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Inspiring Stories from North 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 North Dallas below.

Darius Lemons

I was always told by family and friends that I was going to have a career that involved sports. I was born and grew up in Cleveland, Mississippi where I played basketball, football, baseball, and soccer. Being involved with sports was basically year-round growing up as a kid in Mississippi. Read more>>

Caity Chegwidden

Although my fitness journey began a little over two years ago, my relationship with how I saw my body started as soon as I could look in a mirror. Growing up in a family of five dependent on one income meant that we often didn’t have fresh produce in the house and relied heavily on cheap ingredients that had a long shelf life. Read more>>

Carly Brasseux

I started my first job with the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and worked with the most amazing team in Dallas. I worked right under our COO, Tara Green, who not only taught me everything she could, she took me under her wing and mentored me. Read more>>

Diane Barriere

The first time I stepped on a yoga mat I was a full-time student at the University of Texas at Dallas, working a part-time job, doing performance dance, and having an active social life in what little spare time I had. Since I had danced from the age of four, I always considered myself to be in shape. Read more>>

Mashala Edwards

The Cookie Deaux Company was established in 2018 and we strive to make unique, delicious treats, gifts, candles and more inspired by all things related to“Deaux.” So where in the world did “Deaux” come from? Well, I am a country girl who grew up in a small East Texas city called Tyler. Read more>>

Sophia Zolezzi

I was raised in Matamoros, Mexico it’s a small-town bordering Brownsville, Texas. I come from a family with a long history of political and social activism. My great-great-grandmother was an insurgent and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence, against Spain, in the early 19th century. Read more>>

Khaila Sloan

I was born and raised on the southside of Chicago, IL. Honestly speaking, much of my upbringing can be credited for establishing the foundation of who I am today. Growing up in Chicago taught me what it means to be rooted in Christ, the importance of African-American history and culture, and how to dream big. Read more>>

Janae Carroll

In early 2017, I was a stay at home mom with two small children looking to do something that would allow me to help our family financially and still be able to work from home. A friend recommended me to Stacey Hess who is the CEO of Sign Gypsies LLC and saw that she was looking to hire for their corporate office. Read more>>

Melissa Turner Drumm

As a painter and printmaker for many years, I have enjoyed combining techniques of both practices. By inventing my own wax drawing and blow torch process, I then later etch and engrave many substrates including nickel, aluminum and large sheets Of roofing copper. Read more>>

Tasha Moore

As a little girl growing up in Oklahoma, I dreamed of becoming a doctor and leaving the world better than I found it. I read everything about the process of becoming a doctor. I shadowed a surgeon and watched any television show that gave a glimpse into the medical field. Read more>>

Ashley Neely

My story begins in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas. I was born there, grew up there and was raised in a single-parent home by my mother, grandmother and with my two older brothers. My mom worked to ensure that we had everything we needed and we also had loving family members that helped raise and take care of us. Read more>>

Summer Germann

Twelve years ago on Halloween, my family became one of those statistics. Little did we know we were about to be faced with the fight of our lives. My brother, my only sibling, was only ten-years-old. I was 15 years-old older than Mac. We went from an office visit to driving straight to Children’s Memorial. Read more>>

Phil O’Neal

Born into a musical household in Galveston, Texas, Phil O’Neal was introduced to singing through his mother’s performances at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, and his father’s extensive record collection. After embracing the joy of performing for live audiences by singing for his classmates in the 8th grade, Phil O’Neal knew that this was the path he wanted his life to take. Read more>>

Marissa Hornsby

I’ve always been a big supporter when it comes to body positivity, women being/feeling great, and women in this generation rising above a lot of stigmas we face from our society. So, when I came across the opportunity to be a boutique for ALL women, I went for it. Where I’m from in Austin. Read more>>

Rachel Scruggs

As a child, I always loved celebrating the holidays and special events with my family and friends. I used to plan and host baby showers, birthday parties and graduation parties for my family and friends free of charge because it was a hobby of mine growing up. It wasn’t until my mom told me that she used to create gift baskets called Rachel’s treasures. Read more>>

Euclides Romero

This is Arepa’s House & Latin cuisine. We are different because our taste is authentic from Venezuelan kitchen. This is unique and special, never seen in DFW Metroplex. The most important aspect is that we are a window to show our culture and strengthen the Latin culture specifically for Venezuelan community. Read more>>

Tammy Demery

I was in financial services for 30 years in various roles. American Express, Hoover’s, and Capital One were among the corporates as well as participation with various nonprofits. I actually obtained my real estate license eleven years before becoming active in the industry. Residential real estate has always been a passion of mine. Read more>>

Rishunn McCaleb

Coming from a small town in the Mississippi Delta, playing sports was the WAY OUT. I quickly gravitated to the sport of football and was blessed to walk on at Mississippi State University. But the hard work started as a kid. I was never the biggest or the fastest but I was known to GRIND HARD. Read more>>

Hesham Bakr

The idea for Duino Coffee started in my Junior year at the University of San Francisco, 22 years ago! My vision was to create a hub for the community to enjoy local fine arts, experience live music, conduct business, engage, interact and meet other like-minded people. Read more>>

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