Nuha grew up in Bagdad, Iraq and started a business in 1999. When the war with Iraq started in 2003, she contracted with Americans to help rebuild the country. Then the insurgency and armed men showed up at the wrong house.
She escaped to Jordan and worked her way to her country of spiritual origin, the US. Now she owns Cleo Coffee Shop right off the Square in Marietta. With all the discussion of immigrants these days, Nuha shares her unique and fascinating story with us. You’ll be glad you listened.
One of her April Forshee’s first memories of creating stuff was getting into trouble creating paper dolls in school. But that did not deter her. At 7, she learned how to sew and she kept doing it. She even went to high school and took sewing.
When it was time for college, she chose Georgia Tech and took accounting to make sure she could find work. (She had a son at age 19.)
The corporate accounting career started out fine.
But then, she gave it all up 6 months before the 2008 financial crisis. She was tired of picking up her small son at 6 pm and siting in traffic for hours each week.
She substitute taught math and science, but never gave up sewing. April made some aprons for her mom’s yard sale and sold nothing. She told her friends and family the the story and they started buying them.
So she started Forshee Designs (and recently Marietta Monogram) and never looked back.
How many local pharmacy do you know of? I thought they were all replaced by the big chains. But I was wrong. Turns out Poole’s Pharmacy has been serving the people of Marietta for since 1974, when Mr. Poole opened the store near Kennestone Hospital.
Thomas Sherrer’s Dad John, joined Mr. Poole when he graduated pharmacy school in 1979. Thomas moved the practice to their current location, right next to Dave Poe’s BBQ, west of the square on Whitlock.
Thomas’ talks about his journey to Poole’s. Sure he helped out when he was younger, but he wasn’t sure being a pharmacist was the path he wanted to take. Marietta is lucky he came around and decided to take over.
Another millennial making a difference.
Thomas shows up to work everyday committed to carrying on Poole’s traditions. He was taught that when customers are sick, they are vulnerable and needed your help.
Thomas and his staff makes sure his customers are supported both when they are sick and when they are well again.
Sounds like a great business plan to me!
Diesel David Samaha grew up working on cars. When he was 12, his neighbor and him rebuilt a go cart engine and ended up speeding past his amazed friends. He continued to hone his skills and eventually went to school to learn gasoline and diesel engines. Now his company, Diesel David, LLC (dieseldavid.com) comes to your home or place of business and fixes your car. Isn’t that much better than waiting in a car repair shop’s customer area?
Brielle Gaines started selling early. When she was 3, she would sell the pictures she colored to other kids. She thinks she enjoyed the selling, not the money part.
She continued selling as she grew, helping her mom with yard sales and eventfully going to school for marketing.
Today she owns and runs Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar, a business on the Square in Marietta.
She has been successful from the start, but it is not by chance. She went on social media to connect to customers prior to opening and now has fans all over the country.
She also has an open atmosphere so that workers become part of growing the business. Brielle has also created systems to make sure everyone on staff creates a similar customer experience.
Daniel has been around computers his entire life. With a dad who worked for IBM, PCs showed up early and Daniel feel in love with technology.
At age 15 he got his first cell phone (a flip phone), but didn't discovered his first MacBook until his twenties and he fell in love all over again.
Daniel shares some of his techniques to train older folks and people that struggle with technology. During the day Daniel works in Marketing. He loves working with small businesses and does freelance work helping small organizations get their message out to their local communities. I think he is on the right track.
As Pete says, he’s a music teacher for 700 of the best kids in the world. But he has even bigger plans (more about that later).
Pete moved here from NJ after being a full-time performer (singer, actor, director, magician, balloonist, costumed character - whatever paid the bills) in NJ, NYC and Philly to set his wife up with her new job in Atlanta. He plan was to continue south and perform with Disney. While waiting for the green light from Orlando, he started as a substitute teacher at Kincaid Elementary here in Marietta.
Then in fell in love with the kids and knew he was meant to stay.
Over 4 years ago, he started PSBcreative, a full service theatrical production company. This venture was a natural progression since Kincaid elementary was earning an excellent reputation for putting on high quality shows.
The team created an original rock musical specifically for young performers that deals with bullying which received really cool media coverage and now is represented by a soundtrack on iTunes.
Currently Pete and his team facilitate two after-school arts programs that annually gives thousands back to Kincaid. We have 1000s of costumes, props, scenic pieces (most of which as stored in Pete’s basement - he has an amazingly understanding wife) that are available to rent.
Pete hopes to eventually get a "show bus" on the road so we can bring our costumes, etc. to schools and help them strengthen their programs. Sort of like a Wells Fargo Wagon from the old days but instead we're loaded up with show stuff and that shows up in school’s parking lot. We believe that putting on a show can be an amazing community builder. We really want to become known to groups that may not have the means to furnish a show. We believe there\'s an infinite amount of positive ripples for a student, school and community through participating in programs such as our\'s.
PSBcreative is now energized by a team of veteran educators and performing arts professionals who each are passionate about our mission to help as many schools and community groups as we possibly can. Some of my former students come back and work with us. We have a production in December which has been designed, choreographed and directed by a former student.
