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Inspiring Stories from Coronado

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 the rising stars from Coronado below.

Emma Wellings-Nasser

I think I was honestly born with a natural passion for fashion and my mom often recounts stories of me even as a child insisting that I wear ‘this’ with ‘that’! What I love more than anything now is that I get to combine my natural passion, love and creative ability with working with and helping women look and feel their best. Read more>>

Kelly Sarber

A 2nd generation native of California, born on Coronado Island, My Father was in the SEAL Teams and my Mother has been in Real Estate for over 40 years in Coronado. Grew up with 2 brothers, Brant and Kurt and a little sister Molly. Lifelong horse and dog lover, I developed a strong psychic and intuitive practice. Attended Coronado Schools then Bishops for High School. Read more>>

Erika Rosas

Kumbala’s story started out in Mexico City as a hobby! I was living there at the time, and got obsessed with the whole Mexican/ethnic style (of course I did, im Mexican!) I’ve always loved accessories in general and frankly was spending too much money on earrings, so I started making my own and fell in love with all that sparked! Read more>>

Alexa Hosn

It all started a year after my graduation from The University of San Diego (’11, B.A Political Science & Sociology). After working a year in the legal field and studying for the LSATS, I realized that I truly was not happy, challenged nor expressing my creativity as I should be. Read more>>

Jessica Nicolls, Karyn Frazier

Karyn and I grew up together in Truckee, CA and started working in the fashion industry in our teenage years. We had always dreamed of opening our own shop one day and after both working in the design industry for a few years we were able to make that dream a reality. Read more>>

Melody Corvalan

Growing up in San Diego, a city where millions vacation, the hotel industry always seemed luxurious to me. But it wasn’t until after I went away to college at the University of Utah in 2003 where I finally was able to dip my toe into the industry. Read more>>

Zach Plopper

I have always been attached to the ocean – surfing the reefs and beaches around Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Encinitas, traveling the world in search of waves and competing on the World Surf League’s qualifying series, and eventually dedicating my career to the protection of coastal and marine resources and wildlife. Read more>>

Elizabeth Paganelli

Fair Trade Decor is a family owned business dedicated to furthering the mission of Fair Trade through the sale of unique, eco-friendly, handcrafted products in Coronado, CA. When you choose Fair Trade items, you are endorsing an economic system that provides sustainable and legitimate means for people around the world to lift themselves out of poverty in proper working conditions. Read more>>

Breanna Frazier

I graduated college with a business degree and wanted to start a business. I saw a need in the San Diego drinking market for transportation options other than taxis and party buses (this was pre-uber/lyft). I saw this need mainly because I used to go out regularly with groups of 5-10 friends and have to hire multiple taxis or drive under the influence. Read more>>

Deborah Marin

After graduating chiropractic school I moved to San Diego for an internship. I loved the area so much that I decided to stay in San Diego to start my practice. I met a local doctor, Dr. Kerry Keiser, who I really admired and I forced myself on her! I shadowed her and met up with her at every chance I could get, just so I could learn as much as I could from her. Read more>>

Stephen Bessent, Leslie Jackson-Bessent

As a child I wanted to be a lawyer. I never imagined that I would end up as a shoe designer. I stumbled into this industry by chance. I joined the Navy right after 9/11 to become a Navy Seal but my career in the military was cut short due an allergic reaction to the anthrax vaccine which has caused me to have multiple heart surgeries so in the beginning designing was sort of a coping mechanism to take my mind off of everything that my family and I were going through at the time. Read more>>

Monique Frey

As a life-long connoisseur of food and hosting, I have always enjoyed cooking lavish meals for friends and family. After working for many years in the hospitality and service industries, I decided to take this interest to the next level by pursuing a Culinary Arts Degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Read more>>

Denise Stavros

Primavera Ristorante was established in 1989 by my parents, Cristos and Jeannette Stavros. My father had a dream of opening an upscale restaurant in Coronado; he already owned and operated several other businesses on the island for about 15 years. Read more>>

Arielle Meads

My name is Arielle Meads and I am a fashion stylist, content creator, & aspiring Sommelier based in San Diego, CA. While currently working for 2 fashion brands as a stylist and media creator, I am also studying wine on my free time. Henceforth – Pourstyles was born! Read more>>

Dave Werth

I got into real estate in 2009, just after the market had crashed and was slowly creeping toward recovery. It was an extremely challenging market to start a real estate career in. Not only did I have the learning curve of being a new agent, short sales and foreclosures (which are very intricate transactions) made up a large percentage of the sales in the market. Read more>>


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