This week’s FACES in each of our StyleBlueprint markets are simply remarkable, so rather than spotlight just one FACE of the South, we wanted to introduce you to all seven of them! From teachers of the year to an arts advocate to unexpected entrepreneur, these women are all amazing and inspiring. Without further ado, meet seven amazing Southern women, in alphabetical order by SB market. We hope you enjoy!
7 Amazing Southern FACES
With the mainstream success of productions like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, it seems there’s been a theater renaissance among the masses. And that passion for the stage and sound can be felt heavily in Atlanta … actually a bit northeast of Atlanta … thanks to Ann-Carol Pence. Under Ann-Carol’s guidance, Aurora Theatre has grown to become the largest arts organization in Gwinnett County and one of the fastest growing professional theaters in the state of Georgia. This artist-turned-producer/music director is helping to keep the arts alive for adults and children alike with her passionate drive to foster creativity and innovation. Get to know the newest FACE of Atlanta, Ann-Carol Pence. Click HERE!
Bartending maverick Steva Casey definitely gives Birmingham a reason to raise a glass. She can be seen serving up a signature cocktail at Birmingham’s beloved Saturn, or she’ll be found behind the bar at The Atomic Lounge preparing a Legendary Sex Panther — a devilish blend of bourbon, rum, bitters and a temporary tattoo on the side. Steva, though modest, has had a heavy hand is shaping Birmingham’s craft cocktail scene. Many cocktail menus in the Magic City have been shaped by her bartending artistry. While other mixologists may only adhere to national trends, Steva pursues her own passions when it comes to craft cocktails — which makes her concoctions that much more original. Steva has been featured in several national publications for her cocktail know-how. She also works on several projects, including International Cocktail Karaoke and Tiki by the Sea. And she is the mixologist and brains behind Swingshift, a pop-up dinner featuring her fabulous drinks paired with culinary creativity from different chefs each dinner. Read our full interview with Steva to learn about some of her favorite spirits and what she’ll be serving up at this year’s Corks & Chefs on April 28 and 29, 2018, at the 21st Annual Magic City Art Connection. We are delighted to introduce, Steva Casey, our newest FACE of Birmingham — click HERE!
Amy Chiou likes to make waves, and she’s good at it. From helping run presidential and mayoral campaigns to penning thought-provoking (some might say controversial) op-ed’s for the Charlotte Observer, Amy is a force to be reckoned with. The 35-year-old Plano, Texas-native first moved to Charlotte 10 years ago to work on Hilary Clinton’s campaign, but she has since made the Queen City her home, and for the last two years she’s been working as the Executive Director of Queen City Forward, an organization that works with entrepreneurs trying to impact social change. (Amy is an entrepreneur herself having launched an app that helps voters get informed about candidates for lesser known positions.) We are excited to feature Amy as today’s newest FACE of Charlotte. Click HERE!
Imagine that you throw a party — a big party — and it just so happens to be on the eve of the biggest annual event in your city (i.e. the Kentucky Derby). It’s a new party, in a sea of other big parties and events, so you would naturally worry about its success. This native Louisvillian did just that, creating the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala from scratch in 2012, and it has been going gangbusters ever since, attracting celebrities and VIPs from all over. She loves Louisville and supporting everything about it; most of all, she loves showing off her hometown to all of the out-of-town guests who come in for Derby. For the woman who “never stops moving” and who suffers from major “FOMO” (you’ll read more about that), she ekes every bit out of Derby season and absolutely makes the most of it! Meet Tonya York Dees, our newest FACE of Louisville and the face of Derby season. Click HERE!
Although they always make time for their students, Shelby County Teachers of the Year Natasha Medford, an eighth-grade science teacher at Ridgeway Middle School, and Emily Taubken, a third-grade teacher at Kingsbury Elementary School, are a little hard to pin down for something as extra-curricular as talking about themselves. We met Emily at the Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) offices, where she was grading into the evening and meeting with members of her MTR cohort. When we caught up with Natasha, she was preparing to welcome parents to an after-school registration event and then go home and pack for a weekend in Chicago … to fulfill her obligations as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. Neither one of these incredible educators initially pursued teaching as a career, but both have found themselves called to and connected with the students of Shelby County Schools. Click HERE to meet these two amazing FACES of Memphis!
Personal correspondence is an art, and paper its best vehicle. Jessica Clark combines traditions of paper correspondence and etiquette through her stationery and invitation shop, Ink Nashville. In preserving these traditions, Jessica provides invitations for an assortment of occasions, ranging from galas to garden parties. Jessica reminds us that the invitation is the first indication to the guests of the type of celebration they will be attending. With Jessica in your corner, you can wow your guests early on. A mother, a business owner and a lover of all things paper, Jessica Clark is today’s FACE of Nashville! Click HERE!
We hope you enjoyed meeting these amazing women!
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