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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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Lawrence Johnson & Andrew Fincham: Helix Cleaning Services (Season 4 | Episode 11)
Integrity. Accountability. Transparency. Dedication. These are the core values guiding our guests this week. Lawrence Johnson, founder and owner of Helix Cleaning Services, is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and served in the United States Army for nearly 7 years. The values instilled in him through his service are present in his work and entrepreneurship today.  We sit down with Lawrence and manager of Helix, Andrew Fincham, to discuss the triumphs and challenges they have faced this year, how they plan to continue supporting the Atlanta veterans community and plans to move Helix forward. To book an appointment with Helix, head over to helixcleaningservices.com. Find the team on social media @helixcleaningservicesllc. Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a 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 and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
50:16
November 19, 2020
Michael Lennox: #ATLFamilyMeal, Electric Hospitality (Season 4 | Episode 10)
It’s no secret that the hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit throughout this pandemic, and with winter approaching they’re bracing for another challenge. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Lennox founded #ATLFamilyMeal, a non-profit with the goal of feeding, as well as providing jobs and resources for the hospitality community.  Restaurants, chefs, food service businesses, community leaders and more have come together to support those experiencing food insecurity and joblessness due to the pandemic. Today, we sit down with Michael to hear how he got his start in the restaurant business and what we all can do to support this incredible industry and “Feed the Fam” through the winter! The hospitality industry and it’s workers are a huge part of what makes Atlanta so great. We want to do all we can to see them through this challenging time, so when this is all over we can gather and celebrate together again. To get involved and donate today, head to atlfamilymeal.org. Then head on over to social media and give them a follow @atl_familymeal to stay up to date on all their latest efforts. Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a 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 and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
54:22
November 12, 2020
Umama Kibria: SweatPack (Season 4 | Episode 9)
In recent years, Atlanta has become home to the fourth largest tech hub in the country -- Atlanta Tech Village. We’ve been lucky enough these last few seasons to host a few founders of tech companies from ATV and today we have the awesome honor to host another.  SweatPack is an app designed to help you find group workouts and sports leagues in your area. It provides an accountability source as you set new goals to stay active and is an awesome way to stay connected with friends or even make new ones! Today, we’re sitting down with co-founder Umama Kibria to talk about how the coronavirus has impacted SweatPack and her vision for the app moving forward! To stay up to date with Umama, give her a follow on Instagram @smallandstrong.co, then head to sweatpack.co to join a team and check out the app! Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a 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 and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
34:14
November 5, 2020
Jesse Grossman & Jacey Lucus: Community Bucket (Season 4 | Episode 8)
Back in 2012, Jesse Grossman was a recent college graduate looking for a way to serve his community and make a few new friends. It was with this idea that Community Bucket, a nonprofit dedicated to building community connections through social volunteering, was born.  Started right here in Atlanta, Community Bucket has now grown to Austin and Denver. Today we sit down with founder, Jesse Grossman, and President of the Board, Jacey Lucus, to hear how they’re helping these communities “Make An Impact Where You Live”. To keep up with the latest from the Community Bucket team and “Make An Impact Where You Live” head to communitybucket.com. Make sure to also give them a follow on social media @communitybucket.
37:18
October 29, 2020
Jeff Delp: FCS Ministries, Carver Neighborhood Market (Season 4 | Episode 7)
In an urban area, a food desert is defined as a community located more than one mile from a reliable source of fresh produce. There was a time when the community of South Atlanta was home to many neighborhood grocery stores. Sadly those local stores have been pushed out and replaced with large supermarkets, located miles away.  This week we’re talking with Jeff Delp, Director of Economic Development for FCS Ministries. FCS is the team behind Carver Neighborhood Market, one of the only neighborhood groceries stores in South Atlanta. We sit down to talk about how they are hoping to bring food justice to the South Atlanta community through access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. Jeff and the team at Carver Market want to provide access to fresh and healthy foods without changing the South Atlanta community. To find more information about the work they’re doing head to fcsministries.org.
33:24
October 22, 2020
Candace Mitchell: Myavana (Season 4 | Episode 6)
A constant theme with so many of the guests on this show, is that their businesses have been born out of a need within their communities. Who better to find a solution to a need or problem than those directly dealing with the issue themselves? Our guest this week is no different.  Candace Mitchell is the co-founder and CEO of Myavana, an app that combines technology and science to help women through their hair journey. Today we talk with Candace about how she is leading a startup revolution and how her education at Georgia Tech encouraged her to get here. Candace and her team at Myavana are using a combination of artificial intelligence and hair experts to guide women to healthier hair. To give the app a try head to myavana.com and make sure you follow them on social media @myavanahaircare. Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a rating. And of course, share it with your friends.
24:49
October 15, 2020
Horace Williams: Get Empowrd App (Season 4 | Episode 5)
Civic engagement improves our communities. Whether it’s working to get out the vote, campaigning for officials you believe in or volunteering with advocacy groups -- being engaged in your community helps to affect real change. With the Get Empowrd app it’s never been easier to make a difference right in your own neighborhood! This app places democracy right at your fingertips by giving you access to local officials and news. Today, we sit down to talk with Horace Williams, founder and CEO of Empowrd, to hear how he hopes the app will inspire change in local communities across the country. Empowrd’s goal is to inspire civic engagement beyond elections by giving you access to local officials, engagement events and community groups. An update of the app is launching October 12 -- head to the iOS App store or Android App store to download and get involved today.
