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Hidden Gems from Norcross

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 Norcross and the surrounding areas.

Naja Brown

I started cooking about 9 years ago, when I first moved to GA. I got a major kick start by watching and helping my cousin Sharonda and Aunt Lisa in the kitchen (whether it was cooking or baking)whenever I was with them. The more I would be in the kitchen the more I loved being in there. So in high school I took 2 years of foods class which turned out to be my favorite classes, because I learned how to express myself through food.  Read more>>

Tyler Cummings

I worked for a car dealership and they gave me a camera to help with inventory. I started bringing it home and quickly fell in love. I took pictures of friends and the rest fell into place pretty quickly. It actually has been a smooth road, and credit for that goes to some of the people I have met along the way. I have met some wonderful people and have enjoyed every part of it. I’m a landscaper as well but I am lucky enough to have a very flexible schedule. Read more>>

Mariana Marquez

My name is Mariana Marquez. I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. At that time and to this day, my home country has been in economic and political unrest within its government. This was the predominant reason that me and my family of 7, mom and dad, along with my 4 brothers, had to flee the country in search for a better life. In 2014 we landed in the United States to begin the hope of a new life with greater opportunities. Read more>>

Christa Vinson

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised by my grandparents. I was always intrigued by real estate. I can remember as a child riding through neighborhoods and looking at the different home designs and saying which one was going to be my house. I also enjoyed going to open houses just to see what the inside looked like to get interior design ideas. At that point, I wasn’t sure what my real estate path would look like but I knew I would have my hands in it. Read more>>

Vishnupriya Anant

Born in New Delhi India, I have been a traveler since birth. My dad was an expat and we used to move every 2 to 3 years. That is where my love to travel, meet new people, learn about new cultures took root and is now what really defines me. I was blessed that after my marriage, my adventures have continued so far and my daughter and husband have an equal liking for travel. I have lived in 10 cities across 6 countries and travelled to many more. Read more>>

Tiffanni Dean

I’m a teacher who has taught in the inner city as well as metro Atlanta area for about 10 years. However, I’ve also always had a love for all things beauty and hair. In 2018 I decided that I wanted to find the perfect hair vendors to start my own luxury hair extensions line. I finally launched “Call Me Beauty Virgin Hair” in late 2019. I slowly began to start trying to grow my business via social media. However, I didn’t know that it would evolve into where it is now.  Read more>>

Carmen Cecilia Guevara

I am a Venezuelan, born in the Llanos of Venezuela, in a small town called Acarigua, I come from a humble family that instilled great values in me. The thirst for justice is something that runs through my veins from a very early age, since I was a child I was always clear about what I wanted to study, and so at the age of 20 I graduated as a Lawyer at the University of Los Andes in Mérida-Venezuela, from there I knew that everything I did from the heart could go very far, I practiced my career with a lot of passion for 14 years.  Read more>>

Marvin Charles

I got started Detailing professionally out of necessity. I was in Pennsylvania and couldn’t get any work for a year and a half so I decided to do something that I like doing to my own car for others, and that’s when I decided to open up my shop Now fast fwd pandemic hit and due to the pandemic I had to close down the shop and pivot into mobile detailing because a few of my clients were interested in me coming to their homes to provide detailing services because they loved my work but I was unable to open. Read more>>

Vinaris Scott

The name of my production company (KillaKrane Productions) is derived (some time ago, since about I was a teenager) from a nickname I was given through various things like my martial art training, my love for the bird (crane,) and a way to tie all those things together, in a hip way. Even back then, I used to write, what they now call “fan fiction,” and had dreams of manifesting these ideals into film, tv show, video games, or anything. Read more>>

Shawntay Mathews

EmD & L.L.C. which stands for Emerald Designs was founded out of my pure enjoyment for creating beautiful spaces that are tangible to the average person. As a child, I sketched, painted, created artwork and constantly rearranged my bedrooms. My father was a true craftsman and my grandmother exposed me to chic interior design styles. However, my younger self didn’t conceptualize interior design as a career path as natural as decorating and design is for me. Read more>>

Cameron Allen

I started my musical journey early in life. Growing up around two uncles who were both musicians, and watching in awe as they would play their instruments, it was clear to me that nothing could possibly be more fun than making music. Eventually my parents got me an electric guitar of my own for my sixth birthday, and I became obsessed. Throughout my childhood I spent a lot of time exploring and learning the instrument, and started writing my own music. Read more>>

Tory McKenna

I am a vocal artist and storyteller. I’ve been singing since the time I could use sound to communicate and express myself in a meaningful way. Early on I had sophisticated musical experiences: I was introduced to german lieder and major orchestral works and taught how to develop my ear to hear nuances in how the different voices of instruments express ideas and how musical phrases could be interpreted into stories. Read more>>

Mary Deaderick

I have always loved being active. Growing up, I played a variety of sports, with basketball and softball being the ones that stuck through high school. During college, I started running recreationally and eventually completed several 5Ks and a few half marathons. I graduated with my degree in exercise science and kinesiology and went on to get my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. So you could say that exercise, health and wellness have always been on my mind. I worked as a physical therapist for several years and really found my love for helping people and giving them the tools and strength to live the healthier and more active lives they desired. Read more>>

Maggie Walls

Momentum Arts was founded in 2017 in an effort to provide inclusive and affordable arts programming in our community. We started with a small summer camp production of Little Mermaid, JR, and have since done more than 40 full productions, and over a hundred productions in general. We have served hundreds of youth and adults since opening our doors, and we continue to grow in our capacity to serve our community, Read more>>

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