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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.

Chelsei Russell-Roddy

The idea of Roddy Apparel began in September of 2018. My brother and I began brainstorming ideas for the look of the brand and putting together mood boards. I would spend most of my time at fabric stores, bringing swatches home to sketch ideas with. Read more>>

Laura Hamilton and Jamie Ross

We used to work together at CHOA many years ago. We reconnected the summer of 2018, where we were both in a bit of a career rut. We both wanted to do more within our profession but opportunities are scarce in what we were looking to do so we took a leap of faith. Read more>>

Shimila Stewart

I started Peerless Safety Consulting Solutions because this is an area that I am passionate about. Often times, we take safety for granted until an incident occurs that hits close to home. Throughout my adult life, I have worked jobs related to security and Investigations. Read more>>

Mark Wingo

New Beginning Financial Group, LLC (NBFG) is an insurance and financial services, tax advisory, and commercial financing company. NBFG was originally founded in 2006 as a mortgage company by Mark A. Wingo in St. Paul, MN. In 2009, after the mortgage crisis. Read more>>

Victoria Jones

I’ve been doing hair since I was three years old. Lol! No really, my barbies had micro braids and asymmetrical hair cuts haha! Instead of playing doctor as a child, I vividly remember playing hair salon. I would get my daddy’s old business phone, make an appointment book from computer paper. Read more>>

Tori Ames

My parents encouraged my interest in the arts starting at a young age. My dad, in particular, taught me some basic metalsmithing and chainmaille. In college I studied props and theatrical carpentry, developing a diverse skill set that I still use today. Read more>>

Lauren Andrews

After leaving my career in radio at the end of 2018, I decided to pursue my once full-time hobby and follow my constant desire to create. It’s like second nature to me. My brain is constantly hyped with new ideas and visuals. I thrive off chasing the feeling of watching a vision become a reality. Read more>>

Michael Pop

I’ve always loved art. My father could draw just about anything so I guess my skills came from him. I love Van Gogh, Picasso What I also really love Andy Warhol art. Most of my work is abstract art done in Acrylic paint. About four years ago I went through a very difficult divorce. Read more>>

Sally Murtadhi

Expression has always been an important part of my life. When I was around the age five my father used to own a store and would always take me with him to work. To keep me occupied he would make me paint and draw. As a kid, I was always in my own world. Read more>>


I am a Tennessee native, grew up a 90’s baby so RnB was always heavily present throughout my life. I was introduced to Performing at 11 when I started dancing and writing songs. From there I honed my skills, went on to audition for various shows (AMGT & ABDC). Read more>>

Nathaniel Moore

The owner, Nathaniel (Omari) Moore, began as a music producer at the young age of 14 in Pittsburgh, PA. However, from his time producing, Omari created a large network of loyal fans and popular music influencers. Now he shares that network with musicians of all genres through his music promotion services. Read more>>

Fernanda Boeing

Fernanda Boeing Neves, I was born in Florianópolis -SC, Brazil. I started working in confectionery after I moved to the US. My family always enjoyed meeting with friends so we took as dessert the “Italian straw”, a traditional Brazilian dessert. So friends started to say, “Wow! We never saw this candy here!”; “Fernanda. Read more>>

Christie Nichols

I’ve been doing content strategy and content marketing in different forms for more than ten years and running Content Clarity for a little over three. I arrived in this niche partially out of passion, with a little bit of serendipity (you might even call it dumb luck). Let me explain. Read more>>

Tenishia Toussaint

I started this journey at the tender age of two. It’s when I opened my mouth for the first time as an aspiring singer. Only a few years later at age five, I begin writing original and complete songs. I had also begun playing piano and drums as well. By the time I’d reached my teenage years. Read more>>

Skylar Walker

I like to think of my story as more of a journey, and something that continues to unfold in my daily life. Ever since I could remember music has been my passion and my first true love. I remember being a four-year-old sitting in my car seat signing my heart out to anything, and everything that came on the radio. Read more>>

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