We had the good fortune of connecting with Summer & Jennifer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Summer & Jennifer, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Prior to the pandemic, we would get together to have coffee and discuss true crime stories. When the pandemic hit, we couldn’t see each other as much and we missed it, so we would send texts to each other with links to new true crime episodes that we found and then we would discuss them later. We ended up bingeing a lot of podcasts. One day we just decided, “why don’t we record our discussions about these cases?” We decided to use this platform to talk about cases we had never heard of, give exposure to some that needed it, and delve into the darker side of humanity and the paranormal.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We work for the court system so we have seen the judicial process of criminal and civil cases firsthand which we think offers a unique perspective. All of our artwork was drawn/created by us, which we think is pretty cool. As far as challenges, starting your own business is not as easy as it may seem, but we are lucky to have each other in this process to make sure we are doing things right and having fun along the way. What we would like the world to know most about us is that we are best friends with families, fulltime jobs, our own struggles and we managed to create a podcast/business together that we are passionate about and enjoy doing. If we can do it, so can you. Start somewhere. Jot your ideas down and talk to the people you admire and who are successfully doing what you want to do. Many of them are happy to give you tips and encouragement.
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?
If you’re visiting us from out of town, we would set up a fun, true crime inspired tour for the day. First stop in the morning would be Beans and Butter in Lawrenceville, a family owned and operated coffeehouse that makes delicious coffee, as well as tasty in-house baked goods. We would make sure our friends were fully caffeinated prior to heading out on the tour. Next we would head into Atlanta to see some of the streets where the Atlanta Ripper struck (if you have never heard about the Atlanta Ripper, be sure to check out episodes 11 & 12). Then we would have to make a stop by Oakland Cemetery, which has stunning gothic architecture and has amazing views of Atlanta. Oakland is one of the most interesting cemeteries because you will see very notable, celebrated individuals buried there, like Maynard Jackson and Margaret Mitchell, but you will also see many gravestones that are just plain markers. One marker only had the word “infant” on it. It is a beautiful, fascinating and eerie place. After the cemetery tour, we would dine at Rumi’s Kitchen in Atlanta. They have the most delicious Persian cuisine and cocktails. Finally, if it is during the fall, we would need to take you to Netherworld to make sure that you were sufficiently frightened before bedtime! And we would obviously be listening to some true crime podcasts in the car while we take you on the tour.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We want to thank our friends, family and listeners for all of the encouragement and support they have given Freshly Brewed Noir. It has been humbling! We have reached several listener milestones because of them, like the ability to start monetizing the podcast. We’d also like to shoutout some of our favorite podcasts: My Favorite Murder, with Georgia and Karen is a favorite for us. The Fall Line is a great podcast that covers lesser known crimes, many in Georgia, and discusses why the cases were ignored. Affirmative Murder with Alvin and Fran is another great podcast that covers crimes you may not have heard of and they have difficult but important discussions. And Necronomipod, which is hosted by Ian, Mike and Dave. Ian does amazing research on every topic he covers and you can tell he is passionate about what he does while discussing it with his two hilarious friends, Dave and Mike. Listening to them helped get us through the pandemic and inspired us to start this journey. These are some great podcasts if you are looking for new ones to binge!
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