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37 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
LEAD Center for Youth: Part 2 (Season 5 | Episode 16)
If you missed part one of our special episode with Kelli and CJ be sure to go back and give it a listen. We spoke about each of their personal journeys and how CJ made the jump from private coaching, to laying the foundation to start LEAD. In this episode, we’ll dive into getting LEAD off the ground, the decline of Black players in the Major Leagues and how Kelli and CJ are supporting their boys beyond the sport of baseball. For more information about how you can get involved visit leadcenterforyouth.org
30 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
LEAD Center for Youth (Season 5 | Episode 15)
L.E.A.D. Center for Youth is a nonprofit, sport based youth development program. Their mission is to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform their city of Atlanta by using the sport of baseball to teach Black boys how to overcome three curveballs that threaten their success: crime, poverty and racism. We spoke with co-founders Kelli and CJ Stewart about LEAD's inception, their vision for the future of the organization and so much more. We want to share every nugget of wisdom these two fearless, relentless, and absolute bosses have to share so this will be the first of a two part episode. Kelli and CJ are making Atlanta a better place and leading a new generation of change makers. We hope you feel just how special their organization is. Tune in next week for the second part of our conversation! For more information about how you can get involved visit leadcenterforyouth.org
25 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Jashaun Lowery: Grub Truck Stop (Season 5 | Episode 13)
Our guest today is Jashaun Lowery. Jay and his wife Lauren are the team behind Grub Truck Stop, where they are cooking up creative and delicious dishes. What started as a venture into the food truck business has grown into a brick and mortar space located in Chattahoochee Food Works, Atlanta’s newest food hall on the Westside. Grub Truck Stop is serving up fresh and unique seafood dishes that are, in their words, “so comforting you’ll wanna take a nap after.” We talk with Jay about starting the business, taking a leap of faith from food truck to physical space and more. Follow the Grub Truck crew on Instagram @grubtruckstop and visit them at Chattahoochee Food Works.
42 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Jesslyn Rollins: Biolyte (Season 5 | Episode 12)
Biolyte was created by Dr. Rollins, an Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist in Atlanta, GA. In 2005, Dr. Rollins’ wife, Jeannine, was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, he began to realize that IV hydration therapy, while extremely effective, is often inaccessible and too expensive to those who need it most – and more accessible options like sports drinks are not as effective for severe dehydration. Dr. Rollins set out to create a product that would “bring the IV bag home”. It was from this need that Biolyte was born. Today we sit down with Jesslyn Rollins, CEO of Biolyte, to hear how their company has grown and is helping everyone from athletes to flu patients to new mothers. For more information about the product or to find local retailers that carry Biolyte head to drinkbiolyte.com.
13 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Georgia Aquarium (Season 5 | Episode 11)
We’ve got a fun episode for you today with VP of Sales for Georgia Aquarium, Will Ramsey. Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and houses hundreds of species in over 12 million gallons of water. Like so many businesses, Georgia Aquarium had to close its doors at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the unique challenge of still having to care for the numerous animals that call the aquarium home. We talk with Will about how they navigated those closures, their new shark exhibit and the excitement now as they welcome back guests. For tickets and more information about Georgia Aquarium head to georgiaaquarium.org. To watch the full Bounce Back video feature, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuA58VR0h_w
29 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Skinny DeVille and Fish Scales: Atlantucky (Season 5 | Episode 10)
The craft beer scene in Atlanta has exploded in recent years, yet there are few breweries in town that have the distinction of being Black-owned. Nappy Roots members Fish Scales and Skinny DeVille are hoping to shake that up. Earlier this month the duo opened Atlantucky Brewing, a brand new brewery situated in the heart of Castleberry Hill – and very aptly in a building owned by Atlanta icon Herman J. Russell’s family. Check out our latest Bounce Back episode to hear how they’re hoping to continue the legacy of the historic neighborhood and bring craft beer to hip-hop. You can find the video feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0zpLInbnQw&t=123s Be sure to follow @atlantucky on social media and let us know if you visit the brewery. They’re also allowing local artists to use the space to display and sell their work, so head down to Castleberry Hill and support local creators!
