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Inspiring Stories from Downtown

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Houston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out Downtown’s rising stars below.

Paisley Fernandez

I have always been an entrepreneur, as well as had a passion for fashion since I was a very young girl. I started my first clothing and accessories company my junior year of high school with my best friend, and ever since then I knew that owning a company in the fashion industry was right up my ally. Read more>>

Amirah Muhammad

I started my healthy/fit lifestyle about two years ago. I basically got sick of being sick and tired. Overweight, chronic swelling in my feet and running out of breath just to walk a block. I came to the realization that if I’m having these problems at 24 then there is no telling how sick I will be at 40 and that isn’t an option. Read more>>

Gustavo Vergara Pichardo

I was born on June 28, 1991, in Mexico. Around the six years of age made my journey and a one-way ticket the US, As I Landed in Houston, Texas (CLUTCH CITY), HTOWN I set my standards on life. My Father, “Dj Geraldo” is actually a big part of why I am who I am right now. Read more>>

Susan Berry-Garcia

A few years ago, my husband and I were at a party where there was a live band. My husband has always been a musician, he’s been playing bass since he was 14. That day we decided that we wanted to create our own variety band. Last year, we finally started piecing everything together. Read more>>

Dhara Mistry

Born in India and grew up in the U.S., I am a Houston transplant from the northwest and loving it here in Htown! I’m a working corporate momma with a zest for all things inspirational and beautiful. Growing up in a small town in Washington with predominately no one that looked like me. Read more>>

Gabriela De Leon

I would like to start off by saying that I would have never thought I’d be so passionate about makeup today. When I was very young, I was like a little tomboy; I dressed in typical boy clothes, I was definitely not into makeup at the time, I was just “one of the dudes”. Read more>

Veronica Gomez

I recently started a little over three years ago creating diaper cakes as I remember my mom who made one for my baby shower & decided to make one for my SIL for her baby shower. That’s where it all began, that was my first cake I created & let me tell you. Read more>>

Vallery Orr

The urge to create has been in me since I was a toddler. I would draw, paint, write and even design clothes. What drew me to photography was the ability to communicate my perspective of the world. I received a Canon T6i as my 14th birthday gift two years ago. As I got the hang of my camera. Read more>>

Don and Theodore Nguyen

I studied mathematics and economics for my undergraduate degree and currently work as an energy trader. I was around a lot of cooking growing up – my mom and aunts would always cook Vietnamese food and we were lucky enough to always eat home cooked meals. Read more>>

Derrick Butts

For 17 years, I’ve had the responsibility to lead teams that generated over 5 million dollars worth of revenue each year. From sales to finance teams, I’ve assisted countless individuals break six figures and experience personal breakthroughs in their lives. Read more>>

Robert “Yonderboy” Legans-Johnson

I always had an affinity for computers and electronics at a young age; I remember learning how to solder at around 15 years or so, taking apart old and broken VCR readers and TV circuit boards. I always knew I wanted to make things as a career. Read more>>

Natalie Silva

11 years ago, I was going to college to pursue my degree in art. I was studying to become an art teacher but that quickly changed when I took a digital media class and learned about graphic design. Graphic design was something I always did for fun, not realizing it was actually an in demand career. Read more>>

Jaz Reynolds

I’ve been a creative dude my whole life but never had the chance to express it because I was pursuing my athletic dreams. I played football for the University of Oklahoma Sooners and was with the Tennessee Titans long enough to sip a cup of coffee before I was cut. Read more>>

Andrea Angulo and Carrie Parker

We met about three years ago, I (Andrea) was doing catering and consulting and I came across an ad on craigslist that led me to Carrie. Carrie was on a hiatus from her full-time business of 15 years, Carrie Made the Cake, to spend more time with her kids. Read more>>

Scott Alonzo

I started A Rare Poe Boy a little over five months ago going 100% in. Prior to that, I was in management for Wholefoods in the prepared foods department. I learned the inner workings of running a restaurant and the ethics in the food industry. I saw need for vegan food, and I have been cooking since I was 8 plus I been vegan for six years now. Read more>>

Leonardo Avila, Roberto Miranda and Andrew Campos

Since there are three of us as owners (Robert Miranda Jr, Leonardo Avila, and Andrew Campos), I’ll start from the beginning with Robert (myself). Leo and I have known each other since about 6th grade. We played soccer together and attended the same schools from 6th to 12th grade. Read more>>

