Connect
To Top

Inspiring Stories from Keys

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 Keys below.

Brianna Gangi

I created my first piece in April of 2020 during the COVID-19 shutdown. I had just been laid off from my full-time job and deiced to head north to my mother’s house in Massachusetts. We were all doing our best to spend as much time as possible outside, yet keeping our distance from others, so we took to the beach. We had always loved collecting driftwood and sea glass and spent a lot of time doing that during the shutdown. My mom had just moved into a new house that was over 100 years old, and the attic and basement were full of treasures: vintage lace, sewing material, glass beads, you name it. These items, combined with our beach finds, sparked something in me. Sitting at her dining room table, I made my first wall hanging. While Facetiming with a friend, she saw the piece behind me and asked where I got it… she then went on to say she wanted one and how much it would cost! I was surprised but excited. Little did I know that day, creating wall hangings and other macramé items would be what gave me a sense of purpose during a very bleak time and also supported me financially. Read more>>

Adriene Casamayor

Candy Girls is a business born out of Christian fellowship right in my home in Key West, Florida. As the Youth Director at my church, I hold regular Saturday hangouts for our kids and teens. On Saturday, we decided to try our hands at making homemade candy – specifically, Glass Candy, once popular and sold in the Bahama Village Community of Key West. From those first batches of Glass Candy made in my home, I decided to continue experimenting with candy-making in the hopes of reviving a lost art in our community. I remember the delicious candy sold during my childhood and how amazing it was. We had to recreate it. After we made our first batch, all those same memories came flooding back to my church family and me once they tried it. Our Old-Fashioned Pulled Peppermint and Old-Fashioned Fudge are two of our most popular products and intrinsically part of the Candy Girls History and Key West history. Back in the day, homemakers that made the Old-Fashioned Pulled Peppermint candy commonly fixed a stainless steel hook on their kitchen walls for candy-pulling. Read more>>

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Miami’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what...

    Local StoriesSeptember 16, 2021
  • Daily Inspiration: Meet Carly Cartaya

    Today we’d like to introduce you to Carly Cartaya. Carly, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with...

    Local StoriesSeptember 13, 2021
  • Community Highlights:

    The community highlights series is one that our team is very excited about.  We’ve always wanted to foster certain habits within...

    Local StoriesSeptember 8, 2021
  • Heart to Heart with Whitley: Episode 4

    You are going to love our next episode where Whitley interviews the incredibly successful, articulate and inspiring Monica Stockhausen. If you...

    Whitley PorterSeptember 1, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 3

    We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha...

    Local StoriesAugust 25, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesAugust 19, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesAugust 9, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 2

    We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha...

    Local StoriesJuly 21, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesJuly 9, 2021