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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.

Julie Johnson

My name is Julie Johnson, and Third Wheel Photography is an artistic effort I’ve established. I’m married and I’m a mother of three. Photography has been a large part of my life for quite a long time, increasingly during my college years. Because my focus has always been portraiture, I got most of my initial business from college students getting engaged. Since I was so often together with couples, I began to joke that I was a “professional third wheel”. The name kind of stuck, and here we are. I spend most of my time as a stay-at-home & homeschool mom, so photography is like a fun break for me in my current full-time job. I get most of my business by word-of-mouth advertisement and I do most of my current shooting in natural light studios around the Dallas area.  Read more>>

Emily Lee

I never intended to become a web designer. It was a lucky happenstance that came out of a series of unexpected developments! Actually, I wanted to be a painter ever since I was little. But when the digital age came along (along with Myspace, selfies, and photoshop), I ended up falling head over heels for photography and photo editing. I pursued it all the way through college and started a photography business under the name By Emily Jane! I learned all about marketing and sales through building this business (including as it happens, how to build an effective website).  Read more>>

Yaritza Davila and Belinda Vazquez

Hielito Lindo started in May of 2020… yes, in the midst of a global pandemic! It was times of fear and uncertainty, but we were determined. A conversation about having our own business led us to a trip to our local market where we gathered all of our supplies. Growing up we spent our summers in Mexico where we would have delicious all-natural hielitos, or also known as freeze-pops, we knew this is what we wanted to base our small business on. We would gather our family to try our hielitos and they would give us feedback. It took us weeks to come up with the perfect recipes. Read more>>

Claudia Starr

All it took was a nutrition class my junior year of high school to bring out my passion for cooking!! It was then that I truly realized how much I love it! From there I attended El Centro College in Dallas, TX, and obtained my Associate’s degree in culinary arts with a specialty in baking and pastry in 2010. For about 9 years I did private events only! Then in 2019 when I hit layed up from my primary corporate job, I opened DS Sweet Treats and Catering to the public!  Read more>>

Cassandra Stephens

Our History The conception of The Love Cafe began 9 years ago in February 2013 on DFWi Radio. We then later moved to the Fishbowl Radio Network in May that same year. Its’ original hosts were Cassandra aka (Jazzy) and Tarus Monroe (Tody Tee). When meeting with the Program Director Dwayne Gordan, he asked, “What’s the name of your show ??? We didn’t Know! He asked well what do you like to talk about. I said, “Love of all kinds, spirituality, relationships, family, community, and oh yes of course music”. That was the birth of “The Luv Cafe”.  Read more>>

Kaston Harris

I was a competitive dancer, powerlifter and cheerleader in my younger years. I began taking fitness serious about 3 years ago after I lost a lot of weight from my multiple sports related related injuries. I started TikTok and Instagram as just a way to show my journey in weight gain and in fitness and it has led me to many opportunities in the fitness industry. I also started personal training a few months because of the love I have a fitness and I wanted share my knowledge and passion for the hobby and turn it into a full time career. Read more>>

Cristal Estudiante

I started back in 2020 when the pandemic hit. So many of my friends have told me for years I needed to sell my food as I would just give them away when I happen to make too much. Growing up as the baby in a family of 6 I only learned to make large quantities at a time from my Mom. haha! Once the pandemic hit I had to return a ton of deposits to customers from my cake business Sugar and Pipe as people were unable to host large parties. This put me into high gear and I decided to start selling tacos. Read more>>

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