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Scottsdale’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 Scottsdale and surrounding areas below.

Karilyn Owens

I have been obsessed with creating art ever since I was a little girl. Art was (and still is) my refuge—a way to process my intense emotions and express my creativity. When my family got a computer in the 90s I began creating graphics for school projects or mixed CD’s. I found any excuse to make something. It was clear that I was born to create and the computer. Read more>>

Amy Stephens

In 2015 I was asked to officiate a friend of mine’s wedding. I enjoyed it so much that a couple of years later I began to actively market myself to celebrate the love of two people in a joyous union. In 2018 I officiated 43 weddings and in 2019 I officiated a total of 62 weddings. Read more>>

Ted Sueyoshi

I work with athletes doing physical therapy and injury prevention training. When I started working with dancers, figure skaters, and gymnasts, I fell in love with sports and what they could do. I’ve always been drawn to arts from my painting experiences as a kid. And I thought I could create some unique arts with those athletes. Read more>>

Timothy Bell

The Cosanti Foundation was originally founded to “explore the experiential and educational benefits of combining Architecture with Ecology.” The early work of our organization was at Cosanti in Paradise Valley, a playground of sorts for those who were interested in practicing a more hands-on version of design under the tutelage of Paolo Soleri, the founding Architect. Read more>>

Eric Crook

I think Interior Design found me. I grew up in a small town. No designers there. I had a grandmother who owned a small floral shop in our downtown. I remember the effect her home would have on me and those that visited during Christmas. She would order tons of fresh greenery and we would make garlands together and decorate the house. Read more>>

William Turner

I was born and raised in South Carolina and came to Phoenix in 2017 when I was 37 and not quite sure what to do next in my life. I had spent several years in South Carolina working as an Executive Banquet Chef in beautiful country clubs and then traveled around the country working in different national parks as a chef. Read more>>

Rachel Semro

The inspiration for starting Crowns of Courage came in 2014 when my ten year old daughter, Ashlyn, was diagnosed with a life threatening blood disorder. We were told she would need a bone marrow transplant to survive. Her biggest fear was losing her hair. It’s a horrible and helpless feeling to see your child in a situation over which you have no control. Read more>>

Alisia Bodrero

Ever since I was little there was something about the art of fashion that always excited me. I was drawn to the opportunity to express your style through colors, shapes and creative combinations. Studying fashion in school helped me to discover the various roles in the industry and I was quickly intrigued by fashion buying. Read more>>

Kwaku Asare

I was born in Accra, Ghana in West Africa and moved to the States (New Jersey) at the age of two. From there family and I relocated to Washington state for 10 years, before currently residing in Arizona for another 10. I currently enjoy playing soccer, writing for a “Creatives” blog and hiking. In my free time. Read more>>

Molly Mahoney

I had always absolutely loved garlic and started tinkering with my garlic salt for myself and family. In 2003 I started Molly’s Mills as a summer job in college in Moscow, Idaho where student jobs were scarce. It helped fuel and expand my love for cooking. I continued crafting my spices on weekends in the summers and for my website. Read more>>

Ric Kenworthy

My Fiancé and I met in Scottsdale four years ago. She is an avid global traveler who has visited many countries throughout the world. With her as my guide, we traveled more frequently than I ever had and often turned to Airbnb for our accommodations. We enjoyed the intimacy of these types of accommodations over the hotels. Read more>>

Nicole Tanneberg

I started my channel after my parents got divorced. I was suffering from depression, anxiety and lost all my self-esteem. Until one day I found YouTube videos. I always loved makeup and fashion and regained that love after watching my first few makeup tutorials. About a year and a half Later of watching YouTube videos. Read more>>

Jaclyn Nishihira

Food has always been such a huge part of my life. I guess that’s what happens when you’re half Filipino, half Japanese, and growing up on an island in Hawai’i. I have to thank both my parents for instilling the belief that “health is wealth” in me from such a young age. Although sometimes it annoyed me when I was young. Read more>>

Travis Kruse

TrackitHub specializes in the management and organization of pickleball leagues and clubs around the world. Our innovative program provides administrators with the necessary tools to run competitive leagues, facilitate club play, schedule events, and communicate with their players. Read more>>

Kristen Risk

We were running marathons, eating healthy and never gave much thought to the alcohol we were consuming on weekends. We loved our daily wellness shots with functional ingredients and decided to research the spirits industry for a better for you vodka. What we learned was that the spirits industry. Read more>>

