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West 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 West Loop’s rising stars below.

John Kurek

Kickstart Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. We use the karate principles of honesty, courage, discipline and responsibility to teach character education to students inside of the public schools. We were founded in 1990 by martial artist, actor and humanitarian, Chuck Norris. Read more>>

Oscar Garcia

Churrasco To Go is family-owned and operated, homegrown in Houston, Texas. We believe family comes first and deserves the best in quality – from food to service, and to us, you are family. Nearing our five year anniversary, it has been tough at times but we’ve been able to always come back on top. Read more>>

Julia Mitchell

I started my career almost ten years ago on accident. I’ve always loved kids, teaching & being a role model to them. My grandmother was a well known artist, and on weekends I would work with her teaching art classes to children all around Los Angeles. She would always tell everyone my resume was just as long as hers (from the age of 2!). Read more>>

Franco Garcia

At an early age I started working in construction, comercial and residencial from there I had many other jobs most of them in the same type of field thanks to that I developed multiple set of skills throughout the years; that combined with a lot of self development books and life changes I made the decision to start my own business and Mr. Nice guy Handyman Services was born, and let me tell you that was the best decision I ever made. Read more>>

Tina Rix

Hello, thank you for visiting Better Path Family Counseling and Consulting, PLLC. As our sessions will not be focused on me, of course, I wanted to take time to share a little about who I am. Gone are the days when you go see your therapist/counselor/life coach and you know little to nothing about their life and who they are. Read more>>

Tori Renae

Tori Renae was born and raised in Houston, Texas . She began her modeling career while attending Lamar University. Tori joined a fashion coalition called Eblaja in 2010. In 2011, Tori was featured in a spread in the November issue of the Beaumont Enterprise Magazine. Read more>>

Kem Coan

I am a native Houstonian, married to my college sweetheart, and have two amazing children ages 29 and 26 and a wonderful daughter-in-law. My M-F routine consists of working full-time as a Personal Injury Claims Manager handling offshore injures for a marine transportation company based in Houston, TX. Read more>>

Jennifer Roane, Melanie Fitzpatrick

We both worked throughout college at Charde Jewelry on Kirby where we fell in love with all things jewelry! After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, we both moved to LA (where Melanie still lives). Melanie took at jewelry class in 2010 at Otis School of Design and then taught Jennifer how to make jewelry. Read more>>

Sarah Gish

I started Gish Creative ( in 2000 when I had my second child and I wanted to have more flexibility with my job. I had been working at Landmark Theatres for 7 years, managing three Houston indie movie theatres, and was able to take my first son to work with me. Read more>>

Victoria Elizondo

I was working as a server at a Peruvian restaurant and I would always find my self peeking an eye at the open kitchen. I fell in love with the idea of being on the other side of the counter. My mom has always worked in kitchens out of necessity but when she would cook at home she came up with random dishes as opposed to traditional Mexican food. Read more>>

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