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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.

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>>

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>>


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