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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.

Ambrielle Wilkins

I am truly honored to revisit VoyageDallas! When I collaborated with this amazing publication four years ago, I was opening my second lash salon in Deep Ellum. Soooo much has updated since then and I’ve been blessed every step of the way! I started this journey 15 years ago with an entrance to the cosmetology industry. I initially decided to couple my love for makeup with the evolving world of hair. After my first day on the floor in cosmo school, I absolutely hated it! I didn’t want anything to do with the hair industry but I was committed to my education. After developing my knowledge and application in the hair industry; (along with my makeup career) I stumbled into the unknown eyelash world. It was an incredibly young and fairly uncharted segment of the cosmo world. After my initial (and turbulent) introduction, I found my love for lashing! Fast forward over 10 years later, my love for lash design transitioned me into national lash educator for one of the largest lash salon families in the US. And the rest is a tapestry of beautiful history!. Read more>>

Ryan White

I enrolled in Barber School 4/20/16 I remember thinking I have to make this happen because I couldn’t see myself working a 9-5 anymore. Barbering has taught me a lot about who I want to be, and what my goals are for my Future, Family, and Business.  I started out cutting hair at my house once I enrolled in Barber School., and I have to say thanks to all my friends who supported this dream from day one because without the them I wouldn’t get the practice.  My Wife is the one who set me up at Barber School and has been in my corner every step of the way she deserves most of the credit if you ask me. My Family believed in my goals, and most importantly I believed in myself, and the value of hard work.  One conversation at a time building real relationships with people, and being a professional Barber giving my best effort has been my key to success.  Read more>>

Jasmin The Wizard

Everything started from my spiritual awakening. I was 19 years old, and had just loss my very first child in a very late miscarriage. I was 5 in a half months, when I was informed my child no longer had a heartbeat and immediate surgery was required the very next day. I did not have very much time to wrap my mind around things, or even have time to accept what my reality was. On top of that, having a best friend who was also pregnant, made it harder to see her carry on with everything I was looking forward to experiencing. It left me devastated and at my lowest. I felt like I had no where to turn, no bright future was ahead because I felt stuck inside of my own darkness. I ended up losing all of my friends, my relationship, and also myself. I tried to carry on with life, but I just always felt apart of me was missing after taking all of those losses. In my own isolation, I got to know myself more than I ever have before, but it felt like the very first time I actually felt “me”. Still suffering from a broken heart, I used to always spend time out with co workers, drinking, partying, but still felt very empty inside. Read more>>


Travis Hendricks

I’ve been working in the food/beverage industry for a long time, nearly 20 years, but I was mostly on the beverage side of things. As much as I do love working a good bar, food is always where I wanted to end up. I grew up around food. My mother (as every good chef states) was the start of it all. Growing up, she worked in a single person kitchen and I remember everyone liking her food. People prefered her food to anyone else that worked there. So needless to say, I learned a lot from her. I liked to cook, but I thought nothing of it. Food was just food. What really got me excited was when I moved to New York City. I was almost getting to taste everything as it was the first time. Things tasted different. Different food cultures, different spices, food was actually seasoned! It was glorious. Each new restaurant bar job I would start, I got to study the menu. I got to learn more and more. I befriended chefs, learned a bit from them until I started to put everything together. Read more>>

Sasha Bowman

I grew up in South Dallas to a low income family. We didn’t have much but we made it enough. Over the summers, my mom worked for a non-profit food service that provided breakfast and lunches to less fortunate kids that had free lunch during the school year. I think through that she found a passion for helping people that turned into wanting to do something on her own, big or small. Living in South Dallas, where there is a large homeless population, we started making lunches and essentials packs at home, put them in coolers and walked up and down MLK Blvd or Al Lipscomb Way handing them out to those in need. I think those times with my mom are what sparked a desire within me to do something like that in the future. Since moving back home last year i could tell that the homeless issue wasn’t getting any better so i wanted to do something. Recently i joined the SZNs CHNGE team and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to start to give back. So I brought my idea to the team and we developed “Sewing” – a community relief project to mark off another one of our pillars: community outreach. Everyone was very excited with idea so we just hit the ground running and now here we are celebrating another successful event!. Read more>>

