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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.

Matthew Minnehan

I grew up playing and listening to music. My father is a pianist and organist, so I was raised in a musical household. As a 16-year-old high school student, I attended homecoming dances and proms. However, I couldn’t help but notice a general dissatisfaction with the entertainment at these events. Read more>>

Caryn Smith

In 1987 I graduated from Bentley College and decided I was going to open my own boutique. I had been selling sweaters and accessories at a flea market in Weymouth and loved everything about buying, merchandising and selling to customers. It’s a wonderful feeling having someone come in and you help them pick out a wardrobe and they leave feeling happy. Read more>>

Christina Nguyen

I was born in Vietnam. My parent immigrated to the States when I was 5. I grew up in a family of 6 with me being the oldest child. My parent worked very hard to provide for their four children. The concept of an allowance was never a thing in my family so during high school I worked part-time as a nail technician just to earn a bit of extra cash to help pay for some school stuff and clothes. Read more>>

Ben Taylor

“Plant-based foods” is a buzzword right now, and a term you’re going to hear more frequently in the coming years. As UPrise Food’s founder, I started my plant-based journey while doing research as a food and health blogger. Through my writing and research, I learning about food-related issues like obesity, factory farming, pesticides, and animal rights. Read more>>

Paul and Connor McCann

Richard McCann, my dad, and I purchased the company (based in Woburn) from inventor Frank Graney in 1991. Richard ran the company in Hingham form 1991 to 1997 with son-in-law, Dan St Lawrence, and niece Lynn Sullivan. Read more>>

Tim Bonuccelli

In late 1996 I was looking to start a new business and searching resources for opportunities. Unable to find something that really sparked my interest I responded to an ad for freelance management. I thought it might be a good opportunity to make some money until I found the business opportunity I was in search of. Read more>>

Rob Schroeter

My first interest in photography came at about 10 years old on a camping trip with my family. My mom, a major shutter-bug (as devoted as can be in the old film days no less!) gave me an on-site hands-on lesson on how to take a photo using her really cool Canon SLR film camera. Read more>>

Melissa Fassel Dunn

I founded the Milton Neighbors Facebook Group in 2013, after trying to find information about my daughter’s first year in the Milton Public Schools, while also searching for a plumber and electrician. Frustrated with the lack of a central location for finding this type of information, I formed Milton Neighbors and added a few local friends. Read more>>

Rich Viau and Kathleen Sullivan

Our story began differently than most real estate agents. After graduating from college, we began successful corporate careers in finance and were involved in real estate in one form or another. Kathleen is a CPA and specialized in real estate transactions while in public accounting. Read more>>

Michelle Barton

While homeschooling her 4 daughters for 20+ years, Michelle used the natural world around her family as their classroom. With over 17 acres of field, forest, and stream as well as multiple farm animals to care for, the girls grew up learning and playing in nature, forging a lifelong love of the outdoors. Read more>>

Gayl Crump Swaby

I first open up my consulting and counseling practice the year I got laid off from my job as a Program Director of a Boston based Community Based Organization. My 2nd child was 9 months old and I welcomed the opportunity to be at home with her but also wanted to be a part of the workforce. Read more>>

David Will

While working for SAP, a multi-billion dollar software company, nearly 20 years ago, I was advised to “walk faster and smile less, because perception is reality”. I took this to heart and started a business on the antithesis of this advice. Read more>>

Stephanie Baynes

As a kid, Stephanie spent her summers at Humarock Beach on the coast of the South Shore in Massachusetts and we moved there as a family in 2009. Always a craft enthusiast, my creative pursuits have since carried a flair of that coastal living. During the summer of 2012, I designed a pillow sham with a canvas fabric and personalized it by painting the name of our family’s favorite beach: Humarock.Here at MFH, we believe in the beauty of local communities far and wide. Read more>>

Philip Powis

My background is in technology, I worked at Intuit for about 7 years in various parts of the business including care, sales, and product management out of the Cambridge office. Dr. Powis, my wife purchased Quincy Hearing just over three years ago and had been running the business by herself for the first year. Read more>>

Kerline Tofuri

I was born and raised in Haiti and moved to MA in 1985. I currently live in the South Shore with my family. I am the founder and member of the Board of Directors of Jou Nouvo-New Day. Jou Nouvo begins to take roots in 2007 after I visited and met with few women and administrators at a local school in my hometown of origin, Bon Repos, Haiti. Read more>>

Michael and Matthew Menard

My identical twin brother and I have always wanted to own our own restaurant. At 34 years old, we finally were able to do it! We opened up our restaurant, The Charred Oak Tavern, in June of 2017. After already owning a prior business together, we felt that we were mentally and financially ready to start our dream. Read more>>

Dee Davidson

I am a licensed Kriya massage therapist, reiki Shamballa master, and yoga instructor. I work out of my home in Kingston, Ma where my husband and I have created an environment that works on the premise that we heal from the “Inside Out” and we help people to bring themselves to this place from a point of relaxation. Read more>>

Lisa Mattei-McDonald

Owned and operated by Lisa and Ken McDonald, Tasteful Adventures is a catering company serving the South Shore, Cape Cod, and Greater Boston area. Rooted in European and American traditions that specialize in home-style cuisine, Tasteful Adventures has a broad palette with key differentiators specializing in Latin & Spanish and Midwestern / Southern flavors. Read more>>

Lindsey Gilchrist

A woman I know bought a monogrammed wooden circle from her friend on Etsy, and I instantly loved them and wanted one for myself. After several failed attempts at purchasing one through auction, I decided that if I couldn’t buy one, then I would make them myself. Read more>>

Chris Ling

As a recovering Mergers and Acquisitions leader, Strategy Consultant, and Fortune 500 General Manager, I was drawn to the brand, people an opportunity to bring the Plaster Fun Time experience to more people. After looking for a LONG time to find a small company to lead, I (and Plaster Fun Time) were in the right place at the right time. Read more>>

Steve Ahto

My partners started making their own beard balm after trying just about everything on the market and not being satisfied. All three of them have beautiful, flowing beards, and really know their stuff. They’re old friends of mine, and they decided to bring me on to help turn LL from a hobby into a business. Read more>>

Nicole Purtell

I grew up in Quincy with my five siblings and began dancing at the age of two. The dance studio was my escape and a place I always felt safe and happy and to be honest owning my own studio was my childhood dream. Read more>>

Jennifer and Matthew Christopher

Our Crossfit gym is a mix of CrossFit and boutique type fitness. On our premises we have Seaside Cycle Studio (an indoor cycle company) and massage. My husband and I grew the business from an outdoor boot camp to where it is today. Read more>>

Mik Miller

I started my tattooing career when I was 15 years old. I had no formal training so I simply tattooed. Most of the tattoos that I did during that part of my life were ones I’m not exactly proud of. Three weeks before my 18th birthday I joined the Marines. Read more>>

Donna Dunlop

I remember the exact day I decided to start the Daily Dog. It was a cold February day and Marshfield was supposed to be underwater due to a tidal surge. I had just been informed that the company I worked for was closing their doors for good. Travelling for work forced me to rely on dog walking, and pet sitting services. Read more>>

Alexandra Boncek

I have always loved taking pictures! It wasn’t until friends of mine asked me to take photos of their intimate wedding ceremony on the beach in Falmouth in 2012 when I realized… wow! I love this! Without thinking I would be starting my own business, I borrowed my father-in-laws Canon Rebel camera. Read more>>

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