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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.

D’ambria Jacobs

I have had a love for food since I was a little girl. I would run through the garden eating fresh fruits & vegetables. I knew in my spirit I would end up working with food. My first job was in hospitality as a hostess from the moment I smelled the rolls, I was home. I enjoyed my job but still knew I needed more education, I attended the University of Houston Bauer college of business. In 2014 I started Sophisticated Delights Contemporary Catering. My ability to push through tough situations & power through long nights allowed me to not only run a business but grow into a multi-location Award-winning catering company with my own line of organic seasonings & Marinades called NeverBland. I pride myself in creating not just good food but nostalgic moments, moments your friends & family will love. Read more>>

Timothy Lea

I’m originally from Melbourne Florida. I moved to Houston in 2015 with an invitation from the late Rev Manson Johnson. I attended Texas Southern University as a music major and started my integration in to the Houston music scene through the Monday Night Jazz Jam at Cafe 4212. Since then, I have graduated and released an album. Read more>>

Laura Jane Jones

I am a vocal coach with over 20 years of industry experience… I started out at the age of ten singing with an Opera company, I have toured with Enrique Iglesias and recorded for movie soundtracks and TV Shows. I work with Future Stars of Houston as their Virtual Vocal Coach as well as developing in-person workshops and camps in the future. I am a Board Member, working on creating opportunities, concepts and ideas for the center. The goal is to create a facility in Houston that would offer kids the ability to explore their creative talents in music, dance, art and much more. I hope to channel their creativity and give them space to learn, grow and perform. Diversity is a huge focus in the center. We are bringing various instructors to not only teach creative classes but to create an environment of diversity and positive energy. In a post-Covid vision we see the center having performances and inviting the Houston community to see the talent that we have. Read more>>

Michael Simon III

I have attempted to make moves throughout my career that have peaked my interest, allowed me to learn, and helped me get where I wanted to go professional and personally. I am originally from Michigan, which is where I grew up and attended undergrad, majoring in international business. I always I knew I wanted to do something in business but was unsure exactly what. Then I found the field of global supply chain management, fell in love, and went on to spend the next 17 years helping organizations effectively manage what I believe to be the heartbeat of every company. It has also afforded me the opportunity to live and work in China, Mexico, Chicago, and now in Houston Texas, where I live today. In the past eight years, I have spend a significant amount of time in the venture capital world. My goal has always been to leverage the information and experiences I have had to help companies grow sustainably. I have always had a special place in my heart for start-ups. Read more>>

Solomon Buckley

I live in Kansas City, Missouri. I was born in Kansas City, Kansas, which is basically the twin city of Kansas City Metropolitan Area. But I was raised and reside in Kansas City, Missouri, with the exception of five years. I live in Saint Louis, Missouri. I wear my hats in the world – I am a spiritual leader (minister/worship leader) also an early childhood educator. I have been an Early Childhood Educator since 2004 and have worked in the Head Start Movement since 2006. I am the director / spiritual leader of a growing network of relational leaders named Fresh Wind International Missions Base Inc. I graduated in 2017 from Wagner Leadership Institute with a Bachelor of Practical Ministry. Read more>>

Kayla Sam

For those not familiar, I’m Kayla Sam, owner of Nail Khemistry. For forever, I’ve always been obsessed with nails! The look the shape the design. Everything about nails has always intrigued me. When I was in cosmetology, we did a short and simple O.P.I nail class and I loved it. But at the time, I was focused on hair. Over time I got into the medical field and became a workaholic. Working two and three jobs, 16-24 hour shifts. I was drained physically and mentally. Towards the end of 2019 I expressed to some friends how I wanted to start doing nails. My friend asked for my address and A couple of days later, I received a beginner nail kit. I was so happy and scared. Happy that she heard me and believed in me enough to invest in my dreams but scared of failure. I hid the nail kit under my ottoman in my room. Every week one of my friends would ask me “you started nails yet?” or “do them nails girl.” Read more>>

Sierra Robinson

Born & raised as a princess, I’ve always lived up to the expectation of such, by my own definition that as I aged, became the foundation for my brand The Princess Project By Sierra Jhardaí. Where a princess is by definition: a spoiled high maintenance hustler, in her prime who never settles for less and has her way with it all. A mindset within a brand with fashion, beauty & accessories to compliment. It’s never about WHAT you wear but HOW you wear it – Sierra Jhardaí & that’s only half of it! Welcome to the mind of a princess!. Read more>>

Brittney Ramsey-Frye

B. Sherrie Designs is an offspring of me planning, and designing my very own wedding five years ago. I was a kindergarten teacher at the time. I had recently begun a new position at a new school and was extremely excited about greater opportunities, amazing benefits and of course my increased salary. Well little did I know, that I would have to recruit my own students and the students for the entire school. After about three weeks of logistic planning, making countless phone calls, knocking on doors of complete strangers, My Supervisor called me into her office to inform me of the “low enrollment count and budget cuts and blah blah blah…. ‘We have to let you go” lol So here I am this recently Married woman and Mom of two young kids at the time, Jobless and in total emotional disarray. I was Devastated, scared, and exhausted all at the same time. I wasn’t EVER concerned about my finances because I was also a highly experienced Bartender who had worked in some of the city’s (The Big Easy: New Orleans) top nightclubs and Restaurants so I knew that trade would always work in my favor. Read more>>

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