The Entertainer: Shannon Evans
“It was hard for me to make friends when I got to Atlanta,” says Shannon Evans, who settled here in 2015 after graduating from Howard University, working at World Bank in Washington, D.C., and then traveling the world. But in just a few years, her event space Studio No. 7 has become one of the most Instagrammed spots on the Westside—especially that Brooklyn-esque brick-walled outdoor patio with lights strung up just so. Evans rents the space for events that range from an intimate bridal shower to a ticketed five-course vegan dinner to a 225-person corporate party for Heineken. When it’s not booked, Evans uses Studio No. 7 for her Midnight Barbecue series, which is all about connecting like-minded friends. (Want to be invited? Go to shannonsevans.com/midnight-barbecue.) Despite her early worries, Evans has become one of Atlanta’s busiest social butterflies.