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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.

Rocio Ramos

My name is Rocio Ramos, but people call me Rosie for short. Takoz Express was born in August 2018. It had always been my mother’s dream, Lucina Ramos, to have her own restaurant one day. My mother used to own a food truck about 20+ years ago, but later got a job offer and let go of that dream of one day owning her own restaurant. It has been an honor to carry out that dream today. Read more>>

Mariame Sylla

I started my journey as a product formulator, my love for chemistry and skincare pushed me into the beauty industry. In 2015 I created my skincare line called Marimad Skin Rx; fast forward I opened a spa called Marimad Luxury Spa in Sandy Springs GA that mainly caters to African American Skin in April 2019. Read more>>

Jeff Andrews

That goes way back! When I was about seven years old, I became interested in music and electronics at around the same time. My father plays sax and my mother plays piano so I think I have music in my blood. Both of my grandfathers encouraged me to tinker with electronics and my father helped be build a crystal radio at our home in Memphis, TN while I was still a kid. That was really fun to me so I guess it was the genesis of it all. Read more>>

Kendrick Scar

Born in Kissimmee, FL. Since a young teen, I’ve always had a passion for writing since I was in middle school. I started what came to be ‘Counting Daze’ back in the summer of my 8th grade which was then lost as time passed. I found the same book and decided to continue the story when I came back home for a semester during my time at FAMU. Now only 21 years old and a FAMU Alum, I am a self-published author currently working on the next segment to the series. Read more>>

Chris Brink

In September of 2012, my wife, Anna and I, found out we were pregnant with our 1st child, a baby girl. I was playing in a full-time band, traveling the country, but was beginning to feel the need to settle down and enter in to a more “local” source of employment. In order to make our family a priority. Being on the road most of the time was not where I wanted to be with a baby coming. Five months later, in January 2013, we both decided it was best, for our family. Read more>>

Brittany Ellison

I grew up on the south side of Metro Atlanta in the suburbs of Henry and Clayton County. As an only child of a hairstylist and factory worker, I was always taught that education is one of the most important aspects in being successful. I always wanted to enter the medical profession and nursing was my passion. After graduating from Valdosta State University with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I began working in Labor/Delivery. After 8 years of working as a registered nurse, I wanted more. Read more>>

Jasmine Jones

It all began as a favor for prom. People would ask me to make their “promposal” posters and they were so fun to do! I saw how people enjoyed my work so I decided to dig deeper into to myself. I went and sold two pairs of my shoes, took that money to buy my supplies and that’s when AdornByJas begun. At first, I would only customize wooden letters but that quickly grew into custom frames, picture collages, paddles for fraternities/sororities, custom clothing and more. Read more>>

Sunja Dannette

I was born and raised in Albany GA. Let’s start there. My dad left us when I was six years old and things quickly went downhill for my family and I. Left in the home, were me and my younger sister and baby brother. My mom had to get on public assistance and we lived with family for a while. I didn’t have a relationship with my father. While living with family I was molested by a family member for about a year when I was nine years old. Read more>>

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