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Inspiring Stories from North Miami

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 North Miami below.

Karmel Bortoleti

I always had the desire to empower and increase the self-esteem of the maximum number of women I can reach. I’ve already developed several projects, such as a clothing collection, the KB Collection, even the KB FIT Club itself, an exercise mat – mainly for lower limbs – at home, without moving. And, for 2021, the idea of ​​creating an Institution to professionalize women and restore independence, mainly financial and emotional, is also taking shape. I left Brazil at the age of 14 and went to live in Japan with my mother to work as a model. Read more>>

Manessa Lazare

My passion for makeup was birthed when I relocated to Orlando, FL in 2009 to complete my Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF), and later my MBA in HR at Nova Southeastern University. My inspiration came from the guru herself, Jackie Aina. Jackie’s tutorials provided an escape into a creative world I knew nothing about. Upon getting professionally certified as a makeup artist in 2016 from Victoria Duke Beauty, I began providing makeup services part-time while maintaining full-time employment as a Human Resources Manager, my second passion. Read more>>

Alexandra Winkler

I started Rosebox three years ago with the idea of bringing a concept or product that can be reused when receiving flowers. Often we spend so much money sending beautiful arrangements and after the flowers die there is no purpose to it. With Rosebox, besides getting a beautiful and elegant arrangement, after the roses die, the gift receiver can utilize the box and make the arrangement over and over again. Every time I get invited to a party, friend’s house, or dinner, I struggle with what to bring other than a cake or bottle of wine. Everyone likes to receive flowers and what a better gift than arriving at someone’s house with a beautiful Rosebox. Little by Little, I have been expanding my line of products into home decor and now Rosebox is not just a place where you can send flowers as a gift; it’s also a space where you can find new and innovatives ideas for your home space. Read more>>

Cori Roberson

First, I want to thank you and your team for giving me this opportunity. My business first started with me wanting to make my own income instead of having to wait on others. I wanted to make sure I specialized in something I liked. So, I was passionate about my craft. I believe I apply myself more when my heart is really in it. With this, I started my first business, “Co Jewels_” selling adjustable charm bracelets. I then elevated my business and branched off into other things. Read more>>

King Mackey

To be honest, I never envisioned myself being where I am today, not to say I never believed in myself. However, I would not say I am the standard product of what is stereotypically produced out of Liberty City. Fortunately, I am an alumnus of Florida Memorial University, and I am now the first member of my family to graduate from college. My bachelor’s degree is in management information systems, and I also have a master’s degree in business administration. That alone is a significant accomplishment coming from where I’m from. Read more>>

Sarah Luscar

I am now a college student studying to be a part of the nursing field, but I began finding interest in painting my nails since elementary school. At the time, I didn’t have the coordination skills to properly paint my nails. Also, I definitely dried up and broke most of my mother’s nail polish bottles. Nevertheless, I never gave up! Aside from just painting my nails, as I got older, I wanted longer nails. When I reached 6th grade, I began making press ons. I would ask my mother to buy blank medium-length press ons for me, and from there, I would apply them & paint designs on the press ons. Read more>>

Daniel Blair aka DJ Hottpants

Born and bred in Miami, I’ve been bringing guilty pleasure pop, indielectro, and rollerbooty jams to my hometown since 2003. Spinning the best and worst of my favorite music, I do it all while dancing about in short shorts and legwarmers! I’ve been a resident DJ at multiple South Florida recurring parties and spun at special events and private parties from Los Angeles to Key West. I spent my life in the Miami-Dade Public Schools’ Magnet Programs. I studied theater in Elementary School, music in Middle School, and fashion in High School. At age 15, I got my first job at the local record store chain Spec’s Music and Movies and worked there until I went off to college. Read more>>

Debora Rosental

I’m Debora Rosental and I’m a handweaver – a lover of colors, textures, and the challenges each new project brings. I live and work in Miami, Florida, but I was born in Argentina, where I studied Pharmacy and Biochemistry. I have been weaving for more than 30 years, but it was not until recent years that I took my hobby to a different level, introducing different techniques and natural dyes. I decided to follow my passion for weaving. The weaver’s world is amazing – it connects people from around the globe and from different cultures. Every culture has roots in the fiber arts. I enjoy the creative process of weaving, it brings me peace and joy. 

