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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.

Benjamin Aalvik

Fully Rooted started back in 2013 when a group of friends & family were brought together to make juice for an event at Grace Yoga Studio in North Kingstown, RI. We all had unique health challenges that brought us into the juicing world which was introduced to us by our dear friend Steve Carlson who was juicing for his Rheumatoid Arthritis. Read more>>

Leo Gregoire

2015 gave way to the last of my twenties as I found myself at a crossroads in life. I wasn’t really stoked on where I was and what I was doing. I left the city and moved home.. What was initially a fall from grace turned into a rebirth of sorts. Read more>>

Katherine Cota MacDonald

I began practicing yoga in high school and it quickly became an important part of my life. As a dancer, the physical movement of yoga came naturally to me and I loved it. Throughout college, I sought out meditation and guided imagery- for both relaxation and enjoyment. Read more>>

Kimberly McCullen

While I always knew children got cancer too, seeing commercials of happy, bald children running down hospital hallways – it wasn’t until I started volunteering at Camp Sunshine that I truly understood the harsh, cruel, and yes, even beautiful, realities of childhood cancer. Read more>>

Jeremy Werther

Growing up outside of Boston I was always enthralled by food and the food scene. I learned early on what my career choice and path was going to be. Finding my way into a restaurant at 16 I quickly fell in love with not only the food on the plates but how it got there, the work that goes into it, and the whole restaurant atmosphere in general. Read more>>

Laura Moretti

I graduated from Rutgers University in 2004 with a BA in Economics. After spending several years in financial services in New York City I decided that was not the career path for me and that my true passion was in the field of dietetics. I left my career in the finance world to pursue a career as a Registered Dietitian. Read more>>

Diane Grogan

I am a hairstylist with 25+ years of experience working as an independent contractor, in a warm and inviting boutique salon in West Acton, Massachusetts. My schooling included a two year apprenticeship at The Golden Curl Salon; graduation from Toni&Guy Academy; and continuing education through advanced coloring, cutting and styling classes in Boston, Los Angeles and San Diego. Read more>>

Rachel Jordan

I’m a mom of two who went from Berklee College of Music, to a career in nonprofit development, to Fortune 500 corporate marketing, to solo entrepreneurship. I launched my own marketing practice, 929 Marketing, in 2016 as a way to bring my creative heart, mission-driven mind, and corporate marketing skills to people who weren’t being helped by traditional marketing agencies. Read more>>

Sorrel Hatch

Upinngil is a farm, but more than that it’s a place that celebrates the good hard work demanded of love, family, and the land. People come from all over the Pioneer Valley and the State of Massachusetts, bringing family and friends with them, to partake in the year round experience that is Upinngil. Read more>>

Debra Stark

I was born into a family that ate organic and natural only. I remember 50# bags of wheat berries arriving in our home in Florida, shipped across the country so my mom could grind them herself and make her own seed bread. When the family dentist begged my mom for two loaves of the bread and offered her $40 per loaf (this was back in the 1950’s), my interest in food took a serious turn! Read more>>

Patrice Peris

For me, music has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I was never into sports or many other activities; music consumed my life. I was in multiple musicals a year in high school and went on to study classical at Anna Maria College for a year and a half before transferring out and graduating with a Theater Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read more>>

Jessie Sheehan

I graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in psychology but always knew I never wanted to be a psychologist. Instead, I wanted to apply that degree to marketing and advertising, so I went on to work at a marketing research firm in Norwalk, CT for a couple years. Read more>>

Stephanie Krist

I have to thank graphic design for introducing me to my love of photography. I studied graphic design in college and had to make a lot of my own photos for various design projects. I soon realized that I liked the picture-making aspect of the design process much more than the actual designing itself. Read more>>

Jay Roddy

I’ve been listening to music since I can remember and my mom played a huge role in that. Growing up, my mom exposed me to a lot of different styles of music like usher, earth wind & fire, and neil diamond. It wasn’t until I was around 8 when I started listening to some of hiphop’s pioneers like snoop dogg, biggie, eminem, dmx, and 50 cent. Read more>>

Rachel Calabrese

After working in non-profit sector for seven years, I took a job with the town’s recreational department. I was in charge of programming and enrollment. Often enough to notice, I would receive a call from a parent hoping to receive a scholarship or some help so they could enroll their child in a program. Read more>>

Missy Cohen, Francesca Marrone

We opened on March 17th, 2017. Missy was first introduced to salt rooms while on a retreat in Vermont where she was treated to salt therapy in a salt “cave” which is a room decorated to look like a cave. The retreat was in May and after just 45 minutes, my allergy symptoms were gone. Read more>>

Mary Archambault

It started with a dream, literally! All of my life I’ve been highly intuitive, receiving messages through dreams as well as from nature and the world around me. Sometimes the guidance was for myself, sometimes for others. Once in awhile a world event. Read more>>

Julia Coffey

After working for Paul Stamets’ mushroom farm in WA state for four years, I moved back to my hometown of Westhampton MA in 2009. After I failed to find fulfilling employment, in January of 2010 I got started growing mushrooms in a closet in my basement, mainly as a hobby business. Read more>>

Cathryn LaMontagne

I received my first camera from my father when I was 16 years old. I remember the look on his face, and how excited he was to be gifting it to me. He was glowing. I started out shooting film only. I was fascinated with everything photography. Read more>>

Cassie-Leigh Stock

My name is Cassie-Leigh Stock, and in 2006 I had a job in the pet specialty department at a big box store. (Incidentally, I was also a Hooter girl!) I was working to pay my rent while I begrudgingly attended half of my college classes eventually resulting in my departure from the College Education Endeavor altogether. Read more>>

Patrick Maloney

The moment of inspiration for me came on a 1979 business trip to Cleveland, Ohio with my late dad. I was 13 years old (I drank my first cup of coffee with him on that trip). I had watched my dad turn a life of working really hard for others into working even harder for himself. Read more>>

Claudio Eshun

It all started in the summer of 2012. Back in my sophomore year of high school I bought my first camera because a group of local Worcester photographers inspired me. They were known as Rawe Quality. I started using my Fujifilm point and shoot camera with landscape sceneries, various objects, and people. Read more>>

Alysha Cornetta

Since a very young age I have known I wanted to be a hairstylist and to have my own salon. At every haircut I would always ask my stylist how I went about becoming one and what it takes. When I graduated high school I enrolled in Cosmetology school and haven’t looked back. Read more>>

Tina Thibeault

I have always been intrigued by fiber arts. Both of my grandmothers, and even my great-grandmothers were knitters and crocheters, fiber arts is in my blood. It amazed me how yarn could be transformed into something beautiful and useful. Read more>>

Bill Goldfarb, Melissa Goldfarb

Bill “Lefty” Goldfarb earned his nickname during his time as a commercial roofer. He wasn’t the only Bill on the roof, so the two guys were nicknamed by their dominant hands. Even though Lefty is no longer on roofs, his nickname lives on! Read more>>

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