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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.

Bianca Gunderson

I have always been the creative type as long as I can remember. As a young child, I remember saving up my allowance so I could go to Woolworths and buy art materials (showing my age a bit). I couldn’t wait to create what I thought were the most amazing masterpieces with a couple of Crayolas and blank sheets of white paper. Read more>>

Ann Hughes

Started 19 years ago, at 34! It was something I always wanted to do and decided to it was time. I have had a lot of great mentors along the way. I have been very blessed to have always worked with some very talented passionate individuals. Read more>>

Alyssa Pakes

I became a photographer 6-7 years ago when I took my first trip to Hawaii with my family. My mother brought her small, point and shoot camera on the trip, and I had it in my hands the whole time. I was amazed by the beautiful sunsets and all the amazing views it had to offer. Read more>>

Ben Palmer

Little did I know at the time, but my story started about 10 years ago when I broke my leg. It was when I was first exposed to physical therapy. I was halfway through business school when the accident happened and started going through rehab. Read more>>

Ray Hintz

Ten years ago, we made the move from Oregon to Tucson, where my wife started working for a top real estate company in the area. Knowing that I loved working with people, she told me that I’d be great in real estate and encouraged me to get my license when we moved to the area, so I fit classes in wherever I could around my current job and eventually spoke with her boss about starting a Phoenix division. Read more>>

Joey Fitzgerald

Having grown up in a family with three boys who played baseball from the jump start, the majority of my summer nights were spent at a baseball field. I developed a fondness for that setting. I went off to college on a baseball scholarship to earn a degree in an area that I didn’t have a passion for. Read more>>

Janine Joi

I started Blue Sage Naturals way back in 1990 under the name of Jacob’s Well. I had tendonitis and I was using an herb extracted in alocohol. I figured out a way to extract it in oil, since alcohol doesn’t spread easily and this business was born. Read more>>

Kristin Jester

While I’ve always had a love for taking photos it never crossed my mind that I could or would do it for a living one day. I remember going to Summer Camp as a kid and my mom sending me with one disposable camera and I would beg for more, knowing how quickly I would run through 24 exposures! I remember getting my very first camera, a black concord. Read more>>

Negine Jasmine

I’ve been taking photos since I can remember. I used to take my mom’s empty disposable cameras and point and shoot for days on end, even though there were no physical prints to look forward to– I simply enjoyed searching for beauty through the viewfinder of the camera. My fondness for film photography trickled into my early teens when I purchased my first 35mm camera. Read more>>

Scott and Bridgitte Watts

We opened Enroute Coffee and Tea as a gathering place for the community. We are a coffee shop that cares about the community we live in. Each quarter we do at least one community event. We opened November of 2016. Read more>>

Chris Treanor

My wife and I started CrossFit Blade in our Garage in early 2012. I had a previous Personal Training and Nutrition business and Claire (my wife) worked full time in a Blood Lab. After 6 months in our garage we were able to lease out a small 1,300 square ft. location in N.W. Phoenix. Read more>>

Colleen Hartnett

I started in theatre as early as 1st grade, and continued through college, graduating from The Actor’s Training Program (a 2 year conservatory) in Suisun, CA. When I moved to LA to pursue my Bachelor’s degree, an acting mentor of mine, Heather Ramey, introduced me to Playhouse West, an acting studio that teaches The Meisner Technique. Read more>>


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