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Classic Style, A Stitch in Time

By Jennifer McKee   In Renee Scalzini’s case, form does follow function in crafting artisanal handbags. But so much more comes into play. Hers is a vision that pays homage to her immigrant roots.  “This isn’t just about selling handbags, it’s about solving a problem, making a difference and inspiring women of all ages to…

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Classic Style with Lindsay Short

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos by Max Eremine   A passion for vintage goods is in Lindsay Short’s blood. Short is the force behind Mother Lode Athens, an 8,000-square-foot space with more than 40 vendors specializing in all things vintage, from clothing and accessories to furniture and toys.  Short’s parents were avid thrifters, and when…

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Bags For Your Bucket List

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos courtesy of Leigh Ann Barnes   Clear bags used to be boring – until Leigh Ann Barnes started designing them. Barnes’ antidote to the clear-bag blues? Carry your NCAA- and NFL-approved clear bag into the stadium, then dress it up later with a stylish leather cover. And with approximately 100…

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Lily Smith, Lily Smith Studio

Sitano’s Timeless Appeal

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos courtesy of Merrill Horridge   It all started with the search for a simple coverup. Mary Scott Jameson and her family were looking forward to a beach vacation at the end of 2020. Jameson went on the hunt for a swimsuit coverup and was shocked by what she found.  “I…

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Lily Smith, Lily Smith Studio

Designs on Mother Nature

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos courtesy of Lily Smith   A lifelong passion for making jewelry and working with her hands led UGA grad Lily Smith down the path of small business ownership in 2018. Smith is the owner and jeweler behind Lily Smith Studio, and creates vibrantly colored earrings, necklaces, rings and trinket dishes…

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It’s All About The Pattern

By Hailea Boykin  |  Photos by Heather Crouse Photography   In December 2019 Tatum Williams was inspired to create unique clothing her children would wear. Her idea came naturally, but there was one twist; she needed a business partner with a passion for fabric patterning and design. “I was thinking, ‘To successfully create this brand…

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Classic Style with Edit. by Nicole

By Hailea Boykin | Photos provided by Nicole Broadnax Clothes can say a lot about a person, but what’s most important is feeling comfortable in them. Whether these outfits make your confidence soar, bring you out of your comfort zone or help spice up a typical weekday, it’s important to focus on what makes you,…

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Classic Style with Whiskey Stitched

There’s nothing like talking to someone who makes clothes for a living to gain a greater appreciation for what I put on my body every day. Austin Stubbs, owner, maker, marketer, designer and wearer of all hats is the man behind Whiskey Stitched, a former brick-and-mortar Athens-based jean company now found on Instagram and Facebook…

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Your Next Kitchen

Wendy and Jeff Ritchey founded their company, Next Kitchen and Bath, while preparing and cooking countless meals during quarantine. Jeff, a Georgia Southern graduate with a degree in building construction, is a licensed general contractor in more than 20 states. Wendy, an Athens native, was a designer for one of Atlanta’s premier residential design firms…

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Classic Style with LT Swimwear

Laura Templin is the closest anyone can get to a real-life mermaid. Having spent majority of her life in the water as a young girl, Templin says she feels more comfortable in her bathing suit than in normal clothes. Her dedication to the water started at the age of four. “My mother was my coach,”…

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