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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.

Joette White

It was really a perfect storm situation. I had been helping the original company founder run the business and enjoyed the operations side of things, because it allowed me to interface with all of the sitters and clients. I had always loved animals and believed in the power of good old-fashioned customer service—so I knew I could grow the business more, if given the chance. Read more>>

Chandler Hatchett

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune deficiency in 2009 that made me change my lifestyle, diet and exercise regimen, turning towards a holistic and natural approach to living in order to keep my symptoms at bay. Over the next 5 years, my life drastically changed for the better as I navigated this new lifestyle, being mindful of what I filled my body, home and heart with. It was in this revelation that the heart of The H is For… was born. Read more>>

Alexis Clare

I joke that the short story is “boredom”. But of course, it’s always more complicated than that. My (then future) husband had gone on a trip to Hong Kong and was gone for about 2 weeks. With no one to waste time with, I was left to my own entertainment and multiple jobs. Read more>>

Josh Farrar

Yes. We (the three co-founders) have known each other and been close friends for many years. Mendr really began in the evenings when we would hang out, share stories with each other, and toss out our latest “big” ideas. This time the idea was Pat’s, and there was clearly something special about it right away. Read more>>

Erin Walsh

I am originally from Ohio and went to school there to study design. After graduating, I moved to Texas to work as an apparel designer at a large retail company here in Dallas. A few years later, I decided to take a big leap and left my position to pursue freelance work. I connected with a photography agency here in town and started working as an assistant stylist. Read more>>

Jamie Bricker

As long as I can remember, I have always loved doodling. Growing up, my notebooks, church bulletins, school books – everything – were covered in little pictures and words. Drawing words was almost like a calming mechanism for me. I never really pursued it until after I had my first daughter and found myself as a stay at home mom with no hobbies. Read more>>

Jaren Collins

In 2009, I was an engineering major at the University of Oklahoma and I was having the hardest time securing an internship in my field. After months of searching, I landed a summer internship outside of my major at a local publishing company. I would spend my days developing graphic designs for their radio stations across the nation. Read more>>

Violeta Deridder

My family migrated here when I was 14yrs old and at age 16 I went to University of Az where I obtained my B.S. degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. which married my love for fashion and business. My life, like a lot of people’s, has been full of soaring highs and crushing lows, but instead of letting that adversely affect me, I redirected my energy and focused on building a business where I can express my passion for fashion and decor. Read more>>

Anastasia (Staci) Benson

As a child I grew up without health insurance and saw firsthand how broken the healthcare system was. As much as my parents tried to hide it, I felt the financial struggles as they saved up to pay medical bills. The lack of transparency and hidden bills is not the way any business or system should operate. Read more>>

Christina Murrell

It’s funny how you can start with one idea and purpose and end up falling right into something you never knew you had a passion for. That’s how I started my career as a photographer. I have always loved making videos and desired to buy a starter camera for a long time. Read more>>

J Stephen Sadler

THE LOST RECIPE: J Stephen had heard many stories about the 400 hundred year old family crumb cake from his parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. All had fond memories of enjoying the now family famous cake many times at family gatherings but somewhere along the way, the recipe was lost. Read more>>

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