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East San Diego’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager 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 San Diego’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 East San Diego below.

Erica Salcuni

I’m a native New Yorker who has been living in San Diego for 11 years, and whether I am working or playing, storytelling is a big part of who I am. I love to travel when I can, and I’ve been all over the U.S. and to parts of Europe, Asia, and Central America. Read more>>

Sierra Gruber

In college I knew I wanted to pursue owning my own business, creating something special from the ground up. I knew I wanted something that would be able to support local businesses, as well as have the potential to collaborate in fundraising for those in need. Read more>>

Buddie Roots

I’m a soul pirate. I got to where I am today trusting and believing in the highest. It’s been a rocky road but I’ve been learning my lessons. If it wasn’t for the haters and the people who gave up on me and dropped me in would have never know what it means to persevere. Read more>>

Adrianna Zizzo

When I was eight years old my parents opened an Italian restaurant. I spent the following 12 years of my life working in my dad’s kitchen, learning how to cook and memorizing family recipes (because my father wouldn’t let anyone write them down). I did everything I could to try and be as good of a cook as my dad. Read more>>

Ron and Juliana Fox

I started this company back in 2017 after a trip to Japan interestingly enough. Seldom did I ever drink whiskey, but this being our first opportunity to travel abroad to a country that just won ‘World’s Best Whisky’ according to the legendary Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2015. Read more>>

Vanessa Diaz

Around five years ago, I realized I was completely unenthusiastic about the work I was doing. So I did the only sensible thing there was to do: booked a solo trip to Europe in search of inspiration. Corny as it sounds, it was that trip that gave me the guts to leave a 10+ year career in sales to pursue an entirely different profession. Read more>>

Daniel Goren

Daniel “Ficus Elastica” Goren (pronounced fie-kuss el-ass-tik-a) was born on April 27th, 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts. His Irish-Catholic mother and a Jewish father raised him to be openly spiritual. Such as the plant species of the same name, the presence of the Ficus elastica (rubber tree). Read more>>

Marc Narrie

I was in Oregon visiting one of my best friends Ronnie when his dad taught me to roast on a hot air popcorn maker. I went all over town hunting down hot air popcorn makers from second hand stores because I was a poor grad student. We began selling our non infused coffee at local markets under the name Buddha Beans® Coffee Co. Read more>>


Jen Moreno

It was May 2016 and I had just quit my incredibly demanding job as a Marketing Director. I had a $200 Chromebook, no prospects, and absolutely no idea what I was going to do. I’d loved my former job but within a matter of months, it quickly became toxic, overbearing. Read more>>

Brittany Faiai

I started my photography journey with a trip to Kansas City and an iPhone. My cousin and I went on a trip to Kansas City, MO for a family member’s wedding. This was my first time in over ten years flying on a plane and my first time as an adult visiting another state. Read more>>

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