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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.

Nicco Centofanti

I pride myself on my diversity and ability to competently play any genre while maintaining my own personal style. I am known for my ability to stay loose and upbeat and to maintain a fun atmosphere in person and on stage while also behaving with the utmost of professional conduct. Read more>>

Lisa Graveline

I withdrew from college and enrolled in the Cosmetology Program at Cosmix. I went to school as much as possible trying to get the 1000 hours required before taking the licensing exam. But school was not easy. I was learning about chemistry, geometry, infection control, anatomy and physiology, and so much more than I ever could have imagined. Read more>>

Roger Lyons

I was working in commercial production at WBZ-TV in Boston and was assigned to produce unsung hero profiles. My friend, Wren Ross suggested I contact Steve Ross, a Holocaust survivor who founded the iconic New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston. I called Mr. Ross, who told me his life’s story in great detail on the phone, and set up an interview at the Memorial. Upon hearing his story. Read more>>

Ashley Jordan

Music has been in my life since I was a small child. My paternal grandfather was a musician – he sang, played the guitar and harmonica. He wrote original country-folk music and he was a light in my life. I lost him when I was very young, but he had a great influence on me. Read more>>

Lizzie Kantor and Phyllis Govoni

The Wrentham Country Store started as an old fashioned General Store selling penny candy and ice cream. The building itself started as a Garage! Over the years it has evolved into an Eclectic shop full of treasures. We carry vintage items as well as new décor for your home and garden, jewelry, paintings, upcycled items… Read more>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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