55:56
October 8, 2020
Drew McBath: Banner Butter (Season 4 | Episode 4)
One of the best parts about doing this show is that we get to learn something new with each guest we bring on. Today’s guest gave us a chance to learn a different side of the food industry, the ~butter~ side you could say. On a trip to France, Drew and Elizabeth McBath became enamored with the small French creameries and how they were selling their butter. The butter was all locally sourced and made, churned right on the very farm the cream came from in many cases.  Inspired by the French, upon returning home the two decided to take the plunge and start churning out their own small batches of slow-cultured butter. In the United States, most of the butter we eat has natural flavorings added to it and there are only a small amount of suppliers. The team at Banner Butter is on a mission to change that, one batch at a time.  You can find Banner Butter throughout the southeast and Texas in your local Whole Foods, Earth Fare and Central Markets. Don’t have one of those shops around? Have no fear, you can also order online at bannerbutter.com.
51:51
October 1, 2020
Rasheed Philips: Philips Barbeque Co., The American Barbecue Showdown (Season 4 | Episode 3)
From the very beginning, we’ve tried to make this podcast about building community. If that’s truly the case, you don’t interview people and forget about them. We think of the people who’ve been on this show like friends, or family even. That being said, when a family member has tough times, you pick them up and when they have a major breakthrough, you celebrate -- and celebrate is what we are here to do today. On September 18th, 2020, Netflix released The American Barbecue Showdown. It’s an 8-episode reality show pitting some of the nation’s best barbecuers against each other in a competition-style format -- and one of the eight was Atlanta's own Rasheed Philips, founder of Philips Barbeque Co. We originally met Rasheed in season two of the show, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring him back for a catchup about this incredible experience. If you haven’t already, you have got to check out The American Barbecue Showdown on Netflix. And check out everything else Rasheed has going on at philipsbarbeque.com. Also, Rasheed is launching his own podcast as well! Search Entro Podcast on your favorite podcast app to find it.
41:22
September 24, 2020
Dr. Key Hallmon: The Village Market ATL (Season 4 | Episode 2)
The sad truth is, that in today's economy Black-owned businesses have a shorter lifespan and make far less money than comparable white-owned businesses that provide the exact same service. Our guest today is doing everything in her power to change that! A few weeks back we jumped on a Zoom call to chat with Dr. Key Hallmon, founder and CEO of The Village Market. The Village Market team has coined the phrase, “Support is a verb.” Through various educational and community events, Dr. Key is on a mission to empower Black entrepreneurs and unite her community. Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so many small businesses have had to pivot their business plan and The Village Market is no different. To stay up to date and find out how you can get involved, head to thevillagemarketatl.com or follow @thevillagemarketatl on social media!
51:29
September 17, 2020
Steven Carse: King of Pops (Season 4, Episode 1)
We are back this week to kick off season four! And what better way to start the season than sitting down to chat with one of the men behind the rainbow umbrella? Today, we’re sitting down with Steven Carse, founder of Atlanta favorite King of Pops. After being laid off from his corporate finance job back in 2009, Steven took a leap of faith and -- inspired by frozen treats he had tasted on his travels through Central America -- started King of Pops. A few months later, his brother Nick joined the team. 10 years on, the pair are still working every day to create UMoHs (Unexpected Moments of Happiness) for the community. To keep up to date on all the latest UMoHs, follow @kingofpops on Instagram or for more information check out kingofpops.com/partners.
35:07
September 10, 2020
Coming Soon: Season 4 - Atlanta Born & Brand
We're so excited to announce that season 4 of Atlanta Born & Brand will begin next week! We will continue to introduce you to the stories of the city’s top startups and small business men and women. We can’t wait to see where this new season will take us! Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a 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 and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
01:37
September 3, 2020
ATLumni: David Clapper, sCAMPer Van (Season 3 | Episode 31)
This week we’re catching up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, David Clapper, co-founder of the camping adventure company sCAMPer Van. David was one of our very first guests on the show back in Season One. Today, we talk about the roller coaster ride that has been COVID-19 and how sCAMPer Van has started to see record breaking traffic, as folks look for a safe escape in nature.  To keep up with sCAMPer Van follow them on Instagram @scampervan or head to www.scampervan.com.
18:01
August 20, 2020
ATLumni: Krystle Rodriguez, Hodgepodge Coffee House (Season 3 | Episode 30)
Today on the show, we’re catching up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Krystle Rodriguez. Krystle is the owner, co-founder and boss lady extraordinaire behind Hodgepodge Coffee House. We first spoke with Krystle at the very beginning of March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was about to pick up steam. Being a traditional brick and mortar store, Hodgepodge has faced some challenges the last few months. But Krystle and her team have found a way to pivot their business and give back to the community at the same time. Without further ado, we proudly present to you, Krystle Rodriguez. To follow Krystle and her team, follow them on Instagram @hodgepodgecoffee or head to their website www.hodgepodgecoffee.com.
