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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.

Rene Ruiz

Music has played a huge role in my life since a very young age. I remember writing raps and R&B songs in my notebook, and performing them for my mom. I used to make videos reciting Drake songs with my little brother. Music has always been therapeutic for me as well. Read more>>

Dani Hoy and Chris Rehm

Back in the Summer of 2014, we formed our duo, The Shanty Hounds, in Key West. I (Dani Hoy) had moved from Pennsylvania to Key West at the end of 2013, “Key West” Chris Rehm has been here since 2010, having lived in Miami prior to moving to Key West. Read more>>

Candace Gilmore-Batten

Filjy Clothing Line was originally started by my husband the artist Yooda. He started in 2002 with branding shirts strictly for the artist and label and it gives aways. Filjy which stands for Forever I Love Junkyard, was on a minimal vision scale until recently in 2015. Read more>>

Michael Borguss

My family has been in the hospitality industry since ’79 but it wasn’t until the mid-2000’s that we dreamed up the idea of creating a special, luxury retreat for families, couples, and even friends to get away and enjoy how special the Florida Keys is. Read more>>

Alison Tirrell

Almost all of my electives were studio art classes and I had the luck of being taught by Antoni Milkowski and Ron Gorchov. Concurrently, I did several independent studies with the wonderful art historian, William Agee, focusing on minimalism, post-minimalism and process art of the 1960s and ’70s. Read more>>

Theresa Kalvaitis

Theresa Kalvaitis was born and raised in Maryland. She attended MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) where she studied commercial art, watercolor and photography. Currently residing and wandering in Key West, Florida. She can be found most often behind her camera looking for that perfect shot! Her favorite subject matter: amazing sunrises and sunsets. Read more>>

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