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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.

Sandra Lozano

Torito Cookies was born from my love for food and art. In 2018 a baker that inspired me to learn cookie decoration. I started exploring recipes and techniques and discovered that baking is a great therapy for me. The more I learned the more I enjoyed, then baking passed from being a hobby to help me as Therapy and becoming a small business. Read more>>

Nickie Johnson

Well, my name is Nickie Johnson and I’m 24 years old. I’m from Houston Texas, born and raised! I’ve been doing hair since I was around seven years old, playing in my hair also doing my big sisters hair (she doesn’t have arms ) and just caretaking for us and thing like that. I started making wigs about two years ago in 2018 because I was working a security job and I started feeling like what is my passion?! What do I really love and I’ve always had a passion for hair my oldest sister was actually a stylist for years and she’s where I got a lot of my techniques from just by watching her braid I learned how to braid and it’s just always stuck with me I was always the friend who was In the bathroom helping everyone! Read more>>

Michelle Tatum and Tavia Carter

With all that is going on in the world with police brutality and systemic racism, we wanted to be a major part of the change that is necessary for equality in our Nation. We realize that something that was lacking was unity amongst the blaq community and we wanted to be a bridge to teach our community the value of their dollar and how much of an impact it would make in the world if we were able to collectively increase our economic standing. Read more>>

Jasmine Balais

It all started with Panasonic Camcorder, my first video camera. I was 11 years young when I began shooting “short horror films” and directing my cousins as actors. They eventually lost motivation to continue doing the unpaid work. I always had a passion for acting and storytelling, which I didn’t recognize until after high school when I decided to travel Buenos Aries, Argentina and teach English abroad while I debated what I wanted to go to school for. During my journey there, I came across an Argentine Director who ran an on-camera acting seminar. I took my first acting class in Spanish, which is my second language, but Castellano Spanish is different from Mexican Spanish. I was raised in a Mexican household on the south side of Chicago. My father was white and my mother is Mexican. My parents separated when I was six and I was raised by my mom, her two sisters and my grandma. Read more>>

Kyle Charles Mathews

I was born October 25, 1974 in Saginaw Michigan to two amazing parents, my father, Charles Mathews a hardworking educated man who’s principles were built on faith and family. Then there was my 5ft no nonsense mother, Barbara Mathews, who was an educator and nurturer. She had this uncanny knack to give you a look that exclaimed she meant business and in that same moment she could give you a stare that said “I love you” and it was going to be ok. My parents divorced in 1981 and my mother moved our family to Texas and started a new life for us. A life and friends I grew to love, but they didn’t love me back, because as a result of my choices, I was in and out of trouble straying away from the foundation that my parents had given me. Read more>>

Amy Patel

Our Storybook journey began roughly four years ago. I have been in the weddings and events industry since 2010 and grew my vendor and community connections across Texas over the years. I have love culture and celebratory occasions offer the connection and education on how different couples, families and community celebrate milestone moments together. Our forte is Weddings, primary South Asian and Cross-Cultured Wedding celebrations. We love being able to orchestrate multi-day wedding celebration with weddings upwards of 500 of the couple and their families closest relatives and friends. Although these numbers have significantly been reduced in 2020, the celebrations are still filled with some much culture, color, and creativity. Read more>>

Sally Kirk

I currently work with clay making functional ware and jewelry. I first fell in love with clay in college 13 years ago when I randomly found myself signing up for Ceramics 101 on a whim. I had no idea how dramatically clay would shape my future. I remember exactly what it felt to like centering a piece of clay for the first time. When you center clay, you must be strong, stable and calm to help a wobbly and wild piece of clay center and be still itself. This process became a healing and meditative form of art in my life. Read more>>

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