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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.

Shani James

Knowstylegia was born in my personal closet. Growing up in San Francisco wear vintage is plentiful and preserved, my affinity for fashion was inevitable. But it was my fiancé Ceelo Green who allowed me to explore, and set out on my journey as a vintage collector, curator, and most of all appreciator. He often adorned me with beautiful vintage pieces from various decades for red carpet events or just a night on the town. I quickly began to be known and recognized for my style and taste in unique pieces. Read more>>

Hannibal Smith

I joined forces with Dan Hark six years ago in the fitness industry. What started as a casual training relationship, blossomed into a brotherhood and partnership that built what the studio is today. I am standing here because of a vast support system, and a community that is building upon itself daily. Training has always been my life, playing soccer in San Diego, and going on to play college soccer, my path was always heading towards fitness and building a team. Read more>>

Jillian Yatsko

I grew up in the northeast doing every sport under the sun. I started off as a dancer when I was very young, but as I got older, I also joined gymnastics, track, skiing, rock climbing, and lots of other activities that keep me in a constant state of go. When I moved to San Diego in 2014, I got a job in the rock climbing industry, working for Mesa Rim at their first location in Mira Mesa. After shooting ideas around with the owner. Read more>>

Raul Salamanca and Cindy Huang

A little bit about myself – I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and started dancing at the age of ten in Riverside, CA, which for a girl in ballet is quite late! Since I was way behind all of the other students my age, my ballet teacher put me in every single ballet class that I could possibly take. This is also when I was first introduced to Pilates. I lacked the strength needed for pointe work, so I started cross-training my ballet with Pilates. Read more>>

Judy Eppel and Alex Litchfield

In her early 20s, Judy left her small town of Gettysburg, PA, to get started in the city of Los Angeles, CA. That’s when she started her career in promotional product sales. The industry provides branded items with a logo or slogan which are distributed at little or no cost to promote a brand, corporate identity, or event. After meeting her soon to be husband, she decided to move down to San Diego. Tired of the commute, she started her own company out of her garage in 1989, Gateway Marketing Concepts. Read more>>

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