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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.

Brian Calilung

Ever since I was young, growing up in San Diego, I had always looked forward to attending San Diego Comic-con every summer. I remember in 2009, I had gotten my hands on my family’s point & shoot camera, and during that time I had a blast taking pictures. Read more>>

Elena Arroyo

With a degree in Psychology and a love for design, I set out to find a career that fit my interest in helping people and creating spaces that really made the end user feel good both physically and mentally. I stumbled upon Interior Design after living through a remodel/addition of my own home 10 years ago. Read more>>

Vince Lymburn

I moved out to San Diego three years ago from Colorado and always knew there was an amazing food scene out here. I started posting YouTube videos about food in the beginning. I’d go into random restaurants and review them on the spot with my tiny GoPro. Read more>>

Adam Robles

My love for cooking started at the age of eight. I started cooking with my grandmother at an early age. I would ask her “How much..?” of a certain ingredient, and she would show me the palm of her hand, and say “This much.” Read more>>

La Chula Crew

La Chula Crew was founded in late 2017 by Martina – she wanted to better our communities by uplifting the locals with positivity and support, helping promote small businesses, empowering individuals, giving back to our communities, and rounding up others who wanted to do the same. Read more>>

Nichole Trinidad

Straight out of college, I started working that typical 9-5 in corporate & to be honest I hated it. A few months later, despite my parent’s disapproval I quit & moved back home to San Diego. Soon after I begin working at my sister’s startup where I eventually became the Social Media Manager. Read more>>

Katerina Gribkoff

Born and raised in Connecticut (Wallingford) by my mother and father and with my sister, Elizabeth. My parents are both scientists. My mom works at a pharmaceutical company as a biochemist and my dad is a neuroscientist. Read more>>

Elva Zaragoza

I started my passion for makeup from a very young age. starting in middle school, I started from only using mascara to eventually playing around with eyeshadows. I would get a lot of compliments about my makeup then and from that moment I decided I wanted to become a makeup artist. Read more>>

Marisa Aurora Quiroz

In the beginning, we were told that “Latino’s don’t give”. Now, 150 members, 20k in grants, and 52k in leveraged dollars later, we have demonstrated otherwise. And we ALWAYS knew otherwise which is how the Latina Giving Circle came to be born. Read more>>

Alyce Lopez

In 2013 my husband and I purchased a 1950’s ranch style home in its original state. Our little rambler needed some major TLC. However, we saw the potential and signed our lives away with a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old in tow. Read more>>


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