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Inspiring Stories from West Dallas

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 of West Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Marlon Jackson

Born and raised in Ole’ South Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Been in trouble with the law before at a young age. I moved to Dallas in 2010. Started out like anyone else just trying to figure out what to do with their life. Got some welding training after high school then eventually got a trade and joined the Ironworkers union here in Dallas working construction. The close calls and injuries I sustained caused me to reevaluate my life. They told me 30 years of hard labor to retire lol I felt trapped and my body was already wearing down. So I started studying entrepreneurship and real estate. I have two businesses I’m currently in the process of growing. Pressure Washed Exteriors LLC & Mojo Buy’s Houses LLC. Read more>>

Juan Sandoval

Growing up, I loved being in the kitchen and seeing what I could make. As I got older, I lost that. It wasn’t until I got a job in a kitchen where I received my love for baking. I went back to school and found cake decorating was fun. During school, I started Ed’s Cakery. There has been some ups and downs but they have helped me to get to where I am at today. My business is doing so great. Read more>>

Yvette Contreras

I have always loved to bake, and I have always been a creative person, but I didn’t have this idea until I was planning my baby shower and later a small going away party for my sister. That was when I was like, you know what I want to do this and it officially started with a first order of cakepops! It was a slow start but before I knew it, people were finding me and it’s been amazing to be part of people’s special moments and creating something unique for each of my customers. Read more>>

Dimitrios Vagenas

I was born and raised in Athens. Both of my parents were born in Konstantinoupoli and moved in Athens at a young age. From a really young age, I remember myself spending time with my mother and grandmother in the kitchen whenever they were cooking, which really was daily. I loved to see how they used and mixed the raw ingredients, and I realize now that those were my first cooking classes, which is where I inherited the love for cooking and a lot of knowledge. My favorite dish at that time was a dessert my grandmother made with chocolate and cookies and how she will always assign me to crush the cookies in small pieces and mix the ingredients with my little hands. She will always say, ‘the good memories are those created around the table, but the best are those in the kitchen where you can smell and touch the ingredients.’ That did not make a lot of sense to me at that time, but those memories are precious now. Read more>>

Dina Hawidi

Fashion has always been a part of my identity. Growing up, I always gravitated towards anything that wasn’t trendy because I always wanted to be different. The love I had for sketching and simply looking at fabrics brought the wildest fire of passion within me. I knew this was something I’ve always wanted to do; I just needed to figure out how. I stepped my feet into the bridal industry because it was such a grand event in a female’s life, I felt like there was such a big lack in the industry. Everything looks the same when it came to bridal. It wasn’t customizable, nor was it open to all sizes. I knew it was an industry I just had to get in. I started with headpieces in 2019 and thought id get into evening gowns a few months after. I skipped that step and went directly into bridal, and that is history. Read more>>

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