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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.

Shawnie Grant

In 2013, I opened a custom garment shop, Tailored Boutique, offering custom clothe-making to men and women living in the United States. In 2015, I moved to Shenzhen, China and started producing my women’s clothing brand, Tailored, using local manufacturers in China to sell at a wholesale price to fashion buyers in America. In 2015, I also started teaching my first fashion curriculum, Dress for Success, at English First to Chinese adults working internationally with American companies. In 2016, I founded a co-curricular course, Fashion House, teaching fashion design classes to Chinese middle school students at World Foreign Language Middle School Academy. Read more>>

Michael Thomas

I started my company out of necessity. I had a hard time finding a job in the advertisement when I graduated college. Instead of settling for less I decided to start my own shop and did freelance until I gained my first reputable client. Where I’m from, you either hustle or you went hungry? It’s pretty much that simple. While I was knocking on the door of opportunity, I was building my own door. Eventually after four years of hard work, and I mean hard work I was able to really retain a consistent client base and win some amazing awards. Read more>>

Jenayia Mercy

I started JEM’s in August of 2015 after doing a baby shower for a friend as a hobby. I researched ideas and tutorials from youtube, Pinterest and other social media outlets. I was late, my confidence in my work was low, and I tried to keep in mind that this was just something to do. However, the incredibly positive feedback I received from those in attendance birthed JEM’s Treats and More. The concept was simple with JEM’s being an acronym of my name and a simple yet catchy motto; Custom Desserts that not only look good but taste good too! Read more>>

Meghan McAlpine and Melissa Gibbons

Growing up, sports and fitness were such a big part of our family lifestyle. Everyone was always at some sort of practice, out on a run, or we were out on an adventure as a family. I grew up playing competitive soccer, and it was always a huge part of my life. I played soccer in college, and after college, I moved back to Houston and got a full-time job. Until I joined the workplace, I never really appreciated what being involved in so many activities did for me as I became an adult, nor did I realize what effect the lack of activities can have on you. Read more>>

Stevie Harrison

I created the brand Naturely Healing back in 2016 after going through a spiritual awakening. I like to describe my awakening as a beautiful mess, during that time I had a bakery, Le Sweetique, located in Spring, TX. While in that phase I had to let go of many people, places, and things that did not line up to the person I was maturing to be my true essence. Naturely healing was created that same year. After gaining spiritual insight through all of what I’ve experienced, I was able to help others in ways that allowed them to elevate their consciousness through different healing techniques, plant-based/vegan food being one of my newest techniques. Read more>>

Eliza Boquin

I always knew I wanted to be a therapist, but in my 20’s my impatience lead to me graduating with a BA in Marketing. Marketing was never my dream, so when my youngest of 3 children was starting kindergarten, I took the leap to go back to grad school. I was so happy I did because it confirmed that the therapist life was for me! I threw myself into my work and quickly learned that working with people struggling with unsatisfying relationships, sexual trauma, and sexual shame were most rewarding. Read more>>

Hector Reyes

I graduated from the high school of law enforcement and criminal justice in 2010. After graduating from high school in 2010, I joined the United States Marines. Read more>>

Margo Stutts Toombs

In the summer of 2001, I did a set for an open-mic night at the Laff Stop in Houston with my friend, songwriter, and singer – Jaunetta Cooper. A lot of friends came to the “event” for support. Their laughter gave me a false sense of talent. Read more>>

Courtney Smith

Courtney is the Founder of Spiritscribe Publishing, LLC and the creator of the Trouble Series: one of the first urban fantasies featuring African American characters. Read more>>

Malcolm Carter

I started on the journey of becoming a filmmaker in 2012 when I attended Barbara Jordan High School for Careers. I enrolled in the Audio/Visual Production class just to see exactly how it would go for me. As I look back, I didn’t want to be a filmmaker, I wanted to become a screenwriter. As the 4 years past, I become the top student in my career just by making short films and mini series productions back to back, but growing as I learned from my instructor Tyrone Dargins. Read more>>

Jason Fajkus

I was working in a bar as a bar back – cleaning dishes, restocking, with a kid on the way and couldn’t afford rent. I was struggling to pay bills and I met the DJ Alton. He DJ’d every Thursday and Friday Night at the bar I worked at and he said he could teach me, Well he spent the next 6 months teaching me how to DJ. After that he said I should go get a job and DJ’s Unlimited. Read more>>

Jackie Trejo

In 2010, I started working at a winery that was close to the university I was attending. The winery had a restaurant, bed and breakfast, retail store and also an events department. I started off working for the restaurant under an amazing and influential chef that always pushed me to do more. He always chose me to be the captain for his events because he knew I was very particular for the overall presentation of the event. During a private dinner hosted by Halliburton, the lead event planner approached me and asked me if I wanted to join them and become one of their planners. Read more>>

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