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Inspiring Stories from East Atlanta

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 East Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Walter Tardieff

I randomly started boxing to learn something new and get in better shape. I ended up sticking with it and falling in love with the sport the very 1st day I stepped into the ring, I knew I was destined for greatness. Read more>>

Shayla Marie

I’m Shayla Marie, owner of Let’s Link Event Planning! I officially launched my business during quarantine this year (2020) when I was given a part time schedule from my 9-5. I’ve always enjoyed planning events and creating memories for people, so I thought about how to turn it into a business. I also wanted to use my wide network of business owners and entrepreneurs creatively. I literally starting putting my business plan together in April, held my first public event in July (#LIQUORANDLINEUPS), and continued to gain clientele while figuring out what I really wanted out of my business! Now, almost nine months later, I have redesigned my brand with a strategic plan to help me go harder in 2021. Read more>>

Abby Gee

Growing up, I was a bit of a tree hugger. I absolutely loved flowers and nature. I’d spend hours on end digging through the grass for clovers or picking flowers. I always gravitated toward natural things. My mother was diagnosed with womb cancer — more specifically, cervical cancer, in 2014. After that, I started researching the causes of cancer and preventative measures, and ultimately I concluded it’s due to the things we put in our bodies. She passed away in November of that year, and I became a vegetarian for a while because of it. Her death thwarted me from doing more research about holistic healing and sparking my interest in spirituality. The end goal is to have my own fully equipped spiritual store. Read more>>

Dr. JeNeen Ridgeway

As a child I always wanted to be a doctor. While still a teenager, I worked in a hospital doing patient transportation and it was at that time that I decided that I never wanted to see the inside of a hospital again, and I stifled that dream. I was tracked into math and science and I would eventually go on to earn a B.S. in Math, but I never really lost sight of my dream to help people with their health. Upon graduation, and while deciding what was next, the Lord stepped in and I discovered natural health and chiropractic. I enrolled in the largest Chiropractic school in the world and the rest is history. I fell in love with the vitalistic philosophy that the body could heal itself when enough interference was removed. I have never looked back and have studied and applied multiple disciplines in the natural healing world ever since. About ten years ago, I was working for a large clinic and saw many people that all had the same problem in common. Read more>>

Tyrik Mitchell

It all started with my love and passion for athletics. My mother introduced me to sports at a very young age. I was very active and I loved to compete for no matter which sport I played. I was a multi-sport athlete, competing in baseball, football, basketball, and track & field. As I grew older, I narrowed it down to football and basketball. I began to take it more seriously because I saw that I had a bright future in either of the two. While playing football, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. I decided to attend Kennesaw State University to continue my football career. After just two years, I made the decision to hang up the cleats. I realized that college football is more of a business than anything and it was no longer enjoyable for me. I wasn’t getting the opportunities that I needed, so I decided to create my own. I took all of the knowledge that I soaked up over my two years on the football team and applied it to my own brand. I created One Healthy Lifestyle, a lifestyle wellness brand for both athletes and non-athletes. Read more>>

Cris Ravarre

I’ve always had a love for cooking and that feeling of having your family packed in the kitchen enjoying a family staple, like Dirty Rice & Seafood Stuffed Bell Peppers. Being from NOLA, I had the itch to cook since I was young and saw my first batch of pralines cooling on my aunt’s table. Coming from a family of great cooks, I always wanted to prove myself in the kitchen. I started making New Orleans staples for family and friends, perfecting my craft. Getting all the feedback I could to improve on my food hosting skills. I also came to meet the plant-based community, which opened my palate and desire to make amazing food with flavor but with a focus on plant-based foods. To achieve good vibes and healing, sometimes I have to leave out the butter and fried items, you know. I wanted to share my journey and knowledge in cooking with my community. Whether you’re plant-based or carnivore, there are techniques and seasonings that can make all dishes a banger. With the push of my fiancée, Megan, I created our first product. Read more>>

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