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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.

Joshua Mpanzu

I picked up the nickname Pablo from most of my friends in school after they found out I could speak Spanish but my first encounter with photography was when one of my uncles who’s also a photographer, had his engagement party and asked if I wanted to take pictures for him. Read more>>

Michael Parks

I started doing photography in 2015. I got my hands on the Galaxy S6, and I loved the way photos looked from that phone’s camera. From there, I practiced and refined my techniques of photo framing and composition. I really began to like the way my photos began to look (even with little to no editing). Read more>>

Johanne Osias

When I was 15 years old, my family moved my older brother and myself to Brooklyn, NY. I didn’t speak the language and I took 5 ESL classes my sophomore year in high school to learn English. Fast forward to college, I got my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2006 with an undeclared concentration in Psychology. Read more>>

Varick Brown

BEE Sweets is a relatively young company, but it is trying to make a name in the food industry with Varick’s expert guidance. Varick has been in the industry since 1995. Now, he uses his decades’ worth of knowledge to lead the team. BEE Sweets, a bakery located in the College Park area in Atlanta, Georgia, was launched by the owner Varick “BEE” Brown in March 2017. Read more>>

Novene Rodriguez

Upon realizing that there weren’t many hair extension companies that provided top quality hair extensions to all women over the world, it’s when the vision of The LAR Collection came to life. We established The LAR Collection because hair is an essential component in determining how elegant and beautiful a woman looks and feels. Read more>>

Veladya Chapman

I am of Native American, Taino Indian, Spaniard, and African blood; so my spirit has been inevitably wild. I often joke that I will die a Catholic nun because I just cannot predict myself at this point. I have done it all; perform on broadway, live in a van, own a business. Read more>>

Noah Baker

My story is very similar to those of any other musical artist in the world. At the young age of four, I was blessed with the opportunity to share the stage with my grandmother, who at the time was a prominent jazz vocalist in Tuscon, Arizona. Ever since that day, I’ve been fascinated with the scene and the artistry behind music. Read more>>

Horace Shivers

I’m just a guy from a small town with a big dream. I’m from a town in Monticello, GA. I attended Gordon State College after high school and received my associate degree, I also attended Clayton State University where I received my bachelors. Read more>>

Deshaneir King

I started college as a history major, with every intention of becoming a professor. This was quickly interrupted when I took an elective art appreciation course. When we began studying Claude Monet, I was immediately taken back to many fond memories. I recalled standing in the hallway of my childhood home studying Monet’s lily pads for what seemed like hours. Read more>>

Don Moors

I’ve been a working musician for 55 years now. I didn’t start playing music to create great art (although I think I occasionally have) but because, as a young man, I wanted girls to pay attention to me. I eventually realized that it was my calling and have done nothing else for my entire adult life. I began as a drummer as a child, took some piano lessons and realized – when I saw my first xylophone – that it was the perfect combination for me. Essentially playing piano with a drum technique. Read more>>

Jazzmon Edmundson

I am a person of many professions; my first and favorite is as a mother. Some would argue that this is not a profession; however, any parent knows that this is the hardest qualifying job one can take on. My second profession is in real estate as a Realtor with Keller Williams Atlanta Metro East and, I am also the Co-founder of Just Biz Kidz Inc. Read more>>

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