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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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Glenda del Monte Escalante

I was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where I began my music studies at age 7 until age 15. For as long as I can remember, music has been there from day one. My parents both artists and musicians used to take me to their rehearsals, meetings, performances and it was always fun for me. Read more>>

Carrie Zack

Ever since I was a child I loved to entertain. I would turn simple meals into decorated works of art and milestone celebrations or a night on the town into an experience. By high school, I was always the one in charge of planning whatever was going on that weekend and all my friends and family would come to me for ideas on what to do for their weekend, day off work or party they were planning. Read more>>

Armando Colls

Using a borrowed camera, I began my photography journey back in 2011. Enjoying the beautiful nature that surrounds us in South Florida, I was able to share what I was experiencing in my heart thru my camera and lenses. Read more>>

Meredith Clarin

The summer before My junior year of college, I moved to New York City just for the summer. By chance, I had the great fortune of meeting the best friend of a prominent floral designer who asked for my number and promised me he’d connect me with his friend for an interview. Read more>>

Kristine Ferradas Reyes, Allie Carvajal

Savvy has been a go to shopping destination since we opened in 2006. With a carefully curated selection of local and international lines, Savvy cares about providing our customers with the best quality and products and exceptional customer service. Read more>>

Melissa Davis

Melissa Davis Designs, an event planning and wedding consulting firm based in South Florida, is owned and operated by Melissa Davis, a Coral Gables native. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Read more>>

Stuart Debowsky

The company was formed nine years ago, at the height of the economic recession and just as my wife and I were about to have our first child and we were finishing the construction on our own “dream home”. I saw numerous affluent communities suffer with the diminishing value of their houses and decided to build a more personal business around the necessary re-investment needed to stay the home for a bit longer. Read more>>

Lourdes Milian

My journey began in 2005 when I was given the opportunity to buy a small retail business focusing on wedding favors, stationery, and specialty gifts, The Favor Boutique (later known as The Wedding Collection), was located inside the reputable bridal boutique Chic Parisien, and was the stepping stone that afforded me the industry knowledge and connections needed to take my business to the next level, hence how Lourdes Milian Productions was born. Read more>>

Elia Khalaf

You can write a poem in one word, a name. Mine’s Elia. I’m a non-conforming Arab migratory bird, born and raised in Lebanon and presently based in Miami and NYC. This year, I am focused on becoming an Art Therapist as I get my M.A. and training in NYU. Read more>>

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