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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.

Tamara Archer

After starting a career specializing in creative project management for A-list advertising agencies, my affinity for the built environment led me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and later, a master’s degree in Design Management. My family and I relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Miami, FL. Inspired by Miami’s modern tropical cityscape, I started my business designing condo spaces for residents in the downtown building where we lived. Read more>>

Monica Villegas & Lucia Di Tore

We met during a Hot Girl Walk Miami (founded by our friend, Gabi Ayala) and instantly clicked. Our interests were fully aligned and we realized how much we wanted to share our love for wellness, particularly in Miami, so we decided to create Moni & Lu in MIA to share our love for this city and recommend some of our favorite places to work out, eat, and more! Now, we both co-host Hot Girl Walk Miami and also co-host wellness events so we can bring some of what we love to other Miami girls! Read more>>

Gintare Peciukeviciute

I started floral design while living in Los Angeles five years ago. I got a chance to work and learn from very talented artist in floral industry. I was fascinated by the beauty of flowers during different seasons and just the arrangements itself. Then I moved to Miami and noticed floral designs are very different and though I could bring new trends- Miami is more tropical while Los Angeles offers lush floral arrangements. And straight after pandemic when stores and restaurants were reopening, and I started walking into each of them and introducing myself and my work. Read more>>

Ari Taymor

I started cooking while in college studying philosophy. I became deeply interested in sustainable agriculture, health, and nutrition. Post-graduation, while trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I started working in restaurants in the SF Bay Area. I quickly caught the bug and really dedicated myself to it, working in some of the best restaurants in SF and Napa before working in France. I got the chance to open my first restaurant Alma, in downtown Los Angeles in 2011, which quickly exploded. We were named the best new restaurant in America by Bon Apetit in 2012, I was a food and wine-best new chef in 2013 and a 2-time James Beard nominee for rising star chef. Read more>>

Natalie Koroniotis

I began my health & wellness journey when I was 17 years old. That is when I started working out and I became more mindful of what I was eating. I just wanted to look and feel better in the body I was in. So, I taught myself simple basic things that I needed to do. I was a senior in high school. All my peers took notice of what I was doing. Everyone would always ask me how I got so fit and what I was eating to achieve the body I had. I remember writing meal plans for free for anyone who asked me. This sparked a passion of mine. Fast forward to college, I did not know what major to choose and what I ultimately wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Benjamin Fogel

I moved to Miami 11 years ago. I was in real estate at first. I always had a passion for food. I enjoyed traveling and learning the different cuisine from around the world. My family also had an extreme affinity to chocolate. I always had a bar of chocolate a day. Chocolate has always been a part of my life. One day while standing in the outdoor market in Israel I decided to open an artisanal chocolate store. I realized that there is a need for good quality chocolate. As I began to learn how to be a chocolatier my mind was opened to the deep intricacies of chocolate. Read more>>

Wanda Carreras

I am a first-generation Cuban American and founder of TODO Yoga living in my hometown Miami, FL (Miccosukee, Taino, Tequesta, and Mascogo land). I’ve been an artist and designer for most of my life while also being heavily attracted to spiritual pursuits. I attended New World School of the Arts for high school and later earned my BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. With this foundation, I redefine creativity, communication, and beauty. Read more>>

Gustavo Soto-Ramirez

I believe I wanted to work with food at the age of five. One of the few memories I remember vividly at that age was when I had a steaming hot piece of corn on the cob and I put a cold piece of deli meat on the corn to heat it up. My father then praised me for the first time that I could remember so it really stuck with me and I believe that’s why I got into cooking. I then got really into it around 7-8th grade I remember memorizing Chef Morimoto’s cookbook in 8th grade every night I would read it front to back it would take me about 2 hours. Read more>>

Robinson Gomez

Ok, here goes a detailed long story… The Papito Dog all started as a trial pop-up in Oakland, California. A conversation between 2 friends Julie Figueras & myself was what sparked the fuse. We both worked at the same bar lounge in Downtown Oakland. (Shoutout to The Miranda!) She was the bar manager, and I was a resident deejay. We both shared a common ground and affinity for Miami food culture. Being that I’m a Miami boy and Colombian American born & raised at heart, she would ask me if I knew about Colombian hot dogs. Read more>>

Idalia Salsamendi

I grew up in the entertainment industry—by the age of eight, I was already in various TV shows and commercials. It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I started to dip my toes into the fashion industry and started working more behind the scenes. When I started managing models 12+ years ago, I instinctively knew that ‘bloggers’ were going to be the next big piece in this marketing/advertising puzzle, so I started managing them. Imagine, this was right at the precipice of the industry. I was part of the management team for Chiara Ferragni, Rumi Neely, Julie Sarinana, Shea Marie… Read more>>

Ricardo Nolasco Magallon

Hey, my name is Ric and I’m originally from the Dominican Republic. Ever since I was very young, I had a huge interest in music and musical instruments. I started playing the piano when I was 8 and I started playing guitar at the age 13 while starting to produce music as well. I have explored and wide variety of genres in music production, from rock to hip hop and many more including electronic music during my late teens. I have always had a passion for music in general, but it wasn’t until I started going to parties in my hometown that and quickly started DJing in various cities in my home country. Read more>>

Tata Fernandez

I left my position as VP of Marketing for a Fortune 500 company to pursue my passion for the arts and this year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary. Today my Gallery is divided into two divisions Contemporary Art Projects USA and its subsidiary K-Art Projects USA where Contemporary Art Projects USA represents established artists and K-Art Projects USA emerging artists emphasizing in their career achievements. Read more>>

Ashley Michelle Miller

Where I started: In 2012, my therapist asked me what seemed to be a simple question: “What are your hobbies?” At the time, I had already earned my bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and was finishing my master’s degree in Project Management. I had decided to take the route of working with my dad and continue to grow the family business. I thought I had my life all figured out but yet I was depressed, highly anxious, and still totally confused about what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Gustavo Fernandez

I’ve been painting since I can remember, art has been my life, next year I’ll be 25 years old in the art world, literally half of my life painting. I’m obsessed with colors, my passion is to transmit emotions through colors, each color handles an emotion and life speaks to us in colors. We have to learn to see the big picture and understand the color signals of life. Living from art is an emotional roller coaster, full of ups and downs where only talent and perseverance can lead you to success. Read more>>

Sofia Schott

What started as a passion and hobby very early in my life, flourished into a business some years ago. I had a successful career in publishing, which wasn’t fulfilling, and upon leaving that job, I decided it was time to turn my hobby into my career and job; that’s how etiquette atelier was born. Today, I am proud to have reached, and empowered many children, teens, and adults with the wonderful tools of etiquette, to strengthen their self-esteem and self-confidence. I work with schools’ after-school programs, as well as give group community and private workshops to children, adults, and small companies. Read more>>

Andrew Moschburg

Hi, I’m honored to be with you today. My story starts with my unique uprising. I had many challenges when I was younger, one of which was relocating to strange and exotic worlds. This type of moving was becoming a normal event for me and my family, always changing sceneries, countries, and continents. Moving from one country to the next was like being born again. I was able to transform and leave everything behind. In exchange, I would be exposed to different cultures, all of which have influenced me in grand ways. I believe my first hand experience with these diverse cultures allowed my mind to blossom into the artist I am today. Read More>>

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