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Inspiring East LA Stories

The heart of our mission at VoyageLA 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 East LA’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 East LA’s rising stars below.

Kate Weimer, Jeremy McLennan

We started thinking about the concept for Zero’s while traveling abroad last winter, and the idea just kind of stuck. We’ve always loved working together and were working separately on a freelance basis as a musician and graphic designer, so our schedules allowed us to start taking the idea more seriously. Read more>>

Marc Sallis

Blank City Records was founded in July 2017 by friends and band mates Marc Sallis, Brandon Burkart and Kawika Campbell. Sallis and Burkart had been playing together in The Saint James Society since 2013 and when the time came to put out new music they started discussing the idea of releasing the music on their own label. Read more>>

Shelley Patterson

In the early 1990’s Robert “Bob” Gardner from Willits, California created what would eventually become the Buddy Bike. Bob, a bicycle enthusiast, was inspired to customize a bike to ride with his young son Isaac. He had the innovation of adding a seat and foot pegs in front of his seat. Read more>>

Maria Basler

Growing up I figured I knew what I wanted to be, but life had something else planned for me. I started with Farmers almost 11 years ago. Working at the district office knowing what the company was about and later transferring over to agencies that showed me what it was to care for clients. Read more>>

James Waterman

I’ve always had music in my life. Some of my earliest memories are of my father singing songs from “A Hard Day’s Night” with my older sister and me dancing around the living room in my childhood home in a small town in Upstate New York. Read more>>

Andrea Kraybill

Art, spirituality, and place are three repeating themes in my life. I grew up in a deeply artistic and spiritual family. I was raised Mennonite—in London and then Indiana—albeit not fitting many people’s stereotypes (no bonnets here!). I have early memories of hours spent with building things with paper, scissors, and tape; singing hymns around the piano with my mom; painting watercolors. Read more>>

Terrell Thomas

Well to be honest, it all started when I was a kid going to my moms beauty school after school. I would go there and get free massages, manicures and shampoo’s. She later graduated and started working in hair saloons/barbershops over the years, I grew up in the barbershop and I think that was the underlying desire to own and operate my barbershop came from. Read more>>

Jane Guerra, Kristen Betancur

We created Broth RX during the 4 years we owned a Pilates/fitness studio in Redondo Beach. We met in college (UCLA), and we’ve always shared a passion for health and wellness. We love to experiment, so making bone broth for ourselves was fun! Read more>>

Ray Lee

I was “recruited” by my partner and then sole Owner/Publisher-in-Chief, Chris Davidson, in 2013 to come onboard Performance Boats Magazine (the name of the publication prior to us changing it to Speedboat Magazine in May 2014) to take the role of co-publisher and help elevate the magazine. Read more>>

Christie Hayden

I had first started a bookstore in Baltimore, MD where I did my graduate schooling. While there, I began to miss Los Angeles and ended up moving back to work for Hauser & Wirth. Fast forward about a year, and I ended up finding the space where OOF is now. I immediately fell in love, and the rest is history. Read more>>

Anne Sage

The three of us met on set about five years ago, and a close friendship and collaborative bond was born. When we first met, none of us lived in Los Angeles, and yet, a series of events led us into the same neighborhood, and suddenly, anything was possible. We began chatting about how brilliant it would be to have a shared space. Read more>>

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