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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.

DelRae Cicinelli

My journey started in 2014 when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I began using essential oils as a natural alternative to medication, which brought positive changes to my diagnosis, and eliminated my symptoms. Due to my skin sensitivities, I began to create organic bath and body care products for myself, and it didn’t stop there. Read more>>

Kimberly Edwards-Brandon

It all started about a year and a half ago. I had an urge to learn how to fill in my eyebrows. Something as simple as that, so I started watching YouTube videos & practicing until I mastered it. I use to stay up late in the night drawing them on then wiping them off just to repeat it until I got it correct! Read more>>

Kristen Sylvester

The United Scholars story started in 2017. Being a homeschooler I had searched for a group that was professional, provided quality, support, and enrichment. As a mom of 4 children, I wanted to find the best. Although I found many amazing people I was needing more. Read more>>

Amber Anderson

Originally this was a boutique. almost 5 years ago. I was struggling week to week. My account would over drafted every 2 weeks. I had to do something. So I took $80 from my paycheck and bought 6 dresses online at wholesale price. I went to eBay and sold all in less than a week. I made just enough in profit to make another order and be clear from overdraft fees. I learned a lot about what sold what didn’t sell and how to reach my ideal audience during this time. Read more>>

Matthew Wheeler

My photography journey started when I was deployed overseas in the US Navy as I was a young man who loved great sunsets and scenes around the world. I had a real photojournalistic approach to my surroundings and tried to capture rust, decay, movement, specific lighting, and great colors when there wasn’t a great sunset around. Read more>>

Brandon Petry

I’ve always had a thing for good design. Having a passion for working with my hands lead me to an early career in building custom cars and motorcycles out of my garage. I felt like I was chasing art thru creating beautiful machines. Read more>>

Joseph Cuzzi, Rachel Song

We first began exploring new food places around the Phoenix area when we started dating. We especially enjoyed going to boba tea cafes, gourmet bakeries, and other dessert establishments. As part of our routine when trying new restaurants, we would photograph the food right before we began eating. Read more>>

Scott Serkland

For years I made an honest living as a mild mannered freelance illustrator and graphic designer, developing creative solutions for a number of corporate clients. As much as I loved using my creativity to bring awareness other company’s’ products and services, I always longed to do something more, something slightly sinister. Read more>>

Jonathan Netzky

Local Alternative Foods exists to create access to the most valuable foods that can be created. Sounds big? It is. You see, when the entrepreneurial bug bit, I was cocky enough to jump off the cliff with a grand vision instead of a great plan. Read more>>

Jayde Pigati

I have always loved photography and really any form of art. I love creating. After I had my first daughter I wanted to be able to capture her childhood and give her tangible memories she could look at later just like my parents did. So I bought my first camera and fell in love. Read more>>


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