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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.

Kenya Stanfield

I started The Mary Elizabeth Bag Collection after I was unable to get another government job due to the hiring freeze in 2017. My husband was active duty Army and we’d just moved to North Carolina. I had made these foldover clutches for my sisters for Christmas. Read more>>

Georgia Wolfe-Samuels

When Executive Chef Wayne Sharpe crossed paths with Restaurant CPAs and Entrepreneurs Dwight Samuels and Georgia Wolfe-Samuels, the birth of EscovitcheZ Legendary Island Cuisine was inevitable. Chef Sharpe dreamed of owning a Jamaican restaurant for most of his life. Read more>>

Shamaria Hightower

I currently serve as an active-duty soldier and the mom to a six-year-old princess. My road to entrepreneurship came by way of getting my best friend on the networking scene. She had just shared with me her business idea a few months prior, and now she needed to get exposure. Read more>>

Perrion Pruitt

I started taking rap seriously at 10 or 11. I was signed to two independent labels Vision Entertainment and Checkpoint Entertainment. I was in a group called Purple Heart Soldiers and we separated which made me the solo artist I am now. Read more>>

Chris Ethridge

My interest in making films began when I moved to Athens, GA after college. I made several early films while I was there and basically learned the art and craft of filmmaking through a series of shorts that my friends and I worked on. After I moved to Atlanta, I met Stacey Palmer. Read more>>

Adebukunola Adeniyi

I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA but grew up in a Nigerian (Yoruba) household with my hardworking, God-fearing, no nonsense mother lol but most importantly she was a woman of great fashion sense. From the vintage jackets to the berets she would slay in, how could I not follow in her footsteps. Read more>>

Angel Jackson

I moved to Georgia from Connecticut. I was an avid juicer when I moved to Snellville and was sadly surprised when I realized there were no juice bars in the area. I was led to smoothie shops but had to travel a minimum of 30 minutes for a fresh-pressed juice. Read more>>

Shonta Burton

I was born and raised in Yonkers NY which is the home of a lot of Legendary Talent. Growing Up in Yonkers forced creativity in Us I grew up with DMX, JADAKISS, MARY J BLIGE in the early 90’s I started my journey as a Hip Hop Recording Artist Goldilox. Read more>>

Jerine Campbell

My story started completely by accident. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, it’s my favorite pastime. I attended Savannah State University, where I studied Mass Communications, concentrating in journalism. My dream was to be a food critic. In between classes and work, I would cook. Read more>>

Chelsea Moore

I’ve always had a passion for cooking and a bit of a sweet tooth. I wanted to start my own sweets business for over a year before I actually decided to do it. The fear of failure, concerns about lack of support from those closest to me and thoughts of an oversaturated industry really played heavy roles in my procrastination. Read more>>

Cameo Hadden

I am where I am today because of heartbreak, Trauma, abuse and anything else that can affect a human being. My journey through life started at a young age. The obstacles in my life has turned me into the brave woman I am today. Just like anyone we all have a story and a struggle. The day I turned 22 was the day I will never forget. Read more>>

Anita Searles

My love for food started a long time ago as I watched my mother and my grandmother who are amazing cooks prepare food for our family parties and get together. My mother later started her own small catering company “Linda’s catering” where I develop my skills and talents helping her cater for her clients. Read more>>

Morgan Wilson

As a simple beauty lover, I’ve never been too into makeup but I’ve always had a passion for lashes and lip gloss. I started obsessing over lashes in college once I started getting individuals and the passion just stuck with me ever since. So I wanted to create a line that catered to other girls like me. Read more>>

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