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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.

Eddie Fleury

My journey begins back when I was a little kid. I have always looked up to different athletes and wanted to lift weights to stay in shape. When I was in high school, I joined a local Golds Gym at the age of 15, and a few months later was offered my first part-time job. I learned a lot from that gig and was able to pick the brains of many people in the industry including competitive bodybuilders, powerlifters, and personal trainers. When I entered college, I decided to pursue a degree in community health and wellness with my focus being movement studies. Throughout college, I worked a part-time job at another local gym that focused more and athletic training and I was able to start molding my craft by learning from some of the best trainers in the state. Read more>>

Karen Covey

I started The Coastal Table magazine after finishing the events and publicity for my cookbook (of the same name). It was a way for me to continue the momentum from the cookbook, but to expand on the overall concept on a national level in another medium. And as a cook and former creative director, starting a magazine was a blend of everything I professionally loved to do and it felt like the right time to take a leap of faith and start my own brand. Read more>>

Ant Reckart

Pinto Graham is a New England Stoner Rock band that plays throughout the region. Our debut album, UNO, is available in CD form or from all of your favorite online streaming and download sites. Even if you don’t purchase the album it’s nice to know folks are listening and enjoying the music so stream all you want and please add the album to your favorite playlists. The band is a Trio comprised of Andre Roman on guitars, Brian Harris on drums, and Ant Reckart on bass. Read more>>

Ken and Mary Davis

We opened our hair salon in Newton in 1991 after working in the industry for 13 years. Our focus is on the customer – we are committed to providing a high-quality experience that clients can count on to make them look and feel great. By focusing on our clients’ needs and offering convenience – coupled with our commitment to stylist education – we are able to maintain our position as the leading hair care experts in the region. We started out by wanting to create a salon that focused on the client experience, and 27 years later that remains our goal. Read more>>

Kate Brandy

When I went to graduate school after leaving a healthcare architecture firm, I was encouraged to marry the way I observe the world with the way I love to create. I observe the world around me with the most focus when I am waiting for something and I cannot do much else. Those I observe are most often waiting too. What began organically as I waited in airports and in cars on road trips grew into a deeper curiosity about the condition of waiting. I now actively study waiting not only when traveling but also in hospitals, medical treatment centers, and elder care facilities. Read more>>

Kerri Floramo

Floramo’s Restaurant was founded in 1985 by Thomas “Tommy” Floramo and his wife Patricia “Pat” Floramo. Tommy had owned two other restaurants previously to owning and operating Floramo’s with his wife, daughters, and son. We are a real family business, not a corporate chain. Since opening its doors, Floramo’s has become a legend, known for its incredible BBQ and authentic, homemade Italian dishes. While Chelsea has gone through many changes, we are one thing that’s remained the same, while also improving as the years have passed. Read more>>

Ashley Ainsworth

I was asked to complete artwork for my friend’s wedding in 2016 which led to a few commission requests for custom pieces of art. My husband encouraged me to see where the trail might lead, and eventually to jump in with both feet and make art full time. I can trace an interest in making art and in art history through my education, but I do not have formal training. My paintings are all drawn and completed by sight. Each interest in subject seems to lead naturally to the next. Read more>>

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>>

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