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“La chingona” loosely translates to badass. In Atlanta, Orozco and his business partner, Adora Galas, chose to celebrate local Atlanta women who, in their opinion, are “trendsetters, showing resolve in the face of adversity,” and able “to break through barriers facing women and shape their city’s cultural landscape.”

You probably remember the first time you drank tequila. You licked some salt off your fist. Knocked back a shot of the pale, clear liquid. Grimaced. And quickly bit into a slice of lime. Such were the measures to which you would go to mask the bitterness of cheap tequila in exchange for the intoxicating effects of the agave plant. For years, cheap tequila was all you could find at your local package store. Even the top-shelf brands of only a few decades ago weren’t that good.

Like the role of women in society, things have changed.

Tequila is on the upswing, riding high in taste tests once reserved for the finer scotch, bourbon, and dark whiskies. Celebrities as diverse as George Clooney, The Rock, E-40, Justin Timberlake, and Carlos Santana have invested in Mexican distilleries or started their own. Now more of a sipping drink rather than a quick high — indeed, it’s only in the United States where the salt and lime ritual is adhered to — today’s tequila is smooth and refined. Taste is controlled as much by altitude as it is by the fermentation process, the type of cask in which it is stored, the length of maturation, and many other variables along the way.

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In Atlanta, they include:

Shannon S. Evans: The co-host for the event, Evans, who was responsible for the cocktails served at Upstairs Atlanta, opened the hip restaurant and bar Studio No. 7, which burned down opening night  2012. Undeterred, Evans rebuilt the nightspot, which she ran until closing it in June 2018. Evans now operates Holy Sip, a cocktail experience and beverage consulting company where she plans intimate international dinner parties and works with the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, the A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and The Soho House.


Monica Campana: The co-founder of “Living Walls, The City Speaks,” a nonprofit organization which seeks to promote, educate, and change perspectives towards public spaces through street art, Campana aims to bring together artists working in the public space (street artists, graffiti writers, etc.) with those who develop public spaces (urban planners, urban farmers, professors). Her efforts have proven highly successful, with the nonprofit operating at the intersection between economic development, art, and human service.

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“She paved the way so that tonight you can drink Riazul Tequila,” Orozco explains. “Almost 200 years ago, in the Mexican highlands of Jalisco, she fought with the rebels. Because of her valiant effort, and her courage, she was awarded 10,000 acres of land which she divided up with the insurgents after the war. Bless her, she kept 250 acres. Today, it’s now the home of the agave we use to make this tequila.”

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“This land is extremely high up,” he explains, “which fosters the complexity and offers a lot of minerals in the soil bed,” all of which, along “with the high content of fructose from the elevation,” enables Riazul to create “such a unique tequila.”

“La chingona” loosely translates to badass. In Atlanta, Orozco and his business partner, Adora Galas, chose to celebrate local Atlanta women who, in their opinion, are “trendsetters, showing resolve in the face of adversity,” and able “to break through barriers facing women and shape their city’s cultural landscape.”

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Like the role of women in society, things have changed.

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Today, that is exactly what connoisseurs take into account when considering which brand of tequila to buy. Price might be a factor — conventional wisdom dictates the more expensive, the better, right? — but it comes down to taste. And the taste garnered from the agave plants cultivated on the land bestowed to Orozco’s great-grandmother, is why he chooses to recognize her legacy — indeed, her spirit — in promoting Riazul Tequila by celebrating local chingonas.

In Atlanta, they include:

Shannon S. Evans: The co-host for the event, Evans, who was responsible for the cocktails served at Upstairs Atlanta, opened the hip restaurant and bar Studio No. 7, which burned down opening night  2012. Undeterred, Evans rebuilt the nightspot, which she ran until closing it in June 2018. Evans now operates Holy Sip, a cocktail experience and beverage consulting company where she plans intimate international dinner parties and works with the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, the A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and The Soho House.


Monica Campana: The co-founder of “Living Walls, The City Speaks,” a nonprofit organization which seeks to promote, educate, and change perspectives towards public spaces through street art, Campana aims to bring together artists working in the public space (street artists, graffiti writers, etc.) with those who develop public spaces (urban planners, urban farmers, professors). Her efforts have proven highly successful, with the nonprofit operating at the intersection between economic development, art, and human service.

Lisa R. Hurd: The vice president of Capital Markets at RADCO, a real estate investment company, Hurd began her career in 2012 as an asset manager. Today, she oversees debt and equity capital markets and management strategies. In addition to her role at RADCO, she is the co-founder and current co-president of RENEW — Real Estate Network Empowering Women — whose mission is to inspire, empower, and advance women in commercial real estate finance. To date, RENEW has raised more than $200,000 to fund educational programing, networking opportunities, and scholarships for women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees relating to commercial real estate finance.

Karen Anderson: After spending a year living, working, and volunteering in Atlanta, Anderson decided she wanted to create a public art project — and Tiny Doors ATL, a series of small doors used as art installations around the city, was born. Bringing together some friends and her colleague (and mental health counselor and master crafter), Sarah Meng, they installed the first door together. Today, Karen does public speaking, corporate and private sculpture installations, and was the volunteer applied arts director for Girls Rock Camp ATL.

