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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.

Ahimsa House

Ahimsa House is the collaborative effort of Mel Franco and Rée Clancy. We met teaching yoga at a studio in Downtown Phx. Due to Covid shutdowns, we were unfortunately both let go. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it pushed us to reevaluate how we wanted to teach yoga and what teaching meant to us. After being let go, we individually explored and began teaching yoga online through different platforms. With some successes, some failures, and lots of learning, we decided to collaborate. We saw that we shared common goals and intentions. We both wanted to take what we had already learned from the practice and share it in much of the same way. We both came to yoga in our teens, and while it helped us to navigate many of our own obstacles, we realized well into 30’s that the feeling of “home” was never truly felt in the yoga spaces available to us. In part because of the lack of representation of people of color in those spaces, but also because of the financial inaccessibility. Read more>>

Tentreon Cowan

Two years ago, I started out the trunk of my car doing pick-up and delivery. Now we have two offices in Downtown Phoenix as well as one Office in Downtown Miami offering appointments only. Crazy how @Shoeboxaz blew up once everybody realized celebs + professional athletes use our High-Quality shoe cleaning service. We also sell the most exclusive sneakers and customize sneakers. I spent the last few years keeping Phoenix fresh. I learned that nobody wants to walk around with dirty sneakers. We all love to feel fly and I love being able to keep that feeling alive in my backyard, aka PHOENIX AZ. Of course, we clean Sneakers as affordable as Sketchers and as high-end as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. All of our customers keep coming back since we treat each client with the Highest respect, regardless of what shoes they wear. Don’t let covid stop your shoe game! Send us a DM and let’s get your sneakers on fleek. Read more>>

Annie Godin

Ever since I was young, food was always fascinating to me, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I became immersed in it. I grew up vegetarian, so I was constantly cooking meals for myself, exploring new spices, flavor combinations, and loving all my time in the kitchen. Along with food, health has also always been an important aspect of my life. I knew from a young age how powerful, healthy food can really be and wanted to explore that. After high school, I took three gap years. I spent time in Maui working on a work-trade farm learning how to grow my food, worked in kitchens, health food stores, (etc) but I wanted to have a bigger impact. Food is my biggest passion. So after three gap years from highschool of exploring different career paths, I started college in January 2020 studying Nutrition. My end goal with school is to have my own business cooking healthy food for people and helping people really enjoy their meals on a deeper level than simply taste. Read more>>

Mengyue Wang

I’m Mengyue and the founder of Mengyue Wang Fitness, which provides an online fitness coaching service to help people transform their bodies permanently with zero restrictions. I was born in China and lived there for 21 years. Then I decided to expand my life experience and came to the US for my master’s degree in engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, I moved to the Phoenix area to start my engineering career and pursue the corporate path. An engineering career is rewarding, but what I was always wondering is – could I make more personal impacts on people? Growing up, I was overweight and got bullied in school because of my appearance, it was not an easy feeling for a kid or a teenager. For many years, all my birthday wishes and New Year wishes are “Please make me thinner”, but when the next year came, nothing really changed. In order to lose weight, I tried all sorts of things, from starving myself, taking weight loss pills to running 2 hours a day every day for months. Unfortunately, nothing worked for the long run. I was frustrated with my weight and decided to learn how to lose weight sustainably. Read more>>

Elise Knepper

Like many people, I did not grow up dreaming of becoming a Realtor. I was expected to get have a “professional” career and looking back, held some really coveted positions after graduating college. I worked for W Magazine in New York managing high-profile events and then was the Director of Communications for the City of West Hollywood, where I promoted the city to the press. Then 9/11 came, and I was laid off and given time to consider what my next move would be. Since hiring had all but come to a standstill, I thought I could parlay my skills and interests in real estate, architecture, and historic preservation to tide me over. And here we are almost 20 years later. Read more>>

Bernard Smith

The way I started my journey into photography was through friends I had known since middle school. I had dropped out my senior year of high school and one day they were going to a meeting asked if I wanted to join them and I had said, “sure, why not”, then after we meeting they asked me if I wanted to hangout and do a photoshoot with them and I agreed even though I never touched a camera before and ever since then I fell in love with the art of Photography. Read more>>

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