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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.

Abbee Rocha

The idea for my brand truly started with my self-development journey. It began a little over a year ago. During this time, I was experiencing many drastic changes in my life, and basically, I was trying to find a way to cope with everything that was going on. Read more>>

Nicolette Pacho

I began teaching Yoga about ten years ago. I had just finished up my Yoga certification program as I was rediscovering myself & learning who I was after separating from my daughter’s father. My daughter was about four years old at the time. From the moment I conceived my world became completely immersed in her world. Read more>>

Olga Melnikova

I was born in Russia and came to the United States in 2007 to study abroad. After receiving my MBA from the University of Redlands, I quickly realized I wanted to be an entrepreneur and run my own business. With a passion to help others, becoming a Realtor was a natural choice and success soon followed. Read more>>

Sarah Boltwala-Mesina

We picked up our first ten buckets of kitchen scraps from Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy the day after Thanksgiving in 2015. They were loaded in the trunk of our car and transported to the Juniper Front Community Garden for composting. Read more>>

Susan Rust

In 2016, we landed a major cannabis client for some heavy SEO work. They were an online paraphernalia company whose competition was aggressively out performing them. We were able to optimize their site and improve visitor conversions significantly. Read more>>

Daria Van Nice

I started my photography company, Raw Images, in 2010 and a few years later I bought this adorable Vintage Trailer. At the time I had no idea my love for photography and All things Vintage would marry each other and birth an adorable Vintage Photo booth business called Vintage Camera Box. Read more>>

Robert Richter and Christian Dimeling

Chris and I took over a small metal shop in 2016 and rebranded it to Flur Architectural Metals. We utilized our resources in the commercial and residential architecture world and launched into large high end projects in San Diego and Los Angeles. Read more>>

Rodrigo Serzedello

Our company started about two years ago and “Karma” was really what brought me into this business! I had a friend that two years ago used to manage some Airbnb units, and as usual and common to happen, the guests lost their Key Fob and just one more original copy was left. Read more>>

Wesley Dwaine

Wesley started his entrepreneurial journey at the University of Kansas. While enrolled at KU, Wesley founded New Life Records with hip hop artist Bilistic. Together they performed along side acts like Nelly, Naughty by Nature, Tech N9ne, Ying Yang Twins, Lil Wayne & many more. Read more>>

Bianca Renee

My jumpstart into entrepreneurship started when I was diagnosed with Lupus in October 2013. I always call it my blessing in disguise, I call her Ms. Lulu. It gave me an excuse to not work a regular 9-5. Lupus is a very unpredictable disease. Read more>>

Sulo King

Every since I was old enough to walk I have been fascinated by music and always dreamed of being in a band or working in some type of capacity in the music industry. As I got older I started hanging out at the all-ages club Soma when it was in Linda Vista and was so inspired by seeing teenagers my age in bands. Read more>>

Abraham Lopez

Last year in May, I was offered to become the Social Media Manager for my brother in laws Restaurants. I was excited but nervous at the same time. Being in charge of 5 different accounts and handling everything from Content Creation, Web Design, Marketing, Photography and Videography. Read more>>

Lisa Sussman

I joined our family business approximately 2.5 years ago at the request of my husband, Ben, and our business partner/his best friend, Jordan. My degree is in Communications and I had a 10-year career in PR/journalism/corporate communications. Read more>>

Stephanie Meador

I went to a small private college in San Diego where I majored in Marketing. I took all the basic classes, Accounting, Business Finance, Consumer Behavior, but it wasn’t until I had my internship Senior year at a marketing agency in Downtown San Diego. Read more>>

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