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Inspiring Stories from Quincy

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 Quincy and surrounding areas below.

Abby Gray

With a lifelong history of catering and entertaining professionally and privately, and my deep love to “feed the people”, I decided to create Cooking with Abby! To build my company from a formal grounding in culinary skills, I went back to college, and graduated from BU Culinary School after 500 hours of instruction. During that time, I learned from, and cooked with, Master Chef Jacques Pépin and many other amazing and talented chefs – Read more>>

Alyssa McNamara Reed

Not many people are lucky enough to say that! Work-life balance is so important. I know they will be grown in the blink of an eye, and I don’t want to have any regrets. I will say that my clients are so understanding of this, and while I may not be in the office M-F 9-5, with technology these days, I am always available. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning and love going to work. Read more>>

Bryan Prendeville

When I was eighteen after I graduated high school, my family was moving out of the house I grew up in. I came home late one night to find an old 35mm film camera on my bed. My mom had found it cleaning out the house. I promised myself that I would learn how to use it. I didn’t know anything about photographing, but the camera itself was so intriguing to me. Read more>>

Matt and Shelley Swanson

BirchBarn Designs was started by Matt Swanson in 2013. Matt is a creative, DIY kind-of-guy, with a passion for slow-smoked BBQ and craft beer. In 2013, after buying his first planer, Matt built a colorful cutting board to show off his BBQ feasts. That first board was a hit among friends and family, inspiring Matt to build other cutting boards and wood creations. Read more>>

Cindy Wilson

Photography as my passion developed in college. I loved to explore back roads, finding obsolete structures, signs, and machines banished to the hinterlands. In South County, there were remnants of the area’s industrial revolution hidden in the brush, about to vanish. I thought of the stories, the people whose lives were shaped by these prolific buildings. Read more>>

Alyssa Carvara

I started the same way many creatives start, by making things at a very young age. I have always been very crafty, I spent all of my free time creating one thing or another. As a kid, I made crazy interactive pop-up cards for my friends and family, invented and illustrated my own board games, decorated cakes, and so many other random things – most of which I still do today. Read more>>

Colleen Markham

The foundation for my professional and creative life has always been a passion for helping people. I studied Education at Boston College because I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives, but I graduated in 2008 – smack-dab in the middle of the so-called Great Recession. Read more>>


Inspired by that energy and by the desire to celebrate Dave and all that he believed in, the kids and I began the Mad Love Music Festival. Mad Love is an annual, high-energy, outdoor, family-friendly rock festival – with food and beer trucks, activities for all ages and incredible live music. Most importantly, Mad Love Music Festival supports the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers – Read more>>

Erin Paiva

Within two weeks from signing my lease, I opened my store. I had the most amazing support from all of my friends and family and so much help with cleaning, building, and taking this space… this big empty space, and bringing my vision to life. My recipes of things I’ve been making for years in my own kitchen from smoothies to snacks to salads and wraps I get to share with people. Read more>>

Ann Finnie

I’ve always been drawn to helping people and like many people, I had a string of professional careers in my 20’s and 30’s. I was a therapist supporting individuals with addictions, among other challenges, and over the years, I even held accounting roles. But I always came back to wanting to help people so I grew my expertise, education, and abilities and discovered the most meaningful way that I could help people – through holistic therapy. Read more>>

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