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Inspiring Stories from North 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 North West Dallas below.

Nikki Porteus

I’ve always known that I wanted to be in the health and wellness field. As I finished up college and was working as a nurses’s assistant in nursing homes and hospitals, I came to realize that there was a great need for healthcare professionals who weren’t simply treating illness and disease, but were promoting wellness and proactive lifestyle decisions. Read more>>

 Monica McClatchey

I have enjoyed experimenting with different formulations and even incorporated making body scrubs to give as gifts to my mom, sister, and girlfriends. Last year, my daughter started helping me make some of the products, and hence Brynn Dianne Body Care was born, in her honor. We are a blossoming company that seeks to provide natural body creams, scrubs, hand sanitizers, and facial serums without parabens, phthalates and other chemical based additives. Read more>>

Angela Perry

People always ask me where I went to culinary school and the answer is I didn’t. In college, I studied Fashion Merchandising and Business and tried that out as a career for a few years but my heart has always been in baking. Instead of going back to school, I chose to take an apprenticeship. I spent a few years practicing, learning everything I could. Read more>>

Mark Lombard

I started hospice volunteering after participating in a failed coffee shop in Bishop Arts. I thought I’d be good at it, as I was pretty good with people, and thought I may be able to help them let go. From my first patient on, I realized I was not helping them let go, they were teaching me how to grab on! Read more>>

Essence Hendersonc

I’ve always been fascinated with the art of beauty, primarily eyelashes. Back in high school, I spent time in class playing with heated lash curlers from Avon and applying mascara. Shortly after I started wearing eyelashes, my grandmother was big on skincare and ordered Mary Kay faithfully, so a skin care routine came natural to me at a young age. My everyday look consisted of clear skin, eyelashes and lip gloss. When I first saw a friend of my sisters with eyelash extensions in 2015, it was like a dose of Heaven. Read more>>

Ashleigh Petrie

Growing up in a blended family meant I was introduced to many people and different ways of life from an early age. Hearing their stories, watching old videos, listening to their music, and seeing old photos was how I became closer to my family members. I was mostly influenced by their style and music. I wouldn’t have survived without rock and roll. Bright colors, sequins, shoulder pads, and bulky shoes fuel me. From an early age, I expressed myself through what I wore, and the makeup looks I created. I loved receiving vintage hand-me-downs and became a thrifting queen by the age of twelve. Read more>>

Portia Johnson

Growing up as a kid, I always remembered that when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say ” I want to be successful.” The younger version of me was unaware of the how but, I knew in my spirit that success was in my corner. I quickly realize that my talents were not singing, dancing or anything athletic. So, I decided to focus on thinking deeper about my purpose. Born and raised in Chicago, IL I’ve always had the support of my grandmother. My parents at the time were battling with their own life lessons. Read more>>

Nate Shorman

I have been passionate about story-telling from a young age, but it wasn’t until I was twenty-two years old that I discovered story-telling through visual media. In 2017, during my college days at Texas A&M earning an engineering degree, I picked up a camera for the first time at Zion National Park in Utah. I fell in love. I began to realize that film and photography are the most powerful mediums of conveying the story in 2018. During my last year of college, I choose to dedicate myself to using those visual mediums with excellence. I took the scariest leap of my life after graduation in May of 2018. Read more>>

Vincent Hirth

We organized a farmers market in 2009 at the Firewheel Town Center in Garland, TX. Over 65 vendors were brought together every Saturday in order to create what became one of the largest farmers market in North Texas. Since then, we have organized over 40 public and private Markets. Recognizing a deviation from traditional brick and mortar entrepreneurship and a growing appetite for local, small-batched goods, we set out to identify the best quality artisanal products and connect buyers and sellers. Read more>>

Cori Warner

Several years ago, I started a little hobby-business restoring and repurposing old furniture and found items. I started reselling in a local shop, then eventually at the many vintage shows and trunk shows in the area. It makes my heart happy to save some of those amazing old pieces from the landfill and give them a new life. And its very gratifying when things get snatched up as fast I as could bring them to the shows. It was a lot of fun! Junkin’ around to look for pieces to relove, meeting other vendors, doing the shows and making a little bit of money in the process. Read more>>

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