18:12
August 13, 2020
ATLumni: Scott Fuller, The Studio Temporary (Season 3 | Episode 29)
Today on the show, we're catching up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Scott Fuller. Scott is owner of The Studio Temporary, where he uses his graphic design talents to help businesses build a standout brand and identity! We catch up with Scott to hear about a few of his ongoing projects and what we can expect to see from The Studio Temporary in the future. Without further ado, we proudly present to you, Scott Fuller.
15:10
August 7, 2020
ATLumni: Rasheed Philips, Philips Barbeque (Season 3 | Episode 28)
Today on the show, we catch up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Rasheed Philips. Rasheed is the founder, owner and pitmaster of Philips Barbeque. In this episode, Rasheed tells us how Philips has had to pivot their business model the last few months, as we’ve seen many large catering events cancelled and delayed. We’ll hear about the challenges the pandemic has presented and the future for Philips Barbeque. Without further ado, we proudly present you Rasheed Philips. To keep up with Rasheed, follow him on Instagram @philipsbarbequeco!
16:16
July 30, 2020
ATLumni: Michael Chasteen, Campbell High School Young Entrepreneurs (Season 3 | Episode 27)
Today on the show, we catch up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Michael Chasteen. Michael teaches young entrepreneurs at Campbell High School in Smyrna. We spoke with Michael back in March of 2019 about the program, which is designed to give students practical work experience during the school day. We caught up with him to hear how these students are doing and how the program has had to adapt as schools go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
15:15
July 23, 2020
ATLumni: Victoria Lemos, Archive Atlanta (Season 3 | Episode 26)
Today on the show, we catch up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Victoria Lemos. We first got to chat with her back in February about her stellar podcast, Archive Atlanta and all things Atlanta history. A few weeks ago, we caught up with Victoria to see how the show is doing and how coronavirus has impacted the Atlanta History Tours. Without further ado, we welcome back, Victoria Lemos. For more information and to keep up with Victoria, follow her on Instagram @archiveatlanta and make sure to give her show a listen wherever you get your podcasts!
13:59
July 16, 2020
ATLumni: Fred McGill, Simple Showing (Season 3 | Episode 25)
Today on the show, we’re going to feature Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Fred McGill. Fred is the co-founder of real estate startup SimpleShowing. At the time his episode aired back in November of 2018, SimpleShowing was just getting the ball rolling. A few weeks ago, we caught up with Fred to see how things have since changed with the business and how they’re moving forward amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to keep up with Fred and the Simple Showing team, follow them on Instagram @simpleshowing or head to their website www.simpleshowing.com.
12:01
July 2, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Alex Radford and Lauren Tatum, The Edge Agency (Season 3 | Episode 24)
Today we’re going to spotlight Alex Radford and Lauren Tatum, co-founders of The Edge Agency. For so many small businesses, branding is a tough nut to crack and can sometimes make or break a business. That’s where our guests today come in! Edge takes on the task of putting your brand in the best position possible to succeed, whether it’s through visuals, online presence or even event management. You can help Edge, by referring them to your friends and tagging them on social media as your branding & design go-to! Follow them @theedgeagency. Edge is also offering a VERY generous special to our listeners. They are launching a “Stimulate the Economy” campaign, where Edge is offering 50% off of their services to anyone who comes to them through Atlanta Born Brand! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
48:24
June 25, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Ashley Weiser, The Varsity (Season 3 | Episode 23)
This week we’re going to spotlight a treasured Atlanta institution, The Varsity. Back in August of 2019, we sat down with Ashley Weiser, the company’s marketing director and great-granddaughter of founder Frank Gordy. For over 90 years, the Varsity has been asking guests “What’ll Ya Have?” and we hope that’ll continue for another 90 years to come! Until all restrictions are lifted the Varsity’s Athens, Gwinnett, Kennesaw, and Dawsonville locations are open for drive-thru service. The Atlanta location is currently open for drive in and take out service. As of Tuesday, June 16th, the Atlanta location has also been able to reopen the downstairs dining rooms. The Varsity appreciates all of the support they have received from the community and can’t wait until we’re able to dine together again! Even as various shops begin to reopen, the shock of this virus is still being felt all across the small business community and they need your support more than ever. We are continuing to rerelease episodes with some of our previous guests, but make sure you check out our Instagram as we share lots of other Atlanta small businesses that could use your support too! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
39:43
June 18, 2020
BEST OF ABB: Black Business Leaders (Season 3 | Episode 22)
On this week’s episode, we’re going to share some of the best of Atlanta Born & Brand. There are over 60,000 black-owned businesses in Atlanta and we are committed to make sure our show accurately reflects the city we represent. Today, we’re excited to bring back three Black business leaders; Tracey Pickett from Hairbrella, Brandon Butler from Butter.ATL, and Jaquan Cummings of QuanATL. Ladies, there’s nothing worse than spending hours in the salon only to walk outside and see the beautiful sight that is rain clouds… am I right? Well, our guest today saw just how this was affecting women. In a professional world that has deemed image and appearance is everything, she decided she would take matter into her own hands. We’re excited to introduce to you today, Tracey Pickett and have her tell you about her mission to empower women to conquer the world without worrying about the weather. In 2020, 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. 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.
