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Inspiring Stories from San Tan Valley

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 San Tan Valley and surrounding areas below.

Eric J Chapman

Painting is still something that brings me joy every time I pick up a brush. I have been fortunate enough to sell to private collectors throughout the US and abroad. I have participated in some group shows at the Springville Art Museum and there are a couple of businesses around the valley that have my work in their offices. Read more>>

Chavon Green

I am a certified mindset coach and hypnotherapist. From just a young age, I guess you can say that I have been obsessed with change! When I felt a certain way that caused any disruption in how I felt physically or emotionally I wanted to know what transpired and how I could change the feeling that I did not want to feel. Read more>>

Thomas Brooks and Mike Kurtz

Thomas Brooks – 13yrs experience in Healthcare operations business management. Mike Kurtz – 8yrs in the Marines – 14yrs Automotive experienceThomas and Mike first met at a park event in our neighborhood. We quickly became friends, and after two years of friendship, we decided it was time to  use our experience/knowledge to open a trustworthy automotive repair shop. Our goal was to offer excellent customer service and detailed knowledge to all our customers. Our shop today is clean, professional, and honest which has helped build our business. Read more>>

Kylee Guilliam

For me, photography just started out as a class I could pass easily in high school, but once I got into creating the photos, I fell in love with it. I started taking photos of everything around me because I soon began to realize how amazing and beautiful the world is. Photography was an amazing outlet for my depression and anxiety because it showed me the light in the world, even when I thought I could only see the darkness. My photography didn’t really take off until my freshman year in college, which wasn’t really that long ago. Read more>>

Lauren Wyman

I am an Author! I started writing when I was ten years old and decided that I wanted to write books when I grew up. It was the stories that I had seen portrayed in movies that made me believe I could do that – be a great storyteller. I wrote throughout middle school, high school, and well after college until I finally published my first novel through Amazon and their KDP Independent Publishing program in 2016. It’s a fantasy novel, that is still available today in both Kindle and Paperback, titled Odette: A Retelling of Swan Lake, which captures a dark fairy-tale retelling of the swan lake ballet story. Read more>>

Jalila Jones

My mother was often a guest radio personality and studied dance, They both had a love for the visual arts and owned a business selling African American art. They both fostered my love for drawing and painting. Read more>>

Jennifer Talbot

I was born in Kanab Utah moved to Anchorage Alaska at 12 then to Gilbert at 17. I had wanted to be a hairdresser since I was five years old and went to beauty school right after graduating from Gilbert High School in 1992. I got my license in 1993 and from there worked at many salons with none ever feeling like home. Read more>>

Devi Orlandella

My business was born from a love of children and food. I started running the lunch program at my children’s school as I found most kids, along with my own, were not eating their sack lunches, I wanted the students to feel excited about lunch time, and to promote healthy minds, bodies and productivity by providing the best one-stop shop for schools and business. Read more>>

Dick Mueller

My artistic talent was inherited from my mother, whose training came from books (which I still have) that were sent to her by the old Federal Artists Schools in Minneapolis. Although she didn’t put her talent for drawing to use, seeing her drawings made a big impression on me. Read more>>

Alex Mack, Laura Strickland

After earning music degrees s at several world-renowned music schools, we met while teaching private music lessons at a south Scottsdale studio. On a whim, Laura suggested we try out some music to see if the flute and guitar would blend. Read more>>


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