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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.

Asia Harris

God, Positivity, and Inspiration kept me afloat. During my last semester of college juggling year-round courses, a twelve-hour job position, a move home from a failed relationship with an hour and a half commute and military obligation, this is what keep the ores moving. Positivity struck! Read more>>

Nica Pickard

Over three years ago, I left my hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina and moved here to Atlanta to further pursue my acting career. Prior to moving, I had done some modeling and acting gigs in my area for some years and was constantly in Atlanta for auditions so felt it was time to step out of my comfort zone and be in the area of opportunities. Read more>>

Kara Ireland

When I was fourteen, I wrote my first story. It was Demi Lovato fanfiction. I had just discovered that you could write stories about your favorite people. I wrote it for fun, and it was stuck at 62 reads for eight months. I never picked it back up because my interest was fleeting. Read more>

Tom LaDow

Atlanta Plays It Forward (APIF) was initially formed to provide a solution for smaller non-profits who seek entertainment for fundraisers. APIF has assembled a large list of affiliated artists who under the right circumstances are willing to perform for a reduced fee. APIF connects these artists with desirous non-profits and coordinates the performances of artists at fundraisers. Read more>>

Michael Ibekwe

When I was a kid, I knew that I wanted to be rich. I looked around to see all the wealthy people that I knew at the time, (I didn’t know any directly) and I quickly noticed through my research that most of them made or retained their wealth through investments in real estate. So, I knew early on that there was something special about real estate. Read more>>

Adrian Tabb

I started styling hair in high school after going to the salon with my mother and grandmother faithfully and have a few baby sitters who were stylists. My mother, friends and my pastor encouraged and supported my desire to become a stylist. My passion grew quickly and I left a full scholarship to an HBCU . Read more>>

Barry Shelton

The dream of fronting a band started sometime in middle school around 2005 or so. I remember discovering bands like My Chemical Romance, The Used and Silverstein and for the first time, I felt so deeply connected. I was always a big music fan but this era was a gamechanger for me. There was something so raw and therapeutic about it. Read more>>

Andrew Hughes, Tyler Messer, Jacob Hicks and Casey Reid

Most of the songs on the album come from our early years as a group and have been staples in our live shows over the years. One of the toughest questions that we’re asked as a group is “Well, who do you sound like?” This album is no different. Simply put, Whiskey Tango is a distillation of all of our favorite bands and musical influences, shaken over our collective life experiences, and served in a glistening highball glass at your local dive bar. Read more>>

Shaaa Roberts

I can literally be whoever I want to be through music. Djin allows me to touch people and inspire them. For me, that’s the inspiration, the people. Being able to change someone’s mood or brighten their day from the way I blend these records is more than fulfilling. My hope is that when people hear me play, the takeaway and understand my love and appreciation for good music and the art of a clean blend. Read more>>

Malia Beane

I never looked back! I fell in love with photographing couples that are and were truly in love because the images are magical, it’s a true form of storytelling. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to photograph weddings in different towns and states throughout the country. However, I do all of this while managing a full time, as well. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy and some days are still challenging. Read more>>

Tony Pruitt

I quickly began to realize how much I could express my creativity through cinematography and photography. My professors and classmates played a huge role in allowing me to be different and to never listen to those urging me to go by the book or be the same, instead to be a game changer. Read more>>

Emily Marie Palmer

We realized that we could either go on feeling powerless, and stuck, and heavy – or we could roll up our sleeves, sit down at our sewing machines, and do what we CAN do. Source fabrics made with decency and respect for their workers, and for the earth… and then do what we do best, and turn them into beautiful clothes. Read more>>

Jeremy Beavers

I was always obsessed with music as a child. I was homeschooled and grew up around classical music, so I had a Walkman with speakers attached to playing classical music incessantly on my desk where I did school. Later when I discovered the Beatles, I was always recording cassettes of their music off the radio to be able to listen to whenever I wanted. Read more>>

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