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Telling the story of Athens through the voices of our community’s makers, entrepreneurs & advocates.

 

One Stitch at a Time

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.”

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Community Minded Chef

This is the second part of a two-part interview featuring award-winning chef Hugh Acheson, chef/partner of Five & Ten and The National. Hugh shares his thoughts on what makes Athens great and how the city can continue to be a great place to live and work.

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Sons of Athens

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.

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Entrepreneurship in Athens

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.

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Making a Lil’ Ice Cream Dream a Reality

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.

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#SpreadLove

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.

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Beauty Everyday

Athens native, Rinne Allen has been documenting the beauty in her everyday surroundings for years - Now she does it for a living. Rinne tells former employer, fellow artist and friend, Rebecca Wood about how Athens, Ga has influenced her work.

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Think Before You Move

Lemuel "Life" LaRoche, executive director of Chess & Community speaks with Chris Herron of Creature Comforts about how he is affecting lives of Athens' youth and the entire community one chess game at a time.

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Athens' Musicians Make Great Software Developers

David Rowe, Vice President of Partner Software, speaks with friend and fellow tech industry leader, Alessio Artuffo of Docebo, about why musicians make great software developers and his ideas on how to retain and attract more talent in Athens.

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Athens' Greatest Assets Are Its People: Q&A with Jordan Burke of Four Athens

Jordan Burke, executive director of Four Athens, is interviewed by local entrepreneur Ashley Steele about his perspective on Athens'  business start-up community.

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A Land of Freedom, Creativity & Creative People

In an interview by local artist and friend, Rinne Allen, Rebecca Wood tells the story of the rise of her business, R. Wood Studio, and the immense impact Athens, Ga., has had on her and her work.

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