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Little Guide Macon introduces readers to influencers and innovators who consistently craft the best in Macon food, shopping, services, and more. It’s our mission to discover locally-owned, and small businesses; to seek out unique experiences, quality items, and the hidden gems of Macon.
Our curated stories offer a visually stunning, informative snapshot of our city. Celebrating the unique lifestyles of our community each year is something we take seriously because, like you, #welovemacon.
Market Manager | Little Guide Macon
Originally from the Mississippi Delta, Mary lived in Augusta and Atlanta before moving to Macon with her family in 2007. Now a resident of North Macon, Mary lives life alongside husband, Jim, sons, Will (14) and Mac (11), three rescued cats and one spirited dog. In addition to a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, Mary has acquired more than two decades of working to enhance communities throughout Georgia. Her life-long passion for connecting people to enrich lives and build community made Little Guide an exciting project for her to adopt. A friend to all she meets, Mary is looking forward to sharing more stories about the hearts and souls of Macon in print and online. Mary spends her time running her businesses, immersed in her children’s activities, and being real. She loves lunch, a great conversation, and spending time on her porch sharing way too many deep thoughts on Facebook.
Photographer | Little Guide Macon
Kirstin Israel is a local freelance photographer and two-time Macon transplant, first moving to Macon in 1995 as a student. Following high school, Kirstin lived in Encinitas, California where she taught in special education and discovered a deeper love of photography, before returning in 2011 to marry Matthew, her high school sweetheart. Working freelance since 2016, the inspiration to pursue photography came from her grandmother who worked for Kodak for 30 years, and who influenced Kirstin to explore the art of making pictures. Whereas, most children would write imaginary tales, Kirstin would instead create stories by taking photos and sequencing them on paper, unfolding stories of her own. A talented artist, her love of photography extends to more than just highlighting a moment. Kirstin catches the entirety of a subject’s story in a single image – she captures the essence of people doing what they love to do, and focuses on the authentic and timeless moments that make life precious. In addition to spending time growing her business, Kirstin is also very involved with her church community and family activities. She enjoys her busy life with Matthew and their children, Kiya, Matilda, Quinn and Eleanor.
Co-Owner & Co-Publisher | Little Guide Macon
Stuart Rayburn cultivated an early appreciation of southern culture, history, food, art and architecture growing up in Savannah, Georgia. A graduate of Augusta University, he has been in Augusta since 1988. Stuart lives in West Augusta and owns commercial property in historic downtown Augusta where he produces the Downtown Walking Map for Augusta and Downtown Athens. Stuart is a partner in TheNewcomersGuide.com and The Little Guide, and he owns a small billboard company. His passions are raising his two boys Will and John Banks, preserving and developing our historic downtown and helping small businesses grow through branding and customer acquisition. If you know of anyone who needs help getting their message out to Macon, he’s the best!
Co-Owner & Co-Publisher | Little Guide Macon
Molly Swift moved to Augusta from the U.K in 2002, and immediately fell in love with the area. With a background in publishing, project management and a Masters in Business, Molly now manages social media marketing for local businesses. She is devoted to growing the Little Guide Macon both as a guide book, and as an online community. While food isn’t her main love – that would be husband, Jeremy – it makes an appearance on her list of favorite things, right behind her three daughters, gorgeous grandson, two dogs and two cats. When not writing, eating, or hanging out with her family, Molly can usually be found drinking coffee on the porch posting gifs on Facebook.
Account Manager | Little Guide Macon + The Newcomers Guide
Brian Allen is native Augustan with a long abiding love affair with his hometown. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, his love for local was born of his interactions with the arts community through music. He is a graduate of The John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and Augusta University, and a longstanding advocate for the local music community. New to the Little Guide team, Brian also shares the passion of Molly, Stuart, Linda and Martin for locally owned & small businesses in the Greater Augusta area. When not onstage or in the trenches supporting local business, you’ll find him at home with his loving wife, Tracy, his two sons, Aidan and Isaac, Louie the dog, and Cricket the kitty cat.
Creative Director | Mottive Design
Linda Motto is the Creative Director of Mottive Design, a Marketing + Design company based in Evans, Georgia. Linda has called the Augusta area home for the past couple of decades where she started her career in advertising, bought her first home, got married, started a family, and started a business. She values solid design, solid relationships, and investing back into a solid community. Linda stays grounded by sharing miles with fellow runners and attending Wesley Church. Her favorite pastime is family game night with husband, Nick, and son, Escher.
Martin William Harvey
Founder + CEO | White Whale Web Design
Martin William Harvey is the Founder + CEO of White Whale Web Design "White Whale" and the designer and developer behind the Little Guide Macon website. Martin moved to America from the U.K in 1997 and has lived in several regions across the United States. Studying Aeronautical Science and Business at Kansas State University, Martin graduated with full commercial pilot certifications. Since transitioning to Marketing, Martin’s purpose is empowering small businesses owners to overcome marketing obstacles through Innovative, Authenitc and Transparent marketing solutions. When not reading books or playing his ukulele, Martin can be found enjoying the outdoors with his girlfriend Amelia and puppy Charleston.
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