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Inspiring Stories from Outside the 610

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 outside the 610 below.

Hope and Tyler Abbey

I decided that I wanted to work for myself. We sat down and talked about the idea of opening a bed and breakfast; it was something that we have always felt was “right”. After much prayer, guidance seeking, and a lot of support and encouragement from people from within our community; it was decided that we would take the plunge. Everything began to fall into place like it was meant to be. Read more>>

Alexandria Hubbard

I started painting at a very young age, my grandmother was a painter and I always wanted to follow in her footsteps. I started my own business in 2015, selling my original paintings, teaching art classes and doing face paints for small children. I also model. I have been modeling on and off since I was in high school. Read more>>

Shadrach Stephens

Shadrach Stephens is a Global Improvement and Reliability Leader for Dow Inc. and is also the Founder of which is an open-source community of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals that collaborate and share value-added solutions and innovations. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. Read more>>

James Douglas

I’ve been around the water for a great part of my life that I can remember. Growing up in California, days were always spent at family members houses lounging around the pool or taking trips with my grandpa riding on the boat and jet skis, but nonetheless, near the water. I joined the swim team at a young age and continued through high school and my first job was a lifeguard. Read more>>

Sydney Kempler

I was raised outside of NYC until I moved to Rhode Island to attend college. I graduated with a BA in Public Relations in 2014. By 2016, I’d had enough of my current life and needed a change so I moved to the Houston area without a job or a plan. I lived with friends while taking job interviews all over – Dallas, Austin, San Marcos, College Station, you name it! After putting thousands of miles on a rental car. Read more>>

Tony Alyassin

We, at Royal Carriages Limousine, would like to thank you for giving us an opportunity to introduce our company and the luxury service that we provide to you and your clientele. Royal Carriages Limousine has provided professional services in travel transportation and event planning since 1989. We have served thousands of clients over the year. Read more>>

Jasmine Puga

It all started at the age of 13 when I grew a passion for beauty and a desire of becoming an artist, but of course, I have always loved makeup ever since I was a little girl. My world took and entire turn when I was captivated by the women working the makeup counters, specifically M.A.C. Cosmetics. I realized that both art and beauty were one and the same. Read more>>

Rita Joubran

I am a proud Houstonian, born and raised, and the daughter of two Lebanese immigrants who came to the United States in the 1960s. Our family has been bringing culture and diversity to this great city of Houston since 1977 when we opened the very first Lebanese bakery (in our backyard) which later turned into one of the most authentic Lebanese restaurants in the city. Read more>>

Felicia Gonzalez and Liz Burns

Our vision started back in December 2017 after an exhausting search to find a perfect venue for a one-year-old birthday party in the South Houston/Pasadena area. After realizing that the kind of venue that we were searching for wasn’t offered in our local area, we decided that maybe it was something that we should come up with ourselves. Read more>>

Micah Salinas

Creativity has always been a spark in my day to day life, which was ignited first when I used it to help me connect with and raise my two Autistic children. It was initially used as a tool to help them focus, relate, grow and learn, however as they grew, so did my passion for art in more than just educational means. Not only was it great for them. Read more>>

Ariel McConnell

I’d have to say that I began with Pinterest about five (5) years ago. I’d scroll through a never-ending stream of extremely creative pins and show them to a friend who would re-create them for me. When she moved away, I had to figure it out, and boy did I figure it out! I started inserting myself into everyone’s party plans! ‘Can I make this for you?’ ‘Let’s try this theme and I can make this banner that I saw. Read more>>

Dustin Chase

From the secluded mountains of Western North Carolina, Dustin Chase started writing film reviews for a local video store before he graduated high school. The connection he found helping, discussing and interacting with the moviegoer, whether they agreed with him or not, was invaluable. Unlike many teenage piers, Dustin always knew what he wanted to do. Write film reviews, do entertainment journalism reporting and interview actors. Read more>>

Brittney Walker

I have always had a love for eyelashes when applying makeup. Eyelashes are the best accessory to finishing a makeup look, but when I would go to find lashes they just weren’t great quality or extremely expensive. If I did find lashes that we’re to my liking, they would not last through many makeup applications and money would be going down the drain. Read more>>

Kirby Chenkin

I was working for my dad’s law firm, but spending the majority of my time in the gym working out. After taking a value determination test by Dr. John Demartini, a lightbulb went off in my head. From that moment on, I have been more inspired and driven than ever. Through taking that test, I discovered that my highest values are health and fitness, business, and self-improvement. Read more>>


I always wanted to make beats or DJ. I loved music. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew that it was something that I definitely wanted to do. I finally ended up learning how to make beats during my freshman year at SFASU. At the time, I was rapping so I wanted to make my own beats to tailor my sound. After a few years, I decided to stop making songs and focus more on making beats. Read more>>

Lisa Mendoza

I’m a mother of three little girls. It’s hard when you’re a single mother trying to juggle a mommy life and work. As well as keep your hobby in the process to keep sane. I can honestly say I have been blessed with artistic abilities and I’ve managed to find the perfect job to let my creativity flow! I mix auto color at my primary job. One day at work, I was thinking to myself about what I needed to do to make more income. Read more>>

Xander Roberts

I have always maintained an interest in creating images from a very early age. I drew and painted in my childhood and transitioned into film and photography at college. I am also very enthusiastic about pop culture, most specifically video games. Some of my earliest memories involve gaming on my first console (the ZX Spectrum). I emigrated to the United States from Great Britain in 2015 to join my wife, a native Houstonian. Read more>>

K.C. Hopes and Crystal Wilson

The book “How to Stay Healthy and Wealthy Under the Faith of Jesus Christ” is the creation of author K.C. Hopes, a God-focused entrepreneur who wrote this book together with his daughter, Crystal Wilson and was published in January 2019. Now, retired after owning a successful cleaning company. Read more>>

Brandi White

I started by business back when I was 16 years old. I was in a business class in High School, where I signed up for an entrepreneurship class. This class was sponsored by the Texas Business Alliance. Throughout the course of the class we were taught to write business plans, elevator pitches, and starting up a business. I am forever grateful to my business class teacher for forcing me to sign up for that program. Read more>>

Bianca Postel

The arts have always been in my bloodline. As a matter of fact, I try my hardest to master all the skills I can acquire. I’m currently a student, teaching-artist, and freelancer. I do makeup, I can take your photo or I can create you a one-of-a-kind custom painted piece. I’d like to say I can do it all because I hate to limit myself. When I was younger. Read more>>

Ashley Kibbe

Event planning and design was instilled in me as a young age. Growing up in Denver, Colorado, my family was big on making our birthday parties and family events something to remember. Though I have always had this interest in event planning, once I started planning my own wedding, this solidified my passion in pursuing event planning as a career. Read more>>

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