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Inspiring Stories from South 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 South Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Laura Gomez

It’s actually a funny story how this journey began. In the middle of 2020 my little sister, Camila, was extremely bored and I was in between jobs. Camila asked me to help her sell baked goods at our local farmer’s market in downtown Ennis as she was saving up for a video game console she wanted. We started off by selling our favorite cookies and cupcakes every Saturday. After a couple weeks or so she noticed that customers were losing interest, therefore she asked me if I still remembered what I had learned at a summer pastry course I attended in Paris, France nearly ten years ago. I got to practicing to refresh my memory and began selling croissants soon after. Thankfully the pastries have been well received by our customers since then! We have experienced steady growth which has led us to a point where we have outgrown our home kitchen and will be moving into our new commercial kitchen in our storefront which will now be named La 57 by Q1 2022. Read more>>

Carol Hampton

The Date is a full service catering and party planning service. About 18 years ago, I read an article in Essence Magazine titled, “40 Things a Women Should Have Done by the Age of 40”. One suggestion stood out, it said, “You should have a 2nd stream of income, even if it’s selling your grandmother’s sweet potato pies, that will at least fill up your gas take”. I started to think, what can I do to generate additional income for me and my family? Just like that, The Date was born. I have always loved to cook and I have cooked for free for years, so let’s see if anyone will pay me money to cook. And I have found out, yes, people will! I so enjoy having my own company and seeing the joy on my customer and their guests when they eat my food. It makes my heart melt. Read more>>

Rod ‘RunThePlay’ Clark

LEC KIX originated in 2014 as a soley online business. We are also known in the sneaker community as I frequented sneaker trade shows over the years. I have always had a passion for sneakers and street fashion since I was a young child, so it was only natural that I saw an opportunity to go into business when the sneaker culture became an obsession in the mainstream and not just the urban community. I started out just selling sneakers on multiple reseller platforms and social media, and after much success with online sales, I saw the need for a brick and motar space. After several months of looking for a space, I settled on the space inside Desoto’s Grow Marketplace for two reasons. First, I have lived, worked, and served in the community on the south sector for years now, and I wanted to give back by providing a quality business that provides a premium product and positive environment. Secondly, as a sneaker consumer as well I felt the void and the need for a high end sneaker boutique on the south sector. My ultimate goal is to provide a positive environment for sneaker enthusiast like myself to come buy, sell, trade and vibe out. Read more>>

Estefania Perez

I’ve always been into art and creating. But a little over 3 years ago I decide to take my art outside of the comfort of my own home. I noticed there was an opportunity to decorate the side of the feed store in my hometown (Duncanville) with mini murals on wooden panels. This gig was more of volunteer opportunity, nobody was paying me for my time, for the supplies or for the instillation of each mural, regardless of all of that I still decided to take over just for the opportunity of exposure and chance to give the building a face lift. I started seeing opportunities open up for me that I know wouldn’t have been given to me by keeping my art just being seen by my family and a few close friends.
Since I was doing various art projects in Duncanville it only made sense for me to open my business here. I knew I wanted to create a space to display and give local talent a place to showcase their work as well as a place to teach others how to paint. Ever since I was little I always wanted to teach, (every year during career day in elementary school I would go as a teacher). Read more>>

Ayn Llopis

My journey with numbers started back in 1992 when I took an Accounting class my Senior Year in High School. I knew in that moment I wanted to be an Accountant. I went to college and got a degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting. My first job was at Mobil Oil (before the merger with Exxon) and I have worked my way up in my career from Jr. Accountant to Corporate Controller. I have been Corporate Controller for the last 10 years in healthcare (skilled nursing facilities). For the past year I have been a dualpreneur – working my 9 to 5 and running a side business as a successful accountant and tax expert. Read more>>

Dahryen Parker

I was born in Texarkana, Tx raised in Dallas, Tx since 2 years old. My love and passion for art has always been within me and around me. I love music and instruments and how it lift my spirits in my darkest hour. God gave me a beautiful daughter at the age of 22 and I have been blessed with the gifts of creativity to move forward for us to pursue my craft of doing everything surrounding my Arts. Who I was before was a mother and who I am now is evolving woman and i am thankful those layers were shown because I am a better version of the woman I was. I have done makeup and natural hair 10 years. Makeup gave me a outlet of expression when I want to speak but no words can come out, The Talents speaks for itself. I have perfected my talents and also had repeating clients who I make bring out the natural beauty in them. I believe in enhancing the natural parts because that’s my way of showing my clients minimal is just enough and the world as well. You and I are enough!. Read more>>


ARTic Flair

ARTic Flair Connects people around the metro DFW with opportunities for artists to get their talent broadcasted-it’s that simple.  Tracy King and AnnDorra Kirk founded ARTic Flair in 2020, we’re Searching for all artist of any kind whether it’s painting, jewelry, sculpting, or body products, etc. Whatever your artistic ability may be. It’s a website to where artists who are not confident or maybe shad to show their own craft by starting a website on their own due to fear of judgment. It’s a network the empowers artists to express themselves independently with a little bit of help with positive action and amplify their Raw natural talents.  Read more>>

Sean Starr

I started Starr Studios in 2005 in San Francisco. I have been working as a creative for over 35 years and work for clients large and small on everything from branding and design to gold leafing and sign painting. The studio has been serving clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex since 2010 and has been featured in the documentary film and book “Sign Painters” as well as on the Discovery Channel, NBC Television, Food Network, Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Forum, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Magazine, Dallas Observer, Houston Press, Fort Worth Magazine, and Cavallino Magazine to name just a few.  Our clients have included Sony Music, NBC Television, The GAP, Starbucks, Indian Motorcycles as well as Reese Witherspoon, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham, and the bands The Cranberries and The Toadies, and some of the top car collectors in the United States.  Read more>>

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