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Sandy Springs’ 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 Sansy Springs’ gems below.

Christy Brown

Ever since I was a child, I loved the idea of making something out of seemingly nothing as well as making something simple become the star of the show with a few extra details. This love of mine has allowed me to enjoy a few different startups alongside my full-time jobs. Read more>>

Michael Buchanan

A dive trip to Roatan led me to writing when I first met my future writing partner, Diane Lang. I began writing intensely in the summer of 2000 after I attended writer workshops at the University of Iowa. Novels were first in my writing career, then screenplays became part of my journey several years later. Read more>>

Josh Byrd

How did I end up here? That is usually the question many ask when they feel as though they’ve ended up in the wrong place. Well, the reason I ask the question is quite the opposite. I pause from time to time to stop and take it all in and wonder how I was ever so fortunate and blessed to be in the position I am in today. Read more>>

Corey Sherman

I began as a college basketball player in hopes of possibly going overseas. I transferred from a NCCAA (National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association) to a division 2. Things didn’t really go as planned so I decided to go into a different direction since I was no longer playing ball. Read more>>

Amber Beck

I am a certified health and wellness coach and podcaster. I started my business by “accident.” I lost a good bit of weight in 2018 in preparation for my best friend’s wedding. A few people started asking me how I did it, so I started a group chat and used it to help a few friends. I would have them send me their meals. Read more>>

Intelligent Allah

My life spiraled downhill with the wrong step into the streetlife of Brooklyn at age 13. At 17, I found myself a high-school dropout trying become a rapper when my street life got me incarcerated, facing 50-life. But through introspection and a desire for change among other things, I became a college graduate. Read more>>

Darnell Johnson

God blessed me with life February 7, 1987 in Miami, Florida. It was there that my love for making art started in elementary school. So blessed to have a mom who invested in me and my two sisters. She was made aware of my talent in art and did all that she could to help nurture my gift. Read more>>

Daya Lorin

I had been singing in church and writing songs for a while. I wasn’t a well known or highly praised singer. But one day, God challenged me that there was more. He said in my spirit, “You don’t even know who you are.” That started me on a new journey. Read more>>

Briea Williams

I’m an Atlanta native I was born and raised here and for me there’s no other place I’d rather be. I had a great childhood I was always outside running around and playing (really trying to keep up with my brother Devin and my sister Brittney). Read more>>

Nika Regis

I remember as a little girl playing with my dolls, playing “Salon” where I would try braiding their hair and mimicking what I saw happening at salons. My sister first taught me how to do a box braid and from there I was self-taught. Read more>>

Christen Shefchunas

I come from the swimming world. I was a 4x All American swimmer at the University of Tennessee 1993-1997, and then a swim coach for 16 years. Two years at the club level before I started my college coaching career. I was an assistant coach at Michigan State and SMU before becoming the head coach. Read more>>

B. Combs

Over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry has lead me to become a licensed Cosmetologist. My background started as many trying to fit into the corporate world. Attending Empire Beauty School was one of the greatest things that I choose to do for myself. Read more>>

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