59:46
June 11, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Dr. Jessica Propes, Well Adjusted Buckhead (Season 3 | Episode 21)
Today we’re going to spotlight Dr. Jessica Propes, owner of Well Adjusted Buckhead. Dr. Jessica doesn’t fit the mold of your stereotypical chiropractor, living a lifestyle similar to many of the athletes and fitness minded clientele she takes care of. A few ways you can help Dr. Jessica is to firstly, follow and stay up to date with her on instagram @drjessica_welladjusted. Dr. Jessica’s office is still open! It is so important to keep our urgent care centers and ER's free, so it's essential for chiropractors to handle musculoskeletal injuries, headaches, migraines, etc. Getting adjusted also helps improve your immune system function by up to 200%. We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign; a GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to bit.ly/GOFUNDME-LIFTATL2020 to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
34:48
May 28, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Elijah Richards, In God We Must (Season 3 | Episode 20)
Today we’re going to spotlight Elijah Richards, founder of lifestyle and apparel brand In God We Must. John was featured in the second ever episode of Atlanta Born & Brand, so it’s been a while since we’ve caught up with him. Here’s a few way you can help In God We Must right now. Head to www.IGWM.co and sign up for their email list! You can also follow them on instagram @INGODWEMUST and share why you love them with all your friends and family. We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign; a GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to bit.ly/GOFUNDME-LIFTATL2020 to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
48:58
May 21, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Evan Walker and Rain Li, GettaBite App (Season 3 | Episode 19)
Today we’re going to spotlight Evan Walker and Rain Li, co-founders of Getta Bite App. We spoke with this duo just as season two was wrapping up. To refresh your memory, Getta Bite is an awesome app that helps you find deals on food and drink in the Atlanta area. Here’s a few updates on Getta Bite and a few ways you can help them during this time. You can now search “pickup” “curbside” and “eatlocal” on GettaBite to find takeout options and offers from local Atlanta restaurants that are still open. Atlanta restaurants need support. By ordering curbside takeout and delivery, we are helping to ensure that these local establishments and communities are still here with us when this is all over. We all benefit and we all win when we work together on this. If you are a restaurant owner, Getta Bite asks you to please reach out and let them know if you are still open and doing curbside takeout. Tell them what you’re offering and they will put it up on the app to help people find food! We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign; a GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to bit.ly/GOFUNDME-LIFTATL2020 to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
54:53
May 14, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Karen Houghton & David Lightburn, Atlanta Tech Village (Season 3 | Episode 18)
Today we’re going to spotlight Karen Houghton and David Lightburn from Atlanta Tech Village. We sat down to talk with Karen and David towards the end of season two. We got to hear all about the conception of this incredible community for entrepreneurs. Today, the folks at Atlanta Tech Village want to encourage you to keep learning and connecting with like minded people during this crazy time! They are offering free virtual meetups and workshops, which you can find at atlantatechvillage.com/events/upcoming/. They also want to ask you to check in with the entrepreneurs you know. There are so many amazing small business owners in this city and these are hard times for all of us. We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign; a GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to bit.ly/GOFUNDME-LIFTATL2020 to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
41:48
May 7, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Andrew Rodbell, Post Meridiem (Season 3 | Episode 17)
Today we’re going to spotlight Andrew Rodbell, of Post Meridiem Spirits. We spoke with Andrew pretty recently, back in January. He told us all about that fateful Yacht Rock Revue concert and how Post Meridiem came to be. Launching business just as COVID-19 swung through seems to be a trend over here, but Post Meridiem has been able to grow through this struggle. Now, they’re in need of your help to continue that growth. Post Meridiem cocktails are currently available at your local liquor retailer across Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The good folks at Post Meridiem have asked us to ask y’all to please support your local liquor store. Through purchasing their products at a local store not only are you helping out PM, you’re helping another local business as well! We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign; a GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to gofundme.com to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
42:09
April 30, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Elliot Hall, Fire Maker Brewery (Season 3 | Episode 16)
Today we’re going to spotlight Elliot Hall, owner of Fire Maker Brewery. We’ve followed Elliot and the Fire Maker team from the beginning: construction all the way to opening. Unfortunately, as they were getting ready to fully launch into business COVID-19 came through in full force. But it has been so amazing to see how each of these businesses has pivoted during this time, Fire Maker included. Here are a few ways you can help now: Fire Maker has to-go beer and seltzers currently available at their Taproom. They will be donating a portion of all proceeds to Giving Kitchen and Bottleshare, and all tips go to their hourly staff. Gift Cards and gear are also available for purchase in the Taproom, and the full Fire Maker Beer Gear store is available online at www.firemakerbeergear.com. Lastly, 100% of all online profits from Fire Maker’s “Drink Local” shirt will be donated to 1 charity of the public’s choice. You can recommend a charity for them to choose by going to Instagram and commenting on Fire Maker Brewery Update: Episode 17 post, with the name of a charity and why it’s important to you. We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign; a GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to gofundme.com to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
