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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.

Laura Lumbreras

How I started? I have always enjoyed crafts and all things party. The themes, decorations, treats. I always had to “WOW” my kids and our guests. I ran across a book on cake pops and I just had to try! After many fails, I finally had one perfect pop. A friend asked me to make her some for a birthday, her kids loved them! Read more>>

Thien (Tin) Ha

In July 2016, my wife and I purchased our first home in the Heights. We decided on a 100 year old craftsman style fixer upper at the top of our price range. That left no budget for some much needed renovations on our century old run down home. It was in pretty bad shape and some anxiety started to set in once we finally got the keys to the house; we weren’t entirely sure we had just gotten ourselves into. Read more>>

Annie Duckworth

I am a native Houstonian who attended Episcopal High School in Bellaire. I decided to venture outside of Texas and get my degree in Marketing with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at the University of Kansas. After graduating, I got my real estate license but ended up working for a tech startup here in Houston as the Marketing Coordinator. Read more>>

Dawonna Banks

I was scrolling through the search area of Instagram and I saw a cake pop tutorial I had no idea what it was nor had I ever seen one before. It was a late night and I was sitting on my couch thinking ‘What’s Next?”, I was at a ruff standstill in my life and I was already making handmade tutus. I wanted to try something new, something different, and something that would enhance my drive and my ambition. Read more>>

Will McCurdy

I have always had a short attention span. As someone who gets bored easily, few things have kept my interest through the years except for one. Creativity has always been a deep-rooted infatuation. It has manifested itself in many ways, but only music has been consistently apart of my past and desired for my future. It will always be my first love. Read more>>

Roberts Jeramy

Well, I always wanted to model ever since high school. Family and friends would tell me I should model, and I’d be good at it. So I decided to give it a shot. It wasn’t until after college I would pursue it since the college student and athlete lifestyle kept me very busy. Fortunately, I knew a friend who knew somebody that was involved in that industry. I joined this model management group, and they taught me essential skills, such as how to walk. It sure did help because I’d say I am much better in walking than what I used to. Read more>>

Olivia Lemon

I am a Prairieview University student. I am majoring in mass communications with a minor in behavioral and political science. I really want to go into the TV and radio. Although I am Young throughout my years, I have faced a lot of hard times and setbacks. I have gone through watching my mother be sick, second-guessing myself in college, and other things that have helped me be the young women I am today. Read more>>

Taylor Robinson

I’ve always had a passion for the beauty industry, I started doing hair about six years ago. I honestly taught myself just practicing and getting better day by day. Growing up, I always liked to switch it up and try new styles and I always would feel beautiful after trying something new. I knew if I felt this good I could definitely make someone else feel as good as I did. Read more>>

Ashley Crawford

Anyone who knows me would probably say that one of my greatest gifts is being creative. I’ve been a vocalist all of my life but apart from that I worked in banking as a Manager for eight years. I began to realize how much of my life I was missing based on poor work-life balance, so I began to seek new opportunities to create income. I discover lashes and decided to test the waters. Read more>>

Kourtney Charles

I’ve always been a lover of fashion. I was the child playing dress up in my mother’s and grandmothers baubles, heels, and clothes. All throughout high school and college, I was someone my friends looked to for style advice. It was until I stumbled upon the blog affectionately known as Gabifresh that I realized people shared their fashion choices with the world. Read more>>

TyQuisha (Ty) Davis

I started braiding when I was seven years old. I really didn’t know much about hair, all I knew was that I wanted to braid my Barbie hair to her head and I just kept challenging myself until I got better and better. A few years past and I remembered doing my sisters hair, classmates; friends and family members throughout the years. Read more>>

John and Jihye Deveau

Jihye and John both started out at the Big 4 accounting firm KPMG out of college. After several years John left to get his MBA at Rice and then transitioned into M&A, and Jihye left to work in industry, transitioning into a finance role on the trading floor at Phillips 66. They reconnected by running into each at the airport parking lot of all places while both of them were traveling for work. Read more>>

Nessa Weaver

Once I decided to formally form a business, I put every waking moment outside of my corporate America job into 8one. “Fail fast, fail often” has been my mantra. I’m always sure to allow myself the opportunity to scratch an idea without the need to feel down about it which I think is important for creatives. Read more>>

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