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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.Jenna Ryan

Lindsay Duvall

While I’ve always enjoyed baking my entire life, the idea of CocoLou’s Bake Shop started when I was attending CSU, Long Beach. My friend Stephanie Cohen and I would make a meal or dessert and agree that this would be on the menu of our future café. Read more>>

Nicole Sanders

I was a bit lost in college and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a career. I initially wanted to stay far away from the therapy world, but coincidentally a series of events lead me straight to the therapy field and I fell in love with it. I work primarily with kids with special needs and developmental. Read more>>

Johnny Vasquez

Although I was always fascinated with photography it didn’t catch my full attention until 2008 when I purchased my first DSLR camera. I would take photos here and there as a hobby but would eventually stop using it for a couple of years. In 2012 I picked my camera back up and told myself. Read more>>

Gayle Skidmore

When I was four years old, I started playing the piano. I wrote my first song at eight years of age and played my first little show at fourteen. Since then, I have released 24 singles, E.P.s and albums, and will be releasing my 25th a Christmas single- on December 7th, 2019. Read more>>

Brittany Maxey

My heart was badly broken. My first love, my everything, had cheated on me. I spent five dark days in bed battling depression with my mom consoling me and only able to sleep by taking Ambien. I began reading self-help books trying to figure out who I was. Read more>>

Robyn Ferradas

I’m a teacher by trade and have been in education for 17 years. My work in the classroom always fed my creative nature. However, when I started teaching part-time after my youngest daughter was born, I needed an outlet. I fell back into creating mixed media and using my hand lettering to make signs. Read more>>

Mitchelle Woodson

I am a second generation American, born and raised in San Diego. Growing up, I had a relatively unstable childhood. I am a product of parents who fell victim to substance abuse and the fast lifestyle that accompanies it. As a result, my family was directly impacted by the criminal justice system. Read more>>

Rosario Sotelo and Rodnia Attiq

20 years ago my Mom Rosario Sotelo saw the lack of authentic Mexican food in San Diego, there were No lamb barbacoa tacos in the area, so she decided to start Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 2 pm in a driveway (our own farmers market) to see if the customers would like our lamb barbacoa. Read more>>

Juan Carlos Acosta

I was born and raised in San Diego. I spent my first 16 years in Southeast San Diego, commuting around town for school and extracurricular activities that included singing in the boy’s choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. From an early age, I had the music bug and have always had music in my life in some form or another. Read more>>

Calen Lucas

The five of us have been together since 2017. Some were playing in other local bands, and a few of us were playing together already under different names. Once we came together we decided early on to write original songs, and our focus has been writing and developing our sound. Read more>>

Katrina Thomas

My story has taken me through every emotion possible! Many people think I just started Real Estate and instantly started selling homes, but it took a lot of persistence, re-routing and focus to get me where I am today. I’ve been working in sales since I was in high school. Read more>>

Donna Sly

It’s a bit of a winding road, but my career path began at the CIA. (The Culinary Institute of America, not the Central Intelligence Agency. 😉 I spent over 25 years as a professional chef, including my final 17 years in the field as chef and co-owner of a boutique catering company in San Diego. Read more>>

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