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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.

Lisa Lee

Alina Flor was first introduced to yoga at the age of 15 by her mother. After her first yoga class, she knew that this was her calling. She was good at it, it felt great, and it made her feel good about herself. Yoga became part of her life and her daily routine. Alina later moved to Des Moines, Iowa to continue her education in Cardiac Ultrasound. While living in Iowa Alina developed Seasonal Affective Disorder and she ended up gaining 40lbs. Read more>>

Shirley Aguirre

Shirley Pear Tans was born inside Shirley Pear Lingerie Boutique, hence its name. In 2007, we added spray tanning services to the boutique, and became popular very quickly. In 2009, due to a road construction on the street where the boutique was located, the boutique had to close its doors, but the spray tanning services continued inside a nearby Beauty Salon. Read more>>

Ryan The Wheelbarrow and Pedro Amos

Pedro AMOS, is a native of Miami who has been writing graffiti since 1994. Ryan the Wheelbarrow, from AZ, moved to Wynwood in 2003. In 2014 Wheelbarrow started leading BYOBIKE tours and creating annual street art maps. AMOS launched his initial company Riding With Writers during Art Basel 2015. Shortly after the two merged forces in 2016 to create Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide, the only artist owned and operated tour agency in Miami. Read more>>

Sebastian Garcia and Andres Guevara

My brother and I have always had a dream to run a tattoo shop together, but with a different idea and it is what Rosa Negra is known, a place where we build close relationships with all the clients and where we turn every idea into a unique art work piece, although we are still working in some ideas and projects to finish what we always have wanted. Read more>>

Dr. Christopher Vendryes

Board certified medical doctor. Anesthesiologist with sub specialty in interventional pain management. Background in wellness. As part of my pain management practice being highly skilled in injecting and use of Botox for migraine control I segwayed into aesthetics use of Botox, fillers and skin care. Our aim is to provide a comfortable relaxed, discrete practice for the Miami Shores resident. Read more>>

Anna Turayeva

Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Ukraine, my dream has always been to be a photographer. That fire was started by my father when he gave me my first camera. It wasn’t until 2 years ago when I decided to pursue this passion as a career of a photographer and started my own business. My love for fashion and studying top fashion editors developed my sexy yet playful style, from fashion centric to lifestyle, portraits and even full commercial projects. Read more>>

Albert Ghitis

After a career in finance & hospitality, I got introduced to the boutique spin scene in NYC, where I was living, by my significantly hipper sister. I got really into it and decided to bring something similar to Miami, which I thought would be an excellent market. I had never planned on teaching myself, but I figured I’d give it a shot and know I’ve been teaching spin just about every day for the last 3 years….it was actually our 3-year anniversary yesterday! Read more>>

Jennifer Clark

I came to Miami from Venezuela 17 years ago, I have a bachelor degree in Social Communications, I have the luck to start working as soon as I arrived because a Production Company gave me the VISA. I’ve been doing castings for 17 years. I created JClark International Entertainment to do also marketing and events all around Miami. I have seen many faces and talent people that I decided to build a new company called Casteando.com that is going to be launch next August in Miami. Read more>>

Manuela Morancais and Stephane Bragoni

At Red Carpet Salon, the relationships between the French owners and their clients are based upon honesty and integrity. You will experience unparalleled services in a serene and friendly environment. Stephane, Manuela and their team use French cutting-edge hair and color techniques such as Balayage, with the intention of satisfying completely all their clients. Read more>>

Jason Odio

Miami native Jason Odio wasn’t even close to graduating high school when he started working in the nightclub circuit. At 16, when most teens are barely driving, Odio was busy spending the summer hosting high school nights in clubs in downtown, getting an early taste of nightlife. His craving for the scene only grew, and at 18 he began what became a 12-year tenure with the legendary Opium Group at a time when Opium and Privé were its only venues. Read more>>

