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Buckhead’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL 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 Atlanta’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 Buckhead’s rising stars below.

Katrina Hefner

Katrina Hefner is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Addy & Al’s, a children’s event planning company that curates memorable children’s birthday parties and unique Children POP UP’s—Party On Purpose—UP parties. The company’s newest venture includes hosting virtual parties with the “Party In A Box” as seen in Atlanta Parent Magazine. Katrina is intentional in living a life of purpose and that message is the central focus in which she BIRTH her company. Read more>>

Sarah Rhino

The Peach Pit Studios opened in 2015 as a means to train gymnastics, dance and cheerleading for athletes ages two to adult. We really aim to create that WOW factor when it comes to both our training our athletes and the way we want our parents and coaches to feel. The two things that I attribute our success to are our passion and our people (commonly referred to as our Posh Peeps). Without passion, the new of a small business can wear off and we constantly strive to do better and encourage new personal bests with both our athletes and our team of staff. Read more>>

Dominick Racano

Ken MacLaughlin asked through a Facebook post who would be interested in reading a few scripts for the Decent Humans restaurant sketch comedy series, The Worst Couple, with Leanna Adams. I wanted to be involved in more comedy, and I wait tables as well, so I jumped at the opportunity. Apparently, my suggestions and feedback impressed Leanna and Ken that they asked me to direct the episodes that they wrote and starred in. Read more>>

Kendra Ledyard

It all started in February of 2016. I initially started in the beauty industry selling hair extensions. As time went on, I realized that I no longer wanted to do it as a “side hustle” anymore, I wanted to expand. In order to expand, I knew that I needed a brand as well as other materials. However, I didn’t want to hire a designer. So one day I hopped on PicsArt and gave it a go with designing my logo, marketing material, and more. After spending some time creating my own material, it hit me that I was actually enjoying what I was doing. Read more>>

Shannon Arputharaj

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember! In the first grade, I remember writing out different rhyming words just to see how many I could come up with. That grew into a blog, and that into an Instagram page, and that to a whole book! Finding words to convey exactly what I’m thinking or feeling is exhilarating to me. I love the anonymity and the exposure that writing poetry brings. It leaves space for every interpretation. Read more>>

Isabell Slim

I started making music late 2016, when my friends kept saying I should rap but I never did really want to but I ended up doing it anyway, I got to where I’m at now in life by grinding sometimes you gotta take baby steps before you try the big stuff and that’s exactly what I did. Read more>>

Shawn “King Shizz” Adams Jr, Bianca “Lola B” Williamson and Jabril “Ali” Fenderson

This show was destined to happen and we didn’t even know it at first. Shizz and Ali would randomly debate about music/culture on our leisure time. One day a mutual friend of ours gave us the idea to establish our own show. She loved the passion and depth behind our dialogue. She even helped us come up with the name of the show. All we needed from there was some flavor and a woman’s touch. That is where Lola B came into the picture. Lola B has always been like family to Shizz. Read more>>

Anthony Moon

I was born in a small town 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, better known as Bulldog country to the locals. As a child growing up, opportunities were scarce, and doing the right thing wasn’t always promoted in my community. But, being raised by a strong, determined black woman, I learned the importance of prayer and the unwavering stamina to keep my moral compass pointing north despite the odds. With this foundational basis. Read more>>

Ashlee Clark

I started as an aspiring Beauty Guru in 2012. I also worked at Hooters in Florissant, MO, during that time. Where we were taught to always be “camera ready,” and that was the introduction into my fulfilling career as an Esthetician. I later went to school and started building clientele. I found that I was great at analyzing the skin and I knew exactly what home remedies would fix problematic skin. So I started creating skincare products and putting each client on a skin regimen. Read more>>

Maya Wiley

Hailing from the Metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, Maya Wiley is currently a Senior International Business Major, Fashion Minor with a Concentration in Marketing at the illustrious Howard University in Washington, DC. Coming from a traditionally southern family, Maya’s Great-Grandmother, Lula Mckissack, instilled the saying that “When you look good, you feel good” that has impacted her family’s love for fashion for generations. Read more>>

Wendi Clark

I started this business at the later portion of 2018. Suddenly I was hired as a Bartender for the Atlanta Hawks, and that gave me a 5th job. I was working at the bank, doing part-time security for the Atlanta Falcons/Atlanta United/Atlanta Braves and personal training. By that time, I simply didn’t have the time to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship. Read more>>

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