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Atlanta's Mindzai Creative: Graphic Design, Print Shop and Art Gallery All Wrapped in One Atlanta's Mindzai Creative: Graphic Design, Print Shop and Art Gallery All Wrapped in One

By Kelly Church

What originally started as just a print shop eventually morphed into a full design studio, Mindzai Creative stepped into the graphic design industry when it first started taking off. The company is part graphic design, print shop and art gallery.

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Cameron Glen is GA's Epitome of Quiet, Southern Charm Cameron Glen is GA's Epitome of Quiet, Southern Charm

By Kelly Church

Marietta's "quiet southern" neighborhood Cameron Glen is a 158-home family community with amenities and a dedicated board of directors that ensures every family feels welcome and proud to live there. 

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Motivate Marital Arts Trains Students in Self-Defense and Lifelong Skills Motivate Marital Arts Trains Students in Self-Defense and Lifelong Skills

By Kelly Church

Learn the ways of Martial Arts, incorporating physical and mental elements of self-defense, and personal growth, at Motivate Martial Arts. The studio places emphasis on respect, focus and discipline for well-rounded students in and out of the gym.

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Never Miss a Moment: Atlanta Married Couple Captures Important Life Events Never Miss a Moment: Atlanta Married Couple Captures Important Life Events

By Kelly Church

Inspired by their children, Lorena Elsey and her husband, Tom, run their own Atlanta, GA photography business, Your Captivating Moments Photography, to help families remember special moments in their lives. The couple has been married for more than 25 years and in business together since 2011.

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Atlanta Studio Keeps Yoga Red Hot with Power Yoga and Bikram Classes Atlanta Studio Keeps Yoga Red Hot with Power Yoga and Bikram Classes

By Kelly Church

Red Hot Yoga keeps focus off of sales and maintains the practice's authenticity with teachers and classes that honor yoga's meditative and body-strengthening elements.

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Atlanta Personal Trainer and Lifelong Fitness Enthusiast Focuses on Individual Improvement Atlanta Personal Trainer and Lifelong Fitness Enthusiast Focuses on Individual Improvement

By Kelly Church

Brad Kolowich is a fitness enthusiast and Atlanta personal trainer who works with athletes, celebrities and anyone else who wants one-on-one attention and nutrition consultation.

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Former NFL Star's Atlanta Sports Performance Gym Helps Members Find Their Inner Athlete Former NFL Star's Atlanta Sports Performance Gym Helps Members Find Their Inner Athlete

By Kelly Church

One former NFL defensive end is now an Atlanta gym owner with programs for youth and adults, and athletes looking to go professional.

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Mental and Physical Balance Achieved at Fayetteville's Only Dedicated Yoga Studio Mental and Physical Balance Achieved at Fayetteville's Only Dedicated Yoga Studio

By Kelly Church

As Fayetteville, GA's first and only dedicated yoga studio, The Yoga Loom was founded to provide balance to residents' lives. The studio combines both mental and physical wellness, anaerobic and aerobic exercises in a welcoming studio with instructors that guide and cater to each person's needs.

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Peer Inside the Small Business Behind Atlanta's Cordial Events Peer Inside the Small Business Behind Atlanta's Cordial Events

By Kelly Church

Cordial & Craft is a new, small event planning business in Atlanta, GA that is best known for their creative cocktail catering services. The company designs hand-crafted cocktails for each client's unique event and personality. They also offer day of coordination, wedding planning and event staffing.

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North Georgia's Yoga Studio Excels in Instructor Training and Public Classes North Georgia's Yoga Studio Excels in Instructor Training and Public Classes

By Kelly Church

The North Georgia Yoga Center is a rural, small town yoga studio in Dahlonega, GA. The facility has small classes that cover a range of yoga types, and also is a place for yoga certification.

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Personalized Physical Therapy on the Horizon for Athens Area Personalized Physical Therapy on the Horizon for Athens Area

By Kelly Church

Horizon Physical Therapy is a personalized physical therapy center in Watkinsville, GA. With a one-on-one approach and specializing on orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, the physical therapists use innovative technologies like an anti-gravity treadmill to give patients the best results.

