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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.

Brandii Grant

I am the Executive Director of the Mademoiselle Service and Social Club, Inc non-profit and have been for 17 years. The organization itself was founded in 1960 at Booker T Washington High School by an English teacher named Patsy Meeks. The non-profit was officially established in 2006 by myself and Shannan E Johnson. We started the nonprofit to expand the organization, secure donors and corporate funding, and provide structure. I work full-time in the field of public health. The work of the non-profit is my contribution to give back to the community and I don’t do it alone! There is a team of professional women that volunteer their time and work hard to provide this service to teen girls.  Read more>>

Marci Charles

My wife and I come from Memphis, Tennessee, where we ran a nonprofit organization, Team Bridges USA, for seven years. There we operated the indoor rock wall, ropes course, and facility for underprivileged youth ages 6-12. With the extensive experience we had with this industry, we decided to try something new and start a new chapter in life. We made a move to Austin, TX, in 2015 and began the construction of our commercial zipline tour just outside the city limits in the beautiful Texas hill country. Since then, we have been running the business and are proud to be 100% female-owned and operated.  Read more>>

Jazmyne Colbert

I got into credit repair in January 2021. My boyfriend was doing a promotion for the company “We Cure Credit Now,” and they wanted to do a partnership and put a location in Houston, and it’s been thriving ever since. The processing is what really drives the business, results are unmatched, but I had to learn marketing and of course, “Eat, Sleep, Breathe Credit.” Before credit, a lot of odd jobs from Retail, Makeup, Customer Service, Flight Attendant and this has been the only thing that I’m truly passionate about due to it completely changing lives. A lot of us were not taught about credit, so I feel honored and blessed to be a teacher for those who really want to change.  Read more>>

Krab Kingz

Krab Kingz Seafood opened in 2016 on the Northwest Side of Houston in the Acres Homes and Inwood neighborhood. Brandon Martin, an Army Veteran originally from Jacksonville, Florida, is the Founder of Krab Kingz and has facilitated the successful launch of over 30 locations across the US. Every day, hundreds of guests lined up for delicious boiled crab and shrimp in the communities Krab Kingz serves.  Read more>>

Amayrani Ayala

I started to work in the floral industry when I was 19 years old at one of the first jobs I ever had. It was in a local grocery store where I was given the opportunity to get creative with floral in a Valentine’s Day event. I was clueless on what I was doing, but I was always creative. I was able to develop love and passion for flowers during that time. I worked there for three years total, and after leaving that job, I would be asked by family members and friends to create arrangements or some sort of decoration that involved floral for their special moments. After long consideration, I decided to pursue a career in the Floral industry. In February of 2020, after a valentines pop-up shop, I had decided to open my business virtually on one of the most popular marketing tools used today… Instagram. Ever since I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of my customer’s special moments by providing our floral services to them. Now, after a lot of hard work and countless nights of no sleep, I am working in my business full time and will continue to provide the best service I am able to my customers. Read more>>

Shae Aldridge

Shae Organic Skincare was founded in 2018 but cultivated in early 2020. I began my Organic Skincare career as a lover of DIY skincare regimens and essential oils. My want for softer skin without harsh chemicals gave me an enthusiastic desire to create beautiful products that are natural and herbal-based. Each ingredient I choose for Shae Organic Skincare is carefully selected to enhance your skin’s natural properties or will restore the properties you may have lost while using harmful, chemically enhanced products. All of my products are handmade, whipped with perfection in mind, and organic. I believe the earth offers everything we need to become our best selves and Shae Organic Skincare is here to blend the lines of luxury and handmade products. Moreover, I am truly dedicated to restoring the beautiful radiance of women and men of color and changing the perception of organic goods. Read more>>

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