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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.

Lisa Furilla

I opened Practically Perfect Day Spa shortly after graduating from The Elaine Sterling Institute of Esthetics in September of 2010. I began just doing skin care treatments and waxing for my client’s. I soon added a massage therapist to help out. Read more>>

Britt Whitmoyer Fishel

In 2014, Founders Britt Whitmoyer Fishel and Sarah Stokes had just returned to the Atlanta area. Britt had just finished her MFA at the University of Michigan, and Sarah, her BFA from the University of Minnesota. Britt was selected as one of the choreographers for Dance Canvas 2015, and connected with Sarah, who was ultimately one of her dancers in the work entitled “site.” Read more>>

Jenny Dougherty

Back when I was living in Birmingham, I was reading a quote online that said something to the effect of “If you ever get mauled by a bear, I hope it stays away from your face, because I think you’re cute.” I remember thinking that was so much more heartfelt and human than any Hallmark card. Read more>>

Reverend Hylton

I am a touring Americana Singer/songwriter born in Marietta. I spent to majority of my 20’s traveling and playing music but also battling with alcoholism and drug addiction. I ended up back in the Atlanta area in my late 20’s. After getting into some trouble and the state asking me to stick around for a few years I decided it was time to get sober. Read more>>

Richie Watkins, Matt Kohler

We started in St. Louis in 2015, making 30-second fight scenes with our friends, who are also martial artists. That was also when we began building our presence online, by not only promoting our videos, but also blogs, podcasts, and conversations on Facebook and Twitter. In 2016, we started developing “Batman: Master of Fear”. Read more>>

Andrew Newell

As a second generation agent, I grew up around the business but it wasn’t until my senior year at Kennesaw State that I realized I that I had no interest in simply punching a clock for 40 hours a week. The truth is I work far more than 40 hours a week, often after normal business hours but I love what I do and the people I get to help in the process. Read more>>

Christopher Romano

I have always been an athlete, and loved spending time in the gym. I found functional fitness through my training for competitive ski racing. When I moved back to Atlanta in 2012 for my wife’s job and family I decided I wanted to be a personal trainer and fitness coach. Read more>>

Chidera Ikpeamarom

I have always had an interest in taking photos. Ever since I got an iPhone years ago I was obsessed with taking photos and editing them. Whenever I took a photo I found visually appealing I got extremely excited, and when others also found the photo appealing that excitement only increased. Read more>>

Katie Mallett

Throughout my career, I’ve always had this restlessness, like an unsettling feeling that I wasn’t in the right place. I assumed it was because I hadn’t found the right company, or the right boss. Usually around the 3-6 month mark, it would come creeping back again. Read more>>

Sue Coraggio Snape

My career as a Chef started when I was 40 years old. I was no longer happy in my first career (of 16 years), so I quit my job and went to Culinary School. When I graduated, I was asked by a local female entrepreneur to help her open and run a new restaurant in Buckhead, and so I took that opportunity. Read more>>

Mel Clemmons

Growing up in a small town southeast of Knoxville, Tennessee called Harriman, Mel was born to an educating professional and a Real Estate entrepreneur. After graduating from Harriman High School in 1993 with a full academic scholarship to the University of Tennessee, Mel attended college full-time and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Read more>>

Laurie Massaglia

I don’t often take the time to look at the “big picture” of my life and the things I have been involved in. When looking at the different businesses that I have started I can now see an overarching theme to them that reflects my core values and the things I believe are important. Read more>>

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