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Inspiring Stories from South East 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 East Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Amber Owen

I have always been a “crafter,” or I guess you could say an entrepreneur. I’ve always wanted to do something that I loved and that others loved! One thing I’ve always remembered, never give up on something you believe in. About ten years ago, I started to make tutus. I think those were in at the time, they didn’t take off like I wanted them to or maybe I didn’t push them — either way, that ended. Read more>>

Danielle Ellis

Danielle Ellis is an Oak Cliff native always ready to share her love of the arts with everyone at a moment’s notice be it painting live or holding workshops. Her art education came from her parents, summer workshops at the South Dallas Cultural Center, attending Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts and later The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her mission since a young age has been to bring the Arts to the people. ‘No one should be or feel excluded from experiencing the Arts. Read more>>

Amy and Tim Clevenger, Alyssa Petrishen

Upon leaving a career with a global telecommunications company, my husband Tim & I were searching for something to fill our days, this is when Grannas Designs was born. Shortly after this, my daughter Alyssa was able to quit her job and became my yin to her yang. I have always loved the idea of taking something old & making it new & beautiful again, now was the time to bring that love to life! That’s why we started this business, to provide quality merchandise made mostly from reclaimed materials. We take pride in creating custom home decor for every home, whether it’s our design or a customers design, we want the customer to walk away with a piece they’re proud to display. Read more>>

Abram Lewis

I’ve been doing hair since I was little.thorugh out my child life I continued to do hair.After numerous job I decided to go to hair school and get my license.I finished hair school in 2011 and open up my first salon which wa decayed to my nephew which passed away and that’s how I came up with the Armani’s every thing man said he couldn’t do he was able to.he was in a car wreck at the age of 8 and paralyzed from neck down so with me opening up my salon I ask god what could I name my business that will stand for something and he said your nephew. Read more>>

Rosalind Bryant

I started feeding the homeless as a family hobby at the age of 8. HHOH (Helping Hands, Open Hearts) became an official nonprofit in 2012. As with anything in life, there are high and low moments. The benefit of serving at the end of the day, is knowing that you have helped someone along the way of your journey. Helping Hands, Open Hearts’ primary focus is the homeless community of DFW. We provide food, clothing, and hygiene monthly at Salvation Army. We also provide those same tjings quarterly at Tent City. In addition yo that, we help in-need families throughout the year with several of services such as our Annual Back to School Giveaway, Annual Thanksgiving Dinners for the elderly and our Annual Christmas Wishes program. Read more>>

Lauren Paschall Burcham

I got married in December of this past year. It is funny because most brides want nothing to do with anymore wedding planning after their wedding is over. For me, it was different. I missed wedding planning so much! The decor, the creativity, talking to vendors, it was so fun for me! Read more>>

Lisa Starks

Thank you for asking! I’m Trying to make a long story short, lol. I Moved to Dallas from Chicago In 1999. Upon My arrival I aggressively took off ” working ” The corporate world. being from Chicago and being given a chance to work in the corporate world. It was my goal to climb the corporate ladder. Read more>>

Victoria Samone, Brittany Woodard

Live XXV was founded by two friends, Victoria and Brittany. Our friendship began in college where we bonded in the club over shots of tequila and loud music. However, as we matured we craved more than shots and sweet chasers. After reaching the milestone age of 25, we knew that we wanted more excitement than just the typical club scene. Read more>>

Latoya Moppins

Through the life changes of Latoya Moppins came Adversity at its finest. Latoya Moppins became homeless as a young adult leaving her to use survival tactics to stay alive bouncing around from place to place and family members taking her in and putting her out because she was pregnant. Read more>>

Kristy Epley

I started crafting at a young age. I learned to sew from my Mamaw, made mums and wreaths with my mom, & tried to learn to crochet from my aunt. One of my sisters and I made floral arrangements and candy bouquets for a while. I’ve always crafted but when I saw my friend’s vinyl cutter, I knew I had to get one! Read more>>

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