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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.

Nicole Jones

I started baking at the tender age of 12 with my Granny on hot summer days with “The Price is Right” and the “Young and the Restless” playing in the background. I was Granny’s little helper and my reward was getting to lick the bowl. She taught me everything I know about making cakes! Ever since then it has been a passion of mine. Who knew she was planting a seed of love in me for me in turn to share with the world! My Granny always said people eat with their eyes so I take extra care that My Granny’s Cakes look just as good as they taste! My Granny has since transitioned so in honor of her this is my way of spreading the love and joy that she gave unsparingly to her family. Read more>>

LaBria Thompson

I got started with Faith & Fitness Meal Prep in 2016 after being diagnosed with a chronic illness called lupus. Even before being diagnosed with lupus I struggled a great deal with my weight ever since I was in the 3rd or 4th grade. I decided to take my life back, so I began working out and meal prepping for myself to live a healthier lifestyle. My start weight was 431lbs wearing a size 28-26 in pants at age 17. Others began to see me cook and workout live, and started asking did I meal prep for others. I started meal prepping for 1 or 2 people. I would do snacks and a few meals 2 twice a week. Before you know it, what was a hobby became my passion! I fell in love with becoming a better me, and helping other live a healthier life at an affordable price. Read more>>

Shy Suber

Music has been my passion for as long as I can remember and I’ve spent much of my career consciously working to deepen my familiarity with a variety of musical styles. In 2013, during my sophomore year in high school, I began my musical career as a session and live performing guitarist. After I graduated high school in 2015, I took a gap year before continuing my education at Full Sail University where I received an associate’s degree in audio production. While attending Full Sail I needed a creative workspace so I started Hug Studios, a home studio for emerging artists and creators to refine their skills, and began producing music. At this time, I was working as a music instructor at Guitar Center where I was influenced by many aspiring new musicians. Read more>>

Margaret Walker

As a young girl, growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, I was always fascinated with styling hair and everything that is involved with it. When I wasn’t playing sports, I would put all of my dolls up in a row and style their hair, as if they were at my salon waiting for their hair to get done. I would use Kool-Aid packages to color their hair, braid their pony tails and some days cut their hair. Now hair day for myself was another story, an event to say the least. Read more>>

Khia Monique

Last year, in July, I had started my first business selling lashes. I never really got into selling lashes so I had stopped in November. When I had stopped, I started figuring out what I’ll really be interested in selling. Beginning of 2020, I thought about selling skin care products and jewelry since I love having my skin clear and love wearing jewelry. In April, I had dropped my very first skin product, which had been the “Elegant Rose Oil.” After seeing how good it had went, I dropped more skin care products that I hand make myself with organic ingredients. I started selling jewelry as in charm bracelets and healing crystal bracelets. Ever since then, I have continued to sell skincare products and jewelry and I am looking forward into dropping more products. Read more>>

LaVelle Johnson

I have been in the beauty industry for 25 years now specializing in skincare health. (Originally from South Bend, IN, I went to beauty school for hair but realized a year later I had a fascination with skin and how it works and how to help solve skin issues.) I have been providing facials for over 2 decades, took a chance and moved back to Atlanta in 2017. I opened a location in Midtown in 2019, but kept thinking how can I reach people that would contact me about their skin not even in the same area? At the age of 23 I had my own skin line at the time but I was not ready and did not have the business savvy tools to make it successful. Read more>>

Alex Perine

In 2013 I stumbled upon a show on Destination America by the name of “BBQ Pitmasters”, from that moment on I was hooked. I stayed up all night researching different types of pits, techniques, and different styles of BBQ displayed on the show. As I continued to educate myself (like many) I decided to go to my closest big box store (Walmart), purchase my first “pit” and try my hand at my first brisket. Little did I know I was in for a rude awakening and a sleepless night. After 12+ hours of poor fire management and heat retention, I knew there had to be a better way. I spent the rest of the year researching BBQ pit manufactures, lead times, welding and fabrication and saving up for a real BBQ pit / smoker. Read more>>

Marica Maddox

I grew up playing sports from the age of ten and quickly earned exposure in middle and high school by playing on Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuits. By my sophomore year in high school, I reached the achievement of the top 25 players to watch in the state of Georgia. This accomplishment led to recruitment from many of the top 25 collegiate division 1 programs. Unfortunately, my junior year in high school at the age of 17 I tore my ACL, which required me to have reconstructive knee surgery. At a time in women’s sports, this was considered a potentially career-ending injury given the difficulty of recovering and return to true form. As a result, I thought I’d never play basketball again. Read more>>

DeAndre Moreland

DeAndre Jamal Moreland – A creator, an innovator, a true visionary born and raised in Powder Springs, GA, DeAndre was born with a condition called Club Foot. This left him spending much of his years as a toddler immobile. He oftentimes sat around, dreamingly taking in his environment. As he grew older, he found a fascination in film and music videos. The way characters, music, and visuals all occupied the same space was very intriguing to him. The world of film and music created a peace he would use to propel him into the later chapters of his life. Read more>>

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