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Inspiring Stories from Marietta & Surrounding Areas

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 the rising stars from in and around Marietta and Cobb below.

Karen Gramlich

My journey started in 2010 working for a wedding planner based in Atlanta. During that time, I was working full time and would help coordinate weddings on the weekend. I wasn’t sure where my journey would take me, but knew it was something I hoped to do full time one day. As I continued to grow in the industry, more and more friends started asking for me to coordinate their weddings and so Winey Blonde Events was created. Winey is actually my grandmother’s maiden name so it was a bit of a play on words. There was an ongoing joke that I was from the “Winey” side of the family. Read more>>

Christian Spencer

Atlanta Specialty Woods was founded in January of 2009 by G. Christian Spencer a native resident of Marietta, Georgia. After 10 years in the golf business Mr. Spencer finished his Communications degree at Kennesaw State University and went to work for a business reclaiming antique heart pine. He was the general manager for the 30-year-old company and helped it grow from $600K gross sales to $1.7M in just 2 years. After 3 years with that company Mr. Spencer left that company and started his own company with new ideals and a totally different mindset. Read more>>

Alvaro Prada

One day I was driving for a very dark street looking for a house and I couldn’t find because was too dark and also the number of the house was too faded that the numbers were unreadable, so I came with the idea to invent a new system called “Solar Powered lighted Dual Door mailbox” this is a new concept in mailboxes, it has 2 doors (one at front and one at the back) and on top is a system that illuminate the house numbers at night by solar power energy source making them visible at night, it will aid to easily identify the house. Read more>>

Vanessa Hundley

Music was always a part of my life, especially in my band geek and dance class years, Yet I had never considered being a DJ. My journey began with a chance comment by the DJ that was spinning at Bellbottoms, a Buckhead club where I was bartending. At the time, I was a single mom of a young daughter and most creative professions seemed out of reach. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to be able to express my love of a huge variety of music, and my very first gig at American Pie (which was open 7 days a week. Read more>>

Carrie Leonardo

I Do Engravables was founded in 2005 with the invention of the engravable signature frame – patent pending – that we sell today. I Do Engravables was purchased in 2007 by Southern Moulding Acquisition, a family-owned wholesale frame distributor since 1945. I Do Engravables and its wholesale partner, Signature Keepsakes, are currently owned and managed by this fifth generation picture framing family. With over a century of family history in the business, you know we are passionate about what we do! Read more>>

Theodore “Teddy” Lewis Jr.

I’m from Nashville, TN. My career path was influenced greatly by my parents. My Mom came to Nashville in the late 50’s as a singer and had a demo deal with RCA Records before meeting my Dad who was a real estate entrepreneur and also a musician in high school, college and the military. My Mom chose starting a family over pursuing her dream of becoming a recording artist. Following in my Dad’s footsteps I started playing the alto saxophone in elementary school and continued through college. Read more>>

Dave Troxel

WOW! announced its acquisition of NuLink systems in Newnan, Georgia on September 12th, 2016. NuLink is a local provider of high-speed Internet, digital cable TV and phone services to residential and business customers located 34 miles southwest of Atlanta. The acquisition extended WOW!’s service to more than 34,000 homes and businesses in the Newnan area. WOW! was familiar with the NuLink operation in Newnan as it had supported some of their telephony growth through another acquired company (Knology). Read more>>

Aloha Bob Moffa

I have always liked taking pictures. When I was young I was fascinated with my parents’ camera and would photograph everything I could. In high school, I was able to qualify for my first credit account through a camera store and bought the first Canon Rebel. This was back in the film days, 1987, when the cool long-haired Andre Agassi was the spokesman for this new and affordable DSLR camera. I read books and practiced as much as I could to learn the skills that I knew I should know. I improvised studio lighting with lamps around the house and off-camera flashes, practiced with manikins and friends. Read more>>

Phillip Lockhart

Our story began when I met Chris Gilbert and Jason Lewis, the three of us we’re college students in Saint Louis pursuing a degree in general arts. When we met we learned that we were also armature comic book artists in the making and decided to make art together. Regrettably, the three of never actually finished a book let alone publishing one due to creative differences. After a few years went by, Chris and I decided to try again with just the two of us this time, which resulted in the creation of Xenogenda Comix. Read more>>

Patrick Durbin

NR, utd. began while Patrick Durbin was enrolled in University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, AZ in 2003 as a single person developing a game called The Adventures of F.L.I.M. by himself. From such minimal and humble beginnings, With the completion of his first project, the attempt to work with a team began. Challenging an emerging concept for the time and playing to the strength of the team’s understanding of collectible card games, real-time card game of the name Crystalline Cauldron. As Crystalline Cauldron came to a close and the owner returning home to Georgia, Patrick began to explore a concept of using isometric art to allow a user to create artwork that emulates a three dimensional image with two dimensional artwork. Read more>>

Jessica and Lance Miller

It all started in my hometown of Rockingham, NC. As a youth, I discovered my love for all things beautiful, makeup, Jewelry, clothes and also the beauty from within. My mother was another big part of my beauty journey stemming from my line of Heavenly Design 1 of kind By Jean Davis And Jessica. When I was young my mother and I would make various pieces of beaded jewelry, from earrings to bracelets and necklace sets including all of the above. But it was not until I got into High School that I discovered Makeup and Skin care. A friend of mine gave me some of her makeup and I was instantly hooked like any young woman would be. I just loved makeup, I mean it was just “everything”. Read more>>

Jason Meadows

Born and raised here in Georgia, I grew up in the Marietta area with great parents and two younger brothers. We grew up playing a lot of sports and had a pretty normal family life. I graduated from Sprayberry High School in ’96, and later graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BA in graphic design. Prior to graduation, 9/11 happened. Like many others, that terrible event inspired me to want to serve my country. In 2005, I enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman and paratrooper. After basic training and airborne school, I was assigned to the 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Division out of Ft. Richardson, Alaska. We deployed in 2006 to Iraq. Read more>>

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