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Downtown & Brickell’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 Miami’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 Downtown and Brickell’s rising stars below.

Nicole Encinosa

In hindsight, I’ve always had a creative side. As a young girl, I remember wanting to be a cartoonist, sewing small articles of clothing from scrap fabric around the house and always being interested in learning how to make things. However, I never thought of going into a creative career. Instead, because I enjoyed working with numbers and was interested in business, I pursued a path in accounting and management. After living in New York for about a year and a half in my early 20’s and walking by the Conde Nast building every day on my way to work, I finally realized I wanted to be part of the fashion and design world. Read more>>

Robert DiPasquale and Clayton Friday

My friend Clayton and I always had the dream of being entrepreneurs and creating a solution to a problem. We noticed, at parties, people would be tallying the number of shots they have taken on their wrist with markers, which became a popular trend among young adults. We noticed that Excessive alcohol consumption is a popular and dangerous trend among the younger generation, which can lead to many health, legal, and injury issues. One day after school, dropping off clayton to his house, Clayton said, why don’t we invent a shot glass that keeps track of the number of shots you consume, thus came the idea for Tally Shot and he instantly drew up a rough sketch of the idea on my car registration folder. Read more>>

Jessica Saint-fleur

In 2012, after Trayvon Martin’s murder, I experienced my first walk-out at Miami Northwestern Senior High. Although I didn’t realize the impact of it all at the time, it planted a seed of social justice within me and the urge to fight for the Black community. By 2015, at the height of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the stories consumed my friends and me at the Claremont Colleges. So much so we decided to rally together and make our voices heard. However, it’s only so long you could be so loud until people try and shut you up. By 2016, a Claremont Independent doxxed my friends and me to the point we received death threats. Read more>>

Daniel Klein and Alec Deane

We believe that college life provides an ideal opportunity to start and grow a business. College education is enormously expensive and students must dedicate most of their time to schoolwork. We know that they often need to spend money in order to save time and that their parents are usually supportive! Cultivating a successful business is achieved through tailoring your product or service to demonstrating value while also augmenting the efficiency of your customer’s lives. We launched our first business: WaffleBoyz, two years ago. We developed unique recipes for homemade infused, belgan waffles, which are sold to college students throughout Miami. Read more>>

Kika Carvalho

I started off by posting images of my travel adventures on my Instagram. I started noticing more and more people commenting or sending me messages asking for recommendations about hotels, restaurants and places to visit in certain destinations. That’s when I knew there was potential for something big there. Over the last few years, I have been partnering with a variety of hotels and restaurants to showcase what each destination has to offer. Read more>>

Precious Albertie

I started Yolie Scentz with the specific intent to memorize my best friend, Yolanda Lammons. Yolanda passed away suddenly six years ago and I set out to start a business in her honor, something that I know she would approve of and something people would patronize. With that in mind, I chose to make scented candles. Besides the homemade, all-natural soy candles I also make scented incenses, wax melts, and car air fresheners. In the coming weeks, I’m looking to add more products to my line of smell goods. Read more>>

Gregg Marsi and George Dasinger

We both have worked inside kitchens our whole life. Growing up as kids being around food and being family-oriented inspired us who we are today. As we bonded over the love of food and sharing similar interest, we began to plant our seed of the Yakitori boyz. During the pandemic and hours of sleepless nights, Yakitori boyz started to come to life. We had a lot of time on our hands! Which while being a chef is hard to come by. Towards the beginning of the summer, George stopped by and opens his trunk and brings in this beautiful ceramic Yakitori grill and begins showing me what our new venture can feel like. I instantly fell in love with Yakitori and Japanese street food. Read more>>

Denise Tercero

I come from a long line of jewelers. My father is my mentor and guide in this whole journey. He helps me execute all my ideas that come to mind at any time of the day, which I am extremely grateful for. Growing up I would sit next to him and play around with his tools, making some rings out of wax. This was just a hobby and I did not think much of it. As I got older, I would ask my father to make some pieces for me and I would wear them wherever I go. It wasn’t until I started working at my first job that I realized other people appreciate my jewelry and how I put it together. I have always been a fan of mixing gold with silver and layering jewelry just like you layer clothing. Stacking my own rings, bracelets, or necklaces with other jewelry brands together is the purpose of my brand. Read more>>

Maria Fernanda and Adriana Duprat

Let’s take you back to the beginning of it all. We are two sisters (Adri & Mafe) and we are from Venezuela. We moved to the United States 5 years ago. And our backgrounds are rather different to what you would expect. Quite the opposite to being florists. Adri recently finished school for Phycology and Mafe has been working the typical 9-5 corporate job for quite some years in the marketing world. How exciting right? Until… yeah, you figured it out, getting put on furlough due to covid. We are not going to lie. It was pretty shocking. Both of us were struggling with this pandemic. As a recent graduate, Adri was facing the biggest challenge, finding her first job during a pandemic, while millions were getting laid off/furloughed, like her sister. Read more>>

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