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Rising Stars of Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End

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 Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End and surrounding areas below.

Kimberly Nowers

I have been making bags a little over three years now. At first, it was just a hobby and a great gift for friends and family when I was in college. After graduating from Massachusetts College of Design I worked in corporate design for two years but still kept making bags. Read more>>

Ethan Berkowitz, Matt Gonyea, and James Paolano

The entirety of Whale Tail can be traced directly back to the 4th floor of 150 Mass. Avenue at Berklee College of Music. It only took a matter of weeks until Matt Gonyea (lead singer), Drake Faso (pianist), James Paolano (bassist), and Ethan Berkowitz (drummer) found themselves in a rehearsal room writing songs together. Read more>>

Randy Kostelansky

I am an acupuncturist that moved to Boston in December of 2016. Previously, I lived in Sarasota, Florida where I was a firefighter, paramedic, and EMT for eight years. I also have a background in personal training, massage, kinesiology, posturology, engineering, and hydraulics. Read more>>

Amanda Baudanza

Though I started making paper flower arrangements in 2012, I didn’t officially start my business until this past winter. Initially, AJBees was just a hobby, I enjoyed crafting flowers at home and gifting my arrangements to family and friends. Then, after receiving several requests to buy these creations, I decided to turn my creative interest into more than just a hobby. Read more>>

Rob Martelli

Rob is a hair extension veteran and is an expert at Great Lengths Bonded Extensions, a method favored by countless celebrities. He is the Co-Director of color education along with Julia Ceruolo for in-salon color education at Avanti. Completing their “Master Colorist” degree in Goldwell® Education together, they both are regarded as two of the most renowned colorists in Boston. Rob’s Motto? “Your hair is the crown you never take off!!!” Read more>>

Angela Gentile

Sweat Remix didn’t happen overnight, that’s for sure. But, it was only two years ago, I sat in a classroom, kicking it with 150 high school students a day and feeling so stuck! As much as I loved that decade of public service, it also came with feelings of being buried alive in a job that didn’t align with my life goals, values and personality, perpetuating the Sunday scaries, panic attacks and caused lots (understatement) of stress! Read more>>

Rachel Berkey

We found a lot of our initial success through parents looking for something different discovering us on Instagram as well as Pop-Ups where people could touch and feel our fabrics and see the quality in person. We’ve been lucky to have several high-profile influencers fall in love with our brand, including Emily Henderson, who called us her “favorite kid’s clothing boutique.” Read more>>

Teri Schindler (Gorman) and Manon Herzog

After ten years of working together at a brand strategy firm, we saw significant and growing changes in the marketplace. With the growth of a platform-based economy, the disciplines of a brand, media/content, and technology are converging. We saw an opportunity to serve established and emerging businesses and leaders in this turbulent and exciting landscape. Read more>>

Corina Boncore

I would say my love for interior design probably started as early as I can remember helping my mom decorate our house. She always went over the top on holidays & switched decor seasonally. In undergrad, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy & the inspiration with art, architecture & design was endless. Read more>>

Ashley Zarah Beroukhim

When I got accepted with a scholarship offer – I was very humbled. That was the first time I felt my passion for music was being validated, and I took that feeling and I never looked back. It was the best decision I ever made, leaving all that judgment and doubt behind and just finding my voice in Boston. I’ve been here for about three years now and that’s led to the most remarkable relationships and experiences. Read more>>

Elizabeth Gemelli

Meeting happy couples and helping them to plan meaningful and personal ceremonies to them both is a joy. They are so happy to be able to be in the process with no cookie cut ceremony. They are given all the ideas that I have researched over the years to choose from. And they must practice the four-second kiss so the photographer can capture that very important shot! Read more>>

Erica J. Washburn

I knew from a young age that teaching was my calling, and so, attending Westminster Choir College as an undergraduate Music Education major seemed the right thing to do. As it turned out, it was – matriculating at Westminster in 1996 not only opened professional academic doors for me, but the institution also taught me what it meant to be a teaching/performing musician at the turn of the 21st century. Read more>>

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