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Denise Malone knows change is difficult but good

Denise Malone, 62, has been working as a dental assistant and office manager at Dr. Thomas Brannon’s office on 12th Avenue South for the last 38 years.

At the end of April, Denise, born and raised in Nashville, will have to find another job because the building she has built a career in will soon become a new site for apartment buildings.

“I’ve been right here all my life,” she said. A mother of two adults and three grandchildren, she graduated from Cameron High School in 1971 and from OIC, Opportunities Industrialization Center, a trade school in Nashville, in 1975.

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Frank Speight once chased the big city he now calls home

Frank Speight, 36, has been living in Nashville for the last 18 years. Fresh out of Goldsboro High School in North Carolina, Frank moved to Nashville to chase the big city life.

Upon arriving, Frank bounced around a few jobs before settling in at a subcontracted professional cleaning company that works in some of the big buildings downtown.

Three months ago, he left the cleaning company and joined the Goodwill team on Herman Street as a distribution associate.

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Kate: retired senior, volunteer and a downtown gem

Kate would not tell me her last name. She did not want me take a photo of her and certainly didn’t allow me to know her age. But this elderly woman is a kind, openhearted treasure in the middle of downtown.

Once a month, Kate volunteers at the Nashville Public Library on Church St. About twice a month, she volunteers at the Christian Science Reading Room diagonally adjacent to the library.

Kate has been volunteering at the reading room for nearly 15 years, and welcomes anyone to read any book they choose or to pick from theirs.

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Sydni Gause, painter and urban-influenced sculptural artist

It’s natural light or nothing for sculptural artist and painter, Sydni Gause, whose Brentwood apartment dining room doubles as a studio.

Gause, 25, will be featured in an art show called RAW Nashville Presents, a local collective of artists to present their work ranging from photography to hair and makeup to fashion and music on Feb. 26 at Cannery Ballroom downtown at 7 p.m.

“It’s a platform for artist to show their work in multiple cities,” she said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to get to meet other artist and show my work.”