We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia back in 2017 after graduating from college I fell in love with watching other content creators who documented their daily lives in Atlanta. After binge watching numerous YouTube channels I realized that a lot of people show you the city but they didn’t show the “real city”. I decided that when I moved I’d show people all the things to do, where to be, who to see, and all that jazz. I felt that if I did those things that I could truly help someone with their move and give them better insight. Imagine relocating to Atlanta from out of state. Sure you can visit all you want but there’s only so much you can learn without actually living here. I simply created my brand to fill the void.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So I’m pretty much a Lifestyle vlogger. On my YouTube channel I explore everything that the city of Atlanta has to offer including Moving to Atlanta, living in Atlanta, as well as growing my business all while growing into my God given purpose. (I’m also the owner of a self-care & wellness body care collection named Yomi Essentials.) Of course building my audience was not easy. When I relocated to Atlanta I did it all on a prayer. I didn’t have a job nor did I have the biggest savings account. I just knew and had faith that God would put me onto the path of the people I needed to come in contact with.
When you think about it, Honestly YouTube is an oversaturated market. I had to figure out my niche and how I’d keep my audience entertained, I got to where I am today because I’m honestly dedicated. When I first started vlogging I remember I could never get a video to surpass twenty views. I just kept going! Hopefully my platform inspires others to take a leap of faith and start a journey of whatever their heart desires.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Great Question! So if my Bestie was visiting Atlanta to be honest honest we’d be in the streets Honey! First things first since we’d already be in the College Park Area (near the airport) we’d head right over to The Real Milk & Honey. Their food at atmosphere is a vibe! After that we’d head to the city to find the nearest hookah. It’d honestly be SIVAS or Cirque (Whichever one isn’t too packed). After that of course we have to visit Jackson Street Bridge. Who doesn’t want a popping Instagram picture featuring the best Atlanta Skyline View?! Since we’d already be around the way why not stop at Blu Cantina for more drinks? They have some really STRONG drinks. After that we’d walk around and I’d show her all the little shops and landmarks in East Atlanta Village. Rest in Peace to the Graveyard Venue. (FUN TIMES!)
Now for day two we have to try out Slutty Vegan or Bar Vegan! Both are a tourist must stop in my opinion! If she isn’t feeling ‘vegan-ish’ food today we’d go to Grindhouse Killer Burgers. After that we’d hit the beltline because who visits Atlanta without riding scooters or bikes from Ponce City Market to Piedmont park? Of course I’d show her what’s exactly in Ponce City Market and maybe even Skyline Park. Can’t forget to stop in the park for King Pops either! I’m sure we’d be extremely tired after our day of exploring the beltline so next we’d rest up for a few hours after all the commotion. For nightlife we’d hit up Opium which is my favorite club in the city. Not feeling club-ish? Then we’d head around the corner to Fox trot or Tiki Tango Hideaway Oasis. (For all the vibes park across the street at the Moxy Hotel of course.)
Day three we’d hit up a good brunch. I’d highly recommend ABC Chicken and waffles or BQE. After that we’d tour Edgewood and sight see. Edgewood Municipal Market is a must see hidden Gem. Possibly stop in God is Dope, peek at Puff & Petals, and Music Room sights. Surely we’d snap a picture at some of the murals & marvel at the King District in its entirety. Since we’d be in close proximity I’d show her the Krog Street Tunnel and hit up Krog Street Market for some good ole Jeni’s Splendid Ice cream! By night fall we’d be in The Boiler Seafood or The Pirate’s Boil with all the vibes! After that we’d slid to the battery for Fat Tuesday’s and to explore the home the Atlanta Braves!
By day four I’m sure there’d be lounging going on most of the day. For an afternoon outing we’d go to Café Intermezzo and then do some shopping over at the best mall in the city Perimeter Mall of course. (We’re gonna leave Lenox Mall right where it is for now.) For dinner we’re hitting up American Deli because in the “A” we like all things wings! All things lemon pepper wet, extra ranch, and a peach drankkk to be exact!
Now this is just my opinion (laughs) one can’t visit the city and not tour the actual perimeter. So you guessed it, day five is strictly for exploring OTP. Buford highway is a gem when it comes to exploring Atlanta. If you want to experience culturally diverse restaurants this is most definitely a must stop. They also have a really nice farmer’s market called Buford Highway Farmer’s Market that we’d check out. If we’re in the mood to drive I’d also recommend Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market.
Day Six has arrived which means we are nearing the end of the trip! Of course we’d do all the tourist things. If you live in Atlanta you know. (Drum roll) We’d go to the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, and the infamous Ferris wheel. Breakfast/ Brunch we’d probably day party at Oak too because who comes to Atlanta and doesn’t attend a day party?! For dinner, we would have of course none other than JJ’s Chicken on Pryor Street. Take out of course!
Day seven is of course a light day. We’d possible grab some tea from Just Add Honey, have girl talk, and relax until her flight leaves. I could go on and on about all the places to visit in the city but I don’t want to get carried away. Keep up with my channel if you’d like to see all the spots and things to do in Atlanta.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout would definitely have to go to friend/ fellow creative Sill. She has a Youtube channel as well: SillSil. To be honest she’s helped me more than she could even imagine. Contrary to popular belief there’s more to YouTube than just recording in front of a camera. There’s a lot of work and research involved behind the scenes as well. We spend hours on the phone discussing brand things and planning content. We even have content days where we spend a few hours in the city taking lifestyle pictures. Sometimes we even go as far as finding new coffee shops/cafes that we haven’t tried to host editing sessions and capture content for our channels and Yelp.