Atlanta Born & Brand

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An episode of Atlanta Born & Brand

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Incredible brands and small businesses are being built all over Atlanta. The founders and entrepreneurs behind them tell the stories of their successes, failures, and even provide some inspiration on building a brand that lasts in the capital of the south.
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Incredible brands and small businesses are being built all over Atlanta. The founders and entrepreneurs behind them tell the stories of their successes, failures, and even provide some inspiration on building a brand that lasts in the capital of the south.
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Graham Williams & Jared Cagle: Press On Paper Co (Season 2 | Episode 9)
For centuries, entrepreneurs and leaders have used the hand written letter as a vital tool to communicate. In the world we live in today, its an art that can easily be lost in the noise. That’s why our guests today founded Press On Paper Company. They understand how powerful the written word can be in the form of a letter or even just a thank you card. One of their mottos is “A Good Word Changes Everything”, and with their first line of unique stationary, the Press On team is encouraging leaders to use their words for good. This is the story of Press On Paper Company with two of their founders Graham Williams & Jared Cagle.
51:59
October 31, 2019
Teresa Finley & Rhiannon Klee: IrishFest Atlanta (Season 2 | Episode 8)
A huge part of the growth and evolution in this city has come from its great festivals. From music, to culture, to food, almost every neighborhood in Atlanta has something to offer festival goers. Today we are talking with Teresa Finley and Rhiannon Klee of IrishFest Atlanta. They both have a wealth of experience in the business world, but we wanted to talk with them about taking that experience and infusing it into a growing festival that can appeal to Irish-Atlantans and the city at large. It’s our pleasure to welcome Teresa Finley and Rhiannon Klee of IrishFest Atlanta. Check out irishfestatlanta.org for more information, and we will see you November 8th and 9th in Historic Roswell.
31:09
October 24, 2019
Wes Jones: Honeysuckle Gelato (Season 2 | Episode 7)
Wedged between Old Fourth Ward and Virginia Highlands is one of the most remarkable retail experiments this city has ever seen. Ponce City Market has revolutionized how we see shopping malls in the south, and just as powerful is the impact it has had on the businesses that call it home. Honeysuckle Gelato opened with the market just a few short years ago, but in that time, its three co-founders have proven that a little southern hospitality can make anything just a little bit sweeter. It’s our pleasure today to welcome Wes Jones, Co-Founder & CEO of Honeysuckle Gelato. To learn more about Wes and the team, visit honeysucklegelato.com, and of course, next time you’re cruising down the beltline, stop in at Ponce City market and say hello, and tell them Atlanta Born & Brand sent you!
52:26
October 17, 2019
Caleb Morris: Welcome to the Neighborhoods (Season 2 | Episode 6)
There is something pure, innocent, and even childlike about sitting down with paper and a pencil, and beginning to sketch the images in your head. It’s something thousands in our city do to as a hobby or a form of escapism. But using just a pencil and a paper as his tools of the trade, Illustrator Caleb Morris has built a thriving brand that’s spreading across the country. Welcome to the Neighborhoods is a series of illustrations Caleb began right here in Atlanta a few years ago, but the demand has reached all four corners of the U-S, and has transformed Caleb from an illustrator to a business owner, with a number of roles in between. To stay up to date with Caleb’s latest work, follow him @heycalebmorris on instagram. And to snag your own copy of one of his famous neighborhood prints head to heycaleb.com. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
36:05
October 3, 2019
Best of ABB: Josh Brown (Wander North Georgia)
Wander North Georgia is a retail store in the small town of Clayton, Georgia, tucked in the mountains just south of the North Carolina border. It’s tempting to call it an outdoor lifestyle shop, but that doesn’t take into account the beer selection, the ice cream parlor, or the bocce ball court that make this place truly one of a kind. And would you believe it all started with a blog, an instagram account, and story time at the local library? UPDATE: Since we recorded this episode, a lot has happened up at Wander. They have now opened their own Axe Throwing venue! Make sure and check out Admiral Axe next time you're in! For more information on Wander, visit their website, and yes they still have the blog too. That’s at wandernorthgeorgia.com. Follow them on social media @wandernorthga
