We had the good fortune of connecting with Hollie Lytle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hollie, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
My parents are immigrants, so I learned perseverance through hardship, to keep my eyes up, my heart open to adventure, and to use resources wisely. Also, having “alien” upbringing gives one a greater sense of the need for global community and diversity. These represent the fiber of my soul store.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets us apart from others is the very nature of our business. Being a social House, a yoga studio, and a speakeasy for touring live performance is an all-original and unique concept. On top of that is the aesthetic and environmental experience of walking through our shop. Getting to this place professionally wasn’t a subsequent list of requirements linearly met, qualified, and checked off. I know that all of my professional and personal experience has been equipping me for this. I anticipate that the things I am currently doing will continue to equip me for the future. So it’s less a destination and more the journey. Some things have been hard, some things easy. I’d say that the hardest seasons have also been the step before growth. Lessons I’ve learned, haha, there’s not enough space for that here. But seriously and simply, have faith, give grace, work hard at what you love, love others, be kind. We are a social house and yoga studio upstairs in the Canopy treetops, a speakeasy-style listening room underground. No cover music here. All of the performing artists’ work is their own content. We exist to elevate the artists experience as well as the guests’, offering a private green room, VIP couch, booth and table reservations, beer, wine, and craft cocktails during shows. Daily yoga happens in a small studio upstairs, creative costa-rican oat-milk lattes, muffins, pies, and bread.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Debra Stipe, a long time actress lives in Dahlonega and helps run the cutest little treehouse Airbnb spaces. The wine made and grapes grown produce award-winning varieties. Dahlonega, Georgia wines have been stacked and ranked better than many California and Washington state wines. I would recommend visiting Wolf Mountain vineyards for a Sunday brunch seating. I would spend a night having dinner in the outdoor deck at shenanigans Irish pub and grabbing ice cream at Connie’s. Better make an early reservation; most places close after 9. Spirits tavern is a great place for drinks at the bar. I’d definitely grab to-go from Capers Greek Restaurant, the dip sampler, and bring it to a table at Canopy + the Roots for an amazing show and a local craft IPA. Head to Amicolola Falls, the largest waterfall in the southeast. You can hike to it or drive up to the top and park to overlook. We also are at the trail head to the Appalachian trail. There are many waterfalls, swimming holes, green spaces, rolling mountainous hills, friendly faces, and camping opportunities. Pan for gold in the first site of gold struck in the USA, right here, where it began. Go tubing down the Chestatee River and grab a sweet little lunch at Picnic Cafe on the square. Walk around the many antique stores or visit the campus of the University of North Georgia, also the United States Ranger school.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My bestie, Libby, who shares heart and soul for music and music event production. She’s the creator of www.wildwoodrevival.com, and so many other live event experiences across the country. More importantly, she’s a golden soul. 

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Image Credits
Last photo of cafe bev bar, Alyssa Mcgrail.

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