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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.

Colleen Nolan

I started my journey in corporate America. I studied six sigma, process improvement, and change management. And then everything in my life changed. Through a series of illnesses and tragedies, I was led down a path of healing and self-fulfillment that not even I could have ever expected. Read more>>

Trina Megginson

I remember so vividly driving to church one day in 2016 listening to motivational speaker Les Brown. He was talking about how those who are millionaires make a living out of what they love to do, what they’re passionate about or something they’re naturally good at. I was literally captivated by what he was saying. Read more>>

Yoshee Sodiq

I started taking improv classes as a present from my wife about eight years ago and after the first couple of classes, I knew I needed to do this as often as possible. After years of diving headfirst into improv, I along with 6 others co-founded an improv troupe with a mission of bringing improv to diverse crowds. Read more>>

Maxton Jones

I’m an actor and I’ve been doing so since I was 17 years old. I always believed I’d be playing basketball somewhere professionally for my career when I was growing up, but acting just became an overwhelming and undeniable passion that I wanted to successfully strive for. Read more>>

Johnathan Smith

Every hat representing what I’m extremely passionate about. Some of those hats being; Acting, Photography, and Graphic Design. I’ve immersed myself into different avenues within the arts since high school, I was a self-taught graphic designer. Which in turn lead to my major in college at the University of Georgia. Read more>>

Alexandra Bailey

With over a decade of experience in television, photography and interior design, I have had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects. I went to school for interior design and TV/Film Set Design which led me to an internship with Turner Broadcasting. After graduation, I continued to work on shows including Dinner and a Movie and Movie and a Makeover. Read more>>

Erica Clark

Have you ever accomplished a goal and your friends, family and/or associates didn’t hold up to their end of the bargain by providing support? Have any of you ever experienced unjust behavior in the workplace due to the texture of your hair or the color of your skin. Read more>>

Bianca Mayti

It all started back in 2014, I was at a pivotal place in my life, unsure of what to do next. I had recently had a baby, while in the middle of college and things got real, very fast. Prior to getting pregnant, I was an aspiring rapper and college student with a corporate career living the Atlanta dream with not a care in the world. Read more>>

Bernadette L. Harris

After seven years of working for others, I grew tired of having bosses who had fewer qualifications than I did. I was also tired of people who barely did anything at work, yet they made the same amount of money (or more) as I did. I was tired of having to “ask” to take time off to go to lunch with my then six-year-old daughter. Read more>>

Tangela Parker

My career in healthcare started as an internship position for a federal agency (CMS) in their Regulatory Affairs Department. I was on track to enter law school after completing my undergraduate degree. It was in this role that I learned about Medicaid and how it helped the underserved population. Read more>>

Carolyn Monden

The night of my daughter’s 1st birthday and two weeks before my 34th birthday, I was looking at pictures of the family at her birthday party. I noticed while looking at myself in the photos that I did not recognize myself. I had gained weight after the pregnancy and most of lingered, but it was more profound. I could not see myself at all. Read more>>

Chase Crandell

My story is pretty long, with a lot of boring parts. But basically, I started out as an actor in NYC. I transitioned more into the production/investor world, and have even invested in Broadway shows. During that time I was doing some video production as well and decided to create a branding company. Read more>>

Monique Rojas

I’m a graphic designer. I branded myself as Design With Mo and turned it into a business. Getting here hasn’t been easy and I still have much to accomplish. I’ve always appreciated art in terms of color, painting, and drawing but I never considered myself an “artist.” Sure, I took some art classes towards the end of my high school career but didn’t see a future in it. I went on to attend Valdosta State Univ. Read more>>

Dr. Nelson Bulmash

At 22 years of age, I was poised to be a serious contender to win the national collegiate powerlifting championship in my respective weight category. I had recently won the Michigan collegiate state powerlifting championship and set three state records while competing. Shortly before the nationals. Read more>>

OOOG Brand

I’ve been an artist forever. My first love, or should I say my second love is music. My first love is art, music was my voice. I was working on what would be my final project entitled “Levi’s And Chucks” (2014). There is a song on there called “Triple OG”. The producer of the song (TWEEK BEATZ), sent over a mix to that record. He labeled it OOOG. I thought that was a dope way to write it, so I decided to make tees to support the song. Read more>>

Connie Ware

I believe being beautiful means accepting yourself. So, when referring to the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” individually, we must understand the importance of being the beholder. Undoubtedly, our skin is one of the first things others notice, and quite possibly one of the first things we see in the morning. Read more>>

Katrin Baghdasarian

I started my initial training in the beauty industry back in my home country, Armenia, at just 16 years old. After graduating from high school in Alpharetta, I decided to go into beauty school but could not quite afford it. I decided to do online school and get my diploma in Beauty Care while waitressing to save up for Cosmetology school. Just a year later. Read more>>

Evan Small

I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Towards the end of high school, I was experiencing feelings of not feeling like myself. After a couple of weeks of going back and forth, I was psychologically evaluated and diagnosed with Schizophrenia. A lot of people confuse this with multiple personality disorder, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Read more>>

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