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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Apr 19, 2018

In their first year, the East Cobb Hit Squad won 14 games. This spring league team of 8-10 year olds made a name for itself and plan on doing the same thing this spring. 


Kvalito owner Shahid Hussain hosts a fundraising event for the team and everybody shows up: the players, the coach, the team moms and the cheerleaders. 


Enjoy this fun interview!

Football Team on Facebook

Kvalito on Facebook


Apr 14, 2018

Felecia Prezzano and her daughter Brielle Gaines continue to build their tea empire. Today, they opened their second store in downtown Woodstock building on what they learned from their Marietta Square location. By the time I arrived, they had served over 250 orders and were very busy.


But they both had time to reflect on their journeys. We discuss their Instagram worthy restaurant design and the circle (bubble) motif designed by Cassandra Buckalew, the same Cassandra Buckalew from Season 1 of Marietta Stories Podcast.


I also met a couple, Greg and Rose that drove up from Cleveland (Georgia) just to get some of that delicious Tiny Bubbles Tea!


Apr 11, 2018

Roy Barnes learned politics from the front porch of his father’s general store in Mableton, Georgia. Storytelling is part of his DNA and Governor Barnes tells many in this informative interview from those humble beginnings to the governors mansion and back to Marietta.

Wonder what it was like to remove the confederate battle flag from the Georgia state flag? How about his thoughts about today’s political leaders? What about his wife’s decorations and Governor’s blend pipe tobacco?

Enjoy this fun and informative episode of a true leader.

Apr 5, 2018
Malika Bowling came into this world with barely a fighting chance. She was put up for adoption at an orphanage in India and her survival rate was slim. Thank goodness she was adopted by two loving people who practically smuggled her out of the country to nurse her back to health in America. 
She grew up in East Cobb and graduated from Pope High School. Malika went on to become a food and travel writer, authoring several books, most recently Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Marketing and Breweries. She discussed her journey to getting to where she is today (it's never a straight path) and how grateful she is to have grown up in the United States. Plus, she mentions cooking and her favorite new kitchen tool, and what she loves to cook in it. 

Malika Bowling is a freelance food and travel writer based in Atlanta and Editor at She's the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and Food Blogging 101. She has been featured on HGTV and The Huffington Post and has been a contributing writer to USA Today. Malika has also served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals. 

Mar 30, 2018

Growing up in Marietta, Mo Isom was driven to be the best soccer player around. At age 9, she decided she would get a sports scholarship to college, after hearing a older family friend that he had a scholarship.

Several years later she walked unto the field at LSU  and she became an all American goal keeper. She even appeared on ESPN when she kicked a 90 yard goal. 

But all wasn’t as it seemed. 

Join me as we talk through her Dad’s suicide, her near death in a car wreck and her beginning life all over again.

We also discuss her latest book, “Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot”.

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Mar 17, 2018

When Damien Daigle was filled with wonder the first time he opened a computer. The fan, the boards, the wires, everything he saw amazed him. 

But he needed to learn about life the hard way. A failed 3 month trip to Louisiana, where he was a Walmart greeter, a return home and eventually he found himself working on computers and learning to solve seemingly insurmountable problems.

Hear the rest of Damien’s amazing story, including his journey to owning and providing for his family through his Computer R Us small business. Hint: he provides terrific customer service at a fair price.


Computers R Us


Mar 11, 2018

Brandon Stiles is a long-time Marietta resident and entrepreneur.

From his early days of playing out in the metro area’s bustling live music scene to his current work consulting Atlanta businesses on their digital marketing strategy and implementation- Brandon has seen his share of ups and downs in small business.

In this episode, he shares his insights on how to grow and properly market your business.

You’ll learn things like: 

⁃How to stack your businesses value (instead of discounting your prices)

⁃The steps to building an online sales funnel in order to keep customers coming ‘through the doors’ (be it brick and mortar or online)

⁃The real reason most entrepreneurs start a business, and how to use that mentality to grow 

To learn more about Brandon and his services, check out:

Special thanks to Ignite HQ for the use of their studio.

Also thanks to our sponsor!

Johnny Walker Realty


Mar 4, 2018

Jen Starks and Christie Clarke met at the Marietta Library. They knew they were homeschoolers because their kids were about the same age. They connected like were like magnets. 

But their relationship had some bumps. They once went to Asheville during a ice storm and had the longest hug ever when they made it and knew each other was safe. 

Now they host a Saturday morning connections Meetup at Cool Beans in Marietta and help other entrepreneurs connect with influencers and build relationships. 

Jen's Leaning Local

Christie's Business 

Christie's Send Out Cards Link

Jen's Send Out Cards Link

Luly Rae Cleaning Service FaceBook Page



Feb 24, 2018

Raul Thomas was not prepared to open a theater. He is a chef by trade and when the opportunity presented itself, Raul leaned heavily on his youngest son, Emil to carry him through. 

But Emil was not going to make it easy. Emil felt that good theater made you uncomfortable and started a conversation. After three years, the theater is thriving and Raul has learned quite a bit from his son.

Thanks to this show’s sponsor, Johnny Walker Realty.


Feb 18, 2018

Luis starting selling mangos in Puerto Rico at the age of 12 to help his single mother supplement her factory income. He joined the Army and learned English in a few months. While in the military, he bought his first house.


Now he started a concrete business that puts the customer first and aligns with his priorities.


I hope you enjoy this inspirational episode!


John Forest, Director of Operations



Jay “Guards” Boudrie — Vice President & General Manager of PSI Security


Extreme Color


Feb 11, 2018

Missy Owen (sorry I said Owens in the intro!) lost her son Davis to the disease of addiction. Davis didn’t fit the mold of an addict; he was class president in high school and loved by everyone.


Everything changed when Davis decided to take something from the medicine cabinet when he was having trouble sleeping. That one moment changed everything for Davis and his family.


After Davis overdosed, his mom Missy realized that a big gap in recovery was not having anywhere to go after successful rehab. In fact, you are 32% more likely to die after rehab than if you just continued using!


She found a 21,000 foot facility for sale and got them to lease it to her. She called it The Zone and with a whole bunch of work, donations and love, it has been thriving.


Now she wants to go nationwide and Build Communities of Recovery and is holding a conference her in Marietta September 26-29, 2018.


Check it out!




The Zone and Davis Direction