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Former Speech Language Pathologist Opens Fitness Studio, Works with Clients Through Progression Former Speech Language Pathologist Opens Fitness Studio, Works with Clients Through Progression

By Kelly Church

KateSaid Fitness is a Peachtree City, GA is owned and operated by a former Speech Language Pathologist. Kate Ideker says her former career taught her to work with clients through progression and she now teaches Pilates, kettlebells and offers nutritional counseling. 

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Atlanta Woman Helps Clients Find Career Path and Offers Life Coaching  Atlanta Woman Helps Clients Find Career Path and Offers Life Coaching

By Kelly Church

Meredith Walters is a one-woman brand centered around helping people find their calling in life through satisfying work. Walters helps her clients find the career that they are meant for by diving into habits, fears, dreams and any potential setbacks. She brings personal experience, a business background and is a certified life coach.

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Hometown Rhythms Unique Set-Up Gives Parents a Sanctuary During Kids' Music Lessons Hometown Rhythms Unique Set-Up Gives Parents a Sanctuary During Kids' Music Lessons

By Kelly Church

Winder, GA's Hometown Rhythms is part music lessons, part coffee shop. When the business was opened, the owners wanted a music studio that had more thoughtfulness behind it than other places in town, giving parents a place to relax or get some work done while their kids take music lessons.

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Appreciating Your Body's Physical 'Blueprint' with Personalized Group Training Appreciating Your Body's Physical 'Blueprint' with Personalized Group Training

By Kelly Church

Blueprint Fitness is an Atlanta, GA personalized fitness gym that performs an individual blueprint of each person to provide the best fitness training program possible. Blueprints factor in abilities and limitations, and nutrition recommendations take the endocrine system into consideration for the right recommendations. This allows clients to have an individualized program at a group fitness price. 

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Find Your Strength and Feel Renewed with Atlanta's 'Urban Oasis'  Find Your Strength and Feel Renewed with Atlanta's 'Urban Oasis' 

By Kelly Church

Sacred Thread is an Atlanta, GA yoga studio that uses elements of yoga that are often ignored in corporate practices, including hand gestures, breathing, sounds and even explaining the story behind yoga poses for an enhanced yoga experience. 

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The Ultimate Gamers Paradise: 100-Plus Games and 20 Stations for Play The Ultimate Gamers Paradise: 100-Plus Games and 20 Stations for Play

By Kelly Church

Gamers Xperience is a Conyers, GA video game arcade where people of all ages can pay by the hour or by the day to play face-to-face against other gamers. The arcade has more than 100 games to choose from on 20 different gaming stations and hosts tournaments. 

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Local Business is on Top of All The Details for Your Next Catering Event Local Business is on Top of All The Details for Your Next Catering Event

By Kelly Church

Tops Catering & Events is a Lawrenceville, GA catering service run by a husband and wife duo, event planner Kimberly Baytops and her husband William the Executive Chef.

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Atlanta's Cookie Bakery Tackles Gluten-Free Desserts, and Healthy Breakfast & Lunch Selections Atlanta's Cookie Bakery Tackles Gluten-Free Desserts, and Healthy Breakfast & Lunch Selections

By Kelly Church

The Cookie Studio is an Atlanta, GA bakery that is also open during breakfast and lunch. Opened by a woman who realized her dream of owning a bakery after reading about another group's cookie venture, the business is now successfully selling all types of baked goods and daytime meals.

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Saltyard Serves Up Superb Hospitality and Locally-Sourced Dishes by Renowned Chef Nick Leahy Saltyard Serves Up Superb Hospitality and Locally-Sourced Dishes by Renowned Chef Nick Leahy

By Kelly Church

Inspired by the age-old tradition of showing hospitality with salt, the Saltyard is an Atlanta, GA restaurant that sells small plates and has a large and detailed wine menu. Ingredients are chosen seasonally and from local purveyors.

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Three's Company: Food, Drink and Hospitality Come First at Local Three Three's Company: Food, Drink and Hospitality Come First at Local Three

By Kelly Church

Local Three is a unique Atlanta, GA restaurant and bar. The name is two-fold ? both an ode to the three owners and their philosophy of food, drink and hospitality. The menu is sustainable and the restaurant hosts events and specialty menus that cleverly pair meals with wine.

