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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.

LaSonja Flowers-Ivory

I was born in Dallas, moved to California for 25 years and have been back for four years. I have been an educator for over 20 years and spent the last 14 as a high school administrator. I resigned last year to serve educators and students in a different capacity. Read more>>

Harold Banks

I started loving art and collecting as a young child garage sale hopping with my deceased lovely mother Mrs. Annie Earl Banks, the matriarch of the family in which the business gets it’s name. I graduated with a business degree from Navarro College so that I could one day turn my loving hobby into a business. Read more>>

Jayson Lyric

I was raised in the Oak Cliff and Pleasent Grove area of Dallas. My parents split when I was one, so I mainly lived with my mom, auntie, two sisters and three cousins in a household of eight. As far as music, I started in the church. Read more>>

Janelle and Adrian Alves

In 2007, we moved to Texas from Toronto/NJ. We had no jobs, no contacts and very little money. We believed TX was where we were being called to, so we went. We were high school sweethearts turned newlyweds. Fresh out of college. We had no idea what we were getting into but over the course of 12 years, God protected us. Read more>>

Michael Bell

I’ve always had a garden of some sort, going all the way back to when I helped my grandma in hers at age five! I tell people I’m probably the only college guy that ever watered his tomato plants with a massive hang over. Then in 2016 I stumbled across a guy by the name of Curtis Stone who was doing “urban farming. Read more>>

Kay Tolbert

I’m a life coach/ stylist/ creator. To be honest I started off designing earrings and handbags because I had and currently have a love for style. However my inner self desired more and I knew there was more of me to give. As hard as it was I have and continue to transition my brand into more than style. Read more>>

Lillian Stapleton

I would say my story started about 14 years ago. I was pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes, basically have diabetes while pregnant. While i was pregnant and before, ate everything under the sun. Once I delivered my son, I knew I had to make a change and at that point I started cutting different foods out of my diet. Read more>>

Patty Oliphant and Gary Oliphant

Patty Oliphant is a CASA volunteer in Anderson County. Her husband, Gary, is a former computer analyst for Southwest Airlines and currently an independent builder in Palestine. Patty attended a community leader’s meeting two years ago of non-profits. Read more>>

Ibette Tovar

My passion for beauty began as a little girl. I LOVED playing dress up, doing people’s hair and ABSOLUTELY LOVED MAKEUP. In High School, I was always the go to person for hair and makeup. Immediately after High School, I decided to get me a “REAL JOB”. Read more>>

Melanie Small

I’ve had a love for cameras and pictures every since I was a little girl. My grandmother had portraits and photo albums everywhere in her home. Whenever I’d visit her, I’d go straight to her pictures and ask questions. What really sparked it for me was when my grandfather was attending my brother’s high school graduation. Read more>>

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