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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.

Brooke Stansfield

I’ve always loved to bake since I was a little girl. My grandfather was a baker and so I’ve always had it in my blood. However, I have also always been a performer. I lived in NYC and did a lot of stage work. I’ve traveled the world performing on cruise ships and Broadway National Tours. When my husband and I moved to Atlanta for his career in film, I continued my passion for performing at the local regional theaters in town. Then, the pandemic hit. It was a complete halt to live performance opportunities. My theater community has been put on hold. It has been hard for many. I am not someone who can sit still and let my circumstance dictate my life. So, I started baking. I fell back in love with the art of baking and I fell in love with the artistry of decorating cookies. One day mid-summer I decided to put myself out there and see how people received my cookie designs. Read more>>

Rozalie Victor

I have always been into “Do It Yourself” projects (DIY). I love gathering all of the pieces and watching them come together. In 2018 I decided to share my love for working with my hands along with the world. The first extension of The Royalie Brand was Royalie Tailored. I will admit here for the very first time ever that I am a shopaholic-lol. So with so much extra clothing I initially decided to sell directly from my closet. Eventually I wanted to offer clothing in more sizes than my own which explains the birth of Royalie Tailored. Read more>>

Yashica Russell

Kabi&Co is a plus size boutique that specializes in making women feel sexy no matter their size. As a curvy woman I wanted to create a brand where other women would feel both comfortable and confident. My boutique started in my living room. Going from a few orders a day to hundreds of orders a week took a level of grind and hustle that only could come from God. He is the ultimate reason for my success. He gave me the vision for Kabi and has sustained us this far. Read more>>

Mariyka Auber

I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil (or a crayon), but it took me until high school to realize that “artist” was a valid career choice. Growing up, I always pictured artists as people wearing berets and sleeping on benches in Paris, drawing caricatures for tourists. Turns out, you can make actual money by doing art! I flirted with all kinds of art in high school; I originally had my sights set on being an animator and making Disney movies, and I also thought seriously about being a comic artist after finding some success on Tumblr with daily diary comics. Read more>>

Eboni Holmes

My passion for skincare started in high school. I was prone to acne breakouts and it really affected my self-esteem. I hadn’t realized back then how passionate I would become about it later on in life. I went on to college at Alabama State University to major in political science. During my first semester I was accidentally placed in a higher-level political science class and I immediately knew that it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. I switched my major to dance, but although I loved it, I knew that it wasn’t my passion either. In the midst of me trying to find my path I had really been focusing on mastering my skin and helping friends with theirs. Read more>>

April Watkins

What led me to VO So, I have been getting this question lately and just thought I would share on my blog. Honestly, I have always used my voice. I’ve done voice overs, speeches, MC, jingles, backup vocals, live training, videos…. you name it. However, in the early days I was not paid for them. They were always part of some initiative in corporate, for a friend, or for a friend of a friend. In my corporate jobs it was touted as part of the job or it was a way to get more exposure for a project or initiative. It was a “comes with the territory” expectation. Likewise, despite having great paying jobs, I have always had side hustles and a personal mandate that I would have multiple streams of income. Read more>>

Ashley Freeman

I grew up in Spring Valley California, (I was born in Augusta Ga) and I began making candles from sixth grade through seventh grade then again at home when I was homeschooled ninth grade through tenth. I loved it I got away from it when we relocated back to Georgia, I wouldn’t tap into this gift again until late 2018 during a therapy session. I was in a bad space on the inside even though things seemed good on the outside I was dealing with the death of my daughter faith who was stillborn and my therapist asked me to find something that made me happy and gave me peace and like an epiphany I was like I know how to make candles. Read more>>

Krystal Lynn

Since I was a kid, I always had a camera so I’m very familiar with cameras. You can say I self-taught myself in photography and film. (I’m still learning the ins and out, haha). Basically, all through high school and college, I built my clientele and even after college and working a full-time job, I built a variety of clients. I specialize in creative photography, graphic design, product photography, and I also create content for brands and small businesses. I’m an all-around multi-media savvy as I would like to call it. Read more>>

DK Nyrvana

I started writing poetry in the 1st and second grade and I continued it as I got older I wasn’t a fan of rap music Because of the cursing, However eventually, people would constantly throw on beats and ask me to say my poems on them and were astonished every time to the point where I built a local name alongside my brother/friend (AzazelTheOne). At 15, I went on a radio show and freestyles and that went viral and then over the years, I dropped numerous songs on YouTube and SoundCloud and they all picked up major traction as well as on social media (@dknyrvana). Read more>>

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