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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.

Hathaichanok (Nikki) Bunyaraksh

I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. After finishing my undergrad, I came to the US for further studying. During the time I was studying here, my roommates were the ones in charge of cooking. They are very good cooks and I always viewed myself as a dishwasher. Read more>>

Izenia Williams

It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together! I have been in the beauty industry for ten years. I worked for Regis Corporation for five years before I took the leap of faith to start my own business, The Hair Lounge. I have a passion to bring the beauty out of every person that I come into contact with. Read more>>

Natasha Bermudez

Growing up, I always had an interest in film and photography, but I never took it seriously until 2017. I was tired of never sticking to any hobby I picked up, and I made a deal with myself that I would stick with photography or go to college and start over in a business field. Read more>>

Allison Feinstein

My husband, Jeffrey has a diving accident in October 2018. We were so fortunate that our friends, family and community rallied around us during a difficult time. We wanted to be able to pay it forward to individuals who had suffered a Spinal cord injury who might have needed a little help. Read more>>

Carrie Sanders

I have always been in love with fashion for as long as I can remember and knew I would do something with it someday. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business from Sam Houston State University. Read more>>

Robair Williams

Started music career at a young of 11 in 2001, first instrument of choice the trumpet then gravitated towards percussion and at 16 self-taught piano. Remained a member of schools marching band from middle school to the collegiate level the “Funk Train Drumline” of the “Ocean Of Soul Marching Band” at Texas Southern University. Read more>>

Vivian Nguyen

The food blog idea started from a suggestion of a coworker. I constantly talked about food and it was one of the main topics that was a common bond between my friends and I. At one point, my coworkers dubbed me the “Walking Yelp” since I always recommended a place and provided a mini-review. Read more>>

Bill Streger

For the first decade or so of my adult life, things were “good.” Life wasn’t perfect, but it was good. Things had gone more or less according to plan. I’d accomplished a lot professionally. I married my high school sweetheart and we had three beautiful kids together. Everything was going great… until it wasn’t. Read more>>

Eric Smith

Atlas Restaurant Group was started in 2012 with the founding of Ouzo Bay Baltimore by Alexander F Smith. I partnered with Alex (My Brother) in 2013 and since then, we have opened up 18 Restaurants spread across three states and one district (Washington DC). We have 15 uniquely Different concept brands and over 1,000 employees nationwide. Read more>>

Jessica Raak

I started out in a small studio with just one chair. I had broken my foot and had to hire an assistant to help me out and that changed everything, I was able to see more clients in a day with the help of another person even though I was seriously injured. My business kept growing and we outgrew the small space. Read more>>

Viviane Nguyen

What do Tyson chicken wings and Coors beer have in common? Besides being two elements to a great party, they are both products of great refrigerated transportation. No one usually gives any thought to refrigerated transport, but a school project turned Forbes Under 30 startup is how we got the world to care a little more about good ole refrigerated transportation. Read more>>

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