Marietta Stories | Crazy cool stories from the community builders of Marietta, Georgia

What makes the town of Marietta, Georgia so welcoming, friendly and the center of Southern hospitality? Listen each week as veteran podcaster Bill Nowicki dives deep to tell the heartwarming, sad and funny stories from the people that make up the fabric of this historic city.
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Marietta Stories | Crazy cool stories from the community builders of Marietta, Georgia




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Aug 27, 2016

Nathan Martin grew up in Kennesaw and struggled in school. He has dyslexia and barely made it out of high school with a 1.9 GPA. Needless to say, he never went to college.

For most of us, that would reason enough to give up. But Nathan started a company at the age of 21, but decided to find something he really cared about. He bought the domain and tried to find a product that helped people.

Then, on his way to Disney, one of his bags broke. He thought why not make something that he designed.

Other brand mentioned by Nathan: 

In God We Must -


Aug 26, 2016

Bill continues his interview with Jenny King of the Red Door Gallery. He meets up with Jonathan Chery, a work friend.

Jill Kettles talks about Harris Kettles of the Marietta Daily Journal and living near the train. She recalls the important role the actress Joanne Woodward played in revamping the Stand Theater and how to mow the hilly lawn with a chain (Marietta is hilly).

Emily Ryals, the director of the Marietta Art Walk shows up and Emily, Jonathan and Bill set off to check on things and lay out Pokemon themed clues. They discuss the Pokemon craze and how Emily is using it to help local artists and businesses in the square.

Bill speaks with Pete the husband of an artist. Pete’s a nice guy and does a nice job selling his wife’s art.

Tom Jenkins the photographer talks about Marietta and why it is great.

Emily discusses her daughter’s first day of school and talks about home school.

Susan Smith spends a few seconds saying hi and catch up on their lives.

They go to Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar ( and meet the owner Brielle Gaines. Jonathan and Bill enjoy a bubble tea and Emily moves on, but not before she get Bill and Jonathan to see Katie Bush and they talk chalk art.

Katie Bush (,

Jonathan and Bill return to the Red Door and meet a couple, Joy Callahan and Whit Callahan. They talk Marietta and Whit’s run in with the Marietta judicial system.

Art Walk, first Friday of the month supported by Marietta Businesses, check them out…

Aug 20, 2016

As Donna says, she grew up all over the place. Painfully shy, she didn’t know what she was going to do with her life.

In college, she decided to listen to her sister, face her fears and go into broadcasting. Eventually became a on-air reporter and anchor for various markets in the south.

After Donna moved to Marietta 9 years ago, she faced more fears by leaving reporting and starting a video business with her brother-in-law.

Now she owns her own business, Pro Video Talent, that uses CNN anchors to tell your business’ story.

I think she is over the shyness.

Pro Video Talent:

Donna Davis:

Telephone: 770-485-6667

Atlanta Internet Video Marketing Association Meeting

Favorite restaurant


Aug 14, 2016

Melissa Hergert grew up in a bad neighborhood with a single Mom. But she learned to work hard and never give up. She brings that work ethic to her business, Be Wellness Center ( 678-792-0213), where she helps people meet their goals through neurofeedback (brain training).

But she doesn’t stop there. She is passionate about the community and helping small businesses through her Marietta Professional Network Group (

On this episode, Melissa runs through Bill through some brain training and talks about Brain Core, one method to help you concentrate and reach your maximum potential.

Afterwards she talks about things she loves about Marietta like the Double Take Cafe ( and all the things in West Cobb and the Square. Check them out.

Laurel Park

Fusion MMA

Be Yoga

Kennesaw Mountain

Aug 11, 2016

Bill attends the Marietta Art Walk! and gets 2 bonus episodes out of it!

First up is the Red Door Gallery, Bill's home base where he meets a couple of artists and they share there inspiration and journey into the art world.

First up is Mary Jane Huegel who grew up in rural Kentucky and she gives Bill a tour of her life and her reasons to paint. 

Next up is Jenny King, a determined artist and entrepreneur who never gave up on believing in her art.




Aug 5, 2016

Anna Brumby grew up around a long tradition of building rocking chairs that fit the Southern tradition, neighbors and family visiting on porches.

Bill interview Anna in her showroom and factory on the Marietta Square and she was joined by one of her trusted employees, Paul and her dog, George.

Anna talks about the history of her family’s company, her journey to CEO and what she learned along the way. She also shares her favorite Marietta activity and her favorite restaurants.

Brumby Rocker

Kennesaw Mountain

Kiosco Restaurant

Sugar Cakes