Tom Clark

My original plan was to work in culinary arts. I spent four years as a cook in the USMC figuring I’d do a little service and get an education out of it. Of course, things took a turn and I found myself in Iraq heating and serving tray rations from the back of a Humvee. I brought a camera over there and was dubbed the unofficial photographer for my unit. This gave a more unique sense of purpose than slopping gruel on people’s trays. Read more>>

Eugenia Spotar

I am originally from Russia. Started dancing at the age of three. Growing up I was exposed to many dance styles including ballet, lyrical, jazz, modern, belly dancing and even acting. At thirteen years old, I found my true passion: Ballroom Dancing. Dancing with a partner is the most fun style of dancing you can find out there. At the age of fifteen I started teaching kindergarten age children ballroom dancing, while training with my dance partner and competing in local dance competitions. Read more>>

Alfonso Velasco

We started with just one vehicle and grew as clients referred us using TripAdvisor and our web page. We always offer an amazing customer service which has led us to where we are today. Travelers tend to go to different places each year. Therefore, it’s challenging since we focus on private city tours and once a tourist has seen a site they will probably not do it again. Read more>>

Evan Rich

I had a previous career in the financial services industry based in New York City. I attended business school at nights at Fordham University and made it home just to sleep. At the end of my MBA program I found myself in search of a new challenge, but had not identified one, so I quit my job and spent the better part of a year traveling around the world with my now wife. Read more>>

J David Rojas

Years of experience leading back to 2003 working as a sales and finance manager for a Lexus Dealer allowed me to learn how to care for a client but at the same time how to make money from that unsuspecting car buyer. The long work weeks or 70hrs or more and the constant stress of having to take as much money from the clients as possible within the auto selling process to maximize gross profit prompted the idea to turn the tables on the dealerships and let the car buyer win for once. Read more>>

Stan Rudman

This is truly one of the most genuine stories that people will appreciate the meaning of endurance. The company founder Raul Rudman left Poland in the 1930’s due to the war. On their way to the United States, the ship stopped in Cuba, they decided to get off and start their lives over on the Caribbean island. Raul was a master tailor where he and his son Frank started a clothing business making high end suits. Read more>>

Ana Natalie Delgado

In 2006, 1 year out of college, I helped launch one of the first dental academies for Botox and Dermal Fillers. In 2010, I launched DentaSpa Seminars, which today is one of the most reputable and recognized academies for facial injectables in dentistry. In 2011, Ana launched a facial aesthetics membership academy for DentaSpa called the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics (IAFA).  Read more>>

Azeez Bakare

I actually got started into photography by accident. During tenure at my first salary position as an Architectural 3D Rendering Specialist at HOK, our team needed someone to photograph a building. I began taking photos, returned to my cubicle to transfer the images, and all of the photos were BLUE! — My white balance was incorrect. After that day, I enrolled into my first photography class and the rest was history. Read more>>

Captain John Bailey

On land…I am a 28-year veteran of the hospitality profession. I was a hotel General Manager in CA and FL for 19 years, the last 12 spent in south east FL. I was recognized with the Hotel of the Year 2015 Award and Sports Person of the Year Award 2016 by the Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Assoc. for my contributions to the local hospitality community as a board member and officer. Read more>>

Sophie Malaquin

I came to Miami from France. I wanted to start a new life. I always loved the ocean, nature and water sports. SoSUP Miami is located on Hobie Beach and it is 2 trailers with SUP boards, pedal boats, yoloyaks, bikes and beach chairs for rent. After I bought the business I had new designs put on the trailers and worked on re-designing the Logo for the company. We re-branded the look and feel of the business with new equipment and added new activities such as Yoga on paddle boards and nighttime paddleboarding with lights attached to the boards. Read more>>

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth has been in the beauty industry since 2005. She started her career in the salon setting where she apprenticed and trained under a trio of talented women who helped her sharpen her skills as a stylist and hone her artistic ability. At the age of 19, while working with a young client who was overcoming cancer, Elizabeth discovered the immeasurable personal gratification and happiness she could achieve by bringing others happiness through her skills as a stylist. As a result of this experience Elizabeth became an advocate for cancer awareness. Read more>>

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