46:56
April 24, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Wes Jones, Honeysuckle Gelato (Season 3 | Episode 15)
Today we’re going to spotlight Wes Jones, co-founder and CEO of Honeysuckle Gelato. Honeysuckle is one of our favorite places to visit in Ponce City Market and we can’t wait for the day we can finally go back and have a sit down and a chat. But for now, here’s a few ways you can help Honeysuckle keep the lights on! Purchasing gift cards is one of the best way you can support during this time. You get to help Honeysuckle survive and, once we're through this, you can celebrate your good deed with gelato on a visit to Ponce City Market. Curbside pick-up is also available! For the time being, pickup will be available at the Honeysuckle HQ, which is located at 1024 White Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Pickup times are from 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday and 2PM to 6PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Lastly, Honeysuckle merchandise is also available for purchase on their website www.honeysucklegelto.com! We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign; a GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to gofundme.com to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
54:31
April 22, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Josh Brown, Wander North Georgia (Season 3 | Episode 14)
Today we’re going to spotlight Josh Brown, owner of Wander North Georgia. It’s been a while since we spoke with Josh at the beginning of Season 1 and Wander could really use our support. Here’s how you can help now: buy gift cards! Wander is offering a generous special on gift cards for a limited time. For every gift card you purchase, you’ll receive a bonus gift card. If you purchase a $50 Gift Card you will get an extra $10 for free, a $100 Gift Card you will get an extra $20 for free, a $250 Gift Card you will get an extra $50 for free. There is no limit to these so purchase as many as you like and they never expire so can be used any time you like. You can purchase those on their website www.wandernorthgeorgia.com. We've launched a new component to our LIFT ATL 2020 campaign. A GoFundMe to help the businesses that have been on our show. For every $500 raised, we will donate that to a small business. Head to gofundme.com to donate! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
36:25
April 20, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Jody Stephenson, SitterTree (Season 3 | Episode 13)
Today, we’re going to spotlight Jody Stephenson of Sitter Tree. A few ways that you can help Sitter Tree right now are: SitterTree is partnering with individuals, businesses and faith communities to support medical professionals with in-home child care. They need people to purchase gift cards to help subsidize the cost for these individuals. You can donate free sitting to Piedmont and Grady staff by visiting www.sittertree.com. SitterTree will also donate a FREE booking for every Facebook or Instagram story showing a kid, babysitter, or even mom or dad washing their hands and singing their favorite hand washing song. Be sure to use #handwashingsong and tag @sittertree to qualify your story. Stories shared on more than one platform will qualify as one entry.  If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
56:15
April 17, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Caleb Morris, Welcome To The Neighborhoods (Season 3 | Episode 12)
Today we’re going to spotlight Caleb Morris of Welcome to the Neighborhoods. We last spoke with Caleb back at the very beginning of Season 2. Caleb continues to bring joy to people all over the country through his illustrations. Here are a few ways that you can help Caleb now: Right now Caleb is offering free shipping for everyone with the code: FREESHIPPING. As an additional thank you to the free shipping, he will be adding weird/funny sketches in with each order. Additionally, a huge way to support  Caleb is to follow his Instagram account @heycalebmorris. He'll be posting some of his favorite local businesses for other people to check out, as well as posting a new series of fake businesses he has been coming up with over the past few years to add some comedy to people's feeds. Lastly, sign up for the email list on www.heycaleb.com! It is a huge and helpful way to stay connected. If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
37:38
April 15, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Brian Holland, Phoenix Roasters (Season 3 | Episode 11)
Today we’re going to spotlight Brian Holland, owner of Phoenix Roasters. We spoke with Brian, back in December of 2019. Often times businesses are born out of necessity and that was the case with Phoenix Roasters. What started as a way to fund a church plant focused on helping those who need a second chance, has grown into so much more. Phoenix Roasters is now in need of some help themselves. Here are a few ways that you can help them continue to do good for many years to come. Shop online at phoenixroasters.coffee. You can come by the roastery Monday thru Friday from 9-2. You can call ahead to have your order ready or just shop at their location. Phoenix Roasters is taking every precaution in packing and preparing your orders so that they can assure the health and safety of their products. You can also serve your community with their fractional packages! These are pre-measured, rip and pour packages that brew one pot of coffee. At only $1.50 per pack, they are a perfect way to love your neighbor and provide a reassuring pot of coffee during weird and confusing times. Available online or via call ahead orders! 770-884-1496. Lastly, book Phoenix Roasters catering services for the future! Email: catering@phoenixroasters.coffee. If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
52:21
April 13, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Krystle Rodriguez, Hodgepodge Coffee (Season 3 | Episode 10)