Nneka Roberts

It was inevitable. I was born in what I think is the coolest era, the 80’s, and in the city that never sleeps, New York City, surrounded by diversity and a naturally creative family with Caribbean influence. I was the baby in a household full of adults that played instruments, were rappers, sound engineers, painters, illustrators, dancers, and fashion designers. As a young girl, I can’t say art was my calling. Being around music plus the help of music videos as I always thought I would be a dancer or deejay. I was heavily influenced by music especially with the help of my uncles being able to hang out with them in their basement recording studio. If not in the studio, I‘d be watching my mom sew learning how to create my own doll clothes, watching my aunt dance Off-Broadway in Manhattan, to watching another aunt paint on canvas’. There was always something happening with the matter of the minds. Being around so much talent would allow me to experience many creative outlets but always found myself doodling and drawing on a sheet a paper not realizing it was the start of my creative path. I was told I was always artsy and began drawing from a very young age but not until I was a preteen, I became more invested in art. Read more>>

Laniq Adams

In 2000, several friends and I began our own rescue group, focusing predominately on cats and kittens, but helping wherever we could. Over the years we’ve done a number of “confused” dogs — Picture a Chihuahua or a mixed breed sitting surrounded by a bunch of cats and wondering how the heck they got there and you have the idea.  In addition to dogs, we have done mice, hamsters, several guinea pigs, and a couple of rabbits… two or three snakes, a couple of ferrets a very long time ago and we even assisted the Texas wildlife people in saving and later transporting some 2000 toads from a local swimming pool. However, our main focus are felines.  We actually began doing adoption events every Sunday at the Red Jacket on Greenville Avenue but around 2005 we began showing at the Petsmart on Greenville Avenue on Sunday afternoons. When the Petsmart at Cityplace opened up, we were asked to show there and we are now there every Saturday afternoon. While we did have our own shelter for a number of years, the last 10 years plus we have been strictly foster-based. Read more>>

Reagan McGinnis

So, in January of 2021, myself and some of my friends got together and organized a school supply drive with a bunch of student-athlete organizations on campus (BSAC) and we had shockingly huge success. We raised a couple thousand dollars in just a few days and got to outfit a local elementary with enough school and COVID supplies to get them through the year. After we saw the willingness of other people in the SMU and Dallas area to help out and started getting a little ambitious we started tossing the idea around of starting our own non-profit, and The Detente collective was born. We applied for 501(c)3 status in February and kept building. We have an amazing team of people who’ve worked so hard to be able to achieve what we have. We’ve sponsored 5 schools, hundreds of student, homeless shelters, 3 women’s shelters, several domestic abuse survivor support networks, and more. We’ve been recognized by the mayor’s office, SMU, and a few other organizations, and were so blessed to have all of the people behind us who allowed that. Read more>>

Madison Cowan

My passion for the beauty industry has been in place since 2018 and I always knew I wanted to start a business in a booming industry. Queenity Lashes LLC started in April of 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. I started with local deliveries of lash extensions like faux mink and mink and my clients love them. Once I moved to Houston, I started to ship to states because I had clients who wanted to purchase lashes in a lot of states and loved the products. Queenity Lashes goal is to build every customer’s confidence and beauty with just a simple application. When you add a pair of lashes to your look, you immediately go from 0-100 real quick. All my customers felt that way! So, that is when the brand began.  Read more>>

Amy Kalikow

I always had a passion for all things creative. I had worked as an account director for very creative advertising and PR firms and loved the creative process but was really good at the business side too. I always went to all the NYC furniture shows and any other furniture events in the city as interiors was always a passion. Once I started to have my family, I have 4 daughters, I took time off from work to raise them. During that time, we purchased a home that I decorated. I loved the process and friends really loved the house, even going as far to saying they would hire me when they purchased their home.   I began taking on smaller projects to get back to work as my children were now fully in school and I needed a creative outlet.   My first big project was a friend that bought an apartment in NYC and then a home in the Hamptons and had me design both. From there, it just was word of mouth and I was fortunate to continue getting amazing projects from homes to apartments to full building renovations.  Read more>>

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