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Kevin Scollo and Independent Baking Co. Are on the Rise

Kevin Scollo and Independent Baking Co. Are on the Rise It’s a wonder what the unseen things in life will give rise to. Who knows what the little leaven is doing within the lump of dough in the heat of the oven? Does anyone actually know? While our senses can

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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. He larded his resume with stints at KPMG and Merrill

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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. This strategic location means the head of the Southwestern chain

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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 other. Fashion as fast as a minute on Madison Avenue,

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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. If you didn’t participate in food production, you personally knew

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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 the University of Georgia. He was on a trajectory to

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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 mood turns meditative and tranquil. Bishop’s aesthetic favors a modern,

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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 image and a functional buzzer to a Chicago venue by

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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 this metamorphosis.  Over time, developing foodways, migrations, and exchange networks

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Stan Mullins: Portrait Of An Artist As An Entrepreneur

In its brief compass, Athens, Georgia represents a portal connecting two worlds, at once old and new. A small town in the Southeastern portion of The United States, so much art and culture has emerged from this region. Pulaski Street, an artery of Broad Street running the length of the

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James Preston, Transmitting Athens

James Preston was a man searching for answers. The Presidential election had exposed the jagged edges of a deeply polarized America. For Preston, a filmmaker and South Carolina transplant, this chaos in national politics raised fundamental questions about what keeps things from falling apart. What fragile thread holds a local

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