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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.

Brandi Kwesell

My journey began as a hairstylist. Around ten years into my career is when I decided to start The Day On Location Beauty. I have always had a passion for bridal hair and had built a great reputation for myself in the bridal industry. Read more>>

Penny Taylor

In my early twenties, my husband and I planned that once he got out of the Marines, we would travel the world and be missionaries. We went on a short trip to Kenya in 2007 expecting to begin stepping into our vision, but through a series of events. Read more>>

Jason Kowalski

I was born in Boynton Beach, FL and moved to Eau Claire, WI when I was nine years old. After high school, I left Wisconsin for Laguna Beach, California. In 2009, I graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. Read more>>

Katelyn Krist

As a Colorado native and a new graduate from CSU (GO RAMS), I got my first job after college working for a property management company on the sales and marketing team. Read more>>

Ian Lee

Lee Spirits Company is an award-winning Colorado-based distillery whose mission is to create the finest gin, liqueurs and blended whiskey to empower spirit-lovers to make authentic pre-prohibition classic cocktails. Read more>>

Shane Mans

After the 2008 recession I was without a job and not many employment options so I decided to try the re-education approach. I went back to college, got a bachelor in 3D animation and learned a lot about 3D modeling. Read more>>

Mary Kaye and Matt Podschweit

November 20, 2013, I. Mary Kaye, slipped on goose poop while walking near a water feature. It was a high, painful sprain. A trip to the local ER, the doctor explained that it would have been better if I were to break it. Read more>>

Jimmy “Beast” Siler

24mos ago I went through a “mid-life” crisis of sorts, I guess is the technical way to put it. Separation from my marriage of 12 yrs and not at all a “pretty one.” Left me w/ only a few pieces of what used to be quite an extensive. Read more>>

Klint Ciriaco

I had suicidal thoughts. I was driving one day and I told myself, “All I have to do is run this car towards that ditch and everything will finally be over.” I tried to start a business but I ended up losing about $95,000. Read more>>

Kayla Blackburn

While there, I began helping businesses in State College PA with their social media – which led me to my focus on social media management and photography. After graduating, I lived in Washington DC for a year, where I began following a popular, inspiring food blog: DCFOODPORN. Read more>>

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