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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.

R3DCLAY

My parents always played music in the car and around the house. My dad liked easy listening/golden oldies from the 50’s and 60’s and Motown types of music. My mom would listen to old school R&B. The real music side comes from my mom. That whole side is from South Carolina with country roots. I’m talking dirt road type country roots. I remember taking trips to see my grandparents and knowing we were close when everything turned to trees and dirt. Read more>>

Kimberly Jones

Like any other 20 years old, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I knew what I didn’t want, which was a career as a bartender, or an office job, which I was currently at. My choices were limited, time and money being my obstacles. I found out in Florida that I could obtain a manicurist license in as little as 240 hours, and I was sold. What I didn’t know was that you learn very little in 240 hours. Read more>>

Kashea Williams

Greetings, my name is Kashea (KASH-E-AH) “Kay Da’ Tella” Williams. I started exploring my gifts as a psychic medium and healer at an early age in my life, and with plenty of dedication, studying, and meditation, I have been able to continue to perfect my crafts professionally. I picked up my first tarot deck in 2016 and have been doing professional and accurate readings since. Throughout the years of my practice. Read more>>

Ariel Ghinga

I had a bad experience in Geography class when I was in high school. I was about to d a presentation on Columbia, but I couldn’t say a word. I left the poster up there and sat back down with my heart beating out of my chest. I made a promise right then and there that someday I’m was going to start a business which helps people overcome the fear of public speaking and learn how to present effectively. Read more>>

Tamika Gooden

I started baking cakes as a little girl in the kitchen with my grandmother. As I got older, I was the one that always brought desserts to family functions and potlucks for many years. However, in March of 2018 my mother and father both fell terminally ill While sitting in a hospice room with my mother going back and forth on the phone with my job about taking time off and not knowing when I would be back to work due to the circumstances. Read more>>

Ronald Fields

I started being involved in music when I was a kid. Around between the ages of 6 to about 10 or 11 years, only my family had my brothers in our church and family gospel choir and me. Between the ages of 6 to about 10 or 11, my brothers and I were encouraged by my family to sing in the gospel choir. I was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and grew up in both areas you tend to see a lot and learn a lot about life fast. Read more>>

Melaney LaGrone

Being a lawyer is a second career for me. I was a police officer in Detroit, Michigan for almost ten years before law school. Becoming a lawyer was never a life long passion of mind. My major in college was Criminal Justice Studies, and when I graduated, I wanted to go to the US Marshals. But they had a hiring freeze at the time. Because the University of Detroit was in the heart of the city, I met a lot of police officers while in college. Read more>>

Cynthia Giles

I am a writer, public speaker, spoken word artist, community leader, and creative arts advocate. Although I wear many “hats” in Atlanta, the core passion of my life is storytelling. I’ve had a passion for writing ever since I was 12 years old. When I was 19 years old, I got involved with local open mic nights near my university. I loved writing stories in my notebook, but I never thought anyone would be interested in what I had to say. Read more>>

Jean Fleming

A few years ago, I felt God calling me to use my gifts and talents in an area that had the most need. At the time, it was relationships. I kept meeting so many broken people trying to fix and piece themselves together with other broken people and wondering why they felt incomplete. I for one was one of those broken people at one point. Read more>>

April Jackson-Hunter

My journey started with an act of violence. I took a portion of my life that wouldn’t be forgotten and harnessed it. For many years after this, I battled fear, guilt, and shame until receiving some advice from a counselor that would alter my life. A counselor suggested that I start a journal in an attempt to help with reoccurring nightmares and insomnia issues. The journal I started ultimately placed me on the path toward my destiny. Read more>>

Kerry Meier and Jason Jewett

Low-Co Motion is a farm-to-table food truck that was conceptualized by owner Kerry Meier in Charleston in 2013. Three years later, in Atlanta, she was joined by her brother-in-law, Jason Jewett, and the concept was brought to life. The menu was built with a local ingredient list in mind and is anchored by a selection of Southern classic sandwiches with a gourmet twist. Homemade sides and made from scratch soups rotate with the seasons and are available year round on various catering menus. Read more>>

Maya Waiters

My name is Maya Waiters, and I am 36-years-old born and raised in a small country town Warren Ohio. I have been in Atlanta for 5yrs when I decided I wanted to relocate to Atlanta to pursue my dreams. I knew Atlanta was the city I wanted to start my career. When I decided I wanted to move to Atlanta, I knew it was not going to be easy, and I had nothing, no money, no car, no job, I was staying with my sister for about a year. Read more>>

Keyana Watts and Michael Buckley-Moore

My name is Keyana Watts, and it was about seven years ago when I first started hosting events. I was apart of a crew called Epic Collaboration who was home to many different styles of dancers. I was originally brought in by a dancer I used to date, and from there; slowly but surely I started to fall in love with what was introduced to me. Read more>>

Jenny Lind

Previous to doing permanent make up, I was a hairstylist and make up artist for over 20 years. I went through a whole transformation at the age of 40. From being a new mom all over again, having my other child in college (2 children 16 years apart), to finally being able to walk away from a 22 .year relationship. And if that wasn’t enough, all the other things life decides to throw at us all at once. Read more>>

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