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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.

Brandon Hopkins

My photography journey just kind of happen. After graduating from with my Marketing degree in 2014, I got a job in payroll at Loews Hotels. The start of my second year with the company, I wanted find a job in Marketing. So, I started looking and all I keep seeing in the experience was photography. So in 2017, I decided to take some course at Nashville State Community College in photography. I figured that I was really good at so I started to take pictures of people for free to get better each day. Eventually, I begin to get paying clients and the rest was history. I went ahead to finish school to receive my Associate’s Degree in Photography. While in school, I formed my photography business Brandon Hopkins Photography. Read more>>

Breanna Perry

Memoirs of Happy Black Girl began as a young adult memoir that I am currently writing about my life. In February of 2019, I started the MHBG blog to foster community and engagement with the content I am writing about for the book. I wanted to engage my audience with relatable stories and life lessons from my past. Stories of how I have navigated past relationship heartbreaks, abandonment issues and insecurities. What began as a form of catharsis for myself became one for my small community of readers and has since grown in such a short time frame. Read more>>

Morgan Kelly

I’ve always had a passion for my natural hair, but my journey really took off once I gave birth to my daughter, and splitting with my fiance in 2019, life was not going the way I had imaged it, and it really started a fire inside of me to take charge of my life, but a little after my daughter turned 6 Months I noticed how her hair would grow, but then her hair would fall out an alarming rate, and after a doctors appointment they did confirm that she, unfortunately, had Alopecia. I was so confused, and none of the prescribed medicines, and over the counter medicine didn’t work; it led me to start researching her condition in more depth. Here is where Olivia’s Nectar was born. After researching natural remedies and organic roots, and vitamins day and night. I started experimenting in my kitchen. Read more>>

DeAsha Green

I knew I wanted to start my own business. Something unique and different. Something to enhance the beauty and self-love of women inside and out. Robes are such a unique item to every wardrobe. A robe is an item that every woman can love. Our robes are universal. The design gives it a look that can be worn intimately, a day in the sun by the pool, or even a nice decent lounge day around the house. Read more>>

Grant Troutman

Grant and I met 15 years ago in Atlanta while working as Inclusion Specialists with children with special rights. Over the last 15 years, we’ve gotten married, had a baby, worked with hundreds of children and families, helped develop a large scale preschool inclusion program and created Super Heroes Club, an inclusive social skills experience that empowers and connects children through their strengths and differences. We had the opportunity to work in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool for over a decade. Katie directed the inclusion program and Grant was an inclusion teacher in the classrooms working with all ages. Grant served on the steering committees for the preschool and Project Infinity, “an accessible, working laboratory of transformation in early education.” Read more>>

Jalon Pero

Well, it started out around the age of three. I received a small drum set for Christmas and started playing drums. My parents had set me up for drum lessons in my early childhood and I also played percussion alongside my father in Church. I didn’t really get serious into creating music until 8th grade going into Highschool. Where I started making beats on FL Studio/Ableton just trying out different DAW’s to see what would suit me best. As time went on I started recording on the beats that I made because I was tired of hearing other people not do any justice on the beats I was creating. Read more>>

Tiffani Trawick

As a teacher for over 12 years, I wanted a way to do more for students. I wanted to help them academically, professionally, and with their social-emotional well being. This is why I created the nonprofit youth program, Culture Shift, Inc. Growing up in a single-parent home and feeling the burden of poverty, I know firsthand how hard it was to succeed in school and, better yet, graduate college. Thankfully, I had support from my mom and one great teacher! I know how important it was to have someone go above and beyond for me, and I wanted to make sure that I provided that same thing to the young people I teach. Read more>>

Zoie Palmer

My story began in the city of Jackson, Mississippi on May 21, 1997. From there, I was then raised in Atlanta, GA and eventually even lived in San Diego, CA with my mom and her wife. I never really lived a “typical” life. My father is an entrepreneur who has owned his own salon for more than 30 years. My mom and her wife both work in the entertainment industry so a normal Tuesday night for me would be spent at a barbershop watching the games or at a concert, listening party, or even at the radio station doing voice overs. This sparked my interest in the entertainment industry. I have been blessed to be exposed to things in life that not everyone can say they have experienced. When I was about 16, I began modeling for a company called Step into Style Boutique which is owned and ran by my older sister, Chenelle Loggins. Read more>>

Meko Davis

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. I went to college wanting to be a psychologist, and received a B.A. in psychology from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. Upon finishing college, I worked as a union organizer, and a case manager for some years. Outside of a silver lipstick phase in high school, I never really wore makeup. In fact, I didn’t even buy my first bottle or foundation until after college for an office Christmas party. However, one day in 2009 (at the age of 27), while sitting on the couch I did a random google search on celebrity makeup. This was right before there were SO many artists on YouTube, and most people weren’t sitting at home “beating their faces”. I was just curious about what it was that they did that was so different than what regular folks did. Read more>>

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