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Georgia Girls: Jarrett Kemp

Name: Jarrett Kemp

Family: Daughter of Brian and Marty Kemp, sisters Lucy and Amy Porter Kemp, and boyfriend, Brooks.

Hometown: Athens, Georgia

Current Town: Athens, Georgia

What Years at UGA: 2017-2021

School/Degree: Mary Frances Early College of Education

Profession: I am the new and proud owner of the amazing gift and antique shop, Appointments at Five. The store was opened 36 years ago by two of Athens’ greats, Kitty Culpepper and Jenny Sligh, and as an Athens native I am honored to continue the tradition. I took over the reins in September of 2023 and have been working hard ever since to put my own touch on the store. I love helping our customers whether it’s finding a gift for hosting, birthdays or babies, helping a couple pick out their wedding china or finding the perfect antique chest for their home. Stop by to see how we’ve mixed the old and new and updated this Athens classic. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and shop online at Appointments at Five 

While no official accolades yet, I consider it a major accomplishment to have taken over an established business especially in a town like Athens at the age of 24! It isn’t always easy but I am so excited for what the future holds. Hoping for another 36 years of Appointments at Five!

Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers or Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens are my two favs – must read!

Magazine: Garden and Gun. (1)

Podcast: Get Real with Caroline Hobby.

Blog: Elisabeth & Butter.

Instagram: I love following other small businesses to gather inspiration and just love connecting with other business owners! A few of my favs are Two Friends SSI, Smiths in Dublin, Ga, Waiting on Martha and The Blue Print Store.

Brand: LAKE, Paige, Estelle and anything and everything from Tuckernuck.

Fashion designer: The Heath Sisters from Athens, Georgia. They just started their own clothing line, Melbourne, and their designs are fab!

Interior designer: Grace Brackman with Maggie Griffin Design – all of her work is amazing!

Chef: I love to cook myself but two of my favs are Ina Garten and Meredith from Wishbone Kitchen.

Historical figure: Princess Diana.


“Before you go to sleep, remember all the beautiful victories you had today. Be proud of yourself because tomorrow you are one step closer to where you need to be.” Jenessawaits

Describe Athens in five words or less: Quaint, vibrant & ever evolving!

Restaurants and bars: Last Resort, The Expat, ZZ & Simones, Georgia Theatre and Creature Comforts – so many good options!

Shops: Amelia’s, and of course, Appointments at Five!

Athens/campus landmark: Sanford Stadium and 5 Points.

Memory while in school: Gamedays in Athens are unbeatable! I loved jumping in the car with all my roommates and riding with the windows down singing “Teenage Wasteland” headed to Chick-Fil-A to pick up breakfast then heading back to our house to pop open the champagne, make a mimosa and get ready for a day of tailgating and cheering on the Dawgs!

Professor/class: Julie Carbaugh! She believed in me and always looked out for me even beyond the classroom.

Gameday ritual/plan: Love keeping the doors to the store open on Gamedays, getting all the foot traffic and helping with last minute tailgating needs, then heading down to tailgate and the game to cheer on the Dawgs with family and friends!

Tailgate Recipe:

Spicy Sausage Balls (5)


1 cup of Bisquick baking mix

1 pound of spicy sausage

1 lb sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine bisquick, raw sausage, and cheese in a large bowl and use your hands to mix until all combined (you can also put it all into your stand mixer)

Line your baking sheet with tin foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray

Form smalls balls and line them onto your baking sheet about an inch apart

Bake for 30 minutes until they are brown and crispy!

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Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs. Constantly on the lookout for the newest talent in the South, Cheri has a passion for helping entrepreneurs create and share their brand storytelling through her endeavors - The Southern Coterie • guide2athens • Bulldawg Illustrated