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Inspiring Stories from Old Town-Mission Valley

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 Old Town-Mission Valley below.

Nancy Chi

Growing up, my family and I have always been a part of the business industry. My grandparents, parents and siblings all own restaurants. My childhood dream was to open up a coffee shop similar to the ones in South Korea where they served a fusion of desserts, coffee, and tea. Read more>>

Mary Kay Waters

I grew up on the East Coast, always thinking about food, cooking and what I would eat next. I earned a degree in Nutrition from The University of Maryland, followed by a diploma from the Culinary Institute of America. Read more>>

Lorri Sulpizio

There are some things I’ve always loved. Sport and fitness. Writing. Issues of justice and equality related to women and gender. And, as I look back, making a difference. Read more>>

Taylor Edwards

I am a 36 year old High School PE Teacher and I opened my mind to building a business with some of my best friends after getting Pink Slipped my first 5 years as a teacher. Read more>>

Brian Lettieri, Jessica Hanson

My Natural CBD started over a glass of scotch in 2017. While talking about shared experiences of the anxieties and pressures that come with life, building businesses and running a family in their late 30s, Jessica and Brian found that they had both been recently using a CBD oil tincture for everything from insomnia to recovering after hard surf sessions and workouts. Read more>>

Kanten Russell

I started skateboarding at 13 years old and grew up in Ocean Beach since I was 6 years old. Growing up around beach culture skateboarding was something I naturally picked up because everyone was cruising the boardwalk on them. I was into traditional sports up until that time but skateboarding gave me a sense of freedom and expression that I could enjoy on my own terms and my own time. Read more>>

Michael Cerundolo

I started my career in advertising as an Account Executive for advertising agencies servicing brands like Dunkin Donuts, Raytheon, and SolidWorks. It was my job to manage all of the associated projects and campaigns, working directly with the clients while also managing our creative team to execute our clients’ visions. Read more>>

Kamron Bahrami

I was born and raised in San Diego. I’m pretty well-traveled but knew that this would always be my home. I had aspirations of becoming an Electrical Engineer growing up, but started envisioning a career in Computer Science as I went through high school. I attended San Diego State University and started my degree in Computer Science, but switched to Finance after a year as I took a more keen interest in investments. Read more>>

David & Sandra Mejia

Everything began when we realized we could actually make chocolate from scratch and control the entire process. This meant we could provide a chocolate that was transparent, simple, natural, healthy, sustainable, everything that we would and were already looking for in the products we purchase. Read more>>

Aleksander D’Avignon

I started out as a stage actor at age 10 doing community theater productions. It was my social outlet. I had a lot of friends with similar interests. I hated school and didn’t really identify with anyone there. I found performance to be really rewarding and I had a tight circle of friends that shared that sentiment. Read more>>

Antonio Johnson

I love telling this story because it reminds me of a few key things I now know about myself as part of my core personality: 1) I am easily bored with my environment and 2) I’m truly a people person at heart. My story begins as an undergraduate student at UCSD (Class of 2009, Revelle College). Read more>>


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