Entrepreneurs

Jennifer Davis

May 19, 2015
Jennifer Davis Realtor

Since the end of the recession in 2009, business has been booming in Charleston, South Carolina. The economy throughout the city is prospering and the area around King Street in particular has become a bustling center of dining and shopping activity. As a result, Charleston is now being recognized nationally as a premiere tourist destination. And as the founder of Domicile Real Estate Brokerage, an innovative firm responsible for investing in under-utilized properties on King Street and placing a healthy portion of the street’s retail businesses in recent years, Jennifer Davis is at the forefront of this commercial and cultural renaissance. In addition to their work in the commercial sector, Davis and Domicile have a successful history of brokering grand historic houses — many of which also happen to be national monuments — in downtown Charleston. READ MORE

Authors

Taona D. Chiveneko

November 25, 2014

On his website, Taona D. Chiveneko is described as “the most antisocial author in Africa.” Perhaps because of this aversion to attention and publicity, the details of Chiveneko’s life are shrouded in mystery. He is reported to be a citizen of Zimbabwe who was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road running from Mutare to Hwange. He is equally evasive when it comes to questions of his age.

In 2013, Chiveneko published his debut novel, The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption. Told through the shifting perspectives of characters whose lives have been affected by a nation’s efforts to recruit a new executioner, The Hangman’s Replacement was the recipient of a silver medal in the adult horror category at the 2014 Reader’s Favorite Awards. READ MORE

Musicians

Dick Valentine

May 16, 2014

Start with a generous helping of garage rock. Add in a bit of punk and metal, plus a dash of disco. Top it off with a heaping spoonful of unrelenting masculinity and the end result is Electric Six, a six-piece band hailing from Detroit, Michigan that rose to fame in 2003 with the success of singles such as “Gay Bar” and “Danger! High Voltage,” which reached number two on the British charts.

Led by singer Dick Valentine, the band has recorded nine full-length albums, including their most recent release, Mustang, from October of 2013, and they are currently working on their tenth. In addition, they’ve also released a rarities album, Sexy Trash, and a live album, Absolute Pleasure

With a lineup currently consisting of Valentine (vocals), Da Ve (guitar), Johnny Na$hinal (Guitar), Smorgasbord (Bass), Tait Nucleus? (Keyboard) and Percussion World (Drums), Electric Six will be bringing their high-energy live shows to cities throughout the United States in June and Europe in November and December. READ MORE

Musicians

Natalie Gelman

October 20, 2014

Raised in the old West Village of New York City, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. At the age of 16, she borrowed a friend’s guitar, wrote a few songs and began busking on subway platforms. With a powerful voice reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Gelman’s honest, heartfelt songs captivated tourists and commuters alike.

Natalie’s passion and persistence led to admission into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, where she received classical training in opera singing from coaches of the Juilliard School and the NYC Opera. After attending the University of Miami — and graduating in 2006 with a degree in vocal performance — Gelman embarked on 1,500 mile tour from Miami to New York City on rollerblades. Along the way, she performed in numerous venues, sold her self-titled debut album and donated the proceeds to Children International. Despite being hit by cars twice and rollerblading through tropical storms, Gelman completed her journey on July 17, 2006. READ MORE

Entrepreneurs

Lori Judge

December 31, 2014

In 2005, real estate agent Lori Judge, a native of Princeton, Illinois and a graduate of the University of Iowa, opened Judge Realty, Savannah’s only full-service boutique brokerage company. Located in the heart of downtown Savannah, Judge Realty prides themselves on bringing an uncommon level of personal attention to the often-difficult process of buying and selling real estate.

Judge moved to Savannah in 1999 and currently resides in the Historic District with her husband and son. She is a member of numerous local and civic groups and organizations, including the Telfair Museum, the SCAD Museum, the Davenport House, Savannah Tree Foundation, Georgia Conservatory, the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and more. With a commitment to environmental integrity and sustainability, Lori earned her EcoBroker certification, a designation reserved for brokers trained to educate clients on reducing their carbon footprints through energy efficiency and environmentally-sensitive design. READ MORE