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Gilbert’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 Gilbert and surrounding areas below.

Katarina Alaupovic

Sure – after graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communication from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School, I went on to work in public relations and online marketing for about 5 years before eventually making the leap into the editorial world. Writing has always been a passion of mine – and I was doing a lot of freelancing on the side – so just weeks before my 25th birthday, I decided to quit my job in PR to become a full-time freelance writer. Read more>>

Candida Coronel

I started Eye Candi Design officially almost two years ago when I decided to quit my job and commit myself to my passion. I started designing back in 2010 when a friend asked me to do her wedding invitations I knew I loved to design but had never really applied myself until the task was in front of me. Read more>>

Matt + Jayna Hedges

We both grew up with a love for preserving memories with photo and video. We are both very grateful that we have so many pictures and video from our childhoods. Jayna’s love of photography started with a photo class in high school. Growing up, Matt used to try and use his dad’s video camera every chance that he got. Read more>>

Alexis Lundberg

My start in the real estate and design industry was in 2004 when I worked for a commercial contractor in Bellevue Washington where I managed project and client progress and got my first taste at reading plans and working with different trades. Read more>>

Kirsten Holmstedt

Ever since I was a little one, I can remember the beautiful homes my mom would create for us. To me they were just as much comfortable and welcoming as they were aesthetically pleasing. They truly felt like “home.” When my parents divorced, I recall trying to create a sense of “order” and “tranquility” in the midst of the chaos. Read more>>

Jack Mario

I’ve had an awareness of those in the spirit world my whole life. However, when I was 14, while at lunch, a couple schoolmates were questioning me about what I experience with spirits and I said, “it’s like this…” and described the people I saw around them, and they validated who I described was their deceased relatives. Read more>>

Jen Walsh

Well, I’ve been making clothes and jewelry for myself for years. I would sell things here and there but I never pursued it as a business. I was too nervous to really try, in case I failed. Most of the time, if people asked if they could buy something I made, I would say no. Read more>>


After High school in 2011 I needed something to occupy my time during summer break, however I didn’t know what I wanted to do! That was until I went on Pinterest one afternoon and repined this super cute outfit from blogger Rachel of Pink Peonies. Read more>>

Holly Pace

When life gave me lemons, I decided to make dog treats! After being laid off after 20 years in Corporate America, this is how Happy Tails Barkery became a reality and a dream come true! Our dogs are our kids and we want them to stay strong and healthy for a long time. Read more>>

Taryn Vickman, Anthony Vickman

My husband and I have always been the “do-it-yourselfers”, so when it came to our wedding day, there was no exception. We were engaged in December of 2015 and immediately began searching for the perfect wedding venue. We kept running into the same problems, too expensive or not enough free reign with vendors/decor. Read more>>

Bethany Cole

After my youngest was born, I struggled with Post Partum Depression. The isolation of motherhood isn’t openly discussed but let me tell you, it’s awful. Around his first birthday, I decide to follow my passion and start working from home as a financial coach so that I could balance work and my kids. Read more>>

Richelle Garn

McKenna and I are sisters. We have both shared a talent and love for art since we were young and also have been blessed to have parents who encouraged imagination and the entrepreneurial spirit. After both of us were married and nearing the end of school, we decided it was high time we combined forces and worked together. Read more>>

Casey Paiz

I started Martial Arts as a teenager in need of some discipline and an outlet. I fell in love with it and joined the instructor program that was offered at the studio I trained at. I apprenticed for about 2 years and then was offered a position to open a studio. I opened my studio in 2002 and later purchased the business. Read more>>


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