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Georgia Girls: Melissa Groover

Name: Melissa Dossey Groover

Family: Mike Groover, kids Michael (MJ) and Emma Kates and Charlie (black lab)

Hometown: Snellville, Georgia

Current Town: Savannah, Georgia

What Years at UGA: 1998- 2004

School/Degree: Pharmacy School (PharmD)

Profession: I am a full time pharmacist with a passion for jewelry. Joseph Kates Designs is an original and creative jewelry line handcrafted by the owner/designer in Savannah, Georgia. I specialize in creating pieces for clients from their special momentos. Joseph Kates Designs was created as an outlet from my job as a pharmacist. It allowed me a sort of balance that was missing from my life. Initially, I made jewelry for myself and my close friends. Before I knew it was closets and armoires were full of my creations and my husband and close friends encouraged me to start my own business. From this, Joseph Kates Designs was born and I starting creating for others.


Book: Emma by Jane Austen

Magazine: Southern Living

Blog: Kelly in the City

Instagram: @emilymccarthyshoppe @shopgeorgiakateboutique @shopburu @satchelsavannah @turtlecreeklane @courtneykhail @houseofmargevon

Brand: Elizabeth Wilson Designs

Fashion designer: Vera Wang

Interior designer: Turtle Creek Lane

Chef: My husband and Downtime BBQ

Historical figure: Coco Chanel Quote: “Cussing gives me peace”


Describe Athens in five words or less: Everchanging but feels like home!

Restaurants and bars: Where to start?!? DePalmas is my absolute favorite and the bars keep changing!

Shops: Heery’s, Entourage, Half-Moon

Athens/campus landmark: Definitely the Arch

Gameday ritual/plan: It has changed so much since college! I feel like every game is something different now (kids, no kids).

Professor/class: Dr. Henry Cobb/ Pharmacy Practice Lab

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Becca graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019; she majored in Consumer Journalism with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Personal & Organizational Leadership. Her passion lies in connecting with others to help them fulfill their greatest potential. At UGA, she spent her time investing in Cru, an on-campus ministry, and her sorority, Chi Omega, and worked on different areas of campus throughout her time, including the Sports Communications department. Her work with Bulldawg Illustrated covers content creation and promotion to ideas and interns. Ways she finds joy? People, power walks, calling old friends for a catch-up, sand between her toes, and ideas— no matter how scary they may be. Calling Columbus, GA home but born and raised in South Mississippi, she love places and people that feel like home and believes there’s nothing sweeter than making other people feel the same way.