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Inspiring Stories from North Park, South Park, Kensington & Normal Heights

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 North Park, South Park, Kensington & Normal Heights below.

Eddie Gutierrez

Hi! My name is Eddie Gutierrez and here is a brief story on how I got started with Joe in Bottle Coffee & Tea. I’ve always been a fan of how coffee smelled in the early morning back at home with my beloved mother and grandmother. Read more>>

Brett Winfield

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar San Diego opened five years ago in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego with a mission to break down the barriers of the whiskey world and bring Whiskey back to the People. We began with a single concept, Seven Grand, serving whiskey and more Old Fashioneds than we could imagine. Read more>>

Geraldine Ridaura

I went to the University of San Diego and graduated with a degree in business administration and marketing. I discovered matcha when I was no longer able to drink coffee. I started experiencing negative side effects from coffee, which I suffered tremendously from, and so I needed to find an “alternative” and it turned out to be the best thing that has ever happened to me. Read more>>

Mario Marauak

MARIO MARAUAK, a singer, songwriter and guitar player, was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The son of an African father and a Brazilian mother. Marauak’s music reflects his years performing on stages and streets of Brazil and USA and his exposure to a wide range of music, from folk to popular and from the profane to the sacred. Read more>>

Trang Hammond

In 2013, my husband and I gave birth to our first child. After coming back from maternity leave, we realized we wanted to own a small business so that we could take care of our baby together while working together as a family. We chose to open an ice cream shop because Hawaiian Ice Cream was nostalgic to us. Read more>>

Anthony Astolfi

I grew up in east county San Diego, El Cajon. Thanks to my now step-father and mother, who gave me a computer for Christmas when I was sixteen years old, I was able to teach myself how to program in high school. I also saved a lot of money by not going to college! Read more>>

Gail Higgins, Jasja Boelhouwer

The Girl Can’t Help It started in London in 1988. After years of collecting and wearing vintage in NYC turned in to a business, 40 boxes were shipped over for my first store selling high end ladies and mens clothes, accessories and collectables from the 1930s-1960s. Read more>>

Veronica (Dizzy) Collins

I have always had a love for rock and roll. As a child I use to have mini performances in our living room for family and friends. I was involved in a few bands and explored acting as a teenager but then stopped and focused on school and working. It was only when my mother passed away and my dad became ill did i realize- life is too short to not follow your heart and do what you love. Read more>>

Casey O’Brien

We started this band in 2015 from a collection of other bands in San Diego. It was Jeremy from Dead on the Wire and Chris from The Widows. It wasnt really clear on what we wanted to sound like but I wanted to start something that San Diego didnt have in the rock n roll/punk scene. Read more>>

Robin Dayley

My love for photography started in high school where I won a “best photo” challenge to become the photographer for our high school yearbook. I became interested in light and composition and found that I had a natural eye for it. In college I studied Film and Photography at Penn State and had dreams of becoming a Cinematographer. Read more>>

Kat Brown

Finest City Improv was first founded to create space in San Diego for performers to be able to be on stage and get learning opportunities without having to drive all the way to Los Angeles. We found that more and more, students were looking to do more than just be on stage. Read more>>

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