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Midtown’s Rising Stars

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 Midtowns’s rising stars below.

Ken Baye

The concept for Stoddard’s grew out of a frustration with Atlanta-area shooting ranges that were dirty, dingy, poorly ventilated and unsafe and with firearm stores that lacked first-class customer service. To describe them as “uninviting” would be an understatement. For new shooters and especially for women, these were intimidating places to shop. Read more>>

Marilyn Suriani

A Sociology/Psychology degree occupied my college years. I moved to Atlanta to embark on a career as a social worker and soon realized it was not my passion. I had an interest in interior design and enrolled in the art program at Georgia State University. Read more>>

Dr. Shekina Farr Moore

My own inspiration has always been making the little girl in me proud. As a young girl, I was very introverted and withdrawn. I didn’t trust my voice and I learned to not be seen. When opportunities came, I would shun them. When I had valid points I would let others make me feel small or like my opinions didn’t matter. Read more>>

Daniela Medina and Cindy Stoltz

I received my degree in elementary education from Ball State University. My intention after college was to be a theatre education teacher. Instead, I found work at the vocational center after college and considered returning to school to be a social worker. After starting a family, I realized that going back to school was not feasible. Read more>>

Anthony Vipond, Chad Crete

Chad and Anthony met their freshman year in 2003 at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. The two quickly became friends and before long the pair was throwing weekly dinner parties for their close friends. Word got around of the duo’s talent for cooking and soon the number of others wanting to come try their dishes caused for the number of seats around their table to grow! Read more>>

Jill and Steve McKenzie

A product designer for most of his career, Steve wanted to bring his art to life on textiles, thus the first collection of digitally printed fabrics was born in 2012. The proper venue was needed, someplace collected and curated yet homey and comfortable, so we decided to open our brick and mortar shop, steve mckenzie’s in the fall of 2012. Read more>>

Milas King

It all started with 2 credit cards and some used equipment. It was 2006, I literally “rented” 2 of my fathers credits cards at $100 per month until I returned them balance free. We were practically running the business day to day, buying what we needed for the next day from the current days sales. Read more>>

Elizabeth Mosley

I’m an NCIDQ certified, award winning Interior Designer, and I do this work because I care about the way we experience space! Our spaces hold a profound psychological effect over the way we Live, Work, and Play, and I’m here to optimize that relationship for you. Read more>>

Sean McPherson

Smiths Olde bar is an Atlanta institution bringing the best in live music and up and coming acts to Atlanta for 25 years. We offer 500 concerts a year on 2 stages and have hosted such acts as David Bowie, John Mayer, Collective soul, My morning Jacket, Train, Johnny Winter, B.O.B, and much much more. Read more>>

Robin Davis

More and more, photography is becoming important for everyone. When I first started teaching creative photo techniques to my students in Cortona, Italy I quickly learned what a special and personal form of self expression photography can be, and also how differently and uniquely each photographer sees their world. Read more>>

Tiffanie Barriere

WOW, I started as the typical “Im not sure what Im doing so ‘Ill bartend until I figure it out” in the early 2000 at Longhorn Steakhouse. Being able to be myself along with serving the founder of Longhorn every Friday kept me excited to make smiles and learn what to do with Angostura Bitters. Read more>>

Jonathan Baker

Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based craft brewery. We brew beers for the weeknights – balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food. The idea for Monday Night Brewing grew out of a small Atlanta Bible study back in 2006. Read more>>

Clay Stapleford

I’ve always been drawn to the arts… first as a singer and actor at a young age. My passion for painting happened completely by surprise for the first time just a few years ago and I instantly knew it was something I was created to do. Read more>>

Alesia Graves

My story is a spiritual journey of liberation, connecting and believing in the power source that’s in me. SPIRITDRIVEN® apparel represents on the outside what drives me and guides me everyday. It was New Year,eve of 2010, I decided to surrender, seek God and stop the “Sunday cycle.” Read more>>

Matthew Terrell

History: Founded in 1995, Dad’s Garage is an award-winning non-profit theatre company that brings in over 30,000 people a year at our new Ezzard Street home in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward, as well as public events across the continent, and festivals around the globe. Today, we specialize in improv and scripted comedy, with the idea that joy and laughter makes for better communities. Read more>>

Libby Hockenberry, Cary Smith

I have always been a plant person since as long as I can remember. My mom was always tending to her plants indoors and out when I was a child, so I think it’s something that was just ingrained in me from the start. She was constantly rooting new plants all over the house that she would eventually pot and give away as gifts. Read more>>

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