In early 2017 we'll begin rehearsals for an exciting endeavor that we've never attempted before. We\'re going to bring open-air theatre to Cobb County. We'll be performing Alice in Wonderland, outside on a playscape, under the lights at night. My team thinks I\'m crazy (and I am) but they\'re used to it by now. With each project we must seek opportunities to grow by challenging ourselves. It believe this one will be one of our most inspired productions yet.
*CAUTION* This interview contains discussion of abuse. But, you need to listen!
Neill Blake lived in Marietta and chose to go to Clemson and become a forestry major, since she didn’t want to go to an all girls school. Her Mom REALLY wanted to, but she chose forestry knowing that an all girl’s school would not have that major!
Neill has lived a fascinating life that includes shootings and a mentally ill son. She is a powerful advocate for the mentally ill and their families.
You will love this fascinating and powerful interview!
Shuler Hensley spent his first 20 years in Marietta and his family is a part of Marietta. His grandfather, the superintendent of schools, built the stone wall around Northcutt Stadium that also scored him free tickets to Marietta football games for the rest of his life. His father was a state senator and a civil engineer and his Mom (Iris Antley) was the artistic director of the ballet.
Growing up, Shuler was good in sports and ballet and saw no conflict doing both activities, until he got to UGA. There he decided to leave for NYC and go full time into singing and acting.
Shuler talks about his acting life, networking and being yourself. He also talks about his favorite Marietta restaurants, where he now lives with his wife and kids.
Discussed during the interview…
Atlanta Boy Choir
Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony
Sweet Charity - off broadway
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Lee Ellis grew up on a farm in rural Georgia, but when he saw an airplane, everything changed. Even as a child, he longed to have control of the skies. After going to the University of Georgia, he trained to become a pilot and ended up going to Vietnam. He was captured by the Vietnamese after being shot down and spent many years in a Vietnamese prison camp.
Lee tells the story of his time in captivity and what he learned about leadership and his new book, Engage with Honor.
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Born in Pakistan, Shahid traveled to England with his family when he was 10 years old.
He loves the Liverpool soccer (football). Shahid was always confident, even though he couldn’t speak the language. He struggled until college, when he picked up his game. He studied information technology (IT) and graduated in 1998. As an IT guy, he learned to listen and was empathetic to people’s struggles with technology.
Shahid shares his biggest IT tip with Bill, turn it off and turn back on again.
When Shahid looked for to change countries he considered several places: Turkey, Canada, Dubai, and great thing for us he chose Marietta, Georgia, USA.
Shahid started Kvalito with clothes and accessories, a lot with the Asian flavor.
Kvalito comes from the international language of Esperanto meaning 'Quality' or 'Degree of Excellence'. I think he is on to something…
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Carlos Marin grew up in Mexico and came to this country at the age of 15, without speaking a word of English. He met a kindly teacher in high school who helped him navigate through the difficult transition. He also worked in his brother’s restaurant and eventually went into business with him.
Some years later, he is running his own business, Best Hand Car Wash on Whitlock Ave, building great customer service every time he sees you.
Carlos also talks about his great family, his wife and four kids.
I think Carlos can teach a little about customer service to everyone, but could use some help dealing with his teenage daughter.
00:53 Johnny Fulmer talks about how a trip to NYC started our Farmer’s Market.
Church Street Market
07:26 McKenzie Snow
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12:11 Annie’s Baking
15:47 Scott and Dixie Reaver
The Herb Garden
19:59 Christian Neculae, Sausage World
Dracula Pork and Dracula Chicken
24:30 Allene’s Farm Fresh Produce
25:57 Mad Momma Gourmet Soups
Owner Amy Smith
30:50 Yae Organics
36:34 Marco Martinez
45:00 Mo’ Mint & Thyme
50:14 Triple J Land and Livestock Farm
57:09 Marietta Pedicabs
Ghosts of Marietta
Christa McCay, the Registrar of the Marietta Museum of History and she thinks holding a piece of Marietta history in your had and knowing the story of the item, is the her passion. She also talks about her love of cemeteries, the museum’s disaster plan and some of the folks that are buried there.
On October 15th, she has a guided tour of the city cemetery and tickets are limited. Check it out!
Johnny Walker and Carey Cox know Marietta. It’s probably because they lived here since they were born and their ancestors lived and ran businesses here too. Carey wanted to continue their descendants’ entrepreneurial ways and asked Johnny to start a new business. So began Johnny Walker Realty (http://www.johnnywalkerrealty.com).
Bill sits down with them and talks about their lives and why community and Marietta are so important to them.
Johnny talks about his early years working in his Dad’s clothing store, Johnny Walker, Inc. Johnny is the son of Johnny “Mac” Walker, who started the clothing store many years ago on the Marietta Square and expanded as the company grew. Johnny worked for his Dad and learned to take care of customers.
Johnny recalls many things about Marietta growing up like trying to climb a greased pole in the Square for a dollar bill.
Carey Cox is next and he discusses his family. His ancestor was the first medical doctor in town. Carey recalls a simpler time in Marietta, where as kids he would ride their bike to schools and go all over town without an issue. His father started a printing company that ran for many years in town and Carey was paid in Cokes for his printing deliveries. He remembers those days with an antique soda machine in his office.
