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Inspiring Stories from Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire

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 starsli from Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire and surrounding areas below.

David Abramowitz

The inspiration for the business came to me while skiing in Vermont back in 2008. I found a need. It hit me that all of the ski and boot bags on the market were inadequate. As a skier with a creative personality, I could see so many better solutions. Read more>>

Andy McLlarky

I sought to become a physical therapist after getting injured playing baseball in high school and going through PT myself. PT is a rewarding career to be able to help others return to what they want to do. I started out as a staff PT quickly moved to manager for another practice. I found that I enjoyed both treating patients and learning how to grow a business. Read more>>

Amber Lilyestrom

I grew up in Reading, Massachusetts and then moved to southern New Hampshire when I was 9 years old. I am a New England kid and resonate deeply with the work ethic and spirit of what it means to be from the Northeast. I was the captain of the UNH Women’s Soccer team and began my life after college with a career in collegiate athletics marketing at my alma mater. Read more>>

Elizabeth Thurber, Lauren Perkins

I started in the business over 20 years ago. My first venture was a store/gallery in Rockport, MA. We featured dried arrangements and my mothers beautiful floral paintings. From there I progressed into fresh floral designing which turned out to be my calling. Read more>>

LeAnn Lewis

Loving and valueing all cultures, empowering people to make choices that support a vibrant, energy-filled lifestyle, and educating others on how to nourish themselves in a manner that also protects the planet are all values at the heart of my company Vegan Farm Stand. Read more>>

Patricia Gerkin

I’ve always known I was an artist, from early years, but I never had the confidence, or guidance, to pursue it as a career. So, I became an editor, working in publications and painting and pursuing art classes and workshops on the side. My salary was critical for college expenses of our two sons, but when I made the last tuition payment for my youngest son, I announced that I was done and it was my turn, my time. Read more>>

Jonathan & Tiffany Lessard

We were both working in restaraunts while looking for a way to work for ourselves. We found a space with reasonable rent and decided to jump on it even though we were unsure of what we wanted for a business. Tiffany was selling her art and jewelry to coworkers, and Jon had been buying and selling items his whole life for fun. Read more>>

Nikki Zarrella

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I wrote songs, poems, and short stories as a way to escape from the unstable environment I was often surrounded by. The home I grew up in could certainly be deemed a broken one and, especially during certain years of my life, my family was the definition of dysfunctional. Read more>>

Sorrell Downing

When I was a child, my parents ran the Image Playhouse in Hartford, CT – my father designed sets and my mother ran the operations. So, when I say that event planning and design is in my blood, it really is. At a young age, I would rearrange and redecorate my room and crafted designs that worked well together. Read more>>

Jan Waldman

My second chapter started after my youngest daughter went to college. I was 51 years old and had been an involved mom on all levels while my husband had a very busy career as an interventional cardiologist My family and I joke that I owe it all to Adam Sandler, even though I did not work on any of his films. Read more>>

Tyler Rutledge, Jim Rutledge

The story starts in 1972 with my father, Jim Rutledge. He was serving for the U.S Air Force and stationed in Nebraska. While serving he decided to attend the University of Nebraska, after 2 years at school, Jim , met a local man that owned a barber school. Read more>>

Bethany Peck

I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t being creative. My home growing up; always seemed to have an endless supply of paper, crayons, markers, paint, glue, glitter and inspiration. Outside we created willow branch sculptures and played with the mud on the river banks. Read more>>

Sandra Theodorou

As a young girl, I stood on a mountainside in the village of Mavronoros in the province of Epiros, Greece. Through the night, villagers and returning diaspora of all ages danced in a circle to the pentatonic sounds of the the clarinet, violin, laouto, and defi, characteristic of this region. Read more>>

Tara DeMontier

Well, it’s not your typical “I’ve been wanting to do this since I was a little girl” type of story. A majority of my life was dedicated to sports. I was on a field or a court 365 days out of the year, and in between I was in a gym working out, or taking a private lesson. Read more>>

Sara Richard

I’ve always considered art as my first language. I can draw out an idea easier than explaining it. I usually end up tripping over words, rambling and eventually find myself trying to figure out what I’m trying to say after I’ve been talking for a bit already. (Like now.) I was the student who drew in the margins of her school notes so that I could pay attention to what the teacher was talking about. Read more>>

Tara Levesque-Vogel

I grew up in Nashua. My father, grandfather and uncles were dentists. As a teenager, I worked with my father doing everything from landscaping to cleaning toilets. I ended up dental assisting in the summers as I tried to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Jen Pepper

I’m a formal trained graphic designer, and I’ve worked for years in print design, creating branding and collateral for companies small and large. I’ve always loved drawing and sketching and designing, and it’s rare to catch me out and about without a pad of paper and a pen in my bag. Read more>>

Brandy Hill

It’s been an amazing journey these past few years – I was first introduced to yoga back in 2001 and it planted the seed for where I am today! I was in my early 20’s and was working as a recruiter in Boston. It was a high stress job and I quickly learned it was not where I was destined to be. Read more>>

Cat Camara

It’s been a long journey from where I started to where I am now but here is the short and sweet version. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston and instead of heading off to college right away, I decided to go straight to work. After a couple of years of waitressing, I realized that I wanted to do more. Read more>>