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Conyers Church of God: 'Love is One of Our Defining Characteristics' Conyers Church of God: 'Love is One of Our Defining Characteristics'

By Kelly Church

Conyers Church of God is an Atlanta, GA evangelical church that preaches love as a defining quality. The 23-acre property is home to multiple ministries, something for every age, so that the church community can freely engage with one another and enhance their religious experience.

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This Small Town Right Outside of Atlanta Has Big-City Amenities This Small Town Right Outside of Atlanta Has Big-City Amenities

By Kelly Church

Cumming, GA is a lesser-known part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, but doesn't shy away from offering its small-town, modern-day residents everything they need and more. The city has gone through major reconstruction in recent years, adding a slew of new businesses that maintain its small-town feel without sacrificing big-city amenities.

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Experience Atlanta Like You Should, By Exploring its Booming Film Industry Experience Atlanta Like You Should, By Exploring its Booming Film Industry

By Kelly Church

Atlanta Movie Tours is an Atlanta, GA tourism agency that guides guests to locations where popular movies and television shows have been filmed in the area. Inspired by AMC favorite The Walking Dead, founder Carrie Burns and her friend opened the business in 2012 only two months after having the first idea.

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Heritage Sandy Springs Brings Life Back to the Community Heritage Sandy Springs Brings Life Back to the Community

By Kelly Church

Heritage Sandy Springs is an Atlanta, GA nonprofit organization that calls a downtown park home. After moving a local house to the park and adapting it into a community museum, the organization officially became a place that solidified Sandy Springs culture. The park hosts events, concerts and more for members of the community.

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The Catalyst to Your Fitness Routine The Catalyst to Your Fitness Routine

By Kelly Church

Catalyst Fitness is an Atlanta, GA personal training facility with an award-winning staff of trainers. Recognized internationally, the facility has small group personal training sessions, individual sessions and corporate wellness sessions to offer the Atlanta workforce a more fulfilling and stress-free work environment.

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Coweta Charter Academy Test Scores Shine with Individualized Education Coweta Charter Academy Test Scores Shine with Individualized Education

By Kelly Church

Coweta Charter Academy is a Senoia, GA public charter school with standout test scores and an individualized approach to learning. Each student is given a Personalized Learning Plan their first year, which tracks their progress and gives them accountability for their education.

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Christian Residence Helps Women Move Past Roadblocks Christian Residence Helps Women Move Past Roadblocks

By Kelly Church

Abba House Ministries is a Cumming, GA residence for women and children with addiction issues, depression, disorders or emotional distress. The program, which is inspired by the Christian faith, requires a minimum of 15 months and allows women to bring their children to live in the facility with them after the first phase of the program.

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Book Exchange Trades 'Dingy' Culture for Tasteful Gathering Spot Book Exchange Trades 'Dingy' Culture for Tasteful Gathering Spot

By Kelly Church

Book Exchange is a Marietta, GA second-hand bookstore. What started as a smoke-infused bookshop with an adult-only section at the front of the store has morphed into a family-friendly spot that also serves as a literary getaway, all due to a simple change in ownership.

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Atlanta's Oldest Contemporary Gallery Has a Bigger Purpose Atlanta's Oldest Contemporary Gallery Has a Bigger Purpose

By Kelly Church

The Alan Avery Art Company is an Atlanta, GA art gallery that is not only the oldest contemporary art gallery in the city, but it's also a place for community members and visitors to take a deeper dive into humanity. Much of the work featured at the gallery is displayed for a "soulful experience."

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Atlanta Cyber-Security Company Pins Fraud with Impressive Accuracy Atlanta Cyber-Security Company Pins Fraud with Impressive Accuracy

By Kelly Church

Pindrop Security is an Atlanta, GA cyber-security company that is providing call centers around the world with verification technology that prevents 80% of fraud calls. With an impressive less than 1% false alert, Pindrop is giving companies, and callers, peace-of-mind.

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Office of Cultural Affairs Establishes a Cultural Destination in Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Establishes a Cultural Destination in Atlanta

By Kelly Church

Having established Atlanta as a cultural center for the region, and the country, over decades of initiating programs and events, the city now rejoices in their ability to spread cultural awareness through the arts and across all age groups.