RaQuel Hopkins

I started my college career as a psychology major because I have always known that I wanted to help people. When I started taking the classes, I was not as thrilled about it as I thought. As a matter of fact, I can remember taking a general elective which was a Child Psychology class and studying very hard. Read more>>

Samuel Adagbon

It all started in 2017, my father was in terminally ill in the hospital and I need a hobby to take my mind off of the tragedy. So I decided to buy a camera. Although In the past, I always preferred being in front of the camera. At first, I began by taking photos with my close friend peez and with my friend named Nick who is now a model based in NY. Read more>

LaTanya Flix

My parents and family certainly helped plant the seeds for the work I do today. They were generous and taught me about my responsibility to myself and to others, so at an early age I knew I wanted to make a difference. I started volunteering formally in high school and continued in college. Read more>>

Amber Romo

Where to even start, so I had just started working at 54Th Street when I met my lovely friend Carisa… (not even realizing I grew up with her sister). She was the runner for Scoremore SA team and they were recruiting new street promoters, she invited me to one of the meetings at The White Rabbit in 2012 I believe. Read more>>

Kristen Felan

I have always enjoyed taking pictures, whether it was of other people, my dogs, or myself. It was a way to capture memories and make time standstill. In 2013, my parents presented me with my first DSLR camera. From that moment, I have indulged so much time, energy, and passion into photography. Read more>>

Liss LaFleur

I was born in Humble, TX and named after the Elissa ship in Galveston (Liss for short). As a young person, I was raised by a creative family that continually engaged in and contributed to the arts community in Houston, TX. This included my grandfather (Jay Kent Hackleman). Read more>>

Courtneey Owens

Growing up in the small town of Prentiss, Mississippi, I’ve always known that I wanted to be apart of the fashion industry. It started off in my early teenage years when my school district switched us from wearing regular clothes to a strict uniform attire. Read more>>

Amy Bronstad

I started thinking about a career change in 2015 and all I was sure of was that it would need to involve working with animals. I had recently enjoyed my first ever massage on my honeymoon and thought to myself that non-human animals might also benefit from massage. Read more>>

Angela Morris

Right now, today when I think of how far I’ve come, I go back to hearing my daddy saying “Get your education, be independent and Do Not depend on no one!”; also seeing how my mom respected herself as a lady at all times plus the respect and care she have for others has truly led me to this point. Read more>>

Shelbie Morgan

I’ve had a passion for food since I was about eight or nine years old when I learned how to make eggs. For me, food comes with a lifetime of memories. Whether I’m trying out a new recipe or the hottest new restaurant in Houston food is a part of who I am. Read more>>

Trena Arredondo

My story started when a friend can to the house and used a bottle of CBD lotion on the counter. My friend, Dawnia was really impressed on how fast and well it worked. Dawnia had a migrane for three days and poof it was gone in 10 minutes. Dawnia and I both with a pharmacy background figured we could compound and sell it. Read more>>

Dialantra Punch

D’lectable Sweets really started out as a love of baking for family and friends over ten years. With so much support and people suggesting to start my own company. I finally decided to resign from my full-time job at MD Anderson and officially start my business! I have so much passion for baking. Read more>>

Kendra Oden

I am a Houston native, I grew up in Southhampton and have lived in the Montrose area for a majority of my adult life. My mom was an interior decorator for over 40 years and my dad worked in oil and gas. I always loved traveling and always had an appreciation for beautiful things from childhood. Read more>>

Katrina Simms

Having three daughters, ages 24, 22 and 17 buying tons of hair over the years gave me the insight on good quality hair. My company name came from my fiancé Jamal Scott and myself. We spent months coming up with a name that would describe the women behind the company. Read more>>

Robert Aldrich

I was born and raised just outside of Chicago. I attended Purdue University for college, then moved to Houston in 2011. I’ve always had a love for music. I can remember at the age of 6 I would sneak my dad’s cassettes up to my room and listen to albums like Bone Thugs and Harmony “Creepin on ah Come Up”. Read more>>

LaTasha Jackson

I started my real estate career at the end of 2016 start of 2017. I was a Sales Director for over eight years for an Information Technology Staffing Agency. I traveled all over the US including: California, New York, Florida, Georgia and even outside of the US. I started helping IT consultants find housing as they accepted projects in Houston. Read more>>

Elon Lockings

Ever since I was a little girl, I had dreams of traveling. There was a song called “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics and it would come on late at night back when they would do album advertisements on television. The part that stood out most was when they sang, “I travel the world and the seven seas.” Read more>>

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