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Trailblazers: Old Town – Mission Valley

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Old Town – Mission Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Merritt Jones

If you’d asked me 12+ years ago if this is what I thought I’d be doing, I would have laughed. I didn’t even know what acupuncture was and I thought, “nutrition” meant taking a Flintstone vitamin once a day. Little did I know, what was to come. Read more>>

Jessica Granados

I graduated from beauty school five years ago, after that, I landed my first job as a hairstylist. A few years later, I developed a bigger passion for makeup, so I started perusing it through myself. Now, here I am, freelancing and I love it! Read more>>

Christine Tran Nguyen

“Makeup is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful. It is meant only to magnify the beauty that already exists.” I live by that quote and truly believe that all women are beautiful on the inside and out. I knew I was in the right profession when I saw all the happy and beautiful smiles from women when they do their first look in the mirror with me. Read more>>

Rose Bud

Growing up, my father was a chef and restaurant owner. Being a foodie is first nature – not a fad. In the early networking stage, I came across the owner of a local news website. He needed a food writer for his food column and I volunteered. Through reviewing restaurants, I made many friends in the culinary industry and discovered a true passion. Read more>>

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