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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.

Heather Nash

I have always been a softie for things that come from my family…the story they tell…the memories they invoke. Growing up, I always wanted to be different and wear different things than everyone else. Thus I started collecting vintage clothing. In the early 2000’s, I started selling online and in 2017 NVC rented its first space and started doing pop-up markets. Fast forward to 2021 and we have opened our first Brick and Mortar!. Read more>>

Richard Dahome

As a graduate of Kent State University, I moved to Arizona from Ohio in 2017. I started off working as a recreational manager for the Phoenix Job Corps. In my time as the recreational supervisor, I completely changed the program. In just three months of working there, I was named the employee of the month. A year after working with the Phoenix Job Corps, I was offered a role to be the Executive Sports Director for Phoenix Skyhawks. This was a great opportunity I never saw coming considering I was only 22 years old then. With this new role, I was tasked with growing the nation’s #1 youth sports organization here in Phoenix. In my first two years, I formed partnerships with the big school districts and Parks & Rec in the county including Scottsdale Unified, Queen Creek Unified, Gilbert Unified and many more. Today, Phoenix Skyhawks is one of the biggest youth sports franchises in the state and was recently featured on CBS5 news. Read more>>

Larri King

In April of 2019, I was miserable. I had been depressed and was doing everything I could think of to rebuild myself. Reconstruction is a fairly involved process these days, and I went so far as to rebuild myself on Facebook in an effort to support small businesses. One of the people that I randomly added to my friend’s list just happened to be the lead singer for Oddity Paradox: Mr. Ikky Stain. Yup. Even I’m still getting used to his stage name. I wasn’t really in the know or the loop or any part of the scene at the time because I was very focused on putting myself together – we’ve all been there, haven’t we? Of course, by May, Ikky had started nudging me to come out and see his band, and as luck would have it, they happened to have a gig coming up not far from me on June 6th. Now, to really get a feel for how wild a ride this has been for me, you’d have to first understand that I hated bars and I was plagued by social anxiety. I was probably the last person anyone would vote “Most Likely To Support Local Music.” Read more>>

Ashley Freehan

I’ve been a business owner for over ten years as a photographer. I got into wedding photography right after my husband and I were married. About eight years into business as a mom and photographer, I hit rock bottom and was so overwhelmed and burnt out. I felt like no one truly understood what it felt like to be a mom and a business owner. I had a lot of mom friends who didn’t own a business and tons of business owner friends who didn’t have kids, and I felt like no one understood the unique struggles I faced trying to do both. In 2019 God laid it on my heart to start the Purpose Gathering. What started as a meetup community for all mom business owners has turned into an online support and coaching platform for mom photographers, and helping them turn their side hustle into a profitable and sustainable photography business without sacrificing their family or their sanity. Read more>>

Tori Poulin

I have been doing photography for about four years now and I am 16 years old! Ever since I got my first camera for Christmas, I have been so eager to get better and better to get where I am today with photography. My love for photography has grown the most over my high school years! I have been taking photography at my school and that has really brought me out of my comfort zone and has taught me some really cool things that I wouldn’t be able to teach myself. I am based out of Gilbert, Arizona but I often take clients in Mesa, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Payson, Sedona, and Flagstaff…..basically all over Arizona! I absolutely love to travel so I am willing to practically go wherever! I strive to provide high-quality photos capturing special moments at an affordable price!. Read more>>

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