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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.

Alicia Alfaro

I’m originally from Argentina, I came to this country 11 years ago to meet my husband in person , we were chatting for a year through the Facebook chat and some phone calls, after I arrived here , we married in less than a month and I can say that He is my soulmate and a blessing to my life , and a good father to my children. I ‘ve being professional bodybuilder and also a trainer for long time , more than 25 years , but a few years ago , I have to say in 2017 I discovered my passion for antiques and home decor , I started searching for places and books , And also creating some rustic pieces and as much as I learned I felt more passion for decor. Read more>>

Marianna Rosales

This is our fabulous story, as we all know the arrival of the pandemic changed everyone’s life and for us, it was the beginning of an opportunity… My best friend and my roommates wanted to start a Venezuelan food business (Pasteles Andinos) they had the idea but not knowledge in the kitchen, I saw them every night trying to create the flour for the cakes until I told them I helped them make the flour and gave them my recipe and from there we began to start inventing day by day more recipes and bring delicious Venezuelan food to our clients’ table. Read more>>

Yanitza Guevara

I was born in Cuba, a country where there was not much technology and not everyone had cameras to shoot photos. I remember that my grandparents had a small disposable film camera. Since I was a child, I always liked to have photos taken every time we went on vacation. At the age of 12, I came to this great country, where technology is very advanced and we all have the opportunity to have cell phones and cameras. I always liked to take photos, pose and take photos of other people. Over time I had several jobs, I tried to do several DIY businesses, but none of them appealed to me and with time, I got tired of doing it. Since I knew I was going to be a mom for the first time, I started taking studio photos with professional photographers on each special date. But last year, my husband bought me my first DSLR camera so we could take family photos and see how I do with the camera. So, in November 2020, I started buying cheap lighting sets and equipments and I began to photograph family members and friends for free to practice. I began to watch photography and editing classes on YouTube. Read more>> 

Solely Tone

The inception of this craft that I hold so dear sparked in elementary school. I’ve always loved writing, and I’ve always loved music, so the conjoining of the two was only a matter of time. I remember in middle school writing little raps here and there that I would spit to my friends in lunch, in the mornings before classes or on the bus it just made me feel so alive. It was an expression that I didn’t yet understand fully. To be honest, at times I didn’t even know what it was that I was expressing, I just knew it became a haven. High school came around and I started actually recording myself on my phone and posting on Soundcloud. I had only told a few of the homies but they told me it was tough so I wanted to get into it, that was before sports took all my time. Graduating and not having a clear plan leads to many trials, many compromises with self, and many epiphanies… to say the least. Life passes you by and you realize that time waits for no man. Went to college for my parent’s sake, followed a life others wanted for me instead of one I wanted for myself and so forth and so on.  Read more>>

Bryan Rodriguez

Our story begins with us getting engaged in 2006. Wanting to create additional income for their wedding, Bryan began building a graphic design business on the side while working full-time at a corporate job where he had been at for almost ten years. In mid-November of 2007, just weeks before our wedding, his company laid off the entire Miami plant where Bryan worked at. Since he had been part of the company for ten years, he had a great severance package that allowed him to focus entirely on his own business. At first, it began with graphic design and some small photography gigs for friends. In January of 2008, just two weeks before our own wedding, we were hired to shoot their first wedding. It was where our love for weddings began and we haven’t stopped since! January 2022 will be our 14th year in business!. Read more>>

William Rotolante

My business is a family business started by my father. I have worked for the family nursery since I got out of college in 1998. I took over ownership in 2017. Read more>>

Coveannda Sumpter

The fight to push from generational curses and heartbreak into promise started the journey of my business Keep It Move’N, LLC. I grew up in an abusive home and attached to a generational line of women who had children right out of high school and instead of pursuing higher education, they entered the workforce. I made a promise to myself at the beginning of my adolescence to be sexually abstinent until I reached twenty as a method to secure a future with no stress. Unfortunately, that plan did not work. My father lost of control his cocaine addiction which left our homes in foreclosure and nowhere for the family to live. My mom could no longer take the abuse and the stress of finding a place to live; as a result I lost connection with my father by the age of twelve. I lost connection with any standards or promises I dedicated to myself because I was stuck in my pain. At the age of nineteen, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy but in an emotionally and mentally abusive relationship with his father. My mind was so set in the thought “As long as he does not put his hands on me”; however abuse is abuse and felt stuck with no way out. Here I am a teenage mother walking into the workforce believing I was going to be stuck in my pain forever just like my grandmother, mother and sister.  Read more>>

