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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.c 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.

Abbey Bethmann

I have always had a love of photography but never dreamed of actually taking my love from hobby level to professional. After graduating from The University of Tennessee I had a career in recruiting and only enjoyed photographer for myself. Read more>>

Scott Reyes

About 6 years ago, my co-founder and I would get together for lunch a couple of times a week. Our conversations naturally turned to work. Neither of us were particularly happy about where we were. He was bored. I was itching for a new environment. Read more>>

Stephen McAllister

Growing up, my parents fostered and encouraged me to pursue my dreams and passions. Throughout my early childhood, I had an entrepreneurial spirit. I started several backyard businesses where I developed a love for the independence and freedom of being my own boss. Read more>>

LaShawn Lynette

I love art and photography is just another form of art for me. I had the idea of becoming a photographer about 10 years ago and I practiced when my digital cameras became popular. 5 years ago I purchased my first professional camera. Read more>>

Kighetsa Maliro

After spending 11 years in Moscow, Russia, I (a former student from the DR Congo) was eager to go and give back to my country. Unfortunately, I realized that it was unsafe to go back because of the war that has been going on there for the last 20 years. Read more>>

Jean-Louis and Yvette Ledent

My wife Yvette and I, Jean-Louis started our food truck business here in Columbia SC 3 years ago in November. We are both from Belgium. I am a trained chef, I graduated from a Belgian Cooking School in 1977. Read more>>

Bobby Thomas

Roger Davis (my business partner) and I used to work together in sales. We often drank beer together after work and sometimes during 🙂 As the economy began to crash in 2007, we picked up the hobby of brewing beer. We started on his wife’s kitchen stove then quickly moved down to his basement all the while upgrading our home-brew system and having pipe dreams of one day opening our own brewery. Read more>>

Megan Norton

My passion is baking. I love cookies and everything about them…the raw dough, the smell of them baking, and the smiles that appear on the faces of the people who eat them. I’m a stay at home Mom and this year all 3 of my children are in school for the first time. Read more>>

Misty Moss

I started waxing soon after graduating. There was an all waxing spa in Midtown, they gave me a chance to learn a skill that many didn’t have interest in. Waxing is hard, there are so many things you can do incorrectly; I was awful at first. Read more>>

Angela Dailey

I was originally a banker for 15 years with the same company, and had planned on having a life-long career in banking, but I lost my job in May 2012 because of a fabricated and unsubstantiated story a few women who worked under me created. Read more>>

Jody and Ricky Atkins

Dixie Confexions is Blairsville’s Bakery on the Town Square. Owned and operated by culinary team Jody and Ricky Atkins, Dixie brings big town tastes to small town Georgia through its vast array of cupcakes, custom cakes, and other pastries. Dixie also caters birthdays, weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions. Read mroe>>

Justin and Rickelle Hadley

Rickelle: We met at a bar. Justin was taking pictures with his hat and his mustache (two very prominent things about him at that time that really stood out to me), and I was watching him in aggravation because I had no idea who he was or why he was there shooting. Read more>>

Jon and Carla Pack

I started NGBL in 2002 after leaving corporate life. I was a former VP of Manufacturing for a Surface Coating and Assembly Contract Manufacturer catering to the cellular and computer industry. Tired of the travel and desiring to get back to a simpler life where I could be at home every night and stay near the water. Read more>>

Lesa Inglis

I was laid off from a position as Credit Manager for a hardware distributor in 2008. Like a lot of people, I struggled to find another job. I had been shopping our homeowner’s insurance and made a decision to switch carriers. Read more>>

Samantha Glass

I began my career in the printing and direct mail industry in 1993. I quickly found that I had a love for helping clients grow their business through print marketing. I went back to school while working and studied marketing and business management at Kennesaw State University. Read more>>

Joann and Kelly Kole

This past August marked 12 years in business. We were both business professionals prior to making interior design a second career. We both worked at a home decor and furnishings showroom and then worked on a show house together. Read more>>


I was born to create. At the age of four, I knew I wanted to be an artist. My love of art and the outdoors have always been a passion. In 2009, after working in the corporate marketing and advertising world as a graphic designer and illustrator, I received a grant from the Georgia Grassroots Arts Program. Read more>>

Linda Standard

Dogs have always been my passion and I have wanted a “doggie hotel” since childhood. Five years ago, the research began to go from dream to reality. After pet sitting for friends or family over 30 years, certain resort features were known but many were not. Read more>>

Shola Emmanuel

I was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. Had a diverse exposure unlike other kids around growing up, I had a chance to express my talent as a visual artist through my uncle. Did lots of drawing, painting, sculpture and other creative arts. Read more>>

Thomas Kerns

From my start as a curious high school sophomore to today, I’ve shot for Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, weddings, product photography and even the occasional zombie. My sophomore year of high school I saw fellow students disappearing behind the revolving door of the darkroom. Read more>>

Brittany Loan

It all started with a question from a real estate agent I was working for in college. He said “you’re going to school for photography right?” At the time I did not think much about photographing houses but looking back now it all made perfect since. Starting when I was 9 years-old I wanted to be an architect until I was in 11th grade. Read more>>

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