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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.

Jamaya Mickles

Having 2 traumatic births with my first 2 children made me wonder how many other women had bad experiences during childbirth. When I did my research I learned that the Black maternal mortality rate was disproportionately high. I have always wanted a large family but at the rate things were going and considering the Black maternal mortality rate, I didn’t feel that it was safe to have another child. I had to make some changes. So I looked into becoming a Birth Doula. Read more>>

Neyzus

Neyzus- Born In Washington DC, raised in the DMV area and now living in Atlanta, GA. Neyzus is one of the newest LGBTQA rappers on the scene! Neyzus blew us alway with his very first single “Nasty” in 2021, followed up by “2 Mins”, which showed people that Neyzus can really RAP and he was “in his bag and not coming out” Now In 2022, Neyzus has proved that he is not only a “Rapper” but also an amazing performer with his newest single & FIRST official music video for “That’s Right” and he doesn’t plan on stopping there which is getting amazing reviews! THATS RIGHT! Read more>>

John Hill

I started creating artwork at a consistent rate when I was 9 years old. My father was an artist before me, so he was who I looked up to as a young artist. By 10 years old, I began drawing portraits and grew to love them because of the skill that it required to create them…and I was naturally great at it. It was impressive, not just to myself, but the people around me. Over the years I would develop my skills by striving to be better each time I drew something. Read more>>

Robert Wollstein

I was a kid with highly functioning autism who grew up in the 90s and I was a big fan of anime. It was the beginning of the anime revolution. And it was glorious. But I always wondered why there wasn’t any black characters in anime. (The real answer is that in the Japanese have very little knowledge on black culture.) And when I gotten older I started to realize that my error of entertainment was coming to an end. My favorite shows like Psych, Mythbusters, and even my favorite doujinshi artists were fading away for my eyes and nothing good was placing them. Read more>>

Kandi Robinson

From learning to play the piano at the age of 5, to writing my first song, I’ve continued to evolve into one of the leading writers of music in the industry. Hailing out of Atlanta, GA, my persistence, hard work, and humbleness has landed me various opportunities and placements with some of the greats in the industry. From performing with country great Lee Greenwood to obtaining placements with Power, Grey’s Anatomy, Dance Moms, Nashville, Whole Foods, Timberland, Disney, Nickelodeon and more…. Read more>>

Susan Norris

In 2010 I heard the statistic that the average entry age into the sex trade in the United States was 12-14 and that Atlanta was one of the hubs for this atrocity, according to the FBI. That blew my mind. I had middle schoolers and couldn’t grasp that this could possibly happen here in the United States. I began researching to learn all I could. The more I learned the more I needed to dig. I interviewed law enforcement, survivors of sex trafficking, family members of victims who were missing, front line organizations, and even a former trafficker.  Read more>>

Daron Dominguez Elam

From the time I was very young, I knew that I wanted to work in the field of mental health. I have always been curious about the mind-body connection and have always felt a deep reverence for the healing process. I’ve personally benefited from mental health professionals over the course of my own life as I’ve navigated my humanness. As I began to align my profession, my passion and my legacy, I knew I needed to create something that would allow for collective impact that could exist long after I’m gone.  Read more>>

Errica Camper

Errica’s Treasures is a luxury handcrafted jewelry and retail boutique. It focuses on accessories created from genuine gemstones, beads, crystals, metals and other materials along with limited signature candles and ready-to-wear apparel. Our products range from waist beads, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, t-shirts, sweat-shirts, and candles. I started the business as a means to create products that were unique to me. Read more>>

D’Mario Davis

My name is D’mario Davis. Better known as “Rio. I’m the founding member of Dolla Billz Music Group, a collective of artist, producers, and songwriters started in my hometown of Detroit,MI. I’ve been doing music since I was six, when my mother wrote my first song in hopes of getting me to The Apollo. Growing up in the harsh realities of a single parent home in the slums, I started to gain respect from my peers via battle rapping. Towards the end of high school, my parents moved and I was transferred to a school in the suburbs of Warren,MI. Although standing out academically, feeling isolated, I decided to focus my time and energy on song writing. Read more>>

TiJuana Drone

I am the owner of Glossy Boss. I am originally from Jackson, MS, and now I currently resides in Dallas, GA. I am a single stay at home mom due to my children being sickly, and two of them are special need. At the age of 28, I started my skin care business in 2020. First, I started making lip glosses and I then added a few more skin care products. I started this business because my four children have atopic dermatitis (eczema) which is a chronic inflammation skin condition. Their skin is very sensitive so I started making Shea Body Butters. Read more>>

Ja’Don Johnson

I graduated from the “UNSINKABLE” Albany State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. But, to be honest, accounting wasn’t my first choice. I was a biology major with a minor in chemistry because initially, I thought I wanted to be a pharmacist. In the same semester, I took both Organic Chemistry and Microbiology— BIG MISTAKE!   During that time, I realized science was not for me. I changed my major 3 times after that! I majored in sports therapy, marketing, and finally, accounting. When I changed my major to accounting, my dad called me and said, “you’re not going to be a forever student so pick a major and stick with it”.  Read more>>

William Bagley

When I was little, I used to walk around with a notebook scribbling down what I thought looked like words. They weren’t, because I couldn’t even read at the time, but that didn’t stop me! My parents would ask what I was doing and I would respond: I’m writing a story. I would then proceed to read them my scribble story. Were they good? Probably not. Was it the beginning of my storytelling career? Absolutely! Read more>>

Briana Nerestil

For a while, I was stuck in a dark place. Schools across the nation told us that we would have a two-week vacation due to the mysterious coronavirus pandemic. Everything in life came to an abrupt halt, track meets, high school senior events & activities, & the world shutting down. The lockdown that we had to undergo felt uneasy. We went from a fast-paced life to having everything slowed down during lockdown. Two weeks turned into an early summer. Read more>>

Lindsay Walters

I’ve always loved doing nails- when I was little I set up a lemonade stand style booth outside my house offering manicures for a quarter! As time went on the hobby came and went, as most hobby’s do when you’re younger. I started to get more serious about nails when I was 19- I had been in a toxic/abusive relationship and honestly just needed something to throw all of my time and energy at. In that way, it gave me something to obsess over and fill my time, which was exactly what I needed. Read more>>

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