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Inspiring Stories from Brookline, Brighton & Allston

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager 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 Boston’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 the rising stars from Brookline, Brighton, Allston and surrounding areas below.

Joy Sargent

I first picked up a camera when I was nine, taking photos of my dog, Zoe. When I got my first personal DSLR in 2015, all I did was take photos of my pups. Eventually, I started taking photos of friends dogs, neighbors dogs, and dogs at the dog park. Read more>>

Kristine Bahr

I am a functional medicine nutritionist, whose career grew out of my childhood challenges with food sensitivities and allergies. The problem was so severe that I had to receive shots and sterilize my environment to manage my condition. As an adult, I discovered that my issues were caused by an improper diet. Read more>>

Mikhail Kovalev

After moving from Russia to the United States in 1993, Nina Kovalev, who was a Ph.D. of criminal law in the Soviet Union, found herself working as an administrative assistant at an insurance agency. At nights, she would come home and have an insurance licensing book in one hand and an English-to-Russian dictionary in the other. Read more>>

Nate Fishman and Samantha Pickette

A few months into our relationship, Samantha and I were out at a restaurant and we brought up how cool it would be to have a food blog. I work in digital marketing and Samantha had actually written restaurant reviews for BU Today while she was getting her Master’s degree. Read more>>

Leanna Godiva

Leanna came to the USA in 2007. She went on a journey. She came in her 20’s to visit the US for a few months and not realize she would settle in States for good. She is extremely driven, visualizing a wide range of opportunities that can be reached in the USA. Read more>>

Ava Nguyen

I went to a typical state school in Massachusetts called UMass Dartmouth. It was an hour away from my house and affordable and provided enough distance to be considered “independent” and “live away from home” all while being close enough to go home whenever I wanted to. Read more>>

Leaf Shea

My mother owned a boutique, specializing in unique jewelry, on Martha’s Vineyard for close to four decades. We loved the work and decided to bring our passion to Brookline. Leaf Boutique, formerly known as Vintage, opened its doors 23 years ago in Coolidge Corner. Read more>>

Susan Peghiny

I joined the Rotary Club of Newton because I had recently moved back to Newton after more than 30 years away (I grew up here). I didn’t know anyone anymore AND I had lost most my volunteer network after my son left for college and our move. Read more>>

Kim Todd

One of my least favorite questions during job interviews has been: “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I could never answer that question because my career path was not predetermined. There are some who are very driven and set out on a career path that is very specific, like being a doctor or a lawyer. Read more>>

Crystal Caruso

Ever since I was a little girl I always had a passion for hair. I knew one day I wanted to own my own hair salon in the city I grew up in, Newton. Being the oldest of five children I was always very independent and determined. I come from a family with amazing work ethic and knew that in order to be successful I had to put in the time and work. Read more>>

Margot Cottier

Margot C. built her expertise in PARIS (France) over 30 years in the skincare industry while working with well-known international brands, as well as owning and managing her spa in Paris. She has been sharing her experience with aestheticians and massage therapists all over the world by training them with professionalism and helping them operate to their full potential. Read more>>

Knara & Michael Tokatlyans

The Zipper Hospital is unique and unusual business itself. Established in 1914 by Juwish family immigrated from Europe. Beginning was located in Dorchester MA, after while in West Rocksberry MA, and later to Brookline MA where business passed from father to son in 1940 es, by the name of the family called “Richma’s zipper hospital.” Read more>>

Nina Fine

Even as a little child, I knew there was a purpose for my life. As I look back at my life, the biggest gift and influence on me were my parents. They always trusted and believed in me, as I was becoming ingrained into my own confidence. Read more>>

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