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Rising Stars of Balboa Park & Hillcrest

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 Balboa Park & Hillcrest below.

Tiffany Gullberg

I started teaching yoga to adults 11 years ago (which I still teach to adults) and having children naturally led me to teach yoga to children. I was asked to come teach a kids yoga class in my older daughters day care center. When I taught the class I was filled with so much joy and love and my entire body filled with goose bumps. Read more>>

Todd Armstrong

I grew up in Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati Ohio but Joined the US Navy in 1986 and continued through almost 23 years and retired in 2003. I’ve always had the entrepreneur spirt since a young age. While I was still Active duty I decided to get my Real Estate license by the encouragement of my original real estate mentor and top producing broker, Bill Contreras. Read more>>\

Erica Yeawon Hwang

The music industry is very competitive and cutthroat, and we wanted to create an environment for musicians to play music for what it truly is while also reaching out to our community and introducing classical music to those who are not familiar with it. Read more>>

Danny Griego

I’ve called San Diego my home for nearly 25 years. Honestly, there is no other place I would rather live. Aside from it’s beauty and prime location, it’s an artist’s playground – especially a plein air artist like myself. Unlike my home state of Colorado, here I can go out and paint unimpeded by rain and snow almost any day of the year. Read more>>

Liz Grace, Mark Markowitz

Three Chord Justice came together in 2008. We’re an Americana Roots band, focusing on original music and paying tribute to legendary artists such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. I grew up riding around in the front seat of a pickup, and the radio was always tuned to the country station. Read more>>

Kathy Hansen, Barbara Jeanine, Crystal Jones

Barb and Kathy started the company in 2011 after retiring from the Navy for 20 years and 30 years, respectively. Not long after the first shop opened we realized we needed to make smarter spending choices so we started roasting our own coffee and making our own gluten free pastries as well. Read more>>

Ray Vizcaino, Manuel Miranda

MR Cakes was created by two individuals who met through culinary school and brought their love and passion for sweet goods to the world. It started with making a birthday cake for a family member and from that moment, well the orders came in. A lot of hard work and dedication has helped our business grow. Read more>>


Dane Drobny

I started as a client. Coming every single day, sometimes two times a day. I loved the actual workout itself, the community and the brand. The manager at the time approached me about becoming a trainer. I had very little experience at the time but gave it a shot. Feel in love with the process and the rest is history. Read more>>

Briana Robinson

I was born in Boston, and raised in Mystic, CT. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I completed a tattoo apprenticeship in Connecticut. About a year later, I found my home away from home in sunny San Diego. Read more>>

Ashley Madden

My father is also a Chiropractor, so, being raised in a holistic environment, I literally have been adjusted since the day I was born! All of my life we used Chiropractic for my healthcare and I was always the healthiest person among my friends and classmates. Even with growing up around it, Chiropractic was never considered by me as a career until college. Read more>>


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