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Inspiring Stories from North Broward

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 North Broward’s rising stars below.

Ahnyia Sanders

I started off with burnt sugar cookies in my first easy bake oven when I was a little girl. My two brothers made a whole song about me burning the cookies, and I have been baking ever since. I had an easy bake collection before I took my talents to the kitchen to bake cornbread for the first time. In high school, I sold homemade chocolate chip cookies. For my graduation gift, I asked my uncle for a mixer that I could take with me to college. I was having an intense sophomore year in college, taking Orgo, Bio, Calc, and Spanish both semesters. I had to stop participating in most of the extracurriculars that brung me joy just to stay afloat in my classes. So I thought about things I could do for my own mental health. Baking brings me joy, and I love to see people’s reactions to my creations. I decided to open up my mixer and start selling homemade cupcakes and personal cakes on the weekend and called them “Sweet Treat Saturdays.” It allowed me to be able to focus on school but still have the freedom and flexibility to bring myself and people on campus something to enjoy, a sweet treat that was different and flavorful. Read more>>

Rose Kelly-Prescott

Born and raised on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago, Rose Kelly-Prescott developed a love for fashion and design at the young age of seven from her grandmother. This became her passion and later her career. As a young adult, Rose began sewing at her home and began to build her clientele. Even though Rose’s business was successful, she decided to take a break to pursue her degree in Fashion & Design at the Fashion Design Institute of Montreal. After finishing her degree, she moved back to her homeland to continue with her business with her improved set of skills. Rose designed, sewed, and altered clothes for many well-known local citizens. In 2004, Rose migrated to South Florida and continued with her love for fashion design. In 2005, Rose created a Caribbean carnival band called “Heritage TNT” to promote the culture and heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. Heritage TNT was the number one band for many years until her recent retirement from these events. Rose now has over 50 years of sewing and designing experience in Bridal gowns, Eveningwear, prom dresses, custom-made clothing, costumes, curtains, and much more. Read more>>

Renee Grey

My passion for hair started and a very young age when I had a doll named Sally. I remember sitting there at the age of seven, teaching myself how to braid. As I got older, I fell more and more in love with art. I was known as the rope twist girl in high school.  In my 12th grade year, I spent my free time assisting a hairstylist, learning the ins and out of the business. Still not taking my gift seriously, I continued to work retail as I did hair on the side. After a few years, I decided to go to school for what I love. I worked under different stylists and learned different techniques. At the ending of 2020, after working for two years at a salon, I was fired. At that moment, I decided that I would step out on faith and start my own business. I must admit it was rough, but I’m doing extremely well and I’m happy I made that leap of faith. I plan on expanding my business very soon. Read more>>

Jocelyn Chimal

El Momento Picnics is a small business that creates beautiful pop-up picnics experiences in South Florida. I am very passionate about all things food, traveling, home decor, gardening, painting, podcasting, and especially photography (I am always capturing life around me). All of these have also influenced my space in exploring and entering my own art world as a business owner and photographer. I was born in Mexico and raised there till I was around 5-6 years old and then I moved to South Florida, Coral Springs, where I have been raised mostly my entire life. Throughout my childhood and teens years, I would always visit Mexico with my family during the summer. That’s where I realized how religiously my family and friend’s gatherings were held to celebrate life, our Mexican traditions, or simply because my Abuelita (grandmother) made her traditional dish, mole Verde con Arroz y frijoles and we would just gather around the table. It still brings such a nostalgic feeling. Read more>>

Ashley Williams

I am the C.E.O of Shadess To Krave! I started Shadess To Krave back in the summer time of 2013. Shadess To Krave was established due to a loss of one income in our household. Every other day or so I will go to different plazas selling my sunglasses. I got introduced to doing Popup shops a year later. We have been going ever since then! We are going to change the game! We have so much support with everyone in my family, on social media, on calls and Popup shops! To everyone resharing our posts is everything. Our Instagram platform is our second Instagram page, due to our first one being deleted. We never gave up. We are here to serve our surrounding areas with our latest fashion on our sunglasses. We are Miami, Broward & West Palm # 1 Sunglasses Plug!. Read more>>

Lisa Lefevre

I have always had a love for photography and when my oldest was born 10 years ago, she inspired me to pick up a camera again. I am completely self-taught and just fell in love with capturing portraits. When I started my business almost 8 years ago, it was mainly family and friends who would hire me to photograph them. Word spread and my business grew. I went from working at my in-home studio to settling into my beautiful commercial space studio in 2019. As time went on I found my niche. Motherhood and newborns captured my heart, being a Mom myself, I knew how incredibly important those images are. Babies grow so quickly and it feels like you blink and they are children. My photography style is very subject focused, I don’t like distracting props or too much color that overpowers the emotions captured in my photos. I strive to deliver timeless images, bright and classic portrait of pregnancy and newborns. It is not uncommon to hear me telling my clients that “I have the best job in the world.” Read more>>

Willie Salazar

Willie Salazar, also known as Barber Junior, is a Hispanic third-generation barber from Miami, Fl. Born in 1986 and raised in some of Miami’s most diverse cities, Miami Gardens is where he calls home. Willie was raised by his parents, who migrated to the USA from Cuba and Nicaragua at young ages. Through their journey to build their legacies, his parents demonstrated resilience, perseverance, a strong work ethic, and overall, faith. Just some of the admirable virtues that he would gain in order to steer through the most challenging times, and ultimately achieving his goals. He has a special admiration and appreciation for the path paved by his family’s history and values. Willie’s family history includes a long line of barbers, he is now a third-generation barber. His Cuban Grandfather taught all five of his sons how to cut hair. However, only two sons followed suit of barbering, his Father, Guillermo, and his beloved Uncle “Tio Rogelio”. Although unknown as a small child, both men would be influential figures for his future career. Read more>>

Jennifer Radnay

My own personal Births were always a mixed source of pride and empowerment but also so deeply transformative and spiritual that it really took me years to process. As I grew myself from maiden to motherhood, with all the challenges that raising children brought, the ‘profound feeling’ of capability and inner guidance I had accessed while birthing my children was something I kept going back to. It filled me & my proverbial cup with a knowing I was guided and could trust my maternal instincts. As the whirlwind of toddlers then teenagers (Yup! It seemed to boom happen all at once.) seemed to slow down & I had the time to princess motherhood and what it meant to me, I was infatuated with going back to the primal beginnings that had transformed me. I sought out answers to put into words what I had experienced and others who had also experienced a profoundly empowering transformation at birth. Read more>>

Shaquira Quezada

My story is a classic tale of determination and having a dream! I was raised in the projects of Manhattan and then moved to Bronx, NY. I always knew that I wanted more than what my environment provided me and I didn’t want to fall into the typical stereotypes. My parents were always around, they separated when I was young, but always made sure that we knew that we were loved. My mother always told me that she will always support me and she will never cut my wings. At that moment, I knew that I needed to fly in order to become more. My high school (Cristo Rey New York High School) helped build the person that I am today. To me, they believed that education is key, but so is gaining real time experience. Cristo Rey is a college preparatory school that prepares you for college AND your career. Students would go to school 4 days a week and work 1 day a week in a business, television station. Read more>>

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