Dianna Settles: A Vietnamese-American artist and musician, Settles’ artwork has its roots in a 2014 trip to Vietnam, where, exploring her family’s heritage, she discovered artwork in which, for the first time, she could see herself. Drawn to a blend of traditional Vietnamese painting with classical influences of European colonization that mirrored her own mixed-race identity, Settles found that the “in-between-ness” of this work resonated, inspiring her to evoke a similar feeling in her own work as a way to reach others who also feel unseen. A believer in the presence of non-white bodies in works of art as a radical and historically important act, Settles hopes that through sharing her paintings and prints others will be able to follow her journey and, in doing so, feel encouraged to follow themselves.

Chef Jiyeon Lee: Known affectionately by fellow chefs as Jiji, Lee is a rock star in the kitchen, as anyone who has dined at her Heirloom Market BBQ — or feasted on the Heirloom Market tacos with spicy Korean pork and kimchee served at the Upstairs Atlanta party — can attest. A music superstar in her home country of South Korea, Lee traded the microphone for a carving knife to focus on her culinary talents. Fortunately, South Korea’s loss is Atlanta’s gain.


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Perhaps one of the best known, and most endearing people in this city is Blondie. She can be found nightly at the Clermont Lounge, where she strips and shakes onstage, leaving nothing to the imagination, revealing “the hat matches the purse.” When she’s not seductively strutting across the bar top stage, Blondie regales her fans with poetry and prose, sometimes offering a souvenir beer can expertly crushed between her buxom breasts.

The Queen of Ponce de Leon recently celebrated forty years of sultriness at the Clermont Lounge, taking her act out of the basement and up to the roof top of the newly-reopened Hotel Clermont. She strutted her stuff for friends and fans who gathered to pay tribute to her years of work, not taking it off, as she does under the cloak of darkness, but with numerous outfit changes in broad daylight, offering glimpses of the many facets of her personality.

Long may Blondie reign!

You can see more of Blondie, and her co-hort Cassy, here on their Youtube channel, or follow their exploits on Twitter @blondie_cassy.


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Do you try to recommend the place to your friends or do you try to keep it a secret?

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I tried to get a couple of my friends in, but they got into different situations. But it would be nice.

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I really enjoy them. Everyone's pretty artistic and there are a lot of dog owners. Everyone here has sort of created a dog park in the courtyard.

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They love it. They're really surprised when they come over. Even my friends with posh high rises enjoy the place. They think the place has a character, especially with all the look alike condos everywhere. People are also surprised where it's located because it's surrounded by businesses.

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Are people envious of your place or are you envious of the other choices downtown has to offer?

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People really like my spot. The only thing I'm envious of is people having washer and dryers in their place.

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The building is protected from downtown's hustle and bustle by a wrought iron gate leading to a shadowy, comfortable courtyard. Its red brick walls are covered with kudzu, functioning as a reminder of nature rather than an overgrown weed. The foyer of the building also acts as a reminder of past times, with natural light blazing onto a graffiti-covered marble staircase leading to other floors. This is an apartment building for those who need a little funkiness to go with their downtown living, not a pre-fab yuppie storage facility.

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I've been here a little over a year. My friend's girl lived here back in 1990 and they would throw parties on the roof.

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They had parties on the roof?

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Yeah, it was a lot of fun. They'd get a DJ, some grills, and the view of downtown just made it great. It's just too bad we don't that anymore. I just love the roof. This 4th of July you could see the fireworks from everywhere: Lenox, Stone Mountain, Decatur and Centennial Park, of course. You can also listen to the acts from Music Midtown from there.

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It's definitely the sunroom, plus I live downtown, which is always nice.

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What changes did you make to the original floor plan?

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Mike: The only significant changes we've made are including more bathrooms and opening the space in the witch's hat at the top of the tower. The original floor plan called for only one bathroom, any more by 1890 standards would have been a luxury. We opened up the space in the witch's hat to create a really beautiful and more dramatic space.

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Many aspects of the home were designed and created personally. What were some of the things you created yourselves?

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Mike: I have a workshop in the basement where we work on many of our projects. Many of the wooden cutouts for the banister and the front porch were made there. We also designed and created many of the light fixtures in the house. The designs on the gasolier in the foyer were created to match with the wallpaper. It is designed to run on electricity as well as gas, which is what a Victorian home would have had. As an electrical engineer, the wiring was the easy part, but I took a class to properly design and create the other parts. Caroline hand painted and primed the 4,000 shingles on the outside of the home.

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Caroline: I had to paint both the front and back to reduce any wear and tear, but it was actually easier to do both sides.

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What future projects do you have planned for the home?

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Mike: Our most recent project was the wrought iron fence around the property and the moongate on the porch. We eventually plan to finish sections of the porch that have not been completed. We hope to create a coffered ceiling in the library and eventually a tin ceiling in the kitchen.

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The art in the home is very interesting. Have you collected it over the years?

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Caroline: The cross-stitchings were created by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Around the house I've included old photographs of family members. We also had portraits created of ourselves in Victorian style.

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Mike: The Victorian style clothes were invented by the artist, I was actually wearing a T-shirt when it was painted.

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