Stephanie Navarrete

SnavaDesigns started with Art, transitioned to Fashion and explored with Travel. The concept started with me looking through family photo albums, reminiscing on old/good memories and living in the present. With the old Memories, I started translating them into paintings, then took it a step further into sculptures, other well known as ‘wearable art.’ Transitioning my personal Closet to a Sustainable one, I aim to create unique and personal pieces to wear. Exploring with Travel, all my family photos were of us traveling. Read more>>

Ashaki Bronson-Marcellus

I graduated at Hampton University with a degree in Business Management and later went on to get an MBA from Baruch College. But honestly, when I first graduated with my undergraduate degree, I didn’t know which direction I was going to go. I loved money and numbers but ultimately didn’t know where that would land me. I didn’t have a job yet, so I returned to New York after graduating from college in Virginia. My mom’s best friend worked at a bank and was the Executive Assistant for the CEO, so she connected me with a summer temp job. Read more>>

Tiffany Byars

To be honest. I never wanted to fail got me here today. I believe in cultivating healing also cultivating power. I went through some trials. I am also a mother of three and a new grandmother of a grandson. I can’t give up. I have to keep moving. The Lord gave me the vision of these two business that will help people. Displaying the role of a good mother is the goal and good leadership. It was not easy. I had to stay humble and trust the fact this is going to work no matter what it looks like. Read more>>

Marlhy Jeudy and Jahiem Robinson

The first thing my mom taught me how to make was eggs and from there on I couldn’t stay out of the kitchen when my mom cooked. I had an Easy Bake Oven as a child and loved the way my cakes turned out in that little oven; that inspired me to start baking cakes and cookies for my family. Fast forward to the present, I started off as @Stovetopgwalla, selling chocolate-covered strawberries in 2018. When I moved from Miami to Tallahassee, I needed a side hustle as a college student attending FAMU. The strawberries were a hit for a couple of months but I knew I wanted to do some savory items as well. Read more>>

Dominique Milton and Asheley Beaumont

Back in 2018, Dom began selling wellness goods such as Keto treats, fresh guacamole, and vegan chili to friends at a local gym. From there, the rest was history. Although Dom primarily did flash sales, she always knew the demand was there. However, she only baked and cooked as a hobby and just because her friends couldn’t stop asking for more! In February 2020, Dom created a natural immunity-boosting concoction of herbs and natural ingredients for friends who were feeling under the weather. Little did she know the height of a pandemic was on the horizon. Read more>>

Esperance Jules

Je suis Espérance! I am Hope! I am a Haitian-American makeup artist from South Florida (North Miami). I started in the makeup business back in 2014 after I had my daughter. I’ve always had a crafty hand when it came to perfecting a perfect eyebrow, so when I would stay home with my newborn, I thought how can perfect my craft. I started watching YouTube tutorials to teach myself the basic techniques on applying makeup. At first I thought, this was just something to do while staying home with a newborn baby but as my craft started getting better on applying makeup on myself, I found myself catching the eye of other people on me doing my own makeup. Later that year I booked my first makeup gig to do a wedding party, I was so scared and but it humbled me and lit a fire in me to work on my craft to do better. Read more>>

Faith

Embodying all the characteristics she was named for, Faith has released her debut track, “Sweet Fantasy.” The sizzling single is a prelude to her latest EP, that recently dropped October 31st, entitled “Lanmou Island” from Covert Entertainment Soundworks. “Sweet Fantasy,” currently climbing the Digital Radio Tracker Global Top 150 Independent Airplay chart, is the turn up after a breakup as Faith details submerging her broken heart in the depths of party life while looking to start love anew. While “Sweet Fantasy” explores the club life, Faith’s recently released EP, “Lanmou Island” aka Love Island, resonates a tropical vibe with up-tempo beats. The tracks explore her searching the island for a long-lost mystery soulmate, hoping to spend an eternity of lovemaking on the beach with him. Read more>>

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