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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.

Maurice Costello

I am a music producer/shirt designer, my story started in the place I was born which is Bronx, NY I have spent most of my life traveling back and fourth between the north and the south so hearing different styles of music was definitely a big part of my life. The love for music was definitely the first hobby I would come to really love and go to school for to further my skill and experience.  Read more>>

Shantel SolE

I got my start in music my senior year of college at North Carolina A&T. After college I moved to back home to VA where I gained experience as a performer and hosting events. I spent a few years growing my fan base before I moved to Japan. I spend over a year in Japan traveling and growing my fanbase, making my mark as an international artist. Up0n my return to the states I was able to take the business strategies I learned and apply them to my brand. Read more>>

CAMERON KIRSCHNER

Hi there! My name is Cameron and I’m 26 years old. Currently, I’m a full-time videographer living in Atlanta, GA! I’ve done work for different brands like AT&T, Direct TV, The Super Bowl, and more. Growing up I was always super interested in video because my dad always had his VHS camera out at family gatherings. I was so fascinated by this device as a kid. My family would buy cheap toy cameras that were available in the 2000s because they saw how interested I was in video. Read more>>

Sarah Catherine Conklin

When I graduated college, I had no idea where to begin with my next chapter. I was in the art school and loved being creative, but didn’t know which direction to step towards. I decided to try making flower arrangements, something my Mom and I had started doing during the pandemic. When flowers are shared with others, or brought into your own home, they give a sense of life and love that is unparalleled. Flowers are shown to uplift mental health and increase energy around you and your home, a key for us during such an isolating time.  Read more>>

Beverly Armento

I am the oldest child of a blind, artistic, and mentally I’ll mother. As such, I was her Seeing Eye Girl, guiding her about town and managing the tasks of the household. My first five years were the happiest, for I was adored by two loving parents. My mother’s psychological break occurred when I was five, when she became delusional and violent, especially toward me. The serious beatings and emotional abuse started when I was seven and continued until I was 24, at which time I had only bad choices for myself: stay and endure the violence and dysfunction; end it all by committing suicide;; or run away and live for another day. Read more>>

Kaii Love

I have always been into music since I was a little girl. From singing in chorus 7th-8th grade, and no I cannot sing, lol! To being taught how to bob my head to the beat of a song, to playing the piano and keyboard 11th-12th grade and just always wanting to get up and dance whenever a song came on. I decided to attend Atlanta Metropolitan State College for spring semester of 2014. But ironically, being attached to music the way I was growing up, I chose pre-nursing as my major. Read more>>

Ambria Gore

My name is Ambria, I started with my clothing brand back in 2019, it was right around the time when covid hit really hard. My job was making a lot of changes so I was uncertain if my job had any plans of letting us go. I’ve always wanted to start my own brand so at that moment I knew it was time to make a plan and write it down. So, in June of 2019 I started planning and after a year I finally launched my clothing brand “BE YOURSELF ENT” btw the best feeling EVER! Read more>>

Adjente Burgess

I’d say my life started and I mean, truly started almost 9 years ago when my mom made the big choice to leave our small agricultural hometown in cental Florida (Bartow, Fl) and decided to do an overnight move to this strange abnormal place called Atlanta. Moving to such a major city from a little town that didn’t even have Starbucks or a mall for miles around to a city that has a Starbucks on every corner was mind boggling, and to be completely honest I hated this place at first all the noises and lights, police sirens and lights was over whelming.  Read more>>

Landon Sims

Growing up in Atlanta , I started off working in the kitchen helping my grandmother in the kitchen as a kid. I loved watching her cook. In the black community the kitchen was heart of the home. Also growing up I was in love with Art , so I thought that I would become an artist but fast forward when I graduated high school & went to college , I had to get a job & got hired at a local bar in Decatur , Ga. From there my career began in hospitality as a server & from there I grew a love for mixology & began to pair my mixology skills with food.  Read more>>

Tommy Lennon

I’ve always considered myself a creative. Growing up, I was constantly drawn to anything and everything that allowed me to express myself – music, acting, photography, drawing. I’ve been fortunate enough to go back and forth between Atlanta and Los Angeles for all of my adult life, and the art and culture in both places inspires me at different times and in different ways. Read more>>

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