Mcknight

My name is Randy Mcknight and I am a native from Marion South Carolina. Fashion has always been a love of mine ever since I can remember. I started out styling my friends and family for events, parties and for their everyday needs. The more I got into it the more I wanted to learn and do. All though I was really nervous about putting myself out there as a fashion stylist. I finally put my fears to the side and officially started my styling business in 2016. It took a lot of work to get to where I am today. Read more>>

Valda Blackmoore

There has been a lot of twists and turns to my story, certainly not a straight line. I grew up in the Caribbean, on the island of Dominica. I developed a love for cooking when I was about 12 or 13 years of age. I was in high school at the time I remember the delicious aromas wafting across the school yard, from the Food and Nutrition classroom. I remember thinking how I could not wait until I got to the 3rd form so I too could take that class. Read more>>

Shawna Huff

My journey actually started with a career in pharmacy. I graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of GA in 2003. I always had an interest in real estate but I wasn’t serious about getting into the real estate field. I obtained my real estate license in 2008, but I kept it on an inactive status until 2014. Prior to becoming an active real estate agent, I acquired a couple rental properties. Read more>>

Xavier Askew

I am Xavier I. Askew. I’m a special need athlete and founder of No More Lables/Mental Illness Awareness.M.I.A. Also, I’m a Peer Support Specialist. This is a little of what I do, now let me share who I am. I love sports mainly wrestling. I wrestled in high school I graduated in 2018 1st Special Needs Student to graduate with my Diploma and not a certificate in over ten years from my school. Read more>>

Brianna M. Releford

My partner Khalia Ervin and I decided to start the candle business along with our other brand on January 1st, 2019, New Year’s Day. We immediately began the process with taking care of all of the legalities first. Once all of our paperwork was finished, it was time for candle testing. We purchased our first beginner’s candle making kit immediately and didn’t have much success in the beginning. We found a candle making class online and it made things so much easier to try again. Read more>>

Nicole Mattison

I have been told more times than not, that I don’t look like what I’ve been through. I always smile and immediately thank God for all of my blessings, and trials. I’m thankful for my trials because they made me the trailblazer that I am today. I am a 29 year old, wife, model, marketing manager, and entrepreneur. I met the love of my life in my senior year of college and he has been my best friend ever since. Read more>>

Deirdre Sanford

I was on YouTube looking up another topic when I ran across a balloon video and became very intrigued. I found myself coming home daily from my 9-5 job looking up more and more videos and started trying very simple pieces. After about three months of doing that I finally decided to post my work on Social media and here we are. Read more>>

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