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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.

Joey and Melanie

Our goal was to write children’s books that could be engaging for teachers and students in the classroom along with making children smile. With our goal and first story written out, I bought an iPad Pro, learned the ins and outs, and did all of the illustrations and text on it. Shortly after we had officially published our first book! Within that summer we also wrote ‘My P.E. Teacher is a Ninja’ based on my experiences as a P.E. teacher. Read more>>

Adeana Shannon

Since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for animals. I would bring home every stray and feed anything that crossed my path. As I got older and in a position to have a pet of my own I started with a cat and a bird. Once I had a yard, I adopted my first dog, a yellow lab named Tex. When I heard his story and the neglect he had to endure I knew I wanted to help others like him. Read more>>

Heath Hill

14 years ago, I sold my landscape business and started Lime Media. I started Lime in 2005 and struggled until God gave me a vision and my wife a dream which changed the course of our business forever. Ten plus years later we have officially caught a gear and are doing some of the best work in the industry. Read more>>

Erica Wilfong

I have an extensive background in professional athlete management and their charitable work, and I moved to Dallas while I was in between contracts, so I took a position in May of 2016 as a commercial real estate property manager. And boy was I was miserable! So, I prayed about an opportunity that would allow me to control my own destiny and not have to work for anyone else. Read more>>

Amiee Berry

When I really think about how I began my photography journey, I am blown away at the Lord’s hand in it all. Photography has been a huge blessing in my life that began with a desire to buy a decent camera. I financed the camera and thought I would help make my payments by taking photos of friends in the Texas bluebonnets. I believe I charged a whopping 20.00 because I had NO clue what I was doing and thought it would be a fun way to learn how to use my camera. Read more>>

Jessica Hughes

I grew up in a family owned business, my dad owned a drugstore, and my brothers and I started working there at a young age. My father was an entrepreneur, and both my brother and I have always had it in our blood. As far as I can remember, I was always doing something entrepreneurial. I remember being about eight years old and making crafts and selling them to my friends. Or knocking on doors in the neighborhood selling tickets to my magic show that I was having in my backyard. I started Hughes Marketing Solutions in 2011, a little over seven years ago. It was born out of my desire of being an entrepreneur and my passion for marketing. Read more>>

Johnathan Kaufman

It’s actually a funny story of how I had gotten into this business. I actually used to do some modeling, just building my portfolio and helping my photographer friends with their portfolios with just doing different concepts. I actually always loved photography especially looking at different, old photographs, and always wanted to emulate that aspect. The way I really had gotten into Photography was due to a friend of mine (who was a photographer) needed a second “shooter” on her shoots. So I grabbed one of her cameras and started shooting. Read more>>

Adam Lowes

My brother Mark and I have worked together for many years in the coffee industry in our home city, Perth, Western Australia. Spending time in Texas, and in particular, with our cousin here in Dallas, we felt as though it would be a great adventure to bring our style of coffee to Dallas. It has been a fun journey. I think our goal of fast and fun espresso bar/grab and go coffee has confused some patrons, who are looking for more of the wifi “coffee shop” space to spend longer periods of time lounging and studying. Read more>>

Courtney Ellis

My appreciation for homes and for neighborhoods dates back to my childhood in the Texas Hill Country. My parents raised five kids between several major home renovation projects; teaching us that homes are created through vision and creativity. Those projects gave me a passion for a lot of things, but especially for restoration and for life — in people, in communities, and in homes. After studying journalism at Texas A&M University, I spent a few years in Washington, DC fundraising on Capitol Hill. Read more>>

Alexandra Gatlin

My journey started as a freshman in high school when I decided to take an entrepreneur class, and decided that my love for all things beauty was going to be how I made my mark on the world. It wasn’t until after giving birth to my son that I decided to freelance with makeup, with the help of family I became connected to attendees of the Maragarita Ball, and from there my business started to take off. I am in love with all things makeup including special effects makeup which I like to do during Halloween, after a few years of freelancing I decided to become certified in Microblading, which then led me to nails. Read more>>

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