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Inspiring Stories from Far West

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 West below.

Davarion Johnson

I grew up in Barbara Jordan projects in the Oakcliff area. I was always the active kid, and my older brother and the older kids would always make me fight. It seemed almost every week I was fighting or someone around me was. We would go to the boys and girls club and get jumped by the West Dallas kids. The grown-ups would stop us from being jumped and made us fight one on one. Read more>>

Paige Byrd

Thiel & Thiel was established more than twenty years ago. The founding partners, Beth and Kurt Thiel, started the business and built their portfolio concentrating within their area of expertise in country club interior architecture and design. While building the Thiel & Thiel team, Beth and Kurt Thiel hired Elyssa Barksdale as an intern and shortly after, Paige Byrd as an interior designer. Read more>>

XL Santana

I moved to Dallas Texas in search for a better life, new opportunities, and a place where I can have the space to grow myself and be successful. Where I’m from there is a lot of hardships, violence, street gangs. drug cartels, and corruption, so coming from that environment I believe helped me have a good perspective of life, it helped me appreciate every opportunity I encounter. Read more>>

Erika Sanchez

My passion for Spanish and the Hispanic culture began in my high school Spanish 1 class. I was fascinated as I began to communicate with a whole new population that I was previously isolated from due to a language barrier. I continued to study Spanish through high school and college, all the while traveling to Spanish speaking countries including Mexico, Spain and Argentina. Read more>>

Tino and Krystal Gallardo

We are Tino and Krystal! We are the owners of Rustic 9 Furniture. Rustic nine was founded during a time where we had a huge desire to fill our home with furniture that was built with quality materials in the exact design we envisioned. Every furniture store we visited had a standard size for almost everything and was never what we were looking for. Our frustration grew, so we began building our own pieces. Read more>>

Melissa Robbins and Tammy Martinez

Mama Llama balloons is a mom (Tammy) and daughter (Melissa) adventure! Even though they are a mother daughter duo, they are also best friends! Originally from Quanah, Texas, Tammy and Melissa have always loved doing creative projects together. Melissa moved to Wichita Falls, Texas after college where she got involved in photography and insurance sales. Read more>>

Gigi Erwin a.k.a. DJ GURRL

I’m that GURRL who mixes business with love, passion, and enthusiasm, who gets goosebumps from a great song or a killer mix. I consider it pure joy entertaining others through music. I thank God for my talent, my Mom, who loved and played music all the time, thus exposing me to a great variety of artists, and my husband, my most ultimate fan, my encourager and rock. Read more>>

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