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Midtown’s Hidden Gems

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 of Midtown’s gems below.

Lauren Cox

I got my start in the food world, in earnest, 10 years ago, when I took a leap of faith and applied to work a growing season on an organic farm here in Georgia. After spending a year learning about farming and learning that I loved growing food, I was given the opportunity to start my own farm business on someone else’s land- an incubator farm- so to speak- that had the infrastructure, the healthy soil and water, and most importantly, the support and guidance of a retired farmer on site, to guide me through my first two years of business. In 2014, I moved to Athens to manage a Certified Organic farm that had been around since the early 2000’s and had a legacy of not only growing amazing food but also of having deep relationships with their customers, many of them ‘farm to restaurant’ chefs.  Read more>>

Christian Turner

I grew up in a very non-traditional household, where my Dad was a single father to my two younger sisters and I. With a felony on his record, my Father earned money in creative ways. Although most of his incomes were short-term, one that was always constant was the income he generated from his rental properties. Needless to say, I learned the value of real estate at a very young age, along with the desire to one day build a real estate empire of my own. Read more>>

Jessica & Dorian Mckie

In 2017 husband and wife duo, Jessica (30) and Dorian Mckie (32), were working 9-5 jobs just like everyone else. Fed up with working unfulfilling positions and living pay we knew that there had to be more to life and we were determined to find a job that was not only paid better, but allowed us to regain control of our time and our life. We realized that the ideal job did not exist and that we had to create it so we spend days bouncing business ideas off each other. Jessica threw out the idea of getting a photo booth and starting an event rental business. Read more>>

Christine Job

So, I’ve wanted to live abroad since I was 17 years old. My childhood was full of unaccompanied minor domestic flights as I was shuttled between family living in Texas and family in California. By the time I was 10, my father was stationed in Germany and my unaccompanied trips turned international. Needless to say, I was quite comfortable traveling solo and really enjoyed exploring new cities and countries. Read more>>

India Andrews Hartman

Imagine a young girl who was raised by her grandma and sister. I grew up in a home with a God-fearing grandmother, mother was on drugs, and father is nonexistent. Most of my life, I learned a lot from my grandma, sister, and friends. Who would of thought that the craziest beginning of a child’s life began and I would be who I was today. I had been working since age 16. I attended Lillie B. Williamson High School and then began college a semester behind at Bishop State. I was definitely determined to be the opposite of my past. I was determined to not be what a lot of people labeled my mother and my past to be. Once I finished community college at Bishop State, I went on to Faulkner University where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. Read more>>

Tyrisa Burdine

I moved to Georgia from Tennessee on September 29th, 2016. My goal was to get started at a well-known salon, build my clientele and eventually start my own! I did just that, I worked at a salon for two years until I was comfortable enough to stand on my own. Sept 2018 is when I open my salon suite and become Tamed by Ty. I love being able to make my own schedule and move around as I please. My passion is natural hair and I love how you can transform it into many different forms. I started getting so many questions about how to grow my edges back and what can I do to help my hair from being so dry. I began researching natural products and herbs that help with those things. Read more>>

Blacc Mel

As an artist, my life is full of many things that are challenging, fulfilling, and unique, but I am no different from those that I wish to inspire. My background is full of humble beginnings that have molded me into the successful artist that I am today. Through years of trials and tribulations, I developed myself time and time again while I still continue to grow. Growing here in Macon, GA, has put a stamp on my drive and the plan to take myself farther than I have ever been. Consistency is key. Read more>>

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