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Inspiring Stories from Sugar Land

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 Sugar Land and surrounding areas below.

Anup Parikh and Matthew Stevens

The past three years, I’ve been selling electric vehicle charging stations for the industry leader. About a year ago, my friend introduced me to all sorts of interesting online interview web series such as Hot Ones, Desus & Mero, The Shop, Sneaker Shopping. Read more>>

Julia Gutierrez

The last two years in high school you’re filled with the pressure of figuring out college and what you would like to do in life. All of that was put on the back burner for me. Instead, I battled a torn achilles, lots of hospital visits, and later found out I had cancer. Read more>>

Sabahat Ahmed

I moved Edmonton, Alberta to Sugar Land, TX in December 2017 and began to settle into the vibrant and fast-paced life that comes with this city quickly. Six months later, I was meeting neighbors and making acquaintances but I still felt like I didn’t belong. Read more>>

Paul Marcus

I started my company in 2002, and am still in business today. What led me to start my business is when I applied for a job the company told me it would take 2-3 weeks. I knew that this could not be the case, so I went online and researched the Background Screening Industry. Read more>>

Stephanie LeVasseur

My husband is in the oil and gas industry which unfortunately leads to layoffs here and there. During one of those periods, I just decided to try and find any art-related side job I could. I began working with this great woman from Pennsylvania monogramming bags for her customers. Read more>>

Rochelle Tyler

Being a full-time Middle School teacher, wife and mother of two I needed an outlet. I have always loved to bake and I would bake late at night for my family who enjoyed the treats. With motivation from my husband, I decided that I wanted to have an old school bakery with real baked goods from danishes to cinnamon rolls. Read more>>

Claudia Rodriguez

I started in my cosmetology career in my home country, Mexico, about 15 years ago. In the beginning, I was very insecure about starting my career as a cosmetologist, but my sister pushed me to do it and even enrolled in cosmetology school with me. Read more>>

Tershara Matthews-Shabazz

I have been in the wedding planning business at the time I started Trends for 13 years. I noticed that the mainstream magazines were not featuring Trends that my brides were interested in or liked. Hence the name Trends. I started the magazine in 2017. The magazine is an International magazine. Read more>>

Kelcie Fields

I’ve always had a love for makeup, and the desire to help women feel beautiful by enhancing their natural beauty! After doubting myself for years, I decided to step out on faith and start my own business as a freelance makeup artist. Read more>>

Doohan Escalante

My journey was pretty simple. Seems like a lot from the outside but when I come to think of it, I can accumulate it all into three words. Patience, dedication, and time. I was also a creative. I grew up and my first creative passion was art. All I did was sketch and paint. Read more>>


I came to America on November 2006 from Nigeria with my two siblings and my mother. My father was already here schooling in Chicago, Illinois for his PHD in pastoral work. I come from a very musical culture. As a Nigerian, you kinda grow up in the church so you get to experience people being moved by the power of music. Read more>>

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