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Inspiring Stories from Central Dallas

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 the rising stars of Central Dallas below.

Aaron T. Tharp

It all really started when I went to Orlando for a conference and was introduced to the world of convention resorts, Gaylord Hotels to be exact. I was totally mesmerized by the size and at that moment realized I had to move from my small rural town in Indiana to Orlando and work for this resort. Within a span of 45 days I was living and working at that very hotel as a Front Desk Agent. Read more>>

Mary Margaret and David Gates

It all started when I (Mary Margaret) was living in New York City. I was in an arts conservatory studying Acting and Musical Theatre, pursuing my then dream of being on Broadway. Every once in a while, my friend who is a well-known Fashion Blogger would ask me to take photos of her for her blog when her other professional photographer couldn’t. Read more>>

Cass Munny

I grew up here in DFW, and being immersed in the culture is an understatement. My father founded N-Fini-T Productions as a hip hop music producer in the late 80’s through the 90’s. My youth was spent in sound checks throughout Deep Ellum and being a kid in a recording studio full of adults. Read more>>

Sammy Rios

My story starts from a place of color and sentiment. I was one of those kids who was reserved out in public and absolutely nuts in private, battling these two very different personas and legitimately wondering, in those vehemently paranoid ways children wonder, if I was actually mental. Read more>>

Chris Polk

I started my business Polkfit in August of 2016. I always had a strong passion for fitness and helping people. Throughout college, people always said I was the go to guy when it comes to working out. I always engaged with others by Helping and challenging them. While playing college football I had a Personal Trainer that kept me in the best shape. Read more>>

Randal Ford

I grew in up in Dallas, went to Highland Park High School, and attended Texas A&M University. I discovered photography in high school, but fell in love with it at A&M. Al- though my degree was in business, I shot for the student newspaper and student publications. Pretty soon, I was hooked. Read more>>

Aaron Lee

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Chef Aaron Lee’s desire to cook was an “accidental blessing.” Aaron and his single mother would spend afternoons preparing meals. This hobby developed into a passion and lead Chef Lee to create Seconds Catering and Event Planning. Fueled by his religious upbringing, Chef Lee saw creating meals as an opportunity for people from all walks of life to fellowship and “break bread together, like a family.”​​​ Read more>>

Nitashia Johnson

My name is Nitashia Johnson. I’m a photographer, graphic designer, and creative teacher from Dallas, TX. Growing up was a bit rough for me. My dad was deported back to Nigeria when I was just a baby so I’ve never met him in person. I didn’t live with my mother growing up either. Read more>>

Grady Coleman

I was born and raised in a decent size town in the state of Arkansas called Fort Smith. I was heavily involved in my local church, from mission trips to helping direct traffic on Easter morning, I was involved. It was on a mission trip with my church where I found my passion for creating. Read more>>

Austin Ham and Michael Holtberg

Austin’s Story – I’ve been in love with music for as long as I can remember. My first show was the Spice Girls for my 7th birthday party but I really started attending shows religiously when I turned twelve and attended Box Car Racer at the Bronco Bowl. I soon found myself as a young thirteen-year-old in the mosh pit for shows like Slipknot by myself after convincing their Japanese translator to give me a free ticket. Read more>>

Kathryn Johnson

Approx. 10 years ago I bought my first real camera. I had no intention of becoming a photographer, I simply wanted to take better pictures of my dogs. Photography immediately became a huge hobby. I loved learning how to take better photographs and wanted to continue to improve my skills. Read more>>

Joe Clemko

I grew up in Oley, Pennsylvania, a small country town with 1 ½ traffic lights, surrounded by cows and cornfields, about 40 minutes northwest of Philadelphia. My mom was an administrative assistant and my father was a Pennsylvania State Trooper. My brother is also a police officer and on a county S.W.A.T. team. Read more>>

Wes Corwin

I had moved to Dallas from the city of Memphis. I’m a stand-up comedian. Memphis’ scene is entirely Do-It-Yourself shows in bars and nightclubs and I wanted to bring that energy with me to my new home city. I connected with Tommy Miller, the head brewer over e-mail. Read more>>

Ashley Betts

The boutique is owned by myself, Ashley Betts, and my two sisters Darrya and Amber Betts. Our parents used to own a formal wear store for a few years and we enjoyed helping them with the store while they were in business. We love fashion and often receive compliments on the outfits that we wear. Read more>>

Bruce Osgood

I have been in the hair industry for over 30 years. When I was 20 I opened my first salon in Indianapolis, Indiana. Upon moving back to Dallas in 1998, Allane O’Neil and I opened the first Osgood O’Neil Salon in Snider Plaza. We now have four locations in Dallas together, and I still love working on the floor, behind the chair with my clients every day. Read more>>

Destinee Chanel

I am Destinee Chanel, Designer and Owner of Studio 1706. I believe the beginning of your business is the beginning of your life, 1706 is not just a moniker, and it is a personal bond to my life. The numbers 1706 represent the address were I was raised in Oak Cliff. It is symbolic for never forgetting where you come from. Read more>>

Nicholas Boulle

I grew up in Dallas, TX where I attended Episcopal School of Dallas. From the time I can remember I have loved competing and this has become an increasingly large part of my life as time goes on. I began racing go karts when I was around 12 years old and this became my passion in life. Read more>>

Andi Jamison

It’s crazy to think that this fall marks ten years that I’ve been designing! I have my grandmother to thank for my love of flowers, and when I was 18 I began working in a tiny flower shop in my hometown in East Texas. Read more>>

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