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Inspiring Stories from Richmond

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 Richmond and surrounding areas below.

Shania Gardner

I am 25 years old, and I am the founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Baby Shi. Just a little bit about us, we are a children’s company targeting those of the age (0-8 years). We offer a variety of products from clothing to accessories and very soon learning/(S.T.E.M). Here at Baby Shi, not only do we pride ourselves on being there for our customers, but being able to be “Every Kids’ Dream” by providing them with quality clothing for kids. We wanted to make sure we had quality clothing but also clothing that’s cute and versatile. As for how we got started, once I discovered what career path I wanted to be in, which was the fashion industry, I knew I wanted to own my own company one day. I also knew I wanted to have a kids line but in the future. When I became a mother, the urge to start my children’s line became more of the forefront. I had a vision of what I wanted my company to look like, so when it came to launching day, I wanted to be sure that every potential customer saw the vision as well. I started with pop-up shops in a variety of places to get my feet wet, promote my business, and gain customers. Read more>>

Kanisha Ffriend

HeirBloom Co. was founded in 2019 by certified doula and educator Kanisha Ffriend, M.S.Ed, CLD, whose passion for improving health outcomes for marginalized and at-risk mothers bloomed at Syracuse University, where her volunteer work with her sorority Sigma Gamma Rho Inc. connected her to teen mothers-to-be who lacked information and guidance about pregnancy and birth. Kanisha, who is a first-generation American of Jamaican parents, has witnessed the marginalization of Brown and Black mothers by western medicine that puts them at risk for poor birth outcomes. She wanted mothers to know there was a better way—a way that honored and respected them and put them at the center of their childbirth experience. HeirBloom Co. started as a solo doula practice but has since formed into a collective of various maternal health providers providing expectant and postnatal moms with holistic care for the best birth experience. Read more>>

Kenithia Evans

I was born in 1986 at Jefferson Davis hospital in Houston, Texas. I spent early childhood in Third Ward, and my family eventually settled in Alief. Growing up, I was an only child. I always spent the Summer with my grandmother at her job in the Texas Medical Center. Towards the middle of the Summer, we would travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to spend time with my great grandmother and the rest of our family. Read More>>

Charlton Nwachukwu

I’m an Igbo Nigerian and from South Houston, Texas. My whole life I knew I was meant for great things and I believe that anything is possible with just the right mindset and drive. Ever since I was a kid, I was influenced by my environment and television/movies. So that went towards my perspective on the world and helped my creativity. So when I create, it comes from many parts of my life but truly from the soul. As everything I do with my mind and soul, I am surely passionate about. Read more>>

Dr. Jamie Hardy and Dr. Phylicia Combest

Dr. Hardy and Dr. Combest met on the interview trail for pediatric residency in 2013. Over the years, they remained in contact until 2017, when they both were living in Houston, TX. While preparing for their board certification exams, they would frequently talk about their future goals and career aspirations. Both doctors wanted to create a pediatric dental practice that was modern, relaxing and, most importantly, fun for kids and teens of all ages. As clinicians, it was always very important to Dr. Combest and Dr. Hardy to educate their community on pediatric oral health and practice preventative care when possible. This mutual level of respect for their community and friendship has helped Dr.s Combest and Hardy become a great team. Read more>>

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