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Inspiring Stories from Coral Gables

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 inspiring stories from Coral Gables below.

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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Dr. Alan Patterson

I am a board-certified OB-GYN. I was initially in practice in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1983-1991 and I moved to Boca Raton in 1991. I initially joined a practice, but I left that practice 1 year later and opened my own office in Pompano Beach in Sept 1992. Read more>>

Jeffrey Silver

As far back as I can remember, I have loved anything with wheels. Big, small, 2, 4, 18… if it had an engine with horsepower and sounded impressive, it captivated me. Naturally, in that I couldn’t afford a real Ferrari or a Peterbilt tractor trailer, at least I could sort of own one, even if it was just a replica. Read more>>

Donny Cohen

Following the downturn in the real estate market in 2009, I relocated with my wife and then three children from New Jersey to Boca Raton in August 2010 with a vision for my own firm based in South Florida. I waited for the market to stabilize and opened our doors in April 2011. Read more>>

Benjamin Rusnak

usnak is a South Florida editorial and commercial photographer, who finds solace and strength in the canyons and deserts of the American West For 14 years, he documented poverty in the Caribbean and Latin America for Food For The Poor, Inc., an international relief and development agency. Read more>>

Will Wright and Brian Kay

Will: Over the last 11 years I’ve dedicated myself to product and technology development. Helping businesses create new and interesting products and technology is a rewarding experience for me. Read more>>

Deanna Barton

Art has been an integral part of my life. Growing up, I was always drawing or making something. As a teen and young adult, I struggled with anxiety and depression. Art-making was a HUGE part of my healing process. Making time for art is still a major part of my daily life. Read more>>

Bill McFee

Barrel of Monks brewing started with a group of very good friends who share a common love of Belgian ales. We have been sharing, talking about, and critically tasting these beers for over 20 years. Read more>>

Stan Moore

Stan is PGA Certified in Teaching & Coaching. Recognized as a Top Golf Instructor by Golf Tips Magazine, US Kids Golf, and Science in Motion, Stan has worked with tour pros, business executives, homemakers, and juniors of all ages from to improve their game. Read more>>

Noah Riegel

I grew up with nurses and doctors in my family. I went to a chiropractor regularly. As I started studying medicine in college I began to realize and understand the importance of keeping the body healthy so that it can work properly. Read more>>

Kevin Davis

n early 2012, my wife and I experimented with vaping as a method of quitting smoking. It worked for us, but at this point there were no vape stores locally. We had to either purchase online and wait, or drive across Alligator Alley to find a vape shop where we could look at equipment. Read more>>

Colton Ralston

Always into motorcycles and anything with 2 wheels and engine. After a trip to Italy in 2007, I can’t help notice that scooters are a way of life for Europeans. I couldn’t understand why Florida had not adopted this same mentality. Sunny 12 months a year and lax laws on riding 50cc Scooters. Read more>>

Rami Rotkopf

In developing a distinctive company comprised of a unique group of artists, Smart Publishing and Blue Gallery bring together a wide collection of internationally acclaimed artists reflecting worldwide sensibility. There is a unified vision and intuition to bring to the art market uniquely talented artists, inherent in the company’s founder. Read more>>

Ian Headley

I started off on the beaches of Daytona Beach, FL, in 2011. My main focus was football training and sped training. From Daytona, I moved to Panama City and began to do some fitness training and speed training. Read more>>

April Willis

I’ve always loved fashion and quality clothing. After working in high-end retail for almost a decade, I decided to open a store of my own and Affluent Finds was born. When we opened in 2009 I wanted to create an upscale pleasant boutique environment for consignment shopping – the opposite of what usually enters one’s mind when they think of consignment. Read more>>

Marc Goldenberg

My grandfather Tata was the sweetest most incredible person Ive ever met. He was charming, friendly, and brilliant. He was also a dentist. Growing up I remember sitting in his chair and hanging out smelling the familiar smells of the dental office. Read more>>

Christopher Mazzola

After 10 years as a personal trainer in a large gym I wanted to reach out and help more people and decided to turn to the over look 60 + market. I created a supervised circuit program. Most new business”s have hurdles. Read more>>

Rafael Fassarella

I worked hard, I believe in the American Dream with persistence and hard work, you can Be and Do anything you want to. It’s was not easy, I moved to Florida less than a year ago with 10 k and a Dream. Read more>>

Anirudha Miryala

My sisters started beauty business in 1982. I joined them in 1984 when I was in high school. I was featured in TV and magazines as the youngest beautician. Since then until now we opened 39 locations and wrote a book on Ancient Indian beauty Secrets (available on Amazon). Read more>>

Elyse Berman

Berman grew up in New York City and graduated with a degree in Court and Conference Reporting. She currently resides in Boynton Beach with her husband Richard and two dogs. Prior to her 13-year-plus Real Estate tenure, she was a court reporter in the New York City metropolitan area. Read more>>

May O’Connor

I have had a really unique professional path. I moved to Miami 12 years ago after evacuating from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans, I had fallen in love with fantastic food. When I got to Miami, I started working as a Chef on private yachts. Read more>>

Lauren Lombard

I was born and raised in Texas. Then in 2002 I permanently moved to Miami. Growing up always had a passion to be an attorney but that never happened, so instead I received my paralegal certification from the University of Miami. I ran a very large law firm for nearly 11 years in downtown Miami. Read more>>

Celine Hakoun

I had the idea for 3-2-1 Framboise when my son was born last year. When I was pregnant, family and friends from Europe were sending me boxes filled with awesome clothes that I’d never seen before. Adorable clothes that looked easy to use, they were soft and so stylish. Read more>>

Brette Rothfield

In 1963, Beverley and Jim McGhee, Sr. were searching for an early childhood facility for their two children in the Miami area. Beverley, a professional educator, was not satisfied with anything available at the time. In order to ensure that her own children would get an excellent educational head start, she founded Alexander Montessori School. Read more>>

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