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Inspiring Stories from South Boston

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 South Boston and surrounding areas below.

Hadley Weinzierl

I founded Halcyon & Hadley last summer because I’ve always been passionate about fashion, interior design, creating (I love making things!), and helping women feel even more fabulous than they already are. This stems from my retail days in high school and college. Read more>>

Gianna Contillo

My coaching career started at age 18 as a personal trainer and health coach. I turned my father’s home office into my own and immediately began taking clients. My own body image is what drew me into the health & fitness industry. For most of my young life, I struggled with my body image, and I knew I wasn’t alone. Read more>>

Justine Closterman

I took private art lessons since I was 7 and have done several art shows with my paintings. I ended up going to Rhode Island College for Graphic Design. Around the age of ten, my mother owned an antique shop for a couple of years. The history behind the stuff intrigued me, especially the furniture and the re-design of it. Read more>>

Dianne Pyburn and Heather Reda

When they say it takes a village, our village is pretty awesome! Dianne has been in retail for the better of 15 years! She lives in Norfolk with her husband, two boys, and four dogs! Heather does a job that only a few can do. She is a pediatric nurse working overnights on the weekends. Read more>>

Malcolm Coderre

I started sewing handmade camping gear in my home. After the 3rd year, I was growing so much that I had to get other people to work out of their homes for me. We are now going on our 5th year of selling camping gear. I have had a lot of trouble finding people who have the skill to create and sew products. Read more>>

William Vaughn Griffin

I am an artist, a fine-art photographer and a courier in Boston Massachusetts. I grew up in northern Maine where I learned the value of both, hard work, and imagination. Since childhood, I have lived in many places, and I have always dabbled in various forms of artistic expression, photography being one of them. Read more>>

Logan Raposo

Well, I grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, I lived in an awful neighborhood surrounded by gang members and other criminals. My angel of a mother did her best to shield me from it, in turn, I lived a sheltered life growing up with no real friends. Read more>>

Cathy Yee

Incluvie got started a few years ago. I was watching a TV show with roommates and became really irritated at how the only character of color played into the story and all its implications. It was a fairly popular show that went on for 6 seasons. Read more>>

Matt Thayer

My partner Andy and I opened American Provisions in 2010. We had known each other for 10 years working in the restaurant industry and we were both interested in starting something of our own. We found the space and bootstrapped the build out, doing the majority of the work ourselves. Read more>>

Josh Adams

My uncle who was always around growing up was heavily tattooed and that was my first introduction to them. I looked up to him a lot so as long as I can remember I always knew I wanted to be tattooed. That paired with going to punk/metal shows and seeing people covered fed that more. Read more>>

Sonia Santos

Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, my family always had a sense of entrepreneurship in their veins. My paternal aunts self-taught themselves on how to make couture garments to the affluent upper glass in Rio. My mother, a homemaker, and mother of four girls got into making and decorating cakes as a hobby. Read more>>

Christine Healy

I’m Christine Healy, the Founder and CEO of Craft’d Company, an events and marketing firm that specializes in working with craft breweries. Planning events has always been my passion, whether that’s bringing a few friends together for a dinner party or orchestrating a festival for over 2,500 people. Read more>>

Calogero lograsso

Sal moved to South Boston from Sicily in his teen years with his family. In 1986 he opened a sub shop (Sal & Betty’s) with his sister Betty on the corner of L & 8th in South Boston. In 2003 Betty decided to retire. Sal & his son Calo decided to rename the business Sal’s Ristorante & Pizzeria (aka Sal’s). Read more>>

Yvonne Coyle

I started taking pictures when I was in school and I’ve always had a passion for photography I love taking pictures of everything from wildlife to landscapes, concerts and sporting events I’d have to say wildlife is my favorite do to my love of animals. I’ve Been in love with photography my whole life and now that my kids are grown I’m able to pursue my passion. Read more>>

Caitlin Morris and Sean Burke

Spiritfruit is a family business from Duxbury, MA that was founded in June of 2018 by siblings Caitlin Morris and Sean Burke with their father John Burke. The idea for Spiritfruit came when they saw a void in the alcoholic beverage market. Read more>>

Rachel Bakerman

I had been working at a market research company for many years. I was ready for my next professional opportunity. I had been networking for quite some time trying to figure out what was next for me. I wanted to work closer with individuals and have more of an impact. I also have a passion for coaching and helping people become the best version of themselves. Read more>>

Gustavo Leon

At 19, I left my native Venezuela and a strong support system headed by my mother to come to America. During the 80’s, I took some courses in Fashion Design at F.I.T. in New York City, but decided sewing was not my “thing.” Read more>>

Molly Rose

I started practicing yoga when I was in high school. I was never any good at team sports but loved dancing, figure skating, and gymnastics. I was drawn to any form of intuitive body movement so naturally I found my way to yoga. Read more>>

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