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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.

Carlos Solis

The idea of Contrapunto started in 2008. The art scenery in Atlanta, in my opinion, was lacking of Latino presence at the time. Few Latin Artists were given the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main galleries. It was disconcerting and disappointing, not only to witness this but also in realizing how so few people knew about well renounce Latin American. Read more>>

Andre Neptune

Ever since I could remember I’ve always had a creative mindset. I use to spend hours sitting in front of the television whether it was watching cartoons, movies, or playing video games. I was introduced to these forms of entertainment at a very young age and was fascinated with every moment. Read more>>

Kimberly Griggs

My dance career started in Birmingham, Alabama. I’m a southern girl who loves the city! Atlanta was where I aspired to be since the age of twelve. I was first introduced to dance at church. At the age of four, a minister prophesied to me. He came up to my mom and said, “God told me your daughter is going to dance. Read more>>

Jovan Martinez

I was born and raised in Newark, NJ but once my parents separated and my mother remarried, we ended up moving to Pennsylvania. Once we move there, it severed my relationship with my father. Between the age of 10 and 18 my father was obsolete in my life. Read more>>

Daniel Pate Russell

My story really begins with my mother and father. They were rebellious, young parents with an idea that the institution of education was not good enough for their children. The first ten years of my life were spent in homeschooling; contrary to what that implies. Read more>>

James Stallworth

Right before I started my own business, I worked for a bank, and for years prior to that I sold cars. I have always loved fitness whether it was group training, personal training, or just achieving my own fitness goals. In the back of my mind, I always felt like this it was something that I could see myself doing in the long run. Read more>>

Earl Moore

I want to start off by thanking my boy Raymarc as well as Voyage for giving me this opportunity. To begin my journey, I’d have to say As long ago as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to do the same things I’m currently involved in, but I’m just now getting to a point where I can see how to turn those dreams into reality. Read more>>

Kye Williams

When I conceptualized Sipping Prettea, I was in an extremely dark space; struggling through postpartum depression and infidelity in my relationship at the time. I just didn’t feel beautiful. Incorporating self-care into my daily routine saved me. I genuinely loved experimenting with raw ingredients and watching the progress of my hair. Read more>>

Donna Cameron

Misfits Radio started from an idea. In 2015. my older brother suggested I try blogging. I thought about it for a few weeks and went back to him and asked what he thought about me trying to become a radio personality. He was excited and immediately started encouraging me to move forward. Read more>>

LaBrentae Frost

I started my journey in South Florida, born in Fort Lauderdale & raised in Homestead I began my mission with music. Growing up in South Florida prepared me for a lot because you grow up fast there, and you’re exposed to many different cultures & ways of life. Read more>>

Alexandra Corbin

My interest in fashion design began around the age of 12. A childhood friend and I would sketch ideas (I was horrible at sketching back then lol), plan out fashion shows, and even came up with a clothing line name that we hoped to use once we grew up. Nearly ten years later. Read more>>

Kelley Bostian

Like most musical artists in the 21st century, I first cut my teeth in the music industry in a fairly awful garage band. I was 16-years-old and one of my good friends approached me with an unexpected question: “hey man, I’m starting up a pop-punk band. Do you want to play bass. Read more>>

Katina Cunningham

I hail from a small community of Conecuh County, Alabama called Belleville. I attended my primary schooling in Conecuh County Alabama School Systems. I Interned with Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation Planning Department which was located in Brewton, Alabama which is now present day Georgia Pacific LLC. Read more>>

Simone Stewart

Originally from New Jersey, raised in the Metro Atlanta area. My younger sister and I would travel back home to New Jersey for the summer as kids. My aunt used to braid my hair, but after a few summers she moved to California. I would stay with my grandfather and he had no idea how to do hair. Read more>>

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