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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.

Brigelle Burties

My Love and passion for Photography started back in my High school and college years. Photography 101 was my favorite subject while in High School; this is where I learned my technical, creative and composition skills. I always loved being able to capture and create beautiful images from start to finish. I was still able to pursue my passion for photography while attending college at California State University Fullerton and earned my BA degree in 2001. Brigelle majored in Communication with the emphasis in Advertising. She enjoyed being able to apply her photography and Graphic design skills with Advertising. I sold Advertising space for my college school magazine and took photographs of products and services for sale. I always loved to come up with ideas for the photography shoot and the artistic components used in taking the photographs. Read more>>

Grant Plummer

Veg’n Out started as an idea when I was working an office job. I knew I didn’t want to work behind a desk, or for anyone else and needed to make a change. I quit my job, drove for ride share companies to pay bills and worked on Veg’n Out over time. I started an Instagram about six months before ever serving the first burger to the public. I would create burgers of the week and post every week to engage people and get them excited about the launch of Veg’n Out. Our first pop-up at Mission Square Market (San Diego’s all vegan market) was a huge success with a line out the door and 60+ minute wait time. From there, we got a pop-up tent and started working the farmers markets and breweries. North Park was our first farmers market which was so well received that the managers of the Hillcrest Farmers Market approached us and asked if we would like to be a part of their market, to which we gladly accepted. Read more>>

Sylis Pacheco

Since I could remember I was always doing something to make money. As a kid my brother and I would door knock our neighborhood looking for owners that needed us to mow their lawn or pull weeds. That does not sound fun at all especially as a kid, but there was something about offering a needed service to people that made me feel good. That led me to my 1st job at about nine years old selling newspapers. It was a weekend gig. My parents would take me to pick up 50 newspapers at 6:30AM on Saturday morning and drop me off at our local post office. I would stand there and offer a newspaper to everyone walking in and out until they were all gone. I would usually sell out by 1-2PM. $37.50 = tips is what I would net after selling those papers for $1.00/each and paying the newspaper company. Read more>>

Belita Butler

Greetings, I am Belita, a Special Events & Wedding Stylist, Owner & Creative Director of Beyond magazine, who loves to create and design beautiful images for people, places and things. Energized by decorating, inspired by fashion and influenced by beautiful colors, I am a vision enhancer that will catapult an event from ordinary to extraordinary. Taking client’s personal ideas and visions and turning them into reality is what I do best. If you don’t have a clue or any idea, I can certainly help you solve that dilemma and produce a plan that will motivate exactly what you desire for your special occasion. With a background, experience and three degrees that each support every area of what I do (Degrees in Fashion, Journalism and Event Management), I am truly the cliche of “Love What You Do and Do What you Love.” My love for all things beautiful continues and has followed me throughout my entire 20+ years’ experience in the Event industry. It is so exhilarating to see the awe in the eyes of the client after reviewing my event design. Read more>>

Desjonae Hixon

It really all began with me copying pages out of coloring books as a child. I would enjoy recreating the pages versus actually coloring them in. I really felt at peace when my mind was creating. As I got older, I realized that art was my go-to form of coping and that all my anxiety/depression would disappear when my hands were at work. As soon as I began a new piece, it was as if all the craziness around me went silent and I could hear my own thoughts for once. Growing up, I was always moving around and surrounded by the negativity that it became the one positive aspect that never changed. No matter where I ended up, I knew I always had art. For so long, I had been wanting to share my work with the world, but I was always afraid to put a price on my work. So a few months ago, I wanted to create something memorable for a friend and we both love writing which is where the journals came to mind. I began making resin crafts last year, but I never thought of selling them until I was asked a few more times. Read more>>

Katherine Olenski

I’m Katherine, Founder of Embers&Blooms candles. My favorite thing to do is get creative with my hands. I don’t remember a time where I didn’t have them crafting something or other, whether it was through art, beauty, sewing, gardening, you name it! My hands have to be utilized as a form of self-expression; I chose the career path of a hairstylist for that very reason. Being able to spread joy to people while creating something truly beautiful through my work is my favorite thing, I thrive on it. Of course, when the pandemic hit, my main creative outlet was taken away. I had to do something; I was going nuts with pent up creative energy! At this point I had been pouring candles for myself and friends but I hadn’t perfected my craft or even leaned into it fully, yet. One day inspiration hit me like a freight train while I was tossing out a small bouquet of flowers from my garden that had died; such beautiful flowers, why let them die? Why not press them flat and use them to adorn my candles so I can enjoy their happy presence for way longer? And just like that, something small sparked a fire, and Embers&Blooms was born. Read more>>

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