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Downtown’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 Downtown’s rising stars below.

David Traxler

Owning a bar and restaurant is something I had wanted to do since I was 18 years old when I first went to college. As you know, when you get out of school you don’t really have the means to do anything like that, so like most folks, I packed my car. Read more>>

Shae B.

I’ve always known I wanted to be in the beauty industry ever since I was a young girl.Makeup has always been a way for me to express myself. At 15 years old, I started to perfect my craft and I practiced doing makeup on myself every day. By the age of 18, I began to do makeup for proms. Read more>>

Dr. Lisa Herbert

As a little girl growing up in the inner city of Brooklyn, NY, I knew I wanted to be a doctor at the age of 5 after the tragic loss of my grandfather. Being raised by a single mom with a high school diploma, I defied the odds. I was accepted to college at the age of 16 and started my leadership journey as a young college student. Read more>>

Connie Hampton

I fell in love with doing my hair in high school. Next thing you know, my friends were asking me to do their hair. Fast track forward, I went to college at Alabama State. Then I moved to Atlanta in 97. Through the years, I was asked to be a hair model. Read more>>

Xaviar Battle-Wallace

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, I moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2017. I spent my entire life in Mobile and felt like I was ready for a change, or so I thought. Upon moving here I immediately began my job search and after 6 long months I found a new job opportunity. Read more>>


I started my journey in 2012 by launching a lifestyle brand that was active from 2012 – 2016. During that time, I created platforms and opportunities for creatives and executives through extensive event curating by way of sponsorship and collaboration. Read more>>

L’Nyja Hubert

It all started with my attendance to Savannah State University. I came in as an eager freshman and determined to find the radio station. I did just that I visited Hodge Hall on the first day of class and everything else fell into place with hard work, innovation, and hours at the station. Read more>>

Sirraya Billings

I began my career as a Visual Merchandiser at Forever 21. From there, I went on to work at Banana Republic as a Visual Supervisor and at H&M. At H&M is where I truly fell in love with fashion and styling. I learned a lot about garments. Read more>>

Hannah and Sara-Anne Waggoner

Style and fashion have always been a passion of ours. We love to express ourselves uniquely. We believe in being true to who you are and not being afraid to stand out and be bold. We both contribute our own individual talents, styles and designs when hand-making. Read more>>

Unique Holley

Sugar Bloomer is a childhood nickname given to me by my mom that, like sensitive skin and allergies, followed me into adulthood as well. I struggled with my skin a vast majority of my life and due to my inability to go to the neighborhood grocery store. Read more>>

Amanda Jennings

I started my bartending company Flairtails after I decided to leave a job I had for 11 years. A little over a year ago, I sat at my desk and realized that I was spinning my wheels. I wanted more and the company I worked for couldn’t give me that. I made the decision to go to bartending school and graduated at the top of my class. Read more>>

Marcus Samuel

A couple of months after being born in Orlando, FL December 21st 1986 me, my brother, and mother moved to Pensacola, Florida where I was raised in a single-parent household… My mother went through moments of hardship, raising me and my brother alone as a social worker. Read more>>

Quinda Barrett

As some of you may know, I am a professional event planner. My specialties are corporate events such as board meetings, conferences, conventions, speaking engagements, etc. I found my passion and I love it! While I was working a job I hated, I was crafting and helping my friends with and family with events. Read more>>

Karen Moore

I’m so passionate about my health and that of other women. In 2009, I lost my husband, soulmate, business, partner and Bestie (Yes, he was all of that) to sepsis. In 2016, my life was altered yet again as I was now staring at this ugly illness square in the face. Read more>>

Alexis S. Credle

After viewing Sanaa Lathan plays the lead role as an accountant in 2006 film “Something New”, I started my journey to make partner. I earned a BS in Accounting and BSBA in Finance. After five years in the industry, I took a leap of faith and officially became a corporate America dropout to pursue my own ventures. Read more>>

Markia Jennay

Growing up, As a young girl, creativity soothes my soul. I loved listening to reggae, dancing around the room as breaks in between coloring and writing. Friends, family and I spent our days making up dance routines, business plans, drawings for future fashion lines. Read more>>

Thomas Goetz

We’re a band originally forming in New Orleans, Louisiana in October 2017. We immediately began putting out new music and saw success with our two singles, “The Culprit” and “Never Be the Same.” Our sound pulls influence from grunge, garage, punk, blues, pop, singer-songwriter. Read more>>

B. Cooper

I decided to start the company Shyne Auto Detail a couple of years ago. After managing about 20 dealerships around the metro Atlanta area. There is where my passion for detailing grew and developed with opportunities fairly quickly. I began with a few consistent clientele. Read more>>

Quenshala Thomas

When I was younger I didn’t like my hair so I would cut out my dolls hair and braid it into my hair and do the other little girls hair in the neighborhood and as crazy as it sounds it was actually kinda cute! Until one day at camp, I went swimming and my dolls hair piece was floating around in the water. Read more>>

Jada Mosley

I always had an intense yet broad interest in the arts. Throughout my youth, I’ve had time to explore various tiers of media subconsciously. My past experiences that have shaped my current vision include having leads in local plays, being in a band. Read more>>

Najah Douglass

I’ve been in Atlanta since 911 (September 11th, 2001) I moved here because my parents were here. I’m originally from New York but quickly fell in love with Atlanta and now call this home. I have an amazing active 4-year-old son; Carter, in our downtime, we travel and attend his sporting events. Read more>>

Rell Black

I always knew I’d make an impact on the world. While most kids I grew up with played Pokémon cards and watches Barney, I was busy being groomed for greatness. As a two-year-old, I got my first taste of being in the public eye when my grandma would dress me up in a full 3-piece suit in the hot Florida weather to perform Michael Jackson’s. Read more>>

Stephanie Bernard

I have always loved art and creating it in different ways. I have always been known as that crafty friend working on the next Pinterest inspired project. I started reading the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it inspired me to find more ways to live creatively. Read more>>

Dayan Jones

I started out with pencil drawing when I was younger the eventually, around middle school age, I started painting and making short videos with my siblings on my mom’s cell phone. Read more>>

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