Today we’re going to spotlight Krystle Rodriguez, owner of Hodgepodge Coffee House. We spoke with Krystle very recently, just as this virus was starting to pick up steam. Since then, a lot of things have changed for Hodgepodge and they could use our help.  Here’s what you can do right now: Hodgepodge has set up a GoFundMe to help keep their doors open. You can find the link for that on their instagram @hodgepodgecoffee or here: gf.me/u/xtqmx6. You are also able to place online orders at both of their locations through orderspoon.com. In addition to their usual coffee and baked goods, Hodgepodge is also offering pantry items that they are able to get through their vendors that have been hard to find in grocery stores right now. You can order these items through orderspoon.com as well. The East Atlanta/Ormewood location is: www.orderspoon.com/hodgepodge720, the Reynoldstown location is: www.orderspoon.com/hodgepodge1. Lastly, Hodgepodge is also available for delivery through Postmates! If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
1:13:59
April 10, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Jerry Channell, Osleeper MFG Co. (Season 3 | Episode 9)
Today we’re going to spotlight Jerry Channell of Osleeper MFG Co. It’s been a while since our chat with Jerry back in December of 2018. O’Sleeper creates gorgeous pieces of custom furniture for homes and businesses -- and they’re still doing that this time with a little twist. Osleeper is now offering birdhouse kits for you and your family to complete together! You can order online at osleeper.com or if you're local you can pick up in Gainesville, GA. A percentage of each birdhouse will be going back to families in need, who have lost their jobs during these uncertain times. If you purchase a birdhouse, use the #COVIDKINDNESS and #OSLEEPERKIDSPROJECT and tag them on social media: @osleeper_mfg_co. If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
41:01
April 8, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Sarah Rice, JJ's Flower Shop (Season 3 | Episode 8)
Today we’re going to spotlight Sarah Rice, owner of JJ’s Flower Shop. We spoke with this native ATLien back in August of 2019. From a brick and mortar shop in Ponce City Market to doing private events with their 1968 Volkswagen Flower truck, JJ’s Flower Shop has absolutely blossomed since then. Here are a few ways you can help right now: Due to the current shelter-in-place order, flower deliveries are currently unavailable. JJ’s is selling merch; everything from T-shirt’s, to tote bags, to coffee mugs. Purchasing merchandise will be a huge help until they are able to get back to deliveries. Head to their website jjsflowershop.com and follow them on social media @jjsflowershop. If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
53:24
April 6, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Rasheed Philips, Philips Barbeque Co. (Season 3, Episode 7)
Today we’re going to spotlight Rasheed Philips, owner of Philips Barbeque Co. We spoke with Rasheed not too long ago, back in August of 2019. Rasheed started this business almost by accident, but now is well on his way to becoming an Atlanta staple. Here are a few ways that you can help Rasheed right now: buy some bbq, y’all! Philips BBQ is offering weekly Barbeque Box meal deliveries. Email info@philipsbarbequeco.com to order. You can check out the full menu on our instagram @atlbornbrand or head to liftatl2020.com. You can find Rasheed on social media @philipsbarbequeco or head to www.philipsbarbequeco.com. If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
53:39
April 3, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Scott Fuller, The Studio Temporary (Season 3 | Episode 6)
Today we’re going to spotlight Scott Fuller of The Studio Temporary. We first spoke with Scott back Season 1 and heard how he uses his graphic design skills, to help businesses create an identity that will take their brand to the next level. Here are a few ways you can help Scott right now: work! Most of his projects are currently on hold. If you or anyone you know is in need of some killer graphic design work reach out to him. You can also check out The Studio Temporary online shop for new merch and new typefaces. Lastly, Scott will be running some online workshops and virtual talks so stay on the lookout for those. You can follow him on social media @studiotemporary or head to the website www.thestudiotemporary.com. If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
47:07
April 1, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Gino & Alex Teyf, Gino's Classic Barber Shoppe (Season 3, Episode 5)
Today we’re going to spotlight Gino and Alex Teyf of Gino’s Classic Barber Shoppe. We first spoke with this father-son duo in May of 2019 to hear how they are building a network of barber shoppes -- a place you can go to slow down, even if it’s just for a moment -- and know they will go the extra mile. Here are a few ways you can help Gino’s right now: PURCHASE GIFT CERTIFICATES! Use the code "320GCB20" for a 20% discount on all gift certificates through 4/1/20, which can be used anytime within 5 years. Head our instagram @atlbornbrand or liftatl2020.com to find links to the Perimeter and Buckhead locations -- and make sure to check out their website www.ginosclassicbarbers.com. If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com. We understand that many of you are struggling and want to help the community of business owners that we have grown to know and love over the last 2 years. Right now we’re all in a season of uncertainty with the virus and the small businesses in our community need your support now more than ever.
55:23
March 30, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Todd DiMatteo & Ryan Skinner, Good Word Brewing and Public House (Season 3, Episode 4)
This week we’re going to spotlight Todd DiMatteo and Ryan Skinner of Good Word Brewing and Public House. A few ways you can help Good Word Brewing right now are: purchase gift cards, and to-go packages or meals! Good Word is also selling crowlers of Never Sleep (It's a beer, y'all). Lastly, a GoFundMe has been set up to directly support Good Word employees. You can find the link to that on their website goodwordbrewing.com.  If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com. We understand that many of you are struggling and want to help the community of business owners that we have grown to know and love over the last 2 years. Right now we’re all in a season of uncertainty with the virus and the small businesses in our community need your support now more than ever. 
