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Inspiring Stories from Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad below.

Kia Edwards

Let us be honest! The recent 2020 shift to virtual learning shifted the way our kiddos participated in education from Kindergarten through collegiate; halted live webinars + conferences; workplace training and onboarding became tricky, and the way clinicians and therapist instructed patients and caretakers to help people in need work towards wellness all drastically moved virtually. So many norms that were once full in-person plummeted education and training into learning technology platforms and virtual environments that most (especially parents) were not prepared for! I observed my son’s Autism Spectrum Disorder educators in Pre-K setting – as well as his clinical pediatric occupational therapist, school speech therapist, and other professionals who oversee learning + child development struggle with distance learning planning. While my husband and I, we were blessed with an entire team of caring experts in their respective industry – virtual treatment plans for US to supervise. Read more>>

Jesse London

I was born on September 2, 1995 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Seeing Elvis on my Grammy’s TV when I was 6 made a very distinct impression. I knew I had to get my hands on a guitar and a microphone. After going from metal to indie bands and everything in between, I feel like I really found myself as a solo artist. Read more>>

Alexis Garrett

Before establishing my company, I earned my stripes in commercial real estate design and in the trenches of a revered interior design firm, becoming fluent in the nuts and bolts while laying down my own aesthetic foundation. As a fifth-generation San Diegan, I interpret “early California” into projects, be it Santa Barbara-style residences or contemporary farmhouses. With found treasures, layered fabrics and unexpected whimsy (repurposed roller rink floors, vintage surfboards) all of my homes are created uniquely for families to flourish. “I want rooms to be used, fabrics to be worn and I want life to happen in the spaces I design.” Read more>>

Tammy Nguyen

IvyMay & Co. started out as a live houseplant business, offering free local delivery to San Diego County to make homes feel alive without actually having to leave your house during the COVID pandemic lockdown. Plants brought us so much joy as a hobby and gave us hope by watching them grow. We wanted to share that with our local community. Today, we’ve pivoted and are a houseplant product manufacturer, offering care products and accessories for houseplants. We also offer plant design services & style select spaces in the Southern California region such as retail spaces, restaurants and commercial offices. Read more>>

Brian Poage

We are Emily + Brian Poage and we are the proud owners of The Aloha Bungalow. We currently own two little beach shops in Redondo Beach and Leucadia. Brian’s background is in Construction Management and Emily’s background is in fashion and merchandising. We opened our Redondo Beach location in June 2018 and recently opened a new location in Leucadia in early 2021. Our shops focus on working with local artists and creatives in the community to showcase their amazing products in a relaxed beachy, bohemian environment. Our Leucadia location is a unique concept with both retail and coffee in the heart of the funky beach town in Encinitas. We have lived in North County for two years now and absolutely love this area. The funky community of Leucadia has welcomed us with open arms and we can’t thank everyone enough. Read more>

Tammy Rydahl

I’m Tammy Rydahl, owner of Simple Organization. My business began as a side hustle while I worked full time at a local Interior Design firm. I spent 11 years in the Interior Design world so the transition to organizing with style was an easy one for me to make. Fast forward 3 years to 2020. During the pandemic the firm was forced to close for a time leaving many of us without work. I was in the midst of transitioning out to begin working my business full time, so it was the perfect time to branch out on my own and go for it! I am happy to say I have never looked back. My schedule is booked every day with wonderful clients looking for organization in their lives!. Read more>>

Stephanie Garcia

My soul’s purpose is to be of service and to care for people, while helping them on their own spiritual journey. My passion is to provide a safe, sacred space for you to relax, refresh and recharge your skin, mind and spirit. When I opened Alternative Skincare and Wellness in 2019, I knew I wanted to create a place that combined my experience in skincare with energy healing. It has now grown to include Life Coaching with an energetic and spiritual approach. Intuition and positive energy are incorporated into everything I do to help you live your best authentic life. Skin My passion for skincare began as a teenager when I had severe acne. I learned first hand how facing the world can be difficult when your self esteem is affected about how you feel about yourself. I began my career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist over 25 years ago and loved to help teens and women feel beautiful. But, I wanted to know how to care for the skin properly instead of covering up imperfections and flaws. Read more>>

