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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.

Tara Smith

I started this little business – named after my Grandma June – to share my love of jewelry with ladies who also love to accessorize. It all started when my younger sister, who is in my hometown of Ohio, started her own small business of a clothing boutique. She couldn’t run accessories along with clothing, so she encouraged to “do the accessory part from Texas. Read more>>

Ginny Hudnut

In 2013 my sister was raving about an appointment where she learned what colors of clothing and accessories looked the best with her natural coloring. I was incredibly skeptical and all but rolled my eyes at her. I don’t need to pay someone money to have them tell me what looks good on me, thank you very much. Read more>>

Jill Thompson

My photography adventure started at a young age when I posed my stuffed animals in cute little scenarios and took pictures of them. I created a whole photo album of prints from just one teddy bear. Little did I know, years later, this love of photos would become Jilly Bean Photography. My father also showed me the importance of taking pictures. Read more>>

Heather Bartos, MD

My favorite quote is: “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backward and in high heels.” It pretty much sums up my feelings about women – we do it all. I didn’t start my career in medicine. Quite the opposite–I was in marketing, advertising, and public relations, working with companies from country music singers to major corporations. Read more>>

Blake Shook

Two things fascinated me growing up: the outdoors and starting my own business. I experimented with every business I could dream up as a kid living in rural Texas. Lemonade stands, (not much traffic on country roads) raising and selling vegetables and fresh eggs, (hard to grow things in dust) painting the farmer’s fences next door, (ran out of the wall). Read more>>

Rita Hicks

I accidentally stumbled upon training in college. I just began working out and I was curious about what the “right” or “most effective” way to work out was. All the ‘professionals’ at the time and the limited resources, pre-internet days, Had me just sitting in machines or just specific body parts. It didn’t feel right, nor was it giving me the results I was looking for. Read more>>

Jeff Rackley

After 30 years in manufacturing, mostly as a plant manager/director of operations, I wanted to have my own business — I’d already spent a lot of time running other people’s businesses. Having always been a “car guy” who loves working on, modifying and driving cars, it had to be a car-related business. Also, I wanted to do something fun, where the customers look forward to and enjoy the results of our services. Read more>>

Addam Francisco

My story started in college at about 20 years old. I played some college basketball at a small school in Oklahoma called St. Gregory’s University then transferred to West Texas A&M in Canyon, TX. While at West Texas, I dealt with a tough situation fueled by a racist organization in the town of Canyon and decided to return home to Oklahoma City. Read more>>

Sherri Williams

Seven years ago, we lost everything, well, not everything. Our family and faith are more intact than ever. However, through a very difficult and unexpected set of circumstances, we lost our jobs, our home, our savings and our retirement. We had to relocate, and when most people are planning for retirement, we were starting completely over. Read more>>

Legacy Sanchez

I moved to DFW in late 2011 from Omaha, NE as a 23-year-old single mother of three girls. I had begun making jewelry before my relocation and selling locally in Omaha. After settling in DFW, I began expanding my brand from jewelry into tees that represented what I felt LEGACY was. Read more>>

Kenya Hawkins

Every life has a story behind it. Sometimes your story starts badly or maybe even sad. However, your story starts; just know that you have full control on how it will turn out. My story during my adult chapter was very dull and filled with much heartache and pain at first. From dealing with the struggles of being a single parent to dealing with thyroid issues. Read more>>

Marrin Ellis

While I was in college, I studied Biology and Chemistry, but at the same time, I was playing football and running track. I would take the information I was learning about the body from the classroom to the field or the track and I started to develop a passion for getting the most out of the human body as possible and performing at my highest levels. Read more>>

Neetu Jabbal

I have always loved to cook and bake since my childhood. As and when I got the chance, I used to sneak into the kitchen and experiment with all kinds of food, and that habit continues. I continue to experiment with my food and cake and add my own twist to make the food/ cakes tastier and more presentable. Read more>>

Pa’Reesha Seiber

Mo’s Butter Naturals came about a few years ago when I was attempting to make a product that helped my partner at the time’s skin troubles. After tons of research and trials of a bunch of different formulations I found something that worked for him. Time went on and every time he went to get his hair cut he told me that his barber would ask what he was using on his hair and skin because it always looked healthy. Read more>>

Kyle David

Growing up as the son of a preacher, I spent my childhood attending countless church services where my deep love for music began. While learning to play multiple instruments and listening to a wide range of music, I was quickly drawn to the heavy sound and descriptive imagery of Hip Hop. As a lonely, lost kid, hip hop always made me feel like I belonged like the artist was talking only to me. Read more>>

Khalil Jones

I grew up cooking. I watched how food brought my family together. Hence, I always wanted to have that effect on the world, I ‘ve been professionally cooking for five years now growing up how I knew at an early age I wanted to be a chef sounds so cliché but honestly, when I was eight years, I found the show Chopped on Food Network. Read more>>

Brian Manhart

Following 18 years on a Kansas farm with his parents and five siblings, Brian earned a bachelor’s degree and went on to receive his master’s degree from the University of Kansas. Nearing the end of graduate school and an athlete on the university water ski team, Brian applied for work as a camp counselor and relocated to the state of Maine. Read more>>

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