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Inspiring Stories from Glendale

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 Glendale and surrounding areas below.

Melissa Maas

Being a hairstylist is so much more than that, its also making them feel just as beautiful on the inside! 16 years in the industry and I still have the passion to learn and grow as this industry is always evolving and changing! I specialize in all coloring techniques and looks and precision cutting! Social media is also a huge part of my success and the following I have. I am blessed to love what I do, and when you’re doing what you love, it’s not work! Read more>>

Yoselin Vanessa Najar Gonzalez

Makeup to me at first was all about blood & gore & prosthetics. When I first got into makeup, I was into the more special effects side of makeup. I found so much satisfaction in being able to completely manipulate the face & body & make it look gnarly. I enjoyed being able to fool people into thinking I got some sort of face injury. It was just plain old fun to me, then I got bored of it. Read more>>

Brianne Van Sande

Young Living has a mission statement about helping people with wellness, purpose, and abundance, and not only am I working on those areas for myself and my family, I get to help others in these areas as well. I get to help people get clean products in their home, achieve better health and wellness, and help my friends who are lacking in purpose find light in life again. Read more>>

Jim Tucker

I opened up a small studio and threw screen printing BBQ parties which were awesome, got me a passion for printing live and made me realize how much I love bringing interactive art to people, in this case by getting people on the press with me. These parties also introduced me to Dekal Lee, one of Korea’s most respected screen printers. Dekal took me under his wing, and we created some great live printing events and exhibitions together. Read more>>

Dee Riley

Thickumms is an Arizona based creative plus size online boutique that caters to Curvy Women. My business partner and husband, Todd Riley of Dionte’s Pixels started Thickumms with a mission to be a voice for everyday plus size women by representing them in a more positive, sexier and appealing light. Thickumms is driven by empowering women to embrace their curves with love and confidence; no matter her shape, size, height, ethnicity or sexuality. We started with one t-shirt, “No Fucks Given” in 2015; which is still our top selling T-shirt, today. Read more>>

Jaime and Justin Clarke

Every Mother’s Day, my twin brother, Scott, would give the cashier at Starbucks cash and roses and ask the clerk to please use the cash to pay for every Mother’s coffee, including a complimentary rose – until his money ran out. He didn’t ask for recognition or repayment of any type. His only wish: that the receivers would soon pay it forward, too. On Mother’s Day, 2011, our Mother went to Starbucks to buy a tea. After ordering her Chai Latte, she found that someone else had already paid for her tea, and then received a rose, just because. Read more>>

Lisette Carlos

I was born in Southern California. When I was seven years old, I moved with my family to Phoenix, Arizona. Since I can remember I’ve been interested in film photography. My father had an old 35mm Pentax K1000 film camera, he used quite often when I was growing up. My father would bring it along when we would travel or just simply for making memories. I loved looking through old photos growing up and was completely mesmerized by how cameras could capture anything you pointed the lens too. I went to Peoria High School and decided to take photography class my Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. Read more>>

Diana Hancock

My journey started in 2010 with just a hobby of making things for my granddaughters. But before you know it I was making 100 of hair bows, and I really did not understand why. At this time, I was 51 and had been married 42 years. My husband had been set out of state to work, and this was new to us. I had to do something to keep me busy, so I would not get too lonely. I decided to start a small hair bow business. My first event was being asked to attend an indoor swap market it turned out I sold almost all my items an hair bows. I turned around and purchased more materials to make double originally made. I found I loved what I was doing and I kept turning my money back into my business. Read more>>

Gabrielle Helms

I began my photography journey by being an Arizona model for the past 14 years. I am still a signed Ford RBA model today. I fell in love with photography as a child when my grandfather gave me his film camera. It leads me to being a model. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many photographers who have helped lead the way for me. This past year I decided to pursue my biggest passion outside of family, photography. Enjoying your job is very important to lead a happier life. Photography, hiking, family, and modeling are a big part of what I enjoy in my daily life. Read more>>

Jonni Khat Santschi

Made in Taiwan, I am a military BRAT of mixed heritage who ended up back in the Valley of the Sun after a decade away. My Grandparents owned The Trails End Motel (right off Route 66) in Glendale from the 50’s to the 80’s, and I am proud to follow in their footsteps of business ownership in Phoenix. I am an Educator and a Mental Health Counselor turned rogue when I figured out that fitness and nutrition were a key component to learning and health. Read more>>


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