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.
In 2018, Said Carter launched ERA Vintage, bringing together her interest in fashion, vintage, style and art as well as her experience in literature and design to create a business that would celebrate freedom of expression and a sustainable retail experience of the future. She spent years organizing, shopping and dreaming of being a business owner before taking the first steps. In 2019, Jillian French began as a model, soon turned partner and stylist due to her passion for fashion. Together they form ERA Vintage, a small business with a big vision that focuses on pre-loved, handpicked, unique items with precise styling. Said was an educator for 14 years prior to transitioning into fashion. She went from an English teacher to winning Teacher of the District (HISD) and a Curriculum Writer. During her tenure, she was always quoted as being one of the most stylish teachers by administrators and students. She often stretched what it meant to show up entirely as yourself versus what a traditional teacher looked like. This was nothing new as she’d always questioned certain rules and ‘dress codes.’ She felt it was imperative to fully express herself in order to remain authentic to who she was. She wanted to grow and stretch herself into another space. Read more>>
I’m an entrepreneur originally from Lake Providence, Louisiana who was raised in Houston, Texas. I’m a poet and aspiring author who has a niche for interior design and decorating. I currently own and run three different businesses; Mothers of Unborn Angels, Indigeaux Beauty and Squeaky Bee. I am very big on uplifting and encouraging other women in all walks of life to always be their best selves. Read more>>
I was laid off in 2018 from a company I worked for almost six years and noticed I would be comfortable. I was so caught off guard by the lay off I decided I never wanted to invest myself in another company unless it was for my own self-gain. I have begun doing my research about different business ventures and I decided I could make my own lipgloss and start a line, so that’s what I did. In February 2019, I gained rights to my name and began making and marketing my homemade lipgloss and lipstick. Through test and trial, I found my Vitamin E infused lipgloss was very successful, but the integrity of the lipstick was no good. I sought out a vendor and found a great liquid matte lipstick vendor. As time went by my business grew and so did my line of products. Now, not only do we carry lip gloss & liquid matte lipstick, but we also have adhesive eyeliner, mink faux hair eyelash strips, and high pigmented eyeshadow palettes. Read more>>
I was a student athlete (softball and track & field) who enjoyed participating in pageants and performing on stage. When I wasn’t doing any of that, you could find me in love with writing and captivated by movies inspired by true stories. However, when it was time for me to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, I defaulted to my strongest subjects in school of math and computers, never seriously considering a career in sports or entertainment. I grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and graduated from Douglass High School with a full academic scholarship to Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. I double majored in accounting and computer science with the aspirations of leveraging technology to advance the accounting industry. And I went on to do just that… that is to help elevate the accounting industry through technology as a consultant, implementing accounting software or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as they’re also called for fortune 500 companies. Read more>>
Bhakti Salunkhe Puranik
The seed was planted long before I was born. Mine is a story of three generations of women working together. My grandmother (Mamaji) had the vision to build a residential school for under-served youth, so she founded the Puranik Foundation in 1998 and built a school in Pune, India called the Vision International Learning Center. My mother, a life coach, mentor and Chief Financial Officer, now serves as the Executive Director at the foundation. I now serve as the Managing Director, overseeing operations programs and partnerships. I grew up hiking hills and climbing trees at our school campus and officially started working at the foundation as a Design and Communications Director back in 2017. Utilizing my education in advertising, I began pitching our mission, working on developing community partnerships with schools and lead the Impact India study abroad program. Read more>>