“This place is proof that you can save yourself”
Described as a pillar of the community she nurtured, Williams was recently recognized nationally – but she was an icon in Atlanta for decades.
Driving her minivan through Atlanta’s historic West End, Keitra Bates points out the signs of change. There are patterns, she tells me, when it comes to determining which houses are occupied by long-term Black residents and which ones belong to the mostly white newcomers. Patterns you might not notice if you don’t know what to look for.
We had the good fortune of connecting with Keitra Bates and we’ve shared our conversation below. Hi Keitra, what is the most important factor behind your success?The most important factor behind my success is doing something that we believe in. Our mission is to preserve culinary culture. Staying focused on […]
Her restaurant was a haven during the Civil Rights Movement. She’s turning 107 years old. In her tiny dinette in Southwest Atlanta, Leila Williams prepared meals for more than 40 years. Her longtime patrons included leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Check Out The Full Story
Ms. Lelia celebrated her 107th Birthday this past Thursday 11/14 and Atlanta’s 11 Alive News was there to capture the moment. Check Out The Story
We’re celebrating Big Things! We could hardly contain ourselves. NPR Nerds understand. Check out to our featured story on NPR! All Things Considered https://www.npr.org/2019/03/15/702663162/welcome-to-marrdy-s-a-shared-kitchen-for-local-cooks-in-gentrifying-west-atlanta
If you don’t spend time in southwest Atlanta, you may not be familiar with the Cookie Lady. But if you live in Ashview Heights, Westview, the West End, or Adair Park, you’ve probably eaten one of Raisha Williams’s chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, or butter toffee cookies. She sells them for […]
Ever had a great idea you thought would make a good business? Sure, we all have. But then reality sets in – how to make it happen. Taking that great idea from the kitchen table to assembly is daunting. And the first big hurdle is getting the cash to get […]
NPR’s Debb Elliot is featuring Marddy’s on Kitchen Table Conversations, a series from NPR’s National Desk that examines how Americans from all walks of life are moving forward from the presidential election. Listen Here