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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.

Candace Unis

Nearly ten years ago, I was exploring my own spirituality and taking classes,seminars, workshops, researching and reading. I have always had an interest, since a very young age, with all things beyond my five physical senses. Read more>>

Haik Tokatlyan

I started my career at the young age of 14, working as an apprentice in my father’s antique and art restoration studio. During that time, I worked on art and furniture objects that spanned from the 14 Century to the current one. This experience gave me a respect and understanding for art and the creative process. Read more>>

Zachary Quinn

Love Your Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22, 2012, Brian and I began Love Your Melon with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. Read more>>

Cynthia August

We are the rockstar heroes of our life’s journey. Really, I swear. You know that awesome picture of yourself that you held in your heart as a kid? The one where you were a superhero, or maybe royalty, or some wild un-tame-able spirit. Maybe a wolf. Or a butterfly. Or president. Read more>>

Tamy Chung

I started baking macarons for fun, friends and family in 2015 and soon became obsessed. I was urged to make it official, so I did just that. In June 2016 I made my first sale at the SomervilleFlea in Davis Square. Read more>>

Lisa Russell

I started my career as a hair dresser and what I noticed early on was that I was able to make people feel good about how they felt and how they looked, which was great, but that honestly only lasted a few days for some clients. I remember thinking to myself, “what if I could make people feel good no matter what…even if they were having a bad hair day? Read more>>

Kathryn Fink

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. The amount of sketchbooks and scrap paper I filled with weird drawings of eyeballs and cartoon characters is absurd. When I went to college I started as a communications major and realized pretty quickly I hated it and was going to fail out. Read more>>

Jen Bayreuther, Pete Bayreuther

Jen and I both have entrepreneurial backgrounds and inclinations, from family business legacies to our own small ventures. We met on the swim team at college and quickly settled on the North Shore after getting married. Read more>>

Katrina Hobbs Everett

For some reason I always have such a hard time knowing where to start. I guess it makes the most sense to start by saying that fait and faith have shaped all that my life is today. I don’t really remember at what age I met my current husband, but I know he came to ask me out on a date the night I was on my first unofficial date with my now x-husband. Read more>>

Robin Dewey

Ten years ago I had a vision to transform the multi dealer shop into a cohesive unit to give our customers the feeling of visiting an old friend or family member. To allow them to browse for Antiques, Vintage, Farmhouse, Handmade, and Home Decor items displayed in ways to provide inspiration for their own home. Read more>>

John Burns

I am a person in long term recovery and also am the father of two daughters, one of whom is 21 and has struggled with substance use disorder since she was 14. In 2014 I founded a family support group named Families Hoping and Coping which has two chapters in Dover and Portsmouth, NH for families and loved ones who are struggling with or in recovery from substance use disorders. Read more>>

Whitney Boyle

Our company was founded by Bobby Boyle, my father in 1986. My father certified me as a diver back in 1998 ad whisked me off to his favorite tropical island, Bonaire. I immediately fell in love with the sport. I would dive with him locally as well as on family vacations to different islands as my mom and sister were also certified divers. Read more>>

Amanda McCarthy

I’ve been singing since I was a very little kid, a love that started with a songs on Barney, leading to early 2000’s Disney Stars like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, and finally in high school I found inspiration in my idols at the time – Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Hayley Williams of Paramore. Read more>>

Melanie Brooks

In January of 2013, I began a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing through the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. I’d always loved to write, and I’d been teaching writing for most of my career – first, as a middle school and high school teacher, and then as a college professor. Read more>>

David West

In 2015 I lost my wife to breast cancer after a two and a half year battle. At the time, I had my own construction company, and after 20 years, I had lost all desire to continue remodeling homes. During the grieving process, my heart was no longer in my work, I was just going through the motions, trying to recover from the tragic loss. Read more>>

Nadine Levin

Pipe Dream Cupcakes started out as a hobby that turned into a thriving cupcake business. While working in the advertising industry for 14+ years, I started to bake as a hobby. A friend from college noticed and asked me to bake the desserts for her wedding. Read more>>

Ashley Mastrangelo

It wasn’t how I planned my first real surgical experience to begin. As black stars clouded my field of vision, the only thought that ran through my mind was, “fall back,” because if I fell forward, I would de-sterilize an entire surgical field and drag two surgeons down with me. Read more>>

Daniel Dugan

Growing up, I was always a sick kid. Headaches, stomachaches, food allergies, seasonal allergies, acne – you name it, I had it. I used to get teased in school, even my friends would say “You’re like the kid on that TV show with glasses who can never hang out because he always has a Doctor appointment.” I didn’t know who they were talking about, but I didn’t like it. Read more>>

Jillian Howell

I’ve always been an extremely detail oriented and organized person and I knew that event planning was the perfect career path for me. Growing up, I always had some sort of checklist or to do list I was working on completing. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, I got a job as a wedding coordinator at a local boutique hotel and immediately fell in love with wedding planning. Read more>>

Katie Taricani-Hickey

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been interested in food. I loved watching old episodes of Julia Child and Jacques Pépin as much as cartoons. My first job at 14 was in a deli – we made everything from scratch and it was incredibly busy. Read more>>

Leah Lynch

I began my career working for one of the top 200 salons in America. I was fortunate to have my initial client-base handed to me on a silver platter due to the salons high-volume of clientele. As the daughter of a female entrepreneur who had started her own franchise of 50 stores in the early 80s when it was practically unheard of, I suppose I possessed a very tenacious nature. Read more>>

Andy Sussman

I got started 23 years ago but I promise I am not as old as that sounds! I am actually only 36 years young! So right – if you do the math – I was 13 when I started DJing and working in the private events industry. Actually, back then and for the first 17 years of my career, I was mainly a Bar & Bat Mitzvah DJ. Read more>>

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