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Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is One-Stop-Shop for Home Design Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is One-Stop-Shop for Home Design

By Kelly Church

The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is an Atlanta, GA facility with 60 showrooms that feature various design elements for a home. Serving 10 states, the arts facility is built to be a one-stop-shop for people decorating a home, or learning about home design.

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The Extra Special People of Watkinsville The Extra Special People of Watkinsville

By Kelly Church

Extra Special People is a unique Watkinsville, GA organization dedicated to improving the lives of students with developmental disabilities. With programs and events every day of the year, students are able to focus on their strengths, not weaknesses, while learning new hobbies, skills and interacting with their peers.

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'More than S'mores': Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta 'More than S'mores': Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

By Kelly Church

Made famous by its annual cookie sales, the Girl Scouts program is nationally recognized for a carefully designed curriculum that allows girls to earn badges and learn important life skills as they mature. In Atlanta, Girl Scouts enjoy programs that take advantage of local organizations and the surrounding natural environment.

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Chops and Hops: Great Steaks in Watkinsville Chops and Hops: Great Steaks in Watkinsville

By Kelly Church

Chops & Hops is a Watkinsville, GA restaurant featuring a seasonally-changing menu - as well as approximately 75 bottled beers and 15 on tap.

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Training with the Elite Training with the Elite

By Kelly Church

Georgia Elite Gymnastics is a Watkinsville, GA gym run by former Olympic hopeful Kim Arenas. She and her husband opened the gym in 2006 to give children in the community the opportunity to experience the same joy through gymnastics that Arenas has found since her childhood.

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Oconee County, a Hub for Arts, History and Nature-Seekers Oconee County, a Hub for Arts, History and Nature-Seekers

By Kelly Church

Oconee County, GA offers a strong art presence, preserves historical monuments with pride, and is part of a nearly one-million acre national forest.

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'Humble Beginnings' and Small Batches at Jittery Joe's 'Humble Beginnings' and Small Batches at Jittery Joe's

By Kelly Church

Jittery Joe's has been serving their specialty coffee for more than two decades. Owner Michael Ripps uses a technique called micro-roasting - roasting in batches of under 150 pounds - to brew a fresher cup of coffee.

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Changing the Youth Drinking Culture: Cobb Community Alliance Changing the Youth Drinking Culture: Cobb Community Alliance

By Kelly Church

Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse is a nonprofit organization in Marietta, GA dedicated to educating youth and families on the dangers of underage drinking. Alliance member Pat Giulani discusses a few of the different campaigns the organization is doing and the staggering effect it has had on the community.

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Put A Fork In It! Your Cake, That Is Put A Fork In It! Your Cake, That Is

By Kelly Church

Sugarplum Visions is a Marietta, GA cake bakery that makes specialty cakes, cupcakes, and ready-to-eat cakes in a jar. Owner Jamie Fine opened up shop after the 9/11 attacks prompted a career change, and since then she's been the head of a growing and thriving cake business.

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The Cupcake Life: Jilly's Cupcakery Shows Atlanta Residents the Way The Cupcake Life: Jilly's Cupcakery Shows Atlanta Residents the Way

By Kelly Church

Jilly's Cupcakery started as a singular storefront that has now become a franchise. Local owner Maike Rizvi operates her four storefronts to provide Atlanta-area residents with delicious cupcakes that are also often gluten free and vegan.

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The Good 'Mews': Inside a Kill-Free, Cage-Free Cat Shelter The Good 'Mews': Inside a Kill-Free, Cage-Free Cat Shelter

By Kelly Church

Good Mews in Marietta, GA is a cat shelter that acts on a no-kill and no-cage philosophy. This animal shelter receives no government funding, relying on donations and volunteer time to keep the shelter running and adopting out thousands of felines.

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Building a Better Georgia Through Art Appreciation Building a Better Georgia Through Art Appreciation

By Kelly Church

The Georgia Council for the Arts is an art coalition run by the state of Georgia with one main, overarching mission: to provide strong art education that benefits the community. Those involved with the association are hopeful that places like these build a sense of value among participants and students.

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Community-Building Through Contra Dance Community-Building Through Contra Dance

By Kelly Church

The Sautee Community Contra Dance program hosts monthly dances and weekly classes at the Nacoochee Center. Contra dancing is a blend of English country dancing, similar to square dancing, that unites dancers of all experience levels.

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