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Traci Burns

Traci Burns

There’s something to be said for a shift in perspective – specifically, the shift that comes from someone seeing for the first time things that you’ve driven or walked or biked past a thousand times before; not just seeing them, but adoring and appreciating them in a way that reminds

For a music lover, there’s no experience quite as sublime as walking into an independent record store and being surrounded by the history, the potential, the treasures, and just the singular atmosphere there. Modern music technology is amazing, sure, but nothing about it could ever replace the feeling you get

Anybody who knows much about living in New York City will be familiar with the concept of a bodega; bodegas (that’s Spanish for small store) are community hubs, offering grocery-store necessities and treats in a convenient residential location. Bodega owners and customers often develop a rapport, and the small, family-owned

Suzanne Doonan is nothing short of exuberant when discussing the work she used to do as director of the historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy, most especially the careful, loving research and writing she did in order to bring to life selected stories for the annual Spring Spirit Stroll and Spirits in

“Gabriel, my husband, is a writer,” says Becca Balmes, the 33 year old self-taught visual artist and owner/operator of [&] Guild, Macon’s only public artist-run space. “He can go to coffeeshops and write. He can sit there all day if he wants to – he has writer friends who do

It all started a few years back at the Macon Beer Fest. Brian Whitley, a homebrewing aficionado who’d quickly turned pro after several of his recipes had gone on to win awards at various beer festivals, was judging a homebrew competition along with Richie Jones, restaurant industry veteran and owner

46 years ago, Ed Grant Jr. took on the risky venture of opening his own nightclub in downtown Macon, Georgia – especially risky given the climate of the times, and the fact that a black man running a club that catered to a racially mixed audience was bound to attract

My first exposure to improv as an art form came in the form of Comedy Central-aired reruns of the British tv series Whose Line is it Anyway; I didn’t know anything about improv, but I knew that the show was innovative, original, and hilarious – sometimes surreal, sometimes dirty, sometimes

“Philanthropy’s kind of my thing,” laughs Collin Holder as he rattles off an impressively long list of career accomplishments, volunteering experiences, and nonprofit involvements for someone as young as he is. A Macon native, Collin attended Mt. De Sales Academy, which he credits for instilling within him the importance of

“One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a huge Disney fan,” says Jeff Kressin, owner of Just Tap’d and the newly opened Ocmulgee Brewpub in downtown Macon. “What I’m most drawn to is the original concept of what Walt was trying to provide. He