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Inspiring Stories from the Woodlands

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 the Woodlands and surrounding areas below.

Victor Mora

Just wanted to let this be known right off, I am the GM of this store, the owners are from Columbus, Ohio. They’ve entrusted me with the store for obvious reasons. I’ll give as much info as possible from start to now, I just wasn’t sure as to whom you wanted to talk to. I let the owners know about this and they said go for it. I was made aware of this brand from my brother-in-law, who is an ambassador for the brand for the past 7 years and counting. There were talks about bringing a store to Houston for a while now and they were looking for someone they could trust. Out of the 3 people they spoke to and interviewed I guess I stood out. I had the interview in the afternoon and later that evening I received a call and was told I got the job, and from then on, I’ve been hustling. I helped with the buildout, marketing, and anything needed to make us successful, and they did everything they could to give me tools I needed to make it happen. Read more>>

Talia Stokes

I started back in 2019 after having my daughter. I was stressed being a first time parent and my skin broke out really bad. I have a background in pharmacy but was heavy into natural products so I combined what I already knew to make skincare products for my sensitive skin. After about a year of furthering my knowledge, I launched Chaya Beauty LLC which now provides an array of products for everyone. Read more>>

Katie Harlan-Thompson

I’m a self-taught fine artist/ painter born and raised in and around the Houston area. I inherited my creativity from my grandma, who has always been my biggest support and inspiration. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to draw and paint. Creating something/ art out of nothing has always been a fascinating concept to me; it’s the closest thing to magic that’s actually tangible. Although, I’ve always had a strong passion for art, my journey to becoming a full time painter has not been a linear one. I had a lot of insecurities when it came to pursuing an art career, so I ended up on decade long detour working a variety of different jobs. These jobs ranged from sales and retail management to administrative and insurance positions, with a few odd jobs here and there. I would learn quickly at each new endeavor, yet I always came to the same empty dead end on a personal level. The new skills and growing pay rate that job-hopping awarded me couldn’t drown out my desire to create. Read more>>

Darilneque Brager

When I left high school I just knew I wanted to be my own boss. I’ve worked several jobs in different settings and never saw the profit I wanted. I had to find a way to be happy with what I do and with the money I made. So I started selling lashes which eventually led me to start selling hair. Once I noticed regular people like me wanted top quality hair and lashes but didn’t live the lifestyle or had the luxury of spending 2 weeks of pay for the “luxury” look I launched my beauty line “ Bxnded Luxury “. My brand is for the young CEO’s who are still at the 9-5 trying to push the dream and look the part, it’s for the mom on a budget, it’s for the girls in school saving dollar bills just so she can feel like she’s already made it. I want my brand to teach we don’t always have to look at the highest price for the best quality because I started just like you (saving dollar bills) and we can work together to accomplish our goals, whatever goal or path that is we choose to take. Read more>>

Margaret Rios

I’ve always been into makeup and wanted to do that my whole life but I guess it didn’t really hit me until; a few years ago when I was in cosmetology school, I graduated from Aveda Institute, We had to do a senior photoshoot and the theme was Floral and Fauna. I found this amazing painting of a woman with a tree growing from her head and I just recreate it in my Model I created this giant headpiece she wore for the shoot. Read more>>

Katelyn Minton

I most definitely knew nothing about makeup back in high school. I think the most I wore was face powder and mascara! It all started back in 2017. I had just moved into an apartment with 2 of my high school best friends. I actually moved in with 0 furniture and started out sleeping on an air mattress. I remember it was one day after work, I came across a YouTube video of a Jaclyn Hill makeup tutorial… when I tell you I didn’t even know makeup tutorials/beauty influencers were a thing then I’m being 100% serious haha! After watching the tutorial I was completely blown away! Who would have known you could do so much with makeup?! The first piece of furniture I had bought was a vanity so I could sit and start learning all about makeup. I sat at that vanity every morning until I had to go to work learning all the different techniques. I think at one point my face became raw from all the makeup I kept putting on and taking off. I did this every day for about a year. Read more>>

Carolina and David Flores

We are a husband and wife duo who share a love for desserts! We started Churrology this year to bring something new to the wedding/party scene. Starting a business has been such a journey while also having full-time jobs and three kids. In the beginning, we were making churros in our garage for months straight, and after many failed attempts, we got the recipe down. We love coming out to our client’s events and being a big attraction. Who doesn’t love a good churro? We also wanted clients to be able to get creative with their churro experience, so we incorporated dips and toppings to the mix! We were really nervous at first getting into this kind of field and having to invest our time and money, but we were determined to do something unique. We are so grateful and blessed to have the support from our family and clients. Thanks to them, we have been able to grow at a rapid pace which we would have never expected. We’re excited to see what the future brings and can’t wait to bring more tasty churros to those tastebuds! – Carolina & David Flores. Read more>>

Fawn Nicole

When I was 17, my dream job was working at a local chain thrift store. I often would get asked why my aspirations were so small compared to the creativity that followed me as a child; I’d laugh this off most days, but the truth is, after the childhood I had, I didn’t plan on having a future to make aspirations for. Film-making found me by accident, tripping over the cash register as a woman gave me her number and told me that she would love to interview me to be a makeup artist for her wedding company. She was a con artist, a child groomer, finding young women to take under her wing and then abusing them.  I filmed my first wedding on a go pro under her company- and albeit… it was pretty bad, but something lit up deep inside of me that told me, “you’re gonna live to be past 17 and you’re gonna be happy one day.” I remember being told by this woman as I was separating myself from her web that I’d never make it in life that I’d always succumb to the hell I was raised in, and mostly, that I’d be nothing without her. Read more>>

Avina

Growing up, my sister Chelsea and I would hang out in the living room dancing and singing all day to music videos and singing our favorite songs on karaoke. That is where the love for music really kicked in. As I got a little older, my sister enrolled in a music school, and she loved it. I decided I wanted to give it a try as well. A few years passed by since I joined the music school. when I decided to stop attending and focus on becoming my own artist. I really started to think of music as a career since I realized how much I loved the music environment, whether it was writing, the fascinating way production is done, or just being in the booth. As much as I wanted to make music and release it to see where it could take me, I wasn’t quite sure how to get started or where to record. Read more>>

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