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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.

Kris Koffee

Being frustrated, I created my own hair care line that would work with multiple textures of natural hair. The love of Natural Hair brought me into becoming a natural stylist and opening my own natural hair salon that caters to natural multicultural textures with products that work with every texture for every need. Finally, a natural hair care line created by a natural hair stylist. Read more>>

LaShundra Smith

2018 was a turning point for me as I lost both my parents three months apart and suffered through a lot of heartbreak and isolation shortly after due to further events. This led me to creating a platform to encourage women in their healing and walk with God, thus created Women with Balance. Read more>>

Amyre Barber

After much thought, I gave it a try but only part-time to make some extra money and learn more about the business. Eventually, I realized that the travel industry was it for me and this is where I belong. It’s just really interesting how the universe works and how things come back around full circle in our lives. Read more>>

Isaias Martinez Jr.

My interest in photography first bloomed in 2010, when I was 16. All my friends were on Facebook at the time and I was the last one in my group of friends to get on Facebook. They all had pictures that I saw throughout my newsfeed and thought to myself, “I should really start posting pictures as well.” So I did just that with what I had at the time, which was an LG Chocolate Touch phone. Read more>>

Jason Caston

Life only becomes what you make it when you go after what you want. Prior to that, life is just what is happening to you. So once my friend gave me the idea to start my own business teaching what I know (I realize this is now called consulting), I decided that that was the path that I wanted to take next. Read more>>

Jessica “KellyJe” Ellis

Full of black-owned entrepreneur women from different parts of the world that support each other like a real family. I want anyone I come into contact with to know anything is possible. I have battled with mental health conditions since I was 15 and other health issues before I can remember. If I can continue to push and never let anything stop me, I know that I can show others the same. Read more>>

Eric Anthony

Our business is based on biblical principles! We treat everyone with the Love of Christ. It’s not all about the money! We build relationships with our clients! We tend to do more portraits than any other types of photography. When you approach people in Love, you are received in Love. Read more>>

Stephen Vineyard

Working in the community as a law enforcement officer for over sixteen years currently. I fell in love with cooking as a means to identify the communities and it’s love for good food. I noticed how the joy of well-prepared food, reminds everyone of family. Which brings us all closers together. Read more>>

Thomas Allen

I’ve always been passionate about sports, fitness, and working with kids. To be able to work in an industry where I could combine the three is very rewarding, to say the least. During the summer of 2010, my step brother Trent wanted to prepare for the upcoming 8th grade football season. At the time, he essentially didn’t know anything about the game. Read more>>

Mary Banos

I am a self-published author and motivational speaker. My business name is LIFE – Lifting Individuals For Empowerment, I have spoken at several various events such as a networking luncheon, middle school students, college students, and a woman’s support group. Read more>>

JJ Moreno

Today, Papi Chulo is the band with the winning song “Tira la basura en el bote”, for the Spanish Don’t Mess with Texas campaign from the TxDOT. The video for the song is played in Univision and Telemundo to remind the Texas citizens to throw the trash in the can, to keep this state clean and beautiful. Read more>>

Jennifer Pressley

After I settled into my new role, I found my mind wondering through the day of what I wanted to do next to still be “me” not just “mom.” With a nine months old and preschooler at home, a friend invited me to a moms’ night out at a cookie decorating class from another local cookie artist here in McKinney. Read more>>

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