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Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach’s Rising Stars

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach below.

Alec Merlino

Finding the perfect product proved to be difficult. Inspired by the coastal vibes, I wanted my shirts to have a vintage look and also be the best quality. I began ordering wholesale shirts off of Amazon and soaking them in Salt Water. Why salt water you ask? Well, let me explain. I was recently a contestant on the CBS TV show Survivor David vs. Goliath. Read more>>

Daniela Kent

When I first came to yoga, I was a runner. I was tight and impatient with the idea of a workout that used words in a language I didn’t understand to describe shapes and movements I was pretty sure my body couldn’t do. I will even admit that after my very first yoga class, the thought running through my mind was, ‘well, I’m glad that’s over! Read more>>

Jennifer Gray Olson

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I always maintained a love for art and stories throughout childhood and my teenage years, yet I never really entertained pursuing a career in those fields because the hyper-practical side of me felt that it would be financially irresponsible, even though I had strong encouragement from my parents to do. Read more>>

Kristen Ochoa

Dancing is my passion, and to be able to get paid to do something I would do for free, was absolutely astonishing for me. Only expecting to gain experience and get my face recognized in the industry, I was incredibly surprised and grateful when I actually got hired at LEGOLAND as a dancer! I worked there for a semester and met the most incredible people who all shared a love for performing and kids. Read more>>

Aubree Nichols

For my ad agency and brand clients, I unearth insights and develop creative and impactful ideas. In my writing, coaching, and speaking, I dig deep into my heart and life experiences to be empathetic, sometimes saying what others won’t. Some say I have a black belt in truth-telling. I’d like to think I keep it real. Read more>>

Ronaldo Grecco

I have been tattooing for 14 years, being ten years dedicated to Japanese culture. Traditional Japanese tattoo. During all this time tattooing and learning through a tattoo, I had the opportunity to meet several countries like Italy, London, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina, USA, participating in great tattoos conventions and ministering workshops about Japanese tattoos and the culture. Read more>>

Brennan Justice

Anthony and I started playing music together in a surf rock band called The Twinfins. It was like a 60’s garage/indie rock band, we never released any music but played a lot of shows around San Diego. Things were actually going really well for us around the time of its demise, we had begun to play bigger and better shows, we were finally finding our sound in these super reverbed-out western type desert-rock jams, Anthony and I loved it. Read more>>

Alicia Amerson

Viewing from a distance may not cause disturbance to an animal, but viewing close up does. Part of expanding the conservation message has included a new podcast -Projects for Wildlife – where Alicia interviews wildlife conservation project leaders from around the world. They share how to get involved, how to start, and from the struggle to triumph what is working to get more people engaged in positive conservation efforts. Read more>>

Andrea Doonan

I’ve been a certified arborist for over ten years, and in the horticulture and design field professionally for almost 15 years. I’ve been in San Diego over four years now and love being part of the ecological movement here, helping folks reduce water use, building community, and introducing plants that support habitat for our local birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Read more>>

Jen and Joe Pavsek

Joe and I both love the islands. We both felt very passionate about keeping what we can influenced by Hawaii. Our business name is an example of that. Mauka means mountain and is pronounced “mau·ka.” Makai means ocean and is pronounced “ma-kai.” We love mountain and ocean adventures! If you like what we do, come check us out! Mahalo! Read more>>


1 Comment

  1. Ramona

    January 23, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you so much for including me and The Hair Cooperative with this amazing group of people! Very cool! 💗

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