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Maricopa’s Rising Stars

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 Maricopa and surrounding areas below.

Sunny Wilson and Chris Mitchell

Old Pueblo Collective was dreamed up four years go on the doorsteps of a posh little gallery in Tucson, Arizona. My husband Chris and I were shocked to find we could either afford to start an art collection or send our kids to college. I tried to convince Chris college was overrated, but we left empty-handed. As art lovers and creators, it made sense for us to build an organization that values artists and makes wildly unique art accessible to everyday people like us. We were not rich by any stretch of the imagination, and investors were not lined up with stacks of cash to throw at our startup. Like most small businesses, we began with what we had, an unimpressive shelf of art supplies and a walk-in closet with enough space to cram in a student desk and a laptop. Indeed, OPC’s first office space was in our bedroom closet. I swore I’d never tell anyone at the time, but now that we don’t share a space with our winter clothes, it’s almost laughable. Read more>>

Ariel Fan

Holy Voids is a slow fashion brand created in 2018. From the start, we wanted to find a balance between form and function, beauty in the simplistic and the brewing of creative forces. We try our best to make intentional, locally made, staple pieces for people to cherish year after year. Read more>>

Patricia Glover

I entered the legal field about 15 years ago through a friend who asked me to fill a legal receptionist position at her office. Although I had no prior desire to work in the legal field, I quickly fell in love with it. When I moved to Arizona in 2007, I used the receptionist experience to land a job as a legal assistant at a prestigious bankruptcy firm. While working there, I began my college education in legal studies. Read more>>

Olivia Mcdowell

My passion for the arts began when I was a little girl. Starting in kindergarten, I had always loved to bring my creative ideas to life, imagining my own film ideas as well as modeling for my own enjoyment in various types of outfits and pretending to run my own fashion shows. As the years went on, more specifically my freshman year in high school, my art style began to develop into something unique and my brand name, VikiiT, was born. Read more>>

Joshua Urquiza

Being multifaceted and talented, I always had big aspirations. Some of those include music, pro Wrestling, broadcasting, and designing clothing. After trying to live two of those dreams, I decided to stick with Broadcasting. Not knowing where to start, I looked into anything to get me started in hosting some kind of show. Finally, I found podcasting. I started by practicing the art of conversation by having in-depth conversations with friends. Read more>>

Katlyn Bailey

When my daughter was born, I really wanted to take up photography because I wanted to be able to take great photos of all the memories I knew we were going to create and I wanted a platform to post on that we could look back on one day. So, I decided to buy a camera and post all of our memories on Instagram. This all started when my daughter was born in April of 2017. I started out as a “mommy blogger”, but eventually turned into a lifestyle content creator. Read more>>

Chelsea Jones

I have been blogging/Instagramming off and on for the past three years, but it wasn’t until my triplets were born that I began taking it seriously and more consistently. During my pregnancy, I searched everywhere for resources about multiples and only a handful came up and most of those were outdated. I wanted to create a space where other families preparing for multiples or just welcomed in a new set. Read more>>

Laurel Elders

My story became truly interesting when I turned 34. I was doing ok in life I guess. I had a bachelor’s in Organizational Psychology, was a Certified Coach working full time and was a divorced single mother to three kids. “I am so sorry your stomach hurts Laurel.” My boss said as he looked at me with heartwrenching levels of apathy. “But we really need to get this project done and put aside all the issues.” My heart sank. Read more>>

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