Sharra Spann

As cliche as it may sound, ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be behind the chair. I’ll get brand new Baby Dolls and get in trouble for cutting their hair. Throughout my early teenage years, I would always service my family and friends from home. Once it reached High School, I attended Robert Morgan Educational Centers Cosmetology program. I always think back to what a blessing it was to have something that I’m so passionate about as an elective in High school while also contributing to the hours I would need to get licensed in the state of Florida for Cosmetology. After graduating from high school, there were still hours that I needed to complete so I went back to RMEC Vocational for night class being that I worked at Home Depot during the day. Let me tell you, I’m so grateful for the relationships that were made during the time of cosmetology school. There I met Frankie, a classmate turned brother. Read more>>

Marsalis Pendleton

Born and raised in Miami, FL. I used to experiment when I was younger with cooking because my mother used to cook for us all the time. I used to ask her at times what ingredients she would use to make dinner for us that night and that brought on my interest in cooking. Fast forward to 2019, where I would then learn my grandmother’s recipe for her famous conch fritters. She also suggested that I sell them to make some extra money here and there. So I decided to give her advice some motivation and the rest is history. Read more>>

Jasmelyn Pichardo

My business started as Cakes By Jasmelyn in 2014 when I decided to bake a cake for my daughter’s second birthday. It started when I couldn’t find a Dora themed anywhere unless I was willing to pay $300, which I didn’t have at the time. That’s when I said to myself, “ I can do this!” Well, atleast I thought I could. I watched a few YouTube videos and made a few practice cakes before the big day. It wasn’t perfect but it was Dora themed and everyone was absolutely blown away because I made it. After I made a few birthday posts online, all my friends and family asked me to create cakes for them as well. I baked cakes and treats for six years until covid hit. With my husband being actively in the hospital, dealing with patients, I decided the best decision was for me to stop baking. However, I still wanted to be able to offer my clients something they can use to celebrate, no matter how small. That’s when I really got into paper creations. I am now known for my cake toppers. I was always a creative mind growing up. I loved expressing myself through any form of art such as painting or drawing, even photography but I found my true love for paper crafting in 2020 and it really has helped my business grow tremendously. Aside from paper creations, I also offer hand-painted wooden art. Read more>>

Jordan Derkacz and Brandon Reyes

I was just a vegan trying to eat things that reminded me of my childhood. I was living in Colorado and had a craving for a Crunchwrap, after looking around a bit, nothing available really gave me that nostalgia. That’s when I decided to make one for myself. JDs VegMex came to life shortly after that with the help of family, friends and my business partner Brandon. – JD Yeah, JDs came to life with the very same principles it was thought of. Homies coming together and breaking bread, enjoying the simple joys of spending time with the people you care for most. When JD made his way back to Miami, I wasn’t a partner, I was a friend, pushing his friend to go after his dreams. After seeing how well we worked together, partnering up just made sense. Here we are, two years later. – Brandon. Read more>>

Diana Kahn

Always spiritual but not always connected. My husband and I had a multi-million dollar corporation which I was the CFO. In 2008, massive changes started to take place globally affecting our bottom line. These changes of course included the banking industry and had our clients revamping their way of doing business as well. We struggled in sustaining our business, our selves and our 86 employees and their families. The emotional upheaval was on the rise as I watched chaos starting to take over my entire being. I was angry, frustrated, not sleeping, and blaming everyone else for the situation I was in. Having compromised myself before and knowing the outcome, I had one solid solution to the madness. It was 4 o’clock in the morning and I had a heart to heart conversation with God. I asked for guidance for self, family and the beautiful souls that trusted me. I promised God that I would show up everyday and I did and I do! My journey began. Grateful and blessed everyday for who I am, what I am and whom I serve. Read more>>

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