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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.

Nicholas Manto

I grew up in an Italian & Irish home, and both sides of my family came together over meals for every occasion. With two younger brothers, we grew up doing scouting & all three of us are Eagle Scouts. We learned many life skills while also participating in sports & music ensembles. Our dad did the majority of the cooking growing up, and we always had delicious home made meals for dinner. I worked my way through college while marching in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland at Texas Tech before getting recruited into E&J Gallo Winery’s Management Development Program where I led distribution sales teams. Read more>>

Allie Kast

In the fall of 2019, I planned my own wedding with a very quick engagement! Wedding florists were hard to come by and no one really had the style I wanted, so I decided to try my hand at doing my flowers. It was a BLAST! I calculated everything I’d need, placed my order, practiced, and fell in love with the art of floral design in the process. I was a high school teacher at the time, and almost immediately after I did my wedding, the pandemic hit and I was regularly asked to do the elopements and weddings of several friends, so I made a name and Instagram account and dove into learning everything I could about wedding and event floral design. Read more>>

Shateria Johnson

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter A quote that has stuck with me for several years. Growing up I watched the women in my family work extremely hard. Just looking at where we came from, you probably wouldn’t believe where we are today. Every single one of them has created success in different ways. Some own their own businesses and others are excelling in major roles at corporate levels. Read more>>

Dr. David Darrigan

I have been an Emergency Physician for 15 years. Throughout that time, I have seen all the worst affects from alcohol and drugs you could imagine. I learned about Kava Culture in Florida, and immediately saw a different way for people to socialize and feel good WITHOUT the negative affects of alcohol. The environment and vibe were so welcoming and social. As a physician, I did plenty of research to make sure everything I would be offering would be safe. After that cleared, I wanted to find the perfect community to bring the FIRST Kava Bar in DFW to. Read more>>

Alexis Harrison

My love for fashion started at 8 years old. My mom used to host fashion shows at the church we went to and also at event venues. She would choose the models (I was one of them of course lol), the clothes, and she even choreographed the model walk routines. That’s when I developed a passion for runway modeling. I went to high school at Town view Magnet Center where I continued learning more about the fashion industry and also modeled in an organization called Future Fashion Leaders of America (FFLA). Read more>>


Victoria Hall

For as long as I can remember art has been a fundamental part of who I am and how I function. Every aspect of my life in some way can be tied together by the creative field. I started designing and sewing at the age of 5, and fashion was my gateway into the arts. Designing lead to my hunger for more. I learned early on that the world of fashion took an army to fully finish your vision, I wanted to be every piece of that army. I took it upon myself to learn the skills I would need to succeed in the fashion world. I fell in love with understanding the art of the human body through sketching and painting portraits in my art classes. This cultivated a love for the human body in a new way, finding such beauty in the way each human can use fashion and art as self-expression to share with the world. Once I had an understanding of the human body, I knew my next step was to put that knowledge to work, deciding to learn the art of hair and makeup. I fell in love very quickly with the beauty world and the art that hair and makeup truly are. Read more>>

Taidhgen Kachur

From the start of high school, my passion for cars had lead me to the photography scene. I was extremely amateur and had no real intention of making it a “job”, however as I moved into my sophomore year of high school, I began gaining attention and gaining connections to people I never would have imagined. I had learned so much from each and every one of them over the course of this year (late 2021-early 2022). While taking pictures of cars was fun, I decided to expand my portfolio, and as of recently, I have began scenery photography, and only plan to expand my portfolio with portraits, proper landscapes, etc. Moving into my junior year of high school next year, I’m hoping to take photography as seriously as it gets. I have enrolled in the commercial photography class that my school offers as well as graphic design going into my senior year. Read more>>

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