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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.

Alan McLean

In 2016, after working in the commercial diving industry for over 25 years, I decided it was time for a change. The city had recently decided to no longer accept glass in the curbside recycling program. I had the opportunity to work along side a neighbor, Bill Robertson, who originally started the iRecycle Glass initiative. Read more>>

Casey Motes

Eureka Heights Brewing Company was forged in the dark depths of the Eureka Heights fault line and the hellfire of Houston summer. Once emerged we spent years on a spirit quest that guy at the gas station recommended. Then we decided we wanted to make some beer. Read more>>

Brian Spitz

I attended Emory University and graduated with a degree in psychology. My intentions were to go to law school when I moved back to Houston; however, my father, who was in real estate, introduced me to a CD-course about buying properties directly from sellers. At the time, I did not expect to be successful in this business, but I ended up closing a transaction within seven weeks at the age of 22, and I was hooked. Read more>>

Sam Ebenezer

Green City Recycler started in 2014, primarily working with commercial centers. A few months went by as we established and grew our company. We started receiving calls from residents from apartments to provide valet service because they did not have the time to go drop off textiles at a commercial site. Read more>>

Erica Gordon

Elite Eventz actually started as a senior business proposal in a small business & entrepreneurship course at Prairie View A&M University in undergraduate school. It was initially spelled with an “S” but once I applied for the license someone already had the name so I had to think quick on my feet and thus the birth of Elite Eventz, LLC in October of 2009. Read more>>

Jamie Cupps

I was born in raised in Houston and since I was 4 years old I wanted to be a veterinarian and work with animals. My Godfather, Neil Chastain, DVM was my inspiration to be involved with animals. I have worked in the animal industry for over 20 years. Read more>>

Kathryn van der Pol, Sybren van der Pol

Adolf Hoepfl Garage is one of the longest operating auto repair shops in Houston. It was founded on Jan. 1, 1946 by Adolf and Lillie Hoepfl from Moulton, Texas. My husband Sybren and I bought the business 13 years ago from his son Eugene so we are the second family to own it. When we bought the business, it was in need of a lot loving help. Read more>>

Mitch Cohen

In 2003 I had been placing artists at shops around the Heights for a monthly art crawl on first Saturdays. It was part of a marketing campaign to promote the neighborhood. The Houston Farmers Market had just gotten started and I thought, “Hey, why not an art market?” Read more>>

Jeannette Waldie

I have always had a passion for music and writing. Little did I know that eventually, this lifelong passion would lead to the founding of a non-profit, Visionary Heights, that serves as a space for the creative arts. It all started in 2013 when I fell in love with and rented a Boho-style ground-floor loft here in the Historic Heights. Read more>>

Brandon Walsh

Well ever since I was 10 years old I’d always been intrigued by filmmaking when I received my first camera it was smashed in half from my father who ran it over on accident but it still worked I wasn’t able to view any playback on the camera until I plugged it into the computer but I made the most of it making little videos here and there. Read more>>

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