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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.

Joann Weinstein

I started bikram yoga only because I was telling a friend that I don’t sweat at all, no matter what exercises that I’m doing. She told me to try bikram yoga and guaranteed that I will sweat in this class. I went into to take class and was very happy to find 2 droplets of sweat on my chest. Read more>>

Claire Maund

I’ve been athletic all my life, mostly with extreme skiing in the Rocky Mountains, and ballet and hip hop dance in San Diego. My first job was with a chemical company. My second was in electronics. I never planned to work in fitness until I moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands for 12 years. Read more>>

John Eppstein

I started in the automotive industry in 1983. I wanted a job that I loved to do where I could help people. I was hired on at a Texaco station to pump gas and service vehicles which soon turned into working on cars exclusively. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I wanted to run my own shop. Read more>>

Marty Shannon

Grew up in Akron Ohio, moved to Utah after college and was a mountain guy teaching survival skills for 3 years. Then moved to San Diego where I started in contracting business then become the president of a tech company from there I moved into the healthcare industry and started the first online heathcare market place for elective procedures. Read more>>

Rachel Welland

Bliss Events was founded in 2004 and Rachel purchased it in 2007. Rachel worked hard over the years to grow the business and as of 2017 there are 4 additional Coordinators with the business! We are proud to have a large team and be able to service approximately 75 weddings/events per year in San Diego County. Read more>>

Maurice “Maui” Goodbeer

StreetWaves was started in 2008 based on a promise that I made at my younger brother’s funeral. My younger brother born on my birthday 8 years later was brutally murdered in an Oceanside, CA Shopping Mall by a 16-year-old gang member in 2003. Read more>>

Julie Crider

My husband and I used to enjoy going wine & beer tasting with friends but there was always that one friend that was annoyed because they didn’t drink beer or wine depending on where we were. We kept thinking wouldn’t it be cool if you could do beer AND wine tasting in the same place so everyone would be happy? Read more>>

Jennifer Burns

When I was a child, my father developed his own film images in a dark room of our basement. Although I was interested, I was too impatient and preoccupied with sports and friends to take the time to learn what he tried to teach me. In my 20’s, I visited him in Italy and inspired by the beautiful culture and architecture, I had the urge to pick up a camera. Read more>>

Dr. Gwendolyn Matthews

When I was very young my mother divorced my alcoholic and abusive father. She was a single mother who kept her children very close. Even as a single mother with only one income, my mom was still able to purchase a home for me and my siblings. Read more>>

Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Mysterious Galaxy began sharing the magic of books with genre readers in San Diego and the rest of the galaxy in May 1993. Partners Terry Gilman and Maryelizabeth Yturralde and their booksellers were devoted to a store focused on books of “Martians, murder, magic, and mayhem.” Read more>>

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