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Point Loma & Shelter Island’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 Point Loma & Shelter Island below.

David Butler

By providing people the opportunity to help the externalize their vision to reality, whether it be a digital format, a helium worthy album, a simple print for their desk at work – we want to be the ones to make it happen. As a photography collective, our main focus is photography – however, we want to be able to revolutionize the way that all kinds of artists and clients alike are able to work together in order to facilitate greatness. Read more>>

Kelly Wilson

We are the museum store for Mingei International Museum. While the museum undergoes a large renovation back in Balboa Park, we have moved the shop to the ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station! We are a craft, folk art and design museum and our store focuses on objects ethically made from around the world. We carry items from home goods to clothing and accessories. We love to support local artists as well and host frequent trunk shows and events to show off handmade pieces made here in San Diego and Southern California. All of our proceeds directly benefit the museum’s exhibition and education programs. Read more>>

Sydney Williams

In September 2017, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was working 60-hour weeks at a PR/Marketing agency, and my stress was through the roof. This job was, quite literally, killing me. I had a choice to make, take my health into my own hands by whatever means necessary, or let this disease take my life. There are four factors that affect your blood sugar; food, exercise, medications, and stress. I took the first three head on and cleaned up my diet, started walking 30 minutes every day, and was prescribed a medication for my Diabetes. Read more>>

Bridget Connelly

Eight years ago, I moved to San Diego from Chicago. I didn’t know anyone and didn’t have a job, but it felt right in my heart. Right when I landed, I felt at home. I had a few jobs in Marketing and Health/Wellness. I ended up taking a job promotion to Dallas in 2014. There, my life changed courses. I lost loved ones, and life took a new very difficult direction. My job also did not end up being what I imagined to be. Read more>>

Arturo H. Ramirez

Growing up my family always recognized me as the creative in the bunch, so whenever an opportunity arose to design or decorate, I was the one to call. Flowers came up many a time for weddings, parties, etc. Life led me down a ten-year path in the fashion industry, but flowers were always in the back of my mind. One night, I was invited to a wine & paint night and had an incredible time (with the wine). My fine art days were behind me, and I wanted to learn a skill that actually interested me–floral design. Read more>>

Treci Smith

My husband and I have been investing in real estate for the last 18 years, and I would scour thrift stores and estate sales for vintage pieces to furnish the homes and bring in some warmth. My friends and family took notice, and I started styling spaces for a select group of clients (Mostly family and friends). I continued to grow my client list, and eventually, Treci Smith Designs became a full-time design business and retail space. Some of the biggest challenges have been growing a company while ensuring that I’m staying true to the DNA of the Treci Smith brand. Read more>>

Jill Agnete Hybertsen

Charity Rahmer opened her yoga studio about seven years ago. Her goal was to provide a sanctuary for people to go to and heal. A place to find peace. Everyone is welcome. We want to make yoga accessible for everyone. We try to leave the ego out of it and provide a healing and fun experience. Anyone can do yoga…anytime in life. Our community of teachers and students has grown to be such an amazing and inspiring collection of souls. We feel very grateful to be a part of it. We are a lil mom and pop shop yoga studio… and we want to keep it that way. We are family. Read more>>

Lori Chandler

I’m a San Diego native, have loved antiques & vintage since I was very young and I started selling vintage home & garden decor in various antique malls on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach over 25 years ago. It was inevitable that one day I would end up owning a vintage shop on that street & Vignettes was launched in 1995. On my very first trip to Paris, (to study when I was in high school) I became hooked on anything & everything a la Francais & the love of French design still runs thru everything I pursue & create. Read more>>

Kimberly Buchanan

Growing up, I always had a love for business! I ran lemonade stands, cookie stands, and always loved tracking our income and expenses to make sure we were profitable. And of course, I was the president and the treasurer… I wanted to be in charge but also be in charge of the money! I also developed a real love for fitness and nutrition, playing club volleyball and joining a gym at the age of 16 (basically as soon as I could do so without having a parent chaperone me.) Lifting weights were always my love. Read more>>

Michelle Moore

With a heavy background in Advertising, working as a creative director for years in a cutthroat industry had left me needing a space to chill and express myself. Right around the downturn of the market felt like a good time to turn around my life and work for myself… studied Fine art as an undergraduate with a few stints abroad, my hands were aching to pound some metal, paint or sculpt again. Added to that my passion for travel and connection to all things that need fixing in our society… My studio opened. Read more>>

Nate Jackson

I grew up a very active kid in El Paso, Texas. My brothers and I played football, basketball, and baseball year round until we got to high school and eventually stuck with football. After competing at a high level in a big high school in Texas, I lost all my offers to play at big a University due to not having the best grades at the time; just good enough to play. This forced me to look elsewhere to pursue my biggest dream of playing football In College. Read more>>

Corey Butts

Well that’s a long story… how much time do you have… haha! I’ll try to give you a short version: So I grew you in Baltimore, Maryland where I attended an all-boys Catholic high school. I learned a lot about myself as a young boy at Cardinal Gibbons. After high school, I attended and graduated from Bridgewater College. Read more>>


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