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Inspiring Stories from Pasadena

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 the 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 Pasadena’s rising stars below.

 Amir Mail

I started to build my passion for food and cooking from the age of 5, where I spent most of my time in the kitchen with my parents, and learned how to cook a variety of food. After receiving a degree in business finance, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking by receiving formal culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu, where I graduated from in 2012. Read More>>

Christine Ma

My fascination with food started at a young age. Rather than watching cartoons, I would watch marathons of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. Over the years, I’ve taken that fascination and developed it into a career. Read More>>

Yoli & Rio Soedarmo

DJ Rio began his career 20 years ago, as he made headlines in Southern California clubs and raves. Inspired by the joy of their own wedding, Yoli & Rio decided to create “This DJ” in 2005. Read More>>

Jose Banuelos

Urbano Mexican Kitchen in Pasadena is a new family-owned and operated restaurant that fuses traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Our flavors have evolved from the ranches of Zacatecas, Mexico, to the beaches of Baja, and now to the streets of Pasadena. Read More>>

Elony Bejarano

I was born and raised in El Paso, TX, home of the best Mexican food you can find! Home is where I found my love for dance (and food) at the ripe age of two. I grew up dancing as a competition kid – think Dance Moms without all the craziness. Read More>>

Patrick Belton

We’ve been around for just over 15 years now. We do about 100 weddings and events a year. We work primarily in the Los Angeles area, but also travel quite a bit. Read More>>

Brian Berdan

Audio Element was born of my childhood experience and my apprenticeship with my father. I grew up in an audiophile home; my dad loved quality sound, and he made his living selling hi-fi audio products and repairing/modifying turntables. Read More>>

Nayri K

Lovella Bridal is an industry trendsetter making bridal gown dreams from true for over 46 years. Since 1970, Lovella buyers have been continuously searching the world over to ensure Lovella’s collections are unique, relevant and aligned with the individual tastes and high standards of our discerning clients. Read More>>

Varak Sossikian

Established in 1984, Father Nature’s Cafe was started by my parents Armen and Salpy Sossikian in Tarzana, CA; bringing delicious and healthy Mediterranean food to San Fernando Valley. Since 1995, we re-located to Pasadena, CA and are now called Father Nature Lavash Wraps. Read More>>

Lisa Mason

I have always been one of those people that goes against the “norm”. I definitely don’t like the 9-5 work life and I have way too much energy to sit at a desk. Entrepreneurship was something that I felt would allow me to have an express my true self. I started my career in nursing as it wasn’t the time for me to have a business, raising children was my top priority. Read More>>

Sanora Bartels

I learned to meditate in 2007. Because of the impact it had on every area of my life, I began to study its source more fully. Vedic meditation has its roots in the Vedas, ancient Indian texts, and in the Vedanta – (Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita). This material was key in understanding the ancient tradition and how it applies to our modern lives. Read More>>

Eric Niehaus

I used to be a General Contractor. I primarily focused on residential remodels. I found working with residential customers that before I would do any work remodeling their bathroom, kitchen, garage, etc. Read More>>

Nonnahs Driskill

Get organized already! inc opened its doors in January, 2010. After working with clients on her own, Nonnahs found there were about 337 organizers in Los Angeles who could organize just as well (or better) than she could. Read More>>

Carly Lopez

This company is the result of a dream to use two of my absolute favorite occupations — Event Planning & Acting. With a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre Arts, a love for the imagination & wonder of children, and a keen sense of what makes a stellar celebration, this company seemed like a no-brainer. Read More>>

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