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Inspiring Stories from North End & Downtown

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 North End & Downtown below.

Julio Salado

I started to develop my brand, network with local business and used social media to promote my services with articles and videos. Throughout the years, I have offered to volunteer my services. It’s a way of paying it forward. I especially try to reach to demographics in our community who are more at risk for obesity, heart disease, and other preventable diseases. Read more>>

Alfred Lopez

The documentary style just captures the day as it progresses, given a truer representation. This has the effect of evoking memories of the day as opposed to remember when the photographer asked them to pose. This is not to say that I won’t do bridal portraits, but I usually reserve those on the day that the bride receives her dress and she does her makeup “run-through. Read more>>

Edward Madongorere

MOON is indeed is the culmination of all of my life experiences. My love for people and the idea that anyone can overcome challenges is what excites me. I love to encourage people to pursue their passions, put fear aside and have a positive perspective on life. Read more>>

Erin Kenney

My passion for nutrition and wellness stems from growing up watching my father succumb to an increasingly debilitating mental illness. Over the years, I watched it slowly take over his life until he passed away unexpectedly four years ago. Read more>>

Megan Petrola and Jennifer Novia

Jennifer and Megan have been friends for over 20 years. Jennifer is a successful retail manager of a luxury department store. While Megan is a project coordinator for a boutique consulting firm. These soul sisters lived a hectic life of balancing careers, friends, and family. Read more>>

Stuart Ablon

Think:Kids was started in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital to help spread an innovative new approach to helping kids with behavioral challenges. The approach, which runs counter to conventional wisdom, was showing remarkable results in homes and schools across North America, but few people knew about it. In the past ten years, we have been able to grow the organization such that we now reach hundreds of thousands of kids and families. Read more>>

Eli Cleveland

I have always loved putting things together and taking things apart. Fortunately, my parents were very encouraging which meant that my friends and I were always cooking up some project in the basement or back yard. I went to college at the University of Georgia, but stayed hands-on with woodworking. My apartment became a workshop. Friends would come over with an idea for a piece of furniture and we would set to work with basic tools and some wood from Home Depot. Read more>>

Fred and Frances Mathieu

Two years ago, we started having meetings with friends and families about building something for our community. At the time, we didn’t know what it was going to be. Through conversation, we heard a lot of people speak on two major dilemmas. First was that mainstream media often did not cover content relevant to millennials of color. The second issue was the lack of events or things to do in Boston. Read more>>

Nick Raccuia

After more ingredient testing, research and baking, I finally found a chocolate brownie recipe that I (and all the guinea pigs!) really liked. I started sharing it with others, got additional feedback and kept tweaking the recipe. After a few more iterations, I started working with a manufacturer to help me bake them on a much larger scale. Two years and thousands of customers later, I’m excited that my keto-friendly snack has allowed many to adhere to their ketogenic lifestyles! Read more>>

Lucas Jablonski

Furniture is special because it’s what turns our houses into homes. The crib in the first baby’s room, the dining table, and chairs set for your first-holiday meal – these are memorials in our lives, moments we will never forget. And to be able to have that furniture forever, to pass those pieces down to your children, is like being able to pass that love from one generation to the next. Read more>>

Melissa Stacey

Many years ago, I found myself in a career I didn’t enjoy and in a job that created a great deal of stress in my life. At the time there were a number of organizing shows on television, which sparked the idea about a Professional Organizing business. Through my research of the industry, I found the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), took some workshops and ultimately created Feeling Organized. I found myself enjoying the organizing work, as well as running the business. Read more>>

Nicole Itani

For as long as I can remember, I always had a camera in my hand. Everyone always counted on me to capture photos and share them. There’s something about the ability to capture a single moment and cherish it for a lifetime. What began as a hobby, started to give me a purpose to help others. A few years ago, I lost my mom. It changed me as a person. One of the hardest things I have ever gone through. I now only have photos left to share all the great stories and memories of my mom with my girls. It gave photography a whole new meaning. Read more>>

Mentor Collective

Mentor Collective began four years ago as a side project, created to help international students acclimate to American institutions. At first, my co-founder Jackson and I thought we could manage this side project with sixty hour weeks in management consulting; we could not. So we took a sabbatical, during which we planted the seeds of the company we run today. Read More >>

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