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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.

Fatima and Arjola Azizaj

“High End Fashion” is mother-daughter run business. Originally established on March 1987 after Fatima(mother-CoFounder) graduated on Europe equivalent “Fashion Institue of Technology” and it was re-established on May 2018 when Arjola (daughter, CoFounder) joined the team. For over 30 years Fatima worked with a high-end clientele fulfilling custom orders and offering expert tailoring and alterations services. We decided to reestablish in order to bring a glimpse of European style and fashion in the USA. As part of the #fashionrevolution movement, every product is proudly handmade in the USA. Read more>>

Leslie Bartlett

Established commercial suppliers who push the new, the latest in technology became boring to me. Since 1998, I have done my own museum level printing, for over 15 years. I have printed exclusively on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308 gsm. For the past six years, I have worked collaboratively with Susan Quateman on climate change and resilient landscape installations. You can see our works at www.artistcolloboration.netRead more>>

Jill Lazzaro

I grew up in a small town in Southern NH. I Studied visual/fashion Merchandising at Lasell College in Newton, MA. From there, I took a job at Filene’s Department store doing all of the visual displays and mannequins. I took a little time off to have a family, I have a wonderful husband and two great children. During my time as a stay at home Mom, I took up a hobby in painting furniture. I love taking old pieces and giving them a new life. I started selling my pieces at a local group shop. After five years of doing so, I decided to branch out on my own and open my first retail location called Flip by Silly Jilly Designs located on the Milford Oval in NH. Read more>>

Jillian Scola

Cape Super Moms is the brainchild of Kara Gallagher and myself. When we met four years ago at Crossfit Cape Ann, we realized we both had a passion for writing. We have a lot in common and just as many differences, so we thought – why not start a blog?! As a former journalist, my career was put on hold when my son was born. So, I’m excited to be writing creatively again! Cape Super Moms has been an amazing opportunity for me to connect with other moms on the North Shore. Our blog is a great way to talk about our struggles and celebrations of parenthood. Read more>>

Kelsey Haley

I was lucky enough to have both of my wonderful grandmothers as creative women to look up to. Growing up, they both taught me a lot through their various skill sets. My Grandmother Virginia was a sewer, and my Ahma, Grandma Paulina, was a painter who mostly painted on pillows. Growing up around both these women is what ultimately led me to pursue art. I took a wide variety of art classes in school growing up. Graphic design, photography and ceramics were in the forefront of my exploration. Throughout high school, it became apparent that being creative was who I was and what I wanted to pursue so I decided to attend Maine College of Art. Read more>>

Kate Nicholson

I’ve been a yoga teacher and massage therapist for about 10-12 years now. I have taught so many forms of yoga over those years (vinyasa, hatha, yin, heated, yoga for mood, yoga for children, teachers, etc.). Then, while teaching prenatal yoga during my second pregnancy over five years ago, something unexpected unfolded. It turns out that when you gather a group of women, in a safe, supportive space… stories emerge. While we were all mostly in yoga class for a good stretch and some quiet headspace, there was also the opportunity for personal check-in. Read more>>

Michael Kaloutas

I founded SEAL-A-DECK when I was a student at Salem State University in 2003. I am the son of a master painter, spending most of my life immersed in paints, brushes, and canvases. As a child, I often recall rearranging the furniture and decor of my bedroom and giving my mother decorating advice, sometimes unsolicited. I was raised to have an appreciation and respect for craft, design, and aesthetics. Combining this with my natural drive and passion for creating beautiful spaces, I was inspired to become an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Joselyn Martinez-Pastor

My story began when I was 18 years old when I became an unwed, teen mom. I instantly became responsible for another human being and knew that he would be my why for years to come. I began my career as an accounting clerk for a manufacturing company and stayed there for almost 18 years. I was determined to provide better for my son and future children. I was determined not to become another statistic and provide a future that included rising above and being able to accomplish better than where I came from. I knew that the only way to climb the ropes in accounting I needed a degree. Read more>>

Kalie Cassidy

I have always been interested in taking photos, but it wasn’t until very recently that I decided to jump into the world of professional photography. It all began about this time last year. While working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I came to the stark realization that I needed a hobby. I was educating my patients about self-care but wasn’t practicing it myself. I became determined to find something that I was passionate about; something I wanted to jump out of bed in the morning for. And that was when it hit me. Read more>>

Raena Tripp Mason

Ever since I was young, I had a strong pull towards beauty and even more of a desire to help people. I was never the girl playing house and dreaming of a family (although I am lucky enough to have both). I had an image in my head of being a successful career woman. I can remember sitting in my dad’s shop where he had his own window treatment business, writing invoices and helping with the business end of things. I knew then that I was going to have a “shop” of my own someday – and I knew in order to do that I would have to obtain it on my own. Read more>>

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