43 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Gene Kansas: Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate (Season 5 | Episode 9)
Our guest today is cultural developer, Gene Kansas. Gene Kansas leads a commercial real estate brokerage, but his business stretches so far past the norm in that industry. With company accomplishments like preserving the Atlanta Daily World Building in Sweet Auburn and establishing the civic and socially based coworking space, Constellations; Gene Kansas — as a company — is about the development of culture through transformative ideas, knowledge, and the sharing of it. Head over to genekansas.com to learn more about the work they’re doing in the Atlanta community.
33 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Kareem Manuel: We.Society (Season 5 | Episode 8)
Social media can be a double edged sword. There’s both good and bad to the instant access we have to others via these platforms. Today, we’re sitting down with someone who is using this powerful tool to make a positive impact in our community and around the globe. Kareem Manuel started We.Society as a way to get his music out into the world. This led to selling t-shirts on Instagram, promoting a message of hope and acceptance, and in true grassroots fashion people latched on to the message and the movement grew. Listen in as we talk through the highs and lows of growing a business via social media and how it became a full fledged apparel brand. Head to wesociety.co to purchase your We.Society gear and join the movement!
16 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
College Football Hall of Fame (Season 5 | Episode 7)
The College Football Hall of Fame was established in 1951 and officially made the move to Atlanta in 2014. Whether it’s taking the kids out for the day, entertaining friends in town or even date night -- there’s over 50 interactive and educational exhibits for everyone. The Hall also hosts the College Football awards, dozens of media days, and more! Listen in as we chat today with College Football Hall of Fame CEO, Kimberly Beaudin, to talk more about the unique experience they’re creating for fans and how we can help as they bounce back from the pandemic shutdown. Be sure to check out the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta! For more information or to purchase tickets go to cfbhall.com.
26 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Jonathan Baker: Monday Night Brewing (Season 5 | Episode 6)
In this episode, we’re sitting down with Jonathan Baker, co-founder of Monday Night Brewing. Monday Night is a local Atlanta brewery, which started back in 2006 when a couple of friends got together and decided to give homebrewing a try. Today in 2021, they’ve got multiple locations in the ATL, as well as Nashville and Birmingham. Stick around to hear us chat about where the Monday Night name and logo originated and how the Atlanta community rallied around yet another well loved business when they were down during the pandemic. If you’re local to Atlanta be sure to check out the Monday Night locations in West Midtown and the historic West End. Or buy their beer in the grocery store! It’s seriously good. https://mondaynightbrewing.com/
18 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Robert Montwaid: Chattahoochee Food Works (Season 5 | Episode 5)
Today, we’re sitting down with co-owner of Chattahoochee Food Works, Robert Montwaid. Chattahoochee Food Works is a brand new 31-vendor, 25,000 square-foot foodhall featured at the center of The Works, one of Atlanta’s newest mixed-use developments on the Upper Westside. Opening a new business at any time is difficult, let alone in the middle of a pandemic. Robert talks us through those challenges and what it is he loves about the food culture in Atlanta. Be sure to stop by Chattahoochee Food Works over on the Westside. A great spot for lunch with friends or dinner with the family, there’s something for everyone!
35 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Blake Canterbury: Purposity (Season 5 | Episode 4)
We’re sitting down today with Blake Canterbury, co-founder and CEO of Purposity. Purposity is an app, using the power of technology to connect those in need with people who want to help others, but aren’t quite sure how or where to start. Purposity works with nonprofits and local schools to identify specific needs and facilitate help from those in the community. Blake talks with us today about how Purposity got started and their plans to expand and continue meeting needs, not just in Atlanta but all around the US. Download Purposity today on the App Store or Google Play and start living on purpose today!
38 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Kitti Murray: Refuge Coffee Co. (Season 5 | Episode 3)
Today we’re sitting down with Kitti Murray, founder and CEO, of Refuge Coffee Co. Refuge Coffee opened up in Clarkston, GA back in 2014. Clarkston is located just outside Atlanta and is well known for its diverse and vibrant refugee community. Refuge’s goal is to provide employment, mentorship, job training, and a livable wage to refugees who have resettled in Georgia. Listen as we talk with Kitti about Refuge Coffee’s inception, purpose and how they hope to continue growing and empowering their community. Visit Refuge Coffee Co. at their Clarkston or Sweet Auburn locations!
