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Inspiring Stories from South San Diego

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 inspiring stories from South San Diego below.

Aram J. Razouki

The DRESSFRESH story started out in Calgary, Canada during 2015. I developed an appliance that could refresh previously worn clothing while studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary. My idea came from the need for an easy way to wear my favorite clothes multiple times without having to launder or dry clean them after each wear. I noticed most clothing was not dirty after one wear and could be refreshed and worn again. Excessive cleaning also ruined my favorite clothes quicker. I thought there had to be a better and more sustainable way for us to clean our clothing. I entered a global pitch competition and won money to develop a prototype in my last year of school. After showcasing the first DRESSFRESH system as my capstone design project, I got great feedback and decided to pursue the venture full time. Read more>>

Ileana Canada

I began my succulent collection about three years ago. I received a bunch of cuttings from neighbors and what began with a few potted plants quickly turned my patio into a mini oasis and jungle. I started creating succulent arrangements and gifting to friends and family for birthdays, teacher appreciation, whatever! Everyone would always compliment my work and say how professional they looked. That gave me an idea…Why not share my work with others and do this as my business? It’s something I love doing, so why not? Thus, Ily the Plant Lady was born! Read more>>

Andres Garcia

I am Andres, and I am very excited and nervous for writing in English. For sure, this is something that we didn’t expect at all. Since we, my wife and I, started PAATideas, in 2018 with no knowledge at all about the subject. It borned in a studio at the department where we used to live in. We took everything out of it and closed it to work in it, trying to prevent the cement powder to spread in the department. My first dream was to materialize all that images that pass through our mind. Making small and big objects; from incense holders, to countertops, wall tiles and furniture. Read more>>

Cris Adame

I started working on bike shops since 2011, I started in a high end bike shop during the weekends as a sales person I got the job to take care of the Spanish speaking customers who will relate to me due to my background racing in Mexico. I always wanted to wrench on bikes however I wasn’t a mechanic, I knew the basic stuff so when the owner will leave instead of sitting in front of the computer, I will help the mechanic to wash bikes, fix flats and all the easy stuff I already knew how to do. When the bike industry was really bad, the mechanic left, so there was no option to start wrenching on bikes, doing most of the repairs, except when there was a more complicated task, the owner will finish wrenching on the bike. Read more>>

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