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Inspiring Stories from Surprise

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 Surprise and surrounding areas below.

Jessica O’Connell

The story of Sweet Dreams Dreamcatchers is not mine alone to tell. It must include mention of the collaboration and support I received from friends, family, fellow artisans and the community. Sweet Dreams Dreamcatchers would not be what it is today without their remarkable help. Sweet Dreams began with dear friends. Read more>>

Jessica Pierce

My name is Jessica and my “Story” to becoming an Artistic Motivator and Paint & Sip Art Studio Owner is a colorful one! As a child, my parents always encouraged creativity and authenticity with me and my two siblings. My older sister, younger brother and I grew up in a house full of love, strong morals. Read more>>

Denise Carmichael

Throughout my childhood, photography was always a safe place for me. My family enjoyed traveling to different states and camping at National Parks. Some of my favorite memories are of me exploring with my 35mm Ricoh film camera. It wasn’t until college when I was diagnosed with an undiagnosed illness. Read more>>

Sylvia Rivera

It all started from watching too much Food Network. First, I saw an episode of fun factories. The cotton candy caught my attention. It looked like fun and so easy to do. Ordered my machine and then had to figure out where to go from there. My first event was July 4th. Yikes! I found out that hot weather and cotton candy do not get along so well. Read more>>

Kalin Harding

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner board certified to care for ages 0-100. I have been in healthcare since 2001. During this time, I worked in family practice, urgent care, and retail health. Throughout the years, I have watched the family practice model fail patients when their support was needed most. Read more>>

Tammy Norman

We went to watch my 76 years old uncle and 42 years old cousin flat track race. My husband (Mark) and son (Cole) decided they want to try. That was four years ago. Mark is the 2018 AZ State Senior Champion. Cole is the 2018 AZ State Youth Champion. Read more>>


Marci Marciano

I gained over 75 lbs. when I was pregnant with my son and tried a natural birth, buttttt after 12 hours of labor I had to have an emergency C-section. Having to wait 12 weeks (84 days) after my surgery before getting back into physical activity gave me a lot of time to think. Read more>>

April Nowlin

In 2013 I founded Event Cultivators because at the time I loved to support the business with their events and trade shows. This was a part time side hustle simply because I loved to do it. Even though this is when EC was officially born, I had been creating memorable events since High School. In my senior year. Read more>>

Devette Ross and Mandi Wilson

Started building on this business plan in 2014, I, Devette Ross was a registered nurse at the time, looking for something different. I was doing a home visit with a female patient. When she came to the door looking for about 30 years but on the paperwork it said she was 63 years old. I could not believe how young she looked. Read more>>

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