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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.

Abbey Touchette

I’ve been practicing massage, really since I was a teenager. I was the go to person for family and friend’s when they needed a “fix me” massage. Growing up in a Christian home, and having a pastor for a grandfather, helping one another and loving eachother as Jesus did is what he really focused on in his teachings and I guess I’ve always held on to that. Read more>>

Shirley Mejia

I am Shirley Mejia, the current president of Ballet Folklorico. The organization started at Sam Houston State University during Fall 2013 because there was no organization that celebrated the Mexican culture through dance. When I joined Nereyda Vera was president and when she graduated in fall 2017 I became president. Read more>>

Jay Reis

It all started with a phone call. My good friend and now business partner Brian Rushing gave me a buzz late one evening, within seconds of saying “Whats up buddy” – I knew I was in for trouble when he started the conversation with “We need to talk business, how soon can you get to my house?” Read more>>

Corey Scott

As a girl growing up I was never really that “girly” and into Makeup and Hair. My mother could not get me into a dress for the life of her. I suppose you could say I was more of a tom-boy; “Always outside, fishing, camping, and rollerblading. Read more>>

Meghan Bellah

The Yellow Rose Boutique started out as an online boutique on a dime; with a baby on my hip, an empty bank account and a determined mindset to be more then just ordinary. Within months it exploded and exceeded far more then any expectations I have had. We eventually put a storefront in Bellah’s Hairstudio in Champion Forest. Read more>>

Tamar Francis

How I got started, I use to be obsessed with project runway, so my husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas. It sat there for years! Then my daughters 5th birthday came around and she wanted a Doc Mcstuffins party, with a purple polka dot tutu dress. I looked online for a purple polka tutu dress and I didn’t see any that I liked. Read more>>

Melissa Arteaga

A while ago, I found my creative side while being a Biology undergrad student. I realized that working with my hands and creating new things helped me relieve stress and it even improved my concentration. After a while, crafting became my go to activity; I found inspiration in the smallest and most wonderful things. Read more>>

Adam Stroder, Savannah Stroder

Adam was going to school for physical therapy. His school was unable to assist him with financial aid, and he was unsatisfied with his job, so the brainstorming of what made home truly happy began. Adam and Savannah, his wife, noticed a lot of wood waste being put on the streets for trash pick up, and thus A.S. Read more>>

Stephanie Boss

I began planning events for the University of St. Thomas while I was a student there. In return for my services I was paid in credit hours. Which to any student this is better than money itself! I did this for 3 years and was able to get 60 credit hours paid for which is about 1/2 of the college tuition. Read more>>

Brian Crocker

It all started back at the end of 2015 when my entrepreneurial passion and desire to learn website creation collided paths. I knew with my management background and my wife’s obsessive cleaning habits that starting a residential cleaning company would be a great idea and with a bit of hard work we could probably do pretty well. Read more>>

Brian Crocker

Heather and Amy have been best friends since fourth grade. They grew up together in Spring, Texas then attended Texas A&M together in College, Station, Texas. Heather is a long-time fitness enthusiast who began playing soccer competitively at a very young age. Read more>>

Matthew Chevalier

I knew what I wanted to be since I was nicknamed “Mikey” as a child: an artist! Once I graduated high school, I enrolled into the Art Institute of Houston’s Graphic Design program. I graduated in 2001, with honors. While working in my field of study, I dreamt for years of starting my own clothing line. Read more>>

Velvet Harris

I’ve been in sales for about 25 years. I started out selling highway construction equipment. I enjoyed learning on the job and meeting so many wonderful people in that industry. I got a real taste for assisting customers and finding them the right product for their needs. Read more>>

Jacki Bradbury Guerrero

Life sometimes throws lemons at us and it’s up to what we do with those lemons that defines us. I was thrown a lemon and was determined to make lemonade! I was a single mom with three young sons. I needed a career, not just a job, in order to offer my children a wonderful life. Read more>>

Kim Hess

Cassidy is our beautiful 16 year old daughter who tragically lost her life to suicide December 20, 2015. Cassidy was the happiest, funniest, most free-spirited person you would ever meet. She enjoyed life to the fullest… she was fearless! She was goofy, she was a cheerleader, she would bring laughter to the room, she loved the outdoors, and she had a huge heart for all animals. Read more>>

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