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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.

Jason Levi

I was born in Italy and came to the United States at the age of ten. I studied law and am admitted to the State to the Bar of the New York… After practicing law for several years, I decided to dedicate myself to my passion and hobby of; photography; I studied at the New York Institute of Photography and moved to Barcelona, Spain where I owned operated a commercial photographic studio. Eventually, I opened another studio in Florence, Italy. Read more>>

Jamie Rye

I have always LOVED photography but when I lost my brother, tragically in 2011, I realized I didn’t have enough pictures of him, and there were so many moments that my family and I weren’t ever going to get back. Shortly after that, my husband and I got pregnant, and I knew I wanted to capture every special moment of my daughter’s life. I also realized I wanted to gift that same passion I had for my family onto other people’s families because I know they have just as many amazing things going on as I do. Read more>>

Sherrie Werner

I have always been a creative person. My love of crafting is where it all began when I was younger. I have always loved doing different types of crafts….whether it was jewelry making, knitting, needlepoint, dried floral arrangements, silk floral arrangements or making wood signs. I love learning new things. I didn’t become a floral designer until I moved to Arizona. I worked in the medical field and just wasn’t happy sitting behind a computer anymore. I stepped out of my comfort zone and changed careers to fulfill my creative side in 1999. Read more>>

Sophia Martinez

It all started from a desire to create pretty spaces on an affordable budget.As a stay at home mom for just about twelve years, I had to learn to get creative on a single income. The lack of income coming in really fueled my creativity and I taught myself how to take one persons trash and turn it into treasure. I really wanted my home to look put together and welcoming but we just didn’t have the budget to do all the things I wanted to do. I would go to yard sales and estate sales knowing I would find pieces with good bones, and I would take it home to paint. One summer I lived in Sacramento and things were really hard financially. Read more>>

Kelsey Larsen

BapronBaby began as a small handmade bib-apron hybrid I designed for my bib-hating toddler. In no time I realized what a successful product the Toddler Bapron was and I turned to Instagram to promote it further. I’ve made it a priority from the beginning to provide American-made products with only the highest of quality. Read more>>

Candice Krause

I started photography when I was about 15, I started how everyone usually starts, practicing on friends and family and shooting as much as I can and whoever I could. When I turned 17, my parents gifted me with my first DSLR. If I can remember, I believe it was a Nikon D60, I remember being so excited I cried.  Read more>>

Loren Oliveira and Beatriz Malnic

Our story began as a group of women in South Florida that decided to showcase the beauty of Brazilian music and its people. Fast forward 17 years, and we now have trained over 160 women to also perform in various activities to more than 13 thousand people yearly. Additionally, these women serve our local community through musical experiences in hospitals, schools, universities, and theaters. Read more>>

Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan met his partner Guy 4 years ago. Guy had worked in the bar business for many years as well as sales and Jonathan had experience with event planning & management. They were Cheer dads who starting spending hours together at cheer competitions and working events for a non-profit to raise money for cheer. Read more>>

Tammy Rodgers

My journey started in May of 2010 after going through a very difficult divorce. Realizing that I was a single mom again and had to start all over trying to care for my kids alone. I was now faced with a fear and sudden sense of urgency to be self reliant and independent, with a determination that I would never have to rely on another person for my security. Read more>>

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>>


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