34:30
September 26, 2019
Best of ABB: Karissa Tuttle (Simply Done Donuts)
Karissa Tuttle, owner of Simply Done Donuts, is a native of Dallas, TX.  After coming to Atlanta in her twenties, she went from corporate America, to food truck operator, to restaurant owner in nearly the blink of an eye. She did it all with a product that may fit in the palm of your hand, but packs a big flavor punch. In the process, she helped put a special Atlanta spin on a classic guilty pleasure. We originally aired this show in episode 8 of season one, but a lot has happened since then. Simply Done has opened their second shop, this one in Tampa, FL where Karissa's husband Joey is from. The Duluth shop was also featured on HGTV's "Food Truck Nation"! Find more about Karissa and the SDD team at https://www.simplydonedonuts.com. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
44:13
September 19, 2019
Alyssa Fagien: ATL Bucket List & Atlys Media (Season 2, Episode 5)
In 2019, there are no shortage of instagram influencers in our city. Five years ago, that wasn’t necessarily the case. Today we host Alyssa Fagien on the show. You may know her as the creator of the instagram account, ATL Bucket List. We talked with Alyssa about her journey from brand new Atlantan, to the go to instagram account for things to do in the city. And we also find out how she turned a fun side hustle into a thriving career helping others build their brand. If you aren’t following @atlbucketlist on instagram, first off, don’t tell anyone, and secondly, go do that now. You can also see the great work Alyssa and her team are doing in social media at atlysmedia.com. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
26:07
September 5, 2019
Ashley Weiser: The Varsity (Season 2, Episode 4)
Today, we’re talking about a brand that needs little introduction in this city. In fact, if there were a Mount Rushmore of great Atlanta brands, our guest today would might be one it. It also might be one of the greatest small business success stories you will ever hear. The Varsity has been asking Patrons “What’ll Ya Have!” For over 90 years. It has persevered and grown with this city like very few restaurants have, and boasts the distinction of world’s largest drive-in restaurant. We sat down with Ashley Weiser, the company’s marketing director, and great-granddaughter of founder Frank Gordy. We got a crash course in the The Varsity’s history, and talked about what’s next for one of our city’s most iconic brands. Stay tuned for big news from The Varsity in the near future, and don’t forget to stop in for a naked dog, a glorified steak, an FO, a PC, a bag of rags, or an order of strings. You can check out the Varsity online at thevarsity.com, and certainly follow them on social media @thevarsity1928. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
38:01
August 29, 2019
Elliott Hall: Fire Maker Brewing Company (The Brand is Born | Part I)
Today we embark on a journey with a local entrepreneur that is sure to provide incredible insight. Fire Maker Brewing Company is a brand new Atlanta business. In fact, they haven’t even opened their doors to the public yet. But after hearing a little about their story, we thought it was an amazing opportunity to follow a brand through its infancy. In the first of our multi-part series, we sat down with the company’s owner, Elliott Hall, and talked with him about the origins of the business, the brand, and what the near future holds for Fire Maker Brewing. To keep up with Elliott, Tyler, Rachel and the whole Fire Maker team, head to firemakerbeer.com or follow them on social @firemakerbeer. And stay tuned to this season of Atlanta Born & Brand as we follow their team through the launch of Atlanta’s newest brewery. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
44:40
August 22, 2019
Rasheed Philips: Philips Barbeque Co. (Season 2, Episode 2)
Today, we meet another solo entrepreneur who is making bug waves with some huge flavors. Rasheed Philips is the owner of Philips Barbeque co. His journey to a culinary lifestyle has been anything but textbook however. Is started almost completely by accident, and a few short years later, Sheed is well on his way to making a major name for himself in Atlanta.  So after we recorded this, I got the incredible opportunity to sample some freshly smoked Philips barbecue. Now, I am a self proclaimed BBQ efficianado, and I will tell you, this man is on to something. I truly believe that one day Philips BBQ will be a household name in Atlanta BBQ, and I for one can not wait top see it.  But don’t take my word for it. You have got to try it for yourself. Follow @philipsbarbeque on instagram, and check out philipsbarbequeco.com to book Rasheed for your next event, or find out where he will be delighting crowds in the very near future. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