Carey worked as a mortgage broker and began selling real estate and decided it was time to start a business. Who else to teacup with, but Johnny Walker.
Does starting a new venture seem a little stressful? If you walk by the office at 262 Church Street some evenings you just might hear Carey playing his Gibson guitar. He calls it his stress ball.
Sally is the dynamic executive director of the Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art. Over her 8 years, she has grown the museum and reached out to the community to support art and build the community through art.
Chalktoberfest is a huge deal and is happening October 8 and 9th, 2016 in the Marietta Square. Three years ago when Chalktoberfest started there were 40 artists. Since then it has grown every year and this year there are 88 artists from 3 countries!
The theme of this years Chaltoberfest is the old masters and includes 3D chalk and vertical boards (plywood with house paint).
Listen to the episode!Previous guests share their updates!
Mary Jane Huegel is not feeling well and sent me this update to include...
Well this is a trip I make every year about the first of September. I am just over the summers in Atlanta and need a change from the heat! One of my best friends, and also someone I teach art with has a place up there! One year we go with our spouses and then the following year we invite artists to paint!
It started when Ginny and I took a trip to San Miquel de Allende, Mexico for a Tim Horn are class! I'll never forget because it was my 50th birthday! Wow what a gift to myself! But, Ginny and I made some nice new friends from all over the country! Ginny and I go back way before this... But now every other year many of the folks from the trip from San Miguel meet back up in Maine and paint together! We have a blast painting, sharing, enjoying Gods Amazing creation! I'll send photos! But this year... Ginny and I asked our art students if they would like to come for an art workshop taught by Ginny and I to paint in Maine and we taught them all week! It was an amazing trip! So much happened! Prices coming!
We had 8 of our art students from Georgia come to paint! Ginny's husband,Jim, is an amazing chef and he spoiled us at each meal! Not sure we can get him to do this again... as he and his sue chef where exhausted by the end of the week! Maybe I can get some testimonials from our student, if you want? Anyway, Ginny and I, gave them our all! Ginny and I are really overjoyed and proud of these teachable art students and the progress they have made! I think I have found my calling! I love sharing what was so graciously given to me with others for their enjoyment! This is truly rewarding to me! I believe that art in my life has brought about so much calming joy! I especially love painting Plein Aire (outside) as I just love being in nature! I really need to share this with others. I love people. I want to help people if I can. It's Not all about selling my art! Although, it is affirmation when people do purchase my art! But I'm reminded frequently, it was given to me for my enjoyment! So I continue to move in the emotions and love of my joy! So blessed to be able to do this! I have to say... I really do appreciate the precious collectors of my art. I hope and pray that my art brings you joy and happiness and that you see its value everyday of your life! Truly that is my hope! There are many hard days when we as artist wonder why are we doing this!? It's a tough gig! Seriously, I feel like I've been to med school! Somedays, It's a love / hate relationship! But what can I do??? It's who I am!
*WARNING* Michael discusses some parts of the fighting in Marietta that may be disturbing to some viewers.
Michael shares his love of history and how he became interested in becoming a historian.
After that, Michael recounts Marietta as the Civil War becomes real. Battles rage around Marietta and then the chaos as the Confederate troops leave and the Union troops take over. Imagine 100,000 troops occupying the Square.
Overnight Marietta transformed itself from a Confederate hospital center to a Union hospital center. Some of these buildings still stand today.
Several other interesting to understand and intense time in Marietta history.
Contact Michael to find out more about lectures, battlefield tours and lots of other things.
Michael Shaffer is passionate about the Civil War. He teaches classes at Kennesaw State and gives tours of many Civil War sites in the area.
Bill Nowicki interviews Michael as he goes through a detailed account of the history of Marietta and the area. Of course, there’s some stories thrown in!
There is a lot of material, so we've broken up the episode into 2 parts, enjoy part 1...
Terri Abraham loved psychology in college, but felt she needed to pick a career that provided a steady source of income. She ended up in information technology (IT) until one day someone asked her if her age would affect her future career.
That’s when she decided to go back and start her counseling career.
Her practice, Marietta West Counseling Center, is up and running and she uses art, movement and other therapies to help her clients reach their goals.
She added Gwen Smith, Licensed Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, who works with people of all ages to live healthier lives.
Marietta West Cobb Counseling Center, Inc.
Artist: Kimberley McClintock - torn paper collages
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Dave Poes BBQ
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 gofothgoods.com 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 - http://www.igwm.co/
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 (http://www.tinybubblesteabar.com/) 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.
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…
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: http://bestspokespersonvideo.com/
Donna Davis: email@example.com
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 (http://mybewellness.com/ 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 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/246575289065098/).
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 (http://www.doubletakecafe.com/) and all the things in West Cobb and the Square. Check them out.
Fusion MMA http://www.fusionfitnessandmma.com/
Be Yoga http://www.beyogaatlanta.com/
Kennesaw Mountain https://www.nps.gov/kemo/index.htm
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.
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.