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Inspiring Colorado Springs Stories

The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver 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 Denver’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 Colorado Springs’s rising stars below.

Adam Pawlikiewicz

In 29 years, I’ve taken up a lot of interests but just one passion: storytelling. Since childhood, I’ve lugged around my dad’s old Panasonic camcorder recruiting my friends and brothers to star in any homemade movie we could put together. Into high school, I upgraded to my first DSLR and began shooting headshots and senior portraits for friends and family. Read more>>

Emily Roehler

I applied to several different schools with different math and science majors from pre-med to meteorology and chose the Western CT State University where I had applied for the meteorology track because they offered me a partial academic scholarship. I ended up enjoying meteorology and completed the program graduating cum laude. Read more>>

Julia Hutchinson

I guess I can trace it all back to 2010 after I graduated from Bard College with a degree in Studio Arts and French Studies and I got really into midcentury modern style and decorating our apartment with my then-boyfriend (Christopher, who is now my husband). We loved to go thrifting for home decor stuff, so we started a blog where we shared about our finds and how we decorated our apartment in that style, as well as some of my crafting DIYs. Read more>>

Danielle Shunk

I believe it was the summer of 2014, with $20 in my pocket, I went to an estate sale and bought my first piece! It was a horrid split pea green colored, rickety vanity with so much potential I jump out of my skin! Queen Anne legs and a folding mirror! I drug her home and painted her a soft antique white with a peekaboo scarlet red drawer, but only on the inside! I then turned around and sold it for $150! And so began my little business. Read more>>

Elizabeth Selby

As far back as I can remember, my mom was letting me try any creative thing I could get my hands on. This included pottery, sewing, metalworking, woodworking, glass/mosaic, and eventually sketching and painting. It wasn’t until my mid-20s that I started taking painting seriously and learned to work with different mediums, though I had always loved painting as a kid. Read more>>

Stephen Martin

I have had a wild ride and experience growing up and into my adult years. I grew up in Dallas, Texas after being adopted at birth to a new family. Always was a bit small and timid as a kid never was too outgoing and had trouble building friendships and in social groups going into highschool. In high school, my adopted father ended up coming out as gay and it put a bit of a whirlwind on our lives. Read more>>

Stacy Gery

The resulting brain injury was the worst part, and honestly, many days I wish I had died in that accident. Death would have been way easier than the process of recovery and rebuilding my life. My friends and family didn’t understand nor support what I was going through, and many of them no longer talk to me to this day, citing reasons such as “you used your brain injury as an excuse for long enough.” Ouch. Read more>>

Patrese Evans

I made the decision to eliminate all animal products and transition to a vegan diet. It wasn’t challenging eliminating meat from my life but I really missed the sweet stuff, and vegan dessert options were far and few in the city. If I wanted desserts, I would have to make them myself, so that’s what I did. I don’t exactly remember what dessert I tried making first but I do remember that it was delicious and my non-vegan wife agreed. Read more>>

Brian Galetta

Not a Native to Colorado but have lived here since the age of 5, minus 5 years I spent in the USMC. I still live in the same house/neighborhood that I grew up in, so being that I am almost 32 years old, that is almost 25 years already that I have spent in the same community. I fall in love with where I live on a daily basis and am thankful to have the opportunities that I do here. Read more>>

Julie and Joshua Ledbetter

Ledbetter didn’t happen by chance, it wasn’t a side project that turned into something that I do full-time, and it wasn’t something to keep me from working in the corporate world… In fact, it started from deep frustration and the desire to see people from all around the world overcome their limitations, body, mind, and soul. Read more>>

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