36:44
March 27, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Karissa Tuttle, Simply Done Donuts (Season 3, Episode 3)
This week we’re going to spotlight Karissa Tuttle of Simply Done Donuts. A few ways that you can help Simply Done Donuts right now are: get you giftcards! For more information email eat@simplydonedonuts.com. Know folks celebrating a moment or hospital staff working overtime? Have Simply Done cater to them! You can also order online with their EZ cater link to get delivery or take-out. Visit their website simplydonedonuts.com.  If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com. We understand that many of you are struggling and want to help the community of business owners that we have grown to know and love over the last 2 years. Right now we’re all in a season of uncertainty with the virus and the small businesses in our community need your support now more than ever. 
45:37
March 25, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: David Clapper and Eric Van de Steeg, sCAMPer Van (Season 3, Episode 2)
We understand that many of you are struggling and want to help the community of business owners that we have grown to know and love over the last 2 years. Right now we’re all in a season of uncertainty with the virus and the small businesses in our community need your support now more than ever.  This week we’re going to spotlight David Clapper and Eric Van de Steeg of sCAMPer Van. A few ways that you can help sCAMPer Van during this time is: buy giftcards! sCAMPer Van will also be offering a discount to anyone who books during this crisis. You’ll receive between 20 and 30 dollars off per night and an additional 100 free miles per day -- for a total of 200 free miles per day! Visit their website www.scampervan.com.  If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Make sure to use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We have built a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information visit liftatl2020.com.
51:29
March 23, 2020
LIFT ATL 2020: Season 3, Episode 1
We understand that many of you are struggling and want to help the community of business owners that you have grown to know and love over the last 2 years. Right now we’re all in a season of uncertainty with the virus and the small businesses in our community need your support now more than ever. We've decided to start a new season of our podcast and devote all our resources to supporting the business owners in our community through this battle we are all facing.  Starting March 23, we are going to start re-releasing our old episodes, but this time with a segment at the beginning that tells our listeners exactly how they can support these small businesses during this season. We will also be releasing this information on our social media accounts.  If you know of a small business in need of help at this time, please share their story with us! Use the hashtag #LIFTATL2020. We are building a database of social media posts, graphics, and audio clips for you to download, share and use how you see fit. We hope all of you will latch on to this cause and share the needs of those in our community. For more information, visit www.liftatl2020.com.
03:57
March 20, 2020
Krystle Rodriguez: Hodgepodge Coffee House (Season 2 | Episode 21)
Sometimes a new business comes along and we think, “I never knew that I needed this in my life, but I’m glad I have it now.” That’s how the community feels about Hodgepodge Coffee House. A fusion of good coffee and art, Hodgepodge has become a second home to many people here in Atlanta, that we may not imagine existing side by side elsewhere. We sat down with founder, Krystle Rodriguez, to hear how she got started and how she is planning to continue the culture of love and inclusion that Hodgepodge has created. To keep up with Krystle and the Hodgepodge team, follow them on social media @hodgepodgecoffee or visit their website hodgepodgecoffee.com.
1:14:06
March 19, 2020
Evan Walker & Rain Li: Getta Bite App (Season 2 | Episode 20)
It’s a common thought nowadays that technology -- our phone in particular -- is depriving us of quality human interaction. But what if there was an app focused on changing that? Today we sit down with Evan Walker and Rain Li, the founders of Getta Bite -- an app all about bringing our community together through good deals and great food. To keep up with all things Getta Bite, follow them on social media @gettabiteapp, visit their website www.gettabiteapp.com and most importantly download the app. You won’t regret it.
53:17
March 12, 2020
Tracey Pickett, Esq. : Hairbrella (Season 2 | Episode 19)
Ladies, there’s nothing worse than spending hours in the salon only to walk outside and see the beautiful sight that is rain clouds… am I right? Well, our guest today saw just how this was affecting women. In a professional world that has deemed image and appearance is everything, she decided she would take matter into her own hands. We’re excited to introduce to you today, Tracey Pickett and have her tell you about her mission to empower women to conquer the world without worrying about the weather. To keep up with Tracey and the Hairbrella crew, follow them on social media @traceypickettesq and @hairbrella, or head to www.hairbrella.com.
41:02
March 5, 2020
Aaron Goldman & Tim Schrager: Midtown Bowl (Season 2 | Episode 18)
Midtown Bowl has seen it all, but like so many buildings in Atlanta it was almost torn down nearly 20 years ago. An Atlanta tradition since 1960, this institution has remained strong through the trials and changes this city has faced in the 60 years since its opening. Today, we sat down with Aaron Goldman and Tim Schrager -- the current owners -- to hear their plans for keeping this treasured business alive. To keep up to date with Midtown Bowl, visit their website www.midtownbowl.com, or follow them on social media @midtown_bowl.
35:18
February 27, 2020
Kevin Cregan: Atlanta Sport and Social Club (Season 2 | Episode 17)
As adults, making new friends and deep connections can be hard. Between growing families and careers it’s difficult to find time for anything else. But back in 2012, Kevin Cregan started Atlanta Sport and Social Club attacking that very problem. We sat down with Kevin to talk about how Atlanta Sport and Social is providing adults in our city those opportunities they need to make lasting connections. The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Fest will be on April 18, 2020. Head to atlantagrilledcheese.com to get your tickets! And to get involved with Atlanta Sport and Social Club, head to their website atlantasportandsocialclub.com or follow them on social media @atlantassc.
