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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.

Krysten Johnson

My story has pretty much been developing since I was ten years old. I have always loved photography. I asked my parents for cameras for almost every birthday, Christmas, graduation present- any holiday gave me some excuse to ask for a new camera. Read more>>

Lamar Weaver

Growing up in a mill town called Bibb City, an outskirt of Columbus, I learned how to be content with little. My parents were “lintheads”, a term given to those textile mill workers. Our community was small but very safe and stable. We had a great school system and access to most sports. Read more>>

LaTrenda George

My childhood had a lot of twists and turns. I was born in Farmington Hills, MI. I grew up in Detroit, MI. My parents legally separated when I was in 5th grade. My mother struggle has a single mother to provide the necessities. She always depended on her faith so we never went without. Read more>>

Random Ray

I started singing when I was five, my family would make me perform every holiday gathering we had and I loved it. In high school, I release my first mixtape called loud&Proud that got my first buzz around the school in 9th grade and I haven’t slowed down since. Read more>>

Devon Chin

My journey as an Auctioneer began when I stopped at an Auto Auction in Loganville to network with Car Dealers. At the time I was a Mechanic and also doing automotive interior repairs. I thought to myself “driving cars through the Auction will be a cool gig and easy money. Read more>>

Delia Carter

Dominion Vintage was born out of Delia’s love of hunting and gathering. After she realized that her passion was taking her findings from the realm of a collection into that of inventory, she began to offer some of her unique finds online. Read more>>

Scott Houseknecht

I transplanted to Georgia from Pensacola, Fl as a leader in a large retail company. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Management and saw retail store management as a great way to earn a living and to raise a family. In many ways, it is. Over the course of 16 years, I married the love of my life. Read more>>

Michael Moss

Big Man Culture was started because of a need. The need was for Big Men to have a platform for everything XL; including fashion, lifestyle, business and culture. So we began to provide resources to Big Men so they could have a repository of information to use for their every day lives. Read more>>

Ashley Dallas

I’ve been planning events about for ten yrs now. I got into it because I love seeing people enjoy life, having a good time. I started out planning big birthday parties for myself. People would ask if I mind helping with theirs which later pushed me into planning weddings. Read more>>

Shantel Patrice Taylor

I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in McDonough, GA. I grew up in the church, so I’ve always had some type of relationship with Jesus. Going into my senior year of high school, this was especially so as I had experienced a bad breakup during summer vacation. Read more>>

Layla Boyd

My media journey began my freshman year of college, my major was always Communications but initially I wanted to pursue Physiology. That is until I began watching shows such as “The Real” “The Breakfast Club” which motivated me to start my YouTube channel. Read more>>

Lauren Champion

My love for photography started at a very young age. When I was little, I would spend a great deal of time at my grandparent’s house after school and on the weekends. I always loved their house as any young child would, but my most favorite part of it was this bookshelf full of photo albums they had. Read more>>

Dion Reid

My interest in photography started back in 2005 in high school when I was on the yearbook staff. I went off to college at Tuskegee University and my passion for photography became more serious then. I left Tuskegee and enrolled in art school as well as getting an associate in business management. Read more>>

Benjamin Galland

I have always had a love of photography ever since I grew up watching my dad lugging around his camera and gear. It was something I explored as a hobby throughout my life, but it really took shape when I studied in Florence, Italy in college and took courses at the university there. Read more>>

Donsh’e Usher

Donsh’e Shoetique is an online shoetique store, based out of Atlanta, Georgia that was inspired by my brother. He seen the fashion shoe glam in me and planted a seed during thanksgiving 2017. After giving great thought to the idea, I came up with a logo. Read more>>

Chanda Saxton

While barbering in this industry for over ten years I used a lot of different beard products. They all were missing one of the key ingredients to help with the beard health. So after a couple of years of researching Beard Bully was formed. Read more>>

Luis Rodriguez

I am a first-generation Mexican/American born in Mexico San Luis Potosi. With the blessing to have been raised in the USA. This is my story that I want to share with the world with the goal to inspire others like me or those who can relate. I have always been into anything that allows me to be creative. Read more>>

Daniel Marin

Started off doing small designs/graphics for car windows and the projects got bigger and more interesting. Getting referrals here and there, eventually, I’m getting asked to apply graphics directly onto vehicles and that’s when I was like “yo, I want to do more of these. I love it. Read more>>

Ti’ras Tone

Ti’ras Owensby is a musical artist born and raised in Atlanta, GA. at the age of seven, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life… music. I’ve started listening to beats and write but sadly, never recorded a song. In 5th grade, I started a group with other class mates who rap also. Read more>>

Aristarchus Owens

It started when I was about 14 years old, I started making beats my first year in high school. Used to make beats for kids in the neighborhood. Transferred high schools and started making beats for some of the local artists in the city and from there, my name started ringing a few bells. Read more>>

Kimberly Cook

I am so glad you are reading this! In 2017 I was given the vision to turn my passion for cultivating indoor plants and make it a successful business. I can remember growing up in Southwest Atlanta, my mother having plants all over the house and listening to Stephanie Mills, Dottie Peeples and Anita Baker. Read more>>

Asha Muhammad

I started in the travel world about three years ago. I began planning trips for free practically. My god kids’ mother got me in contact with a business that helped me create my own travel agency. The way I came up with my name is because I am a young, ambition mother of two beautiful children. Read more>>

Jiel Combs

I grew up in a small town in Georgia called Louisville. On the Hill to be exact. Growing up in a small town we didn’t have the resources like big cities have. Everyone on the Hill were a family. We weren’t related but had a special bond with each other. Read more>>

Loren Phillips

I’ve never once doubted in my ability to rise above all of the adversity that I’ve been battling. But sometimes you get a little discouraged. Being a single mom, working, in school, and trying to run businesses is difficult but I realized it’s not impossible. I began this journey in 2015, In my mother’s classroom. Read more>>

Tanya Pot

I was introduced to the health and wellness field at the age of 14 by my father. He was in the military and would always have me doing fitness challenges with him. I vividly remember doing 1,000 sit-ups with him. It was exhilarating for me. At this moment, I realized that I had developed a passion for fitness. Read more>>

Khadijah Abdul-Azeez

I am a motivational speaker, author, and social media influencer. I did not start this way! my childhood has been so tough from childhood trauma mentally and physically. I grew up raised Muslim and through life’s greatest turns I ended up losing myself. Read more>>

Melissa Scott Jackson

From an early age, I’ve always had a love for art. Teachers would always ask me to produce any posters or artwork they needed. While employed in the traditional corporate world, I began to receive design requests from friends, mostly from those starting their own businesses. Read more>>

Max Hall

My first laptop included a basic editing software called Windows Live Movie Maker. That’s how I started – at the age of eleven, with a laptop webcam and Windows Live Movie Maker. That combination of tools doesn’t create a particularly vast amount of creative opportunity. Read more>>

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