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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.

Criz Lopez

I have always liked balloons, I love how they give life to a place. I started working as a graphic designer since I was 18 and have worked as such for a while now, but I always found myself looking for a way to have my own business, something that I was truly passionate about, something I would enjoy and have fun doing. Read more>>

Omar Yousaf

Growing up in the Klein area of Houston, I started freestyle rapping in the 5th grade after a “dare” from a friend and quickly was known as the rapping kid with the relatively big nose. In High School, my freestyle rapping was accompanied by a deep passion for the art of Spoken Word and poetry. Read more>>

Kate Rayon

Photography just sort of happened for me. I never thought I would ever have a career as a wedding photographer. I actually wanted to be a dance teacher or interior designer. My hobby turned into a business rather quickly and word of mouth spread like wildfire. Read more>>

Hanuk Kim

I began my Tae Kwon Do training as a young child and early on, I decided that I wanted to become a Tae Kwon Do Master. In order to achieve this goal I continued my training throughout middle school, high school, and then into college. Read more>>

Sarah Paul

I have always focused on art and started an Etsy account when I was in college to help pay for my class supplies. I created jewelry, then got into cold-process soap making when I studied herbal education. Today, I have refined my shop to focus primarily on Fiber art. Read more>>

Zulema McManigal

I have loved makeup since I was a little girl. It has always brought me such joy. I can remember grabbing my moms makeup and experimenting with it. I began practicing the art of makeup working with Mercedes Hernandez photography. Which allowed me to expand my art in fashion makeup. Read more>>

Julia Arceri

I’ve always been an artistic person and didn’t always know how to channel it. I just knew I loved to make things beautiful. When working in retail, I would pray for something creative to do, and make a living doing it. Then in 2012 I got my first Iphone. Read more>>

Shaundra Hinson

A little over 2years ago Patricia Sims and I started The 2nd Story in the Historic District of Downtown Bryan, Texas. The road overall has been a smooth one. We have found favor with several people who have helped and are helping us along this journey. Read more>>

Laurin White

Have you ever had the feeling that if you didn’t act of a dream you’d regret it forever? The longing to try something bold and not look back? That’s always been my story but it took me 26 years to pinpoint it. Let’s be real: it also took me a long time to bravely step out and take a leap of faith without fear or hesitation. Read more>>

Gemma Hollis

The stress and strain of working for a multinational corporate business, the heartache and grief of ongoing medical struggles I reached that point in my life where one asks “what’s it all about!” I’m a big believer in giving life 100%, we get 1 chance and we control our path via a series of decisions we make on a day to day basis. I was unhealthy, overweight and needed to make a change. Read more>>

Katy Cox

As I entered my college years (unwillingly), I knew that going full time into wedding photography was where my heart truly was. The thought of someone else telling me when to work, when to eat lunch and when I could go on vacation for rest of my life was daunting to me. Read more>>

Cassandra Kara Abercrombie Schultz

I started in the food and drink industry in the 90’s behind the bar and in the kitchen of several sports bars along the 1960 area. After a decade of managing and serving I had to leave that line of work to raise my son. I worked in the oil and gas industry for another decade while always wanting to create new drinks, recipes and exploring other art. Read more>>

Lauren Burnham

I have always had an eye for design and been the party planner of my group of friends that I have been so lucky to have been a part of for the last decade however, as a single mom, I was terrified to chase my dreams. But as he got older, and my biggest supporter, I went for it. Read more>>

Andy Shaw

Memory Plush was started when I, Andy Shaw, and my girlfriend, Sherrill were walking back from a startup class (Longhorn Startup Seminar) at the University of Texas at Austin. We were randomly talking about stuffed animals and how Sherrill kept laying on one of them until it became flat over time. Read more>>

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