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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.

Shanay Cobb

My family just moved from South Carolina to Georgia. It was summer and this would be my 8th-grade year. My mother had some yarn and a hook. She was making a crochet blanket. I wanted to make a blanket too. She showed me how to make a chain. Read more>>

Tiffany Farrell

A few years ago my spirit started speaking to me about cleaning up my lifestyle. I began cutting out red meat and pork. Then it was all poultry. I started adding in more fruits and veggies to my diet with unique and delicious blended meal recipes. Read more>>

Darrick Fisher

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee with only 18,000 people. My passion growing up was golf & I always dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour until an injury in college derailed my golf career. I transferred to the University of Tennessee in 2015. Read more>>

Nakaya Wiggins

I’m Chef Nakaya. Brooklyn, New York native. My life has been a complete world wind of a journey. I grew up moving from house to house. I had a very unstable childhood. I was raped at the age of five, I was molested and abused for years until the age of 11. Read more>>

Joe Russo and Jacob Thomas

Rock Steady is a modern Afro-Caribbean restaurant and bar in recently opened in West Midtown, founded by restaurateur Joe Russo and co-founder Jacob Thomas. The restaurant focuses on contemporary renditions of traditional Caribbean cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails and a curated music program. Read more>>

Brittiny (Harmoni) Coleman

I was a full-time nursing student, who had experienced a horrible back injury. Soon as I thought I was at the finish line of nursing school I had an unexpected preterm labor 24 weeks. At 24 weeks my placenta ruptured causing me to be at a life-threatening state. Read more>>

Joseph Evans III and Brandon Patton

In 2015 when Brandon (Co-Founder) started his journey to grow a healthy attractive beard. He began researching best practices for growing and maintaining a beard. On his journey, Brandon quickly realized there was very little information available regarding beards, upkeep, maintenance. Read more>>

Mukul Jain

January 2009, I came to America after my mother sold her jewelry and my Father sold our home to fund for my one-way airplane ticket and clear the family debt. At 21, that was the defining moment for me with loads of responsibilities. I graduated with an Engineering degree from NDSU in 2012. Read more>>

Danielle Chin Stevenson

I’m a New York native that has called Atlanta home for the last 20+ years, relocating to Atlanta in 1998 with my young son D’mitri. My daughter Madison, was born here in Georgia. As a young (22 y.o.) single mom, I attended Brooklyn College as an English major and on many occasions, I had to bring my son, then around four years old, to class with me. Read more>>

Catina Stavroulakis

Catina (Cat) is a Bay Area transplant, new to the Virginia Highland Neighborhood. She has worked in a variety of industries starting as a retail clerk, seamstress, food server, car saleswoman, aerospace technician and holds certifications in Cosmetology and Aviation Maintenance. Following 9/11 layoff’s from her aerospace career. Read more>>

Jonathan Leon

I am a dad, husband, and every day that I wake up I am trying to change laws for kids. My story begins with a decision, after graduating from high school in the 1960s my grandfather, Ira White had limited options as a young father and husband in South Georgia. Read more>>

Bright Ekeigwe

In the summer of 2008, after my freshman year of college at Clark Atlanta University, I spent most of my summer back in my hometown of Bronx, NY. During my time back home that summer, I was extremely motivated in finding a part-time job, to help with paying some of college tuition and bills. Read more>>

Gavin Mayne

My desire to create, tell stories, and express myself started when I was young. I was misdiagnosed with autism – which the doctor found out later to be some bad ear infections. I was kind of sheltered for the first five years of my life, and I kept myself entertained with stories that I’d watch or create. Read more>>

Patrice McNeill

The seed for Projecht was planted years before I started the company. I grew up in a large family, one of ten children and many close cousins, nieces, nephews, aunties and uncles. Our family gatherings were the product of the amazing women in my family who spent months planning. Read more>>

Ranji McMillan

I am Ranji McMillan. I am also an artist Ranjiroo. I am an Atlanta-based artist. My areas of focus are photography, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and multi-media. Originally from California’s Bay Area, me and my siblings were always encouraged to create from an early age. Read more>>

Debra Gibson-Welch

I moved to Atlanta from New Jersey ten years ago with a degree in Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I worked in retail management and merchandising for a short time in Atlanta. Five years ago faced with a steep decline in retail management. Read more>>

Ennis Price

22 years is a long time to summarize, but I’ll start with the highlights. I was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. Growing up in NYC I was exposed to a diverse palette of cultures, colors, sounds, and smells, not just outside but in my home. Read more>>

Naeemah Mccowan

Dancing helped me too express myself and performing came naturally! Soon after my mother enrolled me into a performing arts middle and high school (Carr Lane & CVPA). There’s where I trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap & HipHop. I also would train after school with friends where we would dance all night. Read more>>

Aaliyah Copeland

I’ve always wanted to be in media – went from thinking about broadcast to public relations and then on to marketing and branding. My internships began in athletic marketing but it was during the most God-willed internship that I found my purpose. I received a summer internship at truTV. Read more>>

Bowen Flowers and Britt English

I, Bowen Flowers at 19 created OG Threadz & started my vintage collection over three years ago with my girlfriend Brittany after being inspired to create by the words of Mac Miller when we met him at Iron City, a venue in Birmingham Alabama. Read more>>

Jessica Bennett

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and got my BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. While at university, I missed my true love of riding horses where I rode as a Grand Prix rider and showjumper for a big portion of my life. Read more>>

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