33 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Jonathan and Justin Fox: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (Season 5 | Episode 2)
Little introduction is needed for our guests this week… unless maybe you’re new to Atlanta or have been living under a rock. In 2007, twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox opened their first barbecue joint. Fourteen years later, Fox Brothers BBQ and their Dekalb Ave location have become Atlanta staples. Today we talk with Jonathan and Justin about how this thing got started, creating their unique spin on Texas-style barbecue and opening a second location mid-pandemic. Check out the new Fox Bros. location at the Works off Chattahoochee Ave! You can find some of your favorites and a few new items only available at the new location.
8 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Zoo Atlanta (Season 5 | Episode 1)
Today, we’re talking with Shawn Whitman, VP of Membership and Guest Experience at Zoo Atlanta. For over a century the zoo has been a mainstay in the city, but just like everyone else they faced massive challenges dealing with the CoVid-19 pandemic. Shawn tells us more on this episode of Atlanta Born and Brand. For more information or to buy tickets to the zoo, head to zooatlanta.org.
12 minutes | May 27, 2021
ATLumni: Kevin Cregan, Atlanta Sport & Social Club (Season 4 | Episode 30)
Today we're catching up with ABB alumni, Kevin Cregan. Kevin is the founder of Atlanta Sport & Social Club, an organization that aims to connect adults in Atlanta through sports leagues and other social events. We first talked with Kevin back in February of 2020, just before our worlds were turned upside down. Tune in to hear how ASSC navigated COVID-19 and how they plan to continue finding ways to connect people and foster community in the city. Check out the ASSC website www.atlantasportandsocialclub.com or follow them on social media @atlantassc.
14 minutes | May 6, 2021
ATLumni: Jesse Grossman and Jacey Lucus, Community Bucket (Season 4 | Episode 29)
Today, we’re catching up with Jesse Grossman and Jacey Lucus from Community Bucket. We first spoke back in October of 2020, while the team was still in the thick of navigating COVID-19. Now as the world begins to open up Community Bucket is ready to continue making an impact and serving the communities they’re in! 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.
15 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
ATLumni: Joel Byars, Comedian, Hot Breath Podcast (Season 4 | Episode 28)
Atlanta Born and Brand is a show all about businesses built right here in the capital of the South. But more importantly, it’s a show about their founders. We wanted to find some of the city’s most interesting entrepreneurs and creators, hear about their challenges, successes and how they built a brand that will last. Today on the show, we’re catching up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Joel Byars. We’ve had our pal, Joel, on the show a few times now and know we’re always guaranteed a laugh. Tune in as we talk about life as a comedian during a pandemic and how Joel has pivoted during a time without live performances. Follow Joel on Instagram @joelbyarscomedy or @hotbreathpod.
32 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Jen Hidinger-Kendrick: Giving Kitchen (Season 4 | Episode 27)
Today we’re sitting down with Jen Hidinger- Kendrick, co-founder of the non-profit Giving Kitchen. The story of Giving Kitchen’s beginnings is one of community, compassion and the best of humanity. When Jen’s late husband, Ryan, was diagnosed with terminal cancer back in 2012 the response and outpouring of love from friends within the restaurant community kick started something special. Nine years later, Jen and the team at Giving Kitchen are dedicated to providing emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources. In the words of Jen, “While Giving Kitchen’s story started with the fight to save one life, now our story is the fight to serve thousands.” To learn more about Giving Kitchen and the resources they offer or to make a donation head to thegivingkitchen.org. You can also follow the team for updates on Instagram @givingkitchen.
45 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Karen Anderson Singer: Tiny Doors ATL (Season 4 | Episode 26)
By now, there’s hardly anyone in Atlanta that doesn’t know what Tiny Doors ATL is. In case you’ve been living under a rock the last few years; Tiny Doors ATL is an art project bringing magic to spaces around the city. The miniature doors are sculpted by artist Karen Anderson Singer and transform what was once just a wall into a community space of intrigue and wonder. Today we talk with Karen about why she felt inspired to start this project and how it’s bringing our city together. Follow Karen on Instagram @tinydoorsatl and head to tinydoorsatl.com to find more information about each of the doors, their locations and even commission your very own tiny door!
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