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.
Opening Aspen’s Blue Skies boutique is a lifelong dream inspired by my late mother (Harriet Tsevis). Throughout my childhood, I remember my mother sketching extraordinary dresses. She had a keen eye for fashion. I, Athena Tsevis Pauly, inherited that gene and as evolution goes, Aspen is now hooked too! I believe in signs and positive thinking. Ironically, losing my job in April due to Covid provided the time research, build and make a dream a reality. This boutique also allows me to create something with my daughter and work closely with my niece, who is modeling many of our clothes. It is our vision to expand our collection and connect with women of all shapes because “The most beautiful thing you wear is your confidence.” Read more>>
I was born in Compton, CA, raised in Phoenix, AZ. Arizona has been my home since I was a girl, so by default, this is my city!! I am a FIRECRACKER! Being Latina and African American gives me this sense of confidence beyond words! I always joke and say that it’s the best of both worlds, and I truly mean that! I am who I am because of my ancestors, cultures, and values, and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I’m a daughter of an immigrant. My father is from Mexico, Guadalajara, to be exact. He was brought to America by his parents as a young boy to live the American dream. Growing up, he always worked hard and never allowed anyone to limit him or his future. I’ve watched him go through many highs and lows, but it never changed his perspective on life. He is truly my hero, and so blessed to have him as my father. He is one of the reasons why I am so driven and hardworking. I am a momma of two boys and 25+ plants and counting. Read more>>
I was born and raised in Maine and moved to Arizona a few years ago. I have always had a passion for decorating and design. I started on this macramé journey at the beginning of 2020 when I decided I wanted to make myself a keychain and just fell in love with the craft. Since then, I have made hundreds of items, been a part of multiple local markets, have completed many custom orders and even have my items in a local shop “Woods and Whites”. I find complete joy in creating pieces that others can use in their homes or offices as an extension of their personalities. Read more>>
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state specifically. Growing up, being active and enjoying the outdoors (even with the PNW rain) was a big part of my life – Boyscouts, baseball, family camping trips. I also didn’t know how to define it at the time but now know that I was a young entrepreneur at heart. I was always hard at work around the neighborhood doing yardwork and setting up lemonade stands that I’d enlist my younger and cuter siblings to run. After graduating high school, I shipped off to Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego. I spent a total of five years in the Marines serving in Southern California, Japan and Iraq. After leaving the Marine Corps, I decided to stay in Southern California, where I secured a job as a Quality Technician at a home audio company, Sonance. While I worked during the day, I attended Brandman University in the evenings earning my Bachelors in Business Admin degree, eventually graduating in 2012. Read more>>