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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.

Lexi Monique

I found myself searching for a career. I wanted it to be something that I loved, had a passion for and become my own boss. I went from working in a call center that I hated because I had no real interaction with people, to retail which I began to fall in love with. Little did I know this was a major key to my next journey. However, working in retail had difficult hours and I always dreaded when the holidays came around. I even tried hair school and found out it wasn’t for me and I had to go back to the drawing board. I knew I loved fashion and dreamed of being in the industry but I didn’t know where I belonged. I started doing research on different careers within the industry and personal styling stuck out to me. Read more>>

Damita, Reginald King and Jodie Holmes

Momma Jo’s Bakery is a family-owned online bakery owned and operated by myself, Damita King CEO, and my two children Reginald King, CFO and Jodie Holmes, BDM. The bakery is in memoriam of my late mother, Justine Cotton, who is affectionately known as Gam Gam by her family. My mother always wanted a chef in the family and this bakery is the fulfillment of that wish. As CEO, I have had 28 years of experience in Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services. I was a cafeteria supervisor for 24 years before promoting to my current position as a Specialist I Culinary Trainer. In 2014, I decided to fulfill my mother’s wish and become a certified chef by enrolling in Le Cordon Bleu. It was here where the dream of Momma Jo’s Bakery came into view. Read more>>

Maya Hayes

I began my entrepreneur life at the age of nine years old in 1986! Believe it or not, it hasn’t just dance. I began in arts and crafts. I painted and sewed many items I sold to classmates and teachers throughout elementary and middle school. I fell in love with dance after learning musical instruments were my strong interest. I played the violin and piano for a while, but moving to the sounds fit me better! I began dancing while watching the 80’s hit TV Show fame and when Debbie told LeRoy to jump, I jumped too! I never stopped. Read more>>

Heather Rupe

I’m 25. My business is located in Forney, TX. I have been a lash artist for four years and have had my cosmetology license for six! I grew up in a small town in east Texas. I graduated high school early at 17 and went straight into cosmetology school! My mom was a hairstylist, so I always knew this is what I wanted to do. I tried doing hair for a couple of years until I found lashing. I loved it. It’s my thing. Read more>>

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