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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.

Megan Schutz

My career has not been a straight path, but instead a mix of experiences and roles that have shaped me into who I am today as a businesswoman. The best part is that I still feel like I’m growing and learning every day! I’ve known from a young age that I wanted to own my own business someday. Read more>>

Michelle Jacko

I began compliance as most of us do… I fell into it. I was hired to assist a growing broker-dealer and investment adviser with its due diligence efforts and two days into the job, the President appointed me to be the Compliance Officer.As a woman-owned business that interfaces with C-level executives, many of whom are men, there are a variety of challenges I faced to earn respect and equal treatment. Read more>>

Carla Berg

After being in the US for many years, I found myself moving further away from my roots as I started singing opera and American musical styles – which did not feel like “me”! Although I grew and learned so much, most recently I made the decision to finally record my first EP in order to demo the Bossa Nova/jazz style and connect with my Jewish, Brazilian and Latin roots. Read more>>

Princess “Franny the Traveler” Francois

I loved learning about various cultures, largely because I did not have the opportunity to travel across the country or around the world. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, my mom and I traveled locally, hopping on buses to explore different neighborhoods or on the subway to explore other boroughs or the tri-state area. In New York, crossing into a different neighborhood means stepping into a different world. Read more>>

Jehlad Akin

I am a huge believer in music being therapy for every walk of life. I got my BA degree in Psychology and Criminology with minors in Sociology and Healthcare. Currently, I attend Strayer University, where I will be graduating in 2020 with an MBA in Digital Entrepreneurship. I am currently using my education, experience, and connections to build a music therapy office in the heart of San Diego. Read more>>

Martin Salazar

I was blessed to always be surrounded by really talented people. None of us really knew what to do with it. In high school, I took piano and guitar classes. That really helped me understand what I wanted to do. So, I went home and tried to make a beat on my sister’s laptop. Eventually, I took more music classes in college that helped shape who I am as an artist. Read more>>

Maria Disla

It started out of want/need to have a spin studio in the heart of downtown/ Little Italy. At the time, there was no dedicated boutique spin studio in downtown SD.Pure Indoor Cycling will be hitting its three year anniversary in August. It started out of want/need to have a spin studio in the heart of downtown/ Little Italy. At the time, there was no dedicated boutique spin studio in downtown SD. Read more>>

Gabrielle Cuevas

I am a 21-year-old Catholic college student that’s also a fashion and lifestyle blogger. When I was younger, my mom used to dress me up in two-three different outfits a day for fun and that’s how my love of fashion came to be!I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger that posts on Instagram and my website. My Instagram sets me apart from others because I post about faith and about finding high-end items for such a low price! Read more>>

Shekinah Lowe

I first started off modeling but then some light bulb went off and I planned my first group shoot where I was directing and shooting myself. It really came out of nowhere because I’m a videographer in the military, and never did I think I was going to take it and turn it into a love of mine. Read more>>

Farah Hurdle

I continued to fine-tune my craft at The Salon with Abe Barron and Liz Salcedo. Once I was confident enough to go out on my own, I found a home at the original Hyde Edwards Salon in Little Italy. I worked there with Rebecca for four years when she offered to sell it to my husband Matt and I. We have owned MAIDA salon now for 13 years in August. Read more>>


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