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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.

Clyde Butcher

Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 6, 1942, Clyde was the only child of Clyde and Edna Butcher. His father was a sheet metal worker and traveled around the country working various jobs for the government. In 1956 the family moved to California where they settled in Beaumont, a high desert town in Southern California. Read more>>

Jessica Rodriguez

My name is Jessica and I am a self-taught photographer born in Havana, Cuba and currently based in Miami, Florida. I first picked up a camera as a nerdy Biology student simply documenting a research project during an internship, but it quickly flourished into a new form of self-expression and a passion for capturing human emotion. Read more>>

Buster Brown, Angela Brown, Natalie Bixby

I (Buster) began homebrewing kombucha when I moved to Miami in 2005, after reading a book (Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon) about the benefits of fermentation and the importance of locally-sourced foods. With the only local brand of kombucha (Holy Kombucha) leaving for Dallas-Fort Worth, Natalie and I saw an opportunity to fill the void left behind. Read more>>

Yanalis Estevez

I am from Santa Clara, Cuba. I started my training in 1986 at the Vocational Arts School and finished it with honors in 1999 at the Institute of Fine Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. In 2004 I got a Degree as Master of Arts. I moved to Miami in 2007 continuing my work as a ballet teacher. Read more>>

Diana Ruiz

I started my fitness journey around 2014. It all started with me going to the gym and working out. I found a passion in fitness and I immediately became addicted. At the time, I was going through a rough breakup. It was in the gym that I began reflecting and eventually developed the deep desire to better myself. I was very self conscious from the start. Read more>>

Sabrina Mancin

One night in Angola where we were leaving at the time, Alain and I were talking about our dream of opening an ice cream or pastry shop at some point. We did not know where or when but we knew it was something we wanted to do. We then started thinking about how we would call it and we decided to look for a name in an African language so that we could remember where it all started. Read more>>

Jason & Melanie Schoendorfer

With a background as a cheesemonger and specialty buyer for a local gourmet market, Melanie began making sausages at home as a hobby in 2010. This coincided with Jason’s growing love of bbq and smoking meats. After a few years of learning the craft and recipe testing, the 2 began selling their wares at local farmer’s markets. Read more>>

Stephanie Guzman

I think I’ve always been a pretty crafty person. I like making things with my hands and I loved art from a young age. I was in a lot of art classes in school and sort of stumbled into graphic design. Having an affinity for toys and design,I just really enjoyed the process of making things with my hands, learning new techniques etc. Read more>>

Nolan King

My father, a semi-professional baseball player, introduced me to athletics and fitness at a very young age and over 20 years later, I’m still hooked! I moved to Miami in 2011 to begin my studies at Florida International University where I tapped into the personal training market very quickly. Read more>>

Marcos Avellan

In 2001, at 21 years old, I opened up the Freestyle Fighting Academy (FFA), with my brother David Avellan, at 1423 SW 107 Ave, Miami, FL 33174. FFA is a mixed martial arts school, which teaches a mix of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, weapons training, and other arts. Read more>>

Stacy Moya

I grew up around a kitchen because my parents owned a cafeteria/restaurant. I learned to cook from my mom and developed my business ethics from my dad. I began working with BestFoodFeed (formerly known as MyFab5) on @BestFoodMiami in 2011 and have never looked back. Read more>>

Erika Rodriguez

I honestly love getting asked this question, because there are so many moments that make up the beginning of it all. It first started while preparing for my wedding to Jose, my husband now of 5 years. Read more>>

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