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Inspiring Stories from Far North

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 from Far North below.

Krystal Mayse

I was always uncomfortable in my skin, and my self-worth and love suffered because of it. I lacked the confidence to stand out, and I maneuvered through life as though as I was invisible. I finally got to the point in life where I did the work necessary to love myself wholeheartedly. I learned that I am enough, and I want to encourage others to know that they are enough too! I’ve always had the desire to help and inspire others. Read more>>

Lay Akhotmy and Nikki Nguyen

Lay and I have worked side by side for almost 20 years. We met at the prestigious Jose Eber salon in Highland Park, where we quickly developed a clientele base that we shared as a cut and color team. When an opportunity to open the Plano location came up, we decided to make a move up north. We built a following there and expanded our clientele in the DFW metroplex and beyond. Read more>>

Stuart McClean

I grew up within the Dallas metropolitan area as a youth. Upon completing high school, I enrolled at Tennessee State University to pursue a degree in psychology and play football. During my sophomore season, I suffered a torn rotator cuff injury that required surgery and rehab. After a follow-up visit to my physician, he also discovered I had Crohn’s disease, which causes the inflammation of your digestive tract. Read more>>

Maike Cheng

After graduating with a degree in Interior Design from the University of North Texas, I spent several years at a local hospitality design firm designing luxury boutique hotels and resorts around the world. I learned very quickly on the job and was told by the owner of the company that I did more in my first year at his firm than most people have done in 10 years. After being inspired working with great architects on various projects. Read more>>

Merrilee Barone

I created this company in 2018 after struggling in my corporate Oil & Gas career of 10+. Years. After becoming a mom in 2015, I knew I had a different purpose in life and longed for a career that provided for my family but was deeply fulfilling, valuable and aligned with my strengths and morals. After doing a 6 month soul search with a business coach, I landed on creating my own company center around gratitude – something I wholeheartedly believe in and value. Read more>>

Dominique Gonzales

I started creating bath and body products in the fall of 2018 to give myself an outlet for the anxiety that I deal with daily. At that time, I prioritized self-care because I was struggling to balance everything I had going on in my life. During a meditation around that time, I got the idea to make my candles. I love essential oil scented candles and thought it would be dope to make them myself. After sharing my idea with others. Read more>>

Davee Hughes

I am a 27 year old, single mother of three beautiful children, from Washington D.C. I started my journey in Cosmetology when I was in the 6th Grade, here in Dallas, Tx. I would braid my nieces, nephew, and my brother’s hair. As the years went by, I started to do my mom’s hair, and it wasn’t until my 8th grade year when my Language Arts teacher asked my mom who did her hair, that I decided to actually try and make this a career. Read more>>

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