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Inspiring Stories from East 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 East Dallas below.

Arik Cardenas

My mother is an artist and my father is a career firefighter. Photography for me combines the best of that heritage – artistic vision, hard work, courage, empathy – on my best days those all come together. I’ve been into art and expression my whole life but didn’t seriously pick up a camera until my daughter was a newborn in early 2012. Read more>>

Ava Skipworth

My son was 4 years old when I began to conceive of Monster Yogurt. It started with a dream of owning a little shop that would sell ice cream and frozen treats in my community, East Dallas. I left a 20-year career to peruse this dream. After considering many concepts I could not find one that fulfilled all the needs I wanted to fill. Read more>>

Paul Wackym

We started Wackym’s Kitchen in the fall of 2008 when the economy tanked, and I followed my urge to change my career path. I abandoned the security of corporate employment in favor of a more personal endeavor based on my love of cooking and entertaining. Read more>>

Tonya Blake

Established in 1998, I have worked on residential projects all over the Dallas Metroplex and East Texas. As a Designer I have 19 years’ experience that ranges from new home construction, to remodels, to redesign in residential and commercial spaces to real estate staging.  Read more>>

Sandy Wu

My mother and I moved to the Dallas metroplex from China when I was 14. My mother was a famous musician in China. Prior to arriving to the States, she toured and performed all over the world. As a single mother, she worked hard, keeping 2 jobs constantly sometimes 3 after we moved to the States to provide for us. She made sure we always had food on the table, and I was never to worry so I can strive to do the best that I could academically. Read more>>

Johnny and Betty Crenshaw

Occasions at Stone River opened in 2009 by Johnny and Betty Crenshaw. Betty, MSBA, retired from Texas A&M University in 2002 where she was the Director of Human Resources and EEO and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Business Administration. Johnny has been an entrepreneur most of his life, owning several businesses since age 22. He is also a licensed minister through Lake Pointe Church. Read more>>

Sheri Garrett

If you think about it, what is one of the happiest occasions in your life? For a girl it is the dream of one day getting married. The feel of true love. The desire to find that right person and know that person feels the same about you. Read more>>

Kat Warwick

A lifetime of playing around with hobbies that I love, helped me reinvent myself in 2008 after corporate America didn’t seem to want me anymore. Teaching dance turned into my new career and after a few years I was able to focus on starting an art career. A few years later after a lot of hard work, amazing amounts of help and support from friends and family, 3 successfully produced shows, and lots of lessons learned, I opened The Art Life Way! Read more>>

Michael Norton

I t all started when I was 7 years old, a neighbor gave my friend and I, a wooden log, a bag of nails and a couple of hammers. From then on, I was hooked. By the age of 10, I was working on our small ranch, building barns, fences, chicken coops etc. In our country high school, we had wood shop. Read more>>

Chris Stewart

My background is in the visual art world. I received a painting scholarship at SMU, and then returned to get an MBA and a Master of Arts. I had a goal of mixing art with business, and initially went to work in marketing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Read more>>

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