52:13
August 15, 2019
Sarah Rice: JJ's Flower Shop & Truck (Season 2, Episode 1)
Sarah Rice is a Metro-Atlanta native, and a little over a year ago, she was working a corporate job and punching the clock on a daily basis. Now, she’s managing a full-blown Flower Shop, with her own very cool spin. Her first retail store was a 1968 Volkswagen Bus. We recorded this interview in June, and a ton has happened since then, so stay tuned to the en d of the show to hear some really amazing updates. To learn more about Sarah and her business, visit their website www.jjsflowershop.com or follow them on instagram @jjsflowershop Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
51:56
August 8, 2019
Best of ABB: Season One, Part Two (Product)
In season one of Atlanta Born & Brand, we talked to two entrepreneurs building physical products in and around the Atlanta area. Today, we bring back excerpts from each of their stories to provide a glimpse of what it's like to build products in the city. Jerry Channell is a part of a growing community of makers in the region. His business, OSleeper Mfg Co, creates beautiful pieces of custom furniture for homes and businesses. We caught up with him in a coffee shop near his shop in Gainesville, Georgia. And it wasn’t long before we noticed a theme. The shop was filled with tables, barn doors, and wall art, all with the OSleeper brand etched on it proudly. But Jerry’s business goes far beyond filling spaces with furniture. OSleeper’s goal is to Awaken. Impact.  Will McQuain discovered Cigars as a teenager and became fascinated with the opportunities they created, Whether it was a celebration, or just good conversation. But like a lot of industries, the cigar world was a bit of an exclusive club, and that’s where Good Cigar co. sees a big opportunity. What if there was a brand that rejected the stuffy, exclusive nature of the old cigar guard and offered a solution that allowed everyone to enjoy the experience? That’s the story of Good Cigar Company, and its founder, Will McQuain. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com. Stay tuned to the show for more stories from the city’s top startups and small business men & women. You can do that by subscribing in apple podcats, or wherever else you happen to be listening. If you like the show, we’d really appreciate a review and rating. And of course, share it with your friends! Keep up with the show on social media. We’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born & Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website, atlborn.com.
52:02
June 6, 2019
Best of ABB: Season One, Part One (Tech)
In season one of Atlanta Born & Brand, we talked to three entrepreneurs building tech companies in and around the Atlanta area. Today, we bring back excerpts from each of their stories to provide a glimpse of what it's like to build a tech platform in the city. First, Fred McGill from Simple Showing was our guest on episode 3 of the show. His company is shaking up the real estate space by making buyers less dependent on real estate agents and more able to drive the home buying process. For more information on Simple Showing, visit SimpleShowing.com. Next up is Jody Stephenson from SitterTree. For a lot of people, college is the time where they set the stage for their entire career. Jody was doing just that, but she didn’t necessarily know it yet. On this episode Jody tells us how she built a babysitting business in her college dorm room, and nearly 20 years later has impacted the lives of countless college students and young families all over Atlanta. For more information visit www.sittertree.com. Last for today is Luke Beard from Exposure.co. The company’s website describes exposure as the simple way to create and share your unique photo stories. But as you’ll learn today, while certainly unique, Luke’s path to Atlanta was anything but simple. To start telling your visual stories in an incredibly beautiful manner, check out exposure.co and do what Luke did … start building. Follow the company on social media @exposure, and keep an eye on Luke’s latest photography journey on his instagram, @lukesbeard or www.luke.exposure.co Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com. Stay tuned to the show for more stories from the city’s top startups and small business men & women. You can do that by subscribing in apple podcats, or wherever else you happen to be listening. If you like the show, we’d really appreciate a review and rating. And of course, share it with your friends! Keep up with the show on social media. We’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born & Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website, atlborn.com.