Alyssa Bird

I’ve been creating things ever since I was a child. The school was always a challenge, but art was where I thrived. As I got older, I followed my passion for fashion to Los Angeles, CA for my degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Throughout my career in the apparel industry, I noticed one concerning aspect. Read more>>

Sarah Stanley

As a young child, I loved being in the kitchen and creating dishes. One vivid memory is when I was about four years young and I created a concoction for my mother that included freshly made yogurt and raisins. I don’t remember if it was edible or not! Being the oldest of eight children, I prepared most of our meals. Read more>>

Aaron Gagnon

About seven years ago, I started a job that required a great deal of travel. When I had some downtime, I began to write short blog posts about the cities – the things to do, the hotel I was visiting, the restaurants, etc. I enjoyed it and gained a small following on my blog and social media. My wife runs a website and branding company, and she developed my blog and social media presence. Read more>>

Matthew Stella and Kathrine Zamjahn

I began shooting photography as a young teenager with a film camera, at first of just random things and then mainly some of the local bands where we grew up… And that’s around the time Katie and I met. Photography was always my passion but I guess at the time I didn’t realize it was something I could make a career out of. Katie went off to fashion school, and I pursued a career in the culinary industry. Read more>>

Nikki Butler

I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. I loved media, but I didn’t want to move to some remote town starting as a reporter, so I began my career in public relations and events at a boutique agency in Phoenix. From there, I did events and PR for the Arizona Lottery and then later for an agency that specialized in baby/mom products and housewares. Read more>>

Mark Ginsburg

It all started when I bought a camera back in early 2017. My buddy and current roommate & I were very inspired by media, always watching YouTube videos and admiring some of the amazing tones we saw on Instagram. Funny enough he bought a camera before I did. In some way. Read more>>

Deal James

I started taking my music seriously when I was 19 years old in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. I started a band, played some shows, recorded a few EPs. At the end of it, I was still painfully unaware of the bigger picture. None the less, I was hooked on the idea of pursuing a music career. Read more>>

Randy Price and Ben Feliciano

Ben and I have been in the flooring industry for some time now. Ben is from New York and started in a family owned business working summers while in high school. He continued in the industry while attending college in New York, then made it his career. He moved to Arizona in his early 20’s and continued in the flooring industry. Read more>>

Kaylee Aliory

I’m Kaylee, I’m 21 years old and the owner and creator of Party Like a Pineapple!! About three years ago my cousin talked me into buying a Silhouette machine, for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a god send for anyone who likes to craft as it cuts anything you want. This machine sat in my house for about a year not being used, until one day I gave it a shot. Read more>>

Elicia Nademin

I’m a board certified psychologist in behavioral and cognitive psychology, and I work full-time as a home-based primary care psychologist for elderly veterans while maintaining a small part-time private practice. For years, I have lectured both as assistant and guest faculty on topics of professionalism, communication, behavioral medicine, and diversity to medical and psychology doctoral students. Read more>>

Susan Ginsberg

In October of 2007, I founded Stop and Breathe®. A former yoga/meditation instructor and educator for many years, I began to see the benefits of the healing practice of healthy breathing and relaxation/visualization techniques and wanted to share it with others outside of the yoga studio. I reached out to my local hospital, in the Chicago area at the time. Read more>>

Ava Moore

I have never felt like I have had the right words to describe myself, or my experience in the world. it is always been kind of difficult and comes out in a way that does always settles in the way I imagined… This is why I think I’m so drawn to the creative side of life- allowing something else to speak for me, I guess. Read more>>

Kelly Withers

For as long as I can remember I have always been driven, competitive and had a desire to be successful. Growing up that competitiveness started in sports and then as I got older transitioned into business. After college, I started my career in the pharmaceutical sales industry while also starting my training business. Read more>>



Gabriella Lawrence

From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always had an interest in fashion and styling. I would often cut up fabrics and sew together outfits for my Barbie dolls. I loved experimenting with new styles and would deconstruct my clothes to make new looks. Read more>>

Kris Pothier

Me and my husband I, Joe Bechard, moved out to Sedona, Arizona from Eugene, Oregon in April of 2004. Joe was hired to write for the Red Rock News as a County reporter. Shortly after arriving, Joe was at a County meeting and watched Eric Glomsky get approval to open and operate Page Springs Cellars in Cornville. Read more>>

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