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Phoenix’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 Phoenix and surrounding areas below.

Ashley Hein

I have always loved the arts. I started creating art at a very young age, as my mother loved engaging us in crafts. In high school, I took a job shadowing class where I was able to shadow an art teacher and I fell in love with the profession. I have been painting for over 20 years and teaching for almost 5. I currently teach full-time K-6 art. I have also been modeling for the last three years. Read more>>

Jay Conner

It all started in 1999 at a small television station in Midland, Texas. I worked as a photojournalist, shooting video for the 6 and 10 o’clock news. Early in my career, I had the opportunity to shoot an interview with First Lady Laura Bush in Washington D.C. and travel to California to cover local high school bands marching in the Rose Parade. I also covered West Texas high school football, produced local commercials and promotional spots for the station. Read more>>

Kali Gajewski

Beer for here is about more than an awesome patio and a great place to hang out with your friends. It is about making beer that connects you with where you are. All of our base malt is grown and malted right here in the Verde Valley; we believe one of the ways to remain truly Independent Craft is to break out of the macro-beer supply chain, support local businesses, protect our watershed, and use ingredients that the bigger brewers aren’t able to. Read more>>

Anne Rasmussen

I started in pottery in the 90’s. I was always a bit of a putterer, played a bit with jewelry, fabric arts, photography, then a friend of mine said, “let’s take a class together” and of course the next question was,”which one?” We came to the idea of a pottery class at a community college. After the first semester, my friend wanted to move on and I never left pottery. My husband then took up pottery a couple of years later. Read more>>

Simona Wong

I moved west to Phoenix in 1999 hired as the Art Director at ABC15 TV station. Growing up in the Philadelphia area, history ran deep in my surroundings: I lived in a converted mansion built in the late 1700s in one of the oldest neighborhoods that date back to the Civil War. So when I moved out here to find a place and tried to find the historic section of Phoenix to live in, I was shock to see how young this state was. I went from the 13 colonies to the 48th state of the United States. Read more>>

Christopher Wills and King Tut King Shad

I have been managing Rashad for five months and it started as a friendship. I moved here from Virginia and I would see him once a week and would check on him. Eventually, we chilled at my house one day and started our friendship. From there he would invite me to his shows but I never decided to go. In December he invited me to his air bnb party and his headline show and I decided to go. Read more>>

Leslie Barrera and Fernando Garcia

With a passion for fitness and fashion, I decided to combine the two and bring a product that every gym-goer would absolutely fall in love with. I religiously go to the gym because it makes me feel better. And when I feel better, I have great days. Our “motto” is workout with style. We created unique resistance bands for the bad-ass women of the world. We wanted to combine confidence and pure function within each design. Read more>>

Leah Huss

Husband-and-wife, Jeff and Leah Huss, have over 20 years of combined experience in the brewing industry. Jeff was head brewer for BJ’s Brewing in Chandler, Ariz., for seven years and attended the Siebel Institute in Chicago, then the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany. Leah co-owned and operated Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, Ariz., for 14 years, helping pioneer the craft beer community and growth in Arizona. Read more>>

Nicole Diaz

While most 12 years old girls were getting the birds and the bees talk, my father, a conservative but imaginative man, decided it was time to share with me the world of spirits. This was in a religious manner as he was highly connected to the church. He explained to me a story about an uncle who was taken over by a spirit. Never before did I know anything beyond the physical world existed. I was horrified. Read more>>

Mallory Asti

My story began when I was about 11 years old. A family friend was (still is!) a Reflexologist. She was working on my feet one day and said to me; you’ve been eating too much chocolate and drinking too much Pepsi!!! What?!?! In that moment, a light-bulb went off in my head. I knew I wanted to do “that”. I didn’t know exactly what she was doing, but I knew there was something special about it. Read more>>

Aaron Taddeucci

My wife and I started our journey as Videographers eight years ago. We would create travel videos of trips we took across the country! From hiking down to Havasupai Falls to exploring the Island of Kaui, we would always try to bring as much video gear with us as we could, and then create a 4-8 minute video highlighting the most Epic moments. Read more>>

David Warr

The Healthy Vegan lifestyle is growing in popularity all over America. Giving Tree Cafe goes even further. Our restaurant is 100% vegan as well as 100% organic and 100% gluten-free. Our focus is on optimal health and wellness. Wellness for ourselves, our community and our planet. Because our food is made with only the freshest and highest quality organic ingredients, it tastes better. Cleaner. And because our chef has been vegan for 46 years, he’s had lots of time to perfect his craft. Read more>>

Chris Wilson

I first started LEL designs back in 2017 in a small one car garage in a condo complex I was currently residing in at the time in the city Scottsdale, AZ. I was the GM of a small franchised auto spa for just shy of 10 years and if I’m being honest with myself I was feeling and having the thought of “This is it? This is my legacy, the car wash guy?” I was so bored artistically, I was consumed with running a business for someone else to keep my own bills paid. Read more>>

Inocente and Tania Cayetano

My wife and I always had the idea that we wanted to open up a coffee shop since I myself Inocente have been in the coffee business for about 22 years. Before Degino Coffee Bar, I worked for my father’s coffee business. Where I gain lots of knowledge throughout the years. My father taught me what it is to be a businessman and all that I know about the coffee business. In the other hand I Tania have always been a very passionate and creative person. With a business mentality. Read more>>

Tim O’Hagan

There are several factors that have influenced my decision to jump into my current adventure. 1) A desire after a 15-year career to begin working towards my own self-guided future. 2) My wife is Japanese, whom I met while working and living in Japan. After moving back to the United States almost 16 years ago, we have continued to spend time there every year, especially now that we have two children, and I have long wanted to connect our travels and our love of the two countries and cultures in a professional way. Read more>>

Natalie Wilkinson

From high school, I went to culinary school at Scottsdale Culinary Institute. After graduating from there, I worked as a pastry chef for about five years. Healthcare was always on the back of my mind. I felt I needed to do more with my career. I then left the culinary industry and obtained my CNA license so that I can work while going through nursing school. I graduated with my Associate’s Degree in Nursing and went straight to work as a Registered Nurse. Read more>>

Ameeta Chowdhary

I graduated from the University of Phoenix as an MSN, FNP-C in 2017 and started my career in a pediatric primary care practice in Maryvale, AZ. Being a provider with a nursing background and a mother of two boys, I am able to relate with my pediatric patients and their parents. I treat my patients and their families like my own and make every effort to connect with them on a personal level to understand their values and beliefs. Read more>>

Niki Jorgensen

I grew up in Sunny Southern California and at the age of 12, began to spend her summers in Rhode Island. Even as a child the events industry was a part of my life. At the young age of 14, I began helping my aunt in Rhode Island with her catering company. During those summers helping around the shop & kitchen, my spark ignited in the culinary, catering & events, it’s then that my career began. It was quickly realized that this was the path I wanted to proceed down. Read more>>


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

My story begins in Toulouse, France where I was born to Michel, an aeronautical engineer, and Katy, a psychologist, in 1979. Our travels took us to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1987, where we lived for six years. We then moved again to Jerusalem, Israel, where I continued my studies in the high-school and post high-school of my beloved mentor, world-scholar, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. Read more>>

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