1:03:27
May 31, 2019
Season One Recap, SEASON TWO COMING THIS SUMMER!
Thank you so much to everybody who listened to season one of Atlanta Born & Brand. We told 25 incredible stories that hopefully introduced you to a local brand that you can latch onto, support, and encourage for years to come. We are taking a month or so off from new episodes, but will be releasing several "Best of" compilations in the meantime, featuring snippets from our favorite season one moments, and updates on how those brands and founders are doing now. Stay tuned this summer for some big announcements from us on some live events, and even our first drop of Atlanta Born & Brand swag. Follow us on instagram @atlbornbrand or like our Facebook page for updates.  Thank y'all again and we will be back with season two in a jiffy! -Jonathan
03:32
May 23, 2019
EPISODE 25 - The Journey of Connext Media
This is a look behind the curtain at our company, Connext Media. We’ll tell you about its beginnings at a conference in Atlanta, the wild long-term goals we have, and all about our journey from a one-man operation to a small business supporting the families of several Atlanta natives. You’ll also get the rare opportunity to go inside the head of the spouse of an entrepreneur, which you definitely don’t want to miss. It’s all apart of our story, and hopefully at the end of the day its a story that can provide some hope and encouragement to our ATL neighbors. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com. Stay tuned to the show for more stories from the city’s top startups and small business men & women. You can do that by subscribing in apple podcats, or wherever else you happen to be listening. If you like the show, we’d really appreciate a review and rating. And of course, share it with your friends! Keep up with the show on social media. We’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born & Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website, atlborn.com.
1:07:05
May 16, 2019
David Yarbrough: 'Merica Clothing Co.
In a culture dominated by technology and constant communication, it’s easy to forget that we live in a country filled with natural beauty and adventure. In fact, there are 58 national parks all over the US, each presenting a new opportunity for exploration.  Today, we’re talking to David Yarbrough, one of the founders of ‘Merica Clothing company, whose tagline is inspired by adventure. The company is shining a light on some of the great natural wonders of the country, and building local and regional pride in those areas with the clothing they produce.  To learn more about ‘Merica Clothing co. and their mission visit mericaclothing.com or follow them on social media @mericaclothing Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com. Stay tuned to the show for more stories from the city’s top startups and small business men & women. You can do that by subscribing in apple podcats, or wherever else you happen to be listening. If you like the show, we’d really appreciate a review and rating. And of course, share it with your friends! Keep up with the show on social media. We’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born & Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website, atlborn.com.
46:33
May 9, 2019
Gino & Alex Teyf: Gino's Classic Barber Shoppe
We live in a world today where we constantly look for ways to save time or speed up our lives as much as possible. There are some things in life that are just worth doing right, and taking the time it takes to go the extra mile. Gino's Classic Barber Shoppe is an example of what can happen when you take the time to master your craft. Gino Teyf was born in the Soviet Union, but he left the country after his family endured decades of oppression based on their religion. Nearly 40 years later, Gino, his son Alex, and his nephew Greg are building a network of barber shoppes that take their time, go the extra mile, and just simply do it right. Follow Gino’s Classic Barber Shoppe on social media @ginosbarbers or better yet, go to ginosclassicbarbers.com and book your first appointment.   Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com. Stay tuned to the show for more stories from the city’s top startups and small business men & women. You can do that by subscribing in apple podcats, or wherever else you happen to be listening. If you like the show, we’d really appreciate a review and rating. And of course, share it with your friends! Keep up with the show on social media. We’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born & Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website, atlborn.com.
