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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.

Kreshia Fields

I’ve always known I was going to be a hairstylist because the joy I felt as a child every time I would style then take down my doll’s hair to only style again I still feel that joy today. Growing up, I wore so many different hairstyles because I loved trying new styles and dolls just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. Read more>>

Jenice Borges

A shy little girl from Queens, New York with a heart to make a difference in the world. Where I am today is truly a “God thing.” I have always had a heart for people and doing God’s work, even when I was a young girl. Did I ever see myself pastoring a church, writing books, running a non-profit organization? Absolutely not. Read more>>

Leta Singleton

The common thread between human beings is resilience, and it is resilience that has been the driving force throughout my life. Resilience helped give form and bring clarity to my passion…my purpose. It illuminated the path along my life’s journey and helped land me in my current state of reckoning. Read more>>

April Anthony

I’ve been creating characters and mimicking voices since childhood. I would simply record myself creating the character voices and even create skits based on people I knew and didn’t know. Later, I began to record myself reading books, and doing news reports in different tones, paying attention to the inflections. Read more>>

Tanya Murphy

I starting having anxiety and panic attacks in 2013, not knowing what they were. I thought I was having a heart attack one day driving in the car with my children and ended up pulling over and having my daughter call an ambulance. After getting to the ER all the symptoms disappeared but the very next day the panic came back with a vengeance. Read more>>

Moe and Nicki Lynch

Growing up in the 80’s I quickly became a fan of cinema by watching all genres of movies from “The Karate Kid” to “Friday The 13th” and everything in between. When I created multiple booklets of the “Police Academy” movies I knew I wanted to write or do something involved with entertainment. Read more>>

Marissa Thongdy

This all started from a quote I saw when I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed that said, “We don’t grow when we stay inside our comfort zone.” Honestly, that simple quote was the validation I needed since I was new to Atlanta and left everything I knew behind to start graduate school at Georgia State University. Read more>>

Tosin Fashola

I would say I started the moment I could speak and write, because as long as I could remember, I have always dressed up family and friends. A seamstress I once had was the one that kept urging me to design clothes, in her words she would say “why do you ask me to make your clothes only to change the entire design. Read more>>

Shea Stephens

It’s interesting, as kid I was always interested in movies. One story my older sisters love to tell is about how at six I was very affected by Ernest Dickerson’s classic “Juice.” When their friends would come over, they literally would pull me out of my room and make me act out the whole movie. Read more>>

Ali Ashtigo

I was born Atlanta, Georgia. My father is Iranian and mother is American. I grew up going back and forth to Iran and here until 14 years old. I have lived in Atlanta all my life. I’ve always had an eye for wanting to be an entrepreneur and actor but never had the confidence until college. I attended Georgia State University, class of 2015. Read more>>

Alicia Williams

I started out by just making my friends and family gift baskets for their birthdays, Christmas and special occasions. Anything that I was invited to was always an opportunity for me to make a nice gift basket. I just always love making gifts that brought a big smile on someone’s face. Read more>>

Tiora “Teekie” Hackley

At an early age, I knew that my drive, creativity, and competitive spirit would be the keys to my success. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia the game of basketball became a positive outlet for me and on any given day you could find me playing pick-up games with friends from my neighborhood. Read more>>

David Park

I’m the owner of Covenant Audio ATL. We provide professional sound system rental, audio engineering/operation, and wedding DJ services. You may find me at many local gatherings where the majority group is Korean-American due to my personal network and have become a go-to “sound guy” / “DJ”. Through God’s grace. Read more>>

Jonathan Acosta

Since the age of 12, I’ve been a self-proclaimed “tech nerd” at heart, obsessed with two things: telling visual stories on camera, and automating all the things in life. Following these core passions have allowed me to spend the last decade orchestrating visual stories in almost every spectrum of the production industry. Read more>>

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