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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.

Kristen Florendo

About a year ago (2021), I had an idea to start a lipgloss business. I’ve always wanted to run and own my own business ever since I was a child. I started my business during the pandemic and my classes were basically online. I thought that starting this business would be a great idea since I love lipgloss and I’d be able to use my creativity to create content and brainstorm product ideas. My lipgloss business is a travel inspired brand and I have sold out on my first collection, which was my Paris Collection. I am about to launch a brand new Greece inspired collection!  Read more>>

Whitney Briggs

It all started with me bedazzling Jewerly, Phone Cases & Shoes! I would bling out my family and friends accessories for them. Then I thought I should sell accessories and went for that! Then I added the clothing to the accessories! And opened shop in 2016. I was 23 years old when I first opened “Dop3 Fashion” I was young and I lot of people doubted me. They all wonder how I was going to do it and be able to afford the overhead to run a Boutique. I had taken a business workshop in 2014 called Community Investment Collaborative which was pretty risky to me! Read more>>

Erica White

I started my YouTube journey July of 2018. The road hasn’t been easy at all. I had so many obstacles I had to jump over, and even then I would take two steps forward and ten steps back. I went through fazes where I aligned myself with people whom I thought meant me well but they only wanted to attach themselves to me for their own self gain. I understand now why successful people say “It’s Lonely At The Top”, and “More Money More Problems”. Read more>>

Elizabeth Marie

Houston was never on my radar. I had abandoned all hope of thriving in Dallas and knowing I had nothing to lose at the rawest point of my life. I felt the only way to discover me, was not to be me! The big HOW came to my thoughts. And after struggling to find out what it was that was draining me of my talents, my abundance, my legacy, I decided to do the scariest thing possible; move somewhere where I know no one, have no job, no savings, and start fresh. That landed me in New York! Read more>>

Breunna Jaee

Growing up, I always watched my mom do hair and I loved the reactions the ladies would have once seeing their hair. I always thought I’m going to do hair and make people smile like that when i grow up. at 6years old, my mom came into my room and saw me doing my baby dolls hair in braids and she asked me who did the dolls hair, I replied me with a big smile. she literally told the whole family about her 6yr old braider, and from that moment on I was practicing on family and friends.  Read more>>

Brianna Hall

Being a holistic health coach has opened my mind to a new way of caring for my wellness! After 6 years of research, study, and commitment; I established The Mango Macros Method. My journey to wellness began in late 2016, I was pregnant with my daughter and truly wanted to provide her with all the nutrients and vitamins she needed to ensure we both made it through a healthy pregnancy! I started by clearing out my pantry and substituting everything with organic products. This vital first step helped to shift my mind to choose the better option. Read more>>

Reshmi Hirani

Henna is a big part of Indian traditions, whether it’s for a wedding, an engagement, a baby shower or generally any reason at all. Anyone who loves henna will find an excuse to get it done. I started my journey about 10 years ago. I was in awe of so many artists, and one in particular I knew of personally. I’ve always loved the artistic side of things, so this to me was just another form of art to learn. Like anything you do in life, it takes a lot of hard work dedication, and practice, lots of practice. Read more>>

Ariel Wyatt

I was born and raised in Houston, TX. When I was a baby my great aunt, Bessie, told my mom that I was gonna be a tough woman because I slept with my hands in fists. I’ve always been the type of person that marches to the beat of my own drum. One day, I remember telling my mom and dad, “I’m going to go to art school!” They weren’t enthusiastic about the idea. But we came to a compromise when I got a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M’s College of Liberal Arts. I’m not here to make college sound like a cakewalk for me.  Read more>>

Deborah Esther Brooks

Everything in my life changed on December 2, 2018. My name changed. So, I came down to Houston, Texas to visit a friend that lived here already — a friend from college—and it was my birthday weekend. I had just left a relationship– under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Just being honest, and giving God all the glory. I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t understand why I had to leave but I trusted and still trust God’s judgment more than my own desires and also had just graduated.  Read more>>

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