Irene Marconi

I was born in Italy. I have lived in Texas and Montreal where I have been working as a Decorative Painter ( for 26 years. I moved to Massachusetts in 2014, although I had some painting contracts, I decided last year to start cooking in private homes. Read more>>

Erik Koeppel

Early in my career as a fine artist I was drawn to the American landscape as a subject for my paintings. As I began to draw and paint our beautiful natural landmarks, I became increasingly aware of brilliant 19th century paintings of the same subjects. Read more>>

Devon Johnson

My story starts with my grandfather, when I was younger my parents had to work all the time so I spent most of my childhood at my grandparent’s house in Medford. I had a very close relationship with my grandfather and he’s the reason I got into photography and decided to pursue it professionally. Read more>>

Katie Martinson

I have been a dancer since I was in diapers, so my love for movement and musicality started at a very young age and has always been a constant in my life. I took my first dance class at the age of two and its safe to say that I discovered as a toddler that prancing around to music. Read more>>

Steven Feldmann

I’ve been working in restaurants since I was a freshman in high school. I started in the dish pit, worked my way up to prep cook, and eventually to the line. Waiting tables and bartending helped put me though college and beyond. After getting an MBA in 2003 I started thinking about starting my own business and wrote a business plan. Read more>>

Lindsey Recka

I’ve always loved libraries. As a child, I went to library events at my hometown library, and was, and still am, an avid reader. When I was in high school, I did an internship in the high school library and enjoyed it so much that I decided to become a librarian. Read more>>

Erik Metzdorf

In the Summer of 2013 I made a conscious decision to shift my career from “Global” to “Local”. I had previously owned/operated a boutique Sourcing Agency, importing customized Point of Purchase Displays from China. I was mulling over several ideas/directions to go with my career, and kept coming back to my love of Food, People & the Restaurant Biz. Read more>>

Samuel Ziergiebel

My interest in solar power galvanized when I was doing a bike expedition through chilean patagonia, I realized staying at and visiting places that were completely off the grid that solar power could and should be used anywhere in the world. When I returned to the states I started to look for work in the solar industry. Read more>>

Larry Giordano, Eileen Giordano

Larry Giordano grew up as a foster child in Everett, MA . He was one of the lucky ones who lived in the same foster home for 17 years. He then went into the Air Force. On his return home, he was welcomed back to that same foster home. In a few months, Larry met Eileen and they were married a year later. Read more>>

Maddie Khalaf

I knew when I was 5 that I loved makeup. When I would go to CVS with my mom, when she wasn’t looking, I would throw dozens of multi-flavored, multi-colored lip smackers in the carriage, and she would give in and let me get 2 or 3. Read more>>

Kathleen Pizzello

I guess the journey began with that yoga class where I realized the practice would change my life. Since then it has been lots of yoga, trainings, traveling the world, and riding lots of waves that life has presented me! I never thought I would own a studio…but after I went on a special retreat with my teacher Sianna Sherman, I quit my job as a school teacher which created the space for new, unexpected, and beautiful things to unfold. Read more>>

Jackle Moldau

Jackie’s Tees was founded after owner, Jackie Moldau, moved back to the East Coast from Hollywood, CA in 2007. Being a promotional model on both coasts opened the floodgates to the world of custom apparel, so after printing T-shirts on-site for the Plain White Tees (“Hey There Delilah”), we hired some staff and decided to take the business “on the road”, printing light-colored custom apparel at Craft Fairs and Trade Shows. Read more>>

Lacey D’Iorio

I have always gravitated towards art in some way and wanted to be in the beauty industry since I graduated high school. I craved expressing my creative talent but my parents insisted I go to college but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. Read more>>

Kate Indigaro

I have been a makeup artist for 11 years and after college I went back to school to be an esthetician. I have been an esthetician for 6 years and opened my own business named “Glametics” 2.5 years ago. There, I wax, lash and do makeup. Those 3 practices are my absolute passion and I could not be happier. Read more>>

Catie Keene

I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser or a nurse from a very young age. I was always drawn to taking care of people and I knew both those careers were perfect for that (in very different ways of course, but both very important), however I knew that nursing school and college in general just weren’t for me. Read more>>

Andrew Buonfiglio

After graduating college I started my career designing apparel for the NHL. This opportunity allowed me to learn about brand identity & consistency, and because the company was small, a little about running a business. Eventually, I moved on to an agency out of Gloucester specializing in marketing materials for the food & beverage industry. Read more>>

Laurel Stanton

When I was four, I discovered my mother’s sewing scissors and gave myself the haircut of my dreams. It wasn’t your traditional little girl cut. It was the same amazing “mushroom” haircut as my best friend, Adam — and I just had to have it. Considering my age, it didn’t turn out so bad, either. Read more>>

Dr. Janet Mahoney

I have an eclectic background in the physical therapy industry. I have worked in traditional settings such as outpatient, acute rehab, skilled nursing, long term care pediatrics, acute care, and home health. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in non-traditional areas as an insurance reviewer, management consultant, and document reviewer. Read more>>

Eric Glass

Having worked in the Consumer Healthcare industry for 15 years I quit my job in February 2012 looking to be in my own business. My roles were go to market heavily focused on Sales Strategy, Brand Management, Shopper Marketing and Category Management. My passion for rum was born from years of visiting the Caribbean and from sampling many many different rums and rum drinks. Read more>>

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