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Inspiring Stories from Kendall

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 Kendall below.

Gladys Levy

At a very young age, I was diagnosed with a genetic neuromuscular disorder. This meant I wouldn’t be able to take part in many activities like other kids. I found solace in creative outlets, specifically baking. It became something I’d always do with my mom for holidays, birthdays, and just because! Over time I’d start to teach myself different techniques, and after a few years of honing my skills, I sold my first custom cake in 2015. Now, six years later, I’ve learned more than I could have imagined and continue to learn each day with each order and each mistake. Starting this bakery was a blessing, and the constant support from friends, family and clients is beyond anything I could have imagined! I’m excited by the continued growth and look forward to the future of CISCA’s Sweet Spot!. Read more>>

Yisenia Diaz

My vision of pursuing a career in the world of fashion has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Like many young entrepreneurs, Eclectic began as a dream, a passion that I would one day pursue. A dream to create a legacy, to build a name for myself as an entrepreneur, I wanted to create something that would serve as inspiration to other women and wanted to share my love for fashion so that other women could also feel what I felt through beautiful clothing: empowerment! When I first dabbled with the idea of opening a clothing store, I felt I did not really have sufficient knowledge or experience to launch myself full force into pursuing this dream. Also, at a young age, I was fully devoted to corporate America and attended school full time. I promised myself once I achieved my academic goals and felt I had a solid foundation, I would then follow these dreams I had put on the back burner. Read more>>

Danny Navarro

I grew up in Miami, a city filled with cultures from around the world that I was always curious to travel to. However, we grew up in poverty, and my parents were undocumented. There was no way to travel abroad except by myself to Colombia as a kid. I had my first taste of international travel when I went to India during college, an eye-opening two-week experience that challenged not only my ideas but my taste buds too! Yet, I wouldn’t travel internationally again for another six years, when I first traveled with my then-girlfriend Laurie to my friend’s wedding in Bangkok, Thailand. We traveled through Vienna and Tokyo as well. When I proposed to Laurie two years later, I promised her that we would travel the world. Sure enough, we agreed to go to Bali for our honeymoon. Rather than travel economy again (as we did for our Bangkok flight), we began our travel-hacking journey. We reorganized our finances, signed up for the necessary credit cards, and ensured that we paid our bills every single month. Our commitment to travel-hack our honeymoon allowed us to only pay $5,000 out-of-pocket for a trip valued at over $20,000, or basically, we saved 75% off on our honeymoon!. Read more>>

Valerie Winkfield

I’m a Paper Artist. I am known for creating intricate images and designs from cut paper and other decoupage/mix mediums. My company, Val’s Paper Passion, retails my framed Artwork. Val’s Paper Passion manufacturers various products using my artwork. Greeting cards, notecards, mugs (15oz), cups (8oz), Magnet, Christmas ornaments, Shower Curtains and more. I was a foster child with wonderful foster parents. I had a structured, loving, stable life. In 5th grade, my teacher wanted me to do a bulletin board. I discovered I didn’t like drawing and then cutting out the flowers. I started visualizing what I wanted to cut, then started cutting freehand. Read more>>

Alice Hernandez

I started Happy Girl Shop back in 2019. I started creating handmade kimonos in the Summer and added on my beaded jewelry designs in October of 2019. When I started, I had no idea what was going to work or anything about running my own business. I kind of just started. It wasn’t until I launched the first bracelet collection that I saw things start to pick up for my brand and I got a much better response from people both online and in person. My first in-person festival was in February 2020… right before the lockdown happened. So during that year, I decided to focus all my efforts on my online business and learn as much as I could about running an online business. Now, month over month and year over year, I am starting to see steady growth by remaining consistent and continuing to learn and grow my business. Read more>>

James Perez

The Haus of Zeros story dates back to January 2017. At the time, it started off more so as an online editorial site under a different name. After applying for trademarks on my own, I received a cease and desist from a major national golf brand/company. It was a battle I could have fought from a brand standpoint but would have drowned in financially. With no clear direction after having to abandon the original concept and re-brand, Haus of Zeros became a creative outlet for me to explore multiple disciplines as a creative, mostly around photography, videography & all types of design: everything from digital to product, identity, print and packaging design. Through that journey, the Haus of Zeros brand was born, and I began to identify mostly with product and experience design as a profession, supplemented by my passion for photography, visual design and storytelling. As it stands now, Haus of Zeros is a small brand rooted in that experience of having to start from scratch, which ultimately fueled the initial branding concept for what you see today. Read more>>

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