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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.

Marta Renilla

Woodlands Equestrian Club (also knows as WEC) was founded in 2010 by the Renilla Family, from Spain. As they call it, WEC is a Dressage training university for horses, besides being a place for riders of all ages and levels to learn the Olympic sport of Dressage. WEC. Read more>>

Keeon Rudder

“Why isn’t this working? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? Why did this happen to me? …Urrrrgghhh…” He banged his head repeatedly against the dining room table as he frustratingly pulled at his hair. It was in that harrowing moment of bewilderment that it dawned on him. Read more>>

Benjamin Muniz

Adam, Enrique, and I have all known each other since we were in the third grade. Adam and I started playing music together in fourth grade. We’d been in several bands, more often the same ones, but they never seemed to work. Then in 2015, I texted Adam to come over and work on a new project I had in mind. Read more>>

Kellie Nedd

When veteran hairstylist Kellie Nedd’s dream of opening a hair salon came true in 2010, she wanted to make sure both seasoned and up-and-coming stylists had a place to call home. Salon Beaux Cheveux, a booth, and suite rental salon, proudly supports the finest professional stylists in The Woodlands area. Read more>>

Darrel Schuster

Snuggles and hugs pet care started over 10yr ago when my wife could not find anyone dependable to watch our dogs the way we would. She set out to change the standard of pet care providing peace of mind and comfort not just creating a business. The quality of care and attention each pet receives is our primary focus. Read more>>

A.J. Duensing

My father (David Duensing) grew up in a small town (Odell, NE) with approximately 300 people or so. He always has had an entrepreneurial mind and would look for ways to make money even at an early age. One of my favorite stories to tell about him is when he was a small boy with his first “business”. Read more>>

Courtney Weidner

I’m the owner-operator of Falacos, a 100% vegan, and gluten-free food truck. Falafel on a taco = FALACOS. My husband Ben is the brainchild and inspiration for Falacos, he created the recipes and the name and I used my amazing support system of coaches, mentors, family, and friends to bring Evelyn (the truck) into existence. Read more>>

Desiree Palmer, Andrea, and Rodney Wolter

A little over 4 years ago we decided to start a travel company to share our knowledge and travel experiences that we have accumulated over the years of living abroad and traveling to 115 plus countries. We continually had people asking us where to go, what to see and what to do. So why not sell travel! Read more>>

Gigi Noguera and Claudia Gerzog

We are both from Venezuela, moved to the Woodlands four years ago. Claudia has lived in Africa and Europe. Gigi just moved from Venezuela. Gigi has a major in Architecture, Claudia has a mayor on Kid with special needs Teacher but both of us always has been working on the event, gift and stationery field. Read more>>

Kurt Kelley

Working for a large corporation out of college was stifling to me. After three years, my wife and I had saved enough to allow me to take time off for law school while she continued to work, The education was great, but the work left me surrounded by people often at their lowest point. Read more>>

Kimberley Berry

My X husband Chief Master David Berry and I left Las Vegas, Nevada in 2006 after selling 4 schools and starting our lives over again in The Woodlands, Texas. Our move was prompted mostly because of our little girl on the way at the time. Read more>>

Luke Mintzas

CrossFit Town Center(CFTC) was founded in June of 2012, centrally located in The Woodlands, Texas. Founder, Luke Mintzas, had spent over a decade in the fitness industry helping countless people to lose weight, tone up, and get in the best shape of their lives. Luke had grown jaded of the practices of “big box” fitness. Read more>>

Joey Muckenthaler

The name Deacon Baldy’s comes from Mike Mims. Mike Mims (Deacon Baldy) was a Deacon at our Church and well-known community figure. He used to throw a fundraiser called “Deacon Baldy’s Beer & BBQ”. Basically, he would make a shit ton of ribs and he’d serve beer. He was like a second father to me and all our friends. Read more>>

Lauren and Shawn Sparks

Sandlewood Manor can be best described as an adventure in faith, perseverance and answered prayers. This business was conceived in prayer as we wanted to start a business together but didn’t really have a direction. We began praying together and separately God inspired a ministry based wedding venue in each of us. Read more>>

Lindsay Munson and BJ Munson

We have presented an opportunity when a firework company in our city decided not to renew their lease on their current building. We decided to take the opportunity to form our own firework company and partner with the existing organization (Willis High School Band Booster Club) who was established in the community and was running the store during the season as a fundraiser. Read more>>

Hilda Ysusi

Born and raised in Mexico City. Father and grandmother very avid home cooks. Learned to cook with both of them, particularly my father. Food was always a big part of my family bonding time. Took a one year Cordon Blue course in Switzerland while still a teenager and went to college at CIA Hyde Park, NY. Read more>>

Kevin Piecznski and Lance Capece

Lance and I have started our friendship about 2 years ago as neighbors. We moved into our homes on the same exact weekend. For many years we talked about doing business with each other. One night over a few craft beers Lance convinced me that we can actually make craft soda work in Houston and that he knew of a guy that was producing a remarkable soda out of Oakcliff, Texas. Read more>>

Orioli Family

Domenico Orioli was born and raised in Ravenna in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, where he lived for 22 years. While in Italy, he was involved in the transportation business. In 1948 he decided to start a new adventure in Venezuela where he met and married his wife Elda Orioli, also originally from Ravenna, Italy. Read more>>

Courtney Price

Glamour Avenue Parties grew from a hobby of planning parties and events for friends and family as well as an interest in children’s event planning. As interest grew, so did my thoughts on expanding my reach to a larger client base. Read more>>

Anthony Ortiz and Liz Curtin

Anthony Ortiz has been in the Sports Photography Game for 18 years In Florida, photographing all levels of sports from Little League to NCAA and NFL. In 2016, Anthony and his partner, Liz Curtin opened TopScore Sports Photography in Houston beginning with Youth Basketball tournaments and quickly adding Dance Recitals, Football, Soccer and Volleyball to their list of happy clients. Read more>>

Virginia Garrigos

I started loving art at the age of 4. Since I remember I always loved art, growing up In Argentina there wasn’t many choices or opportunity to do art. I travel and learned about art in different cultures and my passion for art grew more and more. Read more>>

Laci Patten

My story starts when my daughter was born 7 years ago now. At the time, I had just my old blackberry cellphone taking photos of her! Well, when she started crawling and being mobile I found it time to get a DSLR to capture her movements. Read more>>

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