53:49
May 2, 2019
Ben Bailey & Chris Collin: Local Restaurant Group
If you get on I-85 in downtown, and drive about 30 miles to the northeast, you find your way to Gwinnett County. Known for years as a family-friendly suburb with good schools, great restaurants and bars were not exactly a part of that reputation. That narrative is beginning to change with the rise of the counties’ respective towns like Suwanee, Duluth, and Lawrenceville, among others. But what started this urban revolution in the suburbs?  Today, we sit down with Ben Bailey and Chris Collin from Local Restaurant Group, based in Lawrenceville, the county seat in Gwinnett. Together, they saw an opportunity to take an in-town concept for a restaurant, and apply it to a small suburban downtown. What resulted, whether it was their doing or not, was a rebirth of downtown Lawrenceville, and an opportunity for them to try and duplicate the secret recipe. Find Local Republic online at localrepublic.com or @localrepublicga Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
55:28
April 25, 2019
Dr Jessica Propes: Well Adjusted Buckhead
As a former EMT and personal trainer, Dr Jessica Propes does not fit the stereotypical mold of what you might expect from a chiropractor. Unless, of course when you think chiropractor you thought of Jiu-Jitsu and cross-fit. That’s right, Dr Jessica lives the life-style of the majority of the people she takes care of, and athletes, along with fitness minded clientele have flocked to the brand she’s building. But chiropractic wasn’t the original plan. In fact, it took several years for her to realize her eventual calling as a doctor and entrepreneur. This is the story of Dr Jessica Propes of Well adjusted buckhead. Find Well Adjusted Buckhead online at www.welladjustedbuckhead.com and on instagram @drjessica_welladjusted Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at connextatl.com.
33:05
April 18, 2019
BEST OF ABB - Michael Tavani: Scoutmob & Switchyards
To celebrate our 20th episode we are releasing the first installment of our "Best Of" series. Occasionally, we will spotlight an earlier episode that resonated with the audience. Today, we're circling back to Michael Tavani from Switchyards. The company is growing and recently announced big plans to expand its concept all over Atlanta. As for Tavani, he’s now been a part of building a few businesses, most notably Scoutmob, a daily-deals site that launched in 2010, and Switchyards Downtown Club, an incubator and co-working space focused on helping turn Atlanta into a hotbed for B to C startups. You can find out more about Switchyards at their website www.switchyards.com or follow them on social media @switchyards.
38:48
April 11, 2019
Brandon Butler: Butter ATL
In 2019, Atlanta is a major player in national culture. Whether it’s music, film, or business, there’s a ton happening in our city. That’s where Brandon Butler and his team at Butter ATL come in. Butter is a new-media company that spawned from a local digital agency, and they describe themselves as Atlanta’s culture channel. Brandon is the team’s executive director, and as you’ll learn from hearing his story, he is uniquely suited to run this innovative startup. You’ve probably done this already, but if you haven’t head on over to Butter’s instagram page @butter.atl and enjoy the beautiful feed and exciting content they are producing. You can find their website at butteratl.com.
33:50
April 4, 2019
Will McQuain: Good Cigar Co.
Will discovered Cigars as a teenager and became fascinated with the opportunities they created, Whether it was a celebration, or just good conversation. But like a lot of industries, the cigar world was a bit of an exclusive club, and that’s where Good Cigar co. sees a big opportunity. What if there was a brand that rejected the stuffy, exclusive nature of the old cigar guard and offered a solution that allowed everyone to enjoy the experience? That’s the story of Good Cigar Company, and its founder, Will McQuain.
59:40
March 28, 2019
Luke Beard: Exposure
Everybody has a story, and in 2019, a lot of those stories have incredible photography to go with them. But how do we tell those stories, how do we share them effectively with the world? Today, we’re talking to Luke Beard, founder & CEO of Exposure. The company’s website describes exposure as the simple way to create and share your unique photo stories. But as you’ll learn today, while certainly unique, Luke’s path to Atlanta was anything but simple. To start telling your visual stories in an incredibly beautiful manner, check out exposure.co and do what Luke did … start building. Follow the company on social media @exposure, and keep an eye on Luke’s latest photography journey on his instagram, @lukesbeard or www.luke.exposure.co
43:26
March 21, 2019
Campbell High School Young Entrepreneurs
Today, we’re going back to school. Literally. Several months ago we got an awesome email from Michael Chasteen in Cobb County. Michael has a background in marketing, but in his new career, he serves as a high school teacher at Campbell High School in Smyrna. But this isn’t your typical high school experience necessarily. At Campbell, Michael is part of a program called work-based learning, where the curriculum is centered around giving the students practical work experience during the school day. Currently, they’re talking about entrepreneurship and the opportunities it provides, and have even used this very podcast to learn about the ins and outs of building a successful business. But it’s a lot more than talk. As you’ll hear in today’s show, several of the students at Campbell have taken the concept, and turned it into reality.