28:05
February 20, 2020
Victoria Lemos: Archive Atlanta Podcast (Season 2 | Episode 16)
Victoria Lemos is a self-proclaimed history nerd. Her love of knowledge and the people and places that came before us has always been there. Victoria spent her childhood in New York, as well as visiting family in Spain -- two places rich in history. So how did she end up with a podcast in the capital of South? We sat down with Victoria and heard us why she decided to start telling the story of Atlanta. To keep up with Victoria and the podcast, follow her on social media @archiveatlanta.
30:34
February 13, 2020
Joel Byars: Comedian, The Trophy Husband Special (Season 2 | Episode 15)
As a comedian, honing your craft and writing jokes that an audience can relate to is a full time job. Getting that content in front of an audience is another obstacle all its own. About a year ago, we sat down with Joel Byars and talked about his journey to becoming a comedian. On February 1st, his 10 year comedy anniversary, Joel released his very first special, The Trophy Husband. So what exactly does it take to make a comedy special? We see them popping up on big name streaming services like Netflix and Amazon all the time. We sat down with Joel and he told us why he took matters into his own hands.  To see The Trophy Husband, and to keep up with Joel, head to joelbyarscomedy.com or follow him on social media @joelbyarscomedy.
36:27
February 6, 2020
Elliott Hall: Fire Maker Brewing Company (The Brand is Born | Part 2)
Today, we catch up with local entrepreneur, Elliott Hall of Fire Make Brewing Company, for the second installation of our series The Brand is Born. When we heard what Fire Maker was doing, we couldn’t wait to witness that journey unfold in real time and wanted to bring y’all along with us. This week, we check in with Elliott as construction begins to wrap up. He shares with us the trials they’ve faced and what they are doing to prepare for their grand opening. To keep up with Elliott and the Fire Maker team, head to firemakerbeer.com or follow them on social media @firemakerbeer. Stay tuned to Atlanta Born & Brand, for the final part in this series, when we catch up with the team after the grand opening. Atlanta Born & Brand is a production of Connext Media. We’re a full service digital media company, focused on helping small businesses tell their story in the most effective way they can. If you’d like to tell the story of your business we’d love to help! You can find us at connextatl.com
32:17
January 30, 2020
Andrew Rodbell: Post Meridiem Spirits (Season 2 | Episode 13)
It all started with a Yacht Rock Revue concert, and just a few years later Post Meridiem Spirits is a staple in Atlanta package stores. In this episode, we talked with Co-Founder Andrew Rodbell. He tells us all about that fateful day and how this premier ingredient cocktail company came to be. For more information visit postmeridiemspirits.com
40:19
January 23, 2020
David Lightburn & Karen Houghton: Atlanta Tech Village (Season 2 | Episode 12)
How did an 80’s style office building in the heart of Buckhead come to house the fourth largest tech hub in the US? In this episode we talked with David Lightburn and Karen Houghton of Atlanta Tech Village. We talked to them about the gamble of building ATV in a city with almost no reputation for tech start-ups and how they’ve helped transform Atlanta into one of the best places to launch in the nation. For more information and to see their upcoming events visit atlantatechvillage.com
40:10
January 16, 2020
Our 2020 Goal - LIFT
Hey y'all, we will resume regular episodes next week, but we wanted to catch up and let you know a little about our plans for 2020. Take a listen and hear about our mission to LIFT the city of Atlanta. Also, make sure you get your new Atlanta Born & Brand Swag! The Our City Our Story T-Shirt is available on our site. As always thanks so much for listening. If you could, please leave us a rating and a review, and catch previous episodes of the podcast at ATLBorn.com.
03:04
January 10, 2020
Brian Holland: Phoenix Roasters (Season 2 | Episode 11)
Very often, the most impactful companies around are started by necessity. That was certainly the case for Brian Holland, and Phoenix Roasters, #CoffeeThatMatters. It started as a way to fund a church plant focused on reaching those who needed a second chance. They learned along the way, and found new causes to support, and today, you can find phoenix roasters coffee all over Atlanta. It’s our pleasure to present the story of Brian Holland and Phoenix Roasters, #CoffeeThatMatters. For more information or to order some product for yourself, visit phoenixroasters.coffee.
50:31
December 5, 2019
Alex Radford & Lauren Tatum: The Edge Agency (Season 2 | Episode 10)
For so many small businesses in this town, branding can be an achilles heel. How do go about packaging all the great elements and value propositions you have to offer, into a simple, cohesive, attractive brand? That’s where our guests today come in. Lauren Tatum and Alexandra Radford are the co-founders of The Edge Agency. Edge takes on the task of putting your brand in the best possible position to succeed, whether that’s through visuals, online presence, or even event management. And now with a full team of creative professionals, they are taking one brand after another to the next level. For more information on The Edge Agency, visit www.theedgeagency.net. 
46:40
November 21, 2019
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