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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.

Tony Adams

I started shooting and editing media in 2015. I always had a passion for shooting, and I ended up working as a Production Assistant for Columbus State University in 2016, doing everything from being a TriCaster operator, editor and a little bit of sound. From there, things took off. I started shooting for A3C in 2016, shooting for them for over three years. Read more>>

Octbr Summer

I first fell in love with making music at a young age. My cousins all had instruments and used to practice in the basement. I’m talking guitar, keyboard and a drum set. My cousin Brian was a huge Micheal Jackson fan. With us being from Indiana, we used to try to make anything. Later in High School my cousin started staying after school learning how to produce music after our piano class. Read more>>

Wes Jetton

I am originally from the ATL represent! Growing up, I was always involved in acting to some capacity- through school, church, and professional theatre companies. I always knew this was my calling. After graduating high school- I moved to New York City, where I attended NYU- Tisch School of the Arts. I trained at the Meisner Studio and spent time in Italy studying Commedia del Arte. I performed off-broadway. Read more>>

Keysha Allen

It started when I was about 11 years old. My cousin taught me some basic crochet stitches. I made a few things, but the hobby didn’t stick immediately. In 2014, I was working a job that had a lot of downtimes. So one day, in the middle of my shift, I decided to go to the store and buy a ball of yarn and a crochet hook so that I would have something to do. Initially, I started making crochet earrings. Read more>>

Dr. Janelle Louis

My story began in my early childhood. I was born and partially raised in Trinidad. Growing up, my biological father was habitually unfaithful to my mother. As a result, my mom suffered from significant anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. My mom eventually divorced my father and relocated to Georgia, and we moved with her. She saw a specialist to address her mental health concerns and was put on three different psychotropic medications. Read more>>

Ashli Goudelock

Three years ago, my family and I moved to Tel Aviv, Israel. I had just gotten married and welcomed my second son three months before the move. I was experiencing low self-esteem and self-confidence, something I had struggled with since I had my first son two years prior, and retrospectively, I believe I had been suffering from undiagnosed postpartum depression. On top of those feelings, I found myself in a world of personal and familial issues that only worsened my condition. Read more>>

Mary Roscoe

Pillow Candy is a collection of seasonal, holiday, and trendy felt icons that wrap around throw pillows to change the look without having to buy a new pillow. We have a shape or every month of the year and every season! I work a full-time corporate job from home and Pillow Candy is a passion project that I do on the side. If I let time or money limit my dreams, I would never have started Pillow Candy. Read more>>

Velera Wilson

For the past fifteen years, I have generated millions driving marketing strategies y for Fortune 500 brands but I had no idea I would be where I am today growing up. I was born to a single, teenage mother and was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I was loved deeply and supported, but childhood experiences that I kept silent about brought years of trauma – I had to CHOOSE to thrive. Read more>>

Lindsey Smith

We originally started when my daughter at six months old as a baby bib subscription company. I was having a hard time keeping up with how many bibs I needed and wanted them to be cute! So, I started making the bibs, and they were shipped monthly. Since bibs don’t require a lot of fabric, I wound up with a lot of extra fabric and decided to make a coordinating outfit. Our outfit flew off the shelves. Read more>>

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