Jonathan Araujo

Growing up I was always passionate about creating. I was always writing, making videos, or finding other ways to explore my creativity. I never realized that my initiative to execute on my friends or my creative ideas would set the foundation for my professional future. I worked in sales management and sales training for nearly 10 years while creating various, mostly random, personal projects in my free time. After I felt my focus broaden and my ability to focus on my daily tasks at work fade, I knew it was time for a change. I left my previous role just before Summer 2019 and decided to pursue creating content as a profession. Equipped with nothing but a borrowed camera that I didn’t know how to really use and an empty notepad to brainstorm ideas on, I began spiraling into various photo and video projects for friends and local businesses in hopes of sharpening my skills while building a quality portfolio to attach to my name. Read more>>

David Schulz

Born in Chicago – Moved to Encinitas Ca at the age of 7 and started performing with Coast Kids Theatre. Coast Kids Theatre, a youth theatre group started by Ann Schulz ( my mother ) and Bobbi Janikas. I started my theatre education early. Growing up in and around theatre gave me many performing and directing opportunities. I have a degree in Theatre / Speech / Communications from Concordia University Irvine. Going to a small liberal arts college was the perfect way to continue my theatre education. Performance and directing opportunities were plentiful and I jumped at all things theatre and music while in school. I met my wife Heather while performing in a show in college. After graduation we got married and moved to Los Angeles Ca. Heather a teacher is also an accomplished performer. Read more>>

Morgan Hesse

I began baking from scratch as a young teen and fell in love – although I was not very good. I failed many many times! I would pull soupy cakes out of the oven time and time again, but the process of baking was always so satisfying for me even when I failed, so I never gave up. My brother’s girlfriend worked at a bakery and guided me with a few simple tips. After that, I really just grew. I come from a family of creators, both parents and my brother are all artists. I always drew, but baking allowed my creations to turn to edible art! Combining my love for drawing and baking, I bloomed into a confectionary artist specializing in custom cakes and treats for weddings and celebratory events. Read more>>

Victoria Veronese

My family decided to start our own CBD company last year based on our personal experience with the benefits of CBD. Our mother battled stage IV cancer for 6 years before she died in 2018 and one of our biggest concerns was her quality of life. CBD was one of the alternative natural remedies for pain relief suggested by one of her Physicians. As a nurse, I was very concerned about quality and safety and did extensive research on CBD and CBD products. Because CBD is not FDA regulated there is quite a bit of variation on the market so it took us a while to find good products. Her positive experience with CBD led us to incorporate CBD into our healthcare routine as well as for our elderly pups. As I continued to explore the benefits of CBD, I was struck by the amount of misinformation out there and when I spoke to friends who also took CBD, I realized they did not know much about what they were taking. As I began to share my knowledge I realized that educating on the safe use of CBD had become a passion of mine. Read more>>

Alyssa Boynton

I always dreamed of pursuing photography for my career, but discovered my passion for specifically wedding photography through my own “best day ever”! When my husband and I returned from our honeymoon, I knew I wanted to pivot my career and dive into the wedding world. I began assisting as many photographers as I could and found the most wonderful mentor and lifelong friend. Before I knew it, I felt confident to open my own business and serve my own couples, hoping to give back the same wonderful experience I had as a bride! 7 years later and I’m still “in love with love” capturing newly engaged couples and weddings. I have extended to maternity and family sessions, and just adore the continued connections with my clients and these happy moments in life!. Read more>>

Heather Radloff

My journey began with a list of items my husband wanted to do when he returned home from a deployment. While he was overseas he decided he wanted to learn how to make soap, like they did in the movie Fight Club using lye. So on a rainy afternoon in January 2020 I went to Hobby Lobby to acquire supplies for us to learn how to make soap that day. He enjoyed the process, but I fell head over heels in love. I started making batches of soap to give away to friends, family, and coworkers. A few weeks later, I lost both of my jobs in the same day to Covid-19. Not knowing what to do with myself, I made soap. With a lot of encouragement from my husband, I decided to be vulnerable and put my soaps online for sale through the Etsy platform. They sold out in a few hours. So I made 50 more and they sold out in 3 days. At that point I knew I had to go bigger for Mothers Day, so I made 200 bars. Read more>>

