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North Loop’s Rising Stars

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 North Loop’s rising stars below.

Paris Mayfield

Paris Monet Creations was established in 2018, I’ve always been crafty and have always loved having celebrations. So, when my goddaughter turned one, I told her mom we can do this party ourselves! It turned into me doing the party mostly and I came up with the best ideas and had a lot of fun doing it. During the process, I mastered something I’d been curious about for a while, which was a balloon garland. I was super proud of it and people started to reach out asking me to make them for their events. I didn’t charge initially, then I told my boyfriend, I’ve decided to get serious about my creativity,” and here we are with Paris Monet Creations!. Read more>>

Shannon Martin

I am a mental health professional passionate about promoting student success, narrowing educational disparities, advocacy, and empowering underrepresented groups. I am also the owner and founder of a Mental Health Private Practice called Let’s Talk, I’ll Listen Counseling Services, PLLC. We are a team of licensed therapist that have various experiences and backgrounds. I feel honored and privileged to work with such an amazing team of people that are sincerely focused on helping to improve the mental health of the clients we treat. It has always been my dream to establish a mental health private practice. In 2018, that dream became a reality when I had the opportunity to open Let’s Talk, I’ll Listen Counseling Services. Our mission is to empower and equip clients with the necessary tools needed to attain optimal mental health, build stronger relationships, achieve personal, educational, and career goals by having a strong community presence and reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Read more>>

Quel Hynson

My journey in art and design as a profession began shortly after I finished undergrad. I was working as a PT Tech & soon realized that I did not want to be working, doing something I didn’t love for the rest of my life. Throughout my education, all of my art classes were the only ones that truly engaged me and didn’t make me sleepy. I’d create works of art during my off time and eventually began entering them into shows & exhibitions, just getting my foot out there. That was in late 2017. Fast forward to today, I’ve been in a number of shows and have also curated my own. My current focus is my next solo exhibition set to take place this upcoming Fall. Read more>>

David Hutson

I found my passion for drumming at the tender age of three. I would beat on any and everything I could find around the house, from pots and pans to magazines and boxes. It didn’t matter to me as long as I could do what I had a passion for naturally. My talent was far more advanced than most nine-year-old and my parents were well aware of this. They enrolled me in many drum lessons, camps and programs. By the age of twelve, I was living my dream as I became the drummer of my home church, the First Missionary Baptist Church of Anahuac, Texas. By the time I reached middle school, I was an advanced percussionist. I continued to drum throughout my middle school years as the Percussion section leader and was a member of the M.B. Smiley High School drumline. After graduating high school in 2008, I decided to continue doing what I loved and accepted a percussion scholarship to march with the great Prairie View A&M University Marching Strom drum line formerly known as “The Box.” Read more>>

Taniya Clemons

I started SHEPOPPININC back in May. I wanted to inspire other teenagers that despite what they are going through, they still have something to look forward to. I wanted them to believe that’s they can start off small then go big like, I did. Read more>>

Ashley Spates

Prior to becoming a Realtor, I was a teacher for six years. I taught in Houston for three years and I was an international teacher for three years in the Middle East. After returning to the states for my last year in teaching, I realized that teaching was no longer fulfilling to me. I was completely miserable going to work every day. I didn’t like the hours, I didn’t like the pay, I didn’t like the politics, I didn’t like feeling unappreciated, and I didn’t like that I didn’t feel as though I was truly able to service my students. I was completely over it! I would literally have to plan my morning routine to include time to sit in my car and prepare my head for the day. As sad as it is to say, sometimes that included crying. It got to a point where I realized that this wasn’t healthy for myself and that something had to change. I began a process of serious reflection, focusing on what I was good at and what other career field could I feel confident in navigating. I have always had a love of looking at homes and attending open houses and on top of that, I was great at working with different types of people. Read more>>

Jada Nicole Ellis

As a child, I’ve always been interested in hair. It brought me joy to spend all day transforming my doll’s hair into various styles. I feel like a kid in a candy store while in the beauty supply, target, and Sally’s. After having breakage and unhealthy hair from years of relaxers, I was encouraged by my mom to go natural in 2015. It was scary at first. Free from harmful chemicals and embracing my God-given natural curl pattern. Intrigued by the health benefits, forms of expression and versatility, my love for Natural hair started. Read more>>

Cierra Adams

This is a little background of myself, I recently posted on my business social media. Feel free to add to it if you like. I am the face behind KidbraidzbyCee! A native of Tampa, FL birth name Cierra (my mom named me after one of her favorite perfumes “Ciara,” but changed the spelling). Now known as Cee, a nickname I inherited during my years playing basketball in High School, given to me by my teammates. I started braiding hair at about the age of 11. I have two younger sisters whom were my human models, so that’s where I received my practice. I even started braiding some of my friends/teammates hair as well as my own. I never really enjoyed braiding hair when I was younger or even realized how really good I was. I guess at that age, I just would have rather have been outside shooting hoops or just having fun with my friends. However, braiding hair was a way for me to earn extra money, as my mom was a single mom. Not really knowing the value of a dollar back then, it was mostly just spent on unnecessary “THINGS”! So for me, this business is not just for “Personal Profiting” but also to give back! I’ve vowed to give 10% of my earnings to St. Jude Hospital. Read more>>


The vision for SelfCare. began in March of 2020 with a few conversations between sisters about what we each wanted to accomplish in our careers and the hope to build a legacy for the generations to come. Keep in mind these conversations took place during early quarantine when many of the stores that sell Black hair care products were closed and the items you can’t find in mainstream department stores were unavailable to us. One late night turned into the early morning and on the first of April 2020, we began creating a space where both Black men and women could feel at home while shopping for the products they use on a day-to-day basis. What originated as an idea to launch a beauty supply store quickly turned into Selfcare. a retail store offering life’s essentials, including hair care products, clothing, home essentials, and much more for both men and women. Since then, we’ve opened a storefront at 1314 N. Loop East Fwy in-between The Heights Houston and Independence Heights. Read more>>

Nikki Smith

30 years ago, I started an image consulting business before I really knew what image consulting was. I was the go to girl on putting looks together for family, friends and clients in my cousin’s salon. Over the years my passion for transformation and presentation increased, however I worked a full time job in major account sales for fortune 1000 companies. I never stopped my side business and ten years ago I stepped out on faith and started my own makeup & Skin care line skin Liqueur Cosmetics and now I’ve added 365NNC an Image coaching & Personal styling business. We’re we provide a proven system-that builds confidence, enhance image awareness, saves time and money and increases revenue now. 365NNC educates our clients on how to repurpose their wardrobe and use the items that are currently in their closet with the 30 piece wardrobe essentials. Over the last 30 years of experience in the beauty industry Nikki’s products & services have ranged from make up on & styling on local entrepreneurs, pastors & 1st ladies, models at New York Fashion week, Celebrities like Chili from TLC, Nicki Minaj, Atlanta House Wives to Presidents of banks and hospitals. Read more>>

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