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Inspiring Stories from Katy

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 rising stars from Katy and surrounding areas below.

NK Medina

Born and raised a Houston foodie. Through food, fun and puns, Nkmedeats for 4 years and counting has been a fun journey of sharing Houston based adventures as well as travels beyond. It’s been such a journey I never imagined possible and look forward to how it evolves in the years to come. If someone were to ask me what food is to me, I would say it is the best storyteller. My earliest and fondest memories growing up are the heart to heart talks in the kitchen with my parents as we’d make some of my Filipino favorites: Sinigang, Tocilog, and Leche flan. Episodes of Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern would play in the background, and I was fascinated with how they travelled the world and bonded with people over food. Whether it be watching it on TV or experiencing it in my personal life, it taught me that moments centered around a meal can be a powerful thing, the ability to create and connect. Read more>>

Nicole Wallace

I am a Caribbean girl originally from Trinidad and Tobago. I was the eldest of four children in a humble, hardworking family. When I was 18 years old, I met my husband, who was 5 years older than me and already established in the oil and gas industry. We started our family when I was just 20 years old, and I usually joke that we kept increasing our family and didn’t stop…. 6 children later! There was a downturn in the oil sector, my husband was offered two options: lose his job or migrate to another country, which, with five children, was a no-brainer. As we left our small Caribbean island for a large 1st world country with no relatives or friends, this was the start of our adventure and progress. In 2009, we relocated to Scotland in the United Kingdom, which was a significant adjustment for us, but one that we eagerly accepted. After three years living in Scotland, we were given the opportunity to move to Houston, Texas. I remember being excited since I had grown up hearing about the “US,” seen all the movies, heard of people’s experiences, all the shopping etc. I was overwhelmed with excitement for the relocation, we relocated to the United States in 2012! We quickly made friends, purchased a home, and settled in… I was loving it!. Read more>>

Kameka (Juice) Briggs

I am Oklahoma City born and bred, I graduated from Oklahoma State University-OKC with my degree in Applied Science. Along the way I went on to complete my cosmetology training and became a licensed stylist. Later, I decided to pursue my dream of medicine with an emphasis in Forensic Science. Like most typical young black women, I grew up in church and knew the traditional stories about Christ, God and Christianity. As I got older I began to question things that didn’t make logical sense to me. Deductive reasoning and inquisitiveness is challenging for some but not most, so I began to research different things here and there and that’s when it all clicked for me. The truth about our existence…I began my spiritual journey some years ago, always staying connected to The Source/God/My Creator, but realizing I have power within myself as well. I began to study manifesting, vibrational levels and frequencies, keeping my aura free and clear of negative and low vibrational things and people. Read more>>

NaTroya Harper

I always knew that I wanted to become an entrepreneur like I’m talking by the age of 9 I just knew. When I met my husband it was so crazy because that was a dream that we both shared. Once we got married we started doing the research for our businesses, Troya Denise and Quintessential Lifestyle, this led to us deciding to become full time entrepreneurs. My advice is that if you dream of doing something never let anyone change your mind, always believe in yourself no matter what. Read more>>

Velma Perez

CookieGram opened for business in the Spring of 2017. After one night of diligent prayer(for direction), my phone rang. It was the answer to my prayers – literally! A complete affirmation when the customer asked that 10 of the 15 dozen be a beach theme. It was no coincidence that I had just purchased cookie cutters in the shape of a starfish, palm tree and sunburst just 15 minutes before the call. Read more>>

Jummai Ghaji

June 11th, 2021, I had just lost my job of three years with a telecommunication company. On that same day, I went for my friend’s surprise 40th birthday dinner, of which I told other friends in attendance that I lost my job and that I am thinking of starting a business grilling meat (suya). Surprisingly, my friends (Simbo, Eniola and Kifa) encouraged me that it was a good idea. My friend simbo owns one of the biggest African restaurants in Houston, as at then, she was planning a party for a client of hers, Simbo was my first customer, she ordered Suya worth $200, from that day I started marketing my business, opened an Instagram page and printed business cards, all these were achieved in 24hrs.  Read more>>

Felicia Spencer

I’m a multi-business owner born in Houston, Texas! I’m a wife of 10+ years and a mother of two handsome boys. ​I have always had an entrepreneur mindset, with my dad being a baptist minister, real estate investor and my mother working incorporate. At a young age, I began working at my fathers’ church, cleaning and printing documents at his real estate office. At the age of 20, I opened my first home daycare while selling jewelry on the side. From there, I built my first house from the ground up, expanded my home daycare by adding 24 hrs and transportation. In addition to my son and I daycare empire W.R Norton childcare program, I have become the first African American Woman to own my own National Youth Basketball League in Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District while being a life insurance agent, real estate investor, trucking company owner & Total life Changer where I sell healthy natural products!.  Read more>>

Karon Bradley

I was born and raised in Northwest Houston, and I have played since the age of five. I attended Cy-Springs High School, where I averaged 28 points per game. After high school, I attended Marquette University, where I played alongside Dwayne Wade my freshmen and sophomore year, where we earned a spot in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. After three years at Marquette, I transferred to Wichita State University in 2006 with a major in Broadcasting Journalism and a minor in Sociology. While there, I was a key part in helping the team advance to the Sweet 16 and was recognized as KFH’s Most Outstanding Defender. Throughout my college years, I would run youth camps and private training back in Houston in the summertime, teaching younger kids the proper fundamentals of basketball. After graduating from Wichita State in 2007, I played professional basketball overseas for eight years. I played in France, Italy, Switzerland, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, and China.  Read more>>

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