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Trailblazers: Neartown

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Neartown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Baby Blue

Me being creative has been with me since I was little. My grandmother was an event decorator and she made everything from scratch and I would help her with weddings and parties. Read more>>

Taryn Burt

My friends were raving about RIDE & insisted on me taking a class. After my first RIDE I was hooked. I found out who the owners were & arranged a meeting. Read more>>


I believe the lack of formal training in the areas of soap and jewelry making has made the creative journey both challenging and fun. I am thoroughly enjoying every experience in this creative process. Read more>>

Rina Diaz

My passion for hair styling began early on when I was watching my older sister go through the process of becoming a hair stylist herself. I enjoyed seeing the play of color, cuts and styling and the overall atmosphere of the salon environment. Read more>>


I was employed with the United States Postal Service for over 10 years. I worked my way up from a temporary position to Customer Service Supervisor. Like most, I dreamed of getting married, having a family, and living happily ever after. Read more>>

Hong Dam

Found my soulmate, my online shop is pretty much my job, and I’m in the best college that I could imagine while living, for the most part, independently. Read more>>

Jonetta Davis

I began doing makeup for my friend’s wedding at my church and for other events. I never planned on doing makeup as a career, but many people believed in my skill set and encouraged me to take my “hobby” more serious. Read more>>

Alexis Andrei

Painting has helped me through all hardships in life. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of five. I feel that this affected my current artwork because I visualize things shuffled, moving around, and backwards. Read more>>

Stacey Ramsower

I began the process of becoming a healer over twenty years ago with a VHS tape. My first experience with yoga was simple and innocent and also very profound. Read more>>

Valerie Ayala

I’ve always been interested in art. I took an interest in photography in high school and I’ve worked with Photoshop since middle school. I first started using Instagram (mostly for the filters) to share personal things, like selfies and vacation pictures. Read more>>

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