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Mesa’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 Mesa and surrounding areas below.

Alyssa Haws

I have always been fascinated with bees- really, for as long as I can remember. Several years ago a friend offered to set me up with a friend of hers who was a beekeeper. I was living in Flagstaff attending NAU at the time and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Secretly, I wasn’t sure if I would like the guy but I was willing to make the 2.5 hr drive just for the bees. Read more>>

Dr. Ambrosia Boyd

I am an Arizona native, an only child, and grew up in the West Valley. Like many teenagers, I hated high school and didn’t even finish. I earned my GED at age 15 and immediately started working full time. I was happy with my new found freedom and didn’t put much thought into “what’s next.” Read more>>

Melissa Helmkamp

In the fall of 2015, the parent volunteer organizations from two neighboring schools within the Eastmark community came together in a joint effort to put on a fundraiser like no other. They envisioned an event that would not only raise a large percentage of their fundraising goals for the year but would also bring together teachers. Read more>>

Tamsin Duff

15 years ago it wasn’t very popular to purchase and wear secondhand clothing but because of our large family, we often went to school shopping at the thrift stores and I loved it! The thrill of finding quality brands for a fraction of the price was thrilling and I loved that I could try new styles without feeling like I had wasted a lot of money. Read more>>

Jo Rourke

I started this journey just before Christmas 2018. I wanted to make personalized gifts for friends and family. I was looking through Pinterest and saw glitter wine glasses and thought they were cute and they were something I could make myself! I made a few for different people and posted them on my social media accounts. Read more>>

Emily Price

I have always loved being crafty, but after having my daughter Madison in 2010, my love for crafting went from a hobby to a business adventure! I opened my Etsy shop MadeForMaddie in August of 2011 where I began selling all the things I loved to create for Madison; hair bows, baby wipe cases and baby accessories. Read more>>

Jennifer Isbell

I have had a love of sewing and crafting from a young age. My Aunt Mary was one of my biggest inspirations by always making beautiful quilts or handmade goods. Whether it was baby blankets sewed or crocheted, baby clothes, refurbishing furniture, Halloween costumes I was always in the middle of a project. Read more>>

Brittney Spencer

My name is Brittney Spencer and my husband, Geoff and I own Spencer Auto Repair. My husband and I met when we were just 14 years old. We have always been each other’s biggest supporters and best friends. We grew up in California and moved to Arizona in 2010. Read more>>

Elizabeth Parada and Rebecca Ousterman

Bite Into Phoenix started with the idea of pulling away from mainstream restaurant chains and sharing some of the best and local hot spots to sip, snack and socialize. Concentrating on being a part of the neighborhood, we love focusing on locally and privately owned restaurants. Read more>>

Randy Newton

I moved to the Phoenix area in 1999 after retiring from the military swore I would never work for the government or aviation again. The first three companies I worked for went through mass layoffs, a merger/closure and sell off. I then began working at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Read more>>

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