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Garland’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas 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 Dallas-Fort Worth area’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 rising stars from Garland and surrounding areas below.

Paula Brown

We’re an event styling duo by the name of Simply Paush. Our story is interesting in that neither of us was looking for a new business venture in the slightest. We found each other on complete accident that can only be summed up in one word: fate. As strangers and new to the industry, we met while working the same wedding that turned out to be a disaster in every way. Read more>>

Karla Nivens

I’ve always had a passion for music as well as a passion for helping women and children. I believe my passion has been passed down to me through the generations. Both of my Grandmothers were single mothers who started businesses to support their families. Read more>>

Keana Ervin

When I was a child I witnessed my mother going through domestic violence with my youngest brother’s dad. I remember getting my two youngest brother’s and stopping their ears up so they wouldn’t hear the yelling and cursing. Read more>>

Debbie Martin

I have always been a part of the creative field. I started as a painter, just for fun. I loved abstract art and then I got involved in portraits. There’s something really amazing about creating art, no matter what medium it is. Photography has been so fullfilling and a wonderful creative release. Read more>>

Matt & Julie Norine

We both got our start in photography before we met. Our experience and interest in photography grew with our relationship, and when we got married in April of 2012, we launched the brand that is Matt and Julie Weddings that July! So we were newlyweds and new business owners all at the some time. Read more>>

Darien Jackson

Little Pockets Denim first came about in March 2016 as a hobby turning my son’s old worn jeans into revamped and rad denim. As I progressed I realized that there was a lack of originality in kids clothing with big retail stores so I ventured into turning my hobby into a business. Read more>>

Scott Airitam

Upon graduation from high school, I took a risk and applied to a brand new radio station in the D-FW market. The station was literally broadcasting out of a small shack in Arlington, Texas. Little did I know that I’d just landed a job at what would become the powerhouse station, Y-95, in a top 10 market. And, I would be a big part of building that. Read more>>

Kelly Archibald

My husband is an attorney and he was looking for someone to help with projection and presence in the courtroom. He was unable to find anyone who could help. He turned to me and said,”You could do this”. You may wonder why he thought this. He thought it because I earned a vocal performance scholarship in college and have a degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Read more>>

Mildred Neal

All of my life I have loved animals. After graduating high school I decided I wanted an animal related job. Whether it be retail, shelters, kennel tech etc. After applying at many places, petsmart called me back to set up an interview. This was a foot into my profession now. After working for petsmart for about a year and a half, i decided I wanted to further my experience in a different field. Read more>>

Adeelah Halton

Growing up, I knew had a passion for hair. I stayed playing in my dolls hair. Soon, they began to bore me and I began to experiment on my hair as well as my brothers. One of them complained it hurt too much and the other happened to appreciate my services. Not long after the discovery that I could braid, word spread within the family, and the take off of Deelah’s braids began. Read more>>

John Burger, Adrienne Burger

Back in 2012, John was working as the Ecommerce Manager for a national watch company and traveling 5-6 days a month and looking for a change. Meanwhile, his wife, Adrienne, taught piano lessons on the side and stayed at home with their four children (they have five now). When an opportunity arose to buy an online retail business from a family member, John and Adrienne decided to take the plunge. Read more>>

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