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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.

Samantha Schwann

My work documenting underwater Hope Spots has been underway since, taking me to the Costa Rica Thermal Dome, Sea of Cortez, and Revillagigedo Archipelago Hope Spots. While I’m still very much at the beginning of this journey, I’m really pleased that the resulting images have won a few international awards, and been featured online by National Geographic. Read more>>

Emma Paunil

As soon as I discovered that there is no real divide between art and science – that as entities, they intertwine within each other until they formulate a creation – I began respecting myself as an individual with a plethora of interests. My interests do not define me; I define my interests. Read more>>

Stacy Rojas

What started out as a hobby for me grew into a true passion that I’m fortunate enough to say also allows me to provide for my family (Rojas Party of 6!). Not everyone can say that they love what they do – I am beyond grateful that I can! Read more>>

Nikki Arias

I use art to manage my anxiety and depression so it is definitely a vital piece of my life. After some struggles with my anxiety, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at digital art again. So, I dove head-on into the digital art world watching every YouTube tutorial I could find.After getting pretty comfortable with it, I wanted to find a modern way to sell my art. Read more>>

Tina Urfali

I have learned more in the past year and a half of running Popcorn Country than I have in all of my schoolings. And I would not trade it for the world, because what I have gained is priceless. Becoming a business owner has taken me outside my comfort zone and taught me that change does not happen when you’re “comfortable’’. Read more>>

Brenda Griffin

Today I can say I own and operate a successful acne clinic, changing the lives of others for the better and receiving great satisfaction by helping others. If you have a dream, keep working at it. Owning your own business is no easier than going to a weekly 9-5 job, but it is very rewarding. Read more>>

Hesok Pittman-Boyd

When you are trying to build your own business from the ground up it’s never easy. Getting the clientele was an issue for me because my business was brand new and no one knew about it. No clients no business, so you have to stay persistent and keep working to get your name out there and your work so that future clients can see what you have to offer. Read more>>

Jackie Shope

My journey with PhotoFunBooth began many years ago when I started planning my own wedding in 2011. I had seen PhotoFunBooth at other weddings and knew I had to have one for our wedding! On the night of our wedding, the girls running the photo booth had technical issues, and I jumped behind the photo booth and helped them fix it. Read more>>

Laureano and Brandy Rivera

Our goal is to touch each one of our customer’s hearts through our food. And give back to the community. If we could pay the bills with the reaction of someone biting into one of our chimichurri tacos, we wouldn’t charge for it. Every time Brandy feeds someone, she doesn’t walk away until they take a bite. Her fuel to keep cooking bomb ass food is your reaction to that first bite. Read more>>

Adriana Harris

My love of dance began when I was five years old when I began dancing Polynesian in grade school in Agua Prieta, SON. I also had the opportunity to dance Folklorico for my school. At the age of ten, my parents enrolled me in a dance academy. Performing in front of an audience was exhilarating, and that’s when I knew I wanted to pursue to dance as a profession. Read more>>

Ayla Aguirre

The path to owning my own salon was not always easy or straight forward. Growing up, my life had many unexpected twists and turns. I honestly think that my challenges in early childhood helped me to become strong, persistent, and able to easily overcome obstacles. Read more>>


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