We're a podcast picking the best local homegrown stories around Georgia with a focus on economic, cultural and historical moments. Peaches carry deep symbolism. We seek out stories with this peach spirit, founders who remain true to Southern hospitality roots. From conversations at local farmers markets to discussions at tech events, our stories blossomed from a curiosity to learn more about people behind the brands. Stories are told by daughter and dad duo, Julia and Jeff.
Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden with us to learn about its history, impact and mission. We meet plants and people—from the giant statues for special exhibits and prized orchid collection to the curious guests who visit in every season. Come along with us for this nature focused show featuring literary icons, botanical beer and more.
Learn about King of Pops, a beloved brand led by two brothers, Steven and Nick Carse. Discover how they got started and the exciting directions they have grown with Tree Elves, King of Crops and more creative concepts. With community at the core, their purpose is to create Unexpected Moments of Happiness. They are much more than a popsicle company, they have created their own culture and become a part of the culture of Atlanta and the Southeast.
Agribusinesses thrive under this economic and marketing development program led by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. This July, we followed the paths of Georgia Grown food entrepreneurs at one of the largest trade shows—AmericasMart with 8,000 brands across a 7 million square foot campus. We visit the gourmet temporaries floor to talk and taste with Georgia founders. We learned the story behind the iconic Atlanta building where they set up shop to share their brands with the world. Join us for this special tour, including Big Daddy Biscuits, Goodson Pecans, Hunter Cattle Company and many more.
With one-of-a-kind shows at a variety of venues, ATL Collective spotlights a diverse array of incredible local and national musicians. Meet a few members of the team, including Co-Founder Michael Dalton, Executive Director Russell Gottschalk and Program and Marketing Director Rhiannon Klee, to learn about the past, present and future of this creative organization that’s captivated Atlanta’s music scene since 2009. Learn how and why they recently become a nonprofit and what it means for their mission moving forward. Special thanks to ElementATL for hosting us for the interviews.
Travel to Record Store Day with us as we explore Atlanta’s Criminal Records, a locally owned and independently operated record, comic store and more, located in Little Five Points. Learn about the store’s iconic name and its evolution over the years with founder Eric Levin. Listen to a live in-store performance by Timothy Showalter from Strand Of Oaks. Meet the customers that are bringing vinyl back.
With a passion for travel, Elaine and Matt began their chocolate journey in Costa Rica. Now, Xocolatl is a beloved Atlanta brand with a shop in Krog Street Market. Learn about the art, history and science of their chocolate. Join us for a taste test as we sample some of their flavors! This episode was recorded live as part of our Founder Friday Dinner Series for young professionals in Atlanta. Follow our behind the scenes adventures on Instagram.
This nonprofit business brews up community, commerce and career opportunities in Clarkston, Georgia, also known as the “Ellis Island of the South.” This is the story of how Kitty and Bill Murray created a place that is about much more than coffee for refugees, the town and Atlanta. Thank you to Eugene Buchko of Atlanta Coffee Shops for photos and Pony League band for the music.
Located in historic downtown Woodstock, Georgia, Pie Bar took a hobby and turned it into a career with flavors such as bourbon chocolate pecan, key lime, salted caramel apple streusel and many more. Learn how Cody and Lauren Bolden began baking, support local and build community with their pie club and classes. Even their time off revolves around pie with pie-vacations!
This is a special edition in honor of National Muffin Day, a philanthropic holiday being celebrated on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Learn more about how we bake and give away muffins to people experiencing homelessness and hunger. Co-founded by Julia and her friend, Jacob the Muffin Man, the fifth year of the celebration is this year! Go behind the muffins to learn from us how we have recruited 500 Muffinteers (volunteer bakers) to bake 6,000 muffins in 25 cities and raised thousands. Join the muffin movement as a Muffinter by baking, giving and sharing with #givemuffins. For every baker, $40 will be donated. Join the Facebook event for National Muffin Day 2019 or visit NationalMuffinDay.org. Follow along on our adventures on Instagram with @natlmuffinday.
For over 20 years, Dad's Garage has been an Atlanta icon for plays, improv shows and comedy classes. But, it is about so much more than performing with an emphasis on community, compassion and creativity. Listen to Artistic Director Kevin Gillese and General Company Improviser Hannah Aslesen.
Tour Atlanta's oldest and only Municipal market. In the heart of the historic Auburn Avenue district, this economic center celebrates the past with businesses of today. Meet two of the founders from Miss D's New Orleans Style Candy and Just Add Honey tea company. Background music by Pony League. Photos by Eugene Buchko Photography.
Explore Atlanta’s oldest permanent residence. With David Moore, the Executive Director of the Historic Oakland Foundation, go back in time to learn about the cemetery’s more than 160 year old story. Discover memorable moments from the past and celebrate the present with the volunteers and community who make this final resting place an architectural, botanical and historical wonderland.
The creativity of Tiny Doors ATL has captured the curiosity of Atlanta. Learn the story of artist Karen Anderson. Discover how a childhood dollhouse influenced her career path, what inspired the launch of Tiny Doors ATL and how the doors became destinations of wonder around the city. Thank you to Pony League for the music on this episode.
The story behind the launch of Monday Night Brewing, an Atlanta brewery celebrating its seventh year. How three friends turned a bible study group into an award winning beer company! Go behind the scenes with us to hear about their past present and future. This episode features music from Atlanta based band, Pony League and their album “A Picture of Your Family.”
As the founder of NOLA Girl Brownies, Wendy Sanders is disrupting the dessert scene in Atlanta. How Wendy turned a gift idea into a startup food business, became a dark chocolate champion and where she sees the future of her brownies going. Follow her path from New Orleans to Italy to Atlanta in this episode.
Explore the coolest corners of HOTlanta with these books. For a birthday or team building event, Clue Town offers puzzle scavenger hunts that walk you around the BeltLine, Oakland Cemetery and beyond. The story behind the creator, Jay Carlson and his hunts.
After moving for years, Dara Schaier, Founder and CEO of Built Out Of Paper (BOOP), designed her ideal, lightweight and sustainable furniture! How she launched her cardboard bookcase and her vision for future designs.
How a baseball stadium became a hub of innovation, a peak at the stealth group of startups who are part of the first class and how they plan to hit a homerun for Atlanta as the startup capital of the South. Meet Burunda Prince-Jones, Managing Director of The Farm, and a few of the companies making their mark in this accelerator.
Founded by Jasmine Crowe, Goodr is a sustainable food waste management company, using tech to combat hunger. It works like your favorite ride request app with a social good mission. Learn how she launched, what she's accomplished and where she's going next.
From farm to table, Big Daddy Biscuits has reinvented classic dog treats into a sustainable brand with paw-sonality. Learn how Founder Lauren Janis, known as Big Mama, gives back and bakes with a creative twist. Celebrate the year of the dog with her FURtune cookies. Meet her furry friends and human fans around Atlanta.
A baker who found his passion as a child, took corporate America for a spin, but eventually found his roots again to become one of the most popular bakers around Atlanta. This is the story of Thomas Sergio's Olde World artisan bread company.