29:36
March 14, 2019
Joel Byars: Comedian, Hot Breath Podcast
We’ve all had that friend, you can probably picture them well. They’re the funny one of the bunch and at one point or another, you probably thought to yourself, they should do stand-up comedy, without giving it much thought. Our guest today knows that it isn’t quite that easy. Joel Byars is a Georgia native, and a rising star in Atlanta’s growing comedy scene. But overnight success is not the norm in the comedy world, and we talked to Joel about turning his passion for comedy into a thriving business and a brand that makes an impact. you can find out more about Joel’s comedy career and the classes he offers at joelbyarscomedy.com or follow on social media @joelbyarscomedy. For more information about the Hot breath podcast, go to hotbreathpodcast.com and follow on social media @hotbreathpod.
40:36
March 7, 2019
Todd DiMatteo & Ryan Skinner: Good Word Brewing & Public House
Sports bars and chain restaurants are a dime a dozen, even in Atlanta. But today, we’re sitting down with a couple small business owners who are trying to take the corporate cookie cutter model and turn it on its head. Todd DiMatteo and Ryan Skinner are owners at Good Word Brewing and Public house in Duluth, and they want to replace the monotony of the chain with a unique look and feel, and some good ole fashioned friendly conversation.
35:19
February 27, 2019
Jody Stephenson: SitterTree
For a lot of people, college is the time where they set the stage for their entire career. Jody Stephenson was doing just that, but she didn’t necessarily know it yet. On this episode Jody tells us how she built a babysitting business in her college dorm room, and nearly 20 years later has impacted the lives of countless college students and young families all over Atlanta. This is the story of SitterTree. For more information visit www.sittertree.com. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at www.connextatl.com. 
42:37
February 21, 2019
Brian Rohr: Coast 2 Coast Tees
If you walk around the city these days, there seems to be a new-found pride in all-things Atlanta. From the music scene, to the local sports teams, and certainly local brands, ATLiens are embracing the culture of the city in a big way. What better way to show pride, than with a t-shirt? Brian Rohr grew up in Alpharetta, and despite finding his way to California after college, he saw an opportunity to pay homage to his hometown in a unique way. Almost by accident, he’s created a brand that thousands in this city can resonate with. This is the story of Coast 2 Coast Tees. Visit Brian and C2C Tees at www.c2ctees.com. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full-service digital media production company focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you are looking to tell the story of your business, we’d love to help. You can find us at www.connextatl.com. 
44:19
February 14, 2019
David Clapper & Eric Van de Steeg: sCAMPer Van
David Clapper, and Eric Van De Steeg, or Dutch as he is better known, crossed paths in the radio industry in Atlanta. They shared a love for the outdoors and teamed up to create what they say is the 1st Campervan Rental and Concierge service in the southeast. You may bump into their fleet on the road, and it’s hard to miss. The vans are bright orange, with the companies name proudly emblazoned on the side. This is the story of Scampervan.
50:04
February 7, 2019
Jason Longshore: Atlanta United & Soccer Down Here
Jason Longshore is the color analyst for our MLS Cup champion Atlanta United’s radio broadcast. He’s also the co-host of a daily soccer talk show network called Soccer Down Here. As we got to know him, one thing became clear about Jason. He is definitely a creator … and soccer in the south, is the startup he’s dedicated his life to. Find out more about Soccer Down Here at www.soccerdownhere.net. Follow Jason on social media @longshoe.
