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Rising Stars of Downtown & Little Italy

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 Downtown & Little Italy below.

Alex Gregg

I am the bar manager at Curadero, the bustling and colorful Mexican eatery at Hotel Palomar. I fell in love with the craft and classic cocktails in 2009 while working at a steakhouse in Houston, TX. I was enrolled in sommelier apprenticeship program there, and each week, in addition to studying wine, tea, and cigars, we’d cover a cocktail. Read more>>

Candy Iverson

Looking back now, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I cherish all the obstacles I encountered on the way. My greatest inspiration for my career stems from the connections I share with my clients and the opportunity I have to be a part of their health and wellness journey. Read more>>

Beverly Nguyen

We started experimenting with different flavors and ways of making kombucha. When we finally got the product right, we bottled it and sold it at local markets. Over time, we noticed that there was a growing community of people that wanted to learn how to make kombucha. We wanted to help others learn how to make it, similar to how we were taught, and so we created our own kombucha starter kits. Read more>>

Bianca Brown

I’ve always enjoyed writing since I was a child. I had various notebooks that I would just write ideas and my thoughts in all the time. I was an only child for many years, 11 years specifically so, it was a great outlet for me! There came a point I considered maybe I can create fun scripts and do broadcast in my high school but quickly dismissed the thought. Read more>>

Melissa Adao

To clarify, I did not learn how to dance at 36. I started formal dance training at 17 at a studio called Neisha’s Dance Academy in Chula Vista. Skimming through details here, I earned a BA in Dance from San Diego State University and an MA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. With this educational background, I’ve had the opportunity to teach at Cal State San Marcos and Chapman University in Orange County. Read more>>

Brooke Thompson

Almost exactly three years in and it finally feels like I’m able to take a breath. I have sufficient storage, a team and we do about a hundred stagings a year. We actually expanded the business into event staging and rentals, and I started a home decor line called aster & olive featuring my designed dinnerware and flatware line a couple of months ago as well. Read more>>

Cory Dunkel

Being homeless and living my life on the streets, I found my own family and my own supporters and my own love. “My real family” is what I call them, is what pushed me to keep making sure I stayed strong of my passion. Pushing towards my strengths and goals led me traveling for dancing. I also have been able to have the great opportunity and privilege to do back up dancing for a few artists. Read more>>

Frankie Thaheld

I started working with Snake Oil Cocktail Company with a grander vision of spreading our style of mixology throughout the region and beyond. I became a partner with Snake Oil in 2014, and since then we have traveled internationally, and widespread domestically, plying our trade and elevating the cocktail scene wherever we go. Read more>>

Emil Juboori

IV Therapy is used to treat a range of conditions such as dehydration, muscle recovery, jet lag, vitamin, and immunity boosts to name a few. CureDash serves all of San Diego, we understand time is valuable and strive to get to our client’s location within one hour of them requesting the service. Read more>>

Alan Lerchbacker

We are excited for the future. We have started four new divisions, an Industrial Division, so now we blast and paint all over southern California. A waste reduction division, where our Green Machine can actually help the people and companies that are currently in the waste removal markets. A NASA division working with HVAC and electrical consumption requirements and improving the environment. Read more>>


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