Atlanta City Shapers: The Local Names You Should Know

Meet local people and places making an impact on Atlanta's culture and community.

Each in their own unique way, these people and places that are redefining how the city is experienced by locals and visitors alike—even in some ways you may least expect. 

Brian Preston, center, with his wife and Lamon Luther team

Brian Preston: Brian Preston’s handcrafted furniture company is named for his grandfather Lamon Luther and not only uses reclaimed wood, but also redeems the lives of his employees. Read the full interview.

Artist and owner of ABV Agency + Gallery, Greg Mike

Greg Mike: From a mural on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector to live art installations of 8-foot-by-40-foot murals during music festivals like Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats, to the exterior of a home covered with his “LOUD” cartoon-ish characters across from Ponce City Market, it’s simply hard to miss Greg Mike’s artwork in Atlanta today. Read the full interview.

North American Properties' managing partner and Midtown resident Mark Toro

Mark Toro: Midtown's Colony Square is going full circle. Helmed by North American Properties, the developers of nearby Atlantic Station and Alpharetta’s Avalon, the re-imagined Colony Square will include a food hall called Main & Main, an outdoor gathering space called “The Grove” and much more. Leading the charge is NAP’s managing partner for the Atlanta office and Midtown resident Mark Toro. Read the full interview.

Atlanta Pride's Jamie Fergerson walking with her daughter

Jamie Fergerson: When revelers at the annual Atlanta Pride festival and parade—the Southeast’s largest celebration of unity for people with diverse gender and sexual identities—pack up and head home from Piedmont Park each fall, executive director Jamie Fergerson’s work continues. Read the full interview.

Miranda Duncan: The largest free, temporary art exhibition in the South, Art on the BeltLine showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers and musicians—both local and international—along almost 20 in-town communities via the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. Art and culture project manager, Miranda Duncan, shares what means what the collection means for the future of the city. Read the full interview

The Women of Rose + Rye: A feast for the senses? Check. At this restaurant housed inside Midtown's historic Castle, artfully arranged plates taste as good as they look. However, this restaurant has a bigger story to tell than its menu. Read the full interview.