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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.

Mary Margaret Smith

I began Simplydarlings after my husband and I took a trip to Europe. When we came home I was full of inspiration and excitement, having just been around so much culture and European fashion. I wanted to share with people all the travel tips and tricks we learned as well as what I wore and packed. Read more>>

Matt Boyd

My wife Meredith and I started as a team in 2005. She is an award winning professional hair and makeup artist for commercial television and she started her pageant career in the Miss Georgia (Miss America system) as a preliminary winner in 1997 as Miss Northwest Georgia. Read more>>

Jeff Shapiro

I have been in the printing industry for my entire working life. I started in the newspaper industry in South Florida, in advertising sales. I moved to Atlanta in the late 90’s, and started my first company in 2004. My company created newspaper inserts for publications across the country. Read more>>

Lesia Mcclure

I started Crown’D fashions to find purpose. I grew up as in individual fighting insecurities about myself and the clothes on my back. With Crown’D fashions I find confidence and my purpose. I believe that this was God sent. The name Crown’D fashions is based on my interpretation on a scripture I once read 1 peter 2:9 ““But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. Read more>>

Steven Lester

I am a native of Atlanta and studied art at Georgia State University. While in school I began my career as a commercial sports illustrator and soon became the Creative Director of Turner Broadcasting System during the years when Ted Turner also owned the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks. Read more>>

Michael Harner

For most of my life I worked in very physically active jobs – from the Marine Corps to the restaurant industry and even running my own mobile bartending business – but I eventually found myself stuck at a desk. I was bored and starting gaining weight, so I decided to get back into martial arts. Read more>>

Adrienne Graves

Photography has always been something I loved. I’ve loved capturing moments and people for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid and all the way through high school, you could find me capturing family, friends, pets, landscapes, and just about everything I could find! I even won a few ribbons in the county fair. Read more>>

Sha’ Cannon

I’m from Birmingham, Alabama and I’ve been an entrepreneur in way one or another since I was in middle school selling candy to my schoolmates. I love accessories. At one time, I found myself buying a lot from Avon and different places. Read more>>

Jenny Munn

I launched my freelance business in 2009 as a website copywriter. I jumped in not only as a new entrepreneur, but also as a professional trying to break into the online marketing world. I launched my website, and then waited for clients to come knocking down my door. That didn’t happen. Read more>>

Reese Anderson

I am a creator. I first started creating stories in fifth grade. I wrote my first book when I was 10 years old. It was a story inspired by Wayside Story by Louis Sacher. While everyone was playing Nok-Hockey, I was writing a story in hot pink, Comic Sans font. Read more>>

Nathan Mowery

I grew up in the mountains of Tennesee and would film stunts, skits and pranks out in the woods all the time with my brothers and friends. Jumping off barns, billboards, setting each other in fire and recreating pro wrestling matches. Read more>>

Master Kim

I started Taekwondo when I was 5 in South Korea. My Master asked me to become an instructor when I was 16. It is almost 20 years since became Taekwondo Instructor. Taekwondo gave me not only experience I went to college to study, met my wife there, we built a huge dream to come to United States. So we did it. Read more>>

Aisha Cheeks

I have been in the Pastry field for over 20 years and mainly did celebration cakes etc. After transitioning into a Event Planning role at a non-profit I fell in love with all aspects of events, from design all the way down to day of scheduling. As with most small businesses I took on several other roles which included some graphic design work. Read more>>

Mary Ann McCoy

I arrived in northeastern Italy with a sholarship from USF in Tampa Florida to study Italian 40 years ago. Udine, at the time, a small city which was rather closed to tourism, became my home. I came to Udine instead of Venice, Florence or Rome because Udine is near my mother’s birth town and where she had met my father who was a soldier in the US army during WWII. Read more>>

Anna Kennedy

My journey to having a private therapy practice started in college. I attended UGA, and took a psych class as one of my core electives and I ended up falling in love with psychology. Not so much the research part, but the learning about human behavior and emotions. Read more>>

Becky Fried

Art is my first love and second career. I started as a child with coloring books, pencil, and ink drawing. Inspired by my high school art teacher at the age of 15 I began painting with acrylic paint. I continued painting during my twenties while building a career in computer and financial services. Read more>>

Susan Garmon-Stab

I started my career in the beauty industry designing for a cosmetic brush manufacturer. The desire to pursue my own business was always there, but it took some time to decide where to begin. Once I established what products I wanted to focus on I took a leap of faith. Read more>>

Patty Jones, Beth Mannella

Urban Renewal was opened in June 2011 by Patty Jones and Starr Lindsey, two best friends from Wheeler High school. After leaving the Navy, Patty learned from her partners in Fairhope AL how to run a consignment store. She then ran her own successful consignment store in Daphne AL. Read more>>

Vahnesa Jourdan

In college, I interned for a magazine in Atlanta, and one of my primary tasks was to coordinate meetings and events. I knew nothing about securing sponsors or sending out media invites. These are just a couple of the many things involved in the planning activities. Read more>>

Alex Ballew

I was born and raised in Canton, Georgia. I’ve always been into the outdoors. My parents split up when I was eight years old. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by incredible friends my whole life. I went to college at KSU and used my degree to get a job at a talent agency in Atlanta called People Store. Read more>>

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