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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.

Elyse Meyer

I started Prism Global Marketing Solutions, an inbound marketing agency, 5 years ago this coming August. Prior to founding the agency, I worked in various industries with companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 organizations all in roles focused on marketing and sales. Read more>>

Jen Butler

I’ve had an entrepreneurial spirit for as long as I can remember coupled with a strong love for HOME and that’s where my story has led to where I am today. I began my post-college career in retail merchandising and management followed by going back for a masters in elementary education and eventually a certification to teach Art. Read more>>

Laura Dunbar

My love for event planning began before I knew event planners existed. I typically begin this story by stating I am the oldest of 9 siblings. Being the oldest child always made me feel responsible for my siblings, gave me a natural position of the one who took charge, and made me a person people sought out for help and advice. Read more>>

Jesus Hurtado

We have been family owned and operated since 2014, proudly serving street tacos, Sonoran hot dogs, burritos, snacks and more. We first started cater to our friends in our small hot dog cart and through their word our business expanded and now we have a food trailer.  Read more>>

Barbara Meegan, Anne-Marie Meegan

Girl Scout cookies we sold here in the Sun City area during the 1980s and my husband and I bought a home here in Phoenix in the 1970s. While I worked at Luke Air Force Base, there were volunteers from the OB/GYN Clinic who had yarn up to the ceiling. Then after I retired from working at Luke, I had a friend who lived in Sun City and I became involved with church here where I was introduced to the Ladies Guild. From there, I moved to Sun City and then brought my daughter to the Guild. Read more>>

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>>


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