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Inspiring Stories from Southern 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 Southern Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Aboubacar Barrie

I started my business the same day I got denied employment from several retailers in the Greenbriar Mall. It was November of 2016, and I was on Thanksgiving break from D.M. Therrell High School. I wanted to utilize this break wisely. Essentially, I wanted to look for a part-time job that I would continue to work at even after the break-in order to support my family and myself to the best of my ability. (I mean, who doesn’t love extra revenue coming in?) So, I did just that. On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, I went to my local mall, the Greenbriar Mall, I entered different retail stores like Metro PCS, Boost Mobile, Chick-Fil-A, and even some menswear stores. I brought my resume and asked the same question: “Hey, are you all hiring today?” Some of the retailers were hiring, but because I was only 14 years old at the time, they all denied me employment! I left the mall that day devastated. But, another mind told me “don’t be so hard on yourself. Your goals shouldn’t be dependent on your age.” I listened to my conscience and told myself, “if no one is willing to hire me, I will hire myself.” It was then that I realized I had an entrepreneurial mentality. That’s how it began. Read more>>

Starr Bella

I’m Starr Bella Owner Of Starr Appearance boutique.. Which I Started About three years ago in Austin, Texas. I was always shopping for myself. One day I was online shopping and I came across a really cheap clothing site. So, of course, I had to order… I even order a few outfits for my homegirl… cause it was just that cheap! lol. My items arrived about four days later… I went to my homegirls house and we looked at the clothes. We were really amazed at how good the items looked. So I immediately said, “I’m about to sell them lol” I sold those outfits in less than 24hrs. I was ready to order my next batch And It Went Up from there.. I now have a small boutique on the southside of Atlanta, GA, Where we also offer braiding services. Read more>>

Jade Clark

My husband Myles and I went from living with his parents to living on our own. All that time, we’ve always looked for ways to take care of our skin and hair. We found some stuff that worked temporarily, but nothing ever was permanent. We began researching different natural butters and oils that could improve our hair and skin. We spent many months trying new recipes to find the perfect blend for all of our products. After we finally perfected our recipes, we still weren’t ready to start a business. We were afraid and didn’t know where to start. We finally walked by faith and started Loc’d & Key. Read more>>

Ryan Hall

I’ve always been intrigued with crystals and the metaphysical properties they withhold. My goal was to create jewelry with crystals that will look beautiful, whether in a personal or professional setting. Our candles use the healing properties of aromatherapy and crystals. They are made using only natural essential oils and soy wax. Rayee’s of Light gets its name from my late mother. You’ll see the use of hearts throughout my work, symbolizing her love for helping others. Read more>>

Ashley White

I started in transportation five years ago, I can remember it like it was yesterday, I worked for a large supply chain & logistics company in Roswell, Georgia. I was so excited to be apart of a new industry and learning how it operated, but I had no idea what I was in for! The many thrills of the transportation industry excited me because you will almost NEVER have the same situation happen to you twice, and with that comes nothing but crazy adventures to say the least. I never thought about starting my own transportation company until about a year ago, I was scrolling through Instagram, and I came across an ad for being a freight broker, I was instantly interested. I had been working for a 3PL the previous year, which basically prepared me and would give me a successful head start in my new venture. As I prepared to kick off my business, I partnered up with two amazing people who played a major part in what I now call Go Elite Express Transportation. Read more>>

Christina Merrion

Photography was always sorted of an “off and on” hobby for me since my youth. I remember having disposable cameras and taking the film to get developed at Walmart. After obtaining my Master’s degree, I was having a hard time finding a job. Initially, I turned to photography just to get me by, but in early 2018, it hit me like, “I can really do this for the rest of my life and be happy.” At that point, I decided to strictly do sports photography and started going by “Chrissy Hussle.” “Chrissy” is a family nickname, and “Hussle” derives from me being a Nipsey Hussle fan since he dropped “Crenshaw.” Almost three years later, the marathon continues. Read more>>

Dedria McClure

Honestly, my oldest daughter inspired me so much. I always loved the camera. Regardless if I was behind it. However, capturing my daughter’s first year of life was so important to me. She helped me choose the name Mommy&Co Photography. She was my inspiration. Now she has passed on the torch to her youngest daughter. She loves the camera as much as her big sister. Read more>>

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