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Hialeah’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 Hialeah’s rising stars below.

Latasha Moore

Prior to starting my boutique spa, I was working a corporate job and was very unhappy. It wasn’t until I went on a vacation and realized that I not only was unhappy; but, I was extremely exhausted and not being internally fulfilled. I prayed and asked God for direction. At that point, I started to do research on becoming an esthetician. I was doing makeup sporadically while working in my corporate job and really enjoyed it. I figured I would map out schooling to further pursue it and make a business out of it while still working with the company. Essentially, I was planning for a transition that would not have huge financial consequences. God is humorous! We make plans to do things our way, and he directs us in another. Read more>>

Geneviv Morales

Fry Haus began like a lot of new founded businesses… amidst the chaos of the pandemic. While also dealing with being fired from a full-time job as marketing director at an architecture firm, in the hospitality and restaurant industry. The firing coinciding with the pandemic lockdowns, curfews and of course, lack of hiring at new firms or agencies. Now an FIU graduate with a Bachelor’s in communications, I was left with slim to no options. That unfortunate circumstance and a random weekend of binge-eating lead to the creation of Fry Haus. Read more>>

Mel Rodriguez

I have over 20 years of experience as a Barbecue Pit Master. Started in Elgin, Texas. I learned the basics from an old school breed of pit masters. but it wasn’t until after I helped my pops build our first 250-gallon offset smoker in 1995, that I was able to hone in on my barbecue smoking skills. My smoking methods are a traditional oak wood burner. Today folks call it “craft barbecue”, since my pits are unassisted relying solely on my touch and wood as the only heat source. Fast forward to 2017 I relocate to Miami. In retrospect, I think it was my own manifest destiny to come here and start this bbq concept. Just following my starts i guess.  Anyhow, after a year or so in Miami, I missed home bad and the only way I’d get over it was to cook food i’d normally enjoy from home. Read more>>

Alhtheah Marrah

The story of LayZ Natural started after I had my son. There were two main things that pushed me to start this business. The first thing was reality of how much your hair can change for the worse in terms of health postpartum. Whether it be from the drastic change in hormones after giving birth or from the lack of time with a newborn to really put forth the effort to take care of natural curly/ kinky hair. The second thing was me already being a “lazy natural”. I was already in the habit of being annoyed having to do a million and one things to make my hair feel, look and be healthy and moisturized. My products basically simplify the process so you can use less products for better, longer lasting results. Read more>>

Nia Shanay

I feel my story in my life truly took a turn and started when I was in college. I transferred from New Jersey to the art institute of Fort Lauderdale. I have relocated back to South Florida a few months ago and it’s one of the best decisions I made for myself in a while. I studied fashion design and really begin to create a life for myself after college living in Hollywood at the time. I am an artist; my father calls me a master-craftswoman. I’ve been getting back into modeling as well. I paint, I sew, I’m a stylist and I work very well with my hands overall. My love for art began at the age of 11. I’ve been blessed to have those gifts run in my family. By trade I am a barber. I’ve been cutting hair professionally for 13 years. My motto in life is from my favorite quote “Do everything you possibly can in one life time.” Read more>>

Michael Rivers

Sex&Candle was born out of working on an event for someone else and realizing this could be a business for myself. I was preparing to make gift bags for an Lgbt organization and one of the gifts was to be a candle. I started the research on how to make a candle and very quickly realize it was intense and wasn`t very easy to do. I enjoyed it even would it being hard work. Then Covid happen and the event was cancelled leaving me with all this knowledge and always wanting to start my own business, So in March of 2020 SexandCandlesonline LLC was created. Our soy blend wax and cotton wicks burn nice and clean and eco-friendly! Read more>>

Sterling Neilly

Over the years, I developed a love for meditation, aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. I began using them for my anxiety during my undergraduate years as a means of avoiding medications. I started by using oils before bed or any time, I felt overwhelmed and began to feel a tingling sensation in my lips. After realizing they worked for me, I increased my collection of aromatherapy candles and became more consistent with morning meditation. These practices worked for her. Read more>>

Jumoke Ayo-Ajayi

Jumoke is a disciple of Jesus Christ, author, businesswoman, entrepreneur, coach, and mentor who enjoys serving the Kingdom in many ways. She caters to many different audiences through her social media brand from topics ranging from prophetic words, dream interpretation, deliverance, biblical singleness and dating, daughtership, and natural hair care. Jùmòké enjoys teaching about dream interpretation on her Youtube channel, Jumoke, and has written a book called “Cracking the Dream Code: A Biblical and Practical Approach to Dream Interpretation” to help further others in decoding their dreams. Read more>>

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