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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.

Kat Jones

I come from a family of hairstylists. My great-grandmother was a hairstylist and ran her own salon behind her house in Denton. My mother was a hairstylist as well as providing the hottest styles from as far as I can remember. I learned so much early in age from watching her. I attended cosmetology school in high school so I’ve been in the beauty world for 18 years. Read more>>

Ruthann Plata

After a sleepless night trying to land on a name that would be easy to find across social media that hadn’t already been tagged, I felt the Lord say to look up “oil of joy” in the Bible. I was amazed to find Isaiah 61:3 refer to that exact phrase, “… to bestow on them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes the oil of joy.” Read more>>

Alicia Williams

A Harliy was founded on the principles of faith and my love for thrifted fashion. I began thrifting when I was middle school age with my mom. She encouraged individuality, creativity, and appreciation for pre-loved vintage fashion. I loved the hunt for one of a kind pieces, bright colors, silky fabrics and fashion items that I knew my peers would not like or understand. Read more>>

Suzanne Canon and Tiffany Kroeger

Tiffany and I, the co-founders of Infinity Raine, met on an app called Poshmark. Poshmark is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell new or used clothing, shoes, and accessories. We both started on the app in 2012 expecting to earn a little cash cleaning out our closets. We never dreamed it would lead to where we are today. Read more>>

Grady Don Sandlin

We started Raised Right Men in late 2013, performing our first shows in January 2014. We began slowly, making monthly appearances at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton while we were growing our repertoire of country standards. Soon, we moved on to weekly residencies at Fred’s Texas Cafe and Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth. Read more>>

Kanit` Dechkhum

I always wanted to capture the world around me. I just wanted to freeze the time. To me, photography is timeless. I believe in all and any photographer. Different styles, different types. As of today, My intention of being a photographer is I just want to do what I love to do. It seems like my ideas just keep going, they keep me happy. Read more>>

Justin Bonard

When I started studying beer (I’m a Certified Cicerone), I was also casually exploring the world of cheese. Everything made sense! Working in Denton for the past five years, I came to miss the artisan cheeses that I had access to, but opening my own cheese shop was never really my dream. All I wanted was a neighborhood cheese shop with a thoughtful selection of beer and wine and a creative kitchen. Read more>>

Christi Turley Diamond

I started my own healing practice, working with people’s energy- reading it, saw the healing powers of essential oils and integrated them into my practice. I was blown away by what could happen in just an hours time. Having experienced my own trauma of molestation by neighbors down the street, physical abuse, rape, and loss, I see the road it takes to walk from that pain to a life of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose. Read more>>

Catie Francis

My story began about seven years ago when I had just left my job as a makeup artist at a salon to pursue my goal of becoming a hairstylist, I went to Ogle Cosmetology School on Preston Rd and finished in February 2011. I then drug my feet to get my license (about a year) and after I did, I started at a barbershop in Willowbend Mall. In the beginning, I had no idea what to do! Read more>>

Shameca Earl

I started my photography journey in 2012. I think I always looked at pictures different than many people. I saw the beauty in many things that seemed ordinary. After going back and forth with the idea of giving this a shot, I finally decided that I couldn’t ignore the “calling” so I purchased a Canon T6 and the fun began. I watched a lot of videos on YouTube, read as many articles I could find and started attending beginners workshops. Read more>>

Bradley Gibson

My life-changing decision to become an entrepreneur was more-so forced upon me as opposed to strategically making and following through with a legitimate business plan. I got to a point in my life where I began to feel complacent. The construction jobs I held were not financially beneficial as my family continued to grow. Read more>>

Amanda Reed

I painted and worked on design projects here and there to stay relevant, and happened to run into a friend who had an event planning company. I, of course, offered to help out as needed with events, and after the first few I worked on, I realized I had been bitten – I loved events! We began hatching a plan to rebrand and create another company, focusing on weddings, while she maintained corporate and non-profit events. Read more>>

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