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Casa Grande’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix 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 Greater Phoenix 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 inspiring stories from Casa Grande and surrounding areas below.

Nelson Gonzalez

The company was handed over to me by a friend who had been running the business and was moving to New York to do voluntary work. From there, Desert Moon Maintenance became Desert Moon Window Cleaning. Before starting with the business, I had been working a 9-5 at Khalil Bottling Company. We started off small with doing only commercial work and now, we have expanded to residential and two-three story buildings. Read more>>

Wendi Brungraber

I got started in photography in 2016, I had never even thought of photography. I had never owned or picked up a camera. It just wasn’t something I ever saw myself doing until I had a photo shoot of my own in May of 2016. I had had a big since leaving that day, and after receiving my photos, it was constantly on my mind. I wanted to learn how to do what she did for me, for other people. Read more>>

Andrea Fox

I have been a dreamer. I remember sitting on my horses back at 12 years old singing Faith Hill, I wanted to be a country music singer. I started writing songs when I was eight. Horses have always been a part of my life and my greatest passion. I feel like I wanted so many things for my life. I have always kept myself busy with many dreams, running in all directions at times. Read more>>

Edgar Ybarra

During my time in local news photojournalism, I never stopped creating content outside of work in the form of short films, short-form comedy skits, and one feature film. I am also the creator of FILMspiration, a space on my YouTube channel where (via interviews or just myself on camera) I address the scenes dialogue, topics, and discussions regarding the indie filmmaking process. Read more>>

Monica Brown

I’ve been fascinated by photography since the age of 11, I saw a beautiful sunset over the mountains and right then and there, I decided that I wanted to capture that beauty through photography. I saved my money for months and purchased a little point and shoot, but was very disappointed when the camera did not capture the image I saw in front of me or the image in my head. Throughout the years, I realized it was an art… one that I could control, but didn’t know how. Read more>>

Megan Cappuccio

I originally started my business in August of 2017 just 20 days after leaving a 90 in-patient Rehab for Alcohol. I wanted to get a shirt made with “Retired Blackout Artist” written on it. I searched the internet and local shops. I WAS APPALLED AT HOW EXPENSIVE A CUSTOM SHIRT WAS! I started googling and YouTubing for hours a day. My husband said “why don’t you just make it yourself” and Bam I have never looked back since!!!! I started making shirts for my friends in the program that said “RECOVERY” lage across the front or “SOBER AF” Etc. I set up a Facebook page “Custom tees made Cheap” my husband said, don’t use Cheap that sounds bad, so I changed Cheap to on demand. I kept getting local orders through friends but was going nowhere fast! Read more>>

Ayshia Schisel

I am a Tucson, Arizona based photographer. I have always enjoyed taking pictures ever since I was a little kid. My mother was the one who introduced the wonderful world of photography to me when I was about 12 years old because she saw that flaming passion in my eyes. She would allow me to use her very own Canon EOS Rebel XSi camera so I could experiment with my artistic side. I loved going around my house taking pictures of whatever came across my path. Read more>>

Trish Thayer and Robert Shaw

Lonely Street Productions, a nostalgia-based concert production company, was begun in 2005 by Robert Shaw, an actor, and singer, in Tucson, AZ. He conceived, produced and starred in concerts paying tribute to Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Eventually, the productions expanded to celebrate other artists and music genres and to feature other performers. The shows branched out to the Phoenix area, Prescott and Yuma, as well as to the Midwest, Texas and the east coast. Our concerts are not impersonations but are salutes to the music and legacy of various artists which include history and anecdotes about them. Read more>>

Amy Smith

Exo started ten years ago as a small, wholesale specialty coffee roaster by three friends with multiple passions in the coffee world. Doug Smith, one of our founders, is a former anthropologist, who worked in Puebla, Mexico with coffee farmers for several years. Read more>>

Ari Burboa

I didn’t start drawing much until after high school actually! As a kid I tried picking it up lots of times but I wasn’t innately good at it and I never pushed myself to actually get better. Read more>>

Kristopher Osuna

I didn’t always plan to do hair. I quickly gravitated toward retail as I knew I wanted to do something involving people. After years of working in retail I stumbled upon skincare & cosmetics. I had found my nitch! Read more>>


Dominique Martinez

I am 21 years old and currently studying for a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography at the University of Arizona. Photography was always something I was interested in when growing up. One of my very first cameras was a pink and purple 35mm flash camera with a Bratz doll on it which my mother had bought me when I was five or six years old. Read more>>

Paul Davis

I bought my first camera in 2006 so that I could hang out with my father more. His only real hobby is photography and he likes to combine that with exploring new places. I bought a Nikon D200 so I would have a reason to go hang out with him. Read more>>

Bryan DeJonghe

Though I may not fall into the “traditional” notion of an artist (i.e. musician, painter, photographer), I have, like so many others, taken up my own unique approach to artistry. As a young boy, my first instrument was a soccer ball. As I grew older and transitioned from soccer player to soccer coach, I appreciated more of the poetic and strategic nuances that make up “the beautiful game.” Read More>>

Alicia Mandel

I’ve been working in Learning and Leadership Development in different companies for many, many years. And through these years I’ve spent a significant amount of time in big companies, start ups, non-profits and privately held organizations. Read more>>

Wendy Bader

Life was great. I had a wonderful job at a non-profit organization. Then, in 2008, when the economy tanked, my team and I were laid off a week before Christmas. So, like so many others, I reinvented myself and went back to college. Read more>>

Josh Fink

Nick’s Menswear is Family owned and operated by the Fink Family. The Finks moved to Arizona from North Dakota to join other family and get out of the cold! The whole family participates in the purchasing of Nick’s inventory together, so we have a wide variety of styles to fit your life style= young or old – career or special occasion. Read more>>

Justin Smith

I found a passion for photography when I was a young child. My grandmother gave me her film camera as a present because I was fascinated with the photos she had all over her house. I took the camera everywhere and took pictures of everything I saw. Read more>>


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