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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.

Charlie T Thomas

The phrase ‘do what you can, right where you are’, is probably the best way to describe how Remedy came to be. Remedy came out of a personal need that grew to something so much more. I was having a rough time mentally and emotionally, and I was really striving to find ways to make sense of it all, hopefully through my art. Read more>>

Joshua Roberts

I’ve been drawing ever since I was a little kid. I was always making comics of my favorite cartoon characters like “Ed, Edd n Eddy” and “Teen Titans”. Sometimes, I’d pause episodes that I recorded and draw the still shots. Mostly, I would make these huge crossover comics with a bunch of characters. I never finished any of them, but it was more about the fun than the accomplishment. Read more>>

Anchelo Eliasin

My artist name is AnChelo, I’m from Kansas City, Missouri. I moved to Atlanta, GA to follow my dreams of being a singer/songwriter. I consider my style alternative R&B it’s not your typical R&B. I share my story and embrace the challenges of my upbringing and what I have to offer through my music, I’ve been included in many blogs, radio and y streaming numbers on Spotify are moving. Read more>>

Centerria Nicole

I started my makeup career freelancing for MAC Cosmetics when I was 18 years old, then became a permanent artist with the company. I worked on and off for MAC for 7 1/2 years, transferring from Oklahoma City(hometown) to Atlanta in 2015. It’s been a dream of mine to work in Television and Film for a very long time so I knew Atlanta was becoming THE place to work in the film industry. Read more>>

Abriona Haywood

Until I met my barber instructor who changed my LIFE! I moved to Georgia Jan 1, 2017, from Mobile, Alabama. I relocated to make a better future for myself by chasing a dream. Wanting to be around the world for my great barber skills. This journey has not been easy at all. I moved to a state with no family, friends, or money. Read more>>

Jasmine Wiley

Photo booths became a passion of mine when I experienced one at my brother’s wedding years ago. I saw how much fun everyone was having and thought to myself “Man this would be a cool business to be a part of”. After doing months of research, I decided to quit my job at Walmart and purchase my first booth. The first year was really rough. Read more>>

Haylie Montgomery

I spent many sleepless nights thinking up clever comebacks; even though the moment had clearly passed… comedy has been this incredible creative outlet that has brought so much fun and exhilaration in my life. I’m just a dyslexic, space cadet, from Midtown, GA. Who realized at an early age, wait that’s not a b it’s a d… I have always been told I see things differently, and for many years that felt like a disadvantage. Read more>>

Shea Jones

Ever since I was a child, I adored the capture of creativity, and also the feeling you are left with after a powerful actor performance. As time went on, it was clear that my adoration would only grow. With my parent’s encouragement, at 15 years old, I entered into talent expo, “THE Event”, in Orlando, FL. After being accepted into the expo, my mother and I drove to Orlando from Peachtree City, GA. Read more>>

Britt Banks

I’ve always been passionate about Performing Arts and Film. Growing up, however, accessing a stage was easier than a camera, so I attended the Amazing Grace Conservatory under the direction of Wendy Raquel Robinson, was involved with the Long Beach Performing Arts Magnet at David Starr Jordan, and attended The Actor’s Workshop. Read more>>

Ka’Dia Dhatnubia

I was born and raised in Springfield, IL. Amid a heavily agriculturally and medically focused community, I was considered the “art kid.” I did it all: crafts, sewing, writing plays, short stories and songs. It was my avenue into making friends, connecting with others. I created worlds and invited people into those worlds. Read more>>

Kalah Taylor

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and later settled with my family in a suburb called Oak Park when I started high school. This ultimately started my exposure to the world of graphic design. Fast-forwarding to the Summer before my senior year of high school, I received the unique opportunity to visit SCAD’s Atlanta Campus. Read more>>

Nicole Lee

A Different Cut was founded based upon the need to increase Autism awareness within the hairdressing and barbering communities, and create a safe and positive in-salon experience for children and young adults on the spectrum. In an industry focused on helping people look and feel their best, we recognized there was an opportunity for improvement. Read more>>

Jennifer Crosby

Graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in Interior Design in 1992. Started my company 20 years ago this January! Boutique size full-service interior design firm with two studio’s, Commercial studio off Piedmont Park in midtown and Residential studio in downtown Roswell. Our focus is client relationship and always designing for the specific project, never repeating concepts. Read more>>

Ashley Vance

My journey is content marketing started at Georgia State University with a journalism degree. I went on to work with brands that fueled my current passion for writing and creating content. My love of music lead me to freelance writing; covering music festivals, interviewing artists and writing about pop-culture topics that I love. I started at Atlanta’s A3C Festival and conference as a journalist and became the blog site’s Editor in Chief in the course of a year. Read more>>

Erika Latanya

I became an author in the year of 2017. I self-published a few books until I later signed with a publishing company. I gained much experience and along with that, I wanted to create a home for my work so I started Dear Diary Publishing. My goal was to become an entrepreneur. I wanted my own company but Dear Diary Publishing is not just another company. There’s meaning behind it. Read more>>

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