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.
Johana Cabrera and Giselle Gutierrez
We’re going to be extremely candid and say that it’s been a process – a LONG process.
We’ve been friends for over ten years, and for over ten years we’ve talked about creating Lavender & Laurel. We’ve both always shared a love for events, but it never moved passed simple conversation for nothing more than fear of failure. We’ve been each other’s ying and yang in all our years of friendship, playing to one another’s strengths. I mean, she hated anything writing, and I only took AP Math in high school because she knew I’d be peeking at her answers. Read more>>
So I’ve always been crafty, in every sense of the word. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be my own boss, including the moment my 8-year old self secretly took down all the balloons from my aunt’s wedding reception and proceeded to peddle them door-to-door at an apartment complex next to the venue, for twenty-five cents per balloon. But I’ve also gotta credit, my momma, the intrepid, boss-lady interior designer that dragged me all along the Miami design district during my childhood, despite my whining and sulking, as she tried to convince me that I was her “assistant.” I didn’t realize then, how much of those creative genes she had passed on to me, as well as a love of all things design. Read more>>
My parents founded their own company in 1994 when they arrived in the US. Ever since I’ve seen their business evolve to stay alive. From selling scrunchies & headbands to bodysuits & leotards, they were constantly changing the range of products which they made themselves to sell at conventions and to small boutiques around Miami. Over the course of my childhood, I’ve always been involved in the business one way or another whether it was helping them package orders from our two bedroom apartment with my brother or as a salesperson when they went to trade shows to sell their products. Read more>>
I think it probably started with my Mom. She loved flowers, and I remember helping her create arrangements. That is where I started appreciating colors and composition. After a few years of marriage, my husband and I decided that we wanted to travel, so we designed and built a boat in our backyard and spent the next several years sailing around the world. Everywhere we went I saw such a variety of beautiful and unique flowers and foliage. I wished I could take it all with me, but a garden on a sailboat wasn’t practical. I started painting them instead. Read more>>
My story! It is difficult to confine myself to one story or one aspect of my life although I have often thought about this. More than ever, in the past six years of my life when I began my quest for my true purpose. I was born in New Jersey and raised in Miami by amazing Colombian parents. Their constant cultural infusion is what I believe makes me stand out dynamically often in the crowd. My parents came to this county close to 5o years ago with high expectations and huge dreams. Hard work and challenges did not stop them from staying true to their goals, in a very humble way. As a teenager my plan was to graduate, become a successful attorney and make my parents proud of me, realizing that their efforts paid off. Read more>>
The idea of Bee Shoo Tee and Go started in the spring of 2017. At that time I was a stay at home mom and was looking for a creative outlet that could bring in a little extra income to my family. I have been creating t-shirts for my boys since they were born, so a custom t-shirt shop was a natural fit. With the help of an old co-worker, Yvonne, we started our shop by that summer. When we first started our passion for creating cute graphic tees drove us to do in-depth research of how we could provide the best products and great designs to our customers. Read more>>
My journey with photography started a couple of years ago. I’ve always been into creative media. For years I took TV Production in high school, and when I left high school, I had original plans to study film. Life happened, and with parent’s that we’re concerned about me moving away to Orlando to attend Full Sail — I decided against it. I thought, maybe it wasn’t for me if my parents were truly asking me to stay, and the cost was astronomical. I started studying business, and eventually got my degree in Marketing. Read more>>
As an Olympic-level athlete in the sport of Taekwondo, I was blessed to be surrounded over the years by great mentors, trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches. Over the years, I found my calling in martial arts as an instructor-I knew it was truly my passion. Additionally, as an elite-level athlete, my love for strength and conditioning grew, and I knew it was something I truly enjoyed teaching as well. When I was still competing, I began my businesses. Read more>>
I actually started videography by a random turn of events. Right after finishing college football I was offered to be a part of the Rock’s show “Ballers” on HBO just as an extra athlete. I got a chance to see The Rock work and how he just elevates a room with his charisma, and that got me to think about acting and modeling. While doing some modeling, I got a chance to mess around with the camera and took a liking to it instantly. That led me to start filming my workouts etc. Read more>>
Casa Lago Tasting Room truly started in Jacksonville, Florida. Even before we had a name, we began by hosting dinner parties in order to meet our neighbors. We received such positive feedback from our them that they started bringing their friends – it quickly turned into a weekly event. These dinners eventually grew into private tasting events that specialized in modern, innovative menus for select guests. These events catered an experience that I felt, truly could not be found in traditional restaurants. Our guests loved it! Read more>>