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Inspiring Stories from Metrowest & Worcester

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 Wortcester and surrounding areas below.

Paul Kandarian

I always follow my heart, and thus far it’s led me down interesting paths, all of them satisfying, rewarding, enlightening in their own way. I am a freelance writer, preferring to do profiles on people, telling their story, because, throughout our lives and the lives of humans since our cave days, it’s always, always been about the story. Read more>>

Melissa Pease

I always wanted to create something. I’ve always wanted to go beyond my fear. My biggest fear was public speaking, deciding to become a hair stylist was more about me finding something that would allow me to be creative while pushing me to put myself out there and lose my fear of public speaking. I’ve had an incredible journey in my 26 years of being a stylist. Read more>>

Daniela Goncalves and Brian Tortora

Both Brian and I were interested in photography and cinematography in our teens. Brian took the more direct route to get here while I took a few detours along the way.  When we met in photography school, we didn’t think about anything except that we wanted to make cool shit. We started doing free work for people and companies, a lot of free work. Somehow, that morphed into a business, Bearwalk Cinema. I’ll stop to think, wait for a second, people are actually paying us to do this? We feel incredibly lucky. Read more>>

Jessica Haroutunian and Tara Barnett

The Strive story began about 5 years ago when Jessica opened up her first fitness studio, Barre-Belle Fitness in 2011. ‘I wanted a home away from home feel. A place where women could work out, feel great, motivate each other, and develop new friendships within our community.’ Having more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Jessica succeeded in building such a place for her staff and members. Read more>>

Wendy Garosshen

Wendy Garosshen along with her husband, Josh Wojcik opened Heirloom Food Company in December of 2012. Our purpose was three fold. We strived to provide our quiet corner community with healthy, organic food that burst with flavor and freshness, to go out of our way to support and promote local farmers, agriculture and artisans and to create an environment that both our customers and our employees would be drawn to and love coming into day after day. Read more>>

Jamila Maurer

I think I always knew I wanted to start my own business, I was just never exactly sure what kind. It wasn’t until I started working in the floral department of a local grocery store as a teen, that I found my love for floral design. I worked there for ten years, and as a floral manager for 5 of those years. It was steady income, and it helped satisfy my creative needs to some extent, but I knew I couldn’t stay there and be happy. Read more>>

RobYn St.Germain Spindler

I took out my sketch pad and pencil and came up with my character. I put her on my glasses with different colors dresses and my catchphrase on the base of the glass “Do You know How Expensive It Is To Be Me?!” I felt it was still missing something. I wanted her to be classy, sassy, and stand apart from the others so I felt she need some sparkle… not just any sparkle, it had to be Swarovski Crystals! Now, my creation was complete. Read more>>

Steve Sangapore

I had an intense awakening that making art was something I HAD to do if I were to fulfill a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life. It is a moral obligation to myself – either do this, or do nothing. If I am going to leave behind even the smallest legacy, it will necessarily be through the means of making visual art. I suppose I always knew this, but confronting it head-on during such an already overwhelming time in my life was intense. Read more>>

Taylor Trenchard

After attending the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017, I left D.C. vowing to do more to contribute to female empowerment organizations. I envisioned volunteering locally or making consistent monthly donations to my favorite nonprofits. I never imagined I would become a leader in a for-profit global development company. Read more>>

Courtney Thraen

For nearly four years, I processed disability claims for homeless Veterans and severely injured Veterans at the Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office in Boston. During this time, I finished my Master of City Planning; I later started working at Boston University as an Assistant Program Coordinator for the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program at the Metropolitan College. Read more>>

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