Mychele Roberts

I was born and raised in Connecticut. I came out to California in January 2018 in a last attempt at getting clean and sober. I have dealt with mental health illness all my life, struggled with self harm since I was in middle school and battled with addiction, in and out of detoxes and rehabs, for over a decade. It was here, in the Golden State, that I decided to make a choice, life or death. To live and not just to exist. I decided to go back to school for something that I had always wanted to do but could never stay clean long enough to achieve. I saw an ad for National Holistic Institute on my Facebook feed; called that day, and was in school for Massage Therapy next month. Going back to school kept my mind on something greater than myself and helped me stay clean during tough times I had faced. I went through the core program and then went on to the Advanced Neuromuscular program, completing 1250 hours all together. I chose this avenue of Massage Therapy because it deals with pain management. Read more>>

Emily Lane

I think my story is similar to many small artists. I had been wanting some unique art to decorate my house with and found some pieces online I was inspired by. I’ve always been a really crafty DIY person so I decided to try and create something similar myself. After I posted it to social media, I got a great response from friends and family wanting something for their own spaces and it kept growing from there!. Read more>>

Jen Drury

My cake story began about 20 years ago, when I offered to make my nephews 2nd birthday cake. At the time I had no idea how to make or decorate cakes and mind you there was no Pinterest, YouTube, online tutorials, etc. So, I would go to the library and checkout cake decorating books. Followed that up with taking a Wilton 1 course at a local Michael’s. Learning just enough to (barely) put together a buttercream star-tipped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cake for my sweet nephew. I had a blast making it and since I was already the crafty type – I took cake decorating on as another one of my creative projects! Over the next few years, I made cakes for all my family and friends while honing in on my skills (but never taking any additional classes). There came a point where I wanted to start charging for my cakes, but quickly learned that in order to market myself that would entail operating as a legal food business. Read more>>

April Mosebrook

The idea for Bucket List Broadway came when I attended an Adult Theater Workshop in NYC. Although I spend a lot of time on stage with my band, April and the Funk Junkies, I hadn’t performed in a musical for about 25 years! When I go to local theater, I always dream of being on the stage instead of in the audience, and I have craved an outlet for this passion for years. I have auditioned for community theater a few times here in San Diego, but realistically, even if I were to be cast, being part of a production with extensive rehearsal hours and a long production run just didn’t fit into my life as a mom, wife, businesswoman, yoga teacher, volunteer, friend etc. Read More>>

Jessica Smidt

I have worked in the Advertising Agency world for over 15 years. Most of my experience came from Saatchi & Saatchi in LA and then local agencies here in San Diego. My background is in Account and Project Management, Experiential Marketing, and Production.

I have always wanted to start something of my own, I just never quite pushed myself to do it…That is, until my second child was born the week that Covid began. Coming back from Maternity Leave, the 8 hour work days, endless Zoom calls, and managing an entire team from home- while also trying to navigate the new normal of a pandemic… I knew it was time to make a change.

A full time Agency job, no sleep, and caring for two kids while being in quarantine sounds like the perfect recipe to start a company right?! Well, it was because it finally pushed me to do it! Read More>>

Taylor Allen

Before Present Iteration, I spent much of a decade running wholesale departments and business development for luxury brands. As I grew aware of the environmental impact of the clothing and textile industry, I made it my mission to progress towards a more sustainable future through education and advocacy in my personal and professional life. I drafted ideas for a business model that could blend the worlds of luxury fashion, education, and sustainability into one. I worked to create a space for both the confused and conscious shoppers. With this began Present Iteration, a virtual marketplace that represents ethical brands and contributes to consumer knowledge. Read more>>

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