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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.

Mary Ulich

Planning to create a community coffeehouse to train and employ young adults with ID/DD took shape in spring 2017. A committee comprised of members of the Alpharetta community was convened in late May 2017 to begin initial planning for the project. Members of the committee were volunteers from private and public organizations in Alpharetta that support the mission of BrewAble. The committee was led by Jeanette Dummer, an Alpharetta resident who is the parent of a son with autism spectrum disorder, and Mary Ulich, a 20+ year Alpharetta resident who was interested in making our community a better place for individuals with disabilities. After meeting with numerous downtown property owners, members of the BrewAble steering committee met with members of the City of Alpharetta Department of Parks and Recreation. The idea to house BrewAble in the Alpharetta Community Center on Rowsell Street near downtown Alpharetta took root. The renovation plans and concept were presented to the Recreation Commission, led by Dennis Mitchell. Read more>>

Walter Scott Jr

My story is pretty straightforward. I came up with the idea for Eargasm Audio in 2014. Saved up for a year, created a prototype for headphones and started out selling to friends and family. It eventually grew into something special. Here we are in 2021 and we are still kicking and giving our new and old customers exactly what they want. We’ve even expanded our product line to include portable speakers and Bluetooth watches. Read more>>

Naomi James

I have created a brand, Naomi James, LLC using my name. Why you might ask? With over 15 years of dance experience and what I would say a good amount of life experience, I chose my name because here I am, all of me. My brand represents all the beautiful, hidden parts of me that have been locked away for so long. Throughout my life, I have found myself always trying to fit in. I spent so much time trying to be accepted by my peers and one day, I just grew tired. I had to come to terms with some hard truths. The world wasn’t going to change, so I had to! I’ve always known I was special. My parents made sure I’d never forget it. I had to believe it as much as they did. Driven by purpose while sharing parts of me through the art of dance, as well as nurturing a strong mindset for my dancers. Dance can only take you so far, but let’s take a deeper dive into who you are as a person. What’s your mindset? What are you telling yourself daily? What is holding you back from your greatness in which you already possess? So many magnificent tools that can easily go unnoticed. I want to take everything I’ve learned and share not only with my students but also the world. Read more>>

Dionte Richards

Growing up, I had aspirations of becoming an NFL player. I always put my focus into that and everything else seemed secondary. After my senior year, a lot of things didn’t work in my favor. I got hurt with an Achilles injury being the star running back on the team. Along with getting hurt, my academics weren’t taking me far and put me down in a hole. I didn’t give up and attended community college at Chattahoochee Tech College, where I started to realize I wanted more for myself. I transferred to multiple schools that molded me into who I am today. They gave me strength, knowledge, wisdom and allowed me to become more independent. My last pit stop was Georgia Southern University, where I truly found myself. Going into my last year before graduation, I started to get into music and became an artist named “Preme Fein”. I performed in a plethora of places such as Magic city and local lounges to expand my name. A year later, I decided to revamp myself through the management and change my name back to my childhood nickname “D Rich”. While being D rich going into 2020, I have worked with multiple local Atlanta artists like Young Baby Tate, Curtis Williams, and BoocieTheMovie. Read more>>

Cameron Jo’van

It took me a long time to discover my purpose and get in alignment with what I believe to be my calling. Being a renaissance man or jack of all trades, I had a bit of an identity crisis growing up. It seemed I had it all together and figured it out in my early twenties. I had bought my first property at 22 in the historic Healy Building and was making good money for my age. Little did most know, I was extremely unhappy. I was struggling with seeing everyone be on track towards their goals, e.g., in nursing school to become a nurse, doing mission work to add valuable experience to non-profits, and opening up their own businesses. Fast forward, It wasn’t until I was 31 years old that I finally “answered the phone”. My calling to be an impactful voice in my community had tried reaching me on more than one occasion. I had heard the sentiment over as early as four years prior but never took it seriously. In fact, I was skeptical and asked others if they’d support me being in public office for example and I hadn’t been met with one, “no”. In hindsight, every experience I’ve had, from working in my parent’s dental practice, to working my first corporate contract job at 17. Read more>>

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