Commercializing Research: Ian Biggs and UGA’s Innovation District

Commercializing Research: Ian Biggs and UGA’s Innovation District Ian Biggs charted a conventional route to success — until a detour into pig breeding led him to entrepreneurship. After taking a degree at Oxford, Biggs gravitated to London, specializing in finance.

A Seat At The Table With Downing Barber And Barberitos

You won’t find Downing Barber, the eponymous founder of Barberitos, in a sprawling executive suite on the top floor of corporate offices on Milledge Avenue. When you enter the graceful white franchise headquarters, Barber’s office greets you just inside the door.

Cheeky Peach: Where Trend-forward Fashion And Southern Hospitality Meet

When Katie Foley-Jacobs founded Cheeky Peach ten years ago, her formula was simple. Her boutique would cater to fashion-forward Athenians, offering them styles hard to find in other local venues. More importantly, her well-heeled clientele would enjoy a shopping experience unlike any

Keeping Farming In The Local Community: Collective Harvest’s Journey

Where did the food you ate last night come from? Who cultivated the grains and vegetables? Who raised the livestock? For most of human civilization, answering these questions has been simple, because large swathes of the population hunted or farmed.

Down To A Science: What Science Guyz Is Doing For Tutoring

Had you told Austin Harris in 2010 that he’d be directing a tutoring company a decade later, he’d have laughed in your face. A career student, he was completing a law degree to complement an earned doctorate in chemistry at

From Farm To Table: How The Farmcart Biscuit Is Revitalizing Athens Foodways

The first taste of a Southern biscuit is a revelation. Biscuits here dwarf their Northern counterparts, which uncannily approximate the contours — and sometimes the consistency — of hockey pucks. Gilt with a toasted patina, a warm sea of creamy

The Power Of Spaces: How Kelley Bishop Is Transforming Design In Athens

Autumn descends unheralded on the South, turning down the heat and dappling the leaves with color overnight. On a machine gray afternoon, a damp chill haunts the air outside Steel+Plank, where proprietor Kelley Bishop maintains a thriving design studio. Inside, the

Fabricating Dreams with Conner Monda’s Manmade MFG

The call came in late Friday afternoon, just before “Miller Time” at Conner Monda’s Athens studio. When the founder of Manmade picked up, he already knew the ask was going to be demanding. Could he deliver a display-ready set featuring a cutout

As The River Flows: Protecting The Environment With The Oconee River Land Trust

In the highlands of Hall County lie headwaters that meander through the towns dotting its sloping countryside. Just south of Athens, the Middle Oconee and North Oconee converge to form the Oconee River. From there, it traces sinuous curves across

Cultural Fare: How Peter Dale Helped Reinvent Athens Food Culture

Eating is natural, but cooking is a cultural activity.  When we transform the raw materials we hunt, forage, and cultivate into fare we share around tables, we engage in a quintessentially human pursuit. Every delicacy you’ve ever consumed originates in