Telling the story of Athens through the voices of our community’s makers, entrepreneurs & advocates.
Local philanthropist and manager of R.E.M., Bertis Downs, recently sat down with Lillian Kincey and Susan and Katharine Hable. This week, we will focus on Jones and her role as the creator and director of the Young Designers Program. Since 2009, she has utilized her many talents to help develop this community’s budding designers through this afterschool nonprofit program, furthering its mission, “Service through sewing.”
This is the first part of a two-part interview series between Matt & Shayna Hobbs (Co-founders of Sons of Sawdust) and Johnelle Simpson (Coordinator of Work Based Learning & Great Promise Partnership for Clarke County Schools). In this interview, Matt and Shayna from talk about why they chose to build their company in Athens and share their insight about how the community helps them succeed.
This is an outtake from the second half of a two-part interview series between Chris Herron (CEO of Creature Comforts Brewing Company) and Lemuel “Life” LaRoche (Executive Director of Chess & Community). From beer to chess, both organizations are focused on having a lasting impact on Athens. In this clip, Chris talks about how Creature Comforts thrives by giving back to the community.
One of Athens’ youngest entrepreneurs, Beau Shell, the thirteen-year-old owner of Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, sits down with author, chef and one of Athens’ best-known entrepreneurs, Hugh Acheson, to discuss how a gift on Beau's eighth birthday ignited his trailblazing career.
Broderick Flanigan is an Athenian artist and community activist. His is the owner of the homegrown business Flanigan's Portrait Studio and assistant director of Chess & Community. Broderick's life motto is #SpreadLove, which is evident in his work. In this conversation, Broderick discusses this idea of #SpreadLove and his Athens experiences with Winterville mayor Dodd Farrelle and artist/teacher wife, Cameron Farrelle.
Jordan Burke, executive director of Four Athens, is interviewed by local entrepreneur Ashley Steele about his perspective on Athens' business start-up community.