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Inspiring Stories from Peoria

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 Peoria and surrounding areas below.

Daniel and Dawna Davis

We are misfits who design, illustrate and create odd monster goods. Established in 2005 by artists Daniel and Dawna Davis, we’re dedicated to making amazing and odd goods with our unique old-time cartoon aesthetic. Read more>>

Teresa Bacal, Joe Bacal

We started our company back in 2007. I had already been working in the event planning business for 15 years and Joe had been working at the Toyota Arizona Proving Ground for 10 years. What prompted the creation of our own company was Joe being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December of 2006. Read more>>

Michael Sweet, Priscilla Sweet

Ever wanted to pursue the one passion that brings you the most joy in life? For Priscilla, that passion was baking. Particularly cake decorating. Michael, her husband also has a passion, entrepreneurship. Specifically, building a business that requires energy, continuous challenge, and lots of opportunity for growth. Read more>>

Missy Mahan

I was interested in tattooing at fourteen. I was introduced to a homemade machine at that age haha, I then started drawing my own type of flash and mimicking the current style of tattoo art at the time. Since then it was my passion and Dream to pursue tattooing and here I am today fulfilling that passion! Read more>>

Joey Lucidi

I grew up in the restaurant business with my family owning restaurants. After 15 years of working for others, I finally opened my fist concept in 2013. Since then we have grown in locations. We currently employ over 150 employees, and this is my biggest accomplishment. Read more>>

Tiffany Bennett

I grew up in a small town along the Mississippi river in Illinois, and by small I mean 700 people. My family moved to Arizona when I was a teenager and the west valley has been my home ever since. After graduating from Cactus High School I knew that I had to choose a career path that would allow me to explore my creativity and decided that graphic design and visual communications was the perfect fit. Read more>>

Rhonda Fawley

Two years ago I was laid off from a larger cooperate organization. I never thought it would happen to me. When it did I was devastated. We have 5 kids and the thought of how we would support them became a concern. Read more>>


Linda Ford

I was at the pinnacle of my career at USA Today but was ready for a new challenge. I was researching options within and beyond the media industry but nothing was really grabbing me. About that time, my dad & stepmom were in a horrible car accident. I found myself in need of home care for them but was very unsatisfied with my experience finding compassionate care. Read more>>

Kathy and Gary Weltman

Maxtex was born in 1987. I grew up in the “rag” business in Los Angeles and met my husband Gary who worked for the Los Angeles company while living in Phoenix, AZ… I moved to Phoenix, and while I was working for the Arizona Republic, we started Maxtex to become a visible force in the valley. 30 years later, still in business, we are the oldest industrial textile company in the valley of the sun. Read more>>

Jennifer Zamudio

My business started due to having to quit my job to help my mother after she had an injury that caused her to obtain back surgery. My design background comes from my undergrad in Design Studies from Arizona State University from 2008-2012 that led me to obtain a design and marketing job right after college. Read more>>

Malia Battilana

I am a wife, mom of three pretty amazing kids, an addict to anything sweet and a lover of the small details in life that make a big impact. I knew early on I would be surrounded by children and pursued my degree in Early Childhood Education. Read more>>


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