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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.

Selin Eskandarian

I began playing the piano by ear at ten months old. I was obsessed with playing musical instruments. I took private piano lessons for two years but learned nothing because I just wanted to play by ear and refused to learn how to read notes. When I was 11, I picked up the violin and played with the school orchestra for about three years but have never had private violin lessons. Read more>>

CJ Gonzales

The DesertBassin name was founded on the love for fishing and the love of educating others. As a young child, I’ve always been fascinated with the outdoors soaking in everything that I could! Each time I was able to go out on the water was a huge privilege that I still appreciate to this day. Read more>>

Tim Welch

I started training in wrestling and boxing at age 14 in Montana, at age 18 I had my first MMA fight and was 9-1 as an amateur before turning professional, I moved to Portland to train with Team Quest, after a few training camps there I knew Benson Henderson was the lightweight UFC champion and he lived in Glendale where my girl friend and her family were planning to move for there business ventures. Read more>>

Jocelyn Collins

I’ve always, as long as I can remember, loved photos… taking them, admiring them and collecting them. I think it was always in the back of my mind that I’d love to have a “big girl camera” someday and maybe do something with it, but I had no idea what that was. After my first child was born, I felt a pull to document her as she was and to try and freeze time as much as I could. Read more>>

Brandon Ray

I started roasting coffee because, well, I’m cheap. I had a coffee club at my day job and realized that I could roast coffee for much less than I was buying it at the store. That was my white rabbit. I bought myself a popcorn popper and 30lb of green coffee and down the rabbit hole, I went. I fell in love with crafting a product and then seeing someone enjoy the work of my hands. Read more>>

Jessica Reese

I had creative inklings from early childhood, and my mother, a former art instructor and an artist herself taught me how to draw at the kitchen table. I spend my most awkward years of childhood and adolescence drawing in my bedroom, and when it came time to go to college, I jumped at the opportunity to take a sculpture class. Read more>>

Debbie Brenner

My husband and I were married in 1985 in Towanda Kansas. We moved immediately afterward to Ridgecrest California where we both worked for the United States Navy, China Lake California. We waited to have a child on purpose, as we wanted to prepare our lives as much as possible with security in our jobs and housing. Read more>>

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