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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.

Taylor Mactal

I had always loved the idea of making someone, and myself, feel beautiful. I started getting into makeup when I was in middle school and my sister was working in Sephora. She would give me free samples of products and I learned how to do my makeup, the way most millennials do, through Youtube. Read more>>

Teagan Brooke

Over ten years ago my friend Ashley Roe owner of Buttercup Tans would come over and practice on me while I lived in a double wide trailer that was falling apart, ( I used to have to use a crow bar to open and close the door) I loved her confidence and how good she was at spray tanning. Read more>>

Sarah Sanae

I’ve always had a fascination with the 1960s & 1970s, I was drawn to the music, fashion, & hippie vibe of that time. After college I began collecting vintage clothing and realized I had a pretty good eye for it. I began purchasing more pieces that were in different sizes and different styles than I would normally wear in order to provide a good selection for other women. Read more>>

Chad Yarvitz

I started my journey in fitness working the front desk at a health club on the central coast. I was 20, and the year was 2006. I aspired to be a personal trainer and worked hard to get certified. After receiving my NASM cert, I started personal training and soon discovered my passion for small group boxing classes. Read more>>

Sasha West

I have always been very observant, aware of my surroundings, and really appreciated thoughtful design. I went to school specifically for interior design and day one knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. After college, I ditched the east coast for San Diego and was so thankful to get my first gig at Safdie Rabines Interiors. Read more>>

Kevin Inman

I’m a painter, mostly of cityscapes. The built environment- architecture, the layout of cities, and land use in suburban or rural settings- powerfully shapes our lives. It affects our moods, our relationships with each other, our activities, our idea of ourselves. It reflects our history. That makes it an exciting subject matter for painting. Read more>>


In 1997, I first came to San Diego as a student and received a soccer scholarship for a semester. I fell in love with the town and permanently moved here in 1999 after finishing college back in Germany. The first two years in corporate finance got me exposed to the energy sector and realized that the renewable energy was at its infancy. Read more>>

Kai Luvv

It honestly goes back so far, like before I was born. My whole family is full of artists, on both sides. My great-grandparents are muralists in Chicano Park and have/had a pretty big part in what it is now. My grandmother paints, decorates, etc. and my other grandmother decorates and styles as well.  Read more>>

Jared Warner

My first online business was back in 1998. My Brother Jeff and I started a company out of our Parents garage building Rotary engines and shipping them all over the world. I’ve had several businesses since then and today I work as a Marketing Coach and have clients all over the world. Read more>>

Oz Blackaller and Corey Butts

Corey and I are brothers in law. We both have a passion for fitness, but Corey’s field of expertise is actually fitness. With both having an entrepreneurial spirit we finally thought of a business concept we both feel good about so we approached our families with the idea. Read more>>

Richard Baird

My great grandmother gave me a red leather-bound copy of MACBETH signed by the actor-manager who played the title role in London to the tune of air raid sirens. I’ve been on a heavy diet of Shakespeare ever since. Read more>>


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