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Southern Atlanta’s 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 Southern Atlanta’s gems below.

Kristen Anderson

I have always loved natural products, but each product I became attached to was cancelled and from a large company. While pregnant I tried a Shea butter from a small business owner. It was great, but only contained Shea. I began reading about the benefits of cupuacu, mango, kokum, cocoa, and Shea butters and decided to create a powerhouse body butter with a whipped texture. I then devised a business plan to include the types of items I would like to create. Read more>>

Ashley Evans

Vegan Me Please all started with me being tired of eating seafood. I literally would go to the grocery store buy the same things all the time. So, I thought to myself let me see what these vegans are eating on, and I hope that it’s more than just salad because I don’t even like salads lol. I honestly didn’t know where to start, so in conversation with my best friend I was like I need help, somebody “Vegan Me Please!”. That day forward I just started trying different vegan places and trying recipes and I even took a vegan cooking class. Read more>>

Corey Osbey

I always had an interest in art, but I always had trouble finding what I really wanted to do with myself. For the longest time I thought music was what I wanted to do but it just wasn’t my calling. I gained interest in photography in 2014 when I met Q…. The guy was a god to me when I saw his work. Once I laid eyes on his images, I knew that I had finally found my calling. He inspired me to pick up photography but it was best friend Annie who got my style the way it is today. Read more>>

Deisha Bell

My name is Deisha Bell. I usually go by Dei. (DAY) I’m a 26 year old health science/ kinesiology student at Columbus State University. This is my last year attending. I plan to graduate, continue a health science related career in personal training and eventually become the owner of my own gym facility. I joined the army reserves right after high school and was committed to a five year enlistment. The physical challenges I had in the military pushed me beyond belief. Read more>>

Nadya Camp

I started in cosmetology school. I had a teacher who said “when it comes to being your own boss, you need multiple streams of income”. She named a few items and the one that stuck out to me was lipstick. I love lipsticks. So, I started there. It went well but as time went on a friend of mines had bad eczema and that same teacher bought me a master herbalist class. I took it and came up with a body scrub for eczema. And I have been Quintessence Beauty ever since also known as Q Beauty Parlour. Read more>>

Mykaila Thomas

My journey has definitely been one for the books. It’s all started about two years ago when I decided to move to New York in a time in my life where I was just so confused. In that time, I met a powerful group of female bosses who took me under their wing. I started doing hair being an assistant, I quickly upgraded to being interested in skin and all the aspects of it. I enrolled in school at Continental School of Beauty where I received my esthetician and nail license. Read more>>

Imani K. Brown

I’m Imani K. Brown, an international tattoo artist and illustrator native to (Ivy City) Washington, DC. Being a self-harmer brought me to tattoo and my will to succeed in the industry after being told by my tattoo artist that he’d never apprentice a Black person let alone a woman. That determination seated me as the second prominent black female tattoo artist in the United States and the first and only vetted black female tattoo artist recognized from D.C. A 16+ year vet of the tattoo industry. Read more>>

Gina Suggs

Two years ago I was a young, Black, Corporate American statistic, working for companies that sat me behind a desk and drained my creative spirit until they finally laid me off. I was lost, and searching for my purpose. I realized that the things important to me should play a part in my career. Then it hit me, making a difference in the lives of children in OUR community can not only be my passion, but it can be my purpose. This year marks the one year anniversary of my school, @kidscareatlanta‘s opening. Read more>>

Bryant Grant

I’ve worked in the fashion industry for over ten years. When it comes to fashion your appearance is everything! A twist of prints, a splash of color, and the person who makes it all come together. Personally, fashion has always been my guilty pleasure, but being creative is my nitch. I love to help bring my clients visions to life one layer at a time. Styling, modeling, and being a motivational speaker has been my primary focus. While perfecting my craft, I decided to add a touch of class. Read more>>

Tionta Witherspoon

Welcome to Vegasworldinatl. I always knew within my heart that I would be my own boss one day. My hopes, dreams and aspirations pushed me out of a regular 9 to 5 atmosphere once I felt unappreciated. I used to work for Delta as a banquet server/cashier. One day when I was denied my benefits I walked away and I asked God to give me a job with purpose. This is how I started VegasWorldinAtl four years ago. A divine vision of wanting to give the “Under Priviledge Voices”, “Indie Artist’s” and “All Talent” a platform to shine. Read more>>

Tasha Carter

16 years ago, I worked a temporary assignment for a mortgage company. It was there that I developed a love for all thing’s real estate. Over the years my experience extended from working for homebuilders to brokers. Today, I am the proud owner of my own real estate brokerage firm. Read more>>

Bionca Reese

I started to dabbling in makeup when I was 16 years old. Of course, I didn’t think it would be a career path for me. When I was 19 years old, I started a career in modeling. During my modeling years, I met so many people in the industry. During those years, I started to build my platform for my makeup business. I would be a model for a show and be one of the makeup artists for the same show. I loved modeling. I was so good at it, but I knew my true calling was makeup. Read more>>

Nancy J. Lewis

I always felt a tugging of being an entrepreneur become my vocal and candid comments or questions in corporate were met with resistance and that look which means enough. So, as I continued to invest in my personal development and growth, I began on the track to prayerfully launch into the world of entrepreneurship. I was blessed to launch out with a six-month training contract and have been working as an entrepreneur now for 24 years. It has been rewarding, challenging, a faith journey and empowering. Read more>>

Zantrella Williams

I’ve always loved dance as a kid. So, when I was ten my mother took me to a dance showcase and asked me would I want to be a part of the company. I said yes and from there it was history! Lol! I went on to dance all through high school. When I graduated, I audition for Disney and made it out of 500+ people! That was all God! I spent two years of my life in Orlando doing High School, parades, shows and more. Read more>>

Kristiana Cox

I think where I am now is just a step in the direction of where I want to be. At a young age I was often asked to sing at different programs. I was a Flower Girl in tons of weddings and participated in various talent competitions, fashion shows, and pageants. I’ve always loved fashion, so my parents allowed me to take classes and model for John Casablanca’s Modeling Agency at age twelve. With all of that being said, I was still an individual who had issues walking into rooms where people were present. Read more>>

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