49:33
January 31, 2019
Josh Brown: Wander North Georgia
Wander North Georgia is a retail store in the small town of Clayton, Georgia, tucked in the mountains just south of the North Carolina border. It’s tempting to call it an outdoor lifestyle shop, but that doesn’t take into account the beer selection, the ice cream parlor, or the bocce ball court that make this place truly one of a kind.  And would you believe it all started with a blog, an instagram account, and story time at the local library? For more information on Wander, visit their website, and yes they still have the blog too. That’s at wandernorthgeorgia.com. Follow them on social media @wandernorthga
34:30
January 24, 2019
Karissa Tuttle: Simply Done Donuts
Karissa Tuttle, owner of Simply Done Donuts, is a native of Dallas, TX.  After coming to Atlanta in her twenties, she went from corporate America, to food truck operator, to restaurant owner in nearly the blink of an eye. She did it all with a product that may fit in the palm of your hand, but packs a big flavor punch. In the process, she helped put a special Atlanta spin on a classic guilty pleasure. Find more about Karissa and the SDD team at https://www.simplydonedonuts.com.
44:13
January 17, 2019
Dan Duncan: Oust
Dan Duncan is a co-founder in a top-down creative agency and startup incubator called Oust, right here in Atlanta. But his story goes so much deeper than that. Oust is actually the fifth startup Dan has helped build, and he loves launching businesses so much, he’s pretty much making a career out of it.
46:41
January 10, 2019
Jerry Channell: OSleeper MFG Co
Jerry Channell is a part of a growing community of makers in the region. His business, OSleeper Mfg Co, creates beautiful pieces of custom furniture for homes and businesses. We caught up with him in a coffee shop near his shop in Gainesville, Georgia. And it wasn’t long before we noticed a theme. The shop was filled with tables, barn doors, and wall art, all with the OSleeper brand etched on it proudly. But Jerry’s business goes far beyond filling spaces with furniture. OSleeper’s goal is to Awaken. Impact.
39:33
December 20, 2018
Scott Fuller: The Studio Temporary
One of the building blocks of a standout brand is a great logo, or better yet, a great identity. Identity is Scott Fuller’s specialty. As owner of The Studio Temporary, Fuller uses his graphic design talents to help other businesses create a look and feel that will push their brand to the next level. www.thestudiotemporary.com Follow him on social media @studiotemporary
45:31
December 13, 2018
Jaquan Cummings: Quan ATL
Jaquan Cummings is one of Atlanta’s top photographers. If that doesn’t sound familiar, you might know him as QuanATL. At just 24 years-old, Quan has already established himself as one of the best in his craft in Atlanta. He’s caught the eye of a huge community on social media with shots of him sitting on the edge of skyscraper rooftops several hundred feet in the air. We talked to him about those signature shots, turning his hobby into a career, and dealing with the loss of the person who inspired him from the beginning.
22:05
December 6, 2018
Fred McGill: SimpleShowing
Fred McGill is the co-founder of SimpleShowing, a real estate startup disrupting one of nation’s biggest industries by putting the consumer in the driver’s seat. The company launched in Atlanta in early 2017, and is making waves on a few fronts. With modern technology, in many cases you the consumer are doing the work of finding your next home. Using the SimpleShowing app, you can schedule a time to see the home yourself, and Fred and his team reward you with a percentage of their commission at closing. Find out more about Fred and SimpleShowing at www.simpleshowing.com or follow them on social media @simpleshowing.
40:44
November 29, 2018
John Richards: In God We Must
John Elijah Richards is the founder of In God We Must, a lifestyle apparel brand here in Atlanta. We talked with him about growing up around Atlanta, turning his back on the easy path to pursue a life on the road in music, and a battle with his health that was so dire, he had few options but to start a company.
47:28
November 23, 2018
Michael Tavani: Scoutmob & Switchyards
On today’s episode we sit down with Michael Tavani. He’s now been a part of building a few businesses, most notably Scoutmob, a daily-deals site that launched in 2010, and Switchyards Downtown Club, an incubator and co-working space focused on helping turn Atlanta into a hotbed for B to C startups.
35:34
November 16, 2018
Coming Soon: Atlanta Born & Brand
Atlanta is full of great small businesses and brands. We are talking to the founders and entrepreneurs that sacrificed it all to build those brands.
01:53
November 9, 2018
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