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Mid Wilshire’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of Mid Wilshire’s gems below.

Anna Constantino

My love and obsession with candles dated back years way before the start of Anberc Candles. I love candles as it gives personality and nice aura to my place. Scents are powerful in evoking memories and good feelings. The flickering flame from the candle as well as the scent it emits gives me some comfort and put me in a relax mood. Read more>>

Ama Konadu

When I was about 3 or 4 years old, I told my parents that I had been here before. They’ll tell you that they “looked at me like I was crazy” and weren’t quite sure I knew what I was talking about. While they might’ve been confused, I was very clear about who I was before I came to be their child in this present lifetime. Each time I told it; my story never changed. Read more>>

Ingrid Sanchez

I grew up in the suburbs of LA loving to draw, dance and sing. I would draw cartoons and then add silly voices to my characters, and perform for my adoring family. However, when I got to middle school and starting thinking about what I would do when I grew up, I decided making art wouldn’t be a stable job. My family had a lot of financial hardship, so I felt it was important to work hard to become an engineer or scientist. Read more>>

Tiana Petrullo

Creating imagery has been essential for me since I was small. I was born and raised on the edge of Los Angeles and attended Otis College of Art and Design – wishing to study photography but being swayed into a ‘more viable’ program for graphic design and advertising. The necessity to work full time and a looming mental health struggle interfered with the completion of my degree. Read more>>

Moses Sun

I am a guitarist, composer, and producer based in Los Angeles. I was originally born in South Korea but moved to Senegal, West Africa when I was 8 for my family’s mission work. Ten years later, I decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of being a musician. The only thing I knew at that time was that learning my favorite metal bands’ tunes (Metallica & Dream Theater) seriously kicked my butt, but I always loved a good challenge. Read more>>

Elise Upperman

At 21, I had just finished an internship in London at a PR Company called Mary Lally & Associates, where I quickly learned Fashion PR was not for me. Yes, there were aspects of “The Hills,” where I got to sit at fashion shows and organize beautiful clothes in closets, but I see why Lauren didn’t go to Paris (except there was no man in my life from stopping me). When my temporary work visa expired. Read more>>

Sara Frost

It is so nice to be chatting with Voyage LA again! ‘Spooning With Sara’ has grown so much in the last year and I am really proud of where we’re at right now, even despite COVID. The story of ‘Spooning With Sara’ begins in January of 2018 when I started throwing small dinner parties out of my friend’s living room. We would meet for a home-cooked meal on Wednesday nights in an attempt to break up the monotony of the workweek. Read more>>

Omeed Almassi

I’ve always been involved in music. I started with some early childhood classes at my music school, the Colburn School, in downtown. In those classes, we learned how to play instruments like the ukulele and the recorder. Then, when I was five I decided I wanted to play the cello, which I still play today. In that time, I also took other classes at Colburn, like conducting and music theory. Read more>>

Sarah Michelson

As an overly enthusiastic singer and artist from the age of six, my life has seen a beautiful transition from that of a performer and singer into an accomplished and socially impactful manager for artists and creators nationwide. During my childhood years, I spent my days and nights enrolled in countless centers, workshops and performances across the spectrum of theater to concerts. Read more>>

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